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Front Pagearrow Major Mannan's beverage factory bombed, rampaged
Armed activists apparently of the ruling BNP went on the rampage at a beverage factory of an ex-party leader in Savar yesterday, injuring six workers with bombs and gunshots that scared about 200 others
 arrow Govt finally opts for limited TU activities
The government has finally decided to allow trade union albeit in a limited form in the export processing zones (EPZs).
 arrow Govt ignores experts' 'no' to buy dubious machines
Ignoring experts' recommendations, the government is going to purchase three 'cobalt radioactive sources' instead of new improved machines for cancer treatment that might cause a huge waste of publicfunds.
 arrow Cabinet okays 14th constitution change
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for the 14th amendment to the constitution with a set of six changes, including 45 women's reserved seats, permanent provision for display of portraits of the
 arrow Official accused of neglect gets key task
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has assigned an official, who was at the heart of neglect leading to gas pipeline scam, to foot the bills of contractors accused of delivering substandard
 arrow Socialists win Spain polls, vow 'to pull out Iraq troops'
After Spain's opposition Socialists won elections, prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed yesterday to withdraw troops from Iraq and criticised US President George W.
 arrow JCD declares Badruddoza unwanted at DU
The student wing of the key ruling party yesterday declared Dhaka University a no-go area for alternative political stream convenor AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, saying the former president betrayed the party
 arrow BNP men lay siege to cop station, try to snatch leaders
Local BNP adherents yesterday laid a siege to Kamarkhand Police Station for several hours in an apparent bid to snatch away five of its leaders and activists after police held them on charge of plundering
 arrow BNPPP meets Jan 21 on ways to head off opposition
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to unveil a plan for her lawmakers in a party forum to face growing opposition to the BNP-led coalition rule days after the Jatiya Sangsad resumes session today.
 arrow Govt takes a hard line on B Chy's forum
The government, which has been keeping an eye on the opposition Awami League, has mounted watch on the "alternative stream" initiated by the ruling BNP defectors and taken a hard line on them.
 arrow ADP falling far short of target
Only 36 percent of the country's development budget has been utilised in the first eight months of the current fiscal.
 arrow Hold classes regularly at any cost
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the teachers to ensure a congenial atmosphere on the campus and regular holding of classes at any cost for the sake of the students as also for future of the
 arrow Lone survivor cheats death with stroke of luck
Sajal got a new lease of life on Saturday and believes it was divine providence that brought him back from the brink of death.

"Almighty Allah has saved me from drowning in the sea.

 arrow Pallabi teacher's rape, murder reveal a crime saga
The room at Pallabi's Kalapani area where Fatema Khatun Kohinoor was gang-raped and burnt to death Friday had long been used as a hangout by local hoodlums, residents of the area said.
 arrow BDR-BSF confce in Kolkata begins today
A four-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) begins in Kolkata, capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, today, aiming to resolve various unresolved
 arrow Ganguly uncertain for today's ODI
India captain Sourav Ganguly has a fever and is doubtful for today's day-night second one-day international against Pakistan at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Top Khulna AL leader escapes bomb attack
A senior Khulna district Awami League leader escaped apparently an attempt on his life yesterday when unidentified miscreants exploded a powerful bomb in his drug store opposite Khulna city BNP office
 arrow PM, Hawa Bhaban run dual rule: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of introducing a 'dual rule', one by herself and the other by her son in the Hawa Bhaban, dubbed as the political base
 arrow 'New planet' discovered
Astronomers have detected what could be the Solar System's 10th planet.
 arrow Car bomb found outside US consulate in Pakistan
Pakistani police narrowly prevented a huge car bomb exploding outside the US consulate in Karachi yesterday just two days before US Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to the country and almost two
 arrow Shibir men rough up JCD hall president at Alia Madrassah
A group of alleged Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists beat up the Allama Kashgari Hall (AKH) unit president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Alia Madrassah on Sunday.
 arrow DU BCL leader shot, stabbed
Unknown assailants shot and stabbed a Dhaka University hall unit leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) near the Teacher Student Centre (TSC) yesterday.
 arrow Driver found dead in city
Body of a private car driver, who was earlier on March 7 allegedly abducted along with the car by some carjackers, was recovered from a canal at Bachila in Mohammadpur early yesterday.
 arrow 10 'Bangladeshis' held in Jammu
Ten alleged Bangladeshi nationals, including a woman, were arrested in RS Pura sector of Jammu division while they were trying to cross over to Pakistan, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Earth diggers and bulldozers...

 arrow Business leaders want early end to political confrontation
Business leaders yesterday sought an early end to confrontational politics to ensure an investment-friendly environment that is imperative for creating resources and employment.
 arrow 30 hurt as IU buses come under attack
At least 30 people, including four teachers, were injured when students agitating for resignation of the vice-chancellor (VC) of Islamic University (IU) attacked and damaged campus bound-buses and clashed
 arrow Thirteen more respond to Rob's call
The call for national unity to save democracy and put an end to politics of confrontation given by 13 leading citizens on Friday continued to be supported by different sections of people.
 arrow India to raise 'Pak Proliferation' with Powell
India is likely to flag its concerns over nuclear proliferation in its neighbourhood during talks its leaders will have here on Tuesday with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
 arrow The bamboo structure across Nilkhet...

 arrow Inu demands alliance to go
Branding the present government as despotic, the leaders of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) said the alliance government must step down accepting the liabilities for widespread terrorism, rampant corruption,
Businessarrow Capital market ready to welcome five new cos
The capital market is ready to welcome five new companies, three banks and two insurers, which will raise Tk 76.26 crore through initial public offerings (IPOs).
 arrow Re-launch of WTO talks hinges on farm subsidy, S&D treatment
Re-launch of stalled WTO talks hinges on resolution of farm subsidy and special and differential treatment issues, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Investors stand firm on South Korea politics
Foreign investors clung on to South Korean assets on Monday, betting the country will ultimately reverse its president's impeachment and head off a crisis in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.
 arrow EU panel seen backing Microsoft sanctions
EU experts gathered on Monday to discuss a landmark antitrust ruling that could change the way Microsoft sells audio-visual software as part of its ubiquitous Windows operating system.
 arrow Chinese economists for trade deal with Taiwan
Leading Chinese economists want a sweeping trade deal with Taiwan but argue an agreement will be meaningless unless the island accepts direct transportation links with the mainland, state media said Monday.
 arrow Japan needs culture change to get rid of bad loan mess
Japan's economic recovery means banks are seeing fewer loans go bad, but a system is needed where bad loans can be avoided even at times of slow growth, an economist at a government think tank said.
 arrow Handing over of 5 SoEs to private sector Thursday
Privatisation Commission will formally hand over five state-owned enterprises (SoEs) to private entrepreneurs on Thursday.
 arrow ONE Bank to collect Ctg port charges
The Chittagong Port Authority has allowed ONE Bank Ltd to collect port charges and fees through the bank's booth located in the Terminal Building of the port, says a press release.
 arrow Sonargaon gets ‘Best Improved Hotel Award’
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka has achieved ‘The Best Improved Hotel Award’ among all the 22 hotels of Pan Pacific around the world for its performance in 2003.
 arrow Training course on credit risk management concludes
The two-week long training programme on credit risk management jointly organised by Bangladesh Bank and SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) concluded recently.
 arrow National Housing, Nagar Homes sign MoU
National Housing Finance and Investments Ltd, a private sector financial institution operating home mortgage loan, and Nagar Homes Ltd, a developer, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently
 arrow Cemex launches new design cement bag
Cemex Bangladesh recently launched its newly-designed Portland cement bags in Dhaka and nationwide.

The new bag depicts Cemex's corporate colours of red and blue, says a press release.

 arrow China presses EU on full market status
China Monday pressed its demand to be considered a full market economy and told EU Trade Commis-sioner Pascal Lamy it wants compensation over the European Union's enlargement.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India's Sourav scare
India captain Sourav Gang-uly is doubtful and bowler Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of Tues-day's day-night second one-day international against Pakistan at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique ducks press
Bangladesh's premier left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique totally distanced himself from the prying eyes of the media on his return from Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Football: Russell, a vision
It does not necessarily mean that you need to be a Roman Abramovich to do great things. And in some cases great clubs don't always get the glory.
 arrow Cricket: England humble hosts
England, bidding to end a 36-year wait for a Test series victory over West Indies in the Caribbean, completed a 10-wicket triumph in the opening Test on Sunday after a career best bowling performancefrom
 arrow Cricket: WI say sorry publicly
The West Indies cricket team have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a public apology following their humiliating defeat in the first Test against England at Sabina Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Keep on fighting’
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad on Monday urged his players not to ease off until they know they have seized the moment in the one-day series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Warne the only worry
Sri Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne has told his team to bat positively against Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne in the second Test starting here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Seven-up Harmison
Just over a year ago Steve Harmison could barely complete his run-up but on Sunday he put those nightmares behind him as he took seven wickets for 12 runs as West Indies crashed to a Test low 47 all out
 arrow Tennis: Easy win for Federer
Top-ranked Roger Federer, the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, cruised past Andrei Pavel 6-1, 6-1 at the ATP/WTA Masters Series tournament here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The threat is serious
As evidence mounted that Islamic militants were behind the deadly train bombs in Spain, neighbouring Portugal beefed up security amid growing fears that the European football finals which the countrywill
 arrow Football: Unthinkable happens to MU
Arsenal and Charlton were the real winners after Sunday's Premier League matches even though neither of the London clubs kicked a ball.
 arrow Football: Milan pass biggest test
Leaders AC Milan took a step closer to their first Serie A league title since 1999 after defeating championship rivals Juventus 3-1 in Turin on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Valencia edge nearer
Two goals from Francisco Rufete helped Valencia close the gap on Spanish league leaders Real Madrid to four points after they won 2-0 at relegation-threatened Celta Vigo on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo recuperating at home
Brazil World Cup star Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final clash with Monaco on March 23.
 arrow Volleyball: NBL v'ball
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) overpowered Azad Sporting Club 25-21, 25-20, 26-24 in the National Bank Premier Division volleyball league at Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: AIUB Cup on
East West University won the opening match of the AIUB Cup cricket tournament defeating United International University by eight wickets at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Parsvnath chess
Fide Master Khandakar Amirul Islam earned 5.5 points after the seventh round of the second Parsvnath international rating chess tournament in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BSFNA cricket
Al- Rashid Cricket Club defeated Royal Racho Cricket Club by nine wickets to advance to the final of the Bangladesh Sports Foundation of North America (BSFNA) cricket tournament at the Rajshahi college
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Zia Smriti Sangsad, Sunrise Sporting Club, Shafik Smriti Sangsad and Sreerampur Friends Club moved into the semifinals of the Econo First Division football league.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Ananda Cricket Coaching Centre posted a four-wicket victory over Discovery in the second Azim Group U-13 cricket tournament at the Kalabagan Club ground yesterday.
Nationalarrow 'Don't treat us as ornaments in parliament'
Women's rights activists yesterday rejected the ruling party's proposal to raise the number of women members of parliament to 45 and demanded direct election for women representatives.
 arrow Shaheed Capt Bashar Gate ready for Mar 26 opening
Finishing touches are being given to the Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate at Nilphamari and it will be inaugurated on the Independence Day.
 arrow Save Kaliganga from pollution
People of Manikganj pourashava brought out a procession in the district town and held a rally in front of Deputy Commissioner's (DC) office yesterday demanding steps to protect Kaliganga river from pollution
 arrow Abduction bid foiled in Barisal court area, 2 beaten by mob
Two persons were beaten by a mob on the Barisal magistrate court compound on Sunday when they tried to snatch two persons accused in a case.
 arrow ICS activists beaten by JCD at Barisal polytech
Newly elected vice-president of Barisal Polytechnic Institute Students' Union Masum Sheikh, general secretary Al-Amin and assistant general secretary Reazul Karim belonging to Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS)
 arrow Sluice gate being built in Satkhira by illegally cutting WDB embankment
A sluice gate is being constructed illegally by cutting Water Development Board's embankment on Kholpetna river at Khalishabunia in Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow Fact-finding mission to study adverse effect in Bangladesh
A fact-finding mission to Kansat in Chapainawabganj is being organised by the Citizens Fact-finding Commission to study the adverse effect of diversion of rivers at upstream in India on March 16.
 arrow PM visits Mymensingh today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will pay a visit to Dhubaura in Mymensingh today, district administration sources said.
 arrow Mysterious disease claims 4 lives in Faridpur
A mysterious disease having symptoms of high fever and shivering has claimed four lives so far at Mallikpur village.
 arrow 14 years' RI for keeping illegal arms
A man was sentenced to suffer 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for keeping illegal arms on Saturday.
 arrow PSTU VC resigns
The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) Prof Dr AKM Abdul Hannan Bhuiyan tendered his resignation to the Education Ministry on Sunday.
 arrow Human chain by disabled in Magura
Several hundred disabled people under the banner of Trainomul Pratibondhi Sangathan formed a human chain here on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Ensuring food security: Challenging but not unattainable
Food is a basic necessity of life.
 arrow Cholesterol: Talk of the time
All health information to keep you up to date

A considerable amount of attention has centred these days on 'cholesterol' -- from both the public and physicians.

Culturearrow Women's endeavour
TO mark International Women's Day, Shako, a women artists' association, is currently holding a group art exhibition at Chitrak, Dhanmondi.
 arrow Premiere of Megher Porey Megh on Channel-i
Several films have been made on the Liberation War. The latest in the genre is Megher Porey Megh, directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow A new direction for Bollywood and cricket celebrities ?
Bollywood and cricket celebrities seem busy exploring new horizons.
 arrow Psycho: a hair-raising tale
Based on uncanny occurrences, Psycho, a tele drama, will be telecast on ntv soon.
Generalarrow Proper load management can avert power crisis
Proper load management during peak hours can avert power crisis to a greater extent, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Agitation for Padma bridge at Daulatdia continues
The Council for Implementation of Padma Bridge at Daulatdia (CIPBD) staged a rally at 'Janatar Padma Setu Mancha' at Daulatdia under Goalanda upazila in Rajbari district yesterday to press home the demand
 arrow Press enjoys full freedom
President Iajuddin Ahmed said that newspapers and mass media in the country are now enjoying full freedom.
 arrow Elections to 117 pourasabhas May 5-10
Elections to 117 pourasabhas will be held on May 5-10, the Election Commission (EC) announced here yesterday.
 arrow Ties with India excellent
Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow BDRCS warns against abuse of emblem
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has renewed its warning against the abuse or misuse of the red cross and red crescent emblem.
 arrow Maid murder creates sensation in Rajshahi
Maid Shirin murder case at Rajarhata created a sensation in the city after the housewife gave her confessional statement to first class magistrate yesterday.
 arrow Duta to make arrangements for sending Azad abroad
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) requested DU Vice-Chancellor Prof.
 arrow Adab chief granted anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for three months to Adab President Kazi Farooq Ahmed and four of his associates in a criminal case.
 arrow Workers' Party public meet today
The Workers' Party of Bangladesh will hold a public meeting at Paltan Maidan in the city at 2.00pm today.

The meeting is aimed at mobilising support for 'oust government' movement.

 arrow Citibank marks Women's Day
Citibank NA, the banking arm of Citigroup, organised a discussion on its Gulshan Branch premises recently to mark the International Women's Day, says a press release.
 arrow 1371 more held
Police arrested 1,371 people, including two listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Israeli-Palestinian summit put off
A long-awaited summit between the Palestinian and Israeli prime ministers was postponed indefinitely after 10 civilians were killed Sunday in a twin suicide attack in the southern port of Ashdod.
 arrow Spaniards vote out govt over Madrid blasts
Spain's opposition Socialists prepared for power on Monday after a sensational election upset sparked by anger over the government's handling of a suspected al-Qaeda attack on commuter trains that killed
 arrow Rifts in Iraqi Council over UN role
Iraq's interim 25-member Governing Council was divided yesterday over the role the United Nations should play in assembling Iraq's new caretaker government.

"Some want it small.

 arrow Sitar maestro Vilayat Khan laid to rest
Indian sitar maestro Vilayat Khan has died in a Mumbai hospital after a long battle with lung cancer and was buried yesterday, his family said.
 arrow UN's rights commission opens meet
The UN's top human rights body opened its annual meeting yesterday with debate on the impact of terror attacks and sweeping security powers on civil liberties set to overshadow the six-week session.
 arrow Russians hand Putin 2nd term
Russians handed Vladimir Putin a crushing reelection victory yesterday after a vote that lacked drama but confirmed a desire for post-Soviet stability that the former KSG spy embodies here.
 arrow Madrid bombs probe focusing on al-Qaeda
Investigators probing the train bombings that killed 200 in Spain last week believe a multinational cell of al-Qaeda loyalists carried out the attack, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing European
 arrow Iran punishing itself by delaying inspection: IAEA
Iran is punishing itself by delaying international inspections since this will prolong the UN nuclear watchdog's investigation of Tehran's atomic programme, the watchdog's head Mohamed ElBaradei saidSunday.
 arrow DPRK boycotts economic talks with S Korea
North Korea pulled out of inter-Korean economic talks scheduled to start yesterday in South Korea after demanding a change of venue over political unrest here, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: National convention
The national convention of politicians, lawyers and civil society leaders passed off peacefully on the back of the noisy disturbances that the launching of an alternative political force had witnessed
 arrow Editorial: Punishing verdict in Spain
In a stunning turn-around, the Spanish electorate voted Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's Conservative party out of power and replaced them with the opposition Socialists in Sunday's general election.
 arrow Quota abolition: Does it constrict or contribute?
A seminar was held recently at the World Bank office on the implications for Bangladesh of abolishing textiles and clothing export quotas.
 arrow Virtuous recycle
Awag pointed out that Saturday March 13 might be the first time in the history of cricket that 14 Muslims would be on the same field. He got it slightly wrong.
Letters to Editorarrow Choosing options in life
Global politics is stuck up in choosing the right options for self, and for others. There are no exceptions, even for the US President, and the two major political parties in Dhaka.
 arrow Whither Israel?
Comprised of modern Israel (792 sq. miles), occupied Gaza Strip (370 sq. miles) and occupied West Bank (5607 sq.