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Front Pagearrow World wants strong probe, open trial
Foreign diplomats in Dhaka at a meeting with Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday strongly advocated vigorous investigation and trial of Islamist militants in a "transparent and open" manner.
 arrow Investigators wait for Bangla Bhai's recovery
Interrogation into the militant network and activities is awaiting recovery of Bangla Bhai, who is now undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) hospital amidst tight security.
 arrow State system openly challenged years ago
The government at last awoke to the threats of militancy menace and captured militant kingpins Bangla Bhai and Abdur Rahman but by this time at least 52 people have died and scores maimed at the hands
 arrow BPC to import harmful diesel from Kuwait
Shelving a better deal, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is purchasing 30,000 tonnes of environmentally harmful diesel from the Kuwait government on the basis of unsolicited negotiation.
 arrow 3 killed in garment factory stampede
Three women workers were killed and at least 22 others injured, including one critically, in a stampede from a fire panic at a Gazipur garment factory on Monday night.
 arrow No respite before next month
There seems no immediate relief for Dhaka residents reeling under unprecedented power outage in the pre-summer season, as the authorities are unable to fix some burnt-out major power supply cables inthe
 arrow Bangla Bhai escaped jail on weak charge sheet
Militant kingpin Bangla Bhai first came under the spotlight after being arrested by police on August 17, 2002 with arms and bombs at Mollahat upazila in Bagerhat.
 arrow Meeting works out sedition case details
Top officials of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and different intelligence agencies held a prolonged meeting at the police headquarters last night to finalise filing of sedation case against the
 arrow Dr Kamal asks govt to sack JMB-linked ministers
Dr Kamal Hossain has demanded the dismissal of ministers, including the Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque, who are accused of providing shelter to JMB militants and instigating militancy.
 arrow Bar for arrest of patrons in ruling coalition
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded arrest of those ruling-coalition men who are believed to be responsible for the rise of the dreaded militants in the country.
 arrow Nizami now backtracks
Jamaat Ameer and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday denied that he had ever said Bangla Bhai was a creation of the media.
 arrow Resume supply within 24 hrs or face legal action
Taking a tough stance against Niko, Energy Ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday asked the Canadian operator to resume gas production at Feni gas filed within next 24 hours or face legal action.
 arrow Victim of brutality...


 arrow Two more KTS fire victims die
Two more workers of KTS textile and garment factory, who sustained severe burns in the February 23 fire, died at hospitals in Chittagong and Dhaka on Monday night and yesterday.
 arrow Babar orders action against lawbreaking factories
Lutfozzaman Babar, state minister for home, has directed the director general (DG) of Fire Service and Civil Defence to take steps against the factories that are not following the code of conduct of Fire
 arrow SC adjourns hearing on re-probe
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned the hearing of a leave to appeal petition against a High Court (HC) verdict that affirmed the lower court's order rejecting a plea for further inquiry into Kibria
 arrow Students turning away from science study
The ratio of science students to those in business studies and humanities groups at SSC and HSC levels has gradually declined in the recent years, posing a challenge to the country's development in science
 arrow Felling of trees continues...


 arrow Owners, builders still evade arrest
With little progress in the investigations into the building collapses, authorities now fear that the influential owners, engineers and architects, whose negligence cost the lives and limbs of so many
 arrow Take part in polls, accept verdict
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition has no alternative but to go for election and accept people's verdict. "You (opposition) must go to the polls.
 arrow Int'l Women's Day today
With the theme 'The role of women in decision making,' International Women's Day will be observed in the country and elsewhere in the world today.
 arrow SSC, Dakhil exams start tomorrow
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, and Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations under the country's nine education boards will begin tomorrow.
 arrow Independence Day parade to showcase govt success
In an unprecedented move the home ministry has directed all ministries to prepare for participating in the traditional Independence Day parade at the old airport in the capital, highlighting 'four years
 arrow Many victims may become crippled
Many of the injured in the Tejgaon building collapse may become crippled and remain as burden on their families for life.
 arrow Second Test starts today
Bangladesh will try to avoid a series whitewash when they take on Sri Lanka in the second and the final Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here today.
 arrow PM to attend D8 summit on May 3
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will attend the D8 Summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia, on May 13.
 arrow UN watchdog meets amid US-Russia rift
The UN atomic agency met in Vienna Tuesday amid a US-Russian rift over a compromise plan that could head off UN Security Council action against Iran's suspect nuclear programme.
 arrow Blasts rock Indian temple town
At least 12 people have been killed after three explosions in the northern Indian pilgrimage city of Varanasi.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 24pc in eight months
Remittance hit a record US$428 million in February, an all-time high in a single month, as the inflow grew by around 24 percent during July-February period of the current financial year.
 arrow Air Asia eager to start operations in Dhaka
Malaysia-based Air Asia is eager to start operations in Dhaka as the airline sees huge business prospects in Bangladesh.
 arrow Islamabad to go ahead with Iran-Pak-India gas pipeline
President Pervez Musharraf Monday said his government would go ahead with Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline and denied there was any US pressure on Islamabad to abandon the project.
 arrow Oil prices easier in Asian trade as Iran concerns cool
Oil prices continued easier in Asian trade Tuesday as the market adjusted to an apparent cooling of tensions over Iran and Opec's assurance that it will not cut production quotas, dealers said.
 arrow Netherlands opposed to plan for EU gas reserves policy
The Netherlands is not planning to hand over some of its control over its gas reserves as it is suggested in a plan of the European Union (EU), Dutch daily Financiele Dagblad reported Monday.
 arrow Australian PM vows to boost trade with India
Prime Minister John Howard said Tuesday Australia was on the threshold of a major expansion in trade with India as Asia seeks to challenge the West as the centre of global economic activity.
 arrow Malaysia lifts ban on US beef imports
Malaysia has lifted a ban on US beef imports in place for more than two years, to make up for a shortage after it restricted access to Australian and New Zealand beef, a report said Tuesday.
 arrow Citigroup, Shakti Foundation to help underprivileged women entrepreneurs
Citigroup, a leading global financial services organisation, has embarked on a new initiative with Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women to support "Business Development Services" programme for underprivileged
 arrow GP signs deal with Mutual Group
Grameenphone Ltd has recently signed an agreement with the Mutual Group to provide complete communication facilities under its business solution package.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Will it be lucky again?
Having buried their poor track record against Sri Lanka with a one-day vic-tory at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium last month, Bangla-desh want to make the newly ICC-approved stadium a happy hunting ground
 arrow Cricket: Rahim under spotlight again
Young Mushfiqur Rahim suddenly came to limelight when he made his Test debut at the age of 16 at Lord's during Bangladesh's maiden tour of England last May.
 arrow Cricket: Stage set for Murali
As soon as Sri Lanka arrived at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday morning for training, Muttiah Muralidaran went straight into the middle to have a long look at the wicket.
 arrow Cricket: India want spinners to bite back
Under-pressure India go into the second Test against gritty England here on Thursday praying their spinners can conjure up the old match-winning magic.
 arrow Cricket: Lara vows a WI U-turn
West Indian batting legend Brian Lara says the beleaguered Caribbean side are ready to return to their winning ways in the Test series against New Zealand starting Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher has faith in Fred
England coach Duncan Fletcher said Tuesday he hoped Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff would do well in the dual role of captain and all-rounder for the rest of the India tour.
 arrow Cricket: No rush for tickets
When the Shaheed Chandu Stadium hosted its maiden one-day international here two weeks ago, the 18,000-capacity venue was jam-packed to see Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play.
 arrow Football: BFF undecided about booters' Thai trip
Hosts Bangladesh, who begin their AFC Challenge Cup campaign against Cambodia on the inaugural day of the 16-nation meet on April 1 in Dhaka, will play their remaining group matches against Guam and Palestine
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly hit for a six
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly's hopes of playing for India again were hit for a six during a domestic match, news reports said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: United edge past Wigan
Pascal Chimbonda's freak injury-time own goal gifted Manchester United a 2-1 victory at Wigan as Paul Jewell's team were left to rue a host of missed chances at the JJB Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann has a plan!
Problems are piling up on Juergen Klinsmann with less than 100 days to go before the World Cup but the Germany coach is not losing his cool.
 arrow No Thorpe in C'wealth Games
The Commonwealth Games was robbed of two of its biggest drawcards on Tuesday when Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and English marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe both pulled out.
 arrow Football: Arsenal have the edge
Arsenal need to banish the inconsistency that has dogged their season if they are to earn at least a draw with Real Madrid and reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard calls for peace
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard called for a truce Monday ahead of his sides Champions League showdown with Chelsea after opposite number Jose Mourinho met a barrage of insults on arrival.
 arrow Cricket: All but Gillespie recalled
Australia on Tuesday recalled three Ashes casualties in Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke and Michael Kasprowicz but snubbed fellow discard Jason Gillespie's push for a Test return in South Africa.
 arrow Football: Heavy loss for BD women
Bangladesh women's football team conceded a huge 6-0 defeat to Kyrgyzstan in the Group 3 qualifier of the AFC Youth (Under-19) Women's Football Championship in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Waqar named Pak bowling coach
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis will be the bowling coach of the country's national cricket team.
 arrow Cricket: Country first for Kaneria
Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria will limit his appearances for English county Essex after being ordered to remain as fresh as possible for his country's tours to Sri Lanka and England.
 arrow Football: War at Real
Real Madrid's stars are at "war" with each other as they head for a third straight season without a trophy, with Brazilian forward Ronaldo and Spanish midfielder Guti having come to blows, Barcelona-based
 arrow Cricket: Thakurgaon cricket
Agomony Sporting Club outplayed Development Squad by ten wickets in the opening match of the Thakurgaon Cricket League at the Thakurgaon Cricket ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Historic March 7 observed
The nation yesterday observed the historic March 7, the day when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon the Bangalees to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistani military junta setting the
 arrow Women worst victims of corruption
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for united efforts of men and women to combat corruption, which is an obstacle to achieving social development, ensuring gender equality and establishing women's
 arrow ‘$ 2 b more remittance possible a year’
Bangladesh will earn over two billion dollar additional remittance annually if the government promotes female migration, an expert said.
 arrow UK offers to help deal with extremist threat
British Foreign Office Minister, Dr Kim Howells has welcomed the recent capture of two most wanted terrorist leaders and offered to work with Bangladesh government to deal with the terrorist threat.
 arrow Vow to resist acid attack
A unique rally was held at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday where teachers, lawyers, businessmen, journalists, artists, and students -- all of them are males -- made a vow to resist acid
 arrow Boy burnt alive while 8 shops gutted in Ctg
A boy was burned alive and eight shops were gutted causing damage of property worth over Tk 30 lakh in a devastating fire at Satkania upazila in Chittagong district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Tk 32 lakh money suit filed against BNP MP Mongu
A Union Parishad (UP) chairman from Barisal yesterday filed a money suit in a Dhaka court for realisation of Tk 32 lakh from BNP lawmaker Mosharraf Hossain Mongu, elected from Barisal-3 constituency.
 arrow Nine officials promoted to secretary
The government yesterday promoted nine officials to the post of secretary.
 arrow UGC submits report to president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the government has undertaken extensive programmes for expansion and improvement of the education system. He urged all to come forward to ensure quality education.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A notorious criminal was killed in a "shootout" between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Nasim Firdaus new envoy to Egypt
Nasim Firdaus, currently Ambassador of Bangladesh to Indonesia, has been appointed Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
 arrow 1,171 more held
Police arrested 1,171 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Journos continue protest at JU
The journalists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged a token sit-in in front of the administrative building yesterday demanding punishment to the criminals who made attempt on life of the Prothom Alo
 arrow Robbery in city house
Armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments worth Tk 7.9 lakh from a house at Indira Road in the city on Monday night. Sources said the gang numbering eight pressed the doorbell of the house at8:45pm.
 arrow Swedish envoy meets Bhuiyan
Newly appointed Swedish Ambassador in Bangladesh Britt F Hagstrom called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his secretariat yesterday.
 arrow Anwarul takes oath as PSC member
Chief Justice JR Mudassir Hossain yesterday administered the oath of Anwarul Hoque as a member of Public Service Commission (PSC) at a simple ceremony.
 arrow Gaziul Hasan gets extension
The government has extended the contract service of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Managing Director and Chief Editor Gaziul Hasan Khan for another year, an official notification said on Monday.
 arrow Mozammel, Gazi BFUJ president, secy general
M Mozammel Haque and Ruhul Amin Gazi were elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) on Sunday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Parents are anxiously waiting beside a hospital bed in which their fifteen-year-old son Tasnim Rafi, a cadet, is lying unconscious for nearly one and a half months.
Nationalarrow Crimes increase in southwestern dists
Law and order deteriorated in Khulna division with increase in crimes including murder last month.
 arrow Reserve forests in Mirzapur, Sakhipur disappearing fast
Reserve forests in Tangail are shrinking due to indiscriminate cutting of trees and encroachment of forestlands.
 arrow Arrest of JMB kingpins a drama, says Inu
Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu Monday said JMB chief and Sheikh Abdur Rahman and JMJB chief Bangla Bhai are creations of the government and their arrest is a 'drama'.
 arrow Sec 144 as rival BNP men clash
Section 144 was imposed in Kendua municipal area in Netrakona district for 18 hours from 6 am yesterday following clashes between two groups of BNP activists, centring the party's upazila council.
Culturearrow Taking up cudgels for women
Rokeya Rafique is a woman to reckon with. In addition to her role as executive director of the women's organisation Karmojibi Nari, she is active on the cultural front as TV and stage actress.
 arrow Empathy with women
Nargis Akhter is known to be a demanding director. Her films deal with hard-hitting issues often shunned by others.
 arrow Representing a new generation of women filmmakers
Several women filmmakers have a grouse--not being taken seriously by their male counterparts despite their obvious talent and a scenario where women are pigeon holed as pretty faced actresses or at the
 arrow Glimpse of the cultural activists who continue to inspire


Internationalarrow Israel may target new Hamas PM: Mofaz
Israel's defence minister said Tuesday that the Islamic militant Hamas group's prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, is not immune from an Israeli targeted killing.
 arrow Bush starts campaign for Congress nod
The Bush administration has started an aggressive campaign to convince sceptical lawmakers of the merits of a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with India.
 arrow UK unveils new immigration system
A new points-based immigration system for workers who want to come to the UK from outside the EU has been unveiled by the Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
 arrow India, Australia ink defence accord
Burying its past suspicions of Indian naval buildup, Australia on Monday signed first-ever defence agreement with India focusing on maritime cooperation.
 arrow Nepali Maoists to talk with parties in Delhi
Nepal's Maoist guerrillas and opposition parties are in the process of holding fresh talks in New Delhi, the kingdom's private media reported yesterday.
 arrow Manhunt for clerics behind Pak clashes
Pakistani troops yesterday searched for two pro-Taliban clerics accused of instigating the worst fighting near the Afghan border since the start of the "war on terror", officials said.
 arrow British, Pak PMs talk terror, Kashmir
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed counter-terrorism, trade cooperation, interfaith ties and the Kashmir issue in a London meeting, Blair's office has
 arrow Marxists, monks to keep backing Lanka govt
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's hardline Buddhist and Marxist allies agreed to keep backing his government on Monday despite concerns over talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Financing of terrorist outfits
With the arrest of five out of the seven members of the Majlish-e-Shura, top leadership command of JMB, the terrorist organisation is certainly left beleaguered, but to think that it's completely defanged
 arrow Editorial: Load-shedding woes crossing limits
Many parts of the city plunged into darkness day before yesterday as the Dhanmandi Ulan power grid line went out of order adding to the misery of city dwellers.
 arrow Boosting export competitiveness
Often a question is asked about the role of Bangladesh Missions abroad in boosting export competitiveness.
 arrow Taking tips from Tokyo
The Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is the institution in Tokyo that one should take note of while taking a travel for academic advancement.
 arrow Women in a man's world
The idea of gender equality is not a novelty. However, it is unfortunate, yet another harsh truth of nature that categorises women in the forbidden phrase called "the weaker sex.
Letters to Editorarrow Purchasing planes
It has been reported in the media that Bangladesh is purchasing some fighter planes from China at a cost of about $ 93 million dollars.
 arrow Opposition's role
The sun emerges from the unknown cloud in the political sky of Bangladesh. For a long time, people of Bangladesh were suffering from uncertainty. We are happy although it is late.
 arrow Anti cartoon protests
A cartoon of Muhammad (pbuh) published by a Danish newspaper and reprinted in some other European papers has angered Muslims all over the world and they protested it vehemently since such an act is blasphemous.
 arrow Media magic Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza has been awarded the Indian National Award "Padmashree" for her "superb performance" in Tennis, ranked 32nd in the world now.
 arrow Capture of JMB leader
The top leader of Islamic militant outfit JMB Shaekh Abdur Rahman was captured in Sylhet on March 1.
 arrow Why this closure?
The Chittagong Chemical Complex located at Barab Kunda Chittagong was closed by an administrative order on 15th December, 2002.
 arrow Power crisis
The candle industry seems to be booming. Generators are flying off the shop shelves. Charger lights are getting scarce. The reason is in the fact that the nation is passing through a power crisis.
 arrow No private TV channel!
The other day Colonel Faruk Khan, an Awami League lawmaker in the parliament, was demanding that the private TV channels be allowed to enter into the House to cover the news of the parliament proceedings.
 arrow A constructive revolution
Our country is nothing but marginal, defensive about its corrupt political system. Corruption has always been and continues to be our number one social malady.
 arrow "Clean" candidates for next election
Please accept my best wishes on the occasion of your 15th anniversary celebrations.
International Women's Day Specialarrow Dedicating the day to the female garment workers
March 8. A commemorative Day. Today is International Women's Day.
 arrow Bangladeshi women awarded for dedicated work
There is a declared "international day" for most events these days, but probably the one most deserving of reflection, and most worthy of celebration, is International Women's Day, which falls each year
 arrow In praise of remarkable women
"Come let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad tales of the death of Kings"so said William Shakespeare hundreds of years ago.
 arrow Widening the sphere of women's empowerment
Since 1975, International Women's Year, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women's Day around the world.
Star Chittagongarrow Dife is too weak to ensure safety measures
Lack of safety measures is a constant threat for some 5,000 factories in Chittagong as the Department for Inspection of Factories and Establishments (Dife) lies in a miserable state.
 arrow Int'l Trade Fair attracts huge visitors
The 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair-2006 at the Railway Polo ground in the port city has gained momentum with huge visitors crowding everyday.
Star Cityarrow Evacuation from risky buildings shelved
The government's decision to evict the residents from seven risky buildings in Motijheel AGB Colony could not be implemented as the Public Works Department has not given green signal to the Directorate
 arrow Chaotic Dhanmondi in school hours
Traffic situation becomes chaotic and unbearable in the entire Dhanmondi residential area during school hours due to poor traffic management and illegal parking.
 arrow Uncertain future awaits survivors
Mohammad Ali, a construction worker who was working on the top floor of the Phoenix building when it suddenly came down on February 25, groans in acute pain at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH)
 arrow Claws of Encroachers


 arrow Deshi products on show
A furniture festival in the city has been attracting enthusiastic visitors in Mirpur to highlight local products and encourage Bangladeshi furniture makers, who have been going through a bad time recently
 arrow DCC blamed for mosquito menace
While mosquito menace in the city has worsened over the last few weeks, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities are yet to take effective measures to solve the situation.
 
   
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