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Front Pagearrow Hartal eats up 3-4pc of GDP
A UN agency report claims the estimated average cost of hartals to the economy is between 3 and 4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually, a figure that has been disputed by the leading economist
 arrow 11 Bangladeshis perish at sea looking for hope
Eleven Bangladeshis died of hunger and thirst in a boat on the Mediterranean en route to Spain from Morocco in the third week of February.
 arrow BDR, BSF declare ceasefire
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) agreed to a ceasefire on Wednesday night after a five-hour exchange of fire over BSF's construction of barbed-wire fencing along Singrimari
 arrow Tough actions check cheating
Relatively few examinees were expelled for cheating on the first day of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations across the country in the face of tough government measures to contain
 arrow Chinese PM's visit hangs on two projects' fate
China is putting pressure on Bangladesh to take positive decisions on at least two stalled projects within this month, hinting that otherwise the scheduled visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao early next
 arrow Donors for electoral reforms before next polls
Donors want necessary electoral reforms to take place before the next general election to ensure a free and fair election, World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine I Wallich said yesterday.
 arrow People to resist 'conspirators' in elections: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the people would again resist the 'conspirators' in the next elections as they have been unmasked before the nation through their activities against the country.
 arrow Rab man fired for robbery
Bangladesh Navy has fired one of its members working for Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for his involvement in looting a jewellery shop in Chakaria municipality.
 arrow 4 BNP men shown arrested
Four people, including Shaheed Zia Smrity and Gobeshana Parishad President AKM Abdul Qayum, after their marathon interrogations by the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka, have been shown arrested
 arrow BNP not wary about defection from alliance
The ruling BNP policymakers say defection of any leaders from component parties of the four-party alliance will not affect its unity, and the party is now making all efforts to keep smaller rightwingpolitical
 arrow Bogra bigots ready to besiege Ahmadiyyas
Religious bigots prepare themselves to besiege Ahmadiyya complex at Sheujgari area in Bogra town today demanding a government move to declare the sect non-Muslim.
 arrow Govt to seek US help to form force
The government will seek US technical and training assistance in forming a financial intelligence unit (FIU) and an inter-agency strike force to fight money laundering and other financial crimes, including
 arrow Only FBI probe will be acceptable, says Asma Kibria
Investigation carried out by any agency other than the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the killing of Shah AMS Kibria will be unacceptable, said Asma Kibria at a press briefing yesterday
 arrow Opposition agrees to hartal impact
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties were of the same views as in a report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regarding the negative impact of hartal but they said the
 arrow Galib sent to JIC
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Abdullah-Al-Galib was sent to the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Khilgaon Flyover opens Mar 23
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will formally inaugurate the Khilgaon fly-over on March 23.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said this while visiting the fly-over site yesterday.

 arrow Shopping malls ignore evening power ban
Most of the city's shopping malls yesterday used electricity during peak hours, violating the government order to run businesses using their own generators from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
 arrow Nepal frees 8 leaders amid pressure
Nepal, facing growing world pressure to free political detainees, freed yesterday eight party leaders and activists arrested after King Gyanendra's power takeover, a party official said.
 arrow 3 of a family acid-burnt
Three members of a family including a two-year-old girl were acidburnt at Mir Deohata village in Mirzapur in Tangail on Wednesday.
 arrow Violence epidemic as killers not tried
There is no alternative to organising people to protect the country from the clutches of evil carrying out killings unabatedly, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday at a meeting organised
 arrow Bush's policy on terrorism under fire at Madrid
The Madrid international conference on prevention of terrorism yesterday heard fierce criticism of US policy in the related sphere of human rights, as experts unveiled a UN high level report.
 arrow Dhaka jailer, superintendent suspended
The superintendent and the jailer of the Dhaka Central Jail (DCJ) were suspended yesterday following a lapse in security and discipline in the country's largest prison.
 arrow Tendulkar misses record century
Sachin Tendulkar fell short of a world record 35th century by just six runs as India surged into a commanding position in the opening Test against Pakistan here on Thursday.
 arrow Clinton set to undergo surgery
Former President Clinton could be out of the hospital and back home by early next week to recuperate from more surgery on his chest.
Businessarrow WB calls for wholesale trade liberalisation
When the World Bank has called for trade liberalisation in all sectors for long-term economic growth and poverty reduction, a renowned local economist asked the government to be selective in opening up
 arrow PM asks for technology for growth of poultry industry
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday underlined the importance of far-sighted planning, use of modern technologies, research-based knowledge and skilled manpower for expansion of Bangladesh's potential
 arrow Japan keen to assist farm sector
Japan has shown interest to contribute to the development of Bangladesh's agriculture sector through its debt cancellation funding programme.
 arrow DNS SatComm to set up country's 1st satellite earth station
DNS SatComm Ltd, an ICT company, is going to establish the country's first full-fledged satellite earth station at Dhaka Export Processing Zone at Savar.
 arrow Oil holds above $54 on US chill, demand
Oil prices eased from near record highs on Thursday, but held above $54 a barrel on strong heating oil use in the wintry US Northeast and expectations of continued strong demand growth.
 arrow ‘India's stubbornly high fiscal deficit a concern’
India's stubbornly high fiscal and revenue deficit at federal and state levels is an area of concern for the government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told parliament Thursday.
 arrow US textile groups see spike in China shipments
US textile groups expect US government trade data released on Friday to show a sharp increase in clothing imports from China and to bolster their case for the Bush administration to impose emergency curbs.
 arrow Foreign investment in Malaysia slows in 2004
Foreign investment in Malaysia's manufacturing sector slowed in 2004 but domestic investment took up the slack, hitting its highest level in six years, Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India take control
Sachin Ten-dulkar missed out on a record 35th Test hundred by six runs after Virender Sehwag had piled on 173 to leave India in command of the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A win a thriller
Bangladesh A kept their series hopes alive after edging out Zimbabwe A in the thrilling fourth one-dayer at the Queens Park Sports Club here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin miss saddens hosts
India are disappointed Sachin Tendulkar narrowly missed the record for most Test centuries in the first Test against Pakistan, swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas seek repeat act
South Africa would replicate the intensity and ruthlessness that were displayed in their comprehensive first Test victory over Zimbabwe when the second Test begins on Friday, captain Graeme Smith said
 arrow Cricket: Marshall makes NZ's day
Hamish Marshall scored a maiden Test century and Craig Cumming added 74 as New Zealand dominated Australia to reach 265 for three on day one of the first Test here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees, Aftab, Nazmul on BCB payroll
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has given rookie contract to three young cricketers following their commendable performance in international series recently.
 arrow Cricket: Top players back for fifth round
The fifth round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League starts today with all teams at near full strength following the return of some of the leading players of the country from their Duleep Trophy
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics on
Athletics returned to the port city after two decades when the 30th edition of the National Cham-pionships began at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday. PHP is sponsoring the three-day competition.
 arrow Cricket: Pervez invited to watch a cricket match
The Indian government has invited Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to watch a cricket match between the two countries during their current series, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Sujauddin won't seek re-election
Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) general secretary Syed Sujauddin Ahmed confirmed yesterday he would not seek re-election in the forthcoming federation polls.
 arrow Cricket: Murali not on SL side
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will miss the upcoming Test series in New Zealand because he is still recovering from an injured shoulder, it was announced on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: John stays away from it
Australian cricket coach John Buchanan has distanced himself from Brett Lee's surprise non-selection for the first Test against New Zealand which opened here Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters' positive start
Upbeat and smiling, former world number one Kim Clijsters says she is ready to put the pain, emotion and fear of the past 12 months behind her.
 arrow Football: Zalayeta dumps Real
A dramatic strike from Juventus forward Marcelo Zalayeta four minutes from the end of extra time gave the Italians a 2-0 win over Real Madrid and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Honeymoon days over?
If Manchester United operated by the same principles as clubs in Italy and Spain, or even those of the modern-day Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson would almost certainly be summoned at the end of the season
 arrow Football: Liverpool like old times
Four-time European champions Liverpool secured a quarter-final place in the Champions League after a brace from Spain international Luis Garcia started off a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Culturearrow Ferit Ergin: A diplomat with passion for Bangladeshi music
Ferit Ergin, the Turkish Ambassador in Bangladesh, is well versed in the music of Nazrul, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bill Halley and Fats Domino.
 arrow Meenkanya
International Women's Day (March 8) was an opportune time to reflect on where women stand today, their goals, aspirations and future directions. The day also saw theatre groups staging plays.
 arrow Children drama festival kicks off
Children are born actors. They can spontaneously perform in a variety of roles and often hold the attention of a delighted audience.
 arrow Junoon and Strings to rock the town
Prepare yourself to get blown away as the two popular groups from Pakistan, Junoon and Strings will be accompanied by the local stars Habib, Artcell, Black, LRB, James.
Generalarrow Judges-lawyers cooperation a must for HR protection
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for greater cooperation between judges and lawyers to protect human rights at the individual level as well as in society.
 arrow Call for more investment in agriculture
Food policy experts from home and abroad will gather at an international seminar in Dhaka on March 13, with a call to put agriculture high on the reform agenda.
 arrow India implementing river-link project tactfully: IFC
International Farakka Committee (IFC) has alleged that India is tactfully implementing its river inter-linking project keeping Bangladesh in darkness.
 arrow Standards for colour-coding of waste bins finalised
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry and several NGOs finalised the standards for colour-coding of hospital waste bins at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow 91 US Peace Corps men work in Bangladesh
A total of 91 Peace Corps volunteers from the USA are working in Bangladesh for gathering experience as well as helping Bangladesh in various fields like community development, English teaching and environmental
 arrow Wasa drive against encroachers next week
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will launch its drive to evict encroachers on the city's canals next week as part of a government plan to restore the capitals' natural drainage system.
 arrow Police pick up 4 Shibir cadres
Police picked up four workers of Islami Chhatra Shibir for their suspicious movement in the Dhaka Judge Court area today, a day after a clash between Shibir and JCD and Chhatra League at Jagannath University
 arrow Death anniversaryof Rumi today
The second death anniversary of Masud Ahmed Rumi, a valiant freedom fighter and renowned journalist, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow Zonta celebrates Rose Day
Zonta Club-III celebrated the Zonta Rose Day and International Women's Day at the Sishu Bikash Kendra (SBK) at Rayer Bazar in the city on March 8.
 arrow GB admission test tomorrow
The admission test of Gono Bishwabidyalay (GB) for the academic year 2005-06 will be held on its campus, Mirzanagar, Savar, at 10:00am tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Canadian Int'l School to start academic session in August
The Canadian International School (CIS) Dhaka will start its first academic session in August, with enrolments in Early Childhood, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade I, II & III.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Post-quota crunch
We needn't panic, but the alarm clock is ringing loud and clear for us to wake up to the harsh realities of post-quota RMG export world.
 arrow Editorial: Power sector game
The government decision to impose ban on evening consumption of power in the shopping malls is seemingly aimed at reducing load-shedding during the SSC exams which have already begun, and the HSC exams
 arrow Time to rethink contempt?
I think that the time has come for us to give serious consideration to rethinking the concept of contempt of court as it understood here in Bangladesh, as has happened in so many other jurisdictions around
 arrow A mother's monologue
The mother said she was glad that her son was gone from this insensitive world.
 arrow Too little but not too late
Finally the government has swallowed the bitter pill by banning (only) Islamist outfits named Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) and Jama'atul Mujahideem Bangladesh (JMB).
Letters to Editorarrow Strategic management
I would like to share some strategic aspects of politically managing Bangladesh. In Bangladesh politics is at least 27-30 years backward looking. Whereas it should be at least 30 years forward looking.
 arrow Non motorised vehicles
As a highly populated city, Dhaka is now facing a terrible traffic jam.
 arrow Biman flying low
No figure is available on the total loss incurred, but on sketchy reports published it appears that the revenue was up by 17 percent and the total fuel cost incurred was up by 44.4 % in FY 2004.
 arrow We salute the martyrs
We are feeling very sad at the deaths of the nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers who were killed in Congo while on duty.
 arrow Rise of political violence
We the general people are sadly noticing that political violence is dangerously rising, there is specifically no commitment, no accountability no justice to the people.
 arrow 21 February
The UNESCO has declared February 21 the International Mother Language Day. It is the most glorious day in our national history.
 arrow British textile mills in Comilla EPZ
The above news published in the business page of your newspaper on March 4, really amazed me! Very sad, I have no idea as to which developed countries are utilizing our 6 EPZs.
 arrow Thirty-three years ago
If we consider our position as a nation 33 years ago - it was so unique, the whole nation was so united under one leadership that emerged from a big sacrifice. But, we missed the opportunity.
 arrow BCS recruitment
After independence of Bangladesh large scale recruitment started in different cadres of the Bangladesh Civil Service.
 arrow Political unrest
Given the current political scenario of Bangladesh, I cannot be proud of myself as a Bangladeshi. I am going to deal with a burning question.
In Memoriam : SAMS Kibriaarrow Death of a statesman
Mr. S.A.M.S. Kibria was not a very good man, he was in fact a very fine statesman. And in our current political climate of demagoguery and chicanery, that is rare.
 arrow The person I knew from a distance
I am not the best person to write a eulogy on Shah AMS Kibria, the person I never knew, nor did I ever have the good fortune to meet with.
Worldarrow Pak rebel infiltration into Kashmir down by 60pc
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that cross-border movement of Islamic rebels from Pakistan-administered Kashmir to the Indian zone of the Himalayan region dropped by 60 percent last
 arrow Security handover talks on WB towns stalled
The Palestinian Authority yesterday accused Israel of dragging its feet over promised confidence-building gestures after talks stalled on West Bank security handovers and a gunman was killed.
 arrow Assam on high alert after string of blasts
Federal troops were on maximum alert yesterday in India's troubled northeastern state of Assam after a series of overnight blasts triggered by separatists killed a policeman and damaged vital installations,
 arrow India, Iran gas pipeline deal under US scanner
A multi-billion dollar gas pipeline deal that New Delhi plans to close with Tehran came under the scanner at a recent meeting between the Indian oil minister and the US ambassador to India, officialssaid
 arrow Filipino parents bury dead children after mass poisoning
Hysterical parents wept as they buried the bodies of schoolchildren among 30 who died after a tragic mass food-poisoning in an impoverished central Philippine town yesterday.
 arrow 'Federal rule may save Bihar from chaos'
The imposition of direct federal rule in India's Bihar state will help end years of lawlessness and chaos, analysts said as the governor empowered by New Delhi to restore law and order promised a thorough
 arrow 100 feared dead in human trafficking incidents off Yemen
More than 100 Africans are feared to have been drowned when smugglers taking them to Yemen forced them to jump into the sea or their boat sank, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.
 arrow Lebanon reappoints Karami as PM
Lebanon's president reappointed pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami yesterday, 10 days after he resigned amid a storm of anti-Syrian protests in Beirut.
 arrow HK leader resigns
Hong Kong's leader said he asked for China's permission to resign yesterday, fueling worries that he was actually sacked by the territory's Communist masters to tighten their grip on the former British
 arrow Gunmen kill 5 Iraqi cops in Baghdad
Gunmen shot dead five policemen in a drive-by shooting in the Iraqi capital yesterday, one day after authorities said they'd found dozens of corpses some bullet-riddled, others beheaded at two different
 arrow Explosion at Australian embassy in Malaysia
An explosion occurred outside the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur late Wednesday but police yesterday ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
 arrow 9 dead in Costa Rica as last hostage-taker surrenders
The last member of a band of hostage-takers surrendered to authorities late Wednesday, putting an end to a day-long crisis in which nine people died.
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