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Front Pagearrow Ankara wins OIC top post race
Bangladesh lost its bid for secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) early yesterday despite its much-talked-about 'strong' campaign, as Turkey's candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
 arrow Living in death traps
While all eyes are focussed on Shankhari Bazar following last Wednesday's tragic casualties in a building collapse, thousands of others continue a precarious living in century-old decrepit buildings,including
 arrow AL walks out of JS over OIC candidate
Awami League walked out of parliament yesterday when a minister instead of the leader of the House tried to fend off leader of the opposition's vitriolic attack on the government for Bangladesh's defeat
 arrow Rab at ZIA to check terror threats, human trafficking
The home ministry yesterday ordered deployment of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Zia International Airport (ZIA) to check human trafficking and carry out primary probe into any possible terror activity.
 arrow Tourist plan in critical ecological areas in Cox's Bazar rejected
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday rejected a proposal to hand over two ecologically critical areas in Cox's Bazar to Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) for building exclusive tourist centres.
 arrow How they see Dhaka's defeat
Different political parties, former diplomats and social organisations have slated the government for what they said is wasting an opportunity for Bangladesh to secure the post of secretary-general of
 arrow Defeat a result of machinations of pro-Israeli camp: SQ Chy
Bangladesh candidate Salauddin Quader Chowdhury who lost the election for OIC secretary general late Tuesday night has said his defeat was an outcome of "machinations of pro-Israeli camp".
 arrow Tough law to stop river occupation on cards
The government plans to pass a stringent legislation and amend the law to stop encroachment of rivers and ensure their natural flow in the national interest, water resources ministry officials said.
 arrow Greece grind silky Spain
The silky skills of Spain were not enough to give them a second win in five days as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Greece side to leave Group A at Euro 2004 wide open.
 arrow Grim murder of a 16-month-old
Shocked relatives found a 16-month-old boy dead in a trunk in a stair-top storeroom of their Nayatola home in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New hope for the home helps
Unlike many other working children in Dhaka, 12-year-old girl Togor is lucky enough to work under an employer who possesses the sensitivity to let her have an access to education and other basic human
 arrow Tk 2,738-cr supplementary budget passed
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday approved a Tk 2,738-crore supplementary budget for the current fiscal, with home and defence ministries coming off as the two highest additional revenue spenders.
 arrow Saifur pledges child-friendly budget
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman in a mock parliament session of children yesterday assured them of considering their views in the next budget to protect child rights.
 arrow 4 cops jailed for mugging
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four policemen, a police informant and an Ansar to various terms of imprisonment for mugging Tk 2 lakh from two traders at Goran in the capital last year.
 arrow Singapore PM due June 23
Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong will arrive in Dhaka on June 23 on a three-day official visit.
 arrow EC asks home ministry to give security to Mannan
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in separate letters has asked the home ministry and the inspector general of police (IGP) to provide security for Major (Retd) Abdul Mannan, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh
 arrow NOAB slams new duty on newsprint
The Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) has strongly protested the proposed increase in import duty on newsprint in the proposed budget from 22.
 arrow Abducted man rescued from DU hall, JCD men held
Police yesterday rescued an abducted man and arrested three students including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader from Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow 9/11 probe finds no Saddam ties
Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the Sept.
 arrow al-Qaeda threatens to kill US hostage
Al-Qaeda guerrillas have shown images of a blindfolded American hostage and say they will kill him if the Saudi government fails to free jailed militants within 72 hours.
 arrow Sellers ask govt to lift tax, VAT on books
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Samity (BBPSS) yesterday asked the government to withdraw 15 percent tax slapped on import of books and VAT (value added tax) on their sale and supply.
 arrow 100 centres for blood transfusion soon
Some 100 more safe blood transfusion centres will be set up in the country soon to check various blood-borne contagious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS.
 arrow Iraq oil security chief shot dead
Ghazi Talabani, the security chief for Iraq's northern oil fields, was assassinated yesterday outside his home in Kirkuk, Iraqi police said.
 arrow Play due role in strengthening democracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the chairmen of the parliamentary standing committees to play their due role in strengthening parliamentary democracy in the country.
 arrow Two suspects held for attack on Tarana
Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday held two alleged leaders of an organised gang of thieves in the capital, suspecting their involvement in the attack on TV artiste Tarana Halim.
 arrow Traffic tails go long as rainwater floods city streets
Rainwater clogged in many city streets after a heavy downpour yesterday evening, creating long line of traffic tails.

According to the Met office, the capital experienced 51 millimetres (mm)of rainfall.

 arrow Blair blasts unruly English fans
British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned yesterday violence involving England football fans at the Euro 2004 championships, saying that such hooligans brought "shame" on the nation.
 arrow Two GIs killed in attack on Iraq base
A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base yesterday near the city of Balad, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding 21 people, the military said.

Fourteen of the injured were taken to the U.S.

 arrow 15 injured as cops, bus workers clash
At least 15 people including a police constable were injured in a clash between police and transport workers at Rupatali bus terminal yesterday morning.
Businessarrow No more VAT refund for import of raw materials
Local firms that win contracts for supplying products or services in foreign currency through international tender will be hit hard by a decision of National Board of Revenue (NBR) not to consider such
 arrow Use of cement can halve road construction costs
Use of cement in road construction instead of bitumen can reduce costs by 50 percent, a Roads and Highways Department (R&HD) engineer who is conducting a research on the technology, told a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Tax on FIs initially cut to get ADB loan, only to be reversed
The government had reduced tax rate for financial companies (FIs) to get a tranche of US$80 million Capital Market Development Programme (CMDP) loan from Asian Development Bank, but the rate was reversed
 arrow Women's participation in agri-business underscored
Women in the country's rural areas can play a vital role in the agricultural sector if they are given proper access to credit facilities and technical know-how, said participants at a workshop.
 arrow Bengal Fine Ceramics targets 25pc growth
With a view to achieving a 25 percent growth rate in the next fiscal year, Bengal Fine Ceramics Limited (BFCL) has installed two new 'semi automatic roller head machines' in its factory at Savar.
 arrow Commercial Bank launches e-banking
Bangladesh enters the era of internet banking as Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd, Bangladesh yesterday formally launched 'Combank Online' offering online cash management services to their personal and corporate
 arrow Set up childcare centres at garment factories
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the garment industry owners to establish in-house childcare centres for female workers' children.
 arrow Exodus of westerners threatens Riyadh's economy
Al-Qaeda cells are seeking to destabilise Saudi Arabia further by terrorising expatriate workforce into leaving the country.
 arrow Bangladesh to introduce ISPS Code before deadline
Bangladesh has completed its preparations much earlier before the expiry of the deadline for complying with a globally applicable unified safety and security code for port and shipping sectors known as
 arrow Prime Bank sanctions Tk 5cr loan to MIDAS Financing
Prime Bank Limited has sanctioned Tk 5 crore term loan facilities to MIDAS Financing Limited to extend their project finance.
 arrow Mercantile Bank okays 25pc stock dividend
Mercantile Bank Limited has approved a 25 percent stock dividend for the year 2003 for its shareholders.
 arrow China rejects US accusation of unfair trade practices
China's vice trade minister Wednesday rejected as without foundation accusations by the United States that Beijing engaged in "unfair and mercantilist trade practices" that are harmful to the US economy.
 arrow Oil price falls as Opec boosts production
World oil prices slipped Tuesday as an anticipated boost in Opec output helped traders to quickly put aside concerns over a sabotage attack on a key Iraqi pipeline.
Sportsarrow Football: Vision Bangladesh
The Vision Asia has called for res-tructuring the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the development of the most global sport in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers try to be tougher
In a world of high professionalism there is hardly any scope for enjoying leisure and nobody realises it better than the modern day cricketers do.
 arrow Football: Ruud class saves Dutch
Ruud van Nistelrooy rescued the Netherlands with an acrobatic goal nine minutes from the end on Tuesday to give his team a 1-1 draw with archrival Germany in their opening Euro 2004 Group D match.
 arrow Football: Test of English mettle
England can vent four days of pent-up frustration when they face Switzerland on Thursday after their heart-wrenching opening Euro 2004 loss to France.
 arrow Cricket: PCB sacks Miandad
Pakistan sacked cricket coach Javed Miandad Wednesday following the first ever home series defeat against India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka in Murali's grip
World record-smashing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may have been described as a "bio-mechanical mess", but the champion bowler has more lawyers than physiotherapists to help him out.
 arrow Thai govt backs out of L'pool bid
The government of Thailand yesterday confirmed it had pulled out of the bid to buy a major stake in Liverpool, after Thailand's biggest entertainment company, GMM Grammy PCL, vowed to lead a private consortium
 arrow Dhaka reach group semis
Dhaka moved into Group B semifinal of the 21st National Youth (Under-18) Hockey Championship with a massive 8-2 win over Patuakhali at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Muralitharan 'thin-skinnedí
Shane Warne has described world record Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan as "thin-skinned" for withdrawing from Sri Lanka's tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Mills blow for Kiwis
New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills is the latest to succumb to the injury crisis that has bedevilled the Kiwis' tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj relishes the prospect
Yuvraj Singh, almost a certainty to open in Tests next season, has revealed that he wished to follow the same route as Virender Sehwag.
 arrow Tennis: Federer eyeing repeat act
A photographer at last week's Halle Open complained that Roger Federer made a poor subject because he looks bored when he is playing.
 arrow Friends, Kallol split points
Friends Club and Kallol Sangha shared points in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League when their match ended 1-1 at the Chittagong MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Big win for Nawabpur
Nawabpur KC registered a 4-0 victory over Manik Smirty Sangsad in the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Basabo ground yesterday.
 arrow B'baria cricket
Durbar Cricket Club and Chalantika 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 Football: English hooligans at it again
Portuguese police said they arrested 33 people early Wednesday after battling hundreds of English fans for four hours in a second consecutive night of Euro 2004-related violence in the southern resort
 arrow Football: Germans have a future
Germany appear to have unearthed a real gem in Bayern Munich teenager Bastian Schweinsteiger.
 arrow Football: Czechs find positives
The Czech Republic's late and hard-won 2-1 victory over Latvia on Tuesday has stiffened the squad's resolve that they can enjoy a strong run at Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Win and relax
France coach Jacques Santini knows victory in their second Euro 2004 match against Croatia on Thursday would allow him the luxury of resting key players for their final group game.
Metropolitanarrow 'Abducted' person surrenders to police in Ctg
A four-day 'abduction drama' ended yesterday after the abducted person surrendered to Raozan police and told them that he was not kidnapped.
 arrow Measures taken to improve law and order
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that her government has taken some important and specific measures, including enacting laws, to improve law and order situation.
 arrow 7-yr-old girl raped, fighting for life
A seven-year-old girl has been fighting for life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital for the last 12 days after she was raped at Mrigali village in Ishwarganj, Mymensingh, but the rapists are still at large.
 arrow 'Provide credit facilities for cold storage'
Speakers at a workshop called on the government to provide credit facilities to the private sector to set up more cold storage for preservation of potato seeds.
 arrow Workers call hartal on July 11
Shilpa Sramik Karmachari Rokkha Samonnaya Parishad (SSKRSP), an organisation of workers, will observe dawn to dusk countrywide hartal on July 11 demanding reopening of mills and factories closed downby
Nationalarrow BSF thwarts power supply to Pathgram enclaves
RANGPUR: Electricity can not be supplied to Dohogram-Angorpotha enclaves due to objection by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
 arrow 'Realise money from US co, allow BAPEX a greater role'
The Magurchhera Day was observed in Moulvibazar on Tuesday with a demand for realisation of compensation from the US oil company responsible for the massive explosion that destroyed the ecology and environment
 arrow Care project fulfils their dream
Five years ago, Monwara Begum could hardly market any crop her sons produced on their land.
 arrow 3 'Jobo Dal men' held on extortion charge in Ctg
Police in separate drives caught three extortionists along with a pipe-gun and sharp weapons from Halishahar area in the city on Tuesday and four muggers from near the Chittagong Shopping Centre on the
 arrow Grameen Bank staff shot dead by muggers
Muggers gunned down a Grameen Bank employee at Kalkini in Madaripur and snatched Tk 10,000 from him on Tuesday.
 arrow 3 'Jobo Dal men' held on extortion charge in Ctg
Police in separate drives caught three extortionists along with a pipe-gun and sharp weapons from Halishahar area in the city on Tuesday and four muggers from near the Chittagong Shopping Centre on the
 arrow 5 cops, 9 held accused hurt in B'baria road mishap
Five policemen and nine arrested persons were injured when the autotempo in which they were travelling fell into a roadside ditch at Sayedabad in Kasba upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Kala Azar claims 6, afflicts 30 in Rajshahi
Kala Azar, a fever, claimed six lives and infected over 30 people in last ten days in Godagari upazila, an area in the district mainly inhabited by indigenous people.
 arrow Now Islam Raksha Mujahidin Committee in field
A BNP activist was critically injured in an attack by some people allegedly belonging to the Islam Raksha Mujahidin Committee (IRMC) at Yearpur village under Naldanga thana in Natore district on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Globalisation and global challenges
After almost uncontested sway over the minds of political leaders and mainstream economists in the developed worlds for more than three decades, globalisation is now descending from its lofty heights.
 arrow The end of a love affair: Bush dumps Chalabi
The move was not exactly what the Bush administration means when it boasted of unleashing "shock and awe" in Iraq. Still, it had the same effect. On May 20 at 11 a.m.
 arrow The amazing world of milk
Milk and other dairy products could be the perfect drink and food of life. Both children and adult need dairy for different reasons.
Culturearrow Kanthoshilon: A 20-year journey
Cultural and academic orientation are both necessary inputs to increase the literacy rate of the country.
 arrow Chit-Chat with Suvro Dev
At the age of three, Suvro Dev played the tabla on stage. Ten years later, he received the President award for music, in BTV in the Nutun Kuri contests.
 arrow Duran Duran reuniting for a new album
Duran Duran, who regrouped last year for a successful tour, are reuniting again--this time, for a new album on a new record label.
 arrow Theatre carnival begins today
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) has arranged a 37-day long drama festival titled 'Dhaka Natya Utshob-2004', which starts from today at the Experimental Theatre Stage at Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Mayur Shinghashon
A political satire, the play is set against the backdrop of Bangladesh's political scenario of the 1960s.
Generalarrow 21 steps taken to improve power situation : PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday that the government had taken 21 steps including setting up of several new power plants for the improvement of overall power system in the country.
 arrow 25 pc allocation for edn in nat'l budget demanded
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left leaning students organisations, yesterday demanded 25 per cent allocation for the education sector in the proposed national budget for the fiscal year
 arrow One more victim of building collapse dies
One more victim of June 9 building collapse at Shankhari Bazar in Old Dhaka died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early yesterday.
 arrow West adopts ayurvedic knowledge to heal intestinal diseases
The indigenous knowledge practised over hundreds of years in this region to heal intestinal diseases have been lately acknowledged by western medical world in a refined form, with a Bangladeshi doctor
Internationalarrow Train derails near Mumbai
At least 20 people were killed and 100 others were injured when the engine and eight bogies of Mangalore-Mumbai Matsyagandha Express derailed over a bridge between Veer and Karanjadi stations, about 200
 arrow Sharon escapes corrpution charges, set to form new govt
Israel's opposition Labour party looked set to enter a new-look government after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was told he would not face charges over a property scandal.
 arrow Shia radical leader tells militiamen to go home
Shia radical cleric Moqtada Sadr yesterday told members of his armed militia who do not live in this holy city to go home in a key step to return peace to Najaf after bloody clashes with US forces.
 arrow 'Britain against death penalty for Saddam'
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said he opposed the use of the death penalty in Iraq should former dictator Saddam Hussein be found guilty at any trial.
 arrow 9/11 panel critical of US air defence: Report
The independent commission investigating the Sept.
 arrow Iraqis are angry with US, reveals new poll
President Bush is fond of telling Americans they have liberated Iraq and that the country's future generations will be thankful.
 arrow Bus accident in Pakistan kills 37
At least 37 passengers were killed when a packed minibus careened off a bridge into a dry river bed on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital early yesterday, police said.
 arrow 24 feared killed in Nepal bus accident
At least 24 people were feared dead and 21 were injured when a bus plunged over a ravine into a raging river in Makwanpur district of central Nepal early yesterday, police said.
 arrow Khatami warns IAEA over tough European resolution
President Mohammad Khatami warned yesterday that Iran would have no moral obligation to maintain a suspension of uranium enrichment and allow tougher UN inspections if a harsh European-drafted resolution
 arrow Head of Iranian Kurdish weekly paper arrested
The director of an Iranian Kurdish weekly paper published in the western city of Sanandaj has been arrested on charges of "disturbing public order", and encouraging ethnic and religious dissent, the official
Editorialarrow Editorial: Human trafficking
The US on Monday listed Bangladesh as one of ten countries who are failing to adequately fight the trafficking of women and children, presaging economic sanctions if the situation has not improved demonstrably
 arrow Editorial: Attack on Bikalpa procession
A Bikalpa Dhara procession -- brought out as part of the party's by-election campaign -- came under attack twice in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow How long will the 'job' last?
In a recent statement, soon after the adoption of the latest resolution on Iraq, Mr. Bush said that the US troops would stay in Iraq for as long as it took to 'finish the job'.
 arrow The factor X?
To no one's surprise, one fine evening, Sindh Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Mehar, decided to resign while the Sindh Assembly had said not a word about any lack of trust in him earlier.
Letters to Editorarrow Those wretched beings
A few days ago , I was returning home getting into a bus from Chankharpool bus stand. When the bus moved a bit, a tragic scene came into my sight.
 arrow Stop mudslinging
What is going on in our political field? Whenever any dreadful incident takes place the government blames it on the opposition and the opposition blames it on the government.
 arrow An appeal from a disgruntled reader
The night before the opposition sponsored hartal on 5-6-2004, an arson attack on a double-decker bus of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation in front of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, left at least nine persons,
 arrow Pick-up under NU
The National University vide its memo, 01(2165) Jabi/Admn/94/95/2003/1/6571 dated 31.3.2004 informed the Ministry of Education in answer to the latter's memo. Sha.15/11/Jabi 2/2002/ 734 dated 04.12.
 arrow Why blame America?
For the last few months, there is a rush of letters blaming America for its hellish act on Iraq and other acts around the whole world, including its role in Israel-Palestine conflict.