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Front Pagearrow Mahi sweeps back to parliament
Bikalpa Dhara candidate Mahi B Chowdhury swept back to parliament from Munshiganj-1 constituency yesterday in a by-election overshadowed by allegations of rigging by his four-party alliance rival.
 arrow UN mandate not enough to send troops to Iraq
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said a UN peacekeeping mandate is not enough for Bangladesh to commit deployment of its troops in Iraq, but call from the Iraqis and positive public opinion at
 arrow Story behind Nurul Islam's removal
When Acting Secretary of the PMO Nurul Islam was forced into retirement, two major allegations were raised against him -- ordering an investigation into alleged corruption of Tarique Zia, son of the prime
 arrow Key telecoms mission turns into pleasure trip
A strategic international business mission of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) in Washington failed as its chief turned that official visit into a pleasure trip at state expense, says a
 arrow Sizzling Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan was in superlative form and his previously out-of-form Guyana mate Shivnarine Chanderpaul was looking in terrific touch as they carried the West Indies to a position from where they can
 arrow Left out of franchise
Kamala Begum of Sabjihata village went back home without casting her vote at Srinagar auditorium polling centre in Munshiganj yesterday morning, as her vote was rigged -- a scene played out before journalists.
 arrow Cops detain teacher to scare away minority voters
Police prevented a popular schoolteacher early yesterday morning from casting vote and detained him in Srinagar during Munshiganj-1 by-polls, scaring some 2,000 minority voters off polling booths.
 arrow Move to fire top officials stalled
An intervention by a section of ruling BNP policymakers has stalled the move to terminate several top bureaucrats and give punishment posting to many others, who had close links with the sacked acting
 arrow Another dies at DMCH, toll now 10
Another injured in Friday's arson attack on a double-decker bus died yesterday to raise the death toll to 10.
 arrow Ronald Reagan dies at 93
Former President Ronald Reagan, who brought a blend of homespun humour, sunny optimism, right-wing politics and fierce anti-Communism to the White House as he presided over the end of the Cold War, died
 arrow F28 fails to fly in its maiden flight
One of the two newly procured F28 aircraft of Biman could not take off in its maiden commercial flight as pilots failed to restart the engine after it went off with a jerk yesterday.
 arrow Ex-BPC chairman, Jamuna Oil GM sent to jail
A Chittagong court yesterday rejected interim bail petition for a former Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) chairman and an ex-general manager (GM) of Jamuna Oil Company Limited in a graft case and
 arrow SP Baten sent to jail
A metropolitan magistrate's court in Dhaka yesterday sent Special Superintendent of Police Abdul Baten to jail after he was arrested on charge of offering bribe to State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman
 arrow Iraqi police among 23 killed in rebel attacks
Guerrillas killed at least 23 people including Iraqi security men and wounded 29 others in three major attacks in as many cities yesterday and Saturday.
 arrow Ctg criminal den stormed, 4 held with AK-47
Police yesterday stormed a village hideout of 'Shamim Bahini', a Fatikchhari-based crime syndicate, and arrested the gang-leader and three of his alleged accomplices.
 arrow Man-eater on the prowl
Sundarbans lovers beware unless you're not scared of a tryst with a man-eater! A tiger is on a record-breaking killing spree.
 arrow Top Palestinian revolt leader jailed by Israel
An Israeli court yesterday sentenced Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader widely seen as a potential successor to President Yasser Arafat, to five consecutive life terms in prison on murder
 arrow Nasa rover to land in Martian crater
The US space agency has decided to send one of its Martian rovers into a volcanic crater in the hope of finding evidence of water there -- even at the risk of being unable to retrieve the craft afterit
 arrow Two killed over drug peddling
Alleged rivals yesterday gunned down a listed criminal over a drug-peddling dispute and injured a rickshaw-puller in Dania in Shyampur and then, to avenge the murder, the killer suspect was chopped to
 arrow AL observes Six-point Day today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) will observe Six-point Day today with a call to establish 'rule of law' in the country through a united movement.
 arrow President, PM condole Reagan's death
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed their deep shock at the death of former US president Ronald Reagan.
 arrow Grisly murder of expatriate
Unknown criminals slaughtered a young man and dumped his severed body on Bishwa Road near Khilgaon Community Centre yesterday.
 arrow Jawadul Karim dies
Jawadul Karim, an eminent journalist and Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, died following a cerebral hemorrhage in a city hospital yesterday. He was 65.
 arrow Probe into BTRC 'anomalies' demanded
A group of experts yesterday urged the government to run a probe into 'irregularities' by telecoms watchdog Bangladesh Telecommuni-cations Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in inviting applications under the
 arrow Tk 30 lakh cell phone sets seized at ZIA
Customs intelligence at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized mobile phone sets reportedly worth over Tk 30 lakh from an incoming passenger.
 arrow Perennial nuisance

 arrow Cops beat up Jubo League protest rally
Riot police yesterday baton-charged and lobbed teargas shells at Awami Jubo League workers at Bangabandhu Avenue as they held a rally, protesting Friday's arson attack on a double-decker bus that left
Businessarrow Banks allowed to fix lending rates based on mid rate
The commercial banks can now fix lending rates based on a 'mid rate,' which the bankers said will reduce hassles in rate fixation and ensure transparency in lending process.
 arrow Airfreight irritants taking toll on vegetable export
Export of fresh vegetables and fruits shows a declining trend as exporters face a host of problems including scarcity of cargo space and high handling charges in airport, speakers observed at a seminar
 arrow Commerce ministry blames policies of other ministries
The commerce ministry has blamed certain policies adopted by other ministries that contributed to the failure in containing price hike of some essential commodities.
 arrow Lift ban on yarn import thru' Benapole land port
Readymade garment industry has demanded the government to lift the ban on yarn import through Benapole land port.
 arrow Japan in final stage of bad loan disposal
Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy minister Heizo Takenaka said Sunday the Japanese economy has entered a final stage of bad loan disposal.
 arrow African leaders want G8 to shore up renaissance
Six African leaders are going to the G8 summit this week to ask rich nations to become more involved in the continent's economic renaissance and to take notice of progress in building democracy and ending
 arrow Registration in database of overseas job seekers begins
The government has started registering names of all Bangladeshi citizens seeking jobs abroad in a database.
 arrow Old Dhaka traders decry extortion, VAT structure
Traders in the old part of the capital yesterday said extortion in the locality and VAT structure pose threat to their business.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank observes 8th anniversary
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited observed its 8th founding anniversary on Thursday.
 arrow Mercantile Bank honours eminent personalities
Mercantile Bank Limited has honoured eight eminent personalities of the country with its award-2004 for outstanding contribution of their respective fields.
 arrow Koyes Sami reelected chief of SWIFT member group Bangladesh
CM Koyes Sami, managing director of The Oriental Bank Limited, has been re-elected chairperson of SWIFT member Group of Bangladesh for the term 2004-2005.
 arrow ICMAB chief elected member of Capa executive committee
AKM Delwer Hussain, president of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB), has been elected a member of the Executive Committee of Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants
 arrow Pacific rim chiefs call for global trade talks
Trade leaders from 21 countries around the Pacific, who represent almost half of world trade, tried to give global trade talks a jolt on Saturday with a strong statement supporting a key July deadline
Sportsarrow Cricket: Enjoy every bit of Lara
There was something weirdly inevitable about Brian Lara's innings on the second day of the final Test at Sabina Park.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
It was a satisfying day's cricket for the West Indies and a day which they can rightfully claim to have dominated.
 arrow Football: BFF be wise
The executive committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will give its verdict today on whether giants Abahani Krira Chakra win the last automatic qualification spot for the final phase of the4th
 arrow Cricket: England into the lead
Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones gave England the edge as they established a first innings lead against New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali yet to decide?
World record-smashing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has yet to decide whether to tour Australia for next month's Test series, keeping his fans and opponents in the dark.
 arrow Tennis: It's Myskina from Russia
Usually they are blondes, big and based in Florida, but French Open winner Anastasia Myskina breaks the mould of Russian female tennis players.
 arrow Cricket: Ton tastes good
Marcus Trescothick was delighted with his form after scoring 132 in the second Test at Headingley on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Retirement not on his mind
US tennis great Andre Agassi said on Sunday that retiring from the sport was not like a gift and he would not necessarily announce his withdrawal from the sport should he win a second Wimbledon titlein
 arrow Cricket: BCB drops CCDM
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday confirmed that the CCDM (Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis) would no longer exists as a standing committee of the Board.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football opens tomorrow
The 17th Pioneer Football League will be launched tomorrow at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

LGRD and Cooperative Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan will declare the juvenile tournament open.

 arrow Hockey: Ray of hope for Rana!
Most of the executive members of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) want the punishment against national hockey player Mahbub Ehsan Rana be reduced.
 arrow Table Tennis: School TT
The CJKS-Aniruddha Barua Ani Memorial School Table Tennis tournament began at the CJKS gymnasium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating Chess from today
The Open FIDE Rating Chess competition begins today at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium.

A total of 130 players are taking part in the 9-round Swiss League meet.

 arrow Football: England hit right notes
Sven-Goran Eriksson would never admit it but the England coach must have breathed a huge sigh of relief after watching his side thrash Iceland 6-1 in their final match before Euro 2004 kicks off thisweek.
 arrow Football: The last generation
Portugal's golden generation, comprising the likes of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Fernando Couto, have their last chance to win a major football finals in Euro 2004 on home soil which begins next Saturday.
 arrow Football: Senegal start slowly
Senegal clicked in the second half to launch their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Congo in Dakar Saturday.
 arrow Football: Irish inflict Dutch pain
Holland were booed off by their fans after slipping up 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in their final warm-up ahead of the European Champion-ships here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Portugal sail past Lithuania
Portugal eased to a 4-1 victory over Lithuania on Saturday in a satisfying final warm-up match before they begin their quest for a home victory at Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Croatia down Denmark
Croatia beat Denmark 2-1 away in the two teams' final warm-up on Saturday before the start of Euro 2004 in Portugal next weekend.
 arrow Football: Kiwis stay alive
New Zealand kept in the hunt for the 2006 World Cup qualifying race with a make-or-break 2-0 win over Fiji in their Oceania Nations Cup match here on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow AL launches arson attack on bus
Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday accused main opposition Awami League (AL) of arson attack on a double-decker bus
 arrow Govt plans to amend contempt of court laws
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed at a press conference yesterday said that the government was considering updating the contempt of court laws and the amendments would be placed before the cabinet for approval
 arrow Cops nab who took RU dy registrar to hospital
Police are yet to find out any clue to the murder of Muhammad Mustafa, deputy registrar of Rajshahi University (RU) and ward level Jamaat leader.
 arrow 21 bank officials fall sick after taking stale snack
Twenty-one commercial bank officials fell sick after taking stale snack during a routine training pro-gramme at the Bangladesh Bank Training Academy yesterday.
 arrow Bus driver, storekeeper shot, 2 others stabbed
Criminals shot and wounded a bus driver and a storekeeper and stabbed two others in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 5 suspects sent to capital for quizzing
Five people, arrested in Sylhet in connection with the Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) Shrine blast, were sent to the capital yesterday night for quizzing before a joint interrogation cell.
 arrow Criminals kill expatriate
Unknown criminals slaughtered a man and dumped his severed body on Bishwa Road near Khilgaon Community Centre yesterday.
Nationalarrow Waterlogging a perennial problem in Patuakhali
Patuakhali town dwellers suffer a lot due to inundation of town areas during flood or high tide.
 arrow Steps needed to bring back lost glory of cottage industry
Sarupkathi upazila in Pirojpur district was once famous for small and cottage industries.

The cottage industries grew up on both sides of the river Sandha.

 arrow Syedpur poura chairman sued
Newly elected Syedpur Pourasabha (municipality) chairman Akhtar Hossain Badal was sued within seven days of taking charge of the municipality.
 arrow UP chairman, 5 others sued for injuring four in Tala UZ
Dhandia Union Parishad (UP) chairman and five others were sued on Saturday for injuring four persons including a woman at village Katakhali in Tala upazila (UZ).
 arrow 2 women among 20 hurt in Kalaroa clash
At least 20 persons including two women were injured, eight of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups over a disputed land at village Diganta in Kalaroa upazila on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'It's the journalists' job to shine the light of publicity in that dark corner'
Janet Steele, media critic and Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, recently visited Bangladesh and exchanged her thoughts on western and local media with
 arrow Indo-Bangladesh relations: Qualitative change in the offing?
Indo-centric South Asian countries are feeling elated by the announcements and statements of Indian leadership of newly elected Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, which categorically
Culturearrow Print making with folk themes
Muslim Mia's exhibition at Alliance Francaise was a delight of prints. The reason why Muslim Mia went into print making was because he was fascinated by the divisions in the details of the art form.
 arrow The taste of success
Has anyone ever thought of 'fried breeze' or 'smashed dew with murmuring rice'? Or ever tried 'sunshine bread' with 'gravy of rainbow', or 'rain yoghurt'? And this is for sure, no one ever imagines of
 arrow A chit-chat with Ferdous
Ferdous Ahmed, a prominent actor of the silver screen, talked to our correspondent about his career. In his words:
Film career
'I am shooting a number of films right now.

 arrow New series Beast Master on channel i from today
Another new series starts on Channel-i today at 9:35 pm. Starring Daniel Goddard in the lead role, the action-adventure series is dubbed in Bangla like the other series of Channel-i.
 arrow Tributes to Anjuman Ara Begum
Sargam, the only regular magazine on the music of Bangladesh, recently organised a discussion meeting. The function was held to pay respects to the late Anjuman Ara Begum. A musical soiree was also organised.
 arrow JLo marries singer Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her home on June 5, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.
Generalarrow Bangladesh team reaches base camp
Bangladesh Everest Team-1 had successfully reached the base camp located at the 17,300 feet height of the Mount Everest.
 arrow India's energy deal within region to ensure US interest
The United States wants that India's energy demand be fulfilled within the region to ensure the energy security of the United States itself, says a leading energy expert of the country.
 arrow 2 to die,4 get life
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced two persons to death and four to life in jail for killing an insurance official in Netrakona on January 26 in 1998.
 arrow 3 brothers killed as bus runs them over in sleep
Three brothers were killed while in sleep under the wheels of a truck as it rammed into their roadside grocery at Birganj in Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow Timbers worth Tk 7.13 lakh seized
Members of Coast Guard West Zone seized 1,326 cft timbers worth Tk 7.13 lakh in separate drives on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Timbers worth Tk 7.13 lakh seized
Members of Coast Guard West Zone seized 1,326 cft timbers worth Tk 7.13 lakh in separate drives on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Ramendu re-elected World ITI VP
Ramendu Majumdar, President of the Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), was re-elected vice-president of the World ITI and president of the ITI Communication Committee at the
 arrow 1164 more held
Police arrested 1,164 people, including two listed criminals, during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow UNSC meets as deal nears on Iraq
The UN Security Council was called to a special meeting yesterday as talks on a US-British resolution outlining the June 30 handover of power in Iraq inched closer to a deal.
 arrow Assam braces for annual flooding
Thousands of tribals in India's northeastern Assam state were racing yesterday to repair boats and build bamboo rafts as fears rose that the rain-swollen Brahmaputra River would spill its banks.
 arrow Americans call for end to Iraq occupation
Hundreds of anti-war protesters rallied from the White House to the West Coast on Saturday, calling for an end to the US-led occupation of Iraq and the immediate withdrawal of American troops.
 arrow Bush, Chirac hail lasting Transatlantic ties
The alliance forged between the United States and Europe during World War II remains strong and necessary, President Bush told an event commemorating the 1944 D-Day landings Sunday.
 arrow ME conflict fuelling terror in SE Asia
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is generating widespread outrage among Muslims in Southeast Asia and hampering the region's efforts to subdue Islamic terrorism, the defence ministers of Malaysia andSingapore
 arrow US and world mourn Reagan's death
From all corners of the planet, the eulogies streamed in a torrent of words for the president known as the Great Communicator, the man who aimed his message at regular people and whose enemies and friends
 arrow BJP revamps top brass
Revamping the party after the electoral debacle, BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday appointed former Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley as general secretaries while giving more representation
 arrow Europe's big 3 to push for cooperation with Iran over nuke
Europe's big three -- Britain, France and Germany -- are not ready to break off cooperation with Iran in uncovering its nuclear secrets despite damning new revelations from the UN nuclear watchdog, diplomats
 arrow 'Americans, French want Bush out'
A majority of French and 51 percent of Americans are opposed to US President George W.
 arrow Govt committed to repeal of Pota, says Pranab
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre is committed to the repeal of Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) which was very much part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the ruling
 arrow More prisoners freed from Abu Ghraib
Nine busloads of Iraqi prisoners were released from the notorious Abu Ghraib jail yesterday as the US-led coalition pressed on with its programme to free detainees no longer considered a security threat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rumsfeld's whirlwind tour
Despite the fact that US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld was diplomatic enough to avoid a direct request to Dhaka to send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, there can be little doubt that hoping topersuade
 arrow Editorial: Police high-handedness against opposition
The police action against opposition activists during hartal hours on Saturday has clearly shown that the government is in no mood to allow them space.
 arrow Bumpy road ahead for Congress
India's financial market went awry by throwing a bit of tantrum and Bombay's stock exchange tumbled once it became clear that the country's next government would be led by Congress at the head of a grand
 arrow Send the troops but keep them safe
By the time this reaches the readers, the much talked about visit of US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld will be over and the two sides would have had intense negotiations about a myriad of security
 arrow In defence of the CMP
It has been called "Crash Mar-kets Programme," "Common Marxist Programme," even "Recipe for Disaster.
 arrow Terror not economics rules price of oil
Historically, higher oil prices had always led to blaming Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), unless of course the disruption in the supply was caused by external factors, like war.
Letters to Editorarrow Imperialist designs
Has the world become a jungle? And where is the sovereignty of the weak countries? Today Powell, Rocca, Rumsfeld etc.
 arrow Same-sex marriage
Omar Sharif is incorrect in claiming "the fundamental unit of our society is subject to change and evolution".
 arrow Steve Waugh's comments
I was surprised by Steve Waugh's comment 'Throw Zimbabwe out' on the present state of Zimbabwe's cricket where he further said that there was no place for teams picked on colour rather than merit (DSsports
 arrow FM's visit to India
I am heartened by the editorial (DS June 3rd) on Morshed-Natwar talks in New Delhi. As a regular reader of the DS, I agree that this paper has consistently supported the cause of Bangladesh-India friendship.
 arrow Admission into public universities
After reading many letters on brain drain, I just couldn't help but write on the disparity faced by English medium students in getting into good public universities which offer subjects of their choice
 arrow Coincidence!
The opposition parties called a 24-hour hartal during the visit of Mr. Powell who was in the city for a few hours only.
 arrow For infrastructural development
For commerce and investment, 2004 is a real challenge for Bangladesh.
 arrow Howz that!
When the big heads of the cricket world were crticizing the efforts of Bangladeshi players and strongly opposing them having the Test status, Bangladesh gave a big blow on the face of them in the first
 arrow Slow traffic
The photo in the front page of your May 31 issue showed the problem of slow traffic snarling the vehicular traffic, but I found the heading insensitive.
Star Cityarrow 2,500 cases undecided for lack of autopsy reports
At least 2,500 murder and unnatural death (UD) cases hang in the balance, as doctors did not hand in autopsy reports in time, home ministry officials said in an allegation that the forensic department
 arrow A run-down underpass cries for attention
Lack of maintenance left the much-used underpass of the city's busiest road at Karwan Bazar in a run-down condition, causing inconvenience to its users.
 arrow A Perennial Concern

 arrow Experts repeat call for quake preparedness
Experts predict the deaths of at least 96,000 people, injuries of 1,27,000 and the collapse of 28 percent of the existing buildings if a moderate earthquake hits the city.
 arrow Venus to move across the sun tomorrow
June 8, 2004 will add to scientific history when Venus will move across the sun -- an event that can be seen from the Earth in a six-hour spectacle and can be viewed from the Kalabagan Krira Chakra playground.
 arrow Karwan Bazar needs a parking lot
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to take any steps to recover the designated parking area in Karwan Bazar, 'secretly' leased in 1999 to a group of shop owners.