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Front Pagearrow Hospitals without X-ray films
Lack of supply of radiological films has forced most government hospitals across the country to keep X-ray diagnostic services closed for over a year, depriving thousands of emergency patients arriving
 arrow Criminals rap Rab
Five most wanted criminals shot their way through a 40-member strong elite anticrime force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday in Uttara in Dhaka, leaving two law enforcers and one criminal wounded.
 arrow 2 lakh marooned as floods buffet northeast
Monsoon floods buffeted new areas in the northeastern region, marooning over two lakh people and killing three in Habiganj and Moulvibazar yesterday.
 arrow Bomb attack on Khulna temple
Unnamed attackers exploded a bomb inside the Arya Dharmasava Temple in a drive-by attack in Khulna city late Thursday night, grievously injuring a police constable on duty and prompting a halt to a Hindu
 arrow Campaign gathers pace amid security fears
Concerns for security grew as hustings for Dhaka-10 by-polls gathered pace ahead of the prestige clash between the ruling alliance and the major opposition-backed Bikalpa Dhara on July 1.
 arrow Job loss pushes them to suicide
More than 50 garment workers, mostly female, committed suicide in the first five months of this year in Gazipur district due to unbearable miseries following abrupt loss of jobs, sources said.
 arrow 90 killed in Iran road inferno
At least 90 people died in southeastern Iran when a fuel truck lost control and crashed into a police post, with the explosion engulfing other trucks, cars and buses, the Iranian Red Crescent said yesterday.
 arrow 23 dengue victims hospitalised
Dengue fever, a mosquito borne viral disease, continued to spread as 23 more people were hospitalised in different areas of the city in 24 hours until yesterday evening.
 arrow Judicial probe into cops' graft ordered
A Dhaka Court has ordered a judicial enquiry into the graft case against two Sub Inspectors (SIs) posted at the General Recording Office (GRO) of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court.
 arrow Medical student stabbed to death
Unknown criminals stabbed a medical college student to death in Malibagh in Khilgaon in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Crime jitters Ctg businessmen
Frequent attacks on business houses, increase in abduction and mugging and a general slide in law and order in the port city triggered concern among the business community and general public.
 arrow Seed crisis looms in next boro season
A seed crisis in the next boro season looms as the cash-strapped Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) is failing to pay several hundred farmers and farm workers their dues and pursue
 arrow IFIC hard pressed to reschedule over Tk 100cr
The International Finance Investment and Commerce Bank (IFIC) board is under pressure to approve an out-of-the-way proposal to reschedule a huge amount of classified loan of Beximco Holdings Ltd.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men injure 3 in Bogra village raid
Operatives of the Shanti Raksha Committee (Peace-Keeping Committee) yesterday critically injured three people and ransacked houses in an anti-outlaw raid on a predominantly Hindu village in Aamdighi upazila
 arrow Pakistan PM may be changed by July 3
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali is likely to be replaced before July 3, the day when President Pervez Musharraf embarks on a tour of Scandinavian nations, according to a media report in
 arrow Beckham acts brave
England captain David Beckham still believes he can inspire his country to a major title and has no intention of resigning.
 arrow Rescued Uttara schoolboys return home
Sajib and Sabbir, two brothers, who were abducted from city's Uttara area on Monday, returned home yesterday after their 72-hour ordeal in captivity ended by police intervention in Dupchachia of Joypurhat
 arrow Hasina, Goh Chok talk investment
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and discussed bilateral issues including more Singaporean investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Monica feels betrayed by Clinton memoir
Monica Lewinsky says she feels betrayed by Bill Clinton's failure to acknowledge how he destroyed her life in his newly released memoirs.
 arrow Another Kushtia student abducted
Criminals abducted an HSC student after committing robbery at their house in Chakdaulatpur village in Daulatpur upazila Thursday night and demanded a ransom of Tk 5 lakh.
 arrow Guardians slate high tuition by BIT
The guardians of Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) students have urged the government to formulate an effective guideline for the country's English medium schools, lambasting the BIT for profiteering
 arrow Grameen Bank nominated for Petersberg Prize
The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh has been nominated for prestigious Petersberg Prize in global competition for application of information technology (IT) to development.
 arrow Court sends held sisters to jail
A court yesterday sent the two sisters held in connection with Sunday's killings of two cops to Dhaka Central Jail on completion of their three-day remand.
 arrow Propaganda handbills hit secretariat
An uneasy calm is prevailing in the Bangladesh Secretariat complex over frequent publication and distribution of leaflets.
Businessarrow JB focuses on SME growth thru’ women entrepreneurship
In a bid to promote small and medium entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs in particular, Janata Bank is attaching high priority to financing their ventures at low interest rate, bank's Managing Director
 arrow Businesses to identify potential jt venture
Small and cottage industries entrepreneurs from Bangladesh and India will identify potential sectors for setting up joint venture industries as they take part in a two-day buyer-seller meet that begins
 arrow First batch of Mongla Port dock workers paid off
The government has paid off all the due salaries and benefits of the first batch of Mongla Port dock workers brought under a voluntary retirement scheme.
 arrow Shop owners demand repeal of NBR order
A section of shop owners demanded scrapping of the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) that empowers tax officials to take VAT defaulting businessmen into the custody
 arrow Southeast Asian growth safe for 2004, but risks in ’05
A Chinese economic slowdown, a rise in US interest rates and surging oil prices will not be enough to scuttle robust Southeast Asian growth this year, investment bank Morgan Stanley said Friday.
 arrow Builders in KL relieved on higher allocation
The construction industry, which has been worried about the absence of new public sector infrastructure and construction jobs, heaved a sigh of relief Thursday after the government increased the development
 arrow Steel producing states seek deal on subsidy
Delegates from 37 steel-producing countries are to meet here Monday and Tuesday to decide if talks on cutting steel subsidies, which are currently deadlocked, should continue.
 arrow Renata plans to set up two pharmaceuticals plants by '05
Renata Limited, a local pharmaceuticals company, plans to set up at least two new medicine plants by the end of 2005.
 arrow Green Delta Ins Declares 35pc dividend
Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 35 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Aramit Group achieves ISO 9001: 2000
Aramit Thai Aluminium Limited has been awarded with ISO 9001: 2000 certificate as an international recognition from Orion Registrar, Inc, USA.
 arrow China sees Asean FTA to spur pan-Asia free trade
Creating a China-Asean free trade area will prod Japan and South Korea to abandon their protectionist farm policies, ushering in an East Asian single market within 15 years, a top Chinese academic said
 arrow DBS ties up with Bank Rakyat Indonesia
DBS Bank announced yesterday a tie-up with Bank Rakyat Indonesia to provide what may be one of the cheapest and fastest bank remittance services in town for Indonesian workers in Singapore.
 arrow Cos ignoring social woes risk stock slide: UN
Companies that ignore pressing social and environmental problems do so at the risk of seeing their stock price tumble, 12 major investment firms and the UN Environment Program warned Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
(June 19-June 24, 2004)

Local FX Market
Demand continued to remain high for USD in the market due to import-related payments and profit remittances.

Sportsarrow Football: Happy hunting for hosts
It was the hosts who enjoyed success on the opening day of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League qualifying rounds yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bright Oranje
It is going to take something special at Euro 2004 to beat Sweden, the great all-rounders of the tournament to date.
 arrow Football: Feels like a funeral
England fans stumbled into the streets in disbelief, misery and rage on Thursday after their team were knocked out of the European Championship in a heartbreaking quarter-final.
 arrow Cricket: S'kkara shines over McGrath
Sri Lankan opener Kumara Sangakkara smashed an unconquered 163 as the tourists reached 304 for five against the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI after the second day of their four-day cricket match
 arrow Cricket: 'Murali boycott tactical'
Shane Warne believes his Sri Lankan spin rival Muttiah Muralitharan might surprise everyone and show up for next month's Test series in Australia despite his earlier decision to skip the tour.
 arrow Football: England die a sudden-death
Goalkeeper Ricardo converted a match-winning sudden-death spot kick to give Portugal a 6-5 victory over England on penalties and a Euro 2004 semi-final place after their thriller finished 2-2 following
 arrow Football: Thank you guys!
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari dedicated his team's European championship quarter-final win over England to a colony of fisherman and said he was dreaming of more success.
 arrow Football: What's bugging Figo?
As Portugal's players and officials celebrated on the pitch after their dramatic Euro 2004 quarter-final win over England on Thursday night, one man was conspicuous by his absence.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming dislikes it
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming attacked the format of the triangular one-day series, saying it was unfair to expect international teams to play back-to-back matches.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP still best
A 73rd minute 'golden goal' by Iqbal Nadir helped BKSP retain the national youth hockey title when they overcame a two-goal deficit to edge Dhaka 3-2 in the exciting final of the 21st edition at the Maulana
 arrow Bashir's death: a realisation
The tragic end of Tamim Bashir's life has made his fellow cricketers realise they must stand united than ever before.
 arrow Olympic Day Run held
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) yesterday arranged its annual Olympic Day Run in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Rajib and Selim scored hattricks as Maghbazar Sabuj Sangha scored a massive 10-0 victory over Jirabo Sporting Club in a north zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Kamlapur
Metropolitanarrow Rupsha bridge likely to be in place by May next
Major work of the bridge over Rupsha river will be completed by September and the entire project, including access roads, will be completed by May next year.
 arrow Manusher Jonno launches website
Manusher Jonno (MJ), a civil society initiative, has launched its website recently for people who are interested to know more about its activities.

The website, www.manusher.

Nationalarrow 70,000 marooned in Moulvibazar
At least 70,000 people are marooned in 55 villages in Komolganj, Rajnagar and Kulaura upazilas as flood hit Moulvibazar district for the second time this year.
 arrow An effort needs support
RANGPUR: Once landless Momtaj Miah now runs a big fishery project, built without any government assistance. He plans to set up a modern hatchery to train others, particularly local youths, in fishery.
 arrow 'Fulfil 13-pt demand of Satkhira people'
Speakers at a discussion meeting in the town have urged the government to allocate more funds in the national budget for fiscal 2004-05 for development of "neglected" Satkhira.
 arrow BNP, Jamaat contest with separate panels
Teachers aligned with ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are contesting the Chittagong University Syndicate election scheduled for June 30 with separate panels as efforts for unity failed.
 arrow CUET crisis deepens as authorities unmoved
Deadlock persists at the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) as teachers are not taking classes since June 2 demanding withdrawal of show-cause notices on seven of their colleagues,
 arrow 12 hurt in grenade attack in Chuadanga
At least 12 people including a municipal commissioner were injured when a grenade was hurled at an arbitration meeting at Hat Boalia bus stand at Alamdanga on Thursday.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader held with arms for extortion
Police arrested a leader of Jubo Dal, youth front of ruling BNP, with a firearm when he was torturing a contractor for extortion.
 arrow One killed by husband
A housewife has been killed by her husband at Char Shiba village in Galachipa upazila.
 arrow 2 kidnapped in dispute over touchstone
Two persons were abducted from Illa Gainerpar village in Gournadi upazila in Barisal in a dispute over a valuable touchstone.
Point-Counterpointarrow Earthquake in Chittagong
If an earthquake occurs in Chittagong what will happen? This is a pertinent question since we all are concerned about our vulnerability to earthquake damage.
 arrow 'Actionable' intelligence
One of the things common about Pakistan and US has been brought to the surface by the 9/11 Commission: countries fighting the modern version of terrorism need to have far better quality of intelligence
 arrow Tea or coffee: Limitation is the key
Enjoying breakfast in the morning or 'afternoon special' with a cup of tea is a part of our daily life style.
Culturearrow The nation's mindshapers
As renowned Rabindra Sangeet artiste Mita Haque sang Ami tomari matir konnya/Janani bashundhora, it seemed the most befitting tribute to two of the country's brightest women--poet Sufia Kamal and
 arrow Recitation of the script of a Mega Serial: Paribar O Ekti Company
An offbeat introductory programme of a new mega serial Paribar O Ekti Company held recently at Bishwa Shahitya Kendra. It was a recitation evening of the play script.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
An Adaptation of Charlie Chaplin?
On June 24 Theatre (Topkhana) staged Bhaboghure at the Experimental Theatre Stage as part of the drama festival arrangedby

 arrow 32nd BACHSAS awards to be declared today
Bangladesh Chalachchitra Shangbadik Samity (BACHSAS) holds its 32nd award-giving ceremony at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton at 5:30 pm today, says a press release.
Generalarrow First ever wedding festival opens
A two-day wedding festival, the first of its kind, began at the Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan in the city yesterday.
 arrow AL concerned over state of economy
A joint meeting of two sub-committees of the main opposition Awami League yesterday discussed the pros and cons of the national budget for 2004-05 fiscal and expressed deep concern at the current state
 arrow Raise awareness about drug abuse: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for raising awareness at all spheres of national life about drug abuse and aggression of narcotics.
 arrow 'Provide care for shelterless children'
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday called upon the affluent section of the society to come forward to provide care for shelterless children so that they can enjoy their right to
 arrow WFWP marks 10th founding anniversary
The Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP), Bangladesh celebrated its 10th founding anniversary with a programme, including discussion, at a city hotel yesterday.
 arrow Justice Sobhan, ASK win Jahanara Imam Memorial Award
Justice KM Sobhan and Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, have been selected for Jahanara Imam Memorial Award-2004.
 arrow Manzur Elahi, Raquibuddin elected DUAA president, secy gen
Syed Manzur Elahi, former advisor of caretaker governments and chairman of Apex group, and Raquibuddin Ahmed, founder secretary general of Salimullah Hall Alumni Association, have been elected president
 arrow MA Hashem new NSUF chairman
MA Hashem MP, chairman of Partex Group, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of the North South University Foundation (NSUF) and the managing committee of the university, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Funeral of Monulal Barua, president of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, will be held at Damdama village in Mirersarai, Chittagong, today.
 arrow Over 1,700 held
Police arrested 1,711 people, including four listed criminals, on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Allawi vows to crush Iraqi insurgents
Iraq's interim prime minister has vowed to crush Baathist die-hards and foreign militants he blamed for killing 100 people in a day of suicide bombings and attacks meant to sabotage next week's move toward
 arrow 55 killed as extremists, army lock in clashes in Yemen
Nine Yemeni soldiers and 46 extremists have been killed in some four days of clashes in the Saada province near the border with Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said yesterday.
 arrow N Korean N-test threat casts shadow over Beijing talks
A North Korean threat to test a nuclear device overshadowed six-way talks in Beijing yesterday after negotiators came up with a series of gestures aimed at resolving the crisis over the North's nuclear
 arrow Bush sees 'world becoming safer'
US President George W. Bush insisted in an interview broadcast Thursday the world was becoming a safer place despite a spate of deadly attacks in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
 arrow Iran gives written response to IAEA
Iran's top national security official has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the three main European powers to respond to a resolution critical of its cooperation, a foreign ministry
 arrow Bush quizzed on CIA leak
The probe into who leaked the name of a CIA operative to a journalist moved to the highest level of government as federal investigators spent more than an hour with President Bush.
 arrow 2 US marines killed in northeast Afghanistan
Two US marines have been killed and one injured during an operation in northeastern Afghanistan, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Wolfowitz apologises to Iraq war reporters
US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz apologised on Thursday to Iraq war correspondents for saying that many of them were afraid to travel and reported rumors.
 arrow Maoists slit Throat of ex-Nepali PM's cousin
Suspected Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow Nepal's monarchy slit the throat of a cousin of former royalist prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, police and relatives said yesterday.
 arrow Guantanamo Tribunals are not a 'fair trial': UK
Military tribunals possibly lying in wait for four British nationals at the US-run Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba do not constitute a fair trial under international law, Britain's top legal adviser willsay
 arrow Another 'Monica' in Clinton's life!
Bill Clinton's infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky might be public knowledge with the release of his autobiography "My Life," but it seems love is on the roll again for the former US president.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bangladesh-Singapore ties
It was a very significant visit that Prime Minister Goh Chock Tong paid to Bangladesh over the last three days. For one thing, it was the first ever trip made to Dhaka by any Singaporean head of government.
 arrow Editorial: A triumph of international law
The US withdrawal of a resolution for exempting its peacekeepers from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court has done a world of good for the UNSC's credibility.
 arrow Iraq: Problems and prospects
A small step was taken on 8 June with the United Nations Security Council adopting unanimously Resolution 1546, as put forward by the USA and the UK.
 arrow Good democracy and bad democracy
People are dog-tired. They are tired of bad governance, inefficiency and mismanagement.
Letters to Editorarrow The politics-bureaucracy interface
The stories appearing in the press (DS, June 6, and earlier), on the tussle between the powerful political bosses' in the PMO, and the senior civil service offices and the bureaucratic network is nothing
 arrow Political infighting
Bangladesh is 'lice in a wonderland country', politically speaking.
 arrow Wooing the minorities
The minorities are getting noticed in democratic India -- fittingly the world's largest. The President and Prime Minister are from the minorities.
Literaturearrow Nayanchara
In the thickening black night, it feels good to imagine the desolate wide street as the river Mayurakkhi.
 arrow Strange Alliances In This Waiting Space: Dharker's Latest
I Speak for the Devil, by Imtiaz Dharker. New Delhi: Penguin, 2003. Rs. 195.