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Front Pagearrow UK mission off-limits to public, injured cop dies
A police officer yesterday died from wounds he suffered in Friday's bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet, raising the death toll to three, as law enforcers remained clueless about the attack.
 arrow 5 Indians found hiding in DC10 at ZIA
Five Indian nationals were discovered and arrested yesterday noon inside a Bangladesh Biman aircraft at Zia International Airport (ZIA), 16 hours after it had arrived from Hong King on Friday night.
 arrow Manmohan sworn in
The hero of India's economic reforms, Manmohan Singh, has taken over as the 13th prime minister of the world's biggest democracy, bringing the venerable Congress party back to power after eight years.
 arrow Proshika chief Qazi Faruque arrested
Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed and Vice-president David William Biswas were arrested yesterday in fund embezzlement and cheating cases filed with Pallabi Police Station.
 arrow Army deployment before by-polls
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to deploy army three days before the June 6 by elections in Dhaka-10 and Munshiganj-1 constituencies, to ensure free and fair polling.
 arrow Govt divided over Bangla Bhai arrest
The government is sharply divided over whether to arrest Bangla Bhai, dreaded operations commander of Islamist outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) blamed for killing at least eight outlawsin
 arrow Govt may seek UK intelligence help
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday Bangladesh might seek help from British intelligence agencies, if needed, to help investigate Friday's bomb blast that injured British High CommissionerAnwar
 arrow Envoy visited shrine without prior notice: DIG
The Police Headquarters yesterday said the British High Commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury, who was wounded in the Friday's bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet, went at the mazar
 arrow Eerie similarity in bomb materials
Explosives used in Friday's bomb blast at the Shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) in Sylhet were very much similar to those used in January 12 blast during Urs, the annual religious congregation of the shrine,
 arrow Hasina blames it on Jamaat
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami for Friday's bomb explosion at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet and demanded investigations by international
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina greet Manmohan
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday felicitated Dr Manmohan Singh on his assumption of office of the prime minister of India.
 arrow Bangla Bhai holds rally today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies have called a half-day hartal in the district today demanding arrest of Bangla Bhai and protesting the killings and anarchy created by the Islamist
 arrow Bashar rested
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has been rested for the three-day practice match against the West Indies Board XI that is scheduled to start after lunch on Saturday because of a wet outfield at theQueen's
 arrow Make wealth statements of bureaucrats public
Parliamentarians yesterday proposed that wealth statements of all bureaucrats, especially of the tax officials be made public.
 arrow FBCCI mulls legal step on chief removal bid
An emergency board meeting of the FBCCI yesterday vested its President Abdul Awal Mintoo with the authority to consult lawyers and take legal steps on a recent government order to incorporate a controversial
 arrow US probes eight more prisoner homicides
The deaths of eight more detainees held by American forces in Iraq -- including one of Saddam Hussein's top generals -- are being investigated as homicides, the Pentagon says.
 arrow Car passengers face a check...

 arrow Corruption at heart of GK project task re-tender
The water resources ministry has decided to re-tender the implementation of a massive irrigation system in the Ganges-Kobadak (GK) project area amid allegations that the re-tendering is aimed at getting
 arrow Car bomb kills five, hurts Iraq minister
A car bomb exploded outside the home of a deputy interior minister yesterday, wounding him and killing at least five people, including four police.

Later, several explosions were heard in central Baghdad.

 arrow JCD calls the shot at Eden College
The principal, vice-principal and four teachers of Eden College have been transferred recently as they stood against illegal activities of leaders of the college unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD),
 arrow JS goes into budget session on June 9
The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) goes into its budget session on June 9 and the national budget for 2004-05 fiscal is likely to be placed before the House the next day.
 arrow AL calls hartal in Sylhet May 27
Opposition Awami League (AL) has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal for May 27 in Sylhet to protest the bomb attack on Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine on Friday.
 arrow Bhola under flood threat
With surging floodwater entering the town through a huge breach of the protection embankment, the island district of Bhola is threatened with inundation any time.
 arrow Long neglect...

 arrow FM to visit Delhi soon
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will soon visit New Delhi as the special envoy for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia with letters to the new Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the Congress President
 arrow C'wealth lifts ban on Pakistan
The Commonwealth has announced it is lifting its suspension of Pakistan from the 53-member organisation, saying the country has made progress on democratic reforms.
 arrow Twisters kill 6
At least six people were killed and 45 others injured as twisters lashed Barguna, Patuakhali and Bhola districts yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow Truck, bus plunge kills 64 in India
At least 64 people were feared killed when a truck and a bus plunged into deep gorges in separate accidents in India, police said yesterday.
 arrow Protest against the bomb attack...

 arrow Accused landlord sent to jail
The North Badda house owner who sheltered the three accused of murdering lawmaker Ahsanullah Master was sent to jail yesterday.
Businessarrow BB, SEC to ensure shareholders' representation in bank boards
Bangladesh Bank and Securities and Exchange Commission will ensure shareholders' proportionate representations in bank boards.
 arrow Consultant firm picked for Sonali Bank
The government yesterday approved in principle the appointment of a US company as consultant firm for Sonali Bank as part of a reform initiative for the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow Immigration agency offers help to process application
A local immigration consultancy firm has offered Bangladeshi citizens assistance in getting 'Social Visit Pass' that allows foreigners to stay in Malaysia for long.
 arrow Gala ad festival draws huge crowd
Media personalities, ad makers, models, experts and enthusiastic people yesterday gathered at a daylong advertising festival in Dhaka to exchange views and share opinions.
 arrow Samsung's show of digital products ends
It was a great opportunity for people to know about a wide range of consumer electronics items -- all made of the latest digital technologies.
 arrow East Asian economies knitting closer together
East Asian countries are coming closer together through economic interdependence, with increasing links in production, trade and financial cooperation, a senior official of Thai finance ministry tolda
 arrow Samsung urged to set up plant in Bangladesh
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed has urged the Samsung Electronics authorities to set up a plant of the company in Bangladesh.
 arrow BGMEA expands group ins coverage for staff, workers
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed an agreement with Jiban Bima Corporation to expand the group insurance coverage for the officials, staff and workers of ready
 arrow Qatar Airways accords reception to WEF delegates
Qatar Airways accorded a reception to the delegates of a three-day World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Jordan recently.
 arrow Asia-Pacific accountants meet tomorrow in Dhaka
The 16th conference of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) will be held in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Senior MD of Hino Motors in Dhaka
Kunihiko Susuki, senior managing director of Hino Motors Limited, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a business trip.
 arrow Walton generator
RB Group of Companies has introduced Walton brand generators in local market.

Prices of the generators, having 650 to 5500 watt power, range from Tk 9,500 to Tk 56,800, says a press release.

 arrow Tax Free World Association to open Asia Pacific office in S'pore
The Tax Free World Association (TFWA), the world's largest association of duty-free and travel-related retailers, will set up its Asia Pacific office in Singapore this month, the Singapore Tourism Board
 arrow G7, Opec grapple with energy prices, economic fallout
Opec and its most voracious consumers, the Group of Seven industrialised powers, meet separately this weekend to wrestle with the global economic impact of runaway oil prices.
 arrow Balancing Indian budget
With a little over two months to go before the term of the interim budget comes to an end, one of the first tasks before the new government would be the presentation of the union Budget 2004-05.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Long live CCL
It was a body blow for the local cricketers when the Dhaka clubs decided to stay away from the Lea-gue this year. But the events that followed gave birth to something new and exciting.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
The news of the passing away of veteran sports organiser and Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary general Zafar Imam came as a shock to all the members of the touring party who came to know aboutit
 arrow Cricket: A hero on debut!
Andrew Strauss was overwhelmed after becoming the first England batsman in 11 years to make a century on Test debut, against New Zealand at Lord's here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England into the lead
England all-rounder Andy Flintoff smashed two sixes and eight fours in a belligerent 63 on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels turn to ICC
Zimbabwe's 15 rebel players have been sacked again and have referred their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the players' lawyer said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: CA for Zim demotion
Australia will consider pushing for Zimbabwe to be stripped of Test status at next month's International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.
 arrow Hockey: Sahara to sponsor BHF?
In the face of years of failure, the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has turned to a foreign corporate house to boost the game in the country.
 arrow Football: Bhola upend Natore
Bhola upset hosts Natore by a solitary goal in the opening Group B match in the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship at the Adhunik Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rakib keeps his lead
International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib maintained his solo lead with 4.5 points after the end of the fifth round games of the Leonine second Grand Master chess tournament at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg cricket's title-game today
The title-deciding CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League's play-off match between Brothers Union and Rising Star Club will be held at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Football: CJKS soccer from June 11
The CJKS Senior Division Premier Football League begins on June 11. It was decided at a meeting of CJKS football committee on Tuesday.
 arrow Humane Kapil
India's World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev on Friday donated his pension from the Indian cricket board to an orphanage and called for other well-off cricketers to gift the money to those in need.
 arrow Football: Beautiful it remains
Fans the world over know soccer's important landmarks.

They know the names of the great stadiums.

 arrow Football: Ruud's last game?
Manchester United's FA Cup final against Millwall in Cardiff on Saturday could see the last appearance by Ruud van Nistelrooy in a United shirt.
 arrow Football: Real shock
As their worst season in five years draws to a close Real Madrid have effectively ditched their "galactico" recruitment policy.
Metropolitanarrow Provide Internet access to all
Experts at an international workshop yesterday called for providing Internet access to all citizens to boost economic growth aimed at reducing poverty.
 arrow Blast at Shahjalal Shrine condemned
Different organisations and individuals yesterday condemned the bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet on Friday in which three people were killed and about 70 others including British High Commissioner
 arrow Appeal to CJ to direct govt to make public MoI with US
Writer and columnist Syed Abul Maksud has appealed to the chief justice to take steps to make public the details of the Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed between Bangladesh and the USA on May 19.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Zafar Imam today
Qulkhwani of Zafar Imam, secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and renowned sports organiser, will be held at Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex after Asr prayers today, says a press
Nationalarrow A gateway to higher rice production
Experimental cultivation of a BRRI-evolved hybrid rice seed at farmers level in Thakurgaon this year has opened up a gateway to higher rice production in the country.
 arrow Quality edn for all still a far cry
Speakers at a seminar at Tala upazila on Friday expressed their fear that Quality Education for All by 2015 might not be achieved.
 arrow Fish sanctuaries set up in B'baria
The District Fishery Department has declared five waterbodies as fish sanctuaries to increase natural production of fish.
 arrow Police officer's punishment demanded
The leaders of four political parties including the ruling BNP and the Opposition Awami League (AL)have demanded punishment to a police officer here for his 'misbehaviour' with the family members ofa
 arrow WDB dam washed away in Gaibandha
With sudden swelling of the Brahmaputra, at least 250 metres of the old Water Development Board (WDB) flood control embankment have been washed in the last seven days, threatening the Kamarjani riverport.
 arrow UP chairmen protest demand for Gobindaganj UNO's removal
Seventeen Union Parishad chairmen of Gobindagnaj upazila at a press conference protested the demand made by lawyers for removal of Gobindagnaj UNO.
 arrow Blindness no problem for grocer Kalam
Fingers are 'eyes' for blind Abul Kalam Biswas. He can fell almost everything, even currency notes of different denominations with his fingers.
 arrow Workshop for changing law of succession right
A day long workshop on 'Development of Indigenous Hajong in Bangladesh' was held at the Agriculture Extension Department Training Centre in Kalmakanda on Friday.
 arrow Border conference with India begins today
A two-day Deputy Commissioner level Bangladesh-Indian border conference begins at the VIP rest house of Zia Fertilizer Factory here tomorrow.
 arrow Students demand removal of RU women hall provost
Students of Begum Khaleda Zia Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) on Friday ransacked the office of hall provost Dr Anjuman Ara Begum and demanded her removal for her alleged misbehaviour with students and
Point-Counterpointarrow Iraq Goddamn: A public morality play
Alabama's got me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest and everybody knows about Mississippi Goddamn.
 arrow Sonia's predicament
Sonia Gandhi has declined the top job: Was this an act of supreme sacrifice, a leaning towards caution, or one of the shrewdest moves in Indian politics? Unfortunately, only future history can tell us
 arrow Plight of Carmichael College
The name and fame of Rangpur's Carmicheal College is degrading day by day. Gripped with a number of problems, the college authority cannot run academic activities properly.
Culturearrow 'I have never been ambitious'
Mitali Mukharjee recently came to Dhaka and enthralled her fans at a ghazal nite after a long gap.
 arrow Celebrating two decades of Sangeet Bhaban
The path from darkness to light is the path of culture. In turn, music is the key medium in the cultural world.
Internationalarrow Coalition troops, Sadr militias quit Karbala
Coalition troops and the militia of Moqtada Sadr withdrew from the centre of the holy city of Karbala yesterday, more than a month after the radical Shia cleric launched an uprising in Iraq.
 arrow Congress set to keep 'Big 3' for itself
In the wake of the continuing game of political brinkmanship involving the Congress and its allies for key ministerial berths, a blurred picture of the Manmohan Singh ministry has emerged.
 arrow Relatives of kidnapped Japanese to return
North Korea agreed yesterday to release five family members of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Northern agents, a Japanese government official said after a summit between the two countries' leaders.
 arrow Spain's royal wedding sparkles in the rain
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe married former television presenter Letizia Ortiz yesterday in a glittering ceremony symbolising a new dawn for Spain two months after the deadly Madrid train bombings.
 arrow UN panel seeks US, UK's explanation on abuse
The UN's top anti-torture panel Friday demanded a formal explanation from the United States and Britain about the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees in jails run by coalition forces in Iraq, the panel'shead
 arrow 'Muslims upset with US over treatment'
Islamic nations are upset with the United States for alleged shabby treatment of Muslim tourists and students as Washington stepped up anti-terror measures, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri
 arrow 'Dog use was approved at Abu Ghraib prison'
The use of dogs to intimidate Iraqis during interrogation at Abu Ghraib prison was approved by military intelligence officers and was one of several tactics they used even without approval from theircommanders,
 arrow UN official tours Rafah to see destruction
A Palestinian girl was shot dead Saturday in Rafah on day five of Israel's offensive in southern Gaza, as angry residents surveyed their ruined homes following a partial withdrawal of Israeli troops.
 arrow Iran gives UN second 'full' nuclear dossier
Iran said on Saturday it gave the UN nuclear watchdog what it described as a full declaration of its atomic program, which Washington says is a front for building an atom bomb.
 arrow C'wealth FMs debating Pakistan's return
Foreign ministers and officials from nine Commonwealth nations resumed a two-day meeting in London yesterday that could see Pakistan back inside the 53-nation club after five years in the diplomatic cold.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Friday massacre at shrine
The bomb blast at the Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet, which most probably had the new British High Commissioner in Bangladesh as its target, is another grim reminder of the ever lengthening spectre
 arrow Editorial: Corruption in project implementation
The beans have been spilled about utilisation of project funds under Annual Development Programmes.
 arrow Sonia Gandhi's finest hour
Despite emotional appeals from all the members of the newly elected Congress Parliamentary Party, the resignation by All India Congress Working Committee members, street agitation by Congress party workers
 arrow What does the Congress victory mean for Pakistan and Bangladesh?
The unexpected landslide victory of the Congress-led coalition in India brought in its trail a cautious apprehension or some measure of expectation on India's neighbours.
Letters to Editorarrow Violation of human rights in Iraq
The barbarous and heinous atrocities and brutalities committed on the Iraqi prisoners by the US army have surpassed all records of Saddam Hussain's excesses .
 arrow Indian election
I have read your editorial 'The majesty of democracy' on 14 May with interest.
Star Healtharrow A solution to water crisis
For more than 3,000 people in a remote village of Satghoria in Whaikhyang, some 65km from Cox's Bazar, finding fresh drinking water is a fortune.
 arrow Fast-food breakfast may inflame blood vessels
Downing a big fast-food breakfast may spur a temporary but large inflammatory response in the blood vessels, a small study suggests.
Star Cityarrow Choking the breathing space
Two local commissioners have virtually taken over the Dhanmondi Lake, a breathing space for city dwellers, and built illegal lakeside structures, locals alleged.
 arrow Tale of tiring tailback
Traffic jam in the 2,000km city road network has turned daily trips into bumper-to-bumper agony.

The business community inevitably suffers for the constant waste of its most precious resource --time.

 arrow Fruitful Attempts

 arrow Fish, onion, sugar dearer
Fish prices have skyrocketed in the city markets while rice shows no sign of downtrend despite supply of newly harvested varieties.
 arrow Slum dwellers' agony
About 50 families evicted from Johuri Mohalla slum in Mohammadpur are living in the open and facing threats from a group of hired criminals.
 arrow Noise nuisance at night
Many construction firms are defying Rajuk and Department of Environment (DoE) orders to reduce noise levels especially at night

A resident at Banani Block A claimed that a well-known construction firm