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Front Pagearrow Mannan to get 'Kula' under HC order
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the returning officer to allocate 'Kula' (winnowing fan) symbol to the Bikalpa Dhara in Dhaka-10 by-polls to be held in 24 days.
 arrow Local industry takes a knock from tariff proposals
The proposed reduction of tariff slab and supplementary duties will affect a number of local industries.
 arrow Talks on budget begin today
The Jatiya Sangsad today begins a 40-hour discussion on the proposed budget for fiscal 2004-05 with the main opposition Awami League (AL), which has been boycotting the House, set to stage a comebackto
 arrow Insurgents kill Iraqi deputy FM
Gunmen ambushed and killed an Iraqi deputy foreign minister as he went to his Baghdad office yesterday, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Demand for 40 percent ADP funds for UPs
The government should enhance the Annual Development Programme (ADP) allocation for Union Parishads (UPs) to 40 percent from less than two percent now to ensure people's participation in formulating and
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead in Mirpur
Unknown assailants gunned down a local leader of ruling BNP's youth front in a hail of bullets near his house at Mirpur-1 and a cell-phone set trader-cum-repairer at his shop in Dhanmondi in separateincidents
 arrow HC stays govt move for FBCCI top bosses' removal
The FBCCI yesterday skirted an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) as a last-minute High Court order stayed a commerce ministry directive to add a provision to the apex trade body's rule for removingits
 arrow India for direct rail link with Bangladesh
Indian High Commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh Veena Sikri yesterday said India was willing to establish direct rail communication with Bangladesh involving both passenger and cargo trains, hoping the link
 arrow Greeks gatecrash Portugal party
Hosts Portugal tripped up badly in their Euro 2004 opener against Greece, goals from Georgios Karagounis and a penalty from Angelis Basinas consigning the hosts to a shock 2-1 defeat to give the Greeks
 arrow 3 lakh child home helps in Dhaka
An estimated three lakh children in the capital Dhaka alone work as domestic help, one of the worst forms of child labour that exposes them to risks of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
 arrow Vat ceiling lowered to widen net
The government has, except for Dhaka and Chittagong, reduced the minimum payable Vat charges to ensure collection from most of the small retailers and shop owners across the country.
 arrow Police press charges today despite little probe headway
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police probing the country's largest ever arms seizure in Chittagong on April 2 is expected to press charges against about 30 suspects today despite making
 arrow Gas price goes up from July
The government is going to give a weighted average of 2.5 percent rise in gas prices, a measure seen as prerequisite to getting funds for the energy sector.
 arrow Correction
In our front page story headlined 'Stop taxmen's graft to boost revenue' published yesterday, the first paragraph should read: "Two leading chambers yesterday termed the targeted 16.
 arrow Cops swoop on traders during protest against robbers' attack on Rangs outlet
At least 15 people, mostly shopkeepers, were injured as police swooped on a procession protesting robbers' attack on a Rangs Toshiba showroom at Bandartilla under Port Police Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow Proposal to stop emblem misuse to be tabled in JS soon
An amendment proposal to stop rampant misuse of Red Cross and Red Crescent emblem will be tabled in the Jatiya Sangsad soon, top Red Crescent officials told a seminar in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Twenty hurt as garment workers clash with cops over due salary
At least 20 people including three law enforcers were wounded in a clash between garment workers and police at Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow Dubious court distinction
Proceedings of a case have been adjourned for over 1,000 times in a Khulna court, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed revealed yesterday while speaking on the slow process ofcase
 arrow 50 fishermen missing in the Bay
At least five fishing boats with 50 fishermen aboard, caught in a violent storm, capsized in the Bay yesterday.
 arrow American shot dead in Riyadh
A US national was shot dead in the Saudi capital Riyadh yesterday in the sixth attack on Westerners in six weeks, security and diplomatic sources said.
 arrow Ex-ambassador Sultan passes away
Former ambassador and Bangla-desh's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva Mohammad Sultan died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 78.
 arrow al-Qaeda tape slams ME reform plan
A top leader of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, in a purported audio tape aired yesterday, criticized a proposal for reform in the Middle East as a US ploy and said change will only come through "resistance.
 arrow A hazy maze...

 arrow Russia unit of Nirmul body formed
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of an exploitation-free, secular and democratic Bangladesh, said Prof. Alexander Glatuk Daneilchuk of Maitri University, Moscow.
 arrow PM meets with senior army officials
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday discussed the activities of the Armed Forces Division with senior military officials.
 arrow 5 people sent to jail
A Sylhet court yesterday sent the five people arrested in connection with the May 21 blast at Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) Shrine to jail.
 arrow Iran rejects more nuke curbs
Iran has rejected European demands that it freezes additional parts of its atomic programme, saying it would push on with plans to build a heavy-water reactor.
 arrow 2 killed, 20 hurt in Rupsha bus accident
Two persons were killed and 20 others injured, six of them seriously, in a road accident at Amdabad under Rupsha upazila of Khulna district yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder
Newly appointed Food, Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury has contradicted a news item published in The Daily Star on Thursday and Friday regarding his joining the commerce
Businessarrow Address law and order, governance, corruption to achieve goals
The country's apex trade body yesterday hailed the proposed budget for 2004-05 financial year, but observed that all efforts would turn futile without improvement of law and order, curbing corruptionand
 arrow Thai entrepreneurs urged to partner in health, agri sectors
Local business leaders yesterday urged Thai businesspeople to set up joint ventures in health, agriculture and light engineering sectors with Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to narrow trade gap between thetwo
 arrow Moudud decries poor service at Jt Stock Co Registrar office
Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies should act as a key regulator for corporate entities, which at present remains dormant due to lack of IT support and skilled manpower, Law, Justice and
 arrow Ficci finds revenue target challenging
Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) observed that the revenue target set in the proposed 2004-2005 budget based on year-on-year growth to be challenging, especially when the increase
 arrow India in tight spot as oil prices begin to pinch
India has tried to protect its expanding economy from soaring oil prices but is to announce measures next week that could fuel inflation or lower tax revenue, analysts say.
 arrow Tax on some electronics slashed
The government has brought amendments to the baggage rules reducing taxes on a number of electronic goods.
 arrow Siemens starts cellphone set exchange programme
Siemens has launched a mobile phone set exchange programme styled as 'Odol Bodol' for its customers.
 arrow EXIM Bank signs corporate deal with CityCell
EXIM Bank Limited has signed a corporate agreement with CityCell (Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited) to get nationwide telecommunication services from the cellphone company.
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairmen of Prime Bank
Azam J Chowdhury has been elected chairman of Prime Bank Limited while Imam Anwar Hossain and Nafis Sikder have been elected vice-chairmen of the bank.
 arrow Orchy soft drinks powder available in pitcher pack
Acme Distribution Limited, importer and distributor of American brand 'Orchy' instant soft drinks powder, yesterday introduced the powder in pitcher pack in the local market.
 arrow WTO chief still confident of trade deal in July
World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Supachai Panitchpakdi expressed confidence Friday that global trade talks would meet a July deadline for a key deal.

"I am not thinking about any plan "B".

 arrow Private banks in Asia face staff shortage
After 25 years in Asia, Marc Tomchek, the regional head of Swiss private bank Sarasin, knows how tough it is to find the right people to manage the wealth of the growing ranks of the region's rich.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers return home
The Bangladesh team returned home yesterday after an absorbing month of cricket in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Cousins go to war
If it were boxing England and France would be barred from getting into the same ring.
 arrow Football: Everybody loves Club Figo!
Famous faces from Pele to Michael Schumacher beam down from the walls of the harbourside Sete cafe in this fashionable Algarve resort.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis take control
New Zealand moved into a strong position on the third day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge here Saturday.
 arrow India, Pakistan to play more
India and Pakistan are to tighten sporting ties after the successful cricket series between the two countries earlier this year.
 arrow Football: Anything is possible
Croatia and Switzerland will be standing up for the small fry on Sunday when they meet in Leiria north of Lisbon in their opening Euro 2004 Group B match.
 arrow Football: Italy's holy man
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni says dealing with the fragile feelings of his players makes his work seem closer to that of a priest than a football coach.
Following is an analysis of the main strengths and weaknesses of France and England ahead of their Euro 2004 Group B match:

GOALKEEPERS: Fabian Barthez of France and David James of England

 arrow Football: EURO BAG
Spain coach Inaki Saez has set his side a tough task for the group stage at Euro 2004 -- to make certain of qualification in the first two games.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib maintained his solo lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament after the end of the sixth round games yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Youth hockey starts today
The 21st National Youth (Under-18) Hockey Championship kicks-off today at 3pm with Mymensingh taking on Joypurhat in the opening match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow 'BNS solution by Jan-Feb'
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman yesterday ruled out an immediate solution to the possession of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Athletics: U-13 athletic camp
An eight-day long running camp for the under-13 athletes will begin from June 19 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Table Tennis: Gaibandha TT
Naheed Cotton Table Tennis tournament began at the Gaibandha Public Library Hall yesterday.

Eight matches were held on the inaugural day.

Metropolitanarrow 12 students receive PM's gift
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday advised the students to groom themselves through pursuit of proper knowledge for strengthening human resource base.
 arrow Project plan on Keraniganj jail by June 15
Construction of a jail at Keraniganj for relocating prisoners from Dhaka Central Jail will be completed within the tenure of this government.
 arrow Khoka gets bail in graft case
A Dhaka Court yesterday granted bail to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka in a graft case.
Nationalarrow Hilsha export from Barisal dwindles
Export of Hilsha fish to India from Barisal is facing a serious setback allegedly due to a "controversial" government decision, exporters say.
 arrow Fortune from courtyard fallow land
Landless Subal Chandra Biswas, once a poor day labourer, is now a rich man. His earns up to Tk three lakh a year from his lemon garden on only 30 decimal land in the courtyard.
 arrow Nilphamari politics hots up over mofiz
Amid mounting tension in the town, Jatiya Party and ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) held rallies at venues 50 yards apart on Friday, castigating each other over a comment made
 arrow 'Give khas land to landless people'
Satkhira District Landless Society general secretary Ali Noor Khan on Thursday appealed to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to fulfill her promise of distribution of government 'khas' land among genuine landless
 arrow 3 hurt while making bomb in Ashuganj
Three persons were injured while making bomb at a house in Charchar Tola village near Zia Fertilizer Factory in Ashuganj upazila on Tuesday, police said yesterday.
 arrow Punishment to 'rapist' demanded
Local people on Friday handed over a memorandum to the Fulchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) demanding exemplary punishment to a rapist who raped a three-year-old girl child on June 7.
 arrow Over Tk 1cr power bills due from B'baria pourasava
Brahmanbaria Pourasava is overburdened with debts, which is affecting development activities, its chairman Hafizur Rahman Mulla Kachi has said.
 arrow Minority family evicted from house at Mymensingh
Some people allegedly belonging to the ruling party has evicted a minority family and occupied their house and an oil mill on 19 decimal land in Mymensingh town, according to a case filed by the victims'
 arrow BRTC service from Kushtia stopped by pvt operators
BRTC (Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation) buses

did not roll out of its Daulatdia depot after inauguration of its Kushtia-Dhaka service on Monday due to resistance by private bus owners.

 arrow 2 killed by husbands
Two pregnant housewives were beaten to death allegedly by dowry-greedy husbands on Thursday.
 arrow Three 'outlaws' arrested
Joint forces on Friday arrested three 'outlaws' from their houses.
Point-Counterpointarrow Whither oil prices?
On Tuesday, June 1, 2004, crude oil prices shot up to $39.
 arrow Prisoner abuse and prison reform in Bangladesh
The rising number of imprisoned people in Bangladesh is exhausting the limited resources available at the prison facilities.
 arrow Post 9-11 visa delays or denials cost America heavily
With the 2004 US presidential election less than five months away, the Bush administration is close to completing a review of visa restrictions that government officials say is likely to result in some
Culturearrow Moving on to the world of paints
Monirul Islam in his recent exhibition at 'Shilpangan' has moved away from print making, for which he is famous for three decades. But Monir does not think he is doing something very different.
 arrow Ability, not disability
The day was unusual for Jolly, a physically challenged teenager who has been under treatment since last year, at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, commonly known as CRP.
 arrow Winning over an unfamiliar audience
It is not easy for a newcomer to win the hearts of a crowd who are in fact waiting for the appearance of big names of the band music arena such as LRB and maqsood O' dHAKA to appear on stage.
 arrow Bombay Dreams
June 13 is a day for UK theatre goers to remember. After playing for two years at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, the curtains will come down on the famous musical Bombay Dreams.
 arrow BFFS organises orientation course on film criticism
Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) is organising an orientation course on film criticism.
Internationalarrow Gujarat riots contributed to BJP defeat
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday admitted for the first time that Gujarat riots were one of the reasons for BJP's defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
 arrow 'India has not changed its mind on sending troops to Iraq'
India's position that it will not send troops to Iraq has not changed, an official said, clarifying a statement by Foreign Minister Natwar Singh that New Delhi could review its stand.
 arrow Manmohan terms past riots 'painful'
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday described bloody sectarian riots in the western state of Gujarat two years ago and anti-Sikh clashes in New Delhi in 1984 as "painful", as he called forcommunal
 arrow No breakthrough in talks with Tigers: Chandrika
The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have yet to agree on reviving peace talks, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said yesterday, discounting reports of a breakthrough.
 arrow 'Top US general okayed pressure tactics on Iraqi prisoners'
The top US military commander in Iraq approved high pressure tactics used on inmates at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow McCain rejects Kerry's running mate offer
Republican Sen.
 arrow Most Americans now believe Iraq war unjustified
A majority of US voters no longer believe the war in Iraq was justified, but even more reject the idea of laying down a deadline for the withdrawal of American troops, according to a poll published Friday
 arrow Blair faces party anguish over polls defeat
A humbled Tony Blair returns to Britain yesterday to answer critics in his own party after voter backlash against his support for war in Iraq brought an unprecedented trouncing in local elections.
 arrow Reagan laid to rest
Ronald Reagan was laid to rest late Friday in a sunset ceremony at his presidential library in California, following a stately funeral service in Washington at which world leaders paid glowing tribute
 arrow Pak troops converge on al-Qaeda hideouts
Pakistani troops faced little resistance as they converged on a cluster of suspected al-Qaeda hideouts and a training facility in a remote tribal region near Afghanistan, a senior security official said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Huge allocations
One major challenge to face the government during the fiscal 2004-05 will be effective utilisation of the increased amounts of money proposed to be pumped into different sectors.
 arrow Editorial: Meeting revenue target
The target set for revenue collection in this year's budget -- a 16.7 per cent increase over the amount collected in the last fiscal year -- is both laudable and problematic.
 arrow Will Iraq be democratic at long last?
The United Nations has unanimously adopted a resolution providing for a political structure for post-occupation Iraq.
 arrow Uneasy lies the head
As an important event, the Federal Budget has been overshadowed by rumours fast and furious that the Prime Minister's crown on Zafarullah Khan Jamali's head is wobbling precariously, his position being
Letters to Editorarrow Administration in doldrums
The two incidents concerning a senior official in the PMO and another in the Crime Investigation Department (CID) are completely unrelated.
 arrow Faith-based politics
Many wonder whether our politics is based on faith or science.
 arrow Medical allowance for the retired
As at present, medical allowance for retired persons is only Tk 300.00 per month. This amount is very insufficient in view of the current high prices of medicines.
 arrow A mullah
A man who shaves his head, grows beard, keeps a hat on his skinhead, wears long sleeves Jubba, puts on a loose trouser, walks bare feet, is known to village people as their traditional rural "mullah".
 arrow Kidnapping business
It is alarming to note, from the daily reports in the press, the kidnapping for ransom (Chittagong leads?). In Mexico, it is already an established institution, I heard on the BBC.
Star Healtharrow Don't waste money abroad!
Ailing Md Tahidul, 64, of Beanibazar, Sylhet kept on visiting physicians with complaints of bleeding from nose and pain in belly for eight months.
 arrow Significance of World blood donor day
It is a matter of great pleasure that 14 June is a special day dedicated to celebrating and thanking voluntary non-remunerated blood donors. The day is ‘World Blood Donor Day.
Star Cityarrow Falling victim to blame game
The cave-in of a six-storey building in Shankhari Bazar Wednesday that killed 18 people sent a wave of panic through residents of Old Dhaka home to 726 collapse-risk structures and prompted a blame game
 arrow Khilgaon flyover lands in land problems
The construction of Khilgaon flyover slowed to a crawl, as the local government and engineering department (LGED) could not retrieve from grabbers the land necessary to build ramps.
 arrow Monsoon at the Door

 arrow Cracks in roofs of 3 JU halls pose serious risk
Resident students of Jahangirnagar University demand immediate renovations to their dormitories, as falling masonry from the roofs poses serious risk to their lives.
 arrow DU does not know how to turn the taps off
As the overpopulated city is in dying need, Dhaka University (DU) wastes an enormous volume of water daily because of negligence.
 arrow Extortionists, drug addicts rule Shantinagar Bazar
Extortionists and drug addicts of Shantinagar Bazar have held businesspeople hostage while some abandoned their businesses unable to pay money in tolls.