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Front Pagearrow Old Dhaka becomes violent over Jubo Dal, League clash
Ten people were injured, including former Awami League lawmaker Haji Selim, in a violent exchange between activists of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Awami Jubo League over occupation of a place for rallyat
 arrow WorldTel's phone project yet to take off
The WorldTel is yet to start implementation of a $300 million fixed phone project in the capital nearly three years after a contract on it as the authorities have refrained from giving the company interconnection
 arrow Khaleda will be holding her May 1 rally as ex-PM
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reaffirmed his party's vow to unseat the government by April 30 through a mass movement including indefinite hartals.
 arrow Raped, denied justice, she takes her life
An 18-year-old girl committed suicide in Noakhali on Monday night out of desperation triggered by her rape and village arbitration that sentenced the rapist to only 20 lashes but did not allow her tospeak
 arrow New savings scheme for pensioners on cards
The government will introduce a special savings certificate for government and private pensioners.
 arrow Israel targets entire Hamas leadership
Israel will try to kill the entire leadership of Hamas without waiting for another attack by the militant group, security sources said yesterday, citing a decision made by Israeli security chiefs following
 arrow Lahore ready for battle royale
The stakes could not be higher ahead of the one-day series decider between Pakistan and India in Lahore.
 arrow Water-starved locals block Dhaka-Ctg Rd at Kajla
Angry residents of Demra suffering from a weeklong water deprivation barricaded the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Kajla yesterday morning.
 arrow Militants ambush Pak convoy, kill 12
Attackers ambushed a Pakistani army convoy heading toward a counter-terrorism sweep against al-Qaeda militants near the Afghan border, killing at least 12 soldiers and wounding 15, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Govt reluctant to act against judge
against a High Court judge for misconduct, as the law ministry did not send the Prime Minister's Office a presidential note on the Supreme Judicial Council's January 26 verdict report.
 arrow Infrastructure plan gathers dust at Planning Commission
A communications ministry proposal for using a $150-million-grant from a charitable Canadian foundation for infrastructure development in Bangladesh is gathering dust at the Planning Commission for over
 arrow Foreign currency worth Tk1.8cr seized at ZIA
Members of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized foreign currency reportedly worth at Tk 1.8 crore Monday.
 arrow Graft, bad politics damage Bangladesh's image
British High Commissioner David Carter yesterday said confrontational politics and corruption have damaged the country's image abroad.

"The confrontation between the major political parties ...

 arrow China slates Taiwanese referendum
The People's Republic of China has termed the recent referendum held by the Taiwanese authority illegal and invalid.
 arrow Govt fears attack on high-profile people, takes security steps
The government has taken strong security measures for important personalities following intelligence reports that attacks like that on Prof Humayun Azad are apprehended.
 arrow WB plans soft loan scheme for banks
The World Bank (WB) is pushing ahead with a scheme to encourage and facilitate the commercial banks in offering soft loans to private-sector entrepreneurs for undertaking infrastructure development projects.
 arrow 16 women burnt by acid last week
At least 16 females including a nine-month-old child were severely burnt by acid and two other women died from acid burns across the country last week, Acid Survivors Foundation (Asf) said yesterday.
 arrow Cash, goods looted from electronics shop in Motijheel
Burglars looted cash and other valuables reportedly worth Tk 27.6 lakh from an electronics shop at Motijheel after it was closed Monday night.
 arrow Dhaka-Joydevpur direct train link disrupted for 12 hours
Direct train communication between Dhaka and Joydevpur was disrupted for more than 12 hours after a pillar of a railway bridge on the track collapsed Monday night.
 arrow Police want Babul in remand
Police yesterday prayed to a Dhaka court for seven-day remand to interrogate Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul, shown as an arrestee in an attempted rape case.
 arrow Bomb injures 7-year-old girl in Sutrapur
A seven-year-old girl was wounded by a bomb blast at Loharpul in Sytrapur yesterday.
 arrow Carjackers shot doctor in Uttara
Carjackers shot a doctor and made off with his car from his home at Uttara early yesterday.
 arrow China halts HR talks with US
China suspended its human rights dialogue with the United States yesterday following Washington's decision to seek a resolution condemning its human rights record at a key UN meeting in Geneva.
 arrow A huge chunk of land on the bank of Buriganga...

 arrow European mission visits village in Rangamati
The high-level delegation comprising diplomats from the European Union (EU) and European donor countries yesterday visited hilly village Kharikhyong at sadar upazila of Rangamati.
 arrow US officials face 9/11 inquiry
The day before the September 11 attacks, US officials agreed on a plan to combat al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden including ousting the Taliban government that harboured him in Afghanistan, a national
 arrow Hasina calls on Vietnamese president
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on visiting Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong and voiced her support for the recently signed agreements between Dhaka and Hanoi.
 arrow Youth killed in Demra
Assailants stabbed a young man to death after gouging out one of his eyes at Demra in Dhaka last night, witnesses and hospital sources said.
 arrow Villagers block Dhaka-Ctg Rd protesting robbery
Villagers put up a barricade on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Chiura in Chowddagram upazila yesterday demanding the arrest of robbers who looted

five houses at Charpara and Dimatali villages in the

 arrow Jubo Dal besieges police station
Locals and activists of the Jubo Dal yesterday reportedly laid a siege to Khilgaon Police Station to protest arrest of Jubo Dal president of ward No. 23.
Businessarrow Common agri-market to come under Safta negotiations
The formation of a common agriculture market in South Asia would definitely come under the broader perspective of the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), an international food policy researcher saidin
 arrow Make world standard goods at competitive prices
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged tannery owners and leather and leather goods exporters to produce world standard goods at competitive prices.
 arrow India for multilateral tax treaty among Saarc countries
Seeking to break new ground to push for economic integration of Saarc nations, India yesterday proposed a multilateral tax treaty among member countries to bolster flow of investment and services in the
 arrow Vietnam businesses prefer jt venture to boost investment
Vietnam President Tran Duc Luong has said businessmen of his country prefer joint venture initiatives to export-import business with Bangladesh.
 arrow S Asian women entrepreneurs start confce to talk their role in poverty reduction
South Asian women entrepreneurs started a two-day regional conference of Saarc Women Entrepreneurs Council (SWEC) yesterday in Dhaka to discuss women entrepreneurs' roles and responsibilities in poverty
 arrow ‘Simplified tax payment system to raise collection’
Government's revenue collection will increase significantly if effective measures are taken to stop harassment of taxpayers and simplify tax payment system.
 arrow Bourses asked to finalise enlistment of cos in 75 days
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked bourses to make final decision on enlistment of companies within 75 days of application submission.
 arrow Ctg Port to join DGF web portal
Chittagong Port will soon join Development Gateway Foundation (DGF) web portal to disseminate information on its day-to-day activities.
 arrow Luong visits Square Pharma plant
Visiting Vietnam President Tran Duc Luong yesterday visited Square Pharmaceutical's manufacturing plant at Kaliakoir in Gazipur.
 arrow Eastern Lubricants Blenders declares 25pc dividend
Eastern Lubricants Blenders Limited (ELBL), a subsidiary of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation, has declared 25 percent dividend for the year ending June 30, 2003.
 arrow Trust Bank, BIFCL sign loan deal
The Trust Bank Limited has extended a credit facility of Tk 65 million to Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company Limited (BIFCL).
 arrow New DMD of Prime Bank
Mahbubul Alam has joined the Prime Bank Limited as deputy managing director (DMD).
 arrow Microsoft faces record anti-trust fine as EU verdict nears
US software giant Microsoft faces a record fine of nearly 500 million euros and hard-hitting changes to its flagship product when European regulators announce their verdict to a five-year probe Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mercury goes up in Lahore
Cricket rivals India and Pakistan were gripped by big-match jitters as they prepared for Wednesday's decisive fifth one-dayer that one expert said would be "too close to call.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak rivalry on ICC table too
India will have more than just pride at stake in Wednes-day's deciding cricket one-dayer against Pakistan, as a win would see them leapfrog their rivals in the cricket ratings.
 arrow Cricket: Sims rescues Zim A
A fighting half-century by Richard Sims rescued Zimbabwe A on the opening day of the second four-day match against their Bangladesh counterparts at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne after history
The Shane Warne show is threatening to overshadow Wednesday's third and final Test here between Australia and Sri Lanka as the star spinner begins his assault on the world bowling record.
 arrow Cricket: Eng won't lose series
England completed a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the second Test here Tuesday to go 2-0 up in the four Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Here comes Corporate League
There will be no Premier Division cricket for the ongoing 2003-2004 season as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) virtually gave up on the possibility and started planning for a first-ever Corporate Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Latif could be sued by PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday it was considering legal action against former captain Rashid Latif for alleging the fourth one-dayer against India was fixed.
 arrow Cricket goes to Bollywood!
The current nerve-fraying cricket series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan may be firing up the fans on both sides of the border but for Bollywood it has ushered in a prolonged cinema drought.
 arrow BJP abides by cricket
The ruling party has brought cricket to the campaign trail and the New Delhi city council rescheduled its session to be in front of TVs as India geared up for Wednesday's decisive one-dayer with Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Ranieri says bye!
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has told his players he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, newspapers reported Tuesday.

"I know what's going on. You know what's going on.

 arrow Football: Gunners have all the aces
It is the match Chelsea cannot win and Arsenal cannot lose - at least that's what the statistics say ahead of the London rivals' Champions League quarter-final first leg match here Wednesday at Stamford
 arrow Football: Real's Ronaldo relief
Real Madrid go into their Champions League quarter-final with Monaco on Wednesday on the back of two defeats which have rocked the reigning Spanish champions.
 arrow Football: Hosts lift DC Gold Cup
Gaibandha Pourashava emerged champions in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament beating Pabna Zila by 6-5 in the tie-breakers at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Tough revised draw
For all their protests Bangladesh will feel hard done after knowing their opponents for the SAF Games football competition. The revised draw was conducted in Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Football: Big win for Brothers
Premier Division champions Brothers Union scored a massive 6-2 victory over Chittagong Mayor Ekadash in the Independence Day football tournament at Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.
Nationalarrow Contractors stop govt project work
Most of the contractors have stopped work on government development projects in the district due to high price of MS rod.
 arrow 'Boycott those who do not attend parliament'
People should socially boycott those who, after being elected, do not attend parliament session "intentionally", Education Minister Dr Osman Faruque has said.
 arrow A school for deaf faces closure
The Bohla Hi-Care School for dumb and hearing-impaired children is facing closure due to lack of government support and funds, its authorities said.
 arrow 80 hurt as BNP factions clash in Kushtia, Magura
At least 80 people were injured, 19 of them seriously, as rival BNP factions clashed in Kushtia and Magura on Monday.
 arrow Close link among NGOs, govt bodies needed, workshop told
Speakers at a daylong workshop stressed the need for close coordination among stakeholders to ensure supply of safe drinking water and achieve one hundred per cent sanitation coverage in the country by
 arrow NGO Federation units elected in Nilphamari, Manikganj
Units of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) have been elected in Nilphmari and Manikganj

Our Nilphamari Correspondent reported that Liyakat Ali Khan, Senior Programme Manager of Rangpur-Dinajpur

 arrow Six get life for gangrape, murder in Barisal
The Barisal Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal yesterday gave life term to six persons and fined them Tk one lakh each for murdering a schoolgirl after gangrape.
 arrow SSC exam delayed by 55 minutes
About 1000 SSC examinees sat for examination at Shympur High School centre in Baderganj upazila 55 minuets behind schedule yesterday as 350 answer scripts were missing.
 arrow Freedom fighter dies
Valiant freedom fighter Khondoker Abdul Majed died at his residence at Magura town Monday night from old age ailments.

He was 78.

 arrow Former food inspector faces graft case in Bhola
The Bureau of Anti- corruption (BAC) has lodged a case with Lalmohan thana against Mominul Alam, former food inspector of Lalmohan food godown for alleged misappropriation of food grains worth about Tk
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Say you! Is this the way of the mighty?'
(This piece is a sequel to an article the author wrote, under the same heading, a year ago today)


 arrow The Iraq war a year later and George Bush's tangled web of deception
It seems like yesterday that I was in Bangladesh watching the Iraq War unfold.
Culturearrow Kranti celebrates its 38th anniversary
Let cultural activities be the tool for changing the society, (Sangskriti Hok Shamaj Bodoler Hatiar). With this slogan, Kranti, meaning time in Bangla, reaches its 38 years of timeless journey.
 arrow Indra Mohan: striving to keep alive the tradition of folk music
I was so small when I started to sing that I could not even reach the bellow of the harmonium,' reminisces Indra Mohan Rajbongshi, a, famous folk singer.
 arrow Regional Theatre Workshop of ITI
The Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) organised a Regional Theatre Workshop for young actors and actresses from March 12 to 18 in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation observes the World Theatre Day
To celebrate the World Theatre Day on March 27, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation will hold a one-day programme, says a press release.

The programme will be divided into two parts.

Generalarrow Tk 169 cr Kuwaiti loan for three bridges
Kuwait will provide a loan amounting to US $ 28 million (approximately Tk 169 crore) to finance three bridge projects in Bangladesh.
 arrow Politics gets priority in appointment of 289 RU staffs
The Appointment Committee of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday prepared a list for recruiting 289 third and fourth class employees without any advertisement.
 arrow Cigarettes, nets worth Tk 87 lakh seized
Members of the Coastguard in separate raids seized 90,900-metre current nets and 70 other illegal nets worth Tk 20.21 lakh from different coastal areas in last three days.
 arrow JU admission test schedule published
The schedule of admission tests for first year honours courses in Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2003-04 academic session was published yesterday.
 arrow Plant seller shot, 2 stabbed in city
A plant seller was shot and a vegetable vendor and a youth were stabbed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.

Hoodlums shot and injured the plant seller at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.

 arrow Second round today
On the second day of the 2nd SK+F- Prothom Alo inter-medical college debate competition at the Chittagong Medical College auditorium (CMC) yesterday, Sylhet M A G Osmani Medical College, Rangpur Medical
 arrow Qudrat-I-Khuda scholarship introduced at DU
Qudrat-I-Khuda Memorial Scholarship' has been introduced at Dhaka University in memory of eminent scientist Dr Qudrat-I-Khuda.
 arrow Ministerial-level Seminar begins in Montreal today
State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury left here for Canada Monday night to attend a seminar on 'Extra Ordinary Meeting of the 15th meeting of the Parties to Montreal Protocol'.
 arrow Formulate PR policy: BPRA
A delegation of the newly-elected members of the Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA) called on Information Minister Tariqul Islam at his Secretariat office here yesterday.
 arrow Jubo League discussion today
The Awami Jubo League, youth front of the opposition Awami League, will hold a discussion at Muktangon in the city at 2:30pm today to mark the Independence Day.
 arrow Four houses gutted in Chandpur
Four houses were gutted in a fire at Torpur Chandi village in Sadar upazila on Monday.

Witnesses said an electrical short circuit sparked off the blaze at around 3.

 arrow Reunion of FFs Mar 27
A daylong reunion and conference of freedom fighters and members of guerrilla group of NAP-Communist Party-Chhatra Union will be held on March 27 with a call to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War.
 arrow Graduation ceremony held
Brac University and Cisco jointly organised the graduation ceremony of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), says a press release.
 arrow Over 1,800 held
Police arrested 1,826 people, including a listed criminal, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'Yassin assassination buries ME peace'
Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin risks burying international efforts for peace in the Middle East, the Russian press wrote yesterday.

"Iraq 2.

 arrow US piles up pressure on Syria to disarm as ME heavyweight
With imminent sanctions for allegedly bankrolling terror and demands to pull its troops out of Lebanon, a US noose is tightening around Damascus's neck in a bid to disarm it as a Middle East heavyweight.
 arrow US exploring possibility of making India a non-Nato ally too
The US is exploring the possibility of making India a non-Nato ally, the White House has said.
 arrow Nepal to press ahead with elections despite Maoist attacks
Nepal's home minister said yesterday the government will press ahead with elections despite a deadly Maoist attack against security forces at the weekend he said was aimed at disrupting the polls.
 arrow 'Arab reform pushed aside by Israeli killing'
Arab leaders faced with the fallout from Israel's assassination of Palestinian Islamist leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin will have little time for US-inspired plans for reform when they meet in Tunis next week.
 arrow 'US faces credibility erosion over WMD'
The former chief US weapons inspector in Iraq warned Monday that the United States is in "grave danger" of destroying its credibility at home and abroad if it does not own up to its mistakes in Iraq.
 arrow Has the son got the family business?
Is Rahul Gandhi the heir apparent of the Nehru-Gandhi legacy instead of his, as Congress leaders say, "more popular" sister Priyanka?

While the siblings' mother and the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi

Editorialarrow Editorial: MPs speak out
Now the ruling party lawmakers themselves have addressed some key issues that the detractors of the government and civil society members have been talking about for quite some time.
 arrow Editorial: More blues for Bush
The revelations this week from Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism adviser to every US president since Ronald Reagan, come as a body blow to the Bush administration.
 arrow What goes around comes around
There is a common saying that, in politics as in life, what goes around comes around.
 arrow Policy alternatives to NDA: An unhealthy report card
On March 14 at Shimoga (Karnataka), Mr L.K. Advani "took strong objection to India being bracketed with the developing countries".
 arrow Madrid bombing prompts Japan to tighten security
Suddenly in Tokyo the police has become much more visible in public places and busy railway stations.
Letters to Editorarrow An endangered film!
I read a very depressing piece by Kausar Islam Ayon titled "Will the film Ora Egarojon be erased from history?" on your Internet edition. It is unacceptable that this could be allowed to happen.
 arrow Hunger strike
I have read in one of the internet versions of a Dhaka daily (with photograph) that the participation in the much trumpeted hunger strike organised by the "Tritio Dhara" has been rather disappointing.
 arrow Democratic pluralism?
BNP always claims that its founder Ziaur Rahman was the pioneer of democratic pluralism in Bangladesh.
 arrow A heinous attack
In 1971, 30 lakh people died in their noble mission of liberating our country. But now it seems the freedom has been wasted to a great extent. The attack on Dr.
 arrow Politicisation of the attack on Dr. Azad
Dr. Humayun Azad was attacked by some unknown assailants recently, which hit the headlines in all the national dailies .
 arrow The bigots
Religious bigots have been demonstrating their sinister extremism over the last few years. Their ugly design has caused so many casualties in recent times.
 arrow Favourite singer
I simply love Moushumi Bhoumik's songs. When I heard that she was coming to Dhaka to perform in some charity shows, I just got eccentric.
 arrow Grace of cricket
March 13 was a general holiday in Pakistan as the Indian cricket team had flown to Pakistan after 15 long years to play a complete series.
 arrow No more subversion, please
Today in our beloved country an intolerable political situation is prevailing. The political parties of our country are using hartal as an implement with a view to ousting the government.
 arrow Road accidents
Now-a-days road accident is very common in our country. It is a sad truth that it is increasing at an alarming rate. Five SSC examinees lost their lives in a road accident in Sitakunda on 13 March.
 arrow Crossing a road
The greatest problem, difficulty, pain, pang and risk of a Dhaka city pedestrian, man or woman, young or old, is how, when and where he/she can cross a road from one side to the opposite side? Like wild
 arrow IBA admission and transparency
When poor souls like us don't have the money to get admitted to any of these 51 private universities for an MBA course, we look towards the cheapest in price and the top in quality Business School ofthe
 arrow Renovate BCS
Public Service Commission, an authorised body of the Ministry of Establishment, is going to conduct the 25th BCS examinations. The jobs under BCS cadres are lucrative in Bangladesh.
 arrow Real Bollywood stuff !
There was a time when we produced Bangla films that could easily match their Bollywood counterparts. Not any more.
 arrow No communication, no improvement
You have a BMW car but there is no road to drive it. Will it be possible to run your car? Obviously not. You just think about the opposite situation. Still the answer is no.
 arrow Flawed roads
I have noticed with increasing concern the arbitrary and dangerous changes in the road dividers, unnecessary broadening of the islands and the resultant narrowing of the main lanes.
StarTecharrow Technology to ensure your presence in parliament
BANGLADESH is a country, where money and muscle influence matters to win elections but the use of modern technology can literally eliminate misleading campaign information, poll violence, political corruption
 arrow The learning society
The transformation to the Knowledge Age, as far-reaching as the sea change from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age, has in turn transformed what each of us must do to successfully prepare forsociety's
 arrow All set for 5th Softfair 2004
The information and technology sector of the country, still requires encouragement from the concerned authorities," said Dr.
 arrow BSDI certificate giving ceremony
BANGLADESH Skill Development Institute (BSDI) offers certain technical vocational courses such as Electrical, Electronics, Hospitality and Catering, Driving and Automobiles to students who cannot continue
Star Chittagongarrow Loadshedding till Apr 15 likely
Loadshedding on an average at least three hours a day that has been causing untold suffering to the city dwellers since January is likely to continue till April 15.
 arrow Lifeline Turns into Sorrow of Chittagong

 arrow Swat Siege Day today
Today is the historic Swat Siege Day.
Star Cityarrow Frame anti-piracy act, new censorship code
The Film Industry Protection Council (FIPC) decided to go on strike on Saturday, as the government did not respond to its demand for an anti-video piracy law and modern code of censorship by the March
 arrow Internet fair breaking bounds
The promise of the internet knows few bounds. An internet fair, first ever in Bangladesh, beginning on March 31 at Osmani Memorial Hall, is a big effort to make people aware of the power of the internet.
 arrow A lifebuoy for the underprivileged
Aklima, a girl living in remote sandbank (char) area of river Brahmaputra had a big smile on her face.
 arrow No observatory yet for tremor, no logistics
Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB), the only organisation to monitor earthquakes in the country, does not have a Seismic Observatory Station (SOS), Acclerograph and Micro Seismic Zonation (MSZ) which
 arrow DCC wakes up to rampant theft of road signs
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will not install new road signs until a preventive mechanism is developed to contain thefts of expensive road signs on city's recently renovated roads, DCC officials said.