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Front Pagearrow No by-polls on June 6
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected the petition the Election Commission filed against the High Court (HC) stay order on Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls, ending the prospect of June 6 election to
 arrow Delhi offers to double diesel export to Dhaka
India yesterday offered to double diesel exports to Bangladesh to help ease a 2.
 arrow Tigers revel in real draw
Khaled Mashud hammered his maiden Test hundred as Bangladesh revelled in a deserving draw against the West Indies on the fifth day of the first match yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka included in pvt land phone operations
Telecoms regulator Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to clear the way for private operators to launch fixed phone service in capital Dhaka setting aside a disputewith
 arrow Police hunt on for Ctg training camp mastermind
Police kicked off a hunt for a madrasa teacher for his suspected links to a clandestine arms training centre in the hilly Hathazari area yesterday, a day after busting the camp believed to be of an Islamist
 arrow It's all rumour: CEC
It is still a mystery as to how the chief election commissioner's (CEC) signature found its way into the warrant of attorney approving the appeal against the High Court stay order as he has been denying
 arrow Security concerns to be addressed, says Morshed
Bangladesh and India have agreed to address each other's security concerns and sought to dispel the perception that a bilateral free trade agreement was off, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Stop yearend burst of project work
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday underscored intensifying administrative management and directed all concerned to implement government decisions and projects in time to stop fund waste.
 arrow Saifur for village-centric reform to bridge gap
The government has decided to go for a village-centric reform programme to transfer resources gradually from urban to rural areas and reducing the yawning rich-poor gap.
 arrow Pry teachers begin hunger strike to death
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday started a fast-unto-death programme at Muktangan following completion of their 72-hour hunger strike demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow 12 killed as violence rages thru' Iraq
Militants loyal to radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed yesterday with US forces near a mosque in the holy city of Kufa, and officials said six Iraqis were killed and 40 others wounded.
 arrow Security scurry ahead of Rumsfeld's visit
Despite official silence on US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld's arrival in Dhaka on Saturday, government officials, security agencies and US authorities are working out security details for thehigh-profile
 arrow Staff of 3 NCB branches at ZIA tranferred
The management of three nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) yesterday transferred all officers and staff at their Zia International Airport (ZIA) branches following allegations of their involvement with
 arrow City mayors prefer Pajero to self-reliance
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday alleged the country's city corporation mayors prefer to use government sanctions to move about in posh Pajero jeeps to making their offices self-reliant.
 arrow 300 cheated Bangladeshis stranded in Laos
Some 300 Bangladeshi workers, hooked up by unscrupulous manpower agencies, remained stranded in Laos.
 arrow Hotelier gunned down in Kushtia
Extortionists gunned down a hotelier on Tuesday night in Kushtia on refusal to pay them money, adding to the long line of killings in the southwestern district over the last few days.
 arrow Jamaat has links to 16 extremist outfits
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition constituent Jamaat-e-Islami had links to 12 to 16 religious extremist outfits operating in Bangladesh.
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 28 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Tangail and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow MV Diganta rescue drive abandoned
Salvage of MV Diganta Express launch was abandoned yesterday due to strong current and heavy siltation on the sunken vessel 55 feet down the water, BIWTA officials said.
 arrow Cop held with heroin worth Tk 4.5 lakh
Narcotics Control Department officials yesterday recovered heroin worth about Tk 4.5 lakh and held two, including a cop, from a hotel in the city.
 arrow Motorcycle garage owner shot dead
A motorcycle garage owner was shot dead by unidentified assailants in front of his house in the city's Khilgaon area on Tuesday night.
 arrow Kidnappers kill 5-yr-old
Captors of a 5-year-old boy have killed him after demanding Tk 50,000 to set him free.
 arrow Raid to nab mastermind fails
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday raided the house of Nurul Islam Sarker, cultural secretary of Jubo Dal Tongi unit and alleged mastermind of the murder of Awami League lawmaker
 arrow Fuel station owners to go on strike from June 15
The owners and employees of petrol pumps and tank-lorries on June 15 are going on an indefinite strike to protest extortion and harassment by police in the capital.
 arrow Two outlaws lynched
Two armed cadres of the Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in mob beating near a orphanage at Malghar Union under Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat district early
 arrow AL demands independent inquiry
Main opposition Awami League yesterday demanded an independent inquiry into the alleged document tampering in filing of an appeal against High Court's stay order on Dhaka-10 by-polls.
Businessarrow BTMA's conditional nod to central bonded warehouse
Textile mill owners yesterday said they will not oppose central bonded warehouses, a demand of readymade garment (RMG) exporters, if individual bonded warehouses in garment units are closed down.
 arrow First-ever cellphone fair kicks off today
“Mobile Mela" -- the first-ever exposition of cellphone sets and accessories in the country, kicks off today in Dhaka to showcase the latest cellular technologies.
 arrow Dhaka for common platform with Delhi to standardise goods
Bangladesh yesterday pressed for a common platform for standardisation of quality of goods for an easier flow of trade with India.
 arrow Agro-processors want 20pc corporate tax
Agro-processors have urged the government to reduce corporate tax to 20 percent from existing 30 percent on agro-industry to encourage the emerging sector.
 arrow Foreign fund selling in India hits record
Foreign funds logged their biggest monthly sales in Indian shares in May, after a steady flood into the country for a year and a half, and fund managers remain cautious about the investment climate under
 arrow US signs Tifa with five Central Asian nations
The United States and five Central Asian countries signed an agreement Tuesday that provides a forum to address trade issues and enhance trade and investment.
 arrow Marketing of IT solutions seen vital
Marketing of information technology (IT) solutions is more important than its development, said Science and Information and Communication Technology Minister Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday.
 arrow Altaf opens month -long training on leather, footwear
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday inaugurated a month-long training programme on leather, footwear and leather goods sector organised by Bangladesh College of Leather Technology.
 arrow Dhaka Bank to give Tk 46cr loan to Keya Soap Chemicals
Dhaka Bank Limited has approved a term loan and working capital facilities of Tk 46.20 crore in favour of Keya Soap Chemicals Limited to set up a soap noodles factory.
 arrow SIBL holds 4 AGMs, declares dividends
Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) held its 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th annual general meetings (AGMs) at a hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow American food promotion begins in Dhaka
A weeklong American Food Promotion began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday evening.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin inaugurated the festival.

 arrow EU finance ministers keep the pressure on Opec
EU finance ministers meeting here Wednesday kept steady pressure on Opec to pump more crude to calm soaring oil prices that threaten to setback Europe's fragile economic recovery.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Everything but winning
If there is any emotion that can best describe Bangladesh's performance in the first Test against the West Indies in St Lucia, it has to be astonishing.
 arrow Cricket: 'We now have self-belief'
The scenes near the Bangladesh dressing room was fitting of a winning team after the first Test had been drawn and in many ways, the Tigers have won over the hearts of those who were sceptic of theirstature
 arrow Cricket: 'A matter of time'
"This is now only a matter of time to watch the Tigers record their first Test victory.
 arrow Tennis: Gaudio in last four
Unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio overpowered Australian 12th seed Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Henman breaks the jinx
Tim Henman became the first British player to reach the semifinals of the French Open for 41 years on Tuesday and now must defeat Argentinian clay court king Guillermo Coria if he is to become the first
 arrow Cricket: Eng, NZ look to fill gaps
The return of England captain Michael Vaughan, the retirement of predecessor Nasser Hussain and niggling injuries for New Zealand will change the shape of both sides in the second Test starting at Headingley
 arrow Cricket: Waugh to relight Sydney cauldron
Former Australia cricket captain Steve Waugh will reignite Sydney's Olympic cauldron when the flame returns to Australia on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies call back Banks
West Indies selectors called off-spinner Omari Banks into their squad on Tuesday for the second Test against Bangladesh at Kingston, Jamaica.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabadi final today
Bangladesh Ansars and VDP High School will take on Shaheed Nabi High School in the final of the 12th school kabadi competition today at the Outer Stadium at 4pm.
 arrow Cricket: Selff coming tomorrow
Australian coach Andrew Selff will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to conduct a weeklong camp for young wicketkeepers of the country.
 arrow Tennis: Capriati eyeing repeat act
Jennifer Capriati turns the clock back 14 years on Thursday when she plays her fourth semifinal at Roland Garros.
 arrow Awards for centurions
QC Group, a leading business house of the country, has announced a cash award of Tk one lakh to each of the three centurions for Bangladesh in the first Test against the West Indies.
 arrow Nurul wins SMS quiz
Nurul Abedin won the Grand Prize in the quiz competition run by mobile phone operators CityCell. He will get a handset with connection.
 arrow Football: Japan frustrate England
Sven-Goran Eriksson has got some serious thinking to do between now and June 13, when England's Euro 2004 campaign begins against France.
 arrow Football: Peru shock Uruguay
A winner from Mauricio Pinilla seven minutes from time was enough to give Chile all three points away to Venezuela Tues-day in South American zone qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: ZZ in a hurry
If France are to become the first country in 44 years to successfully defend their European title they need more than anything for the talismanic Zinedine Zidane to be at the very top of his form.
 arrow Football: Mourinho Chelsea coach
Jose Mourinho has been named as manager of Chelsea, ending weeks of speculation that the former Porto coach was joining the premier league club.
 arrow Football: Socceroos maul Fiji
A headed hatt-rick from midfi-elder Tim Cahill lifted Australia to a 6-1 win over Fiji in their Oceania Natio-ns Cup and 2006 World Cup football qualifier here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Top criminal Joy behind BJP leader Didar killing
Investigators said yesterday three hitmen deployed by a listed top criminal in the capital -- Joy -- killed Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Vice Chairman Golam Parvez Didar mainly for his refusal to pay
 arrow Tk 3 lakh mugged, 2 robbers held
Muggers snatched Tk 3 lakh shooting a construction farm officer in Baridhara and a mob caught two robbers in the act of robbery in Moghbazar yesterday.
 arrow Rangamati Dist Council seeks permission
Rangamati District Council yesterday urged the government to allow them, instead of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation, to cultivate fish in the Kaptai Lake.
 arrow Tongi poura chairman gets bail
Tongi Pourasava chairman Advocate Azmatullah Khan, an accused in the case filed under the Speedy Trial Act, was granted bail after his surrender.
 arrow BCL demands arrest of culprits
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to those who issued death threats to Prof.
 arrow Call for unity of pro-liberation forces
Leaders of different political parties yesterday called for unity of pro-liberation forces to fight against the growing fundamentalism.
 arrow Penn State team meets AAA members
A nine-member team of students of Penn State University met members of the American Alumni Association (AAA) at its office at Banani in the city on May 29, says a press release.
 arrow Cuetta begins boycott of class
Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology Teachers' Association (Cuetta) began indefinite class boycott programme yesterday demanding immediate withdrawal of a show cause notice on its seven
Nationalarrow Flood-hit dist faces food crisis
SYLHET: Nurul Gani at Hashkuri village in Sunamganj Sadar upazila has barely two weeks' food for his seven-member family.

He is worried how to survive till the next harvest a year later.

 arrow 65 injured in BNP factional clashes in Kushtia, Barisal
At least 65 people were injured as BNP factions clashed in Kushtia and Barisal.
 arrow All 27 acquitted for lack of evidence
All the people 27 accused in the sensational BCL leader Sohel murder case have been acquitted from all chares by district judge of Barisal on Tuesday for lack of evidence.
 arrow 15 forest officials, staff suspended for corruption
Fifteen forest department officials and staffs have been suspended temporarily allegedly for corruption.

The order was passed on May 26 in a letter (No.

 arrow A different art competition

 arrow ASP rescues OC From public wrath
The Additional Superintendent of police rushed to the spot on information and rescued an officer-in-charge of a thana from public wrath he faced for releasing an accused in a murder case.
 arrow Three to die in 4-murder case in Swarankhola
Three persons were condemned to death by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here in the sensational 'Four-murder Case' of Swarankhola thana in Bagerhat district on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Drug queen' arrested
Police on Tuesday arrested drug queen Banu Barua, 35, from Debashish Nagar in the town.
 arrow Rally held for killers' arrest
Tala thana BNP held a rally and brought out a procession at Patkelghata Bazar on Tuesday demanding arrest and punishment of the killers of its president ABM Altaf Hossain.
Point-Counterpointarrow Policy agendas and alliance politics
This is the second of the author's two-part series on the Indian polls. The first part was published on June 1, 2004.
Culturearrow Miss Australia wins Miss Universe pageant
A 20-year-old Australian involved in modelling and dancing won the Miss Universe title Tuesday night in a two-hour pageant watched by television viewers around the world.
 arrow A night of culinary delicacies
Heritage Restaurant-- this unusual name evokes the thought of Bangladeshi heritage sites and culture.
 arrow Workshop on Gaurio Nritya
Nrityanchal, a promising dance organisation, is holding a workshop on Gauria Nritya at Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Cine-magazine show Amar Chhobi hits 200th episode
Cine-magazine show Amar Chhobi touches the 200th-episode milestone today.
Generalarrow Three to die for killing 4 of a family in Bagerhat
Three people were sentenced to death and another was awarded life term and fined Tk 5000, in default, to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment for killing four members of a family at village Rajoir
 arrow Verdict in Srikanta murder case June 10
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Chittagong will give the verdict in the sensational Srikanta Raxmit murder case on June 10.
 arrow Samson H Chowdhury elected TIB chairman
Noted industrialist Samson H Chowdhury has been elected chairman of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) for three years.
 arrow Prof Fazlur Rahim passes away
Eminent Agri-scientist and former vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) Prof Dr Kazi M Fazlur Rahim died of old age complications at Sikder Hospital at Gulshan in the city yesterday
 arrow 1430 more held
Police arrested 1,430 people during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow UN envoy defnds Iraq government
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday responded to criticism of US involvement in the nomination of the new Iraqi government by stressing Washington was still the dominant force in the country.
 arrow Draft UN resolution boosts sovereignty
The newly-appointed Iraqi government began preparing for full sovereignty handover from US-led occupation authorities at the end of the month, and received a boost from a new US-British UN resolutiondraft
 arrow India’s new parliament begins its journey
The 14th Lok Sabha of India yesterday began its first session that saw reversal of roles with the Congress-led alliance occupying treasury benches after a gap of over eight years and BJP along with supporting
 arrow Americans under attack in Saudi capital again
Two suspected militants shot at US military personnel in the Saudi Arabian capital yesterday just days after a major al Qaeda attack in the country killed 22 people, mainly foreigners.
 arrow NDA will play role of constructive oppn
Noting that "old days are back" for him, former Prime Minister and chairman of BJP Parliamentary Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said his party would play the role of a "constructive opposition"and
 arrow Nepal king reinstates PM after two years
Two years of political turmoil in Nepal came full circle yesterday as the king reappointed the prime minister he had fired in 2002, when he declared elected leaders incompetent at running the troubled
 arrow Sharon hopes cabinet will endorse Gaza pullout plan
The Israeli cabinet will endorse the controversial Gaza pullout plan at a meeting scheduled for Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicted yesterday.
 arrow Clerics support Charles's wish to wed Camilla
The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, gave moral support yesterday to the controversial relationship between Prince Charles and his long-time lover, Camilla Parker-Bowles, saying it would be
 arrow Iraqi group threatens to kill hostages
Al Arabiya television aired footage yesterday of an Iraqi group threatening to kill an Egyptian and a Turkish hostage if their countries did not condemn the US-led occupation in Iraq.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Morshed-Natwar joint statement
It has long been this newspaper's editorial line to support a co-operative relationship between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Editorial: The training camp jolt
After a long time, a massive police raid has led to the unearthing of a training camp of suspected Islamic militants at a remote wooded swathe in Chittagong.
 arrow Draft UN resolution on Iraq
One can understand the compulsions of United States and Britain for tabling the recent draft resolution on Iraq in the Security Council.
 arrow President Bush's 'commercial' success
President George W. Bush may be "incurious" on policy matters as his critics allege, but he is smart enough to know that to be "reelected" President he needs funds. Lots of funds.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangla Bhai
I could not stop myself from writing on the above subject, after reading today's (30 May) editorial about the infamous Bangla Bhai.
 arrow On ADP report
I read in the DS, May 21, about ADP report titled "ADP Implementation Progress Review 2002 -- 2003" by Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the planning ministry.
 arrow Case against Kazi Faruk
DB police arrested Dr Kazi Faruk Ahmed while he was coming out of the High Court on 22 May. He is the president of Proshika, an NGO, and also chairperson of ADAB.
 arrow Stop brain drain
We have some public universities where seats are limited for graduation and post graduation students. So, many good students do not get a chance in the admission tests.
 arrow Security at airport
Airports are the most sensitive places of any country. Foreigners have the first impression of a country through its airports and seaports.
 arrow Digital politics?
Our politics is slow. Outdated, charismatic and street-based. We are developing slowly and incrementally distracted and diverted by other sights and goals (closer to the other private heart).