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Front Pagearrow JMB behind attacks on Azad, Yunus
The government yesterday disclosed that outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out attacks on prominent writer Humayun Azad and Rajshahi University teacher Prof Yunus in 2004.
 arrow Biman loses profitable routes to foreign airlines
Political decisions overriding the professional marketing plans of Biman Bangladesh Airlines are helping foreign flag carriers eat up a few of its profit-making routes to the Middle Eastern destinations.
 arrow Islami Bank staffs ignored norms
A Bangladesh Bank (BB) investigation has found some lapses of banking norms in eight money transfers that law enforcers suspect were meant for funding JMB militant activities.
 arrow Niko resumes supply, only insignificantly
Although Canadian oil company Niko Resources has bowed to government pressure to resume gas supply from Feni field on Wednesday, it is actually supplying less than one-fifth of the quantum it is supposed
 arrow JMB's covert operation
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) emerged with its militant activities by sending trained Muslim Rohingya rebels to Afghanistan and Kashmir war fronts in the 1980s through covert chains of Ahle Hadith
 arrow Cry for life goes in vain
"My hands and legs are broken. You've left me paralysed from the waist down. Please take me to a hospital. I want to live," Yasin was yelling at militants of Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Family prepares burial after DNA confirmation
The family of Chittagong business magnate and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, abducted on July 24 in 2003 and later killed, is now preparing for burial of his mortal remains.
 arrow Bangla Bhai now fit to be quizzed
Dreaded militant leader Bangla Bhai, arrested wounded from Mymensingh Monday, is now fit for interrogation, State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar said yesterday.
 arrow IMF suggests tighter monetary policy
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested further tightening of Bangladesh Bank's monetary policy to ease inflationary pressure.
 arrow EC extends time for voter list preparation
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat has again extended the deadline for collecting and scrutinising information of prospective voters for preparing the controversial fresh voter list, keeping the
 arrow Forex watchdog on cards at BB
The Bangladesh Bank will set up an intelligence unit to oversee and investigate into any irregularities it may detect in foreign currency transactions, BB Governor Salehuddin Ahmed told a meeting of bankers
 arrow PDB signs deals with unskilled consortium
The Power Development Board (PDB) finally signed two agreements yesterday for the Meghnaghat-2 450 megawatt power plant project with Belhasa-Orion-Steag (BON) consortium, which actually had not won the
 arrow 50 expelled on first day of SSC exam
At least 50 examinees were expelled for cheating on the first day of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations yesterday, education ministry sources said.
 arrow UN action against Iran looms ahead
Iran's hardline regime was yesterday digging in for a showdown against arch-enemy the United States, with its supreme leader vowing not to halt a disputed nuclear drive despite looming UN Security Council
 arrow 3 killed in 'crossfire'
A Juba League activist, an outlaw and a robber were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" in Savar, Jhenidah and Bagerhat early yesterday.
 arrow Fire again at Ctg garment factory
Properties worth over Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a devastating fire at a garments and sweater factory at the city's busy GEC intersection on Wednesday night.
 arrow First-ever in Bangladesh


 arrow Vote for BNP to ensure peace, development
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged people to vote for the BNP and its allies in the next general elections to ensure peace and development.
 arrow Ctg court wants Rahman, Bangla Bhai on Mar 21
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday asked the government to produce militant leaders Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, accused in two explosive cases, before the court
 arrow Saifur vows to tighten grips on cellphone operators
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday vowed to tighten grips on mobile phone operators as the companies remit huge amount of money, creating additional pressure on the shaky foreignexchange
 arrow JU students torch buses after man dies in road crash
Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) set two buses ablaze and vandalized another protesting the death of a man in a road accident on the Dhaka-Paturia highway near JU campus yesterday.
 arrow Australia keen to increase Bangladeshi immigrants
Australia is willing to train up Bangladeshi nurses and gradually increase the number of skilled Bangladeshi immigrants there.
 arrow Bangladesh's HR situation better than many countries
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed has claimed that human rights situation in Bangladesh is better than those of many countries in the world.
 arrow Court asks cop to submit probe report against Sunny
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the investigation officer (IO) of two cases filed against the JMB military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others to submit the probe reports of the cases immediately.
 arrow Two of a family crushed under train
Two of a family were crushed under a speeding train in Kalihati upazila in Tangail yesterday noon.
 arrow Tharanga steals the Bogra show
Upul Tharanga hit his maiden Test hundred as Sri Lanka wrested back control of the second and final Test from Bangladesh on an eventful second day at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Father demands punishment to militant son
Father of JMB chief Abdur Rahman's bodyguard demanded exemplary punishment to his son yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar, India sign gas deal
India and Myanmar agreed yesterday to consider ways of transporting natural gas from fields off western Myanmar to the energy-hungry giant next door, officials said.
Businessarrow Low-cost Chinese items lead to huge Sino-Bangla trade gap
Low-cost Chinese products are making Bangladesh more dependent on the Asian economic giant, contributing to a widening trade gap of more than one billion dollars between the two countries in just sixmonths
 arrow Ctg mayor against move to privatise container terminal
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday issued warning against any move to privatise Chittagong New Mooring Container Terminal.
 arrow Gender equity key to eradicating poverty
Gender equity is key to eradicating poverty, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Bangladesh Suneeta Mukherjee said in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Compliance with ethical standards in auditing stressed
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said compliance with ethical standards and legal liability in auditing are important to produce a credible financial report.
 arrow More pressure to cut duty to halt WTO talks: India
India has warned global trade liberalisation talks will come to a grinding halt if developed nations pressed for greater market access from developing countries through steeper import duty cuts.
 arrow SEC issues directive against Mercantile Bank director
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday stopped selling or transferring of 79,150 shares of one of the directors of the Mercantile Bank Ltd for two years for his involvement in insidertrading.
 arrow FBCCI team leaves for Bhutan to attend Saarc Chamber meet
A five-member FBCCI delegation left here yesterday for Thimpu, Bhutan to attend the 35h Executive Committee meeting of the Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to be held on Friday-Saturday.
 arrow EU urged to reassess decision
China urged the European Union on Thursday to rethink its decision to impose anti-dumping duty on imported Chinese shoes, saying the EU plan was "unjust" and "illegal.
 arrow Lanka aims to quadruple FDI this year
Sri Lanka aims to almost quadruple foreign investment from 2005 to one billion dollars this year by raising the amount of cash required to earn tax breaks, the country's investment arm said Thursday.
 arrow Citibank opens new country processing centre
Citibank, NA Bangladesh yesterday inaugurated its state-of-the-art country-processing centre to offer better services to its customers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Etihad Airways to launch route to Dhaka
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it will launch a new route to Dhaka starting May 3, 2006, providing frequent air travel between Bangladesh and theMiddle
 arrow Oil prices slip below $60
Oil prices fell below the key 60 dollar level in Asian trade Thursday as abundant US energy supplies and Opec's unchanged production levels lowered supply concerns over Iran, dealers said.
 arrow FDI in Philippines up 64.5pc in '05
Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the Philippines rose 64.5 percent from a year earlier to 1.1 billion dollars, exceeding the government target of 971 million dollars, the central bank said Thursday.
 arrow Singer, Haier sign strategic partnership deal
Singer Bangladesh Ltd and Hayes (Bangladesh) Ltd, sole distributor of Haier products in Bangladesh and a joint venture partner of Haier Group-China, yesterday signed a strategic partnership agreement.
 arrow Malaysia praises Vietnam as next 'tiger' economy
Malaysia's foreign minister on Thursday praised his host Vietnam as Asia's next "tiger" economy and a good partner for trade and investment.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rajshahi keep one-day crown
Rajshahi clinched their second consecutive National Cricket League one-day crown with two rounds remaining when they handed a five-wicket defeat on Sylhet in the eighth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A lesson for home batsmen
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar wants to take lessons from Upul Tharanga before going into the second essay of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Bangladesh once again started the day well with the pace bowlers taking control. Shahadat Hossain was magnificent, taking two early wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen salvages England
Ashes hero Kevin Pietersen cracked a robust 64 in murky conditions to help England survive early blows in the second Test against India here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Holders eliminated
Holders Liverpool paid heavily for missed chances as they were knocked out of the Champions League in a 2-0 defeat by Benfica on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Tsunami survivor runs havoc
Although playing only his third Test, Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga showed enough maturity in his brilliant batsmanship here yesterday to swing the match away after a spirited Bangladesh bowling onthe
 arrow Football: Preliminary nat'l camp concludes
Bangladesh national football squad concluded their four-day fitness training yesterday to gear up for the final preparation for next month's inaugural AFC Challenge Cup at home.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya due on March 14
Kenya will arrive in Dhaka on March 14 to play four one-day internationals against Bangladesh. The ICC associate members were due to arrive today according to the previous schedule and play three one-dayers.
 arrow Football: Gunners bid Real adieu
Arsenal will be the Premiership's sole representatives in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after Wednesday's goalless draw at Highbury completed a 1-0 aggregate victory over Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Milan crush sorry Bayern
Filippo Inzaghi scored twice as AC Milan thrashed Bayern Munich 4-1 here Wednesday to storm into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
 arrow Cricket: Styris stars Day One
Scott Styris starred for New Zealand Thursday, backing up an unbeaten century with two wickets in three balls to even the honours on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo hits out at Pele
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo criticized fellow Brazilian Pele on Wednesday for saying "stupid things," rebuking Pele for his comments last week in which he said the three-time FIFA player of the year gets
 arrow Football: Super Pippo puts pressure on Lippi
AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, whose two goals helped knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League, has produced a streak of scoring form that puts him back in the reckoning for a place in Italy's
 arrow Cricket: Another landmark for Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar reached another milestone on Thursday when he equalled Kapil Dev's record for most Test appearances by an Indian.
 arrow Football: Lyon's revenge over PSV
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier avoided the fate of his successor at Anfield, Benitez by guiding French champions Lyon into the last eight.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l chess from today
Holder Grand Master Ziaur Rahman will face FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil in the opening round of the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship which begins today at the BCF hall-room.
 arrow Cycling: Nat'l cycling from Mar 17
The 30th National Cycling Championships will begin here on March 17.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh eves lose 10-0
Bangladesh lost their second successive match in the AFC Youth (Under-19) Women's Football Championship qualifying round when they crashed 10-0 to hosts India in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Football: Cech pays homage to Ronaldinho
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech paid homage to Barcelona's Ronaldinho after the brilliant Brazilian sent the English side spinning out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Baby delight for Flintoff
England captain Andrew Flintoff went into the second Test against India with the news his wife Rachael has given birth to their second child, a boy.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club handed a 51-run defeat to Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre in Thursday's Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium.
Metropolitanarrow Promote ethical education to build corruption-free society
Expressing deep concern over moral degradation in the present-day world, leading economists and educationists yesterday said it is high time to promote ethical education to build a corruption-free and
 arrow Arrest JMB-linked ministers: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of those ministers, MPs and financiers who harboured top militant leaders Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul
 arrow Effective border control needed to stop irregular migration
Visiting Australian Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone at a function here yesterday said it is important for all countries to control their borders as no country can take
 arrow 'Bring masterminds of Kibria killing to book’
Family members of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday vowed to continue their peaceful protest until the masterminds of the killing of Kibria are brought to justice.
 arrow Eden students continue protest
The Eden College authorities remained indifferent till yesterday to the 24-hour ultimatum of the students issued on Wednesday to accommodate the ousted legal occupants of Khodeza Khatun Hall (old hostel)
 arrow Robbery at RMC female dorm triggers agitation
Angry female resident students of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) demonstrated and confined the principal at his office after the robbers fled unhindered following an armed robbery at their dormitory,as
 arrow Six union units of Keraniganj AL announced
Keraniganj Upazila Awami League announced new committees of six union units on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow China to provide flood-related information
China has agreed to provide flood-related information from April 15, which will enable Bangladesh to alert its people four to five days ahead of flood, Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmad said yesterday.
 arrow 230 shops gutted, properties worth Tk 1 cr damaged in Nilphamari
Properties worth about Tk 1 crore were damaged and 230 shops and business establishments gutted in a devastating fire at Kishoreganj Bazar under Kishoreganj upazila here on Wednesday night.
 arrow Body of trader found 8 days after abduction
Kushtia police yesterday recovered the body of an abducted businessman at a graveyard eight days after he was taken hostage.
 arrow 500 CCTVs to be installed at secretariat
The government is going to install 500 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) at the secretariat as part of beefed-up security measures in important establishments.
 arrow Duta demands arrest of JMB-linked ministers, Mps
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the ministers and members of the parliament who patted and patronised the Islamic militants.
 arrow Old man killed in Savar road accident
Angry people set fire to two buses and damaged another in Dairy Gate area in Savar yesterday following a road accident that killed an old man.
 arrow Art exhibition at Gallery Kaya
An art exhibition titled 'Trio' begins at the Gallery Kaya in the city today. Artists Kazi Rakib, Masuda Kazi and Kazi Iqbal will display their artworks on glass, paper meshe and terracotta.
 arrow White panel wins Ruta polls
The ruling coalition-backed White panel swept the Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) polls yesterday. The white panel bagged all the posts.
 arrow Ghorasal Bridge named after Moyez Uddin
The Ghorasal Bridge over the river Shitalakhya has been named 'Shaheed Moyez Uddin Setu' by presidential order.
 arrow Jamil, Bazlul BPRA president, secretary
Mustafa-E-Jamil and ASM Bazlul Haque were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA), says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Awami League should join the committee
While addressing a grand rally at Chittagong on March 1 organised by the AL-led 14-party combine, the Leader of the Opposition and the AL chief Sheikh Hasina dismissed the proposal made by the Prime Minister
 arrow Prof Shamsul Huq
He died in his characteristic quietude as if he walked away the spotlight he shunned all his life spanning almost a century.
 arrow Where do we go from here?
The chickens seem to be returning to roost without respite.
 arrow A lesson and a clear message
It has again been proved that Bangladesh is not going to stand such elements for long. Application of brute force has also been proved to be the worst mechanism to foist anything on the people of Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Dhali Al Mamoon¿s "Dialogue"
The 12th Asian Art Biennale, the largest and the most prestigious art event of Bangladesh, (which began in 1981), was inaugurated recently at the Osmani Memorial Hall.
 arrow Images emerge...
To mark International Women's Day, banglalink and IKON Photos jointly organised a photography competition recently. Altogether 404 entries were received from 139 female photographers.
 arrow Convention on Tagore held in Comilla
To encourage a harmonious environment in the society and generate interest in the values that inspired us during the Independence War, the three-day long '25th National Rabindra Sangeet Shammilon wasinaugurated
 arrow A dazzling display of young talents
Ashish Khondokar, with young school children as his actors, presented Aladdin recently at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Humayun Ahmed special on Channel-i
Viewers are in for a treat as Channel-i sets out to re-telecast the selected TV plays of noted author-director Humayun Ahmed beginning from March 12.
 arrow Superman, X-Men and the impossible...
Comic books and sequels once again lead way for Hollywood.
Editorialarrow Editorial: International hand of cooperation welcome
The capture of Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai has evoked enthusiastic response of support from the international community.
 arrow Editorial: Opting out of science studies
A study by the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis) shows that over the period of last 15 years there has been a decline, particularly at SSC and HSC levels in science
 arrow Still no answers
One thing is certain, even though in the immediate aftermath of the capture of JMB kingpin Shaekh Abdur Rahman, the PM herself wasted no time in triumphantly addressing the nation and showering her own
 arrow The new slaves
Last month, two particular tragedies hit us back to back. A factory caught on fire in Chittagong where some of the workers died and some got crippled for life.
 arrow Exchange rate volatility: Wish list versus ground realities
For quite some time, the volatility of foreign exchange rate has been a major topic of debate in our country. In 2005, United States Dollar/Bangladesh Taka has depreciated by almost 10 percent.
Letters to Editorarrow Moving ahead with the world
The world says we are better than we think (No longer LDC country) and we think we are worse than the world thinks (We need quota and duty free access).
 arrow Squandering political capital!
AL prides itself in educated leadership. That leadership might have missed the class where they teach about a monkey climbing an oiled bamboo.
 arrow Tigers do it again
We've beaten another world champion. After Pakistan, India & Australia we beat Sri Lanka. The Tigers added another golden feather to their hats. Bravo boys, you have made us proud.
 arrow Traders in politics
The ninth national parliamentary election is knocking at the door. The civil society and people are expecting a fair, non-controversial election.
 arrow Islam as a way of life
As we know Islam is a fast growing religion.
 arrow America and 'political' Islam
Hamas' win has once again propelled political Islam to the centre of America's war on terror. However, Hamas' victory is not the first of its kind.
 arrow Stop kidding with 'baby products'
Yesterday we were shopping at a popular department store, as my son aged only three years and a half, likes the place. We saw cornflakes of various brands with different tastes and flavour.
Environmentarrow Save the wetlands
Bangladesh, a riverine country lies in the tropical regions, between 880 to 930 east longitude and between 200 to 270 north latitude.
 arrow Bottom vanes can prevent river bank erosion
Last year brought cheer and happiness to Porabari village in Tangail district. One year earlier, however, there wasn't much reason to be cheerful.
 arrow Consequent flooding
The patterns of anomalous ocean temperatures (SSTs), atmospheric circulation and precipitation are consistent in indicating La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific.
Worldarrow South Asia: Pakistan offers tribes help, warns on foreign militants
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has promised tribal areas along the Afghan border special help with development but said foreign militants had to be expelled, state-run media reported.
 arrow South Asia: Unknown Kashmiri group claims Varanasi blasts
An unknown Kashmiri militant group claimed responsibility yesterday for blasts that killed 23 people in India's holiest Hindu city of Varanasi as grieving relatives cremated victims.
 arrow South Asia: Maoists blast Nepali checkpoint: 3 killed
Maoist rebels set off a bomb at a security checkpoint in west Nepal yesterday, killing three soldiers, the army said.
 arrow South Asia: Bhutan could become S Asia's powerhouse
Bhutan may soon become South Asia's hydroelectric powerhouse and can export energy to the tune of nearly 5,000 MW to India over the next decade.
 arrow South Asia: White House takes on critics of India nuclear deal
The White House on Wednesday fired back at critics of a landmark US-India nuclear agreement and insisted the deal will enhance efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
 arrow China lashes back at US criticism on HR
China yesterday lashed out against US criticism of its human rights record, saying racial discrimination and crime were still rife in the United States and prisoners were being abused at US-run detention
 arrow EU talks clouded by Iran standoff, ME turmoil
The growing Iran crisis, turmoil in the Middle East peace process and global Muslim protests over disputed cartoons risk clouding a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Austria today.
 arrow Gunmen abduct 50 Iraqis
Gunmen wearing commando uniforms of the Shia-dominated Interior Ministry on Wednesday stormed an Iraqi security company that relied heavily on Sunni ex-military men from the Saddam regime, spiriting away
 arrow Shias ask Iraqi morgues to suppress body count
The top Shia party in power in Iraq ordered government-run morgues and hospitals to suppress the body count from execution-style shootings in the aftermath of the February 22 bombing of the Askariya mosque,
 arrow Israel to fix borders in four years
Acting premier Ehud Olmert, the frontrunner for the March 28 elections, has fleshed out a key election promise in vowing to set Israel's permanent borders within four years if his Kadima party wins.
 arrow US House panel rejects fund for Iran's democracy
A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday rejected the Bush administration's new initiative to promote democracy in Iran as it approved $71 billion in emergency funds mostly to finance the wars
 arrow Ancient blast lifts veil on Universe's childhood
Astronomers have recorded the death throes of a massive star that exploded nearly 13 billion years ago, an unprecedented sighting that suggests the Universe became a prodigious star-making machine inits
 
   
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