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Front Pagearrow Cop in question to probe gunrunning
The police officer at the heart of accusation of helping gunrunners in unloading the largest-ever arms cargo on the Karnaphuli coast on Friday was tasked with a probe in what Chittagong residents called
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon sign MoU on direct road link
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing a direct road link between Dhaka and Yangon.
 arrow JS bodies ask for more authority
Chairmen of some parliamentary standing committees yesterday demanded amendment to the constitution and the rules of procedure of parliament to give the bodies more power.
 arrow Chandrika wins Lankan polls
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has won the country's parliamentary elections, but without enough seats for a majority.
 arrow Babar mum on police presence during arms offloading
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar yesterday avoided commenting on unloading of a huge amount of arms and ammunitions in presence of police at the jetty of a fertiliser factory, sayinga
 arrow Probes wilt under raging political blame game
The political stereotypes of jumping to conclusions before the fog of major incidents clears makes probes the prime casualty.
 arrow AL demands Interpol probe
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the government ask Interpol to open an investigation into the largest arms haul in Chittagong for security of Bangladesh.
 arrow "Were these arms the big surprise?" asks Bhuiyan
Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday termed the Chittagong arms seizure as 'great success of the government 'and said Awami League (AL) had started
 arrow Moin sidelined
Pakistan will be without wicketkeeper Moin Khan when they attempt to fight back against India in the second Test, starting on Monday, after being beaten in the opening match last week.
 arrow Two cases filed against owners, staff of trawlers, truck drivers
Police lodged two cases on Saturday with Karnaphuli Police Station in connection with the seizure of huge arms cache from the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Factory late Thursday night.
 arrow Beijing still worried about Taiwan's office
A top Chinese government minister has voiced concern about Taiwan trying to set up a trade office in Bangladesh-- a move he said is designed to destroy the Dhaka-Beijing friendly relations.
 arrow AL leaders walk Old Dhaka streets for govt's quit
Awami League leaders yesterday urged the party workers to prepare for tougher programmes ahead to oust the alliance government by this month.
 arrow Home ministry to sit with telecoms firms
The law and order review committee of the home ministry will sit with telephone officials Wednesday to work out a mechanism for tracing the extornists by following the phone calls made for the purpose
 arrow NU students short on teachers, classrooms
The students of colleges under the National University (NU) have been plagued by an acute shortage of teachers and classrooms.
 arrow Govt to take action for misleading gas demand projection
The government is going for actions against officials who had failed to make proper projection of domestic demand for gas, a supply debacle of which is looming.
 arrow Madrid bomb 'mastermind' blows self up
The Tunisian who Spain suspects of masterminding last month's Madrid train bombings blew himself up with three accomplices after police cornered them in a suburban apartment, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 24 killed as coalition fights Iraqi protesters
Spanish-led troops and Iraqi police yesterday fought a battle with militiamen that officials said left 20 Iraqis and four Salvadoran soldiers dead near Najaf, as a radical Shi'ite group intensified awave
 arrow PM okays Shell's share transfer to Cairn
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has approved the transfer of Shell's entire operations and upstream assets in Bangladesh to its existing partner in the country, Cairn.
 arrow Cairn won't explore Sundarbans
Cairn Energy group has no plan to go for a mineral resources exploration in the Sundarbans, Cairn officials categorically said yesterday.
 arrow Home ministry asks for a stop to 'speculative' media comments
The home ministry has urged people not to make speculative comments in the media on Friday's largest-ever arms haul on Anwara Coast in Chittagong, which may hinder investigation and create confusion.
 arrow Lack of resources stalls probe into worst performing edn institutes
An education ministry probe into some uncommonly poor performance of about a thousand educational institutes in examinations is stuck in a quagmire of resource constraint.
 arrow Hasina says govt has plans to kill 50,000 AL men
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Shiekh Hasina yesterday alleged that the government has planned to kill 50,000 people including AL leaders and workers.
 arrow Security upped at Mongla Port
Mongla Port and areas close by including the Sundarbans and the coastal belts have been put on high security alert with effect from Saturday following recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition in
 arrow Commotion over missing doors at Bar association
Some pro-Awami League (AL) lawyers on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises yesterday became agitated finding the doors missing from the entrances to the offices of the SCBA president andsecretary.
 arrow Nor'wester lashes city
The first nor'wester of the season, packing hails and bumping winds, lashed Dhaka yesterday, bringing relief to city residents smarting from blistering summer heats and hopes to farmers with parched lands.
 arrow Dr Kamal asks govt to raise arms haul in JS
Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded that the government discuss the issue of Friday's arms haul in Chittagong port in parliament in presence of all opposition parties.
 arrow Tk 5.5 lakh in gold, cash looted from artiste's house
Some 30 to 35 people allegedly vandalised the house of an artiste at Dhanmondi, roughed up his family and walked away with over Tk 5.5 lakh in cash and gold ornaments yesterday apparently over a landdispute.
 arrow MPs oppose UNDP country chief's criticism of hartal
Both ruling and opposition lawmakers at a seminar yesterday countered UNDP Resident Representative Jorgen Lissner's criticism of hartal as a political tool.
 arrow Saber accuses BNP of dodging responsibility for 'misdeeds'
Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday accused the ruling BNP of shirking its responsibility for what he said were its misdeeds.
 arrow Bus crushes cop to death
A bus crushed a police constable to death in Mirpur yesterday.

Abdur Razzak, 50, was on duty in Mirpur section No. 10 when a Pallabi-bound bus ran over him at around 12:30pm.

 arrow Jugantor reporter shot
Unknown criminals yesterday shot and injured a reporter of Daily Jugantor at Malibagh in Ramna apparently because he published a story against them.
Businessarrow 10-15 yrs tax holiday proposed for private power producers
In a move to encourage power generation in private sector, the government may offer 10-15 years tax holiday to the entrepreneurs and provide duty free fuel for generating power in remote areas havingno
 arrow CityCell plans to spend $70m on network expansion
In a bid to provide more efficient service, CityCell, the country's pioneering cellular phone company, plans to spend $70 million to expand its network and introduce new technologies.
 arrow Govt to give Tk 100cr cash incentives to small, medium RMG units
The government has agreed in principle to provide small and medium garment exporters with Tk 100 crore in cash incentives to help them survive in the quota-free era.
 arrow Jobs boom ignites US rate rise speculation
An American jobs boom has ignited speculation that key interest rates -- once thought to be frozen at a 46-year low until 2005 -- may rise within months.
 arrow EU narrows field to two-horse race for top IMF job
The European Union put off a keenly-awaited decision on its choice to head the IMF, but narrowed the field down to a two-horse race towards the finishing line later this month.
 arrow India eyes double-digit growth within decade
Finance Minister Jaswant Singh said India's economy was poised for "explosive growth" of more than 10 percent within a decade and could exceed the 8.1 growth estimate for 2003-2004.
 arrow Emirates to open Dubai-Shanghai route from April 10
Emirates Airline will launch a new passenger route between Dubai and Shanghai from April 10.
 arrow JOBS training for electrical supervisors
Job Opportunities and Business Support (JOBS), the USAID-funded project, has trained electrical supervisors.
 arrow New Product
Olympic Industries Ltd has launched its new premium quality biscuit 'Olympic King'.
 arrow Chinese demand for steel weighs on global industry
Industries worldwide that need steel are alarmed by a sudden shortage sparked by surging Chinese demand for all kinds of the increasingly precious metal and raw materials used to produced it.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Contrasting captains
Rival captains Inzamamul Haq of Pakis-tan and Rahul Dravid of In-dia begin Mon-day's second Test here un-der contrasting pressures amid growing focus on the greenish wicket.
 arrow Cricket: What's on off the field
If Pakistan do not secure a series-leve-lling win in the second Test against India from Monday, blame it on politicians, Englishmen, umpires, bookies and the Indians themselves.
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard scripts history
England, inspired by a Matthew Hoggard hattrick, romped to an emotional eight-wicket victory over West Indies in the third Test on Saturday to clinch their first series triumph in the Caribbean since1968.
 arrow Cricket: Streak didn't want this
Pace bowler Heath Streak has disputed Zimbabwe's version of his resignation as team captain although his international career appears to be over.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to show no mercy
Michael Vaughan pledged to go all out in search of a 4-0 whitewash when England take on a battered and bruised West Indies in the final Test in Antigua next week.
 arrow Bronze day for Bangladesh
It was a bronze day for Bangladesh at the 9th SAF Games in Islamabad yesterday after Doli Akhter and Pradip Chandra stepped up on the podium.

Doli won her medal in the 100m breaststroke clocking 1:22.

 arrow Cricket: A team aiming series win today
Bangladesh A captain Alok Kapali will be looking to seal the one-day series against visiting Zimbabwe A in the fourth limited-overs match at Khulna today.
 arrow Football: Playing for fair play
Fair play will be objective when the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival starts at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Bowl straight, asks Akram
Pakistan's pace bowling battery, led by Shoaib Akhtar, can demolish India in Monday's second Test here if they control their speed and bowl straight, according to the legendary Wasim Akram.
 arrow Tennis: Serena's comeback victory
Serena Williams completed a title run in her comeback tournament after an eight-month layoff, routing Russia's Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-1 to win the WTA event.
 arrow Schumi sizzles in Bahrain
World champion Michael Schumacher made it three out of three this season as he won the first Formula One race in the Middle East on Sunday, with Ferrari dominating in the Bahrain desert.
 arrow Football: Much ado about Adu
Chants of ``Freddy, Freddy'' echoed throughout the stadium Saturday whenever a D.C. United player missed a scoring chance early in the second half.

Finally, in the 61st minute, the moment arrived.

 arrow Football: Magpies stay on track
Newcastle revived their Champions League challenge with a 4-2 Premiership win at home to Everton.
 arrow Football: Carlos saves the day
Two goals derived from Roberto Carlos's trademark thunderbolt left foot free-kicks proved to be the difference as Real Madrid consolidated their position at the top of the Spanish first division witha
 arrow Football: You never lose!
Junior footballers in some parts of Britain are set to be spared the 'trauma' of being on the wrong-end of lopsided results under new regulations being drawn up for next season.
 arrow Football: Becks denies affair
David Beckham rebutted a British tabloid newspaper report that he had had an affair with his personal assistant in Madrid.
 arrow Chess: Zia remains on top
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman continued his solo lead with seven points after the end of the eighth round games of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: M'singh cricket
Pandit Para AC recorded a 94-run victory over Renaissance Sporting Club in the Navana Premier Division Cricket League at local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: MSC Sheetal h'ball champs
Mohammedan Sporting Club became champions dethroning holders Arambagh Krira Sangha in the Sheetal Women's Handball League yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Josephites meet Navy in final
Josephites Club set up a meeting with Bangladesh Navy in the final of the Maple Leaf Independence Day Basketball Competition when they edged past Dhumketu Club 59-58 in the second semifinal at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Cricket: Rain spoils CJKS cricket opener
The opening match of the CJKS Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League between reigning champions Rising Star Club and Chittagong Port Authority was abandoned due to a heavy shower at the MA Aziz Stadium
 arrow Football: Mukti waiting to fly to Yemen
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra's departure for Yemen has been delayed because the Yemen Football Federation was yet to send a conformation letter.
Metropolitanarrow 'Only 10pc population gets public healthcare facilities'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded more participation of the members of the civil society in improving the healthcare delivery system.
 arrow Hearing on charge-framing Apr 8
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday fixed April 8 for hearing on charge-framing against former Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shyampur thana, Jahangir Alam and four others in the sensational Mishel murder case.
 arrow BRAC's programmes on World Health Day
BRAC has chalked out a programme in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to observe the World Health Day on April 7.
 arrow One shot for refusal to join cadre group
A local pourashava commissioner allegedly shot a young man on Saturday night here for his refusal to join the commissioner's cadre group, family members said.
 arrow Husband strangles wife at Fatulla
A man allegedly strangled his wife on Saturday night at Bholile in Fatulla.

Police recovered the body of Lovely, 23, on Sunday morning from their rented house at Bholile.

Nationalarrow Maize amazes farmers in Sherpur
Netrakona: Maize cultivation has opened the door to prosperity for farmers, thanks to the efforts by Agriculture Extension Department (AED) officials in Sherpur.
 arrow Half-day hartal observed in Gaibandha
A half-day hartal was observed in Gaibandha district yesterday in protest against lay-off of Rangpur Sugar Mills.
 arrow BNP, AL announce candidates
BNP leader and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's special representative advocate A K M Mahbubur Rahman has been nominated as the Four-party Alliance chairman candidate in Bogra Pourasabha election scheduled
 arrow Classes at IU resume today
The Islamic University crawled back to normalcy ending about three months' deadlock after new Vice-chancellor Prof Rafiqul Islam took office yesterday.
 arrow Begum Rokeya's birthplace now...
Had legendary woman Begum Rokeya lived, she would have lamented to see the plight of women at her birthplace now.
 arrow Boro crops drying up in Teesta project area
IRRI-Boro crops in four upazilas are being damaged as Water Development Board (WDB) has stopped water supply through the Rangpur Canal of Teesta Irrigation Project following a breach in the dam.
 arrow 6 hurt in clash over phone call charge in Sylhet
Six persons including four Shahjalalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) students were injured in a clash here between a telephone shop owner and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists over
 arrow Tk 1.59 lakh coins recovered from Indian at Benapole
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered coins of foreign countries worth 1,59,000 taka from an Indian national at Benapole check post on Friday.
 arrow Gournadi BNP protests 'media propaganda'
A one-hour blockade at Gournadi in peak hours on Saturday afternoon on the Barisal-Dhaka highway has caused immense sufferings to people.
Point-Counterpointarrow Cyprus, Turkey and EU
After intense negotiations in the beautiful hill resort of Buergenstock in Switzerland, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has presented his Peace Plan for Cyprus to the Cypriot Turks and the Cypriot Greeks
 arrow Utilising whole jute plant as raw material for pulp and paper
Demand for pulp and paper has increased significantly in Bangladesh and other jute and kenaf producing countries. Forest land resource of this country is very limited.
Culturearrow Connected to his roots
Well known folk singer Kiran Chandra Ray wants to make this performing art more popular in the country.
 arrow From deep in the heart of Rangamati
Shorat Mala Chakma, 63, who has won many prizes since her Pakistan days, has bagged one more accolade. This prize is for weaving and the exhibition has been arranged by SAARC Women Entrepreneur's Council.
 arrow ATN Bangla launches two programmes today
ATN Bangla, the first satellite channel in Bangladesh, starts a live health care programme from today.
 arrow Cultural delegation
A 20-member cultural delegation left for Sydney on Sunday to perform in the five-day Bangladesh Festival 2004 beginning April 6.
Generalarrow Direct election to reserved seats a must for empowerment of women
Leaders of different political parties and women rights organisations at a roundtable yesterday demanded direct election to the seats reserved for women in the Jatiya Sangsad to ensure true representation
 arrow 2 AL activists slaughtered in Jhenidah
Two Awami League (AL) activists were killed in two separate incidents in Jhenidah on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow 'Ecologically suicidal, economically unjust'
Shrimp culture is ecologically suicidal, socially impoverishing and economically unjust, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Death threat to 3 BNP leaders
The Banglar Communist Party (BCP), an outlawed organisation, leader has given death threat to three local BNP leaders in Chuadanga.
 arrow Tiny scientist's fair at Methodist
Methodist English Medium School (MEMS), a serene home of schooling of hundreds of children of the greater areas of Mirpur at Mazar Road organised an annual scientific programme titled "Annual ScienceFair
Internationalarrow Gunmen storm police post in Karachi: 5 cops killed
At least 10 gunmen stormed into a police station in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi early yesterday, killing five policemen and wounding one after demanding the officers recite Islamic verses, police
 arrow 'Arafat more serious obstacle than Yassin'
Health Minister Danny Naveh kept up the Israeli government's campaign of intimidation against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat yesterday by declaring him a "more serious obstacle" than the assassinated
 arrow BJP chief appeals for dignified polls campaigning
With attacks and counter-attacks marking the polls campaign, BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday appealed to leaders across the political spectrum, including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,
 arrow 'Bush sought Blair's backing for removing Saddam after 9/11'
President George W.
 arrow Maoists bomb house of Nepali minister
Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow Nepal's monarchy bombed three houses including one belonging to the royalist interior minister, police said yesterday.
 arrow Pak tribes join hunt for al-Qaeda
Pakistani tribal leaders Saturday rushed hundreds of armed men to remote villages near the Afghan border to hunt down al-Qaeda fighters as the authorities set a new deadline for their surrender, local
 arrow Iran insists it has no secret nuke sites
Iran insisted yesterday that it was not hiding any of its nuclear facilities from UN inspectors, and that its resumption of work on a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle was not a violation of its commitment
 arrow Brazil refuses to let IAEA inspect nuclear facility
The Brazilian government has refused to allow UN nuclear inspectors to examine a facility for enriching uranium under construction near Rio de Janeiro, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A conduit for arms trafficking?
The massive seizure of modern arms at Karnaphuli coast in Chittagong should jolt us into realising how vulnerable we have become to subversive activities of arms dealers.
 arrow Editorial: Mixed signal in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka seems set for another stretch of coalition rule. At least that's the indication from the early poll results.
 arrow Chiittagong arms haul : Some queries
The arms recovery on the night of 1st -2nd of April was perhaps the largest single consignment seized by the police ever, in the history of Bangladesh.
 arrow How not to fight terror: Lessons from West Asia
Israel has shocked the world by killing the Hamas "spiritual leader" Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
 arrow South Asians in North America
When Canada's foreign minister William Graham says that his country is attaching greater importance to ties with the South Asia and South East Asian countries, he is possibly talking the right thing since
Letters to Editorarrow What is our future?
There are so many problems in every sphere of our national lives that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the ordinary people to hope for a bright future.
 arrow Men should learn to...
It was very nice to read one of your writers bewailing the plight of women on Dhaka transport.
 arrow Who are the real terrorists?
As if all these wars and bloodshed weren't enough; we now have a group of Jews beginning new settlements in East Jerusalem.
 arrow Banish hartal
The FBCCI, MCCI, BDMS, BGMEA and other associations, common people, particularly the businessmen, must banish hartal, because the political leaders will never reach any consensus on banning or avoiding
 arrow "Dinghi" for recreation seekers
The Lifestyle in your March 30 issue caught many residents of Dhanmondi, like me, by surprise.
 arrow The Gorai Project
Through your newspaper I would like to request the authorities concerned (The Project Director, Ganges-Kobadak Project, BWDB, Kushtia) to make public the cost-benefit evaluation of the above project which
 arrow Swing-away from ideology
Mu'Ammar Gaddafi's leading the revolution of September 1969 meant among many other things the end of a long era of colonialism.
 arrow Honesty has no substitute! ubstitute!
Hi-tech gadgets like speed camera and smoke analysers are being given to the traffic system to reduce tragedy in the roads as part of a Tk 1.5 crore equipment project. Indeed, this is a welcome move.
 arrow Private universities
Education is one of basic rights of human beings. But the door of education, especially higher education, is not open to all.
 arrow A matter of perspective
The April 2 issue carried an eloquent letter by Mr. OH Kabir about the plight of the Palestinians. I have been reading Mr.
 arrow Uzbekistan scene
Forty-two people dead in three days of attack --the bloodiest scene in the former Soviet republic in five years. Authorities have blamed Islamic extremists.
 arrow Costly hartal
The Awami League, the main opposition party, is desperate about calling hartal. Sheikh Hasina, the AL chief, promised not to call hartal even if her party was in the opposition.
 arrow Thieves of Baghdad!
Invasion of Iraq was based on a flawed premise. The Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) have not been found till now. The invaders are the lone superpower in the world.
 arrow Is it democracy?
We are now passing through a critical juncture. The democracy that we have is just a mockery. When a party is elected by the people and given the power to govern the country, it becomes autocratic.
 arrow For the benefit of the nation...
I hope you will write to encourage the government to take a strong position to prevent politics of hartal, destruction and deception. We need development. Every party must abide by the rules of democracy.
Star Cityarrow Dhaka Central Jail crammed full of prisoners
Inmates in Dhaka Central Jail swelled four times its capacity, making life in confines more miserable.
 arrow Factory fumes eating away at Sat Gombuj Mosque
Toxic fumes from nearby industries threatens the historic Sat Gombuj Mosque in Dhanmondi, a landmark of the architectural splendour of the Mughal era.
 arrow 25 decisions on jail reform implemented
The government implemented 25 decisions of the cabinet committee on jail reform in one and a half years and another 23 are on the cards.
 arrow An Unwelcome Fountain

 arrow Shahbagh fountain to be resurrected
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) plans to rebuild the fountain at Shahbagh, one of the landmark icons of the capital city, only days after the Board had demolished it.
 arrow When fingers talk ...
Standing beside a busy road one afternoon, Sadia was engrossed in her cellphone to notice anything around her. She was fumbling with it moving her fingers rapidly on the keypad of the phone.
 arrow Slum fires kill 13 in last 14 months
At least 13 people died in 24 fire incidents in slums in Dhaka between January 2003 and March 2004, reveals a report by Ain-O-Shalish Kendra (ASK).