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Front Pagearrow Six JMB militants hanged
Six top militants including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) supremo Abdur Rahman and his deputy Bangla Bhai were executed late Thursday night for killing two Jhalakathi judges.
 arrow Militants buried, veil of mystery remains
With the funerals of executed Istamist militant linchpins, many secrets and mysteries about the rise of the particular kind of militancy, its masterminds and patrons were also buried yesterday.
 arrow Trail of terror attacks
JMB killed at least 64 people including Rajshahi University teacher Prof Mohammad Yunus and two Jhalakathi judges, and carried out more than a thousand bomb attacks across the country between 2000 and
 arrow The deadly terror outfit, rise of its kingpins
Militant activities of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) came to spotlight in April 2004 when its vigilantes started operations and killing people in Rajshahi-Naogaon regions.
 arrow Countrywide security alert
Security measures have been beefed up in the capital as well as elsewhere in the country on suspicion of reprisal from militants following the execution of six kingpins of the outlawed militant groupJama'atul
 arrow 'Execution to help ensure rule of law'
Leading lawyers, politicians, intellectuals and people of various sections of the society yesterday expressed satisfaction over the execution of six top Islamist militants and hoped that this would help
 arrow Tigers take on Aussies today
An upbeat Bangladesh face a stiff challenge when they launch their Super Eights campaign in the Cricket World Cup against defending champions Australia today at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
 arrow Execution says it all
The execution of six JMB militants, including its chief Abdur Rahman and second-in- command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, proved that the media reports about the militants were right although theprevious
 arrow Corporate heroes honoured
Four prominent businesspersons and corporate houses were honoured with the Bangladesh Business Awards 2006 in the city yesterday for outstanding performance in different fields last year.
 arrow We got justice, say families of slain judges
Families of assassinated Jhalakathi judges Jagannath Pandey and Sohel Ahmed expressed their happiness about the execution of the killers and their masterminds.
 arrow 2 Bangla Bhai aides held in Bagmara
Police arrested two aides of hanged JMB kingpin Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai from Bagmara upazila yesterday, reports our staff correspondent from Rajshahi.
 arrow Up from bed they see the coffins of the kingpins
Locals of Nayapara in Jamalpur were a bit surprised to see so many policemen and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in their neighbourhood early yesterday morning. They had two coffins with them.
 arrow 22 Hizbut Tahrir men held while holding secret meet in city
Police arrested 22 members of the cultural wing of Hizbut Tahrir Bangladesh in the city's Mohammadpur area yesterday evening.
 arrow England recovering
England recovered from early setbacks but still, were restricted to a modest 181 for four in 42 overs by a tidy Ireland attack in both sides' first appearance in the Cricket World Cup Super Eights atthe
 arrow Report being prepared for review by foreign secys
Infrastructural, economic and information connectivity among South Asian neighbouring countries dominated discussions in the Saarc Programming Committee meeting, which concluded here last night.
 arrow 'Ban nuke tests, stop use of chemical fertiliser in S Asia'
The Fifth Saarc Peoples' Forum demanded ban on all nuclear tests and biological weapons in South Asia and urged the Saarc members to stop use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals harmful
 arrow Rejoinder
Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) in a rejoinder to the story headlined 'Corruption cases filed against Huda, Sigma, Nasim, Tuku, Lobi' published in The Daily Star on March
 arrow Rahim Uddin Bhorosa sued for murder
A murder case was filed against district BNP President and Chairman of the RV group Rahim Uddin Bhorosa seven years after the death of a girl that was caused by the collapse of a wall 'illegally' erected
 arrow Iraqi Shia market bombings kill 125
Five suicide bombers struck Shia marketplaces in northeast Baghdad and a town north of the capital at nightfall Thursday, killing at least 125 people and wounding more than 150 in one of Iraq's deadliest
 arrow Asia to face floods, drought, disease
Countries across Asia face heightened risk of flooding, severe water shortages, infectious disease and hunger from global warming, the UN's top climate experts say in a massive report to be unveiled next
 arrow Heavy fighting in Pakistan kills 56
Pakistani tribesmen traded heavy rocket and mortar fire with foreign al-Qaeda militants in a border region for a second day Friday, leaving 56 people dead, the interior minister said Friday.
 arrow Iran TV airs British sailor's 'confession'
Iran aired television footage on Friday of a British sailor "confessing" to trespassing in Iranian waters, further escalating the diplomatic furore over Tehran's capture of 15 navy personnel.
 arrow India successfully tests nuclear capable missile
India successfully tested yesterday a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a naval ship near its east coast, the defence ministry said.
Businessarrow Accolades for corporate captains
A spectacular dance with music marked the beginning of the gala event at the Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2006
Business Person Of The Year
Md Nasiruddin, managing director of Pacific Jeans Limited, received the 'Business Person of the Year 2006'.

 arrow India's smaller neighbours should get free access
Indian industrialists and businessmen have suggested they would support any moves for India, as the largest South Asian country, to give duty-free market access to smaller neighbouring countries suchas
 arrow Terrorism no threat to 8pc growth, says Lanka
Sri Lanka's president said on Friday "terrorism" was no threat to growth as he forecast that the island's economy would grow by eight percent in 2007.
 arrow US, Saudi, Chinese firms announce $5b energy deal
US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco and Sinopec announced here Friday two joint ventures worth about five billion dollars to operate 750 service stations and a petrochemical refinery in China.
 arrow US unhappy over China's lack of progress in opening economy
China has made "little to no progress" in opening key market sectors, a senior US commerce official said Thursday, as he warned of a souring mood in Washington over trade issues with the Asian nation.
 arrow French luxury brands eye Indian market
India may not be seen as a likely place to sell a 1,000-dollar handbag, but top luxury brands from France said on Friday that the country holds the key to a major boost in their global sales.
 arrow S'pore's DBS aims to be major player in Islamic finance
Southeast Asia's biggest lender, DBS Group Holdings, wants to be a major player in the 300-billion US dollar Islamic financial market and has engaged four specialists to help the bank achieve the goal,
 arrow Asia's No 2 auto show opens in Bangkok
Asia's second-largest motor show opened in Bangkok on Friday amid plummeting domestic sales, dragged down by consumer worries over Thailand's uncertain post-coup politics.
 arrow Citigroup tops list of global companies
A growing number of Chinese firms are now among the leading global corporations, said a Forbes magazine report Thursday that places US banking giant Citigroup in the top spot.
 arrow Euro-zone inflation may rise to 1.9pc
Inflation in the euro-zone will probably reach 1.9 percent in March, the European Union announced Friday.
 arrow Oil rises to 2007 highs at $66.70 in Asian trade
Oil prices rose to fresh 2007 highs in Asian trade Friday as tensions over Iran's detention of British military personnel increased further, dealers said.
 arrow US economy should slow in 2007: Rato
US economic momentum is likely to decline this year to a pace slower than the 2.9 percent forecast in September by the International Monetary Fund, the head of the IMF said Thursday.
 arrow Dollar slips in Asia on Iran row
The dollar lost some ground in Asian trade Friday as market participants remained vigilant amid growing tensions between Iran and Britain and uncertain prospects for the US economy, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
March 25-29, 2007
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable against the Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply. The USD fell slightly against the Taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: McGrath issues warning
Glenn McGrath be-lieves Aus-tralia are a class apart as they chase an unprecedented third successive World Cup title.
 arrow Cricket: 'Time up for Tendulkar'
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell on Friday suggested what millions of Indians had been dreading to hear -- the great Sachin Tendulkar should hang up his boots.
 arrow Football: Nazrul rescues Abahani
Abahani were extremely fortunate to return from yesterday's B.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden struts back
When Ma-tthew Hay-den was dro-pped from Australia's one-day side after the 2005 Ashes tour, it seemed the end of the road had been reached for a batsman who, for a short but blistering period in the early
 arrow Cricket: Kumble makes it official
India's most successful bowler, Anil Kumble, officially announced his retirement from one-day cricket on Friday, but said he will remain available for Test matches.
 arrow Cricket: BD A play first one-day today
Smarting from heavy defeats in the Test (four-day) series, Bangladesh A play their first one-day match against Sri Lanka A at the Colts Cricket Club ground in Colombo today.
 arrow Cricket: PCB wants fast trial
The Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday called on Jamaican authorities to complete the probe into the murder of coach Bob Woolmer as quickly as possible following reports that it may take months to resolve
 arrow Cricket: A much-needed closure
Murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer is to be bid a final farewell at a public memorial service in Cape Town next Wednesday, organisers said.
 arrow Local Snippets
Orient Sporting Club squeezed past Azad Sporting Club by two wickets in the super league of Kai-Altech First Division League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Charl learning everyday
Former prison guard Charl Langeveldt may not have the pace of South Africa teammates Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini, but he's second to none when it comes to delivering in crunch situations.
 arrow Cricket: ECB agrees on Rudolph
Yorkshire's signing of South African batsman Jacques Rudolph under the Kolpak ruling was on Friday approved "reluctantly" by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
 arrow Cricket: Styris, Oram turn it on
Jacob Oram and Scott Styris starred in New Zealand's seven-wicket win over the West Indies as the Black Caps began their Super Eight campaign in style at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara calls for calm
West Indies captain Brian Lara issued an appeal for unity as tensions within the World Cup hosts' camp surfaced after their seven-wicket Super Eights defeat by New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming hints at final
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming believes his side have never been as well prepared as they are now to win a World Cup in the 10 years he has been leading the one-day side.
 arrow Cricket: 'Give me four wins'
Dejected West Indies captain Brian Lara admitted on Thursday that his side need to win all four of their remaining Super Eights games if they are to salvage their World Cup dream.
 arrow Cricket: Ranjan reaches 200
Former Sri Lanka batsman Ranjan Madugalle reached a landmark here on Friday when he officiated in his 200th one-dayer as a match referee during the World Cup Super Eights game between England and Ireland.
 arrow Football: Baro Nazir no more
Nazir Ahmed, the famous footballer of 60s and 70s popularly known as Baro (senior) Najir, died of cancer in the early hours of yesterday at his residence in Duri Aunguli Lane, Nawabganj. He was 68.
 arrow Cricket: President asks Ashraf to stay
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has declined to accept the resignation of Dr Naseem Ashraf following the team's World Cup debacle and asked him to continue as the chairman of the cricket board.
 arrow Cricket: Elliott moving to Wales
Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Elliott has accepted an offer to play for Glamorgan for the first four weeks of the forthcoming season.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts open against WI
South Africa and West Indies will contest the opening game of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship which will be held in South Africa between September 10 and 24.
 arrow Cricket: Watch and learn: Moody
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody on Thursday stressed his team needs to learn quickly from the mistakes made against South Africa during their one-wicket defeat in the Super Eights match.
 arrow Cricket: Patil row surfaces
Even as the name of Sandeep Patil is doing the rounds to take over the Indian team's reins as its interim coach from Greg Chappell, a former Cricket Board official revealed how several senior playershad
 arrow Cricket: ICC goes easy on Peterson
South African spinner Robin Peterson earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first player to get an official reprimand in the ongoing World Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Dad stands by Veeru
Virender Sehwag's father on Friday said it would be unfair to blame his son only for India's disastrous World Cup campaign as the failure of key players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid led to the
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho world's richest footballer
Barcelona star Ronaldinho has overtaken David Beckham as the best paid footballer in the world, according to annual listings published in Forbes magazine Friday. Brazilian Ronaldinho earned 23.
 arrow Football: Barca look to pull ahead
League leaders Barcelona will be looking to put space between themselves and their main rivals for the La Liga title with a convincing victory over erratic Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Scholes primed to fire
Sir Alex Fergu-son believes Paul Scholes is ready to give fresh impetus to Manchester United's treble challenge.
 arrow Football: Maradona swapping addictions?
Doctors said Thursday they were concerned football legend Diego Maradona, who was rushed to hospital a day earlier and stabilized, may have traded cocaine addiction for alcohol abuse.
 arrow Football: Hitzfield demands win against Schalke
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will pull out all the stops for Saturday's clash with Bun-desliga leaders Schalke 04 -- despite their European quarterfinal with AC Milan just three days later.
 arrow Football: Inter seek quick wrap-up
Inter Milan will sense the chance to move closer to the Serie A title this weekend with the runaway leaders at home to struggling Parma and second-placed Roma facing a tough test against AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Morientes out of Chelsea clashes
Valencia striker Fernando Morientes will miss his club's Champions League quarterfinal matches against Chelsea with a shoulder injury, the Spanish federation announced here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Further layoff for Neville
Manchester United captain Gary Neville faces a further three weeks on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage two weeks ago.
 arrow Football: Kaiser receives Laureus award
German football legend Franz Beckenbauer will receive the Laureus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Barcelona on Monday, according to the organisers of the event.
 arrow Football: Van Persie out for the season
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season as he struggles to recover from the foot injury he suffered against Manchester United in January.
 arrow Football: Williams, Henin in final
Australian Open champion Serena Williams ousted Shahar Peer in straight sets here Thursday to book a clash with world number one Justine Henin in the final of the 6.9 million-dollar Sony Ericsson Open.
 arrow Football: Fergie believes in Rooney
Alex Ferguson claims Wayne Rooney is equipped to cope with the burden of carrying the hopes of a nation, despite extending his goalless run for England to 15 competitive games against Andorra in midweek.
 arrow Football: Alcohol ban for Roma, United clash
An alcohol ban will be enforced for Roma's Champions League quarterfinal first leg against English Premiership leaders Manchester United next Wednesday in an attempt to prevent crowd trouble.
 arrow Football: Riise declared bankrupt
Liverpool's Norwegian defender John Arne Riise was declared bankrupt by Liverpool County Court on Friday for an unpaid debt of around 100,000 pounds (196,000 dollars).
Metropolitanarrow Basic reforms a must before election
Rowan Laxton, deputy head of the South Asia Group in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK, said the British government as well as the international community is hopeful about the future of democratic
 arrow Acting Ctg mayor vows to promote civic rights
Monjurul Alam Monju, a CCC ward commissioner, took office as the acting mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) here yesterday with a pledge to safeguard the civic rights of the city dwellers.
 arrow 'Introduce community-based training to raise awareness'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need to prepare a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan in order to reduce losses and sufferings.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
Four people were killed in separate road accidents in three districts yesterday.
 arrow Undetected TB patients a threat to public health
More than half of the undetected tuberculosis-infected people move around freely, posing a serious threat to public health.
 arrow 'Form task force to protect Haor people from floods'
Environmentalists and conscious citizens at a dialogue yesterday urged the caretaker government to form a national task force to protect two crore people living in haor areas and their crops from early
 arrow Housewife held for torturing domestic help
A housewife was arrested for allegedly torturing her domestic help in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow CA offers fateha at grave of freedom fighter
Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed visited the grave of martyred freedom fighter Lt. Col. Dr SA Hai and offered fateha at the Azimpur Graveyard in the city after Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Man throws acid on mother-in-law over dowry in Ctg
A woman sustained severe burn injuries as her son-in-law threw acid on her in the port city on Thursday night for dowry.
 arrow Khaleda attends doa mahfil for KM Obaid
A doa and milad mahfil was held at Banani Chairmanbari ground yesterday afternoon seeking divine blessings for the departed soul of BNP leader KM Obaidur Rahman.
 arrow Bangladeshi student gets Times Foundation Scholarship
Sarah Taslim, a Bangladeshi student of Bacon School here, has been awarded the prestigious Times Foundation Scholarship.
 arrow Criminal held with firearm
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) nabbed an alleged criminal with a firearm from Keraniganj near the capital on Thursday.
Nationalarrow Ex-BNP MP sued in Sirajganj for corruption
Selim Reza, former chairman of Chowland, an NGO founded by former BNP lawmaker Maj (retd) Monjur Kader, has lodged a case with a Sirajganj court against Monjur for alleged 'corruption and misappropriation
 arrow Set up district judges' courts in 3 hill dists
Speakers at an advocacy meeting held here urged the government to take steps for setting up of district and session judge's courts in three hill districts to redress sufferings of litigants and resolve
 arrow Jewllerey shop looted in Sylhet
Miscreants looted gold ornament worth about a Tk 25 lakh from a jewellery shop at a shopping mall at Zindabazar in the city Thursday night.
 arrow 6 get Independence Day Award at RU
Six persons were awarded the Independence Day Award -2007 at a reception accorded to freedom fighters and family members of martyred freedom fighters on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus, university
 arrow Three editors acquitted in 'false' case
A Kushtia court acquitted editors of three local daily newspapers in much talked about local daily Dainik Sikol torching case, filed on May 13, 2004.
 arrow 101 intellectuals in Rajshahi want trial of war criminals
About 101 intellectuals in a statement issued in Rajshahi yesterday demanded of the caretaker government to take an immediate initiative for trial of war criminals of the Liberation War of Bangladeshin
 arrow 2 clinics closed in Rangpur
A mobile court realised Tk, 90,000 fines from six private clinics and diagnostic centres and closed two clinics in Rangpur town during drives on Thursday and Wednesday.
 arrow Freedom Fighters' reunion held
A reunion of freedom fighters who had fought in Sector No 4 during the Liberation War of Bangladesh was held at the Central Shaheed Minar here on March 28.
Point-Counterpointarrow Legacy of ruin
It is indeed a strange irony of fate that a person who was aspiring soon to be anointed with the crown of an undisputed ruler of the country ended up in jail on charge of corruption.
 arrow On the rouge of retirement and unsolicited contribution
The news was indeed amazing and perhaps a bit tormenting.
 arrow Is Musharraf in tight corner?
Pakistan president Gen. Musharraf became one of the closest allies of US, to be in the front rank, in US 'war on terror,' first, in Afghanistan then in Iraq.
 arrow Youth shouldn't be blemished with scar of dowry
Youth is the prime time of life. The youth are strong, self confident, creative and productive force of any nation. It is possible to reflect hopes and aspirations of a nation through the youth.
Culturearrow A captivating display of lyrical, graceful Manipuri dance
On the second evening (March 29) of the Dance Festival organised by Shadhona and UNESCO, Chhayanat -- one of the leading cultural organisations in the country -- staged Manipuri dance performances.
 arrow Death: The ultimate truth
Life experiences events or moments of uncertainty on its way to face the ultimate truth on earth -- 'death.
 arrow Folk songs at Rabindra Sarobor
Mass-line Media Centre (MMC), an NGO, in association with the Theatre and Music Department, Dhaka University, organised a programme featuring folk music at Rabindra Sarobor, Dhanmondi on March 29.
 arrow Banglavision celebrates its first anniversary
TV channel Banglavision will air an array of special programmes for three days starting from March 31 to mark their first anniversary.
Generalarrow Doctors' consultancy fees, charges for medical tests to be fixed soon
Health and Family Welfare Affairs Adviser Major General Dr ASM Matiur Rahman on Thursday said the government is going to form a committee soon to fix consultancy fees of doctors and charges for medical
Internationalarrow Nepal govt, Maoists in crunch talks on new cabinet
Nepal's main parties and Maoists were holding crunch talks yesterday on forming a historic new government that includes the former rebels and cements the nation's peace process.
 arrow Democrats edge closer to Iraq showdown
A defiant, Democratic-controlled Senate approved legislation Thursday calling for the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq within a year, propelling Congress closer to an epic, wartime veto
 arrow Iraq is under occupation, reiterates Saudi FM
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Thursday that King Abdullah was stating a fact when he described Iraq as being under occupation, a criticism, which has prompted Washington to seek clarification
 arrow ME peace possible in 5-yr
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in interviews published yesterday that the Jewish state could clinch global peace with its enemies within five years, after Arab leaders revived a peace plan.
 arrow Fresh violence in Lanka kills 13
Sri Lankan warplanes bombed suspected Tamil Tiger positions yesterday after the rebels blew up five soldiers and allegedly killed eight civilians in shelling, officials said.
 arrow Japan deploys new missile defence
Japan began deploying its first advanced Patriot missile defence system yesterday near Tokyo, part of an effort to accelerate missile defence capabilities following North Korea's missile and nuclear tests
 arrow Thousands protest against Thai junta
Thousands of people protested yesterday against Thailand's military junta, despite the government's announcement that it would hold elections in December to restore democracy.
 arrow Helicopter shot down in Somalia
An Ethiopian helicopter attacking insurgent positions in Somalia's capital was shot down Friday as government and allied troops battled hundreds of gunmen in the streets, witnesses said.
 arrow UNSC adopts Darfur resolution
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution expressing its concern about the situation in Darfur yesterday, but stopped short of criticising Sudan's government over the atrocities.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A laudable initiative by the High Court
The invitation by the High Court for a legal debate over the amended Emergency Power Rules (EPR) that revoked the right to bail of those arrested on charges of crime and corruption is a praiseworthy step
 arrow Editorial: Bird flu threat
In just a few weeks there has been a considerable incidence of bird flu reported from different places. Infected fowls were found in Tangail, Jamalpur, Naraynganj and Gazipur.
 arrow Make SAARC a success
In the last two and half decades we have had thirteen Summit meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
 arrow The god that failed again
Certain things are not expected from some quarters. The belief is that they, motivated by the pro-people considerations, will not go that far.
 arrow Time to take fresh vow for nation building
Bangladesh has celebrated her 36th anniversary of Independence the other day (March 26). Our independent nationhood, by this time, can be termed as a grown-up one.
StarTecharrow Gala software expo woos all
It's hard to imagine our lives without computers and without software the computers are of no use. Various types of software serve different purposes.
 arrow 'Wow' it's finally here!
At last it's here! The much hyped latest Operating System (OS) of Microsoft Corporation is finally in Dhaka.
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 arrow Metal Asia 2007

Literaturearrow Divine Justice
I am a thief.
Oh, I know -- you look into my innocent-looking eyes, (baby-brown and fringed by dark, curling lashes) and you doubt my word. You think I'm jesting.

 arrow The definitive 1971 novel
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam; London: John Murray ; 2007; 276 pp (hb).
It has been a mystery why the great novel of 1971 has never been written.

 arrow Cricket in Trinidad
We drag socks on dry ankles, strap on walking boots, tug laces into place, stand for another final time, pick the hats and other fan-phernilia, and slowly walk out into the Caribbean sun, 28C and 87%humidity.
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