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Front Pagearrow Fresh clues hint at new suspects
Investigation has taken a dramatic turn with the latest clues hinting at some coalition leaders' involvement in country's largest arms smuggling in Chittagong on Friday.
 arrow Jamaat MP's nephew, others held with AK-47 after gunbattle
Police arrested four criminals, including a Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker's nephew, and seized an AK-47 assault rifle and other arms after a gunbattle in an outlying hilly village in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka-Yangon highway stone laid at Ramu
The foundation stone for Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Highway was laid at Ramu yesterday and Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, who witnessed the ceremony, said the initiative will strengthen
 arrow Spring celebration...

 arrow JS investigation in wilderness
A parliamentary sub-committee tasked with finding out the reasons for price spiral of essentials five months ago is dragging its feet on the probe, while the main body is not sitting in meetings in aparody
 arrow 59 including 8 GIs die
US helicopter gunships opened fire as tanks rumbled through Baghdad's sprawling Shuala district yesterday, but teenage militiamen with guns and knives were firmly in control when the clashes ended.
 arrow Yuvraj hammers sizzling hundred
Yuvraj Singh struck a swashbuckling maiden Test century on Monday to help India reach a fighting 287 on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Home secy heads probe, CMP DC dropped
A committee headed by Home Secretary Omar Farooq yesterday opened an investigation into the smuggling of 10 truckloads of firearms and ammunition, three days after joint forces seized the largest ever
 arrow Gun smuggling plotted in Bangkok
Indian newspaper The Daily Telegraph (TDF) yesterday quoted the top Indian police as saying that insurgent leaders of its northeastern states held a meeting in Bangkok on March 16, which decided to send
 arrow Govt may open int'l inquiry, says Bhuiyan
The ruling BNP secretary general and LGRD and cooperatives minister yesterday said the government might open an international probe into the arms haul if domestic investigation failed to find any clue.
 arrow Street politics set to heat up
The political situation is apparently heading for a confrontational course as both the ruling and opposition parties are determined to go on with street agitation to mobilise public opinion in their favour
 arrow Body found on DIG office premises
The body of a slaughtered young man was found on the deputy inspector general's (DIG) office premises here yesterday morning, prompting local people to blame police for the murder and stage demonstrations
 arrow Archaeological sites in disarray
Country's archaeological sites are poorly maintained as the Department of Archaeology under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is limping due to fund crisis and manpower shortage.
 arrow Govt to be removed by constitutional means by April 30
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the present government will be removed by constitutional means by April 30

to clear the way for a midterm election.

 arrow Turag fish die as mills dump waste
Indiscriminate disposal of toxic waste by about 200 surrounding mills and factories in the fish sanctuaries of the river Turag and adjoining beels, is critically endangering freshwater fish species.
 arrow Slain Old Dhaka trader's family gets threats
Slain businessman Shamsul Haq's family continues to receive threats over phone after filing a case against Jubodal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal, the prime suspect in the gruesome murders of the businessman,
 arrow Lightning kills four in Kurigram
Four people, including a father and his daughter, were killed, while five others suffered serious burns being struck by lightning during a nor'wester Sunday morning.
 arrow Pak troops closing in on Laden?
Pakistani forces are closing in on a remote corner of rugged mountains and forest-clad gorges on the Afghan frontier where some people believe Osama bin Laden could be hiding.
 arrow Tamil Tigers warn of war again
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warned yesterday they would return to war unless they were granted self-rule as President Chandrika Kumaratunga struggled to cobble together a coalition in a hung parliament.
 arrow Sharon renews his threat to kill Arafat
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon renewed his threats against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat yesterday, risking more international criticism, as security forces went on high alert for Passover.
 arrow Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activists pack the road...

 arrow DU to name dorm after Khaleda, not Sufia Kamal
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided to construct a hall for female students after the name of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, brushing aside a committee's suggestion that it be named after poet
 arrow Youth gunned down in Lalmatia
Unknown assailants gunned down a youth near Lalmatia Club at Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow Arms brought in to kill 50,000 people: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the huge amount of arms and ammunition, hauled in Chittagong on Friday, were smuggled in to kill 50,000 people.
 arrow Five Star group shot Jugantor journo
Journalist Delwar Hossain, injured with bullets in the city's malibagh area on Sunday, has said 'Five Star' group of Keraniganj headed by Haji Shamsul Haq attempted to kill him.
 arrow UP member murdered in Chuadanga
A union parishad (UP) member was murdered by unidentified assailants at Kayetpara village in Alamdanga upazila of the frontier district on Sunday night.
 arrow UP member murdered in Chuadanga
A union parishad (UP) member was murdered by unidentified assailants at Kayetpara village in Alamdanga upazila of the frontier district on Sunday night.
 arrow Tk 20 lakh cellphones seized
Customs officials at Zia International Airport yesterday seized 384 cell phone sets reportedly worth Tk 20 lakh from two passengers.
 arrow Key Unicef-run project ends in June
The Intensive District Approach to Education for All (Ideal), an exclusive Unicef-supported government project, comes to a close in June after running for eight years.
 arrow Wooden poles demarcate land claimed by encroachers...

 arrow 28 killed in China bus crashes
Two buses collided and plunged off a mountain road yesterday in southwestern China, killing 28 people, according to official media reports.
 arrow Court asked to consider suit against Bhorer Kagoj editor, reporter
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the lower court to take cognisance of a defamation suit against the editor and a reporter of the Daily Bhorer Kagoj for running a report headlined "Graft charges against
 arrow Trader mugged in Keraniganj
Armed muggers snatched Tk 5 lakh from a steel trader at Nekrojganj in Keraniganj yesterday.
Businessarrow Reduce Vat on retail stores
Retail shop owners have demanded reduction of value added tax (Vat) on their stores situated in city corporations and district and upazila headquarters, but proposed outlets in Dhaka and Chittagong city
 arrow Ban deposit collection from non-members
The government-constituted steering committee on microfinance has suggested imposing a ban on microfinance institutions' deposit collection from non-members.
 arrow Bangladesh fair begins in Sydney today
A three-day single country trade fair of Bangladesh begins today in the Australian city of Sydney aiming to secure a larger export market down under.
 arrow SAP AG eyes bigger business software mkt in Bangladesh
SAP AG, a leading business software provider, considers strengthening its presence in Bangladesh market which has 'huge prospect', a senior official of the company said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow New credit rating agency launched
A local credit rating firm formally launched its activities yesterday aiming to extend help to all the stakeholders of the capital market.
 arrow CSE calls for bringing all listed cos under CDS
The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has urged the regulators to bring all listed companies under the central depository system (CDS).
 arrow Russia close to resolving key WTO dispute with EU
A top Russian official said Monday he expected to strike a deal over domestic natural gas subsidies with the European Union within months, one of the top stumbling blocks to Russia's membership in the
 arrow AB Bank signs agreement with Commercial Bank of Ceylon
Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited for trading on repo/reverse repo against T-bills/bonds and other government securities.
 arrow Asian Paints launches 3 outlets
Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Limited has inaugurated three outlets recently in Sylhet, Srimongol and Kushtia, says a press release.
 arrow Solutions seminar on Travel held in Middle East
The first solutions seminar on Travel organised by Galileo International was held in the Middle East recently.
 arrow New DMD of Mercantile Bank
AKM Shahidul Haque has been promoted to the post of deputy managing director (DMD) of Mercantile Bank Limited.
 arrow Recovery in global trade gathers pace, risks loom
A weak dollar and buoyant activity in China helped global trade grow last year, but uncertainty about the US and European economies coupled with volatile oil prices could dampen prospects of further expansion,
Sportsarrow Cricket: Gul couldn't have been here
It is a miracle that Pakistan's Umar Gul, who wrecked the cream of India's batting in the second Test here, is playing cricket at all.
 arrow Cricket: PCB's cause for concern
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has cut ticket prices for the second Test between India and Pakistan in a bid to boost the number of spectators over the next few days.
 arrow Another cheerless day
It was another disappointing day for Bangladesh at the 9th SAF Games with only bronze medals to show for efforts at the regional meet in the Pakistani capital Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim A come back again
Zimbabwe A pulled off a 16-run victory over their Bangladeshi counterparts in the fourth one day match in Khulna yesterday to set up a fascinating series decider today.
 arrow Cricket: What has Elliot seen?
Sri Lanka's cricket board already know the results of Muttiah Muralitharan's suspect bowling action assessment but are yet to publicly release the details.
 arrow Cricket: Lara vows to battle on
Brian Lara has insisted that he will not step down as West Indies captain despite presiding over the his country's first home series defeat to England since 1968.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns draws Test deadline
New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns said he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the Black Caps' tour of England.

The Black Caps leave for a three-Test series in England next month.

 arrow Cricket: Rafique let off
Mohammad Rafique was let off lightly after a lot of hype that surrounded the top bowler of the country since his reported dressing-room outburst a day before the fifth one-day international against Zimbabwe
 arrow Football: U-14 Football Festival on
Hosts Bangladesh made an auspicious start in the opening match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Football Festival securing 58.
 arrow Cricket: Rising Star off to a flier
Holders Rising Star Club got off to a flying start in the CJKS Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League defeating Chittagong Port Authority Sports Association by 56 runs at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nasir holds Niaz
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his solo lead with eight points after the end of the ninth round games of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC conference-room yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick wins at Coria's cost
American second seed Andy Roddick won the ATP Masters Series best-of-five hardcourt final here 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 when Argentina's third-seeded Guillermo Coria retired with a back injury.
 arrow Cricket: Do not blame Lara: Sobers
West Indies legend Gary Sobers has lent his support to Brian Lara saying that the under-fire captain should not be made a scapegoat for the Caribbean team's first home series defeat by England for 36years.
 arrow Football: Valencia stay close
Valencia kept the pressure on leaders Real Madrid after second-half goals from Mauricio Pellegrino and leading striker Mista gave them a 2-0 win at home to basement side Murcia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Highly charged Highbury
The all-London clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at Highbury on Tuesday is the highlight of this week's Champions League quarter-final, second-leg games.
 arrow Football: Beckhams in trouble?
England football captain David Beckham joined his wife Victoria in Switzerland for a skiing holiday after denying newspaper reports he had had an affair with his Spanish interpreter in Madrid.
 arrow Football: Roma sniff a chance
Leaders AC Milan were held for a second successive to give championship rivals Roma a glimmer of hope in the race for the Italian league title.
 arrow Football: Owen delight for Liverpool
Michael Owen's brace of goals kept Liverpool firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place as Gerard Houllier's men beat Blackburn 4-0 at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Fear Milwall!
Millwall, the first division side from south London who have reached their first FA Cup final, are the club everyone loves to hate.
Metropolitanarrow Make provision for direct election to reserved seats
Elected women representatives of union parishad (UP) and other women activists yesterday urged the government to make provision for direct election to reserved seats for women in parliament.
 arrow 'Ensure poor's access to resources'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for concerted efforts, land reforms and putting an end to corruption to ensure the poor's access to resources.
 arrow Report on Nat'l Library Commission finalised
A report on the formulation of National Library Commission has been finalised with 22 recommendations including introduction of library cadre service in the public job.
 arrow Case against Prof Mostafa Chy, 4 others dismissed
The Chief Metropolitan Magist-rate's Court, Dhaka dismissed the corruption case against five persons, including former Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Dhaka University teacher Prof
 arrow Four injured in blast near police station
A bomb went off in front of Mohammadpur Police Station in the city yesterday, injuring four labourers who were digging out telephone cables there.
Nationalarrow A new hope in poverty alleviation
A BRAC project for the ultra poor in Rangpur, Kurigram and Nilphamari has not only raised hopes among the beneficiaries but also encouraged government officials.
 arrow Students vow to resist HSC examinations
The Sarbodolio Chhatra Oikkyo, a body of students belonging to all parties, yesterday announced that it will resist holding of the upcoming H.S.
 arrow 4 cops among 15 hurt in BNP clash over candidature
At least 15 persons including four policemen were wounded in a clash between BNP rivals on Saturday night over selection of Suzanagor municipality chairman candidate.
 arrow 'Only JP can save nation from crisis'
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad called upon the people to rally round his party, saying only JP can save the country from the present "critical situation".
 arrow 'Media role vital to contain HIV/AIDS'
Country Representative of UNICEF Morten Giersing has said the media can play an important role to create awareness about healthcare of children and women in Bangladesh.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Chuadanga hospital
A prisoner of Chuadanga jail died at the sadar hospital here on Sunday night.

The victim was identified as Milon Mia,35, son of Nuru Miah of Darshana Pathan Para.

 arrow Brother, sister get life for keeping phensidyl
Brother and sister were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) here for possessing contraband Phensidyl on Saturday.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Sunday returned the body of a Bangladeshi national, Nayoz Sangma, 35, who was shot dead by Indian forest guards in Haluaghat border on Saturday.
 arrow Husband gets life for acid attack
A court here on Sunday sentenced one person named Saiful Islam, 35, of Nandibari village in Muktagachha to life-term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for throwing acid on his wife.
 arrow Split in BNP, AL over Netrakona municipal polls
The ensuing municipality election has divided both the ruling BNP and the Opposition Awami League (AL) internally over selection of chairman candidates.
 arrow Woman dies after 'faulty' operation
A housewife died on Saturday at an unregistered nursing home at Shyamnagar upazila headquarters allegedly due to wrong operation.
 arrow 2 babies drown in Bogra
Two babies drowned in a pond at Chechuria village under Kalai upazila in Joypurhat district on Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Sampod,2, and his sister Suma,4.

 arrow Nor'wester hits 5 Noakhali upazilas
A nor'wester lashed five upazilas here on Sunday damaging several hundred dwelling houses and standing crops.

The affected upazilas are Sadar, Begumganj, Companiganj, Chatkhil and Senbagh.

Point-Counterpointarrow Building country's image: Wake up Bangladesh
Have you ever sat back and wondered why Bangladesh suffers from such a negative image in the eyes of the external world? Why in spite of having some of the best social indicators in South Asia we arestill
 arrow Jobless rate remains high despite rise in confidence
For Japan the year 2004 has already been marked with a good start as country's recession hit economy at the long last is showing signs of recovery since the beginning of the year.
Culturearrow Bangladesh Film Archive to celebrate its silver jubilee
Bangladesh Film Archive will hold a three-day celebration to mark its silver jubilee next month.
 arrow Second SAARC Cultural Celebrations come to an end
The second SAARC cultural four-day celebration, held to create a stronger bond between the South Asian countries, came to an end on April 2, says a press release.
 arrow Inauguration of the week-long drama festival
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a week-long drama festival at the National Theatre Stage.
Generalarrow Make ties meaningful thru' expanding trade, commerce
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised making the existing good relationship between Bangladesh and Bhutan meaningful through expanding trade and commerce.
 arrow Jayanti murder case transferred for quick disposal
Judge Matiur Rahman of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court sent the Jayanti Reza murder case yesterday to the Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka for quick disposal.
 arrow More aid for better environment assured
The British High Commission and the Department for International Development (DFID) have assured that more assistance would be provided for better environment management system in Bangladesh.
 arrow One gets death penalty for killing wife
A court in Khulna yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Mosharraf Hossain passed the sentence on Sylvester Roy alias Tito.

 arrow Call to unite against misrule
Leaders of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) yesterday called on the progressive and left-leaning parties to unite against the misrule of the government.
 arrow Admission test of Fine Arts Instt changed again
The authorities of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University have again changed the date of admission test for first year honours courses under 2003-04 academic session.
 arrow Over 1400 held
Police arrested 1,404 people, including one listed criminal, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow al-Qaeda letter warns Spain to withdraw troops or face 'hell'
A letter purporting to be from al-Qaeda warned Spain to withdraw its forces immediately from Iraq and Afghanistan or face "hellish" consequences, a Spanish newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow 'US may need to delay Iraqi power transfer'
The Bush administration may have to consider extending its June 30 deadline for the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq or risk seeing the country lapse into civil war, the head of the US Senate's foreign
 arrow Ministers confront Sharon over his withdrawal plan
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told opponents of his Gaza pullout proposal that they are free to leave his government, in the hottest exchange yet over his plan for a "unilateral disengagement" with thePalestinians.
 arrow Pakistan offers to host nuclear talks with India
Pakistan yesterday formally offered to host nuclear disarmament talks with rival India next month, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Bremer brands Shia cleric an outlaw
US authorities in Iraq yesterday branded a radical cleric from the Shia majority an outlaw at the head of an uprising against the US-led occupation of the country.
 arrow Rahul files nomination in a rain of rose petals
Rahul Gandhi, great-grandson of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, yesterday filed his nomination to contest national polls, marking the entry of a new generation of the charismatic Gandhi
 arrow Suharto's party upbeat as voting ends
Indonesians went to the polls yesterday in an election expected to boost support for the Golkar party founded by former dictator Suharto, less than six years after he stepped down in disgrace.
 arrow France detains 15 in raid over Casablanca blast
French police detained 15 people in a raid yesterday, including a number of people suspected of having links with suicide bomb attacks last year in Morocco, judicial sources said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: JS committees have a case
The JS standing committees and the ministries concerned have not had a smooth working relationship. They have often been at loggerheads.
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka-Yangon accords
The three memorandums of understanding signed by Bangladesh and Myanmar this week usher in a new era of cooperation between the two neighbouring countries that can only be expected to benefit both parties.
 arrow Non-plussed at the bestiality of crimes
The mortal remains of old Dhaka businessman and his son have lately been recovered from Gazipur in more than two hundred pieces. The end of ephemeral life is inevitable.
 arrow Waiting for April
One must never confuse elections with electioneering. Many journalists get elections wrong because they report electioneering, rather than elections. This is not their fault.
Letters to Editorarrow How to be popular!
As a layman, I guess the regime will regain some popularity if it acts on principle in some of these areas:

-- Announce a modular plan for constructing on top priority basis the natural gas pipeline

 arrow Two books
This letter is in response to Yasmeen Murshed's introduction of two books by MJ Akbar under the caption 'Jehad and Fanaticism' published in the Point Counterpoint on March 20, 04 issue of The Daily Star.
 arrow Role of opposition
Bangladesh is not a large country in the world map. Its area is very small but its population is very big. We achieved independence 33 years ago, but we have failed to develop a viable political culture.
 arrow Opposition stand
In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of United Nations-it is clearly stated how a democratic government should govern its own people.

Article 21.