Volume 5 Number 252 Wed. February 09, 2005    
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Front Page arrow Country in volatile politics grip again
The country braces for a volatile political situation with more violence as the opposition parties are determined to force the government to resign while the government has already taken a hard-line to
  arrow Fire at Wasa office knocks out 11
A fire at the Karwan Bazar headquarters of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday noon choked 11 people including two women unconscious and wasted furniture and fixtures the value of which
  arrow Sharon, Abbas to declare truce at ME summit
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas were to declare a ceasefire at a summit in Egypt yesterday aimed at ending four years of violence and pave the way for a breakthrough
  arrow 3 outlaw leaders killed in 'crossfire'
Three leaders of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (M-L Lal Pataka) were killed in 'crossfire' between police and the outlawed party cadres at Jugipara union of Bagmara early yesterday.
  arrow 36-hr hartal on Feb 14, 15
The main opposition Awami League (AL), left-leaning 11-party combine and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD- Inu) yesterday called a 36-hour countrywide hartal for February 14 and 15 demanding trial of thekilling
  arrow The brave heart
When several hundred WASA employees trapped on the top floors of their eight-storey building tried desperately to escape the inferno yesterday, Mohammad Mostafa, 22, a day laborer in Karwan Bazar, braved
  arrow Hasina demands fresh polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the alliance government to quit immediately and take people's mandate through a fresh election.
  arrow Bill to ban tobacco ad placed in JS
A bill proposing a ban on advertisements on tobacco products and smoking in public places and transport was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday as it resumed its session after a week's recess amidabstention
  arrow Italy to hire 2,600 workers this year
Italy wants to recruit over 2,600 workers from Bangladesh this year to support the growing demand in its industries.
  arrow Bid to snatch criminal from cops foiled
Police and local people yesterday foiled a bid to snatch notorious criminal Idul from the custody of two jail guards at Shyamoli, where they had taken him for an x-ray.
  arrow 72 fall sick in Ctg from food poisoning
At least 72 people including 18 children and seven women fell sick from food poisoning after having their breakfast at village Zheuri of Anwara upazila in the district yesterday morning.
  arrow Bush seeks regime change in Iran
US President George W. Bush has been actively behind "regime change" for Iran, but the route to that end has yet to be defined and the perils are great, US experts said.
  arrow Rickshawpuller gives vital clue
Gadai Yunus, a rickshawpuller, yesterday confessed to a magistrate that three men carrying a bomb hired his rickshaw on Saturday night, dropped in front of the local press club and hurled the bomb.
  arrow AL enforces hartal today in Karimganj
The Awami League (AL) will enforce a day-long hartal today and a half-day hartal tomorrow in Karimganj upazila protesting Monday's police action that left one of its activists killed and more than 100
  arrow Khaleda, Hasina greet Thaksin
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on his Thai Rak Thai Party's landslide victory in the
  arrow ACC to meet today over Miah ire
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Commissioner Maniruzzaman Miah may regain his administrative and establishment related responsibilities which the ACC chairman has taken over 'for a temporary period'through
  arrow Tk 20 lakh mobile phone sets seized at ZIA
Customs intelligence on Monday night seized mobile phone sets worth about Tk 20 lakh from a transit passenger at Zia International Airport.
  arrow JIC to quiz BNP leader, 4 others in Dhaka
BNP leader Abdul Quiyum and four other arrestees, who were nabbed and remanded in connection with the grenade attack on the Awami League rally that killed Kibria and four others on January 27, were brought
  arrow 2 US doctors hurt in road crash
Four people, including two US physicians, were injured in a road accident in Kaikhhang Jhiri area, 48km off the district town, yesterday.
  arrow Nepalese HR groups seek int'l intervention for democracy
Twenty-five Nepalese human rights organisations expressed concern in a statement yesterday over the declaration of a "state of emergency" by the King on February 1 and his virtual hand-over of the country's
  arrow Giving way to the powerful
Nine top officials of Bangladesh Railways (BR) have been living in bogies for a week now as the rest house they used to reside in has been booked exclusively for BNP high-ups attending the party's union
  arrow Ulfa formally offers peace talks to Delhi
A leading separatist group in India's northeastern state of Assam has made a formal offer of peace talks with New Delhi aimed at ending more than 26 years of insurgency in the region, a mediator saidyesterday.
  arrow Bikalpa Dhara to join non-violent movement
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday declared non-violent and peaceful programmes for February 10-22 to express solidarity with Asma Kibria's call to protest the killing of former finance minister
  arrow JIC to quiz Bangla Bhai operative
The Jagarata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) operative, who had admitted his party's involvement with several bomb attacks across the country, was taken on a seven-day remand yesterday.
  arrow Bangla Bhai's men circulate leaflets
Four Bangla Bhai's men, traveling together on Monday morning, circulated over one thousand leaflets to the public throughout Durgapur border village under Aditmari upazila.
  arrow Two die as launches collide
Two persons died and five others were injured as two launches collided head on in the river Sonai at Shariatpur early yesterday.
The dead are Mahmud, 13, and Nurunnabi, 14.

  arrow 9 more held for cop murder
Police yesterday arrested nine more people in connection with the killing of a constable during the hartal at Nalitabari on Sunday.
  arrow One held for planting bomb in grocery
A youth was caught while dropping three homemade bombs at a grocery in Pallabi las| night.
Business arrow Call money rate hits 40pc
Call money rate soared yet again in the volatile money market yesterday hitting as high as 40 percent.
  arrow Dhaka must embark on new economic road
In the post-MFA era Bangladesh must embark on a new economic road rather than depending alone on apparels that bring 75 percent of the country's total export earnings, suggested US envoy in Dhaka yesterday.
  arrow Top officials of French firms to visit Bangladesh this year
Top executives of giant French companies will visit Bangladesh this year to explore trade and investment opportunities here, Dominique Simon, trade commissioner of French Embassy in Dhaka, announced yesterday.
  arrow Boeing, Airbus in rat race for Indian aviation market
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing Corp and its European rival Airbus Industry are in a rat race for a share of the growing Indian civil aviation market.
  arrow IFAD, PKSF to launch $29.7m project to help the poor in North
About 210,000 poor farming families will benefit from better access to loans, savings and other banking services through a $29.7 million development project in the northern region.
  arrow Agro-based industry to be set up in Mongla EPZ
A local agro-based industry is going to be set up in Mongla EPZ, involving $672,000, to produce raw materials from waste shrimp and shells, which will be used for cosmetics and medicines.
  arrow Prime Bank to increase authorised capital
Prime Bank Limited will increase its authorised capital from Tk 100 crore to Tk 400 crore.
  arrow Indonesia mulls pulling out of Opec but stakes are high
Indonesia, the only Asian member in Opec, may pull out of the oil cartel as dwindling production is pushing it closer to becoming a net importer, a minister said in remarks published Tuesday.
  arrow Annual sales confce of SMC
The annual sales conference of Social Marketing Company (SMC) was held in Dhaka recently, says a press release.
  arrow Vietnam textile raw materials fail to meet demand
Vietnam's domestic raw materials and accessories will only account for 40-41 percent of the textile and garment industry's overall raw materials in 2005, about 4 percent below the target (45 percent),
  arrow Bush proposes big cuts to rein in deficit
President Bush on Monday proposed a $2.57 trillion budget that slashes domestic programs from farm aid to housing grants for the poor, as he sought to curb budget deficits that have soared on his watch.
  arrow Dollar on firmer footing
The dollar rose to a two-month high against the yen and held near three-month peaks versus the euro on Tuesday as the market cheered US efforts to narrow its yawning fiscal deficit.
  arrow Japan near agreeing to US mad cow proposal
A Japanese government panel studying mad cow disease is close to accepting the age verification method submitted by the United States last month, a move that could end a near 14-month ban on US beef,a
  arrow Oil prices fall to one month low
US oil prices fell to a one month low below $45 a barrel on Tuesday, under pressure from signs Opec would not cut production until its March meeting and on forecasts for rising US crude stockpiles.
  arrow Mitsubishi agrees to compensate DaimlerChrysler
Mitsubishi's earnings report Scandal-plagued Mitsubishi Motors said Tuesday it had agreed to compensate DaimlerChrysler for losses on investments in its truck business hit by a series of defect cover-ups,
  arrow Toshiba unveils next-generation chip
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba said Tuesday it has helped develop a next-generation memory chip with uses from home appliances to mobile telephones, two weeks after its South Korean rival Samsungstarted
  arrow Toyota to appoint new president
Japan's top carmaker and world ranked number two Toyota Motor plans to promote Executive Vice President Katsuaki Watanabe, to president as the firm expands into various business fields, a report saidTuesday.
Sports arrow Cricket: Home teams start well
Senior players led the way as defending champions Dhaka Division got off to a reasonable start on Day One of their match against a depleted Sylhet as the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Sixth National CricketLeague
  arrow Cricket: Strauss not giving up
England batsman Andrew Strauss has vowed to bounce back from a lean spell and prove himself in the one-day game.
  arrow Cricket: Tendulkar boost
Sachin Tendulkar is recovering well from a tennis elbow injury and should be fit to play in next month's Test series against Pakistan, Indian coach John Wright said on Tuesday.
  arrow Cricket: Miandad taking legal action against PCB?
Javed Miandad, the former Pakistan captain and coach, is considering taking the Pakistan Cricket Board to court over the controversial circumstances in which his coaching contract was terminated.
  arrow Queen of the seas
Ellen MacArthur is heading home to a hero's welcome after breaking the record for sailing solo round the world.
  arrow Cricket: UAE break BD A streak
The Bangladesh A team failed to sweep the four-match one-day series against hosts United Arab Emirates, who pulled off a consolation three-wicket victory in the fourth and final game at the Sharjah Cricket
  arrow Cricket: Gazi Tank take solo lead
Gazi Tank and Dhaka Wanderers earned comfortable wins in the First Division Cricket League at different venues yesterday.
  arrow Cricket: 'We'll bounce back'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq and coach Bob Woolmer Tuesday said their battle-hardened cricket team could do well in the forthcoming tour of India after learning from their Australia defeats.
  arrow Cricket: India being flexible
India is not averse to dropping Ahmedabad as a Test venue for Pakistan's upcoming tour, a top cricket official said here on Tuesday.
  arrow Football: Ronaldo no-show dampens interest
World champions Brazil take on Asian minnows Hong Kong here on Wednesday in a lopsided international friendly overshadowed by the no-show of star striker Ronaldo.
  arrow Football: Match of the day
A Japan boosted by two wins achieved without their foreign legion of overseas stars are confident of defeating North Korea as they begin final qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup here Wednesday.
  arrow Football: The Wright time?
Shaun Wright-Phillips knows that his performance for England in Wednesday's friendly against Holland could make or break his bid to establish himself as a key figure in Sven-Goran Eriksson's plans for
  arrow Cricket: Ziaur Rahman cricket starts today
The President Ziaur Rahman Gold Cup Cricket Tournament, organised by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), begins today at the Jagannath Hallplayground
  arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Bangladesh Sporting Club and Dhaka Wanderers Club made winning starts when the Green Delta First Division Hockey League began at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
  arrow Cricket: Symonds fit for NZ tour
All-rounder Andrew Symonds was cleared for possible inclusion in the limited overs section of Australia's cricket tour of New Zealand Tuesday after overcoming an Achilles tendon injury.
  arrow Cricket: Saqlain's comback chance over
Spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq's hopes of being included in the Pakistan squad for the tour of India have been dashed by injury.
  arrow Football: Bad news for Chelsea
Chelsea winger Arjen Robben will be out of action for six weeks with two broken bone in his foot which will rule him out of both the Champions League matches against Spanish league leaders Barcelona.
  arrow Chess: Parag needs a draw
Mehdi Hassan Parag will need a draw in the ninth and final round of the BASIC Bank 26th National Junior Chess Championship today to retain his title.
  arrow Nilphamari cricket
The Third Division Cricket League began here on Monday at the Nilphamari High School ground.
On the opening day, Nilphamari Milon Club defeated Nilphamari Young Progoti Cricket Club by 81 runs.

  arrow Cricket: Sobers to help Scotland
Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers intends to assist the Scotland team for the 2007 World Cup, and help them make an impact on the tournament to be held in the Caribbean.
  arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Brave Heart Sporting Club defeated Nabarun Krira Chakra by 96 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Brave Heart batted first and scored 176 all out in 43 over.

  arrow Let's Get A Move On...

Metropolitan arrow Govts should prioritise investments in agri research
With the dwindling international support for agricultural research and training, governments of the agrarian economies require to prioritise their investments to agricultural research in accordance to
  arrow Six were killed a day last month
Six women were killed and 14 others tortured a day last month, according to a report of Mass-line Media Centre (MMC).
  arrow Khulna journos submit memo to PM today
Journalists in Khulna will submit memorandums to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and State Minister for Home Lutfuzzaman Babar today through deputy commissioner demanding immediate arrest of the culprits responsible
National arrow A woman entrepreneur with a vision
From a small entrepreneur, Zohra Begum is now the owner of a bid timber industry.
  arrow Vital govt establishments in SW dists under security blanket
Security has been tightened in key government installations and important public places in ten districts of Khulna division in the wake Saturday's bomb attack at Khulna Press Club.
  arrow Union-level BNP conference in Rajshahi today
The sixth union-level conference of BNP leaders and workers will be held here today as part of the party's mobilisation campaign at the grassroots.
  arrow More protests against bomb attack on Khulna newsmen
Journalists of Patuakhali and Madaripur on Monday continued protests against Saturday's bomb attack at Khulna Press Club.
  arrow PDB official assaulted by CBA leaders
A PDB (Power Development Board) official here was assaulted by BNP-backed CBA (Combined Bargainig Agent) leaders on Sunday.
  arrow Fake doctor in Satkhira chargesheeted
A fake doctor has been chargeshee-ted for cheating patients by impersonating a highly qualified doctor.
  arrow Tale of two govt schools
Academic activity is being greatly hampered in Government Jubilee High School and Government Girls' High School due to shortage of teachers.
  arrow 5 BDR men closed for 'helping' smugglers
Five BDR personnel including a Habildar of Chanduria border outpost (BOP) in Lalaroa upazila were 'closed' to 12 Riffes Battalion headquarter at Satkhira on Monday allegedly for helping smuggling, BDR
  arrow Religious teachings can prevent AIDS B'baria meeting told
Adherence to religious teachings and awareness can save people from HIV/AIDS, speakers at a discussion meeting here have said.
  arrow Start OMS of rice, Rangpur traders demand
Shop Owners' Association President Kazi Mohammed Zunnun on Tuesday urged the government to begin Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice here immediately to save the poor people.
  arrow Cop jailed for marriage without wife's consent
A police personnel was awarded six months rigorous imprisonment (RI) for his second marriage without consent of his first wife.
The police personnel is Sub-inspector (SI) Mostafa Faruk.

  arrow 12 get 4-year RI each for gouging eyes of three
Twelve persons on Monday were sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here for gouging out eyes of three persons due to previous enmity.
Point-Counterpoint arrow Magurchhara, Tengratila and beyond
In an article titled "Gas fires and living forests just don't mix" (DS, Dec.
  arrow Why such violent death for a mild-mannered politician?
We are still shocked at the death of Shah A.M.S. Kibria, the ex-Finance Minister of Bangladesh. We mourn his death and we are still grief-stricken.
Culture arrow Cultural programme commemorates Amar Ekushey
Ekush--the word generates immense emotion in every Bangalee's heart.
  arrow Nagorik Natyangan Drama Festival 2005
Mahmudul Islam Selim is the convenor of the ongoing weeklong drama festival arranged by Nagorik Natyangan. A regular performer of Nagorik, Selim is the director and playwright of Habuchandra Gabuchandra.
  arrow "Artists at the district level face discrimination"
Culture activists often point out that the Dhaka-based artistes have more opportunities to perform and popularise their art form than those based elsewhere in the country.
  arrow Discussion on Abbasuddin and Quamrul today
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy holds discussion sessions on eminent folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed and artist Quamrul Hasan today at its premises, says a press release.
  arrow Learn framing a good portrait!
Imagine being able to catch precious moments in time--family, friends, nature and travels. The means? A little 'portrait magic'.
  arrow Brand by Centre for Asian Theatre ...

General arrow Political leaders, journos slate bomb attack
Political leaders and journalists at a protest rally here yesterday deeply condemned Saturday's bomb attack in which four Khulna journalists were injured.
  arrow Mainstream education needs modification: Prof Yunus
Mainstream education needs modification with the objective to meet the needs of modern age, said noted economist and Managing Director of Grameen Bank Prof Muhammad Yunus.
  arrow Daughter seeks British help to ensure trial
Dr Nazli Kibria, daughter of slain Awami League (AL) leader SAMS Kibria, met British State Minister Douglas Alexander MP at the House of Commons on Monday and sought cooperation from the British government
  arrow 2 killed in road accident in Manikganj
Two people were killed and 10 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Basta bus stand on Singair-Dhaka Road yesterday.
  arrow Two Jamaat leaders sent to jail
Two persons held in connection with Friday's union parishad chairman murder in Satkania were sent to jail yesterday.
  arrow Ctg newspapers keep space vacant
Chittagong newspapers started their protest programme against police atrocities on working journalists keeping a space of six inches vacant on the front page from yesterday for next six days.
  arrow One to die for killing wife for dowry
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife Moni for dowry seven years back.
  arrow Arannayk Foundation to be launched today
Arannayk Foundation, a USA-Bangladesh bilateral initiative, is being launched today with a goal for preservation and development of tropical forest resources in the country.
  arrow Prof Kabir Chy's birthday today
The 82nd birthday of noted educationist and writer Professor Kabir Chowdhury will be celebrated toady.
International arrow Blast kills 21 Iraqis outside army base
A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people and injured 27 outside an Iraqi army recruitment center in Baghdad yesterday in the deadliest insurgent attack since last month's historic election, the US army
  arrow Rice threatens Syria with 'isolation'
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Syria yesterday that if it wants to avoid being "isolated" it must end support for Islamic militants intent on wrecking the Middle East peace process.
  arrow Dozens of Maoists killed in Nepali air strike
Dozens of Maoist rebels have been killed in a Nepalese army air strike in western Dailekh district, a report said yesterday.
The attack was reported by the private news website, Kantipuro-nline.

  arrow Kay warns US against repeating mistakes of Iraq strikes in Iran
The US official who declared the White House's hunt for illicit weapons in Iraq to be a failure driven by faulty intelligence has warned the Bush administration against repeating its mistakes in the current
  arrow UK unveils tough immigration rules
Prime Minister Tony Blair's government proposed a raft of tough measures Monday to make it harder for unskilled foreigners to seek work or shelter in Britain, including English tests and finger-printing.
  arrow Lanka risks war after killing of Tamil leader
Sri Lanka's government said yesterday that the killing of a senior Tamil Tiger rebel and five others had heightened the risk of a return to war.
  arrow EU warns Iranians about violating spirit of nuclear freeze
Europeans were set to warn Iran about activities that violate the spirit of a nuclear fuel cycle freeze as talks began in Geneva yesterday getting Tehran to guarantee it is not developing atomic weapons,
  arrow 46 killed in Philippines fighting with Moros
More than 30 Moro rebels and 16 soldiers have been killed in two days of fierce gunbattles in the southern Philippine island of Jolo, the military said yesterday.
  arrow Two Pakistani journalists killed
Pakistan's government and a top media rights group yesterday condemned an attack which killed two journalists and wounded an AFP stringer in a tribal area infested with suspected al-Qaeda militants.
  arrow 'Guantanamo detainees abused by US troops'
Nearly a dozen detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp contend they were wrongly imprisoned after repeated abuse by US troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including beatings with chains, electricshock
  arrow Thousands stranded in snowfall-hit Kashmir
At least nine people were killed as torrential rains lashed northern India while one person froze to death and thousands were stranded on a highway in Kashmir after heavy snowfall triggered avalanches,
Editorial arrow Editorial: Why this political mudslinging?
The latest in recriminatory diatribe is exemplified by ruling party's secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan putting the blame for the death of SAMS Kibria squarely on the shoulders of the main opposition.
  arrow Editorial: Infrastructural link with Yangon
It is good to know that Bangladesh and Myanmar have decided on a route for the much-awaited road-link between Dhaka and Yangon and that most other technical aspects of the project have been finalised.
  arrow The nation at war with itself ?
At independence we were baptised to certain values. We embraced democracy as the norm for our national life with its concomitant civility, tolerance, and moderation.
  arrow The silence of democracy
When pondering over a long election, look at the arc and hear the silence.
  arrow An open letter to the Prime Minister
Madam Prime Minister: I am writing this letter with deep sense of sorrow, anguish, and frustration on hearing of the death of a distinguished citizen of this country along with a few other political activists
Letters to Editor arrow Global leadership
The opening decade of the new millennium (21st century) does not encourage hope, peace and happiness. violence dominates the scene, encouraged by poor global political leadership.
  arrow The assassinated leader
Why mature, educated, and experienced persons enter politics in Bangladesh? As a citizen (double-retired pensioner), I am musing on the sudden assassination of SAMS Kibria, a citizen at the top of the
  arrow An opportunity for us?
I took interest in reading the comments from S Arif Jamal, Ashfaque Kabir, Tahsin Hyder, Nur Jahan on your letter page.
  arrow The man next door
I can't say I know much about the man next door. He was my neighbour for quite some time. In fact I should say it the other way round; I was his neighbour living in the same neighbourhood.
  arrow Good idea
I was impressed with the facts and the logic behind Mr.
  arrow Contractual appointments
An article on the above subject by Mr. Ahmed Mahmudur Raza Chowdhury on 30 January, 2005 makes interesting reading. Apparently, it seems to be an innocent piece of writing.
  arrow Fox hunting in Britain
The Hunting Act 2004 received Royal Assent on 18 November, and will come into effect in Britain on 18 February, 2005.
  arrow Foreign university campus
It is observed that foreign university campuses are being established in Dhaka by different student counselling firms.
  arrow Shifting of railway station
A recent news item on shifting of Kamalapur Railway Station to Joydebpur and a letter to you by Mr. M. Alauddin on 20 January, 2005 have drawn my attention.
StarTech arrow A treat for network operators
For the first time in Bangladesh, South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), a non-profit forum of Data Network Operators in South Asia, is conducting SANOG V Programme, an eight-day event consisting
  arrow 'Kayoty' - the first ever home-made spyware monitor
Different species of Spywares and their associated activities have long been elusive to everyday users, since there was no known method to monitor the traffic created by most of the spy software.
  arrow Companies challenge Intel microprocessor
SETTING up a battle for the future of computing, engineers from IBM, Sony and Toshiba unveiled details Monday of a microprocessor they claim has the muscle of a supercomputer and can power everythingfrom
Star Chittagong arrow Ship breakers seek better life in forlorn hope
Lack of adequate safety regulations, shortage of tools and equipment, absence of healthcare facilities, pure drinking water and sanitation facilities as well as poor payment have pushed thousands of workers
  arrow Meter tampering mounts suffering to consumers
Tampering of meters by a section of the Power Development Board readers has long been taking place unabated in Chittagong, mounting sufferings to the consumers in spite of repeated complaints.
  arrow Due to slow progressof work

  arrow Winners of Maths Olympiad

Star City arrow Water pit comes to fire-fighters’ aid
The Wasa building at Karwan Bazar where a fire broke out on yesterday was saved with no loss of lives or valuables because the water in a huge pit in front of the building was used to fight the fire.
  arrow Tough law on the way to save waterbodies
The government is planning to formulate an effective law that includes a 10-year prison sentence against land grabbers.
  arrow Twinkling Dhaka

  arrow Study to relocate city rail lines soon
The government will conduct a feasibility study on relocating the railway lines between the Airport Station and the Kamalapur Railway Station.
  arrow Chhayanaut Bhaban gets Rajuk's nod
Chhayanaut has finally won approval for its planned Shangskritik Bhaban (cultural centre) from the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) after a two-year wait.