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Front Pagearrow Justice Aziz becomes CEC
The government yesterday appointed Justice MA Aziz, a sitting judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), ignoring the longstanding demand of the opposition
 arrow HC bans agitation at court, boycott
The High Court in an unprecedented ruling yesterday banned agitation on the Supreme Court or any other court premises and boycott of the courts.
 arrow AL rejects CEC appointment
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday rejected the appointment of the new chief election commissioner (CEC), terming it an effort to politicise the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Malaysia company shows no faith in bidding system
One of the three bidders of Sirajganj 450 megawatt power project has withdrawn from the bid that opens Thursday, expressing its 'no confidence' in Bangladeshi bidding process citing examples of questionable
 arrow BIWTA's missing forests for trees
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has started fresh block raids on the Buriganga and Shitalakhya rivers to apprehend unregistered cargo vessels while passenger vessels, exempting from
 arrow Tk 381cr diesel subsidy planned, despite nay of finance
The agriculture ministry plans to pump in an additional Tk 381 crore as diesel subsidy for irrigation in the next fiscal year, despite a strong reservation of the finance ministry about it.
 arrow I don't understand politics
The newly appointed chief election commissioner (CEC) has said he does not think that he is unacceptable to the opposition because he had always remained above politics.
 arrow Moudud gets back SCBA membership thru' court
A Dhaka court yesterday gave its verdict against the Supreme Court Bar Association's (SCBA) decision to cancel Law Minister Moudud Ahmed's associate membership of the Bar.
 arrow PM warns against unholy politics
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for boycotting unholy politics of a certain quarter, as it is creating divisions among people.
 arrow Rights groups vow to resist Satkhira bigots
Leaders and activists of 12 human rights and women's organisations will gather on June 1 at Shamnagar in Satkhira, resisting an attempt by religious bigots, led by the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement
 arrow Indigenous people's temple, land in grabbers pocket
Musclemen of a local influential with links to Jamaat-e-Islami damaged an indigenous people's temple and forcibly seized a piece of crop land at Bagholbari Koi village in Chatmohor upazila of Pabna amonth
 arrow 16 Iraqis, 5 GIs die in wave of attacks
Guerrillas attacked a Baghdad restaurant and detonated a suicide truck bomb outside a mayor's office, as a deadly campaign aimed at toppling Iraq's new US-backed government killed at least 15 people yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal to initiate legal move today
Stung by two recent major incidents of launch disaster in Bhola and Aricha, Dr Kamal Hossain has announced that he will take legal move today.
 arrow Robber leader killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged leader of a gang of robbers was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and police at Balurghat village in Trishal upazila of the district on Saturday night.
 arrow Two muggers lynched in Ctg
Two unidentified muggers were lynched by a mob in Hathazari upazila of the district on Sunday night.
 arrow Another body floats on Jamuna
The body of an unidentified woman was found floating in the Jamuna river yesterday while the authorities abandoned the salvage operation for the sunken launch M V Raipura on Sunday with some 120 passengers
 arrow Akbar still puts up bold face
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain ruled out the notion that pressure from influential launch owners prevented him from implementing previous decisions to bring discipline in the inland water transport sector.
 arrow BSF pushes in 23 Indians
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed 23 Bangla-speaking Indian nationals into Bangladesh territory early yesterday.
 arrow Charge against Galib to be framed July 26
Gaibandha District and Sessions Judge's court fixed July 26 for framing charge against Galib and his followers when he was produced before the court yesterday in connection with the Takier Bazar bombattack
Businessarrow Check flaws, wastage in ADP implementation
Budget should be mission-driven, target- and result-oriented, suggested Abdul Awal Mintoo, president of the country's apex trade body FBCCI.
 arrow Economic growth better on industrial performance
The economic growth in the third quarter of this fiscal year (2004-05) was slightly better than those of the first and second quarters and it was largely driven by relatively better performance of the
 arrow AKTEL announces new offer for post-paid subscribers
Cell phone operator AKTEL has announced a bundle of facilities for its post-paid subscribers.
 arrow Bangladesh, Nepal ink air service pact
Bangladesh and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday to update the air service agreement (ASA) between the two countries for expansion of aviation operations.
 arrow Indian PM calls for bold economic policy
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday the country needs bold economic steps to cut subsidies, create jobs and ensure that the benefits of growth in Asia's forth-largest economy reached thepoor.
 arrow Thai woman wins global entrepreneur award
Pranee Phaearnchok, president and director of Thai Rung Union Car Plc, was recently honoured as one of the world's leading female entrepreneurs.
 arrow China says no timetable on yuan reform
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi said on Monday that China remains committed to reforming its currency but no timetable has been set for when the reform will take place.
 arrow Inflation key challenge for Pakistan
Pakistan is gripped by rising inflation which could pose a serious challenge to its economy despite an expected growth rate of more than eight percent this year, the central bank said Monday.
 arrow AB Bank Foundation becomes DSE shareholder
Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Foundation has become a shareholder of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) Ltd.
 arrow Islami Bank observes service fortnight
In a bid to establish bank-clients relationship on a concrete base, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd organised a special programme titled 'Service Fortnight' from May 2 to 16.
 arrow Dollar firm at 7 months high
The dollar edged higher toward a recent seven-month high against the euro on Monday, underpinned by expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates steadily.
 arrow Oil slides as Opec sees no need to trim output
Oil maintained its steady decline Monday after Opec's president said he saw no need to rein in output and oil major Total said it would restart its French refineries after a strike shut five of them.
 arrow Australia, China open FTA talks
Australia and China began talks Monday towards a free trade deal, boosting China's efforts to be accepted as a full market economy and Australia's bid for greater access to the world's most populated
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Cricket is not an age or a height thing'
Bangladesh have spent the entire England tour so far hoping for a little miracle, and it appears they have finally found one.
 arrow Cricket: Indians abused Wright?
India's outgoing cricket coach John Wright may not have renewed his contract because he was humiliated by players under his command, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar claimed on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds sail smoothly
Rafael Nadal's promising French Open career is off to a good start.
The 18-year-old Spaniard won his Roland Garros debut Monday, beating Lars Burgsmuller 6-1, 7-6, 6-1.

 arrow Cricket: Piece of history for Pakistan too
Pakistan became the second team to complete a clean sweep of an international cricket series in the Caribbean when they won the third and final one-day international against West Indies by 22 runs onSunday.
 arrow Football: Premier Bank to sponsor Senior Division League
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has at last managed to lure a sponsor for the Senior Division Football League.
 arrow Cricket: WI look to Lara
West Indies have named batting superstar Brian Lara, left-handed opening batsman Devon Smith, and fast bowler Reon King, as the three changes to their 13-member squad for the first Test of two against
 arrow Cricket: Manzarul shines on dull day
A decent all-round performance by Manzarul Islam on a rather dull day of cricket helped the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Reds snatch a 38-run win over BCB Greens in a low-scoring limited-overs match
 arrow Cricket: Gatting joins Tigers' curry challenge
Mike Gatting, the former England captain whose fondness for food was the subject of a thousand anecdotes during his 23-year career, has been charged with the tricky task of finding a curry chef to cater
 arrow Football: Nejmeh in city for AFC Cup match
Nejmeh FC arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning to play their last group match in the AFC Cup against Bangladesh giants Brothers Union.
 arrow Football: Nigerian booter for MSC
Nigerian footballer Ron Azinge arrived in Dhaka in the early hours of Monday to play for Mohamme-dan Sporting Club this season.
 arrow Cricket: Giles doubtful for Lord's Test
England have called up Worcester-shire spinner Gareth Batty as cover for injury doubt Ashley Giles ahead of the Thursday's first Test with Bangladesh.
 arrow Volleyball: Comilla emerge zonal champs
Comilla clinched the Zone A championship in the City Bank National Youth Volleyball qualifiers yesterday defeating Tangail 3-1 in the final at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Handball: Women's handball
Usha Krira Chakra stayed alive in the Tibet Women's Handball League when they ended their Super Three campaign with a comprehensive 43-30 win over Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Football: Forlan dampens celebrations
Barcelona came out Sunday to a Nou Camp guard of honour from visitors Villarreal -- but that was where the respect ended for the newly-crowned champions as they scrapped their way to a 3-3 draw in their
 arrow Football: Welcome to Istanbul
It was a part of the magnificent Greek civilization; the Greeks called it Byzantium.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman feels honoured
Venkatasai Laxman termed it an "honour" to work under new cricket coach Greg Chappell who, he said, had been his idol since childhood.
"It is certainly a honour to work under him.

 arrow Cricket: Lloyd urges radical changes
Clive Lloyd says West Indies cricket needs radical changes if it is ever to get out of its current slump.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib won the eighth round board against Amin to keep his top slot in the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Div I soccer
Badda Jagarani Sangsad recorded their second victory in the First Division Football League when they beat BRTC SC 2-0 at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kent rope in Kemp
Big-hitting South Africa all-rounder Justin Kemp has joined Kent as the club's second overseas player.
 arrow Football: Spaniard to referee Cup final
Spain's Manuel Enrique Gonzalez will take charge of the Liverpool v AC Milan European Champions League final here on Wednesday, UEFA announced.
 arrow Football: Inamdar Kenyan cricket boss
Samir Inamdar, a Mombasa-based solicitor, who waged a long war against the Kenya Cricket Association was on Sunday elected the new chairman of the trouble-ridden national body.
Metropolitanarrow Take firm stand against defeated forces
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for taking a firm stand against the defeated forces who are now out to break the unity of the pro-liberation forces.
 arrow Agreement to set up Pangaon container terminal signed
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) signed an agreement at the shipping ministry yesterday to set up an inland container terminal at Pangaon at Keraniganj
 arrow 3 Sirajganj JCD leaders to die for killing colleague
A Dhaka court yesterday awarded death sentence to three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders of Shahajadpur thana unit in Sirajganj district for killing AKM Saidul Islam Sico, a Chhatra Dal leader of
 arrow WB wants immunity to cover up misdeeds
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for launching mass movement against the government's move to give blanket immunity to World Bank (WB).
 arrow Disabled demand special funds in budget
Disabled people yesterday urged the government to allocate special funds in the upcoming national budget to ensure their social and equal rights.
 arrow Kidneys on sale to pay off debts
A female UP member has decided to sell her kidneys for Tk 4 lakh in a bid to pay off her debts and take care of her seven-member family.
"I have no other alternatives.

 arrow 'New pay scale inadequate for 3rd, 4th class staffs'
The new pay scale is inconsistent and inadequate for the 3rd and 4th class employees if compared to present market price situation, said the leaders of Bangladesh Gonokarmochari Sangjukta Parishad (Bagsap),
 arrow Scrap trader, his wife shot in city
Local criminals shot a scrap trader and his wife in their house in the city's Pallabi area early yesterday for his refusal to pay toll to them.
 arrow Hasina demands resignation of shipping minister
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded that a "judicial inquiry commission" be formed to identify those who failed to prevent launch disasters.
 arrow AL, BNP leaders visit injured auto-rickshaw driver at DMCH
Leaders of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and opposition Awami League yesterday visited the injured CNG auto-rickshaw driver Amir at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow 15 AL men sent to jail custody in C'nawabganj
A speedy trial tribunal yesterday rejected the bail prayer of 15 Awami League leaders and activists and sent them to jail custody in a case regarding the removal of the prime minister's photo from Chapainawabganj
 arrow Cabinet okays draft of Jagannath University Act
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of Jagannath University Act 2005 to make it a full-fledged university.
 arrow Four die in Keraniganj road accident
Four passengers of a Dhaka bound bus from Dohar died and 26 were injured when the vehicle fell into a roadside ditch at Kadampur yesterday.
 arrow PLA team leaves for home
An 11-member Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) team, led by General Liang Guang Li, left Dhaka yesterday after a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Discussion on Ahsanullah today
Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Smriti Parishad will organise a discussion meeting at the National Press Club in the city at 3:00pm today on the occasion of the first death anniversary of Ahsanullah Master,
Nationalarrow Growing use of groundwater threatens ecology in 10 dists
Use of underground water for irrigation has increased greatly in 10 southwestern districts due to growing crisis of surface water, damaging the soil structure and posing a threat to the ecology.
 arrow PBCP posters reappear in Bagmara
Panic has gripped the people of Bagmara upazila again, seeing posters of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) on walls.
 arrow Khagrachhari tense: 15 UPDF men arrested
Police yesterday picked up 15 alleged activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) from Khagrachhari town, suspecting their involvement in Sunday's incident in which an activist of Pahari Chhatra
 arrow 5 pc destitute and 31pc ultra-poor in country
Seventeen percent of the country's population is 'moderate poor', 31 per cent ultra poor and five per cent is destitute.
 arrow 3 land ports go to pvt companies soon
Three land ports of greater Dinajpur district, Hili, Biral and Bangla-bandha will be handed over to private companies within this month.
 arrow BDR,BSF talk dispute on wall construction
A meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held yesterday at Benapole international check post (ICP) in Jessore.
 arrow RU summer vacation begins today
Students of Rajshahi University (RU) started leaving the campus yesterday as a 38-day summer vacation begins today.
Point-Counterpointarrow India and nukes: Seventh anniversary
Whatever India intended, it flagged off a nuclear arms race with Pakistan by exploding five nuclear devices in May 1998. For, Pakistan soon followed suit, exploding six.
 arrow Anwar's self-confidence worth emulation
Anwar Hossain of Badaigaon is a glaring example that relentless hardwork and perseverance can take a man to the pinnacle of success.
 arrow Indomitable Dr Maliha Khatun
Very few Bengali Muslim women were active on the social scene of erstwhile East Pakistan.
 arrow The Hezbollah factor
In 1992, in a quiet neighborhood of Charlotte, Mohammed Yousef Hammoud began operating a cell for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, a group the US government has designated a terrorist organisation.
Culturearrow Shobuj: An actor turned playwright
For quite sometime pioneer theatre activist Khairul Alam Shobuj has been absent from theatre. Now he is spending busy hours in TV plays.
 arrow "My fans never cease to amaze me" -- Shakila
Shakila Zafar comes under the Pisces sign but she shot to fame in the '80s with the song "Tula Rashir Meye Aar Mithun Rashir Cheley" (A girl who's a Libra and a boy who's a Gemini).
 arrow Deepa Mehta completes her trilogy with Water
After being mired in controversy for several years, filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Water is finally done and being readied for release.
 arrow 'Idol' worship: It's down to Bo and Carrie
After 100,000 auditions and months of competition, American Idol finally has its top two contestants: long-haired rocker Bo Bice and country sweetheart Carrie Underwood.
Generalarrow Youth training programme on Aids launched
A nation-wide youth training programme on raising awareness about HIV/Aids was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow EC reforms a must to ensure free and fair polls
Two election observer groups have observed that reforms in the Election Commission (EC) are a must to ensure free and fair elections.
 arrow 16 UPDF men arrested in Khagrachhari
Police arrested 16 leaders and workers of anti-peace accord United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday, in connection with the shootout at Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) office
 arrow Sameena's solo art exhibition begins
The 15-day solo art exhibition of Sameena M Karim, began on May 20 at the Art & Soul Gallery, Gulshan, says a press release.
 arrow New Thai envoy calls on Hasina
New Thai Ambassador in Bangladesh Suthat Chitramukroh made a courtesy call on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at Sudhasadan yesterday.
 arrow Couple on 2-day remand
A couple, who were arrested for beating their eight-year-old domestic help to death at Mirpur in the city on Saturday, was remanded yesterday.
 arrow 1647 more held
Police arrested 1,647 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Lions Club executives
ABM Labibur Rahman of Lions Club of Dhaka Town was elected district governor of the Lions Clubs International District 315 A1 Bangladesh for 2005-2006, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Assembly dissolved for fresh Bihar polls
Capping weeks of political uncertainty, the eastern Indian state of Bihar yesterday headed for fresh elections to its legislature, just two months after a similar exercise threw up a badly fractured verdict
 arrow High alert in Delhi after bomb attacks
India was on high alert yesterday, a day after bombs tore through two cinemas in the capital showing a film considered offensive by some Sikhs.
 arrow All reformists barred from Iranian polls
All reformists who registered to run in next month's presidential elections were rejected by Iran's hard-line constitutional watchdog, which approved only six out of the 1,010 hopefuls, state-run television
 arrow Ray of hopes for troops on 'highest battlefield'
Too scared to come down lest the other stays, the armies of Pakistan and India have occupied and fought over the Siachen Glacier, high in the mountains of northern Kashmir, for the past 21 years.
 arrow Maoists bomb army spokesman's house
Maoists have bombed the family home of Nepal's army spokesman, but his relatives escaped unhurt, official state-run radio announced yesterday.
 arrow BBC programmes hit as staffs go on strike
Journalists and technical workers at the British Broadcasting Corpora-tion (BBC) staged a 24-hour strike yesterday over plans to cut 3,780 jobs, seriously disrupting programming at the world's biggest
 arrow Schroeder calls for early polls
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder took a big gamble by calling for a national election a year early to enable his people to choose who best can lead them out of mass unemployment and stagnation.
 arrow EU creates new rapid reaction forces
The European Union yesterday launched two new "battle group" rapid response forces, part of a growing number of such units able to rush to crisis zones worldwide.
 arrow Pakistan invites Hurriyat leaders to visit country on June 2
Pakistan today extended an invitation to all Hurriyat leaders, including hardline separatist leader Sayeed Ali Geelani to visit the country and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on June 2 by the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad
Editorialarrow Editorial: Storm warning systems failure
The abandonment of salvage operations for the capsized MV Raipura with over 100 passengers still missing and unaccounted for brings into sharp focus the scale and poignancy of the recent riverine tragedies.
 arrow Editorial: This savagery must stop
It is really sad news that a minor domestic aid died from torture by her employer and two others are lying in hospital with marks of savage beating all over their bodies.
 arrow Before-thoughts on the budget
The Finance Ministry will quite possibly be finishing up all its preparations regarding the next fiscal budget to be presented by the Finance Minister in the parliament very soon.
 arrow Victimorious
The Indian voter has a simple formula for Indian democracy: he votes for himself. This may seem an obvious reality, but there are nuances.
Letters to Editorarrow Aeroplane makers
The new era of civil aviation was opened by the Airbus-380 on 27th April. Appropriately there was a large and enthusiastic crowd welcoming the event on a week-day morning at Toulouse, France.
 arrow One-stop centre for SMEs
The press report on the SME fair and activities make dismal reading.
 arrow Turning the clock back
There is no solution to the Kashmir problem in the current context. It is the context that has to change. Recent developments have produced encouraging signs that perhaps the context can indeed be changed.
 arrow Supporting Pakistan
Much has been said and written about the reasoning behind and justification for supporting Pakistan.
Enough is enough! It is totally a personal opinion of every Bangladeshi.

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