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Front Pagearrow Fresh bloodshed in Khulna
A BNP leader was knifed to death and an Awami League (AL) leader died from his wounds yesterday and a fish trader was gunned down a day ago in a fresh flare-up of violence in restive Khulna, dubbed as
 arrow Steep prices fallout of extortion frenzy
Eid cattle prices continued to rise yesterday, thanks to rampant extortion on highways as well as at several entry points of the city.
 arrow Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow
Eid-ul-Azha, one of the two biggest religious festivals of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow with due religious solemnity and fervour.
 arrow Defence pact okayed to train up Kuwaiti army
The cabinet yesterday approved Bangladesh-Kuwait Defence Agreement under which the armed forces will provide technical and vocational training to Kuwait Army for six years.
 arrow Intensive care units hard to come by
Hundreds of critically ill patients are refused admission to hospitals every day because of severe shortage of ICU (intensive care unit) facilities.
 arrow BA, Air France cancel flights
Three British Airways flights to the United States yesterday cancelled for security reasons, the company says.
 arrow Car bomb claims 9 Iraqis, blast kills 3 US troops
Guerrillas killed nine people in a car bomb blast outside a police station in the Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday, and a separate attack on a US convoy north of Baghdad killed three American soldiers.
 arrow 1.7m perform Hajj amidst terror fear
The Muslim faithful massed yesterday on the mount where the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon 14 centuries ago as the annual pilgrimage flourished under the shadow of terror, with Saudi Arabia arresting
 arrow 49 killed in political violence in 30 days
Forty-nine people were killed, 477 injured, 114 arrested and five abducted in incidents of political violence in the first 30 days of the new year, says a rights organisation.
 arrow AL leaders, activists wary of harassment
The Awami League's (AL's) move to launch a quit-power movement against the government while continuing its parliament boycott has made many of its lawmakers as well as party leaders and activists at various
 arrow Another businessman kidnapped in Ctg
Armed men abducted a businessman here Friday night and demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh for his release.

The victim is Moulana Jahangir Alam, 40, businessman and owner of a cosmetic shop in the city.

 arrow 'No bird flu in Bangladesh'
Bangladesh is still free from bird flu, leading poultry scientists said yesterday.
 arrow Govt on alert
The government is taking the topmost security precautions ahead of the agitation programmes of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) from February 7 to 9, according to the deputy commissioner
 arrow Pakistan sacks nuclear chief
The founder of Pakistan's nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, was removed yesterday from his position as a government adviser amid an investigation into allegations of nuclear proliferation.
 arrow College student abducted in city
Miscreants allegedly belonging to notorious 'Pichchi' Hannan group yesterday abducted a college student from Tejgaon.
 arrow Truckers 'loot' toll plaza on Dhaka-Aricha Highway
Truckers beat up four toll collectors and looted Tk 1.5lakh from a toll plaza on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway yesterday morning.
 arrow Nuruzzaman freed on bail after 66 days
The High Court has released on bail businessman Nuruzzaman 66 days after his arrest in cases for bringing bribery charges against ruling BNP MP Naser Rahman.
 arrow Tiger kills fisherman in Sundarbans
A tiger killed a fisherman near Shyampur upazila in the Sundarbans on Thursday.
 arrow Saddam to be handed over to Iraqi court: Bremer
Ousted dictator Saddam Hussein remains in Iraq and will be handed over to a special court being set up by the US-appointed Governing Council to face charges of genocide and invasion of neighbouring countries,
 arrow Rover sees possible Mars water evidence
The Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity spied hints Friday of a mineral that typically forms in water a finding that could mean the dry and dusty Red Planet was once wetter and more hospitable to life.
 arrow Govt policy forces media to gag news of opposition
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said in many cases the electronic media could not operate independently due to government policies.
 arrow Poultry industry counting loss
Poultry industry in the country is facing another setback as the bird flu in some South Asian countries has panicked consumers away from poultry meat causing a sharp decline in its demand and price.
 arrow Gilligan seeks apology, quits BBC
Andrew Gilligan, whose radio report triggered the row between Downing Street and the BBC that preceded the suicide of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly, said on Saturday he has resigned from the publicbroadcaster.
 arrow Henin-Hardenne lifts Aussie Open
World number one Justine Henin-Hardenne made it third time unlucky for bitter rival Kim Clijsters to win the Australian Open's battle of the Belgians here Saturday.
 arrow A procession of rickshaws

 arrow 3 remanded, 15 jailed
A court in Mymensingh yesterday placed three persons on remand for their alleged involvement with the question paper leakage for the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) written test of Block Supervisors.
 arrow Tk 2.8 lakh robbed from Butterfly showroom
Robbers looted cash and valuables said to be worth over Tk 2.8 lakh from Butterfly showroom at Darussalam Road in Mirpur-1 on Friday night.
 arrow Probe body gets extra days to submit report
Local administration yesterday gave a committee on probing the bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) 10 more days to submit its report after it failed to present its findings for the second
Businessarrow Call money rate hits 5-year high on pre-Eid withdrawal
The inter-bank call money rate yesterday jumped to 60 percent, a five-year high, as commercial banks witnessed cash crisis in the face of huge pre-Eid withdrawal on the last banking day before the festival.
 arrow CDS creates scope for settlement time cut
In spite of lukewarm response from investors on its debut last week, the central depository system (CDS) in the capital market opens scope to reduce the settlement time to three days from existing five
 arrow Foreign consultants to join BB strengthening scheme this month
Implementation of the Central Bank Strengthening Project (CBSP) speeds up this month with the joining of foreign consultants to give a shot in the arm of the country's banking sector.
 arrow Political crisis may curtail Lanka's economic growth
A political crisis that has rocked Sri Lanka since early November could cut into economic growth if it continues for too long, finance minister K N Choksy said on Friday.
 arrow China restricts poultry trade as bird flu battle intensifies
Asia's battle against the bird flu virus intensified Saturday as China halted poultry exports from three more regions with suspected outbreaks and Vietnam imposed a ban on all transport of chickens.
 arrow Dollar eases against taka
The US dollar eased slightly against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday on poor transactions due to holiday in most international foreign exchange markets, dealers said.
 arrow Asia-Pacific micro-credit confce in Dhaka from Feb 16
A four-day Asia-Pacific regional micro-credit conference will be held in Dhaka in February, a spokesman said.
 arrow BB auction
The 5th auction of the 28-day, 91-day, 182-day, 364-day, 2-year and 5-year treasury bills was held here yesterday.

A total of Tk 237.20 crore, Tk 4.30 crore and Tk 20.

 arrow ONE Bank opens branch at Karwan Bazar
ONE Bank Limited has opened a branch at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka.

With this, the total branch of the bank stands at 12, says a press release.

 arrow GTCL posts Tk 36cr profit
Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL), a concern of Petrobangla, posted a net profit of Tk 36.25 crore in 2002-2003 fiscal year.

The company earned a revenue income of Tk 144.

 arrow Bush to unveil $521b 2004 deficit
US President George W. Bush will unveil Monday a half-trillion-dollar budget deficit for 2004, an administration source said, unleashing charges of reckless spending in an election year.
 arrow Australia, US to continue trade talks
Australia and the United States have extended negotiations on a free trade deal over the weekend with the two sides struggling to reach agreement on a range of issues particularly agriculture.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC misery mounts
Arambagh Krira Sangha sprinkled more salt on a wounded Moha-mmedan Sporting Club when they held their fancied Motijheel neighbours to a goalless draw in their first return league encounter of the Western
 arrow Cricket: Close shave for Tigers
Habibul Bashar celebrated his captaincy with a fine half-century as Bangladesh recorded a tense six-run win over Namibia in the first limited-overs practice match in Windhoek yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aus wary of India batting
Australia will face the full might of India's batting line-up in their one-day cricket match here on Sunday, but it is the bowlers that have stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist just as worried.
 arrow Cricket: It boomerangs on Abbas
A Pakistani judge reprimanded a man Saturday for seeking a court order to stop national cricket hero Wasim Akram from coaching Indian bowlers, and issued him a hefty fine.
 arrow Tennis: Something special
Top of the world and seemingly untouchable, Roger Federer is a red-hot favourite to slay Russian goliath Marat Safin in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Henin's relief
Normally ruthlessly calm, Justine Henin-Hardenne admitted to suffering from nerves and high emotions as she fought to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Heartbroken Belgian
Kim Clijsters kept her anger in check after her latest Grand Slam heartbreak on Saturday, refusing to blame a controversial line call for her 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 defeat by Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Australian
 arrow Cricket: Rain stoppage at Durban
Ricardo Powell hit a half-century for the West Indies before rain wrecked the third one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kanoute propels Mali
Frederic Kanoute struck his third goal of the tournament to help lead Mali into the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup on Friday while World Cup quarterfinalists Senegal edged closer to the last
 arrow Football: Gunners unveil Reyes
Arsenal's 17-million-pound signing Jose Antonio Reyes has been cleared to make his debut for the north London club in Sunday's Premiership clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Butt says no to B'ham
Birmingham have conceded they have no chance of signing want-away Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt before the winter transfer window closes.
 arrow Football: U-18 booters go to Thailand on Eid Day
The Bangladesh under-18 football team will take on hosts Thailand in their first match in the BIMST-EC Youth Football Tournament on February 4 in the city of Phuket.
 arrow Chess: Zia loses 11th game
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman lost his eleventh round game to Russian counterpart Alexander Fominyh in the first International Chess tournament in Chennai, India yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow C'wealth move to overcome setback
Commonwealth has taken an initiative to overcome the setback that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) sponsored trade talks at Cancun suffered in September last, official sources said.
 arrow Extend coverage of CDP to increase production
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar asked the agriculture officials to take immediate steps for extending the coverage of Crop Diversification Project (CDP) to increase the overall production in the sector.
 arrow 2 get life in Rajshahi for killing friend
The speedy trial tribunal, Rajshahi yesterday sentenced two youths to life term imprisonment for killing their friend Rashedul Islam alias Limon at Govindagonj under Gaibandha district last year.
 arrow One to die, five others get life
A Speedy Trial Court here yesterday sentenced one person to death and five others to life term imprisonment for killing a couple in 1997.
 arrow 7 Sylhet JCD men acquitted
Seven activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) here have been acquitted of car theft charge.
 arrow 'Help end plight of Bihari people'
Speakers at a book launching ceremony have called on all concerned to help bring an end to the plight of the Bihari people living in Bangladesh.
 arrow PM to inaugurate second Bogra by-pass road February 7
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the construction work of second Bogra by-pass road on February 7.
 arrow Mohathero's death condoled
Acting president Sri Chitta Ranjan Sarkar and General Secretary Sri Joyanta Sen Dipu of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishadand President of Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee Swapan Kumar Saha and General
 arrow President, PM greet Muslim leaders
On the occasion of holy the Eid-ul-Azha, President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia conveyed their heartiest felicitations and warmest greetings to the Heads of State and Heads of Government
 arrow 1668 more arrested
Police arrested a total of 1,668 people, including an identified criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
 arrow Dr Mohiul Haque joins as BRRI DG
Dr Mohiul Haque, a renowned plant breeder, took over as the new director general of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) yesterday.
 arrow Faruque Siddiqui joins as CGA
Faruque M Siddiqui joined as controller general of accounts, Bangladesh on January 26, says a press release.

Prior to his new assignment, he was working as deputy comptroller and auditor general (Senior).

Nationalarrow Tea production up
The country's tea production was a little better last year compared to recent years largely due to favourable weather in Sylhet, the main tea producing region.
 arrow Literacy drive dashed
After three days' tedious journey crossing hills and brooks, Jakob Tripura, came to the district headquarter for primary textbooks. But he was disappointed.
 arrow CU poised to face a fresh deadlock after Eid
A fresh deadlock is likely to be created at Chittagong University (CU) after Eid vacation as ruling BNP's student wing JCD starts agitation for resignation of Vice Chancellor AJM Nuruddin Chowdhury for
 arrow Golden handshake dues not paid at Darwani mill
The 98 former workers and employees of Darwani Textile Mills here under BTMC did not get their 'golden handshake' dues before the Eid, promised by authorities earlier.
 arrow Three killed in B'Baria, Magura road mishaps
Three persons were killed and eight injured in road mishaps on Mahura and Brahmanbaria yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Order not to cut WDB dike ignored in Satkhira
Violating officials' order, pipes are being installed for shrimp cultivation by cutting a Water Development Board embankment at Kashimari union in Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow Man fights tiger, survives
A fisherman fought a Royal Bengal tiger and survived.

The incredible incident took place near the Kachhikata canal in the Sundarbans on Thursday.

 arrow Release of PBCP leader under investigation
An incident of releasing a leader of Janajuddho faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) is being investigated thoroughly.
 arrow 22,300 kg hemp recovered at B'baria
BDR recovered 22,300 kilograms of hemp (ganja) from Kalikachcha border area in Sarail upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Birth registration conference
Patuakhali district administration organised a conference on birth registration here on Thursday.
 arrow Two timber lifters held: 650 cft of timber recovered
Forest officials arrested two timber lifters and recovered 650 cubic feet of timber from here last week.
 arrow Three UP chairmen killed in Khulna in a month
Three union parishad (UP) chairmen were killed by outlaws in Khulna district till January 29 this year.

Chand Mia Shikder, chairman of Shechiadeh UP in Terokhada upazila was gunned down on January14.

Culturearrow Tale of an all-round actor
He is an actor who loves his work, no matter what media it is; even role doesn't matter if it represents the society.
 arrow Abul Hayat
Renowned actor Abul Hayat is a popular name for his diversified appearance on the screen from mid-'70s to mid-'80s.
 arrow Eid Alochon on ntv
For the first ever time, four personalities from four different fields will come face to face interviewing each other.
 arrow Bachelor promises of high time in Bangla film
Perhaps it's time to say 'Good-bye' to the cliché melodramatic dhishoom-dhishoom movies. At least, one hopes so if filmmakers like Farooki come forwards and make films like Bachelor.
 arrow Suraiya: A singing legend
Among the most-loved faces of Indian cinema, Suraiya was one of the original singing stars of Indian cinema.
Internationalarrow India for peaceful, friendly relations with neighbours: Vajpayee
Asserting that India always believed in having peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations with all its neighbours, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said that in the same spirit, government
 arrow UN gives nations deadline on al-Qaeda sanctions
The UN Security Council turned up the pressure Friday on nations to clamp down on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, saying they must report on the steps taken by April or risk being named in public.
 arrow British press finds Kelly report hard to swallow
Swallowing hard, the British press struggled yesterday to digest the findings of a judicial inquiry into the death of government weapons scientist David Kelly, which saw the BBC lambasted and Prime Minister
 arrow China urged to act on bird flu
China's chances of halting bird flu are dwindling, the United Nations warned yesterday, as the deadly virus extended its reach across Asia and sped toward Thailand's southern tourist hot spots.
 arrow Sept 11 panel details missteps in attacks
It's long been known that US authorities had opportunities to stop at least some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Now the extent of the government's failures is coming to light.
 arrow Bush sidesteps call for outside probe on WMD
President Bush Friday sidestepped demands for outside review of pre-war intelligence on Iraq, but said it was important to know all the facts surrounding White House assertions that Iraq's illicit weapons
 arrow Palestinians urge World Court to rule on barrier
The Palestinian Authority said yesterday it had submitted its formal affidavit to the World Court supporting its right to rule on the legality of a huge barrier Israel is building in the West Bank.
 arrow '10 civilians killed in US bombing 2 weeks ago'
Ten civilians were killed in a US bombing two weeks ago, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday, contradicting the US military, which said only five armed militants died in the incident.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid-ul-Azha
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow.
 arrow Editorial: Blair's trust rating
The various opinion polls in Britain conducted after the much talked about Hutton inquiry was made public only vindicate the broadcasting corporation that prides itself on the authenticity of its news.
 arrow How effective was Bush's state of the union message?
President George W Bush Jr. delivered his State of the Union Message to the US Congress on 20 January.
 arrow A new mood in Pakistan
I am amazed at the optimism of the Pakistanis. Even after the military enjoying the highest authority for some four decades, they continue to pine for a civilian rule and free elections.
Letters to Editorarrow National unity
I appreciate the views expressed by Mr. AZM Abdul Ali in his letter published in your esteemed daily on January 9,2004.
 arrow Politico FP
While the politicos in power harp on human and domestic family planning (FP) with relentless monotony, there is no sign of FP practices inside politics and bureaucracy.
 arrow Police uniform
I would like to talk about the recent change in police uniform. It seems we are a developed country and we have no task but to do the unnecessary things. It is totally ludicrous and politically motivated.
 arrow Something is wrong!
Our politicians, and the government, cannot generate news. The media is full of speeches, ceremonies and sermons. We seem to be a talkative, emotionally charged society. Poets and artists get top ratings.
 arrow Provosts or puppets?
I would like to write something about student politics. We all are familiar with the term. The actual meaning of student politics has already been converted, it means capturing halls, extortion and violence.
 arrow Attention , education planners
There are now more than fifty private universities in Bangladesh. Only a few of these institutions are offering quality education and producing students who can contribute to society.
Eid-ul-Azha Specialarrow The significance of Hajj
The holy Makkah and its black-robed Ka'ba command the hearts of more than a billion Muslims all over the world. Wherever they are, the faithful turn toward the holy Shrine five times each day in prayer.
 arrow Fifth pillar of Islam
The word "Hajj" literally means heading for an honourable person or place.

Formally, Hajj means worshipping Allah by performing the Hajj rituals.

 arrow Qurbani: Piety for Lord Creator
Barring a microscopic minority of our vast Muslim population of over 12 crore, I humbly feel, many of them are not fully conscious of the real teaching of Eid-ul-Azha, the second greatest religious festival
 arrow The festival of sacrifice
From time immemorial Muslims all over the world have been celebrating Qurbani -- 'The festival of Sacrifice'.
Star Healtharrow Eating for a healthy heart
Heart diseases are very common in our population. Most of our community are vulnerable to heart diseases. But you can lower your chances of getting heart diseases. One way is to choose foods carefully.
 arrow Early diagnosis of cancer
Cancer is surprisingly common developing in lives of more than one third of the population. Many people do not know even before their death that they are dying from cancer.
Star Cityarrow Construction of SSMC academic building hits the rocks
The construction of Sir Salimullah Medical College(SSMC) Academy Building xame to a halt because of the end of a health programme, forcing students to attend classes in the hospital building in a stop-gap
 arrow Musclemen still control 144 roadside shops
Local Musclemen still control the roadside market housing 144 shops from Bakshi Bazar bus stand to Chankharpool as Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) did not make any move to bring it under its jurisdiction
 arrow Free textbooks on sale
Textbooks meant for distribution among primary school students free of cost are being sold in city bookstores.

The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has printed 6.

 arrow Last Days of Art Biennale

 arrow Prices of raw hide may soar this Eid
The prices of raw hide may soar in post-Eid days, as cattle prices went up because of extortion and shortage of supply at border markets following a strike at four Indian land ports.
 arrow DCC eyes modern waste management
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to introduce truck-mounted sweeping machines and wheeled garbage-containers in five months under a pilot project to make its waste management system effective and convenient
 arrow Cashing in on Eid

Star City in Framesarrow Rediance of the Obscurity
Jatra, the traditional open-air folk opera of Bangladesh, is an integral part of folk life. There are about 210 registered Jatra Groups but every year only 50 become active.