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Front Pagearrow JMJB firm on attacks to herald revolution
The Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) is determined to carry out attacks on all forms of 'anti-Islamic' activities until an Islamic revolution comes to the country, an arrested JMJB operative told
 arrow Hartal ends with stray incidents
The 36-hour hartal enforced by the Awami League-led 14-party opposition line-up ended yesterday with stray incidents of violence in Dhaka and a few other places in the country.
 arrow Tifa draft finalised
Dhaka and Washington through a two-day negotiation ending yesterday finalised the draft of Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) paving the way further for creating a platform to talk bilateral
 arrow Anti-Delhi moves to make Saarc limping
Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has said Saarc would continue to lack substance and energy if the thrust of initiatives of some of the member countries was seen to be patently hostile to India or motivated by a desire to contain India in some way.
 arrow Trade deficit widens on costly imports
As the prices of petroleum products, rice and scrap vessels shot up in the international market, Bangladesh's trade deficit has widened further, pushing the current account balance to be negative.
 arrow Dhaka to go to int'l court for compensation
Bangladesh will go to the international court seeking compensation for the damage caused by fire in the Magurchhara gas field.
 arrow UK offers to help fight terrorism
The United Kingdom (UK) has offered Bangladesh to work out a mechanism to effectively combat terrorism, a problem being faced by the countries across the world.
 arrow Postponement won't hurt ties with India: Morshed
Although there has been certain undercurrent of uneasy feelings over the postponement of the Saarc summit, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday said it would not affect the bilateral relations between
 arrow Student strikes called
Six opposition-backed student organisations yesterday called a student strike at Dhaka University (DU) today and all educational institutions in the country tomorrow demanding immediate investigationand
 arrow BB probe finds irregularities in A/C opening
The central bank, according to the primary findings of its investigation, has detected a number of irregularities in opening of a huge number of accounts with Premier Bank ahead of its Tk 55 crore public
 arrow Work on leather city starts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated work on a nearly Tk 176 crore project for building Dhaka Leather Industry City here to relocate soon the Hazaribag tanneries, which pollute the capital's
 arrow Hasina says clues destroyed to save masterminds
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the ruling BNP of destroying clues to save the masterminds behind the August 21 and Habiganj grenade blasts.
 arrow Ruling MPs censure govt for fertiliser crisis
A number of ruling BNP and Jamaat lawmakers in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) yesterday blamed the government for its failure to prevent what they termed an artificial crisis of fertiliser caused by unscrupulous
 arrow Dousing fire....


 arrow US, EU, India recall envoys from Nepal
Nepal came under international pressure Monday after the United States, European Union and India recalled their ambassadors from the Himalayan outpost to protest King Gyanendra's seizure of absolute power.
 arrow Delhi's dealing with Dhaka lacks finesse: Kuldip
Eminent Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar criticised the way the Indian government announced its decision not to attend the 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka.
 arrow China mine blast kills 203
A gas explosion in a coal mine in China's northeast killed at least 203 miners, the government said yesterday, in the deadliest such disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.
 arrow Dinkal, Inqilab, Sangram get the most
The pro-BNP vernacular daily Dainik Dinkal received the highest number of government advertisements in fiscal year 2003-04 followed by Inqilab and pro-Jamaat Sangram, while Janakantha received not a single
 arrow Two BNP men remanded for third time
Two ruling BNP activists, arrested in connection with the Habiganj grenade carnage on February 2, were taken on a two-day fresh remand for the third time yesterday.
 arrow Tremors jolt Ctg, Sylhet
Two light tremors jolted the port city and adjoining areas yesterday afternoon.
The first tremor measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 5:16pm and lasted for 17 seconds.

 arrow 400 makeshift houses gutted in city fire
A devastating fire yesterday evening destroyed at least 400 make-shift houses and three motor workshops in the city's Mirbagh area, local sources said.
 arrow Indigenous people to resist eco-park
Indigenous people in Bandarban yesterday declared that they would resist construction of a proposed eco-park on a 5500-acre land of Mro community in Bandarban.
 arrow Addl SP closed for outlaw link
An additional superintendent of police in Khulna was disciplined yesterday for allegedly harbouring an outlawed party operative and assaulting Rapid Action Battalion men.
 arrow Bill seeking extension of time for polls
A bill was introduced in parliament yesterday seeking extension of the time limit from 45 days to 90 days for holding elections to 45 women's reserved seats in the House.
Businessarrow NBR to audit 10,000 self-assessed tax returns
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to launch a programme soon to audit 10,000 cases of self-assessed taxpayers for the current fiscal year across the country to see whether the assessments reflect
 arrow Separate zone to make raw materials for drugs on cards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her firm optimism about the future of the country's pharmaceutical industry in the new world trade regime and said the government considers setting up aseparate
 arrow Macroeconomic situation by and large stable
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the current macroeconomic situation in Bangladesh is, by and large, stable and the foreign exchange reserves have also remained steady.
 arrow ICC, global bodies set up fund to help tsunami-hit SMEs
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Chambers Federation and World Chambers Network have set up a Reconstructing Small Businesses Fund (RSBF) to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected
 arrow India proposes pan-Asian natural gas grid
India has proposed a pan-Asian natural gas grid to connect major buyers and producers in the region to tap its hydrocarbon reserves and promote investment in infrastructure.
 arrow Ctg int'l trade fair begins Feb 22
The 13th Chittagong international trade fair will kick off at Railway Pologround in Chittagong on February 22.
 arrow Sylhet int'l trade fair to begin Feb 25
A month-long international trade fair will begin at Sylhet Government MC College ground on February 25.
 arrow WTO chief says trade talks must get touch soon
World Trade Organisation (WTO) states must get down to hard bargaining immediately if a 2006 target for a free trade pact is to be met, the organisation's chief said Monday.
 arrow ROK freezes interest rates as expected
South Korea kept interest rates unchanged at a record low of 3.25 percent for the third consecutive month on Tuesday amid tentative signs of a pickup in domestic demand.
 arrow Pakistan's CPI inflation rises
Pakistan's consumer price index rose 8.51 percent in the year through January, up from 7.
 arrow S&P to bid for majority stake in India's CRISIL
Global rating agency Standard & Poor's said it would make a 2.4 billion rupees ($54.9 million) bid to acquire a majority stake in India's CRISIL Ltd. to expand its coverage of Asia's fourth-largest economy.
 arrow China clears 4 mainland banks for Taiwan operations
Mainland Chinese authorities have cleared four state-owned banks to set up offices in Taiwan and are awaiting the final go ahead from the island's regulators, state press reported Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Azam ton not enough
Azam Iqbal hit the first century in the one-day version of the Sixth National Cricket League but that was not enough for holders Chittagong to avoid a second successive defeat as the second round began
 arrow Cricket: Zim A fight back
Zimbabwe A fought back in the first Test against Bangladesh A as they reached 123 for two in their second innings at tea on the third day in pursuit of 299 for victory at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo
 arrow Football: Star-struck Chantilly
Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo on Monday took over a magnificent chateau outside Paris for a lavish, star-studded Valentine's Day declaration of love for his fiancee, model Daniela Cicarelli.
 arrow Cricket: Galle gone with tsunami
The Galle Cricket Stadium was one of the most breathtaking Test venues, but the tsunami has exposed its vulnerability and brought down the curtain on Sri Lanka's "lucky" ground.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib faces hearing
Strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar is to appear before a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary committee on Thursday, two days before the squad to tour India is selected.
 arrow Cricket: BCB XI camp starts today
The short training camp of the BCB XI, who will take part in the Duleep Trophy, begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe arrive in SA
Zimbabwe face a grilling during their tour to South Africa but coach Phil Simmons believes his side must be exposed to such challenges if they are to improve.
 arrow Cricket: England return home
England's cricketers returned home from South Africa on Tuesday after a marathon winter away from home.
The party made a low-key arrival into Heathrow after a trip that for some started in late November.

 arrow Football: 'Foreign' Gunners blaze
Arsenal celebrated fielding their first ever all-foreign squad by thrashing relegation-threatened Crystal Palace 5-1 here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Greek affair that never began
Brazilian superstar Rivaldo has helped put money in the Olympiakos coffers since his arrival last summer.
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon suffer big setback
Sonargaon Cricketers' chances to seal a premiership berth were dented when the First Division Cricket League title aspirants lost their penultimate match to Dhaka Wanderers yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Waqar may be bowling coach
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis is in line to be appointed as bowling coach for this month's tour of India.
 arrow Munna's qul today
The qulkhwani of Monem Munna, the former Bangladesh football captain who passed away on Saturday, will be held at his 64 HM Sen Road residence at Bandar, Narayanganj today.
 arrow Cricket: Natwar to meet PCB chairman
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh would meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday in an effort to resolve the contentious issue of playing in Ahmedabad during
 arrow Cricket: Mark may become national selector
Mark Waugh will be pushed as a possible national selector as New South Wales attempt to end 12 years without representation on the panel.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas Worcs' for 2 months
Worcestershire have agreed a two-month deal with Sri Lanka paceman Chaminda Vaas for the start of next season.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden fit to tour
Australian opener Matthew Hayden said Tuesday he had been cleared to tour New Zealand after a medical examination found he was over the worst of a debilitating lung infection.
 arrow Football: Gerrard missing Owen
Steven Gerrard would be keen to play with former Liverpool striker Michael Owen again in the Premiership although he did not say whether it would be at Anfield or Chelsea.
Metropolitanarrow Five agri scientists get gold medals
Five noted agricultural scientists were awarded Dr SD Chowdhury gold medal-2004 for their outstanding contributions to agricultural research.
 arrow Ctg mayor threatens to sue BNP leaders
City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said that cases might be filed against the ruling BNP leaders in Chittagong for 'illegally' erecting gates on the city streets.
 arrow Death anniversary of MAG Osmani today
The 21st death anniversary of Bangabir General MAG Osmani will be observed today with due respect.
 arrow President assents to Teachers' Registration Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to 'Non-government Teachers' Registration and Certification Authority Bill 2005' passed in the 15th session of the 8th Jatiya Sangsad, said an official handout.
 arrow DU exams postponed
The examinations of Dhaka University scheduled for February 16 and 17 have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow 1,244 more held
Police arrested 1,244 more people, including one listed criminal, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Once a bane now a boon
Netrakona: Once a bane, the Bhogai river, flowing from hills across the border, is now a boon for the people of Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur district.
 arrow Teesta project farmers' woe
Repeated breaches in embankments of canals under Teesta Irrigation Project has become a bane for farmers in its command area in Nilphamari and Dinajpur districts.
 arrow Accept failure, step down
Four opposition political parties and the Rajshahi Peshajibi Parishad (a body of professionals) brought out separate processions and held rallies in the city during hartal hours yesterday demanding resignation
 arrow Declare Feb 14 Sundarbans Day
Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday called upon the government to declare February 14 as Sundarbans Day and to observed the day officially.
 arrow Life term for acid thrower in Sylhet
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet division on Sunday awarded life term imprisonment to an acid thrower.
 arrow Ensure security of newsmen
Rajshahi journalist yesterday brought out a mourning procession in the city and held a rally at Moni Chattar protesting the murder of Khulna journalist Shaikh Belal Uddin.
 arrow Probe body for action against 2 Jessore Hospital doctors
Two physicians of Jessore 250-bed Hospital will face departmental action for their negligence of duty.
A three-member probe committee has recommended the action after one and a half months of investigation.

 arrow Lands of 14 Hindu families occupied in Patuakhali
The members of 14 poor minority families are allegedly being tortured by local 'Siddique Bahini,' at a remote village here.
 arrow Spring festival held in Natrakona
As of every year, Basantakalin Sahittya Utasab (spring literary festival) was held at Muktarpara Bakul Tola in Netrakona town on Sunday.
 arrow Textbooks distributed in Gaibandha
The Community Development Library (CDL), a social organisation here, is distributing text books for free to poor high school students in flood prone areas in Sadar upazila of the district.
 arrow Interest-free loans for women
The Social Welfare Directorate has disbursed Tk 10,000 interest free loan each to 42 poor women in Fulchari upazila for self-reliance through income generating activities.
Point-Counterpointarrow Can Dr Rice's trip close rift with Europe?
The new US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice (50) has recently embarked on an 8-day trip to ten countries, including eight European nations and the Middle East.
 arrow Enayet Karim--a distinguished diplomat
Thirty-one years ago today, Enayet Karim, a valiant freedom fighter, a language movement activist, and a distinguished diplomat of our times, had passed away.
 arrow Bush and Clinton at Davos
There has been a lot of talk in the US recently about "the Davos crowd" being anti-American.
 arrow Announcement
Starting tomorrow February 17 we will begin running a special two-part in-depth article on the recent explosion in the Chattak gas field written by a team of experts. Part I comes out tomorrow.
Culturearrow Book fair draws a huge crowd
"Hartals are never an obstacle to the Ekushey Book Fair, rather we can enjoy the fair in a holiday mood," said a happy couple Archi and Rabab.
 arrow Circus Circus
Prachyanat staged Circus Circus by Azad Abul Kalam as part of the drama festival arranged by Udichi on February 14, at the Mahila Samity Stage.
 arrow Valentine's photo exhibit
The festive season is on again. Once more it is time for the younger generation and the young at heart to indulge in some mushy sentimentality.
 arrow Lalon invited to Cleveland International Film Festival
Lalon, directed by Tanvir Moqammel, has been invited to the 29th Cleveland Film Festival in Ohio, says a press release.
 arrow "Genius" Ray Charles wins big at the 47th Grammys
Ray Charles had a legendary career that defied categorisation and influenced generations of artistes - but never had one of those blockbuster albums that many lesser artists have enjoyed.
 arrow Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin restored
Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent classic, has been restored and seen in its uncensored form for the first time in nearly 80 years.
Generalarrow Bomb attack on DU debate contest condemned
Different organisations and individuals yesterday condemned the bomb attack on a friendly debate competition organised by Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS) on the campus to mark the Valentine's
 arrow 4 opposition parties demand govt's resignation
Leaders of four opposition parties yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the government.
 arrow 'Political conflicts obstacle to achieving MDG'
Political conflicts and constant political turmoil that cause international aid fatigue might impede Bangladesh's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal, said Erna Witoelar, UN special ambassador
 arrow 'Declare Feb 14 Sundarbans Day'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon the government to declare February 14 Sundarbans Day.
They also urged the government to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife of the Sundarbans.

Internationalarrow Lebanon on alert after Hariri killing
Lebanon was on high alert yesterday after former minister Rafiq Hariri, architect of the country's post-war reconstruction, was killed in an attack that has triggered fears of a return to civil chaos.
 arrow Israel, PA reach deal on Jericho handover
A Palestinian negotiator said yesterday that he has reached agreement with Israel on the handover of the West Bank town of Jericho to Palestinian control, after resolving a last-minute dispute over the
 arrow Produce prices soar as rebel blockade bites
A road blockade by Maoist rebels ground traffic in Nepal to a near-halt for a fourth consecutive day Tuesday, sending produce prices soaring in Kathmandu, as two royalist deputies appointed by King Gyanendra
 arrow Kyoto Protocol takes effect today
The landmark Kyoto Protocol, which hopes to slow down global warming, goes into effect today with most of the industrialised world committed to slash gas emissions but the United States and Australiaholding
 arrow Fair turnout in Bihar, Jharkhand polls
An estimated 30 to 33 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the second phase of the assembly polls in Bihar and Jharkhand till Tuesday afternoon with several persons, including two security personnel,
 arrow US-led Iraq agency blamed for wasting millions
The Coalition Provisional Authority, the US-led agency that ran Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, has been accused of wasting millions of dollars.
 arrow Talabani, Jaafari emerge front-runner to become Iraqi president, PM
Shia politician and former exile Ibrahim al-Jaafari emerged as the front-runner yesterday to become Iraq's new prime minister while Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi Kurdish leader positioned to become the country's
 arrow Natwar meets top Afghan leaders
In the first high-level visit from India to Afghanistan after the recent elections, External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh yesterday met top Afghan leaders to reinforce India's commitment to assistin
Editorialarrow Editorial: Valentine's Day blast
We note with utter dismay the unfortunate exploding of bombs on Valentine's Day at the DU campus, which injured several persons.
 arrow Editorial: RMG leadership unity before poll
With the clouds of an inclement weather hovering, leaders of three BGMEA groups have fielded a common panel to contest the election scheduled for tomorrow in a pragmatic display of solidarity in their
 arrow Muslehuddin Ahmad
In Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, a historic handshake -- short but a long distance one is as if Abbas in Ramallah and Sharon in Jerusalem (West).
 arrow Diplomatic breakdown
WHEN it comes to the feelings of neighbouring countries, our govern-ment is apt to be insensitive.
 arrow Text of Indian Foreign Secretary’s Policy Address
It is said that the logic of geography is unrelenting and proximity is the most difficult and testing among diplomatic challenges a country faces.
Letters to Editorarrow Regulating campus politics
How do the official regulators control campus politics (maintaining the bandwidth of do's and don'ts)? There is no transparency in this sector, as the opposition activities are suppressed, and the regime's
 arrow Help the poor
When a child is born in a very poor family his/her life becomes different from ours. He faces troubles like lack of food, healthcare and shelter. He needs to work in his early life.
 arrow Season of colours
It is right at your doorsteps, begging to flaunt its colours. The rustle of leaves drying out could be heard everywhere even in this concrete jungle.
 arrow A flawed slogan?
I read with much interest a news item published recently in one of our English language dailies which stated that Britain's ruling Labour Party stood accused of improper English usage after it rolledout
 arrow Airlines management
The other day I was flying Thai Airways from Osaka to Dhaka via Bangkok. During this journey my attention was drawn to an article "Thai reschedules routes" in an English newspaper of Thailand.
 arrow Millennium splits
Our society is being stretched to the limit by extremist forces, one has been created to counteract with the other.
 arrow An appeal to UGC
Recently the University Grants Commission has blacklisted some private universities on account of not maintaining the rules and regulations imposed by the commission that put the future of thousands of
 arrow No change
It was the sweet, shiny weekend morning when I got up from bed a bit late, yawned a lot, stretched and rolled the body and finally stepped lazily towards the door for the newspaper.
 arrow Dumped jewellery
Thanks to the organisers of the jewellery shopping mela. At least they have shown the courage not to hide the real fact. I like to refer to the advertisement published in the DS on Feb.6.
 arrow "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"
Samuel Johnson (18th century English writer) made this famous pronouncement on the evening of April 7, 1775. It is assumed that Johnson was not indicting patriotism in general, only false patriotism.
 arrow Tribute and economy
Bangladesh is burning again....procession, hartal, picketing...in its full escalation...violence...vehicles are burning in high flames...day labourers are starving to death ...
 arrow Gas pipeline
The governments in the past failed to safeguard the country's interests.
 arrow Pictures of Saarc leaders
A few days ago I had been impressed to see the pictures of the Saarc countries' leaders.
 arrow BTTB internet service
Bangladesh Telephone & Telegraph Board (BTTB) has been providing internet service to the subscribers since a long time.
 arrow A suggestion
Recently, AKTEL increased facilities for their prepaid service users by giving them the Night Bird Talk Plan and of course 30 days' validity period for refill cards.
But as customers we want more.

 arrow Poor response to criminal activities
The attack on SAMS Kibria has revealed that although our enthusiasm to exterminate the evil forces vanished shortly after August 21, the terrorists are still determined to exact a toll out of us.
 arrow Better service needed
I had long been waiting to cry out for this; some blamed the consumers and some objected to the dealings of the cellular companies. The companies are telling us not to give missed call.
 arrow Weekly holiday
I am delighted to read the recent news in your daily "DCCI meets PM", making Sunday the weekly holiday. Hats off to the DCCI for taking this bold step. I am sure that success is very near.
StarTecharrow SANOG V, an expectation fulfilled
HOSTED by the Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (Ispab) and conducted by the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), the exclusive SANOG V programme came to a successful end with
 arrow A promising web portal
The popularisation of web portals are encouraging web developers of the nation to live up to standards of the growing demands from various sectors. The developers of one such portal, edubangladesh.
 arrow Inventor Kurzweil aiming to live forever
RAY Kurzweil doesn't tailgate. A man who plans to live forever doesn't take chances with his health on the highway, or anywhere else.
Star Chittagongarrow Recalling the days of Language Movement
Chittagong, the scenic city, has a long history as a major contributor to so many fields, spanning from the anti-colonial revolution to politics, sports, culture, and democratic and progressive movements.
 arrow Recalling the days of Language Movement
Chittagong, the scenic city, has a long history as a major contributor to so many fields, spanning from the anti-colonial revolution to politics, sports, culture, and democratic and progressive movements.
 arrow Shaheed Minar left uncared for...
Shaheed Minars were built as a tribute to those valiant sons who sacrificed their lives for the mother language in 1952.
 arrow Disorganised book fairs fail to draw crowds
Disorganised book fairs in Chittagong fail to attract book lovers in huge numbers.
Four book fairs are held every year, but they cannot win the hearts of readers, writers and publishers.

Star Cityarrow Up, up and out of reach
Increasing house rent is making a dent in the tenants' purses, as they have to pay a major portion of their income to the house owners.
 arrow Machine-readable passports by 2006
The government will introduce machine-readable passport (MRP) to replace the existing conventional passports by 2006, sources in the home ministry said.
 arrow Bangla Academy collections under threat
Rare collection of books at the Bangla Academy Library, the country's most resourceful and only bookroom designated for research, could be ruined due to lack of maintenance.
 arrow Circular waterway phase two plan waits the nod
The project concept paper (pcp) for the second phase of the circular waterway has been placed at the Planning Commission for inclusion in the Annual Development Program (ADP) after the Ministry for Shipping
 arrow New look, latest facilities for cricket
The renovation work of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to turn it solely for cricket has begun and the authorities hope to hold international matches there from early next year.
 
   
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