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Front Pagearrow NBR detects huge amount of undisclosed money
National Board of Revenue (NBR) has found huge amount of undisclosed money in 53 frozen bank accounts.
 arrow ACC prepares to sue 12 graft suspects
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is preparing to file cases against 12 corruption suspects out of 15, who did not submit their wealth statements within the ACC's stipulated timeframe last month.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet against Tarique, Apu
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a charge sheet in the Tk 1-crore extortion case against Tarique Rahman and his close aide Mian Nuruddin Apu.
 arrow India rewrite record
Virender Sehwag returned to his big scoring ways with a blistering century to help India post a record 413-5 against debutants Bermuda in their second World Cup match the Queen's Park Oval in Port ofSpain
 arrow Decision to form national HR body, amend 2 monetary acts
The council of advisers yesterday approved in principle a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to be formed, and decided to amend the Money Laundering Prevention Ordinance 2007 and the Banking Companies
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker Amzad Sarkar surrenders
A Nilphamari court yesterday sent former BNP lawmaker Amzad Hossain Sarkar and his 13 associates to jail after they surrendered before it and sought bail in the sensational Kazi Rubel murder case.
 arrow Boy burnt alive, 200 shanties gutted in fire
A three-year-old boy was burnt alive and around 50 others sustained minor injuries when a devastating fire broke out at a slum in Mohakhali in the city yesterday.
 arrow Probe into death of indigenous man demanded
The indigenous people of Madhupur submitted a memorandum to the Tangail deputy commissioner (DC) through Madhupur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) yesterday morning demanding an investigation of the death
 arrow Kiddie park land allotted to Mirza Abbas' family rented to auto workshops
Some motor workshop owners, who were recently evicted from lands owned by the railway department in Shahjahanpur in the capital, are setting up their workshops again on a large piece of land owned bythe
 arrow EC examining charges against SM Zakaria
The Election Commission (EC) is looking into whether controversial former election commissioner SM Zakaria was involved in any irregularity or corruption.
 arrow 'Impunity to war criminals gave birth to graft'
Impunity to the war criminals after independence of the country has given birth to unlimited crimes that ultimately resulted in degradation of values, corruption and injustice in the society, representatives
 arrow Tale of alleged manipulation of CU dean poll in 2005
Allegation of election engineering by four-party alliance-backed teachers surfaced at Chittagong University (CU).
 arrow HC stays CU gazette on certificate cancellation
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed operation of the gazette notification of Chittagong University (CU) canceling LLB certificate of Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee for tampering with his examination results.
 arrow Three more PWs declared hostile
Three more prosecution witnesses (PW) in the sensational Chittagong Arms Haul Case were declared 'hostile' by a court yesterday for giving irrelevant depositions and retracting from their earlier accounts.
 arrow Case filed against Pintu, associates for misusing govt CI sheets
A case was filed yesterday against Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, former BNP lawmaker from Dhaka-8 constituency, and his eight associates on charges of misappropriating corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant forgovernment
 arrow 2 cases filed against SQ Chowdhury
Two cases were filed yesterday against Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, ex-parliamentary affairs adviser to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, with Rangunia Police Station on charge of extortion and attempt
 arrow Travel agents won't sell BA tickets
Local travel agents will not sale British Airways (BA) tickets from April 1 as the airline authority has decided to cut six percent commission on ticket sales.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A criminal was killed during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at a mango orchard at Belgharia in Natore early yesterday.
 arrow Muggers shoot at one, loot Tk 3 lakh
A gang of muggers shot a travel agency staff and robbed him of Tk 3 lakh near the capital's Rajarbagh Police Lines yesterday morning. Police later managed to recover about half of the loot.
 arrow Rajshahi chamber president sued for tax dodging
Sonamasjid land port customs in Chapainawabganj on Sunday filed a forgery case with Shibganj Police Station against Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries President and city BNP Vice-president Lutfar
 arrow 7 Pak judges quit amid call for more protests
Seven Pakistani judges resigned yesterday over government moves to sack the country's chief judge, and the leader of an opposition alliance of conservative religious parties called for more protests.
 arrow Gunmen kidnap and kill Iraqi mayor
The mayor of a small Shia village south of Baghdad was kidnapped on his way to work yesterday, and his bullet-riddled body was later found dumped along a highway, police and morgue officials said.
 arrow Nepal leaders vow to hold polls by June
Nepal's premier and its Maoist leader said yesterday they would hold elections by June as planned to ensure the sidelined king does not make a political comeback.
 arrow Prothom Alo editor, publisher granted bail
The High Court yesterday granted bail to Bangla daily Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and Publisher Mahfuz Anam in two defamation cases.
 arrow C'wealth secretary general arrives
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit. He will meet Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury today.
 arrow Yunus launches IOM in Italy
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus launched the International Observatory for Micro-finance (IOM) at the University of Bologna in Italy on Sunday.
Businessarrow BGMEA unveils 3-year plan to double export
A strategy has been unveiled by the new leadership of the apex trade body of the apparels sector to double its export target in a span of three years on the backdrop of changed global business scenario.
 arrow Bangladesh a top growth market for ad industry
Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing markets in Asia for advertising and market research, according to a senior executive in one of the region's leading ad agencies.
 arrow Trade bill introduced in US Senate
A trade bill has been introduced in the US Senate seeking to provide duty-free access of products from Bangladesh and 13 other LDC countries to American market.
 arrow Independent directors can ensure corporate governance
Independent directors must be placed on company boards in order to ensure corporate governance, speakers told a seminar yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Indices continue rising on buying spree
Price indices on the stock exchanges continued rising sharply for the fifth consecutive day yesterday amid a buying spree from the investors including institutional participants.
 arrow Joint venture for RMG accessories in Dhaka EPZ
SML Packaging Solutions Bangladesh Limited, a China-Canadian jointly owned company, is going to set up a garment accessories manufacturing industry in Dhaka Export Processing Zone.
 arrow Best Air, Al Aqeeq to sign JV deal
Bangladeshi aviation company Best Aviation Limited will join hands with Kuwaiti aviation company Al Aqeeq Aviation and Holdings to launch domestic and international passenger services by middle of this
 arrow US companies tailor marketing to immigrants
A singer croons in Farsi while musicians strum their instruments before an audience of families gathered in a park for an Iranian holiday feast.
 arrow Hyundai Motor to launch new car in US
Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top automaker, said on Monday it planned to launch a car aimed at the U.S. premium segment next year. Hyundai, the world's No.
 arrow Correction
In a photo caption published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently mentioned that Rokia A Rahman is the executive director of Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE).
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Bob Woolmer: 1948-2007
Bob Wool-mer's death at 58 deprives cricket of one of its most innovative thinkers who became a pioneer in introducing modern technology into a centuries-old game.
 arrow Cricket: 'Just another victory'
Bangladesh's stunning vic-tory against India in their World Cup opener saw them shed their minnows status and gives them a serious chance to make it the Super 8s ahead of their heavyweight neighbours.
 arrow Cricket: Death silences Pakistan
Grief washed away anger on the streets of Pakistan Monday as the country reeled from the death of cricket coach Bob Woolmer a day after the national team's humiliating exit from the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam bids ODIs bye
Pakistan cap-tain Inzama-mul Haq on Sunday ann-ounced his retirement from one-day cricket after his team's humiliating exit from the World Cup and the death of coach Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis very serious
New Zealand coach John Bracewell has promised his side will treat their match against Kenya with the same importance as they did their opening World Cup win over England.
 arrow Cricket: Tributes flow in
Tributes from the cricketing world have poured in for Pakistan coach and ex-England Test player Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: Hannan leads Barisal battle
Hannan Sarker's blazing 95 was not enough for Barisal to remove Sylhet from the driving of the last match of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League after the second day's play at the Fatullah
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka A in driving seat
Bangladesh A bowlers toiled on the first day of the first four-day Test against their Sri Lankan counterparts as Thilan Samaraweera and Malinda Warnapura slammed hundreds at the Colts Cricket Club Ground
 arrow Local Snippets
The B. League will resume today after a couple of days' break when second-from-bottom Arambagh will host Chittagong Abahani in a third-round clash at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Turmoil takes toll on Pak
Pakistan's botched World Cup campaign ended in predictable agony after a build-up which was disrupted by off-field turmoil and controversy.
 arrow Cricket: Hodge missile hits Dutch
Brad Hodge hit a maiden one-day hundred and Michael Clarke scored an unbeaten half-century to help Austra-lia achieve a thumping 229-run World Cup win over Netherlands here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: England struggle past Canada
England tried to made light of Andrew Flintoff's absence with a 51-run victory against Canada in their World Cup Group C match here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Press lament delay in Flintoff axe
England cricket managers should have acted earlier to curb all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's binge-drinking excesses, British newspapers said Monday after he was fired over a drunken incident in St Lucia.
 arrow Cricket: SA focused on Scots
Top-ranked South Africa would want to be as ruthless as possible against minnows Scotland before taking on bitter rivals Australia in their crunch World Cup test.
 arrow Tennis: Inter-club tennis gets underway
The 2nd Dhaka Bank Independence Day Inter-club tennis tournament began at the Dhaka Club tennis complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Imran blames his protégé
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan today squarely blamed skipper Inzamamul Haq for the team's shock defeat to Ireland and its early exit from the World Cup, saying he failed to provide an inspirational
 arrow Cricket: Shooter Mobarak dies in Singapore
Former national shooter Mobarak Hossain Ratna, also a member of the National Shooting Federation executive committee, died of cancer at a Singapore hospital yesterday. He was 50.
 arrow Cricket: Logie lauds minnows
Ireland and Bangladesh have inspired the minnows with their surprise victories in the World Cup, says Bermuda coach Gus Logie.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers drawn with WI, SA in T20 world meet
Bangladesh have been drawn with West Indies and hosts South Africa in Group A of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship to be held in September.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan denies 'drink culture'
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted his side did not have a drink culture after Andrew Flintoff was dropped from the team for their 51-run World Cup win against Canada.
 arrow Football: Sevilla on par with Barca
Sevilla kept in touch with league leaders Barcelona after a hard-fought 2-0 win over struggling Celta Vigo on Sunday, although they remain in second place in La Liga on goal difference.
 arrow Football: Inter on flying colours
Inter Milan moved a step closer to retaining their Serie A title after they won 2-1 at struggling Ascoli and second-placed Roma were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal ends title drought
The long wait is over for Rafael Nadal.
 arrow Football: Gunners in doldrums
Andy Johnson struck a dramatic injury-time winner to send Arsenal crashing to a 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Dribbling a sin in Brazil!
One of the most abiding moments of the 2002 World Cup was Brazilian winger Denilson taking the ball into the corner and dribbling around in a circle chased by half the Turkey team.
 arrow Football: New faces in Italy squad
Roma full-back Max Tonetto and Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Quagliarella were called up for the first time when Roberto Donadoni named his 25-man Italy squad on Sunday for the world champions' crucial Euro
 arrow Football: Bremen hot on Schalke's heels
Midfielders Jurica Vranjes and Diego helped second-placed Werder Bremen close the gap behind Bundesliga leader's Schalke 04 with a 2-0 win over Mainz 05 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Home sour home
Once upon a time playing in their own legendary Santiago Bernabeu stadium was a huge advantage for Real Madrid but coach Fabio Capello admitted here on Sunday that times have changed.
Metropolitanarrow 5 killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi, Bagerhat, Munshiganj and Khagrachhari yesterday and on Sunday.
 arrow 2 officials, 2 coaching centre men arrested
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people for their alleged involvement in leaking question papers of the admission tests at Bangladesh Marine Academy in Chittagong.
 arrow 500 selected for longest beach walkathon
A total of 500 candidates have been selected for the 'Grameenphone Activate Bangladesh -- Challenge of the Longest Beach-2007', a 100-kilometre walkathon from Teknaf to Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Business models have $ 5 trillion market potential worldwide
Business models like Grameen Telecom's Village Phone Programme have huge potentials to tap a US$ 5 trillion market worldwide as a study measured on the basis of purchasing power of four billion people
 arrow EC to help develop textile sector
The European Commission (EC) will extend cooperation to the development of textile sector in the country.
 arrow Housewife strangled, friend arrested
A housewife was strangled at Sutrapur in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Rabeya Khatun, 30, wife of Farooq Hussain.
 arrow Urban-rural gap in educational facilities to yield unpleasant result
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday warned against the growing gap between urban and rural educational facilities, saying that such a trend would eventually lead the nation towards an unpleasant consequence.
 arrow NGOs should refrain from politics
Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein has said he would look into the confusion created by the recent ban on all political activities including meetings and rallies affecting non-political
 arrow 'Bangladesh to suffer most in South Asia if sea level rises'
Bangladesh would suffer the most in South Asia in terms of land area, population, agriculture and GDP, if the sea-level rises from one to five meters due to climate change.
 arrow One beaten to death by drug addict in N'ganj
A drug addict bashed to death his neighbour who tried to stop him from quarrelling with his mother in the district yesterday.
 arrow OMS of rice begins in Rajshahi
Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice has begun in Rajshahi Division with a limited response from buyers due to lack of adequate publicity.
 arrow Cancel jobs of teachers recruited during 4-party rule
Progressive teachers of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded cancellation of the appointments of the teachers recruited during the tenure of the immediate past four-party alliance government.
 arrow Indian novelist mugged in city
Muggers took away valuables from female novelist and playwright of Kolkata Lina Gangopaddhay and renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray's niece Surojit.
 arrow Mannan Bhuiyan hospitalised
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan was admitted to a hospital in the city for diabetic complications yesterday morning.
 arrow Mill supervisor arrested for tampering with electric meter
Special vigilance team of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) yesterday arrested a supervisor of a mill at Fatullah in Narayanganj for tampering with electric meter.
 arrow Japan university assures DU of materials for visually impaired students
A delegation of Japan Sukuba University of Technology yesterday assured the Dhaka University (DU) authorities of providing modern academic materials for visually impaired students, says a DU press release.
 arrow Prioritise projects to cut poverty
Adviser for Finance and Planning Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday asked all concerned ministries to maintain proper supervision for ensuring physical progress of the development and financial activities
 arrow EU delegation visits 100-yr old Rajshahi school
A delegation of European Union (EU) visited 100-year-old Palpur Government Primary School at Godagari in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow JU viva voce for students with disability Mar 24
Viva voce for the admission seekers under the quota for the students with disability at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be held at 10:00am on March 24 at the dean's office of the Mathematics and Physical
 arrow PDB realises Tk 275.44 cr in Rajshahi
Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) realised Tk 275.44 crore from Rajshahi zone during the first eight months of the current fiscal year, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Aminur made RU hall provost
Professor Aminur Rahman, a teacher of political science department, was made provost of Motihar Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.
 arrow Ibsen Poetry Evening tomorrow
Goethe Institut Dhaka is organising a poetry evening to mark the 179th birth anniversary of celebrated poet and playwright Heinrich Ibsen at 6:00pm at its auditorium tomorrow.
 arrow Channel i to air beach walk in Cox's Bazar
Channel i will telecast a three-day beach walk styled 'Activate Bangladesh', scheduled to be held on March 23, live from Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
 arrow Moon Sighting Committee meets today
National Moon Sighting Committee will hold a meeting at the conference room of Islamic Foundation in the capital today to decide on the moon sighting of the month of Rabiul Awal.
 arrow Hena Das hospitalised
Ailing Hena Das, eminent human rights activist and president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, is receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Sirajganj Qaumi Jute Mills laid off
About 5,000 workers and employees of Sirajganj Qaumi Jute Mills have become jobless as the management laid-off the mill two weeks ago.
 arrow A laudable initiative to ensure quality edn for rural children
Students at Amena Baki Residential Model School in Chirir Bandar upazila in Dinajpur now have access to computers, which are the first computers ever in a rural school in remote north.
 arrow Counting on edn
'My schooling stopped when I was in class four, but I want my three children to have a proper education. They are my future.
 arrow Five private clinics closed in Patuakhali
The joint forces have closed all five private clinics in Patuakhali town for running without valid papers, untrained manpower and low quality services.
 arrow 2 held while taking bribe
A lawyer and the GRO (Court Daroga) of a court were caught red-handed by DGFI members while taking bribe here on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Generating power without government
"If all conditions for development other than capital are present, capital will soon be generated locally or will be available from abroad"-- Lord Peter T.
 arrow PSC reform
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is a very important constitutional institution of Bangladesh, because it recruits and screens all cadre and non-cadre service officers who, later, will be responsible
 arrow The women's question
In the summer of 1987 I gave a talk at the University of Tokyo on the women's question. Using my knowledge of Singapore and Bangladesh, I discussed the slow but inexorable progress of women in Asia.
 arrow UN Convention against Corruption: What we need to achieve
The UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) came into force in December 2005 with these weighty preambular words -- "Corruption poses a threat to the stability and security of societies, undermines the
Culturearrow Abstraction with raw colours
Those into abstract paintings have just to see Tarafder Meraj's ongoing exhibition, Rhythm in water colour, at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Usually, Liberation War appears in Bangladeshi theatre through a fragmented story of that time and shows the rage and valour of the freedom fighters in the post-Liberation country.
 arrow Album of D Rockstars launched
The youth brand of Grameenphone (GP), djuice, has released an album featuring participants of last year's D Rockstars (a talent hunt) on March 18.
 arrow 'Eksho Bosta Chaal' staged
On the same evening Eksho Bosta Chaal, a Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy production, was staged at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Cate Blanchett could be Indiana Jones' next love
Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford in the long-awaited fourth instalment of the Indiana Jones series, her publicist confirmed last Saturday.
Internationalarrow Iran warns UNSC ahead of key vote
Iran warned yesterday a new UN resolution against its disputed nuclear programme will face a "proportionate" response and that it was ready to pay the price for pursuing its atomic ambitions.
 arrow Iraqis pessimistic on war anniversary
Iraqis are increasingly pessimistic about their future, according to an opinion poll published yesterday as the nation battles to curb relentless bloodshed four years on from the US-led invasion.
 arrow Diplomatic boycott of Palestinian govt eases
A year-old diplomatic boycott of the Palestinian government eased on Monday when Norway's deputy foreign minister met in Gaza with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.
 arrow India to boost security along Bhutan border
India is to post 3,000 more security personnel along its unfenced border with Bhutan to plug gaps that allow rebels from India to freely slip across the frontier, an official said yesterday.
 arrow 'Cooking smoke killing 1.6 million poor a year’
More than 1.6 million people are dying every year from the effects of breathing in poisonous smoke from animal dung, wood and coal used for cooking, experts said yesterday.
 arrow 25 killed in Russian coal mine blast
At least 25 people were killed yesterday when a blast ripped through a coal mine in Siberia, officials said, as emergency workers raced to rescue dozens of miners trapped underground.
 arrow Conservatives move to centre in quest for power
The Conservatives portrayed themselves as defenders of the National Health Service on Sunday, a step in their reinvention as centrists to challenge the Labour Party's decade-long rule.
 arrow Women make up 42pc of new Finnish parliament
Finland's new parliament strengthened its position as one of the most gender-equal assemblies in the world after weekend elections, with the number of women MPs rising from 37.7 to 42 percent.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ban on indoor politics
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein has suggested that the ban on indoor politics may be lifted within three months.
 arrow Editorial: Time Israel shunned its intransigence
For the last two years or more the Palestinians are being made to pay for their democratic choice.
 arrow The end of an era?
Humbled and humiliated by events that followed the end of the BNP's incumbency in power a forlorn Begum Khaleda Zia has practically gone back into her cocoon, while her prodigal son now incarcerated in
 arrow Prophet of the poor
Dr. Mohammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was in Miami on March 15, 2007 to receive an award from the ABICC -- Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce in Florida.
 arrow The Truman legacy
Few presidents have exercised so much influence over the formulation and execution of America's post - World War II foreign policy than Harry S.
 
   
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