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Front Pagearrow Bomb kills Khulna journalist
An unidentified man bombed to death Manik Chandra Saha, staff correspondent of the daily Sangbad, in Khulna yesterday, sparking a string of demonstrations including hartal for tomorrow and Sunday in the
 arrow Security could not save his life
Last year, Manik called his editor, Bazlur Rahman of Sangbad, and said he has been suffering from insecurity because of death threats. He sought help from his newspaper for his safety.
 arrow Hasina rejects JS seat addition plan
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected the ruling four-party alliance's decision to expand parliament by adding 150 more seats.
 arrow Rights activists decry distribution blueprint
The ruling alliance plan for proportionate distribution of 50 reserved women's seats in the Jatiya Sangsad among parliamentary parties yesterday drew flak from women's rights activists and voters whodemanded
 arrow Private firm proposes 45km Dhaka subway
A private company with foreign financial and technical cooperation has come up with a groundbreaking proposal for setting up an underground railway in Dhaka city to cut traffic congestion.
 arrow Trader dies in police custody
A clothes trader died yesterday at Mirpur Police Station allegedly due to torture while on remand as his wife refused to pay bribe for his release.
 arrow Chronicle of press horror
The southwestern region has emerged as a hotbed of violence against journalists in recent years with at least eight death counts in the last six years.
 arrow PM shocked
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her profound shock at the killing of journalist Manik Chandra Saha in Khulna.
 arrow Hasina condemns the killing
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the murder of journalist Manik Chandra Saha.
 arrow 82 sarbaharas say bye to violence today
The government swears 82 underground operatives into normal life after years of gangland violence at a programme in Barisal today amid controversy over the event that legal experts say has no legal base.
 arrow Pascal Lamy to arrive in Dhaka
European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will pay a two-day visit to Bangladesh Saturday on the occasion of the International Business Conference.
 arrow Thai PM flies in tomorrow to attend ICC meet
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will arrive in the city tomorrow on a six- and a half-hour visit to attend the international business conference organised by the International Chamber of Commerce
 arrow Pak train of hope goes to India
A Pakistani train crossed into India yesterday for the first time in two years, the most dramatic sign of rapprochement between India and Pakistan since ground-breaking talks between their leaders this
 arrow Sergeant killed by mistake
Police suspect gangland turf war was the reason behind the gun attack on Mohammad Hanif at Mohammadpur Wednesday night in which police sergeant Kazi Shahabuddin was mistakenly shot at and killed.
 arrow Intelligence unit formed to detect tax dodgers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has formed a central intelligence unit (CIU) to detect Vat and tax evasions by large companies.
 arrow Notice served on govt to stop work
A legal notice has been served on the government seeking an immediate halt to work on the Modhupur National Park Development Project popularly known as eco-park project.
 arrow Saifur brushes aside judicial probe into shrine blast
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday brushed aside main opposition Awami League's (AL) demand for judicial and parliamentary probes into the bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal
 arrow PM tells of tradition to artists
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged the country's artists and all concerned involved with the art and culture to make efforts to create a distinct language of art in the light of own heritage, tradition
 arrow Transport workers attack Sayedabad Police Camp, set van ablaze
Hundreds of transport workers attacked Sayedabad Police Camp after a police sergeant kicked a truck driver in the groin following a dispute.
 arrow Planned road link promises closer ties
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said Bangladesh and Myanmar can benefit from the geographical proximity and economic situation of the two countries.
 arrow Blasts kill UP chairman in Khulna
A Union Parishad chairman was killed and two others were injured in bomb blasts at Digraj Bazar in Mongla thana Wednesday.
 arrow Non-govt edn instts in crisis
About four lakh teachers and employees of 25,000 non-government primary and high schools and colleges across the country started an indefinite strike yesterday to press their eight-point demand.
 arrow Cold wave to come back in a week
A mild cold wave will hit the country in a week, says a weathercast.
 arrow Binod Dasgupta passes away
Veteran journalist and columnist Binod Dasgupta expired at Millennium Hospital at Lalmatia in the city Wednesday.

He was suffering from several diseases including respiratory syndrome for a long time.

 arrow JCD men beat up journalist, ask him to leave Kushtia
The cadres of ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday beat up a senior journalist in Kushtia and asked him to leave the town within 24 hours or face 'dire consequences'.
 arrow Five top civil servants transferred
The government yesterday transferred five top civil servants as part of its current reshuffle to make the civil administration dynamic.
 arrow Bush sets America's sight on moon, Mars
President Bush announced plans Wednesday to send humans back to the moon as early as 2015 and eventually to Mars -- an election-year initiative that critics derided as a costly extravagance that could
 arrow B Chy against JS expansion
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has opposed the ruling four-party alliance decision to expand the Jatiya Sangsad by adding 150 seats to the existing 300.
 arrow Accord with China on public security coop in February
A meeting on China-Bangladesh cooperation on public security was held at Bangladesh Secretariat yesterday.
 arrow A private rubbish collector...

Businessarrow FTA ultimate route to removing trade barriers
Terming a bilateral free trade pact between Bangladesh and India 'the ultimate route to removing trade barriers', newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday hoped that the
 arrow ICC-B int'l confce aims to revive trade talks
A high profile international business conference begins in Dhaka tomorrow aiming to contribute significantly towards revival of multilateral trade talks.
 arrow Dhaka seeks middle course on EPZs trade unionism
The government is working out a middle course on trade unionism in EPZs to strike a balance between the US threat to withdraw preferential trade facility and the investors' warning of winding up business.
 arrow Malaysians plan to increase investment in Bangladesh
Malaysian entrepreneurs plan to increase their investment in Bangladesh's manufacturing sector to narrow the existing trade gap between the two countries.

"We have big business with China.

 arrow Central bank fines 14 more bank managers
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Wednesday fined 14 more branch managers of 13 private and one foreign banks for providing more than their declared rates of interest on deposits.
 arrow More Bangladeshi goods to enter India thru' Safta
Over a dozen of Bangladeshi products will enter the Indian market in a bigger way soon after the implementation of the Safta framework agreement, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury hoped yesterday.
 arrow Baira polls held
The election of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) was held yesterday.

The result of the election could not be known till filling of this report at 9pm.

 arrow Local businesses seek British investment in education, health
Local businesspeople yesterday sought British investment in fish, food, education and healthcare sectors as they met the visiting 20-member delegation of Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC)in
 arrow Computer fair begins in Ctg today
An eight-day computer fair titled 'Samsung Computer Fair' begins at Banani Complex, Agrabad in Chittagong today.
 arrow Mithun Knitting declares cash dividend
Mithun Knitting and Dyeing (CEPZ) Limited has approved a Tk 5 cash dividend per share for the shareholders for the year ending June 30, 2003.
 arrow GTD Bangla to distribute Amadeus System
Global Trade Distribution (GTD) Bangla Pvt. Ltd has become distributor of Amadeus, a leading Global Distribution System (GDS) and travel industry technology provider.
 arrow EU seeks trade sanctions against US
The European Union, risking fresh tensions with the United States, Thursday asked for the go ahead to slap trade sanctions against Washington just as efforts get under way to revive global commerce talks.
Sportsarrow Football: Fiasco at Mirpur
Football took a back seat when Mohammedan Sporting Club refused to play the remaining six minutes of their crucial Western Union Premier Division Football League clash against Muktijoddha last afternoon.
 arrow Football: Black Thursday
It couldn't have happened at the worst possible time.
 arrow Cricket: Young yet senior
When Australia's Steve Waugh retired earlier this month, few would have thought the mantle of the world's most experienced cricketer would pass to 30-year-old Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: WI need to improve more
The West Indies will seek further improvement when they play South Africa in the fourth and final Test at Centurion Park, starting Friday, captain Brian Lara said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Al-Shahriar back in contention
Experienced top-order batsman Al-Shahriar earned a recall to the national team's primary camp yesterday as a reward for his brilliant form in the ongoing Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: No Lee-way for Zim
Paceman Brett Lee is back in the Australian team for Friday's one-dayer with Zimbabwe after being rested from the opening two games of the triangular cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: Schools cricket without scouts!
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has employed high-profile experts to look into the affairs of the national team and different age-group selections.
 arrow Tennis: Underdog pairs bask in glory
The unheralded pairs stole the show in the International Junior Tennis Championship at the Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashiqur named U-19 captain
Ashiqur Rahman replaced Nafees Iqbal as captain when the Bang-ladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-man squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh from February 10.
 arrow Cricket: Brahmanbaria cricket
Udayan Cricket Club defeated Pragoti Cricket Club by 30 runs in the Sanjida Cricket Cup at Sahjadapur Junior School playground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: No.1s made top seeds
World number one Andy Roddick took his place on Thursday at the top of the draw for next week's Australian Open and his female counterpart Justine Henin-Hardenne was named top seed in the women's field.
 arrow Tennis: Henin, Davenport soldier on
Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and Lindsay Davenport of the United States both survived injury scares to win their quarterfinal matches at the Sydney International on Thursday.
 arrow Let bidding begin
Nine cities, including London, have until Thursday midnight to present details of their bids for the 2012 Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
 arrow Football: City duck broken
Manchester City's 14-match winless run finally came to an end on Wednesday as Kevin Keegan's side produced a late, late show against Leicester to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
 arrow Football: Alaves cause a stir
Alaves struck late to claim a 1-1 draw at Valladolid on Wednesday and become the only second division side to make it through to the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
 arrow Football: Pig in boots!
Footballer-turned-inventor Craig Johnston wants to introduce the Pig to Pele's "beautiful game".
Point-Counterpointarrow Poor standard of education
Although education is considered mainly to be a social welfare sector expecting no immediate return, investment in education nonetheless calls for consideration of such factors as cost-effectiveness,rate
 arrow Japanese soldiers venture overseas
Japan's Asian neighbours remember vividly what exactly happened when Japanese soldiers ventured overseas with the mission of 'liberating' Asia from the yoke of colonial rule.
 arrow Salma apa : Memories of conversations and candles
Of all the people I knew in Bangladesh, few could fill us with the confidence of unquestioned integrity as Salma apa.
 arrow A leader foiled by an old system
Mexico and Vicente Fox are at an impasse. Halfway through Fox's term as president, Mexicans are disconcerted with his government, and so, increasingly, is the international community.
Culturearrow Popularising shows on current affairs
There has always been a general opinion regarding TV programmes that discussion orientated shows have fewer audience than the others.
 arrow Fusion at its best with Habib
The newest collection of music from Habib Featuring Kaya features the grand twosome of electronic or fusion music by Habib--the music producer, and Kaya--the singer whose popularity can be counted
 arrow Gibson Film Passion to debut on 2,000 Screens
Sometimes a little faith can go a long way.
 arrow Back in uniform
The angry cop of yore is back. Only, inspector Vijay, as you knew him in the seventies, is 61 years old now and has been rechristened Anant Shrivastava.
 arrow Urmila Fida's new pick
After Madhuri Dixit and Tabu , M F Husain has set his sights on Urmila Matondkar , who will star in a film directed by the octogenarian painter.
Generalarrow 'Launch movement to raise standard of primary edn'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for launching social movement to raise the standard of primary education in the country.
 arrow DU admission tests begin today
Admission tests for first year honours courses under the 2003-04 session of Dhaka University begin today.

Today's test will be held for the candidates of 'Umo' unit, says a DU press release.

 arrow Yellow panel bags10 posts, White 5
Awami League-backed 'Yellow' panel won 10 posts while ruling alliance-backed 'White' panel bagged five posts in the Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (RUTA) elections yesterday.
 arrow Killing of journalist Manik Saha condemned
Different social, political, cultural and journalists' organisations and ministers yesterday strongly condemned the killing of journalist Manik Chandra Saha at Khulna town.
 arrow 'More bus services to create traffic chaos'
Representatives of three bus companies have urged the government not to give permission to introduce new services on Mohammadpur-Motijheel Route without proper assessment of the situation.
 arrow Shop owners fined Tk 70,000 for using polybags
Environment and Forest minister Shahjahan Siraj yesterday made a surprise visit to Shantinagar Bazaar and Liha Dry Cleaners at Purana Paltan to assess the situation following the ban on polythene shopping
 arrow Hasina visits Sylhet today
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will visit Sylhet today.

She is scheduled to arrive here by air at 11:15am.

 arrow Tk 80,000 looted from cell phone showroom
Unidentified hooligans stabbed an office assistant and looted Tk 80,000 from his mobile phone showroom at Shantinagar in the city yesterday.

The gang stabbed Kajal, 32, in his hands and back.

 arrow Showcause notice on two JU JCD workers
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal served show cause notices on two activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) JCD on Wednesday as they beat up a fellow worker last Sunday.
 arrow 1,475 more held
Police arrested a total of 1,475 people, including five criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Urs
The 52nd Urs of Shah Sufi Hazrat Moulana Syed Sirajul Huq will be held at Kaukhali Darbar Sharif of Rangunia on Sunday.

The programme includes qurankhwani, zikir-ajker, milad and doa mahfil.

 arrow 7050 bottles of phensidyl seized in city
CID police seized 7,050 bottles of phensidyl and arrested two drug peddlers in separate incidents in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow Tk 5 lakh donated to Diabetic Assoc
Abu Naser Mainuddin, a resident of Dilkusha, has donated Tk 5 lakh to the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh to sponsor a bed at Birdem Hospital in the city recently, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Expanding the parliament's size
The government is proposing to raise the number of parliamentary seats from 300 to 450 with 50 berths reserved for women.
 arrow Editorial: We laud PM's stand
The Prime Minister has made it abundantly clear that her government will not declare the Ahmadyya sect as non-Muslim, a demand for which has been lately hyped by a group of zealots.
 arrow Moment of truth for BNP
BNP stands at a crossroads in its history. Now is the time for it to take a long look in the mirror and decide what kind of a party it wishes to be.
 arrow Legends of love
How she began wasn't the way she was also going to end, and she planned it after one of her favourite songs. She decided to write to him before she died, asking him to do her a favour after her death.
 arrow Genetic engineering
Professor Zeba Seraj expressed her sententious reactions to my 'sweeping remarks' against the 'Gene Revolution' in a letter published in your esteemed daily on 9 January 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow Garos and Eco-tourism
"The Garos must be treated better", the DS advocated in its first editorial on 6-1-2002 issue.
 arrow Taxpayers' money
Yes, taxpayers' money has always been squandered (under all the governments) due to mismanagement, or for ill planned and motivated projects, as we all know.
 arrow End to Indo-Pak tension in sight?
In response to Mr.Kazi Anwarul Masud's post editorial, I would like to thank The Daily Star and Mr. Masud for a valuable writing on the above issue.
 arrow The besieged Ahmadiyya sect
When Mahatir made the rabidly anti-Jewish remark, most of my fellow Muslim brethren, including the enlightened bunch, newspaper columns and editorials offered metaphorical cacophonous applause from the
 arrow Manik, Salam, Zahur
In our history of struggle for freedom, journalists have and will always remain the brightest of stars.
 arrow Saarc, the ignominious fiasco
Saarc established with the goal of providing a congenial and peaceful coexistence of all the people of this region regardless of the creed, breed and ethnicity has turned out to be a sanctimonious epitome
 arrow AL's 15 point demand
Your editorial on Sheikh Hasina's 15-point demand has highlighted the concerns of the public. Let me add my own views to the points raised in the editorial.
 arrow Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Shaheed Ziaur Rahman
I am responding in reference to Mr. O.H. Kabir's letter (DS, 03.01.04) on the subject.
Environmentarrow Conflict over eco-park
Government has undertaken the "Forest Conservation and Eco Tourism Project" in Madhupur Forest where a part of the Garo community is settled for hundreds of years.
Worldarrow 'No foreign pressure in Indo-Pak peace move'
Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha has denied there was pressure from any other country, which helped the recent breakthrough between arch-rivals India and Pakistan during talks in Islamabad.
 arrow Kashmiri militants name team for talks with Delhi
Amid fresh violence and opposition by hardliners, Indian Kashmir's main separatist alliance yesterday named a team for high-level talks with New Delhi and said it favours involvement of rebels in future
 arrow 'Big drop in infiltration into Kashmir'
Rebel infiltration into Indian Kashmir on the disputed border with Pakistan has dropped significantly, Indian army chief General N.C Vij said Wednesday.
 arrow China, Russia, C Asian FMs talks terrorism, separatism
Foreign ministers from Central Asia, China and Russia met in Beijing yesterday to discuss joint efforts to fight terrorism and religious extremism in a region taking on growing strategic importance.
 arrow Thousands march in Iraq for early polls
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Basra Thursday in support of a call by Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric for direct elections to be held within months to select a sovereign Iraqi government.
 arrow US Cong launches probe into Islamic charities
A leading US congressional oversight panel has launched an investigation into 25 Islamic charities operating in the United States in order to learn more not only about their spending but also their sources
 arrow Bush accused of waging unnecessary war in Iraq
A leading opposition US politician accused President Bush of having forced Americans into an unnecessary conflict in Iraq, where a car bomb killed five people outside a police station.
 arrow US lawyers ask SC for civilian review of Guantanamo trials
Military defence lawyers filed a brief with the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of military trials of war-on-terrorism detainees in Guantanamo without possibility of review by