Revenue target a challenge, yet it has to be tried|
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday described the revenue target in the proposed FY2004-2005 budget as a challenge, but wondered whether the government would be able to implement all fiscal measures.
Budget's high-reaching target to test govt's execution capacity|
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has set a high-reaching target in the proposed budget, putting the government's implementation capacity to test and a failure will only create tension on the integrity
'Proposed budget lacks strategies'|
Economists expressed mixed reaction to the national budget for the fiscal 2004-2005 yesterday, a day after Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman unveiled the layout in the Jatiya Sangsad.
Stop taxmen's graft to boost revenue|
Two leading chambers yesterday termed the targeted 16.7-percent revenue hike a challenging task, as it could be achieved only by taxmen's corruption.
Farmers poorest but key contributor to economy|
Poverty incidence is highest among the farming community in Bangladesh, a key contributor to the Gross Domestic Product, according to Bangladesh Economic Review, 2004.
Income tax riddle|
The new income tax structure proposed in the budget for FY 2004-2005 has come as a blow to lower income groups but as a boon for higher income groups.
Market cool, only fag price goes up|
Price of some cigarettes bumped up across the country while pressure cookers and LP gas went underground in Rajshahi as traders expected an imminent price hike and higher profits if their stocks are sold
Budget ignores crucial issues, says Hasina|
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted the proposed budget for FY 2004-05, alleging it did not reflect public expectations and address crucial problems likeprice-hike
Abduction panic hits tourism industry in hill districts|
Abduction panic in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has hit tourism industry in the three hill districts sharply reducing the number of tourists, particularly from foreign countries.
Rescue work ends, 2 adjacent bldgs need evacuation|
Rescue work by army and fire service personnel at the collapsed building in Shankhari Bazar ended yesterday as there is no possibility of finding anyone alive or dead.
Untreated sewage fuels health concern in city|
The presence of virulent e-coli virus in groundwater because of unsafe sewage disposal has emerged as a major health concern for the residents of overpopulated Dhaka City.
Arambagh club VP shot, youth murdered|
Assailants shot and critically wounded the vice-president (VP) of Arambagh Sporting Club in Arambagh and a gang stabbed to death an unknown youth in Khilgaon last night.
Road accident kills five in Comilla|
Seven people were killed and 19 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Manikganj yesterday.
Five were killed in Comilla while the rest in Manikganj.
Key election officials yet to receive salary despite HC order|
The Comptroller and Auditor General's Office is yet to withdraw objections to the salaries of election commissioners, one and a half months into a High Court order to drop the charges.
Cassini bears down on Saturn after 7-year trip |
A hulking, 2,442-kilogram spacecraft is nearing the end of a seven-year voyage to Saturn, where it will begin an intensive study of the solar system's second-largest planet, its rings and the stable of
Biman's 4 hired pilots fly without documents|
Four Indonesian pilots hired by Biman for operating two new F28s are flying flights in Bangladesh without visa, work permit and licence from the civil aviation authorities.
Morshed leaves today for Turkey to attend OIC conference|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan is set to leave for Turkey today to attend the third International Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) hoping to seeBangladesh's
The Police Headquarters on Thursday contradicted part of a news item published in The Daily Star on June 9.
AL to enforce half-day hartal in Bogra today|
Bogra unit of the Awami League (AL) and its front organisations have called a half-day hartal in the district for today protesting the arrest of district Jubo League President Manzurul Alam Mohon.
Rohingyas refuse ration to protest police raid|
About 8,500 Rohingya refugees in Kutupalang in Ukhia upazila have allegedly been abstaining from food rations for the last four days in protest at police raid on the camp.
Injunction against Scholastica authorities|
A court on Thursday put an injunction against the Scholastica School authorities' imposing extra annual charges and fees on students.
Trade bodies express mixed reactions to proposed budget|
A number of trade bodies have expressed mixed reactions to the proposed budget for 2004-05 fiscal year which was placed in parliament on Thursday.
Contribute more to poverty reduction|
Local and multinational companies should increase their contributions towards achieving the target of halving poverty by the year 2015 under the Millenium Development Goal, speakers at a roundtable suggested
BOC Bangladesh, CDBL sign deal|
BOC Bangladesh 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 system
Weekly Currency Roundup|
June 05-June 10, 2004
Local FX Market
Demand continued to remain high for USD in the market, which kept the USD/BDT rate very high.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is looking forward to working with his boys only for one-day cricket in the next four months.
Portugal welcomes Europe|
Portugal is all set to host the biggest sports spectacle in its history as the top 16 European teams packed with globally-known stars vie for continental supremacy in football in the Euro 2004 finalswhich
Scolari's task begins|
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup, begins another bid to make history when his Portugal team play Greece in the opening match of Euro 2004 on Saturday.
Murali may not go down under|
Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to boycott next month's tour of Australia in protest against Prime Minister John Howard's remarks that he was a 'chucker', cricket sources said Friday.
England captain Michael Vaughan helped his side recover after New Zealand took two early wickets in the third Test at Trent Bridge here on Friday.
Battle of unpredictables|
Spain need victory from their Euro 2004 debut against Russia in Group A on Saturday to avoid unwanted complications and make a convincing case for a first major title for 40 years.
Coaches for France|
If a straw poll of Euro 2004 coaches is anything to go by France are set to retain their continental crown.
Life in the Swedish lane|
When Freddie Ljungberg is with Arsenal, he travels first class and stays in the best hotels.
Euro 2004 briefs|
France defender Lilian Thuram may play the role he has always wanted as he looks forward to winning his 100th cap on Sunday against England.
"We don't know anything yet.
Ctg table tennis|
Municipal Model High School emerged unbeaten champions in the CJKS-Aniruddha Barua Memorial School Table Tennis tournament at the CJKS gymnasium on Thursday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club made a flying start in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League when the holders blanked Kallol Sangha 3-0 in the opening match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
SA to play 2 Tests in India|
South Africa will play two Test matches in India in November, the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCB) announced on Friday.
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib took solo lead with five points in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament after the end of the fifth round games at the federation hall room yesterday.
Law and order situation improves slightly|
Law and order situation in the capital has improved slightly following a number of initiatives taken by the police, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda yesterday.
Dhaka elected vice-president of UNGA|
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, was elected vice-president of the 59th UN General Assembly on Thursday.
Silent killer spreads in N dists|
Buerger, a silent killer disease that rots vital limbs like leg, is spreading in northern districts.
'Declare Land Rights Day a national day'|
Speakers at a rally of 30,000 landless people in Pabna on Thursday demanded of the government to declare the Land Rights Day a national day.
Politicos cash in on 'mofiz'|
The political situation has heated up centring a comment allegedly made at a function addressed by State Minister for Education Ehsanul Haq Milon at the town on June 6.
Team to quiz 'suspect' at Singapore hospital|
The three suspects arrested in connection with the May 21 blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal, who were taken to Dhaka for quizzing by a Joint Interrogation Cell, were brought back to Sylhet yesterday,
'Attempted smuggling by powerful syndicate'|
A powerful syndicate involving at least 15 business firms and as many people from five districts were involved in the "attempted smuggling" of 834 tonnes of fertiliser, seized by police on the Kirtonkhola
Gano Forum's hunger strike to protest land grabbing|
Leaders and activists of Gono Forum observed a two-hour token hunger strike in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office on Thursday protesting alleged encroachment of land of a temple by Jatiya Party
BSF raising barbed wire fence on no man's land|
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is raising barbed wire fence on the no man's land in Padma Shakhra border in Satkhira Sadar upazila, violating the 1974 border agreement.
They want to get rid of pourasabha |
Local people held a big rally at Sarial upazila headquarters on Wednesday demanding dissolution of the newly formed Sarail Pourasabha, alleging that it has imposed taxes without giving facilities.
UGC team starts probe into Katka tragedy|
Prof Dr Monirul Huq and Prof Dr.
BCL activist killed in Barisal|
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist was murdered before his elder brother in Babuganj here on Wednesday night.
AL leader Khaleque faces corruption case|
The district anti-corruption bureaus of Khulna and Bagerhat have submitted four chargesheets against the city Awami League (AL) president Talukdar Abdul Khaleque MP.
Meeting held on child rights|
A meeting to exchange views for creating awareness among people to establish child rights was organised by the Sishu Academy at Public Library hall here on Thursday.
Is it possible to break our parliamentary deadlock?|
We pride in calling ours a democratic country, but one needs to measure how well or badly we practice democracy. It is true we are an infant democracy. We have to learn bit by bit.
The Arab League: A forgotten ideal|
The concept of the Arab League emerged in 1942 when the British wanted to bring together the Arab-speaking nations into a unified fold and as an advantageous force against the existing Axis powers --Germany,
Tales of the borders|
While borders demarcate the sovereignty of countries, these modern symbols of national identity are also the issues of dispute between nations that share them.
Closing ceremony of the silver Jubilee celebration|
June 10 was the last day of the three-day long Silver Jubilee celebration of Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) at the National Museum.
New Lalon and flute albums launched|
Four new albums of songs of Lalon and two instrumental of flute were launched on June 10.
On June 12, 2003, Hollywood lost one of its greatest acting talents--Gregory Peck. For more than 50 years, he was a major presence in the theatre, television and on the big screen.
'People's expectations not reflected in budget’|
Different political parties, trade unions and student organisations yesterday criticised the proposed national budget for 2004-05 fiscal year, saying it did not reflect the expectations of the people.
'Take action against communal forces'|
Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday expressed deep concern at the rise of communal and fundamentalist forces in the country.
One shot dead, two bodies recovered|
Police recovered the bodies of two unidentified men in the city yesterday while criminals gunned down a man in Dhanmondi on Thursday night.
Burn unit opens at Abdul Wadud Memorial Hospital|
A burn unit has been opened at Rupsha Reverend Abdul Wadud Memorial Hospital to treat the patients with acid burns.
Police press charges against five accused|
Police have pressed charges against five accused in UP chairman Amir Azam Khan murder case.
They are Bulbul Hossain, Sumon alias Nuruzzaman, Shaikh Belal, Disco Sattar and Shawkat Hossain alias Shakha.
Robbery in Ctg: Four arrested|
Police arrested four alleged robbers after a gang looted valuables worth about Tk three lakh from a house at Boyeelgaon in Banshkhali upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
Salesman shot dead in Ctg|
Armed muggers shot dead a salesman of a bakery and looted a confectionery shop in separate incidents in the port city on Thursday night.
Luton University Open Day|
The University of Luton, UK, is going to organise an 'Open Day', an education exhibition, in Dhaka on June 13.
The Open Day will be held at Sheraton hotel from 10.00am to 8.00pm.
US admits its terror report was wrong|
The State Department said on Thursday its report that the number of international "terrorist" attacks fell last year was wrong and in fact had risen sharply.
Reagan's state funeral caps days of mourning|
Six days of mourning and rosy remembrance for Ronald Reagan approached a climax yesterday as world leaders and veterans of the Cold War gathered at Washington's National Cathedral to take part in the
Pak troops pound militants with artillery in tribal belt|
Pakistani forces hunting al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants bombed and shelled a remote tribal region yesterday, where the military said more than 53 people been killed in three days of fighting.
US probes if Gaddafi ordered Saudi leader's killing|
The United States is investigating allegations Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered the assassination of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, US officials said on Thursday.
Coup bid thwarted in Congo|
A coup attempt by members of the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential guard was thwarted overnight, and troops loyal to President Joseph Kabila were pursuing the would-be putschists yesterday asthey
Tigers hold talks with Lankan president|
Proxy political representatives of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels held talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga on reviving stalled peace negotiations, Tamil politicians said yesterday.
UN resolution may save US from 'hell it created' in Iraq: Rafsanjani|
The UN Security Council resolution passed this week enshrining the terms of Iraqi sovereignty could save the United States "from the hell that it created," an influential former Iranian president said
People have realised BJP's 'true colours', says Sonia|
Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for ridiculing her party's ability to firm up a coalition before the elections and said that the ease with which it formed
US to widen Iraqi prison abuse probe|
The Pentagon plans to widen a probe into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners to include actions of the top US commander in Iraq while Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld requested that autopsies be conducted when
Budget: Can it be implemented?|
This is our initial reaction to the budget proposals for fiscal 2004-2005. More will follow as it must, given the thought-provoking nature of the extraordinary budget betraying a certain political overtone.
Adulterated alcohol claiming more lives|
Lack of supervision, failure to punish illegal alcohol traders and above all complete ignorance and unawareness among consumers contributed to the unfortunate death of four men in Kushtia last week.
Good governance and economic progress|
Bangladesh is making headlines again and for the wrong reasons.
More moral than legal|
I HAVE placed before the nation an issue which is more moral than legal. It is not directed against any individual. Nor is it against any political party.
|Letters to Editor||
Environment and development|
In the past, development was considered as purely an economic phenomenon, where the economic progress was an essential component of development, while environmental issues were seen as those thattried
PMO's Acting Secretary|
The news about the forced retirement of the Acting Secretary at the PMO caught most of us by great surprise.
What is our fault?|
It's my fourth year running in the department of English at Chittagong University, but very surprisingly I'm still in the second year class.
Though Mr. MM Asaduzzamen and Mr.
Toba Tek Singh*|
Two or three years after the 1947 Partition, it occurred to the governments of India and Pakistan to exchange their lunatics in the same manner as they had exchanged their criminals.
Stray Thoughts on the Hobson-Jobson|
The full name is a marching band: Hobson-Jobson, A Glossary of Anglo-Indian Words or Phrases and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical Geographical and Discursive.