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Front Pagearrow Detective on suspect hunt murdered
A detective on a hunt for suspects was killed and police found the body with a broken neck near the Matuail Bridge in Demra on the outskirts of Dhaka in a morning search yesterday.
 arrow Iraq guerilla attacks kill 2 GIs, 7 others
Guerrillas yesterday attacked an Iraqi police post with assault rifles and a grenade, killing two policemen and a civilian, hours after a mortar attack on a US base killed two soldiers and wounded another.
 arrow Workers at a stone quarry...

 arrow Media flayed for 'anti-govt' stand
The ruling BNP castigated the media at its parliamentary party meeting for what it said was an anti-coalition stand, a swipe that sparked mixed reactions among policymakers, meeting sources said yesterday.
 arrow Teesta water deal to have ripple effects on other common rivers
Efforts by India and Bangladesh to work out an interim accord on sharing of Teesta river water, for which the secretary-level Joint Committee of Experts (JCE) set up a technical panel yesterday, are likely
 arrow IOJ to gear up agitation against Ahmadiyyas
The factions of a fringe coalition partner have decided to step up the movement for declaration of the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim, despite Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's refusal to accept the demand.
 arrow High profile business team in Khaleda's entourage
An 18-member high profile business delegation will accompany Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during her four-day official visit to Indonesia and Brunei.
 arrow Eid-ul-Azha February 2
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on February 2 as Zilhajj moon was not sighted yesterday anywhere in the country, said a press release of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (IFB).
 arrow Kader Siddiqui demands Altaf's quit
Opposition lawmaker Abdul Kader Siddiqui yesterday demanded resignation of Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury for his failure to improve the current lawlessness.
 arrow PM leaves for Indonesia, Brunei today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka today on a four-day official visit to the Republic of Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
 arrow BNP nominates Reza Ahmed to contest Kushtia bypolls
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday nominated Reza Ahmed Bachchu to contest the by-election in Kushtia-1 constituency.
 arrow Govt eyes $350m WB credit next fiscal year
The government expects over $350 million as development credit support from the World Bank in the next fiscal year beginning July 1.
 arrow Gharial found in Padma
A baby Gharial, considered globally one of the most critically endangered crocodilians, was captured from river Padma here early this month making wildlife biologists optimistic about its quiet breeding
 arrow Budget revision likely if revenue target missed
The government may revise the budget next month if it fails to achieve the revenue collection target by that time, the finance minister informed International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a letter last month.
 arrow Outlaws threaten to kill 9 Satkhira newsmen
The Purba Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddha), a left wing terrorist outfit based in the southwest, yesterday threatened nine journalists of Satkhira with violent death like Manik Saha's in a week.
 arrow BTTB to show separate bills for int'l calls
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) plans to show bills for the international calls made through its recently introduced special access code (012) in a separate head from February.
 arrow Help AL realise its 15-point demand
Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked professionals including engineers to help her party realise its 15-point demand including a stop to violence and corruption 'by the
 arrow Huda terms comment on Airport Road baseless
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday termed the report of the Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc) on the beautification and development of the Airport Road 'totally baseless', 'irresponsible'
 arrow 2 cops feared dead in Barisal boat capsize
Two assistant sub inspectors (ASI) of police are feared dead in a boat capsize on Wednesday at Charvata on the estuary of Dhanshiri-Gabkhan-Bishkhali rivers, about four kilometres from Jhalakati town.
 arrow Drama in JS on blasphemy law
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday saw a drama on non-introduction of a blasphemy law by a ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker as a private member's bill.
 arrow Listed criminal held after shootout
Tejgaon police yesterday held a listed criminal in Green Road area after exchanging gunshots with a gang.
 arrow AL calls hartal in Satkhira tomorrow
Satkhira district Awami League (AL) has called for an eight-hour hartal on Saturday in the district protesting the dismissal of the case filed with Satkhira court against 27 leaders and activists of the
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers warn of 72-hour strike
Leaders of Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association (BNPTA) yesterday at a rally threatened a 72-hour hunger strike from May 24 if their one-point demand for nationalisation of their job
 arrow Outlaw quizzed over VDP man's killing
Paikgachha police yesterday quizzed an alleged underground operative for his alleged link to the killing of a VDP (Village Defence Party) member.
 arrow Int'l journos' forum calls for broad govt probe
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has demanded a thorough government investigation into the death of Khulna-based journalist Manik Chandra Saha of the daily New Age and a stringer forthe
 arrow Sleep can increase brain power
Scientists say that they have shown how the brain can crack complex mental puzzles while its owner is sleeping.
 arrow Wars 'useful', says US army chief
The head of the United States army has said that the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have provided a "tremendous focus" for the military.
 arrow Agitating IT staff abstain from work
Employees of computer centres at the nine education boards in the country yesterday observed abstention from duties, demanding regularisation of their jobs.
 arrow Court summons Inqilab editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned the editor, publisher and two reporters of the daily Inqilab to appear in the dock after hearing a defamation suit filed by writer-columnist Shahriar Kabir.
 arrow Couple takes life after quarrel
A young couple allegedly committed suicide by hanging in the same mango tree near their house at Rangiarputa village under sadar upazila early in the morning yesterday.
 arrow Govt given 3-day ultimatum to nab Siraj killers
Businessmen of Nawabpur yesterday gave a three-day ultimatum to the government to arrest the killers of Shariful Haque Siraji, one of the owners of Siraji Home and Overseas Machinery, who was apparently
 arrow Transfer of 3 CHT instts yet to get go ahead
A government decision to hand over three institutes in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region to CHT regional council is yet to get the go ahead.
 arrow Young Gandhis join Congress
The heirs to India's most influential political family, Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi, have officially joined the main opposition Congress party led by their mother Sonia Gandhi, a party spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow No truth to rumour bin Laden captured
There is no truth to a rumor in the foreign exchange markets that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been captured, a US official said yesterday.
 arrow Tailors..

Businessarrow Businesses propose neutral evaluation of PSI system by non-NBR people
The apex trade body, leading chambers and associations have come up with a proposal for evaluation of the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) scheme by neutral individuals outside the National Board of Revenue
 arrow Toyota Motor Show gets good response
The daylong Toyota Motor Show in Dhaka yesterday got good response from car lovers with sellers receiving orders from prospective customers.
 arrow Body to study possibility of setting up central bonded warehouse
The government has formed a seven-member taskforce to examine the possibility of setting up a central bonded warehouse, a long felt demand of the export oriented readymade garment industry.
 arrow Indian traders, C&F agents call strike in 4 land ports
Local traders apprehend disruption in border trade as India's Foreign Trade Association and Clearing and Forwarding Agents (C&F) Association have called an indefinite strike in four land ports in West
 arrow Premier Bank launches Visa credit card
Premier Bank Limited, a third generation private bank, has launched Visa Credit Card offering the clients a modern way of obtaining cash against a line of credit and purchasing goods and services without
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate remained steady at its lower level yesterday as pressure on banks' liquidity was very low, fund managers of different commercial banks said.
 arrow GSP Finance to go for IPO
GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Limited will go for initial public offering (IPO) soon.
 arrow Global economy set to beat forecasts, IMF says
The world economy is expanding faster than previously expected, top International Monetary Fund official Anne Krueger said in a prepared speech Wednesday.
 arrow EU may ban imports of Thai chicken for bird flue
The European Union could ban the import of Thai chicken if an outbreak of bird flu is confirmed in Thailand, and is watching the situation closely, the European Commission said Thursday.
 arrow US launches 6-nation probe into shrimp dumping
US President George W Bush's administration launched a probe Wednesday into suspected dumping of shrimp by Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan decide today
Mohammedan Sporting Club have apparently softened their stance and could rejoin the Western Union Premier Division Football League which they have threatened to boycotted in protest of disciplinary measures
 arrow Tennis: Stage set for Khatib
Faris Khatib was only a match away from completing a delightful double when the golden-haired Briton sailed past Indian Sanam K Singh in the first boys' semifinal of the Sheltech Group-3 International
 arrow Cricket: Lee robs India
Australia beat India by two wickets with one ball to spare in a thrilling finish to a rain-interrupted VB Series one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan ready for India
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq and coach Javed Miandad said Thursday that their team was ready to take India head on in their upcoming deadlock-breaking home series.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd doesn't buy it
International Cricket Council match referee Clive Lloyd has dismissed India's claims that vice-captain Rahul Dravid's ball-tampering conviction resulted from an innocent mistake, it was reported hereThursday.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Nat'l Bangla High
Half-centuries from Nishat and Hamidur guided National Bangla High School to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Sonar Bangla High School in one of four Dhaka Metropolis qualifying matches of the Standard
 arrow Tennis: Business as usual
A pair of wild card entrants provided a bit of excitement Thursday to an otherwise predictable Australian Open where the tournament favorites breezed effortlessly into the third round.
 arrow Cricket: Olonga backs boycott
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga welcomed the news Wednesday that England were on the verge of cancelling their tour of the strife-torn nation in protest at the policies of its President RobertMugabe.
 arrow Cricket: ICC cautions England
Cricket's world governing body warned England Wednesday that it faced legal action and a compensation payment if it withdrew from its planned tour of Zimbabwe on political grounds.
 arrow Cricket: Some relief for A team
The Patron's Trophy match between Bangladesh A and Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) ended in a draw after the final day was washed out at the UBL ground in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Colts keep on winning
The Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team registered its third successive victory in the Asia Cup Under-17 Tournament with a 39-run victory against their Sri Lankan counterparts| in Hyderabad, India yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Fide Master Khandker Aminul Islam, Sawkat Hossain Pollab and Aminul Islam Polash were sharing the lead after the seventh round of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Army, Library in Super League
Bangladesh Army and Friends Library advanced into the Office Hockey Super League as Group A champions and runners-up respectively at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'No co-hosting’
Plans by Tunisia and Libya to launch a joint bid to host the 2010 World Cup suffered a major setback on Thursday when FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that only one country will host Africa's first World
 arrow Football: Real rout Valencia
Real Madrid opened up a convincing 3-0 lead over Valencia in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarter-finals here on Wednesday although David Beckham was sent off late in the match.
 arrow Football: Okocha's goodbye gift
Jay-Jay Okocha will belatedly join up with his Nigerian teammates at the African Nations Cup on Thursday after showing exactly why Bolton were desperate to hold on to him until the last minute.
 arrow Football: World club cup next year
Europe's top clubs, already seething from having to release players for African Nations Cup duty, are about to face more demands on their resources after FIFA chief Sepp Blatter insisted on Thursday that
 arrow Football: More than meets the eye
Cameroon's attempts to win the African Nations Cup for a third successive time are in danger of being overshadowed by a host of problems for the continental showpiece event which starts here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Saha gets coveted nine
Louis Saha will be handed the coveted No.9 shirt at Manchester United following his 10.5 million pound move from fulham.
Point-Counterpointarrow Peddlers of poverty and lords of poverty
The Finance and Planning Minister has recently lashed out against a section of micro-credit organisations. He dubbed them 'peddler of poverty'.
 arrow Linking development to education
Apart from the tremendous humanising effect that education has, it has also a great potential to turn burdensome population into a great force for development.
 arrow The Democrats' new red meat
A potent GOP weapon since the New Deal "that Democrats can't be trusted with money" may have to be sheathed this time around.
 arrow The French government and the head dress of Muslim girls
If the Government of France passes a law prohibiting Muslim school girls to wear their head dress, will it help prevent spreading of Muslim fundamentalism in France? If the answer is no, then the question
Culturearrow Splendours of Shaan
Shantanu Mukherjee, popularly known as Shaan, remains a self-taught musician with no formal training.
 arrow Shat Ghater Kanakori
Theatre displayed their most popular play Shat Ghater Kanakori at Mohila Shomity Mancha on January 20, as part of the festival to observe the 70th birth anniversary of Momtazuddin Ahmed, one of
 arrow Tonatuni to visit India
Tonatuni, a theatrical group, will visit Kolkata to take part in the Bangladesh Festival, to be held from February 10 to 11, says a press release.
 arrow Musical evening by Sangeet Bhaban
Sangeet Bhaban organised a cultural function Ananda Shondhya at the Natmandal recently.
 arrow Women centred films by Fida
It is now official. Internationally acclaimed painter Maqbool Fida Hussain's third feature film will also be woman-centric.
Generalarrow JCD demands security of students on RU campus
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Rajshahi University (RU) unit, yesterday placed a nine-point demand, calling on the authorities to ensure security of the students on the campus.
 arrow 'Convene special JS session to formulate nat'l policy'
International Farakka Committee (IFC) has recommended that a special session of parliament should be convened to discuss and formulate a national policy on the adverse impact of Indian River-Linking Project
 arrow DU Ga unit admission test today
Admission tests of Ga unit (commerce group) for the first year honours courses under the 2003-04 session of Dhaka University will be held at 10.00am today.
 arrow 'Govt losing fund for failing to keep int'l commitments'
The government has been losing funds from donor agencies because of its failure to honour its international commitments to safeguard the environment, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Maintain professional dignity
President Iajuddin Ahmed has called on the newsmen to raise public awareness about education through their writings to help ensure good education in all educational institutions.
 arrow Bangladesh land of communal harmony: German envoy
German Ambassador Dietrich Andreas yesterday praised Bangladesh as a land of communal harmony with a rich cultural heritage evolved from different religious cultures over thousands of years.
 arrow Two get death, 3 others jailed for murder
A court here on Wednesday sentenced two people to death and three others to different terms of imprisonment for killing a villager about six years ago.
 arrow Morocco Award for former Bangladesh envoy
Morocco has conferred 'The Alwaite Grand Officer Wissam' award on former Bangladesh ambassador to that country Major General (Retd) Mohammad Anwar Hossain, Bir Protik, for his contribution to the promotion
 arrow Bangladesh Bank official killed in road accident
A Bangladesh Bank official was killed and three others were injured in a road accident at Bhadra areas in the city yesterday.
 arrow AL presidium meets today
An emergency meeting of the Awami League presidium will be held at its Dhanmondi office in the city at 10.00am today.
 arrow Alleged thief lynched
An alleged thief was lynched at Chowbaria village in Paba upazila here yesterday.

The 27-year-old man could not be identified.

 arrow BCL reunion Jan 25
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of opposition Awami League, will organise a reunion here on January 25, marking its 56th founding anniversary.
 arrow Over 1600 held
Police arrested 1,653 more people, including four identified criminals, on various charges during their ongoing drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP MPs' wise counsel
It is an indication of the state of our democracy and of the decision making process within BNP that crucial constitutional amendments have been all but decided upon without any consultation within the
 arrow Editorial: Playing foul with cancer treatment
It seems that in the health sector, mismanagement of hospitals is not the only problem. The health authorities appear to be blissfully unaware of some other highly disturbing developments.
 arrow Gaddafi's thirsty years
In 1951 the United Nations declared the former Italian North African territory of Libya an independent nation. Having emerged from colonialism the state chose to be a constitutional monarchy.
 arrow Is Khan a loose gun?
Abdul Qadir Khan, the father of Pakistan's bomb, is no stranger to me. He said he was a fan of mine when he received me in the verandah of his house.
 arrow Whither law and order?
Poring over the DS of Jan 13 one could not but got the jitters and nerve-breakdown at the rock-bottom sliding of law and order, and the claim of its pretty improvement by no other than the Prime Minister
Letters to Editorarrow "My Architect", Kahn and Khan
DS articles 'Philadelphia and Dhaka' of 19/11/03 and 'Finding Dhaka in New York' of 24/11/03 both based on a documentary 'My Architect' by Nathaniel Kahn are quite emotionally charged.
 arrow Shushikkha andolon
I welcome the news of launching a forum to help promote education called 'Shushikhya Andolon' by Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmoud and Professor Abu Saeed.
 arrow A Train of Hope
The Samjhauta Express -- a train of understanding and hope crossed the Wagah border near to Lahore heading for Atari on January 17, 2004, with a great expectation.
 arrow Mobile snatching
Snatching of mobile sets is a new avenue for pilferers. It seems so easy to sneak away with this small, talkative gadget and sell it in the ready market.
 arrow The new monogram of Police
Recently the government has changed the uniform and the monogram of the police force. 'Shapla' and the leaves of jute plants have replaced the boat in the monogram.
 arrow Expansion of the Parliament
My attention was drawn recently to your editorial on expansion of the parliament. I agree with the views expressed, as I am sure any right thinking person in Bangladesh would.
 arrow Dr. B and the third party
I had been following with interest the new political proposal floated by Dr Kamal Hossain and Dr B Chowdhury about the third force in Bangladesh politics.
 arrow Potential of Local Government
Salute to Dr.
 arrow Terrorists rule the State by proxy
The government is very vocal about the freedom of local newspapers in the country. But the people behind the newspapers who work day and night in the quest for the truth ...
 arrow Why were they heroes
This refers to the article "Why were they heroes" by Mohammad Badrul Ahsan published on DS January 9. I fully endorse his views on the subject.
 arrow Manik Saha
I'm writing this letter with a heavy heart. Some miscreants killed a renowned journalist Manik Shaha last Thursday in Khulna, just two days after a bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal(Rm) atSylhet.
 arrow Election manifesto and our destiny!
Thanks Mr. Zayadul Ahsan for the news analysis "Vital poll pledges caught in foot-dragging" published on 19th January 2004. Mr. Ahsan hits four key election pledges of the ruling coalition BNP government.
 arrow PERC slams airport road facelift
I had been reading with interest your reports on the PERC published (Jan. 19 and 20).
 arrow Declare hartal illegal
It is defiantly an act of illegality to keep mass people illegally confined- a legacy of the colonial era. The freedom fighters adopted hartal as an instrument to immobilise the colonial government.
Environmentarrow Dying sea: Corals in peril
Within the past decade, whole species of marine life have been depleted to the edge of extinction. Pollutants from oil to plutonium foul the deep blue seas.
Worldarrow Indian govt, Kashmiri militants begin talks
The Indian government and a moderate faction of violence-torn Kashmir's main separatist alliance entered historic talks in New Delhi yesterday on ways to restore peace in Muslim-majority Kashmir.
 arrow Pakistan to increase its Delhi mission staff by April
At least 20 diplomatic staff will be sent by the Pakistan Government to boost the strength of its high commission in New Delhi by April.
 arrow Indo-Pak flexibility on Kashmir a must
Paskistan President Pervez Musharraf has once again reiterated that both Islamabad and New Delhi will have to adopt a very flexible stand for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute that has been a bone
 arrow Tigers start recruiting child soldiers amid war fears
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up recruiting child soldiers and are holding more than 1,300 of them, Unicef said yesterday, amid fears the country could slide back into war.
 arrow Will they or won't they join politics?
This question has cropped at a time when the siblings of Nehru-Gandhi family, Priyanka and Rahul undertook a three-day tour of their mother and top opposition leader Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency
 arrow Thailand denies covering up bird flu cases
Japan suspended yesterday imports from Thailand's huge and lucrative chicken industry as the Southeast Asian nation swore it is not covering up cases of the bird flu which has killed at least five people
 arrow US expert doubts N Korea bombs
A prominent US scientist who visited North Korea's nuclear facilities said on Wednesday he was not convinced the communist state could turn its nuclear technology into a weapon or mount it on a missile.
 arrow Sharon defiant over bribery case
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday he had no intention of resigning after prosecutors announced they were considering whether to indict him in connection with a corruption case.
 arrow Libya cooperating with US, UK arms teams
Libya is cooperating fully with a team of visiting US and British officials who are studying how to dismantle and destroy its weapons of mass destruction programs, a senior US official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Final arguments begin in HR abuse case against Unocal
A US judge has heard closing arguments in a landmark trial in which US oil giant Unocal stands accused of human rights abuses during the building of a disputed gas pipeline in Myanmar.
 arrow Search for WMD to take 'considerable' time: US
Vice President Dick Cheney said that the US administration has not given up on the so far fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The "jury is still out," he said.
 arrow BBC programme prompts call for Iraq war probe
The government is facing renewed calls for a full judicial inquiry into its decision to go to war with Iraq.