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Front Pagearrow Robbers loot Tk 5.4cr in gold, cash from jewellers
Robbers stripped two jewellery shops of Tk 5.
 arrow Eid celebrated
The Eid-ul-Azha, the second greatest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Monday with millions joining Eid congregations and praying for purgation of the soul and peace,
 arrow Bandarban resort hotelier kidnapped for Tk 2cr
An unnamed indigenous outfit abducted a resort hotel owner on Monday night and demanded a ransom of Tk 2 crore for his release in the second such incident in seven days in restive Bandarban.
 arrow Makkah uplift ordered as 251 hajis trampled dead
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd has ordered "overall plans" to be drawn up to modernise the holy cities of Makkah and Medina after 251 pilgrims died in a stampede, official media reported Monday.
 arrow 8 Bangladeshis among Makkah dead
Eight Bangladeshi pilgrims, including two women, were among the 251 who died in Sunday's deadly stampede during "stoning of the devil" as a Hajj ritual at Mina near the holy city of Makkah.
 arrow Hunt for Iraq's Arbil bombers on, death toll tops 100
The US-led coalition was left reeling Wednesday from double suicide bombings in northern Iraq, the deadliest post-war attacks in the country, as US FBI agents probed what officials said could be workof
 arrow Gunmen ambush Pangsha top cop to death
Officer-in- Charge (OC) of Pangsha Police Station of Rajbari Mizanur Rahman, 32, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Jagirkara village in Patta union on Saturday night while leading a police teamon
 arrow Thousands mourn Justice Debesh's death
Thousands of people yesterday paid their last respect to Justice Debesh Chandra Bhattacharya, who died of old-age complications at a Dhaka clinic on Monday night at age 89.
 arrow Businessmen set free on ransom in Ctg
Abductors released a businessman apparently receiving a hefty ransom while police rescued another businessman from a deep forest hideout of kidnappers during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays, witnesses and police
 arrow Pak scientist seeks clemency for nuke leaks
Pakistan's top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan appeared on state television yesterday to confess and apologise for leaking nuclear secrets to other countries, while absolving the government of any
 arrow Niazi dead
Lt. Gen.
 arrow Eid holiday hangover continues in city
The capital continued to cling on to holiday hangover yesterday although public and private offices returned to operation after the three-day Eid vacation.
 arrow Mystery virus exposed
A virus akin to Nipah and Hendra viruses is behind the 'mysterious disease' that broke out in Rajbari and Manikganj recently.
 arrow Inferno at Karwan Bazar market
A raging inferno burnt down some 50 wholesale shops on the first floor of Karwan Bazar kitchen market yesterday evening reportedly damaging around.
 arrow India says abetting terrorists may boomerang
India on Tuesday asked Saarc countries to draw a lesson from Bhutan's recent military operation in its territory against Indian militants and said encouragement to terrorist activities could boomerang
 arrow Bangladesh eligible for new US dev aid
The United States on Tuesday named 63 countries, including Bangladesh, eligible to share billions of dollars in US aid under a new program aimed at rewarding developing nations which commit to democratic
 arrow 2 robbers held as daring bid to rob house foiled
Police foiled a daring robbery attempt at a house at Mohammadpur and arrested two robbers Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow 19 killed, 92 hurt in road accidents
Nineteen people were killed and 92 others injured in road accidents across the country during the last four days ending yesterday.
 arrow One killed in BSF fire near Benapole
A Bangladesh national was killed and three others were injured in a brushfire by Indian Border Security Force at Raghunathpur border on Monday.
 arrow Daughter of AL leader raped, strangled
Unidentified miscreants allegedly raped and strangled the 8-year-old girl of an Awami League (AL) leader at Mohadevpur village of Kakonhat municipality in Godagari upazila here on the night before the
 arrow 3 killed in fire at a slum in Tejgaon
A fire at a slum in Tejgaon Tuesday killed a man and two children, injured seven others and gutted around 400 shanties.
 arrow Trader gunned down in Kushtia
A trader was gunned down allegedly by activists of the Biplopi Communist Party (BCP) at Uttarbhabanipur in Bheramara upazila on Tuesday, as he failed to pay them toll.
 arrow Violence over hide business
Fierce and often violent competition among local gangs for grabbing the hides of sacrificial animals on the Eid day resulted in a death at Shantibagh in the city and clashes and looting in Narayanganj.
 arrow Federer romps to Aussie Open
Roger Federer confirmed his world number one ranking on Sunday with a straight sets demolition of exhausted Marat Safin for his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
 arrow 3 bodies recovered in Banshkhali
Bodies of three auto-rickshaw passengers have been recovered from Shankha River near Toilardwip Ferry Ghat in Banskhali upazila in a span of 48 hours ending at Monday afternoon.
 arrow Pabna JP leader killed in Savar
Highway robbers knifed to death the convenor of Pabna district Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad), wounded two persons and looted cash and valuables near Nabinagar in Savar on Sunday.
 arrow Joint survey by Feb 20
Experts from Bangladesh and Myanmar will conduct a joint survey between February 15 and 20 on construction of Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Road, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday.
 arrow PCJSS truncates road blockade
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) has shortened its three-day road barricade to two days from February 8.
 arrow Workers of Dhaka City Corporation wash...

Businessarrow Ctg-Yangon shipping link suspended on high costs
The Chittagong-Yangon shipping service has remained suspended for the last one month as the lone operator counted huge loss due to high operational costs.
 arrow Indian budget cuts aid, loans to Bangladesh
With parliamentary polls round the corner, the interim general budget of India presented on Tuesday rolled out a slew of sops for government employees, middle class people, farmers, rural and urban poor
 arrow Circuit breaker system may be revised
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is planning to revise the present circuit breaker system that controls price of individual shares.
 arrow Tax cut expiry may hit US economy
Treasury Secretary John Snow told Congress Tuesday the US economic recovery could falter if lawmakers failed to make permanent the tax cuts President George W Bush has won since taking office.
 arrow US to face pressure on dollar, deficits at G7
The United States will be pressured by the Europeans and Japanese at the upcoming Group of Seven meeting to get its "twin deficits" under control as part of an effort to stabilize the flagging dollar,
 arrow Thailand mulls retaliation against EU, Japan
Commerce Minister Watana Muangsook said Wednesday Thailand is considering retaliation against the EU, Japan and other chicken importers if they continue to ban poultry deemed safe by international bodies.
 arrow Citibank NA holds seminar on treasury management
Citibank NA, Bangladesh arranged a seminar on Treasury Management recently in Chittagong.
 arrow Solaiman Chy takes charge as Bepza executive chairman
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) Joint Secretary AFM Solaiman Chowdhury took over the current charge of the executive chairman of Bepza on Saturday.
 arrow New DMD of SIBL
Shahabuddin Chaudhury joined the Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) as deputy managing director (DMD) recently.
 arrow EU urges poor nations to identify subsidy cuts
EU trade chief Pascal Lamy urged developing nations to tell him which trade subsidies the bloc should get rid of as part of global commerce talks where rich nations handouts to farmers are a stumbling
 arrow US, China plan talks on yuan
China said Tuesday it plans further talks with the United States on how to reform the mainland's semi-convertible exchange rate system after an initial meeting last month.
 arrow Asian carmakers drive deeper into US
Toyota led Asian carmakers deeper into the American market at the start of 2004, closing in on the Big Three US manufacturers as the economy brightened.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers sweep one-dayers
Opener Shahriar Hossain blasted 72 as Bangladesh completed a 3-0 whitewash of Namibia in the limited-over series with a five-wicket victory in Windhoek yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees nails Nepal
Richard McInnes' charges finally blazed when the Bangladesh Under-19 team scored a massive 191-run victory over Nepal Under-19 in a limited-overs practice match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim make India sweat
India's uncharacteristic batting jitters continued on Tuesday as the top order struggled once again before finally overcoming a modest Zimbabwe total of 135 in the triangular international series one-day
 arrow Cricket: Kallis spree not enough
Jacques Kallis continued his hot batting streak but it was not enough to stop a rampant West Indian side run off a spectacular victory by seven wickets at Centurion Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas get Ngam back
Mfuneko Ngam, hailed as the future of South African fast bowling on his debut three seasons ago, was named Monday in the South African squad to tour New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Push peace forward
Next month's cricket series between Pakistan and India will boost peace moves and improve bilateral ties between the south Asian nuclear rivals besides bringing the people closer, Pakistan cricket chief
 arrow Cricket: India happy to be at MCG
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid admitted on Wednesday that his side was delighted to be returning to the more docile wickets of Australia's eastern seaboard after two difficult one-day cricket matches inPerth.
 arrow Cricket: Fernando blow for Lanka
Sri Lanka suffered a setback on Wednesday when fast bowler Dilhara Fernando was ruled out of the home one-day series against world champions Australia due to a back injury.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket from Friday
The eighth round of the Mirzapore Ispahani Tea Fifth National Cricket League resumes tomorrow after a nine-day Eid break at three different venues across the country.
 arrow Max commentary team due Feb 15
A SET Max commentary team will arrive in Dhaka on February 15 to cover nine matches of the upcoming ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup.
 arrow Chess: Zia finishes joint third
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman had to be content sharing third place after the 13th and final round of the first International Chess Tournament in Chennai on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters sink Lanka
The Bangladesh Under-17 team ride on captain Atiqur Rahman's hattrick made a flying start in the BIMST-EC Youth Football Tournament when they handed Sri Lanka a 5-1 thrashing in Phuket yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WI 304-2
West Indies batting first in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa piled up a massive 304-2 in 50 overs at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Hail King Federer
The tennis world was acclaiming Roger Federer's further confirmation as the game's leading player after his straight sets execution of Marat Safin in the Australian Open final.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport breezes
Lindsay Davenport opened her defence of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament title Wednesday with an easy win over Maria Vento-Kabchi, saying afterwards she felt "more confident than last year".
 arrow Football: Lions, Algeria in last eight
Defending champions Cameroon spluttered into the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup after a drab 0-0 draw with Egypt on Tuesday as the Pharoahs, four-time champions, were eliminated.
 arrow Football: Real owe Ronaldo two
A last-gasp goal from Brazilian star Ronaldo, the second of a double for him, sent Real Madrid top of the Spanish table on Sunday, completing a 3-2 win at Valladolid after his side had been two goalsdown
 arrow Football: Boro show Gunners the door
Jose Antonio Reyes's first start in an Arsenal shirt ended in tears as the 17-million-pound forward's own goal helped Middlesbrough complete a League Cup semi-final double over the ten-man Gunners.
Metropolitanarrow 47 audit reports submitted to Khaleda
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Asif Ali called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday and submitted 47 audit reports to her.
 arrow Cyclone deaths account for 60pc of global victims
Bangladesh has the highest vulnerability to tropical cyclone, followed by Pakistan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, but an efficient development plan incorporating effective disaster management can
 arrow Ctg fire renders 400 families homeless
Over 400 families were rendered homeless and property worth over Tk 6.50 lakh was damaged in two separate incidents of fire in the port city on Saturday and Monday.
 arrow Bimstec senior officials' meet begins today
Foreign Secretary Shamsher M Chowdhury left Dhaka for Bangkok yesterday to attend the seventh session of the senior officials' meeting of Bimstec that begins in Phuket today.
 arrow Boy hurt in bomb blast
A seven-year-old boy was injured in an explosion of a bomb which was abandoned at Lalbagh area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Five held for mugging in Narayanganj
Police arrested five people, including the son of a BNP leader and chairman of Kanchpur union parishad, while they were mugging at Kewdala on Dhaka-Chittagong highway on February 1.
 arrow Jubo League leader, college student gunned down
A city Jubo League leader and a Tongi College student were shot dead while the body of a police informer was recovered in last five days.
 arrow Arrest of culprits demanded
Members of the Hindu community in the port city yesterday observed a hunger strike at the local press club demanding immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for the fire incident at the Gangabari
 arrow Concern over poisoning of guest birds
The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) has expressed deep concern over killing of guest birds at Hakaluki Haor in the northeastern region.

In a statement yesterday, Chief Executive of the Trust Prof.

 arrow Khaleda to launch water resource dev project today
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) will launch its second Small Scale Water Resource (SSWR) development sector project today, aimed at re-excavation of canals in 61 districts.
 arrow Essential services ordinance to remain in force
The Essential Services (second) Ordinance, 1958 will remain in force for a further period of six months from today in respect of all services under Bangladesh Biman Corporation.
 arrow Hasina condoles death of Hajis
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her deep shock at the death of 244 Haj pilgrims, including 10 Bangladeshis, while performing the Haj
 arrow 702 more held, 5 firearms recovered
Police arrested a total of 702 people, including three listed criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Altaf, Alamgir elected DUJ president, gen secy
Altaf Mahmud of Dainik Khabar and Shah Alamgir of Channel i have been elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ).
Nationalarrow Trees dying in Patuaklhali sea beach
Trees in reserve forests in Patuakhali sea beach areas are dying, threatening existence of the greenery.
 arrow Farming changes their lot
Graduating from a local college, Zakir Hossain started hybrid tomato cultivation. He is now a proud and rich farmer and dreams of creating jobs for others in agro-based small industries.
 arrow Fire in Ctg, Barisal: Tk 40 lakh property damaged
Fire burnt shops, factories and property reportedly worth about Tk 30 lakh in two separate incidents at Kala Miah Bazaar in Bakalia and Panwalapara in Agrabad on Friday.
 arrow Fresh attempt to lease profitable BPC motel in Sylhet
The authorities' move to lease out the profit-earning Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) motel in Sylhet has evoked a reaction from different quarters including political leaders.
 arrow Firearm recovered, couple held in B'baria
Police arrested a couple for possessing a gun and three rounds of bullets from Chayfullah Kandi village under Banchharampur upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Tk 2.50 cr Srimongal rly station work going on
A Tk 2.50 cr project to modernise the Srimongal Railway Station, a century-old station in the district, is being implemented.
 arrow Token hunger strike in Barisal to slate Manik's killing
Sanskritik Sangathon Samanaya Parishad, an alliance of 26 cultural organisations here, observed a token hunger strike on the Barisal Aswani Kumar Hall premises on Saturday.
 arrow Two get life for killing elder brother in Gaibandha
Two brothers were sentenced to life term imprisonment and fined Tk 5,000, in default, to suffer two months more rigorous imprisonment each on charge of killing their elder brother.
 arrow One to die, 5 get life for killing a couple in Barisal
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Barisal, on Friday awarded death penalty to a man and life imprisonment to five people for killing a couple in 1997.
 arrow BSF picks up Bangladeshi in B'baria
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India picked up one Bangladeshi--Kabir Mia, 23,--from Bangladesh territory in bordering Chankhula village in Kashba upazila on Monday.
 arrow 20 hurt in Magura AL-BNP clash
At least 20 people were injured, eight of them seriously, when activists of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League clashed at Budhorpara village in Magura Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow 33 nabbed from B'Baria
Brahmanbaria police nabbed 33 people on various charges from different parts of the district on Tuesday night.

The arrested included three accused of murder cases.

Point-Counterpointarrow The Palestine conflict: Rise of the Hezbollah
With the swap of thousands of Hezbollah prisoners and dead in exchange for a handful of dead Israelis and a live businessman, in front of the TV cameras, a new page seems to have been opened in the Palestine-Israeli
 arrow From grace to ugliness: The transformation of a glorious city
Many of us remember the Krishnachura-lined majesty of the Ramna Racecource area, the grandeur of the tall trees forming a canopy from Gulistan to DMCH to S.M.
 arrow Justice Debesh Bhattacharya
Eminent jurist, and noted civil and human rights advocate Justice Debesh Bhattacharya passed away on February 2, 2004 at 19:30 hrs at the Shikder Medical College Hospital, Dhaka.
Culturearrow A confluence of cultures
Isaaca Sawadogo, the director of the play "The Well of Bouctou" that was recently presented at the Public Library, says, "The story that we see is how a family splits and how the family members have a
 arrow HSBC organises charity concert
Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) organised a charity concert recently at the Winter Garden, Hotel Sheraton.
 arrow Unseen pics of Monroe unearthed
Over 100 previously unseen photographs of movie legend Marilyn Monroe published by Lardon media have hit the shelves.
 arrow Celine Dion goes blonde
Celine Dion says she feels "like a Barbie" in her new Rapunzel-like platinum blond tresses.
Internationalarrow Kerry surges ahead
Democratic front-runner John Kerry took a huge stride toward the presidential nomination on Tuesday with wins in five states, but victories by John Edwards and Wesley Clark kept the race alive.
 arrow Iraq dossier concerns 'overruled'
A former senior official at the British Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) has again voiced his concerns over the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow No hint of snap polls in Chandrika's I-Day speech
There was no hint of snap parliamentary elections in Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumara-tunga's Independence Day oration in Colombo on Wednesday.
 arrow Iraq war Britain's greatest blunder since Suez: Cook
The war in Iraq is the "greatest blunder" in British foreign policy since the 1956 Anglo-French expedition in Suez, Egypt, former British foreign secretary Robin Cook wrote in The Independent daily yesterday.
 arrow HC clears Rajiv Gandhi in Bofors case
The Delhi High Court has cleared former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case, a private TV channel said on Wednesday.
 arrow US soldiers' death toll climbs in Iraq
Nearly two months have passed since Saddam Hussein's capture, yet American soldiers still are dying at a rate of more than one a day.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Iraq WMD intelligence inquiry
An inquiry into the pre-war intelligence that led to the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq is long overdue.
 arrow Editorial: Eid postscript
Throb of routine life is being felt again in the city, with the festival holidays coming to an end.
 arrow Pre-empting a nuclear Iran
Of late, there have been spate of writings criticising or questioning the unilateralist approach that has characterised Bush's foreign policy.
 arrow World Economic Forum: Does it serve any useful purpose?
Davos is a small German-speaking mountain town, situated, more than 1500m. above the sea level, in the eastern part of Switzerland. It has long been considered as one of the world's finest ski resorts.
Letters to Editorarrow Political pollution!
The government is rightly concerned with awareness progra-mmes on environmental pollution.
 arrow An emblem of liberation
The sculpture 'Swadhinata Sangram' is the absolute embodiment of the consciousness and struggle of Bangalees. Eminent sculptor Shamim Sikder erected this grand and pompous sculpture.
 arrow Foreign physicians needed
It is a very good decision that the Ministry of Health has given permission to foreign physicians for private practice in our country.
 arrow "State of the Union" address
Whether we like or dislike the subject, the annual event and its ultimate effect has been for some time in the past a major deciding factor to shape the fate of people all over the world .