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Front Pagearrow 20km express way in Dhaka in 3yrs
A 20km elevated express way in and around Dhaka will be constructed at a cost of Tk 1,800 crore to ease chronic traffic congestion in the megacity of over one crore people, officials attending an inter-ministerial
 arrow AL bashing rules JS budget talks
Ruling alliance lawmakers mounted a blistering attack on the Awami League (AL), going largely beyond the agenda of discussion on supplementary budget in parliament yesterday in the absence of the main
 arrow No more reusable syringes in vaccination
The health ministry has decided to discard reusable plastic syringes and replace those by auto-disable (AD) ones to prevent unsafe injection practices in vaccination programmes.
 arrow Marked for demolition...

 arrow 103 unapproved new projects dropped from main ADP
The planning ministry has finally dropped 103 unapproved new projects from the main Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the upcoming fiscal year, which some officials incorporated in violation of the
 arrow Iraq car bomb kills 12, top official slain
A senior official in Iraq's education ministry was killed yesterday in the second assassination of a top government official in as many days, while a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in Baghdad,killing
 arrow Six fishermen drown in stormy Bay
At least six fishermen drowned in the Bay and about 200 others were missing after a powerful storm triggered by a depression sank at least 18 trawlers off the southern coast, officials and survivors said
 arrow CID presses charges against 39
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against 39 people in Chittagong for their alleged roles in the largest ever arms seizure in Bangladesh, 59 workdays into its investigation
 arrow EC to ask govt for army deployment
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to ask the government to deploy army personnel at every polling centre of Dhaka-10 by-polls, the date of which may come today.
 arrow KL unlikely to quit race for OIC job
Malaysia is unlikely to give up its bid for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has said.
 arrow 10,000 taken across border a year
At least 7,000 to 10,000 women and children are trafficked from Bangladesh every year on average, advocate Salma Ali of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association said citing a study of her organisation
 arrow Proshika chief granted bail, but still kept in jail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed but he was kept behind bars till filing of this report.
 arrow Iraqi sovereignty to top agenda
Democracy and economic development in Iraq is to take center stage as foreign ministers and top diplomats from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) gather today in Turkey for a ministerial
 arrow Pvt firms may get the job
The telecoms watchdog Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is considering to allow infrastructure companies in the private sector to get rid of the nagging interconnection problem.
 arrow Dhaka, Khulna cops to launch anti-crime drive in 15 districts
Police officials of Dhaka and Khulna range on Saturday decided to jointly launch a crackdown on criminals in the divisions.
  arrow The Swiss hold Croatia
Croatia were held to a draw by 10-man Switzerland in a fractious opening game in Euro 2004 Group B last night in Leiria, Portugal.
 arrow Indian trying to sell nuke secrets held
An Indian national has been arrested for trying to sell nuclear secrets to Arab embassies in the United Arab Emirates, the Wam official news agency reported Saturday citing police.
 arrow Govt stops grain ration to CHT hills people
The government has slashed grain allocation in emergency fund from the FY2004-2005 budget that apparently reduces the financial power of the lone minister from indigenous communities.
 arrow Schoolboy abducted in Jhenidah
Armed criminals abducted a schoolboy from Shailakupa upazila in Jhenidah on Saturday.
 arrow Trader shot dead
Robbers yesterday gunned down a trader at his rice wholesale shop in Norda in Gulshan and looted the cash drawer.
 arrow Govt ordered to pay pension to ex-air chief Jamaluddin
The High Court yesterday ordered the defence secretary and others to pay pension to former air chief Jamaluddion Ahmed within two months.
 arrow Mahi takes oath as MP
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader Mahi B Chowdhury, elected from Munshiganj-1, was yesterday sworn in as a lawmaker.
 arrow ACI robbed of Tk 7 lakh in Ctg
Robbers yesterday looted cash and demand draft (DD) said to be worth over Tk 7 lakh from the office of ACI pharmaceutical company in Mehdibagh in the city.
 arrow EC commissioner pledges help after MFA phase out
European Commission Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy pledged to help Bangladesh weather possible shocks from phasing out of the MFA, asking the government to come up with imaginative but feasible proposals
 arrow Stringent acid control law suggested
The National Acid Control Council yesterday suggested formulating strict acid control regulations within two weeks.
 arrow Red Cross urges release of Iraqi prisoners
All Iraqi prisoners of war and interned civilians should be released when sovereignty is transferred to a new Iraqi government, according to rules governing warfare, a spokeswoman for the international
 arrow No headway in Jubo Dal leader, cellphone trader murder cases
Investigators failed to arrest anyone till yesterday evening in connection with the killings of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Kamrul Islam Biplob and cellphone trader-cum-repairer Morshed Mollah.
 arrow Muggers stab DMCH doctor at Jatrabari
Muggers stabbed a doctor of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and robbed his cellphone and purse at Jatrabari in Dhaka last night, hospital sources said.
 arrow Waste goes on

Businessarrow Going gets tough for 6 companies on CSE
In its bid to ensure a vibrant market, the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has barred trading of six companies for failing to hold annual general meetings and declare dividend for consecutive years and
 arrow Reintroduce AIT payment while taking Tin certificate
National Tax Lawyer's Association has urged the government to reintroduce the mandatory payment of advance income tax (AIT) while receiving the tax identification number (Tin) certificate by any individual.
 arrow Bangladesh trade fair in Toronto begins today
A single country three-day Bangladesh Trade Show begins today at Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
 arrow Anwar asks for 3-yr plan to meet budget targets
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has asked the chief executives and officials under his ministry to frame a three-year programme to address issues identified earlier during an inter-ministerial meeting to
 arrow Child labour-free tanneries by August this year
The tanneries of Bangladesh will be freed from child labour by August this year, industry insiders and trade unionists said yesterday adding that the number of child labourers has come down to half during
 arrow BTMA terms Altaf's appeal ‘premature’
Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) has said Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury's reported appeal to the European Union (EU) for relaxation of rules of origin was "pre-emptive and premature.
 arrow Deal signed to set up sweater industry in DEPZ
An Italy-Bangladesh joint venture company, Helicon Limited, will invest $3.774 million to set up a yarn dyeing and sweater manufacturing industry in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ).
 arrow PGCB becomes GrameenPhone's corporate client
The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) has become a corporate client of leading cellphone operator GrameenPhone under an agreement signed between the two organisations, says a press release.
 arrow Pragati Ins declares cash, stock dividends
Pragati Insurance Limited has declared a 20 percent cash and 27 percent stock dividends for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow New DMD of Southeast Bank
Syed Imtiaz Hasib has been promoted to the position of deputy managing director of Southeast Bank Limited. Prior to the promotion, he was a senior executive vice-president of the bank, says a press release.
 arrow ONE Bank chairman re-elected
Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman of ONE Bank Limited for another one-year term from June 8, 2004.
 arrow Talks for south-south trade alliance forge ahead
Top trade officials from around the world nations gather in Sao Paulo for a week of discussions in which Brazil hopes to forge a south-south alliance to counterbalance wealthy northern countries in trade
Sportsarrow Cricket: Team for Asia Cup today
The national selectors are expected to announce a 14-member Bangla-desh cricket team today for next month's Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Super sub Valeron
Substitute Juan Carlos Valeron scored with his first touch to give Spain a 1-0 win over Russia in their Euro 2004 opener, restoring the established order in Group A after Greece's stunning win over Portugal.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj to open in Tests
Hard-hitting Yuvraj Singh will be promoted to open the innings in order to strengthen India's batting in the upcoming international season, skipper Sourav Ganguly has said.
 arrow Football: Where two styles collide
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni expects Monday's Group C opener against Denmark to be a fusion of football styles rather than a culture clash.
 arrow Cricket: PCB plans own policing
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it will appoint its own manager for security and anti-corruption to control the game in the best possible manner.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns inspires Kiwis
Chris Cairns struck with the last ball before tea to remove dangerman Mark Butcher for 59 and keep New Zealand's hopes of victory alive in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pybus' advice for Pakistan
Former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus urged use of technology to groom talent saying India and Sri Lanka have shown Asian cricket the way and Pakistan must follow suit.
 arrow Cricket: Sorting out pace problem
India are furiously trying to fix the creaking joints and errant muscles of their talented pacemen in order to beef up their bowling attack ahead of a busy international season.
 arrow Football: Wary of Larsson
Striker Henrik Larsson says it will be an honour to play for Sweden after coming out of international retirement for Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Asia goes crazy over Euro bet
Two Asian obsessions, football and gambling, are merging into a formidable force this month as fans lay down billions of dollars in bets during Euro 2004, despite regional efforts to snuff out the practice.
 arrow Football: Greeks in ecstasy
Greeks wildly celebrated their shock 2-1 win over Euro 2004 hosts Portugal on Saturday as turning a golden page in their soccer history and a good omen for the Athens Olympic Games in August.
 arrow Football: Friends turn foes for a day
It is hard to get the better of Italy defender Alessandro Nesta at the best of times but when you train with the AC Milan centre-half every day, like Denmark striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, the task becomes
 arrow Football: Kickin' around
Thousands of British soldiers serving in Iraq got ready Sunday to tune in to England's football clash with Euro favourites France.
 arrow Chess: Rakib's streak snapped
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib kept his solo lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament with 6.5 points despite sharing point in the seventh round at the Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: M'singh, Comilla off to bright start
Mymensingh and Comilla began their campaign with big wins on the opening day of the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Mowla and Alamgir scored one goal apiece to help Golam Mostafa Lane Krira Chakra blank Ramjan Football Kishore Ekadosh 2-0 in the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Dhanmondi Club ground
 arrow Football: Mohammedan camp from June 16
Last year's runners-up Moha-mmedan Sporting Club will begin their training camp from June 16 for preparation of the coming 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi beach v'ball from tomorrow
Nepal national teams (men and women) will take part in the Pepsi Beach Volleyball tournament which starts in Cox's Bazar tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Fulbaria Cricket Club and Ekota Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rango Mia Cup tournament at Shahjadapur Junior High School ground in Brahminbaria yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 50 yes, 50 no
Cricket Australia said that Shane Warne would not need surgery on his broken hand and had a 50-50 chance of playing next month's home Tests against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: WI eyes on World Cup
Anxious to field a competitive outfit for the 2007 World Cup, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that it plans to have a short list of 30 players by September this year, who will be put
Metropolitanarrow Mother cries for justice
An elderly mother yesterday demanded immediate arrest of the killers of her son and urged the police to submit the charge sheet without any further delay.
 arrow Cash, phone sets worth Tk 1.40 lakh looted
An armed gang yesterday looted mobile phone sets and cash from an electronics shop at Sabujbagh in the city.
 arrow Ameerah made Deputy Special Representative of secy gen to UNAMA
Ameerah Haq, a Bangladeshi national, has been appointed Deputy Special Representative of the secretary general to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), says a press release.
Nationalarrow 'Free children from tobacco factories'
Speakers at two children's rallies in the district on Saturday appealed to all tobacco factory owners to free child labourers for their education and rehabilitation.
 arrow Khulna OC faces case for 'killing outlaw' in custody
Razia Begum, mother of alleged PBCP (M-L) cadre Raja Chowdhury, has filed a case with the CMM court accusing Kulna thana OC Mosharef Hossain, Sub Inspectors Koushik and Arman and constables Feroz andKausar
 arrow One killed, 25 hurt in Kushtia gunbattle
One person was killed and 25 including a woman were injured in a gunbattle between two gangs on Saturday at Milpara near a joint forces' camp in Kushtia town.
 arrow Poura polls : AL does better than Alliance in Sylhet
The Opposition Awami League (AL) has done well than the ruling BNP-led Four-party Alliance in the pourasabha (municipal) elections in Sylhet division.
 arrow 13 injured in Gaffargaon clash
Thirteen persons including several women were injured, four of them seriously, in a clash over a trifle matter at Chorshakhasra village in Gaffargaon upazila, Mymensingh on Friday.
 arrow Most schools in Mymensingh run without headmaster
NETRAKONA: Twenty-six out of 31 government high schools in greater Mymensingh are running without headmasters.
 arrow Held 'outlaws' produced in court as 'robbers'
Rajbari police, with the help of local people, arrested six alleged outlaws with arms in Pangsha on Saturday but produced them to court as 'robbers'.
 arrow Use derelict ponds to supply drinking water
Speakers of a day-long seminar on Friday organised by Khulna Nagorik Forum stressed the need for re-excavation and maintenance of derelict ponds in the district to meet the growing demand for pure drinking
 arrow 4 acquitted for lack of evidence
All the four accused in the sensational freedom fighter's wife Mahfuza Abduction and Rape Case were acquitted of charges by the judge of Woman and Child Repression Control Court, Mahtab Uddin for lack
 arrow Workshop on youth training held
The Satkhira Youth Development Department held a workshop here recently on various employment-generating vocational training programmes offered by it for youths.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tough assignment: Working as a woman journalist in Bangladesh
In 1985, Daisy Moudud joined the staff of the Dainik Purbokone and became the first woman journalist in Chitta-gong. Today, she is a sub or assistant editor at the newspaper, supervising a staff of six, and overseeing the editing of the city news.
 arrow Housing solutions
Imagine life in a warm climate, enjoying what one might call the blessings of the sky.
Culturearrow Concert for a cause
A concert, recently organised by the North South University Social Services Club (NSU SSC), was a milestone for people in need of funds for medical treatment.
 arrow Fragments of reality
Nahidul Islam's passion for photography goes back to his childhood days when MA Beg, a family friend, taught him the ropes of this medium.
 arrow Bimal Roy
Devdas, Do Bigha Zameen, Sujata, Bandhini. These are among the most memorable Hindi films made by the legendary director Bimal Roy.
 arrow Streep receives lifetime honour
Meryl Streep, who has won a staggering 13 Oscars nominations, has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
Generalarrow Govt to set up polytech instt in each dist
The government has taken up steps to set up polytechnic institute in every district to improve technical education.
 arrow 80m people at arsenic risk
Some 80 million people in 59 districts are at arsenic risk, but not in vulnerable state, LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan told parliament yesterday.
 arrow Police violate HR in city's 22 thanas
Police seriously violated human rights at 22 thanas in the capital by their inhuman treatment to those taken to custody, harassing relations of the arrestees and taking bribe from them, said Odhikar,a
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis seek citizenship
Stranded Pakistanis Youth Rehabilitation Movement (SPYRM) yesterday urged the government to give them citizenship of Bangladesh.
 arrow Luton University holds open day
An open day programme, organised by the University of Luton, UK, was held at Sheraton Hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow Menon, Selim face online interview June 20
President of the Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim will face an online interview at 10:00am onJune
 arrow Tk 8 lakh fertiliser seized
Police on Friday seized six-truck loads of urea fertiliser reportedly worth about Tk 7.8 lakh and a cargo ship and arrested six people in Bhuiyerhat in sadar upazila.
 arrow Liver Brothers' prize giving ceremony held
The annual prize giving ceremony of Liver Brothers Sports Recreation Club was held at the Muslim Hall here on Friday evening.
 arrow Zontians urged to work to improve status of women
Zonta International District 25 organised a workshop on district/club officers, committee chairmen's orientation and programme planning for the biennium 2004-2006 at the Samarkand Restaurant in the city
 arrow Over 1300 held
Police arrested 1,305 people during their countrywide drive on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Dr Kan Te Hung, a dental surgeon of the port city, died of cancer at a city clinic at the age of 75 yesterday.

Dr Kan, popularly known as Dr Yakub, left behind his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Internationalarrow Saudis hunt for captors, killers of Americans
Saudi authorities on Sunday investigated the presumed kidnapping of a US aeronautics engineer after another American was killed by suspected al-Qaeda extremists fighting to drive Westerners out of the
 arrow Hamas refuses to halt attack after pullout
The Palestinian militant group Hamas vowed Saturday to continue attacks against Israel after an Israeli pullout from Gaza and refused to give a green light to Egypt to assume a security role in the coastal
 arrow BJP has not abandoned Hindutva, says Naidu
Yet to come to terms with the Lok Sabha poll debacle, BJP is all set to go "back to basics" and remove the "wrong perception" among the cadres and voters that the party has abandoned its Hindutva ideology.
 arrow Indo-Pak drug control talks begins tomorrow
Pakistan and India will hold talks here next week on checking drug trafficking and smuggling across the border, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said Saturday.
 arrow al-Qaeda-linked militants trap Pak commandoes
Several Pakistani army commandoes, who were air dropped in the areas held by the al-Qaeda militants in the South Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan, appeared to have been trapped and efforts
 arrow Eurosceptics eye gains
Tens of millions of Europeans went to the polls yesterday on the last day of elections for a new EU Parliament, but voting was clouded by concerns over apathy and a surge in support for eurosceptic parties.
 arrow India ready to send military doctors to Iraq
India, which has declined to send troops to Iraq, is ready to dispatch military medical personnel as part of the reconstruction effort, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Cassini swings past a moon of Saturn
The internationally built Cassini spacecraft completed a flyby of Saturn's largest outer moon as it prepared to enter a four-year orbit to study the ringed planet, Nasa officials said Saturday.
 arrow EU keeps up human rights talks with Iran
The European Union and Iran are to hold a fourth round of talks on human rights here this week, as EU diplomats admit their efforts to engage the Islamic republic have so far failed to stem widespread
 arrow India test-fires cruise missile
Brahmos, the supersonic cruise missile which is part of an Indo-Russian joint venture, was on Sunday successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, about 15 km from here, defence
 arrow Iran prepares itself for souring ties with IAEA
Iran is preparing itself for a souring in ties with the UN nuclear watchdog as Tehran refuses to renounce its right to enrich uranium, a top national security official of the Islamic republic said yesterday.
 arrow Asif Zardari calls for fresh Pak polls
Asif Ali Zardari, the jailed husband of former Pakistan premier and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, has suggested a fresh general election in the country and the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.
Editorialarrow Editorial: So, back to the ballot
The verdict of the High Court in the election symbol allocation case serves the ends of justice and fair play.
 arrow Editorial: Lump allocations to UPs
The views expressed by speakers at a roundtable held in Dhaka on government's allocation of funds to Union Parishads for implementing development projects at the grassroots merit consideration.
 arrow The merchants of democracy and human rights!
After having taken over the 'white man's burden' from Britain, it was henceforth America's monopoly to trade democracy, the rule of law and, of course, the human rights with the world's 'lesser breeds'
 arrow Reinstatement of Nepalese PM
King Gyanendra of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has reappointed Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister of the country, and a jubilant Deuba, sacked by the same king two years ago, was sworn in amidst optimism
 arrow WTO and RMG: Contemplating survival strategy
The Multifibre Agreement (MFA) was replaced by the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) of the WTO on January 1, 1995.
Letters to Editorarrow A (near) visit to Mobile Mela
June 4 was the last day of Mobile Mela, which was supposed to start at 9:00am and end at 8:00pm.
 arrow Photographic Afghanistan
I passed some evergreen days of my childhood in Afghanistan. That long lasting memory I have cherished for 15 years. After 15 years, Afghanistan has returned to me through some wonderful photographs.
 arrow Prisoners of conscience in Burma
Burma (Myanmar) is a country infamous for its human rights violations. The country has been ruled by military juntas since 1962.
 arrow Models for advertisements
We have some good models, both male and female, in the country. Like other professionals, they deserve patronisation from industry and commerce, as well as from the government.
 arrow Our country's image
I'm a Bangladeshi living abroad, I, however, keep myself informed about local events through various sources, mainly newspapers, and talking to family and friends.
 arrow Same sex marriage
Mr. Omar Sharif, in his letter of June 11, demonstrates a tendency to rationalise without thinking rationally.
 arrow The natural course
This is in response to Mr. Omar's letter 'Same sex marriage' published on 04 June, 2004. The opinion of the writer is appreciated.
 arrow Law against hartal
Can't our honourable legislators pass a bill in parliament that any party calling a hartal shall remain legally responsible for any damage to life/property related to that hartal? And provisions should
 arrow Is Iraq separate from M-E conflict?
A predominant view in the Arab world is that in order to solve the Middle East problem the first priority ought to be erasing Israel-Palestinian conflict.
 arrow An appeal to Sheikh Hasina
The opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina, was threatening to paralyse the industrial sector and enforce blockade on roads and highways if the government failed to arrest the killers of Ahsanullah Master within
 arrow Attention: health ministry
The DS report has informed us of the lone Filaria hospital in the country in Syedpur, which is giving new life to Filaria victims.
 arrow Fragile top order
We overtly enjoyed the way our youngsters played in their first Test match against the West Indies . The tremendous effort of the 'Tigers' led the frenzied fans at home to watch the second.
 arrow Terrorist, infidels and human beings
The recent spate of attack on the foreign 'infidels' in Saudi Arab has in turn resulted in loss of 'human' lives, both of the 'suspected terrorists' of al-Qaeda and the 'infidels.
 arrow Dip in Norwegian aid
As an 'Emerging Tiger' of the third world , there is no escaping the fact that our country has to depend heavily on foreign aid.
 arrow Will there ever be peace in Iraq?
It has been more than a year since the occupation of Iraq began.
 arrow A mega city or a mega slum?
Dhaka has a filthy lookit is pestered with posters, wall writing, ruthless setting up of obnoxious commercial billboards, irritating and stinking garbage centres, digging of the streets, the mostnotorious
 arrow Tigers with no claws!
I was just reading your editorial " Tigers revelling in Draw" An excellent display of team work, confidence and dexterity.
Star Cityarrow Mushrooming ICT centres rip thousands off
Hundreds of computer training centres and colleges are virtually bilking students and their guardians out of money in the name of information and communication technology (ICT) education, officials and
 arrow Security firms feel insecure!
Private security firms no longer feel secure themselves in fighting armed criminals.
 arrow Three Parks in Shambles

 arrow Justice delayed as convicted killers still on the run
Two of the three convicted killers in the Sony murder case are still on the run two years after a Judge Court sentenced them to death.
 arrow Chawk mosque: Petition fuels fresh tension
Fresh tension mounted between two rival groups of Chawkbazar Shahi Jame Mosque, as a writ petition was filed with the High Court against the construction of a multi-storey market in the mosque area.