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Front Pagearrow Sylhet mayor held on graft charges
The police arrested Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran at his residence in the city's Chhararpar area early yesterday.
 arrow EC's reform proposals welcomed, shorter timeframe suggested
Welcoming the Election Commission's (EC) reform proposals political leaders, former election commissioners and eminent citizens yesterday said the proposed year and a half timeframe for holding the next
 arrow Biotechnology to revolutionise development, experts say
Proper application of biotechnology can help revolutionise development of agriculture, industry and healthcare, and achieve sustainable growth.
 arrow Decaying old scripts
A large number of old and valuable books including handwritten scripts are getting damaged in the old building of Woodburn Public Library at Edward Park in Bogra town while the government department concerned
 arrow Global warming to hit poor countries hard: UN report
Climate change is set to inflict damage in every continent, hitting poor countries hardest and threatening nearly a third of the world's species with extinction, UN experts warned yesterday.
 arrow Huda sent to jail on expiry of remand
BNP leader and detained former communications minister Nazmul Huda was sent to jail yesterday after he was produced in a Dhaka court on expiry of a four-day remand in a money laundering case.
 arrow SA challenge for Tigers
Bangladesh will desperately try to bury their wretched start to the Cricket World Cup Super Eights when the competition resumes after a two-day break with the Tigers facing serious title contenders South
 arrow Power crisis...

 arrow Asia at risk of floods, drought and disease
Asia faces a heightened risk of flooding, severe water shortages, infectious disease and hunger from global warming this century, the UN's top climate panel said yesterday.
 arrow High migration cost, low wage cause of woes
The benefit of migration has plummeted for unskilled workers from Bangladesh in recent years damaging the economic base of their families, according to findings by studies, experts, and returnee migrants.
 arrow 20 housing companies in Sylhet asked to free grabbed govt land
The district administration has asked 20 housing companies to free the government lands they had included in their projects illegally.
 arrow CA terms 14th Saarc summit productive, action-oriented
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has described the just-concluded 14th Saarc Summit in New Delhi as "productive" and "action-oriented" that will significantly help the regional forum move along the avowed
 arrow Changes in rules soon to make scope for filing bail prayers
The caretaker government has decided to make fresh changes in the Emergency Power Rules-2007 so that the accused barring those in the graft cases could appeal for bail.
 arrow Bouddha Bihar...

 arrow Khulna JP chief freed after interrogation
Former Jatiya Party (Ershad) lawmaker and president of the party's Khulna city unit Sheikh Abul Hossain was picked up by the joint forces early yesterday and released after questioning.
 arrow 2 top Khulna criminals held in Uttara
Two criminals, who were sentenced to death in Awami League mayoral candidate SMA Rob and Khulna Chhatra League leader Tutul murder cases, were arrested in Dhaka at midnight on Thursday.
 arrow Nor'wester lashes 2 districts
Nor'wester lashed Chandapara village in Kendua upazila, while lightning killed two people at Atpara upazila of Netrakona district early yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka's ties with Delhi now at irreversible stage: Iftekhar
Bangladesh's ties with India reached an "irreversible stage" as the two countries have agreed in principle to establish an institutional framework to smoothen ties.
 arrow Bangladeshi hurt as BSF opens fire in Jessore
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Shalkona border in Sharsha upazila of Jessore early yesterday.
 arrow Allocate more money to raise health awareness
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the health sector of the country should be allocated more money for raising health awareness including health education and disease preventive training as the sector
 arrow 11 job seekers sent back home from Dubai airport
Eleven Bangladeshi job seekers were forced back home from Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates yesterday due to their faulty passports, visas and other documents provided by different travel agencies.
 arrow Embattled Musharraf's bid to win Benazir's support
Embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is in negotiations to win the support of exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a minister and government officials said yesterday.
 arrow Expat poisoned by 'muggers' dies at DMCH
A Saudi expatriate poisoned by alleged muggers died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning. The deceased, Muktar Hossain, 38, was flown to Dhaka from Jeddah early hours of Thursday.
 arrow Three held with 10 revolvers in 2 districts
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people and recovered ten revolvers from their possession in Sunamganj and Jessore districts on Thursday night.
 arrow Heroin seized from inside bicycle tyre
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 925 grams of heroin in eight packs from inside the tyre tubes of a bicycle near Old Bus Stand area in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan open talks on demilitarising Siachen
Top Indian and Pakistani defence officials held talks here yesterday on demilitarising a glacier in disputed Kashmir where freezing temperatures have claimed more lives than actual combat.
 arrow Chlorine truck bomb kills 27 in Iraq
A suicide bomber exploded a truck full of chlorine near a police station killing at least 27 people in the restive western city of Ramadi yesterday, police said.
 arrow Pak tribesmen storm al-Qaeda bunkers
Pro-government tribesmen stormed key bunkers occupied by foreign al-Qaeda militants in a Pakistani frontier zone early Friday, leaving around 20 people dead, security officials said.
 arrow Saarc car rally reaches Mumbai
The Saarc Car Rally-2007 on Thursday reached Mumbai, the commercial capital to India, after covering over 8,050 kilometres roadway in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and India.
Businessarrow Govt likely to sign MoU with Sudan to send manpower
The government is likely to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sudanese government to send manpower to the African country, which has a huge demand for foreign labourers for its growing economy.
 arrow India lifts freeze on special economic zones
India lifted a freeze on scores of economic zones on Thursday imposed following deadly protests, but promised there would be no forcible acquisition of land for the enclaves.
 arrow Bangladesh Brand Forum Apr 28-29
Leading international and national brand experts will gather at the two-day Bangladesh Brand Forum 2007 in Dhaka on April 28 and 29 to share their insights and thinking regarding different brands, says
 arrow Dollar near two-year low against euro
The dollar steadied close to a two-year low against the euro in Asian trade Friday as players traders took to the sidelines ahead of keenly awaited US jobs data, dealers said.
 arrow 3-day medical equipment show begins
A three-day international exhibition of medical equipment, surgical instruments, pharmaceuticals and hospital products began at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 'China, ROK should speed up FTA talks'
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday said he expects China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to speed up the study of a free trade area (FTA).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore issue to be discussed
Bangladesh cricket chiefs will convene an emergency meeting next week to discuss Dav Whatmore's future after he joined the race to succeed Greg Chappell as new coach of India, an official said.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas eye 'two points'
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is looking forward to an improved all-round performance from his team in their World Cup Super Eights match against South Africa here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SA don't worry Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan may be a cub amongst Bangladesh's Tigers, but he will not be intimidated by South Africa's awesome array of talent when the two sides clash in the World Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: The sinner that tasted the salt
Imagine a worker, okay imagine a highly paid employee, all right the highest paid member of staff of (say) the Partex Group announcing in the midst of its high-profile AGM under the LIVE gaze of the media
 arrow Cricket: Dravid likely to stay
The first day of the BCCI's World Cup review meeting saw two strong possibilities emerging: Rahul Dravid is likely to stay on as India captain, and Ravi Shastri could be the team manager for next month's
 arrow Cricket: A sterile Cup: Gilchrist
Australia star Adam Gilchrist has described the atmosphere for World Cup matches as "sterile" and said it was disappointing that so many matches are being played in front of meagre crowds.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans prepare new venue
Sri Lanka is building a new international cricket stadium in the island's arid southern province, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BTS win by five wickets
Boira Tarun Sangha of Khulna hammered Anirban Krira Chakra by five wickets in the final round of the BCB Club Cup Challenge at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
GM Ziaur Rahman was toppled from the top position in the 33 rd National Chess Championship after IM Abdullah Al Rakib defeated him in the fifth round at the NSC hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Viv blames organisers
West Indies great Vivian Richards believes World Cup organisers are to blame for the low crowds that have dogged the tournament in his native Antigua because they've placed too many restrictions on local
 arrow Cricket: Lankans toast on new heroes
On the eve of the World Cup, the talk was of Muttiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas. Now the words on Sri Lankan lips are Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga.
 arrow Cricket: McMillan hopes of final
New Zealand are capable of winning the World Cup for the first time because they believe they can do it, middle-order batsman Craig McMillan has said.
 arrow Cricket: Greg might return
India's cricket chiefs on Fri-day dismissed media speculation that Greg Chappell would be persuaded to stay on as coach despite the World Cup debacle, saying the Australian's tenure was over.
 arrow Football: Abahani climb up
The forward line finally delivered the goods as Abahani climbed to the top of the B.
 arrow Football: Spaniards reign supreme
Fredi Kanoute scored a controversial penalty as holders Sevilla beat his former English Premiership side Spurs 2-1 in their UEFA Cup quarterfinal first leg clash on Thursday to make it a good night all
 arrow Football: Carlos reveals trauma
Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, who is leaving Real Madrid after 11 years with the Spanish giants, says he was almost "destroyed" by trauma in his personal life over the past two years.
 arrow Cricket: Media weighing heavy
India's disgruntled cricket millions faced conflicting media reports Friday as top officials searching for a new coach launched a closed-door review of the World Cup debacle.
 arrow Cricket: Rameez tells Sachin to play Tests
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raza has joined the chorus calling for Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, saying the Indian star should bid adieu to one-day cricket as he has lost the extra fire power needed
 arrow Cricket: 'Five bookies were present when Bob died'
Former Pakistan paceman Sarfraz Nawaz, prone to making sensational statements, has now claimed that five Pakistani bookies were in Jamaica when coach Bob Woolmer was killed.
 arrow Cricket: Widow happy with detectives
Murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's wife Gill said in an interview published Friday that police investigating her husband's death were doing a "good job," and said that she wanted the inquiry
 arrow Cricket: Keep it simple: Ambrose
Fast bowling legend Curtley Ambrose has told West Indies' World Cup bowlers to avoid trying to be too ambitious on the Caribbean's unhelpful pitches. "Just keep it simple.
 arrow Football: English fans cause more trouble
Lurid newspaper headlines in Britain on Friday, after the UEFA Cup match between Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur, suggested that English football fans had disgraced themselves again.
 arrow Football: MU banking on depth
Ryan Giggs expects Manchester United's strength in depth will prove decisive as his side try to cope with a series of injuries that threaten their treble bid.
 arrow Football: Stern test for Barca
Barcelona have a two point lead at the top of the La Liga, and seem well on their way to a third consecutive Spanish title, but will want to avoid coming unstuck at Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Schalke seek a fix
German league leaders Schalke 04 host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday hoping European competition may have diverted the attention of two of their major challengers for the title.
 arrow Football: Reggina in line for Inter
Runaway leaders Inter Milan visit struggling Reggina on Saturday knowing eight points from their remaining nine matches will guarantee them the Serie A title.
 arrow Football: Maradona to go cold turkey
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who has battled drug and alcohol problems for years, now plans to clean up his act, his doctor said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Adebayor targets African honour
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes he will be recognised as Africa's top footballer within three years.
 arrow Football: US tycoon buys stake in Arsenal
US tycoon Stan Kroenke has agreed to pay 65 million pounds for a 9.9 percent stake in English Premiership football club Arsenal from ITV, the British broadcaster said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Write true history of nation
A two-day national conference of Bangladesh Itihas Parishad began yesterday at Teacher Student Centre (TSC) auditorium of Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow 'Tiger' made MDG mascot for Bangladesh
The UN Country Team in Bangladesh has made a teenage 'Tiger' its mascot to localise the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 arrow Seven killed in road accidents
Seven people were killed and 42 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Gopalganj and Chandpur in the last two days.
 arrow Promote women's leadership for their empowerment
Speakers at a convention yesterday called for establishing leadership of men and women on equal footings for a better future of the country.
 arrow 90pc tubewell water contains unacceptable level of arsenic
Around 90 percent of the tubewells across the country providing 97 percent of drinking water contain unacceptable level of arsenic, said the experts at a conference yesterday.
 arrow World Health Day today
World Health Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with a vow to ensure healthcare services for all.
 arrow Poetry festival begins in N'ganj
A two-day Regional Poetry Recitation Festival 2007 began at Chashara in the district yesterday morning. Language Movement veteran poet Mahbub-Ul-Alam inaugurated the festival at Shaheed Zia Hall.
 arrow Three bus robbers caught red-handed
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion caught three robbers while they were robbing passengers of a bus in the city's Jatrabari area last night.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh preparation...

 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 25th edition of the Bangladesh Sanglap, jointly organised by BBC World Service Trust and BBC Bangla Service, will be held at Barisal Auditorium at 5:45pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Results of Teletalk poetry, essay writing contests
Teletalk Bangladesh Limited yesterday announced the results of the essay and poetry writing competitions it organised to mark the National Independence Day, says a press release.
 arrow 'Women health workers can contribute a lot'
Speakers at a discussion recently said women health workers can contribute a great deal to bring positive social changes in remote areas, a press release said.
Nationalarrow Cries for safe water mount as plant remains idle for 2 years
Cries for safe water are getting louder in Kolaria, one of the areas in country worst affected by arsenic-contamination of ground water, but the plant for pure water supply is inoperative for about two
 arrow Equal wage for male and female workers demanded
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday demanded equal wages for man and woman in shrimp farms and urged the government to formulate a policy to remove the gender discrimination.
 arrow Poverty alleviation programme in three haor districts
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and Concern Worldwide, Bangladesh (CWB), a global organisation, to work together for alleviating poverty
 arrow Second phase probe begins in Barisal T&T
Bangladesh Telephone and Telegraph Board has started the second phase of investigation into Tk 14 core revenue loss at Barisal divisional office of T & T, allegedly due to meter tempering, illegal connections
 arrow Woman caught by BSF found dead
The body of a Bangladeshi woman, taken into custody by Indian BSF along with her husband, was recovered from the zero line near Bhomra border yesterday.
 arrow Four PBCP men held in Rajshahi
Police arrested four members of banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) including its regional leader from Bagmara upazila on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Fear is the key
It is possible by now you have forgotten the fire that struck the 11-storied BSEC Bhaban at Karwan Bazaar on 26 February, claiming four lives; 'only' according to the relieved.
 arrow Jurassic Park for real?
As their lungs filled ... the patients became short of breath and increasingly cyanotic.
 arrow Energy crisis: Contemplating some possible way-out
Bangladesh, geographically, is one of the smallest as well as densely populated countries in the world.
Culturearrow Madan Mohan: A spiritual artist with diverse interests
Goshai Madan Mohan is a man gifted with multiple skills. He is a baul singer and composes spiritual songs -- related to both Hinduism and Islam.
 arrow 'Mayek Kantha' screened
The International Mother Language day is observed all over the world now. However, the ethnic minorities in Bangladesh are deprived of education in their own distinct languages.
 arrow Man's mechanised existence
Biplob Kor has tried to give his work a new angle, using parts of digital machines in his paintings.
 arrow Painting competition to commemorate World Health Day
Social Marketing Company (SMC) organised a children's painting contest recently at Shishu academy, according to a press release. The event was held on the occasion of World Health Day (today, April 7).
 arrow Palakar's play 'Mangula' staged
On the same evening Palakar staged Mangula at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
Internationalarrow US busts Asian network seeking arms for LTTE
US authorities said Thursday they had busted an arms-trafficking gang, arresting six Asians who had been trying to smuggle weapons from the United States to Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow Karzai met Taliban
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he met with Taliban militants in attempts to bring peace to the country and urged supporters of the fundamentalist militia to lay down their weapons.
 arrow Sonia makes last-ditch appeal to Indian voters
Ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi appealed to voters in India's largest state to stand by the party of "every Indian" ahead of month-long local polls set to begin today.
 arrow US revs up pressure on Iran after sailors' release
The United States Thursday shrugged off Iran's release of 15 captured British sailors and warned it faced tougher sanctions if it does not bow to UN demands to halt its uranium enrichment operations.
 arrow Global warming threatens natural wonders
An environmental group said Thursday some of the world's greatest natural treasures are threatened with destruction because of global warming from the Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon rain forests and
 arrow Cleric sets up court in Pak mosque, threatens suicide attacks
A radical Pakistani cleric said yesterday he had set up a Taliban-style Islamic court at his mosque in the capital and threatened suicide attacks if the government tries to shut him down.
 arrow Green groups, politicians urge quick action on global warming
Conservation groups and politicians urged an immediate global response to a damning UN climate report unveiled yesterday, which predicts a catastrophic future for the planet.
 arrow Israel stalls US arms sales to Saudis
Israel has stalled a US plan to sell advanced weaponry, including satellite-guided arms, to Saudi Arabia, the New York Times reported Thursday.
 arrow British officer defends sailors' conduct
Britain's top naval officer yesterday defended the conduct of 15 sailors and marines seized by Iranian forces after boarding and inspecting a merchant vessel in the Persian Gulf.
 arrow Documents indicate no Iraq-Qaeda cooperation
Interrogations of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and documents seized after the 2003 US-led invasion confirmed that his regime had not been cooperating with al-Qaeda, the Washington Post reported
 arrow Taliban seize southern Afghanistan district
More than 100 Taliban militants seized control of a mountainous district in southern Afghanistan's Zabul province early Friday, the provincial governor's spokesman said.
 arrow Britain suspends boarding operations in Gulf
Britain has suspended boarding operations in the Gulf and is reviewing its rules of engagement after a dispute with Iran over the capture of 15 British naval personnel, a top officer said yesterday.
 arrow Australia toughens English tests for immigrants
Students and skilled workers will have to meet higher English language standards if they want to migrate to Australia under new laws announced yesterday.
 arrow WHO urges countries to unite against diseases
The World Health Organisation yesterday urged countries to join forces to tackle the growing number of cross-border threats to public health, including avian influenza and HIV/AIDS.
 arrow Thai doctors separate conjoined twins in rare operation
Thai doctors announced Thursday that they successfully performed a rare operation to separate a pair of conjoined female infants, teasing apart their hearts and livers in the delicate procedure.
 arrow Curfew in Pak town after 3 die in clashes
Pakistani authorities yesterday imposed an indefinite curfew in a mountainous tribal town bordering Afghanistan after three people died in fighting between rival Muslim sects, local officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Preventing use of formalin
It is welcome news that the fish and vegetable traders in the city have felt the need for preventing the use of formalin as a preservative in fish and vegetables.
 arrow Editorial: Children deprived of playground
The only playground for children in Khilgaon, a densely populated area in the city, and popularly known as Para Pachar Math, has long been a bone of contention between various authorities and influential
 arrow Containing the terrorist menace
The execution of the six Jama'atul Mujahedin militants in end-March has been lauded as an example of determination on the part of the interim government.
 arrow Common market for South Asia?
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz probably did not say anything new when he pointed out in a press conference at Delhi a few days ago that trade with India was linked to a solution on Kashmir.
 arrow Resounding lamentation of a soldier
It was for the first time ever, since August 15, 1975, that the chief of Bangladesh Army publicly lamented the failure of the whole nation to give formal recognition to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
StarTecharrow Seminars@SoftExpo 2007
The apex body of software industry, Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services (Basis) in their immediate past SoftExpo successfully organised an array of seminars and roundtables in
 arrow EMI, Apple to sell DRM-free songs online
Breaking from the rest of the recording industry, EMI Group said Monday it will begin selling songs online that are free of copy-protection technology through Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store.
 arrow City IT fair 2007 kicks off
One of the largest computer expositions 'City IT 2007' has started its journey on April 5, says a press release.
 arrow Prices for .com and .net to rise
The master-keeper of Internet addresses ending in '.com' and '.net' two of the most popular domain name suffixes said Thursday it would raise fees charged to register those names.
 arrow Air Wash

Literaturearrow The Bakery
Damn, Harish Kingrani came home thinking, my friendly neighborhood baker just tried to pick me up.
 arrow Women Writers Colloquium
March has been a dramatic month. Amid protests over the Chief Justice's dismissal, the police raided the offices of the television channel Geo to prevent its live coverage. But Geo kept filming.
 arrow A mixed bag
Swadhinata: Prothom Khando edited by Major (ret) Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan; Dhaka: Centre for Bangladesh Liberation War Studies (CBLWS); February 2007; 144 pp; Tk.
 arrow Flute player on the rustic paths
Jogote Anondojogge Waheedul Haque: Waheedul Haque Shorone Shonkolon; Dhaka: Chhayanaut Only weeks into his death, Waheedul Haque continues to cast a lengthening light on the land of which hewas
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