Vol. 5 Num 317 Mon. April 18, 2005    
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Train Travel
Passengers halve as population doubles
The number of railway passengers has halved in the 34 years since independence although the population has doubled.
50 hurt as bigots attack Ahmadiyyas in Satkhira
10 houses looted
Religious bigots led by the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday attacked the Ahmadiyya community, injuring over 50 people including women and children, and looted at least
100 missing, yet rescuers predict no more bodies
Death count rises to 75 as 13 more bodies retrieved
Rescuers sped up operations at the collapsed sweater factory in Savar yesterday, as they believe 'there may not be any more bodies' in the rubble, a week into the country's deadliest building collapse.
Teletalk Licence
HC orders govt to explain legality
The High Court in a rule on the government yesterday ordered it to explain in the next eight weeks why the BTTB mobile phone licence and its subsequent transfer to Teletalk should not be declared illegal.
US army's Pacific chief fears int'l terrorist activities in Bangladesh
Offers US expertise at meeting with Morshed
US Army Pacific Commander Admiral William J.
Greece-bound 90 rescued from Bay
Bangladesh Navy yesterday rescued 90 youths being smuggled to Greece via St Martin's Island in a motor boat from a canal flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
Akhaura Border Shootout
Dhaka, Delhi trade blames
Panic lingers though BSF promises not to intrude again
Bangladesh and India yesterday blamed each other for opening fire and thus starting the border skirmishes at Akhaura on Saturday leaving a Bangladeshi minor and an Indian security personnel dead.
Ex-judge to go to president
HC rejects petition against CJ
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain's holding his position, but noted that the petitioner may take the matterto
In agony ends Afsana's wait
Afsana's wait for her missing husband came to an end yesterday, but the sight was too pathetic for her to bear as rescuers put the coffin of Kamal's mutilated body beside the collapsed sweater factory.
Investigators fail to quiz any of factory owners
The Detective Branch of police, which is investigating the tragedy at Palashbari, has been unable to question a single person associated with Spectrum Sweaters Industries Ltd.
Ahsanullah Verdict
BNP, Jubo Dal men ransack office of Tongi chairman
Supporters of Nurul Islam Sarkar, the main convict given death sentence in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master killing case, ransacked the Tongi Pourasabha chairman's office and damaged his
Maintain recent improvement in law, order
Businesses ask govt
Business leaders yesterday urged the government to maintain the current trend of improving law and order situation to attract more foreign investment in the country and ensure a peaceful business environment.
111 BNP MPs have criminal records
Alleges Hasina
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that at least 111 lawmakers of the ruling BNP have criminal records and these people have established a reign of terror
Four gunned down in city
Unidentified miscreants yesterday gunned down two gold traders inside their gold-store at Tantibazar area in Old Dhaka, a phone-shop owner at Madhubagh at Uttara and an unidentified youth at Malibagh.
Child 'MPs' for better edn, health systems
Children at a mock parliament session in the capital yesterday placed demands before the 'House' for greater facilities to the education and health care systems.
Indo-Pak talks thrive on trade
Rivals agree to boost road, land links
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed yesterday to boost road and rail links and revive a panel to promote trade during "very warm" talks after watchingcricket
Criminal dies after Rab arrest
A listed criminal, arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), died in police custody Saturday night at the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
Pakistan crush India to clinch one-day series
A resurgent Pakistan crushed India by 159 runs in the sixth and final one-dayer on Sunday to clinch the series 4-2 in a match marred by crowd trouble.
Robbers knife school head to death in city
5 arrested
Robbers knifed a primary school headmistress to death and looted cash and gold said to be worth about Tk 5.17 lakh from her Harirampur house in Uttara in the early hours yesterday.
CCC Polls
Last day for nomination withdrawal today
Ruling BNP lawmakers entrusted with allocating alliance nominations in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections are trying to heal the rift among coalition partners and rebel candidates, as today
Boycotting lawyers agitate outside Faizee's court
The lawyers, who have been boycotting the court of Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee to protest his joining the High Court bench, yesterday demonstrated outside the courtroom to avoid unpleasant situation.
Private deer raisers to pay fees
The Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday decided to impose fees for licence as well as annual renewal fees for rearing deer at private level.
Why detention of prisoners after term not illegal
HC orders govt to explain
The High Court on Saturday issued a rule-nisi on the government asking it to reply within eight weeks why detention of prisoners who have served out their sentences would not be declared illegal.

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