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Front Pagearrow 'Pressure' on judge to free criminals before by-polls
A district and sessions judge in an unusual writ petition in the High Court yesterday accused the government of putting heavy pressure on him to set free some notorious criminals before the Dhaka-10 by-election
 arrow Trespassing dwarfs repatriation
Thirteen years ago some 250,877 refugees from Myanmar braved the Arakanese forests, hills and the Naff river to take shelter in Bangladesh.
 arrow Manpower, investment to top agenda
Increase in manpower export will be high on the agenda as Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong arrives this afternoon on a three-day official visit as part of his Asian tour.
 arrow 4 lakh marooned inside DND dam
Torrential rains in the last three days have flooded most areas within the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment, paralysing life for about four lakh people.
 arrow Water levels at 5 rivers cross danger point
Water levels in most of the rivers continued to rise, as wet monsoon set in across the country.
 arrow US staffs visit Bangla Bhai area on fact finding mission
Three US embassy officials yesterday visited Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi under tightened security to gather information about the atrocities of anti-outlaw outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB),
 arrow Stormy debate in JS over rally blast
The ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday swapped blames for harbouring state terrorism, touching off a raucous debate in parliament.
 arrow Nizami doubts existence of Bangla Bhai
Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday expressed doubt over the existence of Bangla Bhai and his force in the north-western districts, saying it should be inquired if there is any real person
 arrow AL calls 3-day agitation
Awami League (AL) has gone into a three-day programme from yesterday in Sylhet division to protest the bomb blast at an AL rally in Derai in Sunamganj on Monday afternoon.
 arrow AL calls hartal for July 3
Awami League (AL) has called for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for July 3 to protest the bomb blast at a meeting of Suranjit Sengupta in Sunamganj and killing of two cops allegedly by Chhatra Dalcadres
 arrow Police await high-ups' nod to nab Tanjil
Police are in a quandary about arresting Tanjilur Rahman Tanjil, a leader of BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), for the killing of two policemen at Motijheel, as they have not received
 arrow Proshika chief taken to hospital after 10hrs of HC order
Police admitted ailing Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed presently under arrest to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday, 10 hours after receiving a High Court (HC) order
 arrow Tadao assures PM of more help in infrastructure, energy
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Tadao Chino yesterday assured increased assistance for development of Bangladesh's agribusiness, energy and infrastructure sectorsthree core areas vital for thecountry's
 arrow Police club AL rally, 3 injured
At least three people were injured as police clubbed a main opposition Awami League (AL) rally on the city's Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday.
 arrow 57 killed as rebels attack Russian police posts
Heavily armed militants launched overnight attacks against police buildings, border guard stations and other government offices in Ingushetia, a Russian region bordering Chechnya, killing 57 people including
 arrow Cop critically hurt as angry students throw slab on him
A police constable received critical head wounds yesterday when a group of agitating students of Jagannath University College threw a concrete slab on him during a clash with traders at Patuatuli in the
 arrow 2 brothers drown in sewerage drain
Two brothers drowned in a sewerage drain at Arambagh in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Belittling Louis Kahn's masterwork time & again
All the successive governments have tampered with the original design of the parliament complex by world famous architect Louis I Kahn.
 arrow England Wayne it
Wayne Rooney's single-handed assault on Euro 2004 gathered momentum on Monday as England's extraordinary teenager fired his country to a 4-2 win over Croatia and into a quarterfinal with Portugal.
 arrow Imran ends innings with Jemima
Former Pakistani cricket hero Imran Khan and his British wife, socialite and heiress Jemima have divorced, ending their nine-year-marriage, it was announced Tuesday.
 arrow Korean hostage beheaded in Iraq
An Iraqi group has carried out its threat to behead a South Korean hostage, Al Jazeera television said yesterday.
 arrow 4 cops, 16 others injured in Ctg clash
At least 20 people including four policemen were injured in a clash between slum dwellers and a contingent of police at Pahartoli in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Quacks treat a boy to death at Mitford hospital
A seven-year-old boy died yesterday afternoon after ward boys at Mitford hospital injected him with unspecified anaesthesia.
 arrow Jailers rough up Satkhira newsmen
Staff of the district jail yesterday ruthlessly beat up a local reporter and a photojournalist, dragging them inside the prison house, after a local daily ran a report on prison guards wringing bribes
Businessarrow Pharmaceuticals export to surge on locally produced raw materials
Bangladesh can substantially increase pharmaceuticals export if the government extends support to local producers after this year when WTO rules on pharmaceuticals for developed and developing nations
 arrow New office of ADB resident mission opens in Dhaka
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Tadao Chino has reaffirmed the bank's commitment to work together with Bangladesh to achieve its shared goal of economic growth and poverty reduction.
 arrow Form Price Commission to protect consumer rights
A 'Price Commission' should be formed involving government and publTc sector representatives for adopting a market policy and monitoring the market with a view to protect the consumers' interest, economist
 arrow What is new in FY 2005 budget?
In many respects, Finance Minister's 10th Budget is an improvement on his previous nine. For one, a new format in conformity with 'International Best Practice' gives it transparency and clarity.
 arrow Sprint-SUNET team makes world record in high-speed data transfer
US telecoms carrier Sprint and the Swedish National Research and Education Network (SUNET) have made new world record of high-speed data transfer over the internet at 4.23 gigabits per second.
 arrow Allow FDI in RMG outside EPZs
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich has called upon the government to allow foreign investment in readymade garment sector outside the export processing zones (EPZs) to help the industry sustain
 arrow Exclusive industrial zone for women demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to allocate fund in the FY 2004-05 budget for setting up a separate industrial estate for women entrepreneurs.
 arrow PM stresses forming JEC with Canada
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised forming joint economic commission (JEC) between Bangladesh and Canada to facilitate interaction on trade issues and to give meaningful direction to theexcellent
 arrow ACI declares 40pc dividend
Advanced Chemical Industries Limited (ACI Limited) has declared a 40 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Team of Malaysia Airlines makes trip to Miri
Malaysia Airlines & Tourism Malaysia arranged a familiarisation trip to Miri, the East Malaysia, marking the 'Open House Gawai Dayak 2004' festival recently.
 arrow New composite textile factory to be set up in CEPZ
A fully Bangladeshi owned company -- Sea Blue Textile Limited -- will establish a composite knit textile and garment industry in Chittagong Export Processing Zone.

The company will invest US$ 1.

 arrow EU asks Japan to open up agricultural trade
Japan should open up its markets further, including that for rice, and focus more on trading with the world's poorest nations, EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said here Tuesday.
 arrow Indian tea firms eye Pakistan duty cut
India, the world's largest tea producer, is targeting a proposed duty cut in Pakistan and improving conditions in war-ravaged Iraq to boost its exports, officials said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Football wins BNS back
Cricket will part with the Banga-bandhu National Stadium for good after February next year.
 arrow Hockey: Qamar confident
Pakistani coach Qamar Ibrahim said that people would be able to feel the difference within six months if he was given the job to serve Bangladesh hockey.
 arrow Cricket: Russell hangs up gloves
Jack Russell, the former England wicketkeeper, announced his retirement from first-class cricket because of a longstanding back problem.
 arrow Football: Remembering Euro 96
Germany will hope to draw inspiration from their last major triumph when they take on the Czech Republic in their must-win Group D match on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: London the place to be
The full range of emotions was on show in one central London pub on Monday as England fell behind to Croatia before securing a 4-2 win which sent them into to the quarter-finals of Euro 2004.
 arrow Tennis: Sluggish Serena thru'
Champion Serena Williams clambered past a dogged Chinese baseliner but fellow former world number one Marat Safin fell at the first hurdle as a chill wind blew over Wimbledon on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Making a Pele out of him!
Comparisons with Pele represent a burden of expectation that would make most 18-year-olds buckle at the knees.
 arrow Football: Henry gives France relief
Thierry Henry finally found his magic touch at Euro 2004 by scoring twice in France's 3-1 win over Switzerland here Monday to earn the defending champions a quarter-final date with Greece.
 arrow Football: A matter of life and death
Dick Advocaat puts his job on the line when his under-achieving Netherlands team meet Euro 2004 surprise package Latvia in their final Group D match in Braga on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Croat adventure begins
Wimbledon's great entertainer is back and for a day at least it was like he had never been away.

The crowds in southwest London love 2001 winner Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia and Goran loves them.

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer had an unusual confession to make after his first round victory on Monday -- his cow would always be the happier on grass.
 arrow Cricket: Fit Warne eyes mark now
Shane Warne has pronounced his fitness to play the Sri Lankans in Australia's north next month and spoke of his plan to make full use of Murali Muralitharan's absence.
 arrow Cricket: BCB comes clean
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially denied allegations of negligence on its part in the tragic death of Tamim Bashir, the young cricketer who died of cerebral malaria on June 18.
 arrow Hockey: Youth hockey semis today
Defending champions BKSP will meet Rajshahi and Dhaka take on Jessore in today's semifinals of the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Football: Ctg soccer
Chittagong City Corporation Ekadash jointly shared the top position in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League with defending champions Mohamme-dan Sporting Club, bagging 12 points each from four
 arrow Milad for Bashir held in Khulna
The Khulna District Sports Asso-ciation (KDSA) yesterday held a milad mahfil for promising cricketer Tamim Bashir who died of celebral malaria at the Holy Family Hospital in Dhaka on June 18.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Dhaka Junior SC registered a massive 4-0 victory over Nazirabazar SC in an East Zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Metropolis Pioneer Football League at the Dhupkhola ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara leads from front
West Indies captain Brian Lara made 68 as his side continued their preparations for the triangular one-day series against England and New Zealand starting later this week with a 91-run win over Kent.
 arrow Chess: CJKS chess
The CJKS-Progati Insurance First Division Chess League will begin from July 9 at the CJKS gymnasium.

Interested players and clubs have been requested to register their names by June 30.

 arrow DRU sports on
The Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) annual sports began yesterday at the DRU auditorium with the bridge competition.

National Sports Council secretary Masud Elahee declared the meet open.

 arrow Obituary
East End Club's former general secretary MA Muhit Sarkar died of old age complications at a local hospital yesterday. He was 70.
Metropolitanarrow Armed goons threaten Maj (Retd) Mannan
Armed criminals threatened Bikalpa Dhara candidate for Dhaka-10 by-polls Major (Retd) Abdul Mannan during his election campaign at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar areas yesterday.
 arrow Water purification plant inaugurated at city slum
A pilot water purification plant was inaugurated at a slum in the city yesterday to ensure supply of safe water for the slum-dwellers.
 arrow Unocal wants guarantee clause in agreement
The Unocal, an American oil company, wants to insert a guarantee clause into an agreement on gas sale from Bibiyana field that with the change of the government, no change will take place in the agreement,
 arrow Cuta continues work abstention
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) continued their two-hour work abstention for the fourth consecutive day yesterday disrupting the academic activities of the university.
 arrow AL asks PM to sack SQ Chy
The main opposition Awami League's women affairs sub-committee yesterday asked the prime minister to remove Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, her parliamentary affairs adviser, for his indecent remarks about
 arrow International SOS Children's Village Day today
International SOS Children's Village Day will be observed in 132 countries including Bangladesh today marking the birth anniversary of its founder Prof Hermann Gmeiner.
Nationalarrow Saving environment, profiting from waste
Disposed of plastic materials including harmful injection syringes are no more useless.
 arrow 3 killed for toll in Kushtia, Meherpur
Extortionists killed three persons and shot 10 others in Kushtia and Meherpur in separate incident on Sunday night.
 arrow Coriander farming makes them wealthy
NETRAKONA: Borachor is a remote village in Karimgonj upazila in Kishoregonj district. Once, most of the villagers were very poor. Now they are wealthy.
 arrow 3 unions flooded by Teesta
The Water Development Board yesterday began repair of the damaged Teesta embankment at Chhalapak in Gangachara upzila.
 arrow 19 killed in 7 years, no headway in probes
Twelve major incidents of bomb blast in Sylhet killed 19 people and injured scores in the last seven years.

Cases were filed after each incident.

 arrow British Council IELTS test in Comilla on June 26, 28
The British Council (BC) is opening an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test centre in Comilla.

The first test will be held on June 26 and 28 at the BARD Auditorium.

 arrow Kolkata bound bus robbed near Paturia
Armed dacoits looted US dollars and Bangladesh currency valued at about Tk two lakh 50 thousand, valuables, mobile phones and 14 passports from passengers of a Kolkata-bound BRTC bus on the Dhaka-Paturia
Point-Counterpointarrow Money, muscle power, and elections
Money and muscle power have a pernicious effect on the integrity of the electoral process. The symbiotic relationship of these elements is believed to have led to criminalisation of Indian Politics.
 arrow How are Indo-Pak ties shaping up under new Indian government ?
India and Pakistan have just concluded discussions in New Delhi on sensitive nuclear issues, and both sides have acknowledged the outcome of the parleys as productive.
Culturearrow Where earth meets sky!
Only an awe-stricken silence can match the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the highest mountain peaks of the world.
 arrow 'The main ingredient of a successful acting career is observation'--Tarin
Our correspondent Shilpi Mahalanobish recently spoke to Tarin, a talented TV actress. We have seen her metamorphose from a child performer to a successful artiste.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Aranya Janaranya
From the mosquito menace to globalisation
In the course of the current Dhaka Drama Festival-2004, Natyafauj staged Aranya Janaranya on June 21 at the

Generalarrow Journalists' freedom a must for free press
Freedom of journalists must be ensured before the freedom of press, said the media experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow ADB likely to fund Tk 100 cr RCC dev project
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is likely to finance a Tk 100 crore multidimensional project for the development of Rajshahi City Corporation, RCC sources said yesterday.
 arrow Aga Shamim jailed for 60 years
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced top listed criminal Shamim Ahmed alias Aga Shamim to 60 years' for killing three people in the Old part of the city on October 4 in 1995.
 arrow CU syndicate polls June 30
Election to the syndicate of Chittagong University (CU) is scheduled to be held on June 30.

Teachers are contesting the election under three panels.

 arrow Expelled Workers Party leaders to hold congress soon
Five expelled central leaders of the Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday said they would soon convene a congress to reorganise the party to uphold its ideology.
 arrow Nat'l mathematics festival begins today
A two-day national mathematics festival begins at Notre Dame College in the city today.
 arrow AL founding anniversary today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will celebrate its 55th founding anniversary across the country today with elaborate programmes that include discussion, procession and cultural function.
 arrow 2 killed in city road mishaps
Two people died in road accidents in the capital yesterday.

One of them is Habib Ahmed, 22, who was run over by a truck at Shahjadpur in Gulshan at around 1:15pm.

 arrow Over 1500 held
Police arrested 1,507 people, including four listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow China will never seek hegemony, says PM
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday said that disputes left over from history should be resolved through dialogue and reassured the communist giant's neighbours that Beijing will never seek "hegemony".
 arrow Iran to prosecute British sailors
Eight British Navy sailors serving in Iraq will be prosecuted on charges of entering Iran's territorial waters, Iran's state-run television said yesterday.
 arrow BJP to stick to hardline Hindu line
India's ousted BJP party said yesterday it would stick to the hardline Hindu ideology which analysts claimed contributed to its rout in national elections and instead blamed its defeat on complacency.
 arrow Changes to NPT must include India, Pakistan, Israel: IAEA
Any adjustment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) must include India, Pakistan and Israel at the negotiating table as without their inclusion, efforts to achieve the goal of arms control process
 arrow 'Iraq needs court order to take Saddam custody'
Iraq's interim government must obtain a court order before it can take legal custody of former dictator Saddam Hussein, a senior official with the US-led coalition said yesterday.
 arrow Troops blamed for killing in kashmir
Police in Indian Kashmir have in the past year received 450 complaints of alleged human rights violations by Indian troops including torture and custodial killings, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Indo-Pak officials talk water sharing
Senior Indian and Pakistani officials began talks here yesterday aimed at resolving differences over the sharing of water from rivers running through disputed Kashmir.
 arrow N Korea, US still poles apart on eve of talks
Negotiators at six-party talks in Beijing this week will discuss a freeze of North Korea's nuclear programs and inspections leading to their dismantling, a South Korean official said yesterday.
 arrow India, Nepal to step up border security
Concerned over increasing crime-related incidents along the border, Nepal and India have agreed to mobilise special security personnel in the sensitive areas to control criminal and terrorist activities.
 arrow Spy's defection to cause no rupture in Indo-US ties
The defection of the spy from the RAW, Rabinder Singh, to the United States has injected an added element of caution into strategic relations with Washington, but no rupture.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Yet another bomb blast!
The bomb explosion at Dirai in Sunamganj spilling blood at a political party meeting is a pointer to a freer rein being enjoyed with each passing day by professional killers and saboteurs of public peace.
 arrow Editorial: Residences of Speaker, Dy Speaker in JS complex
This is what we would call a benign manifestation of judicial activism.
 arrow Why did Bangladesh lose the OIC race?
Bangladesh joined the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in 1974. It is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations.
 arrow FATA: Conundrums galore
The administration is facing difficulties in making a dissident South Waziristan tribe which feels that compliance with Islamabad's demand will compromise its honour by forcing the foreign fugitives to
 arrow Tragic episodes denigrating values
When a subordinate makes a mistake, it is a mistake. And when boss makes a mistake it is a policy' -- so goes a funny yet a very true and significant statement often quoted in the field of management.
Letters to Editorarrow AL joins parliament
AL sobers up by returning to parliament. Not so long ago, it was apparent that they oscillated between joining parliament and adopting a hard-line policy.
 arrow Whither the middle class?
Is our middle class disappearing, and nobody minds? Today, this section of the society has been so marginalised that it can hardly provide the background scenario, which is so essential in a free, developing
 arrow A welcome defeat
SQ Chowdhury's failure to become the Secretary-General of OIC has been a blessing in disguise for Bangladesh and for the Muslim world as a whole. There is no doubt about it.
 arrow Bus Arson--was it fait accompli?
Ten people were burnt to death by some clandestine killers who have no respect for people's lives. But why did they face such brutal deaths? Our leaders have to reply today or tomorrow.
 arrow Our Inhumanity
Gunpowder was kept inside a bus to kill some innocent people who never thought of becoming victims of somebody's ambush and assault.
 arrow By-election: Message for EC
The by-election in Munshiganj-1 held on June 6 left some messages for the Election Commission and the Chief Election Commissioner in particular.
 arrow Attack on victory procession
The dirty side of our politics was once again visible during the horrendous attack on victory procession at Munshiganj constituency.
 arrow Intoxicated Bangladesh
A star report published on the 16th of June got my attention. I really want to thank those who try their best to bring out the success of the project named "Pheromone trap system".
 arrow Poor show in OIC
Bangladesh conceded a shocking defeat in the run for the post of secretary-general in the OIC. Our candidate, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, ended up with only 12 votes.
 arrow Calling the politicians
As an elderly citizen, I would like to ask our super-active politicians some nasty questions.
 arrow Al Jazeera
'We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thought, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death' -- Thomas Paine (1870)

While watching CNN or BBC, the shoddy propaganda

StarTecharrow Livening up your digital studio gadgets
THERE is a common belief that all you need is a computer with a good sound card and a microphone and you've got a complete "professional" music studio in your bedroom. But you'll need a lot more thanthat.
 arrow All not quiet on the computer front
RELENTLESS pernicious attacks on the smooth secured operation of computers have become a real headache in today's working world and an increasingly substantial economic burden.
 arrow Oracle builds world's largest Linux-based development organisation
WITH more than 9,000 developers slated to create Oracle products on the Linux operating system, Oracle will soon boast the largest Linux-based development organisation in the world, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow Railway limps along on loss
Bangladesh Railway has been limping along on the continued financial loss and shortage of staffs and huge arrears.
 arrow Badhir Sangha -- a hope for the deaf
Parvez Sheikh, a deaf since his birth, now considers himself a self-reliant man -- a symbol of success to the members of Chattagram Badhir Unnayan Sangha, an association of the deaf.
Star Cityarrow 3 lakh in drug trap
Drug peddlers sell at least nine brands of hard drugs in 50 spots in the city in clandestine dealings with the police, narcotics officials and local political leaders, trapping an estimated three lakh
 arrow Old Dhaka women: Safe yet sorry
A women's place is in the home, an age-old custom, where many women sometimes wish to revolt against with a yearning to live according to their own will.
 arrow Industry Destroys Heritage

 arrow Double blow to blood cancer patients
Alauddin, a 17-year-old schoolboy from Chandpur, is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia or blood cancer and his best hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant.
 arrow DUTP gets more time
The World Bank has extended the project duration of Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) up to December this year taking into consideration some incomplete development work.
 arrow DCC struggles with garbage logistics
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is struggling to maintain the flow of its garbage collection and dumping because of a serious lack of conservancy equipment.
 arrow Jazzing up time in game centres
Youngsters in Dhaka have finally found hangouts for pastime as up to 30 game centres came up with board games and light snacks in the entertaining, yet secure environment.