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Front Pagearrow Full bench hearing today after heated debate
A special Appellate Division bench yesterday decided that a full bench should address the high-profile appeal against the High Court's stay order of Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls, after it heard the
 arrow More twists to riddle
It came as a mind-boggling riddle as to who filed the petition against a High Court order that stayed the Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-poll when the Supreme Court yesterday found three persons -- the secretary
 arrow JMJB-outlaw turf war looms
Villagers in Rajshahi and Naogaon fear a bloody turf war between the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and its rival underground operatives, as the police suspended their operation to arrest dreaded
 arrow Rivals gun down 8 Kushtia outlaws
Eight underground operatives were gunned down allegedly by their rivals at village Baghdanga in sadar upazila, 40 kilometers off the district headquarters early yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged not to sit on warehouse issue
Top business leaders and economists yesterday threw their weight behind the demand of garment exporters for a central bonded warehouse to help the sector survive in quota-free regime from next year.
 arrow Who banned journos in SC building?
Strange it may sound, yet no-one knows for sure who passed the order barring journalists from entering the Supreme Court building since Saturday.
 arrow Saudi kidnappers slit throats of 9
Saudi commandos jumped from helicopters to storm a housing complex yesterday and freed dozens of foreign hostages from militants who had already slit the throats of nine people.
 arrow Signs of warmth in Indo-Bangla ties
Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's special envoy Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan arrives here today on a four-day visit for the first high-level interface with the new Indian government amid indications
 arrow Shining Rafiq
West Indies were 175 for three at tea after seeing Bangladesh spill as many as six catches on the third day of the first Test here at Beausejour Stadium.
 arrow Tk 85cr allocated for shipping dev
The government has approved a special Tk 85.14-crore allocation for improving infrastructure and logistic support in the shipping sector in a bid to reduce ferry disaster in the country.
 arrow Nizami admits Islamic militants' existence
Ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday admitted that some extremist outfits might indulge in adventure in the name of Islam in Bangladesh, but his party being moderate
 arrow Zia's death anniversary observed
The ruling BNP and its front organisations yesterday observed the 23rd death anniversary of party's founder and late president Ziaur Rahman across the country in a befitting manner.
 arrow Twister kills 2, injures 100 in Nilphamari
Two people were killed and about 100 others injured as a twister ripped through Nilphamari district early yesterday.
 arrow Four US soldiers killed in Iraq
Three US marines were killed Saturday in the al-Anbar province in western Iraq, the US military said yesterday in a statement.
 arrow Sharon submits Gaza withdrawal plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon submitted his Gaza withdrawal plan to a cabinet debate yesterday, setting up a showdown with rebellious rightist ministers that could shatter his coalition whatever
 arrow ADB to give $250m pvt sector loans
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide loans through certain commercial banks for the development of financing facility including infrastructure by the private sector.
 arrow Abducted schoolboy freed in Chittagong
Abductors freed a schoolboy in the southeastern port city of Chittagong yesterday, four days after his kidnap, the victim and police said.
 arrow Monsoon business

 arrow 6-yr-old girl raped
A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Olama Dal on Thursday allegedly violated a six-year old girl at city's Mogaltuli area in Agrabad, the child's family said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka, Manila to share info to fight terrorism
Bangladesh and the Philippines yesterday agreed to exchange quick information to deal with regional and international terrorism as the two countries held wide-ranging talks to reinforce their ties.
 arrow Security beefed up around Khan Jahan Ali shrine, Saat Gambuj mosque
Local administrations have beefed up security measures in and around Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali (RA) Shrine and Saat Gambuj mosque in Khulna district fearing bomb attack at the historically important places.
 arrow Power crisis hangs on
The power crisis across the country continued yesterday although the 360 megawatt Haripur plant resumed functioning.
 arrow Chalabi's office under siege again
Iraqi police have surrounded the offices of Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi in the western town of Ramadi, a member of his party, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Ershad denies JIC quizzed Bidisha
Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP) HM Ershad yesterday denied that his wife Bidisha Ershad was taken to Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) for questioning on Saturday.
 arrow UK police check findings
The Scotland Yard officials yesterday examined their findings into the shrine blast in Sylhet after they had returned to the capital the previous day.
Businessarrow CSE launches internet trading system
In a major development in the country's capital market, Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday formally launched Internet Trading System (ITS) enabling people to make online share transactions from
 arrow L/C guarantee scheme of ADB to cover Bangladesh
Bangladesh is among the countries in Asia and the Pacific to benefit from Asian Development Bank's newly launched $150 million trade-finance facilitation programme (TFFP).
 arrow Filipino FM for trade deal with Bangladesh
Filipino Foreign Minister Delia Domingo Albert felt the need of a trade agreement between Bangladesh and the Philippines to exploit the opportunity of widening bilateral trade.
 arrow Panasonic launches new cellphone sets
Panasonic Mobile Communications Company Limited has introduced a new range of cellphone sets in Bangladesh market.
 arrow Opec hints at price-cutting moves ahead of Beirut meet
With just days to go before a crucial minis-terial meeting, the Organisa-tion of Petroleum Exporting Countries has put out signals suggesting that a substantial hike in production could be in the offing
 arrow Private banks to cut rate by 1 percentage point from July
Private Commercial Banks (PCBs) yesterday decided to cut their respective interest rates on loans by one percentage point with effect from July.
 arrow Special offer for StanChart credit cardholders to buy Aktel phones
Aktel and Standard Chartered Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a joint promotional campaign for purchasing Aktel post-paid standard connection along with handsets.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon MD in Dhaka
Amitha Gooneratne, managing director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited, arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow BGIC, CDBL sign deal
Bangladesh General Insurance company Limited (BGIC) has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its share certificates into electronic ones for trading under the
 arrow Chairman, vice-chairman of global Ins re-elected
Md Anwarul Haque and Md Sirajul Islam Bharasha have been unanimously reelected chairman and vice-chairman of Global Insurance Limited.
 arrow City Bank launches dual currency credit card
The City Bank Limited has come up with a Visa credit card, which enables customers to do risk-free shopping both at home and abroad.
 arrow DBH, Sky View Foundation sign MoU
Sky View Foundation Ltd, a real estate developer, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow No big strides on trade at EU-Latam summit
A summit of EU, Latin American and Caribbean leaders brought no surprise strides on the trade front, as the EU delayed launching free trade with Central America and Andean nations and underscored itswill
 arrow China power crunch seen worsening
Power outages in fast-growing China are seen increasing in frequency this year compared with 2003 as tight energy supplies fail to keep pace with increasing demand, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Asian chip foundries make strong comeback
Asia's chip foundries are making a strong comeback in 2004 after three lean years as demand for electronic products booms and semiconductor makers increasingly outsource production, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rafique can't believe it
Mohammad Rafique was finding it difficult to swallow that he had actually hit a three-figure innings and was too awestruck think when he got to that mark.

"No one's picture came to my mind.

 arrow Cricket: A day of dreams
It was a day made of dreams.
 arrow Cricket: Some watched, some missed
While most of the country was probably glued to their television sets with bated breathe a small but very significant section missed a piece of history made by Mohammad Rafique in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore going to Australia
A grieving Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is scheduled to leave St Lucia for Australia on Monday following a family loss.
 arrow Tennis: Russians roll on
Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva took huge steps on Sunday towards ending Russia's long wait for a French Open women's champion when both players strode confidently into the quarterfinals.
 arrow Cricket: CCL to be more pro
After it was an instant hit, the organisers of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) are thinking of giving the just-introduced competition a professional shape when the second edition kicks off in October
 arrow Cricket: PCB in the dock
A Pakistani parliamentary committee opened an inquiry aimed at determining the reason for country's first-ever home cricket defeat by India last month, an official said.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt, Safin come thru'
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt lived up to his never-say-die reputation when he recovered to beat Martin Verkerk, last year's runner-up, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and reach the French Open fourth
 arrow Cricket: Murali undecided?
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has not changed his mind over quitting the upcoming tour of Australia, but he was under pressure to do so.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan back
England captain Michael Vaughan was named in the squad Sunday for the second Test against New Zealand at his Headingley home ground starting on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: American girl Sharapova!
Russian teenager Maria Sharapova may have been born in the USSR but she's an all-American girl now planning an all-out assault on the French Open title after reaching the quarterfinals on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay to let Olympics go
America's 1996 Olympic tennis champion Lindsay Davenport is set to skip this summer's Games in Athens because of her fears over security.
 arrow Football: Werder add Cup joy
Werder Bremen became only the fourth German team to win a league and cup double after defeating second division Alemannia Aachen 3-2 to lift the German Cup here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Renewed English hopes
England's Euro 2004 preparations enter the final stretch here on Monday against a background of rising optimism that Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad can finally end the country's 38-year wait to win a major
 arrow Football: Deschamps for Liverpool?
Liverpool will move for Monaco manager Didier Deschamps if first-choice Rafael Benitez decides to stay at Valencia.
 arrow Football: 'France are beatable'
Captain David Beckham says his England team will walk out with no fear when they meet holders France in their Euro 2004 opener next month in Lisbon.
 arrow Football: Pauleta PSG's hero
Portugal's Pauleta struck in the 65th minute to end Paris St Germain's six-year title drought with a 1-0 victory over second division Chateauroux in the French Cup final on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Palace back in Premiership
Crystal Palace were promoted to the English Premier League on Saturday after a 1-0 victory over London rivals West Ham United in the First Division playoff final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
Metropolitanarrow Trade ties "yet to stand on a sound footing"
Philippines Foreign Minister Delia Domingo-Albert made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday when the two sides stressed greater bilateral cooperation.
 arrow Right to know a basic element in democracy
There is no meaning of right to expression unless the people can exercise it, said Indian columnist Kuldip Nayar at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Three bullets pierce Ahsanullah's body
The autopsy report has confirmed that three bullets pierced the body of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master during a shooting at Tongi on May 7 causing his death.
 arrow World No Tobacco Day today
World No Tobacco Day will be observed today.

Different organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.

 arrow Wall collapse kills boy, injures 2 others
A 6-year-old boy died and two other children were injured in a wall collapse during yesterday's storm at North Badda in the capital.
 arrow Tk 4.6 cr Danish grant to establish rice processing facility
Tk 4.6 crore Danish grant has been approved for establishing a modern rice processing facility as a part of Danida Private Sector Development (PSD) Programme.
 arrow 4 JCD activists sued in Khulna
Four Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists, including the district unit president, were accused in an FIR Saturday of vandalising a hotel and beating its proprietor.
Nationalarrow Jamuna erosion alarming in Bogra
The Shariakandia upazila headquarters and the nearby river port are now threatened with erosion by the mighty Jamuna.
 arrow 'Dislodge autocratic govt thru' mass movement'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Zalil MP on Saturday called upon the party men to launch a vigorous movement to dislodge the "autocratic" government from power.
 arrow PDB special drive skips bigwigs
The Power Development Board (PDB) has snapped over 100 electricity lines in the district in about as month till May 29 and realised Tk 25 lakh under a special drive.
 arrow Little hope to salvage Diganto from Meghna
Efforts to salvage MV Diganto from the Meghna bed continued yesterday but some high officials of BIWTA seeking anonymity said they are not optimistic about a success.
 arrow 7 teenagers to be freed from B'baria jail soon
A Task Force meeting held at the Deputy Commissioner's conference room on Saturday decided to take steps for immediate release of seven teenaged boys from jail on bail.
 arrow Manikganj poura by-polls today
By-election for the post of chairman of Manikganj Pourasabha (municipality) will be held today.

About 34,674 voters are expected to exercise their franchise to elect chairman of the pourasabha.

 arrow Another 'snail mail'
Another incident of 'snail's mail' was came to light on Saturday. A letter from Sylhet reached Nilphamari in two years 10 months and nine days.

An army man --Montu -- wrote a letter to his mother.

 arrow Two held in JCD leader murder case
Nabinagar thana police have arrested two persons in connection with the murder of a local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader.
 arrow PCJSS begins road, waterway blockade in Baghaichhari
The Baghaichhari thana unit of Parbattya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) began an indefinite road and waterway blockade programme from Saturday.
 arrow 23 chargesheeted in Rajnagar 4-murder case
Rajnagar thana police have submitted charge sheet of the sensational four-murder case in Kasimpur village.
 arrow Captain Bashar's death anniversary observed
The 33rd death anniversary of freedom fighter Shaheed Capt RAM Khairul Bashar was observed at his home town in Nilphamari on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Socio-political consequences of the European expansion
European Union is perhaps the most successful story of regional integration in world history.
 arrow BNP scores another minus point
What the women leaders of Bangladesh were urging upon the government, with increasing concern, was to enact a law to hold direct election to the reserved seats of women in the national assembly.
Culturearrow Gallery Kaya at Uttara
The works of 50 well-known artists were on display on the opening of Gautam Chakraborty's new gallery, 'Kaya' at Uttara.
 arrow Mamun returns to the limelight
Abdullah Al Mamun, a famous actor, director and playwright, will re-start work from the next month. His recent illness kept him away from stage and screen for four months.
 arrow Celebrating Children Everyday
It was a sight for the 500 children who were greeted by a custom made pot, big enough to cook an elephant, where Tommy Miah was cooking the world's largest quantity of halim!

For the first

 arrow Fantasia, the new American Idol!
Summertime promises to be sweet indeed for Fantasia Barrino, the newly crowned 'American Idol.
 arrow Elvis outlives self on UK charts
Elvis Presley's music has spent more time on the UK charts than he spent alive, chart researchers say.
 arrow Discussion on Muneir Choudhury
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy holds a discussion session on the martyr intellectual Muneir Choudhury. The function will be held at the Experimental Theatre Hall of National Theatre Complex at 5.30 pmtoday.
Generalarrow Non-govt pry teachers begin hunger strike
Braving the storm, hundreds of non-government primary teachers yesterday began a 72-hour hunger strike demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Expatriate killed in Ctg
An expatriate was killed by an armed gang at Satkania of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow PBCP man on 7-day remand
A Rajshahi court yesterday placed one Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Lal Pataka) member on a seven-day remand and sent four others to Rajshahi jail.
 arrow Fake Bangla Bhai held while demanding toll
A youth was held while demanding toll from an NGO official, identifying himself as Bangla Bhai in Katnarpara in the town Saturday.
 arrow Anjuman Ara's death condoled
State Minister for Cultural Affairs Begum Selima Rahman has condoled the death of noted singer Anjuman Ara Begum on Saturday.
 arrow Anti-fundamentalism, communalism day today
Anti-funda-mentalism and -communalism day will be observed today.
 arrow 1758 more held
Police arrested 1,758 people, including two listed criminals, during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Shaky Lanka govt faces split over peace
SriLanka's shaky new government faced an internal rift yesterday as its main coalition partner protested against the handling of the peace process with Tamil rebels and other policy issues.
 arrow Himalayan kingdom ready for democracy
The King of Bhutan, whose family has ruled supreme over the Buddhist state for a century, said he wants to give up his hereditary powers and turn the Himalayan country into a democracy.
 arrow Top pro-Taliban cleric killed in Karachi
A senior pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan was gunned down yesterday outside his mosque in the southern city of Karachi, and his death unleashed violent protests in which at least eight people were hurt.
 arrow US-led coalition & Iraqi Council at loggerheads
The US-led coalition and Governing Council were at loggerheads yesterday over the council's preferred choice of tribal leader Ghazi al-Yawar as Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein president, officials said.
 arrow Jamali looks for meeting with Singh to talk peace
Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali called his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Saturday and told him he was looking forward to an early meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries
 arrow Malaysia opens prison doors to quash claims of Iraq-style abuses
Malaysia at the weekend opened the doors of a key prison camp for terror suspects to the media for the first time in a bid to dispel allegations that detainees were tortured like those in Iraq's Abu Ghraib
 arrow Israeli missiles kill senior Hamas man
Two missiles fired by an Israeli helicopter killed a high-profile Hamas militant commander on his motorcycle and two comrades in Gaza City early yesterday, Palestinian witnesses said.
 arrow 'Advani was rescued by CBI'
The Ayodhya demolition case, from which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani was "rescued" by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), should be "put back on the rails" and the inquiry into Tehelka
Editorialarrow Editorial: The new ADP
UNDAUNTED by poor implementation track-record, the National Economic Council (NEC) has announced a Tk 228 billion Annual Development Programme (ADP) for fiscal 2004-05.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists' access to court-room
IT is difficult to understand why the press was not allowed to cover first-hand the hearing of a petition on the High Court's stay order on the Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Give us a budget with a long term vision
BANGLADESH'S recent success in growth performance has relied heavily on agricultural, especially crop sector, growth.
 arrow The new American gulags
ONCE dreaded by Soviet-dissidents the harshness of gulags as depicted by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his 'The Gulag Archipelago' pales into insignificance when compared to what have happened now to theinmates
 arrow West Bengal political scene qualitative change after polls
THE national elections in India have drastically changed the political scene of the country with a coalition new government headed by main opposition Congress taking over the rule of world's largest democracy
Letters to Editorarrow Time to call a spade a spade
Now that The Scotland Yard investigators have reasons to suspect that some Islamic fundamentalist groups were behind the bombing incident at Shahjalal Dargah, they should go much deeper into it and find
 arrow Think straight, but think sensible!
This is in response to Mr. Omar Sharif's article "Are we thinking straight" published on 24 May 2004.
 arrow Statue of Liberty
The people of America should pull down the 'Statue of Liberty' and smash it into pieces. Their government does not give a hoot to other countries' liberty, so the standing statue is a mockery of freedom.
 arrow Save Jatka
For quite some time, I read in the news media that our ministers and high officials are going around in motor launches, speed boats etc.
 arrow The fallacy of same-sex union
Homosexuality is a troubling moral and social phenomenon. Due to benign interpretations of the homosexual condition itself it is increasingly being viewed as something neutral or even good.
 arrow "Libraries in search of a future"
I want to draw your attention to the article "Libraries in search of a future" written by Mr. Ron Chepesiuk, published in DS on May 29.
 arrow Hizb-ut-Tahrir poster
Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a non-violent Islamic organisation which has been working in more than 40 countries all over the world since 1953.
 arrow "Extortionist at work"
I haven't read "Extortionist at Work". But the favoured reaction to the piece by Mr. Joy (May24, 2004) caught my attention and was chosen to be disfavoured.
 arrow A cue for the detective?
Your newspaper reported that, just before the blast, a Sylheti beggar was wearing "Green Kurta", the colour of Bangla Bhai's skull cap.
 arrow JMJB's Afghanistan link
It is with alarm that I read your Friday( May 28) report of links between Bangla Bhai's JMJB and Osama Bin Laden.
 arrow Our politicians
In local politics, it has become a cliché to say that people involved in crime and terrorism belong to no political parties. There was a time when crime started its own journey towards perversion.
 arrow Shark gobbling Saarc !
Saarc is going the western way, through the prowling shark of materialism. After Pakistan, now the footprint in India is going to be larger, after the sharp change noticed during the recent general elections.
 arrow Hai, neta!
The citizens are trapped and cornered by unattractive leaders in Dhaka.
Star Cityarrow Gangs dope people to rob their belongings
Beware the next you travel by a CNG-run three-wheeler or taxicab you might fall prey to the 'aggyan' gang.
 arrow Passport office wakes up, finally
The department of passport and immigration (DPI) has stopped issuing or renewing passports without the applicant's presence.
 arrow A tale of two footbridges

 arrow Arunima: A home away from home
She exuded confidence as she spoke. "I have a combination of intelligence, education and merit. Why can't I live on my own?" asked 54-year-old Atia Begum.
 arrow Focus on developing libraries
The government proposes the formation of Bangladesh Library Commission (BLC) to stretch library facilities all over the country.
 arrow No reference lab yet to monitor standard of path labs
The much-awaited reference laboratory is yet to be set up despite official instructions.
 arrow Correction
Rajuk will cancel allocations of residential plots in Gulshan and Banani for converting those into commercial ones after July 1, not June 1 as published in our City page.