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Front Pagearrow Tigers roar again
Bangladesh rode on a scintillating performance of Mohammed Ashraful and later turned in an inspired bowling and fielding performance to romp to a famous 67-run victory over number one ranked South Africa in their World Cup Super Eights encounter at the Guyana National Stadium in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow Illegal VoIP denies country Tk 6,000 crore a year
The government is likely to impose financial penalties and regulatory punishment on mobile phone companies for their involvement in illegal VoIP operation which has deprived the nation of huge tax and
 arrow Call to outlaw party politics on campus
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said students and teachers should not have direct involvement with the political parties.
 arrow Suspected Islamist outfit active in different name
Tanjime Tamiruddin, listed by the government as a suspected militant outfit, has been renamed Hijbe Abu Omar so it could be run unhindered in the face of the crackdown on Islamic militancy.
 arrow Bird flu detected in another Savar farm
The avian influenza virus was detected yesterday at another poultry farm in Savar. Chickens were being culled at the farm last night.
 arrow Hasina hits out at EC over polls delay
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, now on a personal visit to the United States, yesterday blasted the Election Commission (EC) for delaying holding the next general election.
 arrow Disqualified bidder bags Sylhet gas deal
The Sylhet Gas Field Company Ltd (SGFL) today gives go ahead to a highly technical Tk 113 crore gas processing plant installation deal with a disqualified Chinese company ignoring the project consultant's
 arrow Advisers okay amendment to emergency power rules
The council of advisers yesterday approved the amended Emergency Powers Ordinance 2007 and the Law and Order Disrupting Crime Speedy Trial (amendment) Act 2002.
 arrow Rab picks up Sylhet editor, reporter
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) picked up the daily Sylhet Protidin Editor and General Secretary of Sylhet Press Club Ahmed Noor from his office last night.
 arrow Next polls will not be ordinary
The people's representatives elected in the next parliamentary election will not be able to plunder the country for their personal gains, said Mainul Hosein, adviser for Information, Law, Justice andParliamentary
 arrow 100 injured as storm lashes 2 districts
Nor'wester lashed five villages in Dhanbari upazila of Tangail district on Friday night.
 arrow Dhaka BNP leader shot at
Unidentified gunmen shot a local BNP leader at Nayabazar in the capital last night injuring him critically.
 arrow Little cheers for bid to up banks' capital
Despite Bangladesh Bank (BB) initiatives to increase banks' capital, overall capital deficit in the sector was Tk 1,500 crore as of December 2006.
 arrow Where jatka catching goes unabated
Defying the ban on hilsha fry catching and the use of "current" nets (fine nets), fishermen of St Martin's Island in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar continue to catch them and sell them in retail and wholesale
 arrow Developing nations not ready to take full advantage of biotech
Bangladesh and other developing nations are not prepared enough to take full advantage of biotechnology, application of which is going to bring radical changes in human societies in near future.
 arrow 17 suspected militants held in Gaibandha
Police arrested 17 activists of Islamist outfit Allahar Dal at Malibari village under Gaibandha Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Open market...

 arrow FBCCI worried over power, gas line disconnection
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday expressed deep concern over disconnection of electricity and gas lines to many industrial units for not setting up effluent
 arrow New air chief takes over
Air Commodore Shah M Ziaur Rahman took over as the new Chief of the Air Staff yesterday replacing Air Vice Marshal Fakhrul Azam.
 arrow Barapukuria coalmine goes to full production from Apr 17
Barapukuria coal mine is likely to go into full-swing production from April 17 with a daily output increased to 1500 metric tons from 1000mt.
 arrow 11 job seekers sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday sent 11 Bangladeshi job seekers, who were forced to return home from Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, to Dhaka Central Jail after immigration police at ZiaInternational
 arrow 2 'arms traders' killed in 'shootout'
Two alleged arms traders were killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila last night.
 arrow Dumping spot...

 arrow Israel launches air strike against Gaza militants
Israel launched an air strike against suspected Gaza militants on yesterday, killing one and wounding two, as it made good on threats to get tough over persistent rocket fire from the territory.
 arrow 14 killed as jeep with explosives goes off in south India
At least 14 people were killed and 17 injured in southern India when a vehicle carrying explosives blew up, police said. "The jeep was carrying gelatine sticks.
 arrow 7 killed as Tigers blow up bus
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a roadside blast, killing seven bus passengers and wounding 26 in Sri Lanka yesterday, the government said, marking the latest violence on the island.
 arrow 2 missing French 'kidnapped' in Afghanistan
Two French aid workers who went missing this week in Afghanistan have been kidnapped by Taliban militants and taken to volatile Helmand province, an official and police chief said yesterday.
Businessarrow Economists for restoring five-yearly dev plan
Country's prominent economists have asked for restoring the five-yearly development plan in the interest of setting long term economic goals to alleviate poverty instead of the donors' prescribed PRSP
 arrow Call to create atmosphere for corporate governance
Speakers at an orientation session for journalists in Chittagong yesterday called for creating an enabling environment for better corporate governance and practices of corporate social responsibility(CSR)
 arrow Global finance industry sees 'anxiety amidst prosperity'
The global banking and finance industry expects robust economic growth in 2007 but also sees "anxiety amidst prosperity" due to financial market turmoil and an uncertain US outlook, a report showed Wednesday.
 arrow Can BPC be made profitable?
Most of our development partners and market economists have been talking about reducing the state owned enterprise (SoE) losses and thereby diverting the revenue earnings towards development of the real
 arrow India mulls rail link to Nepal
Indian officials are exploring five options for a railway to neighbouring Nepal, speeding up efforts after China opened its first rail link to Tibet last year, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Nepal's RMG export to US drops 55pc
Nepal's readymade garment (RMG) export to the United States slipped by more than half in the first quarter of 2007 due to unrest in southern Nepal's Terai region, labour stir and eroding competitiveness,
 arrow New JBIC chief representative for Bangladesh
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Board has appointed Yasuo Fujita as the chief representative of its representative office in Dhaka effective from April.
 arrow China signs new hydropower deal with Myanmar
Military-run Myanmar and China have signed a deal to build a hydropower dam on the Salween River, as yet the longest undammed waterway in southeast Asia, official media said Saturday.
 arrow US adds 180,000 jobs in March
An acceleration in US employment growth in March produced 180,000 new jobs, the government said Friday in a sign that the economy is more robust than some had anticipated.
 arrow World Bank shake-up looming: Wolfowitz
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said the aid agency will reduce or drop some activities to focus on areas where it can be more effective, in an interview with a British newspaper published Saturday.
 arrow New chairman of Dhaka Bank
Khondoker Monir Uddin has been made chairman of Dhaka Bank Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow Gas rich nations may form gas 'Opec'
The world's largest natural gas producers are expected to announce the formation of a cartel at Doha, Qatar, next week but experts in the United States expect no "significant impact" on prices or production,
 arrow Zambia's biggest bank sold for $8.25m
The Zambian government has sold its largest state-run commercial bank to Rabobank of The Netherlands in a deal worth more than eight million dollars, a minister announced Friday.
 arrow Chery first domestic auto maker to top China car sales
Chery Automobile became the first Chinese auto maker to top the domestic car sales list since 1987 by selling 44,568 vehicles in March, state media reported Friday.
 arrow AFP, Google sign content deal
Agence France-Presse and Google signed a licensing agreement Friday giving the search engine the right to post AFP news and photos and settling a lawsuit filed by AFP two years ago.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 02-April 05, 2007
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable against the Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply. The USD remained unchanged against the taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: England on the edge
England head into Sunday's Super Eights clash with defending champions Australia knowing defeat will deal a huge blow to their hopes of reaching the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar plays it down
Bangladesh captain Habi-bul Bashar insisted on Friday that coach Dav Whatmore's interest in taking charge of the India team has not been a distraction at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid stays captain
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) reaction to India's early exit from the World Cup, and its bitter fallout with senior players voicing their displeasure over the team leadership, has
 arrow Cricket: Greg's parting shots
India's outgoing coach Greg Chappell on Saturday slammed the unprofessional set up in the country, saying, "If you want to be like Australia, you can't run your cricket like Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: ICC clears Baisya to leave
Bangladesh have been given the go-ahead to replace injured paceman Tapash Baisya with all-rounder Forhad Reza at the World Cup, the International Cricket Council announced on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Arambagh ease past Khulna Abahani
Arambagh Krira Sangha registered their third victory in the B.League with a 3-1 win over Khulna Abahani at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Imperious talent...

 arrow Cricket: Greg free to travel
Former Australia cricket captain Greg Chappell, who quit as India coach earlier this week, has been permitted to travel to Australia by his doctor Ashok Kriplani.
 arrow Cricket: Fixing part of Bob's book
The book Bob Woolmer was working on at the time of his death is to have a special section on match-fixing added prior to publication.
 arrow Cricket: GP beats Nimbus
GrameenPhone made the highest bids in two packages on Saturday including the major one of the title sponsorship for Bangladesh's upcoming home series against India to be held next month.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-skippers want less ads
India's super-rich cricketers must cut down on their commercial dealings, the country's former captains recommended on Friday while reviewing the team's World Cup debacle.
 arrow Local Snippets
IM Abdullah Al Rakib took control of the leaderboard with his win over Minhazuddin Ahmed in the 33rd National Chess Championship at the NSC hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Symonds can fix it'
Michael Hussey believes that Australia teammate Andrew Symonds could fill the gap left by injured all-rounder Shane Watson in the champions' side at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss could come in
England captain Michael Vaughan has said he will have no qua-lms about pla-ying Andrew Strauss in the vital World Cup Super Eights match against Australia even though the opener has yet to play a game
 arrow Football: Carvalho sees off Spurs
Chelsea just about stayed in touch with Manchester United at the top of the English Premiership thanks to Saturday's 1-0 victory over an under-strength Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Mourinho pinches United again
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday has not increased the pressure on Premiership leaders Manchester United even though it cut the gap at the top to three points.
 arrow Cricket: Stand up Freddie, Richards urges
West Indies great Vivian Richards has said England badly need a big performance from Andrew Flintoff in their key World Cup clash against champions Australia here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Preaching more than playing'
The Pakistan cricket team's media manager said some players' fixation on religious activities resulted in their dismal performance in the World Cup, reports said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Botha unlikely for NZ game
Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha is doubtful for Monday's World Cup Super 8 game against New Zealand after injuring a hamstring in training.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif advised to rest more
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif have been advised further rest for two weeks to allow time for their injuries respective injuries to heal properly.
 arrow Cricket: Pak players to be questioned
After being cleared initially, Pakistani cricketers are once again under the scanner in the Bob Woolmer murder case for "ambiguities" in their statements to Jamaica Police, which is planning to send a
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib also threatens Sarfraz
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Saturday threatened to take ex-Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz to court for making unsubstantiated match-fixing allegations against the national cricket team.
 arrow Golf: Kim, Lim take golf titles
JH Kim clinched the men's event while MH Lim won in the women's group in the Korean Cup golf tournament held at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ian remains hopeful
Seam bowler Ian Bradshaw is refusing to give up hope that West Indies can still win the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Pak academy side arrives
The Pakistan Cricket Academy squad arrived here yesterday to play two four-day matches against their Bangladesh counterparts and then take part in a triangular limited-overs tournament.
 arrow Football: Everton up to fifth
Everton bounced back from conceding an early goal against visitors Fulham with a dominant display which ended in a deserved 4-1 win for the Merseysiders on Friday.
 arrow Boxing: Khan banking on Bolton
Boxing prospect Amir Khan has revealed that English Premiership team Bolton Wanderers have been helping prepare for his 12th professional fight.
 arrow Football: Pepe out for the season
Brazilian defender Pepe is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, his Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juventus stalled
Juventus saw their lead at the top of Italy's second division cut to four points on Friday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Albinoleffe.
 arrow Football: Wenger not concerned
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the multi-million pound investment of American entrepreneur Stan Kroenke will not be decisive in changing the club's "basic human values".
Metropolitanarrow 2.20 crore children to be immunised
Bangladesh will immunise over 2.20 crore children under five today as part of the second round of 15th National Immunisation Days (NIDs), says a press release.
 arrow AL, BNP leaders for proper check & balance mechanism
Leaders of both the Awami League and BNP yesterday said they want a balance between the presidential and parliamentary power so that the president or the prime minister could not exercise their powerlike
 arrow Share expertise to ensure better health services
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday called upon international community to exchange technology, information and expertise to ensure better health services for
 arrow Two muggers arrested, 2 motorbikes seized in city
Two muggers were arrested and two motorbikes were seized in three separate mugging incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Listed criminal, 4 others held in Ctg
Members of the law enforcement agencies in separate drives arrested five miscreants, including a listed criminal, during the last 24 hours ending at 4:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Naya Diganta staff killed in road crash
An executive of the advertisement section of the daily Naya Diganta was killed in a road accident in the city yesterday.
 arrow Demand for cancellation of 27th BCS reiterated
Fair BCS Movement, a platform of students and civil society members, yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate cancellation of 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination for the sake of upholding
 arrow Easter Sunday today
Today is the Easter Sunday, the day of glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 arrow BSF opens fire on Jessore BDR camp
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on a camp of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Sharsha upazila in Jessore district last night.
 arrow People will accept fair polls even if it is delayed: JP
Jatiya Party (JP) (Manju) General Secretary Sheikh Shahidul Islam in a statement yesterday said people would prefer an impartial and acceptable election to a controversial and unacceptable polls.
 arrow N'ganj shop employee shot, robbed of Tk 80,000
A gang of muggers snatched Tk 80,000 from a wholesale shop employee after shooting and injuring him at Nitaiganj in Narayanganj on Friday night.
 arrow 3 hotels fined in Khulna
A mobile court fined three residential hotels Tk one lakh during an anti-adulteration drive in Khulna city yesterday.
 arrow Remainder of fund for Shuchi's treatment donated to cancer hospital
Hosne Ara Begum, mother of Shamim Sharmin Shuchi, a meritorious student of Class XII of Kurmitola BAF Shaheen College who died of cancer, donated Tk 4.
 arrow DU opens centre to research Hinduism, Buddhism
Dhaka University (DU) yesterday launched a new research centre to conduct research on Hinduism and Buddhism.
 arrow Showroom of chemical-free agri products
With a view to providing chemical-free agricultural products to consumers, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set up a showroom of 'Sundry Appetite' at Khamarbari in the city, says a press
 arrow Knitwear factory workers demand arrears
Workers of a knitwear factory staged a demonstration in the town yesterday demanding their arrears.
Nationalarrow Zia Fertiliser Factory silent again
Urea production at Zia Fertiliser Factory (ZFF) at Ashuganj is stopped since Thursday evening due to leakage in its 'reactor vessel'.
 arrow Man kills wife, daughter for insurance money
A man killed his wife and five-year-old daughter to evade payment of loan taken in her name from several NGOs and to get the insurance money.
 arrow 69 out of 71 clinics, labs closed in Satkhira
At least 69 out of 71 private clinics and diagnostic centers in Satkhira were closed in about three weeks for operating without registration and trained doctors and technicians, according to sources at
 arrow Probe body yet to begin work
The committee formed to probe admission of eight fake students in Social Work department at Rajshahi University (RU) could not start its work as it did not get any official letter till yesterday, sources
 arrow Cop held in Lalmonirhat for taking bribe
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a police constable while he was allegedly taking bribe from an accused in a case in Lalmonirhat yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The case of Uttaran's Shahidul Islam
The court building and its premises in Satkhira are something out of Upamanya Chatterjee's novel English, August: peeling paint and bustling tea stalls, typists, petitioners, families with children, and
 arrow The message of the resurrection
Today is Easter Sunday. It is being celebrated by Christians all over the world with the message of joy and hope. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Christ after his death on Good Friday.
 arrow May he be left-handed
My pulse quickened the other day watching my son Miles using a fork for the first time. I can't be 100% certain, but I think he just might be left-handed.
 arrow Can we dare to hope?
As an expatriate Bangladeshi, I have watched for the last three decades the sad deterioration of all political, economic and social institutions in my home country.
Culturearrow The Lovers and the Leavers
Who are we, he asked
Lovers, she said
to his wrinkling nose
It's not enough, he replied
Not even close...

 arrow Ethnic Diversity Council and Theatre Festival ends
The five-day Ethnic Diversity Council and Theatre Festival -- featuring plays, documentaries and discussions -- ended on April 6.
 arrow TV play 'Moddhanho Bhoj Ki Hobey' on ATN Bangla
Moddhanho Bhoj Ki Hobey, a single episode TV play, will be aired today on ATN Bangla at 11:05am.
 arrow 'Raarang' staged
Ethnic Diversity Council and theatre festival wrapped up with staging of Raarang, an Aranyak Natya Dal production at the Experimental Theatre Stage on April 6.
Generalarrow Road crashes kill 6, injure 63
At least six people were killed and 63 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Manikganj, Kushtia and Comilla yesterday and on Friday.
 arrow Patient dies during operation by quack
A patient died during a surgical operation by a quack at the dining room of his house at Parhajigram in Digholia upazila on Friday evening.
Internationalarrow 3 accused of conspiring with suicide bombers remanded
Three men accused of conspiring with the four suicide bombers who attacked London in 2005, killing themselves and 52 others, were remanded in custody yesterday when they appeared in court.
 arrow Murderers,bandits among candidates
Voters headed to the polls under tight security yesterday in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh with tens of millions of people eligible to cast ballots during the month-long elections.
 arrow Solomons quake lifts an island metres from sea
The force of this week's Solomons earthquake has lifted an island in the South Pacific archipelago and pushed out its shoreline by tens of metres, exposing surrounding reefs.
 arrow Sarkozy threatened to smash my face in
A former French minister who has turned against his party's presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy recounts in a new book that Sarkozy once threatened to "smash" his face in.
 arrow Death toll rises despite curfew in Pak town
Sectarian clashes continued despite a curfew in a remote northern Pakistani town yesterday, leaving at least eight people dead and 45 wounded in two days, officials said.
 arrow World powers to meet Iraq neighbours again
The Iraqi government has agreed to a new meeting between its neighbours and world powers in Egypt next month, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said yesterday.
 arrow US diplomat's surprise visit to Somalia
US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer arrived yesterday on an unannounced visit to Somalia for talks with the country's president and prime minister.
 arrow Maoists kill six in Jharkhand
Maoist guerrillas killed six people, including two paramilitary soldiers, in an ambush in eastern India, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC's 18-month plan
The Election Commission has announced a tentative plan regarding the next general election. The details of the plan appear to be quite substantive.
 arrow Editorial: Global warming - a looming apocalypse
A most dismal picture of what has happened to the earth and what is to become of it in the future because of global warming, has been painted in the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
 arrow Agony and ecstasy in Bangladesh
Indeed Bangladesh, like many other countries, would have to construct its own brand of democracy, keeping in view its social, historical and cultural traditions.
 arrow New democratic political order
On April 2, at a conference on security and democracy in Dhaka, organised by the Bangladesh Political Science Association, the army chief Lt.Gen. Moeen U.
 arrow Ban on campus politics
It is really appreciable that the caretaker government has initiated a move for a permanent ban on politics by teachers and students of public universities and colleges, in a bid to restore proper academic
Star Healtharrow Invest in health, build a safer future
World Health Day (April 7) marks the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is an occasion to raise awareness of key global health issues. This year's theme is International health security.
 arrow Cardiac problems often need exploring the underlying causes to be diagnosed
Exchange of views and idea certainly help increasing knowledge, skill and experience.
 arrow Doctors test double Tamiflu dose to cut H5N1 deaths
Doctors in Asia and the United States will give double doses of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) to patients suffering bird flu and severe seasonal human flu from May in a trial aimed at cutting high death rates
 arrow Passive smoking linked with TB risk in children
A study conducted in South Africa suggests there is an association between passive smoking and increased risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in children living in a home with a tuberculosis patient.
 arrow Dementia patients dying early on sedatives: study
Alzheimer's patients prescribed antipyschotic drugs as sedatives are dying early because of the treatment, British researchers said.
 arrow Promoting health and safety in work environment

 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor
I have been suffering from severe pain at the top of my belly for 4 months. Pain starts at the top of my abdomen and gradually travels right around to my back.

Star Cityarrow NHA's decade-long dillydally over public money
Over 6,000 applications for plots in a government housing project in the city's Mohammadpur area have been gathering dust for past one decade with the National Housing Authority (NHA) now converting the
 arrow Hassle in bill payment to disappear soon
The hassle of standing in long queues for hours to pay electricity bill is about to end for Dhaka dwellers. Soon the bill payment will be as easy as sending an SMS to a friend.
 arrow Booming deer population crams Dhaka zoo
The Dhaka Zoo is facing problem in accommodating its deer population. At present the zoo has 150 deer against the accommodation capacity of 50.
 arrow Postal services fail to cope with modern times
Bangladesh Post Office, one of the oldest government organisations in the country, is limping and fast loosing confidence of the citizens as it fails to adapt to modern technologies.
 arrow R&HD's Missing Lampposts

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