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Front Pagearrow Hanoi to support Dhaka in joining Asean forum
Vietnam yesterday assured Bangladesh of its full support for Dhaka's bid to join the Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

It will also help Bangladesh become a member of the Mekong-Ganges Cooperation.

 arrow Hamas chief killed in Israel air strike
Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed yesterday in an Israeli helicopter strike in Gaza City, prompting the radical Islamist movement he founded to declare all-out war on the Jewish state
 arrow Azad blames attack on Islamists
Renowned linguist and writer Humayun Azad has blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the brutal attack on him nearly a month ago.
 arrow JS body scrutinises bill, lone opposition MP favours changes
The parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry yesterday started scrutiny of the much-talked-about bill seeking 14th amendment to the constitution with opposition
 arrow Roads deptt accuses DCC of low quality street work
The Roads and Highways Department (R&HD) has complained that Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) does not repair roads properly after digging by service providers despite taking compensation from them.
 arrow Gulshan lake under renewed assault
Some grabbers are filling up a large chunk of Gulshan lake at the end of Road-29 to develop it as a plot for sale.
 arrow Govt wants China projects to get going on any terms
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked officials to get three shelved China-led projects off the ground on 'whatever terms China feels happy with' in a bid to please China and let the Taiwan issue
 arrow Watch on secretariat staff beefed up in commotion scare
The government is watching the activities of some secretariat officials with close ties to the past Awami League government for their alleged involvement in provoking anti-government sentiment among colleagues.
 arrow WB to provide $150m for pry edn plan
Nine donors including the World Bank (WB) have agreed to bear 37 percent cost of the $1,850 million Primary Education Development Programme of the government.
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of 6 'robbers'
An angry mob gouged out the eyes of six alleged robbers at Rampal upazila of Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow HC asks IGP to explain his holding office
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued rule upon Shahudul Huq to explain under what authority he has been holding the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP) after conviction for contempt of court.
 arrow Jamuna Group chief's bail plea rejected, attempted rape case filed
The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court yesterday turned down a bail prayer for Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul over a killing charge, a day after a woman filed an attempted rape case againsthim.
 arrow 'Anti-constitution' aspects of CHT peace deal needs review
The minister in charge of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs in parliament MK Anwar yesterday told the House that some provisions of the CHT peace accord which are inconsistent with the constitution
 arrow Discontent over DCC drive
Residents including ward commissioners yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at Dhaka City Corporation's mosquito control drive and said the DCC staffers were hardly seen spraying larvicide and adulticide
 arrow 50 shanties, 3 shops gutted in fire
Fifty shanties and three furniture shops were gutted in a fire at Mir Hazirbagh in the city's Postogola area yesterday.
 arrow Ministries asked to follow new rule for better result
All the ministries have been asked to follow a new set of guidelines on efficient designing of Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal for quick implementation of development programmes
 arrow Erratic power supply hits boro irrigation
Power disruption and loadshedding during the peak boro cultivation season have affected irrigation in the crop-rich northern districts.
 arrow Fish farming in JU lakes upsets ecology
Ecology of the outlying Jahangirnagar University (JU) area is under threat from commercial fish cultivation as JU authorities have leased out 10 of the university's 19 lakes for the purpose.
 arrow Liberation War-based 3D video game launched
Nineteen seventy-one is the setting, you are a freedom fighter and your mission is to liberate your motherland by fighting the Pakistani occupation, but there's a catch -- it's only in the cyber-world.
 arrow Lalbagh traders call strike for today to protest 'Jubo Dal' attack
Traders of Lalbagh called a strike for today to protest at the ransacking of the business of an Awami League (AL) leader allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activists yesterday, fuelling a tit-for-tatrally
 arrow Alternative stream to run in municipal elections
The alternative political stream of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will contest the upcoming municipal polls.
 arrow Wives of four AL leaders accused of fraud
A Dhaka court yesterday framed fraud charges against seven people, including the wives of four frontline Awami League (AL) leaders.
 arrow Altaf blames AL for 'secret killings'
Squarely blaming the Awami League (AL) for secret killings and terrorism across the country, Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday assured a rally of rounding up and exemplary punishment tothe
 arrow India's river-link to dry out 80 rivers
India's plan to divert water from the major rivers that flow down into Bangladesh would adversely affect the lives of about 10 crore people in Bangladesh, if implemented.
 arrow Student rescued in Kushtia
Police Sunday recovered an abducted college student after a gunfight with his captors on the bank of Padma in Kushtia.
 arrow Saarc chamber supports FBCCI move on politics
Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) endorses the proactive stand of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on current political situation in the country, as its
 arrow BDR personnel wave a bus...

 arrow Carbon dioxide level reaches record high
Carbon dioxide, the gas largely blamed for global warming, has reached record-high levels in the atmosphere after growing at an accelerated pace in the past year, say scientists monitoring the sky from
 arrow US soldier killed in Iraq blast
A US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad overnight, and nine soldiers were wounded in attacks in the Iraqi capital, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Youth beaten dead in Golapbagh
A mob yesterday lynched a youth, suspecting him a mugger at Golapbagh in Dhaka.
 arrow SC confirms Ershad Shikdar's death penalty
Ershad Shikdar of Khulna is to walk to the gallows as the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday dismissed his appeal to review its verdict upholding the High Court order that confirmed his death sentence fouryears
 arrow Two commit 'suicide'
A lecturer and a housewife allegedly committed suicide in the city.
Businessarrow S Asia to have single currency by 2016
With India and Pakistan coming closer in the latest time-driven bonhomie, Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) is optimistic about transforming South Asia into an economic union having a single
 arrow Saarc Women Entrepreneurs Council begins today
Women entrepreneurs from the Saarc countries will put their heads together here today to share their ideas and experiences for improving trade facilities and developing markets of their products.
 arrow Leather sector may see export surge after 2005
Leather and leather goods export may witness a surge once the exclusive leather processing zone is set up at Savar with all facilities for checking environmental hazards.
 arrow TV assemblers urge govt to lift new tax on CKD units
Bangladesh Television Manufacturers Association (BTMA) has urged the government to withdraw newly imposed regulatory duty on completely knocked down (CKD) units to keep local assemblers competitive.
 arrow Strong forex reserves to curb post-MFA fallout: BB official
Building up a strong foreign-exchange reserve, Bangladesh is pursuing an economic safeguard measure to face any eventuality of quota-free trade regime coming forth next year, a top Bangladesh Bank official
 arrow Bangladesh can see 5-fold increase in shrimp export
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas handed over the first disease-free shrimp post larvae (PL) tested at the ATDP laboratory, to a farmer here yesterday.
 arrow 'Trade between Indian NE region, Bangladesh can be increased'
Indian Special Secretary for the Ministry of External Affairs Rajib Shikri has said trade and commerce between India's northeastern region and Bangladesh, now considerably low despite potential, could
 arrow IDCOL signs deals with Singer, NGO to promote solar energy
IDCOL (Infrastructure Develop-ment Company Limited) yesterday signed two separate deals with multinational Singer Bangladesh Ltd and a Patuakhali-based non-governmental organisation to promote solar energy
 arrow DBBL declares 20pc dividend
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has declared 20 percent dividend to its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow GP holds VAS show for its corporate clients
GrameenPhone Ltd recently arranged a Value-added Services (VAS) show for some of its corporate clients in Dhaka.

The theme of the show was "Adding Value with Value-added Services," says a press release.

 arrow British Airways World Cargo official in Dhaka
Ian Barrigan, area manager of British Airways World Cargo responsible for Middle East, South Asia and Australasia, is now in Dhaka to explore the possibility of expansion of cargo transport from Bangladesh.
 arrow EU ready to discuss farm export subsidy elimination
The European Union is prepared to discuss the elimination of agricultural export subsidies on all products, European Union agriculture minister Franz Fischler said here Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Players fall on BCB
Desperate cricketers anxious over their future, met with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials yesterday to express their concern at the uncertainty surrounding the Dhaka Premier Division and First
 arrow Cricket: India get triple boost
Experienced leg-spinner Anil Kumble, seamer Ajit Agarkar and opener Akash Chopra will join the Indian team for an upcoming Test series against Pakistan, a top official announced here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan divided within
A war of words broke out between two Pakistani cricket legends on Monday after arch-rivals India engineered a remarkable comeback to level the one-day series 2-2.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul wary of final jinx
India's dismal record in tournament finals has given them something to prove in the decisive one-day international against Pakistan on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis' home history
A towering six by captain Stephen Fleming ended 72 years of waiting for New Zealand cricket as they pulled off their first home Test victory against South Africa Monday.
 arrow Cricket: England old guards act
England's three veteran batsmen all completed half-centuries to help Michael Vaughan's side gain a crucial first innings advantage over West Indies on a day of attritional cricket in the second Test at
 arrow Cricket: Cairns finally there
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns joined an elite group during the second Test against South Africa, when he captured his 200th wicket on Monday to go with the 3,000 runs he reached on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Many happy returns
Brazilian star Ronaldinho celebrated his 24th birthday in style on Sunday by firing the only goal in his team's 1-0 Spanish league win over Real Sociedad as the Nou Camp giants clinched their ninth successive
 arrow Football: Milan full of confidence
AC Milan are in buoyant mood ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg here against Deportivo La Coruna after taking another step closer to the Italian league title.
 arrow Football: Rumour fuels Rome fiasco
The highly-charged derby between Roma and Lazio was sensationally called off at half-time on Sunday evening after rumours spread around the Olympic Stadium that a young boy had been killed outside the
 arrow Cricket: 2nd 4-dayer in Bogra from today
The second and final four-day match between Bangladesh A and visiting Zimbabwe A starts at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra today.
 arrow Cricket: England 319
England were all out for 319 in their first innings of the second Test against the West Indies at Queen's Park Oval here on Monday.

The tourists have a lead of 111.

 arrow Volleyball: BDR's eighth in a row
Bangladesh Rifles emerged unbeaten champions in the National Bank Premier Division Volleyball League beating Bangladesh Police by straight 3-0 sets in the league's last match at the outer stadium volleyball
 arrow Cricket: AIUB Cup cricket
A brilliant 110-run by Rumi Saif Ahmed guided American Inter-national University-Bangladesh (AIUB) to a huge 175-run victory over Peoples University in the AIUB Cup inter-private university cricket competition
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
A superb six-wicket haul by Minhaz Reza powered Rajshahi Division to a massive 109-run victory over Dhaka Metro Green in the Age Group Under-13 Cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Sunnydale Mini h'ball champs
Sunnydale clinched the second Mini School Handball title beating BIS by 8-4 at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

The winners dominated the first half 5-0.

 arrow Chess: Nat'l Team bridge
The first session of three sessions long semifinal of the Fizz-Up 23rd National Team Bridge Champion-ship ended at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: ID kabadi
Bangladesh Police defeated Bangladesh Navy 71-35 in the Independence Day kabadi competition at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: DU athletics
The 35th annual inter-hall athletics competition of Dhaka University began yesterday at its central playground.

Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz inaugurated the two-day meet yesterday.

Metropolitanarrow Contribute to 14th amendment bill
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday urged political parties with representation in parliament to contribute to the 14th amendment to the constitution.
 arrow Quit immediately for midterm polls
Awami League (AL) leaders at a rally yesterday asked the BNP-Jamaat alliance government to quit immediately and pave the way for a midterm election to free people from "misrule".
 arrow BCL reiterates demand for arrest of culprits
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday reiterated its demanded for immediate arrest and trial of the 'real culprits' responsible for the attack on prominent
 arrow Salesperson killed in city road accident
A salesperson died in a road accident at Kakrail in Motijheel yesterday.
 arrow New British visa centre opens Mar 30
British High Commission in Dhaka will open new visa application centres in Dhaka on March 30 and in Sylhet in early April at customer's convenience.
 arrow JU admission test date changed again
The date of first year honours admission test of Jahangirnagar University for 2003-2004 session has been shifted for the third time to April 17.
Nationalarrow 50 hurt as police, Bangalees clash at Syedpur
At least 50 people including Syedpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shamsul Islam, ASP Ehsanul Haque and 10 other policemen were injured in intermittent clashes between Bangalee residents and police at Syedpur
 arrow 'Resist closure of sugar mill at any cost of'
Closure of Rangpur Sugar Mills must be resisted at any cost, said Rashed Khan Menon, President of Workers Party and a leader of the 11-Party Alliance.
 arrow Khulna politicians demand KU VC's removal by Apr 5
The Greater Khulna Development Action Co-ordination Committee (GKDACC) has demanded removal of Khulna University Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Kadir Bhuiyan by April 5.
 arrow 30 families flee homes in Uzirpur
Male members of 30 families in five villages in Guthia union under Uzirpur upazila are on the run following outlaws' demand for toll and death threat for non-compliance.
 arrow 5 ruling party men dropped from murder charge
Re-investigation of landless farmer Anwarul Islam murder case by CID has been demanded after five FIR- named accused have been dropped from the charge sheet.
 arrow Sreepur AL council postponed fearing clash
The council of Sreepur thana Awami League (AL) was postponed hours before the scheduled time yesterday without announcement of a fresh date.
 arrow Kidnapped girl rescued in 24 hrs
An SSC examinee --Jeba Akter --, kidnapped while going to examination centre on Saturday, was rescued by police on Sunday.

Police arrested one Bukul Mia, 30, in this connection.

 arrow Jubo League units dissolved in Patuakhali
The Patukhali town and Sadar upazila committees of Awami Jubo League have been dissolved by the district committee for alleged inaction and violation of party discipline.
 arrow NGO federation unit formed at Satkhira
A meeting of Satkhira unit of the Federation of NGOs was held at the office of a local NGO-- SUS -- at Tala on Saturday.
 arrow Fishermen recover SMG snatched from police
Two fisherman brothers have set a laudable example of honesty and responsibility. They have deposited to police a firearm they found in the Meghna riverbed while fishing.
 arrow 7 teenagers in B'baria jail
Seven teenaged boys including one Indian are in Brahmanbaria jail for trial in cases like murder, smuggling and theft.
Culturearrow Gorgeous Gandhara Art
Speaking to The Daily Star, Isabelle Johne, an art historian, who recently presented a slide show and gave a lecture on Gandhara Art at the Goethe Institut, said that the Gandhara culture was of suchimportance
 arrow Udichi commemorates 33rd Independence Day with a cultural soiree
March, the month of our Independence, is celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the country.
 arrow A Carnatic musical evening
Musical evenings at Bishwa Shahitya Kendra are not rare, but the one held on March 17th had a special spark to it.
 arrow Ntv turns 'Global'
Ntv, a popular private TV channel in Bangladesh, is going to telecast programmes in USA, Canada and UK from April 1, 2004. Yet another Bangla TV channel will air its programmes worldwide.
 arrow Ei Somoy marks a century
Ei Somoy, a daily talk show on ntv, will air its 100th episode today.
Generalarrow Arsenic-free water from next month
People in Chapainawabganj municipality area, one of the worst arsenic-affected areas in the country, will finally get supply of safe drinking water from next month under Bangladesh Arsenic MitigationWater
 arrow Blast at RU hall sparks panic
A powerful bomb went off at Nawab Abdul Latif hall of Rajshahi University (RU), sparking a panic among the students yesterday morning.
 arrow Arsenic contamination takes serious turn in Chandpur, Comilla
Arsenic contamination in drinking water has taken a serious turn in Chandpur and Comilla districts.

In some villages of these two districts, water in almost 98 percent tubewells has been contaminated.

 arrow Founding anniversary celebrations begin
A weeklong cultural programme was inaugurated at the Liberation War Museum to mark its eighth founding anniversary yesterday.
 arrow World Meteorological Day today
World Meteorological Day will be observed today throughout the country with due enthusiasm as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow 1839 more held
Police arrested 1,839 people, including one listed criminal, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow World condemns killing of Hamas founder
World leaders yesterday condemned as unlawful the killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and warned Israel may have buried the peace process along with any hope of resolving the bloody
 arrow Al-Qaeda claims to have nukes
Osama bin Laden's terror network claims to have bought ready-made nuclear weapons on the black market in central Asia, the biographer of al-Qaeda's No.
 arrow 5th generation in polls fray
The decision of India's main opposition party Congress to nominate Rahul Gandhi, the fifth generation of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, for the coming parliamentary polls has ramifications that go far beyond the
 arrow Iraq war based on 'lies, misinterpretations'
The war in Iraq was based on a campaign of "lies and misinterpretations" by Washington and London which falsely linked Iraq's deposed dictator Saddam Hussein to the September 11 attacks in the UnitedStates,
 arrow Truce takes hold in Pak al-Qaeda offensive
A ceasefire took hold in Pakistan's northwest tribal region yesterday as a delegation of elders tried to negotiate the surrender of al-Qaeda-linked fighters believed to be protecting a senior militant
Editorialarrow Editorial: DU classes resume
The news that classes at Dhaka University have resumed after a 22-day boycott by teachers protesting the attack on Dr. Humayun Azad must have come as a great relief to the students and all others concerned.
 arrow Editorial: Sheik Yassin killed
Israel's decision to assassinate Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin with a missile strike in Gaza City on Monday once again shows the moral bankruptcy of its policies in the occupied
 arrow Pointing to the 'pro-production' politics?
We were horrified to hear that Dr B Chowdhury -- an eminent physician and an ex-president of the country -- and his followers were attacked on their way towards Muktangon.
 arrow The three rivers of UP
And so, in the honourable state of Uttar Pradesh, my enemy's enemy is not necessarily my friend.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh China friendship
Setting up of a Taiwan Trade Centre in Dhaka has provoked strong resentment from China. The basis of our foreign policy is 'friendship with all and malice to none'.
 arrow Alcohol consumption
This refers to the letter on the same subject by Farhana Sultana, USA, in the DS issue of 10 March, 04.
 arrow Polybags return
To develop the environment and prevent blockage of drains, the government banned polybags in the country. The general masses also support this. On January 1, 2002, polythene usage was banned completely.
 arrow DUTA's strike
More than three weeks have already passed since the atrocious attack on Prof. Humayun Azad as well as the indefinite strike called by the DUTA.
 arrow Renovate BCS
Public Service Commission, an authorised body of the Ministry of Establishment, is going to conduct the 25th BCS exams. The jobs under BCS cadres are lucrative in Bangladesh.