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Front Pagearrow Curb on rowdy bank unionism planned
The government is amending the Bank Company Act to keep a tight rein on unruly trade unionism in the central bank and the state-owned banks and stop abuse of bank property as well.
 arrow Army must for free Dhaka-10 by-polls
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday said it will not be possible to hold the Dhaka-10 by-election free and fair without deploying army in each of the polling centres.
 arrow Opposition part of govt in democracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that the opposition would play a responsible role in parliament and make constructive criticism to ensure socioeconomic progress of the country and the people.
 arrow Not Spielberg's giant shark

 arrow Dengue strikes back with monsoon
Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever caused by one of four closely related but distinct viruses have staged a come back in the capital with the onset of monsoon.
 arrow ADB finds its own conditions flawed
An Asian Development Bank (ADB) evaluation has found a number of conditions the bank itself tagged to a loan to Bangladesh for capital market development to be flawed and unproductive.
 arrow Bombers kill 41 in twin strikes on Iraqi forces
Bombers killed 41 people in two strikes on Iraq's fledgling security forces yesterday, stepping up a bloody drive to sabotage plans for US-led occupation to give way to Iraqi rule on June 30.
 arrow New pay body in July
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the new National Pay Commission (NPC) would be formed on the first week of July.

The NPC will submit its report within October.

 arrow Proshika chief gets bail in another graft case
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed in one of the two graft cases filed by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), but rejected bail in the other.
 arrow BNP, AL Mps trade extortion allegations
Two lawmakers belonging to the ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday traded allegations of extortion against each other, triggering a brief spell of heat in parliament.
 arrow Special district cells to prevent human trafficking soon
The government yesterday decided to form a special cell in each district, administrative unit and metropolitan city to prevent trafficking in women and children in the wake of US blacklisting of Bangladesh
 arrow Proposed housing policy ignores crumbling old buildings
Authorities have virtually ignored the problem of ramshackle buildings threatening to crash down on their residents in Old Dhaka and other places in the proposed national housing policy.
 arrow Saddam to be under US watch in Iraq
The United States and Iraq are close to a deal to transfer ousted dictator Saddam Hussein into Iraqi legal custody although he will remain under the lock and key of US wardens, a coalition source told
 arrow Canada questions Fenchuganj power plant deal process
Canada has questioned fairness and transparency of the government's tender process as it pursues a deal with a Japanese company to set up a 90 megawatt power plant in Fenchuganj ignoring an offer of a
 arrow Hasina blasts govt for defeat in OIC
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted the government once again for nominating a controversial person for the top job of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) and observed that the defeat
 arrow Saifur's no to newsprint tariff cuts
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday rejected the demand of the Newspaper Owners Association (Noab) and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parisad (BSP) to reduce tariff on newsprint.
 arrow Kushtia ASP shifted over abduction frenzy
The police administration yesterday transferred Additional Superintendent of Police Bashir Ahmad from Kushtia to Rangamati amid rampant abductions and killings in the western district.
 arrow SP Baten's bail prayer rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail for Special Superintendent of Police (SP) Abdul Baten, arrested on charge of offering bribe to State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar.
 arrow Cops pick next-door woman
Police yesterday picked up a next-door woman of the 16-month-old boy, Arian, who was brutally nipped in the bud Wednesday.
 arrow Bringing life to a standstill...

 arrow SQ Chy returns home today
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and defeated candidate for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Salauddin Quader Chowdhury return home from Turkey today amid a wave of
 arrow Rooney double guides England to 3-0 win
Two-goal Wayne Rooney became the youngest scorer in European Championship finals history as England put their Euro 2004 campaign back on course with a 3-0 win over 10-man Switzerland yesterday.
 arrow Making travels difficult

 arrow UN agency admits error in report on Iran nuke
The UN atomic agency admitted yesterday to having made a mistake in a June report on Iran's nuclear programme that said Iran had failed to inform it about importing magnets for advanced centrifuges.
 arrow Workers Party faces split
The Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) is apparently facing a split as five 'rebel' party leaders, including a politburo member, are in conflict with the party leadership on its decision to join the main
 arrow Abducted Rangpur madrasa principal freed in Gaibandha
Sadullapur police on Wednesday freed an abducted madrasa principal from Gaibandha.
 arrow Narrowing the busy thoroughfare

 arrow Politics dominates budget talks
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday opened a hectic general discussion on the national budget for FY2004-05 as the treasury and opposition benches apparently focussed more on partisan politics than economicissues
 arrow Robbers shoot dead father, son at Ctg
A former union parishad member and his son were shot dead by robbers at a village in Mirersarai upazila in the early hours of yesterday. Five others were injured in the attack.
 arrow Bush disputes 9/11 panel's no-Saddam link conclusion
President Bush yesterday disputed the Sept. 11 commission's finding that there was no "collaborative relationship" between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaeda terrorist network responsible for the attacks.
 arrow Transport strike continues in Barisal
Transport workers of Barisal-Rupatali bus terminal continued with their strike programme in Barisal till yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Bangladeshi firms fetch $15m orders
The just concluded Bangladesh single country trade show in Canada has received tremendous response from buyers with the participating companies securing US$5.
 arrow Accelerate industrialisation to reduce unemployment
Speakers at a post-budget discussion yesterday suggested accelerating industrial development in the country to create employment opportunities and alleviate poverty.
 arrow DSE index hits new high after '96 crash
The DSE general index (DGEN) nearly hit 1300-mark yesterday, the highest since the 1996 crash, as enhanced fund flow into the capital market boosted demand for good shares.
 arrow Import duty cut to hurt local ink manufacturers
Ink manufacturers have expressed concern over the import duty reduction for finished goods like offset printing ink and said the proposed duty structure would seriously hurt the local ink industry.
 arrow US officials to visit Beijing amid growing disputes
US Secretary of Commerce Don Evans will visit Beijing next week as he seeks to address a huge trade deficit with China amid a flurry of trade conflicts and unfair practice allegations.
 arrow China's central bank may hike selected rates
If China's central bank decides the economy is so hot it needs to raise interest rates, it is likely to target selected rates rather than an across-the-board hike, a central bank official said Thursday.
 arrow Rangpur Foundry declares 15pc dividend
Rangpur Foundry Limited (RFL), a concern of PRAN Group, has declared a 15 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Training courses for RMG, textile workers held
Young Consultants, a consulting firm, organised six training courses on Labour Standards and Workplace Environment in Apparel Industry in the last four months.
 arrow Global Finance selects Citigroup as best investment bank
Global Finance has recently anno-unced Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank N.A as the best investment bank in 2004 globally.
 arrow Trade settlement of Bexi Pharma through CDS from July 8
The share settlement of Beximco Pharmaceuticals through the central depository system (CDS) will begin from July 8.
 arrow AKTEL to set up 700 new base stations
AKTEL, a GSM cellphone operator, has signed separate agreements with 20 firms for construction of sites for 700 additional Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) during the year 2004-2005 to expand its network.
 arrow JBCCI board of directors formed
A 12-member board of directors of Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI) has been formed headed by Matiur Rahman as its president.
 arrow Poor nations launch new talks to lower their trade barriers
Poor nations Wednesday launched new talks to lower their trade barriers in a move to fight poverty and win access to rich countries' markets.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Shahriar hopes for the best
Injured opener Shahriar Hossain is still hopeful that he can return to the national fold before the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England in September this year.
 arrow Football: Portugal stay alive
Portugal resurrected their Euro 2004 hopes, ending those of 10-man Russia with a 2-0 victory but will still need to beat neighbours Spain in their final group game to reach the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Azzurri show must go on
Italy will be without their talismanic striker Francesco Totti for Friday's crunch Euro 2004 clash against free-scoring Sweden here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Totti catastrophe
Italy forward Francesco Totti, one of the biggest names at Euro 2004, has been banned by UEFA for three matches for spitting at Denmark's Christian Poulsen, his lawyers say.
 arrow Cricket: Not sacked, Miandad quit?
Pakistan cricket's former coach Javed Miandad, who was largely blamed for his country's defeat against rivals India, denied Thurs-day he was fired from his post, saying instead he quit after reachingan
 arrow Cricket: Thank God, he was born later
If strike bowler Steve Harmison had been born a few years earlier, he would probably have disappeared without trace.
 arrow Cricket: Lara leads Windies
A century from Brian Lara helped the West Indies to a comfortable 96-run win over Ireland on Wednesday in their first tour match before the one-day triangular series with England and New Zealand later
 arrow Tennis: Serena, Roger top seeds
The All England Club at Wimbledon has made defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams the top seeds for the Championships which begin on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi morale shattered
Struggling New Zealand's hopes of bouncing back from their Test whitewash at the hands of England were dashed on Wednesday when they were beaten by Derbyshire by four wickets.
 arrow Football: A sad Iranian soap
The mistress of an Iranian football star has been sentenced to death for murdering the wife of her lover, press reports said Thursday in a case that has riveted the Islamic republic by breaking a wealth
 arrow Football: Prince of hearts no more
Two years ago Italy united in outrage when Francesco Totti was sent off for diving in the closing stages of the match against South Korea which triggered the Azzurri's humiliating exit from the WorldCup.
 arrow Football: Scolari at his best
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he had merely tweaked a stuttering engine rather than carried out wholesale surgery to land a 2-0 win over Russia that keeps the nation's European Championshiphopes
 arrow Football: kickin' around
Spain and Real Madrid striker Raul has wasted no time in launching into the war of nerves with Portugal ahead of their winner-takes-all final Group A tie on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Battered yet brave
Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov is determined to prove that his team are not doomed to be cast as Euro 2004 failures when he leads their fight for Group C survival against Denmark in Braga on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Young cricketer Bashir's life in danger
Promising cricketer Tamim Bashir is critically ill and has been diagnosed with cerebral malaria at a city hospital, family sources said yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB special meeting tomorrow
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) high-ups will sit with all its sub-committee members and coaches at a special discussion tomorrow at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
 arrow Cricket: 21 picked for batting camp
The high performance batting camp for Under-17 cricketers will begin on June 20 at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP).
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi beach volleyball
Bangladesh Police will meet Bangladesh Navy in the men's final while Usha Krira Chakra face East End Boys in the women's final in the Pepsi Beach Volleyball tournament today at Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Golam Mostafa Lane KC recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Lalbagh Tarun Sangha in a West Zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: MSC going great guns
Reigning champions Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded their third consecutive win in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League when they outplayed Shatadal Club 4-1 at the M A Aziz stadiumin
 arrow Cricket: AIUB lift title
AIUB lifted the 3rd Private University Cricket Championship defeating AIUB Blues by seven wickets in the final at Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Managing literacy programmes
Although the rate of literacy has increased considerably in the country, according to the census of 1999, the absolute number of illiterates also has increased considerably.
Culturearrow Film appreciation course
As the camera panned over to the left, Charlie Chaplin was seen cooking one his leather boots with great care, in a big cauldron.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Inggit: A take-off on politics
As part of the drama festival arranged by the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), Dhaka Padatik will stage Inggit, directed by SM Solaiman,

 arrow The best thing in Tropa is her devotion to theatre.--Ferdousi
There are very few successful mother-and-daughter duos in our entertainment world.
 arrow Reviving the Beatles' mistique
This is an opportune time to focus on former Beatle Paul McCartney as he celebrates his birthday on June 18.
Generalarrow Fund constraints holding back project execution
Water resources ministry could not implement many projects to improve irrigation system and check river erosion because of fund constraints, Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Activate JS body to stop extortion in transport sector
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday gave directives to the state minister for home affairs to take necessary action to activate the committee formed by the prime minister to stop extortion in transport
 arrow Bhuiyan refutes allegation of political bias
LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday brushed aside the allegation that promotions were given to the deputy secretaries of various BCS batches and cadres on political consideration.
 arrow Implement govt plans to ensure progress in agri sector
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday called upon the agri-scientists, researchers and field workers to ensure further progress in the agriculture sector through implementing both short and long-term
 arrow One gets 7 yrs' RI for throwing acid on wife
A Tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced one person to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for throwing acid on his wife on August 26 in 1998.
 arrow Plan to lower age limit to make juvenile justice system effective
The government is thinking of reducing juvenile age limit to make the juvenile justice system effective, said Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed at a consultation in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two businessmen shot in city
Two businessmen were shot and chopped in separate incidents at Hazaribagh and Ramna while criminals beat an employee of a sanitary shop after its owner refused to pay them in tolls at West Rampura inthe
 arrow Committee to develop tourism formed
The government has formed district-wise committee for development of tourism as well as their management in different parts of the country.

Deputy Commissioners will head the committee.

 arrow 'Unite against fundamentalism'
11 Party leaders yesterday called for unity with cultural groups in a greater movement against imperialism, communalism and fundamentalism.
 arrow Two placed on 3-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed two arrestees on a three-day remand in two separate cases suspecting their involvement in the attack on TV artiste Tarana Halim.
 arrow US charge d' affaires meets Bhuiyan
Charge d' Affaires of US embassy in Bangladesh Judith A Chammas called on LGRD and Cooperative Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow Yussuf Abdullah Harun hospitalised
Noted industrialist and former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Yussuf Abdullah Harun was admitted to ZH Shikder Medical Hospital at Gulshan following a heart
 arrow Over 1600 held, 8 arms recovered
Police arrested 1,606 people, including two identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Our defeat in the OIC race
It comes as a shock and disappointment that Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, the Bangladesh candidate for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), has failed to get the
 arrow Editorial: Import duty on newsprint
The proposed increase in import duty on newsprint in the budget for the 2004-05 fiscal poses a further strain on the wobbly newspaper industry.
 arrow Resourcing the country's future
Building a nation can be a rather Herculean task. Ask the Americans who built a wilderness into the most powerful nation on earth.
 arrow The hollow mirror
She sat down in front of the mirror, holding a comb in one hand, while using the other to pluck tangles of hair caught in its teeth.
 arrow Reflections on Bangladesh
The anti-India feeling in Bangladesh is so strong that you can taste it.
Letters to Editorarrow Plant a tree
Greenhouse Effect and global warming pose a real threat to countries like Maldives, Bangladesh etc. The rise in water level may reduce these countries to once-existed in the world map.
 arrow Our finance, our Mps and us
Our outspoken FM is very busy mending the awful state of economy inherited from the AL.
 arrow Budget of FY2004-05
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed our national budget in the Jatiya Sangsad on June 10. The Tk 57,248 crore budget is really a colossal budget for our country.
 arrow Technocrats
After the introduction of the recent budget in Bangladesh, it is clear that what the country needs is a government of technocrats.
 arrow Pajero and sweepers
Finance Minister M. Saifur Rahman has said that he uses a modest car that often hits his head at its roof.
 arrow A dreamer's world
I have a dream. I know that it is not only mine. All the optimistic people around the world dream like me. Nowadays, not only we, the people of Bangladesh ,but also the whole world are longing for peace.
 arrow Those visits
As a newspaper reader, I still cannot fathom out the sudden trips of the Bangladesh foreign minister to New Delhi, and the urgent necessity of the high-profile and extremely busy US Defence Secretaryto
 arrow Bangladesh team for Asia Cup
It was nice to hear through your newspaper that Javed Omar has been selected in the team to open the innings for Bangladesh.
 arrow Mr. Huq's column
Mr Monzurul Huq's article on the tainted image of Bangladesh (June 2-June 4, 2004) is not objective writing . I would like to ask the readers and The Daily Star to comment on this letter.
 arrow Dirty politics
The bus arson before the hartal day is a heinous example of the dirty politics in our country. And yet the cruel blame game has already started-- just blame it on the other party.
 arrow About a letter
A recent letter to the editor shows that letter writers are not always well informed.

The letter was on Steve Waugh's comments.

 arrow Letter to the PM
With this letter I hope to bring a great concern of mine to your attention and to ask for your help.
 arrow New tax structure
The DS in its June 12, 2004 issue published a news item under the caption "Income tax riddle".
 arrow Same-sex marriage
I am writing in response to the letters by Mr. Huq and Mr. Mallik both published on June 10 as well as the letter by Mr. Rabbani published on June 11.
Environmentarrow Indigenous people in CHT face worst water crisis
Names of the many localities in three hill districts under Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have generally ended with the suffixes like Chhara, Chhari, Long, and Khyang, (for example, Satchhara,
 arrow Our coast and threats to it
Coastal resources are vital for many local communities and indigenous people. For a country like Bangladesh, coastal zones are the most available areas for development activities.
Worldarrow Natwar vows to pursue peace with Pakistan
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh on Wednesday vowed to pursue peace negotiations with Pakistan during a first visit to Britain since his Congress party took power last month.
 arrow Bush makes Pakistan 'major non-Nato ally'
US President George W. Bush rewarded Pakistan on Wednesday with "major non-Nato ally" status, opening the door to closer military ties with India's nuclear rival.
 arrow US for enhancing nuke endeavours with India
Building on the progress in relations in the last three years, the United States has said it wants to continue strengthening its ties with India and said the next step in strategic partnership is to be
 arrow Benazirís party leader shot dead in Karachi
Gunmen shot dead a provincial leader of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's opposition party, triggering violent protests in the restive Pakistani port city of Karachi, police said.
 arrow 'Labour to do all it can to support Gaza pullout'
Opposition leader Shimon Peres renewed his backing for Israel's planned Gaza pullout yesterday after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was ready for the "pain" of evacuating Jewish settlements to achieve
 arrow Pak troops raid new al-Qaeda hideout
Pakistani troops and fighter jets swooped down on suspected al-Qaeda hideouts near the Afghan border yesterday, launching their third offensive this year in a protracted campaign to rid the tribal region
 arrow Norway makes move to revive Lankan talks
Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway Wednesday sent an envoy to meet the Tamil Tigers in a fresh bid to revive negotiations after the rebels warned of bloodshed if the process was not salvaged, officials said.
 arrow World refugee tally falls to lowest in a decade: UN
The global number of refugees and other people who have fled their homes fell by 18 percent to just over 17 million last year, the lowest level in a decade, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.
 arrow US troops to stay in Iraq as long as needed
US troops will remain in Iraq as long as necessary until Iraqi forces can handle security on their own, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said yesterday during a visit to northern Iraq.
 arrow Early al-Qaeda plans targeted 10 US sites
al-Qaeda had originally planned to crash hijacked planes into 10 targets in the United States and carry out simultaneous attacks in Southeast Asia, the panel investigating the Sept 11, 2001 attacks said
 arrow Iraq war eroded US security
President Bush led the United States into an ill-planned Iraq war that has weakened US security, retired diplomats and military officers said on Wednesday in a direct challenge to one of Bush's main arguments
 arrow 'Rumsfeld issued order to hide Iraqi detainee'
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered at least one inmate of an Iraqi detention center to be kept off the prison's rolls, The New York Times reported yesterday, effectively making the prisoner a so-called
 arrow HRW calls for restoring rights undermined by 9/11 security policies
The US Congress should pass legislation to roll back post-September 11 security measures that have engendered arbitrary detentions and violations of due process guarantees, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.