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Front Pagearrow Alliance to face AL in streets
The BNP-led ruling alliance yesterday blamed the Awami League for foiling the Saarc Summit and has decided to take to the streets to face the opposition agitation.
 arrow Police arrest 3, get important clue
Police have arrested three BNP activists and picked up 18 people for questioning from Habiganj and Sylhet in connection with the Habiganj carnage that left former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four
 arrow Tough cops foil attempt for street protests
The police foiled every attempt to assemble on the streets and bring out processions in the capital yesterday during the opposition-sponsored dawn-to-dusk hartal sending most pickets off the roads.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's men to keep bombing cinema
Operatives of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) plan to continue bomb attacks on movie theatres all over the country, said police, adding that they suspect JMJB was involved in the Mymensing
 arrow Saifur asks BB to tackle volatile call money, forex markets
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to strengthen its monitoring system to stop volatility in the call money and foreign exchange markets.
 arrow Excavation suffers for lack of funds
Fund crisis and rules imposed by the archaeological department are hampering the third phase of excavation at Wari-Bateshwar in Narsingdi, the site of an ancient fort city dating back to 450 BC.
 arrow US ambassador surprised at summit call-off
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas said he was surprised at the postponement of the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit in Dhaka.
 arrow Pak PM looks for new date
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday described as unfortunate the postponement of the 13th summit of the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the officialAssociated
 arrow Kibria family warned not to demand trial of killers
Asma Kibria, wife of slain Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said her family feel insecure as some unidentified quarters threaten them not to demand trial of the killers.
 arrow Interpol team goes back
After a four-day stay in Bangladesh, two members of an advanced team of Interpol yesterday returned to their headquarters in Lyon in France.
 arrow Bhuiyan blames AL for summit cancellation
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan accused the main opposition Awami League (AL) of 'hatching conspiracy' for postponement of the Saarc summit.
 arrow Negotiate or risk 'alternate steps'
Nepal's new government headed by King Gyanendra called on Maoist rebels to hold peace talks or risk "alternate steps," as the Himalayan nation entered its third day Thursday cut off from the outside world.
 arrow Eleven killed in road crashes
Eleven people were killed and over 140 others injured in five road accidents in Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Dhaka, and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Robbers poison Sangu river, loot Tk 50 fish fry
Fish fry, including shrimp worth about Tk 50 lakh, have been destroyed in the Sangu river in Bandarban because of poisoning, official sources here said yesterday.
 arrow Bid to keep up relations with Saarc nations
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday met with envoys from the other six Saarc nations to prevent any possible deterioration in relations after India withdrew from the 13th Saarc summit, leading to
 arrow Palestinian state 'within reach'
US President George W. Bush said Wednesday the goal of a Palestinian state living at peace with Israel was "within reach" and proposed a new 350 million dollar aid package to promote Palestinian reforms.
 arrow Ministry asked to revise Jatrabari flyover proposal
The approval to the Tk 670 crore Jatrabari flyover project was delayed again as the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday asked the local government ministry to make further revision of theproject
 arrow Ctg port leader shot critically
A leader of Bandar Samajtantrik Sramik Jote (BSJ) was shot in Port Colony area on Wednesday night.
 arrow Georgian PM found dead
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, who helped lead the revolution that toppled the corruption-tainted regime of Eduard Shevardnadze, was killed early Thursday by an apparent natural gas leak, theex-Soviet
 arrow Saarc summit postponed on lame excuse
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman is unhappy with India's role in postponing the 13th Saarc Summit, but he says the government will continue to try to improve bilateral relations by overcoming the frustrations
 arrow 24 Iraqis, 2 GIs killed as violence flares up
At least 24 Iraqis and two US soldiers were killed within 24 hours in attacks north of Baghdad, shattering a brief post-election lull in violence, security and medical sources said yesterday.
 arrow Dousing the fire...

 arrow Saarc holidays cancelled
Educational institutions in the capital will remain open as usual on February 5-7 as the 13th Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Dhaka has been postponed.
 arrow Indian train collides with tractor: 42 die
More than 40 people were killed and eight injured when a train collided with a farm tractor pulling a trailer full of people at a level crossing in central India, police said Thursday.
Businessarrow Shrimp export suffers 37pc fall in first half
The country's shrimp export witnessed a major setback in the first half of the current fiscal year, thanks to arrival of a new cheap variety and international price decline.
 arrow CCCI cancels tender of WTC project
The new executive body of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) cancelled the international tender on World Trade Centre (WTC) floated by the previous committee.
 arrow India clears Saarc double taxation avoidance deal
India cleared a limited agreement among the Saarc countries for avoidance of double taxation and mutual administrative assistance in tax matters here on Wednesday.
 arrow Budget structure to be reformed: MK Anwar
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday said the government took steps to reform the budget structure with an objective to attain rapid economic growth, and ensure rational utilisation and distribution
 arrow Indian IT industry gets going
The Indian information technology industry continues to be on song.
 arrow China blasts threatened US deadline on yuan revaluation
China said Thursday that a threatened US bill giving it six months to revalue its currency, the yuan, would be the wrong way to handle the sensitive issue.
 arrow Offices at Ctg port remain open today
The Chittagong Port, Dhaka ICD, concerned customs office and bank booth will remain open today to facilitate quick delivery of unloaded containers for the benefit of garments and other industries.
 arrow Govt to amend insurance act, says Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed said government will take initiative to amend existing insurance act to introduce takaful, an insurance system in line with Islamic Shariah, in
 arrow CCCI concerned over hike in dollar price Seeks urgent BB steps
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) expressed concern over continued rise of dollar against taka and urged the Bangladesh Bank to take emergency step to prevent the unstable trend in the
 arrow Lankan IT co keen to invest in Bangladesh
A Sri Lankan IT company showed its keen interest to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow G7 ministers to look at deficits, growth, debt
With the dollar staging a modest recovery against the euro, Group of Seven finance chiefs at a meeting here this weekend are likely to grapple with massive deficits in the United States, anemic growth
 arrow China tweaks tariffs to quell inflation
A series of tariff changes imposed by China to quell its booming commodities trade may well be Beijing's way of controlling inflation and saving jobs on the farm without touching the exchange rate.
 arrow Bush promises tight budget, to slash 150 programmes
President George W.
 arrow Crescent Jute Mills closed down
The state-owned Crescent Jute Mills Ltd at Khalishpur in Khulna was closed down on Tuesday morning throwing its 6,400 employees and workers out of jobs.
 arrow Singapore-US FTA boosts trade by 10pc
Trade between Singapore and the United States increased 10 percent to about 40 billion US dollars during the first year of their free trade agreement (FTA), the two countries said Thursday.
 arrow Asian airlines’ traffic up in 2004: AAPA
Airlines based in the Asia Pacific carried a record number of passengers and cargo in 2004 and the outlook remains buoyant for this year, an industry association said Thursday.
 arrow Charities urge G7 to cancel poor countries' debts
Aid agencies Wednesday urged major developed countries to agree to cancel poor states' debts, saying more people die every week because of poverty than perished in the Asian tsunami.
 arrow Gillette quarterly profit up 13pc
Gillette Co on Thursday said fourth-quarter profit climbed 13 percent as consumers traded up to high-end products such as its M3Power razor and Oral-B Sonic Complete toothbrush.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful to skipper in Duleep Trophy
Mohammad Ashraful will lead the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) XI which was announced yesterday for the Duleep Trophy in India.
 arrow Cricket: Finals begin today
Australia captain Ricky Ponting Thursday said his Pakistani counterpart was fortunate to be playing in the triangular VB Series finals after escaping a ban for slow over-rates.
 arrow Cricket: High drama before tie
England took three wickets in a dramatic final over to force a tie in the second one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC in a dilemma over 'Super Test'
World cricket bosses will decide next month whether to give official status to the Super Series matches between Australia and a Rest of the World side.
 arrow Cows Are More Powerful Than Football !
The National Sports Council-owned football ground adjacent to the newly built Bangladesh Football Federation Bhaban at Arambagh in Dhaka has been allegedly taken over by some influential local peoplewho
 arrow Cricket: Smith stays upbeat
South Africa captain Graeme Smith remained upbeat despite his team losing five wickets for 33 runs to tie the second one-day international against England on Wednesday.
 arrow Olympics: Olympic cities on edge
The fate of the five cities vying for the right to host the 2012 Olympics will be decided over the next few weeks when the IOC's powerful evaluation commission visits each of them before delivering it's
 arrow Athletics: Johnson, Lagat favourites
Four-time world champion Allen Johnson and Frenchman Ladji Doucoure have both confirmed their entries in the 98th Millrose Games.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport back in groove
World number one Lindsay Daven-port shrugged off the bitter disappointment of Grand Slam defeat to book her place in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A 235-9
A fine 70 by Shamsur Rahman steered Bangladesh A to 235 for nine in 50 overs in their second one-day match against the United Arab Emirates at the Sharjah Stadium yesterday, according to a message received
 arrow Nafees' new opening partner
Bangladesh opening batsman Nafees Iqbal began a new innings yesterday when he was engaged to Taslima Makim Iva, the daughter of businessman Abdul Makim, at a local community centre in the port city.
 arrow Football: Tibet Fed Cup soccer again
Kohinoor Chemical Industries will sponsor the Federation Cup football tournament for the second year running.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan request Malik's acquittal
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to clear the bowling action of 23-year-old all-rounder Shoaib Malik on medical grounds.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l Jr chess
Holder Mehdi Hasan Parag shared the lead with four other players in the BASIC Bank 26th National Junior (Under-20 years) Chess Championship at the end of the fourth round yesterday.
 arrow Murali's Love...

 arrow Tennis: Hingis loses comeback test
Former world number one Martina Hingis failed in her comeback attempt when she was beaten 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 by Marlene Weingartner in the first round of the Volvo Open in Pattaya.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Sangstha defeated GKSP by 61 runs in the First Division Cricket league at Gaibandha Stadium yestedaty.
 arrow Football: Mourinho claims title
Jose Mourinho voiced his confidence that Chelsea will go on to claim their first league title in 50 years after a 1-0 win at Blackburn extended his side's lead at the top of the table to 11 points.
 arrow Football: England's no to racism
England will depart from a century of tradition by wearing shirts bearing an anti-racist message when they take the field for next week's international football friendly against Holland.
 arrow Football: The samba Beckham!
England captain David Beckham says Real Madrid's new Brazilian coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has helped him rediscover his old magic.
 arrow Football: Milan keep hopes alive
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said his team have a glimmer of hope of catching Juventus after trimming the league leaders' advantage to five points.
 arrow Football: Everything coming to light
A mass police raid on the premises of 19 football match-fixing suspects has uncovered more proof of manipulation, the Berlin public prosecuter's office confirmed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Better late than never
Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho finally received his university diploma -- 18 years after he wrapped up his studies.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo sees a chance
Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo said he believes his side can still overcome runaway leaders Chelsea in the English Premiership title race.
 arrow Cricket: Worcestershire sign de Bruyn
South Africa Test batsman Zander de Bruyn has joined Worcestershire as one of their overseas players for 2005.
 arrow Tennis: Zvonareva, Conchita advance
Top seed Vera Zvonareva fired nine aces on her way to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Germany's Anca Barna in the second round of the Thailand Open on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan may be fit for today's tie
Captain Michael Vaughan hopes to be fit enough to help protect England's 1-0 lead in the one-day series in the third match against South Africa on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Four get death, 3 others life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a former upazila chairman, a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and two others to death and three others to life imprisonment for killing Giasuddin, a Jubo Dal leader
 arrow '412 women fell victim to violence in Jan'
A total of 412 women from across the country were the victims of different forms of violence last month.
 arrow NDC team visits defence ministry
The 7th batch of National Defence Course (NDC) yesterday visited the Ministry of Defence as part of its training curriculum.
The course began on January 7.

 arrow Kotwali OC dies of heart attack during hartal duty
ABM Sultan Ahmed, Officerin-Charge of Kotwali Police Station, died of heart attack yesterday while performing his duty during hartal hours at Patuatuli in the old city yesterday.
Culturearrow Kabori: Winning her way to the limelight
When you talk about Dhaka's successful film actresses, one name springs to mind-- yes, it's Kabori. Success to her was not a cakewalk but a hard-earned victory.
 arrow Reflection and revelation
"For art there cannot be any particular medium," believes artist Kazi Rakib. "An artist can use any medium he/she chooses for expressing thoughts.
 arrow Six plays staged on the second day of Street Theatre festival
There has been a feast of theatrical works in the recent past.
 arrow Brando almost did not play The Godfather
Marlon Brando repeatedly rejected playing the role of Don Corleone in The Godfather, telling an assistant: "It's about the Mafia.
Generalarrow 'AL, RAW plotted to kill Kibria, foil summit'
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party's student wing yesterday accused Awami League (AL) and India of killing former finance minister SAMS Kibria.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A top cadre of the outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed in 'crossfire' between police and members of the extremist outfit in Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Major initiative to protect Hakaluki Haor underway
Gradual drying up of vast wetlands with infrastructural expansions in marshy lands exposes deltaic Bangladesh to immense economic and ecological losses posing a threat to sources of livelihood as well
 arrow RU Pro-VC assaulted by new recruits
A total of 546 employees, who were appointed controversially by the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities last year, have called a strike on February 7 demanding confirmation of their jobs.
 arrow Bhomra port paralysed again
Export-import through Bhomra land port was suspended yesterday, as Indian C&F Agents Association stopped their activities to protest Border Security Force (BSF) actions.
 arrow Teenage boy missing with revolver
A teenage boy, son of an official at the Prime Minister's Office, has been missing from the Ganabhaban Staff Quarters since Wednesday morning when he took away his father's licensed revolver and morethan
 arrow Detectives to detect rowdy pro-hartal activists
Detectives supported by police have been deployed to detect rowdy pro-hartal activists from police videos as well as the footage of the satellite television channels, home ministry sources said yesterday.
 arrow CU admission test begins on Feb 8
The Chittagong University (CU) authorities have deferred the schedule of admission test of the first year honours courses for 2004-2005 academic session due to the three-day countrywide hartal.
 arrow Fatwa against cultural activists condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday condemned the fatwa preventing 26 cultural activists at Karimganj upazila of Kishorganj district from attending the Eid congregation.
 arrow Cake festival in Ctg today
A daylong cake festival begins at the DC Hill in the port city today amid festivity.

Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parisad is organising the festival for the second time.

 arrow Khaleda greets Chandrika
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the occasion of her country's Independence Day today.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Why the continuing hartal?
The Awami League and its allies had called a 60-hour non-stop hartal across the country following the brutal killing of SAMS Kibria, and four other persons, at Habiganj.
 arrow Editorial: Public land in private hands
The parliamentary standing committee on land ministry has been taking laudable initiatives in exposing the magnitude of illegal land occupation in the country.
 arrow Political reforms: Which way?
The next parliamentary election is less than two years away. However, election winds appear to be hitting our sail already.
 arrow The killing of Kibria
If I may say so, it doesn't bother me that Shah AMS Kibria died last week. He was 74 when he died and had lived a good life by any standard. Man is mortal and Kibria's death proved it again.
 arrow Nepal crisis: Is it a stop-gap measure ?
Nepal, the picturesque South Asian country is once again in international news.
Letters to Editorarrow Dark days!
Mr. Abdul Bayes's write up on Kibria's death (DS: 1 Feb) is an impartial and realistic analysis of the current trend of the elected government.
 arrow Image of political activists
With a heavy heart I turned on Channel-I news to get some details of the horrendous grenade attack that killed our former finance minister SAMS Kibria.
 arrow Mission accomplished
What a comeback! From 0-2 down to win the series 3-2 is a rare incident in cricket history.
 arrow Parveen Babi
I came to learn with utter shock and grief about the sudden passing away of my favourite Indian film actress, Parveen Babi.
 arrow How to stop these fanatics?
The new trend of killing by grenade throwing is alarming to all freedom loving and democratic countries of the world.
 arrow Belligerent picket!
When the 8:00pm news of 31.01.
 arrow A brilliant man
Death is natural: it is the acceptance of the other world and a departure from the world where birth was welcomed.
But death natural becomes unnatural when it is untimely and when it is sudden.

 arrow Hartal, not the solution
It was so shocking to lose our former finance minister SAMS Kibria for which the main opposition enforced a 3-day hartal.
 arrow Dr. Fakhruddin and New York Times article
Through you I would like to convey a simple message to Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed.
 arrow An incomplete mission of '71 losers?
It seems that following the target killings of a number of intellectuals, the assassins have chosen to eliminate the leading political figures of certain opinions.
 arrow Alarming!
I find it extremely hard to understand why our nation... which is not waging war on anyone; which is not under invasion from any foreign power... is being subjected to such heinous acts of brutality.
 arrow We want to see light...
We are deeply shocked at the sudden death of Mr. Kibria, our former finance minister and one of the great sons of the soil.
Worldarrow Polls violence kills 19 in 3 Indian states
At least 19 people were killed in Maoist attacks and electoral violence as voting for provincial legislatures was held yesterday in a region that gives crucial support to India's Congress-led government.
 arrow Palestinians to announce truce at summit: Abbas
The Palestinians will announce a formal ceasefire at next week's landmark Middle East summit in Egypt, new Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali parties paralysed by emergency
With their leaders in detention and their rights removed, Nepal's political parties have been left powerless after the king seized control of the country, while the long-suffering people of Kathmandugo
 arrow US warns of civil unrest in Nepal
The United States on Wednesday advised American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Nepal, warning of the possibility of civil unrest after King Gyanendra fired the government and seized power.
 arrow Nepali journalist group slams king's power grab defying ban on criticism
Nepal's journalist federation yesterday condemned King Gyanendra's seizure of power as a "coup against democracy", defying a ban on criticism of the monarch's move.
 arrow Sunni clerics term Iraqi polls illegitimate
Leading Sunni clerics declared on Wednesday that any government emerging from Iraq's historic election would lack legitimacy because many people had boycotted a poll they said was tainted by a US-ledoccupation.
 arrow Probe sharply raps UN staff
A key probe into the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq was sharply critical of UN management and found that the UN official running the operation had steered oil contracts to a particular firm.
 arrow 'Bush laid out big ideas, but left big gaps in speech'
US President George W.
 arrow Democrats bash Bush on Iraq, social security
Congressional Democrats hit President Bush on Wednesday for his Iraq policies and planned Social Security overhaul, hoping a vigorous response to his State of the Union speech will fuel a turnabout from
 arrow 7 British troops to face Iraqi murder charge
Seven British soldiers are to be charged with the murder of an Iraqi civilian in a further blow to the reputation of the country's armed forces, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Governor sacks BJP-ruled Goa state govt
The federal governor of India's western state of Goa dismissed the state's Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled government Wednesday, sparking protests from the party, report said.
 arrow Syria calls for talks with US rejecting pressure
Syria called yesterday for dialogue with the United States, rejecting as "futile" the mounting pressure on the regime from the administration of President George W. Bush.