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Front Pagearrow Mamun produced in court in arms case, remanded
Giasuddin Al Mamun, controversial businessman and a close friend of Tarique Rahman who too is in detention now, was placed on a five-day remand in an arms case yesterday.
 arrow Fresh vow to build graft-free Bangladesh
The nation yesterday celebrated the 37th Independence Day, paying glowing tributes to the three million martyrs whose supreme sacrifice made the emergence of independent Bangladesh possible.
 arrow Observers to address for the first time
Representatives of the five observers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will deliver speeches at the 14th summit of the forum in New Delhi on April 3-4 when Bangladesh handsover
 arrow Hills under assault
At Teknaf, the hills burn at night. From a distance the flames look like melted lava from volcano rolling down the hills -- an awe striking sight. The flames spread fast, claw like.
 arrow More chickens culled
Over 6,000 chickens were culled yesterday, around 4,000 at three poultry farms in Jamalpur and 2,110 chickens at a farm in Narayanganj, following confirmations and fears of bird flu infections at those
 arrow Tigers add to the joy
At about the same time that dawn broke to usher in Independence Day for Bangladesh, another dawn came up to beat the natural clock as Bangladesh confirmed their qualification for the Super 8 stage ofthe
 arrow Govt plans to hike city land prices
The government is planning to raise the prices of land in Dhaka and other metropolitan cities up to almost hundred percent in a bid to increase non-tax revenue in the national exchequer.
 arrow Biman aircraft beyond repair, officials say
The aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines that had an accident at Dubai International Airport on March 12 is beyond repair, said a source at Biman.
 arrow Chicken, egg sales drop, prices fall
Broiler chicken and egg sales dropped by half in the city's kitchen markets due to bird flu panic among the customers, retailers and wholesalers have said.
 arrow Ex-MP Rafiqul Anwar held
Joint forces arrested Rafiqul Anwar, a former Awami League (AL) lawmaker (Chittagong 4), from a Paltan flat early hours yesterday Rafiq's name was included in the government's second list of 50 corruption
 arrow WB happy with anti-graft actions, may release funds
Satisfied with the government measures to curb corruption and separate the judiciary, the World Bank (WB) might disburse the fourth instalment of development support credit and also increase the amount
 arrow JMB man held with CDs
Police yesterday arrested a member of the outlawed Jam'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Kakran village in Dhamrai upazila and recovered two CDs from his possession.
 arrow Paying tribute to the Liberation War martyrs

 arrow Muggers stab man in city
Muggers stabbed a man indiscriminately in the city's Kajipara area yesterday. The victim was identified as Badshah Mia, 55, a resident of West Ibrahimpur area.
 arrow Prof Yunus for use of remittance in development
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has urged expatriate Bangladeshis to utilise their merits and hard-earned money for the development of the country.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer at Kantivita frontier in Baliadangi upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow LTTE bombs military base in first air raid
A Tamil Tiger light aircraft bombed a Sri Lankan air force base next to Colombo international airport before dawn yesterday, killing three airmen and wounding 16 in the first such air strike by the rebel
 arrow Five US soldiers killed as Iraq violence rages
Attacks swept across Iraq yesterday with six Iraqis and five US soldiers declared dead amid reports that the outgoing US ambassador held talks with Sunni rebel groups in a bid to curb the insurgency.
 arrow Pakistan signs new peace deal with pro-Taliban militants
Pakistani authorities and tribal elders signed a peace deal yesterday with pro-Taliban militants in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan, officials and witnesses said.
 arrow Detained Britons well, location secret: Iran
Iran says British sailors it detained are well but has not disclosed where they are being held, Britain said on Monday, as tension over their capture and Tehran's nuclear plans sent oil prices to a 2007
Businessarrow Experts against restrictions on migration of female workers
Despite a huge prospect of overseas jobs for Bangladeshi female workers, effective promotional measures are yet to be taken, also to ensure legal protection for such workers in any foreign land, according
 arrow 'India to go ahead with Iran gas pipeline'
Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee signalled Monday that India intends to go ahead with a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline from Iran via Pakistan despite objections from the United States.
 arrow Trade, travel on Saarc agenda: Indian FM
India says boosting trade and easing travel restrictions within South Asia will be the issues dominating a summit of the region's leaders here early next month.
 arrow EU finance chiefs to mull economic impact of market rout
EU finance ministers at a two-day meeting here are to take stock of Europe's economic outlook for the first time since a major financial market rout rattled investor confidence worldwide.
 arrow Ctg int'l trade fair ends
As the 15th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) ended here yesterday, authorities distributed prizes among participants.
 arrow Citigroup mulls cutting 5pc of its workforce
Citigroup Inc is considering cutting about 15,000 jobs, or nearly 5 percent of its work force, as part of a restructuring plan being developed to improve its financial performance, according to a report
 arrow Intel to build $2.5b China chip plant
US chip leader Intel said Monday it would build a 2.5-billion-dollar plant in China, a potential landmark moment in the Asian emerging giant's quest to become a high-tech manufacturing power.
 arrow Tourism takes a beating amid Lanka fighting
Sri Lanka's tourism industry suffered a sharp drop last month as fighting between troops and Tiger rebels escalated and foreign holiday makers stayed away, the Tourist Board said Sunday.
 arrow Citigroup in Australian court over insider trading
The world's biggest bank Citigroup on Monday defended itself against a charge of insider trading in a case which could influence how investment banks around the world deal in shares.
 arrow India, UAE firms in over $20b deals
Indian and United Arab Emirates firms signed deals worth more than 20 billion dollars Monday during a visit by the ruler of Dubai, including plans to build two massive townships in India.
 arrow Millions of Americans may face home foreclosure
The dream of home ownership could turn into a living nightmare for millions of Americans in the next couple of years as home foreclosures are expected to skyrocket.
 arrow Iran tensions push oil above $62 in Asian trade
Fresh tensions with Iran and problems in Nigeria pushed oil prices to their highest level of the year, well above 62 dollars, in Asian trade Monday, dealers said.
 arrow Vietnam trade deficit narrows sharply
Vietnam likely had a trade deficit of 200 million dollars in March, up from a year earlier but down more than 63 percent from February, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said Monday.
 arrow China Telecom 2006 profits fall
China Telecom reported Monday a 2.76 percent drop in 2006 net profit to 27.14 billion yuan (3.5 billion US) on the back of weak growth in operating revenues and higher expenses.
Sportsarrow Cricket: This is our moment
It didn't quite sink in until the winning runs had been scored.
 arrow Cricket: Exit the Indians, enter the Tigers
Bangladesh made history when they qualified for the World Cup second round with a seven-wicket victory over debutants Bermuda on Sunday and eliminated mighty India in the process.
 arrow Cricket: The show must go on
Eight teams down, eight left and still five weeks to run in this World Cup marathon as the second round Super Eights gets underway on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mandira hurts Tigers sentiments
If Mandira Bedi is an example of a passionate Indian cricket fan, it's sad.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers leave for Antigua
The Bangladesh cricket team left Port of Spain yesterday morning for Antigua on a chartered aircraft to prepare for their first World Cup Super Eight match against Australia on March 31.
 arrow Cricket: NCL 1-dayers from today
The one-day competition of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League begins today at three different venues.
 arrow Cricket: Police evade diplomatic episode
The police chief in charge of the investigation into the murder of Pakistan cricket team coach Bob Woolmer said in an interview published Monday that he let the team leave Jamaica to avoid sparking a"significant
 arrow Cricket: Fans gone missing
When Inzamamul Haq bid a tearful farewell to international one-day cricket, the crowd rose to acclaim the great Pakistani.
 arrow Cricket: Gary recalls good times
Wearing the years with the dignity and presence of an old blues musician, Garfield Sobers relived the past for the benefit of an appreciative modern audience during a fleeting visit to St Kitts last week.
 arrow Cricket: Lara relishes big test
West Indies captain Brian Lara insists his team will not crumble when they face rampant defending champions Australia in the opening match of the World Cup Super Eights here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Last of the minnows
Debutants Bermuda did little to convert critics of the weaker teams at the World Cup but are able to leave the tournament with their heads held high.
 arrow Cricket: Cops see CCTV footage
One week after the murder of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer, Jamaican police on Sunday analysed security videos for clues that could indicate who strangled the former England international.
 arrow Local Snippets
English department clinched the Inter Department Basketball tournament when they won the final against Economics department 45-43 at the gymnasium of Jahangirnagar University on March 24.
 arrow Cricket: MSC crush Sonargaon
Mohammedan Sporting Club took sweet revenge against Sonargaon Cricketers as they clinched the Independence Cup cricket title with a massive 102-run victory at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB in search of new coach
Feeling that Bob Woolmer had nothing new to offer, the Pakistan Cricket Board had already started a hunt for a possible successor to coach Bob Woolmer, well before he was found murdered in his hotel room
 arrow Cricket: Australia shun Zimbabwe tour
The Australian government Monday hardened its stand against a scheduled cricket tour of troubled Zimbabwe and said it would try to avoid huge fines for breach of contract.
 arrow Cricket: Vincent goes home
New Zealand suffered a second successive injury blow on Sunday when opening batsman Lou Vincent broke his wrist in the nets and was ruled out of the World Cup, it was reported.
 arrow Tennis: Customs clinch tennis title
Customs Club clinched the second Dhaka Bank Independence Cup inter-club tennis tournament at the Dhaka Club on March 25.
 arrow Cricket: Batsmen falter again
While the senior team were revelling in glory after their Super Eights qualification in the World Cup, their second-string compatriots were struggling at the Colombo Cricket Club ground in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraf denies match-fixing
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf has denied the Pakistan cricket team were involved in any kind of match-fixing or corruption, Sky Sports website reported on Monday, as the Bob Woolmer murder
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 settles Oval Test
Cricket officials from England and Pakistan have reached an agreement for compensation for Pakistan's forfeiture of last summer's Oval Test match.
 arrow Walkathon ends with fun
The 100-km walkathon 'Grameenphone Activate Bangladesh Challenge of the Longest Beach-2007' ended amidst much fun and frolic at the Cox's Bazar beach yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rooney, McClaren at loggerheads
Steve McClaren's days as England manager appeared numbered on Monday after details of a furious bust-up with Wayne Rooney emerged at the same time as revelations that the Football Association could sack
 arrow Football: Adebayor kicked out of nat'l team
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and two of his Togolese international teammates have been kicked out of the national team following a row over bonus payments, official sources revealed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Domenech defends Les Bleus
France coach Raymond Domenech on Sunday hit out at criticism of his side's unimpressive 1-0 win over Lithuania in their Euro 2008 qualification match saying the circumstances were far from easy.
 arrow Football: We've flopped, says Fabregas
English Premiership giants Arsenal's season has been a failure their stylish young Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas claimed on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Nation celebrates Independence Day

 arrow Road crashes kill 2
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Artists depict hopes and dreams
Noted artists of the country joined an art workshop on the Liberation War Museum premises in the city yesterday to depict their hopes and dreams behind the War of Liberation, the struggle during the war
 arrow 'Help establish spirit of liberation war'
Freedom fighters (FF) at a discussion yesterday called upon all to strive from their respective position to help establish the spirit of the liberation war.
 arrow Trader arrested for fraud
Police arrested a trader on charge of fraudulence from the traditional commercial area of Khatunganj in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Auto Exhibition draws huge crowd
An automobile exhibition titled 'F1 Auto Exhibition 2007' drew a huge number of car lovers as 55 classic, sports and modified cars were put on display on the Gulshan Youth Club ground in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cancellation of rise in RU seat rent demanded
Hundreds of general students of Rajshahi University demanded cancellation of increase in seat rent, examination and certificate fees.
 arrow Barisal traders asked to display price, stock lists
District administration has ordered to hang price and stock lists of commodities at the shops to check hoarding and profiteering following a meeting with the businessmen at the office of the deputy commissioner
 arrow Rail communication from Ctg resumes
Rail communication between Chittagong and other parts of the country resumed yesterday after around 18 hours. The communication resumed at 7:20am that was suspended at 1:00pm on Sunday.
 arrow Three N'ganj criminals held
Rab arrested three criminals along with a foreign revolver during their target practice by throwing bullets in the air from the rooftop of a building in the district yesterday.
 arrow Rab observes 3rd anniversary
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), the first crime busting elite force of the country, observed its third anniversary yesterday.
 arrow President hosts reception
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Prof Anwara Begum hosted a reception at Bangabhaban on the occasion of the Independence and National Day yesterday.
Nationalarrow UGC detects Tk 1.29cr irregularities in PSTU
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has submitted to the education ministry its probe report on alleged financial irregularities during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor of Patuakhali Science and
 arrow Power crisis in 21 southwestern districts worsens
Severe power crisis continued to plague the south-western region as five power plants remained inoperative due to technical faults since Sunday afternoon.
 arrow Tax waiver for freedom fighters
Moheshpur Municipal Chairman Shafiqul Azam Chanchal yesterday waived holding tax for freedom fighters in the municipal area.
 arrow Revolver missing from Gazipur police camp
A revolver with 10 bullets has been missing from a highway police outpost in the district.
 arrow Manikganj FFs boycott programmes
Freedom fighters boycotted Independence Day programmes at Shahid Miraj Tapan Stadium in Manikganj, organised by the district administration, allegedly because there was no sitting arrangements for them
 arrow Diagnostic centre closed
Joint forces closed one diagnostic centre and fined four clinics and two diagnostic centres at Gaibandha on Sunday.
 arrow Rakub recovers Tk 12 cr a week
The Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) is recovering about Tk 12 crore classified loans a week from defaulters. It recovered Tk Tk 88.
 arrow 27 betel leaf gardens gutted in Jhenidah
Twenty seven betel leaf gardens worth about taka 50 lakh were gutted at village Bhabanipur under Harinakunda upazila of the district yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let's go high-tech
The brain drain is slowing down. In fact, now it is going into reverse -- the immigrants to the West, particularly Silicon Valley, are exporting their experiences back to their homelands.
 arrow Rain and shine
 arrow The mythology of Langalbandh
Mysterious are the ways in which myths work to create and nurture the faith that lies at the root of many religious traditions.
Culturearrow Documentary on Tajuddin Ahmed premiered
Tajuddin Ahmed: The Unsung Hero, a 100 minute long documentary film by Tanvir Mokammel on the first prime minister of Bangladesh who organised the Liberation War in the absence of Bangobondhu Sheikh
 arrow Special programme on F R Khan's 25th death anniversary
To observe the 25th death anniversary of Dr Fazlur Rahman Khan, globally renowned Bangladeshi architect; Channel i will air Korunadharaye Esho, a discussion programme featuring Khan's works.
 arrow 'Kushum Upakhyan': Exploitation and abuse of women take centre stage
Kushum Upakhyan (Kushum's Fable) is the second episode of Kazi Rozy's Kushum sequel, through which the playwright highlights oppression on women.
 arrow 'Muchiram Gur' staged
On the same evening Kathak Natyasampradaya from Chittagong staged Muchiram Gur at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow 'Mukti' and 'Khanchar Bhitor Achin Pakhi' staged
On March 24, Theatre (Baily Road) and Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble staged Mukti and Khanchar Bhitor Achin Pakhi respectively.
 arrow Independence Day celebration...

Generalarrow A noble gesture to improve lives
Some 59 officials and employees of British High Commission (BHC) in Dhaka took part as volunteers in house building activities at a remote village in Mymensingh on Sunday.
 arrow 2 Barisal roads renamed after Maj Jalil, Bir Shrestha Jahangir
The Independence Day was celebrated in Barisal amid festivity and enthusiasm.
 arrow Storm-hit Bhola people still live under open sky
The sufferings of storm-stricken people of Bhola continue to grow for insufficient relief and rehabilitation and hundreds of them are still staying under the open sky.
 arrow Schoolboy abducted in Narayanganj
Unidentified miscreants abducted a schoolboy from Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on Sunday and demanded taka 50 lakh from his family as ransom.
 arrow 3 robbers held
Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested three robbers of a gang and recovered looted valuables from their possession in the city's Khilgaon area yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on 'Anaemia in pregnancy' held
A seminar on 'Anaemia in pregnancy' was held at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Outlets of Coffee World, Books Express inaugurated
The sixth outlet of Coffee World and the second outlet of Books Express, both concerns of Etcetera Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd., were inaugurated in the city's Gulshan area yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Arabs push ME peace plan
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for a second day Monday as Arab states revived a five-year-old peace plan to positive noises from Israel.
 arrow Iran's military warns US against any attack
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards warned the United States against attacking the Islamic Republic, a news agency reported on Monday, two days after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Iran.
 arrow N Ireland rivals strike power-sharing deal
Northern Ireland's rival party leaders Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams struck a landmark accord to share power Monday, albeit with a six-week delay, after their first-ever face-to-face talks in Belfast.
 arrow US officials in contact with Iraqi insurgents
US and Iraqi officials are in contact with representatives of some Sunni Arab insurgent groups to build an alliance against al-Qaeda in Iraq, the outgoing US ambassador said on Monday.
 arrow Pakistan hails tribal strategy after battles
Pakistan said yesterday that the taking-up of arms by local tribesmen against foreign militants along the Afghan border was the result of a "successful strategy" that includes controversial peace deals.
 arrow UK sailors may face charges, warns Iran
Iran warned that 15 British sailors and marines could face charges for allegedly entering Iranian waters and rejected British requests to meet with the servicemen detained off the coast of Iraq.
 arrow India, US in crucial talks on nuke deal
India and the United States held crucial talks here yesterday to settle the details of an agreement reached last year that paves the way for sales of civilian nuclear technology to New Delhi.
 arrow 1,000 arrests fail to halt Pak protests
Thousands of opposition party supporters Monday protested against President Pervez Musharraf's removal of Pakistan's top judge, despite the arrest of about 1,000 people in a police crackdown.
 arrow US-Pak alliance under scrutiny as Musharraf faces crisis
The US strategic partnership with its key "war on terror" ally Pakistan has come under growing scrutiny in Washington as President Pervez Musharraf reels from his worst crisis since grabbing power eight
 arrow Afghan army sweep kills 99 Taliban in 4 days
Nato warplanes called in by the Afghan army bombed and killed 19 militants in southern Afghanistan, taking the toll from a four-day operation to 99, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow 6 killed in gunbattle at Pakistani school
Police challenged a group of suspected militants yesterday at a high school in northwestern Pakistan after hearing that they wanted to "motivate" students for holy war, sparking a gunbattle that leftsix
Editorialarrow Editorial: Probing August 21 killing
The government has definitely made a timely move in the matter of investigating a good number of tragic incidents in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Into the Super Eight
The Tigers have reached the Super Eight of the Cricket World Cup with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Bermuda.
 arrow Battered constitution, battered judiciary
The tale of Bangladesh is the tale of an amazingly resilient people who have always managed to rise from the ashes, like the proverbial Phoenix, every time local or foreign marauders tried to annihilate
 arrow Money and murder: The making of a bloodsport
Cricket, tea, and murder in the vicarage were the three archetypal metaphors for the British empire: Dennis Compton (Brylcreem and straight drives), Rupert Brook (tea at four at Grantchester), and Agatha
 arrow Round of applause
Most of us are very happy about the performance of the current caretaker government in Bangladesh. My hat's off to Dr. Fukruddin Ahmed, his respected advisers, and the people behind this government.
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