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Front Pagearrow 8 AK-47s slip out of cache
At least eight Ak-47 rifles were taken away from the arms cache seized on April 02 in Chittagong, guess army experts.
 arrow Cop-criminal shootout kills top Shibir terror
The chief of a notorious Islamists-backed gang was killed and four policemen were injured in an early morning shootout yesterday at a remote place 25 miles north of the port city.
 arrow AL's two-day hartal ends
The two-day dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country called by the main opposition Awami League (AL) ended yesterday amid stray violence, disrupting life for the second consecutive day.
 arrow So, what have you proved?
After keeping the whole nation confined to their homes for two consecutive days, after preventing ordinary people from pursuing their daily life (which is the fundamental right of every citizen anywhere
 arrow Politics, graft, crime to top agenda
The World Bank-led donor group plans to give the government a tough time on issues like political unrest, law and order fall and corruption on May 8, the first day of the three-day Bangladesh Development
 arrow Militiamen control parts of 3 cities
Militiaman loyal to an anti-US Shia cleric controlled large swaths of three Iraqi cities yesterday after clashes with coalition forces, while US Marines fought insurgents for the second day around a mosque
 arrow Urdu letter adds new suspicion
The finding of an Urdu letter in FV Khazar Dan a day after the seizure of the arms cache has given a new twist to the crime.
 arrow Rise of a terror
The death of notorious criminal Yakub in a police-criminal shootout came as a relief for the residents of Hathazari and Fatikchhari.
 arrow Hosts draw level
Pakistan crushed India by nine wickets to register an emphatic series-levelling victory with more than a day to spare in the second Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Life reels from power outages
Large parts the capital and the prime port city of Chittagong reeled under hours of power cuts yesterday after four major grids tripped amid a dogging countrywide crisis, making life miserable.
 arrow AL to lay siege to Hawa Bhaban on April 21
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will lay siege to Hawa Bhaban on April 21, demanding closedown of what it said was 'the seat of unbridled corruption'.
 arrow 26 Indian cops killed in Naxal ambush
At least 26 policemen were killed when landmines planted by suspected Maoists blew up four vehicles in their patrol in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, police said yesterday.
 arrow Kamal for probe body headed by ex-CJ
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain has demanded formation of an independent and neutral inquiry commission headed by a former chief justice to investigate the recent arms haul in Chittagong.
 arrow Egg, baby food, sugar turn pricey
Prices of some groceries soared high during the last week, while back to back hartals in last two days brought escalation in vegetables' prices, kitchen market shoppers and traders said yesterday.
 arrow Trader buys freedom for Tk 10 lakh
A businessman returned home to Magura yesterday, reportedly paying his abductors Tk 10 lakh to buy his way out of nine-day captivity.
 arrow Anti-graft law gathers dust
The government is yet to decide a date to put the anti-corruption commission law into effect, two months into the passage of the legislation.
 arrow Tigers kill 2 fishermen
Tigers pawed two fishermen dead in the Sundarbans in the last two days.
 arrow Father kills newborn twin daughters
A father killed his newborn twin-daughters in Bhandaria of Pirozpur in the early hours of yesterday.

Nazma Begum, 28, wife of Anwar Hossain, 35, of Ikry village gave birth to the twins Wednesdaynight.

 arrow Tofail tells of mass upsurge to oust govt by April 30
Awami League (AL) presidium member Tofail Ahmed yesterday said the government will be ousted through a mass upsurge by the April 30 deadline to end what he said was misrule of the ruling coalition.
 arrow Guerillas abduct 8 Koreans, 3 Japanese in Iraq
Eight South Koreans and three Japanese were kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq, and captors armed with automatic rifles and swords threatened yesterday to burn the Japanese alive if Tokyo did not withdraw
 arrow Embassy car kills schoolboy in city
A western embassy car yesterday killed an 11-year-old boy during hartal hours at Baridhara in the capital.
 arrow Al-Qaeda calls for killing Americans
One of Saudi Arabia's most wanted al Qaeda militants has called on Muslims to kill Americans everywhere and vowed attacks against Arab leaders allied to Washington, according to a video carried on anIslamist
 arrow Abducted trader, SSC examinee freed in Rajshahi
Law enforcers yesterday rescued a kidnapped businessman and a female SSC examinee and held six suspected abductors at Godagari in Rajshahi.
 arrow Killers of Old Dhaka trader to be tried in fast track court: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the trial of the gruesome killings of Shamsul Huq and his son Russell Sheikh will be held under the Speedy Trial Act for quick and exemplary punishment to the
 arrow Man nabbed as Gittu Nasir proves fake
The person arrested by police is not notorious Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadre Gittu Nasir, as suspected earlier, confirmed sources in Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday.
Businessarrow Reduce import duty on bicycle parts
Bicycle assemblers have demanded withdrawal of supplementary duty and reduction of import duty on parts and accessories of bicycle, rickshaw and rickshaw vans.
 arrow Sell-off plan of two sugar mills deferred for one year
The government has decided to defer the privatisation of two state-owned sugar mills -- Jillbangla Sugar Mill at Jamalpur and Setabganj Sugar Mill at Dinajpur-- for one year.
 arrow 5-year project taken to develop SMEs
The government is going to implement a five-year business development service project targeting development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with Tk 121.55-crore assistance from a donor consortium.
 arrow Banks in Ctg port, customs house area to remain open today
At the directive of Bangladesh Bank (BB), all banks located in Chittagong Port and Customs House area remained open yesterday from 5pm to 9pm and will remain open today, the weekly holiday, from 9am to
 arrow Citigroup declares $200m financial education project
Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank NA, and the Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, has announced a $200 million project for expanding financial education across the world.
 arrow Samsung denies over reliance on foreign tech
South Korea's largest cellular phone maker defended itself against recent criticism that its products are over-dependant on foreign technology, claiming that the company is more than capable of holding
 arrow WTO judges back ruling against EU anti-drug plan
World Trade Organisation (WTO) appeals judges ruled Wednesday that a European Union tariff programme designed to reduce the production of illegal drugs violates global free trade rules.
 arrow Asia’s forex reserves up $220b in 1st quarter
Asian foreign exchange reserves rose more than $220 billion in the first quarter of 2004, according to central bank figures, and the rise could have been larger since China has not updated its figures.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Nine-month remittance registers 11.4pc growth' run on this page yesterday, the remittance received in March 2004 was inadvertently mentioned as $275 million.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Inzy's reply to critics
Pakistan's cap-tain Inza-mamul Haq on Thursday lashed out at his team's arm-chair critics, saying he will resign if the negative appraisals did not stop.
 arrow Cricket: Crisis worsens in Zim
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) held an emergency meeting on Thursday with a group of players who threatened to resign their contracts, with further discussions expected later in the day.
 arrow Cricket: Vivian vexed at Windies team
West Indies chairman of selectors Vivian Richards has laid into the current team, accusing them of being "stagnant" and failing to progress as players.
 arrow Cricket: Can Read it
England wicketkeeper Chris Read believes his place in the Test team will be in jeopardy if his record as a batsman does not improve.

"I know I am not doing my job with the bat.

 arrow Cricket: Nat'l players can play in CCL
The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday allowed the following 24 cricketers, under the national pool, to take part in the forthcoming Corporate Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pak bowlers have always tampered'
Abdul Qadir, the legendary Test leg-spinner, has apparently been axed by Pakistan Television (PTV), for attributing the success of Pakistan's fast bowlers, both past and present, to tampering with the
 arrow Cricket: Miandad may quit if …
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad might quit following the Test series against India after criticism of his team's performances during the 3-2 defeat in last month's one-day series, he said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Waiting in the wings
Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu insisted on Thursday that he is ready to tackle the challenge and the pressure of becoming the youngest ever international captain in the history of the sport.
 arrow Cricket: What inspires Clarke
Australian Test batting prodigy Michael Clarke says he is relishing the prospect of playing under the captaincy of Shane Warne at English county Hampshire.
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn escapes draft
Thai tennis sensation Paradorn Srichaphan escaped having to serve in the army after the number of volunteers exceeded the military's quota for new recruits.
 arrow Tennis: Serena sails
Second seed Serena Williams scored a crushing win while title holder Elena Dementieva was forced to retire from her second-round match at the 585,000 dollars Amelia Island WTA championship in Floridaon
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Ranadia Ora Egaro Jan Club defeated Joka Sabuj Sangha by seven wickets in the Shaheed Zia memorial cricket tournament at the Muljan High School playground here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Dawra Cricket Club and Nabarun Cricket Club posted victories in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Ranga Mia cricket tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School playground here yesterday.
 arrow Navy hockey
The annual hockey championship of the Bangladesh Navy concluded at the BNS Titumir playground here Wednesday.
 arrow Nat'l 9-ball pool starts today
The national nine-ball pool championship begins at WEGA Zone, billiard centre in the city today. The meet has been organised by the Bangladesh Billiard and Snooker Federation (BBSF).
 arrow Football: Miracle in La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruna coach Javier Irureta described his team's sensational Champions League triumph over holders AC Milan on Wednesday as a 'miracle'.
 arrow Football: Porto pack a punch
FC Porto's South African striker Benni McCarthy hailed his side's qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League here on Wednesday as the one of the highlights of his career.
 arrow Football: Step aside big boys!
Real Madrid, AC Milan and Arsenal have crashed out of the Champions League quarter-finals in an amazing 24 hours of football which leaves Europe's most sought-after trophy up for grabs.
Metropolitanarrow None arrested yet
Police yet to arrest anybody in connection with the killings of engineer Abdur Razzaq at Pallabi and Faridpur BNP Vice-President Liakot Hossain Khan at Dhanmondi in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow FM leaves for Turkey
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left here yesterday for Ankara on a three-day official visit to Turkey at the invitation of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul, also in-charge of the Ministry of
Culturearrow Jean-Pierre Tingaud: French print-maker nonpareil
Jean-Pierre Tingaud, speaking at a press conference, held at Alliance Francaise said 'I am happy to be back for the second time.
 arrow Uniting children for a better world
The Social Harmony Project (SHP) was officially launched on April 6, at the auditorium of the International School Dhaka.
 arrow Premier show of Juddher Shontan
Vision Theatre staged their new production Juddher Shontan on April 7, at Mohila Shomity Mancho. It is the fourth production of the theatrical group.
Generalarrow Road accidents cost country Tk 4,000cr a yr
Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at a roundtable yesterday said road accidents cost the country Tk 4,000 crore every year apart from claiming the lives of 4,000 people and injuring 5,000
 arrow 6 new markets for essentials planned
The Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Ministry yesterday decided to set up six new wholesale essentials markets in Dhaka to 'keep prices within reasonable limits' by lowering transportation
 arrow PM's directive to resolve land dispute
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the ministry concerned to resolve the matter relating to the land of a church at Dharmasagar in Comilla town.
 arrow Transport worker burnt to death
A transport worker was burned to death and five others were injured when three buses caught fire from a snapped high-voltage cable at Kuti bus terminal in Kasba upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Trader kidnapped in Bandarban
An armed gang kidnapped a trader from Kachhaptali in Roangchhari upazila Wednesday night and demanded a ransom of Tk 2 lakh for his release.
 arrow Bomb scare at Secretariat
A bomb scare prompted the police to conduct a search inside the Secretariat for three hours on Wednesday night, but in vain.
 arrow Bagerhat BNP man gets 17 years RI
Ruling BNP activist Lutfor Rahman Nikari,30, of Syedpur village under Bagerhat Sadar upazila, has been sentenced to 17 years rigorous imprisonment for keeping illegal arms.
 arrow Robbers loot city house, 2 held
A gang of robbers posing as tenants looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 5 lakh from the landlord's room in the city's Badda area yesterday noon but two of the gang members were caught while decamping
 arrow RU IBA admission test Apr 16
The Institute of Business Administ-ration of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday announces a fresh schedule of IBA admission test.
 arrow CPJ condemns attack on Jugantor journo
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based media rights watchdog, has condemned the attack on Delwar Hossain, Keraniganj correspondent of the daily Jugantor in the city on April 4.
 arrow Bandarban poura chairman removed
Chairman of Bandarban Pourasabha Alhaj Md Ayub Chowdhury was removed from his post on Wednesday by a Presidential order.
 arrow One gets life for throwing acid on wife, daughter
One person has been sentenced to life-term imprisonment for throwing acid on his wife and daughter at Swarupnagar in Chapainawabganj town about two years ago.
 arrow 3 children of a family die after taking poisoned puffed rice
Three children of a family died as they took puffed rice poisoned with insecticide at a village in Belkuchi upazila yesterday.
 arrow Indigenous Cultural Fair begins in Rangamati today
The 7th Indigenous Cultural Fair begins at Rangamati today amid great enthusiasm.
 arrow Injured DU student improves at DMCH
The condition of a Dhaka University (DU) student, who was seriously injured falling from the fourth floor's balcony of Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall on Wednesday night, has been improving slowly, said
 arrow Mysterious disease claims 2 more in Faridpur
Two more people have died of a mysterious disease raising the total death to 15.

Bachchu, 40, one of the three patients taken to the capital, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning.

 arrow College girl rescued in Rajshahi
A college girl was rescued at Sabdipur village under Godagari upazila on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hilsa going out of our lives?
Hilsa, our emblem of a national delicacy; and tradition-ally, a source of 30 per cent fish supply, provider of liveli-hood to 4.
 arrow Editorial: Arches for the PM
Arches are sprouting all over again in Dhanmondi, Mo-hammadpur and its adjacent areas in a display of adula-tion for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Time to focus on reality not image
It has long been known that the political leadership in this country does not take kindly to hearing bad news.
 arrow The honour of killing
I have killed, I must confess. I have killed with both hands, taking lives of many roaches, rats, flies and mosquitoes.
 arrow David versus Goliath -- a political brawl made in America
Whom shall we believe in the latest political brawl made in America?

On one side is Richard Clarke, the former bureaucrat and anti terrorism czar who served both Bill Clinton and George Bush, Jr.

Letters to Editorarrow International Health Day
Regarding the International Health Day (April 7), it should be mentioned that Bangladesh has covered many miles on the road toward reduced fertility and childhood mortality in its first three decadessince
 arrow A good write-up
I have just finished reading, with considerable interest an article by Brig. General (Retd) Shahedul Anam Khan in The Daily Star (April 5, 2004.) under the caption "Chittagong Arms haul: Some queries..
 arrow UK visa
I am writing in response to Mr. Rahman's letter regarding UK visa.
 arrow Whither US?
It appears that by dint of his belligerence, lack of vision and wisdom, the 43rd, and the most unsuccessful, US President George Bush has raged to the dust the ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity
 arrow Lankan peace : so near yet so far
The positive outcome of the Norwegian-brokered peace talks between the LTTE and the government made the world feel that peace was not a mythological creature only existing in the books.
 arrow Why an extra 9?
Recently, Aktel has added a 9 after 018 for all of their existing numbers. It's a good sign of increasing subscribers.
 arrow Private universities
I read with interest Mr. Saif's letter on 'Private Universities' (April 5) and I would like to express a different opinion.
 arrow Roadmap or road rash?
The recent escalation in violence in the Middle East is turning the roadmap peace process into a mere road rash situation. The Israeli authorities assassinated the Hamas leader, who was physically disabled.
 arrow BBC initiative
It is a matter of great pleasure that the BBC radio has taken an initiative to identify 20 (twenty persons) greatest Bangalees through casting of public (listeners' ) vote.
 arrow Punish the human beasts
We are really concerned that the number of rape cases has increased. And rape victim deaths are on the rise.
 arrow Arms and the man
We have read various statements and opinions covered by numerous news media including a subtle censorial statement from the concerned ministry spokesmen asking the press to refrain from 'opinionating'.
 arrow Repair the road
There reside lakhs of peoples in the area from Della Bamoil to Dogair Natunpara of Demra Sarulia Union.
 arrow Yes to human shield, but No to hartal
In the name of "No-confidence human shield" thousands of activists of the Awami League (AL) and its affiliates lined up along the major Dhaka city roads on 30th March, demanding immediate resignation
 arrow A brutal act
Every day we hear about crimes like murder, violence, corruption, when we scan through the newspaper early in the morning. But March 29 gave us a real shock.
 arrow Mr Bush: the double-dealer
US president George W Bush is an expert in deceiving which has once again been proved by his tacit stance, after the mind-boggling killing of the Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Yassen.
 arrow Play the ball, not the man
To my mind, football is a strategic game or stratagem to play it, it needs patience, clue: how to capture the ball, how to send it to the appropriate player so that a goal can be scored … etc.
Environmentarrow State of biodiversity in the eastern coast
The coastal zone in Bangladesh is about 710 km in length from Badar Mokam in the east to Haribhanga river in the west (ESCAP, 1989).
Urbanarrow The heart of the matter: ineffectual, ineffective and inadequate
In a high-rise building, commercial inclusive, the most important part is the locale that facilitates vertical circulation. That's obvious since verticality is one of the objectives of such a building.
 arrow Core of high-rise buildings of Dhaka city
Extracts from the Building Construction Rules,1996

that are relevant to today's discussion:

Building Construction Rules, 1996 (from original in Bangla) Framed under Building Construction Act,

Worldarrow Attack on Kashmir polls rally: 4 killed
Suspected rebels attacked an election rally in Indian Kashmir yesterday, killing at least four people and injuring 35, including two state ministers while 16 others killed in separatist violence.
 arrow NDA vows to make India economic superpower
India's ruling coalition yesterday unveiled its agenda for the next five years and said if voted back to office it would strive to turn the nation into an economic superpower and fight for peace.
 arrow Pak parliament okays bill to set up national security council
Pakistan's federal parliament yesterday approved a bill to create a controversial civil-military National Security Council, amid vehement opposition protests that its passage was an attack on the parliament's
 arrow 'Sonia must be quizzed in Bofors case'
Testimony from India's Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi is crucial to solving a 1.3 billion dollar bribe scandal involving Swedish arms firm Bofors and Indian politicians, an investigator said yesterday.
 arrow China calls for Indo-Pak reconciliation
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing in talks with Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri urged continued reconciliation efforts between nuclear neighbors Pakistan and India yesterday, while also
 arrow Maoists free most of abducted Nepalis
Maoist rebels released most of 1,500 people they abducted in rural Nepal but took more hostage after a raid on a police station that left at least four people dead, officials said.
 arrow Lanka seeks to revive talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's incoming government will revive talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Wednesday.
 arrow Fighting rages in Afghan province
Three Afghan security men and three Taliban guerrillas were killed in clashes in a southern province in which a US soldier was also wounded, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow US seeks int'l force to protect UN in Iraq
The United States is asking more than a dozen countries to contribute to a multinational force to protect the United Nations, should it decide to return to Iraq, The Washington Post said yesterday.
 arrow Terror response was insufficient: Rice
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice has told the commission on the September 11 attacks the Bush administration and several previous presidents have failed to respond adequately to terrorist threats,
 arrow Sunni, Shias unite to bring supplies to Fallujah
Thousands of Sunni and Shia Muslims backed by cars full of food and medical supplies headed on foot yesterday toward the town of Fallujah, which has been besieged by US forces.
 arrow 'US facing 'serious problem' in Iraq'
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that US troops are facing a "serious problem" in Iraq as they seek to quell armed uprisings across the country against the US-led coalition.
 arrow US forces face dogged resistance in battle to crush Shia, Sunni rebels
US forces approached the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's ouster facing dogging resistance yesterday from Sunni and Shia rebels as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered for a major Shia festival in
 arrow Israel, Palestinians get ready for possible Gaza pullout
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to unilaterally disengage from the Palestinians was taking shape yesterday as both sides prepared for an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and its aftermath.
 arrow Kerry says US in a 'mess' in Iraq
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry on Wednesday called the US occupation of Iraq a "mess" and said it was time for President George W. Bush to acknowledge his difficulties to the world.
 arrow Muslims in Manila living in fear of clampdown
Most Muslims in the Philippines capital these days try to make it home before nightfall to avoid what they describe as unprovoked, systematic harassment by the security forces.
 arrow Mallika ready to take on Vajpayee
Bollywood's new sex symbol, Mallika Sherawat, is ready to contest upcoming parliamentary polls against Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, a report said yesterday.
 arrow NDA to enact law to bar 'foreigners' from high posts
Finance Minister Jaswant Singh yesterday said NDA was committed to bringing in a legislation to bar people of foreign origin from holding high public offices.
 arrow Myanmar junta invites NLD to convention
Myanmar's military government has formally invited political parties, including Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), to a convention aimed at kickstarting democratisation, parties said