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Front Pagearrow Hasina, Nizami, their top leaders charged
Police yesterday charged Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, Jammat Chief Matiur Rahman Nizami and more than 50 top level leaders and workers with murder and other serious offences committed during street
 arrow Hasina postpones April 14 return
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday postponed her return to the country, which she planned for April 14, after a responsible person in the government assured her that the government will
 arrow Spirited anti-graft drive yet to deliver
The spirit with which the present caretaker government launched the anti-corruption drive in February has apparently mellowed as the authorities have yet to come up with a single solid graft case against
 arrow Prosecutor of Jhalakathi judges killing case shot dead
Unknown assailants last night shot dead the public prosecutor (PP) of Jhalakathi District Judge's Court and chief counsel of the case filed against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants forkilling
 arrow Tigers fight hard
Bangladesh fought hard as they went down by four wickets against England in the World Cup Super Eights match at the Kensington Oval in Kingston on Wednesday.
 arrow AL, Jamaat to face charges in court, blame each other
Leaders of Awami League (AL), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday said that they will legally face the cases filed against them for Paltan violence on October 28 in 2006.
 arrow US offers further help to fight graft
The United States has offered further cooperation to the government in its drive against corruption, particularly in identifying concrete, short-term support for investigations and prosecution of corruption
 arrow Waiting for son at jail gate
A 65-year-old rickshaw-puller had been waiting at the Dhaka Central Jail gate for 11 hours yesterday for the release of his son who had been arrested 15 days ago on charge of stealing.
 arrow BMTF asked to make transparent ballot boxes
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday visited the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF), which is preparing samples of transparent ballot boxes for use in the next election.
 arrow Cases against 55 graft suspects on the cards
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is preparing to file cases against the top 55 graft suspects for concealing information about their income, submitting fabricated tax statements and non-compliancewith
 arrow Religion-based politics source of militancy
Religion-based politics is the major source of militancy and close ties between Jamaat-e-Islami and militancy is quite lucid in this country, speakers at a views exchange meeting said yesterday.
 arrow US for polls as early as possible
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis has said the United States expects the caretaker government to arrange free, fair and impartial elections as early as possible by accomplishing all the tasks.
 arrow Police reform govt's priority, says CA
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has said reform of the police force is essential and the government takes it as a priority task.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP's Cadillac seized in Noakhali
The joint forces yesterday seized an expensive Cadillac car of former BNP lawmaker Md Shahjahan from the garage of Anwar Mirza, chairman of Al-Amin Group of Industries, at Harinarayanpur in the district.
 arrow Bill Gates eyes flight to space
The world's richest man Bill Gates is considering a possible flight into space, a Russian cosmonaut said from International Space Station yesterday, citing Gates' colleague, current space tourist Charles
 arrow White House unable to fill position of new war chief
The White House is unable to find anyone willing to fill the high-powered job of Iraq and Afghanistan wars coordinator, with at least three retired four-star generals turning down the position, the Washington
 arrow Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka kills 21
Heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka has left 21 people dead on both sides, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Nor'wester kills 1 in Ctg
A nor'wester coupled with heavy rain swept over the port city yesterday afternoon, killing a garment worker and uprooting a number of trees.
 arrow 4 killed in clashes in Somalia
At least four civilians were killed yesterday in renewed clashes in the Somali capital between Ethiopian forces and Islamist fighters that a shattered a ceasefire, residents said.
Businessarrow Health, safety checklist launched for RMG units
In a bid to ensure a decent working environment in the RMG industry, a unified code of conduct, 'Health and Safety Checklist', was launched yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Use of technology needed to revive pottery, handicraft
Bangladesh's pottery and handicraft industries are on the brink of ruin due to a lack of market access and no real government policy support, speakers observed at the inauguration of a handicraft andpottery
 arrow Trading powers bid to save Doha talks in Delhi
The four lead players in the Doha Round of global trade talks held bilateral meetings on Wednesday ahead of a new attempt to save the negotiations, but hopes for a breakthrough were slim.
 arrow Japan to outpace US but deflation risks remain: IMF
Japan will grow faster than the United States this year as it emerges from its long slump but the central bank should keep interest rates low to beat stubborn deflation, the IMF said Wednesday.
 arrow Currency issues to dominate G7 finance meeting
Currency issues, particularly the falling value of the Japanese yen and the level of the Chinese yuan, are expected to dominate a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Washington on Friday.
 arrow New five-star hotel opens Pahela Baishakh
Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort, another five-star hotel, will be launched in the capital city on Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla new year (April 14).
 arrow ACC, judicial reforms on agenda of ADB annual meet next month
Issues relating to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and judicial reforms in Bangladesh would come up for discussion at the annual meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila early next month.
 arrow Sino-ROK FTA suggested
China and South Korea should push to increase annual two-way trade to 200 billion dollars soon, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said Wednesday before wrapping up a two-day visit.
 arrow India, Kuwait sign labour welfare pact
India and Kuwait on Tuesday signed a landmark labour agreement, incorporating steps for job protection, checking the exploitation of workers and ensuring the payment of salaries and other benefits promised
 arrow WTO to hold first meet on Iraq membership
The World Trade Organisation will hold its first meeting on Iraq's accession process next week, some two and a half years after the country first launched its membership bid, trade sources said on Wednesday.
 arrow China to lift ban on Japanese rice imports
China agreed Wednesday to lift a four-year ban on Japanese rice imports ahead of a summit between the Asian powers, Japanese officials said.
 arrow Pakistan to export wheat to India
Two Pakistani traders have inked a deal to export around 4,000 tonnes of wheat to India.
 arrow MIDAS Financing chairman reelected
Md Ikramullah has been reelected chairman of MIDAS Financing Ltd for a period of another two years with effect from March 31.
 arrow Citigroup to cut 17,000 jobs
Global banking giant Citigroup will cut some 17,000 jobs as part of a major overhaul of its operations, the company announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Still a long way to go: Dav
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who has mas-terminded memorable Caribbean World Cup wins over India and South Africa, is adamant that there is still plenty of work to do to finetune the Asian Tigers.
 arrow Cricket: Lara quits ODIs
West Indies captain Brian Lara will retire from the one-day game in the wake of his side's miserable World Cup campaign.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming's self test
New Zealand captain Ste-phen Fle-ming belie-ves his side can win the World Cup: their Super Eights match against fellow contenders Sri Lanka here on Thursday will go a long way to seeing if he is right.
 arrow Football: Russel still on top
Sheikh Russel regained pole position in the B. League table within 24 hours from Muktijoddha despite sharing points with Brothers Union in a goalless draw yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nothing could save Windies
West Indies tried everything. Pace, spin, their entire 15-man squad and even a mid-tournament holiday all proved in vain.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asia Cup in Bangalore & Chennai
Bangalore and Chennai will host the second edition of the Afro-Asia Cup cricket tournament featuring three day-night one-day internationals in June.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan in captaincy dilemma
Pakistan cricket managers are struggling to choose a new captain for the national team after prime candidate Younis Khan set conditions for accepting the job, official sources said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: WC too long: Hayden
Australia ope-ner Matthew Hayden said Tuesday that the World Cup is too long and called for the marathon tournament to be trimmed. "It's too long.
 arrow Local Snippets
IM Abdullah Al Rakib regained his solo lead in the 33rd National Chess Championship after his win over Mohammad Javed at the NS hall-room yesterday. While his win took him to 7.
 arrow Cricket: AB shatters WI dream
AB de Villiers slammed a maiden one-day international as South Africa beat the West Indies by 67 runs in a World Cup Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Brian sorry for fans
West Indies captain Brian Lara apologised to fans after his team's World Cup hopes were shattered by South Africa in their Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Tuesday.
 arrow Football: MU massacre Roma
Manchester United booked their place in the Champions League semifinals with a breathtaking display of attacking football that destroyed AS Roma 7-1 in the last eight, second leg on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin, Zaheer to play in Twenty20
After being rested for the zonal phase, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar are available for Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in their quest to add the inaugural twenty20 crown and make it agrand
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh Academy smell victory
Ziaur Rahman and Mosharraf Hossain shared six wickets evenly as Bangladesh Cricket Academy were on the brink of victory against their Pakistani counterparts in the first four-day match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Club shooting begins
The three-day 13th Inter-club shooting competition began amid huge enthusiasm at the Rangpur Rifles Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: De Villiers OK
AB de Villiers earned his man-of-the-match award against West Indies the hard way.
 arrow Football: Fergie's greatest night
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Man-chester United's 7-1 Champions League demolition of Roma proves they have the strength to win the treble.
 arrow Football: Essien delivers Chelsea
Ghanian mid-fielder Michael Essien scored a stunning late winner to give Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Valencia in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Maradona leaves hospital
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona checked out of a private hospital early Wednesday after 13 days of treatment for alcohol abuse, medical officials said in a statement.
 arrow Football: Sevilla wary of strikers
Sevilla defender Julien Escude said the UEFA Cup holders would have to get to grips with Tottenham strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov on Thursday if they are to reach the semifinals this season.
 arrow Football: Chelsea prove last-gasp credentials
Valencia should have known that Chelsea never give up until the final whistle, as nearly a third of their goals this season have come in the final 10 minutes of a game.
 arrow Football: Celta appoint Stoichkov
Former Bulgaria coach Hristo Stoichkov will take over at the helm of struggling Spanish first division club Celta Vigo, the club confirmed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'Premiership the best'
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said the English Premiership was the best league in Europe following his side's thrashing of AS Roma and the prospect of three semifinalists in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Euro 2012 mascots

Metropolitanarrow Call for coordinated approach to tackling road safety problems
Experts at a workshop yesterday called for addressing the road safety problems through a coordinated policy of planning, implementation and evaluation of their solutions.
 arrow PSC suspends promotion of officials with 'graft charges'
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday decided to postpone some of its officials' promotion, including in the two vital posts of controller of examinations, on charges of alleged previous corruption.
 arrow Classes suspended for indefinite period
The authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University yesterday suspended the academic activities of honours degree for an indefinite period in the wake of agitation by students
 arrow Sino-Bangla ties to grow further
Bangladesh and China yesterday resolved to further deepen the existing relations through strengthening cooperation in trade, economic and political arena.
 arrow Jica to help clean Dhaka city
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) Vice President Atsushi Hatakenaka yesterday reiterated the organisation's commitment in providing technical assistance to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) tomake
 arrow Mugging: Another succumbs to injuries
Critically injured Mohammad Amir, who was shot by the muggers on Monday night, succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Medical Hospital in the city yesterday noon.
 arrow Koyes Sami on 2-day remand, Aman to be quizzed in jail
Former managing director of Oriental Bank Limited Chowdhury Koyes Sami, an accused in a case of embezzlement of Tk 488.5 crore, was placed on a two-day remand yesterday.
 arrow 4 CPA officials, MMD principal officer sent to jail
The four high officials of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and the principal officer of Mercantile Marine Department (PO MMD), who were held by the joint forces after their suspension from the service
 arrow JMB cadre gets 17 years' RI
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday sentenced a JMB cadre to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment in an arms case.
 arrow Political parties blamed for leadership crisis
There is a leadership crisis in the country at present, said Prof Ataur Rahman, president of Bangladesh Political Science Association, yesterday.
 arrow Govt to set up human rights commission
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the government is working to establish a Human Rights Commission as it is committed to ensuring human rights in the country.
 arrow Pintu in BSMMU prison cell for medical tests
Former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday for some diagnostic tests as his physical condition deteriorated.
 arrow Navy chief calls on president
Navy Chief Rear Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday and apprised him of various aspects of the naval force.
 arrow Income tax clerk arrested while taking bribe
Members of joint forces arrested a clerk of income tax department while he was taking bribe of Tk 500 at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow New green channel at ZIA
Customs authorities yesterday opened another green channel styled 'Wage Earners Channel' for Bangladeshi expatriates at the arrival hall of Zia International Airport in the city.
 arrow 45 CI sheets seized in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 45 corrugated iron (CI) sheets from an abandoned school at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in road accident in Noakhali
Two people were killed and six others were injured in a road accident on Begumganj-Feni highway in Noakhali yesterday. Identity of the victims is yet to be confirmed.
 arrow One arrested for selling OMS rice on black market
Police yesterday arrested one person for selling OMS rice on the black market at Nayakati Bazar under Dumuria upazila in Khulna.
 arrow British Council English courses resume April 24
The British Council Teaching Centre has announced some new changes for 2007, says a press release. English language programmes will resume on April 24 with registration between April 17 and 23.
 arrow CNG-driven bus catches fire in Savar, 10 injured
At least 10 people were injured when a CNG-driven bus caught fire near Savar bus stand last night. Witnesses said a bus of Greenway transport service carrying 60 passengers caught fire all of a sudden.
 arrow Inquilab journo sent to jail
ATM Rafique, Khulna bureau chief of the Bangla daily Dainik Inquilab, was shown arrested under Speedy Trial Act and sent to Khulna district jail yesterday afternoon after court rejected his bail prayer.
 arrow Stamford varsity exam schedule
The admission test for bachelor programmes of summer 2007 trimester of Stamford University, Bangladesh will be held at 3:00pm tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Encephalitis kills 6 in Kushtia
Six people died from encephalitis disease at Kushtia General Hospital in last three days. This has created panic among people as the number of patients are increasing everyday.
 arrow Rare marine fish caught in Cox's Bazar
A rare species of fish, which looks like a shark, was caught from deep sea around 20-25 kilometers south of St. Martin's Island yesterday.
 arrow 2 JMB militants held in Rajshahi, Cox's Bazar
Joint forces arrested an Ehsar (senior leader) member of Islamist militant outfit JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) from Goalkandi Bazar in Bagmara upazila in Ransahahi and a sustected militant from
 arrow Use boiled water to avoid jaundice
As jaundice is spreading in Moulvibazar town and adjoining areas alarmingly, the municipal authorities yesterday urged the townspeople through loud speakers to use pipeline water after boiling and tokeep
 arrow Nine bombs, revolver seized: 4 held in Munshiganj
Joint forces in a raid conducted at Amghata village under Sadar upazila arrested four persons and seized nine bombs, one revolver and some lethal weapons by digging ground of a house Tuesday night.
 arrow 'Corrupt' executive engineer suspended
The Public Works Department (PWD) authorities yesterday cancelled five work orders amounting to Tk 15 crore issued earlier for construction of five government buildings following detection of irregularities
 arrow Boisabi festival begins today in Rangamati
The three day long traditional 'Boisabi' festival of the indigenous communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will begin today with great enthusiasm and festivity.
 arrow Tk 50,000 looted from bus passengers
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 50,000 from the passengers of seven baby taxis and auto-tempos (human hauler) on the Fakirerbazar- Dasherbazar road in Borni union of Baralekha upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tall order, fat hope, slim chance: Restoring order in Bangladesh
I find Charles Dickens very handy in explaining the state of the state of emergency in Bangladesh. One is not sure if the country is going through "the best of times" or "the worst of times.
 arrow An overview of EC's proposals for reforms of electoral laws
At a press briefing on April 5, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), ATM Shamsul Huda, announced the much awaited draft proposals for reformation of electoral laws and processes, and expressed hope that
Culturearrow Delving into nature
It's not often that a woman goes into photography for a living.
 arrow 'Shey Ek Rajyo': Last show of the festival
Though founded in April 4, 1997, Oboyob Natya Dal has so far produced nine plays and eight street theatre productions.
 arrow Anna Pavlova: The immortal swan
Famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (January 31, 1881-January 23, 1931) had clear ideas about success. To quote her, "When a small child I thought that success spelled happiness.
 arrow Workshop on 'Movies Today' held
A ten-day workshop titled 'Movies Today' ended on April 10. Noted film scholar Father Gaston Roberge was the resource person in the workshop.
Generalarrow 'Write more books on War of Liberation'
Speakers at a publication ceremony yesterday urged the freedom fighters to write more books on the War of Liberation for the new generation.
Internationalarrow Benazir says no deal with Musharraf until he gives up uniform
Exiled former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday she will not make any deals with President Pervez Musharraf until he gives up his position as chief of the army.
 arrow Wen for new ties of trust with Tokyo
Wen Jiabao, paying the first visit by a Chinese premier to Japan in seven years, called yesterday for the Asian powers to build a relationship of trust amid disputes over the past and future.
 arrow Sarkozy made deal to bury Chirac's corruption files
French right-wing presidential frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday denied a newspaper report that he had agreed to shield President Jacques Chirac from a corruption probe in exchange for his backing.
 arrow Malaysia mulls body on religious disputes
Malaysia may create a special commission to hear disputes involving Muslims and non-Muslims following a series of cases that have raised racial and religious tensions, a senior minister said yesterday.
 arrow Lebanon tries 6 suspects in German bomb plot
The trial of six Lebanese accused of plotting to bomb trains in Germany last July opened in Beirut yesterday, but was swiftly adjourned after warrants were issued for two being tried in absentia.
 arrow Tehran shows pictures of 'tortured' diplomat
Iran yesterday showed footage of the wounds of an Iranian diplomat released after two months in captivity in Iraq, saying the pictures showed he had been tortured by US forces.
 arrow Two Buddhists killed in Thai restive south
Two Buddhists were killed in separate attacks Wednesday in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said, as the country's junta leader began a visit to the region.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC's dialogue plan
The move by the Election Commission (EC) to initiate a dialogue with civil society on the issue of election-related reforms is welcome.
 arrow Editorial: ACC chairman's initiative
The Anti-Corruption Commission chairman's observation that rooting out corruption will not be possible without social resistance against the menace is, we believe, based on a correct assessment of the
 arrow Things are getting curiouser and curiouser
Not only in wonderland, but also in our own land of Bangladesh, are things becoming curiouser and curiouser. Just cast your mind back to the happenings of the last few weeks and you will know what I mean.
 arrow The Palestine question
At long last the two Palestinian factions in the occupied parts of Palestine, PLO and Hamas, have formed a coalition government again in the hope of ending the impasse that faced the government formed
 arrow Charity, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility
Last year, the sponsors of a musical night presenting the "Indian Idol" winners at a social club said that it was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
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