Volume 4 Number 214 Wed. December 31, 2003    
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80,000 health workers not paid for 4 months
About 80,000 fieldworkers under the family planning wing of the health ministry have not received their salaries for the last four months.
Khaleda receives peacekeepers' bodies, as nation mourns today
The bodies of 15 Bangladesh peacekeepers, killed in the December 25 air crash in Benin, arrive in Dhaka at about 4:00pm today instead of morning, as the last farewell to the officers by the West African
Iran quake toll may hit 50,000
Relief workers plead for more aid
Some 50,000 people may have died in Friday's Iranian earthquake, officials told Reuters yesterday, as relief workers pleaded for more aid for survivors of one of the deadliest natural disasters of modern
Reviving a lost culture
The unmistakably wild drumbeat thumps on the eardrum. And the strange trumpeting noise of a wind instrument.
Exports, imports show good signs
CPD review says slow ADP progress, pressure on BoP problematic
Key variables influencing macro-economic performance have started off on a relatively strong footing during the first leg of the current fiscal year with a stable export growth and a record import ofcapital
AL turns to hartal to stunt uplift
PM tells Jessore rally
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blasted Awami League (AL) for opting for destructive ways of hartals and other violent programmes with an intention to ruin the country and its economy.
Harkatul Jihad man gets life in arms case
A Dhaka court in an arms case yesterday jailed for life Mufti Abdul Hannan Munshi of Harkatul Jihad, also believed to have links to planting explosives near the venue for a Gopalganj rally of former prime
Hasina wants to pay homage to dead army officials
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed willingness to pay her last tribute to the 15 army officers who died in an air crash in Benin on
Mechanics to get pollution control training
The government will launch a Tk 2 crore training programme for automobile workshops aimed at checking vehicular emission in Dhaka more effectively.
Musharraf gains powers with upper house nod
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf won vast powers, including the authority to dismiss the elected government, yesterday as the Senate approved a set of sweeping constitutional amendments despite opposition
Cold wave claims nine in two days
The cold wave sweeping over the country has claimed nine more lives and caught the poor, especially the homeless in the capital and other cities, cold.
US bolsters security for foreign airlines
New directives to carry air marshal in flights
Foreign airlines risk being denied access to American airspace if they don't obey a new US directive that some international flights crossing over or headed to this country must carry an armed law enforcement
25 hurt as cops club AL procession
At least 25 leaders and activists of the main opposition Awami League (AL), including former lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder, were injured as police charged batons on a party procession at Mirpur in the
Two lynched in city
Two young men were beaten to death apparently in the same incident in the city's Madhya Badda area Monday night.
Limited ban on traffic on New Year's Eve
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday slapped a limited ban on traffic movement in and around Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Dhaka University in a bid to avert any untoward incident on the New Year's
Eminent HR activist Barrister Salma Sobhan passes away
Barrister Salma Sobhan, a lawyer, social worker and human-rights activist, died of a cardiac arrest at her Gulshan residence in the early hours of yesterday. She was 66.
Govt decision against Poush Mela protested
Artists, intellectuals and journalists yesterday condemned and protested the government decision not to allow the Poush Mela Udjapan Parishad (PMUP) to celebrate Poush Mela ((winter fair)) at Ramna Batamul
Another tremor shakes Ctg
Another mild tremor jolted the port city and its adjoining areas yesterday.

According to sources, the tremor, measuring 3.75 on the Richter scale, occurred at 11.

463 recruited by AL govt thru' 'nepotism'
Says JS body chairman on Open University
At least 463 persons were recruited through irregularities and nepotism by the then Awami League government, according to Shamsul Alam Praminik, chairman of the Jatiya Sangsad committee on the education
6 Ijtema devotees die in B'baria road accident
Six people died and 40 others were injured when a bus carrying the homebound devotees from the Biswa Ijtema plunged into a roadside ditch at Budhonti on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway early yesterday.
India, Myanmar, Thailand run survey on mega highway project
India, Myanmar and Thailand have conducted a survey in New Delhi on December 23 for the construction of a 1,360-km long highway connecting the three countries to expand trade, tourism and people-to-people
US winds down post-war Afghan operation
US-led forces have ended their largest post-war operation in Afghanistan saying they have reduced the threat from militants during a key constitutional debate in Kabul.
City road accidents kill 2
Two people were killed in as many road accidents at Farmgate and Nakhalpara in Tejgaon yesterday.
I can't think of a public rally at Feni without Hazari: Tofail
Awami League central leader Tofail Ahmed speaking in favour of Joynal Hazari at a public meeting here yesterday said, "I cannot think of a public meeting in Feni without Hazari.
Accused in Kazi Aref murder case shot dead
An accused in the murder of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader Kazi Arif Ahmed was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Amla Bazar in Mirpur upazila in the district last night.
International call charges slashed
The government yesterday slashed to Tk 7.50 from Tk 40 a minute the charges for both fixed and mobile telephone to US and Canada.