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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Tennis: 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.
 arrow Football: European weekend preview
Preview of league action over the weekend in major European leagues:

Primera Liga

A week is often referred to as a long time in politics but five days last week must have

 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
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.
 arrow Athletics: 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.
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l v'ball starts today
The City Bank national youth volleyball competition begins today at the volleyball stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Chittra Sporting Club recorded a three-wicket victory over Young Star Club in a cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: '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.
Metropolitanarrow NGO Bureau heavily understaffed
The NGO Affairs Bureau, a government watchdog, is being forced to cope with a serious shortage of manpower.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow Obituary
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.
 arrow Extortionists stab trader
Six extortionists stabbed a trader and his manager at Purana Paltan in the city yesterday.
 arrow 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.
Nationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow A different Pohela Baishakh
Besides festivities, poor people in Bauphal had something more on the Bangla New Year.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow BCL leader escapes from police custody
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader escaped from police custody here on Monday afternoon.
Point-Counterpointarrow 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
 arrow Unearthing civility
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.
 arrow 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).
Culturearrow 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,
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
Generalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Internationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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
Editorialarrow Editorial: State of the economy
The Bangladesh Bank board gave out an optimistic assessment of the economy to the press on Monday.
 arrow Editorial: 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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 Editorarrow Imbecile statement
When a colossal arms cache was captured in Chittagong, State Minister for Home Mr Lutfozzaman Babar blamed Awami League without any hesitation.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Literaturearrow 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.
 arrow Trapped in the ruins
(The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the March 20, 2004 issue of The Guardian.