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Front Pagearrow A river sacrificed to realtors
The river Turag, the main tributary of the river Buriganga on the northern fringe of the city, is fast being sacrificed to development, with its shores stolen for building construction and its waterspolluted
 arrow Salutes to martyrs
The nation yesterday celebrated the 35th Independence and National Day, paying tributes to the three million martyrs who sacrificed their lives to free the country from the yoke of Pakistani colonialrule.
 arrow 20 more job seekers return from abroad
Twenty more fortune seekers came back home yesterday from the Maldives and Mauritania after being cheated by unscrupulous manpower agents.
 arrow Babar warns Rab against harassment of the innocent
State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday warned the elite crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) against harassment on innocent people.
 arrow Savar turns safe haven for city criminals
Savar has become a safe haven of crime as underground operatives, cadres of outlawed parties and top listed criminals of the capital often abscond to its remote areas after committing crimes.
 arrow Alliance govt hooks up with anti-liberation forces: AL
The BNP-led coalition government has teamed up with anti-liberation forces to shatter the spirit of the Liberation War, Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said.
 arrow Cops inactive as gazette did not reach them
The anti-smoking law could not be implemented starting yesterday--the day it came into effect--as the law enforcement agencies did not get the copy of the gazette notification.
 arrow 5 robbers beaten to death
An angry mob beat five alleged robbers to death at Bashgari Notun Bazar in Raipura upazila under the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Bangabandhu missing in state programmes
Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's name and contributions were completely ignored in the state programmes and in the state-owned media on the Independence Day yesterday.
 arrow 6 die in road accidents
Six people were killed in three road accidents in Narsingdi, Comilla and Manikganj districts yesterday.
 arrow Tornado toll goes up to 53
Three more tornado-hit people died at different hospitals yesterday, raising the death toll in the natural disaster to 53.
 arrow DCC renames road after Zia
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday renamed a city road after late president Ziaur Rahman for his outstanding contributions to the Liberation War as a sector commander.
 arrow Sehwag leads Indian reply
Opener Virender Sehwag hit a swashbuckling 201 but Pakistan hung on to reduce India to 379 for six on the third day of the final Test on Saturday.
 arrow Bhutan unveils first constitution
Bhutan has proposed a two-party political system to wield power in place of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck as it unveiled its first constitution yesterday in public ceremonies across the country.
 arrow Over 10,000 rally against Musharraf
More than 10,000 protesters rallied in this southwestern city in Pakistan on Friday, demanding President Gen. Pervez Musharraf step down.
 arrow Seven killed in Kashmir
Suspected Muslim rebels killed seven people, including three women of a Muslim family in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, a police spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Three US soldiers killed in Iraq
A car bomb struck a US military patrol yesterday in the Iraqi capital, killing two US soldiers and injuring two others, and a Marine died in action in a restive central province, the military said.
 arrow US to help India grow as major world power
The United States unveiled plans Friday to help India become a "major world power in the 21st century" as it offered to step up a strategic dialogue with India to boost missile defence and other security
 arrow Amini's new theory on independence proclamation
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini MP yesterday claimed that "hakkani, ulema, masaekh" were the first proclaimers of independence of this country as Imam Abdul Aziz ® first issued
 arrow Colombian police find drugs sub
Police in Colombia have uncovered a submarine, which they believe was built by drug smugglers to transport cocaine.
 arrow Tripura cops gun down Bangladeshi
A Bangladeshi youth was shot dead and his brother wounded by Tripura police when they crossed the border and entered a rubber garden to cut wood on Friday.
 arrow 13-yr-old girl raped at city garment factory
A 13-year-old girl was raped at a garment factory in Pallabi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Graffiti irk PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday vented her annoyance with the graffiti of different organisations and political parties, including the ruling BNP, that defiles the fair face of the just-beautified
 arrow Shibir bars screening of films against fundamentalism
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) members at the Chittagong University (CU) barred a cultural group from screening the films, Lal Shalu and Matir Moina, two anti-funda-mentalism films at the CU Social Science
Businessarrow Cement prices rise 20pc on high clinker costs, freight charges
Cement prices have shot up by 20 percent in domestic market over the last three months as manufacturers feel the bite of high freight charges and clinker prices.
 arrow New variety of tea evolved
Bangladesh Tea Research Institute has evolved a clone variety tea in the wake of growing competition in export market and high domestic demand.
 arrow ING Group to buy 20pc of Chinese bank
ING Group NV announced Friday it had agreed to buy a 19.9 percent stake in Bank of Beijing, one of China's largest city banks.
The European finance giant said the deal was worth 1.

 arrow Vietnam urged to fight money laundering
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Hanoi Thursday to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, amid efforts to control flows of money into the country through unofficial channels.
 arrow IMF praises Brazil for economic turnaround
The International Monetary Fund on Friday praised Brazil for an "impressive" economic transformation, while calling for additional measures to boost growth and curb poverty.
 arrow India, Japan to develop gas off Andamans
Japan and India have reached a basic agreement on the joint development of natural gas off the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, a press report said Saturday.
 arrow Seoul unlikely to follow US interest rate hike
South Korea's top economic minister said Friday that this week's latest US interest rate hike would not be followed here as the country's economy is still only on the path to recovery.
 arrow Dollar steady in quiet holiday trading
The dollar held in a narrow range Friday in thin trading, with many forex traders on holiday and stock markets closed for the long Easter weekend.
The euro was quoted at 1900 GMT at 1.

 arrow Foreign banks become big tax payers in Beijing
The 23 foreign banks in Beijing paid 36 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in taxes in the first quarter of this year, up 75 percent over the same period last year, the city taxation bureau said Saturday.
 arrow Two-day Safe meet ends in Ctg
The two-day meeting of the regional market committee of South Asian Federation of Stock Exchanges (Safe) ended yesterday here.
On the final day, the meeting finalised a set of recommendations.

 arrow ACI becomes marketing partner of Godrej
ACI Limited has become exclusive marketing partner of Godrej consumer products in Bangladesh.
 arrow Wal-Mart former vice chairman resigns
Wal-Mart Stores Inc former Vice Chairman Thomas Coughlin resigned as a director on Friday over a company probe into unauthorized use of corporate gift cards and personal reimbursements that has also been
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sehwag show on Day 3
Virender Seh-wag yet again proved to be Pa-kistan's nightmare as he ha-mmered a ro-bust 201 to help India avoid follow-on in the third and final Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No complaints about wickets
There may be a lot of things cricket authorities can do to turn the country's only first-class competition into a true professional one, but one thing has pleased the leading cricketers this year is the
 arrow Cricket: 'I know one way to play'
A blistering 262-ball 201 would satisfy most batsmen but Virender Sehwag was left disappointed with the manner of his dismissal against Pakistan in the third and final Test on Saturday.
 arrow Football: MSC-BU battle today
Mohammedan Sporting Club and Brothers Union lock horns today to decide who plays Muktijoddha in the final of the Independence Day Gold Cup Football tournament.
 arrow Cricket: NZ slip late in the day
Australia shattered a valiant New Zealand start to the third Test Saturday seizing the initiative with three late wickets to have the Black Caps at 199 for five at the close of the first day's play.
 arrow Cricket: Titas Gas win big
Rahat Khan led his side from the front with an unbeaten hundred as Titas Gas Adarsha High registered a six-wicket victory against University Laboratory in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers NationalSchool
 arrow Football: Dream start for Iran
Iran made sure their World Cup dream was kept on track Friday with a convincing 2-1 home win against top Asian rivals Japan, largely thanks to their trio of Bundesliga-based stars.
 arrow Football: Giggs plans to play on
Wales skipper Ryan Giggs has vowed to continue in international football despite seeing seven players call time on their careers with the country following the departure of Mark Hughes as the national
 arrow Football: Saudis sink S Koreans
Saudi Arabia's convincing 2-0 victory over World Cup semifinalists South Korea here on Friday has put Gabriel Calderon's team well on course to qualify for the 2006 finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Of delight and despair
Iran's 2-1 win over Japan in the Asian Group B World Cup qualifiers has given the Middle East side a boost in confidence and left their top Asian rivals wrangling over tactics.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka arrive in New Zealand
Sri Lanka arrived in New Zealand on Friday for their re-scheduled Two-Test series which was postponed in January following the tsunami in Asia.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas touch down in the Caribbean
South Africa will use their first two days in the Caribbean to acclimatise and overcome the effects of the long journey after arriving in Antigua late on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Injury halts Roddick
Andy Roddick's defence of his Key Biscayne ATP Masters Series title crashed to a halt Friday as the American retired from his opening match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco with a right wrist sprain.
 arrow Football: Beckham misses it
England captain David Beckham, who is considering his future with Real Madrid for family reasons, says he misses the competitive spirit of English football in La Liga.
 arrow Football: Tragedy in Tehran
Five people were trampled to death and 40 injured in a crush of spectators after Friday evening's World Cup qualifier between Iran and Japan, and another person died of an apparent heart attack brought
 arrow Football: N Koreans complain to FIFA
North Korea will make an official complaint to FIFA over what their coach believed was unfair refereeing during a World Cup qualifier against Bahrain, a newspaper report said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gerrard rejects Chelsea rumours
Steven Gerrard has branded reports claiming he has already decided to leave Liverpool for Chelsea in the summer as "absolute rubbish".
 arrow Football: Aussies saved by sub Elrich
Substitute Ahmad Elrich scored with his first touch to give Australia a flattering 2-1 win over Iraq in a football international at the Sydney Olympic stadium on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow No DU move yet to write history
Although 34 long years have already gone by, the authorities of Dhaka University (DU) hardly took any initiative to preserve the memories of the war.
 arrow 'AL uses FFs as tools for achieving power'
The Awami League has used the freedom fighters as a ladder to rise to power but has done nothing for them, said BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday.
 arrow AL wants to create anarchy: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said that the Awami League wanted to create anarchy across the country in the name of reforms in caretaker government system.
 arrow President hosts reception
On the occasion of the Independence and National Day, President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prof. Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception at Bangabhaban yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Nizami rules out armed Islamic revolution
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday dismissed the notion of armed revolution in the name of Islam in Bangladesh, saying that only Islamic ideology can guarantee national independenceand
 arrow Qulkhwani of Amena Serniabat today
Qulkhwani of Amena Serniabat, wife of late Abdur Rab Serniabat, will be held today at Dhanmondi in the city after Asr prayers today.
 arrow BNP procession today
As a part of its 10-day programmes on occasion of Independence and National Day, ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will bring out a procession from Paltal Maidan in the city at 4.00pm today.
Nationalarrow Smoking discouraged, not tobacco cultivation
The law prohibiting smoking in public places took effect yesterday, but the scene is otherwise in tobacco fields.
 arrow Extortionists stop bus terminal work in Patuakhali
Extortionists stopped construction of the World Bank (WB) assisted Patuakhali central bus terminal as the construction firm did not pay them Tk 25 lakh toll.
 arrow Zahir can’t tell 8-yr-old kid his mother, sister are no more
Eight-year-old Zahedul looked for his mother as he regained sense after four days, not knowing she was no more.
 arrow Local leaders reject new B'baria JP body
Fifty local leaders and workers of Jatiya Party (JP) have rejected its newly-formed district committee.
The rejection came from a press conference at Brahmanbaria Press Club.

 arrow How does the upazila run?
Seven administrative posts of Nabinagar Upazila in the district are vacant for long.
 arrow Wife threatened for suing husband's killers
A widow is being threatened by alleged killers of her husband to withdraw case against them or 'face the dire consequence.
 arrow Magura AL council now on April 4
The triennial council of Magura district Awami League (AL) will now he held on April 4 instead of March 31.
 arrow Schoolboy Rajab murder: 5 arrested in Satkhira
Five persons including a housewife were arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a schoolboy at village Bishnupur in Kaliganj upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Easter: Feast of new life
Alleluiah! Today is Easter Sunday! Today, Sunday, March 27, the Christian community joyfully celebrates the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 arrow Motivated journalism troubling Bangladesh
Whereas our counterparts in neighbouring India display both professionalism and patriotism in the realms of press and politics alike, the situation appears to be just the reverse in Bangladesh.
 arrow Jihad against partisan political use of Islam
Fatemolla is a familiar name, mainly among internet users/readers interested in the critique of political Islam, especially among Bangladeshi Muslim freethinkers.
Culturearrow The legacy of Liberation War in theatre
The Liberation War has always played a vital role in our post-liberation stage plays, since the current "neo theatre trend" is a direct output of our independence.
 arrow Rocking to foster the less fortunate
More or less, we all love music and who doesn't enjoy an evening with rockstars, getting euphoric with the jamming of guitars, drum beats and tunes played on the keyboard? If it is for an altruistic cause
 arrow An evening with poets
Alliance Francaise arranged a recitation programme at its café recently. Prominent and promising poets recited their poems at the programme organised on the occasion of the spring festival for poets.
 arrow Bangladeshi paintings in Tokyo
The experimental works of 16 young artists from Bangladesh were seen recently at Chuwa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. This exhibition was organised by GS Kabir, who now resides in Tokyo.
Generalarrow Liberation war martyrs pride of world
The New York City administration organised a discussion on Wednesday on the occasion of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.
 arrow Schoolboy murdered in Kushtia
Police yesterday recovered the slaughtered body of a missing school student from a maize field of Madia village under Daulatpur upazila in the district.
Internationalarrow US F-16 sale unlikely to shoot down Indo-Pak peace move: Analysts
India and Pakistan should be able to keep their fledgling peace process alive despite New Delhi's anger at the planned US sale of F-16 warplanes to nuclear rival Islamabad, analysts and officials said.
 arrow US building ties with both India, Pakistan
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended a US decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and elaborated on US efforts to build ties with both India and Pakistan at once, in a lengthy interview
 arrow India, Myanmar agree to keep border quiet
Carrying forward the new momentum in bilateral ties, India and Myanmar yesterday emphasised that a stable security environment in the border area was a subject of mutual interest and a shared goal.
 arrow India, China may sign deal on border row
India and China may sign an agreement during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April outlining principles to resolve a border dispute over which they fought a brief war in 1962, a newspaper
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Afghan mine blast
Four US soldiers were killed in an explosion in the southeastern Afghan province of Logar last morning when their vehicle convoy ran over a mine as they were surveying the area with Afghan soldiers, the
 arrow Kyrgyz leaders seeks to restore order
Kyrgyzstan's new leadership sought to tighten its hold yesterday on the ex-Soviet Central Asian state gripped by lawlessness after the toppling of President Askar Akayev.
 arrow Lebanon opposition steps up pressure after UN report
Lebanese opposition figures urged quick action yesterday on a UN call for an international probe into the killing of former premier Rafiq Hariri and a shakeup in the country's security apparatus.
 arrow US asks Israel to end settlement expansion
Israel's plans to expand a settlement in the West Bank is "at odds with American policy" and should come to a "full stop" because it could threaten progress toward peace with the Palestinians, Secretary
 arrow Taiwanese stage mass rally to protest China's new law
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets yesterday, waving banners and shouting slogans for peace and democracy to protest a new Chinese law threatening
 arrow US Army probe finds widespread Iraqi abuse
Newly released government documents say the abuse of prisoners in Iraq by US forces was more widespread than previously reported.
 arrow Maoists held secret meet in Delhi: Nepal
Defying India's ban on them, Nepal's Maoist guerrillas held a secret meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss the expulsion of three top leaders, Nepal's army said Thursday.
 arrow Kyrgyz revolt inspires Mongolians to protest
More than one thousand people marched in front of the Mongolian seat of government here demanding more democracy in a protest inspired by the revolt in Kyrgyzstan, witnesses said yesterday.
 arrow Aga Khan honoured
The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims and the head of one of the world's largest private development agencies, has received the prestigious 2005 Vincent Scully Award for his contributions
 arrow Schiavo in her last hours, says father
A federal appeals court panel refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube Friday, hours after the severely brain-damaged woman's father said she was weakening and down "to her last
Editorialarrow Editorial: March 26 without Bangabandhu
Once again we cannot help but note with distress the lengths that certain segments of the media and the polity are apparently prepared to go in order to erase Sheikh Mujib from history.
 arrow Editorial: Rab into the second year
Rab, the elite anti-crime force, has completed one year of its existence.
 arrow Balancing development with sovereignty
Of late, a fresh element which was dormant so far has become very pronounced, causing acute discomfort to the authorities, and has added to the relentless confrontational politics in Bangladesh.
 arrow BJP gains from Congress missteps
It appears that the BJP is beginning to retrieve the territory it had lost. After the defeat at the Lok Sabha polls nearly one year ago the party was in the dumps. The media paid it hardly any attention.
Letters to Editorarrow Smart people's English!
I cannot help but respond to the letter with the heading "Esports or sports" published in the March 22nd edition of the DS.
 arrow UN ban on human cloning
Finally the United Nations has called on countries to ban on all forms of human cloning, as cloning is incompatible with human dignity.
 arrow Millennium harmony
As I grow older, entering the new millennium is no consolation. I feel like retiring more and more into my retirement. The failure of human endeavour baffles me. Modern life is no longer simple and unaffected.
 arrow Do we need student politics?
Do we actually need student politics right now? Or is it really very impossible to keep the big public universities out of politics? Or is it very necessary to turn the young, innocent students into mere
 arrow Debate on caretaker government
Recently Awami League(AL), the main opposition party of Bangladesh put up a proposal to reform the existing caretaker government system of our country.
Star Healtharrow How to reduce childhood mortality
Child mortality rates have decreased in recent years, however rates are still much too high.
 arrow Total hip replacement is available at home now-a-days
It was indeed a milestone in the history of Total Hip Replacement (THR) surgery in our country when local surgeons successfully restored mobility of patients suffering from degenerative diseases of hip
 arrow Move for Health
Available experience and scientific evidence show that the regular practice of appropriate physical activity and sports provides people, both male and female, of all ages and conditions - including disabilities
 arrow Essential facts about tuberculosis
*Tuberculosis is a preventable disease
*Tuberculosis is a airborne infection
*Tuberculosis can be fully treated with antibiotic tablets
*It is not difficult to diagnosis tuberculosis
*The incidence

 arrow Mental illness under-treated globally
Mental disorders from severe depression to uncontrolled anger are surprisingly common around the world, and most of the worst cases are not being treated, researchers reported.
 arrow Vitamin E risk
We need Vitamin E for healthy skin and to boost immunity. But taking too much of the vitamin may be dangerous, say doctors at John Hopkins.
Star Cityarrow Women in deadly drug trap
Leena, a 21-year student of a private university, was passing a difficult emotional phase of her life as she recently ended a 3-year relationship with her boyfriend.
 arrow Old Dhaka water supply faces purification crisis
Supply of water by Dhaka Wasa (Water and Sewerage Authority) in the old part of the city may soon face a setback due to shortage of water purifying chemicals.
 arrow A hope to stand for justice
“I am the resurrection and the life!"
Words that were heard at service almost every day, during the Lenten season, the period in which Christians commemorate the agony, the passion and crucifixion and

 arrow Electronic traffic signalling: So far so good
The recently installed electronic traffic signalling system in the city has apparently eased traffic congestion to a certain extent.
 arrow Karwan Bazar underpass turns dirty again
The Karwan Bazar underpass recently underwent a facelift but pedestrians are worried that its conditions could deteriorate fast if not maintained properly.
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