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Front Pagearrow Economy poised for robust growth
Bangladesh expects a robust economic growth this fiscal year, even beyond the projected 5.
 arrow AL retreats from Apr 30 deadline
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said there were all possibilities of the government's fall before or after its April 30 deadline in an apparent retreat from its position of unseating the
 arrow 7 boys rescued from camel jockey ring
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued seven boys brought to the capital from Comilla allegedly for trafficking to the Middle East as camel jockey.
 arrow Former MD, ex-chief security officer charged with link
The former managing director and the ex-chief security officer of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) along with five others were charged Sunday night with links to Sunday's armed attack that critically
 arrow Big farm subsidy on cards
The finance ministry yesterday decided to inject a significant amount in the sector for greater crop output in response to an agriculture ministry proposal.
 arrow Series go down to the wire
India captain Sourav Ganguly may open the batting in the deciding third Test against Pakistan after Akash Chopra was dropped from the team.
 arrow Health minister to face trial on graft charge
Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain is to face trial on corruption charges brought by the Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) in 1998.
 arrow 2 US embassy officials visit Ctg, meet CMP
Two officials of the US Embassy in Dhaka visited the port city of Chittagong and met Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner SM Sabbir Ali at his office yesterday.
 arrow Pak foreign secy due on April 18
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar arrives in Dhaka on April 18 on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow 7 new hostages seized in Iraq
A shaky truce between US Marines and Sunni Muslim guerillas held in Falluja yesterday after further talks to calm Iraq's bloodiest fighting since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow 12 markets demolished
The joint team of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Dhaka district administration yesterday demolished 12 more markets on the bank of the river Buriganga.
 arrow Kushtia outlaws kill BNP leader, traders
A faction of the banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) killed a local political leader and two businessmen within a span of three hours on Sunday night in Chuadanga.
 arrow Ctg attacks make foreign investors jittery
Foreigners are becoming increasingly unsure about investing in Bangladesh, particularly after Sunday's murder of a Taiwanese food company official and shooting of the managing director of Korean Export
 arrow Lara sets world batting best
West Indies captain Brian Lara became the first man to score 400 in a test innings on the third afternoon of the fourth and final Test against England last night.
 arrow Rab to go into action in Ctg this month
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is likely to start operation in Chittagong towards the end of this month.

Sources said preparations including setting up the Rab office are now going on in full swing.

 arrow Top N'ganj criminal shot dead
Unknown gunmen shot dead top criminal of the town and leader of Narayanganj municipal chapter of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, ruling BNP's youth wing, in Fatulla and police retrieved the bullet-riddled body
 arrow Govt 'unwilling' to act against accused judge
The government appears unwilling to act against a High Court judge for misconduct, as the law ministry is yet to decide on sending the Prime Minister's Office a presidential note on the Supreme Judicial
 arrow Menon terms April 30 deadline symbolic
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday described the Awami League's deadline of April 30 to oust the government as 'symbolic' in terms of making people more aware of the present government's
 arrow People don't deserve to be ruled by this govt: B Chy
The alternative political stream Convenor AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said people of this country do not deserve to be ruled by an incompetent government like the present one led by the Bangladesh
 arrow HC declares TCB retrenchment order illegal
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the order to retrench 340 employees of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) under the golden handshake scheme.
Businessarrow South Asian single currency needs strong groundwork
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for taking adequate preparatory measures before introducing a single currency in South Asia.
 arrow MFI-bank loan syndication needed for SME growth
The government should allow loan syndication between micro-finance institutions (MFIs) and commercial banks to ensure credit flow to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), speakers at a seminar observed
 arrow Revised plan to be sent to Planning Commission
A revised project concept paper (PCP), formulated by BSCIC for setting up Adamjee Industrial Park on the sprawling premises of Adamjee Jute Mills, will be sent to the Planning Commission from the Ministry
 arrow Take steps by 10 days to bring dynamism in TCB
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the government to take initiatives by ten days to bring dynamism in TCB activities.
 arrow 'Bangladesh cellphone market holds huge potential'
The number of cellphone users in Bangladesh still remains below five percent despite 85 percent annual growth of the industry over the last three years, said a senior official of a leading telecoms equipment
 arrow Textile fair begins today
A three-day textile fair, Texbangla 2004, begins today at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel to showcase exquisite products made of locally produced yarn and fabrics.
 arrow Internet fair begins Thursday
A four-day internet fair, organised by Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, begins on Thursday at Osmani Memorial Hall in Dhaka.
 arrow Capital market witnesses buoyant trading
Capital market witnessed buoyant trading as share prices at both the Dhaka and the Chittagong bourses finished higher.
 arrow Traditional Iranian foods available at Agora
Traditional Iranian foods are now available at Agora, a chain superstore in Dhaka.
 arrow NMCP consultant in Dhaka
W Dejong, a consultant from Netherlands Management Co-operation Programme (NMCP), Netherlands, has been deputed to Pharmaco International Limited, Dhaka.
 arrow Vast economic disparities cloud enlarged EU
The European Union (EU) is set to expand next month to create the world's third biggest single market after China and India -- but the economic disparities within the bloc remain vast.
Sportsarrow Cricket: .....AND THE WORLD IS HIS OYSTER AGAIN:
365 -- Lara plays Michael Vaughan's off-break to square-leg and equals Sir Garfield Sobers' 365 all over again.
 arrow Cricket: Pindi has green pitch
India and Pakistan clash in the third and decisive Test match here on a green-top wi-cket that pro-mises an explosive slugfest between the arch-rivals.
 arrow Goodbye Waqar
Pakistan's Waqar Younis, whose toe-crushing yorkers made him one of the world's most feared fast bowlers, retired from cricket on Monday after being sidelined for a year.
 arrow Fahim flays Blue Bird
A blazing century by Fahim Alam gave Sabuj Kanan High School of Sirajganj a comfortable 88-run

victory against Sylhet's Blue Bird High School to book seat in the group final of the Standard Chartered

 arrow Cricket: Delight as West Indies forge on
West Indies captain Brian Lara set a world record for the highest individual Test score on Monday, passing Matthew Hayden's 380 on the third day of the fourth and final Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Lara matches Bradman
Brian Lara claimed another piece of history on Sunday when he hit an unbeaten 313 to become only the second player to score two Test triple hundreds as the West Indies piled up 595 for five in their first
 arrow Tennis: Roddick roars US into semis
Whirlwind Andy Roddick sent down a world record serve on match point to clinch victory for the United States over Sweden in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday and into a last four showdownagainst
 arrow Cricket: 'Most destructive everí
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan led a chorus of glowing tributes to fast bowler Waqar Younis, who announced his retirement from cricket on Monday.
 arrow Golf: Mickelson captures the Masters
American Phil Mickelson has held his nerve to clinch a one-shot victory at the US Masters, holing an 18-foot birdie putt at the last to end his long wait for a first major victory.
 arrow Zia Smriti Econo Div I soccer champs
Zia Smriti Sangsad emerged champions in the Econo First Division Football League beating Shafik Smriti Sangsad by 3-0 in the final at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Manikganj cricket
Bagjan Sabuj Sangha defeated Sholdara Agragati Sangha by eight wickets in the Shaheed Zia Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Muljan High School playground in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Football: A Real-ly bad week
David Beckham's worst week of his professional and personal life plunged to new depths on Sunday when his Real Madrid team lost 3-0 at home to Osasuna and surrendered the lead of the Spanish championship.
 arrow Football: Stalemate suit Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger marveled at his side's inner strength after the Gunners' inched another step closer to the Premiership title with a 0-0 draw against Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo injures thigh again
Real Madrid's woes continued Monday with the news that Brazilian striker Ronaldo will be out of action for up to two weeks after injuring his left thigh in the 0-3 home loss to Osasuna on Sunday.
 arrow Bremen can relax
Werder Bremen believe they have virtually clinched the German title after a controversial penalty gave them victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and kept them seven points clear at the top.
 arrow Football: Beckhams in conference!
David and Victoria Beckham were back in Britain on Monday, plotting their next move in the face of a tabloid frenzy over the England captain's alleged infidelities.
Metropolitanarrow University student commits suicide
A student of Ahsanullah Science and Technology University (ASTU) allegedly committed suicide at his home at North Ibrahimpur in the city's Kafrul area on Sunday.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city on Sunday.

Manzur Rahman, a garment worker, died 10 hours after he was run over by an autorickshaw near Kalyanpur bus stand at about6.00pm.

Nationalarrow A college with a difference
It is a different atmosphere at the college, set up by a man who has no academic qualification.

Politics is not allowed and smoking is prohibited on the compound of Saturia Syed Kalu Shah DegreeCollege.

 arrow All-season HYV onion evolved
Researchers' success at the Magura Regional Spices Research Centre (RSRC) in evolving a high yielding variety (HYV) all-season onion has not only attracted farmers but also officials of Bangladesh Agriculture
 arrow VC gives written assurance to meet BCL, PSA demands
Classes and other academic activities will resume at Chittagong University (CU) today after a ten-day stalemate.
 arrow RAKUB raises hope among disabled
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has raised new hopes among the disabled. It will give them interest-free loans without collateral.
 arrow 19 remanded, 44 sent to jail
Nineteen people, arrested in connection with Saturday's clashes between villagers in South Surma area on the outskirts of the city were taken on two days remand on Sunday.
 arrow KMP havilder's death in bomb attack: FIR filed
An officer of Sonadanga thana on Sunday filed a FIR after the death of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Havilder Akram Hossain in a bomb attack near the power house intersection here on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow 8 to die for murder in Patuakhali
The Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced eight persons to death for murdering transport employee Zahirul Islam Zahir at Patuakhali bus stand on June 3, 1999.
 arrow Religious leader's house in Khulna raided
Valuables worth several lakhs of taka were damaged during a police raid at the Basupara house of religious leader Moulana Abdul Wahab on Saturday night.
 arrow Joy turns into grief
Joy turned into grief when one person was killed and 10 others injured in a clash over playing carom at Laxmipur village in Palashbari upazila.
 arrow 11 sued for corruption in Satkhira
The Anti-corruption Bureau on Sunday filed a case with Satkhira thana accusing 11 persons on charge of misappropriating government fund amounting to 88 lakh taka.
 arrow Shalikha AL council ends in squabbles
The Shalikha upazila Awami League council began with much enthusiasm and the first session was held peacefully.
Point-Counterpointarrow Humanity debased
When in the morning of March 28 last, newspapers in the city ran the news of the gruesome killings of Haji Shamsul Haque, an elderly wholesale cloth trader of Sadarghat area and his son Russel (30), people
Culturearrow Andrzej Wajda retrospective
Andrzej Wajda is considered not only the greatest filmmaker of Poland but also the best filmmaker of the post-War East Europe.
 arrow BGTF celebrates Chaitrashonkranti today
Today is the last day of the Bangla Year, which is known as Chaitrashonkranti.
 arrow National television goes satellite-way
April 11, 2004 will remain a eventful day in the country's history of television transmission.
 arrow Shuvro Dev in a new role
Shuvro Dev has acted in the Tele film Karimunnessa as a Zamindar. Directed and written by Shakur Majid, the tele film has been shot in Sylheti dialect.
Generalarrow Project development activities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the information cadre officials to build an effective bridge between the government and the people through proper projection of development activities.
 arrow Congress of Democrats from Islamic World begins today
A multi-party delegation representing both the ruling alliance and the opposition left Dhaka yesterday for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the first Congress of Democrats from Islamic World beginning today.
 arrow 'EPZ trade union issue to be finalised soon'
The government will finalise the issue of trade union in the export processing zones within a month.
 arrow RU VC urged to call senate meeting soon
Twenty-seven senate members of Rajshahi University (RU) have urged the vice-chancellor to call a senate meeting immediately.
 arrow 40 students vying for each seat
Nearly 40 students are vying for each seat this year as the admission tests of Jahangirnagar University (JU) begin on April 17.
 arrow British HC holiday
The British High Commission in Dhaka and its offices in Sylhet will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, said a news release of the High Commission.
 arrow Journalist Sadhan Dhar dies
Sadhan Kumar Dhar, news editor of the Daily Azadi, died at a city clinic yesterday at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

 arrow Bangladeshi students to take part in Int'l Children's Festival
Ten students and four teachers of the International Turkish Hope School will take part in the International Children's Festival beginning in Turkey on April 23.
 arrow Humayun Azad to undergo operation
Doctors at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok will perform an operation on the face of renowned writer and linguist Humayun Azad tomorrow.
 arrow Hakim made envoy to Brunei
The government has decided to appoint former secretary MA Hakim the high commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam.
 arrow 'Raise awareness about AIDS'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for raising awareness about the deadly disease HIV/AIDS.
Internationalarrow More than 600 Iraqis killed in Fallujah since April 1
More than 600 Iraqis have been killed and 1,250 wounded in a week-long US offensive against insurgents in the central town of Fallujah, the mediator of a ceasefire told AFP Monday, citing hospital sources.
 arrow End 'logic of death' in Iraq, says Pope
Amid some of the tightest security ever seen at the Vatican, Pope John Paul issued an Easter condemnation of terrorism Sunday and urged world leaders to bring peace to Iraq and other flashpoints.
 arrow Cheney promises to help Japan on hostage crisis
US Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday promised to do everything possible to secure the release of three Japanese hostages held in Iraq, as Tokyo said no progress had been made towards freeing them.
 arrow Bush says he had no 9/11 warning
President George W Bush has said that he never saw any intelligence documents predicting attacks on the US mainland before the 11 September 2001.
 arrow Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in Gaza
Israeli forces foiled an attack on a Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip Monday when they shot dead three gunmen from the main Palestinian armed factions, sources on both sides said.
 arrow Vajpayee tones down Hindu nationalism
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Monday moved to tone down his party's aggressive Hindu nationalist stance and recommitted India to resolving differences with Pakistan through dialogue.
 arrow 10 killed in stampede at election meeting
At least 10 people were killed yesterday in a stampede for free clothes during a function organised to mark a local politician's birthday in this northern Indian city, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fresh wave of killings
Law and order takes a terrible dip as businessmen and people associated with business and financial enterprises are being targeted regularly by extortionists and hired murderers.
 arrow Editorial: Mayor Mohiuddin's 'revelations'
We have been taken by surprise, to say the least, by Mayor of Chittagong's statement that the recently seized arms in the port city were sent by the US and Pakistan for the insurgents in the India's northeastern
 arrow Shrinking shrimps
Shrimp is one of the leading export items of Bangladesh. It accounts for roughly two percent of global exports and fetches a fair amount of foreign exchange ($250-300 million for last three years).
 arrow Hostage crisis signals problem for Koizumi
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has probably never thought of such an outcome when he decided to send troops to Iraq to help the occupying powers sorting out a mess of their own creation.
Letters to Editorarrow Killing is no solution
'al-Qaeda calls for killing Americans' was the title of a news item (April 9 DS).
 arrow Higher education
KM Zubair Sadeque's letter on private universities (DS 9 April 2004) argues that just because there is mushrooming of private universities, it does not necessarily mean that all private universities are
 arrow Private universities
This is in reply to Mr. Saif's criticism of private universities (April 05).
 arrow British visa and related issues
I would not blame, rather inspire , the Bangladeshis if they "abuse the privilege" of a visa which for Mr. Chowdhury and the "civilised nations" means staying in a particular country after the "validtime".