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Front Pagearrow BNP men attack B Chy, cops join to foil rally
Alleged BNP activists aided by police attacked Badruddoza Chowdhury and his supporters yesterday, injuring over 300 people and ruining his rally where the former president was due to launch his alternative
 arrow Attack 'barbaric'
While announcing a 12-member convening committee of an alternative political stream, Badruddoza Chowdhury condemned the ruling BNP last night for its 'barbaric' attack on him.
 arrow Taiwan can do business sans diplomatic ties
Taiwan can do business in Bangladesh without diplomatic recognition, but Dhaka believes in 'one China policy' and does not want to anger China, the foreign minister said yesterday.
 arrow 190 die in Madrid train blasts
Ten terrorist bombs tore through trains and stations along a commuter line at the height of Madrid's morning rush hour yesterday, killing more than 190 people and wounding 1,240 others before this weekend's
 arrow 4 outlaws lynched for killing JCD leader
Four young men were killed in mob beating when they tried to escape after killing a local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Nandinamadhu in Kamarkhanda upazila yesterday.
 arrow Country can't be run by alternative force
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday dismissed the alternative political stream of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury as 'inoperative'.

"They are not alternative force, they have become inoperative.

 arrow Beware of dotcom jobs
Beware of too lucrative job offers on the internet.
 arrow 2,500 vehicles get stranded over Padma bridge demand
More than 2,500 vehicles with about one lakh passengers got stranded on both sides of the Padma at Dulatdia-Paturia point for five hours yesterday due to a road blockade at Daulatdia in Goalundo upazila
 arrow BNP young Turks behind rally foil
A mixed reaction has been created within the ruling BNP over not allowing former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury to hold his scheduled public rally at Muktangon in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Political parties slate attack
Opposition parties, including the Awami League (AL), yesterday condemned an attack on AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury as the government's fascist reaction to a rally where the former president was due to launch
 arrow Azad eats liquid food
Injured writer Humayun Azad could take liquid food on his own yesterday, showing signs of remarkable improvement in the last few days.
 arrow Outlaws kill Naogaon BNP leader
Alleged operatives of outlawed Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) killed Vice-president of BNP unit of Manda Upazila of Naogaon Monsur Ali Mreedha last night.
 arrow No sign of end to DU class boycott
The prospect for Dhaka University to resume its regular academic routine remained remote after 13 consecutive days as the agitating teachers showed no sign of budging from their class boycott stance.
 arrow Dr Kamal launches new political platform Sunday
Oikya Procheshta, a socio-political organisation, will launch a 'national unity platform' on Sunday with politicians and socio-cultural leaders in an effort to fight crimes and corruption, sources close
 arrow 3 Iraqis, GI killed in Iraq
Two Iraqi women employed by a unit of US oilfield services company Halliburton were shot dead late Wednesday in this southern port city, while an Iraqi and a US soldier died in separate bomb blasts.
 arrow Hasina predicts early fall of govt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again predicted an early fall of the present coalition government and said people will oust the government of Khaleda Zia very soon.
 arrow Fatwa against Ahmadiyyas in Noakhali village
People of the Ahmadiyya community of Ambarnagar village in Noakhali district are passing through utter insecurity after a local Imam ostracized them issuing a fatwa that they were non-Muslim.
 arrow 10-year-old girl raped
A 10-year-old girl was gang-raped in Sutrapur Wednesday evening.

The victim is now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

 arrow BB showcauses City Bank chair for 'graft'
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked City Bank Ltd Chairman Din Mohammad to show cause in one week's time why he should not be removed from his position for working against the depositors' interests.
 arrow BRTC to run more buses during hartal
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC) is planning a range of preventive measures to ensure smooth plying of its buses across the capital during hartal times.
 arrow Activities at Benapole port resume
Export-import activities at Benapole land port resumed yesterday after withdrawal of an indefinite strike enforced by the Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents' Association and two other organisationsof
 arrow ROK opposition claims support for impeachment
South Korea's two main opposition parties said they would oust President Roh Moo-Hyun from office yesterday after securing enough support in the National Assembly for a motion to impeach the embattled
 arrow Architects for unified code for normal, high-rise buildings
Bangladesh Institute of Architects (BIA) proposed to the government to formulate a single building code for both normal and high-rise structures to create an environment friendly, planned and aesthetic
 arrow Manarat student killed in road accident
An A-level student of Manarat International School and College was killed in a road accident in city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.
 arrow Man injured in Karwan Bazar attack dies
One of the three men injured in the February-9 gun attack on a travel agency office on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue died last night at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after clinging to life for more
 arrow Tk 50,000 looted in Keraniganj
Miscreants looted Tk 50,000 from a shop and injured a youth at Jinjira Bazar in Keraniganj yesterday.
 arrow Supporters rescue Badruddoza Chowdhury...

Businessarrow Khosru for review of special, differential treatment for LDCs
The special and differential treatment provisions for the least developed countries (LDCs) should be reviewed to make them more precise, effective and operational, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud
 arrow RMG sector needs policy support, not money
Annisul Huq, a leading readymade garment entrepreneur, was elected new president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday.
 arrow Solution to trade unionism issue in EPZs soon
The long-drawn issue of introducing trade unionism in the exclusive trade zones will be solved "very soon", US Ambassador Harry K Thomas was told yesterday at a meeting with Bepza Executive Chairman Zakir
 arrow China grain shortage to push up global food price
China is increasingly unable to meet its rising food demand and will be forced to turn to the world market to import 30-50 million tons of grain annually, a leading agro-economist said Thursday.
 arrow India to replace China as top recipient of Japanese soft loans
India will replace economically booming China as the top recipient of Japanese soft loans for the first time due to its widespread poverty and importance to regional stability, a Japanese official said
 arrow Japan, Malaysia to start detailed FTA talks from May
Japan and Malaysia Thursday finished a second round of initial talks on a free trade agreement (FTA), with a promise to start more detailed negotiations from May, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
 arrow ECB takes France, Germany to task over deficits
France and Germany could fail to bring their spiralling public deficits back within EU limits as planned by 2006 and 2007 because of overoptimistic growth forecasts and a lack of ambition in budget consolidation
 arrow Five cos likely to join CDS next week
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is likely to announce the names of at least five companies which will join the central depository system (CDS) next week.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo takes part in Air Freight Asia 2004
Emirates SkyCargo participated in Air Freight Asia 2004, a trade fair organised recently in Bangkok, Thailand, says a press release.
 arrow Igloo launches Single Sundae ice-cream
Igloo, a leading ice-cream company in Bangladesh, has launched its new product Single Sundae in local market.
 arrow New country manager of Alcatel
Christian Rene Looten has been appointed Alcatel country manager for Bangladesh.

Looten is a French engineer from Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), says a press release.

 arrow New CEO of Thakral Information Systems
Shahzaman Mozumder, Bir Protik, has joined Thakral Information Systems Private Limited (TISL) as the chief executive officer (CEO), says a press release.
 arrow Bush counterattacks on trade, economy
US President George W. Bush accused his election-year critics on the economy Wednesday of wanting to "build a wall" that will sunder the United States from profitable global trade and cost jobs.
 arrow Mexico, Japan seal free trade deal
Mexico and Japan on Wednesday sealed a free trade deal after a year and a half of negotiations, in the first such pact between Japan and a Latin American nation.
 arrow HK mulls lifting live poultry import ban as traders strike
Hong Kong poultry traders continued to strike Thursday to protest against a ban on live chicken imports as the government considered lifting the measure designed to keep bird flu from the city.
Sportsarrow Football: Russell dream a Red day
Season's sensation Sheikh Ru-ssell Krira Chakra completed a fairly-tale run in the Western Union Premier Division Football League with a 2-1 victory over fellow newcomers Dhaka Wanderers Club at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: India get A Pak taste
Pakistan A opener Tau-feeq Umar blasted a ma-tch-winning century to hand India an embarrassing six-wicket defeat in their one-day warm-up match on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: It's not only cricket!
If history is any guide, the faint-he-arted are ad-vised to avert their gaze when India and Pakistan battle on the cricket field from Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: TV trouble
Gulf-based TV network Ten Sports and Indian cable operators were in negotiations Thursday in a bid to break a deadlock over the broadcast of the Pakistan-India cricket series, amid reports the government
 arrow Cricket: Ds put Australia atop
Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann joined Matthew Hayden with second-innings centuries as Australia pressed for victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Independence Day soccer from March 21
An Independence Day football tournament will be held here from March 21-April 2. Ten teams including four from Dhaka are likely to participate.
 arrow Cricket: Fourth ODI today
A day after their now momentous eight-run victory over Zimbabwe, the Tigers were eyeing the next big scalp, a series win.
 arrow Cricket: Windies 39-2
West Indies were 39-2 after electing to bat against England in first hour of the first Test at Sabina Park in Kingston last night.
 arrow Cricket: Zim A open Tour today
Zimbabwe A will launch their maiden Bangladesh tour with a three-day match against Under-23 at the Fatullah Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Kirsten takes charge
South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten cut loose to score a superb century and put the Proteas in a strong position against New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the first Test Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Al-Rashid Cricket Academy defeated Padma Garden by four wickets in the quarterfinals of the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) cricket tournament at Rajshahi College playground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Akota Cricket Club and Digonto Cricket Club won their respective matches in Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rongu Mia Cup Cricket Tournament-2004 at Shahjadapur Junior High School playground here yesterday.
 arrow Chess: 8 Bangladeshis earn full points
Eight Bangladeshi players earned maximum points after the second round of the Parsvnath Interna-tional Rating Chess Tournament in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Asit Memorial Club defeated County Club by two wickets in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at the Circuit House ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt happy for Rusedski
Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt said Wednesday he was pleased that a tribunal cleared Greg Rusedski of a doping offence but added he doesn't believe tennis is 100 per cent clean.
 arrow Tennis: Terrific teens
Sesil Karatancheva and Alisa Kleybanova may be the youngest players in the Indian Wells tournament draw, but that didn't stop them from making their WTA Tour debuts successful ones.
 arrow Football: Real does the minimum
Nine-time champions Real Madrid edged out four-time winners Bayern Munich 1-0 here to squeak into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, completing a 2-1 aggregate success.
 arrow Football: Milan rout Sparta
Holders AC Milan were given a fright by Sparta Prague before claiming their place in the last eight of the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over the plucky Czechs here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners canter past Celta
Arsenal eased into the Champions League quarter-finals for the second time in their history with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at Highbury on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bates to sue Chelsea
Former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates is sueing the club following his acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge earlier this month, the English Premiership high-flyers confirmed Thursday.
 arrow Football: Prso Monaco's hero
Croatian Dado Prso made amends for a first-half penalty miss for Monaco by scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow here Wednesday to guarantee their Champions League quarter-finalspot.
 arrow Football: A sacrifice
A Chinese footballer killed by lightning was Thursday hailed as a "sports" martyr by Singapore league officials who say the player's unusual height may have spared the lives of his team mates.
Metropolitanarrow 'Existing ordns not enough to tackle waste problem'
Speakers at a roundtable discussion in the city yesterday said the existing ordinances and acts of City Corporations and Pourashavas are not enough to tackle the waste management problem of urban areas.
 arrow CUTA meets tomorrow
The Chittagong University Teachers Association (CUTA) has called an emergency meeting of its executive committee tomorrow to discuss their next action programme following the overlook of some demandsat
 arrow Current nets seized
Bangladesh Coast Guard members in separate drives seized huge current nets from different coastal areas on Monday and Wednesday.

Some 42,000 meters current nets worth about Tk 4.

Point-Counterpointarrow Taiwan's trade office in Dhaka
Recently it is widely reported in media that the decision to allow the setting up of an unofficial trade representative office of Taiwan in Dhaka appears to have caused a diplomatic "hiccup" with thegovernment
 arrow Rising political unrest
Ominous signs signaling unrest due to politics of confrontation, uncontrolled crimes, increased feeling of insecurity among people, particularly businessmen and professionals, are becoming pronouncedday
Culturearrow Tete a tete with Farzana Riya Chowdhury
The door opened and I was beckoned into the sitting room by Farzana Riya Chowdhury, better known as Riya. The talented dancer and model began the conversation by tracing her career.
 arrow A world of his own: primitive and passionate
Ronni Ahmed's recent exhibition at the gallery of Alliance Francaise, presented a surreal, absurd and bizarre world where life appeared to have gone berserk.
 arrow Quest for a world of expressions
The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised a two-day dance programme to promote promising dancers of the country under the guidance of the dance and music division of the Academy.
 arrow Tabu as Meenaxi: Husain's muse always makes news
After directing the flop Gaj Gamini, M F Husain swore never to make another film.
 arrow Ash's option on screen
Aishwarya Rai , who is known in the Bollywood for avoiding explicit scenes might just do that for her international films.
 arrow Schwarzenegger a Maverick
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be presented with the Maverick Spirit Award next week during Cinequest 14.
Generalarrow JCD factional feud may trigger violence at JU
Students as well as the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) workers fear that violence may erupt at anytime on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus as cadres loyal to newly elected JU JCD committee have been
 arrow Confession of accused could not be recorded
Confessional statement of Md. Hasan alias Army Hasan, an accused in Banshkhali carnage, could not be recorded, as he was produced before the magistrate's court at Banshkhali at late hours yesterday.
 arrow 157 officials terminated, says MK Alamgir
The government is harassing officials at different levels of administration bringing allegation of their involvement with Janatar Mancha which played an anti-government role in 1996, said former state
 arrow Bhutan can import garments, medicine
President Iajuddin Ahmed has said Bhutan could import garments, medicine, melamine and ceramic goods from Bangladesh.
 arrow Raowa Ladies Meena Bazar opens
With an air of festivity and much enthusiasm, the three-day Raowa Ladies Meena Bazar - 2004 began at the Roawa ground in Mohakhali yesterday.
 arrow Jalil's online meet with expatriates March 21
Awami League General Secretary M Abdul Jalil, MP will communicate with expatriate Bangladeshis through Internet at Dhaka Reporters Unity on March 21 at 10am.

Popular website www.kobitaogaan.

 arrow SSC examinee slaughtered
Unidentified assailants slaughtered an SSC examinee at village Alampur under Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah district on Wednesday night.
 arrow UK education fair opens
A three-day Education@UK Fair 2004 organised by the British Council began Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.

Inaugurating the fair as chief guest, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof.

 arrow DUEDAA executive
Dr Shoaib Ahmed was re-elected president and Prof Farid Uddin general secretary of the Dhaka University Economics Department Alumni Association (DUEDAA) at its biennial general meeting on March 5 at Sonargaon
Editorialarrow Editorial: Congratulations Tigers
When something is achieved after a long period of struggle, it feels more than just great.
 arrow Editorial: What brand of democracy is this?
While we reserve our opinion on the emergence of a 'third force' in the political arena and the defection from the ruling party, we cannot but express our utter disgust over the reactive incidents that
 arrow Mithu's story
Last week I met Shafiul Huq Mithu, the Pirojpur correspondent of the Dainik Janakantha, at a gathering held for the visiting CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) delegation.
 arrow Don't call it marriage
There was a time when marriages worked like magnets: repulsion between identical poles and attraction between opposite ones. Man married woman, and that was it. Opposite sex was the foundation of marriage.
 arrow Whither Karnafuli Bridge?
The existing Karnafuli Bridge which connects Chittagong city and rest Bangladesh with south Chittagong comprising five Upazilas and Cox's Bazar district will soon go beyond repair and out of use.
Letters to Editorarrow On Women's Day
Let's take oath that If I am a mother then I will give equal rights to my daughter and will never have any bias towards my son, I will always beside my daughter, though others may go against her.
 arrow Homosexuality
I refer to a recently published column in your newspaper and the comments made by the author who is a leading educationist, intellectual, columnist, and thinker of our country.
 arrow On Bachelor
A couple of weeks back, I called one of my female students 'heroine of a Bengali movie' quite jokingly. She took it seriously, flared up as if I had heaped on her the worst reproach.
 arrow US human rights report
There is local proverb, "Chorer Maar Bara Gola", and unfortunately I could not think of a better comment after seeing the usual US Human Rights Report 2003.
 arrow Experience with Biman
I'm an English married to a Bangladeshi. On my last trip to Bangladesh I decided to go by Biman and had an awful experience.
 arrow Karail fire victims
Mr. Fakhrul Alam's letter (DS 10 March) paints a gloomy picture of help rendered to the victims.
 arrow GM foods
You gave a good coverage (DS, 8 March) to the seminar titled 'GM foods and Consumers Rights' organised by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh.
 arrow Diatribe against NGOs?
Manzoor Ahmed's defence of NGOs (Daily Star, March 8) against the attacks of the finance minister only adds insult to injury where the public is concerned.
 arrow Elected despots
Mr. Shahjahan Ahmed in his letter written on your commentary titled "when elected leaders act like despots" is self-contradictory.
 arrow Opposition plan
The leader of the main opposition is asking people of all levels to strengthen the present movement to topple the government.
 arrow Tapping tele-talks
Our national security is always very fragile. It is affected by even a stone thrown by a kid.
 arrow Law and order
It seems there are numerous organisations to protect the journalists from violence and repression but very few to speak for the ordinary people; people who are not in power, who have no intention of being
 arrow Computers at ZIA
I have been using computers for over four decades and currently I am associated with one of the IT institutions in Dhaka.
 arrow BTV programmes
BTV broadcasts movies, magazine programmes, talk shows, programmes related to dance and music, religion, etc. But it neglects economic and business related programmes.
 arrow Women members of JS
Recently, the BNP government decided to make certain amendments to the constitution on the strength of its majority in parliament, completely disregarding the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Of human rights
Your editorial on US State Department's Report on Human Rights in Bangladesh was interesting.
Worldarrow World condemns Madrid blasts
Foreign governments and institutions joined in strong condemnation of the explosions on the Madrid rail system, which killed more than 173 people yesterday morning in what the European Parliament described
 arrow ETA: A deadly rebel group
The attacks on four trains in Madrid yesterday that killed at least 173 people and wounded another 350 were by far the most murderous yet blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA in its more than three-decade
 arrow 13 die in Kashmir violence
Thirteen people were killed in the latest violence in Kashmir, four of them when two Islamic rebels holed up inside a girls' school traded fire with Indian troops after attacking an army camp, officials
 arrow Tens of thousands vow revenge in Jenin
Tens of thousands of furious Palestinians vowed to exact their revenge yesterday on Israel as the West Bank town of Jenin ground to a halt for the funerals of five militants shot dead by Israeli troops.
 arrow Cong releases 'chargesheet' against NDA govt
In a major move to take the sheen off the BJP-led coalition's "India Shining" campaign, the Congress yesterday released a stinging "chargesheet" against the Vajpayee Government alleging that its rulesaw
 arrow Spanish parties suspend campaign
Spain's political parties said yesterday they were suspending campaigning for Sunday's general election following a series of bomb blasts at railway stations in Madrid that killed more than 131 people.
 arrow 13 bombs used in Madrid train attacks
A total of 13 bombs were planted around Madrid and 10 exploded on Thursday, killing 173 people and injuring more than 600, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said.
 arrow Musharraf declared 'Constitutionally' elected Pak president
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has finally received constitutional sanction for holding on to the post till 2007.
 arrow US strikes compromise With Europeans on Iran's nuke
The United States has struck a compromise with European nations that defers a showdown with Iran at the United Nations on its nuclear programmes yet deplores its failure to come clean with the UN International
 arrow New Haiti PM arrives as US Marines kill 2
Haiti's new interim prime minister flew into his revolt-torn country on Wednesday and promised to improve security as US Marines said they killed two more Haitian gunmen.
 arrow 'Mercenaries' to stand trial in countries of arrest: S Africa
South Africans arrested as suspected mercenaries in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea will have to stand trial and serve any prison sentences in those countries, a foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Pak madrassas Breeding grounds of terrors: Powell
Pulling no punches, US Secretary of State Colin Powell has denounced madrassas or schools imparting religious education in Pakistan and several other countries as breeding grounds for "fundamentalists