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Front Pagearrow Police not equipped to prevent targeted crimes: Saifur
Under-equipped law enforcement agencies are incapable of preempting well planned crimes, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Another body found near Bangla Bhai camp
Another act of cruelty of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) came to light yesterday as the body of a suspected outlaw was dug out of a grave near the Islamist outfit's main camp in Naogaon.
 arrow Tales of horror
With the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres pulling out from the northwest, villagers in the region are coming out with frightening tales of their plight under the Islamic fanatics, against
 arrow Ahmadiyya mosque besieged in Ctg
Islamic bigots under the banner of International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) yesterday besieged the Ahmadiyya mosque at Chawkbazar in the city after the Juma prayers.
 arrow Undaunted resilience
Shammi's hands felt around the desk, put on her headphones, located the cassette player and inserted the audiotape.
 arrow Witnesses accuse Jubo Dal leader of dropping killers
A Tongi Juba Dal leader, his brother and a close associate dropped hit men from a jeep hours before the gunmen assassinated prominent Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master at a rally, local residents
 arrow Abducted boy killed, another kidnapped in Kushtia
Outlaws abducted a government employee here on Thursday night and demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh while a boy kidnapped on Wednesday in Bheramara upazila has been killed.
 arrow Bashar's third Test ton
It was an innings that had even West Indies captain Brian Lara clapping.
 arrow Delhi wants to revamp ties with Pakistan along China lines
India's new foreign minister has said he wants a multi-speed dialogue with Pakistan where major disputes such as Kashmir do not hold up progress on other matters, according to an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Quake hits northern Iran, kills at least 20
A powerful earthquake rocked the Alborz mountain chain in northern Iran yesterday, killing at least 20 people and damaging scores of villages, officials said.
 arrow Religious bigots push nation towards crisis: AL
Main opposition Awami League (AL) has said the nation is facing serious crisis with the "rise of religious extremists under government patronage.
 arrow No clue yet to shrine blast
Different agencies investigating the May 21 grenade blast at the shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) are yet to find any clue to the attack and its perpetrators.
 arrow Murdered before her wedding
A young woman was killed only days before her wedding allegedly by a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre in the port city as her family turned down his proposal to marry her.
 arrow Cong victory a victory of Secularism, says Kuldip
The recent Congress victory in Indian election is a victory of secularism, prominent Indian political commentator Kuldip Nayar told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Morshed Khan leaves for Delhi Monday
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan is expected to leave for New Delhi on Monday as special envoy of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to strengthen bilateral and regional co-operation as part of Bangladesh government's
 arrow 'Criminal'held with M-16 in Fatikchhari
Police arrested a notorious criminal with one sophisticated M-16 rifle and ammunition after a gunfight in Fatikchhari upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw shot dead by Khulna cops
Fakhrul Islam Babul alias Swapan, 30, secretary of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Khulna divisional unit, was shot dead allegedly by police early yesterday at Sonakhali village under Fakirhat
 arrow Killing fallout hits Gazipur companies
Tusuca Jeans Limited at Konabari in Gazipur had no links to the killing of lawmaker Ahsanullah Master on May 7, but the factory suffered a loss of Tk 40 lakh as a mob protesting the killing set fire to
 arrow PCJSS postpones Programme till tomorrow
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) has postponed its indefinite road and waterway blockade programme in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) until tomorrow.
 arrow Allawi nominated as transitional Iraqi PM
The Iraqi Governing Council on Friday nominated one of its own members, Iyad Allawi, a Shia Muslim physician who spent years in exile, to become prime minister of the new government to take power June
 arrow Supporters of DU JCD leader driven out of dormitories
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Dhaka University drove out supporters of the university unit's president from their dormitories last night protesting assault of a fellow activist on the campus.
 arrow Mouse-like mammal found in Philippines
A mouse-like mammal has been discovered by a team of American and Filipino biologists in the Banahaw mountain south of the Philippines capital, the environment department said yesterday.
 arrow Ctg police yet to trace schoolboy
Police are yet to find the whereabouts of the school student Ishtiaq Rizvi alias Rushu, 17, abducted on Tuesday night.
Businessarrow Excess freight charges taking the edge off garment export
Freight forwarders and shipping agents are charging beyond the limit, taking the edge off Bangladeshi apparel export at a time when competitiveness is key to survival for garments in the quota-free regime
 arrow Ceramic industry for minimum duty slab on raw materials
Ceramic ware manufacturers have urged the government to cut import duty on raw materials to a minimum slab to help the rising industry compete in the international market.
 arrow Indian govt seeks to limit damage after stock slump
India's new left-leaning government swung into damage-control mode Friday, reaffirming its commitment to economic reform and strong growth as shares slumped after release of its policy roadmap.
 arrow ITU, WorldTel blocking local telecoms reforms
What happens if the World Health Organisation (WHO) runs private hospitals or if the UNICEF builds theme parks? How about the UNESCO printing paperbacks while the WFP expanding its fast-food chain? The
 arrow S'pore, Malaysia firms to bid jointly for share in Indian cellphone co
In another sign that Singapore-Malaysia business ties are warming, Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) is partnering Telekom Malaysia to bid jointly for a share in India's Idea Cellular.
 arrow WTO chief urges Africans to respond to EU offer
The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Thursday urged African trade ministers to respond positively to the European Union's offer to remove a key stumbling block to a deal on farm trade.
 arrow Thai business team due next month
A high-level business delegation of Thai Federation of Commerce and Industry will visit Bangladesh next month to exchange views with Bangladeshi businessmen.
 arrow UCBL to issue Visa card
United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) signed an agreement for software licensing and outsourcing services with Bangladesh Electronic Payment Systems Limited (BEPS) Thursday.
 arrow Reliance Ins okays 50pc stock, 10pc cash dividends
Reliance Insurance Limited declared a 50 percent stock divided and 10 percent cash dividend at the company's 16th annual general meeting (AGM) held yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow EU, Caribbean, Latam leaders meet on trade, cooperation
European Union, Latin American and Caribbean leaders gather here Friday for a trade and cooperation summit, but a handful of key leaders will be absent.
 arrow Oil prices steady after midweek tumble
World oil prices steadied on Friday after a midweek fall caused by profit-taking and dealers said it was too early to call time on oil's recent record-breaking rally.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 22 May 27, 2004

Local FX Market
Market experienced acute liquidity crisis for USD in the local interbank market.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Different debutants
It will be a triumph of perseverance for two men when they make their Test debuts for Bangladesh in the first Test against the West Indies on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
There's a signboard overlooking the training area of the Beausejour Stadium that stands out between the apparently unused shacks and huts.
 arrow Cricket: 'I'm not after any personal milestone'
'Brian Lara is not giving any interviews and won't be giving any until further notice' is the official stance regarding West Indies cricket's most sought-after man.
 arrow Tennis: Henman in last 16
Britain's Tim Henman and France's Michael Llodra led a charge of the outsiders into the last 16 of the French Open here on Friday

Both are in a bottom quarter of the draw left wide open by the early

 arrow Cricket: Parliament asks PCB to explain
A Pakistani parliamentary committee has summoned top cricket officials to explain the country's first ever home defeat by India, officials said Friday.
 arrow Football: ZZ waits for D Day
France star Zinedine Zidane is in a hurry to play England in what he calls a D Day match in the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal on June 13.
 arrow Football: Keane inspires Ireland
Roy Keane's return to the Ireland national team was capped by a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Romania here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Ferrero falls too
Stricken Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero joined fellow defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne on the French Open scrapheap on Thursday as the second Grand Slam event of the season was hit by another shockwave.
 arrow Football: Vintage Ballack
Germany's 7-0 thrashing of modest Malta might not be that relevant but Michael Ballack's great show certainly was.
 arrow Football: Juve go for Capello
Juventus surprised the punters on Friday by naming former AC Milan European Cup winning boss Fabio Capello as their new coach on Friday to succeed Marcello Lippi.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti relieved
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti expressed relief here Friday at star striker Andrei Shevchenko's decision to resist the overtures of big-spending Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Italy to honour Agnelli
Italy will wear black armbands in their friendly match with Tunisia on Sunday to mourn the death of Fiat chairman and honorary president of Serie A club Juventus Umberto Agnelli.
 arrow Football: Army march into final
Defending champions Noakhali crashed out of the Sher-e-Bangla 22nd National Football Champion-ship when they suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Bangladesh Army in the first semifinal at the Natore Stadium
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Shaheed Nabi High School and Mannan High School advanced to the quarterfinals of the 12th school kabadi tournament beating their respective rivals at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Ctg hockey
Ashraful's brilliant hattrick guided reigning champions Abahani Krira Chakra to blank Bangla Club 5-0 in the CJKS-JDC First Division Hockey League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS cricket
Little Brothers recorded a five-wicket victory over Punchlaish Jubo Sangha in the CJKS-S Alam First Division Cricket League at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital ground yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: School v'ball
Nizamuddin High School blanked Dakhin Kamarjani High School 3-0 sets in the inaugural match of the school volleyball tournament at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Repeal Vested (Enemy) Property Act'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called upon the government to repeal the Vested (Enemy) Property Act to help return the landed property to their owners.
 arrow Direct election to women's seats in JS demanded
Women rights leaders and activists at a convention in Dhaka yesterday demanded immediate annulment of the 14th amendment to the constitution and making provisions for direct election to women's reserved
 arrow Video game shop owner killed
An owner of a video game shop died after his friend allegedly hit him with a grinder at his home at Madhya Basabo in Sabujbagh yesterday.
 arrow Imported goods missing
A watch importer has alleged a huge quantity of its imported goods went missing from the delivery storehouse of Biman at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Thursday.
 arrow Anjumanara hospitalised
Noted vocalist Anjumanara Begum has been suffering from pneumonitis. She is now undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
 arrow JU admission test results today
Results of the admission tests of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be published today.

The viva-voce of the successful candidates will be held on June 2 and 3.

Nationalarrow Fungal infection from Boro paddy blinds eyes
A fungal infection from Boro paddy that blinds eye within days has created a panic among rural people and alarmed doctors at the district town.
 arrow A village of environment conscious farmers
MAGURA: Farmers in Sikandarpur village in Jessore are being doubly benefited. They are earning more money by producing vegetables at lesser costs while protecting the environment also.
 arrow Postman relieved for ‘snail mail'
A news item headlined 'Snail Mail Indeed,' published in The Daily Star on Thursday has stirred the Postal Department.
 arrow Hectic campaign on for Manikganj poura by-polls
A frenetic polls campaign is going on for the post of Manikganj municipality chairman. The by-election will be held on May 31.
 arrow Arsenic: 2 lakh in Matlab at risk
Over two lakh people of Matlab upazila in Chandpur district are at a high risk of arsenic poisoning as waters of 60 percent tube-wells in the area are contaminated.
 arrow Rapists of newly wed girl yet to be nabbed
Rapists of a newly married girl could not be arrested three days after filing of a case by the victim.
 arrow Memo to KU VC For removal of Prof Ali Naki
Khulna University (KU) students have demanded immediate removal of the head of Architecture discipline Prof Ali Naki for 'inciting unrest on the campus.
 arrow Mason killed by 'outlaws' for toll
A mason was beaten to death allegedly by Sarbaharas at Tilerchar in Babuganj for refusing to pay Tk 10,000 toll.
 arrow Workshop on Filaria held at Syedpur
An international workshop on Filaria concluded at Syedpur Filaria Hospital recently.
 arrow CU teachers' White Panel divided
'White panel', a united platform of the ruling BNP and Jamat-e-Islami backed teachers in Chittagong University (CU) has been divided, at last.
 arrow Arrested accused dies
One person, arrested in a woman repression case, died while being taken to police station.
 arrow 2 killed as bus rams into shops
Two persons were killed and 18 injured when a bus rammed into a cluster of shops and hit autotempos and rickshaw vans at Rahamatpur bus stand near Barisal air port on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Thirty years of Japan-Bangladesh relations
Despite asymmetry in status and economic power, Japan-Bangladesh ties illustrate successful and harmonious relations between a developed and a developing country.
 arrow Anti-money laundering measures still ineffective
Now-a-days the term "money laundering" is widely heard. But, the real meaning of this term is known to a few.
 arrow Libraries in search of a future
In April 2003, while I was in Bangladesh as a Fulbright scholar, hundreds of angry Bangladeshis protesting the Iraq War marched in downtown Chittagong past the entrance to Independent University of Bangladesh
Culturearrow A forthright painter faces life head-on
Setara Elin, in her solo painting exhibition Mirror of My Life at the Alliance Francaise, faces life without fear or rancour.
 arrow Birth anniversary celebration of the national poet
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs held a 3-day long programme to observe the 105th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the National Museum Auditorium from May 25.
 arrow There is a dearth of patronage for Nazrul songs--Sujit Mustafa
Sujit Mustafa, a well-known Nazrul singer of the country, seeks to popularise Nazrul songs among the masses.
 arrow Paltrow says 'Ja' to Dietrich flick
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will produce and star in a feature film about German screen siren Marlene Dietrich, Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety reported on May 27.
 arrow Pop star Beyonce gets wax double
Pop star Beyonce Knowles is the latest addition to the Madame Tussauds wax museum in central London.
Generalarrow 'Keep separate zone for educational instts in city planning'
City planners should keep a separate zone for schools and other institutions in their city planning, said the speakers at a roundtable on Thursday.
 arrow A banana a day keeps doctor away: Study
For a quick replacement of the sinking energy level after a day's hard work, there is no better snack than a banana, according to a latest research findings obtained from Internet.
 arrow Pry teachers demand nationalisation of service
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association yesterday demanded an allocation in the national budget for 2004-05 fiscal for nationalisation of their services.
 arrow Over 1,800 held
Police arrested 1,803 people, including a listed criminal, during their ongoing countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Magura yesterday.
Internationalarrow US allies also accused of prison abuse in Iraq
Troops from Poland and other countries in the US-led coalition in Iraq also are accused of abusing prisoners, witnesses told Army investigators.
 arrow US troops, Sadr militias clash despite truce
US troops clashed with Iraqi fighters from Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia yesterday near the holy city Najaf, a day after the radical Shia cleric offered a truce that US forces agreed to respect.
 arrow India Shining cost BJP dearly: Advani
Breaking his silence for the first time after BJP's (Bharatiya Janata Party) drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani yesterday said that no other "party, group orany
 arrow Int'l aid pours in flood-hit Haiti
Helicopters loaded with drinking water and medicine touched down in remote villages devastated by floods as Haiti and the Dominican Republic struggled to recover from a disaster that left at least 1,000
 arrow Kerry blasts Bush's foreign policy
Democratic White House challenger John Kerry has pledged that if elected president, he would build new alliances around the world to fight terrorism.
 arrow Suicide blast targets Israelis in Gaza
Suicide attackers come close to destroying a busload of Israeli civilian workers in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fought for his political life.
 arrow Cigarettes add to misery of world's poor: WHO
Smoking inflames poverty in poor countries as people sacrifice food, health and education for cigarettes, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, calling for stricter global tobacco regulations.
 arrow More prisoners freed from Abu Ghraib
US forces released a new wave of prisoners yesterday from Abu Ghraib jail that has become infamous as a torture centre under Saddam Hussein and for a US prison abuse scandal.
 arrow Mounting pressure on Modi to quit
Upbeat over nearly 60 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs demanding change of leadership, in Gujarat the Opposition Congress in the State Assembly yesterday mounted a blistering attack on Chief Minister
 arrow Madagascar army reservists take lawmakers hostage
Several hundred unarmed army reservists in Madagascar yesterday barricaded parliament and said they were taking lawmakers hostage to press for long-standing demands they be paid for backing PresidentMarc
Editorialarrow Editorial: AI Report
The Amnesty International Report 2004 has pinpointed certain human rights abuses in Bangladesh. That includes police excesses, attack on Hindus and Ahmadiyyas and violence against women.
 arrow Editorial: Draft UN resolution and Iraq's sovereignty
The current efforts of US and Britain to get a new resolution on Iraq passed is understandable.
 arrow A gentleman at India’s helm
The entire region has watched with fascination the surprising drama that has unfolded this month on the Indian political stage.
 arrow Of and for cricket
Sir Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda, the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, was one of those rare and fortunate individuals to have captained his team in his maiden appearance in test cricket.
Letters to Editorarrow Indian democracy
India, the very nearest neighbour of us, once again proved itself as the emblem of healthy and strong democracy .
 arrow The flip side
As the world watches the events in the jails in Iraq, the Muslim world is highly charged to find the evidences of brutality of US soldiers to Iraqi prisoners.
 arrow Colonisation by the US?
After the 9/11 attack, the US showed an excuse to attack Afghanistan to trace out Osama bin Laden and his accomplices as the US government thought Laden was responsible for world-wide terrorism and
 arrow Nazism and Bushism
The recent photographs of how the Iraqis have been tortured physically and mentally by the US and British soldiers can very much portray the brutal scenes of the concentration camps of Nazis.
 arrow Sinister web of politics
"The Iraqi police do not tell the FBI what to do, the FBI tells the Iraqi police what to do.

"Who do they think they're kidding?" said Berg's father Michael while talking to the Associated Press.

Literaturearrow The Harmonium
I could never have believed that at the ripe age of forty-five I would fall in love with the tone of a harmonium.
 arrow Indian Poetry in English: Dom Moraes
Dom Moraes was born at the fag end of the Raj, in 1938-- 19th July, to be precise--as Dominic Francis Moraes, the only child of Frank and Beryl Moraes.
 arrow Meetings in Mumbai
On Sundays, usually, I find my ghost,
bedraggled and unshaven, by my bed.
Over black coffee, evenly scarred toast,
we share the papers, but we do not speak.
All conversation now would be grotesque.