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Front Pagearrow Tigers lord over India batsmen
A committed bowling and fielding performance by Bangladesh had India on the ropes in their Group B tie at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain yesterday.
 arrow Suspension on indoor politics to go soon
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government will lift the ban on indoor politics soon.
 arrow Govt to talk companies into hiking its revenue
The government today sits with the association of mobile phone operators to discuss how they could increase revenue share of the nation as was originally intended in the mobile phone agreements signed
 arrow Dhaka giving US his travel permit
The United States has contacted Bangladesh seeking travel permit for sending back AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, who is condemned to death for the killings of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family
 arrow Youths envision new nation
Young professionals, entrepreneurs, and civil society members yesterday spoke of a new vision of the government that would provide for the people, especially the poor and the vulnerable.
 arrow 6,000 acres of land freed in a month
The caretaker government recovered over 6,000 acres of land from grabbers in January this year alone whereas the drive initiated in January 2005 recovered around another 6,000 acres in the following two
 arrow Homage paid to Bangabandhu
The 87th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed across the country yesterday paying rich tribute to the leader for his great contributions to freeing the country from Pakistani
 arrow Prof Yunus gets Golden Trailblazer Award 2007
Prof Muhammad Yunus received the 2007 Golden Trailblazer Award by Vital Voices, a US-based organisation of global women leaders working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and fight
 arrow Anti-graft team probing ex-MP Hafiz's bank documents
A team of anti-corruption special task force yesterday collected various documentary evidence from a couple of banks and a hospital during its ongoing investigation into corruption of Hafiz Ibrahim, former
 arrow Bogra farmers cry for urea
Hundreds of farmers in 12 upazilas of the district are desperately in need of adequate supply of urea as a vast tract of boro cropland is still awaiting application of this fertiliser.
 arrow Saarc Car Rally leaves for north
The Saarc car rally left for its next destination in the north yesterday morning after a ceremonial stopover in the capital.
 arrow Tk 3.75cr foreign currency seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized foreign currencies worth Tk 3.75 crore from a Singapore-bound passenger at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Friday night.
 arrow Woman burnt to death in fire
A woman was burnt to death and three others, including two firemen, were injured in separate incidents of fire in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Container handling still goes at snail's pace
It was around 10:00am on Thursday when this correspondent entered Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT), the exclusive container terminal at the Chittagong Port.
 arrow Probe stalled for Faizee's petition
The University Grants Commission (UGC) probe committee yesterday stopped investigating fake LLB certificates in the Chittagong University (CU) as the matter has turned sub judice following a writ petition
 arrow Hearing on contempt resumes today
The hearing of the contempt of court case against government officials, including four secretaries, regarding separation of judiciary resumes today.
 arrow BCL men ransack 15 rooms of JCD activists at DU Jagannath Hall
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists ransacked at least 15 rooms of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University on Friday night following a clash between the two groups
 arrow Cultural festival...

 arrow Council decides to sign Saarc Food Bank accord
A meeting of the council of advisers yesterday decided to sign an agreement to establish Saarc Food Bank with a view to ensuring food security in the South Asian region during food shortage and food emergency.
 arrow Chlorine bombs kill 8, sicken 350 in Iraq
Two suicide bombings in involving toxic chlorine gas made 350 people ill in Falluja on Friday, the US military said yesterday, and another smaller bomb attack near Ramadi also released chlorine gas.
 arrow N Korea prepares to shut key N-reactor
North Korea has begun preparations to shutdown and seal its key Yongbyon nuclear reactor, South Korea's top nuclear envoy said yesterday, according to the Yonhap news agency.
 arrow 7 killed in crash landing of Russian plane
Seven people were killed and 50 injured yesterday when a passenger plane crashed in Samara, 1,100 kilometres east of Moscow, in the latest incident to hit Russia's aviation industry, officials told Russian
 arrow Plotters behind TV raid, says Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday a police raid on a television station during protests against his government's suspension of the country's top judge was a conspiracy against him.
Businessarrow Project unveiled to diversify products
A 31-month joint project was launched in Dhaka yesterday aiming to diversify the country's exports as well as enhance trade between Bangladesh and the European Union (EU).
 arrow HSBC sees Bangladesh's good growth potential
Vincent HC Cheng, chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), looks at Bangladesh a good growth potential, not only organic, but also through acquisition.
 arrow Russian firms to explore oil, gas in Myanmar
Two Russian oil companies will conduct oil and gas exploration and production in an inland area of Myanmar in cooperation with the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), sources with MOGE said
 arrow West Bengal drops spl economic zone plan following protests
Communist leaders in West Bengal on Saturday shelved plans to build an industrial hub on farm land, three days after clashes between police and villagers killed 14 people.
 arrow Motor show ends on high
The three-day motor show that began in Dhaka Thursday ended yesterday amid huge response from visitors.
 arrow Microsoft to reward search engine users
Microsoft on Friday began offering large businesses rewards if they have employees scout the Internet with the software giant's Live Search service.
 arrow US, ROK confident of meeting FTA deadline
Ahead of a two-week deadline, the United States and South Korea expressed optimism Friday on crafting an ambitious free trade agreement as they prepared for the final stretch of tough negotiations.
 arrow First review meet of Pak-Lanka FTA held
The first meeting of joint committee of Pak-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement held here Friday which reviewed the progress of the agreement.
 arrow BASIS SoftExpo now begins March 28
The five-day ICT exposition styled 'BASIS SoftExpo', which was scheduled for December 2006, will now begin on March 28 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Dollar falls as economic worries grow
The US dollar fell sharply Friday after an inflation snapshot triggered renewed concerns about the US economy, traders said.

The single European currency was changing hands at 1.

 arrow Dubai ports complete sale of controversial US operations
Dubai port operator DP World has completed the sale of its US operations, drawing the curtain on its controversial investment in the United States, the official WAM news agency reported Saturday.
 arrow African cotton states see US farm bill increasing subsidies
The US Farm Bill is "counterproductive" in its current form and could lead to increased subsidies to US cotton formers of up to 65 percent, African cotton producing nations said here on Friday.
 arrow BFIC declares 15pc cash dividend
Bangladesh Finance And Investment Company (BFIC) Ltd has declared a 15 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the financial year 2006-07.
 arrow $15b FDI outflow from India likely in 2007
With a bulk of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) going out of the country, specially from manufacturing companies, the calendar year 2007 is expected to witness outward FDI to the tune of USD 15 billion
 arrow Indonesia monorail project back on track soon
The Indonesian government has guaranteed a monorail project in the capital Jakarta, allowing plans to issue a 650 million dollar Islamic bond in the Middle East to go ahead, reports said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: Muktijoddha beat Mohammedan
Saifur Rahman Moni guided Muktijoddha Sangsad to their first success in the B.
 arrow Cricket: Rana laid to rest
Manzarul Islam Rana was finally laid to rest at his family graveyard in Majgunni after Asr prayers yesterday.

Fellow cricketer Sajjadul Hasan Setu was buried at the Toot Para Graveyard buried at2:45pm.

 arrow Cricket: One eye on Proteas
Defending champions Australia are already looking beyond the formality of dismissing the Nether-lands on Sun-day as the countdown begins to their World Cup clash against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: We must win: Vaughan
England cap-tain Michael Vaughan insisted there was no question of giving everyone a game against minnows Canada on Sunday just for the sake of it after his side's World Cup campaign got off to a losing
 arrow Cricket: Sachin hints at 2011 WC
Sachin Tendulkar has hinted at playing the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent if his "body holds good". "I don't know if this is my final World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Passion rules the game
Anderson Cummins is just one of five players at the World Cup who also took part in the 1992 tournament.
 arrow Local Snippets
Badda High School clinched the zonal final of Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket competition at the East End ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sunny in hot water
Tensions between India and Australia have risen at the World Cup after two Australian players revealed their anger towards Sunil Gavaskar over his criticisms of their team's behaviour, reports said here
 arrow Cricket: Thanks to the wives
Take a bow Vanessa, Geraldine and Maebh, the unheralded stars of the Irish cricket team.

Without them, Ireland may not have managed their thrilling last ball World Cup tie against Zimbabwe.

 arrow Cricket: Gibbs devours Dutch
Herschelle Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in a one-day international while Jacques Kallis smashed an unbeaten century as South Africa inflicted a 221-run World Cup defeat on the
 arrow Cricket: Styris, Oram see off Eng
New Zealand drew first blood against England as they won the teams' World Cup Group C opener by six wickets here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Luuk sees funny side
Dutch captain Luuk van Troo-st wanted to make hlistory against South Africa and he got his wish.
 arrow Cricket: Scott does it in style
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris had one thing on his mind when he came to the crease against England: bat.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer stands by minnows
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer believes non-Test playing nations should be at the World Cup despite a series of humiliating results here.
 arrow Cricket: If it's your day ...
Herschelle Gibbs said hitting six sixes in an over in South Africa's World Cup win over the Netherlands was "up there with the best things" he has done.
 arrow Cricket: 'A great relief'
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said his side now had a "game in hand" after beating England by six wickets in their opening match of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy hits back at rumour mill
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq and team officials have denied reports of discord in their World Cup squad in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket fan...

 arrow Football: Kiessling in Germany squad
Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling on Friday as one of four uncapped players in his squad for their Euro 2008 Group D qualifier against Czech Republic on March
 arrow Football: Makelele in a quandary
Chelsea have indicated they will not begin negotiations over a new contract for Claude Makelele until November at the earliest and hinted that any deal will depend on the midfield enforcer quitting international
 arrow Football: McClaren hails Carragher
Low-profile Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been praised to the heights by England manager Steve McClaren as the team prepares for forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Bari searching a saviour
Barman Michele Lo Russo had more on his mind than the Italy-Russia business summit taking place in his native city this week.
 arrow Football: Zidane, Ronaldo up against each other
Former Real Madrid teammates Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will captain teams against each other on Monday in an exhibition match aimed at mobilising the public in the fight against poverty.
 arrow Football: Petrov back for Bulgaria
Former captain Stilian Petrov has agreed to end his self-imposed exile from international football, the Bulgarian Trud daily reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wembley doors open
England's new 800-million pound (1.45 billion-dollar) stadium has finally opened its doors to the public for the first time as a precursor to the FA Cup final in May, the BBC reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: UEFA target Bayern duo
European football's governing body UEFA on Friday opened disciplinary proceedings against Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn and Lucio, accusing the pair of "improper behaviour" during a doping test.
 arrow Football: Saudi Arabia sack Paqueta
Saudi Arabia coach Marco Paqueta of Brazil was sacked by the country's football federation on Friday and replaced by compatriot Helio Dos Angos.
Metropolitanarrow Include civil society groups in Saarc summit
As civil society groups of Saarc countries represent the aspirations and opinions of their peoples, their voices should be heard in the Saarc summit, opined a group of researchers at a press conference
 arrow Call for strong rural dev base to ensure good governance
LGRD and Cooperative Adviser Md Anwarul Iqbal yesterday emphasised the need for establishing a strong and effective base for rural development as well as local authority to create a conducive environment
 arrow Ensure rights of ethnic people
Speakers at a cultural festival yesterday called on the government and members of the civil society to ensure the rights of indigenous people in order to enrich the national culture and heritage.
 arrow Valuables worth several lakhs of taka gutted
A fire broke out in a room of the history department of Dhaka University (DU) damaging properties worth several lakhs of taka yesterday.
 arrow Abul Mansur's 28th death anniversary today
The 28th death anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow BDR sells essentials at 17 points in city
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) are selling essential commodities at 17 points in the city, said a BDR press release yesterday.
 arrow Construction of bridge over Ramna Lake opposed
Environment activists yesterday strongly opposed the plan for construction of a hanging bridge over the lake at Ramna Park in the city.
 arrow Chief adviser visits Sylhet today
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed will visit Sylhet today before leaving for Habiganj where he will formally inaugurate Bibiyana gas field.
 arrow Ex-BCL president Liakat expresses dismay
Former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) President Liakat Shikder has expressed his dismay at media reports that his name is on the list of corruption suspects.
 arrow Ctg importers sell rice, oil on open markets
Importers began selling of essential food items, including rice and oil on the open market in the port city from yesterday.
 arrow 'Develop moral quality alongside IT education'
Developing moral qualities alongside information technology (IT)-based education and acquiring English language skills were stressed at a students' function in the city yesterday for building a developed
Nationalarrow From piracy to parliament
Alleged corruption by former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukder and atrocities by a section of his party men is a talk of the town in Baufal.
 arrow Taskforce collects papers on Tk 34cr loan, cases
The taskforce now in Barisal yesterday continued investigation into assets of former BNP lawmaker from Bhola-2 Hafiz Ibrahim and alleged irregularities done by him.
 arrow Stop work on Tipaimukh Dam
Some non-government organisations at a joint press conference in Rajshahi yesterday stressed the need for a coordinated campaign to save country's rivers.
 arrow Tk 1.53cr arrear power bills with 45 defaulters In Barisal
The West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDCO) yesterday published a notice giving a 10-day deadline to 45 defaulters for payment of Tk 1,53,66,644 crore arrear bills.
 arrow Manipuri people observe language martyrs day
'Vishnupuria Language Martyrs Day' of the indigenous Manipuri community was observed at Tilakpur and Madhabpur villages, an area inhabited by Manipuri people in Kamalganj upazila in Moulvibazar district
 arrow Woman lawyer held for torturing maid in Mymensingh
A woman lawyer was arrested in Mymensingh town yesterday for allegedly torturing her house maid.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh goods gutted in Nilphamari
Property worth about Tk 30 lakh was gutted in a devastating fire at Noor Market at Chilahati in Domar upazila at about midnight Friday.
 arrow Tk 2cr down the drain!
Construction of a sluice gate on a silted canal at Bangdah in Sadar upazila is going on in full swing ignoring protests by local people and an order by the Water Development Board (WDB) Chief Engineer
Point-Counterpointarrow Lessons from the seventies
In August 1975 a new phenomenon was introduced into Bangladesh politics when the civilian politician anointed as president by the military coup leaders declared martial law and assumed the title of chief
 arrow Hoping against hope
It had to be done, and it has been. The torch has been passed on to a group of sophisticated technocrats.
 arrow Monetary contraction and growth
Quite contrary to what most people would assume to be the case, the central bank of Bangladesh has actually followed a policy of restraining the growth rate of the economy.
 arrow No justice
Reality is catching up furiously with those who believe that Pakistan's principal problem is a poor international image.
Culturearrow Folk fiesta commemorating Waheedul Haque
The Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban was decorated with flowers, lamps, gamchas and kulas as Chhayanat celebrated the 75th birth anniversary of late Waheedul Haque.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Mohuya is one of the most popular palas included in the Maimansingha Geetika, a collection of folk ballads from the greater Mymensingh region.
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom celebrates 5th anniversary
Fantasy Kingdom, the only theme park in Bangladesh celebrated its 5th anniversary on March 16 with various entertaining programmes. Visitors enjoyed special offers on the day.
 arrow 'Rupoboti' staged
Shubochan Natya Sangsad staged its popular production Rupoboti at the National Theatre Stage on the same evening.
 arrow Musical soiree at Bengal Gallery
On the occasion of the solo art exhibition by Qayyum Chowdhury, the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts organised a series of 'Ghorowa gaaner ashor' (musical soiree)at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi.
Generalarrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow KU convocation tomorrow
The 3rd convocation of Khulna University (KU) will be held tomorrow after a six-year interval.
Internationalarrow Lanka seeks foreign help to bring Tigers back to peace talks
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Friday sought international help to prod Tamil Tiger rebels waging a battle for a separate homeland to return to the negotiating table.
 arrow Iranian army warns US against 'stupid move’
A senior Iranian army commander warned the United States and other Western powers not to make any "stupid move" over Tehran's nuclear programme and said they would be surprised by the military response
 arrow Thousands protest Iraq war in US
Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the country to mark the fourth anniversary of
 arrow Israel refuses contacts with Palestinian govt
Israel refused yesterday to have any contacts with the new Palestinian government of national unity that groups secular Fatah with the Islamist Hamas movement.
 arrow US airlines cancel over 2,000 flights
Big US airlines and their affiliates cancelled more than 2,000 flights on Friday as a late-winter storm hit the Northeast's biggest cities, airline and government officials said.
 arrow Benazir warns of Taliban threat to Pakistan
The Taliban must be defeated in Pakistan this year or the country risks falling under the sway of extremists much as Afghanistan did before Sept.
 arrow Indian group calls for beheading of Taslima Nasreen
An Indian Muslim group has offered a 500,000 rupee (11,319 dollar) bounty for the beheading of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen.
 arrow Pakistani lawyers, police clash over judge sacking
Pakistani police clashed for a second day on Saturday with lawyers protesting against government moves to sack the country's top judge as restrictions on the judge were lifted.
 arrow 16 killed after bus falls into ditch in West Bengal
At least 16 people were killed and 67 injured yesterday in West Bengal when their bus slid into a ditch after it tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle, police said.
 arrow 'Almost half of Indian children suffer physical abuse'
Almost half of Indian children surveyed for a landmark national study were physically, sexually or economically abused, according to leaked results.
 arrow Breakaway Nepal Maoists kill former rebel
A breakaway group of Maoists killed a former rebel activist after abducting him from his home in southeast Nepal, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The fertiliser crisis
The old fertiliser question crops up again.
 arrow Editorial: Arrests of JMB activists
We must not let our guards down against the religious extremists who had tried not very long ago to force their ideas on us to the extent of taking people's lives to establish what they think is the way
 arrow Stumbling war on terror
US Vice President Dick Cheney's unannounced visit to Pakistan generated speculation about the extent of Pakistan's efforts on the pursuit of war on terror.
 arrow Storm signal
The standard rate is one word per dead policeman, so Dr.
 arrow Three Rs, Bangladesh-style
For better or worse, our politicians, in the prevailing prohibitions of political activities, have started spending time in reading, writing and possibly "re-educating" themselves, as if those are the
Star Healtharrow New cancer-fighting techniques with less risk
Being diagnosed with cancer is really frightening. There is the fear that the cancer treatment would not be successful and it may return. Fear of pain and other side effects also exist.
 arrow Travelers' common guide
Traveling abroad offer an exciting opportunity for learning and cultural exchange.
 arrow Tips to prevent bedwetting
Medical term for bed wetting is enuresis. All over he world , kids wet bed and it is quite a common phenomenon.
 arrow Vitamin D halves pancreatic cancer risk
People who take vitamin D tablets are half as likely to get deadly pancreatic cancer as people who do not, US researchers reported.
 arrow Dhaka to host MEDEXPO
Dhaka this week will host the Fourth International Medical Equipment and Healthcare Services Exposition - MEDEXPO 2006 at the Winter Garden of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from March 22 to 24, 2007.
 arrow Skinny teens warned about osteoporosis risk
Skinny teenagers and girls suffering from anorexia could be seriously damaging their bones and increasing their risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Star Cityarrow Toxic wastes kill retention pond
Unabated dumping of untreated industrial effluent is fast killing Hatirjheel, a low-lying flood retention basin earmarked in the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP).
 arrow Associations flourish on Illegal registration
An illegal rickshaw registration business continues to thrive in the capital under the very nose of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow DoE's endless siesta
Pending lawsuits and writ petitions are weighing down the Department of Environment (DoE) making it an ineffective government body to deal with environmental offences.
 arrow Vow to save historical mosque
Residents of Narinda and Binat Bibi Jam e Mosque committee vowed on Friday to save the 600-year old Binat Bibi mosque.
 arrow Rehab vice president's building under Rajuk hammer
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), backed by the joint forces, on Sunday demolished illegal portions of a building that houses Advanced Development Technologies (ADT) on the Gulshan Avenue inGulshan-2.
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