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Front Pagearrow JCD men, cops charge Azad attack protestors
Over 100 students, including women, and five journalists were injured at Dhaka University yesterday as police and key ruling party's student wing launched unprecedented multi-pronged attacks on demonstrators
 arrow DU students, JCD men set for face-off
Agitating students of Dhaka University and ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) appear set for a showdown on the campus today over yesterday's police excesses on the students and last
 arrow Megaplan to build 'scholar civil servants'
The government has taken up a Tk 1,426 crore plan to build 'scholar civil servants' by enrolling 3,000 public servants in PhD, MS and various short and long training courses.
 arrow Writer talks, tears roll down cheeks
Prof Humayun Azad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital following last Friday's deadly attack, is showing marked signs of improvement, hospital and family sources said yesterday.
 arrow Death rumours for suspicious govt handling
The government kept blocked all ways excepting through an irregular Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) bulletin to learn the condition of Humayun Azad, giving repeated rise to rumours that the eminent
 arrow President, PM visit Prof Azad at CMH
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday visited Prof Humayun Azad at Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.
 arrow Rising inflation, low reforms irk IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over rising inflation and low reforms progress in nationalised commercial banks (NCBs)

It said Bangladesh cannot get benefit

 arrow Ashura turns bloody for Shia Muslims
At least 235 were killed in the bloodiest sectarian attacks in Iraq and Pakistan Tuesday, the holiest day on the Shia calendar.
 arrow Hosts face Aussies
Bangladesh will desperately try to wind up their ICC U-19 World Cup campaign with something to savour when they take on Australia in the Plate final at the Fatullah Stadium today.
 arrow Saifur blasts commerce ministry for price hike
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came down heavily on steel and re-rolling mill owners for the recent price hike of rod and other construction materials and criticised the commerce ministryfor
 arrow Fish gets dearer
The fish prices in the city's kitchen markets soared Tk 10 to 20 a kilogram and are likely to become dearer as supply of local fishes are set to dwindle in the coming months, fish traders said.
 arrow Hasina promises 'fall of govt'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition would be dislodged from power through a united mass movement, predicting a broader unity of all pro-liberation political
 arrow Two traders gunned down in city
Armed assailants gunned down two traders at Sutrapur and Demra in Dhaka in the last 48 hours to yesterday evening.
 arrow Kerry wraps up nomination
Senator John Kerry wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, chasing his sole major rival from the race and challenging George W. Bush to "bring it on" for the November election.
 arrow 3-decade-old Bombs dug out at ZIA ground
Developers at Zia International Airport on Tuesday found four bombs, two of them live and each weighing hundred pounds, near the runway, which officials believe were dropped by aircraft during the 1965
 arrow Schools put off classes
Educational institutions, including English medium schools, suspended classes in a spontaneous response to a strike by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday to protest an attack on leading writerHumayun
 arrow B Chy not allowed Paltan Maidan
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury did not get permission to hold a public rally at Paltan Maidan on March 9 from where he was scheduled to launch his platform.
 arrow Six more BDR battalions to be raised :PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that six more battalions of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) would be raised gradually to further strengthen and expand the paramilitary force.
 arrow SSC exams start, out of strike today
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations under nine education boards across the country start today amid tight security to check cheating.
 arrow Protesting KCC staff clash with Cops, 30 hurt
At least 30 people including seven policemen were injured in a fierce clash between police and employees of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) in the city yesterday morning in connection with a protest over
 arrow Police excesses, if any, to be dealt With: Bhuiyan
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan told parliament last night that actions would be taken if police had done excesses while pacifying agitated Dhaka University
 arrow Biman flight skids off runway at ZIA, no casualty
A Bangladesh Biman airliner from Singapore skidded off the runway during landing at Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night, Biman and Civil Aviation authorities said.
 arrow 45 slum huts burnt in city During eviction
At least 45 shanties at Mohammad-pur were gutted in a fire allegedly set by police in an eviction drive yesterday.
 arrow 1,140 footprints found so far
A weeklong tiger census carried out jointly by Bangladesh and India and funded by the UNDP ended in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans yesterday with an encouraging find of 1,140 pugmarks or tigerpaw
 arrow Sylhet ward commissioner, 2 others held for 'mugging'
Kotwali police yesterday nabbed a ward commissioner of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) and two others for their alleged link in the snatching money from a local businessman.
 arrow Tk 87 lakh gold, Cellphone sets, drugs seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia Inter-national Airport (ZIA) seized large caches of cell phone sets, import-banned medicines and gold ornaments worth about Tk 87 lakh on Monday and Tuesday.
 arrow Two AL leaders killed in N'gang, Bagerhat
A local Awami League (AL) leader was killed and three others were injured in a bomb attack in Bagerhat and another AL leader shot dead in Narayanganj on Tuesday.
Businessarrow Default loans dip 15pc in 2003
The volume of default loans declined by 15 percent or Tk 3,643 crore in 2003 as a result of the banks' wary lending policy and writing off of bad loans.
 arrow Govt should persuade multinationals to float IPOs
The government should persuade or force big multinational companies to float initial public offerings (IPOs) which only can rejuvenate the flagging capital market, said Ahmed Iqbal Hasan who was reelected
 arrow Set up agro-based industry to spur rural economy: Sircar
Speaker Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar said rural economy would have to be augmented by setting up agro-based industry.
 arrow First ever Pak trade fair kicks off in Delhi
India opened Wednesday its first-ever trade fair of Pakistani goods amid thawing relations between the longtime foes but traders at the carnival spoke of backup plans if ties soured again.
 arrow Japan, China dismiss Greenspan warnings over forex reserve
Japan and China, which between them have amassed foreign reserves of more than one trillion dollars as they seek to manage their currencies, Wednesday dismissed warnings from US Fed chairman Alan Greenspan
 arrow Ahmed Iqbal Hasan re-elected DSE president
Ahmed Iqbal Hasan was re-elected president of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.

Abdul Haque was re-elected senior vice-president and Mohammad Feroz Khan elected vice-president of the bourse.

 arrow Japan Housing corporate client of CityCell
Japan Housing Co Ltd has become corporate client of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), owing company of CityCell.
 arrow StanChart holds workshop on L/C advice, transfer
Standard Chartered Bank organised a workshop for its customers of the Financial Institutions Department on "L/C Advising and Transfer: UCP Rules and Regula-tory Issues".
 arrow Europeans slam S Korea as top counterfeit exporter, consumer
European businessmen blasted South Korea Wednesday as one of the world's largest counterfeit exporting and consuming countries with Internet sites emerging as a major distribution channel.
Sportsarrow Football: Russell keep it alive
Season's sensation Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra ensured a nervy climax to the Western Union Premier Division football league when they smashed runaway leaders Brothers Union's unbeaten streak at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Caribbeans cruise to final
The West Indies outplayed England by 94 runs under lights at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday to go through to the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup where they'll face Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg one-day kings
Chittagong lifted the one-day title of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League when the port city outfit thrashed Barisal by seven wickets at the Barisal Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Let's think cricket’
India's cricket team is eagerly waiting for the Pakistan tour to begin next week, vice-captain Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday while brushing aside any security fears.
 arrow Cricket: Brittle batting in Zimbabwe
A scheduled 50-over match which was supposed to benefit Bangladesh ahead of their forthcoming series of five one-day internationals against Zimbabwe has instead worked against them.
 arrow Janaza of Piaru today
The namaj-e-janaza of noted sports organiser Kahirul Anwar Piaru will be held today at 10am at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Papps paves Kiwi way
Opener Michael Papps struck an unbeaten 92 to steer New Zealand to a five-wicket victory in the sixth and final one-day international against South Africa here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bad boys' Proteas
South Africa emerged as the 'bad boy' of international cricket following figures released by the sport's world governing body here Monday.
 arrow More than mere cricket
India versus Pakistan cricket series has an impact reaching far beyond the boundary.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Jubo Cricket School defeated Troyee Media by two wickets in the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) cricket tournament at Rajshahi College play ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Panditpara Athletic Club defeated Mukul Fauz (Red) by 126 runs in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Sunrise Sporting Club beat Dariapur Jubo Sangha 5-2 in the First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

First half ended 3-1.

 arrow Tennis: Scud, Henman bow out
Mark Philippoussis and Tim Henman crashed out on an opening day full of surprises in the Dubai Open.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo commits to Real
Ronaldo signed a two-year extension to his Real Madrid contract on Tuesday and said he expected to close out his career at the Spanish club.
 arrow Football: Bates era ends
Ken Bates has stepped down as Chelsea chairman after being sidelined following Roman Abramovich's £140m takeover of the club.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho the sinner!
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has sparked an unholy row after kicking a football through the window of a famous 12th century cathedral.
 arrow Football: British duo in comfort zone
Liverpool and last year's finalists Celtic are confident of progressing to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup as they take comfortable leads into their third round second leg matches on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Carlos banned
Brazil defender Roberto Carlos will miss Real Madrid's Champions League return match against Bayern Munich next week after he was banned for two European games by UEFA on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Press is free Tariqul tells CPJ team
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said journalists are now enjoying absolute freedom in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fishing nets Worth Tk 7.60 lakh seized
Members of the Bangladesh Coast Guard in separate drives seized nets, timbers, cigarettes and berthing hawser worth Tk 9.60 lakh from different coastal areas on Monday and Tuesday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
The Dhaka University authoritiess yesterday postponed all course final and traditional examinations scheduled for March 4 and 6 for unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow 1281 more held
Police arrested 1,281 people, including four listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Protests in Rajshahi, Nilphamari, Mymensingh, Bhola, Rangamati
Different political and socio-cultural organisations continued demonstrations in different areas of the country on Monday protesting the heinous attack on prominent writer Prof Humayun Azad and demanding
 arrow 'Dig graves for govt, not for you'
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad alleged that the alliance government closed down several big mills in the country just to serve interest of foreign powers.
 arrow Only peace can ensure CHT uplift, says Danish envoy
Deputy Head of Mission of Royal Danish Ambassy Tan B Hansen has said peace is the prime prerequisite to the development of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Agro-processing holds good prospect, USAID Director says
US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Country Director Gene V George on Sunday said Bangladesh needs to strengthen agro-processing and marketing units.
 arrow Development work in Barisal virtually stops
All types of construction work worth crores of taka are being hampered here greatly due to price hike of MS iron rod.
 arrow Another suspect arrested
Chittagong district police arrested another suspect of Bankskhali massacre from Mosarraf Mear Hat in Banshkahli upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Shah Anisur Rahman Award declared
The Centre for Communication and Development (CCD), a development organisation, has announced introduction of Shah Anisur Rahman Memorial Award for achievement in journalism.
 arrow Three jailed for killing girl after gang rape
The Woman and Child Repression Control Court -2 here on Monday sentenced three persons to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a young girl after gang rape in the city last year.
 arrow Grand rally for Padma Bridge at Mawa tomorrow
People from 21 districts will hold a grand rally tomorrow at Mawa demanding Padma Bridge at the point.

An ultimatum will be given to the government from the rally.

 arrow Sit-in by PSTU teachers, students for VC's removal
Students, teachers and staff of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday staged a joint sit-in in front of academic building for removal its Vice-chancellor Dr.
Point-Counterpointarrow A South Asian century?
A prominent Indian fortnightly, India Today, is organizing a seminar in New Delhi at which high level speakers such as Messrs A.B. Vajpayee, Colin Powell, Pervez Musharraf, Ms.
Culturearrow Culling the cultural cream
To celebrate the publication of "Drishyaroop", a yearly anthology on film, fine arts and photography, a programme was recently held at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Reception to notable artistes 2004
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy accorded reception to seven artistes for their contribution to music and dance at the experimental Theatre Hall of the Academy last Sunday.
 arrow Songs rejoicing Spring
Cultural group Panchoshor celebrated the spring recently at a musical soiree at the Goethe Institut in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Third Spider-Man film under way
A third Spider-Man movie has started to be made--before the sequel to the hero's original blockbuster has even been released, according to a report.
Generalarrow Poverty mapping to help address area-specific incidence
To make a dent in poverty, the government would take a cue from the outcome of a 'Poverty Mapping' now being jointly developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural
 arrow New co to distribute power in Khulna, Rajshahi
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved in principle the formation of North-West Power Distribution Company to distribute power in Khulna and Rajshahi regions independently.
 arrow 'Give back my sons'
Anwara Begum, 60, of Brahmmanbaria has become almost distracted following the death of her two sons in Saudi Arabia last month.

"Give back my sons. My heart is burning," she wailed in her local language.

 arrow Engrs urged to enhance professional skills
Engineers in the power and water sectors have been urged to enhance their professional skills to reduce system loss and increase revenue earning.
 arrow Discussion on Ashura
The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) organised a discussion on its premises in the city on Monday on the occasion of Ashura, with its President Maj. Gen.
 arrow US Consular Sec to remain closed for brief periods
In a bid to serve the travelling public better, the consular section of the US Embassy will undergo physical renovations and system upgrades in March, April and May, says a press release.
Internationalarrow US troops under fire for failing to stop attacks
The US-led coalition in Iraq is under fire from angry Iraqis who blame their occupiers for failing to keep the peace almost a year after ridding the country of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow LK Advani sheds hardliner image
Indian Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani will hit the road on March 10 for BJP's high-profile cross-country campaign for coming general elections.
 arrow Iraq's religious targets
Attacks on mosques or religious figures have the power to immediately bring to the surface the deep-rooted tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims in post-Saddam Iraq.
 arrow At least 39 dead in clashes in Nepal
Atleast 39 people were killed in a major gunfight between the security forces and Maoist rebels in eastern Nepal, the most serious clashes between the sides for months, police said Wednesday.
 arrow 800 patients with dengue in Jakarta
Exhausted hospital staff in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, are struggling to cope with a deadly dengue fever outbreak, with almost 800 people admitted in a single day, officials said yesterday.
 arrow War crimes trial sought for Blair over Iraq
A British group that opposed the Iraq war said Tuesday it wants the International Criminal Court in The Hague to consider whether Prime Minister Tony Blair should be tried for war crimes.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ashura mayhem
Ashura is the day we commemorate the tragedy of Karbala where the Prophet's (pbuh) grandson Hazrat Imam Hussein (RA) and his immediate family were martyred.
 arrow Editorial: Adulterated foodstuffs flood market
A survey conducted by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh has revealed that more than 50 per cent products in the market, food items in particular, are adulterated.
 arrow The global economy and Indonesia
The recent invasion in Iraq show that the most potent weapon in modern war is pseudo-information.
 arrow Where is my country?
No sooner had I logged on to internet to read news from Bangladesh than I came across the news of Professor Humayun Azad having been stabbed by as yet unknown thugs.
 arrow A twisty forewarning?
How to contemplate on the vicious attack on Professor Humayun Azad? Several minutes passed by. And several hours are gone.
Letters to Editorarrow Karnaphuli Bridge
The experience of travelling over the "steel wooden bridge," led me to write in the DS on 26 December, 1999 ("Dilapidated Karnaphuli bridge deck").
 arrow The emperor's wardrobe
Congratulations to Ms. Rubana Huq for a wonderfully satirical but serious write up on the obstacle race in the RMG sector (DS: Feb 28).
 arrow Barbaric!
What's going on in our country? Humayun Azad has been stabbed by unknown assailants!

There is no security of life for the eminent people, let alone the ordinary ones.

 arrow ZIA
Dhaka's Zia International Airport has improved a lot in the past few years. The airport check-in and immigration layouts have improved remarkably during the last two years.
 arrow An open letter
I was moved by the shocking pictures of a blood-soaked and bandaged Prof. Humayun Azad of Dhaka University on the front pages of online Bangladeshi dailies.
 arrow A message
I wholly support Mohammad Badrul Ahsan concerning last week's Cross Talk on the Anti-Corruption Bill.