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Front Pagearrow Court stops move to gag media, denies stay prayer
The Appellate Division yesterday turned down a plea to ban media reports on constructions on the Sangsad Bhaban complex minutes after it also did not grant another prayer for a stay on a High Court order
 arrow Record unapproved projects plague ADP
A record 38 percent of the schemes under the new Annual Development Programme (ADP) are unapproved ones, in blatant contradiction to the recommendations made by Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc).
 arrow Bikalpa men carry 'coffin' to HC gate to slate rigging
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday staged demonstrations at the main entrance to the High Court (HC) building, carrying a coffin and a scale to protest what it said were death of democracy and
 arrow Tk 390cr edn plan approved
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved a Tk 390-crore Reaching Out-of-School Children Project to provide primary education to some 20 lakh children, mostly
 arrow Democracy helped, judiciary harmed
The 13th amendment to the constitution has helped democracy but harmed the judiciary, said Barrister Rafique Ul Huq yesterday before a larger bench of the High Court (HC) on the writ petition againstthe
 arrow Cairn plans increase in Sangu gas production
British oil major Cairn plans to undertake a number of programmes to bump up its gas production in Sangu offshore gas field from the present 140 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) to 200mmcfd by the second
 arrow Attempt slammed
The government's plea for embargo on media coverage of the hearing on the stay order against the High Court's declaration of construction of the speaker and deputy speaker's houses in the parliament complex
 arrow Rab rescues 14 girls, nabs 11 traffickers
A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team yesterday rescued 14 girls and held 11 suspected traffickers in the capital's Baridhara area.
 arrow Airbus, Boeing vie for Biman expansion plan
In response to a Biman Bangladesh Airlines' invitation, aircraft manufacturing giants Boeing and Airbus recently have submitted proposals to supply long-range aircraft including two wide-bodied, new generation
 arrow Blast shatters 2 yrs of Lankan silence
Five people were killed and 11 wounded when a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up in a police station in the Sri Lankan capital yesterday, shattering more than two years of relative peace.
 arrow Auditor general lodges appeal with JS body for protection
Comptroller and Auditor General (Cag) Asif Ali yesterday lodged an appeal with the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of the Jatiya Sangsad seeking its protection against violation of the constitutionalrights
 arrow Khaleda doubts death threat to Hasina
Expressing doubt over reported threat to the life of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said people questioned its truthfulness as it was issued abroad when it
 arrow Unite to resist JMJB
Speakers from the Bhabaniganj rally against terrorism and communalism in Bagmara yesterday called upon people to build united resistance against the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB).
 arrow 22 soldiers Maoists die in Nepal clash
At least 22 security personnel and Maoist rebels have been killed in a prolonged battle in western Nepal, the military says.
 arrow Marine academy students to be allowed to take job in Greece
Manpower export to Greece is likely to begin soon as the tussle between two ministries that stalled the process ended yesterday.
 arrow 'Rescue team' heads for Ctg to fix F28 engine
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday sent a 'rescue team' of nine engineers and a spare engine to Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport to fix the newly procured F28 aircraft' engine that went out
 arrow Speaker denies promised floor to AL
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday promised Awami League (AL) deputies floor, but adjourned parliament half an hour later without listening to the main opposition acting under what the AL claimed was
 arrow Man shown held in Balu Murder case
A man, who was held on charge of the June 23 bomb attack on Khulna policemen, was shown arrested in the local Daily Janmabhumi Editor Humayun Kabir Balu murder case yesterday.
 arrow Pakistani's Bail cancelled in heroin haul case
A court yesterday rejected the bail order of a Pakistani national accused in the sensational 24-kilogram heroin haul case, just two days after he was granted bail.
 arrow Burnt housewife dies at DMCH
A young housewife of Shiddhirganj in Narayanganj, who suffered severe burns, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday after struggling seven days for life.
 arrow Launch victim relatives for steps to stop faulty launch plying
Relatives of the victims of the launch disaster that left several hundred killed this day last year and civil society members from the coastal region yesterday jointly raised their voice to demand immediate
 arrow Iraq brings in tough security laws
A heavy gunbattle broke out on the streets of central Baghdad yesterday morning as insurgents shot at Iraqi national guards and US soldiers, supported by helicopters, minutes before the announcement of
Businessarrow FTA can boost trade with Bangladesh: Thai envoy
Thai Ambassador in Dhaka Pithak Phrombubpha yesterday said trade between Thailand and Bangladesh can make significant improvement through a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow Shop owners observe one-hour token strike
Shop owners in Dhaka city kept their shutters down for an hour yesterday to protest the government decision to entrust the junior ranking VAT officials with the authority to arrest anyone from the spot
 arrow Ecnec okays Tk 1,275cr development projects
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved 12 development projects, mainly in infrastructure sector, with an outlay of Tk 1,275 crore, including Tk 753 crore in projectaid.
 arrow BKMEA asks govt to allow yarn import thru' Benapole
Knitwear manufacturers have again urged the government to allow yarn import through Benapole land port which they said will help cut their production cost and thus give them a competitive edge in thequota-free
 arrow Central bonded warehouse to hurt textile sector: BTMA
The textile sector is ready to face the challenges of upcoming globalisation with the help of government policies but the proposed central bonded-warehouse will throw it to doldrums, said Chairman ofthe
 arrow Siemens introduces two 'intelligent' cellphone sets
In its pursuit to become global leader, Siemens recently launched two 'intelligent' mobile handsets which the German electronic giant bills as a complete solution to users' communication, business and
 arrow Petrobangla to be further strengthened, PM tells parliament
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said in parliament that the state-run Petrobangla would be further strengthened, according to necessity, for future exploration of gas in the country.
 arrow Ceramic ware can fetch $100m by ’08, industry owners say
Export income from ceramic wares can be boosted above US$ 100 million annually by 2008 from last fiscal year's turnover of US$ 28 million if this industry is designated as a 'thrust sector' in the government's
 arrow Winners of Meril Soap lottery get prizes
Square Toiletries Limited handed over the prizes of Meril Beauty Soap Baishakhi Lottery on Monday in Dhaka among the winners, says a press release.
 arrow Janata Bank gets The Banker Award 2004
Janata Bank has been awarded as 'The Bank of the year 2004 in Bangladesh' by a London based financial magazine ‘The Banker’ of the Financial Times Group for the second consecutive year.
 arrow US slaps duties on shrimp from China, Vietnam up to 112pc
The United States slapped punitive duties on shrimp from China and Vietnam on Tuesday, saying a preliminary investigation showed the two countries were "dumping" at artificially low prices.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar's men safe
The Bangladesh national cricketers, who are now in Sri Lanka preparing for the Asia Cup starting July 16, were safe and sound and not shaken by the suicidal bomb blast in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka giants want time
Lack of preparation was the main concern for the big guns ahead of the 12-team final round of the fourth Nitol-Tata Na-tional Football League due to be held at four different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan back for India
Prolific off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Wednesday named in India's 14-man squad for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka later this month, ending a seven-month absence from international cricket due to a finger
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib in Asia Cup side
Pakistan on Wednesday announced a 14-member squad for the defence of their Asia Cup crown due to start in Sri Lanka next week.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle ousts England
Chris Gayle's 132 not out in his 100th one-day international took West Indies into the Natwest Series final with a seven-wicket win against England at Lord's here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: JFA boost for juvenile soccer
Japan Football Association (JFA) will assist its Bangladesh counterpart in staging the Under-16 Youth Football Championship in September this year, said JFA's international committee member Ichiro Fujita.
 arrow Cricket: Lara can't for Eng Tests
West Indies captain Brian Lara said he hoped his side's NatWest Series wins over England would inspire them for their forthcoming Test campaign.
 arrow Cricket: Get under the bouncer
Experienced Test opener Sanath Jayasuriya has urged Sri Lanka's batsmen to ignore talk of being 'bounced out' of the second cricket Test against Australia here this week.
 arrow Tennis: Federer moves up
Double Wimbledon winner Roger Federer hammered his way into the second round of the 544,750-euro (669,000-dollar) Swiss Open Tuesday, fulfilling his role as home hero with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over German
 arrow Tennis: Blake, Rusedski advance
James Blake posted a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Belgian Dick Norman on Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Championships, his first match in more than two months due to a neck injury.
 arrow Football: Hosts thank Palacios
Peru substitute Roberto Palacios produced a spectacular volley to salvage a 2-2 draw for the Copa America hosts against outsiders Bolivia on the opening day of the tournament on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kleberson out of opener
Brazilian midfielder Kleberson is almost certain to miss the world champions' opening game in the Copa America after straining a thigh muscle during training on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Too close for comfort!
World Cup winning coaches Cesar Luis Menotti and Carlos Bilardo, whose intense rivalry has often split Argentine football, sat metres away from each other after sharing the same flight to Argentina'sCopa
 arrow Football: Deco unveiled
Spanish side Barcelona on Tuesday officially presented their latest signing - Portuguese international midfield star Deco.
 arrow Football: Baros interests Real
Milan Baros, top scorer at Euro 2004, confirmed Wednesday that Real Madrid had made an offer to his English Premiership club Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Reiziger pulls for Kluivert
Middlesbrough's new recruit Michael Reiziger is sure his Holland and former Barcelona colleague Patrick Kluivert can be a hit in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: CCC, Abahani to fight for 2nd place
Milon kept Chittagong City Corporation Ekadash's hopes to become runners-up in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League alive when he scored the goal in a 1-0 win over Regency Sports Club in the last
 arrow Football: BKSP Greens group champs
BKSP Greens emerged group champions when they recorded a 3-1 win over India's SSSA in the last group match in the BKSP Cup Under- 16 football tournament at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Premier squash
Omar Bhai, Deepak Chauhan, Ram Gopal and Sentu Chauhan won their respective Premier Division matches of the 2nd AP-AccessTel Open squash tournament at Dhaka Club Squash Court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Scotland, Ireland invite Tigers
The Scottish Cricket Limited and Ireland Cricket Union have invited Bangladesh to play a few limited-overs practice matches before the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Tennis: Nat'l tennis final today
The men's singles final of the National Tennis Championship was postponed yesterday due to rain.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Nawabpur KC moved into the 10-team super league of the Shinepukur 21st Pioneer Football League with a 2-2 draw against Khilgaon Jubo Sangha in the central zone match at the Basabo Tarun Sangha groundyesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP keep Losing
BKSP hockey team, now touring in India on invitation of Air India Academy, have lost first two exhibition matches in Delhi.
Metropolitanarrow Body of Maj Shahjahan arrives
The body of Major Mohammad Shahjahan, killed in a helicopter crash in Sierra Leone with 24 other personnel on June 29, was flown in to Dhaka yesterday by a UN flag-carrier aircraft.
 arrow DU teachers, students protest killing of Balu
Teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus protesting the killing of Khulna Press Club President and the Janmabhumi Editor Humayun Kabir Balu.
 arrow One TTI to be set up in each upazila
The government has decided to set up one Technical Training Institute (TTI) in each upazila of the 64 districts to provide effective training to build skilled manpowers.
 arrow Malaysia to recruit Bangladeshis again: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Malaysia has agreed to take manpower from Bangladesh again after a gap of seven years.
 arrow Iranian minister calls on DU VC
Iranian Education Minister Morteza Haji yesterday called on Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof. SMA Faiz at his office in the city.
 arrow Rotarian team to visit Denmark in August
Rotary District of 3280 Bangladesh will send a group study exchange team of young businessmen and professionals to a Rotary District of Denmark in August.
 arrow One caught with revolver
A robber was caught with a revolver by local people when a gang of four entered a businessman's house at Sutrapur in Old Dhaka yesterday to commit robbery.
 arrow 1253 more held
Police arrested 1,253 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Bumper jute output likely in N dists
A bumper production of jute is likely this year in the northern region of the country due to favorable weather conditions, official sources said here.
 arrow Save Patuakhali town
Most areas of Patuakhali town go under water during flood or high tide while an embankment-cum-drainage project taken up seven years ago is yet to be implemented.
 arrow Age no bar to widow Aleya
Widow Aleya Begum had hard days in feeding her two boys and one daughter after her soldier husband's death about four years back.

Age was no bar for 50 year-old Aleya. She is now well off.

 arrow Industrial town will be set up in Satkhira
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman has said a party is hatching conspiracy to dislodged the elected Four-Party Alliance government.
 arrow When fortune smiles
NETRAKONA: Momruj Ali is no more but people of Raghurampur area in Mymensingh Sadar still remember him.
 arrow Alleged abductor freed from thana
One person, arrested on abduction charge, has been released from Koshba thana.

This created tension in the area.

 arrow UP chairman, relief official sued for stealing VGF rice
The Burean of Anti-corruption has filed a case with Shaghata thana against a Union Parishad chairman and a relief official for alleged misappropriation of 60 bags rice allocated under Vulnarable Group
 arrow Seized trawler sinks, coast guard missing
A Cost Guard member is missing as a trawler seized with alleged illegal logs sank in Kacha river at Darul Huda near Vandaria in Pirojpur district while it was being towed to Mongla on Tuesday.
 arrow Balu murder: UP Member held for questioning
A Union Parishad (UP) member was arrested on Monday in connection with Dainik Janmabhumi editor Humayun Kabir Balu murder case.
 arrow 338 killed in six months in 10 S-W dists
Three hundred thirty eight murders were committed in 10 districts of south-western (S-W) region in last six months.

The figure includes 50 murders in Khulna city and 39 in Khulna district.

Point-Counterpointarrow Rickshaws are an early 21st century solution
Ultimately, like you, I do not want to see rickshaws on the streets of Dhaka in 2015. Rickshaw pullers will also tell you that they do not want to make a living in such an inhuman way.
Culturearrow Jamal's Gallery
For artists, galleries play a key role --next only to their own creations.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Aamar Shantan Aamar Aanchal
A play with an anti-terrorism ethos
After two below quality productions, theatre goers were in for a welcome break.

 arrow Poetry that inspires
Poems can inspire great things.
 arrow Tagore's Shasti sponsored by HSBC
Minister of Information M Shamsul Islam,as the chief guest, formally inaugurated the 'Shuvo Maharot' of the film Shasti recently, says a press release.
 arrow An annual art show of remarkable promise
Art for art's sake? No! Art is a vast canvas that encompasses all facets of the human existence and requires a meticulous and guided journey through life's understandings, its elations and its pitfalls;
Generalarrow Trader carrying explosive materials lynched
A mob lynched a trader at Khulna bazar on Tuesday night after he was found carrying a huge quantity of explosive materials.

Saidul Islam Morol, 35, a spice seller, came under attack at around 10.

 arrow Keep UPs out of politics to ensure development
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to strengthen the Union Parishad (UP) with a view to ensuring development at grassroots level.
 arrow Tanneries to be shifted to Savar: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the tannery industry at Hazaribagh in the capital would be shifted to Savar.
 arrow 'Quality seeds can up paddy yields by 3.2m tons a year'
Annual production of paddy can be raised by 3.2 million tons using quality seeds, which can provide food for 12.7 million people, a survey revealed yesterday.

Bangladesh currently produces 37.

 arrow 8 get life for killing schoolboy
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced eight people to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing Shafiul Islam Suman, a student of class nine, on May 25 in1997 in Munshiganj.
 arrow Businessman, 2 daughters found dead in Rangpur
A businessman and his two daughters were found dead at a house at Senpara in Rangpur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Relief for flood victims
The government has allocated 1,050 mts of rice, Tk 42 lakh and 200 tins of biscuits for the flood affected people of 17 districts.
Internationalarrow Allawi's neighbourhood attacked ahead of new tough security laws
Insurgents fired shells yesterday morning near Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's home, wounding at least five people, as Iraq's government signed into law security measures aimed at beating the scourge
 arrow Choice of running mate draws praise and fire
Republicans moved quickly Tuesday night to define North Carolina Senator John Edwards as "unaccomplished and inexperienced" as Democrats predicted his choice as John Kerry's running mate would convince
 arrow Israel downplays US criticism over outposts
Israel played down embarrassing US criticism over its failure to remove settlement outposts yesterday as it looked to Washington to negate the impact of an upcoming world court verdict on its West Bank
 arrow India rules out sending troops to Iraq
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh yesterday ruled out India sending troops to war-torn Iraq saying there was no change in policy with regard to that country.
 arrow Pakistan, China to set up anti-terror hotline
Pakistan and China will set up a hotline to share intelligence in the fight against terrorism, a high-level delegation said on return from Beijing yesterday.
 arrow Six charged over USS Cole bombing
A Yemeni court yesterday charged six militants with carrying out the October 2000 bombing of the US destroyer Cole in Aden port and of membership in the Al-Qaeda terror network, an AFP correspondent reported.
 arrow 9/11 commission registers disagreement with US govt
A US commission probing the September 11 attacks ratcheted up its public dispute with the White House late Tuesday, saying it was aware of no new information proving the existence of collaborative pre-war
 arrow Jan Sangh founder was killed: Vajpayee
Senior BJP leader and former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee alleged that Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had been killed in 1952 as part of a 'conspiracy' between the then Jawaharlal
 arrow Tribal clash in Sudan kills at least 70
Fighting between Arab and African tribes has killed at least 70 people and displaced thousands more this week in the Darfur region of western Sudan, a member of parliament for the area said yesterday.
 arrow Ansari steps down as Hurriyat chairman
Hurriyat Conference chairman Moulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari yesterday stepped down from the post of chairman to continue efforts of unity among the separatist leaders and appointed founder chairman Mirwaiz
 arrow Nation mourns Austrian president
Austria yesterday began four days of national mourning for president Thomas Klestil who died following a heart attack two days before the end of his second term of office.
 arrow Hurricane kills 3, injures 143 in China
Three people were killed and 143 injured when a hurricane lashed eastern China yesterday, turning a rural community into a blizzard of walnut-sized hailstones and falling tree trunks, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC's credibility must be restored
The four principal watchdog groups who monitored the Dhaka-10 by-election have released a statement demanding that the poll be cancelled as it was marred by massive irregularities which the groups have
 arrow Editorial: Police station siege
Businessmen and traders of Keraniganj gave vent to their desperation by laying siege to the local police station, demanding trial of the killers of two fellow businessmen and decisive action against extortion
 arrow Saddam's trial, US' travails
At last the Iraqi dictator has been brought to face justice and his fate. Perhaps the freedom loving people of the world ought to take note of the wheel of fortune coming full circle on Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Once more with feeling
Elections to the 14th Lok Sabha in India should, above all else, put to rest any speculation about the imminent demise, as a political force, of the Grand Old Party that has dominated Indian politicsfor
Letters to Editorarrow Transparency in NGO affairs
NGOs have been working in diversified fields. They have certainly had their successes in many fields.
 arrow OIC defeat
Thank you Ankara, thank you Dr. Eklemuddin. We, the Bengalees, are grateful to both of you.
 arrow Election?
There is no doubt that there was massive rigging in Dhaka-10 by election.
 arrow Post-MFA scenario
Abrupt job loss led more than 50 garments workers to commit suicide in the first five months of this year in Gazipur district.
 arrow Erratic power supply
The advent of every summer is like a nightmare to us. The demand for electricity is increasing very fast. The energy requirements will increase further in future.