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Front Pagearrow Train ride turns fatal from lack of repairs
More than half of the country's 2,792km railway network has fallen in a state of appalling dilapidation, leading to over 500 accidents a year, making travelling by train a high-risk venture indeed.
 arrow Rights abuse goes up for impunity
Impunity is one of the major causes of continued human rights violations in the country, said rights activists at a press briefing yesterday following a three-day consultation seminar in the city.
 arrow Govt's mobile phone project faces further uncertainty
The fate of the BTTB's (Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board's) mobile phone hangs in the balance despite the assurance of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia that the much-hyped cell phones will be commercially
 arrow Bribes get prisoners hospitality at hospital
At least 50 prisoners are enjoying prolonged stays at different city hospitals thanks to special arrangements made allegedly through shady dealings involving physicians both inside and outside jail.
 arrow Strain within coalition over govt crackdown
The sudden but necessary move by the government to clamp down on the Islamist militants has created tension within the ruling four-party coalition, highly placed sources in the government said.
 arrow Summer holds dark prospect
With the on-going load shedding set to shoot up to 1,000 megawatt (mw) this summer, the country's power situation would also remain bleak for the next few years since the government has failed to implement
 arrow Interrogations run out of gas
Members of intelligence agencies now quizzing militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib and his three associates in the joint interrogation cell (JIC) seem reluctant to grill the arrestees in order
 arrow Businesses thru' Tamabil stalled for 8 days
Export and import through Tamabil land port in Goainghat upazila has remained suspended for the last eight days, depriving the government of revenue worth crores of taka.
 arrow Conned into penury by modern slave traders
Fraudulent practices of some recruiting agencies, both in sending and receiving countries, leaves many Bangladeshi migrant workers destitute at home and vulnerable abroad to exploitation, causing huge
 arrow UK warns Syria of 'pariah status'
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has warned Syria it risks being "treated as a pariah" if it fails to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.
 arrow 8 killed in 3 road crashes
Eight people were killed and 17 others injured in three road accidents in Savar, Rangpur and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai slips into India
Bangla Bhai gave law enforcers the slip making it across the border into India in the early hours Thursday.
 arrow Denmark waits on $250m aid for better governance
As a grant of $250 million in development assistance from Denmark is pending, Danish International Development Agency (Danida), like other donors, would like to see improved governance in Bangladesh.
 arrow Human savagery
Callous hunters in Ukhia upazila attempted to kill an elephant by hitting it with hot iron rods after throwing powdered chili into its eyes on Wednesday.
 arrow Bigots plan to capture Bogra mosque March 11
Rajshahi branch of the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) brought out a procession yesterday afternoon demanding of the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims.
 arrow Enemies using militancy to harm Islam
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the enemies of Islam are proliferating militancy to harm Islam, asserting that there is no link between Islamic movement and militancy.
 arrow AL reservation to create political turmoil
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the Awami League's (AL) reservation about the caretaker government system is intended to create political turmoil in the country.
 arrow Service on circular waterway not started
Despite official announcement, the circular waterway from Ashulia to Sadarghat did not come into operation yesterday.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia formally inaugurated the 26.

 arrow BNP leader sues a family, boy for rape
All the family members of a Krishak League leader, including his six-year old son, have been named as accused in a rape and rioting case filed with Jessore Kotwali Police Station on March 02.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed
A leader of outlawed Jashod Gono Bahini (JGB) was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and police while another outlaw was killed in a gunfight between two rival extremist groups in the district
 arrow Long march for river waters ends at Chilmari
A long march towards Chilmari ended yesterday morning at the Chilmari river port with a huge rally protesting India's principles of sharing river water with Bangladesh.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India traded gunfire yesterday on Kasibari border over an Indian bid to erect fences 150 yards off the zero point at Ramgarh of Khagrachharidistrict.
 arrow Saifur praised for result-based aid flow plan
British Secretary for the Department of International Development (DFID) Hillary Ben has appreciated Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman's call for the result-based aid flow.
 arrow Thief 'lynched' in capital
A thief was lynched, allegedly by a mob, and another critically injured in Shyampur in the capital yesterday.
Businessarrow Jt efforts of service providers sought as tourism fair begins
An international tourism exposition began in Dhaka yesterday with a call for launching concerted efforts by all hospitality service providers to tap full potential of the revenue-generating industry.
 arrow Good RMG managers need engineering background
To run modern-day business, the garment sector needs managers graduated in a combined curriculum of business administration and industrial engineering, speakers said at a roundtable.
 arrow North-south disputes strangle WTO talks
A deep north-south rift over farm subsidies and market access persisted here Friday as talks aimed at boosting chances for reaching a global trade liberalisation pact in 2006 ended in uncertainty.
 arrow Garment workers demand new pay scale
National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF) has demanded that the government and garment factory owners fix a new pay scale for garment workers with Tk 1,800 as the minimum monthly wages, keeping in view
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Feb 26-Mar 3, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mixed against BDT in this week. Dollar got slightly stronger due to increased demand in the beginning of the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ehsanul powers Chittagong
Ehsanul Haque hit his second ton on the trot as Chittagong took first day's honours against Khulna in the National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq restores Pakistan
Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq warmed up for the upcoming Test series against India with an aggressive half-century in the tour opener here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Fighting BCB XI
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven finally showed its fighting qualities as the fifth wicket pair of Manzarul Islam Manzarul and Alok Kapali held up Central Zone to enforce an unlikely draw onthe
 arrow Cricket: BD A lose 1st one-dayer
Bangladesh A stumbled to a five-wicket defeat against their southern African counterparts in the first one-day game at the Kwekwe Sports Club in Harare on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim hit rock-bottom
Zimbabwe were humiliated when they were bowled out for a record low total and South Africa took a first innings lead before tea on the first day of the first Test at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Football: Wanderers book finals berth
Dhaka Wanderers Club qualified for the final rounds of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup Football Tournament when they came from behind to beat Victoria Sporting Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal
 arrow Cricket: MSC school cricket
Iqra Model Academy, Kurmitola High School and Motijheel Government Boys High School won their respective matches in the Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolitan Inter-School Cricket Tournament at different cityvenues
 arrow Chess: Zia atop alone
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took a solo lead in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship after seventh round when he beat FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Somerset sign Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya has agreed a short-term contract with Somerset, as an early season replacement for Australia captain Ricky Ponting, the English county announced Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Farashganj Sporting Club edged past Shishu Kishore Sangha 2-1 in yesterday's Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: McCullum accepts Lee's apology
It has taken almost a week, but New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum has finally cleared the air over the Brett Lee beamer furore and told how he accepted his apology.
 arrow Football: Barca feeling pressure?
Spanish league leaders Barcelona will be out to get back to their winning ways against Osasuna on Saturday, after two successive draws have seen their lead cut to six points.
 arrow Football: Drogba thinks it's in the pocket
Premier League leaders Chelsea may still be only six points ahead of Manchester United but as far as the London club's striker Didier Drogba is concerned the Stamford Bridge side have already won thetitle.
 arrow Football: Capello's 'homecoming'
A hostile reception awaits Fabio Capello on Saturday when he returns to the Olympic stadium for the first time since walking out on Roma to coach Juventus.
 arrow Table Tennis: Rumi Smriti TT from tomorrow
The Rumi Smriti Open table tennis tournament begins tomorrow at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium to mark the second death anniversary of eminent sports journalist Masud Ahmed Rumi.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport in Dubai Open final
World number one Lindsay Davenport overcame a stomach bug which made her feel ill on court to reach the final of the one-million-dollar Dubai Open on Friday with a three-set win over Switzerland's Patty
Metropolitanarrow BCL calls strike at DU tomorrow
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will enforce a student strike at Dhaka University tomorrow to press for its various demands.
 arrow Centenary celebrations begin today
The two-day centenary celebrations of Anjuman Mufidul Islam, an Islamic voluntary organisation providing humanitarian services to the poor, begins in the city today.
 arrow 20 shops gutted in Chittagong
Twenty shops were gutted in a fire at Shikalbaha in the district yesterday afternoon.
A kerosene stove sparked off the fire at Patiyarpukurpar under Karnaphuli thana at around 12.

Nationalarrow Vow to resist early marriage, dowry
Matchmakers, marriage registrars and some NGOs in the district have joined hands with a noble aim-- to eliminate early marriage and dowry.
 arrow Most Ahab members in Satkhira hiding
Panic has gripped several hundred members of Alhe Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) in Satkhira after the arrest of their Amir Dr Asadullah al-Galib, an Arabic teacher of Rajshahi University.
 arrow 3 bodies exhumed after 40 days in Rangpur
Three bodies were exhumed after 40 days of their burial at Damuderpur-Balapara in Sadar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Blood donation campaign at RU
'Swajon', students' body at Rajshahi University, has launched a seven-day blood group test and blood donation campaign on the campus.
It is also campaigning for creating awareness against AIDS.

 arrow Husband said 'talak' and she took her life
The husband pronounced 'talak' (divorce) in front of some neighbours and asked his teenager wife to leave his house. She returned to her father's house and ended her life by taking poison.
 arrow 2 'outlaws' held in Kushtia
Two outlaws, one of them having links with ruling BNP, were arrested in Mirpur and Bheramara upazilas in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Doctor jailed for issuing fake certificate
Medical officer of Barisal Police ĘHospital Dr Faruk Alam was sent to jail on Wednesday on charge of issuing fake medical certificate.
 arrow 3 killed in Savar road mishap
Three persons were killed and 15 others injured in a road accident near Savar Telegraph and Telephone Office on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway on Friday.
All the victims were fish traders.

Culturearrow "Bangla songs belong to the Kirtan Gharana"-- Anup Bhattacharya
“Bangladeshi music is very appealing, just like the inherently sweet and gentle nature of our people.
 arrow Metamorphosis
Ahsan Reza Khan's flute and Subrata Prasad Barman's xylophone create the surrealistic atmosphere in which Azad Abul Kalam as Gregor talks with his unstable inner mind that has transformed into a giant
 arrow Young artists and their mentor
The first phase of the Benson & Hedges initiative, Ampart, ended on yesterday with an exhibition of the artworks done by the 11 participants of the first "Mentor and Protégé" session conducted by noted
 arrow Kachher Manush: A story of two women
The launching of the new mega serial Kachher Manush, the latest venture of actress-turned-director Afsana Mimi, was held at the Xindian restaurant Thursday last.
 arrow Indian Idol--the saga
Indian Idol--a show so entertaining that it claims the audience will forget everything else.
Generalarrow 'Political stability a must for national security'
The national security faces a greater threat from feudal domestic politics than from foreign enemies, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Bird fair held at JU amid festivity
Hundreds of bird lovers from the capital and elsewhere in the country thronged Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday as a daylong bird fair was held on the campus.
 arrow 'Stop construction of Tipaimukh Barrage'
Stop construction of Tipaimukh Barrage on the Barak river in India, demanded the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow One killed in Gopalganj clash
One person was killed and 15 others were injured in a clash over a cricket match at Gopalganj sadar last night.
 arrow Rab nabs top outlaw leader
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top leader of outlawed Purba Banlgar Communist Party from a village in Ataikula, Pabna on Thursday night.
Internationalarrow Indian parliament in chaos for third day
India's parliament broke up in chaos for a third day Friday following the controversial appointment of a government allied to the ruling national Congress party in the tiny eastern state of Jharkhand.
 arrow Nepal extends arrest of political leaders
Nepal has extended for two months the house arrest of two former prime ministers and four other top political leaders held since King Gyanendra grabbed power February 1, an official said Friday.
 arrow Sharon determined to pursue Gaza pullout
Buoyed by massive public support, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looked more determined than ever Friday to end Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip, defying furious opposition within his own Likud party.
 arrow Stopping Laden 'greatest challenge': Bush
President Bush, in a rare public mention of the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, said on Thursday that stopping Osama bin Laden from a new attack on US soil was "the greatest challenge of our day.
 arrow Martha Stewart returns home from prison
Martha Stewart, released after five months in a West Virginia prison, arrived at her multimillion-dollar 153-acre New York estate early Friday to begin serving the home detention portion of her sentence
Editorialarrow Editorial: NCB performance under microscope
Amidst pressure to improve performance the nationalised commercial banking sector finds itself confronted with the challenge of proving its self-worth.
 arrow Editorial: Vessels continue with faulty designs
First we learnt that there was no weather forecasting system on board the passenger launches to warn the launch masters in case of a storm.
 arrow The ACC needs to get its act together
International assessment of fiscal governance in Bangladesh has not been very kind over the last few years.
 arrow Attacks on NGOs : Stain on image
Another wave of grenade and bomb attacks has rocked the NGOs of this country recently.
Letters to Editorarrow An appeal to PSC
It is a battleground for every student who likes to take the challenge of serving as a nation builder of tomorrow.
 arrow Weekly holiday
The government is reviewing a proposal on two weekly holidays- Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Act, not sermonise!
The regime in Dhaka is facing increasing problems day by day. The citizens' confidence level is sinking, as day-to-day uncertainties increase.
 arrow Political attitude and practices
Reading the news in today's dailies on the SCBA's annual luncheon I was so disgusted and ashamed that I couldn't stop expressing myself.
 arrow Hark to India's Saarc concept
After going through the two commentaries on India's stand on SAARC (DS Feb 16) one by Indian columnist Kuldip Nayar and the other by the Indian Foreign Secretary (FS), as a Bangladeshi (born, educated
Literaturearrow The Skeleton
I had just stepped into the house when father announced, 'Your mother is gone!' It did not take me long to understand what he had meant by 'gone.' We knew that mother was dying.
 arrow Just Between Us: Women Speak about their Writing
Edited Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Gouri Salvi and Volga; Women's World India/Asmita Resource Centre for Women; 2004; 367 pp; Rs. 350.
Writers interviewed: 1. Shashi Deshpande (English).

 arrow I am a Terrorist
I am a terrorist.
I like to kill.
I have horns,
two fangs
and a dragonfly tail.

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