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Front Pagearrow Top business leaders honoured
Four prominent business personalities and corporate houses were awarded Bangladesh Business Awards 2003 yesterday in recognition of their excellence in different fields of business.
 arrow Power cuts make life miserable
Acute power crisis amid rising summer heats has brought sufferings to people, disrupting treatment facilities, stopping irrigation and plunging cities and towns in prolonged brownouts across Bangladesh.
 arrow B Chy leads hunger strike today amid police hard line
Former president Badruddoza Chowdhury is set to lead a mass hunger strike in Dhaka today amid a police hard line on the programme against an attack on key figures of the alternative political stream.
 arrow World on tip of fingers
Harbilash doesn't think about it, he doesn't want others to think about it. His world is just as fruitful as a craftsman at his local markets, with or without what others call his 'disability'.
 arrow Policymakers divided over tele-talk tapping
Policymakers are divided on the issue of amending the telecoms law to provide for intelligence agencies to tap telephone calls and pry emails.
 arrow Bush defends but people, allies split over his role
One year after ordering the first military strikes against Iraq, President Bush marks the anniversary with a fresh defense of his actions for a voting public that remains split over his decision and international
 arrow Hameed fashions Pakistan's win
Pakistan's Yasir Hameed and Abdul Razzaq combined to lead Pakistan to a four-wicket win over India in the third one-day international here on Friday.
 arrow Undercover teams nab 25 'criminals'
The ninety-nine armed undercover teams comprising police, members of Detective Branch (DB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Rapid Action Team (RAT) arrested 25 alleged criminals in the first seven hours
 arrow 200 welcome arches for Khaleda
Ruling BNP leaders have built over 200 welcome arches on Mirpur roads ahead of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's public rally today, ignoring an official order and her office's requests to give up such indulgences.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead in Sutrapur
A Jubo Dal leader was gunned down in the city's Sutrapur area last night.

Bulbul, 35, organising secretary of ward No 81, was sitting at Dhupkhola BNP office.

 arrow Taiwan president shot during campaign
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian survived an assassination attempt yesterday while campaigning on the eve of a presidential election, escaping with a bullet wound to the stomach.
 arrow Fighting on for 'capture' of al-Qaeda's No. 2
Pakistani forces yesterday stepped up an offensive they believe has cornered and perhaps wounded Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, using artillery and helicopter gunships to attack militantsnear
 arrow PBCP-Janajuddho claims it killed Mongla BNP leader
The Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-J) in a faxed message yesterday claimed responsibility for Thursday's murder of Abdul Baten, president of Bagerhat district unitof
 arrow Protest at move to change name of Sufia Kamal Nat'l Public Library
A section of the country's leading intelligentsia yesterday formed a human-chain at Shahbagh in the city protesting at the government move to change the name of Sufia Kamal National Public Library.
 arrow Bomb blast near Khulna police station hurts 3
Unidentified miscreants exploded bombs in front of Sonadanga Police Station in the city last night, leaving three people injured.

The injured are Ruhul Amin, 40, Delwar, 32, and Aslam Talukder, 35.

 arrow Free occupied banks of Buriganga
Environmentalists yesterday demanded immediate resumption of the government measures to free the illegally occupied banks of the Buriganga.
 arrow Khaleda came to power thru' conspiracy: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of hatching conspiracy against the interest of the country and its people.
 arrow Police, local admn foil bid to expel Ahmadiyyas
Police and local administration have foiled an extremist bid to evict some 200 Kadiani families from Amtali upazila in Barguna.
 arrow Dainik Bangla, Times will be republished, says Tariqul
Information Minister Tariqul Islam said the government has taken steps to bring out the dailies Dainik Bangla and Bangladesh Times, closed down by the past Awami League government, under private management.
 arrow Jubo League leader killed in Khulna
A Jubo League leader was shot and slaughtered by unidentified miscreants at Bagmara in Rupsha upazila on Thursday night

According to witnesses, a gang of six swooped on Saidul Islam, 30, vice-president

 arrow 3 children buried alive in Jhenidah earthslide
Three children were buried alive under huge chunks of earth while playing in a roadside ditch at Solemanpur under Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah Thursday afternoon.
 arrow India test fires Prithvi missile
India successfully tested a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Friday at an eastern coastal test range, a defence official said.
 arrow JSD activist murdered in Kushtia
An activist of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) was murdered by unidentified assailants at village Kakiladah in Mirpur upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Contractor shot at Pallabi for refusing to pay tolls
A construction contractor was shot in front of a club at Pallabi in the city last night.
Businessarrow Hats off to corporate champions
A spectacular dance with fire, music and rhythm marked the beginning of the gala event. The audience was waiting in suspense to see the corporate heroes selected for Bangladesh Business Awards 2003.
 arrow The four winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2003
Business Person of the Year
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the PHP Group, received the 'Business Person of the Year 2003'.

 arrow Toyota plans exporting cars from India
Toyota Motor Corp could export Indian-made vehicles if it manages to use its expertise to produce cars more cheaply there than elsewhere in the world, an official at the world's number two auto makersaid
 arrow US leading indicators flat in February
A key barometer of future US economic activity, the Conference Board index of leading economic indicators, was flat in February, the business research group said Thursday.
 arrow US jobless claims drop to three-year low
The ranks of America's newly unemployed shrank to a three-year low last week as employers spared the jobs axe, government data showed Thursday.
 arrow 2-day Dutch catalogue show begins today
The two-day Dutch Catalogue Show, jointly organised by embassy of the Netherlands and Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DBCCI), begins at Sheraton hotel here today.
 arrow Mystic signs deals with 5 countries to export medicines
Mystic Pharmaceuticals, a joint venture company of Bangladesh with England and Gibraltar, signed agreements with Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Turkey, Iraq and African companies to export its products.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
March 13-March 18, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar got weaker this week. Increased inflow of greenback and subdued demand for dollar weakened.

 arrow Japan may file WTO complaint over China's chip row
Japan said Friday it may file a complaint against China's tax policies with the World Trade Organization (WTO) if necessary, after similar action taken by the United States.
 arrow India may flood market with share sales
The Indian government is expected to flood the market with share sales instead of seeking business partners to buy $64 billion worth of stock it holds in companies ranging from oil explorers to banks.
 arrow China working to resolve first WTO trade spat with US
China said Friday it is working with the United States to resolve a dispute over its tax system for domestic chip companies after Washington launched a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Test duo tame Zim A
Enamul Haque and Alamgir Kabir shared nine wickets as Bangladesh A pulled off a sensational five-run victory with a day to spare in their four-day fixture against their visiting Zimbabwean counterparts
 arrow Cricket: Kandy Test nicely poised
Jason Gillespie bagged three big wickets as Australia survived a Sanath Jayasuriya blitz to keep alive their hopes of winning the second Test and the series against Sri Lanka here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket exodus!
About 1,000 Indian cricket fans will walk across the Pakistani border this weekend to watch the last one-day matches between the rivals, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Men in the middle
Amid all the excitement su-rrounding the historic series between Pakis-tan and India, one group of people have been largely forgotten -- the umpires.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib case dropped
A Pakistani cricket fan has dropped a court case against fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar so that the paceman can concentrate on matches against arch-rivals India, a lawyer said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Martin, Styris lift NZ
Devastating bowling by Chris Martin and an century from the bat of teammate Scott Styris put New Zealand in a commanding position at stumps on the second day of the second Test against South Africa here
 arrow Cricket: WI 110-3 at lunch
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison came back to silence a partying Trinidad crowd when he claimed three wickets in the space of 10 runs as the West Indies were left in all sorts of discomfort at 110
 arrow Cricket: Test caps dominate A squad
The national selectors announced a strong 13-member Bangladesh A team to play the second four-day match against visiting Zimbabwe A at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra from March 23-26.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 squad named
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 20-member Under-15 squad to take part in a tournament to be held in Shiliguri, India.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Discovery defeated Genius by 22 runs in the second Azim Group U-13 cricket tournament at the Kalabagan Club ground yesterday.

Batting first, Discovery scored 186-9 in the stipulated 25 overs.

 arrow Football: SAF booters take on MSC today
The 9 SAF Games bound Bangladesh Under-23 football team will take on Mohammedan Sporting Club in a preparation match today.

The game kicks off at 5pm at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

 arrow Football: Ferdinand loses
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said Friday he was "absolutely devastated" at losing his appeal against an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.
 arrow Football: Bolton in Gunners' way
Jay-Jay Okocha's luck must turn soon but Arsenal fans will be praying it does not happen when Bolton visit Highbury on Saturday.
 arrow Golf: American Cup golf held
Brig Gen Shahidul Islam Mondal clinched the men's title while Mrs Luna Sarker won the women's crown in the American Cup golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Tribal U-14 hockey
Dinajpur thrashed Khagrachhari 3-0 in the first Tribal U-14 hockey tournament at Rangamati Cantonment hockey ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Meghna cricket Nazrul Smriti's
Nazrul Smriti Sangha emerged champions in the Meghna Life Insurance cricket league defeating Ekota Sangha by six wickets at the Bhola stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Handball: Mini handball
Hosts Sunnydale struggled before posting a 4-2 win over Dhanmondi Tutorial in the second mini handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Dual rule' pushing country towards disaster: Saber
Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of introducing a 'dual rule' in the country by allowing her son to exercise broad powers from
 arrow Bridal party robbed of gold Ornaments, Tk 25,000
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk five lakh from a bridal party at Bandar on Thursday.
Nationalarrow Loud protest against women repression
The small Domar upazila headquarter resounded with slogans against dowry, acid-attack and violence on women.
 arrow Ploy to restart Modhupur eco-park project alleged
NETRAKONA: Garo leaders Albart Mankin and Rokhi Mrong have alleged that forest department officials in Tangail are hatching conspiracies anew to restart work on the Modhupur eco-park project.
 arrow BAT awards computer training certificates to 48 at Moulvibazar
Dishari, a computer training centre run by the British American Tobaco (BAT) at Mopulvibazar, yesterday awarded certificates to students after completion of training course.
 arrow 'A university can not be destroyed for a VC'
Forest and Environment Minister Shajhan Siraj blamed the Islamic University Vice-chancellor for the present stalemate at the institution and assured of initiatives for his removal "as early as possible".
 arrow Three PSTU students 'expelled' from campus
Three Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) students were expelled for a week from the campus for a week by the university authorities.
 arrow Oil depots in Sylhet almost empty
Crisis of diesel and kerosene has deepened in Sylhet region as the four depots of Meghna, Jamuna and Padma oil companies in Sylhet and Srimangal are almost exhausted.
 arrow Three rapists get life in Rajshahi
Three persons were awarded life term imprisonment by Rajshahi Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on Thursday in absentia of a convict in a sensational rape case.
 arrow Load-shedding: SSC examinees worst sufferers in Rajshahi
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees here have become the worst sufferers due to frequent load-shedding for hours together.

Acute crisis of kerosene has multiplied their woes.

 arrow JCD leader freed on order from a deputy minister?
Police on Wednesday released a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, caught after an exchange of fire by miscreants with police.
 arrow One to die for murder
One Shah Alam (38) was sentenced to death and five others including four brothers were given three years RI for murdering fish trader Abul Hossain Pahloan (45).
 arrow Abul Mansur Ahmad's death anniversary observed in Trishal
The Writers' Front held at discussion meting and a Milad Mahfil yesterday at Trishal, marking the 25th death anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a noted litterateur, politician, lawyer and journalist.
 arrow Dialogue on wastage Management
A dialogue on "Medical Wastage Management in Chittagong" will be held at the Engineers Institution auditorium here tomorrow.
 arrow 2 'outlaws' caught by mob in Magura
Two 'outlaws' were caught by mob along with two shutter guns and two rounds of bullet while they were trying to snatch a motorbike from on Tito in Sreepur on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Commission on Human Rights caught in transition
From 15 March to 23 April 2004, the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights is being held in Geneva.
Culturearrow Will the film Ora Egarojon be erased from history?
Several films have been made on the Liberation War. Ora Egarojon, produced by Masud Parvez, popularly known as Sohel Rana, stands apart from the rest.
 arrow Sohel Rahman: a dancer of promise
Sohel Rahman is a dancer to watch out for. Starting from a very young age, he has trained in the Odissi, Monipuri and Kathak dance forms under well-known gurus.
 arrow Kawnine Shourov: portrait of an artist
I just let my water colours flow on the canvasses of their own accord. As I watch the flow, it gives my paintings a life and drives away all my loneliness,' says Kawnine Shourov.
Generalarrow PM's move to launch social movement against dowry
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has taken an initiative to make social movement against dowry a success as part of her government's campaign against it.

She has sent over 1.

 arrow 'Ensure social security for working women'
Karmajibi Nari, an organisation for the working women, celebrated its 12th founding anniversary in the city yesterday with a call to ensure social security for the working women.
 arrow Newsman killed in road mishap
Syed Sajjadur Rahman, editor of a fortnightly magazine, was killed in a road accident at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow ALCWC meet on March 23
A meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held at the party's Dhanmondi office at 10 am on March 23.
 arrow Fire kills 2,800 poultry birds in Ctg
Around 2,800 chickens perished in a fire that broke out at a poultry farm in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

An electrical short-circuit sparked off the fire at round 3.

Internationalarrow UN to return soon to help hold polls
Secretary General Kofi Annan told Iraqis on Thursday that UN experts will return to the country as soon as possible to help prepare for elections and a new government set to take power in three months.
 arrow Powell praises troops, coalition workers
US Secretary of State Colin Powell praised US troops and coalition workers in Iraq yesterday after he arrived in Baghdad on the eve of the anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
 arrow World misled over Iraq war: German minister
The United States misled the world on the grounds for invading Iraq and its concept of a unilateral preventive war has failed, a German minister charged yesterday.
 arrow More cracks in US-led coalition in Iraq
A spokesman for al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a hotel bombing, which killed seven people, as South Korea yesterday joined Spain and Poland in rethinking troop commitments to Iraq.
 arrow Tigers seek to heal rift with renegades
A "Peace Secretariat" of the Tamil Tigers that served as the contact point for Norwegians brokering an end to decades of ethnic bloodshed in Sri Lanka is now busy papering over a rift within the rebel
 arrow EU holds emergency terror talks
European Union interior ministers met under tight security yesterday for emergency talks on how to respond to last week's Madrid bomb blasts, which have rocketed terrorism to the top of the EU's agenda.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Agri inputs crisis
The Jatiya Sangsad committee going into fertiliser and diesel crises has, in effect, underlined the lack of coordination between ministries dealing with the situation.
 arrow Editorial: Threat to a journalist
The death threat to the chief reporter of Bengali weekly Shaptahik 2000 is not just another glaring example of intimidation but also an acid test for the government to bring the culprits to justice.
 arrow Poverty reduction in South Asia
There was recently an interesting workshop in Dhaka. It was convened jointly by the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
 arrow Politics of destruction and intimidation
The other day, there was a news item that quotes the leader of BNP student outfit "We have a party decision to resist Badruddoza and his supporters wherever we find them.
Letters to Editorarrow The Spain story
Jose Maria Anzar did not give the slightest weight to or show the slightest respect for the votes the Popular Party received last time.
 arrow DU in quagmire
Dhaka University is deadlocked for a long time. To protest the heinous attack on Humayun Azad, DUTA decided to boycott class. The attack on Mr Azad is nefarious and culpable. It is a slap on free thinking.
 arrow Women should be directly elected
Patriarchy is the basis of our society where women have to confront various social discriminations. To a large extent, female are subject to brutal torture from their male counterparts.
 arrow We are grief-stricken
The news of the death of 11 students, nine from Khulna University and two from BUET, in the Bay at Sunderbans is so tragic that it has made us numb with shock and sorrow.
 arrow Dr. B vs government
I just cannot reconcile if the govt. of Bangladesh has started a crusade against Dr. B.
Literaturearrow Alive and Kicking-English Poetry from the Subcontinent
Stet by Menka Shivdasani. Calcutta and New Delhi: myword! Press, 2003.
Rhododendron Lane
by Nuzhat Amin Mannan. Dhaka: Self-published, 2004.

 arrow Nilphamari Field Trip
Development and NGOs, empowerment and upliftment, that whole shebang is big business, a considerable slice of our economic pie. Bangladesh is rife with NGOs, just crawling with the suckers.
 arrow Diary of a Mad Housewife
Once upon a time, I had a faithful companion who followed

me around like a god...

 arrow Valentine For Husband
I don't like you because you are
powerful or you squash my
love into pulp.
I like you because you are the
name my children carry to school.