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Front Pagearrow Nations to work for better regional connectivity
The 14th Saarc Summit concluded in the Indian capital by adopting a 30-point declaration yesterday, which gave a wider mandate to promote peace and development in the region through greater connectivity
 arrow CEC asks govt to lift embargo on indoor politics
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday asked the caretaker government to withdraw the embargo on indoor politics.
 arrow Campus politics to be banned for good
The government has initiated a move for a permanent ban on politics of students and teachers in public universities and colleges, in a significant bid to restore proper atmosphere for education.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury, Shamim Osman, Mamun sued
Separate cases were filed against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shamim Osman and Giasuddin Al Mamun, close friend and business partner of Tarique Rahman, inthe
 arrow Full text of Delhi Declaration
1. The Heads of State or Government welcomed the entry of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan into SAARC.
 arrow CA's bilateral talks yield assurances from members
Saarc's new member Afghanistan has expressed interest in recruiting skilled manpower from Bangladesh while Sri Lanka has said it wishes to invest in Bangladesh's pharmaceuticals sector.
 arrow NCBs fall flat on recovery target
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) realised a mere 11.89 percent of the targeted defaulted loans from the top 20 defaulters last year.
 arrow 'Daylight saving' plan to tackle power crisis
The government is likely to advance daytime by one hour under a proposed "daylight saving" plan to manage power crisis.
 arrow It's difficult to say when next poll will be
Chief Adviser's Press Secretary Syed Fahim Munaim yesterday said it is difficult to say at the moment when the next general election will be held because a congenial atmosphere must have to be created
 arrow No new infection reported
No new farm with avian influenza infection was detected in the last four days, sources at the central avian influenza control room said. "It is really a good sign.
 arrow Tax free income slab may be raised
The government will consider increasing the existing tax free income slab from Tk 1,20,000 in the next budget to relieve general public of tax burden.
 arrow Next summit in Maldives
The 15th Saarc summit will be held in Male, the capital of the Maldives, in 2008.
 arrow Eng peg SL back
Sri Lanka were 175 for four after 39 overs in their World Cup Super Eights match against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St John's yesterday.
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 arrow Witnesses name ex-state minister Alamgir Kabir
Alamgir Kabir, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader and former state minister for housing and public works, was named one of the patrons of militants by six witnesses of three cases in connection with
 arrow 4 Bangladeshis in Kuwait down with bird flu
Preliminary tests for bird flu on four Bangladeshi workers who had been culling chickens infected with the disease were "positive," a Kuwaiti medical source told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Hearing on GD against Tarique on May 13
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 13 for hearing on a general diary (GD) filed against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman accusing him of corruption.
 arrow Ex-state minister Azad surrenders, obtains bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim anticipatory bails for four weeks to former state minister Lutfar Rahman Azad and Gopalganj BNP President MH Khan Manju after they surrendered to the court
 arrow Mamun's close aide held with revolver
Police arrested Kazi Nasir Uddin Babul, a close aide to Giasuddin Al Mamun, with a firearm and four bullets late Tuesday night in Gulshan area.
 arrow Hearing on remand prayer for Koyes Sami on Apr 11
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed April 11 for hearing on the seven-day remand prayer to interrogate former managing director of Oriental Bank Limited Chowdhury Koyes Sami in connection with embezzlementof
 arrow Visa policy amended
The government has amended the Visa Policy 2006 with immediate effect, liberalising travel requirements and granting no-visa facility to permanent foreign investors.
 arrow 45 RMG workers injured in stampede
Around 45 garment workers were injured in a stampede at a factory in Bayezid area of the city yesterday when they were coming out of the factory fearing a fire incident.
 arrow 6 more JMB suspects held
Six suspected militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in Jamalpur, Joypurhat and Barisal yesterday and on Tuesday night.
 arrow Visa policy amended
The government has amended the Visa Policy 2006 with immediate effect, liberalising travel requirements and granting no-visa facility to permanent foreign investors.
 arrow 44 foreign militants killed in Pak clashes
Forty-four foreign al-Qaeda militants were killed yesterday along with seven Pakistani tribesmen in the worst clashes yet between the two groups in a restive tribal area, security officials said.
 arrow Iran frees Britons after 13-day crisis
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday greeted 15 British sailors being released almost two weeks after their capture set off an international diplomatic furore.
 arrow Obama raises 25mi dollars on Hillary's heels
Democrat newcomer Barack Obama raked in 25 million dollars for his presidential bid in three months, almost matching Hillary Clinton and dashing for now her hopes of an easy path to the party's nomination.
Businessarrow Outer anchorage at Ctg port now congestion-free
On enforcement of some measures taken by the caretaker government, the outer anchorage of Chittagong port, the country's premier seaport, is now free of congestion because the container ships no longer
 arrow WB prescribes credit tightening
The World Bank yesterday suggested tightening bank credits to rein in potential inflationary pressures due to the increase in the prices of petroleum products.
 arrow Global airline industry may profit in '07
The global airline industry is forecast to return to the black this year with 3.
 arrow Nepal drops pipeline deal with India
The government of Nepal has dropped the earlier understanding to construct the much-talked about Raxaul-Amlekhgunj pipeline as a Nepal-India joint investment. Nepal will now construct it on its own.
 arrow EU offers full market access to former colonies
The European Union offered Wednesday to scrap almost all remaining quotas and tariffs on exports from African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, its executive branch said.
 arrow Toyota's sales jump while GM, Ford fall
The best monthly sales performance ever for Toyota and gains by fellow Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan helped the industry in March top last year's best month for US sales despite declines by GM,
 arrow S Asia can cut poverty within generation
South Asia has the chance to eliminate poverty within a generation if it can sustain strong growth, improve its infrastructure and reduce wealth inequalities, a World Bank economist said Wednesday.
 arrow Nokia Siemens to supply, build, host Blyk network
Blyk, the pan-European free mobile network for young people, funded by advertising, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, build and host its core network as it embarks on a new approach to offering
 arrow Tata Tea move not to hit workers
Tata Tea said that the process of restructuring of its North India Plantation Operation (NIPO) into Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) is not at the cost of the workers' interest.
 arrow Thai-Japan FTA reassures investors
Thailand expects big gains for its exports after signing a free trade deal with Japan, which analysts said Wednesday would reassure skittish investors about doing business in the kingdom.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: A questionable deal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) struck a consultancy deal with Cricket Australia (CA) that raised few questions to answer.
 arrow Cricket: Magnificent Milon
All-rounder Nazmul Hossain Milon established once more that he is an incredible talent after he brought back Dhaka from the dead with a brilliant 144 in the title-deciding Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National
 arrow Cricket: Greg Chappell resigns
Under-fire Greg Chappell has resigned as India's cricket coach following the team's first-round exit from the World Cup, it was announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels eye big fish
Organisers of a proposed unofficial cricket league in India are confident of roping in the world's top stars in a move reminiscent of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket three decades ago.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin shattered
India's senior pro Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday broke his silence on the World Cup debacle, saying the first round ouster had "shattered the team's dream.
 arrow Football: Oldham to arrive on May 7
English football club Oldham Athletic will send their youth squad to Bangladesh next month to play three exhibition matches.
 arrow Cricket: BD A return empty-handed
Bangladesh A ended their tour of Sri Lanka with yet another loss as they endured a nine-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sri Lanka A at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Anil criticises Greg theory
Veteran spinner Anil Kumble on Tuesday made a veiled attack on cricket coach Greg Chappell, saying his style may have created insecurity among players. "Yeah, probably because of the way he has approached.
 arrow Local Snippets
The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday gave the go ahead signal to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to hold its election.
 arrow Cricket: Pigeon's one last chance!
Glenn McGrath has made almost as much a speciality of rubbishing the England cricket team as he has of taking their wickets during his long career.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela's satisfaction
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene believes the side's current bowling attack is the best he's known in 10 years as an international player.
 arrow Cricket: Solid South Africa
South Africa defied rain and a fighting Ireland to cruise to a seven-wicket win in a World Cup Super Eights match at the Guyana National Stadium here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis's reply to critics
South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis silenced his critics with a second successive World Cup Super Eights half-century.
 arrow Football: Russel stay on top
Farashganj snatched a valuable point from B. League leaders Sheikh Russel who managed to stay on top of the table despite yesterday's dull goalless draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Arthur credits hard work
Coach Mickey Arthur believes that a different mind-set and hard work are the keys to top-ranked South Africa's successes in one-day internationals over the past 12 months.
 arrow Football: Pulsating draw at San Siro
Daniel Van Buyten's goal in the third minute of stoppage time secured a precious 2-2 draw for Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against AC Milan on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to act accordingly
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Wednesday said it will take an appropriate decision on the letter from Zee Television, seeking permission to start a parallel league.
 arrow Cricket: Hair hearing October 1
Darrell Hair's claim that the International Cricket Council's decision to bar him from officiating in major international matches was racially-motivated will be heard by an employment tribunal in London
 arrow Jail term for Sumathipala
A court sentenced Sri Lanka's former cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala to two years in jail Wednesday for breaking the island's immigration laws, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Cops put aside poison theory
Rejecting the aconite-poisoning theory in Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's murder for now, Jamaica police have said that their investigation will continue to focus on the manual strangulation angle untilforensic
 arrow Cricket: Batsmen's form pleases Smith
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was happy to see his frontline batsmen hitting form in a comfortable seven-wicket win over Ireland in the World Cup Super Eights here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'WI can learn from Ireland'
Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons, who takes over as Ireland coach after the World Cup, says the hosts can learn a lot from the Irish part-timers.
 arrow Football: L'pool thump PSV
Liverpool have one foot in the semifinals of the Champions League after a 3-0 quarterfinal first leg victory over a dismal PSV Eindhoven here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Spurs look for solace
Spurs have suffered two heartbreaking domestic Cup disappointments so far this season but they will be hoping on Thursday that they gain a good enough result against UEFA Cup holders Sevilla to keep alive
 arrow Football: Koeman admits defeat
PSV boss Ronald Koeman said he would have to come from another planet to believe his side could still progress to the Champions League semifinals following a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Milan remain upbeat
AC Milan are confident they can still reach the last four of the Champions League, despite conceding two away goals in Tuesday's quarterfinal, first leg draw at home to Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Former Togo captain dies
Former Togolese international captain Salou Tadjou has died at the age of 33 years following a long illness, his family said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Domenech wants to keep up motivation
France coach Raymond Domenech voiced concern Wednesday over how to maintain motivation among Lyon's international players in the quiet spell between the end of the French league and the next batch ofEuro
 arrow Football: Kanoute spared op
Sevilla medical staff hope that the club's star striker Fredi Kanoute can survive until the end of the season without an operation on his persistent groin problem, the club said here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Frings Juve bound?
Werder Bremen's German international midfielder Torsten Frings revealed Wednesday that he is considering a move to Italian outfit Juventus. "Juve want me at all costs.
Metropolitanarrow Ratify UN convention to ensure rights of persons with disability
The ninth National Disability Day was observed across the country yesterday with a call for ratification of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in order to establish their
 arrow Mahila Parishad honours 40 women for their contribution
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) at a function yesterday honoured 40 women for their outstanding performance and contribution to the society.
 arrow Eight killed in road crashes
Eight people were killed in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Bogra and Jhenidah in the last two days.
 arrow Evicted footpath traders leading miserable life
More than one hundred footpath traders of Rajshahi Railway Station have been leading an inhuman life with their dependents as the authorities evicted them on February 5.
 arrow Process of changing IOs in ACC cases begins
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to change the investigation officers of the cases of information concealment against 13 of the 50 corrupt suspects as a pre-cautionary step to preventthem
 arrow 3 restaurants, 6 labs fined in Ctg
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) fined three restaurants and six medical laboratories Tk 1.80 lakh for various irregularities during a drive yesterday.
 arrow Security guard gunned down in city hotel
Assailants gunned down a security guard and injured two other staffs of a residential hotel at Elephant Road in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Hasina pledges free education up to degree level
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, who is now on a private visit to USA, has said education will be made free up to degree level if her party is voted to power again.
 arrow Police rescue abducted girl, arrest three
Police rescued a minor girl student of a madrasa, who was kidnapped from Narayanganj on Tuesday, and arrested three people in this connection from city's Kafrul area early hours yesterday.
 arrow Motijheel OC suspended
The officer-in-charge (OC) of the city's Motijheel Police Station was suspended on charge of inefficiency yesterday.
 arrow HC stays case proceedings
The High Court yesterday stayed for five weeks the proceedings of the CMM's court in the case of vandalism on the Supreme Court premises over the caretaker government issue.
 arrow Buses asked to display fare chart
Passenger buses and minibuses must display fare charts mentioning the government-fixed rates, an official handout said yesterday.
 arrow 'Illiteracy main obstacle to removing women repression'
Illiteracy is the main obstacle to eliminating women repression from the society, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 15 lakh looted in Ctg
A gang of robbers looted valuables worth about Tk 15 lakh from a house in the port city's North Agrabad area under Double Mooring Police Station yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Two die in rooftop fall in city
Two people died after falling from rooftop in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Indian clothes worth Tk 6 lakh seized in N'ganj
Detective Branch (DB) of Police seized Indian clothes worth around Tk 6 lakh from a covered van of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) in the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Buet teacher dies in Kazakhstan
Professor Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Kazakhstan on Wednesday at the age of 53.
 arrow British HC closed Apr 8
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed on April 8 on the occasion of Easter Sunday, said a press release.
Nationalarrow 3,600 acres govt forestland recovered in Tangail
The Forest Department has recovered about 3, 600 acres of grabbed forestlands in Madhupur and Dhanbari upazilas in Tangail district since it launched a drive on February 15.
 arrow RU VC sued over sending rare Bengal treasures
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities were sued yesterday for its decision to send 24 rare ancient Bengal treasures from Barendra Research Museum (BRM) for an exhibition in France.
 arrow Protest against admission of fake students at RU
Several hundred students of Social Work Department of Rajshahi University yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus protesting admission of eight fake students in the department.
 arrow Arms smuggling, disputed lands feature Sylhet border meet
A BDR-BSF sector commander level meeting at Beanibazar has agreed to resolve some major cross-border problems through talks and by taking 'steps in time'.
 arrow Khulna police asked to review journo Harun murder case
LGRD Advisor Anwarul Iqbal yesterday asked the Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner to review journalist Harun murder case to detect if chargesheeted accused were acquitted by the court due to week
 arrow 8 UP members held for selling govt rice
Joint forces arrested eight Union Parishad members including a woman member in Haimchar upazila yesterday for misappropriating eight tonnes of government rice allocated by the UNO for TR projects, police
 arrow X-ray centre closed in Barisal
A mobile court yesterday realised Tk 3.15 lakh fine from five diagnostic laboratories and closed an X-ray center in Barisal.
Point-Counterpointarrow What is holding us back?
Dramatic changes in the political power in Bangladesh in January 2007 require an understanding of why the country had to face a political crisis and decide, from first principles, as to what is the best
Culturearrow Passion for recitation
Architecture and poetry go hand in hand for reciter and managing director of the firm Dexterous Consultants Ltd. Taking a cue from famous architect Louis Khan, he describes architecture as 'frozen poetry'.
 arrow Abbas Kiarostami: Ushering in the Iranian New Wave
Abbas Kiarostami is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Saless,
 arrow Presentation of research paper and 'Tunya' staged
On the second day (April 3) of the ongoing Ethnic Diversity Council, a research paper was presented at the Liberation War Museum.
Internationalarrow US links Indian govt to weapons conspiracy
An Indian top executive at a US firm was charged Tuesday with shipping restricted weapons technology to the Indian government in a case that could put a pending bilateral nuclear deal under extra congressional
 arrow US speaker meets Assad ignoring Bush anger
US House speaker Nancy Pelosi was holding talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday on a two-day trip to Damascus that has infuriated the White House. US President George W.
 arrow Gunmen kidnap 22 Iraqi shepherds
Gunmen wearing police uniforms seized 22 shepherds and their sheep in southern Iraq yesterday in the latest mass abduction of Shiite workers by presumed Sunni insurgents.
 arrow HK tycoon Nina Wang dead
Hong Kong tycoon Nina Wang, believed to be the richest woman in Asia, has died, her secretary Ringo Wong said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka pounds Tiger sea base
Sri Lankan warplanes bombed and destroyed a key Tamil Tiger naval base in the island's northeast yesterday, the defence ministry said.
 arrow 'Cancer cases to double by 2030'
The number of diagnosed cancer cases will more than double between 2000 and 2030, primarily in poorer countries, the director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer said on Tuesday.
 arrow Fresh quake hits Solomon Islands
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake yesterday violently shook areas of the Solomons Islands that were devastated by an 8.0-quake and subsequent tsunami that killed at least 30 people.
Editorialarrow Editorial: To build democracy, let's restore it first
There is an element of surprise with a tinge of shock at what Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed said in his keynote speech at a regional conference of International Political Science Association on Monday.
 arrow Editorial: Distorted history of 1971
It is good news that the government has decided to eliminate the distortions of the history of our liberation war from all school and college textbooks.
 arrow A new South Asia: Will it remain a dream?
That is a very pertinent and relevant question that South Asians should ask themselves. It has been sixty years since the region was decolonised.
 arrow Overcoming the Crisis
Whether or not the Musharraf regime is facing a crisis, does not concern one either way. The real concern is the crisis facing the common citizens of Pakistan and, to an extent, Pakistan itself.
 arrow European Union at 50
Most probably, no other period of Europe's turbulent history has been more violent than the first half of the twentieth century, when rivalry between two of its most powerful nation states, France and
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