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Front Pagearrow Hilsa flocks away from Bangladesh
Hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh, is going extinct from the river system mainly due to overexploitation of the precious resources, sources at the Department of Fishing (DoF) said.
 arrow 2-day AL hartal starts today, BNP throws countermove
Opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations enforce a countrywide back-to-back dawn-to-dusk hartal from today to press for resignation of the coalition government by the month-end and snap
 arrow JCD leader shot, accomplice killed in mugging bid
A Jatiyatabdi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was bullet-hit and one of the two alleged muggers accompanying him was killed in firing during a bid to mug mobile telephone sets from a phone shop at Dhanmondiin
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara throws shoes at effigies of corruption
A few hundred Bikalpa Dhara (alternative stream) activists led by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury hurled shoes at effigies of corrupt people, expressing 'hatred' in a demonstration in the city
 arrow Heavy fighting in sealed Fallujah
US troops battled guerrillas yesterday on the edges of Fallujah, where hundreds of Marines and Iraqi troops have surrounded one of Iraq's most violent cities in an operation to crush the insurgency there.
 arrow Probe body grills port officials, Coastguard
A five-member government probe committee headed by Home Secretary Omar Farooq yesterday questioned some key officials of Chittagong port and Bangladesh Coastguard in connection with the April 2 weapons
 arrow Cops 'steal, sell' 500 sacks of seized rice, salt
Several hundred sacks of rice and salts seized with the biggest ever arms cache were reported yesterday to be secretly sold out from Karnaphuli Police Station.
 arrow New SL PM turns to India for peace
Sri Lanka's new prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse assumed office yesterday vowing to pursue the peace efforts of his predecessor and seek a greater Indian involvement to end ethnic bloodshed.
 arrow Resign to fulfil people's expectation
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the alliance government should quit immediately, fulfilling people's expectation "generated by the AL general secretary's
 arrow No list of persons to bar their travel, says Babar
The government has not prepared any confidential list of opposition leaders to bar them from going abroad.
 arrow Could not be a better breeding ground...

 arrow Inzi, Farhat put Pakistan in command
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq and opener Imran Farhat hit sparkling centuries to put the hosts in command of the second cricket Test against India here on Tuesday.
 arrow Muggers stab 3 traders, 2 staff, walk away with Tk 1.6 lakh
Muggers last night stabbed two brothers and as many employees and critically wounded another in separate incidents at Shyambazar and Gulistan before walking away with reportedly over Tk 1.6 lakh.
 arrow Another Jamaat cadre caught
Police yesterday arrested another Jamaat-e-Islami cadre with suspected links to a gunbattle in a remote hilly village in Chittagong, a day after a nephew of an Islamist party lawmaker was caught preparing
 arrow Vajpayee for direct talks with Dhaka on 'infiltration'
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday advocated direct talks with Bangladesh to help stop large-scale infiltration from across the border.
 arrow Govt to preserve Narsingdi site
The government will preserve the archaeological site in Narsingdi where the country's oldest road, dating back to 450 BC, was unearthed last month.
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina to skip Istanbul meet
Both Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina will miss the first Congress of Democrats from Islamic World to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on April 13 and 14 due to their political
 arrow JS body blames secretary, envoy to Saudi Arabia
A parliamentary probe body yesterday accused some top government officials, including the secretary of the religious affairs ministry and Bangladesh ambassador to Saudi Arabia, of irregularities and neglect
 arrow Govt firm on trial of sensational cases : PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government is firm on trial of all sensational cases to award punishment to the culprits.
 arrow Traffic jam cuts can save Tk 1,000cr
The country can avert a yearly loss of about Tk 1,000 crore caused by the everyday traffic congestion in Dhaka by developing a modern urban transport infrastructure.
 arrow Sylhet child rape victim rescued
NGO workers on Monday came to the rescue of a girl from her desolation after being put through an ordeal of rape and weeklong confinement.
 arrow Myanmar PM visits CEPZ, flies for home
Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt visited Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday, the last day of his three-day tour of Bangladesh, and showed keen interest in setting up such exclusive
 arrow Tackle Taliban or US troops will do it
US-led forces in Afghanistan will move into Pakistani territory to destroy Taliban and other extremist groups if Islamabad cannot do the job by itself, the US envoy in Afghanistan warned Monday.
 arrow Islamist group's new deadline for declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim
Khatme Nubuwat Committee Bangladesh yesterday threatened to launch a broader movement if the government does not declare Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim by June.
 arrow Outlaws issue death threat to Duta president
Outlawed Sarbahara Party members issued death threat against the Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) President Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique in a letter received on Sunday.
 arrow Extortionists forcefully stopped the construction of a sewerage line...

 arrow HC bans Crown, Hunter
The High Court yesterday declared illegal production, marketing and selling of Crown and Hunter, two brands of beverage produced by Jamuna Group of Industries as it contained liquor.
 arrow Machine gun seized in Bogra
Bogra police yesterday retrieved a heavy machine gun with an extra barrel and parts of two Chinese rifles from a septic tank on Mohammad Ali Hospital premises.
 arrow Nasim Osman arrested at Benapole
Nasim Osman, brother of Narayanganj Awami League leader Shamim Osman, was arrested by Benapole immigration police while going to India yesterday.
 arrow Two fall to death
A construction worker and a telephone lineman died falling from buildings in the capital yesterday.
Businessarrow Take steps to cut trade gap
A five-day Bangladesh festival began here in the Australian city of Sydney yesterday aiming to promote Bangladesh's trade and investment.
 arrow First international furniture fair begins Friday
Though local firms are manufacturing world class furniture to feed a growing upper middle class market and embarking on export in a limited scale, the potential sector is yet to get government recognition,
 arrow Global trade to expand in 2004 as China booms
Global goods trade is headed for strong growth of 7.
Sportsarrow Same old story
There were a few flashes of brilliance but Bangladesh's adventure in the ninth SAF Games will be remembered for its familiar ending as the curtain of the 11-day spectacle falls in Islamabad today.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly fit for 3rd Test
Indian captain Sourav Gan-guly has been passed fit to play in the final Test agai-nst Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Ganguly also missed the first Test, which his team won by an innings.

 arrow Cricket: BD A take one dayers too
All-rounder Manjarul Islam Rana led Bangladesh A to a comfortable 52- run victory over Zimbabwe A in the series deciding final one day match of the five-game series at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: End of Bevan?
Australia's leading one-day batsman Michael Bevan will make an announcement on his future in the next week after being dropped as a contracted player by Cricket Australia (CA) for the 2004-05 season.
 arrow Cricket: Streak didn't retire?
Contrary to claims made by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) last Friday, Heath Streak has denied resigning as national captain, and is currently seeking legal advice.
 arrow Cricket: ICC rejects Pak appeal
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected a call from Pakistan for a code of conduct to prevent former cricketers from making unsubstantiated match-fixing claims.
 arrow Hockey: BHF's names 18 for 5th Asia Cup
The Bangladesh Hockey Federa-tion (BHF) yesterday announced an 18-member under-21 team to take part in the fifth Asia Cup to be held in Karachi from April 20 to 29.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya need to rush reforms for Test status
World Cup semifinalists Kenya need to speed up their reforms before applying for Test status, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Fairness wins
Iran handed Kyrgyzstan a 2-0 defeat in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival but failed to secure any fair play points at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia checkmates Murshed
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman led table with nine points after the end of the tenth round games of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Football: ‘Forca' official song
Canadian-born singer Nelly Furtado's 'Forca' has been chosen as the official song of the Euro 2004 soccer championship being held in Portugal, tournament organisers said on Monday.
 arrow Football: FIFA drown in profit!
World football's governing body FIFA announced Tuesday it had made a surplus of 141 million Swiss francs (90 million euros, 109 million dollars).
 arrow Cricket: C'paul dropped
The West Indies, down 3-0 and in danger of a Test series whitewash against England for the first time in history, have made only one change to their squad for the fourth and final Test, starting at the
 arrow Cricket: Murali decision later
Sri Lanka's cricket board will not publicly release the results of an assessment into Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action until it has received an official report.
 arrow Cricket: Satadal crush CCC
Satadal Club Junior defeated Chittagong City Corporation Junior by six wickets in the second match of CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ankur champs
Ankur clinched the second Azim Group Under-13 Cricket Tournament title beating Cricket Coaching School (CCS) by six wickets in the final at the Kalabagan Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Ora Egaro Jan defeated Jagir Nabin Sangha by seven wickets in the inaugural match of the Shaheed Zia memorial cricket tournament at Muljan High School playground in Manikganj yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow All highways to have trauma centres
All major highways will be especially equipped with trauma management centres for treating road accident patients on an emergency basis, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandekar Mosharaf Hosain
 arrow 'Launch social movement against dowry'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for launching a social movement against dowry and raising awareness to combat the growing menace.
 arrow Khaleda to lay foundation of Reporters Bhaban May 26
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that she would lay the foundation stone of high-rise Reporters Bhaban of Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city on May 26.
 arrow Attack on Jugantor reporter condemned
Convenor of Keraniganj Thana Awami League (AL) and Joint Secretary of the Central Sub-Committee Nasrul Hamid Bipu yesterday condemned the attack on Delwar Hossain, Keraniganj correspondent of daily Jugantor.
 arrow 1451 more held
Police arrested 1,451 people, including one listed criminal, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Traders down shutters, hold rally
Traders in Nathullabadh central bus terminal area in the city observed a three-hour shutdown, held a rally and brought out a procession in the city yesterday in protest against the killing of young businessmen
 arrow Rajshahi police free two accused after 'taking bribe'
Two persons arrested in a woman repression case have been released by Boalia police in the city after taking bribe, the victim alleged yesterday.
 arrow Proposed Sylhet Children's Park gets no response from investors
Repeated attempts to lease a government land for establishing a Children's Park and Zoo in Sylhet could not attract desired response from private investors even after floating of tenders several times.
 arrow Magura farmers parade streets for smooth power supply
Several hundred farmers on Monday brought out a procession in the town demanding uninterrupted power supply during the ongoing boro season.
 arrow Nursing nature, making fortune
Nursery business has changed the lot of many, besides employing about 6000 people in the district.
 arrow Govt cheated of Tk five cr a year
The government is deprived of at least Tk five crore revenue earning every year as most of the hotels, boarding houses and restaurants in Rajshahi operate without licence, sources said.
 arrow Ultimatum for rescue of abducted Magura trader
Magura District Banik Samity (merchants association) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner (DC) demanding rescue of abducted businessman Sanatan KumarPaul
 arrow Charmonai Pir's party calls hartal in Barisal city April 8
Islami Shashontantra Andolan (JSA), a party led by the Charmonai Pir, has called a day-long hartal in Barisal city on April 8 demanding release of Rezaul Karim, son of the Pir and chairman of Charmonai
 arrow Tanker seized by police looted by miscreants
Miscreants on Monday night looted machinery and furniture from an oil tanker seized earlier by police on the Kirtonkhola river near Barisal city.
 arrow Duck plague in B'baria
Duck plague has broken out in different areas of the district.
 arrow Deshnetri Parishad leader faces arrest warrant
BNP-backed Deshnetri Parishad vice president Kazi Khairuzzaman Shipon faces a warrant of arrest on charge of 'demanding dowry' amounting to 5 lakh taka from his wife and torturing her.
 arrow State of World's Children launched
The State of the World's Children 2004 was launched and presented at the Rajshahi Shishu Academy auditorium on Sunday noon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Promoting a community-based approach
Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) is a major threat in public health and hence is a social and economic burden worldwide -- Bangladesh is no exception. It is estimated in 2002 that road crashes killed 1.
 arrow Fighting arthritis
All health information to keep you up to date

It is not always true that arthritis is a natural part of ageing. This means, you are not too young to have arthritis.

Culturearrow Jean Dometti, a major painter from France
Having met Jean Dometti -- a superb painter, based in Paris -- four times in Dhaka, one offers yet another slice of French 'sweetness and light'.
 arrow Women power to the fore
The fortnightly magazine, Anannya, has an annual award for the Top 10 women personalities.
 arrow A travel show offering rewards
Imagine, waking up in the high-tech city Kuala Lumpur and looking out of the window to see the world's tallest beauty Petronas Towers gleaming in the morning sun.
 arrow Palakar kids building future theatre activists
Palakar, a theatre group in Bangladesh, has recently started a theatre appreciation course for children. The first batch of 'Palakar Kids' has successfully completed their course.
Generalarrow Ethnic conflicts lead CHT to impoverishment
Successive governments had fuelled ethnic conflicts in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) leading the region to impoverishment, said the speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Reverse southward flow of information
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday urged the electronic media of South Asian countries to reverse the existing 'southward flow' of information by maximising the use of information technology
 arrow Kajal's accomplice held trying to flee country
Immigration officials of Benapole land port in Jessore yesterday arrested an accomplice of Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal, the prime suspect for the gruesome killings of an old Dhaka businessmanand
 arrow 2 die in clash over land dispute in Gaibandha
Two people were killed and 35 others injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups over the possession of 188 bigha of marshy land at village Nandishahar under Palashbari upazila yesterday.
 arrow CPD launches new web site
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the premier think tank of Bangladesh, has launched its new web site to meet the increasing demand for its activities, says a press release.
 arrow 2 BNP activists held with arms in Khulna
Police arrested two BNP activists and recovered from their possession a pistol loaded with two bullets on Monday night.
 arrow Bogra cultural team calls on president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday underlined the need for taking local initiatives to educate people particularly the womanfolk.
Internationalarrow US mulls sending more troops to Iraq
The US military has begun considering possible reinforcements in Iraq, as the US-led coalition announced that radical Shia leader Moqtada Sadr, blamed for inciting violence last weekend, is wanted for
 arrow Advani eyes deal on temple-mosque row
India's deputy prime minister said yesterday agreement was in sight on resolving one of India's most explosive religious disputes over construction of a Hindu temple on the ruins of a razed mosque.
 arrow Arafat wants Hamas' entry into PA
Veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat wants the militant group Hamas to be integrated into the political structure of the Palestinian Authority, he said in an interview published in Germany Monday.
 arrow US lacked info to prevent Sept 11, says Bush
President Bush said Monday he will tell the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks that his administration lacked the information needed to prevent the terrorists from striking.
 arrow Indian parties demand ban on opinion poll
Indian parties joined ranks yesterday to demand a blanket ban on opinion surveys and exit polls ahead of national elections as they had the potential to sway the vote, officials said.
 arrow Lithuanian president impeached
Lithuania's parliament voted President Rolandas Paksas out of office yesterday for his links with Russian business and intelligence, making him the first European leader to be removed through impeachment.
 arrow Round-the-world in just 58 days!
American adventurer Steve Fossett and his crew of 12 became the first sailors ever to circumnavigate the globe in under 60 days on Monday, beating the previous record by almost six days.
 arrow Iraq slipping into chaos
Iraq is in danger of sliding into chaos as US-led forces face increasingly bloody battles against both the Sunni community and the country's previously less hostile Shia Muslims, British newspapers warned
 arrow Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog
A top Iranian official pledged yesterday the Islamic republic would accelerate its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog and provide quick answers to quell suspicions Tehran was seeking to developnuclear
 arrow Queen appeals to set aside row over Iraq
Queen Elizabeth II on Monday urged France and Britain to put aside their differences, in an apparent reference to the US-British war on Iraq, at the start of a state visit to France to mark the centenary
 arrow Bush is losing support on Iraq: Poll
Public approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq has slipped to a new low alongside his overall job rating after last week's grisly deaths of four contractors in Fallujah, a poll says.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Growing Shia discontent
Shias in Iraq are challenging the occupying US forces. The unrest that has alarmingly spread across several cities bears an ample testimony to the community's growing disenchantment with the present situation.
 arrow Editorial: World Health Day
This year's World Health Day theme is: Road safety is no accident.
 arrow NATO and its new seven members from eastern Europe
On 29th March, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) signed up seven new countries in Eastern Europe in a historic expansion that takes military muscle to the Russian border.
 arrow Religion and politics: How far the two can go together?
The question or issue of religion and politics although settled long back at the time of enlightenment in Europe, has not been the same in many countries including Bangladesh.
 arrow A sign of hope in despair
Awami League deserves appreciation and recognition from all sensible people for the most well organised nature of political protest in the country in recent months, perhaps years.
Letters to Editorarrow Arms cache
It was a huge weapon haul in Chittagong, the port city of Bangladesh. We are extremely scared at this recovery. The seizure dwarfs any arms recovery in our country since 1971.It is an ominous sign.
 arrow Talking about roundabouts
We are in a state of uncertainty. Today's islands may be destroyed tomorrow, trees uprooted and towed away without any trace. People are braving and marching ahead for the sake of a better future.
 arrow Quit Iraq
One year has passed since the second Gulf war ended. Now it is time to analyse whether the war on Iraq was ' justified' or not, which was waged in the guise of "Operation Iraqi Freedom".
 arrow Row over WMD
The BBC had a bitter row with Prime Minister Tony Blair's government over Iraq's WMD issue. Weapons expert David Kelly, the source of the controversial BBC report, decided to take his own life.
 arrow How to govern?
I refer to the letter of Mr. Nur Hossain (under the heading "Simply silly") in the DS of 03-April where he raised the issue of governance of this country.
 arrow Getting a British visa
After 9/11, students of our country have become interested in studying in the UK, as getting a US visa is almost impossible for most of them.
 arrow Beautiful Dhaka!
DCC is full of original ideas.
 arrow A teacher's appeal
It has been reported that the teachers of non-govt high schools, madrasahs and colleges, who have retired since the year 2000, will be donated a handsome retirement lump grant.
 arrow PO boxes not developing!
For more than five years, I have been trying to hire a new Post office Box at one of the POs in Dhaka city; but each time I am told none was available (no vacancy).
 arrow Yankee accent!
The local broadcasting media has been invaded (as usual!) by the drawling American accent in the English news broadcasts a message of the new millennium, propagated so vigorously by President Bush.
 arrow City streets
It is nothing but looking back in anger. Many conscious people have written about city streets. The streets of Dhaka city have not been improved to the desired level.
 arrow A surfeit of leaders!
It is a general feeling that while you were sitting on the saddle (gaddi, power), the going was good.
 arrow Corruption and Bangladesh
I had an opportunity to read an article written by Mr AKN Ahmed which was published in your paper on the 31st March/2004 titled- "Corruption all over the world: where Bangladesh stands.
StarTecharrow Central Depository System makes share trade look easy
THE country's capital market got a boost with the implementation of the Central Depository System (CDS) last year, was it offered an effective solution to the share market transactions replacing the manual
 arrow Oracle, Dell stretch their strategic global alliance to Asian market
ORACLE Corporation, the world's largest enterprise software company, and Dell, the world's leading provider of computer systems and services, announced the extension of their successful strategic global
 arrow Satellite to test Einstein forecasts
A satellite designed to test two fundamental predictions made by Albert Einstein about the universe is ready for launch, 45 years after it was first proposed, Nasa and Stanford University officials said.
Star Chittagongarrow Dirty politics makes CU students' future uncertain
Politics of vested and partisan interest is one of the major factors responsible for the chaotic situation at Chittagong University (CU), making the academic life and future of over 20,000 students uncertain.
 arrow A Spring of Disappointment

 arrow Third bridge on Karnaphuli still treads water
All preparations were made to start the much-awaited construction work of the third bridge on the river Karnaphuli when a fresh government order poured cold water on all the aspirations and enthusiasm
Star Cityarrow Correctional centres need correction
Many inmates at juvenile corectional centres (now called Kishore Unnyan Kendra or Juvenile Development Centre) around the country are over the 18-year-old ceiling as there is no proper age verifying mechanism.
 arrow High-rises to replace worn-out quarters in govt colonies
The government plans to build multistoried apartment complexes inside the Motijheel and Azimpur Government Staff Quarters premises to provide more accommodation for employees.
 arrow A safe haven for drug peddlers
Anandabazaar slum has emerged as the safe haven for drug peddlers and addicts who were driven out of Agargaon and Bhashantek slums in an eviction.
 arrow Precious Works Get New Lease of Life

 arrow More private television channels to go on air
The information ministry may allow a few more private satellite television channels to go on air in a bid to increase competition and professionalism in the electronic media.
 arrow Quest for ways to tame traffic for two decades
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) is designing the city's traffic and transport system aiming to ease the ever-increasing traffic congestion for the next twenty years.
 arrow Low supply turns fish dearer
Fish crisis has gripped the city's kitchen markets with supplies going down everyday.

Supply to the wholesale markets fell around 200 tons a day from over 350 tons in the last 5-6 weeks.