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Front Pagearrow 4-party names include Jamaat, IOJ leaders
The ruling alliance yesterday announced the names of five leaders including one from Jamaat-e-Islami to discuss the electoral reforms while the opposition kept on refusing to sit with Jamaat at the proposed
 arrow Cyclone likely to hit Cox's Bazar coast today
A severe cyclonic storm was formed over the east central Bay of Bengal yesterday with a core of hurricane wind, which is expected to hit land today near Chittagong and Cox's Bazar.
 arrow 1.4cr voters on new list suspected fake
The new voter list is set to see a huge rise in voters' number, which may call its fairness into question, fear election officials, while some quarters reckon it may contain as many as 1.
 arrow No fuel supply from depots also on Saturdays
The government has asked the oil depots not to supply petroleum products on Saturday in addition to Friday either due to stock shortage or anticipating a re-fixation of oil prices, pump owners said.
 arrow Iran enriched uranium defying UN deadline
Iran has failed to comply with a UN deadline to halt uranium enrichment, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said in a crunch report yesterday that opens the door to possible international sanctions.
 arrow 14-party likely to shun talks, go for movement
In reaction to inclusion of a Jamaat leader and an IOJ one in the government dialogue team on electoral reforms, senior leaders of 14-party opposition combine yesterday vowed to realise the reforms through
 arrow No alternative to reforms, Hasina tells US envoy
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Awami League (AL) will take part in the forthcoming general elections after reforms of the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC) to
 arrow EU to request for Saarc observer status in July
The European Union (EU) is likely to join Saarc as an observer and will place its formal request before the Council of Ministers in July this year.
 arrow Two top outlaws killed in Kushtia 'shootout'
Two underground operatives were killed in encounters between police and their cohorts in Mirpur and Daulatpur upazilas of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Cyclone killed 1.4 lakh on this day in '91
The nation today remembers the victims of the catastrophic cyclone that lashed the country's long coastal belt stretching from Bhola to Cox's Bazar on the dreadful night of April 29 in 1991.
 arrow Japanese envoy praises campaign for competent candidates
Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka Matsushiro Horiguchi has pinned high hopes on the "Competent Candidate Movement" mooted by a civil society platform.
 arrow Charges pressed against 5 for bomb attack on Khulna journo
Charges have been pressed against five extremists for launching a bomb attack on journalist Dip Azad.
 arrow First regional dialogue today
The first regional dialogue on national election policy and the initiative of the civil society will be held in Mymensingh at 9:30am today.
 arrow Leepu's sports car steals the show
The only Bangladeshi car designer working in Bangladesh Nizamuddin Awlia Leepu stole the show yesterday unveiling a sports car at the Motor Show in Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.
 arrow JCD to enforce indefinite strike at PSTU today
Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) will enforce an indefinite strike at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) from today in protest against the attack on its university unit president on the campus.
 arrow 2 armed groups in Sirajganj clash: 50 hurt
At least 50 people were injured, three of them seriously, when two armed groups of Bhangabari and Soyadhanghora clashed in Sirajganj town yesterday.
 arrow Aussies finish in style
Nothing could have been worse than the way Bangladesh finished their toughest home challenge, crashing to a nine-wicket defeat to mighty Australia in the third and final one-day match at the FatullahCricket
 arrow 4 held with arms in Rangamati
Army personnel arrested four criminals with firearms in a remote area of Rangamati early yesterday.
 arrow 25 hurt as BNP factions clash in Laksam
At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two factions of the ruling BNP at Narpaty in Laksam upazila yesterday.
 arrow Nepal parliament vows to trim king's power
Nepal's parliament forged ahead with plans to trim the powers of the monarch in its first sitting for four years yesterday but the ailing premier stayed away.
 arrow Insurgent attacks in Baquba kill 30
Thirty people were killed, including seven Iraqi soldiers, when more than 100 rebels attacked Iraqi police and army posts in Baquba on Thursday, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow US workplaces brace for day without immigrant staff
From mighty meatpacking plants to tiny taco stands, US businesses are making plans to deal with Monday's nationwide pro-immigration boycott, which could keep millions of people away from their jobs.
 arrow 10 US states sue govt to force it to regulate gases
Ten US states and two cities sued the US government on Thursday to force it to regulate gases blamed for global climate change, said environmental groups who joined the suit.
 arrow Cops gun down 11 Maoists in Andhra
Police in southern India said they had shot dead 11 Maoist rebels, including six women, yesterday after the guerrillas attacked a jungle patrol.
 arrow Estonia busts ring trafficking fighter jet parts to Asia
Estonian officials said Friday they had busted an operation that trafficked spare parts for Russian fighter jets to three countries in Asia.
 arrow US, Pakistan agree to proceed with F-16s package deal
Pakistan has agreed to purchase a scaled-down package of American F-16 fighters after foregoing a larger purchase to finance relief efforts in last year's earthquake, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Australia mulls culture and language test for immigrants
Australia's conservative government said yesterday it may test immigrants' English skills and understanding of Australian cultural values before allowing them to become citizens.
 arrow Officials asked to get ready to face possible cyclone
Administrative officials of the country's coastal belts and other areas have been asked to get ready to face any emergency situation as a severe cyclonic storm has formed over the Bay.
Businessarrow Govt borrows 10 times more from banks in 8 months as aid dips
The government's net borrowing from the banking system surged nearly 10 times more in July-February period of the current financial year over the corresponding period of the last fiscal year in the face
 arrow New model cars launched at Dhaka Motor Show
As a large number of visitors flocked to the on-going Dhaka Motor Show at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre yesterday, local distributors of renowned vehicles introduced new model cars.
 arrow ADB may cut India's growth forecast
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) may scale down the projections of India's economic growth for this year if the effects of rising crude oil prices are passed through, the Bank's chief economist IfzalAli
 arrow Nokia Nseries to encompass mobile multimedia
Nokia has unveiled a range of third generation (3G) cellular mobile phones that make DVD-quality video, play digital music and surf the internet without compromising advanced telephonic features.
 arrow Oil prices continue falling
World oil prices drifted lower on Friday as concerns eased over tight US motor oil supplies, but traders remained alert as Iran looked set to defy a UN deadline to freeze its nuclear programme.
 arrow Eskayef plans massive market expansion in Sri Lanka
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketer, as part of its massive business expansion plan in the international market, has given special emphasis on Sri Lankan market.
 arrow Iran wants to invest $600m in Indonesian energy projects
Iran wants to invest 600 million dollars in energy projects in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, the Indonesian foreign ministry said Friday.
 arrow EU trade chief fingers US in WTO setback
The United States needs to be more "realistic" if the Doha round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks is to succeed, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Friday.
 arrow Euro nears eight-month peak against dollar
The euro neared an eight-month high against the dollar on Friday as the market digested signs that US interest rates are near a peak and ahead of the publication of US economic growth data.
 arrow Energy-hungry China clinches oil pact with Kenya
China on Friday inked an oil exploration deal with Kenya as visiting President Hu Jintao continued his African quest to quench China's insatiable demand for energy to fuel its booming economy.
 arrow StanChart offers bill payment solutions to GP subscribers
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) recently signed a bill collection agreement to offer a wide range of bill payment solutions to the GP subscribers.
 arrow Office bearers of Basis executive council
Sarwar Alam and Shoeb Ahmed Masud have been elected president and secretary general of the executive council of Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS) for 2006-2007.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Apr 23-Apr-27, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was stable in this weak and USD remained almost unchanged against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' nightmarish end
The stage was all set for Bangladesh to finish their final match of the home season on a high note against the mighty Australians at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Australia's tour to Bangladesh ended with the worst display of batting by the home team getting dismissed for a mere 124 runs inside 43 overs.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Xavi returns to squad
Reuters, Madrid

Spain midfielder Xavi returned to the Barcelona squad on Friday five months after suffering a serious knee injury.

 arrow Football: Three more in second round
Kakordia Terodal School, Motherganj MB High School and Mominpur High School reached the second round of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Championship winning their zonal finals on yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Beauty sets new 200m record
Nazmun Nahar Beauty of BJMC set a new national record in women's 200m sprint on the opening day of the 31st National Athletics Championship at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sublime Flemo punishes SA
Stephen Fleming hit the first double century by a New Zealander against South Africa as the tourists built a big first innings total on the second day of the second Test at Newlands on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WI, Zim out to impress
West Indies and Zimbabwe enter their seven-match limited-overs international series that begins on Saturday and Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Ground with plenty to prove to themselves and the restof
 arrow Football: It's a Boro-Sevilla finale
Massimo Maccarone hit a last-gasp winner to complete a remarkable and unlikely comeback from three goals behind as Middlesbrough beat Steaua Bucharest 4-2 to reach the UEFA Cup final.
 arrow Football: Chelsea aim for title
Chelsea are looking for a double helping of satisfaction on Saturday - not only sealing a second straight English Premiership title but doing so against their closest challengers, Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Juve splitting at the seams
The pressure mounting from AC Milan's hot pursuit of leaders Juventus in the Italian championship run-in is beginning to tell on the reigning champions.
 arrow Football: Barca nearly there
After their match at Sevilla was washed out last Sunday, runaway league leaders Barcelona have another chance to clinch their second successive Spanish championship this weekend but will need Valencia
 arrow Football: Bayern eye Cup glory
No German team has managed to win the league and cup double in successive seasons but Bayern Munich have a great chance of achieving that feat if they can defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's German
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to play ODIs
Michael Vaughan dismissed suggestions that he could decide to stop play limited overs internationals in order to prolong his Test career.
 arrow Cricket: ICC, BCCI sing same tune
Softening their stand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it was not averse to the concept of either the Champions Trophy or the 20-Twenty format of the game and was willing to toethe
 arrow Cricket: Aussies beef up for Ashes
Cricket Australia on Friday opened a state-of-the-art facility that its Test team will use as a base while fine-tuning plans to regain the Ashes from England.
 arrow Football: Scolari says no offer from England
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he was approached by England's Football Association about managing their national side but says he has received no offer.
 arrow Football: Thrice for Thierry
Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry on Thursday became the first player to be named Footballer of the Year for the third time. The 28-year-old was chosen for the prize by the Football Writers Association.
 arrow Football: Khulna beat Nilphamari
Khulna moved into the second round defeating Nilphamari by 4-1 in the Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament which kicked off at the Dinajpur Stadium on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow More cyclone shelters, cross dams a must to save lives in coastal areas
The coastal belt is vulnerable to cyclone for shallow waters in the North Bay of Bengal along the southeastern edge of the country.
 arrow DU student bodies to resist Shibir activities
All the student bodies are organising themselves to resist activities of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on Dhaka University (DU) campus.
 arrow 'Stop looting money in the name of protecting Kutubdia'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for constructing an embankment bigger than the one built in 1961 before the onset of rainy season to save Kutubdia Island.
 arrow Demolition of illegal structures along riverbanks demanded
Speakers at a rally demanded demolition of all illegal structures including brickfields along the rivers of Buriganga-Shitalakkha-Turag-Balu-Devdholai and Atir Khal.
 arrow Transport workers blockade Rokeya Sarani
Transport workers blockaded Rokeya Sarani at Kazipara for about 15 minutes following a scuffle between a traffic sergeant and the transport owners and workers.
 arrow 'Preserve country's fisheries'
Preservation of the fisheries resources of the country requires incorporation of the fishermen community with the movement of preservation and promotion of fishing resources, said environmentalists at
 arrow Blast provides free legal aid to garment workers
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) organised a workshop as part of its awareness-raising programme among garment workers in the city on Thursday.
 arrow HIV rate among IDUs alarming
Intravenous Drugs Users (IDU) among the young generation in Bangladesh are being infected with HIV virus at an 'alarming rate', the World Bank said Thursday.
 arrow Five JCD men acquitted of murder in Kushtia
A Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Thursday acquitted all the five accused Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of murder. The court also dismissed the case due to lack of enough evidence.
 arrow Death threat to two JU journos
Suspected activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir have issued death threats to two Jahangirnagar University (JU) correspondents for publishing reports on Shibir activities on the campus.
 arrow Museum guides people to build better future
A museum is a place where people from all walks of life come to visit and commemorate the contributions of the martyrs and share memories that make them aware of their glorious past and inspire to build
 arrow BFUJ election today
Election to the executive committee of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) for 2006-2008 will be held today.
 arrow Expat robbed of cash, gold worth Tk 3.5 lakh
A gang of criminals known as 'Agyan party' robbed a Bangladeshi expatriate of cash and gold worth about Tk 3.5 lakh in the city yesterday just after he arrived from Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Two die in rooftop fall in city
Two people including a construction worker died after falling from the rooftop of two separate buildings in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Robber beaten to death in Narsingdi
An alleged robber was beaten to death by a mob at Algapara village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The dead was identified as Mohor Ali, 30.
 arrow Manarat wins championship in Nat'l TV debate
Manarat International School became the champion in the National Television English Parliamentary Debate Competition defeating SFX Green Herald International School.
Nationalarrow Mystery shrouds murder of Netrakona Hajong leader
Mystery shrouds the murder of indigenous leader Sattayban Hajong in Durgapur.
 arrow 4 outlawed parties unite to avenge crossfire killings
Four underground parties have closed ranks in the south-western districts to take revenge against Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police for crossfire deaths of their party men.
 arrow Tk 3 lakh bounty for arrest of outlaw leader
The government has declared a bounty of Tk three lakh for information leading to arrest of Shaikh Haroon, ringleader of M-L faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP).
 arrow Man dies soon after taking medicine
One person died within half an hour of intake of medicine given by a Health worker at Kachim Khali village in Kalapara upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Hearing of Udichi blast case deferred again
Hearing of the Udichi bomb blast case has been deferred again following a petition for time by APP Mir Ali Mortoza. The next date for hearing has been fixed on May 10.
 arrow Pak Health Secy visits birthplace at Saidpur
Pakistan Heath Secretary Syed Anwar Mahmud, now on a visit to Bangladesh, on Thursday came to Saidpur, his birthplace where he spent his childhood.
Point-Counterpointarrow The 'Bobbies' endear while we scare
Police excesses and highhandedness continue to attract large scale attention of both the print and electronic media.
 arrow Nuclear energy still not safe
Demand for energy is expected to rise worldwide by 50 per cent in 20 years time with growth in down-the-middle developing nations hitting 90 percent.
 arrow Atmospheric electricity, power generation and overcoming the shortage
Atmospheric electricity exists since the beginning of time. But the human-produced electricity, which has been called electric energy first appeared as small sources of direct current (DC) in 1800.
Culturearrow Celebrating the universal language of dance
The message circulated by International Dance Committee on the occasion of International Dance Day on April 29 is one more attempt to build bridges through art and culture.
 arrow Whirling, twirling on the toes
To celebrate International Dance Day the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Dhaka held an evening of dance on April 27th.
Internationalarrow Donors press Lankan parties to resume talks
Sri Lanka's international donors meeting in Oslo yesterday pressed both rebels and the Sri Lankan government to return to negotiations to shore up the country's faltering ceasefire.
 arrow Senior Maoist comes out in public in Nepal
For the past 10 years, Nepal's Maoist rebels have been fighting to overthrow the monarchy from countryside bases. On Friday, in a sign of changing times, one of their leaders spoke at a rally in Kathmandu.
 arrow US, Pakistan launch strategic dialogue
The United States and Pakistan launched a new strategic dialogue on Thursday that sought to emphasise partnership on an array of issues but quickly demonstrated divisions over Iran, one of Washington's
 arrow Russia hopes IAEA report will unite UN on Iran crisis
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday he hoped a crunch IAEA report will help the international community agree a common position to defuse the Iran nuclear crisis.
 arrow Musharraf says he's not US 'poodle'
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has rejected accusations he is a Western "poodle", saying his fight against Islamic militants is for his country's benefit, not for the United States or Britain.
 arrow Thai court suspends third round of voting
A Thai court yesterday suspended a third round of voting in southern Thailand, in a ruling that appeared to cast doubt on the validity of snap polls earlier this month.
 arrow Karzai asks Taliban to lay down arms, join Afghan government
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, blaming violence in his country on foreign elements, yesterday issued a fresh call to Taliban militants to lay down their arms and join his government.
 arrow US seals military base deal with Bulgaria
The United States signed an agreement yesterday to establish three military bases in Bulgaria as it shifts troops from old Cold War positions to smaller installations closer to the Middle East and Africa.
 arrow Priyanka is Sonia's polls agent
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed her daughter Priyanka Vadra as her election agent for the May 8 Lok Sabha by election, a battle in which Congress bigwigs have kept away from campaigning.
 arrow Saddam turns 69 behind bars
Iraq's ousted leader Saddam Hussein, being tried on charges of crimes against humanity, spent his third birthday in a row behind bars as he turned 69 yesterday.
 arrow Eight killed in DR Congo air crash
Eight people were killed when a plane operated by a small Congolese carrier crashed on landing in the town of Amisi, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities said yesterday.
 arrow Wedding bells for Prince William?
Tabloid newspapers are speculating that Britain's Prince William, 23, is about to propose to his girlfriend Kate Middleton on holiday in the Caribbean.
 arrow Stolen US military secrets on sale in Afghanistan
Computer disks stolen from a US base in Afghanistan said to contain military secrets are on sale in a bazaar despite an ongoing investigation and a security clampdown, witnesses said.
 arrow Global Fund backs new funding for deadly diseases
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria agreed yesterday to give millions of dollars in new grants, dispelling activists' fears that its support for the fight against the deadly diseases
 arrow NASA launches climate satellites
NASA launched two research satellites yesterday to help scientists refine computer models that forecast the weather and chart global climate change.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HC directive welcome
On Thursday the High Court directed Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to realise unpaid telephone bills from 427 members of the fifth and seventh parliaments within six months.
 arrow Editorial: Heroin smuggling
The fact that questions are being raised about the way investigation is going on to unearth the real culprits behind the latest case of smuggling of a large consignment of heroin to Great Britain prompts
 arrow Make police people-friendly
A bad example is the worst sermon that you can preach. It is a language that everyone understands and easily. Respect for an institution also grows from the manner in which it conducts itself.
 arrow US-Iran, Israel, India and Pakistan
On June 7, 1981, Israeli F-15s and F-16s took off from Etzion airbase near Eilat at 4:00 pm and at 5:35 pm, in an action lasting less than 80 seconds, the nuclear reactor at Osirik being built with French
Letters to Editorarrow No protection against nuclear terrorism
I am writing with reference to the article "Discourse on nuclear primacy," by Kazi Anwarul Masud (April 9). In his op-ed, Ambassador Masud referes to the article by Professor Keir Lieber and Prof.
 arrow Eligibility and leadership
Knowledgeable and competent persons will be placed at the highest positions everywhere in the society; this is the expectation of all of us.
 arrow Transparent ballot box
The proposal for transparent ballot boxes is an innovation (or transfer of innovation) that can achieve a lot in terms of monitoring the rigging on the poll day.
StarTecharrow City in net euphoria
The city dwellers caught the net fever as a five-day cyber fair is currently going on at Bhasani Novo Theatre in Dhaka.
 arrow How ICT lifts study
The post submarine cable establishment era has began for the country, and with constant global growth in information and communication technology (ICT) endeavours, it has become quite a verity that ICT
 arrow Apple to recycle old computers for free
Apple Computer Inc. will soon adopt an environmentally friendly twist for buyers of new Macintosh computers by offering to recycle their old computers for free.
 arrow Pour Some Water on Me

Literaturearrow The Jungle Major*
In the predawn warmth of togetherness, they made love again with the fervour of lovers meeting after a long absence.
 arrow Summer Romance
One would imagine that one could breeze through a 124-page novel and get a quick review job done in a jiffy. I was able to do neither. I stumbled from page to page.
 arrow Revolution in the Naga psyche
To paraphrase a line from one notable review of Monica Ali's Brick Lane, here is news from a relatively neglected region--at least as far as narratives in English is concerned.
 arrow Cold War
Your body no longer smells like a woman's
Train-bus warfare, work, tired, sweaty

A cloudy day amid June rain
Yet the office claims you, traffic jam

Gunpowder spreads a false perfume in theair

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