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Front Pagearrow Journalist Belal succumbs to bomb injuries
Daily Sangram Khulna Bureau Chief Shaikh Belaluddin yesterday succumbed to the injuries sustained in the February 5 bomb attack, for which the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Maoist) claimed
 arrow FBI man leaves assured of 'full cooperation'
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investi-gation) agent Trung Vu yesterday left Dhaka for Washington on assurance that Bangladesh government will provide full access to evidence and witnesses for FBI assistancein
 arrow Govt plans to kill AL leaders, activists in 'crossfire' to win polls
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government is planning to kill her party's grassroots leaders and activists.
 arrow Abduction of cops remains a mystery
Mystery surrounding the Wednesday's alleged abduction of two traffic sergeants and their release for Tk 2 lakh remains unresolved as police till last night were yet to be sure whether it was an abduction.
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills 3 more raising toll to 228
Three alleged criminals including a regional leader of outlaws were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police in the capital, Pabna and Chittagong early yesterday.
 arrow Eminent citizens condemn 'killings in the name of crossfire'
One hundred and eight personalities from across the citizenry in a joint statement yesterday strongly condemned the killings in the name of 'crossfire'.
 arrow Schoolboy 'murdered', another abducted
Police yesterday recovered the body of an abducted schoolboy in Chuadanga and rescued another abducted boy Thursday in Kushtia, while outlaws Sunday kidnapped a businessman.
 arrow 67 killed in new spate of Iraq violence
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's paid a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, as the country was rocked by yet more violence, with 14 people killed by a car bomb near a Shia mosque that added fuel to
 arrow 50 die, hundreds missing in Pak dam burst
At least 50 people were killed and hundreds missing in Pakistan after a dam burst and swept whole villages into the sea, officials said yesterday, as the death toll from a week of record rains hit 112.
 arrow PM's envoy to meet Rice, other top US officials
Prime Minister's special envoy Reaz Rahman will meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other high-ranking officials of the Bush administration to apprise them of the current situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow The long wait...

 arrow BEA blasts govt for 'creating a climate of impunity'
Economists of the country mourning the killing of their fellow Shah AMS Kibria yesterday blasted the government for what they said was creating a climate of impunity that is allowing unabated murdersof
 arrow IIFC rejoinder and our reply
The Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Center (IIFC) has sent a rejoinder to the news titled 'BTRC to pay Tk 48 lakh for services it never got' published in The Daily Star on February 8, 2005.
 arrow Mymensingh Girls' Cadet College student found dead
A student of Mymensingh Girls' Cadet College was found dead in a bathroom of the college hostel yesterday morning.
 arrow Contractor shot dead
Extortionists gunned down a contractor at Sabujbagh in the capital yesterday.

The victim Abdus Sattar, 40, used to supply rations to the army in Rangamati.

 arrow No programmes allowed at Shaheed Minar Feb 13-20
Contrary to the tradition of holding cultural programmes on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the month commemorating the language movement, authorities have suspended all kinds of programmes there
 arrow Civilised society can't accept killings without trial: Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said killings without trial these days seem to have been 'licensed' and such trend is never acceptable to a civilised society.
 arrow Habiganj AL leader on 8-day remand
Zahedur Rahman, general secretary of Laskarpur union Awami League (AL), arrested in connection with the January 27 grenade attack at Baidder Bazar, was taken on eight days' remand yesterday.
 arrow Non-political and non-violent agitation to continue
Reza Kibria, son of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday reiterated his pledge to carry on the nonpolitical and nonviolent movement demanding trial of those responsible for his father'skilling.
 arrow Abbas fires 3 security chiefs for failures
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fired three of his top security chiefs on Thursday after militants, puncturing a ceasefire he reached with Israel, bombarded Jewish settlements in Gaza with mortarrounds.
 arrow US House approves tough asylum rules
Foreigners could have a harder time seeking asylum in the United States and illegal immigrants would be barred from getting drivers licenses under a bill approved on Thursday by the US House of Representatives.
 arrow US House approves tough asylum rules
Foreigners could have a harder time seeking asylum in the United States and illegal immigrants would be barred from getting drivers licenses under a bill approved on Thursday by the US House of Representatives.
 arrow 3 Brac staff hurt in twin bomb blasts
Three Brac employees were injured in two powerful bomb blasts at Brac office, Mohimaganj in Gaibandha district on Thursday night.
Businessarrow 3 groups forge common panel for BGMEA polls
Top leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have finally reached a decision not to fight against one another in the next biennial election to be held on February17.
 arrow Bangladesh expects $1b FDI in garments sector
Bangladesh's vital garments sector expects to attract more than one billion dollars in foreign direct investment over the next couple of years following the lifting of a decade-old ban, officials said
 arrow Develop human resources to boost remittance
Speakers at a discussion have underscored the need for Bangladesh to increase investments in developing its human resources as they can increase both local and remittance incomes substantially.
 arrow Janata Bank earns Tk 231cr operating profit in 2004
Janata Bank has earned Tk 231.29 crore operating profit in the financial year 2004 becoming the best performer among the nationalised commercial banks of the country.
 arrow F1 Auto Fair...

 arrow Vedanta in biggest FDI bid in Indian metal industry
In the biggest FDI bid in Indian metal industry, Vedanta Resources Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed metals and minerals major, has announced to pump in 1.
 arrow India to end gas pipeline deal with Iran by June
India is hoping to clinch a deal by June with Iran for supply of gas via a pipeline passing through Pakistan following long-awaited cabinet approval of the project, a minister said Friday.
 arrow Decorative glass outlet opens at Gulshan
Stained Glass Overlay (SGO), a US-based decorative glass producing company, has opened its first branch in Bangladesh at Gulshan in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow US lawmakers oppose sale of IMF gold stocks
A dozen US lawmakers have told Treasury Secretary John Snow to oppose proposals to sell gold from the International Monetary Fund's stockpile to pay for debt relief, indicating the plan will face powerful
 arrow Oil firm at $47 as market outlook seen tighter
Oil prices held firm at around $47 a barrel Friday, bolstered by a tightening outlook for market fundamentals and sliding US temperatures.

US oil CLc1 dipped 11 cents to $46.

 arrow Financial services chiefs see hope in WTO talks
Financial services representatives said Thursday they saw grounds for hope in struggling World Trade Organization (WTO) talks on opening up banking and insurance markets.
 arrow World cotton output may rise to 116.7m bales: USDA
World cotton production is expected to be 116.7 million bales in 2004/05, 1.1 million bales higher than previously estimated due in part to a bigger crop in China, the US Agriculture Department said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: First-class Mahmud
Skipper Khaled Mahmud slammed his maiden first-class century enabling Dhaka Division to enforce a draw against Sylhet Division while Khulna Division was the only team that recorded an outright victory
 arrow Cricket: Kalabagan take a step upward
Kalabagan Krira Chakra overcame a big hurdle in their quest to regain the Premier League place when they pulled off an exciting five-run victory against Gazi Tank in the First Division Cricket Leagueat
 arrow Cricket: 'Pace out India'
Former cricket great Imran Khan said Friday Pakistani fast bowlers could edge out hosts India in the forthcoming series between the two South Asian arch-rivals this month.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Victoria Sporting Club registered a 2-1 victory over Bachelor Sporting Club in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre recorded a massive 149-run victory over Abahani Krira Chakra in the First Division Cricket League at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l chess on
The preliminary phase of the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship began at the federation hall-room yesterday.

In the opening round, 52 players earned full point.

 arrow Golf: Rokon wins Lancer Cup Golf crown
Redwan Bin Rokon won the men's title and CD Hwang captured the ladies' crown of the Lancer Cup Golf Tournament, one the premier events on the local golfing circuit sponsored by Rangs Goup, at the Kurmitola
 arrow Cricket: 'Appeals to sway umps'
Australian quick bowler Brett Lee said Friday it was obvious that vigorous appeals were aimed at influencing umpires but denied the Australian team had taken the practice too far.
 arrow Football: Madrid's mission seven
Real Madrid are on a roll after notching up six successive wins since the arrival of new coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and closing the gap on league leaders Barcelona to four points.
 arrow Football: Blues can still sing
Frank Lampard is confident that Chelsea can keep their bid for a clean sweep of every competition they have entered on track while inspirational Dutch winger Arjen Robben recovers from injury.
 arrow Football: Gullit to play in tsunami match
Former European football stars, including Dutch ex-striker Ruud Gullit and English ex-goalkeeper Peter Shilton, will play Indonesia in a friendly match to raise funds for tsunami victims, organizers said
 arrow Football: Old Lady won't hide
Serie A leaders Juventus could be knocked off the top of the table for the first time this season if they fail to win at home to third-placed Udinese on Sunday.
Nationalarrow 33pc drop out at pry schools in eight northern dists
Students' dropout rate in primary schools in eight northern districts in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur is around 33 percent, according to statistics available from district primary education offices.
 arrow Union BNP leaders resent price hike of rice, fertisliser, fuel
The Tk 600 crore government subsidy on agriculture virtually did not benefit farmers as the gains were marred by high prices of fertiliser, seed and fuel.
 arrow Fuel crisis in Sylhet
Fuel crisis is prevailing in Sylhet as there has been no supply from Chittagong and Koilashtila gas field.
 arrow Affected poor farmers deprived of aid
A large number of small and marginal farmers in seven southwestern districlts were deprived of government assistance under its flood rehabilitation programme due to irregularities and anomaly in preparing
 arrow Punishment to killers of AL activist demanded
The Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Thursday took out a protest procession on the campus protesting the killing of Karimganj upazila Awami League (AL) activist Nabi
 arrow Alleged robber lynched in Chittagong
An alleged robber was beaten to death by mob at Samadiapukurparr of Sadaha union in Satkania upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Freed on bail, rearrested at jail gate
Bazlul Huq Chisti Koyes, former Barisal municipal ward commissioner, released on bail in a three-year old murder case, was arrested from Barisal Jail gate on Thursday in another case for lynching twoalleged
 arrow 3 accused placed on fresh remand
Police on Thursday took on a fresh three-day remand three of the four persons arrested in connection with the murder of Rajshahi University professor Muhammad Yunus.
 arrow Crops on 350 hectares of Teesta project flooded
IRRI-boro on 200 hectares of land including potato and tobacco on 150 hectares of land in Gangachhara and Rangpur Sadar upazilas have gone under water due to 'callous' handling of a sluice gate under
 arrow Reopening of SSC centre demanded
Several hundred former students of Government Jubilee High School and guardians on Thursday brought out a procession and held a meeting here demanding reinstatement of the Secondary School Certificate
 arrow Token hunger strike by RU new recruits
Newly-recruited employees of Rajshahi University (RU) on Thursday staged a

one hour token hunger strike in front of the administrative building demanding confirmation of their jobs.

 arrow 3 jailed for acid attack in Dinajpur
A special tribunal here on Wednesday sentenced three acid throwers to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) each.
 arrow Barisal T &T functional again
A new 1000-line telephone exchange has started functioning at Barisal digital telephone exchange.

Another 2000-line exchange will be operative in two weeks.

 arrow Reopening of SSC centre demanded
Several hundred former students of Government Jubilee High School and guardians on Thursday brought out a procession and held a meeting here demanding reinstatement of the Secondary School Certificate
Point-Counterpointarrow EPZs: A success story
The idea to establish EPZs in Bangladesh gained momentum when in September, 1976, the President of the World Bank Mr.
 arrow Million steps beyond the South Plaza
Draped in the symbol of his motherland for which he fought in 1971 Shah AMS Kibria made his eternal journey from the green surroundings of Banani while the red sum in the western horizon in its last glow
Culturearrow Images on canvas and paper
The recent display, First Contemporary Art Exhibition 2005, at the Zainul Gallery, featured a number of works by established artists as well as well as less known ones.
 arrow Seminar held after the inauguration
After many years Udichi Central Drama Branch has arranged a six-day long drama festival at the Mahila Samity Stage, the most popular theatre venue in the country.
 arrow Apurba Golap presents our theatre history
Abhash, a theatre group from West Bengal, India, stages Apurba Golap today at the National Theatre Stage at 6:30 p.m.
 arrow Bangla Theatre stages its new play Che'r Cycle
There are people who want to find out if Che--Che Guyevera still inspires people.
Generalarrow FFs urged to unite to revive spirit of Liberation War
Speakers at a conference on Thursday called on the freedom fighters to be united to revive the spirit of the Liberation War and establish it in every sphere of life.
 arrow Brac University launches Master of Public Health Programme
The Brac University launched a Master of Public Health Programme through its James P Grant School of Public Health yesterday.
 arrow India to provide Rs 100 cr flood relief aid
India will provide Rs 100 crore to Bangladesh as relief assistance for the people affected by recent floods.
 arrow Repression on Ittefaq leader condemned
Leaders of different unions of Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Karmachari Federation in a joint statement condemned repression on the Daily Ittefaq Karmachari Union President Kazi Bazlur Rahman by police on February
 arrow Saraswati Puja tomorrow
Saraswati Puja will be celebrated across the country tomorrow, mostly in educational institutions, with the Hindu students seeking blessing from their goddess of learning and eloquence.
 arrow 2 muggers beaten at book fair
Two muggers were caught red-handed while trying to flee after snatching money from a visitor at the Bangla Academy, the venue of Ekushey Book Fair, in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Ctg BNP union confce today
The Chittagong north district BNP is all set to hold a conference of its representatives at the union level at MA Aziz Stadium, the second Test cricket venue of the country, today.
 arrow GP donates computers to Bishwa Sahitya Kendro
GrameenPhone Ltd donated 10 computers to Bishwa Sahitya Kendro (World-Literature Centre) for the organisation's administrative and coordination work, says a press release.
 arrow Over Tk 6 lakh Novartis donation for tsunami victims
Novartis Bangladesh donated yesterday Tk 623,139 (US$10,000 approximately) to Unicef to help the tsunami-affected children, says a press release.
 arrow 7 robbers held
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a gang of robbers with lethal weapons and bombs while they was taking preparation to commit a robbery at Badda in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
Internationalarrow Nepal vows to foil Maoist blockade
Security forces scoured western Nepal yesterday for 145 prisoners sprung from jail by Maoists, as the army vowed to foil a road blockade threatened by the rebels to protest King Gyanendra's seizure of
 arrow Lanka blames rebel split for killings
Sri Lanka's government yesterday blamed splinter factions of the Tamil rebel movement for the slaying of a top guerrilla leader and praised it for the "restraint" it had shown since the killing.
 arrow Freezing cold kills 67 Afghan children
At least 67 Afghans, mainly children, have died from freezing conditions as the war-battered country faces its coldest winter after years of droughts, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Prison inmates take 67 hostages in Argentina
At least eight people have died during a prison riot in the city of Cordoba as hundreds of inmates held 20 guards and 42 other people hostage and threatened to throw some of them off the roof, officials
 arrow N Korea demands talks with US to defuse row
North Korea has demanded bilateral talks with the United States to defuse tension created by its announcement that it is a nuclear power, the communist state's UN envoy said in a South Korean newspaper
 arrow Teenager found 45 days after tsunami waves
A teenager who lived on wild fruits and coconuts for 45 days after tsunamis ravaged the Indian Ocean archipelago of Andamans in December has been rescued, police said yesterday.
 arrow China building highways to link Myanmar
Two high-grade highways linking China and Myanmar will be open to traffic in the next two years, the state media reported.
 arrow Netanyahu attacked at wedding
Supporters of Jewish settlers attac-ked Benjamin Netanyahu at a wedding but the former Israeli prime minister escaped unhurt, police and media said yesterday.
 arrow Fortune tellers predict happy marriage this time for Charles
Prince Charles may have been unlucky in love in the past, but if Hong Kong's famed fortune tellers are anything to go by, his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles will be a great success.
 arrow Green solution to dengue peril
Dengue fever, a growing threat in poor tropical countries in Asia and Africa, is being gradually rolled back in Vietnam thanks to a low-tech, grassroots and environmentally friendly strategy, a studysays.
 arrow 2004 was the fourth warmest year for Earth on record
Greenhouse gases and to a lesser extent the El Nino current in the Pacific Ocean contributed to making 2004 the fourth warmest year on Earth since temperature measurements began worldwide at the end of
Editorialarrow Editorial: Politics of confrontation
With the Awami League calling yet another hartal on February 14 and 15, and the ruling coalition's decision to meet head-on any challenge by the opposition, the country's political situation remains as
 arrow Editorial: Indiscriminate felling of trees
Yet again trees have been felled, this time at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital compound in the name of cleaning the area of unwanted foliage.
 arrow Iraq: Election is just the first step
A general election has been held in Iraq despite a continuing campaign of intimidation and deadly violence.
 arrow When will our civil society wake up?
The brutal and cowardly killing of SAMS Kibria has saddened all the conscious and sensible people of this land and elsewhere in the world.
Letters to Editorarrow On the verge of losing temper!
Firstly, I offer my condolence to the families of the five killed in the Habiganj bomb blast. Mr. Kibria was an asset to the country and it is indeed sad to lose him in such a manner.
 arrow Absurd
I found Mr. Kabir Mia's letter to be absurd. One wonders if Mr. Mia even read the article in question. He calls Ms.
 arrow A talented actress
I refer to your article on Shomi Kaiser, which appeared in the online version of your daily on Monday, February 7.
 arrow They should remain informed
Early morning during breakfast, I tune to my TV for news, immediately after returning from work watch news during late lunch. Before going to bed another update always I look forward to.
 arrow Big brother?
My heart aches, how nicely Dhaka was decorated for the Saarc summit! Suddenly, India refused to join the summit and surprisingly Mr.
Literaturearrow Shuvro, On A Distant River-Bank
Sitting and waiting by the bank of the river for the ferry-boat, Shuvro recalled the day when they had first arrived at this village.
 arrow Bombay Lost/Regained/Left Behind
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. New Delhi: Viking Penguin, 2004, 584 pages.
 arrow Black Market
Within our city borders
smuggling is called 'black’
in the eyes of the law a grave offence

Yet in this city when my lover
fooling all playing hide 'n seek
comes to meet me
from her eyes


 arrow For more worse or both better?
"Mrs Kandiah who
More worse ah
Your husbuurn
Or my one?"

"Puan Salmah both
Also betterr
Without their
Backside behind

Us how we
Can grumble
Everyday in
The market?"


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