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Front Pagearrow Bombs blow up cop camp in Bagerhat
Three constables were injured in a drive-by bombing of a police camp Thursday night at Gourambha under Rampal upazila in Bagerhat, some 35 km from Khulna city, police said.
 arrow Khaleda-Megawati talks in Jakarta today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia arrived in Jakarta yesterday evening on a three-day visit, aimed at boosting cooperation between the two Muslim nations, Indonesia's foreign ministry said.
 arrow BTTB cuts network, compromises quality to match cost
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has forwarded the purchase proposal for its nation-wide mobile phone project to the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement (CCPP) for approval, concealing
 arrow Medicine replacing magic in Madhabpur
An anxious Meraz Khan awaits the birth of his first child outside the delivery room.
 arrow Mars was once awash with water
Data relayed from Europe's brand-new mission to Mars gave dramatic backing yesterday to theories that the Red Planet was once awash with water, one of the precious ingredients for life.
 arrow KL to issue ID cards for foreign workers
Malaysia has decided to introduce identification (ID) cards for foreign workers in the country, a move Bangladesh welcomed.
 arrow Speculation about next CJ appointment
Controversy is rife over the appointment of the new chief justice after retirement of KM Hasan from the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
 arrow AS Mahmud passes away
Abu Sayeed Mahmud, the founding managing director of the Mediaworld, the company that owns The Daily Star, and the founder chairman of Ekushey TV, passed away in London on Thursday after being in a coma
 arrow AL to boycott Kushtia-1 by-elections
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to boycott the February 29 by-elections in Kushtia-1 constituency, fearing the polls might be rigged.
 arrow BCL leader murdered in Raozan
A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was slaughtered by unidentified assailants at Binajury village under Raozan upazila yesterday.
 arrow Police guard Satkhira Press Club on PBCP death threat
Satkhira district administration has deployed police to guard Satkhira Press Club and local reporters' club following Thursday's death threat to nine journalists by an outlawed party.
 arrow 'Laws of jungle' threaten world order: Annan
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday the world faced a combination of security threats and economic dangers that put the entire international order in jeopardy.
 arrow Deadline extended for sixth time
The deadline for the formation of the lower-tier committees of the BNP has been extended once again.
 arrow Cop extortion from Eid cattle traders continues
Cattle traders yesterday accused police of extorting from them as they bring cattle to the city.
 arrow Fire at Indian wedding hall kills 51
At least 51 people died when a short circuit set fire to a makeshift palm-frond hall at a wedding ceremony in southern India yesterday, a district official said.
 arrow Move to privatise textbooks
The education ministry is in the process of privatising selection of contents, printing and distribution of secondary level textbooks.
 arrow Bird flu scare Chicken import banned till Mar 15
The government has banned import of one-day-old chickens from India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Cambodia in the wake of an outbreak of bird flu in those countries, official sources
 arrow Vajpayee meets Kashmiri separatists
Kashmiri separatists paid a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee here late yesterday, the first ever meeting between an Indian premier and separatists.
 arrow 'If Vajpayee, Musharraf bring peace, they will deserve Nobel'
If Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf succeed in settling the Kashmir issue and bring peace to the region, they will deserve the Nobel peace prize, a leading
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya group threatens agitation in city April 26
Aamra Dhakabashi, a socio-cultural organisation engaged in anti-Ahmadiyya agitation, threatened to lay siege to the city on April 26 if, by then, the government failed to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
 arrow Rape charge against SA judge withdrawn
A South African woman who accused a prominent judge from her country of raping her in India during a global conference has withdrawn the charge to end the matter although she had been sexually assaulted,
 arrow Arrestee confesses to killing DB detective duo
An arrestee in the killings of detective duo at a hotel at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in Khilgaon on May 14 last year reportedly confessed to his direct involvement in the murders yesterday.
Businessarrow Nepalese seek direct road link to up trade
Nepal's businesses have sought direct road communications with Bangladesh to foster trade between the two countries.
 arrow US trade show ends on positive note
The three-day US trade show ended in Dhaka yesterday on positive note with people showing interest in latest American products and services.
 arrow Bangladeshi goods fail to make way to Italy despite potential
Despite having potential, Bangladeshi products are hardly seen in Italian shops for lack of efforts on the part of Bangladesh businesses to explore market and export quality goods.
 arrow Share trade settlement thru' CDS begins today
Settlement of share trading through central depository system (CDS) begins today in both the bourses with securities of Square Pharmaceuticals.
 arrow Dealers' confce of Rangs Industries held
The Dealers Conference 2004 of Rangs Industries Limited, electronics wing of Rangs Group, was held in Dhaka on Thursday evening.
 arrow Trade thru' Burimari, Hili land ports paralysed
Export-import through Burimari (Lalmonirhat) and Hili (Dinajpur) land ports became paralysed as Indian clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents called an indefinite strike from yesterday following a dispute
 arrow Training on knit product quality concludes
A four-day training on knit product quality improvement concluded on Thursday in Dhaka.

Pegasus Bangladesh in association with Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship organised the course.

 arrow Bush to propose sharp cut in budget growth
Under fire from conservatives over record budget deficits in an election year, President George W Bush will propose an effective freeze in the overall growth of government programmes not connected todefense
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 17-January 22, 2004

Local FX Market:

Dollar remained stable against Bangladeshi taka at the beginning of the week.

 arrow WTO chief sees enough time to complete trade talks
The head of the World Trade Organisation, Supachai Panitchpakdi, said Friday there was "more than enough time" to complete deadlocked global trade talks by their end-of-year deadline.
 arrow Thailand suspends chicken exports as bird flu confirmed
Thailand said Friday after weeks of denials that bird flu had infected humans and chickens in the kingdom, and called a complete halt to its billion-dollar poultry export business.
 arrow Bush to propose sharp cut in budget growth
Under fire from conservatives over record budget deficits in an election year, President George W Bush will propose an effective freeze in the overall growth of government programmes not connected todefense
Sportsarrow Cricket: Muballik Ctg's hero
Young right-arm pacer Habib Muballik picked up two wickets with the last two balls of the game as Chittagong scored a sensational one-run victory over holders Dhaka to take a solo lead in the limited-overs
 arrow Tennis: Mi, Roy write script
It was a tale of two Indians on the final day of the Sheltech 18th Group-3 Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championships.
 arrow Football: MSC decision after BFF emergency meeting
Mohammedan Sporting Club will wait for the outcome of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF)'s emergency meeting today before taking their final decision on whether to continue with their boycott of
 arrow Cricket: India rest star openers
Openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were once again expected to be rested from the starting line-up of an in-form India as it takes on struggling Zimbabwe in the tri-nation series one-day cricket
 arrow Cricket: SL to stage Asia Cup
The Asia Cup, the symbol of limited-overs cricket supremacy in the continent, will be played in Sri Lanka later this year, it was announced on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes going down!
The Ashes urn, one of the oldest trophies in sports, has been repaired and could now go on display in Australia, its owners the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Booters called up for SAF trial
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has called up 45 players for preliminary trial of the Bangladesh Under-23 football team which will take part in the 9th SAF Games competition to be held in Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Squad for Zim due today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to announce the final squad today for the tour of Zimbabwe next month.
 arrow Cricket: Easy victory for Latif Memorial
An unbeaten half-century from Sultanur Arefin guided MA Latif Memorial Institute to a 35-run victory over BADC High School in one of three Dhaka Metropolis qualifying matches of the Standard Chartered
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Kalabagan Cricket Academy (KCA) became plate group champion in the Fifth Under-13 Helvetia Cricket Tournament beating Kalabagn Green by 22 runs in the final at the Kalabagan sports ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB chief selector replaced
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday sacked its selection committee, which had been accused of nepotism, and reinstated a former chief selector as the head of a new body.
 arrow Cricket: In the name of Hookes
Brett Lee says he dedicated his match-winning runs in Thursday's one-day cricket international victory over India to the memory of David Hookes.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi v Roddick looms
Defending champion Andre Agassi and top-seed Andy Roddick raced into the last 16 of the Australian Open Friday as women's favourite Justine Henin-Hardenne passed her first serious test.
 arrow Football: Valencia feel like Real
Valencia have swept aside the importance of their 3-0 Spanish Cup defeat to Real Madrid in midweek to affirm they are now the main challengers to the reigning Spanish league champions.
 arrow Football: Bet on Scarborough!
Elvis is more likely to be found alive than Scarborough are to win the FA Cup.
 arrow Football: Milan in semis
Holders AC Milan remain on course to retain the Italian Cup after clinching their place in the last four with a 2-1 victory over Roma in the second leg of their quarter-final here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Blatter irked
FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a double offensive on football fashion on Friday warning that Cameroon's revolutinary one-piece strip is illegal and then insisting that women players should be grateful
 arrow Cricket: School cricket
Gaibandha Boys High School defeated Akbar Ali Khan High School by six wickets in the inaugural match of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Championship at the Gaibandha Government Boys
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Five players jointly shared the lead with 6.5 points each after the end of the eighth round games of the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship-at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Int'l Open chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman earned maximum 2 points after the second round games of the first Interna-tional Open Chess tournament yeaterday which is now being held at Chennai, India.
 arrow Hockey: Office hockey Super League today
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protistan (BKSP) and Morning Sun moved into the Super League of the Office Hockey League eliminating their respective rivals at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow BCB beat Media
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI defeated a combined Media XI by six wickets in a friendly match at the Old DOHS ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam stays skipper
The Pakistan Cricket Board Friday retained current captain Inzama-mul Haq for the upcoming year, which will include the ice-breaking home series against rival India in March.
 arrow Golf: Red Crescent Fund Raising Cup golf held
Air Commodre Muhammed Murad Hossain won the men's title while T W Hong clinched the ladies' crown in the Red Crescent Fund Raising Cup golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo warns of Roman power!
Chelsea's buying power under the ownership of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is a concern for Real Madrid, Brazilian striker Ronaldo said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow AL accuses govt of imposing 'undeclared censorship' on newspapers
Leader of the opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat alliance government of imposing 'undeclared censorship' on newspapers.
 arrow German donor agrees to fund HIV programme
A German donor agency is ready to provide 20 million US dollars to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) for HIV programmes in the port city, official sources said.
 arrow Youth arrested after gunfight with police
An alleged criminal was arrested after a gunfight with police at South Badda in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 4 fake examinees held at DU
Four fake examinees including one university student were arrested while they were appearing at the Ga unit admission test of Dhaka University yesterday.
 arrow Graphics exhibition begins today
An exhibition titled 'Signes' based on graphics begins at the Alliance Francaise auditorium today, says a press release.

The works of eight young artists will be put on display.

Nationalarrow Fulpur flowers go abroad
NETRAKONA: Fulpur is now justifying its name by exporting flowers to Britain, Italy and Thailand. The flowers will go to the Middle East soon.

In Bangla, ful means flower.

 arrow 'Do not lease Tanguar Haor'
Speakers at a meeting on Tangoar Haor arranged by a parliamentary sub-committee opposed leasing of the vast water body to private individuals and suggested setting up of permanent law enforcers' camps
 arrow Magura AL council postponed amid in-fighting
The long overdue council of Magura district Awami League (AL), scheduled to held yesterday (January 23), was postponed without announcement of any new date.
 arrow Govt has stopped development funds
The authorities have stopped funds for 84 road construction projects in Bogra municipality, its chairman claimed.
 arrow Pirates loot 7 trawlers, throw 10 fishermen into deep sea
Pirates looted cash and valuables worth Tk 70 lakh from seven fishing trawlers and threw ten fishermen into the deep sea on Monday, according to a delayed report reaching here yesterday.
 arrow 'Meet JSD's 10-point demand'
Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Noor Alam Ziku urged the government to fulfil its 10-point demand or to face a people's movement.
 arrow Journalist Manik Saha killing: More condemnations in dists

Journalists and people of all walks of life across the country continued to condemn the killing of journalist Manik Chandra Saha in Khulna city on January 15.

 arrow Journalist's house torched in Noakhali
Criminals set on fire the house of a journalist, also a writer causing loss amounting to Tk 8 lakh on Wednesday.
 arrow 'It is murder, not suicide' Medical report says
Housewife Shapna was murdered. She did not commit 'suicide', as claimed by her husband's family earlier.

This was revealed in the medical report, Mirpur police in Kushtia said on Thursday.

 arrow Flag meeting held BSF stops barbed wire fencing along Akhaura border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has stopped raising barbed wire fencing along the border in Akahrua following a Flag Meeting with BDR on Thursday, BDR Commander Lt. Abu Musa Sharafuddin said yesterday.
 arrow 3 BNP men held for 'abduction' in Kushtia
Joint forces on Thursday arrested three Union Parishad (UP) members including a Gram Sarkar chief and four others in Daulatpur upazila on charge of involvement in abduction for ransom and other criminal
 arrow Forge greater unity against govt: Razzak
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Abdur Razzak called upon the people to forge a greater unity against the BNP-Jamaat Alliance on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow George W. Bush spoke his mind at 'State of the Union' address
On January 20, 2004, Mr. Bush delivered the State of the Union address at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. His speech was carried live in various network channels. The speech was 54 minutes long.
 arrow An autopsy of the World Social Forum
The 4th World Social Forum held in Mumbai from 17- 21 January 2004 ended with a pledge to end the rhetorical analysis and adopt a programme of action for implementation in the next year's summit.
 arrow Post colonial fiction
Writers from South Asia and the Diaspora have made significant contributions to the vast body of writing in English and the last few decades have seen such an enormous increase in the numbers of books
Culturearrow Going back to realism
Hans Beda, explaining how he came to exhibit in Bangladesh, says that he met Shaheen Rashid from Bangladesh, who was the co-director of a New York gallery and made the contact with Dhaka's Goethe Institut.
 arrow Shimul Yusuff brings out new album Shimuler Gaan
Chiefly known as a theatre activist, Shimul Yusuff is also quite famous as a singer. Recently she has brought out her latest music collection.
 arrow Ben Affleck, J.Lo break off relationship
The on-again, off-again relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez is off. Again. And this time, it looks like it's for good.
 arrow ATN Bangla to air a comic play
Uchcha Bongshio Patro Chai, a comedy by Faruk Ahmed, will be telecast on ATN Bangla on January 26 at 8:50pm.
 arrow Lucky twosome
Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji have hit upon a formula for 'making' a film successful. The two stars have realised any film they see in the same preview show is a hit! Two recent examples are Koi...
Generalarrow Rotary offers to build population tower
Visiting Rotary International President Jonathan B Majiyagbe called on Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka at his residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow BCL reunion tomorrow
A reunion of the former leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), will be held at Paltan Maidan in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Customs official killed in road accident in Ctg
One customs official was killed when his private car was knocked and smashed by an inter-city train at Ispahani Rail Gate area under Pahartoli Police Station in the port city on Thursday night.
 arrow Forum of Energy Reporters executives
The biennial general meeting of the Forum for Energy Reporters, Bangladesh (FERB) was held at the National Press Club yesterday with its Chairman Badiul Alam in the chair.
 arrow RU authorities refute allegation
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday refuted the allegation that the administration was biased towards the Islamic Chhatra Shibir.
Internationalarrow US seeks UN help to defuse row with Iraqi Shiites
The United States yesterday summoned a top advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Washington for help in defusing tensions with Iraq's majority Shiite Muslims over plans to set up a new administration
 arrow India's talks with Kashmiri separatists augur well
Talks between the Indian government and Kashmiri separatists have broken new ground but there is a long way to go before the deadly separatist revolt in Indian Kashmir is settled, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf optimistic about Kashmir peace prospects
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf voiced Thursday optimism over the possibility of peace in the Kashmir region long-disputed with India.
 arrow Serious implications if Iran fails to cooperate with IAEA: ElBaradei
The chief UN nuclear watchdog warned Thursday of "serious implications" if the Iranian government failed to fulfil its promise of cooperation to dispel fears about its nuclear program.
 arrow Blair will survive Kelly affair, but Iraq row to go on: Robin Cook
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will not be toppled from office next week by the report of a judicial inquiry into the suicide of weapons expert David Kelly, former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook predicted
 arrow US soldiers faced 13 court martials in Iraq for crimes since May 1
Adultery, assault, drunkenness, kidnapping, stealing computers, abusing prisoners and attempting to flee to Syria are some of the offenses US soldiers have been charged with in court martial cases since
 arrow Sharon to make strong case for barrier ahead of US trip, ICJ hearing
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who faces a bribery scandal at home, will most likely visit Washington next February ahead of an International Court of Justice hearing on the legality of the separation
 arrow 1.5 billion-year-old meteorite crater found
A crater from a meteorite that collided with earth some 1.5 billion years ago has been discovered in Finland by two amateur geologists, Finnish scientists said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Endangered journalists
The killing of journalist Manik Saha has brought forth an avalanche of condemnation by all quarters, including the International Federation of Journalists, which has demanded a thorough government probe
 arrow Editorial: Juveniles languishing in jail
The report that more than 100 juveniles are languishing in jail instead of correction centres explains how indifferent we have become even to the conditions of the minors.
 arrow Asian national human rights commissions and Bangladesh
There is a special position for Asia in the arena of international human rights law. It is probably the only region of the world that does not as yet have a regional human rights treaty.
 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 that the ailing economy was finally recovering.
Letters to Editorarrow No architect of planning!
Believe it or not, RAJUK, the agency in charge of city planning and development, has no architect, and hires one for evaluation of proposals submitted by applicants (DS report Jan 8).
 arrow National University
I am touching upon an important issue which is lurking actively in the heart of every student of NU .We completed part-I exam on 26 June, 2003. By rolling time, we are now in 2004.
 arrow Manik Saha's death
The tragic death of Manik Saha, who was a renowned journalist in the southwestern region of Bangladesh, is another blow to the journalist community.
 arrow Retirement in Bangladesh
My Hong Kong born wife and I have choices to retire in many countries of the world after another 7 to 9 years.
 arrow Faezul Huq's stand
I have noticed the letter of Mr.
Literaturearrow Placing Ezekiel
Nissim Ezekiel's strange ordeal is over. He died on 9 January, in his native Bombay.
 arrow Nissim Ezekiel: 'you missed out a comma in the fourth line’
Sometimes, in the chaos of too many deadlines and responsibilities, you stop a while and think "I must meet this person who has been so important to me".