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Front Pagearrow Unfit launches ply under nose of vigilance team
Unfit launches keep plying different routes between the capital and other places across the country despite a vigilance team being in operation at Sadarghat, the premier launch terminal.
 arrow Indefinite hartal, road barricade paralyse land port
Thursday's Kansat skirmishes claimed yet another life, raising the death toll of the 150-minute battle between local BNP activists and power-hungry villagers to four, the police said yesterday.
 arrow Govt just killing time in the name of dialogue
The Awami League (AL) yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government is not interested in reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC) proposed by the 14-party opposition
 arrow Fresh vows as election nears while old pledges forgotten
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her cabinet colleagues have "unofficially" started the party's campaign for the next general election due in early 2007 with most of the 2001 election pledges remainingunfulfilled.
 arrow A butcher-shop for autopsies
Though autopsy plays a key role in determining the cause of a death and the outcome of any lawsuit about it, the morgue at the country's largest public hospital is unbelievably ill equipped and lacking
 arrow Minu, Shahjahan smell conspiracy
With the next general elections around the corner, Thursday's Kansat incident was staged as part of a conspiracy to damage the image of ruling BNP, Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minutold
 arrow US report points at pressure on minorities, extra-judicial killings and corruption
The United States has said it increased monitoring on issues related to intimidation and other forms of pressure on minorities, especially Hindus, in anticipation of the next general election in Bangladesh
 arrow Khagrachhari girls not raped, govt doctors say
A medical board of Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital said yesterday that two indigenous girls of Sai Pru Karbaripara who were allegedly raped during Monday's attack on three indigenous villages were not actually
 arrow Nor'wester kills 4 in Sirajganj
Four people were killed and 250 others injured as nor'wester swept 15 villages in Kamarkhand and Kazipur upazilas of the district yesterday.
 arrow Satkania BNP men show black flags to Jamaat lawmaker
Activists of Satkania upazila unit of ruling BNP during a demonstration yesterday showed black flags, shoes and broomsticks to Jamaat lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury and other leaders, who were also holding
 arrow CMCH interns to observe 2-hr strike from today
Sufferings of patients at Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) increased further as the intern doctors' strike continued for the third consecutive day yesterday.
 arrow Female NGO worker murdered
A female NGO worker was found murdered at her house at Hazipara in the city yesterday. Police recovered the body of Baby Begum, 30, a field worker of Care Bangladesh.
 arrow AL front body leader shot dead at Jurain
An Awami Swechchhasebok League leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Jurain under Shyampur Police Station of the capital on Thursday night.
 arrow Smuggled chicks seized in Satkhira
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized at least 4,550 smuggled Indian chicks and arrested one person yesterday at a house in Baikaria in Sadar upazila and foiled a push in attempt of the BSF in the same upazila.
 arrow Training session

 arrow Suicide bombers kill 79 at Baghdad mosque
Three suicide bombers killed at least 79 people and wounded 164 others as worshippers left a Shia mosque in Baghdad after weekly Juma (Friday) prayers, in the second major attack on Iraq's majority community
 arrow 'Resist black money holders from coming to power'
The nation will be destroyed if the owners of black money continue to be in power in the future, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Rivals murder AL leader in Kishoreganj
A local Awami League (AL) leader was killed by rivals within the party at Shadullarchar Bazar in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila around 2:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws explode 4 bombs in Chuadanga
Four bombs exploded in front of four houses at Daulatdia village, an outlaw infested area in Sadar upazila of Chuadanga, early yesterday. However, no one was injured and no damage done in the explosions.
 arrow Indian sugar seized, 7 held in Khulna
Khulna police around 6:30am yesterday recovered 1700 kg Indian sugar packed in 34 bags on a trawler in Skid Ghat and arrested seven people in this connection.
Businessarrow Dhaka Travel Mart to boost tourism
With the on-going three-day international tourism fair receiving good response from visitors participants hope the show will boost Bangladesh's tourism.
 arrow Participants unhappy with sales
Participants at the five-day 3rd national furniture fair at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre are unhappy with sales.
 arrow India's annual exports cross $100b mark
India yesterday unveiled a series of sops to give a major push to its burgeoning exports with the thrust on handloom, leather products, gems and jewellery, value added fish, stationery goods, handicrafts
 arrow High energy prices pose risk to global economy: IMF
The International Monetary Fund is to warn that high energy prices are exacerbating global economic imbalances, increasing the risks of a crisis, the newspaper Expansion reported here Friday.
 arrow 'IPEday-2006' concludes
A three-day programme styled 'IPEday-2006', which began on Wednesday to highlight the importance of industrial and production engineering in the country, ended yesterday amid huge participation of students
 arrow Asian free-trade zone 'Herculean task'
An Asian economic free-trade zone would be less beneficial than a global pact and a "Herculean task" to achieve given diplomatic frictions, the Asian Development Bank's chief economist said Friday.
 arrow 2nd Asia-Pacific Business Forum opens in Jakarta today
The second Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia today.
 arrow India to exercise caution in forging free-trade deals
India must exercise "great caution" in negotiating free-trade agreements (FTAs) with more developed neighbours, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in remarks published here Friday.
 arrow S'pore expects rise in number of tourists from Bangladesh in 2006
Singapore is expecting a significant rise in the number of tourists from Bangladesh in 2006.
 arrow BKMEA polls today
The election of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) will be held today. The vote casting will continue from 10am to 4pm at BKMEA's Dhaka and Narayanganj offices.
 arrow Gold hits fresh 25-year highs
Gold prices were trading at the highest levels for more than 25 years on Friday, as the precious metal benefited from its status as a store of value in troubled times. Gold prices reached 603.
 arrow Sony Ericsson launches 3 new phones
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has launched three new mobile phone handsets -- J220i, Z530i and W810i -- for Bangladesh market. This was announced at a press conference in Dhaka Wednesday.
 arrow Dollar recovers against euro
The dollar rose against the euro on Friday ahead of key US employment data and on reduced expectations of further rises in eurozone interest rates, while gold surged to levels not seen for 25 years.
 arrow Citibank tops in global BrandZ survey
Citibank, the banking arm of Citigroup, was named the most powerful and valuable financial services industry brand globally in a survey by BrandZ, the world's largest in-depth brand equity database, says
 arrow Asian medical tourism to generate $4.4b a year by 2012
Asia's medical tourism industry is expected to generate over 4.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Apr 02-Apr 06, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was soft in this week and USD became weaker against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow Japan-Mexico trade up 20pc after FTA
Trade between Japan and Mexico increased by over 20 percent after a bilateral free trade agreement took effect in April 2005, a study said Friday.
 arrow Oil weakens
World oil prices eased on Friday as profit-taking emerged after recent gains, but they remained within sight of 68.0 dollars per barrel amid ongoing supply concerns, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ponting admits mistake
A day after their arrival, Australian cricket team not only broke silence but captain Ricky Ponting also opened up to take a different stance on Bangladesh cricket from what he had given previously.
 arrow Cricket: Testing time for bowlers
Bowling was the brightest area for Bangladesh during the last two home series but undoubtedly, they will face the heat against the much-vaunted Australia batting, especially in the two-match Test series.
 arrow Cricket: What dreams are made of
When I entered the press conference of the Australian team yesterday it was actually my debut in such press meets.
 arrow Football: Kyrgyzstan last in quarters
Goals by Roman Ablakimov and Azamat Ishenbaev either side of the break helped Kyrgyzstan set a quarterfinal clash against favourites Palestine in the AFC Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win over Macau in a rematch
 arrow Football: Playing for the people
"Our people need to smile," says team manager Nahed El Hour and the weight of an entire nation rests heavily on the shoulders of a Palestine team that have made it clear that they are here to win, not
 arrow Cricket: Preparation sound
With only a day to go for the first Test, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore expressed his satisfaction over Tigers' preparation for the Australia series.
 arrow Football: Taipei miss key players against Sri Lanka
An understrength Chinese Taipei face Sri Lanka today in their AFC Challenge Cup quarterfinal at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong sans three key players. The match will kick-off at 3.30pm.
 arrow Cricket: BD-SL A series decider today
The series deciding third and final one-day match between Bangla-desh A and Sri Lanka A will take place at the Khulna Divisional Stadium today. The series is locked was 1-1.
 arrow Football: A boost for Palestine
Palestine's bid for AFC Challenge Cup glory received a mighty boost after Kuwaiti club Al Salmiyah announced they were ready to release Palestinian international defender Majed Abusidu.
 arrow Football: Late Boro show stuns Basel
Middlesbrough produced a four-goal fightback to secure a miraculous victory over Swiss side FC Basel that put the English strugglers into the UEFA Cup semifinals Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lehmann gets the nod over Kahn
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has won the race to keep goal for hosts Germany at the 2006 World Cup finals, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced Friday.
 arrow Football: Man U have Chelsea in sights
Manchester takes on the pride of north London in the Premiership this weekend as United host Arsenal and City head for the capital to play Tottenham Hotspur.
 arrow Football: Barca eyeing title
Barcelona could move within touching distance of a second successive Primera Liga title if they can beat struggling Racing Santander away on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jose's new United joke
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he is more concerned about bird flu than about the prospect of being overtaken in the Premiership by Manchester United.
 arrow Cricket: India worth a billion dollars!
Sponsorship and media rights around the Indian cricket team touched one billion dollars on Friday following a new five-year deal for one-day matches across the world.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid rewarded with rest
Indian captain Rahul Dravid was on Friday rested for the next two one-dayers against England after his team clinched an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Australia name chief selector
Cricket Australia played it safe and Friday promoted Andrew Hilditch, a 10-year veteran of its national selectors team, to replace Trevor Hohns as the panel's chairman.
 arrow Football: Ronnie bamboozles Casillas
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been sent the wrong way by Barcelona's Ronaldinho, both off the field and from the penalty spot.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin may be back early
India's Sachin Tendulkar is recovering fast after shoulder surgery and could pick up a bat again as soon as the start of next month, the national cricket board said on Thursday.
 arrow Golf: GP President Cup golf held
Kutubul Alam Chowdhury clinched the men's title while MH Youn won the women's crown in the GrameenPhone President Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu out of Eng tour
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu remains a serious injury concern for the Test and one-day tour of England starting later this month.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP champs in Manikganj cricket
BKSP became champions of the AM Sayedur Rahman Memorial Cricket Tournament defeating Prabhat Sangha by 58 runs in the final at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadiumin Manikganj on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Khaleda resorts to falsehood: Hasina
Describing the BNP-Jamaat government as "enemy of the people", Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the anti-liberation forces have already destroyed the country's image abroad and Khaleda's
 arrow Over 100 criminal gangs active in city
Over a hundred gangs are now active committing all sorts of criminal acts in different parts of the capital, zoning their areas of operation, said reliable sources in the law-enforcing agencies.
 arrow Experts for use of granule urea to boost crop production
Agriculture experts underscored the need for ensuring large-scale use of Guti Urea (granule urea) instead of the generally available urea fertilisers in their farmlands to raise crop production in the
 arrow 52 students win language competition
The final round of the second nationwide Bangla Language Competition titled 'Bhasha Protijog' ended in the city with a vow to promote the mother language.
 arrow 4 killed in road accidents
Four people were killed and 22 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Gaibandha districts yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt encourages militancy to perpetuate its misrule'
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the four-party alliance government encouraged militant activities across the country to perpetuate its misrule.
 arrow Jalil admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said a press release. He was flown to Singapore on Thursday midnight.
 arrow 'Women worst victims of water, power, gas crises'
Bangladesh Nari Mukti Sangsad formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting price hike of essentials and scarcity of water, gas and electricity, says a press release.
 arrow Shortage of doctors obstacle to proper healthcare
The country is yet to ensure proper healthcare services for its people due to manpower shortage and budget constraints, said Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.
 arrow Charge sheet submitted, 4 main accused dropped
A charge sheet was submitted before a magistrate's court at Satkhira yesterday framing charges against six accused in the murder case of Dulal, a VDP member of Tala upazila.
 arrow BCL to enforce strike at CU today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit will enforce an indefinite strike at the university from today demanding unconditional release of its leader Zahidul Islam Jewel arrested
 arrow AL parliamentary team visits Kansat today
An Awami League parliamentary team led by Advocate Abdul Hamid MP will visit Kansat in Chapainawabganj today for a spot inspection of fresh clash and killings.
 arrow AL leader stabbed to death in Kishoreganj
A local Awami League leader was stabbed to death by a gang of assailants at Sadullar Char on Kishoreganj-Mymensingh road yesterday.
 arrow Kalma High School centenary celebrations Apr 27
A preparatory meeting for the centenary celebration of Kalma High School in Munshiganj was held in the city on Thursday, with State Minister for Health Mizanur Rahman Sinha in the chair.
 arrow SCBA office-bearers pay homage to Bangabandhu
The newly elected office-bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) led by its President Barrister Amir-Ul Islam and Secretary Advocate AM Amiuddin yesterday visited Tungipara in Gopalganj to
 arrow Hundreds more Nepali protesters detained
Hundreds more protesters were arrested yesterday in Nepal on the second day of a general strike amid violent demonstrations demanding King Gyanendra restore democracy.
Nationalarrow Jute farming faces setback in five northern districts
Jute cultivation has faced a setback in five districts of the northern region including Nilphamari due to acute scarcity of quality seeds.
 arrow Media urged to create awareness about TB
Speakers at different workshops held in Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal called upon the media men to create awareness about tuberculosis (TB) among people.
 arrow Tigers kill 20 in Sundarbans last year
At least 20 persons were killed by tigers in different parts of the Sundarbans last year. Forest officials said the victims are fishermen, 'bawali', 'mawali' and coast guard.
 arrow Indefinite truck strike in Nilphamari threatened
Nilphamari District Truck Owners' Association has demanded of the administration to take steps to stop truck hijacking and extortion by police on highways within a month.
 arrow Mohila Parishad founding day
A discussion to celebrate the 36th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP) was held at Syed Mujtaba Ali Auditorium here.
 arrow Bid to develop skill of English language
A meeting to develop skill of English language was held at Green Hill International School (GHIS). The GHIS authorities organised it.
 arrow Clash leaves 1 dead
One person was killed and two others were injured in a clash over ancestral property village Dhepa in Gangni upazila in Meherpur. The dead is Anisur Rahman 30, son of Mozammel Haq of the village.
Point-Counterpointarrow The bigots and the sentinels in slumber land
The sensational disclosures made by the terror supremos and other religious extremists in course of interrogation by the intelligence agencies must have surprised both the non-believers and the naivein
 arrow Working together for health
Health workers save lives. Without them, advances in health care cannot reach those most in need. Preventing and treating diseases require assessment, delivery and monitoring by health workers.
 arrow Twilight at the Elysee?
The crisis in France, if anything, seems to become more and more profound.
 arrow lllegal immigration and broken borders
It was remarkable to watch the event unfold on American television. Last April 1, thousands of immigrants, legal and otherwise, marched in a mile long line across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Culturearrow Grooming youngsters in Kathak
Venturing into Kathak dancer Munmun Ahmed's home in Mohammadpur one morning, one sees a dance class in progress. Six young girls from 9 to 15 years old are in the midst of practice.
 arrow Bringing together a broken world
Rahman, who is having a solo exhibition at Chitrak, says he enjoys print-making as he has studied it, and feels it is time that the medium is popularised in Bangladesh.
 arrow The grand finale of Surf Excel Talent Contest '06 held
The grand finale of inter-school creativity contest titled Surf Excel Protibhar Lorai '06, organised by the Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, was held at the National Women's Sports Complex, Dhaka on April
Internationalarrow EU suspends funding for Palestinian govt
The European Union announced yesterday the suspension of direct funding to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, upping pressure on the militant group to renounce violence and recognise Israel.
 arrow Nepal faces mounting int'l criticism
A crackdown on anti-royal protesters has sparked a new wave of international criticism against Nepal with the United States, European Union, India and Japan all voicing concern.
 arrow Iran to defend rights to nuke to its 'last drop of blood'
Iran will defend its controversial nuclear programme to its "last drop of blood" and refuse to suspend uranium enrichment as demanded by the UN Security Council, a senior cleric said yesterday.
 arrow Fresh killing in Lanka mars peace move
A pro-Tamil Tiger activist and two police guards were shot dead in Sri Lanka's volatile east yesterday as Norway's top peace envoys left the island following a new bid to salvage a truce, police said.
 arrow Bush admits Iraq mistakes
President George W. Bush admitted on Thursday the US military made mistakes in Iraq but defended his domestic eavesdropping programme, insisting to a hostile questioner he had no reason to apologise for it.
 arrow 'India's nuke plan under threat'
BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee warned Thursday that acceding to the Waiver Authority Bill, currently awaiting US Congress approval, was likely to adversely dent India's nuclear
 arrow Plants helped ants evolve: Study
Ants evolved far earlier than previously believed, as far back as 140 million to 168 million years ago -- and they have plants to thank for their diversity, US researchers reported on Thursday.
 arrow Bush okayed leaks on Iraq intelligence
President George W. Bush took more heat yesterday after indicted former top White House aide I.
 arrow Benazir is new fish in oil-for-food dragnet
Pakistan's anti-corruption bureau has alleged former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's involvement in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal in Iraq.
 arrow 60 feared dead as bus plunges into river in Kashmir
Two people were killed and at least 58 feared dead after a bus swerved off a mountain road and hurtled into a fast-flowing river in Indian Kashmir on Friday, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Islami Bank fined for third time
Islami Bank has been fined once again for hiding suspicious transactions by militants.
 arrow Editorial: Children campaign for proper sanitation
Some children of a village called Chandpur under Jamalpur sadar upazila have been campaigning in an innovative way to create awareness among the villagers for the use of sanitary latrine, as reportedin
 arrow The Iraq war: Doubts and hopes
The third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has come and gone but the news coming out of Baghdad has not been very pleasant. Doubts and hopes continue to fill the radar screen.
 arrow Reforms needed to make caretaker system more effective
The working parliamentary democracy since its inception demonstrated that the ruling party abused its authority to rig elections in order to stay in power.
Letters to Editorarrow We need to work
Whenever I open the TV to listen to news most of the times I find it contains talks in the form of address at a gathering, briefing, interview, on or from procession, protest marches, agitation etc.
 arrow Our future propellers
It was nice to know that you have honoured the brilliant students from English medium schools who have done excellent in their examinations.
 arrow Misuse of electricity at RU
During my last visit to RU, I was amazed that most of the students in the residential halls cook their food in their rooms using electric heater.
 arrow Dhaka City transport
We, the city dwellers travel from one place to another in the Capital by using different public and private transports. But we face severe problems while using the same. Here are a few stated below.
 arrow Better than alms
Now-a-days, we can see a few disabled persons in many places selling matches, pens, chocolates etc by hawking. They have found out a better way of livelihood instead of begging.
 arrow Cartridge paper crisis
Cartridge papers are used in the Lower Court from the Court of Asstt.
StarTecharrow Nokia carves out route to woo in 1b new mobile users
Southwest China's commercial capital, a busy port city at the meeting point of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, Chongqing, experienced a global event in a traditional Chinese manner last week.
 arrow New Apple Intel-based Macs can now run Windows too
Apple recently released a new software that lets users install and run Windows XP in their new Intel-based Macintosh computers.
 arrow Japan-Bangladesh IT Exposition on April 13-15
An IT exposition will be held at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from April 13 to 15 organised by the Japan Bangladesh group.
 arrow First CICT training course held
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the North South University (NSU), in cooperation with the university's board of directors, recently founded the Center for Information & Communication
 arrow DEAD STAR

Literaturearrow City Shoes in The Village - Part II
The pungent smell of dried fish curry, the thud of wooden spoon against clay pot, the whispers of conversation woke Altaf up.
 arrow Consistency of Standard
For all its recent success, Indian English has not yet produced an anthology dedicated to new writing like the Pushcart Prize or the O' Henry Awards anthologies in America.
 arrow Elegy for Nanabhaya
(for my grandfather)

I slice a mango for guests, four horizontal slits
then three vertical, then arrange the fragrant

wet cubes in blue bowls before turning to the
sink to

 arrow Somewhere in the South
"I saw a princess in my dreams
She lives beyond seven seas
And thirteen rivers...

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