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Front Pagearrow Trader, son feared killed in capital
A missing old Dhaka business leader and his son were feared killed yesterday after police found the body of th

eir driver in Dhamrai yesterday.

 arrow Dhaka signs deal in Dubai
Bangladesh signed a much-awaited agreement with 15 other international telecommunications companies in Dubai yesterday for a high speed submarine cable that will herald ultra-fast internet and low cost
 arrow Businessmen sceptical of Altaf's skills, rue Khosru's exit
The business community yesterday expressed surprise at the induction of Altaf Hossain Chowdhury as new commerce minister and were sceptical of the ability of the former air force chief to negotiate critical
 arrow Sundarbans blaze rages on
The blaze that broke out last Wednesday in the Sundarbans engulfing compartment No. 27 under Dhanshagor station of Chandpai Range is yet to be doused.
 arrow Independence Day celebrated
The nation celebrated the 33rd anniversary of its independence on Friday recalling the supreme sacrifice of millions who laid down their lives to free the motherland from Pakistani occupation and making
 arrow Musharraf vows to 'eliminate' al-Qaeda
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf vowed Friday that he would "eliminate" al-Qaeda and said that the terror network's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was on the run.
 arrow Women to soon take security jobs abroad
Bangladesh women will soon take up security guards' jobs abroad under a government initiative, a government official said yesterday.
 arrow AL govt survived 88 BNP deadlines
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP as an opposition party announced at least 88 deadlines for dislodging her government from power during the 1996-2001 period.
 arrow AL heading for 'political burial'
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said the main opposition Awami League (AL) is heading for a 'political burial' after its April 30 deadline to dislodge the BNP-led ruling coalition as the
 arrow 18 killed in Iraq violence
Bombings and shootings across Iraq have left 18 people dead, including a Marine and an ABC cameraman killed in fierce fighting between American forces and guerrillas armed with mortars and rocket-propelled
 arrow 50 hurt in attacks on pro-AL rallies
Over 50 people were injured across the country in attacks allegedly by activists of the ruling coalition on Awami League (AL)-sponsored rallies and cultural programmes to mark the Independence Day onFriday,
 arrow Nasaka abducts 13 loggers from Bandarban
Myanmar's border force Nasaka abducted 13 Bangladeshi citizens from Naikkhangchari on Bandarban borders and took them to that country on Thursday, local residents and BDR sources said.
 arrow Kidnappers ask Tk 20 lakh for trader's release
Kidnappers demanded Tk 20 lakh in ransom for the release of a businessman after they picked him up from Old Dhaka early Friday, the victim's family said.
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of Noakhali bandits
A mob here in the early hours of yesterday gouged out the eyes of three forest bandits of coastal Noakhali, including the infamous Naybba Chora, who were arrested in a police raid in Chittagong's Bakulia
 arrow 'Taiwanese office taking care of trade affairs only'
The Taiwan representative office in Dhaka -- the apple of recent discord between China and Bangladesh -- is functioning normally.

"This is functioning completely as a business office.

 arrow Criminal shot cop, informant to escape
A listed criminal of Lalbagh area of the city escaped arrest by firing on a police team last night that left a Detective Branch (DB) havilder and an informant of police injured.
 arrow Robbers gun down 2 cops in Laxmipur
A band of robbers shot dead two policemen at Sadar upazila in Laxmipur yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar polls from today
The election to the executive committee of Supreme Court Bar Association begins today, with three panels and some independent candidates vying for 14 posts of office-bearers and members.
 arrow BSF kills two Bangladeshis
Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two youths at bordering Tareya of Panchagarh yesterday morning.
 arrow Road accident kills four in Patiya
An 18-year-old girl had her dream shattered when a speeding bus rammed into an taxicab, killing four people, including her bridegroom and her father, in Patiya upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow PDB signs deal with Westmont Power today
The Power Development Board (PDB) today signs a power purchasing deal with a Malaysian company to install and operate the second unit 130mw barge-mounted power project in Baghabari.
 arrow UP member stabbed to death
Assailants stabbed a Union Parishad (UP) member to death at Kazirhat-Gopalpur village in Atgharia upazila Friday night.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to map out product standards
India and Bangladesh have agreed on a time-bound programme to recognise each other's certification of commodities like food products, agro-products, textiles and leather, in a bid to remove a major non-tariff
 arrow Mob slaughters two 'outlaws' in Bagerhat
A mob yesterday hacked to death two alleged underground operatives at Chitalmari in Bagerhat.
 arrow Sourav to miss first Test
India's captain Sourav Ganguly will miss his country's first Test in Pakistan in almost 15 years from Sunday after failing to recover from a back injury.
 arrow JCD leader beat Bangladesh Today reporter at DU
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Friday bashed a staff reporter of a daily at Jasimuddin Hall of Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Khosru spends busy day in his constituency
On a hectic day in his constituency Friday, the day after he resigned as the commerce minister, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said he would now have more time for the people of his area.
 arrow 3 killed Friday
Three people were killed in city's Mohammadpur, Ramna and Demra areas on Friday.
Businessarrow 43 more companies selected for CDS
In its bid to consolidate the central depository system (CDS), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has selected 43 more new companies and asked them to get ready by April 30 to go for the scripless
 arrow Int'l leather fair fetches $7.73m spot orders
Exhibitors in the just concluded international leather fair have received $7.73 million worth of spot orders, registering a 10.43 percent increase over last year's $7 million spot orders.
 arrow India's two private airlines eye Dhaka, other Saarc destinations
Having made foray into foreign sky by introducing flights linking Colombo with Chennai, India's two major private airlines -- Air Sahara and Jet Airways -- have brought Bangladesh and other Saarc destinations
 arrow Thailand-Australia FTA to be launched next January
The Thai-Australian Free Trade Agreement will be officially launched next January when tariffs on more than half the goods traded between the two countries will be reduced to zero percent.
 arrow Plot thickens as EU hunts for new IMF chief
European intrigue over who should lead the International Monetary Fund deepened Thursday with the nomination of a Spaniard to fill a vacancy on the eurozone's central bank board.
 arrow New container service on Ctg-Haldia-Colombo route from April 1
A Singapore-based shipping company will launch a container service from Chittagong Port on India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka route on April 1.
 arrow DHL launches Global customer solutions unit
DHL, a leading express and logistics company , has launched global customer solutions (GCS), a new business unit to manage its top global customers.
 arrow Emirates plans Dubai-Vienna non-stop flights
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, is again expanding its European network with plans to link Dubai and Vienna.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank, CDBL sign deals
Mutual Trust Bank Ltd and Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) on Tuesday signed two separate agreements regarding issuer and custody participation.
 arrow WTO members to aim for farm agreement by July
The 146 members of the World Trade Organisation will try to reach an agreement to relaunch talks on the thorny issue of agriculture before the end of July, a WTO official said Friday.
 arrow China agrees to consult with US over chip row
China has agreed to consult with the United States over a US complaint about its tax system for domestic chip makers, the Chinese commerce ministry said Friday.
 arrow Opec likely to reduce threatened output cut
The Opec oil cartel is likely to compromise in Vienna on Wednesday and cut production by less than the one million barrels per day (bpd) planned, the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reports.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Boy returns as a man
Sachin Ten-dulkar goes into the three-Test series against Pakis-tan from Sun-day determi-ned to leave his mark in a country where he took his first tentative steps in world cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy expects ton treble
Pakistan cap-tain Inzama-mul Haq goes into Sunday's first Test aga-inst India ho-ping to notch up a third con-secutive match-winning century on his home ground.
 arrow Cricket: Onus on Kapali
Alok Kapali will desperately look to lift his own game and motivate the others to perform when the first of the five match limited-overs series between Bangladesh A and visiting Zimbabwe A takes place
 arrow Football: Booters’ gold hunt starts today
Defending champions Bangladesh will launch their campaign in the 9th SAF Games football competition when they take on India at the Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar today at 12:30 pm Bangladesh time.
 arrow Security beefed up for SAF Games
Pakistan is installing anti-aircraft guns in the capital Islamabad to strengthen security and thwart a possible air attack during a regional athletics event beginning on Monday, a government officialsaid.
 arrow Football: One-day footy
Football returns to the Bangabandhu National Stadium today after a long gap with an Independence Cup one-day tournament.
 arrow Cricket: SA wrest initiative
A century partnership of Jacques Rudolph and Martin van Jaarsveld steered South Africa to a strong position at 237 for three at stumps on Day Two of the third Test against New Zealand here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Beware, Kumble is here
India's Anil Kumble, who once took all 10 wickets in an innings against Pa-kistan, said on Friday he loo-ked forward to renewing battle with the arch-rivals.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka face whitewash
Sri Lanka faced the prospect of their first whitewash at home after a magnificent century by Australian opener Justin Langer in the third and final Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Giants left crying
Barcelona, AS Roma and Liverpool were dumped out of the UEFA Cup after a dramatic evening of fourth-round, second leg matches on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Showdown at Highbury
Arsenal's seemingly unstoppable charge towards the English Premier League and FA Cup double comes up against the ultimate obstacle on Sunday in the shape of arch-rivals Manchester United.
 arrow Cricket: Age Group cricket
Dhaka Metro Blues and Khulna Division were on cruise control against their respective rivals at the end of Day One of their two-day semifinals in the Age Group Under-15 Development Cricket Tourna-ment
 arrow Volleyball: Viquarunnissa retain v'ball crown
Viquarunnissa Noon Girls School retained the first Security Bank School Volleyball Championship title with an exciting 3-2 victory over Green Herald International School in the final at the Dhaka Volleyball
Metropolitanarrow Unite to rid country of dirty politics: Dr Kamal
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for unity to rid the nation of crimes and dirty politics.
 arrow 'Constitution needs further amendment'
Constitution needs further amendment to institutionalise democracy in the country, said the speakers at a regional conference in the city yesterday.
 arrow Recognise us as FFs
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the indigenous people who took part in the War of Liberation have not yet any recognition from the government as freedom fighters.
 arrow JCD cadres go on rampage at JU
Tension has been running high on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus since Thursday's clash between two factions of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) that left at least 22 students, including sevenJCD
 arrow One gunned down at Tejgaon
Unknown assailants gunned down a person at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.

The victim was identified as Dulal Mian, 35, an employee of a wholesale potato shop at Karwan Bazar.

 arrow Ashtami Snan Begins today
Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims from home and abroad thronged Langolbandh to have a dip in the river Brahmaputra on the occasion of Ashtami Snan beginning at 2.06 pm today.
 arrow Stay order on court fee
The High Court has issued a stay order on the imposition of court fee on applications and increase in stamp rate for power of attorney.
Nationalarrow Rubber promises forex
Netrakona: Robber production in the hilly areas of greater Mymensingh can be increased substantially if intensive cultivation method is adopted.
 arrow Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate opens at Nilphamari
The newly constructed Shaheed Capt. Bashar Gate was opened at the entrance of Nilphamari town on the Independence Day. Octogenarian mother of Shaheed Capt.
 arrow Patients take 'unsafe' blood at Rajshahi hospitals
The blood patients are taking at Rajshahi city hospitals and clinics is unsafe due to a lack of sufficient screening facilities at blood banks.
 arrow Frequent power outage to continue in Sylhet
Power outage in the city keeps Bangladesh Betar's transmission suspended for about three hours a day besides scourging the city dwellers.
 arrow 35 hurt in AL-BNP clash in Netrakona
At least 35 people were injured in a clash between Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Purbadhalo on the Independence Day.
 arrow 10 killed, 57 hurt in road mishaps in 4 dists
At least 10 people were killed and 57 injured in road accidents in Bogra, Tangail, Kisjoreganj and Comilla on Thursday and Friday.
 arrow SSC examinee abducted for not allowing cheating
A Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee is yet to be rescued after over a week of his abduction allegedly by his fellow examinee.
 arrow Local govt leaders protest move to reduce 'rights'
The National Union Parishad Forum, a national organisation of local government leaders, on Wednesday denounced a proposal for amendment of Article 59 of the Constitution.
 arrow Hartal called in 5 N dists for Rangpur education board
The Rangpur Education Board Implementation Committee has called a day-long hartal in five northern districts on March 30 to press its demand for an education board.
 arrow Boy killed for ransom
Police on Friday recovered the body of schoolboy Sayeed, 11, abducted for ransom on March 8.
Point-Counterpointarrow A heinous crime by Israel
The assassination of Sk.
 arrow The strategy of decision making
The organisational machinery is propelled by decisions -- decisions to act or not to act, to change or to stand still, to delay or to move.

Decision is regarded as an act of volition.

Culturearrow Uro Binodon Bichitra Award 2003
The Winter Garden of the Sheraton Hotel teemed with media personalities on March 26.
 arrow Jatra pala-- Shadhin Sultan Ilias Shah
The jatra came to town recently. As part of the Liberation War Museum's eighth birthday celebration, Desh Opera , a jatra troupe, staged their current production Shadhin Sultan IliasShah.
 arrow A spirited evening with Chhayanaut
On the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the Liberation War Museum and to observe the dark night of the March 25, Chhayanaut presented a cultural programme at the museum premises on that day.
 arrow Band group Pentagon features Srabonti
Band groups featuring female artistes right now is a very up-to-the-minute element while organising musical events. Nevertheless, amongst the bunch, few actually deliver tasteful music for the audience.
 arrow Dhaka Club observes the Independence Day
Unlike the traditional British Club, we also hold programmes to celebrate our important national days such as Independence Day, Victory Day and Pohela Boishakh (the first day of the Bangla year)', said
Internationalarrow Kashmiri separatists start talks with Delhi
Kashmiri separatists and India's Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani began a second set of talks yesterday aimed at ending 15 years of Islamic militancy in the disputed Himalayan territory.
 arrow Bush to hold ME crisis talks with Israeli, Arab leaders
President Bush will meet next month with the leaders of Israel, Egypt and Jordan, the White House announced Friday, launching a new round of Middle East diplomacy to lay the groundwork for Israel's withdrawal
 arrow Vajpayee hails peace with Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee hailed warming ties with Pakistan in a rally Friday for his Hindu nationalist supporters at the end of a gruelling nationwide campaign tour by his deputy.
 arrow Republicans, Democrats at war over 'war on terror'
Republicans in Congress and the White House rolled out heavy artillery Friday to answer broadsides on President George W. Bush's handling of terrorism, forcing Democratic opponents to close ranks.
 arrow NDA to get around 300 seats: Poll
The BJP-led NDA is expected to get a majority in the coming Lok Sabha elections, bagging around 287 to 307 seats against the Congress-led alliance which is expected to secure around 143 to 163 seats,according
Editorialarrow Editorial: Why Khosru had to go?
The so-called cabinet changes are a whimper, instead of a roar these jolly well could be.
 arrow Editorial: Theft at Shantiniketan
It is sad news that some rare manuscripts together with the Nobel medal awarded to poet Rabindranath Tagore have been stolen from Shantiniketan.
 arrow Quo Vadis Middle East?
British daily Financial Times described Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as an extremely stupid action.
 arrow Regional parties hold trumps
THAT no political party will win a majority at the next polls in the Lok Sabha, the lower house, is pretty certain. Parties themselves know this.
Letters to Editorarrow Executive positions of the NU
The intermediate courses (now the HSC) offered by the colleges were under the jurisdiction of public universities up to the sixties of the last century.
 arrow Dr. B versus government
I just cannot accept the fact that the ruling alliance has started a crusade against Dr. B Chowdhury and his 'alternative stream'.
 arrow Moving backwards?
What is happening in Bangladesh in the name of political activities seems to me that it will take the country 200 years backwards.
Star Healtharrow The best antidepressant you need
Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It is not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally.
Star Cityarrow Groaning, they go back untreated
Patients with serious burns lie on the floor and corridors of the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), as it has yet to provide inpatient service.
 arrow High-rise malls to replace DCC’s old markets
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to build multistoried commercial blocks in place of its old crumbling markets with a view to provide modern facilities to businessmen and also to compete other
 arrow City cops to learn manners, at last
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has undertaken a scheme to motivate officers in the 22 police stations to be courteous to visitors.
 arrow Left to fight battle on their own
Twenty-five days into a fire that gutted about 5,000 shanties and killed nine people at Korail in Gulshan, 25,000 inhabitants are living without clean water, medicine and other amenities.