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Front Pagearrow Tests go haywire as substandard chemicals used
A restriction on import of 12 categories of lab chemicals prompted widespread use of low-grade substances in private diagnostic laboratories and hospitals, leading to false and inaccurate diagnoses.
 arrow Probes into sensational cases fizzle out
Probes into three sensational cases in recent times -- arson attack on a double-decker bus at Sheraton Hotel crossing, assassination of frontline opposition lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and attempt on writer
 arrow Rain waterlogs Dhaka
Much of the city was reeling from water after daylong driving rains virtually clogged the drainage system yesterday.

The capital experienced 49 mm of rainfall that caused waterlogging in severalplaces.

 arrow Candidacy was not a cause for OIC defeat
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has dismissed accusations by opposition parties and former diplomats that the nomination of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury as candidate for the post of secretary general of
 arrow Schoolboy escapes abduction attempt
A schoolboy on Thursday escaped from the hands of kidnappers and traffic police caught two alleged abductors in front of Motijheel Railway Hospital.
 arrow US hostage in Saudi Arabia beheaded
An al-Qaeda group said yesterday it killed American hostage Paul M Johnson Jr, posting an Internet message that showed photographs of a beheaded body.
 arrow JS body itself to probe as PM wants report
A parliamentary body plans to open a probe into the alleged autorickshaw scam on its own as its sub-committee assigned with the task dragged its feet and the prime minister prodded the parent committee
 arrow Paradox of poverty and unspent funds
A paradox in Bangladesh's economy is that huge amounts of money remain unused whereas 40 percent of its people live below poverty line.
 arrow Shipping officials oppose system to detect unregistered vessels
Opposition by a section of officials at the Department of Shipping and recent cancellation of tender have delayed the process of setting up classification society, a system practised worldwide to reduce
 arrow Annan raps US for bid to get exemption from global court
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan rebuked the United States for trying to get another exemption from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court and urged the Security Council to oppose the measure.
 arrow WB provides $91m for water supply, education
The World Bank yesterday approved US$ 91 million grant for two projects aimed at the development of rural water supply and primary education, said a press release by the World Bank.
 arrow Bulgaria's Euro dream killed off
Bulgaria became the second country to be knocked out of Euro 2004 when goals from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jesper Gronkjaer lifted Denmark to a 2-0 win over the 1994 World Cup semi-finalists here yesterday.
 arrow Anthrax found in dead elephant
Deadly anthrax virus has been found in the carcass of an elephant in Lama upazila, officials confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Mayors want more power, single authority
Five of the country's six city corporation mayors have decided to demand and press for more power and an immediate end to dual administration in their metropolises.
 arrow African catfish poses threat to ecosystem
Carnivorous alien species African catfish is spreading out in the natural ecosystem, posing a great threat to local and indigenous fish species of the country.
 arrow EU close to deal on new constitution
Leaders from 25 countries of the European Union are "tantalisingly close" to reaching a deal on a new constitution, a top official said yesterday.
 arrow 40-day-old girl found dead in water container
A 40-day-old girl was found floating dead in a water container in her Lalbagh home in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 3 of a family acid-burnt
Criminals in Comilla threw acid on three members of a family including two children, a sequel to previous enmity over land dispute, in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Terror suspects kept in 'secret' US detention centers
The United States is holding terrorism suspects in more than two dozen detention centers worldwide and about half of these operate in total secrecy, said a human rights report released on Thursday.
 arrow Journalist Syed Quahhar dead
A senior journalist, veteran unionist and assistant editor of the now defunct Dainik Bangla Syed Abdul Quahhar died at his Mirpur residence yesterday morning. He was 65.
 arrow Woman taken on remand over 16-month-old child killing
A court in Dhaka yesterday remanded a woman in police custody after assailants killed 16-month-old boy Sadman Sadiq Sarker at their Moghbazar apartment block on Wednesday.
 arrow PM has to answer why crores spent on controversial person: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has said intransigent attitude of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to nominate a controversial person for the post of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) secretary general
 arrow Cop held on charge of extortion
A police constable claiming himself to be a detective was arrested on Thursday evening for his attempt to extort money from a businessperson.
 arrow Several Iraqis killed in clashes south of Baquba
U.S. forces clashed with insurgents south of the town of Baquba on Friday in a second day of fighting in which several Iraqis have been killed, residents and the U.S. military said.
Businessarrow Banks write off Tk 54.3b bad loans last year
Commercial banks have written off Tk 54.30 billion bad loans up to December 2003 following the central bank's guidelines, bringing down the share of default loan to 22.
 arrow India's Jyothi Laboratories to set up plant in Bangladesh
As part of its plan to expand its overseas presence, Jyothy Laboratories, leading Mumbai-based private manufacturer of fast-moving cosmetic goods as well as the popular detergent brand "Ujala," is gong
 arrow VAT on amusement park business to hurt customers
The imposition of 4.5 percent VAT would put a brake on growing amusement-park business and the cost would ultimately have to be borne by the customers, says an executive of a park.
 arrow CityCell signs deal with Inforev
CityCell has signed an agreement with Inforev Limited under which Inforev will become the content provider of the cellular phone company’s SMS Push-Pull based news and information Services .
 arrow Siemens launches customer care campaign
Siemens Bangladesh Ltd has launched a two-week customer care campaign for its mobile set users from Thursday.
 arrow Standard Bank declares 15pc stock dividend
Standard Bank Limited has declared a 15 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.

The declaration was made at the bank's 5th annual general meeting held in Dhaka recently.

 arrow Asia a 'hot zone' of private banking acquisition
Asia Pacific is a "hot zone" of private banking acquisition activity as international players think the region has the most global potential for wealth creation, according to a survey by KPMG Thursday.
 arrow US vows tough enforcement of trade laws on China
US commerce secretary Don Evans vowed "tough" enforcement of US trade laws yesterday, one day before his department is due to make a preliminary decision whether to impose potentially massive import duties
 arrow New IMF chief set for significant visit to Asia
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato heads for Asia next week in his first official trip since taking the helm of the fund, underscoring the region's key role in maintaining economic and financial stability.
 arrow Indian communists want left-friendly budget
India's communists, who provide crucial support to the new government, Friday sought to roll back a price hike in politically sensitive fuel prices as the commerce minister pledged more liberalisation
 arrow ROK prepares $5b economic stimulus
South Korea's finance and economy minister said Friday that the government will seek nearly five billion dollars in supplementary spending to help stimulate the flagging economy.
 arrow US trade deficit explodes to record level
The broadest measure of the US trade deficit exploded to a record 144.9 billion dollars in the first quarter of 2004, the Commerce Department said Friday.
 arrow Oil market balanced on knife's edge
The recent sabotage of Iraq's oil pipelines has raised fresh concerns about production capacity and room for maneuver in case of a crisis amid firm global oil demand.
 arrow Beijing's famous silk market to be demolished
Beijing's famous outdoor silk market, stacked with fake brand name goods, is set to be demolished and moved to an indoor site because of concerns over fire dangers, state media said Friday.
 arrow US, EU textile groups seek WTO action on China
European textiles firms, fearful of a flood of Chinese imports, said Thursday they want a special monitoring system to be put in place and for trade barriers to be raised if necessary.
 arrow WB urged to protect interest of the poor
The World Bank's response to a review of its funding of oil, gas and mining projects should represent the interest of the world's poor, the report's author said Thursday.
 arrow Eurozone posts 122pc rise in April trade surplus
The eurozone posted a trade surplus of 6.0 billion euros (7.2 billion dollars) in April, a rise of 122 percent from the year-earlier surplus of 2.7 billion, EU statistics office Eurostat said Friday.
Sportsarrow Football: Croat fright for France
Croatia gave France an almighty scare as they held the shaky-looking champions to a 2-2 draw in an explosive Euro 2004 match on Thursday, another surprise result that leaves Group B wide open.
 arrow Football: Shantoo's challenge
Coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo believes his young charges are capable of defeating the current national football team any given day.
 arrow A sad day for cricket
Cricket lost a bright and promising player with the tragic death of Tamim Bashir. The 19-year-old Khulna off-spinner's life came to an end at the Renal Hospital in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin begs to differ
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar Friday stepped into a debate sparked by his captain that middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh would be promoted as a Test opener in the coming season.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan has new 'magic ball'
Harbhajan Singh has warned opposition batsmen to expect a new 'magic ball' when they face him next time.
 arrow Cricket: Only as a tourist
Top Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan Friday insisted he would not change his mind on boycotting next month's cricket tour of Australia, but said he harboured no hatred towards Australians.
 arrow Football: Big boys' battle
Two big strikers with large reputations are likely to have a major impact on the heavyweight Euro 2004 Group D clash between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic on Saturday.
 arrow Sumathipala granted bail
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal Friday granted bail to the country's former cricket chief and the head of the main telecommunications company, Thilanga Sumathipala.
 arrow Football: Russell for more foreigners in NFL
Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra has requested the National Football League (NFL) tournament committee to increase the foreign players' quota from two to four.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer wants Miandad's help
New Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer believes predecessor Javed Miandad can still play a role in the future development of the team.
 arrow Hockey: Rajshahi reach Group A semis
Rajshahi Division moved into the Group A semifinal of the 21st National Youth (Under-18) Hockey Championship with a 2-0 victory over Gazipur at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: CJKS football
BCIC Krira Sangsad and City Corporation Ekadash won their respective matches in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Football: Better than Baggio!
Sven-Goran Eriksson on Friday stoked the flames of Rooney-mania by describing his 18-year-old striker as better than Italian legend Roberto Baggio at the same age.
 arrow Football: Innocent thugs?
England football fans ejected from Portugal following riots in the southern resort of Albufeira loudly protested their innocence Friday after flying back home.

"I have not been treated fairly.

 arrow Football: Kickin' around
UEFA's decision to appoint Swedish referee Anders Frisk for the do-or-die Group A clash between hosts Portugal and Spain on Sunday will have raised a few eyebrows in the latter's camp.
 arrow Football: Destroy 'em
Germany coach Rudi Voeller has urged his men to race forward when they face debutants Latvia in their second Euro 2004 Group D match on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Refs favour giants'
Croatian head coach Otto Baric praised his side's showing in holding European champions France to a 2-2 draw at Euro 2004 on Thursday and said his side would have won had it not been for two refereeing
 arrow Pepsi beach v'ball
Bangladesh Navy clinched the Pepsi Beach Volleyball tournament title in the men's group outplaying Bangladesh Police by 21-18 and 21-17 at the Laboni Point in the resort town of Cox's Bazar.
Metropolitanarrow Education commission report lacks direction
Academics and professionals at a seminar yesterday termed the National Education Commission's report inadequate, which they said has failed to put forward any specific solution or way out of the manifold
Nationalarrow Youth becomes self-reliant by dint of sincerity, hard work
Here is a story of an unemployed youth who attained economic emancipation by dint of sincerity, hard work and determination within a short period of time.
 arrow Nursery business gains popularity in Shariatpur
Nursery business is gaining popularity in the district. About 500 small and big nurseries have been set up in different areas of six upazilas where at least 3,000 workers are engaged in earning theirlivelihood.
 arrow Problems grip Gopalganj municipality
The town dwellers of Gopalganj Pourasabha are being deprived of the basic amenities of a class one municipality.
 arrow 'Help combat HIV/AIDS'
Speakers at an orientation programme here on Thursday afternoon called upon the students, specially female students to play their active role in combating HIV/AIDS.
 arrow 2 killed, 9 hurt in Lalmonirhat road crash
Two people were killed and nine others injured in a road accident near Bandhu movie house on Lalmonirhat-Burimari Highway in Aditmari upazila yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Teachers, primary education and the budget
We have witnessed recently the disgraceful spectacle of demonstrating teachers of non-govt. primary schools being clubbed and injured by police, and teachers on hunger strike lying on the street.
 arrow Primary schooling in disarray
Education in our schools and colleges has turned out to be a wasteful exercise, leaving the young learners handicapped and ill-suited to face the grueling test of life.
 arrow Producing rice in sustainable way
It has been reported (Far Eastern Agriculture January/February, 2004) that the United Nations has launched a major international drive to increase the production of rice.
Culturearrow Presenting Bangladesh to Japan
Ka zu ko Shiraishi, the visiting Japanese poet, says, 'I've come to launch my book which has been translated into Bangla.
 arrow Faiz Zahir: A young talent in theatre
Faiz Zahir is a promising theatre talent in Bangladesh. He is involved in backstage work along with acting and direction. From the beginning of his career in 1980, he has been involved with Aranyak Natyadal.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival kicks off
Enjoy drama on stage, Come to a new stage'--with this slogan Dhaka Drama Festival-2004 opened at the Experimental Theatre Stage on June 17.
 arrow Artists to get Walk of Fame Stars
Antonio Banderas, Rod Stewart and Donald Duck are among an eclectic bunch of honourees who will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.
Generalarrow More allocation for health sector demanded
Speakers at a meeting yesterday demanded increased budgetary allocation for health sector with emphasis on reproductive health.
 arrow Diploma Medical Assoc stages hunger strike
Bangladesh Diploma Medical Association staged a daylong token hunger strike yesterday demanding immediate implementation of the government decision to rename medical assistants in upazila health complexes
 arrow Tk 35cr Japanese grant for cyclone shelters
Japan will provide grant assistance worth about Tk 34.8 crore to Bangladesh for the construction of multipurpose cyclone shelters in phase five of the disaster-mitigation scheme.
 arrow Bharati shares her experience as a writer in the West
India-born American writer Bharati Mukherjee has said she had to undergo various adverse phases of identity crisis and racial marginalisation both as a woman writer and a South Asian during her earlyyears
 arrow Attack on Bikalpa Dhara supporters during polls campaign
A motorcade of Major (retd.) Abdul Mannan, a candidate of Bikalpa Dhara for Dhaka-10 by-polls, came under attack during his election campaign at East Razabazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cuta work abstention begins today
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) begins a weeklong work abstention programme today to press for its demand for dissolution of the selection boards formed by the tenure-expired syndicate.
 arrow Fire at Birdem canteen
A fire broke out in a canteen at the Birdem Hospital yesterday, creating panic among the doctors, patients and officials.

However, there were no casualties.

 arrow Diagnostic lab of int'l standard set up in Chokoria
The ICDDR,B, a centre for health and population research, has set up a diagnostic laboratory of international standard at Chokoria, Cox's Bazar, to meet the healthcare needs of more than one million people
Internationalarrow IAEA adopts resolution sharply rebuking Iran
The UN nuclear watchdog agency censured Iran for past cover-ups in a resolution adopted yesterday, and warned Tehran to be more forthcoming if it wants an investigation of suspect activities to end.
 arrow American air defences 'unprepared' for 9/11
US fighter jets had virtually no chance to shoot down or intercept four hijacked planes on Sept 11, 2001, because of confusion and poor communication among "unprepared" officials responsible for America's
 arrow Pak team in Delhi for 'result-oriented' talks
A high-level Pakistani delegation arrived in New Delhi yesterday for crucial expert level parleys with their Indian interlocutors on Nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), saying they are carrying
 arrow Vajpayee takes blame for BJP's defeat
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said he owned "maximum" responsibility for BJP's (Bharatiya Janata Party) defeat in the Lok Sabha elections and that he would do "penance" for it.
 arrow Arafat vows to control Gaza after pullout
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has pledged to assert control over the Gaza Strip after an Israeli pullout and fight militants who break the law, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow New fish species found
Brazilian scientists claimed to have found a new fish species believed to have lurked deep in the south Atlantic Ocean for over 150 million years.
 arrow Rebels capture Afghan provincial capital: 10 killed
Fighters loyal to several local warlords stormed a remote provincial capital and forced the governor to flee, one of the group's leaders and a government official said yesterday.
 arrow Wanted tribal leader killed in Pak raids
Pakistani troops killed a former Taliban fighter who led fierce resistance to the army's effort to flush out foreign militants from a rugged region near the Afghan border, the army spokesman said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dilapidated buildings
All the follow up reports after one of the most tragic accidents in recent times at Old Dhaka paint a very grim and sad picture of living conditions in that part of the city.
 arrow Editorial: Dengue threat shaping
With the onset of monsoon, ten dengue cases have been confirmed by four city hospitals, five of them in the last week alone.
 arrow Greater interaction between China and SAARC
Afresh wind of change has been blowing in South Asia since the beginning of this year. Acrimony, suspicion and tension appears to be on the wane, at least for the time being.
 arrow Crunching humans with numbers
The business community says (i.e. if you discount the CVT misstep which led to stock brokers going on a rampage breaking things) the Federal Budget is a good investor-friendly initiative.
Letters to Editorarrow Common pictures of Bangladesh
If we analyse the recent happenings of Bangladesh, we will surely find a dark and gloomy picture of the country.
 arrow Satisfying performance
Bangladesh did pretty well both the ODI and Test series during the recent Caribbean tour.
 arrow Traffic jam in Dhaka city
I live in Uttara, and now-a-days it usually takes more than an hour to reach Motijheel from Uttara.
 arrow Agreeing with the fault of democracy
I deeply thought about Mr. Mahboob's point about the flaw of democracy. After giving a serious thought I had to agree with him on 'I don't blame Hasina or Khaleda, I blame Democracy.
 arrow Medical facilities for retired NRBs living in Bangladesh
It's a well known fact that non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) are contributing considerably in the earnings of valuable foreign exchanges for the country.
Literaturearrow On Bloomsday : all this because of a book!
Bloomsday's origin lies in James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses. It is an account of a single day, June 16, 1904 in the lives of the citizens of Dublin.
 arrow Amiya Chakraborty On James Joyce
PARIS. A fog-wrapped evening; lights glow in the streets. It was time now to leave Europe. Having decided to leave via Syria, I had spent the better part of the day at various travel agents' offices.
 arrow Bloomsday Centenary Poem
In Free Verse and Prose

16 June 2004---
A hundred years
since Stephen
Dedalus and Leopold
(Poldy) Bloom stepped out
of their respective homes
in Dublin...fair city
where girls are so pretty...