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Front Pagearrow Jalil draws flak from party colleagues
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday drew flak from his party colleagues over the April 30 deadline for unseating the government, hours before the much-hyped date fell flat.
 arrow Bhuiyan asks Hasina, Jalil to apologise
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday asked Awami League leaders Sheikh Hasina and Abdul Jalil to apologise to the nation and AL activists for misleading them with the April 30 deadline
 arrow US Marines hand Falluja to former Saddam general
US Marines handed control of Falluja to a former general in Saddam Hussein's feared Republican Guard yesterday in bid to end a month-long siege that killed hundreds in the city and infuriated Iraqis.
 arrow Going green in Barind
Rafiqul Islam has seen a change over the last 14 years of his life in terms of celebrations: from one harvest with one celebration to three harvests with as many celebrations.
 arrow 2 Proshika offices looted in Barisal
Valuables worth about Tk 20 lakh have been looted allegedly by the ruling party cadres from two offices of Proshika, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), at Ulania Bandar and Mehendiganj.
 arrow Deadline failed, not movement, says Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party would topple the present government through a mass movement in the shortest possible time to free people from repressive rule and pave
 arrow Illegal roadside water outlet...

 arrow May Day today
Today is International Labour Day, traditionally known as the May Day. This year the day will be observed across the globe including Bangladesh with a fresh vow to institutionalise workers' rights.
 arrow BNP lawmaker, his men assault former AL MP
Former Awami League (AL) lawmaker ASM Firoz was physically assaulted yesterday allegedly by ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukdar and his supporters at Baufal of Patuakhali for protesting vote-rigging
 arrow European Union takes in 10 new members
Thousands packed streets and city squares yesterday for festivals and fireworks ushering in a bold new era: the European Union's historic enlargement from 15 nations to 25.
 arrow 115 Bangladeshis denied 8 months' pay in Malaysia
One hundred and fifteen Bangladeshi workers in Sitiawan state of Malaysia are in dire straits as their Port Dickson-based employer, Linsun (M), has been withholding their eight months' wages for long,
 arrow Khulna outlaws and criminals use arms whose licence not renewed since '50
Licences for over 11,000 firearms out of 17,000 issued since 1950 in Khulna district have not been renewed and the unlicensed arms are now in the hands of outlaws and other criminals, official sources
 arrow Red tape halts language labs
Bureaucratic tangles and corruption have stalled the Tk 9 crore language laboratory project aimed at enhancing English and Arabic language skill of students and job-holders having at least a Secondary
 arrow 'Ratify Rome Statute to fight crimes against humanity'
Speakers at a workshop on the International Criminal Court yesterday underscored the necessity for ratification of the Rome Statute by the world's major powers to institute an effective internationaljustice
 arrow Outlaws slaughter 3 in Chuadanga
Underground operatives slaughtered three people in Sadar and Damurhuda upazilas in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Simi's teasers now threaten her family
The family of Simi, whom persistent eve teasing of local delinquents had forced to commit suicide last year, is in panic again, as the eve teasers, released on bail, have started to bombard them withthreats
 arrow Suicide blast kills 2 US marines
Two US marines were killed and six wounded in a suicide bomb attack yesterday near Camp Falluja, the main military base outside the flashpoint city of the same name, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told
 arrow Sonia candidate for top job
India's main opposition Congress party, boosted by a strong showing in exit polls, said yesterday its choice for prime minister if it wins a tight national election.
 arrow Police stations on high alert
All police stations, camps and outposts in Khulna have been put on high alert after the Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) issued death threats in letters to police officials.
 arrow Outlaw lynched in Rupsha
An armed cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was found dead yesterday in a paddy field at Shamantashena under Rupsha upazila.

Police said Jalil Shaikh, 30, was lynched by a mob.

 arrow Abductors kill hostage
Kidnappers have slaughtered a bus driver three days after they abducted him, as his family members failed to pay ransom.
 arrow Bill in US Senate renewing sanctions against Myanmar
A resolution renewing import sanctions against Myanmar was introduced Thursday in the US Senate with a warning that the controls may not be removed even if the country's opposition leader is freed.
 arrow Polls show rejection of Gaza pullout plan
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had a mere 48 hours yesterday to convince 193,000 fellow Likud party members to support his unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip, as polls showed they will mostlikely
 arrow Fresh US warning of possible terror attacks
The US State Department on Thursday reissued its "worldwide caution" to remind US citizens of the chance of attacks by al Qaeda or other militant groups around the world.
 arrow Jackson pleads not guilty
Singer Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty yesterday to a 10 count grand jury indictment on child molestation charges including a new accusation of conspiracy to abduct a child.
 arrow Maoists free 41 policemen in Nepal
Maoist rebels battling to overthrow Nepal's monarchy have freed more than 40 policemen seized three weeks ago in a remote eastern district of the Himalayan country, a government official said on Friday.
Businessarrow Guideline on infrastructure investment on the cards
The government is formulating a comprehensive guideline on investment in private sector infrastructure to promote infrastructure development.
 arrow Four new companies join CDS May 16
Four new companies are ready to join central depository system (CDS) on May 16.
 arrow Improve apparel quality to match global trend
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday asked apparel exporters to continuously improve quality, fashion and design of their products matching the trend of the fast-moving world and competitive international
 arrow China halts steel, aluminum, cement project approvals
China's top executive body has ordered that no approvals for new steel, aluminum and cement projects be made this year in a bid to halt "haphazard" and "redundant" investments, state media said Friday.
 arrow No chance of textile quota extension: WTO aide
An international trade official said Wednesday there was no chance that a decades-old world textile quota system would be extended past year end, despite private sector efforts in the United States and
 arrow Democrats back bill to restore US trade hammer
Two Democratic senators unveiled legislation Thursday that would require the US Trade Represen-tative's office to take more aggressive action, including the possible use of trade sanctions, to force countries
 arrow Nat'l Tea Co okays 18pc dividend
National Tea Company Limited (NTCL) has approved an 18 percent dividend for shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo gets award for logistics services
Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of the airline, was recently honoured by STMicroelectronics, one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.
 arrow Fareast Finance declares 15pc dividend
Fareast Finance and Investment Limited, a leasing and financing company, has declared a 15 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of Jamuna Bank
Golam Dastagir Gazi Bir Pratik and Hosneara Bulu have been elected chairman and vice-chairman of Jamuna Bank Limited on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Qatar Airways, Thai Airways sign codeshare agreement
Qatar Airways and Thailand's national airline Thai Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that will link Qatar Airways route network with Thai Airways' network of 35 countries, says a press release.
 arrow Member states prepare for cautious steps
Governments prepared to take tentative steps towards a new free trade agreement at the World Trade Organisation on Thursday with a series of crunch meetings planned over the next month.
 arrow Economic summit warns US to work for dialogue, not domination
More than 40 nations wrapped up an economic summit in the Polish capital on Friday, to the sound of a warning to the United States to work for partnership rather than domination in its relations withthe
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 24-April 29, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was on bullish mode against Bangladeshi taka in this weak.

Sportsarrow Cricket: ARAF win a cracker
The West Indies bound Bangladesh cricketers said goodbye to the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League in contrasting styles yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCL set for foreign force
The Corporate Cricket League (CCL) committee plans to allow the participation of foreign players when the second phase of the first-ever league for business houses begins in the first week of May.
 arrow Football: Diego out in the open
Argentine football idol Diego Maradona left a Buenos Aires hospital for a private residence, 12 days after being admitted with critical heart and breathing problems.
 arrow Cricket: No end in sight?
Zimbabwe's rebel players have given the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) a deadline of Tuesday to agree to arbitration or face a fresh boycott.
 arrow Cricket: Taibu pleased
Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu paid tribute to his young team after the final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Britain says yes
The British government on Friday gave its reluctant backing for England to go ahead with their controversial tour of Zimbabwe in October.
 arrow Cricket: India disappoints ADCCB
India's refusal to play ball has ruined Abu Dhabi's plans to inaugurate their state-of-the-art cricket stadium with a high-profile match against Pakistan next month.
 arrow Cricket: Becks coming to Chelsea?
David Beckham's business partners were reported Friday to be negotiating his move to a London club after just one season at Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Barca's Ronaldinho worry
FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta fears the club's Brazilian star Ronaldinho will be targeted for a transfer by Europe's richest clubs this summer.
 arrow Football: Lippi says bye
Marcello Lippi, one of the most successful Serie A coaches, announced Thursday he's leaving Juventus at the end of the current season, one year before his contract expires.
 arrow Football: Fabiano's feet on ground
Brazil striker Luis Fabiano has no thoughts of trying to upstage Ronaldo after his two goals in the 4-1 friendly win over Hungary on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Spain calling Van Nistelrooy
Manchester United's attempts to stamp out a wave of speculation suggesting Ruud van Nistelrooy could be on his way to Barcelona or Real Madrid has failed lamentably with newspapers insisting Friday the
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe may boycott Zim himself!
Batsman Graham Thorpe is considering pulling out of England's tour of Zimbabwe if it goes ahead in October.
 arrow Hockey: BHF eying Ibrahim as nat'l coach
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is expecting to appoint former Pakistani international Qamar Ibrahim as national coach.
 arrow Cricket: Dev cricket
Fazle Rabbi grabbed five wickets as Barisal Division scored an emphatic 68-run victory over Dhaka Division in the second phase of the Under-17 Develop-ment Cricket Tournament at the Jahangirnagar University
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l Bank v'ball
East End Boys defeated Shantibagh WA Club 3-1 in the National Bank First Division Volleyball League at the court next to the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Jessore Upashahar College Ekadosh moved into the final of the inter-college football tournament defeating Meherpur Mujibnagar Degree College 1-0 in the second semifinal at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Sonali Otit assist ailing Rahim
Sonali Otit Club has come to the aid of football coach Abdur Rahim. The organization of yesteryear footballers handed over Tk 50,000 to his family on Thursday.
 arrow Romario father by DNA!
A DNA test has confirmed Romario as the father of Raphael, the two-year-old son of an Italian actress who is suing the Brazil striker for child support, the O Dia newspaper claimed here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Larsson going to Portugal
Henrik Larsson insists he will still be leaving Scottish champions Celtic despite coming out of international retirement to play for Sweden in the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.
Metropolitanarrow Special dev programme in disaster-prone areas
The government is implementing a special programme for sustainable socio-economic development of the disaster-prone under-privileged people through various income-generating activities.
 arrow CID still hunts for five smugglers
Local CID police have been carrying out massive manhunt to nab the gang of five smugglers involved in the biggest ever arms haul of the country on April 2, official sources said.
 arrow BRTC introduces double-deckers
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday introduced double-decker buses on the Mirpur-10 to Gulshan-2 route for the convenience of the city commuters.
 arrow 8 AL workers hurt in N'ganj attack
At least eight Awami League activists were injured in an attack allegedly by the ruling party cadres in Jamtala area of the twon on Thursday night.
 arrow London borough mayor arrives May 3
A four-member delegation led by the Mayor of London borough of Camden, Nasim Ali, arrives in the city on May 3 on a six-day visit.
 arrow SSC candidate beaten to death in Khulna
An SSC candidate who was injured severely in an attack by his classmates during a cricket match in Khalishpur on Thursday afternoon died in Khulna Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Discussion on press freedom tomorrow
Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC), like every year, will hold a discussion on 'State of Freedom of Journalists and Press in Bangladesh' tomorrow to mark the World
 arrow Over 1,700 held, 7 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,709 people, including five listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Karnaphuli Paper Mills earns Tk 3.7cr profit
The Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM) produced over 22,000 tonnes of paper against the target of 30,000 tonnes till March during the current fiscal, earning a profit of Tk 3.7 crore.
 arrow Silkworm production increases three times
The production of silkworm has increased by three times as every hundred healthy eggs now yields 60 kilograms of worm against the earlier production of 20.
 arrow Three abducted Bangladeshi boys return home
Three Bangladeshi boys, who were abducted by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), returned home on Thursday night following a flag meeting between BDR and BSF at the Patgram border.
Nationalarrow 'Save children from bidi factories'
A 30-month child care project of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Haragachh, Mornea, Gajghanta and Sarie under Kounia and Gangachara upzilas is going to be closed on May 30 despite local
 arrow Chuadanga Govt College closed sine die
The Chuadanga Government College has been closed sine die.

College authorities made the announcement after a meeting of teachers held on Thursday with Principal Abdul Jalil in the chair.

 arrow 'What Jalil will say now?'
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon has said "forces rejected by people" are engaged in conspiracies to dislodge an elected government through unconstitutional means.
 arrow BARI rehabilitates distressed women
Mariam had to work as a maid to survive with her two children after her husband divorced her.

She how earns Tk 3,000 to 4,000 a month.

 arrow AL wants army during B'baria poura polls
Brahmanbaria district Awami League (AL) has demanded deployment of army during municipal election here.
 arrow 2 get 20 years' RI for keeping illegal arms
Two persons were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here on Thursday for possessing illegal firearms.
 arrow Polls on IU admission test date
The students of Islamic University (IU) who are permanent residents of the town will not be able to cast their votes during the Kushtia Pourasabha elections as the university admission test coincided
 arrow 20 injured in Patuakhali clash
At least 20 persons including a Union Parishad (UP) member were injured in a gambler-villager clash at South Dharandi village in Sadar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Couple killed by lightning
A couple was killed by lightning at Badatemria village in Sherpur Sadar upazila on Thursday morning.
 arrow Financial help for disabled
An amount of 7.60 lakh taka was distributed as financial help among 43 disabled persons and 36 voluntary organisations here.
 arrow Roundtable on dowry
A roundtable meeting titled 'Social Movement against Dowry' was held here on Thursday aiming at creating mass awareness against dowry.

Islamic Foundation organised the meeting at its auditorium here.

 arrow 'Reduce phone call charge'
Mobile phone users brought out a demonstration at Dumki upazila headquarters on Thursday demanding reduced call charge.

It was organised by the Mobile Phone Users' Association of the Grameen Phone.

Point-Counterpointarrow Asian civilisational dialogues
In March 2004, a conference was held in New Delhi on what was called Asian Civilisational Dialogues represented by countries from Japan to Egypt and from China to Indonesia.
 arrow The future is with the exit line
There is one exit poll no politician ever forgets: it is written in the eyes of a public meeting. You can bring a crowd to the water, but you can't make it drink.
 arrow May Day: Celebrating the spirit of workers' rights
Thousands of American workers, increasingly determined to resist subjugation to capitalist power, poured into a fledgling labour organisation, the Knights of Labour.
 arrow Koizumi's popularity runs high despite a few policy fallouts
As Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is starting his fourth year as head of the Japanese government, a survey conducted by an influential popular daily, Yomiuri Shimbun, found his popularity rate climbing
Culturearrow Up close and personal with Penaz Masani
I'll be right down', spoke a familiar voice on the hotel intercom.
 arrow Sparking imagination through illustrations
The Netherlands illustrator artist Joke van Leeuwen recently visited the country for a week to share her works of art with the children, adults and artists of the city.
 arrow 'I would like to establish myself as an architect first'--Aupee Karim
Today is Aupee Karim's birthday. The Culture Desk wishes many happy returns of the day. Shilpi Mahalanobish talks to Aupee on this occasion.
Generalarrow Pakistan a key partner against terror: US
The United States called Pakistan one of its most important partners in the war on terrorism in a report that praised recent efforts to crack down on Islamic militants near the Afghan frontier.
 arrow Experts predict asthma epidemic from pollution
Poor and minority children are likely to develop asthma at worsening rates due to global warming and air pollution, environment experts predicted on Thursday.
 arrow Cinnamon may combat diabetes
Cinnamon may merit a place in your medicine cabinet as well as in your spice rack.
 arrow Qatar to seek review of al Jazeera under US pressure
Under US pressure, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday he would seek a review of Arabic television station al Jazeera's coverage of Iraq after Washington complained it was inaccurate and anti-American.
 arrow Mumbai court drops rape case against S African judge
A Mumbai court has dropped a case against a South African judge charged with raping a fellow delegate during an anti-globalisation meeting in Mumbai three months ago, a defence lawyer said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Bush, Cheney grilled for three hours
President Bush said he and Vice President Dick Cheney answered every question on Thursday from the panel investigating the Sept.
 arrow Bashir to face Bali bombing charge
Indonesian police have re-arrested radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir moments after he stepped free from prison, and say he will be charged with the Bali bombings and other terror attacks.
 arrow US General to face disciplinary action
The US military is weighing disciplinary action against the Army general who was in charge of a prison on the western outskirts of Baghdad where American troops were accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners,
 arrow Modi to campaign for BJP in UP
With exit polls showing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party faring worse than expected in India's marathon parliamentary vote, the party has pressed firebrand Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi into
 arrow Pakistan asks India to downsize Army
Pakistan asked India to reciprocate its decision to downsize its army by 50,000 troops to "improve the regional security situation", according to reports on Thursday.
 arrow Soyuz makes 'bull's eye' landing
Russia's Soyuz capsule with three crew from the International Space Station has landed in Kazakhstan's steppes.
 arrow First SARS casualty in China in 9 months
China reported its first death from SARS in nine months yesterday, as week-long Labour Day holidays got under way with millions of people thronging transport hubs undeterred by the deadly disease.
 arrow Blair appalled at treatment of Iraqi prisoners
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was appalled at photographs apparently showing US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners in a Baghdad jail, his official spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Talibans poison schoolgirls to discourage education
Three Afghan schoolgirls were in critical condition after being poisoned in the southeastern town of Khost in what officials said yesterday was a Taliban attempt to discourage female education in theregion.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Working conditions
Most of the discussion concerning how to attract more investment to Bangladesh focuses on the disadvantageous business climate.
 arrow Editorial: May Day
Today, on May Day, we remember those workers who shed blood after being mowed down by bullets and became martyrs in Chicago in 1886.
 arrow Expanded NATO's role in Afghanistan and Iraq
The recent expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to 26 members has signalled a willingness on the part of this Organisation to play a more inter-active role in the maintenance of international
 arrow Reserved seats in Parliament: An alternative thought
Reserved seats for women in the Bangladesh Parliament is a much talked about issue at the moment, because government has approved in principle the 14th amendment to the Constitution reviving the provision
Letters to Editorarrow Misleading statement
A couple of days back, the agriculture minister, M K Anwar has made 'unwanted' statement in the Jatiya Sangsad about the former presidents of the republic.
 arrow Mobile phone and poverty
With the announcement of BTTB going in for the first phase (about 200,000 plus) of installing mobile telephones, the cynical citizens are already perturbed by the vile machination of the suspected BTTB
 arrow Fighting in the admission test
After passing the HSC examination, most of the students want to get themselves admitted into any public medical college or engineering institutes or universities and so on.
Literaturearrow READERS' POEMS
They keep coming--mainly by post-- to 19 Kawran Bazar, falling like autumn leaves on my desk, poems from our readers.
 arrow Tanguar Haor*
A moonlit night in autumn
She beacons me in her abode
With the dancing of waves, melody and songs

The silver-fish girl.

 arrow Sleep My Sweet Laxmi
Mom why are you so late?
I feel bored locked inside

Mom why do you look sick?
You know I had a dream.

 arrow My Expected Day
Just that day,
On straightening up
Under the shadiness of the evergreen creeper
You put into words,
Within the reach of your opening,
To turn up tomorrow.

 arrow To Float The Boat Again
The river seems so small now
Still I can't cross it. For long,
Longing and watching from the bank
So many are crossing, lean and
Thin, poor and rich, so many so many.

 arrow Only And Only Because
i love u
not only because
u have introduced me to this WORLD
i respect u
not only because
u have taught me to say
'excuse me’
before interrupting people
i honor u
not only because

 arrow Do Not Follow The Leaders
Do not follow the leaders
They take no prisoners
They have no conscience
They have no truth
They work not for common good
Their parties are prisons
Their words are lies
They are not

 arrow Earthquake
What and how is the world's go
Does it go down or upward grow?
It's not stable trembling always
To stand still there is no place
Now all the world is on quake
And none is there who cancheck

 arrow Fiery Flesh
I will knock at you door at four-thirty in the afternoon
Broken sunbeams will touch the balcony;
one or two sparrows will fly
Curtains of the window will oscillate in Chaitra winds

 arrow Land of the Free
Little blue pills for
my mother
Little red pills for

my father
And all kinds of other pills
for me and my sister

America land of the free
One happy drug store
Its shelves groaning

 arrow Morning Rain
i know it in my sleep
the slow drip drip--
in the still pool
of the commode
by the window
flecks float
over a sooty sky
the grimy flannel of
an February morning--

 arrow Defining Old Age
Old age is poised for death
It is the reminiscence of the past
Old age is hankering for the
past glory
It is the reflection of the magnificent youth.

 arrow Heaving A Deep Sigh
Each life has its own sorrows
Mine one is a withered bloom
Each life has its memories
Thine one is chasing butterflies
Each life has its joys
Mine one is swimming in the river

 arrow Humanity
Humanity is
A meaningless pause
For humanitarian

Nuclear weapons
Skyscrapers is today's

 arrow A Cruel Laughter
The blade of grass fails to hold
Tottering dew-drops, morning's gold.
It is a tailored tale, hoary old
Mutability is the lot of the mould.

 arrow Unknown Feelings
Not more but less years have passed
I'm not in same mood passing ups and downs of life
Several times chat with unknown feelings of closed dark room
Or the sound of roaming snake of mythologyin