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Front Pagearrow 17 more floating bodies recovered
Seventeen more bodies were recovered yesterday from the Jamuna river downstream Arichaghat in Manikganj, raising the death toll to 50 in Tuesday's launch tragedy as salvage operation for the vessel was
 arrow Too feeble to speak out, too young to go home
Two girl children, driven by extreme poverty to work as domestic helps, ended up last week in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with bruises all over the body.
 arrow Extra-judicial killings call for unbiased probe
Rights bodies and legal experts have said an executive probe into extra-judicial killings in so-called crossfire, shootouts and encounters is not sufficient and demanded an independent inquiry involving
 arrow Another bout of AL hartal today
Ignoring requests from different quarters, the main opposition Awami League (AL) is all set to enforce another dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal today, in protest against the killing of its city unit leader
 arrow Surge in investments may double earning of EPZs
Investment in export processing zones (EPZs) has shot up significantly in the last two years -- mainly in anticipation of the post-MFA context -- creating the prospect of doubling in the next fiscal the
 arrow Citizenship law on the stocks
A process is on to formulate the country's first full-fledged citizenship law, which might be introduced within the next three months.
 arrow Duty-free access to more items likely
More Bangladeshi products, apart from the already agreed ones, are likely to get duty-free access to the Chinese market as a means of offsetting to some extent the over $1 billion trade deficit with China.
 arrow Tales of the living and the dead
The air of Habibpur in Charghat upazila is thick with grief as seven youths from this village are missing since the Jamuna launch sinking near Arichaghat in Manikganj on Tuesday.
 arrow US to offer more trade facilities, assures Rice
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that the US administration will consider extending more trade opportunity and greater economic assistance for Bangladesh, which is seeking duty free access
 arrow No headway yet in Sylhet bomb, grenade attacks
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has failed to submit charge-sheets in any of the four bomb and grenade attack cases that took place in the northeast district last year, including
 arrow Rupsha bridge opens to traffic today
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia inaugurates today the Khanjahan Ali Bridge across the river Rupsha, meeting a long felt need for providing a permanent road link with Khulna-Mongla highway and convenient
 arrow 3 'robbers' killed in gunfight with Mirpur police
Three alleged robbers were killed and another was injured in an encounter with the police last night at Shewrapara in suburban Mirpur.
 arrow Govt plans to buy 2 more rescue ships
With ferry disasters becoming a common phenomenon that claim hundreds of lives every year, the government plans to buy two high-powered rescue ships, as age-old Rustam and Hamza can no longer lift the
 arrow No clue yet to killers of Khorshed
The family of slain Awami League (AL) leader Khorshed Alam Bachchu loses confidence in police probe, as the investigators have yet to find any clue to the murderers even after four days into the killing.
 arrow If no justice, hartal is a must: Hasina
Sheikh Hasina yesterday said hartal becomes unavoidable as the government continues "killing" her party members and victims are denied justice.
 arrow Four US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four US soldiers have been killed in three separate incidents in Iraq, according to US military statements here yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh, China sign MoU on textile today
Bangladesh and China will sign a significant memorandum of understanding (MoU) today to boost textile sector for mutually beneficial purposes.
 arrow No case filed, RU terms Thursday's violence as 'minor incident'
Rajshahi University (RU) authority termed the Thursday violence, which left some 50 people injured and six teachers with administrative portfolio assaulted, as a "minor incident" and did not file anycase
 arrow One killed, 30 hurt as train, bus collide
One person was killed and 30 others were injured, five of them critically, in a train-bus collision at Patgodam railway crossing, close to Mymensingh Railway Station yesterday.
 arrow Pictures show Saddam in his underwear
A picture of Saddam Hussein in his underpants was splashed across the front-page of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper yesterday.
Businessarrow China keen to finalise BMRE of KMP in jt commission meet
China wants to see the finalisation of BMRE project of Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KMP) during the 11th meeting of the China-Bangladesh Joint Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation scheduled to be held
 arrow Fresh tax on silk yarn to hit local industries hard
Rajshahi-based Bangladesh Silk Industry Owners' Association (BSIOA) urged the government not to impose fresh taxes on imported silk yarns in the upcoming budget in a bid to safeguard the country's traditional
 arrow Bangladeshi handicrafts show begins in Kathmandu
A five-day Bangladeshi handicrafts exhibition began at the Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC) in Kathmandu yesterday.
 arrow US, Europe should avoid restrictive trade: IMF
The United States and Europe should avoid enacting trade restrictions to keep out cheap Chinese textiles, IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said in an interview published Friday.
 arrow India, Australia to work on trade deal
Australia and India will begin work on a framework agreement to expand economic and commercial ties, Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile and India's Minister for Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath said
 arrow China imposes export tariffs on textiles
China announced new tariffs on its surging textile exports yesterday in a concession aimed at easing a clash with the United States and Europe over Chinese goods flooding into their markets.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Anwar reduces Northants
Bangladesh bounced back from their wretched performance at Hove to put Northamptonshire in trouble at 149-5 before the rain intervened an hour before tea yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie way is the Chappell way
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell took over as India's cricket coach on Friday, calling on the players to emulate the workrate and team spirit of the world champions.
 arrow Cricket: Gooch's tips for England
Former captain Graham Gooch has told England they must be aggressive and force Australia to under-perform if they are to have any hope of regaining the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: Australian season revealed
The West Indies and South Africa will play three cricket Tests in Australia later this year while Sri Lanka will take part in a triangular one-day series along with South Africa, Cricket Australia (CA)
 arrow Football: A blood and thunder prospect
Manchester United and Arsenal players will be looking to settle a few scores in what could be a particularly ill-tempered FA Cup final on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe plan to invite Tigers
Zimbabwe are now set to play Bangladesh at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. The series, to include two Tests and three one-day internationals, falls outside of the ICC Future Tours programme.
 arrow Chess: Rajib alone atop
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib took solo lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament after the sixth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Muslim Friends beat Mohakhali
Late strikes by Mithu helped Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society came from behind to beat Mohakhali Eleven 2-1 in the Metropolis First Division Football League at the Shaheed Bir Shrestha Mohammad Mostafa
 arrow Cricket: Australia to host maiden Twenty20 international
Australia will host its first Twenty20 international in the coming season, and also play a one-day series and a one-off Test with a Rest of the World team.
 arrow Handball: Bikrampur, Tetulia post wins
Bikrampur Sporting Club and Tetulia Handball Association outplayed their respective rivals in the Tibet Women's Handball League at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL poised to name Moody as coach
Sri Lanka are expected to name Australian Tom Moody as their national coach next week following India's appointment of Greg Chappell.
 arrow Tennis: Serena out of French Open
Former champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open, organisers said on Friday.
The American, who won in Paris in 2002, has been suffering from an ankle injury.

 arrow Zafar Imam remembered
The first death anniversary of renowned sports organiser and former secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Zafar Imam was observed yesterday.
 arrow Football: Parreira's scheme for Ronaldo
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has included Ronaldo in his squad for next month's Confederations Cup, saying that playing for his country will help the striker forget his personal problems.
 arrow Football: Red going black in protest
Manchester United fans will dress in black at Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal to mourn the club's takeover by U.S. financier Malcolm Glazer.
 arrow Football: Target Champions League spots
Villarreal face champions Barce-lona at the Nou Camp on Sunday (kickoff 1900 GMT) as one of five teams in with a chance of securing the two remaining Champions League berths.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova's top ambition
Foiled in her bid to become world number one twice in the last month, Maria Sharapova will again gun for top spot next week and at the same time target a second Grand Slam crown.
 arrow Football: The Diego show
Diego Maradona is getting ready for prime time as host of his own weekly television show.
 arrow Football: Totti sets up Inter date
An 81st-minute goal from Francesco Totti gave AS Roma a 2-1 (aggregate 3-2) win over Udinese in the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Catch Eto'o
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has said he will be doing all he can to overhaul Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o as the Primera Liga's leading scorer in the final two games of the season.
 arrow Football: Chelsea beat Bluewings
Even a depleted Chelsea proved more than a match for one of Asia's best sides.
 arrow Football: Istanbul all set
Istanbul, where two English soccer fans were stabbed to death five years ago, will have 10,000 police and security personnel on duty when Liverpool meet AC Milan in the Champions League final on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Declare nat'l programme immediately to oust govt
Leaders of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) at a discussion yesterday called upon all the opposition political parties to declare a national programme, including the reform proposals for election commission
 arrow Dhaka, Hanoi to introduce direct air service
Bangladesh and Vietnam have agreed to hold the first joint commission meeting in Dhaka and introduce direct air service to promote bilateral cooperation.
 arrow Deadline likely to be extended
The government is going to extend the deadline for conversion of government vehicles to CNG by three months.
 arrow Democracy at stake as crossfire continues
The future of democracy is at stake as the BNP-Jamaat alliance government is continuing its killing in the name of crossfire.
 arrow BCL yet to submit report on DU clash
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), has not yet submitted its report to the AL high command regarding the intra-party clash at Dhaka University on May
 arrow US to provide bookbags, school supplies for 10,000 students
Some 10,000 schoolchildren will receive bookbags and school supplies from the US Department of State under its "Shared Futures" programme.
 arrow Robbers kill night guard, loot Tk 1 lakh in Ctg
Armed robbers killed a night guard and injured two shopkeepers at a market in Hathazari Upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Buddha Purnima tomorrow
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhists, will be celebrated tomorrow.
The day marks the birth, death and attainment of enlightenment by Lord Gautam Buddha, the founder ofBuddhism.

 arrow Kalurghat Bridge reopens to traffic next month
The Kalurghat Bridge on the river Karnaphuli will open to traffic in the middle of the next month.
The bridge has been closed to traffic since August 16 last year for renovation work.

 arrow Concern over tree felling in Dhanmondi
Speakers at a rally yesterday expressed concern over the continued felling of trees and construction of high rise buildings by a vested quarter at Dhanmondi in the city.
 arrow Rajshahi people demand telecom minister's removal
The people of Rajshahi yesterday demanded the removal of the post and tele-communications minister from the cabinet for his failure to develop the city and protect its divisional status.
 arrow Expelled Habiganj AL leaders protest expulsion
The expelled president and general secretary of Habiganj district Awami League yesterday protested the decision of their expulsion from the party, saying it was "illegal and unconstitutional".
 arrow 'Tougher movement soon if govt fails to nab killers'
Leaders of the newly formed 'Shangbadik Belal Hatyar Bichar Dabi Parishad' yesterday threatened to go for a tougher movement soon if the government fails to arrest the real killers.
 arrow Fugitive convict arrested in Savar
Police arrested a fugitive convict from Kanar Char area in the upazila on Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, police raided the area and arrested Motaleb, 38, son of late Abdul Ali.

 arrow Driver killed as truck falls into river
A truck driver was killed when his vehicle fell into the Old Brammaputra river by breaking the railing of a pontoon bridge at Jamalpur-Sherpur ferryghat yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Jessore
Three persons were killed in two separate incidents in Jhikargachha upazila on yesterday. Of them, two were killed in a road accident and another in the hands of robbers.
Nationalarrow Unplanned coal collection from riverbed threatens ecology
It is nature's gift to the poor, but they are unaware of the environmental and ecological damage they are doing.
 arrow Launch tougher agitation to implement accord
Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) chief Jiotyrindriya Bodhipriya Lama alias Santu Larma asked members of its student front Pahari Chha Parishad to launch tougher agitation for implementation
 arrow 3-man body begins investigation
A three-member probe body headed by additional district magistrate (ADM) Monjur Alam Bhuiyan on Friday began investigation into the cause of launch mishap occurred in the Buragourango in Galachipa upazila
 arrow Polls with fanfare
Election of Bogra Motor Shramik Union, the second largest transport worker's organization in the country, was held yesterday amid great fanfare. Pooling was held peacefully on Bogra Zila School premises.
 arrow Attack on Hindu families: 10 hurt in Satkhira
Ten people including a woman belonging to Hindu community were injured in an attack by hoodlums over land dispute allegedly led by a ruling party leader and a Union Parishad (UP) chairman at village Baokhola
 arrow Intellectuals 'instigate' PCJSS : PBCP
Rangamati district unit leaders of Parbattya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (PBCP), a platform of Bangalee students in Chittagong Hill Tracts, at a rally here yesterday threatened to declare "unwanted" inCHT
 arrow Mithapukur UNO sued
A case has been filed against the Mithapukur Upzila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and five officials for alleged corruption and nepotism in leasing government water bodies.
 arrow School teacher held for 'link' with Dr Galib's committee
Police have arrested a school teacher, an alleged member of Ahle Hadis, an Islamist organisation led by Rajshahi University teacher Dr. Asadulla Galib, for "suspicious activities".
 arrow Grenade recovered in Dinajpur
A powerful grenade was found by some people at Ramchandrapur village in Mostafapur union in Parbaripur upazila in Dinajpur district recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow Eliminating tax holiday
Different forms of tax incentives can be grouped into a number of categories: Tax holidays, investment allowances and tax credits, timing differences, reduced tax rates, and free economic zones.
 arrow Marketing strategies in mobile telecom
The mobile phone customers have never been happier in the country because of choices in service providers. So far the market was dominated by three networks. Grameen, CityCell and Aktel.
 arrow A Daughter's concern for her dad
Does the morning show the day ?
Morning often does not show the day.

Culturearrow The song of freedom
Amar Shonar Bangla
Ami Tomae Bhalobashi
Chirodin Tomar Akash Tomar Batash
O Ma Amar Praney Bajae Bashi

Needless to say, every Bangalee knows the first 10 lines of this song by heart.

 arrow In remembrance of Abdul Latif
Bangladesh Loko Sangeet Porishad organised a commemorative meeting for language activist and venerable musician Abdul Latif at the auditorium of Kachi Kanchar Ashore on May 19.
 arrow Television show on adolescent reproductive health
A gala premiere of the new 26-episode educational TV magazine programme Amra Shobai Jante Chai under the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) communication package Know Yourself was held on May
 arrow Creators plan sequel for dark Sin City
Not everyone is enamoured with Robert Rodriguez's ultra-violent movie Sin City, based on the dark comics of Frank Miller, but the creators are working on a sequel and the cast of stars is keento
Generalarrow Bangladesh to be part of regional flood warning system
Bangladesh is among the regional countries attending an international conference aimed at establishing a regional flood information system in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region.
 arrow Scientists clone human stem cells from patients
South Korean scientists who cloned the first human embryo to use for research said on Thursday they have used the same technology to create batches of embryonic stem cells from nine patients.
 arrow Tsunami may strike Australia in next decade: Researchers
Australia's populous east coast could be struck by a devastating tsunami during the next decade, researchers said yesterday as the government prepares to create a national tsunami warning system.
 arrow 'US to set high bar for EU-Iran nuclear deal'
The United States welcomes European efforts to convince Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program, but will set a high bar to verify Iran's compliance, a senior US State Department officialsaid
Internationalarrow Abbas vows no delay in Palestinian elections
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said yesterday there would be no delay in holding parliamentary elections due in July amid surging violence in the occupied Gaza Strip that is straining a fragile truce.
 arrow Manmohan in tricky balancing act
Days after the Congress Party won an upset election victory with left-wing allies in May 2004, Manmohan Singh was asked to calm investors after India's stock market had its biggest one-day fall ever.
 arrow Iraq plans talks with Syria to stop insurgent flow
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said yesterday that Baghdad would hold talks with Damascus soon to demand action against insurgents infiltrating from Syria and warned that his country would not tolerate
 arrow ICRC informed US about Quran abuse in 2002-2003
The International Committee of the Red Cross reported to US authorities on multiple occasions between early 2002 and mid-2003 that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were alleging that the Quran was being disrespected,
 arrow Kashmir heading for a crucial turn: Kasuri
Pakistan wants Kashmiri leaders on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir to meet and hold talks as India was 'reluctant' to involve them directly in the dialogue process, Foreign
 arrow Kashmir leader suggests jt Indo-Pak power plant
Indian Kashmir's chief minister yesterday urged India and Pakistan to cooperate on developing hydroelectric power in the divided Himalayan region in a bid to avert further rows over power developmentin
 arrow China to allow nationals to visit Taiwan
China will lift a decades-old ban on mainlanders visiting political rival Taiwan yesterday, state media reported, a move that could further ease tension after visits to China by two of the island's opposition
 arrow Uzbek govt vows to keep UN informed on unrest
With international pressure growing on the Uzbek president, Islam Karimov yesterday pledged to keep the UN informed of unrest in Uzbekistan, but denied he had discussed holding an independent inquiryinto
 arrow Muslims protests demolition of Bihar mosque
A Muslim organisation in Bihar has protested the demolition of a 100-year-old mosque to make way for a stadium, saying that it would launch a mass movement if it was not rebuilt.
 arrow Nepal Maoists bomb restaurant, ransack radio station
Maoist rebels in Nepal bombed a restaurant in the tourist town of Pokhara yesterday, wounding two local workers and ransacked a radio station in the west of the Himalayan kingdom, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Look East approach taking shape
Manifestly, there is a new-found interest in Hanoi and Dhaka to provide impetus to their bilateral ties. The emphasis is clearly laid on economic cooperation in a highly competitive world.
 arrow Editorial: Black money issue
The finance minister has said that the provision for whitening black money will be withdrawn from the next fiscal year.
 arrow Iran and China: Politics of energy and security
Iran has consistently been in the news for the past few months over its efforts to develop nuclear energy and move ahead in its negotiations with the IAEA and the European Union.
 arrow Ctg election, governance and other issues
Chittagong City Corporation Mayoral election fought practically between two candidates was successfully held.
 arrow Pay-hike and price-hike
For quite sometime, the government had been exercising on the issue of allowing the overdue pay-hike to its employees.
Letters to Editorarrow The Savar Tragedy
I was shocked by Ms.Rubana Hun's obvious bias towards the owner of Spectrum Sweaters in her article, I cry, you cry: A manufacturer's perspective. (April 28, 2005).
 arrow About a cellphone disservice
I, being a user of Banglalink, am extremely disappointed, frustrated, angry(and what else?!) about their value added service.
 arrow Farcical ad
Advertisement of any commercials is a piece of art in this 21st century. Renowned companies appoint qualified personnel to enhance the beauty of their ads.
 arrow Bangladesh and EU resolution
I actually agree with Mr. Didarul Alam (25/5/05) completely. I don't know why our opposition leaders lower themselves in front of foreign powers like this.
It's degrading.

StarTecharrow Forging a user-ISP synergy
PROSHIKANET, the ISP that initiated the prepaid service in the country for the first time, organised their 'User Convention 2005' at the IDB Bhaban auditorium on May 15 having 'user promotion' as their
 arrow A tribute to Mobin
Web portal Onirbaan.com's seventh live concert held on May 14, was dedicated to the memory of Mobin, the gifted sound engineer, who died in a tragic road accident on April 19 of this year.
 arrow It's back
THE newest Netscape browser combines the best features from Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox but no longer tries to commandeer all search traffic to its own engine.
 arrow A new era in mobile computing
Building on its heritage in delivering innovative and high-quality mobile products, Toshiba Singapore's Computer Systems Division and Toshiba Mobile Computer's local partner, International Office Machines
 arrow Bangladesh launches e-content race
The E-content Award 2005 has been introduced to select the best e-contents for the upcoming World Summit Award 2005, the gala event of which is scheduled to be held at Tunisia on November, says a press
Literaturearrow Madhu Bar(1)
Cheers! Cheers!
Gentlemen, let us drink to our health!
Hey boy, go get us a knife.
Now we'll slit dear Mr. Ahsan's Godly throat.
Cheers! Cheers!
A dim greenish light at the bar.

 arrow The Colour Blue
An emaciated old body. Hollow cheeks. A murky film of moisture covers listless brown eyes sunk deep in their sockets, giving them a strangely stony look. His overgrown hair is matted and quite grey.
 arrow Always the human body, always...
Aftermath: An Oral History of Violence, Meenakshie Verma; Penguin Books India; 2004; pp. 178+lxxiv; Rs. 250.
 arrow Thrice in Delhi
Pancho Pandober Charon Bhumi by Mahbubur Rahman; Hakkani Publishers, Dhaka, 2005; 104 pp.
 arrow Bury
Do not bury me, for I am afraid
Of wiggly things under the earth
Of weevils, worms, termite queens who
Through deep tunnels drag their swollen way
Do not bury me, for I cannot bear
The cold

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