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Front Pagearrow PM starts 'new phase in friendship' tour of India
As Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday arrived in New Delhi in her first state visit to India in about a decade and half, the two countries set an optimistic atmospherics.
 arrow Citizens' group floated to campaign for clean candidates
Civil society members yesterday floated a citizens' group to prepare a mid-term development vision for the country and launch a campaign for electing honest and competent candidates in the next general
 arrow Eyeing turnaround in diplomacy
India's neighbourhood diplomacy is set to be on full display when Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia holds talks with her Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh in order to seek a turnaround in bilateral
 arrow Govt invites opposition to form committee
The government has officially offered a proposal for dialogue with the opposition on the formation of a committee comprising leaders from the ruling alliance and the opposition parties to discuss theopposition's
 arrow Rahman himself led raid to kill AL leader
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) supremo Abdur Rahman has admitted that he himself led a failed operation to kill an Awami League leader in Mollahat in Bagerhat in August 2002.
 arrow Banks write off Tk 10,300cr since 2003
The commercial banks have written off Tk 10,300 crore from their bad loans since 2003 until December 31 last year.
 arrow Delhi hints at easy access of goods
Setting a positive note to Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit, India yesterday hinted at its readiness to facilitate easy access of goods from the neighbouring countries, saying New Delhi is
 arrow Yunus unveils formula
Renowned economist and Managing Director of Grameen Bank Prof Muhammad Yunus has called for a movement to elect competent candidates in the next general elections to continue democratic process and economic
 arrow The citizens' group
Convenor of the Citizens' Group for a Vision for Bangladesh is Prof Rehman Sobhan and Member Secretary Dr Debapriya Bhatta-charya.
 arrow Safety Secondary...


 arrow Bangladesh too good for Kenya
Bangladesh produced another ruthless professional display to dispose of an exposure-starved Kenya by nine wickets in the second one-day international at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Desco, Power Grid Co to offload 25pc shares by May
Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) and the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will offload their 25 percent stake in the share market by May 15, 2006 with a view to bringing dynamism in the capital
 arrow Last minute changes drive away bidders
A last moment amendment to technical specification for a Tk 125 crore dredging project for the Karnaphuli river under the shipping ministry drove away four of the six selected bidders, conveniently leaving
 arrow Bangla Bhai's victims want govt's apology
Over 50 family members of the victims of Bangla Bhai atrocities yesterday called on the government to apologise for the 'state-sponsored jungle rule' in the northwest of the country.
 arrow Rare fishing cat cubs die in captivity
Caught from the wilderness, the two fishing cat cubs yesterday died at Atoaree upazila of Panchagarh due to negligence of the authorities concerned.
 arrow Media hyped visit
Mainstream Indian media yesterday gave wide coverage to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's three-day visit to India.
 arrow 4 madrasa boys held for killing 11-yr-old boy
Sylhet police arrested four students of Fatehpur Madrasa in Sadar upazila early Sunday in connection with the killing of an 11-year boy of the same madrasa.
 arrow Debate in JS body over Eden College chaos
The ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday locked horns with an Awami League (AL) lawmaker over the situation at the Eden University College and rejected the opposition lawmaker's demand for formation of a parliamentary
 arrow Addl Attorney Gen Rezzaque wants to quit
Additional Attorney General Abdur Rezzaque Khan yesterday sought 'release' from his office following a newspaper report on his continuing in the job despite reaching retirement age.
 arrow Students still agitate to end 'seat business'
Despite removal of the embattled principal of Eden College, general students of the college and different student bodies yesterday continued to demonstrate demanding acceptance of their other demands.
 arrow Woman, grandson killed in wall collapse
An elderly woman and her grandson were killed yesterday as a wall collapsed on them at Manikhar village in Tala upazila.
 arrow Govt asked to produce Rahman, Bangla Bhai in Bogra court
Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday asked the government to produce captured JMB leaders Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai before it on June 5 in connection with
 arrow Flu outbreak


 arrow 2 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals -- one in the capital and the other in Faridpur -- were killed in incidents of "shootout" between their accomplices and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday.
 arrow Iraq war enters 4th year with more deaths
Suspected insurgents marked the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq yesterday with roadside bombings that killed at least seven policemen, and authorities reported finding 10 more bullet-riddled
 arrow 13 Nepalese soldiers, 1 rebel killed in clash
Thirteen Nepalese soldiers and a Maoist guerrilla were killed in a two-hour gunbattle near Kathmandu early yesterday, the defence ministry said, while the rebels claimed 15 soldiers died.
 arrow Car-bomb makers' cell busted in Kashmir
Indian troops shot dead four militants in Kashmir and arrested five others allegedly involved in making and setting off car bombs in the main city of Srinagar, the army said yesterday.
 arrow Bird flu confirmed in 3 Afghan provinces
Tests confirmed yesterday a new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu among chickens in three Afghan provinces, including the capital Kabul, officials said.
Businessarrow Bid to privatise container terminal against national interest: Ctg mayor
Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said the government move to hand over the management of the under-construction New Mooring Container Terminal to private sector is against the national
 arrow India's move to float rupee to boost investment
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's plans to end India's remaining currency controls will boost confidence and investment in a fast growing economy which now allows the government more leeway on the rupee,
 arrow Oil rises in Asian trading
Oil prices rose slightly in Asian trade Monday as the market sought to balance news of fresh unrest in Nigeria against the high stockpiles in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow Summit Power to add 25 MW more to national grid
The Power Division yesterday signed a contract with the independent power project (IPP) company, Summit Power Ltd (SPL), to generate additional 25 megawatt (MW) power for the national grid.
 arrow Eastern Bank launches financial kiosks in Dhaka
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL), a local private bank, yesterday launched three financial kiosks in Dhaka, which will offer 24-hour electronic banking services to its customers.
 arrow 40-member business team leaves for India
A 40-member business delegation, led by Mir Nasir Hossain, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), left Dhaka yesterday for India accompanying Prime Minister Khaleda
 arrow China seeking alternative sources of iron ore
A junior Australian iron ore producer said Monday it was in talks to sell its output to a major steel firm in China, which has accused mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto of using monopolistic behavior
 arrow Housing fair in Sylhet from Friday
A four-day housing fair will begin in Sylhet from March 24.
 arrow Dell plans to double Indian headcount to 20,000
Dell Inc, the world's top PC maker, plans to double its headcount in India over three years, its founder said on Monday, but there was no word on the location of a planned manufacturing unit in the country.
 arrow China must reform currency regime or face sanctions
Two US lawmakers were set to begin a visit to China Monday, carrying a warning that Beijing must undertake decisive reform of its currency regime or face trade sanctions.
 arrow S'pore to open trade office in Moscow
Singapore will open a trade office in Moscow in May to help locally based companies tap into the vast business potential in Russia, the government said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar dreaming big
As it stands now, anybody can bet for a series whitewash in favour of Bangladesh after the home side's massive nine-wicket victory against Kenya in the second one-day international at the Khulna Divisional
 arrow Cricket: Ctg wait for final round
Chittagong will go into the final round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League with a crucial two-point lead after the port city outfit drew their penultimate game against fellow title-contenders
 arrow MCG dances to Calypso beat
Jamaica celebrated a sprint double at the Commonwealth Games on Monday as Asafa Powell was crowned men's 100 metres champion and Sheri-Ann Brooks won the women's equivalent.
 arrow Cricket: Third Test on a knife edge
James Anderson celebrated his comeback with four wickets as England initially seized the initiative in the must-win third and final Test against India here on Monday.
 arrow Football: BU take on Mahindra today
Local giants Brothers Union Club take on Mahindra United of Mumbai in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup today with both teams optimistic of victory.
 arrow Shooters fail to reach finals
Neither Suraiya Aktar nor Sharmin Aktar moved into the eight-woman final round of the women's 10m Air Rifle event as both Bangladeshi shooters were ousted from the qualifying round in the 18th Commonwealth
 arrow Cricket: NZ romp to series victory
Stephen Fleming led New Zealand to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over the West Indies on the fourth day of the second cricket Test, to wrap up the series 2-0 with a game to spare here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ticket-touts arrested
Four persons were picked up by police yesterday from outside the Khulna Divisional Stadium for selling tickets of the one-day match in the black-market.
 arrow Football: Fulham stun Chelsea
Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered their third defeat of the season on Sunday with Fulham winning a pulsating west London derby 1-0 to ease their relegation fears.
 arrow Football: Real slip further
Barcelona's grip on top spot in the Primera Liga was strengthened on Sunday when Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Betis and Valencia lost 2-1 away to Racing Santander.
 arrow Football: Milan giants run riot
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to his back four rather than the goalscorers in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of Udinese, which left them 10 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in second place.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti admits Real interest
Carlo Ancelotti admitted Sunday he would be interested in coaching Real Madrid -- but not now.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket is illegal!
Panic has broken out in Jhenaidah over the actions of a few DB policemen who mauled a number of university students for an "illegal" entry inside a pre-cadet institution to retrieve a lost cricket ball.
 arrow Cricket: SL A arrive
Sri Lanka A team, led by national cricketer Jehan Mubarak, arrived in the city on Monday noon to play two four-day and three one-day matches against Bangladesh A.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison out of ODIs
One more name was added to England's list of fitness casualties with Stephen Harmison being ruled out of the one-day series against India after the fast bowler failed to recover from a bone stress injury
 arrow Football: Whinger Jose at it again
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused Fulham's players of influencing the referee after watching his side crash to their third defeat of the season at Craven Cottage.
 arrow Chess: Rakib keeps solo lead
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib of Biman maintained solo lead for the fourth consecutive day with 9.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure indigenous people's right to land
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for constitutional recognition of the right of indigenous people to land to protect them from repression.
 arrow Appointment of magistrates challenged
The High Court on Sunday issued a rule upon the government to explain why its action in appointing the magistrates at district level without consulting the Supreme Court and all orders and judgementspassed
 arrow Attempt to evict indigenous people in Gazipur
An influential quarter attacked a village in Gazipur district recently to evict indigenous people and landless Bangalis from khas land where they have been living since 1981.
 arrow Take steps to protect environment
Criticising the alliance government's environment policy, the Awami League yesterday demanded immediate steps to protect the environment and proper utilisation of the country's resources.
 arrow 'Implement CRC to ensure child rights'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for proper implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
 arrow 65,000 to perform Hajj next year
In the wake of last time's gross mismanagement in flying Hajj pilgrims from Bangladesh, the government yesterday held a stakeholders’ meeting well in advance settling the air flight and fare issues for
 arrow Hunger strike observed to protest JCD torture
A token hunger strike was observed in the city yesterday protesting the repression on female students of Eden University College by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres.
 arrow 14.275 acres of land handed over to CPA
The district administration of Chittagong officially handed 14.
 arrow 'Brave of Heart' launched
A book titled 'Brave of Heart' by freedom fighter Habibul Alam Bir Pratik was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow DU withdraws expulsion order against Oli Ahad after 58 years
Language movement veteran Oli Ahad, who was expelled from Dhaka University in 1948 for his involvement in the language movement, received a letter yesterday to his surprise from the university withdrawing
 arrow Fire Service drive from April 1
Fire Service and Civil Defence Department will launch a special drive from April 1 to take action against those who did not take licence from the department for using a building or land as warehouse,factory
 arrow Motor workshop worker murdered in city
A motor workshop worker was killed at Bijoypur in the city yesterday as an employee of a shop hit him in the head with an iron rod after an altercation over purchase of motor parts, police said.
 arrow Int'l probe demanded
The victims of bomb attack at Narayanganj Awami League office on June 16, 2001 that left 20 people dead and several hundred others injured, yesterday demanded an international investigation of the incident
 arrow 'Civilian FFs should have been entitled Bir Sreshtha’
Speakers at a discussion said at least some civilian freedom fighters should have been awarded the title of Bir Sreshtha as thousands of civilians sacrificed their lives and properties in the War of Liberation
 arrow Detectives probe cop's link with gang
Police detectives are investigating to find out if there is any link of a police officer with a car lifting gang.
 arrow Eight submit nominations
Eight candidates submitted their nomination papers for the by-polls of Manikganj-4 constituency, which will be held on April 19.
 arrow Belta's training programme begins
Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (Belta) has started its six-day training programme in association with Presidency University and Biam in the city, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Shanta contradicts herself in two cases, say police
Police in a statement yesterday said Advocate Shahin Sultana Shanta, who was beaten up by the police on March 12, has filed two cases, but the statements in the cases contradict each other.
 arrow Kochi-Kachar Mela invites stories
Kendriya Kochi-Kachar Mela, a national children organisation, has invited stories from its present and former members to publish a souvenir marking its golden jubilee on October 5, says a press release.
 arrow Golam Mahbub laid to rest
Language Movement veteran Advocate Kazi Golam Mahbub was laid to rest at his family graveyard at Kasba Kazi Bari under Gournadi upazila of Barisal district yesterday.
 arrow Extortionist held
Local people caught one extortionist red-handed while a gang of seven to eight criminals were ransacking a shop of electronics goods at Rupnagar under Pallabi Police Station in the city yesterday demanding
 arrow Dr Ibrahim elected FNB chair
Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, executive director of CMES, has been elected chair of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) at its annual general meeting at the Institution of Engineers in the city on March
 arrow 1,546 more held
Police arrested 1,546 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 12 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Agitation in Nilphamari, rationing in Gaibandha
IRRI-Boro is being affected in northern districts of Nilphamari and Gaibandha due to crisis of urea, prompting farmers to put up demonstrations.
 arrow Shibir leader Salehi's arrest demanded at RU
The Greater Rangpur Students Forum at Rajshahi University yesterday took out a silent procession and held a rally on the campus demanding arrest and punishment to killers of Prof S Taher Ahmed and Prof
 arrow JMB cadre Sabbir to be quizzed in B'baria
JMB cadre Sabbir Ahmed Dulal will be brought back to Brahmanbaria from Sylhet soon for interrogation, police sources said yesterday.
 arrow Arrested JMB man details plan in Sirajganj
Arrested Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) Ehsar member Tarikul Islam yesterday confessed to his involvement in the August 17 bomb blasts in Sirajganj town.
 arrow Ex-SI held on murder charge
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a former police sub-inspector, an accused in three murder cases.
 arrow Law to protect consumers rights demanded
Speakers at a discussion held here yesterday blamed the government for failure to ensure smooth supply of electricity.
Point-Counterpointarrow Poverty reduction and the need for local ownership
EVER since the PRSP process was initiated in 2000, civil society institutions including the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) have kept track of the process in order to establish local ownership over the
 arrow Barking up the wrong communal tree
INDIA'S Muslims have been suddenly bombarded with unsolicited advice. "Moderate" Muslims must stand up against extremists such as Uttar Pradesh Minister Yaqoob Qureshi.
 arrow Voices from around the world
AN interesting collection of poems, this slim volume reflects the various facets of sensitivity that existed within the literary world in general and in the psyche of young poets in particular, during
Culturearrow A glimpse of indigenous culture
The Bangladesh National Museum (Shaheed Zia Auditorium) hummed with activity on the first day of a three-day Adivasi cultural festival on March 19.
 arrow Poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah remembered
Poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah Khan's fifth death anniversary was on March 19.
 arrow Generating awareness about over-fishing
Fish is the fastest growing source of food in developing countries. It is the primary source of animal protein for about one-sixth of the world's population.
Internationalarrow US blasted for creating terrorism 'quagmire'
Asian newspapers yesterday took the United States to task on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, with one commentator saying it had created the ideal environment for terrorism to fester.
 arrow EU won't go soft on Hamas
The European Union warned Hamas yesterday that it stood at a crossroads after the militant group, which figures on the EU's terror list, named a new Palestinian cabinet dominated by its members.
 arrow Powerful cyclone pounds Australia
The most powerful cyclone to hit Australia in decades smashed into the country's northeast coast yesterday, leaving hundreds homeless and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
 arrow Hundreds march in Nepal urging king to give up power
About 1,000 pro-democracy activists marched in the Nepalese capital yesterday demanding King Gyanendra free political detainees and give up powers he seized last year.
 arrow Thai talks fall apart amid fears for polls
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's party and his leading rivals failed to agree Monday on holding talks between the embattled premier and his opponents, amid rising concern whether snap polls can
 arrow Iranian police kill 10 'bandits' near Afghan border
Iranian police have killed 10 bandits who entered the country via the northeastern frontier with Afghanistan, the official IRNA news agency reported, following a deadly ambush in another border area last
 arrow EU to bolster sanctions after Belarus polls
The European Union is set to bolster sanctions against Belarus after its authoritarian president won re-election in polls marred by a "climate of intimidation", EU officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No tokenism with safety of workers, please!
We note that a monitoring team of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has identified three garment units in and around the city as being highly risky in terms of theirinfrastructure.
 arrow Editorial: A kid-glove treatment
It is our opinion that, in the aftermath of the unrest at Eden College, the government decision to transfer the principal, Prof.
 arrow When globalisation is good: Insight from India
The Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development in Tokyo (FASID) had emerged as a centre of excellence in economics, particularly in development economics.
 arrow Transparency the key to JMB interrogation
The people of Bangladesh are happy with the recent arrest of JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman and his second in command Siddiqul Islam "Bangla Bhai" along with some of their accomplices.
Letters to Editorarrow Role of China
I want to hail China for the courageous stand that they recently took against the one-sided claim by the United States against weaker and poorer countries of so called human rights violations.
 arrow BCS exams
We all know that the preliminary questions of the 27th BCS exams were leaked, whatever the PSC claims.
 arrow Cartoon controversy
The world has been shaken by a little storm in a cup of tea that brewed in Denmark some months ago.
 arrow Discriminatory crossfire?
We read quite often that outlaws are killed in crossfire after they have been captured. On the other hand, none of the JMB militants captured so far has been killed in crossfire.
 arrow In-depth review
Hats off to Rounaq Jahan for the in depth book review with a "depressing" title "We've Learnt Nothing from History". The review is so thorough that one feels as if s/he has read the book.
 arrow Living in darkness?
By publishing cartoons some European newspapers attacked Islam and our great Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) without knowing the very meaning of Islam (Peace).
 
   
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