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Front Pagearrow Nod to central bonded warehouses for RMG
The National Co-ordination Council (NCC) on textile and readymade garment industries yesterday recommended setting up central bonded warehouses in export processing zones and a Tk 3,000-crore fund towithstand
 arrow Greek Gods take title in style
Outsiders Greece crowned their astonishing Euro 2004 campaign by beating hosts Portugal 1-0 in the final Sunday.
 arrow 20 bullet-hit as JCD, Shibir clash
The authorities have closed Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for an indefinite period after a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) in the early hours yesterday
 arrow AL walks out as talks on by-polls denied
The main opposition, Awami League (AL), walked out of parliament yesterday as the ruling alliance refused to discuss 'controversial Dhaka-10 by-polls, conspiratorial case against leader of the opposition
 arrow Rampant rigging makes by-polls unacceptable
Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (Fema) and Brotee, two leading election monitoring bodies, yesterday reported wholesale rigging and rampant irregularities at the July 1 parliamentary by-polls to Dhaka-10,
 arrow Extortion allegations outpour in JS
A ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and an opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday traded allegation of extortion in parliament.
 arrow Bac seizes Cds from Biam DG's office
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday seized two CDs containing what the government said was 'highly classified state information' from the office of Director General of Biam (Bangladesh Institute
 arrow Iran to complain against Saddam for 1980 war
Tehran has prepared a complaint against Saddam Hussein for his 1980 attack on Iran and use of chemical weapons, and will soon file the dossier with the Iraqi tribunal putting the former president on trial,
 arrow Lawyers urge CJ to transfer case to larger bench
Lawyers for the petitioner of the writ, which complained of undue pressure by two public prosecutors on a sessions judge, yesterday urged the chief justice (CJ) to transfer the case to a larger bench.
 arrow Now sport bows to bigots
Bangladesh Amateur Wrestling Federation (BAWF) yesterday postponed the first ever women's wrestling competition following threats from Islamist groups.
 arrow BGMEA to broker AL-BNP talks on no-hartal stance
The garment exporters are to initiate a dialogue between the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) in a move to end the culture of hartal.
 arrow Federer keeps Wimbledon
Switzerland's Roger Federer confirmed his place as the greatest player of his generation when he battled back to subdue the awesome power of second seeded American Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 andsuccessfully
 arrow Bill for TU at EPZs tabled
The government placed a bill allowing limited trade unionism (TU) at EPZs (export procession zones) in parliament yesterday as the session resumed after a three-day recess.
 arrow Bangladeshi Expatriate shot dead
Robbers gunned down a Bangladeshi expatriate on Azimpur Girls School and College compound, a few yards away from his house late Saturday night.
 arrow 13 injured in cop-student clash in KU
Thirteen including two policemen were injured in a clash between students and cops on Khulna University (KU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Aarong Fashion

 arrow Israeli quizzed Iraqi prisoners
General Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad where inmates were abused by US soldiers, has told the BBC that she met a man who said he was Israeli at a detention centre
 arrow All 12 Gazipur-2 nomination papers valid
All the 12 nomination papers submitted for the parliamentary by-election in Gazipur-2 constituency were declared valid yesterday after scrutiny.
 arrow Four killed in road crashes
Four people were killed and 49 injured, two of them critically, in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar border security force abducts 3 Bangladeshi
The Nasaka (Myanmar border security force) yesterday abducted three Bangladeshi nationals and seized their boat from Husairdia along the Naaf River in Hoikong union under Teknaf upazila.
 arrow Triple murder accused remanded
Iqbal Ahmed Bulbul, the man charged with triple murder in USA, was placed on a five-day remand yesterday.

Mainur Rahman, a first class magistrate in Barisal granted five days' remand for Bulbul.

 arrow Notice served on govt
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice to the secretaries of establishment ministry, environment and forest ministry, the chairman of Rajuk and the director
 arrow Govt introduces bill to amend criminal law
The government yesterday introduced a bill in parliament seeking amendment to the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1958 to make it consistent with the Anti-corruption Commission Act.
 arrow US Marine hostage 'beheaded' in Iraq
Kidnappers in Iraq said they had killed a Lebanese-born US Marine but neither the US military, his family nor Beirut's foreign ministry were able to confirm the report.
Businessarrow Remittance hits a new high
Remittance smashed the previous records to touch a new high of $3.37 billion in the just concluded fiscal year but there was a declining trend in growth terms compared to two preceding years.
 arrow Stormy beginning likely in Indian budget session
The budget session of Indian parliament beginning today is likely to be off to a stormy start with the government locked in a tussle with the main opposition BJP on the sacking of governors in four states
 arrow Tokyo okays Tk 900cr for Dhaka’s budget support
Japan has approved Tk 900 crore for Bangladesh to support its budget for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Thai PM visits Australia to sign free trade pact
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and eight cabinet ministers were due to arrive in Australia Sunday to officially sign a free trade agreement between Bangkok and Canberra.
 arrow Congress-led govt to see India as global tourist destination
Encouraged by an impressive 24.
 arrow GP, CityCell to share SMS from today
Subscribers of GrameenPhone (GP) and CityCell will be able to send and receive SMS (short message service) from each other's network from today.
 arrow Union Capital approves 20pc stock dividend
Union Capital Limited, a financial institution, has approved a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Daffodil declares 8pc interim dividend
Daffodil Computers Limited has declared an eight percent interim dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003-2004.
 arrow Standard Bank extends Tk 150m credit facility to Int'l Leasing
Standard Bank Limited has extended a credit facility of Tk 150 million to International Leasing and Financial Services Limited.
 arrow BSB sanctions Tk 101cr loan for 31 projects
Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) has sanctioned Tk 101 crore loan for 31 projects in the last financial year.

Of the amount, Tk 43 crore was disbursed till end of FY 2003-2004, says a press release.

 arrow Taka gains against dollar
After a periodic lull, taka gained about one taka against US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday mainly due to higher dollar supply by the central bank ‘to cut down import costs.
 arrow Banglacraft's new office-bearers for 2004-05
ABM Ruhul Quddus Shahnewaj of Jahanara Cottage Industries has been elected president of Bangladesh Handicrafts Manufa-cturers and Exporters Association (Banglacraft) for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Market potential lures European investors abroad
European investors searching for overseas outlets are these days lured abroad as much by vast market potential in the booming economies of countries such as China and India as by a search for cheap labor,
 arrow KL brings high-tech ICT benefits to rural areas
Malaysia will create several new "cyber-cities" to expand its rapidly growing Internet technology industry and spread the benefit to all Malaysians, the government announced at the weekend.
Sportsarrow Football: NFL to be deferred
The start of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League finals is to be delayed by two or three days.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff powers England
Andrew Flintoff's maiden one-day international hundred powered England to 237 for seven, the best total of the tournament, in their NatWest Series match against New Zealand here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: New Zealand near final
New Zealand all but booked themselves a place in the NatWest Series final with a five-wicket win against the West Indies at Sophia Gardens here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Just like home
Soccer fans in the former Portu-guese colony of Goa, western India were gearing up for a huge overnight party to watch Sunday's Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece in Lisbon.
 arrow Cycling for world peace
It is a mission set across 178 countries and over 10 years.
 arrow Tennis: Record-breaking Woodbridge
Australia's Todd Woodbridge wrote his name into the Wimbledon record books by winning his ninth men's doubles title here Sunday and he said there could be more to come.
 arrow Tennis: World at her feet
Get ready for the Maria Sharapova marketing blitz.

You'll see the new Wimbledon champion on all the talk shows, on sports and glamour magazine covers, in print ads and TV commercials.

 arrow Cricket: Shoaib-up Pakistan
A fired up Shoaib Akhtar is expected to give Pakistan a boost in this month's Asia Cup, as the express pacer returned home Sunday saying all that happened in the series against India was behind him.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan edge India to third
Pakistan came from 2-3 down to win 5-3 over India and take bronze in the men's 4-Nations field hockey tournament here Saturday.
 arrow Imran plans to marry again?
Barely a fortnight after announcing the break-up of his marriage with Jemima Goldsmith, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has stated his intention to marry again, possibly by next year.
 arrow Football: BKSP soccer from July 5
Two teams from India will take part in the BKSP Cup Under-16 football tournament starting from July 5 at the Savar sports institute.
 arrow Tennis: Passia in last eight
Dilip Passia reached the quar-terfinals of the National Tennis Championship beating Rafiq 6-1, 6-0 at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wright ready for Asia Cup
With the Asia Cup only days away, coach John Wright has fired the first salvo for India, warning opponents that the team has been thorough in its preparation for the upcoming tournament.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Mehdi slammed a hattrick and Shahidur scored two goals to help Khilgao Pragati Sangha brush aside Painadi Jubo Sangha 5-0 in a central zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League atthe
 arrow Football: Boost from up above!
The Greek football team received the blessing of the head of the Greek Orthodox Church just hours away from the Euro 2004 final with hosts Portugal.
 arrow Cricket: Super Series down under?
Australia will host next year's first International Cricket Council Super Series, consisting of a Test and a best-of-three one-day series between Australia and a Rest of the World team.
 arrow Football: Women won over
Portuguese women have been swept up in the football fever which is sweeping the nation before Sunday's Euro 2004 final, inspired by a national squad which has made it to the last two of a major tournament
 arrow Football: Greece will eat Portugal!
Greece fans who have watched their team's stunning progress to the Euro 2004 final can now chomp up their footballing rivals in the form of the national snack souvlaki.
 arrow Football: He would've been proud
"At the international level," wrote George Orwell, "sport is frankly mimic warfare".
 arrow Football: Desailly shuts the door
French captain Marcel Desailly confirmed his retirement from international football on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Samba support for hosts
When Portugal face Greece in the Euro 2004 final on Sunday, the thousands of Brazilians who have moved to the country in search of a better life will be amongst the host nation's most fervent fans.
 arrow Football: 'Beckham always has an excuse'
Former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz has rejected David Beckham's criticism of the training regime at the Spanish giants and says the England captain should train as hard as Luis Figo.
 arrow Football: COPA SALSA
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes arch-rivals Argentina are favourites to win the Copa America next month.
Metropolitanarrow AL countrywide protest tomorrow
Main opposition Awami League (AL) will stage demonstrations across the country tomorrow to protest the filing of "false" corruption case against the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and party President
 arrow Either repatriate or rehabilitate us
The Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee yesterday called for resolving their long-standing humanitarian problem either through repatriation to Pakistan or rehabilitation in Bangladesh.
 arrow BTV earns Tk 86.92 cr from ads,JS told
Bangladesh Television (BTV) has earned revenue of Tk 86.92 crore from advertisement during the 2002-03 fiscal.
 arrow Fresh drive against polybags soon
The Environment and Forest Ministry will launch a fresh drive against polythene shopping bags in the capital as it came back in market places particularly in groceries within two and a half years of ban
 arrow Two killed in road accidents in city
Two people were killed in road accidents in the capital yesterday.

Harun,15, son of Akbar Shikdar, was crossing the road at Tikatuli when a speeding vehicle ran over him at around 4:30pm.

 arrow 184 Nam flats to be furnished by Sept 15
A total of 184 flats built for Non-aligned Movement (Nam) conference will be furnished and equipped with other facilities by September 15.
 arrow Water Quality Surveillance confce begins
A three-day national conference on Water Quality Surveillance began in the city yesterday to ensuring the quality of drinking water.
 arrow Housewife allegedly killed
A housewife was allegedly killed by her in-laws who claimed it a suicide at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Harris rebuts Saber's statement
Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury yesterday rebutted the statement of Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, over Dhaka-10 by-election saying
Nationalarrow Silent revolution in a remote village
The remote village is abuzz with life now.

Tea stalls have sprang up at Sundar Khata village where pineapple traders from distant areas gossip amid transactions with well to do farmers.

 arrow People repair dyke in Gaibandha voluntarily
The people of Mohimaganj in Gobindaganj upazila in the district are repairing an erosion-affected embankment of Bangali river at Balua on self-help basis as the rice allocated for the renovation workwas
 arrow Diarrhoea alarming in Rangamati hills
At least 11 people including nine children, all of them indigenous, died of diarrhoea in remote hilly areas of Raingkhyong reserve forest in Farua union in Bilaichhari upazila in last fifteen days.
 arrow Land grabbers demolish aborigines' houses in Rajshahi
Land grabbers allegedly belonging to the ruling party in a series of attacks on two aborigine families injured two persons, razed their houses and looted those at Shinga village, a few hundred yards off
 arrow 50 hurt in B'baria clashes
At lest 50 persons were injured in two separate rivals' clashes in two days in the district.
 arrow Main accused dropped from charge sheet, victims' relatives claim
Eighteen innocent people were falsely implicated in the sensational triple murder case in Lataksali of Sakuchin union in Monpura upazila.
 arrow WDB officials beaten to realise 'fake' bills
Two contractors and their musclemen on Saturday swooped on the Water Development Board (WDB) office here, beat four officials including the accounts officer and damaged furniture for not approving 11"fake"
 arrow JCD leader sued by party man for extortion
Fifteen Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Kishoreganj unit including its president and his four brothers were sued on Friday by the unit general secretary (GS) for snatching toll money on June
 arrow 'Bangla Captain' held in Bagerhat
Joint forces have arrested one Alfaz Shaikh who had allegedly created a panic among people by declaring himself as 'Bangla captain of Bagerhat'.
 arrow 39 posts of AC Land vacant in Barisal
About 20,000 land-related cases are awaiting disposal in Barisal division as 39 out of 40 posts of Assistant Commissioner of Land are vacant.
 arrow Death for killing father
One person has been sentenced to death for killing his father.
Point-Counterpointarrow Does quota-free world mean destruction for RMG sector?
The year 2005 is expected to be the most crucial year for the RMG sector.
 arrow After abolition of triple talaq -- what next?
The Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) of India has taken the bold decision to review the practice of triple talaq in its next meeting in July in Kanpur.
Culturearrow A glittering show
Anybody who is somebody was there at the first ever dazzling Aarong Bangladesh Fashion Week, held on July 3 and 4. Chief guest and entrepreneur Rokia A Rahman inaugurated the fashion meet.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Court Martial
A Theatre Art Natyadal production
Is it possible for man, to avoid inherent jealousy or cruelty? In answer to this question, Marathi playwright SawdeshDipak

 arrow A mix between abstract and real
Anisur Rahman, who enjoyed drawing and painting as a child, studied at the Fine Arts Institute. He was encouraged to work in this medium by artist Devdas Chakroborty who had seen his art work as a student.
 arrow Bachellor, the Circle to be screened at Third Eye Asian Film Festival
Celebrated film director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's trendy film Bachelor, the Circle has been selection for the Third Eye Asian Film Festival to be held August on 21-28 this year.
 arrow Juhi to sing Bhajan?
That Juhi Chawla is a trained singer is now common knowledge. She will now sing in Bangalore on the 24th at a function being organised by the Art of Living People.
Generalarrow Filing of case againstHasina protested
Awami Jubo League, youth front of the opposition Awami League, yesterday held a rally in the city protesting the filing of a graft case against Leader of the Opposition and AL President Sheikh Hasinaand
 arrow Direct election to JS reserved seats not practicable
Direct election to the seats reserved for women in parliament is not a practicable idea, said Women and Children Affairs Minister Begum Khurshid Jahan Haque at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow BAU engr assaulted by JCD cadres
An assistant engineer of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) was assaulted yesterday allegedly by a group of armed cadres belonging to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the BNP.
 arrow Prof Kamal passes away
Eminent academician, former vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University Professor Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, died yesterday in Manila at the age of 83.
 arrow Sattar joins BARI as DG
Abdus Sattar, a renowned agricultural scientist, joined the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) as its new director general (DG) on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Spondon, a 27-month-old boy, has been suffering from complicated heart disease since his birth, says a press release.

He is now under treatment of Dr M A K Razzak of Shishu Hospital.

Internationalarrow Iraq to offer amnesty to 'soft insurgents'
An amnesty for Iraqis involved in the insurgency will be announced, just one week after Iraq was handed sovereignty from the US-led occupation authorities, a government spokesman said.
 arrow Iran, Syria accused of supporting Iraqi rebels
Iraq's new government will this week publish evidence of ties between foreign countries, including Iran and Syria, and Muslim extremists and supporters of Saddam Hussein's regime who have launched aninsurgency
 arrow India tests nuclear capable missile
India on Sunday tested a short range variant of its nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni missile from a testing site off the country's east coast, a defence official said.
 arrow 'EU big-3's nuke deal with Iran falling apart'
There was plenty of diplomatic drama last October when the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany jetted into Tehran to bring Iran back from the brink of sparking a major nuclear crisis.
 arrow Tropical storm kills 53 across Asia
Mudslides buried houses, and rescuers battled floodwaters to evacuate trapped villagers yesterday as tropical storm Mindulle swept over Taiwan and battered the Chinese coast.
 arrow US in deal to return Saudi suspects: NYT
US officials reluctantly agreed to return five terrorism suspects to Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, last year as part of a deal involving Britain, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.
 arrow 'India plans law against communal violence'
The Indian government will not allow a repeat of Gujarat-like riots and will do all that "is necessary" to check such incidents, Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said even as the UPA government is considering
 arrow Tigers step up war of words
Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up a war of words against the Sri Lankan government since Norway failed in its latest bid to revive stalled peace talks, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Indonesian Voters taste democracy in today's polls
Indonesians will taste full democracy today after decades of authoritarianism when they vote for their president for the first time.
 arrow Iraqi heading Oil-for-food probe killed in bomb attack
The Iraqi official heading the investigation into alleged corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food programme was killed in a bomb attack earlier this week, officials familiar with the probe saidSaturday.
 arrow New Indian govt dumps Women's Reservation Bill
The UPA government's agenda of legislative business during the Budget session of Parliament beginning today has dumped the much talked about Women's Reservation Bill that figures prominently in the common
 arrow BJP to launch agitation against Cong-led govt
BJP announced yesterday that it was launching a week-long nation-wide agitation to protest dismissal of governors with RSS background and inclusion of "tainted" ministers in the union cabinet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Open space grabbing spree
LAND expropriation in the metropolis has reached an appalling proportion with the wet lands at the top of the grabbers' choice-list.
 arrow Editorial: Failing schools and madrasas
The results of SSC examinations brought happiness to a good many deserving candidates no doubt, but the rate of failure in many schools and madrasas should not go unnoticed either.
 arrow Of patriots and quislings
Even as umpteen patriots in Iraq have been fighting a war of resistance and will continue to refuse acceptance of the pseudo sovereignty bestowed last week on the hapless Iraqis hungering for freedomfrom
 arrow 'Failed state and Bangladesh'
Seldom do I miss the comments and views that the Daily Star Editor pens for his newspaper or expresses elsewhere in meetings or seminars.
 arrow The 'tallest leader' is a dwarf: BJP returns to hard-Hindutva
The BJP's June 22-24 national executive meeting in Mumbai will go down as a story of incomprehension of and bitterness at its electoral defeat, washing of dirty linen in public, organisational disarray,
 arrow Radical Islam and America
American administrations have not addressed and perhaps did not understand the most fundamental issues of why we are at war against 'terrorism.
Letters to Editorarrow BNP man wins at last
The 'pro-Israel' lobbying group deprived the BNP-Jamaat nominated candidate SQC of the top post of OIC secretary general.
 arrow Budget fever
The budget has come, and is gone (for practical application). In the family, nobody is interested.
 arrow Bangladesh a weekly review
This week ended with an allegation by Mr. Mannan that Dhaka-10 by-election was unfair. He would take this to the court which is a very good move on his part.
 arrow Bimol Roy
I cannot check the temptation of adding a few more lines to what Mr. Robert Kader has said about the illustrious film director Bimol Roy in your daily of 29 June.
 arrow Network marketing
Network marketing is not a new idea across the world where a producer can easily reach the doorsteps of the end users without any advertising or sales agents.
 arrow Intra-party democracy
In kingly hubris, they even defy the verdict of high judiciary. The path to successful democracy is said to be turbulent, but it really is not meant to be turbulent.
 arrow A civil servant's salary
I have read with interest the interesting article entitled "How much we should we pay our civil servants?" (DS July 2nd 2004).
 arrow English medium schools
I really don't understand why there is such a fuss about English medium school fees. True, many schools overcharge the parents while hiring unqualified teachers.
 arrow A fellow reader's response
I am indeed thankful to Mr.
 arrow Killing of a journalist
Humayun Kabir Balu editor of the Dainik Janmabhumi and President of Khulna Press Club was killed when some miscreants hurled bomb on him while he was stepping down from his car in front of his residence
 arrow Consumers on CAB ride!
We have an ancient monument known as the CAB (Consumers Association of Bangladesh), which excels in the competition for holding posts, hobnobbing with the high-ups, and recognising only the press to
 arrow Act decisively
The four party alliance government is being criticised day-in day-out for its inept governance.

Kudos to the media, human-right activists and the civil society for exposing its mal-administration.

 arrow No benefit of doubt
Many feel that the AL in future may not get the benefit of doubt after the double-decker bus arson near Sheraton Hotel by unknown miscreants.
 arrow Mobile Mela
It needless to say that mobile phone has become an integral part of our daily life. Recently, a Mobile Mela was arranged at Sonargaon Hotel, sponsored by Grameen phone .
 arrow SQC
I have been following news, articles and letters published in the DS over the last few days.
Star Cityarrow Bapa to challenge roadwork through wetland
An environmentalist group is set to file a writ petition against the government in a couple of days in an effort to save Rampura-Hatirjheel-Begunbari, the last remaining water body in Dhaka.
 arrow His remnants terrorise neighbourhood
The absence of Pichchi Hannan has not stopped his men from terrorising Karwan Bazar, Rajabazar, Green Road, Kathalbagan and Panthapath areas.
 arrow Survival Uncertain

 arrow Drivers-muggers nexus robs autorickshaw passengers
Several gangs, robbing passengers in CNG autorick-shaws in connivance with the drivers, are active in the city.
 arrow Slum dwellers police wary
People living in the city's Kalyanpur slum have complained of constant police harassment.
 arrow Bakery blues!
The majority of bakeries in the capital produce low quality and hazardous food putting public health at risk.