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Front Pagearrow 800 storm Bangladesh mission in Kuwait
Some 800 Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait stormed the Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait City yesterday over 'non-payment of their salaries', injuring two people and causing extensive damage.
 arrow Violence erupts over schoolboy's death
Mirpur burst into violence yesterday afternoon as marauding locals set fire to at least nine vehicles and damaged more than 50 after a schoolboy was killed in a road accident near Mirpur Section-10 in
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya move engineered by Jamaat
A top Ahmadiyya leader yesterday said that Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the ruling coalition, is the brains behind the countrywide Khatme Nabuwat movement to ban the sect.
 arrow Workers' warnings of cracks overlooked
The nine-storey Spectrum Sweaters Industries Ltd building in Savar had developed 'serious cracks' in its supporting columns in the early hours of April 11, but the owners ignored workers' warnings and
 arrow Nothing beyond constitution will be allowed
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia yesterday said people will not accept the Opposition's caretaker government issue, because nothing outside the constitution will be allowed.
 arrow Canada envoy for reduced graft, greater transparency
Bangladesh needs to decisively tackle corruption and lack of transparency in the government decision-making process, Canadian envoy David Sproule told a meeting yesterday.
 arrow BSF fires at kids as talks search for peace
While diplomats in Dhaka and border guards at Naogaon were holding peace talks to defuse the escalating Indo-Bangla border tension, BSF troops yesterday morning opened fire on Bangladeshi children asthey
 arrow Spending spree before polls spells instability
Front-line economists and former bureaucrats yesterday apprehended that the country's macroeconomic stability may take a beating if the government increases its expenditures targeting the next general
 arrow India 'lifts' Nepal arms embargo
India has agreed to resume military aid to Nepal following its suspension after King Gyanendra dismissed his prime minister and seized power on February 1, local media reported said yesterday.
 arrow JS body blames owners, Rajuk; suggests action
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday blasted the owners of the collapsed Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd in Savar and Rajuk and asked the departments concerned to take proper action against them.
 arrow BDR, BSF blame each other
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday dismissed the BSF allegation of violating Indian airspace, making a counteraccusation of invading the Bangladesh airspace for the last three days.
 arrow Rice procurement drive from today
After failure in foodgrain procurement drives during the last Aman and wheat seasons, the government launches an ambitious rice procurement drive from today with a target of purchasing 10 lakh tonnesof
 arrow Govt asked to end WorldTel exclusivity
Dhaka city, so far kept out of bounds for the private fixed phone licensing regime, is now likely to be opened to private fixed phone operators as a division bench of the High Court on Saturday directed
 arrow Another arrested in Ctg arms case
Police arrested another accused in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case on Saturday night from his village home in Patiya Upazila, raising the number of arrestees to 17.
 arrow 557 polling centres risky
As many as 557 out of 577 polling centres for the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections have been identified as risky, sources said.
Of those, 427 are more risky, the sources added.

 arrow Tata targets domestic market
India's Tata Group has proposed selling electricity for domestic consumption of Bangladesh from the group's proposed 500MW thermal and 500MW captive power stations.
 arrow Who are to blame for price hike?
The parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry yesterday wanted to know who were responsible for the price hike of essentials and how other countries faced the menace.
 arrow Joy receives Tarique's bouquet
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Leader of the Opposition and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, yesterday received a bouquet sent by Tarique Rahman, ruling BNP's senior joint secretary and son of Prime Minister
 arrow CIH virus warning
Computer users have been asked to take necessary measures to avoid possible attacks from the CIH virus, also known as the Chernobyl virus, which routinely activates on its anniversary on April 26.
 arrow Housing company MD held on charge of land grabbing
Police on Saturday arrested the managing director (MD) of a housing company and two of his aides at the company's Uttara office on charges of fraud and illegal appropriation of land.
 arrow JP activist shot dead
Unidentified assailants on Saturday gunned down a Jatiya Party (JP- Manju) activist in Lalmatia and police shot two carjackers in Keraniganj yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
An outlawed party operative was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his associates at Nayanpur of Mirpur upazila early yesterday.
Businessarrow Banking sector now needs to consolidate growth
After years of expansion, the country's banking sector now needs to consolidate its growth, says a prominent banking entrepreneur.
 arrow Ensure proper use of resources in budget
Editors of national dailies and news agencies yesterday sought effective measures in the forthcoming budget to ensure proper utilisation of resources by cutting corruption and misuse.
 arrow Apartment project eyeing middle class people
An apartment project at Mirpur in Dhaka is offering apartments to middle class people at a price between Tk 12 lakh and Tk 15 lakh.
 arrow SMEs key to sustainable development, says Altaf
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are key to sustainable development of the country, Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in European seafood expo
Aiming to project the country as a unique global source of high-quality fish and shrimp products, Bangladesh will participate in the three-day European Seafood Exposition (ESE) 2005 beginning in Brussels
 arrow Machinery to be installed soon to make paper pulp from green jute
Necessary machinery will be installed in the country within a year to make paper pulps from green jute and kenaf.
 arrow Uttara Finance, CDBL sign deals
Uttara Finance & Investments Ltd signed two agreements with Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Islami Bank recommends 20pc stock dividend
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd has recommended a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow DBBL, Continental Hospital sign equity partnership deal
With a view to discharging social corporate responsibilities, Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has decided to participate in the equity of Continental Hospital Limited, an international standard hospital
 arrow Chinese imports hit French textile jobs
Surging Chinese imports could cost France's textile industry an extra 7,000 jobs this year, French Industry Minister Patrick Devedjian said in an interview, calling on the EU to act to protect Europe's
 arrow Lamy seeks action from China
Beijing must do more to push global trade talks forward, said Pascal Lamy, the likely next head of the World Trade Organization who used a regional forum here to warn China it was not pulling its weight.
 arrow ASA disburses Tk46.4m loans among partner organisations
Association for Social Advancement (ASA), a local microcredit organisation, has disbursed Tk 46.4 million loans among its 12 partner organisations.
 arrow Japan, Malaysia seeking to reach FTA outline in May
Japan and Malaysia would seek to reach a basic outline for a free trade agreement (FTA) next month, a Japanese official said on Friday.
 arrow New MD of Social Investment Bank
KM Ashaduzzaman took over as managing director of Social Investment Bank Ltd recently.
Prior to this new assignment, he was working as deputy managing director of Agrani Bank, says a press release.

Sportsarrow Football: Lucky Reds, blazing BU
Holders Muk-tijoddha Sangsad confirmed their semifinal berth after surviving a torrid time against the youthful Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra while Group A rivals Brothers Union brightened their chancesof
 arrow Cricket: Barisal last no more
The curtain of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League fell yesterday but not before Barisal shrugged off their tag as perennial bottomers in the first-class competition involving six divisions.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas pile on the runs
South Africa lost their way on Friday but they batted themselves into an impregnable position on the third day of the third Test against West Indies here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies almost ready
Captain Ricky Ponting claims Australia's battle plans for this summer's Ashes series against England are almost complete.
 arrow Football: Abahani-MSC clash today
Ailing local giants Abahani and Mohammedan meet for the first time this season in the last match of Group-B in the Federation Cup today.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan is not paying Kang
Korean coach Man Young Kang has yet to receive his salary from Mohammedan Sporting Club even after being sacked by the popular club last month.
 arrow Cricket: Former board officials join campaign
The quest for bringing cricket back to Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) continued as former cricket board officials joined the ongoing campaign that was initiated by cricketers and officials.
 arrow Football: Real show real fight
The phenomenal Ronaldo and fighter Michel Salgado scored second-half goals to help Real Madrid rally to a 2-1 victory over Villarreal on Saturday for their fifth straight win in the Spanish league.
 arrow Football: Heart in boot effort
The Spanish title could still be decided several weeks before the end of the season but leaders Barcelona will be looking over their shoulders until they have the trophy in their hands after Real Madrid's
 arrow Football: Chelsea just a whisker away
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted he does not want to win the title just yet, despite his side moving to within one result of the Premiership crown following Staurday's 3-1 win against Fulham.
 arrow Football: Milan blank Parma
Title-holders AC Milan thrashed relegation-threatened Parma 3-0 at the San Siro on Saturday to open up a three-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A.
 arrow Cricket: SL cricketers in confusion
Sri Lankan cricketers were caught up in a row over the administration of the game and the future of their contracts was in doubt, a press report said here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar turns 32
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar turned 32 on Sunday and as in the past, celebrated his birthday quietly outside the city with his wife Anjali and two children.
 arrow Davis Cuppers off to Myanmar
A five-member Bangladesh team left Dhaka yesterday for Myanmar to take part in the Davis Cup.
The Asia-Oceania Group-4 qualifiers of the Davis Cup will begin in Yangoon today.

 arrow Handball: BAF Shaheen School boys' handball champs
BAF Shaheen School clinched the Sunnydale Third Boy's Mini Handball title beating Bangladesh Ansar and VDP 12-7 in the final at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WECCA cricket
Cavaliers became champions in the Partex WECCA Cricket League with a two-wicket victory over The Cricketers in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Zonal bridge from April 28
The open pair competition of the Zonal Bridge Championship will begin on April 28 at Hotel Sonargaon.
Interested players can enter their names in the open tournament until start of the event at 3pm.

 arrow Cricket: Rahmatullah Model outplay Mishu Pre-Cadet
A five-wicket haul by Waliullah helped Rahmatullah Model High to register a massive 238-run victory over Mishu Pre-Cadet and High in the Standard Chartered Under-15 Young Tiger School Cricket Tournament
 arrow Football: PSV Dutch champions
PSV Eindhoven opened their bid for the triple this season by securing their 18th Dutch league title after a 3-0 win at home against Vitesse Arnhem.
Metropolitanarrow DCC's special cleanliness drive ends leaving wastes on many roads
The 15-day-long special cleanliness drive of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ended yesterday leaving wastes scattered as well as piled up in many lanes and by-lanes of the capital.
 arrow PM, her son plundering public money
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her son of plundering public money and siphoning out their fortune to a foreign country.
 arrow Take legal action against culprits
Several rights, women and labour organisations yesterday served a legal notice on different government officials, including secretaries of seven ministries, asking them to take legal action against the
 arrow Italian found dead in Khulna
An Italian national was found dead Saturday midnight in the bedroom of his Sonadanga residence in Khulna city.
 arrow Nat'l consultation begins to seek children's opinion
Children from across the country gathered at a national consultation in the city yesterday to contribute their inputs in framing national recommendations on the UN Study on Violence against Children.
 arrow 'Steps taken to phase out organic pollutants'
The Department of Environment (DoE) is currently finalising a National Implementation Plan to phase out persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the country.
 arrow HC orders NBR chief to explain his holding post on contract job
The High Court (HC) yesterday in a rule on the chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) ordered him to explain within four weeks in what capacity he is holding the office after his retirement fromthe
 arrow PM opens Nat'l Asthma Centre today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurates country's first 70-bed National Asthma Centre next to the Institute of Chest Diseases and Hospital (ICDH) at Mohakhali at 12:00 hours today.
 arrow Expert team to arrive soon for assessment
A team of experts from the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will arrive in Bangladesh soon to assess the needs to install early warning system for Tsunami.
 arrow 5 killed in city road accidents
Five people, including two women, were killed in three road accidents in the city in eight hours since Saturday night.
 arrow One to die, three get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death and three others to life in jail for killing a student of Baliakandi Degree College in Rajbari district in March 2002.
 arrow Enayetullah Khan undergoes surgery tomorrow
Enayetullah Khan, editor of The New Age and The Holiday, will undergo a surgery of the pancreas in Toronto, Canada, tomorrow.
 arrow Prime accused on remand
Abdur Rahim, the prime accused in the headmistress Lily murder case, was placed on a five-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Mubin Chy takes oath as MP
Newly elected Member of Parliament from Habiganj-3 constituency Abu Lais M Mubin Chowdhury took oath yesterday.
Speaker Barrister Mmuhammad Jamiruddin Sircar administered oath at his parliament office.

Nationalarrow Corrupt band together
Audit teams from Dhaka came to Nilphamari Head Post Office every year but returned with bribes, allowing a section of dishonest employees to misappropriate depositors' money.
 arrow UNDP projects in CHT extended for 5 years
Development projects under the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will continue for five more years.
 arrow Protect our rights, culture
Rajshahi: Indigenous people at a gathering at Tanore upazila in Rajshahi district have demanded enactment of laws to protect their rights, language and culture.
 arrow Cost of a wrong approach
Shahjalal Bridge-3 on the Surma could not be completed even after 18 months of the actual deadline because of failure in land acquisition for its approach roads.
 arrow Internal feud surfaces in Satkhira BNP
Internal feud in Satkhira district BNP surfaced following holding of a press conference by the party general secretary here on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Nor'wester lashes 10 Gaibandha villages: 75 hurt
About 75 people were injured as a nor'wester lashed 10 villages in two upazilas in the district yesterday.
Of the injured, 19 persons were admitted to Gaibandha hospital for treatment.

 arrow Akhaura land port now normal
Import-export activity at Akhaura Land Port resumed on Saturday after a week of work suspension.
 arrow Rajshahi divn debate contest begins
A weeklong Rajshahi Divisional Debate Championship, 2005 began at Rajshahi University Engineering and Technology (RUET) yesterday.
The programme is organised by the RUET Debating Society.

 arrow ‘Arrest rapists, killers of indigenous woman’
Several hundred indigenous people at Lohanipara in Badarganj upazila yesterday brought out a procession demanding immediate arrest to the culprits responsible for rape and killing of a young indigenous
Point-Counterpointarrow The Pope as a universal priest and a world leader
CARDINAL Joseph Ratzinger, the head of Roman Catholic Church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the old Inquisition ) has just been elected as the 265th pope , who is widely consideredas
 arrow Disaster and health hazard
BOTH environmental pollution and natural disasters are spiraling.
Culturearrow Salam's subtle and symbolic images
Abdus Salam has exhibited his symbolic and mind-whirling prints at the Alliance Francaise gallery. The art connoisseurs present at the show were replete with praises for the young printmaker.
 arrow Untimely demise of Mobin -- a musician at his prime
A pall of gloom descended over the country last week, when on April 20, 2005 at 4:30 am the musical prodigy Imran Ahmed Chowdhury Mobin was killed in a road accident near Comilla (Chouddogram).
 arrow Universal Studio in still shots
"A picture is worth a thousand words," goes an old adage. Photographs speak through the lens of a camera and the photographer displays his heartfelt emotions through his works.
Generalarrow Nor'wester lashes N-dists, 3 killed
At least three people were killed and 12 others injured when a nor'wester accompanied by moderate to heavy rains lashed several northern districts on Saturday night.
 arrow First laparoscopic surgery on child today
For the first time in the country, doctors will perform a laparoscopic surgery on a child at the Institute of Child Health & Sishu Hospital at Mirpur in the city today, says a press release.
 arrow Square Hospitals team meets Indian president
A team of Square Hospitals Limited, led by Managing Director of the Square Group Tapan Chowdhury, met Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhaban in New Delhi recently.
 arrow Thanksgiving prayer in honour of new Pope
Hundreds of Catholics gathered at a thanksgiving prayer service at Ramna Cathedral in the city yesterday evening in honour of Pope Benedict XVI, head of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.
 arrow 1,875 more held
Police arrested 1,875 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Asian, African leaders ink strategic partnership
Asian and African leaders yesterday signed a new strategic alliance to boost trade and tackle poverty, but warned their attempt to revive an historic bond forged half a century ago would falter without
 arrow Pope Benedict installed
Pope Benedict XVI was installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday, receiving the symbols of his authority at an inaugural outdoor Mass that mixed centuries-old pageantry with prayer.
 arrow North Korea vows to bolster N-deterrent
North Korea's military chief vowed yesterday to "steadily bolster" the Stalinist nation's nuclear deterrent as a result of hostile moves by the United States.
 arrow Abbas asserts control over security services
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas moved to stamp his authority on the security services after a sweeping revamp of the top brass, which saw key allies of the late Yasser Arafat pushed upstairs.
 arrow Twin car bombs kill 7
Two suicide car bombs exploded inside a police academy compound in the town of Tikrit yesterday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens, Iraqi police and doctors said.
 arrow Ousted Ecuadoran president Gutierrez goes into exile
Ousted Ecuadoran president Lucio Gutierrez left the country early yesterday for exile in Brazil on a Brazilian Air Force plane, television reported.
 arrow Sino-Japan ties still rocky despite talks
Despite crisis talks that brought together the top leaders from China and Japan amid an ongoing row between the Asian superpowers, analysts say little ground was given by either side and see no immediate
 arrow Syrian pullout from Lebanon almost complete
The last Syrian troops will leave Lebanon yesterday after 29 years, a senior Lebanese military officer said, as Damascus yields to fierce international and domestic pressure after the assassination of
 arrow Iraq, immigration to dominate UK polls
The run-up to Britain's May 5 general election campaign has been dominated by relatively few issues, the bulk of which, some opinion polls show, play little part in how people will actually vote.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Workers at risk
THOUSANDS of workers in Bangladesh put their lives and limbs on the line every day on the factory floors. This is according to a report appearing in a leading Bangla daily lately.
 arrow Editorial: Koizumi's apology
THE public apology by Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for the wartime sufferings it had caused 'other Asian nations' is expected to help soothe the 'hot and sour' relationship with its important
 arrow The rumpus over UNSC reforms
Even if convinced of the dire necessity of reforms in the world body after its founding more than half a century back few have wherewithal to do it.
 arrow I cry, you cry: A manufacturer's perspective
History may say "alas" but cannot help or pardon...my very favourite line from W H Auden's 'Spain 1937' haunts me at 39 minutes past midnight on the first day of Baishakh.
 arrow An isolated Japan and fury over textbooks
IT was not long back that everything for Japan seemed to be running perfectly well.
Letters to Editorarrow Child labour
According to census data, children constitute nearly 12% of the total labour force. This figure is quite high compared to the figures for the world (3.8 %).
 arrow Building collapse
We have seen the photograph of Afsana in the newspapers. She was crying over the dead body of her husband. Her husband was the victim of the collapsed building.
 arrow If women want a change....
The gap between the rich and poor has long been a problem for Bangladesh society. Women in particular occupy a weak position socially and tend to be the ones who suffer most from the poverty divide.
 arrow Israel's real face
Mordechai Vanunu, a 50-year-old former nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona atomic reactor, has fallen under another ban by Israeli government on leaving his country.
 arrow What's going on?
1971 . The year of our liberation war. Attacked by Pakistanis! Torture! Rape! Murder! Blood & blood! Lives & lives! We lost a lot!! But one thing remains. And that is unity--the power.
 arrow Student-based politics
Many conscious citizens are not happy the way students are used in our politics. Such feedbacks are getting more frequent in the press.
 arrow Religion page
Being a regular reader, I often go through the letters published in SWM. A small letter written by Raisa on April 9, 2005 in support of the letter of Ahmed Raiyan in the March 25 issue attracted my attention.
 arrow Scarcity of livestock feed
I refer to the recent news item on scarcity of livestock feed in the country.
 arrow Country of dreams
I am a student of an engineering university of Bangladesh. I am in 3rd year now. I am familiar with lifestyles of people in different parts of the country.
 arrow Tributes to a justice
The pious soul of Justice Bimalendu Bikash Roy Choudhury returned to the Almighty on 10th April 2005.
 arrow Mockery of law
Recently the BNP led coalition government passed an act to ban smoking in public places. The bold initiative of the government deserves praise. But sadly enough, the law is being shrugged off.
 arrow Communal thinking
It is shocking that the primary students of Bluebird High School in Sylhet are divided into two categories-- Hindu and Muslim.
 arrow Why this delay?
The process of result publication in some departments of JU is intolerably long. The English Dept. most probably tops the list, which, in the recent past, has replaced the Pharmacy Dept.
 arrow Railway collapsing?
Everybody knows that the Railway is the safest and most comfortable and convenient among all the mass-transit systems in the rest of the world (including the neighbouring country).
 arrow Not that violent!
I have always heard that news reporters have a tendency of exaggerating news but never actually believed it, rather hadn't find any proof to draw myself into such conclusion until a recent incident.
 arrow Government's failure
The truly pathetic thing about anti-Ahmadiyya attacks isn't so much that there are bigoted groups out there to oppress a minority community.
Star Cityarrow Where do they go now?
Case Study one: Monowara Begum, wife of Hasan Ali, a service holder of Ministry of Home Affairs is expecting. The family lives in an H-type building in the Motijheel AGB colony.
 arrow Top class hospitals to keep provisions for the poor
The five new joint-venture hospitals, set to start operating at full swing in Dhaka shortly, have promised to keep provisions of free treatment for the poor people.
 arrow Mohakhali bus terminal renovation nears completion
The renovation of Mohakhali bus terminal is almost complete and the new infrastructure with improved facilities for passengers and buses is set to open in the first week of May.
 arrow Businesses want traffic congestion-free Old Dhaka
Businesspeople of Old Dhaka have come up with a set of suggestions to improve traffic management to spur more economic activities in the area.
 arrow Construction noise remains a menace
Most building construction firms in the city are refusing to cut down on noise pollution during night time despite clear instructions from Rajuk and the Department of Environment (DoE).
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