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Front Pagearrow All eyes set on April 30
Politics is now keenly focussed on April 30, the deadline set by the Awami League (AL) for the fall of the government, with the main opposition calling a two-day hartal in the run-up and ruling BNP lawmakers
 arrow Special prosecutors of jail killing case resign
All four special public prosecutors of the historic jail killing case resigned yesterday, alleging the government's interference and hostility towards them.
 arrow Laxman lords at Lahore
Vangipurappu Laxman hit a quickfire 107 and seamer Irfan Pathan grabbed three early wickets as India beat Pakistan by 40 runs to clinch their five-match one-day series 3-2 yesterday.
 arrow Night to recall genocide
March 25 rolls around once again bringing painful memories of a night of murder and mayhem, the beginning of a genocide of millions of Bengalis by the Pakistan military.
 arrow New Hamas chief vows revenge
The new firebrand leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in its Gaza Strip power base, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, yesterday pledged all-out revenge on Israel for killing his predecessor Sheikh Ahmed
 arrow Tk 2,300cr ADP cut envisaged
This fiscal year's Annual Development Programme (ADP) will be slashed by about Tk 2,300 crore because of poor project aid flow.
 arrow Govt plans massive promotion to defuse admin commotion
The government plans to promote several hundred lower- and mid-level officials to defuse frustration in the civil administration and an intelligence agency has started scanning their records to that end.
 arrow TB kills 1, catches 5 every 10 minutes
Tuberculosis kills one every 10 minutes and infects a new one every two minutes in Bangladesh.
 arrow Criminalisation of politics decried
The business community yesterday pointed a finger at criminalisation of politics while a study found corruption as the major hindrance to business and investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dozen BNP aspirants lobby with leaders
About a dozen ruling BNP leaders are lobbying with top leaders for nomination for the by-polls to Dhaka-10 constituency.
 arrow Rivals slaughter 3 outlaws
The Janajuddho, a faction of the banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), slaughtered three cadres from rival outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) at the Peshinagar village in Jhenidah on Tuesday
 arrow BAF chopper makes emergency landing
Due to mechanical faults, a Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing during an excise near Sikder Medical College in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow PM asks all to resist water withdrawal by India
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed dry-season withdrawal of river water by India for drought, increased salinity and ecological imbalance in Bangladesh and urged all, irrespective of party affiliations,
 arrow JS body suggests punishment to govt officials
A parliamentary probe body formed to investigate irregularities in this year's Hajj management held government officials concerned responsible for negligence, corruption and despotism.
 arrow Rod prices belie mill owners' claim
The prices of mild steel rod and steel products are still very high on the retail market in Dhaka while mills owners claim they are selling them at competitive rates from their factories.
 arrow Cop fires his gun accidentally, hurts three
An accidental gunfire from a patrol team of Pallabi police left three people including a 14-month baby bullet-hit at Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow PM has failed to keep election pledges: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has failed to live up to her election pledges to curb terrorism and price spiral.
 arrow EU fines Microsoft $613m for monopoly
Software giant Microsoft must pay a fine of 497m euros ($613m) for abusing its dominant market position, the EU has ordered.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi agree on draft for trade bill
India and Bangladesh have agreed on a revised draft for the bilateral trade agreement (BTA), which is likely to be signed after the parliamentary polls in India.
 arrow 6 cases filed against Haji Selim, old Dhaka traders
Six cases were filed with the Lalbagh Police Station against former lawmaker Haji Selim, Awami League activists and some old Dhaka businessmen in connection with the Wednesday's violent clash at Lalbagh.
 arrow A rally of Jamaat-e-Islami...

 arrow B Chy announces programme series today
The alternative political stream led by ex-president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury today announces a series of its programmes in an apparent bid to gear up the platform's organisational activities.
 arrow Khulna OC's death threat to journo
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Khanjahan Ali Police Station in Khulna has allegedly threatened to kill the local journalist of a Jessore-based daily as he published two reports in his newspaper against
 arrow Swadhinata Puraskar announced
Seven personalities and three organisations have been named for Swadhinata

Puraskar (Independence award) 2004 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to different fields.

 arrow Artho Rin Ain amendment passed
Parliament yesterday passed the Artho Rin Adalot Ain (Amendment) Bill 2004 by voice vote.
 arrow Vietnamese president leaves
Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong left yesterday for Pakistan at the end of his three-day maiden visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Ershad Shikder tries to commit suicide
Condemned prisoner Ershad Shikdar was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) in a critical condition as he made an abortive attempt to commit suicide in Khulna district jail at about 2:00pm
Businessarrow Spectacles eye bigger pie in intíl market
Spectacles manufacturers hope to contribute to the country's export income in a bigger way as they start a three-day show in Dhaka today aiming to promote their products and expand export market.
 arrow S Asian women entrepreneurs agree to set up Saarc Village
South Asian women entrepreneurs yesterday agreed to set up a Saarc Village, which will act as an information and marketing research body for women entrepreneurs in the region, as they wrapped up a two-day
 arrow Proposal on Consumer Commission to be sent to cabinet soon: Khosru
The government has almost finalised the process of constituting Consumer Commission to protect the consumers' rights, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has said.
 arrow Sony Ericsson launches two new cellphone sets
Sony Ericsson Bangladesh Limited has introduced two new mobile phone sets, one having image recording and photo transmitting technologies.
 arrow Asian ports must upgrade to meet big ships need
Asia must upgrade existing ports and build new ones to meet the needs of next generation "mega-container ships" as the center of gravity of global trade shifts from Europe to the region, analysts said
 arrow Travellers can now carry up to $5,000 without declaration
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has relaxed the foreign exchange carrying restriction for both inbound and outbound passengers.
 arrow GP subscribers to get various ring tones from tomorrow
Users of GrameenPhone (GP) will have access to different types of ring tones of cellphones from tomorrow just by sending an SMS.

Faisal Alim, chairman of Trade Textile Bangladesh.

 arrow Winter Festival Chamak Part-2 prizes handed over
The prize-giving ceremony of Sony Rangs-Prothom Alo Winter Festival Chamak Part-2 was held yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow New chairperson of MM Ispahani Limited
Mirza Ali Behrouze Ispahani has been elected chairperson of MM Ispahani Limited and its sister concerns, says a press release.
 arrow ILFSL to give Tk 49.10m to Utshab to buy CNG-run buses
International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL) will provide Tk 49.10 million to Utshab Communications Limited to procure CNG-run buses.
 arrow BB becomes corporate client of CityCell
Bangladesh Bank has signed an agreement with Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), the owning company of CityCell mobile phone, to become corporate client of CityCell Digital.
 arrow New customer service centre of CityCell opens in Ctg
A new customer service centre of CityCell phone was inaugurated yesterday at Agrabad in Chittagong with a promise to provide better customer services and new technological facilities to its customers.
 arrow StanChart first foreign bank to get RMB licence in China
Standard Chartered is the first foreign bank to be given approval to conduct renminbi, or yuan, business with Chinese corporates in Shenzhen.
 arrow US firms launch alliance to forge FTA with Thailand
More than 100 American companies launched an alliance Tuesday to serve as the private sector's voice in negotiations for a free trade agreement with Thailand, officials said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Lahore writes Indian history
World cricket is indebted to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vaj-payee's foresight. Other-wise the mo-ther of all confrontations might have been promptly buried as a piece of history.
 arrow Cricket: Saleh, Ashraful steady A team
National vice-captain Rajin Saleh and Mohammed Ashraful produced a 126-run unbroken stand for the third wicket as Bangladesh A fought back after Zimbabwe A made a massive first innings total in the four-day
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann puts Aus atop
Darren Lehmann scored his fifth Test century to help Australia pile up 314 for six on the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain's teesra trick
Saqlain Mushtaq, who introduced the off-spinners' googly or the "doosra" (the other one) to international cricket, is developing a "teesra" (the third one) in a bid to win back a place in the Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: 'Learn from Englandí
West Indies skipper Brian Lara was clinging to his job on Wednesday but insisted that the fallen Caribbean kings could still level the series against England if they followed the example set by Michael
 arrow Cricket: Fear the impetus
Protea star Shaun Pollock says the fear of becoming the first South African team to lose a series to New Zealand is all the motivation the tourists need for the third cricket Test starting here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly scare
India captain Saurav Ganguly was carried off the field on a stretcher after hurting his back fielding in the deciding fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Singer nat'l chess starts Sunday
The final phase of the Singer 30th national chess championship begins at the NSC conference room on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Five added to A team
Selectors yesterday called up five additional players to join the Bangladesh A team in Bogra to play two one-day matches against visiting Zimbabwe A.
 arrow Tennis: Waiting for Serena
Serena Williams will steal the spotlight when she makes her return from an eight-month layoff here at the WTA and ATP Masters Series, but the men's field could produce more excitement.

The 6.

 arrow Football: Milan a class apart
Holders AC Milan virtually booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-1 thrashing of Deportivo Coruna at the San Siro on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Going gaga over Kaka
The Italian press hailed AC Milan as the saviours of Italian football following Tuesday's breathtaking quarter-final, first leg victory over Deportivo La Coruna in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Porto pack a punch
FC Porto lived up to their billing as potential Champions League winners with a convincing 2-0 win over French champions Lyon in the first leg of their quarter final here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brave Houllier
Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has motivated his players for their UEFA Cup fourth round match on Thursday by reminding them of Marseille's celebrations after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
 arrow Football: Bayern flops face cuts
Bayern Munich's highly-paid stars will face salary cuts after the German giants' failure to qualify for the knockout stages of this season's Champions League.
 arrow Football: Bomber is a Beckham fan!
England football captain David Beckham signed a birthday card for one of the suspected Madrid train bombers when he met him just weeks before the attack, several British newspapers said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: AIUB Cup cricket
American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) Blues and Independent University moved into the semifinals of the third AIUB Cup cricket tournament beating their respective rivals at different city
 arrow Kabadi: Rifles clinch ID kabadi
Bangladesh Rifles won the Independence Day kabadi title defeating Bangladesh Police in the last group match 36-28 at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l team bridge
ATM Moazzem Hussain's team was leading Aces Alpha by 60-31 IMP (international match points) at the end of the second session of the Fizz-Up 23rd National Team Bridge Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 cricket
Khulna and Chittagong comfortably won their respective matches in the Age Group Under-15 Development cricket tournament yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Step down by April 30
Awami League leaders yesterday called on the alliance government to step down by April 30.

Otherwise, it will be toppled through mass movement, they warned at a rally in the city.

 arrow PM inaugurates exhibition on War of Liberation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated a photography and art exhibition on the War of Liberation at Shilpakala Academy in the city.
 arrow Robbers stab trucker dead
Highway robbers killed a trucker and wounded his helper in Jessore on Tuesday.
 arrow Dhaka condemns Yassin killing
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday strongly condemned the brutal killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, saying the incident would further deepen the Middle East crisis.
 arrow 16 houses, shops gutted in Ctg
Sixteen houses and shops and two factories were gutted in a devastating fire in the city yesterday morning.
Nationalarrow A 'revolution' in pest control, environment protection
Agriculturists call it a revolution. A very simple but unique tool innovated by two farmers controls pest without use of harmful pesticide.
 arrow JCD leader, 4 activists caught during bus dacoity in Sylhet
Passengers of a night coach and villagers caught five dacoits when they tried to commit a robbery in the coach in Barlekha upazila Tuesday morning.
 arrow Day-long strike by govt staff in Barisal
Employees of all government, semi-government and autonomous bodies in Barisal city abstained from work yesterday, held a rally and brought out a procession to press their demand for city corporation allowance
 arrow 20,000 attacked with chicken pox in Rangpur
Chicken pox has broken out in the different areas of Rangpur district.

Sources at the Civil Surgeon's office put the number at about 20,000.

 arrow 3 with death sentence surrender to Barisal STT
Three of the four absconding convicts given death sentence in the sensational Harun Gazi murder case in Patuakhali have surrendered before the Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT), Barisal, sources said yesterday.
 arrow Students barricade road, ransack buses at Gournadi
Angry students blocked the Dhaka-Barisal highway and damaged two buses at Gournadi on Tuesday after conductors of a bus beat two teachers of Mahilara College in Gouranadi.
 arrow 'Notorious criminal' dies in police custody
A youth described by police as a "notorious criminal" died in police custody at Shailkupa thana Sunday night.
 arrow Measles claim two, attack 50 in Manikganj
Two babies died from measles and at least 50 are suffering from the disease now in Shivalaya upazila in the district.
 arrow Housewife killed in Rangamati
A housewife -- Biwi Ayesha, 40 -- was slaughtered at Naillyachhari village in Kawkhali upazila in the early hours of Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Cricket: The miracles of Curitiba
Miracles happen even where cities are concerned. Cities that are condemned with the excesses of urban ills can come around and show that "the city is not a problem but a solution.
Culturearrow Liberation War Museum celebrates anniversary and Independence Day
The Liberation War Museum held a weeklong celebration to commemorate its eighth anniversary and the forthcoming Independence Day on March 26.
 arrow A view of the Bangladeshi crafts
KARIKA, a forum for the rural artisans of Bangladesh, recently organised a one-day exposition and sale of Bangladeshi crafts.
 arrow Avant- garde Art
Modern art began as a protest against conventionalities, as one knows.
 arrow Folk music

Generalarrow Ensure ideal academic atmosphere to raise quality of education
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for ensuring an ideal atmosphere in the educational institutions to improve the quality of education.
 arrow Nat'l biodiversity action plan likely in 3 months
The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is likely to be finalised by next three months, speakers said at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow 'Extortionist' beaten to death in Mirpur
A mob yesterday beat an unidentified youth to death, suspecting him an extortionist, at West Kazipara in Mirpur.
 arrow Two Myanmar nationals held
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested two Myanmar nationals from Balibazar of Thanchi upazila.
 arrow Families of 15 army officers receive Tk 30 lakh each
Families of the 15 army officers, killed in a tragic plane crash in Benin last year, received Tk 30 lakh each from the United Nations yesterday.
 arrow Release of PCJ leaders demanded
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of the left leaning student organisation, at a rally yesterday demanded immediate release of its leaders including President Khelaquzzaman Lipon.
Internationalarrow US overseer sets goals for Iraq power transfer
US civil administrator Paul Bremer delivered Wednesday a televised address to the Iraqi people laying out the goals of his US-led coalition less than 100 days before a handover of sovereignty.
 arrow 21 villagers gunned down in Assam
Tribal rebels shot dead 21 villagers from a rival ethnic group in their homes and at a marketplace in the revolt-wracked northeastern Indian state of Assam yesterday, police said.
 arrow Politicians pay respect to Madrid blast victims
Political leaders from around Europe joined kings, queens and princes on Wednesday to pay their respects to the 190 identified victims of the March 11 bombings in Madrid -- amid fears that similar terror
 arrow UNSC on collision course over Hamas killing
The UN Security Council was on a collision course Tuesday after the United States and the Palestinians vowed no compromise over Israel's assassination of a militant Islamist leader.
 arrow India says no to US 'non-Nato ally offer'
There was no return t o the Indo-US bonhomie of a week ago, and the government in effect said no Wednesday to the American offer to give India 'major non-Nato ally' (MNNA) status, saying the offer had
 arrow 'Early strikes wouldn't have prevented Sept 11'
Even if the United States had killed or captured al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before the Sept.
 arrow Lebanese-Israeli border tense
Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin has reignited tension along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier, with two operations by Hezbollah and a pro-Syrian Palestinian group against Israel in the
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ties with Vietnam
Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong departed from Dhaka yesterday leaving a note of shared optimism: Hanoi-Dhaka relationship has been set on an expansionary course with the potential for enormous benefit
 arrow Editorial: Rape victim
It is extremely disquieting to learn that a rape victim committed suicide in Noakhali, after having been denied justice at a village arbitration meeting.
 arrow Pak army attacked Joydevpur on 19 March 1971
Since the partition of India in August 1947, the people of East Pakistan (popularly known as East Bengal) suffered the discrimination, neglect and well-planned subjugation of the colonial rulers who actually
 arrow Haiti in turmoil again: Who foments the trouble?
The history of that Caribbean island Haiti, from 1980s to 1990s is not just a pleasant trip down the two decades.
Letters to Editorarrow South Asia--western infiltration
The recent visit of the US Secretary of State for South Asia is disturbing enough, as he came not with a message but with a statement and some basic US policies for this subcontinent.
 arrow Wastage of electricity
We are grumbling about electricity shortage leading to frequent load shedding during summers. Unfortunately, we do not see the wastage and misuse of electricity in urban areas.