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Front Pagearrow AL's no-confidence day foiled by tough cops
Wholesale arrests, barricades and highhandedness by police foiled the first day of main opposition Awami League's (AL) three-day 'mass no-confidence programme' in the city yesterday as part of its plan
 arrow 33 Iraqis, 7 GIs killed in spate of blasts
Seven US soldiers are among more than 40 people killed in bomb, rocket and mortar attacks in Iraq, the latest spate of violence in the bloodiest month for America-led forces since Saddam Hussein's fall.
 arrow 4,775 convicted sans self-defence scope
Police arrested over 1,000 people in Dhaka yesterday as they continue blanket arrests across the country in the run-up to the April 30 deadline of the main opposition Awami League (AL) to unseat the BNP-led
 arrow Heartbroken they return
Cheated out by manpower agencies, 13 Bangladeshis returned home from Iraq yesterday ending their harrowing ordeal of a week.
 arrow CEC irked as officials don't report real law, order situation
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed expressed annoyance at high government officials at a meeting yesterday for not reporting the real law and order situation in 143 municipalities going to polls
 arrow Watch tightened on key points ahead of AL deadline
The government has put the law-enforcement agencies on high alert in Dhaka and adjoining districts in the run-up to the main opposition Awami League's (AL's) April 30 deadline for unseating it, home ministry
 arrow Conspirators won't be successful: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the conspirators have never been and never ever will be successful in executing their design to foil the development process initiated by the government.
 arrow KEPZ chief dies in Bangkok
Commodore Golam Rabbai, managing director of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ), died at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning. He was 57.
 arrow Lift ban on Ahmadiyya publications
The Amnesty International (AI) has urged the government to immediately rescind the ban on Ahmadiyaa publications and not yield to Islamist groups' demands that are discriminatory in nature and amountto
 arrow Farm credit nosedives
The lending flow in the agriculture sector has nosedived following a stricter stance taken by banks in order to check loan defaults.
 arrow Axe hangs on sick sundari trees
The government is considering cutting down a huge number of sundari trees in the Sundarbans, apparently to heal it of 'top dying' disease, which some quarters suspect to be a pretext for graft.
 arrow US warns Sharon on Arafat threat
The United States has insisted that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon honours a promise not to harm the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
 arrow No change of Danish heart
The Danish embassy in Dhaka yesterday said they had no plan to resume cooperation with the shipping ministry headed by Akbar Hossain, keeping up an embargo on assistance to ferry renovations.
 arrow 2nd phase campaign comes to a close
The curtains came down yesterday evening on the campaign for the second phase of Indian parliamentary elections that will witness polling in 137 constituencies spread over 11 states.
 arrow US eases sanctions on Libya
President Bush took steps Friday to restore normal trade and investment ties with Libya, moving to allow resumption of oil imports and most commercial and financial activities as a reward to Muammar Gaddafi
 arrow WB president pledges more assistance
World Bank President James D Wolfensohn has assured Bangladesh of additional support to implement the reform agenda aimed at faster economic growth and poverty alleviation.
 arrow Malaysia seeks consensus on next OIC chief
Malaysia still hopes to get a consensus for the appointment of the next secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Ershad Shikder's bodyguard wants to be his hangman
Condemned killer Ershad Shikder's former chief bodyguard Nur-e-Alam, now in Jessore Central Jail, has offered to become hangman of his former boss.
 arrow Security beefed up at Secretariat
Security was beefed up at the Secretariat from yesterday as two sweeping teams of Special Branch (SB) of police carried out a thorough search of the parking vehicles.
 arrow 13 Proshika staff held in midnight raids
Police arrested 13 officials and employees of Proshika, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in Khulna region and in Kishoreganj during midnight raids on Thursday and Friday.
 arrow 50 hurt as bidi factory workers, cops clash
At least 50 people, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Kounia Police Station and five constables, were injured in a series of clashes between police and striking bidi factory workers at Haragachin
 arrow An overflow of sewage water...

 arrow HC summons baby boy's father, complainant
A High Court division bench yesterday asked police to produce Anwar Ali, the father of the three-year old boy Iman Ali, who was granted bail earlier in an attempted murder case, before it on May 2.
 arrow Sylhet flood state shows improvement
The flood situation in Sylhet region marked slight improvement yesterday as the incessant rain came to a halt after about 10 days.
 arrow Heralding the doom

 arrow Govt lost all moral rights to stay in power
The government has lost all moral rights to stay in power as it has completely failed to deliver, 251 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) said in a statement yesterday.
 arrow Janajuddha reiterates to kill cops, journos
Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) in a leaflet recently reiterated its resolve to keep on slaying the journalists and the law enforcers for 'acting as deterrent to the ideology based onthe
 arrow 2 outlaws lynched
A mob lynched two cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddho faction in Khalishpur Friday night.
Businessarrow Protect local industry from tax on tax
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) has urged the government to protect local industries from 'tax on tax' that makes them uncompetitive.
 arrow Public agriculture loan providers disburse only 47pc credits in 8 months
Public sector banks and financial institutions could disburse in the first eight months only 47 percent of targeted Tk 4,388 crore in agricultural loans for the current fiscal.
 arrow Developers seek govt action to keep rod price stable
Developers yesterday demanded the government to take immediate steps to control the prices of MS rod and other construction materials.
 arrow BTTB's mobile: Whatever happened to the minutes of CCPP meeting of Jan 24, 2004?
The finance and planning minister has recently blasted the media for "sensational" and "untrue" reporting, which creates "baseless" negative image of Bangladesh.
 arrow Bakers want steps to control prices of sugar, flour, oil
Price hike of flour, sugar, oil, butter and other ingredients of bakery items is making the production costs higher, bread and biscuit manufacturers told Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday.
 arrow NBR launches Vat collection drive in Dhaka
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday began a special drive at different business establishments in Dhaka to increase Vat collection.
 arrow JS body for reopening of Khulna newsprint, hardboard mill
The parliamentary standing committee on industries ministry asked the ministry and authorities concerned to take step to reopen the Khulna Newsprint and Hardboard Mill after a review of the latest overall
 arrow Reliance Ins proposes 10pc cash, 50pc stock dividends
Reliance Insurance Limited has proposed 10 percent cash and 50 percent stock dividends (bonus shares) for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Chinese co to run management of Barapukuria Coal Mining Co
A contract has been signed between Barapukuria Coal Mining Co Ltd and the consortium of Shangdong Ludi-Geo Mineral Co Ltd and Xinwen Mining Group Co Ltd in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Jica VP calls on Bhuiyan
Visiting Vice-President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) Kunimitsu Yoshinaga yesterday called on LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at the latter's office.
 arrow Philips senior official due today
Jack John Detiger, service manager for Philips Middle East & Asia Pacific, arrives in Dhaka today.

He will inaugurate "Transcom Service Week" tomorrow .

 arrow WTO farm talks end with scant progress
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Friday ended four days of talks on reforming farm trade with scant progress on the major areas of disagreement, trade and diplomatic sources said.
 arrow G7 powers want to even out growth spurts
With the US and Japanese economies on the mend, top finance officials from the Group of Seven who meet here Saturday will focus on preserving and broadening recent global gains in the face of rising oil
 arrow Developing nations back Rato as new IMF chief
Developing countries Friday threw their weight behind former Spanish finance minister Rodrigo Rato as the next head of the IMF even as they attacked the way he was chosen.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar steals Ashraful act
CityCell joined Bashundhara Group at the top of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket Lea-gue when they registered their second win against Partex Group at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Diego off respirator
Diego Maradona has been taken off an artificial respirator but remains in intensive care five days after being rushed to hospital with a swollen heart and breathing problems, a hospital statement says.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad stays coach
Javed Miandad and Haroon Rashid are to remain as coach and manager of the Pakistan cricket team for the time being.
 arrow Cricket: Happy birthday
Friends and rivals paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar on his 31st birthday Saturday, saying the Indian superstar remained the most difficult batsman to dislodge.
 arrow Cricket: Murali report sent to ICC
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has forwarded the official report on Muttiah Muralitharan's doosra to the International Cricket Council, board president Mohan de Silva confirmed on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies 57-2 at rain stoppage
West Indies were 57 for two after 16 overs when rain stopped play in the second one-day international against England on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No sign of rebels
A continued boycott by 15 white Zimbabwe professional cricketers has forced the national selectors here to choose a team once more from the country's second string to meet Sri Lanka in the third of five
 arrow Cricket: Ponting's points
Ricky Ponting says it would have been easy for Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to bowl with a straighter arm than normal while being tested for throwing.
 arrow Tennis: Coria sends Safin packing
Argentina's Guillermo Coria continued his impressive winning streak on clay with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Russia's Marat Safin to reach his second successive final of the Monte Carlo Masters hereon
 arrow Football: Ranieri's time up?
Chelsea are ready to bring the curtain down on manager Claudio Ranieri's reign next week.

Owner Roman Abramovich could sack the Italian as early as Monday if the team flops at Newcastle on Sunday.

 arrow Football: Mourinho interested
FC Porto manager Jose Mourinho admitted it is one of his dreams to coach an English Premier League team and confirmed that two clubs had approached him.
 arrow Hockey: 10-0 baffling for BD boys
Bangladesh ended their Fifth Under-21 Asia Cup hockey championship campaign on a sorry note as they were drubbed 10-0 by India in their final first round game in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow BSF gives cash to golden SAF shooters
Bangladesh Shooting Federation (BSF) yesterday presented the SAF gold medal-winning shooters with cash awards.
Metropolitanarrow Jabbarer Boli Khela today
Jabbar Memorial Wrestling Competition, locally known as Jabbarer Boli Khela, will be held at Laldighi Maidan in the port city today amid great enthusiasm and festivity.
 arrow JCD factions clash at DU hall: 2 stabbed
Two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Mohsin Hall unit of Dhaka University were stabbed by their rival group in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow One gunned down in Mohammadpur
Local hoodlums gunned down an electrician at Bijli Mahalla in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow Iqbal, Bulbul BFUJ president, secy gen
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, editor of The Bangladesh Observer, and Manzurul Ahsan Bulbul, executive editor of the daily Sangbad, have been elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Federal Union
 arrow Reunion
A reunion of the students of Narayanganj High School, who passed their Secondary School Certificate Examination in 1968, will be held at Narayanganj Club on May 1, says a press release.
 arrow JP Mass Resistance Day today
As part of its programme to observe the Mass Resistance Day, the Jatiya Party (JP) will hold a meeting at its central office in Lalmatia at 3:00pm today.
 arrow Two accused flee from High Court
Two accused in a bomb explosion case yesterday surrendered to the High Court for anticipatory bail but melted into a crowd when the judges ordered that they be sent into police custody for two weeks.
 arrow IIUC MBA admission test Apr 30
The Dhaka campus of International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) is offering MBA (evening) programme for female executives, says a press release.
Nationalarrow From darkness to light
Smuggling was their main profession. At times they worked as day labourers also.

Now they are affluent farmers by cultivating patal (a summer vegetable).

 arrow People say 'no' to dam building
The Water Development Board is constructing a cross dam on the Sider Dhon canal in Char Jahiruddin in Bhola despite protests by people.
 arrow Erosion threatens to devour four Gaibandha unions
Four unions in Fulchhari upazila have been facing the threat of extinction due to unabated river erosion which already rendered 700 families shelterless.
 arrow 10 abducted in Khagrachhari, 5 rescued
Ten tribesmen were abducted by rivals allegedly belonging to UPDF and PCJSS in separate incidents on Friday and the day before in Matiranga and Guimara in Khagrachhari.
 arrow JP leader Asadur Rahman 'unwanted' in Syedpur
The Syedpur Poura Committee of Jatiya Party has declared former lawmaker Dr Asadur Rahman, brother-in-law of JP chief H M Ershad, "unwanted" in the town.
 arrow Woman gangraped, strangled
A housewife was strangled after gangrape and a man was slaughtered allegedly by outlaws in two incidents in the district on Friday night.
 arrow Jamalpur village wears a deserted look after a murder case
Netrakona: Most of the villagers at Borobaria in Sharishabari thana of Jamalpur district have left their houses in fear of police arrest.
 arrow Dacoity at Barisal STT prosecutor's house
Dacoits beat the wife of Mazibur Rahaman Nantu, Special Public Prosecutor of Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal and looted about Tk two lakh in cash and gold ornaments from the house in the city in the early
 arrow BNP rivals' clash leaves 24 injured in Magura
At least 24 people were injured, eight of them critically in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling BNP at Sarontadia village in Sreepur upazila on Friday morning.
 arrow Relief for Mymensingh tornado victims
State Minister for energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain visited the four tornado-hit villagers in Haluaghat on Wednesday to see distribution of relief among the affected people.
 arrow Rifle, bullets 'snatched' from police recovered from Meghna
One rifle and five rounds of bullets presumably belonging to police were recovered from the Meghna on April 20.
Point-Counterpointarrow Employment as an objective of economic policy
Like many other developing countries manpower is the most important economic resource of Bangladesh. Thus employment creation should be carefully considered in formulating all its projects.
 arrow Turning a blind eye, as well as a deaf ear, to history
History, as we know, has the proclivity to repeat itself, but more often than not its lessons are by and large overlooked or ignored until it is too late.
Culturearrow Combining art with craft
Ruhul Amin Kajol had won the admiration of every fine arts connoisseur back in 1992, when he wasn't even in the country to provide explanations or footnotes for his painting exhibit at La Gallery, Banani.
 arrow Sporsher Bairey: Another tale of middle class existence
Ntv will air a new mega serial Sporsher Bairey from May 4. It will be telecast on every Tuesday and Wednesday at the prime hour.
 arrow Bangladesh Folk Song Council
At the age of nine, little Zaima had the audience completely spell bound at the Biswa Shahittya Kendra, where she performed folk songs with passion.
 arrow Tri-Nation Theatre Festival in Nepal
Loko Natyadal, a popular theatre group of the country, is in Nepal attending the ongoing Tri-Nation Theatre Festival in Katmandu.
Internationalarrow N Korea train station 'obliterated' by blast
Foreign aid workers reaching the site of the North Korean train explosion yesterday reported a scene of utter devastation and confirmed about half of the 154 victims were children.
 arrow US troops bar civilians from entering Fallujah
US marines besieging Fallujah were ordered not to allow residents yesterday who fled the fighting to return to their homes in the Sunni Muslim bastion, a marine officer said.
 arrow Vajpayee hopes Pakistan won't let terrorists operate on its soil
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said Friday that he was confident that Pakistan would not allow terrorist groups to operate from its territory.
 arrow New Gandhi's test tomorrow
Curtains came down on electioneering in the two most important constituencies - Rae Bareli and Amethi along with 135 others where elections will be held tomorrow.
 arrow Thai commander gets power to pull out of Iraq in case of emergency
The government has given full authority to the chief of non-combatant troops in Iraq to order their evacuation if the security situation gets out of control, Defence Minister Chetta Thanajaro said Friday.
 arrow Hoon admits errors
British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon admitted in a newspaper interview yesterday that he and his officials were guilty of errors in the way they treated a respected expert on Iraqi weapons who committed
Editorialarrow Editorial: A ray of hope in the murky situation
Two signs of maturity are readable into the recent spate of political developments: first, Jatiya Chhatra Dal (JCD)'s pull-back from their Shudha Bhaban siege programme on April 21 at the instructions
 arrow Editorial: Mindless arrests
The indiscriminate and mindless arrests of thousands of people have raised some serious questions in the public mind regarding the motive of the government.
 arrow Making of the new European quilt
Somehow the people of the Orient have an obscurantist view of events unfolding in Europe, the latest being the formal expansion of NATO and its impact on Russian security and thereby on global peace
 arrow Will supermarkets in Bangladesh be super for small farmers?
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) last December looked at the above issue (IFPRI, Forum, December 2003). It noted that booming market for supermarkets has been Latin America.
Letters to Editorarrow Fake examinees!
Recently, 13 'fake examinees' were caught at JU. This is nothing new. In this country, it has become a regular practice.
 arrow The state of the nation
The state of the nation can be judged from the stark reality of a three-year old baby being challenged and taken to the court on an alleged murder charge! The law minister has rightly asked for the suspension
 arrow Political morality
Our politics lacks moral courage, guts, and the mental acceptance of suffering for principles. The going is not good and easy all the time.
 arrow Sharp reaction
Our attention has been drawn to a news item published on April 13, 2004, regarding the reaction of the FICCI chief to mugging of Tk 300,000 of a foreign manufacturing company.
Star Healtharrow Gender barriers to TB control in Bangladesh
Globally, the estimated male-to-female ratio of notified tuberculosis (TB) cases based on passive case finding is 2:1.
Star Cityarrow Parks becoming urban wastelands
Official neglect and lack of coordination between government agencies have turned some parks in Dhaka into urban wastelands, virtual playgrounds for local youths and safe havens for drug peddlers andaddicts.
 arrow Buriganga eviction turns out a farce
The five-day eviction of Buriganga encroachers by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has turned out to be a farce.
 arrow Flower Trade

 arrow Flimsy features of the film archive
Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) is still striving for a permanent infrastructure 25 years into its launch.
 arrow Women commissioners feel deprived, cry for job
Frustration is growing women among female ward commissioners of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) as they feel the authorities are prejudiced against them regarding distribution of development work in respective
 arrow Two weeks over, no step yet for registration
The decision taken during a communications ministry meeting on April 8 to complete registration of taxicabs and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-run autorickshaws within a week has not materialised even though