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Front Pagearrow WB blamed for drug delay
The parliamentary standing committee on health ministry has blamed the World Bank (WB) for double standard, delaying the purchase of medicines for the health centres which are without medicine for the
 arrow BNP, AL key leaders call for unity
Top leaders of the ruling and main opposition parties took a respite from their usual confrontational rhetoric during a function at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday and stressed unity among political parties
 arrow Shantu vows to stop it, Shajahan to pursue
Bangladesh Adibashi Forum President Shantu Larma vowed resistance to controversial eco-parks, prompting a counterpoint from Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj yesterday that the Modhupur forest
 arrow Saleha feeds her cows...

 arrow Brunei to recruit more Bangladeshis
Brunei Darussalam will recruit more Bangladeshi skilled and semi-skilled workers and professionals including doctors, engineers, IT experts, nurses, pharmacists, accountants and teachers.
 arrow Asian bird flu crisis deepens
Nine Asian countries are now confirmed or believed to have cases of bird flu, which has killed at least seven people, including a six-year-old Thai boy, and led to the slaughter or death of around 19million
 arrow Mystery disease seems in check
Experts believe the unknown virus that killed 19 people, mostly children, in three districts in the last two weeks is under control, as mystery disease patients are recovering fast and no new case was
 arrow Judicial council submits report on judge
The Supreme Judicial Council submitted its probe report on alleged misconduct of an additional judge of the High Court to the president yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka accepts sky marshals
Bangladesh has agreed to deploy armed guards on the US-bound flights in response to America's terror fear.
 arrow Mudassir Husain made CJ toppling senior SC judges
Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has been appointed the 14th chief justice (CJ), the country's highest judicial officer.
 arrow Security scurry for Eid
The government has decided to immediately deploy 20 strike forces and 15 mobile courts in the capital in the run-up to Eid-ul-Azha under a security measure.
 arrow More graft at DFP
More irregularities have surfaced in the purchase of equipment under a project of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP), as authorities are moving closer to press graft charges against the director
 arrow 8,000 Nawabpur shops keep shutters down
Around 8,000 shops in Nawabpur area of the capital kept their shutters down for two hours from noon yesterday as part of a token strike demanding a proper probe into the murder of a local trader and immediate
 arrow JS body against fresh tender
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday differed with the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement and asked the telecoms ministry not to float fresh tender for the $53 million project by the state
 arrow Female examinee 'kidnapped' at DU
A female examinee who came to sit for 'Ga' unit admission test of Dhaka University was kidnapped from the business studies faculty of the university on Friday, her family said.
 arrow Two-year-old boy rescued after abduction
Pahartali police recovered a child from East Joypur village, Chhagalnaiya, Feni on Sunday, 10 hours after he was abducted from the port city.
 arrow Importers, C&F agents to go for indefinite strike at Benapole port
Four organisations have decided to go for an indefinite strike at Benapole land port after Eid-ul-Azha protesting alleged harassment by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel.
 arrow Outlaw posters at DU
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Commu-nist Party (PBCP) (ML-Janajuddha), which claimed responsibility for the recent killing of journalist Manik Saha in Khulna, has posted posters at the Dhaka University and some
 arrow UPDF men block Rangamati roads
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), an anti-CHT peace accord group of indigenous people, yesterday enforced a day-long road blockade programme on the Ranga-mati-Mohalchhari-Khagrachhari and Rangamati-Nariarchar
 arrow Looted ansar rifle recovered
Paikgachha police Sunday recovered the looted rifle of an ansar lance naik from a pond at Katakhali village in Rarhuli union.

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 arrow Site for Padma Bridge to be announced March 10
The site for construction of the much-awaited Padma Bridge will be announced on March 10, bringing an end to the controversy over the issue.
 arrow PM returns
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned home last night, ending a four-day official visit to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
 arrow Outlaws gun down JSD activist
The outlawed Biplobi Communist Party yesterday gunned down a Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) activist at Mirpur upazila in Kushtia.
 arrow AL demands withdrawal of court reforms bill
The main opposition Awami League has demanded withdrawal of a new bill introduced in parliament on Sunday.
 arrow 2 shot dead, 1 bullet hit in city
Unidentified assailants gunned down two youths in separate incidents at Pallabi and Kotwali last night while a stray bullet wounded a stationery shop owner at Khilgaon.
Businessarrow Dhaka should take Delhi to WTO
As Bangladesh is increasingly facing anti-dumping measures on its imports by India, the issue should be taken to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for settlement, a Canadian trade expert suggested in
 arrow Give up political disputes in Safta implementation process
South Asian nations should give up their political disputes while discussing matters relating to the implementation of South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) over the next two years, discussants at a roundtable
 arrow Asia, Latin America hope to revive trade ties
Asia and Latin America, two regions which have largely bypassed each other in economic relations, hope to revive their forgotten links at a gathering in the Philippines this week.
 arrow Thai economy risks becoming casualty of bird flu crisis
The bird flu crisis which has devastated Thailand's billion-dollar chicken export industry risks damaging the entire economy unless aggressive action is taken to contain the epidemic, analysts said Monday.
 arrow US fiscal news seen gloomy as Bush prepares budget
Analysts expect few surprises from new US budget data due out later Monday but fresh evidence of the government's gloomy financial outlook will still provide more fuel for both Democratic and Republican
 arrow Toyota unseats Ford as No 2 automaker
It's official: Japan's Toyota Motor Corp has unseated Ford Motor Co as the world's second-biggest auto maker.
 arrow Asian Paints holds meet with Rehab members
Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Ltd, a multinational paints company, held a meeting with the members of developers' association on Sunday evening in Dhaka.
 arrow New president of ICMAB
AKM Delwer Hussain has been elected president of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) for the year 2004.
 arrow India inks landmark agreement with Latin American trade bloc
India and the Latin American trading bloc Mercosur Sunday signed a landmark agreement which was expected to pave the way for a free trade arrangement between the two, officials said.
Sportsarrow Football: All roads lead to Mirpur
The season's most anticipated battle takes place today with defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club facing off perennial rivals Abahani in a high octane Western Union Premier Division Football League
 arrow Football: BU clear atop
Brothers Union Club finished the first round of the Western Union Premier Division Football League with a convincing lead as the 10-team league resumed at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterdayafter
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka face stiff target
Dhaka will require a further 367 runs on the final day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League match against league leaders Dhaka at the Comilla Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Dudhia reveals strategic plan
Chief Executive Officer of Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) Maqbul Hussein Dudhia yesterday presented the Board's strategic plan for the year 2003-2006.
 arrow Cricket: Zim just can't do it
Zimbabwe once again failed to match it with world champions Australia, tumbling to a 13-run loss in their triangular international one-day cricket series match at the Adelaide Oval here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Rameezuddin High rule
Shaheed Rameezu-ddin High School thrived on two half-centuries from Sha-fiul and Faisal to record a massive 139-run victory over Kachi Kanthan High School in one of five Dhaka Zone matches of Standard
 arrow Police turn heat on Saiful, Sanwar
Former national cricketer Saiful Islam and Sanwar Hossain once again got into a tug of war with police over the possession of land that they were awarded by the government for their heroics in the 1997
 arrow Chess: Debaraj earns Ist position
Debaraj Chatterjee grabbed the first position with 8.5 points after the end of the last round games in the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies offer to help Shabbir
Two Australian specialists have told Pakistan bowler Shabbir Ahmed they are willing to try to correct his suspect bowling action, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Benfica booter dies playing
Hungarian striker Mikos Feher became the second international footballer in the last seven months to die during a game when he collapsed after being yellow-carded while playing for Benfica on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Blame it on batsmen
Brian Lara blamed his West Indies team's lack of effort for their record 209-run humbling by South Africa in the first one-day international on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Public funeral for Hookes on today
Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of former Australian batsman David Hookes at the Adelaide Oval cricket ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer spoils Aussie Day
World number two Roger Federer ruined the party at the Australian Open here Monday by ending crowd favourite Lleyton Hewitt's dream of scoring a first home title triumph for 28 years.
 arrow Cricket: Ignominy for Windies
Jacques Kallis slammed his fifth century in successive matches before South Africa's fast bowlers sent the West Indies crashing to a record defeat in the first one-day international at Newlands Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares 2nd spot
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman jointly shared the second position with other 7 players with 5 points after the end of the sixth round games of the first International Chess tournament at Chennai, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Waughs fail to lift NSW
Steve Waugh failed to lift New South Wales to an unlikely victory in the Sheffield Shield match at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Pharaohs smile as Lions draw
Defending champions Cameroon, bidding for their third successive African Nations Cup crown and fifth in all, suffered a setback in their opening match of the 2004 tournament when they were held to a 1-1
 arrow Football: Valencia hand it to Real
Valencia handed the Spanish league lead back to Real Madrid after they surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Osasuna on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Five-star Milan
Roma's title hopes suffered a setback on Sunday after they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to plucky Udinese.
 arrow Football: Rangers getting Frank de Boer
Rangers are set to announce the surprise signing of Frank de Boer, Skysports reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Zidane took creatine
Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane admitted at the Juventus doping trial here Monday he took the muscle growth supplement creatine while he played in Italy.

"I took creatine, only when I played for Juventus.

Metropolitanarrow Reinstatement of non-formal edn employees demanded
The terminated employees of the Directorate of Non-formal Education (DNFE) yesterday demanded their reinstatement under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.
 arrow Bail of Mobile Kader cancelled
A Dhaka court yesterday asked the lawyer of former JP lawmaker Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, an accused in the Abdul Kader murder case, to produce his client before it today.
 arrow HIV positives on the rise
The number of HIV positives is increasing in the country, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow No headway in Rupali Bank theft case
Until yesterday evening police could not recover the money stolen from the vault of Rupali Bank's DIT Road branch at Malibagh on Friday.
 arrow Plan to ease traffic jam
The government is planning to take various measures including restriction on the movement of train at peak hour to ease serious traffic congestion in the city.
 arrow Dhaka Sheraton Hotel hands over funds to Unicef
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday handed over a cheque for about Tk 4.9 lakh to the Unicef to support its global programme to immunise children against killer diseases.
 arrow Guidelines for services of Imam soon
The government will soon formulate guidelines for the Imams' job and management of mosques in the country.
Nationalarrow 'Step down showing respect to people's will’
Awami League leader and former minister Abdus Samad Azad has said his party's 15-point demand reflcts people's wish and urged the government to step down showing respect to this.
 arrow Private operators force BRTC buses off 8 Barisal routes
Private bus-mimnibus owners and workers forced BRTC buses off eight routes from Barisal city since Saturday.
 arrow All indigenous people are with you, Shantu Larma tells Garo rally
NETRAKONA: Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) chief Jotirindria Bodipriya Larma alias Santu Larma has said all indigenous peoples of the country are with the Madhupur Garo people in their
 arrow College principal's room ransacked by JCD
A tense situation is prevailing at Manikganj town after Sunday's chase and countrt-chase between rival factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in which about about 100 shots were fired, leaving atleast
 arrow PSTU closed sine die?
The Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) has been closed.

Vice-chancellor Dr. Hannan left the campus Saturday night, campus sources said yesterday.

There is confusion oover theclosure.

 arrow Rangamati admin assures people of security
The Rangamati district administration held several meetings with tribesmen and Bangalees in different areas of Borkol and assured them of security of their life and property.
 arrow LMG, 3 rifles recovered from outlaw Topu
Police have recovered three rifles and one LMG (light machinegun) from two villages in Jhenidah, acting on the confession of Mofazzal Hossain alias Topu, arrested 'commander' of Purbo Banglar Communist
 arrow Three injured in Barisal clash
Three people were injured in clashes over enjoying 'Jatra' without ticket at a village fair in Andirpar area of Uzirpur Police Station.
 arrow 500 female students deprived of stipend
At least 500 female students of government and non-government colleges here are being deprived of their monthly stipend.
 arrow Tk five lakh donations for SUST student's treatment
An amouint of Tk five lakh has been collected through donations for treatmenmt of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) student Arif Iftekhar, suffering from blood cancer.
 arrow PBCP claims responsibility for Manik Saha murder
Outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML Janajuddha) distributed leaflets in Satkhira town Sunday evening claiming responsibility for the murder of journalist Manik Saha in Khulna city.
 arrow Jhalakati JCD leader killed, 4 of a family burnt in Barisal
A Jhalakati Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was roasted alive and four members of a family were burnt on Saturday night here.
Point-Counterpointarrow A forlorn hope for the country
That the transparency situation in Bangladesh has since vitiated the total system of governance does not make a news any more, for it is evident to all and sundry that the establishment has since puton
 arrow India is still learning, after 57 years
The social and political “landscape " of a country determines the course of its economy. By landscape we do not mean the shape of the earth in a country. The national make-up across the board is the question.
 arrow Our education quagmire
Education is the harbinger of development. To come out of our deteriorating national trend in most social, moral and economic yardstick, improvement in education has to be the primary objective.
 arrow Lowering irrigation costs
Irrigation has contributed to achieving self-sufficiency of food grain for Bangladesh. Rice and wheat production has increased due to an increase in irrigated rice and wheat acreage during dry season.
Culturearrow Waves of woodcut
In his recent exhibition at "Shilpangan" Moklesur Rahman had brought in water colour, oil and oil pastel apart from his usual woodcut print.
 arrow Jatra Pala
Many art forms of the rural areas of Bangladesh are on the verge of extinction.
 arrow An evening with expatriate singer Moureen Rahman
Moureen Rahman, an expatriate singer, came up with a very different kind of performance for the packed audience at the National Museum Auditorium recently.
 arrow Faber Castell National Art Competition
The two day long programme of Faber Castell National Art Competition '2003 and Children Festival 2004, ended on 25th January with a colourful cultural programme and prize giving ceremony.
Generalarrow Plastic materials pose health hazards
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for raising awareness about harmful effects of plastic materials on human life and environment.
 arrow Ensure security of women
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged all to make united efforts to raise the women's status by ensuring their education and economic self-reliance.
 arrow Nine get death penalty for murder
A Bagerhat court has sentenced nine people to death in a murder case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Golam Rabbani handed down the verdict on Sunday.

 arrow BSF opens fire along border in Dinajpur
Border Security Forces (BSF) of India opened three rounds of automatic gunfire along Sundara border under Sadar upazila of Danajpur in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Extortionists stab trader
A mob beat up one of the extortionists who stabbed a trader at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Leadership course on adult education begins
A weeklong regional leadership course on adult education began at the Brac Centre in Rajendrapur yesterday with the participation of 35 representatives from 19 countries.
 arrow DU journalism dept institutes Shahidul Huq Award
The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University has instituted an award in memory of its former faculty and renowned journalist late Shahidul Huq.
 arrow Salanga Day today
A five-day programme marking the 82nd Salanga Day begins at Salanga in Sirajganj today, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Hamas proposes 10-year truce for Israeli pullback
A top official of the main Palestinian militant group, Hamas, has said it could declare a 10-year truce with Israel if the Jewish state withdrew from territory occupied since 1967.
 arrow Insurgency-hit Indian states seeks peace talks with rebels
Five insurgency-hit Indian northeastern states appealed to separatist rebels yesterday to open peace talks to end decades of bloodshed in the remote, resource-rich region.
 arrow 'Musharraf to shed uniform by Dec'
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly agreed to shed his uniform by December 2004. The decision was taken after extensive negotiations with the opposition.
 arrow 2 Iraqis killed in blast
Two Iraqis were killed and two injured yesterday when an improvised bomb exploded on a busy highway in Baghdad, an Iraqi civil defence officer said, adding the device was probably intended for US troops.
 arrow David Kay questions intelligence failure
The former chief US weapons inspector in Iraq has blamed intelligence failures for what he now says is the mistaken belief Saddam Hussein had chemical or biological weapons.
 arrow Bush, Cheney should be held accountable for Iraq WMD claim: Democrats
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry said Sunday the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, should be "held accountable" for claims Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow India showcases military might at Rajpath
Amid a multi-layered security blanket, the country's military prowess woven with technological advancements and diverse cultural richness were paraded down the historic Rajpath here yesterday on the occasion
 arrow Priyanka, Rahul can hold top jobs: BJP
Claiming that Congress president Sonia Gandhi becoming Prime Minister of India was against "national pride" because of her foreign origin, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh has said his party will haveno
 arrow 'World lacked will to stop genocide'
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday the world had the capability but "lacked the will" to prevent the mass slaughters of the 1990s, in opening remarks here to the first international genocide
Editorialarrow Editorial: Scramble for ethereal women's seats
Not even a fortnight has passed since the ruling four-party alliance leaders unveiled a plan to expand the size of the parliament.
 arrow Editorial: Powell's doubts
Now the doubters are clearly outnumbering the believers.
 arrow Farm size and productivity: Old debate in new context
The debate on the relationship between farm size and productivity is old.
 arrow India shining or dimming?
Sensex tops 6000! Agriculture is booming! Kisans are smiling! IT is expanding! Growth touches 8 percent! Shopping malls are gleaming! India is shining!

BJP Sultans of Spin have never before translated

Letters to Editorarrow Tragic
What is going on in Bangladesh? Another temple has been burnt down? It all looks like a land grab against minorities. It is another attempt to uproot minorities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Wasim Akram as an Indian coach
Superstars are not bound by the rigid geographical boundary or their nationality. Teaching how to counter reverse swing to the rival batsmen cannot be considered immoral.
 arrow Dichotomy in theology
Ahmadiyya, a religious sect in Bangladesh is in jeopardy now. The alliance government has banned all the publications of this community. The Ahmadiyyas are the target of some unruly religious zealots.
 arrow BNP vs media
My attention was drawn to the DS report "Media flayed for ' anti-government stand" carried on January 23. There are two sides to the attack by the BNP on the media.