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Front Pagearrow HC stays Dhaka-10 by-polls till June 12
A dispute over allocation of election symbol prompted the High Court (HC) yesterday to stay until June 12 all proceedings of the by-election to Dhaka-10 constituency slated for June 6.
 arrow AI slates attack on minorities, cop brutality
The Amnesty International Report 2004 has found widespread human-rights violation, torture, police brutality, arbitrary detention, violence against women and attacks against Hindus and the Ahmadiyaasin
 arrow 3 Bangladeshis held in Japan for 'link with al-Qaeda'
Japanese police arrested three Bangladeshi along with two other foreign national after carrying out their first raids in a widening probe of suspected al-Qaeda activities centring on a French national
 arrow Double trouble for crackdown victims
Hundreds of innocent people rounded up during the April 18-26 government crackdown in connection with Awami League (AL)'s April 30 oust-government deadline are now faced with another big hassle -- anexhaustive
 arrow UK detectives share finds with cops
The Scotland Yard officials yesterday met the home ministry and police officials in the capital, shared finds of their probe into May 21 blast at a Sylhet shrine and will fly off again to the northeastern
 arrow PM pleads for new financial system
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday strongly pleaded for evolving a new global financial arrangement to reduce rich-poor resource gap.
 arrow US accused of major abuses
The US-led war on terror has produced the most sustained attack on human rights and international law in 50 years, Amnesty International said in its annual report yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai evades arrest on cop tip
Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) commander Bangla Bhai escaped arrest in Naogaon Tuesday night on secret information from police, while journalists demonstrated in Rajshahi city against death threats
 arrow Police hunt down 3 other Sikhs
Detectives are hunting down the three Sikhs who travelled with the five arrested Indians after they holed up in a Bangladesh Biman aircraft at Zia International Airport on Saturday.
 arrow Kapali dropped
Alok Kapali has been dropped when Bangladesh announced a 12-member team for the first Test, starting on May 28.

Bangladesh picked Faisal Hossain ahead of Kapali along with Tareq Aziz Khan.

 arrow Twin blasts near US consulate in Karachi
At least 20 people have been wounded after two car bombs exploded outside the Pakistan-American Cultural Centre in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
 arrow Evil forces within govt shelter terrors
National Unity Platform President Dr Kamal Hossain suspects 'evil forces within the government' are impeding investigations into the series of bomb blasts and arms hauls and protecting the terrorists.
 arrow Currents hobble launch salvation
With the recovery of three more bodies, death toll from twin launch disasters in the Meghna near Chandpur rose to 83 yesterday as currents in the swift-flowing river halted efforts to salvage MV Digonto,
 arrow Ageing F-28s join Biman fleet
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday included two 26-year-old F-28 aircraft to its fleet, brushing aside all opposition and controversy over commercial viability of the obsolete planes.
 arrow JMJB torture tales surface
Tales of torture by operatives of Islamic militant outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in the northwest began to surface yesterday.
 arrow Abducted Ctg Student yet to be rescued
Chittagong police are yet to rescue medical student of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) after four days into his abduction from Muradpur in the port city.
 arrow Ministry seeks Four-fold rise in farm subsidy
The agriculture ministry has sought Tk 1,213 crore from the finance ministry for farm subsidy in the next fiscal year, proposing a more than four-fold rise in the allocation in the next budget.
 arrow Snail mail indeed!
After two years 10 months and 11 days, Bangladesh Postal Department succeeded to deliver a letter to its recipient's address only to find him dead 15 months ago.
 arrow Families barred from holding programme
Ramna police yesterday foiled a human chain formed by the family members of the arrested staff of non-governmental organisation Proshika at the Central Shaheed Minar.
 arrow 2 Khulna cops hurt in bomb attack
Unknown assailants wounded two constables of Special Armed Forces (SAF) in a bomb attack on a police patrol pick-up a few yards off the house of Khulna Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman about 9:15pm.
 arrow Muggers stab Writer Anu Muhammad
Muggers stabbed writer and economist Anu Muhammad on Sheraton Hotel crossing last night.
 arrow Gilman for tighter US watch on terrorism
Visiting US president's special envoy to United Nations, Benjamin Gilman, yesterday said a communal feeling does exist in the country and, after the recent grenade attack on the British envoy and murder
 arrow 8 killed in Bhola accident
At least eight people were killed and 52 others injured as a passenger bus skidded off the road and fell into a canal near Dighaldi under Bhola Sadar upazila at about 3:00pm yesterday.
 arrow HC stays RPCL MD's sacking
The High Court yesterday issued a stay order on a decision of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) to terminate Managing Director of the Rural Power Company Ltd. (RPCL) MD Abdus Sabur.
 arrow Sikri pushes for transit deal's execution
Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Veena Sikri has pushed for implementation of the road and rail transit agreement between the next-door neighbours to facilitate transportation of Indian goods to
 arrow Threatening hole

 arrow BSF kills one in Chuadanga
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday allegedly gunned down a Bangladeshi in Chuadanga while the border force held another farmer in Meherpur.
Businessarrow Special attention needed for ultra-poor pockets
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday suggested giving special attention to some pockets of extreme poverty in the government-NGO effort to help people come out of poverty.
 arrow Govt mulls measures to intervene in market
The government has finalised the draft of a Consumer Protection Act and is considering some intervening measures to check price hike of essentials for protecting consumer rights, an inter-ministerialmeeting
 arrow Joint working group formed between DCCI, Indian HC
A joint working group (JWG) was formally launched in Dhaka yesterday to exchange information on trade and investment between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Seven new companies join CDS June 15
Seven new companies are going to join the central depository system (CDS) on June 15.
 arrow India’s exports surge, core sectors growing
India's exports have surged by almost 20 percent and infrastructure growth has doubled to 9.0 percent in April this year, trade analysts have said.
 arrow EU urges Opec to up output, warning growth could skid
EU energy commissioner Loyola de Palacio warned Wednesday that the surge in oil prices could start to hit Europe's fledgling recovery, and renewed a call for producer states to increase output.
 arrow Bangladesh can Export RMG, spices, medicine to Philippines
Bangladesh has ample scope to export items like garments, spices, medicines, tea, shrimps, ceramics and fertilisers to the Philippines.
 arrow Dollar jumps further, hits record high against taka
The US dollar continued to jump and hit its record high against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday on strong demand from importers, dealers said.
 arrow IDLC okays 30pc cash dividend
Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Limited (IDLC) has approved a 30 percent cash dividend for the year 2003.
 arrow West Bengal Plans second trade route with Bangladesh
The West Bengal state government plans to open a second trade route with Bangladesh.

This route will pass through Fulbari in North Bengal on the Indian part.

 arrow Shrimp news service on GP
Shrimp Seal of Quality (SSOQ) has launched "SSOQ-GrameenPhone Shrimp News" service on Tuesday.
 arrow BSB to provide fund to its own projects
Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) has decided to provide working capital facilities to its own financed projects having good repayment record.
 arrow Akij Food, Adcomm sign deal
Akij Food and Beverages Limited (AFBL) has signed a contract of advertising with Adcomm Limited.
 arrow FedEx awards Bangladesh Express official
Bashir AK Chowdhury, executive director of Bangladesh Express Co Ltd, licensee of Federal Express Corporation in Bangladesh, was awarded the "GSP Best of the Best Award" for the year 2004.
 arrow WTO chief appeals to NGOs to use their influence well in trade talks
The head of the World Trade Organisation, Supachai Panitc-hpakdi, called on advocay groups Tuesday to use a new responsibility they have earned through past actions to help the latest round of free-trade
Sportsarrow Football: Noakhali face Army in semifinals
Noakhali set up a semifinal clash against Bangladesh Army in the Sher-e-Bangla 22nd National Football Championship when the defending champions came from a goal down to record a hard fought 2-1 win over
 arrow Tennis: Henin sent packing
Defending champion and top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium was sensationally dumped out of the French Open on Wednesday losing 7-5, 6-4 to Italy's Tathiana Garbin in the second round.
 arrow Chess: Rakib on verge of 2nd GM norm
Abdullah Al Rakib will desperately look to beat the country's first Grand Master Niaz Murshed this morning in the 11th and final round of the Leonine second Grand Masters chess tournament to gain hissecond
 arrow Cricket: Bond backache for NZ
Fast bowler Shane Bond has undergone a scan on his troublesome back and is in danger of missing the second Test in Leeds, New Zealand Cricket has said.
 arrow Cricket: Disorder everywhere
Sri Lanka's cricket captain Marvan Atapattu on Wednesday warned international teams visiting Zimbabwe to expect the worst, saying his team's recent visit to the troubled African nation was "fairly chaotic.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly, Becker in same team
What is common between Sourav Ganguly, Daley Thomson, Nadia Commaneci and Boris Becker? Probably nothing.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain makes England wait
Nasser Hussain's own brother says it is impossible to predict whether the 36-year-old is ready to retire from Tests.
 arrow Cricket: Brad back home
Fast bowler Brad Williams has been forced out of Australia's shortened cricket tour of Zimbabwe with a back injury and will return home immediately, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Farewell Larsson
Nearly 60,000 Celtic fans packed into Parkhead here on Tuesday to say a final farewell to their Swedish hero Henrik Larsson.
 arrow Athletics: USA in Jones dilemma
United States sports chiefs are under pressure from the International Olympic Committee to send a drug-free team to the Athens Games in August which could spark a drawn-out legal battle with Marion Jones.
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Nawabpur Government High School overwhelmed Upashahar Government Primary School 94-29 in the 12th school kabadi tournament at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: National youth Hockey from June 10
The 21st National Youth Hockey Championship will begin on June 10 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

A total of 26 teams, split into two groups, will take part in the knockout tournament.

 arrow Hosne Ara Passes away
Hosne Ara, wife of deputy secretary Abul Hashem Khan, died at a local hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday night. She was 52.
 arrow Cricket: DU cricket
Soil, Water and Environment Department of Dhaka University clinched the inter-department cricket (southern region) title with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Statistics yesterday.
 arrow Football: Becks in total control!
David Beckham has insisted he is in a fit mental state to captain England, despite his recent red card against Murcia, Real Madrid's disappointing season and the allegations surrounding his private life.
 arrow Football: Vassell boost for Eriksson
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said Tuesday that Darius Vassell is on course to be fit for Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Les Blues keen to avoid WC debacle
France will be looking to put up a far more resolute defence of their crown in Euro 2004 than the fiasco that surrounded their meek surrender of the World Cup two years ago when they crashed out in the
 arrow Football: Rehhagel's warning
Greece's German coach Otto Rehhagel has said that his side will be the underdogs at the Euro 2004 finals opener against hosts Portugal on June 12, but he has warned not to rule them out.
 arrow Football: Shell-shocked Owen
The removal of Gerard Houllier as Liverpool manager left England striker Michael Owen feeling sick in the stomach the player confessed here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Barca cut Dutch connection
Spanish title runners-up Barcelona are to sell Dutch international striker Patrick Kluivert and winger Marc Overmars as well as release on free transfers their compatriots Philip Cocu and Michael Reiziger
 arrow Football: Man made for Utd
Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to end his playing days at English Premiership giants Manchester United -- and then get out of football altogether.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka reaffirms one China policy
Bangladesh and China yesterday reiterated their resolve to strengthen ties between the two countries.
 arrow N'ganj Chamber employee shot
A gang of hoodlums shot and injured an employee of Narayanganj Chamber of Commerce in Dhaka yesterday morning and an accused in a murder case was bullet-hit during a police raid on Demra on Tuesday night.
 arrow Body to probe alleged irregularities in JBC
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Ministry at a meeting yesterday formed a two- member sub-committee to probe alleged irregularities and wrong policies in state run Jiban Bima Corporation
 arrow 'Steps taken for dev of various regions'
A delegation of Peshajibi Samannoy Parishad, Khulna called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Car lifters kill driver in Keraniganj: 4 held
The murder of a rent-a-car driver came to light yesterday three days after the gruesome act.
 arrow DU to enrol students from waiting lists
Dhaka University will enrol some admission seekers from the waiting lists.
 arrow One arrested in Rajshahi for demanding toll from Indian
Police yesterday filed a case against a person who demanded Tk 50 lakh in toll from the assistant Indian high commissioner in Rajshahi and threatened him with death if he does not pay the money.
 arrow Consultation on HR begins today
The first national consultation on human rights will begin here today at the IDB Bhaban at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
 arrow 1782 more held
Police arrested 1,782 people, including a listed criminal, during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Book on medicinal plants soon
A meeting of the committee on compilation of a book on medicinal plants of the CHT ministry was held at the ministry yesterday.

The meeting decided to publish the book as early as possible.

 arrow Mary Anderson to be modernised
Country's lone tourist paddle boat 'Mary Anderson' and tourist spot "JOY" at Savar will be modernised.
 arrow BTTB special drive
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has launched a special drive to snap telephone connections of bill defaulters.
Nationalarrow Tougher law demanded to control acid violence
Speakers at a discussion meeting here stressed on joint efforts by people of all classes to create awareness against acid violence and tougher law to punish culprits.
 arrow Suranjit 'unwanted' in Moulvibazar: BNP
Leaders of Moulvibazar district BNP have declared Awami League stalwart Suranjit Sen Gupta MP "unwanted" in the district for his alleged "bad remarks" against Finance Minister Saifur Rahman and his son
 arrow 'Tala BNP leader killed by hired outlaws'
Tala thana BNP President ABM Attaf Hossain was murdered allegedly by outlaws on contract for payment of Tk two lakh by his political rival BNP leader and Kumira Union Parishad Chairman Golam Mostafa.
 arrow Panic stalks Netrakona haor people
The wet season has brought panic for the people of Karimgonj and Kishorganj haor areas. 'Tamsu Bahini' may loot their houses any time as road links are gone for at least seven months.
 arrow CARE changes garment workers' lifestyle
Taslima Begum, a garment worker will bring back her eldest son from an orphanage at a madrasa. She is now better off.
 arrow Lever Brothers builds modern OT at clinic
A newly built modern operation theatre (OT) was opened at Maa-O-Shishu General Hospital, a private hospital here on Tuesday.
 arrow 6 from Moulvibazar to get national awards
Six individuals and organisations in Moulvibazar district have been selected for the Prime Minister's National Award for Tree Palntation-2003.
 arrow RU teachers slate shrine bomb blast
One hundred and forty teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) on Tuesday condemned the bomb blast incident at Hazrat Shahjalal's (RA) shrine in Sylhet on Friday.
 arrow Trade course for sex workers
The Youth Development Directorate of the government has been conducting three separate trade courses for sex workers here.

The 45-day trade courses began on April 11.

 arrow Child killed in clash over land
A nine-month-old child was killed and five members of a family were injured in a rivals clash over a disputed land at Barlaburia village of Ramkantapur union in Rajbari Sadar upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The story of Titusville and Colonel Drake
He is no Colonel killing the Iraqis. Anyone who studied geology or petroleum engineering heard about Colonel Drake and his first discovery of oil through drilling in Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA.
 arrow Women's housing needs and rights
The National Housing Policy (NHP) of Bangladesh was formulated in 1993 keeping in focus the basic objectives of providing housing to people at all strata, specially to the low and middle income groups
Culturearrow Tokaii: the grassroots' mouthpiece
Rafiqun Nabi, the painter, print-maker and cartoonist popularly known as Ranabi, celebrates Tokaii's silver anniversary at Chitrak gallery.
 arrow Live & Acoustic
Rumon, LRB, Ayub Bachchu and maqsood O'dHAKA were the musical stars at a recent concert in Narayanganj, says a press release.
 arrow I want to remain different from others--Tonima
Recently Syeda Tonima Hadi has released her solo album titled Shesh Bikeler Galpo, which is a World Music production.
 arrow American Idol down to the final bout
Two small town, Southern girls. One hails from High Point, North Carolina. The other is from tiny Snellville, Georgia.
 arrow Annual function of Scholastica held
Scholastica Junior Section recently organised the Annual Function 2003-'04 at the Scholastica STM Hall in Uttara, says press release.
Generalarrow Video conferencing can address shortage of quality teachers
Video conferencing could be an effective means of information exchange in addressing the shortage of high quality teachers in the country.
 arrow Girl commits suicide
A 12-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at her home in the city's Pallabi area on Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow Babul's son sent to jail
Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul's son and another accused in Pramanik murder case were sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday after their surrender.
 arrow Man held on suspicion in Gopalganj
Gopalganj police on Tuesday held a man on charge of threatening to blow off the grave complex of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara.
Internationalarrow Indian govt meets to finalise new agenda
India's new ruling coalition was in a last-minute huddle with communists and other allies yesterday to finalise the left-leaning government's political agenda.
 arrow First ever Communist Speaker in India
Indian Parliament is set to have its first Communist Speaker in veteran Marxist leader Somnath Chatterjee with his party CPI (M) having agreed to occupy the post in response to the offer made by Congress
 arrow Caribbean storms claim hundreds
At least 502 people have been killed and hundreds missing following torrential rains and flooding in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, civil defense officials said.
 arrow Russia to pull out workers from Iraq
Two Russian contractors were killed outside Baghdad and another six wounded yesterday when assailants attacked their bus, and their employer announced the evacuation of all its staff from Iraq.
 arrow Iraqi government takes shape
Iraq's new government is taking shape, with US officials leaking names of a prime minister and president, but confusion remains over what power, if any, they will have over a vast US army in the country.
 arrow Terrorists planning summer attack!
Intelligence that has heightened concern throughout the government indicates that a group of terrorists already deployed inside the United States is preparing to launch a major attack this summer, UScounter-terrorism
 arrow Musharraf invites Sonia to visit Pakistan
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has invited India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi to visit his country.
 arrow Congress wants Modi to resign
Calling for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's resignation in the wake of the electoral reverses suffered by BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, opposition Congress in the legislative assembly on Tuesdaydemanded
Editorialarrow Editorial: Universities shorthanded
More than 1,000 teachers of our 17 public universities are reportedly out of the country now. This has made the student-teacher ratio drop off to a precarious 72-1.
 arrow Editorial: Minister blames lack of funds
Countering calls for his resignation in the wake of the twin launch disasters which have left 76 dead and over a hundred missing, Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain ascribed the failure to prevent rivertragedies
 arrow Bomb blasts and Bangladesh's woes
The recent bomb explosion at the holy shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal is the latest of the fourteen major incidents of explosions in Bangladesh in the last five years.
 arrow No point being pessimistic
Although the technical level talks with India on nuclear Confidence Building Measures, scheduled for May 25 and 26, have been postponed at Indian request, it is too early to draw large conclusions from
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on envoy
I am flabbergasted at the bomb attack on H.E. Mr. Anwar Choudhury, the new British envoy in Bangladesh. I heard this shocking news on BBC at 4:00pm on May 21.
 arrow Honey with sting!
Good reporting on the background of production and marketing of honey in Bangladesh by the poor honey gatherers (DS May 15).
 arrow To the minister...
On May 17, 2004, a special notice from Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board was published in a newspaper.
 arrow Life of the gypsies
"Gypsy" means people who travel around and traditionally live in caravans. They stay in one place for 15 to 20 days under the open sky and shift to another.
 arrow JU authorities' decision
We, some female students of Jahangirnagar University, are worried about the authorities' decision to allow girls to enter the boys' dormitories any time.
 arrow The bomb attack
The massive bomb attack on Hazrat Shahjalal (R)'s Mazar killed three people and left at least 70 others wounded, including the new British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, Mr.