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Front Pagearrow Largest ever arms haul
Joint forces seized 10 truckloads of submachine-guns, AK-47 assault rifles, other firearms and bullets on tip-off in the largest ever arms haul in an early morning swoop on the Karnaphuli coast in Chittagong
 arrow Hasina's motorcade attacked, arches demolished:11 hurt
The motorcade of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and her partymen were attacked in Barisal allegedly by BNP activists on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Unocal to exploit Bibiyana gas for domestic use
American oil giant Unocal has agreed to develop Bibiyana gas field for local markets, signalling an apparent end to gas export issue that whipped up a torrent of debates in national politics.
 arrow A clinic closer to community
Tuberculosis flares up every other week, but it does not perturb Shaheda Begum. The reality of having no money in the little money-chest she keeps under bed does not unsettle the 50-year-old.
 arrow Babar sees it as part of a big conspiracy
State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday described the largest ever seizure of AK-47 rifles and other firearms in Chittagong as part of a "big conspiracy" and did not rule out any possiblelink
 arrow Arms haul serious threat to security, says opposition
Mainstream opposition parties yesterday demanded immediate investigation into country's largest ever arms seizure in Chittagong, pegging the haul as a serious threat to national security.
 arrow Chronicle of gunrunning
A string of large arms hauls including the latest in Chittagong suggests some insurgent groups in South Asia are trying to use Bangladesh as a transit point for gunrunning because of its strategic location.
 arrow 26,000 Awami League men killed during coalition rule, rallies told
Twenty-six thousand leaders and workers of Awami League (AL) have been killed across the country since the BNP-led coalition government took over, alleged AL President Shiekh Hasina yesterday.
 arrow Save link canals to save Buriganga
The authorities are dredging a 17-kilometre stretch of the Buriganga unmindful of the need for saving at least a dozen dying canals connecting the capital's peripheral townships and villages with theriver.
 arrow PSA enforces siege at CU from today
Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), a forum of three leftist student organisations of Chittagong University (CU), will be enforcing an indefinite siege on campus from today protesting Thursday's attack
 arrow New Nato members to stay in Iraq
Ex-communist countries newly enrolled in Nato vowed yesterday to keep their troops in Iraq, while calling for greater international involvement to restore stability to the shattered nation.
 arrow High turnout in Lankan polls
Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers yesterday for parliamentary elections called to resolve a power struggle between the president and the prime minister that has cast a shadow over faltering attempts
 arrow Sharon says Israel may kill Arafat
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday threatened his long-time foe Yasser Arafat with assassination in barbed comments in which he called the veteran Palestinian president a poor insurance risk.
 arrow Myanmar PM Khin Nyunt arrives tomorrow
Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day official visit.

This will be the first-ever visit by a Myanmar premier to Bangladesh.

 arrow Tendulkar robbed !
India skipper Sourav Ganguly said yesterday his team made a "mistake" by denying star batsman Sachin Tendulkar a double-century in the opening Test against Pakistan at Multan.
 arrow Asiatic Society might extend fellowship to archaeologist
Asiatic Society might extend the fellowship it awarded to Associate Professor Sufi Mustafizur Rahman of Jahangirnagar University (JU), the archaeologist who discovered the country's oldest road at Narshingdi's
 arrow Adamjee suppliers warn of hunger strike if dues not paid in 15 days
About 1,500 farmers and traders yesterday warned to go on hunger strike if the government does not pay up their Tk 22 crore dues for jute and other materials supplied to Adamjee Jute Mills within thenext
 arrow Chuadanga BNP leader murdered
A local leader of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was killed by unidentified miscreants in Damurhuda upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Feni Jamaat chief killed in road accident
A local Jamaat leader was killed and six others were injured in a road accident here yesterday.
 arrow Beheaded body of BCL activist recovered
The beheaded body of Shamjan Ali, 22, a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist, was recovered from Majutkhali under Digholia upazila yesterday.
 arrow 15 injured at AL council
At least 15 people were injured in a clash between two fractions of the Awami League (AL) at a triennial council yesterday.
 arrow Shibir-JCD clash leaves 50 hurt in Jessore
Jessore MM College was closed for an indefinite period yesterday following a clash between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir that left 50 people injured.
 arrow Two PBCP men arrested
Sonadanga police yesterday arrested two suspected members of the Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party and recovered two firearms and 10 cartridges from them.
 arrow Dealers' association threaten strike from tomorrow
Khulna Divisional Petroleum Product Dealers' Association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow in protest against the abduction of Sanatan Kumar Pal of Magura, an agent of Padma Oil
Businessarrow Audit finds 9 reasons for Sonali Bank's huge default loans
Wilful default by big borrowers and faulty selection of debtors are among the major causes behind the huge amount of default loans stuck with Sonali Bank, said a special audit on the nationalised commercial
 arrow ADB raises growth forecast for developing Asia
Asia is expected to expand by more than previously forecast this year, with growth outside Japan set to rise to 6.6 percent, the president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Thursday.
 arrow India needs to grow at least 8pc to cut jobless: UNIDO
India's economy must grow a minimum of eight percent every year to dent poverty and unemployment levels, a senior UN official said Friday.
 arrow US report cites broad range of trade barriers
The United States voiced concern Thursday over a range of global trade obstacles, from restrictions on beef to subsidies for Airbus to China's effort to impose a new wireless chip standard.
 arrow Growing trade costs set alarm bells ringing
Surely few phrases in international economics are as turgid as trade facilitation.

But none is more topical.

 arrow ICB acquires ADB stake in United Leasing
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) bought 1,40,000 ordinary shares of the United Leasing Company (ULC) held by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 arrow 110 dockers at Ctg port apply on 1st day
One hundred and ten dock workers at Chittagong Port opted to resign on the first day under a golden handshake programme that began here on Thursday to retrench some 1500 dockers.
 arrow Padma Oil Co declares 50pc dividend
Padma Oil Company Limited (POCL), a subsidiary of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation, has declared 50 percent dividend for the year 2002-2003.
 arrow Islamic Finance and Investment declares 10pc stock dividend
Islamic Finance and Investment Limited has declared 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year ending on December 31, 2003.
 arrow HP Service holds workshop
HP Services held a workshop for executives of different public and private sector companies in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Midas training course ends
A weeklong training course styled 'Start Your Business' concluded at Midas (Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services) head office in Dhaka recently.
 arrow JOBS training for Mirpur shoe entrepreneurs
A weeklong training course styled 'Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management', conducted by JOBS (Job Opportunities & Business Support), an USAID funded project, concluded in Dhaka recently.
 arrow BGIC vice chairmen re-elected
Ragib Ali and Kalim Sharafi have been re-elected vice chairmen of Bangladesh General Insurance Co Ltd (BGIC).
 arrow Americas' FTA talks shelved over farm subsidy spat
The planned Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) suffered another setback Thursday when scheduled talks were postponed for a second time over disagreements between US and Latin American officials over
 arrow EU ups US sanctions, hopes to end row
The European Union put a further squeeze on US imports Thursday in a long-running trade dispute, but said it hoped Washington would take steps to end the fight next month.
 arrow US industry rallies to protect shrimp trade
A coalition of US restaurants, grocers, seafood distributors and others was launched Thursday to fight a US trade panel ruling that could lead to anti-dumping tariffs against six countries.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
March 28- April 1, 2004

Local FX Market:
US dollar was volatile this week.

Sportsarrow Foujia's leap of silver
Bangladesh's Foujia Huda was the lone medal success in athletics on the fifth day of 9th SAF Games in Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Razzak rules Zim A
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak Raj baffled Zimbabwe A into submission as his devastating seven wicket burst propelled Bangladesh A to a 60-run victory in the third limited-over match at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Chappell sees whitewash
India could complete a clean sweep in the ongoing three-Test series in Pakistan after their historic victory in the opening match, former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said in a column.
 arrow Cricket: Media hails ’em
Pakistan's me-dia on Friday put aside the prevailing sombre mood over India's maiden cri-cket Test win on its soil to hail the arch-rivals as the "best Indian team ever.
 arrow Cricket: Faith carries Pathan
In the land of the Pathans, it is an Indian Pathan who has impressed one and all with his exploits on the cricket field and his humility.
 arrow Cricket: Murali awaits results
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will receive a verbal report in the next few days following tests on his suspect bowling action, an Australian human movement specialist said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Five-star Freddie
Andrew Flintoff captured his first five-wicket haul in Tests to bowl England into a superior position on the opening day of the third Test against the West Indies on Thursday.
 arrow Football: As big as the final
Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg is well aware of how much it meant to the club the last time they lost an FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Real get Zidane boost
Having put their recent bout of jitters behind them, league leaders Real Madrid will hope to be able to consolidate their position at the top of the table with a win at Albacete on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool's mission
Only by making Anfield a feared fortress for visiting teams will Liverpool secure the fourth and last Champions League spot on offer to English clubs.
 arrow Football: MSC down BU in final
Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Independence Day Football Tournament when they handed Premier League champions Brothers Union a 3-1 defeat in the final at the Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad slams bowlers
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad has told his bowlers they need to get their act together if they are to level the series against India after losing the first Test by an innings and 52 runs.
 arrow Cricket: Eng 73-4
Fidel Edwards' inspired bowling rocked England before lunch on the second day of the third Test at Bridgetown, Barbados yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia takes the lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took solo lead with five points after the end of the sixth round games of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: CU, DU made joint champs
Hosts Chittagong University (CU) and Dhaka University (CU) were declared joint champions in the inter-university hockey competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS Premier Div cricket from tomorrow
The CJKS Ispahani Premier Cricket League begins on Sunday. MM Ispahani Limited will sponsor the league.
 arrow Basketball: ID b'ball
The semifinal line-up of the Maple Leaf Independence Day Basketball Competition was completed yesterday when Dhumketu Club finished Group B champions beating Bangladesh Rifles 66-55 at the Dhanmondi Basketball
 arrow Handball: Sheetal h'ball
Mohammedan Sporting Club and Usha Krira Chakra outplayed their respective opponents in the Sheetal Women's Handball League at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Orbis to provide eye care service through Internet
Local ophthalmologists will get high-tech training through Internet from 2005.
 arrow Death anniversary of Justice SM Murshed today
Today is the 25th death anniversary of Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed, an eminent jurist and constitutional expert.

Syed Mahbub Murshed Memorial Committee has drawn up programes to mark the day.

Nationalarrow Allot houses also to Bangalees, AL MP demands
Awami League central publicity secretary Asaduzzaman Noor has demanded allotment of houses of the Uttara Housing Project at Syedpur to distressed people irrespective of Bangalees and Beharis (Urdu speaking
 arrow Farmers patrol border to check diesel smuggling
Farmers in bordering villages in the district are patrolling their areas to check smuggling of diesel out of the country as law enforcers failed to do this.
 arrow Give snap polls to show if people still backs govt
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad called upon the ruling alliance and the opposition Awami League to show tolerance to each other for the sake of consolidating democracy in the country.
 arrow Tk 2.1 cr down the drain
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Bogra incurred Tk two crore 10 lakh additional expenditure in four road development projects, completed recently, due to alleged corruption by a section
 arrow Let this unused godown benefit farmers
Huge quantities of potato and other vegetables perish every year and farmers are deprived of fair prices due to lack of cold storage facility in the district.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 5 in Noakhali
Jungle bandits are gone but the people of Noakhali shoals are now gripped with another panic--diarrhoeal diseases--due to scarcity of pure drinking water.
 arrow 177 arrested from Jhenidah, Chuadanga
Police and joint forces have intensified combing operation in Jhenidah and Chuadanga where 11 persons were killed in 72 hours.
 arrow JCD men ransack doctor's chamber for demanding fee
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) ransacked a doctor's chamber and asked him to leave Kushtia town as he demanded fee after treating a JCD leader.

According to a case filed by Dr.

 arrow Rupsha bridge won't be ready by November
The Rupsha Bridge will not be ready for traffic by the November time-limit, its contractors say.

Eighty per cent work of 1360 metre long bridge has been completed.

 arrow Seminar on leadership
Awami League (AL) leader Mohiuddin Uddin Khan Alamgir said disparity between poor and rich is widening day by day. He suggested effective steps to reduce disparity.
 arrow CPA land recovered
About five-and-a-half kathas of land of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) were recovered from the clutch of land grabbers on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow India-Bangladesh cooperation on transboundary rivers
As pointed out earlier, water shortages are a very serious problem in many parts of Bangladesh during the dry season (January-May), particularly in north-west and south-west Bangladesh.
 arrow Justice Murshed
He rapidly appeared in the limelight and almost immediately became everyone's idol. Mr.
Culturearrow 'The cultural activists of 1971 are not recognised properly' --Rathindra Nath Roy
Rathindra Nath Roy was one of most prominent performers of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (Radio Centre of Independent Bangla).
 arrow Kamal Lohani, portrait of a cultural personality
JOURNALIST Kamal Lohani is a well-known name in our cultural arena.
 arrow New programme on ntv Shanglap: Sthanio Sharkar
Ntv will telecast a new informative series, Shanglap: Sthanio Sharkar (Dialogue: Local Goverment) from the second week of April this year, says a press release.
 arrow With Disney brand of humor and song, it's 'Home,' sweet home
Bright and poppy with enough catchy songs to make you want to buy the soundtrack (and tolerate your kids listening to it a couple of hundred times), Home on the Range is Disney's last stand inthe
Generalarrow Political will a must to check human trafficking
Political will and regional cooperation are a must to check trafficking in women and children, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Strike at educational instts tomorrow
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left-leaning student organisations, has called a strike at all educational institutions for tomorrow protesting Thursday's attack on its leaders and activists
 arrow Tributes paid to Sadri Ispahani
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid glowing tributes to Mirza Mehdi (Sadri) Ispahani, former chairman of Ispahani Group, calling him a true patriot and a humanist.
 arrow Death in road accident sparks violent protest
The death of a college student in a road accident in the city's Tilagarh area triggered a violent protest yesterday.
 arrow Attack on Hasina's motorcade protested
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, staged a demonstration in front of the AL central office in the city yesterday protesting the attack on the motorcade of AL
 arrow 'Songs of the Soul' launched
The publication ceremony of a book of poems, Songs of the Soul, by Zakaria Choudhury was held in the city on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Over 1,300 held, 12 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,316 people, including a listed criminal, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Reunion
Jagannath Hall Alumni Association, Dhaka University, will hold a reunion of former students on the Dhakeshwari Temple premises at 5.00pm on April 16, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Israeli police storm into Al Aqsa Mosque
Israeli police stormed a disputed Jerusalem holy site after Muslim prayers yesterday, firing stun grenades and tear gas, but no injuries were reported.
 arrow Kashmiri rebel alliance calls for polls boycott
An alliance of guerrilla groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir yesterday urged Kashmiris to boycott upcoming Indian elections in the disputed Himalayan region.
 arrow US to seek new UNSC resolution before July 1
The United States said Thursday it would seek a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq before power in Baghdad is transferred to a provisional Iraqi government on July 1.
 arrow Bush ordered military action against al-Qaeda a week before Sept 11
The White House, feeling the heat over charges that President Bush failed to make terrorism an urgent priority before Sept.
 arrow Anti-American voices get louder across Iraq
The people who burned and kicked the corpses of four American contractors in the Iraqi town of Falluja this week were not armed insurgents or foreign fighters.
 arrow Pakistan sends troops in new al-Qaeda push
Pakistan is sending fresh troops to its lawless tribal region near the Afghan border as part of its campaign to clear the country of al-Qaeda and other foreign militants, intelligence officials said yesterday.
 arrow Indian SC bans political ads on cable, TV
Supreme Court yesterday banned all political advertisements on cable and TV channels, which do not conform with to the laws of the land and offend morality, decency and religious susceptibility of the
 arrow Lankan village becomes voting bazaar
Villagers from areas controlled by Tamil Tigers arrived in state-owned buses yesterday to polling stations cleared of mines in Sri Lankan territory to vote in parliamentary elections.
 arrow Taiwan parties fail to reach recount deal
Taiwan's feuding political parties met with High Court judges yesterday but failed to agree on how to proceed with a recount for the disputed presidential election.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Audit objections remaining unresolved for years
To learn that audit objections to finances of different ministries between 1971 and 1990 -- nineteen long years -- are yet to be resolved, is a real disappointment for all the citizens.
 arrow Editorial: Farm lending to be more generous
Subsequent to the government's decision to waive accumulated interest on outstanding farm loans upto Tk 5,000 further liberalisation of agriculture lending seems to be in the offing.
 arrow Iraq and the war on terror -- one year later
Human beings have over time evolved institutions and introduced practices that have eventually become part of tradition.
 arrow Penitence, penance and redemption
Mahatma Gandhi, till the very end of his life, never wavered in his belief, that nothing good or edifying could possibly result from something that was innately flawed, morally repugnant or evil.
Letters to Editorarrow National University
The authorities of National University are absolutely nonchalant about publishing the results of exams.
 arrow Publish the results
We are students of second year honours (new syllabus) under National University. Our first year exams were held in June-July, 2003, but the results have not been published yet.
 arrow Simply silly
Car any one give a justifiable answer why an kid of about four years or so has joined oust government programme celebrated by the Awami League on 30.3.
 arrow Independence Day special
I congratulate the DS team for their publication of the articles in the "Independence Day special", most of which unfold a realistic image of the events of the Kalo Ratri and independence declaration
 arrow Credit cards
Maintaining credit cards have become a big problem in our country. The companies have strange ways of adding late fees and additional charges, which a customer cannot even in his dream make out.
Literaturearrow Have Finished Sewing The Quilt, Don't Worry
Once political workers and those who struggled for freedom began to be captured after the first language movement of 1948, things continued pretty much the same way till 1971.
 arrow The Continuing, Vivid Cost of Freedom
The Mind of War-Injured Freedom Fighters of Bangladesh by Dr. M. A. Mohit Kamal, Dhaka: BidyaProkash, 2001.

First the bad news.

 arrow BANGLADESH '71
Venturing at last to go out
I blink at the guilt in the eye
And fumble with the throat
As if there were a tie.

Smoky dusk falls like a fear
Over stone and human heart.