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Front Pagearrow Boost for opposition, worry for BNP
By-polls debacle of the BNP in Munshiganj-1 has sent a sense of worry in the key ruling party and emboldened the opposition in the anti-government movement and in fighting the next Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow NGOs getting bigger healthcare role
The government is engaging more non-government organisations (NGOs) in healthcare service provision following donors' rebuke for poor implementation of some major health programmes involving Tk 1,172crore
 arrow Rare Venus transit across Sun today
The planet Venus is set to glide across the face of the Sun today, a rare event that will last 100 times longer than a solar eclipse and could cause blindness.
 arrow 1 killed in attack on Mahi's victory parade
A supporter of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) was killed and several others were injured in an attack on the victory procession of MP-elect Mahi B Chowdhury at Kamargaon in Srinagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow RMG export may fall 5pc in FY06: IMF
The looming expiry of Multi-Fibre Agreement (MFA) quotas will cause at least a 5-percent decline in apparel export from Bangladesh in financial year (FY) 2005-06, projected an International Monetary Fund
 arrow Nurul Islam charged with leaking information
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday filed a case against AHM Nurul Islam, forced into retirement as the acting secretary to the premier, and three government employees on charge of leaking 'highly
 arrow Norwegian aid dips by 40pc
Norwegian grants for Bangladesh development programmes have been reduced 40 percent for 'lack of good governance and law and order downslide'.
 arrow Default loans creep up during Jan-Mar
The amount of default loans has seen a sharp rise of 0.39 percentage point or Tk 689 crore in the first three months of the current year.
 arrow Outstanding issues with Dhaka to be resolved
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam yesterday emphasised that his country would seek to resolve all outstanding issues with Bangladesh that he described as an important neighbour.
 arrow Explosive could not be identified
The Department of Explosives has failed to identify the object used in Friday's arson attack on a BRTC double-decker bus at Sheraton Hotel crossing that killed 10 people and injured 15 others.
 arrow Naogaon SP denies arrest order
Law enforcers could not capture vigilante operations commander Bangla Bhai, as they did not have any arrest order from high-ups, Naogaon Superintendent of Police (SP) Fazlur Rahman said in reply to ashowcause
 arrow Outlaws kill 4 in Pabna
Underground operatives killed four young men in separate incidents in Ataikula upazila of Pabna district yesterday.
 arrow BBC cameraman slain, journalist wounded in Saudi terror attack
An Irish cameraman was shot dead and a British BBC correspondent wounded in the latest attack by suspected Islamist extremists trying to chase Western "infidels" from Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Canadian, EC envoys urge govt for medical help to Faruque, David
The acting Canadian high commissioner, European Commission (EC) envoy and acting chief of the DFID, Bangladesh have urged the government to shift detained Proshika president and vice-president to an appropriate
 arrow PM asks cops to maintain order
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked police officers to maintain law and order and ensure security of life and property of the people.
 arrow 40 feared dead in Indian boat capsize
A boat crowded mainly with women and children capsized in a river in eastern India yesterday, with at least 40 people feared dead, district officials said.
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 arrow 7 implicated
Police yesterday implicated three arrestees and other suspected members of the two militant camps in Hathazari and Rangunia in two separate cases of anti-state activities and unlawful assembly.
 arrow 12 killed in Feni road crash
At least 12 people, including five women, were killed and 10 others injured when a truck fell upside down into a roadside ditch at Lemua, 15km from Feni town, last night.
 arrow 25 BRTC buses damaged during alliance rule
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) authorities yesterday claimed hartal pickets set ablaze 25 buses in its fleet during the coalition government rule, causing the state-run organisationover
 arrow Ornamentation of roads...

 arrow Govt to form body for working out a plan
The government decided only yesterday to form a committee for working out a plan to counter a Dutch court verdict that asked Bangladesh early this year to comply with its order to avoid possible confiscation
 arrow Abductors free schoolboy, pick expatriate
Abductors yesterday freed a schoolboy of Kumarkhali but kidnapped an expatriate, the third case of abduction in the last three days.
 arrow Cabinet okays change in criminal law
The cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday approved a draft on the Criminal Law Amendment (amendment) Act 2004.
 arrow Govt agencies asked to repay BPC dues
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday asked various government agencies to clear their dues with Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in specific instalments.
 arrow Dhaka sees Iraq interim govt positively
Bangladesh yesterday described the formation of the interim government in Iraq as a positive development in the process of establishing the will of the Iraqi people.
Businessarrow New overseas bank branches help clock $3b remittance in 11-month
Opening of new overseas branches by some Bangladeshi banks have helped significantly in boosting remittance flow to the tune of three billion US dollars in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow BGMEA asks govt to allow yarn import thru' land port
Garment exporters yesterday demanded withdrawal of the ban on yarn import through land ports and sought effective measures to stop smuggling and tax evasion in yarn import for which the restriction was
 arrow Government change in KL delays manpower export from Dhaka
Delay in preparing training module with the change of leadership in Malaysia is delaying in resumption of manpower export from Bangladesh, even after inking an agreement between the two countries some
 arrow Entrepreneurs seek more Japanese investment
As a first-ever Japanese trade fair opens here today, country's private sector yesterday urged Japan to make more investment in Bangladesh and reduce the Dhaka-Tokyo trade gap.
 arrow Mongla Port introduces new cargo handling system
Mongla Port Authority (MPA) introduced 'Mercantile Labour System' from yesterday for efficient handling of cargo.
 arrow Bangladesh, Iran agree to promote trade, tourism
Bangladesh and Iran have agreed to exchange visits of private delegations between the two countries to explore and promote further opportunities of cooperation in the fields of trade, culture and tourism
 arrow GP selects 60 winners of Mobile Mela raffle draw
GrameenPhone (GP) yesterday selected 60 winners through a raffle draw among the visitors of just concluded Mobile Mela, a fair of cellphone sets and accessories organised by the leading cellphone operator
 arrow Siemens renews deal with American Express TRS
Siemens Bangladesh Ltd has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Bangladesh with American Express Bank Travel Related Services.
 arrow G8 meeting to weigh Iraq, poor countries' debts
Leaders of the world's industrialised powers will grapple this week with how much of Iraq's debt should be cancelled, raising concerns the issue will overwhelm promises of debt relief for poor countries.
 arrow GM to invest $3b in China
US auto giant General Motors announced an ambitious expansion drive in China Monday, investing more than three billion dollars over the next three years and doubling capacity as it strives to close the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Guyanese grilling
It was a Guyanese party at Sabina Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
The party stands are a must at any cricket ground in the Caribbean and they are usually sponsored by popular local beer brands.
 arrow Football: Abahani, Russell in
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has finally decided to give both Abahani Krira Chakra and Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra automatic qualifying berths for the second phase of the fourth National Football
 arrow Cricket: Sweet English revenge
England's pace attack skittled New Zealand for 161 runs on a difficult Headlingley surface before cruising to a nine-wicket triumph in the second Test to seal the series.
 arrow Tennis: Gaudio the great
Argentina's Gaston Gaudio won the French Open title here on Sunday in dramatic circumstances saving two match points as he battled back to a 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 win against injury-hit compatriot Guillermo
 arrow Tennis: 'McEnroe inspired me'
French Open miracle man Gaston Gaudio believes last-minute advice from American legend John McEnroe helped him conquer his demons and achieve an unlikely Grand Slam triumph at Roland Garros.
 arrow Cricket: Murali, Bedi may collide
An unsavoury rift broke out Monday between two of cricket's most famous spin bowlers after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan threatened to take India's Bishan Bedi to court over "chucking" allegations.
 arrow Tennis: He'll have to wait
He is the king without a crown, the man who had it all and let it fall from his grasp.
 arrow Cricket: Malik to coach young ones
Disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salim Malik, sidelined from the sport by a lifetime ban for match-fixing, plans to open a private coaching centre for young players later this year.
 arrow Cricket: High-performance discipline!
Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud learned a lesson of what high performance is all about in a bitter way on Sunday.
 arrow Boxing: Nat'l jr boxing begins today
The 17th National Junior Boxing Championship begins today at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ctg TT
Municipal Model High moved into the team event final of the CJKS-Aniruddha Barua Memorial school table tennis competition defeating MES High 3-0 in the first semifinal yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: BDR b'ball
Rangpur emerged champions in the Bangladesh Rifles inter-sector basketball championship defeating Chittagong 79-72 in the final at the BDR Headquarters in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Open chess on
The Open Fide Rating Chess began at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Late penalty denies Brazil
Brazil retain-ed top place in the South American zone qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup finals despite dropping two points to a late penalty in their game against Chile here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Voeller won't push panic button
Germany's brittle defence in their 2-0 defeat by Hungary here on Sunday has sent the alarm bells ringing ahead of the 2004 European championships but coach Rudi Voller refused to press the panic button.
 arrow Football: FA upset at ruling
England are to ask UEFA for a clear ruling on hooligans after Europe's football chiefs insisted they would have to take responsibility for the behaviour of all England fans in Portugal.
 arrow Football: Cameroon come from behind
Cameroon started a campaign to qualify for the World Cup a fifth consecutive time by coming from behind to beat Benin 2-1 in Yaounde Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zidane rescues France
Zinedine Zidane fired home a late volley for a 1-0 win over compact Ukraine at the Stade de France here on Sunday to boost France in their final Euro 2004 warm-up match.
Metropolitanarrow Body to be exhumed for autopsy
The body of Fahmida Farah Islam, a teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), could not be exhumed yesterday despite a court order.
 arrow Govt has become dysfunctional
Not a single pro-people decision was taken by the present government since it took the office, said the leaders of five left party at a press conference in the city yesterday.
 arrow Mizan killers issue death threats to his brothers
Family members of Mizanur Rahman Mizan, an expatriate who was killed in the city on Sunday, are passing their days in great panic as the killers have issued death threats to his four brothers.
 arrow Two shot, 1 stabbed
Two people were shot while another was stabbed in two separate incidents at Dhanmondi and Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 WB projects discussed
The five-member World Bank (WB) delegation called on Advisor to the Prime Minister on Primary and Mass Education Prof Jahanara Begum at PMO here yesterday.
 arrow Second death anniversary of Sony today
Today is the second death anniversary of Sabequnnahar Sony, the first female student to fall victim to campus violence.
 arrow 1251 more held
Police arrested 1,251 people, including two listed criminals, during their countrywide drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Mock budget session aims at transparency in local govts
It was a day with a difference for the people of a remote village in Romjannagar union of Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow River erosion wreaks havoc in Netrakona
River erosion wreaked havoc on three upazilas in the district in recent days.
 arrow Officials asked to make foodgrains procurement drive a success
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon on Sunday gave a directive to the district food department officials to launch a massive drive to make this year's IRRI-Boro procurement drive a complete
 arrow Woes of a village policeman
Abdur Rashid Bakshi, a Gram Police (village policeman) of Alinagar union in Bhola faces a hard time.

Economic hardship has turned him apathetic.

 arrow 2 'outlaws' remanded
Two alleged activists of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Red flag) who were arrested at Syedpur on Friday night were remanded for five days for interrogation on Sunday.
 arrow Sherpur BNP body approved after 8 months of election
NETRAKONA: A 101-member committee of Sherpur district BNP was approved by the party secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, also the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives on
Point-Counterpointarrow The city that Kalaketu built
The most important thing about the city that Kalaketu built over four hundred years ago was that it was a planned Bengali city, as beautifully and rationally planned as can be found in a fabulous literary
 arrow What is wrong with our police?
The last time I wrote on this subject was nearly two years ago.
Culturearrow Afzal Hossain: An artiste with diverse talents
Afzal Hossain is a well-known name on the television circuit. From the mid-1970s, when he made his debut on the small screen, he has become an icon as a romantic hero.
 arrow Herbert Achternbusch's anarchic universe
Herbert Achternbusch remains the least known of the filmmakers from the New German Cinema, despite being one of the most prolific exponents.
 arrow Lord of the Rings triumphs at MTV Movie Awards
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has won two gongs at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards. The final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy won the best film and best action sequence awards.
 arrow Ripples of children's imagination
Nothing is more beautiful than the ripples created in a child's imagination whenever he or she is given a piece of coloured paper, a lump of plasticine or a chalk.
 arrow Remembering Anjuman Ara
News of the death of Anjuman Ara reminds me of one wonderful dusk we spent together in the early 1970s. During that period I used to spend most of my evenings with a family in Segun Bagicha.
 arrow Silver jubilee celebration of Bangladesh Film Archive begins
Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) has arranged a three-day long programme, from June 8 to June10 to celebrate it's silver jubilee at the National Museum Auditorium from today.

At 3 p.m.

 arrow Tony Awards 2004
Winners of the 2004 Tony Awards (from L) Idina Menzel, best leading actress in a musical for Wicked, Hugh Jackman, best leading actor in a musical for The Boy from Oz, Phylicia Rashad, best leading
Generalarrow End parliament boycott culture to ensure good governance
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for an end to 'parliament boycott culture' to make parliamentary democracy more effective and ensure good governance.
 arrow Hasina blames govt for bus arson
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the government for the arson at a double-decker bus on Friday night that left ten people burnt to death, and said the ruling alliance men did
 arrow Tk 265.98crore KCC budget announced
Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman yesterday announced a Tk 265.98 crore budget of Khulna City Corporation for 2004-05 fiscal year.

In the proposed budget, Tk 36.

 arrow Jawadul Karim laid to rest
Jawadul Karim, an eminent journalist and press advisor to Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was laid to rest at Banani graveyard yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Orientation held at Presidency University
The orientation programme for newly admitted students of the summer semester at Presidency University was held on the university premises in Gulshan, Dhaka on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow Bring killers of Didar to book immediately: BJP
Bangladesh Jaitya Party yesterday called on the government to bring the killers of BJP leader Golam Parvez Didar immediately.
Internationalarrow Sharon faces battle to keep coalition afloat
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was facing a battle yesterday to keep his coalition from fracturing and maintain his majority in parliament after winning qualified cabinet approval for his Gaza pullout
 arrow Iraq, US to coordinate military operations
Iraq and the United States pledged to coordinate military operations and work together to help safeguard the country's security after the transfer of sovereignty to the new interim Iraqi government on
 arrow US to pullout 12,500 troops from S Korea
The United States plans to withdraw 12,500 troops from South Korea by the end of next year, slashing by one third its forces aligned against North Korea, a senior South Korean official announced yesterday.
 arrow Aid agencies suspend Pakistan operations
Several international aid organisations have suspended their operations in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, following threats of suicide attacks.
 arrow Security zones around foreign missions
Authorities yesterday declared "high security zones" around foreign missions in violence-hit Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, after 51 people were killed in a month of bloodshed and three days of riots.
 arrow CBI finds 'stolen' Tagore treasures
A silver-mounted bamboo casket, a bronze medal from Japan and one from Yale University, which were listed as stolen after the burglary at Rabindra Bhavan, have now been found in the museum.
 arrow 38 Pak pilgrims killed as truck plunges into ravine
At least 38 Muslim pilgrims from the same village were killed and eight others injured when a truck carrying them plunged into a ravine near the northwestern Pakistani town of Abbotabad, police said yesterday.
 arrow New UK visa restrictions branded racist
Black and anti-racist groups have reacted vehemently to the Tony Blair government's move to introduce what they termed "racist restrictions" in the country's current visa procedures.
 arrow 'A free Iraq' to signal end of US mission: Bush
US President George W.
 arrow Tigers in push for self-rule
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels announced Sunday plans to use their proxies in parliament to press for self-rule in the island's embattled regions amid failure by peace broker Norway to revive negotiations.
 arrow SC to hear EC's plea for vacation of Rajya Sabha polls June 9
The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday an application by the Election Commission seeking vacation of the stay on the election of 65 members to the Rajya Sabha.
 arrow Afghanistan hit by wave of attacks
Violent weekend attacks against UN workers and government officials have renewed fears for Afghanistan's landmark democratic polls this year, as voter registration sites were open across the whole country
 arrow State funeral for Reagan
The remains of former US president Ronald Reagan was moved to his library in Simi Valley, California, Monday, for beginning a grand but sombre five-day farewell that will culminate in a state funeralon
Editorialarrow Editorial: Munshiganj by-election
The Munshiganj-1 by-election passed off last Sunday, yielding a verdict in favour of Bikalpa Dhara candidate Mahi B Chowdhury. All eyes were focused on the event for two reasons.
 arrow Editorial: Ronald Reagan no more
Within the US, Ronald Reagan, the republic's 40th president, was revered as the father of the modern conservative movement, and, even among those who disagreed with his politics, respected as an optimistic
 arrow Editorial: First anniversary greetings
We join the paper's patrons in celebrating New Age's first anniversary and wish its management, staff, and workers the very best in overcoming all possible challenges in producing a quality newspaperin
 arrow Pockets of poverty and points to ponder
It is now a widely accepted fact that Bangladesh has witnessed substantial improvements in overall poverty reduction over the past few decades. Empirical evidence tends to support the submission.
 arrow Securing Karachi
There are signs that our rulers have started the process of making the necessary adjustments and political compromises to secure this city from boiling over into disaster.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket
I read with avid interest the write-up of Megasthenes "Of and for cricket" (D.S. 29/5/004)which took me down memory lane .
 arrow The gravity of the situation
Our over-enthusiastic politicians have to learn one grave lesson from the recent launch disasters. Keep your center of gravity lowfor stable equilibrium.
 arrow Mobile phones for government offices
I refer to the letter (DS May 26) on providing mobile telephones for government officials. The bureaucracy has to keep pace with technology.