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Front Pagearrow DU student's death under wheels sparks violence
A speeding minibus crushed a female student of Dhaka University at Shahbagh yesterday, sparking a series of violent protests by the students who clashed with the police on the campus and areas close by,
 arrow 200km border patch under watch
The crackdown on gunrunners launched early Friday will be beefed up and focus on a 200 kilometre long by five to 10km deep strip along the border from Jokiganj upazila of Sylhet district to Chunarughat of Habiganj, sources said.
 arrow Tata, govt agree on key issues
The government and India's conglomerate giant Tata Group in the wrap-up meeting of the first-round negotiations yesterday agreed on several key issues despite some differences.
 arrow Dhaka in top 20 IT outsourcing spots
The European Union has ranked Bangladesh among the top 20 IT outsourcing destinations, though the country's small businesses are handicapped by inadequate policy support, legal framework and infrastructure.
 arrow Hartal hits Narsingdi town, demos staged
The supporters of rebel BNP candidates yesterday staged demonstrations, rallies and processions in the district town protesting the nomination of Khairul Kabir Khokon for Narsingdi-1 by-election.
 arrow Last words of Shammee will never come true
"Baba (dad), my final examinations will begin on June 1, I will come home after the exams"-- these were the last words that Dhaka University student Shammee Akhter uttered to her father before she was
 arrow Tigers learn a harsh lesson at Lord's
The first English test turned into a bitter pill to swallow for Bangladesh when the Tigers suffered an innings and 261 runs defeat in the opening Test at Lord's against England yesterday.
 arrow 2 'criminals' killed in 'crossfire'
Two alleged criminals were killed in an encounter with police at Bhasantek in the capital yesterday while a regional leader of an outlawed party was killed in a police encounter in Rajbari.
 arrow Dhaka vows to continue hunt for insurgents, if any
Bangladesh yesterday said it will continue with its operation and hunt for insurgents or terrorists, if any, who will try to operate their activities on its soil.
 arrow Blasts in Indonesian Christian town kill 22
Two bombs exploded yesterday in a busy market on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing 22 people and wounding almost 60 others in the worst attack in the country since the October 2002 Bali bombings.
 arrow 11 killed, 70 hurt in road crashes
Eleven people died and 70 others were injured in road accidents in Rangpur, Munshiganj and Gazipur yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow Stabbed newborn dies
The unwanted newborn baby stabbed and dumped into a swamp in the city's Sabujbagh area on Thursday succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi car bomb blasts kill 16
Sixteen people including five members of Iraq's fledgling security forces and a US soldier were killed in suicide car bombings and attacks on late Friday and yesterday.
 arrow Kerosene price levelled with diesel's
The government yesterday raised the price of kerosene by Tk 1 to Tk 26 per litre, levelling it with that of diesel.
 arrow Indigenous people block road over cop inaction
Hundreds of indigenous people yesterday staged demonstrations demanding immediate arrest of the killers and rapists of an indigenous woman in Baderganj.
 arrow Tk 24 lakh looted in Chittagong
Armed muggers looted twenty-four lakh taka after injuring a transport businessman critically in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rab nabs 3, seizes truck
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three members of a truck-robbery syndicate on Friday midnight from the city's port area and seized a truck.
 arrow BSF kidnaps farmer
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi farmer on Friday while he was working in his cropland at Kushkhali, a bordering village in Sadar upazila.
The victim is Liakat Hossain, 40.

 arrow Ctg BNP pledges to end differences
The Chittagong city unit of the BNP, at its first workers' meeting after the dissolution of the city committee, yesterday vowed to end all differences to strengthen the party.
 arrow Half-day hartal called for June 2 in Rajshahi
The full day hartal in Rajshahi on May 30 demanding a proper probe and a speedy trial in the rape and murder case of schoolgirl Mili has been rescheduled as a half-day hartal on June 2.
Businessarrow First-ever potato starch factory starts production
A Tk 60 crore potato-based starch factory went into commercial production on Friday in Joypurhat district, eyeing around $11.36 lakh export earning a year.
 arrow Pro-SME policy needed to nourish Bangladesh ICT
Bangladesh, where 99 percent information and communication technology companies belong to small and medium enterprise category, should develop a pro-SME strategy to nourish its ICT sector.
 arrow Tanners want fund for rehab of sick units
Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) in its budget proposal wanted 15 percent cash assistance on leather export as well as creation of a special fund for rehabilitation of 79 sick tanneries.
 arrow Int'l banking practice key to avoiding disputes
International Standard Banking Practice (ISBP) should be followed in preparing documents for international trade to avoid documentary discrepancies in letters of credit (L/C) transactions, ICC-B president
 arrow Asia's increased foreign exchange reserves precautionary: Study
Asia's increased hoarding of foreign exchange reserves is more a precaution against repeats of the financial crises of the 1990s than solely a way to cap local currencies and boost exports, a study showed
 arrow Rehab fair kicks off in New York
A three-day Real Estate Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) fair kicked off Saturday in New York.
 arrow Siemens to set up Banglalink network
Mobile phone operator Banglalink, a cent percent subsidiary of multinational Orascom Telecom, has commissioned Siemens in a frame contract to set up its GSM network in Bangladesh.
 arrow Al-Arafah Bank okays 15.5pc bonus share
Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd has declared a 15.5 percent dividend in the form of bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Kallol Ltd sole distributor of Banglalink's scratch cards
Kallol Limited has been appointed sole distributor of mobile phone operator Banglalink's pre-paid scratch cards in Bangladesh.
 arrow Correction
In a news item and caption of a photograph of Banglalink published on Business Page yesterday, it was inadvertently mentioned that under emergency recharge service "subscribers will be able to recharge
 arrow EU to start talks with China on textiles tomorrow
The European Union (EU) started a 15-day clock ticking on possible Chinese textile import curbs Friday but held out hope for a "mutually satisfactory" agreement with Beijing despite advancing the May13
 arrow Central banks of Asia discuss currency policy
Asian central banks stepped up efforts Friday aimed at coordinating their currency policies and stamping out sharp fluctuations in exchange rates to promote investment, growth and trade within the region.
 arrow Nissan mulls boosting car production in China
Japanese car maker Nissan is mulling boosting its production capacity in China to catch up with its domestic rivals in the fast-growing market, a press report said Saturday.
 arrow Dhaka Sheraton official receives Starwood sales incentive award
An official of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel has recently been awarded with Starwood Asia Pacific Sales Incentive Award 2004, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Lord's was a letdown'
So, it was another Test match for Bangladesh and another defeat inside three days.
 arrow Football: Brothers off to winning start
Brothers Union did not have to waste much energy or full strength to start defence of their Premier Bank Premier Football League title yesterday on with a 2-1 win over newcomers Dipali Juba Sangha.
 arrow Cricket: Third day the best
Bangladesh briefly lived to fight a third day at Lord's on Saturday because they managed to keep their five second innings wickets intact at the close play on Day Two.
 arrow Cricket: Biggest Test innings wins
England's innings and 261-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test at Lord's here on Saturday was the 10th biggest innings win in Test history.
 arrow Cricket: Windies in driving seat
Though their batsmen did not capitalise on the hard work of their bowlers led by Fidel Edwards, West Indies were still holding all the aces in the opening Test against Pakistan on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag Chappell's future captain
India's new cricket coach Greg Chappell has acknowledged that explosive opening batsman Virender Sehwag is the future captain.
 arrow Football: Vaughan happy to avoid the 'banana-skin'
England captain Michael Vaughan was a relieved man after seeing his side thrash Bangladesh by an innings and 261 runs inside three days to win the first Test at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ohidul nets first hattrick
Ohidul Islam slammed five goals as Agrani Bank Sporting Club thumped Dhanmondi Club 6-1 in the First Division Football League at the Bir Sheshthra Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova sails, Henin crawls
Top contenders Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced to the last 16 of the French Open with contrasting displays on Saturday, the glamorous Russian striding on while the combative Belgian
 arrow Football: Parreira rebukes Ronaldo
Three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo could be replaced on the Brazilian national team if he refuses to play in the Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Campbell alive 'n' kicking
Sol Campbell will be proud to captain England against the United States on Saturday and aims to prove he is still first choice for club and country.
 arrow Football: G14 stands by Liverpool
Liverpool's campaign for a Champions League place next season has received heavyweight backing from Europe's top clubs.
 arrow Volleyball: Final round starts in June
The final round of the National Youth Volleyball Championship begins on June 2 at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium.
Ten teams split into three groups will take part in the four-day meet.

 arrow Cricket: Trescothick's technique
The secret to Marcus Trescothick's dramatic return to form, it turns out, is nothing to do with a tweak in technique, equipment or training method.
 arrow Football: Figo not on speaking terms
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo's relationship with Luis Figo has cooled since he dropped the Portuguese winger, the Brazilian said on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds progress to next round
All seeded players won their respective matches to move into the second round of the Scandex Bangla-desh Open Tennis Championship at the National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea keen to get Essien
English Premiership champions Chelsea are in pole position to land Lyon's Mikael Essien, according to the player's agent.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Sadar Upazila Sporting Club defeated Winstar Sporting Club 2-0 in the inaugural match of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football Tournament at local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Collina's final whistle today
Legendary referee Pierluigi Collina makes his final appearance in Italy's Serie A in the relegation tie between Fiorentina and Brescia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Valencia chasing Baros?
Liverpool's Czech Republic striker Milan Baros has confirmed he is a target for Spanish first division club Valencia.
Metropolitanarrow A mother dies every 2 minutes
A mother is dying every two minutes in the country due to pregnancy-related complications, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow More allocation needed for quality pry edn
More budgetary allocation and its proper utilisation are imperatives for the improvement of primary education, said the experts at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Govt all set to rig next polls
Central leaders of opposition parties at a rally in Sylhet yesterday said reforms in caretaker government system and election commission are essential to ensure people's voting rights as the alliancegovernment
 arrow Armed cadre Rajib gets death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced an armed cadre to death for killing an HSC examinee Taslim Akhter Ratna in December 2001.
 arrow 'Make specific allocation in budget for handicapped'
People with disabilities at a press conference yesterday urged the government to make necessary and specific allocations in the upcoming budget in order to promote their rights and welfare.
 arrow Aids awareness campaign to be launched today
The Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP) and Square Group will jointly conduct a countrywide campaign to raise awareness about HIV/Aids.
 arrow Inter-university photo exhibition begins
A weeklong 'International Inter-University Photography Exhibition, 2005' began at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city yesterday.
 arrow Fuel price hike protested
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) at a meeting yesterday protested the fuel price hike, saying that it would affect the poor and middle-class people, says a press release.
 arrow 'Introduce risk management programmes at city corporations'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for the introduction of special risk management programmes at all the city corporations to properly tackle any disaster.
 arrow Indian film director held in border
Indian film director Sukhbindar Singh (38), his wife and two friends were detained at the Bangaon border while entering Bangladesh illegally.
 arrow Hasina starts Europe tour June 18
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina is expected to go on a tour of Europe beginning June 18, party sources said.
 arrow BCF launches hospital service for cancer patients June 1
Bangladesh Cancer Foundation (BCF) launches a fully-fledged hospital service for cancer patients at the private initiative on June 1.
 arrow Settlers occupying lands
Different organisations of indigenous people yesterday alleged that the Bengali settlers with the assistance of security forces are occupying the registered lands of Jumma people in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Illegal goods worth Tk 60 lakh seized
Bangladesh Navy personnel during their routine anti- smuggling and anti-piracy operations in the coastal areas recently seized illegal goods worth about Tk 60 lakh.
Nationalarrow Kalapara radar can't see weather for 8 months
Kalapara radar station is virtually inoperative while the country passes through a season of storms.
 arrow Hartal in Rajshahi now June 2
The half-day hartal, called earlier in Rajshahi city on May 30 demanding proper and speedy trial of schoolgirl Mili rape and murder case, has been shifted to June 2.
 arrow Allegations of ignoring Bangalee areas being probed
Investigation into alleged sidelining Bangalee inhabited areas in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in development projects under United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)is
 arrow Nilphamari govt doctors continue work abstention
Doctors in all government health complexes in upazilas in the district yesterday extended their one-hour work abstention by another week to press their demand for arrest of Jaldhaka municipal chairman
 arrow Hundreds protest extortion in B’baria
Hundreds of people, joined by police, at a rally at the Biswa Road crossing near the town on the of Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday vowed to resist toll collectors at the point.
 arrow Nor'wester hits15 Gaibandha villages: 12 hurt
A severe nor'wester lashed 15 villages in two upazilas here on Saturday morning.
Twelve persons sustained injuries due to house collapse and 700 dwelling houses raged to the ground.

 arrow Secular and scientific edn policy stressed
Speakers at a meeting to exchange views with the civil society members stressed the need for a democratic, secular and scientific education policy in the country.
 arrow Workshop on education held
An orientation meeting for teachers on improvement of quality of primary education was held at Shreepur Upazilla Parishad in Gazipur recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow Uzbekistan carnage: This time we knew
Painful was the massacre of unarmed civilians, women and children included, in Uzbekistan last week; its scale being double that of the last year's Beslan school massacre, principally because this time
 arrow Now a part of the story
Some 25 members of the Newspaper Guild of New York gathered in the rain outside the Reuters office in Times Square on October19 last year.
Culturearrow "Dance comes naturally to me" ---Nadia
Devoted dancer Nadia says, "Dance comes naturally to me and is my greatest passion. I take pleasure from seeing the performances of other dancers and their synchronised movements.
 arrow Accolades for the great film personality
The urbane Dutt Sahib was truly a South Asian icon.
 arrow Positive Negative: A venture of UAP Students
Positive Negative, an exhibition organised by the level-1 term-2 architecture students of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP), showcases first year student projects.
 arrow Meemangchina staged in Kolkata
A neo-ethnic drama Meemangchina of the Department of Drama and Dramatics of Jahangirnagar University was staged in Kolkata recently, says a press release.
 arrow Mixed media mural display
Sandstone, clay, terra cotta and stones, wood and metal-- these materials feature prominently in the works of sculptress Sameena M Karim.
Generalarrow Court orders investigation into Kashimpur jail torture
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the senior superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail to investigate the allegation that a deputy jailer of Kashimpur jail in Gazipur tortured a convict.
 arrow UP chairman arrested
Police arrested the chairman of Amadi union parishad under Koira upazila from a shrimp enclosure at Jagirmahal village on Friday midnight on charge of an acid attack in which an eight-month-old baby was
 arrow Puthia traders call indefinite strike
Traders of Puthia yesterday called an indefinite strike in the upazila protesting the alleged attack on them by BNP cadres and 'inhuman' torture on arrested business leaders at the local police custody.
 arrow Bus helper killed in road crash
A bus helper was killed when two buses collided in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.
Mohammad Babul, 18, a helper of route No.

 arrow Inter-school art competition
Spectrum International School organised an Inter-school art competition on its campus on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow 1,766 more held
Police arrested 1,766 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Shekil Chy elected Lions Governor
Ln MS Shekil Chowdhury was elected Governor of Lions Clubs International, District-315B1, Bangladesh for 2005-2006 at the 9th Annual District Convention at Sonargaon Hotel in the city recently, says a
Internationalarrow UK resumes non-lethal military aid to Nepal
Britain has decided to resume non-lethal military assistance to Nepal on humanitarian grounds, following in the footsteps of India.
 arrow Nuclear treaty failure sets tone for summit
The failure of a global nuclear conference leaves it to President Bush and other world leaders to "think outside the box" at a September summit and find new ways to stem the spread of nuclear arms, UN
 arrow Delhi formally invites Ulfa for talks
The Indian government has invited the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) for talks in a bid to make peace with the last major militancy group still active in the country's northeast.
 arrow France votes today on EU constitution
France goes to the polls today for a historic referendum on the EU constitution, one that could send shockwaves through the country and the European Union if voters reject the treaty as predicted.
 arrow Iran anxious to obtain nukes
Iran is very anxious to obtain a nuclear bomb, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview published yesterday, while stating his opposition to any preventive attack on the fellow-Muslim
 arrow Pakistan, India begin talks on demarcation of Sir Creek border
Pakistani and Indian defence officials started a two-day meeting yesterday in a bid to settle a row over maritime boundaries in the Sir Creek marshlands that lie between the countries, officials said.
 arrow Aceh rebels seek truce at talks
Separatists from the war-torn Indonesian province of Aceh said they will push for a ceasefire in their almost 30-year-old conflict with the Indonesian authorities, at peace talks yesterday in Finland.
 arrow Zarqawi in good health after injury
al-Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is in good health after his reported wounding, his organisation said, as seven people were killed in a car bombing in Saddam Hussein's hometown.
 arrow Uncertainty over Saudi king's health
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd remained in hospital yesterday one day after he was admitted suffering from pneumonia and fever, raising concerns over his health in the oil giant that has been fighting al-Qaeda.
 arrow Sonia reelected Cong president unanimously
Sonia Gandhi was unanimously re-elected Congress President with the party's Central Election Authority announcing her unopposed election yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Biased school book selection
A political slant appears to have tainted the selection of more than 500 extra-curricular books for secondary level students under a development project designed for students of 2,317 selected secondary
 arrow Editorial: Punishing the constituency
BNP leaders and activists in Narsingdi went on a break-and-burn frenzy on Friday, after they came to learn that the party's parliamentary board had nominated Khairul Kabir Khokan, a former student leader,
 arrow CCC polls an eye-opener
DISCREPANCY of nearly one lakh votes, not a matter of joke!" This is how one individual expressed his reaction in the aftermath of the CCC poll results.
 arrow Reflections on one year of UPA rule
I do not know why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken certain decisions at the end of his one-year rule -- decisions that do not fit into his style of functioning. Nor are they part of his make-up.
Letters to Editorarrow Collapse of factory
When buildings cause deaths, it's time to finally get serious about building codes, zoning codes and the performance of those we pay to enforce them.
 arrow Land of controversy
It is very unfortunate that our country is turning into a land of controversy. The EU has passed a resolution on Bangladesh politics, which will ultimately end up in controversy.
 arrow Give them compensation
The managing director and director of Spectrum Sweaters and Knitting limited reportedly appeared in the court with about 50 lawyers, led by the Dhaka Bar Association president.
 arrow Dwindling economy
The economy of Bangladesh is not faring well. If we just think of the banking sector, It would be worth remembering what the out going BB Governor said only the other day. He (Dr.
Star Healtharrow New hope against rotavirus associated diarrhoea
An estimated one-third of all diarrheal deaths in children under five years old are due to Rotavirus.
 arrow Newer test for the diabetics are more reliable
‘Mr D’ is a diabetic patient who does not lead a disciplined life while taking insulin regularly. He takes sweet, carbohydrate as he likes, does not exercise.
 arrow 5 tips for quick and easy weight loss!
How many times have you wished that you could swallow a pill and wake up in the morning thinner? It would be really nice if such a pill existed, but it does not.
 arrow Easy way to get rid of nasal congestion
There are lots of people suffering from common cold and sinusitis. They most usual discomfort of these diseases are nasal congestion.
 arrow Diet high in milk may cut heart disease risk
A diet high in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. On the contrary, it may protect against stroke and heart disease.
 arrow Scientists clone human stem cells from patients
South Korean scientists who cloned the first human embryo to use for research said that they have used the same technology to create batches of embryonic stem cells from nine patients.
 arrow Soda, sleeping pills tied to nighttime heartburn
Cutting back on carbonated soft drinks may help heartburn sufferers sleep more soundly, a study published suggests.
Star Cityarrow Buses cause most road accidents
Buses and minibuses cause more road accidents than other vehicles plying in the city, a survey of DMP says.
 arrow Extortion decreases, yet fruit prices remain high
Prices of summer fruits did not come down in the capital in this peak season, despite a significant decrease in extortion at different points of transportation of the fruits.
 arrow Parts of New Market sans electricity for 17 days
Traders and customers of three buildings in the north of the Dhaka New Market complex suffer because of a continuous power-cut since May 13.
 arrow Pay dues or no supplies to Zoo
The food suppliers to Dhaka Zoo have given an ultimatum that unless they receive their dues by May 31, supplies will stop effective June 1.
 arrow Bus fares go up
Rajshahi bound Mahmud Amin was surprised to discover at the counter of Hanif Paribahan that the bus fare from Dhaka, which was 180 Taka only days ago, had gone up to 220 Taka.
 arrow Eight new police stations await approval
The proposed setting up of eight new police stations in the capital is not expected to materialise before July atleast, as the Ministry of Finance has not approved the project yet.
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