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Front Pagearrow Attack on Dr Kamal's motorcade in Ctg
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain escaped unscathed when an anti-CHT peace agreement group attacked his motorcade in Kaukhali upazila on way to Rangamati yesterday morning, triggering a nationwide
 arrow 7 M-79 rifles, 12 guns seized in Bandarban
The joint forces yesterday retrieved seven M-79 rifles, 12 gun barrels and a magnesium flare from a criminal hideout in Baishari Shila Baidhya Para under Naikhonchhari Upazila of the district.
 arrow Politics heats up on February 28 plans
Politics is apparently heading towards a situation of confrontation as both the BNP-led ruling alliance and the main opposition Awami League (AL) are taking a hardline -- the AL to dislodge the government
 arrow 25pc water shortage to cripple city life this summer
Dhaka dwellers are going to suffer a water crisis this summer when daily supply is set to see a minimum of 25 percent shortfall, a highly placed source at Dhaka Wasa said.
 arrow AL rejects US envoy's request for JS return
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday turned down the US ambassador's request to shun hartal and return to parliament and reiterated that immediate resignation of the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition
 arrow Altaf blames it on Dr Kamal's 'armed escorts'
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury in a statement at the parliament yesterday blamed "armed opposition activists accompanying Dr Kamal" for the incident that forced the veteran political leader and
 arrow Attack condemned
Different political parties and professional bodies yesterday condemned the attack on noted lawyer and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and several human rights activists near Rauzan in Chittagong
 arrow PM orders raiders' arrest
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has ordered arrest of those who attacked Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on his way to Rangamati yesterday.
 arrow Govt back-pedals on rickshaw ban on two roads
The government has once again postponed its decision to ban rickshaws and rickshaw-vans from two major roads from tomorrow in the face of a tough agitation threatened by owners and employees of the non-motorised
 arrow Plan to limit time for int'l calls at cut rate
The Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) that recently cut international call charges plans to set a call limit to avoid counting crores in losses, sources said.
 arrow PCJSS enforces hartal today in Rangamati
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) has called a daylong strike in Rangamati district today to press for implementation of its three-point demand.
 arrow Clarification
The Privatisation Commission in a clarification yesterday said that the February 23 report of The Daily Star (headlined SOE sell-off through ministries illegal: Privatisation Commission writes PM) has
 arrow Hartal cannot be banned, says Saifur
Hartal is indeed suicidal for the economy but banning it is also not possible, observed Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Canada make hosts sweat
Hosts Bangladesh were made to struggle by minnows Canada in a Plate Championship match of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup yesterday.
 arrow Tourists, fishermen barred as tiger count starts in Sundarbans Feb 26
The Ministry of Forest and Environment begins a tiger enumeration programme in the Sundarbans from February 26 to March 3.
 arrow Bombing kills 10 in Iraqi police station
A vehicle bomb detonated yesterday outside an Iraqi police station in a Kurdish neighbourhood of this ethnically divided northern city, killing at least 10 people and wounding 45 others, police and hospital
 arrow Israel won't bargain with Palestinian leadership: Sharon
Israel will not negotiate with the current Palestinian leadership as it is not meeting any of its obligations under the US-backed roadmap for peace, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was quoted as saying yesterday
 arrow People have rejected 'govt for misrule', says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has said people have rejected the coalition government for

its 'misrule' over the last two and a half years.

 arrow AL lawmakers demonstrate in JS tomorrow
The Awami League lawmakers will demonstrate in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban carrying black flags and hand over a memorandum to the speaker tomorrow seeking protection against attacks on the opposition lawmakers
 arrow Speedy Trial Act gets a two-year extension
The cabinet yesterday extended the term of the Speedy Trial Act 2002 for two more years through an amendment.
 arrow AC Akram sent to jail again
Former assistant commissioner (AC) of police Akram Hussain, sentenced to life in the sensational Rubel murder case, was sent to jail yesterday after he surrendered to court.
 arrow Rajuk staff threaten legal action to get back job
Police resisted the sacked employees of the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) from entering the office in procession, forcing them to demonstrate outside amid a stalemate over the termination of 413
 arrow AL, SKSD agree on oust-govt move
Leaders of the main opposition party Awami League (AL) and left-leaning Sramik Krishak Samajbadi Dal (SKSD) at a meeting yesterday agreed there was no alternative but to oust the present government through
 arrow 6 killed as fire rips through Indian space centre
Six people were killed and several injured when a fire ripped through India's main space centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state yesterday, a space official said.
 arrow The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal holds a rally...

 arrow Cashier, guard, produced before court
Boalia police yesterday produced the three arrested in connection with Sunday's robbery at Janata Bank (JB) Corporate Office at Shaheb Bazar in Rajshahi before a magistrate's court.
 arrow Tk 100cr subsidy likely for pvt hospitals in next budget
The government plans a Tk 100 crore subsidy in the next budget for new private sector hospitals.
 arrow Power plant to be set up in Bhola
The government plans to set up a power plant based on Shahbazpur gas field in Bhola in the next one and a half years and also install gas pipeline in Bogra, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Saifur sceptical about neutral chief for anti-graft body
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman wondered yesterday where to find a 'neutral' boss for anti-corruption commission in an era of political division.

"We don't have angels in the country.

 arrow Independent MP Moqbul Hossain joins BNP
Syed Moqbul Hossain, an independent member of parliament (MP) elected from Sylhet-6 constituency, has joined the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
 arrow Body dumped in front of state guesthouse
Unknown assailants shot dead an unidentified man of about 30 and dumped him on the street in front of the state guesthouse Padma yesterday.
Businessarrow Micro-insurers want investment scopes
Aiming to complement microcredit in reducing poverty in rural areas, micro-insurance players want investment opportunity to help grow the service sector in the villages.
 arrow Three-day machinery exposition begins
The commerce minister yesterday urged entrepreneurs to use modern technologies to boost product quality as he inaugurated a three-day machinery exposition in Dhaka.
 arrow Tap global poultry trade as no bird flu in Bangladesh
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday called upon the poultry industry people to look for an opportunity to fill in a global vacuum created by the ban on chicken from a number of flu-affected countries.
 arrow Implement all agreements within 10 days
A united platform of nine garment workers' organisations issued an ultimatum to the government and the BGMEA yesterday for implementing all agreements with them within 10 days.
 arrow Work together to cut poverty, ensure food security
As a donor-sponsored regional conference began here yesterday, Dhaka urged Asia-Pacific countries to work together with a mission to reduce poverty and ensure food security in the region.
 arrow 12 loss-making SoEs closed down in 5 years
Twelve loss-incurring state-owned enterprises (SoEs) were closed down in last five years, parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow StanChart holds workshop on anti-money laundering
Standard Chartered Bank organised a workshop on anti-money laundering for its officers on Thursday.
 arrow Dhaka Bank, Janata Bank sign deal
Dhaka Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Janata Bank for utilising its country-wide network to disburse foreign remittances received by Dhaka Bank Limited.
 arrow MindShare Global Media Agency of the Year
MindShare has been awarded 'Global Media Agency of the Year' for 2003 by Advertising Age.

This latest accolade followed numerous awards won by MindShare across the world in 2003, says a press release.

 arrow US, agricultural nations to try to start free trade talks
The Cairns Group of 17 nations seeking an end to farm subsidies is meeting here this week with the United States in a bid to revive stalled World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Zimbabwe zap Tigers
Spinner Ray Price took four wickets as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 183 runs in the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday to record their first win for more than two years.
 arrow Football: MSC-BU clash today
While Moha-mmedan will be looking to carry on their recent good form leaders Brothers Union can virtually confirm a maiden title when the big guns meet in the return-league fixture of the Western Union
 arrow Cricket: Canada test hosts
Bangladesh survived a scare before defeating Canada by four wickets in their opening Plate Championship match of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Jahangir propels Dhaka
Leaders Dhaka rode on a superb half-century from former national opener Jahangir Alam to launch their penultimate four-day match of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League in style against
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly looking forward
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly told reporters Sunday he expected good and challenging cricket during India's first full tour of Pakistan in 15 years to start next month.
 arrow Cricket: Blignaut comfort for Bangladesh
Zimbabwe fast bowler Andy Blignaut was ruled out of the second Test against Bangladesh on Monday.
 arrow Football: Wanderers beat Badda
Relegation-threatened Dhaka Wanderers registered their third victory in the Western Union Premier Division Football League with a 2-1 win against Badda Jagarani Sangsad at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Tragic!
A Muslim teenager was killed and four others injured in a blast that occurred while they were playing cricket at a town in northern Indian-administered Kashmir, a police spokesman said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis not complacent
New Zealand go into the crucial fourth one-day cricket match against South Africa here Tuesday riding high after back-to-back wins, but their hopes of taking an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series havebeen
 arrow Golf: Indo, Pak golf revival nears
Pakistan has stepped up efforts to revive annual golf competitions with India after New Delhi agreed to resume sporting ties and send its cricket team to Pakistan, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath back, takes wickets
Australia's premier fast bowler Glenn McGrath claimed two wickets on his comeback trail from injury in a state seconds cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Nizam Shamsul Smrity Sangha (NSSS) reached the final of the Language Martyr Rafique Memorial Cricket tournament defeating Provat Sangha (PS) by 121 runs at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj
 arrow Tennis: Diamond for Clijsters
Belgium's world number two Kim Clijsters secured her first title on home soil by making short work of defeating Italy's Silvia Farina Elia 6-3 6-0 to win the Antwerp Diamond Games on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt sinks Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero felt the effects of a week of tough tennis as he took a 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 defeat at the hands of fresh and eager Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the 842,000-euro (1.
 arrow Football: All eyes on Munich
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich cross swords on Tuesday as two of the gladiators of European football provide a fitting curtain raiser to the home and away knockout phase of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Cassano crushes Siena
Antonio Cassano scored a hat-trick as Roma thrashed Siena 6-0 here on Sunday to give a welcome boost to their goal difference and close the gap on Serie A league leaders AC Milan to five points.
 arrow Football: Liverpool shown the door
Former Arsenal trainee Richard Hughes fired Portsmouth into an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with his former club on Sunday as Liverpool paid the price of a penalty miss by superstar striker Michael Owen.
Metropolitanarrow Situation tense in Barisal
Tension has been running high in the region ahead of the visit by Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina who is scheduled to arrive here today.
 arrow Project to strengthen local govt
The Democracywatch has undertaken a two-year advocacy programme to strengthen local government system and facilitate its effective role at Union Parishad level.
 arrow Normalcy returns to DU
Normalcy returned to Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday after clashes between the students and the police at Nilkhet crossing on Sunday night that left at least 20 students injured.
 arrow Three bodies remain abandoned at hospital
Bodies of three men, gunned down allegedly over the share of looted cash and jewellery from two shops at Karnaphuli Garden City in Dhaka on Friday, remain still abandoned at Dhaka Medical College Hospital
 arrow Debate held at Surya Sen Hall
A friendly parliamentary debate marking the International Mother language Day was held at Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday.
 arrow CU admission tests begin today
The admission tests for first year honours courses of Chittagong University (CU) under 2003-04 academic session begin today amid tight security.
Nationalarrow Trees dying in N districts
The just concluded winter has claimed thousands of mature timber three in northern districts.
 arrow Govt lost right to stay in power: Menon
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said the BNP-led Four-party Alliance government lost the right to stay in power as life of people has become "unbearable" under its rule.
 arrow PBCP (J) is financed by leaders of a party to create anarchy
Self-styled commander of Janajuddha faction of outlawed PBCP Abdul Gaffar alias Tushar was taken to KMP headquarters Saturday night from Satkhira and quizzed by senior officials including DC (South) Ali
 arrow Rift in Rajshahi AL widens
The rift between Rajshahi district and city units of Awami League has widened after the district unit suggested to the central AL expulsion of eight local leaders for what it called 'masterminding' the
 arrow One third of demand supplied in Barisal
Kerosene price has increased in Barisal due to less supply by the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).
 arrow 'They will torch our houses to grab khas land'
Widowed and landless Rahima, 35, will have to wind up her 15 years' of residence from the government land along Boral river as land grabbers are threatening her.
 arrow No alternative to Jatiya Party, says Ershad
"People want a change in the government and there is no alternative to Jatiya Party to run the country smoothly, said Hussain Muhammad Ershad.
 arrow Two killed in Sitakunda road mishap
Two persons were killed and three others injured in a road accident in Sitakunda upazila on Saturday.

The dead were identified as Palash Jaladas, 24, and Kalu Meah, 28.

 arrow Four jailed for Possessing illegal arms
A court here on Sunday awarded four persons different jail terms for possessing illegal arms.
 arrow Deploy army 7 days ahead of Kushtia-1 by-polls Ind candidate demands
M Korban Ali, an independent candidate in Kushtia-1 parliamentary by-polls, has demanded deployment of army and BDR in the constituency seven days ahead of the polls.
 arrow No progress in Pangsha thana OC murder case
There has been no major breakthrough in investigation of Pangsha thana Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mizanur Rahman murder case.
 arrow No probe report after time extension thrice
Will probe into the bomb blast at Hazrat Shah Jalal's shrine be shelved? Many in the city say so as the probe body failed to submit its report even after time extension thrice.
 arrow Police action during AL's Ekushey Programme condemned
Several hundred teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) brought out a silent procession on the campus on Saturday.

They protested police action during Awami League's (AL) Ekushey programme.

 arrow Only for lack of a pillar
Believe it or not, about 500 families at two villages in Dumki upazila are deprived of power supply as REB could not erect a pillar in two years .
 arrow Two 'outlaws' arrested
Two alleged outlaws were arrested with arms at Khalfalia village in Jhenidah Sunday night.

They are Dashrat of Lakmipur and Dabir Uddin of Rupdah in Sailkupa.

Point-Counterpointarrow How to fund our politics?
Though we always enjoy talking bad about our politics, politicians and political parties, we should be happy to have some functioning political parties and an animated multi-party system in our country.
 arrow Bush intelligence commission will sidestep answering vital questions
This year so far hasn't been a good one for President George W. Bush, Jr.
Culturearrow Riots of constellations and galaxies
The most important aspect of the on-going exhibition of Korean artist Ryu, Kwang Il's art works is that all pieces are painted in Bangladesh. Ryu has been residing in the country for some five years.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Theatre lovers may enjoy Tirthonkar by Shubochon Natya Shongshod at the public library auditorium at 7 p.m. today as part of the drama festival arranged by Desh Natok.
 arrow BGTF street drama festival
It seems that the sprouting and colourful spring prevails with the presence of festivities in the city life.
 arrow Hrithik, Preity take top honours at Filmfare awards
Kal Ho Na Ho walked away with eight awards, including those for the best actress and best supporting actor, at the 49th Filmfare awards held in Mumbai on Saturday.
Generalarrow 'Enact law to ensure safety of journalists'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on all political parties to come forward to enact a law ensuring security of journalists.
 arrow 12 mobile courts to enforce traffic law in city
The government has pressed 12 mobile courts into service at 12 police stations in the capital to enforce traffic law, check sale of adulterated food and curb snatching and extortion.
Internationalarrow ICJ starts hearing on Israeli barrier
The world court opened a hearing into the legality of Israel's West Bank separation barrier yesterday, a case that brings Israeli policies for the first time before an international tribunal.
 arrow Temple not an election issue, says Vajpayee
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya would not be an election issue and hoped that efforts made in resolving it would succeed.
 arrow Rumsfeld meets with top commanders
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met yesterday with military commanders here on plans to rapidly expand and deploy Iraqi security forces as the United States moves to return sovereignty to Iraq.
 arrow Pak troops in operation to flush out al-Qaeda
Pakistan's armed forces on Sunday launched a major operation in the tribal South Wajiristan Agency bordering Afghanistan to crack down on the remnants of al-Qaeda and Taliban hiding there.
 arrow 'Barrier a serious HR violation'
International pressure group Human Rights Watch yesterday slammed Israel's West Bank barrier as a "serious violation" of the Jewish state's obligations under the Geneva Conventions and a blatant attempt
 arrow Rebels plan to attack Haitian capital
Rebels overran Haiti's second-largest city in their biggest victory of a bloody uprising and said soon they will attack the capital in their campaign to oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
 arrow US, France unjust towards Muslims
Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri yesterday took a jab at the United States and France over their foreign and domestic policies towards Muslim countries and communities, labelling their actions
Editorialarrow Editorial: Good work by the JS committee
The communications ministry has come up for some scathing criticism by the parliamentary standing committee on the planning ministry for its lacklustre performance.
 arrow Editorial: Elevated expressway for Dhaka
Traffic congestion in the nation's capital is among the worst in the world.
 arrow John Forbes Kerry: The second coming of JFK?
What a difference a couple of months makes in politics? Only a few months ago, Senator (for 19 years) John Forbes Kerry (60), was politically "dead in water" and former Governor of Vermont Dr.
 arrow Interesting times
Lurching from crisis to crisis for some time, some of our own making and some tailor-made for us, Pakistan is faced with trouble in both the domestic and external spectrums.
Letters to Editorarrow Boundary conditions
In every phase of life, boundary conditions are hidden troublemakers. In public governance, this is visible, and subject to criticism.
 arrow UNSC sanction on Saudi charity
We are puzzled to read in some of our English dailies that on the recommendation of the US the United Nations Security Council has imposed sanction on four branches of a Saudi Arabian charitable orgainisation,
 arrow English syllabus
It leaves no room for any doubt that the present syllabuses of English for class VI to X are excellent, but there are some flaws in them. I am trying to focus on these flaws.