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Front Pagearrow Crackdown on AL activists ordered
The government has taken a hard line against hartal and yesterday ordered the police to arrest some 1,000 Awami League (AL) activists in the city.
 arrow Donors want audit by int'l firm
The European Union (EU) and other donors yesterday rejected a government audit report that showed irregularities in Proshika, and suggested appointing an international auditor to reinvestigate the allegation
 arrow AL MPs wave black flags, submit memo to speaker
Awami League (AL) lawmakers took out a black-flag procession in the Sangsad Bhavan yesterday chanting slogans against the government's alleged repression on the opposition and submitted a memorandum to
 arrow No more wild guesses
For the last 35 years, wildlife officials at the Department of Forest have hazarded wild guesses about the number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans.
 arrow Farmers in double jeopardy
A diesel crisis coupled with the price hike of fertilisers and power supply disruption is hitting hard the irrigation-based cultivation of boro paddy in the northern region at the beginning of the season.
 arrow Construction work still in quagmire
Construction works continue to remain suspended as the rod prices keep soaring even after the government waived 14.5 percent duty on rod raw material imports.
 arrow Hosts reach Plate semis
Bangladesh advanced into the Plate semifinals of the ICC Fifth U-19 World Cup when they defeated Uganda by four wickets at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hasina alleges graft against PM's family
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged widespread corruption against Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's family and said if her party took office again, it would go to an international court
 arrow PM reaffirms strengthening armed forces
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed her commitment to transform the armed forces into, what she said, strong, efficient and modern military with whatever resources available.
 arrow JS body for rise in kerosene price
A parliamentary standing committee has recommended an increase in kerosene price instead of lowering the price of diesel to balance their prices.
 arrow WB okays $150m loan for edn programme
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved a $150 million credit for the second phase of Primary Education Development Programme.
 arrow Judicial Service Commission gets its chief
Appellate Division Judge MM Ruhul Amin was yesterday appointed chairman to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the body to recruit judges for lower courts.
 arrow 2 held, civil society body demands Altaf's quit
The Oikya Prochesta, a civil society platform, has given a seven-day ultimatum to Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury to resign for his false statement in parliament after the Monday's attack on the
 arrow Looted Janata Bank money recovered
Boalia police yesterday recovered Tk 8 lakh, looted from Janata Bank's (JB) Rajshahi Corporate Branch, only 12 yards away from its office.
 arrow Contractors ask for govt steps to cut rod price, threaten action
Sommilita Thikadar Somonnoy Parishad (STSP), an organisation of enlisted contractors working to implement government projects, yesterday asked for government intervention to bring down the abnormallyhigh
 arrow Bablu freed himself on his own
The brother of hotelier Hasan Mahmud Bablu, who was abducted from Bandarban, yesterday claimed his younger brother freed himself from his captors by his own effort.
 arrow Morocco quake toll rises to 560
Thousands of shocked and grieving residents spent the night in the open as rescue teams scoured the rubble yesterday for survivors of a powerful earthquake in northeastern Morocco which killed at least
 arrow India keen to 'walk and live together' with Pakistan
Observing that India wants to live in peace with all its neighbours, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said that it was keen to "walk and live together" with Pakistan.
 arrow US chopper crash kills 2 in Iraq
Two American soldiers were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed in a river west of Baghdad, and gunmen assassinated the deputy police chief in the northern city of Mosul.
 arrow Dr Kamal calls for greater unity to bring in rule of law
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for a greater unity among the people to establish the rule of law in the country.
 arrow RMG sector reeling from hartal spree
The readymade garment (RMG) sector that has about 75 percent contribution in export earnings is now reeling from the recent spate of hartals, leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
 arrow Kitchen market owner killed, 2 traders hurt in city
A gang of assailants killed a kitchen market owner at Ahmed Nagar in Mirpur in a hail of bullets and injured two other traders, in an apparent land dispute, police and a victim's family said.
 arrow Eco-huts to be built in Sundarbans: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has undertaken a plan to set up eco-huts at various points of the Sundarbans in a bid to attract tourists.
 arrow A man tries to douse a fire at a Mohammadpur slum...

 arrow Speaker stands by his ruling
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) that his recent ruling on ban against demonstration and procession at the chambers, lobbies and galleries of parliament was as per the
Businessarrow EC launches scheme to promote local apparels
In a bid to promote Bangladeshi apparels in European countries, European Commission has launched a project for small enterprises.
 arrow CDBL to talk to 12 cos on CDS preparedness
The Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) will soon talk to 12 companies selected for scripless trading about their preparedness to join the central depository system.
 arrow PM sees higher growth rate in current fiscal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told the house that the projected growth rate of 5.5 per cent for the fiscal 2003-04 was expected to cross the target like the previous year.
 arrow US chicken farmers deplore EU ban
US chicken and egg exporters on Tuesday decried as "irresponsible and unjustified" a European ban erected after a bird flu outbreak in Texas.
 arrow Cairns Group seeks end to farm export subsidies
Officials from 17 countries that form the Cairns Group and account for one-third of all agricultural exports called Tuesday for an end to all farm export subsidies in an effort to revive stalled global
 arrow Inconsistent policy drying up foreign investment flow

Echoing Japanese investors, top Japan officials yesterday blamed inconsistent government policy as the biggest hurdle to investment from the big Asian economy to Bangladesh.

 arrow Raffle draw of Winter Festival Chamak Part-2 held
The raffle draw of Sony Rangs Prothom Alo Winter Festival Chamak Part-2 was held yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Goods rot at Benapole as strike rolls into day 2
Export-import activities through Benapole land port remained suspended for second consecutive day yesterday due to an indefinite strike enforced by four trade organisations.
 arrow DSE elects four directors today
The election to the posts of four directors of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will be held today.

The elected four directors will replace directors who are retiring after serving three-year term.

 arrow Advertising Club holds discussion
The Advertising Club, Dhaka held a lecture on 'Communicating to Cross-section of Audience' in Dhaka recently.
 arrow CoE meeting on Safta begins today
The first meeting of the Committee of Experts (CoE) on South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) begins today at Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu aiming at negotiating on four articles of Safta agreement.
 arrow New MD of Shahjalal Bank
M Kamaluddin Chowdhury, immediate past executive president and CEO of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, has joined as Shahjalal Bank Limited as managing director.
 arrow EU can hit back at US in anti-dumping row: WTO
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) authorised the European Union Tuesday to hit back at the United States over anti-dumping duties in a ruling that may heighten trade tensions ahead of the US presidential
Sportsarrow Cricket: Alamgir in, Monjurul out
Bangladesh made one change in their side for the second and final Test against Zimbabwe starting in Bulawayo today.
 arrow Cricket: BD crawl into semis
Bangladesh narrowly escaped what might have been a disastrous afternoon against a tiny Uganda in a Plate Championship mismatch of Fifth ICC U-19 World Cup at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mukti stoop to Nijmeh
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra made group favourite Nijmeh Club sweat before going down 1-0 to the Lebanese outfit in the home leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at the Sher-e-BanglaNational
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Sylhet stay level
Dhaka and Sylhet stayed atop the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National League table with emphatic wins against their respective opponents on the third day of the penultimate round four-day matches atdifferent
 arrow Cricket: Mahela revives Lanka
Mahela Jayawardene slammed a fighting 80 under pressure as Sri Lanka reached a competitive 226-8 after early setbacks against Australia in the third one-day international here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis can't be beaten
New Zealand edged closer to their first ever series victory over South Africa after crushing the tourists to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the six-match one-day international cricket series here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: English confident
Michael Vaughan insisted here Tuesday that his England side could be the first in 36 years to win a Test series in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Russell shock Abahani
Moroccan striker Yousuf struck twice as Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra pulled off an exciting 2-1 victory against Abahani Krira Chakra in the lone Western Union Premier Division Football League at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Sewta Uday Sena (SUS) became champions in the Language Martyr Rafiq Memorial Cricket Tournament defeating Nizam Samsul Smriti Sangha (NSSS) by eight wickets at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Chalantika Sporting Club and Titas Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Freedom Fighter Ranga Mia Cup cricket tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kahn makes a Real mess
Eternal enemies Real Madrid and Bayern Munich shared the spoils when their fourth clash in five seasons produced a bad-tempered 1-1 draw as the Champions League moved into the last 16 stage on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka to take steps to make SAARC dynamic
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Parliament yesterday reaffirmed her government's commitment to take all possible steps for making SAARC more dynamic.
 arrow Poverty map launched
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday launched a poverty map of the country, identifying low-lying areas of Sylhet, northern charlands, southern coastlines and southeastern
 arrow Three arrested over murder of teenager
Police arrested three youths yesterday morning on charge of murdering a teenage boy at Tajmahal Road in Mohammadpur.
 arrow BNP, PML for working together for peace
Visiting Pakistan Muslim League (PML) delegation led by its Secretary General Selim Saifullah Khan called on LGRD Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in the city yesterday and discussed
 arrow Ship with 11,000 MT diesel arrives at Ctg
A vessel carrying around 11,000 Tonnes of diesel arrived at Chittagong Port yesterday as the stock of diesel ran low threatening a crisis of the fuel oil in the country.
 arrow Justice Amirul Kabir takes oath today
Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury, elevated to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, takes oath of office today.

Chief Justice Syed J R Mudassir Hossain will administer the oath.

 arrow 20 books launched at book fair
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2004 has turned into a fair of publication ceremony, with the enthusiasm of book lovers ebbing away.
Nationalarrow 70 hurt as police, BDR fire rubber bullets, tear gas shells
At least 70 people including a BDR personnel and three policemen were injured when workers and local people protesting Rangpur Sugar Mills lay-off decision clashed with law enforcers at Gobindaganj yesterday.
 arrow SUST teachers protest anomaly in recruitment
The Shahajalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Teachers Association held an emergency general meeting last night to discuss alleged irregularities in the recent appointment of teachers and
 arrow Solar energy changes life, opens business prospect
At remote Badura village in Patuakhali where government is yet supply electricity, school student Arif was reading under fluorescent light. Others in the family were enjoying TV programmes in anotherroom.
 arrow '26,000 AL men killed'
Awami League Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan has said people have rejected the coalition government for its 'misrule' and alleged failure in maintaining law and order in the last two and a half years.
 arrow Trouble-mongers to face hard time
Home Minister Air Vice-Marshal (Rtd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the elected government will complete its term to uphold constitutional process.
 arrow Rapist gets life term
A rapist was sentenced to life term imprisonment on Tuesday by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court of Kushtia.

The convict is Abdul Hannan of Dolua in Bheramara upazila.

 arrow Youth training camp opens in Ctg
A six-day Chittagong Divisional Youth Red Crescent Training Camp began at the Customs Excise and Vat Training Academy here on Monday.
 arrow Attack on Dr. Kamal protested in Magura
Magura district unit of Oikyo Prochashta (unity move) brought out a procession in the town yesterday protesting the attack on Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain in Rangamati on Monday.
 arrow New committees of 2 Satkhira Mahila Dal units
A 31-member committee of Satkhira Sadar thana unit of Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal and another 31-member committee of Mahila Dal's pourasabha unit were formed at a joint biennial council held at the Sadarupazila
 arrow Workshop on development
A day long workshop on "Rule of Government, Civil Society and Development Organisation" was held at Kushtia Zila Parishad hall room on Tuesday.
 arrow 2 women hurt in cracker blast
Two women were seriously injured in a cracker blast at a factory at Kazipur village in Sadar upazila, Tangail on Monday.

A portion of the factory was also damaged.

Point-Counterpointarrow Health practitioners: Above the law?
The quality of health care services in Bangladesh continues to be of great concern and confidence in it is shaky at best.
 arrow Why the Democrats hate President Bush
First and foremost, the Democrats have not forgiven President Bush for "stealing" the 2000 Presidential election.
 arrow Merit crisis in administration An introspection
Belated and yet the much expected express realisation was, at long last, placed on the table by the Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.
Culturearrow All the way from Manipur
The High Commission of India brought about yet another colourful presentation to Bangladesh, all the way from Manipur.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Today the audience may enjoy Hat Hodai by Dhaka Theatre at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Library Auditorium.
 arrow The much-awaited event
The most popular Old DOHS Underground Open Air concert held recently, at the Basketball ground was quite a show.
 arrow Tareque's latest venture
A press conference announcing the launch of Tareque and Catherine Masud's new film 'Ontorjatra' was held at the Dhaka Reporter's Unity recently. The main cast and crew members were present on the occasion.
 arrow The best films of 2002-2003
A total of seventeen of the best films released during the years 2002-2003 are being screened at the Goethe Institut Dhaka, says a press release.
Generalarrow Indigenous children most vulnerable in world
Indigenous children are among the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in the world and global action is urgently needed to protect their survival and their rights, a new Unicef report released from
 arrow Govt okays marketing of anti-arsenic technologies
The government yesterday approved four technologies to remove arsenic from contaminated water for commercial use.
 arrow 'Most children with cancer deprived of treatment'
Existing medical facilities and support system in Bangladesh can cure one third of childhood cancer in the country, but higher expenses appear to be depriving almost half of the 6000 children, diagnosed
 arrow 'Bangladesh India's largest trade partner among Saarc states'
India and Bangladesh need to evolve a win-win solution of each bilateral issue to the mutual satisfaction of the two next-door neighbours, said Veena Sikri, the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner
 arrow Tension runs still high
Tension still ran high yesterday in the Bahubal upazila where Section 144 was imposed and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) deployed following a violent clash between two groups of villagers Tuesday, leaving two
 arrow Rangpur DC office besieged
A cross-section of people laid siege to the office of the deputy commissioner in Rangpur and observed a four-hour token hunger strike yesterday to press home their demand for a separate education board
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of two PBCP men
A mob at Rahimnagar in Khulna gouged out eyes of two alleged operatives of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) yesterday.
 arrow Kuwait envoy hosts reception
The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Abdullah Masoud Abdullah, hosted a reception at Sonargaon Hotel yesterday on the occasion of the 43rd National Day and 13th Liberation Day of the State of Kuwait.
 arrow Chinese envoy meets Moudud
Chinese Ambassador Chai Xi called on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed at the latter's office yesterday.
Internationalarrow Aid rushed to quake victims in Morocco
Countries and aid agencies around the world rushed yesterday to help Morocco recover from a devastating earthquake that left at least 560 people dead and hundreds more injured, despatching rescue workers
 arrow Israel to shorten 'wall'
Israel is to shorten the planned route of its West Bank separation barrier by some 80 kilometres (50 miles), military sources said yesterday as world court hearings on the legality of the vast project
 arrow Russia uncertain about new leaders
Russia was left guessing yesterday about its new leaders after President Vladimir Putin announced a shock decision to dismiss his government in what most here agree looks like a pre-election move that
 arrow Haiti's opposition rejects peace plan
Haiti's opposition coalition rejected a US-backed peace plan to avert all-out civil war, causing alarm in the international community as rebels threatened the capital.
 arrow Vajpayee asks Muslims to overcome 'fear psychosis'
In a bid to reach out to the Muslims, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday asked them to come out of the "fear psychosis", appealing to them to "think and decide," for themselves in the coming
Editorialarrow Editorial: Danger on the highway
There can be no dispute that reckless driving on the nation's highways coupled with overloading of commercial vehicles has been responsible for an enormous loss of life and property.
 arrow Editorial: Freed hotel owner
The release of resort hotel owner Hasan Mahbub Bablu kidnapped three weeks ago in Bandarban has given us a sigh of relief, particularly to the members of his family.
 arrow Can a minister misrepresent facts to the JS?
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury has lost the moral authority to continue as the home minister.
 arrow The missing apple
If anything is only as strong as its weakest link, then Indian democracy took a quantum leap forward last week.
Letters to Editorarrow Digital telephone
People have praised the BTTB for providing ISD facilities through digital telephone with reduced rates. But from our experience we find that the sought number abroad is not easily connected.
 arrow Dhaka city
Dhaka city is now overcrowded and increasingly becoming uninhabitable. Common people are now exposed to the ill effects of overpopulation and pollution.
 arrow Political turbulence
The political landscape in Bangladesh is turbulent now. The AL, the main opposition party, has decided to resort to street agitation to unseat the government.
 arrow Tale of a government
If you think for some time you will find a lot of similarity between a private company in a monopoly business and the government of Bangladesh . Here I have tried to find some of the similarities.
 arrow Mobile harassment
Nowadays mobile phones have become a necessity. It's not a fashionable thing anymore. But what kind of service we are getting from the mobile companies. I think everything has a limit.
 arrow Only partial views
It is really unfortunate for us that most of the column writers are more or less biased to a certain political party. As a result, we mostly get partial views on important issues.