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Front Pagearrow Cop, 2 criminals die in city shootouts
A police constable and two alleged criminals died in shootouts and police gunned down a 65-year-old man with alleged ties to a criminal outfit after they searched out a criminal from his house at Rayerbazar
 arrow Floodwaters rushing towards Dhaka
Floods swamping fresh areas in northern and northeastern districts by the day are likely to inundate lowlands in and around Dhaka and Narayanganj in 48 hours, a weathercast said yesterday.
 arrow 20pc crop loss feared
Crops and seedbeds on 43,000 hectares of farmland in 14 districts have been inundated in flashfloods, official sources said.
 arrow Top govt brass asked why they shouldn't face contempt charge
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the four high government officials why they should not be charged with contempt of court for violating its order to deploy army in each polling centre during the July
 arrow Opposition walks out of JS for not allowing talks
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday staged a stormy walkout of parliament as the chair did not allow it to speak on distortion of history of the Liberation War.
 arrow Speaker's 'no' to AL demand for debates despite assurance
Despite previous assurance of allocation of time in the current session, Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday asked Awami League (AL) lawmakers to debate law and order, foreign policy and price hike of
 arrow Lifestyle statement now must for all taxpayers
From this fiscal year, all the seven lakh individual taxpayers in the country, including government officials, will have to fill up a new form stating particulars of their lifestyle.
 arrow EU heads of mission for proper probe into complaints
The EU heads of mission yesterday urged the authorities to take up "seriously" the complaints of election observers about casting of a large number of false votes in an organised way and intimidationof
 arrow Ministries differ on Liberation War history
Two ministries have published two versions of Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddho Dalilpatra that translates as the Documents of Bangladesh Liberation War within three months of each other, triggering a national
 arrow Plan again to ban rickshaws on two Dhaka roads in Aug
Two major city roads -- Kalabagan crossing to Azimpur and Science Laboratory to National Press Club to College Road (next to Bangabazar) -- will now be out of bounds to rickshaws from August.
 arrow Toilet on park
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has devoured yet another public park by taking up construction work of a public toilet in front of Shilpa Bank at Dilkusha, an area densely packed with concrete constructions
 arrow Three US soldiers killed in Iraq
Insurgents killed three US soldiers and an Iraqi civilian in separate attacks, and a militant group threatening to kill its Filipino hostage extended until today its deadline for Manila to agree to withdraw
 arrow Malaysia plans new crackdown on illegal workers
Malaysia gave notice Monday that it planned a major new crackdown on illegal immigrants which could see more than a million people detained and deported.
 arrow Charge sheet in arms smuggling case likely next week
The investigation officer (IO) of the CID is likely to submit charge sheet next week in the arms smuggling case after completing re-examination of all seized weapons at Chittagong cantonment.
 arrow Robbers kill one to loot Tk 3.5 lakh in goods
Robbers in separate incidents killed one night guard and looted cash and valuables said to be worth Tk 3.5 lakh in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 5 to die for Killing student
A Dhaka Court yesterday awarded death penalty to five people and life imprisonment to five others for killing an SSC examinee in Munshiganj on February 13, 2001.
 arrow Bank co bill tabled dropping action provision against TUs
A bill seeking amendments to the Bank Company Act, 1991, was tabled in parliament yesterday without provisions for making union activists more accountable and ensuring strict scrutiny of unruly activities.
 arrow Munshiganj jail super fined for contempt
A Dhaka court yesterday fined the superintendent of Munshiganj jail Tk 500 in contempt of court proceedings.
 arrow German FM due July 16
Foreign Minister of Germany Joschka Fischer arrives in Dhaka on July 16 on a two-day official visit.
 arrow Saarc FMs meet in Pakistan next week
Pakistan will host the meeting of South Asian foreign ministers next week aimed at boosting economic, commercial and social cooperation in the region, the foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Karnaphuli dam under threat from downpour, water onrush
The country's lone hydroelectric dam downstream the Karnaphuli river in Kaptai is under threat as water pressure increased due to downpour and onrush of water from the Lushai Hills until yesterday, Plant
 arrow Criminal law bill passed
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed the Criminal Law Amendment (Amendment) Bill 2004 in absence of the main opposition Awami League.
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 arrow Hasina seeks EU expertise for electoral integrity
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has sought experience and expertise from EU-member states and development partners to ensure the integrity of electoral process in Bangladesh.
 arrow Three killed in city
Three people, including a young housewife, were killed in Dhaka in the last two days, police and family sources said.

Criminals gunned down a rickshaw garage owner Abdul Hamid, 40, at Shyamoli.

 arrow Subrata Bain's man held for asking money from journalist
Police on Sunday arrested a young man who identified himself as a cadre of notorious criminal Subrata Bain and demanded Tk 50,000 from a photojournalist.
 arrow DCC to refix holding tax
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will start refixing the holding tax for the next five years under a self-assessment system from July 15.
 arrow Bangladeshis among illegal Immigrants held prisoner in Greece
Police found 33 illegal immigrants imprisoned in abandoned dwellings near Athens and arrested five Iraqis accused of human trafficking, a police communique said Sunday.
 arrow Khulna journo receives death threat
Extremists have threatened a reporter of the Dainik Purbanchal, a local daily of Khulna, to kill him anytime.
 arrow Sheba network goes down
Sheba Telecom subscribers went out of cellphone network because of a technical glitch yesterday.
Businessarrow After East Africa, medicine exporters eye SE Asia
After a successful visit to four East African countries last month, a six-member delegation of pharmaceuticals exporters left Dhaka on Sunday on a five-day visit to Laos and Sri Lanka to further expand
 arrow NBR seeks VAT estimates from wholesalers, retailers in Dhaka by July 31
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has started sending notice to about 30,000 retail and wholesale shops in Dhaka asking them to submit by July 31 estimates of their projected VAT for this fiscal.
 arrow ICB subsidiary to launch service in 3 major cities
Share trading had so far been regarded as a business involving people based in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet only.
 arrow French ambassador for improved investment climate in Bangladesh
French Ambassador Michel Lummaux has said Bangladesh is moving in right direction but needs to improve the environment to attract foreign direct investment which is crucial for scaling up the country's
 arrow BoI trade delegation meets Indian entrepreneurs today
A high-powered Bangladesh business delegation meets leading Indian entrepreneurs in New Delhi today to identify potential sectors for Indian investment.
 arrow Seylon tea
Abul Khair Tea Company, an enterprise of Abul Khair & Company, has introduced a new brand of tea -- Seylon Supreme Quality Tea -- in local market.
 arrow Online search engine for agriculture launched
An online search engine for agriculture and agribusiness in Bangladesh was formally launched in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Chhatak Cement Factory exceeds production target in Fy04
State-owned Chhatak Cement Factory has set a record in production and sale in the last fiscal (2003-04) year, factory officials disclosed at a function here on Wednesday.
 arrow Ctg customs earns record revenue
Chittagong Customs House (CCH), country's major revenue earning station, has realised a record amount of revenue totaling Tk 9645 crore in the last financial year (2003-2004) registering a rise of 8.
 arrow CityCell, HSBC launch online competition
CityCell, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in Bangladesh launched a joint online competition on their websites on Sunday.
 arrow Qatar Airways starts new flight to Turkey
Qatar Airways launched its new service to Istanbul recently.

Qatar Airways will be flying to Istanbul thrice a week.

 arrow Amex TRS to provide travel services to HSBC
American Express Bank TRS (Travel Related Services) will provide corporate travel services to HSBC in Bangladesh and its staff.
 arrow Global trade talks show signs of faltering
Trade ministers stepped up a campaign to overcome deadlock on agriculture at a meeting of developing countries Monday, amid signs that attempts to revive global free trade talks by the end of this month
Sportsarrow Cricket: Late order Tigers
Alok Kapali showed signs of returning to form but in the end it was another late order show that rescued Bangladesh in their final warm-up match before the Asia Cup against a Sri Lanka A team B.
 arrow Football: Brazil find the beat
Striker Adriano scored a hat trick as Brazil routed Costa Rica 4-1 on Sunday to earn a quarterfinal berth in the Copa America.

Brazil leads Group C with six points from two matches.

 arrow Cricket: Classic final day in store
Shane Warne has the final day task of taking five wickets and bowling Australia to victory over Sri Lanka if he is to claim Muttiah Murali-tharan's world wicket-taking record in the second cricket Test
 arrow Cricket: Sachin won't stop
Assuring his fans of many more seasons of exhilarating cricket and rivals of more heartache, Sachin Tendulkar says he is still has a "long way to go" before he hangs his boots.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy exudes confidence
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq was upbeat Monday about his revitalised team's chances of winning the upcoming Asia Cup starting this week in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: 'Beware of Tendulkar'
Record-breaking batting star Sachin Tendulkar may already have scored more international runs and centuries than any other player in history, but his best is yet to come, according to legendary Indian
 arrow Cricket: 200 his target
Virender Sehwag, the only Indian to smash a Test triple-century, on Monday warned Asia Cup rivals he was capable of scoring the first double-century in one-dayers.
 arrow Tennis: Graf, Edberg honoured
Germany's Steffi Graf and Sweden's Stefan Edberg, who combined for 149 singles titles and 28 Grand Slam triumphs, were enshrined Sunday in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
 arrow Tennis: Austria send America packing
Martina Navratilova's dreams of ending her career with a Fed Cup win were crushed on Sunday when 17-time champions America were knocked out by Austria in the quarterfinals at Innsbruck.
 arrow Greene in, Montgomery out
Reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene surged from behind to win the 100m final at the United States Olympic Athletics Trials while world record-holder Tim Montgomery will stay home.
 arrow Football: NFL fixtures released
The tournament committee yesterday released the Nitol-Tata Naional Football League's complete fixture list for the first phase final round.
 arrow Football: Eves exhibit dull soccer
The women's exhibition football match between Bangladesh Ansar and VDP and Bangladesh Football Federation President's Eleven ended in a goalless draw at the Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapuryesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Dripta Tarunya Football Academy moved into the 10-team Super League of the Shinepukur 21st Pio-neer Football League as the sixth team, beating Islambagh Lucky Seven 5-4 in a south zone playoff at theDhanmondi
 arrow Bhola to play Ram in final
Bhola Lal set up a final clash with Ram Jagdish in the Premier Division second AccessTel-Ap Squash Open at the Dhaka Club yesterday.
 arrow Football: Thankful Adriano
Brazil striker Adriano was a relieved man after scoring a hat-trick in Sunday's 4-1 demolition of Costa Rica following an indifferent personal performance in the opening Copa America game.
 arrow Football: Domenech promises joy
Raymond Domenech, a French federation employee for the last 11 years, succeeded Jacques Santini as the new France football coach on Monday.

And vowed to put a smile back on fans' faces.

 arrow Football: A phoenix story
Iraq's long journey back to footballing respectability reaches its highest peak at the Asian Cup finals in China but as always it's been a controversial road trip.
 arrow Football: Velappan not worried
Asian football chief Peter Velappan has dismissed fears that the absence of several star players will take the shine off the continent's showpiece tournament, the Asian Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Rift between BNP, Jamaat in Rajshahi
A scheduled visit of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami to Rajshahi has been cancelled following a rift between the local unit of Jamaat and the BNP.
 arrow Death threats by fanatics condemned
Different political parties and professional organisations yesterday condemned the death threats issued by an Islamist outfit to political leaders, journalists and intellectuals.
 arrow Khaleda wants to erase our glorious history: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the government, particularly Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, for "declaring a war against the country's independence.
 arrow Involve more women in local bodies for sustainable dev
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for ensuring participation of more women in the local bodies to achieve sustainable development in the South Asian countries.
 arrow Body to scrutinise draft law
The cabinet yesterday discussed the proposed National Medical University Law-2004 to bring country's all medical institutions under a national medical university in the greater interest of a balanceddevelopment
 arrow 56 shops fined for using polybags
Environment and Forests Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday led the anti-polybags drive at different shopping centres and groceries where a huge quantity of polythene shopping bags and a bag making machine
 arrow JCD-BCL clash at Khulna college: 12 hurt
A clash between the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Azam Khan Govt. Commerce College in Khulna left 12 students injured yesterday.
 arrow FM leaves for Vietnam
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left here for Hanoi yesterday on a three-day official visit to Vietnam.
Nationalarrow High security alert, lax in duty
One platoon of BDR, 11 magistrates, 162 policemen and 108 Ansars headed by two ASPs were deployed during by-election to the post of a Union Parishad chairman.
 arrow A wonder fertiliser from waste
Farmers and scientists call it a wonder fertiliser.
 arrow Shaheen doing 'silent terrorism', Kulaura BNP leaders allege
Kulaura BNP leaders at a press conference on Sunday alleged that independent lawmaker MM Shaheen is doing "silent terrorism in Kulaura upazila" and maligning Finance Minister Saifur Rahman and his son
 arrow Intra-party feud deepens in Khulna BNP
It was a unique day for villagers in Joynagar union, a remote area in Klaroa upazila in the district.
 arrow Minu for more power to local govts
Rajshahi Mayor and BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu on Friday urged the government to give more power to local government leaders.
 arrow Humanitarian gesture of a police officer
A noble gesture of a police officer has saved the life of a hardened criminal here.
 arrow Proshika chief's release demanded
Fifty lawyers, six NGO chiefs and leaders of different organisations on Sunday demanded separately release of Proshika and Association for Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) president Quazi Faruque
 arrow Workshop on woman, child trafficking
A workshop on woman and child trafficking was held at Shyamnagar Upazila Officers' Club on Friday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Ayesha Abed
Speakers at a discussion meeting on Sunday paid rich tributes to Ayesha Abed for her contribution towards establishment of women's empowerment in Bangladesh.
 arrow A unique event in remote village
It was a unique day for villagers in Joynagar union, a remote area in Klaroa upazila in the district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Journalist killing spells doom for society
Once in a while, death becomes a matter of more than personal grief to the bereaved family. It comes as a cruel reminder of the social disruption in the country.
 arrow Global economic order and developing countries
Globalisation is a much used term. Millions of words have been written and spoken on the subject, both in support and against.
 arrow The end of cheap money era in the United States
On the 30th of June, 2004, Mr.
Culturearrow 'My journey is not yet over' --Sanjida Khatun
The publication of every new book is like a new lease of life, ' said the veteran cultural activist and Tagore exponent Dr Sanjida Khatun during the launching ceremony of her two new books Shangskriti
 arrow Of live models and muted colours
Jamal Ahmed, in his recent exhibition at the gallery named after him, sponsored by RIZBIZ, has used straight acrylic, charcoal and pastel. 'I like acrylic as it suits our country's humidity.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Atish Dipankar Sharpoja
Natyadhara's clarion call for peace
The rise of Imperialism, the absence of humanity and wisdom has turned our civilisation upside down.

 arrow Throwing light on the world of films
Muhammad Khasru, the pioneer of the film society movement of Bangladesh, was under the spotlight recently.
Generalarrow Girls' education helps check spread of HIV in Bangladesh
Girls' enrolment in schools have been playing a vital role in keeping Bangladesh a low prevalence country of HIV/Aids in Asia, a top executive of the World Bank (WB) said here yesterday.
 arrow Tk 221cr BCC budget announced
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) yesterday announced a Tk 221.74 crore budget for 2004-05 without imposing any new taxes.
 arrow Academic activities at 4 JU deptts disrupted
Shortage of teachers and classrooms and lack of laboratory facilities have brought academic activities of four departments at Jahangirnagar University (JU) to a virtual halt.
 arrow Looted arms recovered in Bhola
Police recovered the looted arms and ammunition in Bhola district on Sunday night.
 arrow Zia Shishu Academy team meets president
A delegation of Zia Shishu Academy, which will visit the United Kingdom and France, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 4 crore Dutch-Bangla donation for Cancer Hospital
Dutch-Bangla Bank authorities decided to donate Tk 4 crore for construction of the first floor of the proposed Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) to be established by Dhaka Ahsania Mission at Uttara
 arrow Appeal for help
Mohammad Amatullah, a student of Jahangirnagar University (JU), has sought financial assistance for his treatment.
Internationalarrow Tigers put Lanka on war notice
Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels yesterday declared that they were prepared to go back to fighting with government forces, but stopped short of officially pulling out of a truce.
 arrow Iraq to offer amnesty to rebels within days
Iraq's new interim government plans to introduce an amnesty for rebels who have been fighting the US-led coalition in Iraq within "a couple of days," the country's president told British newspapers yesterday.
 arrow Koizumi vows to keep troops in Iraq despite election setback
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed yesterday to keep troops in Iraq despite a setback in weekend elections seen as a verdict on his key policies.
 arrow Sharon, Peres join unity talks for Gaza pullout
Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres agreed yesterday to work with right-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to push ahead a Gaza pullout plan and pursue contacts on a unity government, political sources
 arrow US mulls how to delay Nov polls in case of terror attack
A senior House Democratic lawmaker was skeptical on Sunday of a Bush administration idea to obtain the authority to delay the November presidential election in case of an attack by al-Qaeda.
 arrow Trinamool Congress in serious trouble
The Trinamool Congress party led-by Mamata Bannerjee is facing a serious crisis as some top ranking leaders are planning to desert the party following rout in Lok Sabha election in West Bengal.
 arrow Blair faces setback in by-polls over Iraq
Jaswinder Singh Nijjar might only be a mild-mannered taxi driver, but he is the sort of person likely to be giving Prime Minister Tony Blair sleepless nights ahead of two upcoming by-elections.
 arrow France, Iraq Restore ties
France and Iraq yesterday reestablished diplomatic ties cut more than 13 years ago by ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein at the start of the first Gulf War in 1991.
 arrow Syrian PM begins Turkey trip Today
Syrian Prime Minister Muhammed Naci Otri will embark on a three-day working visit to Turkey today, says a press release issued by the embassy of Turkey in Dhaka.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Death threats galore
Death warrants are being issued against an increasingly large number of people, most of whom are prominent citizens of the country.
 arrow Editorial: Laid off employees
It has been this paper's consistent policy to oppose hartal in all circumstances, both on principle as well as a matter of practical economic necessity.
 arrow Seeds can save seven years!
In a recent research paper, Dr Mahabub Hossain of IRRI deliberates upon the dynamics of food and mouth misalignment facing Bangladesh.
 arrow Summing up
An accidental government can only present an incidental budget. The most honest statement made by finance minister P. Chidambaram was that we should wait for seven months.
Letters to Editorarrow River training projects
In a huge deltaic region such as Bangladesh, the river training projects are difficult to plan, execute and maintain; as the dimension of scale is just too big for any nation, large or small, or evenfor
 arrow Protests against budgetary measures
Every year, the local manufacturers, traders, importers, exporters, and other business groups raise a hue and cry whenever some tax/levy is increased, even marginally, pointing out a host of rather irrelevant
 arrow Nod from Singapore
At long last Bangladesh got the nod to enter the club in Singapore, with the first ever visit of the prime minister of Singapore to Bangladesh after decades. This was confirmed by our foreign minister.
 arrow Political 'IF'
The Letters to the Editor column in the newspapers is a window indicating the feedback from the silent majority.
 arrow BTV technical QC
Now that TV commercials and package programmes can be produced outside BTV, the latter's engineering department has to be more strict with the technical quality control before these are broadcast byBTV