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Front Pagearrow Khaleda plans to add 150 seats to JS
The four-party ruling alliance in a landmark decision yesterday unveiled a plan to raise the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) seats to 450, including 50 reserved for women, to keep pace with the rising population.
 arrow Crowley worried by extremist presence
US Congressman Joseph Crowley is concerned about the presence of extremist groups in Bangladesh, but sees it as the country's own responsibility to deal with them, the visiting American told journalists
 arrow Opposition criticises move for not consulting them
The Awami League (AL) and other opposition parties yesterday criticised the government move to expand the number of seats in parliament because the crucial decision was taken without consulting them.
 arrow Sergeant, businessman gunned down in city
A police sergeant was gunned down on Ring Road at Mohammadpur last night, minutes after a businessman was shot dead just 20 yards away on Babar Road.
 arrow Woman kills four in Gaza suicide attack
A Palestinian woman suicide bomber yesterday struck at the main border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing four Israelis and wounding seven people.
 arrow JS body to scan more graft allegations
A parliamentary body yesterday rejected the communications minister's appeal to recast one of its sub-committees and decided to hold a special meeting to probe 'widespread allegations' in the ministry
 arrow Amini defiant on anti-Ahmadiyya demand
A ruling coalition partner yesterday challenged the prime minister's rejection of the demand for declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim at a meeting of top alliance leaders and vowed to press on with its movement
 arrow Badruddoza to form convening committee
Former president Badruddoza Chowdhury is likely to form a 21-member convening committee next week, as a run-up to his move to launch a civil society platform to fight corruption and crime.
 arrow Bigots to stage anti-Ahmadiyya agitation Friday
An international outfit of anti-Ahmadiyya diehards and a local 'socio-cultural' organisation have scheduled demonstrations at Paltan Maidan for tomorrow and January 23 in the latest bid to force the government
 arrow Nationwide calls may become 50pc cheaper
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications is reviewing a proposal by Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to reduce nation-wide dialing (NWD) charges by about 53 per cent, official sources
 arrow 50,000 'fake' FFs axed from list
As many as 50,000 names enlisted as freedom fighters have been dropped from a new list due to fake identity, according to a national committee.
 arrow Ban on foreign docs stayed
Specialised foreign doctors can now continue practice in the private medical colleges and hospitals after the High Court stayed a government restriction.
 arrow Stop grants to land tax defaulting instts
The Revenue Reform Commission (RRC) has recommended for postponing grants and other supports to educational, governmental and semi-governmental institutions that fail to pay land development tax.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills two in Iraq
A suicide car bombing yesterday outside a police station in the violence-hit Iraqi town of Baquba killed at least two people as well as the bomber and injured 29, just days after an attack on a nearby
 arrow VVIP security to go up
The government is to beef up security for president, prime minister, ministers and visiting state leaders.
 arrow Severed head of abducted trader found in Kushtia
Police yesterday recovered the severed head of a trader from a drain near Local Government Engineering Department office in the town, three days after his abduction.
 arrow Asian Art Exhibition begins today
The 11th Biennial Asian Art Exhibition begins in the capital today with 44 countries from Asia, Africa and the Pacific region participating in it.
 arrow Confusion over sarbahara surrender
Barisal police yesterday renamed the programme for controversial surrender of 80 underground operatives without illegal firearms as a special meeting on law and order in a revised decision that locals
 arrow Check cop extortion of cattle traders
Members of parliament (MP) from the northern and southwestern bordering districts have demanded adequate steps to check police repression and extortion of cattle traders during the ensuing Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow RU shut down till February 7
Rajshahi University (RU) has been closed until February 7 as authorities feared recurrence of campus violence in the wake of Tuesday's armed clash between Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and JatiyatabadiChhatra
 arrow Uzbekistan plane crash kills 37
All 37 people aboard a Soviet-built Uzbek passenger plane, including the nation's top UN official, died when the aircraft crashed and burst into flames as it landed in thick fog in the capital of theCentral
 arrow Probe clears JCD men
The committee to probe the assault on teachers by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men at Shaheed Salam Barkat (SSB) Hall on August 10, last year submitted its report Tuesday without any recommendation.
 arrow Cops chase down 7 robbers in Motijheel
Police yesterday arrested seven alleged inter-district robbers with firearms in Motijheel after chasing the bus they boarded down for an hour from Sobhanbagh.
 arrow Singapore Airlines too leaves Ctg
Silkair, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, suspends its operation on Chittagong-Singapore route from today, airlines sources said.
 arrow Five remanded for five days
A magistrate's court in the city placed on a five-day remand five of the 24 people taken into custody for interrogation on the recent blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal (RA).
 arrow Anti-Dewanbagi zealots ready for showdown
An uneasy calm prevails at Arambagh as an Islamist outfit has called for a demonstration beside Bab-e-Rahmat, office of the Dewanbagi pir, to stop the annual 'Biswa Asheq-e-Rasul Sammelan' there
 arrow AL leader shot dead in Khulna
An Awami League (AL) leader and Union Parishad chairman was gunned down by unidentified assailants near his home in Terokhada upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Non-govt teachers' indefinite strike from today
The non-governmental teachers and employees will go for an indefinite strike today to press home their eight-point demand.
 arrow PCJSS rejects BDR DG's remarks
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) has dismissed certain remarks made by the director general (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after a high-level meeting with Indian Border Security Force
 arrow Artiste Mimi interrogated
Police interrogated TV artiste Afsana Mimi at Gulshan Police Station to ascertain the relations between her and Azam Tuesday night.
Businessarrow 8 banks fail to comply with BB guidelines
Instructed by the central bank, 22 private banks last year downsized their boards keeping maximum 13 directors but eight others failed to restructure their boards due to legal and other complexities.
 arrow Relieve local trade of 'tax on tax'
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday sought commerce ministry's initiative to relieve local trade and industry of 'tax on tax,' which it felt caused an overall negative growth in the
 arrow Baira goes to polls today
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) goes to polls today for electing a 27-member executive committee for 2004-06.
 arrow Pvt sector infrastructure guidelines placed to PM
The draft of "Private Sector Infrastructure Guidelines" facilitating private investment in the country's infrastructure development was submitted to the prime minister at her office yesterday.
 arrow PM for expansion of trade with Qatar
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised expansion of bilateral trade and economic co-operation between Bangladesh and Qatar for the benefit of the two nations.
 arrow Court summons top officials of Tripti Industries
A court yesterday asked chairman, managing director and directors of Tripti Industries Limited to appear before it on March 30 following a case filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 arrow Tk 287.66cr default loan realised in 7 months
Some 6,352 cases were settled and default loan amounting to Tk 287.66 crore realised since Artha Rin Adalat Act 2003 came into effect.
 arrow HSBC receives several awards in 2003
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited has achieved FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2003 with five regional titles -- Best Trade Finance Bank, Best Sub-Custodian, Best Cash Management Bank,
 arrow BA electronic ticketing in Bangladesh completes 1yr
British Airways recently celebrated the first anniversary of electronic ticketing in Bangladesh.
 arrow Saudi Airlines hajj passengers can collect boarding passes from city office
Hajj passengers of Saudi Arabian Airlines can now collect their boarding passes for both inbound and outbound flights from the airlines' city office at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow GP awards top corporate customers
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) has awarded its top corporate customers.
 arrow ICAB delegation to attend 52nd SAFA Assembly
A six-member delegation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) headed by its president Akhtar Sohel Kasem will attend the 52nd Assembly of South Asian Federation of Accountants
 arrow JBIC governor to attend ICC-B confce
Kyosuke Shinozawa, governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), will attend the two-day international business conference on 'Global economic governance and challenges of multilateralism'
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of Global Ins
Md Anwarul Haque and Md Sirajul Islam Bharasha have been elected chairman and vice chairman of Global Insurance Company Ltd at a board meeting recently, says a press release.
 arrow Mini WTO ministerial planned on sidelines of Davos economic forum
Up to 30 trade and economy ministers may take advantage of a major forum in Switzerland this month to hold a mini-ministerial of sorts to discuss the latest round of WTO talks, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Washington makes trade concessions at summit
The United States reached out to its neighbours on free trade and battling corruption, smoothing tense relations with Latin American leaders as the 34-nation Summit of the Americas ended Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Reds limited, MSC charged up
Football fans will gather at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today afternoon hoping to see a result when defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club take on Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra
 arrow Football: Abahani cry for justice
Abahani Krira Chakra yesterday demanded pro-per action against referee Taiyeb Hasan and the police attack on its officials and players during their troubled-torn Western Union Premier Football Leaguematch
 arrow Cricket: Tickets go on sale today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will start selling tickets for the upcoming ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup from today, nearly a month ahead of the tournament.
 arrow Football: Ban and fine on Tushar
The disciplinary committee of the Western Union Premier Division Football League slapped a three-match ban and fined Tk 10,000 on Muktijoddha Krira Sangsad midfielder Tushar for physically assaultingthe
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag strikes Zimbabwe
A blistering 90 from man-of-the match Virender Sehwag helped India to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe and their first victory of the tri-nation series at Bellerive Oval here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ clinch series in style
New Zealand cantered to an eight-wicket win with 27 overs to spare in the one-day fixture against a lacklustre Pakistan here Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Leading the way
Throughout the ages bowlers have seen themselves as downtrodden artisans compared to batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: Lee crosses his fingers
Brett Lee is the rock star of Australian cricket but his recent inability to spearhead the bowling attack is a warning sign that the 27-year-old player has work to do to re-establish himself in the side.
 arrow Chess: Rani champion for 14th time
IWM Rani Hamid of Bangladesh Biman clinched the title of the Igloo 25th National Women Chess Championship with a tenth straight win at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Defending champions Bangladesh Rifles defeated Bangladesh Police 35-23 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at Dhaka Handball Ground yesterday.

The winners led the first half 20-14.

 arrow Chess: Niaz wins
Grand Master Niaz Murshed earned three points at the end of the fourth round in Commonwealth Chess Championship now being held in Mumbai.

Niaz won his fourth round game against Rishipal Singh ofIndia.

 arrow Tennis: Elina thorn in India's flesh
Uzbekistan's Elina denied the prospect of an all-Indian semifinals in the girls' singles of the International Junior Tennis Championship at the Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Kalabagan Cricket Academy (KCA) beat Cricket Coaching School (CCS) by 42 runs in the Fifth Under-13 Helvetia Cup Cricket Tournament at the Kalabagan club ground yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: FedEx basketball
Bakshibazar Basketball Club registered a massive 102-32 victory over Saboteurs in the FedEx Second Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Henin sails past Martinez
World No.
 arrow Football: Seaman in retirement land
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to England goalkeeper David Seaman after the Highbury great announced his retirement from football on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A hero after all
Britain's press Wednesday saluted David Seaman after the former England goalkeeper announced his retirement from all football but there was widespread agreement that he had played on too long.
 arrow Football: Senegal lions' incentive
Senegal's magical ride at the 2002 World Cup means the country's foreign legion of stars will command around 70,000 dollars each should they win the African Nations Cup for the first time.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Figo carry Real
Second-half goals from Ronaldo and Luis Figo earned Real Madrid a 2-0 win at home to second division Eibar on Tuesday and a place in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
 arrow Football: Crespo woes for Chelsea
Chelsea's injury crisis has worsened with the news that Hernan Crespo may be sidelined for another six weeks.
Metropolitanarrow Meet demands or face mass movement
Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on the government to meet her party's 15-point demand or face all-out mass movement.
 arrow Agri research agencies fail to kick off projects
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has expressed annoyance at the failure of agricultural research agencies to kick off projects even after sanctioning of funds.
 arrow Woman security officer withdrawn from Ctg airport
Security officer Rashida Akter was withdrawn from Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday for her misbehaviour.
 arrow Winter clothes distributed among destitutes
Sylhet Samity Uttara, an association of the city's Uttara residents hailing from greater Sylhet, distributed winter clothes among 1,500 slum dwellers recently, says a press release.
 arrow WVA Meenabazar tomorrow
The Women's Voluntary Association (WVA) will hold a daylong International Meenabazar - 2004 at Gulshan Shishu Park tomorrow, says a press release.

The meenabazar will open at 11.00am.

Nationalarrow Agitation for Chilahati land port gaining momentum
The demand for upgrading the Chilahati land customs station to a land port is gaining momentum because of the authorities' 'mysterious backtrack' though the station has better facilities than other spots
 arrow 40-year old Barisal-Chittagong BIWTC service faces closure
The apprehension came true at last. BIWTC's twice-weekly steamer service in Barisal-Chittagong river route is being slashed to once-a-week today.
 arrow Punishment to tribal youth's killers demanded
Oikyabaddha Nagarik Andolon, a citizens' movement, has demanded exemplary punishment to culprits involved in killing of tribal youth Peren Snal in a police firing at Modhupur, Tangail.
 arrow Paramedical instt to be set up in Rangamati
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Musharaf Hussain has said a paramedical institute will be set up in Rangamati to improve healthcare services in malaria-prone Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Corruption: Bogra literacy movement closed
All the activities of Total Literacy Movement (TLM) were suspended here due to massive corruption.
 arrow Vessel looted, crew abducted near Barisal port in daylight
Armed miscreants looted about 1,000 bags of salt from a cargo vessel and abducted two crew at Char Abdani on the Kirtokhola Channel near Barisal port during daytime Monday.
 arrow 19 face case, property attachment ordered
The General Certificate Officer, Gaibandha has filed cases against 19 chairmen of test relief projects in Palashbari upazila to realise Tk 29,46,518, the price of food grains they lifted from government
 arrow Court showcauses Gaibandha DC
A court here has issued a show cause notice on the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner, Land, Gaibandha to explain within seven days why an official order on Gaibandha municipal chairman
 arrow Lalmonirhat AL men fleeing homes
Local leaders of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations Chhatra League and Jubo league are fleeing homes in the town to avoid arrest following filing of cases by ruling BNP men for alleged violence
 arrow New MCCI committee formed
A seven-member executive committee of Moulvibazar Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) led by Md Abdul Wadud as President was formed at its annual general meeting (AGM) at a community centre here
 arrow Disabled rape victim under threat to withdraw case
A disabled rape victim and her mother are being threatened by alleged rapist at Bhabonpara village in Mohammadpur upazila to withdraw case or face eviction.
 arrow Paharika Express derails at Kashba, 10 hurt
Five compartments Sylhet-bound inter-city train Paharika Express from Chittagong derailed at Kasba railway station at about noon yesterday, leaving 10 people hurt.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bigger than the both of them
Hostility between India and Pakistan has become one of those facts of geopolitical life one simply accepts, like the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
 arrow We have a bright future lying ahead!
A glorifying fact that often gets lost in the midst of constant struggles of maintaining a decent life by a common citizen in Bangladesh is the progress that this country is making in many spheres despite
 arrow Giving Dhaka a new character
The Dhaka city we want to live in is different from the reality.
 arrow At the zebra crossing
If you follow keep to the left

Look right.

If you follow keep to the right

Look left.

Look! Look around before crossing the zebra.

Don't worry for taking a few secondsextra.

Culturearrow Immersed in rhythm and posture
Two elderly Japanese women were so moved by one of my performances held at a festival at Chofu, a city near Tokyo, that, for the first few moments they were speechless.
 arrow Workshop on the image of women in media
As part of the UNFPA efforts to promote a society free from violence against women, a daylong workshop on The Image of Women in Media was organised at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel recently, says a press
 arrow Friends cast prepares final episode
The creators of Friends relied on some of television's best finales to guide them in crafting the final episode of television's most popular sitcom.
 arrow Thunder Bolt Kiwi Night 2004 tonight
Thunder Bolt arranges a winter fashion show today at its fitness centre at the Rifles Square.
 arrow Cookery Show Vim Chatpat Ranna Jhatpat Porishkar
Channel i shows a Cookery Show Vim Chatpat Ranna Jhatpat Porishkar every Saturday at 8:25 pm. A production of Kotha O Kahini, this programme is hosted by reputed Tagore singer Mita Haq.
Generalarrow Food ministry gives 2.13 acres for extension of Azimpur graveyard
The Food Ministry yesterday handed over 2.13 acres of land to Dhaka City Corporation for the extension of the Azimpur graveyard.
 arrow 70 lakh people suffering from asthma
Seventy lakh people in the country have been suffering from various degrees of asthma, according to a research study.
 arrow Integrate our kids into mainstream of society
Sex workers of Daulatdia brothel, seeking to turn around the social hatred towards them, came up with an 11-point demand at a conference to integrate their kids into the mainstream of society by ensuring
 arrow PBCP claims responsibility
Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party claimed responsibility for the killing of Naik Alamgir Hossain of Ansar battalion.

Naik Alamgir was attached with Kalkalia camp of Joint forces.

 arrow Over 1300 held
Police arrested a total of 1,322 people including two identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Activists in Deli decries bid to control water
Water is not a commodity to be bought and sold and controlled. Water is a common property of all the global communities and we have a collective responsibility to address the need of all.
 arrow Canada may bid on Iraq projects: Bush
President Bush, working to smooth relations with allies who opposed the Iraq war, reversed course Tuesday and said Canada could bid for lucrative Iraqi reconstruction projects.
 arrow British peace activist shot by Israeli forces dies
A British peace activist shot in the head while observing the Israeli army in Gaza last April has died in hospital.
 arrow Murder trial of Swedish foreign minister opens
A 25-year-old man charged with murdering Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh four months ago pleaded "not guilty" as the trial opened in a packed Stockholm courtroom under tight security.
 arrow Khatami stands by defiant MPs
Iran's embattled President Mohammad Khatami yesterday stood by a dramatic threat to lead a mass resignation of reformists, vowing to fight off an attempt by hardliners to bar his allies from next month's
 arrow Sri Lanka's president under fire
Sri Lanka's president has been accused of untenable arrogance by the prime minister, her rival for power.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Armed clashes at RU
The armed clashes between two rival political student groups, Chhatra Dal and Chhatra Shibir, in Rajshahi University only confirms our impression about the negative impact of student politics.
 arrow Editorial: Dealing with outlaws
The report that 80 underground operatives are going to surrender to Barisal police on Friday deserves a closer look for some obvious reasons.
 arrow Hopes and fears
Those who observe trends in the Subcontinent are pleased with the two successes achieved in the first six days of the new year: the 12th SAARC Summit could not only be held but made a breakthrough byadopting
 arrow Japan's road to success: Directions for Bangladesh
How could we explain Japan's road to success? What directions can it provide for a least developing country like Bangladesh? Explanations for Japan's success often vary, historians, economists, social
Letters to Editorarrow Secularism in UK
I have just returned from a short Christmas holiday in the UK and have to report that 'secularism' there has gone mad.
 arrow Awami League and Caretaker Government
The Awami League claims to be the father of the caretaker government system in Bangladesh.
 arrow Half-hearted anti-smoking drive
The official mass media blitz on smoking appears to be half-hearted.
 arrow Stop cribbing!
I am a student and the question that agitates my mind is; are we ever going to be really educated under the present system? It seems that we care more for a degree and less for education.
 arrow "Book Fair"
The 10th Dhaka book Fair-2004 is being held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre premises. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia proclaimed 2004 as the year of juvenile literature in the inaugural ceremony.