Vol. 5 Num 215 Fri. December 31, 2004    
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Saarc Summit postponed
Dhaka wants to hold it on Feb 7-10
Dhaka yesterday postponed the 13th Saarc Summit indefinitely in the wake of Sunday's earthquake-triggered tsunamis that devastated three South Asian countries, but Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan also
Cry for relief as death toll crosses 120,000
Millions of people on Indian Ocean shores scrambled for food and clean water yesterday, with disease and hunger now the main threats stalking survivors of the most devastating tsunami on record.
800-km opposition human wall to oust govt formed
Thousands of people yesterday locked hands to form a cross-country human wall for the second time in a month, in what opposition leaders say is an expression of people's desire for an immediate step down
Fire guts 450 shacks in Pallabi, 10 hurt
A fire completely gutted over 450 shanties and around 150 handlooms and left at least 10 people injured at a quarter of stranded Pakistanis at city's Pallabi area early yesterday.
3 tribes feared lost
Three of the world's six most endangered primitive tribes inhabiting India's worst Tsunami-hit area, the Andaman and Nicobar islands, are feared to have perished.
Cash crunch shoots up call money rate to 60pc
Dollar also becomes costlier
Call money rate shot up to 60 percent and dollar rose further against taka as cry for cash heated up the money market yesterday, the last banking day of the year 2004.
2 outlaws, criminal killed in crossfire
Four people including two outlawed political operatives died in alleged crossfire between law enforcers and their associates in the capital and the south-west region yesterday.
Ru Teacher Murder
Hartal observed in Rajshahi
A dawn-to-dusk hartal, enforced by Awami League-led 14-party opposition, was observed peacefully in Rajshahi district yesterday in protest against the killing of Prof Muhammad Yunus of economics department
Fish frenzy roils Sunamganj
Lake lessees guard new waters
Private security guards hired by leaseholders are harassing farmers who traditionally fish in ponds created by seasonal flooding at more than 500 jalmahals in the Sunamganj area.
Shallow sea floor saved Bangladesh
Bangladesh survived the effects of the tsunami that struck on December 26, following a massive earthquake on the sea floor near the Indonesian island of Sumatra--1,019-km from Chittagong--because of a
Noab, BSP statement on wage board
Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) yesterday issued a joint statement on the demand for a 6th wage board for journalists and employees of newspapers
PM asks civil servants to up standards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked for improving the skill and standard of the civil administration to restore its past reputation.
Dozens killed in Iraq clashes
Pitched battles between US troops and Iraqi insurgents in strife-torn Mosul left at least 26 dead including one US soldier as two Lebanese businessmen were kidnapped in Baghdad overnight.
Opposition to announce next programme January 4
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies will announce their next agitation programmes on January 4 to press home their nine-point demand with the ultimate goal of dislodging the BNP-led coalition
Court permits probe into threat to Hasina's family
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, yesterday gave permission to investigate the reported death threat to Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, her son and
$500m pledged for tsunami relief: Annan
Half a billion dollars in assistance has been promised or delivered for tsunami victims around the Indian Ocean, United Nations chief Kofi Annan said yesterday.
Mad man slays 7-year old son
An apparently insane man slaughtered his seven-year-old son at Uttara in the city yesterday.
Bhuiyan released from hospital, advised to take rest
BNP Secretary General and Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan returned to his official residence on Bailey Road yesterday from the Combined Military
JS body to look into Magurchhara compensation
The parliamentary standing committee on power, energy and mineral resources ministry yesterday formed a six-member sub committee to look into the compensation issue of Magurchara gas blowout.
Human skeletons recovered in Faridpur
Police recovered eight human skeletons from a local bus terminal yesterday afternoon.
ACC official asked not to speak to press
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Anti Corruption Commission, whose job is to provide information to the public and the media, has been ordered not to speak to the press.
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