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Front Pagearrow HC invites legal debate on bail revoking clause
The High Court yesterday invited a legal debate over the amended Emergency Power Rules (EPR) that have revoked the right to bail of those being arrested during the current operation against crime andcorruption.
 arrow Court to decide April 5 if Tarique to be put on trial
A Dhaka court will decide on April 5 whether to put Tarique Rahman and his close aide Mian Nuruddin Apu on trial on charge of extortion.
 arrow Give due respect to all our leaders and let the nation move on
It was not the main thrust of his speech.
 arrow Big powers' presence to make 14th Saarc summit a landmark event
The two-day 14th Saarc Summit, which kicks off in New Delhi Tuesday, is expected to be a "landmark" event seeing the inclusion of Afghanistan as new member in the regional grouping and the presence of
 arrow VoIP equipment seized from Aktel office
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized sophisticated equipment used for running voice over internet protocol (VoIP) business illegally from the head office of private mobile phone operatorAktel.
 arrow NBR starts drive to tap new taxpayers
On the first day of the special survey to identify new taxpayers, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday found that 126 shops out of 226 they surveyed at the city's Bashundhara City Complex have
 arrow ACC sues Abbas for graft in govt land sale
Former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas unlawfully allowed Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to sell 18 abandoned houses at lower prices that caused a loss of Tk 127.64 crore to the government.
 arrow 174 poultry farms sealed off
The district livestock administration has sealed off all 174 chicken farms and placed restrictions on transport of poultry products at Bandar upazila of Narayanganj following detection of bird flu atfour
 arrow Mohiuddin's deportation not uncertain
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Major (retd) Mohiuddin, the condemned killer of Bangabandhu, will be brought back to the country very soon.
 arrow 3 more graft suspects submit wealth reports
Three more high profile corruption suspects yesterday submitted wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) through their representatives following a High Court (HC) order.
 arrow Council approves passenger train service
The Council of Advisers yesterday approved in principle the proposal to introduce Joydevpur-Sealdah passenger train service.
 arrow Air Commodore Ziaur Rahman new air chief
Air Commodore Shah Md Ziaur Rahman has been appointed chief of the air staff with effect from the forenoon of April 8.
 arrow Fire again in Sundarbans
A devastating forest fire, second one only ten days apart, broke out Tuesday night in the Sundsarbans.
 arrow BB to take action if Jubok fails to do it
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) will investigate if Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) has returned all its deposits to the depositors within March 31 as per BB directives.
 arrow New Zealand on course
New Zealand were on course for a comfortable victory over West Indies as they got to at 75-2 after 20 overs in their World Cup Super Eights match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
 arrow Tk 300cr RMG accessories seized
Law enforcers seized garments accessories worth Tk 300 crore from three business enterprises of Anman Group at Shimrail in Siddhirganj on Wednesday night.
 arrow Liquid waste floods...

 arrow ETV resumes regular telecast today
Satellite TV channel Ekushey Television (ETV) resumes its terrestrial telecast today.
 arrow Yunus seeks scholarships from Oxford for Bangladeshi poor students
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus urged the University of Oxford to provide scholarship for at least one poor Bangladeshi student each year to study in the world's famous university.
 arrow Telenor offered to cede control of GrameenPhone
Telenor ASA has been offered 2.
 arrow RMP chief stand released
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sohrab Hasan was stand-released yesterday and asked to report to the Police Headquarters in Dhaka.
 arrow Ex-deputy minister Pintu's SUV seized
Joint forces in the early hours yesterday seized a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) -- a Lincoln Navigator -- owned by former deputy information minister and BNP leader Abdus Salam Pintu.
 arrow Arabs relaunch ME blueprint for peace
Arab leaders have formally relaunched a five-year-old blueprint for peace in the Middle East, but Israel rejected the plan as it stands, saying yesterday that it needs negotiation.
 arrow UN expert blames Bangladeshi police over 'killings'
A UN human rights expert on Thursday accused Bangladeshi security forces of using murder as a means of law enforcement and warned that the country's reputation was on the line.
 arrow Cancellation of selection thru' 27th BCS exams demanded
A group of students, teachers and freedom fighters yesterday urged the interim government to cancel PSC's (Public Service Commission) primary selection of successful candidates in 27th BCS as the PSC,
Businessarrow Political will needed to reap benefits from trade deals in S Asia
A strong political determination is needed in Saarc nations to reap maximum benefits from economic agreements, speakers at a seminar said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow E-governance to help curb corruption
Establishing e-governance in the country can help curb widespread corruption, speakers observed at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New hopes in US-ROK trade talks
Hopes rose Thursday that South Korea and the United States can reach a free trade agreement before a weekend deadline despite persistent differences over farm trade.
 arrow EU warns of 'looming risks' to eurozone growth
The economic outlook for the 13 countries sharing the euro faces "looming risks" from abroad, but the bloc should grow "robustly" at 2.4 percent this year, the European Commission said Thursday.
 arrow Motorola to manage Warid Telecom's network
Motorola Inc has been awarded a four-year full-operations and managed services contract by Warid Telecom for its GSM and canopy networks in major areas including cities in the eastern part of Bangladesh,
 arrow DHL launches web-based solution to Import Express service
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, has announced that it has enhanced its Import Express service with the introduction of Import Express Online (IEO), a customer facing web-basedsolution
 arrow Bangladesh investor confce now May 10-11
The date of the first-ever international investor conference titled, “Bangladesh -- The New Investment Frontier” has been shifted to May 10-11 this year and will be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, saysa
 arrow US mulls new laws against China, Japan in currency dispute
US senators warned Wednesday that new laws could be adopted against China and Japan to counter moves by the Asian giants to keep the value of their currencies low, which the lawmakers said is hurtingthe
 arrow New low-cost Motorola set to hit market next month
A new low-cost cell phone set of Motorola Inc, the second largest global handset producer, will hit local market early next month, company officials announced yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Heathrow's terminal-5 to open in March next year
Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 will open to the world's passengers on March 27, 2008. Airport operator BAA and British Airways announced the opening date for the £ 4.
 arrow China's Q1 growth at least 10.4pc
China's economic growth in the first quarter this year is likely to exceed 10.4 percent recorded for the last three months of 2006, state media said Thursday.
 arrow UK economy grew 2.8pc in 2006
Britain's economy last year expanded faster than previously thought despite a downward revision to fourth quarter growth, official data revealed on Wednesday.
 arrow Vietnam's economy growing fast
Vietnam's economy grew 7.7 percent in the first quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2006, the Government Statistics Office (GSO) said in an early estimate Wednesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Onus on Joyce
England hope their in-form and informed batsman Ed Joyce plays a key role in upstaging neighbours Ireland in the World Cup Super Eights here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sponsors pulling out?
The stunning exits of Pakis-tan and India from cricket's World Cup has left one of the game's biggest sponsors reviewing its future in the sport and sent the advertising world into a tailspin.
 arrow Cricket: Video may clear case
Detectives probing the murder of Pa-kistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer said Wednesday that better-than-antici-pated security video footage could provide vital clues in the hunt for his killer.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet, Rajshahi on top
Rajshahi and Sylhet maintained their winning run in the limited-overs competition of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League with comfortable second round victories yesterday.
 arrow Football: Abahani to go for goals
There would be no injury worries for Abahani when they meet Rahmatganj today as the fifth week of the B. League gets underway.
 arrow Cricket: India arrive home quietly
India's World Cup cricketers began returning home early Thursday amid tight security that prevented disgruntled fans from staging any protests over their shock first round exit.
 arrow Cricket: Murder linked to al-Qaeda?
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's mysterious death took a new twist with a media report here linking his murder to Dawood Ibrahim and al-Qaeda.
 arrow Local Snippets
BKSP finished on top with seven gold medals in the Independence Day Gymnastics competition at the NSC gymnasium yesterday. Dinajpur came up second with three gold medals while Ansar and VDP tooktwo.
 arrow Cricket: KP being humble
Kevin Pietersen may be the world's top-ranked batsman but, by his own admission, he's not the best.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting hits back
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said talk of opposition teams having no fear of the world champions will be nothing more than hot air unless they perform on the pitch.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden having his own way
Matthew Hayden knows better than most that is not easy to play for Australia -- and the record-breaking opening batsman wouldn't have it any other way.
 arrow Cricket: SA almost choke
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga became the first man to take took four wickets in four balls in an international match before South Africa scrambled a one-wicket win in a World Cup Super Eights match
 arrow Cricket: 'Happy with hattrick'
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga nearly gate-crashed South Africa's party when he became the first bowler in one-day history to grab four wickets off successive balls.
 arrow Cricket: Kumara tells India to be sporting
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara has told India they can learn a lot about cricket, life and happiness from their island neighbours.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela remains strong
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene says his team will bounce back from their dramatic one-wicket World Cup Super Eights defeat against South Africa at the Guyana National Stadium Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Serb teenager dumps Nadal
Serbian teenager Novak Djokovic upset second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 here Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the 6.9 million-dollar WTA and ATP Masters Series hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps shatters yet another record
Michael Phelps shattered a third world record in winning the 200-metre individual medley for his fourth gold medal at the world championships on Thursday. The American swimming marvel chopped 0.
 arrow Cricket: Akram over McGrath, says Lara
Glenn McGrath may be on the verge of breaking Wasim Akram's record for the most World Cup wickets but as far as West Indies captain Brian Lara is concerned the Pakistan great remains the best bowler he's
 arrow Cricket: Pollock form a concern
Shaun Pollock was South Africa's star bowler during his country's home one-day international season but his World Cup form is a worry for captain Graeme Smith.
 arrow Cricket: India fined for slow over rate
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday penalised India for a slow over rate during their World Cup first round defeat against Sri Lanka last week.
 arrow Cricket: ICC happy with wired-up umps
The International Cricket Council (ICC) believes that having umpires wired-up and in tune with the latest technology can only improve on-field decision-making.
 arrow Cricket: Gone are the Sachin days
It is unlikely that Sachin Tendulkar would call it a day or the Board would pull the plug on his career but what's certain is that his spell on an adoring nation is over.
 arrow Football: Toni brace lifts Italy
Steven Gerrard saved England's blushes with a brilliant double to see off plucky Andorra 3-0 in Barcelona.
 arrow Football: McClaren feels the strain
Steve McClaren showed the strain of England's recent slump in form when he stormed out of a press conference after less than two minutes following his side's laboured 3-0 win over group E minnows Andorra
 arrow Football: Domenech slams Cisse boo-boys
France coach Raymond Domenech hit out at the fans who constantly jeered Marseille forward Djibril Cisse during France's 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: Maradona in hospital again
Football legend Diego Maradona was hospitalized against his will in Buenos Aires after falling ill from over-indulging in food, alcohol and cigars, his personal doctor said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Kahn hearing set for Monday
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn will have his appeal against a one-match suspension handed out by FIFA for improper conduct heard on Monday.
 arrow Football: Real ready to splash cash
Real Madrid are prepared to splash out 100 million euros on new players to recapture past glories, according to Spanish newspaper Marca on Thursday.
 arrow Football: 'England job the worst'
England coach Steve McClaren has "the worst job in football", according to Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock.
 arrow Football: 'Arsenal not for sale'
Arsenal chiefs insist reports of a takeover by American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke are premature.
Metropolitanarrow Ratify UN convention to ensure rights of migrant workers
Speakers at the Fifth Saarc Peoples' Forum yesterday called on the South Asian governments to ratify the United Nations Convention on Migration in order to ensure the rights of migrant workers.
 arrow Help establish admin of good people
An Election Olympiad was held in the city yesterday with a view to raise public awareness about election.
 arrow Need for enhancing economic ties with China underscored
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation between Bangladesh and China.
 arrow Environment-friendly brick tech launched
A new environment-friendly and energy-efficient brick making technology called 'Hybrid Hoffman Kiln' has been launched in the country to produce high quality and low-cost bricks.
 arrow Saarc Car Rally reaches Pakistan
The Saarc Car Rally 2007 reached here on Wednesday night after the caravan ended its third leg journey to India.
 arrow Rehabilitate urban poor who contribute one-third of GDP
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called for rehabilitating the urban poor instead of evicting them as they make significant contributions to urban development.
 arrow Two cases filed against Atiqullah Khan
Two cases were filed against Globe Construction Ltd Chairman and Janakantha Editor Atiqullah Khan Masud on charges of cheating on Wednesday evening.
 arrow Money exchange employee robbed of Tk 2.5 lakh
An employee of a money exchange was robbed of Tk 2.5 lakh in front of Paltan Police Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Steps to be taken for permanent CHT peace'
Foreign and CHT Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said initiatives will be taken to ensure sustainable peace and overall development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Workers lay siege to Latif Bawani Jute Mill for arrear salaries
The workers and employees of Latif Bawani Jute Mill yesterday laid siege to the mill and started observing work abstention demanding payment of their salary and arrears.
 arrow Monjurul Alam acting CCC mayor
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is likely to have an acting mayor today twenty two days after the post became vacant.
 arrow Banani roads renamed after war heroes
The Road No. 27 at Banani in the capital has been renamed after veteran freedom fighter Moinul Hossain Chowdhury Bir Bikram in recognition of his contribution to the War of Liberation.
 arrow BNP leader arrested in Barisal
Police arrested Sarwar Alam Biplob, secretary of Gournadi upazila BNP, from Gournadi Bandar last evening.
 arrow 'Over 1 lakh held, 60 killed in crossfire or in custody in last 3 months'
A total of 109,509 people were arrested while 60 were killed in encounters or crossfire with law enforcing agencies or under their custody in the last three months, says an Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) press
 arrow Manju urged to withdraw decision
Leaders and activists of Jatiya Party and its front organisations yesterday urged Anwar Hossain Manju to withdraw his decision of retiring from politics, says a press release.
 arrow 1293 hydraulic horns seized in last 7 days
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) seized hydraulic horns of 1,293 motor vehicles and filed 3823 cases against their owners in the last seven days for using hydraulic horn in restricted areas, says a press
 arrow Shaheed Aslam Day today
Shaheed Aslam Day will be observed in the country today.
 arrow Mobashsher new postal DG
Mobashsherur Rahman joined as new director general of the postal department on March 27, says a press release. Earlier, he served as additional director general (planning) and postmaster general simultaneously.
 arrow Obituary
Afzal Hossain, former lawmaker and a freedom fighter, passed away due to old age ailment at the Ibn Sina Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 74, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 36th death anniversary of Shaheed Lt Col Dr N A M Jahangir, a freedom fighter, says a press release. He embraced martyrdom during the War of Liberation at the age of only 39.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dr Yunus and the future of Bangladesh
The Bangladesh political culture is at a historic turning point.
 arrow Can we take on the challenge of human rights?
The decision of the CG to form a National Human Rights Commission (HRC) is a very welcome one.
 arrow Are the Aussies unstoppable?
First up in the Tigers' Super Eight campaign, the big guns: Australia. The bookie's favourite to win the cup by miles, a position further cemented by their comfortable win over the West Indies yesterday.
Culturearrow Vignettes of 1971
Arecurring complaint is that there's not enough footage or photographs of the Liberation War. Images of the war evoke memories among many -- some painful, some of conviction and some of desperation.
 arrow Dance Festival by Shadhona and UNESCO begins
A three-day dance festival showcasing different dance forms in Bangladesh began at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on March 28.
 arrow 'Nikot Otit' on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla will air Nikot Otit, an Independence Day special play, tonight at 8:45pm. The play is scripted by Sumona Siddiqui and directed by Fuad Chowdhury.
 arrow 'Kepe Uthe Nirjon Bonobhumi' on Channel i
TV play Kepe Uthe Nirjon Bonobhumi will be aired tonight at 7:50pm on Channel i. Ferdousi Majumdar, Joya Ahsan and Moinul Haq Oli are the main cast members of the play.
 arrow Presenting women's visions
To celebrate International Women's Day, Society for the Promotion of Bangladesh Art recently held an exhibition of works by 20 Bangladeshi women artists. This exhibition was held at the American Club.
 arrow Three Bangladeshi photographers honoured at China International Press Photo Contest
Three Bangladeshi photographers won awards at the 3rd China International Press Photo Contest held in Shanghai recently (from March 21 to 25), says a press release.
 arrow Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad, Comilla unit holds biennial conference
Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad, Comilla unit held its biennial conference at Birchandranagar Auditorium recently, says a press release.
Generalarrow Fire fighting equipment were ineffective
The fire fighting equipment in the Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) building were ineffective during the devastating fire that broke out in the building last month.
 arrow 40 injured in bus crash
At least 40 people, including disciples of the Peer of Atroshi, were injured in an accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj on Wednesday night.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC's role under focus
Eight weeks have passed since the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC). How far it has moved along the electoral reforms path, is a very legitimate question to ask.
 arrow Editorial: 27th BCS affair
The demand made by a platform of students and civil society members for an immediate cancellation of the 27th BCS examinations raises once more the question of what needs to be done about the Public Service
 arrow 'Tis new to thee
One of the over-simplifications the commentariat (myself included) is often guilty of is to look at all political questions in the country from an AL versus BNP point of view: political discourse in Bangladesh
 arrow Bangladesh rising
If I could I would freeze the frame between October 13, 2006 and March 25, 2007, and then replicate it again and again before splicing together a motion picture of dream.
 arrow The WEF versus the WSF
The sustenance of the world capitalist order and its delicate interrelation with colonialism and empire building has been far from easy and required cooperation and understanding within the capitalist
Letters to Editorarrow The bliss of cricket
In the deepest part of the human psyche there is a space for sports.
 arrow BDR sale centres
Good initiatives are replicated in the society when there is an enabling environment.
 arrow Deadly Bird Flu
It is very alarming to know that some poultry farms in Savar area have shown the presence of "Bird Flu Virus".
 arrow Break the illegal syndicates
The on-going drive against deep-rooted corruption and irregularities is welcomed by common people and it is obvious that removing these hazards ultimately will take more time than the so-called politicians'
 arrow Caretaker government
The first & foremost responsibility of a caretaker government is to make a level playing field for a free, fair & transparent election. The CTG which was formed before the present one was not impartial.
 arrow Noisy aircraft
My ailing mother of about 70 years and little daughter nearly collapsed as an Air Force plane flew over our locality at a very low altitude on March 15, 2007 at around 1:30pm.
 arrow Misuse of government vehicles
I want to stress that bribery is not the single means of corruption to exploit common citizens, but misuse of government resources is another important evil practice of the government functionaries.
 arrow Generating power
I congratulate Mr. Nizam Ahmed for his column titled " Generating power without government."
 arrow Private coaching
At present the private coaching centres are mushrooming in the country. They have taken the place of schools and colleges.
 arrow Road markings in flyover
It has been noticed that the road markings in Mohakhali flyover have not been done professionally.
 arrow Plots in Uttara
In the beginning of 2005 the then BNP government gave allotments of 1136 plots in the category of 1) Business men and industrialist, 2) Private service holders and 3) Others in Uttara 3rd phase (extended)
 arrow Handling Bird Flu
It is alarming to see the spread of Avian Flu in Bangladesh and the sad impact it will have on the fowl industry.
 arrow Krishi Bank's interest rate
Our attention is drawn to the letter captioned 'Micro-credit and high interest rate' written by Bazlur Rahman published in your newspaper on 28 February 2007. In the letter Mr.
 arrow An unsafe world
Whenever we turn on our televisions and switch to international news channels some common words as 'bomb,' 'blast,' 'kills,' or phrases like 'nuclear programme,' 'terrorist attack' can be heard.
 arrow Tigers might roar
On Sunday it seemed the monsoon of Bangladesh had converged on Trinidad. Rain continually delayed the Tigers' fateful match against Bermuda.
 arrow Shabash Bangladesh!
I am overwhelmed with joy as I am writing this letter to you. Today is our Independence Day. Bangladesh and we Bangladeshis all around the globe are celebrating our independence.
 arrow Beating Bermuda
Our World Cup victory against Bermuda, coincidentally on our Independence Day, although by seven wickets, was not very convincing, or satisfying.
 arrow World Cup tickets!
Hi ! I'm an Indian fan who had booked the follow India Super 8 package which includes 4 tickets for all Super 8 games / the semi final and the final.
Urbanarrow The time is ripe: The heat is on
Following the fire at BSEC Bhaban 26 February, there has been an increase in awareness regarding fire, its dangers and its hand in death.
 arrow Post-BSEC fire case studies: March 2007
Krishi Bhaban, HQ of Bangladesh Agricultural Corporation, Dilkusha c/a, Dhaka This is an 11-storied office building with single basement.
Worldarrow Saarc summit to focus on Lanka unrest
India voiced concern on Wednesday over the first-ever air raid staged by Tamil Tiger rebels and said that next week's regional summit would focus on escalating violence in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Ceasefire breaks down in Pakistani tribal area
Pakistani tribesmen fought fresh battles with foreign al-Qaeda militants Thursday, leaving one tribesman dead and shattering a week-old ceasefire in a troubled area bordering Afghanistan.
 arrow Senate ties Iraq funds to pullout timetable
The US Senate yesterday approved a bill tying funding for the war in Iraq to a timetable for withdrawing US troops, setting the stage for a confrontation with President George W Bush.
 arrow India promises to wield 'sharp sword' against Kashmiri militants
The chief minister of revolt-hit Indian Kashmir vowed yesterday to wield a "sharp sword" against Islamic militants while pledging to spare civilians from the crackdown.
 arrow Lanka claims sinking 3 LTTE boats
A Sri Lankan naval patrol has sunk at least three suspected Tamil Tiger boats off the island's northeastern coast, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq admits police massacred Sunnis
Iraq's embattled government admitted on Thursday that police were behind the vengeful slaughter of at least 70 Sunni Arabs in a northern town as more bodies of men, killed execution-style, were found.
 arrow UK seeks UNSC backing over sailor standoff
A British motion calling on Iran to immediately free 15 detained British naval personnel will be discussed by the UN Security Council yesterday, the Council chairman said.
 arrow Chinese mine explosion kills 26
A gas explosion in a Chinese coal mine has killed 26 miners, a government news agency said yesterday.
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