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Front Pagearrow PM meets city MPs over free fall of order
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked her party lawmakers from Dhaka city to help improve law and order in the capital.
 arrow Staff lunch at 85 paisa as firm loss keeps piling
The enterprise has been incurring losses every year, still its employees get subsidised diet -- each cup of tea at 10 paisa, a boiled egg at 20 paisa and a full lunch at 85 paisa.
 arrow Ex-AL lawmakers killed in Natore
Masked assailants killed a former lawmaker and injured one of his companions in Lalpur upazila in Natore district on Friday, triggering political backlash and a half-day hartal call in the district for
 arrow Monsoon Torrents trouble traffic
Torrents of monsoon rain sent the city reeling under water and traffic tailbacks grew on waterlogged roads yesterday.

Experts largely blamed the watery woos on reclamation of low-lying areas.

 arrow Nod to 5,214 job cuts
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday agreed to shed 5,214 staff of three public corporations through voluntary retirement at a cost of Tk 296 crore.
 arrow New duty likely on raw materials, capital machinery
The next budget may slap a 7.5 per cent import duty on some 500 industrial raw materials and capital machinery, now in the zero-tariff bracket.
 arrow Opposition may not be asked to chair rest of JS standing bodies
The government may not offer the opposition to chair any of the 34 parliamentary standing committees expected to be formed during the budget session beginning June 10.
 arrow Danger lurks at Mouchak
The 75-foot deep building construction site at Mouchak intersection that caved in after Thursday's heavy rain may collapse any time taking with it the adjacent roads and structures, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhkha
 arrow Hill cutting raises quake fear
Bangladesh might be hit by a major disaster "any time" unless indiscriminate cutting of hills is stopped in southeastern parts of this South Asian country, an expert warned here yesterday.
 arrow Power tariff may go up after budget
The government may increase tariff for power consumed from the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) and Power Development Board (PDB) after the budget.
 arrow Experts doubt US claims on WMDs
Some US and British intelligence analysts who have examined trailers found in Iraq doubt the US government's conclusion that they were used to produce biological weapons, the New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Frolicking on the fine line
 arrow Advani instigated demolition of Babri Mosque
In a new twist to the Babri Masjid demolition case, five accused yesterday alleged they had pulled down the disputed structure at Ayodhya at the instigation of LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders,a
 arrow Main accused still at large a year after Sony's killing
Even a year after the killing of Sabequnnahar Sony, six charge-sheeted accused including the main accused, Mokammel Hayat Khan Muki, are still at large.
 arrow Quality education must for democracy: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government attaches great importance to improving the standard of education in order to make independence and democracy meaningful.
 arrow Cross-exam of 15th PW ends
Cross-examination of the 15th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, Sub-inspector Mohammad Shamsul Haq, by lawyers of all the accused ended yesterday.
Businessarrow Mega tea project in thick soup
A project to double Bangladesh's tea production by 2023 has hit a snag, thanks to fund dearth.
 arrow Focus on expanded global market pie
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday observed Bangladesh should try to increase its share in the global market rather than focusing on regional market only.
 arrow Struggling SMEs to get $12m boost
Access to finance remains a major problem blocking the way to growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bangladesh as these are too large to qualify for micro-credit finance and, on the other hand,
 arrow Business development instt launched
In a bid to enhance the efficiency of the private sector, Business Enterprise Development Institute (BEDI) was launched yesterday.
 arrow Biman cuts vegetable, fruit air freight by 5pc
Civil aviation authority yesterday decided to reduce air freight for vegetables and fruits exported by 5 per cent.
 arrow Call money rate 16pc, repo rate 15.50pc
The money rate remained tight yesterday (Saturday) as some private banks and leasing companies were under pressure for call money to meet their liquidity short-fall amid higher payments, fund managers
 arrow US jobless rate rises to 9-yr high in May
The US unemployment rate rose to a nine-year high of 6.1 percent in May as businesses axed 17,000 jobs, the government said Friday, reflecting a sluggish postwar recovery with slim pickings for the jobless.
 arrow SARS wipes out 3m tourism jobs in Asia
SARS has wiped out three million tourism jobs in the worst-hit parts of Asia since mid-March, delivering a harder hit than the September 11 attacks, the Bali bombings and the Iraq war, an industry group
Sportsarrow Cricket: Milestone report made public
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) presided Ali Asghar termed the probe report on Bangladesh's debacle in the South Africa World Cup as a milestone in the history of country's sport.
 arrow Cricket: Mashud seeks forgiveness
Under-fire former national captain Khaled Mashud yesterday sent a letter to Bangladesh Cricket Board president Ali Asghar in an attempt to clarify his position after being identified in the probe report
 arrow Cricket: Zim face innings defeat
Zimbabwe were just three wickets away from the second innings defeat of their two-match Test series against England at the Riverside here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Elated after 'silly day'
Richard Johnson was delighted with his England Test debut after starring with both bat and ball to put Zimbabwe on the rack after the second day of the second Test at the Riverside here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Rough road ahead
Dashing, daring and dynamic, Ajay Jadeja was one of India's sweethearts until he was tainted by a damning federal report on cricket match-fixing.
 arrow Cricket: WI, SL look to future
A resurgent West Indies and a new-look Sri Lanka begin a three-match series of one-day internationals on Saturday with each determined to show the cricketing world they are entering a new era of success.
 arrow Tennis: French Open Henin's
Justine Henin-Hardenne, the fourth seed, became the first Belgian to win a Grand Slam title when she demolished countrywoman Kim Clijsters, the second seed, 6-0, 6-4 in 67 minutes here on Saturday.
 arrow French Open: Henin hammers Clijsters

Fourth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne won the women's French Open singles title here Saturday, hammering second seed Kim Clijsters in an historic all-Belgian final.

 arrow French Open: Serve machine v Mosquito
A topsy-turvy men's tournament at this year's French Open could finish up with the proverbial biter being bitten in Sunday's final.
 arrow Football: Scolari's Portugal held by Paraguay
Euro 2004 hosts Portugal were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay in a friendly international on Friday.
 arrow Football: Cameroon fail to woo Lauren
Cameroon have been unable to convince Arsenal defender Lauren to make his international comeback in this month's Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Japan plan an Argentina coup
Japan will look to put a run of indifferent form behind them by springing a surprise against Argentina in their Kirin Cup clash on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Van der Sar wants to exit Fulham
Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he wants to quit Fulham - then launched an attack on their lack of ambition.
Politicalarrow Dhaka's chance at OIC may sink on SQ Chy's nomination, BNP leaders feel
The nomination of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has not only sparked protest in the opposition camp, but also fuelled resentmentin
 arrow Hasina blames BNP for Natore MP killing
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina said the former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Momtaz Hossain was killed by armed cadres of the ruling party under the directions of a 'minister'.
Metropolitanarrow Historic June 7 observed
The historic June 7 was observed by the main opposition Awami League and its front organisations across the country yesterday.
 arrow Govt working to make parliament effective, Deputy Speaker tells Chinese envoy
Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui has said the government is sincerely working for making Parliament effective and a focal point of all activities and a nerve centre of formulating state policies.
 arrow Unilateral withdrawal of water by India effects our economy: Siraj
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday said that India's unilateral withdrawal of water through the Farakka point was largely responsible for slow inflow in different rivers including the Gorai in Bangladesh.
 arrow 1cr people carry Hepatitis B virus
About one crore people in Bangladesh are the carriers of chronic Hepatitis B virus that causes serious liver problem.
Nationalarrow Protests continue against Rangpur Sugar Mill lay-off
Labour unrest gripped Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gaibandha, demanding cancellation of its proposed lay-off, now under process.
 arrow Four of a family get lifeterm for murder in Munshiganj
A court here yesterday sentenced four members of a family to life term imprisonment for killing a woman.

The court fined Tk 5000 each, in default, they have to suffer three more months in jail.

 arrow Unocal submits proposal to Petrobangla
The US company Unocal is preparing for development of the Moulvibazar gas field soon.
 arrow Crimes decrease in Barisal, police records say
Crimes including acid attack on women in Barisal division decreased in the first quarter of this year compared to those in the corresponding period last year.
 arrow 10 Ctg shrimp factories face water crisis
Short supply of water by WASA during peak hours is hampering fish processing in factories at Sagorika industrial area.
 arrow Killer to die, five get life term for possessing illegal arms in 2 dists
One person has been sentence to death for murdering a woman in Faridpur and five others to life term for possessing illegal arms in Kushtia.
 arrow UNDP resumes activities in CHT
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has resumed development activities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with a preliminary allocation of Tk 12 crore for pilot schemes.
 arrow 5 killed in Bogra road mishap
Four people were killed and four others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Bogra Highway in Sherpur upazila yesterday

The dead were identified as Promad, 40, of Aminpur village, Jamal, 22, andHossain

Culturearrow The sole sarod player in the media
It was in the nineties in India.' Md Yousuf Khan recalled, 'We went there in a cultural tour and performed a dance drama Mahua on stage. There the audience greatly applauded the performance.
 arrow Memorable Bangla songs
The launching ceremony of the CD and audio cassette 'Ke Tumi Aamare Dako,' a collection of memorable Bengali songs by Nasima Shaheen was held on 6th June 2003 at the German Cultural Centre, says a press
 arrow Theatre for education
The text syllabus for children, especially in our country, is often too monotonous to generate any pleasant learning, says Palakar of Class Acts.
Generalarrow Govt set to sign power deal with Sino company
The government is going to sign its first power deal since 2001.
 arrow Robbers raid knitting co car, loot Tk 10 lakh
Robbers attacked a microbus of a knitting company and looted Tk 10 lakh shooting the security officer at Joydevpur in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Bhola ex-DC, OC to pay Tk 75 lakh to Naziur in compensation
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Bhola and officer-in-charge (OC) of the Sadar Police Station were ordered to pay Tk 75 lakh to Naziur Rahman Manjur, chairman of the Bangladesh Jatiya Party, in damages
 arrow Argument in Bushra murder case begins today
Argument in the sensational Bushra murder case begins today.

The prosecution will start argument seeking exemplary punishment to the accused.

 arrow Rain brings more woes for shanty fire victims
Amid incessant rain, more than 1,000 people, rendered shelterless by the devastating fire at a slum at Babupura, Nilkhet on Friday, spent the night under open sky yesterday.
 arrow BAC forms body to probe duty drawback graft
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has formed a four-member inquiry committee to dig out corruption in the Duty Drawback and Exemption Department, sources said.
 arrow Accused Ainul confesses his involvement
A metropolitan magistrate's court yesterday recorded confessional statements of Sayed Ainul Haque, an accused in sub-inspector (SI) Mohammad Humayun Kabir murder case.
 arrow Small trader shot dead in Motijheel
Criminals gunned down a small trader in the bustling Motijheel area yesterday afternoon.
Internationalarrow US slaps visa ban on junta leaders, sanction to follow
The United States on Friday added more members of Myanmar's military junta to its visa blacklist, and said further sanctions against Yangon may soon be imposed in response to the arrest of oppositionleader
 arrow Blast kills 3 German peacekeepers, three others in Kabul
Six people including three German soldiers were killed and 11 injured in the Afghan capital yesterday when a powerful explosion hit a bus carrying troops from an international peacekeeping force, officials
 arrow UN finds fault with Iran on nuke obligations
The United Nations nuclear watchdog has accused Iran of failing to comply with safeguards intended to ensure it does not build an atomic bomb, according to a confidential report obtained by Reuters Friday.
 arrow Clear cracks in BJP
India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have sought to put a lid on the recent controversy over leadership but the fault line appears more distinct than ever before on Saturday.
 arrow UN experts set for inspection as debate on WMDs widens
UN nuclear experts were preparing Saturday to inspect a plundered nuclear plant, as international debate swirled around the use of Iraqi weapons as a justification for war.
 arrow Pak parliament meets amid fears of showdown
Pakistan's parliament meets for the first time in two months Saturday for the presentation of its national budget as opposition parties warned they would block the session if President Pervez Musharraf's
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ousting goons
Two very senior BNP and Awami League leaders agreed in principle at the concluding session of the National Policy Review Forum 2003 that criminals who have settled in their folds are more of a liability
 arrow Editorial: A warm welcome to the New Age
We extend a hearty welcome to the New Age, the latest entrant into the very vibrant world of print media of Bangladesh. Ours is a field where more there are the better it is.
 arrow Transformation of transatlantic relations
7Traditional approaches of realism and liberalism in the study of international relations are time worn.
 arrow Don't trivialise reservations: Rethink upper-caste quotas
Now that Ms Sonia Gandhi has approved Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's proposal to reserve 14 percent of state jobs for the "economically backward" category (EBC) among the upper castes, such quotas
Letters to Editorarrow National Policy Review Forum
It is indeed a matter of pride and honour that influential papers like The Daily Star and ProtsDialogue (CPD) are organising meetings with eminent personalities to discuss national policy for the steps
 arrow Corporate democracy or mass representation?
American promise of genuine self-government for Iraq has yet to materialise and the issue is fading as the media gradually diminishes focus on all the pre war promises and hypes.
 arrow Revamping EPB
Export promotion bureau was set up for the promotion of export activities of the country. But it could not attain its goal due to various problems.
Star Healtharrow Donate blood, save life
'Donate blood, save life' is old pronounced. But one can feel this very significant when someone's near and dear one is in acute crisis of blood under different circumstance.
 arrow Glow of hope for the physically handicapped
Salma, an HSC student from a northern district town, was just overwhelmed with joy as she heard her father calling her 'ma' after long two and a half years.
 arrow Popular drug - Phensidyl widely abused
Substance abuse is a global phenomenon. It is one of the major problems in our country today.
Star Cityarrow An urban nightmare
The story of the 4.59-square-mile Kamrangirchar peninsula is that of utter negligence by successive governments and local administrations.
 arrow Monsoon rains arrive at last
With the sweltering heat disappearing, the monsoon will soon hit with full force.
 arrow First ever female traffic police

City dwellers will witness women traffic police for the first time in Dhaka's history from today.

 arrow All that glitters
They work with small hammers on anvils and with other necessities like moulds, acid and pincers scattered around.
 arrow From craze to addiction
Since fields and playgrounds are diminishing fast from the cityscape and the real estate business is swallowing all empty spaces, video games have fast become a craze for many city kids.
 arrow Multitude of multi-stories
Dhaka, once known as a city of mosques, has turned into a city of concrete where commercial structures dominate the skyline.
 arrow Meridian trees a mistake
If you've travelled on a double-decker bus, you may have had to duck to avoid them! Especially along Elephant Road.

Tree branches, that is.

 arrow Telephone service swindle
Few people are aware that the Bangladesh Telephone Shilpa Shangstha (BTSS) has its own telephone service and complaint centre where the city's residents are supposed to get proper help with their telephone
Star City in Framesarrow Architectural Aspirations

The creation of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar encompassed the most violent period in the common history of two nations, the birth of a new nation, and followed Bangladesh through its first two turbulent decades.