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Front Pagearrow 13 die, 100 missing as launch capsizes
At least 13 people drowned and about 100 others went missing after an overcrowded passenger launch capsized in the Buragourango river in Galachipa yesterday.
 arrow EC for independent secretariat
The Election Commission (EC) plans to complete by the end of this week a set of reforms proposals including one for an independent EC secretariat to strengthen the commission.
 arrow 4 ministries get outlay for next 3 years
Under a new budgetary framework, the finance ministry has allocated budgets for the next three fiscal years to four ministries -- education, agriculture, social welfare and women affairs.
 arrow Hasina salutes Ctg people at Mohiuddin shindig
Sheikh Hasina led a 100,000-strong procession yesterday afternoon in the port city celebrating the third consecutive victory of ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the Chittagong mayoral race.
 arrow Body of slain peacekeeper due tomorrow
The body of Private (Gunner) Nur Mohammad, the Bangladeshi blue-beret killed in a rebel militia ambush in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is scheduled to arrive at Zia International Airport tomorrow
 arrow Seven die in city road crashes
Seven people including an Ansar personnel were killed and at least 30 others wounded in five road accidents in the city in 16 hours till noon yesterday.
 arrow Eight hurt as bombs go off at Bagerhat circus
Eight people were injured, two of them critically, in two explosions at a circus in Bagerhat stadium on Saturday night.
 arrow Two outlaws killed in Rab 'encounters'
A regional leader of outlawed Janajuddha faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and an underground operative were killed in 'encounter' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday.
 arrow BDF dropped
The government has decided to discontinue the annual Bangladesh Development Forum and to hold a yearly review meeting on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) instead, Finance Minister M SaifurRahman
 arrow PM flies to Vietnam tomorrow to talk trade
Khaleda Zia flies to Vietnam tomorrow on a three-day visit that aims at further strengthening cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment.
 arrow JS body places report, note of dissent from AL lawmaker
A parliamentary standing committee report recommending passage of the much-talked about bill that proposes immunity to World Bank (WB) in its operations in Bangladesh was placed in the Jatiya Sangsadyesterday.
 arrow Govt framing new law on court contempt
Proceedings of contempt of court in recent months on the ground of 'misconduct' in relation to judges outside the courtroom have prompted the government to move to introduce a new contempt law immediately.
 arrow PM scolding works as MPs come to JS
Khaleda Zia's harsh criticism of the ruling party deputies' poor presence in the Jatiya Sangsad seems to have worked as parliament started its proceedings fairly on time yesterday.
 arrow Demolish the illicit...

 arrow SC Bar waves black flags against Faizee
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday staged a sit-in and black flag demonstration blocking the entryway of the chief justice (CJ) to the Supreme Court Building in protest against Judge Faisal
 arrow 800yr-old temple unearthed
At least four statues and other priceless antiques, found in the recently discovered Shiva temple that was built in 1213 AD, at Pirapat village in Khaloo Upazila reportedly went missing some time Friday
 arrow Practise democracy within parties first
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged politicians to practise democracy within parties first.
 arrow Close shave for Iraq governor
The governor of the province of Diyala survived one of two bombings in Baqouba early Sunday that a hospital official said killed four people and injured 37 while 23 bodies were recovered from .
 arrow Noab, BSP for duty withdrawal on imported newspaper
The Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and the Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) yesterday asked the government to withdraw the duty on newsprint imported for the newspaper industry
 arrow Foreign ministry still awaits info from Kenya on 69 held
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said the foreign ministry has already contacted the Bangladesh ambassador to Kenya about the 69 Bangladeshis arrested there but has not received yet any details
 arrow Why killing of Dud Mia not illegal, asks HC
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in two weeks why the killing of Meghnaghat Awami League leader Mofizul Islam Dud Mia in 'Rab crossfire' should not be declared illegal.
 arrow 5 hurt as trains collide at B'baria
Two trains collided at Kodda in the district yesterday morning, injuring at least five people and disrupting rail communications on Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes for four hours.
 arrow Asma Jahangir, other women HR activists held over rally
A group of female rights activists were arrested Saturday after attempting to lead a rally demanding women the right to run in marathons alongside men.
 arrow Rab listing godfather magnates
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is preparing a list of businesspersons, who are allegedly patronising dreaded criminals.
 arrow Murder charge pressed against Galib, Abdur Rahman
Shajahanpur thana police in Bogra district submitted two charge sheets on Saturday against Dr Asadullah Al Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), and Mawlana Abdur Rahman, chief of banned
 arrow Total overhaul of 'weak' NBR soon
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will be totally reformed and restructured to make the organisation strong and efficient.
 arrow B Chy, Mahi threatened with death for toll
Miscreants have threatened Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Badrudozza Chowdhury and his son Mahi B Chowdhury MP with death if they do not pay Tk 30 lakh in toll.
 arrow Ministries sit today to work out strategy
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain and State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood sit today to evolve the strategy to deal
 arrow Probe wealth source of MPs, ministers, bureaucrats
A national forum of tax lawyers yesterday demanded of the government to inquire into the source of wealth of those present and past lawmakers, ministers and government officials who are leading a luxurious
Businessarrow Develop infrastructure to compete globally
The US ambassador in Dhaka yesterday emphasised development of the basic infrastructure to make local industries more competitive in the global market.
 arrow Failure to Hold AGMs
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined 11 management officials, including chairmen and managing directors, of two companies for not holding annual general meetings for the year 2003
 arrow Pressure mounts on Malaysia to review ringgit peg
A Malaysia's seven-year peg of its currency, the ringgit, to the US dollar is coming under increasing pressure for a review amid fears of rising inflation and speculation that the yuan will be revalued,
 arrow Mumbai power cuts threaten India's financial centre
A bright-red Virgin Atlantic airlines billboard along the main road in India's financial capital beckons residents of one of the world's most crowded cities to escape into luxury.
 arrow Bank Al Falah takes over Dhaka branch of Shamil Bank today
Bank Al Falah Ltd, a sister concern of Dhabi Group of royal family of UAE, will take over formally the Dhaka branch of Shamil Bank of Bahrain today.
 arrow BGMEA to make workers' insurance mandatory
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) holds an extra ordinary general meeting (EGM) today in a bid to make workers' insurance mandatory for all garment factories.
 arrow Small and cottage industries fair begins
25-day small and cottage industries fair began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bank Asia, SEDF to develop SMEs
Bank Asia Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday with SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), a multi donor funded operation set up by International Finance Corporation, in
 arrow Opec chief rules out quota hike in June
Opec's president ruled out on Sunday an increase in the cartel's official production quota during its June 15 meeting, saying the organization could live with a price of 40 dollars a barrel.
 arrow Japan growth to pick up in first quarter
Japan is expected to report Tuesday that economic growth accelerated in the January-March quarter as increased corporate and consumer spending offset faltering export growth, economists say.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sussex batsmen score freely
Bangladesh got a taste of the stiff task ahead when Sussex batsmen put the tourists' bowlers to sword on the first day of the three-day warm-up game at Hove on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bell pushes Key out
Ian Bell and Jonathan Lewis were both included in a 12-man squad announced Sunday for England's first Test of their home season, against Bangladesh, at Lord's starting on May 26.
 arrow Football: Team watch: Brothers Union
Brothers Union might have gone through a lot of changes since their fairy tale return to top flight football last year that saw the passionate Gopibagh-based club lift their maiden Premier League title
 arrow Football: Tough draw for Mohammedan
Brothers Union will begin defence of their Premier Football League title against newcomers Dipali Juba Sangha in the opening match of the ten-team meet at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on May 20.
 arrow Football: Brilliant Barca's Liga
Barcelona won their first league title in six years on Saturday after a second-half header from leading striker Samuel Eto'o earned them a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Levante.
 arrow Cricket: Wounded Windies worry Woolmer
Coach Bob Woolmer says Pakistan's tour of West Indies will not be easy just because South Africa have done well.
 arrow Cricket: Rain delays final ODI
Persistent overnight and early morning showers delayed the start of the fifth and final one-day international between West Indies and South Africa on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Match fee for Nat'l League cricketers
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to pay match fee to all the participating cricketers in the recently concluded Sixth National Cricket League.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard arrives
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard will look back on this season with a mixture of satisfaction and relief once the immediate euphoria of winning the Spanish league title on Saturday has subsided.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas keep winning
Ashwell Prince and Justin Kemp, helped by a comedy of fielding errors from their opponents, piloted South Africa to a six-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international against West Indies on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Haynes' India link
Desmond Haynes has described the possibility of being appointed India's new coach as an "honour".
The former West Indies opening batsman was revealed on Friday as one of four short-listed candidates.

 arrow Football: Real shake up on the way
Real Madrid's Santiago Solari uttered a telling phrase last week that could be repeated many more times in the next few months. "It's only at Real Madrid that second place could be considered a disaster,"
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics from Tuesday
Athletics returns to the Banga-bandhu National Stadium (BNS) after almost two decades when the 22nd National Junior Athletics Championship starts tomorrow at the country's premier venue.
 arrow Cricket: North Zone-1 lift U-15 title
North Zone-1 thrived on fifties by Rocky Barman and Abu Yousuf Shahajada to emerge champions in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-15 National School cricket tournament with a 63-run victory over
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar's no to film role
Fiery Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Sunday he was not interested in a role in an Indian movie because winning back a place in the national cricket team was his first priority.
 arrow Tennis: Federer reigns Hamburg again
World number one Roger Federer avenged himself upon wonder-kid Richard Gasquet quicker than he can have ever expected Sunday when he beat the 18-year-old Frenchman in the final of the Hamburg MastersSeries.
 arrow Football: Victoria win opener
Victoria Sporting Club cashed in full points when the last year's Premiership relegated side beat Agrani Bank by a solitary goal in the opening match of the First Division Football League at the Birshreshtha
Metropolitanarrow Construction of Padma Bridge soon: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurated Haji Shariatullah bridge on Arial Khan river on Dhaka-Khulna highway yesterday.
The 450-metre long and 10-metre wide bridge was built at a cost of Tk 30 crore.

 arrow Resist anti-liberation forces
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil has called upon the freedom fighters to unite to resist the anti-liberation forces in assuming the state power.
 arrow Cable TV network guidelines soon
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said the government will formulate cable television network guidelines soon keeping consistency with history, heritage, culture and values of the country.
 arrow Govt staffs protest move to cancel time scale
The non-gazetted government employees yesterday blasted the government's move to cancel the time scale and selection grade from the new pay scale.
 arrow BCL may dissolve DU unit
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), is likely to dissolve its Dhaka University (DU) unit committee within a couple of days following an intra-partyfeud
 arrow 8 left parties' protest on May 29
Eight left-leaning parties will stage demonstration in front of the secretariat on May 29 demanding to check price hike of essentials and ensuring utility services in the city.
 arrow Speedy trial of Mili's killers demanded
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday staged a demonstration on the Rajshahi court premises demanding speedy trial of those involved in the rape and murder of schoolgirl Mili.
 arrow Dhaka decries reported Quran desecration at US camp
Bangladesh expressed grave concern over the reported desecration of the holy Quran at the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.
 arrow BTTB asked to inform HC within a week
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to inform the court within a week about the total amount of arrear telephone bills to be realised from the lawmakers
 arrow Law to be enforced to check launch accidents
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain said in Parliament yesterday that the Local Classification Act would be enforced from July to help check the incidents of launch capsize and other incidents in the waterways.
 arrow Youth burnt to death
A youth was burnt to death at Motijheel area in the city yesterday.
He was identified as Ekramul Hossain, 25, a day labourer who lived in a bamboo-built house at Gulbagh.

 arrow French envoy calls on Ershad
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jacques Andre Costilhes paid a courtesy call on Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad at his Banani office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Unesco team arrives in June
A Unesco expert team will visit Bangladesh early next month to assess the country's necessity for a tsunami warning centre.
 arrow Prof Naiyar Sultana passes away
Prof Naiyar Sultana, former member of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC), passed away yesterday at the Central Hospital in the capital at the age of 62.
 arrow Deadlock at DU soil deptt continues
No classes were held at the soil, water and environment department of Dhaka University (DU) as the teachers' strike continued for the fifth day yesterday.
Nationalarrow Scorching heat paralyses life in Rajshahi
The Rajshahi region is in the grip of a heat wave for the last few days, paralysing life.
The mercury rose to 35.

 arrow Patients suffer as interns go on strike at RMCH
Interns started an indefinite strike at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) yesterday to press their five-point demand including security of doctors and other staff inside the hospital and restriction
 arrow 5-point suggestion to stamp out child labour from bidi factories
Speakers in a daylong workshop here yesterday suggested continuation of the ILO-WFCL project in Rangpur and Kushtia for another ten years to eliminate child labour from bidi factories, tobaccoindustries
 arrow Kaptai plant’s power generation falls
Water level of Kaptai lake is now the lowest in 10 years due to a drought-like situation in the hills and scorching heat, reducing power generation by the hydroelectric plant and making its operationrisky.
 arrow 'Queen of Jamtala doing well'
'The Queen of Jamtala is doing well'.
 arrow Stop appointment of unqualified teachers
Teachers of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Department of Rajshahi University yesterday alleged that its Chairman, violating RU Syndicate rules, has initiated appointment of five non-veterinary
 arrow Mother, daughter killed by truck
A mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed when a truck knocked down their rickshaw at Char Para area in the town yesterday.
Amena, 30 and her daughter Arifa died on the spot witnesses said.

 arrow BDR, BSF hold 'courtesy meet'
BDR and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) held a 'courtesy meeting' at Gachuapara border outpost (BOP) in Tura district in West Bengal, opposite to Gobrakura BOP in Haluaghat upazila in Mymensingh district
 arrow Faridpur dist AL council today
The district Awami League (AL) council will be held here today after an interval of 13 years.
The council is being held following party chief Sheikh Hasina's intervention.

 arrow One killed, 10 injured in B'baria storm
One person was killed and 10 people were injured when a storm battered the Sadar upazila areas yesterday.
 arrow Tributes to an educationist
Rich tributes were paid to Amina Begum, a pioneer of female education in the district and a renowned headmistress of Nilphamari Government Girls' High School, at a civic condolence meeting held at the
Culturearrow Abdul Ahad : A treasured musical heritage
One of the pioneering Tagore song exponents, Abdul Ahad's death anniversary was yesterday.
 arrow Historical events through the lens
More than 20 million Russians died fighting against fascism in a four-year battle between the German Nazi Army and the Russian Red Army in the World War II.
 arrow Commemorating Shawkat Osman
On the occasion of the seventh death anniversary of the acclaimed littérateur Shawkat Osman, the Liberation War Museum organised a commemorative programme at the museum premises on May 14.
Internationalarrow Maoists kidnap 500 students in Nepal
Maoist rebels in western Nepal have abducted at least 500 school children over the past three days and beaten local aid workers prompting foreign donors to suspend some operations, officials said.
 arrow Pak govt & Shabab-e-Milli are one: Asma Jahangir
Pakistan government's actions against the peaceful mixed-run on Saturday has exposed the truth about its claims of being liberal, said Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairperson.
 arrow Rice makes surprise Iraq visit
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday to bolster the country's fledgling government just hours after US troops announced an end to a campaign to rout insurgents
 arrow No ME peace without Palestinian state
Palestinians marked the blackest day in their history yesterday with warnings that there would be no Middle East peace until they are handed independence and the plight of their refugees is solved.
 arrow Search for bodies in Uzbekistan
Distraught relatives searched for bodies in Uzbekistan's smouldering city of Andijan yesterday, where dozens were killed in a military crackdown after anti-government protests that hardline PresidentIslam
 arrow US on the defensive over Quran abuse
The US image in the Muslim world has been further tarnished by allegations that a Quran was thrown down a toilet at a detention camp for terror suspects -- even though the United States insists thereis
 arrow US warns UNSC aspirant nations not to seek veto
US officials have warned Japan, India, Gemany and Brazil that they will not support their bids to join the UN Security Council unless they agree not to ask for veto power, the New York Times reportedyesterday,
 arrow 'Support high for Manmohan after one year in office'
A majority of Indian voters think Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has done a good job and is an honest politician as his Congress Party-led coalition approaches one year in office, opinion polls said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rich-poor gap cause for concern
Once again the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) report has confirmed, if confirmation was ever required, that economic growth is not an index of national development and that unless distributivejustice
 arrow Editorial: Students' wasted years
Many students of Dhaka University, the highest seat of learning in the country, have reasons to feel frustrated over their academic life.
 arrow F-16s and related debates
Even as a precarious peace process is currently underway, the sudden appearance of F-16s as part of the Bush administration's new strategy for "long-term US engagement with the South Asian region" (the
 arrow Anti-Corruption Commission: A missed opportunity?
When the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was set up in November 2004, notwithstanding the reported controversies about the credibility of the commissioners and their selection process, TIB wanted tosee
 arrow The Centaur sell-off scam: Saying no to 'robberisation'
It could have been the plot of a crime-thriller. A member of the board of a public sector airline owning hotels -- himself a hotelier -- is appointed to advise it on disinvestment.
 arrow The good, the bad and the ugly
The title of the famous Clint Eastwood movie is perhaps appropriate to describe the Chittagong Mayoral election.
 arrow Weekly holiday
My attention was drawn to a writeup by Syed Farhat Ahmed Roomy published in The Daily Star more than a month ago suggesting Sunday as weekend and English as second language.
Letters to Editorarrow No unemployment (!)
I am astonished to see the news where the Honourable Finance Minister replied in the above way when asked by some journalists regarding whether any special allocation would be given in the upcoming budget
 arrow Bangladesh cricket team
Bangladesh cricket team is now visiting the UK for a two match Test series and for a triangular one-day series.
 arrow Bangla movie
Have you enjoyed any recently released Bangla movie? You may ask me, "Are you joking?" I think most of you will oppose the word "enjoy".
 arrow Elections in Britain
The British General Elections of 2005 is historic in every sense of the word.
 arrow Chelsea
Chelsea Football Club was founded by H.A. Mear in the year 1905, and fifty years later, back in 1955 it won the title of league champions.
 arrow Death of a General
Isn't it sad that we could not show proper respect by keeping the National Flag half mast honouring the death of the soldier who led the joint forces of Indian army and the Mukti Bahini to free our dear
 arrow What a pity!
A couple of days ago I found an article in the newspapers that the Prime Minister had pledged to help a woman abandoned by her husband.
 arrow Banking situation
Now that the financial highlights of the banks are coming out in newspapers, we find that they are making huge profits while mere survival has become very difficult for small/medium businesses and industries.
 arrow Friday as working day
This is in response to Mr. Adenine Siddiky's reaction to my comments. Let us go by the "whims and wishes" of the World (North America and Europe!). Suppose, Friday is a full working day in Bangladesh.
 arrow Don't forget Bangladesh
Our people are hard working and intelligent, but because of lack of opportunities this resource is being wasted.
 arrow Teachers
Teachers are honoured all over the world. Being an instructor, trainer and friend he plays a vital role in building up our personality which is also determined by environment, culture and experience.
 arrow The sweetest word
A few days ago I read a letter written by Sadat Shahriar and its heading was "Mother, the sweetest word".
What a nice writing! Well done Sadat! Hope you will write again.

 arrow CCC election
We have witnessed another City Corporation election (CCC polls) with hope and anxiety.
 arrow One eyed BTV?
No matter whatever the ruling party is, it must not influence the role of the state run channel --BTV.
 arrow Bangla Motor crossing
Enough has been written here and there including your columns but nothing has been done so far. No new underpass or overbridge has yet shown up in the busy crossroads.
 arrow State of ACC
Going by newspaper reports, a retired colonel seems to be the focal point of All Confused Condition (ACC) that reigns in ACC till date! One feels the ACC will remain in a permanent state of confusion,
 arrow Should I be proud?
It's been four years that I have returned to Dhaka after spending almost a decade in England, as I wanted to spend time with my father.
 arrow Tea
I really don't understand why everyone goes gaga over tea.
 arrow A positive approach
Every day people from different areas suffer from unexpected traffic problems, some are artificial and some are because of ignorance.
 arrow University teachers
I would like to know from you : Is there any section or clause or provision in our constitution that has given autocratic powers to our teachers of public universities ? Or is there any ordinance in
 arrow Friday as holiday
In a sort of suspended amusement I have noticed the letters about having the appropriate day of the week as weekly holiday in Bangladesh.
 arrow DU campus
Since there is no restriction many couples come from outside to spend time on the campus. Things at times look rather odd. Teachers blame the students who actually are not responsible for the problem.
 arrow Immigrant's thought
My name is Mirza Hassan and I am an immigrant child living in the UK. I feel that your newspaper neglects achievement of the Bangladeshi people that have sought to start a new life abroad.
Star Cityarrow Parking slots go unused, illegal parking causes jams
Illegal parking in front of the newly constructed plush shopping mall Bashundhara City is causing severe traffic congestion in Panthapath and the crossing near the Hotel Sonargaon, a prominent intersection.
 arrow Fast drivers go unpunished in absence of speed limit signs
The authorities are unable to take action against fast driving as the drivers' accused of crossing speed limit escape punishment due to absence of road signs on speed limit.
 arrow 16 signals to be synchronised
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Traffic has initiated a move to synchronise the electronic signal lights in the city to ensure traffic mobility.
Deputy commissioner of DMP Traffic (North) Md.

 arrow Pollution, hawkers pose problems
Students and teachers of Nababpur Government High School in Old Dhaka are suffering from various problems, including environment pollution in the school area, communication problem and hawkers sitting
 arrow Identity crisis of the dead
The concerned authorities often consider unidentified dead bodies as not important enough for pursuing identity.
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