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Front Pagearrow Rumsfeld casually talks Dhaka's troops to Iraq
Visiting US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday avoided a direct request to Dhaka for sending troops to Iraq or Afghanistan, but discussed the matter with Foreign Minister Morshed Khan in a 'casual
 arrow Explosives were not thrown from outside
Police are convinced that fire on the double-decker bus at the Sheraton Hotel crossing on Friday evening started inside the bus, but they still have no clue to the motive or identity of the perpetrators
 arrow Police assault 2 AL MPs, club processionists
Police assaulted two Awami League (AL) lawmakers --former home minister Mohammad Nasim and Faruq Khan-- and charged batons on a procession in the capital during the 12-hour countrywide hartal yesterday
 arrow Living tragedy
Habib is smarting from the shock of his brush with death in the arson attack on a BRTC bus at Sheraton Hotel crossing on Friday night in which he lost his mother, brother-in-law and a friend.
 arrow Munshiganj prestige polls today
The voters of Munshiganj-1 cast their ballots for the third time in less than three years today to elect a lawmaker in an apparently tight race seen as a prestige clash between the ruling alliance and
 arrow Hunt continues for Hathazari chiefs
The Islamist zealot arrested Thursday at the militant training camp in Rangunia was sent to jail yesterday after a three-day remand, while police were hunting for four fugitives suspected to run the other
 arrow Fifty eludes Tapash
It took exactly five overs for the West Indies to wrap up Bangladesh's first innings but not before the last wicket pair had added another 20 runs to the overnight score of 264 for nine on Day Two ofthe
 arrow PM calls for a stop to abuse of marine resources
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed concern over the growing degradation of marine environment and called for concerted initiatives at national, regional and international levels to keep the
 arrow Top civil servants shifted, some more heads may roll
A number of top bureaucrats were transferred yesterday in the wake of forced retirement of acting secretary of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Nurul Islam two days ago.
 arrow GMG flies beyond boundary July 1
GMG Airlines becomes Bangladesh's first private airline to fly overseas on July 1 when it launches flights on Chittagong-Kolkata route after the government agreed to allocate it four more routes.
 arrow Back to IPGMR days
The government decision to revert Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to Institute of Post Graduate Medicine and Research (IPGMR) will seriously affect the quality of higher medical education,
 arrow Eleven die in road crashes in two dists
Eleven people were killed and six others injured in road accidents in Mymensingh and Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow Boy abducted, two others still missing
Criminals on Friday abducted a schoolboy and demanded Tk 7 lakh, while two school students, feared to have been abducted, are missing for the last seven days.
 arrow 10 dalits killed in Bihar carnage
In a major strike, unidentified gunmen shot dead ten persons --a brick-kiln owner and nine labourers, mostly dalits -- at Dinar village under Asthawan police station in Bihar's Nalanda district, police
 arrow Dy registrar at RU shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down Golam Mustafa, deputy registrar of Rajshahi University (RU), and ameer of Ward-26 unit of city Jamaat-e Islami, here on Friday night.
 arrow Baten denies offering bribe to Babar
Special Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muhammad Abdul Baten, arrested on charge of offering bribe to State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, denied the charge yesterday.
 arrow Myskina wins French Open
Anastasia Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title when she defeated compatriot Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the French Open here Saturday.
 arrow Hasina sees hands of terror group
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said setting fire to a passenger bus amid tight security might be an act of certain "terrorist group".
 arrow Bhuiyan blames it on AL
Blaming Awami League for Friday's arson attack on a passenger bus, Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the criminals would be brought
 arrow Court again turns down Faruque's bail petitions
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed in five graft cases filed against him by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac).
 arrow Innocent sacrifices to violence

 arrow Conditions set for tri-nation gas pipeline project
The government has put some conditions in allowing construction of a gas pipeline from Myanmar to West Bengal through Bangladesh territory.
 arrow GI, 5 Iraqis killed in attacks
A US soldier was among at least six people killed in persistent violence shaking Iraq.
 arrow FM acquitted of graft charges
A Dhaka Court yesterday discharged Foreign Minister and former chairman of Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd. M Morshed Khan and five others from a graft case.
Businessarrow Salt production deficit may cross 1.5 lakh tons
With more than 1.5 lakh metric tons production shortfall this season, the country's salt market may become unstable in coming months leading to price hike of the essential item.
 arrow Reconditioned car importers demand duty cut
Reconditioned vehicles importers have urged the government to reduce import duty on different types of vehicles in the next fiscal year's national budget.
 arrow Global oil prices retreat as Opec output boost sinks in
Crude oil prices fell for a third straight day Friday, retreating further from records earlier in the week, as supply fears eased after Opec's decision to raise its output ceiling.
 arrow GQ Ball Pen declares cash dividend, bonus share
GQ Ball Pen Industries Limited has declared 20 percent cash dividend and 20 percent bonus share for the year 2003.
 arrow Mosharraf made acting chief of energy watchdog
Md Mosharraf Hossain has been made acting chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and he will discharge the duty until a new chairman takes over.
 arrow Prime Bank, Navana Ltd sign MoU
Prime Bank Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with Navana Ltd (CNG Unit).
 arrow One Bank to buy Tk 4 cr equity share of Vanik
One Bank Limited has agreed to buy equity share of Vanik Bangladesh Limited (VBL) worth Tk 4 crore.
 arrow Apec nations to call for WTO talks to be back on track
Trade ministers of 21 Asia-Pacific economies opened talks here Friday focused on adopting a "strong" statement urging WTO members to return to the negotiating table by July to devise new rules governing
 arrow Trade ministers to meet to break deadlock on farm subsidies
Trade ministers from the European Union, the United States, Brazil, India and Australia are to convene June 13 in Sao Paulo in a fresh bid to break a deadlock on agriculture that is threatening multilateral
 arrow Japan aims to woo foreign investment with tax cuts
Japan, keen not to be left out of a foreign investment rush into neighbouring China, is stepping up efforts to lure money to its shores by lowering tax barriers.
 arrow US promises quick action on trade deal with Australia
Australian Prime Minister John Howard won promises Thursday of quick US action to approve a new free trade agreement in meetings with President George W Bush and congressional leaders.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A tale of tails
It was a clear case of giving away the impetus to the opponents as far as the Bangladesh team was concerned at the end of the first day's play of the second and final Test.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
For all its tradition, Sabina Park has a humble way about it that makes you feel comfortable when you enter the ground but never lets you forget the legend that surrounds it.
 arrow Football: Premier League faces demotion
The coveted Premier Division Football League is destined to lose much of its gloss following an ambitious plan of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Tennis: A fist full of Argentines
A French Open final between two Argentine clay-courters would normally stir up little emotion outside of Buenos Aires and Cordoba, but there is an edge to Sunday's final between Guillermo Coria and Gaston
 arrow Tennis: Coria ends Henman run
Guillermo Coria crushed a brave Tim Henman challenge while Gaston Gaudio outclassed countryman David Nalbandian to reach the French Open final and set up the first ever all-Argentine Grand Slam titleshowdown.
 arrow Cricket: Murali to go down under
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has decided he will tour Australia despite a furore over his bowling.
 arrow Cricket: England reply solidly
Openers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss hit half-centuries as England rattled up 164 for one in reply to New Zealand's 409 on the third day of the second Test on Saturday at Headingley.
 arrow Cricket: Zim rebels give up
Zimbabwe's rebels have abandoned their bitter struggle with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).

"My clients want to move on," the players' lawyer, Chris Venturas, told this news agency on Friday.

 arrow Football: Why Ballack matters?
When Germany reached the 2002 World Cup final a great deal of gratitude was owed to midfielder Michael Ballack for scoring the semifinal winner against co-hosts South Korea in the knowledge that he would
 arrow Football: Saez confounds critics
Despite his unprecedented record of success as head coach of Spain's youth teams, Inaki Saez was tipped by few people as a possible boss of the senior side.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM chairman steps down
Khondokar Jamil Uddin tendered his resignation yesterday as chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) following media speculation over the Board's standing committee.
 arrow Four fly to Bangkok today
Four sports persons leave here for Bangkok today to attend an intensive training programme in their preparation for the upcoming 28th Olympic Games.

The Games will be held over August 13-29 in Athens.

 arrow Vaughan blessed with a daughter
England captain Michael Vaughan left the second Test match against New Zealand here at Headingley on Friday just in time to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's first child.
 arrow Olympic roof takes shape
Greece has confounded critics of its Olympic preparations after the futuristic roof over the main Games stadium took shape with the delicate meeting of two giant arches to support the translucent blue
Metropolitanarrow Arson attack on bus condemned
Different political and socio-cultural organisations yesterday strongly condemned Friday's arson attack on a double-decker bus that left nine passengers killed.
 arrow Christian Welfare Trust formed
A religious welfare trust has been formed for the welfare of the Christian community.
 arrow Acid attack on 3 of a family
Three members of a family suffered burns in an acid attack at Daribhasani in Homna, Comilla, in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw leader gunned down in Barisal
Unknown criminals gunned down the second-in-command of Sarbahara Party (Zia faction) at Gouranadi in Barisal on Friday night.
 arrow Khulna BNP leaders ask mayor not to attend reception
Khulna City BNP leaders have asked Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman not to attend a reception to be held in his honour at the local stadium today.
 arrow Over 1,200 held
Police arrested 1,207 more people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Good catches of hilsha in Bay
Delicious Hilsha is being netted in plenty in the Meghna estuary and in the southern Bay.

This may continue for about a week, fishermen and traders at wholesale markets here said.

 arrow Eye infection caused by Aspergilus fungus
Primary investigation by eye specialists at Rangpur Medical College (RMCH) revealed that a fungus called Aspergilus caused the serious eye infection among many people in northern districts that led to
 arrow 'Allocate more funds for neglected Satkhira'
Speakers at a seminar in the town on Friday urged the government to sanction move projects and allocate more funds in next fiscal's budget for "development of neglected" Satkhira district.
 arrow Ferry pontoon not salvaged in 13 days
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) could not salvage a ferry pontoon even after a fortnight of its capsize in the Padma at Paturia ghat (terminal) here.
 arrow Drugs claim 51 lives at Bogra in 2 yrs
Drugs claimed at least 51 lives in Bogra town in last two years.

There are over 10,000 drug addicts including women and children in Bogra municipal area now.

 arrow Arsenic: 23 pc tube-wells in Kulaura contaminated
Waters of 23 percent tube-wells in 17 unions of Kulaura upazila are arsenic contaminated.
 arrow 4 children sustain eye injury
Four children sustained major eye injuries while a betel-leaf shopkeeper was melting lime for the purpose of selling on Wednesday morning.
 arrow Toll: AL leader sues party men
An Awami League leader has filed a case against another party leader and 13 others for demanding toll and looting his shrimp farm.
Point-Counterpointarrow New interim government in Iraq
From dictator Saddam to dictator Bremer. "Bremer is the dictator of Iraq. He has the money, he has the signature," said UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
 arrow Sublime journal of the warrior poet
My fondness for history extends, I believe quite naturally, to the extensive realm of Biography.
Culturearrow Discussion session on alternative film and display of Chitra Nodir Parey
Drishyarup, a cultural organisation that brings out a little magazine on films, arranged a discussion session recently. The objective was to exchange views on the present status of art and culture inBangladesh.
 arrow Evergreen bards
The songs of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam have always remained more popular in Bangladesh than other genres of music.
 arrow Bridging the cultural divide
All over the world, social activists are engaged in a struggle to conserve children's rights and promote social harmony.
 arrow Houdini exhibit enrages magicians
Magicians have protested against a new exhibit in a Wisconsin museum giving away the secret to one of illusionist Harry Houdini's most famous tricks.
 arrow Creed breaks up!
The spiritually inclined band Creed, whose anthemic hits Higher and With Arms Wide Open helped them become one of the top-selling rock acts of the past decade, has called it quits.
Internationalarrow Bush senses 'spirit of unity' on Iraq
President Bush said yesterday he sensed a "spirit of unity" in the international community to help Iraq's new government and expressed optimism that a UN Security Council resolution would be approvedsoon.
 arrow US, UK offer Iraq right to send foreign troops home
The United States and Britain Friday offered Iraq's interim government the right to send home US-led troops under a new UN resolution they want to get approved in the coming days.
 arrow US-led forces may hand over Saddam to Iraqis
Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussain, now being detained by the United States at an undisclosed location in the country, may soon find himself in the custody of the Iraqi authorities, diplomats said.
 arrow Rumsfeld urges Asians to join war on terror
Seeking support from Asian nations, Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says the war on terrorism is a battle against brewing ideological extremism that must not be appeased.
 arrow Blair fools himself if he believes Iraq had WMD: David Kay
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is fooling himself if he thinks weapons of mass destruction will still be found in Iraq, David Kay, the former head of the US-British Iraq Survey Group (ISG), said yesterday.
 arrow '2,000 Iranians sign up as suicide bombers for Iraq, Israel'
Some 2,000 Iranians, one as young as seven, have signed up with a shadowy Islamist group to carry out suicide bombings in Iraq and Israel, a Tehran daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Minister trying to save Sharon govt
An Israeli cabinet member trying to save Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government from collapse said yesterday she still hoped to reach a last-minute compromise with dissident ministers over his Gazapullout
 arrow D-Day marking ceremonies kicked off
Hundreds of British and American parachutists dropped into northwestern France on Saturday to launch poignant commemorations of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, which hastened the end of World WarII.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The terrible abyss
In an unprecedented demonstration of barbarity, a double-decker bus -- carrying a large number of passengers -- was set ablaze in the city last Friday night.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists face mindless police wrath
Photojournalists came under the baton of the policemen as they were performing their professional duty on Friday at the Zero point.
 arrow Is it that we don't know or that we don't want to know?
How many people know who David Biswas is and what he has gone through over the last ten days or so? If you don't know, let me fill you in.


 arrow Implications of al Qaeda assault on al Khobar
The attack on al Khobar (Saudi Arabia) last weekend attributed to al Qaida left scores of people dead and many others injured.
Letters to Editorarrow To the ministry of education...
We have observed that the Ministry of Education has been out on a razzle-dazzle in its combat, swat-team-style, of the exam-room malfeasance.
 arrow Crime against Palestinians
If unarmed children can't protest a 37-year occupation without drawing tank fire down on themselves , how can Palestinians be expected to heed demand that they embrace the path of non- violence and shun
 arrow Ultimate triumph
"Fahrenheit 9/11", a documentary film directed by Michael Moore, won the Palme d'Or" in the Cannes Film Festival. The film castigates the Bush doctrine for its pugnacious mood.
 arrow Lessons to learn
Some of our national dailies carried the smiling pictures of both the ousted and the in-coming PM of India, where Dr. Monmohan Singh was being received with a large flower-bouquet by Mr.
 arrow Chhutir Ghanta
The Dhaka University Film Society arranged a week-long (May11-May18) film festival which included films of Bangladesh and West Bengal. The choices were really appreciable.
 arrow Save the lake
The Dhanmondi lake, because of its location and other infrastructure facilities, has always attracted many visitors and walkers.

The Dhaka city is now experiencing a heavy burden of population.

Star Healtharrow Fighting HIV/AIDS is now a major global concern
The World Health Report 2004 has been released by WHO, Geneva on 11 May for public reading.
 arrow Glow of hope for Bangladeshi Cardiologists
"There is an increasing requirement of superspecialists in cardiology as the incidents of coronary artery disease is rapidly on the rise in Bangladesh'' said Dr Ashok Seth, an internationally renowned
Star Cityarrow Hospital limps for lack of OT
People with serious injuries leave Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital without treatment, as the authorities could not install a full-fledged operating theatre (OT), a situation that has
 arrow Meagre money, yet not disbursed
Fund shortage is seriously hampering construction of a protection embankment around the Rayerbazar Martyrs' Monument, which is threatened by erosion from the Buriganga.
 arrow Gone With the Wind

 arrow DCC deadline for nine footbridges drags on
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) appears to have failed to meet a June 2004 deadline set by the World Bank (WB) for construction of nine steel over-bridges.
 arrow Money hunters at traffic signals
Different bands of beggars and drug addicts are out on the streets, playing on people's sympathy and fear in a bizarre bid to 'earn' money.
 arrow In Case of Emergency