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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).

 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.

 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).
 arrow Malaysia Airlines offers new package
Malaysia Airlines has offered a new travel package for its passengers.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Sportsarrow 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.
 arrow Swimming: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow French Open: 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
 arrow French Open: 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.
 arrow Football: 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).
 arrow Football: 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.

 arrow Football: 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.
Politicalarrow 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.
 arrow 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
Metropolitanarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
Nationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 4 killed in road accidents in three districts
Separate road accidents killed four persons in Sirajganj, Rajbari and Manikganj districts on Tuesday.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).
Foreign Relationsarrow PM seeks Japanese support
Japan yesterday assured Bangladesh of its continued cooperation in its efforts for socio-economic development.
Culturearrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow Poems recalling Tagore
Bengal Foundation organised a recitation programme titled 'Ebong Rabindranath' performed by Laila Afroz and Hasan Arif at the Bengal Shilpalay recently.
Generalarrow 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.
 arrow Mondol murder case verdict today
Judgement in the Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol murder case will be delivered today.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Internationalarrow US issues fresh warning to Iran
The US administration put off a high-level meeting on Iran policy amid signs of internal differences.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Incidence of robbery worrying
A frightful dimension has been added to the law and order situation by a spate in burglaries lately.
 arrow Editorial: 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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 Editorarrow "Passport fees"
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.
 arrow "George W. Bush is a man of vision"
Mahmood Elahi is right about the title of his letter of 27th May. Mr.
 arrow FIFA decision
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Focusarrow 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
 arrow 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.