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Front Pagearrow US hands self-rule to Iraq
The U.S.
 arrow Pass law by June 30 or face US trade facility withdrawal
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday warned Bangladesh of withdrawing either the GSP (generalised system of preferences) facility or export-import bank financing if it does not adhere to labour standards
 arrow Uplift vow Falu's plank, AL help Mannan's hope
The two key rivals in July 1 by-polls in Dhaka-10 constituency were busy in last hours of electioneering yesterday before official ban on the campaign takes hold midnight tonight, 48 hours ahead of the
 arrow 10 suspects held, Balu laid to rest
Khulna police yesterday arrested 10 people on suspicion of having links to the murder of Press Club President Humayun Kabir Balu.
 arrow 18 die as truck spins off road at Gazipur
At least 18 people were killed, three of a family, and 22 injured as a truck spung off the road at Bagherbazar under Sadar Upazila yesterday.

Of the dead, six were females, six males and six children.

 arrow Budget won't work unless crimes curbed: AL
Senior ministers yesterday came down heavily on the main opposition Awami League (AL) in parliament accusing it of hindering development programmes through hartal and street agitation.
 arrow Govt rejects EC request for troops in each centre
The government has virtually rejected the Election Commission's (EC's) request to deploy army in each polling centre in Dhaka-10 by-polls, making the EC to depend on a High Court (HC) verdict likely to
 arrow US envoy for Bangla Bhai's arrest
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday condemned the Sunday murder of Khulna Press Club President Humayun Kabir Balu saying radicals including Bangla Bhai, religious and political extremists
 arrow Row over draft law led to US warning
Top government officials yesterday put down the US ambassador's warning to withdraw trade facilities to Bangladesh to a disagreement between the government and US embassy over the language and some wordings
 arrow Mannan's profile
Member Secretary of Bikalpa Dhara National Committee Major (retired) Abdul Mannan made his debut in politics in 1990 and in the following year he became a member of parliament from Dhaka-10 constituency
 arrow Falu's profile
Little could be learnt about the background of M Mosaddeq Ali Falu, the four-party coalition candidate for the Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Stringent law to protect Bhawal park suggested
A high-powered committee on Bhawal National Park has recommended stringent legislation aimed to conserve this natural forest and its rich biodiversity, considered vial for preserving the ecosystem ofthe
 arrow Noab slates Balu killing
The Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) yesterday strongly condemned the murder of Khulna-based journalist Humayun Kabir Balu in a bomb attack.
 arrow Nizami's accolade on Moududi sparks AL fury
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a 15-minute debate over the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Abul Ala Moududi when the main opposition Awami League (AL) threatened to walk out of the session.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men abduct one more
Cadres of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) yesterday kidnapped one more person but hours later released him after taking an undertaking that he had never been tortured.
 arrow Rested Czechs rout Danes
Rest could be the key to the Czech Republic's "heaven or hell" semifinal against Greece on Thursday, Czech coach Karel Brueckner says.
 arrow Rivals pledge to move forward
India and Pakistan agreed yesterday to strive for a final settlement to their 56-year-old dispute over Kashmir and to reopen consulates in their largest cities in the latest step to repair relations.
 arrow Saddam to be put in the dock within days
Saddam Hussein will be hauled in chains before an Iraqi judge within days to hear his arrest warrant and the ousted president will be guarded by Iraqis with limited support from the US military, top Iraqi
 arrow Iraq militants threaten to behead US Marine
Insurgents threatened to behead a U.S. Marine and a Pakistani driver they had kidnapped unless the United States releases all Iraqis in "occupation jails," according to a videotape aired on Arab television.
 arrow Khulna a 'valley of death', says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina said yesterday Khulna has become a 'valley of death', Chittagong a 'safe haven' for abductors and Rajshahi is being ruled by Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Grameen Bank Wins Petersberg Prize
Grameen Bank's Village Phone project won prestigious Petersberg Prize worth Euro 100,000 in a global competition for application of information technology (IT) for development.
 arrow Sylhet mayor Receives death threat
Tiger Killing Force Limited, an unheard of organisation, yesterday threatened to kill Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran.
 arrow Send e-mails thru' your GP set
About 20 lakh subscribers of the country's largest mobile phone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Limited would be able to send and receive e-mails (electronic mail) from their handsets through a new service
 arrow Proshika chief granted bail in five cases
The High Court yesterday granted bail to Proshika chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed in five graft cases.

 arrow Fundamentalists issue death warrant to 3 DU professors
Islamist zealots have issued death sentence to three noted professors of Dhaka University (DU) accusing them of running anti-Islamic propaganda in the country.
 arrow Outlaw leader Killed in shootout
A top underground leader arrested Saturday was killed in a police-outlaws shootout during a police raid to recover his arms cache in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Posing hazards

Businessarrow Developing nations bear dross of globalisation
Former chief advisor to caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday said developing nations are forced to compromise their interests for the sake of globalisation.
 arrow Ctg Port inefficiency costs $1.1b extra to economy
Inefficiency of Chittagong Port is leaving an additional burden of $1.1 billion on Bangladesh economy a year, which is 2 percent of GDP, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.
 arrow Curbing graft in tax admin vital for economic stability
Speakers at a post-budget discussion yesterday said good governance and reduction of corruption in tax administration are vital for ensuring a stable economy.
 arrow China attracts more foreign investment than US: OECD
China overtook the United States in attracting foreign investment in 2003, the OECD reported on Monday, adding that for the second year in a row the US had invested more abroad than it had attracted from
 arrow Tk 694cr interest for foreign loan paid until March
Bangladesh has made a repayment of Tk 694.38 crore as interest against foreign loan till March of the current fiscal.

The balance of country's foreign loan was 17,572.

 arrow Otobi Ltd to co-sponsor Medexpo-2004
Triune Exhibition and Event Management Services (Teems) and Otobi Ltd, a local furniture manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
 arrow ASA introduces special loan for ultra poor
ASA has introduced innovative and flexible credit products to reach the hard-core poor in January this year.
 arrow Jago Corporation declares 5pc dividend
Jago Corporation Limited has declared a 5 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Pran starts Mango pulping
Pran Agro Limited has started mango pulping at its factory in Natore.

Pran's total requirement of mango pulp for the whole year is met by thousands of metric tonnes of semi processed mango at Natore.

 arrow MetroNet starts operation
MetroNet Bangladesh Limited, a Flora-Rahimafrooz company, has launched its business operation of fiber optic metropolitan data network.
 arrow GP rewards six channel partners of Ctg, Khulna
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) has rewarded its dealers of Chittagong and Khulna zones for their performances under the company's sales incentive programme "Going Beyond".
 arrow EU set to refuse China full market economy status
The European Union will refuse China full market economy status because of too much state interference, the weak rule of law and poor corporate governance, the Financial Times said Monday, citing a confidential
Sportsarrow Football: Kararchar in zonal final
A hattrick by Tajul Islam spearheaded hosts Kararchar Krira Chakra's charge into the zonal final of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League with a 3-1 win over Surjo Tarun Club of Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Football: Danes Czech-mate
The Czech Republic claimed a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2004 in style after thrashing Denmark 3-0 at the Dragao stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Slips cost 'em
Denmark coach Morten Olsen said his side paid a heavy price for making silly mistakes in Sunday's Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat to the Czech Republic.
 arrow Cricket: No room for complacency
West Indies captain Brian Lara warned his side not to become complacent after their crushing seven-wicket NatWest Series one-day international win against England at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Too tired to fire
If the much-vaunted stars who flopped at Euro 2004 failed to produce their best for their country when it mattered, they have perhaps only got their clubs to blame.
 arrow Tennis: Forever Sunday
Crowd favourite Tim Henman says its time to make it "People's Sunday" every year at Wimbledon.
 arrow Tennis: Serena better late
Two-time defending champion Serena Williams believes she enters the second week at Wimbledon faster, fitter and stronger than this time last year.
 arrow Cricket: Recall surprises him
Stuart MacGill said he's surprised to be here for the Sri Lankan cricket series after taking a morale stand against touring Zimbabwe last April.
 arrow Cricket: Windies win in style
West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket NatWest Series one-day international win against England at Trent Bridge here Sunday.
Sjeng Schalken and Vincent Spadea are two men happy to grind their matches out from the baseline and the two expect to do exactly the same in their fourth round match.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul made U-19 captain
Left-arm Test spinner Enamul Haque has been named captain of the Bangladesh Under-19 team for next month's tour of England.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan keep winning
Mohammedan Sporting Club maintained their winning streak in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League when they edged Friends Club by a solitary goal at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Meier doesn't deserve this
The chairman of the Euro 2004 referees' committee launched a stinging attack on the British media on Monday, saying their treatment of Swiss referee Urs Meier was completely unacceptable.
 arrow Football: Nedved's yellow fever!
The Czech Republic's influential midfielder Pavel Nedved on Monday criticised the refereeing which has left him teetering on the brink of suspension for the final of Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Baros happy now
Czech Republic striker Milan Baros says he is lucky just to be at Euro 2004 let alone be the tournament's leading scorer.
 arrow Football: 'Look yourself in the mirror'
Real Madrid have hit back at David Beckham's claims that the Spanish giants' training programme left the England captain short of fitness for Euro 2004, reports here said Monday.
 arrow Football: Love him, hate him but can't ignore him
He is nicknamed "Rehhakles" by the German media for taking Greece to the Euro 2004 semifinals and is mentioned as a possible coach of Germany, yet Otto Rehhagel stirs conflicting emotions at home.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
Greek fans are optimistic their team will overcome the Czech Republic in Thursday's Euro 2004 semi-final to play in the tournament's grand final on Sunday, to judge by the stampede for last-minute travel
Metropolitanarrow A day for street children
It was a day for the street children to celebrate as they got a rare opportunity to sing, recite poems and perform dance numbers at a colourful gathering yesterday.
 arrow One to die for throwing acid on sister-in-law
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced one person to death for throwing acid on her sister-in-law and a girl.
Point-Counterpointarrow Decriminalisation of politics: Challenge of an uphill task
In recent times, the disturbing phenomena of criminalisation of the political process has attracted substantial attention in the media and other concerned quarters.
Culturearrow Wedding Festival
The conventional Bangali notion that weddings are always better off taking place in winter, will probably take a back seat pretty soon.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
An adapted play from the Mahabharata

Abayab Theatre staged Karnakatha on June 27 at the Experimental Theatre Stage.

 arrow 'I wish to protest against fundamentalism throughout my life'
June 26 was the 70th birth anniversary of renowned journalist-cultural personality Kamal Lohani.
 arrow Katherine Hepburn: 'I'm a personality as well as an actress'
On June 29 last year, Hollywood lost one of its brightest stars--Katherine Hepburn.
Generalarrow Credible election a must for HR protection: Dr Kamal
Credible parliamentary election is a prerequisite for protection of human rights, said eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh a model for developing states
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday said Bangladesh's accomplishments in transforming its devastated agricultural sector into one of the most productive farm economies in South Asia is a major success story.
 arrow Hasina goes to Turkey on July 1 for D8 meet
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and President of Awami League Sheikh Hasina leaves for Istanbul on July 1 to attend a meeting of the founder members of the Developing 8 (D8) bloc.
 arrow 102 cadets pass out of BMA
A total of 102 cadets passed out of the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at a glittering ceremony at Bhatiary, Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Prime suspect held
Police yesterday arrested Ekramul Habib Ahsan alias Liton, the prime suspect in the Shampa murder case, in a raid on a house at Ramu in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Arrest of Balu's killers demanded
Different socio-political organisations yesterday condemned the killing of Dainik Janmabhumi Editor and Khulna Press Club President Humayun Kabir Balu.

Gono Forum President Dr.

 arrow Prof Ameen dead
Prof Mahmudul Ameen, former teacher of Geology Department of Dhaka University, died of cardiac arrest at his Siddeshwari Road residence in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 68.
 arrow JU budget today
The budget of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for 2004-05 fiscal year will be placed at the senate meeting today, official sources said.
 arrow Shahjahan, Chaitanya CRA president, secy
Shahjahan Khan of The Daily Ittefaq and Chaitanya Chandra Halder of The Daily Star were elected president and general secretary of Court Reporters' Association(CRA) yesterday for 2004-2005.
 arrow Standard Chartered marks Aids Day
The Standard Chartered Bank has marked its own Aids Day in 56 countries across the globe on June 24, says a press release.
 arrow Media Awards
Media Awards will be presented at a three-day conference beginning in the capital on July 27, says a press release.
Internationalarrow ME welcomes Iraqi power handover
Iraq's neighbours gave a muted but positive reaction to the handover of power in the war-battered country and to the official end of the US-led occupation.
 arrow Bremer quits Iraq soon after power transfer
US ambassador Paul Bremer, who left Iraq with little fanfare and a broad smile after a hurried handover ceremony yesterday, said recently that he could not wait to hand power to an interim government.
 arrow Iraq occupation offers tough lessons
The US-led occupation of Iraq, plagued from the start by poor planning, miscalculation and insufficient personnel, leaves behind a bitter lesson that military might alone is not enough to overhaul a country.
 arrow Monitors in talks with Tigers to save truce
Norwegian-led truce monitors have set off for emergency talks with the Tamil Tigers after their pull-out from meetings reviewing the implementation of a fragile ceasefire, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nato to train Iraqi army
Nato leaders pledged "full cooperation" to the new Iraqi government and to help train its army to calm the violence-wracked country, after the earlier-than-expected handover of power in Baghdad.
 arrow 7 killed in ME violence
Two Israelis, including a three-year-old boy on his way to nursery school, were killed yesterday when the Palestinian militant movement Hamas carried out its first-ever deadly rocket attack on the Jewish
 arrow All prisoners in Iraq must be freed
All prisoners held in Iraq must be released after the handover of sovereignty and any further detentions by the US-led coalition would be illegal, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow Pak parties meet ahead of vote for interim PM
Pakistan's secular and Islamic opposition parties may jointly field a jailed opposition leader as a candidate for interim prime minister, a party official said yesterday after the surprise resignation
 arrow Handover is political gamble for Bush
The handover of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government may offer President Bush his best opportunity before November election to rebuild public confidence in his strategy for Iraq, but it also risks
Editorialarrow Editorial: Another newspaper editor murdered
Words cannot express our shock and outrage over the brutal killing of Dainik Janmabhumi Editor Humayun Kabir Balu in Khulna on Sunday.
 arrow Editorial: Garment workers' plight
It is disquieting to learn that some fifty job-losers in the garment sector have committed suicide in Gazipur district over the last five months.
 arrow Facets of food security
That even when national food security is achieved, some individuals may still go hungry is an old but, perhaps, not an obsolete observation.
 arrow Speeding the Indo-Pak peace process
Within barely a month of the swearing-in of Manmohan Singh government, the India-Pakistan dialogue process has taken off.
Letters to Editorarrow How old are we?
Genuine neutral apolitical national analysts have now started pointing out that the we do not look at Bangladesh from the date of its emergence in 1971: but that old Bengal has a rich and diversifiedhistory
 arrow T&T not market-oriented
It is very difficult for a government organization (in a democratic country!) to be market-oriented.
 arrow Budget -- why street demos?
The BNP is accusing the AL of street demonstrations. But I cannot understand why street demonstrations are needed after a budget is presented in the parliament. To 'celebrate' the budget.