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Front Pagearrow Symphony the Saifur way
Will he pause for a moment to brood over what lies ahead before entering the budget session today? Will he be on an even springier mood or in his ever carefree style? Wait until Finance Minister M Saifur
 arrow Major parties ignore EC registration rule
All major political parties are yet to apply for registration with the Election Commission (EC), two years after the enactment of a rule that requires the exercise to streamline general elections.
 arrow Editors of Daily Star, Prothom Alo get bail in defamation case by SQ Chowdhury
A court in Dhaka yesterday granted bail in a defamation case to The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam, the Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman and Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil.
 arrow 9 criminals held after firefight
Police arrested notorious criminal Yunus along with his eight accomplices from Keraniganj in the early hours of yesterday after a fierce gun battle.
 arrow BNP leaders taken aback by lawsuit
Many leaders and workers of the BNP have reacted sharply to filing of a case against the editors of The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo by the prime minister's Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Salauddin Quader
 arrow Civil cops' cosy criminal links prove fatal
The relations of some civil team members of different police stations with criminals are putting the lives of policemen in danger.
 arrow 2 papers sued while 12 others ran same news
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury MP has sued the editors of The Daily Star and Prothom Alo for carrying a report that was published in at least 12 other newspapers on June 3.
 arrow Jerusalem suicide bomber kills 16
A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and injured more than 60 on a bus in Jerusalem yesterday, a day after an Israeli assassination attempt against a militant leader.
 arrow Blix hits out at officials in Pentagon
Outgoing chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has described certain members of the US administration as "bastards" who set out to undermine him during his three years at the helm.
 arrow Tk 21,595cr audit objections await scrutiny
Three standing committees -- public accounts, estimates and public undertakings of the Jatiya Sangsad have failed to fulfil the constitutional obligations to keep government expenditure, misuse of state
 arrow 7 lakh-acre welfare land goes into grabbers' hands
Encroachers have grabbed nearly seven lakh acres of public land under the Waqf Administration.

The social welfare and service-oriented government organisation is now left with only 2.15 lakh acres.

 arrow Muddy mess
 arrow Govt plans reforms in textbook board
The government is considering reforms in the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) to produce quality and error-free textbooks in time.
 arrow Gaibandha road mishap kills 8
Eight people killed and 17 others injured in a road accident on the Gaibandha-Bogra Highway at Komarpur under Gobindapur upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 'Listed criminal Kochi'held in Comilla
Police yesterday claimed to have arrested Moshiur Rahman Kochi, one of the top criminals and operatives of the Kala Jahangir gang, in the garment workers' colony at Mia Bazar in Chowddagram upazila.
 arrow RAT nabs Hasnat Abdullah's son
The son of former chief whip and Awami League leader Abul Hasnat Abdullah was arrested along with his accomplice Riadh in Dhanmondi yesterday by Rapid Action Team (RAT).
 arrow Cop injured in bomb attack in city
A policeman was injured in a bomb attack by some youths on the city's English Road yesterday.
Businessarrow ATM glitch throws clients into chaos

The shared automated teller machine (ATM) service of nine major commercial banks faltered yesterday, causing immense suffering to their clients.

 arrow Banks, listed cos draw SEC flak
In the wake of a series of annual general meeting (AGM) suspensions by various commercial banks, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued stern warning to all private commercial banks
 arrow 2pc drop in industrial loan interest for exporters soon
Interest rate on industrial loans for the export-oriented industries will be slashed to seven per cent from existing nine per cent soon, said Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday.
 arrow Banglar Mela keeps carving niche

Two years ago, a 2,500-square-foot shop at Banani started selling handloom clothes and handicraft products, produced by local artisans.

 arrow Tie up with regional power players to meet rising demand
South Asian experts and politicians yesterday called for effective coordination among the power sector regulatory bodies of the regional countries to meet growing electricity demand.
 arrow Africans tell rich nations to end cotton subsidies
A group of west and central African cotton-producing countries led by Burkina Faso on Tuesday launched a drive to force major exporters such as the US and the European Union to drop subsidies for cotton
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pace-strong Tigers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce a 15-member national squad for the maiden tour of Australia today.

 arrow Cricket: Asghar off to London
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar left for London yesterday to sign an agreement with International Cricket Council (ICC) president Malcolm Grey for hosting the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Henry, Smith's return salvo
Omar Henry, head of the South African selection committee, has hit back at Bob Woolmer's comments that South African cricket is in a mess, while Graeme Smith insisted that he didn't receive any sort of
 arrow Cricket: Legends can mend it
Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal Wednesday proposed tours by legendary cricketers as sporting ambassadors between Pakistan and India, saying they could serve as a bridge to break the political stalemate
 arrow Cricket: Azhar wants a reprieve too
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has begun an appeal against his life-ban for match-fixing.
 arrow Cricket: County calling Kiwi stars
The New Zealand pair of Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori have secured short-term contracts in English county cricket with Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
 arrow Tennis: Millennium maestro
Andre Agassi has celebrated his personal millennium with victory at the Stella Artois Championships in his 1,000th professional match.
 arrow Tennis: Kucera crushes Kafelnikov

Russia's former men's tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov failed at the first hurdle in his bid to retain his ATP title as he was knocked out by Slovakian Karol Kucera 6-1, 6-7, 7-6.

 arrow Tennis: Russian women on rise
Not so long ago Anna Kournikova was probably the only Russian woman tennis player most international fans had heard of.
 arrow Football: Bend it like Barca!
Manchester United have made it clear they are ready to sell but David Beckham does not seem sold on a move to Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Guess who loves you?
Manchester United have stabbed David Beckham in the back by trying to force him into a money-spinning move to Barcelona that he does not want, British newspapers claimed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Saviola bails Argentina
A disputed goal by Barcelona striker Javier Saviola earned an experimental Argentina side a 1-0 win over battling South Korea at the World Cup stadium here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Blatter anti-expansion
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will oppose a South American proposal to expand the World Cup finals from 32 to 36 teams.
 arrow Football: Gazza to return to China
Former England international Paul Gascoigne has assured his Chinese club he will return despite checking into a rehab clinic in the United States for his alcohol problems, state press said Wednesday.
Politicalarrow AL's 8-hour Hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide eight-hour hartal from 6:00am to 2: 00pm today to protest lack of security in public life and the slide in law and order.
 arrow Hartal observed in Comilla protesting attack on ex-AL whip
A half-day hartal, called by Awami League, was observed here yesterday protesting an armed attack on former whip of Jatiya Sangsad and district Awami League Organising Secretary Advocate Mujibul Haq Mujib.
 arrow 14 sued for killing Fakirhat AL leader
Kulsum Begum, wife of slain AL leader and Bahirdia UP Chairman Atahar Ali, has filed a case with Fakirhat thana accusing 14 people of killing her husband at midnight on Monday.
 arrow 'BNP killing AL men to crush opposition'
Awami League (AL) leaders said yesterday the party's call for resolute movements has unnerved the ruling BNP and it is now out to eliminate the opposition forces to avoid facing them politically.
 arrow Hasina in London
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina arrived in London from Washington yesterday to attend the installation ceremony of UK unit of Awami Jubo League as chief
 arrow BNP asks AL to cancel hartal
The BNP urged the Awami League (AL) to withdraw its hartal call today, the budget day.

"I was surprised to learn about the hartal from newspaper reports.

 arrow Akbar protests implicating BNP in attack
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday protested implicating BNP in the attack of former Whip Mujibul Haq.

The incident was a sequel to an intra-party conflict of local Awami League, he said.

Metropolitanarrow HELP DEVELOP DHAKA CITY
An international seminar on 'Architecture: Overcoming Constraints' and exhibition of building materials and equipment began at Sheraton hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow More allocation in budget for UPs demanded
Leaders of Shoshashito Union Parishad Advocacy Group, Bangladesh yesterday demanded more allocation in next national budget for local government to strengthen union parishad (UP).
 arrow Khasru's rejoinder
Former law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Matin Khasru in a rejoinder said that he was misquoted in a report headlined 'Two-thirds of MPs not politician' published in The Daily Star
Nationalarrow Protests mount against increased holding tax, VAT in Rajshahi
Rajshahi Nagorik Committee and Rajshahi Bar Association jointly held a rally at the Zero Point and brought out procession on Tuesday demanding withdrawal of the increased holding tax on city dwellersand
 arrow 17 die of diarrhoea, malnutrition in 6 Rangamati villages
Diarrhoea and malnutrition due to acute food crisis claimed 17 lives in six villages under Sazek union in Baghaichhori upazila in May.
 arrow Mass hunger strike for Bhomra port reopening
A day-long mass hunger strike was observed in front of the collectorate building here yesterday demanding reopening of Bhomra land port.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Daulatpur
BNP leader Iqbal Hossain, 36, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen Monday night near his residence at Maheshwarpasha under Daulatpur thana.
 arrow OC closed for 'bribery,' filing 'false' case against victim's father
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Morrelganj thana, Yusuf Ali Khan, has been close at Bagerhat police lines for allegedly mishandling the case regarding gangrape and murder of Sabita Rani Halder.
 arrow Police club job seekers, 20 hurt
At least 20 people were injured at Rajshahi railway station yesterday when police clubbed job seekers who barricaded the rail track as their scheduled tests were postponed.
 arrow Two food officials transferred on bribery charge
Ullapara upazila food controller and the official in charge of the upazila food godown have been transferred allegedly for demanding bribe from local rice mill owners' association, official sources said.
Foreign Relationsarrow Qatar enthusiastic about Bangladesh's candidature
Qatar has made "enthusiastic response" in support of Bangladesh's candidature for the post of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) Secretary General.
Culturearrow The Jackals around the corner!
In a desperate attempt to hide my tears I hurriedly came out of the Shishu Academy auditorium. It was too much to bear.

The video had already started when I arrived.

 arrow Institute on the Pallikobi demanded
We are rich with the literary gift from three talents: Rabind-ranath- Nazrul -Jasimuddin. They are unique in their own world of art.
Generalarrow Tk 32 lakh gold haul at Ctg airport
Customs officials at Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday seized gold ornaments worth over Tk 32 lakh from two passengers.
 arrow Sugar traders call off strike after BDR gives in
Sugar traders and transport owners yesterday decided to resume trading and transportation of sugar.
 arrow 20 vessels fined for pollution
A mobile court at the port here yesterday fined 20 vessels, including a cargo ship of Singapore, Tk 34.24 lakh for emitting excessive black smoke, polluting the environment.
 arrow Youth shot at Gandaria
Muggers yesterday shot a youth at Sutrapur as he had no money with him.
 arrow BSS News Editor Delwar Hossain dead
Mohammad Delwar Hossain, a news editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), died of cardiac arrest yesterday. He was 53.
Internationalarrow Musharraf can hold two posts: HC
In a major setback to Pakistan's opposition parties agitation questioning the legality of the presidency of Pervez Musharraf, the Lahore High Court has ruled that the military ruler's election thougha
 arrow Iraqis demand inquiry into killing of tribal chief
Some 4,000 people marched in Iraq's main southern city of Basra Wednesday demanding that British occupation authorities open an inquiry into last week's assassination of a prominent tribal chief.
 arrow Thousands of Iranians protest near university
Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the early hours of Wednesday, chanting anti-government slogans in largely peaceful protests after police surrounded a Tehran student dormitory, witnesses said.
 arrow Demands to release Suu Kyi intensify
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent her 12th day in detention on Wednesday as world demands for her immediate release mounted and some countries considered tightening sanctions on theSoutheast
 arrow Imam Samudra denies plotting Bali attack
Key Bali bomb suspect Imam Samudra, in surprise testimony Wednesday, denied he masterminded the deadly blasts and said fellow suspect Amrozi was the first to suggest they attack the resort island.
 arrow US concerned over Gaza attacks
Israel has come under rare fire from the White House for its attempted assassination of a high-profile Palestinian militant leader that could endanger an already tenuous US-backed "road map" to Middle
 arrow Iran nuke experts visited N Korea this year: Report
Iranian experts on nuclear issues secretly visited North Korea this year, possibly to ask North Korean officials for advice on how to handle international inspectors, a Japanese newspaper said on Wednesday.
 arrow Egyptian intelligence chief holds talks with Arafat, Abbas on truce
Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman met Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and premier Mahmud Abbas Wednesday as part of a bid to broker a truce between radical militants and Israel.
 arrow Kidnap drama ends in Peru
All 71 gas pipeline workers kidnapped in southeastern Peru were rescued late Tuesday and were "safe and sound," President Alejandro Toledo announced.
 arrow US ready for fresh round of talks with N Korea
The United States is ready for a new round of talks with North Korea and other parties towards resolving the peninsula's nuclear crisis but no date has been fixed, the top US envoy to South Korea said
 arrow Hillary's tell-all book sells like hotcake
Former US first lady Hillary Clinton's tell-all memoir Living History sold about 2,00,000 copies in its first day of publication, the book's publisher said on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police efficiency
The news that more than 19,000 police personnel were punished last year, for their involvement in corruption and other criminal activities, does indicate that the issue of chastening errant law enforcers
 arrow Editorial: Roadmap blurred by a blow
The attempted assassination of a Hamas leader by an Israeli helicopter-mounted missile attack may have been a setback to the Middle East peace process.
 arrow Sharon and road map to peace!
A teacher asked one of his students: does a lion[ess], the king of the jungle of animals, lay eggs or give birth to a baby-lion? The student being unprepared as such questions were not in the notebooks
 arrow Contradiction and confrontation
When the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) came together as an electoral entity, the ideological differences separating the six parties forming the alliance made it a practical incongruity.
Letters to Editorarrow Who made the comment?
In the "NATIONAL" page of June 10 there was a mistake on your part!

"Four Party Alliance will last 25 years, says Noman" a news from Chittagong by the BSS.

 arrow SQ Chowdhury for OIC post?
The government has nominated Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, the Prime Minister's parliamentary affairs advisor, to run for the General Secretary of OIC. But there are many serious allegations against Mr.
 arrow Ecnomics syllabus of National University
National University's economics syllabus needs to be updated. In this era of globalisation they are following a syllabus that is not connected to modern life and concepts.
 arrow Liberation of Iraq is not simply about WMD
In the current obsession about finding Iraq's WMD, it is forgotten that the terrorists who destroyed the WTC did not need WMD.
 arrow Singapore MTV
After BNP came to power, Singapore MTV channel was replaced by Indonesian MTV channel. But it was never clarified why they took such decision.
Focusarrow US' policy encourages proliferation of nuclear weapons
The Bush administration made it clear that there should be no spread of weapons of mass destruction that includes atomic, biological and chemical weapons (otherwise known as ABC weapons) because theyendanger
 arrow Education sector and national budget
A recent editorial in The Daily Star (June 1) has highlighted some of the problems in the education sector such as relatively lower budgets as a percentage of GDP (about 2%), spending on teachers' salaries
 
   
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