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Front Pagearrow Govt ditches plan to rein in unruly bank unionists
The government has budged from its stance on reining unruly trade unionists in as it ditched proposals from the recently approved amendment to the Bank Company Act on stopping their abuse of propertyin
 arrow 60pc votes cast were false, say observers
At least 60 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-election were false, said election observers of Bangladesh Manobadhikar Somonnoy Porishad (Bamasop), a coalition of 300 rights
 arrow Probe on into Biman's Dubai cargo scam
The government has launched investigations into a recently detected scam pointing to huge financial losses to Bangladesh Biman's cargo operations in Dubai.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men released on minister's 'diktat'
Police on Thursday freed three Islamist zealots of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), including the prime suspect in Awami League leader Yasin murder case, allegedly after ruling coalition leaders
 arrow Guardians weary of high fees
Most private English medium schools in Dhaka charge guardians high fees for their children's education in the absence of a government policy.
 arrow AL's 12-hour hartal today
Awami League enforces a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal today to protest what it said was unprecedented rigging in Thursday's by-polls in Dhaka-10, bomb blast at a meeting of Suranjit Sengupta in Sunamganj,
 arrow Harris says vote Rigging photos tampered with
Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury yesterday alleged the pictures ran by some newspapers on fake voting at Thursday's parliamentary by-polls to Dhaka-10 were not true.
 arrow Legal battle on Dhaka-10 By-polls this week
A legal battle will begin in a couple of days to challenge the validity of Dhaka-10 by-polls that ended Thursday amid allegations of fraud, intimidation and violation of a court order on all-centre army
 arrow JIC to quiz Barguna Militants
Barguna police failed to make any headway in their probe and sent six out of 33 alleged cadres of Islamic militant outfit Jagrato Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) to Dhaka yesterday for quizzing by the
 arrow Rockets hammer two Baghdad hotels
Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein said yesterday that the first court appearance of the ousted president was a farce in an illegal court and challenged the legitimacy of Iraq's judicial system whichthey
 arrow Fertiliser, machines, irrigation to get cheaper: Anwar
With the doubling of farm subsidy this fiscal year, the government has chalked out a series of measures to cut input cost to make agriculture profitable for the long hard-pressed farmers.
 arrow 6 killed in car bomb attack on Turkish governor
Six people died and 23 were injured yesterday when suspected Kurdish rebels carried out a car bomb attack on a Turkish provincial governor just as his convoy drove by, officials aid.
 arrow Law change soon to check brick-kiln emissions
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has prepared a draft to amend the existing law on checking brick-kiln emissions.
 arrow Greece sizzle in ecstasy
Hundreds of thousands of people thronged Greek cities in wild celebrations after the Greek football team surprisingly qualified for the Euro 2004 final on Thursday.
 arrow Quake kills 18 in Turkey
Eighteen people were killed and 27 injured when an earthquake hit remote villages in the eastern Turkish province of Agri yesterday, devastating the local stone and earth houses.
 arrow Rab swings into action in Sylhet today
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) aiming at improving law and order of Sylhet swings into action today.

A spate of bomb attacks lately pushed Sylhet on the brink of law and order breakdown.

 arrow Biman food Poisons 50 passengers
At least 50 passengers of a Dhaka-bound flight of Bangladesh Biman yesterday were poisoned by the food catered to them on board.
 arrow Five killed in Rajendrapur Road accident
Five people were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Rajendrapur in Gazipur Sadar uapzila yesterday morning.
 arrow Marlon Brando dies at 80
Marlon Brando, one of the most influential actors of his generation, has died, according to media reports yesterday citing his lawyer. He was 80.
 arrow Islamists protest women's wrestling
Demonstrators with ties to Islamic organisations yesterday rallied to protest a plan for Bangladesh's first women's wrestling competition, scheduled for tomorrow.
 arrow Fruit trader stabbed to death
Muggers yesterday stabbed a fruit trader to death and took away Tk 50,000 from him on city's Tipu Sultan Road of Sutrapur.
 arrow Altaf returns to home, but temporarily
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury has temporarily taken charge of the home ministry after State Minister of Home Lutfozzaman Babar went to Singapore yesterday for treatment.
 arrow Alaska wildfire forces hundreds to flee
Hundreds of people -- including about 200 workers at the state's largest gold mine -- fled a wildfire in Alaska's interior and headed toward Fairbanks.
 arrow 93 rescued from Traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday rescued 93 people, including 30 women and 19 children, from a bus near Kalaroa Upazila headquarters while they were being trafficked to India.
 arrow AL, BNP clash Leaves 26 hurt at Nilphamari
At least 26 people were injured in a clash between the Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at district headquarters yesterday.
Businessarrow New savings scheme for retired employees
Retired employees of government, semi-government and autonomous bodies will be able to receive Tk 2,750 each every three months by investing Tk1 lakh in a new savings scheme.
 arrow Zero excise duty regime for textile on the card
The Indian government is mulling a zero excise duty regime in next week's budget for the country's textile sector to help it go for modernisation and get greater competitive edge in the quota-free international
 arrow Australia set to discuss free trade pact with Malaysia
Australia and Malaysia are close to launching talks on a free trade agreement in another sign of rapidly thawing relations between the two countries, officials said Friday.
 arrow Nissan promises major expansion in Thailand
Japanese carmaker Nissan said Friday it will invest more than 10 billion baht (245 million dollars) in Thailand over the next five years in a bid to tap into Asia's booming auto market.
 arrow India cannot afford to shun economic reform: Analysts
Despite communist influence on the new government, the future of India's economic reforms looks safe in the hands of a progressive cabinet, which will rely on the need for growth to push through investor-friendly
 arrow Sípore, KL sign agreement to promote joint ventures
Singapore and Malaysia signed an agreement here Friday that will help their business people organise joint investment promotions in third countries in another sign of improving bilateral ties.
 arrow Desh General Ins declares 15pc Stock dividend
Desh General Insurance Company Limited has declared a 15 percent stock dividend for its shareholders on Wednesday.
 arrow Safko Spinning Mills declares 5pc dividend
Safko Spinning Mills Ltd has declared a 5 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Walton wristwatch
RB Group of Companies has introduced Walton brand wristwatch in Bangladesh market.

The watch is available in two designs with one year warranty for males and females.

 arrow Enlarged EU shows big tax level disparity
European Union newcomers have significantly lower corporate and income tax rates than the bloc's old members, but they are not guaranteed to see floods of foreign investment as a result, an EU study showed
 arrow ECB chief economist signals concern over inflation anticipation
The chief economist at the European Central Bank, Otmar Issing, said Friday he was very concerned about rising inflation anticipation in the eurozone.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 26-June 30, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar eased substantially against Bangladeshi taka in this week. Increased supply of USD helped to improve the liquidity position of the market.

Sportsarrow Football: Silver Dellas
Traianos Dellas was the unlikely hero who headed the decisive silver goal gave that gave Greece a dramatic 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic and a place in the final of Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: MSC win Ctg derby
Holders Mohammedan Sporting Club stayed on course to defend their title when they crushed arch-rivals Abahani 3-1 in a high voltage CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League match at the MA Aziz Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Women's final today
At 22 years old, Serena Williams is hardly a veteran but in Saturday's Wimbledon final she will go up against a player five years her junior.
 arrow Football: Greek tragedy for Czechs
Traianos Dellas' silver goal gave Greece a dramatic 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic and a place in the final of Euro 2004 here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Those popping eyes will be missed
Pierluigi Collina refereed the last international match of his career when he took control of the Euro 2004 semi-final between the Czech Republic and Greece on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Deadly beauty
The golden mane of hair, the long legs, Russian Wimbledon finalist Maria Sharapova is the new Anna Kournikova -- isn't she?

Yes the 17-year-old blonde bombshell's glamourous looks - not to mentionall

 arrow Cricket: Lankans set stiff target
Skipper Adam Gilchrist led from the front to steer Australia into a winning position over Sri Lanka as the wickets tumbled in a low-scoring first cricket Test at Marrara Oval here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng open NatWest account
England won their first match of the NatWest Series when they defeated West Indies by seven wickets in their day/night one-day international at Headingley here Thursday.
 arrow Football: One more time, please!
Alchemists normally turn silver into gold but for the Czech survivors from the Euro '96 final Traianos Dellas was the reverse as his silver goal on Thursday for Greece left them with bronze and probably
 arrow Football: Prime Minister leads fans
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will lead around 6,000 Greek fans to Portugal to cheer on their national team in Sunday's Euro 2004 final against host nation Portugal.
 arrow Football: A myth is born
'Hail our Colossus of Rhodes' was one headline that would have greeted Traianos Dellas, Greece's goalscoring hero from the stunning 1-0 defeat of Euro 2004 favourites the Czech Republic in their semi-final
 arrow Football: 3 hosts go Forward
Three host teams advanced to the final round of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League yesterday.
 arrow Football: Heart-stopping, heart-breaking
The Czech Republic's heartbreaking defeat by Greece in Thursday's Euro 2004 semi-final was not one for the faint of heart declared one Czech paper on Friday.
 arrow Football: Scolari's secret!
Euro 2004 hosts and finalists Portugal are astral travellers as they close in on what would be their first ever trophy success at senior level, with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari seeking extra inspiration
 arrow World Sports Journalists' Day observed
The Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) observed World Sports Journalists' Day in the city yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bielsa names his 22
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa on Friday completed his 22-man squad for next week's Copa America in Peru with the addition of Sunderland midfielder Nicolas Medina.
 arrow Football: Once a Surprise
Once Caldas became only the second Colombian club to win the South American championship when they beat holders Boca Juniors of Argentina 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores
Metropolitanarrow Stop construction of buildings on JS premises: Bapa
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to stop permanently the construction of residences for Speaker and Deputy Speaker on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban showing honour to theverdict
 arrow Housewife strangled, another beaten to death in Ctg
Two people, including a newly married woman, were killed in separate incidents in the district in the last two days.
 arrow 'Make cooperative movement a success'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on all to make the cooperative movement a success.
 arrow 'Fine arts can help check moral decadence'
Practice of fine arts can help check crimes and degradation of moral values in society, said Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to MR Akhtar Mukul
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday recalled the contribution of journalist M R Akhtar Mukul to country's liberation war and language movement.
 arrow Cancel by-polls, demands 11 Party
Left-leaning 11 Party yesterday demanded cancellation of Dhaka-10 by-polls held on Thursday.

Speaking at a meeting, the party leaders termed the election farcical.

 arrow BCL activist Stabbed to death
Assailants yesterday stabbed to death a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist in Narayanganj apparently over political rivalry.
 arrow 'Empowerment of women a major thrust of dev policy'
Women's empowerment contributes a major policy thrust of the Bangladesh government, said Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
 arrow 490 killed in 10 SW dists in six months
At least 490 people were killed by the extremists in 10 southwestern districts in last six months.
 arrow Mourning procession today
Khulna journalists will bring out a mourning procession today, the last day of the seven-day programme taken in protest against the murder of Humayun Kabir Balu, editor of Dainik Janmabhumi.
 arrow Body recovered
Meanwhile, police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from Bastuhara slum at Khalishpur yesterday.

Police suspected he was an extremist. His body was bullet-hit.

Nationalarrow Success in reviving indigenous fish
Days may not far away when Bangalees will relish again on delicious indigenous magur fish, thanks to the successful efforts by the Patuakhali-Barguna Aquaculture Extension Project (PBAEP).
 arrow 'Our lives are at stake'
Political leaders in Khulna are now suffering from bomb scare. Top leaders are hardly found at meetings of their parties and socio-cultural organisations, held either in open space or in protected place.
 arrow Farming, fishery change lot
Once landless, Md Abdus Samad Khan now owns a dairy farm, a poultry farm, a fishery project and lands for commercial vegetable cultivation.

All these were done only in eight years.

 arrow Legalised pilferage?
The forest department here has sold most of the timber trees along 28 kilometer roads under the Road and High Ways Department without any tender or notice in any newspaper.
 arrow Balu killing protested
Working journalists in Gopalganj, Gaibandha and Moulvibazar held separate meetings and processions to protest recent murder of Janmabhumi editor and Khulna Press Club president Humayun Kabir Balu.
 arrow Newspaper office ransacked for toll
A newspaper office was ransacked by a group of miscreants here on Thursday for toll.
 arrow 7 chargesheeted in AL leader Mamtaz murder case
Seven persons were charge sheeted on Wednesday in connection with killing of former Awami League (AL) member of parliament (MP) Mamtaz Uddin on June 6 in 2003.
 arrow Marwari held for loan default
A marwari businessman who was absconding since taking Tk one crore 30 lakh loan from National Bank at Syedpur in 2002 has been arrested in Lalmonirhat.
 arrow Food official suspended in Khulna
A food official was suspended recently on charge of selling four metric tons of rice of a government food godown in black market in connivance with security guards.
 arrow 'No' to drugs
Forty-four drug addicts have returned to normal life from the dark world.
Point-Counterpointarrow Stabilising nuclear regimes in South Asia
Things are seemingly moving in the right direction between India and Pakistan, heightening the prospects of peace and stability between the two, and thereby for South Asia.
 arrow Is the UN going the League of Nations way?
At last America has been successful in finding an escape route from the deep dark hole, created by itself in Iraq a year ago, trampling the UN Charter and all that it means and showing the least regard
 arrow Local government, leadership and development
Decentralised and empowered local government, with devolution of key service functions and proper resource allocations, can play a critical role in the development at the grassroots level.
Culturearrow From Tatarstan with fraternal lessons
No religion under the sun preaches fundamentalism and communalism. And few nations do refrain from using religion in politics, let alone practise inter-faith communal harmony, like Tatarstan.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
A comedy of morals
Loko Natya Dal added one more show to their record-time staged drama in Bangladesh, Kanjush on the first evening of July at the Experimental

 arrow Ntv anniversary specialprogrammes: A feast for viewers
Ntv, the fourth private satellite TV channel of the country, is set to celebrate its first founding anniversary on July 3.
 arrow A life snipped short
This is the end, beautiful friend.
It hurts to set you free,
But you'll never follow me.
The end of laughter and soft lies.
The end of nights we tried to die.
This is the... end.

Generalarrow Vitamins may slow progress of Aids virus: Study
A daily multivitamin tablet may slow the progress of the Aids virus and allow doctors to delay treatment of the deadly disease, according to a study that may prove especially helpful in developing countries
 arrow Unesco adds 13 new sites to heritage list
North Korea was awarded its first-ever site on the Unesco World Heritage List as a total of 13 new cultural sites around the world were named to the list during an ongoing conference in Suzhou, China,
 arrow Mars once had rainfall
Mars was not only awash with water, it also once had rainfall, according to a French study.
 arrow US may keep 145,000 troops in Iraq up to 5 years: Myers
A force of 145,000 US troops may be needed in Iraq for as many as five years, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Richard Myers said Thursday.
 arrow Pentagon may release some Guantanamo Bay detainees
The Pentagon might release some Guantanamo Bay detainees deemed not to pose a security threat without first giving them access to civilian courts, a spokesman said Thursday.
Internationalarrow Pakistan joins ARF
Pakistan was formally accepted yesterday as the 24th member of Asia's only security forum, in a move that could lessen tensions in the region and with fellow nuclear power India.
 arrow Pakistan dismantling terror network in its own interest: Musharraf
Pakistan is trying to dismantle the country's terrorist network for the sake of its own "national interest", President Pervez Musharraf told two visiting US senators yesterday, officials said.
 arrow ARF backs bid to solve nuke crisis
A major Asia-Pacific security forum gave strong support yesterday to new efforts to end the North Korean nuclear crisis, as the US and North Korean foreign ministers held rare high-level talks on thesidelines
 arrow Militants ambush MP's motorcade in Kashmir
Seventeen people were killed yesterday in bloody separatist violence in Indian Kashmir, including a rebel ambush on an Indian MP's motorcade, police said.
 arrow Israeli troops to stay in Gaza until end of 2005
Soldiers will remain in the northern Gaza Strip, a launchpad for Palestinian rockets, until Israel completes its planned Gaza withdrawal next year, the defense minister said yesterday, as violence flared
 arrow US bars 6 ships as anti-terror law takes hold
The United States denied entry to six foreign-flagged ships on Thursday as tough new global laws to protect shipping from terrorist attacks took effect with little overall disruption to global trade.
 arrow al-Qaeda vows to carry out attacks in Europe
A purported statement from an al-Qaeda-linked group vowed to carry out attacks in Europe after the expiry of a three-month truce offered by Osama bin Laden in April, London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper
 arrow World press focuses on Saddam trial
Pictures of a defiant Saddam Hussein appearing in a Baghdad courtroom dominated the world's press yesterday, amid warnings that the tribunal must prove it is independent from the United States.
 arrow Typhoon toll rises to 23 in Philippines
The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year rose to 23 yesterday, as rescue workers rushed to clear landslides and send food and medicine to isolated areas, disaster officials
 arrow Maoist rebels kill Mayor of Nepal's top tourist town
Suspected Maoist rebels Friday assassinated the mayor of Nepal's leading tourist town, Pokhara, in a hit-and-run shooting in a busy marketplace, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arrested militants
The arrest of 32 suspected Muslim militants from a mosque in Barguna is a fresh reminder of the presence of some fanatic groups who have been carrying on their clandestine activities for, who knows, how
 arrow Editorial: Admission to govt colleges
One could not help feel ashamed after reading the report in Bangla daily Prothom Alo about the 'admission business' going on at the government colleges in the capital.
 arrow Sustainable transportation in the megapolis
It is indeed most unfortunate that as Dhaka continues to grow, its citizens face greater suffering from lack of infrastructural support.
 arrow Plight of 'outsiders'
WHEN the States' Reor-ganisation Commission was appointed within six years of independence to redraw the map of British India, it was considered too hasty a step.
Letters to Editorarrow Welcoming AL to parliament
The return of the Awami League to the Parliament is the most unexpected piece of good news for this unfortunate country of ours.
 arrow Import duty on newsprint
New duty on newsprint import may push the costs of newspapers up. I think the existing price of a newspaper is already too much.
 arrow SQ's defeat
It is indeed good news that the candidate of Bangladesh government, Mr.
 arrow Role of DS
It's needless to speak about the great role of The Daily Star in nation building and in shaping up democracy in Bangladesh. But I would like to make my point on a different subject here.
 arrow OIC election
It is interesting to watch the on-going debate on the OIC secretary general's election. I personally regret the defeat of Mr. SQ Choudhury, the Bangladeshi candidate.
Literaturearrow A Night's Paradise
There were three of them; all three had sworn to be together for the rest of their lives and to die together.
 arrow On Bharati Mukherjee in Dhaka
Bharati Mukherjee was born in 1940 to an upper-class family in Kolkata. She was educated in England, at Kolkata's Loreto school and the universities of Calcuta and Baroda.
 arrow Traces
Mirror mirror on the wall
Make me the prettiest of us all

And once again the mirror
Promptly answers my prayer

While the doting husband waits
In stolid suit and shiny shoes

I review the