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Front Pagearrow No pay to 6,000 primary teachers for a year
Some 6,000 primary school teachers have not received salary for over a year now due to bureaucratic tangles.
 arrow Agro-based industry gets big boost
The government will increase rebate on power tariff for agro-based industries to 20 percent from the present 15 percent from July 1.
 arrow Observers demand result cancellation
Election observer groups yesterday demanded cancellation of the results of July 1 Dhaka-10 by-polls 'for the sake of democracy as well as free and fair elections'.
 arrow Hasina sees govt hand in attack threat
Brushing aside the possibility of any international link with the recent threats of attack on her, Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the government has a hand in it.
 arrow CJs should have no monopoly on chief adviser's post
Former chief justices (CJs) should not have a monopoly on the post of chief adviser to the caretaker government, eminent jurist Barrister Amir-Ul Islam observed yesterday in the High Court.
 arrow Ministry tussle stalls manpower export to Greece
A tussle between two ministries has stalled the process of sending Bangladeshi workers to Greece for marine sector jobs, sources said.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men call counter rally to AL, 11-party
A large contingent of police was deployed in Bagmara yesterday after tension brewed up over the announcement of a Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) public meeting to counter the anti-terrorism rally
 arrow CID to submit charge sheet July 10
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will submit the charge sheet in the Ahsanullah Master MP murder case on July 10.
 arrow AL walks out for not taking issue seriously
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday staged a walkout of parliament accusing the government of not taking seriously 'threats of attack on the leader of the opposition'.
 arrow Mannan sues govt, army official for contempt
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Secretary General Abdul Mannan yesterday sued three secretaries and the acting principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division for contempt of court for not providing
 arrow Left untouched...

 arrow BTRC okays 23 more fixed phone licences
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to award 23 more fixed phone licences to private operators.
 arrow Keraniganj traders hem in cop station
More than 2,000 business people of Keraniganj yesterday laid siege to the local police station demanding trial of the killers of their fellow businessmen Delwar Hossain and Nasir Ali.
 arrow 10,000 murdered in 32 months
Lawmakers from across the political divide yesterday expressed concern at the downslide in law and order as the number of murders across the country rose to about 10,000 since the general elections in
 arrow US, UK embassies in Pakistan closed
British and US embassies in Islamabad closed for a second day yesterday after threatened attacks on Western diplomatic missions, spokesmen said.
 arrow UN warns Asia of 'Aids calamity'
The Aids epidemic is spreading unchecked throughout parts of Asia with more people infected with HIV in the region during 2003 than ever before, according to a United Nations report published yesterday.
 arrow 26 Iraqis, 3 Marines killed in violence
A car bomb exploded yesterday in Khalis, a town northeast of Baghdad, killing 13 people who were attending a funeral for the victims of a previous attack, hospital officials said.
 arrow Taherís 3 sons among 5 to die
A Laxmipur court yesterday handed down death sentence to five accused including former Laxmipur municipal chairman Abu Taher's three sons and life term to seven others for killing Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet
A metropolitan magistrate's court on Monday accepted charge sheet in journalist Manik Saha murder case.
 arrow Kerry picks Edwards for US race
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has picked North Carolina Senator John Edwards, "a champion for middle class Americans," as his vice presidential running mate.
 arrow Smugglers rough up 2 Rab men
Smugglers yesterday roughed up two Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) officials when they visited Panchabati to gather information on drug peddlers.
 arrow DB men rescue businessman
Detectives on Monday frustrated a scheme of four swindlers to cheat Tk 10 lakh out of a businessman.
 arrow Changes in admin
The government yesterday transferred five deputy commissioners, freshly appointed seven and made two others OSDs (Officers on Special Duty).
 arrow Brother-in-law turned lover kills teenage girl
Motijheel police last night recovered the rotten body of a teenage girl allegedly killed by her brother-in-law-turned-lover from a water container in his Shantinagar house.
 arrow Dwindling Danish aid not to harm current projects
Danish assistance to different development programmes in Bangladesh has shrunk but it would not adversely affect the ongoing development programmes here, said the Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Niels
 arrow Loan defaulter arrested
A loan defaulter was arrested on a court warrant on Monday night for non-repayment of loan of Tk 2 crore to Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited.
Businessarrow Tk 1021cr revenue shortfall despite reduced target
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has suffered a Tk 1,021 crore shortfall in revenue income against its reduced target of Tk 27,050 crore for the last financial year, thanks to evasive attitude of large
 arrow Petrobangla registers 11pc higher earning in 2003-04
Petrobangla's earning has gone up 10.93 percent to Tk 3,328 crore last fiscal year from Tk 3,000 crore in the previous financial year, a top Petrobangla official said.
 arrow CityCell starts community welfare programme
CityCell, one of the leading mobile phone operators of the country, yesterday launched a community care programme titled 'CityCell Changing Lives' providing some gifts to a voluntary organisation working
 arrow Garment exporters hail suggestions of NCC
Bangladesh Garment Manufac-turers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) has welcomed the National Co-ordination Council's (NCC) recommendation for setting up central bonded warehouse and urged the government
 arrow BGMEA offers common platform on the web
Understanding the importance to work together for surviving in the quota-free era, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has offered a common platform with other related trade
 arrow New world trade pact seen unlikely before 2007
A new trade pact that global financial institutions say would put vigour into the world economy is unlikely to be ready for at least another two years, trade sources and diplomats said Monday.
 arrow 15th Batexpo in October
The 15th version of Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo), the annual event of local garment manufacturers to woo foreign buyers, begins on October 6.
 arrow Training for shrimp depot owners held
Shrimp Seal of Quality (SSOQ) has held a training programme for shrimp depot owners in Khulna to improve hygiene and cleanliness in the shrimp export chain.
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of Asia Ins
Yussuf Abdullah Harun and Mahbubul Alam Talukder, sponsor shareholder directors of Asia Insurance Ltd, have been elected chairman and vice-chairman of the company.
 arrow 2nd Berger ColorBank Outlet in Sylhet
Berger Paints Limited opened its 2nd ColorBank at Tanni Color Corner at Kashtoghar in Sylhet on Sunday.
 arrow New DMD of Phoenix Leasing
Kazi Emdadul Hoque has been promoted to the rank of deputy managing director of Phoenix Leasing Company Limited. Prior to this position he was executive vice-president of the company.
 arrow WTO food importers for protecting key items
Ten countries that are net importers of agricultural products insisted Monday on the right to protect key goods even as WTO talks on dismantling trade barriers appeared to be making headway.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful straight down to business
Mohammad Ashraful celebrated a return to his favourite foreign land with a thumping hundred yesterday as Bangladesh secured a 29-run victory in their first warm-up match since reaching Colombo for the
 arrow Cricket: Tigers getting indoors soon
The days of cricketers not having proper indoor practice facilities will soon be a thing of the past when the national players return after completing in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Celebration city
Hundreds of thousands of frenetic fans welcomed surprise European champions Greece home from their victorious Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Andrews lift England
Andrew Flintoff and Andrew Strauss both scored hundreds as England posted an imposing 285 for seven in their NatWest Series one-day international against the West Indies at Lord's here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: WC fans may stay afloat
Floating hotels are set to help countries in the West Indies cope with the massive influx of cricket followers expected during the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Warne's mind game
Shane Warne is doubtful he can seize his best opportunity and deprive Muttiah Muralitharan of his world Test wickets record, but he's certain he has the upper hand on the Sri Lankan batsmen heading into
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova freezes Russia
Move over, Anna Kournikova.

Teenage sensation Maria Sharapova has replaced the glamour girl of tennis as Russia's newest sweetheart following her dream run to the Wimbledon title.

 arrow Football: Counting on shamans
Wearing a poncho and colored beads, Peruvian shaman Juan Osco took a swig from a bottle filled with unidentified herbs and sprayed the liquid over a soccer ball decorated with flags.
 arrow Football: 'Come home Otto'
Germany, knocked out at the group stage of Euro 2004, toasted Greek success under Otto Rehhagel on Monday but hoped that the German coach would soon return to rescue his own ailing national side.
 arrow Football: Figo pissed him off
The Spanish man who invaded the pitch in the final minutes of the Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece on Sunday said he was motivated by lingering anger over Portuguese star Luis Figo's transfer
 arrow Chess: Zia finishes Strongly
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman won his last round engagement against International Master Nikolay Andrianov to share the 11th to 15th positions in the 32nd World Chess Open in Philadelphia.
 arrow Football: BKSP Cup soccer
A Zahirul hattrick propelled Dhaka to an emphatic 6-1 thrashing over Barisal in the BKSP Cup under-16 football competition at the sports institute's football ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Amal meets Murad in final
Amal Roy and Murad Hossain set up a meeting in the men's singles final of the National Tennis Cham-pionship at the National Tennis Complex today.
 arrow Football: NFL's Tk 1.05 crore budget
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has approved a Tk 1.05 crore budget for the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League.

The amount is the largest for any local tournament held in the country.

 arrow Natíl judo on
Bangladesh Rifles dominated the opening day of the 25th National Judo Championship by securing six gold medals in the men's competition at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Premier squash
Bishu Nath, Ram Jagadish and Swapan Parvez won their respective Premier Division matches of the 2nd AP-AccessTel squash tournament at Dhaka Club Squash Court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Deco joins Barca
Portuguese midfield star Deco has signed a four-year deal with Barcelona, the Primera Liga side confirmed on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Bela serves legal notice on govt
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on the government seeking a halt to the earth filling in the Buriganga by Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) for
 arrow Shop owner shot, bomb attack on garment worker
A shop owner was shot by miscreants at Mohammadpur and a garment worker was injured in a bomb attack by unknown criminal at Panthapath in the city yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers threaten to continue strike
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday threatened to continue their work abstention programme for an indefinite period if their jobs were not nationalised by July 10.
 arrow ASOCIO team calls on president
A delegation of the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow A good start in women's empowerment
The Women Entrepreneurs Association (WEA) has launched a countrywide programme to train women on different vocations and businesses for their empowerment.
 arrow Help the hospital run
Patuakhali BNSB Eye Hospital, the lone modern eye hospital in Barisal division set up by a German donor agency, is now limping after over ten years' laudable service.
 arrow Deprived, depressed
The people of Harijon community (low caste Hindu who mostly work as cleaners) want to change in their life. But this is not easy for them because of social discrimination and lack of government response.
 arrow Traffickers have the last laugh
Ninety-three people including women and children arrested on Friday while being trafficked to India have finally been trafficked after their released by a court.
 arrow Woman UP member held on murder charge
A woman Union Parishad (UP) member was arrested by Uzirpur Thana police on Monday as a suspect of Jalla UP chairman Aboni Bhushan Baroi murder.

The arrested UP member is Jharna Roy,40.

 arrow Vow not to take dowry
Over 500 villagers at Kallankalas village in Galachipa upazila took oath at a public meeting on Monday not to take dowry during their sons or daughters marriages.
 arrow Presence of Joint forces camp in Shailkupa demanded
People staged a demonstration in Katlagari in Shailakupa on Monday demanding continued presence of joint forces in the outlaw-infested area.

The joint forces team was withdrawn from there Monday morning.

 arrow Complainant faces death threat in Daulatpur
Armed robbers on Sunday issued death threat to a complainant and his elder brother for filing a case against them.
 arrow Valuables looted by wife!
Wife and brother-in-law of a man ware arrested by Kotwali police on Monday for looting valuables worth two lakh taka from a house in Kawnia area here on Thursday.
 arrow 50 schools to be 'blacklisted'
Fifty secondary schools under Barisal Education Board will be blacklisted for debacle in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) result, according to Board sources.
Point-Counterpointarrow Thoughts on Election Commission
The by-election to Dhaka-10 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad is over. The four-party candidate, and a close aide of Prime Minister, Alhaj Mosaddeq Ali Falu has been declared elected.
 arrow Golam Mowla
Born on 23rd March in 1920 he passed away on 4th July 1984. Although many he his life was short lived; his achievements are more than what many of us can attain in two of our lifetimes.
 arrow American dissent: Ricardo Cortes
Ricardo Cortes is the founder of New York-based Magic Propaganda Mill. He is a political activist, drug-law reformer, anti-war activist and all-round creative personality.
Culturearrow Exchanging notes with Minu Haque
Minu Haque, one of the foremost exponents of classical dance in Bangladesh and a well- known cultural activist, was born in a family with a rich cultural background.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
A poor presentation by Drishtipat Natyadal
Many Bangladeshi playwrights have adapted 17th century French playwright JBP Moliere's popular play Le Medicine Malgre Lui

 arrow Faith and Identity
The on going exhibition at the Drik Gallery features 111 photographs by 15 young photographers. The display marks a different trend in photography.
 arrow Q & A
Tanveen Sweety, TV actress cum model, spoke to (TDS) recently about a range of issues. A glimpse of her views on her work and life.
Generalarrow SWAC launches website
The Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC), a non-governmental organisation, launched its website yesterday.

The website, www.swacbd.

 arrow Include HIV/AIDS issues in educational curriculum
The HIV/AIDS issues should be included extensively in school and college curriculum in order to create awareness among the students about the deadly disease, said the speakers at a workshop in the city
 arrow Govt plans to introduce MRP
The government plans to introduce sophisticated machine-readable passport (MRP) for the citizens of Bangladesh.
 arrow BCL threatens tough movement
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded withdrawal of the graft case against Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and former state minister and AL leader Obaidul Kader.
 arrow Children of stranded Pakistanis demand equal rights
The children of stranded Pakistanis yesterday demanded equal rights as Bangladeshi citizens.

"We are neither stranded nor Pakistanis.

 arrow Novartis Instt for Tropical Diseases opens in Singapore
Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) was opened in Singapore on July 5, says a press release.
 arrow 50pc of votes cast were false
Life, a non-government development organisation, in its report on the Dhaka-10 by-election held on July 1 said 50 per cent of the votes cast were false.
 arrow Madaripur BNP leader hurt in road accident
The convenor of Madaripur district BNP was critically injured in a road accident in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1,328 more held
Police arrested 1,328 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Prof Kamaluddin laid to rest
Prof. Kamaluddin Ahmad, an internationally renowned scientist, was laid to rest at Banani graveyard after his body was flown in to Dhaka yesterday.


Internationalarrow Six Palestinians, Israeli officer killed in clashes
Palestinian militants shot dead an Israeli special forces officer involved in a commando raid that killed two gunmen and two civilians in the West Bank yesterday, witnesses and military sources said.
 arrow 'Ancient Iraqi cities destroyed by US attacks, looting'
The last remains of some of mankind's earliest cities have virtually disappeared through unprecedented looting triggered by the US-led invasion of Iraq, experts said.
 arrow NDA boycotts Lok Sabha protesting presence of 'tainted ministers'
India's BJP-led opposition yesterday boycotted parliament protesting presence of "tainted" ministers in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but announced to abandon its decision to stall proceedings
 arrow WMD may never be found: Blair
Tony Blair has admitted that biological and chemical weapons, which he once insisted Saddam Hussein had primed for use, may never be found.
 arrow Musharraf links peace to resolution of Kashmir row
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has linked lasting peace in South Asia to the resolution of the festering Kashmir dispute with nuclear arch-rival India, reports said yesterday.
 arrow IAEA to press Israel to keep ME nuke free
UN nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei hopes to get Israel to begin talks on ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons, whether it admits to having them or not, when he flies to the Jewish stateyesterday.
 arrow Kidnapped US Marine freed in Iraq: Brother
Kidnappers in Iraq released yesterday a Lebanese-born US marine they were once thought to have decapitated, his brother said.
 arrow Lanka preparing for war, say Tigers
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas yesterday accused government forces of preparing for war in the island's volatile east after the killing of a rebel political activist.
 arrow Indonesia election set for run-off
Early indications show that retired General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is leading the race in Indonesia's presidential elections.

But his lead appears far short of that needed to avoid a run-off in September.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Budget implementation
Saifur Rahman's hard-sell budget has been adopted by the parliament with minor modifications that leave its overall fiscal size intact. A Tk 58,000 crore challenge, to be sure.
 arrow Editorial: Wrestling with fanaticism
We have noted with consternation the last-minute cancellation of a women's wrestling competition, under the threat of a little known religious organisation and an even less known individual.
 arrow Urban governance and mayors' demand
Mayors want more power" was an editorial title of an English daily. The subtitle to the editorial read: "Justified demand, needs urgent attention.
 arrow Just two words -- Shimla Mirchi
It is of course entirely coincidental that Pakistan will soon join India in making an IMF alumnus its Prime Minister.
 arrow Why so much money for garment owners and so little for workers?
Tk 3,000 crore fund for the garment industry. Tk 20 crore fund for retrenched workers.
Letters to Editorarrow Burden of portfolios
When I contemplate over the size of our present government, juxtaposing with the newly formed congress led UPA government in India, I really feel puzzled, may be for the moral consciousness of mind.
 arrow The Melody Queen
The write-up on Melody Queen Noorjehan was informative and took one down memory lane.
 arrow It's not a failed state
Hats off to you Mr. Editor ! you have echoed the voice of the nation.
 arrow Trial of Saddam Hussain
If President Bush and his defence secretary Rumsfeld can avoid facing trial simply by expressing "sorrows" to families of the Abu Ghraib prisoners for the brutalities and sexual abuses committed upon
 arrow One-currency Saarc?
The cat is out of the (Western) bag now ADB (Asian Development Bank) has informally suggested adoption of one currency in the Saarc region, as in the EU, for faster development of S Asia (break the gridlock).
 arrow Who is the top terrorist?
An anti-war South Korean angry protester held a placard saying, "Bush is No. 1 Terrorist". (25/06/2004, DS international page).
 arrow Shocking indeed!
We used to appreciate the attitude of the BNP law-makers, we praised Begum Khaleda Zia for her restrained utterances while Sheikh Hasina always disappointed us with her choice of words.
 arrow A neglected road
Nurer Chala is a densely populated area. It is situated just behind US Embassy's Ware House and Japanese School on Pragati Sarani. Nurer Chala is under Badda Thana and Bhatara Union.
 arrow The campus dilemma
All regimes are very keen on the development of education at all levels. The effort is very much visible, in the budget, and at the stone-laying foundation ceremonies.
 arrow Deaths in debris
It was 3:50 am. All the members of households were asleep at the building no 81 in Shankharibazar.
 arrow Post-budget thoughts
For the last few years, I have been watching the phenomena of post budget criticism.
 arrow Bangladesh in doldrums
After securing a record first place for consecutive three years as the most "corrupt state" enrolling itself as a "suspected terrorist state," failed state, state of disgrace, our country has added another
 arrow Spurious sovereignty!
Sovereignty is the supreme power of the state as well as the will of the nation organized in that very state.
 arrow Beheading of humans
I felt ashamed and greatly shocked when I saw the scene of Norman Berg being beheaded and Kim Sun crying out loud in vain to beg for his life.
StarTecharrow Nation's mark stamped on CDs
THE research and knowledge of Siddique Mahmudur Rahman, chief executive officer, Bangladesh Institute of Philatelic Studies, have helped him publish the first ever database and interactive multimediasoftware
 arrow Auto workshop site sets its sight on eco-ethics
The need for a high-tech car workshop able to provide complete care for a vehicle -- that too costing the environment nothing, has long been there.
 arrow Seminar on ICT job market trends and its future
Recently the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and Computer Club of East West University (EWU) jointly organised a seminar on "ICT Job Market Trends and Future Direction", says a press release.
 arrow HP declares 2004 as 'Year of Colour'
HP has announced a broad initiative to drive colour maintenance across all customer markets in Asia.
 arrow Asocio officers meet 2004
The three-day officers' meeting of the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (Asocio) is being held from July 5 to 7 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow Turtles return home
The turtles of rare species who fell sick from poison on the pond of the shrine of Hazrat Bayezid Bostami have returned to their abode recently and started life anew.
 arrow Mugging on rise in city
Incidents of mugging increased at an alarming rate in the port city of Chittagong in last one month.

But Chittagong Metropolitan Police failed to arrest most of the criminals during the period.

 arrow River turns into nightmare

Star Cityarrow Lake development plan still shelved
The Lake Development Project of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Uttara has remained pending with the Planning Commission since the submission of the project concept paper by Rajuk in 2000.
 arrow 26 Dhaka Zoo inmates count their last days
At least 26 animals awaiting death due to old age at the Dhaka National Zoo in Mirpur.

"Life expectancy for those in captivity is far below than those living freely," said a zoo official.

 arrow Community policing changes Lalmatia
Lalmatia has become a better place to live for its 40,000 residents thanks to the introduction of community police in the area.
 arrow DCC plans big on civic amenities
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has a massive plan to increase civic amenities including setting up of graveyards and crematoriums, community centres and developing parks this fiscal year.
 arrow E-mail from your cell
Two third year students of the Department of ComputerScience and Engineering of Dhaka University have come up with a mobile e-mailer programme that can send and receive emails directly through a cellphone
 arrow Nothing but remainder of the green
Most parks and open spaces in Old Dhaka have virtually turned wastelands, parking spaces of pushcarts and rickshaw vans and safe havens for drug peddlers, addicts and other criminals, worsening the acute