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Front Pagearrow PDB to incur colossal loss on costly plants
After pushing the country into a perennial power crisis through inaction and wrong actions in the last four years, the government is making the Power Development Board (PDB) swallow a loss of thousands
 arrow Land grabbers feast on 1.88 lakh acres
Politicians, businessmen and local elite have grabbed over 1.88 lakh acres of forestland in different parts of the country while the environment and forest ministry has so far recovered only 9,288 acres of the grabbed land.
 arrow PM takes swipe at AL's reform stance
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said if her party is voted to power again, the next course of action of her government will be to eradicate corruption the way the government combated terrorism.
 arrow 14-party sit-in today amid ban on streets
The government has designed a heavy security chain around Bangladesh Secretariat today to thwart the 14-party opposition alliance's sit-in programme while the opposition has vowed to go on with its programme.
 arrow Rab ready to crack down on outlaws
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will soon start a combing operation in four outlaw- infested southwestern districts to mop up the extremists.
 arrow EC Secretariat ignores cabinet circular to transfer officers
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat on Tuesday transferred 13 election officers, ignoring a Cabinet Division circular that had forbidden transfer of any official involved with the ongoing task of
 arrow Non-students vie for central posts
At least two-thirds of the candidates for the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central committee office-bearers to be elected by the April 3-4 national council are near 40 in age and left behind theirstudent
 arrow Political blame game must end to sustain democracy
Bangladesh needs to overcome political deadlock and the culture of blaming each other in politics, and to ensure accountability of the government to sustain democracy, participants in a BBC-sponsoreddebate
 arrow Farmers clash with BNP men
Farmers in different areas of the country continue to demonstrate demanding urgent steps to resolve the persisting power crisis that is hampering irrigation of their croplands in this peak Irri-boro season.
 arrow Revenue spending to be slashed by 10pc
The government will slash by 10 percent the revenue spending as part of austerity measures being pursued amid much higher expenditure than budgeted for the current fiscal year.
 arrow Dhaka, Islamabad to host Safta meets next month
Dhaka and Islamabad will host three important meetings of different Saarc bodies next month to finalise the Safta implementation arrangements, modalities of Saarc funds and the terms and conditions for
 arrow No power cut in Rajshahi city during PM's visit
The entire Rajshahi city was kept out of load-shedding during the last 24 hours due to the visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Solar eclipse

 arrow US wants Saarc observer status
The USA has formally approached the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) to become an observer of the seven-nation bloc.
 arrow Robbers throw 3 from speeding truck, 2 killed
Two people were killed and two others injured when a gang of robbers threw a truck driver, his helper and a rice trader from a speeding truck while fleeing with the hijacked rice-laden vehicle at Badarganj
 arrow Guardian sues Pintu for murder attempt
A guardian of an Eden College student yesterday filed an attempted murder case against ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, former principal of the college Prof Feroza Begum, the chief of college
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with cops
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed during a "shootout" between his accomplices and police at Machpara village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow World can learn from Bangladesh, says Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has said the world can learn from Bangladesh many things about disaster management.
 arrow Criminal case filed against chief whip's son
A criminal case was filed yesterday against chief whip's son Khondaker Akhter Hamid Paban and four others on charges of extortion and attempts to grab the complainant's house using forged documents.
 arrow Kuwait okays $35m for Karnaphuli bridge
Kuwait Fund yesterday approved $35million for the construction of a third bridge over the Karnaphuli in Chittagong, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan.
 arrow Grounded Biman airbus returns to Dhaka
The airbus of Biman, which was grounded for mechanical glitches at MAG Osmani International Airport in Sylhet Tuesday night, returned to the capital yesterday evening.
 arrow Thousands march against Thaksin
Thousands of protesters trying to oust Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra shut down one of Bangkok's key commercial centres yesterday, causing massive traffic jams, as they stepped up theircampaign
 arrow US, Canadian soldiers die in Taliban attack
The Taliban attacked a military base in Afghanistan yesterday, killing a US and a Canadian soldier and losing 32 of their own men, and declared a spring offensive had begun.
Businessarrow Remittance to hit $4.5b this fiscal year
The inward remittance will reach around US$4.5 billion this fiscal year if the positive trend of flow continues, Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow US, EU should make more concessions
Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday observed the US and European Union should come up with enhanced concessions to make WTO negotiations more meaningful.
 arrow Light engineering growth appears to be unsatisfactory
Terming the Industrial Policy-2005 'unfriendly' speakers at a seminar yesterday said the growth and development of light engineering and electronic sector of Bangladesh appear to be slow and unsatisfactory,
 arrow Accord with Asia Energy to be based on new coal policy
The Phulbari coal mine project will be awarded to the UK-based Asia Energy once the company accept the government's offer based on the proposed coal policy.
 arrow Manufacturers plan to set up 'Furniture Village'
In a bid to attract customers in a specific selling point, local furniture manufacturers yesterday said they are planning to turn Rokeya Sarani area at Mirpur into a 'Furniture Village.
 arrow SEC warns 9 firms for violating securities rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday warned directors, managing directors and company secretaries of nine listed companies and a depository participant for violation of rules.
 arrow Pakistan, India plan cross border bank branches
Pakistan and India will accelerate plans to open bank branches across their borders to promote trade, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow Farm nations warn failure to meet April WTO deadline 'dangerous'
The Cairns Group of agricultural exporting nations warned Wednesday of "dangerous" consequences if major trading blocs do not agree to significant cuts in tariffs and farm subsidies by an April deadline
 arrow US urges China to head off rising trade anger
Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez warned China on Wednesday that rising protectionist anger in the United States could damage economic ties and urged Beijing to narrow the trade gap.
 arrow China Eastern Airlines declares daily flight on Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing route
China Eastern Airlines (MU) has announced daily flight on Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing route from March 27.
 arrow EBL launches banking solutions for students
Eastern Bank Ltd has launched "EBL Campus", a banking solution for students in Bangladesh, says press release.
 arrow Dhaka Bank approves 20pc cash, 5pc stock dividends
Dhaka Bank Limited has declared 20 percent cash and 5 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Malaysia to unveil new plan in race for developed status by 2020
Malaysia is set to unveil a five-year development blueprint aimed at reducing rural poverty as it struggles to achieve its goal of becoming the world's first developed Muslim nation by 2020.
 arrow Oil prices dip
World oil prices fell slightly on Wednesday as the market awaited the latest weekly snapshot of US crude inventories. Crude futures had surged on Tuesday above 66.
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani names his squad
Diego Cruciani yesterday drafted in four newcomers and also decided to gamble on injured defender Mohammed Sujan when he announced the Bangladesh squad for the AFC Challenge Cup that kicks off in Dhaka
 arrow Football: Half of them arrive
The AFC Challenge Cup began to take real shape when seven teams arrived in the country for the 16-nation meet kicking off on April 1 in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Football: Gunners outclass Juve
Patrick Vieira endured a torrid return to Highbury on Tuesday as Arsenal produced one of their most exhilarating European performances to beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
 arrow Cricket: Sangakkara shines
Kumar Sangakkara scored 185 and spinner Muttiah Muralidaran claimed late wickets to push Sri Lanka towards victory in the first Test against Pakistan on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ton-up Mubarak
Sri Lanka A captain Jehan Mubarak continued his superb form with a sublime 121 as Bangladesh A had yet another poor first day in the second four-day Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Football: Barca fire blanks
Benfica's 0-0 draw against a Ronaldinho-inspired Barcelona here at the stadium of Light on Tuesday night has left the Catalonians favourites to move into the Champions League semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes lesson comes in handy
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said lessons learned in last year's Ashes defeat in England had contributed to an emphatic series win in South Africa in the side's first overseas tour since then.
 arrow Cricket: Rain ends futile WI tour
The third cricket Test between New Zealand and the West Indies fizzled out in the rain here Wednesday, leaving New Zealand convincing 2-0 winners in the three-match series.
 arrow Cricket: BCB set for record deal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to receive a record sponsorship deal for next month's home series against Australia.
 arrow Football: Becks wants Sven
David Beckham believes England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is the "obvious choice" to take over at Real Madrid after this summer's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen on hunger-strike!
For professional sportsmen, failures can be hard to swallow. In Kevin Pietersen's case, it has made him skip his breakfast. "I did not have my breakfast this morning.
 arrow Cricket: SA name squad for final Test
South Africa added batsman Hashim Amla and fast bowler Dale Steyn to their squad for the third and final Test against Australia, starting in Johannesburg Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Otieno vows to quit
Kenyan top-order batting veteran Kennedy Otieno has vowed to quit international cricket after being dropped for the opening match of the ICC Intercontinental Cup here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Div II cricket
Gopibagh Friends Club handed a massive 229-run defeat on Progoti Sheba Sangha, courtesy of a brilliant hundred by Imran.
 arrow Football: Workshop on new FIFA laws
A workshop on FIFA's football new laws for sports journalists, writers and analysts was held at Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) conference room on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre scored a massive 106-run win against Sapient Cricket Club in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the local stadium here yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 9 killed in road crashes
At least nine people were killed and 37 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Narayanganj, Gopalganj and Rajbari yesterday and Tuesday night.
 arrow Biharis should be helped to avert trouble
Baroness Tonge, a member of the UK House of Lords, yesterday expressed concern over the status of stranded Pakistanis in the country, saying that they might cause troubles in the future, if deprived of
 arrow 'Groundwater level falling gradually'
Groundwater level in the country is falling gradually due to shortage of fresh water supply from the upstream and over-extraction of water for irrigation, water experts said yesterday.
 arrow Couple held on charge of torturing maid
Police arrested employers of a minor domestic help yesterday for allegedly torturing her causing severe burn injuries on different parts of her body.
 arrow Court orders legal action against three Rab members
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to take legal action against three Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members for bringing a 'false' arms case against an innocent man.
 arrow Judicial Commission submits 2nd annual report to president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for taking steps to appoint meritorious and qualified persons in the judicial service.
 arrow Dhaka to enact law to curb militancy
Bangladesh is going to enact law providing for harsh measures against financing militant activities.
 arrow BAF receives 8 Chinese F-7 fighter planes
Eight modern F-7 fighter planes out of 16 purchased from China arrived here yesterday. The government has purchased the fighters for the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), said an ISPR press release.
 arrow Step up movement to oust govt: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people to step up movement to oust BNP-Jamaat coalition government in a message on the 'Fall of Autocracy
 arrow MoU signed to train economic journalists
Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train economic journalists of the country on
 arrow Sayeedi's legal notice to Shahriar Kabir resented
Leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee expressed resentment and surprise at the legal notice of Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi against renowned journalist and human rights activist Shahriar
 arrow Bangladesh Bank CBA leader suspended on charge of theft
A CBA leader of Bangladesh Bank (BB) was suspended temporarily yesterday on charge of stealing Tk 11,500 at the Motijheel branch of the bank.
 arrow New security system for cars
In the wake of sudden rise in carjacking in and around the capital, a security company has come up with a new security system for cars.
 arrow Khaleda to visit Hatiya today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to visit Hatiya today.
 arrow JS body for recovering occupied forestland
The Jatiya Sangsad Standing Committee on the Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday recommended for taking necessary measures to recover the occupied land of the Forest Department.
 arrow Appeal for help
A mother has sought financial assistance for the treatment of her son who has been suffering from Hepatitis C.
 arrow Hasina returns home today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will return home this morning after a two-week US tour. Hasina, also Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, left Dhaka on March 16 for her ear treatment.
 arrow Essay contest of UNESCO Clubs
The National Association of UNESCO Clubs in Bangladesh has arranged an essay competition for students on May 3 in observance of the World Press Freedom Day.
Nationalarrow Bangla Bhai trained Tarikul, Rahman ordered bombing
Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) ehsar (full-time) member Tarikul Islam in his confessional statement before a First Class Magistrate in Sirajganj yesterday said he along with six other cadres took
 arrow Fresh clash widens Jamaat-BNP rift in Satkhira
The BNP-Jamaat rift has widened in the district following renewed clash between the leaders and activists of the two parties.
 arrow Rally demands setting up of promised nursing institute
Several thousand people led by Kishoreganj Municipal Chairman Abu Taher Mia yesterday held a rally on the Sadar Hospital compound demanding immediate implementation of a government decision to expandand
 arrow 50 hurt as BNP, AL clash over road barricade
Fifty people including women and children were injured in clashes between activists of Awami League and BNP during yesterday's day-long road barricade called by Khagrachhari district Awami League.
 arrow No polls without reforms, Suranjit tells public rally in Tangail
People will not accept any election without reforms of the Election Commission and caretaker government system.
 arrow JS caucus on gender holds dialogue in Khulna
Khulna divisional team of Parliamentary Caucus on Gender held a dialogue here yesterday on strengthening cooperation between women members of parliament and women members of local bodies.
 arrow Hearing on Udichi blast case held
Argument in the Udichi bomb blast case was held in the court of the Additional Sessions and Special Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain Bepari yesterday. The argument began on March 19.
Culturearrow Soaring High...
KITES made their app-earance over 3,000 years ago, in China. Gradually kites were reproduced throughout Asia, then later, in Europe. Over the centuries kites have become a part of our heritage.
 arrow Promoting indigenous goods
The Design Centre of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has organised a fair titled Swadhinota O Boshonto Mela.
 arrow Bulbul: Monthly programme of Nazrul songs
The monthly musical soiree of Nazrul songs held by Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) was held at the Nazrul Institute, Dhanmondi on March 28.
 arrow Theatre festival in Bogra comes to an end
A weeklong 'Inter-district Cute Drama Festival', began on March 23 at the Aminul Haque Dulal Auditorium in Bogra Zilla School premises of the district.
 arrow Shubho Shondhya crosses 1000th episode tonight
The daily programme on ntv, Shubho Shondhya's 1000th episode will be aired this evening at 6:20 pm, says a press release.
Generalarrow Tk 63 lakh Japanese grant for elderly people
Japan has donated 90,141 US dollar (approximately Tk 63 lakh) to Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine (BAAIGM) for providing healthcare and welfare services to the elderly
 arrow JMB Ehsar member held in Dinajpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police arrested an Ehsar member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Sadar upazila yesterday, police sources said.
 arrow Five houses gutted in Ctg
Five dwelling houses, each with 105 rooms and properties worth over Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a devastating fire at city's East Ghosaildanga area yesterday afternoon.
Internationalarrow Olmert wins backing of Israelis for border plan
Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert looked to begin building a coalition yesterday after winning Israel's election on his plan to impose final borders with the Palestinians by uprooting many West Banksettlements.
 arrow Taliban attack Afghan base: 34 killed
US-led troops battled Taliban rebels who attacked a base in south Afghanistan yesterday, leaving an American and a Canadian soldier dead along with at least 32 insurgents, officials said.
 arrow UN powers close to deal on Iran
The five UN Security Council powers are close to a deal on Iran's suspect nuclear programme and hope for approval of a new draft statement when the full council meets on Wednesday, diplomats said.
 arrow Lanka vows talks despite sinking of navy craft
Sri Lanka's government yesterday pledged to continue talks with Tamil Tiger rebels despite the killing of eight sailors in a suicide blast and fears the island could slip back to full scale war.
 arrow Parts of world get a stunning solar show
Schoolchildren cheered as the first total eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness yesterday, a solar show sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.
 arrow Arabs say 'no' to Israeli border plan
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas led vehement Arab opposition Wednesday to Israeli acting premier Ehud Olmert's plan to set the borders of the Jewish state unilaterally after his election win.
 arrow Iraqi politicians return to talks
After a one-day boycott by Shia leaders, Iraqi politicians returned to talks on forming a government but that may have been all they could agree on.
 arrow 3 S Asian states want to vie for Human Rights Council seats
India, Japan, Pakistan and Bangladesh are among the member states, which have given notice that they intend to contest for the newly established 47-member Human Rights Council.
 arrow Liberia's Taylor captured in Nigeria
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, wanted for war crimes by a court in Sierra Leone, was arrested yesterday in northern Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Return to the dialogue path
In a preemptive move, the government has imposed 24-hour ban on gathering in the immediate vicinity of the Secretariat, the hub of civil administration, in reaction to the 14-party alliance's two-hour
 arrow Editorial: CEC, MP face contempt charge
The conduct of the chief election commissioner since his assumption of the post has been, to say the least, contentious and controversial.
 arrow Hell-bent on going to heaven!
Over the years the social, economic and political progression has successfully resulted in dividing our society into two unequal halves.
 arrow Say yes to Manmohan Singh
PAKISTAN government has cautiously welcome the purported offer by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh of a treaty of peace, security and friendship while inaugurating another bus service between India and Pakistan,
Letters to Editorarrow Trial of Islamic militants
I send my appreciation to the government of Bangladesh for rounding up the top leaders of the Islamic extremist group Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) through efficient and almost safe operations.
 arrow Tribute to a Nobel laureate
Even two years after, I still think of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Bill Clinton AND am perplexed as to why has our America changed? My spouse Lori & I drove from Long Island to Manhattan
 arrow Sodium cyclamate
I share the concern of Dr. Hyder (March 9) and strongly suggest that mobile courts be more serious about preventing the sell of the dangerous chemical Sodium cyclamate as a sweetening agent.
 arrow Women pickets
This is in reference to the letter of 'A Frightened Citizen' published in The Daily Star today (22.03.06).
 arrow Crossfire victims
Suman Majumder, Abul Kalam Azad Suman, Masum, Iman Ali & many more, the list is increasing day by day. They are the victims of shame.
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