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Front Pagearrow Govt fears further JMB attacks
The government has alerted law enforcement and intelligence agencies to step up vigilance across the country following information that Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants are reorganising
 arrow 14-party road march turns into a pre-poll campaign
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine's road march on its second day yesterday virtually turned into a pre-election campaign with thousands of opposition loyalists and general people walking
 arrow BNP satisfied with voter listing
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar and Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque in a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) yesterday expressed their satisfaction over the present situation
 arrow Jamaat MP Saidee in UK hot soup
The British media blasted its government for not revoking Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee's visa this month although the Home Office has been considering excluding him from the UK following
 arrow 'Un'intended fallout of black money whitening
There have been more rumours than reports once the last financial year came to a close. This was the last year of the unethical and immoral offer to make black money white simply by paying a 7.
 arrow 4 UN observers killed in Israeli air raid
Fighting on the Lebanon-Israeli border intensified yesterday after an Israeli air raid killed up to four UN observers and some 20 soldiers were wounded in fighting Hezbollah forces in the border townof
 arrow IMF defers $80m anti-poverty loan
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has deferred around $80 million in the sixth tranche of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loans scheduled for July as Bangladesh failed to fulfil its energy
 arrow People will resist any move to foil polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the next general election will be held under the caretaker government and forewarned that the people will unitedly resist those who want to create a crisis in the country
 arrow BCL forming full central committee secretly
Having failed to announce its full-fledged central committee even four months after the election of its president and general secretary, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is now forming the committee by
 arrow From 3,000 to 300, that's how gibbons disappear
Immediate initiatives to save Hoolock gibbons, an endangered species of ape, have been urged by speakers yesterday at the inaugural ceremony of first solo photography exhibition by Sirajul Islam titled
 arrow Afghanistan to join next week's Saarc FMs' meet
Afghanistan, the newest member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), will attend forthcoming meetings of Saarc Standing Committee and Council of Ministers in Dhaka next week.
 arrow PM for OIC steps to stop Lebanon killings
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to take effective steps to stop the killing of innocent people in Lebanon.
 arrow 49 more admitted to hospital
Another 49 patients diagnosed with dengue fever were admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the capital yesterday, the number of patients reaching 655 as the dengue virus is spreading fast here.
 arrow Dhaka to send relief
Bangladesh will provide relief materials, including 20,000 blankets and 500 tins of biscuit, for war-torn Lebanon within a week.
 arrow Delhi wants direct bus service from Agartala thru' Dhaka
India has taken up with Bangladesh a proposal for starting a direct bus service between Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's top aide arrested
Another top aide to the Islamist militant Siddqul Islam 'Bangla Bhai', this time Bagmara upazila chief advisor to Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB), was arrested yesterday by the Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow RMG factory in city gutted in fire
Fire broke out at a garment factory at Pallabi in the capital last night, gutting valuables and machines worth several crore taka.
 arrow Outlaw shot dead by rivals
The second-in-command of Pabna region Purbo Banglar Communist Party, ML (Janajuddho), Shajahan Ali alias Shajai was shot to death, allegedly by party rivals, during early hours yesterday at Ataikula under
 arrow Two energy ministry staff suspended for 'graft'
The energy ministry has suspended two officials and transferred one of Meghna Petroleum Corporation on grounds of corruption and forwarded the cases to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for investigation.
 arrow Bangladeshis reluctant to quit Lebanon
Thousands of Bangladeshis trapped in war-torn Lebanon do not want to leave the country because they fear losing their jobs, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said yesterday.
 arrow Rome meet fails to agree ceasefire
A 15-nation crisis conference failed yesterday to agree on calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East but vowed to work with "utmost urgency" for a truce.
 arrow BSF kills 1
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) last night gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader inside the Indian territory across the bordering village of Keragachhi of Kalaroa upazila.
 arrow Sewage dumped on Gulshan road
Faced with choked sewerage lines, Dhaka Wasa yesterday used a sludge dewatering pump on the Gulshan Avenue near Circle-1 to pump thousands of liters of sewage and spread it on the main road, causing instant
 arrow BD Foods chairman's bail plea rejected
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected the bail petition of BD Foods Chairman Badruddoja Momin, an accused of smuggling 21 kg heroin to Britain.
 arrow Robbers kill bus passenger
One passenger of a Nilphamari-bound bus from Dhaka was killed and several others were injured when a gang of robbers stabbed them while committing robbery on the bus Tuesday night.
 arrow All 25 accused acquitted
A court here yesterday acquitted all the 25 chargesheeted accused, including Shibir cadre Nasir alias Shibir Nasir, in the sensational triple murder case in Hathazari of the district.
 arrow Asian meet on bird flu starts today in India
Officials from 11 Asian countries will meet in New Delhi for two days starting today to discuss bird flu control and worst-case scenario preparations, a World Health Organization WHO) official said.
 arrow Rice warns Iran, Syria about their role
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Syria and Iran yesterday that it was time for those countries to "make a choice" about their role in Middle East peace, following international crisis talks
 arrow CIA chief says warrants ill-suited for al Qaeda hunt
CIA Director Michael Hayden told senators yesterday that the requirement of court orders to carry out electronic surveillance inside the United States was ill-suited for tracking al Qaeda and other militant
 arrow Gunmen kidnap 17 in Baghdad after new security plan
Gunmen in police uniforms kidnapped 17 people from a central Baghdad apartment building in broad daylight yesterday, Interior Ministry sources said, highlighting lawlessness afflicting the country.
Businessarrow Uneven competition among agents to up migration costs
A decision on distribution of job letters from Malaysian employers for Bangladeshi workers among the country's recruitment agencies has evoked a mixed reaction in the business circle as they anticipate
 arrow Unrest in garment industry a threat to economy
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) has said the recent unrest in the readymade garment (RMG) sector is a major threat to the country’s economy.
 arrow PM opens country's first condensed milk plant
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated Bangladesh's first condensed milk plant that will use fresh cow-milk, setting a new milestone in the country's dairy industry.
 arrow Central bank, IFC reinforce corporate governance benefits
Experts at a session on corporate governance for banks yesterday emphasised the importance of governance in the corporate houses that will ultimately bring good business to them.
 arrow China facing increasing inflationary pressures
China is bracing for higher inflation due to the rising costs of oil and other raw materials, with the authorities also phasing in price hikes for electricity and water, state press said Wednesday.
 arrow Free internet facility at edn instts in future, says minister
The post and telecommunications minister has hinted at making the BTTB internet facility free of cost for the country's all educational institutions in future.
 arrow Indian firm buys Finnish wireless company for $46.1m
An Indian technology firm said Wednesday it has acquired a Finnish wireless company, Botnia Hightech Oy, in an all-cash deal worth 35.5 million euros (46.15 million dollars).
 arrow Vietnam lures bigger fresh FDI in first 7 months
Vietnam has so far this year attracted fresh foreign direct investment (FDI) worth over 2.
 arrow RMG unit owners urged to ensure minimum wage for workers
State Minister for Labour and Employment Amanullah Aman yesterday urged garment factory owners to implement the tripartite deal to ensure minimum wage of the workers.
 arrow Emirates to fly to Tunisia from Oct 29
Tunis, the capital city of the Tunisian Republic, will be added to the Emirates Airline's timetable from October 29.
 arrow Japan's exports, imports set new records in first half of 2006
Japan's exports and imports hit record highs in the January-June period of 2006, with exports and imports rising 16.1 percent and 22.9 percent respectively compared with the same period of last year.
 arrow Asean suspends FTA talks with India
The 10-member Asean grouping has suspended Free Trade Area talks with India, Malaysian trade and industry minister Rafidah Aziz said Tuesday.
 arrow Euro up against dollar
The euro edged up against the dollar on Wednesday, despite a fall to business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, dealers said.
 arrow Japan's trade surplus falls 5.9pc
Japan's trade surplus fell 5.9 percent in June from a year earlier to 807.9 billion yen (7.03 billion dollars), mainly due to an increase in imports of crude oil, the government said Wednesday.
 arrow Bharti Airtel Q1 profit rises 48pc
India's largest private phone company, Bharti Airtel, said Wednesday that first quarter net profit rose 48 percent from the same period a year ago, beating market expectations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers off to a winning start
Tearaway Mashrafee Bin Mortuza made a brilliant start in his maiden tour to Zimbabwe as Bangladesh won the lone limited-over practice game by five wickets against Zimbabwe Board XI at the Alexandra Sports
 arrow Football: BFF at it again?
The last time the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) had ignored a recommendation of its National Team Management Committee (NTMC) about selecting national team officials, it turned out to be a tasteless
 arrow Cricket: Teams beset by injuries
Getting a team on the field for the second Test at Old Trafford starting here Thursday is threatening to become a major achievement for England and Pakistan as both sides try to cope with mounting injury
 arrow Football: Joy, Arman join camp
National team's coach in-charge Hassanuzzaman Babloo was a relaxed man after three midfielders joined the camp yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque holds off Zim trip
Chief cricket selector Faruque Ahmed has decided not to join the visiting Bangladesh cricket team in Zimbabwe until the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cleared the selectors from the allegations raised
 arrow Football: Dhaka, Magura in zonal finals
Dhaka stormed into the Padma zone final of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship with a comfortable 3-1 defeat of Manikganj in yesterday's semifinal at the Shariatpur Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas missing in action
Injury-hit South Africa received unexpected support for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Thursday from the man likely to cause them the biggest headache.
 arrow Football: Italy press slams softened penalty
The Italian press on Wednesday slammed magistrates in Serie A's match-fixing trial for their dramatic climbdown which saw Lazio and Fiorentina reinstated in the top division and AC Milan allowed intothe
 arrow Football: Milan the biggest gainer
AC Milan regained their European status for next season and Lazio and Fiorentina were handed back their spots in Serie A but Juventus remained stuck down in Serie B after the appeals in Italy's match-fixing
 arrow Football: Dunga demands total commitment
Brazil's new coach Dunga said on Tuesday his players will have to give body, mind, heart and soul to play for the five-times world champions.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss for resilience
Captain Andrew Strauss called on England to show they have rediscovered their self-belief and hunger for victory on the eve of the second Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Hockey: Spain's great escape
Netherlands thrashed Pakistan 9-2 and Spain overcame a 3-0 first-half deficit to defeat Australia 5-3 at the Champions Trophy men's field hockey tournament here Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt sent packing
Two time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt was sent crashing out of the Los Angeles ATP tournament on Tuesday losing his opening round match to unheralded Paul Goldstein 6-4, 6-4.
 arrow Football: No desperate situation: Fergie
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claimed there was no desperate situation at the club though they have yet to make a single purchase this season.
 arrow Football: 'Get ahead get a haircut'
Jose Mourinho has long sought to inculcate his ferocious will to win in his squad but now he is setting out to be a style icon for his players with his dramatic No1 crop hairstyle.
 arrow Football: Wenger hints at Cole disposal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implied for the first time that England left back Ashley Cole could be sold this summer.
 arrow Cricket: India ready & waiting: Harbhajan
India will bounce back from the 4-1 one-day series defeat in West Indies in May and win an overdue trophy in next month's triangular series in Sri Lanka, leading off-spinner Harbhajan Singh forecast.
 arrow Tennis: Perry floors Hantuchova
Shenay Perry continued her breakout season with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of the Bank of West Classic on Tuesday night.
 arrow Football: Kaka expresses Milan loyalty
AC Milan's exciting Brazilian midfielder Kaka has confirmed he will not be leaving the club despite strong interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Real raise Ruud bid
Real Madrid have made a new offer for Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after Manchester United rejected a bid last week.
 arrow Football: Hiddink alleged of tax evasion
Russia's football coach Guus Hiddink has been summoned to appear before a Dutch court for tax evasion, judicial sources revealed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mista the man for Atletico
Atletico Madrid were set to complete the signing of Valencia striker Mista on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Five all out!
An English village cricket team narrowly missed out on one of the worst scores ever recorded after they were bowled out for five, with all the runs coming from extras, newspapers reported Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: No reprieve for Dalmiya
Beleaguered Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya Wednesday failed to get a reprieve from a city court, which refused to restrain the BCCI Disciplinary Committee from summoning
 arrow Football: Boca want to keep Basile
Boca Juniors want coach Alfio Basile, who is in line to take over Argentina's national side, to stay at the club until the end of the year.
 arrow Football: Quinton in Bolton
Quinton Fortune looks set to join Premiership club Bolton and manager Sam Allardyce cannot wait to add the South African to his squad.
Metropolitanarrow 'Coalition politics main reason behind militancy'
'Coalition politics' is one of the major multifaceted reasons for the rise and spread of Islamist militancy in Bangladesh, said a professor of International Studies at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Child commission to be set up to ensure child rights
A child commission will be established to monitor violations of child rights and take action in this regard, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow New bridge with 6 pillars won't be harmful to seaport: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said Chittagong city Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury opposed the construction of an extra dosed bridge over the Karnaphuli river only to gain 'cheap popularity'
 arrow JCD activists beat up 3 Shibir men at DU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men beat up two Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders and an activist of Ziaur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow 'Concerted action a must to curb violence against women'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the government, civil society members, local government institutions and NGOs to work together to curb violence against women.
 arrow Mirpur OC seeks apology for violation of court order
The officer-in-Charge (OC) of Mirpur Police Station yesterday made an unconditional apology at a Dhaka court following a show cause as he violated the court order issued on July 16.
 arrow Non-govt teachers vow to continue strike
Teachers observing indefinite strike yesterday vowed that they would not sit for a dialogue with the government unless they get formal letters inviting all the factions of teachers.
 arrow Hasina to meet Khulna leaders from July 30
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will exchange views with the grassroots level leaders from Khulna division at the AL central office at Dhanmondi in the capital from July 30.
 arrow Mora not freed as 2 more rape cases pending with court
Obaidur Rahman Mora, who was acquitted of the charge in Tania rape case, is yet to come out of jail yesterday as two more rape cases against him are pending with the same court since 1998.
 arrow 200 telephones out of order in Ctg
At least 200 telephone lines in city's Nandankanon, Momin Road, Jamal Khan Road, Laldighi Crossing and KC Dey Road areas have been out of order since Sunday morning creating serious inconvenience to the
 arrow One killed in Bagerhat road accident
A woman was killed and six others were injured when a bus ploughed through a rickshaw van on Bagerhat-Chitalmari road yesterday.
 arrow Statue made of black stone found in Pabna
Law enforcers recovered a statue made of valuable black stone worth Tk 10 crore at Shanthia upazilla under Pabna district on Tuesday.
 arrow New UK policy to fight corruption in poor countries
New measures to improve governance and fight corruption in poor countries, a commitment to increase spending on public services, and action to deal with the impact of climate change were announced bythe
 arrow Ahmadiyya Youth Confce tomorrow
The second district Ahmadiyya Youth Conference will be held from July 28 to August 1 at Masjeed Baitul Baset situated in Chawkbazar, Chittagong, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Talukdar made Eastern University VC
President and Chancellor of Private University has appointed Professor Dr Rahim B Talukdar as vice-chancellor of Eastern University, says a press release.
Nationalarrow FM's 'move' to change spot slated in Khulna
The Greater Khulna Development Coordination Action Committee (GKDCAC) has declared Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan an 'unwanted person' in Khulna for his alleged desire for setting up the proposed deep
 arrow Jessore-Khulna highway barricaded for steps
Several thousand people from Bhabadah yesterday blocked the Jessore-Khulna highway at Mahakal in Nawapara industrial town in Jessore for about three hours from 10 am demanding immediate steps to remove
 arrow Enam Ahmed criticises BNP MP Mokbul's role
Privatisation Commission Chairman Enam Ahmed Chawdhury yesterday criticised ruling party lawmaker Syed Mokbul Hossain for his role in Golapganj on July 17 when the foundation stone of an extension project
 arrow Strike called in Manipur today in protest
Tipai Mukh Project Resistance Action Committee, a combine of 26 orgnaisations in Manipur, called a 24-hour general strike in the Indian state for today to protest implementation of the Tipaimukh dam and
 arrow Aug 17 blast case sent to Dhaka STT
The August 17 serial bomb blasts case has been transferred from here to the Speedy Tribunal Court-1 in Dhaka because of lack of adequate security, court and police sources said.
 arrow 12 AL men handed over to police by BNP
At least 12 Awami League (AL) activists in Matiranga upazila were allegedly tortured by BNP activists and handed over to police.
 arrow Cop held for extortion
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a constable of the Customs Department on charge of extortion from truckers at Rajabari BDR check post.
Point-Counterpointarrow The end of the MFA: Myths and reality
More than eighteen months ago, on January 1, 2005, the Multi Fibre Arrangement (MFA), which had governed world trade in textiles and clothing for thirty years, came to an end.
 arrow The unpleasant arithmetic of corruption
The repudiation of the accusations of corruption against the TIB Chief Professor Muzzafer Ahmed by three prominent BNP higher-ups (Dr.
 arrow Blood in Beirut: $75.05 a barrel
I can't tell you how it started -- this is a war that's been fought since the Levites clashed with the Philistines -- but I can tell you why the current mayhem has not been stopped. It's the oil.
Culturearrow Thought-provoking installations
The installation exhibition at Dots Gallery, which opened on July 25, brought together artists from Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
 arrow Musical soiree at Nazrul Institute
Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parisad (NSSP) organised a musical programme at Nazrul Institute on July 25. The programme, titled Bulbul was divided into two sessions.
 arrow Komol Dasgupta: An unparalleled composer
July 28 marks the birth anniversary of brilliant singer, Nazrul Sangeet composer and music director Komol Dasgupta. A versatile musical genius, he sang modern songs in Bangla, Urdu, Hindi and Tamil.
 arrow Palakar's latest venture 'Project Hundred Plus' on stage
Palakar's latest production, a thriller, Project Hundred Plus will be staged at Palakar's new Theatre Studio at Natok Soroni at 7:00pm on July 26 and 27, says a press release.
Generalarrow Ctg hospitals crammed with child patients
Child wards of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and Chittagong Maa O Shishu Hospital are now crammed with patients suffering from Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI).
 arrow Proshika observes 'Release from Jail Day'
Proshika yesterday observed the 'Release from Jail Day' to mark the 2nd anniversary of the release of its President Dr Qazi Faruque Ahmed and others from confinements, says a press release.
 arrow Course on news presentation ends
A month-long training course on 'News presentation', organised by Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR), concluded on Tuesday with a certificate award ceremony, says
 arrow IUT blood donation programme
The Islamic University of Technology (IUT) in collaboration with Sandhani, organised a voluntary blood donation programme on Tuesday at its auditorium at Board Bazar in Gazipur, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Hezbollah chief vows to fire rockets into heart of Israel
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed Wednesday that his guerrillas will fire rockets into the heart of Israel and counter Israeli military advances inside southern Lebanon.
 arrow Asian workers fear losing jobs more than Israeli raids
As Westerners stream out of Lebanon, tens of thousands of Asian workers have decided that enduring Israeli bombardment is less of a torment than losing their jobs and returning to a life of poverty and
 arrow Hopes rise for North Korea nuclear talks
Hopes rose Wednesday for a breakthrough in efforts to disarm North Korea as China and South Korea made a united push to bring Pyongyang back to stalled six-nation talks on its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow 'Shoot me if I'm convicted'
Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein demanded in court Wednesday that he be shot by firing squad rather than hanged if he is found guilty of crimes against humanity.
 arrow Arrests in Mumbai bombings rise to 6
Indian police said Wednesday that the Mumbai train bombers had probably left the country after the number of arrests in the inquiry rose to six.
 arrow Thailand reports first bird flu death in over seven months
Thailand on Wednesday reported its first bird flu death in over seven months, raising new fears for the country's struggling poultry industry and putting health officials on high alert.
 arrow Malaria kills 271 in Assam since outbreak in March
At least 271 people have died from malaria in India's northeast Assam state since March with thousands more suffering from the mosquito-borne disease, the state health minister said Tuesday.
 arrow Iran bans 'Da Vinci Code'
Iran has banned the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" after receiving a protest letter from Christians, Iranian newspapers reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Two suspected rebels killed in Indian Kashmir
Two suspected Muslim rebels were shot dead in separate gunbattles with troops and nine people on a tourist route were hurt in a grenade attack Wednesday in Indian Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Pak clerics for expulsion of women aid workers from quake-hit area
Muslim clerics in Pakistan's conservative North West Frontier Province want local authorities to expel all women working for international relief agencies in earthquake affected areas by the end of this
 arrow 8 militants, road worker killed in Afghan unrest
Gunmen shot dead a road worker subcontracted to a US project in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, police said, while coalition troops killed eight attackers in separate incidents.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BTTB's sliding revenue
At a time when the entire telecommunication system is being modernised and the overall business in this sector on the whole is on the increase, it is rather shocking that BTTB's revenue income has gone
 arrow Editorial: Hospital wastes
It is a matter of great concern that the 860 hospitals in the city do not have any waste disposal system worth the name.
 arrow Absolute power
Five years is a long time in the life of a politician or a political party. It is a good enough time frame to make sense of the quality of the party's governance when they are in power.
 arrow Spinning out of control
The situation in the Middle East is rapidly degenerating from terrible to atrocious.
 arrow Our culture, our moral values
Of late, this feeling that "I am an idiot and an undesirable element in this society of ours" frequently haunts me.
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