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Front Pagearrow 7 JMB Shura men sued for sedition
The government yesterday filed a sedition case for the first time against all seven members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)'s Majlish-e-Shura, the highest decision-making body.
 arrow Draft law gathers dust as casualties rise
The death toll in workplace accidents has already neared 200 in only two and a half months into this year, compared to 289 deaths and 1,006 critical injuries of workers reported in newspapers last year.
 arrow Body to probe, report in a week
The home ministry yesterday formed a three-member committee to investigate terror financing in Bangladesh and asked it to submit a report in a week.
 arrow Lawmakers' good bills get ignored in JS
Instructions of the law ministry stand in the way to the lawmakers expressing views in the form of a private member's bill, a parliamentary procedure that seeks to strengthen democracy and promote good
 arrow Security to dominate talks with Manmohan
The issue of security is likely to dominate the discussions between Dhaka and New Delhi during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's upcoming state visit to India since both the countries are concerned about it,
 arrow JCD leaders sell a hall seat for Tk 10,000
Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Eden University College unit, divided in several groups, are allegedly involved in a shady business of arranging allotment of about 1,000 seats to studentsin
 arrow Accept in principle proposed reforms
Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to accept in principle the opposition-proposed reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission
 arrow Mobile operators asked to dismantle network bases along borders
The government as part of a 'crime-busting plan' has set a deadline for cellphone operators to dismantle their network infrastructures within eight kilometres of the Indian borders, sources said.
 arrow Suspension of US Peace Corps operations 'unacceptable'
The suspension of US Peace Corps operations in Bangladesh on security grounds is "unacceptable", Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said in disagreement with the reasons shown for the step.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh 'looted' from Ctg factory
Criminals allegedly robbed Tk 50 lakh of a garment factory in the port city's Nasirabad Industrial area early yesterday.
 arrow Bangabandhu's 87th birthday today
The 87th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of the nation's independence, will be observed through various programmes today.
 arrow Govt unlikely to sit in talks on opposition's condition
The government may not sit in a dialogue with the opposition in response to the latter's condition that the ruling alliance will first have to accept in principle the proposals for reforms.
 arrow Victims of blast, grenade attack cases for UN-led interrogation
Writers, journalists, educationists and political leaders and activists implicated in different bomb and grenade attack cases and charged with treason yesterday at a press conference demanded interrogation
 arrow 14-party bid to besiege Wasa office foiled
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition alliance could not carry out its planned siege of the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) office in the capital yesterday due to heavy police obstruction and barricades
 arrow Opposition doesn't want army in polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blasted the opposition for opposing elections under the existing caretaker-government system and in presence of army, saying that they want to capture power by any
 arrow Man dies from Rab torture
A man died in Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical Collage Hospital (SBMCH) yesterday allegedly from torture by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow HC commutes death term of 3 convicts
The High Court (HC) yesterday delivered its judgement in the sensational Bappi murder case, confirming the death sentence of two out of five and commuting three others' death sentence to life imprisonment.
 arrow Bird flu dogs Asia
Four Asian nations confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu yesterday while China said it faced a long struggle to contain the disease before the arrival of flu-carrying migratorybirds
 arrow 2 muggers lynched in Ctg
Angry mob beat two muggers to death yesterday in the port city's Bakalia area. Police said three muggers intercepted Partha Prathim Shil, a loan collector of Brac, near Kalamia Bazar around 1:30pmyesterday.
Businessarrow Coal exploration deal with Asia Energy anti-state
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said the country's interest was not protected in coal exploration deal with Asia Energy in 1998.
 arrow Grameen signs deal with Danone to make nutritious food
Groupe Danone, France-based global leader for nutritional food products, and Grameen Group inked a deal yesterday to set up a joint venture enterprise -- Grameen Danone Foods.
 arrow Institutional supports needed to tap export potential of herbs
Despite huge export potential, Bangladesh is yet to reach the $62 billion world medicinal plant market due to lack of institutional supports, speakers told a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Property investments in Asia up 46pc in 2005
Commercial real estate investments in the Asia Pacific rose 46 percent year-on-year in 2005 to 67.
 arrow US senators to head for China before sanctions showdown
US lawmakers agitating for trade sanctions against China said Wednesday they would visit the country next week to give Beijing a last chance to stage decisive reform of its currency regime.
 arrow China tipped to overtake US as India's biggest trading partner
China should overtake the United States as India's biggest trading partner in two years, an Indian minister said Thursday, adding that the Asian giants will shape the "economic architecture of the future.
 arrow India's Kotak bank to buy out Goldman stake for $74m
India's leading private bank Kotak Mahindra Bank announced Thursday plans to buy out Goldman Sachs' stakes in their two joint ventures for 333 billion rupees (74 million dollars).
 arrow Samorita Hospital approves 5pc cash dividend
Samorita Hospital Ltd has approved a 5 percent cash dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Oil prices fall further
World oil prices slid on Thursday, a day after diving on official data that revealed a fresh jump in US crude inventories.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Payback time for Tigers
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore put pressure on the Tigers ahead of the first game of the four-match one-day series against Kenya wishing to whitewash the visitors. The match will begin today at 9.
 arrow Cricket: Al Shahriar denied justice?
Bangladesh go into the ODI series against Kenya, carrying decent form from the just concluded series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Clark puts Aus on top
Debutant seam bowler Stuart Clark wrecked the South African top order as Australia took command on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands Thursday.
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 arrow Sabira finishes seventh
Bangladesh weightlifter Mollah Sabira finished seventh among eleven competitors in the women's 48-kg category at the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Boro thru' on away goal
Middlesbrough survived a fierce late onslaught from Serie A giants Roma to claim the biggest European scalp in their history on Wednesday as German hopes of victory in the UEFA Cup faded.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg end Rajshahi run
Champions Rajshahi suffered their first defeat in the one-day competition of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League when they crashed to a 38-run defeat to Chittagong in the ninth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid confident of series win
India captain Rahul Dravid is keen to cap his 100th Test with a series-clinching victory in the third and final Test against England starting in Mumbai on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Key second Test from today
New Zealand and the West Indies go into the second cricket Test here Friday smarting from criticism that both sides seriously under-achieved in the tense first Test.
 arrow Football: Liverpool rout Fulham
Robbie Fowler netted his first goal since returning to his hometown club in January as Liverpool finally found their scoring boots in a 5-1 demolition of Fulham in the Premiership on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: banglalink boost for school football
banglalink has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), which is organising the first ever National School Football Championship this year.
 arrow Chess: Rajib shocks GM Zia
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib upset Grand Master Ziaur Rahman in the sixth round of the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship at the BCF hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison misses Mumbai Test
Fast bowler Steve Harmison has been ruled out of England's third and final Test against India here because of a shin injury.
 arrow Cricket: SL up against the odds
Injury-hit Sri Lanka have the tough task of trying to blank Pakistan in a three-match one-day home series starting here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Benitez agrees new contract
Liverpool's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez has agreed a new four-year deal with the club that will extend his stay on Merseyside by an extra year to 2010, British media reported on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: British Council cricket starts
The 'British Council Leadership Programme through Sports' got underway at the BKSP Ground on Thursday with a two-day match between Blues Eleven and Green Eleven under-15 teams.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani observe Pushkin's death anniversary
Abahani observed the first death anniversary of hockey player, former hockey secretary of the club and joint secretary of Bangladesh Hockey Federation Zahidur Rahman Pushkin yesterday at the club premises.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha Cricket
Sunrise Sporting Club handed Chamok Sporting Club an eight wicket defeat in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League held at the Gaibandha stadium yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: School Basketball
The Shabab Murshid Memorial School Basketball Tournament, organised by South Breeze School and sponsored by Shabab Murshid Foundation, will begin at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium today.
 arrow Football: Albertini bids bye
Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Demetrio Albertini bade an emotional farewell to his playing career after a celebrity match in his honour at Milan's San Siro stadium.
Metropolitanarrow Science, tech-based edn a must for progress
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised the need for science and technology-based education and research so that Bangladesh could achieve rapid progress.
 arrow 7 more JMB cadres held in 3 districts
Law enforcers arrested seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres including an ehsar (fulltime active member) at Nilphamari, Brahmanbaria and Sirajganj during the last two days.
 arrow BCL leader threatens to sue police
Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Abu Abbas Bhuiyan yesterday said he would sue the police, who had arrested and branded him as "Boma Abbas" in connection with the attack on writer Humayun Azad, for tarnishing
 arrow Telecom minister blamed for patronising JMB
District Awami League (AL) General Secretary Omar Faruk Chowdhury yesterday held Post and Telecommunication Minister Aminul Haque responsible for patronising the militant outfit JMB and demanded his removal
 arrow 'BNP lawmaker creates reign of terror in Kushtia'
MA Khaleque, a businessman and BNP leader, yesterday said that BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam from Kushtia-2 and his men have created a reign of terror in his constituency -- an allegation denied by thelawmaker.
 arrow Five AIDS patients die in 15 days
Five HIV/AIDS patients died in the country in the last 15 days.
 arrow BNP leaders masterminds
Dr Reza Kibria, son of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday alleged that top BNP leaders are the masterminds behind the killing of his father.
 arrow Saarc standing body meets in Dhaka in April
The Standing Committee of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is expected to hold its first meet in Dhaka on April 10 and 11 to prepare a programme for the next decade, official
 arrow Workers deprived due to ineffective trade unions
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday said the country's working class is deprived of their legitimate rights as their bargaining agents, the trade unions, do not play their due role.
 arrow RU Shibir cadres drive 3 JCD men away from hall
Tension has been running high at the Rajshahi University (RU) as the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres drove away three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists from their dormitory rooms on Wednesday
 arrow DU launches library automation programme
Dhaka University (DU) yesterday launched its library automation programme in a bid to modernise book exchange system for teachers, students and researchers.
 arrow WTO fails to contribute to LDC dev
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said WTO conferences held so far could not contribute anything to economic development of the Least Developed Countries (LDC).
 arrow 1,000 stranded at Benapole
Some 1,000 India-bound Bangladeshis remained stranded here since yesterday morning as they were denied entry into the neighbouring country despite having passports.
 arrow Under-trial prisoner dies at court
A seriously ill under-trial prisoner died yesterday as the Dhaka Central Jail authorities did not admit him to hospital in time, his father alleged.
 arrow Russia lauds steps in combating terrorism
The Russian Ambassador in Dhaka yesterday congratulated the Bangladesh government for its dynamic measures in combating terrorism.
 arrow One killed, 5 SSC examinees injured in Jessore road accident
A man was killed and nine others, including five SSC examinees, were injured in a road accident at Muroli crossing near the town yesterday. The dead was identified as Rabiul, 35, a van-puller.
 arrow Ershad leaves for S Arabia
Jatiya Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad left Dhaka yesterday for Saudi Arabia on a four-day private visit. Vice-Chairman of the party HM Golam Reza accompanied him.
 arrow Int'l experts, dev partners assures cooperation
A delegation of international polio experts and development partners called on Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and discussed the recent report of poliovirus in the country.
 arrow 10 SSMC docs, students hurt
At least 10 people, including three doctors and seven students of Sir Salimullah Medical College (SSMC), were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and local BNP cadres attacked a joint procession
 arrow 270 shanties demolished in city
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday demolished at least 270 shanties of Dhalpur Adarsha Slum at Demra in the city allegedly for political reasons.
 arrow Orthopaedic Society executives
Prof Khondkar Abdul Awal Rizvi was elected president and Dr Rafiqul Kabir Labu secretary general of Bangladesh Orthopaedic Society (BOS) on March 12.
Point-Counterpointarrow An American secularist in Bangladesh
On my second day in Bangladesh, I was being driven through the rice fields and banana groves outside of Keshabpur when our car passed some graffiti on a wall in a small village.
 arrow Indo-US nuclear deal: Disturbing fallout
President Bush during his recent visit to India signed a landmark civilian nuclear agreement ostensibly to augment energy supply in India.
 arrow How about dismantling the embankment?
Inter-decadal variability of major flood disasters during the last 50 years has considerably increased world-wide: six cases in the 1950s, seven in the 1960s, eight in the 1970s, eighteen in the 1980s
Culturearrow Krishno Gohbor: Focusing on martyred intellectuals
Educationists, artistes, journalists, namely intellectuals are the driving force of a nation.
 arrow On recent trends in music and more...
Bappa Majumdar needs no introduction to music aficionados in Bangladesh. Son of noted musician Barin Majumdar, Bappa has attained popularity as a singer as well as a music composer.
 arrow Suchitra Bhattacharjee
Eminent Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharjee is in town.
 arrow Beyond Borders: A meeting of minds
The British Council's endeavour, Beyond Borders recently celebrated its second annual youth summit.
 arrow ATN Taroka: Talent hunt on ATN Bangla
The third round (music and acting) of ATN Taroka, Tarokader Taroka, one of the talent hunts show in the country, will be aired at 9:00 pm on March 20 and 21, on ATN Bangla.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Women denigrated
The incidence of brutal aggression on women that heightened in full view of the whole world in the last few days spoke volumes about the sorry state of human rights, legal rights and fundamental rights
 arrow Editorial: Hardly entertaining
The drawing of entertainment allowance by the chief whip's office at the rate of Tk one lakh per month in provisions and cash from the Parliament Cafeteria has caught our attention.
 arrow Paradise lost?
It was initially named after the then Lieutenant Governor Sir Ashley Eden in 1878 and not the garden in which Adam and Eve happily spent their days before they were expelled for eating the fruit of the
 arrow Trial by jury, not perjury
We have captured the first and the second in command of a militant group, perhaps also the third, the fourth and the fifth amongst those detained earlier.
 arrow Overcoming identity crisis
Identity is an important feature for any country or nation. Every nation or a country must have certain distinct features to identify itself as a separate entity.
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on women demonstrators
It is disgusting to watch on television news the incidents of police attacks and brutalities on women demonstrators in Dhaka streets and educational institutes.
 arrow Gender issue
I was astonished to read Mr. Saad Quasem's article entitled "Women in a Man's World", appearing in your paper so close to the International Women's Year.
 arrow Changing village scene
The shrinkage of population in villages is sending signals, which is alarming. This has happened in the west, the villages are either deserted or inhibited by the people aged above seventy.
 arrow Our cricketers
What Bangladesh cricket players need today is boost their stamina and patience, especially when they play cricket in the Test arena. The recently concluded series with Sri Lanka is a burning example.
 arrow Mobile library
The role that is being played by the Bishwa Shahittya Kendra (World Literature Centre) is great in ways manifold.
 arrow BPC and poor quality diesel
I read the news that the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) was to buy some diesel from Kuwait, which is not recommended, safe for consumption.
 arrow HR violations against Khasi community
A number of recent human rights violations and illegal incidents against Khasi community in Sylhet region emphasise the importance for the government to ensure justice to the victims by taking appropriate
Worldarrow South Asia: Tigers warn Lanka of return to violence
Tamil Tiger rebels told peace broker Norway yesterday that the Sri Lankan government was reneging on promises to disarm paramilitary units, and said the island could see a resurgence of violence.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali parties ask Maoists to halt crippling blockade
A road blockade dictated by Maoist rebels crippled transport in Nepal for a third day yesterday, driving up food prices and prompting political parties to urge the guerrillas to call off the protest.
 arrow South Asia: Bill on Indo-US nuke trade placed in Cong
A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act to facilitate the US-India civilian nuclear deal is being introduced in the US Congress.
 arrow South Asia: US won't push Australia to sell uranium to India
The United States will not push Australia to supply uranium to India after Washington signed a landmark civilian nuclear energy deal with the South Asian giant, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Ricesaid
 arrow US tags Iran as biggest security threat
Making no apologies for the war in Iraq, the United States warned states like North Korea and especially Iran yesterday that it will take preemptive military action if necessary to protect itself.
 arrow Iraq parliament meets without govt deal
Three months after a landmark election, Iraq's new parliament convened for the first time yesterday amid worsening communal violence and little sign of a deal on a government of national unity.
 arrow Taliban chief vows more violence
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar vowed a ferocious offensive against US-led forces in Afghanistan, saying yesterday they would soon face unimaginable violence.
 arrow US distances itself from prison raid
The United States yesterday distanced itself from Israel's raid on a West Bank prison, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying the US had never been responsible for security at the Jericho jail.
 arrow UN creates new rights council
The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to create a new UN human rights council, despite a definitive "no" vote from the United States.
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