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Front Pagearrow 'They want to remove govt unconstitutionally'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said some political parties and individuals were conspiring against Bangladesh with the intent of jeopardising democracy and warned that the four-party alliance along
 arrow Government to seek opposition view, AL terms it eyewash
The government is planning to seek the opinions of opposition parties on the proposed 14th amendment to the constitution at a parliamentary forum, but the main opposition Awami League (AL) dismissed the
 arrow B Chy sits on SC footpath, stages hunger strike
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and his supporters yesterday sat on the footpath in front of the Supreme Court to observe a mass hunger strike protesting attacks on his alternative political
 arrow Anti-war protesters swarm across globe
Anti-war activists were taking to the streets in cities around the world yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, but organizers were not counting on the massive turnout
 arrow Govt's share poses problem for NCBs
The intense loan recovery drive the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) launched recently appears stumbling at the very beginning as the government alone holds about half the total outstanding loan lying
 arrow 4th Indo-Pak ODI today
India coach John Wright wants his players to reproduce the gritty performance of their first one-dayer against Pakistan in today's clash.
 arrow Jalil rejects PM's hint
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday rejected Prime Minister's Khaleda Zia's hint that the main opposition party wants a change in power through undemocratic and unconstitutionalways.
 arrow BGMEA slates bomb attacks on Mannan's factories
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has condemned the recent bomb attacks on the readymade garment industries owned by Sunman Group in Chittagong.
 arrow Is Naikkhyangchhari a transit point?
The recent hauls of an increasing number of arms in Naikkhyang-chhari in southern Bandarban have sparked alarm among the locals on whether the upazila is gradually becoming a safe route for arms trafficking
 arrow Left parties, HR groups denounce Iraq invasion
Left-leaning political parties, rights groups, cultural organisations and civil society bodies yesterday denounced the invasion of Iraq by US-led coalition forces a year ago and occupation of it tillnow.
 arrow Cash-strapped DCC seeks anti-mosquito drive funds
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has sought an allocation of Tk 25 crore from the finance ministry in the face of a fund crunch in carrying out a round-the-year mosquito eradication drive.
 arrow Power crisis continues to worsen
The present power crisis continues to deteriorate with a supply shortfall of over 600mw recorded yesterday.
 arrow Pak forces detain 100 al-Qaeda suspects
Pakistan's military has arrested more than 100 suspects in a five-day assault on militants holed up in mud fortresses along the border where al-Qaeda No.
 arrow AL's Laxmipur leader Taher gets life for killing one
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong division, yesterday awarded death sentence to two Laxmipur BCL men and life imprisonment to five others, including district Awami League (AL) leader Abu Taher, on
 arrow HC stays freeze on Mannan's Bank accounts
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed operation of the deputy commissioner of taxes (DCT) notice that had asked three banks in Chittagong to freeze the accounts of Major (retd) M A Mannan.
 arrow Taiwanese president reelected
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian won reelection yesterday, a day after he was hit by gunfire from a would-be assassin, in the closest such election in the island's history and in a result almost certain
 arrow Greens against leasing out Tanguar Haor
A group of top environment experts has warned about serious and far-reaching environmental consequences of a reported government move to hand over Sylhet's Tanguar Haor to an investor.
 arrow More judges to be recruited soon for quick case disposal: CJ
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain said a number of judges will be appointed soon to end the slow disposal of cases.
 arrow Jt forces nab commissioner of KCC
Joint forces in Khulna yesterday arrested a Khulna City Corporation commissioner and recovered arms and ammunitions from his shrimp farm early yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 rocket launchers Recovered in Rangamati
Armed forces members yesterday recovered two abandoned rocket launchers from the deep forest of Longdu in Rangamati.
 arrow BNPPP may set guideline for MPs
The ruling BNP, incensed at the recent defection of two party lawmakers, holds its Parliamentary Party's (BNPPP) adjourned meeting today and is likely to set guidelines for its lawmakers to head off growing
 arrow 4 killed, 30 hurt in bus crash
Four people were killed and 30 others injured, ten of them seriously, in a road accident on the Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Mithapukur upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Housewife dies of burns at DMCH
A housewife, who suffered severe burns on March 12, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Friday night.

Yasmin Akhter, 25, was allegedly burnt by her husband and in-laws in Keraniganj for dowry.

 arrow Youth shot and mugged at Paltan
Muggers yesterday shot a youth and snatched Tk 10,000 after dragging him down from a passenger bus at Paltan in the city.
 arrow Graft case filed against Alamgir, 6 others
The Bureau of Anti Corruption (Bac) yesterday pressed charges against former state minister for planning Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and six others in a graft case.
 arrow Magistrates to get involved in loan recovery
The government is going to amend the Money Loan Court Act, 2003, to engage magistrates to give physical control of the mortgaged property of loan defaulters to auction buyers.
 arrow New JU VC appointed
Prof Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman of economics department has been appointed vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for a four-year term.
 arrow DU classes resume today
Regular academic activities at Dhaka University (DU) resume today after 22 days, as the DU Teachers Association (DUTA) has withdrawn its indefinite class boycott programme.
 arrow Undercover cops nab 349 in city
The 99 armed plainclothes police teams comprising police, members of Detective Branch (DB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Rapid Action Team (RAT) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested 349 alleged criminals
 arrow Jamaat leader killed in Naogaon
Alleged operatives of the banned Islamic outfit Zama'atul Mujahidin hacked to death a local Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Niamatpur upazila in Naogaon on Friday night.
 arrow One killed for failing to pay ransom
Suspected members of an outlawed party yesterday killed one of their four kidnap victims from Kumarkhali upazila as his family failed to meet their ransom demand.
 arrow Caab security supervisor killed in city road accident
A security supervisor of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) died in a road accident in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Blair planning snap polls later this year
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is considering a snap general election later this year, around 20 months earlier than the deadline for the poll, a newspaper report said yesterday.
Businessarrow Top 20 hold 71pc of Rupali Bank default loans
Top 20 defaulters of Rupali Bank together hold Tk 550 crore or 71 percent of the bank's total default loans amounting to Tk 769 crore.
 arrow Mintoo seeks special Dutch treatment for Bangladesh exports in quota free era
Chief of the country's apex trade body yesterday sought special treatment for Bangladeshi products to enter the Netherlands market in the quota free regime.
 arrow BoI approves 28 projects involving Tk 14932m
The Board of Investment, at its first meeting outside the capital, yesterday approved 28 projects with an estimated outlay of Tk 14932.19 million from foreign and domestic investment.
 arrow Thai properties attract Singaporean buyers
Businessman J Lim wants to buy a retirement home abroad.

Australia, a traditional favourite among Singaporean retirees, is out because it's too far and is boring, he said.

 arrow Tata Motors eyes overseas market pie thru’ Daewoo
Tata Motors Ltd, India’s largest commercial vehicles maker, plans to use its newly acquired Daewoo unit to advance on the Korean and overseas markets, a senior company executive said yesterday.
 arrow Thai-Euro FTA likely by year-end
Thailand and four European nations have pledged to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of the year, Thai and Swiss officials said this week.
 arrow Sponsor directors now must make irrevocable order for share trade
Sponsor directors of listed companies will have to make irrevocable order for transaction of shares at prevailing market price and submit details of it to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)and
 arrow Qatar Airways to increase frequencies in Europe
Qatar Airways has announced an increase in the airline's frequencies to Germany and other European destinations this year as it prepares to start a new non-stop service to Zurich in July.
 arrow Internet fair begins in Dhaka March 31
The four-day Internet Fair 2004 begins here at Osmani Memorial Hall on March 31.
 arrow Emirates to double flights to Sydney from Nov
Emirates Airline recently announced to start double services four days a week between Dubai and Sydney from November.

The frequencies will become double daily a year from now, says a press release.

 arrow US activists urge sanctions on Malaysia
American environmental groups have formally urged the US government to investigate Malaysia over the alleged illegal export of Indonesian timber and consider imposing trade sanctions.
 arrow Developing nations call for open selection of next IMF head
International Monetary Fund (IMF) directors from developing nations, joined by Australia and Switzerland, Friday called for a more transparent process to select the next head of the global lender, a job
Sportsarrow Football: Shantoo sees gold
Coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo now believes that his under-tra-ined yet skilled squad can retain the coveted SAF football title.
 arrow Cricket: India fans storm Lahore
Sourav Gangu-ly's Indians will find full-throa-ted support from the stands when they att-empt to salvage the one-day series against Pakistan in a do-or-die clash here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Make or break for India
India's cricket captain struggled with team worries on Sa-turday while his Pakistani rival warned against complacency ahead of their crucial one-day clash here.
 arrow Cricket: Long Aussie wait ends
Australia ended a six-year wait to clinch a Test series in the sub-continent when they halted Sri Lanka's record chase to win the second Test by 27 runs here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns crushes Proteas
A Chris Cairns batting blitz put New Zealand firmly in command of the second cricket Test against South Africa here Sunday, as the powerful all-rounder cracked a boundary-filled 158 runs.
 arrow Cricket: Harm-is-on
Steve Harmison again bowled England into a superior position as West Indies promised much, but delivered little on the opening day of the second cricket Test at Queen's Park Oval on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison rates Friday's highly
Fast bowler Steve Harmison said five wickets for 48 in the second Test on Friday was an even better performance than his seven for 12 which helped win the first Test in Jamaica last weekend.
 arrow Football: Get him at any cost
Real Madrid will ignore Arsenal's protests and go all out to capture Thierry Henry in May. The Gunners have made it clear their star striker is not for sale -- and Henry insists he is not interested.
 arrow Football: Football Briefs
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand launched a ferocious attack Saturday on the English Football Association (FA) for its role in banning him for eight months over a missed drugs test.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
An unbeaten half-century by Arif helped Ankur Cricket Academy beat Cricket Coaching School (CCS) by 10 wickets in the Azim Group second U-13 cricket tournament at the Kalabagan Cricket ground yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l Bank v'ball
Fire Service recorded their first victory in the National Bank Premier Division Volleyball League defeating fellow strugglers Azad Sporting Club 3-0 at the outer stadium volleyball court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Renaissance Club posted a seven-wicket over Shapla Krira Chakra in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at local stadium yesterday.

Batting first Shapla scored 117 for nine in 29.4 overs.

 arrow Kabadi: ID kabadi
Bangladesh Rifles defeated newcomer Bangladesh Navy 67-31 in the Independence Day kabadi competition at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: RU athletics
The Rajshahi University inter-hall athletics competition gets underway at the university playground today.
 arrow Football: Independence Day football
The Independence Cup football tournament begins at the Rajshahi Stadium today. Four top teams from Dhaka are taking part in the 10-team meet,which will run until April 2.
 arrow Chess: Parsvnath chess
International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib and Mehdi Hasan Parag shared 14th to 33rd positions with 7.
 arrow Handball: Sunnydale meet BIS in final
Hosts Sunnydale and Bangladesh International School (BIS) reached the final of the second mini handball tournament yesterday.
Nationalarrow CARITAS closing its Modhupur silk factory, sericulture project
NETRAKONA: The CARITAS silk factory and its sericulture project in Modhupur are going to be closed, its officials said.
 arrow BNP fronts demand removal of Rangamati Dist Council
Leaders and activists of ruling BNP's front organisations yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in the town demanding removal of RHDC (Rangamati Hill District Council) Chairman Manik Lal
 arrow Social afforestation programme faces setback in Moulvibazar
The Social Afforestation Programme which gained popularity here during its initial stage, now faces setback due to lack of coordination among the parties involved in it.
 arrow 6 Rajshahi WDB officials sued for tender scam
Five Water Development Board (WDB) officials and a contractor here have been sued for alleged tender scam that caused Tk 1.5 loss to the government.
 arrow Heroin recovery: BDR says 4.6 kg, local people claim 12 kg
A controversy has arisen on the quantity of heroin recovered by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) during a raid at Manikchalk village in Godagari upazila on Friday.

BRD sources said they recovered 4.

 arrow Anti-drug procession at Rangpur
People of Lalbag in Rangpur brought out a big ant-drug procession on Thursday demanding steps by law enforcers to check drug use and arrest of drug traders.
 arrow Outlaws kill doctor in Barisal for refusing toll
Armed outlaws shot dead quack Hiralal Halder, 40, at Nittanandi village under Uzirpur upazila in the district Friday night as he declined to pay toll and tried to resist them.
 arrow Shortage of manpower at Bandarban DAE
A total of 138 out of 288 posts are lying vacant in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here for a long time.

As a result agricultural activities are being hampered greatly in the district.

 arrow Acid attack on minor girl at school
Acid was thrown on a 12 year-old schoolgirl at school.

The incident took place at Bonkishore Government Primary School at Faridpur village in Charghat upazila on Friday.

 arrow Journalist acquitted in murder case
Ajmir Hossain Talukder, Jhalakati correspondent of national daily Dinkal and a journalist of regional daily Ajker Paribarton was acquitted in two murder cases.
 arrow Season's first nor'wester in Bogra
Over 200 people became homeless as the seasons first nor'wester lashed four villages in Sherpur upazila in the district Friday evening.
 arrow Phensidyl recovered from vegetable trucks
Barisal Kotwali police in two drives in the early hours of Friday recovered 900 bottles of Phensidil hidden under vegetables in two pickup vans.
Point-Counterpointarrow Escalating violence and press freedom
In recent times, journalism is viewed to be a risky profession. The risks associated with journalism include threats, harassment, violence and even death.
 arrow How much justifiable is coercion in democracy?
With more than two-thirds majority in parliament why a party should feel so nervous and shaky from a simple voice of dissent is incomprehensible.
Culturearrow Mary Wilson empathises with the under-privileged
Although music will always be her primary focus, Mary Wilson--the former vocalist of the band The Supremes--enjoys spreading her creative wings in other areas too.
 arrow An authentic document of the Liberation War
In his book Bangladesh Sharkar 1971, Hossain Tawfiq Imam has portrayed the detailed activities of the 1971 Bangladesh government.
 arrow Jesus battles zombies at the U.S. box office
The forces of heaven and hell battle for the souls of moviegoers this weekend as Mel Gibson's box office Messiah 'The Passion of the Christ' heads into its fourth weekend facing a remake of the horror
Internationalarrow India warns warming ties with US could be affected
India warned yesterday that the United States may have damaged the countries' growing relationship by granting special military status to rival Pakistan and giving no forewarning.
 arrow Invasion anniversary largely ignored in Iraq
The anniversary of the US-led war to oust Saddam Hussein passed almost unnoticed in Iraq yesterday, as attacks on civilians and troops continued amid official warnings of more "bad days to come".
 arrow BJP committed to NDA agenda, says Advani
Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday said that even if the BJP gets a majority on its own in the coming elections it would be committed to the NDA agenda.
 arrow US air strike kills 6 Afghan civilians
At least six Afghan civilians were killed and seven others injured in a US air strike in Afghanistan's central province of Uruzgan, local officials said yesterday.
 arrow Europe is not at war against terrorists
Europe is not at war against terrorists, the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has said, warning against a hysterical reaction to the threat of attacks in the wake of the Madrid bombings.
 arrow Media blasts Blair over Iraq invasion
British Prime Minister Tony Blair received a roasting yesterday from his newspaper critics over the war in Iraq, with a series of titles condemning the conflict on the first anniversary of its launch.
 arrow Annan calls for probe into Iraqi oil scheme
Secretary General Kofi Annan announced plans Friday for an independent commission to investigate alleged corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food programme.
 arrow Naga rebels call truce with rivals
A key rebel group yesterday declared a unilateral truce with its rivals in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, brightening hopes of ending more than five decades of insurgency.

The S.S.

Editorialarrow Editorial: One year of Iraq invasion
President Bush is still convinced that the war on Iraq was a legitimate attempt by the US to oust President Saddam's regime.
 arrow Editorial: Bangladesh Business Awards 2003
Inadequate infrastructure, limited access to finance, over-regulation, extortion and corruption are usually the problems that entrepreneurs and businessmen and women in Bangladesh have to contend with.
 arrow Terrorists shouldn't be allowed to relish victory
The horrific and heinous massacre of innocent civilians in Madrid on 11th March, comparable to the nine-eleven terrorist attacks in the US, has once again reminded the world that the war against terrorism
 arrow Ball in India's court
IN whatever light the posterity may take the birth of Bangladesh -- it celebrates its independence on March 26 -- the fact is that the Pakistan resolution demanding the grouping of Muslims in easternand
Letters to Editorarrow US Human Rights Report
I was carefully observing the reaction of our civil society over the US Human Rights Report published at the end of February 2004. I have gone through a couple of write-ups, including the letter of Mr.
 arrow Political scenario
The political scenario is volatile and turbulent. The ruling alliance has gone berserk at the alternative stream of Dr. B Chowdhury. Two MPs of BNP have resigned voluntarily to join the new politicalforce.
 arrow Eleven deaths: who is responsible?
After hearing and watching the heart breaking news of the tragic deaths of eleven bright students, I feel an urge to write a few words about this as a teacher of a university and also a mother of a child
 arrow Is it democracy?
Armed activists, allegedly of the ruling BNP, went on the rampage at a beverage factory of an ex-party leader in Savar , injuring six workers with bombs and gunshots that scared about 200 others out of
 arrow A man's duty
This refers to Ms. Naomi's letter (On Women's Day, Mar. 12). I support the writer's view about the role that every woman should have in society.
Star Healtharrow Fact sheet on tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (often called TB) is an infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs, but can attack almost any part of the body. Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through the air.
Star Cityarrow BTV goes satellite next month
Bangladesh Television (BTV) will launch round-the-clock satellite transmission in the first week of April to beam programmes around the world.
 arrow Work on Swadhinata Stambha awaits nod
Work on the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan, stalled two years ago and scheduled to resume this February, is now likely to go ahead in about two months on approval of
 arrow Fading colour of Shilpacharya’s dream
Engrossed in expressing their impression, they add colour to their dreamscape.
 arrow Born in 1963, still too weak to sing
Twenty years after its nationalisation in 1984, the Government College of Music in Agargaon is still hobbling for lack of adequate, qualified instructors.
 arrow Tale of the redundant traffic lights
Traffic police control movement of vehicles manually as electronic traffic lights flash red, yellow and green in synchronizing rhythm serving no purpose to the heavy traffic congestion.
 arrow Braving the Barrier