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Front Pagearrow Lowest basic Tk 2,400; highest Tk 23,000
The cabinet yesterday approved a new pay scale with a 53.33 percent salary hike for the civil servants and defence officials in the highest grade and 60 percent in the lowest.
 arrow Toll rises to 46 as launch salvaged
The sunken launch was salvaged from the Bura Gourango river in Patuakhali yesterday evening, more than 20 hours after the accident.
 arrow Judges, Bar agitation brew storm at JS
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday in parliament slammed leaders of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Bangladesh Bar Council for staging demonstrations on
 arrow EC to ask govt for more power
The Election Commission (EC) plans to ask the government for more legal powers that include the authority to deploy army personnel and form electoral enquiry committee in conducting local government elections.
 arrow Ministries asked to set stance
A high level inter-ministerial meeting yesterday asked the ministries concerned to sort out their respective positions on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline through Myanmar, Bangladesh and India.
 arrow PM goes to Vietnam today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will leave for Vietnam today on a three-day official visit at the invitation of her counterpart, Pan Van Khai.
 arrow Newsweek now says its Quran desecration report wrong
Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that US interrogators desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologised to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.
 arrow Tax gain, austerity needed to avoid fallout
Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud said implementation of the new pay scale in phases will be tolerable for the country's economy but the tax collection has to be strengthened to avoid any possible negative impact.
 arrow Kenya arrestees have no links to terrorism, drugs
Most of the 69 people arrested in the Kenyan port city of Mombassa are Bangladeshi nationals and do not have any link with terrorists or drug peddlers, Bangladesh foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Govt sits on community clinic launch
The government is yet to decide about the launch of over 11,000 community clinics (CCs) at union level across the country despite its success in operating and managing a number of CCs for providing basic
 arrow Risky trip...

 arrow Robbery spree in capital
Robbers in six incidents of robbery looted gold and cash worth about Tk 8 lakh in Mirpur, Motijheel, Dhanmondi and Khilgaon in the capital in seven hours since Sunday night.
 arrow Contempt rule on judge, PP, accused
The High Court (HC) yesterday served a suo moto contempt rule on a Dhaka court judge, the public prosecutor (PP) and the sacked managing director (MD) of Inqilab TV for granting the MD bail in a sedition
 arrow Ctg experience reinforces call for caretaker reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the delay in announcing results of the Chittagong mayoral elections underlined the need for reform in caretaker government system.
 arrow Current political context demands election reforms
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday emphasised the need for election reforms in view of the current political context.
 arrow Criminal killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A criminal died in 'crossfire' between police and his associates early yesterday in Shibchar of Madaripur while in the capital, two alleged muggers were injured in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion.
 arrow Muslims to hit US interests if it doesn't apologise
Islami Morcha, a fundamentalist organisation indirectly led by the ruling four-party coalition partner Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chief Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini, yesterday said the US interests around the
 arrow Galib denied bail again
A Bogra court yesterday rejected the latest bail prayer of Asadullah Al Galib, leader of the outlawed Jamiatul Mujahideen and teacher of Rajshahi University, facing criminal charges under explosive act.
 arrow BDR arrests 53 pushed-in Bangladeshis
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested 53 people including 17 women and 13 children after Border Security Force (BSF) pushed them into Bangladesh in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Youth killed at Malibagh
Unknown assailants gunned down a youth at Malibagh in the capital last night.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet
After hearing the journalist Humayun Kabir Balu muder case, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Khulna, accepted the charge sheet in the case on Sunday.
 arrow Removed CMP commissioner made DIG
Former commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Amzad Hossain, removed before the city corporation elections, has been made deputy inspector general (DIG) of Chittagong range.
 arrow Boy injured in bomb blast in Dinajpur
A bomb explosion at Khanpur Bazaar on Sunday night left a boy injured.
Police said unknown miscreants lobbed the bomb from the rooftop of a shop, leaving a 12-year-old boy, Mukul, injured.

 arrow Khokon admits to taking photos of staged minority persecution
Mizanur Rahman Khokon yesterday gave confessional statement to the magistrate court that he and other associates of Sanjoy Ghosh fabricated a minority persecution drama and took photographs of it with
Businessarrow Knitwear producers seek duty-free access to China
Local manufacturers have urged Beijing to provide Bangladeshi knitwear with duty-free access to Chinese market.
 arrow Ceramic makers want duty cut on raw materials
In a bid to boost export basket, Bangladesh Ceramic Wares Manufacturers Association has urged the government to reduce the import duty on raw materials in the next budget.
 arrow PM for Bangla-Kuwait jt economic commission
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday mooted a proposal to form a Bangladesh-Kuwait joint economic commission to expand co-operation between the two countries in business, investment and other areas.
 arrow China, India to share world leadership status with US
China and India's economic emergence will eventually lift them to a world leadership role alongside the United States, former Hong Kong governor and EU commissioner Chris Patten said Monday.
 arrow Bank Al Falah starts Dhaka operation
Bank Al Falah Ltd, a sister concern of Dhabi Group of royal family of UAE, yesterday started its Bangladesh operation as it took over the Dhaka branch of Shamil Bank of Bahrain.
 arrow Nat'l Bank, Lari Exchange of UAE sign remittance agreement
National Bank Ltd and UAE-based Lari Exchange Establishment, Abu Dhabi signed a remittance agreement recently in the United Arab Emirates.
 arrow TMSS celebrates global action week
Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS), a leading NGO working for women empowerment and poverty alleviation, celebrated the Global Action Week 2005 from April 24 to 30.
 arrow Oil falls further on Opec assurances
Oil prices eased below $48 a barrel on Monday after Opec pledged to keep pumping at almost full tilt even though US crude stockpiles are at their highest level in nearly six years.
 arrow DHL receives Reader's Digest platinum award
DHL has underscored its position as leading express and logistics company winning the platinum award in the airfreight or courier service category at the seventh annual Asia SuperBrands 2005 Survey organised
 arrow New office bearers of Jamuna Bank
Arifur Rahman and Farhad Ahmed Akand were elected new chairman and vice chairman of Jamuna Bank Limited.
 arrow Malaysia says no to 'exit tax'
Malaysia said Monday it would not impose an exit tax to discourage speculators betting on a possible review of the ringgit currency peg against the dollar.
 arrow China denounces US decision to impose textile quotas
China's Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday slammed a US decision to impose quotas on three types of Chinese textile imports, saying the restrictions were "not beneficial" to trade relations.
 arrow Honda to export Chinese cars to Europe, Asia
Japan's Honda Motor Co is to export China-made cars to Europe and Asia next month, making it the first foreign car maker to launch a full-scale export operation on the mainland, an official said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers struggle at Hove
Sussex's bowlers pushed Bangla-desh firmly on the back foot after their batsmen had amassed a mountainous score on the second day of the three-day game at Hove on Monday.
 arrow Football: Team watch: Russel KC
Many a newcomer have pulled off upsets on their arrival in the top flight of domestic football, but none had made a lasting impression like Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra did.
 arrow Cricket: WI suffer maiden home whitewash
South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory in the rain-marred fifth and final one-day international against West Indies here.
 arrow Football: West Brom's last day delight
West Brom preserved their Premier-ship status in dramatic style on the final day of the 2004-05 season.
 arrow Athletics: Athletics making a comeback to BNS today
The Milk Vita 22nd National Junior (under-15 and under-18) Athletics Championships start today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Football: BFF ruling over foreigners stands
The difference over the fielding of three foreign players per match in the Premier League this year has been sorted out after a meeting between the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and club officials
 arrow Cricket: Williams named A team coach
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named its game development manager Shaun Williams as the coach of Bangladesh A team for the upcoming tour of England.
 arrow Football: Div I soccer
Badda Jagarani collected full points in yesterday's lone First Division Football League match defeating Wari Club by a solitary goal at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer ready for challenge
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer expects a stiff challenge from West Indies in their imminent series of three one-day internationals and two Tests, despite the pasting the home team has taken from South Africa.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Three International Masters Reefat Bin Sattar, Abdullah Al-Rakib and Enamul Hossain Rajib maintained their winning spree in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament when they won their respective secondround
 arrow Football: An American view
Think American foreign policy is unpopular now?
Brace yourself.

 arrow Football: Juve's one hand on title
Juventus moved to the brink of lifting their 28th Serie A title on Sunday after they won at home to struggling Parma and championship rivals AC Milan were held away to Lecce.
 arrow Football: Grand Palestinian welcome for Ronaldo
Brazilian and Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo was mobbed by dozens of young Palestinian football fans Monday as he paid a morale-boosting visit to the poverty-stricken West Bank.
 arrow Football: One million party in Barcelona
Barcelona players were treated to a rapturous reception by close to one million jubilant fans as they toured the city in an open-top bus on Sunday to celebrate their victory in the Spanish title race.
 arrow Football: Giggs set for record
Winger Ryan Giggs could overtake Bobby Charlton and set a record for Manchester United appearances after signing a two-year extension to his contract.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi gets Pakistan going
A flattering all-round performance from Shahid Afridi helped Pakistan to a commanding 248-run victory in their West Indies tour opener, a limited-overs practice match against Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Now coming De Winter
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Allister de Winter as its high performance manager.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka delay naming coach
Sri Lanka have delayed naming a new cricket coach until prospective candidates have been considered by Test rival India, the chairman of the government-appointed administration team said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Protest against move to give immunity to WB continues
Different organisations yesterday protested the government's move to provide immunity to the World Bank (WB) for its activities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Hasina urges engineers to rid country of misrule
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has urged all professionals, including engineers, to play a united and positive role to free the nation from misrule, corruption, politicisation, terrorism, violation
 arrow 'Safe migration of labourers a must to combat trafficking'
Encouraging safe migration of labourers is crucial to combating trafficking in persons, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Security guard killed
Unknown assailants killed a security guard at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
He was identified as Mohammad Ali Sheikh, 40.

 arrow JU student injured in bus accident
A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was injured seriously when a bus conductor pushed him off the bus infront of the campus yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt fails to check launch accident'
Different political and social organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the loss of lives caused by Sunday's launch accident in the Buragourango river at Galachipa under Patuakhali district.
 arrow New US visa scheduling service announced
The US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday announced the implementation of a new arrangement with a private company to offer non-immigrant visa applicants to process their visa applications and scheduling non-immigrant
 arrow Journalist leaders hail pay scale, demand wage board
Leaders of journalists' community have termed the new pay scale "positive one" but reminded the government to form a complete 6th wage board for journalists and announce the dearness allowance immediately.
 arrow 1,497 more held
Police arrested 1,497 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow DU Senate polls May 25
The momentum for May 25 election to the Senate of Dhaka University (DU) has geared up, with many teachers having started door-to-door canvassing to woo the voters.
 arrow Arrest of Asma Jahangir condemned
Human rights organisations yesterday expressed deep concern over the police attack on and arrest of Pakistan's rights activists, including Asma Jahangir, in Lahore.
 arrow HC rule on govt against sacking of 21 police cadets
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why its October 16, 2004 notification discharging 21 cadet police sub-Inspectors should not be declared illegal.
 arrow 4 muggers held in city
Four alleged muggers were held in two separate incidents in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow Ahsania Mission launches cancer hospital lottery May 21
Dhaka Ahsania Mission launches a lottery programme on May 21 to raise funds for the construction of a 500-bed cancer hospital, with the slogan 'Our hospital with our money'.
 arrow First round ends
Summer Fields School, Oxbridge International School, Bangladesh Elementary School and Bay View School reached semi finals yesterday in the Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter-School Debate Competitions.
Nationalarrow Stop politics on monga
It is high time for all to stop politics on monga and to do something concrete and viable to change the situation.
 arrow 3 arrested but interns term it eyewash
Interns' at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital yesterday postponed their indefinite strike after police arrested two persons in connection with the physical assault on one of their colleagues and the authorities
 arrow Fazli will remain dear
Delicious and mouth-watering mangoes have started pouring into markers in Rajshahi with the beginning of Jaistha, the Bangla month of sweet fruits.
 arrow Truckers barricade highway for 3 hrs
Truckers went berserk and kept the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway barricaded at Bhadra crossing in the city for about three hours Sunday night after their clash with muggers left three of their leaders injured.
 arrow BDR sues 10 in Satkhira
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has filed a case with Debhata Police Station on Friday accusing 10 people including Kulia Union Parishad (UP) chairman Asadul Haq and his son Babu for alleged attack on a BDR
 arrow Nilphamari BMA demands arrest of UP chairman
Nilphamari district unit of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) yesterday demanded immediate arrest of Jaldhaka Pourasabha chairman who is also the upazila unit president of BNP.
 arrow 36 chargesheeted in Dumuria double murder case
The chargesheet of a double murder case of Dumuria Police Station was submitted to court on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Intensified violence greets 'democratic' Iraqi cabinet
The so-called "democratic" expatriate dominated government, set up through most strange election that took place some months ago under the guns and the heavy patronage of the US and coalition forces,was
 arrow Dr M A Naser
The first death anniversary of Professor Dr.
Culturearrow Ashraf's enamel-like acrylics
If one was searching for fine craftsmanship in semi abstraction one had only to see Ashraful Hasan's recent solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise gallery.
 arrow Hunter creates ripples at JU campus
The evolution of humankind from ancient age to modern times was the subject of a recent pantomimic environmental stage play titled Hunter (Shikari).
 arrow "'An elderly woman once confronted me, saying, 'where is your other wife?'" -- Abdul Quader
Abdul Quader is a household name throughout the country, particularly for his lively portrayal of comic characters.
Generalarrow Reintroduce UZ system to make JS effective
Lack of political will is the main obstacle to reintroducing Upazila system, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Push-in bid by BSF foiled
Border Security Forces (BSF) of India in the last 10 hours ending at 5:30am yesterday attempted to push about 30 Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims, including women and children, into Bangladesh through different
 arrow PSC implementing merit-based recruitment policy
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is implementing a merit-based recruitment policy in phases for government jobs, replacing the present one.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Chuadanga sadar thana
A powerful bomb was hurled at the Chuadanga sadar police station on Sunday night.
The bomb exploded in front of the police station at about 9:00pm with a big bang, police said.

 arrow FM leaves for Washington
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left for Washington yesterday morning on a private trip.
He is expected to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Internationalarrow Chandrika sees her life in danger over aid deal
Lanka's president told international donors yesterday that she will enter into an aid-sharing deal with Tiger rebels despite threats to her life from "within and outside" her government.
 arrow Nepalese army rescues 600 abducted students
Nepalese security forces rescued 600 students on Sunday who had been abducted by Maoist rebels from village schools in remote mountainous areas in the west of the country, the army said.
 arrow Koreas resume talks after 10-month hiatus
South Korean officials told North Korea yesterday that its removal of spent nuclear fuel rods from a reactor a process that could allow it to harvest more weapons-grade plutonium has aggravated tensions
 arrow Unrest spreads in Uzbekistan towns
Unrest spread through eastern Uzbekistan after a crackdown by security forces left up to 500 dead in Andijan, with disturbances reaching three other towns including one that reportedly left 200 dead.
 arrow Support for sanctions on Iran grows in US
As Iran appears to move closer to resuming nuclear activities, support has been quietly building in Congress for new US sanctions, including penalties that could affect multinational companies and this
 arrow Bombings, drive-by shootings kill 10
Mortar barrages, roadside bombings and drive-by shootings killed ten Iraqis, officials said yesterday, as Iraq's new government vowed to crack down on the killers of more than 40 people whose bodies were
 arrow Japan pledges extra $100m for Palestine
Japan has pledged an additional $100 million in aid to Palestine, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
 arrow 'Soft borders' in Kashmir positive step, not a solution
Pakistani leader General Pervez Musharraf has warned that "soft borders" in Kashmir are a confidence-building measure but not a solution to the conflict, a report said Monday.
 arrow Israel bans Mahathir visit to Jerusalem
Israel yesterday banned former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose comments have in the past infuriated Jews, from entering Jerusalem while visiting the West Bank, the Palestinians said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Does the minister take responsibility?
We have been here too many times before. Once again a launch has capsized, killing dozens of passengers.
 arrow Editorial: Sign of a deeper malaise
The bomb attack on a circus at Bagerhat, which left at least eight people wounded, is the latest in a series of assaults made recently on various cultural and entertainment forms that people in this country
 arrow Election reforms need of the hour
Not to speak of the national election, the recently held mayoral election of the Chittagong municipality, to my mind, induced much more attention and anxiety than it ought to have done.
 arrow The Cotton Revolution
Last week the guardians of the civilised nations gathered in Moscow to commemorate the worst episode of sustained savagery in the history of the world.
Letters to Editorarrow Prof. Naiyar Sultana
Naiyar Apa has left us. We will indeed miss her.
 arrow Distortion of Bangla
I have read with interest the views expressed by Mr. Mahfuzul Haque (DS, 22.4.05) on the subject.
 arrow Savar tragedy
A building came down like a pack of cards, killing, maiming, suffocating, and dismembering over 200 human beings, repeat human beings.
 arrow Power supply to CHT
The recently concluded workshop in Rangamati on the subject is a positive step towards bringing power to a much needed area, which lacks in development because of paucity of power.
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