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Front Pagearrow Banks to freeze accounts of Moudud, family
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday directed banks to freeze the accounts of former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed and his wife.
 arrow Faizee 'de-listed' from judicial responsibility
Controversial High Court (HC) Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee has been 'de-listed' from judicial duty amidst mounting call for his resignation after Chittagong University (CU) cancelled his LLB certificate.
 arrow 30 get training on WTO, only 3 remain in post
Bangladesh's international trade relations have been suffering badly for quite a long time due to poor negotiation skills and lack of expertise in related government agencies.
 arrow ACC prepares to file graft cases against 3 ex-state ministers
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) prepares to lodge graft cases against three former state ministers now in detention.
 arrow Anti-graft drive to help create atmosphere for credible polls: CA
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the ongoing drive against corruption will help create an environment congenial to holding a credible election.
 arrow Huda, 9 other BNP leaders denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of detained former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda and nine other BNP leaders arrested for their alleged involvement in activities against
 arrow Final bell tolls for 6 JMB men
The president has rejected the mercy petitions of six of the seven Islamist militants condemned to death for killing two Jhalakathi judges in November 2005.
 arrow Polluted water...


 arrow Council decides to review handover deal
The council of advisers yesterday decided to review the 2005 deal to hand over the operational management of Chittagong Shah Amanat Airport to Thai Airways in light of the airport's recent adoption of
 arrow Caged peacocks seized from Harris Chy's house
A pair of peacocks were recovered yesterday evening from the residence of Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to the immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia, by forest department officialsand
 arrow UP chairman, his 2 nephews shot dead in Noakhali
Criminals killed three people including a union parishad (UP) chairman at Char Balua under Companiganj upazila in Noakhali yesterday morning.
 arrow SPA amended reinstating trial provision
The government on Sunday brought an amendment to the Special Powers Act (SPA) 1974 with a provision to put any person on trial who is under preventive detention on suspicion of being a perceived threat
 arrow Voter ID card to take one year, cost Tk 430cr
Preparing voter ID cards by visiting door to door would take at least one year and cost around Tk 430 crore, according to a report of an expert committee.
 arrow Delhi for power links with Dhaka, Colombo
India is exploring the prospect of establishing power transmission links with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as part of regional energy cooperation within the Saarc, Indian Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
 arrow Mobile court...


 arrow Remedial steps this week to plug leakage
Bangladesh Gas Field Company Ltd (BGFCL) plans to start remedial measures later this week to stop the uncontrolled gas leakage from the country's biggest gas field Titas in Brahmanbaria sadar upazila.
 arrow Criminal gang identified, suspected killer held
The law enforcers arrested a suspected killer in the murder of two Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel from Sherpur yesterday and said that they have also identified the gang responsible for the killing.
 arrow Civil society for balance between income, expenditure
Members of the civil society in a pre-budget meeting with the finance and planning adviser yesterday urged the government to draw up a realistic budget for the next fiscal keeping a balance between the
 arrow More relief goods seized from BNP, Jamaat men's houses
The joint forces yesterday arrested Dinajpur bureau chief of the daily Inqilab and a Jubo Dal leader in Satkhira and recovered 340 corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for relief from the houses of local
 arrow Alleged brokers...


 arrow Musharraf asks Yunus to open Grameen Bank in Pakistan
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday urged Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to open Grameen Bank in his country and also sought support and technical advice from him for making their poverty-alleviation
 arrow Tigers' injury scare
Bangladesh suffered a blow ahead of their first big challenge in West Indies as inform opener Shahriar Nafees and ace left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique were left out of the squad for today's first official
 arrow Int'l community sees renaissance has taken place: Iftekhar
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the international community now perceives that a renaissance has taken place in Bangladesh where the people have taken up the control
 arrow JP wants polls after reforms
HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday at a meeting with the chief election commissioner (CEC) demanded holding the ninth parliamentary election after completion of electoral reforms.
 arrow DB takes over extortion case against Naser
The extortion case filed against Naser Rahman, a former lawmaker of BNP and son of former finance minister M Saifur Rahman was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday.
 arrow AL demands broadcasting of Bangabandhu's March 7 speech on BTV, Betar
Awami League (AL) has demanded broadcasting of Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech on the state-run television and radio and airing of real history of the 1971 Liberation War.
 arrow A kind of encroachment...


 arrow SC extends stay on HC order on detention
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday extended its stay order by another week on the operation of the High Court (HC) verdict that had declared illegal the detention of former Awami League lawmaker Kamal Ahmed
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad today
Judgement of the gold smuggling case filed 16 years back against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad is due today.
 arrow Fire at towel factory in CEPZ
The building of a towel factory in Chittagong Export Processing Zone was gutted yesterday. According to sources, the fire erupted at Tareq-Azim Textiles Mills at around 3:30pm due to electric short-circuit.
 arrow 28 die in Baghdad suicide bombing
A suicide car bomber struck a busy commercial district Monday, killing at least 28 people and injuring more than 50, police said.
 arrow US, N Korea ready for landmark talks
US and North Korean negotiators were set to open landmark talks yesterday on normalising relations amid questions over whether US intelligence had exaggerated the communist state's nuclear threat.
Businessarrow Delhi now offers preferential tariff instead of zero tariff
Garment manufactures Sunday accused India of back tracking on its high profile pledge to allow duty free import of 6 million pieces of Bangladeshi ready made garments (RMG).
 arrow New markets needed for microcredit borrowers'products
Domestic and foreign markets need to be developed for the products of micro-credit recipients, economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud told a four-day fair on microcredit that opened in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow China to focus on the poor
China's government announced hefty spending increases Monday to boost incomes and improve social services for the urban poor and the lagging, restive countryside this year while guiding the booming economy
 arrow Improved logistics in Dhaka-Ctg corridor to raise GDP by 1pc
Improved logistics in the Dhaka- Chittagong corridor would help raise Bangladesh's gross domestic product (GDP) by 1 percent and foreign trade by 20 percent, according to an ADB draft consultation report.
 arrow Oil prices drop amid concerns over global economic outlook
Oil prices dropped Monday amid continued declines in Asian markets and concerns about the world's economic outlook.
 arrow Licences of 447 export-import firms suspended
The government has suspended the licences of 447 import-export firms on charges of tax dodging.
 arrow PeoplesTel announces network expansion plan
PeoplesTel, a PSTN (public switched telephone network) operator, yesterday announced its network expansion plan that it claims will bring cheap telephony to all regions of the country outside the capital.
 arrow Don't demolish alternative stairways of RMG units
Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) urged the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) not to demolish iron-built alternative stairways of garment factories.
 arrow Markets plunge across Asia
Markets in Asia and Europe fell again Monday, extending their slide into a second week as investors worried about a possible global slowdown dumped stocks that had surged in recent weeks.
 arrow SEC serves show cause notices on 3 firms, fines one
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday served show cause notices to three companies and fined one for violating rules.
 arrow HSBC bad debts hit $10.6b
HSBC Holdings on Monday said its 2006 profits rose 5 percent, short of analysts' expectations, as Europe's biggest bank took a $10.6 billion hit for bad debts after problems in its U.S. mortgage lending.
 arrow Paulson back in Asia amid market turmoil
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson arrived in Japan Monday on the first leg of an Asian tour overshadowed by the recent turmoil on global financial markets.
 arrow US, Japan not worried about stock falls
Japan and the United States are not concerned about the recent sharp falls on global markets as the economic fundamentals remain strong, Japanese Finance Minister Koji Omi said Monday.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow NSC begins reform
With a bid to reform the politicised sports bodies, the National Sports Council (NSC) has decided to abolish the executive committees of three divisional sports associations including Dhaka and 22 district
 arrow Cricket: Captain consolidates Ctg
Ehsanul Haque led from the front with a blazing century as Chittagong earned an important first-innings lead against Khulna on the second day of the four-day match of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National
 arrow Football: Russel set to field four Moroccans
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra will use the full quota of foreign players when they field four Moroccans in their today's opening match of the B. League , which resumes after a two-day break.
 arrow Cricket: Lara likes slow going
West Indies skipper Brian Lara said Monday that he prefers his team to start the World Cup slowly, saving ammunition to ambush their rivals in the closing stages of the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Imranul ton steers Willes
Willes Little Flower School rode on Imranul's hundred to secure a massive 182-run victory over Mirpur Bangla High School in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at the
 arrow Cricket: Your team counts
Access Telecom, a leading ISP in the country has launched an online cricket game (Your Selection) in Bangladesh to observe World Cup cricket that will be staged in the West Indies later this month.
 arrow Chess: Zia atop among Bangladeshi players
Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman drew his ninth round board against local International Master Girinath in the Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at the Gorky Sadan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Liam offered kidney to father
England paceman Liam Plunkett offered to put his promising international career in jeopardy by donating one of his kidneys to his sick father, the pair said Sunday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Dhaka and BKSP got off to bright starts on the opening day of the final round in the 3rd JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: More warm-ups today
Rahul Dravid, Inzamamul Haq and Ricky Ponting take their first tentative World Cup steps on Tuesday against teams destined to be amongst the whipping boys of the 2007 tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin eyes special 5th
Sachin Tendul-kar wants to make his fifth World Cup special in his new role as a middle-order batsman and with the ball.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar not afraid
Sachin Tendul-kar is not afraid facing up to the World Cup expectations of millions of his compatriots. If he was, he would have stayed at home in India.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds back in nets
Injured all-rounder Andrew Symonds gave Australia a much-needed boost when he underwent his first net session since having surgery on his injured arm.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas ready to shrug off injury woes
Determined to live up to their new status as the world's top-ranked team, South Africa will be aiming to put World Cup debutants Ireland firmly in their place when the warm-up matches get underway onMonday.
 arrow Football: Pricey draw for Real
Real Madrid lost ground in the Primera Liga title race when they could only draw 1-1 at home with local rivals Getafe in the Bernabeu on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 1996: Aravinda leaves his legacy
The surprising triumph meant that the West Indies moved to the semifinals where they were pitted against Australia, whom they had already beat in the group stages.
 arrow Cricket: A decade and not out
Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe, Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath -- cricket has known many great partnerships.
 arrow Football: Equation simple for Gerrard
Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool can open the door to a second Champions League title in three years by shutting down Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night.
 arrow Football: An Anfield humdinger
Reigning champions Barcelona travel to Liverpool on Tuesday desperate to save their title defence having lost 2-1 in the home leg of their last 16 clash two weeks ago.
 arrow Cricket: Bank ride on Joy 100
Joy cracked exactly 100 to guide Agrani Bank to a 19-run victory against Uttara Sporting Club in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher warns of complacency
England coach Duncan Fletcher has told his team not to get carried away by their shock tri-nations series win over Australia as they plot their way through the World Cup.
 arrow Chess: Rani Hamid wins opener
Reigning champion IWM Rani Hamid made an auspicious start in the 28th National Women Chess Championship which began at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond wants to prove his worth
New Zealand paceman Shane Bond used to spend as much time on the treatment table, battling a series of crippling injuries, as he did out in the middle.
 arrow Football: We can catch United: Carvalho
Reigning champions Chelsea can still close their gap on leaders Manchester United in the English Premiership, according to the club's Portuguese defender, Ricardo Carvalho.
 arrow Football: Real lose Beckham and Reyes
David Beckham and Jose Antonio Reyes have been left out of the Real Madrid squad for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 match against Bayern Munich because of knee injuries.
 arrow Football: Metzelder set for Dortmund exit
German international defender Christoph Metzelder will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season after the Bundesliga club withdrew an offer to extend his contract.
 arrow Football: Del Piero hits hattrick
Alessandro Del Piero scored a superb hat-trick as Juventus reclaimed top spot of Serie B with a crushing 4-0 home win over Piacenza on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Spurs win a thriller
Alan Curbishley admitted his job could be on the line as West Ham slipped closer to relegation after a dramatic 4-3 defeat against Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Hughes salutes McCarthy
Blackburn ma-nager Mark Hughes praised Benni Mc-Carthy's courage after the South African striker's penalty double clinched a 2-1 win at Bolton.
 arrow Football: Lyon seek European solace
Lyon will try to put Saturday's crowd trouble in their derby match at St Etienne behind them as they tackle Roma in the Champions League last 16, second leg on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Priorities changing for Chelsea
Ashley Cole believes Chelsea must concentrate on winning the Champions League as their hopes of retaining the Premiership begin to fade.
 arrow Football: Nolan stays with Bolton
Bolton captain Kevin Nolan has signed a new four-year contract with the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Aussies confident about Cahill
Interim national coach Graham Arnold says he is confident injured Everton midfielder Tim Cahill will be fit to play for Australia in the Asian Cup in July.
 arrow Football: Sheringham for A-League?
Sydney FC is talking with former England international Teddy Sheringham to become the Australian A-League club's new marquee signing, reports here said Monday.
 arrow Football: Leeds chairman reported
Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been reported to the police after he published the address of a former director of the English Championship club.
 arrow Football: Kalac extends Milan contract
AC Milan's reserve goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac has signed a contract extension that will tie him to the Serie A giants until June 2009, the Serie A club said Monday.
 arrow Football: Algerians see red
Mouloudia Alger of Algeria had three players sent off as they slumped 3-0 at Kwara United of Nigeria in an African Confederation Cup second-round clash.
Metropolitanarrow More illegal structures demolished in Dhaka, Ctg
Mobile courts in fresh drives demolished illegal truck terminal in Chittagong and roadside shops and structures in Dhaka.
 arrow Ctg Wasa realises Tk 1cr, cuts 1,000 connections
Chittagong Wasa has realised over Tk one crore as fine and disconnected about 1,000 illegal connections during the last two and half months from December 22.
 arrow 3 Fatulla police officers on 3-day remand
A Narayanganj court yesterday granted three-day remand for three police officers of Fatulla Police Station arrested on charges of taking Tk 15 lakh in bribes on January 30.
 arrow Wife shot dead while trying to save husband
Unknown assailants shot a woman dead and injured her husband at Mirpur-1 in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow HC sets aside lower court sentence
As the state counsel failed to prove the murder charges, the High Court yesterday set aside a lower court verdict that had sentenced one person to death and four others to life term for killing former
 arrow Fake cosmetics seized at Chak Bazar: Two jailed
A mobile court seized a huge number of fake and sub-standard cosmetic products at Chak Bazar wholesale market in the city yesterday.
 arrow CJ calls on president
Newly appointed Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin yesterday made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban and apprised him of different issues concerning the judiciary.
 arrow Golejan Bewa gets pension after 29 years
Golejan Bewa, widow of a government employee, finally received the pension benefits after long 29 years of the death of her husband following an order of Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed.
 arrow 'Acid throwing incidents come down by 20 per cent '
Acid throwing incidents have been reduced by 20 percent in recent years due to increasing social awareness against the crime, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Bail petition of former Oriental Bank official rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of a former official of the Oriental Bank, who was arrested on January 22 on charges of his involvement in misappropriation of Tk 40 crore.
 arrow Bridge to be built over Banani lake
A 90-metre long bridge between Banani and Gulshan will be built over Banani Lake as part of the plan to reduce the pressure of traffic in the city's posh area.
 arrow KCC project to improve living conditions of slum dwellers
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) has undertaken a project with the financial assistance from the government and Unicef to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers through providing better healthcare
 arrow 59 passport brokers held
Police detectives arrested 59 alleged brokers, including one of their leaders, Akkas, in and around the Passport Department office at Agargaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Indo-Bangla dialogue on media & culture begins today
A three-day 'Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Media and Culture' begins at Brac Centre Inn Auditorium in the city today, says a press release.
 arrow President, CA greet Ghana's president
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed have greeted the President of Ghana on the occasion of the Independence Day of that country.
 arrow China offers 25 fellowships to Bangladeshis
The government of China has offered 25 fellowships for graduate and postgraduate studies in China under the Unesco co-sponsored fellowships programme.
 arrow JMB suspect arrested in Sherpur
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-11 led by Major Hamid arrested an alleged JMB member in a pre-dawn swoop on Chaitankhila village under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow LG recovered, 8 arrested in Ctg
Police yesterday arrested eight suspected criminals with an LG from a business establishment of a Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ward commissioner.
 arrow Fair on gender issue begins in city today
A three-day Gender and Development Communication Fair '07 begins at Chhayanat Sangskriti Bhaban in the city today.
 arrow Khaleda to meet women professionals
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will exchange greetings on the occasion of the International Women's Day on March 7 at 4:00pm at Lakeshore Hotel in the city.
 arrow President goes to Hiron Point today
President Iajuddin Ahmed, on a daylong official tour, goes to Hiron Point today to visit naval installations in the vicinities of the maritime mangrove-forest Sundarbans.
 arrow Defamation suit against Samakal editor
A defamation suit was filed yesterday against the editor and others of the daily Samakal for publishing a report against former state minister Ehsanul Haq Milon.
 arrow Reception to FFs on Mar 21
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Nou Commando Association will accord a reception to a number of freedom fighters and eminent personalities at the National Press Club in the city on March 21on occasion of the 37th
 arrow CPB to hold meeting with ECs today
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will hold a meeting with Election Commissioners today, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
A father has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of his eight-month-old daughter Morsheda Khanam who was diagnosed as having two holes in her heart.
Nationalarrow 50 political leaders on the run in Patuakhali
At least 50 public representatives and political leaders of different parties, their youth fronts and students wings in Patuakhali are on the run fearing arrest by law enforcers.
 arrow Wadud's bid to hide dazzles of assets
The property statement of former Khagrachhari BNP lawmaker, submitted by his wife, surprised many in the town. Amazing details are likely to surprise them more after investigation by the taskforce.
 arrow 10 hurt as farmers scramble for fertiliser in Pabna
At least 10 people were injured as farmers scrambled for fertiliser in Chatmoher while a truckload of the item was seized in Thakurgaon while it was going to Dinajpur illegally.
 arrow 2 get life for UP leader murder in Nilphamari
In a verdict delivered 14 years after the incident, a former Union Parishad (UP) chairman and another man were given life term yesterday for murdering another UP chairman in Nilphamari.
 arrow Newsmen allegedly threatened by ex-MP's nephew
A nephew of former BNP lawmaker Sahidul Islam have threatened the executive editor and reporter of a local daily for publishing news on his alleged misappropriation of government funds and grabbing assets.
 arrow Body of Rab official buried in Barisal
The body of Humaun Kabir, one of the two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) killed by assailants at Aminbazar in Savar on Saturday, was buried at his family graveyard at Bokshir Char villages inChandpasha
 arrow BNP leaders held
Joint forces arrested two BNP leaders in Kushtia and Chuadanga Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Do the military have better maps?
When Christopher Columbus sailed off on a mission to find a short cut to India, he was sailing into "uncharted waters." He failed to reach the Moghul Empire. America stood in his way.
 arrow Conspiracy theories and foreign diplomats
A recent phenomenon, which has become almost ubiquitous, compels me to write this piece.
Culturearrow Filmmaking at CRP: A giant step for the differently abled
Truly as the visually and hearing impaired Helen Keller once said, when one door of happiness closes another opens.
 arrow Satire and comedy for viewers
Today Rater Otithi and Raja-Rani will be staged at the Experimental Theatre Stage and the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, respectively.
 arrow Showcasing artistic skills of the young
On March 3, several excited children and their proud parents thronged the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, for the inauguration ceremony of a group art exhibition of 35 young children.
 arrow 'RC Travel On' at Shakespeare's birthplace
Tonight RC Travel On visits Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Generalarrow 'Declare the corrupt, loan defaulters incompetent in polls'
The caretaker government should declare corruptionists, smugglers and loan defaulters incompetent to be a candidate in the election so that black money and muscle cannot influence the election process,
 arrow Three get Shilu Abed Karushilpa Purashkar
The prize giving ceremony of 'Shilu Abed Karushilpa Purashkar '07' was held in the city yesterday.
 arrow England A Cricket team donates $5000
The visiting England A cricket team donated $5,000 to the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) for supporting the school feeding activities in the country.
 arrow Education UK Exhibition begins in Chittagong
A two-day Education UK Exhibition began here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Pak envoy meets Anwarul Iqbal
Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka Alamgir Babar paid a courtesy call on Adviser of the Caretaker Government Md Anwarul Iqbal at his office yesterday.
 arrow Two arrested for assaulting NU teacher
Police arrested two people on Sunday night on charges of assaulting a teacher of National University (NU).
Internationalarrow Tigers warn of bloodbath
The Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday warned of a "bloodbath" if the international community fails to stop the Sri Lankan military's offensive into rebel-held areas.
 arrow Strike hits Jharkhand after killing of MP
A dawn-to-dusk general strike hit normal life across the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand yesterday, a day after a tribal parliamentarian was shot dead by suspected Naxalites when he was watching a football
 arrow Nato airstrike kills 9 in Afghanistan
A Nato airstrike hit a house during a firefight between Western troops and militants, killing nine Afghans who lived there, Afghan officials said yesterday.
 arrow 'Air strikes on Iran could backfire'
Military strikes to destroy Iran's nuclear ambitions could backfire, increasing Tehran's determination to obtain atomic weapons and bolstering hostility toward the West, a report said on Monday.
 arrow Disappearances haunt Lankan civilians
Like the relatives of hundreds of Sri Lankans who have 'disappeared' or been abducted amid renewed civil war, 27-year-old Dushyanthi Malaravan dreams of the day her missing father will come home.
 arrow IAEA opens talks on Iran, North Korea
UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday his agency was still unable to verify that Iran was not seeking nuclear weapons but that negotiation remained the key to resolving the crisis.
 arrow Karzai slams Afghan deaths
Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday condemned US troops for shooting dead 10 civilians at the weekend as officials said nine more -- five women, four children and an old man -- had been killed inan
 arrow Asia winning some battles in terror war
Indonesian prisons are a weak link in the country's fight against terrorism, with militants often emerging more organised and committed to violence than before they were jailed, a top anti-terror official
 arrow Where Indian women lead, a better life follows
Every morning 10-year-old Indian villager Nipa Haldar crosses a canal in a small boat and trudges along a mud road for 20 minutes to reach school, pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse.
 arrow Israel, Iran have most negative influence on world: Poll
Israel and Iran are perceived as having the most negative influence on the world, followed closely by North Korea and the United States, according to a poll to be released Tuesday.
 arrow Japan won't apologise again
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday that Japan would not apologise again for forcing women, mostly Asian, to act as wartime sex slaves for its soldiers even if US lawmakers adopt a resolution calling
 arrow China slams talk of Taiwan's independence
China slammed Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's intensified talk of independence yesterday, saying anyone who sought a split from China would be a "criminal in history.
 arrow Hurley, new hubby in India for celebration
British star Elizabeth Hurley and new Indian husband Arun Nayar set off a paparazzi frenzy Monday as they arrived here for a week of festivities to end with a traditional wedding in a palace city.
 arrow Unity govt in Palestine this week: Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has said that a Palestinian national unity government would be set up "in less than a week," a spokesman said Sunday.
 arrow Olmert on the offensive over Lebanon war report
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, facing expected harsh criticism of his government's response to Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel last year, on Sunday strongly criticised the state comptroller
Editorialarrow Editorial: Empowering the poor
The call to empower the poor so that they could be brought under the social and legal safety net must receive the complete endorsement of all.
 arrow Editorial: Sanctions against Iran
Iran appears to be reaching out to other countries in dealing with the crisis over its nuclear programme.
 arrow The ground reality and beyond
In 2001, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) returned to power with an enviable two-third majority in the parliament. Such victory usually gives one a measure of magnanimity.
 arrow Why people are vulnerable to price hike of food
For more than two weeks, price hike of different items of food including rice, flour, fish, meat, pulses, edible oil, powder milk and vegetables has been in the news.
 arrow Congress gathers the pieces
It was a virtually foregone conclusion that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav would win the confidence vote which he himself initiated to counter the Congress's campaign for his dismissal.
Letters to Editorarrow Poor fire preparedness
Thanks to live coverage by Bangla Vision we have seen how helpless our firefighters and those inside and on the roof of the BSEC Bhaban were. We should know when and how to escape fire.
 arrow AL focuses on reforms
What news could be better for us than the AL focusing on party reforms? A new gesture to reform the party by strengthening internal democracy, bringing transparency to the party's accounts, and modernising
 arrow Courage and commitment
It was shocking to see the inferno and the consequent deaths and misery of the people trapped at the BSEC Bhaban. We also witnessed great demonstration of people's courage.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' campaign
I am a strong supporter of what Dr. Yunus is trying to do. It doesn't take a genius to see that this is "Mission Impossible" for anyone who attempts it.
 arrow To Dr. Yunus...
Will you please declare (a) Total amount of loan paid out (b) Interest collected on the loan(c) Expenditures of Grameen Bank (d) Balance profit held so far.
 arrow Avoid mistakes
Up until this point Dr. Fakhruddin did everything almost correctly to address the problems facing the nation.
 arrow Bridging power gap
I have read with interest the Energy Adviser's interview in the fortnightly "Energy & Power" magazine of 16 February. The Adviser has laid emphasis on increasing power generation capacity.
 arrow Punish them
The caretaker government is doing wonders in Bangladesh. The corrupt elements should get exemplary punishment.
 arrow Don't put pressure on the government
Bangladesh under the present caretaker government is making some significant progress and as such the general public welcome it.
 
   
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