70 robbers swoop on Ctg market, loot Tk 50 lakh goods|
At least 15 people were injured when a gang of 70 armed robbers looted goods worth about Tk 50 lakh from a busy market in Chittagong and traded fire with police during their getaway, police and witnesses
'War on terror' puts world in peril|
The 'war on terror' by America-led Western countries has made the world a more dangerous place and created divisions which make conflict more likely, says Amnesty International.
Clean Buriganga drive stops at illegal religious sites|
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is in a dilemma over 27 unauthorised mosques and madrassah, encroaching on the Buriganga and seriously hampering the river flow, BIWTA sources said.
Tax tick on credit cardholders|
Some 110,000 credit cardholders may come under the tax net from next fiscal, sources said.
Moreover, new credit cardholders will have to produce their Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN).
Countrywide digital tele network by next year: PM|
The country will come under a digital telephone network by the year 2004, declared Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday.
"We have digitalised all analogue telephone exchanges at districts.
Torture frequent, probes rare in Bangladesh: AI|
Bangladeshi authorities have frequently resorted to torture and failed to investigate dozens of reported custodial killings, Amnesty International said yesterday.
Seoul meet stresses civil society role to fight graft|
An international anti-corruption conference, organised by Transparency International in Seoul, has emphasised involvement of the civil society and 'faith-based' organisations in fighting corruption.
Two dead, 30 hospitalised as summer sizzles|
At least two people died and 30 were hospitalised as the blistering heat wave baking Bangladesh hit the highest level of the ongoing sizzling summer.
OIC FMs' conference opens|
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami opened a meeting yesterday of Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) foreign ministers, calling on the pan-Islamic body to give a show of support for Palestinian
Hartal in Satkhira protesting Bhomra port closure move|
A half-day hartal was observed here yesterday to protest against the government decision to close down the Bhomra land port from June 6.
Over six lakh sit for HSC exams today|
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under the nine education boards begin today.
About 631,300 examinees will be appearing this year.
No one held yet in city robberies|
Police are yet to arrest the miscreants involved in the robberies in Siddheswari area on Tuesday.
A gang of robbers looted cash and valuables reportedly worth about Tk 8.
Biometrics passports not needed for Bangladeshis: State Deptt|
Officials of the US State Department and Homeland Security in Washington have contradicted a news item published in The Daily Star on May 27 headlined "Current Bangladeshi passports invalid for US from
Tiger clubbed to death|
A 'man-eating' tiger was killed by villagers yesterday at Nalbunia village of Swaronkhola upazila of Bagerhat district after it attacked three villagers.
PW identifies evidences|
The 15th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, Sub-inspector Mohammad Shamsul Haq, yesterday identified in the court the evidences (alamats) he had seized from the victim's bedroom.
SC lawyers to protest move to amend bar council act|
Angered by the reported move to amend the Bangladesh Bar Council Act, lawyers of the Supreme Court have decided to march towards the parliament on June 10.
Canadian team signs $24m export, investment deals|
The visiting Canadian delegation has signed export and investment deals worth US$24 million during its two-week stay in Bangladesh, said Antonie de Wilde, senior programme manager of SouthAsia Enterprise
Automobile importers seek giants' plants at home|
Local automobile importers are planning to invite global giants to set up manufacturing plants in Bangladesh to help the country leapfrog into auto age.
Unocal to drill two gas wells at Moulvibazar block|
US firm Unocal will drill two production wells at Moulvibazar gas block in the greater Sylhet region, official sources said here yesterday.
SEC serves show-cause notices on four banks|
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday served show-cause notices on four private commercial banks for suspending their annual general meetings (AGMs).
Malaysia Airlines offers new package|
Malaysia Airlines has offered a new travel package for its passengers.
Chittagong tea market dulls|
The weekly tea sale held here on Tuesday witnessed a dull trend as the decline in quality continued and there was less interest from all sections of the market.
Asian growth to outpace world despite SARS: EIU|
Asian economies outside Japan are forecast to outpace the rest of the world and grow an average 5.6 per cent over the next four years, with SARS likely to have minimal long-term impact, a report saidWednesday.
World airlines say worst of SARS probably over|
International airlines declared on Wednesday that the worst was most likely over in their SARS-induced business slump as they announced a joint marketing campaign to kick-start the Asian tourism industry.
SARS not to stop Chinese growth: President |
China's economy is still growing despite the deadly SARS virus, Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Moscow Wednesday.
Hockey transfer Shuvo returns to Usha KC|
Twenty-six players changed their clubs on the second day of the four-day inter-club hockey players' transfer yesterday.
A fish out of water|
Sabura Khatun's hopes of returning to the pool looks destined for an indefinite delay as the row over her official identity showed no signs of an end.
Impressive wins for N'ganj, Rajshahi|
Former national opener Shahriar Hossain scored a superb half-century to guide Narayanganj to a five-wicket win against Jhenidah in the 26th National Cricket Championship at the Comilla Stadium yesterday.
PCB names venues for Bangladesh|
Pakistan is seeking a home-and-away series against India as part of a drive to bring international cricket back to the country, officials said Wednesday.
Imran goes to the rescue|
Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan said Wednesday he would coach young blood to lift national cricket and urged the country to follow Australia's shining example.
Jadeja can play|
India one-day specialist Ajay Jadeja, banned for five years for his alleged involvement in match-fixing, was Wednesday allowed to play cricket by the Delhi High Court.
Serena, Henin sail|
Defending champion Serena Williams of the United States raced into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday along with Belgian fourth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne as Slovak ninth seed Daniela Hantuchova
Seles nearing end?|
Facing up to her earliest ever Grand Slam exit Tuesday three-time French Open champion Monica Seles conceded that she was fighting a losing battle to stay on the court.
Wenger, Real talking?|
Real Madrid were reported Wednesday to have offered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a three-year contract worth 12 million euros (14 million dollars).
Brazil pick one R|
World champions Brazil have selected Ronaldinho but will leave Ronaldo and Rivaldo out for the Confederations Cup tournament in France next month, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Tuesday.
Ono Asia's best|
Japan and Feyenoord midfielder Shinji Ono has been crowned Asian footballer of the year for 2002 after a glittering 12 months at club and international level.
AL-backed man wins Mongla poura polls|
Shaikh Abdus Salam, an AL-backed candidate has been unofficially declared winner of the by-election to the post of Mongla Pourasava chairman held yesterday.
Ivy relieved of responsibilities as Mohila AL president|
Ivy Rahman has been relieved of her responsibilities as president of Mohila Awami League, the women's front of the main opposition party, five months after she took over as an office-bearer of the party's
Tariqul for more equitable share of globalisation benefit|
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday focussed on the need for a more equitable share of the benefit of globalisation for the developing counties.
Ensure women's rights|
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for effective steps to protect women's rights, which is increasingly being violated all over the world.
LDF to protest globalisation in city tomorrow|
Left Democratic Front (LDF), an alliance of left-leaning parties, will demonstrate in the city tomorrow to drum up support for its campaign against the adverse effects of globalisation.
SSKOP demands 60 pc DA|
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday called for implementation of its seven-point demand, including formation of 6th wage board for the journalists, press workers and general employees
Major PDB drive against defaulters, illegal connections in Ctg region|
Power Development Board (PDB) here launched a major drive against defaulters and illegal connections on Tuesday to realise Tk.
PDB crackdown on defaulters, illegal subscribers in Ctg|
The Power Development Board (PDB) has launched a crackdown on defaulters and illegal subscribers in the port city to realise outstanding bills.
10,000 children left out of polio vaccination|
At least 10,000 children remained out of polio vaccination in about 50 villages in remote Katchalong and Raingkhyong frontier areas in the district this year.
4 killed in road accidents in three districts|
Separate road accidents killed four persons in Sirajganj, Rajbari and Manikganj districts on Tuesday.
Roybeti on road to a new living|
Roybeti Tripra, mother of four, no longer collects firewood from forest to sell those at a far away market, a risky job that kept her family half-fed.
FF Matlib's killer to die in Sylhet|
One person has been sentenced to death and four others given life term for killing a person in Kanaighat for appearing in court as witness in an arms case.
BDR foils bid to push 35 in|
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Tuesday declared a 'red alert' in the 432-kilometre border areas in greater Dinajpur district to foil any further push-in attempt by BSF (Border Security Force of India).
PM seeks Japanese support|
Japan yesterday assured Bangladesh of its continued cooperation in its efforts for socio-economic development.
Being with music|
It is more than two and half years that Bengal Foundation has been working hard to materialise its dream of founding a music school where students will have a platform for pure music practice.
Fifteen years of Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shangstha|
It was May 27, 1988, when many of the eminent artistes of Tagore songs like Kalim Sharafi, Sanjida Khatun, Shudhin Das, Kaderi Kibria, Sadi Mohammad, Sajid Akbar, Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, Papia Sarwar
Julhasuddin Ahmad and late Nilufar Yasmin awarded Nazrul Medal|
To mark the 104th birth anniversary of our rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam the Ministry of Cultural Affairs had arranged a three-day-long programme.
Poems recalling Tagore|
Bengal Foundation organised a recitation programme titled 'Ebong Rabindranath' performed by Laila Afroz and Hasan Arif at the Bengal Shilpalay recently.
No rickshaws on Mirpur Road from July|
The Mirpur Road from Kalabagan to Azimpur will be off-limits to rickshaws from July in implementation of a three-phase ban.
Mondol murder case verdict today|
Judgement in the Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol murder case will be delivered today.
10 CU students hurt in clash with transport workers|
At least ten students of Chittagong University (CU) were injured, one of them seriously, when the students clashed with transport workers at the university gate-1 yesterday over bus fare.
College student crushed under train in city|
A student of Titumir College was crushed by a train at Mohakhali rail-crossing on Tuesday.
The victim, Tahera Begum, 24, was an honours final year student of political science.
Schoolteacher held in abduction case sent to jail|
Schoolteacher Marjina, an accused in a case for abduction of four children, was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
Three get 7-yr in jail for filing false case|
A complainant and his wife and daughter have been sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for filing a false case under the Acid Control Act.
Fine slapped on 17 cargo ships|
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) fined 17 cargo ships TK. 1.5 lakh on charges of deceiving customs and polluting environment.
US issues fresh warning to Iran|
The US administration put off a high-level meeting on Iran policy amid signs of internal differences.
Abbas dismisses Israel's roadmap reservations|
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas dismissed the 14 reservations Israel has formulated on the roadmap for peace in the Middle East, in an interview published Tuesday in the Israeli daily Haaretz.
Amnesty slams both Israel, Palestine for human rights abuse|
Amnesty International slammed Israel for perpetrating "war crimes" in the Palestinian territories while it stigmatised Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians as "crimes against humanity" in its
9 US troops wounded in Iraq unrest|
Nine more US soldiers were wounded in Iraq but none of their injuries was serious or life-threatening, a US ground forces spokesman told AFP yesterday.
'India and Pakistan should learn to live as good neighbours'|
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee launched his European tour pitching a strong case for peace with Pakistan, but he recalled the Kargil conflict to insist that New Delhi would never relax its
Fresh tremor rocks Algeria|
Up to nine people were feared dead and almost 200 were injured when a new earthquake hit Algeria during rush-hour, flattening buildings and terrifying Algerians less than a week after a quake killed 2,200.
Nepal MPs beaten by riot police|
Around 10 members of Nepal's dissolved parliament were injured yesterday when baton-wielding police barred them from forcibly reopening the assembly.
Morocco blasts 'mastermind' dies in custody|
The suspected mastermind of this month's devastating suicide blasts in Casablanca has died of heart and liver problems while in detention, the city's prosecutor said yesterday.
Incidence of robbery worrying|
A frightful dimension has been added to the law and order situation by a spate in burglaries lately.
Strategy for SMEs|
At a regional consultation meeting of the National Policy Review Forum-2003 in Narayanganj some excellent ideas were thrown up as inputs for an industrial policy review.
UNSC provides legitimacy to US-British rule in Iraq!|
On 22nd May, the UN Security Council provided a stamp of approval to the occupation of US-British forces in Iraq by adopting a resolution (number 1487) lifting immediately the sweeping economic sanctions
SARS and governance|
Crises put governments to tests. Valuable lessons can be obtained by observing how governments deal with them and how communities cope.
|Letters to Editor||
I could not help think how insensitive an educated person can be after I read the response of Mr Shuja Khondokar to my earlier letter.
"George W. Bush is a man of vision"|
Mahmood Elahi is right about the title of his letter of 27th May. Mr.
The ban on Bangladesh Football Federation by FIFA is another result of incompetence of the present government and the ignorance of the State Minister of Sports.
Minister and marginal Productivity|
I read Prof Bayes' article on minister and marginal productivity with interest. But I must also tell the Professor that he spent his time in a futile exercise.
Corporate democracy or mass representation?|
The American promise of genuine self-government for Iraq has yet to materialise and the issue is obscuring as the media gradually diminishes focus on all the pre war promises.
Indo-Pak peace initiative: Rekindling hopes for a troubled region|
On April 18, 2003, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee suddenly declared from the capital of the State of Jammu and Kashmir that India was ready to resume dialogue with its nuclear armed neighbour
As the axis of evil turns, Christian fundamentalists are at the gate|
Last May 4, Benny Elon, Israel's tourism minister and high level envoy, visited the U.S. on a mission to derail George Bush, Jr.'s roadmap for peace in the Middle East.