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Front Pagearrow Govt asked to clarify why provision not unconstitutional
The High Court yesterday in a rule on the government asked why the provision of reserved seats for women in parliament, made in the 14th amendment to the constitution, should not be declared unconstitutional.
 arrow JS complex buildings for speaker, dy speaker illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the under-construction residences of the speaker and deputy speaker in the parliament complex, as the government distorted the original design of architect
 arrow One killed, 56 hurt in blast at AL rally
At least one person was killed and over 56 were injured as a bomb went off at a rally of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in Derai in Sunamganj yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Hasina ready to shun hartal on condition
Main opposition Awami League (AL) will consider scrapping hartal as a means of protest campaign if the ruling parties give an undertaking not to call hartal while in the opposition in the future.
 arrow OIC communal body: SQ Chy
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, who recently lost the race for secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), yesterday said the OIC is a communal, Muslim organisation and the Hindus do
 arrow Cop killings, Bangla Bhai patronisation spark debate in JS
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a stormy debate on Sunday's killing of two policemen by leaders of the ruling BNP's student wing, and activities of Bangla Bhai under the 'patronisation' of some
 arrow Cabinet nods to bank law changes
The cabinet yesterday approved amendments to the Bank Company Act 1991 to tighten the central bank's noose on loan defaulters, make every one from bank directors to bank union activists more accountable
 arrow BNP leader killed, cop hurt in city
Unidentified attackers killed a local BNP leader and injured two other people, including a policeman, in an armed attack on a restaurant in Mohammadpur last night, police said.
 arrow Sylhet zealots threaten to blow up shrine
An unidentified organisation on Sunday threatened to blow up Hazrat Syed Shah Mustafa (RA) Shrine in Moulvibazar, Sylhet.
 arrow JCD leader, 7 others implicated
Eight persons including a leader of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Tanjilur Rahman Tanjil and dreaded criminal Shahidul Islam Idul have been implicated in the killing of two policemen during a gunfight
 arrow Gazipur-2 by-polls on Aug 1, AL to contest
By-election for Gazipur-2 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad will be held on August 1, election schedule declared by the Election Commission (EC) said yesterday.
 arrow Rain or shine...

 arrow Small power plant plan attracts good response
The government move for setting up of 15 small private sector power plants with a total production capacity of 450 megawatt (mw) at different places across the country with local investment has evoked
 arrow A Liberation War inspirer fights for life
Noted journalist and writer MR Akhter Mukul is struggling for life at Ibrahim Memorial Hospital (BIRDEM) and his condition remained critical for the last four days.
 arrow HC stays Proshika chief's remand
A Dhaka court yesterday put Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed on a five-day remand on a sedition charge, but the High Court stayed the order and asked the government to reply in two weeks why theway
 arrow 27 infected with dengue in city
Dengue fever, a mosquito borne viral disease, has made a comeback in the capital for the fifth consecutive year.
 arrow Iran seizes 3 UK army vessels
Iran confiscated three British military vessels yesterday and arrested eight armed crew members, state-run television reported.
 arrow Militants threaten to kill Korean hostage in Iraq
Muslim militants in Iraq threatened to behead a South Korean hostage by last night unless his country scrapped plans to send 3,000 more troops -- a demand rejected by Seoul.
 arrow Four of a family slaughtered
Five people, four of a family, were slaughtered, while a widow was knifed to death by miscreants in Sirajganj and Pabna on Sunday night.
 arrow Private craft makes space history
A US rocket-plane, Space-ShipOne, yesterday became the first privately-financed craft to fly into the fringes of space and return to Earth, its organisers said.
 arrow Cabinet body rejects home ministry bid to buy vehicles
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved the purchase of two Mercedes-Benz for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), but rejected a home ministry bid for the procurement of 1,000 motor
 arrow Teesta dam collapse swamps 500 families
An embankment of the Teesta river collapsed at Chhalapak in Rangpur last night after days of continued rain and onrush of hilly waters from India, swamping about 500 families in two unions.
 arrow Portugal power on
Nuno Gomes was the toast of all of Portugal on Sunday after scoring the goal that sent the Euro 2004 hosts into the quarter-finals at the expense of neighbours Spain.
 arrow Wasa's bottle project faces goons' threat
Threats and interference from ruling party hoodlums and influential quarters have forced Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to cancel its tender for construction of a pure water bottling plant.
 arrow SSC results Saturday, to be posted online
The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations held under all the nine education boards will be published simultaneously on Saturday, board officials said.
 arrow 6 jt forces men suspended for 'taking bribe'
Six members of the joint forces, posted at Patkelghata in Tala upazila, were suspended allegedly for taking bribe from a Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) captain who was on an incognito visit there yesterday.
 arrow ADB ready to give $200m power credit
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is willing to provide $200 million in credit for the development of Bangladesh power sector next year.
 arrow Rab goes to upazilas soon
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will be posted at upazila level within the shortest possible time to combat extortion.
 arrow Arrest warrant issued against ex-BPC secy
A Chittagong court on Sunday issued arrest warrant against former secretary of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Babul Majum-der, also incumbent deputy secretary of finance ministry, in a graft case.
 arrow 32 Gazipur AL men sent to jail
Thirty-two leaders and workers of Gazipur Awami League (AL) and its front organisations Juba League and Chhatra League, accused in three cases, were sent to jail hajat yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday said Ziaul Faruq Hasan, arrested on Sunday from Gafargaon, has no connection with the crackdown force.
Businessarrow Law to facilitate easier int'l trade on cards
The government has formalised a new law to make international trade easier which is expected to be placed in the next parliamentary session, disclosed Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud
 arrow Mutual funds fail to take off on ICB's defiance to rules
Due to unwillingness of state-owned investment company to abide by regulations, the efforts to develop a mutual fund market through private sector participation have failed to yield desired results despite
 arrow Prepare guideline to flourish e-trading
As e-commerce is facing some challenges to flourish in the country, speakers at a seminar yesterday suggested preparing guidelines for its smooth growth.
 arrow China plans to combat energy shortages
China's power regulator has submitted an emergency plan to cabinet to prepare to tackle the most serious electricity shortages since the 1980s, state media reported Monday.
 arrow ECB economist warns of inflationary dangers
The European Central Bank expressed concern Monday about possible inflationary dangers, which might lead the guardian of the euro to tighten monetary conditions in the single currency area.
 arrow Cabinet okays draft agreement with S'pore
The Cabinet yesterday approved the draft of an agreement on Development and Protection of Capital Investment under bilateral arrangement between Bangladesh and Singapore, two days before Singapore Prime
 arrow EBL opens ATM booth at Dilkusha principal branch
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has opened a second ATM booth at the bank's principal branch in Dilkhusa, Dhaka.

M Ghaziul Haque, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the booth on Sunday, says a press release.

 arrow HBFC borrowers protest property auction
An association of House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) borrowers yesterday protested a recent move to sell their property through auction.
 arrow Asian Paints Colourworld outlet opens at Uttara
Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Ltd has launched "Asian Paints Colourworld" system at one of its authorised dealers ‘Shariatpur Hardware and Paint Agency' at Uttara in Dhaka.
 arrow Japan, EU business leaders urge progress on WTO Doha talks
European Union and Japanese executives Monday pressed for a new urgency in World Trade Organisation talks on global trade while urging their own governments to promote two-way investment.
 arrow Oil prices fall as Iraq repairs key pipeline
Oil prices fell in early trading here on Monday, as Iraq readied to resume exports from its south after repairing a key pipeline torn apart by saboteurs last week.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB clarifies today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will make an official statement today on the tragic death of young cricketer Tamim Bashir.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy looks to Woolmer
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq says that new coach Bob Woolmer has the credentials to mould his talented but erratic side into a consistent winning outfit.
 arrow Football: Can't get hot now
Christian Vieri's rant at the Italian media on Sunday was misdirected.
 arrow Football: Portugal on cloud nine
Thousands of chanting Portugal fans jammed central squares across the country on Sunday after the host nation reached the Euro 2004 quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over neighbours Spain.
 arrow Tennis: Flying Federer
Roger Federer opened the defence of his Wimbledon crown in imperious style on Monday, sweeping aside Britain's Alex Bogdanovic 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis' winning prep
New Zealand wrapped up their preparation for next week's triangular one-day series with a hard fought five-run win against Northamp-tonshire despite a hundred from South Africa's Martin van Jaarsveld.
 arrow Tennis: Don't worry, be happy
Tim Henman has a plan for Wimbledon. Don't think too much, just do what comes natural.
 arrow Tennis: Injuries Capriati's concern
Jennifer Capriati has called for changes to the structure of the tennis season in a bid to stop the glut of injuries that have hit women's tennis.
 arrow Tennis: Star in the making
Russian teenage sensation Maria Sharapova has all the ingredients to become a Wimbledon champion, according to coaching guru Nick Bollettieri.
John McEnroe really is being serious -- he firmly believes he could take on Serena and Venus Williams at the same time and beat them.
 arrow Cricket: India coming Bangladesh in December
India will play two Tests and three one-day internationals when they come to Bangladesh in December, president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Ali Asghar told reporters yesterday.
 arrow ACC, UNICEF unite for girls education
Cricket will join forces with UNICEF to ensure education for millions of girl students in South Asia.
 arrow Football: NFL to start on schedule
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to start the qualifying rounds of the Nitol-Tata 4th National Football League from June 25 as was earlier scheduled.
 arrow Cricket: Viv quits as WI selector
Former captain Viv Richards has resigned as West Indies' chairman of selectors, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Nuno is golden
The journey took four years and much heartache, but Portugal striker Nuno Gomes finally achieved sporting redemption on Sunday as he produced the goal which fired his country into the quarter-finals at
 arrow Football: Focus on attack
Denmark's fine wing play and Sweden's gifted strikers should determine the result of the Euro 2004 Group C decider on Tuesday being played in the rarefied atmosphere of Italian-generated conspiracy theories.
 arrow Football: Press roasts 'em
Spain's press turned on the nation's footballers on Monday accusing them of cowardice and mediocrity following their elimination from Euro 2004 at the hands of bitter rivals Portugal.
 arrow Football: RAI's eyes on Scandinavians
Italian state broadcaster RAI plans to use extra television cameras to ensure fair play rules in Tuesday's Euro 2004 match between Denmark and Sweden.
 arrow Football: Not so fast Frei
UEFA are set to re-open an investigation into whether Swiss striker Alexander Frei spat on England midfielder Steven Gerrard in their Euro 2004 group match after new TV pictures came to light on Monday.
 arrow Football: Scolari breathes easy
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari saluted his team for their nailbiting but historic 1-0 win over Spain which took the Euro 2004 hosts into the quarter-finals.
 arrow Football: Greece make history
Greece progressed to the quarter-finals of the European championships for the first time in their history despite losing 2-1 to Russia here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Guilty as charged
Raul blamed another big tournament disappointment for Spain on fate - but the reality was their lack of goals especially his failure to score a single goal at Euro 2004 killed off their chances.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
David Beckham has revealed that winning Euro 2004 with England would mean more to him than any of his individual or club honours, including the treble of League, Cup and Champions League titles he won
 arrow Hockey: Rajshahi in semis
Rajshahi edged past Dinajpur 3-2 yesterday to book a semifinal berth in the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Diganta Cricket Club and Jagarani Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rongo Mia Cup tournament at Shahjadapur Junior High School playground in Brahminbaria yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Engineer gunned down in Tongi
An engineer was shot dead by unknown criminals in Tongi BSCIC area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow SQ Chy criticised for indecent remarks
Different political, cultural and student organisations have criticised the prime minister's parliamentary affairs advisor Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for his indecent remarks on the Opposition LeaderSheikh
 arrow Withdrawal of VAT on metal demanded
Bangladesh Iron and Steel Merchant Association yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of newly imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on metal and its allied products from the proposed budget.
 arrow 840m people suffer from chronic hunger globally
A total of 840 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger, over 50 percent of whom depend on rice cultivation for their livelihood, said former director general of Bangladesh Rice Research
 arrow Proposal to buy addl one lakh tonnes of rice approved
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for purchasing additional one lakh metric tons of rice under the 2004 Boro procurement drive to build an optimum food stock in government silos.
 arrow 'Meet demands of non-govt teachers'
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday urged the government to meet their eight-point demand including 10 percent salary enhancement in the proposed budget for 2004-05 fiscal year.
 arrow Burglary at cell phone shop, cyber cafe in Ctg
Burglars took away cell phones and computer accessories worth about Tk 3.5 lakh from a mobile phone shop and a cyber cafe at Lalkhan Bazar in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Tornado hits Barodi
At least 10 people were injured and 30 dwelling houses damaged when a tornado lashed Barodi under Sonargaon upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow BMA degree results published
The results of bachelor of arts and science examinations of the cadets of 50th long course of Bangladesh Military Academy at Vatiari in Chittagong were published on Sunday.
 arrow Body recovered
Gulshan police recovered the body of a housewife from her home at Abdul Mannan's slum on Road # 2, Banani, on Sunday night.

Lucky, 25, was strangled by her husband who went into hiding, police said.

Nationalarrow Imams launch crusade against dowry
Imams of mosques at a meeting here have launched a crusade against dowry, a social vice that claims lives of hundreds of girls in the country and destroys families.
 arrow Mango gardens hold high hopes for Modgupur people
Netrakona: Fallow lands in hilly Modhupur are turning into mango gardens, opening up fortune for the poor indigenous people.
 arrow Community participation a must to protect human rights
Community participation is necessary to protect human right as law alone cannot ensure this.
 arrow Sale of water-filled LPG cylinders unearthed in Barisal
Police in the city on Sunday unearthed a racket in which gas users were deceived by a company which sold cylinders partly filled with water.
 arrow One more abducted in Kushtia
Criminals abducted one person from a village in Mirpur upazila Sunday night for Tk one lakh ransom.

In another incident on the same night, villagers foiled an abduction attempt in Daulatpur upazila.

 arrow Govt should resign after failure in OIC: Motia
Awami League Presidium member Motia Chowdhury has said the government should resign after its failure in the OIC.
Point-Counterpointarrow What can Bangladesh expect from US buyers in the post-MFA world?
Trade in textile and clothing (T&C) has always been a highly regulated area of international trade, often politically charged, since it is tipped to favour those with the greatest political clout, who
 arrow Blame is the name of the game
We prepared a Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) in 1993.
 arrow US economy: Outsourcing of jobs overseas is now a reality
Nine companies including the Kellogg Company and Dawn Foods will expand MI operations, creating about 2,800 jobs and spinning off a projected 5,800 job opportunities," "Gateway will cut another 1,500jobs
Culturearrow Begum Sufia Kamal: An icon of women's rights
Women must have the courage to fight back against repression,' said poet Begum Sufia Kamal, the icon of women's rights.
 arrow Recitation group: A profile
Ten years ago, the idea of a recitation group was mooted at a workshop held in 1984 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Review
Birsa Munda: An ethnic play
Dhaka Theatre Mancha staged Birsa Munda by Alok Dev on June 20 as part of the drama festival arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.

 arrow Hanks to star in first western
Tom Hanks is reportedly to star in his first western.

Empire says the 'Terminal' star has signed up to appear in 'Boone's Lick' with Julianne Moore.

Generalarrow Environment education underscored
State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury has underscored the importance of environment education for environmental conservation and natural resources management.
 arrow Jica assures support for dev programmes
A formal Equipment Handover Ceremony 2004 by Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) was held in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Rickshawpuller strangled
A rickshawpuller died six hours after the owner of his rickshaw strangulated him at a slum in Basila, Mohammadpur, on Sunday.

Kaisar Ali, 35, died at around 2.

 arrow Free treatment for high blood pressure patients
SGM Chowdhury Memorial Hypertension Centre treated about 7,500 patients free of charge last year, says a press release.
 arrow GP contributes Tk 5 lakh to children's project
GrameenPhone Ltd.
 arrow Six get life
Six persons, including two women, were sentenced to life with hard labour for kidnapping a minor boy and demanding ransom.
 arrow Gulam Kibria new chairman of Lions Clubs
AK Gulam Kibria has been elected chairman of Multiple District Council, Lions Clubs International, for 2004-05, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Nayeem Hossain, a three-year-old boy, has been suffering from hydrocephalus, also known as 'water on the brain', since his birth.
Internationalarrow Leaders must meet to push for peace
The leaders of Pakistan and India need to meet to push forward the peace process in Kashmir, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said yesterday after talks with his Indian counterpart.
 arrow N Korea offers 'road map' for freezing nukes
North Korea held out the prospect of a "road map" for freezing or dismantling its nuclear programme yesterday if the United States and others said what they would give in return, South Korea's Yonhapsaid.
 arrow Most Guantanamo detainees pose no threat: NY Times
Bush administration and US military officials have repeatedly exaggerated the intelligence value of detainees at Guantanamo Bay as well as the danger they pose, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow British troops 'tortured' Iraqis: Guardian
Iraqis were "tortured" by British troops who killed some 20 in fighting at Al-Majar al-Kebir in the south of the country on May 14, the Guardian reported yesterday citing death certificates drawn up by
 arrow Nepali Maoists abduct 1,000 youths
Maoists rebels have abducted more than 1,000 youths from 60 villages in western Nepal and are forcing them to undergo training in guerrilla activities, an official said yesterday.
 arrow US generals face prison abuse hearings
A military judge has agreed that the defence team of a US soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners will be allowed to question leading American generals.
 arrow Ex-cop takes charge of Saudi al-Qaeda helm
A former Saudi police officer has taken over as leader of al-Qaeda on the Arabian peninsula after the last three incumbents died in the brutal "jihad" raging in Saudi Arabia, media reported yesterday.
 arrow Iraq situation hurting neighbours: Syria
The "anarchy" in Iraq is promoting terrorism and having a negative affect on neighbouring countries, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Sharon must work with Arafat for ME peace: Clinton
US President George W.
 arrow Arroyo moves to heal rift after winning polls
President Gloria Arroyo vowed yesterday to heal the bitterly-divided Philippines after winning last month's troubled elections, while warning of tough times ahead.
 arrow Natwar Singh meets his Chinese counterpart
External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh yesterday held talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing and exchanged views on a series of issues, including Indo-China relations and regional matters of
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police becoming casualties
Another armed clash in broad daylight between the police and hardcore criminals has claimed a few more lives among the law enforcers. Our heart-felt sympathies to the members of the bereaved families.
 arrow Editorial: Indo-Pak test ban
One of the bright spots in the recently ousted BJP-led government was the thawing of relations between India and Pakistan on its watch, and one of the concerns that accompanied the election of the Congress-led
 arrow Reeling rounds, reading realities
With the backdrop of a lack of progress in the WTO negotiations, growingly, bilateral trade negotiations are in the offing.
 arrow A crime is a crime
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rang up Opposition Leader L.K. Advani to let parliament function when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) stalled the proceedings for the second day.
Letters to Editorarrow OIC
Dhaka's defeat in the OIC election for the post of the Secretary General was nothing short of an embarrassment.
 arrow "Why blame America?"
Partially agreeing with Mr. Ayon (Why blame America, June 17).

I do agree that America has no fault. I also agree that the powerful will always want to capture the world.

 arrow My country, I am proud of you!
My US born Bangladeshi cousins during their recent visit to Bangladesh found it a wonderful country. In their eyes Bangladesh is full of colours, sounds and lots of lively people.