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Front Pagearrow Ahmadiyya books banned
The government has banned all publications of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh a day before the end of an ultimatum by religious bigots to declare the sect non-Muslims.
 arrow 10 abducted in Rangamati
At least 10 villagers were abducted in an incident blamed on a pro-CHT peace accord indigenous outfit and the body of a student killed in captivity was recovered in Rangamati yesterday in the latest in
 arrow Fear stalks Garos in forest homes
Insecurity stalks the indigenous people in their Modhupur forest homes after ruling BNP activists allegedly threatened them in the wake of violence that locals say is aimed at upsetting their movement
 arrow Ministry dissatisfied with probe report
The shipping ministry is reviewing the probe report on the sinking of MV Nasreen-1 in July last year as it was found to have failed to identify the actual causes and persons responsible for the tragedy
 arrow Callers complain of more sleaze
Many called the office of a parliamentary standing committee chairman yesterday, alleging sleaze in the sale of CNG autorickshaws, a day after the communications ministry was blamed for monopoly of Uttara
 arrow Hasina blasts PM for 'unabated corruption'
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday took a swipe at the prime minister, her family members and cabinet colleagues for 'unabated corruption', accusing them(ruling
 arrow Accused threatens cop with death
A police inspector and witness in a murder case has been threatened with death by the accused on the court premises Wednesday.
 arrow UNDP envoy optimistic about ending CHT impasse
The leader of the UN mission visiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) hopes to end the deadlock and resume development activities here soon.
 arrow 9 killed as US chopper crash-lands in Iraq
A Black Hawk helicopter came down in Iraq yesterday, killing all nine US soldiers aboard; it was not immediately clear if it had been shot down.
 arrow Quarter of land life faces extinction by 2050: Study
Over one million plants and animals -- a quarter of all life on land -- could become extinct in just decades due to man-made climate change, scientists say.
 arrow Iraqi WMD threat 'misrepresented'
Bush administration officials "systematically" misrepresented the danger of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programmes, which were not an immediate threat to the United States and the Middle East,a
 arrow PM finds talents lacking in administration
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia sees a dearth of talent in all spheres of national life, including government administration, and said emphasis will now be given on recruitment of talented persons.
 arrow Bush asks Congress for new immigration rules
President Bush unveiled an election-year proposal Wednesday to let millions of mostly Hispanic immigrants work legally in the United States in what would be the biggest overhaul of US immigration lawin
 arrow BDR, BSF hold flag meeting
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday held a battalion commander-level emergency flag meeting near Sonamasjid Land Customs Station in Chapainawabganj.
 arrow UN top official for peacekeeping due today
Under-Secretary General for the UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guehenno arrives in the capital today on a two-day visit.
 arrow By-election to Kushtia-1 JS seat Feb 29
The by-election to the Kushtia-1 seat of the Jatiya Sangsad will be held on February 29.

The seat fell vacant following the death of former state minister Mohammad Ahsanul Haque Mollah, MP.

 arrow 11-party observes road-barricade programme amid attacks
The left-leaning 11-party alliance yesterday put up barricades on highways and railways across the country for two hours amid attacks allegedly by the BNP activists backed by law enforcers.
 arrow Abducted schoolboy rescued at Hathazari
A joint police team yesterday rescued a schoolboy, five days after he was abducted, from Hathazari in Chittagong and held three alleged kidnappers.
 arrow Ban on import of buses, trucks without seatbelts
The government has banned import of buses and trucks without seatbelts for passengers and drivers as part of its steps to reduce traffic fatalities.
 arrow 'Police make forest guards scapegoats'
Police are trying to shift the responsibilities of Piren Snal's killing on to the forest guards, says Odhikar, a human-rights watchdog, after a spot investigation into the incident.
 arrow AL snubs JS body remark on defence purchase graft
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday strongly protested the recent accusations made by the parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry of irregularities in defence budget spending
 arrow Boy hurt in bomb attack on police van
A bomb thrown at a police van missed its target and went off to severely injure a four-year-old boy at Sheikhpara in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal calls for patriotic alliance
Gano Forum (GF) President Dr Kamal Hossain has called for building an alliance of patriotic people to save the country from the evils of black money, terrorism, corruption and politics devoid of ideals.
 arrow Body fished out of Dhanmondi Lake
Dhanmondi police yesterday recovered the body of a young man from Dhanmondi Lake, four days after he went missing.

Police retrieved the body of Shahadat Hossain, 20, from infront of road No.

 arrow JCD leader shot at Mirpur
Four gunmen shot a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader at Mirpur in the capital yesterday.

Tawfiqur Rahman Tuhin, 22, convenor of Ward No.

 arrow Scout Jamboree

Businessarrow Safta to help attract more investment to South Asia
The economic integration of South Asian nations through implementing Safta (South Asian Free Trade Area) will help them attract more foreign investment to the region, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said
 arrow Int'l trade fair opens tomorrow in Dubai
The International Autumn Trade Fair 2004 opens tomorrow at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre showcasing a diverse range of consumer goods from 25 countries including Bangladesh.
 arrow Spectra Convention Centre opens
Spectra Convention Centre, a privately owned multipurpose conference centre was formally opened at Gulshan in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Electrical goods makers' assoc president re-elected
Enayet Hossain Chowdhury has been re-elected president of the Bangladesh Electrical Merchandise Manufacturers Association (BEMMA) recently, says a press release.
 arrow Reckitt Benckiser starts partnership with Save the Children
Reckitt Benckiser, a multinational company, has launched a new partnership with Save the Children, starting the company's social responsibility.
 arrow State of Bangladesh economy in 2003-04: First interim report
The first interim report (July-December 2003) on 'State of the Bangladesh Economy in the Fiscal Year 2003-2004' has been prepared by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) under its programme titledIndependent
 arrow US sees new retaliation threat from major trading partners
US trade officials said Wednesday they expected the European Union and other trading partners to seek permission to retaliate on possibly hundreds of millions of dollars of American exports after theUnited
 arrow Indo-Pak trade may boom with improving relations
Improving relations between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan could open a window of opportunity for commodities trade and greatly benefit the neighbours, traders said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Blank firing Abahani
League leaders Abahani came down to earth after their 7-goal picnic in the last match when Arambagh Krira Sangha held them to a goalless draw in the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the
 arrow Cricket: Gritty Jamal not enough
Jamaluddin Babu scored a defiant half-century but that was not enough for Bangladesh A to avoid an innings and 15-run defeat against Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the Patron's Trophy four-day
 arrow Cricket: Time for shorter cricket
Australia and India are set to lock horns again on Friday only three days after the end of an emotionally draining Test match in Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: 'Get Gilchrist'
India has targeted Adam Gilchrist as the Australian player they must stop to repeat their Test performances when the triangular one-day series begins here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BCDF move into C'wealth final
A superb unbeaten 86 by Sheikh Nizamuddin powered Bangladesh Cricket Development Foundation (BCDF) to a brilliant three-wicket victory over India in the first semifinal of Under-19 Commonwealth Championship
 arrow Cricket: Jones hopes to make it
Fast bowler Simon Jones insists he can still make it into England's squad for the West Indies despite over a year on the sidelines with injury.
 arrow Tennis: Singh, Khatabi in boys' final
Nav Deep Singh of India and Faris Khatabi of the United Kingdom moved into the boys' singles final of the BKSP International Junior Tennis Championship after winning their respective semifinals at the
 arrow Chess: Rani leads
International Women Master Rani Hamid took a solo lead in the Igloo 25th National Women's Chess Championship yesterday with a win against Narayanganj's Kishowar Sajrin Ivana in the fourth round.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Bangladesh Police humbled Old Ideals 35-9 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League yesterday.

The winners dominated the first half 19-4.

 arrow Basketball: Div II b'ball
Rainbow Basketball Club earned a comfortable 86-21 win over Saboteurs in the FedEx Second Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.

Rainbow led the first half 48-8.

 arrow Cricket: Rohan wants to be known by himself
Rohan Gavaskar wants to carve out his own identity in international cricket and not just be known as the son of Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar.
 arrow Badmintorn: Acme-Pallima badminton from today
The Acme-Pallima Badminton Tournament, organised by Pallima Sangsad, begins today at the club's premises in the city.
 arrow Cricket: JU cricket
The Economics Department defeated Chemistry Department by 32 runs in the inaugural match of the Inter-department Cricket Championship of Jahangirnagar University at its central playground yesterday.
 arrow Karate meet in Chittagong
The second Mahanagari Karate Competition began at the Metropolitan Shooting Range at Dampara Police Lines yesterday.

The Chattagram Mahanagari Krira Sangstha (CMKS) has arranged the competition.

 arrow Hockey: Pakistan down Korea
Pakistan coach Rolent Oltmans read his team the riot act after the defending champions outclassed South Korea 4-2 in the opening match of the 13th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Safin steers Russia
Big-hitting Russian Marat Safin stayed on track with his New Years' vow to reach the top of men's tennis with an impressive win over talented Czech Jiri Novak in the Hopman Cup here Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick crumbles in Qatar
Andy Roddick, the man who said he had overcome the fear of failure after finishing year-end world number one, started the new season with a stunning second round defeat in the one-million-dollar Qatar
 arrow Cricket: NZ inferior at present
Forlorn New Zealand cricketers admitted Thursday that when it comes to one-day cricket at present Pakistan has it, and they don't.
 arrow Football: Perfect Red Devils' day
Manchester United took full advantage of stumbles by title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to pull further ahead at the top of the Premiership on a night which saw Liverpool's season take a dramatic turn for
 arrow Football: Violence a concern
Portugal must be ready to combat fan violence during the European football championship it will host this summer because the risk of hooliganism is real, the country's deputy interior minister warnedWednesday.
 arrow Football: MU's first Chinaman
Chinese teen football star Dong Fangzhou will become a Manchester United player within 48 hours, his club's general manager Lin Lefeng said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real held
A second-string Real Madrid side claimed a 1-1 draw away to second division Eibar in an entertaining King's Cup third round, first leg clash on Wednesday

Real took the lead through Guti after 37 minutes,

Point-Counterpointarrow Rejuvenation of SAARC
The 12th session of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation ended on January 6 at Islamabad with a degree of optimism, which its mentors had so long had great difficulty to profess.
 arrow Bush administration's radical constitutional agenda suffers legal setbacks
Last December appeared to be a good month for the Bush administration. Economic indicators showed signs that the ailing economy was finally recovering.
 arrow The maddening Mad Cow
About eight years back the cover story of one of the issues of 'The Economist' was `Made in Britain' where the letter e was crossed. Yes, the issue of mad cow has surfaced again.
Culturearrow The photographers' stories
Anyone visiting the World Press Photo (WPP) '03 exhibition, being held at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, would wonder at the two aspects of it.
 arrow Meraj Fakir er Ma: a review
Even a sudden drop in the mercury level did not dampen the spirit of the Dhaka audience who gathered at the Public Library Auditorium on a cold Monday to watch the final performance of the drama Meraj
 arrow Aronyer Sukh Dukkha to be aired from today
A14-episode drama serial directed by popular actor Toukir Ahmed, will go on air on ntv from today. The script has been written by renowned director and scriptwriter Ferdous Hasan.
 arrow Elvis tribute artiste, Barry Franklin struts his stuff!
If Elvis had been alive yesterday, he would have been celebrating his 68th birthday!

Thousands of fans paid tribute to Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, where Elvis tribute artiste,

Generalarrow Professionals' body to probe violation of human rights
Manabik Sahajya Sangstha (MSS), a non-government organisation, will form a Human Rights Watch Group (HRWG) at grassroots level by involving various professional groups to investigate human rights violation
 arrow Eradicate poverty to check dowry
Participants at a discussion yesterday laid emphasis on the creation of employment opportunities and eradication of poverty to free the society from the curse of dowry.
 arrow Hanoi to help Dhaka get berth in Asian Regional Forum
Vietnam has assured Bangladesh of its full support to get a berth in the Asian Regional Forum and the status of an Asean dialogue partner.
 arrow Intra-JCD clash leaves 3 injured at RU
Two factions of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in a show of power fired shots and blasted cocktails Wednesday night and locked into a clash yesterday morning, leaving at least three injured.
 arrow Kamal gets job renewal against odds
Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui was given a one-year extension to the post on a third contract, sparking resentment in ruling BNP and in the civil administration.
 arrow Tk 1 cr medicines seized at ZIA
Customs officials yesterday seized a huge quantity of contraband medicines along with other commodities said to be worth over Tk 1 crore from the air freight unit in Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow Hanumans of Keshabpur to be protected
Hanuman species of Keshabpur upazila underJessore district will be protected through planting trees on the khas land.
 arrow Japan to provide relief for Iranian quake victims
Japan will provide 770 thousand dollars to Iran for its earthquake victims in Bam, says a press release.
 arrow JUTA election Jan 14
Election to the 15-member committee of Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) will be held on January 14.

Yesterday was the last date for submitting nomination papers.

 arrow Rupsha Welfare executives
Md Mozaffar Ahmed and Sk Md Kamrul Islam have been elected president and general secretary respectively of Rupsha Welfare Foundation for 2004-05, says a press release.
 arrow Children lay siege to DC's office for warm clothes
A group of children from poor families laid a siege to the office of the deputy commissioner here yesterday demanding distribution of warm clothes as cold wave has been sweeping over the district forthe
 arrow Russian envoy calls on Ershad
Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Oleg S Malbginov made a courtesy call on Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad at latter's office yesterday.
 arrow UAP celebrates land acquisition for permanent campus in city
The University of Asia Pacific (UAP) yesterday organised a colourful function to celebrate the acquisition of land to build a permanent campus in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Parliamentary team leaves for Canada
A two-member parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui left here for Canada yesterday to attend the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers.
 arrow JCD men beat journalists
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, have manhandled the correspondents of two national dailies at the Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SBAU) in the city.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Sumita Devi today
Qulkhwani of veteran film actress Sumita Devi will be held at her residence at 1/19 Humayun Road, Block # B, College Gate, Mohammadpur after Asr prayers today, says a press release.
 arrow Convocation of AIUB tomorrow
The fourth convocation of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Buriganga ownership quandary
The government's drive to dredge the Buriganga river in order to ensure a depth of 12 feet between Sadarghat and Ashulia is a well-intentioned and long overdue initiative.
 arrow Editorial: Huda hogs headline
The suggestion by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Communications Ministry of wrong-doing against minister Nazmul Huda might have stirred the hornet's nest.
 arrow Bush is vulnerable in November
The most recent Time/CNN poll on the US presidential election this November shows President Bush leading front-running Democratic candidate Howard Dean among likely voters by a mere five points
 arrow Why were they heroes?
Unhappy the land that has no heroes!" said Andrea in Bertolt Brecht's Leben des Gallilei. "No. Unhappy the land that needs heroes", replied Galileo.
 arrow The impact of a sliding dollar on economic recovery
Alook at the international currency rates on the first working day of the new year (January 2, 2004) shows that the United States dollar has kept on sliding against other major currencies.
Letters to Editorarrow Mini-nukes and the international community
The shock, the heat and the mushroom-cloud of death isn't the only destructive part of a nuclear bomb. The radiation released by a nuclear bomb poisons everything for decades.
 arrow Saddam's impending trial
I find the assertions expressed by a Dhaka University student (Jan. 2) and Mr. Ahmed (Jan. 2) to be quite unfortunate.
 arrow Gene revolution
Mr. Bayezid Dawla has made some sweeping remarks against the 'Gene Revolution' in an article entitled 'Gene revolution and genetic contamination' in your esteemed daily (Jan. 4).
 arrow Mayhem in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has been liberated from Taliban rule by Uncle Sam, but political turmoil remains rampant. An elected government is still a far cry.
 arrow Authenticity needed to publish crime data
I refer to a news items published in different newspapers regarding the number of crimes committed in 2003. I was very surprised and amused to see completely different data about deaths, rapes etc.
 arrow A dismal walk around the Curzon Hall area
This morning I was reading 'A dismal walk and some hope' by my favourite and venerable editor Mahfuz Anam.
 arrow Seasonal outbursts
In Bangladesh, winter is a very suitable time for conducting agitations, processions, hartals and other political programmes.
 arrow Political comebacks
I was quiet appalled to see Mr. Abdur Rahman Biswas coming back to the political limelight again. It was particularly sad to see the respectable Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury invite personalities such as Mr.
 arrow Thoughts on "hartal"
This refers to a letter by Mr Sayez "Against hartal" (Jan. 2). However, I think "hartal" has become a part of the genetic-code of the politicians of Bangladesh.
 arrow A wrong assumption
Mr O H Kabir's assumption (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Shaheed Ziaur Rahman, Jan.
 arrow Education Ministry's circular on third class bar
The Ministry of Education's circular No. Sha.
 arrow Brother John L. Harris
Brother John L. Harris a teacher of St. Joseph School is no more with us. The news was shocking to those who knew him here. He died on December 20.
 arrow Standard alert
I would like to bring to your attention an alarming letter issued by Standard Chartered Bank. I am an account holder of that bank.
 arrow Law and order!
Deteriorating law and order is everybody's concern in our country. Every time people vote they think at least there will be some improvement in this respect.
Environmentarrow Eco park and ethics in development
Eco has now become one of the many fancy jargons associated with development policy in present times.
Worldarrow Pakistan launches drive against al-Qaeda
Pakistan's army launched a major offensive against suspected terrorists in a mountainous region near the Afghanistan border believed to be used by al-Qaeda fugitives, the information minister and other
 arrow Vajpayee briefs cabinet on summit breakthrough
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Wednesday briefed his security cabinet on his historic talks with leaders in Pakistan that opened the doors for the resumption of bilateral dialogue next month,
 arrow Reenlistment bonus fails to excite US troops in Iraq
They're staying on because they love army life or are getting out because they're sick of it, and the 10,000-dollar bonus offered to reenlist is not a factor, said US soldiers in Iraq.
 arrow Pakistan willing to look beyond UN resolutions to resolve Kashmir row
With India and Pakistan agreeing to hold a composite dialogue in February, Islamabad has said it is willing to look at options other than UN resolutions to settle the Kashmir problem but made it clear
 arrow BJP set for early polls call
India's ruling Hindu nationalists will meet Sunday and likely recommend national polls six months ahead of schedule to take advantage of a strong economy and warming ties with rival Pakistan, party leaders
 arrow Pakistan asks envoy to India to initiate follow-up action
In the backdrop of the success achieved at the 12th Saarc Summit, Islamabad has asked its High Commissioner to India to rush back to New Delhi and carry on with urgent follow up diplomatic action.
 arrow China asks Taiwan to 'stop playing with fire'
China cranked up the pressure on Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian yesterday, demanding he "stop playing with fire" by pushing for independence and warning the peace and stability of the region were at
 arrow 'Terrors had attack plan on Christmas'
Intelligence agencies in the United States believe terrorists were planning a Christmas attack more devastating than the September 11 atrocities in 2001, US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge saidWednesday.
 arrow UN envoy urges Israel to talk with Syria
The UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, urged Israel to accept Syria's offer to reopen peace talks, saying it was in the country's best interests, in an interview published
 arrow US asks France to hunt airline terror suspect
France said it was hunting Wednesday for a suspect sought by the United States over a security scare that forced a spate of airline cancellations and delays to US-bound flights in December.