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Front Pagearrow 32 Islamic militants nabbed in raid on Barguna mosque
Police yesterday arrested 32 suspected Islamic militants in training in a mosque and seized jihad-inspiring books, leaflets and other printed materials in an outlying village in the southern districtof
 arrow Mannan, Falu lock horns today over political test
The Dhaka-10 parliamentary constituency goes to the polls today amid tight security, as two key rivals put their popularity to test in an apparently fierce fray that ran into temporary legal roadblocks.
 arrow Iraqis get Saddam, eleven aides
Saddam Hussein appeared before an Iraqi judge yesterday as Iraq's interim government took legal charge of the deposed dictator 15 months after U.S.-led forces overthrew him.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men kill AL leader at Madrasa
Cadres of militant Islamic outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh yesterday killed a local Awami League (AL) leader on a madrasa compound at Kudapara village in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Outlaws threaten to blow up Khulna daily office, kill reporter
Journalists of Khulna yesterday broke their pens at the Picture Palace Cinema crossing as part of a seven-day programme to register their protest against the assassination of Dainik Janmabhumi Editor
 arrow Hospital's cost-sharing policy sends back heart patients
Hundreds of poor patients requiring open heart surgery go back untreated from the only state-run heart diseases hospital due to a controversial policy that requires them to share the cost of surgery.
 arrow Portugal in first ever major final
Hosts Portugal roared into their first major final as goals from midfielders Cristiano Ronaldo and Maniche sealed a deserved 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the first Euro 2004 semi-final early today.
 arrow PMO shifts stance to approve deal
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) backtracked on its stance in approving recently the controversial $76 million public sector cellphone deal in a move still shrouded in mystery.
 arrow Budget passed amid AL walkout
The parliament yesterday passed the national budget for fiscal year 2004-05 in absence of the major opposition, Awami League, which staged a walkout protesting constraint of discussion time.
 arrow Bepza assures US envoy of limited trade unionism
The chairman of Bangladesh Export Promotion Zones Authority (Bepza) yesterday met US envoy in Dhaka Harry K Thomas and informed him of the progress of passing a bill in parliament allowing limited trade
 arrow Pensioners' savings scheme from today
The government is introducing from today a new pensioners' savings scheme for retired employees of government, semi-government and autonomous bodies.
 arrow Rivals gun down Ctg Shibir terror Chhoto Saiful
Rivals gunned down a notorious armed cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami, in the port city Tuesday night.
 arrow 3 outlaws die in shootout
Three top outlaw leaders were killed reportedly in separate skirmishes with police and joint forces in Mirpur in Kushtia and Alamdanga in Chuadanga yesterday.
 arrow Contractor, shop worker killed
A contractor was knifed to death at Keraniganj while a teenage sweetmeat shop worker was slaughtered allegedly by his former roommate in Demra yesterday.
 arrow PMO orders probe into BTTB chief's US tour
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to probe an alleged pleasure trip of the chairman of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to the USat
 arrow Hasina alleges plan to rig by-polls
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina has accused the government of making all arrangements to rig today's by-election in Dhaka-10 constituency.
 arrow Century-old palace of Nawabs...


 arrow Equitable regional river water use to benefit all: Kamal
Equitable harnessing and optimum use of water resources of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin can only bring common good for the riparian countries, noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday at athree-day
 arrow BSF kills one
A young man working in his field near the border was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at South Kotwali Barogram Tuesday night.
 arrow 2,078 people killed in last 6 months
As many as 2,078 people including three journalists were killed in last six months, showing an upturn in murders comparing to the killings of corresponding time last year, according to Bureau of Human
 arrow Israel to reroute WB barrier on court rule
Israel says it will re-route part of its disputed West Bank barrier after its highest court ordered changes to prevent Palestinians being cut off from their farms, schools and cities.
 arrow Summit refutes report of re-tender
Summit group, the selected bidder of the Sirajganj 450-megawatt power plant, yesterday refuted a report by a section of the press that the government has decided to re-tender the power scheme.
 arrow Not an ancient one...


 arrow UN to send Bangladeshi peacekeeper's body back home
The body of Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper Maj Mohammad Shahjahan, killed in a UN helicopter crash on a remote hillside in Sierra Leone Tuesday, will be brought back home under UN arrangement, said an ISPR
 arrow Gunshots rock Rampura
Armed criminals yesterday fired in the blank on Wapda Road in Rampura after the owner of a local auto-rickshaw garage refused to pay them toll.
 arrow Saudi clash kills cop, 2 militants
Gunmen and security forces battled in a neighborhood of the capital yesterday, and the shootout left two militants and one policeman dead, an official said. At least one militant fled.
Businessarrow Hasina for pro-poor reform in global economic order
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has suggested pro-poor reform in the existing global economic order where fair distribution of global benefits and costs among all the countries must
 arrow Donors must be flexible, less impatient with reforms
A US development economist yesterday said donors must keep their commitments and be less impatient with building institutions and guiding reforms in developing countries.
 arrow Local cos winning int'l bids to get VAT refund
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has backtracked from its earlier decision of retaining VAT (value-added tax) which local firms use to deposit with the authorities concerned after winning international
 arrow DCCI for narrowing gap in forex rates of NCBs, private banks
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has urged the Bangladesh Bank to take initiative to minimise the gap between the foreign exchange rates quoted by nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and
 arrow CPA for special Dhaka-Ctg railway container service
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has placed a project proposal to the National Taskforce for Investment and Climate Development to set up an exclusive railway lane at an estimated cost of Tk 800 crorebetween
 arrow China state banks sell $34b of bad loans
China's Cinda Asset Management will buy US$33.7 billion (278.
 arrow French engineering firm eyes India as major hub
French engineering giant Alstom is eyeing the Indian market as a major hub for its global operations.
 arrow Southeast Bank okays 20pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Southeast Bank Limited has okayed 20 percent cash dividend and 20 percent stock dividend for the year 2003.
 arrow BGIC declares 20pc dividend
Bangladesh General Insurance Company Limited (BGIC) has declared a 20 percent dividend for shareholders of the company.
 arrow Pioneer Ins Declares 12pc dividend
Pioneer Insurance Co Ltd has declared a 12 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003, says a press release.
 arrow Kay & Que Declares 10pc dividend
Kay & Que (Bangladesh) Limited declared a 10 percent dividend for the year 2003 on Monday.

The dividend was declared at the company's 20th annual general meeting in Dhaka, says a press release.

 arrow BKB to provide loans for tea Farming in hill districts
Bangladesh Krishi Bank will provide loans at the rate of five percent interest to small land owners for tea cultivation in the three hill districts.
 arrow New MD of Premier Bank
Kazi Abdul Mazid has been appointed managing director of Premier Bank with effect from today.

Prior to joining the new assignment, Mazid was advisor to the bank, says a press release.

 arrow BASIC Bank Declares 60pc dividend
BASIC Bank has declared a cash dividend of Tk 4.50 crore and bonus share worth Tk 22.50 crore out of the profit of Tk 65 crore made during the year 2003.
 arrow CSE holds OTC Orientation programme
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has organised an orientation programme on OTC (over the counter) facilities, which will formally be inaugurated on July 4 this year.
 arrow Bank holiday today
The transactions at the Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed today on account of bank holiday.
 arrow Clarification
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) has clarified its position on a report headlined "Mutual funds fail to take off on ICB's defiance to rules" published on this page on June 22 last.
 arrow WTO members making progress on Doha talks
WTO member states are making progress in most areas of the Doha round of talks aimed at reducing global trade barriers, the organisation's director general Supachai Panitchpakdi said Monday.
 arrow GM Daewoo workers vote for strike
Workers at US-owned GM Daewoo Auto and Technology, South Korea's third-largest automaker, approved a call for a strike Wednesday after talks with management on higher pay broke down, officials said.
 arrow Sípore tourism bounces back in a big way
Visitor arrivals here rose 271 percent in May from a year ago, when Singapore suffered a major setback due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), tourism officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Indian economy grows 8.2pc
India's economy grew 8.2 percent in the year to March 2004 compared with 4.0 percent the previous year, according to government figures released Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedans everywhere
It was a field day for Mohammedan family in the qualifying phase of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers off to Colombo
A 15-member Bangladesh cricket team left the city yesterday for Colombo to take part in the Asia Cup this month.
 arrow Football: Will surprise turn to myth?
Few would have expected a duel between Milan Baros and Traianos Dellas to be decisive to the outcome of Euro 2004 but much will hinge on their performances in Thursday's semi-final between the Czech Republic
 arrow Tennis: Henman crashes out
The ghost of Goran Ivanisevic returned to haunt Tim Henman on Wednesday as unseeded Croatian Mario Ancic crushed the Briton's latest Wimbledon dream with a breathtaking 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 quarter-final win.
 arrow Football: Surrender guns, see Brazil
Brazil's legendary soccer team will kick off a bid to disarm Haiti's warring factions by playing a match where spectators will have to swap their guns for entry tickets.
 arrow Football: 'Let's sing a carol for Karel'
The Czech Republic's players, young and old alike, are determined to give Karel Poborsky the perfect retirement gift -- a Euro 2004 winners' medal to go with his 100th international cap.
 arrow Tennis: The desire is there
Lindsay Davenport has the experience, but teenage starlet Maria Sharapova believes she has the youthful ambition to make this year's Wimbledon final.
 arrow Tennis: STRAWBERRIES & CREAM
Boris Becker and John McEnroe are lost in admiration for the television pulling power of Tim Henman, whose titanic clash with Australian Mark Philippoussis on Monday attracted more than 11 million viewers
 arrow Cricket: Aussies will be as usual
Australia won't structure their game plan around helping master leg-spinner Shane Warne claim the world wicket-taking record in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist
 arrow Cricket: Murray talks business
Pakistan's new South African fitness coach Murray Stevenson said Tuesday he was excited about the prospects of working with the team and determined to whip them into shape.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis easy winners
New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket victory in their NatWest Series day-night one-day international at the Riverside here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis due on October 11
New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on October 11 for their first full series in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh U-17take on Uzbeks in the opener
Bangladesh youth team will open their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-17 Championship campaign against Uzbekistan on September 5.
 arrow Hockey: Oman-Singapore opener in U-21 hockey
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday ruled out the possibility of increasing the number of teams in the Under-21 international hockey tournament starting in Dhaka on September 27.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Five matches were decided in the Pioneer Football League yesterday at different city venues.
 arrow Football: Friends share points with Regency
Friends Club's relegation threat worsened after they drew 1-1 with Regency Sports Club in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Squash meet From July 3
The Access TEL-AP 2nd Open Squash tournament will begin at Dhaka Club Squash Court on July 3.
 arrow Football: Grandpa Brueckner and King Otto
Two coaches with 130 years of life experience between them will strike a blow for the "golden oldies" when the Czech Republic play Greece in Thursday's Euro 2004 semifinal.
 arrow Football: Godsend for Greek game
Greece's surprise qualification for the Euro 2004 football semi-finals has been hailed by sports minister Yiorgos Orfanos as a unique opportunity to turn around the fortunes of the crisis-ridden sport.
 arrow Football: How to save a penalty!
At least one of the semi-finals of Euro 2004 is likely to come down to a gut-wrenching penalty shootout.
 arrow Football: Venglos taken back to '76
Former Czechoslovakia coach Jozef Venglos says the current Czech side, who face Greece in Thursday's Euro 2004 semi-final, have many qualities of the team he helped guide to the 1976 European title.
 arrow Football: Safest gloves around
Three years ago, when he was just 19, Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech was told: 'You will be one of the best in the world'.
 arrow Football: Larsson now a Catalan
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson confirmed that he has completed his move to Spanish side Barcelona after passing a medical.
 arrow Football: Foe's family to challenge FFF
The family of Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe, who died of a heart attack a year ago during a Confederations Cup match, is suing the French Soccer Federation (FFF) for failing to provide adequate medical back-up.
 arrow Football: Take that Becks!
A photographic portrait of David Beckham, whose England team crashed out of Euro 2004 last week, has been defaced with red pen saying "You loosers", a London art gallery said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Target Meier's family!
Swiss referee Urs Meier said on Wednesday that he feared for the security of his family after receiving death threats from English football supporters infuriated at his disallowing a last minute goalby
Metropolitanarrow Rotary centennial year celebrations begin today
The Rotary International begins its 100th anniversary celebrations in the city today with a colourful procession.

The procession will start from the Lalbagh fort at 7.00am.

 arrow Increased coordination among govt, NGOs suggested
Speakers at a discussion called for increased coordination among the government, NGOs and development partners in mitigating the groundwater arsenic problem in Bangladesh.
 arrow Transport leader's 'killer' lynched
A mob yesterday lynched an alleged criminal and injured another after their gang gunned down a transport union leader at Sarulia in Demra.
 arrow Tk175 cr SIDA grant for pry edn
Bangladesh will receive 250 million Swedish kroner, equivalent to Tk 175 crore, as grant from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for Second Primary Education Development Programme
 arrow 9-day Int'l Film Festival begins in city Dec 2
A nine-day International Film Festival, Bangladesh-2004 will begin on December 2 in the city.
 arrow Pro-AL panel sweeps CU syndicate polls
Pro-Awami League and left leaning backed "yellow panel" swept the Chittagong University syndicate election here yesterday.

The syndicate is the highest decision making body of the university.

 arrow BIT refutes allegations
Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) authorities have refuted the allegations made by the BIT Students' Guardians' Forum that the school has hiked tuition and other fees unreasonably.
 arrow 1967 more held
Police arrested 1,967 people, including one identifiedcriminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 70,000 marooned in Gaibandha
Floods coupled with erosion have caused havoc in Sunderganj, Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchari and Shaghata upazilas.
 arrow Shrine blast probe in doldrums
Investigators could not detect any significant clue to the grenade blast at the shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet even after five weeks of the incident in which three persons were killed and about
 arrow Balu killing: Condemnations on
Condemnations from journalists' bodies and student organisations protesting the killing of Janmabhumi editor and Khulna Press Club president Humayun Kabir Balu are still pouring in from various districts.
 arrow BIWTC liner stranded on Meghna since Tuesday
BIWTC passenger liner MV Alauddin which left Chittagong Monday for Barisal is stranded on the Megnha in Ramgati area of Naokhali district since Tuesday afternoon with several hundred passengers on board
 arrow 36 Commissioners want Sylhet Mayor's security
Thirty-six ward commissioners of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) in a joint press statement on Monday demanded adequate security to city Mayor Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran.
 arrow Kala Azar claims 2 more in Godagari
Two more aborigines died from Kala Azar on Tuesday in Godagari upazila, raising the toll to eight in last one month. Ten more are now suffering.
 arrow Workshop on arsenic-free water supply
A day long workshop on 'Arsenic-free Drinking Water Supply' was held at the Rural Development Academy (RDA) auditorium here on Tuesday.

RDA director general (DG) Md Abdul Haque presided over theworkshop.

 arrow Two outlaws held in Satkhira
Police on Monday arrested two outlawed activists from Bardal bazaar in Assassuni upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 raises political temperature
Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 opened in 868 theatres across the US on Friday, June 25. In our local 25-screen AMC theatre two screens were dedicated to the documentary.
Culturearrow Shilpakala Academy upholds legends
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy recently held discussion sessions and cultural presentations on six of the legendary personalities of the country from the fields of music and dance.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Good Bye Dhaka: A mediocre production
The organisers of Dhaka Drama Festival-2004 had to face harsh criticism from viewers for allowing a poor drama to be staged.

 arrow An evening of muted French colours
A video documentary titled A French April in Dhaka, by Fahmida Munni, was recently screened at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. April 2004 was a month when French art fascinated Dhaka audiences.
 arrow Noor Jehan
Although singer-actress Noor Jehan passed away in 2000, her contribution to the music world is immense.
Generalarrow No pvt university follows 1992 Act: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday criticised the private universities for not following the Private University Act 1992.
 arrow Open dialogue among all parties
Jatiya Party Chairman H M Ershad yesterday said that the government should open a dialogue among all political parties to find out solutions to the prevailing crisis, including law and order situation.
 arrow One gunned down in Chittagong
One criminal was shot dead by his gang members and an alleged robber beaten to death in separate incidents in the city and district yesterday.
Internationalarrow NATO outlines expansion plans in Afghanistan
NATO will command five units scattered across northern Afghanistan complemented by additional soldiers to support elections threatened by militants, a spokesman for the peacekeeping force said yesterday.
 arrow S Koreans bid farewell to beheaded hostage
Mourners paid an emotional farewell yesterday to a South Korean hostage beheaded by Islamic militants in Iraq as parliament prepared to launch a probe into the circumstances of his death.
 arrow Powell warns Sudan to end attacks
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has warned Sudan to end attacks by Arab militia in Darfur which are accused of creating a humanitarian crisis.
 arrow US recalls soldiers for Iraq and Afghanistan
The US Army plans to recall around 5,600 former soldiers for support and logistical duty in Iraq, resorting to a rarely used wartime program that allows it to recall soldiers who have left the service
 arrow Fencing on Kashmir border almost complete, says India
Fencing along the 742-kilometre (465-mile) de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir is almost complete but India's troop strength in the Himalayan state will not be reduced, India's defence
 arrow Israeli army seals off Gaza town
Israeli tanks and troops sealed off the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun as they stepped up an operation yesterday designed to end the firing of rockets on southern Israel that is expected to last months.
 arrow US unilateralism under fire as Asean summit starts
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri took renewed aim at the United States yesterday over the superpower's methods of resolving international disputes.
 arrow Pakistan's new PM takes oath
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf swore in one of his key loyalists yesterday as new caretaker prime minister ahead of ex-banker Shaukat Aziz' ascendancy to the top post.
 arrow Tube strike causes chaos for Commuters in London
Much of London's underground railroad system -- the tube -- was paralysed yesterday by a 24-hour strike by workers seeking shorter hours and more pay.
 arrow Sixty Bosnian Serbs sacked for aiding war crime suspects
Sixty Bosnian Serb officials were sacked yesterday by international envoy Paddy Ashdown for supporting fugitive war crimes suspects, notably Radovan Karadzic.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ending hartals
The government and the opposition today stand at the edge of a great opportunity for them and for the nation.
 arrow Editorial: All eyes on by-election
The Dhaka-10 by-election, regarded as another test of popularity between the ruling alliance and the Bikalpa Dhara, is being held today.
 arrow Iraq's transition to sovereignty: The problems ahead
The potential threats of the insurgents upending the American apple cart was perhaps the main compulsion of Bremer for preponing his departure from Baghdad by forty-eight hours.
 arrow Politicisation of the administration
All the successive governments of Bangladesh have resorted to the game of dividing the bureaucracy to control and use it to their advantage.
Letters to Editorarrow Mugged by child!
A couple of days back my rickshaw stopped at a crowded red signal. I spotted two children, one boy and the other a girl hawking handicraft products.
 arrow Promotion of bank employees
Anyone having some idea about banking service knows that the ACR is the only factor upon which the promotion of the employees of a bank depends.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala flight
It is encouraging news that GMG Airlines has started its operation between Chittagong and Kolkata recently.
 arrow Political hoodwinking
The political leaders are very much aware that politics of bluff does not pay in the long run.
 arrow Regulation of educational institutions
The press has been regularly reporting on money-sucking malpractices in the educational institutions in the private sector, specially the English-medium schools (EMS) and private universities.