Volume 4 Number 328 Fri. April 30, 2004    
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World Bank audit belies NCB figures
Finds default loan much higher, capital deficit wider than stated
A World Bank-funded special audit of the nationalised commercial banks (NCB) has arrived at quite different figures in a number of fields from those of the NCBs' own audits including much higher percentages
AL deadline to bite the dust
Opposition still unbent on anti-govt movement
The much-hyped April 30 deadline of the Awami League (AL) for toppling the government yesterday appeared on course to fizzle out with the leadership of the main opposition admitting setbacks in the plan.
Slum blaze kills 4 children
285 shanties razed in Keraniganj, over 2,000 homeless
A devastating fire at a slum in Keraniganj yesterday killed four children and razed all 285 tin-roofed houses on an acre, leaving about 2,000 people homeless amid scenes of shock.
Chittagong Port
Shipping agents threaten strike
Shipping agents and Chittagong Port users have threatened to go on strike from May 9 to protest 'a fall in port efficiency', raising the spectre of millions of dollars in lost export-import trade.
10 GIs killed in restive Iraq
Ten US soldiers were killed yesterday in attacks around Baghdad, eight of them when a car bomb exploded in a suburb south of the capital.
Govt will be toppled 'one day', says Hasina
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the coalition government would be overthrown 'one day' as it has lost moral right to stay in office, a day before her party's deadline
BNP relieved, mulls future
Although the BNP is in an apparent comfortable position after Awami League's shift from the April 30 deadline for toppling the ruling coalition, anxiety still dogs the ruling party over the anti-government
Hartal ends silently
The dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal called by the main opposition Awami League (AL) disrupted life for the second consecutive day yesterday and sporadic violence marked the shutdown in the capital.
High tax pushes milk powder prices up
Consumers bear bulk of the duties
Consumers have to bear about 64 percent of the taxes levied on imported bulk milk powder, a fact that belies the government's claim that imposition of high taxes on this source of nutrition is justified
May 8 Hartal in CHT
Hills people, settlers set for a face-off
The peace process in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) risks getting off the track as the hills people spearheaded by the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and Bangali settlers led by Somo
Trader seeks redress of JCD men's looting
A medicine shopkeeper in a letter to the president and general secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has sought redress of a looting of his shop by some JCD workers last week.
Resign now
Professional groups ask govt
Different professional bodies yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the BNP-led coalition government for its 'misrule and violation of the constitution'.
S'pore Building Collapse
Bangladeshis among 29 injured
At least one person was killed and 29 were injured after a steel girder collapsed yesterday into the basement of a Singapore office building under construction, a local member of parliament said.
DNA computers to fight diseases
Israeli scientists have developed tiny devices able to detect signs of cancer, and release drugs to treat the disease.
Built for quick bucks

Bar Council Polls
Rokan alleges government interference
The Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP) yesterday alleged of government interference in the process of the May 13 election to Bangladesh Bar Council and expressed its doubts about a free and fair
Ctg mayor warns of armed movement
Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury has warned of armed movement if the four-party ruling alliance does not step down by May 10.
Iraq Prisoner Abuse
US general suspended
A US general has been suspended in Iraq over the alleged abuse of prisoners by US troops in jails she ran.
'I was forced to give statement on camera'
A leader of a civil society platform yesterday alleged intelligence agents tortured and intimidated him into giving a statement on camera, which was aired on television channels on Tuesday.
4 abducted in Khagrachhari PCJSS blamed
Four activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were abducted from Balipara village in Matiranga upazila of Khagrachhari district on Wednesday night.
Gazipur BNP leader's killing not political
Suspect investigators
Primary police investigation found Gazipur BNP leader Kazi Mahmud Hossain Hashem was knifed to death Wednesday over a squabble.
BDR, BSF open talks to ease border tension
A five-day director general level border talks between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began at the BDR headquarters in the city yesterday.
Cop's purchase of Sikder's house under govt lens
A monitoring cell of the home ministry has started probe into a police officer's purchase of a two-storey building once belonged to notorious criminal Ershad Shikder.
JS session adjourned till May 12
The 11th session of the eighth Jatiya Sangsad was adjourned at 8:30pm yesterday till 5:00pm on May 12.
Duties on spices cut
The duties on import of garlic, dry chilli, ginger and turmeric have been reduced by 15 percent from the existing rates of 22.5 percent to 30 percent, according to the National Board of Revenue (NBR)sources.