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Front Pagearrow Politics chokes rural health care
Over 85 percent of 11,159 community clinics (CCs) built to provide essential health and family planning services to rural people remained unused for the last three years allegedly for being constructed
 arrow Hartal fizzles out in record security
At least 30 people, including an ex-whip and three policemen, were injured in Comilla in sporadic violence that marked the countrywide hartal yesterday, the first day of Awami League's two-day general
 arrow Jalil now needs time to play 'trump card'
Just two days ahead of the Awami League's (AL) much-hyped April 30 deadline for the government's fall, party's General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said it would take some more time to play the 'trump
 arrow Planetarium set to open soon
The first state-owned planetarium is going to be opened at long last in the capital within a couple of months.

"Installation of equipment at the planetarium is almost complete.

 arrow Shattered dreams
It is only a few years back when a flicker of hope lit the faces of the people of Dhighirchala in Gazipur as some affluent neighbours came along with a piece of land to construct a community clinic on
 arrow Finance ministry sits on farm subsidy
While the agriculture ministry keeps on ringing alarm bells in accompaniment to its demand for at least a Tk 1,000-crore subsidy in the next fiscal year to bring down the agriculture production cost,the
 arrow Money made on arrestees' woes
Dhaka Central Jail staff takes large amounts of money in bribes from the relatives of 'mass arrests' victims for their release despite bail by courts.
 arrow Jordan job-seekers mum on swindlers
The hope to crack the riddle behind how 13 Bangladeshi youths could be sent to Iraq on April 17 via Jordan, when there were no visa issuing authorities of Iraq in Dhaka, appears elusive, as the victims
 arrow Poverty-cut plans boost Bangladesh economy
Bangladesh's economy has been strengthened by the policies adopted in completing its first-year of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility programme with the International Monetary Fund, the Asia Development
 arrow Govt plans to submit AL's plot link to HC
The government will submit evidence to the High Court that the main opposition Awami League was conspiring to unconstitutionally topple the government by April 30.
 arrow BDR, BSF open talks in Dhaka today
The directors general of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) open wide-ranging talks in Dhaka today on longstanding issues like cross-border crimes, smuggling, killing and border
 arrow Biman's domestic flights suspended for 5 hours
Biman's domestic flights were suspended for five hours yesterday as pilots refused to fly in protest at a derogatory remark by a Biman official.
 arrow Proshika official retracts judicial statement minutes after giving it
A deputy director of Proshika yesterday retracted a statement minutes after he told a magistrate that the Proshika chairman threw his weight behind the Awami League (AL) in its agitation beginning April
 arrow Govt mulls forming cell to execute NEC suggestions
The government is, for the first time, considering formation of an implementation cell to execute the recommendations of the National Education Commission (NEC).
 arrow Vajpayee takes river-link vow
India's prime minister Tuesday pledged to go ahead with a controversial plan to divert 37 rivers flowing into the Bay of Bengal for irrigation and electricity projects.
 arrow Campaign blitz on to woo voters
As the close race for power in India gathered steam, two main contenders ruling BJP-led alliance and Congress and its allies yesterday launched a campaign blitz in a bid to secure maximum possible seats
 arrow Fossils reveal oldest wildfire
Scientists have discovered evidence for the earliest known wildfire in Earth's history, the journal Geology reports.
 arrow Revised bill for constitution amendment tabled in JS
The Constitution (14th Amendment) Bill 2004, which proposes to introduce 45 reserved seats for women in parliament and increase retirement age of judges, among others, was tabled in the Jatiya Sangsad
 arrow Dhaka will join submarine cable in July next year: PM
Bangladesh will join the submarine cable in July 2005 and the ruling coalition started working on it immediately after it was voted into office, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday.
 arrow 2 cops, 1 Ansar hurt in bomb attack
Two police constables and an Ansar member were seriously injured when suspected underground operatives hurled two powerful bombs on a police van in the city's Phulbari Gate area at around Tuesday midnight,
 arrow A man carries wedding items...

 arrow Customs houses, ICDs to run on holidays
Dhaka, Chittagong and Benapole customs houses and the inland container depots (ICDs) at Kamalapur, Dhaka and Chittagong Port will remain open tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday despite weekly and public holidays.
 arrow US forces renew strikes in Falluja
US Marines yesterday launched a fresh air and ground assault in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja.

Thick black smoke rose above the palm-dotted Golan district, the target of an overnight aerialbombardment.

 arrow Weekly 2000 journo stabbed, mugged in Ctg
An unknown gang stabbed and robbed a Weekly 2000 correspondent of money at Nandankanan in Chittagong on Tuesday.
 arrow DMCH burns unit to become specialised hospital
The government yesterday announced a plan to upgrade the new plastic surgery and burns unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) to a full-fledged specialised hospital.
 arrow Price hike of ginger...

 arrow CID makes progress
Criminal Investigation Department (CID), tasked with probing the largest- ever arms seizure case, has stumbled into clues to the involvement of some people.
Businessarrow Fight unemployment thru' poverty cutting strategy
The country's poverty reduction strategy needs to be designed as an effective tool to fight against growing unemployment, speakers told an ILO-sponsored national policy dialogue that concluded in Dhaka
 arrow Khaleda asks recruiters to charge minimum
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked recruiting agencies to properly utilise the training centres for improving technical and language skills of the recruits before sending them abroad.
 arrow Emirates net profit clocks 67pc rise
Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum's impassive face gave journalists little idea of what was coming.
 arrow ADB warns of possible new Asian banking sector crisis
India, Pakistan and Taiwan are at risk of a banking sector crisis unless the authorities push through reforms of the industry, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned Wednesday.
 arrow S Asian business leaders for more trade shows to increase trade
South Asian business leaders at a roundtable in Lahore, Pakistan yesterday called for simplification of visa regime for businesspeople to boost intra-region business.
 arrow Khulna unit of Dhaka Match reopens May 8
Khulna unit of Dhaka Match Industry reopens on May 8.
 arrow Khulna unit of Dhaka Match Industry reopens on May 8
Standard Chartered Bank will provide car loans to customers of Navana Limited, the sole distributor of Toyota vehicles in Bangladesh, at a preferential rate of 13 percent interest.
 arrow HSBC signs MoU with Amex Travel Related services
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with American Express Bank Limited Travel Related Services (TRS).
 arrow FBCCI team off to Egypt to attend OIC business meet
A 10-member delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) left Dhaka for Cairo on Tuesday to attend the two-day 2nd International Conference on Investment and Privatisation
Sportsarrow Cricket: Partex rattle ARAF
Unfancied Partex Group shot into a surprise lead in Group-B when they upset high-flying ARAF Apparels in their GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Football: Futsal coming to town
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to introduce Futsal on its domestic calendar from next June.
 arrow Cricket: Azhar not included
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a pension scheme for retired Test players and umpires.
 arrow Cricket: 'Team effort was the key’
Sri Lanka's acting captain Mahela Jayawardene said a good team effort had earned the 72-run victory over Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB body quizzes 'em
Fiery Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar had his rib fractured while playing against India in the decisive third Test, his brother said Wednesday, amid a probe into suspected feigned injuries.
 arrow Football: Thank you, says Diego
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona on Tuesday issued his first public statement since frightening fans 10 days ago with severe heart and lung problems, which landed him in intensive care.


 arrow Cricket: Eng boss quits in protest?
England were expected to confirm they would go ahead with their controversial tour of Zimbabwe in October after one of the Management Board directors resigned.
 arrow Cricket: Rigid rebels
Zimbabwe's 15 rebel white cricketers will not as thought practice on Wednesday or make themselves available for future matches on the present Sri Lanka tour after hearing the arbitration process overtheir
 arrow Tennis: Early exit for Paradorn
Thailand tennis star Paradorn Srichapan was the major casualty here on the second day of the 375,750 euro (444,450 dollars) BMW Open as the second seed was beaten 6-3, 6-2 by Belgium's Olivier Rochus.
 arrow Tennis: Moya thru’
Defending champion and number two seed Carlos Moya sailed through to the last 16 of the Barcelona Open with a 6-4 6-2 win over German qualifier Daniel Elsner on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea plot a sensation
Big-spenders Chelsea were reported to have lined up Porto coach Jose Mourinho as their new manager and were ready to snatch Ronaldo and David Beckham from Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Trap keeps everyone guessing
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni is not closing the door completely on the prospect of bringing Roberto Baggio to the upcoming European championships, amid widespread fan and media support for such a move.
 arrow Football: Inzaghi's Euro worry
AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi risks missing Euro 2004 after deciding to go ahead with an operation on a knee injury, his club's official website said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Big Phil warns the other Ronaldo
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he wants to change the rules of football so that matches can no longer be drawn.

"Every match should have a winner.

 arrow Football: Eto set to become Africa’s best
The performances of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o in last year's Confederations Cup tournament in France are expected to be enough to see him named as the 2003 African Footballer of the Year.
 arrow Football: Gerard for Keane?
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was reported Wednesday to be considering a 20 million pound bid for Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to replace captain Roy Keane.
 arrow Cricket: No new BCB advisor now
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar yesterday said that there was no plan at the moment to include another member on the board's advisory committee.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque manager on Windies tour
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday appointed chief selector Faruque Ahmed as the team's operations manager for the West Indies tour.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh finish sixth
A last-minute goal shattered Bangladesh's hopes of finishing fifth in the Fifth U-21 Asia Cup Junior hockey championship in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Himel shines inSylhet victory
Himel scored an unbeaten half-century to guide Sylhet to a comfortable six-wicket victory against Chittagong in the second phase of the Under-17 Development Cricket Tournament at the BKSP yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Anti-corruption officer suspended
Md Ahsan Ali, an anti-corruption officer in Joypurhat district, has been suspended on charge of misconduct and corruption.
 arrow ASB meeting on May 6
The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (ASB) has postponed its monthly general meeting (2004 & 2005) scheduled for today due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow Democracy Watch to monitor poura polls
Democracy Watch will monitor pourasabha elections beginning May 5.

The organisation has decided to monitor elections in 18 pourasabhas of 10 districts.

Nationalarrow Defying ban, running into risk
Defying a government restriction, a section of owners are plying ramshackle small launches without route permit in risky routes in the Meghna estuary in the current season of storms.
 arrow Pollution from across the border
Toxic water from across the border flowing through Kalondi canal is polluting lands and waterbodies in 30 villages in bordering Akaura upazila.
 arrow Acid attack on daughter, wife, mother-in-law
A five-month-old baby, her mother and grand mother sustained serious acid burn injuries as her father threw acid to them at a remote village here on Monday night.
 arrow 3 expelled from BNP in Bogra
Two leaders and a member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) here were expelled from the party for violating its rules in the upcoming pourasabha (municipality) election.
 arrow Tale of a run-down weather centre
All the four ground floor rooms at Patuakhali Meteorological Office were found locked at about 2 pm. Two journalists including this correspondent waited outside.
 arrow No service rule for PSTU teachers, VC says
The Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) is opening two new departments-- Tourism and Agro-Based Industrial Science -- this year.
 arrow Kushtia Govt College tense after 5 teachers beaten by JCD
A tense situation was prevailing at Chuadanga Government College yesterday after Tuesday's attack on teachers by Jatyitabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on the campus in which five teachers includingits
 arrow Prime accused in Babu murder case arrested
The prime accused of Police Informer Babu Murder Case and Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal (JCD) leader Akhtar Hossain Bipu was arrested here on Tuesday.
 arrow Three abducted fishermen rescued
Three fishermen who were abducted from Rusho canal in the Sundarbans last Wednesday were rescued after five days of the incident on Monday.
 arrow Assassuni UNO's removal demanded
All Union Parishad (UP) chairmen in Assassuni upazila have demanded removal of 'corrupt' Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Utpal Kumar Das as he helped escape miscreants who assaulted and snatched the motorcycle
 arrow 3 cops among 12 hurt in Bhaluka clash
At least 12 persons including three policemen were injured in a clash over land between two rival groups at Labankata village in Bhaluka upazila on Tuesday morning.
 arrow Phensidyl recovered
A total of 3,571 bottles of Indian Phensidyl were recovered from different parts of the district in last four months.
Point-Counterpointarrow US supports Sharon, the assassin!
In Israel there are peace loving people like Yossi Belin, the former Justice Minister and like him many other peace activists, the members of the "Peace Now", and also assassin like Ariel Sharon and his
 arrow How long this politics of confrontation?
We are passing through a highly unstable political situation. We do not know what may happen in days ahead.
Culturearrow International Dance Day
For quite some years now dancers of the world have been celebrating 29th of April as the International Dance Day, as designated by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).
 arrow A day to dance
On the occation of International Dance Day the attention of the wider public is drawn towards the art of dance. In Bangladesh, cultural performances and rallies will be held to mark this day.
 arrow Penaz Masani in town
A visiting Indian cultural troupe, led by the notable singer Penaz Masani, will perform a light classical and popular musical show at the Osmani Memorial Hall on Friday, the 30th.
 arrow Premiere show of documentary 'Child Struggle'
The premiere show of Child Struggle, a documentary video was held on April 27 at the Estee Centre, Elephant Road, says a press release.
Generalarrow Infuse newness, diversity into our culture
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for infusing newness, new ideas and diversity into the country's culture maintaining its rich heritage.
 arrow Garments worth Tk 30 lakh seized at CEPZ
Customs officials seized a truck loaded with fabrics and ready-made garments worth over Tk 30 lakh while being taken out of the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) here on Tuesday night.
 arrow Two 'outlaws' lynched in Bagerhat
Two operatives of the Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were lynched by an angry mob early yesterday morning at Mulghar union under Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat.
 arrow Gazipur BNP leader stabbed to death
Kazi Mahmud Hossain Hashem, 52, a leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Gazipur chapter, was stabbed to death allegedly by the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jubo Dal in the town
 arrow 5 killed in road accidents
Five people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Feni yesterday.

Of them, three were killed in Feni and the rest in Manikganj.

 arrow Mostafa Sarwar passes away
Awami League leader and language movement veteran Mostafa Sarwar died at a Bangkok hospital yesterday at the age of 69.
 arrow Notorious robber arrested
Police arrested notorious forest robber Rana Sarder, chief of Rana bahini, and recovered an arms cache from Ganipur in Begumganj in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered a body of a youngman at Uttar Eidgah under Bandar thana in the district yesterday morning.

Police identified the body as Mamun, 30.

 arrow Army retrieves firearms in Bandarban
Army personnel yesterday seized eight handmade guns, one grenade, huge bullets and other belongings after a shootout with gunrunners allegedly belong to the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS).
 arrow Acid attack on housewife in Barguna
A land dispute between two families led to an acid attack on a housewife at her house in East Hatempur village in Patharghata, Barguna, on Monday.
 arrow Tiger kills honey collector
Tiger killed a honey collector in Hoghladanga area of the Sundarbans on Monday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Md Korban Ali, a third year student of Islamic Studies Department of Dhaka University, seeks financial assistance for his treatment as he has been suffering from acute heart disease.
Internationalarrow Blood-soaked bodies lie on streets
Bodies lay on the road in pools of blood, armoured personnel carriers patrolled the streets and one of the country's most revered mosques was left bullet-scarred and smoking.
 arrow First S Korean relief ship leaves for N Korea
A South Korean ship loaded with aid for victims of last week's train disaster in North Korea set sail yesterday as Seoul agreed to a costly request from the Stalinist state for much more.
 arrow Gaddafi urges world to follow his lead
On his first visit to Europe in 15 years, Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi trumpeted his "lead" in promoting world peace by renouncing weapons of mass destruction and called on others, including the US and
 arrow Explosions, gunfire shake Syrian capital
The Syrian capital went on high security alert yesterday after a series of explosions and a shootout in the diplomatic quarter where two "terrorists", a policeman and a woman passer-by were killed.
 arrow Bush, Cheney to face 9/11 commission in secret
The White House said on Tuesday it would not allow any recordings or transcripts of private testimony this week by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to the panel investigating the Sept.
 arrow Last Spanish combat units leave Iraq
Spain removed its last combat troops from Iraq on yesterday and the only Spanish soldiers still there are those tasked with organising the withdrawal ordered by the new Socialist government, defence ministry
Editorialarrow Editorial: Payment default by MPs
Members of parliament have expressed their indignation at the placing of a list of MPs who defaulted on payment of telephone bills before the parliament by the T&T minister.
 arrow Editorial: Crisis at Shahjalal University
The injured general students and teachers of Shahjalal Science and Technology University in Sylhet have fallen victim to a devious nexus between the police and the student wing of ruling BNP.
 arrow The art of compromise: Test of democratic leadership
More than two-millen-nium ago, the great political thinker, Aristotle, remarked that politics is 'the art of possible'.
 arrow Will the leftfront be able to maintain ascendancy in West Bengal?
Third phase of the Indian elections has been completed and the rest two phases will be over by May 10.
Letters to Editorarrow Limited sovereignty for Iraq
Sovereignty to the new Iraqi interim government will be handed over by June 30. An announcement has been made in this regard that it will have limited sovereignty.
 arrow Rallies blocking roads
Two photographs were published in your April 20 issue, one of the JCD gathering at Muktangon and the other of an Awami League rally in front of its office on the Bangabandhu Avenue.
 arrow About mobile phone
Now-a-days, the mobile phone has become a part and parcel of our day to day life. No doubt, it's a very useful device which has conquered time and distance .
 arrow Family values
Joint family is considered to be one of our cultural heritage. But it is breaking down gradually because young couples now opt to live apart for different reasons.
 arrow UN role in Iraq
This refers to your editorial "Bush Blair turn to UN" published on 23 April. The write-up was timely, well thought out and to the point.
 arrow Greatest Bengalees
I couldn't help but respond to Mr. Mehbub's letter titled, "Where is the martyr of 1757?" which was published on April 23.

In his letter, Mr.