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Front Pagearrow Dhanmondi club chief gunned down
Dhanmondi Sporting Club President Khairul Anwar Piaru was killed in a hail of bullets outside the club last night apparently over a leadership dispute.
 arrow Grenade attack on Khulna mayor
It was a close shave for Khulna City Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman yesterday, as a hand grenade thrown at his car in an assassination bid did not explode in the southwest industrial city dubbed as the valley
 arrow Protest rages, writers hold programme today
The wave of protest continued to swell across the country yesterday against Friday's gory attack on writer Humayun Azad, with demonstrators voicing demand for the government and the home minister to step
 arrow When elected leaders act like despots
Under what law and under what right was Sheikh Hasina stopped inside Dhaka Cantonment and prevented from driving on in her car? She is not only the leader of the opposition, in which capacity she enjoys
 arrow Prof Azad still unconscious
Prominent writer Prof Humayun Azad was yet to break his anaesthesia-induced unconsciousness two days into a life-threatening machete attack on him, but officials claimed he drifted back to consciousness
 arrow Hasina for neutral people's probe
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the cadres of ruling-coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami for the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad, saying the freethinker drew the wrath of
 arrow Case filed against Hasina, others
A case was filed against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and two opposition whips Faruq Khan and Mirza Azam with Cantonment Police Station accusing them of violating army rules and assaulting army
 arrow Shun violent agitation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the opposition Awami League to follow a democratic and peaceful course of politics shunning violent and destructive street agitation.
 arrow 2 percentage points of GDP lost in graft
Corruption is holding back economic progress and eating away no less than two percentage points of Bangladesh's GDP growth, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed told a seminaryesterday.
 arrow Half the products on market spurious, of low quality: Cab
About 50 to 60 percent products in the market are either adulterated or fake or sub-standard, says a study of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (Cab).
 arrow 6 civil surgeon offices rip off Tk 6cr
The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) yesterday pointed out corruption in purchase of equipment at five civil surgeon's offices under the health ministry that cost the state Tk 6 crore in loses.
 arrow Outlaws slaughter four in Pabna
A gang of outlaws slaughtered four youths at Ataikula while miscreants shot dead a housewife at Sadar upazila in Pabna last Saturday.
 arrow Protest against the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad...

 arrow Aristide flees Haiti amid rebellion
Faced with an armed rebellion and mounting international pressure, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left his troubled Caribbean nation yesterday, Haitian and foreign officials said.
 arrow Political parties failed to uphold citizens' interest: Dr Yunus
Political parties in Bangladesh have totally failed to uphold the interest of the citizens, Prof Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank Limited, told a seminar yesterday.
 arrow B Chy to name nat'l body from Paltan rally on March 9
Former president and founding secretary general of BNP Professor Badruddoza Chowdhury will announce his national committee for 'alternative stream' from a public rally in Paltan on March 9.
 arrow Mahi threatens to quit JS if Altaf, his deputy are not expelled
BNP lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury yesterday threatened to quit parliament if the home minister and his deputy were not expelled for their failure to nab the attackers of prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Alliance candidate heads for victory
Reza Ahmed alias Bacchu Molla, ruling BNP candidate, is heading for a landslide victory in the by-election to Daulatpur constituency that fell vacant at the death of his father.
 arrow India goes to polls from April 20
India is going to the polls on a four-phase schedule starting from April 20 and ending on May 10 this year, Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy announced it at a news conference yesterday.
 arrow Taiwan sets up office in Dhaka despite China protest
Taiwan has established a liaison office in Bangladesh in what the foreign ministry said was a breakthrough for it in South Asia despite Chinese protest, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan in final
Pakistan won the 'battle of Asia' when they handed arch-rivals India a five-wicket defeat in the first semifinal of the ICC U-19 World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Saifur censures IMF for 'double standard'
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday deflated an IMF mission for having double standard as it vented concern over price spiral of some imported items while, at the same time, pressing to raise petroleum
 arrow Irked agri ministry to talk with the energy
The agriculture ministry will immediately take up with the energy ministry the issue of an acute diesel supply shortage facing the farmers.
 arrow Rajuk projects to come under lens
A parliamentary sub-committee is to probe widespread allegations against Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha) in its different housing projects including Purbachal, Uttara and Rupnagar.
 arrow Norwegian JV buys SoE
Three enterprises of Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation (BFIDC) were yesterday sold to a Bangladesh-Nor-wegian joint venture (JV), anticipating those would be profitable under private
Businessarrow Eliminate obstacles to Korean EPZ
The South Korean envoy in Dhaka yesterday urged the Bangladesh government to remove bureaucratic tangles that hang fire a Korean private sector export processing zone (EPZ) in Chittagong.
 arrow Dhaka needs bilateral FTAs to get maximum from Safta
Bangladesh needs bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with major south Asian nations to get maximum trade benefits from South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury
 arrow Dhaka to get fresh US investment shortly
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday said Bangladesh is likely to have fresh investments from the US shortly.
 arrow 10,000 RMG employees to get training in 2 yrs
A government-sponsored project started yesterday in Dhaka to train some 10,000 garment sector employees in the next two years to help them face the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement ) challenges.
 arrow US first time faces WTO approved sanctions
For the first time, the United States will be hit with trade sanctions approved by the World Trade Organisation because of a fight in Congress over how to restructure $5 billion in corporate tax breaks.
 arrow Rian Motors opens new service centre
Rian Motors Ltd, a sister concern of Rangs Electronics Ltd, yesterday opened a new service centre in Dhaka to provide better service to the customers.
 arrow Emirates starts flying to NY from June 1
Emirates will start flying to New York from Dubai from June 1 this year.
 arrow Stamford CityCell's corporate client
Stamford University Bangladesh has signed a corporate agreement with Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), service provider of CityCell cellphone.
 arrow Tk 14,000 crore revenue earned in seven months
The government earned Tk 13,993.72 crore revenue during the first seven months of the current fiscal year till January 2004.

The earnings are Tk 1,439.

 arrow Aga Khan Fund buys 51pc share of Habib Bank
The Privatisation Commission of Pakistan has granted the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) rights to 51 percent of the shareholding in Habib Bank Limited recently.
 arrow HSBC opens new office in Dhaka EPZ
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited has opened a new business development office in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ).
 arrow India to host 'Made in Pakistan' trade fair
India will host the first-ever trade fair showcasing goods made by old foe Pakistan at an exhibition in the capital in March, a report said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan in final
Tariq Mahmood and Fawad Alam helped Pakistan to a comfortable five-wicket win over India in the semifinals of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Russell delay Brothers' party
Brother Union closed in on their maiden league title when they managed a 4-2 win against Arambagh Krira Sangha in the crucial return-leg match of the Western Union Premier Division Football League atthe
 arrow Cricket: Aussies made to sweat
Australia, as expected, moved into the Plate final of the Fifth ICC U-19 World Cup with a 49-run win against Ireland in the first semifinal at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis' maiden SA glory
New Zealand clinched their first series victory over South Africa in any form of cricket when they won a thrilling fifth one-day international by two runs on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain eats up 4th day also
The fourth day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball bowled on Sunday because of rain.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aggression is the key'
Former Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan told Pakistani cricketers Sunday to be aggressive and keep up the mental pressure in next month's historic series against India.
 arrow Cricket: India announce Pak team today
India will announce their squad for this month's historic tour of Pakistan today after meeting in Calcutta.
 arrow Cricket: Zoysa consoles Lanka
Sri Lanka found an unlikely hero in Nuwan Zoysa on their way to a consolation three-wicket victory over an under-strength Australia in the fifth and final one-day international here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Dubai Open Henin's
Justine Henin-Hardenne showed much of the wonderfully complete and superbly fluent all round skill which has made her the world's number one player when she became the first to successfully defend a title
 arrow Football: Arsenal march on
Arsenal soared nine points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after beating Charlton Athletic 2-1 while title rivals Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham.
 arrow Football: Galacticos Gunners
Roberto Carlos has hailed Arsenal as the team to fear in Europe and insisted: "They are Galacticos!"

The Brazilian ace reckons the Gunners now have enough world-class stars throughout the team to match

 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
The first ever Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) Cricket Tournament beings at the Rajshahi College ground today.
 arrow Man killed in Dhanmondi, 1 bullet-hit in Mirpur
A person was slaughtered in Dhanmondi, while a transport trader was bullet-hit in crossfire in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Al-Helal Club recorded a massive 142-run victory over Mukul Fouj in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at Circuit House ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Three to die for killing woman
A speedy tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced three persons to death in a murder case.
 arrow JS body refuses to probe alleged procurement graft in BB
The parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry yesterday turned down a member's proposal to probe some alleged irregularities in procuring 20 money-sorting machines by the Bangladesh Bank (BB).
 arrow Japan urged to develop exclusive industrial zone
Speakers at a workshop yesterday sought Japanese assistance in developing an exclusive industrial zone in the country for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).
 arrow Remove controversial members from censor board
Bangladesh Film Producers Distributors Association (BFPDA) has launched a non-cooperation movement to press its demand for the removal of controversial members from the film censor board.
 arrow 'Keepnewspaper offices closed on holidays'
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), in a statement yesterday, called upon the newspaper owners not to keep offices open on government holidays.
 arrow Reinstatement of 70 ADAB staff demanded
Employees of the Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB), a coordinating body of no-governmental organisations of Bangladesh, yesterday staged a sit-in in front of its head office demanding
 arrow Amendment bill on Speedy Trial Act placed in JS
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday placed the Speedy Trail Act Amendment Bill 2004 in the Jatiya Sangsad seeking a two-year extension.

The act was scheduled to expire on April 9 this year.

 arrow Death anniversary of Shaheed Tajul today
The 20th death anniversary of Shaheed Tajul Isalm, a central leader of Bangla-desh Trade Uni-on Kendra, will be observed to-day, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Self-help is the best help
It is unbelievable. Shaking off social ranks and burying political affiliations, people are cutting earth together with spades to build a dam on self-help basis to protect the Fulchhari upazila headquarters.
 arrow 5 abducted for ransom in Rangamati
Gunmen wearing dresses like army kidnapped six road construction workers from remote Bijanondaram hilly area in Sazek union under Baghaichhari upazila on Wednesday night, according to a delayed message
 arrow Rangamati fire kills one, injures 15
An elderly man was killed and 15 others injured in a devastating fire that also gutted 230 dwellings and shop at a market in remote Rajostholi upazila in the district in the early hours of Sunday, police
 arrow No govt vehicle on Barisal city streets yesterday, rally held
No government vehicle plied streets in Barisal city yesterday.

All high officials based in Barisal and the planning secretary now on a visit here had to use private vehicles and motor cars.

 arrow JP blames ruling party
Nilphamari Jatiya Party held a rally on its office premises Saturday evening protesting Friday night's attack on the houses of its central Joint Secretary General Joynal Abed in in town, allegedly byChattra
 arrow Akhaura to be a modern land port
Akaura check post is being developed into a land port with required infrastructure facilities.
 arrow Pirates loot 7 trawlers, toss 5 crew into sea
Armed pirates looted fish and equipment worth about Tk 30 lakh from seven trawlers and threw five fishermen into the sea off the Patharghata coast on Friday.
 arrow All 3 suspects held
All the three accused of gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old schoolgirl Usha at Tilahari village in Kakonhat municipality of Godagari upazila have been arrested by police.
 arrow JP divided over Rangpur Pourasabha polls
Ershad's Jatiya Party is divided over chairman candidature in Rangpur Pourasabha election scheduled to be held in April.
 arrow CID gives final report in Satkhira Gur Pukur Mela bomb blasts
Police have submitted final report in last year's Gur Pukur Mela bomb blast incidents without accusing any body, saying that those could be the outcome of rivalry between ruling party activists over leasing
 arrow Justice not delayed...
Piara Begum was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for keeping phensidyl but the judge freed her as she already passed the sentence period behind bars for her trial.
 arrow Anti-drug meeting held at B'baria
An anti-drug meeting was held at North Mourail here on Saturday.
 arrow Sit-in in front of Rangpur Sugar Mills
Cane growers, workers and employees of Rangpur Sugar Mills staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the mills gate protesting lay-off the industrial unit on Sunday.
 arrow Madrassah teachers sent to jail hajat for 'rape'
A court here rejected the bail prayer of a madrassah superintendent and assistant teacher, two accused in a rape and blackmailing case.

They were sent to Rangpur jail hajat on Sunday.

Point-Counterpointarrow From RAT to RAB: What next?
In the wake of continuing sliding down of the law and order situation, the government, during the past two years and half, has been experimenting with different options.
 arrow Students deserve better quality textbooks
The role of textbooks in augmenting learning is immeasurable. It is only second to the teacher. A good textbook provides good opportunity for self-learning.
 arrow Humayun Azad: The marked man
Only few days ago a nervous but determined writer, Prof. Humayun Azad, sent e-mail to the moderator of a forum for freethinkers by the name Mukto-Mona. Prof. Azad is a member of the forum.
Culturearrow The Embroidered Quilt
A cultural night was held recently at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, organised by the Bangladesh-Korea Cultural Friendship Association.
 arrow Snails, caterpillers and butterflies
Asma Sultana Mita has tried to deal with the process of human life, which to her is like an epic, in her recent solo exhibit at the Zainul Gallery.
 arrow Tara Bangla and MTV India's joint collaboration--Fully PhataPhati
Bangladeshi Rock and Pop music have recently created a significant hype for a noteworthy point taken by the music admirers' most prestigious entertainment channel--MTV.
 arrow French clowns to bring joy to deprived Bangladeshi children
French clowns are to tour Bangladesh to try to bring some cheer to deprived children in the impoverished South Asian country, tour organisers said in Dhaka Saturday.
 arrow BGTF Street Theatre Festival ends
The weeklong Street Theatre Festival (patha-natok) arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) came to an end on February 26.
Generalarrow Media urged to work for welfare of society
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday awarded the Investigative Journalism Award-2003 to three print media journalists for exposing corruption through their investigative reports.
 arrow Two sentenced to death for killing one in Gopalganj
A speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced two persons to death for killing a businessman in Gopalganj on December 6 in 2002.
 arrow Tarique refuses to entertain question on Hawa Bhaban
Brushing aside any allegations against Hawa Bhaban, BNP chairperson's political office, Tarique Rahman yesterday said henceforth he wouldn't give any answer about the power-wielding house without anyspecific
 arrow RUTA condemns attack on writer Humayun Azad
The Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (RUTA) yesterday brought out a silent procession and held a rally to protest the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow 72 Myanmar nationals sent back home
A group of 72 Myanmar nationals, who served different terms in Bangladeshi jails, were sent back home on Saturday.
 arrow Two held for holding anti-US rally
Police picked up two persons for holding anti-US demonstration in the city yesterday.

The arrestees were identified as Jalal Uddin and Golam Nabi.

Internationalarrow Israel on alert after Gaza strike
Israel was on high alert yesterday after the killing of three Palestinians in an air strike near Gaza City, as judges ordered a halt to work on a section of the controversial West Bank barrier near Jerusalem.
 arrow US terms ties with India good, engagement with Pakistan constructive
Citing the Bush Administration's foreign policy success in developing better relations with Asian countries, the US has described its ties with India as "good" and its engagement with Pakistan as "constructive".
 arrow Buddhist monks plunge into Lanka politics
Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy has advised kings and presidents for centuries, but its decision to field candidates in April's parliamentary vote is causing consternation among politicians and officials.
 arrow Iraqi leaders make final push for constitution
Iraqi leaders made a last push yesterday to draw up a temporary constitution, a major step on the road to winning back sovereignty, as police and US-led occupation forces suffered new casualties.
 arrow KSA to create body for monitoring all charity
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it would create a body that will exclusively run charity work abroad, after some Saudi Islamic charities faced Western charges of funding terror.
 arrow British army feared Iraq war would be illegal: Clare Short
British army chiefs refused to go to war in Iraq until they were reassured over its legality by the nation's top law official, former cabinet minister Clare Short told the Observer Sunday newspaper.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Common sense takes leave
The first question to arise from the bedlam in the cantonment area on Saturday is: was it not natural for opposition leader Sheikh Hasina to head for the Combined Military Hospital to see the critically
 arrow Editorial: Treatment of women opposition activists atrocious
Recently we have been witnessing a very disturbing trend of using highhanded measures against women activists of the opposition during hartal hours.
 arrow The fate of Pakistan's bomb!
Pakistanis are still trying to catch up with the realities surrounding the country's recent infamy -- peddling of the nuclear secrets indiscriminately without being caught by its ubiquitous intelligence
 arrow Nuclear trails and trials
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Pakistan to distinguish between friend and foe, with even former PM Ms Benazir Bhutto who one would hope would be a friend and as a former PM more of propriety,
 arrow Enhancing efficiency of police
In the last national election campaign BNP committed for perhaps too many things.
Letters to Editorarrow Humayun Azad stabbed!
I am curious to hear the home minister's explanation for the brutal stabbing of eminent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Another failed test
Bangladesh Cricket team arrived in Zimbabwe for two Tests and five ODIs. The small Bangladeshi community was ecstatic. The two teams are ranked 9th and 10th respectively in the world cricket.
 arrow A happy birthday!
In the recent years, all of the Bengali dailies have started publishing one new variety of advertisement. It is "Birthday Wishes".
 arrow Alcoholic drink
There are certain drinks available in the country which contain alcohol, but the producers do not admit the truth openly.

Alcoholic drink is doing harm to the people of our country.

 arrow AIDS and some thoughts
The biggest challenge, the world has ever faced is AIDS. This killer disease is spreading at an alarming rate. The world leaders have met many times to take some measures regarding AIDS.
 arrow Old men and women
Most men and women over 60 years of age who are suffering from diabetes, heart ailment, cancer, blood pressure, kidney trouble or any other incurable disease are not waiting and counting their days for
 arrow An unusual movie
Bachelor is undoubtedly an extra-ordinary creation. Otherwise, people would not have thought so much about this movie. Mr.
 arrow Lawyer's comments
This refers to a comment allegedly passed by Supreme Court Bar Association President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud in a press conference organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association.
 arrow Independence of Judiciary
Bangladesh is a third world country but specialists have opined that we have prospects to alleviate our stature if proper decisions are taken in the policy-making level and these decisions are properly
 arrow GrameenPhone
It has been almost a year that the call-charges for all other GP packages have been reduced to some extent but what happened to "Easy Pre-paid" subscribers who are still paying Tk.6.
Star Cityarrow Ashura procession without main Tazia this year, too
The Shiia community will organise the annual Ashura procession from their central place of worship without the main 'Tazia' for the third straight year since 2002.

Ashura will be held tomorrow.

 arrow MCCI to look after three parks, a road island
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will hand over three parks and a road island for maintenance and beautification to the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) by the first week of March.
 arrow In Full Bloom

 arrow Dhaka's free TV channels not 'free' in Kolkata
Kolkata cable operators bar Dhaka-based satellite television channels from going on air there despite a growing demand for Bangladeshi programmes among Bangla-speaking people in the capital of West Bengal.
 arrow Stop invasion of dirty films
Cinema halls are luring cinephiles with short porn flicks as dull, low-cost movies failed to stimulate moviegoing.
 arrow Most kabiraj still lack medical education
They claim to be healers of all possible ailments people suffer from. Their business stretch from the pavements to high society homes. They are known as the kabiraj or hekim.
 arrow Wave of Protests