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Front Pagearrow 16 die as 6-storey building collapses in Tejgaon
At least 16 people were crushed to death and many others, mostly construction workers, were feared either trapped or buried alive under debris as a six-storey building at Tejgaon completely collapsedyesterday
 arrow Power shortfall nags city despite plants' restart
The frequent power outage continues to persist despite restoration of some power plants that tripped on Friday, plunging the capital and some other parts of the country into darkness for a few hours.
 arrow Farmers block Khulna highway for fertiliser
Fertiliser crisis continued to haunt farmers in different districts in peak boro season with the buffer stocks exhausting fast, dealers refusing to lift date-expired urea and growers barricading roads
 arrow 13 injured critical
A team of burn-specialists from the burn units of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday identified the condition of 13 injured workers of KTS Composite
 arrow Darkness and dusts, hopes and despair
Eighteen-year-old Shamim, a plumber, was one of the few survivors of the building collapse in Mohakhali who were trapped under the rubble for about half an hour.
 arrow Rescue to run for 5-7 days
It will take at least five to seven days for the rescuers to clear the debris from the Tejgaon building collapse. "We'll need the time as we can't work from all the four sides.
 arrow Adding extra floors without plan may be responsible
Construction of extra three floors on top of a building with a foundation for only three storeys and unplanned renovation works could be the reasons for the collapse of the factory building of Phoenix
 arrow Loan default shrinks in '05
The ongoing banking sector reform programme had pared down the amount of loan defaults by 4.08 percentage points over the last calendar year to 13.
 arrow Helpless voices, endless wait
Mozammel could still talk by mobile to Mosharraf, one of his two brothers trapped in the collapsed building at Mohakhali yesterday, but he was facing an uphill battle to pull the brothers free from the
 arrow Sit-in to protest fuel, fertiliser crises
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated the 14-party opposition combine's demand for implementation of the proposed reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission
 arrow Aftermath of a disaster


 arrow BGMEA to inspect all RMG plants
The BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) has decided to inspect all the garments factories across the country within next one month to find out whether the units are following
 arrow PMO monitoring rescue operation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the authorities concerned to expedite in a well-coordinated way the rescue operation at Phoenix building that collapsed in the city's Tejgaon industrial area,
 arrow 41 workers hurt in Ctg RMG factory stampede
At least 41 garment workers were injured, four of them critically, in a stampede following blast of an electric transformer at Sagorika Road in the city's Pahartali area yesterday morning.
 arrow Int'l workers' body warning went unheeded
The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation's (ITGLWF) apprehension of massive disasters in the country's garments factories came true with the devastating fire in the KTS Composite
 arrow Sangakkara slays Tigers as Lanka win series
Sri Lanka brought Bangladesh down to earth with a huge 78-run victory in the third and final one-day international and lifted the series 2-1 at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Iraq govt warns of 'civil war'
A car bomb in a Shia holy city and bloody battles around Sunni mosques in Baghdad that breached a second day's curfew on the capital heightened fears yesterday that Iraq was heading for civil war.
 arrow India reports 2nd bird flu outbreak, expands cull zone
Animal health officials have expanded the zone for slaughtering chickens in western India after the discovery of a second outbreak of bird flu, government officials said yesterday.
 arrow 2 bills to be placed in JS today
Two important bills, one to check corruption in public procurement and the other to expedite separate the judiciary from the executive, will be placed in parliament today as the session resumes aftera
 arrow Benapole land port standstill
No truck with Bangladeshi goods moved to India through Benapole land port yesterday, as Indian C&F agents and transport workers at Petrapole enforced an indefinite strike.
 arrow Criminal killed in Rab 'encounter'
A criminal was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Eastern Housing Project area under Pallabi Police Station in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow CPB calls hartal for Mar 2
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has called a countrywide half-day hartal for March 2 protesting the negligence of owners of RMG factory in Chittagong that caused deaths of 54 workers in a fire.
 arrow Dalai Lama envoys report better ties with China
Envoys for the Dalai Lama said yesterday that recent talks with China had revealed an improved understanding between the two despite differences over the issue of autonomy for Tibet.
 arrow Pirates kill 4 Boatmen, loot cargo
Pirates killed all four people aboard a cargo vessel loaded with 1,100 maunds of rice and looted the consignment at the estuary of Paira river in Taltali upazila.
Businessarrow Banks' provision shortfall drops 12pc in 2005
Commercial and specialised banks' provision shortfall reduced 12 percent in 2005, thanks to drop in non-performing loans.
 arrow US delegation to issue fresh warning to China on trade
A US trade delegation travelling to China next week will issue a fresh warning to Beijing to step up efforts to crack down on piracy and counterfeiting, an official said Friday.
 arrow EU official to press Aussies, Kiwis over WTO deal
The European Union's farm chief will press Australia and New Zealand next week to respond in kind to an EU offer to cut aid for agriculture to help unblock embattled world trade talks, aides said Friday.
 arrow Asian Aerospace clinches record $15b in deals
Asian Aerospace, the world's third largest air show, clinched a record 15.2 billion dollars in deals this week following a spate of aircraft orders geared to meet booming travel demand.
 arrow Lamy urges leading states to get to work
Stalled WTO talks on trade liberalisation require movement from Europe, the United States and emerging countries in order to move forward, the director general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, said in an interview
 arrow State Bank of India plans to acquire bank in Bangladesh
State Bank of India (SBI) has identified a commercial bank in Bangladesh for acquisition and also approached the authorities for permission to open a branch office in Pakistan.
 arrow S'pore wins Qatar airport deal
Singapore companies have scored a significant success in the increasingly competitive world of airport development, winning contracts believed to be worth hundreds of millions to help Qatar design and
 arrow Travel by AC trains to be cheaper in India
Travel by air-conditioned (AC) trains in India will be cheaper from April one this year.
 arrow Office bearers of Islamic Banks Consultative Forum
Sajjatuz Jumma, chairman of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd, has been re-elected chairman of Islamic Banks Consultative Forum (IBCF).
 arrow Vietnam to talk with EU to solve shoe dispute
Vietnam is ready to talk with the European Union to find a solution to the shoe dumping dispute, a trade official said Saturday in state media.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Something to cheer about
Bangladesh fell well short of making their dream of clinching the one-day series against Sri Lanka a reality but still, the Tigers had some positive notes in the three-match battle ahead of the two-match
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee rested for Tests
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza has been rested for the Test series against Sri Lanka as the na-tional selectors announced a 15-member squad on Saturday in Chittagong sans the Bangladesh frontline new ball bowler.
 arrow Cricket: Faisal steals the show
Rajshahi brightened their chances to take solo lead in the first-class table of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League yesterday as they continued their domination over hosts Barisal on the second
 arrow Cricket: Series secured by Kiwis
An unbeaten 118 by Nathan Astle guided New Zealand to a 21-run victory here Saturday and an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five match one-day cricket series against the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Pro-League football transfer from April 15
The month-long booters' transfer for the first-ever professional football league will be held from April 15 to May 15.
 arrow Football: Of football and cheating
There was plenty of mudslinging going on at Stamford Bridge this week and it was not just because of the atrocious state of the pitch.
 arrow Cricket: Shattering defeat for Eng
Promising fast bowler Munaf Patel grabbed five wickets in each innings as England crashed Saturday to an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat ahead of the first Test against India.
 arrow Cricket: Smith happy with SA win
South African captain Graeme Smith put a miserable tour of Australia behind him when he hammered an unbeaten 89 and led his team to a two-run win in a 20-over international at the start of Australia's
 arrow Cricket: First SA-Aus ODI today
South Africa's bowling woes continued Saturday ahead of the opening clash of a five-match one-day international series against Australia at Centurion Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Asian countries agree to joint bid for WC
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Saturday agreed to make a combined bid for the 2011 cricket World Cup but have sought time to finalise the bid document.
 arrow Cricket: Now Trescothick flies back home
England's woes on their Indian tour multiplied on Saturday when vice-captain Marcus Trescothick flew back home to attend to unspecified family problems. "Marcus has to go back for personal reasons.
 arrow NOTICE
Dear readers,
As our columnist Wasim Akram has gone to Pakistan on prior engagement, we could not publish his views on yesterday's third ODI.

 arrow Football: Kahn out of Italy friendly
Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has been forced to pull out of Wednesday's World Cup warmup friendly against Italy after failing to overcome a thigh strain, Bayern Munich spokesman Markus Horwick saidon
 arrow Football: Al- Ahly lift African Super Cup
Goalkeeper Essam al-Hadary was once again the hero of Egypt as Al-Ahly lifted the African Super Cup with a penalty shootout triumph over FAR Rabat Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Bush's cricket diplomacy!
US President George W Bush said this week "I'm a cricket match person" -- and he'll have a chance to show it at a cricket event during his brief upcoming trip to Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Shaharyar backs Inzy's captaincy
With criticism at home gradually increasing, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Shaharyar Khan has publicly defended Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, insisting he is still the right man for the job.
Metropolitanarrow 11 killed in road crashes
At least 11 people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Mymensingh and Chittagong on Friday night and yesterday.
 arrow Big defeat waits for AL in next polls
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday blamed Awami League (AL) for conspiring to foil the next general elections.
 arrow Concern over Ctg RMG factory fire
Different socio-political and rights organisations yesterday expressed deep concern and grief over the death of more than 50 garment workers at a devastating fire at KTS Composite Textile Mill in Chittagong
 arrow 'Promote Bangla translations of int'l literature'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for more Bangla translations of international literature in order to keep pace with the present trend of globalisation.
 arrow Largest ever Measles Catch Up Campaign launched
The government launched the largest ever immunisation programme against measles in the country.
 arrow Ensure HR for people of all faiths
Religious leaders yesterday called for turning the world into a better place for all to live with dignity and fraternity.
 arrow JUTA polls on Feb 28 amid fresh polarisation
Election to the 15-member executive committee of Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) is going to be held on February 28 amid fresh polarisation.
 arrow Cirdap discussion on rural dev today
Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) will hold a discussion with main focus on 'From the Peasant Charter to the ICARRD: An Overview of the Current Trends and Emerging
 arrow Jubo Dal grand rally at Paltan Maidan today
The ruling BNP`s front organisation Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal is holding a grand rally in the city's Paltan Maidan today to resist what it called 'the opposition's conspiracy to spoil the country's democracy
 arrow More donation for cancer hospital
Zeba Ali, principal of Maple Leaf International School, personally donated Tk 5 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Trawler with 1800 sacks of cement capsizes in Padma
A cement-laden trawler 'Shah Amanat' sank in the river Padma at Sadipur area under Faridpur Sadar upazila on Friday night. The trawler was laden with 1,800 sacks of cement worth Tk 4 lakh.
 arrow Bangladesh Children Festival begins in city today
A four-day-long Bangladesh Children Festival 2006 begins in the city today to let the children know about their country and generate patriotism among the little souls.
 arrow Dr Anwar, Rakib Biochemists' Forum president, secy
The annual general meeting of the Forum of Biochemists in Bangladesh on Friday elected a 21-member executive committee with Prof Dr Anwar Hossain as its president and Rakib Ahmed as the general secretary.
 arrow Mannan operated upon in Singapore
Abdul Mannan, organising secretary of Awami League, was operated upon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday. His bypass operation, led by Dr Saw, was successful.
 arrow Nat'l Srijani scout camp begins tomorrow
The Third National Srijani Scout Camp will begin at the National Scout Training Centre at Mouchak in Gazipur tomorrow.
 arrow SSKOP meet today
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will hold an emergency meeting at Jatiya Press Club in the city at 11:00am today, says a press release.
 arrow Unesco book exhibition begins tomorrow
A two-day Unesco Book and Publication Exhibition begins in the city tomorrow marking the International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Zia Shishu Park opens
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government has initiated massive programmes to help groom children as worthy citizens of the country.
Nationalarrow Ruta will demonstrate on highway every Saturday
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the university main gate demanding immediate arrest and punishment to killers of Prof Muhammad Yunus and Prof
 arrow Joint border survey in Bhomra area begins
Officials of Bangladesh and India continued a joint survey yesterday to settle unresolved border demarcations and erect pillars damaged along the frontier from Bhomra land port to the Sadar upazila.
 arrow UNO office to be besieged Mar 6
The all-party action committee agitating for pipeline gas supply to Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj from Bibiyana gas filed yesterday held a rally at Nabiganj Natun Bazar to press the demand.
 arrow BDR deployed at Benapole to check diesel smuggling
BDR has been deployed at Benapole check post and all adjacent border points since Friday evening to check smuggling of diesel.
 arrow Susta polls tomorrow
Election to Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Teachers' Association (Susta) will be held tomorrow. Twenty-two candidates are vying for 11 posts in two panels.
 arrow 7 bombs found in Bagerhat
Seven live bombs have been recovered at Bahorbunia village of Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat district on Friday.
 arrow Book fair in Kurigram
A week-long book fair, organised by Friends Fair, will begin at Ulipur in Kurigram today to commemorate Amar Ekushey, says a press release. The fair, 12th of its kind, will continue till March 4.
Point-Counterpointarrow Muslim versus Muslim
Today Muslims of the world are fragmented and confused, as a community it has become highly controversial and even hated by the rest of the world community, particularly the people of the developed west.
 arrow McKinnon's diplomacy of plain truths
Commonwealth Secretary General Donald McKinnon had recently been in Dhaka, as it appears, to mediate between the BNP-led ruling alliance and AL-led opposition combine so that they shun the path of confrontational
 arrow Pay and the price
Motivating power of pay and emoluments is universal insofar as salaried employees are concerned whether public or private.
Culturearrow A fête of classics
Although Bangla music embarked on its journey centuries ago, the last 100 years have been particularly momentous for the medium.
 arrow "Bangladesh and UK can work out a bilateral agreement related to theatre" -- Neville Shulman
Neville Shulman is a British theatre manager, director, producer, journalist and author. He is a fellow of the Royal Executive Society, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club.
 arrow Today's attraction: Meemangchina, Mangula and Mrichchhakatik
The Department of Drama and Dramatics of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will stage Meemangchina by Professor Afsar Ahmed at the National Theatre Stage today.
 arrow Social themes in the limelight
Enthusiasm and festivity marked the week-long theatre festival, titled Natya Utsab-2006.
Internationalarrow Differences remain with India on nuclear deal
The United States said yesterday differences remained on a landmark nuclear deal to supply India with crucial technology as a top US official left New Delhi after talks aimed at breaking the logjam.
 arrow India begins Kashmir peace conference
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh kicked off a peace conference yesterday with pro-India parties and minority Hindu groups in Kashmir, but the talks are seen as being undermined by a boycott by separatists.
 arrow US reaffirms support for Abbas, snubs Hamas
The US Middle East envoy yesterday reiterated US support for Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and his policies but did not extend that to an eventual government led by Hamas.
 arrow Arroyo cracks down on opposition, media
Philippine police arrested an opposition congressman and a retired general and raided a newspaper office yesterday after President Gloria Arroyo launched emergency measures to foil an alleged coup plot.
 arrow Thai PM defends snap polls, critics urge vote boycott
Embattled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra defended his decision yesterday to dissolve parliament and call snap elections in a bid to end Thailand's political turmoil and return with a new electoral
 arrow Nepali parties announce fresh protests to put pressure on king
Nepal's opposition parties announced yesterday a new round of nationwide protests to restore democracy, piling fresh pressure on King Gyanendra who seized power a year ago.
 arrow Museveni wins Uganda polls
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won the country's first multi-party polls since 1980, according to official results released yesterday giving him an insurmountable lead over opposition challenger Kizza
 arrow al-Qaeda threatens to hit more Saudi sites
al-Qaeda suicide bombers will attack more Saudi oil facilities, the terror group purportedly threatened yesterday in an Internet statement that claimed responsibility for the foiled attack on the Abiqaiq
Editorialarrow Editorial: Twin tragedies
No sooner had the nation begun the grieving process for the horrific garment factory fire on Thursday in Chittagong which has killed at least 54 and seriously burned over 150 others, than we have received
 arrow Editorial: Rising violence in Iraq
The other day as many as 130 were killed in Iraq in sectarian bloodshed following the bombing of the third most revered holy shrine of the Shias.
 arrow Performance of public institutions in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has scored the lowest points in the Performance of Public Institutions Index among 117 countries that have been ranked in the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2005-06 produced by the World
 arrow For whom the bell tolls
Generally, US presidents in their second term are less focused on populist agenda and more on the legacy they will leave behind and their place in history.
Letters to Editorarrow He's back
After a year of silence, Osama bin Laden has filled the world's headlines with an audiotape, and the predictable opinions are being heard.
 arrow Solution for fuel crisis
With the current situation where energy crisis is becoming an inevitable reality, many countries are trying to find solutions for their never-ending need for energy and fuel.
 arrow Welcome Hasina
Finally, though four years too late, Mrs. Hasina Wazed, Leader of the Opposition, woke up to her constitutional responsibility.
 arrow Bureaucracy: Points to ponder
Many thanks to Mr. Kazi SM Khasrul Alam Kuddusi for writing on the above subject. I would like to add something.
Star Healtharrow Liver transplant is likely to start soon at home
Liver is the largest essential organ of our body. It is the central organ, which regulates the functions of our body. It can be affected by various diseases which can ultimately cause liver failure.
 arrow Potato lovers may have higher diabetes risk
Holding that side of fries might help thwart type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
 arrow 10 Key messages on childhood cataract
  1. Cataract can occur in babies and children - it is not limited only to the elderly.

 arrow Treatment of white patches on skin now available
Karim* and Sofia* were about to get married and their parents were eagerly waiting for their wedding ceremony. But one evening Sofia came to me with Karim and their parents with a problem.
 arrow Breastfeeding benefits moms' joints
Nursing your baby now could be beneficial to your joints later.
 arrow Heavy exercise may worsen arthritis damage
For people with extensive damage in large joints from rheumatoid arthritis, high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise apparently accelerates the progression of joint damage, Dutch investigators reported.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Sir, I am 21 years old and have been suffering from bad headache for about four to five years.
 arrow 27th International Epilepsy Congress
The 27th International Epilepsy Congress will be held between July 8-12, 2007 at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, says a press release.
Star Cityarrow Are adopted children fairly treated?
A family of high social standing and a good background adopted Sofia, (not her real name) after she was born.
 arrow Originals at half price outside Ekushey Boimela
Thousands of books, allegedly stolen from the Ekushey book fair, are sold by hawkers, outside the fair premises, under the very noses of the on-duty law enforcement personnel.
 arrow Textbook shortage a growing crisis every year
Businessmen have once again taken the opportunity of over charging a few books with the crisis of secondary education textbooks in the market.
 arrow A Narrow Escape


 arrow Bringing back eyesight to visually impaired
A private eye hospital in the city undertook a week long charitable treatment programme for the eye patients.
 
   
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