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Front Pagearrow BDR captures JMB top terror Saifullah
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) captured the sixth Majlish-e-Shura member of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Khaled Saifullah at a bordering village of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj last
 arrow Fine slapped on Islami Bank for third time
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday fined Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd Tk one lakh for hiding suspicious transactions by militants violating the anti-money laundering act.
 arrow Anti-graft body sinks in deep legal abyss
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which was supposed to bring the corrupt to justice, itself is now facing 78 writ petitions against its actions, including submitting charge sheets for misappropriating
 arrow Tax intelligence checking returns of BD Foods
Income tax intelligence launched an investigation of BD Foods Limited and King and Co by scrutinising their income tax returns, to detect if there is any disparity between their actual incomes and their
 arrow JCD, Shibir clash in power battle
Clashes between two main pro-government student organisations -- Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami Chhatra Shibir -- are raging across the country again as both are desperate to dominate different educational
 arrow 1,500 patients suffer for Ctg interns' strike
About 1,500 patients committed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) are suffering the most as the interns went on an indefinite strike yesterday demanding an allowance hike.
 arrow Body formed to probe anomalies
The communications ministry yesterday formed a high-powered committee to investigate irregularities in operation of CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Dhaka city.
 arrow BCL council elects young leaders
Mahmud Hasan Ripon and Mahfuzul Haider Roton were elected new president and general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of main opposition in the parliament Awami League (AL),
 arrow Opposition frustrated at development flow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the opposition is unleashing terrorism in the name of politics to foil the ongoing development programme of the government.
 arrow Bangladesh draw with Palestine
A series of heroic saves by goalkeeper and stand-in captain Aminul Haque and Mehdi Hassan Topu's equaliser inspired the second-string Bangladesh side to hold favourites Palestine 1-1 in an exciting Group
 arrow Coconut waste turns ghee
In a crash drive against food adulteration, lack of hygiene, selling date-expired or stale food and other violations of law in the capital, 13 mobile courts yesterday filed 75 cases, exacted Tk 10,49,700
 arrow 4 JMB leaders implicated in Prof Yunus murder case
Police yesterday implicated four top leaders of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the Prof Yunus murder case.
 arrow No immediate hike in fuel prices, says energy adviser
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday ruled out any possibility of fuel price hike soon.
 arrow Ershad won't contest by-polls in Gaibandha
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday decided not to contest the by-election in Gaibandha-4 parliamentary constituency in the face of severe opposition from party presidium members.
 arrow Sedition case hearing May 7
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 7 for hearing on charge framing of the first sedition case against eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders and activists.
 arrow Rallies in Khulna, Pabna for power
Khulna regional unit of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association (BSOA) laid siege to Bidyut Bhaban (office of the PDB) yesterday noon and submitted a memorandum to the managing director of West Zone PowerDistribution
 arrow Thaksin hands over power to deputy
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra handed over power to a longtime friend and fellow police officer yesterday, less than 24 hours after saying he would step down over allegations of corruption and abuse
 arrow 25 injured in clash at Mohakhali
Clashes between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) at Institute of Health and Technology at Mohakhali in the capital left at least 25 activists injured yesterday morning.
 arrow Road closed two days into inauguration
Traffic movement on the newly constructed Sylhet Airport Bypass has been suspended due to severe damage two days after its inauguration by Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman on April 1.
 arrow Boy burned to death as mother cries for help
A boy was burned to death in a fire at a house in Kafrul in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Rice defends nuclear deal with India
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Congress yesterday to approve an unprecedented US plan to share nuclear technology with India, saying the deal will not trigger an arms race in Asia.
 arrow Bad weather forces PM's chopper to land at Barisal
The helicopter carrying Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had to land at Barisal Airport on her way to Dhaka from Barguna due to bad weather in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Hartal enforced in Khulna for uplift demand
The Greater Khulna Development Action Co-ordination Committee (GKDACC) enforced a daylong hartal in the city yesterday to press home its demands.
 arrow 2 additional secretaries promoted
Two additional secretaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been promoted to the rank of secretary, says an official notification issued yesterday.
 arrow Saddam trashes evidence
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched into a new tirade against his trial yesterday and lambasted the interior ministry as the tumultuous process resumed after a three week break.
 arrow Frequent power outages at Sudha Sadan
Sudha Sadan, the residence of Awami league chief Sheikh Hasina, has been facing frequent power outages for the last couple of days what the Desa chief said was due to technical faults in line caused by
 arrow BNP nominates Gaibandha-4 candidate
The ruling BNP has nominated Mohammad Shamim Kawsar to contest the forthcoming by-election in Gaibandha-4 parliamentary constituency.
 arrow BSF kills 1, abducts 4
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer and abducted four others in Meherpur and Chapainawabganj districts yesterday.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 23pc in nine months
Remittance hit a record US$478 million in March, as the inflow grew by around 23 percent in the first three quarters of the current financial year. Bangladeshi wage earners living abroad sent US$1,071.
 arrow Liquidity crisis in money market contributes to share price fall: DSE
Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday identified the present liquidity crisis in the money market as one of the key reasons for the continuous slide in share prices.
 arrow South Koreans to import rice, rubber from Bangladesh
South Korean importers showed interest in a number of Bangladeshi products and struck deals for the import of rice and rubber as well as a joint-venture project for recycling waste plastic.
 arrow Lamy asks India, others to adopt flexible approach
The World Trade Organisation yesterday asked India and other developing countries to adopt a flexible approach on industrial tariffs issue for giving a push to ongoing trade talks and meeting crucialApril
 arrow Dhaka devising strategy
The officials of commerce ministry is devising the country's position for the first meeting of the Safta council of ministers and committee of experts (CoE) scheduled for April 18-20 in Dhaka.
 arrow 'IPEday-2006' begins at BUET
A three-day programme styled 'IPEday-2006' began yesterday on Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) campus to highlight the importance of industrial and production engineering inthe
 arrow CCCI, Concord sign deal on construction of WTC
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Concord Engineers and Construction Limited, a sister concern of Concord Group, yesterday signed a deal on construction of the country's first-ever
 arrow Washington in relentless bid to forge free-trade deals in Southeast Asia
More than three years after President George W.
 arrow Emirates launches website for Bangladesh
UAE-based Emirates airline yesterday officially launched a website for Emirates Bangladesh.
 arrow Saifur leaves for Jakarta to attend Escap meet
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman left here for Jakarta yesterday to attend the 62nd annual session of UN Escap.
 arrow New DMD of Federal Ins
Abdul Haque has been promoted to the post of deputy managing director (DMD) of Federal Insurance Co Ltd.
Haque joined Federal Insurance in 1993 as vice-president and company secretary.

 arrow Oil prices fall
Oil prices declined further in Asian trade Wednesday as the market took a breather after soaring to near 68 dollars a barrel and ahead of the weekly US crude inventory report, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Football: Bench pleases Cruciani
The impressive performance by the Bangladesh reserve bench has made coach Diego Cruciani a content man after the seniors had put on a rather frustrating show in the first two matches of the AFC Challenge
 arrow Cricket: The Aussies are here
The all-conquering Australia cricket team arrive in the city this morning to play their maiden full series in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: BCB-GP sign record deal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday termed their record deal with GrameenPhone for the upcoming home series against Australia as a significant one.
 arrow Football: India, Taipei in last eight
India and Chinese Taipei settled for a goalless draw at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday in their final Group A game to reach the quarterfinals of the AFC Challenge Cup.
 arrow Football: Guam-Cambodia tie abandoned
Inclement weather once again played foul with the AFC Challenge Cup as the Group C finale between Cambodia and Guam at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was abandoned after 39 minutes due to gusty wind
 arrow Cricket: BD-SL 2nd A one-dayer today
Bangladesh A will look to continue their good start to the one-day series against Sri Lanka A when they meet in the second one-dayer at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium
 arrow Cricket: BCB introduces women's wing
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has opened a women's wing to develop and organise women's cricket in the country.
 arrow Football: Milan leave it late
A double by Filippo Inzaghi inspired last year's finalists AC Milan to a 3-1 quarterfinal second leg victory over Lyon and a place in the last four of the Champions League here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's hattrick
Imran Farhat and Younis Khan hit half-centuries as Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second and final Test here on Wednesday to clinch the series 1-0.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid wants to seal series now
Indian captain Rahul Dravid has urged his team to seal the one-day series against England by winning the fourth match here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Yellow submarine sink Inter
Villarreal added a new chapter to their European fairytale here Tuesday after a 1-0 win over Inter Milan carried them into the semifinals of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Inzaghi hitting form at the right time
Fillipo Inzaghi has not played for Italy for two-and-a-half years, but the rejuvenated AC Milan striker's scintillating form looks set to earn him a place in the Azzurri's World Cup squad.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis wary of wounded SA
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming expects a tough series against a battle-hardened South African side, even though the hosts were coming off a 3-0 series whitewash at the hands of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Pak confirm full team
Pakistan have finalised a strong 14-man squad for the two-match ODI series against India in Abu Dhabi after rejecting a request from some of the players for rest after a gruelling schedule this season.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer hails Asif
Paceman Mohammad Asif was compared with Australian great Glenn McGrath after he took 11 wickets in Pakistan's unlikely eight-wicket victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Clues gathered against Dalmiya
A Mumbai police team hinted on Wednesday at having gathered clues against former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and two other former top board officials afteranother
 arrow Football: Inter fined for racist chants
Inter Milan have been fined 25,000 euros (30,470 dollars) after their fans targeted Messina's African defender Marc Zoro with racist abuse during Saturday's Serie A match.
 arrow Football: Sheva sets new scoring record
AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko became the leading scorer in the history of the European Cup with his goal in Tuesday's 3-1 quarterfinal second leg victory over Olympique Lyon.
 arrow Volleyball: Police, BDR keep firing
Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Rifles won in straight sets in their respective matches against Sonali Bank and Fire Service Civil Defence in the United Commercial Bank Premier Division Volleyball League
 arrow Independence Day judo from today
The ntv Independence Day judo competition starts at the National Sports Council gymnasium today.
 arrow Football: Pires heading for Villareal?
Arsenal's French midfielder Robert Pires is set to sign for Spanish side Villarreal in the next two weeks, the sports daily AS reported Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow No environment of fair politics as govt patronises militants
Speakers at a meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to the memory of Abdul Mannan, a former minister and central leader of Awami League.
 arrow WMO for community-based approaches
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) will soon put forward a proposal to Bangladesh to adopt 'Community-based approaches to flood management' in order to increase capacity building and reduce vulnerability
 arrow Children campaign to attain goal
Rabiul, an eight-year-old boy, whistles whenever he notices someone defecating on open space to prevent him from doing so at his village Chandpur.
 arrow SCBA leaders to meet CJ today
The newly elected office-bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will make a courtesy call on Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain at his office today.
 arrow Declare Apr 15 as Pahela Baishakh
Bangla San Bastabayan Parishad (Committee to Implement Bengali Year) at a press conference in the city yesterday urged the government to declare April 15 as Pahela Baishakh, the 1st day of Bengali New
 arrow Hartal in Rajshahi for gas on April 17
Rajshahi city dwellers yesterday staged a unique demonstration of 'live poster' and called a daylong hartal on April 17 demanding supply of gas through pipelines.
 arrow Jalil hospitalised, 14-party meet postponed
Awami League General Secretary and 14-party opposition coalition coordinator Abdul Jalil was admitted to Labaid Cardiac Hospital yesterday with breathing problems.
 arrow Gen Reza Noor made envoy to Kuwait
The government has decided to appoint Major General AIM Mustafa Reza Noor as Ambassador of Bangladesh to Kuwait. Mustafa Reza Noor was commissioned in the Bangladesh Army on January 11, 1975.
 arrow Procession to raise awareness about rights of domestic helps
With a view to creating awareness among the community people about the rights of domestic helps, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) brought out a colourful procession with a slogan 'we are committed to protecting
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of domestic help
A teenage domestic help died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. Doctors declared her dead immediately after her admission to the hospital.
 arrow Appeal for help
Two sisters -- six-year-old Maliha and 33-month-old Ilma -- have been suffering from congenital deafness since their birth.
 arrow Tk 31 lakh Dutch-Bangla aid for acid, dowry victims
Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation yesterday donated Tk 31 lakh to disadvantaged women so that they can become self-reliant through investing the money in small-scale agro-businesses.
 arrow Memo to JU authorities
The Progotisheel Chhatra Jote (PSJ), a combine of left-leaning student organisations, of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to university authorities to press their three-point
 arrow LIFE distributes clothes among the physically challenged
LIFE, a human development organisation, distributed clothes and foods among the physically challenged people at its Lalmatia office in the city yesterday to mark the National Disabled Day, says a press
 arrow Prof Nilufar passes away
Professor Dr Nilufar Aftabi, an eminent gynaecologist, passed away due to kidney and heart ailments at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city yesterday at the age of 70.
 arrow MA Haque's death anniversary today
Today is the 10th death anniversary of former land minister M A Haque, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Indigenous people decide not to observe Boishabi this year
Indigenous leaders here yesterday announced that they would not observe their biggest traditional festival Boishabi this year due to lack of security.
 arrow Adulterated fertiliser seized from BNP leader's godown
Kushtia police recovered 1066 bags (69,143 kilograms) of adulterated TSP (triple super phospate) fertiliser from the godown of a local ruling BNP leader in the town on Tuesday.
 arrow 3-day hartal called to 'resist'Nizami's Satkhira visit
Tension is mounting centring the planned visit to Satkhira by Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami.
 arrow Union councils demonstrate across country
Union councils held demonstrations and brought out processions at district headquarters across the country yesterday to press their nine-point demand, according to reports from our correspondents.
 arrow Atwari traders besiege UNO office
Hundreds of traders in Atwari upazila of Panchagarh yesterday laid a siege to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office protesting 'false cases' filed against 100 people following a clash between BDR
 arrow Robbers injure 35, loot night coach
Highwaymen stabbed passengers of a Panchagarh-bound night coach and snatched money and valuables worth about Tk two lakh at Katakhali on Bogra-Rangpur road in the early hours of Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tata's investment proposal: A reply
[On April 2, The Daily Star published Tata's response to the report prepared by Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud on the proposed investment by Tata. Today, we publish Prof. Mahmud's reply to Tata.
 arrow Where angels fear to tread
In my writings so far, I have scrupulously avoided comment on the state of our country and its current politics.
 arrow Justice SM Murshed
There are few distinguished personalities of whom the nation can take pride for their extraordinary and invaluable contribution which enriched the tradition and heritage of the people.
 arrow The holy bath of Langalbandha
The holy bath at Langalbandha, under Bandar police station of Narayanganj district, takes place around this time every year. For Hindus this is a great divine occasion.
Culturearrow The end of a successful exhibition
Inaugurated on March 5, the 12th Asian Art Biennale, one of the most popular biennales in Asia, ended successfully on March 31.
 arrow Unconventional installations by two artists
Jessica Rost, a visiting artist from UK, had her recent installation exhibition at the Goethe Institut.
 arrow Parul Konya: A tale of oppression
The telefilm Parul Konya is a saga of oppression. The victims are a girl named Parul and her husband Kodom who works in Sardar Bari.
Internationalarrow 80 politicians detained in Nepali crackdown
Nepalese police yesterday arrested more than 80 politicians and demonstrators in a crackdown aimed at thwarting planned pro-democracy protests this week, activists said.
 arrow Thaksin goes but much remains to be settled
Thaksin Shinawatra's stunning announcement that he will quit as prime minister may be an important step towards resolving Thailand's political crisis but much remains to be settled, analysts said.
 arrow Iraqi PM rejects call to step aside
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari is refusing to abandon his bid for a second term, resisting US and British pressure to step aside to break the deadlock over a new government, the embattled leader
 arrow Police arrest 6 over Varanasi bombings
Indian police have arrested six men over triple bombings that killed more than 20 people in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi last month, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Iran isolated in its nuclear stance: US
Recent military activity inside Iran offers proof of Tehran's willingness to brook international isolation in pursuit of its nuclear ambitions, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
 arrow Chronic sleep problems afflict 70m Americans
Chronic sleeping problems afflict as many as 70 million Americans, costing the nation billions in medical expenses, accidents and lost productivity, a new study reports.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Date-expired fluid
Now the deadly practice of cheating people in every possible manner has made its way to hospitals also, and even patients in desperate need of medical care are not spared.
 arrow Editorial: Thai democracy
We would like to begin by congratulating the Thai people for the fact that the political impasse that had shaken the country for the past few months now looks as though it is being resolved in an amicable
 arrow Hail to the high performing ministries
Let the one-eyed media find fault in everything, we have discovered that some of the ministries are doing excellent job despite resource constraints and opposition propaganda.
 arrow Changing geo-political equation
Five years after the enunciation of the Bush Doctrine in the 2001 US National Security Strategy, the US has started to implement its new strategic direction first outlined fully 31 years ago in the famous
Letters to Editorarrow Holy Hajj
It is appreciated that the govt is planning well ahead for the easy transportation and comfortable flight of the Hajjis from Bangladesh during the next Hajj in 2007.
 arrow Import of vehicles from India
India was fulfilling its transportation needs by locally manufactured vehicles for a long time until the car manufacturing industries were made open to foreign investment on joint-venture basis a few
 arrow Fate of Afghan apostate
I must say that I could not agree more with Mr. Hassan's article on the 3rd April edition of your daily regarding the fate of the Afghan apostate.
 arrow Punish the culprits
A teen-aged girl in village Jalsha under Dhamrai Upazilla of Dhaka district was gang-raped by the miscreants on 12 March near a brickfield when she was returning from her workplace.
 arrow Road in Chatkhil
Chatkhil municipal area in Noakhali district is a busy trade and business centre. The area is important because it is directly linked to Ramganj, Begumganj, Chittagong and Dhaka.
 arrow Role of press
There is no doubt that DS is a mirror of Bangladesh. It focuses on all important developments and social ills.
 arrow Potter community
I come back with another positive note from Bangladesh. The 1st National Pottery Trade Fair at Bashundhara Shopping Mall, Level 7, has been a grand success.
 arrow Local products- poor customer feedback
The manufacturers of local goods do not pay attention to feedback from the millions of users (as done in developed industrialised countries).
 
   
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