Volume 4 Number 219 Mon. January 05, 2004    
 
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Saarc nations ink social charter
FTA treaty waits to be penned as summit begins amid wind of change
The Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries yesterday signed a landmark agreement on social charter in a bid to improve the socio-economic condition of the region's populace.
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Tea in a new brew
Export earnings fall by 60pc, spiking local demand may turn country into an importer
An increasing local demand has resulted in a steep drop in tea exports sparking fears that Bangladesh may soon become a tea importer unless production is enhanced proportionately.
 
Home ministry orders watch on borders to stop Indian insurgents
The home ministry at a high level meeting with paramilitary BDR and intelligence agencies yesterday asked them to step up border security and watch on Dhaka to stem infiltration of Indian terrorists.
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Khaleda for win-win trade option for all
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon South Asian nations to devise trade promotion so that it becomes a "win-win situation for all".
 
JS body for cutting ministry numbers
A parliamentary body yesterday pegged the current administration as 'top-heavy' and agreed with four separate reports that suggested downsizing the number of ministries.
 
Vajpayee-Musharraf landmark meet today
PMs of nuke rivals hold first bilateral session
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will meet today on the sidelines of a regional summit, a Pakistani official announced.
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Deaths mark Blair's surprise Basra visit
3 GIs killed, 4 Iraqis die as US soldiers open fire on civilian car
British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, a day after US soldiers killed four Iraqis, including a woman and a nine-year-old child.
 
HC stays execution of govt order lifting ban on TU in EPZs
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for five weeks execution of the latest government notification that said trade unionism (TU) may be allowed in the EPZs (export processing zones) when it deemed necessary.
 
Black flags fly amid outrage in Modhupur
The Garos of Modhupur forest yesterday flew black flags atop their houses to protest the killing of an indigenous youth in fire from police and forest guards, while Shita Nakrek was waiting in her basic
 
Rivals kill 3 outlaws in Pabna
Outlaws murdered three in separate incidents in Santhia and Chatmohor late Saturday night, police said.
 
242 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in 3 years: Report
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and armed Indian attackers have 'killed 242 Bangladeshis and injured 380 people in the last three years'.
 
2 killed in Airport Road accident
Two were killed in a road accident on Airport Road Saturday evening.
 
Clarification
The management of Highspeed Group has clarified its position on a report carried by The Daily Star on December 4 last year under the headline "Trading of 16 companies suspended at Dhaka Stock Exchange".
 
Gayoom slams South Asian military buildup
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday called upon the leaders of heavily militarised South Asia to work for economic development instead of stockpiling weapons.
 
Sun shines, cold spell continues
The icy grip over most parts of the country remained unchanged although some regions including the capital city yesterday experienced a welcome sunshine.
 
Visit to America gets tougher from today
US launches plan to fingerprint, photograph 23 million visitors
The US government's 2004 resolution is to fingerprint and photograph some 23 million foreign visitors including Bangladeshis arriving at 115 US airports -- without clogging the air transit system.
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US mission lands safely on Mars
Beams home remarkable images
A robotic explorer beamed remarkable images of the bleak Martian surface back to scientists on Earth late Saturday just hours after its dramatic arrival on the red planet.
 
Major changes in admin on cards
The civil administration braces for major changes this month when contractual service of over half a dozen senior secretaries expires and some others go on leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).
 
Thaw in Indo-Pak relations to have positive impacts on Saarc region
Khaleda tells Jamali
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the present atmosphere of good understanding between India and Pakistan would not only benefit the two countries but also have positive impacts on other members
 
Cop killed, in Ctg road accident
A speeding bus knocked dead a sub-inspector and injured his colleague near Dampara Police Line in the port city Saturday.
 
Boy killed before mother
A nine-year-old boy was brutally murdered in front of his mother apparently out of revenge at Kamalpur village in Nikli upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 
Three killed in Comilla road accident
The driver and two helpers of a bus were killed when another speeding bus knocked it from behind at Khadghar on Dhaka-Chittagong highway Sunday.
 
15 injured in Noakhali BCL factional clash
Fifteen people including a child and a woman were injured yesterday in a clash between two rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at the district headquarters.
 
Armed gang robs city bus passengers
An armed gang yesterday looted cash and valuables reportedly worth Tk 50,000 from passengers of a bus at Agargaon in Mohammadpur.
 
Mob kills two robbers on Dhaka-Sylhet highway
A mob killed two alleged highway robbers and injured eight others on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bhiti Morjal in Raipur yesterday.
 
One shot dead at Agargaon
Assailants shot dead a young man in front of his wife near the Passport Office at Agargaon in Moham-madpur last night.
 

 
   
 
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