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Front Pagearrow Mohiuddin heads for win
Opposition-backed mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury is set for a third term in office in yesterday's Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls, leading by a wide margin against his main challenger
 arrow CEC terms it fair, top rivals claim rigging
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday said that Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls were fair while both the opposition and ruling alliance camps complained of electoral irregularities.
 arrow All's not well on quiet fronts
Everything looked calm and quiet in front of Haji Mohsin College polling centre. It was in the morning, early hours of voting.
 arrow The city that did not sleep
As soon as the news of suspension of the announcement of election results spread in the port city at around 10:00 last night, thousands of people laid a siege to the returning officer's (RO) temporary
 arrow Home ministry for creation of 171 new SB posts
The home ministry has recently placed a formal proposal to the establishment and finance ministries asking them to create 171 new posts in addition to the existing 557 personnel in the protection unit
 arrow SB man caught for relaying Nasir's lead info
Awami League leaders caught an intelligence official in the early hours today while he was supplying wrong statistics from the Election Commission about four-party candidate Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin's
 arrow Observers see fake votes, intimidation in some centres
The election monitoring organisations have found some incidents of irregularities in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls held yesterday amid tight security although the Election Commission claimed
 arrow Mohiuddin fans start partying
Thousands took to streets in the port city last night celebrating the 'apparent' victory of ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the Chittagong City Corporation mayoral race for the third consecutive term.
 arrow Colonel Faruk acquitted of forex case
Condemned prisoner in the Bangabandhu Murder Case Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman has been acquitted of charges in a case filed for possessing foreign currencies.
 arrow Snapshots of Ccc Polls...

 arrow Altaf blank about Paris outcome
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday held a press briefing on the just concluded World Trade Organisation (WTO) mini-ministerial meeting, which he had attended, but said nothing pertinent
 arrow 11 AL men given life term
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 11 leaders and activists of the Kapasia upazila unit Awami League (AL) to life imprisonment for killing Moktar Hossain, a Jubo Dal leader of Kapasia upazila of Gazipur,
 arrow Chargesheet in blast case accepted
A Special Tribunal here yesterday accepted the charge sheet in the explosive case involving the killing of former finance minister and Awami League (AL) leader Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow Rocca talks Nepal, Bangladesh issues with India
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca yesterday met senior Indian officials in New Delhi and discussed developments in Nepal and Bangladesh.
 arrow BDB demands caretaker govt, EC reforms
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) on its first launching anniversary yesterday called upon all progressive political parties to demand reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission
 arrow US offensive in Iraq kills 75
US forces have launched an offensive against insurgents in western Iraq near the Syrian border, and about 75 militants were killed in the first 24 hours while eight US servicemen and 4 Iraqis were killed
 arrow Two killed in 'encounters' with Rab
Two outlawed party leaders were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" and "shootout" between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the associates of the two in Barisal and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow 'Mugger' killed by cops despite his claim of innocence
The youth killed by a police patrol team on Sunday night at Agargaon in the city was shot despite his repeated claim to be innocent, the rickshaw-puller, who was carrying the victim, said yesterday.
 arrow 25 bullet-hit as fleeing robbers open fire
Twenty-five people were shot yesterday when robbers fleeing a burglary opened fire on locals at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
 arrow HC gives govt 2 weeks for explanation
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why the extra-judicial killing of Enamul Islam Ena of Kushtia should not be properly investigated and the perpetrators
 arrow PM to attend Doha summit on June 16
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will attend the South-South Summit in Doha, Qatar, on June 16, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the news agency yesterday.
 arrow 10-yr girl raped in the city
A ten-year-old schoolgirl was violated by a youth inside a school at Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 18 abducted fishermen kept in Sundarbans for ransom
Pirates, who abducted 18 fishermen and confined them in deep forest of the Sundarbans, threatened to kill them if the ransom of Tk 3 lakh is not paid to them immediately.
Businessarrow LC opening, import bill settlement problems may take toll on exports
As importers are facing serious problems in opening letters of credit and banks are delaying to send import bills due to foreign exchange crisis, business leaders at a dialogue yesterday cautioned exporters
 arrow Signs of recovery in ROK economy
The latest news that foreshadows the long-awaited economic rebound is music to the ears of many Koreans like Lee Youn-gil.
 arrow India introduces bill to set up Chinese-style special economic zones
India introduced a bill in the lower house of parliament Monday to set up Chinese-style special economic zones in an attempt to attract foreign direct investment like rival China.
 arrow African finance ministers call for debt write-off
African finance ministers appealed to rich countries late on Saturday to cancel Africa's debt, saying they were convinced their economies would take off if debt levels could be managed.
 arrow Thailand, Pakistan to pursue free trade pact
The prime ministers of Thailand and Pakistan agreed Monday to begin studying a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) that could be worth one billion dollars between them.
 arrow Singer declares 80pc dividend
Singer Bangladesh Limited has declared a 40 percent final dividend in addition to payment of 40 percent interim dividend, making a total dividend payment of 80 percent for the year 2004.
 arrow Islami Bank to invest Tk 1095m in Matin Spinning Mills
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd will invest Tk 1095 million in Matin Spinning Mills Ltd, a concern of DBL Group, to set up a cent percent export-oriented spinning project in Gazipur.
 arrow National Housing signs MoU with BDDL on housing loan
The clients of Building Develop-ment and Design Ltd (BDDL) will get housing loans up to 70 percent of their apartment purchase prices from National Housing Finance and Investments Ltd.
 arrow Janata Bank, Woori Bank sign remittance deal
Janata Bank and South Korea-based Woori Bank signed a remittance deal yesterday in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow US getting tough on Chinese currency
Two years of quiet diplomacy by the Bush administration did not persuade China to change its currency system.
 arrow Oil prices rise
World oil prices rose Monday as traders worried about possible supply shortages amid anticipated higher levels of demand for gasoline ahead of the peak driving season starting in the United States later
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar & co open Eng tour today
Bangladesh will field a full strength side when they play their tour opener against British Universities today.
 arrow Football: Depleted East Bengal in city
A 23-member East Bengal football team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play their AFC Cup Group-A tie against Muk-tijoddha Sangsad.
 arrow Cricket: 'Winning not everything'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has insisted the success of the Asian side's tour of England is not simply a matter of results.
 arrow Hockey: Rana gets a nat'l call
Mahbub Ehsan Rana was included in the 47-member national preliminary squad announced by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday for next year's Asian Games in Qatar.
 arrow Cricket: Another identical SA win
South Africa defied a 75-minute stoppage for rain to complete an eight-wicket win in the second one-day international against the West Indies on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: All-star World XI
India captain Sourav Ganguly failed to make it to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) initial Rest of the World squads announced Monday for the Super Series in Australia later this year.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ansar shoot Biman down
Bangladesh Ansar dethroned Bangladesh Biman as women's national champions with a 3-0 win in the team event final of the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Championships at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National
 arrow Football: BFF allows three foreign recruits
Traditional heavyweights Abahani and Mohammedan, who have been largely feeling the weight of new powers Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad, won a small battle off the field when the Bangladesh Football
 arrow Football: Russel KC in final
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra's Moroccan connection paid rich dividends as the Dhaka Premier League runner-up cruised to the final of the Independence Day football tournament with a 3-0 win over Arambagh
 arrow Cricket: High Commissioner receives Tigers at Heathrow
The press wing of the Bangladesh High Commission in the United Kingdom has sent the following press release on the arrival and reception of the Bangladesh cricket team at London's Heathrow Airport onMay
 arrow Cricket: Malik in the clear
Pakistan's promising off-spinning allrounder Shoaib Malik has been cleared of suspected bowling action, a Pakistan cricket official said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Amarnath keen on coaching India
Former Test cricketer and 1983 World Cup winning member Mohinder Amarnath on Monday said he was interested in taking up the post of the national team's coach and he had enough time to do justice to the
 arrow Football: Barca see finish line
Barcelona moved closer to clinching their 17th Spanish title when they won 2-0 at reigning champions Valencia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lyon's fourth in four
Lyon boss Paul Le Guen, who masterminded Lyon's fourth consecutive French title triumph, insists it's the players who deserve the plaudits.
 arrow Football: Juve cross biggest hurdle
Juventus took a major step towards lifting the Serie A title on Sunday after defeating championship rivals AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: Everton's delight in Liverpool loss
Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-1 at Highbury on Sunday to send Everton into the Champions League and end the Anfield giants' hopes of clinching fourth place in the Premiership which would have meant automatic
 arrow Cricket: Lanka plan to defeat India
Sri Lanka's government-appointed cricket board is determined to defeat India in the race for a new national coach by naming their choice by the end of this week, a top official said on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: German Open Henin's
Justine Henin-Hardenne made herself unofficial favourite for the French Open in a fortnight's time when she became the first woman for a decade to win three successive clay court build-up tournaments.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi clinch age-group title
Rajshahi snatched an exciting 14-run victory against Dhaka to clinch the title of the Phase-II Under-17 Age-group cricket development tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal clinches Rome crown
Spain's teenage hero Rafael Nadal struggled with blisters and fatigue to win the longest final ever played at the Rome Masters Sunday, scoring an heroic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 title victory over Guillermo
 arrow Football: Bhutia in hospital
Soccer star Bhaichung Bhutia was on Monday admitted to a private hospital here for tests after losing about 7.5 kgs in about a month.

"There is no cause for concern. He is ok.

Metropolitanarrow Over 13000 children become disable by injuries a year
More than 30, 000 children died from various injuries in the country in 2002, revealed the findings of a survey yesterday.
 arrow Need for regional meet to resolve water sharing issue underscored
Speakers at a meeting in the city yesterday stressed the need for regional meeting to resolve the problem of sharing water of the international rivers.
 arrow Defence portfolio should not be vested in president
The defence portfolio should not be vested in the president during the tenure of the caretaker government, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow US envoy urges journos only to sway by truth
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday urged Bangladeshi journalists to resist the "temptation of self-censorship" saying that open access to honest and frank media is a major factor for keeping democracy
 arrow Garment workers demand death sentence to owners
Garment workers yesterday demanded the death sentence for the owner of the collapsed Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd. factory in Savar, saying the owners' indifference was responsible for the tragic accident.
 arrow New law to ban 10-year old vehicles
The communications ministry will formulate a new law to rid the capital of over 10-year-old buses and minibuses.
 arrow India plans another road on Farakka Barrage
Indian Water Resources Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi has said construction work for another road on the Farakka Barrage would start soon.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers demand allocation in budget
Bangladesh Non-governmental Primary Teachers' Association (Bangladesh Beshorkari Prathomik Shikkhak Samity) yesterday demanded allocation in the upcoming budget to nationalise their jobs.
 arrow 'Reform policy on HIV/Aids'
A leading virologist yesterday called for reforming the decade-old policy on HIV and Aids in the country, saying the old policy has proved inadequate to ensure the care and treatment support to the people
 arrow BU prize giving ceremony held
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk has said the residential semester, introduced by the Brac University (BU), is an innovative approach for students to acquire knowledge.
 arrow Criminal injured in crossfire
An alleged criminal was shot during a shootout between his associates and the police at Meradia in the city's Khilgaon early yesterday.
 arrow Tk 9 lakh realised in fine so far
The Environment Department through mobile courts realised Tk 9 lakh in fine by conducting drives against marketing and use of banned polythene shopping bags from January 2004 to April this year.
Nationalarrow RMCH in a sorry state
Medicare facilities at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) have declined to such a level that majority of patients leave hospital before complete recovery, patients and sources in the hospital said.
 arrow Strong local govt needed to ensure food security
A strong and accountable local government is a must for an effective implementation of food-based development activities, speakers observed at a WFP media seminar here yesterday.
 arrow 2 to die, 3 get life, another awarded 7-year RI
The Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) court Saturday sentenced two persons to death, 3 others to life imprisonment and another to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for hacking to death a college
 arrow PSTU students continue class boycott
Students of agriculture faculty of the Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) continued class boycott for third day yesterday to press their demand for arrangement of tour to Saarc countries.
 arrow Sonadanga AL leader injured in attack
A leader of Sonadanga thana Awami League was severely injured in an attack by some unidentified criminals at 12 noon in a tea stall in Gobarchaka area in the city.
 arrow Ex-Dinajpur MP Amzad Hossain passes away
Awami League president of Dinajpur district unit, former parliamentary member and a freedom fighter advocate Amzad Hossain breathed his last at Zia Hearth Foundation in Dinajpur yesterday morning.
 arrow Satkhira Mohila AL calls to oust coalition govt
Oust the failed Four-party Alliance government led by BNP and Jamaat for establishing a people's government through a credible election.
 arrow Man jailed for rape attempt
A young man was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) on Sunday for attempt to rape a minor girl at a village under Palashbari upazila.
 arrow Verdict tomorrow
The verdict of the sensational Komorpur Thakur Bari Gangrape and Murder Case will be given tomorrow by Judge M Kadir Newaz of Bagerhat Women and Children Repression Control Tribunal.
 arrow Road accidents kill 2 girls
A young girl and a baby were killed in separate road accidents at Digram village under Godagari upazila of the district on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Elections in Britain: Pyrrhic victory for Blair
The just concluded British General Elections, although appearing to produce contradictory results, are remarkable in more than one respect.
 arrow Hidden faces of poverty
Last week while visiting some of the worst poverty-stricken districts located in the mid-western and north-western parts of Bangladesh, an intense vision linking poverty and human despair was experienced.
Culturearrow Book launch: Chinno Patar Shajai Toroni
Chinno Patar Shajai Toroni, a new book on the founder of the Khulna Art College, its teachers and students is amazingly good, going by the connoisseurs present at the Bengal Foundation, at itsrecent
 arrow Nirjhar debuts on silver screen with Aaha!
A glimpse of the film Aaha!: Mallick lives in a 100-year-old house in the old quarters of Dhaka.
 arrow " Even the gentle breeze is my source of inspiration " -- Bachchu
Ayub Bachchu's band, Love Runs Blind (LRB) is one of the hottest bands today. It is also one of the most prolific, with an array of music albums in quick succession.
 arrow Cannes Film Festival: India out in the cold?
India looks with mixed feelings at the Cannes Film Festival beginning on May 12.
Generalarrow JCD demands Ducsu polls
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) demanded that the authorities immediately hold polls of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and other students' bodies at different universities and colleges'
 arrow BDR chief to visit Tin Bigha Thursday
Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major General Jahangir Alam Chowdhury will visit Tin Bigha Corridor, Dahogram and Angurpota enclaves under Patgram upazila of the district on May 12, official
 arrow Mothers' Day celebrated
International Turkish Hope School celebrated Mothers' Day on Sunday with a grand festive fervour 'Mothers' Day Special' -- Modhur Amar Mayer Hashee", says a press release.
Internationalarrow No more wars, cold or real one, vows Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed yesterday to help ensure the world never again faces a global conflict, whether a Cold War or a real war, as world leaders gathered to commemorate the end of World
 arrow Kabul offers amnesty to Omar, Hekmatyar
Afghanistan government has offered amnesty to top Taliban fighters yesterday while 12 militants and two US soldiers were killed in fighting on Sunday in the eastern part of the country.
 arrow Malaysia, US renew military pact
Malaysia and the United States renewed a military cooperation pact yesterday for 10 years, putting aside irritants which have bedeviled bilateral ties.
 arrow News blackout on Myanmar blasts
Military-ruled Myanmar has impo-sed a blackout on the news of casualties from the recent bomb blasts after official reports of 11 dead, but evidence mounted yesterday that the toll was substantially higher.
 arrow Talk of 6 N Korean nukes worries US, UN
A UN atomic agency estimate that North Korea could have six nuclear weapons ratcheted up official Washington's worries that the Stalinist state may test a bomb as early as next month.
 arrow Iran has 'legitimate right' to nuclear tech
Iran has a "legitimate right" to nuclear technology and has no plans to permanently halt uranium enrichment, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi told Time magazine.
 arrow UAE signs pact with Unicef to rehabilitate child camel jockeys
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday signed an agreement with the United Nations children's fund Unicef to rehabilitate child camel jockeys after banning their use in the region's popular sport.
 arrow Clare Short joins calls for Blair to go soon
Clare Short, a former British government minister who has become one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's fiercest critics, added her voice Monday to calls for the premier to step down soon following last week's
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bidding adieu to professionalism!
In this country, we have had a strong and proud tradition of professional bodies such as teachers, engineers, doctors, etc placing the fundamentals of their profession above everything else.
 arrow Editorial: Overseeing construction
Engineers and architects have tried to address a number of questions regarding flawed construction and the resultant vulnerability of buildings having been pushed to the fore by the recent Savar tragedy.
 arrow Gram Sarkar: A problematic initiative
Two years ago, the Government of Bangladesh enacted The Gram Sarkar Act, 2003.
 arrow A Provence diary
Do good food and good news taste better when touched by enchanting style and environment? Such questions of high philosophy seem inevitable after a few days in the south of France alias Provence.
Letters to Editorarrow Hazari
The news of AL disowning Joynal Hazari is indeed a welcome development. We can only hope he does not find home in another party looking to enhance its muscle power.
 arrow Why this discrimination?
I am a substitute teacher financed by PROMOTE, GoB-EC project. I am working in a rural secondary school in Bogra district.
 arrow Religious harmony
A group of bigots is trying to spoil religious harmony by attacking the Ahmadiyya community. It is clamouring for declaring them non-Muslims.
 arrow RU law department admission
Students on the merit list as well as first, second and third waiting lists who failed to attend the interview for admission in the first year honours courses under the 2004-05 academic session atthe
 arrow Appeal to opposition
We are appearing in the "O" level exams which started yesterday. Our humble request to the opposition parties is: Please do not call any hartal till our exams end.
 arrow Reform our electoral system
Former President H.M. Ershad suggested some measures to reform our electoral system.
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