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Front Pagearrow AL makes JS comeback
The Awami League (AL) joins the budget session of parliament today and moves to participate in the House activities including nomination of party deputies to parliamentary standing committees in a major
 arrow Dhaka-10 by-polls on July 1
By-election in Dhaka-10 constituency will be held on July 1 amid tight security, the Election Commission (EC) said yesterday, asking the government to deploy army in each polling centre to ensure fair
 arrow Hard bargaining on for OIC top job
Hard bargaining between foreign ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) began yesterday to try to select a replacement for the Islamic group's leader Abdelwahed Belkeziz.
 arrow Lying dead on a foreign land
Some 40 bodies of expatriate Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia are lying in morgue to be identified and sent back home, according to official sources.
 arrow Maoists kill 21 Nepali cops
A landmine blast killed 21 policemen and injured 16 others yesterday in Nepal in the deadliest attack attributed to Maoist rebels since the prime minister was reappointed and called for new peace talks.
 arrow PM asks JS bodies to work for better budget use
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked the parliamentary standing committees to work as effective anchors for successful implementation of the new budget that she thinks will bring about a "revolution in
 arrow TV artiste Tarana Halim hurt in attack
Noted TV artiste Tarana Halim suffered cuts as masked criminals attacked her with knives in her parents' house in Dhanmondi in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Suicide bomb brings carnage to Iraq street
Iraqis were opening their shops, walking to their offices and queuing up to try to find casual work in a Baghdad street yesterday when a suicide car bomber blew an ordinary morning apart, killing at least
 arrow Unocal plans pipeline thru' pristine forest
US company Unocal is preparing for construction of a three-kilometre pipeline through the small but environmentally sensitive Lowachhara forest in Moulavibazar while the nation is yet to be compensated
 arrow Prized al-Qaeda man nabbed
Three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in the region of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.
 arrow Italy stifled by dynamic Danes
Italy's tag as one of the favourites for Euro 2004 appeared to be wide of the mark as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Denmark in their opening Group C clash here yesterday.
 arrow BTTB seals $76m deal with Huawei, Siemens
State-owned telecoms monopoly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday sealed a $76 million contract with China's Huawei Technologies and Germany's Siemens to launch its controversial
 arrow Per capita income now $444
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday informed the House that the per capita income rose to Tk 25,944 in 2003-04 fiscal year which was 19.52 percent more than the income in 2001-02.
 arrow Leave vehicles of Japan cos alone
The Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh has asked the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner to exempt the vehicles owned by the Japanese companies from police requisition.
 arrow Housing prices to shoot on new tax measures
The proposed tax rise and Vat measure for real estate businesses are feared to deal a bad blow to the sector hit hard already by unusual price spiral of construction materials.
 arrow Proshika chief shown arrested in 2 more cases
Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed could not walk out from jail yesterday as he was shown arrested in two graft cases filed by Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac).
 arrow BSP concerned over Vat, newsprint duty hike
Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) has expressed concern over rise in duty on import of newsprint and value added tax (Vat).
 arrow 12 killed in Bogra-Rangpur road crash
At least 12 people, including a woman and two children, were killed and 10 others injured when an oil tanker dashed three rickshaw vans carrying passengers at Kalitola bus stoppage on Bogra-Rangpur highway
 arrow Govt gives nod to suspended bridge over Surma river
The government has decided to set up a suspended bridge over the river Surma in Sylhet and a rail-cum-road bridge over the river Karnaphuli near the Kalurghat bridge in Chittagong.
 arrow JCD leader threatens UNO with death
An upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) has been threatened with death as he rejected a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader's forged bill of Tk 3.96 lakh submitted Saturday.
 arrow Outlaws gun down trader, two rivals
Outlaws on Sunday night killed a businessperson and two of their rivals in separate incidents in Mirpur and Kumarkhali.
 arrow PM's principal secretary blasts energy officials for gas crisis
A top bureaucrat yesterday grilled his colleagues at Energy and Power Divisions and Petrobangla for pushing the country into serious gas and electricity crises.
 arrow Mizan Bahini leader lynched in Magura
The gang leader of notorious Mizan Bahini yesterday died at a local hospital at Sreepur upazila in Magura after locals had dug out his eyes before beating him up Sunday night.
 arrow Tremor jolts Ctg
An earthquake of 4.47 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Chittagong for 24 seconds at 5:39pm yesterday.
 arrow Storm toll reaches 13
Seven more bodies washed up the Bangladesh coastline, raising the death toll from a powerful weekend storm to at least 13, police said yesterday. About 140 fishermen were still missing.
Businessarrow Dhaka seeks LDCs' due share in world trade
Dhaka called upon the least developed countries (LDCs) to send a strong message to the international community for ensuring their fair share of international trade through the implementation of Brussels
 arrow Next budget proposes duty cut on 3,150 items
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the budget for fiscal year 2004-05 proposed reduction of customs duty on about 3,150 items.
 arrow Cellphone prices unlikely to change before mid-July
Customers will have to wait until mid-July to benefit from a proposal in the budget 2004-2005 suggesting a flat Tk 1,500 import duty on cellphone sets, down from existing rate of Tk 3,000 to Tk 4,000depending
 arrow Timber importers halt sale protesting proposed duty
Trading in country's wholesale timber markets came to a halt as importers went on strike from yesterday demanding withdrawal of 7.5 percent customs duty proposed in the budget for 2004-2005 fiscal year.
 arrow RMG workers seek Tk 200cr allocation in special fund
A federation of eight garment workers' unions has sought increased allocation in the proposed special fund for ensuring jobs of workers and employees of ready made garment industries in the post-MFA (multi
 arrow Forex reserves stand at $2.6b
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the House that the present foreign exchange reserve is 2.6 billion US dollars.
 arrow ‘Budget lacks vision towards progress in ICT’
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the proposed budget for 2004-05 fiscal year would not help flourish information and communication technology (ICT) in the country as no specific allocation has been
 arrow Textile, Garment Workers League demands new wage commission
Bangladesh Textile and Garment Workers League (BTGWL) yesterday demanded formation of a new wage commission for workers similar to the pay commission for the government employees.
 arrow Country receives Tk 3,794cr loan till May: Saifur
Bangladesh received Tk 3,794.10 crore in loan from various countries and agencies during the current fiscal till May 31.
 arrow IDLC opens new branch in Gulshan
Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Limited (IDLC) opened a new branch in Gulshan, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Rich, poor countries break deadlock in trade talks
Rich and poor nations broke a nine-month deadlock in world trade talks on Sunday by agreeing to put agriculture at the heart of negotiations to boost the world economy and cut poverty.
Sportsarrow Football: France break English hearts
Two stoppage-time goals from Zinedine Zidane, a majestic free-kick and a penalty, left England heart-broken as France began the defence of their European Cham-pionship crown in exhilarating fashion with
 arrow Cricket: Javed comes back
Bangladesh will take only one specialist opening batsman to the Asia Cup starting next month in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe ensures whitewash
A defiant century from Graham Thorpe has led England to a four-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third Test at Trent Bridge and clinched a 3-0 series whitewash on a fluctuating fourth day.
 arrow Football: Shaky rivals
Ruud van Nistelrooy is probably the last striker Germany's nervous defenders want to meet in their current frame of mind but he is the first they will face at Euro 2004 when they play the Netherlandson
 arrow Football: No Czech-mates please
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, the 22-year-old who is joining Chelsea after Euro 2004, knows they must avoid complacency against outsiders Latvia in their opening Group D clash in Aveiro on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Hailing Zidane
"God Save Zidane," was the main headline in sports daily L'Equipe, celebrating the French captain's two injury time goals in their sensational 2-1 defeat of England at Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Tears of anguish
If the photo of an hysterical Romeo Beckham bawling in the arms of his Spice Girl mother didn't quite say it all, the flaming overturned police cars got the point across.

England fans were not happy.

 arrow Football: ZZ still top
To those who thought France could live without Zinedine Zidane, Sunday proved them wrong.
 arrow Football: Barthez guessed it right
France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez contributed hugely to France's dramatic 2-1 victory over England at Euro 2004 on Sunday by saving a David Beckham penalty.
 arrow Football: EU ministers talk soccer
European Union foreign ministers Monday discussed more than just the finer points of the EU's first-ever constitution and pressing questions of international diplomacy.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
Not for the first time, Czech Republic striker Jan Koller is both the tallest and the heaviest player at the European championships. At 2.
 arrow Football: Little Lahm
Philipp Lahm, who has surprised even himself by winning a spot in Germany's Euro 2004 squad, cannot wait for the tournament to start.
 arrow Football: LATEST ODDS
Latest odds offered by British bookmaker William Hill for Euro 2004:

5-2 France, 9-2 Italy, 5-1 Spain, 15-2 Netherlands, 9-1 England, 12-1 Portugal, 14-1 Czech Republic, 16-1 Germany, 25-1 Sweden,

 arrow Cricket: Cairns' 9-wkt farewell
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns almost finished his Test match career with a winning display on his birthday on Sunday.

England's new-found self belief, however, scuppered a fairytale ending.

 arrow Cricket: We're in a winning habit
England captain Michael Vaughan said his side was into the winning groove after beating New Zealand by four wickets in the final Test to complete a 3-0 series clean sweep at Trent Bridge here.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick retains Queen's title
Andy Roddick duplicated his 2003 finals victory over Sebastien Grosjean Sunday, defeating the Frenchman 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to lift a second consecutive title at the 767,000-euro (860,000-dollar) Queen's club
 arrow Cricket: Cordy replaces Woodford
Bangladesh Cricket Board's age-group fitness advisor Justin Cordy will replace national cricket team's trainer Dean Woodford for the Asia Cup.
 arrow Football: Jessore to host NFL final phase matches
Jessore will host the first round matches of the second phase of the 4th National Football League from July 10.

The qualifiers, which kick-off on June 25, are scheduled to end by July 3.

 arrow Hockey: Munshiganj ride on Monir treble
Monir slammed a hattrick to help Munshiganj brush aside Rangamati 5-0 in the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rakib shares point again
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib stumbled to his second successive draw in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament yesterday but still remained on top after the end of eighth round games at the federation
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Surja Tarun Cricket Club and Titas Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rango Mia Cup tournament at Shahjadapur Junior High School playground in Brahminbaria yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Gaibandha TT
Kisholoy Krira Chakra from Group A, UNO Club from Group B, GKSP from Group C and Table Tennis Sangstha from Group D became champions in the Naheed Cotton Table Tennis tournament at Gaibandha Public Library
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Sunny scored twice to help Nur Sporting Club beat Paltan SC 2-0 in the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Div II kabadi
Shaheed Muzaffar Hossain Smriti Sangsad scored a 64-50 win over Dhalpur Krira Chakra in the Second Division Kabadi League at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Another scandal rocks SA sports
Another South African sport, another scandal.
Metropolitanarrow Mahi to cooperate govt in good work
Appearing in his new role as opposition lawmaker in parliament, Mahi B Chowdhury yesterday pledged that he would be cooperative in good work but constructive in criticism of the government.
 arrow Police raid DU campus to drive out drug addicts
Ramna police conducted a raid on the central mosque area of Dhaka University yesterday as part of their ongoing drive to drive out outsiders and drug addicts from the campus.
 arrow Tk 44.40 cr CU budget announced
A Tk44.40 crore budget of Chittagong University for 2004-05 fiscal year has been announced.
 arrow UBDI chief arrives
Abdur Rab Mollik, chairperson of UK Bangladesh Development Initiative (UBDI) and the founder Chairman of Bangladesh Welfare Association of Barking and Dagenham, arrived in Dhaka from London yesterday,
 arrow 1349 more held
Police arrested 1,349 people from different parts of the country on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Maize does magic in rural Bhola
Maize cultivation has changed the life of a good number of landless families in three upazilas in Bhola.
 arrow Shrimp industry being ruined for toll
Foreign exchange earning shrimp industry in Khulna and Bagerhat is being ruined by outlaws and ruling party activists for toll.
 arrow 'Supply gas or face agitation'
The Greater Rangpur Development Forum held a rally at the town Sunday afternoon to press its 12-point demand including gas supply and creation of Rangpur Division and Rangpur education board.
 arrow Coconut gardens vanishing in Kuakata sea beach
The eye soothing coconut gardens in Kuakata sea beach are disappearing.
 arrow Charge framed against 6
Six persons were chargesheeted in Awami League (AL) leader Manzur Morshed Labu murder case.

They are Bomaru Akram, Jamal, Milon, Musa, Imam Shaikh and Swat. Imam and Swat are absconding.

 arrow Beaten to death for one taka
A rickshawpuller was allegedly beaten to death by two passengers in the town for only one take.
Point-Counterpointarrow Knowledge society, information society and gossip society
Social scientists and assorted pundits are often prolific in giving names to new social order. As society changes, the old name becomes defunct.
 arrow Determining our foodgrain requirement
Foodgrain refers primarily to rice, wheat, oat, rye, barley, corn, and millet for consumption.
Culturearrow Dhaka's jungle of apartments
Dhaka was once described as the city of gardens and canals but these features are difficult to assign to Dhaka today, says Kashef Chowdhury, who recently had his installation of photographs on Dhaka's
 arrow Andrei Konchalovsky retrospective
The Russian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Zahir Raihan Film Society are jointly screening four Konchalovsky films made after 1985.
 arrow Rahul Ananda
Regular member of theatre group Prachyanut, Rahul Anand is also a composer of unique music for many theatrical plays like Koinnya, Gondar, A Man for all Seasons and others.
 arrow Paani: a curtain raiser
The next World War, so goes the oft-repeated warning, could be fought over water.
 arrow Bangladeshi cultural team in Belgium

Generalarrow World Blood Donor Day observed
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the youths to donate blood regularly to save others' lives.
 arrow Registration of overseas job seekers mandatory from tomorrow
The registration of the names and addresses of the overseas job seekers in the database was inaugurated at the Bangladesh Manpower Export and Training (BMET) and at the Bangladesh Association of International
 arrow Trial begins June 17
Trial of the Keraniganj double-murder case against Reaz Uddin Ahmed Monir, brother of ruling BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, and 22 others begins on June 17 as the High Court has lifted its stay
 arrow 2 gunned down in Tongi
A student leader and another young man were gunned down near Arichpur Girls' School in Tongi town yesterday.
 arrow 7 killed, 55 injured in road accidents
Seven people were killed and 55 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Tk102.38crore DU budget proposed
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have proposed a Tk102.38 crore revenue budget

for 2004-05 fiscal year.

This is the highest ever budget in the history of the university with a deficit of Tk5.

 arrow Career Building Programme begins
A three-day Career Building Programme began at the British School of Law at Gulshan in the city yesterday to help students make the right choice about higher education and their career.
 arrow 9-year-old girl raped in Kushtia
A nine-year-old schoolgirl was raped at Moslempur village in Daulatpur on Sunday evening.

A student of class six, the girl was alone at her home when the rapist attacked her at around 7.30pm.

 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Correction
The name of a company, Lever Brothers, was misspelled as 'Liver Brothers' in a story published on page 10 yesterday. We regret the mistake.
Internationalarrow Europeans rebuke ruling parties in EU vote upset
Voters across Europe delivered a string of stunning defeats to their governments yesterday in the first elections for a newly-enlarged European parliament marked by record low turnout.
 arrow Militants kidnap 42 people in Tripura
Forty-two people, mostly traders, were kidnapped by militants in two separate incidents in Tripura, police said yesterday.
 arrow OIC conference opens with call for end to ME crisis
A meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries opened here yesterday with a call by the Turkish president for reforms in Muslim countries coupled with a resolution to the Middle East crisis.
 arrow BJP won't dump Modi, says Venkaiah
BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu said yesterday that there is no proposal to change leadership in Gujarat.
 arrow Ex-US diplomats urge voters to snub Bush
A group of former US officials is urging voters to defeat President Bush in the November election, saying his policies have isolated the United States, a spokesman for the group said on Sunday.
 arrow Iran must dispel nuclear doubts 'in months': IAEA
Iran is not fully cooperating with UN inspectors and must provide full answers within months on the extent of its nuclear programme, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday.
 arrow al-Qaeda serious threat in Saudi Arabia: US
US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that al-Qaeda has become a "serious threat" in Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed that it is a dangerous place for foreigners to stay.
 arrow 'Sonia enjoys cabinet rank, not file access'
Sonia Gandhi holds the rank of a cabinet minister to the government of India but does not have any special right to peruse official files or documents that are classified.
 arrow Ex-president Bush makes birthday skydive
Former President George H.W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unapproved ADP projects
Once again, this year's ADP initially included a large number of projects that had not been formally approved. In fact, there were as many as 103 such projects included in the ADP this year.
 arrow Editorial: Opting for one-time syringe
The health ministry's decision to discard reusable syringes and replace them by the auto-disabled (AD) ones is laudable, given the extent of health hazard posed by the former kind.
 arrow The finance minister and his farmers
The time I was about to leave the country for a short assignment abroad, remarks from the Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman -- about the ensuing budget that he was poised to present in the parliament --
 arrow Elbow room
Everyone should be in power. How else would we recognise politicians?

You can never really recognise them when they are in opposition, sprawled across the moral high ground.

Letters to Editorarrow Road accidents
Road accidents have become a regular phenomenon in the highways and cities of our country. Day by day, it is increasing in an alarming way. We find the news of accidents almost daily in the newspapers.
 arrow Sports page
Undoubtedly, the sports news of the DS is extra-ordinary. It is equal to none. Everything is okay except one. As a frantic lover of sports, I find it slightly erratic.
 arrow Whither working ethics?
In Bangladesh, the new generations coming up (the future administrators) are being spoilt by changing philosophy of life, as the local leaders are morally meek to face the menace.
 arrow Budget without foreign aid
We express our gratitude to the top economists of the country for their valued opinion that "Budget without Foreign Aid" is not an impossibility. We believe that there is truth in it.