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Front Pagearrow Promotion, changes in civil admin now rampant
The practice of giving promotion, contractual appointments, making officials OSD and sending them to forced retirement on political consideration has now become a regular phenomenon in the civil administration
 arrow India calls for 'friendship treaty' with Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called yesterday for a friendship treaty with Pakistan to help resolve the bitter issues that have bedevilled relations for almost six decades.
 arrow Dodging rule is the name of the game
He contested the October 1, 2001 parliamentary election from a constituency outside the capital. He had to spend about Tk 1 crore to win the polls.
 arrow 6 state-owned urea units incurring Tk 240cr loss a year
Six state-owned urea factories are incurring a loss of Tk 240 crore every year due to the government's flawed pricing and subsidy policy that goes completely against the interests of the local industry,
 arrow 'Black night' of Mar 25 today
The 'black night' of March 25 returns again evoking painful memories of a night of murder and mayhem, the beginning of genocide of millions of unarmed Bangalees by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
 arrow Hunt for two Shura men on the run
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel in border outposts and camps have been put on high alert so that the two JMB Majlish-e-Shura members still at large cannot flee across the border.
 arrow Congress men shout slogans against BJP
Several senior Congress leaders and AICC office bearers called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today and expressed their solidarity with the stand taken by her in resigning from Lok Sabha membership
 arrow Tigers gunning for whitewash
Bangladesh will go all out for a whitewash when they take on Kenya in the fourth and final one-day match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Attempts to break UN impasse on Iran stall
Major powers tried to break a UN impasse on Iran's nuclear ambitions with a round of telephone calls among their foreign ministers on Thursday seeking to produce a unified message, diplomats said.
 arrow Living At Risk...


 arrow Explosion-like sound jolts bldgs in Tejgaon
A man was injured last night when plaster and bricks fell down from the ceilings of three buildings in Tejgaon area of the capital.
 arrow 12 killed in 4 road crashes
At least 12 persons were killed and 42 others injured in four separate road accidents in the country yesterday.
 arrow Robbers kill 3 in Cox's Bazar
In a failed robbery attempt, criminals killed three people, including a night guard and two shopkeepers, at Olishah Bazar in Chokoria upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow ACC ad asks people to lodge complaints
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has begun informing people through the media about its 'trap-case' drive and the process of lodging complaints with the commission against dishonest officials.
 arrow BGMEA fire safety drills begin April 1
A special awareness building campaign on how to face devastating fire will begin on April 1 to equip some 4,200 garment factories across the country with the latest fire extinguishing techniques.
 arrow Still awaits completion


 arrow Polar melting could raise sea levels 6 metres by 2100
Polar ice sheets are melting faster than expected and could push sea levels up as much as six metres (20 feet) by 2100, scientists warned in two studies released Thursday.
 arrow UK cracks down on forced marriages
Troubled by the number of youngsters of South Asian origin being forced into marriage, Britain has launched an assault on a practice that is pushing many vulnerable teenagers into a living nightmare.
 arrow Prices of lentil, onion, potato mark rise
The prices of lentil, onion and potato rose in the city markets yesterday as the wholesalers hiked the selling prices of those items on grounds of poor production and higher import cost.
 arrow 29 more killed in Iraq attacks
Drive-by shootings, roadside bombings and sectarian killings left 29 dead in Iraq yesterday. American and Iraqi troops swept the oil-rich region of Kirkuk for suspected insurgents and captured dozens.
 arrow College damaged, 12 houses gutted in Pabna fire
Government Shaheed Bulbul College in the town was damaged and at least 12 houses at a village in Sujanagar upazila were gutted with seven people sustaining burn injuries in separate fire incidents yesterday
 arrow RCC fails to ensure safe life for city dwellers
Most of the dwellers in Rajshahi city think the city corporation has failed to ensure a safe and smooth life for them, says a survey of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and TIB initiated Committee
 arrow House help falls from rooftop, dies
A domestic help died yesterday as she fell from the roof of a five-storey building in Bara Moghbazar in the city. Rahima Begum alias Mamataz, 35, fell down from the building around 10:30 am.
Businessarrow Widen tax gap to get foreign banks, insurance firms listed
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has urged the government to encourage foreign banks and insurance companies to get listed with the bourses and widen tax gap between listed and non-listed financial institutions
 arrow Share best global practices to make growth-friendly regulation
As new registration process has slowed down the growth of mobile phone sector in Bangladesh, newly elected Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific Mehboob Chowdhury noted sharing knowledge and best practices with
 arrow Renewable energy can help solve power crisis
Energy experts at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday said the country could solve its existing power crisis through renewable energy adding 60 percent of the total demand to the national grid.
 arrow GP phone numbers to be changed to 11-digit number series
All GrameenPhone (GP) mobile phone numbers will be changed to an 11-digit number series from the second week of April. The GP SMS Service Centre number will also be changed to an 11-digit one.
 arrow China, Vietnam angry over EU shoe tariffs
China's shoe makers said Friday they would appeal Europe's decision to slap anti-dumping tariffs on their leather products amid concerns the duties would have a major impact on local industry.
 arrow BP abandons $3b Indian refinery deal
British oil giant BP said on Friday that it had abandoned efforts to build a 3.0-billion-dollar (2.5-billion-euro) refinery with India's state-run Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL).
 arrow Singapore to produce Subaru rally cars
Singapore, which has been without an automotive industry, will begin producing rally cars, Subaru said Friday.
 arrow US steps up pressure on China to deal with trade tensions
The Bush administration told China that it will be looking for concrete actions to lower trade tensions between the two nations in advance of a US visit next month by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
 arrow S Africa, India cooperate to boost sea trade
South Africa and India signed a maritime agreement in Cape Town on Thursday to boost mutual sea traffic and trade.
 arrow NZ economy contracts for first time in 5 years
New Zealand's economy suffered a sharp and unexpected contraction in the December quarter for the first time in more than five years, according to official statistics released Friday, raising fears of
 arrow EU plays down discord on second day of energy summit
European Union leaders opened a second day of summit talks Friday, downplaying discord over resurgent protectionism in the 25-nation bloc whilst trumpeting agreement on a new joint energy policy.
 arrow Oil prices ease
World oil prices slipped on Friday, but remained within sight of 64.0 dollars, after surging the day before on market jitters over weaker-than-expected US energy inventories, dealers said.
 arrow Russia unlikely to join WTO before year-end
Russia is unlikely to join the WTO before the final months of this year after missing its springtime goal because of the slow pace of membership talks, Moscow's senior trade negotiator said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Mar 19-Mar 23, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD remained steady against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar in relentless mood
The enthusiasm has all but evaporated from an otherwise very lopsided series be-tween favourites Bangladesh and Kenya after the home side confirmed their series victory by winning the third game on Thursday
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi gain early edge
If the first day was a benchmark, then fellow contenders Rajshahi definitely have an edge over league leaders Chittagong as the title deciding tenth and final round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Ponting steadies Australia
Australian captain Ricky Ponting ground out his fourth Test century of the summer against South Africa before the hosts fought back with a late burst of wickets on the first day of the second Test atKingsmead
 arrow Cricket: Enamul inspires BD A fightback
Bangladesh A hit back against their Sri Lankan counterparts on the second day of the four-day match at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rajib lifts nat'l chess crown
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib clinched the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship title yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Sunrise Sporting Club defeat Munshipara Krira Sangstha by 76 runs in Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium on Friday. Batting first Sunrise made 173 for nine in 50overs.
 arrow Football: Atletico ashamed again
Atletico Madrid's supporters disgraced themselves again when crowd trouble caused the Spanish first division match against Sevilla to be abandoned after 78 minutes.
 arrow Football: United banking on City
Rarely do Manchester United fans wish for a Manchester City victory, but they will make an exception on Saturday when the Sky Blues take on Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Barca not laying back
Barcelona are potentially only three games away from securing their second successive Spanish league title and the Catalan club can move a step closer with a win at bottom club Malaga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Capello meets his past
Juventus coach Fabio Capello comes face to face with his past on Saturday as the runaway Serie A leaders take on his former club Roma at Turin's Delle Alpi stadium.
 arrow Heartbreak for Jung
Kenya swept to a golden treble but India's Samaresh Jung saw his seven-gold bid shattered on a day when Co-mmonwealth Games controversy proved as wearying as the sweltering temperatures.
 arrow Cricket: Windies look to salvage pride
West Indies are hoping for a massive reversal of fortunes in the third and final Test against New Zealand here Saturday while the hosts are looking to pull off a clean sweep in preparation for their expected
 arrow Football: Troussier family converts to Islam
Frenchman Philippe Troussier and his wife Dominique have converted to Islam in the Moroccan capital where they live, sources close to the couple confirmed Thursday.
 arrow Football: Hiddink to quit PSV
PSV Eindhoven coach Guus Hiddink is to quit the Dutch giants at the end of the season in a move that will inevitably fuel speculation over his succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager.
 arrow Football: Becks counting on fan-power
David Beckham believes support from the fans will play a major role in how England fare at the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Kirkland facing World Cup KO
Chris Kirkland, once rated the most promising young goalkeeper in England, has seen his fading hopes of making Sven-Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad crushed by a broken finger.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff climbs up rankings ladder
It just keeps getting better for Andrew Flintoff after the latest ICC cricket rankings showed him closing in on South Africa's Jacques Kallis as the world's best all-rounder.
 arrow Cricket: Depleted SL up against it
Injury-hit Sri Lanka will start as underdogs in a two-Test series against Pakistan starting at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Newspaper apologises to Schweini
A Munich newspaper which wrongly alleged that German international Bastian Schweinsteiger had been questioned by police investigating a match-fixing scandal apologised Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali awarded for milestone
The Sri Lankan cricket board on Friday gave ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan a car for becoming the first bowler to claim 1,000 wickets in international cricket.
Metropolitanarrow 'Farmers ignored in budgetary process'
Channel i, a Bangla satellite television channel, yesterday conferred 'Channel i Krishi Padak 2006' on Haripada Kapali in recognition of his contribution to developing Haridhan, a new variety of highyielding
 arrow 70,000 die from TB a year
Tuberculosis bacteria infect more than three lakh people and around 70,000 people die every year in the country.
 arrow Cancel deal with Asia Energy
Environmental groups at a rally in the city yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the Phulbari Coal Project contract signed with the Asia Energy Corporation (AEC).
 arrow 60 percent street vendors are victims of extortion: Study
As the intensified anti-crime campaign visibly reduced high-profile criminal activities in recent time earning credit for the law enforcement agencies, a study report released here yesterday said that
 arrow 'Muktijuddher Itihas Nababganj Anchal' launched
'Muktijuddher Itihas Nababganj Anchal', a book on the history of the liberation war in Nababganj region near Dhaka, was launched at a ceremony at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Munshiganj people themselves build their road
Despite non-cooperation of the BNP government, the locals of Sreenagar and Sirajdikhan upazila in Munshiganj constructed a two-kilometre road in only three days to facilitate movement of some 25000 people.
 arrow Packaging factory gutted in city fire
Panic gripped an industrial area in the city as a four-storied packaging factory was partially gutted in a fire yesterday. Police said the fire at Khan Packaging in Tejgaon started at 5:50pm.
 arrow 5 BNP leaders injured in Jhenidah bomb blast
At least six people, including five BNP leaders, were injured in a bomb blast at a shop near Kotechandpur upazila bus stand in Jhenidah last night.
 arrow Rob calls for pro-people administrative system
The key political imperative of the present day is to introduce a pro-people administrative system by bringing fundamental changes to the constitution of 1972, said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader ASMAbdur
 arrow Awareness campaign concludes
A 16-day campaign to raise awareness about violence against women ended in Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Fishing trawler capsizes in Pirojpur: one missing
A fisherman remained missing and seven others were injured as a fishing trawler capsized after being hit by an oil tanker on Kacha river at Sanyasi in Zianagar, Pirojpur, early Thursday.
 arrow Photo-printing paper worth Tk 20 lakh, 135 cellphone sets seized
Police seized photo-printing paper worth Tk 20 lakh at Nimtala of the port city on Thursday and customs officials seized a large number of smuggled cellphones at Chittagong airport yesterday.
 arrow Independence Festival begins
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence, a three-day-long Independence Festival began in the city yesterday upholding the slogan 'wake up my country piercing darkness (Krishnapakkha ved
 arrow Int'l Confce of Neurosurgeons begins
The 3rd International Conference of neurosurgeons, organised by Bangladesh Society of Neurosurgeons, began at a city hotel yesterday.
 arrow Fugitive convict arrested
Police arrested a fugitive convict at Brahmanrajpur in Sadar upazila of Satkhira district on Thursday. The arrestee was identified as Mahdev Sadhu, 40, son of Shyamapada Sadhu.
Nationalarrow JMB cadres trained in 14 dens in Tangail, Sherpur
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ehsar members Arifur Rahman Hasib alias Akash and Jahirul Islam alias Zahir have confessed to their involvement in bomb blasts in Gazipur on November 29 and on August
 arrow Potato yield lowest in 5 years
Potato production in Nilphamari this year would be around half of last year's quantity and at least 30 per cent space in clod storages will remain empty, sources said.
 arrow Sylhet int’l trade fair uncertain
Holding of the International Trade Fair in Sylhet by Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) at MC College ground has become uncertain.
 arrow Boy beaten dead for Tk 70
A teenage boy was beaten to death allegedly by his employer for stealing Tk 70 from his shop at Boshukhali village in Shyamnagar upazila Thursday night.
 arrow Sabotage suspected in Khulna Janata Bank fire
All documents of four departments of the Janata Bank (JB) corporate branch here were gutted on Wednesday.
 arrow Four held with slaughtered deer
Forest officials arrested four deer hunters with a gun and ammunition and recovered a slaughtered deer from their possession on a boat on Arpangashia river in the Sundarbans.
Culturearrow Rock star looks back with nostalgia
Pioneering rock star of the country, Azam Khan is known as a guru amongst the rock 'n rollers of the country for his contribution to band music in Bangladesh.
 arrow Discussion and music mark the second day
The Liberation War Museum has arranged a 10-day special programme to observe its 10th anniversary as well as Independence Day.
 arrow A theatre of absurd presented by Peepolykus
What happens when chimpanzees attempt to write plays like great playwright Shakespeare or an ordinary street dweller claims to be Czar Nicholas of Russia? Is the story like a wonderland? To American contemporary
 arrow Interschool creativity contest '06
The Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) launched an interschool creativity competition, titled Surf Excel Protivar Lorai. This was held at Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex at Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi University buzzes with a Drama and Film Festival
A three-day Drama and Film festival 2006 began recently at Rajshahi University campus . The festival was organised by Rajshahi University's Music and Drama Department.
Internationalarrow Pak troops clash with militants in tribal belt
Pakistani troops and helicopter gunships killed up to 20 militants near the Afghan border yesterday, officials said, hours after President Pervez Musharraf warned foreign rebels to leave the area or die.
 arrow Both troops & Tigers rearm despite talks
Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels are both re-arming even as they prepare for a new round of talks in Switzerland, the army chief said on Friday, saying the 2002 ceasefire has too many loopholes.
 arrow Peace deal with Israel possible within a yr
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas threw a wild card into the Israeli election campaign yesterday with a claim that a negotiated peace agreement could be achieved with Israel in less than a year.
 arrow EU to slap sanctions on Belarus for detentions
European Union leaders yesterday slapped new sanctions on Belarus and its authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and called on his regime to release hundreds of protestors arrested overnight.
 arrow Sonia regains moral high ground
A decision by India's ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi to quit her parliamentary seat to avoid a conflict of interest has seen her regain the moral high ground but her party remains tarnished,
 arrow Thai king meets advisers on appeals for new PM
Thailand's king met his top advisers to discuss the growing calls to appoint a new prime minister and end the country's political stand-off, sources close to the meeting said yesterday.
 arrow Act now to stop HIV/AIDS in children: UN
The United Nations called on governments yesterday to take immediate steps to better protect children from HIV/AIDS and ensure better treatment for those infected.
 arrow US urges suppliers to back Indian nuke deal
Washington on Thursday lobbied the world's top suppliers of nuclear technology to back a US-India civilian nuclear energy deal that critics say threatens the global arms control regime, diplomats said.
 arrow Protests in Nepal over politician's detention
About 150 protesters burned tyres and stopped traffic in the Nepali capital on Friday, demanding the release of a top opposition leader who has been detained by police, witnesses said.
 arrow Maoists kill 6 in India
Maoist rebels slit the throats of four members of an anti-Maoist group and shot dead two policemen in separate attacks in two states, police said yesterday, in rising violence by the leftist radicals.
 arrow ETA seeks support for peace process after ceasefire
A 'permanent ceasefire' by armed Basque separatist group ETA came into force yesterday after the group said it wanted to end a four-decade conflict, which has cost more than 800 lives.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's visit to Delhi
We would like to see the outcome of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's trip to India in the light of what has tran-spired from the joint communiqué issued at New Delhi at the end of the trip.
 arrow Editorial: Foreign workers in the country
Following a directive from the Prime Minister's Office to the Board of Investment (BOI) a comprehensive list of foreign workers is being prepared along with a list of for-eign owned or joint venture department
 arrow To contain militancy cut off its roots
The month of March will continue to be a beacon for all of us, and a reminder of what this country can achieve through sacrifice, through courage, through patience, through belief in ourselves and through
 arrow 25 March '71 when all hell was let loose!
Saje to kaisa saje qatl-i-aam ka mela
(How does one celebrate a festival of slaughter?)

-- Faiz Ahmed Faiz
That's how Pakistan's best known poet after Iqbal described the carnage of 25

Letters to Editorarrow Bureaucracy: Points to ponder
Many thanks to Kazi S M Khasrul Alam Kuddusi for writing bureaucracy (DS). I like to add something.
 arrow Electricity: Overcoming deficit
Canada produces hydro electricity and exports it to USA to the mutual benefit of both.
 arrow Performance of ministries
During the last four years of BNP rule almost all the ministries have got some success stories except three. These are Ministry of Power, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Civil Aviation .
 arrow An appeal
I am an old man aged 66 yrs. passing my hard days on only earning of my wife. But the D.C. Taxes, Survey Circle-1, Dhaka has accused me of accumulating huge wealth by collecting a TIN No.
 arrow Separate ministry for apparel industry
We know there was an election pledged by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in the last election campaign that if they came to power, they would open a new ministry for the garments sector.
StarTecharrow Battle of browsers at its peak
Even five years back, the very thought of "browsing the net" gave us a visual of the Internet Explorer.
 arrow Yaris vs Corolla XLi
Picture this... you are driving down Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue and as always you stop at the red light near Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Kingston introduces first fully secure USB drive
Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
 arrow OFRO 'detect' mobile


Literaturearrow Unclaimed Corpse
Jamshed Choudhury said to his son, "Tipu, go at a run to Tarafdar and tell him to come over. Tell him I sent you, and he is to come immediately.
 arrow Booknotes

Uponnash Shomogro

A collection of ten substantial, longish (by today's definition, that is) short stories by Anis Chowdhury, a now largely forgotten Bengali writer of the fifties andsixties.

 arrow A March 25th Tale
The following morning I went to his (Tajuddin Ahmed's) Hare Road residence. Even before I arrived, sitting on the second-storey verandah he had begun to go through the files.
 arrow Dateline, Dhaka, 25 March 2006
Silken afternoon light
Slips through the fingers
Of minute hands
As wind-up clocks
Clear their throats
And spit out the hour.

 
   
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