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Front Pagearrow Arms cache unloaded in 'presence of police'
Smugglers were unloading the largest ever arms cache on the Karnaphuli coast in Chittagong on Friday with 'help from local police', a witness told journalists in a major twist to the seizure top intelligence
 arrow Arms cache was on way to 3rd country
Former military generals believe the 10 truckloads of arms and ammunition seized in Chittagong on Friday were destined for a third country and Bangladesh was used only as a transit route.
 arrow Japan to recruit Bangladeshis
For the first time, Japan is going to be opened up for Bangladeshi workers very soon with Tokyo deciding to recruit a good number of workers every year for training and temporary jobs.
 arrow Economy slumps
The country's overall economic situation has worsened over the July-March period of the current fiscal year, reports Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
 arrow Bomb rips through Khulna bus just before riders board
A passenger bus rigged with explosives blew up at Sonadanga inter-district bus terminal here yesterday only minutes before passengers were scheduled to board the Dhaka-bound coach.
 arrow Close watch on vessels at Ctg Port
Government intelligence agencies are looking into activities of some cargo vessels that called at the Chittagong Port in last few days to find possible links to the largest-ever arms cache seized on Friday.
 arrow Hasina seeks int'l probe
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded an international inquiry into the huge cache of illegal arms and ammunition seized in Chittagong on Friday and suspected the links of ruling BNP to the
 arrow Deep water crisis grips city suburbs
Millions of people living at the city's periphery are in an acute water crisis due to rapid decline in ground water level during the current lean period.
 arrow Myanmar PM arrives today
Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.
 arrow Arafat rejects Sharon threat
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat says he is unmoved by a threat by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to assassinate him which has drawn criticism from the United States.
 arrow Dhaka slates Israel PM's statement
Bangladesh yesterday strongly condemned the recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to assassinate Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and said that Israel would be solely responsiblefor
 arrow Rubel swims to gold
Rubel Rana clinched the first swimming gold for Bangladesh in the Ninth SAF Games when he won the 100m backstroke in Islamabad yesterday.

He finished with 1minute 2.

 arrow Govt to run full term: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said people had given mandate to the BNP-led four-party alliance to govern the country for five years and the coalition would run its full term.
 arrow JP alleges pressure to prevent it from anti-govt movement
The Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday accused the government of putting 'undue pressure' on the second largest opposition for keeping it away from the anti-government opposition movement and distortinginformation
 arrow SL set for hung parliament
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has inched closer to a general election win, but looks short of a parliamentary majority, complicating efforts to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels.
 arrow Pvt firm lobbies for lizard skin export consent
The Department of Forest is allegedly giving a company, owned by one of its ex-official, a dispensation to export 12000 pieces of lizard skin, a forest department source claimed.
 arrow Acid horror in Kishoreganj
Assailants burnt a one-and-a-half-year-old girl to death and injured her parents seriously with corrosive acid tunnelling their way into the victims' mud house in Kishoreganj early yesterday in an apparent
 arrow JCD cadres bash BCL activist at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres bashed a rival Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday.
 arrow AL road march today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) will march the Old Dhaka streets today as part of its one-point oust-government movement for what they described as the ruling alliance's absolute failure to deliver.
 arrow Extortionists gouge out eyes of drug peddler
Extortionists yesterday gouged out the eyes of an alleged drug peddler at Lalbagh in the capital after he had refused to pay them toll while a mob pounded two alleged muggers in Shyampur.
 arrow Murder case filed against 4 cops
A mother filed a murder case against four policemen of Shyampur Police Station with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Traders at Kamrangirchar yesterday kept their shutters down and flew black flags...

 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Chuadanga
Unidentified assailants Friday gunned down a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and teacher of a primary school at Jibonnagar in Chuadanga.
 arrow LDF demands Saidee's arrest
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) yesterday demanded immediate arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee as per what it said is the government's promise to arrest anyone blamed by writer
 arrow B Chy asks PM to quit on failure
Former president and national committee convenor of the alternative political stream AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday asked Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to step down admitting failure of her cabinet to
 arrow No classes held at CU as PSA enforces siege
Academic activities at Chittagong University (CU) virtually stopped due to an indefinite siege on the campus yesterday enforced by Progressive Student Alliance (PSA).
 arrow Landlord's son rapes
Son of a landlord allegedly raped a housewife at Sabujbagh yesterday.
 arrow New SCBA committee takes over amid protest
The newly-elected office-bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) from the Awami League-backed Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday took charge of the bar amid protest from a section of pro-BNP
 arrow Harris rebuts Saber remark on Tarique
Joint Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Harris Chowdhury yesterday condemned Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury's remarks on Tarique Rahman, senior joint secretary general
 arrow New UK visa application centre opens today
The British High Commission in Dhaka today launches its second visa application centre here for applicants willing to travel to the UK.
Businessarrow FBCCI seeks govt guidelines on corporate governance
The apex trade body yesterday sought guidelines from the government to ensure good business practices in both the public and private sectors.
 arrow Prices of 42pc securities fall below face value
Prices of 42 percent securities have gone down below their face value, which the market analysts believe reflection of a dismal state of the secondary market.
 arrow Developing nations talk common stance tomorrow
Against the backdrop of the scheduled onset of quota-free global textile trade next year, a four-day meeting of officials of developing countries begins here tomorrow to discuss among other things the
 arrow Ecnec okays six projects worth Tk 621cr
The Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved six projects involving Tk 621 crore.
 arrow Sun, Microsoft settle, take aim at Linux
Computer industry titans Sun Microsystems Inc and Microsoft Corp on Friday settled their bitter antitrust battles, letting the former rivals form a common front against the increasingly popular Linuxoperating
 arrow EU set to delay IMF decision, despite critics grumbling
EU finance ministers seemed set Saturday to put off a decision on their choice to head the IMF amid grumblings from other countries fed up with European horse-trading.
 arrow Executives of int'l container Shipping assoc
Per Heisselberg of Maersk Bangla-desh has been elected chairman of the newly formed International Container Shipping Association (ICSA), a body of Bangladesh shipping agents of container shipping lines.
 arrow Aktel introduces 7-digit number
Aktel has introduced 7-digit number. Phone users will have to dial 9 after the access code, 018, to get connected with any Aktel subscribers from today.
 arrow Siemens launches new mobile set
Siemens has launched a new mobile phone set in the local market recently.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation awards scholarship
Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation has awarded a scholarship of Tk 1.50 lakh to a meritorious student of East West University.
 arrow New chairman of UCBL
MA Sabur has been unanimously elected chairman of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL).

Prior to his present position, he was the vice-chairman of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow EU recovery to accelerate, growth forecast lowered
The 12-nation eurozone's economic recovery should accelerate this year, finance ministers said Friday, while the European Commission indicated growth could be less robust than expected.
Sportsarrow Radiant Rubel
Rubel Rana became the pride of Bang-ladesh swimming when the Kushtia natant captured gold in the men's 100m backstroke of the 9th South Asian Federation (SAF) Games at the Pakistan Sports Complex Swimming
 arrow Tennis: Stranger Davis Cuppers
A little known Motiur Rahman will lead a five-member tennis team in the Davis Cup Group-4 qualifier to be held in Jordan from April 5.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe turns it around
The third Test between West Indies and England was perfectly balanced after a remarkable second day that saw a strong fight back from the home side and a magnificent century by the tourists' Graham Thorpe.
 arrow Cricket: Streak quits cricket
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak resigned on Friday and was immediately replaced by wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu, the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) said.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid confident of getting it straight
Three times in recent years India have won an overseas Test only to lose the next match in the series and their captain Rahul Dravid is determined that the same thing will not happen next week.
 arrow Cricket: Final round field done
The line-ups of the final round in the 22nd Standard Chartered Na-tional School Cricket Tourna-ment were finalised yesterday after Dinajpur Zilla, Chittagong Police Lines Institution and Sabuj Kanan High
 arrow Football: BFF name U-14 side
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has yesterday announced an 18-member team to take part in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival to be held in Dhaka from April 5 to 9.
 arrow Basketball: Navy in final
Bangladesh Navy moved into the final of the Maple Leaf Indepen-dence Day Basketball Competition beating Bangladesh Army 79-52 in the first semifinal at the Dhanmondi basketball gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Helal accepts the debacle
While the Maldives football team made headlines for their majestic performance a few days back, regional top-notch Bangladesh were the source of more frustration as they made an early exit from the SAF
 arrow Football: Scholes shatters Gunners
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes ended Arsenal's hopes of the treble and a third successive FA Cup triumph with a first-half winner at Villa Park here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Blame it on fixtures
As South Ame-rica's footballers flew back to Europe after this week's World Cup qualifiers, they may have been wondering whether the so-called co-ordinated international calendar was just a figment of
 arrow Football: '54 World Cup winners were dopers?
The German Football Association (DFB) has denied reports that players with the West Germany team which won the 1954 World Cup had used performance-enhancing stimulants but said they had received vitamin
 arrow Handball: Sheetal h’ball
Arambagh Krira Sangha came from behind to edge past Jatrabari Krira Chakra 28-23 in the lone Sheetal Women's Handball League match at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Golf: FedEx Captain Cup golf held
Colonel A B M Golam Mustafa clinched the men's title while Fatema Motiur won the ladies' crown in the FedEx Captain Cup golf tournament at the Savar Golf Club on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Indian river-link plan to affect economy, ecology badly

India's arbitrary withdrawal of water from the Ganges-Brhamaputra basin would seriously affect the economy and ecology of Bangladesh, said noted environmentalists and economists at a press briefing

 arrow 2 die in road accidents
Two persons were killed in separate road accidents at Ramna and Demra yesterday.
 arrow Strike at educational Instts today
Different student organisations at separate rallies on the Dhaka University campus yesterday urged the students' community to observe strike at all educational institutions today.
 arrow Fire at garment factory
Fire at a garment factory at Shyampur in the city yesterday burnt machinery and garments reportedly worth about Tk 50 lakh.
Nationalarrow IU VC removed, new VC Prof Rafiqul Islam
Prime Minister and Islamic University Chancellor Khaleda Zia removed Vice Chancellor Prof Mustafizur Rahman from service yesterday.
 arrow Fresh programme for lay-off withdrawal
The Gaibandha District Workers and Employees Federation and the Rangpur Sugar Mills Workers Union at a joint rally at the Shaheed Miner in the town yesterday announced a fresh agitation programme forwithdrawal
 arrow Half-finished, full payment
A good number of big bridges and culverts constructed in Gournadi and Agailjhara in the district at huge costs can not be used for sheer negligence in their construction.
 arrow Govt released 70,000 criminals, former minister claims
Former minister during Awami League government Abdul Matin Khosru has said the present government has released 70,000 criminals from jails.
 arrow 'Protect Kaliganga river from pollution'
The Manikganj Paribesh Dushan Rakkha Committee (PDRC), an environment protection body, brought out a procession in the district town and held a rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner's (DC) officeon
 arrow Life for 10 killers in Nilphamari
A court here on Wednesday sentenced 10 persons to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a sensational murder case.
 arrow Body of notorious criminal found
Police have recovered the body of a notorious criminal who escaped with handcuff from custody about two years back.
 arrow Bangkok Hospital to participate in Ctg fair
Bangkok Hospital, the lone three tier specialised hospital owned by the biggest private hospital group in South East Asia, is participating in the four-day 'Thailand Exhibition-2004' being held at the
 arrow BDR officers visit border in guise of newsmen
Two BDR intelligence officers visited some border outposts in the district in the guise of journalists to see anti-smuggling drive by the law enforcers.

Maj. Jaman and Capt.

 arrow Nilphamari JCD leader killed under train
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was killed in a train accident here on Friday.
 arrow 'Ban child labour at bidi factory'
Speakers at a roundtable meeting on 'Child Labour: Way of Prevention' demanded enactment of law to stop child labour in bidi factories and tobacco procession industries.
 arrow Attack on Hasina's Motorcade protested
Awami League (AL) on Saturday brought out a procession in the town and organised a meeting in front of Manikganj Press Club protesting attack on the motorcade of party chief Sheikh Hasina in Barisal.
 arrow Hindu Bouddha Oikya Parishad confce held
The Mymensingh unit of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikkya Parishad held its conference at Netrakona on Friday at a local auditorium.
 arrow Jubo League body formed
A new 51-memmber committee of Assassuni upazila Awami Jubo League was formed a its council held here on Friday.
 arrow One to die for double murder in Kasba
A court here on Tuesday condemned one person to death and sentenced nine others to different jail terms for double murder in Kasba.
 arrow Editor of B'baria weekly dies
Poet Jamila Begum, founder editor of a local Bangla weekly Maa, died at her residence in the town on Wednesday. She was 95.

She left behind four sons, three daughters and a host of admirers.

 arrow 589 get back eyesight in Tangail eye camp
A total of 589 persons got back their eyesight in the 2nd Annual Mega Eye Camp organised by Grameen Kalyan (GK) in Tangail.

The camp was held from March 23 to 29.

 arrow 14 kg hemp recovered
Brahmanbaria police arrested 14 drug smugglers at Ashugonj toll plaza and recovered four kilograms of hemp and 85 bottles of phensidyl from their possession.
Point-Counterpointarrow Future of hartals
Hartals in Bangladesh have so far affected the country's future, democracy and development in a positive as well as negative way, in varying degrees though, relative to time and space.
 arrow The changing law of assassinations
The war on terror is changing the law of international assassinations.
 arrow View from abroad
On March 26 the writer was fortunate enough to attend Bangladesh's Independence Day celebration party at the Turkish Center, across the street from the United Nations in New York City.
 arrow The return of Kosovo's demons
The demons of Kosovo's past have once again returned to haunt its people, wreaking mayhem and misery. Two days of violent clashes between Serbs and ethnic Albanians have left 31 dead and many injured.
Culturearrow Endeavouring people's smile
JAPANESE photographer Hiroko Kobayashi first thought of visiting Bangladesh when she read the country's National Anthem Amar Shonar Bangla in English translation.
 arrow Kafka metamorphosised
According to one definition, it is the plight of the existentialist to contemplate the intricate nature of human life, and to be overwhelmed with anxiety about the futility of his/her own existence.
 arrow Two new magazines hit the news-stands
Fashion Ties, a fashion and lifestyle album, recently organised an attractive programme to promote Fashion Ties 101 Model Profile at Fu Wang Bowing Club.
 arrow Marlon Brando: The Godfather of Method
Marlon Brando, who celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday, has been a Hollywood icon since the early 1950s.
Internationalarrow US warns of potential attacks on train, buses
Bombs hidden in luggage could be used in a plot to attack buses and railways in major American cities this summer, US security authorities said on Friday.
 arrow Spain confirms matchup of bomb materials
A bomb found under a train track was made of the same type of explosives used in last month's Madrid terror bombings, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said yesterday, as train service was restored on the
 arrow Powell admits his Iraq intelligence flawed
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has acknowledged that the "most dramatic" part of his presentation to the United Nations making the case for war on Iraq was based on flawed intelligence.
 arrow 'Suu Kyi to be freed before May 17'
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will be freed from house arrest and her National League for Democracy invited to a constitutional conference next month, Myanmar's foreign minister told NHK television
 arrow Iraqis inching towards sovereignty
US overseer Paul Bremer turned over control of Iraq's education ministry to interim Iraqi leaders yesterday as part of plans by the US-led coalition to restore national sovereignty by June 30.
 arrow US slaps sanctions on Iran's nuke suppliers
The United States has imposed sanctions on 13 foreign companies in seven countries because of "credible information" that they sold equipment and technology to Iran that could be used in nuclear, biological
 arrow All foreign visitors require fingerprints to enter US
The United States said Friday it will require foreign visitors from virtually all countries -- including most of its closest allies -- to be fingerprinted and photographed on arrival.
 arrow Thousands pack Nepali streets after violence
Thousands of anti-monarchy protesters burned tyres and threw stones at cars yesterday as they shut down Kathmandu in a strike to denounce clashes outside the king's palace that left 205 people injured.
Editorialarrow Editorial: National security at stake
It is certainly the biggest of the huge arms hauls that we have seen in the last couple of years.
 arrow Editorial: Hasina's motorcade attacked again
Once again Sheikh Hasina's motorcade has come under attack in Barisal, allegedly at the hands of BNP activists, injuring party leaders, activists and journalists.
 arrow Pakistan -- a major non-NATO ally: A wrong decision?
During his most recent visit to South Asia US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the intention of the Bush administration to notify the US Congress that it would designate Pakistan as a major non-NATO
 arrow Iraq one year after
In its determination to create a modern Iraqi regime and society based on western values, the US is pitted against an anti-western and anti-American combination of secular Ba'athist and religious fundamentalist
Letters to Editorarrow Analysing politics
Forming a national government based on cooperation among the pro-liberation forces was always out of the question for the Awami League.
 arrow Water crisis
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) did sink a deep-well at the former passport office located at New Eskaton area six years back to mitigate the shortage in water supply around the pump
 arrow After April 30
What is going to happen after April 30? This has been the talk of the country as the main opposition, Awami league, has predicted that the government will not survive after that date.
 arrow Blame game
The game that is going on in the country can only be called 'Game of Blame'. The participants in the game are the government and the opposition.
Star Healtharrow Anti-aging therapies: Youth in a bottle?
You feel 25, but your body keeps reminding you you are not! You tire easily. Your knees hurt. The only part of you that is thinning is your hair.
Star Cityarrow Defenceless against Dengue
Dengue threatens to strike Dhaka off guard as the health ministry, health department and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are in apparent inaction to fight a repeat of the deadly outbreak that killed 193people
 arrow Tightening grip on easy access to corrosive acid
The government has finally woke up to tighten grip on the chemicals that have often been used as a tool for revenge attacks.
 arrow Flyover lacks mechanism to face earthquake
A moderate earthquake may destroy the flyover in Mohakhali, as builders have yet to install a shock transmission unit (STU) in the structure due for launch by June to cut traffic jam.
 arrow Minister says 'yes' to filmdom's demands
The Film Industry Protection Council (FIPC) called off strike as Information Minister Tariqul Islam gave the green light to its 12-point demand, including framing of an anti-video piracy law, at a meeting
 arrow Toxic chemicals in fruits, vegetables
Some farmers and traders use ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical, excessively to ripen fruits and some vegetables, putting public health at great risk.
 arrow Aluminum wares now pretty pricey
Aluminum goods saw 25 per cent increase following the hike of raw materials in recent months in the international market, said aluminum traders.