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Front Pagearrow Terror don surrenders meekly
The man, who terrorised the country with his ruthless squad of bombers and preferred death to surrender in the cause of Jihad, yesterday walked out of his den, meek and cowed, into the law enforcers'hands,
 arrow PM sings success of law enforcers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh proved before the world community that it could successfully combat terrorism in the name of Islam, as the security forces captured militant kingpin
 arrow Political patrons need to be caught
The government has yet to launch a probe into the allegation of political patronisation contributing to the rise of militancy while the security experts stress the importance of detecting immediately
 arrow An arrest praised by politicians, public alike
People of all walks of life have hailed the arrest of most wanted Islamist militant leader Abdur Rahman by law enforcers at his Sylhet hideout yesterday.
 arrow Where's Bangla Bhai?
The first question of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) interrogators to detained militant kingpin Abdur Rahman was on the whereabouts of another top militant Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai.
 arrow He wanted dialogue with media
JMB chief Abdur Rahman refused to admit, while giving in yesterday in Sylhet, that he has done wrong by launching militant attacks across the country. "I'll not say I have done any wrong or any misdeed...
 arrow Nerve-racking raid
Abdur Rahman wreaked havoc on the nerves of the thousand-strong raiding party that kept vigil for long 34 hours encircling his Sylhet hideout with a determination to capture the militant linchpin alive.
 arrow Capture to untie terror probe knot
Investigators hope the arrest of terrorist kingpin Abdur Rahman will lead to the revelation of a comprehensive picture of the JMB including its network, organisation, operations and links at home andabroad.
 arrow 34 hours of suspense

 arrow Rescue operation wrapped up
Rescue operation at the collapsed Phoenix building in Tejgaon was officially over since 10:00am yesterday after hundreds of men and machines from nine different organisations removed up to 2,500 truckloads
 arrow US, UK, EU hail capture
The United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) yesterday welcomed the capture of JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman.
 arrow Bomb-making materials seized from another house in Sylhet
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered huge quantities of bomb-making material raiding a house in the city's Shibganj area yesterday.
 arrow Militant kingpin faces 225 cases
Two more cases were filed yesterday against militant kingpin Abdur Rahman, bringing the number of cases in connection with militancy to 225 since the serial blasts on August 17 last year.
 arrow 'I always believed they would rescue me'
"I survived because I always believed they would rescue me," said a frail looking Nikhil, 18, lying at the Intensive Care Unit of the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) yesterday.
 arrow Golam Azam, Moududi books not included in seizure list
Abdur Rahman had in his possession at his Sylhet hideout a number of books on jihad and Islamic revolution, some of which are by Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abul Ala Moududi and its former ameer Golam Azam.
 arrow India, US seal nuke cooperation pact
India and the United States yesterday created history by reaching an understanding to implement a nuclear technology cooperation deal that would end decades of isolation for the South Asian country in
 arrow Ministries seek approval for purchases flouting PPR
Different ministries are now looking for the cabinet's clearance for purchases that violate the Public Procurement Regulation (PPR) 2003 when a new law on public procurement to replace the regulationis
 arrow AL MPs demand talks on fighter purchase
Lawmakers of the main opposition Awami League at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday demanded discussion on the purchase of 16 fighters from China at $93.
 arrow Supplementary charge sheets placed against top JMB men
Five supplementary charge sheets were submitted here in a court yesterday in connection with the August 17 blasts in Satkhira accusing 19 people.
 arrow Hearing on charge framing against Sunny, others deferred again
Ataur Rahman Sunny, military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and six others could not be produced before a Dhaka court yesterday for charge framing in two cases due to hartal.
 arrow 3 killed in'shootout' with cops
Two robbers and a top leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) were killed in two incidents of 'crossfire' in Dhaka and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Tigers caught in Murali maze
Muttiah Muralidaran returned to his devastating best and put an end to Bangladesh's fightback on the third day as Sri Lanka were comfortably placed to win the first Test of the two-match series at the
 arrow CPB hartal passes off peacefully
The hartal enforced by Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday had little impact on the city as most vehicles plied the city streets and businesses remained open.
 arrow US diplomat killed in Karachi car bomb
A suspected suicide car bomb outside the US consulate in Karachi killed an American and at least three other people yesterday, but President George W Bush said terrorists would not stop his visit to Pakistan.
Businessarrow Foreign aid dips 40pc in six months
Bangladesh's foreign aid dipped 40 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year due to slow implementation of project aid.
 arrow Air India announces cheapest economy class fares to Kolkata
Air India yesterday announced some cheapest economy class fares to Kolkata. Under the offer, passengers will get 10 to 13 percent discounts in economy class to fly to Kolkata.
 arrow IMF wants to see no intervention
Although dollar prices are on the continuous rise, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not want the government to intervene in the foreign exchange market.
 arrow Rancon Motors signs deal with S Alam, Mostafa groups
Rancon Motors Ltd, the general distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger and commercial vehicles in Bangladesh, signed an agreement with S Alam Group and Mostofa Group of Industries on Wednesday.
 arrow Eskayef displays Allergan ophthalmic products
The three-day 33rd annual conference of Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB) at Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) auditorium in Dhaka ended yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices up
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Thursday as the market ignored healthy US crude and gasoline stockpiles to focus on geopolitical worries, particularly Nigeria, dealers said.
 arrow Thailand halts FTA talks with US
Thailand has suspended free trade talks with the United States until a new government takes office after snap elections set for April 2, officials said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: An opportunity lost
It is not new for Bangladesh to take a tumble after looking brilliantly competitive only the other day. And the third day of the first Test at Chittagong was no exception.
 arrow Cricket: Murali's 1000th-Not Out
If the Test match at Chittagong is being played in a competitive spirit, the standard of umpiring during Bangladesh's second innings has been at best diabolique; apologies to the French for borrowingtheir
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
When the match started on the third day it was obviously evenly poised. And the first session belonged to Bangladesh who captured quick wickets and made a good start to their second innings.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi closing in on title
Defending champions Rajshahi came within sight of retaining the coveted national one-day title when they recorded their seventh consecutive victory in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Journeymen rule Day 2
Indian opener Wasim Jaffer marked his comeback with a half-century after Paul Collingwood hit his maiden hundred to revive England in the evenly balanced opening Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Italy humiliate Germany
Italy scored the most emphatic victory of the night with a 4-1 win over Germany when soccer's major powers began their final preparations for the World Cup finals in earnest on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell chastised
India's cricket coach Greg Chappell was taken to task Thursday after reportedly telling a British newspaper that Sourav Ganguly had wanted to stay on as team captain for financial reasons.
 arrow Football: Blatter to arrive on Mar 31
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be present at the opening ceremony of the AFC Challenge Cup which kicks off in Dhaka on April 1.
 arrow Football: MSC veterans win friendly
Mohammedan Sporting Club veterans defeated Pakistan Sonali Otit 4-2 in an exhibition football match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The winners led the first half 2-1.
 arrow Cricket: Alcott warns Ponting
Captain Ricky Ponting risks aggravating a stomach muscle strain if he plays in the remainder of the five-match one-day cricket series in South Africa, team physiotherapist Errol Alcott has warned.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann under fire
Germany's top newspapers laid into national soccer coach Juergen Klinsmann and his players on Thursday after their 4-1 humbling by Italy and predicted a debacle for the host nation at this summer's World
 arrow Football: New Real chief issues warning
Real Madrid's new president Fernando Martin issued a stern warning to his players on Thursday that those not committed to the cause would not be welcome at the club. "I don't want a team of millionaires.
Metropolitanarrow $ 300m Saarc Dev Goals launched
A five-year ambitious programme of Saarc Development Goals (SDGs) was launched in Dhaka yesterday as a step towards making the South Asian nations free from abject poverty.
 arrow Text of Khaleda’s address to nation
Following is the text of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's address to the nation over radio and television channels last evening.
 arrow Attempt to kill JU journalist
A gang of unidentified miscreants tried to kill the Jahangirnagar University (JU) correspondent of the Prothom Alo by setting fire to his room after locking its door from outside on Wednesday night.
 arrow 'Fight communalism to form secular govt'
Central leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (Forum for Secular Bangladesh) yesterday called upon the pro-liberation forces to fight against communal elements to materialise the dreams of
 arrow PCJSS to wage movement to protect ethnic people
Parbatya Chattagram Jono Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) Chief Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma yesterday said time has come to wage a tougher movement to protect the existence of ethnic peoplein
 arrow Manikganj-4 by-polls on Apr 19
By-polls in Manikganj-4 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad will be held on April 19, according to an announcement made by the Election Commission yesterday.
 arrow North reels under power outage
Sixteen districts of North Bengal yesterday reeled under a 338 MW load shedding against a gross average daily demand of 630 MW, as 125 MW Barapukuria and two 100 MW and 71 MW power units at Baghabariremained
 arrow Ten women receive Anannya award
Award giving ceremony of Anannya Top Ten 2005 was held yesterday recognising the outstanding contribution of women in different sectors in the society.
 arrow Moudud lauds women's contribution to society
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said a silent revolution has taken place in the society with the significant contribution of women to every sector.
 arrow Govt announces 40 pc DA for newspapermen
The government has announced 40 percent dearness allowance for journalists, press workers and general workers of newspapers and news agencies with effect from July 1, 2005.
 arrow BCL-JCD clash leaves 3 injured at JU
At least three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured in clashes between them on campus on Thursday and Wednesday night.
 arrow Hedayetul made envoy to Brunei
The government has decided to appoint Md Hedayetul Islam Chowdhury as the country's high commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. Chowdhury belongs to BCS (Administration) cadre of 1973 batch.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh leading the way
February 21 is a very special day, specifically because fifty-four years ago a number of young people of what was then the eastern part of Pakistan, led by the valiant students of the University of Dhaka,
 arrow Promoting growth, ending poverty
The one theme that continues to dominate global economic discussion, and took centre stage at this year's World Economic Forum at Davos, is the rise and rise of the new economic powerhouses, India and
Culturearrow Unique in her own domain
Although poet Kazi Nazrul Islam coined these words in his famous song: Amay nohey go, bhalobasho shudhu, bhalobasho mor gaan, they capture the essence of every artiste -- to be loved for his/her
 arrow Opulence of Nazrul songs underscored by Nasima Shaheen
Diversity is the identifiable trait of Nazrul songs.
 arrow Abul Hayat visits Sisimpur
Eminent TV personality Abul Hayat recently visited the sets of Sisimpur. There he interacted with the moppets and the people working behind the scenes, says a press release.
 arrow A global fiesta for film enthusiasts
Berlin International Film Festival -- "Berlinale" has awarded the "Golden Bear" to the film Grbavica a moving drama about Bosnia's post-war trauma and the lingering impact of the systematic rape
 arrow Karnaphulir Kanna receives rave review
It was a gathering of South Asian writers, film makers and journalists where the mind was without fear and the head held high here last week.
 arrow TV play on Liberation War
A special TV play based on our Liberation War, Manush, written and directed by Hasina Ahmed Soma, will be aired tonight at 7:50 pm on Channel-i.
 arrow Theater for a cause
Dramatics and Music Department, Dhaka University (DU) will stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth to raise funds for Jaglul Alam, a theater activist suffering from cancer, says a press release.
 arrow Trading races -- new TV show takes a close look at racism
When writer John Howard Griffin turned his skin from white to dark and traveled the southern parts of US in 1959 for a firsthand look at the depths of racism, he relied on a simple medical treatment and
Editorialarrow Editorial: Shaikh in custody at last
The entire nation is relieved at the news of the arrest of Shaikh Abdur Rahman, one of the most wanted leaders of the outlawed JMB.
 arrow Editorial: Power outage insufferable
The root cause for a deteriorating power supply deficit wreaking havoc on our lives, as perhaps never before on the current scale, doesn't lie in lack of funds even though this is the much-touted reason
 arrow Time to get back to business
The sensational early morning capture of JMB chief Abdur Rahman, after an all-night siege of the rented house in Sylhet in which he was holed up, has brought the fight against extremism into the spotlight
 arrow Let us talk
Come and sit with me head to head. Let us talk about life and death. Let us talk about length and breadth. Let us talk about suffocation and breath, let us talk about sickness and health.
 arrow Implications of India-US defence pact
Though an ally for a long time, India voted against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meetings twice, apparently to: (a) strengthen the US-India alliance, (b) legitimise India's nuclear
Letters to Editorarrow Workplace safety and owners' responsibility
Mr. Abu Tayyab, BGMEA Vice President heading its investigation team on Kalurghat tragedy, told BBC that one or two incidents in an industry with over 4,000 factories and 2m workers are not significant (Pravati, 2/25).
 arrow Awesome Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful, the wonder boy played another awe-inspiring innings. He simply mesmerized us with his magic wand. He was simply irresistible that day. He has done everything according to his will.
 arrow What is the motive behind it?
The publication of Prophet Muhammad's (SM) cartoon in a Danish newspaper and followed by newspaper of other countries seems to be a calculated step, knowing perfectly well that it will be condemned by
 arrow Wasa billing
The Dhaka Wasa supplies water through one and only water meter to each building whatever may be the number of floors or apartments.
 arrow Exorbitant private university fees
North South University is the first private and probably the best among the private universities in Bangladesh and as a student of NSU I was also proud of this fact. But no more.
 arrow Long term electricity solution
Electricity is a major driving force of today's economy and Bangladesh is not an exception of this.
 arrow Voters' enlistment
The squabble over the preparation of voters list is mysterious and meaningless. It only reveals the rot in the head. The most crucial point is the accuracy and authenticity of the list.
Worldarrow Nepal's king should restore democracy
The king of Nepal should restore democracy to the kingdom where he took absolute power in a royal coup just over a year ago, US President George W. Bush said yesterday.
 arrow Iran, EU plan last-minute talks on nuclear crisis
Iran and the European Union announced yesterday last-minute talks in the crisis over Tehran's nuclear program but neither side appeared to have new proposals to put forward to find a way out of the impasse.
 arrow 'Signs of al-Qaeda in Gaza, West Bank'
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in remarks published yesterday there were signs of an al-Qaeda presence in the Gaza Strip and West Bank "We have indications about a presence of al-Qaeda inGaza
 arrow Nepali Maoists clash with troops: 29 die
The bodies of 11 Nepalese security forces and 18 suspected rebels were found Wednesday at the site of a fierce gunfight in western Nepal, the Defence Ministry said, while five insurgents were reported
 arrow Thousands protest Bush's visit to India
Tens of thousands of angry protestors took to the streets in major centres across India yesterday to demand that visiting US President George W. Bush go home, witnesses said.
 arrow HR abuses, killings widespread in Iraq
Human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein, as lawlessness and sectarian violence sweep the country, the former UN human rights chief in Iraq said yesterday.
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