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Front Pagearrow Tornado toll hits 40
Some 8,000 people are living out in the open in four upazilas of Gaibandha and Rangpur districts with the death counts in Sunday night's devastating tornado climbing to 40 yesterday.
 arrow Singapore talks focus on trade, terrorism
Singapore will assist Bangladesh in marketing its diversified products across the globe and work together to fight international terrorism.
 arrow HC convicts editors, publishers, reporters of contempt
The High Court yesterday convicted and fined the editors, publishers and three reporters of the Prothom Alo and Bhorer Kagoj for contempt of court for running a report that an additional judge 'tampered'
 arrow Sub-sea cable link plan rejected
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday rejected a proposal to award a contract to install an optical fibre link between Cox's Bazar and Chittagong that will hook Bangladesh to the global information
 arrow Plaintiff wants to see documents before accepting chargesheet
The plaintiff in Habiganj grenade attack case yesterday sought court's permission to see the case documents before accepting the chargesheet that was submitted on Saturday by Criminal Investigation Department
 arrow Kibria family terms it a bid to save mastermind
Family of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and leaders of different political parties yesterday rejected the chargesheet in the killing of the Awami League (AL) lawmaker, and described it as incomplete.
 arrow Secretariat made 'off-limits' to 28
The government has virtually declared 28 ex-joint and deputy secretaries persona non grata inside the Bangladesh Secretariat for their alleged anti-government campaigns among the government officials.
 arrow FBI agent in Dhaka
The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) special agent, who is now in the city to review the investigation into the killing of Shah ASMS Kibria, yesterday met some officials concerned of the home ministry
 arrow 4 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Three leaders of two outlawed parties and a youth with criminal records were killed yesterday in Naogaon, Kushtia and Patuakhali in three separate encounters with police and alleged criminals.
 arrow Nine arrested for manpower sham
Motijheel police arrested nine manpower agents in two separate drives at Fakirerpool in the last two days on charges of taking money from innocent people and promising to sending them abroad.
 arrow Proposal not okayed for change in lead sponsor's name
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday sent back to the energy and power ministry its 'faulty' proposal to award a contract for the second 450 megawatt Meghnaghat Power Project to a Dubai-Bangladesh
 arrow Dhaka observes water day today amid crisis of safe water
Bangladesh, reeling from a serious water crisis due to both consumption and irrigation, will observe the World Water Day today.
 arrow Indian HC for transit thru' Ctg port
Indian High Commissioner (HC) in Bangladesh Veena Sikri yesterday said a transit facility through Chittagong Port will help to make the bilateral economic ties between the two countries stronger.
 arrow PM's programme book abounds with errors
The foreign ministry has again made gross factual errors in its programme book on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's ongoing official visit to Singapore.
 arrow Cop jailed for stealing from courthouse
A Kushtia court yesterday sentenced a sub-inspector (SI) to five years rigorous imprisonment and threw two thieves into jail for three months for stealing goods from the court storehouse.
 arrow DCC to rename 5 roads after Liberation War heroes
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken an initiative to rename five city roads after five sector commanders of the Liberation War to introduce the great freedom fighters to the new generation.
 arrow BDR issues red alert
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday issued a red alert as Border Security Force (BSF) resumed construction of barbed wire fences on Sharifpur border in Kulaura upazila.
 arrow 'Outcasts' stand hand in hand against discrimination
Over 5,000 Hindus of the lower castes brought out a bicycle procession and also formed a five-kilometre-long human chain from Patkelghata to Shobhashuni on both sides of the Satkhira-Khulna road in observance
 arrow 'Robber' lynched
A mob yesterday lynched an alleged robber and injured two others at Kafrul in the capital.
 arrow Main accused in killing of 9 peacekeepers arrested
A militia chief suspected of involvement in the killing of nine UN peacekeeping soldiers from Bangladesh was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local press said yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet Division says only it can transfer ex-staff of Bac
The Cabinet Division has the sole jurisdiction to transfer the staff of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), the division yesterday said in a letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Businessarrow Huge response prompts Bepza to make 3 new EPZs this year
With new investments pouring in, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) has decided to develop three new exclusive economic enclaves this year and put extra efforts to complete the projects
 arrow BR to procure 50 passenger carriages from Indonesia
The government will procure 50 modern broad gauge passenger carriages from Indonesia to improve the passenger service of Bangladesh Railway (BR).
 arrow First-ever calling card for BTTB phone hits market Saturday
Formula One International Limited will launch the country's first-ever prepaid calling card for the state-owned BTTB's international and local long distance calls on the Independence Day.
 arrow Biman's foreign stations spend Tk469cr on aircraft spare parts in 10 years
Bangladesh Biman's foreign branches spent Tk 469.46 crore for purchasing aircraft spare parts and other necessary things while its domestic purchase section spent Tk 87.
 arrow China eyes 8pc growth until 2010
China's economy will grow at an average annual rate of 8 percent from 2006 to 2010, according to a top think-tank whose forecast exceeds a well established official view that long-term growth would average
 arrow Oil inches towards $57
Oil prices edged towards $57 a barrel on Monday as the IMF forecast high energy costs to stay for the next two years on worries that robust demand would strain global supplies despite moves by Opec producers
 arrow Finally three cargo ships anchor in Mongla port
Finally, three cargo ships anchored in the problem-ridden Mongla Port this week, restoring normal harbour activities.
 arrow Management reshuffle at Reliance Ins
M Shamsul Alam has been made the deputy chairman of Reliance Insurance Ltd.
Earlier, he voluntarily retired from the post of managing director and chief executive officer of the company.

 arrow Fareast Finance declares 10pc dividend
Leasing and financing company Fareast Finance and Investment Limited has declared a ten percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Karachi chamber team due March 29
A 20-member delegation from Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) will visit Bangladesh from March 29 to April 5.
 arrow Holcim holds retailers' meet
Cement company Holcim recently held its retailers' meet at Mirpur in Dhaka recently.
About 150 retailers of the company from Mirpur, Shaymoli, Mohammadpur, Ashulia and Savar attended the meeting.

 arrow Samorita Hospital approves 10pc bonus share
Samorita Hospital Limited has okayed a 10 percent bonus share for its shareholders.
 arrow EU tells US to clarify its stance
The European Union called on Monday for the United States to clarify its position after talks to resolve a dispute over subsidies for European aircraft maker Airbus and US rival Boeing broke down.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani Orange crushed
Abahani suffered their worst defeat in domestic football in 30 years when they were humbled 4-0 by Brothers Union in the Independence Day Gold Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Host teams pile on
Runs rained on the second day of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bob predicts comeback
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer yesterday prai-sed India for wi-nning the second Test, but vowed his team will come back strongly in the final match to salvage the series.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis pray for more rain
New Zealand were praying for more rain to save them from defeat in the second Test against Australia after a batting collapse at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan reported again
India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was reported for a suspect bowling action for his second consecutive Test match and the third time in his career, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.
 arrow Cricket: Second tsunami match at Lord's
A second major fund-raising limited-overs cricket match, in aid of the tsunami appeal, will be staged at Lord's on June 14 it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Milan stay on par
AC Milan rejoined Juventus at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Roma for the reigning champions' eighth consecutive league victory and their 10th in all competitions.
 arrow Football: Carlos saves the day
Real Madrid kept the Primera Liga title race alive by beating Malaga 1-0 in the Bernabeu on Sunday, reducing Barcelona's lead at the top to 11 points.
 arrow Football: Liverpool get the result
Liverpool boosted their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Everton in a passionate Merseyside derby on Sunday.
 arrow Football: UEFA means business
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and two other staff, effectively accusing the English Premier League leaders of lying.
 arrow Tennis: Federer destroys Hewitt
Roger Federer successfully defended his Indian Wells ATP Masters Series title, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final to claim his 26th career singles crown.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid top Test bat
India batsman Rahul Dravid has climbed to the top of the Test rankings after scoring two centuries in the victory over Pakistan in Kolkata on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Congratulations Muralitharans!
Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka's spin wizard and previously one of the island's most eligible bachelors, married his Chennai-based bride, Madhi Ramamurthy, during a colourful traditional South Indian
 arrow Football: Ronaldo sorry for losing head
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo apologised for throwing a plastic water battle into the crowd after being abused by fans during his side's narrow 1-0 home win over Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l women's chess
International Women's Master Rani Hamid and Shamima Akhter Liza shared the top position with 8.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangladesh won't accept one-sided India decision'
Bangladesh will not accept any one-sided decision by India regarding widely publicised international river-linking project, said State Minister for Water Resources Ministry Gautam Chakraborty yesterday.
 arrow Mohiuddin, Nasir pledge to make Ctg a better place
The two main contenders in the election to the Chittagong City Corporation, incumbent mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury of the Awami League and former mayor Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin of BNP, have pledged to
 arrow Talk with neighbour for due share of water: Jalil
No country should obstruct the flow of rivers at the upstream, causing damage to the lower riparian state, said Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure accountability of pvt universities'
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Dr M Asaduzzaman has stressed the need for ensuring accountability of private universities.
 arrow Guard found dead inside bank
A guard was found dead inside the Mohakhali branch office of the Islami Bank in the city yesterday morning.
The victim was identified as Shah Mohammad Abdul Awal, 50.

 arrow World Water Day today
World Water Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow 392 prisoners to be freed on Independence Day
The government has decided to release 392 prisoners from different jails of the country on the occasion of the Independence and National Day on March 26.
 arrow Three left-leaning party offices ransacked in city
The offices of Ganotantrik Biplobi Jote (GBJ), Trade Union Federation and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation at Purana Paltan were ransacked on Sunday night.
 arrow New library at American Centre
A new library was inaugurated at the American Centre in the city amid festive ceremony yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Scholarships for aspiring rural photojournalists
Chobi Mela III (www.chobimela.org) is offering two scholarships worth Tk 75,000 each to aspiring rural photojournalists for 2005, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Bidding bye to child marriage, polygamy
A great decision was taken at a remote village in the district, which will go a long way in curbing child marriage and violence against women.
 arrow 3 lakh brace for a repeat of flood
Netrakona: Over three lakh people in about 100 villages in Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur district and Fulpur and Haluaghat upazilas in Mymensingh district brace for a flood havoc this year also, onlybecause
 arrow Remarks on media under fire
Rajshahi Sangbadik Samaj (Rajshahi Journalist Society) yesterday brought out a procession in the city covering their faces with black cloths and held a rally at the Zero Point demanding punishment ofthe
 arrow Demise of a children’s park in Bandarban
Over 100 children on Saturday took out a mute procession in the hilly town in protest against a bid to establish a ladies' club by removing a children's park set up by the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development
 arrow Harijans demand equal social rights
Over 5000 members of Harijan community brought out a bicycle procession, formed a five-kilometre human chain in Satkhira and held a rally yesterday in observance of the International Day of Elimination
 arrow BDR jawans donate blood
A blood donation campaign was organised jointly by14 and 15 Rifles battalions here recently.
 arrow 'Faulty’ SSC questions
"Faulty" question papers of Mathematics was supplied among SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinees under Jessore Education Board on Saturday.
Culturearrow Runa and her magic web of melodies
Initially, as a small child, Runa Laila was more fond of dancing than singing. Nevertheless she settled for singing as she grew, learning from Ustad Abdul Qader and Ustad Habibuddin Ahmed.
 arrow "I try not to act" --Prachi
To the TV viewers and meaningful movie enthusiasts, Rokeya Prachi is an eloquent personality.
 arrow Homage to Abdul Latif
Abdul Latif, the first composer of our Language Movement song-- Aamar Bhaier Rakte Raangano--passed away on February 26th. However, his songs remain his best legacy to future generations.
 arrow 6th Bangladesh Film Festival to be held in London
The Rainbow Film Society, in cooperation with its London branch, will hold the 6th annual Bangladesh Film Festival, to be held in London from May 15 to 25. Channel i will be the media partner of thefestival.
 arrow Stars perform for Mandela's AIDS drive
Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday at an international concert to raise funds for women in South Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS.
 arrow Shera Shandhani, Vol 1
Omni Books will hold a discussion meeting to mark the publication of Shera Shandhani, Vol 1 (Collection of article published in the weekly Shandhani) on March 23 at 5 pm at the premises of Omni
Generalarrow Probe team returns without talking to victims
The two-member home ministry probe team left Rajshahi for Dhaka yesterday evening without interviewing Bagmara villager Abdul Bari, who says his family has been hiding out for the last year in fear of
 arrow Ex-UP chairman shot dead in Rangamati
Unknown assailants on Sunday night gunned down a former Union Parishad (UP) chairman at Kutukchhari Bazar under Naniarchar upazila of the district.
 arrow Singapore orchid named after Khaleda Zia
A new orchid has been named after Khaleda Zia as a mark of respect to her visit to the Singapore Botanical Garden, the National Orchid Garden.
Internationalarrow Israel's new Jerusalem plan angers Palestinians
Israel plans to build 3,500 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank to cement its hold on Jerusalem, government sources said Monday, drawing Palestinian warnings that peace efforts were
 arrow UN chief outlines reform plans
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan threw down the gauntlet to world leaders yesterday, pressing them to adopt his proposals for wide-ranging reforms to the United Nations this year.
 arrow Bush signs bill to save brain-damaged woman
US President George W.
 arrow Ball in N Korea's court: Rice
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday the ball was in North Korea's court as to when stalled talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program can restart, and reiterated Washington has no plans to attack.
 arrow 'Pakistan may hand over AQ Khan to US'
A powerful opposition grouping here claims that the Pakistan government may hand over father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb and disgraced scientist AQ Khan to the US.
 arrow Thousands seek refuge after quake in Japan
Nearly 3,000 people took refuge at evacuation centers on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu Monday, a day after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck, killing one and injuring about 500 people.
 arrow US urges Beijing to ease tension across Taiwan Strait
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Monday urged China to reduce tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying an anti-secession law was not welcome and unhelpful for any eventual reunification.
 arrow UN peacekeepers killed in Haiti
Gun battles in Haiti between UN troops and rebels have left four people dead, including two peacekeepers.
 arrow US reconsidering visa denial to Modi: Pallone
The US is reconsidering the denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a leading Congressman and founder of India Caucus group Frank Pallone said on Monday.
 arrow Singh, Advani adjudged 'Best Parliamentarian'
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Minister Arjun Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh were on Monday conferred with the 'Best Parliamentarian'
Editorialarrow Editorial: BSS controversy
We are astonished at the publication of an apparently baseless news story by BSS stating that there had been a meeting between Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Sajib Wazed Joy, the son ofthe
 arrow Editorial: Budget for public universities
The Association of the Universities has demanded an increase in the budget for the public universities.
 arrow Food for thought
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), and the Bangladesh Rice Foundation (BRF) jointly organized a seminar recently in Dhaka
 arrow The big picture in Asia
For some obscure reason, few in Pakistan try to keep the big picture of major changes in Asia in view.
Letters to Editorarrow Role of India
Raj Chengapa from "India Today" was quoted in the Sunday, March 20 edition of your daily as saying, "We are surrounded by failing states and problems, you know, whether you look at Nepal or Sri Lanka
 arrow Better alone!
According to the Awami League as reported in DS of 19 March,'05, Bangladesh will become a friendless state(!), as they could not perceive or understand the straightforward and bold stand the popular
 arrow Esports or sports?
Many of our viewers don't watch BTV nowadays. That's why many don't know about the performance of announcers and reporters of BTV. They have terrible problem of pronunciation.
 arrow Hartal
I was reading an article regarding hartal. I have been staying outside the country for the last fourteen years. There are so many problems that we face abroad.
 arrow Deaths in the Mediterranean
We are extremely shocked and dismayed at the news of the deaths of the ill fated Bangladeshis inside a boat in the Mediterranean.
 arrow A social cancer
Drug addiction has become a serious threat to the modern world. The number of addicts is increasing at an alarming rate.
 arrow Do you love your citizens?
Not all prime ministers or presidents have a close relationship with their citizens.
World Water Day Special arrow Overcoming sloth in water sector
Water, essential for life on this planet, is also the engine for the economic growth. Its use has been dynamic.
 arrow Water and women
Give me a glass of water. I am very thirsty". This is an usual type of request or capricious insistence commonly made by a man to a woman in our society.
 
   
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