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Front Pagearrow Rivers around Dhaka swell significantly
Floods threaten to swamp lowlands in and around Dhaka and Narayanganj in 72 hours as three rivers recorded a significant rise, the latest weathercast said yesterday, basing the forecast on a low in rains
 arrow No separate pay structures for police, bankers
Although the services in police, nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and the central bank greatly differ from that in the administration, the new pay commission will not shape separate pay structures
 arrow Rohingya repatriation stalls
Repatriation of the last remaining Rohingya refugees has stalled for the last two months following a lull in the process since August last year.
 arrow Civil servants not willing to appear in court
The four top government officials, facing contempt of court charges for violating court orders to deploy army for Dhaka-10 by-poll, are unwilling to appear in person in the High Court and yesterday sought
 arrow Speaker rejects all opposition motions
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday rejected adjournment motions of main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers to hold discussions on new additions to Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddha-Dalilpatra, depicting
 arrow 186 SC lawyers want fresh criminal benches
One hundred and eighty-six lawyers of the Supreme Court have demanded of the chief justice to immediately reconstitute the criminal benches at the High Court drafting in senior judges for speedy disposal
 arrow Banglabandha land port still dysfunctional on lack of Indian support
The country's only export-oriented land port Banglabandha could not be made fully operational even after its formal opening in May this year, mainly due to lack of co-operation from New Delhi, sources
 arrow Red tape delays first DNA lab
Indecision of the authorities and bureaucratic tangles have delayed by six months establishment of the first DNA (deoxyribo-nucleic acid) analysis laboratory that could help precise investigation into
 arrow Subsidy makes Indian rice dumping
Minister for Agriculture MK Anwar has said dumping of Indian rice at much lower prices is one of the major reasons why farmers in Bangladesh are not getting reasonable prices for their product.
 arrow 20 picked up for 'ties' to Mujibar's gang
The joint forces yesterday picked up 20 people including an alleged operative of 'Galakata' Mujibar's gang in Rayerbazar area that killed a police constable and three others on Monday.
 arrow Aids fight must match war on terror
The United States must lead the fight against Aids with the same commitment it shows to financing the battles against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.
 arrow Israel now rerouting West Bank barrier
Israel is redrawing the route of its West Bank barrier closer to its borders to ensure Palestinians are not cut off from their lands in keeping with a High Court order, security sources say.
 arrow Colleges to enrol students only on GPA marks
Colleges will enrol students into class XI on the basis of their GPA (grade point average) marks without taking any written test, education board officials said.
 arrow Banned but exists ...

 arrow Caretaker govt not a violation of constitution
Attorney General Hasan Ariff yesterday said the provision of caretaker government does not violate any part of the constitution.
 arrow Limited TU in EPZs from Nov 1, 2006
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a bill allowing limited trade unionism (TU) in the exclusive export processing zones (EPZs) from November 1, 2006.
 arrow 2 robbers killed in shootout with cops
Two robbers were killed and two others bullet-hit in a shoot-out with police after robbers looted jewellery shops at Najumiah Hat in Hathazari Upazila while mobile phone sets reportedly worth about Tk
 arrow BDR rescues 76 from traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued 76 people, including 28 women and 16 children, while they were being trafficked to India through north Bhadiali frontier in Kalaroa upazila at midnight on Monday.
 arrow Dhaka calls for Regional water co-operation
Bangladesh yesterday called for greater regional cooperation in sustainable management of common water resources and in addressing the twin problems of severe water shortage in dry season and floods in
 arrow PM asks youths to join war against poverty
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the main goal of the government was to achieve socioeconomic development through poverty alleviation and called upon the country's youth force to take the leading
 arrow Proshika chief gets bail in Sedition case
Qazi Faruque Ahmed, president of Proshika, was yesterday granted bail by the High Court in sedition case.
 arrow Two more DU Teachers get death threat
Two more Dhaka University (DU) teachers received death threat yesterday from unknown vigilantes.
 arrow Two traders robbed of Tk 1.1 lakh
Muggers yesterday robbed two businessmen of Tk 1.1 lakh at Motijheel in the city.
 arrow Chechnya's acting president survives landmine attack
A landmine has blasted a convoy carrying Chechnya's pro-Moscow acting president, killing one person, though he himself escaped injury, Russian news agencies say.
 arrow 3 convicts to walk gallows this month
Death sentences to the three convicts of the much-talked-about Yasmeen murder case in Dinajpur is likely to be executed this month as President Iajuddin Ahmed recently refused their mercy petition.
 arrow JB chair quits, add'l secy takes over
The government yesterday appointed finance ministry Additional Secretary Shafiqul Islam as acting chairman of Janata Bank (JB), after M Aiyubur Rahman resigned from the chair citing personal reasons,sources
 arrow Saifur slams ministries' foot-dragging
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman criticised some ministries yesterday for not being able to release funds on time and also identified the incapability of those ministries as one of the main reasons for
 arrow Absolute apathy

 arrow 2 IU teachers get death threat
Two teachers of Islamic University yesterday received death threats purportedly from Islamist militants.

The recipients are Prof Abul Ahasan Choudhury and Harunur Rasid Askari.

Businessarrow Indian investment sought in key areas
Showcasing itself as a prime investment destination with liberalised foreign direct investment regime, Bangladesh yesterday invited Indian investors to put their money in a range of sectors such as power,
 arrow Preferential treatment to boost trade in S Asia
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday underscored the need for giving preferential treatment to the investors of Saarc countries in a bid to expand intra-regional trade and investment.
 arrow Stock trading of Eagle Box comes to halt
Trading of Eagle Box and Carton Company Limited yesterday came to a halt following a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in line with a petition by the company to suspend its trading.
 arrow Tatas keen to invest $2b in Bangladesh
The Tatas, one of India's top industrial groups, is keen to invest two billion US dollars in Bangladesh's power, steel and fertiliser sectors.

"They (Tatas) are very serious.

 arrow UNDP releases human Development report tomorrow
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will release its Human Development Report 2004 formally at Hotel Sonargaon here at 3pm tomorrow.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A window of opportunity
Bangladesh Under-19 coach Ri-chard McInnes sees the coming tour of England as an ideal opportunity for his boys to catch the attention of the national selectors and make it to the next level.
 arrow Cricket: SL hold out for tense draw
Sri Lanka resisted a Shane Warne push for a world wicket-taking record to cling on for a tense draw with two wickets left in the second cricket Test against Australia here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'Bring on Argentina'
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says he is unconcerned that his side are on course for an early encounter with Argentina in the Copa America.
 arrow Cricket: A lot of India, Pakistan
After a first visit by an Indian Test team to Pakistan in over 14 years in March-April, the two teams clash in the Asia Cup starting this week.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage Muralitharan
Shane Warne says everything is stacked in Muttiah Muralitharan's favour to hold on to Test cricket's world wickets record.
 arrow Cricket: Wright advice
India coach John Wright has told his team not to be complacent in the six-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament starting on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden joins both innings club
Australians who have twice scored hundreds in both innings of a Test match after Matthew Hayden's 117 and 132 in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Solano inspires fightback
Nolberto Solano scored with a superb free kick and set up another goal three minutes later as Peru fought back to draw 2-2 with Colombia in the Copa America on Monday.
 arrow Football: Very much awake
Mercurial midfielder Alex is determined to use his captaincy of Brazil's Copa America team to shake off the "dozy" tag that has dogged him since his country's disastrous gold medal bid at the Sydney 2000
 arrow Football: Van Basten next Dutch coach?
Former internationals Marco van Basten and John van't Schip are being tipped to become the new Netherlands coach and assistant.
 arrow Football: Fatal celebration
The head coach of a Belarusian soccer team died of a heart attack as his team celebrated a last-minute winning goal in a weekend match.
 arrow Cricket: ECB picks 10 new faces
England included 10 uncapped players in their provisional 30-man squad announced Monday for the ICC Champions Trophy one-day tournament which they will stage in September.
 arrow Asia Cup on BTV
Bangladesh Television is likely to telecast live seven Asia Cup matches. The six-nation regional carnival starts on July 16 in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT in Aug
The second Global Insurance Open Table Tennis competition begins from August 2 at the Wooden Floor gymnasium.
 arrow Basketball: Youth cagers named
The Bangladesh Basketball Fede-ration announced a 12-member national youth team yesterday to participate in the qualifying round of the fourth FIBA-Asian Cham-pionship, beginning in the city on July 22.
 arrow Bhola clinches squash title
Bhola Lal Chauhan of Sonargaon Club retained the Premier Division title with a 3-1 victory over Ram Jagadish of Cadet College Club in the final of the second AP-AccessTel Squash tournament at the Dhaka
 arrow Chess: CJKS chess
The second round of the CJKS-Progoti Insurance First Division Chess league was held at the CJKS gymnasium hall near the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Siraj Smriti Sangsad moved into the 10-team super league of the Shinepukur 21st Pioneer Football League beating Jirabo SC 1-0 at the Kamalapur stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Tk 206cr DAB project for healthcare network
Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) has taken up a five-year-long Healthcare Development Project to establish a countrywide healthcare network at a cost of Tk 206 crore.
 arrow Delete distorted part history
The Awami League yesterday demanded removal of the distorted part from the Swadhinota Juddher Dolilpatra, the official history of the Liberation War.
 arrow T&T mobile phone by December
Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Huq yesterday said in Parliament that the much-talked about T&T mobile phone would come to the market by December.
 arrow Confce on English teaching begins tomorrow
A two-day national conference on 'English language teaching in Bangladesh: Emerging issues' begins at the British Council auditorium in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Non-govt pry school teachers continue strike
The non-government primary school teachers continued their strike for the fourth consecutive day yesterday demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Death threat to BDF president
Some unknown criminals have been issuing death threat to Bulbul Hasan, president of Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF), over his mobile phone for last few days.
 arrow Tulshikhali, Moricha bridges to open in Dec
Communication Minister Nazmu Huda yesterday said Tulshikhali and Moricha bridges on Dhaka-Keraniganj-Nawabganj-Dohar Highway would be opened to traffic in December.
 arrow ALCWC emergency meet today
An emergency meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held at the party's Dhanmondi office in the city at 10-30am today.
 arrow Sylhet Railway terminal bldg opens July 16
The newly-constructed terminal building of Sylhet Railway Station will be inaugurated on July 16, Railway sources said.
 arrow 1439 more held
Police arrested 1,439 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Floodgate kept open to corruption?
The Khowai river project in bordering Habiganj district could not be completed in 28 years despite spending Tk 65 crore and huge a quantity of wheat.
 arrow 'Implement uplift schemes in hills at any cost'
Government officials will not be spare if found violating higher authorities' directives or negligent to duties, Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moniswapan Dewan said at a meeting
 arrow Healthy seeds will produce Tk 3,000 cr more paddy
Bangladeshi farmers can produce additional paddy worth Tk 3,000 cr by using healthy seeds.
 arrow VAT: Rajshahi traders declare month-long protest
A month-long agitation programme was declared by Rajshahi Traders' Allied Council (RTAC) on Sunday demanding withdrawal of newly-imposed VAT on traders and supply of natural gas to Rajshahi.
 arrow UP chairman sued for extortion
A Union Parishad chairman and ruling party leader has been sued for extortion.
 arrow Habiganj-Sylhet bus strike from today
Buses and ninibuses on Habiganj-Sylhet route will again top plying from today for an indefinite period protesting alleged harassment of transport workers by colleagues in Moulvibazar.
 arrow Complainant abducted by accused in Satkhira
A woman complainant was 'abducted' by the accused on Sunday for filing a case at a court here under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
 arrow Life for five killers in Tangail
A court here on Thursday sentenced five killers to life term imprisonment.

The convicts are Fazlul Haque, Sanowar, Shaheen, Horesh and Jewel Rana of Kara village in Madhupur upazila.

 arrow 3 highwaymen arrested in Feni
Three highwaymen were caught by people and handed over to Feni police after a good beating in Fatahpur rail crossing area near the town on Saturday.
 arrow 2 killed, 62 hurt in Rangamati road mishap
Two persons were killed and 62 injured, 10 of them seriously, when an over loaded bus fell into a roadside ditch at Jamtoli in Rajostholi upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 20 hurt as ICS, Chhatra Samaj clash in Bhola
At least 20 students were injured in a clash between activists of Jatio Chatra Samaj, student front of Jatiya Party and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), a wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, at Bhola Colle on Monday.
Culturearrow Drama in driftwood
Ferdousi Priyobhashini, who recently held her driftwood exhibition at the Bengal Gallery, says, 'I always saw forms around, such as in the clouds in the sky.
 arrow Flavours of Thailand
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, in conjunction with the Thai Embassy and Thai Airways International, has organised a week-long Thai Food and Cultural Festival.
 arrow Of golden oldies
'I have been in this field for 20 years, and still look forward to it,' smiled Kanak Champa, when asked about her current successful career in music.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Nagor Alir Kissa
The darker side of the city
These are far from peaceful days in Dhaka.

 arrow Anup Bhattacharya turns 60
Anup Bhatta-charya, an eminent singer and composer, celebrates his 60th birthday today. On this occasion, cultural organisation Nibedan is organising a programme at the Kachi Kacha Auditorium.
 arrow Search for musical talents begins soon
The Benson & Hedges Star Search 2004 kicks off with the regional audition for Chittagong on July 21. The event will take place at the Hotel Agrabad.
Generalarrow Tributes paid to Dr Shahidullah
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid rich tributes to noted educationist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah for his contribution to country's education sector.
 arrow Aids robs 15m children of parents: UN report
The Aids epidemic has robbed 15 million children of one or both parents and reversed a trend toward fewer orphans driven by better health and nutrition, a UN report said yesterday.
 arrow Bomb attack on cops: 2 injured in Jessore
Two police constables were injured seriously in a bomb attack in front of Jessore Education Board here on Monday night.

The attack created a panic among the residents of the town.

 arrow President, PM greet French counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated their French counterparts on the occasion of the national day of France.
 arrow Hizb-ut-Tahrir denies link to death threats
Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an Islamic political party, yesterday denied any link to the death threats issued to ten politicians, intellectuals and journalists on Sunday.
 arrow Discussion on reproductive health
The Dawn Forum, an NGO networking organisation, held a discussion on reproductive health in the city recently to mark the World Population Day, says a press release.
 arrow Observer Press Workers Union election held
Md. Khalilur Rahman and Md. Ibrahim were elected president and general secretary of the Observer Group Al-Helal Press Workers Union on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow BDB condemns killing of cop
Bikalpo Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday condemned the killing of a policeman by the criminals in the city on Monday.
Internationalarrow Floods wreak havoc in northeast India
Massive flooding brought new death and disruption to northeast India yesterday and also threatened a national park famous for its rare one-horned rhinoceros population.
 arrow Manila vows early troop pullout from Iraq
Frantically trying to obtain the release of a captive Filipino truck driver with the clock ticking down, the Philippines said yesterday it would withdraw its tiny peacekeeping force from Iraq as soonas
 arrow Pakistani named UN envoy to Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Monday tapped Pakistan's US ambassador, a veteran Muslim diplomat who has served in key posts worldwide, to be the new high-profile UN ambassador to Iraq.
 arrow Iraq war made US safer: Bush
US President George W Bush has justified the war on Iraq despite the failure to locate the much-hyped weapons of mass destruction, saying America has destroyed Iraq's capability to "produce weapons of
 arrow UNSC mulls slapping sanctions on Sudan
The UN Security Council was Monday mulling a US resolution to impose sanctions on the militias in Sudan's Darfur region, with opposition strong despite the scope of the humanitarian tragedy.
 arrow US terror warnings lack specifics: Cong report
US government terror warnings to local police and citizens fail to give the specific information many authorities say is needed to protect the public, a congressional report said Monday.
 arrow Kashmir deputy CM survive attempt
Four people were injured yesterday in a grenade attack on the motorcade of Indian Kashmir's deputy leader, while an overnight bomb blast killed three people and injured 12, police said.
 arrow Lawyers seek UN support against US 'violations'
Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein plan to petition the United Nations to take action against what they term US "violations" in the trial of the ousted Iraqi leader, the head of the legal team told AFP
 arrow Norway moves to salvage Lankan truce
Norway's top envoy here travelled to rebel-held northern Sri Lanka yesterday for fresh talks with Tamil Tiger guerrillas amid fears the country could slip back into war.
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL's welcome step
At long last, Awami League has decided to play its role in the parliamentary standing committees.
 arrow Editorial: Relief to flood victims
Floods are rapidly engulfing us. The number of affected districts has almost doubled within a span of a few days. Sylhet has already seen an unprecedented level of inundation.
 arrow The debate on declaration of independence
During the last few days, the talk of the town is the controversy over the declaration of independence. The controversy stemmed from the recently published 15-volume history of Bangladesh's independence.
 arrow Two steps forward, one step back: UPA's first 50 days
Former NDA Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha as BJP spokesperson, and his nephew Dilip Sinha as Foreign Ministry spokesperson under the United Progressive Alliance? Sounds incredible, but the government
 arrow Growing with your children
Growing up is a process; "learning" to grow is a more subtle and sophisticated process. And learning to grow with your children is the ultimate challenging process.
 arrow Children of expatriate parents
Mama, Amake pani nie ano!" This is a Bangla sentence spoken by a nephew of mine during his annual sojourn to Dhaka.
Letters to Editorarrow Stranded Pakistanis
It is an open secret that about a quarter million Stranded Pakistanis (most commonly known as Biharis or non-Bengalees) have been languishing and leading a miserable life amidst frustration and deprivation
 arrow Marlon Brando
With the death of Marlon Brando last week, the world lost one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century.
 arrow Bastille Day
Bastille Day was officially proclaimed a national holiday in France in 1880 and the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" had been restored in 1848.
 arrow BTV drama
The quality of BTV drama is deteriorating day by day. Most dramas start with the love story of a young man and woman..
 arrow Requisition of private vehicles
Regular and frequent requisition of private vehicles especially microbus and pick-ups by police has reached epidemic proportions.
 arrow Police brutality on the poor
I would like to voice my views about the present state of police harassment for nothing.

The day was 28 June, 2004.

 arrow Beautification
Beautification work of the Supreme Court compound is being conducted for years. This is our national heritage. So, this work is appreciable.
 arrow Give us a green patch
I fully endorse the views expressed in your daily by Mr. K Siddique in his letter under the above caption published in the DS on 10 June, 2004.
 arrow Reflections on Bangladesh
Mr K Nayar was possibly stymied doing a parabolic assessment of anti-India feeling in Bangladesh. He didn't go through the hard realities but exalted the impression he developed long ago.
 arrow Budgetary measures and protests
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 Labour unions
The Ministry of Finance is in the right direction to curb the undercover activities of the labour unions of the NCBs (nationalized commercial banks, DS report June 18).
 arrow Indo-Pak dialogue
India's new Congress-led government wants a constructive dialogue to resolve the 55 years old conflicts with Pakistan, including the Kashmir issue.
 arrow Kuldip Nayar's observations
I would like to thank Mr. Nayar first, for his realisation of the facts that have soared up the anti-India feeling among the Bangladeshis so high.
 arrow Campus violence
It is needless to say that the colleges and universities are a sacred place for learning. But violence on the campus of these institutions has become a daily affair.
StarTecharrow Asocio officers’ meet makes a stir
The government with limited natural resources is trying its level best to help the ICT sector flourish in Bangladesh," said Abdul Moyeen Khan, minister for Science and ICT, speaking at the inaugural meeting
 arrow HP's Bangladesh bonanza
HP has put attractive gifts on offer on select HP products, the company's Bangladesh representatives revealed this at the BCS Computer City at Agargaon on Monday.
 arrow Europe's largest dinosaur rises from Spanish fields
FARMERS in Riodeva cleared stones from their almond orchards for generations, never dreaming they were tossing aside dinosaur bones -- and laying a trail for one of Spain's greatest fossil finds.
 arrow Sony to unveil new PlayStation in May
Sony Corp. says it expects to demonstrate a working version of its next-generation PlayStation video game console at a trade show next May.
Star Chittagongarrow KG school business booms
Kindergarten (KG) schools have mushroomed in the port city of Chittagong and its adjoining areas mainly for business purposes.
 arrow Human chain demanding safe road
A 45km human chain, the ever longest of its kind in the district as well as in the country, was formed on the Dhaka-Chittagong road at Sitakunda here on Saturday demanding "safe roads".
 arrow CPA plans mock security exercise once in 3 months
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will hold mock security exercise by creating an artificial crime scenario inside the protected areas once in three months.
Star Cityarrow A hospital longs for patients
The seven-storey Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Mohakhali has turned into a virtual abandoned building, as about 80 of its 100 beds have remained empty for years.
 arrow Illegal rickshaw factories thrive in guise of repair workshops
When Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is clamping down on illegal rickshaws, scores of illegal rickshaw factories, mostly in guise of repair workshops, are churning out hordes of the three-wheelers.
 arrow Waiting for October

 arrow Cops push pedestrians back on walkways, ignore encroachers
The entire area has become a sea of people and thousands have gathered on their way back home.
 arrow Mobile restaurants bowing out of business
Once a flourishing business, mobile outlets of restaurants in the city are facing a complete closedown due to recurring losses.

This mobile restaurant concept had sprung up during the early nineties.