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Front Pagearrow '4,000-year' old settlement unearthed in Narsingdi
Archaeologists have discovered artefacts at a village in Narsingdi that resembles traits of the Chalcolithic culture, which is around 4,000 years old, and believe the finds are the earliest signs of settlement
 arrow Rahman claim shows how probes politicised
The government's latest disclosure that JMB had carried out the Mymensingh cinema blasts three years back contradicted its earlier find, suggesting that the ruling coalition in fact used the law enforcement
 arrow Bangla Bhai's M'singh host captured
Detectives last night arrested Chan Mian, who sheltered Bangla Bhai, at his in-laws' house in Bhaluk Chhatar village in Muktagachha upazila in Mymensigh.
 arrow Top defaulters dodge loan recovery drive
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) last year recovered only 15.
 arrow Law drafted to curb terrorist financing
The government has drafted the anti-terrorist financing act aiming to clamp down on the militants' sources of funds, their financers and bring them to justice.
 arrow He spared none
An ice-cream seller in Bagmara, Rajshahi was drawing attention of the public playing folk songs on a cassette player on April 1, 2004. Bangla Bhai called and asked him why he was playing anti-Islamicsongs.
 arrow Frame nat'l policy to save biodiversity
Expressing deep concern over the continuous encroachment on the wetlands, leading economists and environmentalists said the government must formulate a national policy and the political parties should
 arrow Vote for killer

 arrow Opposition hems in EC today
The 14-party opposition alliance starts fresh agitation for its reforms agenda today by laying siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in Dhaka amid uncertainty over a dialogue with the ruling
 arrow India engaged in illicit nuke activities
A US think tank has questioned India's nuclear non-proliferation record, saying it had uncovered illicit Indian government nuclear procurement from Europe that leaked sensitive atomic technology.
 arrow Bodies of lorry driver, helper recovered
Police recovered the decomposed bodies of a lorry driver and his assistant at Shyampur area in the city yesterday.
 arrow 9 members of fake mobile court held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested nine members of a fake mobile court at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Jamal Uddin laid to rest
An anonymous caller yesterday threatened the family of slain Chittagong business tycoon and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury not to move further with the murder case.
 arrow Tree makes way for ad

 arrow 30 killed in Pak raid on militants
Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships killed about 30 militants in an attack on their hideout near the Afghan border, a military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Milosevic found dead in his prison cell
Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav leader who orchestrated the Balkan wars of the 1990s and was on trial for war crimes, was found dead in his prison cell near The Hague, the UN tribunal said yesterday.
 arrow BNP lawmaker Mutalib Akhand passes away
BNP lawmaker from Gaibandha-4 Abdul Mutalib Akhand died of a massive heart attack in Dubai yesterday. He went to Dubai on Friday to attend a conference, family sources said.
 arrow Sri Lanka complete whitewash
Sri Lanka completed a series whitewash with a ten-wicket victory against Bangladesh but not before the visitors were frustrated by rain on the fourth day of the second and final Test at the Shaheed Chandu
 arrow Matiur donates prize money to charity funds
Editor of the Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman donated his Ramon Magsaysay Award money to the Prothom Alo funds for acid victims, the anti-drug movement and the oppressed journalists of the country, says a press
 arrow Saifur criticises newspapers for highlighting negative news
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has lamented that newspapers in the country highlight news of killing, terrorism and price-hike, but do not give due coverage to development news.
 arrow 2 BNP men killed after abduction
Police recovered the bodies of two BNP activists in Bheramara upazila, who were killed after abduction, in the last two days.
 arrow JCD men snatch rape accused from cops
Activists of JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal), student wing of the ruling BNP, snatched an accused of a rape charge from police at about 10:00am yesterday.
Businessarrow 'Road show' today in KL to woo potential buyers of Rupali Bank
More than 20 firms including banks and non-banking financial institutions have showed interest to buy state-run Rupali Bank as the Privatisation Commission holds a 'road show' in Kuala Lumpur today to
 arrow India hopes to be global manufacturing hub in textiles, leather
Replicating the revolution in auto industry, the Indian government on Friday said it will make India a global manufacturing hub in other sectors like textiles, leather, petroleum, food processing andhandicraft.
 arrow London WTO talks aim to lower trade barriers
Officials from six influential member nations of the World Trade Organisation resumed talks in London on Saturday aimed at lowering global trade barriers.
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in HK apparel confce
A high-level team from Bangladesh is going to participate in an International Apparel Forum conference beginning from March 28 in Hong Kong.
 arrow Japan to reopen FTA talks with Asean in April
The Japanese government has decided to resume stalled talks with Asean over signing a free trade deal from next month, as other Asian nations rush to conclude such agreements, media said Saturday.
 arrow DHS Motors launches new Honda Civic car today
DHS Motors Ltd, the distributor of Honda Motor Co Ltd, Japan, will launch today the eighth generation Civic (2006 Model) cars at the company's showroom in Mohakhali in Dhaka.
 arrow Promotional campaign for '7up Ice' begins
Transcom Beverages Ltd, the official franchisee of Pepsi in Bangladesh, has launched a promotional campaign for '7up Ice', the newly introduced mint flavoured drink of Pepsi family, in educational institutions
 arrow Hanoi continues opening market for US investors
The Vietnamese government will continue opening its market for US investors, Trade Deputy Minister Luong Van Tu told visiting US senior executives Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Lost but not frustrated
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar found no reasons to be frustrated with his team's performance after a 10-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the second and final Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Akram Inswinger
Sri Lanka wrapped up the series expectedly although rain delayed their party. Bangladesh showed some improvement in the series but I think it was not satisfactory.
 arrow Cricket: Chittagong stay on course
While title contenders Chittagong were fortunate to see only 15 overs' play lost on a rain-interrupted second day of the eighth-round four-day matches of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League yesterday,
 arrow Cricket: Gayle swings it WI's way
The West Indies made a sound start in their quest for 291 runs for victory in the first cricket Test against New Zealand, reaching 48 without loss at the end of another day of fluctuating fortunes here
 arrow Cricket: England come back strongly
Anil Kumble became the third spinner to complete 500 wickets before England struck back to put India in trouble in the second Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble gets half a thousand
India's Anil Kumble, who became only the fifth bowler to reach 500 wickets, during the second Test against England here on Saturday, is a leg-spinner with a difference.
 arrow Bangladesh team depart for Melbourne
The Bangladesh contingent left Dhaka in the early hours of today to take part in the 18th Common-wealth Games in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela happy with young guns
Sri Lanka passed a very nervy day at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the lead with FIDE Masters Sheikh Nasir Ahmed and Rezaul Haque after the second round of the Mercantile Bank 30th National Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Nat'l Kabaddi
Bogra, Dinajpur, Tangail, Khulna and Jessore won their respective matches in the Standard Chartered 27th National Kabaddi Champion-ship at the four different venues in the country on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea march on
William Gallas scored a spectacular injury-time winner as Chelsea marched another step closer to retaining their Premiership title with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Highbury return my destiny'
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira says he will be thinking only about winning when he returns to his old club with Juventus in the Champions League.
 arrow Cricket: Australia win a thriller
Australia levelled their series against South Africa when they scrambled a one-wicket win with five balls to spare in the fourth one-day international at Kingsmead Friday, setting up a series deciderin
 arrow Football: Great goalkeeping errors
"That's the kind of mistake you make once in your life," Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese said the day after his blunder in the defeat to Juventus cost his team a place in the Champions League quarterfinals.
 arrow Cricket: Trescothick misses ODIs
England vice-captain Marcus Trescothick confirmed Saturday that he will not be taking part in the one-day series against India which follows the three Tests currently underway.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly keen on comeback
Sourav Ganguly has quashed speculation that he might retire from cricket to enter politics by vowing to win back his place in the Indian national side.
 arrow Football: Tevez suffers knee injury
Corinthians said Saturday that Argentina international Carlos Tevez will be sidelined for at least 15 days because of a knee injury suffered in the Copa Libertadores.
Metropolitanarrow Make farming profitable for farmers
Experts yesterday urged the policy makers to ensure that farming remains remunerative to farmers and the benefits of subsidy reach them.
 arrow AL demands UN-supervised probe into militancy
The Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded a UN-supervised international probe into militancy and bomb blasts and killings across the country during the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance rule, and said the present
 arrow Lord Avebury for transparent probe to find patrons, funders
Lord Avebury, a member of the British House of Lords, expects Bangladesh government to carry out a transparent investigation to unearth the political masters behind JMB and their funding sources.
 arrow Recommendations sought to manage New Mooring Container Terminal
Shipping ministry yesterday sent separate letters to the chairman of Chittagong Port Authority and the president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), seeking recommendations over the
 arrow 6 killed in road crashes
At least six people, including two air force men, were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Khulna and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai to appear before Bagerhat court tomorrow
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) chief Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai will be produced along with two other militants before a Bagerhat
 arrow Eden studentsí ultimatum
Agitating students of the Eden College yesterday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the authorities to return the seats at Khodeza Khatun Hall (old hostel) to those who have been driven out allegedly by the
 arrow RU teachers form human chain for killers' arrest
Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the university main gate demanding immediate arrest and punishment to the killers of Prof S Taher Ahmed and Prof
 arrow Over 50 hurt as villagers clash in Habiganj
Over 50 people were injured when villages locked in a bloody clash over trifles matter in sadar upazila yesterday. Police fired shotgun shots and teargas shells to disengage the rioters.
 arrow 2 Jubo League leaders arrested
Two Jubo League leaders and another person were arrested in connection with the bomb blast at Daulatpur in the city on Friday night.
 arrow Film festival begins at JU today
A week-long film festival, organised by Jahangirnagar Students Film Society (JSFS), begins on the university campus today.
 arrow BCL council on April 4
The much-awaited council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), will be held in the city on April 4.
 arrow 'Form independent probe body to find out patrons of militants'
The 11 Party yesterday called for forming an independent and impartial inquiry commission to find out those who harboured the militants and identify the sources of finance for militancy.
 arrow Tk 62.61 lakh received for AMCH in Feb
Dhaka Ahsania Mission received Tk 62.61 lakh as cash donations and commitments from different benevolent individuals and organisations in February raising the total fund to Tk 25 crore for establishing Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH).
 arrow Call to involve imams in curbing trafficking
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for involving religious leaders particularly the imams of mosques to help prevent human trafficking.
 arrow Girl raped in city
A nine-year-old girl was raped in the city yesterday. Police said daughter of a traffic constable the girl was going to a nearby restaurant at Sutrapur area to bring breakfast at around 6:30am.
 arrow Belta's Teacher Training Event begins Mar 20
Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (BELTA) will organise a six-day teacher training programme from March 20 to 25 in collaboration with the international Forum, "Teachers Helping Teachers",
 arrow Publication ceremony of 'Rajpath Sabha Janapath' held
Nowadays, politicians and even journalists introduce themselves as agents of a particular group or party, which was considered a matter of shame a few years ago, said Alamgir Kabir MP, state minister for housing and public works, yesterday.
 arrow South Asian economics students' meet ends
The two-day meet of the economics students of South Asian countries ended in the city yesterday. The slogan of the meet was 'Sharing ideas for better understanding of South Asian development'.
 arrow Tomorrow's NU exams postponed
All examinations, scheduled for tomorrow under National University, have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The postponed examinations will be held at 9:30am on March 17.
Nationalarrow Out for a decisive battle
It is an election in a small municipality. But it has turned into a fight between an incumbent lawmaker and a former legislator.
 arrow Men lend their voice to women's rights
For the first time in Satkhira, men came up to campaign against violence against women and to protect their rights.
 arrow Violence against women increases in Kushtia
Violence against women and incidents of suicide are increasing in Kushtia.
 arrow Arrest of Shibir leader Salehi demanded
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the university main gate demanding arrest and punishment to killers of Prof S Taher Ahmed and Prof MuhammadYunus.
 arrow JMB cadre held in Gaibandha
Police arrested an alleged JMB cadre from Sukh Nagar in Gaibandha Sadar upazila Friday night.
 arrow KU to observe Katka tragedy day tomorrow
Students and teachers of Khulna University (KU) will observe Katka Tragedy day tomorrow.
Point-Counterpointarrow Another failure in internal procurement of aman rice
LIKE the previous year (2004-2005), this year's (2005-2006) drive for internal procurement of aman ended in failure. This year's aman procurement drive began on November 25 and ended on February 28.
 arrow Lowering electricity demand
THE gap between demand and supply of electricity nationwide has grown to unmanageable proportions.
 arrow Adamjee re-born
ADAMJEE has opened its doors again.
Culturearrow The festival is unique, says Japanese curator Roger McDonald
JAPANESE curator Roger Christopher McDonald is in town to participate in the 12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh.
 arrow Of landscapes and figures
Spring is in the air. Look around and you will see the cultural world buzzing with functions and performances to celebrate this joyous season.
 arrow A seven-episode programme featuring documentaries begins today
Gaurober Shamachar, a seven-episode programme, is featuring six documentaries made by 12 talented female filmmakers who participated in a workshop on documentaries.
 arrow Rebeka Sultana's four decades in the musical arena
Amra Surjamukhi arranged a musical soiree on March 10 at Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum. The event featured Rebeka Sultana, a seasoned singer who has been in our musical arena for 45 years.
Internationalarrow Abbas rejects Hamas govt programme
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has rejected Hamas's proposed government programme because it does not meet his demands and those of the international community on relations with Israel, a senior Palestinian
 arrow India has not accepted a cap on its nuclear capability: PM
India has not accepted a cap on its strategic nuclear capability while entering into the civilian nuclear deal with the US, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared in the Lok Sabha yesterday.
 arrow Bush admits gravity of mounting Iraq unrest
A US hostage, abducted in November, has been found shot dead in Iraq as US President George W.
 arrow Spacecraft safely enters Mars orbit
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed the biggest test of its life by safely entering orbit around the Red Planet, joining a constellation of circling spacecraft.
 arrow US warns China could become negative force
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned that China could become a "negative force" in the Asia-Pacific region and urged the US, Australia and Japan to form a common position on how to engage
 arrow Explosives found in Mumbai rail station
Police recovered several powerful explosives from a crowded railway station in India's financial capital yesterday, days after twin blasts in one of Hinduism's holiest cities killed 23 people.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror investigation
Now that JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman and operations commander Siddiqul Islam are behind bars and can be interrogated, the nation is in a position to determine the government's true commitment to getting
 arrow Editorial: The spewing toxins
Dumping of toxic wastes by industrial units into the habitat has become a major environmental hazard.
 arrow Are we out of the woods yet?
Finally, Shaikh Abdur Rahman, chief of Jamaatul Mujahadeen Bangladesh, and his second in command Siddiqul Islam aka Bangla Bhai have been captured.
 arrow One equation can lead to another
Unfortunately, both China and Pakistan have reacted adversely to the President Bush-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nuclear agreement. There is nothing against them except their own anti-India perception.
Letters to Editorarrow Happy the nation
We may have many problems, but we have a positive attitude towards life. We know how to be happy with the bare minimum. So we are a happy nation.
 arrow No apology
In the wake of the refusal by European newspapers to apologise for printing provocative depictions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), arguments abound regarding the sanctity of press freedom.
 arrow GP service
At first I want to thank GP for setting up the eye-catching customers service centre in Rajshahi city.
 arrow Darkness in education?
The day by day increase in the number of unfit persons in Bangladesh is helping spread of corruption in our society, education sector, politics, business and finally it polluted our environment.
 arrow Dhirendranath Datta
Every year on Ekushey February our national heartbeat stops as we pay homage to our glorious sons Salam, Barkat, Rafiq and Jabbar.
Star Healtharrow Prevent skin cancer by self examination
Our skin plays the major role in protecting of our body against heat, light, infection, and injury. It also stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has two main layers and several kinds of cells.
 arrow Smoking and heart disease
It has long been recognised that tobacco smoking kills slowly. People may die 22 years earlier than the average life expectancy. The full extend of damage caused by smoking is still unknown.
 arrow Chest pain
The specific cause of chest pain is often difficult to interpret.
 arrow Quality of life with cancer can be preserved
A series of therapy sessions designed to address all aspects of cancer patients' lives, from physical fitness to spiritual well-being, can help maintain their quality of life and even improve it, a new
 arrow Take care with mobile phones, health report says
No hard evidence exists to show mobile phones damage health but users -- especially children -- should take care, UK scientists said in a survey.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I have faced a problem for Several Years. It is my throat pain. Always I have to cover my throat with warm clothes.

Star Cityarrow 'Garbage trade' pollutes environment
A section of employees of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are allegedly selling truckloads of garbage throughout the city to fill up canals and ditches, creating environmental hazards in the residentialareas.
 arrow Unwanted crowd hampers treatment in DMCH
Huge gathering of people at the casualty wards of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) makes it difficult for the doctors to treat patients especially when people injured in any major accident are
 arrow For your eyes only
The 'F1 Auto Fair 2006' at the Gulshan Youth Club grounds on Friday drew large crowds of city dwellers of all walks of life, eager to learn about modified, exclusive and classic cars.
 arrow Blow bubble, blow

 arrow Solution yet to be found
Concerned government agencies point fingers at each other on who should save the Uttara Lake from being a waste dumping ground and develop the sewer system in the area, despite public and media outcry
 arrow Coaching centres need monitoring
Raisa (not her real name) currently has a secured job in a bank but she still recollects her experience at a coaching centre that could have almost ruined her future.
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