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Front Pagearrow Next ADP fixed 16pc bigger
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday approved the biggest ever Annual Development Programme (ADP) with a Tk 22,000 crore outlay.
 arrow It's a fraud, CEC says on appeal
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) felt deceived as an appeal against the High Court's stay order on Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls was filed usingits
 arrow al-Qaeda attacks kill 9 Saudis, 7 foreigners
al-Qaeda-linked militants killed at least nine Saudis and seven foreigners in a string of attacks in an oil-industry city yesterday, then took hostages and fled with security forces in hot pursuit.
 arrow 16 killed, 52 hurt in road crashes
Sixteen people were killed and 52 others injured in road accidents in Gazipur, Sirajganj and Comilla yesterday.

Eleven were killed in Gazipur, three in Sirajganj and two in Comilla.

 arrow Minister admits govt's failure, victims sniff Jamaat link
Ahmadiyya leaders yesterday said their suspicion were building that Jamaat-e-Islami was behind an international conspiracy to foment anti-Ahmadiyya militancy in Bangladesh and a minister admitted that
 arrow Court hears writ on stay amid newsmen's protest
Amid protests by journalists who were barred from entering the courtroom, the Appellate Division yesterday heard the writ petition on the High Court's stay order on the Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Zia's 23rd Anniversary of death today
The 23rd death anniversary of president Ziaur Rahman will be observed across the country today.
 arrow Rain delays play
Rain delayed start of play on the second day of the first Test between Bangladesh and the West Indies at the Beausejour Stadium on Saturday.

It has been an on and off kind of rain which never intensified.

 arrow Use licensed arms against PBCP, JMJB
Senior police officers visiting the extremist infested Atrai and Raninagar yesterday urged the villagers to resist outlawed PBCP (Purba Banglar Communist Party) and JMJB (Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh)
 arrow Abducted staff freed, another attempt foiled
Kidnappers on Friday night freed the government employee of Kushtia while in Daulatpur upazila of the district at least five people were injured in a clash between villagers and gangmen out to kidnapa
 arrow DU unit of JCD Dissolved after factional fight
The Dhaka University (DU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was dissolved yesterday after expiry of its one-year tenure, but grassroots activists see the decision as fallout from factional fights
 arrow Power crisis set to increase
The severe power crisis, which gripped the country since last week with the shutdown of two private-run power plants, is set to worsen further.
 arrow Pre-paid meter on cards to stop power pilferage in Dhaka
Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) is going to introduce modernised prepaid electric metering to the capital to curb acute pilferage and misuse of electricity.
 arrow Guantanamo experts set Iraq prison abuse
Interrogation experts from the Guantanamo Bay naval base were sent to Iraq last fall and played a major role in training US intelligence teams at the Abu Ghraib prison, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Desa given three months to halve systems loss
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday gave Desa (Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority) a three-month time to slash its systems loss by 10 percent.
 arrow 6 cops hurt, one dies in gunfire with outlaws
An armed encounter between police and outlaws on Friday night at No 1 Customs Ghat area under Khulna Police Station left a person killed and six policemen including four sub-inspectors (SI) injured.
 arrow In remembrance

 arrow Anjuman Ara passes away
Noted vocalist Anjuman Ara Begum died of pneumonia at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the city at 7:15am yesterday. She was 62.
 arrow Talk out water Sharing issue
The trans-boundary water sharing issue between Bangladesh and India has been getting too politicised and it can be resolved regionally through bilateral discussions as the new Indian government has amore
 arrow Garment worker jumps into river, drowned after police chase
Chased by police, a garment worker jumped into the Sitalakhya river Friday night and drowned.

His body was recovered yesterday.

 arrow New signboard removed from Ctg Ahmadiyya mosque
Unknown people removed the signboard from the Ahmadiyya mosque at Chawkbazaar in the port city Friday night, hours after Islamic bigots erected it during a sit-in programme.
 arrow Outlaws kill three in Chuadanga
Outlaws on Friday night killed three people, including a father and a son, in Kutubpur village in Chuadanga for not paying them toll.
 arrow Rise of Bangla Bhai a plot Against AL
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition of conspiring to eliminate her party men using the dreaded Bangla Bhai and cadres of the Islamist outfit Jagrata
 arrow Pakistan test fires N-capable missile
Pakistan successfully test-fired yesterday a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, as part of its efforts to boost defences in its rivalry with India.
 arrow New Iraq PM gets down to work
Iraq's prime minister-designate Iyad Allawi has begun the process of forming a government team, meeting US and Iraqi officials, aides say.
 arrow Court decides on charge-framing against Morshed, others on June 5
The Special Court for Dhaka Division will decide on June 5 on charge-framing against Foreign Minister and former chairman of Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd. M Morshed Khan and five others in a graft case.
 arrow BSF stops border fencing near Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday stopped fencing the border along Padma Shakhra in Satkhira district following a flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
 arrow 2 Biman staff, guesthouse owner shown arrested
A Dhaka court yesterday showed arrested two Biman Bangladesh Airlines staff and the Euro Garden guesthouse owner in a regular case filed in connection with the sneaking of five Indians in a Biman aircraft.
 arrow S Asian body Protests change of signboard
The South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism yesterday protested the change of signboard of Ahmadiyya community's 90-year-old Baitul Baset Mosque by police following demands of
 arrow Housewife raped and killed
Criminals raped and killed a housewife and injured his husband in Junir village under Adamdighi upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Abducted Ctg schoolboy yet to be traced
Chittagong police till yesterday evening could not rescue schoolboy Ishtiaq Rizvi Rushu who was abducted on Tuesday.
Businessarrow NBR may recommend for limited bonded warehouse
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) may recommend setting up 'limited bonded warehouse' instead of central bonded warehouse as demanded by garment exporters to slice off their lead time, a major challenge
 arrow Bashundhara plans to spend $200m on fixed phone network
Bashundhara Group plans to invest $200 million in a fixed line telephone network to launch the service through its concern, Bashundhara Communication & Networks Limited (BCNL), by May next year.
 arrow CDS on right track with growing confidence
The central depository system (CDS) is getting stronger with positive response from both the companies and investors to the scrip-less trading settlement system introduced four months ago.
 arrow India vows to reform farm sector, improve credit
India's new government will introduce crucial reforms in the agriculture sector, step up investments and remove unwanted controls in farming, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said Friday.
 arrow Oil climbs back near $40
World oil prices regained upward momentum Friday after a heavy bout of midweek profit-taking and dealers said it was too early to call time on oil's record-breaking rally.
 arrow Credit rating now must for banks floating IPOs
Credit rating has been made mandatory for banks seeking fund from the public through initial public offering (IPO).
 arrow Emirates starts non-stop flight on Dubai-NY route Tuesday
Passengers from Dhaka now can save at least two hours in their journey to New York as Emirates starts a daily non-stop 14-hour flight between Dubai and the largest American city from Tuesday.
 arrow Reckitt Benckiser declares 30pc dividend
Reckitt Benckiser (Bangladesh) Limited declared a 30 percent dividend for its shareholders at its 43rd annual general meeting (AGM) in Dhaka Thursday.
 arrow New MD of Prime Bank
M Shahjahan Bhuiyan has taken over as managing director of Prime Bank Limited.

Prior to the new assignment, he was the additional managing director of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow Dhaka Bank okays 15pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Dhaka Bank Limited has declared a 15 percent cash and a 25 percent stock dividends for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Eastern Bank opens ATM at Mirpur branch
Eastern Bank Limited has opened an ATM booth at its Mirpur branch.

M Ghaziul Haque, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the booth yesterday, says a press release.

 arrow Correction
In yesterday's Password column, it was erroneously mentioned that Bashundhara was investing US$200 million to serve 30 million customers, which should read 3 million customers.
 arrow G20 nations propose farm tariff cut plan to WTO
The Group of 20 developing countries in the World Trade Organiz-ation proposed a progressive formula Friday for reducing farm tariffs ahead of next week's talks on the thorny issue of agricultural trade.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Half of Bangladesh
You won't find a more different character on and off the field. Habibul Bashar could have been named Habibul Bashful for the way he goes about his daily life.
 arrow Cricket: Hiccup after fine start
Mohammad Ashraful lived a charmed life to reach 65 not out at close on Day One of the first Test against the West Indies and Bangladesh's hopes rest on his young shoulders if they are going to put upa
 arrow Tennis: Federer Express derailed
Three-time former champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil turned back the clock to upset top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the French Open.
 arrow Tennis: Order restored
After a week of upsets the French Open returned to type with the kings of clay reasserting their supremacy at Roland Garros.
 arrow Cricket: Gillespie, then Clarke
Fast bowler Jason Gillespie and opening batsman Michael Clarke guided Australia to a 3-0 series whitewash over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng dilemma
When Nasser Hussain announced his retirement he said "seven (batsmen) into six doesn't go.
 arrow Football: Wiltord at the double
Forward Sylvain Wiltord struck twice to inspire France to a 4-0 victory over Andorra on Friday in a warm-up match for next month's European Championship.
 arrow Football: Rewards for results
UEFA will give the 16 teams at Euro 2004 extra financial rewards for wins and draws, European soccer's governing body said on Friday.
 arrow Football: N'ganj storm past Bhola
Narayanganj set up a final clash against Bangladesh Army in the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship when they thrashed Bhola 3-1 at the Natore Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Ctg hockey
Mohammedan Sporting Club outplayed Crescent Club 9-1 in the CJKS-JDC First Division Hockey League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabadi
Nawabpur Government High School registered a massive 109-43 victory over Rajdhani High School in the 12th school kabadi competition at the outer stadium kabadi Court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS cricket
Rafa Cricket Club recorded a six-wicket victory over Old Plastid Association in the CJKS-S Alam First Division Cricket League at Chittagong Medical College ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam for pro staff
Inzamamul Haq has planned to request the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to employ a bowling coach, among other support staff.
 arrow Cricket: McMillan stays focussed on cricket
Craig McMillan has dismissed fears over his disappointing form on the tour of England so far.
Metropolitanarrow 6 more suspects held
CID police yesterday arrested six more suspects in connection with the April 2 arms haul after raiding their hideout near the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL).
 arrow Release of Qazi Faruque demanded
Leaders of the Trinamul Jana Sangathan yesterday demanded immediate release of Qazi Faruque Ahmed, president of Proshika, a leading NGO, saying that about two crore beneficiaries of its programmes have
 arrow SKOP supports June 5 hartal
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) extended its support to a 24-hour hartal called by Awami League (AL) on June 5.
Nationalarrow Outlaws to 'avenge killing'of party men by joint forces
Extremists belonging to the two main outlawed parties are preparing to avenge alleged killing of over 100 party leaders and armed cadres during the anti-crime drive by joint forces in South-Western region
 arrow A village of award winning marginal farmers
It is a village of award winning farmers. All are small landholders, but solvent.

Abdur Razzak got the Presidential Award for agriculture in 1990.

 arrow Jamaat MP defends OC with alleged links with outlaws
Lawmaker and Khulna City Ameer of Jamaat-e-Isami Mian Golam Parwar has defended Dumuria thana OC Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal who faces charges for alleged links with outlaws, excesses during anti-crime drive
 arrow 'Killer' UP leader's arrest demanded
Hundreds of villagers brought out a procession at Chalitabunia bazaar in Galachipa upazila on Friday demanding death sentence to Union Parishad (UP) chairman Liton Talukder, an absconding accused in triple
 arrow Defeated AL candidate files rigging case
Brahmanbaria district Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Al Mamun Sarker, who lost the pourasabha chairman election to BNP leader Hafizur Rahman Mulla Kachi has filed a case alleging "rigging" inthe
 arrow 3 killed in Kushtia, Chuadanga
Three persons including a woman were killed by rivals in Kushtia and Chuadanga on Friday.
 arrow NUPF, Manikganj unit executives
A 17-member executive committee of Manikganj district unit of National Union Parishad Forum (NUPF) was formed at a meeting held at town hall auditorium here on Thursday.
 arrow Outlaw nabbed from BNP leader's house
An alleged ringleader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (Mrinal faction), Ananda Mondol, was arrested on Friday from the house of Tala thana BNP General Secretary Mrinal Kanti Roy at Raipur village.
 arrow Illegal motorbikes off Barisal city
Police in a drive in the city have seized at least 20 illegal motorbikes and filed cases against 167 owners in the last five days.
 arrow Man slaughtered in Akhaura
One person--Sheikh Shah Alam, 40--was slaughtered at Ranirkhar village in Akhaura upazila on Thursday night.

Police arrested the victim's step brother Badal and another person Md Imam Chowdury.

Point-Counterpointarrow Chasing that elusive foreign investor
Recently I attended an investor's forum on Bangladesh in Singapore, hosted by Singapore Manufacturers Association (SMa).
Culturearrow The myth of Tokaii
With a bald head, thin limbs and swollen belly, he is a street urchin of about eight.
 arrow Bidding adios
Eminent artiste Anjuman Ara Begum breathed her last early in the morning yesterday.
 arrow National Museum's exhibition on Nazrul
How many of us truly know about the life and work of our National Poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam? The answer is: very little.
 arrow Annual function of 'Shining Stars'
The City School International-Dhaka held its first annual function recently at the Gulshan Club, says a press release. The guest of honour was Dr M Osman Farooq, the Minister of Education.
 arrow Varsity Theatre's new drama Gujab
The premiere show of Varsity Theatre's 19th production Gujab was staged recently at TSC auditorium of Dhaka University.
Internationalarrow Bush promises 'full sovereignty' for Iraq
US President George W. Bush strove Friday to soothe Danish and Russian concerns about Iraq, vowing to give "complete and full sovereignty" to an interim government set to take power there on June 30.
 arrow Egypt to help maintain security in Gaza after Israeli pullout
Egypt has agreed to a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to help maintain security in the Gaza Strip if he carries out his plan to end the Israeli presence in the territory, the Egyptian
 arrow Prisoners abused at four Iraqi sites
An American news agency says it has seen official papers suggesting that prisoner abuse in Iraq took place at four sites other than Abu Ghraib.
 arrow Kerry blames Bush for rushing to Iraq war
Democratic challenger John Kerry charged on Friday that President Bush undermined America's safety by having "rushed off to war" in Iraq without adequate help or "a plan to win the peace.
 arrow Key figure in Pak nuke trafficking network nabbed
Malaysian authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan businessman accused of brokering nuclear black market deals -- the most senior figure in the proliferation network of Pakistani scientist Abdul QadeerKhan
 arrow Myanmar breaks cyclone silence
Myanmar's media reported for the first time yesterday on a cyclone that slammed the country's western coast 10 days earlier and, according to UN estimates, left at least 140 people dead or missing and
 arrow Arundhati gets Sydney Peace Prize for 2004
Prominent novelist and human rights activist Arundhati Roy has been awarded the 2004 Sydney Peace Prize for her work in social campaigns and advocacy of non-violence.
 arrow Iranian quake death toll rises to 45
Up to 45 people were killed and 400 injured in Iran Friday when a major quake jolted a wide mountainous area north of the capital Tehran, official sources said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The PM's directive
If any reconfirmation of the prime minister's directive to arrest 'Bangla Bhai' was needed, in view of his being still at large, it came from none other than finance minister Saifur Rahman.
 arrow Editorial: Ahmadiyyas under siege in Chittagong
The International Khatme Nabuyat Movement took its anti-Ahmadiyya agitation to Chittagong on Friday, with hundreds of stick-wielding demonstrators besieging the city's Ahmadiyya mosque, and reiterating
 arrow The Left is not right
THE communists have committed yet another "historical" mistake by not joining the Manmohan Singh government.
 arrow Can academia fulfill national aspirations?
Academics, administrators, employers, policy makers, students, guardians and related others, involved directly or indirectly with the knowledge industry in Bangladesh, ought to note a perplexing anddebilitating
Letters to Editorarrow Reign of terror
We came to know Bangla Bhai, the ringleader of a vigilante group a few days back, though he has unleashed a reign of terror in Rajshahi for the last six years.
 arrow A voter's dilemma
Now I am 18 years old. If my name is included in the voters list, I should be able to cast my vote in the next general elections. But whom should I vote for? Now there are two large parties in Bangladesh.
 arrow Transparency in governance
Judging by the critical analyses and editorials in the press, millions of newspapers readers feel insecure at the apparent non-transparency in governance.
 arrow Freedom fighters' wards
We are wards of freedom fighters. We applied for the 24th BCS, got our admit cards and appeared at the preliminary test and came out successful. We sat for the written examinations and did well.
 arrow Attack on HC
I was deeply shocked by the attack on the newly appointed British High Commissioner, Mr Anwar Choudhury. He was wounded in the blast that took place at the holy shrine in Sylhet.
Star Cityarrow Too close to fire hazard
Structures built dangerously close to transformers in violation of safety codes have cropped up at different parts of the city posing serious accident hazards.
 arrow Panidalals cashing in on water crisis
Field workers of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) are allegedly taking illegal tolls from local residents during the sale of water , cashing in on an acute water crisis.
 arrow Into the Fourth Year

 arrow Helping out a child in trouble
Five-year-old Hossain managed a smile and greeted his teacher. Yet only a few months ago he was completely unresponsive to basic commands.
 arrow Task force to arrest spiralling prices
The Commerce Ministry has formed an inter-ministerial task force to control the price hike of essentials and also liaison between other government departments.
 arrow Gallery Kaya Starts Journey