Free access of goods high on agenda|
Trade ministers and officials from 38 least developed countries (LDCs) begin a three-day meeting in Dhaka today to set common agenda in the run-up to the WTO ministerial meeting in Mexico in September.
Education budget curves down, standard nosedives|
Education budget has been on a decreasing curve since independence of Bangladesh.
The allocation for education slid to 16 per cent in the current fiscal 2002-03, down from 21.14 per cent in 1972-73.
'Godfathers' resurfacing to grab AL party posts|
The prospect of a political comeback by some Awami League (AL) leaders having 'godfather' image is now haunting the main opposition party as it plans to restructure some of its key units prior to launching
Kushiara bridge still incomplete, ferries also out of order|
Long-distance travellers who pinned hopes on the Kushiara bridge in Fenchuganj are frustrated by the slow pace of construction.
Robberies send city dwellers on nerves|
A sense of serious insecurity dogs city dwellers, as law enforcers have failed to check robbery and burglary, let alone arresting culprits.
Toxic threat shadows gastronomic delight|
A highly toxic chemical smuggled from India is being widely used for artificially ripening and maturing fruits and vegetables, posing serious health hazards.
Establish Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital|
The Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), which ended here yesterday, adopted a declaration with a 141-point resolution that called for establishment of an independent Palestinian state with
Hanuman next door to extinction|
Having survived for more than a century in some villages of Keshabpur, the hanuman species (Grey Langur) is now facing extinction.
Consumerism at unstable levels|
Consumers are in trouble --there is nothing called quality or price control and adulteration is quite common.
Civil society to put forward 13-pt demand|
The outstanding implementation issues in favour of LDCs should be resolved at the Cancun conference, an international civil society forum demanded yesterday.
Thousands pay tribute to Zia|
The 22nd death anniversary of President Ziaur Rahman was observed across the country yesterday with a call for national unity to build up a self-reliant Bangladesh.
Fresh bid to push in 42 foiled in Panchagarh|
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and frontier villagers foiled a push-in attempt by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Atoari border in Panchagarh district in the early hours of Thursday.
Pak deadline to wind up militant camps|
The Pakistan government is reported to have set May 31 as the deadline for militant groups operating from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), to wind up their camps but the outfits have vowed to resist any
Rally in city demanding fair world trade|
A coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) demanded assurance of fair trade and protested against injustice in international trading from a rally in Dhaka yesterday.
Robbers loot cash, medicine worth Tk 9 lakh from Square Pharmaceuticals|
Robbers looted cash and medicine worth about Tk 9 lakh from the godown of Square Pharmaceuticals at C&B road here in Barisal town in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
Nepalese PM resigns amid agitation|
Nepalese Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand yesterday resigned amidst joint agitation by major political parties demanding formation of an all-party government.
Foreign feeder vessels to suspend operations|
Foreign feeder vessel operators have decided to suspend their services.
Run on new autos|
Sale of brand new cars is increasing steadily as tax and duty on automobile imports has been restructured in the current budget, bringing down prices within affordability of middle-class people, importers
Sting of truth: Internet, poetry and journalism|
Laura Bush planned a symposium titled "Poetry and the American Voice" at the White House on February 12, 2003.
PHP now GP's corporate client|
The PHP Group has become the corporate client of GrameenPhone Ltd, says a press release.
Pakistan hopes to beat GDP growth target|
Pakistan Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Thursday the country would beat its target for real growth in gross domestic product (GDP) of 5.1 per cent in 2002-3.
"Pakistan's GDP will be 5.
Asian consumers emerge as SARS fear recedes|
Yeo Hee Lien postponed a family vacation to Australia for nearly three months, worried that being Chinese and having a Singapore passport might invite discrimination because of SARS.
Thousands demonstrate ahead of G8 summit |
Up to 3,000 people demonstrated here on Friday in front of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations buildings here ahead of this weekend's G8 summit in the nearby French town of Evian.
Japan jobless rate hovers near record high|
Japan's unemployment rate was stuck at 5.4 per cent in April, within a whisker of a record high, as companies fighting for survival in a down trodden economy sought to stay lean.
Moscow must stick to rules to join WTO|
Russia must make a commitment to stick to World Trade Organization rules if it wants to join the body, President George W. Bush said Thursday ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
US growth revised upward|
The US economy plodded ahead at a 1.9 per cent growth rate in the first quarter of 2003, the Commerce Department said Thursday, revising upward its preliminary 1.6 per cent growth estimate.
20 probables for Aussie tour|
The return of almost forgotten Shahriar Hossain and first ever call up for prolific opener Mohammad Moniruzzaman were the highlights when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday named a 20-man preliminary
Shahriar propels N'ganj into semis|
Shahriar Hossain celebrated his inclusion in the 20-member Bangladesh primary squad for the tour of Australia, with an unbeaten century to propel Narayanganj into the 26th National Cricket Championship
BCB to correct Chuckers|
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has short-listed ten bowlers with dubious actions.
BCB advisor and cricket committee chairman Mahbubul Anam disclosed this yesterday.
Lara praises Bichel|
Australia boast Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee in a fearsome three-pronged pace attack, but it is fourth choice bowler Andy Bichel that is giving the most cause for concern for West Indies
Full marks to Marsh|
Australia great Dennis Lillee has said England have trumped their oldest rivals by making his friend and former teammate Rodney Marsh a selector.
Father figure suits him|
Darren Gough hoped his recall to England's one-day squad on Thursday would lend experience to an otherwise fledgling party.
The French Open ended in dramatic fashion for South Africa's Wayne Ferreira Friday when he collapsed in agony after stretching wide for a forehand in his third round match against Germany's Rainer Schuettler.
'I'm not the new Hingis'|
Justine Henin-Hardenne scotched all talk of her being the new Martina Hingis on Friday after reaching the last 16 at the French Open.
French hope Julien Varlet was just a point away from causing an upset in his second-round match against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen before losing out in five sets having won the first two 6-1, 6-1 and had
Future is Gasquet|
French tennis fans are in a fizz over Richard Gasquet, the teenager they hope can reach the top of the tennis tree one day.
Sociedad aware and loving it|
League leaders Real Sociedad are starting to finally believe that they can win their first Spanish title in 21 years although first they have to beat reigning champions Valencia on Sunday.
Last chance for both|
A French Cup final victory at the Stade de France on Saturday for Paris Saint Germain or Auxerre would salvage the season for clubs who did not live up to their billing this year.
Ballack's point to prove|
Michael Ballack intends to lead Bayern Munich to the German league and cup double on Saturday and wipe out the miserable memory of losing three cup finals in 2002.
Atalanta survived the 64th minute dismissal of defender Luigi Sala to secure a valuable 0-0 draw away to Reggina in the first leg of their Serie A relegation play-off on Thursday.
AL defers rally, asks govt to step down|
The main opposition party, Awami League (AL), deferred its June 7 rally in view of party chief Sheikh Hasina's delay in returning home.
JCD, Jubo Dal men attack AL office in Barisal|
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jubo Dal attacked the district Awami League (AL) office yesterday, leaving a party leader and four activists injured.
Hasina urges US to simplify visa procedures|
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina called upon the US authorities to simplify visa procedures for Bangladeshi expatriates.
AL leader shot in N'ganj|
An Awami League leader was shot and critically injured by unidentified gunmen at Mandanpur under Bandar police station here Thursday night.
World Tobacco Free Day today|
World Tobacco Free Day will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world.
Anti-tobacco rally, procession in city|
Students Anti Smoking Committee (SASC) yesterday called for strict implementation of tobacco control law through the Jatiya Sangsad immediately.
Nat'l tree plantation movement begins tomorrow|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will launch the national tree plantation movement and open a tree fair tomorrow to boost the forest resources and help maintain ecological balance.
An unidentified man murdered in city|
The young man, whose body was recovered by Badda Police from the western side of the Airport road on Thursday evening, was murdered, said forensic experts at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
SSKOP rally Today|
A rally of newspapermen, including journalists, press workers and general employees, will be held in front of the daily Ittefaq office in the city at 11 am today.
Ansars sold bullets looted from jute mills in Daulatpur|
Alleged pirates Wahab Akand and his younger brother Habib Akand, arrested on May 25 from Khalishpur industrial belt, confessed to police that they had purchased rifle bullets from Ansars.
'Rapists' freed on bail throw acid on victim, husband for filing case|
Alleged papists, released on bail, threw acid on the rape victim and her husband for filing case against them.
The rapists are reportedly activists of the ruling party.
3 murdered in Ctg|
Three persons were killed in separate incidents at Patenga and Baizid Bostami in the city and in Banshkhali in 28 hours till Friday afternoon.
Fresh shootout in Kawkhali between rival actvists|
Additional troops have been sent to Kawkhali after a shootout between activists of Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Shamity (PCJSS) and United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) at Hazachhori village on
Bank guard injured in bomb attack in Khulna|
Security guard of Agrani Bank at Clay Road was injured when unidentified miscreants hurled a bomb on him on Thursday.
Man accused of triple murder arrested |
A man who allegedly killed his wife, father-in-law and sister-in-law, was arrested from Charmalshapara area in the town in the early hours of Thursday.
Demarcation pillars being smuggled to India|
Demarcation pillars made of valuable touchstone and powerful magnet are being stolen from various mauzas in Barguna district and smuggled to India.
Floating forms with a feminine angle|
Farida Yesmin, who has done her MFA from Kala Bhaban, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, India, recently held her exhibition at Chuwa Gallery, Japan. The display was organised and sponsored by G S Kabir.
An entertaining evening with SAFMA|
About 100 Editors and senior journalists of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), an organisation of the SAARC countries, participated in the third conference of SAFMA recently held in Dhaka.
Hot spell likely to continue|
A moderate to severe heat wave may smother Khulna division and the regions of Rajshahi and Ishwardi and a mild wave may continue in Dhaka division today, the meteorological office said.
College student found dead|
A college student was found dead at the Ramkrishna Mission hostel here yesterday morning.
Girl missing after vehicle plunges into river|
A minor girl was missing and three people were injured when a microbus plunged into the Dhaleshwari river being hit by a truck in the rear at Muktarpur Ferry Ghat in Munshiganj yesterday, police said.
Abducted shrimp cultivator's body recovered|
Police recovered the body of shrimp cultivator Chitya Hawlader from the river Telikhali of Paikgachha here yesterday, four days after he was abducted from his house.
Father, son hacked to death by extortionists|
A farmer and his son were hacked to death yesterday at Patoa village under Ataikula Upazila here yesterday morning.
US extends full support to Vajpayee's peace initiative|
Words of praise from the American President await Prime Minister Vajpayee at Avian when the leaders of the G-8 and the special invitees get together to reflect on World affairs especially developments
UK ministers 'distorted' UN weapons report|
Tony Blair's Iraq crisis deepened on Thursday night as ministers were accused of distorting the findings of the chief UN weapons inspector to support Britain's claims about Saddam Hussein's weapons programme.
LTTE rejects govt peace plan|
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday rejected a government proposal for restarting the island's stalled peace process with a hardline letter that cast more doubt on the future of the peace drive.
Russia invites US to help build Iran N-plant|
Russia has invited the United States to join in the construction of the nuclear power station at Bushehr in Iran and Washington is considering the proposal, Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumantsyev
Delhi's Pak policy lacks clarity: Sonia|
Alleging that the BJP-led NDA government's Pakistan policy "lacked clarity, consistency and conviction", Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday asserted there will be no compromise on her party'sdetermination
UK war veteran finds he's been dead for 60 yrs|
A British war veteran looking at a memorial in his local park discovered he had been listed as dead for almost 60 years, the Times newspaper reported yesterday.
US halts tech smuggling plots to Pakistan|
Three times in the past month, the US government has uncovered illicit efforts to smuggle sensitive military or nuclear technology out of the United States to Pakistan, one of America's key partners in
US planning to boost troop levels in SE Asia|
Radical moves are afoot to reposition American troops in East Asia, say top officials in the United States Defence Department.
Israel pledges pullout from West Bank|
Israel last night promised to withdraw its forces from the centres of Palestinian cities in the West Bank after a three-hour meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers in Jerusalem.
US sees infiltrators entering Iraq as it fails to restore calm|
US President George W.
World leaders gather for party in St. Petersburg|
World leaders gather in Russia on Friday to mark the 300th birthday of the old Czarist capital, a glittering occasion many hope will help dispel lingering rancor over the Iraq war.
Blair urges Europe, US to heal divide|
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday urged Europe and the United States to heal the divide caused by the Iraq war, telling them that the world was entering "a crucial time.
Foreign envoys in Iraq have no diplomatic immunity: US|
Foreign diplomats in Iraq no longer enjoy diplomatic immunity or any of the privileges they were accorded under their accreditation to Saddam Hussein's former regime, the US State Department said Thursday.
'US, UK claims on Iraq's WMDs may be intelligence cock-up'|
As fears grow that the public were misled over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, senior politicians in London and Washington told the British press Friday that unprecedented intelligence blunders
3 missions aim at enigma of Red Planet|
Mars, the planet that has enthralled, frightened or exasperated Man ever since he gazed at the heavens, may be on the brink of surrendering its most tantalising secret.
Trial of Mondol's killers|
The trial of the killers of Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol has again proved that unnecessary delay in disposal of criminal cases can be avoided if the courts are designed to achieve that goal.
Amnesty after the 'war on terror'|
The annual report by Amnesty International most legitimately points out the plights and dilemmas many of us had been going through ever since the US-led 'war on terror' ensued.
Two-state solution of the Palestinian problem|
The end of April has seen the publication of a 'performance based and goal-driven roadmap', with somewhat 'clear phrases, timelines, target dates and benchmarks'.
Road to Shimla went through Murree|
ROADMAP' is the latest neologism added to the political jargon of conciliation efforts.
|Letters to Editor||
How do our judges feel?|
There have been numerous reports in your daily that judgements or orders given by the High Court are either ignored or delayed in execution by the government.
"Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Casablanca..."|
S Khan in his original letter criticised the silence towards the Saudi bomb blasts. I pointed out that those killed were part of military infrastructure.
What would be the consequence, if we let a blind to lead a group of school children to cross a road or a traffic inter section? If we let a deaf to be the judge of a recitation competition? If we letan
"George W. Bush is a man of vision"|
Mr. Abu expressed his dismay about Mahmood Elahi never replying to his comments about Mr. Elahi's views (May 29). I am not sure if Mr. Abu realises that Mr.
This is in response to the letter by Shuja Khondokhar (May 28).
I share your sympathy and kindness towards our poor country and its unlucky citizens.
Letter from London|
Earlier this year Dhaka-born Monica Ali created literary history when she became the first unpublished author to be included in Granta's decadal list of 'Twenty Best Young British Novelists.
Letter from Kathmandu|
The literary magazine Sarada was started in 1934. It went on and off before folding up in 1964.
The joy of sipping morning tea with stale mouth
Of stirring up a storm from the newspapers
Will end, alas, today:
Going home to the wife in Krishnanagar,