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Front Pagearrow Revenue ombudsman, new pay scale in Jan
The government is going to introduce the office of a revenue ombudsman in January next to protect taxpayers from harassment, besides announcing a new pay scale for its employees.
 arrow Ctg scrap ship gas leak wreaks havoc
A morning toxic gas leak from a scrap ship made hundreds of people ill and forced many others out of their homes in Sitakunda in Chittagong on Monday.
 arrow Budget session begins today
The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) kicks off its budget session today, with the main opposition, Awami League (AL), expected to join in after the country's biggest-ever budget of Tk 60,000 crore for financial year
 arrow Graft, high freight cost hamper FDI
Corruption, high freight charge and handling cost of sea and air cargo, exorbitant inland haulage charge, lengthy L/C procedure, thefts at airports and frequent hartals put brakes on the inflow of foreign
 arrow 22 undercover cop teams soon to watch opposition
Twenty-two undercover police teams will be deployed in the capital from Saturday to 'keep an eye on the opposition' and fight serious crime as well.
 arrow Venus, Sun union elates stargazers
Hundreds of space enthusiasts, many of them schoolchildren, in Dhaka watched a rare astronomical spectacle yesterday, the planet Venus crossing the sun's face.
 arrow Trauma at traumatology department
Doctors' neglect of duty multiplies the sufferings of several hundred outdoor patients at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) every day, aggrieved patients alleged.
 arrow Lara solace for Tigers
West Indies captain Brian Lara made a significant appearance at a shell-shocked Bangladesh dressing room right after the second Test was over at the Sabina Park on Monday.
 arrow Car bombs kill 14, six E European troops die in demining
Two car bomb attacks killed 13 Iraqis and a U.S. soldier yesterday ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote that was expected to approve a resolution on the country's move from occupation to sovereignty.
 arrow 13 die in road crashes
Thirteen people were killed and 12 others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Pabna, Rajshahi and Magura districts yesterday.
 arrow Top criminal held, AK-47 recovered in Chittagong
Police in the early hours Monday arrested a notorious criminal and following a lead from him recovered an AK-47 rifle with ammunition from Rangunia in the district yesterday.
 arrow Unanimous support for new Iraq draft
France and Germany have said they will back the latest draft resolution on Iraq's future when the UN Security Council votes on it later in the day.
 arrow Some Scholastica guardians protest excessive fees
A forum of guardians of Scholastica school students has called upon the government to formulate rules and regulations for English medium schools and stop them charging exorbitant fees.
 arrow Another trader abducted in Kushtia
Gangsters from Kushtia on Monday night kidnapped a businessman in Jhenidah and demanded a ransom of Tk 20 lakh.
 arrow Ministry acts against ship surveyors
The Ministry of Shipping yesterday took action against two key officials of the Department of Shipping in the wake of last month's deadly launch disasters in the Meghna river.
 arrow SUST teacher's body exhumed for autopsy
Gulshan police yesterday exhumed the body of an assistant professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet for autopsy, 12 days after she was buried at Banani graveyard.
 arrow Bangla Bhai hiding in Nilphamari
Bangla Bhai is now hiding in Nilphamari as police have launched a drive in Rajshahi and Naogaon to arrest the dreaded operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB).
 arrow AL man held
Police yesterday arrested an Awami League (AL) activist from city's Kathalbagan area on suspicion of his involvement in Friday's bus arson at Sheraton Hotel crossing that left 10 people killed and atleast
 arrow B Chy demands arrest of killers
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the accused killers of Masum, a BDB adherent killed in post poll violence in Munshiganj.
 arrow Proshika VP gets bail
The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail on health ground to Proshika Vice-President David William Biswas in graft cases.
 arrow Assailants gun down 'former co-gangster' in Fatulla
Assailants gunned down an alleged former fellow gangster and injured four, including three of his family, in a burst of fire in Fatulla on Monday night.
 arrow Transport strike begins in Khulna
Khulna Division Bus-Minibus Owners Association and Khulna Motor Sramik Union enforced an indefinite transport strike in Khulna from yesterday demanding a halt to movement of unauthorised vehicles in the
 arrow Pilot garbage projects in city soon
A pilot project on garbage management will be taken up in two wards of the capital besides setting up dumping centres at Gulshan, old Dhaka, and Mirpur.
 arrow Bomb kills 9-year-old girl in city
A bomb blast yesterday killed a 9-year-old scavenger at Sayedabad in the capital.
 arrow Two Indonesian volcanoes rumble
Two volcanoes in Indonesia have spewed rocks and ash high into the air, killing two tourists and forcing the evacuation of 20,000 people, officials say.
 arrow Four hostages freed in Iraq
US-led special forces have freed three Italians and a Pole held hostage in Iraq and captured some of their abductors in a bloodless rescue mission in Iraq, coalition officials say.
 arrow Plane crashes off Gabon coast, 19 feared killed
A passenger plane carrying at least 29 people has plunged into the sea off Gabon and 10 people have been rescued, officials from the aircraft's operator Gabon Express say.
 arrow UCBL staff dies of burn injuries
The United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) staff, who was set on fire, died of her injuries at a city clinic on Monday.
 arrow Dozens drown in Bagmati of Bihar
At least 30 people have died in three separate incidents while trying to cross a swollen river in eastern India, police say.
Businessarrow Major cut in supplementary duty on sugar on cards
The government is going to reduce duty on sugar by 30 percent in the coming budget to keep price of the essential item stable, a highly placed source said yesterday.

At present a staggering 103.

 arrow Japan Trade Show marks launch of Japan-Bangladesh chamber
The first-ever Japan Trade Show began in Dhaka yesterday with the official launch of Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 arrow Saifur vows customs reform to enhance trade facilitation
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday vowed to go for reforms in customs HS (harmonisation system) codes to curtail discretionary power of the appraisers and enhance trade facilitation.
 arrow Booming South Asia market lures French heavyweights
Booming South Asian market and immense potentiality in different sectors of Bangladesh have generated tremendous interest among French companies who will participate in a major event titled 'French Days'
 arrow Graft in customs rooted in biased selection, low staff salary
Low salaries and nepotism in the selection and promotion process is the root of corruption in the customs administration, speakers observed at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Japan to recruit workers from Bangladesh soon
Japan will recruit skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled Bangladeshi workforce soon for its small and big industrial units.
 arrow Dollar remains strong against taka
The US dollar remained stronger against taka in inter-bank trade yesterday as dealers were worried over the green back which hit a two-month low on the euro, dealers said.
 arrow Mercantile Bank, CDBL sign deal on scripless trade
Mercantile Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic scrips for trade settlement

under the central depository

 arrow NY welcomes Emirates' first passenger flight
More than 450 VIPs, including former astronaut Edwin Aldrin, government officials and business, travel and community leaders, thronged to join a gala dinner in New York marking Emirates' first passenger
 arrow Top automakers outline China strategies
Several of the world's top automakers laid out their plans for the key China market Tuesday, with Ford unveiling its new Focus model while its unit Mazda forecast a 37 percent spike in sales this year.
 arrow G8 seeks optimistic message on economy despite high oil price
World leaders open a summit Tuesday to instill confidence in the fastest economy since the 1970s, even as they grapple with the twin menaces of searing oil prices and rising rates.
 arrow Rato spends first day as IMF head
Spain's former finance minister Rodrigo Rato began work as the International Monetary Fund's managing director Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Catching gets batting ache
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was lamenting the fact that one extremely bad session had upset the positive performance graph of the tour of the West Indies.
 arrow Football: NFL disappoints seven
The National Football League (NFL) organising committee yesterday rejected seven entries for the qualifying rounds of the fourth edition of the competition.
 arrow Cricket: Zim summit in Dubai
A select group of cricket heavyweights will meet in Dubai on Thursday to deliberate on Zimba-bwe's future as a Test team following the revolt and subsequent sacking of 15 top players in the troubled African
 arrow Football: 'Roteiro' kicks up a row
As the kick-off date for the Euro 2004 finals approaches, the new seamless ball which will be used during the three-week tournament is being panned by a growing number of players.

"The ball is strange.

 arrow Football: Asians go all out
Asian football's heavyweights will seek to edge closer to a place in the 2006 World Cup finals as the next round of the region's marathon qualifying tournament takes place Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India, SA look for a way out
A cramped international schedule has caused itinerary problems for South Africa's tour to India later this year, India's cricket board said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Streak for Zimbabwe ban
Heath Streak, the deposed Zimbabwe captain, has called for his country to be banned from all international cricket until the International Cricket Council (ICC) investigates allegations of racial discrimination
 arrow Football: Pioneer League launched
The Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League was launched yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Hockey: BHF eying De Souza?
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has an alternative choice if they fail to sign a deal with Pakistani coach Qamar Ibrahim.
 arrow Boxing: Jr boxing begins
The 17th National Junior Boxing Championship began yesterday at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.

A total of 210 boxers from 33 clubs are taking part in the four-day meet.

 arrow Chess: Rating Chess
Thirty players jointly led the table with full two points each after end of the second round games of the Open FIDE Rating Chess competition at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: CJKS school TT
Government Muslim High School moved into the final of CJKS-Aniruddha Barua Ani Memorial School table tennis competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan rope in Richards
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Monday said they had finally convinced former South African great Barry Richards to serve as cricket consultant for their national academy in Lahore.
Metropolitanarrow Media urged to portray nat'l achievements
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday called on the media to portray national achievements and success stories reflecting the hopes and aspirations of the people.
 arrow Son's call not to politicise killing
The ruling four-party alliance and the alliance of Awami League and other pro-liberation parties here continued to blame each other for the murder of Rajshahi University (RU) deputy registrar, but his
 arrow Tk 1crore Indian sarees seized
A team of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized a huge quantity of Indian sharees and other garments worth over Tk 1 crore at Chapainawabganj yesterday.
 arrow PBCP Lal Potaka has foreign links
Outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP Lal Potaka) has links with extremist groups in six countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
 arrow Cab study blames price hike on middlemen
Prices of vegetables at Karwan Bazar wholesale market is 67 percent higher than the prices charged in Shibpur Bazar in Narsingdi because of middlemen's margin.
 arrow Labour issues discussed with ILO DG
State Minister for Labour and Employment Amanullah Aman held a meeting with Juan Somavia, Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva yesterday, says an official handout.
 arrow BCL RU council tomorrow
After seven years, the council of Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is going to be held tomorrow.
 arrow British visa centre at Sylhet reopens
The Visa Facilitation Centre at the British High Commission regional office in Sylhet opened yesterday after a 16-day closure.
Nationalarrow Kushtia Zila Parishad bungalow illegally occupied?
A government rest house in Kushtia town is now under illegal occupation of unauthorised persons.
 arrow 'Turn Nil Sagar into a sanctuary of birds'
Nil Sagar can be turned into a sanctuary of birds through plantation of saplings of bird-friendly trees like mango, jack-fruit, blackberry and guava around the tourist spot.
 arrow Time to change attitude towards disabled people
Md Siraj is a disabled youth of Bangla Bazar in Char Fashion, 15 kilometres off Bhola town.

He lives by begging from bus passengers at Bangla Bazar bus stand.

 arrow Strong local govts for good governance stressed
Participant chairmen and members of union parishads (UPs) in Narayanganj at a workshop in the town on Monday stressed on strengthening local government bodies to ensure good governance in the country.
 arrow JOBS provides training to BRAC jewelry workers
Job Opportunities and Business Support (JOBS), the project funded by USAID Bangladesh and implemented by the IRIS centre at the University of Maryland, is providing skill development training to 20 female
 arrow Khas land for Landless demanded
About 500 farmers brought out separate demonstrations in three upazila headquarters of the district on Monday demanding fulfillment of their 18-point demands.
Point-Counterpointarrow IMF needs urgent reform
Rodrigo Rato, the former Spanish Finance Minister of the recently ousted Spanish conservative government of Aznar, has been appointed as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
 arrow Things other than crises and politics for a change
Yes, at times it may seem implausible or difficult to imagine, but real life is actually made up of ingredients other than, say, the continuing bloodbath in Iraq, speculations about the Labour Party's
 arrow Key to sustainable eco-system
It is increasingly disturbing to read the daily news articles on grabbing wetlands (lakes, jheels, mangroves) and parks especially in the large cities, cutting trees and destruction of forest reservein
 arrow Blood for blood
When you face a major road traffic accident, you often bleed tremendously and the most important and urgent need is 'blood'.
Culturearrow Gaudiya Nritya: Revival of a missing link
Despite its rich heritage, Bengal did not seem to have a classical dance to call its own form for a long time.
 arrow Capturing moments in perpetuity
Naeem Hassan of Unnayan Shamannay (a centre for research), who has arranged Alok's photography exhibition, "Nature's rhapsody" at Shilparag says, "Alok, who did his MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts,
 arrow Meenkanya: A play on women trafficking
Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA), an institute to promote cultural activists of the remote areas as well as to grow awareness among the people, staged Meenkanya at Shilpakala Academy
 arrow Sir Paul and Bowie for Mojo prize
Veteran music stars Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Morrissey and others have been included in the shortlist for the inaugural Mojo magazine awards.
 arrow Annual function of State University of Bangladesh
A two day cultural competition of the State University of Bangladesh (SUB) was held recently at its campus in Dhaka, says a press release.
Generalarrow Hasina blames fanatics, police for violence against women
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government wants to tarnish the country's image by resorting to torture and repression of women.
 arrow US interested in regional peacekeeping training instt
The United States admires and supports Bangladesh's important role in international peacekeeping.
 arrow 'Rehabilitate urban landless in khas lands'
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded rehabilitation of the urban landless in khas lands occupied by the influential quarter.
 arrow WB team calls on Bhuiyan
The visiting three-member delegation of Quality Assurance Group (QAG) of World Bank called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his office yesterday.
 arrow 8 shops fined for using banned polybags
A mobile court yesterday fined eight shops of Town Hall and Agriculture Markets at Mohammadpur in the city for using banned polythene covers and bags.
 arrow 1250 more held
Police arrested 1,250 people, including one listed criminal, during their drive on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Lebanon complains to UN over Israeli air raid
Lebanon protested yesterday to the UN Security Council over an Israeli raid near Beirut, the first in four years, which the Jewish state said was a warning to Lebanon and patron Syria against cross-border
 arrow Lok Sabha plunges in turmoil
The Lok Sabha was yesterday plunged in turmoil as determined Opposition led by BJP stepped up their offensive against the Manmohan Singh government over the induction of tainted ministers, forcing adjournment
 arrow Iraqi prison abuses may qualify as war crimes: UNHCR
A UN watchdog agency has said the ouster of Saddam Hussein by US-led coalition has "relieved" the Iraqi people of "massive, systematic and institutionalised violations of human rights" but warned some
 arrow Justice Dept memo offered torture basis
The US Justice Department offered justification for the use of torture against al-Qaeda detainees in an August 2002 memo to the White House, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow al-Qaeda warns of airline attacks
A statement purportedly from al-Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia has warned of new attacks on US and Western airlines, as a Saudi diplomat said the militant group was behind an attack that killed a BBC
 arrow 312 civilians killed this yr in Kashmir
Despite the thaw in Indo-Pak relations and ceasefire on the borders, militants continued to target civilians in Jammu and Kashmir killing 312 people and injuring 706 others in the first five months of
 arrow Sharon govt survives no-confidence
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's right-wing coalition on Monday survived two separate no-confidence motions, tabled by a left-wing faction and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party Shas.
 arrow Suspected Madrid blast 'mastermind' arrested
Italy has arrested an Egyptian man considered to be a mastermind of the Madrid train bombings in the first Europe-wide swoop on Islamic militants linked to the March attack, judicial sources say.
 arrow Buddhist monks mauled in Lankan parliament
Two Buddhist monk legislators were hospitalised here after they were beaten up by government legislators in an unprecedented brawl in Sri Lanka's parliament, officials and witnesses said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on victory procession
We are shocked and horrified at the death of a Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) supporter at the hands of BNP supporters and party men who attacked the BDB's victory procession in Munshiganj last Monday.
 arrow Editorial: PM plea to cops
It would be hard to disagree with the PM's recent statement to police academy cadets.
 arrow Unending debate about ADP implementation
In the wake of the Prime Minister's directive to the Secretaries to improve performance in implementing projects under the Annual Development Programme (ADP), a lot has been written or discussedin
 arrow Trend of the thought counts
Indian FM Natwar Singh has proposed that India, Pakistan and China should evolve a common nuclear doctrine. It is an interestingly fresh idea, though traceable to 1988.
 arrow A need for grievance cell in health sector
Certain levels of grievance prevail in all jobs. It may relate to posting-transfer, training, harassment in working place, etc.
Letters to Editorarrow Honourable PM
History books will remember you and your name will remain at the top of the list for this generation and the next, which is yet to come. It is because you are the first woman prime minister of our land.
 arrow Budget
The government is going to announce the budget which is an important thing for the country's economic management. I would like to make some observations in this respect.
 arrow Dynasty strikes back
Our research into India as the world's 'Next Big Thing' slumped a little after we discovered that we really didn't like saffron... and the children refused to watch any more films from Bollywood.
 arrow Marlene Dietrich
It was a delight to read that the legendary German-born Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich's life will be made into a feature film, starring Gyneth Paltrow (D.S.
 arrow IELTS coaching
We are writing in response to Mr. Kabir's letter published in DS on May 20 on the above-mentioned subject.
 arrow Global market
We need attention by our policy makers on this issue to stay competitive for survival in the global market and our media should focus on this.
 arrow Bank loan for purchase of jewellery
If credit facilities for perishable household consumable items can be extended by banks, it is more feasible and justifiable to do the same for purchase of durable items like gold ornaments.
 arrow Savings scheme for pensioners
I have read in DS of 01 June' 04 about a Special Savings Scheme for retired government officials coming up in the next budget. It has taken me by surprise.
 arrow About quota phasing-out
The quota system in international trade will come to an end by 2005. It's a very sensitive issue for the LDCs. To them , it's like adding insult to injury, after the WTO's Cancun Summit.
 arrow Undemocratic norms
Bangladesh is a democracy. But there are some provisions and amendments to the constitution that do not comply with the democratic norms.
 arrow Sylhet bomb attack
It was a sad day for Bangladesh when someone hurled a bomb on the British High Commissioner.
 arrow Handing over of ‘sovereignty' ?
The coalition forces in Iraq are now looking forward to handing over 'sovereignty' to the representatives of Iraqi people. If you want to hand over something, first you have to own it.
 arrow University teachers and politics
Teaching in government universities is the most prestigious profession and it is definitely one of the most noblest.
 arrow Outrageous!
Why are we silently witnessing these barbaric and heinous crimes against humanity associated with so-called 'hartals' without any possible ground, which are victimizing the innocent people again and again
StarTecharrow Small businesses hold key to ICT development
Bangladesh has an underdeveloped, yet a very promising ICT sector," said Ram Venuprasad, project manager, Technical Assistance for the Development of Bangladesh's ICT sector, Commonwealth Secretariat,
 arrow Apple unveils wireless station to stream music
APPLE Computer Inc. on Monday unveiled a mobile wireless base station that lets users play digital music from their iTunes music libraries on a Macintosh or Windows computer over home stereo systems.
 arrow Intel Channel Conference I, 2004
The Intel Channel Conference I (ICC) was held at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on June 1, sys a press release.
 arrow Seminar on e-Business
Indecision and lack of foresight have forced the country to lag in the ICT sector, said Science and Information & Communications Technology Minister Abdul Moyeen Khan.
Star Chittagongarrow Ctg arms haul still a mystery
The biggest ever arms haul of the country at the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) still remains a mystery as the investigators could not make any progress in this regard.
 arrow Move to make Cwasa free from corruption
Chittagong Water and Sewerage Authority (Cwasa) has taken a reforms programme to streamline the organisation.
 arrow Worry for Fishermen

Star Cityarrow Dies down under threat?
Old Dhaka business leaders' unity against extortionists slackened under pressure from the police and local crime cartels with alleged ties to political parties.
 arrow A little attention gives a park a great facelift
Not long ago a stroll in Farmgate's Shaheed Anwara Park was unimaginable. One would have to hold his or her breath to avoid the terrible stench of human excreta.
 arrow Where Have The Covers Gone?

 arrow Poor recharging of ground water worries experts
Dhaka's ground water levels are seriously declining due to over-extraction to meet its growing demand.
 arrow Wasa plans digital metering soon to reduce systems loss
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) plans to introduce digital metering soon to implement its earlier decision on computerised billing, aimed at cutting systems loss.
 arrow New traffic signals at Gulshan set to start
The electronic traffic signal lights under the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) will be functional within a week at Gulshan-1 and 2 intersections.
 arrow Japanese Food Festival