No growth possible without widening tax net: Saifur|
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-2004 will contain inflation and lead to sustainable growth, needed to attain the millennium development goals (MDGs), said Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
US forces kill 97 Iraqis|
US troops killed 27 Iraqis who ambushed a tank patrol yesterday, after killing at least 70 at a guerrilla camp the day before, in the bloodiest clashes since President Bush declared major combat over.
Chambers call it a mixed bag|
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 has sparked off mixed reaction among the business community.
Powell arrives June 19|
US Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit Bangladesh on June 19 as part of his three-nation trip to Asia and the Middle East from June 16 to 23.
AL rally blasts SQ Chy for filing defamation suit|
A rally yesterday criticised the prime minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for filing a defamation case against two newspaper editors and an opposition leader.
Australian PM orders probe into asylum to 'convict' Kazi Zafar|
Prime Minister John Howard ordered inquiries yesterday into why Australia has granted asylum to a former Bangladeshi prime minister convicted of stealing from his impoverished people.
Anti-poverty vision missing: Debapriya|
The proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-04 failed to design any illustrative plan for poverty reduction, said Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue Debapriya Bhattacharya yesterday.
Businessman gunned down in Hathazari|
A businessman was gunned down by a gang of miscreants at Chowdhury Hat under Hathazari on Thursday night.
Yet another attack on press freedom: Amnesty|
Amnesty International has urged the Bangladesh government to ensure that under no circumstances Editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, Editor of the Prothom Alo Motiur Rahman and Awami League General Secretary
Food import shoots up|
Food grain import in fiscal 2002-03 has hit a record in 22 years barring 1998-99 when the country was hit by the worst deluge of the century.
Gram Sarkar set to take shape from next month|
The formation of Gram Sarkar, which has drawn flak from political leaders and NGO activists working on local government, will begin on July 1.
Dhaka's growing noise pollution|
While the hazards of air and water pollution are well-known to many -- thanks to the relentless media campaign against these two forms of environmental pollution --, there is a considerable lack of awareness
Fresh areas in Moulvibazar, Rangpur flooded|
Flood situation in the district further deteriorated yesterday as water levels of Monu and Dholai rivers continued to rise due to onrush of water from the hills.
Monu was flowing 1.
Duty rise on defence items surprises many|
In a surprise move, the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-2004 has raised duty on a raft of defence items of which the government is the sole buyer.
Key accused confesses to killing Momtaz|
The key accused in Awami League leader Momtaz Uddin murder case yesterday confessed in a Natore court to killing him with a Chinese axe.
7 trawlers with 84 fishermen missing in Bay|
Seven fishing trawlers with 84 crew on board have gone missing in the Bay of Bengal and all efforts to trace them for the last three days have failed.
9 killed in Kashmir blast, shootout|
Nine people, including three members of a family and two Indian soldiers, were killed in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said yesterday.
WMD hunt failures haunt US|
A covert, specialized army unit scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, even before the US-led war, but has come up empty handed, The Washington Post said yesterday.
Saddam asks foreigners to Quit Iraq!|
Saddam Hussein, whose fate is unknown, has issued an ultimatum to foreigners to leave Iraq and threatened attacks in countries and on planes of the US-led coalition, in a letter purportedly signed byhim
The leader of the opposition's Private Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan and Assistant Private Secretary Alauddin Ahmed contradicted a report headlined "JS officials, secys to MPs keep defaulting on phone bills",
Budget lets middle class down|
The middle class income group has expressed concern over the fiscal measures proposed for the 2003-04 budget, fearing increase in prices of all essential commodities.
Businesses praise, criticise fiscal measures|
Major chambers and some trade associations showed mixed reaction to the proposed budget for the 2003- 2004 fiscal year. Proposed fiscal measures drew both praises and criticisms.
Donors' shock therapy: From system loss to systematic loss|
The annual loss of Tk 400 crore (US$ 68 million) incurred by the Power Development Board (PDB) is quite disturbing.
No immediate impact on kitchen market|
Belying apprehension of a sharp rise in prices of goods where supplementary duty was proposed, the kitchen market remained static a day after the announcement of the budget for FY 2003-2004.
India's industrial production up|
India's industrial output rose in April from a year earlier as higher spending helped boost the manufacturing sector in Asia's third-largest economy but analysts said the pace in coming months would depend
BoJ chief sees slowing inflation, warns against deflation risk|
Bank of Japan Governor (BoJ) Toshihiko Fukui said Friday that inflation is slowing worldwide and warned that authorities should guard against it evolving into falling prices.
WTO asks US to comply with anti-dumping law|
The United States was told Friday to comply by the end of December with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against a fiercely-contested provision in its anti-dumping laws.
Indian commerce minister gives no hint of WTO progress|
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Arun Jaitley gave no hint on Thursday of any breakthrough in stalled World Trade Organization talks after meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.
'These 21 will form the core'|
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore believes that all the 21 cricketers in his camp deserved to go on the forthcoming tour of Australia.
No mercy for BD|
The all-conquering Australian cricketers will not be easing up when they take on minnows Bangladesh in a two-Test series in Australia's north next month, coach John Buchanan said here Friday.
Morocco meet put on hold|
A triangular one-day international cricket tournament in Tangiers, Morocco in August has been indefinitely postponed.
Richard Johnson, by any standards, enjoyed a magical Test debut.
Only a dozen Englishmen before him, Jim Laker and Alex Bedser among them, had taken six wickets or more in an innings first time out.
Wasim all for Twenty20|
Former Pakistan star Wasim Akram has given his backing to the Twenty20 Cup ahead of its much-anticipated debut.
The new 20-overs-per-side competition gets under way with five matches on Friday.
Wimbledon in doubt|
Goran Ivanisevic's dream of returning to Wimbledon, where he won an emotional singles title in 2001, suffered another setback on Thursday when he pulled out of next week's ATP tournament in Nottingham,
Hewitt, Henman escape|
World number one Lleyton Hewitt kept alive his hopes of an unprecedented fourth successive Queen's Club grass-court title with a hard-fought 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Belgium's Dick Norman here on Thursday.
Sharapova silently into last eight|
Maria Sharapova, the leggy Russian blonde whose on-court screams have driven opponents and officials to distraction, moved quietly into the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament here on Thursday.
El Guerrouj fails for first time|
Morocco's triple 1500m world champion Hicham El Guerrouj had to settle for second place in his first ever attempt at the 5000m at the IAAF Grand Prix meet here on Thursday.
Showing Real interest|
Real Madrid are ready to start negotiating in earnest for David Beckham, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca on Friday.
World champs in France|
World champions Brazil cancelled their first Confederations Cup training session after arriving late in Paris from Nigeria on Thursday.
"We took off around midnight and spent the night on the plane.
There's a buzz around Paris|
As the general strike takes hold in Paris, it is revolution time all over again in the French capital.
So far so good?|
With exactly one year to go until the kick-off of the Euro 2004 football championship, host nation Portugal on Thursday downplayed press reports of cost overshoots and stadium construction delays andsaid
Sociedad's biggest day?|
The rest of Spain may be convulsed with Beckham-mania over the prospect of him going to either Barcelona or Real Madrid but league leaders Real Sociedad remain virtually oblivious to all the furore surrounding
Veron leaving too?|
Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron could be following David Beckham out the exit door at Old Trafford, according to press reports in England and Italy.
Liverpool due in Asia in July|
English Premier League giants Liverpool confirmed Friday they will play a friendly match in Hong Kong in July as part of their buildup to the 2003-2004 season.
Stockport target Gazza|
Paul Gascoigne, still under contract with Chinese second division side Gansu Tianma, is the target of Stockport County, the Stockport Express reported on Thursday.
Govt moves away from Islamic values: AL|
The Awami League (AL) yesterday came down heavily on the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-2004, branding it an onslaught on the poor and against Islamic values.
Budget will hit the poor, patronise the rich: Hasina|
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has come down heavily on the new budget, accusing the BNP-Jamaat alliance government of protecting the interest of the rich
'Budget to help reduce poverty'|
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 would help alleviate poverty, said LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.
Make probe report public: HWF|
Hill Women's Federation has demanded that the probe report on the abduction of its leader Kalpana Chakma be made public immediately.
Ansar killed in road accident|
An Ansar died after a passenger bus ran over him in front of Zia International Airport in the city on Thursday.
Film actor's residence attacked|
Residence of a film actor came under attack by some rowdy sweepers as his brother allegedly beat one of them mercilessly in the early hours of yesterday.
Awami League protests in Mymensingh, Rajshahi|
Mymensingh district AL and its front organizations held a joint rally and brought out a huge procession in the town on Wednesday protesting the recent killing of Awami League leader and former MP Momtaz
Death from diarrhoea in Rangamati|
The Rangamati district administration has asked the Sazek Union Parishad (UP) chairman and the local village headmen to submit a detailed report immediately on the death of 18 tribesmen from diarrhoea
Verdict in Mirabazar double murder case likely this week|
Trial of the Mirabazar double murder case in Sylhet is nearing completion and the verdict is likely within a week, sources said.
Deposition of 48 of the 56 witnesses has been completed.
Over 1-km Jamuna dam washed away|
Over one kilometer area of the flood protection embankment at Shovagacha under Kazipur upazila has been washed away by Jamuna water, a year after construction.
One rescued on payment of Tk 1 lakh ransom|
Sushil Ranjan Talukder alias Jhantu master, a retired schoolteacher who was kidnapped by a gang of armed robbers from his village home at Bhabanipur in Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj in the early hours
Feud in Rangpur AL surfaces|
Internal feud among the two factions of Rangpur district Awami league has surfaced with separate demonstrations staged by the groups, accusing each other.
'Land rights day' observed|
About 20,000 landless people rallied at Bishnupur Primary School ground under Sathia upazila in Pabna Tuesday to voice their demand for distributing all khas lands in the country among landless people,
Circling on the city|
Badrul Huda, the owner of 'Shilparag' where the photography exhibition 'Cityscape' is being held, said, "This photo exhibition is a continuation of the painting exhibition with the same title and the
CPB terms it a budget prescribed by donors|
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 followed "donors' prescription" instead of giving the much needed support to the "poor people's economy" to alleviate poverty.
'Extortionist' killed in mob beating in Ctg|
An alleged extortionist was killed and three others were injured in mob beating at Chand Mia Munshi Lane under Bakolia police station yesterday morning.
The victim was identified as Jamal Uddin.
Huge Indian goods seized in Khulna|
Taskforce on Thursday seized Indian goods worth about Tk 10 crore from five godowns at Daulatpur for evading customs duty.
One killed, 8 hurt in gas cylinder blast in Khulna|
A woman was killed and eight others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in front of S MM Enterprise at South Central road under Khulna police station at around 11-30 am yesterday.
Hasina returns home today|
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returns home today, ending a month-long tour to France, USA and UK.
Outlawed party leader murdered in Pabna|
A regional commander of an outlawed party was murdered at village Charpara under Ataikula Upazila of the district on Thursday night.
Nepali PM 'may reinstate parliament'|
Nepal's new Prime Minister, Surya Bahadur Thapa, has suggested he may be ready to reinstate the dissolved parliament.
Musharraf optimistic on Kashmir settlement|
President Pervez Musharraf has said he was optimistic Pakistan and India would be able to work out a peaceful solution to the long running dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, reports said Friday.
Rivals scuffle as Pak lawyers pass resolution against Musharraf|
Scuffles broke out between rival groups at a meeting of Pakistani lawyers here Friday called to condemn the rewriting of the constitution by President and army chief General Pervez Musharraf, witnesses
Chandrika warns of war|
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party warned Friday that the country could be slipping back to war as Tamil Tiger rebels keep up their boycott of peace talks.
US search for 'Chemical Ali' leaves four Iraqis dead|
A massive US army sweep for "Chemical Ali," a bloody cousin of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, left four Iraqis dead in the town of Dhuluiya, 60 kilometers north of Baghdad, witnesses told AFP yesterday.
US blames Hamas for violence|
The White House Thursday squarely blamed resurgent Middle East violence on the extremist group Hamas, as US diplomats scrambled to salvage the tattered roadmap for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Annan calls for ME peace force|
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for the dispatch of an international peacekeeping force to stem the spiralling violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an interview publishedhere
Trio may freeze N Korean N-reactor project|
Japan, South Korea and the United States may freeze a nuclear reactor project in North Korea as part of growing diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang over its development of nuclear arms, a report said Friday.
Blair rejigs cabinet|
British Prime Minister Tony Blair shook up his cabinet Thursday, naming political pitbull John Reid as health minister and burying the role of lord chancellor after a 1,398-year run.
US vows to maintain nuke preeminence|
The United States will maintain its preeminence in nuclear weapons and could resume testing under certain circumstances, but it is nTg atomic bombs, a key US official said on Thursday.
Anti-regime protests continue in Tehran|
Anti-regime protestors took to the streets of Tehran for a third night late Thursday, drawing strong support from the United States and new warnings to the Islamic regime over its policies toward Iraq
Oscar-winning movie legend Gregory Peck dead at 87|
One of Hollywood's last great leading men, Gregory Peck, famed for his heroic roles in such classics as "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Thursday at the age of 87.
India and Pakistan looked like proceeding towards a peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes, or at least holding talks on them, only a few weeks back, but have apparently failed to keep up the pace.
Detaining Suu Kyi|
It has by now become clear that the military junta of Myanmar panicked at the increasing popularity of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader.
National security and law|
What is security? In lay man's term, it is a state of being, where we feel secure, protected from potential harm or danger that might affect us individually, or as a family or as a part of a group.
The proceedings leading to Iraq War and the uncertainty of its aftermath embittered Franco-American relationship.
|Letters to Editor||
Proposed Budget: Costly food, cheaper Vodka!|
This is one of the most astonishing budget proposals we have ever seen.
The budget proposes higher duties on fruits but lowers duty on wine, beer etc.
Budget: 2003-2004: where could we be heading?|
A large number of people - particularly in the professional level - hold a grudging respect for Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, a MP from Moulvibazar of greater Sylhet, for some of his dynamic steps that
Eid-ul-Fitr and HSC exam|
I don't know why some of your esteemed readers are trying to defend the fact that, the Educational Authority acted in a very callous way by asking the students to write a compulsory paragraph on Eid-ul-Fitr.
Letters Page and some contributors|
For a while, I have been observing that equipped with little knowledge of history and lacking a common sense, in the Letters Page, few people have been engaging themselves in displaying to what extent
I plead to the government to do something about frequent load shedding that has become almost unbearable. During this hot humid summer days, electricity goes off in our area more than a couple of times.
Budget and foreign donors|
Every year just before the national budget our Finance Minister gets busy with managing foreign loans.
He rushes to Washington, London, Paris.
The Little Magazine Movement in Dhaka: an exchange|
The news about little magazines in Dhaka is certainly of the positive kind. After a long time there is a rekindling of hope in all of us who are still on track of the little-magazine movement in thiscountry.
A Tropical Treat: Indonesia|
"Going to Indonesia at this time -- are you crazy? What about the Bali Bomber? And SARS?"
So what? We've been saving for this trip for years! And Malaysian Airlines has a special deal --Jakarta
Letter from London|
Looking at Salgado's photographs I realized that behind each of them lay a tale of great existential significance.