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Front Pagearrow Laurel for business leaders
The Bangladesh Business Awards 2004 were presented yesterday to honour the businesspersons and enterprises for their outstanding performance last year.
 arrow EC voter list and databases can be manipulated
The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found some technical and management glitches in the Election Commission's (EC) computer system including the program that maintains the voters
 arrow Constitution should not be changed frequently
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed dismissed the opposition demand for amendment to the caretaker government law, saying the constitution is a sacred document and should not be changed too often.
 arrow Bangladesh to become a friendless state
The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at a meeting yesterday rejected the prime minister's recent speech in parliament and alleged the ruling coalition is conspiring to make Bangladesh afriendless
 arrow Graft-ridden Rajuk resumes audit
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has initiated an 'internal audit' aborted 10 years ago by an office order, sources said.
 arrow Save the dying rivers
All rivers around the city face 'certain death' if water flow from the Jamuna is not restored during the dry season when 'not a single drop of water' comes from the upstream, water specialists said.
 arrow Kolkata Test nicely balanced
Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid built on Anil Kumble's effort with half-centuries to put the second Test against Pakistan in an intriguing position here on Friday.
 arrow Outlaw dies in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddho faction was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Meherpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Cairn, ONGC may swap equities for jt exploration
British energy major Cairn and India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation are likely to go for swapping of equities for joint exploration in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
 arrow Yakub placed on 8-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday put Mohammad Yakub, one of the five prime accused in the April 2, 2004 Chittagong arms and ammunition haul case, on an eight-day remand.
 arrow US wants to crush tentacles of Khan's nuke network
The United States wants to crush the "tentacles" of a black market run by Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.
 arrow Ruling coalition patronising militancy
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties and civil society members at a roundtable in the capital yesterday accused the ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami of directly patronising religious extremist groups
 arrow Road accidents kill 12 in 4 districts
Twelve people died and 33 others were injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Jessore, Faridpur and Nilphamari yesterday.
 arrow Invective at media worries journalists
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and its affiliated unions yesterday expressed deep concern over invective directed at newspapers from the top level of the government.
 arrow Galib's 10-day remand ends
Asadullah-Al-Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh, was brought to Gaibandha from Joint Interrogation Cell in Dhaka after completion of his 10-day remand under tight police escort yesterday.
 arrow Two temples rampaged, idols looted
Hoodlums attacked two temples at Sandira village of Adamdighi upazila in the district on Thursday night and plundered four heads of deities' idols, causing anger among the local Hindu community.
 arrow Forex worth Tk 27.5 lakh seized at ZIA, one held
Customs officials seized foreign currencies worth about Tk 27.57 lakh from a Hong Kong bound passenger at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow CCC voter list finalised
A new voter list for the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election slated for May 9 was finalised yesterday.
 arrow Wolfowitz denies to become US stooge at WB
US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz yesterday denied he would be doing Washington's bidding if confirmed as the next president of the World Bank.
 arrow Huda stands by his JS statement
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said the court can not set any deadline to the government for separation of judiciary from the executive as separation of judiciary is a fundamental principle, notfundamental
 arrow Body recoveredat Pallabi
Police recovered the body of an employee of a shop at Pallabi in the capital last night.
The dead was identified as Rabiul Islam, 22, an employee of Bablu General Store in Section-10, Pallabi.

 arrow Europe cool, aid groups dismayed
European capitals reacted coolly Thursday to the nomination of US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to be the next head of the World Bank, but aid groups voiced dismay and some puzzlement.
 arrow Dhaka will enjoy its benefits by year-end: Moyeen
Even though Bangladesh is going to be connected with the submarine cable by July or August, people will have to wait six months more to get its benefits, said Science and ICT Minister Moyeen Khan.
 arrow Nepal is nearing to humanitarian crisis
Nepal is nearing a humanitarian crisis, the United Nations and donor agencies warned yesterday, urging security forces and Maoist rebels not to block vital aid and to protect civilians.
 arrow No headway yet in Khulna bomb, grenade attacks
There has been no headway in the investigations of any of the 12 bomb and grenade attack cases recorded with different police stations of Khulna district in the 14 months since January 15, 2004, tillFebruary
 arrow Most British have no trust in politicians: poll
With an expected general election less than three months away, a new survey published yesterday found that almost 80 percent of British people quizzed do not trust politicians to tell the truth.
 arrow BBC to cut 1,500 extra jobs in 3 yrs
The BBC is to cut 1,500 jobs from news and other programmes over three years to save 200 million pounds ($384.7 million), media reports said yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat hates Islamist militants, says Nizami
Industries Minister and Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Moulana Matiur Rahman Nizami has said the killers of journalists Manik Saha, Humayun Kabir Balu, Shaikh Haroon-ar-Rashid will not go unpunished.
 arrow Dead elephant found in CHT
An elephant was found dead in the deep forest in Rajapara near Rajnagar BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) camp in Langdu upazila on Thursday.
How the aged elephant died could not be detected immediately.

 arrow Transport strike in Ctg, Sylhet March 20
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation called a 12-hour transport strike in 15 districts of Sylhet and Chittagong divisions for March 20 demanding the release of its leader Haji Yakub, arrestedin
Businessarrow Accolades for corporate champions
Speculation was rife about the probable winners when guests were waiting anxiously at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel just before the announcement of this year's Bangladesh Business Awards yesterday.
 arrow The four winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2004
Business Person of the Year
Kazi Zahedul Hasan, managing director of Kazi Farms Group, received the 'Business Person of the Year 2004'.

 arrow Connecting the unconnected through cost reduction
Today there are 1.5 billion cellular mobile telephone users, representing 25 percent of the global population.
 arrow India, China agree to liberalise air traffic flow
India and China have agreed to liberalise the flow of air traffic between them allowing coverage of more destinations and Indian private carriers to fly to the dragon land.
 arrow China manufacturing units pushing demand for more oil
Record high oil prices have been partly driven by China's voracious appetite for energy needed to fuel the manufacturing industries powering breakneck growth in its economy, analysts say.
 arrow KL to hire one lakh Pakistanis to plug labour vacuum
Malaysia plans to recruit 100,000 male Pakistanis to relieve an acute labour shortage caused by a crackdown that sent hundreds of thousands of illegal workers fleeing, reports said Friday.
 arrow India seals FTA with South American bloc
India will Saturday sign a free trade deal with the South American Mercosur bloc, Indian Trade Minister Kamal Nath said Friday.
 arrow Russia keen to invest in power, energy sector of Bangladesh
Russia has expressed its keen interest to invest in power, gas and coal sectors of Bangladesh.
 arrow Pakistan's forex reserves up
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves jumped by $335 million in the week ending March 12 to an all-time high level of $12.969 billion, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow Vietnam to scrap import quota on cotton, corn
Communist Vietnam will scrap import quotas on cotton, corn and milk next month as it pushes hard to become a member of the World Trade Organisation, state radio reported Friday.
 arrow Beacon Pharma to focus on anticancer drugs
Beacon Pharmaceuticals Ltd will focus on manufacturing anticancer drugs, says a press release.
The company hopes to market its anticancer drugs from October this year.

 arrow G-20 demands end to farm subsidies at India meet
A powerful block of 20 developing countries demanded on Friday that rich nations take concrete action to slash subsidies for farm goods.
 arrow World oil prices off highs
World oil prices were a dollar off record highs on Friday after dealers took profits from the recent bull run, but analysts said fears of a supply crunch later this year would keep speculative investors
 arrow India places controversial patents bill in parliament
The Indian government Friday introduced a controversial patents law in parliament that will prohibit domestic firms from copying and churning out low-cost generic versions of patented drugs.
 arrow Citibank to buy Insular Savings Bank in Philippines
Citibank has announced that it will buy Insular Life Savings and Trust Company (Insular Savings Bank) in the Philippines.
 arrow Emirates offers one night free stay in Bangkok
Emirates extends an offer of one night free accommodation in Bangkok for passengers flying to and from Sydney by its new flights.
 arrow US House, Senate pass $2.6 trillion budget bills
The US Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday passed separate 2.6 trillion dollar budget blueprints for the 2006 fiscal year, although the bills differed in the details of proposed federal spending.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Mar 12-Mar 17, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bucknor feels the heat
Sachin Tendul-kar posted his third consecutive half-century of the series against Pakistan to leave the second Test delicately poised Friday, but fans in cricket-crazy Kolkata were angered by his controversial
 arrow Football: Muktis made to sweat
Title contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club and Muktijoddha Sangsad got off to winning starts but in contrasting styles on the opening day of the Independence Day Gold Cup Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar dismissal evens out the day
Rahul Dravid followed his first innings hundred with a fluent 54 not out to guide India to 133 for three wickets against a fighting Pakistan in the second Test on Friday.
 arrow Football: One Milan giant to die
A Milan derby and an emotional clash between old Euro-pean rivals Liver-pool and Juventus marked the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC call for changes
The issues surrounding Indian tax concerns, the structure of the international playing calendar and the status of Kenya and Project USA were among the matters addressed by the International Cricket Council's
 arrow Cricket: Bullying days are over
During the 1999 cricket world cup, as England were losing to South Africa at the Oval, a couple of gents sitting in front of us were discussing another game being played that day between Zimbabwe andSri
 arrow Cricket: Get 300, says Kumble
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble said that a target of 300-plus would be enough for India to win the second Test against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens here.
 arrow Football: Palace not in Chelsea awe
Crystal Palace have made a habit of confounding predictions this season.
 arrow Football: Perez keeps brave face
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez demanded that his players didn't lose heart this week in the midst of what will probably become the club's worst barren spell in more than two decades.
 arrow Football: Friendship can wait
Former team-mates Carlo Ancelotti and Bruno Conti used to room together, but their friendship will be put to one side on Sunday when joint Serie A leaders AC Milan play Roma here in the capital.
 arrow Football: Sporting revisit England
Sporting Lisbon were heading back to the northeast of England after being drawn here Friday against Newcastle United in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar returns to action
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will return to action when the sixth round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League begins today with one-day matches at three different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Rain prevents any play on Day 1
A confident Australian cricket coach John Buchanan declared that three days was plenty of time to beat New Zealand in the second Test after the first day was washed out by rain here today and the prospect
 arrow Cricket: India might tour Pakistan in Dec
The Indian team could tour Pakistan as early as December, for the second time in two years, to play three Tests and five one-day internationals, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan says.
 arrow Cricket: Musharraf's mum visits Aligarh
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's mother Friday visited the Indian university she attended more than 60 years ago, as part of a trip that comes amid warming ties between the South Asian rivals.
 arrow Cricket: Some hope for Lara
West Indies are set to name a 13-man squad for the first Test against South Africa after an 11th hour twist in a sponsorship dispute.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l women chess
International Women Master Rani Hamid and Shamima Akhter Liza won their respective seventh round boards to maintain their joint lead in the 26th National Women Chess Cham-pionship yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Ctg marathon
The Maltova Recharge Marathon was held in the port city yesterday. Bangladesh batsman Nafees Iqbal inaugurated the 3.5-km race at Prabartak intersection in the morning.
 arrow Golf: ScanCement Cup golf held
Brig Gen Abidur Raza Khan (Retd) won the men's title while Young Oh Yu clinched the women's crown in the ScanCement Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club course yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Cadet College beat Dhaka Club
Cadet College Club won the first friendship cricket match against Dhaka Club at the Gulshan Youth Club Ground yesterday, said a press release.
Metropolitanarrow Globalisation puts ethnic languages, cultures at risk of extinction
Globalisation, free market economy and satellite culture have put the languages and cultures of indigenous people at the risk of extinction, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Repression of girls on rise due to poverty
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for concerted efforts to put an end to violence against girl children.
Repression of girls is an act against humanity and a disgrace to women, they said.

 arrow 'Ensure quality edn for development'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government attached priority to develop human resources for poverty reduction.
 arrow Foreign friends have desert govt for misrule
Awami League (AL) leaders warned the ruling BNP-Jamaat leaders that they would find no way to escape from the masses during the countrywide hartal on March 27.
 arrow Proshika launches health camps
Proshika, a leading NGO, launched health camps at five places as part of its country-wide programme to extend medicare services to disadvantageous and poor people, says a press release.
 arrow 'Muslim Ummah in Contemporary World' launched
Muslims must shun any form of terrorism and fanaticism as Islam does not allow such activities, said speakers at a book publication ceremony in the city.
 arrow AL Independence Day programmes
Awami League (AL) will celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner.
 arrow City BNP rally today
Dhaka city BNP will hold rallies and bring out processions in different thanas of the city today to protest against calling hartals, bomb attacks, creating anarchy, hindering development activities.release.
 arrow SUST film festival ends
'Mukto Doirgha Cholochchitra Uthsab-2005', a Bangla film festival, first of its kind at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), ended amidst huge enthusiasm at the mini auditorium on thecampus
 arrow Debate contest on Aids begins in Rajshahi
For the first time in Rajshahi, an inter-college debate competition on Aids issues began yesterday.
 arrow Pro-opposition panel sweeps Rajshahi Bar polls
Pro-opposition Shammilito Ainjibi Shamannoya Parishad (SASP) swept the Rajshahi Ainjibi Samity elections held on Thursday.
They bagged 17, out of 23 posts including posts of president and general secretary.

 arrow National public relations policy demanded
Communication Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda today said the Public Relations Officers (PROs) could play a vital role in setting up a bridge between the government and the people to achieve further progress
 arrow Ershad Shikder's sister, brother-in-law surrender
Criminal Ershad Shikder's only sister Selina Begum and brother-in-law Iddris Ali surrendered to the assistant judge of fourth court on Thursday.
They have been absconding after being sentenced to.

 arrow Police release 37 UPDF detainees
Police on Wednesday midnight released the 37 leaders and activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) detained earlier that day.
 arrow Citibank, WEA celebrate Int'l Women's Day
The Citibank and the Women's Entrepreneurs Association (WEA) jointly organised a cultural evening in the city recently to celebrate the International Women's Day, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Zero poverty special loan scheme stalled in 5 N dists
Much talked about Zero Poverty Special Loan Programme launched to create job opportunities for ultra-poor people in five 'Monga' (femine-like situation) affected districts has been stalled due to lack
 arrow Kalaroa AL leaders, activists threaten to resign 'en masse'
Kalaroa upazila (UZ) Awami League (AL) leaders and activists on Thursday threatened to resign 'en-masse' if their demand for holding the upazila AL council is not fulfilled before its district council.
 arrow Withdrawal of Rab worries Jhenidah people
Sudden withdrawal of a camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has worried the people of Jhenidah.
They apprehend the return of outlaws resulting in rise in crimes.

 arrow Bid to grab property of Hindu family in Kushtia
Defying a court order, a group of nine people hung a signboard on 1.85 acres of land of a Hindu family including a temple at Aruapara in the town in a bid to grab the property.
 arrow Clashes leave 70 injured in Kishoreganj
At least 70 persons were injured, 18 of them seriously in two separate clashes at Rasulpur and Sadakpur villages under Bhairab upazila in Kishoreganj on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Aid? What aid?
I write this paper at a time when there is so much talk about writing off the debt of the least developed countries and providing more aid to some of the African countries.
 arrow Fixing the electoral roll
Democratic election systems require a good electoral roll, which has been prepared following certain criteria and mechanism for identifying eligible voters and preventing ineligible persons from voting.
Culturearrow Indigenous heritage gets a boost
The first day of the ongoing three-day long Adivasi Cultural Festival at the Shilpakala Academy was marked by the vibrant performances of the dancers in colourful traditional attire with the resounding
 arrow Commemorating an artist
The students of Khulna Art College recently took a trip down memory lane.
 arrow Celebrating "Francophonie"
The celebration of "Francophonie" began in the city on Thursday last. This celebrates the speaking of French and using it in different places, either at home or outside.
 arrow Whedon woos Wonder Woman
Joss Whedon has tackled ghastly aliens and dastardly vampires.
 arrow Tarantino named "Film Icon of the Decade"
Quentin Tarantino, director of cult movies Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, was named Film Icon of the Decade at an awards ceremony in London.
Generalarrow New technology for weed control in rice
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed new technology for weed control in rice.
 arrow NSU Club Fair-2005 held
North South University (NSU) Club Fair-2005 was held on the campus yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Pledge to work for farm labourers
Bangladesh Khet Mojur Samity (BKMS) celebrated its 24th founding anniversary in the capital yesterday with the promise to work for the farm labourers, a press release said.
 arrow ISD student raises fund for cancer hospital
Mehrab al Shahin, a 10th grader of International School, Dhaka (ISD), as part of his academic requirement undertook a project titled 'Fight Cancer' and organised a concert named 'Live and Louder 2005'
Internationalarrow Palestinian militants extend truce
Israel gave a guarded welcome yesterday to an agreement by Palestinian militant groups to extend an informal truce until the end of the year but insisted the move still did not go far enough.
 arrow India flays US over visa refusal to Modi
India yesterday urged the US to review its decision to refuse visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 sectarian violence, calling it an "uncalled for" and insensitive action.
 arrow 8 Pak soldiers, 40 tribals killed in troubled region
Eight soldiers and 40 tribal people were killed and 23 injured in fierce desert gunbattles with tribal rebels in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Rice accuses DPRK of using tyranny label to avoid nuke issue
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused North Korea on Thursday of focusing on the US label of Pyongyang as an "outpost of tyranny" to avoid discussing its nuclear programme.
 arrow Nepal's tough talk against India sign of despair: Experts
A senior Nepalese official's diatribe against India, accusing it of practising double standards, is being seen as a sign of Kathmandu's despair that would impair traditional ties.
 arrow CIA blames Iran, Syria for meddling in Iraq
The director of the CIA accused Iran on Thursday of meddling in Iraq and said Syria was not working hard enough to stop militants entering the country to undermine Baghdad's efforts at stability.
 arrow World's forgotten millions
An additional three million people internally displaced within their own borders were forced to flee their homes last year because of civil wars and human rights abuses, a group monitoring the situation
 arrow Shias, Kurds make progress in talks over govt formation
Shia and Kurdish officials reported progress Thursday in resolving disagreements over territorial issues and Cabinet posts, but said they may need another week to put together Iraq's coalition government.
 arrow 'Israel armed itself with nukes 40 yrs back'
Israel armed itself with the "nuclear option" 40 years ago for use as a last resort should Arab countries threaten its existence, one of the men responsible for the state's nuclear programme said in remarks
 arrow Ukraine admits to selling missiles to Iran, China
Ukraine admitted to the Financial Times newspaper yesterday that it had exported nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China, amid tense diplomatic debate over Tehran's alleged quest for nuclear
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tax evaders on line of fire
Stalked by revenue collection shortfall post the half-way point of fiscal 2004-2005, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman with his characteristic tough-talk flair warned the tax-payers to mend their waysor
 arrow Editorial: Buriganga pollution
It is with extreme distress that we learned of the stunning deterioration in the Buriganga river which has of late turned into a veritable cesspool of pollution.
 arrow Mending fences in Europe?
There appears to have been a marked change in the tone that shaped the US President's recent visit to Europe.
 arrow Kashmir through Track II
THERE are many signs to indicate that Kashmir presentsa better picture today than before. The border is quiet. The infiltration is low.
Letters to Editorarrow Hurt-all!
Since a debate is raging on hartal to such extent that some individuals have even expressed their doubt on whether hartal does any damage at all, so I propose to change the spelling in English to "hurt-all"
 arrow Legalising bribes
Why not legalise bribes? I use the word "bribe" since it's more familiar than anything else is. It's really an incentive bonus.
 arrow English medium education
I am a product of the English medium education available in Dhaka. The education enabled me to compete on an equal footing with my peers around the world.
 arrow Satellite television
We cannot live without watching at least one satellite programme every day. Everyone around us seeks enjoyment through watching satellite programmes.
 arrow English medium schools
In a recent report published in your newspaper, the Honourable Education Minister said that there should be a regulatory body for English medium schools.
 arrow Democracy on deathbed
It is true that democracy is now on its deathbed. But the reasons of its ailment in all probability were knowingly and desperately ignored.
 arrow Imported milk costlier
The price of imported powder milk is soaring, and it has lately gone up by 30 to 40 percent. The official measures to bring down the retail prices are not well publicised.
StarTecharrow The mirror of splendor
REFLECTING the breathtaking beauty of Bangladesh, a tourism related informative multimedia production "Banglar Aayna" has recently been released by Panaroma Tourism in co-operation with Bangladesh Parjatan
 arrow Living the Java life
LIVING up to their words, in trying to promote the Java programming sector of the nation, JPgroup (Java Programmers Group) organised a knowledge-sharing workshop on Agile software development methodologies
 arrow Bridging work and study
LAST month, North South University (NSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alcatel, one of the leading Telecommunication Company, setting a landmark in bridging academia and the industry.
 arrow Nation's first Software and ITES directory launched
TO increase local software trade and exposure beyond the boundary, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) launched country's first directory on software and IT enabled services
Literaturearrow Two Men-Completely Drenched
It started raining suddenly. Big drops of rain fell thick and fast, boring down hard on to the dust-laden road. Being out of season the downpour was most unexpected, specially such an intense one.
 arrow A Workshop and Bahirbanga Bangla
Some years back, Prof Dr Abdul Sattar Dalvi, former head of the Urdu department of the Mumbai University, wanted to organise a felicitation ceremony for writers from two languages not his own -- Nissim
 arrow Poetry Engage
Yellow Hibiscus: New & Selected Poems, by Rukmini Bhaya Nair. Penguin India 2004. 214 pp.
The poet-academic has long been a familiar figure.

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