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Front Pagearrow Khaleda agrees to fly out with Arafat
After a prolonged suspense, former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia finally agreed to leave the country under tremendous pressure from the military backed caretaker government and on condition
 arrow Arafat released after quizzing over graft
Arafat Rahman, younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, was released last night after intelligence officials interrogated him about his and his aides' alleged involvement in fetching a huge amount
 arrow Blowout barely averted at enormous gas loss
The 38-year old third well of the country's biggest gas provider Titas Gas Field in Brahmanbaria yesterday went totally out of control with an uncontrolled release of gas at the rate of 15 to 18 million
 arrow No more duty-free cars for MPs
The council of advisers yesterday cancelled the lawmakers' privilege of importing duty-free cars as most members of parliament (MPs) in the past misused it.
 arrow Hill demolished to create officials' housing plots
An ecologically critical hill near Cox's Bazar beach has been levelled and its trees worth a few hundred crores of taka have been cut down and sold by the district administration to prepare residential
 arrow How he monopolised outdoor ad business
Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman, detained late Sunday night, had allegedly used his family clout to monopolise the outdoor advertising industry and push through controversial state contracts for
 arrow Aussies on course
Australia were 114-2 after 20 overs in their World Cup Super Eights match against Sri Lanka at the Grenada National Stadium here on Monday chasing 227 to win.
 arrow Govt given 3 weeks for the last time
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday granted the government three weeks for the last time to complete the separation process of the judiciary.
 arrow Shipping corporation to go public
The ailing public sector Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) is going to float shares for general investors through the stock exchanges.
 arrow Power plant restarts today amid coal crisis
Due to a series of fresh hydro-geological problems, Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) officially re-launches production today cutting down daily production to 1,500 tonnes from the original target
 arrow Proposal on awarding IPP contracts sent back
The advisory council committee on purchase yesterday sent back a Power Division proposal on awarding contracts for setting up Independent Power Plants (IPP), as it found that the firms were not selected
 arrow Khandakar Delwar barred from flying aborad
Former chief whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain was barred from going to Singapore at Zia International Airport last night.
 arrow Breeding ground for mosquitoes...

 arrow EC probe finds irregularities in updated voter list printing
An Election Commission (EC) probe body has found irregularities in awarding the tasks of printing the controversial updated voter list before the stalled ninth parliamentary elections.
 arrow No more gunmen for anyone as situation improves
The government won't give police protection to any more persons as country's law and order situation is improving following the anticrime drives.
 arrow Charges framed against 6 JMB cadres in Ctg
A Chittagong court yesterday framed charges against six Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists in four cases filed in connection with bomb attacks, murder, and possession of illegal firearmsand
 arrow BB starts probe into $75 lakh LC fraud
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has initiated investigation into the allegations of smuggling out $75 lakh by opening letters of credit (LC) with different banks under the guise of importing essential commodities
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad deferred again
Verdict on the gold smuggling case against former president and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has been deferred for the fifth time yesterday as he fell sick.
 arrow 30 injured in cop beating
About 30 people were injured as police allegedly beat them up at Bishnandi village under Araihazar upazila of the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Bird flu...

 arrow DCC ward commissioner held for 'land grabbing'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) on charges of extortion and land grabbing.
 arrow ACC team raids ex-MP Suja's Khulna house
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the joint forces yesterday raided the residence of Khulna Awami League (AL) General Secretary Mostafa Rashidi Shuja.
 arrow Land allotment of 21 filling stations cancelled
The government has cancelled land allocation for CNG filling and conversion stations and petrol-diesel pumps of 21 entrepreneurs.
 arrow Harris Chy asked to appear in court in 3 days
A Dhaka court yesterday directed Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to appear before it within three days in connection with a graft case.
 arrow US happy with CG actions
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis has appreciated Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's address to the nation, particularly for mentioning a timeframe for holding the general election, and said the US government
 arrow Iran says it won't back down on nuke
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed yesterday that Iran would not give in to Western demands over its nuclear drive, saying Tehran would "resist to the end" in the intensifying crisis.
 arrow Sadr bloc pulls out of Iraqi govt
Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his six ministers out of Iraq's beleaguered coalition government Monday, upping the political stakes after a weekend of savage sectarian violence.
 arrow Bush prods Democrats on Iraq war bill
President Bush, prodding Congress to extend the Iraq war without calling troops home, said yesterday that Democratic leaders owe it to veterans and their families to pass the war-spending bill he wants.
Businessarrow Russians keen to invest in power, transport sectors
Visiting Russian business delegates yesterday expressed keen interest to invest in areas such as power, transport and waste management system in Bangladesh.
 arrow Free admin from graft to boost private sector business
The finance adviser has emphasised keeping the administrative machinery free from corruption to create an environment conducive to business of the private sector.
 arrow India needs 2m IT, services sector professionals by 2010
A conclave of global executive search firms Monday said India's booming services and software industries need more than two million professionals by 2010 and many could come from overseas.
 arrow Oil prices inch up in Asian trade
Oil prices rose slightly Monday as the market looked for direction ahead of the expected restarts at U.S.
 arrow Five-day telecoms fair begins
Participants were displaying low-cost mobile handsets with discounts at the five-day telecoms fair styled '3rd Bangladesh Int'l Telecom Fair' that began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow City Bank to introduce 'premium banking'
The City Bank Limited will introduce a 'premium banking' cell in order to deliver the banking services to the clients' doorstep.
 arrow Citigroup posts 15pc revenue growth in Q1
Citigroup Inc yesterday reported a record 2007 first quarter revenue of US$25.5 billion, which increased by 15 percent, and after tax net income of $5.01 billion, or $1.01 per share.
 arrow Citigroup senior official due today
Richard Martin Smyth, managing director and head of Global Portfolio Management of Citigroup South Asia, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit, says a press release.
 arrow Wolfowitz vows to carry on
Global finance chiefs headed home Sunday after a three-day meeting on financial and development questions held amid intense speculation that World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz would be brought down by a personnel
 arrow Amadeus ties up with Biman for e-ticketing
Amadeus, a global leader in technology for the travel and tourism industry, has announced the launch of electronic ticketing with Biman Bangladesh Airlines, says a press release.
 arrow SEDF training for agribusiness, food processing sectors
SouthAsia Enterprise Develop-ment Facility (SEDF), the advisory services of International Finance Corporation (IFC) for South Asia, has organised a five-day auditor training course for the agribusiness
 arrow Training programme for ISP, telecoms engineers
In a bid to provide training facilities for the engineers working in the ISP (internet service provider) and telecommunication sectors in IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), ISP Association of Bangladesh
 arrow IDLC approves 1:3 stock, 5pc cash dividends
Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Ltd has approved 1:3 stock dividend and 5 percent cash dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Euro hits all time high against yen
The euro jumped to a fresh all-time high against the yen in Asian trade on Monday after Group of Seven finance chiefs avoided specific mention of the sliding Japanese currency, dealers said.
 arrow China rejects IMF advice on yuan
A senior official from China's central bank has rejected calls from the International Monetary Fund for faster progress towards a more flexibile currency regime, state media said Monday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar rues Rasel loss
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has said his team would like to cap their roller-coaster World Cup campaign with an impressive performance.
 arrow Cricket: Dare predict on the Tigers
Is it risky to predict anything about Bangladesh cricket team? The answer is definitely in the affirmative, especially after Habibul Bashar's men's meek surrender to Ireland in the World Cup Super Eights
 arrow Cricket: A day to forget
Before the toss, left-arm paceman Syed Rasel back-tracked on to the boundary rope to take a catch while warming up and sprained his right ankle and had to be replaced in the starting eleven.
 arrow Cricket: Tourists in the driving seat
Pakistan Academy consolidated their position in the second and final four-day match against their Bangladesh counterparts with brilliant batting yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies do not matter: Dehring
World Cup organisers insisted on Sunday that the West Indies' virtual failure to reach the World Cup semifinals will not lead to the matches being played out to empty stadia.
 arrow Cricket: Local Snippets
Last year's champion Enamul Hossain Rajib finished runner-up in the Mercantile Bank 33rd National Chess Championship when the International Master defeated Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman 1.5-0.
 arrow Cricket: It was India-Pakistan!
They may not have seen their teams in action, but fans from India and Pakistan found some solace in sunshine, a Caribbean cruise and a World Cup match.
 arrow Cricket: Windies look ahead
The West Indies are eyeing a pair of wins not only to sustain their slim World Cup semifinal hopes, but also to put themselves in a confident frame of mind ahead of a tour to England.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky bats for England!
England's experience of fighting back to win this year's triangular one-day series in Australia could help them revive their ailing World Cup campaign, according to Ricky Ponting.
 arrow Football: Look beyond cricket: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday urged cricket-mad India to embrace football, saying the sport had a great future in the land of one billion people.
 arrow Golf: Golfers' training begins
Twenty-seven promising golfers including national players are taking part in the Gemcon Young Tigers golfers' training programme which was inaugurated at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sheraton, BCB sign deal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) roped in Dhaka Sheraton Hotel as the official hospitality partner for the next two years.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq disgraces Woolmer
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has criticised their late coach Bob Woolmer, saying he was only interested in keeping his job and his tenure made no difference to the team.
 arrow Football: BFF's grounds committee secy Musa no more
Moshiur Rahman Musa, secretary of Bangladesh Football Federation's grounds committee, died of a cardiac arrest at a local hospital yesterday afternoon. He was 56.
 arrow Cricket: A virtual quarter
England captain Michael Vaughan and his South African counterpart Graeme Smith will be hoping to fire in a crucial World Cup Super Eights match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Irish belong here
Ireland's win over fellow giant-killers Bangladesh has proved they belong in the World Cup, said captain Trent Johnston.
 arrow Cricket: KP has all to play for
When England's Kevin Pietersen bats against South Africa in a crucial World Cup Super Eights match here on Tuesday, he will be short of neither motivation nor confidence.
 arrow Football: Ballack secures dream final
Michael Ballack ensured Chelsea kept their date with Manchester United for the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley on a heartbreaking afternoon for Blackburn at Old Trafford on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Graveney backs Vaughan up
Chairman of selectors David Graveney says captain Michael Vaughan is not in danger of being left out by England.
 arrow Cricket: England quash Flintoff scare
England have dismissed concerns over Andrew Flintoff's health ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup clash against South Africa in Barbados.
 arrow Football: Barca sweat to top
League leaders Barcelona left it late but ensured they stayed on top of La Liga thanks to a Fernando Navarro own goal which gave them a 1-0 win over Real Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jose relishing MU battles
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea and Manchester United have earned the right to contest the season's major prizes between themselves over what could be an unprecedented three-match finale to the campaign.
 arrow Football: Bremen keep up chase
German striker Miroslav Klose admitted he was delighted to get on the scoresheet and help fire Werder Bremen back up to second in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan continue charge
AC Milan won 3-1 at Messina on Sunday to climb into fourth spot in the Italian league to continue their late season charge following qualification for the Champions League semifinals.
 arrow Football: MU lead PFA nominations
The Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award will be a case of Manchester United against the rest this season.
 arrow Football: Injury fears ease for Ferdinand
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has been assured that the groin injury he sustained in Saturday's FA Cup win over Watford is less serious than at first feared.
 arrow Football: Rooney raring to go
Wayne Rooney admits Manchester United's breathtaking form has reinvigorated him for the decisive final weeks of the season.
 arrow Football: Mourinho-Abramovich hug!
Jose Mourinho hinted at a thaw in his troubled relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich by revealing that the Russian billionaire had given him a hug after watching his side beat Blackburn inthe
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh at high risk of HIV/AIDS
More efforts and cooperation between the government and non-government agencies are required to combat HIV/AIDS, said Health Adviser ASM Matiur Rahman at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Help recover land grabbed by Aman
A complainant has urged the authorities concerned to help recover his land grabbed by a former state minister for labour and manpower during the tenure of immediate-past coalition government.
 arrow 'Today's politicians highly corrupt, hated'
Political ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Tajuddin Ahmed, the first prime minister of the country, will have to be re-established in order to rid politics of corruption, speakers atthe
 arrow $14m Australian food aid for ultra poor
Australia signed a $A14 million food aid agreement with Bangladesh in the city on 15 April to support the efforts of ultra poor people to improve their lives, says a press release.
 arrow Historic Mujibnagar Day today
The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government-in-exile at Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.
 arrow Mahfuz Anam elected ANN chairman
Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, has been elected chairman of Asia News Network (ANN) for the current year at a meeting of the board members of the organisation held in Seoul recently.
 arrow US community offers help when mosque suffers fire damage
When the mosque serving the Islamic Society of Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania was damaged by a fire on April 11, Muslim families immediately were offered a space for prayer services by the Jewish community
 arrow Prof Wahiduddin first DAB ombudsman
Prof Wahiduddin Ahmad has been made the first ombudsman of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB), says a press release.
 arrow Dhanmondi road renamed after Abul Mansur Ahmad
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has renamed Dhanmondi Road No.
 arrow Two top Ctg AL leaders sued
Two top leaders of Chittagong city unit of Awami League (AL) were sued for reported extortion and physical assault in the port city.
 arrow 20 injured as locals clash with members of picnic party at Anwara beach
At least 20 people were injured in a series of clashes between the members of a picnic party and local people at a sea beach in Anowara upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Rescue operation of MV Nazimuddin under way
The rescue operation of sunken vessel MV Nazimuddin near the estuary of the river Karnaphuli is under way.
 arrow 'Shortage of translators hampers BERC activities'
The shortage of translators has been hampering the activities of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), its Chairman Mujibur Rahman Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Scholastica student missing
Mohaiminul Haque Khan, 15, a class VIII student of Scholastica, has been missing from Old DOHS field since yesterday evening. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, jeans and black shoes.
 arrow Death condoled
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Advocate Sujit Kumar Biswas, president of Magura District Krishak League, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Militants changing banners
The eight Islamist militants arrested in Tangail Saturday night are former cadres of banned Islamist militant organisation Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Funds sanctioned twice but no repair done
People of Gaibandha town and surrounding areas brace for floods and erosion in the coming monsoon again as the town protection embankment is vulnerable at 13 points.
 arrow No clue yet to PP murder in Jhalakathi
Police are yet to find any clue to the murder of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Haider Hossain who was the public prosecutor in Jhalakathi judges' murder case in which seven top leaders of Jamaatul Mujahideen
 arrow Two Khulna jute mills fall silent
Production at state-owned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill and Crescent Jute Mill is suspended since Sunday as workers and employees abstained from work in protest against non-payment of wages and salaries.
 arrow Wife of slain outlaw, 3 others held in Dumuria
Police Sunday night arrested Karuna Rani Goshai, wife of slain founder of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) Manoranjon Goshai alias Mrinal and his three close relatives from Shovna union under
 arrow Illegal structures demolished in Khagrachhari
The Roads and Highway Department yesterday demolished at least 53 illegal structures including four offices of political parties and recovered about one hectare of its land in different areas of Manikchhari
Point-Counterpointarrow Mujibnagar Day, a milestone in our liberation war
Today is April 17 -- Mujibnagar Day. On this day in 1971 the Mujibnagar government was formed by the elected leaders of Bangladesh under the Presidentship of Bangabandhu Sk Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Yunus in politics: Answers to the criticisms
When he decided to join politics, he was aware of the risk of criticism. Praise, he has enjoyed in plenty during much of his life.
Culturearrow Bold venture with vegetable dyes
To celebrate the Bangla New Year, Bengal Gallery had a workshop where leading artists painted with vegetable dyes supplied by Aranya.
 arrow A rural bard's take on the eternal journey
Yesterday marked the 2nd death anniversary of Poet Giasuddin Ahmed Chowdhury, a successor of the traditional mystic songs of the greater Sylhet region.
 arrow 'Milir Hatey Stengun': TV play on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla will air Milir Hatey Stengun, in its 'drama of the week' slot at 8:45pm, tonight. Based on a literary work by Aktaruzzaman Eilias, the play is directed by Gazi Rakayet.
 arrow Mike Tyson to appear in Bollywood video
A diamond heist, a Bollywood dance routine and Mike Tyson make an unlikely combination.
Generalarrow djuice package of Grameenphone launches new logo
djuice, a youth lifestyle brand of Grameenphone, the largest mobile phone operator of the country, has introduced a new logo with attractive features.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Former ward commissioner Shantu caught red-handed
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) caught former ward commissioner Shafiqul Islam Shantu along with his six associates red-handed while he was receiving toll from the owner of a plot at Shukrabad
 arrow New schedule for CU shuttle trains
Chittagong University (CU) authorities rescheduled the timetable of shuttle trains that ply on between Chittagong city and CU to address the transportation crisis of the students.
 arrow CA's speech hailed
Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samannaya Parishad (BMSP) yesterday hailed the speech of Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed, says a press release.
 arrow Body to probe assault on RU teacher
Rajshahi University authorities yesterday formed a six-member committee to investigate into the incidents of assault on a teacher of Law and Justice Department and ransacking chamber of a teacher by the
Internationalarrow 41Nepali Maoists ask govt to scrap monarchy
Nepal's Maoists demanded yesterday that the country immediately scrap the monarchy and declare itself a republic amid probable delays in an election over the issue.
 arrow Key Taliban leaders killed, says Nato
Nato-led troops said yesterday they had killed several key Taliban leaders in a series of airstrikes and raids targeting militants in southern Afghanistan during the past week.
 arrow Rahul remarks set off storm in India
Young Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's remarks at an election meeting in Uttar Pradesh state appropriating the credit for the Jawaharlal Nehru-Indira Gandhi family for the independence of India, break-up of
 arrow Israel, Palestinians report progress
The Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Sunday discussed the outlines of Palestinian statehood for the first time in six years, taking a modest step toward breaking the long paralysis in peacemaking.
 arrow Benazir vows return to contest polls
Vowing that she would go back to Pakistan and contest polls, former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto has said that she wanted to reach a political deal with President Pervez Musharraf, which she claimed,
 arrow Separatists to snub Kashmir meeting
Muslim separatists in Indian-run Kashmir said yesterday they would boycott a government-organised meeting this month on the revolt-hit province, saying talks would be a "futile exercise.
 arrow BBC reporter's family makes appeal
The family of a British journalist kidnapped in the Gaza Strip pleaded yesterday for his captors to "end this ordeal" following unconfirmed reports he had been killed. The British Broadcasting Corp.
 arrow Indian SC mulls Sonia's right to hold public office
India's top court accepted a petition by a non-governmental group Monday seeking to bar Sonia Gandhi, the chief of the ruling Congress party, from holding public office because she was born in Italy,a
 arrow Sudan inches toward UN deployment in Darfur
Sudan on Monday inched towards a reluctant acceptance of UN peacekeepers in Darfur, as a senior US official warned Khartoum it faces isolation if it blocks an international peacekeeping plan for the war-torn
 arrow No more 'war on terror', says UK minister
The British government has stopped using the phrase "war on terror" to refer to the struggle against political and religious violence, according to a Cabinet minister's prepared remarks for a Monday speech.
 arrow 11 officials killed as Indian train hits minibus
A passenger train crashed into a minibus carrying local council officials at an unmanned rail crossing in southern India yesterday, killing 11 people and injuring another 12 in the vehicle, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Drive against corruption
We not only endorse but also appreciate the main thrust and objective of the caretaker government's drive against corruption, which has already shaken some seemingly unassailable 'fortresses' ofcorruption.
 arrow Editorial: Militants regrouping?
We are heartened by the success of the law enforcing agencies in smoking out militants from different parts of the country.
 arrow The speculations galore
Under a state of emergency and supported by the military, the present interim government installed on January 12 has fared rather well, as was reflected in the address to the nation by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed
 arrow A nation in crisis
Naeem Bokhari's open letter to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan was appalling for several reasons.
 arrow Face-to-face meeting with Sheikh Hasina in Washington DC
I was invited to meet Sheikh Hasina on the evening of April 13, in Falls Church, Virginia (a suburb of Washington DC). The full account of my conversation with her will be completed very soon.
 arrow No smile this time
There will be much talk of the "luck of the Irish" in papers around the world today -- but that cliché is out of place here. There was no providence involved in how Ireland went about dismantling Bangladesh.
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