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Front Pagearrow Moudud detained in night-long raid
The joint forces yesterday detained influential BNP leader and former law minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed raiding his Gulshan residence in the capital.
 arrow Bangalees' biggest carnival today
With the sunrise ushering in Pahela Baishakh, people from all walks of life will welcome Bangla New Year 1414 today all over the country while most residents of the capital will throng Ramna Batomulto
 arrow 'CA's speech reflects people's desire'
Lauding the speech of Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed, different political parties, civil society leaders, and former advisers to the caretaker government yesterday said the speech was tuned to people's
 arrow 8 Hizbut Touhid militants held in Meherpur
The police arrested Anisur Rahman, Meherpur unit chief of militant outfit Hizbut Touhid, early yesterday while the Rab picked up seven more at Gangni upazila last night.
 arrow Top leaders' allegiance to party questioned
Indifference of the senior BNP leaders to the 'plight' of party chief Khaleda Zia and her family has raised questions among the rank and file about their allegiance to the party leadership.
 arrow Project gathers dust, funds for phase II gobbled up
The computerised land management system (CLMS), a project undertaken to reduce land disputes and to increase revenues, lies idle due to lack of initiatives from the land ministry.
 arrow Security stepped up to ensure peaceful celebrations
Security has been stepped up to ensure that law and order is properly maintained as the nation today celebrates the advent of Bengali new year, popularly called Pahela Baishakh.
 arrow Onus on the Tigers
Bangladesh's fifth match in the World Cup Super Eights in Barbados against debutants Ireland tomorrow will be a different kind of mission than what the Tigers have faced against the top-ranked sides earlier
 arrow Aussies crush Ireland, storm into semis
Australia required just five overs of hostile pace to storm into the World Cup semifinals with a crushing nine-wicket win over a hapless Ireland in a Super Eights match here on Friday.
 arrow 9 killed as truck skids off road in Tangail
Nine people died and four others were injured in a road accident on the Tangail-Mymensingh highway at Pouli under Kalihati upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Bangla year-end celebration...

 arrow Two relatives of slain Jhalakathi PP arrested
Police yesterday arrested two relatives of Jhalakathi Public Prosecutor (PP) Hyder Hossain, killed by unknown assailants Wednesday night, on suspicion of having links with the killing.
 arrow 4 outlaws, JMB militant arrested in Bagmara
Police arrested four activists of outlawed Sarbahara Party and a JMB militant in separate raids in Bagmara upazila early yesterday.
 arrow David's brother held in N'ganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal in the district town on Thursday night. A team of Rab-11 arrested Mahbubullah Tapan, 38, at Missionpara intersection at 10:30pm.
 arrow Rejoinder
Public Service Commission (PSC) Director Robiul Islam in a rejoinder to a report headlined "Corrupt PSC officials get promotion" published in The Daily Star on April 11 said some portions of the report
 arrow Vehicles seize...

 arrow WB chief faces fight for political life
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz faced a fight for his political life yesterday after the development lender's directors demolished his defence in a favouritism scandal surrounding his girlfriend.
 arrow Pak protesters defy crackdown, burn Musharraf's effigies
Defying a security crackdown, more than 3,000 lawyers and opposition activists torched an effigy of President Pervez Musharraf in protests yesterday against his removal of Pakistan's top judge.
 arrow 38 Taliban, Nato soldier killed in Afghan battle
US and Afghan troops backed by warplanes killed more than 35 Taliban militants during a five-hour battle in a bitterly contested area of southern Afghanistan, the US-led coalition said yesterday.
Businessarrow MCCI seeks policies for creating jobs in next budget
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) has urged the government to formulate policies in the next budget for creating jobs in the country.
 arrow Trade players agree to end talks by year-end
Trade ministers from G-4 and G-6 countries, seeking to end the deadlock in global trade talks, wrapped up their two-day meeting here on Thursday night failing to deliver substantial results, but agreed
 arrow Citibank NA re-launches life insurance scheme for NRBs in KSA
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently re-launched the pioneering insurance coverage benefits for Bangladeshi nationals living in Saudi Arabia who remit funds to their beneficiaries in Bangladesh through Citibank
 arrow BEI roundtable on CSR held
The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organised a roundtable on corporate social responsibility (CSR) on Thursday in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Oil nears $70 in London
The price of Brent North Sea crude hit a seven-month high of 69.59 dollars a barrel Friday on concerns that current oil supplies may be insufficient to meet demand, traders said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: To bat or not to bat
Rival captains Stephen Fleming and Graeme Smith will face a dile-mma if they win the toss when New Zealand and South Africa meet in a crucial World Cup Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Fleming not dumb
New Zealand captain Ste-phen Fleming said any World Cup skipper who didn't think about run-rates was "dumb".
 arrow Cricket: Younis refuses captaincy
Veteran batsman Younis Khan said Friday he had rejected an offer to be-come Pakistan captain, saying he was "very disappointed" with the furious public reaction to the team's World Cup exit.
 arrow Cricket: Greg feared after Tigers loss
Former India coach Greg Chappell has admitted fearing for his safety after the side lost to minnows Bangladesh, which eventually led to their ouster from the cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Sports adviser unhappy at Mirpur works
Youth and Sports adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday expressed his displeasure over the incomplete renovation works at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: SLC protest irks AI
Amnesty Inter-national on Friday accused Sri Lanka of distorting a campaign at the cricket World Cup aimed at highlighting the deteriorating human rights situation on the war-torn island.
 arrow Cricket: Botham fears for England
Former England great Ian Botham fears that Michael Vaughan's team could be in for a World Cup mauling at the hands of South Africa when the two sides meet here on Tuesday.
 arrow Local Snippets
IM Abdullah Al Rakib defeated GM Niaz Murshed in the eleventh round game of the 33rd National Chess Championship at the NSC hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas treble sinks NZ
Chaminda Vaas ensured Sri Lanka didn't miss Lasith Malinga by removing New Zealand's top three in a six-wicket World Cup Super Eights win at Grenada's National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Paul slams double hattrick
Record-breaking Mwach Ukwu Paul slammed a double hattrick as Mohammedan Sporting Club returned to winning ways in the B. League with a 7-1 thrashing of Rahmatganj on the eve of the Bengali New Year.
 arrow Football: Spanish trio in semis
Spanish clubs repeated the feat of English clubs in the Champions League earlier this week by booking three of the final four berths in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Panditpara clinch Club Cup title
Local club Panditpara beat Bangladesh United of Comilla by two wickets in the final of the BCB Club Cup Challenge at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss relies on pitch knowledge
England batsman Andrew Strauss on Thursday labelled the Kensington Oval wicket as the 'strangest' he has ever played on but believes that will be an advantage when they face South Africa in their next
 arrow Cricket: Justin bats for Marcus
Former Australia opener Justin Langer says Marcus Trescothick can rediscover his best form at Somerset this season and return to the England fold.
 arrow Cricket: No Warne for England
Shane Warne has ruled out acting in a coaching role to old enemy England.
 arrow Cricket: Redgrave lesson for Australia
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said his team enjoyed the experience of meeting Olympic rowing champion Sir Stephen Redgrave on the sidelines of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky dislikes WC length
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has added his voice to those demanding that the World Cup be shortened from its current 47-day marathon.
 arrow Cricket: Tale of the Malinga cut
Sri Lankan stylist took two days to create Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga's bleached-blond unkempt hair that is attracting attention at the Cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: 'Lasith wasn't risked'
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene insisted his side's six-wicket win against New Zealand proved they could cope without Lasith Malinga.
 arrow Football: MU seal Ronaldo extension
Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed terms on a new five-year contract at Manchester United, the club announced Friday on its official website.
 arrow Football: Milan look for impetus
Champions League semifinalists AC Milan will visit Messina on Sunday justifiably confident of repeating last year's 3-1 win away at the Stadio San Filippo.
 arrow Football: Real eye lead
Real Madrid have a chance to go top of the Spanish first division, and thus increase the pressure on title rivals Barcelona and Sevilla, when they face Racing Santander away on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gunners' test of nerve
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows the development of his talented young team is in danger as the battle for the final Champions League place hots up on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Maradona back in hospital
Argentine football idol Diego Maradona was comfortable and in good health Friday after returning to the hospital for abdominal pain, the hospital director said.
 arrow Football: Scandal takes new twist
A corruption scandal which rocked Italy's Serie A to its foundations last season has taken a new twist after public prosecutors in Naples closed their investigation by making fresh accusations.
 arrow Football: Houllier staying with Lyon
Lyon will retain Gerard Houllier as manager for next season, despite the club's failure to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League, club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has said.
 arrow Football: Lehmann to decide Gunners future
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could decide in the coming week whether or not he will stay with the club.
 arrow Football: Park signs Nike deal
South Korea's top striker Park Ji-Sung of English Premier League team Manchester United has signed a long-term contract with sportswear company Nike, the firm's local affiliate said Friday.
Metropolitanarrow DU to renovate historic Curzon Hall
Dhaka University (DU) is going to take up renovation work on the historic Curzon Hall to preserve its original architectural features.
 arrow Celebrating Bangla New Year

 arrow Pedestrians' safety issue neglected
Seeing the red light on the signal post, some pedestrians began crossing the road and almost walked around four-fifth of the road.
 arrow Lightning kills three
Three people including a mother and her teenaged son were killed in lightning in Bagerhat and Barguna districts on Thursday night.
 arrow 41 DU teachers protest extortion case against Hasina
Some 41 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday said the filing of extortion case against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has stunned people all over the country.
 arrow Trader with fake stamps, currency notes held in N'ganj
A trader with huge number of forged stamps and counterfeit currency notes was arrested in Narayanganj on Thursday night.
 arrow Two killed in road accident in Rangpur
Two rickshaw-van passengers were killed and four others injured in a road accident at Mokimpur point on Bogra-Rangpur highway at Pirganj in the district yesterday.
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of Senior Staff Course held
The certificate awarding ceremony of 16th Senior Staff Course was held at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) in Savar on Thursday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 26th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary of 5 martyrs
The 36th death anniversary of five members of a family who were killed during the War of Liberation will be observed tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Reunion of former officials of Unilever held
A day-long reunion of the retired officials and employees of Unilever Bangladesh Limited was held on its Kalurghat factory premises in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Film festival begins in Rajshahi
A two-day film festival on child rights began yesterday with a call to protect the children from being abused by the criminals.
 arrow Antique statue recovered
An antique statue was recovered during the digging of a pond at Talpukur cluster village under Tepamadhupur Union Parishad (UP) at Syedpur in Nilphamari on Thursday.
 arrow Body of newborn recovered in city
The body of a newborn baby, dumped in a dustbin at Karwan Bazaar in the city, was recovered yesterday.
 arrow Maqbula wins Anannya Literary Award
Eminent writer Maqbula Manzur has been nominated for the Anannya Literary Award 1414, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Veteran Awami League (AL) leader Shamsur Rahman Mani died of liver cirrhosis at his residence in Khulna on Wednesday at the age of 83.
Nationalarrow JMB cadres regrouping in Barisal in different names
Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres are regrouping under the leadership of two 'top' regional leaders of the banned Islamist outfit in Barisal, intelligence sources said.
 arrow 9 arrested Pabna AL, BNP leaders submit statements of assets
All the nine arrested leaders of Awami League (AL) and BNP submitted statements of their assets and properties to joint forces yesterday.
 arrow ACC starts fresh probe
Panic is prevailing among a section of officials of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) as Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken preparation to initiate further probe into irregularities allegedly committed
 arrow RHD engineer, 3 officials held in Faridpur for bribery
The army-led joint forces have arrested Superintendent Engineer and three other officials of Roads and Highways Department in Fridpur on charge of bribery.
 arrow BSF to show 'utmost restraint' on Rajshahi border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) have signed five-point agreement to maintain peace and vigilance along the 179-kilometer border in Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts.
 arrow Charak Puja begins in Pabna
The three day long traditional Bothor Charak Fastival (Charak Puja) of the Hindu community started yesterday with enthusiasm and festivity at Bothor village under Chatmoher upazilla in Pabna.
 arrow Freedom Fighter dies in Moulvibazar
Valiant freedom fighter of our liberation war Subeder Abdul Malek Choudhury died yesterday at the age of 88 at his Kalimabad residence in Moulvibazar town.
Culturearrow Pahela Baishakh: Random thoughts
What can be said on Pahela Baishakh that has not been said before? The biggest secular festival in the country is also iconic to the Bengali identity.
 arrow Every mask has a story
Prakritojon Projonmo -- an organisation dedicated to promote folklore, is holding a two-day Mask Festival at the Natmondol, Dhaka University (DU) premises that started on April 13.
Generalarrow B'baria-Comilla direct bus service from Apr 20
Direct bus service between Brahmanbaria and Comilla, a long-felt demand of the people of two neighbouring districts, will begin on April 20.
 arrow Farmer injured in BSF firing
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire at Uchna border in Panchbibi upazila yesterday morning, injuring a Bangladeshi farmer.
Internationalarrow Tigers vow retaliation in Lanka's east
The Tamil Tigers vowed yesterday to hit back against an advance by government troops in the east of Sri Lanka, accusing the military of "genocidal activities" there.
 arrow Iraq MPs vow to defy bloodshed
Iraqi lawmakers held a special session of parliament yesterday to condemn a suicide bombing in their canteen and vowed that the spectacular breach of security would not derail the political process.
 arrow N Korea unlikely to meet nuke deadline
North Korea said yesterday it was still confirming the release of frozen funds that had been its key condition for dismantling its nuclear programmes, making it unlikely it would meet a weekend deadline
 arrow Europe to give $5m in aid to Palestinians
Five European countries and the European Commission signed an accord yesterday under which they will give 5.2 million dollars for administrative reforms within the Palestinian presidency.
 arrow Quake kills coral reefs
A 2005 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia raised an island nearly four feet out of the water, causing one of the biggest coral die-offs recorded, scientists said Friday.
 arrow Iran's nuke plan limited: IAEA
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Thursday Iran is operating only several hundred centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, despite its claims to have activated 3,000.
 arrow UN envoy calls for Talks with Taliban
The UN envoy in Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, urged talks with all the forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, to stanch the bloodshed in the country, in an interview published Friday.
 arrow Indian missile test forces jet to turn back
An Indonesian passenger jet was forced to turn around over Indian airspace after a nuclear-capable ballistic missile streaked across the sky, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday, demanding an explanation
 arrow T-rex fossil yields clues to evolutionary puzzle: Study
US researchers have identified microscopic traces of soft tissue taken from a 68 million-year-old T-rex fossil in a startling discovery that is yielding clues to evolutionary links between dinosaurs and
Editorialarrow Editorial: The CA's address to the nation
In his address to the nation on Thursday, Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed provided a clear, definitive road map to a restoration of elected government.
 arrow Editorial: Baishakh 1414
Baishakh is that time of year when we celebrate ourselves through recalling the cultural traditions we are heir to.
 arrow Celebrating the Bangla new year
I rarely get an opportunity to write about cultural events in my column. Almost all of them deal with issues related to domestic politics, international affairs or macro-economic denominators.
 arrow Truth never dies
If one has seen the movie 'Gandhi' by Sir Richard Attenborough and the movie 'Kingdom of Heaven' made by Scott Ridley one cannot help but reminisce on the terrible truth and that is, truth triumphs at
 arrow Resecularising Bangladesh
The constitution of Bangladesh came into force on 16 December 1972.Through 31 amendments (between 15.7.73 and 28.3.96) different regimes did not make it more flexible.
StarTecharrow IT extravaganza in city
If you are a novice computer user, you certainly need a unique place where you will get almost all stuffs to full fill your requirements.
 arrow Sony to sell TVs with organic screens
Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp.
 arrow Robots to clean pools
Irobot Corp., the maker of robots to clean carpets and hard floors, has decided the water is warm enough in the pool-cleaning market to take a swim there, too.
 arrow ADSL modem, wireless router and more in single device
Global Brand Pvt. Ltd. (GBPL), recently unveiled WL-600g, an all-in-one device that incorporates ADSL modem, wireless router and ftp/printer server functions, says a press release.
 arrow Talking Globe

Literaturearrow On writers, languages and Ghalib: The 19th SAARC Writers' Conference, 3-4 April
How apt, I thought when I was invited to Delhi to attend the 19th SAARC writers' conference. This would be my first time at the conference, and Delhi had literary associations for me.
 arrow Ajeet Cour
Writing about the 2004 11th SAARC writers' Conference in this page Kaiser Haq had opined that "Ms Ajeet Cour is a phenomenon, more like a force of nature than a real person.
 arrow On Hallowed Ground: SAARC Translation Workshop at Belur, Kolkata
After the two days of readings and lectures and cordial colloquy at the SAARC literary meet in Delhi, eleven of us flew to Kolkata for another two-day event: the first ever SAARC Translation Workshop.
 arrow Farewell Not My Friend
And the long midnight walks with Shamsur Rahman on the Nababpur Street! We returning from our adda on the Stadium gallery still raw with freshly laid concrete, or at the fashionable Kashba restaurantif
 arrow South Asia
Rainy morning
tree shadows fall in Arun's living room
soft piano sound mingles with the green
we all sit reading quietly
Suddenly South Asia erupts
In the columns of Asian Age
And The

 arrow A Feeling
And outside it was fog
And silence,
And cold:
The naked trees didn't have a rag to cover them.
The surrounding mud walls are begging.

 arrow A Chicken Poem
We had chicken in the morning flight of Bangladesh Biman
On way to NSCB international airport
And during out stop-over we had chicken again
In the lovely Kolkata airport's passenger lounge, followed

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