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Front Pagearrow Bills to hike perks for PM, speaker, MPs placed
Four bills were placed in the parliament yesterday proposing over 40 to 400 per cent rise in perks to the prime minister, speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, state ministers deputy ministers and members
 arrow BCL city secretary gunned down
Unidentified gunmen killed a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader in an apparent revenge attempt that also left a physically challenged young man dead in Kalyanpur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Cabinet again fails to make decision
The cabinet is to finalise whether the upazila system would be revived or not through fresh discussion with lawmakers of the ruling party and its leaders at all tiers.
 arrow BCL calls half-day hartal on Thursday to protest killing
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has called a countrywide half-day hartal from 6:00am to 12 noon on Thursday protesting the killing of BCL leader Saiful Rasul Palash.
 arrow 2 cases filed against Daily Star, Prothom Alo editors in Jessore
Two petition cases against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and the Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman were filed with a Jessore magistrate's court yesterday for carrying news stories on Salauddin Quader
 arrow Robbers loot Nawabpur markets
Robbers raiding three markets at Nawabpur looted Tk 5.25 lakh in cash and machinery from eight shops yesterday morning.
 arrow HC order to produce CJ's suggestion contrary to constitution: AG
Attorney General (AG) AF Hasan Ariff yesterday told the Supreme Court that the High Court order asking the government to produce the chief justice's recommendation was contrary to the Constitution.
 arrow Iran protests US 'interference' in internal affairs
Iran's foreign ministry said Monday it had sent a "vigorous protest" to the United States, via the Swiss embassy here, over Washington's "interference" in the internal affairs of the Islamic republic.
 arrow Banks barely armed to fight robbers
Equipped with one guard and a single or double-barrel three-decade old gun, most of the 6,233 branches of 49 banks are barely prepared to thwart bank robbery and other criminal activities.
 arrow BTTB proposed to be a plc
The Restructuring Committee for the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has recommended transforming it into a public limited company with all its shares owned by the government.
 arrow Bush calls for crackdown on Hamas, other militants
US President George W. Bush has called for a worldwide crackdown on Hamas and other hardline Palestinian groups behind deadly anti-Israeli violence.
 arrow CUJ censures SQ Chy's suit against editors
Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) yesterday expressed strong resentment and concern over legal suit filed against editors of leading dailies and Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin
 arrow Kibria slams proposed budget for tilt towards borrowing
Former finance minister SAMS Kibria yesterday slammed the proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 because of its overwhelming dependence on borrowings.
 arrow Flooded dists hit by river erosion
The flash flood situation improved in Lalmonirhat, but deteriorated in Sylhet district, while fierce-flowing rivers continued to devour villages rendering hundreds of people homeless.
 arrow Suspects of railway officer murder remanded
The six alleged criminals, arrested in connection with the murder of Railway Sramik Dal leader Shafiuddin Ahmed, were placed on a four-day remand yesterday.
Businessarrow Essentials feel budget heat
Prices of essentials are witnessing gradual rise in response to duties proposed in the budget for 2003-2004.
 arrow BJMC limps with Tk 4,371cr loss
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC) has suggested privatisation of the ailing jute mills operating under the state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).
 arrow Curb on bond facilities comes under criticism
Carton and accessories industry has criticised the government move to limit bond facilities for the export-oriented industry.
 arrow Indian co to produce fruit drink in Bangladesh
Rasna International, a leading instant fruit drink manufacturer in India, plans to establish a plant in Bangladesh to manufacture Rasna food products locally from next year.
 arrow New eco-friendly device soon
Super Fuelmax, an environment-friendly device for gasoline and gas-run engine, is set to be launched in Bangladesh market soon.
 arrow Bangladesh to get Tk 23cr grant
Bangladesh will receive Japanese grant aid amounting to 471 million Yen (approximately Tk 23.07 crore) for support to strengthen emergency obstetric care (EOC) services.
 arrow Submarine cable in 18 months
Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday assured parliament that hi-tech submarine cable connection would be possible in the next 18 months.
 arrow WTO's Doha round under threat of collapse: UN
The WTO's ambitious round of trade liberalization talks is "at serious risk of collapsing" due to a series of missed deadlines since the round was launched 19 months ago, a UN body warned Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore unworried

Dav Whatmore said that he was not intimidated at the prospect of facing a full-strength Australian side.

 arrow Cricket: 'Follow Miandad'
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has told his batsmen to make Javed Miandad their role model during their forthcoming one-day series against England.
 arrow Cricket: Darwin pitches getting ready
The drop-in pitches for the Test match and one-day games here next month against Bangladesh will be lowered in place later this week, the Australian Cricket Board said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan expect no ICC favours
Pakistan is not expecting any preferential treatment from its nominee for the presidency of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Marvan in the runs
Sri Lankan opener Marvan Atapattu geared up for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies with a solid half-century in a warm-up cricket match here.
 arrow Wimbledon: God Must Be Crazy!
Goran Ivanisevic made a pact with God for 'one more chance' to win a coveted Wimbledon crown but it now appears that the 'guy upstairs' has had enough of the Croatian's demanding wish list.
 arrow Wimbledon: Wimbledon loses Russian glamour
Anna Kournikova has confirmed she will not play next week's Wimbledon championships, organisers of the grasscourt Grand Slam said on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Andy new King of Queen's
Andy Roddick of the United States beat France's Sebastien Grosjean in straight sets to win the ATP Queen's Club tournament here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick grows on grass
With Wimbledon firmly in his sights, Andy Roddick came of age on grass, displaying a mix of maturity and power during a memorable week in west London.
 arrow Football: NFL starts tomorrow
The first round of the three-tier Nitol-Tata third National Football League (NFL) begins tomorrow with 56 district winners taking part in five zonal venues across the country.
 arrow Football: 'I never promised Beckham'
New BarceloTna boss Joan Laporta insisted that he had "never promised" to bring England captain David Beckham to the Spanish giants.
 arrow Football: Hosts' point to prove
The 2003 Confederations Cup represents the first real test for hosts France to prove to the world that they have recovered from their pitiful showing at last year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Getting on the nerves
The Confederations Cup is hopefully a thick-skinned individual for if not it is likely to be feeling a little sore after all the insults hurled at it over the past year.
 arrow Football: AT A GLANCE

Factfiles on the eight teams taking part in the 2003 Confederations Cup which starts on Wednesday:


FRANCECoach: Jacques Santini Captain: Marcel

 arrow Football: It's in Real's hands now
Real Madrid opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Spanish league with an emphatic 4-0 win at local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday to send the race for the title into a nail-biting final weekend.
 arrow Football: Five chase Ronaldinho
Manchester United are among a group of five suitors chasing Paris Saint Germain's Ronaldinho, the Brazilian's agent claimed Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Club Cup hockey Abahani swamp Victoria
The goals kept flowing in the Club Cup hockey tournament as title aspirants Abahani Krira Chakra, aided by a brilliant hattrick from forward Ashraful Islam, outplayed Victoria Sporting Club 14-0 in their
Politicalarrow AL stages 4-minute walkout
The main opposition Awami League yesterday walked out of the Jatiya Sangsad, protesting killing of BCL leader Saiful Rasul Palash and a physically challenged person Basir Ahmed.
 arrow BNP to merge warring district committees
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will reduce the number of its district committees to streamline the organisation and erase intra-party conflict.
Metropolitanarrow Press freedom a great achievement
Press freedom is a great achievement since democracy has taken its root in Bangladesh, speakers at the concluding session of a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow Jute traders lay siege to BJMC office
Small Farmers and Jute Traders Association of now-defunct Adamjee Jute Mills laid siege to the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) office in the city yesterday demanding immediate payment of outstanding
 arrow HBM Iqbal gets anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to Awami League leader HBM Iqbal in two corruption cases.

He appeared in the court and secured bail to avert arrest.

 arrow City Command snaps ties with Ahad Chowdhury
Leaders of Dhaka City Command of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) yesterday snapped all organisational ties with Ahad Chowdhury, chairman of Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council.
Nationalarrow AL protests police 'manipulation' in investigation
Awami League staged a big demonstration at Lalpur and held a press conference in Natore protesting alleged police manipulation in investigations into the murder of former Awami League lawmaker MamtazUddin.
 arrow 12 die of malaria in Khagrachhari in a month
At least twelve people died from malaria and pneumonia in Khagrachhari district last month.

Five of deaths were in Ramgarh upazila, according to official sources at in Ramgarh.

 arrow Ex-UP chairman shot
A former Union Parishad (UP) chairman was shot and injured by terrorists in a dispute over sand quarry at Raozan on Sunday.
 arrow UNDP to work for CHT peace, development
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) both for "peace-building" and "facilitating development" on the basis of people's needs", UNDP officials said.
 arrow New study on malaria treatment in CHT
The Health Directorate has launched a study titled Roll Back Malaria (RBM) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to ensure better treatment of malaria patients as the old system of treatment is not effective
 arrow Wild elephants kill one, injure 10 in Rangamati
An elderly man was killed and five persons were injured when a herd of wild elephants swooped on Shafipur village under Rajostholi upazila recently.
 arrow 266 youths given govt loan
The Karmo Sangsthan Bank, Khulna branch, disbursed Tk 73, 74,000 loans to 266 unemployed youths in the district during the current fiscal.
 arrow BDR-BSF Flag meeting held
A commander-level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force of India (BSF) was held on Saturday in the no man's land at Benifpur in Chuadanga.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka wants peacekeeping role in Iraq: Morshed
Bangladesh would like to send troops for peacekeeping in war-torn Iraq on global consensus under the UN umbrella, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday.
Culturearrow Singing Bonnya's success
No other song could be a greater honour for Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya than Tumi kemon Korey gaan koro hey guni. And that too performed by her own disciples.
 arrow Gorgeous Gregory gets missed
One of Hollywood's last great leading men, Gregory Peck, famed for his heroic roles in such classics as "To Kill a Mockingbird," died last Thursday at the age of 87.
Generalarrow Inquilab, Dinkal top ad getter in FY03
The Inquilab and the Dinkal bagged the highest government advertisements during the current fiscal year.

The Inquilab got Tk 2.641 crore in advertisement and the Dinkal got Tk 2.125 crore.

 arrow Kibria granted bail in ETV corruption cases
Former Finance Minister and Awami league leader Shah AMS Kibria MP and former Information Secretary M Akmal Hossain were yesterday granted anticipatory bail for 6 months in ETV corruption cases.
 arrow Killers of Momtaz still at large
Six main suspects for the murder of Awami League (AL) leader Momtaz Uddin Ahmed are at large.

They are Alam, Moti, Babu, Shamim, Sujon and Aslam of Lalpur.

 arrow Landslide kills 6 of a family
Six members of a family were killed in a landslide at Lighthouse Para near Cox's Bazar town in the early hours of yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pakistan won't be bullied by India, says Musharraf
President Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday Pakistan would not be bullied by India and insisted he wanted peace in the region -- but not on India's terms.
 arrow India, US begin talks on troops for Iraq
A team of senior American defence officials held talks with Indian foreign ministry mandarins Monday to provide vital inputs on the possibility of deployment Indian troops for "stabilisation" in Iraqas
 arrow Kashmiris freedom struggle is not terrorism: Jamali
Pakistan's Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali used a visit by his Turkish counterpart to rail against India's depiction of the 14-year insurgency in Kashmir as "terrorism," state media reported Monday.
 arrow Russia-Pakistan ties not at India's cost: Ivanov
Russia on Monday assured India that its desire to improve ties with Pakistan would not be at the cost of New Delhi.
 arrow Indian MPs embark on peace mission to Pakistan
Encouraged by the recent peace overtures, a delegation of Indian lawmakers will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday for talks on ways to promote peace in the region, an independent peace advocacy group said.
 arrow Palestinian militants mull ceasefire with Israel
Palestinian militant groups weighed Monday a cease-fire with Israel in an Egyptian mediation bid to salvage a U.S.-backed peace plan.
 arrow ElBaradei asks Iran to accept nuke checks
The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog Monday called on Iran to accept strict inspection of its atomic program to help dispel fears that it is secretly developing nuclear weapons, as Washington
 arrow US forces in fresh push to hunt pro-Saddam fighters
US troops scoured the hostile territory around Baghdad Monday for diehard Saddam Hussein loyalists blamed for recent attacks, after a new ambush on an American convoy wounded several soldiers.
 arrow US lawmakers for sidelining Arafat
Two leading lawmakers said Sunday the world needed to further marginalise Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to boost the latest international peace effort in the Middle East.
 arrow ASEAN pushes Myanmar for Suu Kyi's release
Southeast Asian foreign ministers pressed Myanmar Monday for the release of its opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as Yangoon faced the spectre of increasing sanctions from an angry international community.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Shameless bill default
This is budgetary season. Time for self-auditing and stock-taking, almost involuntarily to brace for the new fiscal on as clean a slate as possible.
 arrow Editorial: Jail reform can't wait
Prisons will have an additional capacity of accommodating another 2,500 inmates by the year-end. This expansion plan is a step in the right direction, but hardly goes far enough.
 arrow Big budget but some big barriers too
One of the respected and learned economists of the country -- when requested -- refused to reveal his reactions on the budget 2003-04.
 arrow Shooting itself in the foot: BJP's leadership fissures
For many Bharatiya Janata Party supporters, one of its major attraction used to be its image as a relatively cohesive and disciplined party driven not just by power, but by ideology too.
Letters to Editorarrow Proton plant in Bangladesh
It is a good news that Malaysian car giant Proton wants to set up an assembly plant in our country.

They can do this because -


 arrow The government's economic policies
There are many economic policies of the government that I believe must be reconsidered. First of all the idea of identifying agriculture as the thrust sector of the economy.
 arrow "Anti Americanism"
This is in reference to S. Khan's and Mahmud Elahi's letter published under the heading "Anti Americanism" on June 4 & 3 respectively.

It is not clear whether S.

 arrow Expectations from university students
Education is beacon light with which we would like to see our way of life. Without education we have no cognitive power to judge between good and bad.
 arrow Canadian tourists in Bangladesh
My wife and I, both are Canadian lawyers, specialised in the travel field, speak English, French, German, Spanish and Thai.
Focusarrow Determining priorities in educational planning
Education is a precondition for economic and social development.
 arrow UN at stake?
Once again it has been proved, beyond any doubt, that " birds of the same feather flock together" and "honey catches more flies than vineger".
 arrow UK, US and the Security of ME
Great Britain was the undisputed victor in the Middle East during World War II.
 arrow My father in my eyes
Sunday, June 15 was World Father's Day. Like many a son, I also recalled time of my life with my father -- events, moments of love and affection, care and concern and so on.