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Front Pagearrow Top US agency men join fight
Two visiting US Treasury Department intelligence experts are assisting Bangladesh in detecting and routing sources and channels of funds to the Islamist militants.
 arrow JS body grills Akbar for jacked-up ship price
A parliamentary body yesterday criticised the shipping minister for a "mysterious" increase in price for building an ocean-going ship and misuse of funds for the construction of a new container terminal
 arrow Cops set to hunt for 2 top JMB militants
Investigators are working out an operation plan to arrest the two fleeing Majlish-e-Shura members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Salahuddin and Khaled Saifullah.
 arrow SSC, Dakhil examinations begin today
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations begin today under the country's nine education boards.
 arrow Australia offers tech help to track down militants
Australia yesterday offered training and technological assistance, including highly developed software, to enhance the intelligence skills in Bangladesh in tracking down the funding of terrorists.
 arrow Cops to hear muffled victims' voices
Police stations in the areas where Bangla Bhai and his men established a reign of terror have now received orders from the headquarters to pursue victims' families and tortured people, who did not file
 arrow Gruesome torture tales
It was May 19, 2004 in Naogaon. Bangla Bhai-led Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) abducted Idris Ali Khejur, Abdul Qayyum Badshah and Bashar at Simba in Raninagar and Ala at Sharia in Atrai to avenge the murders of two militants by outlaws.
 arrow Niko resumes gas supply after threat
Following a threat of legal action, Canadian oil company Niko Resources yesterday resumed gas supply from Feni gas field, stopped on February 26 as unusual pressure tactics.
 arrow Dhaka may sign revised Indo-Bangla trade deal
Dhaka is likely to sign a revised Indo-Bangla Trade Agreement during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's New Delhi visit scheduled to begin on March 20.
 arrow Dhaka fares poorly in HR record
The US State Department in a report released yesterday said Bangladesh fares poorly in human rights record and the government continues to commit numerous serious abuses.
 arrow US to work closely with Bangladesh
The United States will work closely with Bangladesh government on fighting the war against terrorism, said US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack at a daily press briefing in Washington on Tuesday.
 arrow ROK seeks Saarc observer status
South Korea desires to become an observer of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), which has now been expanded with Afghanistan co-opted as its new member and China and Japan as observers.
 arrow WB's $100m credit for education reforms okayed
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved a credit of $100 million to support the Bangladesh government's efforts to address the systemic governance issues in order to raise quality and cost-effectiveness
 arrow Dodgy Saudi firms dally over pay
Many Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia are facing utter miseries due to persisting irregular payment of wages, and their employers virtually hold them hostage tactfully preventing them from taking jobs
 arrow Autonomous body to be formed for policymaking
The government is going to form an autonomous body for policymaking in power sector development, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmood said yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF to work together to combat border crimes
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) agreed to work together to contain cross border crimes and reduce tension as a three-day border conference concluded in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow A party calls it 'drama' to divert public attention: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said a political party is calling the capture of top terrors a 'drama' in a bid to divert public attention from external conspiracy behind the recent bomb terrorism.
 arrow Pakistanis favour military rule fearing Indian attack
Feeling threatened by the possibility of Indian attacks, the Pakistanis tend to prefer military forces as their rulers who appear to be more reliable in combating the attacker, said Air Marshal (retired)
 arrow DU student, KU official killed in road crash
A student of Dhaka University (DU) and an official of Khulna University (KU) were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Paturia highway early yesterday.
 arrow JP (Naziur) leader killed in bomb attack
A leader of Jatiya Party (Naziur) was killed in a bomb attack by three unidentified criminals in Khan Jahan Ali area of the city last night.
 arrow Bangladesh caught in Murali web
Muttiah Muralidaran grabbed his 50th five-wicket haul as Bangladesh collapsed after a good start on the opening day of the second and final Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow UNSC likely to meet next week on Iran
The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Iran next week, a senior EU diplomat said yesterday as nuclear watchdog governors met to debate a report on the Iranian nuclear drive that Tehran called"politicised.
 arrow India on alert to prevent trouble after blasts
Armed police in India mounted vigil in Varanasi and Hindu groups called for a strike but the streets of the ancient holy city where bomb blasts killed 23 people were calm yesterday despite fears of abacklash.
 arrow The wait for water

 arrow HC asks govt to produce probe reports
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to produce before the court the investigation reports on February 23 fire at KTS Textile and Garments Limited in Chittagong.
 arrow Ctg mayor against pvt management
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday warned of movement against Chittagong Port Authority's (CPA) move to hand over the management and operation of Newmooring Container
 arrow Int'l Women's Day observed
The nation yesterday observed International Women's Day with a call for women's financial, social and political empowerment to ensure equality.
 arrow Arms, explosives recovered from Chhatak border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered two revolvers, eight pieces of power gel explosives, detonators and six bullets at Imdadnagar near the Chhatak border yesterday.
 arrow Stuck in a chasm

Businessarrow Soaring dollar prices puzzle BB too
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is unsure about reasons behind the soaring dollar prices in the inter-bank exchange market but suspects whether export proceeds were repatriated properly or quantity of imports fell
 arrow WB suggests measures to up RMG competitiveness
The World Bank has called for allowing female garment workers at night shifts, reducing import duty to 15 percent, lifting export subsidy and reviewing back-to-back letter of credit (LC) system to enhance
 arrow Govt decision likely by May
The government will take decision on Asia Energy Corporation's (AEC) development plan for Phulbari coalmine by May, sources concerned said.
 arrow Tata's investment proposal and related issues
India-based industrial conglomerate Tata placed its US $ 2.5 billion investment proposal to the Bangladesh government last year.
 arrow Turmoil won’t derail Asian growth: ADB
Asian economies including Thailand and the Philippines, which are beset by political turmoil, will grow strongly this year despite high oil prices and interest rate hikes, the Asian Development Bank's
 arrow US, Australia review historic trade pact
Australia pressed the United States Tuesday to grant more access in sensitive commercial areas as the two countries held their first review of a landmark free trade pact.
 arrow Oil prices ease
Oil prices eased in Asian trade Wednesday after the Opec cartel indicated it would maintain rather than cut current production quotas, dealers said.
 arrow New MD of Jiban Bima Corporation
Md Wazed Ali Khan took over as the managing director of Jiban Bima Corporation with effect from March 2, 2006.
 arrow Indian phone subscriptions soar 39pc
Phone subscriptions in India, led by mobile services, have soared 39 percent in the year ended February to 135.5 million as competition has cut call rates, the government said Wednesday.
 arrow Six trading powers to spur WTO talks in London
Six trading powers are due to meet in London Friday to try to narrow their differences ahead of a looming deadline for talks on bringing down barriers to commerce at the World Trade Organisation.
 arrow US business mission backs Vietnam’s WTO accession
A US business delegation Wednesday voiced support for Vietnam joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as executives from 21 American companies started a visit to the communist country.
 arrow Nepal RMG export to US rises 47pc in Feb
Export of readymade garments, Nepal's main foreign currency earner, to the United States in the month of February has increased by 47 percent compared to the 8 percent decline in January this year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: All praises for Murali
There was hardly any evidence in Bangladesh's batting on the first day of the second and final Test that they have learned the way to tackle Muttiah Murali-daran's spin.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
IT was once again a good toss to win by Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar and showing positive attitude to bat first on a wicket which looked odd with two colours and a bit of moisture.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid seeks 20 wickets
India captain Rahul Dravid has urged his bowlers to adapt quickly if the hosts are to have any chance of beating England in the second Test starting in Mohali on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne bares his soul
Test cricket's greatest wicket-taker Shane Warne has admitted his off-field antics with a series of women cost him not only his marriage but also a chance to captain Australia.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho sinks Chelsea
Barcelona can claim two victories over Chelsea after knocking the Londoners out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: One-day title beckons Rajshahi
Rajshahi will keep the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League one-day title in their showcase if they beat Sylhet today in the eighth round at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Court stays BCCI show cause to Dalmiya
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya today got a reprieve when a city court stayed the show cause notice issued to him by the BCCI for alleged irregularitieswith
 arrow Football: Brothers go down in Manama
Premier League and Federation Cup champions Brothers Union began their AFC Cup 2006 campaign on a bitter note on Tuesday when they conceded a 2-0 defeat to Bahraini champions Al Muharraq in Manama.
 arrow Cricket: Monty at 'home'
England spinner Monty Panesar will receive a warm welcome to his home from home when he plays in the second Test against India.
 arrow Football: Heartbreak for Bremen
An awful mistake by Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese in the 88th minute gifted Juventus a dramatic 2-1 victory here Tuesday and a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Villareal end Rangers run
Glasgow Rangers saw their Champions League dream come to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday when they were knocked out by Villarreal despite drawing their last 16, second leg tie 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming wants to savour it
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming is backing his pace attack to set the West Indies batsmen back on their heels as the home side celebrate a special anniversary in the first cricket Test starting here
 arrow Cricket: Waqar feels honoured
Pakistan have appointed former paceman Waqar Younis as their bowling coach after losing a home one-day series against arch-rivals India, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: You can't buy beautiful football
The Barcelona fan with the banner at El Prat airport on Wednesday didn't need to deploy any of the venom which some of his more enthusiastic counterparts reserved for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Cricket: Zim to play 7 ODIs in WI
Zimbabwe will play seven one-day internationals against the West Indies as their tour schedule is extended to make up for their loss of Test status.
 arrow Football: Violence follows Chelsea game
Fourteen people were arrested following clashes overnight after Spanish outfit Barcelona dumped English champions Chelsea out of the Champions League, police confirmed Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Dutch ban Nazi helmets
The Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) on Tuesday banned fans from wearing imitation, plastic Nazi helmets inside stadiums in an effort to cool volatile temperatures between Holland and German supporters
 arrow Olympics: Sabatini gets IOC award
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday awarded former Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini its 2006 "women in sport" prize for her work to promote tennis in Argentina.
Metropolitanarrow 'Ensure women's participation in decision-making'
The integration of women into the mainstream and their participation in the decision-making process are a must to eliminate violence against them, said women leaders and NGO representatives yesterdayat
 arrow Support Dhaka case in EU
President Iajuddin Ahmed has requested Greece to support Bangladesh's case in the European Union (EU) in respect of market access, removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers for Bangladeshi products, economic
 arrow Principal takes side with JCD girls
Eden College JCD leaders have driven more than 20 students out of their seats at Khodeza Khatun Hall of the college and are allegedly distributing those seats among new students in exchange of money,but
 arrow Malaysia urged to recruit more Bangladeshis
Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz, newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his secretariat office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Removal of JMB-linked ministers, MPs demanded
The 11 Party leaders yesterday demanded immediate removal of ministers, MPs and administrative officials who harboured militant kingpins Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai.
 arrow 4 fake cops arrested in city
Police arrested four people yesterday for extorting money under the disguise of police at Motijheel Shapla Chattar in the city.
 arrow 100 Bangladeshis to study, work for a year in Australia
Bangladesh and Australia yesterday struck a deal under which 100 university students from Bangladesh can visit Australia to study and work for one year.
 arrow Former minister Tito joins AL today
Former minister, Jatiya Party Secretary General and BNP leader Khaledur Rahman Tito will join Awami League today.
 arrow Youth Festival begins in Ctg today
A three-day 'Connecting Futures Youth Festival' begins today in the port city for the first time.
 arrow Main accused arrested
Police arrested the main accused in journalist Goutam Das killing case from Jhiltuli area in the district town yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Film Festival begins in Ctg tomorrow
The second phase of international film festival titled 'The 3rd International Film Festival Chittagong 2006' begins here in the port city tomorrow.
 arrow BDR DG to visit Comilla sector today
Director General of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed will go for a two-day visit to Comilla sector today.
 arrow Japanese councillor in city
President of the Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentarian League and a member of the Japanese House of Councillors Shin Sakurai arrived in the city yesterday on a four-day visit.
 arrow BRRI success in rice research lauded
Bangladesh achieved tremendous success in poverty alleviation through rice research, said Dr Robert S Zeigler, Director General (DG) of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) yesterday at a meeting
 arrow 8th Education UK Exhibition begins in city today
The three-day 8th Education UK Exhibition 2006 begins at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton in the city today with the participation of 26 UK universities and colleges.
 arrow IUBAT convocation today
The second convocation of the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) will be held at the China-Bangladesh Friendship Centre today at 11:00am.
 arrow Upgradation of post of asst UZ edn officer recommended
The Parliament Standing Committee on the Ministry of Establishment yesterday recommended upgradation of the Assistant Upazila Education Officer to first class gazetted officer.
 arrow Solo art exhibition of Japanese artist begins tomorrow
A three-day solo art exhibition of Japanese artist Kuroda Akihito begins tomorrow at Teacher-student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Mentally challenged girl kills self to end humiliation
Insulted and ashamed, Meneka Bilkis succumbed to her burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital at around 1.30am yesterday after going through unbearable pain for nine days.
 arrow BSF starts erecting fence again along Birampur border
A tense situation has been prevailing at Birampur frontiers in Dianjpur as the Indian Boarder Security Force (BSF) started erecting a barbed-wire fence along the border on Tuesday noon in violation of
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 1 cr seized, four arrested
A team of Department of Narcotic Control (DNC) seized one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk 1 crore along with Tk 40,000 in cash from a house at Rayerbagh under Shyampur Police Station in the city.
 arrow One stabbed to death in Keraniganj
A gang of unknown criminals stabbed a salon employee to death at Aganagar in Keraniganj last night. The victim was identified as Rajib, 22, a resident of Zinjira.
 arrow 1,311 more held
Police arrested 1,311 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 12 hours ending at 6:00am tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Hang militant kingpins
Relatives of detained JMB cadres have demanded capital punishment to militant kingpins Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai for misleading their near and dear ones and involving them
 arrow Rallies, road barricade for smooth power supply
Different political organisations, joined by farmers, yesterday brought out processions and held rallies in Satkhira and barricaded the Dhaka-Dinajur highway in Dinajpur, demanding smooth power supply.
 arrow Policy needed to develop haor areas, seminar told
Speakers at a seminar here urged the government to adopt a separate policy for development of haor areas because they are topographically different from other areas of the country.
 arrow A ruling partner behind arrest of our leaders, acting Ahab Ameer says
Acting Ameer of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), Dr Mohammad Musleh Uddin has said a partner in the ruling alliance misguided the government into arresting its chief Dr Asadullah Al Galib.
 arrow Ruta polls today
Election to the 15-member Executive Committee of Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta ) will be held today.
Culturearrow The Other Voice
To celebrate International Women's Day, 21 women artists brought together their paintings and sculpture to an exhibition, 'The Other Voice', at Bengal Foundation.
 arrow 50 years of Bangladeshi Cinema: An overview
Over 3,000 films have been made in the last 50 years since Bangla ‘talkies’ made its debut with Abdul Jabbar Khan’s Mukh O Mukhosh.
 arrow Whither ghazals of Ghalib?
Enayat-e-Moula Jinnah, is a singer of ghazals and modern Bangla songs, apart from being a music director of the Shilpakala Academy for decades.
 arrow Today's attractions
Venue: Central Public Library
Movie: Do Aankhen Barah Haath (India)
Time: 10:30 am
Synopsis: A stylised parable about human virtue, Do Aankhen Barah Haath follows

Internationalarrow Pak-Afghan spat shows cracks in war on terror
If Osama bin Laden follows the news, the chances are he is enjoying the spectacle of "war on terror" allies Afghanistan and Pakistan at each other's throats.
 arrow Violence in spotlight on women's day
Campaigners have marked International Women's Day by vowing to fight sexual violence and discrimination in Asia as the United States remains locked in debate about abortion rights.
 arrow Varanasi blasts rock Indian parliament
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on Wednesday following protests by the opposition members over the Varanasi blasts.
 arrow Violence keeps UN's Iraq expansion on hold: Annan
UN hopes of stepping up its activities in Iraq are still on hold due to the violence across the country and the risk of UN staff becoming targets, Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday.
 arrow Post-quake disaster in Pakistan averted
The threat of a second wave of winter deaths after the devastating South Asian earthquake five months ago has been averted, the United Nations said Wednesday.
 arrow Hamas, Fatah resume talks on coalition govt
Islamist Hamas and defeated Fatah are to resume talks yesterday on forming a Palestinian government, likely to face diminished chances of success following hefty slinging matches in parliament.
 arrow India refuses to let Kashmiri rebel leader visit Pakistan
A hardline Kashmiri separatist leader said yesterday he has been refused permission by India to travel to Pakistan for a three-day international conference on the revolt-hit region.
 arrow 100 firms face boycott in drive to oust Thai PM
Thai protesters threatened yesterday to boycott nearly 100 companies and products linked to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, racheting up the pressure for him to resign.
 arrow Indian court jails Gujarat riot witness for contempt
A key witness to an attack on a Muslim-owned bakery during religious riots in India in 2002 was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday for repeatedly changing her evidence.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Caught in the device of his own words
There is no delicate way to put it. When Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami states that he never suggested that Bangla Bhai was a creation of the media, he is being untruthful.
 arrow Editorial: Panic deaths again!
The death of three garment workers in a stampede, following a fire panic at a factory in Gazipur on Monday, does prove that worker safety concerns remain as neglected as before.
 arrow Is it the end of the road for the radicals?
The country must have heaved a sigh of relief when the two most wanted men in the country, with the blood of many innocent Bangladeshis on their hands, were captured in quick succession of one another.
 arrow Separate deal
Trouble is, ma-in-law ain't approved of history yet. Arms-wide-open George Bush and simple-but-hardly-simplistic Manmohan Singh summoned history to witness their alliance.
Letters to Editorarrow Language monument in Canada
The Bangladesh mission has talked with Ottawa and Toronto mayors to convince them to erect a monument in honour of the International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Makeshift eateries
I was tempted to taste some foods in Gulshan # 2 wayside fast food shops.
 arrow Public universities
It is in reference to the article "The continuing importance of public education" one of the two articles published in DS, both shedding light on higher education in the country.
 arrow CDA plots
In July 2002, CDA invited applications for residential plot allotment for its Kolpalok residential area in Bakalia, Chittagong.
 arrow Take reforms seriously
First of all, I want to join the millions of people in applauding the opposition party's decision to join the parliament.
 arrow Politics today
It has become a pastime of the political leaders of our country to play with the republic's destiny.
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