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Front Pagearrow Cops swoop on activists, keep Hasina at bay
Police raided the Awami League (AL) headquarters and clubbed its leaders and activists at will before picking up at least 150 of them in a frenzied action after bomb injury to a havildar yesterday.
 arrow Intellectuals for erasing communal forces
Protesting the attack on Prof.
 arrow First sign of alliance with Awami League
Four mainstream opposition parties in a first-ever display of unity against the 28-month-old administration of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have called a hartal for March 6 protesting last week's attack
 arrow Writer improves, off ventilation
Doctors treating Humayun Azad removed his life-supporting ventilation yesterday as his condition improved a little and the writer's worried family said they waited to listen to doctors' prognosis of his
 arrow India slashes duty on Saarc imports
India, the largest trading member in South Asia, has slashed import duty on a range of commodities originating from Saarc countries in accordance with its free trade diplomacy, officials here said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh considers Taiwan as China province: Morshed
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday reiterated Bangladesh's stand on Taiwan, saying the country believes in one China.
 arrow Hosts in Plate final
Bangladesh set up a Plate final clash with Australia when the home side trounced Scotland by 91 runs in the second semifinal of the ICC U-19 World Cup at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow German financier to initiate int'l audit
Responding to allegations of corruption in the 450 mw Savar power project of the Rural Power Company (RPC), the project's German financier KFW in a primary probe report has stated it will commission an
 arrow When lioness takes a village stroll
She took a swim in the lake, a walk through the village and then sat under a tree to enjoy her just-earned freedom.

She might have wondered why people are shutting down doors on her in frenzied fear.

 arrow Essentials prices up again
The prices of some essentials including soyabean oil, milk powder, flour and pulses rose Tk 6 to 8 a kg in the city markets last week.
 arrow JS body formed to suggest tariff cut
A parliamentary body yesterday rated the cellphone call charge as highest in the world and formed a sub-committee to recommend cuts in rates in an effort to protect subscribers' interest.
 arrow Five held for attack on Khulna mayor
Police arrested five people, including an alleged bomb-maker, in Khulna City yesterday with suspected links to the abortive hand-grenade attack on Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman that rekindled horror inthe
 arrow Four suspects held for Piaru killing
Police arrested four persons yesterday as suspects in the murder of Dhanmondi Club president Khairul Anwar Piaru on Sunday night.
 arrow Khosru rules out GSP scrap possibility
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday ruled out the possibility of US's scrapping the GSP (generalised system of preference) facilities in the wake of the expiry of a deadline set by
 arrow Ashura today
The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Propher Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed today across the country.
 arrow 80pc capital sewage dumped into rivers
About 80 percent sewage is released untreated in rivers flowing by the capital and if the trend continues sewage will virtually replace water in the rivers within a few years.
 arrow Lord of the Oscars
The film trilogy about the One powerful ring now rules the film world.
 arrow SSC exams from Mar 4
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations will begin on Thursday under the country's nine education boards.
 arrow UPDF, PCJSS trade fire over supremacy
Activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) locked in sporadic gunfights at Ramgarh in last two days over establishing supremacy in the area.
 arrow Opposition whip rebuts army rule breach
Opposition Whip Faruq Khan yesterday dismissed as false an army allegation of cantonment rules breach against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and 25 others.
 arrow Noise pollution causes hearing impairment
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said noise pollution is one of the major causes behind hearing impairment and other related diseases.
 arrow US arms experts in Chittagong
A three-member US weapons experts team reached the port city yesterday to see the sophisticated firearms seized recently from different parts of Chittagong.
 arrow PSC for end to quota system in govt jobs
The Public Service Commission (PSC) placed its recommendation for revoking quota system in government jobs before President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Rush-hour traffic builds up to jam the road...

 arrow Sharon to seek US nod for Gaza plans
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom says Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will visit Washington this month to seek US approval for his evolving plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip.
 arrow 450mw power unit in Sirajganj okayed
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a $291m combined cycle power project in Sirajganj to be constructed jointly by the Bangladeshi company Summit and the Power Development Board (PDB).
 arrow RCC mayor calls for unity to combat outlaws
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday called upon all major political parties of Rajshahi to unite against the 'unseen terrorists' who threatened journalists with death.
 arrow HC stays Rajuk move to sack staff
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha) order to sack some of its employees engaged in different projects.
 arrow SSC examinee abducted in Kushtia
A gang yesterday abducted an SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinee at Bheramara in Kushtia.
 arrow Tofail to face trial on corruption charges
Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed is to face trial on corruption charges in connection with DAP fertilizer project he finalised during his tenure as Industries Minister.
 arrow Garment factory vandalised in Khilgaon
Hoodlums yesterday ransacked a garment factory and stabbed at least 20 workers at Rampura in Khilgaon.
Businessarrow MCCI seeks review of tax, duty, surcharge
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has submitted to the government a set of recommendations on duty structure with revision of taxes, duties and surcharges to help improve competitiveness
 arrow Taiwan offices in Dhaka to boost trade ties
With the opening of two offices in Dhaka, Taiwan will offer many opportunities for Bangladesh in respect of increased trade, investment, technology transfer, skill development and manpower recruitment.
 arrow Textile, garment machinery show begins tomorrow
The 1st Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition-2004 begins tomorrow showcasing state-of-the-art machinery from around the world.
 arrow DSE to elect new president tomorrow
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will hold its 42nd annual general meeting (AGM) and elect new president and vice-presidents tomorrow.
 arrow Six CEMS fairs in Sylhet, Ctg, Dhaka in 6 months
Conference and Exhibition Management Services Ltd (CEMS), an event management company, will organise six separate exhibitions in Sylhet, Chittagong and Dhaka in the next six months.
 arrow Longest US grocery strike ends with deal
Striking California grocery workers ratified on Sunday a new contract that puts an end to the longest-running grocery strike in US history, the workers' union said.
 arrow GP products now available in Sony-Rangs Outlets
GrameenPhone Limited (GP) has signed a dealership agreement with Rangs Electronics Ltd (Sony-Rangs).
 arrow DhakaMicro becomes Cisco partner
Dhaka Microsystems Ltd, a local network solutions provider, has become the first certified partner of Cisco Systems, a global network solutions provider, in Bangladesh.
 arrow Adkomas Ltd sole distributor of Indian lubricant co
Adkomas Limited has been appointed sole distributor of Indian lubricant and grease producing company IBP Company Limited.
 arrow Regency Travels GSA of Kolkata Hyatt Regency
Regency Travels Limited, a concern of local Dressmen Group, has become the general sales agent (GSA) of Kolkata Hyatt Regency hotel in Bangladesh.
 arrow Lever Brothers gets Unilever Asia award
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd (LBBL) received 'Unilever Brand Experience Asia Awards-2003' from Unilever Asia for one of its programmes in 2003, which provides computer education to meritorious girl students.
 arrow Three-day NSU Software fair from March 25
A three-day software fair organised by the North South University Computer Club will begin at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on March 25.
 arrow Eastland Camelia Recommends 22pc dividend
The Board of Directors of Eastland Camelia Limited has recommended a 22 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Regional co-operation seen key to survival of jute
Regional co-operation for intensive research is key to survival of jute, observed speakers at a meeting held in Kolkata recently.
 arrow EU finally slaps sanction on US products
The European Union imposed sanctions on the United States for the first time Monday as a dispute over tax breaks for US firms turned into a trade war that could cost American exporters $300 million this
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bowlers take hosts to final
Bangladesh breezed into the Plate final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup with a 91-run thrashing of Scotland in the second semifinal at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Clubs or devil's den?
The sports community of the country woke up on Monday in a deep sense of mourning seeing almost every newspaper with screaming headlines of Dhanmondi Club president Khairul Anwar Piaru's violent death.
 arrow Cricket: Eng-WI semi today
England and West Indies have played some memorable matches over the years and now it's the turn of their juniors to carry on the great tradition in the second Cup semifinal of the Fifth ICC U-19 World
 arrow Cricket: Series goes to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe won the two-match Test series against Bangladesh 1-0 as the second Test fizzled out in the fifth and final day here at Queens Sports Club on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Anil, Ajit miss Pak ODIs
India's bowling spearheads Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar were on Monday ruled out of next week's one-day series against Pakistan after failing to recover from injuries.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A arrive on March 10
The Bangladesh A team will be announced tomorrow to play two four-day and five limited-over matches against their Zimbabwean counterparts.

Zimbabwe A will arrive in Bangladesh on March 10.

 arrow Cricket: NCL final round from tomorrow
The title-deciding final round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League starts at three different venues across the country from tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: Lara stays skipper
The West Indies senior selection panel on Sunday named a 16-man squad to go into training ahead of the first Test against England in Kingston, Jamaica.
 arrow Cricket: Last hurrah?
Twins Steve and Mark Waugh, fiercely-competitive from their backyard cricket days of their youth, play what could be their last first-class match this weekend, separated by just a fraction in battingaverages.
 arrow Cricket: Captains to be cautioned
Rival New Zealand and South African cricket skippers will be warned to end their sledging battle, match referee Gundappa Viswanath of India said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't talk Zimbabwe'
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted Sunday there would be no talk of Zimbabwe among his squad while they were in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: 'I am ready for Test'
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds believes he is now ready for Test cricket after a prolific one-day series with bat and ball against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: R'mati cricket
Joyesh Smriti Cricket Club recorded a seven-wicket victory over Forest Colony Cricket Club in the final of the Shaheed Raju Smriti cricket tournament at the Old Court Building ground in Rangamati yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Aryans Club won their inaugural match in the Satkhira District First Division Cricket League defeating Rasulpur Krira Sangstha by 102 runs at the Satkhira Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer waiting for Safin
World number one Roger Federer says he is relishing the challenge of facing his Australian Open final opponent Marat Safin again in the first round of the Dubai Open this week as he begins the defence
 arrow Football: Real's dazzling fightback
Spanish league leaders Real Madrid turned on the style with three second-half goals in 16 minutes to beat Celta Vigo 4-2 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo in no-man's land
Cruzeiro would be better off without Brazil international Rivaldo, who slowed up their attack, the club's vice-president Zeze Perella said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool , Magpies held
Bobby Robson admitted Lomana LuaLua was "the last player we wanted to score against us" after the Pompey striker, on loan from Newcastle, netted an 89th minute equaliser that gave the struggling hosts
 arrow Football: Boro's historic first
Middlesbrough won a major trophy for the first time in their history Sunday when they beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium here.
 arrow Football: Ambrosini the difference
AC Milan retained their five-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A after defeating Lazio 1-0 at the Olympic stadium here on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 150 killed in 10 years
About 150 people were killed and 576 others injured in explosions at the ship-breaking yards in Chittagong in the last decade.

Most of the injured workers have become disabled.

 arrow Attack on Humayun Azad condemned
Teachers of Chittagong University (CU), Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday protested the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Japan hints at increasing aid
Japanese Ambassador Matsushiro Horiguchi has lauded Bangladesh's achievement for successful implementation of national immunisation programme towards eradication of polio.
 arrow '44 people killed in political violence last month'
Forty-four people were killed, 873 injured, 908 arrested and two were abducted in political violence in the country last month, said Odhikar after compiling different media reports.
 arrow 36553 registered graduate docs in country
The country has 36,553 registered graduate doctors including 12,785 in government employment.
 arrow CUTA to observe strike on Mar 6
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) will observe a daylong work abstention programme on March 6 to protest the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow FNB concerned
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) has expressed deep concern over the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow US embassy closed today
The American Embassy offices, including the American Centre, Information Resource Centre, and the student counseling service will remain closed today on the occasion of Ashura.
Nationalarrow 10,000 child labourers in Barisal Bidi factories
At least 10,000 child labourers are working in Bidi factories in Barisal division.

They work in hazardous and inhuman conditions but paid unbelievably small amounts.

 arrow Bangalees threaten self-immolation
Bangalees agitating for changing the authorities' decision to allot houses at Uttara Housing Project only to Biharis declared a fresh action programme on Sunday.
 arrow Attack on Humayun Azad condemned
Reports of protests condemning attack on prominent writer Professor Humayun Azad are pouring in from various districts.
 arrow 'AL creating anarchy'
Education Minister Dr Osman Faruk said Awami League is creating terrorism and anarchy in the country in the name of hartal.
 arrow Short-supply increases fuel price in N-districts
High price of diesel and kerosene persists in northern districts due to short supply.
 arrow Bad days for fishermen in coastal areas
Government earns huge foreign currency by exporting fish abroad every year, but the fishing sector remains neglected.

Hundreds of fishermen in the coastal area have been passing days in misery.

 arrow Manikganj Bar Assoc office-bearers
Election to Manikganj Bar Association was held at the association auditorium here on Sunday.
 arrow Reward for detecting cheating in exam
The Patuakhli district administration has announced rewards for catching any SSC examinee while cheating, or any teacher helping the examinee.
 arrow JCD drove them away
They went to submit nomination papers for Babugonj Agricultural Institute students' union election but JCD activists beat and drove them away.
 arrow One killed, 10 hurt in clash over land
One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups in a land dispute at Birman Pur village in Trishcl upazila on Friday.
 arrow Abducted girl rescued
Akhaura police on Sunday rescued ten year-old-girl Runa from abductors in Moulvibazar and arrested two of her captors.
 arrow CU admission test results published
Results of admission test for first year honours course in Chittagong University were published on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Significance of Ashoura
The tenth of Muharram, occupies a unique and significant place in the annals of history.
 arrow Share the burden
What is the first thing that you do at an international conference of Islamic scholars? Count the beards, of course.
 arrow Humayun Azad: Time to rein in ...
Humayun Azad lies in a coma at CMH. Rumours fly about his situation. Dhaka University has exploded with rage, and the rest of the city looks ready to boil over.
 arrow Second Beijing Talks over North Korea fizzles: What next?
It won't be so easy for North Korea to shed its image as one of the rogue nations in today's world.
Culturearrow The night of 'The Return of the King'
The 76th Oscar will always be remembered for Director Peter Jackson's triumphant trilogy conclusion, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," based on Tolkien's epic, as it snatched eleven Oscars
 arrow IFA students hold exhibition of oriental art
A teacher and five of his students held an exhibition of oriental art recently at the Zainul Gallary-2 of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University.
 arrow 'Nehru's Hero: Dilip Kumar in the Life of India' launched
The market release of the 138-page biography of thespian Dilip Kumar by Lord Mehgnad Desai, a London School of Economics academic, in the Indian capital earlier this week has generated immense enthusiasm.
 arrow Mrichchhokatik
Recently Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble staged Mrichchhokatik at the Mohila Shomity auditorium.
Generalarrow DCC plans to raise holding tax
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has been planning to increase holding tax by June as it remains at the same level for the last 13 years, Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka said yesterday.
 arrow Recommendations to check land-related forgery approved
Land-record 'khatian' would be printed through private organisations to provide the rent-rolls to the landowners in time after land survey as the cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to this effect.
 arrow 4 to die for killing one in Barisal
A court here yesterday sentenced four people to death for killing a person in March last year.
 arrow Six DWASA staff suspended
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has suspended six of its staffs, including a sub-assistant engineer, for infringement of service rules.
 arrow Citibank-Prothom Alo joint campaign for Biswa Sahitya Kendra programme
The Citibank NA has teamed up with the Prothom Alo, a Bangla daily, in a campaign to raise funds for Biswa Sahitya Kendra's 'book reading' programme, says a press release.
 arrow BPRA executives
Mustafa-E-Jamil, Director (PR), Bangladesh Railway and Mirza Tarequl Qader, Executive Director, Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations were elected president and general secretary
Internationalarrow UN approves US-led forces for Haiti
The UN Security Council approved a US-led multinational force to restore order in Haiti Sunday, hours after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned in the face of an armed rebellion.
 arrow Iraqis reach deal on text of constitution
Iraqi politicians agreed early yesterday on an interim constitution with a wide ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive, bridging a gulf between members over the role of Islam in the future
 arrow China slams HR situation in US
China yesterday published a scathing attack on the human rights situation in the United States, retaliating for a similar report issued by Washington last week that accused Beijing of backsliding on its
 arrow Lankan monks attack JVP ahead of polls
Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy yesterday accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Marxist allies of launching a "smear campaign" against them in the run up to parliamentary elections.
 arrow 'Taliban preparing attack against US troops'
US military officials believe that the Taliban fighters are preparing to launch an offensive against the US and its Afghan allies this spring, a media report said yesterday.
 arrow Indian politicians gear up polls campaign
With election dates announced, Indian politicians have begun fanning out into the vast rural landscape to reach the country's 675 million voters through rallies, roadshows and a variety of electronicgizmos.
 arrow Australia launches new inquiry into pre-Iraq war intelligence
Prime Minister John Howard agreed yesterday to launch a new inquiry into Australia's pre-war intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons after a parliamentary committee found its spy agencies may have exaggerated
Editorialarrow Editorial: Holy Ashura
Tenth of Muharram today, a great day of transcending radiance in Islamic calendar.
 arrow Editorial: Cost of corruption
The various government ministries have a troubling habit of refusing to acknowledge either their own shortcomings or many of the difficulties that the people of this nation face.
 arrow Social entrepreneurs: Why we need them?
Nobel Peace Laureate and Human Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
 arrow A cult guru gets an expected sentence
After an unusually lengthy process of trial that prolonged almost for eight years, the Tokyo District Court has sentenced the former leader of a religious cult that released deadly sarin gas on Tokyo's
Letters to Editorarrow Smoking in public places
A few days ago I started my classes at university. The first day I went to my university canteen I was appalled by the lack of ignorance of students and university authorities about smoking in public.
 arrow An appeal to PSC
Bangladesh is an agriculture-dependent country. The lion's share of the resources of our country is the product or by-product of agriculture.
 arrow BBC and VOA
As a regular listener of BBC and VOA news, I find both the news media biased while circulating news about Palestine and Israel.
 arrow Our police
In any country the police is a law-enforcing agency that ensures justice through protecting people against crime. In modern days police is the only force that we can count on for social security.
 arrow Hartal
Following the completion of my studies in Aerospace Engineering and work on several NASA advanced propulsion contracts, I came to Bangladesh to work as an adviser to SPARRSO on the former government's