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Front Pagearrow Mass arrests stopped
The government yesterday apparently stopped mass arrests and asked the police not to harass the innocent after more than 15,000 people were arrested in an eight-day dragnet.
 arrow Police juggernaut throws AL men out of action
A heavy police presence throughout the capital yesterday marked the subdued third and final day of the "mass no-confidence" programme of the main opposition party Awami League (AL).
 arrow Do you really believe what you said?
We are dumbfounded, to say the least, to read about your speech at the BNP Parliamentary Party meeting the day before yesterday where you reportedly said that there has not been any harassment of theinnocent
 arrow MPs default on Tk 8.61cr in phone bills
A staggering Tk 8.
 arrow Bribes rule supreme at overcrowded jail
Jail police are taking Tk 80 instead of the fee of Tk 2 from each relative of the prisoners held during the mass arrests to let them meet the arrestees languishing in the central jail.
 arrow IMF to give loans to offset trade loss
Bangladesh will get loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cover its trade losses incurred in the post-Multi-fibre Agreement (MFA) regime from next year.
 arrow Violence mars third leg of Indian polls
Six people were killed and at least 15 injured in violence which marred voting in five of the 11 Indian states where balloting took place yesterday in the third phase of marathon general elections.
 arrow FBCCI offers political reform agenda
The apex trade body of the country yesterday came up with a set of proposals to reform key areas, including politics, now in a confrontational situation.
 arrow Only 6 defence audit objections settled since independence
Only six of the 789 audit objections against the defence organisations have been resolved in 30 fiscal years since 1971-72 financial year, creating ground for more financial irregularities in the organisations.
 arrow Freedom fighters call for anti-Razakar unity
Some sector commanders and leading freedom fighters have urged their comrades-in-arms and progressive forces to join the ongoing agitation against the coalition government.
 arrow Bulgarian president's car under Iraq attack
Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov's convoy came under attack by gunmen late Sunday during a surprise visit to his country's forces in the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala, the defense ministry of Bulgaria
 arrow Tobacco top cause of cancer in country
Smoking tobacco and its allied products is the number one cause of cancer among the males, while women patients mostly suffer from cervix cancer in Bangladesh, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet okays 14th constitution change
The cabinet yesterday approved a bill for the 14th amendment to the constitution proposing nine changes including 45 reserved seats for women in parliament.
 arrow Local body chairmen unhappy
Speakers including Pourashabha and Union Parishad chairmen yesterday said at a roundtable the 14th amendment to the constitution on local government ignoring their reservations will be 'undemocratic',
 arrow Jalil still sticks to 'trump card'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party will use the much-talked-about trump card to unseat the BNP-led coalition government by April-30 as four days are still there before
 arrow Moudud defends mass arrests to foil AL plan
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday defended the government step of arrests aimed at foiling the main opposition Awami League's (AL's) April 30 deadline for toppling the ruling coalition.
 arrow BDR-BSF confce in city from April 29
A five-day director general (DG)- level border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India begins at the conference room of BDR headquarters in the city on April
 arrow One of the separated twins dies
One of the twins separated in an operation Sunday died, surgeons at the Islamic Bank Hospital (IBH) said yesterday.
 arrow Anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla's death today
The 42nd death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque will be observed today.
 arrow WB, IMF happy with economy, not with governance
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were 'satisfied' with Bangladesh's economic performance, but were 'unhappy' about its progress in administrative
 arrow HC fines RU Tk 5,000 for harming student
The High Court (HC) yesterday fined Rajshahi University Tk 5,000 for harming a brilliant student who appealed for re-examining his answer script of a subject four years ago.
 arrow Court rejects discharge petitions
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected discharge petitions of former state minister for planning Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven others accused in the Janatar Mancha (sedition case) case.
 arrow Most distant planet found
Astronomers working in New Zealand said yesterday they had located the most distant planet so far discovered, a Jupiter-sized object 17,000 light years away.
 arrow Iraq group threatens to kill Italians
Al Arabiya TV has broadcast a tape it says shows three Italians held captive in Iraq and say their captors will kill them in five days if the Italian people do not protest their country's military presence
 arrow CPB stages mass hunger strike
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday staged mass hunger strike to protest against 'mass arrests of innocent civilians and repression of democratic agitation programmes by opposition parties,
 arrow 50 hurt as JCD men swoop on Sust sit-in
The activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) swooped on the general students of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) on the campus yesterday, leaving at least 50 injured.
 arrow Rabbani laid to rest
Commodore Golam Rabbani, managing director of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) and former chairman of Chittagong Port Authority, was laid to rest at Banani Military Graveyard in the city yesterday.
Businessarrow FBCCI proposes Tk 5,000cr govt fund for investment
As investment is shrinking in Bangladesh, business community yesterday sought Tk 5,000 crore government fund for long-term investment by June 2005.
 arrow Positive actions needed to help poor nations gain from globalisation
There should be more positive actions to give poor nations space to develop on their own as every country can gain from globalisation, observed Gerry Rodgers, director of Policy Integration Department
 arrow RMG workers want special body on post-MFA issues
Labour leaders at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday suggested forming a special committee with representatives from the government, factory owners and trade unions to deal with the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement)
 arrow Businesspeople flock to Taiwanese show
Local businesspeople yesterday flocked to a daylong show of Taiwanese products at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

Food processing and textile equipment drew attention of most local entrepreneurs.

 arrow G7 underestimates China risks
Group of Seven industrialised powers, keen to deliver an upbeat message on world growth at a weekend meeting here, underestimated the risk posed by an overheating Chinese economy, analysts say.
 arrow Transcom Service Week 2004 begins
Transcom Service Week, 2004 began yesterday with a view to earning more confidence of customers and ensuring their satisfaction.
 arrow ICAB launches accounting standards today
The Institute of Chartered Accoun-tants of Bangladesh (ICAB) launches its latest compilation of 26 Bangladesh Accounting Standards (BAS) today for use in the preparation of financial statements for listed
 arrow Islami Bank recommends 20pc stock dividend
A board meeting of Islami Bank Limited has recommended a 20 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Janata Bank signs agency arrangement deal with IDB
Janata Bank will work as an agency of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Bangladesh.

A deal to this effect was signed between the two at the IDB headquarters in Jeddah on Saturday, says a press release.

 arrow IMF, WB warn development promises may be broken
The world is poised to break a series of lofty promises to ease the plight of the poor, IMF and World Bank policymakers warned Sunday in a final communique after weekend meetings here.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aktel turn CityCell off
Aktel won the 'battle of cellular phone operators' when they put an end to CityCell's two-match winning run in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCL makes Dav happy
The Corporate Cricket League (CCL) might have a different meaning for others but Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore believes that the new competition gave his boys an opportunity to sharpen their skills ahead
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe at crossroads
Zimbabwe's abysmal record low of 35 all out on Sunday against Sri Lanka has brought the country's cricket crisis to its lowest and most dangerous point.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI knows nothing
India's cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Monday he was unaware that the Indian and Pakistani teams would be playing an exhibition one-day match in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi next month.
 arrow Cricket: Craving for cricket
England fly to Grenada on Monday desperate for action after their first three one-day games were hit by rain.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis' Duke ball therapy
New Zealand's fast bowlers have drafted in specialist help before the team travels to England next week -- a box of English-style cricket balls.
 arrow Tennis: King Coria's next conquest
Guillermo Coria aims to join Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gustavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya, Thomas Muster, Sergi Bruguera, Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase as only the eighth player to use the Monte Carlo Masters title
 arrow Tennis: US, Belgium move
Twice Wimbledon champion Venus Williams of the United States and Belgium's world number two Kim Clijsters helped their countries into the quarterfinals of the Fed Cup this weekend.
 arrow Football: Real gone with Figo
Midfielder Xavi Hernandez netted the winning goal in the 86th minute Sunday as FC Barcelona came from behind to defeat a 10-man Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, while Spanish league leader
 arrow Football: Hip, hip Gunners!
Arsenal have made English football history by wrapping up their 13th English title without losing a match and with four games to spare.
 arrow Football: It'll take a little longer
AC Milan will have to wait another week before they can wrap up the Italian league title after they were held to a goalless draw away to Udinese and closest rivals Roma beat relegation-threatened Empoli
 arrow Football: Near ones take over
One of Diego Maradona's two teenage daughters said the former soccer star was doing "much better" as he fights serious heart and lung problems.
 arrow Football: Seven matches on day one
Seven matches will be played on the opening day of the 22nd Sher-e-Bangla National Football Championships' qualifying round on May 4.
 arrow Cricket: Akram out for ten days
Former national captain Akram Khan will be out of action for ten days for a fractured right arm.
 arrow Cricket: Zim face ICC suspension?
Zimbabwe's capitulation in Sunday's third one-day international against Sri Lanka, in which they were bowled out for a new record-low of 35, could have far-reaching consequences in the corridors of the
 arrow Cricket: Winning start by Dhaka, Rajshahi
Ashiqul smashed 47 as Dhaka got off to a fine start in the second phase of the Under-17 Development Cricket Tournament with a four-wicket victory over Khulna at the Jahangirnagar University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Third one-dayer abandoned too
Rain and unplayable conditions forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between West Indies and England without a ball being bowled on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh meet S'pore today
Bangladesh will take on Singapore in a qualifier of the Asian Junior (U-21) Hockey Championship in Karachi today.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
Brothers Union Club recorded a four-wicket victory over City Corporation Ekadosh Junior in a CJKS-Ispahani Senior Division Premier Cricket League match at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Nazir Ahmed Degree College Ekadosh outplayed Chuadanga Badarganj College 8-1 in the inaugural match of the final round of the inter-college football tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Div I v'ball
Dhaka Sabuj Club earned walkover against Dhaka Sporting Club in the National Bank First Division Volleyball League at the volleyball stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Nipu, Jilani BFF's choice
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has recommended coaches Jubair Nipu and Syed Golam Jilani for its grassroots level coaching programme under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)'s grant.
 arrow Cricket: No room for Tillakaratne
Former Sri Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne has been dropped for next month's cricket Test series in Zimbabwe, the national selectors announced here.
 arrow Rafter gets married
Australia's double US Open champion Pat Rafter has married his long-time girlfriend, model Lara Feltham, in a private ceremony at a resort in Fiji, it was reported Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Offloading of clinkers causes environmental hazards in Ctg
Open air offloading of imported clinkers at Sadarghat lighterage jetty is causing environmental hazards for business installations and residential areas in and around Chittagong port.
 arrow Evicted slum dwellers demand rehabilitation
Evicted slum dwellers, at a press conference in the city yesterday, demanded their immediate rehabilitation.
 arrow Promote use of seeds of 'Hybrid Bhutta-3'
Against a projected domestic demand of 10 lakh tonnes, Bangladesh grows only 2.6 lakh tonnes of maize a year but the yields could be raised by ensuring local production of quality seeds.
 arrow HC fines RU authorities
The High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court has fined Rajshahi University authorities Tk 5000 as it has delayed in responding to an application of a student complaining of giving less number in
 arrow New minister press in Washington
Journalist Golam Arshad has been appointed Minister Press at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington.

Prior to his appointment Golam Arshad was the bureau chief of the Dainik Inqilab in Washington.

 arrow Businessman stabbed
A gang of criminals stabbed a businessman in the city's Shyampur area yesterday for his refusal to give them industrial byproducts of his metal factory.
 arrow Nigerian team meets president
The delegation of the Nigerian National War College (NWC) led by Commodore OO Biobaku paid a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Exams postponed
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have postponed all course and traditional system examinations scheduled to be held on April 28 and 29 and May 3 and 4.
Nationalarrow An ideal home for nation builders
The school is known for excellent results. But more heartening things awaited this correspondent during a visit last week.
 arrow Traumatised talents
They were taken aback. The four teenaged brilliant students faced the first hard reality in life.
 arrow BCL leader held for attack on Hasina's motorcade
Police have arrested Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Imrul Ahamed Uzzal in connection with the attack on Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's motorcade in Barisal on February 26.
 arrow Zahida rape, murder case takes new turn
College girl Zahida rape and murder case here has taken a new twist after the Criminal Investigation Department's (CID) nine-month investigation.
 arrow Outlaws raid Satkhira shrimp enclosures
Outlaws are conducting raids to different shrimp enclosures here for toll.
 arrow 10 held for looting relief goods
Netrakona police on Sunday arrested 10 persons on charge of looting relief materials at Modanpur in Sadar upazila.
 arrow Democracy festival held
A two-day Democracy Festival organised by local unit of the Democracy Watch concluded at the local gymnasium on Friday.
 arrow Blood-written memo to PM
Teachers and staff of non-government educational institutions submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister (PM) through the district administration here in an exceptional manner on Sunday.
 arrow Relief for tornado victims
Various organisations distributed relief materials among the tornado-affected people of Mymensingh and Netrakona.
 arrow Polls: AL candidate held at Kaliganj
Jhenidah Police on Sunday arrested a candidate of the upcoming Kaliganj municipality election.
 arrow Manikganj Jatiya Chhatra Dhara body formed
A 19-member convening committee of Manikganj district unit of Jatiya Chhatra Dhara, student wing of Gono Forum, was formed at a meeting held at Khan Bahadur Awald Hossain Khan College here on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Snake snaps in fear!
I am scheduled to leave for Dhaka this week. I have got my ticket confirmed, though after a toilsome effort, and am all set to start.
 arrow Mass arrest under 'section 54 of CrPC' infringes on freedom to protest
In a democratic society people are given their inalienable rights to protest against tyranny, authoritarianism, and anti-democratic behaviour of the government.
 arrow Fiddling while Bangladesh burns
On January 8, the government caved in to religious extremists and banned "all books" of the Ahmadiyya Muslims.
 arrow Rationale for independence
Many years ago, a Pakistani colleague in an international organization I worked for was reminiscing how he travelled around Dhaka and other places of the then East Pakistan in the 1960s and could seeonly
Culturearrow Momotaj: The singer of the masses
Momotaj Begum is a well-known name for music lovers both in the cities and rural areas. She claims the distinction of having released a record 600 music albums since 1992.
 arrow Bangladesh Festival 2004 in Sydney
Bangladeshi singers, dancers and musicians succeeded in winning the hearts of Australians with their enthralling cultural performance in the recently held Bangladesh Festival 2004 in Sydney.
 arrow Afzalur Rahman
Afzalur Rahman is one of the few sarod-players in Bangladesh. He is a direct student of the renowned musician Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, younger brother of Ustad Alauddin Khan.
 arrow Musical soiree of Srijon
To capture the interest of the culture enthusiasts, Srijon organised a musical soiree of the yesteryear songs on April 25, says a press release.
 arrow Itihasher Ei Diney touches 300 landmark
Ntv's popular show Itihasher Ei Diney telecasts its 300th episode today, marking an uninterrupted airing since the very first day of the channel on July 3, 2003.
Generalarrow Ensure accountability of docs, nurses
Two consumers rights organisations yesterday demanded effective steps to ensure accountability of doctors, nurses and other medical staff to improve healthcare in the country.
 arrow Eunuch killed in Ctg, body recovered after five days
The body of a eunuch was dug up from a hole near the eunuchs' colony at Zakir Hossain Road on Saturday five days after he was killed over a love triangle.
 arrow Abducted schoolboy rescued in Bagerhat
Police rescued a schoolboy from the hideout of the kidnappers on Sunday night in Bagerhat and arrested one person in this connection.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has refuted part of a news item headlined "Biman MD leaves after less than 3 months' service" published in The Daily Star on April 22 saying the transfer of the MD was not made
 arrow Import of oil cake through Bhomra land port suspended
Import of Indian oil cake through Bhomra land port has remained suspended since yesterday morning as the superintendent of customs has ordered not to allow the loaded trucks to enter the land port from
 arrow Shrimp trader injured in bomb blast
Shrimp trader Amol Krishna Mondol was seriously injured as the extremists hurled bombs in front of the Raju Fish depot in Rupsha upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Children's painting competition on Asthma Day
A painting competition for the children will be held in the city on May 1 to mark the World Asthma Day, says a press release.
 arrow Women journalists' confce postponed
The conference of Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra, which was scheduled to be held at the National Press Club tomorrow, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Sahina Akhtar, a teacher of Agargaon Government Primary School, seeks financial assistance for her treatment as both of her kidneys have been damaged, says a press release.
 arrow Tribute paid to Dr Nurunnahar
Alumnae of Sakhawat Memorial Girls' School paid tribute to the memory of late Dr Nurunnahar Fyzennessa at a discussion in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow 2557 more held
Police arrested 2,557 people, including four listed criminals from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Sujit Kumar Shaha, a freedom fighter and founder principal of Shekhpara Dukhi Mahmud Degree College, died of cardiac arrest at Suhrawardy Hospital in Dhaka on Sunday at the age of 55.
Internationalarrow Gandhi dynasty claims gain
Millions voted as India's marathon election entered its third leg yesterday with two generations of the Gandhi dynasty seeking seats vowing a close contest against the ruling Hindu nationalists.
 arrow Regional parties may play kingmakers
With the Indian parliamentary elections a little past the halfway mark and all opinion and exit polls forecasting a fractured mandate, political parties have already begun debating the coalition course.
 arrow Explosive situation in Najaf
A potentially explosive situation is brewing in Iraq's Shia holy city of Najaf, but progress has been made in peace efforts in the battered Sunni bastion of Falluja, US officials said on Sunday.
 arrow UK studying options to boost troops in Iraq
The government of Tony Blair has prepared a series of options aimed at boosting the number of British troops in Iraq to make up for the withdrawal of the Spanish contingent, The Times reported yesterday.
 arrow US lawmakers worry about Chalabi's role in new Iraq govt
Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi on Sunday sought to defuse reports that he would be sidelined in the interim government due to take political power in Iraq from June 30, amid mounting concerns
 arrow N Korea meets donors, turns down South's aid offer
The North Korean government met with international aid groups to map out a response to a devastating train blast, even as it turned down an offer for early South Korean relief.
 arrow China rules out HK polls in 2007, 2008
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) adopted a decision Monday, which favors modification of the existing methods for selecting the Hong Kong's chief executive in 2007 and forming
 arrow Abortion rights march draws 1.1m in US
More than 1.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The PM's observations
The prime minister has made an observation to the effect that nobody has been harassed by the law enforcers, who have arrested thousands of young men in the last few days.
 arrow Editorial: AL meet with Speaker
It is noteworthy that the two principal issues that the AL leaders brought up to the Speaker in their meeting with him on Sunday are of an intrinsically constitutional nature.
 arrow Women: Changing roles and realising rights
Researches on the roles and the rights of women are not rare now.
 arrow Too close for comfort
THE first opinion poll gave the BJP and its allies 335 in the 545-member Lok Sabha.
Letters to Editorarrow Sugar industry
The sugar mills are one of the most important agro-based industries which need to be boosted with the patronage of the government .
 arrow 'Lalmoni Express'
I had an opportunity to enjoy a train journey from Lalmonirhat to Dhaka by 'Lalmoni Express'. Train journey is always enjoyable and comfortable to journey-loving people. I am no exception.
 arrow Hats off to Spanish PM
We thank and congratulate Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq which was his campaign pledge to the nation.
 arrow Fighting for admission !
After passing the HSC examinations, most of the students want to get themselves admitted to any public medical college or engineering university, and so on.