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Front Pagearrow Anti-graft body bill set to be passed on February 17
A much-talked-about bill seeking to form an independent anti-corruption commission to cut graft is set to be passed on February 17.
 arrow Travel agent gunned down on toll refusal
Assailants killed a travel agent and injured two employees and a client in a hail of bullets at office on the bustling Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in Tejgaon yesterday apparently over a denial to pay extortionists
 arrow ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup

 arrow Dhaka may sign FTA deal in July
Bangladesh may sign the BIMST-EC framework agreement on a free trade area during or before the July summit in Bangkok, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday brushing aside the worry that Dhaka
 arrow Newsmen assaulted, threatened with death
Armed assailants allegedly of the ruling BNP assaulted a journalist with rifle butts and threatened two others with death in hartal-bound northwestern town of Natore yesterday, newspersons and witnesses
 arrow Ruling bigwigs split over action
Policymakers are divided on taking action in line with the Supreme Judicial Council's recommendations against a High Court Additional Judge Syed Shahidur Rahman for misconduct.
 arrow Janajuddha men kill four
Armed operatives of the Janajuddha faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) shot and hacked to death four people, including a UP member and two rival outlaws, in Chuadanga and Jhenidah
 arrow Role of civil society a must for change
The World Bank (WB) believes the civil society and the media will have to play a major role in forcing a change in institutions of political governance like parliament as development of Bangladesh isimpeded
 arrow Dhaka should not stay out of deal for long
Business leaders and trade experts yesterday said Bangladesh's not signing the framework agreement on a free trade area (FTA) of BIMST-EC may strategically be a right decision in the short term but there
 arrow Govt, AL stick to guns as deadline ends today
The Awami League's (AL) one-month ultimatum to meet its 15-point demand expires today with the BNP-led ruling coalition remaining indifferent and the main opposition party's stand getting toughened.
 arrow Nightmare in Noakhali
Bandits in the coastal forest areas of south-western Noakhali terrorised locals through a frenzy of rape, murder, loot and plunder of forest resources spanning over a period of nearly six years.
 arrow Just-repaired roads ready for digging
After carrying out expensive repairs, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is now going to allow service providers to dig up about 13,643 square metres of the newly repaired road surface.
 arrow JP too kicks off JS boycott
HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) began an indefinite boycott of parliament yesterday, a day after its lawmakers walked out of it in protest at a government bar on their party chief from flying abroad.
 arrow Asian nuke rivals' no to NPT
India and Pakistan pledged to work to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction but reiterated that neither would sign up to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

"There is no hope ...

 arrow Kamal speaks of agitation to free nation of misery
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said agitation programmes will be announced from a national convention in the capital on March 14 to force the government to curb corruption and violence, and
 arrow Blue kerosene fails to clear diesel devil
Petroleum dealers yesterday reiterated their demand for uniform rates of diesel and kerosene to curb adulteration in diesel, saying that government initiatives to check adulteration by dyeing kerosene
 arrow NWD facility for all digital phones
The state-run Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) opened the nation-wide dialing (NWD) facility to all its private digital telephone subscribers yesterday, enabling them to avail the reduced
 arrow JS extension plan on hold
The government is reconsidering its plan to add 150 more seats to the 300-seat Jatiya Sangsad in the wake of widespread criticism in and outside the ruling alliance, political sources said.
 arrow Integrated transport policy decided
The government yesterday decided to prepare an 'integrated transport policy', identifying the problems facing land, air, river and rail transports.
 arrow 8 die, 48 injured in road crashes
Eight people died and 48 others were injured, eight critically, in road accidents in Dhaka, Pirojpur and Rangpur in the last 48 hours till 9:30 last night.
 arrow B Chy lunches with EU heads of missions
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday had luncheon with heads of missions of the EU countries at the Gulshan residence of Head of the EC Delegation Ambassador Esko Kentrschynskyi.
 arrow Cabinet okays proposals against land grabbing
The cabinet yesterday approved the recommendations made by a secretary-level committee to safeguard public and private lands from the grip of grabbers.
 arrow Local coalition leaders demand ouster of 2 cops
Local leaders of ruling four-party alliance at Monirampur in Khulna on Saturday gave home ministry a month's deadline to remove two 'corrupt' police officials of local police station.
 arrow Court sets all 27 accused free
All the 27 accused in the sensational Akij Jute Mill rifle loot case have been exempted from the charge.

They include 18 cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP).

 arrow FM's life worth Tk 50 lakh!
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan would get Tk 50 lakh if he fell sick after taking chicken.
 arrow Publishers bring 58 new books
Different publishing houses brought 58 new books at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2004 on the third day of the fair yesterday.
 arrow Govt mulling new ways to free Bablu
The authorities are charting new ways to rescue abducted hillside resort hotelier Hasan Mahbub Bablu after the efforts in the past week failed.
 arrow Israel court hears barrier case
Israel's Supreme Court has considered the legality of a West Bank barrier the government says stops suicide bombers but which civil liberties groups say violates the rights of Palestinians.
 arrow Last day of CHT road blockade ends peacefully
The last day of the two-day road blockade in the three hill districts enforced by the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) passed off without violence yesterday.
 arrow DIG begins separate probe
The additional deputy inspector general of police of Chittagong Range, acting on a home ministry order, yesterday launched a separate probe into the deaths of two foreign pilots here.
 arrow Habiganj Gas Field survives fire scare
Firefighters tamed a raging fire at a grass field only half a kilometre off the Habiganj Gas Field at Shahji-bazar yesterday.

The afternoon flames almost reached north of well No.

 arrow Shop owners, staff force CCC to restore power at Ctg market
Agitating shop owners and employees of Shah Amanat City Corporation Market put up barricade on the road in front of Chittagong New Market yesterday, forcing authorities to restore power at the marketthat
Businessarrow SEC clearance mandatory for pre-IPO placement
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made it mandatory for companies willing to raise fund from the public to take the commission's approval for parties involved in the pre-IPO placement.
 arrow Ctg int'l trade fair begins Feb 18
The month-long Chittagong International Trade Fair-2004 will begin at Polo Ground here on February 18.
 arrow US, Australia clinch historic trade deal
The United States and Australia Sunday unveiled a "historic" multibillion-dollar free trade pact after an Australian climbdown in a row over access to US sugar markets which almost scuppered a deal.
 arrow Some Asian countries ban US poultry imports
Some Asian countries were banning US poultry imports following the outbreak of avian influenza discovered last week at a Delaware farm.
 arrow China's farmers to suffer great losses if poultry not eaten
China's poultry farmers could be severely affected if domestic consumers decide not to eat poultry, a top official said Monday, warning against alarming the public.
 arrow Canadian HC meets Saifur
Canadian High Commissioner Gerry Campbell called on Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at the latter's office yesterday when they discussed economic situation, matters of trade and investment
 arrow Agrani Bank signs remittance deal with Malaysian bank
Agrani Bank signed a remittance agreement with Bhumiputra Commerce Bank, Malaysia recently.
 arrow Citibank training session at BB
Citibank NA Bangladesh arranged a training session on foreign exchange products and future direction of products at the Bangladesh Bank Training Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow SIBL signs agreement with ETN
Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) has signed an agreement with Electronic Transactions Network Limited (ETN), an ATM service provider.
 arrow Holcim gets ISO-14001certification
Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd, one of the country's leading cement manufacturers, has received ISO-14001 certification for its environmental management system.
 arrow G7 meet resolves differences but effect on dollar doubtful
The world's leading economies, after a weekend meeting here, may now be in accord on an approach to currency markets, but their unity is unlikely to check a slide in the dollar that has lately alarmed
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hello, class of 2004?
The eyes of the cricketing world will be firmly focussed on Bangladesh for the next 25 days as the coming generation of the game's potential great go on to charm the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2004.
 arrow Enthusiasm all over
The cream of youth cricket assembled in Bangladesh to find out who will be the best. But with the real battle still five days away the mood of the young combatants was upbeat.
 arrow Cricket: 'We can be competitive with any side'
Bangladesh's up and coming cricketers will rub shoulders with the rest of the world when the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2004 begins and one man who will be hoping that the home team prove their mettle
 arrow Cricket: The warriors
Tim Paine (captain), Ahilen Beadle, Scott Coyte, Adam Crosthwaite, Theo Doropoulos, Callum Ferguson,

Moises Henriques, Cameron Huckett, Josh Mangan, Stephen O'Keefe, Lachlan Oswald-Jacobs,

 arrow All-out security
The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken all necessary steps to ensure highest security during the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup that begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Battle Zones
Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS)

This multipurpose venue is considered the home of sporting activities of the country.

 arrow Cricket: Fixture

 arrow Football: Brothers unstoppable
Leaders Brothers Union Club registered their eighth consecutive win in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they blanked Dhaka Wanderers Club 2-0 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: New Provati rule
The ball dominated the bat in six Dhaka Zone qualifying matches of 22nd Na-tional Schools Cricket Championship at different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Indian inspectors arrive in Pakistan
An Indian security delegation arrived here Monday to clear the last hurdles in a planned cricket series with Pakistan, the first in this country for 14 years.
 arrow Football: Eagles end Lions' reign
Nigeria ended Cameroon's four-year reign as continental champions on Sunday when they won 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the African Nations Cup.
 arrow Football: Hungry McLaren
Middlesbrough will be looking to add the scalp of Premiership champions Manchester United to that of leaders Arsenal when they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Carlos the magician
Roberto Carlos' cannonball freekick was the decisive goal for leaders Real Madrid in a 2-1 Spanish league victory over Malaga this weekend while Roma thrashed Juventus in Italian league action.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet, Khulnain command
A brilliant century by Golam Rahman and Jamaluddin Babu put Sylhet and holders Khulna in commanding positions at the end of the third day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket Leaguematches
Metropolitanarrow Injured BCL leader dies
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) city north unit leader Omar Faruq Khan, who was shot on February 1, died at the Central Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt to go to int'l court to realise compensation
State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain has reiterated that the government would go to international court for realisation of compensation from US oil giant Unocal for Magurchhara
 arrow JSD call to form front to oust govt
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday called for a Jatiya Oikya Front comprising all opposition political parties to oust the alliance government.
 arrow Gas supply to Bogra by 2005, JS told
State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources A K M Mosharraf Hosain yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that gas connection to Bogra will be given by 2005.
 arrow 'No plan to cancel quota system in govt jobs'
Minister in charge of Establishment Ministry in the Sangsad Barrister Aminul Hoq yesterday said government had no plan to cancel the existing quota system in public jobs.
 arrow Train kills one, body found in Ramna
A garment worker was killed in a train accident in Mohakhali, while police recovered body of an unidentified middle-aged man from Ramna Sunday.

Abdus Sobahan, 37, an employee at Orbits Network Ltd.

 arrow Indian air chief calls on president
The Indian air chief Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy paid a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow E-W University convocation
The East West University will hold its convocation for 2004 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Tk 10 cr rawhide smuggled out through Satkhira
Rawhide and skin worth at least Tk 10 crore have been smuggled out through different border points in the district since the Eid-ul-Fitr due to low prices in the country this year, hide traders claimed.
 arrow It is murder, not suicide, says victim's mother
The mother of Mizanur Rahman, a fishery official whose body was found at the Matsya Bhaban in Dhaka on January 19, claimed that her son was killed as per a plan.
 arrow 12 politicos killed in Bogra in 8 yrs
Twelve political leaders were killed here in eight years.

Of the killed, four were BNP leaders, seven Awami League (AL) leaders and one Jatiya Party (JP) leader.

 arrow Mindless plunder of fish resources in southern region
Kamal Molla and his son pulled his net in the water near Alipur ferry terminal for about an hour. They collected 37 shrimp and lobster fries from about two kilograms of other fish fries netted.
 arrow Disability is no bar for Joly
The success of physically handicapped Joly Begum is now a matter of discussion for many.
 arrow Trading on disease
Mushrooming unregistered diagnostic centres are making a booming business allegedly in collaboration with a section of health officials and doctors, often cheating patients.
 arrow Train derails in Gaibandha, link snapped for 8 hours
Train communication on the Santaher-Lalmonirhat route was disrupted for eight hours when a passenger train derailed at the outer signal of Sonatola railway station on Sunday afternoon.
 arrow Cheat caught for second time
One person -- Mainul Haque -- was arrested for falsely personifying himself as an army major on Sunday.

Haque had gone to Ramganj Bazar in Nilphamari Sadar upazila.

 arrow HSC exam of 77 Bhola students uncertain
Seventy-seven students of Shahbajpur Government College are facing uncertainty over appearing at the next Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination as their registration numbers have not yet reached
 arrow Half-day hartal observed at Mohimaganj
A peaceful half-day hartal called by Mohimaganj Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) was observed at Mohimaganj on Sunday.
 arrow Poisonous food: Baby girl dies, 5 sick in Magura
A baby girl died and five members of the same family fell ill after intake of poisonous food at Harishpur village in Shalikha upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Failed state' and the concept of third force
Dr. B Chowdhury, the principal protagonist for the emergence of a third force, has recently referred to the phrase 'Failed State', in the context of Bangladesh (The Independent, January 7, 2004).
 arrow How costly is a 450-seat parliament and its ‘decorations’?
At least 40 million have been added to what was the population in 1971 when Bangladesh got its place under the Sun.
 arrow An humble tribute to Justice Debesh Bhattacharya
Justice Debesh Chandra Battacharya was one of the extraordinary personalities we often come across in the society. We know the universal rule that man is mortal.
Culturearrow In quest of capturing the legends
Nasir Ali Mamun, who has his ongoing solo exhibit, "Meet the Legends" at the Goethe Institue, says, " As a teenager in the mid sixties I would cut and collect the pictures of famous people from the morning
 arrow Cultural events commemorating Language martyrs in full swing
Every year, the nation celebrates February as the month of glory and pays homage to the martyrs of the Language movement of 1952.
 arrow Beyonce captures record-tying five Grammys for solo debut
Beyonce Knowles captured a record-tying five Grammys for her solo debut album "Dangerously in Love", while Justin Timberlake had two and apologised for his role in the Janet Jackson's racy performance
 arrow Bhupen's song is the 'best'
Eminent musician Bhupen Hazarika's famous Bengali composition Manush manusheri janya (man for mankind) was selected as the 'best song of the millennium' by the BBC Bengali service.
Generalarrow Move to strengthen local govt
Local Government Initiative (LGI), a programme funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has formed National Union Parishad Forum (NUPF) with a view to intensifying the local
 arrow 2 touchstone statues worth Tk 95 lakh seized
Two more precious touchstone statues worth about Tk 95 lakh were seized yesterday morning from Gaibandha and Joypurhat districts.
 arrow 'Justice Debesh was a pioneer in all HR, democratic movements'
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday said late Justice Debesh Chandra Bhattacharya was a pioneer in all human rights and democratic movements of the country.
 arrow Witness attacked at Bagerhat court compound
A gang allegedly belonging to the ruling BNP assaulted a prosecution witness in a local union parishad (UP) chairman murder case at Bagerhat court compound on Saturday as he refused back down from testifying.
 arrow Girl murdered after rape
Masuma Akhter Tina aged about 16 of Khalkutia village under Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat district was murdered after rape.

Her body was recovered from a bush near her house on Sunday.

 arrow BRAC, Afghan govt sign MOU on health
Ministry of Health of Afghanistan and BRAC Afghanistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Kabul for the health project in Badghis province on February 8, says a press release.
 arrow Former Betar official dead
Alhaj M Mamun, a veteran freedom fighter and a retired director, Monitoring Services of Bangladesh Betar, died of a heart attack at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Sunday night at the age of 63.
Internationalarrow Food aid to N Korea dries up
The World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday made a last ditch appeal for help to feed millions starving in North Korea, saying it was scraping the bottom of the barrel with cereal stocks virtually exhausted.
 arrow US offers bounties for five most wanted men in Iraq
The US army distributed yesterday a new poster offering a total of 16.5 million dollars for the capture of the five most wanted men, suspected of leading the insurgency in Iraq and of terror attacks.
 arrow Musharraf vows no more nuke secrets leaks
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, pledged that Pakistan had put a stop to the covert export of nuclear weapons know-how.
 arrow Russia in disarray over missing presidential candidate
Prosecutors in Moscow yesterday reversed a decision to open a murder investigation into the disappearance of presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin, officials told AFP.
 arrow Israeli FM in India for talks
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has arrived in India on a three-day visit, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
 arrow Shiite Muslims plead with UN for early elections
Iraq's majority Shiite Muslim community pressed its case for early elections yesterday as the US-led coalition pursued operations to crack down on a continuing insurgency in the Sunni Muslim trianglenorth
 arrow Bird flu claims 19th victim in Asia
Bird flu claimed another fatality in Vietnam yesterday, as Thailand said it hoped to become the first hard-hit Asian nation to rid itself of the disease that has killed 19 people in the region.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Natore mayhem
The way some ruling party activists have responded to the killing of a relative of an influential figure is outrageous, to say the least.
 arrow Editorial: FTA deal
Bangladesh's failure to sign up to a framework agreement on free trade in the BIMST-EC region while other member-states did it, has taken us by surprise.
 arrow Foreign policy in Bush's White House
US President George W. Bush has entered the last year of his Presidency. Now it would be worthwhile to analyse the bold lines of the Bush foreign policy.
 arrow Nuclear blackmarket: The bomb is a burden
The "Father of the Pakistani Bomb", Abdul Qadeer Khan, has confessed to his culpability in clandestine nuclear transfers to North Korea, Iran and Libya.
Letters to Editorarrow Moral education
We need to broadcast more effective programmes to raise the moral level of our nation, so that the heart of the corrupt souls in our country is cleansed.
 arrow Teaching DU style
May I give you a different picture to what Mr. Masrur Hossain has painted about Dhaka University. This is despite the fact that I do not disagree entirely with him.
 arrow Thanks to BTTB
We thank the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) for taking a revolutionary step by giving the people the opportunity to make international calls from the telephones which have NWD facilities
 arrow Chartered Secretaries Act
The Institute of the Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) lodged the draft Act in late September 1998 proposing to the government to make appointment of Qualified Chartered Secretary
 arrow Home truth
Lately, the Public Expenditure Review Commission, an innovative watchdog, has revealed a report.