Cry for aid|
Two more people hit by a twister bled to death in hospital and rescuers pulled a child dead from debris in Netrakona yesterday, as hundreds in two northern districts are waiting in the open for aid to
One murdered, alleged killer lynched|
A man was lynched in Demra while fleeing a murder scene and a vegetable vendor was gunned down in another incident at the city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.
In pursuit of happiness|
"Just questions and questions: Can you overcome the sky-kissing hate on the doorstep of your hardened soul or cross the mountain of selfishness?" Julia recites a poem, sitting next to her bed in a rehabilitation
Escap projects 5.7pc GDP|
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) of the United Nations in a projection put Bangladesh's GDP growth for the current fiscal year at 5.
Mujibnagar Day today|
The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government at Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.
India's historic win|
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble grabbed four quick wickets on Friday, bowling India to an historic maiden Test series win on Pakistani soil, their first in six attempts.
26 more Iraqis killed in Falluja, 2 other cities|
US troops and Iraqi guerillas fought fierce clashes overnight in the western city of Falluja and 15 Iraqis were killed, witnesses and a medical official said yesterday.
Police allow zealots to storm Ahmadiyya mosque|
Religious zealots stormed the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Nakhalpara yesterday and seized the sect's books the government banned on January 8 apparently to calm anti-Ahmadiyya tempers.
Arrest fear haunts Old Dhaka traders|
Businesspeople of Old Dhaka are living under the spectre of arrest and police harassment after over 60 traders were arrested in two weeks owing to their links with the protests against murders, crimes
Top Ctg criminals dodge block raids|
Most wanted criminals are dodging block raids police launched on Tuesday amid scenes of law and order downslide in the port city of Chittagong.
Wasa water smells foul|
Contaminated water supplied by the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has posed a perennial problem to the residents of Dhaka due to lack of proper planning, supervision and maintenance of the supply
2 outlaws lynched after bomb attack bid on Khulna police box|
An angry mob lynched two armed cadres of the Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at about 2:00pm yesterday after they were caught while trying to bomb the Gallamari Police
Tarique hosts dinner for BNP legislators 'to mend fences'|
Bangladesh Nationalist Party's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman hosted a dinner for the key ruling party lawmakers on Thursday in first ever such a gesture after taking the party post apparently
JCD factional clash at Sust injures 15|
An inter-faction clash of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) on Thursday night left 15 injured, six of them seriously.
Attachment of property of all 12 accused ordered|
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on Thursday ordered attachment of property of all the 12 FIR-named accused in police havilder Akram Hossain murder case.
Forced donation to political parties, extortion obstacles to corporate governance|
Companies in Bangladesh cannot adopt code of corporate governance as they are forced to make donations to political parties and pay 'toll' to extortionists, a top business leader said yesterday.
Qatar Airways seeks govt nod to up flights to Dhaka|
Qatar Airways has called on Bangladesh to allow it to increase the frequency of its flights to Dhaka in a mutually beneficial aviation business deal.
"We are all on the fast track to globalisation.
IMF race, EU enlargement set to dominate EBRD meet|
The annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) takes place in London this weekend with attention expected to focus on the European Union's choice of a candidate to lead
US eyes bigger Indian market|
The United States is to unveil a special initiative for its companies to vie for a bigger share of India's rapidly growing imports as Washington comes under pressure to curb outsourcing of American jobs
French firm to invest $1.17m in Comilla EPZ|
A yarn and sweater factory with US$ 1.174 million investment from a French company is to be set up at Comilla Export Processing Zone.
Prime Bank to extend loan to Flora Ltd customers|
Prime Bank Limited will extend credit facilities to customers of Flora Limited to buy computers and accessories under the bank's consumer credit scheme.
Workshop on international accounting standard ends|
A four-day training workshop on "International Accounting Standard (IAS) and Corporate Governance" ended at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on Tuesday.
Agora launches campaign to promote traditional foods|
Agora, a chain supermarket, launched a special campaign to promote traditional foods on Tuesday to celebrate Pahela Boishakh, the New Year's day on Bangla calendar.
Weekly Currency Roundup|
April 10-April 15, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar was steady against Bangladeshi taka in the beginning of the week. Matched demand-supply in the market held the greenback stable.
Top trading nations meet at month-end to revive WTO talks|
Top diplomats from the United States, European Union and a few other nations will hold private talks in London at the end of April to try to relaunch a key round of global free-trade negotiations, a report
Asia-Pacific growth fails to ease poverty: UN|
Asia-Pacific economies are set for robust growth this year but still face a major challenge in tackling poverty, the economic and social arm of the United Nations said Friday.
Where no Indian has gone before|
Congratulations, champagne and cash flowed in India Friday after Saurav Ganguly and his boys in blue snatched a maiden cricket Test series victory on Pakistani soil.
Proud to be captain|
India captain Sourav Ganguly has hailed his team's maiden Test series win over arch-rivals Pakistan as one of the best moments of his career.
Inzy attacks Akhtar!|
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Friday lashed out at his premier fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, saying his poor form led to the Test series defeat against India.
Bashundhara, GP call the shots|
Bashundhara Group and GrameenPhone look like the teams to beat in the forthcoming Corporate Cricket League (CCL) after the two top business houses signed some of the biggest names in domestic cricketyesterday.
Serena withdraws, Venus moves on|
A lingering knee injury forced Serena Williams to withdraw from the 1.3 million dollar WTA Family Circle Cup here, but elder sister Venus kept the family flag flying with a third-round victory on Thursday.
European weekend preview|
Preview of league action over the weekend in major European leagues:
A week is often referred to as a long time in politics but five days last week must have
Al Shaab Ibb arrive Sunday|
Yemen's Al Shaab Ibb Club is expected to arrive here tomorrow to play their AFC Cup away match against Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
Chittagong Abahani Krira Chakra won a tied match in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League against Friends Club at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Iva shocks Chumki|
Ishrat Zahan Iva stole the show when she clinched the women's 200m gold dethroning the country's number one Shamsunnahar Chumki at the 29th national athletics championships.
Nat'l v'ball starts today|
The City Bank national youth volleyball competition begins today at the volleyball stadium.
Chittra Sporting Club recorded a three-wicket victory over Young Star Club in a cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
'Rebels' skip training|
White Zimbabwe cricketers in dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) over the dismissal of captain Heath Steak are to be disciplined after they defied instructions to report for training.
NGO Bureau heavily understaffed|
The NGO Affairs Bureau, a government watchdog, is being forced to cope with a serious shortage of manpower.
Drug store vandalised|
A gang of hoodlums ransacked a drug store near the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and attacked its owner and employee and two journalists yesterday.
The incident took place at around 2.
3 brothers get life for killing businessman|
A court in Khulna has sentenced three brothers to life imprisonment for killing a businessman of Icegati union under Rupsha upazila.
Dr Habibur new director of drug admin|
A new director for drug administration has been appointed on one-year contract basis, said a press release yesterday.
Slum dwellers protest land grabbing|
Slum dwellers yesterday protested illegal grabbing of land at Jahury Maholla slum in Mohammadpur in the city.
At a meeting at Muktangan, they also urged the government to take steps for their rehabilitation.
Over 1,400 held|
Police arrested 1,439 people, including four listed criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Anwarul Abedin, former deputy principal information officer of Information Department, died of a cardiac arrest at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 60.
Extortionists stab trader|
Six extortionists stabbed a trader and his manager at Purana Paltan in the city yesterday.
Betel leaf grower killed in Khulna|
A betel leaf grower of Debipur village under Ruphsa thana was shot and slaughtered by the outlaws on Thursday night.
Mass hunger strike held, hartal in Gaibandha Tuesday|
A mass hunger strike, joined by local leaders of all political except ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, was observed on Gaibandha Shaheed Miner premise on Thursday demanding reopening of Rangpur Sugar Mills.
Removal of Barisal war memorial foundation sparks protests|
Demolition of a foundation stone, laid in 1997 for building a Liberation War memorial in the city's court area, has evoked strong criticism from people including freedom fighters, political and cultural
JCD activist expelled from SUST|
A JCD activist -- Mahbubul Haque Sadi -- was expelled temporarily from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) for alleged sexual abuse of a girl student.
2 AL men killed in Khulna, Kushtia|
Two Awami League (AL) activists were killed in clashes with BNP rivals in Khulna and Kushtia districts on Thursday and Wednesday.
Body found in five pieces in Kushtia|
Chuadanga police on Thursday recovered five pieces of a body of a rice mill labourer from Huzukpara village in the Sadar upazila of the district.
'Introduce one-stop service at Mongla port'|
Representatives of Shippers Council of Bangladesh and the Mongla Port Authority (MPA) on Monday exchanged views on improving services at the port.
A different Pohela Baishakh |
Besides festivities, poor people in Bauphal had something more on the Bangla New Year.
JU admission tests begin today|
The tests for admission in first year honours courses under 2003-'04 academic session in the university begin today and will continue till April 26.
Human chains for ouster of govt|
Manikganj district units of Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) on Wednesday formed separate human chains here demanding ouster of the Four-Party Alliance government.
BCL leader escapes from police custody|
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader escaped from police custody here on Monday afternoon.
Significance of Mujibnagar Day|
As we look back to the eventful and memorable Mujibnagar days and the role played by the Mujibnagar government during the nine-month long War of Independence of Bangladesh in 1971, our hearts glow with
The reader was faced with two realities as she opened the newspaper few days ago. Old Dhaka has come to a near standstill over protests in the gruesome killing and more gruesome dismemberment of twobusinesspeople.
AL siege of Hawa Bhaban|
There is a simple way to defuse the looming AL-sponsored emblematic blockade (gherao) of Hawa Bhaban, the nerve center of BNP actions, activities and schemes (detractors might say, scams and scheming).
From figurative relief work to bamboo sculpture|
Talking about his career, beginning from the point when he had held his exhibition at La Galerie, Banani, Saidul Haque Juise said, 'Mustafa Manwar, who was then the Director of Performing Arts Academy,
Dr Noazesh recreates Tagore's Chinnapotro in photography at IUB|
Dr Noazesh Ahmed, a noted naturalist and well-known photographer, recently gave a video show of his photographic representation of Rabindranath Tagore's Chinnapotro.
Saying 'no' to trafficking|
Demanding a trafficking free world for the children, the Centre for Women and Children Studies (CWCS) marked the Pahela Boishakh 1411 yesterday.
Documentation show of workshop under German theatre director|
Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute in cooperation with Goethe Institut Dhaka presents My Unknown Enemy, a documentation of scenes and text of a theatre workshop, at the Institut's
Direct elections demanded|
Leaders of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday called upon women to force the alliance government to resign to realise the demand for direct elections to the seats reserved for women in parliament.
Dutch-Bangla Bank donates GCI sheets for tornado victims|
The Dutch-Bangla Bank has donated 500 bundles of high grade GCI sheets for distribution among the tornado-hit people of Netrokona and Haluaghat, says a press release.
Blair seeks fresh UN resolution on Iraq|
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he is seeking a new United Nations resolution to ensure the handover of power in Iraq on 30 June.
Poland, Ukraine rule out taking part in offensive operations in Iraq|
Poland and the Ukraine, both part of a Warsaw-led multinational stabilisation force in Iraq, ruled out yesterday taking part in offensive operations in the country.
Sonia accuses BJP of unleashing tension|
Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing it of unleashing tension and fear in the country during four and a half year rule of the party-led alliance
ANC records historic polls win in S Africa|
President Thabo Mbeki's African National Congress coasted to a record electoral landslide after a decade in power in the new South Africa, bagging almost 70 percent of the vote, partial results showed
Pro-govt Uri Party sweeps ROK polls|
The pro-government Uri Party was marching toward a simple majority in hotly contested general elections yesterday, brightening the political future of impeached President Roh Moo-hyun.
Sharon faces domestic battle over pullout plan|
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived home yesterday from Washington, facing a tough domestic battle over his "unilateral disengagement" plan despite a boost from his talks with President Bush.
'Bush drew up Iraq war plan 2 months after Kabul strike'|
President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyoneon
State of the economy|
The Bangladesh Bank board gave out an optimistic assessment of the economy to the press on Monday.
Three-year-old accused for murder!|
A three-year-old baby boy, Iman Ali, was made an accused in a murder case and on being brought to court last Tuesday was granted bail upon a bond of Tk.
Arms smuggling must be stopped|
Three weeks have nearly passed since the massive arms seizure was made on the night of 1-2 April from the Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd jetty located in the Anwara coast of Chittagong.
BJP's overkill backfires|
Such is the Bharatiya Janata Party's hyperbolic publicity campaign, and the media's soft corner for it, that many people have come to believe that the outcome of India's coming Parliament elections is
|Letters to Editor||
When a colossal arms cache was captured in Chittagong, State Minister for Home Mr Lutfozzaman Babar blamed Awami League without any hesitation.
Dear Mr. Editor,|
I'm referring to your commentary dated 9 April '04 and the subsequent reactions by Mr. Shahjahan Ahmed and others on 12 April, 04.
I appreciate DS's anti-hartal stand since late 90s.
Education of women in Bangladesh|
On average, the level of education of women in Bangladesh is lower than that of men, which is itself shaky enough in comparison with other poor countries. The same applies to primary schooling.
The Buriganga issue|
The river that flows through the city, Buriganga, seems to be at the receiving end of all, the local population that lives on its banks, the government and the steamers and launches that ply on it.
Naipaul's Rage Against Islam: A Reassessment|
In January of this year I was in Delhi and decided to go see Jama Masjid. It was a most disagreeable experience.
Trapped in the ruins|
(The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the March 20, 2004 issue of The Guardian.