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Front Pagearrow Gas crisis looms as Sangu shuts down
The Sangu gas field was shut down yesterday for emergency maintenance, dealing a heavy blow to gas supply.
 arrow A lot needs to be done in 11 crucial sectors
The working sessions of the three-day National Policy Review Forum 2003 kicked-off yesterday with experts, politicians, academicians and civil society members discussing the progresses and challengesin
 arrow Curb on corruption needs united fight
Change in the political leaders' attitude and will, and combined effort by the political parties, civil society and administration are required to fight corruption and improve the judiciary.
 arrow Legal binding, state funding sought for political parties
United efforts by political parties are a must to make the parliament effective and ensure proper functioning of democracy.
 arrow Tk 20,300cr ADP for next fiscal finalised
The government has finalised a Tk 20,300 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal that looks more towards foreign assistance than local resources.
 arrow US monitors to help draw ME peace 'roadmap'
The United States will send a team of monitors led by a senior diplomat to the Middle East to help Israel and the Palestinians coordinate the implementation of the so-called "road map" for peace, President
 arrow Underpowered force led to cop death in Agargaon shootout
The two criminals arrested during Tuesday night's shootout at Agargaon that left Sub-inspector Humayun Kabir Patwari and one 'criminal' dead yesterday were remanded for five days.
 arrow Morshed rejects rumours on gas export
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday outright rejected speculations over any discussion or understanding on export of natural gas or transshipment facilities to India during Finance Minister Saifur
 arrow BB tightens grip on money market to avert volatility
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the central bank has tightened its grip over the money market to avert possible volatility in foreign exchange rate.
 arrow Cook, caretaker prime suspects in Sultana Panni murder
Detectives yesterday said they have identified the killers of Sultana Panni, wife of former deputy speaker Humayun Khan Panni.
 arrow National Policy Review Forum 2003 winds up today
The closing ceremony of the three-day National Policy Review Forum 2003 organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo will be held at a city hotel today.
 arrow Environment Day today
The World Environment Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today.

This year's theme of the day is "Water -- two billion people are dying for it.

 arrow FM rejects AL plea to change nomination of SQ Chy
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday turned down Awami League's request to change the nomination of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury as candidate for secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference
 arrow BNP lawmaker Nurul Amin passes away
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker Nurul Amin Talukder died of heart ailments at Scoot Hospital in New Delhi yesterday morning.
 arrow Tk 148 cr shrimp awaits shipment
A huge quantity of frozen shrimp worth Tk 148 crore has been lying at the Mongla Port as there are no ships available for their shipment to several countries.
 arrow Drizzle brings relief to city
Smarting under a fortnight of severe heat spell, the capital experienced a light drizzle yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Erratum
In our back page story yesterday titled 'Indigenous People Protest Madhupur Park Project', we mistakenly printed that, '... a 61,000-kilometre boundary wall around the proposed park is being erected.
Businessarrow Nortel subsidiary in bid to expand wireless business
Nortel Networks Netas is considering strengthening its presence in Bangladesh's wireless market, a key official of the company said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain-enforced jt champs
Bangladesh Biman and Rajshahi DSA were declared joint winners of the 26th National Cricket Championship as inclement weather forced the organisers to call off the final at the MA Aziz stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India in no hurry
India will not send its cricket team to Pakistan for a much-awaited Test series until political relations between the arch-rivals improve considerably, the government said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: A lot to play for Zim
Zimbabwe will be desperate to avoid a repeat of their innings and 92-run Lord's thrashing when they take on England in the second and final Test at the Riverside here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram accepts PCB offer
Retired fast bowler Wasim Akram responded positively Wednesday to a Pakistan Cricket Board offer of a farewell appearance in a one-day international against South Africa before his home crowd.
 arrow Cricket: Test going to Riverside
The Riverside will become only the eighth English cricket ground in history to stage a Test match when the second and final Test between England and Australia gets underway at the home of north-east county
 arrow Cricket: Latif looks behind it
The captain of Pakistan's revamped cricket team, Rashid Latif, said Wednesday that a coming short tour of England will have long-term implications for his young team.
 arrow Cricket: WI turn to Powell
West Indies included pace bowler Daren Powell in their 15-man squad on Tuesday for the first and second one-day internationals against Sri Lanka at the Kensington Oval on Saturday and Sunday.
 arrow French Open: Costa's narrow escape
Defending champion Albert Costa came back from two sets down before beating fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the men's singles at the French Open on Wednesday.
 arrow French Open: Battle royal for Henin
Barring a major upset not even tiny Belgian dynamo Justine Henin-Hardenne can stand in the way of top seed Serena Williams' charge towards her fifth straight Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
 arrow French Open: Agassi, Moya falter
Andre Agassi's bid to land a second French Open crown ended in failure on Tuesday when Argentine seventh seed Guillermo Coria beat the 33-year-old American 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the men's semifinals.
 arrow Football: Cool sub Cole
Sven-Goran Eriksson declared England's Euro 2004 campaign to be firmly on track after watching Joe Cole's late winner earn his side a 2-1 friendly victory over Serbia and Montenegro here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil full of new faces
World champions Brazil, hit by club commitments, injuries and the need to rest the likes of Ronaldo and Rivaldo, on Tuesday named 11 uncapped players in their squad for this month's Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Hero's welcome for Sheva
AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko received a rapturous welcome from hundreds of fans at Kiev airport on Tuesday when he touched down with the European Champions Cup which his shoot-out penalty won last
Politicalarrow AL suspends 9 Hazari men
The Awami League (AL) yesterday suspended nine of its Feni district unit leaders for involvement in attacks on a meeting and asked them to explain why they should not be expelled from the party.
 arrow Keraniganj JCD leader gunned down near police station
Armed assailants gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader near his residence at East Katuria close to the Keraniganj Police Station yesterday.
 arrow AL to convey its concern to OIC envoys
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will meet ambassadors of the Organisation of Islamic Conference member states to Dhaka soon to convey its concern over the nomination of a controversial politician
Metropolitanarrow PM to open Sharmongla canal today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will formally inaugurate the Tk two crore Sharmongla canal in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district today, the World Environment Day.
 arrow BNP backed JOP sweeps DU Senate polls
The ruling BNP-Jamaat backed Jatiyatabadi 'Oikya Parishad (JOP) swept the Dhaka University Senate elections for 25 registered graduate representatives on Tuesday while the opposition Awami League backed
 arrow Bangladesh a moderate Muslim country
Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk yesterday said Bangladesh is a moderate Muslim country and there is no existence of an education system which teaches fundamentalism.
 arrow Cancel SQ Chy's nomination: BCU
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the nomination of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for the post of Organisation of the Islamic Countries (OIC) secretary general.
 arrow DBBL observes 7th anniversary
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited observed its seventh anniversary on Tuesday, says a press release.

DBBL started its operational activities back in 1996.

Nationalarrow Several attempts foiled, hundreds assembled across the border
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India in the last 48 hours ending on Tuesday made several push-in attempts at different points on Bangladesh's north-western border by adopting new tactics.
 arrow RK Mission authorities refute allegations
The authorities of Ramkrishna Mission, Sylhet refuted the allegations of murdering Devashish Roy, a resident student of the mission hostel who died on Friday last.
 arrow BDR-BSF flag meeting agrees on border peace
A sector commander level flag meeting here on Monday discussed the April 29 killing of a Bangladeshi by BSF in Majhipara border and BDR-BSF exchange of fire..


 arrow Rapists of college girl go scot-free, threaten family
Alleged killer rapists of college girl Zzahida of Boroichara village in Sreepur upazila move at large while her parents are being threatened with eviction if they do not withdraw the case.
 arrow Pirates rule the Sundarbans
Thirteen honey collectors (mouals) were injured, eleven of them seriously, when they came under armed attack by an organised gang of pirates on Monday night in Charakhali canal in the Sundarbans.
Culturearrow Poignancy of pain
Fahmida Ahkter Kakoli and Hasanur Rahman Reaz, a young couple from the Fine Arts Department, DU, held a mind boggling exhibition, "Double Vision" at La Galerie, A.F., recently.
 arrow Abak
With the emergence of modern day films and dramas, the society today is undoubtedly opening up to a completely new genre of yarn, which is sometimes bound together with special public messages.
Generalarrow No progress in bank robbery case
Police have failed to make any headway so far in tracking down the criminals who looted money from a bank at Rampura on Tuesday.
 arrow Quake jolts Chittagong
A 22-second earthquake yesterday shook the port city at 7-17 pm.

Geophysical observatory recorded the intensity of the quake as 4.1 on the Richter scale.

 arrow Alleged robber beaten to death in N'ganj
An alleged robber was beaten to death and another critically injured by villagers during a robbery at village Barasadipur under Sonargaon thana here in the early hours of Tuesday.
 arrow 60-yr old woman raped in Jessore
A 60-year old woman, Fatema Begum, was allegedly gangraped and killed on Monday night at Bagdanga village in Jessore sadar thana.

Police said there were evidences of rape and murder by strangulation.

 arrow Shibir man shot dead in Fatikchhari
Armed gunmen shot dead an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir at Doulatpur under Fatikchhari upazila yesterday morning.

The dead was identified as Amanullah, 25.

Internationalarrow Peace talks must include Pak-held Kashmir: Vajpayee
India's prime minister has said peace talks with Pakistan must include the dispute over all of Kashmir, including the third controlled by Pakistan, local news agencies reported yesterday.
 arrow UN nuke inspectors to probe 'looting'
A team of seven inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency left for Iraq via Kuwait yesterday to conduct a limited probe into reports of looting at Iraq's main nuclear facility.
 arrow Train collision in Spain kills at least 11
Rescuers and forensic experts searched through the twisted, smoking wreckage yesterday of a head-on train collision in central Spain that left at least 11 people dead and another 16 missing.
 arrow Angry Iraqis demand right to rule themselves
Muslim clerics led thousands of protesters through Baghdad's streets on Tuesday, telling US and British forces to withdraw or face violence, as Iraqi political groups demanded more say in their country's
 arrow Tigers reject fresh govt offer for talks
Tamil Tiger rebels rejected a government offer of talks on greater financial authority yesterday as European diplomats launched a fresh initiative to salvage Sri Lanka's Norwegian-backed peace bid.
 arrow Access to 'detained' Suu Kyi denied
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent a fifth day in custody yesterday as the United Nations sought access to her ahead of the arrival of a top envoy of Secretary General Kofi Annan.
 arrow 'I could hardly breathe', says Hillary on Clinton's affair
Hillary Rodham Clinton, acknowledging tirades and tears over her husband's affair with a White House intern, says President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before headmitted
 arrow Blistering heatwave claims more lives
At least 74 more people have died from sunstroke in India's southern state of Andra Pradesh, taking to 1,139 the toll in the epicentre of the country's merciless heatwave, officials said yesterday.


Editorialarrow Editorial: Bank robbery
The city has witnessed at least five incidents of robbery in less than a week's time, the latest being the looting of a Pubali Bank branch in a busy area.

The incidents are cause for concern.

 arrow Editorial: Vibes from G-8 summit
Apart from the extraordinary Iraq war hang-ups, there were some 'firsts' to the G-8 summit convened in Evian early last week.
 arrow St. Petersberg, Evian and Jordan
The world has become so full of summiteers that it is becoming difficult to keep track. An attempt will be made to make a sense of it all.

First it is the 300th Anniversary of St.

 arrow Checkpoint Berlin
It was an awesome display of German efficiency.
Letters to Editorarrow Tinkering with education?
It was published in your newspaper a few days ago about the selection of many books on Zia and Khaleda Zia for primary and secondary level students.
 arrow Not anti-Americanism
Recently I have noticed a debate on anti-Americanism in your Letters Page.

I could not help but wonder how can criticism of Iraq war and George Bush's predisposed foreign policy be interpreted as anti-Amer-icanism.

 arrow Reasons realised
The Awami League chief and the leader of the largest opposition party in the 8th Parliament has opened a new chapter of complaint against her party's defeat in the October 1, 2001 election.
 arrow Extremists on both sides must be reined in
I am writing with reference to "Two-state solution of the Palestinian problem," by Muhammed Zamir (may 31).
 arrow Pronunciation problem
The advent of private channels has done wonder in Bangladesh and you can see variety of shows in different channels. But the reporters and the newscasters fail perform up to the standard.
 arrow Immature generalisation and premature commendation!
This is in response to Mahmood Elahi's letter (June 2).
Focusarrow Close encounters
As India-Pakistan relations begin to change, the Pakistani media, academia and business community seem to be keen on not letting the Kashmir situation block the progress.
 arrow Who are the Democratic contenders in the 2004 US presidential race?
The first Democratic primary in the U.S presidential elections doesn't take place until next January in New Hampshire, but already the Democrats are campaigning hard.
 arrow Aung San Suu Kyi: Let her be free
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- apathy of human beings," said US author Helen Keller, in My Religion, (1927).