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Front Pagearrow India should lower tax barriers, ensure free movement of goods
Setting the tone and tenor of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's three-day state visit to India, Bangladesh yesterday said it expected India to lower tax barriers to its goods in Indian market contending it
 arrow Bombs blasted in Netrakona as 2 JMB men were not freed
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman has confessed before the law enforcers that the suicide bombing in Netrakona on December 8 killing eight people and injuring 50 others was in retaliation
 arrow Niko flouting rules with govt turning a blind eye
Canadian company Niko continues to flout unhindered all rules and regulations in each of its steps in keeping with its backdoor entry into the country's energy sector in 2003 using influence of an 'alternative
 arrow Bangladesh cross 300-run barrier in one-dayer
Bangladesh put their poor past records aside when they buried Kenya under tons of runs to clinch a thumping 131-run victory in the first one-day of the four-match series at the Shaheed Chandu Stadiumin
 arrow Investigate if anyone in govt sheltered JMB men: AI
Arrests of the top two JMB brasses point to a long-awaited shift in government policy to target the actual perpetrators of bombings in contrast to its usual practice of conveniently accusing the political
 arrow Subway train unlikely to become a reality soon
The city is unlikely to see an underground railway in near future, as all the initiatives by the coalition government seem to have failed to attract foreign investors for the project.
 arrow No river training plan yet to check erosion
In the absence of any long-term government schemes to prevent riverbank erosion, the country's three big rivers--Jamuna, Padma and lower Meghna--leave one and a half lakh people landless and millionsof
 arrow Biman's move to procure 2 aircraft hits snag
Biman's hasty move for leasing two wide-bodied aircraft disregarding the government's procurement guidelines hits a snag with authorities asking it to strictly follow the Public Procurement Regulation
 arrow Caretaker system, political parties both need reforms
Eminent jurists and other professionals at a discussion in the city yesterday said political parties have scope to manipulate elections under the caretaker government system, and that reforms in the system
 arrow Bounty for info on 2 JMB men
The government yesterday announced afresh bounty for information leading to arrest of the two fugitive Jamaa'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Majlish-e-Shura members.
 arrow Wasa men blame load-shedding, 'systems loss' for water crisis
The capital is facing poor water supply due to what Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), Dhaka said was frequent load-shedding and decline in both underground and surface water levels.
 arrow Road crash kills five of a family, 2 others
At least seven people, five of a family, were killed and two others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Hijaltali in Kaliakoir upzila of Gazipur district yesterday morning.
 arrow Outlaw found dead on road in Khulna
An armed cadre of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction was found dead on Teligati bypass road yesterday.
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 arrow Road crash kills journalist Yusuf Pasha
Yusuf Pasha, assistant editor of the Daily Janakantha, died in a road accident in the city's Bangla Motor area yesterday. He was 62.
 arrow US rules out direct nuke talks with Iran
The United States on Thursday ruled out direct discussions with Iran on its nuclear programme after Tehran offered to negotiate with Washington on another thorny subject -- Iraq.
 arrow Indo-US nuke deal will 'unravel' NPT
The main international treaty aimed at stopping the spread of atomic weapons will fall apart in the wake of the US civil nuclear deal with India, neighbour and rival Pakistan warned yesterday.
 arrow Power officials picnic at minister's factory
Top brass of the power ministry led by the state minister, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, spent a day out of daily rut holidaying and feasting, away from the capital on the weekend.
 arrow Afghan bandits kill 22 in Iran
Afghan bandits with links to US and British security services have killed 22 people in Iran and seized an unknown number of others in an ambush that also left a senior official critically wounded, officials
 arrow Quake triggers small tsunami in Indonesia
An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Maluku islands this week and triggered a small tsunami that killed at least two people and left three missing, an official and reports said Friday.
 arrow US continues assaults on Iraqi militants
US-led forces yesterday pressed on with a major offensive against suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra in their latest bid to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said.
 arrow 40 injured as storm lashes Kalaroa
At least 40 people were injured and 300 houses damaged as storm lashed 20 villages in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira district yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt mulls new insurance firms in saturated market
The government is considering allowing more insurance companies although the chief controller of insurance (CCI) opposed letting any fresh company start operation in the already saturated market.
 arrow Poor infrastructure main barrier to more FDI
Speakers at a roundtable here identified poor infrastructure and institutional weaknesses as main barriers to attract more foreign investment to the country.
 arrow Local firms get Tk 9cr export order from Yangon pharma fair
Bangladeshi firms got confirmed export order worth Tk 9 crore at the first Bangladesh single country pharmaceuticals fair in Myanmar.
 arrow China to up investment in Pakistan
Chinese government encourages its public and private sector to actively take part in Pakistan-based projects to strengthen cooperation between the corporate entities of two countries, particularly inthe
 arrow India to build roads to boost border trade with China
In a bid to promote India-China trade links and develop infrastructure along the border, government is proposing to build a 608-km road covering five states.
 arrow S'pore, India to review trade agreement
Singapore and India will sit down at the end of this month to review their landmark Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca) to see if trade and investments can develop even faster.
 arrow SEDF-BEI seminar in India tomorrow
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), a multi-donor facility managed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), in collaboration with Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) will hold a seminar
 arrow EU to push for duties on China, Vietnam shoes
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson is to ask the European Commission to agree next week to impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes, despite divisions among EU countries, his office
 arrow Eastern Bank now largest acquirer of VISA cards
Eastern Bank Ltd has become the largest acquirer of VISA cards in ATMs in Bangladesh.
 arrow ADB to increase annual soft loans for Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will increase its soft loans for Vietnam to nearly 300 million USD per year in the 2007-08 period, according to ADB Vice President Linqun Jin.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices dropped on Friday following a volatile week of trading, which has seen crude futures fall owing to high US energy stockpiles and rise on tensions in major energy producers.
 arrow G8 ministers push nuclear solution to energy puzzle
Energy ministers of the powerful Group of Eight countries were divided here Thursday on how best to ensure global energy supplies, with Russia and the United States favouring nuclear power and othersbacking
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow China supports HK's economy
Beijing has sent a strong signal that it will continue to back Hong Kong and does not wish to see cut-throat rivalry amid mounting economic competition among the city and neighbouring Guangdong and eastern
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers show the difference
When Bangladesh completed a record 131-run bashing of Kenya at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday, there was understandably no evidence of the same euphoria among the players that was common
 arrow Cricket: Nazim keeps Ctg afloat
Nazimuddin smashed his first first-class century of the season yesterday to steer Chittagong to a respectable 257-6 in the first innings on the first day of the crucial ninth round four-dayer againstRajshahi
 arrow Asif, Anjan bag silver
Asif Hossain Khan won his second Commonwealth Games medal when the Bangladesh shooter bagged silver in the 10m air rifle team event yesterday pairing with Anjan Kumar Singha in Melbourne yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England look to regroup
England coach Duncan Fletcher said his team would needed to manage without strike bowler Steve Harmison, who has been ruled out of Saturday's third and final Test against India here due to a shin injury.
 arrow Cricket: First Test evenly poised
Australia were in a strong position despite a fightback by South Africa's bowlers on the second day of the first Test at Newlands on Friday.
 arrow Chess: Rakib upsets Zia to stay atop
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman crashed to his second successive defeat in the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship when he was upset by Interna-tional Master Abdullah Al Rakib in the seventh round
 arrow Football: Schalke carry German hopes
Schalke 04 gave German football something to smile about after a difficult few weeks by overturning a first leg deficit to beat Italian side Palermo and advance to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals Thursday.
 arrow Football: Neville senses Red revival
Manchester United may be resigned to being second best to Chelsea this season but Gary Neville has detected the stirrings of a revival he believes can restore the club to the top of the English game.
 arrow Football: Europe beckons Villarreal, Atletico
The battle for the European places in the Primera Liga takes centre stage when Villarreal host in-form Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Milanese battle for second
The race for second place in Serie A hots up when Inter Milan host Lazio and AC Milan play Udinese away on Sunday. Barring an unlikely late collapse by leaders Juventus, the title seems bound for Turin.
 arrow Football: Bastian betting report dismissed
German football chiefs on Thursday issued a vehement denial of a newspaper claim that Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger was the international footballer involved in a betting scandal.
 arrow Cricket: NZ have Windies on the ropes
The New Zealand cricketers found they could survive without Shane Bond Friday, as a five-wicket haul to James Franklin left the West Indies reeling at 182 for eight on a rain-shortened opening day ofthe
 arrow Aussies take charge in Games
Australia resisted a joint India and England offensive to seize control of the Commonwealth Games on Friday allowing the hosts to crank up the celebrations after their under-fire weightlifters were cleared
 arrow Cricket: Rain mars SL-Pak ODI
Seamer Farveez Maharoof and spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi bagged three wickets apiece for Sri Lanka before their first one-dayer against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain here on Friday.
 arrow Football: FIFA gets tough on racism
Soccer's world governing body FIFA agreed on Thursday to punish acts of racism with severe penalties including the deduction of points and disqualification from competitions.
 arrow Football: FIFA keeps squad deadline
Football's international governing body FIFA Thursday rejected calls to push back its May 15 deadline for World Cup squads to be announced.
 arrow Football: Lippi cautious
Italy coach Marcello Lippi on Thursday warned his side about getting too carried away by their recent demolition of World Cup hosts Germany.
Metropolitanarrow 'Fanaticism poses threat to women's security'
Women in the country have been facing hindrances in all walks of life and their security has been threatened with the rise of fundamentalism, said the speakers at a conference yesterday.
 arrow Enforce anti-polythene law strictly
Environmentalists at a rally yesterday called for strict implementation of the law prohibiting the production, use and marketing of polythene shopping bags and other plastic products.
 arrow Rab recovers one kg heroin, two kg cocaine, five held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered one kilogram of heroine worth Tk one core in Barisal and two kilograms of cocaine worth about TK 30 lakh in Chittagong on Thursday and arrested five people in this
 arrow Country experiences 1100mw power shortage
The country experienced about 1100mw of electricity shortage in peak hours yesterday although it was the weekly holiday when electricity consumption usually goes down.
 arrow Some politicians unhappy with arrest of militant kingpins
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said leaders of a political party were unhappy with the arrest of Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai.
 arrow One killed as villagers clash over Jatra
One person was killed and 20 others injured in a clash between the inhabitants of several villages of Sylhet Sadar upazila.
 arrow Immunisation campaign begins next month
Around 18 million children under five years will be given Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in next three months in the wake of the first polio case reported in the country in over five years.
 arrow SPGRC threatens self-immolation
Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) has threatened self-immolation on March 23 if the government fails to take initiative to hold tripartite meeting by March 22 to solve their long-standing
 arrow Sec 144 imposed in Kalapara to avoid clash
Kalapara upazila administration under Patuakhali district imposed section 144 in a meeting place and its surrounding areas after both the ruling and opposition parties had called meetings there at the
 arrow Probe body expanded
The seven-member probe committee to investigate the matter of securing first class by 52 Masterís examinees at political science department of Dhaka University (DU) in 2004 has been expanded to include
 arrow Touchstone statue found while digging pond
Labourers, who were digging a pond at Kachua Primary School in Sholok union under Uzirpur upazila, recovered a statue of Dasharath made of touchstone.
 arrow Bangabandhu's 87th birthday observed
The 87th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of the nation's independence, was observed across the country yesterday.
 arrow Adivasi Festival begins in city tomorrow
A three-day 'Adivasi Festival' will begin at the National Museum in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Passing-out parade of Nat'l Maritime Institute held
The passing-out parade of the 6th batch of trainee crew of the National Maritime Institute (NMI) was held on the institute premises on Thursday.
 arrow Local stakeholders visit protected forest areas of WB
The forest department under its protected area management programme known as Nishorgo arranged an exposure visit for local stakeholders to observe participatory management approach in protected forest
Nationalarrow JMB cadres confess to Aug 17 involvement
The four Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) cadres arrested in Brahmanbaria on Thursday confessed to police that they were involved in the August 17 bomb blasts in the district town.
 arrow 9 fishing trawlers looted in Bay
Pirates looted fish worth over Tk one lakh from nine fishing trawlers in the Bay of Bengal near Kuakata coast, police said.
 arrow Mechanised stone extraction protested in Panchagarh
Hundreds of people at a meeting held at Bhazanpur in Panchagarh district on Thursday protested rock extraction by banned dredging machine.
 arrow 'Govt out to snatch right to franchise'
Awami Sechhasebak League central General Secretary Pankaj Debnath has alleged that BNP-Jamat led four party alliance government is conspiring to snatch people's right to vote by not accepting opposition's
 arrow Newsman sued in Patuakhali
A Jubo Dal leader in Baufal upazila on Wednesday filed a defamation case against a newsman of The Daily Janakantha for filing a report in the daily on March 11.
 arrow Hartal called to protest Mujaheed's visit
Muktijuddah Sangsad in Phulbaria upazila in Mymensingh has called hartal there on March 18 protesting a planned visit by Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammed
 arrow Memo to BB governor by RCCI
Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday submitted a memorandum to Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed containing a 20-point demand for socio-economic development of the people ofRangpur.
 arrow Top outlaw held in Jhenidah
Kotchandpur police yesterday arrested a regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML- Janajuddah).
Point-Counterpointarrow Time to forestall potential Banglabhais
The cynics say that Bangla is a language of overstatement and that Bangladeshis are a very sensitive and sentimental lot.
 arrow Bangladesh: The perception outside
William B Milam, former US Ambassador to Bangladesh is currently visiting Dhaka and giving a series of seminars.
 arrow Politicisation of administration: How much is enough?
It is most unfortunate for a democratic country when its administration is engaged in looking after mainly the interest of the ruling party or alliance and not of the people.
Culturearrow On the Bangladeshi art scene
TAJUDDIN Ahmed of Tivoli Gallery is a senior artist, famous since the mid '70s.
 arrow A celebration of diversity
The 'Adivasis' of Bangladesh demonstrate unique cultures, traditions, knowledge and much more.
 arrow 10th anniversary of Liberation War Museum
Liberation War Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary on March 22. To mark the event, the Museum will hold a five-day celebration featuring discussions and cultural programmes.
 arrow Imagine a John Lennon seance
The ex-Beatle, who was murdered over 25 years ago, is the latest subject of a pay-per-view seance arranged by the producers of a 2003 attempt to contact the dead Princess Diana.
 arrow Natyajan's latest production


Internationalarrow India thanks Russia for uranium supply plan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday thanked Russia for its decision to supply uranium to two fuel-starved nuclear reactors.
 arrow Hamas may make peace with Israel: Haniyeh
The Palestinians' incoming prime minister suggested Hamas could one day make peace with Israel, but undercut his statement by saying his militant group wouldn't disarm or recognise Israel unless it recognised
 arrow Iran in US sights over its nuke ambition
Three years after the launch of the US-led war that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the Shia clerical regime in neighbouring Iran is now clearly in Washington's sights over its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Asylum requests to West drop to near 20-yr low
Contrary to popular belief, the number of people seeking asylum in the West has halved over the last five years to the lowest level in nearly two decades, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday.
 arrow Evidence of universe expansion found
Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble toa
 arrow Bush urges Cong to okay nuke deal
President Bush has asked Congress to approve a landmark plan to share civilian nuclear technology with India, even as critics say the agreement's details have not been fully negotiated.
 arrow Indian cops kill 4 militants in Gujarat
Police shot dead four suspected militants overnight in Gujarat, the scene of bloody Hindu-Muslim violence in 2002.
 arrow No sign of poisoning in Milosevic's body: Tests
Forensic tests found no sign of poisoning or the unprescribed antibiotic rifampicin in the body of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, the president of the UN war crimes tribunal said yesterday.
 arrow Norway names new Lanka peace envoy
Norway appointed a new peace envoy yesterday to help mediate between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels after a conflict in which 64,000 people have died.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Large investment proposals
Our typical approach to offers of mega projects, be they for industrial units, or for a big value addition to the deficient infrastructure, has been marked, first, by elation and savouring and then by
 arrow Editorial: Dilapidated buildings
Nearly one thousand stranded Pakistanis are living in two dilapidated buildings in Mirpur, which may collapse any time. This is worrying news.
 arrow Avoiding avoidable disasters
In quick succession, within forty hours, we had two disasters one in Chittagong and the other in Dhaka. All right-thinking citizens were critical not only for what happened, but also for why it happened.
 arrow Where do we stand?
Musharraf regime is passing through a truly rough patch. It has been noted there is no real reason why it will have to go.
Letters to Editorarrow Exchange rate volatility
It has been a long period we failed to settle our foreign exchange (FX) crisis.
 arrow Varanasi massacre diminished humanity
Why would anyone want to bomb a holy Hindu temple in India, which is the House of God? Terrorists wanted to incite Hindus and play the political game as occurred in Gujarat.
 arrow Caught in traffic jam
I am writing this letter to draw attention to the horrendous traffic jams we commuters have to put up with everyday. To say that commuting has become a strenuous and severe task would be an understatement.
StarTecharrow 3G: The third generation never looked better
For those of you who do not have the slightest clue what 3G is and are thinking it is possibly connected to the Y2K bug problem; this could be enlightening.
 arrow World's largest ICT showcase
The CeBIT '06, world's biggest technology and telecoms fair, has drawn to an end at Hanover, Germany last week.
 arrow Bangladeshi techie coauthors PHP book
BANGLADESH has some good programmers, software and web developers, who have proved their capabilities time and again.
 arrow Bluetooth watch


Literaturearrow The Other Man
Baby Monkey was my most favorite stuffed animal, a palm-sized beige fur ball with a pacifier in his mouth. He was picked up by a scared 7-year old girl from the gift shop at Cromwell Hospital. Ahh...
 arrow On Brick Lane and Brick Lane
London's East End has always given me an uneasy feeling. Whether it's driving past the plaque commemorating the vanquishing of Oswald Mosley's fascist Blackshirts in the 1930s, or strolling through its gourmet burger quarter past the City workers seeking some edginess, my blood chills a little.
 arrow Deconstructing proverbs and missing entries
Gender Biswakosh (Encyclopedia of Gender, Vols. 1 & 2 ) was a widely anticipated volume in this year's Ekushey book fair.
 
   
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