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Front Pagearrow 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.
 arrow 12 militants held with important materials
Twelve suspected extremists were arrested from Dhamrai, Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Joypurhat Sunday night.
 arrow 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,
 arrow Saifur unhappy over Washington meet
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.
 arrow Grenade blast at Moulvibazar shrine
A grenade exploded at Shaidingi shrine in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar on Sunday night badly damaging the structure of the shrine.
 arrow Govt sleeps as over 4,000 die in decade
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
 arrow BIWTA limps with two age-old salvage ships
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.
 arrow Submit consensus report on elevated expressway
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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Singapore best Asian city, Dhaka worst
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow Opposition pays homage...

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow Ceramic makers eye $100m annual export by 2008
Inspired by increased overseas demand and local capacity expansion, Bangladeshi ceramic manufacturers eye an annual $100 million export earnings by 2008, a mammoth jump from the current yearly incomeof
 arrow Iran welcomes Indian move for gas pipeline via Pakistan
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Monday the approval of a pipeline project to bring Iranian gas to India via Pakistan would encourage regional peace and trade.
 arrow Japan, Germany cloud G7 economic outlook
Dismal performances by the Japanese and German economies last year, tipping into recession for Japan, highlight structural problems for some analysts but are just a temporary "hiccup" for others.
 arrow India's Bharti eager to go international
India's telecoms market has been agog with the possibility of the Bharti group going international.
 arrow Bangkok property market buzzing with activity
It is difficult to find a street in downtown Bangkok that does not have a noisy, buzzing construction site on it.
 arrow Private airlines ready to take off in China
China's top civil aviation authority plans to allow a privately funded company to operate an air transportation business as it widens market access to the sector.
 arrow UK wants G7, China to work together
Britain's finance minister on Monday urged cooperation between the world's rich nations and China and is expected later to say it would be futile to resort to protectionism to counter China's growingeconomic
 arrow Australia, NZ, Asean launch FTA talks
Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile launched talks here Monday aimed at sealing a free trade pact between the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean), Australia and New Zealand.
 arrow WB warns oil cash no cure for job woes
A cash bonanza from higher oil prices will fail to create millions of jobs needed across the Middle East unless governments take tough reform decisions to lessen their dependence on energy, the World
 arrow China to set up $6b stock stabilising fund
China will create a $6 billion stabilisation fund by June in its boldest move so far this year to support moribund markets, but a lack of detail could keep investors sidelined, state media and analysts
 arrow Novartis becomes top generics maker
Novartis AG has become the world's biggest copy-cat drugs maker by agreeing to buy unlisted German firm Hexal and US company Eon Labs in a cash deal worth a total of more than $8 billion.
 arrow Japan-China trade seen hitting new record in 2005: JETRO
Japan's trade with China is likely to top 190 billion dollars in 2005 to set a record for the seventh straight year, with both imports and exports growing steadily, a research institute said Monday.
 arrow Dollar broadly steady
The dollar held broadly steady on Monday as markets awaited this week's US data for clues how fast interest rates need to rise to counter inflation, while it hit a 22-year low against the high-yielding
 arrow SingTel to sell four properties worth $194m
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) said Monday it would sell four local properties worth 316.3 million Singapore dollars (194 million US) to use its financial resources more effectively.
 arrow Thailand raises diesel price in first move to reduce subsidy
Thailand is raising by four percent the price of diesel, its first price increase since prices were frozen 13 months ago, officials said Monday.
 arrow Sri Lanka buys 12,000 tonnes Indian corn
Sri Lanka has bought about 12,000 tonnes of Indian corn for March shipment but more deals are unlikely to materialise soon because of rising domestic prices in the South Asian exporter, traders said yesterday.
 arrow Total chief urges greater access to Opec reserves
The chief executive of French energy giant Total believes Western oil companies must have better access to oil and gas reserves in Opec countries and Russia to continue increasing their output, according
Sportsarrow Cricket: Shahadat after Mushfiqur
Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib started from where he had left off in the first Test as his second five-for in consecutive innings put Bangladesh A in control on Day Two of the second Test againstZimbabwe
 arrow Cricket: 'I'm fully fit'
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar Monday said he was looking forward to Pakistan's upcoming tour of India after regaining fitness.
 arrow Cricket: BCB XI open campaign today
As the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI team warmed up yesterday to begin their maiden campaign in India's premier domestic competition, the Duleep Trophy, coach Dav Whatmore was surprised seeing a green
 arrow Football: Foreigner spree for Fed Cup
With the Federation Cup Football Tournament just around the corner big teams continued their frantic search for quality foreign recruits.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak battle lines drawn
The riot-hit Indian city of Ahmedabad will host the fourth one-day international against Pakistan, according to the itinerary announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Beckhams 'Cruz' to third
British pop singer Victoria Beckham, wife of England soccer captain David Beckham, gave birth on Sunday to their third son, Cruz.
 arrow Cricket: 'India beatable at home'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer Sunday said India are beatable at home and his young team can take inspiration from Australia and South Africa who won a series in India.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim finds Shoaib right
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has backed fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's decision to withdraw from the Test series in India because of injury.
"I think he took the sensible decision.

 arrow Cricket: Bhaji could be the first
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is expected to become the first bowler in elite cricket to benefit from a relaxation of rules on chucking, an Australian biomechanics expert said Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Another crown for Federer
Roger Federer triumphed in his 15th straight final without a loss on Sunday as he shut down the big game of Ivan Ljubicic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 to finally lift a trophy at the 782,250-euros Rotterdam Open.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore for an active 12th man
The man who presided over a remarkable redefinition of the way one-day cricket is played says the game doesn't need rule changes to make it more exciting.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo shoots Venus down
France's top seed Amelie Mauresmo won the 585,000-dollar WTA tournament here on Sunday after beating Venus Williams in the final.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd Aus-NZ ODI today
Former rugby All Black Jeff Wilson will return to international cricket for the first time in 12 years Tuesday when he takes the field against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Kalabagan sign off in style
Kalabagan Krira Chakra finished their First Division League campaign in style when they defeated Surjo Tarun Club by 59 runs at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Special Indian visa offices in Pakistan
India said Monday it would open special visa offices in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Karachi to process thousands of fans who want to travel across the border for a historic cricket tour.
 arrow Football: Old Lady's Galactico date
Real Madrid and Juventus will both be aiming to put behind them this weekend's domestic disappointments with stirring performances in their Champions League first leg clash on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kluivert gives 'em the blues
Chelsea's quest for an historic quadruple of trophies was laid to rest as a Patrick Kluivert goal saw Newcastle maintain their bid to lift the FA Cup for the first time in 50 years by booking a placein
 arrow Football: Gunners have to defy odds
With the English Premiership title seemingly out of reach Arsenal turn their attention to the Champions League on Tuesday hoping to gain the upper hand over German leaders Bayern Munich in the first leg
 arrow Football: Real run snapped
Barcelona extended their Spanish first division lead to seven points with a 2-0 win over Real Mallorca, as their rivals Real Madrid crashed 2-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Milan smile as Juve stutter
Ten-man AC Milan replaced Juventus at the top of Serie A after a stoppage-time goal by Brazilian winger Serginho gave them a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Evenly matched contests
England's bitter rivalry with Germany takes centre stage as Liverpool entertain Bayer Leverkusen, the team who knocked the Anfield giants out in the quarter-finals three years ago.
Metropolitanarrow 'Unite to eliminate anti-liberation forces'
Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, a forum of freedom fighters, yesterday called upon all pro-liberation forces to be united to eliminate anti-liberation forces.
 arrow Bomb attack on Ashura function in Moulavibazar condemned
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday condemned the bomb attack on an Ashura programme at Pritimpasha village under Kulaura upazila in Moulavibazar district on February 20.
 arrow Attack on four KU reporters
Four university correspondents of local dailies were severely injured in an attack by some unruly students at Gallamari under Sonadanga thana on Friday.
 arrow Six win Bangla Academy Literary Award
Six litterateurs, researchers and translators have been selected for the Bangla Academy Literary Award 2004 for their outstanding contribution to their respective field.
 arrow Injured JCD leader dies
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader shot by muggers on February 12 died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Sunday.
Nationalarrow Karnaphuli Paper Mill now a losing concern
Rangamati: Once profitable Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KMP), the country's largest and oldest paper mill, is now a loss-making unit.
 arrow Teesta project dam breaches again
The embankment of Teesta Irrigation Project has breached again, inundating over 500 acres of IRRI-Boro fields and covering a vast area with sand.
 arrow Relief well drilling now begins late March
Drilling of the relief well in Tengratila Gas Field to seal the main well will be delayed further as 'few more weeks' will be needed to complete the preparatory work.
 arrow Swiss envoy visits Flat factory in Joypurhat
Juerg Casserini, Head of Mission and Hans Peter Fitze, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland, visited the factory of Flamingo Agro-Tech Ltd (Flat) at Tilakpur in Jaypurhat district on
 arrow Nepotism to recruit JU teacher?
Authorities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) and the Archaeology department there have allegedly initiated some illegal means to appoint teachers in three posts of Lecturer in the department.
 arrow Akhaura border calm after flag meeting
A peaceful situation prevails along Akhaura border after a successful BDR-BSF flag meeting held on the 'No Man's Land' on Friday.
 arrow Toll: College principal threatened with death
Extortionists, failing to realise toll, threatened a college principal with death in Jaldhaka upazila.
 arrow PCJSS man held, arms recovered
An alleged cadre of Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) was arrested by the joint forces from Barbindu Ghat in Baghaichhari upazila on Saturday, according to army sources.
 arrow Attack on Shalika newsman condemned
Journalists in Shalikha upazila in Magura at a meeting at the local press club on Monday demanded arrest of miscreants involved in the attack on Dainik Bhorer Dak correspondent Abdur Rob on Friday night.
 arrow 100 hurt in clash over land
At least 100 people including a woman were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Madir Haor of Ashurail village under Buresheyar union in Nasirnagar upazila over cutting grass from a disputed
 arrow 'Outlaw' arrested
An 'outlaw' was arrested after a gunfight with the Sadar police on Sunday.
The arrested person is Rabbani, a regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party-ML.

 arrow Steps to contain smuggling by train
A decision was taken at a meeting of the district law and order committee here on Saturday to take certain measures to contain smuggling by trains, stop traffic jam on roads in the district town and haltage
Point-Counterpointarrow Equating micro-credit with coastal cataclysms
Inaugurating the observance of UN International Year of Micro-credit 2005 last month (15 January) the Prime Minister proposed at the backdrop of the Asian Tsunami that a multinational initiative be taken
 arrow Hariri's assassination and its implications
The tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who ruled Lebanon for 10 out of the 14 years since the end of civil year in 1991, has once again pushed the war-torn country to great uncertainties.
Culturearrow Alpana: A medley of exquisite colours and designs
Flowers, animals, birds, folk art --these are the recurrent motifs of Alpana. This art form adds to the ambience of occasions such as marriages and special days in our tradition.
 arrow A play on a pioneer theatre artiste
Some theatregoers have a scant knowledge of the era when urban theatre in a European form was introduced in the subcontinent during British rule.
 arrow ' I was destined to be an actress' -- Shanta
Shanta Islam is a talented theatre and television actress. Among her popular plays are Judhha Ebong Judhha, Agun Mukha, Jayjayanti, Mayur Shinghashon, Jhumka and Iti Amar Bon.
 arrow Tonatuni's album released
Tonatuni Productions, recently released a VCD and CD at a local hotel.
Generalarrow Unite against politics of anarchy: Mannan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called on all to be imbued with the spirit of the Language Movement and united against all sorts of anarchy.
 arrow 2 outlaws sent to jail
Iqbal Hossain Swadhin and Merajul Islam, two of the four outlaws arrested in journalist Dip Azad bomb attack case, were sent to Khulna district jail after the expiry of their five-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Youth drowns in lake
A youth drowned in the lake of a local tourist complex yesterday.
He was identified as Ariful Islam, 24, an employee of Brac Bank at Gazipur, and resident of Mirpur.

 arrow Primet awards students
Primet Programme has awarded 1,005 students for their success in medical admission tests across the country under 2004-05 academic session.
 arrow 7th congress of Workers Party begins tomorrow
The seventh congress of the Workers Party of Bangladesh will begin at the Eidgah Maidan in Jessore tomorrow.
The inaugural ceremony of the five-day congress will be held at 2.30pm.

 arrow Children's film festival in Ctg
A three-day children's film festival will begin in the port city tomorrow.
 arrow Ashura observed
The holy Ashura was observed across the country on Sunday with due religious fervour, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (R), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM).
 arrow Lions Club VP Ashok Mehta arrives
First International Vice-President of Lions Clubs International Ashok Mehta arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to ascertain its project activities in Bangladesh, particularly the Sight-First
Internationalarrow Record snowfall halts life in Kashmir
At least 105 people were killed at the weekend with scores missing in Indian Kashmir after the heaviest snowfall in two decades caused avalanches and brought the region to a near-halt, officials saidyesterday.
 arrow 9 killed in Iraq violence
Nine Iraqis have died in a series of attacks in Iraq since Sunday evening, while a journalist, her son, and three men working for the US military have been kidnapped.
 arrow Nepali Maoists open fire on convoy
Nepalese Maoist rebels raked a convoy of vehicles with gunfire, killing a bus driver and injuring nine passengers in the first violence linked to the transport blockade they called to protest at the king's
 arrow Half of Russia nuke materials 'missing'
Half of Russian nuclear material is not accounted for and may have found its way into the hands of plotters against the United States, a US senator with access to classified intelligence charged Sunday.
 arrow Israeli cabinet okays Gaza pullout plan
Israel freed 500 Palestinian prisoners in a good-will gesture yesterday, a day after the government gave final approval to a pullout from Gaza and a revised route of the West Bank separation barrier that
 arrow Bush meets Iraq critics in Europe, calls for unity
President Bush met one of the most outspoken opponents of the Iraq war yesterday at the start of a European tour aimed at overcoming past rifts and building "a new era of transatlantic unity.
 arrow Mystery illness shuts Australian airport terminal, 50 infected
One of Australia's main airport terminals was shut down for eight hours yesterday as emergency crews hunted in vain for the cause of a mystery illness which struck down nearly 60 staff and passengersin
 arrow India tests medium range missile
India successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile yesterday from a range on an island off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, defence sources said.
 arrow Referendum on constitution to include all
Myanmar Prime Minister Soe Win said yesterday that a convention which is drafting a new constitution for his military-ruled country includes "all strata of society" despite a boycott by the opposition
 arrow Chavez says US planning to kill him
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he believes the US government is planning to assassinate him.
"If they kill me, the name of the person responsible is [President] George Bush," Chavez said.

 arrow 3 killed in blast as Bush, Clinton tour Lanka
Three people were killed and at least 30 injured in a blast at a courthouse in southern Sri Lanka yesterday, police said, as former US presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton toured the region.
 arrow Pak FM visits Japan for talks on non-proliferation
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri arrived in Japan yesterday on a three-day visit for talks expected to touch on nuclear non-proliferation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: So many meeting their watery grave again!
At least 118 people were drowned in a launch capsize on Saturday night in the river Buriganga. The disaster took place after MV Maharaj carrying well over 200 passengers got caught in a nor'wester.
 arrow Editorial: Nepal crisis
Our last editorial on the crisis in Nepal on February 6 less than a week after King Gyanandra had sacked the coalition government headed by Prime Minister Deuba, seizing control of the administrationhimself
 arrow Is an American showdown with Iran inevitable?
President George Bush's state of the Union speech early this month makes it abundantly clear that with the Republican hawks in power in the US the world is yet not a safe place and the distant drumof
 arrow A costly tragedy
Much has been written and said about the sad demise of SAMS Kibria. However, most of the reactions and comments have so far been limited to the incident itself and its immediate aftermath.
Letters to Editorarrow Trip to Cox's Bazar
On January 23, 2005, my better half and I went to Cox's Bazar. The journey from Dhaka to Cox's Bazar was smooth and comfortable.
 arrow Saarc
India's position on Saarc should not really have come as a surprise.
 arrow Food prices
It is really sad to see that a democratically elected government miserably failed to control the prices of essential foodstuff in a country like Bangladesh, where more than 35 percent people live under
 arrow Non-diplomatic functions!
It appears that some diplomats and chiefs of some international development agencies in Bangladesh are now spending more time and thoughts in performing non-diplomatic functions, forgetting diplomatic
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