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Front Pagearrow AL MPs demonstrate in House over mic turn-off
Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday staged an unusual demonstration in the House to protest switching off microphone of a senior fellow lawmaker who tried to counter the law minister's statement ona
 arrow Ignored complaints led judge to go to court
District and Sessions Judge Shaikh Jahangir Husain, who filed a writ petition Tuesday against alleged government pressure to free some criminals before the Dhaka-10 by-election, had earlier made a series
 arrow Khaleda sees new high in ties with Singapore
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the visit of Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong would provide fresh thrust in raising Bangladesh-Singapore relations to new heights, especially in the fields of trade
 arrow Police rescue trader from Aliya Madrasa
Police yesterday arrested a leader of ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and two activists of the party's youth front for suspected link to the kidnap of a businessman from Motijheel
 arrow WB to give $250m for voluntary retirement
The World Bank (WB) will provide $250 million to Bangladesh for implementing Voluntary Retirement Schemes (VRS) under the donor-funded Enterprise Growth and Bank Modernisation Project.
 arrow Owners start razing down risky buildings
Scared of Shankhari Bazar building collapse, some owners of old and vulnerable houses in the old Dhaka neighbourhoods have decided to demolish the structures voluntarily.
 arrow Moudud bins judge's pressure allegation
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday rejected a district and sessions judge's allegations in a writ petition of government pressure on him to set free notorious criminals before Dhaka-10 by-polls and termed
 arrow PPs to sue judge
Two public prosecutors yesterday said they would sue Judge Shaikh Jahangir Husain for levelling 'false and imaginary allegations' against them in a writ petition the judge filed with the High Court (HC)
 arrow Thai Airways to manage Ctg airport
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved appointment of Thai Airways as the foreign private management for Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport.
 arrow Rumsfeld okayed prisoner torture
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of stress positions, hoods, forced nudity, and dogs to instil fear during interrogations of prisoners at a detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
 arrow Rivers run over danger mark at 9 points
Water levels in most rivers continued to rise as monsoon rains swept many areas across the country.
 arrow Hasina blasts govt for 'gathering criminals' to rig by-polls
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the ruling alliance of gathering 'hardened criminals' from across the country to ensure victory of its candidate in the Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Rocca for deeper ties with Dhaka
Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca at a hearing on South Asia yesterday at the House International Relations Committee favoured a deeper US engagement with Bangladesh.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The water resources ministry in a rejoinder to a report carried by The Daily Star on Sunday under the headline 'Waste Extravaganza at Water Ministry' yesterday claimed the report contained factual errors
 arrow Qaeda threat to Iraq PM
Islamist militants vowed yesterday to assassinate Iraq's interim prime minister, just hours after they said they had beheaded a South Korean hostage in the violent run-up to a U.S. handover to Iraqi rule.
 arrow Police, Rab to get Tk 93cr firearms
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a Tk 93 crore proposal to purchase modern firearms for police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow The trusted turns kidnapper
Trust perhaps will never come easy for Salma Begum, the mother of abducted Sabbir and Sajib, as the boy whom she provided food and shelter kidnapped her sons on Monday to extract Tk 10 lakh in ransom.
 arrow Mirza Abbas claims speaker's house followed Kahn's plan
Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB) President Mubasshar Husain has appealed to the prime minister and the people to protect the national parliament complex, which he said is considered worldwide
 arrow National Maths Festival opens
A two-day National Mathematics Festival at student level began yesterday at Notre Dame College in Dhaka with a festive mood.
 arrow 11 JCD men accused of Patuatuli cop attack
Police accused 11 members of BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and 15 to 20 others for Tuesday's assault on a police constable following a clash between Jagannath University College students
 arrow Italy face press fury
The Italian press directed its fury at its national team yesterday after the Azzurri crashed out of Euro 2004 while Sweden and Denmark qualified.
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara to go to court if army deployment refused
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh will seek court order if the government refuses to deploy army at all polling centres by June 26 to make the July 1 by-elections in Dhaka-10 constituency free and fair, party
 arrow Cobra to get special gears to combat crime
All members of Cobra, a special police drive launched to arrest criminals in the capital, will be provided with bulletproof jackets, sophisticated crash helmets and firearms to successfully encountertheir
 arrow Plan on for uniform grading for state, pvt universities: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government is actively considering introduction of a uniform grading system for both public and private universities.
 arrow Bank-owners to go to court over amended Bank Company Act
Bangladesh Association of Banks (Bab), a platform of bank owners, has decided to challenge the newly amended Bank Company Act at the court.
 arrow Two 'criminals' nabbed after gunfight in city
Undercover policemen arrested two alleged criminals with a revolver after a gunfight at Peererbagh in Mirpur yesterday evening.
 arrow Four die, eight go missing in Patuakhali trawler capsize
Four people including a woman and her five-year-old son died and eight others went missing yesterday when a trawler capsized in Kacha river in Patuakhali.
 arrow 41 dengue patients hospitalised
As many as 41 people suffering from dengue fever were admitted to different city hospitals in the last 24 hours until yesterday evening.
 arrow Cairn on talks with Indian co to sell Sangu gas field
Scottish energy giant Cairn Energy is reportedly negotiating with an Indian company to sell offshore Sangu gas field.
 arrow 2 abducted in Kushtia rescued
Police on Tuesday in three separate incidents rescued two abducted people and arrested one in Kushtia and Meherpur and recovered skeleton of an abducted person in Jhenidah.
 arrow Suspects yet to be nabbed
Investigators till yesterday night failed to arrest any of the suspected murderers of two policemen in the capital's Motijheel on Sunday.
 arrow Charges to be pressed against 25
Police are going to press charges against some 25 people, dropping two from the list of 17 accused in the FIR (first information report) on the Ahsanullah Master MP murder case.
Businessarrow Code of conduct on cards to keep taxmen on leash
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is setting a code of conduct to keep a leash on its officials who have been recently empowered to arrest and reprimand businesspeople for dodging tax.
 arrow CityCell launches online self care service
CityCell, a leading cellphone service provider, has launched 'Online Self Care' service for the first time in the country offering its customers a package of online service management.
 arrow ICC-B for modernisation of foreign exchange rules
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) has sought immediate steps to modernise the foreign exchange regulations and exchange control guideline for the sake of a healthy growth in external
 arrow Retain 50pc suppl duty on imported ceramic ware
Ceramic ware manufacturers have urged the government to keep the supplementary duty on imported finished ceramic items unchanged to help the growing industry compete both in the local and international
 arrow Proposed budget not environment friendly
Speakers at a post-budget roundtable yesterday termed the proposed budget for 2004-05 fiscal year environment-unfriendly and demanded more allocation for implementation of projects aimed to create better
 arrow $40m action plan to face quota-free regime: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has formulated a 'post-MFA action programme' to face the challenges of the quota-free global market after 2004.
 arrow WB approves $20m grant for economic reforms
The World Bank has approved a US$20-million grant in support of Bangladesh's programme of economic reforms to improve the investment climate, enhance government effectiveness and improve service delivery
 arrow Shahjalal Islami Bank inaugurates SWIFT operations
Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited has started SWIFT operations to introduce and explore its products and services worldwide and make correspondence with foreign financial organisations and institutions.
 arrow Proposed tariff to hurt local TV, refrigerator assemblers
Country's television and refrigerator assemblers have expressed concern as the new budget has proposed same tariff structure on import of the two items both in finished and unfinished forms.
 arrow Radio Metrowave to launch weekly programme for SMEs
Radio Metrowave has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KATALYST to launch a weekly radio programme to cater to the business needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of Bangladesh.
 arrow Key member states press for farm deal at WTO talks
Five pivotal players in world trade sought a breakthrough on agriculture Tuesday that could help the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meet a looming deadline for wider free trade pacts.
 arrow Lanka to seek Opec help to fund oil subsidy
Sri Lanka hopes to get help from Opec to overcome a heavy fuel subsidy burden that is costing the state millions, the finance minister said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow BNS officially football's
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman has requested every sports lover not to smell any rat behind handing over the Bangabandhu National Stadium back to football and other sports.
 arrow Cricket: Eng tri-series from today
England captain Michael Vaughan is hoping England will use the forthcoming triangular one-day series, which begins today, with New Zealand and the West Indies as a building block in their quest to win
 arrow Football: Wonderkids carry the flags
Rooney or Ronaldo, which of the teenage tyros will still be making the headlines after England face Portugal in the first Euro 2004 quarter-final on Thursday?

Rooney -- 18-year-old Wayne -- blasted

 arrow Football: Azzurri drown in blues
Italy's players looked utterly inconsolable after crashing out of Euro 2004 on a gloomy, rainswept night in northern Portugal on Tuesday despite a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in their final Group C match.
 arrow Clash of culture loses
The match between flambouyant Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan and British heiress Jemima failed to cross a cultural divide, Imran's former colleagues said Wednesday, shedding light on their breakup.
 arrow Tennis: Incentive inspires 'em
A one-off cash bonanza combined with the magic of Wimbledon appear to have sparked Britain's women into life at the 118th Championships.
Andy Roddick is lost in admiration -- that Dennis the Menace sure has a killer serve.
 arrow A Pakistani pioneer
Thirteen-year-old Rubab Raza's day runs in multiples of five.
 arrow Cricket: Donít box Tapash!
Pace bowler Tapash Baisya had a wrong bout with his partner Tareq Aziz Khan during a boxing session at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) on Sunday which caused dislocation of his left shoulder.
 arrow Hockey: Qamar set to join on Aug 1
Former Pakistan international Qamar Ibrahim is expected to take charge as coaching director of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) from August 1.
 arrow Football: Double treble for Rony
Rony Das scored six goals as Siraj Smriti Sangsad humiliated Maghbazar Sabuj Sangha 14-0 in a north zone match of the Pioneer Football League at the Kamlapur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ctg football
Regency Sports Club beat Satadal Club 1-0 in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Regency earned six points from four matches.

 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-19 squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) retained most of the members of its ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup squad for next month's tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff out
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is out of the entire one-day international series with New Zealand and West Indies with an ankle injury.
 arrow BKSP ride on 6-star Nadir
Iqbal Nadir slammed six goals including a hattrick to help BKSP set a repeat final against Dhaka in the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship.
 arrow Basketball: Three cagers banned
Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) suspended three players from a national youth training camp for breaking discipline yesterday.
 arrow Football: The difference maker?
Manchester United's flamboyant Northern Irish winger George Best never made it to the finals of a major international tournament.
 arrow Football: Scandinavians to the script
Mattias Jonson's scrambled goal a minute from time earned Sweden a 2-2 draw with Denmark that sent both Scandinavian rivals through to the Euro 2004 quarter-finals on Tuesday at the expense of Italy.
 arrow Football: Tomasson's heart cries for Italy
Denmark striker Jon Dahl Tomasson believes Italy deserved to qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 instead of Sweden.
 arrow Football: 'Pele one and only'
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has dismissed England boss Sven-Goran Erik-sson's comparison of Wayne Rooney with Pele as fatuous.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
One fan in the crowd at the Sweden v Denmark match made his feelings clear about the controversial 2-2 draw that enabled both sides to reach the quarterfinals at the expense of furious Italy on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Blanc, Tigana In contention
France have a short-list of three candidates to replace Jacques Santini who quits as coach after Euro 2004 to manage English Premiership club Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Batigol returning to Europe?
Argentinian football great Gabriel Batistuta said Tuesday he was considering a move back to Europe and had received offers to play in England and Spain.
 arrow Football: Lippi taking over?
Coach Giovanni Trapattoni will resign on Friday after Italy's exit from Euro 2004 and will be replaced by Marcello Lippi, the director of Gazzetta dello sport newspaper said.
 arrow Football: Just crazy!
A housekeeper died of a heart attack and another suffered head injuries Wednesday when football fans ran riot at a motel in India after being told they could not watch the Italy-Bulgaria Euro 2004 match,
 arrow Football: Eng at home in Portugal!
Despite playing Thursday's Euro 2004 quarterfinal with hosts Portugal in the lions' den of the Stadium of Light, England will feel almost as if they are playing at home with more fans than their rivals,
 arrow Football: No problem if England win
David Beckham said on Wednesday he was prepared to accept the criciticsm of his form at Euro 2004 so long as England kept on winning -- starting with eliminating hosts Portugal in Thursday's quarterfinal.
 arrow Tennis: Rain strikes Wimbledon
Spectators at Wimbledon are enduring another day of delays because of prolonged rain.

There has been no play so far, and is unlikely to be until at least 1630 GMT.

Metropolitanarrow Desa contractors demand tender rate hike
Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) Contractors' Association yesterday demanded an increase in the rate of tender schedule for purchase of electrical materials.
 arrow Action taken against three staffs
The government has taken action against three persons responsible for irregularities and negligence in this year's Hajj management.

The action was taken on the basis of a parliamentary probe body report.

 arrow Tk 102.38 cr DU budget placed
A Tk 102.38 crore budget of Dhaka University for 2004-05 fiscal was placed at the DU Senate meeting yesterday.

The education sector received an allocation of Tk 17.20 crore (16.79 percent), Tk 3.

Nationalarrow KU VC strips Pro-VC of power, sacks 4 for testifying to UGC
The Vice-chancellor of Khulna University is allegedly taking revenge on those who gave testimony to the UGC (University Grants Commission) probe team on his reported corruption.
 arrow A loud voice for child rights
The small Satkhira town resounded with slogans against child labour and a pledge to protect child rights.
 arrow All but two of 1037 cases false
Only two of the 1037 cases disposed of by the Patuakhali Woman and Children Repression Prevent Court in the last two and a half years proved genuine and the rest were false.
 arrow Pirojpur pourasabha polls today
Election to Pirojpur pourasabha will be held today.

The administration has identified all the 18 polling centres as vulnerable.

 arrow Debhata Women College Governing Body resigns
All the ten governing body members of Debhata Hazi Kiyam Uddin Mahila College resigned enmasse on Tuesday as the president of the governing body did not take any action against the college principal for
 arrow 8 get life for killing JP leader Saleh
The Addition District and Session Judge Didar Ali Fakir has sentenced eight persons to life term for murdering Saleh Ahmed, president of Phultala upazila unit of Jatiya Party (Ershad) and Secretary of
 arrow One year RI for filing false case
A court here has sentenced a plaintiff to one year's rigorous imprisonment for filing false case under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
 arrow 290 poor get legal aid in Gaibandha
The Gaibandha Legal Aid Committee at a meeting here on Tuesday reviewed legal aid extended by it to the poor and destitute who can not afford it.
 arrow 'Meghna trying to create artificial fuel crisis'
Some dealers have alleged that Meghna Petroleum Co. kept diesel supply to Rajshahi region suspended for last two weeks, forcing them to have supplies from Baghabari.
Point-Counterpointarrow Shakharibazar tragedy spotlights inept handling of civic responsibilities
Mass tragedy is a part of Bangladeshi life. There is something about Bangladesh that virtually attracts calamity. We seem to stagger from one catastrophe to another. It's always been that way.
 arrow Tiger Woods in denial
Another of golf's major championships, the US Open, concluded on June 20 at Long Island's Shinnecock Hills, and Tiger Woods failed to win it.
Culturearrow A timeless comedy
It was brave of the members of North South University Cine and Drama Club (NSUCDC) to stage a play at a time when a month-long theatre festival is on in the city.
 arrow Habib's new album Maya
The latest album of Habib, Maya, was officially launched under the banner of Ektaar Music recently.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
"Shoroshi: A classic play by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Focusing on the oppressed and marginalised women
The Shanglap Group Theatre staged Shoroshi at the Experimental

Generalarrow Directive given to take action against overloading: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said directive has been given to take instant action through mobile courts against over-loading, faulty designs and other irregularities that render launches risky
 arrow Third ACD successful: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said the third Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) held in China was successful in finding new areas of cooperation for improving the socio-economic status of the
 arrow 9 new joint secys get assignments
The government has assigned nine newly elevated joint secretaries to various vacant posts.
 arrow Storm lashes Nilphamari: 300 injured
A violent storm lashed four unions in Sadar upazila yesterday, leaving at least 300 people injured, 30 of them seriously.
 arrow JCD workers vandalise RU offices
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) workers vandalised the offices of the director, instructor and other staffs of the Teacher and Student Cultural Centre of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday as their candidates
 arrow Bus owners begin strike in Rajshahi
Rajshahi Bus Owners' Association began an indefinite strike yesterday protesting plying of BRTC buses under lease system violating agreement with them.
 arrow PBCP cadre shot dead in Khulna
Unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down an alleged cadre of outlawed organisation Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) at Daulatpur in Khulna.
 arrow Tk 203 cr SCC budget announced: No new tax imposed
Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) yesterday announced a Tk 203 crore budget for 2004-05 fiscal without imposing any new tax.
 arrow journalists reject charge sheet
Journalist leaders of Khulna and Jessore yesterday rejected charge sheet in the Manik Saha murder case terming it a 'cock and bull story.
 arrow Matin Chowdhury's 23rd anniversary of death today
The 23rd death anniversary of Dr Abdul Matin Chowdhury, Bose Professor and Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow Four taxicab snatchers jailed
The Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced two people to five years imprisonment and two others to four years for snatching a taxicab.
 arrow 1,725 more held
Police arrested 1,725 people, including four listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow S Korea firm on more troop dispatch
South Korea condemned the "inhuman" beheading of a Korean hostage in Iraq but said it would never bow to terrorism and would still send thousands of extra troops to the war-torn country.
 arrow 5 rebels killed, 23 injured in fresh Kashmir violence
Indian troops shot dead five Islamic militants in restive Kashmir, three of them near the de facto border with Pakistan, while 23 people were injured in a rebel grenade attack, police said yesterday.
 arrow Family of South Korea hostage blame govt
The family of the South Korean hostage beheaded in Iraq has accused the government of betrayal for failing to secure his release.
 arrow Israel won't let Egypt push peace talks
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday he welcomed Egypt's efforts to work out security arrangements for the Gaza Strip after an Israeli withdrawal, but he would not let himself be pushed into new
 arrow India, Pakistan agree to reopen Mumbai and Karachi consulates
India and Pakistan have agreed to reopen consulates after a decade in their largest cities Bombay and Karachi, in the latest thaw in tensions between the rival neighbours, a report said yesterday.
 arrow BJP resolution skips Hindutva issue
Skipping core Hindutva issues, the draft political resolution before the BJP national executive yesterday focussed its attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi accusing her of belittling the office of
 arrow US bids for war crimes immunity
Facing strong opposition here stoked by the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, the United States made a bid to get one final year of immunity for US troops from prosecution for war crimes.
 arrow Russia attack toll stands at 92
A nighttime attack this week in the Russian republic of Ingushetia by militants near the border of war-ravaged Chechnya killed 92 people and wounded 120, a local legislator said yesterday.
 arrow At least 12 killed in bus accident in France
At least 12 people of Moroccan origin living in Belgium were killed and 38 others injured, 12 seriously, when their bus crashed on a highway in western France, local authorities said.
 arrow S Korean firms shut up shop in Iraq
South Korean firms have been pulling out of Iraq for months due to the deteriorating security situation there, but some 22 Korean businessmen were still there last week, according to government officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: Water-logging gets worse
Both vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement have been obstructed in most parts of the city due to water-logging caused by heavy downpours with the very onset of the monsoon season.
 arrow Editorial: Rohingya issue snowballing?
An on-the-spot investigation by our roving correspondent in Cox's Bazar has led to some startling revelations.
 arrow Hotline: Not a moment too soon, but more fail-safe measures needed
The decision of the two South Asian nuclear powers to establish a hotline to offset the possibilities of a nuclear confrontation, has come not a moment too soon.
 arrow Falling asleep at the wheel
I am an industrial products buyer from New York, who recently contacted the Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh (EPB), requesting their help in finding some manufacturers of certain products in Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Regional catalyst
It is high time for SAARC to click into preparatory mode, after decades of processing for model projects. India should be moving into higher gear after their recent fairy-tale general elections.
 arrow Static politics
Like the political experts, we, the common citizens, also think about politics, specially when it remains static, and is not delivering.
 arrow Those costly English medium schools
Guardians of a high profile English medium school in the city have broken the silence.
 arrow Scandal for Bangladesh
Bangladesh has been pulverised by Turkey in OIC race. Really, it has scandalised the image of our country. Bangladesh's assiduous lobby proved diplomatically abortive.