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Front Pagearrow Stop payments to gas pipeline contractors
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday came up with allegations of corruption in two northbound gas pipeline installations and asked the energy ministry to suspend payments to contractors blamed
 arrow IGP fined Tk 2,000, faces jail in default
The High Court yesterday found Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Huq guilty of gross misconduct in a contempt case and fined him Tk 2,000, in default, he is to suffer one month's imprisonment.
 arrow Move on against judge as council favours removal
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday initiated an action against an additional judge of the High Court (HC) for taking kickbacks, subject to the prime minister's approval.
 arrow Women in the mist
It is like a scene from the Little House on the Prairie -- the daughters helping the father in the field. Together, knee deep in mud, they sow seedlings. On this vast char land, nothing else moves.
 arrow Bird flu check on borders
The government has put the border guards on red alert to check any poultry products from entering Bangladesh through unofficial channels to avoid the affect of bird flu outbreak in some neighbouring countries.
 arrow World appeal to contain virus
The bird flu rampaging through Asia has made the dreaded leap into China and impoverished Laos as a second Thai boy died of the disease yesterday and countries tightened defences against a potential Sars-like
 arrow Some think it encephalitis
Some experts probing the mystery disease that killed 19 people, mostly children, in three districts in the last two weeks suspect it to be encephalitis, an infection of brain tissue.
 arrow Judiciary now at crossroads: CJ
New Chief Justice (CJ) Syed JR Mudassir Husain took office yesterday vowing to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and the law of the land through administering justice without fear or favour.
 arrow Speaker snubs motions on order, price hike
The speaker did not entertain any of the motions raised by lawmakers yesterday seeking adjournment of the Jatiya Sangsad session to discuss issues like slide in law and order and unabated price rise of
 arrow Police informer shot dead, partner injured
Assailants shot dead a police informer and pumped bullet into another at South Mugda in Sabujbagh yesterday.
 arrow Essentials prices soar ahead of Eid
The prices of essentials crucial for Eid specialities are soaring far higher than what they were last year, shoppers at kitchen market and traders said yesterday.
 arrow Tk 12cr granted for Mongla Port golden handshake
The government has granted a loan of Tk 12 crore to Mongla Port Authority to implement its 'golden handshake' programme to reduce the number of workers under the dock workers' management board.
 arrow Blast kills three US soldiers in Iraq
Three American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in a large explosion west of Baghdad yesterday, the US military said. Hospital staff said two Iraqi civilians also were killed.
 arrow PM's Indonesia, Brunei visit milestone in cooperation
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday billed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Indonesia and Brunei as a milestone in promoting Bangladesh's trade and economic cooperation with those countries.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks start Feb 16
Indian and Pakistani officials will meet in the Pakistani capital from February 16 to 18 for their first talks in nearly three years, aimed at resolving a range of disputes including Kashmir.
 arrow Hasina joins hands with Garos
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded land ownership right for indigenous people and threw her weight behind the Garos' demand for cancellation of the Modhupur eco-park that they fear
 arrow Victims accuse DC, ward commissioner of masterminding incident
Hindu victims of the January 23 arson attack on the Gangabari Temple premises at Patharghata have accused the deputy commissioner (north) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) and an Awami League (AL)-backed
 arrow Put up auction notices only in leading dailies
In auctioning loan-defaulters' property to recover loans, judges concerned must now ensure that such auctions are advertised in leading national vernacular dailies and not in obscure ones, a law ministry
 arrow Final report on graft charges against DFP DG in weeks
The Ministry of Information will soon appoint an inquiry officer to prepare a final report on the graft charges against the director general (DG) of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) on reviewing
 arrow Sacrificial animals' sale picking up
With the Eid-ul-Azha four days away, purchase and sale of sacrificial animals at different cattle markets in the capital are gradually gaining pace and traders said they expected a sharp upswing in trade
 arrow Ban on rally in Pirojpur over journalists-BNP front tension
Local administration imposed Section 144 all over Pirojpur municipal area since yesterday noon to Friday midnight after Pirojpur Reporters' Club (PRC) and ruling BNP's youth fronts announced similar programmes
 arrow Cold wave bites N-W region
Severe cold wave yesterday hit the country's northern and southwestern regions, disrupting normal life.
 arrow Strike at land ports continues
Three land ports and other land customs stations (LCS) in the country's northern region have been closed as the indefinite strike called by the Exporters and Customs Clearing Agents' Associations (ECCAA)
 arrow Patients huddle together like cattle...

 arrow Warrant order issued against ex-JP MP
A Dhaka court yesterday cancelled the bail of former Jatiya Party lawmaker Mohammad Iqbal Hossain and issued an arrest warrant against him, an accused in the industrialist Abdul Kader murder case.
 arrow Children and women workers sift through the wasteland...

 arrow JS body to probe profiteering by pvt univarsities
The parliamentary standing committee on education ministry decided yesterday to probe an allegation that most of the private universities have turned commercial rather than offering service for the cause
Businessarrow RMG exporters, textile millers at odds over global cumulation
Readymade garment exporters and textile mill owners are again at loggerheads, this time over global cumulation after a long-drawn tussle over Saarc cumulation.
 arrow 2,000 workers likely to get jobs in Brunei this year
About 2,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to be sent to Brunei this year as the Brunei government decided to withdraw the unofficial embargo on Bangladeshi workers.
 arrow Customer relations service in govt offices really poor
Customer relations service in the government offices is really poor as the officials feel they will never lose their jobs, said state minister for energy and mineral resources yesterday.
 arrow Bird flu may cause colossal damage, warns ADB
The avian influenza outbreak sweeping across Asia could cause "tens of billions of dollars" of damage if it leads to a major travel scare like the Sars virus last year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
 arrow Asia credit ratings outlook for 2004 generally stable
The Asia-Pacific credit ratings outlook for 2004 is generally stable, but the Philippines appears vulnerable to a review with elections looming amid chronic fiscal problems, credit watchdog Standard and
 arrow US budget deficit to hit half trillion dollars this year
The US budget deficit will explode to a record of nearly half a trillion dollars in 2004, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, providing potential dynamite in an election year.
 arrow Canadian trade official meets DCCI president
Executive Director of Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFOC) Dwayne Wright called on Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Fazle RM Hasan at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow Bank holiday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed for three days from February 1 on account of Eid-ul-Azha, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Bank Asia, GP sign bill collection deal
Bank Asia Limited has signed a bill collection service agreement with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) in Dhaka.
 arrow WTO to arbitrate in trade row between US, EU, others
An arbitration panel should rule by the end of next month on a request by the European Union and seven other US trading partners to slap tit-for-tat sanctions on certain imports from the United States,
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Eicher sales confce held' run on Business Page on January 26, some names of Eicher and Rangs Motors executives were misspelled.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani leave MSC in tatters
Two pieces of Brazilian brilliance made the difference as Abahani smashed the last lingering hopes of a Mohammedan challenge on the Western Union Premier Division Football League title with a 2-1 victory
 arrow Cricket: Jahangir saves Dhaka
A fighting half-century by veteran Jahangir Alam saved league leaders Dhaka from probable defeat against Chittagong on the last day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League matchat
 arrow Cricket: Goodbye Hookesy
Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his team were among an estimated 15,000 mourners who gathered to pay their respects at the funeral of David Hookes at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ton-up Nayan
Nayan fired a century to give Bang-ladesh Rifles School a five-wicket victory against AB Kindergarten in their Dhaka Metropolis qualifying match of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School CricketChampionship
 arrow Tennis: US collision avoided
Marat Safin celebrated his 24th birthday with an upset win over top-ranked Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers leave for Namibia today
A 21-member Bangladesh cricket team flies to Namibia this evening as part of their final preparation for next month's tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares points
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the second position with other 11 players with 5.5 points after the end of the seventh round games of the first International Chess tournament at Chennai, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Butcher's West Indies concern
Mark Butcher has urged England's cricket authorities not to allow the controversy over the proposed tour to Zimbabwe to have a negative impact on the forthcoming Test series in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Nathan on way back
New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle makes his next step towards a full recovery from a knee injury on Tuesday when he turns out for Canterbury in a one-day match against Central Districts.
 arrow Cricket: ZCU changes tactics
Zimbabwean cricket chief Peter Chingoka has warned England's counties they will be left with a multi-million pound bill if the national team pulls out of a planned tour of the troubled African state.
 arrow Cricket: Test place on Smith's mind
Discarded England batsman Ed Smith is aiming to use the forthcoming A tour of Malaysia and India as a springboard for regaining his Test place.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ctg TT
The CJKS-Sinmin Mineral Water Table Tennis League begins at the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) gymnasium today.

A total of 10 teams are taking part in the league.

 arrow Football: 'Inconclusive' autopsy
The autopsy on Hungarian international striker Miklos Feher who collapsed and died playing for Benfica on Sunday has proved to be inconclusive according to the Portuguese prosecutor-general on Monday.
 arrow Football: Kanoute unlocks Kenya
Tottenham Hotspur striker Freddie Kanoute stole the headlines on Monday as he scored twice to give Mali an opening 3-1 African Nations Cup over Kenya while co-favourites Senegal could only draw 0-0 with
 arrow Football: FOOTBALL BRIEFS
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was expected to sign a rolling contract worth around four million pounds a year this week after the English champions gave in to pressure from Irish racing tycoon
Metropolitanarrow 2 suspects arrested in Siraji murder
Tejgaon police detained two suspects in the murder of SM Shariful Hoque Siraji, a businessman at Nawabpur, yesterday morning.
 arrow Haj pilgrims file fraud case against three
A fraud case was filed yesterday against three agents of a travel agency for embezzlement of Tk 21.80 lakh from 20 Haj pilgrims.
 arrow Homna UZ sets unique example
Homna upazila of Comilla set a unique example of introducing a common primary school-ending examination that started giving dividend in terms of quality education.
 arrow DU students damage shops on footpath
A group of students of Dhaka University damaged at least 15 shops on the footpath at Nilkhet on Monday night after the shop owners beat and injured a fellow student.
 arrow Liberation War Museum to launch human rights programme
The Liberation War Museum will launch a programme to help create awareness about peace and human rights among the school children through its mobile museum.
 arrow LGRD ministry asked to set up offices for MPs in their areas
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday asked the LGRD and Cooperatives minister to set up offices for the lawmakers in their respective constituencies.
 arrow Magnetic train will expedite dev activities, says Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said introduction of magnetic train would hasten the country's development activities.
 arrow CSAF receives Tk one lakh
The Cleft & Social Aide Foundation (CSAF) received Tk one lakh from the organising committee of Down Under Glitter Party-2003 recently, says a press release.
 arrow Workshop on prevention of child trafficking
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) organised a two-day workshop titled 'Campaign on Child Trafficking Prevention' in Chittagong.

NUS Executive Director inaugurated the workshop on Monday.

 arrow BRAC pays tributes to Salma Sobhan
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) paid tributes to Barrister Salma Sobhan, a member of its governing body and a leading human rights activist, by holding condolence meetings at its 60 regional
Nationalarrow In-fighting in Manikganj BNP intensifies
Sunday's cashes between JCD factions have fuelled the BNP in-fighting in Makikganj.
 arrow 'Scrap all Sylhet JCD bodies'
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists held rallies and brought out black flag processions in the city on Monday demanding scrapping of the 26 JCD bodies in the district, alleging that those have been
 arrow Air service from Saidpur to Nepal, Bhutan can promote trade, tourism
Introduction of air service connecting Saidpur with Viratnagar airport in Nepal and Paro airport in Bhutan will increase trade and tourism in the region, Nilphamari Chamber of Commerce and Industry has
 arrow Regional leadership course on adult edn opens at Gazipur
A week-long Basic Leadership Course on Adult Education began at Rajendrapur BRAC Centre in Gazipur on Monday.
 arrow 8 hurt as Puja Mandap attacked at Bagerhat
At least eight persons were injured when a Puja Mandap (place of Hindu warship) adjacent to Begerhat stadium came under attack by a group of unidentified miscreants on Monday.
 arrow Half-day hartal in Rangamati today
The Banglaee Chhatra Parishad (BCP), an organisation for Bangla speaking students in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), will enforce a half- day hartal in Rangamati today protesting discrimination betweenthem
 arrow Workshop on rights of disabled
A workshop for the disabled was held at Govindapur in Kulaura upazila recently.
 arrow Salma Sobhan's death condoled
A condolence meeting was held in memory of Barrister Salma Sobhan, an eminent Human Rights activist of the country, at the BRAC Training and Resource Centre here on Friday.
 arrow JS seats for disabled demanded
About 300 disabled people here formed a human chain on the premises of Magura Collectorate building on Monday.

They were demanding 12 seats for the disabled in parliament.

 arrow Bomb blast at Gouramva police camp: One detained
Sub-Inspector Alim Hossain of Gouramva Police camp has filed FIR with Rampal thana on Friday for the bomb attack on Thursday night.
 arrow Classical music confce at Ctg on Feb 12
A two-day classical music conference will begin at the Chittagong Muslim Institute Hall on February 12.

Sadaranga Sangskritik Parishad will organise the conference.

 arrow 15 injured in clash at Ctg salt bed
At least 15 persons were injured, six of them critically bullet-injured, in a villagers' clash over control of a salt bed at Kutukkhali under Chhnua union in Banshkhali upazila on Monday, according to
 arrow Punishment to Manik Shah's killers demanded
Journalists brought out a procession at Gaibandha on Monday demanding arrest and punishment to the killers of prominent journalist Manik Shah of Khulna.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tough days ahead for Koizumi
As the first month of the year is coming to an end, indications abound in Japan's political arena that the 'Year of the Monkey' is going to be tough one for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Liberal
 arrow The Other NRIs
A week before the WSF meet began in Mumbai, Prime Minister Vajpayee inaugurated the second Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) -- an annual conference for the global Indian Diaspora.
Culturearrow The spirit of Lalon
Tanvir Mokammel's much talked-about film Lalon aroused mixed reaction amongst a select guest audience on its première show on January 25 at the Balaka cinema hall.
 arrow Rock concert at ISD Auditorium
When Breach and Sellout played this gig; their electrifying sets reminded everyone that when it comes to the increasingly trendy blend of hip-hop and nu-metal music, nobody does it better than them.
 arrow Sumita Naha's 'Tomar Surer Dhara'
The Bengal Foundation came out with yet another album, consisting of Tagore compositions, titled Tomar surer dhara.
 arrow The 27th anniversary of Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi
A cultural programme and a reception of celebrities were arranged at the Public Library auditorium on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi (WSG) recently.
Generalarrow Bangladesh calls on ADB not to sanction loan
Bangladesh has called on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) not to sanction loan for the Indian river-linking project till the transboundary water sharing disputes are resolved.
 arrow UAE extends support to Dhaka for OIC top post
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended its support to the candidate of Bangladesh for the post of secretary general of the OIC.
 arrow NDI publishes Guidebook to 8th parliament
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) has published a Guidebook to the 8th National Parliament of Bangladesh.
 arrow C'wealth Writers Prize 2004 to be announced Feb 27
The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2004 of the Eurasian region is going to be announced on February 27 in Kolkata.

The short list will be published on February 22.

 arrow Moroccan envoy calls on Hasina
Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Seghrouchni called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence yesterday.
 arrow Sec 144 imposed at Pirojpur
The district administration yesterday imposed section 144 in the town till Saturday to avert any possible trouble as two groups called separate meetings at same venue in the town.
 arrow BUET teacher gets IEB gold medal
Professor Sohrabuddin Ahmad of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology has been awarded IEB Gold Medal by the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, recently for his outstanding contribution
Internationalarrow UN ready to send Iraq polls assessment team
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday he was ready to send a mission to Iraq to assess whether elections can be held by mid-year, provided he receives adequate security guarantees.
 arrow Key players get early copies of Hutton's report on Kelly
Key players in the David Kelly affair were getting advance copies yesterday of a judicial inquiry's report on the suicide of the respected weapons expert at the centre of allegations that Downing Street
 arrow US-led invasion of Iraq unjustified: HR Watch
The war in Iraq ended a brutal regime but there were no current human rights violations on a scale, which could justify the US-led invasion, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in its annual report.
 arrow Asian nations urged to use Sars tactics against bird flu
Asian nations battered by bird flu will hold crisis talks here today amid calls for them to unite against the outbreak in the same way they co-operated to fight last year's Sars epidemic.
 arrow US plans to add bases in E Europe: Powell
The United States plans to set up some military bases in former Warsaw Pact countries in eastern Europe but this is not aimed against Russia, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday on a visit
 arrow Pakistan plans charging nuclear heroes
Pakistan's probe into the sale of nuclear secrets to Iran and Libya has narrowed to seven scientists and military officers, as speculation mounted yesterday that "national heroes" could be charged.
 arrow UN gets new legal tool to fight human trafficking
Today the United Nations will get teeth to fight the international trade in human beings when in a new protocol on trafficking in its convention on organised crime, takes effect.
 arrow Storms kill 38 in US
From Minnesota to Maine and Kansas to South Carolina, residents hunkered down for more arctic pounding, as a pair of winter storms blamed for at least 38 traffic deaths kept up their onslaught.
 arrow Cairo building collapses killing 8
Rescue teams have pulled eight bodies from the ruins of a high-rise building which collapsed in flames in Cairo and are searching for at least six more people under the rubble, a high-level security source
 arrow US judge strikes down part of Patriot Act
A federal judge in Los Angeles has struck down as too vague part of the Patriot Act that bars providing "expert advice and assistance" to foreign terrorist groups -- marking the first time a court has
 arrow Canadian soldier killed in Afghan suicide attack
A Canadian soldier with the Nato-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan was killed and three countrymen wounded when a suicide bomber threw himself in front of their car in Kabul yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP-AL
Two key leaders of BNP and Awami League in a rare show of cordiality met on Monday.
 arrow Editorial: Mystery disease
After SARS it is the Asian bird flu that has set off alarm bell to health authorities in Asia.
 arrow Is America any safer as claimed by President Bush?
On 20 January, in a 54-minute address before a joint session of the Congress, President Bush claimed that his policies made America safer from terrorist attacks.
 arrow Transparency is the word
Recent disclosures, including those by Iran, have been extremely embarrassing for the government led by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is also the Army Chief.
 arrow Martyrs of a different kind
Those of us in the business of preparing the next generation for its future life (I guess that goes for most of us, actually) are naturally concerned about role-models.
 arrow HIV/AIDS, trafficking and SAARC
South Asia is a densely populated region. Majority of the 1.4 billion people of this are poor and illiterate. Living standard and per capita income are very low.
Letters to Editorarrow Garo culture
It is truly fascinating to learn about the different indigenous people living in Chittagong and other forest regions in our country.
 arrow No underground activities, please!
I have read the news item in the DS, Jan 16 on the technical feasibility of having an underground city railway system in metro Dhaka.
 arrow Domestic garbage collection
The DCC has subcontracted collection of daily garbage from the doorsteps, to the cycle-rickshaw vans. Each house pays Tk 20 per month for the service.
 arrow US Congressmen and minorities
The four-member US delegation led by Congressman Joseph Crowly during their visit to Bangladesh expressed their dissatisfaction on the handling of minority issues by the present government and the total
 arrow DS editorial
The DS opposition to 'politics of ultimatum' is praiseworthy but did not spell out the specifics for the oppositions to opt for.
 arrow Wet-proof shopping bags
With the banning of cheap polybags for shopping, the shoppers face problems carrying wet and frozen purchases as the other contents of the bag get spoiled.
 arrow Education , a lucrative business
Nowadays people are more civilised, because today our society is enlightened with the opportunity of education. Education can be compared with the most valuable wealth in this world.
 arrow Disappointed
Generally, while reading newspapers I skim and select topics to read them thoroughly later.
 arrow Tissue culture
The farmers of Joypurhat district were proved to be fortunate by cultivating potato, following 'tissue culture'. This highly successful tissue cultural potato seeds were supplied by BRAC.
 arrow Hindu temples, houses torched
A news item published in the DS January 25 caught my attention.
 arrow Hybrid Democracy
A new phrase in international politics has emerged which is 'Hybrid Democracy'.
 arrow Abolition of death penalty
We would consider it an act of timidity if our government rescinds and renounces death penalty from our country. We would strongly condemn and vehemently oppose such decision if it is taken by the government.
StarTecharrow Lock, stock, and boom
IN 1992, a little known development house ID Software released what would be one of the most influential action games in the history of PC gaming.
 arrow NASA scientists "blown away" by Mars images
THRILLED NASA scientists were expecting more spectacular pictures from the surface of Mars from the rover Opportunity as efforts continued to fix its ailing twin Spirit.
 arrow Philips creates foldable screens for e-newspapers
DUTCH firm Philips Electronics said on Monday it was preparing to mass-produce a slim, book-sized display panel onto which consumers could download newspapers and magazines -- then roll up and put away.
Star Chittagongarrow Tourists ignore fear of abduction
Stream of visitors including foreign tourists continued to flock to Chittagong Hill Tracts regularly to enjoy the scenic beauty ignoring the fear of abduction, sources said.
 arrow Cry, my beloved Chittagong Port
Anyone born and brought up in Chittagong can't but have a dream about Chittagong Port, so adorably called Porte Grande by the Portuguese.
Star Cityarrow Extortion may push Eid cattle prices up
Rampant extortion and strike at four Indian land ports in the north west may push up this year's Eid cattle prices in the city.
 arrow Downbeat plans for Ekushey Book Fair
The opening of the Ekushey Book Fair has been pushed to February 7, as the first week of next month coincides with the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Two more roads to become off-limits to rickshaws
Roads from Kalabagan crossing to Azimpur and the Science Laboratory to the National Press Club will be off-limits to rickshaws from February 25 in the latest ban on the slow-moving vehicles, blamed for
 arrow Physically challenged want reserved seats in JS
Physically challenged people of the country want 12 reserved seats in the parliament to ensure that their voice is heard and they can be a part of the country's legislature.
 arrow DCC's keep-city-clean plan for Eid day
Every year during the Eid-ul-Azha, the city gets littered with the waste from sacrificial animals, as there are no systematic disposal options.