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Front Pagearrow Hajis cheated out of Tk 2 crore
About 1,000 Hajj pilgrims and the national flag carrier got cheated out of over Tk 2 crore during the last Hajj season due to a nexus between some Biman officials and travel agencies.
 arrow Congress chooses Sonia for PM
India's Congress chose Sonia Gandhi yesterday to be the next prime minister, two days after her party won a stunning victory against BJP-led alliance in general elections.
 arrow AL, 11-party, Bikalpa Dhara for unity against govt
Key leaders of the Awami League (AL), 11 left parties and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday underscored a broad-based unity of like-minded parties to unseat the present government and sew up aresponsible
 arrow India is truly shining, now
India may not have been shining because of what the Vajpayee government did, but it is definitely shining because of the majesty of democracy that the Indian electorate has demonstrated in the just-held
 arrow Police to get big revamp
The government has sketched a massive build-up and restructuring programme for police which envisages recruiting 19,277 new cops, setting up 28 new police stations in the capital and forming separatecorps
 arrow Tigers in tatters
There was family picnic atmosphere on the approach road to the Arnos Vale ground.
 arrow 5.4pc revenue outlay increase proposed
The government has proposed an increase in revenue expenditure by 5.4 percent because of more spending on defence, law and order, education, telecommunications and debt servicing.
 arrow Constitution change bill set to be passed today
The 14th constitution amendment bill with eight provisions including introduction of 45 reserved seats for women and rise in the retirement age of supreme court judges is set to be passed today amid protests
 arrow Statements link Jubo Dal leader
Three of the First Information Report (FIR)-named accused in the Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday gave statement linking local Juba Dal leader to the killing of the lawmaker, Criminal Investigation
 arrow 38 Iraqis, 3 GIs killed
British troops yesterday killed up to 20 Iraqis as the soldiers fought their way out of a series of three roadside ambushes in southern Iraq, and three US soldiers were died in separate accidents.
 arrow Villagers nab 19 Bangla Bhai men
Villagers foiled an operation of the dreaded Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) at Kalupara in Paba upazila of the district on Friday night, caught 19 armed operatives of the Islamic militant outfit
 arrow Khaleda for 'friendly political atmosphere' for investment
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to help keep a "friendly political atmosphere" for increased development, investment, production, employment and exports.
 arrow 70 DU teachers lose job
Dhaka University (DU) has fired more than 70 teachers in the last two decades for not paying back around Tk 1.
 arrow 50 hurt as teachers, JCD-ICS cadres attack RU students
Over 50 students of Rajshahi University were hurt in a string of attacks by pro-government teachers, the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists and police.
 arrow Villagers pour acid on 11 pirates' eyes
Villagers on Friday night caught a dozen of pirates and poured acid into their eyes in Dashmina upazila in the district.
 arrow Saifur for new audit system to bury graft allegations
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday said modernising the audit system and instituting a strong, sound parliament were imperative to ensuring accountability and transparency in government expenditure.
 arrow EC asks govt to share probe finds
The European Commission-Bangladesh Joint Commission has expressed concern that 'government probes into Proshika and other NGOs' have led to what it said is freezing of EC operations, stopping indefinitely
 arrow FM hopes new Indian govt won't go for schemes like river-link
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday hoped that the new government in India would not undertake any scheme like reported river-linking project detrimental to Bangladesh's interest.
 arrow HC asks govt why judge Shahidur's removal not illegal
Sacked High Court additional judge Syed Shahidur Rahman yesterday filed a writ petition against his removal order, prompting the court to ask the government to explain in four weeks why the removal order
 arrow Merged ministries see cut in secretaries too
The administration under the four ministries merged into two is now being reorganised with the number of secretaries reduced to two from four.
 arrow Taking dangerous course

 arrow Acid thrower takes his life after crime
An employee of the United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) yesterday threw acid on a woman receptionist of the same bank in Motijheel and committed suicide in an hour next.
 arrow Proshika chief gets bail
The High Court yesterday granted Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed and 11 others anticipatory bail for two months in a corruption case.
 arrow 4 shot, trader stabbed in city
Criminals yesterday shot and injured a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader and three others while a gang stabbed a trader in separate incidents in the capital.
 arrow SA to host 2010 WC
Football governing body FIFA has awarded South Africa the right to host the World Cup in 2010.

The favourites beat Morocco 14-10 in the final vote to become the first African country to host the event.

 arrow Abed Khan gets bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Abed Khan, editor of the Daily Bhorer Kagoj, in a defamation case after his surrender.
 arrow 'Islam compatible with democracy'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the principles of democracy and Islam are mutually reinforcing as they enshrine tolerance, justice and participation.
 arrow Woman's identity still unknown
A team of forensic experts yesterday revealed that the unidentified woman, whose nine-pieced body was found in Mohammadpur on Thursday, was strangled before being chopped.
Businessarrow Employers ask govt not to accept proposed pay rise
Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF) has urged the government not to accept the increased wages recommended by the Minimum Wage Board (MWB) for unskilled and juvenile workers in all privately-ownedenterprises.
 arrow Adopt modern tech to boost RMG
Italian textile machinery manufacturers urged Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to adopt modern technology to increase productivity and competitiveness to face challenges of quota-free trade regime.
 arrow Govt moves to revive TCB to bridle essentials prices
In a bid to bridle the prices of essentials, the government is going to revive TCB (Trading Corporation of Bangladesh).
 arrow Exports to Germany hit 1b euro mark in 2003
Bangladesh has made an all-time record in its exports to Germany in 2003 hitting one billion euro mark.

According to German Federal Office for Statistics, Bangladesh exported goods worth 1.

 arrow Reform makes banking sector sound, efficient
A gradual rational change in banking sector took place during the last two and a half years that made the country's financial institutions more sound, efficient, competitive and transparent.
 arrow Govt plans wide area network to better e-governance
The government plans to establish wide area network in the country to achieve better result and services of the e-governance.
 arrow New Thai food restaurant in Dhanmondi
Sukho Thai, a restaurant offering the food lovers of Dhaka some delicious Thai cuisine, has been opened in Dhanmondi area.
 arrow BASIC Bank declares 50pc stock, 10pc cash dividends
Bangladesh Small Industries and Commerce Bank Limited (BASIC Bank) has declared a 50 percent stock dividend and 10 percent cash dividend for its lone shareholder, the government of Bangladesh, for the
 arrow Rabeya Flour recommends 10pc dividend
Rabeya Flour Mills Limited, a sister concern of Ejab Group, recommended a 10 percent dividend for the year 2003 for shareholders, says a press release.
 arrow Italian restaurant opens in Dhanmondi
An Italian restaurant, Villa Vista, was launched at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Friday.

Pietro Ballero, Italian ambassador in Dhaka, inaugurated the restaurant.

 arrow Lafarge Surma Cement holds AGM
The sixth annual general meeting of Lafarge Surma Cement Limited was held in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow HSBC to collect CityCell bills thru' easy pay machines
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) will collect bills of CityCell mobile phone through its easy pay machines located in Dhaka.
 arrow G20, farming states to cooperate on market access at WTO
The Cairns group of 17 big farming nations and the G20 group of developing countries are to work together on proposals to lower customs tariffs on agriculture products, Canadian international trade minister
 arrow Soaring oil prices, rate hikes risks to Asian growth: ADB
Soaring oil prices, the prospects of higher interest rates and terrorism threaten to derail the momentum of Asia's economic growth, delegates to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting were told
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman crash out
Flight operations of Ban-gladesh Biman might have returned to normalcy after their pilots ended a 40-hour non-cooperation on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
Just behind Bangladesh team's luxury Sunset Shores Hotel is a lagoon with green water so clear that you can actually see what's at the bottom.
 arrow Cricket: Always 150 per cent
In the changing world of cricket where colourful, expressive and partly controversial characters are fast being replaced by robotic stereotypes, Tino Best is definitely like a breath of fresh air.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan ton puts SL atop
Marvan Atapattu scored his 14th Test century to put Sri Lanka in control of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday.
 arrow Football: World in SA's hand
South Africa on Saturday won the right to host the 2010 soccer World Cup -- the first to be held on the African continent.
 arrow Football: Morocco blames Blatter
Moroccan football officials expre-ssed their disappointment Saturday at South Africa winning the vote to host the 2010 World Cup saying that FIFA president Sepp Blatter had been the deciding factor.
 arrow Football: Egypt feels let down
Egypt's failure to win a single vote in Saturday's 2010 World Cup vote in Zurich left a bitter taste in many mouths here with criticism aimed at both FIFA and the Egyptian bid committee.
 arrow Football: Let's party
South Africans cheered, blew trumpets and jumped for joy on Saturday following the announcement that they would be hosting the Football World Cup in 2010.
 arrow Hamm's final hymn
American women's football star Mia Hamm, the top all-time male or female scorer with 149 international goals, announced she will retire after playing in the Athens Olympics.
 arrow Handball: Maple Leaf h'ball
Maple Leaf International School made a flying start in the Maple Leaf First Mini Handball Tournament (Girls) with a comprehensive 9-0 victory over Ispahani Girl's High School at the Dhanmondi Women'sSports
 arrow Zafar in hospital
Secretary general of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Zafar Imam has been hospitalised for the last three days.
 arrow Chess: Unbeatable Zia
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman became unbeaten champion in the seventh United Insurance & United Leasing International Masters Chess Tournament when he drew with Gurpreetpal Singh of India in the last round
 arrow Cricket: Ispahani in plate final
MM Ispahani thrived on two fine half-centuries by Saifulla Maxi and Minhazul Abedin to romp into the plate final of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a 37-run victory over Acme Laboratories
 arrow Football: Valencia finally falter
Newly crowned champions Valencia slipped to their first defeat in 11 games when they lost 2-1 to regional rivals Villarreal in the Primera Liga on Friday.
 arrow Football: Gil loses battle for life
Atletico Madrid's leading shareholder and former president Jesus Gil died in hospital after suffering a brain haemmorrhage.
Metropolitanarrow Govt urged to withdraw 14th Constitution Amendment Bill
Left-leaning 11 party leaders yesterday urged the government to withdraw the 14th Constitution Amendment Bill.
 arrow Brac University introduces residential semester
To enhance language, communication and technological skills of students, the Brac University has introduced a residential semester system, first of its kind by a private university.
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet today
Sylhet Zila Sarak Paribahan Malik Sramik Oikya Parishad has called a daylong strike in the district today to press its 6-point demand.
Nationalarrow 'Try Ershad Shikder's beneficiaries'
Some influential BNP leaders, businessmen and relatives of notorious criminal Ershad Shikder including his sons have demanded arrest and punishment of his political godfathers and financial beneficiaries.
 arrow A milestone in primary education
Sharmin and Rakib, like many other children, are now more interested to come to school because of a unique teaching method that has made lessons easier than the conventional system.
 arrow College student buys freedom for Tk I lakh
The family of college student Nurus Salam alias Chapal, 18, bought freedom for him from abductors yesterday after paying Tk one lakh.

He was abducted on Thursday night.

 arrow Agitation mounts against RCC bridge plan on Surma
A government move to construct an RCC bridge instead of the earlier planned hanging bridge on the Surma river in the city has fuelled the on-going agitation.
 arrow Barisal region gets one fourth of power needed
Load shedding amid a persistent heat wave has made life miserable in Barisal city and other areas in the region.
 arrow 1 killed, 40 hurt as buses collide in B'baria
One person was killed and 40 people were injured when two buses collided on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Amtoli in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila Friday evening.
 arrow Gang leader shot dead by rivals in Meherpur
One alleged gang leader was gunned down by his rivals at Kola village in the Sadar upazila in Meherpur district Thursday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Sovereignty and the doctrine of pre-emption
Annie-Marie Slaughter of Harvard Law School, a member of the International Commission of Jurists, and President of the American Society of International Law, and Lee Feinstein of the Council on Foreign
 arrow Darkness passed....
Let us hope the darkness has passed. India's real and virtual worlds have collided in a humiliation of power.
Culturearrow Recognising children's literature
What is the status of children's literature in Bangladesh?

Most writers consider it hard to write for children.

 arrow 18th anniversary of Zahir Raihan Film Society
Cuban national cinema is considered one of the best in the world.
 arrow Heart warming return to the motherland
I have performed in many countries but my performances in the motherland are always different and exotic,' exclaimed Mitali Mukharjee, the famous ghazal singer, during her recent performance at Osmani
 arrow Remembering Shawkat Osman
To mark the seventh death anniversary of the acclaimed Bangladeshi author, Shawkat Osman, little magazine Danrkak recently arranged a commemorative meeting at the Liberation War museum.
Internationalarrow Cong to pursue reform policy: Manmohan
Setting at rest any rollback of disinvestment of cash-rich oil companies in the wake of blue chip oil firms taking a beating in the stock market, Congress yesterday said it will pursue the reform policy
 arrow Mom is my 'real hero', says Rahul
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi has ruled out joining a party-led government and said his mother is his "real hero.
 arrow Plane with 33 aboard crashes in Brazil
A Brazilian plane carrying 30 passengers and three crew has crashed in the Amazon region near the northern city of Manaos, airline officials said yesterday.
 arrow Israel hits Gaza militant targets
Israeli helicopters have carried out a series of missile attacks in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad.
 arrow CPI-M should play role in Cong-led govt: Jyoti Basu
There comes a time in every politician's life when he or she feels contented. The former chief minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu is probably feeling the same.
 arrow How will history remember Vajpayee's achievements?
Before the general election, few people thought they would soon be analysing the legacy of the prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee.
 arrow US forces move to limit interrogation tactics
Amid the uproar over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the senior US commander in Iraq is moving to eliminate most coercive interrogation tactics.

The Pentagon says Lt. Gen.

 arrow France, Russia, Canada have no plans to send troops to Iraq
France, Russia and Canada said Friday they would participate in the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq but would not send troops, even after an interim authority takes control from June 30.
 arrow Roh apologises, takes blame for political crisis
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun yesterday took responsibility for two months of instability triggered by his impeachment and apologised for corruption scandals involving his aides.
Editorialarrow Editorial: 14th Amendment
The 14th Constitution Amendment Bill is going to be placed before parliament today.
 arrow Editorial: Ahmadiyya persecution picks up speed
Last month, anti-Ahmadiyya zealots, with the police virtually cooperating, took it upon themselves to storm the Ahmadiyya mosque in Nakhalpara to remove any books that they deemed unlawful under the government's
 arrow What happened in India
The historic upset victory by the Congress alliance over the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has left the ruling coalition shell-shocked.
 arrow Complacency and a risky gamble sinks NDA
When the 22-party rainbow coalition of national democratic alliance (NDA) government led by prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called early national elections in India six months ahead of the scheduled
Letters to Editorarrow AL's late April fool
The editor gave us a felicitous commentary on the AL's hoax in the name of toppling the elected government by April 30, and it would be worthwhile for the AL leadership to seriously take note of thebankruptcy
 arrow The government is there...
The government still remains in power even after the expiry of 30th April 2004 deadline. April 30 is a day of significance and will be remembered for three reasons.
 arrow Political cunning
I cannot but negatively admire the cunning of the main opposition party, for displaying, in a superlative way, a high level of masterly inactivity!

Now its MPs would go to parliament, for extension

 arrow Politicians
If I wreck my brain, I can easily recall those days when a politician was a dedicated person, who, by his wisdom, consistency, winsome character, probity and with exemplary track record of social works,
Star Healtharrow Protect your child from neonatal infections

When parents have a new baby, the last thing they want to think about is an illness that delays the infant's discharge from the hospital or requires readmission.

Star Cityarrow Mosquito bites as city fathers sleep
It is that time of the year when mosquitoes create havoc. But this time the little menace is really bothering more than one lakh students sitting for the higher secondary certificate (HSC) exams.
 arrow Blues of teen music lovers
Modern auditoriums in Dhaka seem off-limits to concert organisers, as the venue authorities allege that the chaos created by such events wreck property.
 arrow Nandan Water World

 arrow Project to stop Buriganga encroachment for ever
A project concept paper (PCP) is underway to provide permanent protection for the Buriganga river from encroachment.
 arrow How much solid waste is dumped a day?
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study team has brought in high-tech measuring equipment to assess how much solid waste is being dumped on average at Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) garbage
 arrow Diseases follow heat wave
The heat wave sweeping the country for several days has led to the outbreak of a number of diseases.