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Front Pagearrow Rab kills JMB bomber; his wife, 2 kids blown off
Bomb expert of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shakil alias Mollah Omar died in Rab fire while three of his family members were killed in bomb explosions meant to resist the raid on their
 arrow Bomb expertise made him JMB's Mollah Omar
The Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) started calling Shakil as Mollah Omar, the infamous deputy of Osama-bin-Laden, as he proved his expertise in bomb making.
 arrow Day of horror
The house Jannatul Shafi or 'recommended for paradise' was turned into a hell on earth yesterday during an operation by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) against militants of outlawed Jama'atul MujahideenBangladesh.
 arrow Give me AK47, I'll kill you all
Nabil, the eldest son of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, became furious after his arrest in Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Chief whip's lavish entertainment bill
Khandaker Delwar Hossain is entitled to Tk 1 lakh a month for his livelihood as the chief whip, but he has been taking additional Tk 1 lakh every month since July 2004 as entertainment cost for his office.
 arrow Operation started with 4 Rab men
Only four Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel started the Comilla operation in the evening of March 12 and were gradually reinforced to launch the raid at midnight.
 arrow JMB fighting law enforcers since 2003
Islamist militants have so far clashed several times with law enforcers and even snatched their arms and ammunition, starting at Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat in 2003.
 arrow PM defends keeping army under president
Defending the existing caretaker government system, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the army will remain under the authority of the president during the interim period.
 arrow Cabinet doesn't approve as some ministers oppose
The cabinet yesterday did not approve the proposed Anti-terrorist Act 2006 as several ministers opposed the law and asked for revision before its enactment.
 arrow Comilla chosen as new JMB den this month
Explosives expert of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shakil alias Mollah Omar moved to Kaliajuri in Comilla, considering it safe this month as the law enforcers paid less attention to the district
 arrow Capture of JMB kingpins proves govt's sincerity to curb terror
US Congressman Joseph Crowley has described the arrest of two top leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) as a remarkable success of the government in curbing terrorism.
 arrow 100 injured in hartal clashes
Clashes between pro-hartal picketers, law enforcers, and anti-hartal demonstrators during the Jubo League enforced eight-hour hartal yesterday left at least 85 people injured.
 arrow Chief whip seeks PM's advice to invite AL
Declining to invite the main opposition Awami League (AL) to a dialogue on reforms in the caretaker government system and Election Commission, Chief Whip of parliament Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday
 arrow Sedition cases against JMB top brass in a week
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the government is going to file sedition cases in a week against the country's top militant leaders.
 arrow Strict compliance with laws must for safety
Speakers at a roundtable suggested formation of an Industry Commission and a monitoring committee including workers, owners, and people from the civil society and the government to ensure workplace safety
 arrow Rab, Betar on revised list of nominees
The Cabinet Committee on National Awards has made a revised list of nominees for this year's Independence Award that includes Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Bangladesh Betar.
 arrow Niko accepts govt price offer for Feni gas
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said Niko Resources has accepted the government's price offer of $ 1.75 per unit of gas from the Feni gas field.
 arrow Complainant rejects second charge sheet
Rejecting the second charge sheet, complainant of a bomb attack case involving militant kingpin Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai filed a naraji (no-confidence) petition on Sunday to Bagerhat Magistrate's
 arrow 3 kids hurt as bomb goes off
Three children were severely injured in a bomb explosion at a village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur yesterday.
 arrow Eden College closed sine die
The Eden University College authorities yesterday suspended all the classes for indefinite period and asked the residential students to vacate the dormitories by 9:00am today.
 arrow Bogra court denies Galib bail
A court in Bogra rejected Ahle Hadith Andolon chief Assadullah-Al-Galib's petition for bail in a case of a bomb attack on January 14 last year at Laxmipur Village under Shahjanpur upazila in the district.
 arrow Even police not spared for defying his 'order'
"Bangla Bhai grabbed Sub-inspector Siraj by his collar and slapped his face just before us inside Bagmara Police Station (PS)," Prothom Alo staff correspondent in Rajshahi Anu Mostafa said, narratingan
 arrow Sunny, Awal gave important info on Aug 17 blasts
The investigation officer (IO) of an August 17 bomb blast case said JMB military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and its Majlish-e-Sura member Abdul Awal gave important information on the countrywide blasts
 arrow Myanmar reports first bird flu case
Myanmar reported its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu yesterday, a day after the virus gained new ground in Europe, Asia and Africa.
 arrow Strict watch on Myanmar border
The government yesterday ordered an intensified vigil against entry of poultry birds and products from Myanmar hours after Yangon reported outbreak of avian flu in its central region.
Businessarrow Dhaka, Delhi to sign 3 deals to boost trade
Economic ties between India and Bangladesh are expected to receive a boost when the two countries sign three separate accords on bilateral investment protection, avoidance of double taxation and trade
 arrow RMG makers seek central waste management plant
The country's apparel exporters yesterday urged the government to set up a central waste management plant to help them address compliance issues in production.
 arrow EC-Bangla Joint Commission meet begins today
The third meeting of the EC-Bangladesh Joint Commission begins in Dhaka today with the focus on trade and good governance issues.
 arrow Ctg airport should go under private management
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Chittagong airport should go under private management to accelerate the overall economic growth of the country.
 arrow Call for trade facilitation measures
South Asian leaders yesterday said there is need to improve regional infrastructure, remove non-tariff barriers and evolve a compensation mechanism for small countries to increase trade among the Saarc
 arrow EPB inks deal with GTZ to up capacity of Trade Information Centre
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Sunday signed an agreement with German GTZ for building capacity of its Trade Information Centre.
 arrow Top StanChart executive in Dhaka
Jan Verplancke, chief information officer, group head of Technology & Operations of Standard Chartered Bank, arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Thai shrimpers press for WTO complaint against US tariffs
Thai shrimpers Monday urged the government to press ahead with plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organiz-ation over US tariffs, warning exports could fall by one-third in the first half of
 arrow China to cut energy consumption by 4pc in 2006
China will strive to chop down its energy consumption rate by 4 percent this year, a key index to guide economic and social development, Premier Wen Jiabao announced.
 arrow Oil prices retreat in Asian trading
Oil prices continued to ease in Asian trade Monday, hovering below the key 60 dollar mark as the market on strong US inventories instead of global supply concerns in Nigeria and Iran, dealers said.
 arrow Unilever Bangladesh wins two awards
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, the leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company in the country, has won two prestigious Unilever awards for building distinctive capabilities in customer management andin
 arrow Malaysia to raise airport tax
Malaysia will raise airport tax for both international and domestic flights soon, local media reported on Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers have a point to prove
The record might not talk in favour of the home side but Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar expressed his determination to turn the table on Kenya this time when the two sides meet in a one-day international
 arrow Cricket: Ctg, Rajshahi win big
Chittagong and Rajshahi head for a crucial ninth-round clash in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League after winning their respective four-day matches on the final day yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India coast home
Munaf Patel bagged seven wickets in his debut game and Virender Sehwag regained his form with a blazing 76 not out as India shattered England's dreams with an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis sneak narrow win
A powerful six from West Indies opener Chris Gayle inadvertently put New Zealand on course for a dramatic 27-run win in the first cricket Test at Eden Park here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Mixed reactions from camps
Andrew Flintoff admitted the final session of the penultimate day had severely damaged England's chances of getting a positive result out of the second Test against India.
 arrow Cricket: banglalink joins Tigers' party
The Bangladesh-Kenya one-day series will be named the 'banglalink Tiger Cup' after one of the largest cellular phone operators banglalink signed a deal with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as title sponsor.
 arrow Football: Gerrard hands it to Henry
Steven Gerrard has often proved a saviour for Liverpool, but his wretched error gifted Arsenal a dramatic 2-1 Premiership win at Highbury on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Osasuna stun Barca
Primera Liga leaders Barcelona had two players sent off during a 2-1 defeat at fourth-placed Osasuna on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve tighten title-grip
Juventus took a huge step towards retaining the Serie A title after they drew 0-0 at home to closest rivals AC Milan on Sunday.
 arrow Football: I want Ballack: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he is waiting for German international captain Michael Ballack to make a decision on whether he will join the Premiership champions on a free transfer at the end of
 arrow Football: Ronaldo blasts Pele, Platini
Troubled Brazil forward Ronaldo launched an astonishing attack on two of football's legends, Pele and Michel Platini in Sunday's edition of Brazilian newspaper O Globo.
 arrow Cricket: British Council cricket carnival from Mar 16
The British Council will arrange different type of cricket tournament at BKSP under their 'British Council Leadership Programme through Sports' programme.
 arrow Slump in ticket sales shadow event
Nearly 400,000 tickets remain unsold for the Commonwealth Games despite a mini-surge when a new batch was released Monday for blue riband events.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club handed a humiliating 204-run on Sapient Sporting Club in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan land in Colombo
The Pakistan team, led by Inzamamul Haq, arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday and the first limited-overs match between the two sides is to begin in Colombo on March 17.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen fined for dissent
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the second Test match against India in Mohali, the ICC said in a statement
 arrow Cricket: India retain team
India today retained their winning combination for the third and final cricket Test against England to be played in Mumbai from March 18 to 22.
 arrow Volleyball: 5th Semester lift v'ball title
The 5th Semester of the Agriculture department defeated the 7th Semester of the Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) 2-0 in the final of the volleyball competition on Monday at the University
 arrow Tennis: Independence Day tennis Mar 23-26
The Independence Day tennis tournament will begin on March 23 at the National Tennis Complex.
Metropolitanarrow Stop killing of innocent people
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the prime minister of violating the Constitution and existing laws through extra-judicial killings of innocent people.
 arrow Ban all militant outfits
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism yesterday demanded a ban on all militant Islamist organisations, including Hizbut Tahrir, for their involvement in jihadi activities.
 arrow 'Govt should make public apology’
The government should make an apology to the countrymen for huge loss of lives in suicidal bomb attacks and the damage caused to the image of the country, speakers at a press conference said yesterday.
 arrow Reforms in EC, CA a must for free, fair polls
A high-level delegation of the European Commission (EC) led by its Deputy Director General for Asia & Latin America Herve Jouanjeam met Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday and
 arrow PM seeks World Bank help in power, gas sectors
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation from the World Bank (WB) in power, water and gas sectors, construction of roads and highways and installation of underground rails in the capital.
 arrow Prison for female offenders to open in Sept
The construction work of the new prison for women at Kashimpur in Gazipur is almost complete and will be inaugurated in September this year.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai not brought to Bagerhat as court ordered
JMB supremo Abdur Rahman and his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai were not produced in a Bagerhat court yesterday as accused in a case for bomb blasts in Bagerhat town on August 17 last year
 arrow Declare Mar 13 as anti-terrorist day
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) and other left-leaning student organisations began a two-day programme on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday to observe Raju Day with a call to declare March 13 as "anti-terrorist
 arrow One killed, 9 injured in road accidents
One person was killed and nine, including four policemen, were injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Jessore and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Khulna halts for an hour
One-hour 'Khulna Halt' programme was observed from 11:00am to 12:00noon yesterday at the call of Greater Khulna Development Action Committee (GKDAC) demanding government steps for development of Khulna.
 arrow Measles claims four, attacks 60 in Gaibandha
Four children died of measles and 60 others were infected with the disease at Char Charitabari, a remote shoal areas under Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow Salam now dy minister for information
Deputy Minister Md Abdus Salam Pintu has been moved from industries to information ministry in a minor change in the cabinet yesterday.
 arrow Mutalib Akhand to be buried today
Ruling BNP lawmaker Abdul Mutalib Akhand will be buried at his family graveyard in Gaibandha today. His body will be flown to Dhaka from Dubai today by a Biman Bangladesh flight.
 arrow Poet Jasimuddin's anniversary of death today
The 30th death anniversary of poet Jasimuddin, popularly known as Palli Kabi, will be observed today.
 arrow Prize giving ceremony
The prize giving ceremony of a children's painting competition arranged by the Indian High Commission on 'Liberation War of Bangladesh' will be held at the Indian Cultural Centre at 4:00pm today.
 arrow America Week begins in Ctg today
A three-day America Week begins here today with a view to enhancing the ties between the peoples of Bangladesh and the United States of America.
 arrow BCS (Taxation) Assoc executives
Ahmed Ali, a member of the National Board of Revenue, and Sajjad Bhuiyan, additional tax commissioner, were elected president and secretary general respectively of Bangladesh Civil Service (Taxation)Association
Nationalarrow Hunt for bombers still active in Khulna city
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have launched a fresh combing operation to arrest listed bombers and bomb-makers in the wake of increasing terror attacks.
 arrow Hang them who turned my son into suicide bomber
Family members of JMB suicide bomber Hossen Ali have demanded capital punishment to militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Siddikul Islam alias Bangla Bhai for misleading the young man.
 arrow 4 villages wear a deserted look
Male members of most families have left homes in Birampur, Hablautcha, Shila and Ishan Nagar villages in the Sadar upazila fearing arrest after Sunday's clashes between rival villagers in which two people
 arrow A befitting campaign for child education
It was an excellent campaign for education. The audience was awed when children from different schools staged a drama with the theme 'Shikkha Chai Bachte Chai (We want education and better life).
 arrow 25 hurt as JCD factions clash
At least 25 Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured in a factional clash in Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah on Sunday over purchase of trees in an open bidding.
 arrow Tree felling in Barisal sparks protest
Barisal Nagorik Parishad, a citizens' forum, has launched a movement to protect old trees in and around Barisal Circuit House and Central Shaheed Minar premises.
Point-Counterpointarrow The failure of military government
M. Asghar Khan's book, which carries a rather depressing title: "We've Learnt Nothing from History," is a fascinating account of the author's personal recollections of political events and conversations with key leaders in Pakistan over the last half a century.
 arrow How to accelerate software export growth
Looking back at the year 2005 we find a number of significant developments in the software sector (the term "software" will henceforth be used here to broadly include software development, data processing,
Culturearrow Womanhood in all its glory
MOHAMMED Jalal Uddin, whose solo is on at Shilpangan has been working in oil, the richest of mediums, and is now moving on to acrylic. The way he paints with acrylic gives the effect of watercolour.
 arrow Bangladeshi cultural team goes to Paris
A five-member cultural team winged its way to Paris today. The group comprises Manipuri dancers Tamanna Rahman and her student Subrata Das, along with popular singer of the band ‘Bangla’, Anusheh Anadil.
 arrow An informative travel show on Rtv
Filmmaker Shakur Majid has travelled to countries in Europe, different states of US, UAE, Chile in Latin America, Malaysia and Bangkok between 2001 and 2005.
Internationalarrow US refuses to talk nuclear energy with Pakistan
US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said he had refused to discuss nuclear energy during talks with Pakistani officials yesterday, and had advised against a proposed gas pipeline linking Iran, Pakistanand
 arrow Fatah faces US cut off if it joins Hamas govt
The Bush administration intends to curtail contacts with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction if it joins a Hamas-led government, Western diplomatic sources said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi president warns of civil war after bombings
Iraq's president pressed political parties yesterday to move faster to form a coalition government after deadly car bombings he said were aimed at inflaming sectarian tensions and triggering civil war.
 arrow 'Milosevic took wrong medicine to secure way out of UN court'
Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic deliberately took a drug that neutralised the effects of his heart medicine, an expert who examined his blood said yesterday as the UN war crimes court here
 arrow 28 killed in Chinese coalmine blasts
Twenty-eight miners were killed and another five were trapped after two separate coal mine accidents in China, the government work safety bureau reported yesterday.
 arrow Thailand warns of emergency
Tens of thousands rallied yesterday calling on Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to quit, as a security official warned Thailand could declare a state of emergency if violence breaks out and Bangkok's
 arrow Executing plotters against Saddam was legal
A former Iraqi judge on trial for crimes against humanity said Monday he had sentenced 148 Shia villagers to death after they "confessed" to trying to kill Saddam Hussein under orders from Iran.
 arrow Republicans look to a future without Bush
Republican contenders for the White House walked a political tightrope at a weekend gathering of party activists -- expressing solidarity with President George W.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Afghan attack
US-led forces have detained 11 suspected militants in connection with a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan, which killed four American soldiers, the US military said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opposition rally under attack
We condemn the police charge on the opposition demonstrators on Mirpur Road and Dhanmondi Road 27 on Sunday, which resulted in more than 100 people being injured, including some front ranking politicians
 arrow Editorial: A noble gesture
The decision made by Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman to donate his Ramon Magsaysay award money to charity was a gesture of tremendous generosity and largeness of character and shows that the spiritof
 arrow Land for lads and literacy for ladies?
The book that I am reading now: "Land and Schooling: Transferring Wealth across Generations" has been published jointly by The Johns Hopkins University Press Limited and the International Food PolicyResearch
 arrow The quiet Indian
If you want to hear the Indian story, listen to the sound of silence once the roar of the explosion has ebbed away into time. India's weakness is institutional.
Letters to Editorarrow Our cricket
The boys failed to give a good account of themselves in the Test matches against Sri Lanka. Though they managed to avoid innings defeat, the Lankan wins were quite crushing.
 arrow Anniversary supplements
The anniversary supplements of your daily were great pages indeed.
 arrow Road accidents
Road accidents are on the rise and turning out to be usual events of our life. No one can insure a safe return home as so many deaths are occurring owing to accidents.
 arrow Pakistan and the US
No country would be able to do what the poor Pakistan has been doing for the 'US Evil Empire' but they have always taken a u-turn and granted sheer humiliation in return after enjoying our support.
 arrow Terrorism and militancy
We are noticing for the last few days that both the print and electronic media are using the terms 'terrorism' and 'militancy' interchangeably.
 
   
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