Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005    
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Buriganga Launch Capsize
Death toll reaches 120
At least 120 people drowned and several others were missing as a passenger launch caught in a sudden storm capsized in the Buriganga river at Munshikhola in Pagla of Narayanganj on Saturday night.
12 militants held with important materials
3 arrested at JU Ekushey programme with timer, jihad tape; Dhamrai militants carry bomb-making formula
Twelve suspected extremists were arrested from Dhamrai, Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Joypurhat Sunday night.
Nation pays homage to language martyrs
The nation yesterday observed the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs of February 21 in 1952 to uphold the dignity of the mother language,
Saifur unhappy over Washington meet
Tells EC a group 'patronised by opposition' feeding wrong information about Bangladesh
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has expressed his grievances to the European Union (EU) for organising a meeting in Washington on governance on February 23 and 24 without any representative from Bangladesh.
Grenade blast at Moulvibazar shrine
Imam, madrasa teacher held
A grenade exploded at Shaidingi shrine in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar on Sunday night badly damaging the structure of the shrine.
Govt sleeps as over 4,000 die in decade
Not a single probe report published yet
Over 4,000 people have died in water vessel disasters in the last decade alone, largely because the government, even after tall talks and strong commitments on several occasions, has utterly failed to
BIWTA limps with two age-old salvage ships
200 sunken vessels pose threat to navigation
At least 200 vessels lie submerged on different riverbeds making waterways across the country potentially hazardous as BIWTA with only two salvage ships faces an uphill task to refloat the wrecks.
Submit consensus report on elevated expressway
Planning asks communications ministry
The Planning Commission has asked the Ministry of Communi-cations to submit a consensus report of the joint task force of Bangladesh and Thailand on the proposed 13 kilometre long elevated express highway
UN declares level 1 warning in Dhaka
The United Nations (UN) has announced a level-1 security warning in Bangladesh for its officials asking them to inform the Dhaka office before making a visit to the country, said UN officials.
Ekushey tradition broken
In a deviation from traditional Amar Ekushey programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital, recitation from the Quran was played over microphones from a makeshift podium at the venue.
Dhaka to consider mission in Baghdad
Bangladesh will consider reopening its mission in Baghdad and joining the reconstruction work with the installation of a new government in Iraq and full security assurance from them.
Sangsad session resumes today with signs of quorum crisis
The parliament session, after a four-day recess, resumes today amid strong signs of an acute quorum crisis as the ruling party lawmakers have apparently lost their interest in attending the House.
Singapore best Asian city, Dhaka worst
States survey
Singapore has edged out Tokyo and Hong Kong as the best city in Asia for expatriates to live, according to a survey by a human resource group released yesterday, while Dhaka is the worst.
Hacked bodies of grandmother, boy found
Bodies of a boy and his grandmother hacked to death a few days ago were found in their house in Kamran-girchar yesterday.
WB to provide $200m for health sector
The World Bank's soft loan wing the International Development Association (IDA) has agreed to give US$200 million for the Health Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP).
Hasina terms PM's Bangla Bhai arrest order a hoax
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the directive of the prime minister to arrest the so-called Bangla Bhai was a hoax.
DU student commits suicide
A student of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday committed suicide jumping from the roof of six-storey Surya Sen Hall.
Humayun Kabir was a resident of room No.

150 feared dead in Indonesia landslide
Almost 150 people were believed to have died under hundreds of tonnes of garbage and earth on Indonesia's main island yesterday when heavy seasonal rain unleashed a massive landslide, police said.

Opposition pays homage...

Bush issues war of words to Iran, Syria
US President Bush appealed to Europe yesterday to move beyond animosities over Iraq and join forces in encouraging democratic reforms across the Middle East.
JP to witness further split
The expelled presidium member of Jatiya Party (JP), Sardar Amzad Hossain, yesterday called a special council of the party on February 24 to decide about formation of a new JP faction.

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