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Front Pagearrow AL slams govt for crime check failure
Opposition lawmakers' blistering attack on the ruling coalition for what they said was its failure to control crimes apparently jolted ministers yesterday, as the Awami League came back to the House after
 arrow CEC writes to PM for army as secy declines
The refusal of the EC secretary to ask for troops deployment in polling centres for Dhaka-10 by-poll has prompted the CEC to request the prime minister yesterday for the same and touched off fresh tension
 arrow Goodbye pesticides
It is a small chemical capsule in a plastic bottle half-filled with water. But it works wonders -- insects flock to the bottle to drown.
 arrow Dhaka blacklisted for human trafficking
The US on Monday blacklisted Bangladesh among 10 nations for failing to adequately fight international sex trafficking, opening the way for possible sanctions.
 arrow Muggers shoot factory staff, loot Tk 20 lakh
Snatchers reportedly looted over Tk 20 lakh after shooting an official of a garment factory at Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow Top OIC post put to vote
Voting for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) began early today, according to a foreign ministry official.
 arrow 84 promoted to joint secy rank
The government yesterday elevated 84 deputy secretaries of various BCS batches and cadre, mostly of administration, to the rank of joint secretary, infringing seniority of a good number of officials.
 arrow PM for highest security for VVIPs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said it is imperative to bring a change in the paradigm of security for the VVIPs in the context of current situation at home and abroad.
 arrow High revenue target to tax SMEs
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the government's revenue target for fiscal year (FY) 2004-05 was very high, which with expansion of Vat net would ultimately affect small and medium enterprises
 arrow Slashing ADP goes against poverty reduction
By downsizing the annual development programme (ADP) every year, the government has been increasing non-development expenditure, former finance minister SAMS Kibria told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Kidnapping goes unabated in west
A government employee was abducted from his workplace in Kushtia on Monday night and two others were kidnapped in Chuadanga at about the same time.
 arrow US wants security assurance before Saddam transfer
President Bush said yesterday he will not hand over former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to the interim Iraqi government until adequate security is in place to ensure he does not escape trial.
 arrow Czech survive Latvia scare
Marek Heinz scored the winner five minutes from time as the Czech Republic came from behind to beat Latvia 2-1 in their opening Group D match of Euro 2004 here yesterday.
 arrow 20 hurt in attacks on Bikalpa procession
At least 20 people, 10 of them women, were wounded yesterday when their campaign procession supporting Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate Major (retired) Abdul Mannan for Dhaka-10 by-election came
 arrow Recruiters warned against sending workers to Iraq
The government yesterday warned private recruiting agencies against sending workers to Iraq till the situation becomes normal for foreign workers' stay in that country.
 arrow Nurul Islam gets bail
AHM Nurul Islam, who was forced into retirement as acting secretary to the prime minister and accused of corruption and violating service rules, was granted one month's anticipatory bail by the High Court
 arrow DPRK envoy passes away
North Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Kang Chong-Ryol died of chronic liver ailments at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) yesterday. He was 67.
 arrow Mango festival

 arrow Cops club garment workers: 30 hurt
At least 30 people including five policemen were injured when a clash between garment workers agitating for the payment of outstanding salaries and police broke out in Rajakhali under Bakolia Police Station
 arrow Dogs snatch away boy from jackal's maw
Two street dogs saved a baby boy from a jackal's clutches at Chayail village under Jhenaidah Sadar upazila at dead of night Sunday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai aide files defamation suit against 3 national dailies
A top aide to Bangla Bhai, operations commander of self-styled Islamist outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, yesterday filed a defamation suit against editors, publishers and five reporters of national
 arrow Japan indicts 2 Bangladeshis for al-Qaeda 'ties'
Japanese prosecutors said yesterday they had indicted three foreigners with suspected links to al-Qaeda for alleged violation of immigration laws.
 arrow Man held with pistol at court
Plainclothes police nabbed a young man with a 5-star pistol on the premises of Dhaka District Judge's Court yesterday.
Businessarrow Canada pledges full support to up export from Bangladesh
Canada will provide full support to Bangladesh's efforts to increase exports under duty and quota free market access in the Canadian market.
 arrow DSE chief for mandatory listing of foreign banks
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) President Ahmed Iqbal Hasan yesterday sought initiatives from capital market regulators for mandatory listing of multinational banks, private electricity and telecoms companies
 arrow Thai entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh
Thai entrepreneurs will invest in tourism, healthcare, food processing and agriculture sectors in Chittagong as well as in other regions of Bangladesh.
 arrow Month-long handloom fair opens in Dhaka
When manufacturers of handloom products are closing down their units in the face of financial losses, the government has arranged a handloom fair in Dhaka to popularise the traditional products and protect
 arrow Fair & Lovely Foundation launched
With a view to promoting women entrepreneurship, create career opportunity for women and ensure their proper education in the rural areas, 'Fair & Lovely Foundation' began its journey yesterday.
 arrow Post-MFA situation won't be difficult to face: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the government is providing support to the textile sector to face the competition in quota-free era and if the entrepreneurs remain determined the post-MFA situation
 arrow Move on to raise export to NE India: Altaf
The government is trying to increase exports to the north-eastern parts of India, but no specific statistics is available on Bangladesh's current exports to the states, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow JOBS web site launched
Job Opportunities and Business Support (JOBS), an USAID funded project in Bangladesh has launched its website (www.jobsproject.org).
 arrow Protest...

 arrow Trade deficit with India Tk 6,435.66 crore till April
Trade deficit of Bangladesh with India till April of the current fiscal stood at Taka 6,435.66 crore.
 arrow More S’pore firms plan to hire new staff
Good news for job seekers: Nearly a quarter of employers in Singapore plan to hire new staff in the July to September quarter as the economic recovery kicks in.
 arrow Rich nations must not put new trade barriers
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned Monday that rich countries must not use looming world trade talks to put up new barriers to commerce as he opened the a key trade and development conference.
 arrow Asian telecom fair opens on upbeat note
Asia's largest annual telecommunications trade fair, CommunicAsia, opened here Tuesday on an upbeat note with the biggest players predicting continued robust growth for the industry.
 arrow India to unveil budget on July 8
India's leftist-backed government that took power last month will present its keenly awaited federal budget for the fiscal year to March 2005 on July 8, a cabinet minister said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Javed Bashar's choice
The Tigers will be back to business even before they have recovered from jetlag as the training camp for next month's Asia Cup begins today at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP).
 arrow Football: Scintillating Sweden
Henrik Larsson's triumphant return to the international stage got Sweden's Euro 2004 campaign off to a flying start but joint coach Lars Lagerback was quick to dampen the euphoria generated by a 5-0 thrashing
 arrow Football: Larsson, larger than life
Henrik Larsson celebrated his return to the international stage with the perfect illustration of everything he is about - both as a footballer and a man.
 arrow Football: Winning is everything
Portugal spent five years preparing to host their first major soccer tournament but their interest in Euro 2004 could be virtually over within five days if they fail to beat Russia on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali chucks Aussie tour
Sri Lanka's spin wizard and the world's top Test wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tuesday announced he will boycott the tour of Australia after Prime Minister John Howard called him a 'chucker'.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib in new fitness row
Strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar has become embroiled in a new fitness row with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the run-up to next month's Asia Cup.
 arrow Football: Spain bank on style
Speed, skill and the benefit of experience should take Spain to the brink of a quarter-final place when they play fellow Group A pacesetters Greece at Euro 2004 on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Butt-less England
England midfielder Nicky Butt has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2004 after a scan confirmed he had suffered ligament damage to his right knee.
 arrow Football: Pires pats 'em
Robert Pires believes England have what it takes to make it to the final of Euro 2004 despite coming off second best in their epic battle against France.
 arrow Football: Becoming 'Little' Phil!
In his native Brazil, they call him 'Big Phil'. In Portugal, he is known as the more mundane Scolari.

It is not just the name that is different, though.

 arrow Football: kickin' around
The president of the Portuguese Football Federation Gilberto Madail flew into a rage ahead of the Portugal-Greece Euro opener when he spotted several uninvited government ministers suddenly monopolising
 arrow Chess: Rakib Rating chess champ
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib clinched the Open FIDE Rating Chess title with unbeaten note after winning the last round board at the Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Towhidul runs riot
Towhidul Islam slammed six goals including a second-half hattrick to steer Rangpur to a staggering 10-0 victory against Patuakhali in the 21st National Youth Hockey Champion-ship at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Kabadi: Div II kabadi
Maniknagar Unnayan Samity became the last team to reach the quarterfinal of the Second Division Kabadi League when they beat Bhuiyan Sporting Club 79-22 at the Outer Stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Beach v'ball on
Bangladesh Rifles, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Police won their respective first and second round matches in straight 2-0 sets on the opening day of the Pepsi Beach Volleyball tournament at LaboniPoint
 arrow Football: Ctg Abahani fly on Farhad
National striker Farhad's hattrick helped Chittagong Abahani to record an easy 4-0 win over Customs Sports Club in their second match of CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium
Metropolitanarrow Businessman 'buys' son's freedom
Abductors released a businessman's son on Monday night, 24 hours after taking him into captivity, reportedly for a hefty amount but the whereabouts or fate of an expatriate could not be known even four
 arrow Contraband worth Tk 37 lakh seized
Bangladesh Coast Guard seized huge contraband goods worth about Tk 37 lakh from Chittagong in three days, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Names of 3 winners announced
The names of three lucky winners of a contest titled 'Be a Lux Star and Go to Mumbai, Live Like Aishwarya' were announced at a ceremony at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Proshika chief denied bail in 2 cases
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petitions of Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed in two graft cases filed by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac).
 arrow BAF peacekeepers leave for E Timor
Bangladesh Air Force is replacing its 34-member contingent to United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMISET).
 arrow Robbery in Ctg
Armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments worth over Tk 2 lakh from a house in the city in broad daylight yesterday.
Nationalarrow A vital ferry route ignored for long
A 15-kilometre ferry service from Bhola to Laxmipur can reduce the road distance to Chittagong by about 250 kilometres, cut the travel time by half and boost economic activities in 21 southern districts.
 arrow Sylhet divn gets half of power needed
Load shedding from three to five hours a day continues in the city and in rural areas in Sylhet division despite demonstrations by political parties and socio-cultural bodies for smooth power supply.
 arrow Jobless educated youth turns job creator
Life is meaningful now to Kamal Haider, once an educated jobless youth.

He is now well-off with earning from poultry farm.

Kamal, son of a poor farmer passed BA in 2000.

 arrow Change crop pattern, expand microcredit to avoid monga
Cultivation of short-duration crops including vegetables and increasing employment generation activities in non-agriculture sectors through micro credit are ways to avoid monga in northern districts.
 arrow Woes of 2 rape victims
A rape victim fled her village home while another one was shifted to Dhaka for better treatment from Mymensingh recently.
 arrow TIB bodies in 3 more districts
Three committees of concerned citizens (CCCs) were formed recently in three northern districts of Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat aiming at building a social movement against corruption.
 arrow Rape incident a source of income!
Is rape by others is a source of income for a section of inlfuentials? Many people and victims' families say so in Gideri union under Gaibandha Sadar upazila.
 arrow Husband gets life for cruelty to wife
A husband along with two men have been sentenced to life term for cruelty to his wife.
 arrow 'Male, female children equal'
The district administration and the Shishu Academy jointly organised a discussion on 'Rights of Female Children and Existing Inequity' on Monday on the premises of Satkhira Government Girls High School.
 arrow Mymensingh road mishap kills girl
A schoolgirl was killed in a road accident at Ashura on the TangailMymensingh highway in Modhupur upazila, Tangail on Monday.
 arrow Sharon passes his first test in parliament
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon comfortably passed his first test in parliament Monday since losing his overall majority when deputies defeated a motion of no confidence in his Gaza pullout plan.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is Iraq's interim govt 'sovereign' under UN resolution?
The Bush administration pledged to transfer "full sovereignty" to the Iraqi interim government on 30th June.
Culturearrow Calligraphy at its best
Islamic calligraphy is a collection of angular and curved lines writing out the verses of Holy Quran with precision and flourishes.
 arrow A cultural feast
The rich heritage of Russian culture has always been unique in the world scenario. The present Russian culture is the fusion of East and West.
 arrow Developing an art form
Bangla, in a word, defines a rich culture filled with values, traditions, colour and art forms.
 arrow ABBA singer breaks her silence
After staying away from the limelight and being labelled as the Greta Garbo of pop, ABBA singer Agnetha Fältskog has re-surfaced with a new album My Colouring Book and is giving insights into the
Generalarrow Sending e-mail through cell phone
Cell phone users will now be able to send e-mails through their handsets using a gateway number set up at the laboratory of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of Dhaka University
 arrow Special cell to be set up to explore renewable energy
The energy ministry is considering to set up a special cell to explore the opportunity of using renewable energy in the country.
 arrow List of new jt secretaries
List of newly elevated joint secretaries.

(From no. 1 to 60 belongs to the Administration cadre)

1. Ahmed Fazlur Rashid, deputy secretary of Local Government Division.


 arrow Attack on Tarana condemned
Eight cultural organisations of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday condemned the attack on noted TV artiste Tarana Halim on Monday.
 arrow RMCH director confined to chamber
Agitated locals and attendants of patients confined the director of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in his chamber for three hours in protest against the death of a child due to alleged absence
 arrow Free cataract surgery campaign ends
Standard Chartered Bank completed its free cataract surgery campaign to restore sight to 1800 people at the Islamia Eye Hospital in the city on June 10, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Israel plans to shift Gaza settlers to West Bank
Israel is considering moving settlers slated for evacuation from Gaza to expanded West Bank enclaves despite US objections to the Jewish state cementing a hold on occupied land, security sources saidyesterday.
 arrow No political future for Sharif, Benazir in Pakistan: Musharraf
Pakistan's former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif do not have future in the country's politics, President Pervez Musharraf was quoted as telling National Assembly members affiliated to
 arrow Indo-Pak talks on trafficking of drug begins
Senior officials of Pakistan and India have reportedly begun a meeting in Islamabad to discuss ways and means to curb the menace of drug trafficking and smuggling.
 arrow 'Iraq abuse ordered from the top'
The US commander at the centre of the Iraqi prisoner scandal says she was told to treat detainees like dogs.
 arrow US urges Americans to quit Saudi Arabia
The US government is renewing its call for Americans to leave Saudi Arabia after the recent terrorist attacks, saying the safety of US workers was more important than any effect on oil supplies or the
 arrow Koreas end propaganda blitz along border
An eery silence descended on the Cold War's last frontier yesterday as South and North Korea ended five decades of propaganda warfare conducted around the clock through batteries of high-performance loudspeakers.
 arrow Iran threatens IAEA to reconsider cooperation
Iran reacted to fresh pressure from the UN nuclear watchdog Tuesday by threatening to reconsider its cooperation with inspectors trying to verify suspicions the Islamic republic is secretly developing
 arrow US Cong passes resolution keeping ban on Myanmar
The US House of Representatives in a landslide vote Monday passed a resolution renewing a one-year ban on all imports from military-ruled Myanmar as part of sanctions for abuse of human rights and repression
 arrow Indian nuclear suspect 'possibly a conman'
The man arrested in Dubai and deported to India over the weekend on suspicion that he was trying to sell Indian nuclear secrets may be just a conman attempting to make some easy money, reliable sources
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opposition's heartening change of stance
By one dramatic broad stroke, the opposition Awami League has come good on their approach to parliamentary politics -- apparently full cycle.
 arrow Editorial: Requisition of private vehicles
It is a shame to learn that none other than the Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh had to seek the help of the police commissioner for sparing the vehicles of Japanese companies in Dhaka from being requisitioned.
 arrow Abusing the electoral process
Allegations of bogus or proxy votes are repeated every year after the elections to parliament. Such allegations are normally made by the losing party or its candidates.
 arrow Hardline Hindutva or rudderless drift?
Despite pretences, the Bharatiya Janata Party remains shell-shocked by its comprehensive defeat in the latest elections.
 arrow Hijab according to Quran and Sunnah
I was shocked after reading the article "Fashioning lies, veiling the truth" written by Farida Majid in the Daily Star's Point-Counterpoint section printed on May 13, 2004, where she stated that the Islamic
Letters to Editorarrow Microcredit and poverty alleviation
The innovative, widely publicized microcredit system for poverty alleviation has not been universally acclaimed as a wonder.
 arrow CNG vehicles
Communication is the prerequisite for even development of any country.
 arrow Little things
Little things do not become easily visible. Some little things are so little that without microscopic help they do not become visible. Little grains of sand do not matter much.
 arrow Monroe
The write-up "Marilyn Monroe: A troubled star" was highly absorbing. (DS 1.10.044).The "suicide' of Monroe and the assassination of John F. Kennedy remain shrouded in mystery.
 arrow Art of cooking
Bangladeshis are proud of the achievement of master chef Tommy Mia, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Arts, London, under the patronage of HM The Queen, for his masterly display
 arrow Zia's place of birth
The life sketch of late President Ziaur Rahman published in the special supplement of DS on his death anniversary (May 30) drew my attention as the same made no mention of his birthplace.
 arrow The hall incident
I was talking to one of my Shamsunnahar Hall friends on the incident of July 23, 2002. She was trembling terribly, "I was on the brink of death. Sometimes I feel it was even worse than death.
 arrow Bomb blast at shrine
Bangladesh is not a plutocratic country. In our small country, there are many political parties. For our antagonistic politics, we are always falling behind at every step.
 arrow Poor TV commercials
As an irritated viewer of local TV commercials, I would like to point out a few unprofessional practices (lack of basic principles and knowledge) which have apparently escaped the notice of the senior
 arrow Zebra Crossings, overbridges
Your pictures on page 17 of the 24 May issue, highlighting the absence of Zebra Crossing and overbridge in busy streets, doesn't give the whole picture.
 arrow Shrine blasts
I was deeply shocked by the news of the powerful bomb blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet on 21 May.
 arrow Rehabilitate the lunatics
There's a narrow gutter behind our apartment building and every night when it's pitch-dark a mad man appears in the gutter and he stays there till dawn.
 arrow Ronald Reagan
Queen Elizabeth II said in her condolence message on the death of former US president Ronald Reagan that he was a truly great American hero.
 arrow Obscene films
Needless to say that the quality of 'Bangla film" is degrading day by day. We have been assured by the FDC many times that they will present us a decent film, but the promise is hollow.
Local government issues arrow The Politics of ADP Allocations to UPs
Why don't Union Parishads receive a direct grant from the Annual Development Program (ADP)? If this is a regular practice in so many other countries, why can't it be done in Bangladesh? Why does the
 arrow Why the Demand for Direct Allocation of ADP to Ups?
In most other developing countries with some degree of decentralization to local governments, the local elected bodies raise some of their own income from property taxes and other kinds of taxes, levies
 arrow What is the NUPF?
The National Union Parishad Forum (NUPF) is an association of Union Parishads, which involves Chairs, General Members and female Members elected to reserved seats.
StarTecharrow Tech stuff@Japan Trade Show
WITH a motive to foster the business experience and external affairs between Japan and Bangladesh, the Japan Bangladesh Trade Organisation (JETRO) arranged a three-day trade show that ended on June 10.
 arrow Get the feel of the real world as you keep learning
THE Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department and Computer Club of East West University (EWU) organised a seminar on 'Opportunities in the ICT Industry' at the university auditorium on June 9.
 arrow Shrek: he's mean, he's green and HP technology is in his genes
BUILT on a technology partnership that began in 2001, the collaboration between HP and DreamWorks brings to life some of the most advanced animated images and characters in the soon-to-be released feature
 arrow Budget lets ICT down
"We need unity among the organisations, committees and members of the ICT sector in order to speak out against any injustice and unfair dealings that might hamper the development of the ICT sector," said
 arrow Nasa craft flies by dark moon of Saturn
DARK, rough and contrary, Phoebe has long been an object of fascination to astronomers, and on Friday, Nasa 's Cassini space probe flew by this moon of Saturn for the closest look yet.
Star Chittagongarrow Tanneries face uncertainty
The tannery industry in the port city faces uncertainty due to huge financial loss.

Most of the tanneries already are no more in operation.

 arrow CU crisis looms large
The Chittagong University (CU) is apparently heading for a fresh crisis as the authorities and the Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) are at loggerheads over the selection boards formed
 arrow Plight of workers

Star Cityarrow Inflow of the poor into cities up
Poverty has decreased in Bangladesh over the last decade but its reduction rate in cities, especially in the capital, is lower than in villages because of migration of the poor from rural areas to urban
 arrow DU library in tatters
The central library of Dhaka University (DU) cannot cater to the needs of deserving students because of the poor facilities it offers.
 arrow Tree Plantation Campaign Ends

 arrow DU Nazrul Complex plan shelved for 5 years
The foundation stone of Dhaka University's Nazrul Complex was laid five years ago but nothing else has been done to set up the complex.
 arrow Vegetables pricey despite sufficient supply
Prices of vegetables have soared in the last one week despite sufficient supply in the city's kitchen markets.
 arrow Cambridge launches GCE O Level Bangladesh Studies
Bangladesh Studies will be introduced as a new subject for GCE O Level students under the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) representatives of the British Council and CIE revealed