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Front Pagearrow 8 BNP men made the attack
A high-powered government probe has identified eight BNP men as responsible for the January 27 grenade attack on Awami League meeting at Baidder Bazar in Habiganj that killed five people including former
 arrow Donors can leave if they can't adjust to our policy
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted bilateral donors for 'interfering with the internal politics of Bangladesh' and said, "If they can't adjust to our internal policy and economic programmes,
 arrow BSF to suspend fencing within 150 yards of zero line
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will stop construction of barbed wire fences within 150 yards of the 'zero line' until the thorny issue is resolved at the highest level of the governments of Bangladesh
 arrow PM speech draws opposition flak
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday sharply reacted to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's speech in parliament on Tuesday, saying she cites the conspiracy of foreigners in domestic politics
 arrow CCC polls May 9
Election to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will be held on May 9.
The Election Commission (EC) in a gazette notification in Dhaka yesterday announced the election schedule.

 arrow Tax dodgers' list may be published
The government is contemplating publishing a list of tax defaulters in the same way the loan defaulters are exposed, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said.
 arrow India for Saarc summit between Mar 24-Apr 18
India has suggested that the coming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, to be held in Dhaka, could take place sometime between March 24 and April 18.
 arrow Bangabandhu's 86th birthday today
The 86th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of the nation's independence, will be observed today.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in 1920 in Tungipara in Gopalganj.

 arrow Indian HC terms fencing legitimate action
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka in a statement yesterday termed fencing work by the BSF within 150 yards of the zero-line a legitimate activity and said the fencing has no defence potential.
 arrow Dhaka off US blacklist
Bangladesh has finally been withdrawn from the US blacklist published last June that details those countries failing to adequately fight international sex trafficking, the outgoing Home Secretary Muhammad
 arrow Khaleda's remarks echo partners' voice
What Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said in parliament about the existence of Islamist militants in Bangladesh was an echo of the recent remarks of her party's coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami
 arrow No change of heart yet at state level
The Energy ministry has dismissed press reports on Delhi's reluctance to sign any bilateral treaty with Dhaka in order to clinch the proposed tripartite gas pipeline agreement involving India, Bangladesh
 arrow ACC formed with limited autonomy
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) formed in Bangladesh last year has adequate investigative powers but its autonomy is limited, corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) said in its Global
 arrow Indigenous people protest against land acquiring
Hundreds of indigenous people in the hill district Bandarban yesterday gathered at the Ruma Upazila Parishad premises to protest against the decision to acquire land for extending Ruma cantonment.
 arrow Reza Kibria not willing to contest
Reza Kibria, son of slain politician Shah AMS Kibria, dismissed the possibility of his contesting the parliamentary by-polls to his father's seat in Habiganj-3 as well as joining active politics.
 arrow Tendulkar in 10,000-club
India's Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday became the fifth batsman in the history of cricket to complete 10,000 Test runs, achieving the feat in the second Test against Pakistan here.
 arrow Free parking space...

 arrow Italy to start Iraq pullout in Sept
Leading US ally Italy said on Tuesday it would start withdrawing its soldiers from Iraq in September, in a fresh blow to President Bush's shrinking coalition.
 arrow India, US talks hit snags over pipeline with Iran, F-16s sale to Pakistan
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to India as part of a shift toward closer ties hit potentially serious snags yesterday over a pipeline from Iran and possible sales of F-16 jets to Pakistan.
 arrow Ministry wings blame each other
The two divisions of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday blamed each other for the on-going power crisis across the country.
 arrow 2 Rab men held for demanding tolls
Two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were arrested on Tuesday night while demanding Tk one lakh in tolls from thieves charged with stealing public trees.
 arrow Appeal against Ghalib's remand rejected
Repeatedly placing an accused on police remand for interrogation, not exceeding 15 days at a stretch, is valid in the law of the land, the High Court (HC) ruled yesterday, dismissing summarily a petition
 arrow 29 die, 23 others survive in Russian plane crash
At least 29 people died yesterday after a plane they were in crashed and caught fire as it attempted to land in Russia's Far North, the emergencies ministry told AFP.
 arrow Moving with ease...

 arrow JCD, BCL move to oust Shibir from DU halls
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and other student organisations continued their operations to oust Islami Chhatra Shibir activists from different dormitories of Dhaka University
 arrow Musharraf to visit India April 17
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will visit India on April 17 to watch a cricket match and also hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an Indian government spokesman said yesterday.
Businessarrow Incorporate more projects in PRSP to spur rural economy
As poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) is going to be finalised in May, a local research and development organisation yesterday asked the government to incorporate more projects in the paper focusing
 arrow Asia needs trillion dollars to boost infrastructure: Study
Asia-Pacific developing economies led by China need to invest more than one trillion US dollars over the next five years to upgrade their infrastructure and sustain growth, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Japan to give $112.7m loan for rural infrastructure
Japan will give Bangladesh $112.7 million in soft loans to implement rural infrastructure development projects in the eastern part of the country.
 arrow Opec agrees to increase oil supplies
Opec producers yesterday agreed a two percent increase in oil supplies in an effort to rein in $55 crude.
 arrow Software, ITES directory launched
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) yesterday published the first-ever software directory titled 'Bangladesh Software & ITES Directory- 2005'.
 arrow Warburg sells part of Bharti stake
Private equity fund Warburg Pincus has sold six percent of its stake in India's Bharti Tele-Ventures for $561 million.
 arrow Telenor opens cellphone network in Pakistan
Telenor, the Norwegian telecoms giant, on Tuesday launched its Pakistan operations.
 arrow Former WorldCom CEO guilty on all counts
Bernard Ebbers, the once-swaggering CEO of WorldCom, was convicted Tuesday of engineering the largest corporate fraud in US history -- an $11 billion accounting scandal that capsized the big telecomscompany
 arrow Rupsha bridge to be handed over to govt April 18
Rupsha bridge in Khulna is going to be open to traffic soon as the construction firm will hand over the bridge to the government on April 18.
 arrow AKTEL official mobile at Ctg int'l trade fair
AKTEL cellphone is the official mobile phone company of the on-going Chittagong International Trade Fair 2005.
 arrow EU rebuffs calls for curbs on Chinese textiles
The European Union's trade chief on Tuesday rebuffed calls for curbs to be slapped on imports of cheap Chinese clothing and textiles, arguing that it was too soon for a step that should only be a last
 arrow Kohinoor Chemical okays 17pc dividend
Kohinoor Chemical Company (Bangladesh) Limited has announced a 17 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003-2004.
 arrow New office bearers of ICMAB Dhaka branch
Jamal Ahmed Choudhury and Naba Krishna Muni have recently been elected chairman and vice-chairman of the Dhaka Branch Council of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB)for
 arrow Japan says economy slowly recovering
The government said Wednesday the Japanese economy was recovering but at a slow pace given some soft patches, leaving its assessment unchanged for a third straight month.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India light up Day One
Sachin Ten-dulkar became only the fifth batsman to complete 10,000 runs and Rahul Dravid scored an elegant 110 as India survived a late Abdul Razzaq blitz to post 344-6 on the first day of the secondTest
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar wants to go on
India's Sachin Tendulkar said Wednesday he still has plenty of cricket left in him, after beco-ming only the fifth batsman in the game's history to smash the 10,000-run barrier in Test matches.
 arrow Football: Rajani, Kanchan let Muktis down
Muktijoddha Sangsad cra-shed to a frustrating 3-0 home defeat to Jordan's Al Faisaly in the second round of the AFC Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A True Friend of Bangladesh Cricket
It is generally not known what a good friend Omar Kureishi was of Bangladesh Cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test from Friday
Fast bowler Brett Lee may be allowed to return home to Australia if he is left out of the team to play New Zealand in the second Test starting in Wellington on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Pushkin passes away untimely
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) joint secretary and Abahani's hockey committee secretary Zahi-dur Rahman Pushkin died of brain hemorrhage yesterday evening at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital
 arrow Cricket: Displeased Dravid
Stylish Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was disappointed at losing his wicket after scoring a century in the second Test against Pakistan here on Wednesday, saying he wanted to build on the momentum.
 arrow Football: Chhadak CHT Gold Cup soccer champs
Chhadak Club clinched the title of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Gold Cup Football Tournament beating Rangamati Mohammedan Sporting Club 5-4 in tiebreaker in the final at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rani, Liza share lead
International Women Master Rani Hamid and Shamima Akhter Liza jointly led the table with 4.
 arrow Cricket: Rice's cricket diplomacy
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice displayed a swift grasp of the intricacies of India-Pakistan ties on Wednesday by jumping on the bandwagon of cricket diplomacy.
 arrow Cricket: Kolkata crowd cheers Bucknor
Some 30,000 Indian fans gave West Indian Steve Bucknor a standing ovation on Wednesday for becoming the first umpire in cricket history to stand in 100 Test matches.
 arrow Football: Adriano ousts champions
Brazilian striker Adriano scored a stunning hat-trick as Inter Milan beat holders Porto 3-1 here Tuesday in their Champions League first knockout round second leg match to dump them out of the competition
 arrow Football: Raul says the unthinkable
Real Madrid captain Raul has said for the first time that he would leave the club if he was deemed surplus to requirements.
 arrow Football: Federer, Davenport on course
Roger Federer continued to roll over his opponents and Lindsay Davenport had an equally easy time as both top seeds breezed into the next round of the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters Series event.
 arrow Football: Chelsea another step closer
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the English Premiership to 11 points with a 1-0 win over relegation battlers West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge here on Tuesday.
 arrow Athletics: Women's athletics ends Dhaka, Panchagar jt champions
Dhaka and Panchagar emerged joint champions in the two-day inter-district women's athletics competition which concluded at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Promotees Bangladesh Sporting Club completed their campaign with an emphatic 4-1 victory against Dhaka Wanderers Club in the last game of the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Hockey: Independence Day hockey
The Independence Day Hockey Tournament will begin tomorrow with Bangladesh Army taking on Bangladesh Police in the opening match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Inter-school cricket
Kurmitola High pulled off an exciting seven-run victory over Willes Little Flower in the Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolis inter-school cricket tournament at the WAPDA ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Renessa Sporting Club outplayed Moni Smriti Sangsad by eight wickets in the Econo First Division Cricket League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Promote meritorious rural students
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said it was the prime responsibility of both private and public universities to teach and provide special training to meritorious students to make them experts of international
 arrow 'Bring transparency to distribution system'
The government must bring transparency to the advertisement distribution system and take steps to check corruption at the Department of Films and Publications (DFP), which distributes government ads among
 arrow Call for effective leadership at all levels of national life
Speakers at a course yesterday underscored the need for effective leadership at all levels of national life.
 arrow Committees to save youths from drugs soon : Khoka
Committees will be set up at every ward in the city comprising people from all walks of life and irrespective of their party affiliations to save the youths from taking drugs.
 arrow Wife says convict not the killer
The identity of a young man waiting to go to the gallows in a murder case was questioned in the High Court (HC) yesterday.
 arrow 37 UPDF men held in Ctg on suspicion
Police detained on suspicion 37 indigenous people, mostly leaders and activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) and Pahari Jubo Forum (PJF), the student and youth wings of the United Peoples Democratic
 arrow Int'l dialling access code to be changed
Bangladesh is going to change its international dialling access code and some emergency service numbers in the wake of growing number of telephone subscribers and the arrival of new telecom companies.
 arrow 'Globalisation needs proper evaluation'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called upon the government to evaluate globalisation properly before signing any permanent agreement.
 arrow BNP joint meet today
A joint meeting of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will be held at the party central office in the city at 4:30pm today.
 arrow JU dining hall staffs call off strike
The Dining Hall Employees Association (DHEA) withdrew their three-day work abstention programme on Tuesday night following assurance from the university authority of taking necessary steps regarding their
 arrow Exemplary punishment to Rab members demanded
Leaders of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the responsible members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police for assaulting the journalists.
 arrow College student killed in road accident
A college student was killed and a university student injured critically in a road accident in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Ex-teacher of Siddheshwari Girls School on fresh remand
Abul Bashar Miah, arrested in connection with the killings of Siddheshwari Girls High School headmistress Sabera Begum Baby and her daughter Sharmim Alam Shampa, was placed on a one-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow 'Bring culprits to justice'
Fourteen teachers of MA Rouf Degree College in Manikganj yesterday demanded security for their life as a gang of hoodlums has launched an attack on them and threatened them with death.
 arrow CCC polls May 9
Election to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will be held on May 9.
The Election Commission (EC) in a gazette notification in Dhaka yesterday announced the election schedule.

 arrow Ferdous Ara first woman DG of BTV
Ferdous Ara Begum became the first woman to make it to the post of Director General of the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV).
She joined her new office yesterday.

 arrow 2 Krishak Sramik Janata League leaders resign
Two leaders of the Krishak Sramik Janata League have resigned from the party, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Grand Ikebana contest on Mar 18
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ikebana in Bangladesh, the Embassy of Japan and Asia Bunka Kaikan Dosokai, Dhaka, will jointly organise the Grand Ikebana contest at the Spectra Convention Centre
Nationalarrow Blindness cannot hold them back
Blindness is no barrier for Md Kamal Hossain and Iqbal Hossain. They are appearing at SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinations at Brahmanbaria centre in the town.
 arrow AL won't back candidates with criminal record
After announcement of nomination for the Mayor post, local Awami League (AL) has finalised the list of AL candidates for the 41 ward commissioner posts in the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation (CCC)
 arrow Land owners demand proper compensation
About 250 families in Karimpur in Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj have demanded proper compensation and fair price of their lands to be acquired for gas exploratory work by US oil company Unocal.
 arrow Former MP Wahab removed from Shailkupa party post
After months' of serious in-fighting marked with clash, a rival faction ahas removed former lawmaker Abdul Wahab from the post of Shailkupa upazila BNP president for his alleged 'corruption, tender manipulation
 arrow A praiseworthy job by a UP leader
Md Hebzul Bari Bakshi, Chairman of Sharifpuir East Union Parishad in Ashuganj upazila, has done a commendable job by stopping a child marriage.
 arrow Security blanket in Khulna
A security blanket has been clamped on Khulna city as a two-day Tafsirul Quraan Mehfil of Islami Samaj Kalyan Parishad began here yesterday and two important conferences are ahead.
 arrow A novel way of cheating in SSC exam
Nilphamari Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) AKM Masuduzzaman on Saturday detected a novel way of cheating in SSC examination during a surprise visit to Nilphamari Government Girls' High School centre.
 arrow Journalist Dip Azad bomb attack case goes to CID
Dainik Jugantor journalist Dip Azad bomb attack case has been transferred to CID for investigation.
 arrow Kushtia BSL council postponed
A clash between two factions of Kushtia district unit of Bangladesh Sechhasebak League (BSL) has resulted in postponement of its district council on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Restriction on BNP MPs
It is learnt from newspaper reports that the government has imposed a restriction on the ruling BNP lawmakers, asking them to take permission from the Leader of the House or the party's parliamentarywing
 arrow Kuakata Rakhains
IT is understandable that an alliance government cannot be as strong and as effective as a single party government in a parliamentary democracy.
Culturearrow Showcasing our cultural diversity
For those with a taste for diversified cultural heritage, there are glad tidings. A three-day Adivasi grand cultural festival opens today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Arjo's film triumphs
Children are very inquisitive by nature. And if it comes to Arjo Srestha, who has donned the role of a filmmaker at the age of nine, this trait was all the more in evidence.
 arrow Children theatre festival
Children add spirit to the performing arts. To give the young ones their due, a 14-day children theatre festival began at the Public Library Auditorium from March 10.
 arrow Carnatic music comes to town
Sarva Sree Foundation, the first Carnatic music centre in Bangladesh, endeavours to promote the unique style of South Indian music in this country, says a press release.
Generalarrow Micro-credit programme brings changes to the life of Dhamrai villagers
Nasima Akhter seemed to be one of the happiest women in the world. With her eyes sparkling, she ran to her room, then to the cowshed and looked fondly at Akash, a two-day old calf.
 arrow Could not care less
A prisoner was released yesterday from Satkhira jail 22 months after he had served out his seven-year term due to the sheer carelessness of jail authorities.
 arrow 1,707 more held, 9 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,707 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Palestinians take control of Jericho
Israeli forces pulled back from Jericho yesterday, strengthening the hand of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as he seeks to commit militants to a formal ceasefire so that he can talk peace with Israel.
 arrow India, US push Nepal to restore democracy
India and the United States called jointly yesterday for a return to multi-party democracy in Nepal, saying the seizure of power in the Himalayan outpost by King Gyanendra was a "setback" for the region.
 arrow Blasts mar first Iraqi parliament session
Iraq's first freely elected parliament in half a century began its opening session yesterday after a series of explosions targeted the gathering.
 arrow Indo-Pak troops work together for mending bad Kashmir road
Villagers watched in amazement as Pakistani and Indian officers shared jokes, tea and snacks while they worked to open a road over a heavily-fortified border in divided Kashmir.
 arrow 'Major quake may hit tsunami zone soon'
Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami.
 arrow N Korea lashes out at Rice, rules out talks
North Korea lashed out at US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday for calling the communist country an "outpost of tyranny" and ruled out new nuclear crisis talks as she headed to the region.
 arrow Alcohol powered plane launched
A Brazilian firm on Tuesday delivered the world's first ethanol-burning production aircraft to a crop-spraying company and it sees a booming market for alcohol powered planes.
 arrow Bush asks Hizbollah to lay down arms for legitimacy
President Bush held out the prospect of legitimacy for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah on Tuesday by saying it can prove it is not a terrorist organisation by laying down its arms.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The PM's spirit is fine
We have no argument with the PM's strong words in parliament on Tuesday.
 arrow Editorial: Separation of judiciary
The histrionic process of the government asking for extension of the deadline from the Supreme Court to separate the judiciary from the executive continues, with the full bench of the Appellate Division
 arrow Annan's 5 Ds for fighting terrorism
The recently concluded international summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security held in Madrid from March 8-12 was perhaps the largest agglomeration of experts, scholars, and academics dealing with the
 arrow Staying the course
US Secretary of State Colin Powell's trip to Islamabad soon after 9/11 was a defining moment, it cemented Pakistan's U-turn from its mind-boggling decade-old support for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan
Letters to Editorarrow Fuss about Saarc
Why so much fuss by the BNP regime about the postponement of the [sterile and useless] Saarc conference in Dhaka? Simply because Ziaur Rahman originated the idea? Otherwise?
The onus is on the regional

 arrow WASA billing system
The Dhaka WASA charges Tk 11.5 for supplying one cubic meter of water in case of domestic consumers, while this rate is Tk 38 in case of commercial consumers.
 arrow Prospects of SAU
Producing good agriculturists is the pre-requisite for developing the agriculture sector. Many agricultural universities are working in this area.
 arrow Education sector
The structure of the education sector has been changing fast and vigorously. Madrassah, a stream of education, almost free, is mainly seen in the rural areas.
 arrow Mohali Test
The Pakistanis put up a great fight to save the Mohali Test which was at one stage in India's pocket.
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