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Front Pagearrow 16 dead, 240 missing as 2 launches capsize
At least 16 passengers, four of them children, were killed and more than 240 feared missing after two double-decker launches capsized during a pre-monsoon storm on the Meghna river near Chandpur early
 arrow Scotland Yard in city to probe shrine blast
A team of the UK police service, Scotland Yard, arrived in Dhaka yesterday to investigate Friday's deadly bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet that injured British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
 arrow Police escort JMJB in Rajshahi showdown
Several thousand activists of Islamist death squad Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) armed with bamboo poles and hockey sticks staged a showdown under police escort in Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon,
 arrow 1.14cr Proshika beneficiaries in uncertain days
The future of about 1.14 crore beneficiaries and 9,000 staff of Proshika has plunged into a crisis after the arrest of the leading NGO's president Kazi Faruque on Saturday.
 arrow Tigers toiling
Sylvester Joseph cracked a hundred while Dwayne Bravo was on the brink of his ton as the West Indies Board XI took full control on the second day of the three-day match against touring Bangladesh atthe
 arrow PM leaves for Shanghai today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today leaves for Shanghai in China on a four-day visit.
 arrow Probe reports still behind screen
The government has not published any probe report on the dozens of launch mishaps that killed several thousand and left many passengers missing, and punished but a few responsible for the accidents.
 arrow Top business leaders condemn shrine blast
The leaders of the country's leading business bodies yesterday demanded immediate probe into the blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine and stern action against the culprits.
 arrow Even Khadims knew what admin did not
Local administration and police say they could not arrange adequate security measures for British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury's visit to Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine on Friday as it was not mentioned
 arrow Falu breaks law to hold rally, causes traffic misery
Although Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ordinance prohibits holding public meetings on city's thoroughfares, a huge election meeting in support of Mosaddeq Ali Falu for Dhaka-10 by-poll was held yesterdayhalting
 arrow Qazi Faruque remanded
Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed yesterday was placed on three-day police remand in two corruption cases filed by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC).
 arrow Opposition gives 1-week ultimatum to nab Bangla Bhai
Opposition political leaders and members of intelligentsia yesterday issued a one-week ultimatum to the government to outlaw Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and arrest its operations commander
 arrow Kashmir blast kills 28 soldiers
Twenty-eight Indian soldiers were killed and 10 people were injured yesterday when a massive landmine planted by Kashmiri rebels exploded on a key Kashmir highway, an official said.
 arrow Israeli minister sees Gaza attack to Nazi action
An Israeli cabinet minister yesterday said the army's demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip reminded him of actions the Nazis took against his family during World War II and called for a halt
 arrow EPZs to have TUs from 2006
Limited trade union activities will be allowed in the exclusive industrial areas, the Export Processing Zones (EPZs), from November 1, 2006.
 arrow Gen Sanchz 'aware' of prisoner abuse
The US military command yesterday denied a report that the top US general in Iraq was present during some interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison and witnessed some of the abuse of Iraqi inmates.
 arrow Portfolios delayed as Indian allies race for key posts
India's new cabinet held its first meeting yesterday but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh delayed allocating portfolios as allies within his coalition lobbied for more powerful posts.
 arrow AL's labour wing to call 24hr hartal for June 5
As a seven-day ultimatum for the arrest of assassins of opposition lawmaker Ahsanullah Master expires today, main opposition Awami League's (AL) labour front Jatiya Sramik League is set to enforce a countrywide
 arrow US pounds Iraq mosque, 20 die
US tanks, ground troops and aircraft have launched a major offensive against the Iraqi Shia militia, killing about 20 in one raid on a mosque and pounding other positions around the holy city of Najaf.
 arrow 15 cases against Proshika chief
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) filed 15 cases against Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed and others with Pallabi Police Station on May 16.
 arrow Govt closes Taiwanese office
Bangladesh has decided to close down Taipei Representative Office in the capital, according to Chinese embassy officials in Dhaka.
 arrow 3 men found dead in city
Police retrieved the bodies of three people from different parts of the capital while another man died reportedly from mob beating.
 arrow HC order to Reconsider 'Kula' for Mannan
The High Court yesterday directed the returning officer (RO) for Dhaka -10 by-election to reconsider allocation of "Kula" in favour of the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate Major (retired) Abdul
 arrow Fenchuganj gas field goes into production
State-run Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) has started producing gas at Fenchuganj gas field in Sylhet from Saturday.
 arrow 5 Indians placed on remand
The five Indian nationals, who were arrested Saturday after they holed up in a Bangladesh Biman aircraft at Zia International Airport (ZIA), were placed on a 10-day remand for interrogation.
 arrow Stranded at the Sadarghat

 arrow Paris airport roof collapse kills 6
Six people have been killed after a roof collapsed at a new terminal at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle international airport near Paris, triggering a search for trapped survivors and questions about safety.
 arrow Altaf terms FBCCI article change a non-political move
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday dismissed the suggestion that the recent government order for incorporating a clause in the Memorandum of Articles of Association (MAA) of the FBCCI
Businessarrow Economic growth may slow down after quota phaseout
Bangladesh's success in poverty reduction may suffer and economic growth slow down with the phasing out of quotas after this year, an IMF official forecast yesterday.
 arrow Prices of essentials lowest in region, govt claims
The commerce ministry yesterday claimed that prices of some essential commodities in Bangladesh are the lowest in the region.
 arrow Samsung may set up plant in Bangladesh, if market grows
‘Set up factories where market booms' is the strategy of Samsung Electronics.
 arrow Morshed for administrative changes to woo investment
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday stressed the need for changes in the country's administrative and social systems to attract investments from Japan and other countries.
 arrow Asean travel industry moves to spur intra-regional tourism
Southeast Asia's revitalised travel industry has launched a new programme offering airfare, hotel and tour discounts to spur travel within the region amid growing restrictions on entry into the United
 arrow Opec expresses concern but no deal yet on more oil
Opec Saturday expressed "deep concern" about high-flying world oil prices, saying it wanted to cut fuel costs to support world economic growth.
 arrow Cheque handover to 1,042 Ctg port dockers begins
Handover of cheques to 1,042 labourers who went into retirement under a golden handshake scheme at Chittagong Port began here yesterday.
 arrow GlaxoSmithKline okays 40pc dividend
GlaxoSmithKline Bd Ltd has approved a 40 percent dividend or Tk 4 for each share at Tk 10 for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow VP, second representative of Asian Leasing Association
Mafizuddin Sarker, managing director of International Leasing and Financial Services Limited, has been elected vice-president while SM Shamsul Arefin, managing director and CEO of Uttara Finance & Investments
 arrow Z-Card starts operation in Bangladesh
Z-Card, a leading marketing communication company, has started its operation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Emirates gets top quality award
Emirates Airport Services team at Dubai International Airport has earned a coveted ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System award recently, says a press release.
 arrow STB attracts filmmakers in Singapore
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has unveiled a S$10 million scheme to encourage international filmmakers and broadcasters to shoot and produce quality movies and TV programmes in the city state.
 arrow G7 powers meet to avert risk of global oil shock
Group of Seven (G7) economic leaders open formal talks here Sunday to avert the risk of a global oil shock even in the face of Opec resistance to an immediate declaration boosting output.
 arrow Sri Lanka looks to raise new foreign loans
Sri Lanka's revenues have fallen sharply while a plethora of election pledges are set to bust the budget as the government aims to raise 250 million dollars in new foreign loans.

Revenues fell by 11.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Dropped catches & rain
Two dropped catches cost Bangladesh the edge on the opening day of the three-day match against West Indies Board XI at the Queen's Park Stadium here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Made in dream factory
What is a dream? Just ask Fidel Henderson Edwards because for this 22-year-old Bajan, they keep coming true over and over again.
 arrow Cricket: 'He should've sued PCB'
Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for challenging the "integrity" of express pacer Shoaib Akhtar by holding an inquiry into his injury in last month's deciding
 arrow Cricket: Keepers coming good
Rival wicketkeepers Brendon McCullum and Geraint Jones presented a powerful argument on Saturday for the value of stumpers with genuine batting credentials.
 arrow Cricket: Mark makes his mark
New Zealand opener Mark Richardson claimed the Lord's century which eluded him by seven runs in the first innings with another knock of infinite application on the fourth day of the first Test against
 arrow Chess: Rakib, Reefat both lose
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib lost his sixth round board against Russian Grand Master Alexander Fominyh to share his top slot with Vietnamese GM Nguyen Anh Dung in the Leonine second Grand Masters
 arrow Cricket: Tigers to play 3 warm-ups before
Bangladesh will play three practice matches in Sri Lanka as part of their preparation for the coming Asia Cup.
 arrow Football: DU win a thriller
A late strike by Harisuzzaman helped favourites Dhaka University to shrug off Naogaon 3-2 in a thrilling Group D match in the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship yesterday
 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins title-decider
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the title-deciding CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League play-off match between defending champions Rising Star Club and Brothers Union at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Athletics: Five athletes for Asian junior meet
The Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF) has named the five athletes who will take part in the Asian Junior (Under-20) Championship in June. The four-day competition begins in Kuala Lumpur from June12.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Mauresmo feel heat
The world's best tennis player Roger Federer faces a credibility test this week when he launches his bid to win the French Open for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: 'Stay away from Zim’
Former Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak has demanded all international teams stay away from the strife-torn African nation until a solution is found to the bitter civil war which has left the country's cricket
 arrow Football: MU salvage pride
Sir Alex Ferguson voiced his relief at having salvaged at least one piece of silverware from the wreckage of Manchester United's season.
 arrow Football: Houllier's final hours?
Gerard Houllier's increasingly fraught six years in charge of Liverpool will end Sunday when he meets chairman David Moores for talks.
 arrow Football: Ottmar's hearty send off
German international Sebastian Deisler completed a fairytale comeback to hand Bayern Munich automatic qualification for the Champions League in a 2-0 win over SC Freiburg at the Olympic Stadium.
 arrow Hockey: CJKS hockey
Abahani recorded their second consecutive victory in the CJKS First Division Hockey League at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday. They crushed Crescent Club 7-0.
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Maniknagar Government Primary School defeated Dolairpar High School 97-68 in yesterday's 12th schools kabadi tournament match at the outer stadium kabadi court.
 arrow Condolence meeting on Zafar today
The National Sports Council (NSC) will organise a condolence meeting in memory of late Zafar Imam, eminent sports organiser and secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association, who passed away onThursday.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh yet to achieve goals
Despite a lot of success, Bangladesh has a long way to go in achieving the goals set at the international conference on population and development (ICPD) in Mexico ten years ago, said the speakers ata
 arrow Youth arrested with arms
A youth was held with a US-made revolver and ammunition after a shootout with police in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka NovoTheatre opens next month
The country's first planetarium, built at a cost of Tk 120 core is set to be inaugurated next month at Bijoy Sarani in the city.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the Dhaka Modern Novo Theatre.

 arrow NAM flat allocation policy adopted
A meeting of the Housing Sub-Committee of the Sangsad Committee yesterday adopted a report on NAM flat allocation policy submitted by lawmaker Abu Hena.
 arrow Attack on British HC condemned
The Jalalabad Association in Dhaka yesterday condemned the May 21 bomb attack on the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury after Juma prayers at the Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) Shrine, says
 arrow Another held
Police yesterday arrested another suspect in the killing of Commodore Golam Rabbani, Managing Director of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ).

The arrestee was identified as Md. Selim, 40.

 arrow Buet, Duet activities discussed
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Education yesterday discussed overall activities of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) and Dhaka University of Engineering
Nationalarrow Freed from hazardous jobs for schooling
After taking out 200 children from a Bidi factory on May 10, SETU, a local NGO, freed another 846 from hazardous jobs in tobacco industries and handed them books on Saturday.
 arrow A rural school with a difference
It is a school with a difference at a upazila where children are brought up with a vision to make them worthy citizens and good professionals.
 arrow SC stays Jhalakathi poura chairman polls result
The Supreme Court on Saturday stayed publication of Jhalokathi municipality chairman election result for three months, according to official sources here yesterday.
 arrow 3 missing, 10 hurt as bridge collapses in Borhanuddin
Three persons are missing and at least 10 people have been injured as a bridge on Barisal-Bhola road at Borhanudin collapsed with a loaded truck, several rickshaws and pedestrians on it Saturday night.
 arrow Local govt leaders virtually 'jobless'
Speakers at a meeting here on Saturday said the local government leaders are virtually jobless as they have nothing to do but to issue nationality and birth certificates only.
 arrow Tornado lashes Koira: 3 fishermen missing
Three fishermen are missing after a violent tornado which lashed Koira upazila on Friday.

At least 60 persons were injured.

 arrow Tiger kills fisherman
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal tiger in the Sunderbans on Saturday.
 arrow Girl rescued after 17 days of abduction
An abducted schoolgirl was rescued from village Trimohini of Sharsha upazila in Jessore district on Saturday after 17 days of abduction.
Point-Counterpointarrow The USA and the Muslim world
This is true that after the recent publication of the photographs of the US soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, American prestige and credibility in the Muslim world have reached their lowest points ever.
Culturearrow A cameo of Sufia Kamal
Aparajita, a film directed by Manzare Hasan Murad on the biography of late poetess Sufia Kamal was aired recently. The venue was the National Museum Auditorium.
 arrow Social consciousness through animation
Cartoon films can be an effective medium for creating social harmony and awareness among children.
 arrow A musical meet
The Bengal Foundation recently organised a three-day musical meet titled Shonge theko shongeet 2, where artistes from within and outside Dhaka got together and exchanged musical ideas and thoughts.
 arrow Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary gets Cannes glory
Provocative US writer and director Michael Moore was basking in the glow of winning the Cannes film festival's top prize for his virulently anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
Generalarrow Ensure food, nutrition security of growing Asian population
Bangladesh called for harmonising agricultural research and development activities in Asia to ensure food and nutrition security of the growing population of the continent.
 arrow 4 get life for killing brick field owner
A Dhaka Court on Saturday sentenced four persons to life term for killing one Saleh Mohammad on January 22 in 2001 at Savar Upazila in Dhaka district.
 arrow Rice Knowledge Bank launched at BRRI
Bangladesh Rice Knowledge Bank (BRKB) (www.brkb.
 arrow DU teachers condemn blast at shrine
A total of 160 teachers of Dhaka University 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
 arrow Correction
In a news story headlined 'Star Search contest launched' published in The Daily Star on May 22, the designation of Mahmudur Rahman was inadvertently mentioned as head of BATB (British American Tobacco
 arrow BRDB driver stabbed to death
Md Danesh Ali, driver of the Rural Development Board, succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical College College Hospital early hours of Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow 1526 more held
Police arrested 1,526 people from different parts of the country on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Installation ceremony
The installation ceremony of newly elected executive committee of Karwan Bazar No. 2 Group Kancha Maler Arat Malik Baybsayee Bahumukhi Samabaya Samity was held in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Party rift widens
A prominent US Senate Republican with life-long involvement in foreign affairs has questioned the way the administration of President George W.
 arrow New govt struggles to forge a common working agenda
Having assumed power, the real work still lies ahead for India's new Congress-led coalition as it tries to forge a common working agenda balancing the interests of its varied allies, analysts said.
 arrow Iran warns US over Iraq
Iran said yesterday it had sent a formal message of warning to the United States about its actions in neighbouring Iraq.
 arrow BJP pales before Cong's extra shine
The BJP may be missing its glitter in the 14th Lok Sabha, thanks to the extra shine the Congress has in its new leaders and many other winners who are veterans in parliamentary politics.
 arrow Winning hearts vital in war on terror
In their efforts to dismantle global terrorism networks, the United States and its allies need to pay more attention to the "propaganda war" to win the hearts and minds of militants, said a Singapore-based
 arrow Indo-Pak nuclear talks postponed
Talks between Pakistan and India on reducing the risk of nuclear war between the South Asian rivals have been postponed at the request of the new Indian government, the foreign office here said yesterday.
 arrow Arab leaders adopt reform plan to send it to G8 summit
Arab leaders adopted an unprecedented joint pledge here yesterday to promote political reform and fight terrorism, while also seeking international support to end conflicts in the volatile region.
 arrow N Korea provided Libyan uranium: NY Times
North Korea secretly provided Libya with nearly two tons of uranium in early 2001, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed US officials and European diplomats.
 arrow Fresh snags hold up Lanka peace talks
Sharp differences have re-emerged between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels holding up an expected agreement to revive negotiations, despite international pressure, officials said.
 arrow Germans elect Horst Koehler as president
Horst Koehler, a former head of the International Monetary Fund who has called for bolder economic reforms in Germany, was elected yesterday as the country's ninth postwar president.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Manmohan in saddle
 arrow Editorial: Commonwealth ban on Pakistan lifted
Pakistan is celebrating its re-admission to Commonwealth after its membership had been put under suspension for five long years.
 arrow The end of an aberration
At independence India's founding fathers had been particularly circumspect about the unity of their vast diverse country wherein lay its success and security.
 arrow How prudent is Sonia's decision?
Definitely, the Indian political scene is being marked by dramatic developments centering the national elections and the post-poll scene particularly about the new leader of the country.
 arrow Our 'home-grown' democracy
In present day Bangladesh, the term 'democracy' has lost almost all of its liberal characters and has been bestowed with some new names: moderate Muslim, predatory, home-grown etc.
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on UK High Commissioner
Another despicable and abhorrent act by a fanatic group took place at the Hazrat Shahjalal (R) shrine. The UK High Commissioner was the target of the barbaric attack.
 arrow Against the Calypso....
After a fruitful series in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh cricket team are now on their tour of the West Indies.
 arrow Are we thinking straight?
I am writing in response to Mr. Mahbub's letter titled "Are we insane?" published on May 21.
 arrow Much ado about Rocca
On the surface, Christine Rocca's Dhaka visit, and her focus on the Ahmadiyya book ban, is good news for activists who are working on this issue.
 arrow Criticising homeland
I failed to identify the wisdom behind publishing a private conversation between two expert architects and an editor in NY in a recent issue of DS .
 arrow Extortionists at work
This is in response to the letter "Extortionists at work" by Truly Terrified of Dhaka (19.5.
 arrow BBC poll
In her letter of 6 May, Ms. Nurjahan of Chittagong came down heavily on BBC (Bangla) for polling the greatest Bengalee of all times.
 arrow Who doesn't want to be an MP?
The Bangladeshi Members of Parliament (MP) are a lucky lot. They enjoy some privileges that we poor citizens do not .
 arrow Extortionists at work!
I can very well imagine the mental state of the writer 'Truly Terrified' (DS, 19.05.04).
 arrow Private universities: a final word
It refers to the letter "Attitude towards private universities" by Hasna Hasan , Lecturer, Department of English, Leading University, Dhaka (18-5-2004).
 arrow One full year?
An American soldier has been sentenced to "one year" in prison for abusing Iraqi prisoners and committing crimes against humanity.
Star Cityarrow Illegal drugstores sprout at DMCH
Workers of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) have illegally built a chain of drugstores in the DMCH area with the help of high officials and rented them out.
 arrow Ministry finally goes for wholesale registration
The communications ministry will allow wholesale registration to as many taxicabs and CNG autorickshaws as imported until April 8 in a decision that prompted protest from an environmentalist group that
 arrow No Zebra Crossing, No Footbridge

 arrow Adding worth to worthless
Faruk Hossain is a very clever man. He has found a way to recycle old tyres at his small shop in Gabtoli.
 arrow Trucks defy timing
Authorities restricted trucks in the metropolitan aiming to ease traffic jam, but many trucks still comfortably ply the streets at hours they are not permitted to be.
 arrow Temporary meter readers to curb systems loss
Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is thinking of hiring more temporary meter readers and also providing electric meters to curb corruption and thereby reduce systems loss.