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Front Pagearrow Spl tribunal planned to rid case backlog
The government will set up a special tribunal to dispose of land dispute cases, which now total around 6.5 lakh.
 arrow 'We have tolerated a lot, no more'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday renewed her call to the main opposition party to shun politics of vandalism and terrorism and return to parliament.
 arrow Clash-packed hartal cripples life
Police and BNP activists clashed with the Awami League (AL) adherents in Dhaka and some other towns during hartal yesterday, when the main opposition enforced a second strike in three days to protestat
 arrow 21 killed in attack on Iraq cop office
Guerrillas shouting 'God is great' launched a bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and security compound west of Baghdad yesterday, freeing prisoners and sparking a gunbattle that killed 21
 arrow Govt to crush hartal violence
The government has planned to crush hartal-related violence with a heavy hand and put people involved in burning vehicle and other destructive activities on trial under the Speedy Trial Act.
 arrow Set up anti-graft body soon to save business
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday demanded of the government to live up to its election pledge to establish an anti-corruption commission to save business,
 arrow JS body to probe graft allegations
A parliamentary probe body was formed yesterday, following demand from Communications Minister Nazmul Huda, to investigate alleged irregularities in handing out permissions and allocating land for CNG
 arrow AL again calls hartal for tomorrow
The Awami Jubo League called a daylong hartal across the country tomorrow, protesting attacks on the opposition leaders and workers including its Chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanok during yesterday's shutdown
 arrow UNDP, PCJSS agree on development works
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has reached an understanding with Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and is expected to resume its development activities in Chittagong Hill
 arrow No bird flu found yet, scare wrecks havoc
Bangladesh is still free from bird flu but a virtual consumer boycott of chicken in the wake of outbreak of the disease in some Asian countries has pushed the local poultry industry on the verge of collapse,
 arrow Remittances from Malaysia dip 33pc
Remittances from Malaysia dipped 33 percent and from Kuwait 5 percent between July and December last year due to the standoff in manpower export to Malaysia and the Iraq war.
 arrow Fish becomes dearer in city as supply dwindles
A sharp decline in supply of fish to the city's kitchen markets since the Eid-ul-Azha due to a fall in catches as well as frequent hartals has brought on a price-hike, fish traders said yesterday.
 arrow Maimed, still happy to be back home
The ordeal of 13-year-old Anwar Hossain Kazi's poor parents ended finally in the return of their son, albeit maimed, about one and a half years after he was trafficked to India.
 arrow Oil workers call their strike off
The indefinite strike enforced from yesterday by staffers in the oil sector was called off last night after the state minister told their representatives at a meeting that the government was yet to decided
 arrow Attack on AL office, college in Bogra: 25 injured
Ruling BNP activists attacked the district Awami League office and set fire to a college in Sonatola yesterday during hartal hours, leaving at least 25 people injured in clashes.
 arrow Their days are Numbered, says Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the days of BNP-Jamaat alliance government are numbered as its "vandalism" reached its peak.
 arrow Outlaws slaughter Kushtia trader after abduction
Miscreants allegedly belonging to outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) slaughtered a trader after abduction at Khoksa in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow US clears Red Cross to visit Saddam
US authorities have formally given the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the green light to visit detained former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in prison, the ICRC said yesterday.
 arrow U-19 WC cricket begins today
The 5th ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup commences today against the backdrop of the fast-deteriorating political climate.
 arrow NGO bill called back for changes
The government has called back for modifications the proposed "The Foreign Donations [Voluntary Activities Regulation (Amendment)] Ordinance, 2004".
 arrow End of bird flu could take years: WHO
United Nations agencies said yesterday Vietnam's bird flu outbreak, which has killed 14 people in the country, could take years to eradicate, as China reported four new confirmed outbreaks of the disease.
 arrow BSF gathers 600 people along Dinajpur border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has reportedly assembled about 600 Bangla-speaking people, mostly women and children, along the Dinajpur border, apparently to push them into Bangladesh.
 arrow CPB to gear up oust-govt agitation
The left-leaning Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday announced to intensify its anti-government programmes independently.
 arrow 1 die, 6 hurt as robbers clash with cops
A robber was killed and six others, including a police officer, were injured in a gunfight between police and robbers at Chaulighat village in Trishal upazila Friday night.
 arrow Anti-mosquito drive in March
The local government rural development (LGRD) and cooperatives ministry will launch anti-mosquito drive in the capital from March 2, ahead of the secondary school certificate (SSC) examinations scheduled
 arrow Airbus faults in Sylhet int'l airport linger
The flight of the Airbus of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Sylhet MAG Osmani Internatioal Airport is still uncertain due to mechanical faults.
 arrow The road near the Baridhara-Nadda bus stand...

 arrow PM urges expatriates to set up industries
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked expatriate Bangladeshis to set up industries in Bangladesh.

She assured that the expatriates would enjoy the same facilities as prescribed for foreign investors.

 arrow India stops fencing for 7days
India has stopped barbed wire fencing along Sharifpur border in the district for a week.
 arrow Gang stabs 3 of a family at Barisal
Three members of a family were injured critically when unidentified miscreants stabbed them in the town early yesterday.
Businessarrow Businesses talk further trade opportunities
Bangladeshi and Indian businesspeople yesterday began a two-day face-to-face meet in Dhaka to explore further trade opportunities and exchange views on resolving problems to doing business.
 arrow Radisson ready to make its mark in third quarter
Reputed international chain hotels boost tourism and economy of a country, says Ian R Barrow, general manager of Radisson Water Garden Hotel, a five-star chain that is expected to start operation in Dhaka
 arrow Crawley asks Dhaka to prepare for millennium challenges
Chairman of Bangladesh Caucus in the US Senate Joseph Crawley has asked Bangladesh to get ready to meet the challenges of the new millennium for its economic development.
 arrow S'pore, US float plan to revive WTO trade talks
Singapore and the United States floated Friday the idea of a special late-summer meeting of ministers to put derailed world trade talks back on track.
 arrow Lafarge chief operating officer in Dhaka
Chief Operating Officer of Lafarge Bruno Lafont is in Bangladesh to join the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Lafarge Surma Cement plant at Chhatak in Sunamganj.
 arrow Plan to put trains under private management draws protests draws protest
Railway labour union has strongly protested a government plan to hand over the management of two inter-city trains to private sector.
 arrow ICAB delegation meets commerce minister
A four-member delegation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) headed by its president Akhtar Sohel Kasem held a courtesy meeting with Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury
 arrow New DMD of Mutual Trust Bank
Iftekhar Ali Khan has joined Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTBL) as deputy managing director (DMD), says a press release.
 arrow Call money rate slips
The call money rate fell down further Saturday in thin inter-bank trade due to low demand driven by country-wide strike programme that hit business activities.
 arrow DHL Bangladesh holds customer reception
DHL Express Bangladesh, a leading express and logistics company, arranged a customer reception to celebrate the promotion of its express solution for the fashion industry -- Fashion 1st -- in Dhaka on
 arrow Inquiry into liquidation of BCCI demanded
The creditors and former employees of British Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) demanded inquiry under Parliamentary Select Committee into the conduct of the liquidation of the bank that
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Three bids of 2-day tenor amounting to Tk 74 crore were received and accepted.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Winning start the key
Bangladesh open their 5th ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup campaign with a crunch Group C game against New Zealand today fully aware that a win will give them an enormous advantage in the quest for a so far
 arrow Cricket: BCB's appeal
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday appealed to all political parties to ensure a healthy atmosphere for successful holding of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup that begins today across thecountry.
 arrow Cricket: Clash of unequals
It will David versus Goliath when Nepal play England in the opening Group B match of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup at the MA Aziz Stadium at nine in the morning.
 arrow Cricket: Top three gear up
Defending champions Australia, Asian powerhouse India and dark horse West India warmed up well yesterday ahead of launching their ICC U-19 World campaigns.
 arrow Cricket: India touring Pakistan
India's first Test tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years will go ahead as scheduled next month, the government said on Saturday, ending days of uncertainty caused by security concerns.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers 199
Bangladesh collapsed against Zimbabwe A on the first day of their three-day tour opener yesterday in Harare.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh welcomed
Zimbabwe have on Saturday announced the national squad to face Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Aus focus on cricket
The Australian cricket team arrived here Saturday for a six-week tour despite fears that campaigning for the island's snap parliamentary elections in April could be violent.
 arrow Cricket: Immediately on target
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne took a wicket with his second ball on Saturday in his long-awaited comeback to top-level cricket following a 12-month doping ban.
 arrow Athletics: Star-filled Mumbai Marathon
Nearly 20,000 athletes led by world record holders, Indian celebrities, Bollywood stars and top industrialists will pound the streets of Bombay on Sunday in an international marathon.
 arrow Football: One down United still good enough
Manchester United saw off arch-rivals Manchester City 4-2 to book themselves an FA Cup quarter-final place despite playing most of Saturday's match here at Old Trafford with just 10 men.
 arrow Football: Jay Jay action
Nigeria captain Jay Jay Okocha put himself in line for a share of the golden boot at the African Nations Cup as he scored one of the goals which helped defeat Mali 2-1 in the third place play-off here
 arrow Football: Zidane gets one-game ban
France and Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane has been handed a one-match ban by the Spanish federation's disciplinary body after being sent off for violent behaviour in midweek.
Metropolitanarrow Police action on AL leaders protested
Leaders of different political parties, in separate statements yesterday, condemned the police action on Awami League (AL) activists during the hartal and protested the attack on the house of Advocate
 arrow JU authorities, villagers resolve standoff
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities and the local leaders of Gerua village under Pathalia Union have reached a consensus to resolve the standoff between the students and the villagers.
 arrow SR Osmani joins Petrobangla as chairman
S R Osmani joined Petro-bangla as its chairman on February 12, says a press release.

Prior to his new assignment, he was director (finance) and acting chairman of Petrobangla.

 arrow Sgt Zahurul Haque's death anniversary today
Today is the 35th death anniversary of Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haque, says a press release.

Wreaths will be placed at his graveyard at Azimpur in the morning.

 arrow Anwarul Islam Bobby
Today is the 10th death anniversary of Anwarul Islam Bobby, editor of the now-defunct Morning Sun, says a press release.
Nationalarrow An export potential ignored
Sumargola Sinha, Mondakini Sinha and Trishna Devi of remote Tilakpur village in Kamalgonj are now happy and enthusiastic.
 arrow Abduction scare in Kushtia
Incidents of abduction for ransom have increased alarmingly following deterioration of law and order in Kushtia, creating a scare among people.
 arrow IO changed, prime accused at large
Police are yet recover Tk 17 lakh out of Tk 22 lakh looted from a vehicle of Pubali Bank on Saturday last.

The prime accused, Ward Commissioner Ashique Ahmed, also remained at large.

 arrow Protest against move to allot houses only to Biharis
About five thousand Banla-speaking distressed people on Thursday marched towards government's Uttara Housing Complex Housing at Dhelapir on the outskirts of saidpur town protesting a move to allot the
 arrow UP chairmen asked to prepare list of hunters
Chairmen and members of the Union Parishads (UPs) adjacent to Hakaluki haor (a water body) in Kulaura and Baralekha upazilas have been asked to prepare the lists of bird hunters.
 arrow Clash over high fertiliser price in Nilphamari
The district administration has formed a vigilance team to contain price rise of fertuilisers in the district.
 arrow Two railway staff suspended
Two railway staff have been suspended for negligence in duty which caused a train accident near Sonatola Railway Station on Lalmonirhat-Santaher routeon February 8.
 arrow Outlaws kidnap two sisters in Khoksa
Outlawed party cadres abducted two sisters at Osmanpur village in Khoksa upazila for failing to pay Tk 2 lakh as ransom on Wednesday.
 arrow Lone pry school in Galachipa shoal closed
Five hundred fifty children are being deprived of primary education due to closure of the lone Satellite Primary School at Char Lata in Galachipa upazila on January 1 this year.
Point-Counterpointarrow Microfinance, rural power structure and empowerment
A four-day Asia-Pacific Region Microcredit Summit is going to be held in Dhaka from 16 to 19 February. We print the following article for information of our esteemed readers on the subject.
Culturearrow The lure of "alpana"
Muniruzzaman, director of "Chitrak" gallery says that "alpana" is something that comes from our everyday lives in Bangladesh and originates from ancient times.
 arrow 'Architect' builds buzz as Oscar race counts down
As the Oscar race counts down, the best picture competition is looking more and more like a lock, with Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" steadily moving toward its coronation.
 arrow Michael J. Fox scrubs up for TV return
Michael J. Fox couldn't resist the lure of television comedy or an executive producer's pleas.
 arrow Om Puri's date with Sophie Dahl
Dream Production, which had quite a nightmarish experience in its last film, Samay, has recharged its batteries.
Internationalarrow Breakthrough UN deal sealed on Cyprus talks
The drive for a deal to reunite Cyprus in time for its May 1 entry into the European Union shifts to Nicosia next week after a breakthrough deal reached at the United Nations on the ground rules for talks.
 arrow India asks troops to avoid HR abuse in Kashmir
The Indian government told security forces yesterday to ensure there are no human rights abuses in Indian Kashmir following charges the army used five civilians as human shields in a shootout with Islamic
 arrow Rumsfeld plans panel for annual review of Guantanamo inmates
Long-term prisoners being held at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will receive annual reviews to determine whether they should remain in custody, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday.
 arrow Full Iraqi sovereignty key to stability: Egypt
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher has said restoration of full Iraqi sovereignty is key to stability in the war-ravaged Arab country currently under US-led occupation.
 arrow Bush releases military records in effort to quell controversy
Military records of President George W.
 arrow Human cloning success sparks heated debate
The South Korean researchers' success in cloning human embryo was a great surprise to scientists overseas who hope the duplicating technique will lead to new stem-cell therapies.
 arrow List of Nobel Peace Prize hopefuls is longest ever
The list of hopefuls for this year's Nobel Prize for Peace is the longest ever in the history of the prestigious award, featuring Jacques Chirac, Tony Blair and George W. Bush among the 178 candidates.
 arrow Hundreds of gays rush to wed in San Francisco
A judge on Friday refused to stop hundreds of gay couples from getting married at San Francisco's City Hall in defiance of California state law, thus guaranteeing that the weddings would continue into
 arrow Bush okays private meet with Sept 11 panel
President Bush agreed Friday to meet privately with the federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks but declined to testify publicly about what the government could have done to prevent the tragedy.
 arrow China executes serial killer
China last morning executed one of its worst serial killers in recent history, who reportedly murdered 67 people in the course of a three-year rampage, local media said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Excess liquidity with banks
The commercial banks' liquidity overhang amounted to a record level of Tk 105.53 billion as on January 1. The banks have this huge liquidity excess not knowing where to put this in.
 arrow Editorial: Are roads meant to dig?
Excavation of roads for laying or repairing service lines through the metropolis has been too commonplace a sight to be portrayed afresh.
 arrow Human rights, democracy and global civility
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) protects juvenile offenders from death penalty.
 arrow L'affaire Qadeer Khan
The fall of the Father of Pakistani Bomb, Dr. A. Q.
Letters to Editorarrow Heroic act of police
The news "Two robbers held as daring bid to rob house foiled" of February 5, 2004 drew my attention. I have come to know that there are still some courageous policemen ready to protect people.
 arrow Private security services
It is very unfortunate that the private security service companies that are now working in different parts of the country are not always found to be efficient.
 arrow Destruction of national universities
The process of destroying our national universities has been going on for some years. As I passed only very recently from Dhaka University, I have first-hand experience with the process.
 arrow Violence in sports
I have been following the aggressive behaviour of club officials and players for many years, and it seems the situation is worsening day by day.
 arrow Hajj tragedy, 2004
I refer to the letter of Mr. Mahbub Rahman about the "Death of Hajis at Mina" on Feb 9, 2004 and the excellent article of Mohd. A.
Star Healtharrow The DASH diet: It may benefit your blood pressure
For years doctors have recommended reducing sodium to help lower your blood pressure.
Star Cityarrow Fate of mother language institute hangs in the balance
The construction of International Mother Language Institute was suspended in October last year over what officials called confusion about the viability of the project.
 arrow Quest for Bangali roots
Bangali Shamagra --- a gallery to preserve the best works of Bangalis and their heritage has just opened in the city.
 arrow Ekushey in the Air

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Star City in Framesarrow Basanta in full Bloom
City people, especially Bangali women dressed in Bashonti (yellow) saree greet Basanta (spring), the season of love, on pahela phalgoon at Charukala Bakultala at Dhaka University during the Basanta