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Front Pagearrow 'Economic success suffers from bad politics, crime'
Bangladesh misses out on capitalising its recent economic successes for deteriorating law and order, and confrontational politics, donors observed at lead-up talks to the Bangladesh Development Forum(meet)
 arrow Another Bangla year comes with gaiety
Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1411, is being celebrated today by tens of millions of Bangalees at home and across the globe amid fanfare and gaiety.
 arrow 20 killed as buses collide in Tangail
Twenty people, including four women and a child, were killed and 34 injured as two buses collided head on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway in Mirzapur upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Unbelievable, bizzare!
Believe it or not! A 3-year-old child, accused in an attempted murder case, surrendered before court in his father's lap yesterday and prayed for bail.
 arrow Probe finds no political link
Probe into the April 2 weapons haul from Chittagong has so far revealed no political link with the biggest-ever arms trafficking incident, head of the five-member official inquiry committee Home Secretary
 arrow Balaji rattles Pakistan
Indian seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji took a career-best four wickets on Tuesday as Pakistan were dismissed for 224 on a seaming pitch on the first day of the deciding third Test.
 arrow SC irked as govt seeks 18th time extension
The Supreme Court yesterday expressed annoyance for delaying the implementation of its directives towards separation of the judiciary when the attorney general sought a further extension of four months.
 arrow PM asks banks to fund RMG support industry
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the banks and financial institutions to quickly go for financing investment in establishing export-oriented garment and backward-linkage industries at the lowest
 arrow Saved by a whisker
Several children and their parents at Sunnydale School at Dhanmondi in the capital miraculously escaped death or serious injuries yesterday as a 200-kg concrete pillar from an adjacent under-construction
 arrow 8 Russian hostages freed in Iraq
Five Ukrainians and three Russians have been freed, a day after they were seized in Iraq, where a US military crackdown has led to the kidnapping of dozens of foreigners and a flareup of violence.
 arrow CCCI worried at rising crimes
The Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) yesterday expressed grave concern at the alarming slide in law and order in the port city.
 arrow Women flock to write 'No' to govt plan
Several hundred women massed at city's Shahbagh yesterday to write a long banner of 'NOs' as a symbolic gesture denouncing the government plan of proportionate distribution, instead of direct election
 arrow Pahela Boishakh programme curtailed
The traditional programmes to celebrate the Pahela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year, today at the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University have been curtailed this year due to fund crunch
 arrow Intelligence briefing declassified
The White House released on April 10 the declassified text of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike US," and a fact sheet explaining how the PDBwas
 arrow 20 structures, 200 shanties dashed
The joint team of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Dhaka district administration yesterday demolished 20 concrete structures and 200 shanties on the bank of the river Buriganga.
 arrow Govt terms Time report politically biased
Bangladesh yesterday described the Time magazine article titled "State of Disgrace" in its April 12 edition as deeply flawed, politically biased and sensational reporting.
 arrow Lawyers trying to save accused
Awami League (AL) leaders and family members of four national leaders yesterday alleged the present prosecution lawyers of the jail killing case are working to save the accused as 'they are stalwartsof
 arrow Havilder shot in Demra
Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded a police havilder in plainclothes near Bibir Baghica in Demra last night.
 arrow Kajal at large, lawyer says he's fever
Rafiqul Islam Kajal, the prime accused in last month's triple murder, is still on the run, but his lawyer for another murder case said his client failed to appear before the court yesterday "due to aviral
 arrow 3 more suspects arrested
Police arrested yesterday three more suspects in Sunday's armed attack on Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) Managing Director (MD) Golam Robbani from Nasirabad in the city.
 arrow EC calls security review meeting
The Election Commission (EC) has asked home ministry officials, deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and officials of all detective branches to attend a law and order review meeting on April
 arrow Jalil sticks to April 30 deadline
Despite the Awami League's (AL) apparent retreat from its April 30 deadline to unseat the government, party General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated the claim that the coalition would be compelled
 arrow Block raids in 40 Ctg wards, 166 arrested
Police yesterday conducted block raids in all the 40 city wards and arrested 166 people including eight listed criminals.
 arrow Get ready for all-out action
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the party workers to get ready for an 'all-out movement' in a bid to overthrow the BNP-led alliance government.
Businessarrow Retain job-generating projects
As the government is contemplating to prune the size of this fiscal year's annual development programme (ADP), the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the government not todrop
 arrow Special court on money laundering on cards
The government may set up special court for dealing with money laundering cases, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow ADB, Saarc sign MoU to strengthen cooperation
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims to strengthen cooperation between them.
 arrow DSE general index crosses 1050-mark
The general index at Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday crossed 1050-point mark for the first time as the country's capital market continued a bullish run.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank appoints Hoda Vasi for special audit
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) has appointed Hoda Vasi Chowdhury and Co to undertake quarterly audit of the bank and assist the audit committee of the DBBL board of directors.
 arrow ICAB team meets BB governor
A seven-member delegation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) met Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed at his office yesterday and discussed issues related to accounting
 arrow Asia's shipping charges may come down from next year
After steaming ahead on the rising tide of Asia's trade boom in the last year, the container shipping sector may be heading for choppy waters, industry players and analysts warn.
 arrow CityCell's new head of marketing
Intekhab Mahmud joined CityCell on April 11 as head of Marketing, says a press release.

He worked as head of Marketing in GrameenPhone Limited for seven years.

 arrow ICB Securities opens branch in Sylhet
ICB Securities Trading Company Limited (ISTCL), a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), has opened a branch in Sylhet.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 400: Beat that!
West Indies captain Brian Lara became the first batsman to score 400 runs and then watched his fast bowlers build on his hard work to leave England in tatters in the fourth and final cricket Test.
 arrow Cricket: Lara in more ways than one
When others sang praises Brian Lara's epic 400 landmark against England at St.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket can mend fences
Pakistan and India met in the deciding Test of an en-thralling cri-cket series on Tuesday, whi-ch leaders from both sides believe can give new impetus to a stuttering peace process between the old enemies.
 arrow Cricket: Lauding Lord Lara
Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has praised West Indies skipper Brian Lara for taking the world Test record score to a new level.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe was there
Poor old Graham Thorpe. To be in the field for the entire duration of one record-breaking Brian Lara innings could be considered bad luck.
 arrow Cricket: England 231-8
England, replying to West Indies first innings of 751 for five declared, were 231 for eight at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth Test on Tuesday.

Andrew Flintoff was batting on 68.

 arrow Cricket: Rafique's the best
Sports journalists voted left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique as the best player of the year for 2003.
 arrow Cricket: Australia touring Zim
Cricket Australia said it was committed to tour Zimbabwe next month despite reports of upheaval within the Zimbabwean team.
 arrow Tennis: Bangladesh 2nd in Davis Cup qualifiers
Bangladesh finished second in their group of the Davis Cup Group-4 qualifiers held in Jordan from April 5 to 11.
 arrow Cricket: Repeat final in school cricket
BKSP and Parjiar Ka-lindi High set up a repeat final as last year when the two sides moved into the final of the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Tourna-ment beating their respective rivals
 arrow Football: 'Absurd' says Beckham
England football captain David Beckham, engulfed by a media storm surrounding his love life, said Monday newspaper allegations that he had cheated on his wife Victoria with two other women were "absurd".
 arrow Football: Easy equation for Gunners
Arsenal need just nine points from their last six matches to clinch the Premiership title after Aston Villa crushed Chelsea's lingering hopes of catching the Gunners.
 arrow Football: Italian pride at stake
Inter Milan will be looking to spare Italian blushes when they bid to overhaul a 1-0 deficit at home to Marseille in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Van the man for Barca?
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly met Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's agent for informal talks.

Spanish media reported Tuesday Laporta met Rodger Linse to talk numbers.

 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
Chittagong City Corporation Ekadosh recorded a two-wicket victory over Friends Club in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Proposal to procure 7 lakh tonnes Boro rice okayed
The cabinet at its weekly meeting yesterday approved a proposal to procure 7 lakh metric tons of Boro rice at Tk 13.25 per kg this season.
 arrow 7 JU BCL leaders expelled
Seven leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have been expelled as they allegedly assaulted the university unit general secretary on Sunday night.
Nationalarrow Teesta Barrage faces threat
Teesta Barrage, the country's biggest irrigation barrage and a key point installation (KPI), is facing a threat due to unabated illegal extraction of sand and rock from the "risky area" of the Teestariver
 arrow Diarrhoea in 34 Sailkupa villages
Two persons died of diarrhoea in Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah district in the last two days.
 arrow 12 outlaws named in Havilder Akram murder case
Twelve cadres of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) have been accused in two separate FIRs recorded with Sonadange thana here on Sunday.
 arrow 15 injured in fire at B'baria clinic
At least 15 people including eight patients were injured in a devastating fire at Nightingale Medical Centre in the town Tuesday night.
 arrow Man to die for killing son
A farmer was awarded death penalty in absentia by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court, Bagerhat on Sunday for killing his 21-day-old baby son at Pingurhia village in Kachua upazila, Bagerhat.
 arrow Wife beaten to death for dowry in Kushtia
A housewife was beaten to death for dowry allegedly by her husband at Jodubaira village under Kumarkhali upazila Monday night.
 arrow 70 hurt in clash
At least 70 persons including five women were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Gual Khula village in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Feud in Rangpur Jubo Dal: Jt secy critically injured
Rangpur district Jubo Dal Joint Secretary Najmul Islam Naju was critically injured when attacked by party rivals on Monday.
 arrow 6 injured in nor'wester
At least six people including a woman were injured and over 50 houses damaged when a nor'wester battered the Sadar and two other upazilas of the district Tuesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow From Hathatpara to Shanghai
Just over a month ago, I visited Hathatpara, a small village near Bogra, to observe first hand how micro-finance and girls' education change people's lives and futures.
Culturearrow Looking back
As a finishing touch I would always put a red bindi on my forehead,' said Selina Malek.
 arrow Upholding the tradition
Pahela Baishakh is observed with festivities and cultural events every year.This festival, which marks the Bangla New Year, is on today.
 arrow Tele theatre of Bangladesh in Indian channel
Joiboti Konnar Mon, a famous and popular theatre play, written by eminent writer Selim Al Deen and directed by Nasiruddin Yusuff Bacchu, will go on air today on the Indian satellite TV channelETV
 arrow Notes for the New Year
Shakila Zafar, singer
I wish everybody a very happy New Year. I don't generally go to fairs to celebrate Pahela Baishakh.

 arrow Exhibition
April 15-17
Kamranga, an art and crafts gallery, has arranged a three day solo painting exhibition of Uttam Ghosh, starting on April 15.

 arrow Screen venture
Zahid Hasan's directorial debut
Zahid Hasan is going to appear as a film director soon.

Generalarrow 2 die in road mishaps
A mentally ill student of Dhaka College and a man were killed in separate road accidents at Badda and Gulshan in the city yesterday.
 arrow Injured extortionist dies at DMCH
An injured extortionist died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday two days after he was beaten up by a mob at Mirpur.
 arrow JCD cadres beat 4 BCL activists at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres of Jahangirnagar University (JU) beat four Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists and ousted two others from their dormitories in last two days.
 arrow Death anniversary of five martyrs tomorrow
The 33rd death anniversary of five members of a family who were killed during the War of Liberation will be observed tomorrow, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Renegade LTTE faction calls off war
Thousands of Tamil refugees began returning home yesterday as Sri Lanka's government considered granting asylum to a Tamil Tiger commander after he called off a fierce factional war.
 arrow War in Iraq prodded India, Pakistan to make peace: Vajpayee
The US-led war in Iraq prodded nuclear rivals India and Pakistan to launch a process to resolve their disputes over Kashmir, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Sharon vows to keep Gaza settlements
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed Israel would keep major settlements in the West Bank "for all eternity" before flying to Washington yesterday to secure US approval for a unilateral pullout from theGaza
 arrow US intelligence faces major revamp: Bush
President Bush said Monday that US intelligence operations may need to be reformed because of weaknesses that allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to take place.
 arrow 'Half of Iraqis killed in Fallujah were civilians'
Half the Iraqis killed in a US offensive in the town of Fallujah were women, children and elderly people, a mediator said yesterday, but US officials insisted they took all precautions to avoid non-combattants.
 arrow Kerry calls for UN, Nato role in Iraq
US Senator John Kerry, virtual Democratic candidate for the November 2 presidential election, called for United Nations and Nato involvement in Iraq and urged President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pahela Baishakh message
The advent of a new Bangla year doesn't merely connote the passage of time, but something more than that.
 arrow Editorial: Reducing cost of business
A consensus finally seems to be forming among the business community and policy-makers and shapers in the country with respect to what needs to be done to make Bangladesh more competitive in the global
 arrow The metamorphosis of Bangla new year
As an old saying goes: "Bangalees have thirteen festivals in twelve months." This experience-based adage gives an impression of a society which was affluent, cohesive and joyful.
 arrow Why didn't Saddam Hussein come clean with WMD
Iraq had no banned weapons of mass destruction but Saddam Hussein did not come clean with them.
 arrow The Botomul from afar
It will be the first time that I will be spending the Nobo Borsho away from the colour and bustle of the botomul.
Letters to Editorarrow The AL deadline
Over the last few months, the main opposition Awami League and the BNP-led alliance government have been locked in blistering accusations and counter accusations and blitzkriegs on each other fortheir
 arrow Advancing Biotechnology
We would like to begin by commending Prof. Ahmad Islam for his very timely articles about advancing the future of Biotechnology in Bangladesh.
 arrow America's role
We are outraged over the situation in Iraq, which has arisen due to the activities of the so-called liberators of Iraqis.
 arrow Iraq bleeds
I think Mr. Bush should get out of his oath and thus allow thousands of people of Iraq as well as the US live in peace with their families and carry out normal activities. Mr.
 arrow CTG Port -- security aspects
Like millions of other citizens I feel concerned about the international arms smuggling syndicates and the absence of one-umbrella security coverage of Chittagong and other sea, river and land ports.
 arrow Poor BTV quality control
At home, as a viewer of BTV programmes (since the 1960s), I have to convert my drawing room into a supplementary BTV Control Room to fiddle throughout the hours with the controls of the TV receiver set
 arrow Policing the civilization
The US leaders have taken upon themselves the seminal (not dirty) job of Americanising the religions, philosophies, cultures, traditions of the rest of the world after September 11.
 arrow When will it stop?
As a regular reader of the DS , I often find articles describing the tension and violence gripping the country. The recent arms haul in the port city has given rise to many questions.
 arrow Beautiful Dhaka!
The beautification of DU campus zone as conceived by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is their latest publicity stunt to divert public attention from the mismanagement and mess that they have created
 arrow What a sacrifice!
People of the middle and lower middle class are born with a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. They have to pass most part of their lives struggling for earning two square meals a day.
 arrow BTV and cricket
Since there are so many cricket fans in Bangladesh, BTV is telecasting important ODI cricket matches. It is a matter of joy for those who have no satellite connection with their television sets.
 arrow DU canteens
Last Tuesday (6-4-2004) I along with my two friends were walking on the Dhaka University campus. In fact, we were loitering around the science faculty's annex building.
 arrow The biggest ammo haul
A bamboozling show of illegal lethal arms recovered recently from the Chittagong coastal area has once again divulged the vulnerability of our national security and the irresponsibility of the law enforcement
StarTecharrow Dhaka gets the hang of science of printing
DHAKA'S tech community got a foretaste of Hewlett-Packard (HP) 's proactive movement of educating its clients about the science of printing involved in original printing solutions at an event where HP
 arrow Industry leaders team up again to cut business-critical computing costs
Dell and Oracle expanded their strategic partnership with an initiative to significantly lower the cost of business-critical computing for a broader range of customers on April 6, says a press release.
 arrow Intel unveils new chip for high-end cell phones
INTEL Corporation the world's biggest semiconductor firm, has unveiled faster low-power microprocessors for high-end mobile phones and personal digital assistants.
 arrow Tech Snaps
Internet Fair 2004
The first internet fair of the country is scheduled to take place at the Osmani Memorial auditorium on April 15 and 18, says a press release.

Star Chittagongarrow Smugglers rule outer anchorage, Karnaphuli
Two high-powered patrol boats of Chittagong Customs House have remained out of order for over last three years.
 arrow 'Polythene method' brings hope for salt farmers
The salt farmers of Cox's Bazar and Banshkhali are dreaming of good days ahead with satisfactory production this year following adoption of modern method of cultivation.
Star Cityarrow Hazards of handling 'unsafe' meat
Meat handlers may contract diseases from cattle slaughtered in and out of the six designated slaughterhouses in Dhaka with no health checks or medical examinations.
 arrow Hotels turn hotbed of crimes
Residential hotels at Moghbazar, Banglamotor and Malibagh have become a safe heaven for extortionists; drug traffickers, criminals and those involved in clandestine business.
 arrow 10 killed in city hotels in a year
At least 10 people were killed in different residential hotels in the city over the past year.
 arrow All for Pahela Baishakh

 arrow Now comes the plan for diversion roads
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) plans to construct a number of diversion roads as a contingency measure to minimise possible traffic congestion once the Mohakhali flyover is opened later this
 arrow Common spirit for Pahela Baishakh
The Bangla New Year will be celebrated in true community spirit this year with both the Muslims and Hindus preparing to observe the 'Pahela Baishakh' on the same day, April 14.
 arrow Eviction fear haunts 27,000 'Sattala' slum dwellers
Some 27,000 slum dwellers at Sattala Bastee are living in uncertainty, threatened by eviction by the Ministry of Health.