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Front Pagearrow Madrasa man with 'Taliban link' under sharp watch
A madrasa principal with a history of working to establish a Taliban-style rule in Bangladesh came under sharp intelligence watch in the wake of Friday's bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet.
 arrow RMG sector sends SOS to face quota-free regime
The readymade garment manufacturers have sent an SOS to the government for setting up central bonded warehouses in the export processing zones (EPZs) to improve lead time in export, a crucial factor for
 arrow Rescue ships lack salvation ability
The capacity and equipment of the two rescue ships -- Rustam and Hamza -- prove to be too inadequate to cope with salvation of sunken launches.
 arrow Scotland Yard team leaves Sylhet
The three-member Scotland Yard team left Sylhet yesterday afternoon, after a two-day investigation into the Friday's bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine, while police nabbed three and were busy hunting
 arrow US wants to knock down Abu Ghraib
The army general who was in charge of the US prison guards accused of abusing Iraqis has been suspended from command of the 800th Military Police Brigade, officials said yesterday.

Brig. Gen.

 arrow 22 NGOs spotted for fund theft
The primary and mass education ministry has blacklisted 22 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and relieved 40 others of their designated tasks for low performance and alleged fund embezzlement.
 arrow Faisal awaits Test cap
Left-handed batsman Faisal Hossain looks set to win his Test cap for Bangladesh in the first Test against the West Indies in St Lucia starting May 28.
 arrow PM, WB president meet in Shanghai
World Bank President James D Wolfensohn has highly appreciated Bangladesh's success in microcredit programme and said the success can be a role model for other countries of the world.
 arrow 3 days gone, no rescuer comes for MV Digonto
While all eyes were focussed on MV Lighting Sun, one of the two launches capsized in a stormy Meghna Sunday, no salvage operation commenced for the other motorboat, MV Digonto, three days into its sinking.
 arrow 15 more bodies found floating on Meghna
Death toll in the twin launch disaster in Chandpur tallied to 76 as 15 more bodies were found floating in the Meghna river yesterday.
 arrow Yunus wins Nikkei Asia Prize
The Grameen Bank Managing Director Professor Mohammad Yunus has won this year's Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth.
 arrow Akbar cites fund crisis for launch safety failure
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said he would not step down admitting his failure in ensuring safety of marine passengers because, "My hands are tied and I cannot do anything due to lack offunds.
 arrow Plight of UK visa seekers prolongs
No fewer than 300 UK visa applicants of Sylhet have been left stranded as the visa facilitation office in the northeastern city remains closed after Friday's bomb attack on the Bangladesh-born British
 arrow HC stays remand of Proshika chief
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed a lower court remand order of Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed for eight weeks.
 arrow Caribbean floods kill 270
At least 270 people have been killed in floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, many of them swept away when rain-swollen rivers burst their banks, authorities in the neighboring Caribbean countries
 arrow Trader hacked to death, 'killer' lynched in city
Assailants hacked to death a currency trader in the early hours of yesterday in Demra and a mob lynched one of the alleged killers in Sutrapur 12 hours after the murder

And a former leader of ruling

 arrow Tongi chairman identifies two
Police yesterday recorded the statement of Tongi municipality chairman who witnessed the May 7 shooting and identified two local drug peddlers Kana Hafiz and Anwar Hossain Anu firing on Ahsanullah Master
 arrow Bush outlines Iraq transition plans
Iraq's US-appointed governing council welcomed yesterday a draft UN resolution to formally end the America-led occupation, but insisted Iraqis should control oil revenues and have the right to ask foreign
 arrow Outlaws kill abducted trader, kidnap headmaster
Outlaws yesterday killed a trader they had abducted three days ago and kidnapped the headmaster of a high school demanding a ransom of Tk 10 lakh from his family.
 arrow Non-arrest of Bangla Bhai shows PM's failure: Hasina
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has no control over the administration and her government became non-existent when her reported
 arrow India to review river link plan
Newly appointed Indian Water Resources Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi on Monday hinted the Congress-led government would give a fresh hard look at the controversial river inter-linking project.
 arrow Criminal Joseph gets death sentence
A Dhaka Court yesterday handed listed criminal Tofael Ahmed (Joseph) his second death sentence in a murder case.
 arrow Mannan refused 'Kula' again
The returning officer for Dhaka10 by-polls yesterday once again refused to allocate the election symbol, kula, to Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, as an independent candidate was given the same symbol by lottery.
 arrow Petrobangla in talks with Unocal over Bibiyana gas
Petrobangla has begun negotiations with US oil giant Unocal for the development of Bibiyana gas field, aimed at feeding the domestic market only, sources concerned said.
 arrow US citizen held on suspicion
A Bangladeshi-born US citizen was arrested by law-enforcing agencies in Chittagong on Monday and taken on a ten-day remand for debriefing on his "suspicious movement".
 arrow Abducted medical student still traceless
The medical student of a private university here could not be traced three days after his abduction until yesterday.
 arrow Faxed threat to bomb grave of Bangabandhu
Unknown people faxed a message to the district Awami League office in Gopalganj yesterday, threatening to blow up Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's grave.
 arrow OC faces showcause for filing case against dead man
A Dhaka court yesterday asked the officer-in-charge (OC) of Keraniganj Police Station to explain in seven days why a case was filed on charge of assaulting a man who died 14 years ago.
 arrow 5 held Indians were on way to UK
The five Indian nationals who holed up in a Biman aircraft and were arrested at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Saturday, came to Bangladesh after a gang assured them of sending to Britain.
Businessarrow Rich nations must honour LDC stance on Doha agenda
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said rich countries must accept proposals of poor countries to move forward with Doha Development Agenda.
 arrow Simplified rules of origin vital for RMG survival
Simplified rules of origin for export to the EU market and duty and quota free access to other countries can help the ready made garment (RMG) industry survive in the quota-free world, speakers observed
 arrow Take effective steps to check corruption in tax admin
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said corruption has a taken a deep root in both government and private sectors because of poor governance and lack of transparency.
 arrow Cut import duty on spare parts to 2.5pc
Airconditioner assemblers and fridge importers have demanded reduction of import duty on spare parts of airconditioners and withdrawal of regulatory duty on imported parts of refrigerators in the next
 arrow Oil prices ease though supply fears linger
Oil prices gave back some of their recent steep gains on Tuesday but traders remained sceptical that producers will be able to quench the world's thirst for oil.
 arrow BGMEA gets space in airports for reception centres
Civil aviation and tourism ministry has decided to allocate lands in Zia International Airport and Chittagong Shah Amanat Airport for the BGMEA to set up its two reception centres for the convenienceof
 arrow Truetzschler customer day held
Customer Day-2004 of Truetzschler GmbH & Co KG, a textile machinery manufacturing company of Germany, was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Prime Bank, CDBL sign agreement
Prime Bank Limited has signed an agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the service provider of the Central Depository System, to dematerialise its paper shares.
 arrow GP rewards six channel partners
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) has rewarded its dealers for their performances under the company's sales incentive programme "Going Beyond".
 arrow Capa confce concludes in Dhaka
The 16th conference of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (Capa), hosted by the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB), concluded in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow BKMEA team meets Altaf
Newly elected office bearers of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday met Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury.
 arrow AMCL-PRAN, CDBL sign deal
Agricultural Marketing Company Limited (AMCL-PRAN) has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic ones for trading under centraldepository
 arrow Asian countries aim to club together over oil price
Alarmed by soaring crude prices, five big Asian oil-consuming countries have agreed to try and club together to cope with a problem threatening the economic lifeblood of the region, South Korea said Tuesday.
 arrow Indian govt vows tough stand in WTO talks to protect farmers
India will take a tough stand on agricultural issues in World Trade Organisation talks to protect farmers' rights, the country's new commerce minister said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Three more Test venues!
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has set out a plan to increase the number of Test venues in the country from two to five.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain's heroic hundred
Nasser Hussain atoned for running out Andrew Strauss, when the debutant was in sight of scoring centuries in both innings of his first Test, with an unbeaten century to guide England to a seven-wicket
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
It felt weird at times to the three travelling journalists who were covering the three-day warm-up match between Bangladesh and the West Indies Cricket Board XI at the Queen's Park Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Smith toys with Tigers
A breathtaking unbeaten hundred by Dwayne Smith on Monday gave Bangladesh some fresh headache ahead of the first Test against the West Indies starting in St Lucia in three days time.
 arrow Cricket: Textbook Tendulkar!
The life and times of India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar are being featured in school textbooks from the current academic year so that children can be inspired by the feats of the record-breaking cricketer.
 arrow Football: Bhola enter semis
Bhola became the first team to reach the semifinals of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship when they recorded a convincing 3-1 win over Nilphamari at the Adhunik Stadium in Natore
 arrow Cricket: Lawson back for Windies
Jermaine Lawson earned a recall to the West Indies cricket team when he was selected in a 13-member squad for the opening Test of two against Bangladesh, starting on Friday at Gros Islet.
 arrow Reefat upsets Russian GM
Reefat-bin-Sattar came alive in the Leonine second Grand Masters chess tournament but it was too late for him to reach his goal.
 arrow Tennis: Marathon match
Fabrice Santoro has beaten fellow Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the longest singles match in modern tennis history, spending six hours 36 minutes on court before winning 6-4 6-3 6-7 3-6 16-14 at the French
 arrow Cricket: Ton eludes Ponting
Captain Ricky Ponting came within nine runs of his 16th one-day century at Harare Sports Club Tuesday when Australia beat Zimbabwe in the first of three internationals by seven wickets and with more than
 arrow Football: An unlikely finale
Porto and Monaco will receive their reward for astute management and a refreshing lack of respect for the European elite when they line up in the Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Blue means everything
With his permanent scowl, frequent refusal to celebrate goals and constant frustration at his team Inter Milan's limitations, Christian Vieri does not appear to be a man who enjoys his club football.
 arrow Football: Smith almost United's
Alan Smith is being tipped to complete a seven-million-pound transfer from Leeds to Manchester United on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer Express gets going
Top men's seed Roger Federer ended his Roland Garros jinx as US sisters Venus and Serena Williams served notice of their French Open intentions by advancing into the second round of the Grand Slam tournament
 arrow Football: 42 entries for NFL qualifiers
Only 41 district and one services teams sent their entries for the 4th National Football League (NFL) qualifying round before the deadline yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Ctg hockey
Crescent Club recorded their first victory in the CJKS-JDC First Division Hockey League when they edged South Club 1-0 at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Chalantika Cricket Club and Titas Club won their respective matches in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rango Mia Cup cricket tournament at the Shahjadpur Junior High School playground in Brahman-baria yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Marketing in DU cricket final
Department of Marketing reached the final of the Dhaka University inter-department cricket tournament defeating Finance and Banking by eight wickets at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Ansars & VDP School handed Mannan High School a massive 131-32 defeat in the 12th School Kabadi tournament at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 2nd eves' soccer camp on
Most of the 30 female footballers who are part of the second batch in a camp organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), are looking forward to switching their careers.
Metropolitanarrow Faruque's family allege political vengeance
Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed's family yesterday alleged the government arrested Faruque after implicating him in false cases out of political vengeance.
 arrow 1127 women fall victim to violence in 3 months
A total of 1,127 women fell victim to violence for various reasons in three months from January to March this year, said Advocate Masuda Rehana Begum at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Striking off 'Muslim' from its name illegal
Salimullah Muslim Hall, the oldest students' dormitory of Dhaka University, got back its original name after three decades.
 arrow Arrest condemned
The Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday condemned the arrest of Qazi Faruque.
Nationalarrow Thrown out of school
Seven year-old Mohitur no more goes to school. He helps his father harvest paddy in the field.

"Our school is closed. Apa (female teacher) asked us not to go to school", he said.

 arrow Indo-Bangla accord to curb cross-border crime, re-install lost pillars
Bangladesh and India at the just concluded Deputy Commissioner level border talks here have agreed to prepare lists of "wanted criminals" in respective border areas to stop cross-border crime including
 arrow Victimised for voicing rights
NETRAKONA: She has no rights to get a VGF card or widow allowance because "her husband was engaged in anti-government activities", Yakub Ali Chairman of Sholakuri Union Parishad in Modhupur upazila says.
 arrow 'Public-private move needed for child rights'
Speakers at a discussion suggested public-private initiative for establishing child rights.

They also stressed for creating awareness about child rights among rural people.

 arrow Rally for Proshika chief's release foiled by JCD
At least ten people were injured when a rally of NGO employees demanding release of Proshika chief Quazi Faruque Ahmed was vandalised allegedly by activists of ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra
 arrow Dacoity: 11 villagers bullet-hit in B'baria
Eleven villagers were bullet-hit in a clashed with dacoits at Kena-Budumti village in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila Monday night.
 arrow KU VC faces students' ultimatum
Students of Architecture discipline of Khulna University (KU) laid siege to the office of Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr A Kadir Bhuiyan for three hours on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Governance at stake
Appallingly true, the entire area stretching from Faridpur to Pabna to Rajshahi to Kushtia is admittedly close to bankruptcy in matters of law and order.
 arrow Democracy: Making a mockery of it?
What our politicians, rather precisely, the leaders of our two major political parties, are doing to-day, is not only ridiculous, but also shameful. And they are doing all this in the name of democracy.
Culturearrow Nazrul on moving canvas
Art is never confined to narrow boundaries.
 arrow German 'Heimat-films' of the 1950s
The German cinema lost its high position in world cinema after the Nazis came to power. The slide downward continued till the 1950s following the defeat of Germany in the Second World War.
 arrow Madonna starts 50-date world tour
Madonna kicked off her world tour in America on Monday, revealing her new image to fans.

She will spend three nights performing at the Forum in Los Angeles before moving on to Las Vegas.

Generalarrow Nazrul championed cause of women, downtrodden
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Kazi Nazrul Islam had championed the cause of women and the downtrodden and stood for communal harmony.
 arrow 'Cancel deal with US'
The Jatiya Mukti Council yesterday demanded cancellation of the Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed between Dhaka and Washington, saying that the deal would make the country subservient to US interests.
 arrow I still feel insecure: Prof Azad
Eminent writer Prof. Humayun Azad came to the Dhaka University campus yesterday for the first time after the February 27 deadly attack on him.
 arrow Improve law and order to woo US investment: Gilman
Visiting former US Congressman Benjamin A Gilman yesterday underscored the need for improving the law and order situation to attract American investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet
A Khulna court on Monday accepted the chargesheet in the killings of Khulna Awami League (AL) president Manjurul Imam, advocate Bijon Bihari Mondol and rickshaw-puller Saidul Islam in August last year.
 arrow 'Jamaat has link with int'l extremist networks'
Former State Minister for Information and Awami League leader Prof Abu Sayeed yesterday said that Jamaat-e-Islami itself is an "extremist and fundamentalist" organisation and it has link with international
 arrow Tommy elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
Tommy Miah, a Bangladeshi-born and Edinburg- based businessman and restaurateur, has been elected a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (F R S A).

"My election came as a surprise.

 arrow Exams rescheduled
The Diploma in Business Studies and the Diploma in Commerce examinations under Dhaka Education Board will now be held on June 14 instead of tomorrow.
Internationalarrow 'Foreign troops should not stay for years in Iraq'
Iraq expects foreign troops to remain in the country for "months rather than years", Iraqi interim defence minister Ali Allawi said in London yesterday.
 arrow Standoff over portfolio allocation resolved
A row over a key cabinet seat in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new coalition was resolved yesterday after one of the two parties dropped its demands for the post, an official said.
 arrow US mulls replacing top general in Iraq
The Pentagon is considering replacing Army Lt. Gen.
 arrow Bush speech on Iraq not honest: US dailies
US President George W.
 arrow 7m refugees lack basic rights: Study
More than seven million refugees have been deprived of basic rights guaranteed by the United Nations for more than a decade, a global survey showed Monday.
 arrow Iran may have duped US into Iraq war: The Guardian
US officials suspect Iran duped the United States into invading Iraq by slipping bogus intelligence to Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC), The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow New govt for Transparency in arms deals, says Pranab
Pranab Mukherjee, who took over as Union defence minister Monday, said the Congress-led alliance would strive for "total transparency" in arms deals.
 arrow Congress asks Buddhadeb to talk less on national issues
The Congress has urged Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to speak "as little as possible on national issues" and not to make "irresponsible statements" that might affect the interests of the Congress-led coalition
Editorialarrow Editorial: Growth rate higher
According to figures that have been released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, this year's growth rate is marginally higher than the rate of 5.26 percent growth that was recorded last fiscal year.
 arrow Editorial: Death and destruction at Rafah
Carnage and killing of innocent civilians come very naturally to the Israelis.
 arrow The new Indian premier aims at harmony and peace
On 22nd May, Dr Manmohan Singh was sworn in as the first Sikh Prime Minister of India. His community that constitutes 2 per cent of India's total population was jubilant to see him leading the country.
 arrow Hope for better Indo-Bangla relations
The Congress, the oldest political party that led India to freedom, catapulted into power in an unbelievable election result that ousted a communal coalition government led by BJP.
 arrow Facing the truth
I love children not only because they symbolize angels, blooming roses and are the future of our nation, but also because I feel attached to them when they disclose their innocent and humourous personas.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangla Bhai rules!
Bangla Bhai, chief of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, is dogmatically carrying out a campaign to wipe out their political rivals.
 arrow Sonia creates history
The way Ms.
 arrow Drug menace
I am the father of a drug addict boy. My son was very good as a student (managed to get all A in his O-level) before he got addicted to Phensidyl.
 arrow Where is the end to prisoner abuse?
The world has already witnessed the horrendous prisoner-abuse pictures of American soldiers in Abu Gharib prison.
 arrow Mobile phones for government officials
A recent decision by the government to equip senior officials with mobile phones has created a sort of muffled curiosity among the people.
 arrow World's largest democracy
Polls were held in India a few days ago. We, the Bangladeshis, kept an eye on the political developments and were eager to know who would be the new prime minister of India.
 arrow Indian election
Despite the BJP's recent debacle in the election, Prime Minister AB Vajpayee stoically accepted the results and resigned within hours of the defeat. Indian is an example of democracy.
 arrow Shun communalism
The seeds of communalism sown by the BJP government have already spoiled harmony between Hindus and Muslims in India.
 arrow Politics, Pakistan style
Enjoyed Mr. Naqvi's brilliant analysis of the political history of Pakistan (DS May 15).
 arrow Tarnished DU image
'DU student held for mugging' (18.5.2004, DS) and 'Two students held on charge of abduction' (19.5.2004, DS) - these two new items on successive days really upset me.
 arrow A 'faux pas'
In his regular column published in the DS of 17 May, Brig. Gen. M. Abdul Hafiz (retd.) made an autopsy of the recent abortive moves of the Awami League. It has been captioned 'The AL's faux pass'.
 arrow EU expansion
The Europeans have once again proved their grandeur by extending their organisation, EU to help one another.
 arrow Was the video of ‘Beheading' A hoax?
The release of a video of the alleged beheading of Nick Berg, a 26-year-old American in Iraq, has caused a mixture of responses from different quarters.
 arrow Indian Congress
The oldest Indian party, the National Congress, has come to power by defeating the Hindu Nationalist BJP. Hats off to the voters .
StarTecharrow US institute comes in aid to perk up internet access and online applications
POOR Internet penetration in Bangladesh has finally started to draw a flock of

international Net experts into the country who feel it is about time they chipped in with their technical know-how andresource

 arrow S'pore team invents prostate biopsy robot
A TEAM made up of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) researchers has come up with the first robot that can perform prostate biopsies.
 arrow Cisco unveils long-awaited 'core' router
CISCO Systems Inc. unveiled a long-awaited router for directing traffic at the heart of the Internet, aiming to recapture market share lost to rivals.
Star Chittagongarrow CPA takes steps to implement ISPS code by July 1
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has taken several steps aiming at implementation of the International Ship and Port facility Security (ISPS) code by July 1 as per a directive from the International
 arrow Shibir, JCD dominate in appointment of CU teachers
Chittagong University (CU) authorities have appointed 90 teachers violating rules and regulations during the last two years of ruling BNP-Jamaat-backed administration, sources said.
 arrow Tale of a Widow

Star Cityarrow Govt proposes, DoE opposes Hatirjheel plan
The government is firmly set to fill up the city's only remaining water body at Rampura-Hatirjheel-Begunbari to launch a controversial development project despite opposition of the Department of Environment
 arrow Fake passports, false renewal
Each day thousands of passports are being renewed by organised gangs operating within and outside the Department of Passport and Immigration (DPI).
 arrow Mindless Management

 arrow 'Dismantle commercial bldgs in Gulshan, Banani R/A'
Rajuk has finally lost its patience with house owners in Gulshan and Banani who have converted their residential plots into commercial ones, which is strictly forbidden under town development rules.
 arrow Status of land still up in the air
The project proposal for much-talked-about Jatrabari Stadium could not be finalised, as the youth and sports ministry is waiting for the verification of state land for the stadium from the Deputy Commissioner's
 arrow Sweet fruits at bitter prices
Mangoes, the king of the summer fruits, have flooded markets while lichi is about to make a swift exit.
 arrow 'Mighty' Mobile Court