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Front Pagearrow US wants full access to evidence, witnesses for FBI involvement
The US yesterday asked the government for full access to all evidence and witnesses of last Thursday's Habiganj grenade attack if they are to send the FBI for investigation into the carnage.
 arrow Police go too harsh on strikers
The police were in a marauding mood yesterday, assaulting two opposition lawmakers and dozens of opposition leaders and activists as they staged demonstrations on the second day of the 60-hour countrywide
 arrow SP, OC suspended to halt right probe?
The town bristles with a rumour that the government has suspended the chiefs of district and Sadar upazila police of Habiganj to prevent a fair investigation into Thursday's grenade carnage, not for their
 arrow Opposition crackdown on the cards
The ruling coalition alleges a 'heinous conspiracy' to unseat it and plans to take a tough line on opposition's demonstrations after the Saarc Summit.
 arrow AL to boycott JS session
Parliament goes into its first session of the year today amid boycott by the main opposition Awami League (AL) in protest against the speaker's refusal to defer the presidential address through adjourning
 arrow Kibria's son wants free international investigation
Dr Reza Kibria, son of the slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday reiterated his call for an international independent investigation into the killing of his father without any government
 arrow Cultural outfits, NGOs JMJB's new target
Operatives of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) will continue their bomb attacks on 'anti-Islamic' social and cultural organisations as well as NGOs, including Brac and Karitas, an Islamist militant
 arrow EU wants clear government commitment
The European Union (EU) mission heads in Dhaka yesterday pressed the government to take urgent measures and show a 'clear signal of its commitment' in nabbing the perpetrators of last Thursday's grenade
 arrow Bangla Bhai men circulate leaflet calling for jihad
Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres in Bagmara have been circulating leaflets for the last two days calling for the Muslims to prepare for a jihad.
 arrow Cabinet body okays controversial telecom deal
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a controversial $9.40 million deal with a Chinese company to provide telecommunications equipment on supplier's credit.
 arrow JS body worried about grenade attack trend
A parliamentary body yesterday reiterated its concern over frequent grenade attacks across the country and described the trend as a threat to national security.
 arrow Poor victim of arson, bomb attacks
Innocent and poor working people are falling victim to arson attacks on public transport and bomb blasts during the hartal hours.
 arrow Panic driving kills 3 including Rab man, injures 30
Nervous driving killed a Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) warrant officer and two garment workers, besides injuring 30 others at Zia International Airport (ZIA) roundabout last night.
 arrow Manmohan expresses sorrow at death of Kibria
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed profound sorrow at the death of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria MP and his nephew Shah Manjurul Huda in grenade attack on an Awami League rally
 arrow BNP accuses AL of cashing in on Kibria's death to create crisis
The ruling alliance leader BNP yesterday blamed Awami League for trying to create a political crisis in the country, capitalising on the assassination of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow Agenda setting meet begins tomorrow
The agenda-setting process for the 13h Saarc Summit kicks off tomorrow with a two-day meeting of the 26th Programming Committee.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Three top cadres of outlawed Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) were killed in two incidents of 'shootout' with police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow One-day series decider today
Bangladesh will look for one final act to complete a remarkable turnaround when the home side take on Zimbabwe in the decisive fifth one-day international at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Suicide attacks mark Iraqi polling day
Iraqis danced and clapped with joy yesterday as they voted in their country's first free election in a half-century, defying insurgents who launched deadly suicide bombings and mortar strikes at polling
 arrow Saifur for staggered execution
The government is likely to implement the Pay Commission recommendations in different instalments, hinted Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Aussie Open goes to Safin
Russia's Marat Safin wore down Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the centenary Australian Open on Sunday.
 arrow Next week may see another hartal spell
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is considering declaring another marathon hartal next week, determined to stage continuous and tougher agitation against the assassination of its lawmaker Shah AMS
 arrow BTRC top posts fall vacant today
Top posts at the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) fall vacant today as the government did neither appoint new chairman and commissioners nor renewed the earlier contracts.
 arrow Man's hour long fight with man-eater
A fisherman suffered critical injuries during an hour-long battle with a Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sundar-bans Saturday.
 arrow 3 die in Kuwait as militants, troops clash
A policeman, a suspected militant and a Bahraini civilian were killed in a gunbattle yesterday near Kuwait City, the third such heavy clash in the emirate this month, the interior ministry said.
 arrow New army camp at Bandarban
In the wake of increased criminal activities in the district and its surrounding areas, a new army camp was set up Saturday to deploy 40 army personnel at Betchhara Bazar of Roangchhari upazila, official
Businessarrow Adamjee mill assets handed over to Bepza
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation yesterday handed over all moveable and immovable properties of the closed Adamjee Jute Mills to Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority to turn the site into anEPZ.
 arrow Etihad Airways to start operations in Dhaka soon
Etihad Airways, the national flag-carrier of the UAE, will launch Bangladesh operation soon fortifying the country's air links to the Middle East.
 arrow Two US-based firms plan to invest in Bangladesh
Two US-based firms yesterday proposed to make foreign direct investment in a number of ventures in Bangladesh.
 arrow India scouts for energy investments overseas
India, which along with China is projected to become a global powerhouse in the next two decades, has launched a massive hunt for foreign oil to keep fuelling its economic growth engine.
 arrow Islamic banking booms in Pakistan
Moeenul Haque, a dealer in imitation gold and silver ornaments in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, says his dream came true when he opened an interest-free bank account in line with his Muslim faith.
 arrow Asian Bond Fund to market investment trust to private sector
The Asian Bond Fund, aimed at investing in local currency-denominated bonds in the region, will bolster its basis by marketing an investment trust to the private sector, a Japanese report said Sunday.
 arrow China woos foreign investors, spurns forex pundits
China wooed foreign investment at the World Economic Forum Saturday, but stressed foreign exchange was a sovereign issue, a view backed by some western investors.
 arrow Uneasy attempt to push crucial trade talks
Beneath their pledge to speed up global trade talks over the weekend, a core group of World Trade Organisation member states betrayed unease about troubled attempts to break down more trade barriers mainly
 arrow Experts searching for global solutions
Global economic growth must vault hurdles posed by exchange rate imbalances, US deficits and weak growth in Europe, but experts meeting here in Davos ended the week without takeaway solutions.
 arrow Business leaders see investment surge in 2005
Cost-cutting no longer seems the main concern of big companies. Growth and investment are replacing cost-saving on CEOs' agendas. And many firms are beginning to invest in growth again.
 arrow WB, IMF make first foray into debate at World Social Forum
For the first time, World Bank and IMF representatives joined the debate at the World Social Forum anti-globalization summit, as many delegates underscored their frustrations with the conditions theymust
 arrow Merger mania muscles back into the headlines
The merger and acquisition frenzy that started late last year in US financial circles revved up Friday with the purchase of Gillette by Procter and Gamble, as well as negotiations between AT and T and
 arrow Tsunami-hit countries see strong tourist outlook
The December 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean did its best to shatter the lives and livelihoods of the dozen nations whose shorelines it ravaged.
 arrow Metro Makers to hold plot fair from Feb 1
Metro Makers & Developers Ltd, a real estate company, is going to hold an 18-day housing plot fair beginning on February 1.
 arrow Airbus, Boeing throw down the gauntlet for China
China's purchases of more than 11 billion dollars' worth of Airbus and Boeing jets last week highlights the increasing importance of the Chinese aviation market as the two rivals battle for supremacyof
 arrow Shipbuilders in China rushing to satisfy booming economy
China is rushing to build vessels to ship home the huge amounts of commodities its booming economy demands, amid reports it is also constructing military bases to help safeguard its shipments of oil.
 arrow New president of ICMAB
Md Ruhul Amin has become the president of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) for the year 2005.
 arrow Economists cry foul over Hk’s boast of freest economy
Hong Kong prides itself on being the freest of the free economies, but analysts and increasingly vocal critics are beginning to question the claim.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers upbeat despite Saleh setback
Bangladesh suffered a blow just before the series deciding fifth and final one-day international against Zimbabwe today when it was revealed that in-form opening batsman Rajin Saleh was almost certain
 arrow Cricket: A Pakistan win at last
A jubilant Pakis-tan finally found the form which had deserted them throughout their tour of Australia, defeating the host nation by three wickets in their triangular VB Series limited-overs match atthe
 arrow Tennis: Safin third time lucky
Russian Marat Safin claimed his second tennis Grand Slam with a four-set victory to shatter Lleyton Hewitt's Australian Open dream here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Marat-Box
Factbox on Russian Marat Safin, who won his first Australian Open title with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday:

Born: January 27, 1980 in Moscow

Age: 25

Residence: Monaco


 arrow S African wins in Pakistan
South African Tscho Mpolokeng surprised a pack of Kenyan runners to win Pakistan's first-ever international marathon on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A team fly to UAE today
The Bangladesh A team will leave Dhaka this morning on a six-week tour of United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe minus captain Enamul Haque.
 arrow Cricket: Umps Bucknor, Dar received death threat!
Cricket umpires Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar received a death threat on the final day of the fifth Test between England and South Africa, Bucknor has said.
 arrow Football: Munna's health worsens
Monem Munna's condition worsened as the ex-national footballer could not undergo dialysis for the second successive day at the Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital (BMCH).
 arrow Cricket: WICB faces big losses
Following two consecutive years of profits, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) expects a loss in excess of 5 million dollars for the coming financial year.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Club defeated Sunrise Sporting Club by 61 runs in the First Division Cricket League at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Rahimafrooz awards
Rahimafrooz Distribution Limited, a leading business house in the country, has announced the 'Rahimafrooz Master Batsman' and 'Rahimafrooz Super Bowler' Awards for the highest number of runs scored and
 arrow Cricket: Younis loses his father
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan was headed for home late Sunday following the death of his father, officials here said.
 arrow Football: Big boys' night
Wayne Rooney scored two spectacular goals as holders Manchester United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup on a day when the giants of the Premiership hammered home their authority in the world's oldest
 arrow Football: Barca's best
Leaders Barcelona produced a devastating second-half display to power their way to a 4-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday and inflict a first home defeat of the season on the Andalucian side.
 arrow Football: Gerrard eyes Europe
Captain Steven Gerrard will consider his Liverpool future at the end of the season, following interest from top European clubs.
 arrow Football: The Ronaldo mystery
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, who has returned to Brazil to see an ill family member, is expected to return to Spain on Monday because the health of the close relative had "improved substantially," the
 arrow Football: Chelsea's staggering loss
Premiership leaders Chelsea made a record pre-tax loss of 88 million pounds last year, according to a report here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hertha booters named in scandal
Hertha Berlin are the first club to become involved in Germany's snowballing match-fixing scandal with three of their players suspected of rigging a cup match in September 2004, according to magazineFocus.
Metropolitanarrow Govt conspires to eliminate progressive intellectuals
Speakers at a meeting yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance is killing the leaders of the opposition political party as part of its conspiracy to eliminate progressive and pro-democratic intellectuals.
 arrow Call for ban on grenade production
Peace activists yesterday called for a worldwide ban on production of grenades and conventional bombs as these are being used against humanity.
 arrow Over 200 Khulna jail inmates prefer jail
Over 200 Khulna District Jail inmates, mostly criminals fearful of 'crossfire death', prefer being behind bars to getting freed, said jail sources.
 arrow Canada condemns Habiganj carnage
The Canadian government has expressed shock and concern over the brutal January 27 attack on the opposition rally in Habiganj and condemned it in the strongest terms.
 arrow Dispute with neighbour may have led to killing: police
A feud with a neighbour may have led to the killing of engineer Abdul Hamid Biswas at Dakkhin Khan in Uttara on Saturday, police said yesterday.
 arrow PU seminar postponed
The Presidency University (PU) authorities have postponed the national seminar on 'Sustainable Management of Urban Solid Waste' due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Criminals hurl bombs on mob in Ctg: 2 injured
Two people were injured when a gang of criminals hurled bombs on a mob chasing them at Chawk Bazar in the port city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Protests mount in Rajshahi
Awami League-led 14 party alliance continued protests in Rahshahi yesterday against the Habiganj grenade attack that killed AL stalwart and former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four other party leaders.
 arrow More bodies decry grenade attack
The Anti Imperialism Teachers Forum of Rajshahi University in a statement yesterday strongly condemned the killing of Awami League stalwart and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other party
 arrow 9 year-old girl avoids her early marriage
It was a protest against child marriage and a message to all parents not to arrange such early marriage.

The simple incident took place at remote Dakhin Bhabanipur village in Bheramara upazila.

 arrow Schools ignore Education Directorate order
Despite a directive from the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Directorate, non-government high schools in the district are not recruiting rural women having B-Ed training done under the "Promote
 arrow Hill District Councils may demand more benefits
The chairmen and members of Hill District Councils (HDCs) of Rangamati and Khagrachhari at a meeting here on Saturday decided to place a demand to the government for enhancement of their remunerationand
 arrow Criminals prefer jail to bail
Nineteen alleged criminals were killed in 'crossfire' with police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Jhenidah district from November 1 last year to January 27 this year.
 arrow Probe ordered as SI releases 'rapist', hundi trader in Kalaroa
Department investigation has been started against Sub Inspector Mofazzal Hossain of Kalaroa thana for releasing an alleged rapist and a 'Hundi trader' from the police station after their arrest, sources
 arrow Bangla Bhai in Satkhira?
'Bangla Bhai' scare has gripped the people at a remote village in Shyamnagar upazila as Tk 50,000 has been demanded from a man in a letter sent in the name of so-called Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Export-import resumes thru' Bhomra land port
Export-import through Bhomra land port resumed on Saturday after nine days' suspension as Indian authorities had stopped vehicle movement on the 11km Ghojadanga-Basirhat road on the other side of theborder
 arrow 4 to die, 4 get life for murder in Patuakhali
Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) yesterday gave death sentence to four persons and life term jail to another four in a sensational murder case in Patuakhali town in 2001.
 arrow 'Raise India's river-linking issue in world forums'
Speakers at a seminar here urged the government to raise India's planned river inter-linking project to world forums.

Dams like Farakka have already affected the ecology and economy of Bangladesh.

Point-Counterpointarrow A patriot all the way

With the passing away of Shah Abu Mohammed Shamsul Kibria (SAMS Kibria) in a dastardly, heinous and meanest of the mean grenade attack on 27 January, 2005, the nation has lost a great son and an

 arrow Sir -- some recollections
I have just now returned from Banani graveyard after the burial of my esteemed senior colleague Shah Abu Mohammad Shamsul Kibria. The mortal remains of my respected "Sir" have been laid to rest.
Culturearrow Ujjal on his silver-screen co-actresses
Film star Ujjal has acted with the most popular film heroines of the golden era of Bangladeshi film such as Kabori, Babita, Shabana, Shabnam, Sucharita and Dolly Anwar.
 arrow Fragments of dreams and floating fears
Though Javed Jalil had no inkling in his childhood that he would be an artist, he has traversed many miles in the sphere of painting.
 arrow Eastwood wins major pre-Oscar award
In an important pre-Oscar film industry award, the Directors Guild of America has named Clint Eastwood best director for his bittersweet female boxing drama Million Dollar Baby.
Generalarrow End dependence on foreigners in mining: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the local engineers to attain the capability of exploring and tapping the country's mineral resources to end dependence on foreigners in mining.
 arrow 'Price quotation should be consistent with market price'
The price quotation for construction of small bridges and culverts under food for works programme in rural areas should be consistent with the prices of raw materials in the market to maintain the quality
 arrow AL blames govt for Kibria's killing
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday blamed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and their Jamaat allies for the killing of Shah AMS Kibria, an internationally reputed
 arrow Mother, son get 20 yrs' RI for kidnapping two children
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a woman and her son to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping two children for trafficking.
 arrow 2 killed in road accident on Dhaka-Tangail highway
Two people were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Tangail highway yesterday.
 arrow Husband kills wife for dowry
A man chopped his wife to death for dowry at a village in Banshkhali upazila of the district on Saturday night.
 arrow Bangladeshi envoy presents credentials to Jamaican governor general
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Jamaica Rafiq Ahmed Khan presented his credentials to the Jamaican Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke, recently.
 arrow Mannan Bhuiyan should resign, says Mahi
Mahi B Chowdhury, organising secretary of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), yesterday called on LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan to resign as he himself admitted the government's failure to stop repeated
 arrow Ctg Fine Arts student drowns in Kaptai Lake
A second year student of Fine Arts Institute, Chittagong, drowned in the Kaptai Lake on Saturday evening.

The victim was identified as Enjoy Chakma, 22, of Modhupur in Khagrachhari.

 arrow Hartal brings woes to tourists in Rangamati
The 60-hour hartal called by the opposition has brought woes to the tourists in Rangamati who came here to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hilly areas.
Internationalarrow Iraqi polls no quick fix for mounting problems
The Iraqi election -- whatever the result -- is just the start of a long haul to stability which will have to overcome more violence and political turmoil.
 arrow Iraqi leaders hail vote as historic turning-point
Iraq's political leaders hailed the country's first free election in half a century as the start of a new era as they cast their votes against a background of violence and fears of a low turnout.
 arrow US must stay in Iraq after polls: Bush
Under pressure to start bringing US troops home from Iraq after yesterday's election, President Bush said that the US mission must keep going to help the new government get its footing.
 arrow Hope & fear as Arabs await outcome
Arab nations anxiously awaited the results of the first post-Saddam Hussein election in Iraq yesterday to see whether it will mark the first step on the road to democracy ... or the start of civil war.
 arrow White House has high stake in Iraqi polls
The White House is keenly watching the Iraqi election because it could affect US military action there and sap President Bush's political strength here and abroad if the balloting doesn't lead to stability.
 arrow Two-thirds of civilians killed in Iraqi 'military operations'
Nearly two-thirds of people killed in Iraq in the past six months died in "military operations", the BBC will say in a report yesterday which has been contested by the Iraqi interim government.
 arrow EU eyes positive news from Iraqi polls
European Union foreign ministers will today make an initial assessment of Iraq's landmark elections, seeking to stress the positive after polls which many hope could help turn the tide in the violence-scarred
 arrow Israel to quit West Bank towns within days
Israel said yesterday it was ready to hand over control of several West Bank towns to the Palestinians within days, further fuelling optimism of a genuine breakthrough in the Middle East peace process.
 arrow Kasuri laments lack of progress in talks
Sensitive talks between regional rivals India and Pakistan are not making enough progress and need to be tackled "with greater seriousness," Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri said.
 arrow Maoist revolt in Nepal is escalating out of control
Bhutan's king has warned there is a "real threat" of the Maoist revolt in Nepal escalating out of control, adding it could have "negative implications" for both India and his country, reports Saturday
 arrow BJP leader escapes Maoist attack
A top Hindu nationalist leader Saturday escaped an attack by Maoist rebels who bombed his helicopter during election campaigning in east Indian state of Bihar, a report said.


Editorialarrow Editorial: Where have our democratic values gone?
We are dismayed to learn of the large number of people hurt in clashes on the first two days of hartal.
 arrow Editorial: Security alert
A news item in the Bangla daily, Prothom Alo, about special security alert at the Zia International Airport caught our eyes.
 arrow What next on the Middle East peace process
The observers of Middle East conflict scenario have been overly optimistic about Israeli-Palestinian settlement this time around with a successor to redoubtable Yassir Arafat in place.
 arrow From near self-sufficiency to deficiency
Of late, the food situation of the country is in the news. Available information reveals that this year's (2004-2005) Aman production will fall short of its target by 15 percent.
 arrow The New York Times slanders Bangladesh again!
Through a factual error-ridden, untruthful to the core and shamelessly biased article in its Sunday Magazine entitled, "The Next Islamist Revolution," by Eliza Griswold, on January 23, The New York
Letters to Editorarrow Death of Kibria
SAMS Kibria is now no more; he is a name of the past, a part of history, another statistic to be remembered by many. He was outspoken, passionate, dedicated, and deeply committed to his vision.
 arrow Star Cineplex
Star Cineplex authorities would like to respond to Wasim's request to maintain the standard of the print, sound quality etc.
 arrow Missed calls
Sometimes we like to play with a problem, rather than solving it. So much has been talked about missed calls. These wise people should realize that the outrageous call rate is at the root of it.
 arrow Congratulations, Tigers!
Congratulations to the Tigers for the 7th triumph in ODI and second at home. A great comeback by the boys.

They have the ability to fight and stay in the series after losing the first two ODIs.

 arrow Poor performance?
This letter is a response to Mr. Badal Hasib's (26 January, "Poor performance"). I strongly oppose his line of thinking.
 arrow Hartal
The news item, "Hospitals, ambulances, newspapers' vehicles, kitchen markets, drug stores, food shops, utility service vehicles and garbage carrying vans will remain outside the purview of the opposition-called
 arrow Admission ordeal
I have read the article by Tahsin Hyder on 'Child Admission' published on 28 Jan. I am fully aware of the wild competition for admission in the schools like Viquarunnessa and Govt. Laboratory.
 arrow Freedom fighters
We have talked many great things about them but have hardly done anything for their welfare. Many freedom fighters have no food, no education for their children.
 arrow Perils of the leaning head
Everybody knows the story of the drunkard who was looking under the lamp-post for the key he had lost a hundred meters away in the dark, because he thought it would be easier to see it in the light.
 arrow BTV news
BTV needed a major reshuffling and reorganization years ago, but, nothing has been done so far.
 arrow Are they humans?
The recent exposure of the inhuman brutality of the British soldiers on the arrested Iraqis is an unusually shocking act that reminds us of the barbaric treatment of the war-victims by the Nazis of Hitler.
 arrow Teaching grammar
I came across a letter (Teaching grammar, Khan Md. Iqbal Hossain, English Teacher, Bangladesh Rifles College, Peelkhana, Dhaka) on Fri. January 28, 2005 in your newspaper.
 arrow Hasina's comments on Rab
Much has been written about Rab activities over the last few months, with people expressing both positive and negative views. But the most untenable comment has been passed by our opposition leader.
 arrow Where have 4,000 cars gone?
Mr. Khairul Hasan writing from the UK (DS: 20 Jan) has openly expressed his view, fair and square.
 arrow Saarc spirit: A hope or a reality?
The hope and aspiration generated by the formation of Saarc 20 years ago need to be made a reality with substantial change in the lifestyle of about 1400 million people living in these seven countries.
 arrow Democracy and Rab
For months, the elite force Rab continues its operations. It has become a subject of debate around the country.
Star Cityarrow Buriganga plan awaits shipping ministry nod
The Ministry of Shipping is likely to take a decision on Wednesday about a Tk 94 crore project to protect the Buriganga river from encroachment and pollution as well as to improve the infrastructure at
 arrow Rickshaw-pullers ‘welcome’ hartal
For the city's rickshaw-pullers, the first day of the continuous 60-hour strike called by the main opposition Awami League, was a good day.
 arrow Fish, vegetables see price soar during hartal
Prices of essentials especially vegetables and fish have increased on the second day of the 60-hour long non-stop hartal.
 arrow Postal Museum needs space
The Postal Museum at General Post Office (GPO) in Dhaka is unable to exhibit its entire collection due to the paucity of space.

The museum has only two rooms on the second floor of the GPO building.

 arrow Wasa initiative to check theft of manhole covers
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is replacing the existing easily recyclable lead-made manhole covers with 'spheroidized' covers in order to check theft.