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Front Pagearrow Rescuers give up hope for the trapped
Rescuers all but gave up hopes to get out alive some 200 people still trapped in debris of the nine-storey building five days into its collapse at Savar, as official death toll rose to 55 with 26 more
 arrow Allow int'l probe into bomb attacks, ensure free EC, caretaker govt
The European Parliament in a resolution on Bangladesh has condemned repeated bomb attacks in the country and urged the government to ensure full access of 'international investigators assisting localintelligence
 arrow Dhaka, Doha to expand cooperation, sign MoUs
Bangladesh and Qatar agreed to strengthen bilateral co-operation in economic, social and trade sectors during official talks between two heads of the government yesterday evening.
 arrow 'GDP growth to exceed donors' estimates'
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday claimed the country's real GDP growth would be more than "the understated estimates by different quarters" including the development partners.
 arrow Crossfire kills 2 in Ctg, Kushtia
Two top criminals were killed in 'crossfire' between police and their accomplices in Kushtia and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Relatives now hope only to identify their dear ones
Uncertainty rules over hundreds of relatives about identification of their dear ones still trapped in the rubble of Spectrum Sweater's collapsed building, as the bodies have already decomposed so badly
 arrow Hearing on charge sheet today
Hearing on the charge sheet in the Shah AMS Kibria murder case begins in a cognizance court here today.
 arrow Expulsions mark split in BJP
After the break-up of Islami Oikya Jote, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), another component of the ruling four-party alliance, has split up over the party chairman's comments in the media.
 arrow Five Indian states for tight border security
Alarmed by rising illegal immigration into North-East India from Bangladesh, Chief Ministers of five states of the region have asked the Centre to increase security along the international borders and
 arrow Global impression about Bangladesh excellent: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman Thursday said the overall impression about Bangladesh across the world, including the European Union, is now excellent.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh celebrated
The nation on Thursday greeted Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1412, amid colourful festivities and a determination to move forward with its cultural heritage, leaving behind the gloom
 arrow Delhi for further talks on confidence-building
Ahead of President Pervez Musharraf's three-day visit to India beginning today, India has asked Pakistan not to press for a deadline to resolve the Kashmir issue and said it will propose fresh set ofconfidence-building
 arrow 3 journalists injured in attacks
Three journalists were injured in separate attacks in Kushtia, Jhenidah and Rajshahi since last Monday.
 arrow Judgement in Ahsanullah murder case today
Judgement in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case will be delivered today.
 arrow Bigots march in shrouds to drum up support
Activists of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement (IKNM) wearing burial shrouds took out a procession in the town after Jum'a prayers yesterday to drum up support for their demand to declare the Ahmadiyyas
 arrow I'm not thinking of joining politics: Joy
Sajib Wajed Joy, the only son of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, returned home on Thursday to help his mother in politics, but refused to join politics right now.
 arrow 'Blue for Peace' protest on
Family members and relatives of slain Awami League (AL) leader SAMS Kibria on Thursday observed 'Blue for Peace' programme near National Museum in the capital demanding fair investigation into his killing.
 arrow Afridi-powered Pakistan
Shahid Afridi tied the second fastest century in one-day internationals to power Pakistan to a five-wicket victory over India on Friday, giving his side a 3-2 lead with one game left in the six-matchseries.
 arrow Bombings kill 23 in Iraq
Guerrilla bombings targeting US and Iraqi forces killed at least four people yesterday as insurgents appeared to rebound after a lull in violence.
 arrow Saifur calls India's river-linking plan disastrous
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday described the Indian river-linking project as a disastrous scheme, which will have adverse impact on Bangladesh.
 arrow Foreign film maker held on Bhomra border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) caught a foreign documentary film maker while he was entering Bangladesh through Bhomra border point in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
 arrow BSF kills one in Habiganj
A Bangladeshi national man was gunned down and another injured by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Tekerghat on Chunarughat border on Thursday.
 arrow 7 cops injured in Ctg as roof-plaster falls
Seven policemen were injured, two of them critically, when roof-plaster of their barracks building in Dampara Police Line fell on them here yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Paris hotel fire kills 20
People screamed to be rescued from flames some even jumped from windows as a fire roared through a Paris hotel early yesterday used by the government to house needy African families.
Businessarrow Swedish retailer IKEA to up outsourcing from Bangladesh
IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings company, has decided to increase outsourcing from Bangladesh and add new products to its existing purchase inventory.
 arrow Provide more aid to achieve MDGs
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman renewed his call to developed countries and donor agencies for increased aid to help poor countries such as Bangladesh achieve the MDGs.
 arrow Profit is first, people is last
The fifty-year old BTTB is yet to have one million subscribers, while the eight-year old GrameenPhone has three million customers.
 arrow Oil resumes heavy falls
World oil prices resumed their downward march on Friday after a brief rally petered out amid easing worries over possible supply shortages.
 arrow President urges entrepreneurs to gear up for free market
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the small and medium entrepreneurs will have to be conscious about the quality to face the challenges of the free market economy.
 arrow RanksTel signs interconnectivity deal with AKTel
Ranks Telecom Ltd (RanksTel), a concern of Rangs Group, has signed an interconnectivity agreement with TM International (BD) Ltd, the owning company of cell phone operator, AKTel, in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow SA Telecom gets licence for landphone operation
SA Telecom System Ltd, a concern of SA Group of Industries, has recently obtained the government licence to offer telecommunication services in the country through public switched telephone network (PSTN).
 arrow ASA to set up 35 new branches in four districts
Association for Social Advancement (ASA), a micro finance institution, will set up 35 new branches in four districts-- Mymensingh, Sherpur, Jamalpur and Netrakona.
 arrow EU to apply 'safety clauses' on China textiles soon: Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday denounced what he called "the brutal and unacceptable invasion" of Europe by Chinese textiles and said the EU would within a fortnight take measures to stem
 arrow G7 to focus on oil, debt relief for poor
With currency tensions easing, top finance officials from the Group of Seven industrialized powers have a chance at weekend talks here to close ranks in the fight against world poverty and to assess the
 arrow India, US sign 'open skies' deal
India and the United States signed a historic 'open skies' civil aviation agreement on Thursday allowing each other's carriers to operate unlimited number of flights between the two countries.
 arrow EU to decide probe into China textile imports April 25
The European Union's executive arm hopes to decide on April 25 whether to launch a probe into surging Chinese textile imports, the first step towards applying limits, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 09-April 13, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Afridi blazes Kanpur
Shahid Afridi smashed the second-fastest one-day century off 45 deliveries as Pakistan trounced India by five wickets on Friday to take an unassailable 3-2 lead in the six-match series.
 arrow Chess: Reefat GM-elect
While the rest of the country was ushering in another Bangla New Year on Thursday, a young man's thoughts however were very much elsewhere.
 arrow Cricket: Title Dhaka's for the taking
Dhaka were on the brink of defending the first class title as their penultimate round game of the National Cricket League (NCL) against Chittagong headed for a draw at the end of the third day at the
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to fight on
The International Cricket Council said that Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was eligible to play in the last two one-day matches against Pakistan pending resolution of his appeal against a six-match suspension
 arrow Cricket: Happy ending for Kiwis
New Zealand ended a miserable 12 months of Test cricket when they comprehensively outplayed Sri Lanka to win the second Test by an innings and 38 runs inside four days here Thursday and take the series
 arrow Football: Final to be replayed today
The replay of the final of the Independence Day Gold Cup football tournament between Muktijoddha Sangsad and Brothers Union will take place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Saddam plunders Rayer Bazar
An explosive century by Saddam Khan guided Willes Little Flower High to a 59-run victory over Rayer Bazar High in the Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers National School Cricket Championship atthe
 arrow Cricket: Fleming ponders Zim boycott
New Zealand cricket captain Ste-phen Fleming said Thursday he is prepared to boycott the tour of Zimbabwe later this year if he feels it will make a difference.
 arrow Cricket: Flower attacks Streak U-turn
Former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower has criticised the return to international cricket of Heath Streak, on the grounds that nothing had changed since he led a group of rebel players against the country's
 arrow Football: Vintage Liverpool
Former European champions Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven turned the clock back Wednesday as they clinched places in the Champions League semi-finals.
 arrow Football: Let's get it right
Serie A will be looking to make the headlines for all the right reasons after a week of crowd violence dragged the reputation of Italian football through the mud.
 arrow Football: Barca look ahead
League leaders Barcelona's confidence was severely jolted by losing 4-2 at bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend but they are bidding to bounce against Getafe on Sunday.
 arrow Handball: Girls h'ball
Sunnydale thrashed Mohammad-pur Preparatory School by 13-1 in the Maple Leaf Second Girls Mini Handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Shafiquzzaman, Kang champions
Brig Gen Shafiquzzaman won the men's title of the BTI Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitotla Golf Club yesterday.

The ladies' title of the two-day meet went to HB Kang.

 arrow Cricket: BCCI plans 24-hr cricket TV
India's cricket board is planning to launch its own 24-hour television channel that promises revenues of 3.65 billion dollars for its first five years and an end to all legal wrangles over telecast rights.
 arrow Football: Milan declared winners
European football's governing body UEFA has confirmed AC Milan as winners of their abandoned quarter-final against Inter.
 arrow Football: MU's last bite at glory
FA Cup holders Manchester United may be playing Newcastle in the semi-finals of this season's competition at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday but suggestions that a successful defence of their title will
 arrow Football: Parma, Alkmaar in last four, Magpies out
Two-time UEFA Cup champion Parma and 1981 finalist AZ Alkmaar reached the semifinals of this year's competition with ties on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib eyes WI return
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Thursday he hoped to play a lead role on the team's tour of the West Indies next month after missing the current series against India due to injury.
Metropolitanarrow Frustration grips leaders, activists
Frustration plagues the leaders and activists alike of the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) as the party high command delays in forming fresh committees for central as well asDhaka
 arrow Five killed, two die in rooftop fall
Five people were killed, two bullet-hit, two drowned, and two died falling from rooftop in the city in the last two days.
 arrow Unite against crimes, corruption: Dr Kamal
Dr Kamal Hossain, convenor of Jatiya Oikya Mancha, yesterday called for a greater national unity to fight terrorism, corruption and communalism.
 arrow JCD activists beat DU student
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, severely beat a Dhaka University (DU) student who is a trainee-reporter of a national daily on Thursday.
 arrow Police detain four for six hours
Police detained four people including an official of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), a journalist of a national daily and two students for more than six hours at police control room on the
 arrow Forged notes, stamps worth Tk 7 lakh seized
A team of detective police seized forged notes and stamps worth about Tk 7.05 lakh in Banani and Pallabi areas of the city during a drive yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
Five people were killed in separate road accidents in the city in last two days.

One Suvash Chandra Roy, 45, died when a bus ran over him near Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University on Thursday morning.

 arrow AL programmes on Mujibnagar Day
Opposition Awami League will observe the historic 'Mujibnagar Day' tomorrow with elaborate programmes.
 arrow Move to influence BMA election alleged
A panel contesting the BMA election brought allegations of irregularities in the health and health education sector as well as a move to influence the election scheduled for May 5.
 arrow Mannan urges opposition to join Jatiya Sangsad
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan urged the main opposition Awami League to joint the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow Outlaw held in Khulna
Police arrested a notorious outlaw from the toilet of Digholia upazila parishad office on Thursday.
 arrow Ex-IGP Mohiuddin Ahmed passes away
Mohiuddin Ahmed, former inspector general of police (IGP), passed away due to old-age complications at a city hospital on Thursday at the age of 91.
Nationalarrow Mango, lichi to be plentiful!
A good yield of mango and lichi is expected in grater Dinajpur district this year.
 arrow New Year fanfare in Garo foothills
Indigenous people in Durgapur and Kalmakanda in Netrakona district, Madhupur in Tangail and Nalitabari, Jinaigati and Shreebardi in Sherpur district observed the Pahela Baishakh through various colourful
 arrow Random sand lifting a threat to Kuakata beach, dam
Indiscriminate sand lifting from Kuakata beach in the name of development project in violation of an order by the Kuakata Deputy Commissioner and ignoring protests by environmentalists is damaging the
 arrow Defalcation of Tk 1 cr detected
Probe into the embezzlement of depositor's money at Gaibandha Post Office resumed on Thursday.
 arrow Self help is the best help
People of Baliadah, a remote village in Tala upazila, have set a good example. They are voluntarily reconstructing the damaged Baliadah-Madra road.
 arrow A noble initiative
Brahmanbaria Kishur Kantha Reades' Forum in the town has taken an initiative to encourage students to learn English. They are teaching students English for free.
 arrow Crematorium, temple land grabbed in Satkhira
A century-old crematorium and a Hindu temple were captured by land grabbers at Jahowdang in Sadar upazila on March 29.
Land grabbers occupied the Hindu property by hanging a signboard of mass graveyard.

 arrow Surf Excel Inter-school Contest in Khulna May 6
The Surf Excel Inter-school Creativity Contest for Children will be held here on May 6.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) will organise the competition aimed at bringing out the latent talent of children.

 arrow Two farmers rescued
Police rescued two farmers and arrested an abductor from village Kalyanpur in Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Thursday. The arrested abductor is Bhugol Ali.
 arrow Theft at Patuakhali Sub-Registry office
Criminals looted important documents of Patuakhali Sub-Registry Office in the early hours of Tuesday. They ransacked 12 almirahs and furniture of the office.
Culturearrow Bengal Baishakhi festival lures crowd
Dhakaites residing in the northern areas of the city, such as Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Badda, Jowar Shahara, rarely get a chance to have festivals to celebrate the Bangla New Year.
 arrow Padatik celebrates Chaitra Shankranti
Padatik Nattya Sangsad organised a special cultural programme on the occasion of Chaitra Shankranti, on the eve of the Bangla New Year at the Rabindra Sarovar Amphitheatre by the Dhanmondi Lake
 arrow A blend of tradition and modernity
There have been many additional attractions to the celebration of Pahela Baishakh this year.
 arrow Baishakhi galore
Pahela Baishakh, first day of the Bangla Year, has its distinguished charm and festivity.
Internationalarrow Nepal army kills 65 more Maoists
At least 65 Maoist rebels have been killed in the latest fighting in Nepal, the army said on Thursday, taking their unconfirmed death toll to more than 200 in the past week.
 arrow India, US pledge to step up strategic cooperation
The United States and India pledged Thursday to boost their strategic ties and launch senior-level talks on energy cooperation, including the use of civilian nuclear power.
 arrow Modi ordered to act against Muslims
A top Indian police official has told a tribunal that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi ordered him to "eliminate persons" belonging to the Muslim community during riots in 2002..
 arrow US to meet 'legitimate' Pak defence needs
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Pakistan that Washington would meet its "legitimate" defence needs, weeks after it announced plans to sell F-16 jets to its key ally, state media said Thursday.
 arrow HR activists suffering in war on terror
Nations are using the fight against international terrorism as an excuse to trample on human rights, two advocacy groups charged Thursday, as they reported a doubling of repression against activists.
 arrow Int'l experts play down threat of terrorists acquiring WMDs
Terrorist groups and organisations have neither the capacity nor the ambition to produce weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix and other experts said at a conference
 arrow EU ministers urged to keep arms ban on China
The European Parliament urged EU foreign ministers Thursday not to lift their 15-year-old arms embargo against Beijing, saying the human rights situation there did not warrant the change.
 arrow UN rights forum slams systematic abuse in Myanmar
The UN's top human rights body on Thursday sharply criticised "systematic" abuse by Myanmar's military junta, calling on it to restore democracy and free all political prisoners, including oppositionleader
Editorialarrow Editorial: An engine of growth
The industrial policy, 2005, set against the backdrop of 7.
 arrow Editorial: Construction nightmare
As more details of the Savar building collapse are coming to light, it is now clear that there were lapses and irregularities at almost every step that ultimately cost so many lives.
 arrow China, Bangladesh and South Asia
Former Chinese President Jiang Jemin, in an interview published in the 'Beijing Review' (Issue No. 52, 1987) spelt out the guiding principles for China with regard to the development of South Asian relations.
 arrow Prince of Wales, king of heart
Charles Philip Arthur George. You would not know him from another man unless you were told that he is also the Prince of Wales.
Letters to Editorarrow Savar disaster
We are very much shocked to hear the sad news of the three/ four hundred workers' deaths in a building collapse at Savar.
 arrow Feeling sorry for Saurav!
Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly 'The Prince of Calcutta' is now totally out of form.
 arrow Lack of group spirit
There is no denying the fact that almost every Bangladeshi is unique as individual performer. But most of them fail while working in a group.
 arrow Face the external threats
It appears that the current anti-AL blitz by the regime in Dhaka is misplaced, as the country is [potentially] facing greater long-term threats from powerful external sources, [secretly] planning to control
StarTecharrow Digging for manpower with brainpower
Now they know that we are digging into our soil for knowledge," said the Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) President SM Iqbal, mentioning how the international enthusiasts are no longer considering Bangladesh
 arrow World's lightest and thinnest notebook in town
SMART Technologies (BD) Ltd, the local resellers of the Korean giant Samsung Electronics has introduced the world's lightest and thinnest laptop to the local market recently, expanding the ever-growing
 arrow Toshiba offers flat 3D screens -- without the goggles
TOSHIBA said it had found a way for a flat screen to show three-dimensional images, opening up the prospect of arcade games, next-generation TVs and even restaurant menus that can zoom out at a viewer
 arrow Tech Guru
British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking smiles during the presentation of his new book "A brief history of Time" in Oviedo, northern Spain, 13 April 2005.
Literaturearrow Turrets
Soon after Partition Laji Bai Aseergarhvali moved to Karachi and set up shop in a flat on Napier Road.
 arrow Introducing South Asian Poetry In English: The Dutts Of Rambagan
Readers of this page might remember that I embarked on a series of short introductory pieces on South Asian poets in English.
 arrow Unfinished Journeys
And finally, when the tributaries
have run their course, you wander home,
feel a little strange:
the red checked cloth,
spiders and the strings,
so familiar,
so very out of range.

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