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Front Pagearrow 23 killed, 350 trapped
At least 23 people died and some 350 others are trapped, many of them feared buried alive, under debris after a nine-storey factory building at Savar crumbled with a bang in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Agonising wait
"I didn't understand what happened.
 arrow Rescue goes slow on lack of equipment
Inadequate equipment has slowed down the rescuers from pulling those trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building at Baipail in Savar.
 arrow Chaos in court over Faizee's taking bench
Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee's joining the High Court bench witnessed a chaotic scene at his courtroom as two groups of lawyers shouted at each other making opposing statements on whether heshould
 arrow Businesses concerned at BB advice to banks
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday advised all commercial banks to increase interest rates in line with the International Monetary Fund's (IMF's) latest prescription while the country's top 10 business
 arrow Faulty construction caused collapse
The nine-storey sweater factory that crumbled yesterday at Savar did not have approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
"The building was not properly designed and constructed.

 arrow Most garment units lack safety measures
The government factory inspectors have recently visited 100 garment factories and found 48 of them are operating without basic safety arrangements for their workers.
 arrow BGMEA offers treatment cost, compensation
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will pay Tk one lakh as compensation to the families of each victim in the building collapse in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Mob beats 3 cops for toll collection
A mob yesterday beat up three policemen and turned them over to Shyampur police after they had gone in plainclothes to collect illegal toll from a three-wheeler garage at Rayerbagh in the capital.
 arrow Robbers kill bank officer
An officer of Krishi Bank's Rajpat branch in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj was stabbed to death and its field supervisor injured by a gang of robbers in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow MP's son denied bail, sent to jail
Kamrul Kadar Noman, the son of BNP lawmaker Ali Kadar, was sent to jail yesterday after a court refused him bail in a police assault case.
 arrow Probe body to place report within 15 days
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday formed a committee to probe Sunday's violence, which left a number of teachers and students wounded and a trail of destruction on the campus.
 arrow 23 file papers for mayoral race
A total of twenty-three candidates for the mayoral post, including BNP-backed four party alliance candidate Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and Awami League-backed Chattagram Nagorik Committee candidate ABMMohiuddin
 arrow Banks object to NBR move
Chief executives of about 50 commercial banks yesterday requested the Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor to prevent the National Board of Revenue (NBR) from obtaining bank statements of different professionals,
 arrow China, India sign border accord
India and China yesterday signed a landmark accord aimed at resolving a boundary dispute that has bedevilled relations between the Asian giants for more than four decades, the Indian foreign ministrysaid.
 arrow Writ petition filed against licence transfer
A writ petition was filed yesterday challenging the legality of the transfer of cellular phone operating licence of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to another company 'Teletalk Bangladesh
 arrow Police beat up trader, dump him into jail
Police mercilessly beat up a businessman from old town on Sunday night and took him to jail, even though the businessman, accused in a case, showed a bail order to the police.
 arrow Qatar emir arrives April 15
Emir of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani arrives in Dhaka on April 15 on a two-day state visit to Bangladesh.
He will lead a high profile 65-member delegation including three ministers.

 arrow 5 more bodies recovered as sunken trawler salvaged
At last the sunken trawler that capsized Saturday morning has been salvaged, revealing 5 dead bodies inside.
 arrow DCC cleaners remove posters from walls
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) under its special cleanliness drive yesterday cleaned walls, footpaths and drains at different parts of the capital.
 arrow BJP lawmakers revolt against party chief
The lawmakers of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), a component of ruling four-party alliance, yesterday asked their party chief to retract his recent remarks against the BNP-led coalition government or face
 arrow Highest security for today’s 4th Indo-Pak ODI
Security in Ahmedabad is at its highest as India and Pakistan prepare for Tuesday's fourth one-day international at the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Correction
Two people died in Sunday's road accident at Chandina in Comilla, but the death count was put erroneously at 20 in The Daily Star report yesterday.
Businessarrow GP reaches 3m subscribers
GrameenPhone has reached three million subscribers, the country's leading cellphone operator announced yesterday.
 arrow Garment workers urge govt to raise wage
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) have asked the government to increase garment workers' monthly wage to Tk1800 from existing Tk930.
 arrow Liberalised services sector to spell ruin for economy
The economy will face a serious threat if the country's services sector is opened up under General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), speakers told a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Indian govt for allowing FDI in retail sector
Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Sunday that foreign direct investment must be allowed in the country's retail sector and that the government was trying to develop a political consensus
 arrow Malaysia's illegal labour solution backfires again
An acute labour crunch threatening Malaysia's economy after the government expelled hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants highlights a failure to plan for long-term manpower needs, analysts andindustry
 arrow Dhaka Telephone, Huawei sign deal
Dhaka Telephone Company Limited, a local PSTN (public switched telephone network) operator, has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies of China to procure CDMA network.
 arrow Transcom, Holcim sign corporate deal
Transcom Electronics Limited and Holcim Bangladesh Ltd have signed a corporate agreement in Dhaka Sunday.
 arrow Islami Bank, Royal Denim sign agreement
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd signed a deed of agreement with Royal Denim Ltd in Dhaka Monday.
Under the agreement, Islami Bank will invest Tk 777.88 million in Denim Textile Project of Royal Denim.

 arrow Huawei to work for Square Informatix
Huawei Technologies will provide Square Informatix Ltd, a concern of Square Group, with telecommunication network solutions with third generation network facilities.
 arrow EU eyes decision on stemming Chinese textile imports
The European Union's executive arm hopes to decide later this month whether or not to investigate options to stem a surge in cheap Chinese textile imports, a spokesman said Monday.
 arrow Oil falls below $53 as supply concerns ease
Oil prices slipped further from record highs in Asian trade Monday as concerns over a possible supply shortage ahead of the US summer driving season continued to ease, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful's year
Mohammad Ashraful was voted the best sportsman of the year 2004 yesterday.
The talented batsman was the popular choice of 164 sports journalists, who took part in the poll of bangladesherkhela.

 arrow Cricket: Security takes centre stage
Elite troops and police on Monday swamped this western Indian city, the scene of bloody communal riots three years ago, as India and Pakistan prepared to clash in a key one-day cricket match on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Toss vital: Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Monday that winning the toss was a big advantage in the ongoing one-day series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Martin hits SL for 6
New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin destroyed the cream of Sri Lankan batting with career best figures of six for 54 as the Black Caps dominated the opening day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve
 arrow Football: Hammam to show the way
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Ham-mam has assured Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) of every assistance in the coming days.
 arrow Football: Mayor wants street named after Munna
Dhaka Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka announced yesterday that he would take up the initiative to name a street in Dhaka after former national football captain Monem Munna.
 arrow Cricket: WI limp to lunch
West Indies lost opener Chris Gayle cheaply before lunch on Day Four of the second Test against South Africa in Trinidad yesterday. The opener was out for one.
 arrow Football: That's called a classic
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo's brave decision to play an attacking trident of Raul, Ronaldo and Michael Owen paid dividends as his side beat Barcelona 4-2 in an 'El Clasico' thriller to keep
 arrow Cricket: Spotlight on Dhaka
The focus will be on Dhaka and Rajshahi when the penultimate round of the Sixth Ispahani National Cricket League begins at three different venues across the country today.
 arrow Waugh, Moore tie the knot
Mark Waugh, who retired from Test cricket in 2002, married Kim Moore, a racing trainer, in Sydney on Sunday.
 arrow Football: An ambitious German dream
A Bayern Munich side boasting key reinforcements threaten to make Chelsea's two-goal lead feel far from comfortable in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Olympic Stadium.
 arrow Football: Form favours Milan
Every form guide available suggests that AC Milan's 2-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with city rivals Inter should be enough to see the Italian champions through tothe
 arrow Football: After thoughts
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said lack of concentration and poor finishing were responsible for his side's 4-2 defeat against Spanish title rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Supreme Court clears Delhi
India's Supreme Court gave the final green light for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to engage in cricket diplomacy when it approved Monday the staging of a one-day match at an unfinished stadium.
 arrow Football: Rangamati tribal football champs
Rangamati clinched the first-ever Adivashi (tribal) Football Tournament title when they defeated Mymensingh 3-1 in the final at local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow 2007 SAF Games in Dhaka
Dhaka will host the 11th SAF Games at the end of 2007 or in early 2008, a Bangladesh Olympic Association official said yesterday.
 arrow Queen's Baton arrives Sept 17
The Queen's Baton Relay, one of the great traditions of the Common-wealth Games, will arrive in Dhaka on September 17 and stay in the country for three days on its way to Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket roundup
A sparkling 75 by Joy helped Moti-jheel Government Boys High School register a 162-run victory over Adarsha Biddapith in the Standard Chartered U-13 Young Tigers National School Cricket Championship at
 arrow Cricket: Under-19 open Australia tour today
The Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team will launch their campaign today when they take on their Australian counterparts in a limited-overs match at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
 arrow Handball: BDR clinch Pepsi h'ball title
Bangladesh Rifles maintained their staggering record when they clinched the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Championship title beating Bangladesh Police 34-24 in the final at the outer stadium handball
 arrow Chess: No stopping Shekhar
Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India stayed on top of the United Insurance and Leasing GM Chess tournament at the end of the eighth round yesterday.
 arrow Badmintorn: Nat'l badminton from today
The GrameenPhone 26th National Badminton Championships begin at the woodenfloor gymnasium today.
A total of 130 players including 20 females girls from 45 teams are taking part in the championship.

Metropolitanarrow Protect forestlands from land grabbers
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) to enforce laws and powers vested upon them to protect forestlands from land grabbers and settle the pending
 arrow Four get death, 14 others acquitted
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people to death for killing Mizanur Rahman, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Pangsha Police Station in Rajbari district, on January 31 last year.
 arrow BCL leaders demand new council
More than one hundred leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the Awami League (AL), yesterday demanded that the new council of the BCL be held immediately.
 arrow 'Cell phone call charge highest in world'
Private mobile telecom service providers in the country have long been exploiting the subscribers with the imposition of highest call charge in the world, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Horror Strikes At Savar..

 arrow Shishu Swasthya Hospital bhaban foundation laid
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said apart from international and regional commitments, her government is implementing multifarious child development and welfare programmes as per her party's election
 arrow AL to form human chain April 16
The Awami League (AL) will form a human chain under the Khilgaon flyover in the city on April 16 demanding completion of the work of the flyover as per its original design.
 arrow Persecution of newsmen blamed on division
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) President Christopher Warren yesterday said the "persecution of journalists in Bangladesh was probably the worst" in South Asia.
 arrow Wasa to demolish illegal structures on Katasur canal today
To restore natural flows in the city's drainage canals, the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will demolish illegal structures on the Katasur canal today and on the Ramchandrapur canal in Mohammadpur
 arrow Seven Japanese volunteers arrive
Seven New Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) arrived here on Friday to extend cooperation in various sectors of Bangladesh, including rural development, midwifery and infectious disease control.
 arrow British HC closed Apr 14
The British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on April 14 on the occasion of 'Pahela Baishakh', says a release of the High Commission.
 arrow Govt urged to rescue survivors
Different political and social organisations yesterday expressed grave concern at the collapse of a nine-storey garments factory building at Savar that left at least 22 people dead, more than one hundred
Nationalarrow 2 top officials suspended for postal scam in 5 dists
Two high officials of postal department were suspended in Rangpur on charge of their alleged involvement in the defalcation of depositors' money.
 arrow Hill dists in festive mood
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) CHT is in a festive mood welcoming the Bangla New Year.
 arrow Turning old is not withering away
The whole town was in a festive mood for two days. The two-day colourful programmes celebrating 150 years of Dinajpur Zila School ended here yesterday.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 2, attacks 250 in Jhenidah
Diarrhoea killeds two people and affected over 250 in the sadar and Shailkupa upazilas of Jhenidah district in last three days, official sources said.
 arrow Chargesheet in Balu murder by month-end
The chargesheet of Journalist Humayun Kabir Balu Murder Case is likely to be submitted in last week of the current month.
 arrow Students clash with transport workers: 11 hurt
Buses and auto tempos remained off the Barisal-Nabagram-Binoykati road following damage to locally produced trawler-tempos by the students of Binoykati College on Sunday.
 arrow OC, five other cops closed
Six police personnel including the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Akhaura Police Station Abdus Salam were closed on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Biotechnology and GM crops
In many countries, the debate surrounding the use of biotechnology in agriculture is often associated with genetically modified (GM) crops.
 arrow Chinese Lessons
DHAKA, Bangladesh The current 10-day, four-nation tour of South Asia by China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao, is at one level a triumphal affair.
Culturearrow Puppets with messages
Puppet theatre or Putulnach is an artistic, entertaining and message-oriented art form. One of the stalwarts of puppetry in the country is artist Mostafa Monwar.
 arrow " I'm the lady-cadre from 69" -- Tinni
Tinni is an upcoming talent in TV serials, and a familiar face in drama serial "69".Her spontaneity, facial expressions and non-method acting have already fetched her a fan following among the young generation. She's the perfect girl-next-door, yet more. Let's have a look at the real Tinni.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh specials on TV
On the occasion of the Bangla New Year, television channels of the country will broadcast various special programmes, including plays, magazines, musicals etc.. Here is a glimpse of the special programmes.
 arrow Sisimpur hits BTV soon
Sesame Street just welcomed a new addition to the family! Sisimpur, the Bangladeshi adaptation of award-winning children's television series Sesame Street, is to debut on Friday, April 15
Generalarrow One to die, 3 get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death and three others to life in jail for killing a trader at Mirpur in the city on October 13, 2003.
 arrow 3 killed in Ctg road crash
Three people, including a child, were killed and 35 others injured in a road accident at Gachhbaria in Chandanaish upazila yesterday.
 arrow 5 win Rupashi Bangla photo competition
Five photojournalists won the awards in Rupashi Bangla Photo Exhibition and Competition-2005 organised to celebrate the Bangla New Year.
 arrow Matlabganj School Old Students' AGM
The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Matlabganj JB Pilot High School Old Students' Association will be held on the school premises at 9.
Internationalarrow India pledges not to allow anti-China acts
India, which has a large population of Tibetan exiles, said yesterday it recognised that Tibet is part of China and pledged not to allow its territory to be used for anti-China political activities.
 arrow 53 pilgrims drown in Madhya Pradesh flash flood
Fifty-three bodies were fished out until yesterday from the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh, and officials said many were still missing, three days after they were washed away when water was suddenlyreleased
 arrow Israel asks Abbas to put an end to rocket attacks
Israel was piling pressure on Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to put a halt to rocket attacks by militant groups in the Gaza Strip ahead of a summit yesterday between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and US
 arrow Nepal extends sweeping detention powers
Nepal's King Gyanendra, who seized power more than two months ago, has extended for six months a law passed in 2001 which gives authorities sweeping arrest and detention powers, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Nuclear experts meet Pak officials amid black market worry
International anti-proliferation experts met Pakistani officials for the first time yesterday, amid concern about a nuclear black market run by the disgraced father of the country's atomic bomb.
 arrow 3 suicide bombs hit US military position in Iraq
Three suicide car bombs hit a US military position in a restive area of western Iraq near the Syrian border yesterday, wounding at least two soldiers.
 arrow Tokyo rocked by strong quake, reviving fears of 'The Big One'
A major earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rattled Tokyo as commuters headed to work early yesterday, reviving fears of the dreaded "Big One" predicted to hit Japan in the future.
 arrow Fresh killing raises tension in Lanka
An unidentified gunman shot dead a Tamil political activist in Sri Lanka's restive northeast yesterday, further fuelling tension in the region.
Editorialarrow Editorial: RU ruckus
The atmosphere on the Rajshahi University campus seems to have reached its nadir.
 arrow Editorial: Fanatics at it again
The Ahmaddiyas in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district have sought government protection in the face of eviction threat issued by the International Khatame Nabuat Movement (IKNM) -- an outfit campaigning
 arrow The next moment
A decision creates a moment. A moment creates an opportunity, and history rides on the wheels of opportunity.
 arrow Is national unity an illusion?
As it appears now from the current government version of history, ours, probably, is the only nation on the planet whose history does not contain the history of its creation! On any congregation not organised
Letters to Editorarrow Politics unable to deliver
Many informed and educated Bangladeshis are coming to the conclusion that the current debased political culture prevailing in capital Dhaka cannot solve the problems of the nation (generated mostly through
 arrow Why oppose 'direct purchase'?
Please refer to your report titled "Stop import through direct purchase to curb money laundering" published on 5 April 2005.
 arrow Jamaat funds
The Jamaat -e-Islami, a religion based political party, is doing brisk and booming business in Bangladesh, thanks to peoples' ignorance about religion.
 arrow Introduce cash card
Pre-paid mobile phone connections have become extremely popular within a short span of time in our country .
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