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Front Pagearrow Battle rages through Iraq, 12 GIs killed
US Marines in a fierce battle for the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah dropped two 500-pound bombs and fired rockets at a mosque filled with worshippers yesterday, and witnesses said as many as 40people
 arrow Strike force against financial crimes soon
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday decided in principle to set up an independent interagency strike force to fight money laundering and other financial crimes, including fund flow for terrorist activities.
 arrow Cabinet body okays NGO watchdog
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved a proposal to set up a temporary regulatory body headed by the central bank governor with a two-year mandate to monitor micro-finance activities.
 arrow Stray violence marks first day of hartal
Stray bomb explosions, police-picket clashes and pre-strike violence marked the first day of the countrywide anti-government hartal yesterday called by two opposition parties demanding immediate resignation
 arrow Faridpur BNP leader gunned down in city
Unknown assailants killed Faridpur BNP Vice-President Liakot Hossain Khan in a burst of staccato bullets at a wedding function and injured two of his relatives in Dhanmondi last night in an apparent factional
 arrow Biman to buy backup engine for old F28s
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to buy a backup engine for two newly-procured F28s fearing mechanical glitches in the 26-year-old pair even before commissioning, throttling up maintenance cost of the
 arrow Army, navy posted to oil, gas installations
The government yesterday completed deployment of the army and navy to four key oil and gas installations in fear of subversion in the wake of largest ever arms bust in Chittagong on April 2.
 arrow Seized trawler has history of smuggling
The fishing trawler FV Amanat, seized with loads of weapon at the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd. (CUFL) jetty on April 2 was also detained by anti-smuggling team six months back.
 arrow No plan yet to seek help of Interpol
The government has not made any decision until yesterday on seeking Interpol's (International Criminal Police Commission under the United Nations) assistance to probe Friday's largest arms cache seizure
 arrow Hosts in command
Pakistan's pace battery ran through the Indian top-order, putting the hosts on course for a series-levelling victory in the second Test on Wednesday.
 arrow Drought brings windfall to water traders
A government-subsidised development agency and an NGO are apparently cashing in on the acute scarcity of irrigation water for Boro rice cultivation in the Barind region.
 arrow When dream fizzles out
Abdul Hakim of Tongi in Gazipur went to Jordan on February 26. He had given Tk 1.50 lakh to the local recruiting agency that promised him an overseas job.
 arrow Arches again sprout all over for PM's rally
Erecting overhead arches continues in the city streets, causing inconveniences to the traffic ahead of the prime minister's scheduled April-10 rally on Physical College premises in Mohammadpur.
 arrow Engineer shot dead in Pallabi
Unknown assailants shot dead a civil engineer in front of his Pallabi home yesterday in a morning ambush over an apparent business dispute and another three, including a housewife, were killed in separate
 arrow New feat in bypass surgery
For the first time in Bangladesh, surgeons have carried out a second bypass surgery on a heart patent.

The surgery was conducted at Z H Sikder Cardiac Hospital at Rayerbazar in Dhaka recently.

 arrow seasonal Nor'wester...

 arrow Arafat not scared of Sharon threat
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said in an interview published yesterday he did not fear Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's threats to assassinate him.
 arrow AL again rejects JS body offer for talks
A parliamentary committee on Tuesday invited opposition parties to a meeting seeking their opinions on the 14th constitution amendment bill, but the Awami League (AL) rejected the repeat appeal.
 arrow AL deadline not constitutional: Khaleda
Fixing a deadline to unseat an elected government before the end of its tenure is unconstitutional, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told a public meeting at Chatkhil High School in Noakhali yesterday.
 arrow Police nab 3 for links with gunrunning
Police held three persons yesterday in connection with the arms haul seized Friday last, which a section of intelligence forces claims was heading for Bandarban.
 arrow Charges pressed against 13 in Manik Saha murder
Khulna police have pressed charges against 13 people under the Explosive Substances Act for detonating a bomb that killed journalist Manik Chandra Saha.
 arrow Navy seizes Tk 42cr illegal fishing nets
Bangladesh Navy, in a three-month fishery protection campaign, have seized illegal fishing nets worth over Tk 41.88 crore and impounded jatka and other fish fry weighing about 1 ton.
 arrow AL begins fresh talks with close parties
The main opposition Awami League yesterday began a fresh round of talks with other political parties to consolidate a united effort for unseating the ruling alliance much ahead of its tenure.
 arrow Gono Forum leaders meet Khaleda
Gono Forum leaders Saifuddin Ahmed Manik and Shamsuddoha yesterday met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office.
 arrow Maoists kidnap 1,500 children in Nepal
Maoist rebels abducted around 1,500 youths from three villages in a remote corner of southwestern Nepal, a local village official said yesterday.
 arrow CHT refugees demand double ration
Too poor to afford this year's Baisabi celebrations, the indigenous internal refugees of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have asked Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to double their yearly ration.
 arrow Biman flights back to normal after engineers end strike
Biman's flight operations returned to normal yesterday after Tuesday's daylong disruptions to international and domestic flights due to a wildcat strike by 250 ground engineers.
 arrow Notorious Shibir criminal 'Gittu Nasir' nabbed
Police yesterday arrested a man believed to be notorious Islami-Chhatra Shibir cadre Gittu Nasir hours after he was injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Comilla.
 arrow 3 hurt as BNP factions clash in Barisal
Three persons, including the president of local Jubo Dal, a front organisation of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were critically injured by the counter faction, in the city on Tuesday night
 arrow Morshed goes to Ankara today
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan today leaves for Turkey on a three-day visit in a bid to win support for Bangladesh's candidature for the secretary general post of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).
 arrow Bac charges Hanif, 3 others in graft case
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) has pressed charges against four persons including former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor Mohammad Hanif for embezzling Tk 59.
 arrow 3 bullet-hit in BDR raid in Satkhira
Three people were bullet-hit in a shoot-out during a raid conducted by paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in bordering Harina village under Kolaroa upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow 3 Jhalakathi AL leaders expelled for ransacking Hasina's dais
Three leaders of Jhalakathi district Awami League (AL) have been expelled for ransacking the dais set for public meeting of party chief Sheikh Hasina and attacking the houses of the AL leaders in thetown
Businessarrow EU green paper on rules of origin to cover Bangladesh
Ambassador and head of delegation of the European Union in Dhaka yesterday said the EU is preparing a 'green paper' under preferential trade arrangements as apparel manufacturers sought relaxation of'rules
 arrow Nine-month remittance registers 11.4pc growth
The first nine months of this fiscal witnessed an 11.4 percent growth in remittance putting a positive impact on the country's foreign exchange reserves, which largely depend on remittance and exportearnings.
 arrow Concord property fair offers low-cost flats
Concord Real Estate and Development Ltd has offered small apartments at affordable prices at the ongoing Concord Property Fair 2004 in Dhaka.
 arrow Brussels warns EU quartet over rising deficits
The European Commission Wednesday put Britain and the Netherlands under formal surveillance for letting their budget deficits breach an EU target, while issuing a warning to Italy and upbraiding Greece.
 arrow Asean, EU ministers talk multilateral trade this month
Foreign ministers of Asean and European countries are to discuss ways of strengthening multilateral trade at this month's Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) against the backdrop of stalled World Trade Organisation
 arrow India's opposition slams economic 'misrule'
India's main opposition Congress party Wednesday pledged to accelerate India's economic growth to 10 percent, while charging the ruling Hindu-nationalist government of "colossal economic misrule.
 arrow Prime Finance and Investment okays 20pc stock dividend
Prime Finance and Investment Limited has approved 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow IBBL fixes profit rates on deposits
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd (IBBL) has declared final rates of profit on different types of Mudaraba deposits for the year 2003.
 arrow Qatar Airways participates in Moscow Show
Qatar Airways participated recently in the 11th Moscow International Travel and Tourism Show, says a press release.
 arrow Desco customers can pay bills thru' E-cash ATM
Desco (Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd) signed an agreement with Electronics Transactions Network Ltd (ETN), the service provider of E-cash shared ATM network, on Saturday in Dhaka on collection ofelectricity
 arrow Citigroup tops list of 'Forbes Global 2000' ranking
Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank NA, has topped the list of Forbes Global 2000, which is measured by composite ranking of sales, profits, assets and market value.
 arrow Emirates to start flight to Christchurch
Emirates has announced that it will fly to Christchurch from June 10, marking its second footprint in New Zealand after Auckland, which joined the Emirates route network in August last year.
 arrow Asean to hold investment roadshows in Europe, US
Southeast Asian finance ministers will stage joint roadshows in Europe and the United States to help attract investors to the region, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday.
 arrow Six nations in line for EU deficit warnings
Another four countries including Britain and Italy look set to join France and Germany in the EU budgetary doghouse when the European Commission publishes its spring economic forecasts on Wednesday.
 arrow Japan refuses US beef without testing every cow
Japan has flatly rejected a US proposal to lift Tokyo's ban on American beef over madcow fears, according to a letter released Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: CCL likely from April 20
The first-ever Corporate Cricket League (CCL) could begin from April 20.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to rejoin side
India captain Sourav Gan-guly will rejoin the team for the third and final Test in Pakistan after recovering from a back injury, a top cricket official said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh stands by Murali
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has come out in support of Muttiah Muralitharan while the Sri Lankan off-spinner faces fresh allegations of chucking.
 arrow Cricket: Don't tour Zim: Wisden
England's vexed tour of Zimbabwe in October should be cancelled and no other team should tour the country, the editor of cricketing almanack Wisden has said.
 arrow Cricket: Streak skips match
Pace bowler Heath Streak said on Wednesday he would not play a domestic first-class match this weekend and would continue talks with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) in a bid to clear up his playing status.
 arrow Cricket: Bevan England-bound?
Discarded Australian one-day international cricketer Michael Bevan may be off to play in England after his shock failure to receive a Cricket Australia contract.
 arrow Cricket: Bacher wishes WI well
Ali Bacher has said he is confident the West Indies can stage a successful World Cup in 2007 despite fears that their infrastructure is not good enough to hold the sport's biggest event.
 arrow Cricket: Waqar makes up his mind
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis will announce his retirement from all cricket later this week.
 arrow Cricket: Indian players win Pak hearts
A 10-year-old Pakistani girl suffering from cancer has been offered free treatment in India following an appeal by the touring Indian cricketers.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting best in the world
Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting was named on Wednesday as cricket bible Wisden's first Leading Cricketer in the World.
 arrow Tennis: US face Sweden in qtrs
Hoping to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1995, a confident United States to play hosts Sweden in a quarterfinal tie starting here Friday.
 arrow An Afghan ambition
A diminutive Afghan girl who made history by competing in the South Asian Federation (SAF) games as the youngest of 1,800 athletes said Wednesday she is aiming for the Olympics.
 arrow Football: Monaco turn Real world
Monaco claimed a deserved place in the Champions League semi-finals here on Tuesday after knocking out Real Madrid in one of the most improbable upsets in the history of the competition.
 arrow Football: Galaxy gone wrong?
Real Madrid lost their shirts in Monte Carlo on Tuesday in what the Spanish press has claimed proved the failure of the club's superstar recruitment policy.
 arrow Football: Gunners get the Blues
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has admitted he suffered "30 seconds of delirium" after watching Wayne Bridge's late winner fire his side into the Champions League semi-finals at Arsenal's expense.
 arrow Football: A Russian victory!
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich claims his players showed "Russian character" to knock Arsenal out of the Champions League at Highbury on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Deschamps' delight
Monaco coach Dider Deschamps hailed his players after they knocked out Real Madrid to claim a place in the Champions League semi-finals in one of the most improbable upsets in the history of the competition.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Gultia Juba Sangha defeated Chamta Khagrakhari National Club by 48 runs in the Shaheed Zia memorial cricket tournament at the Muljan High School playground in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess restarts today
The eleventh round games of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship will start today from 6:00 pm at the NSC conference-room.
Metropolitanarrow Exchange of programmes to help bring people closer
The third meeting of the heads of national TV and Radio stressed the need for exchanging national programmes of the SAARC countries for the benefit of the people of the region.
 arrow Injured youth dies a day after release from DMCH
A youth who was beaten up by his rivals over a cricket match died yesterday, 34 hours after his release from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Introduction of Bangla in schools discussed
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury called on the Speaker of the New South Wales Parliament Joseph Aquilina at his office in Sydney yesterday.
 arrow Mother, daughter found dead, husband missing
Ishwardi thana police recovered the bodies of a mother and her two-year-old daughter from the river Padma at Pakshi on Tuesday.
 arrow Mass campaign on health awareness
The Nari Unnayan Shakti (Women's power for development) carried out mass campaign in different places across the country yesterday to mark the World Health Day, says a press release.
 arrow Death threat against Duta president condemned
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) and the Progressive Teachers' Association (PTA) of RU yesterday condemned the death threat issued by the outlaws to Prof.
 arrow Two accused placed on police remand
Two alleged rapists of a girl were taken on a two-day police remand yesterday after Sylhet Kotowali police brought them to the magistrate's court.
 arrow Develop habit of reasoning
Minister for Environment and Forest Shajahan Siraj said taking decision on the basis of logic is the main theme of a democratic polity.
 arrow Body to probe RMC incident
The academic council of Rajshahi Medical College yesterday formed a five-member committee to investigate Tuesday's attack on different wards and teachers' rooms by the students.
 arrow Commemorative stamp on World Health day
Bangladesh Post Office has issued commemorative stamp of Tk six denomination on the occasion of the World Health Day.
 arrow Buet Rover Scout Week begins
The Rover Scout Week of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) began on Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Alee Murtaza inaugurated the week at the Council Bhaban.

 arrow New deptt opens at GB
The Gono Bishwabidyalay (GB) authorities opened the department of "politics and administration" from 2003-2004 academic session.


 arrow Seminar on life of mystic poet l-Farid
A seminar on the life of great mystic poet Umar Ibnu 'l-Farid' was held at the Department of Arabic, University of Dhaka, recently, with department Chairman Prof.
 arrow Over 900 held
Police arrested 920 people during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday .
 arrow BAS executives
Prof. Dr M Shamsher Ali and Prof Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury have been elected president and secretary of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) for 2004-05, says a press release.
 arrow Chest & Heart Assoc executives
Dr Mirza Mohammad Hiron and Dr Md Zahirul Islam Shakil have been elected president and secretary general of the Chest & Heart Association of Bangladesh for 2004-2006, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Orchid export is in sight
The Department of Biotechnology of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has developed a technology for commercial production of orchid plants, opening up a prospect for their export.
 arrow Depositors want return of money
Several hundred field employees and members of a local NGO -- Samaj Unnayan Karma Shangstha (SUKS)-- laid a siege to its office here and brought out a procession in the city on Tuesday demanding return
 arrow 50 hurt in Rajshahi pre-hartal clash
At least 50 people including three policemen were injured in pre-hartal clashes involving its supporters and opponents and police at Puthia in the district Tuesday evening.
 arrow Students ransack RMC teachers' rooms after failing in MBBS exam
A group of students, failing in the MBBS examination, went on the rampage and ransacked rooms of three teachers at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, blaming them for their result.
 arrow 'Rebel' Bandarban BNP leader returns to party
'Rebel' BNP leader Sa Ching Pro along with a large number of followers has formally returned to the party.
 arrow Develop grassroots women leadership
Development of women leadership at grassroots level is a must to eradicate the problems faced by the womenfolk in the country.
 arrow Barguna BCL leader held for 'desecrating' PM's photo
Barguna police have arrested Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Nasir Al Mamun on charge of desecrating the photo of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at Barguna circuit house.
 arrow Ershad Shikder's execution: Letter yet to reach jail
The Khulna district jail authorities are yet to receive an official letter relating to execution of the death penalty of condemned prisoner Ershad Shikder.
 arrow Three killed in Habiganj road accident
Three persons were killed and two others seriously injured when a truck carrying them fell into a roadside ditch at Minajpur in Nabiganj upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Stalemate at CU continues
Stalemate at Chittagong University (CU) continued for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.

Academic activities were completely stopped.

 arrow Nor'wester lashes three Netrakona upazilas
Fifteen persons were wounded and about 1,000 kutcha houses were damaged in a nor'wester accompanied by hailstorm which swept over Netrakona Sadar, Atpara and Purbadhala upazilas on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Kushtia Poura polls: BNP, AL declare candidates
Ruling BNP and Opposition Awami League (AL) have declared their chairman candidates in the Kushtia Pourasabha election scheduled to be held on May 8.

The main contest will be between the two parties.

 arrow Anti-drug meet held at Satkhira
The narcotics department held a discussion meting in the town on Tuesday to create awareness among people against increasing drug use, particularly by youths.
 arrow Phensidyl Queen arrested again in Ashuganj
The Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Phensidyl Queen Ratna Begum in Ashuganj with 95 bottles of the drug again on Thursday.
 arrow WDB dam in Bhola breaches a year after construction
Crops on about 300 acres of land reeled under water in Char Nuton in Charfession upazila in Bhola district following a breach in a dam there in the early hours of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Enkindle the lamp of hope
The apparently lofty ideal of 'poverty alleviation' is, as it seems, gaining newer momentum these days in the expression of some of our political leaders.
 arrow So the threat is very real, after all!
Ever since the New York terror attacks on September 11 2001, the UK has been put on high alert against the possibility of similar raids on high-profile as well as "soft" British targets, either by the
Culturearrow People of Karail and their German friends
SARAH Rubensdörffer, Silvia Béres and Jakob Berr went to Karail slum with their cameras.
 arrow The versatile Sharmilee Ahmed
Sharmilee Ahmed has carved a place for herself both on the small and big screen. With about 118 films and over 300 dramas on television, she has enthralled people with her acting talent.
 arrow Fashion show

 arrow Education, literature and cultural week 2004
Professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury said: We should give priority to Internationalisation not to Globalisation.
Generalarrow UNEP urged to conduct study on possible ecological disaster
Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj has reiterated his call to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for conducting a study on a possible ecological disaster that would be created
 arrow BDR, BSF discuss cross-border terrorism
A flag meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at Basantapur BOP in Kaliganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Three of a family killed in Comilla road accident
Three members of a family were killed and four others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Comilla on Tuesday night.
Internationalarrow US rules out plans to chase militants in Pakistan
The US military said yesterday it had no current plans to chase Islamic militants fleeing its forces in Afghanistan into Pakistan, despite comments by the US ambassador suggesting it might have to doso.
 arrow 'I chose politics long ago'
At the Munshiganj guest house, Rahul Gandhi has just been asked why he decided to join politics.
 arrow Kerry questions Bush on Iraq deadline
Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry suggested Tuesday that President Bush may have set the June 30 deadline for turning over control of Iraq to interim government for political reasons.
 arrow First Sept 11 convict released
A German court ordered the conditional release yesterday of the only man convicted anywhere in the world over the September 11 attacks against the United States, pending a new trial mandated by a federal
 arrow Rwanda remembers genocide victims
Rwanda has observed three minutes of silence as part of ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the genocide.
 arrow Nepal at a standstill on second day of strike
Nepal came to a standstill for a second successive day yesterday as a general strike called by Maoist rebels was widely observed across the Himalayan kingdom, officials and witnesses said.
 arrow 8 Iraqis killed by US troops in west of Kirkuk
Eight Iraqis were killed yesterday and 12 wounded in an exchange of gunfire with US troops during a demonstration west of here to protest US attacks on the hotbed town of Fallujah, police and medicssaid.
 arrow Pakistan army plans fresh al-Qaeda offensive
Pakistan is positioning hundreds oftroops for a new operation to hunt down Al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives in its mountainous northwest Afghan border, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow British teenager in court over alleged bomb plot
A 17-year-old, who was one of nine people arrested in British police raids last week which apparently foiled a bomb plot, was remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court.
 arrow Spanish police find explosives stashed at blown up flat
Spanish authorities investigating the March 11 train bombings in Madrid have uncovered explosives, bundles of cash and assorted documents in the flat where six suspects blew themselves up Saturday rather
Editorialarrow Editorial: Confrontation taking a worse turn
The politics of hartal and the government's toughening stance on it are a recipe for violence and counter-violence.
 arrow Editorial: Strategic transport plan
The authorities finally seem to have woken up to the fact that the traffic congestion that clogs the roads of the capital city is a matter of the utmost importance, and one that requires a well-thought-out
 arrow 'Opposition is not an enemy'
Some weeks ago I had the privilege of calling on Dr. I K Gujral, former Prime Minister of India at his residence in New Delhi.
 arrow An honour to do without
Pakistan has become a Major Non NATO Ally of the US. This has opened the door to Pak Army buying spares, training and some US made equipment, subject to approval by the US, case by case.
Letters to Editorarrow Can murder be justified?
The report on the killing of a BNP activist ( March 31 issue) says the alleged killer was lynched by a mob.
 arrow Our politicians
The letter by Mr. Abdad Khan, How to be popular, April 6, 2004, is a cry in the wilderness, as our politicians remain out of our sight leaving our election aspirations out of their mind.
 arrow Gulshan 1, 2 circles
I don't know who are responsible for removal of Gulshan 1 and 2 circles. One can easily see that it has worsened traffic movement by at least 200 per cent.
 arrow Convicted for life
According to a news item from Satkhira [DS, April 6], a young man and his younger sister were sentenced to suffer RI for life as they were found with 60 bottles of Phensidyl.
 arrow Ammo haul
We have seen the biggest ever ammo haul in the country. Unlike the previous cases of ammo haul where sheer luck smiled upon them, here police had a 'tip off'.
 arrow Banish hartal or perish
I agree with your writer MU Ahmed (DS April, 05) that hartal must be banned as it is suicidal . We neither can commit suicide, nor can persuade others to do so.