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Front Pagearrow Hasina sued for extortion
Former prime minister and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina was sued yesterday in connection with an extortion of Tk 3 crore.
 arrow Govt further changes emergency rules
The caretaker government has brought further amendment to the Emergency Powers Rules 2007 to provide for bail in some cases under the penal code.
 arrow EC to talk reforms with civil society this month
The Election Commission (EC) cannot proceed with its plan for holding dialogues with political parties to seek their opinion on several crucial electoral issues as the government has yet to decide about
 arrow Pricey fuel hurts Boro farming
Farmers in 16 northern districts will have to spend an additional amount of about Tk 79 crore to operate their diesel-run irrigation pumps for boro cultivation during April-May due to the latest hikein
 arrow Trainee BAF pilot dies in plane crash
A Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) trainee pilot was killed when his aircraft crashed into a bamboo cluster at Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow VoIP equipment of Nasim's son seized
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a huge cache of illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment allegedly owned by Tanvir Shakil Joy, son of AL leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim,
 arrow Dulu sued again over JMB
Detained former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu has been sued yet again for unleashing the militants of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and his own goons for torturing
 arrow Hasina says she will face situation on her return
Awami League (AL) will find out the reasons behind the filing of the extortion case against its President Sheikh Hasina in the changed political situation.
 arrow Mamun admits to be a party to extortion
Giasuddin Al Mamun, close friend and business partner of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed his involvement in the extortion of Tk 16 lakh.
 arrow ACC chief seeks mass support to fight graft
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt General (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday urged all to wage an all-out movement against corruption.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh celebrations...

 arrow Call for small power plants of Palli Bidyut
The government should frame a new policy under which small power plants could be installed selectively by Palli Bidyut Samities (PBS) of the country to overcome the existing power crisis, urged speakers
 arrow Kiwis claw back
Peter Fulton roared back into form with a responsible half-century as New Zealand posted a challenging 263-8 against debutants Ireland in the World Cup Super Eights match here on Monday.
 arrow Burning away for decades, yet gas never explored
Far from the public gaze, a natural gas triggered fire is burning near a remote Tripura village Doilla under Matiranga Upazila in the hill district Khagrachhari for many generations.
 arrow Move to honour language martyrs, Birshresthas
The government has decided to set up libraries and memorial museums at the houses of three language martyrs and seven Birshresthas to honour their sacrifices.
 arrow Septuagenarian ex-teacher in custody
A seventy-two-year-old retired schoolteacher is now in custody following the filing of an alleged false case against him while his family members had to flee Gopalganj in the face of torture by a local
 arrow Defamation case filed against Prothom Alo
A member of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday filed a defamation case with a Dhaka court against the editor, the publisher and a reporter of the daily Prothom Alo for publishing two reports
 arrow US court to decide hearing on Mohiuddin's petition soon
The judges of the 9th US Circuit Court will sit in a couple of days for taking a decision on hearing of a petition filed by Bangabandhu's condemned killer AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed against his deportation.
 arrow More iron sheets recovered.......

 arrow Polytechnic teacher among two gunned down in city
Two people including a teacher of Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute were gunned down and an electrician of the institute was wounded critically in two separate incidents in the city's Tejgaon and Lalbaghareas
 arrow 22 more fake students found at DU
A Dhaka University (DU) probe committee yesterday identified 22 more cases of forgery in admission at the Faculty of Social Sciences, raising the total number to 52.
 arrow Bangladeshi peacekeeper dies in Congo
A Bangladeshi peacekeeper died in a road accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.
 arrow 60 militants killed or captured in Iraq
More than 60 Shia militants have been killed or captured in deadly battle with Iraqi and US forces in the central city of Diwaniyah, military officials said yesterday.
 arrow Iran enters 'new' nuke phase
Iran yesterday again defied Western powers by announcing it has boosted its sensitive nuclear activities to an "industrial scale" as it marked a national day of atomic technology.
 arrow 'Fatwa' issued against Pak female minister
A Taliban-style Islamic court in the Pakistani capital has issued a Fatwa against a female minister for posing in an "obscene manner" with French paraglider pilots, a top cleric said yesterday.
 arrow Risky Della Bridge...

 arrow Arrested Sylhet journalists sent to jail
The two local journalists, arrested Saturday on extortion charge, have been sent to jail custody yesterday by Sylhet Sadar Cognizance Court-I.
 arrow No plan to extradite airline suspect to UK
Pakistan's foreign ministry yesterday denied reports that a Briton held over a plot to bomb transatlantic jets would be extradited to Britain in exchange for six separatist leaders.
 arrow Kafrul OC suspended
Officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station Md Abdul Khaleq has been suspended temporarily on charges of gross negligence, misconduct and incompetence.
Businessarrow Adviser for new mechanism to check
The finance adviser has said the caretaker government (CG) will introduce some mechanisms in the next budget to check corruption in public expenditure.
 arrow Economic feasibility a must before opening up sevices sector
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday urged the government not to make any commitment on any further opening up of the country's service sector under a WTO agreement before examining its economic feasibility.
 arrow Teletalk eyes 20 lakh subscribers by 2008
State owned cellphone operator Teletalk officials yesterday claimed that the company's existence forced other operators to reduce call rates and extend validity period of talk time cards drastically.
 arrow S'pore workers in big demand for key jobs abroad
Singaporeans are emerging as the "foreign talent" of choice among employers in Asia and the Middle East, say headhunters seeking top managers.
 arrow Midas to offer training on 'Start Your Own Business'
Midas will organise a 5-day training course titled 'Start Your Own Business' from April 22 at its head office in Dhaka.
 arrow UAE firm launches courier service in Bangladesh
As Bangladesh's export has been showing a double-digit growth for the last few years, Empost, the United Arab Emirates based courier service company, formally announced launching its operation in thecountry
 arrow Thai exports jump 18pc in February
Thai exports rose by 18 percent in February from a year earlier, as overseas shipments continued to jump despite the strong Thai currency, the commerce ministry said Monday.
 arrow Vietnam to end subsidies on fuel
Vietnam will float retail fuel prices under a decree to take effect in coming weeks, a finance ministry official said Monday, raising fears of higher petrol prices at the pump and a rise in inflation.
 arrow Dollar gains after strong US jobs data
The dollar gained on the yen and the euro in Asian trade Monday as unexpectedly strong US jobs data eased market concerns about the health of the world's largest economy, dealers said.
 arrow Citibank to acquire Taiwan bank for $426m
United States-based Citibank will expand its offshore operations after Monday's bid for Taiwan's Bank of Overseas Chinese (BOOC) for 14.1 billion Taiwan dollars (426 million US dollars).
 arrow Oil prices drop
Oil prices fell Monday amid relief over last week's release of British sailors detained by Iran, but concerns over the tight U.S. demand-supply balance and other geopolitical issues supported prices.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Timing was right: Dav
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore believes the shock World Cup victory over top-ranked South Africa has come at the right time for his team.
 arrow Cricket: Indians befriend Tigers
Bangladesh's stunning progress in the World Cup has given cricket lovers in India reason to cheer again after their own team was knocked out in the first round.
 arrow Cricket: Aaquib impressed
Former Pakistan pace bowler-turned-coach Aaquib Javed sees Bangladesh cricket team's splendid run in the World Cup in the Caribbean as the outcome of a good system.
 arrow Cricket: Both WI, SA need to win
The West Indies and South Africa go into their World Cup Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Tuesday, both knowing that a defeat could end their chances of reaching the semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Ravi wants a happy team
India's new interim cricket manager Ravi Shastri said on Monday his major task was to ensure players recovered from the World Cup disaster and enjoyed their game again. "I make no promises.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh inspire Irish
Ireland captain Trent Johnston believes Bangladesh's shock win over South Africa can inspire his team to pick up at least one victory in the World Cup Super Eights.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar hits out at the killjoys
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar hit out Monday at World Cup killjoys who bemoan the absence of India and Pakistan saying the sub-continental giants do not have a right to be in the finals.
 arrow Cricket: Barbados-leg begins for Tigers
Two islands and one country visited and all three won over through cricket and the charm of youth, exuberance and modesty. That has been the Bangladesh cricket team's progress report in this World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Nadif, Jahurul spare BCA blushes
Half-centuries by Jahurul Islam and Nadif Chowdhury lit up an otherwise dour batting display by the Bangladesh Cricket Academy (BCA) who skittled out for 223 in their first innings against their Pakistan
 arrow Local Snippets
Provati Sangha of Rajshahi snatched an 18-run win over Chittagong's Friends Club in the final round of the BCB Club Cup Challenge cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia ride on Ricky
Australia cap-tain Ricky Ponting's 86 helped see the champions a step nearer the World Cup semifinals as they beat England by seven wickets in the Super Eights match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Aussies beatable: Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted Australia were beatable at this World Cup despite seeing his side go down to a convincing seven-wicket defeat against the reigning champions.
 arrow Cricket: Left is right!
Left is proving to be just right at the World Cup. Bowlers are finding it difficult to keep their reputation intact against teams having a left-handed power-hitter at the top of the order in theCaribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Tait impresses Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has backed Shaun Tait to fill the void left by Brett Lee and spearhead the team's charge for a third straight World Cup title.
 arrow Football: Real back in the hunt
Sevilla squandered the chance to take over the lead of the Spa-nish first division when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Racing Santan-der on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh loss costs SA dearly
South Africa suffered another blow to their morale on Sunday when they lost their world number one ranking following their shock 67-run defeat to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers prove ICC right
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed insisted on Sunday that the governing body had been right to stand by Bangladesh when many feared the Asian side were out of their depth.
 arrow Cricket: Bracewell rates Tigers win highly
Bangladesh's shock win over South Africa is a warning for other teams and has made the World Cup more interesting, according to New Zealand coach John Bracewell.
 arrow Cricket: Powerplay decision justified
Ricky Ponting believes his decision to delay the third powerplay proved crucial in his team's seven-wicket World Cup win over England here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Enormous challenge for Chelsea
In theory, Valencia's Mestalla stadium has a level playing field but history suggests that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side may find there are a few mountains to climb there on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: United under pressure
Sir Alex Ferguson faces the prospect of watching his treble dream crumble under the strain of Manchester United's crippling injury crisis.
 arrow Alonso rules in Sepang
Defending world champion Fernando Alonso proved Sunday he has no intention of letting his rivals steal his title with a perfectly-judged drive to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.
 arrow Football: Marseille reignite Euro push
A late double from Paulo Cesar and Albin Ebondo lifted Toulouse to joint second in the French league on Sunday with a 2-0 victory at lowly Sedan as Marseille reignited their push for Europe with a crushing
 arrow Football: Schweinsteiger and Demichelis doubtful
Bayern Munich midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Martin Demichelis are doubtful for their Champions League quarterfinal, second leg against AC Milan on Wednesday, the German club said.
Metropolitanarrow Women fall victim to acid attack as culprits go unpunished
Although growing awareness about acid violence has started to pay off, many women like Ayesha Begum are still falling victim to acid attack as culprits go unpunished.
 arrow BRF mobile info service for farmers soon
Bangladesh Rice Foundation (BRF) is going to start a mobile information service soon to provide updated knowledge to farmers in rural areas.
 arrow ETV has no contract with BTV, says Mainul
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the Ekushey Television (ETV), a private TV channel, has no contract with the state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) with regard to sharing the
 arrow Iajuddin assures indigenous people of protecting their culture
President Iajuddin Ahmed paid a daylong visit to the hill district yesterday.
 arrow 'Politicians need training on governance'
Politicians need to be trained in the art of the governance if we want to establish good governance in the country, said Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Pratik at a lecture yesterday.
 arrow RU showcaused for decision to send 24 rare collections to France
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities were served with a show-cause notice yesterday for its decision to send 24 rare ancient treasures of Bengal from Barendra Research Museum (BRM) to France.
 arrow Sylhet mayor sent to Comilla Jail
Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran has been shifted to Comilla Central Jail from Sylhet Central Jail on Sunday night amid tight security.
 arrow Training on good governance in rural dev begins
A training programme on good governance in rural development began at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla yesterday with the participation of officials from Commonwealth countries
 arrow Appeal for help
Mehedi Hasan, 39, an affectionate father of two children and a teacher of Mirpur Cadet Coaching, has been suffering from kidney disease and hepatitis C virus.
 arrow Tank lorry with jet fuel seized: 3 held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a tank lorry laden with jet fuel from Jatrabari area in the city yesterday and arrested its driver and helpers as they were selling fuel from the
 arrow 800 bottles of Phensidyl seized: 3 arrested
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a covered van with 800 bottles of Phensidyl and arrested three people at an inter-district truck stand near Kanchpur Bridge.
 arrow 'Possibility of cancer medicines in hilly flora bright'
A professor at a seminar said possibility of finding cancer medicines in the flora of the hilly regions of Bangladesh is very bright, says a press release.
 arrow College of Textile Tech classes begin Apr 17
Classes of the first phase of BSC in Textile Technology under 2006-07 sessions at the College of Textile Technology will begin on April 17, says a press release.
 arrow Iftekhar leaves for UK April 16
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury will leave for the UK on April 16 on a 4-day visit at the invitation of British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.
 arrow Shahajada Malek Khan passes away
Shahajada Abdul Malek Khan, former state minister for industries in the cabinet of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, passed away at Lab Aid Hospital due to old age complications in the early hours of
Nationalarrow From rags to riches on political clout
The party in power came as a magic lamp for once unemployed Abdul Alim. He became a millionaire after becoming a BNP leader and a Union Parishad chairman.
 arrow Dam to be built soon to protect Sirajganj town
An embankment will be built covering five vulnerable points on the western bank of Jamuna at a cost of Tk 10.
 arrow Killers now file 'false' robbery case
After three months of the gruesome murder of Azibar Rahman, a 'false' robbery case was filed with Sadar police station on Sunday accusing the victim's elder and younger brothers and also witnesses ofthe
 arrow Allegation of torture for dowry against RU teacher
A teacher of Rajshahi University physically tortured his wife for dowry, the wife told a press conference here yesterday.
 arrow Jhalakati AL leader held
Awami League leader and former chairman of Nalchhity municipality Taslimuddin Chowdhury, a ward commissioner Jahangir Hossain and accounts officer Abdur Rob were arrested yesterday on corruption charge.
 arrow Falu, Salaudin shifted to Kashimpur jail
Former state minister Salahuddin Ahmed and former lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu were shifted to Kashimpur jail in Gazipur from Khulna district jail Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow The calypso tigers are hunting
Since our team landed in the Caribbean, earlier than all the other teams, they showed adequate signs of creating an impact in the 2007 World Cup, and the signal was sent to the rest of world as we beat
 arrow Can Dr. Yunus provide good governance?
Abdullah Momen raised and discussed this question perceptively in this column last week. In response to the editor's invitation to make comments on this question, I record my views on this issue.
 arrow Democracy and its discontents
The next time some politician tries to sell you on the virtues of democratic politics ("Yes democracy is messy, but it is better than all the alternatives," "Democracies don't make war,") before running
Culturearrow World Cup fever hits the spot!
Bangladesh's win against South Africa was no fluke.
 arrow 'Dakghar': A Swapno Dal production
The urge to be free is the theme of Rabindranath Tagore's popular allegorical play Dakghar, where every character is symbolic.
 arrow Celebrating alluring tunes from Rangpur
Bhawaiya Angon, Dhaka, an organisation working for the preservation of Bhawaiya songs, organised a daylong festival to celebrate their second anniversary on April 8.
 arrow Channel i to premier 'Shajghar' on Pahela Baishakh
As part of the Pahela Baishakh celebration Channel i will premier the movie Shajghar.
Generalarrow One lakh children die of diarrhoea a year
Over one lakh children die of diarrhoeal diseases in the country every year and children under five are the most vulnerable to diarrhoea, said the experts and physicians at a function in the port city
 arrow Show cause on 50 RU female students for protest
Hall provosts of four female halls at Rajshahi University (RU) issued show cause notice upon about 50 residential students for alleged violation of university rules and regulations.
 arrow Temporary sheds to be set up in city
The government yesterday decided to build temporary sheds at more places, including the 25 open markets being operated by paramilitary BDR, in the capital for the marketing of essentials at a fair price.
 arrow Two Rab men assaulted on DU campus
Resident students of Sir AF Rahman Hall of Dhaka University (DU) assaulted two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night suspecting them of being fake ones last night.
 arrow JMB militant, PBCP cadre held in Bagmara
Police arrested a JMB militant and a PBCP cadre from Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi last evening.
 arrow Alleged criminal dies in Rab 'encounter'
An alleged criminal was killed in an 'encounter' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Shajahanpur Upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Woman killed in train mishap
A housewife was crushed under the wheels of a train in Jhenidah district yesterday.
 arrow Road crash kills 1
An old man was killed in a road accident at Biaraghat Kata Wapda area in Sirajganj Sadar upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Alimuddin, 65, of Charmalshapara village in the town.
 arrow JICA senior vice-president in city
Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Atsushi Hatakenaka arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit.
 arrow BAAS executives
Syed Masud Hasan and Hasnain Sabih Nayak were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh AOTS Alumni Society (BAAS) recently, says a press release.
 arrow 5 frauds held with fake gold bars
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested five frauds of a gang and seized five fake gold bars, Tk 7300, two mobile phone sets and four rickshaws from them at Sayedabad inter-district bus terminal
Internationalarrow 'Benazir not seeking deal with Musharraf'
Exiled former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto is not considering lending her support to embattled President Prevez Musharraf, the Emirati Khaleej Times newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow US admiral admits to 4 frustrating years in Iraq
The US military has had a disappointing and frustrating time in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime four years ago, a top admiral said yesterday.
 arrow Bush to renew effort on immigration plan
President Bush returned to work yesterday on the volatile issue of immigration, where his hope for a legislative breakthrough is complicated by cold relations with Congress.
 arrow ICRC voices concern over civilian deaths in Sri Lanka
The International Red Cross yesterday expressed concern over a sharp rise in civilian deaths in the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka in the past few weeks, including a bombs aimed at passenger
 arrow Pak tribesmen hoist flags after clearing town of al-Qaeda
Pakistani tribesmen flew victory flags and fired in the air yesterday after clearing another town of al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants following three weeks of fighting, officials said.
 arrow Iran questions venue for Iraq conference
Iran said yesterday it has yet to decide on whether to attend a high-level conference on Iraq's security to be held next month in an Egyptian resort city, expressing dissatisfaction with the venue.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Militants and their political patrons
Complaints have been lodged with the police against some high-level political figures as well as a district super of police, for patronising the JMB.
 arrow Editorial: Elections and reforms
Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has emphasized an early holding of elections and has wondered why the election commission needs eighteen months before it can consider organizing the polls.
 arrow The thickening plot
The country is presently under a state of emergency, with fundamental rights suspended. Open political activities are obviously banned. Also forbidden is indoor politics, which was initially allowed.
 arrow Assault on affirmative action
India's Supreme Court has opened a can of worms by pronouncing itself against reservations for the low and middle castes (other backward classes - OBCs) in central institutions of higher learning.
 arrow Army chief and democratic process
While I fully share Mahfuz Anam's reservations about the army chief's intrusion into politics, and his proposal that we should have our "own brand of democracy," I disagree somewhat with his assessment
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