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Front Pagearrow Auditor general seeks JS cover in rail graft probe
Comptroller and Auditor General (Cag) Asif Ali yesterday sought protection of the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of the Jatiya Sangsad against violation of the constitutional rights of his office bythe
 arrow Stop anomalies or face fund cut
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday warned of a cut in budget allocations if the secretaries fail to take immediate steps against serious financial irregularities found during audit in their ministries.
 arrow 1,435 defence men forced to retire, fired
A total of 1,436 army, navy and airforce personnel have been forced to retire or dismissed on disciplinary and administrative grounds from October 1, 2001 to June 15 this year.
 arrow Saving their fishes...

 arrow No plan to ban hartal: Bhuiyan
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a noisy debate for about half an hour as lawmakers of ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) traded allegations against each other of violation of fundamental
 arrow HC questions provision's constitutional basis
The High Court yesterday asked the government to reply in two weeks as to why Section 124A of Bangladesh Penal Code that deals with sedition should not be declared unconstitutional.
 arrow Govt seeks acquittal of six drug peddlers
A government counsel has sought acquittal of six charge-sheeted accused in a drug peddling case filed by the Department of Narcotics on instructions from the home ministry.
 arrow HC rejects judge's writ petition
The High Court yesterday rejected the writ petition filed by a speedy trial tribunal judge complaining of pressure on him by two public prosecutors to release certain criminals.
 arrow AL raises F-28 'kickback' in JS
An opposition lawmaker yesterday wanted to know about alleged kickbacks from the purchase of two F-28 aircraft for the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
 arrow JS sits without quorum
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday ran the House without quorum for about 10 minutes even after an opposition whip drew his attention to the crisis.
 arrow Hasina receives threats by phone
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina received repeated threats that said she would come under attack either in Istanbul, the place she was visiting, or in Dhaka on her return.
 arrow Saifur asks banks to file money loan cases against top defaulters
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to take necessary steps making sure that the lending rate for new entrepreneurs do not rise on default loans.
 arrow Bac files twin graft cases against Jalil
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) yesterday filed two cases against Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil on charges of embezzling loans and legalising illegal income amounting to about Tk
 arrow PM wants stricter security for VVIPs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday suggested an integrated security system for the dignitaries through coordination among the relevant institutions.
 arrow Floods in south take turn for the worse
Flood situation in Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna districts has rapidly deteriorated in last 48 hours leaving thousands of people stranded in a vast area inundated under floodwater.
 arrow Iraq cleric renews resistance call
Militant Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led an April uprising that left hundreds dead, called Iraq's new interim government "illegitimate" and pledged to resist occupation forces to the "last drop of
 arrow Saturn's moon Titan appears dry
Scientists released what they called the best pictures yet of the frozen surface of Saturn's enormous moon Titan but said they were puzzled that the Cassini spacecraft hadn't glimpsed any evidence ofliquids.
 arrow 4 Biman staff suspended on probe finds
Biman authorities yesterday suspended four of its staff in the wake of Friday's food poisoning on the Jeddah-Dhaka Biman flight that left some 50 passengers sick.
 arrow Iran warns US of global retaliation if attacked
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States yesterday that any attack on the Islamic republic's interests would be met with a global response.
 arrow ICC leaves out United States
The United States will not host any of the matches in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, the International Cricket Council said on Monday.
 arrow Grazing on the forbidden zone

 arrow Blast sues govt for Tk 29 crore compensation
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast) yesterday brought a Tk 29-crore compensation suit against the government for victims of the MV Nasreen-1 capsized in the Meghna in July 2003.
 arrow Allegations of JMJB cadre release to be probed: DIG
Deputy Inspector General of Rajshahi range police Noor Muhammad yesterday said the allegations of release of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres by the police would be probed.
 arrow Hearing on Charge-framing adjourned
The hearing on charge-framing of the largest ever arms haul could not be held yesterday due to reported illness of the investigating officer (IO) of the case.
 arrow Teenage Khulna dowry victim fights for life at DMCH
A teenage housewife of Khalishpur in Khulna, whose husband and in-laws burnt her on June 26 for failing to pay Tk 1.5 lakh in dowry, is staring at death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow JCD and ICS accuse 400 activists in 5 cases
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) yesterday filed five cases against each other, accusing 100 identified and 300 unidentified activists after clashes at Rajshahi Polytechnic
 arrow KU Teachers Association begins class Boycott
Khulna University Teachers Association (Kuta) yesterday decided to boycott classes until unruly students who went on rampage at the vice-chancellor's (VC) house Sunday are brought to book.
 arrow Cops rescue abducted trader
Police yesterday rescued a shrimp trader abducted on June 30 in Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira for ransom.
 arrow Nepal's PM new govt
Nepal's King Gyanendra yesterday approved a 31-member Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, the palace announced.
 arrow Stress can be good for body: Study
Getting stressed now and again may be good for your health, research suggests.

A short burst of stress, such as that caused by sitting an exam, may strengthen your body's immune system.

Businessarrow Chinese dominance threatens apparel exporters
China has emerged as the biggest threat for Bangladesh and other apparel exporting countries as its domination of the world's textile market is heading towards an unassailable height with the abolition
 arrow Remittance from KL halves in past 5 yrs
Remittance earnings from Malaysia declined by more than 50 percent in half a decade with no new recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in the Southeast Asian country over the last seven years.
 arrow Hong Kong textile firms see gains from quota scrapping
As the world textile industry gears up for the abolition of export quotas in January, Hong Kong firms are expanding, seeking to capitalise on an expected shift in global textile manufacturing to China
 arrow New hygiene technology for food processing plants
A local company yesterday introduced a device in Bangladesh market that will help food processing industries keep their production areas bacteria-free.
 arrow Annual fruit, Vegetable export earnings can fetch Tk 1,000cr
The country's 350 listed fruit and vegetable exporters earn over Tk 300 crore annually and the export earnings can be raised to Tk 1,000 crore.
 arrow Unocal supports Brac's rural IT project in Moulvibazar
Unocal Bangladesh Limited has extended its support to Brac's Rural Information Technology Project in Moulvibazar district.
 arrow Southeast Bank Extends Tk 50m credit to Vanik Bangladesh
Southeast Bank Limited (SBL) has extended Tk 50 million second credit line to Vanik Bangladesh Limited (VBL) to finance its business activities.
 arrow New chairman of Prime Finance
Md Nader Khan, chairman of Pedrollo Group of Companies, has been elected chairman of Prime Finance & Investment Limited, a multi-product non-banking financial institution, says a press release.
 arrow QC Container launches service in Dubai
QC Container Line Limited has launched its service in Dubai.

Managing Director of the company Jamal Uddin Quader Chowdhury inaugurated the service in Dubai on Sunday, says a press release.

 arrow Biman poultry complex earns Tk 1.42cr profit
Bangladesh Biman Poultry Complex made a net profit of Tk 1.42 crore during 2003-04 fiscal year, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow IBBL opens New branch at Santhia
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) opened a branch at Santhia in Pabna district on Saturday.

Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

 arrow Rakub earns Tk 17cr profit in 2003-04
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (Rakub) earned Tk 17.12 crore operational profit in the just-ended financial year 2003-04.
 arrow Emirates starts new service to Australia-NZ
Emirates launched its Dubai-Melbourne-Christchurch service on Thursday.

The airline is operating three flights a week departing Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

 arrow China, Gulf states to sign free trade pact
China will sign a trade and economic cooperation pact with a bloc of Gulf Arab states and start talks on a free trade agreement this week as it seeks to secure sources of oil and broaden its trade relationships.
Sportsarrow Football: Glorious Greek odyssey
Arms a pumping, Greek coach Otto Rehhagel raced onto the pitch after Sunday's against the odds Euro 2004 triumph over hosts Portugal at the speed which would have done justice to a man less than halfhis
 arrow Football: 'Hey Europe, we belong!'
Greeks hope their national team's stunning conquest of the European football championship has quashed doubts abroad about the country's ability to stage the Athens Olympics next month.
 arrow Football: Federer humbled by achievement
The front page headlines spread out before him, a broad, white smile crept across Roger Federer's face.

"I'm so proud...

 arrow Cricket: Tigers go into action today
Bangladesh will play their first practice match in Sri Lanka today against a combined eleven at Police Park ground in Colombo.
 arrow Football: Low key Copa from tomorrow
World champions Brazil have all but admitted they will only go through the motions in the Copa America which kicks off here on Tuesday.

"The Copa America is simply a fixture in the calendar.

 arrow Cricket: Coach calls 'em sleeping giants
Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's new coach, has described the team as the "sleeping giants" of cricket and expressed confidence in their potential to beat just about anybody.
 arrow Football: Blame it on the winners!
Portugal's shell-shocked players could not resist firing some barbs at their Euro 2004 final conquerers Greece, accusing Otto Rehhagel's side of boring their way to the title.
 arrow Football: MSC retain Ctg league title
Mohammedan Sporting Club retained the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League title with a match in hand when the local giants drew goalless with City Corporation Ekadash at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Solid start for BKSP boys
Both BKSP selections made flying starts in the BKSP Cup under-16 football tournament, which began at the country's lone sports institute ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Squash results
Bhola Lal Chauhan recorded a comfortable 9-1, 9-3, 9-4 victory over Mohit Chauhan in a Premier Division match of the AP-AccessTel Squash Tournament at the Dhaka Club squash court yesterday.
 arrow National judo from today
The 25th National Judo Cham-pionship begins today at the National Sports Complex gymnasium with 218 judokas competing in 20 weight categories.
 arrow Chess: Zia draws again
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman earned four points after end of the sixth round of the 32nd World Open Chess in Philadelphia yesterday.

The Bangladesh GM drew with IM Dean J Ippolito.

 arrow Tennis: Amal Roy on course
Top seed Amal Roy reached the semifinals of the National Tennis Championship when he won a five-set thriller against Ranjan Ram at the National tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rangpur named NFL hosts
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally named Rangpur as one of the hosts of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League finals.
 arrow Football: Angel becomes Hercules
In Athens they call him 'The Angel of Greece' and at Werder Bremen he is simply 'Harry' but his winning goal in Sunday's Euro 2004 final against Portugal means Angelos Charisteas will be forever known
 arrow Football: Never felt this great
Only seconds after the final whistle at Euro 2004 on Sunday, flares detonated, church bells rang and car honks reverberated throughout Greece in a prelude to the biggest party the nation has ever seen.
 arrow Football: Down but not out
Portugal's press had words of praise and comfort for the national squad despite their disappointing 1-0 loss to Greece in the Euro 2004 final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: King Agamemnon returns
The Greek called Theo best known abroad used to be Theo Kojak, the fictional lollipop-sucking bald chief of detectives in a New York precinct - on Sunday Greek captain Theo Zagorakis took that mantleoff
 arrow Football: Not the moment
Portugal skipper Luis Figo said on Sunday he was unsure if his country's defeat by Greece in the Euro 2004 final would bring down the curtain on his international career.
Metropolitanarrow Discharge duties with pride, sincerity
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon President Guard Regiment (PGR) personnel to uphold its attained lofty image and discharge their duties with pride and sincerity.
 arrow Pry school teachers continue work abstention
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association (BNPTA) continued their work abstention programme across the country for the third consecutive day yesterday demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow 'Graft case filed against Hasina to foil movement'
Awami League (AL) presidium member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the government filed the false graft case against Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina to foil the ongoing mass movement
 arrow 1296 more held
Police arrested 1,296 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow An example for youths
Educated youth Abdullah Omar is an example for many like him in Bhola. She has started earning good profit from his orchard and fishery project.
 arrow Rift widens in Satkhira AL
Discontent and frustration is growing in the rank and file of Satkhira district Awami League as a district council has not been held in about four year after formation of a convening committee, partysources
 arrow Project unutilised due to 'political pressure'
A project to supply arsenic-free water in Kolaroa municipality is unutilised after completion to most of the work.

The Tk 18 lakh project was scheduled to be commissioned in May this year.

 arrow Team to quiz Barguna Islamic militants
A team has been formed headed by the Barguna Additional Police Superintendent (circle) to interrogate 27 of the 33 Islamic militants now in Barguna jail, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow 'RAB ready to jump on terrorists as per list’
A 140-member team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is now in Khulna to launch anti-terrorism operations in South-Western districts.
 arrow 'Controversial' RU recruits agitate on campus
The 'controversially recruited' employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on the campus and announced a six-day agitation program beginning today to press
 arrow Pirates abduct 40 fishermen from Dublar Char
Armed pirates took 40 fishermen along with three trawlers hostage from Dublar Char in the Sundarbans on Saturday.
 arrow Tala BNP leader murder case sent to CID
The Tala thana BNP leader Altaf Hossaina murder case was transferred to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Sunday for investigation.
 arrow RU BCL protests 'false' graft case against Hasina
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on Rajshahi University (RU) campus protesting filing of a "false" graft case against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina
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Point-Counterpointarrow Global economic order and developing countries
For the developing countries the emerging global economic order is not a golden win-win situation. Over one billion people earn less than $1 per day, and their numbers are growing.
 arrow Earthquake hazard : Dhaka city perspective
A sudden, transient motion or trembling in the earth's crust, resulting from the propagation of seismic waves caused by faulting of the rocks either at shallow and/or deeper depths is known as earthquake.
Culturearrow In conversation with Shobhaa De
Happy to be here after a year's gap is Shobhaa De, the redoubtable editor, author of several best selling books and television serials, committed parent and newspaper columnist.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Babar Biye: Lukewarm audience response
A Padadhowni Theatre production
Adapted from Indian playwright Rajdoot's comedy, Babar Biye by Manir Hossain homes in on the social

 arrow Valiant parade of colours
Masuma Khan, who has been drawing since the age of three, has always wanted to be an artist.
Generalarrow Resume BRTC bus service in N-dists
The North Bengal Passengers' Welfare Association yesterday demanded immediate resumption of the state-owned bus service in the northern region of the country.
 arrow Call for persuasive policy to stop influx of Rohingyas
Civil society members at a discussion yesterday called for a persuasive policy towards Myanmar to stop 'continuous' influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh and ensure repatriation of the refugees.
 arrow 2.25 lakh leave country as migrant workers a year
Around 225,000 people leave the country every year through official channel as migrant workers, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

They said about US $ 3.

 arrow Indigenous women urged to unite to fight repression
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the indigenous women to unite to fight all forms of social repression they are facing.
 arrow CIRDAP celebrates silver jubilee
Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) celebrated its silver jubilee at a function in the city yesterday with the motto 'Fighting Poverty Together for Rural Development'.
 arrow Harris admits irregularities, says Saber
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said prime minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury had to recognise the fact that there were irregularities
 arrow Be objective to reach truth
Journalists, while performing their professional duties, must be objective to reach the truth, said Jai Jai Din Editor Shafik Rehman at a training programme in the city yesterday.
 arrow AAA website launched
The American Alumni Association (AAA) celebrated the US Independence Day with a dinner and live music by Pentagon, a music band, at the Blue Grass Café in the city on Friday.
 arrow Tk30 lakh for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital
Dhaka Bank yesterday donated Tk 30 lakh for a 10-bed cabin of the proposed Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Ex-general frontrunner as Indonesia votes in presidential polls
Millions of Indonesians across the world's largest archipelago voted yesterday in their first direct presidential election, with ex-general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono confident of winning most votes but
 arrow Iraq delays security law announcement
Iraq's interim government yesterday again postponed an announcement on a security law to curb insurgents but gave no explanation for the latest delay.
 arrow 14 killed, separatists arrested in Kashmir
Fourteen people have been killed in fresh separatist-linked violence in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday, bringing to 49 the number of people who have died violently in the restive state in the past
 arrow Asian states warned of chemical attacks
Asian governments were warned yesterday to prepare for possible chemical or biological terrorism after a manual on launching such attacks was discovered recently in the Philippines.
 arrow Israeli helicopters strike Gaza targets
Israeli helicopter gunships staged late night air strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip amid high-level talks with Egypt about the pullout from the Palestinian territory next year.
 arrow Maoist rebels kill 12 policemen in Nepal
Twelve policemen and a civilian were killed when a police vehicle tripped a landmine planted by Maoist rebels in southern Nepal early yesterday, police said.
 arrow China, India become focus of AIDS battle
Three Asian countries that are alone home to 40 percent of humanity are at risk of seeing the HIV/AIDS epidemic jumping from narrow risk groups into the broader population, experts warn.
 arrow US spirit of freedom can change world
President Bush, buffeted by slumping approval ratings over Iraq, visited the campaign battleground of West Virginia Sunday to deliver an Independence Day message brimming with confidence and optimismabout
 arrow Vajpayee moves to new home
After spending nearly six years at 7, Race Course Road, former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee moved to his new residence at 6-A Krishna Menon Marg Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Preparing for post-MFA world
One point eight million people are employed in the RMG sector, which brings in more than $5 billion a year in export earnings, with an estimated 15 million more in related industries.
 arrow Editorial: Euro 2004
Euro 2004 had uncorked too many surprises, as the favourites crumbled one after another before the lesser teams. And the two sides that reached the final were indeed strangers to that level of the game.
 arrow The relevance of understanding Islam
Islam is a revealed religion like Judaism and Christianity. All these great revealed religions trace their common root to Ibrahim (Abraham) Khalil Ullah (Friend of Allah) who lived around 1900-2200 BC.
 arrow Is America a democracy or a plutocracy?
Sometimes one has to wonder whether America is truly a democracy (ruled by the citizens) or a plutocracy (ruled by the wealthy).
Letters to Editorarrow Welcome the new politics
The electrocution of the general elections in India is sending some signals to the political leaders in the Saarc region (and abroad).
 arrow Monsoon
This year also the faithful (and unscientific!) monsoon arrived in sonar Bangla in due timethe second week of June, as I have been noticing throughout my lifetime for a number of decades.
 arrow Air-conditioned clothes!
When we travel abroad, the credibility rating of us individuals is on the low side, as we come from under-developed countries.