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Front Pagearrow Another drama over Khaleda's trip abroad
In a last minute drama, former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia postponed her suddenly scheduled departure to Singapore for a later date although preparations had been underway to boardher
 arrow Hannan Shah, son held on extortion charge
Former BNP minister Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, who came to the limelight for being most vocal against the caretaker government's move to send former prime minister Khaleda Zia into exile, was arrested
 arrow Cyclone Akash spawns tidal surge in coasts
A depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a tropical cyclone yesterday and Danger Signal-7 at Chittagong and Cox's Bazar and Danger Signal-5 at Mongla Port in Khulna were hoisted to warn people
 arrow 12,000 teams to do voter listing at camps
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to partly start the task of simultaneously preparing the voter list with photographs and national identity cards from August by setting up camps insteadof
 arrow 40 AL men held from gathering in Sylhet
At least 40 Awami League men, including five leaders of the party's UK and Canada units, were picked up from a gathering at a house in Bateshwar area in Sylhet yesterday afternoon and later sent to jail
 arrow Charges framed against Mamun for failure to submit wealth report
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Giasuddin Al Mamun, a close friend of BNP leader Tarique Rahman, in a case filed against him for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-corruption
 arrow Growth of banks nose dives
Credit and deposit growths of commercial banks fell drastically in the first quarter of the current calendar year as the ongoing anti-corruption drive significantly hindered the use of 'black-money' by
 arrow Banks asked to provide info of all accounts
The anti-corruption taskforce yesterday asked different banks to provide statements of all accounts of 30 companies under the Orion Group, its chief Obaidul Karim and his family.
 arrow New import policy relaxes restrictions on most items
A three-year import policy designed to protect domestic products and make exports competitive was announced yesterday.
 arrow Rab officer bullet-hit in fight with robbers
A top official of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) received bullet injuries yesterday during a tussle with a suspected robber whose gang was preparing to rob a money exchange office at Moghbazar in the capital.
 arrow Detained Ctg mayor taken to hospital
Detained Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday after he fell sick in prison.
 arrow Cyclone threatens Ctg ODI
Persistent rain due to cyclone Akash is set to completely washout the third and final one-day international between Bangladesh and India at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Wanted JMB leader with life term held
A fugitive Jamaat-e-Islami leader-turned JMB commander, evading life sentence for the August 17 serial bombings, was arrested yesterday in Joypurhat.
 arrow Court orders de-listing of graft case against Hasina
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered de-listing of a graft case filed against former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and three others.
 arrow Ex-MP Wadud Bhuiyan's properties frozen
A cognizance court yesterday ordered freezing of all the movable and immovable properties of former lawmaker from Khagrachhari Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan until disposal of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption
 arrow Ex-MP among 194 Gazipur AL men sued
Nephew of arrested BNP leader Hannan Shah, Fakir Iskander Alam Janu, yesterday filed a case against 194 Kapashia thana unit of Awami League (AL) leaders and activists including a former lawmaker.
 arrow No pressure on me to leave country
Former president and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the present caretaker government is not putting pressure on him to leave the country.
 arrow Journos assaulted for reports on corruption
The chairman, secretary and a few officials of Technical Education Board at Agargaon in the capital yesterday assaulted two reporters and confined them for publishing reports on corruption of the board.
 arrow Mahathir hospitalised
Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad has been admitted to intensive care on the resort island of Langkawi after suffering from breathing difficulties, his son said yesterday.
 arrow US soldier shot to death in Pakistan
Militants opened fire yesterday on a convoy carrying US and Pakistani military officials near the Afghan frontier, killing one American and one Pakistani soldier, the Pakistani army spokesman said.
 arrow Al-Qaeda asks US to stop search for its soldiers
An al-Qaida front group that claims it has captured American soldiers warned the United States yesterday to stop searching for them and suggested it attacked the U.S.
Businessarrow Delhi should allow FDI from Bangladesh
India must reconsider allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh on case-by-case basis and examine the possibility of more imports from that country, Minister of State for Commerce Jairam
 arrow Businesses now need not to pay to shipping agents, vessel operators
Exporters and importers from May 20 will not need to pay terminal handling charge (THC) or less than container load (LCL) charge to shipping agents, mainline operators and freight forwarders in case of
 arrow Tata proposal to be verified on finalisation of coal policy
On finalisation of the coal policy this month, the long-awaited Indian Tata's $3 billion investment proposal will be verified, said Nazrul Islam, executive chairman of Board of Investment (BoI), yesterday.
 arrow Asian Clearing Union board meet begins today
Bangladesh Bank is hosting the 36th meeting of the Board of Directors of Asian Clearing Union (ACU) beginning in Dhaka today for the second time in the last seven years.
 arrow BGMEA seeks extension of bond facilities
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporter Association (BGMEA) has demanded extension of the time for bond facilities and release of cash incentives for the apparel sector in the upcoming budget.
 arrow Afghanistan keen to recruit manpower from Bangladesh
Afghanistan is interested to recruit manpower from Bangladesh to rebuild the war-ravaged country.
 arrow Iran seeks to restore magic to carpet business
Iran once flew high as the undisputed king of the world carpet industry but its magic is fading amid a rising challenge from Asian countries where labour is cheaper.
 arrow Etihad Airways' executive VP due today
Geert W Boven, executive vice president (Sales & Service) of Etihad Airways, is due in Dhaka today to attend the official opening ceremony of Etihad Airways Bangladesh's new office at Gulshan, says apress
 arrow Stress on gender sensitive budget
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to set up separate wings in ministries to give guidelines to develop gender sensitive budget.
 arrow Singer okays 35pc cash dividend
Singer Bangladesh Ltd has declared a 35 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Malaysia prefers foreign partner for Proton
Malaysia prefers a foreign partner for national carmaker Proton because experience and expertise in the latest automotive technology is a priority, a report said Monday.
 arrow China trade ties still a one-way street
Chinese investment in Africa remains a one-way street and Beijing must do more to ensure its money truly benefits the continent, the head of the African Development Bank said Monday.
 arrow Daimler, Chrysler dream wedding ends in divorce
Daimler ended a nine-year marriage with Chrysler and said goodbye Monday to one of the biggest-ever transatlantic mergers by agreeing to sell the loss-making US firm for just a fraction of its original
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar mulls in the rain
Bangladesh captain Habi-bul Bashar remained unsure of his one-day in-ternational career, as he wanted to give more time to his retirement thoughts.
 arrow Cricket: Uthappa, Singh to play
Robin Utha-ppa and Rud-ra Pratap Singh are set to play the third one-day international against Bang-ladesh at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Moody leaving Lanka
Tom Moody has quit as coach of Sri Lanka's cricket squad to take over at Western Australia next season, the WA Cricket Association said here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer not murdered?
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died of a heart attack and was not murdered, the Jamaican Gleaner newspaper reported Sunday, citing Scotland Yard sources.
 arrow Cricket: Rain set to play foul
Just like the dark sky above the port city, a pall of gloom hung over cricket fans as weather threatened to wash out the third and final one-day international between Bangladesh and India here today.
 arrow Cricket: Too much security?
If we are very hospitable, giving away gifts to the opposition, then it is also true that we are overprotective too.
 arrow Cricket: India'll play only when it shines!
It seems that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) could soon be playing a major role in deciding the itinerary and schedule of cricket tournaments in India and other countries in the Indian subcontinent.
 arrow Football: Noakhali upset hosts Satkhira
A brace by Nurul gave Noakhali a fine start in the final round of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship when they came from a first-half deficit to edge hosts Satkhira 2-1 yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Super League starts with uncertainty
The Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League plunged into uncertainty on its resumption after three months as inclement weather and player crisis hit the Super League yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal's record third
High-flying Rafael Nadal continued his record clay-court run after lifting a third straight Rome Masters title on Sunday in beating Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2.
 arrow Cricket: Pressure mounts on Veeru
Daredevil batsman Virender Sehwag faced renewed calls for his ouster as India bid for a 3-0 sweep of the one-day series against Bangladesh here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson in bullish mood
Sir Alex Ferguson backed Manchester United to retain the Premiership next season as his side's title celebrations got into full swing on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Title race opens up
Reigning champions Barcelona stumbled badly and were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Real Betis on Sunday to leave the Spanish first division title race wide open with just four games to go.
 arrow Football: Tevez saves Hammers
Carlos Tevez earned West Ham the points they needed to stay in the Premier-ship but their great escape from the financially calamitous consequences of relegation could yet be challenged through the courts.
 arrow Football: Curbishley amazed
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley celebrated one of the most incredible relegation escapes in the history of the Premiership as Carlos Tevez's first half goal secured an unexpected 1-0 victory at Manchester
 arrow Cricket: SA offers to be neutral venue
South Africa are willing to step in and host a one-day series between Australia and Zimbabwe but the Australian government believes it is "highly unlikely" the games will eventuate.
 arrow Cricket: SLC begins coach hunt
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities said Monday they would immediately start the search for a new foreign coach to replace Tom Moody, who is leaving at the end of his contract this month.
 arrow Cricket: Aus rejects Zim charge
Prime Minister John Howard on Monday said it was ludicrous to suggest Australia was racist for banning its cricketers from touring Zimbabwe, as he faced questions at home about mixing sport with politics.
 arrow Cricket: Rijkaard puts brave face
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard insisted that his side were not falling apart despite being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Real Betis on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan, Lazio seal CL spots
AC Milan and Lazio booked their places in the third qualifying round of next season's Champions League, despite both teams failing to win in Serie A on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Blame it on Poll
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was left fuming as the club's bid to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history was thwarted by referee Graham Poll's decision to chalk off a goal during
 arrow Football: MU's Malaysia leg back on track
Malaysian football authorities on Monday reversed a decision to cancel the Kuala Lumpur leg of Manchester United's July Asian tour following intense political pressure.
 arrow Football: Mourinho licking his wounds
Jose Mourinho admitted he was unhappy with his season's work on a day when Chelsea equalled Liverpool's long-standing unbeaten home record of 63 consecutive matches.
 arrow Football: Maradona postpones Asian tour
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona will postpone his Asian tour to give him time to recover from his recent stint in a rehabilitation clinic, an Argentine embassy official said Monday.
 arrow Football: Fenerbahce rule Turkey
Fenerbahce celebrated their centenary year by claiming their 17th Turkish league title on Sunday after a 2-2 draw with Trabzonspor in the western city of Izmir.
 arrow Football: Jewell quits Wigan
Paul Jewell resigned as manager of Wigan on Monday, 24 hours after the club secured its Premiership status for another season with a nail-biting win over Sheffield United.
 arrow Football: Owen passed fit
Michael Owen was given the all clear after being carried off on a stretcher during Newcastle United's 1-1 draw away to Watford on the final day of the Premiership season here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Palermo 's U-turn
Palermo have reappointed Francesco Guidolin as their coach just three weeks after giving him the sack, the Sicilian-based Serie A club said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Long-term master plan needed to make Dhaka a better place
The authorities should take up a master plan to make Dhaka city a better place, envisaging what kind of provision is needed for a Dhaka 50 years from now, Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka said yesterday.
 arrow Introduce state-of-the-art curricula
President Iajuddin Ahmed asked university authorities to introduce state-of-the-art curricula so that the students can work at the cutting-edge of technology and make them worthy anywhere in the globalised
 arrow Pakistan can replicate Bangladesh microcredit
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said his country could follow the microcredit system of Bangladesh and derive benefits from it.
 arrow Help reform politics, establish good governance
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday asked the journalists to put forward their well-thought proposals as input to the ongoing reform process in the politics and governance of the country.
 arrow Auto-rickshaw drivers demand waiver
Bangladesh Auto-rickshaw Drivers Cooperatives Federation Limited at a press conference yesterday urged the government to waive interest on the outstanding loans of the federation.
 arrow Name of OC Rafiq dropped from charge sheet
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against seven people dropping the name of suspended officer-in-charge (OC) AKM Rafiqul Islam of Motijheel Police Station in the DhakaCommerce
 arrow Polytech student strangled
A student of Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute was strangled at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow New permanent representative of Bangladesh to UN
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Ismat Jahan has been appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, New York.
 arrow 3 cops, 2 officers of Khayer Group chargesheeted
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted a charge sheet accusing three police officials, including officer-in-charge (OC) of Fatulla Police Station and two officers of Abul Khayer Group.
 arrow Newborn stolen from CMCH
A newborn was stolen from Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday, a hospital source said.
 arrow 6 arms seized, 2 arrested in Ctg, Teknaf
Law enforcers recovered six firearms and 12 cartridges, and arrested two people from the port city and Teknaf in this connection in the last two days.
 arrow JU BCL leader sues 12 party men
A Chhatra League leader of Jahangirnagar University filed a case against 12 party men on Sunday for attacking and injuring him and seven others.
 arrow Strategic planning on vaccination stressed
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for strategic planning on vaccination of Avian Influenza that caused serious damage to the country's poultry industry recently.
 arrow Woman found dead in city
Police recovered body of a pregnant woman from her residence at Kuril, Badda in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Militant leaders hold secret meeting in Khulna
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and intelligence agencies have launched a manhunt for 13 suspected leaders of Islamist militants and some 'listed' financiers of militant organisations.
 arrow ACC notices on Kader Siddiqui, ex-minister Azad and nine others
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in Tangail yesterday issued notices on Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) Abdul Kader Siddiqui, his tow younger brothers, former state minister Lutfar Rahman Khan
 arrow Courts under security blanket
Courts in Barisal functioned under tight security yesterday after a letter in the name of 'al qaeda' threatening a judge was found at some rooms in the court compound on Sunday.
 arrow TK 20cr extortion case against six in Sylhet
An extortion case had been filed with Sylhet Kotwali police station against six persons allegedly for demanding Tk 20 crore by the accused.
 arrow BSF abducts one in Kushtia
Indian Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi from Daulatpur border in Kushtia Sunday evening while the body of another Bangladeshi killed by BSF on Meherpur border Saturday night is yet to be returned.
 arrow A laudable step
Some 50 women from poor families in monga prone areas in the district have the town with new hopes. They will be joining jobs at a garments facory in Dhaka, arranged by joint forces.
 arrow 16 B'baria BNP men sent to jail
A magistrate court here yesterday sent 16 BNP leaders including its Nasirnagar upazila secretary Kamruzzaman Mamun to jail following their appearance before the court in an extortion case.
 arrow Fake baby food factory unearthed in Satkhira
Joint force yesterday unearthed a fake baby food factory in the town and arrested its owner from the spot, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Energy crisis management
The present Caretaker Government (CG) has initiated a number of long overdue public actions, including power generation. However, all these actions do not necessarily appear to be well- thought out.
 arrow Getting serious about education (part 2)
A strong presence of erstwhile senior decision-makers in the roundtable on education on April 28 generated a debate about what progress has been, or has not been, made in recent decades.
Culturearrow Chinese graphic art in Dhaka
Zheng Qingdian, the Chinese ambassador, speaking at the inauguration of the China Graphic Design Exhibition at Sufia Kamal Hall, National Museum, yesterday, said that the show depicts the latest art trend
 arrow 'Kobi': New drama serial on Channel-i
Kobi, a new drama serial by eminent playwright Humayun Ahmed will go on air from tonight at 9:35pm. The serial will be aired every Monday and Tuesday on Channel-i.
 arrow 'Moner Janala': TV series on domestic violence
Premier of the drama serial Moner Janala was held at Bokul Hall, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, yesterday. The series will go on air tonight and will be aired every Tuesday on ATN Bangla at 9:00pm.
 arrow Magician Ali Raj performs at Shenzhen festival
Bangladeshi magician Ali Raj recently mesmerised an audience in China with his performance.
 arrow Rituparno Ghosh on the rise
Critics have often drawn parallels between Bengali film director Rituporna Ghosh and the famous late Satyajit Ray.
Generalarrow Road accidents kill 13
At least 13 people were killed and 73 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Gaibandha, Noakhali, Faridpur, Khulna and Patuakhali yesterday and on Sunday.
 arrow 'Significant reforms taking place in remittance transfer'
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of University of Dhaka organised a daylong workshop on 'Communication campaign on remittance: Content construction' yesterday to develop message for
 arrow Quiz competition held at British Council
An award ceremony of a quiz competition was held at the British Council yesterday.
 arrow High-level govt team visits 6 Khulna shrimp processing factories
A three-member high level team of the government visited six frozen shrimp processing factories in Khulna recently.
 arrow War heroes awarded 'Freedom Plaque'
Rotary Club of Dhaka has awarded 'Freedom Plaque' to the sector commanders of the liberation war at a programme recently in recognition of their contribution to independence of the country, says a press
Internationalarrow Iran to retaliate severely to any US military action
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned yesterday that Iran would retaliate severely to any possible attack by the United States over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Afghan warlord says Laden still alive
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive but keeping a low profile, notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a video released on Arab television late Sunday.
 arrow Indian IT minister quits after party feud
India's high-profile Communic-ation and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran resigned from the cabinet late on Sunday night shortly after his party DMK, a constituent of Congress-led coalition
 arrow Free Suu Kyi, 57 ex-world leaders urge Myanmar
US ex-president Bill Clinton and 56 other former world leaders have appealed to Myanmar's military regime to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Norwegian peace institute said yesterday.
 arrow 10 killed in Russian cafe blast
Ten people died overnight in an explosion and fire at a cafe in a market in Russia's southern Orenburg region overnight, Russian news agencies reported yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian interior minister resigns
Interior minister Hani al-Qawasmeh resigned from the Palestinian unity government yesterday amid the deadliest factional fighting in two months in a major blow to the fledgling administration.
 arrow Chang named Taiwan's new premier
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian yesterday appointed the island's top China negotiator as the new premier, urging him to be firm in his dealings with Beijing.
 arrow Bombing kills 2 in Assam
Two people were killed and 10 injured yesterday in a bomb attack at a crowded marketplace in India's insurgency-wracked northeastern state of Assam, police said.
 arrow Taj Mahal losing its sheen due to pollution
Taj Mahal, the world famous 17th century white marbled monument of love, is fast losing its sheen due to pollution, a parliamentary committee report has said.
 arrow Sarkozy wants a US-style national security adviser
French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, set to take office tomorrow, wants to create a national security adviser post similar to the position that exists in the United States, a source close to the government
 arrow Sri Lanka says 8 rebels killed in fresh violence
Eight Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in fresh clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow 22 die in Indian wedding party road accident
Twenty-two members of a wedding party were killed yesterday when their transport collided head-on with a truck in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The corrupt and the criminals in politics
In expressing his wishes to see politics purged of the bad eggs, the AL secretary general has exposed the polluted nature of our politics very clearly, while also acknowledging the presence of criminals
 arrow Editorial: Wages for garment workers
The assurance by the BGMEA that the garments sector will implement all aspects of the tripartite deal relating to wages and other facilities for workers by June 30 is encouraging.
 arrow Galloway's last punch at Blair
If you are wondering who has most gall among the present lot of British MPs then you will invariably end up with the name George Galloway, the Labour MP, for a number of reasons.
 arrow From energy gap to energy crisis
Our energy troubles did not erupt overnight last summer. During a protracted heat wave, there were widespread power breakdowns. Utility organizations were forced to cut back services.
 arrow Political and judicial crossroads
The welcome for the Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan, Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry, along the GT Road was unprecedented.
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