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Front Pagearrow A river run into the ground
As new industries and an entire new city sprout along its banks, the river Balu on the eastern fringe of the city is slowly dying, strangled by land encroachment and poisoned by industrial pollution,creating
 arrow CAG finds irregularities in experts' recruitment
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected irregularities in the recruitment of five experts by the Election Commission (EC) ahead of the last parliamentary elections as well
 arrow Cops help Bogra bigots pull down mosque signboard
Anti-Ahmadiyya bigots, backed by police, yesterday forcibly hung a signboard reading "Place of worship for the Kadianis, no Muslim should be deceived by considering it as a mosque" on an Ahmadiyya mosque
 arrow AL, allies to form human wall tomorrow
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left allies will form no-confidence human walls across the country tomorrow as part of the combined opposition's simultaneous movement to overthrow the ruling
 arrow Nepal frees Deuba, 17 others
Nepal freed yesterday former premier Sher Bahadur Deuba and 17 other detainees held since King Gyanendra seized power last month, a party official said, amid mounting pressure on the nation to restore
 arrow Declare them non-Muslims to get electoral support
The party that will declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim will get political support of the Muslim ulema (religious scholars) to go to power, said the leaders of International Majlis-e Tahaffuz-e Khatme Nabuwat
 arrow Three give confessional statement
Three of the four persons arrested in connection with the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria gave confessional statements under Section 164 before a first class magistrate here yesterday.
 arrow Criminal dies in 'crossfire'
A criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Uttara in the capital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow 3 more dead on sea en route to Spain identified
Identities of three more of the 11 Bangladeshis, who died while travelling down the Mediterranean Sea to reach the shore of Spain illegally, were known yesterday, reports BDNews.
 arrow Powerful bomb seized in Rangpur
Police seized a powerful bomb from Alhajnagar under the Kotwali Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Border calm, Interpol to quiz Indian spy
The situation in Singimari border in Lalmonirhat and Ramgarh in Khagrachhari remained tranquil for the last two days as the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) did not take any fresh move to fence theborder.
 arrow Dog show...

 arrow 9 small overpasses for vehicles planned
The government plans to ease traffic congestion in the capital by constructing at least nine small overpasses for vehicles at the busiest intersections in addition to the proposed 20-kilometre elevated
 arrow Germany offers dialogue to make next JS polls free and fair
Germany considers the next parliamentary election in Bangladesh as very 'crucial' for its development and has offered a dialogue with the authorities on how best the polls can be held.
 arrow India in charge
Fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji and leg spinner Anil Kumble combined to help India push towards victory against Pakistan on the fourth day of the first test on Friday.
 arrow Suicide bombing on Iraqi funeral kills 50
Iraq's religious leaders called for calm yesterday amid fears of revenge attacks one day after a suicide bomber killed 50 Iraqis and wounded more than 80 in a packed Shia funeral tent in Mosul.
 arrow AL working on proposals to reform interim govt, EC
An expert committee of the main opposition Awami League (AL) is working to formulate a set of proposals to reform the caretaker government system as well as the Election Commission (EC) in order to ensure
 arrow 3 bombs seized from school
Police seized three powerful hand bombs from a classroom of Boromegla High School in Kotwali Police Station Thursday morning.
Police suspect criminals kept the bombs there the previous night.

 arrow BNP, Jamaat men ransack League worker's house, attack police van
Activists of ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami ransacked the house of a Jubo League worker and vandalised a police van in Birganj upazila Thursday night.
 arrow 25 injured in JCD-BCL clash in Rajbari
At least 25 students were injured yesterday in a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Rajbari Government University College.
 arrow JCD, BCL clash with Shibir, 13 hurt
At least 13 students were injured in two clashes between activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the one side and Islami Chhatra Shibir men on the other yesterday
 arrow Pakistani held
Police in separate incidents yesterday arrested a Pakistani national and seized two bombs in Ekdala and Sripur in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Nizami alleges conspiracy to split coalition
Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami, also the ameer of ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami, yesterday alleged that a conspiracy is on to drive a wedge between the components of four-party alliance
 arrow Greens for saving Buriganga from pollution
Environment activists yesterday put forward a set of demands to save the Buriganga river from extinction, after inspecting the pollution and encroachment situation of the river travelling by boat from
 arrow China close to production of 'safe' genetic rice
As early as this year, China could start commercial production of a new breed of genetically engineered rice.
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Businessarrow Hatching eggs now in export basket
Bangladesh has added a new product to its basket exporting hatching eggs for the first time.
 arrow Clothing exports remain stagnant in Vietnam
Vietnam's garment industry has seen slower exports due to harsher competition after the WTO removed its quota regime at the beginning of this year.
 arrow Country breeds poultry parent stock from May
Country's first grandparent (GP) poultry farm, set up in Tentulia, will save about $ 2.
 arrow PC in dark over 66 privatised cos
Despite having legal obligation, the Privatisation Commission (PC) does not possess any information about the performances of 66 former state-run enterprises handed over to private entrepreneurs as part
 arrow ‘Forex inflow handling a challenge for India’
Strong foreign exchange flows into the Indian economy are causing macro-economic management problems but policy makers will have to address the challenge, a top finance ministry official said Thursday.
 arrow EU warns of action over Chinese textiles surge
The EU commission warned Friday it could take "appropriate" measures to limit the impact of a surge in Chinese textile imports after quotas were lifted on January 1.
 arrow Greenspan worried on budget, not trade gap
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Thursday he was not "overly" concerned about the record U.S. trade gap and heavy consumer debt loads, but the nation's budget outlook gave him pause.
 arrow Emirates to up flights to Sydney via Bangkok
Emirates will soon boost its services to Sydney via Bangkok with additional flights.
 arrow Nepali trade team visits Banglabandha land port
A five-member trade delegation of Nepal visited Banglabandha land port in the district on Thursday.

Kishore Kumar, President of Murong Chamber of Commerce and Industries, led the delegation.

 arrow AKTEL opens new customer care centre in Ctg
AKTEL, a cellphone service provider of the country, has opened a new customer care centre in Chittagong on Thursday.
 arrow Indian-born Briton world’s 3rd richest man
Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal boosted his fortune faster than anyone in the world over the past year to become the third richest person in the world, Forbes Magazine said Thursday.
 arrow China pledges steps if textile exports burst
China's textile industry has pledged to take action if exports to the United States grow too quickly, hoping to defuse American concerns that an expected flood of Chinese products will swamp the US industry.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Mar 05-Mar 10, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: It's India's for taking
Fast bowler Lax-mipathy Balaji and spinner Anil Kumble shared five wickets as India exposed Pakistan's batting limitations to move closer to winning the opening Test here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Rajshahi win, Khulna slip up
Dhaka and Rajshahi stayed on top of the one-day table of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League with their fourth wins yesterday but Khulna slipped to second place when the previous round's joint-leaders
 arrow Cricket: Musharraf accepts cricket invitation
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has accepted an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend a match in the current cricket series between the two countries, Pakistan's foreign office
 arrow Cricket: McGrath gives Aussies hope
A mesmerising six-wicket spell of swing bowling from Glenn McGrath pulled Australia back into the first Test against New Zealand to wrap up the first innings at 433, with the tourists 141 for three in
 arrow Chess: Checkmate for Kasparov
Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who is still considered the world's greatest player, announced on Thursday that he was retiring from the professional game.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe fight back
Zimbabwe staged a recovery against an injury-hit South African bowling attack on the first day of the second Test at Centurion Park here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Last bite at glory
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are looking to salvage something from the season on the domestic front after their midweek exits from the Champions League.
 arrow Football: This one or nothing
Jose Mourinho would doubtless have preferred Chelsea to be still involved in the FA Cup for this weekend's quarter-finals.
 arrow Football: Happy title rivals
Joint Serie A leaders AC Milan and Juventus switch their attention to the title race this weekend after successfully navigating their way into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with enthralling
 arrow Cricket: Unchanged India
India on Friday kept faith in the same 14-man team taking part in the first Test against Pakistan here for the second match starting at the Eden Gardens in Kokata on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kolkata Test tickets going slowly
The second cricket Test between arch-rivals India and Pakistan next week has failed to enthuse fans in this otherwise sports-crazy city due to the ongoing school and college exams and hot weather.
 arrow Cricket: Final A 1-dayer today
The series deciding fifth and final one-day match between Bangla-desh A and Zimbabwe A will be held today.
 arrow Athletics: Azhar breaks nat'l discus record
Azharul Islam of Bangladesh Army set a new national record in the discus throw event by throwing 44.04 metres in the PHP 30th National Athletics Championships at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia finishes in style
Ziaur Rahman celebrated his Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship title with a win when the Grand Master defeated Aminul Islam Palash in 13th and final round at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe 269 all out
Heath Streak smashed 85 to help Zimbabwe reach 269 before being booked on the opening day of their first innings in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: MSC cricket
Anwar slammed 131 as Scholars School and College earned a comfortable six-wicket victory over Enam Children High School in the Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolitan Inter-school Cricket Tournament at the Wapda
 arrow Golf: Summit Cup Golf held
Azam J Chowdhury and Fatima Matiur became the men's and ladies' champions of the Summit Cup Golf Tournament at the picturesque Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCI honours Major
Former British prime minister John Major was on Friday made an honorary life member of the Cricket Club of India, one of the country's legendary sporting institutions.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
The regional championship of Pepsi inter-district volleyball competition began at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Marshall's feat
Novice New Zealand Test batsman Hamish Marshall can claim a world record following his 146-run innings in the first Test against Australia here Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Save Mongla Port: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan at a rally demanded that the government immediately take steps to develop and rejuvenate the Mongla Port for the survival of about 50,000
 arrow Cuetta executives
Rafiqul Islam and Mir Mohammed Swaki Kaosar were elected president and general secretary of Chittagong University of Engineering and Tech-nology Teachers' Association (Cuetta).
 arrow 'Ensure maternity care for working women'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for ensuring maternity care for working women.
Nationalarrow Three more Kushtia bidi factories sign accord
Owners of three more Bidi factories in the district have joined hands with the ILO and three local NGOs with a noble mission-to eliminate child labour from hazardous jobs in tobacco industry.
 arrow A boon now a bane
The embankment of Dinajpur Irrigation Canal of Teesta Irriga-tion Project at Horish Chandra Pat village in Jaldhaka upazila may collapse any moment, inundating several thousand acres of IRRI-Boro lands
 arrow Kidnapper in guise of potato trader
The teenaged sisters kidnapped for ransom from Palichara village in the Sader upzila on Wednesday are yet to be rescued.
The kidnappers demanded Tk 50,000 from their father.

 arrow 20 hurt in police action
About 20 persons were injured as the law enforcers swooped on agitating timber traders and tribal tree planters during a sit-in demonstration on the premises of the forest department in Bonorupa areahere
 arrow Two killed, 50 hurt as night coaches collide in B'baria
Two persons were killed and 50 injured, some of them critically, as two night coaches collided on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway near Rajabaria Kandi village in Sarail Upazila at about 2:30 am yesterday.
 arrow 'Barisal AL leader harassed on political ground'
An allegation of harassing an Awami League (AL) leader by detaining and humiliating him illegally for 11 days on 'political ground' was brought at a press conference held at Barisal Reporters' Unity on
 arrow 83 AL men chargesheeted
Eighty-three Awami League (AL) leaders and activists have been chargesheeted in a case for setting fire to the 'Subarna Express' train and killing of its guard Mohammad Humaun Kabir during a hartal in
 arrow Thai investors eye Bangladesh, says envoy
Newly appointed Thai ambassador Suphat Chitranukroh on Tuesday expressed the keen interest of his country's investors to invest in Bangladesh in agriculture, health and energy sectors.
 arrow Debate workshop held in Rajshahi
The Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) held a day-long workshop styled Rajshahi Divisional Debate Workshop, 2005 at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) auditorium here yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy kidnapped for ransom in Satkhira
A schoolboy was abducted for ransom from village Biralxmi in Shyamnagar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow 2 women arrested with heroin in Ctg
Two women were arrested with 260-gram of heroin from Kadamtali and Halishahar areas of the city on Thursday.
 arrow Report on assault on Elen Bhutto denied
A BNP leader on Tuesday denied a press report published in national and local dailies regarding assault on the lawmaker from Jhalakati-Nalchity constituency, Israt Sultana Elen Bhutto by the State Minister
 arrow Teachers' training on adult education concludes
A two-day training for teachers on adult education concluded on Thursday at the office of DANIDA aided Rural Development Project (RDP-16).
 arrow Youth killed by tiger
A young man man was killed by tiger in the Sundarbans on Wednesday.
Local people identified the victim as Amirul Sana,22, son of Abu Bakkar of village Dhamrail in Paikgachha upazila, Khulna.

 arrow One killed by bandits in Moulvibazar
One person was killed and three others including a woman were injured in an armed robbery at a house at village Molliksoray in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow New twist in the Middle East
With the start of the pull back of Syrian troops from Lebanon, a new twist has been added to the never ending drama of the Middle East.
 arrow The forum of young global leaders
Since I began writing this series on my time at the World Economic Forum the one question which I have been asked again and again is what exactly was I -- Zafar Sobhan
-- doing in Davos alongside the

Culturearrow Pioneering bamboo sculpture
Artist Ruhlu Amin Kajol, known as Ra Kajol, along with his teammates have successfully introduced a new trend in sculpture.
 arrow Promising standard scripts for television
"I had a habit of writing from my very childhood.
 arrow Splendid performance by children
On the occasion of the bicentennial birth anniversary of legendary Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Kochi Kanchar Mela organised a discussion programme at its auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Documenting cinema history of the country
Many cine-goers believe that the golden time of Bangla film industry is long past. Indeed a look into the films of the 1960s and 1970s reveals the high point of our silverscreen history.
Generalarrow 'Declare FFs as nat'l pride force'
Freedom fighters yesterday demanded of the government to ensure all state facilities declaring them as 'National Pride Force.
 arrow 11 get life for killing police constable
A court here on Thursday sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for killing a police constable in 1996.
 arrow Bangladeshi farmer killed by Indian hoodlums
A Bangladeshi farmer was killed by Indian hoodlums at Rokonpur border under Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj on Thursday night, local people said.
 arrow Chehlum of Kibria held
Chehlum of former finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria was held at his Dhanmondi residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow Protest rally of Jatiya Oikya Mancha today
Jatiya Oikya Mancha will bring out a procession and hold a rally at Muktangon in the city at 4.00pm today to protest the price hike of essentials, frequent load-shedding, water crisis in the city.
 arrow Seminar on Canadian immigration
Speakers at a seminar said it is the perfect time to apply for Canadian immigration since the Canadian authorities have relaxed the immigration requirements by lowering the pass marks to 67.
 arrow Bus-truck collision kills three
A head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the Bogra-Nagarbari highway in Raiganj upazila yesterday left three people dead -- two of them are women -- and 21 others injured.
Internationalarrow Rice expected to nudge Musharraf to restore democracy
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to nudge Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to move rapidly to restore democracy, during her visit to the country next week.
 arrow Pak opposition halts parliament over nuclear row
Pakistan's political opposition stormed out of parliament yesterday over government statements that nuclear pioneer Abdul Qadeer Khan provided Iran with centrifuges, which can be used to enrich uranium.
 arrow Spain marks first anniversary of train bombing in Madrid
Launching a national day of mourning, Spaniards lit candles and laid down flowers and hundreds of church bells rang out to mark the instant when a string of al-Qaeda bombs exploded a year ago Friday,killing
 arrow Israel planning bufferzone handover to Egypt
After months of hesitation, Israel yesterday finally appeared ready to hand over security control in a flashpoint buffer zone along the Gaza-Egypt border to Egyptian troops, and withdraw from the area
 arrow Spread democracy to fight terrorism
Spreading democracy and boosting international cooperation are priorities in fighting terrorism, the organisers of a Madrid conference said Friday as the city marked the anniversary of last year's train
 arrow US to give Iran incentives for shunning nukes
In a policy shift, the Bush administration will go along with European efforts to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon by using diplomatic carrots now, with the threat of UN sticks later.
 arrow Int'l doctors' group blast official toll of Iraqi civilian dead
An group of top public-health physicians has branded the official toll of civilian dead from the Iraqi war as a serious underestimate and dema-nded an independent probe to establish the full casualtyfigures.
 arrow Jackson accuser details claim of molestation
In testimony that was hushed and sometimes mumbled, Michael Jackson's accuser described a night at the Neverland ranch that he said started off in the arcade and ended in the entertainer's bed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC is creating more problems than solving
The Anti-corruption Commission is hogging the headlines for the wrong reasons. Far from taking up any sensational corruption case, it keeps generating sensational news about itself.
 arrow Editorial: To contain cheating at exam
One of the most important and big public examinations -- Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination -- began on Thursday with nearly one million students taking part in it.
 arrow ME peace and a zebra crossing a zebra-crossing
It was 1969. Thirty-six years ago. I was a Pakistani diplomat, practising my Arabic with an elderly Druze politician, in a restaurant in Beirut, overlooking the Mediterranean.
 arrow Why frequent hartals?
Many of us who complain that the main two political parties of Bangladesh act like those poles apart may correct their assessment because both the parties practically behave the same when put in the same
Letters to Editorarrow Dhaka's traffic jam
The overall picture is very clear, and points to a glorious failure of political governance in initiating firm measures for decentralisation of power from Dhaka to the divisional and district headquarters
 arrow Foreign policy
As a commuter in Dhaka metropolis for several decades, I get the layman's feeling that the public transport system in the city is mismanaged due to lack of coordination and cooperation between the successive
 arrow Indian Idol
We have seen the splendid show of the Indian Idol. We can feel how much impressive the programme was. Indian idol was the buzzword of whole India.
Literaturearrow Intoxication
- Don't drink too much.
- I won't. I have complete self=control.
Call me if you feel bad. I'm going to be awake the whole night.
- Why?
- Too much to do.

 arrow Love
Shayma from infancy had been headstrong, single-minded and foul-tempered. These traits only deepened as she got older. Before her marriage she would do all the housework by herself.
 arrow Eastward Ho!: Kalyan Ray's remaking of Shakespeare
Kalyan Ray, Eastwords, Penguin Books India, 2004.,253 pp., Rs. 275.
 arrow Arranged Marriages
Oh, go ahead, take the plunge,
Let the cold shower
Send a ripple or two from head to foot
Get wrapped up in torrid pursuits
Lying with
A stranger
In tricky

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