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Front Pagearrow Ban on Hasina's return lifted; no bar on Khaleda
In a dramatic reversal, the military backed interim government yesterday withdrew the bar on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's return to the country and also said it never put any pressure on BNP
 arrow Account details of top two leaders sought
The central bank and National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday separately asked commercial banks for all banking information of former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, and 83 other people
 arrow EC opens talks with civil society today
The Election Commission (EC) opens a series of dialogue today by holding talks with eminent personalities to seek their opinion on draft proposals for electoral law reforms.
 arrow Biman set to become public limited company
The caretaker government has decided to turn Biman Bangladesh Airlines into a public limited company under a re-structuring plan to turn the huge loss incurring national airlines into a profitable organisation.
 arrow AL, BNP hail govt decision
Both the Awami League (AL) and BNP last night hailed the caretaker government's decision to withdraw restrictions on Sheikh Hasina's homecoming and declaration that there is no pressure on Khaleda Zia
 arrow Wilted boro spells gloom
Unusual behaviour of weather has caused 'sterility' of Boro paddy affecting its production in different regions of the country with output of rice falling about 10 lakh tonnes short of the target this
 arrow Unscientific restoration defacing heritage
Panamnagar, a township set up by Hindu merchants in the colonial era in Sonargaon, is virtually losing its originality and uniqueness as an architectural heritage site, in the name of restoration andconservation.
 arrow 17 ex-MPs sued for phone bill arrears
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) in Rangpur filed cases against 17 former members of parliament from eight northern districts for their outstanding telephone bills of around Tk 40 lakh.
 arrow Charges pressed against Aminul, Nadim Mostafa
Police yesterday pressed charges against former post and telecommunications minister barrister Aminul Haque for land grabbing and former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa for swindling.
 arrow Australia closer to final
Australia were 85-2 after 18 overs in their World Cup semifinal against South Africa here on Wednesday, chasing only 150 runs to win.
 arrow US for quick move towards election
The US yesterday urged the caretaker government to expedite its move towards elections so that the Bangladeshi people can exercise their rights to vote.
 arrow Saudi diplomat meets Khaleda
A diplomat of Saudi Embassy met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her cantonment residence yesterday evening.
 arrow 10 satellite TV channels banned
The government has banned 10 television channels in Bangladesh, as their operations are contrary to the Cable TV Network Operation Act 2006.
 arrow Bank clients feel discomfort in transactions, bankers say
Bank clients feel discomfort in making transactions as National Board of Revenue (NBR) asks commercial banks for providing information on dubious accounts as part of the ongoing anti-corruption drive.
 arrow Shantir Pakhi...

 arrow Phasiakhali sanctuary declared protected area
The government has declared Phasiakhali wildlife sanctuary in Cox's Bazar as 19th protected area of the country recently.
 arrow No barbed-wire fences to be made within 150 yards of border
With a renewed pledge for strengthening cooperation to establish peace and security in the bordering areas, a three-day meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Forces (BSF) concluded
 arrow 2 ex-MPs sued for attack on journalists
A case was filed yesterday against two former BNP lawmakers and 10 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalists' convention on May 29, 2006 in Kushtia.
 arrow Khaleda's health condition improving
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is suffering from various health complications, was learnt to be improving, a source close to her family said.
 arrow ACC yet to start probe into allegations against Hasina
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has not yet begun inquiry into the allegation of corruption against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, as there is confusion whether the ACC can at all work
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Salahuddin sued for extortion
Former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed and one of his sons were sued in an extortion case on Tuesday night.
 arrow Jamuna Bank MD terminated
Bangladesh Bank yesterday approved termination of Jamuna Bank managing director M Nazrul Islam on charge of irregularities.
 arrow Iraqi govt held casualty figures
The Iraqi government withheld recent casualty figures from the United Nations, fearing they would be used to present a grim picture of Iraq that would undermine the coalition's security efforts, UN officials
Businessarrow Ctg Customs now to be divided into 2 wings by June
The enforcement of the government plan to separate the functions of Chittagong Customs House through making it into two divisions for imports and exports has now been deferred to June, according to the
 arrow China becomes Japan's top trade partner
Japan said Wednesday that China became its top trading partner for the first time since World War II, unseating the United States in the past fiscal year despite strained ties between the Asian giants.
 arrow Dhaka travel mart kicks off today
In a bid to tap the potential of Bangladesh's tourism sector and offer competitive tour packages to the local backpackers, a three-day international tourism fair styled 'AKTEL Dhaka Travel Mart-2007'begins
 arrow Undelivered cargos on auction at Ctg port
Chittagong Customs authority in its biggest auction of recent time yesterday put some 300 containers of imported cargos, including motor vehicles of 126 different brands, on sale.
 arrow Beximco Pharma to enter ME market
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd yesterday signed an agreement with Gulf Generics of Kuwait, a leading pharmaceutical distributor in the Gulf region, to export drugs to the Middle East countries, says a press
 arrow Dollar on backfoot
The dollar hovered close to its record low against the euro in Asian trade Wednesday after weak US housing data stoked worries about the state of the world's largest economy, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers return home today
An upbeat Bangladesh cricket team return home this morning after fulfilling their target in the World Cup in West Indies, their best-ever success in three appearances in the mega event.
 arrow Cricket: Captain Fantastic
Sri Lanka cap-tain Mahela Jayawardene led his side into the World Cup final with a maiden tournament hundred as the 1996 champions beat New Zealand by 81 runs at Sabina Park on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming quits as ODI skipper
New Zea-land's Ste-phen Fleming announced his resignation as captain of his country's one-day team after the 81-run defeat by Sri Lanka in the World Cup semifinals here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Arambagh pricks Russel pride
Iddi Badambuze's early strike helped Arambagh put an end to leaders Sheikh Russel's seven-match undefeated run in the B. League with an impressive 1-0 win yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL Academy take top spot
A patient 69 from Tharanga Paranavithana gave Sri Lanka Academy a 16-run victory over Bangladesh Academy in the Academy Cup at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 5 hattricks on opening day
Jibon, Rubel and Hasan slammed hattricks as Lalmonirhat recorded the biggest win on the opening day of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship qualifiers yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
A super five-wicket haul from Mamun ensured a 31-run victory for North Bengal Cricket Academy over Udity Club in the Kai-Altech Second Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Didar boli champion
Didarul Alam Didar of Cox's Bazar retained his crown for the third consecutive time in the near century-old wrestling competition Jobbarer Boli Khela defeating Marma Sing Tripura in the port city yesterday
 arrow Cricket: Two extra days in 2011 WC
Only intervention from ESPN Star, the Disney and Rupert Murdoch-owned television conglomerate based in the Far East, can prevent a repetition of the basic mistake made in the World Cup when it is staged
 arrow Cricket: 'We were outclassed'
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming admitted his side had been completely outclassed by Sri Lanka after the Asian side cruised into the World Cup final on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Nixon awaits fate
England's World Cup wicket-keeper Paul Nixon is waiting to see if he features under new coach Peter Moores.
 arrow Cricket: A vital push
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene thanked coach Tom Moody for pushing him and the team to their limits after his century steered them into the World Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo tired of semi exits
Stephen Fleming said it's time New Zealand started producing World Cup players who can break through the constant disappointment of falling at the semifinal hurdle.
 arrow Football: United clinch a thriller
It was supposed to be Cristiano Ronaldo v Kaka, but it was Wayne Rooney who finished an exhilarating evening with his name echoing around Old Trafford and the praise of his manager Sir Alex Ferguson ringing
 arrow Cricket: Irish heroes return home
Ireland's cricket squad have arrived home to an enthusiastic welcome in Dublin after their exploits in the World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Tharanga thanks captain, coach
Upul Tharanga, who was in danger of being dropped for Sri Lanka's World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, answered his critics in style with a fighting 73 in his team's total of 289-5.
 arrow Cricket: 'What's wrong in endorsing products'
Cricket Board's decision to put a ceiling on players' endorsements may have stirred a hornet's nest but speedster S Sreesanth insists appearing in advertisements does not affect their on-field performance.
 arrow Cricket: Crowe not surprised
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe on Wednesday branded the national side under-performers after they crashed out of the World Cup at Kingston.
 arrow Cricket: Arnold to go after Cup
Sri Lanka's left-handed batsman Russel Arnold will retire from international cricket after the World Cup final, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: '66 hero Alan Ball dies
Alan Ball, who teammates said was the hero of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, has died from a heart attack at the age of 61.
 arrow Football: Milan warn MU
AC Milan hard-man Gennaro Gattuso has warned Man-chester United to steel themselves for an almighty battle when they visit the San Siro for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal.
 arrow Football: Bremen versus Spain
Werder Bremen's Champions League elimination by Barcelona could be met by a measure of revenge on Thursday when they face Barca's city rivals Espanyol in a UEFA Cup semifinal first leg clash.
 arrow Football: Cruyff's new legacy
Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff celebrates his 60th birthday here on Wednesday where he is revered not only as the greatest player of all time but also as a cultural phenomenon who even has his own
 arrow Football: Health scare for Hitzfield
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld revealed on Wednesday that the health problems which forced him to retire in 2004 have returned.
 arrow Football: Schalke snap up Jones
Former Germany Under-21 international Jermaine Jones will join Schalke 04 at the end of the season, the Bundesliga leaders announced on Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow Football: Barca to play in Hong Kong
Spanish league champions Barcelona will take on a Hong Kong invitational side in a friendly clash this summer, a spokeswoman for the promoters said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Discovery suspend Basso
Italian cycling star Ivan Basso has been suspended by his team, Discovery Channel, as Italian authorities investigate his role in the 'Operation Puerto' doping affair in Spain.
 arrow Football: Court throws out Galatasaray's Ribery claim
World sport's top court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by Turkish club Galatasary against French international Franck Ribery's move to Marseille in 2005.
Metropolitanarrow 50 lakh suffering from diabetes in Bangladesh
Immediate intervention is needed to tackle diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions in developing countries like Bangladesh, experts said yesterday.
 arrow 'Incorporate mental health into nat'l disaster plan'
Mental health issue of disaster-hit people should be incorporated into national comprehensive disaster management plan, since psychological trauma of disaster-victims, if untreated for long, can seriously
 arrow DRU concerned over criminal activities
Dhaka Reporters' Unity have expressed deep concern over the presence of armed criminals on its canteen premises, says a DRU press release.
 arrow World Intellectual Property Day today
The World Intellectual Property Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today. The theme of the day this year is 'Encouraging Creativity'.
 arrow CG to take all possible steps for better life of people with disability
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday assured that his government would take all possible steps for a better life of the country's people with disability, as advancement of a nation entails advances
 arrow Call to reduce mobile phone call charges
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called on mobile phone operators to reduce call charges and offload shares of the companies for the greater interest of the nation.
 arrow Concern over cop action on jute mills workers
Sramik Nirapotta Forum (a forum for protection of workers) leaders yesterday at a meeting expressed concern over and condemned the police action on the workers of jute mills in Khulna, says a press release.
 arrow Huge spurious drugs, cosmetics seized
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a raid at Kotwali area in the city yesterday arrested 11 people and seized huge amount of spurious medicines, cosmetics and other materials for producing rubber
 arrow UK AL to file case with UN HR Council
The UK chapter of Awami League has decided to file a case with the UN Human Rights Council in Brussels to challenge what it called violation of human rights of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina by blocking
 arrow EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007 launched
The EFA (Education for All) Global Monitoring Report 2007 was launched at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow President, CA condole death of Yeltsin
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed expressed deep shock at the death of the first elected President of Russia Boris Yeltsin.
 arrow Gonoshasthaya to honour 35 dignitaries
Four-day long 35th founding anniversary of Gonoshasthaya Kendra will begin on April 28 at PHA Building in Savar Gonoshasthaya Kendra where 35 dignitaries will be awarded for their outstanding contribution
 arrow First Women Debate Competition today
The first Women Debate Competition 2007 will be held at Eden Girls' College in the city today.
 arrow 11 SPs, DCs transferred
The government yesterday transferred 11 police officials of SP (superintendent of police) and DC (deputy commissioner) ranks in a reshuffle in the police administration, home ministry sources said.
 arrow Shahbagh OC suspended
The Officer in-Charge (OC) of Shahbagh Police Station was suspended yesterday on charge of abusing power and misbehaviour.
 arrow Trader shot dead in city
A gang of unidentified miscreants gunned down a plastic trader at Lalbagh in the city last night.
 arrow Yusuf Abdullah Harun, 13 others sued in Comilla
A case was filed against central Awami League leader Yusuf Abdullah Harun and his 13 associates with No.4 cognizance court here on Tuesday.
 arrow Two Ro Ro ferries rescued
Two Ro Ro ferries, Keramat Ali and Khan Jahan Ali, were rescued yesterday, 14 hours after they were stranded in the mid-river shoals due to storm.
 arrow Train passengers robbed of cash, valuables worth Tk 25 lakh in Comilla
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 25 lakh from the passengers of an inter-city train near Chitoshi Railway Station in Shahrasti upazila on Tuesday night, injuring 15 people.
 arrow Criminal held in city: Arms recovered from Savar
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a criminal along with two firearms and 31 bullets from Savar yesterday.
 arrow Woman with heroin arrested
A team of officials of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) yesterday arrested a woman along with 100 grams of heroin, Tk 2 lakh and three passports from a house at Voberber village in Benapole.
 arrow Earthquake jolts country's northern part
An earthquake jolted country's northern part yesterday morning. The 4.30 magnitude quake was felt at 9 hours 09 minutes 14 seconds, said a Met office bulletin.
 arrow Anti-corruption cultural festival begins at Khulna University
A four-day Anti-corruption Cultural Festival 2007 began on Khulna University (KU) campus yesterday. KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mahbubur Rahman inaugurated the festival.
 arrow Electronics goods worth Tk 10 lakh gutted at CEPZ
Valuable electronic goods worth around Tk 10 lakh were gutted in a fire at a factory at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday morning.
 arrow Verdict in graft case against Shamim Osman April 30
A Narayanganj court will deliver the verdict in a graft case against former Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman on April 30.
 arrow Iftekhar leaves for Yangon
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury left Dhaka for Bangkok en route to Yangon yesterday on a four-day official visit to Myanmar.
 arrow PIB course renamed as Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
The 'Diploma in Journalism Course' offered by the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) has finally been recognised as 'Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Course', says a PIB press release.
 arrow BOU SSC Exams begin tomorrow
The first and second year SSC final examinations of 2006 under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) will begin tomorrow with 1,10,606 examinees appearing at 274 centres across the country.
 arrow Banker killed in city road crash
Md Zaid Hossain, senior principal officer of International Banking Wing of Head Office of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, was killed in a road accident at Jatrabari in the city on Tuesday, says a press
Nationalarrow New HYV paddy to combat Monga innovated
Agriculture scientists have innovated a new high yielding variety (HYV) of paddy to combat Monga (famine-like situation) in eight districts of greater Rangpur and Dinajpur in October and November, Rangpur
 arrow Practice of philanthropy stressed
Speakers at two separate meetings in Rajshahi and Barisal stressed on the need for revival of the traditional practice of philanthropy for well-being of mankind.
 arrow 'Stop demolition of Kokborok Library'
Tripura Students' Forum (TSF), a student organisation of the indigenous Tripura community, urged the district administration to stop demolition of Kokborok Library established a decade ago.
 arrow Shaheed Janoni's death condoled
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) publicity secretary and former lawmaker of Nilphamari Sadar constituency Asaduzzaman Noor has condoled the death of Shaheed Janoni Rizia Ahmed, wife of Shikkha Guru Asir Uddin
 arrow Two arrested with firearms
Joint forces arrested two persons including a Jubo Dal leader and recovered two firearms from their possessions yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on reporting
A five-day workshop on Economic Reporting concluded here. CCD Bangladesh and Economic Journalists' Network (EJ Net), Dinajpur, Thomson Foundation UK and European Union jointly organised the workshop.
 arrow 25 injured in Netrakona clash
About 25 people including four women were injured in a villagers clash over a land dispute at Chakuapara village under Purbadhala upazila yesterday afternoon.
Point-Counterpointarrow EC recommendations under the microscope
The law that regulates elections is called "The Representation of the People Order, 1972.
 arrow Budget offers opportunity
The budget mirrors economic promises of the nation, especially in a developing country like ours.
Culturearrow Exception to the rule
Six young artists, Uttam Kumar Roy, Mohammad Wahiduzzaman, Nusrat Jahan Nazlee, Syed Mohammad Shamim, Shyamal Roy Chowdhury and Arif Al Karim Bhuiyan, going by the name "Exception", recently launchedtheir
 arrow Sohana Saba: Actress on the rise
When Sohana Saba made her entry in the cultural arena as a dancer, she hardly knew that there was more in store for her.
 arrow Ritwik Ghatak: Unmistakable Bengali brilliance
It was only after his death at age fifty in 1976 that Ritwik Kumar Ghatak has come to be regarded as one of the greatest figures in Indian cinema.
 arrow Photographer Munem Wasif selected for Joop Swart Masterclass Grant '07
Talented young Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif has been selected for the prestigious 14th Annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Grant 2007, says a press release.
Generalarrow 5 RU students arrested
Joint forces yesterday arrested five students, including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and an Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activist during their raids to different student halls of RajshahiUniversity
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 1.65 cr gutted
Valuables worth Tk 1.65 crore were gutted in a devastating fire at a factory in Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries area at Golora in Manikganj in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Eskayef donates 3000 bird flu capsules
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company of the country, donated 3000 capsules of Bird Flu drug (SK-flu) to the government, says a press release.
 arrow Child labour...

Internationalarrow Bush, Abe to hold summit today
US President George W. Bush will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today for talks on North Korea, Iraq, and Tokyo's increasingly assertive global role.
 arrow Stephen Hawking to try weightlessness today
Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who has spent his career pondering the nature of gravity from a wheelchair, is set to experience weightlessness during a "vomit comet" flight in Florida today.
 arrow Lawmakers flee Ecuador to avoid treason charges
Ecuador descended into political crisis in a power struggle over its leftist president's reform drive, as demonstrators hit the streets and dissenting opposition deputies fled abroad from charges of treason.
 arrow ‘2006 most savage year for journos’
A media watchdog yesterday described 2006 as the "most savage and brutal" year on record for journalists with 100 media professionals killed across the world.
 arrow Intelligence has nothing to do with wealth:Study
Intelligence has nothing to do with wealth, according to a US study published Tuesday which found that people with below average smarts were just as wealthy as those with higher IQ scores.
 arrow Delhi urged to cut Kashmir troops
India should cut its military presence in revolt-hit Kashmir and allow state police to fight the Islamic separatist insurgency, a leading regional politician said yesterday.
 arrow Bomb found in Bhutan, anti-royals blamed
Security has been stepped up in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan following the discovery of a bomb believed to have been planted by anti-royal rebels, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 3 top cops held in India for killing Muslim
Three senior Indian police officers were arrested in the western state of Gujarat Tuesday on charges of murdering a Muslim man falsely accused of plotting to kill the state's chief minister.
 arrow 3 killed in Pak sectarian shooting
Sunni Muslim militants shot dead three people yesterday in a targeted sectarian shooting in northwest Pakistan, police and officials said.
 arrow US forces kill 'al-Qaeda emir' in Iraq
US forces have killed an al-Qaeda kingpin they allege sent 12-year-old Iraqi boys to their deaths as suicide car bombers, they said yesterday, amid an intense battle with insurgents around Baghdad.
 arrow Woman wearing burqa denied bus trip
A burqa-clad woman in Sweden was refused passage on a city bus in the town of Malmoe, allegedly because the driver said he could not identify the woman, media reported yesterday.
 arrow Nepal to probe ethnic unrest in south
Nepal's government has launched a probe into ethnic unrest in the south of the country that has killed at least 60 people and cast a shadow over a landmark peace deal, a minister said yesterday.
 arrow Pak fighter jet crashes
A Pakistan fighter jet crashed yesterday in the centre of the country but the pilot ejected safely and there were no casualties on the ground, an air force spokesman said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome change in thinking
The ban on Sheikh Hasina's entry into the country and the apparent fetters on Khaleda Zia's movements have been withdrawn.
 arrow Editorial: DU and great movements
It is sad news that the Dhaka University authorities are not doing enough to preserve the memories of its glorious past.
 arrow Comedy of blunders
The people had reposed their confidence and trust on the caretaker government of Fakhruddin Ahmed.
 arrow Learning from China
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, in Beijing, got his international politics right. He said some new and unexceptionable things.
 arrow Holding upazila election first
In his address to the nation over radio and television on April 12, Fakhruddin Ahmed, chief adviser (CA) to the reconstituted caretaker government (CTG), disclosed that the government and the Election
Specialarrow UK's global warming challenge heats up
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today.
 arrow Super T-rays can search for disease or bombs
Scientists have made a breakthrough with technology that could dramatically improve the detecting and sensing of objects as varied as biological cell abnormalities such as cancers - as well as explosives.
 arrow London Olympics will have ‘best-ever’ transport
When the spectacular 2012 Olympic Games take place in London, its confident organisers say that "its air, road and rail networks will deliver the best-ever Games transport system".
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