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Front Pagearrow Thousands line up asking govt to go
Thousands of activists of Awami League (AL) and its affiliates lined up along the major city roads yesterday demanding immediate resignation of the government for its 'total failure to deliver on itspromises'
 arrow Country set to enter mining era
Against many odds, the first two mines in the country are coming into commercial operation in October, opening up two new sectors -- coal energy and granite production.
 arrow BGMEA wants govt to complete full term
Garment manufacturers and exporters, the leading foreign exchange earners and private sector employers of the country, said they want a democratically elected government to complete its term, in linewith
 arrow Reforms fail to rein in unemployment
Despite various economic reforms throughout the 1990s, there was little improvement in employment-generation situation in the country.

From 1990 to 2001, unemployment in Bangladesh increased by 3.

 arrow Met office warns of drought
The country is facing a drought-like situation due to scarce rainfall in the last three months, forcing farmers to depend on ground water ever receding to deeper depths for Boro cultivation this season,
 arrow Businesses in Old Dhaka stop, protest killings
Over 10,000 shops closed yesterday, as Old Dhaka businesspeople went on strike in anger at the brutal beheading of Shamsul Haq and his son Russell Sheikh that sent shockwaves through the city.
 arrow Hosts in trouble
India's bowlers made inroads into the Pakistani batting, leaving the hosts an uphill battle to avoid the follow-on in the first Test on Tuesday.
 arrow Dhaka firm on One-China policy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed Bangladesh's 'One-China' policy.
 arrow Dhaka to work with Delhi soon on Ulfa issue
Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank told the Indian Express, a leading daily of the country, that during his recent visit to Dhaka, he had the impression that it would 'very soon cooperate' with New Delhi
 arrow All govt offices wired via e-mail
All government offices were wired via email yesterday in an effort to establish e-governance and benefit from information and communications technology (ICT).
 arrow Revenue target falls Tk 372cr short in 8 months
The revenue collection in the first eight months of the current fiscal year fell Tk 372 crore short of target set by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
 arrow Asif strikes SAF gold
Asif Hossain Khan claimed Bangladesh's first gold in the Ninth SAF Games when he won his favourite 10m air-rifle event in Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Criminals Joseph, Mamun to die
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday sentenced two men to death and four to life term for killing Abu Morshed, a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, in the city in 1995.
 arrow Move to bring back 16 stranded in Iran
The government is moving to bring back 36 Bangladeshis now in Iran after their recruiting agent stranded them in Jordan and Iraq.
 arrow Dhaka's human dev status inches up
The yawning income gap between the rich and the poor has to be minimised to sustain the marginal success Bangladesh has achieved in some areas like poverty reduction, population control and education.
 arrow CU students under attack from JCD men, 20 wounded
Cadres allegedly of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in a series of attacks on Chittagong University (CU) general students injured at least 20 yesterday.
 arrow 1 lynched after 'he' kills BNP activist
A mob beat and chopped a man dead on Sir Salimullah Medical College (Mitford) Hospital premises in Old Dhaka after he allegedly gunned down a BNP activist at the same place last night.
 arrow Annan spares deputy, sacks security chief
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spared his deputy but sacked his security chief as a new report Monday said negligence added to the death toll in the August bombing of the UN's office in Baghdad.
 arrow Mimi, Shampa dropped from charge sheet
The Detective Branch (DB) yesterday indicted Azam Reza for killing his wife Jayanti Munsi alias Jayanti Reza, while dropped television performers Shampa Reza and Afsana Mimi from the charge sheet stating
 arrow Separate land commission sought for ethnic people
A separate land commission should be set up to ensure land rights of the plain land indigenous people in the country.
 arrow Extortionists gun down sweetmeat shop staff
Gunmen shot dead an employee of a sweetmeat shop at Mirpur yesterday morning for the shopowner's refusal to pay them money.
 arrow JS body asks food ministry to clear cases
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday urged food ministry to initiate steps to dispose of over 1,100 cases pending with its different organisations and, if necessary, shift some vital cases tothe
 arrow Awareness must to save environment
Sensitising the public on the environmental degradation in addition to the stringent environment laws will supplement the efforts to make the surroundings livable.
 arrow Wounded police informant dies
The police informant who sustained severe stabs on Monday night in Sutrapur died yesterday morning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Nine to die for murder in Tangail
A court here yesterday sentenced nine people to death and another to life imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow GP employee's house looted
Robbers yesterday looted valuables reportedly worth around Tk 11 lakh from the house of a GrameenPhone (GP) employee in Mirpur Section-10.

Cutting the kitchen window grill at house No. 5, road No.

 arrow CEC promises free polls to alternative stream
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) M A Syed yesterday assured a alternative political stream delegation of holding all upcoming elections and bye-elections in a neutral and peaceful manner, trying to dispel
 arrow Biman's DC-10 survives scare
After flying over the sky of Dhaka for quite sometime, a DC-10 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed safely as one of its engines that developed technical fault was shut down.
 arrow Proceedings against 4 AL men stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the speedy trial tribunal proceedings against four Awami League and Jubo League activists accused in the Malibagh killing case.
Businessarrow Ficci for 3-tier duty structure, continuation of PSI scheme
The Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) in its budget proposals for FY 2004-2005 urged the government to introduce a three-tier tariff structure and continue the pre-shipment inspection
 arrow Poor infrastructures plague Burimari land port
Inadequate infrastructures, such as lack of electricity and banking services and poor telephone network, are stymieing the export-import business through Burimari land port in Lalmonirhat.
 arrow Bangladesh still a suitable place for foreign investment
Speakers at a discussion yesterday observed that in spite of many odds, Bangladesh has vast opportunities for business and favourable atmosphere for foreign investment.
 arrow Dhaka needs efforts to enter Japanese fresh produce mkt
Bangladesh needs a bilateral agreement with Japan to lift their ban on import of fresh produces from the country.
 arrow US, Japan to jointly press China to comply with WTO rules
The United States and Japan have agreed to cooperate in getting China to comply with rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a senior US commerce official said Tuesday.
 arrow Square Textiles declares 30pc cash dividend, bonus share
Square Textiles Ltd has declared a 30 percent cash dividend and stock dividend (bonus share) at the rate of one share for every ten-share for its shareholders for the year ending December 31, 2003.
 arrow Thai Food Festival at Sheraton hotel on
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is holding a five-day-long Thai Food Festival as part of the Thailand Exhibition 2004.
 arrow HSBC to collect Wasa bills through easy pay machines
Wasa subscribers can now pay their water bills through the easy pay machines of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC).
 arrow Kenya urges African flexibility in WTO trade talks
Kenya on Tuesday urged other African countries to adopt a spirit of compromise in negotiations aimed at ending the impasse on the Doha round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks.
 arrow Race for new IMF chief heats up
The race to lead the International Monetary Fund intensified Monday as France and Germany reached a tentative deal to back Frenchman Jean Lemierre, a pact sources said has Washington's blessing.
Sportsarrow Nation smiles with Asif
Asif Hossain Khan gave Bangladesh a brilliant start to the Ninth SAF Games when he clinched the 10m air-rifle gold at Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gripper steals Kapali thunder
Skipper Alok Kapali returned to form with a blazing century but visiting Zimbabwe A still came out trumps in a rain-interrupted second limited-over match of the five-game series against Bangladesh A at
 arrow Cricket: 'Mach 3' man hailed
Indian cricket hero Virender Sehwag was hailed by his country's me-dia Tuesday after his triple century aga-inst Pakistan -- but Sachin Tendulkar's ire at missing a double ton was met with dismay.
 arrow Cricket: Super Smith draws series
A classic captain's knock of 125 not out by Graeme Smith and a crucial 76 from Gary Kirsten in his Test farewell led South Africa to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the third and final Test to square
 arrow Cricket: Gazza goes out winner
Veteran South African batsman Gary Kirsten was shedding tears after his gutsy farewell to Test cricket ruined New Zealand's shot at an historic series win here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ranatunga smells a rat
Sri Lanka's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga lashed out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday for bringing Muttiah Muralitharan's action under scrutiny once again.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly going home, misses second Test
India's captain Sourav Ganguly will fly home from Pakistan to have his injured back treated and will miss next week's second Test in Lahore, it was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam irked at Atkinson
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Tuesday blamed English curator Andy Atkinson for the dead wicket in the ongoing first Test against India, saying this was not the track his team wanted.
 arrow Football: Brazil in bogey land
South American Zone leaders Paraguay take on Brazil in the top match of the fifth round in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday determined to cut the world champions down to size.
 arrow Cricket: Commonwealth team in Thai 'Sixes' cricket
A ten-member Commonwealth Cricket Club (CCC) team will fly to Thailand tomorrow to participate in the International Cricket Sixes 2004 and the Chiangmai Sixes 2004 tournaments.
 arrow Athletics: IU, NU bag top spot
Islamic University emerged champions in the male category while National University bagged the female crown in the inter-university athletics competition that ended at the central playground of Jahangirnagar
 arrow Basketball: Josephites beat BKSP
Josephites Club scored a 68-48 points victory against Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in the Maple Leaf Independence Day Basketball Competition at the Dhanmondi basketball gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Grand Masters Niaz Murshed, Ziaur Rahman and International Master Reefat-bin-Sattar jointly maintained the lead with 2.
 arrow Volleyball: Satkhira v'ball
Palli Mongal High School, Bakal High School, PN High School and Kaliganj Ujjibani Institute won their respective matches in the Satkhira inter-school volleyball competition at Satkhira Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Abahani Krira Chakra recorded a five-wicket victory over Asit Memorial Club in the Navana Primer Division Cricket League at the Mymensingh circuit house ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Khulna Div champions
Khulna Division emerged winners in the two-day final of the Under-15 Age Group Development Cricket Championship defeating Dhaka Metro Blues by virtue of a first innings lead at the local stadium hereyesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Ordeal ends in death
A teenage boy died at his home in the city's Badda area on Monday night after he had been beaten up several times since January for allegedly stealing Tk 100 from a garments shop he worked for.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
Four people died in separate road accidents yesterday.
 arrow BCL, BCU boycott today's DMCSU polls
Election to Dhaka Medical College Student Union (DMCSU) will be held today, with Bangladesh Chhatra League, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front and Bangladesh Student Union boycotting the polls.
 arrow One mugged of Tk 2 lakh in Narayanganj
An employee of a yarn trading company was mugged of Tk 2 lakh at Kalirbazar in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow President assents to Artharin Adalat Bill, 2004
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to Artharin Adalat (Amendment) Bill, 2004.

The bill was passed in the current 11th session of the parliament, says an official release.

 arrow Shopkeeper hurt in blast
A shopkeeper was injured in a bomb blast at Shyampur in Dhaka yesterday.
Nationalarrow A small effort changes many lives
Uma Hajra maintains her family with the income from a small candle factory.
 arrow Hasina visits 5 S dists from April 2
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina will visit Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Jhalakati and Pirojpur districts from April 2 to 6.
 arrow 7 highwaymen arrested in Rajshahi, Syedpur
Seven highwaymen were arrested in Rajshahi and Syedpur on Monday.

Our Staff Correspondent reported from Rajshahi that police arrested six listed highwaymen from the city.

 arrow Agitation for arrest of killers
Grief-stricken people yesterday brought out a procession at Molla Para village in Syedpur Sadar upazila demanding trial of the gruesome murders in which a mother and her 48-day-old baby were slaughtered
 arrow Agitation for IU VC's removal intensifies
The Bidibidahan Sangrakkhan Committee (BBSC), a body of Islamic University teachers, at a meeting yesterday formed a liaison committee to carry forward its agitation for removal of Vice-chancellor Prof
 arrow Magura AL council postponed again
The council of Magura district Awami League (AL), scheduled for today, has been postponed.
 arrow Banshkhali carnage: BNP leader refutes allegation
A BNP leader and Union Parishad (UP) chairman on Monday refuted allegations of his involvement in Banshkhali carnage brought by the Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Khristan Oikya Parishad.
 arrow 14 yrs RI for kidnapping child
Netrakona Additional District and Session Judge Amirul Islam on Monday sentenced 12 people including a Union Parishad chairman to 14 years RI for kidnapping a nine-month baby.
 arrow Power supply to Gabkhan Bridge snapped
Power supply to the Fifth China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge, popularly known as Gabkhan Bridge was snapped since March 11.
 arrow Local government leaders decry 14th Constitution Amendment Bill
Speakers at a meeting here denounced the proposed 14th Constitution Amendment Bill which will curb the rights of elected local government representatives.
Point-Counterpointarrow Corruption all over the world: Where Bangladesh stands
Corruption and bribery have become all-pervasive features of countries all over the world. They are no longer the hallmarks of the poor countries alone.
Culturearrow Capturing an era
Thirty-three years since Independence, few films have been made on the Liberation War. Films and documentaries based on this theme had started even before the war.
 arrow Street theatre at Liberation War Museum
As part of the 8th birth anniversary of the Liberation War Museum, two popular theatre groups of the country--Prachchonat and Shomay staged two patha natok-- Kabor (tomb) by Muneir Chaudhury and
 arrow Folk music


Generalarrow Dhaka urges UNEP to carry out emergency study

Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj urged the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to carry out an emergency study on extent of environmental degradation to take place in Bangladesh

 arrow Scarcity of food hits fire victims at Bandarban
The victims of the devastating fire, that broke out at the main market and adjacent village of Ruma upazila in Bandarban district on Sunday night, are passing inhuman life owing to severe scarcity offood.
 arrow Rob murder case transferred to STT in Rajshahi

Awami League mayoral candidate SMA Rob murder case has been transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal in Rajshahi.

Order to transfer the case was passed by the higher court on March 10.

 arrow Passport official, two others held in Sylhet
Assistant Director of passport office in Sylhet Md Abu Sayeed and two of his staff were arrested from his office at the instruction of deputy commissioner on Monday night.
 arrow Int'l Trade Fair begins in Sylhet tomorrow
An International Trade Fair begins at the Range Police Ground in Sylhet tomorrow.

Firms from Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea, China, Malaysia, Iran and Taiwan are taking part in the month-long fair.

 arrow Two envoys meet Ershad
The Australian High Commissioner and the Bhutanese Ambassador in Dhaka separately called on former President and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad at the latter's Banani office yesteday.
 arrow 1938 more held, 14 arms recovered
Police arrested 1,938 people during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Uzbek police surround terror suspects
Uzbek forces laid siege to a group of terror suspects near the president's residence outside the capital yesterday, the government said, following an explosion and reports of a shootout between police
 arrow Cyprus reunification talks enter final phase
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was to hold a single day of last-ditch talks with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders yesterday, after presenting them with his final proposals to end the 30-year
 arrow BJP pledges to turn India into economic tiger
India's ruling Hindu nationalists yesterday pledged to turn the nation into an economic superpower by 2020 if returned to office in upcoming polls.
 arrow UN team pursues talks to rebuild Iraq amid leaders' scramble
UN envoys were holding further talks here yesterday as US-led coalition officials and Iraq's interim leaders scrambled to bring tangible benefits of democracy to Iraqis ahead of the return of sovereignty.
 arrow Polls violence sparks fears of factional war in Lanka
Gunmen shot dead a Tamil candidate in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, sparking fears of factional fighting among Tamil Tiger rebels ahead of Friday's parliamentary polls, military officials said.
 arrow Manila claims averting Madrid-type attack
Security forces in the Philippines have thwarted a plot to bomb civilian targets on the scale of the Madrid attacks, the president has said.
 arrow 7 states of ex-Soviet bloc join Nato
President Bush welcomed seven former Soviet-dominated nations into Nato Monday, saying the 55-year old Western alliance would be strengthened because "tyranny for them is still a fresh memory.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP implementation status
Almost past the ninth month of the Annual Development Programme 2003-04, roughly 36 percent of the total allocation for the ADP stands utilised.
 arrow Editorial: Farm loan default
The government has done well to waive the accumulated interest on outstanding agriculture loans up to Tk 5,000 which is to benefit 15 lakh farmers.
 arrow Malaysians voted for moderate Islam
The massive victory of Malaysian Prime Minister Datu Sri Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi in the general election on 21st March sent a clear message to all that Malaysian voters have rejected conservative or
 arrow What is Sharon aiming at?
Was Ariel Sharon and his government acting on impulse, reacting to "Palestinian terror", in having Shaikh Ahmed Yassin assassinated? Did he have no well-thought-out strategy of his own? How can he not
 arrow Let us not ruin ourselves
As was expected the present law and order situation in the country and the most alarming hike in the prices of essential commodities would engage the parliament members of the government in serious consideration.
Letters to Editorarrow Independence Day
The war of Independence is our pride, our source of dignity. The events of 1971 are looked upon as dark episodes in our history.
 arrow Tale of a 'Golden Land'?
Still after 34 years of the War of Liberation, we, the ill-fated children of the free country, Bangladesh, find us gagged, bound and blindfolded.
 arrow Power of women
Women, once considered to be the weakest part of society, are now probably the strongest.
 arrow A heinous attack
Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed in an Israeli missile attack outside a Gaza Mosque on 22nd instant, following the direction of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
 arrow Beware of new drivers!
Problems and problems these days. You buy a new car, and recruit a new driver. Now crime syndicates have started implanting their men as drivers, who later try to do some mischief.
 arrow Bangla calendar
I have noticed that the online version of your valued paper has no Bangla dates or the names of any Bangla months.
 arrow A disarmed people
When anti-liberation forces strike (and they will strike just as in 1971), they will be able to take over a thoroughly disarmed and dispirited Bangladesh and rape her without fear of retaliation as even
 arrow The alternative force
It seems that Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury's Bikalpa Dhara is dominated by the presence of his son Mahi B Chowdhury .
 arrow The strength within
Referring the above mentioned article written by Ashfaq Wares Khan. I have read all the articles written by him. All of his articles were marvellous.
 arrow An appeal to PSC
We are the most unfortunate fourth- year students of Dhaka University who are appearing in the final (honours) exams.
 arrow Delaying tactics
The lawmakers and official planners have pointed out (DS Mar 25) that the utilisation factor of the ADP funds has been very poor by the BTTB, considering the high disparity between supply and demand.
 arrow Destruction of Dhanmondi
I would like to thank Mr. Badal Hasib and Ms. Sultana Alam for their concern about the day by day worsening (voiced by their letters) of Dhanmondi Residential Area.
 arrow Repatriation of stranded Pakistanis
Self-respecting nations, developed or under developed, never keep their nationals stranded in other countries .
 arrow Natural resources
I would like to focus on an important issue, gas we know that gas is one of the most important natural resources of our country. Natural resources play a vital role in development .
 arrow Attack on women
A quick look at today's papertwo girls raped, one takes her life after she is reprimanded for going out alone and the accused gets only 20 lashes, 16 women burnt by acid last week.
 arrow No light...
People voted Begum Khaled Zia twice to power , once in 1991 and again in 2001, getting frustrated with the bad governance of Sheikh Hasina.
StarTecharrow A gala of innovations
THE three-day '5th Softfair 2004' started on March 25 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel to give exposure to innovative projects including robotics, specialised software, animation and many more.
 arrow Seminars@Softfair
Journalism in the 21st century and ICT
Technology makes media what it is; it has helped journalism break the distance barriers and opened a portal of unlimited information.

 arrow 'CeBIT Germany' window on options that many
CeBIT Germany', the world's largest information technology trade fair, opened its doors to an expected 680,000 visitors from more than 110 countries.
Star Chittagongarrow Golden oriole spotted
Some golden orioles, a rare species of song birds, have been spotted on the hillside campus of Forest Research Institute (FRI) at Sholoshahar in the port city.
 arrow Mosquito menace in port city
The mosquito menace that has already gripped the port city will take a serious turn in the coming monsoon as Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is yet to start any anti-mosquito drive.
 arrow Burning of firewood instead of coal continues...


Star Cityarrow Horror haunts business people
The grisly killings of a businessman and his son, revealed in a morning find on Sunday in Gazipur, left families of other Old Dhaka businesspeople in worry and underlined law and order downslide thattook
 arrow Days of bad buildings are numbered
At least 726 structures under two zones of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have been identified as vulnerable because of their age and decaying conditions.
 arrow Now 3-wheelers ‘kidnapped’ for ransom!
Several organised gangs in the city are involved in CNG autorickshaw robberies.

In most cases, they hold the vehicle for ransom and return it only after the owner had paid them a hefty sum.

 arrow 20,000 women, children smuggled out a year
Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) Bangladesh Chapter and Bangladesh Journalist Forum Against Human Trafficking (BJFAHT) recently organised a daylong workshop for media
 
   
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