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Front Pagearrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Rejoinder
The Police Headquarters on Thursday contradicted part of a news item published in The Daily Star on June 9.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Injunction against Scholastica authorities
A court on Thursday put an injunction against the Scholastica School authorities' imposing extra annual charges and fees on students.
Businessarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.

Sportsarrow Cricket: One-day Whatmore
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is looking forward to working with his boys only for one-day cricket in the next four months.
 arrow Football: 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
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: England recover
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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: Coaches for France
If a straw poll of Euro 2004 coaches is anything to go by France are set to retain their continental crown.
 arrow Football: Life in the Swedish lane
When Freddie Ljungberg is with Arsenal, he travels first class and stays in the best hotels.
 arrow Football: 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.

 arrow Table Tennis: 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.
 arrow Football: Ctg soccer
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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
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.
Metropolitanarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Nationalarrow Silent killer spreads in N dists
Buerger, a silent killer disease that rots vital limbs like leg, is spreading in northern districts.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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,
 arrow '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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow UGC team starts probe into Katka tragedy
Prof Dr Monirul Huq and Prof Dr.
 arrow BCL activist killed in Barisal
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist was murdered before his elder brother in Babuganj here on Wednesday night.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Point-Counterpointarrow 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.
 arrow 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,
Culturearrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow New Lalon and flute albums launched
Four new albums of songs of Lalon and two instrumental of flute were launched on June 10.
 arrow Gregory Peck
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.
 arrow Bollywood

 arrow Sculpture

Generalarrow '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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

Internationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
Editorialarrow Editorial: 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.
 arrow Editorial: 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.
 arrow Good governance and economic progress
Bangladesh is making headlines again and for the wrong reasons.
 arrow 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 Editorarrow 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
 arrow PMO's Acting Secretary
The news about the forced retirement of the Acting Secretary at the PMO caught most of us by great surprise.
 arrow 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.
 arrow BBC poll
Though Mr. MM Asaduzzamen and Mr.
Literaturearrow 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.
 arrow 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.