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Front Page arrow Meghna launch death toll reaches 61
Death toll in Sunday's MV Lighting Sun capsize in the Meghna river rose to 61 after rescuers retrieved 45 more bodies yesterday and unofficial sources claimed around 100 are still unaccounted for.
  arrow GDP better, but farm, transport take the knock
This year's economy is set to increase slightly over last year's, but agriculture and transport sectors, accounting for about 38 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), took the knock.
  arrow UK police launch probe, visit shrine
The Scotland Yard yesterday launched a probe in Sylhet into the deadly grenade attack on the British high commissioner at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in the city.
  arrow Cops reluctant to catch Bangla Bhai
Despite a government order, police seem far from arresting Bangla Bhai because of their incapacity to fight outlaws, who they claim plan to attack nine police stations.
  arrow Ex-BTTB boss gets 180yrs for graft
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced former chairman of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) Maksud Ali Khan to 180-year imprisonment for embezzling Tk 10 crore in six graft cases.
  arrow Probe body draws scepticism
Shipping experts have questioned the integrity and fairness of the government's probe committee on Sunday's launch disaster, as the surveyor of the very launch that sank was named as the chief of thecommittee.
  arrow Investigators chase militant links
Seven Islamic militant outfits took centre stage in the investigation into Friday's bomb attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet.
  arrow British HC reopens today
Activity in the British High Commission and British Council in Dhaka returns to normal today with Sylhet office remaining closed for an indefinite period.
  arrow Tigers stare at defeat
Bangladesh batsmen capitulated under sustained pressure from fast bowler Jermaine Lawson and off-spinner Omari Banks on the morning of the third and final day of the three-day match against the West Indies
  arrow Nazrul's birth anniversary today
The 105th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated today.
  arrow Bac under pressure to shift Proshika chief to JIC
Certain quarter in the government is pressurising the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) to hand over arrested Proshika chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed to the joint interrogation cell (JIC) in a bid to give him
  arrow Khaleda in Shanghai to attend poverty conference
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was yesterday accorded a warm reception at Pudong International Airport on her arrival here by a special Biman flight to attend the "Global Learning Process and Conference on
  arrow PDB revives deal with Russian low performer
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday decided to revive a four-year-old deal with a poorly-performing Russian company to rehabilitate Ghorashal 1 and 2 power plants.
  arrow Blast near ruling HQ: 2 Britons die
Guerrillas yesterday fired a rocket-propelled grenade at foreign security guards in a civilian vehicle in central Baghdad, killing at least two Britons and setting the car ablaze, officials say.
  arrow Veterans grab key posts, ally upset

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday night pulled off surprises in allocating high-profile portfolios, but a key ally refused to take over ministries it was allocated, demanding morepowerful

  arrow Only 2 or 3 meet criteria
Most of the 52 private universities in the country do not fulfil the basic requirements under the Private University Act, 1992, including their own campus, faculty members, library and laboratory, members
  arrow IO asked to place charge sheet in a month
State Minister for Home Lutfoz-zaman Babar yesterday ordered the investigation officer (IO) in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case to immediately complete his investigation.
  arrow Chaos at its best

  arrow AL calls Hartal for June 5
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide 24-hour hartal and industrial strike for June 5 protesting the bomb attack on British envoy at Hazrat Shahjalal shrine, 'the government's
  arrow 4 PBCP men nabbed at Shahbagh in 2 days
Police has arrested four operatives of banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party in two days at Aziz Cooperative Super Market in Shahbagh.
  arrow Accused admits to link in killing of Ahsanullah
An accused in the Ahsanullah Master murder case confessed Sunday to his involvement in the assassination of the opposition lawmaker.
  arrow Grenade thrown at police camp in Khulna
Unknown criminals threw a hand grenade at Icegati police camp in Khulna on Sunday.

As it did not blast, none of the 10 policemen at the camp was hurt, sources said.

  arrow Trader rescued 23 hours after abduction
Police yesterday rescued a businessman 23 hours after his abduction and arrested five from Bibirhat but could not trace the medical student abducted from Muradpur on Sunday.
  arrow Jamaat denies link with JMJB
Ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday denied having any ties to the recent bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet and Islamist outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) headed
  arrow UN examines Iraq handover plan
The US and UK have tabled a draft resolution at the UN detailing the scope of Iraqi sovereignty after the handover of power on June 30.
  arrow Outlaws gun down UP chairman
Sarboharas shot dead the Union Parishad (UP) chairman of Jalla union in Uzirpur Upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
  arrow Tarique serves legal notice on Hasina for 'slander'
Tarique Rahman, senior joint secretary general of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), yesterday served a legal notice on Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and General
  arrow Man demanding toll from Indian HC official arrested
Detectives yesterday arrested a man in Rajshahi, who recently posed as an al-Qaeda operative and demanded Tk 50 lakh in toll from an assistant Indian high commissioner and threatened him with death if
  arrow Tk 24 lakh cell phone sets seized
Customs officials at Zia Inter-national Airport (ZIA) seized mobile phone sets and accessories worth about Tk 24 lakh yesterday.
  arrow Two killed in city
Police yesterday retrieved the bodies of two people from Tejgaon and Agargaon in the capital.
  arrow Babul freed at last
Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul came out of Dhaka Central Jail yesterday afternoon.
  arrow Police traced hotel five Indians stayed at
Police traced the hotel the five Indian nationals, who were arrested from a Bangladesh Biman aircraft Saturday, checked out before leaving for Hong Kong.
Business arrow President asks accountants to help curb financial anomalies
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked accountants to play a vital role in curbing financial irregularities.
  arrow Improved corporate governance needed to boost stock market

Sound corporate governance in listed companies and positive image of the country can help boost the capital market by encouraging investment, the investors and regulators observed at a workshopin

  arrow Private co to bring in 500 CNG-run buses
A private transport company has planned to introduce 500 CNG (compressed natural gas) run buses in Dhaka aiming to ease the sufferings of the city commuters.
  arrow BSFIC dealers urge govt to check sugar smuggling
Smuggled sugar has flooded the local market with the price going up as the government policy to import sugar through private sector failed to keep the market stable, sugar traders told a commerce ministry
  arrow Secretary waives BO account fees
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has waived beneficiary owners account (BO account) fees for investors of companies, which joined central depository system (CDS).
  arrow India's new finance minister vows to push reforms
India's new finance minister vowed Monday to push forward with economic reforms and keep a lid on the fiscal deficit as well as boost farm and manufacturing output and cut unemployment.
  arrow Opec tight-lipped as Saudi Arabia goes alone
Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) ministers said on Monday they would not be hurried into a decision on higher oil output limits after Saudi Arabia broke ranks to go it alone.
  arrow Govt to initiate reforms to support SMEs
The government will initiate financial reforms to address the problems of small and medium enterprise (SMEs), said Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury.
  arrow TCL launches Airconditioner in local market
Integra International Limited, authorised distributor of Telephone Company Limited (TCL) of China, yesterday formally launched a new brand airconditioner in Bangladesh market.
  arrow Dhaka Bank Opens Islamic branch in Ctg
Dhaka Bank has opened an Islamic banking branch at Agrabad in Chittagong.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

  arrow IBBL to help set up Islamic bank in Nigeria
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) will provide technical and management support to Jaiz International Plc, Nigeria to establish an Islamic bank in Nigeria.
  arrow Shinepukur Holdings, CDBL sign deal
Shinepukur Holdings Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic ones for trading under the central depository system (CDS).
  arrow Navana launches new model Hino bus
Navana Limited launched a new model Japanese bus on Sunday in Dhaka.

Communications Minister Nazmul Huda was present as chief guest at the launching of Hino AK1J bus.

  arrow $440b question over China's foreign reserves
China had US$440 billion (S$755.4 billion) in foreign exchange reserves at the end of March and no lack of suggestions from its more thoughtful citizens on what it should do with the money.
  arrow KL sees WTO consensus in July, slams global economic powers
Malaysia said Monday it believes a negotiation framework for stalled World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks can be agreed by a July deadline because countries do not want to be labelled stumbling blocks.
  arrow G7 calls on oil producers to Step up output
Group of Seven financial leaders called Sunday on all oil producing nations to boost production, warning high energy prices risked slamming the brakes on a rapid recovery in the world economy.
Sports arrow Cricket: 'We need big hitters'
Former captain Khaled Mahmud believes that Bangladesh desperately need some big hitting batsmen if they are to win one-day matches.
  arrow Cricket: Chairman Viv bats
Brian Lara could be the most sought after man in the Caribbean for obvious reasons but if there is one person you would hate to leave the West Indies without meeting at least once, it has to be Sir
  arrow Cricket: Eng set for victory
England batsman Andrew Strauss's needless run out when in sight of becoming only the third player in history to make hundreds in both innings of his debut Test gave New Zealand a lifeline on the final
  arrow Football: BFF ready to compromise
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is ready to compromise and organise the final phase of the coming National Football League if it gets assurance of permanent possession of the Bangabandhu National
  arrow Cricket: A change of tack
Sri Lanka has abandoned plans to sue the International Cricket Council (ICC) for banning spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery, a government spokesman said on Monday.
  arrow Cricket: Single minded Aussies
Australia coach John Buchanan says his world champion Test players have tunnel vision which allows them to stay ahead of the game.
  arrow Football: Final nail in Real coffin
Real Madrid's humiliation was completed when they slumped to a record fifth consecutive league defeat with an astonishing 4-1 demolition by Real Sociedad in front of their shellshocked home fans, whowhistled
  arrow Football: Enough of Queiroz
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced Monday that coach Carlos Queiroz had been dismissed and will be replaced next season by former Spanish national coach Jose Antonio Camacho.
  arrow Football: Houllier dismissed
Liverpool announced Monday that manager Gerard Houllier was leaving the English Premiership club after six years in charge.

They said the former France coach was leaving with immediate effect.

  arrow Football: Voller retains WC heroes
Rudi Voller has stuck by the players that helped Germany reach the 2002 World Cup final in his 22-man squad for the 2004 European championships in Portugal named here on Monday.
  arrow Football: Comilla crash out
Chittagong brightened their hopes to reach the semifinal of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd national football championship when they edged Comilla by a solitary goal at Natore's Adhunik Stadium yesterday.
  arrow Cricket: Brothers lift Ctg Premier cricket title
Brothers Union dethroned Rising Star to clinch the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League title with a five-wicket win in the play-off match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium here yesterday.
  arrow Chess: GM Nguyen atop alone
Grand Master Nguyen Anh Dung took solo lead in the Leonine second Grand Masters chess tournament after the end of the eight round games at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room yesterday.
Metropolitan arrow Exert political will to protect bio-diversity
Conservationists from home and abroad yesterday said that downstream ecological livelihood would be damaged if mountain eco-system and upstream water bodies were destroyed.
  arrow Blast at Shahjalal shrine condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned Friday's deadly bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet that injured British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury among 70 people and killed three.
  arrow Mason falls from building, dies
A mason died falling from a building and a boy died falling from a ladder in the city yesterday.
  arrow Bikalpa Dhara demands immediate deployment of army, BDR
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday called on the chief election commissioner to deploy army and BDR men in Dhaka-10 constituency immediately to ensure a safe environment conducive to electioneering.
  arrow Workers Party condemns arrest of Proshika chief
Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday condemned the arrest of Proshika President Kazi Faruque.
  arrow Locks worth Tk 1.25cr seized in Chittagong
The customs officials from AIR (Audit Investigation and Research) branch here yesterday confiscated iron locks worth around Tk 1.25 crore imported under false declaration.
  arrow Ctg Mohila AL observes hunger strike
Chittagong unit of Mohila Awami League (AL) yesterday observed a daylong token hunger strike at the local press club premises protesting the widespread repression on women by the coalition government,
  arrow Azad to exchange views today
Eminent writer Prof. Humayun Azad will exchange views with the teachers, students and officials of Dhaka University at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla at 11:00am today.


National arrow BRDB closes rural uplift project in 5 N dists
Closure of BRDB's poverty alleviation project in 20 upazilas in greater Rangpur due to alleged fund crisis has thrown its 24,000 'group members' into uncertainty.
  arrow Deluge dents their fortune
It was an endless sheet of water. Amiruddin and his three sons with sickles in hand were taking dips from a small boat, desperately trying to salvage paddy from under water.
  arrow Sit-in before Satkhira DC office
Satkhira Zila Bhumihin Samity, an association of landless people, on Sunday staged a two hours sit-in demonstration in front of Satkhira deputy commissioner's (DC) office.
  arrow AL men nabbed to save killers, leaders allege
Satkhira district Awami League leaders at a press conference on Sunday alleged that police are arresting their party activists by falsely implicating them in Altaf Hossain murder case.
  arrow ICT course opens at Govt Azizul Haque College in July
A one-year Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) course on information communication technology will be opened at Government Azizul Haque College in Bogra in July.
  arrow Sunday's twister kills 3 in Barisal division
The twister that battered different areas of Barisal division in the early hours of Sunday killed at least three people and injured 20 others.
  arrow Upazila court convicts 3 high officials
An upazila court awarded six months 'civil jail' to three high officials including former Deputy Commissioner of Gaibandha for contempt of court.
Point-Counterpoint arrow How sustainable are high-rises in Dhaka?
The journey of high-rise started in Chicago, the city of Sullivan and Wright, about a century ago.
Culture arrow A poet breathing life into words
As he looked out of the window of his Chrysler, Nazrul reflected on his new life.
  arrow 'The moments with Dadu are firmly etched in my soulí
Kazi Nazrul Islam, a name that evokes pride in Bangladesh, lives on in the hearts of many today.
  arrow 'Artistes should conceive the true meaning of a song'--Shabnam
Shabnam Mushtari is one of the very important names in the genre of Nazrul Sangeet. From the late 1960s she has emerged as one of the major stars in this art form.
  arrow The Ecstasy of Creation (Aj Srishti Shukher Ullashey)
Today in the ecstasy of creation
My face smiles, my eyes dance and my blood
laughs a gay budding laughter.

A tempestuous flood-tide comes today roaring
into the crevices of my shutteredsoul.

  arrow Poverty (Daridro)
O poverty, thou hast made me great.
Thou hast made me honoured like Christ
With his crown of thorns. Thou hast given me
Courage to reveal all.

General arrow Concern over rise in activities of militant fundamentalists
Expressing deep concern over the alarming rise in activities of militant fundamentalists, leaders of the South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism yesterday called for a more pro-active
  arrow Widow cries for justice
A widow along with her six children yesterday demanded punishment to the killers of her husband who was murdered in Kishoreganj district on March 6.
  arrow Release of BCL men demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate release of its leaders and workers arrested in the wake of the killing of Ahsanullah Master MP
  arrow 4 get life for murder
A court in Magura yesterday awarded life-term rigorous imprisonment (RI) to four youths and fined them Tk 20,000 each in default to suffer one year more RI in a murder case.
  arrow 1751 more held
Police arrested 1,751 people, including a listed criminal, during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
  arrow Appeal for help
Md Alauddin, 17, has been suffering from blood cancer, says a press release.

He is now under treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (Block-C, Ward-6A, Bed- 2).

International arrow Israeli troops lift siege of Rafah neighbourhood
Israeli troops pulled out of a key neighborhood of Gaza's Rafah refugee camp yesterday after killing 42 Palestinians in a six-day siege that was roundly condemned by the international community.
  arrow Delhi looks for improving ties with neighbours
As India moved from BJP-led government to the first-ever Congress-led coalition relying heavily on the support of Left parties, it is likely to have significant ramifications for the country's foreign
  arrow Will Pranab find comfort in arms?
It is often said that defence and diplomacy are the two sides of the same coin. So handling the defence portfolio should not be entirely alien to Pranab Mukherjee a former minister for external affairs.
  arrow 700,000 killed by bad food, water in Asia a year: UN
More than 700,000 people die from consuming contaminated food or water in the Asia-Pacific region every year, a United Nations conference heard yesterday.
  arrow New video shows US bombed Iraq wedding
New video showing Iraqis singing and dancing at a desert wedding begged more questions yesterday about a US air strike last week that killed about 40 people.
  arrow Morgue records show 5,500 Iraqis killed in first 12-month of invasion
More than 5,500 Iraqis died violently in just Baghdad and three provinces in the first 12 months of the occupation, an Associated Press survey found.
  arrow Retd US general Zinni blasts Iraq war plan
Retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, former chief of US Central Command, accused senior Pentagon officials of failure in executing the Iraq war and told CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday they should resign.
  arrow 8 ministers survive Thai censure vote in parliament
Eight Thai ministers survived a censure vote in parliament yesterday after a debate focused on allegations they had helped promote Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's family business empire.
Editorial arrow Editorial: Deaths in river -- again!
We are aghast at the cheapening of human lives brought poignantly home by the fatal capsize of two launches in the river Meghna on Sunday.
  arrow Editorial: Insufferable
In spite of the reported directives by the Prime Minister to arrest Bangla Bhai, he remains at large at the time of writing.
  arrow Technology, entitlement and freedom of choice
Not long ago, the Nobel laureate in economics , Amartaya Sen , described development as expansion of the set of choice of the people.
  arrow 145 or 250?
Twenty years ago this week the most powerful Sikh in India was Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Letters to Editor arrow Are they doctors?
It happened eight months ago, I was suddenly sick with high fever . And immediately I consulted a doctor who was an American MD.
  arrow Hunch of voters
It is a light at the end of the tunnel for further trips coming decades during this new millennium.
  arrow Attention: BTV
I want to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the timing of azan broadcast by BTV on 17 May. The time of maghrib azan was 6.37 approximately.