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Front Pagearrow Bodies may arrive Tuesday
The bodies of the nine UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh killed Friday in a militia ambush in Congo are likely to reach Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow Dozens of Bangla Bhai cases stalled
Police made almost no progress last year in investigating 22 murder and innumerable torture cases by Bangla Bhai's Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), submitting only one final report for one case
 arrow Galib remanded for 10 days, implicated in 5 criminal cases
Militant leader Dr Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib was remanded last night after he was sent to Bogra Jail from Rajshahi.
 arrow 'Curb terrorism in legal way'
The government must immediately stop extra judicial killings and curb terrorism in a legal way, said Bikkhubdo Nari Morcha, an initiative of leading women activists, while staging a candle light vigil
 arrow SC asks govt to submit draft rules by Mar 15
Reprimanding the government for resorting to various tactics to delay the separation of the judiciary, the Supreme Court yesterday ordered the government to finalise all relevant draft rules and submit
 arrow BB finds MD's hand in fake account opening
A central bank investigation into the Premier Bank public floating scam has found gross violation of banking rules in the opening of around 19,000 accounts with different branches of the bank which is
 arrow Annan's sympathy
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan strongly condemned the murder of nine United Nations peacekeepers from Bangladesh in an ambush by unidentified militia groups near Kafé in the Democratic Republic of Congo
 arrow How it happened
Covered by deep forest, the hilly Banbat camp, previously known as NDROKI, was the scene of the bloodiest ambush that left nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers killed Friday in Congo.
 arrow 30 AL men hurt as cops club procession
At least 30 opposition leaders and activists including Awami League (AL) lawmaker and General Secretary of Jubo League Mirza Azam were injured yesterday when police charged batons and fired teargas shells
 arrow GDP growth rate to be calculated quarterly
The government yesterday formed two high-profile committees to monitor and update GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate, indicators and related data on a quarterly basis as well as to compile employment
 arrow Home's nod didn't come in 15 days
The Rajshahi police once again needed yesterday to plea for 15 more days to file the second sedition case against the self-proclaimed Shahadat-e-Al-Hiqma Chief Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja.
 arrow JS body to talk judge appointments, president's amnesty
A parliamentary body has decided to discuss the presidential amnesty granted to a person sentenced to death for murder, the appointment of 19 additional judges to the High Court and the judicial commission
 arrow Music legend Abdul Latif passes away
Music legend and Language Movement veteran Abdul Latif died of old age complications at Suhrawardy Hospital yesterday. He was 78.
 arrow Red alert in Kushtia over BSF push-in
In a bid to foil any push-in move by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday declared a red alert in about 100km frontier areas in Kushatia.
 arrow Jessore editor, seven others freed on bail after arrest
The editor, news editoz and seven journalists and employees of a local daily were arrested Friday on charge of violating the Press and Publication Act but released on bail yesterday.
 arrow Brac chief urges govt to ensure safe working environment
Brac Founding Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed in a statement yesterday called upon the government to take the necessary steps to ensure that the country's development organisations can carry on their work
 arrow Chinese PM may visit in April
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is likely to pay an official visit to Bangladesh in the first week of April, the foreign minister said here yesterday.
 arrow Morshed denies presence of int'l terrorists
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday dismissed the notion of international terrorists' presence in Bangladesh, saying there maybe some 'local goons', working in the name of religion, who are being
 arrow JS session resumes today
The parliament session resumes today after a four-day recess, while uncertainty of smooth functioning of the House is foreseen as quorum crisis is likely to deepen further.
 arrow Student 'poisoned by husband' finally dies
Mousumi Hasan, a student of University of Asia Pacific, died at Ibne Sina hospital in Dhanmondi yesterday allegedly due to injection of poison by her husband.
 arrow Rab sets free listed criminal
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested on Friday night a listed criminal and Jubo Dal leader but set him free within hours, giving rise to questions.
 arrow Islamabad yet to communicate with Dhaka
Bangladesh has not yet received any official communication about Pakistan's reported intention to hold the stalled Saarc summit in Dhaka in mid-April.
 arrow 5 of a family die in road accident
Five people of a family, including two children, were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Paturia highway in Bathulia in Dhamrai upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Pro-BNP panel bags most posts
Ruling BNP-backed White Panel bagged most of the posts and the Awami League-backed Yellow Panel only three in the elections for Rajshahi University (RU) bodies yesterday.
 arrow Madrasa evicted from CPA land
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday evicted a 30-year-old madrasa in a daylong drive to recover a sizeable stretch of the encroached government land worth over Tk 1 crore.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader hired killers, says witness
Killers hired by a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader assassinated Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master, a prosecution witness in the case told a court yesterday.
 arrow Saifur satisfied at Washington meet outcome
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the donors' meeting in Washington and said the donors praised Bangladesh's development efforts in different areasincluding
Businessarrow GP cuts 25pc call tariff for pre-paid phones
GrameenPhone's pre-paid subscribers calling GP phones from today will enjoy a reduced call tariff of Tk 4.5 a minute from Tk 6.0, a 25 percent reduction.
 arrow Ecnec okays 8 projects involving Tk 2,860cr
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved eight projects worth Tk 2,860 crore, including Tk 1,228 crore in project aid.
 arrow India, France sign revised civil aviation agreement
In another boost to burgeoning civil aviation market, India and France have signed a revised bilateral civil aviation agreement that would allow Indian private airliners to fly to Paris after London,Kuala
 arrow India unveils rail budget
India unveiled a populist railway budget Saturday, leaving passenger and freight rates untouched for a second year and announcing a host of new trains for the country where rail is the main form of long-distance
 arrow Yukos asks court to reconsider dismissal
Russia's Yukos said on Friday it had asked a US bankruptcy judge to reconsider her dismissal of the embattled oil company's bankruptcy case.
 arrow ADB approves $7m loan for tsunami aid in Sri Lanka
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said here Saturday it had shifted seven million dollars from a rural finance loan towards aid for tsunami-affected communities in Sri Lanka.
 arrow US tells Arab Bank to halt wire transfers
US regulators Friday ordered the Jordan-based Arab Bank, the target of lawsuits by the victims of suicide bombers in Israel, to cease wiring funds and opening new accounts at its New York branch.
 arrow Toyota to start producing cars in Argentina
Toyota Motor Corp plans to start production Monday in Argentina of innovative international multipurpose vehicles (IMVs)--models designed for overseas markets.
 arrow Annisul Huq reelected BGMEA president
Five office bearers of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) were elected yesterday with Annisul Huq being reelected president.
 arrow Oil prices end higher on bullish outlook
World oil prices rebounded from earlier declines on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday to close higher as brokers switched off their trading screens for the weekend break.
 arrow Asian central banks to work together on monetary policy
Asian central banks, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), have formed a group to centrally coordinate monetary policy, amid increasing worries about the wobbly US dollar.
 arrow China to move on yuan in 2005
China will gradually open its capital account in 2005, another step in its plan to make the yuan currency fully convertible, state television said yesterday, quoting the country's foreign exchange chief.
 arrow Malaysian PM tells Proton to set sights abroad
Malaysia's prime minister on Saturday told Proton to set its sights abroad as he launched the national carmaker's 1.8 billion ringgit (474 million dollars) new manufacturing plant.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB gets its directors back
The suspended directors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally won a battle on Saturday when a law court of the country vacated the stay order enforced against them on August 11, 2002.
 arrow Cricket: Anything can happen
All three third round four-day matches in the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League are set for a dramatic finish on the final day after the end of third day's play at different venues across the country
 arrow Cricket: Aussies ensure series
An unbroken 136-run partnership by Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey and a terrorising spell of bowling by Brett Lee carried Australia to an 86-run win over New Zealand Saturday to wrap up the one-day cricket
 arrow Cricket: Balaji, Nehra back
India on Saturday named four fast bowlers in a 14-member squad for the opening cricket Test against Pakistan, with Laxmipathy Balaji and Ashish Nehra making comebacks.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria gets 'good omen'
Pakistan's spin weapon Danish Kaneria got a "good omen" ahead of his side's India tour when his wife gave birth on Saturday to the couple's first child, which he hoped would bring him good luck on the
 arrow Cricket: SA too strong for Zim
Pitiful Zimbabwe were left in no doubt over how much they need former skipper Heath Streak back in the ranks after crashing to a 165-run defeat to South Africa at the Wanderers here on Friday in the first
 arrow Football: No margin for error
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard hopes a victory over Liverpool in Sunday's League Cup final in Cardiff will mark the beginning of an era of sustained success for the London club.
 arrow Football: Valencia fire Ranieri
Spanish giants Valencia sacked their Italian coach Claudio Ranieri after just seven months in charge following Thursday's UEFA Cup exit to Steaua Bucharest, leaving the former Chelsea boss feeling emotionally
 arrow Football: Good keepers hard to find
This week's Champions League matches highlighted a seemingly perennial problem for top English clubs -- foreign goalkeepers.
 arrow Football: F'ganj, Victoria earn victories
Farashganj Sporting Club and Victoria Sporting Club managed a solitary goal victory in the Tibet 20th Federation Cup Football Tourna-ment at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamala-pur
 arrow Cricket: PCB to push for neutral umpires
Pakistan will press for the introduction of neutral umpires in one-day internationals at next month's meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in India.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag wary of rookie Pakistan pace attack
India can not take Pakistan's pace attack lightly in next month's Test series despite the absence of injured strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar, opening batsman Virender Sehwag said on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Zia draws with Niaz
The 'battle of Grand Masters' between Ziaur Rahman and Niaz Murshed ended as a draw in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A 206-6
The visiting Bangladesh A team were 206-6 half-an-hour before close of play on the second day of the third and final Test against Zimbabwe A at the Kwekwe Sports Club in Harare yesterday.
 arrow Perera nabbed
Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Suresh Perera has been arrested on assault charges following a drunken brawl, police said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock misses 2nd ODI too
All-rounder Shaun Pollock will not return to the South African team for the second one-day international against Zimbabwe in Durban on Sunday, team management said on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova-Molik showdown
Fourth-seed Alicia Molik produced an awesome display of power to shock top-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo and set up a dream title clash with Russian Maria Sharapova at the 600,000-dollar WTA Qatar
 arrow Cricket: Proteas should have 7 black cricketers
South Africa should have at least seven black players in their squad for the 2007 World Cup, the country's cricket chiefs said on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi reaches semis
Andre Agassi, close to his 35th birthday, reached his first semifinal for four months here Saturday when he overcame the rising Russian Nikolay Davydenko in two tough sets in the Dubai Open.
Metropolitanarrow 5,000 students get Bishwa Sahitya Kendro prizes
The two-day prize giving ceremony, organised by the Bishwa Sahitya Kendro (World Literature Centre) for its book reading programme 2004, concluded in the city yesterday with the resolve to build a good
 arrow 5th national debate festival begins
The 5th National Debate Festival began in the city yesterday with a call to build a better Bangladesh.
 arrow Redesign edn system
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday suggested redesigning the education system to establish linkages between business and education at all levels, saying that this is how a nation rises and maintains its
 arrow Dhaka elected to UN committee on child rights
Bangladesh candidate Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui has been elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Nationalarrow Wholesale netting of sharks
Sharks are being netted indiscriminately in southern coasts including Kuakata, threatening the balance in marine resources and inviting a possible disaster in future.
 arrow Mysterious disease in Rangpur
A mysterious disease that separates flesh from bone after severa pain in the infected area has created panic among opeople and bewildfered doctors here.
 arrow Ban all religious extremist outfits, demands AL rally
Awami League central Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan alleged that the four-party alliance government had "patronised" religious extremists in the last three years.
 arrow No gas from Bibiana unless supplied in Nabiganj
An all-party public meeting in Nabiganj on Friday resolved that gas supply from Bibiyana Gas Field to other areas would not be allowed unless it is supplied in Nabiganj.
 arrow Set up separate edn board, language instt for CHT
Speakers at a roundtable here on Friday suggested creation of a separate education board for the three districts in Chittagong Hill Tracts and a language institute for development of different languages
 arrow Police 'raid' Barisal Khelafat Majlis office
Police raided and searched the Khelafat Majlis office at Fakirbari road in the city on Friday afternoon.
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara leaders meet Chormonai Pir
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader Major (Rtd) Abdul Mannan and party secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury MP attended a mehfil and held a close-door meeting with Charmonai Pir Syed Fazlur Rahman inBarisal
 arrow 'Outlaw Hasan planned grenade attack on Khulna Mayor's jeep'
An outlaw planned the grenade attack on Khulna Mayor's pajero jeep on February 29 last year, according to official sources.

The outlaw is Rafiqul Islam alias Hasan.

Point-Counterpointarrow The future of democracy
Considering the events and the eventualities of the recent past, it may be concluded that Bangladesh is under the spell of terrorism now.
 arrow Sewing the seeds of prosperity
All of us in our different spheres of work are grappling with one of the most transformational processes of our lifetime: globalization.
Culturearrow Abdul Latif: In remembrance of a musical maestro
Revered versatile folk singer, lyricist and music composer Abdul Latif breathed his last yesterday morning after prolonged ill health.
 arrow The insightful little magazines
If you are reading at this moment, flowers and birds have possessed you.
--Irom Kotha, Mujib Irom

On the left of the Information Centre at the Ekushey Book Fair is a medium size banyan tree.

 arrow A discussion session on theatre
Theatrewala, a quarterly little magazine, has arranged a discussion session titled "Directors and playwrights of Dhaka meet the audience" at the Experimental Theatre Stage at Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy
 arrow The posters of the Oscars
People all over the world are caught up in the Oscar fever scheduled to be held on Febrruary 28 at 6am BDT.
 arrow A treat of recent Indian films
There are goodies galore for film buffs this year--Kisna-The Warrior Poet, Elaan and Page 3.
Internationalarrow UK jails 3 soldiers for Iraqi prison abuse
Britain jailed three soldiers on Friday for abusing Iraqi detainees, but faced questions over why it failed to punish anyone for forcing prisoners to simulate sex acts in photos that echoed Abu Ghraib.
 arrow Maoists raid Nepali TV station
At least three dozen Maoist rebels in Nepal were reported killed in clashes as guerrillas raided a TV station in the latest violence to shake the kingdom since King Gyanendra seized power, officials said
 arrow 6 killed in Iraq violence
At least two people were killed yesterday when a bomb exploded near the headquarters of Iraq's leading Sunni Muslim religious organisation, as four others died in attacks elsewhere and a number of Iraqis
 arrow Israel raids West Bank after suicide bombing
Hours after a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Israeli troops yesterday launched their biggest raid into the West Bank since agreeing a ceasefire with the Palestinians this month and arrested two brothers.
 arrow Beijing moves to expand cooperation with Taipei
Beijing on Friday pledged to expand cross-Straits charter flights while offering greater access to agricultural products from Taiwan.
 arrow Pakistan not bothered by India acquiring Patriot: Musharraf
Shrugging off the reported US move to sell Patriot missile defence systems to India, President Pervez Musharraf has said Pakistan is not "bothered" by this as it has drawn up plans for next 15 years to
 arrow Manila strikes 'truce' with Moro rebels
The Philippines military reached an informal truce with a Muslim rebel group, allowing troops to concentrate on pursuing al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Mubarak calls for direct presidential election
President Hosni Mubarak said yesterday he had told parliament to amend Egypt's constitution to allow direct presidential elections in which anyone can stand and all citizens can vote by secret ballot.
 arrow Charles' wedding set to end up in court
The planned marriage of Britain's Prince Charles to his longtime mistress Camilla Parker Bowles is set to end up in court to test its legality, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow India, Indonesia sign anti-terror accord
India and Indonesia today agreed to reinforce cooperation in combating terrorism through exchange of information and intelligence, capacity building and mutual legal cooperation.
 arrow Thaksin to go tough against militants
Four more people have been killed in surging violence in Thailand's Muslim south, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday defended his hard-line policies and accused his critics of sympathising
 arrow Iran, Russia delay signing of nuke fuel deal
Russia and Iran yesterday delayed the scheduled signing of a landmark nuclear fuel supply deal that will launch the Islamic republic's first atomic power station, with an Iranian official saying negotiations
Editorialarrow Editorial: Deaths in Congo
We are shocked to learn that nine UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh have been killed in an ambush in Congo.
 arrow Editorial: Donors' concerns
The government should not view the recently concluded meeting held by Bangladesh's development partners in Washington with reservations.
 arrow Good politics safeguards the national interest
We earned our independence from British colonialism in 1947 only to be under unequal rule for more than two decades. Through a chain of events, we won our independence again in1971 at a very high cost.
 arrow Piggybacking with neighbours
The recent speech by the Indian foreign secretary on "India and its neighbours" was indeed very eloquent and forthright.
Letters to Editorarrow Right move
The banning of JMJB and similar fundamentalist militant groups is really a praiseworthy initiative. It's also a relief to see that professor Asadullah al Galib has been arrested.
 arrow An old topic
I have worked in the export industry for a long time. My experience in the export industry is that there is no holiday at all. Everyday is a workday.
 arrow An appeal to the mayor
We are the inhabitants of the Road-17, Block-D, Ward-2. Once upon a time there was a road in front of our house. It was constructed at least 25 years ago.
 arrow Kibria's assassination
At first I was extremely shocked to know of the January 27 assassination of SAMS Kibria. I offer my condolences and sympathy for those who lost their lives or were seriously injured.
 arrow Great thinkers
What can be done if the United States of America under the able leadership of President Mr. George W.
 arrow Rab and police
I tend to agree with the complaints of the Bangladesh police.
 arrow A nuisance
It is ridiculous to say that these kinds of people are not hard to come across, they are everywhere, selling medicines for the magical cure of long disturbing diseases, of the diseases that you wouldfeel
Star Healtharrow Living with diabetes & discipline
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease caused by inherited and/or acquired deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas, or by the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced.
 arrow Be aware of pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection that passes from the vagina through neck of the womb (cervix), the womb (uterus) and up to the fallopian tubes. The ovaries are sometimes also involved.
 arrow Fatal relationships between teeth and heart
There is a life threatening relationship between heart disease and dental surgery procedure. Everybody should keep in mind that every parts of human body are closely inter-related to each other.
 arrow Breastfeed Your Baby
Every mother should breastfeed her child as because it has many advantages.
 arrow An effectiveness trial of influenza vaccine in Bangladesh
Many Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) infections can be prevented with vaccination, but the amount of Hib disease in Bangladesh, and so the benefit of introducing the vaccine, is unknown.
 arrow Pregnancy possible after fibroid treatment
One of the newest treatments for fibroids (benign tumour in the muscle fibres of the uterus), a procedure called uterine artery embolisation (UAE) that cuts off blood to the benign tumors, is usuallyconsidered
 arrow Depression often afflicts heart failure sufferers
About 1 in 5 people suffering from heart failure become clinically depressed, and four factors seem to increase the risk, researchers reported.
Star Cityarrow WB suggests monetary help, retraining for affected rickshaw-pullers
The World Bank (WB) has suggested Social Assistance (SA) packages to rehabilitate rickshaw-pullers affected because the part of Mirpur Road, from Kalabagan to Azimpur, was recently been made off-limits
 arrow Parking lot at Gulshan-2 market illegally occupied
The shop owners of Gulshan-2 DCC market allege that more than 50 percent of the parking area of the market has long been occupied by a nursery.
 arrow Misplaced police outposts
Of the 52 police outposts in the city five have been set up at points far away from where they can hardly serve their purpose.
 arrow Shantinagar traders join hands to fight crime
Traders of Shantinagar Kitchen Market are preparing to wage a war against criminals who have been responsible for extortion, mugging and drug peddling in the area over the last few years.
 arrow DCC's supermarket plan delayed
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)'s plan of constructing six multistoried supermarkets is being delayed as the government has introduced a new infrastructure guidelines under which the plan will require
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