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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi to maintain high-level political talks
Both Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh have agreed on the need to maintain high-level political dialogue between their two countries.
 arrow Irrigation strained as water table drops
The predominantly groundwater-based irrigation system in the country has reached a critical phase with croplands in many areas going out of the reach of shallow-level aquifer due to fast depleting groundwater
 arrow Invites investment, seeks to bridge trade gap
Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday wrapped up her three-day official visit to India inviting investment from that country and suggesting strategic partnership between investors and traders
 arrow Bangla Bhai confesses to his atrocities in northern districts
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operations commander Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai yesterday admitted to his atrocities in the northern districts in 2004, having punished people as per Islamic
 arrow Fires, stampede at Ctg RMG units
Goods worth over Tk 50 crore were gutted in a devastating fire at a textile warehouse in the city's Kalurghat industrial area yesterday within 17 hours into another fire that broke out at Creaslan Sweater
 arrow AL sends letter to BNP for clarification
In reply to ruling BNP's official invitation to discuss the opposi-tions' proposed electoral reforms, Awami League yesterday sent a letter to the ruling party seeking some clarifications including the
 arrow Khaleda recalls India's role in Liberation War
Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has appreciated India's assistance to her country during the Liberation War of 1971.
 arrow Khaleda invites Advani to visit Bangladesh
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday invited Indian Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani to visit Bangladesh to see for himself the actual scenario and the progress being made in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bird flu poses threat to Bangladesh
The United Nations has expressed fears that bird flu (Avian Influenza) poses an imminent threat to Bangladesh in the wake of spread of the disease in India and Myanmar.
 arrow Home heightens security on more attack fears
The home ministry has ordered further strengthening the security system, as the government does not brush aside the possibility of further militant attacks in the country, State Minister for Home Affairs
 arrow Tortured Shanta now faces criminal cases
Two criminal cases were filed with a Dhaka court yesterday against Shahin Sultana Shanta, a victim of police brutality during a 14-party agitation on March 12, and her husband.
 arrow Nasir's wounded daughter dies
Former minister Mir Nasiruddin's daughter succumbed to her injuries yesterday at a Madina hospital 17 days after a fatal accident that also killed her mother and aunt besides injuring her father and sister.
 arrow Firm increases length, tracks in revised plan
A local firm, which had submitted the lowest bid in a tender call by Bangladesh Railway for constructing an underground railway in Dhaka city, submitted a revised proposal to the government, increasing
 arrow 22 awarded death penalty so far
Twenty-two people have been awarded death sentence, seven others life imprisonment, and another person 15 years in jail in the verdicts of five cases filed for militant bomb attacks since August 17 last
 arrow Akbar moves to convince Ctg mayor on privatisation
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday sent an official letter to the Chittagong city Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Ahmed Chowdhury to convince him about the government's plan to privatise the operation of New
 arrow Court does not accept case against Babar
A Dhaka court yesterday did not accept the case filed against the state minister for home affairs and 52 others in connection with the death of Jubo League leader Masudur Rahman Iman Ali in Rab-claimed
 arrow BSF, BDR trade fire at Panchagarh
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India traded gunfire on Bodapara border in Panchagarh district early yesterday.
 arrow Sunny, Awal give important clues to Aug 17 blasts
The investigation officer (IO) of an August 17 bomb blast case has said JMB Military Commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and its Majlish-e-Shura member Abdul Awal gave important information on the countrywide
 arrow Probe body submits report
The probe committee formed to investigate alleged shady business over seats at the Eden College hostels has submitted its report to the acting principal of the college and it will be sent to the education
 arrow Saifur rejects notion about Dhaka aiding insurgents
Bangladesh yesterday expressed shock at reports that some Bangladeshis were involved in some recent terror attacks in India, including the twin blasts in the temple town of Varanasi and on Indian Institute
 arrow Troops to stay in Iraq for years: Bush
President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home.
 arrow Probe body seeks 3 more weeks to find cause
The probe committee to find the cause of the cracks in Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge applied for extension of time yesterday as it could not submit the report by March 20, the deadline.
 arrow Two killed in 'crossfire'
A cadre of an outlawed party and a top criminal were killed in incidents of "crossfire" during shootouts between their accomplices and the law enforcers in Kushtia and Comilla early yesterday.
 arrow Couple rescued 2 hrs after kidnap in Syhet
A gang of armed people led by a ward commissioner of Sylhet City Corporation kidnapped a man and his wife from the house of a former adviser to the caretaker government in the city's Housing Estate area
 arrow Correction
In the news item headlined "BGMEA spots three highly risky plants" published on page 16 on March 20, it was mentioned that the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) identified
Businessarrow Dhaka-Delhi FTA to address trade deficit
India yesterday said the proposal for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh should gain momentum, as it will substantially address the trade deficit issue repeatedly pressed by Dhaka.
 arrow Call for developing skilled manpower in telecoms
GSM Asia Pacific conference began in Dhaka yesterday with a call to develop a pool of skilled human resources taking the advantage of the booming telecoms sector.
 arrow Toyota urged to set up plant in Bangladesh
Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka has invited Toyota, the world's leading car maker, to set up a joint venture car manufacturing plant in Bangladesh.
 arrow Money transfer firm plans to open office in Dhaka
Western Union, a US-based money transfer company, is planing to set up a liaison office in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladeshi businesswoman invited to join advisory board in Denmark
Geeteara Safiya Chowdhury, managing director of Adcomm Limited, was recently invited by Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Per Stig Moller to join a high-level advisory board.
 arrow Bank Asia recommends 30pc dividend
The Board of Directors of Bank Asia in its meeting held on Tuesday recommended 30 percent dividend, out of which 20 percent will be stock dividend and 10 percent cash dividend, for the year that ended
 arrow Tokyo bourse to spend 62b yen to avert systems overload
The Tokyo Stock Exchange said Wednesday it will spend 62 billion yen (529 million dollars) upgrading its computer system to cope with a surge in volumes that forced it to curtail trading hours.
 arrow US must maintain open economy: WTO
The United States remains a leading driver of the global economy and a key player in talks on liberalising global commerce, but there are concerns that Washington could get sidetracked by bilateral trade
 arrow Foreign investment to fuel Indian media growth
Indian media and entertainment revenues are set to grow at nearly 20 percent a year to 837 billion rupees (19 billion dollars) by 2010 from a foreign investment boom, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices slip ahead of US stocks report
World oil prices fell on Wednesday as traders anticipated a healthy market update later in the day of crude stockpiles in the United States, the world's biggest energy consumer.
 arrow Al-Arafah Islami Bank recommends 26pc stock dividend
Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd has recommended 26 percent dividend in the form of bonus share.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers eye delightful double
If the victory margin in the last two games is an indication, than Bangladesh will go into their third one-day match against Kenya as the overwhelming favourite at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: A lucrative 6-yr package
Bangladesh put behind the looming threat of their very existence in the elite Test family when they won an encouraging package for the next six years at the ICC board meeting held in Dubai on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: A tour of opportunity
Sri Lanka A start their three-week tour here today with the first four-day match against Bangladesh A at the BKSP ground in Savar.
 arrow Cricket: Eng land historic win
Andrew Flintoff and Shaun Udal made a mockery of India's famed batting line-up as a depleted England squared the series with a crushing 212-run victory in the third and final Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Final round from today
The tenth and final round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League begins today at three different venues to determine the winner of the four-day version.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan clinch series
Pakistan scored a comfortable four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final one-day international to clinch the series 2-0 here on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Rs jointly top the table
International Masters Enamul Hossain Rajib and Abdullah Al Rakib jointly led the table with 10.
 arrow History beckons 'Goldfinger'
Australia uncovered a new track and field poster boy on Wednesday as Indian shooter Samaresh Jung edged closer to a seven gold Commonwealth Games record.
 arrow Football: Barca edge towards glory
Barcelona had to come from behind after an early goal by Getafe but the Spanish league leaders eventually got into their stride to triumph 3-1 over their visitors from Madrid on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: L'pool demolish Birmingham
Liverpool scored twice in the opening five minutes on the way to a club record 7-0 rout of Birmingham City in an embarrassingly one-sided FA Cup quarterfinal at St Andrew's on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sledging all part of 'man's game'
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has insisted sledging is just as much a part of a "man's game" like football as it is in cricket following accusations of verbal abuse during his team's recent Scottish League
 arrow Chess: Mahbub passes away
Veteran chess player and writer Kazi Mahbub Hossain breathed his last at a local hospital yesterday (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Razeun). He was suffering with lung cancer.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul bemoans batting woes
Captain Rahul Dravid today said India had a gameplan of making a late charge towards the target like in the first match in Nagpur but a "bizarre" batting collapse wrecked any such hopes in the third and
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak series in UAE
Pakistan and India will square off in a two-match one-day cricket series in the Middle East next month to raise funds for victims of the earthquake that devastated the region last year.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar out of ODIs
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day series against England due to a shoulder injury, a top official said here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Win akin to Ashes: Fletcher
England coach Duncan Fletcher believes tying a Test series in India with five first-choice players missing is almost as big as winning the Ashes.
 arrow Football: Real land mystery man?
Real Madrid president Fernando Martin has decided who will take charge of the first team next season but says he will not be revealing the new man's identity just yet.
 arrow Football: Ballack longing for Premiership
Michael Ballack has his heart set on a move to the Premiership -- and reckons he can emulate Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 World C'ship on the way
Cricket is set to have a new global tournament with the creation of a Twenty20 "World Championship.
 arrow Football: Scolari denies England talks
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied holding talks with the Football Association (FA) for the England manager's job.
 arrow Football: Udinese sack Sensini
Udinese coach Nestor Sensini has been sacked because of poor results, the Italian first division club said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Violence in name of religion poses threat to society
Violence in the name of religion, which the then Pakistani rulers tried to promote in order to mask their anti-democratic rule, is once again emerging as a threat to society, eminent economist Prof Rehman
 arrow Indian dams on 52 rivers lead to water crisis: Bhuiyan
India has constructed dams on 52 common rivers, leading to environmental disasters and serious water crisis in Bangladesh, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said yesterday.
 arrow 'Stop grabbing of land of indigenous people'
Indigenous leaders yesterday urged the government to stop illegal grabbing of their land across the country and to recognise their traditional land rights.
 arrow Nation needs more sacrifice for economic independence
Speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday said the liberation war is a continuous process and the process will go on until we achieve economic, political and social freedom.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of accused in custody
Mystery shrouded the death of a remanded accused in police custody in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow Around 40,000 die from kidney disease a year
At least 30 to 40 thousand people die from kidney disease in the country each year while around 1.
 arrow Tipaimukh Dam to cause serious havoc
Speakers at a rally yesterday said construction of Tipaimukh Dam at Borak river in India would cause serious havoc in northeastern region of the country.
 arrow 400 get plots
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday announced the names of allottees of plots under its Kalpaloke Residential Area Development Project (1st phase) more than eight and a half years after the
 arrow Expat shot dead
An expatriate youth was gunned down at Mirpur under Pallabi Police Station in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Kalimuddin, an expatriate living in London. He hailed from Sylhet.
 arrow Matin Chy won't contest next election
Abdul Matin Chowdhury, a member of BNP standing committee and minister without portfolio, yesterday announced that he would not contest the next parliament election from Narayanganj constituency-1.
 arrow President, PM greet Pakistani counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted their Pakistani counterparts on the occasion of the National Day of the country.
 arrow China donates security gear for police
As a sign of friendship, China has donated some security gear, including bullet-proof jackets and helmets to Bangladesh police.
 arrow Three killed in road accident in Daudkandi
Three people were killed and 30 others injured as a bus hit a rickshaw at Iliotganj in Daudkandi upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway yesterday.
 arrow Tk 700cr IDA support for reforms in education
Bangladesh will get around 100 million US dollars, equivalent to Tk 700 crore, as credit support from the International Development Agency (IDA) for carrying out reform measures in the education sector.
 arrow Security beefed up in Khulna
Security measures have been stepped up in Khulna metropolitan city following threats of bomb attacks by Islamic militants on key installations on the occasion of Independence Day on March 26.
 arrow Top outlaw Debu gets life
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna, yesterday awarded life imprisonment to Debu Prashed Roy alias Debu, operation commander of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP), in a murder case.
 arrow Token hunger strike observed in Khulna for water
Token hunger strike was observed at Shaheed Hadis Park yesterday on the occasion of the World Water Day and in demand of resolving acute crisis of drinking water in the south western region of the country.
 arrow Newspaper holiday
The Newspapers Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) will observe holiday on March 26 on the occasion of Independence and National Day.
 arrow Strike observed at JU peacefully
A daylong strike, enforced at all educational institutions across the country protesting recent Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attack on the students of Eden University College, was observed peacefully
 arrow Muggers stab ASP in city
A gang of muggers yesterday stabbed an additional superintendent of police (ASP) in the city.
 arrow Khulna div JCD meeting today
Khulna divisional meeting of the grassroots level representatives of Jatiayatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) will be held here today.
 arrow Write-ups invited on slain Ahsan Ullah
Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master MP Smriti Parishad invites write-ups for a souvenir titled 'Ahsan Ullah Master MP: A Pioneer of Honest Politicians' to be published on the occasion of the second death anniversary
 arrow Online ED service launched for air passengers
The Immigration Department of Zia International Airport yesterday launched an online embarkation and disembarkation (ED) service, first of its kind in the world.
 arrow Mansur takes over as defence secy
Mahmud Hassan Mansur joined as Secretary of the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday. He joined Bangladesh Civil Service in 1977.
 arrow Appeal for help
Hafiz Motiur Rahman, a visually impaired person, has appealed to generous people to help him buy a Braille Perkins Machine so that he can earn a living for his family.
Nationalarrow Reinvestigation into Satkhira cinema, circus blasts ordered
A court here yesterday ordered reinvestigation into the bomb blasts in a cinema and a circus in Satkhira town in September 2002 in which three people were killed and 125 injured.
 arrow 6 JMB men got Tk 1 lakh for Sirajganj blasts
Arrested Jama'atul Mujahedeen, Bangladesh (JMB) Ehsar member Tarikul Islam yesterday said he along with five cadres blasted nine bombs in Sirajganj town on August 17 last year and they were paid Tk one
 arrow One killed as bombs go off in 2 districts
One person was killed and two others were injured in two bomb attacks in Chuadanga and Kushtia Tuesday night.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat will be routed if fair polls held, says Nasim
The four-party alliance will be routed if the next parliamentary election is held in a free and fair atmosphere, Awami League central leader and former minister Mohammad Nasim MP claimed here yesterday.
 arrow Identify, round up mentors of JMB to root out militancy
The Awami League central publicity secretary Asaduzzaman Noor MP yesterday urged youths to unite to oust the BNP-Jamaat government to save the country and its people from the clutch of militant and undemocratic
 arrow Jubo Sanghati leader killed in Narsingdi
A Jubo Sanghati leader was murdered at Kararchar village under Shibpur upazila in the district on Tuesday. The victim was identified as Jahangir Alam Sani,28, of the same upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Comments on Tata's proposal: The economic price of gas
[This piece is Part II of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a report prepared at the request of the Board of Investment, Government of Bangladesh.
 arrow New phase in US relations with South Asia
The period of honeymoon with Pakistan, which began from the time of Eisenhower administration of the United States in 1957 appears to be over in view of the emerging situation in Asia with the rise of
 arrow People demand a credible election
With the bitter memory of past parliamentary elections in the country, people want a credible election -- an election that must be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner to their acceptance.
Culturearrow Under the same sun: A plea for harmony
Cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why
Can't we live as one?

This song epitomises the title of a wonderful concert, Under the Same Sun,

 arrow Musical evenings at Bengal Shilpalaya
The Bengal Foundation organised musical evenings at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi on March 20, 21 and yesterday.
 arrow DRockstars grand finale on March 24
After over seven months of rigorous scouting by several televised sessions on Channel i, Grameen Phone (GP) DRockstars' quest to find the best rock singers in Bangladesh will come to an end.
 arrow Int'l Day for Children's Theatre celebrated
To mark International Day for Children's Theatre, Peoples Theatre Association held a day-long programme on March 20, according to a press release.
 arrow Tom Cruise Vs 'South Park'?
Actor Tom Cruise threatened to boycott promotion of his upcoming Paramount Pictures film unless a sister cable TV network pulled a South Park rerun lampooning the Church of Scientology, industry
Internationalarrow Border battles strain Pak-Afghan ties
Raging violence along the rugged Pakistan-Afghan border has sent relations between the two countries to new lows and underscored US difficulties in containing a troubled region crucial to winning thewar
 arrow US to keep nuclear issue out of talks with Iran
The United States will not discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions in future talks with the Islamic Republic about the conflict in Iraq, a senior US diplomat said yesterday.
 arrow Basque separatists announce truce
The Basque separatist group ETA yesterday announced a permanent cease-fire, bringing a dramatic end to a decades-long campaign of violence and closing the door on one of Western Europe's last active armed
 arrow India, Pakistan vow to fight crime together
India and Pakistan agreed yesterday to work together to turn up the heat on criminals trafficking humans, drugs and narcotics between the two countries.
 arrow Muslim girl must wear school uniform
Britain's highest court yesterday upheld a school's decision to require a Muslim pupil to change out of her Islamic gown into the school uniform, reversing a lower court decision.
 arrow Estrada says he was framed in graft case
Former president Joseph Estrada sharply denied yesterday that he took huge kickbacks in office, defiantly telling an anti-graft court that he was framed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka, Delhi forge better understanding
The visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to India, the first ever in her second tenure, that the PM has described as a trip to usher in a 'new phase in friendship' between the two neighbouring countries,
 arrow Editorial: Clean candidates for next election
We welcome the floating of a Citizens' Group with eminent civil society members with a view to developing a mid-term vision of progress for Bangladesh and launching a campaign for clean, honest and competent
 arrow The costs of irresponsibility
Irresponsibility, generally denoting untrustworthiness, undependability, unreliability, arbitrariness, whimsicality, capriciousness and carefreeness, has become an important menace in every sphere ofour
 arrow Five decades as a republic
Pakistan chose not to become a republic till March 23, 1956.
Letters to Editorarrow Water sharing
In reply to a question, our State Minister for Water Resources said on 15-02-06 that if our water problems with India are not solved, then Bangladesh will go to International Court of Justice.
 arrow A vicious cycle?
While the controversy over the cartoons published in the widely circulated Danish daily Jyllands Posten (and subsequently other European newspapers) has spiralled out of control, I am left wondering
 arrow Let there be more light
With the havoc caused by the acute power shortage in the country, students sitting for the SSC examinations are the worst victims.
 arrow Butterfly Wings
Somaratne Dissanayake is a disciple of the great Sri Lankan filmmaker Lister James Parez. Soma's film Butterfly Wings is a beautiful story, a real story of poverty and deprivation.
 arrow Police clearance certificate
I am a Bangladeshi now living in the UK. I need a police clearance certificate to apply for immigration to Canada. But I cannot find any form in Internet.
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