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Front Pagearrow ADP revised on politics of vote
This year's revised Annual Development Programme (ADP) shows a drastic increase in the spending on projects that have election appeals and trimming down of the projects which are vital for social development.
 arrow DU bursts into protests over cops, JCD atrocities
Fierce protests rocked the Dhaka University campus yesterday, condemning the police excesses and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) atrocities on the students who agitated following the death of one of their
 arrow How is the BNP paying tribute to its founder?
Many city streets, both in Dhaka and the rest of the country, were partially taken over yesterday (to hell with the traffic and public inconvenience) by makeshift bamboo tents to feed the poor.
 arrow Probe body chief terms initiative eyewash
Dhaka University Treasurer Prof Rashidul Hasan, head of the committee formed to probe Sunday's violence on the campus, yesterday said the investigation move is a mere eyewash since authorities never act on the recommendations of the enquiry committees.
 arrow 'Guests' squat in MP hostel rooms
Personal staffs and relatives of lawmakers are occupying 64 rooms at the two MP hostels using all the VIP facilities as what the parliament secretariat terms guests of the MPs.
 arrow HC clears way for election
The High Court yesterday upheld the 14th amendment to the constitution providing for 45 reserved seats for women in parliament and the law for their indirect election.
 arrow BB governor plays down inflation fear
The government's expansionary measures including the implementation of the new pay scale of govt employees and increased Annual Development Programme (ADP) are unlikely to hike the inflation rate, the
 arrow New visa conditions cloud fate of 1,000
Ambiguities in new visa requirements introduced by the Malaysian government have thrown into question the fate of some 1,000 workers seeking jobs in Malaysia, who are required to secure a visa stamp by
 arrow Dhaka for similar Indian action
Against the backdrop of the slaying of six suspected Indian rebels during a major operation, Dhaka hopes that Bangladesh's anti-insurgent action will help improve relations with its neighbours.
 arrow SCBA turns to president, PM over Faizee
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday sought intervention of the president and the prime minister for resolving the raging controversy over the LLB certificate and age of Additional High Court
 arrow Zia's 24th death anniversary observed
The 24th death anniversary of president Ziaur Rahman was observed across the country yesterday.
 arrow Traffic chokes city roads on PM shuttling
City dwellers suffered aggravating traffic congestion yesterday, as various roads were closed for several hours while Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia and her cabinet members visited various pro-grammes
 arrow Twin Iraq blasts kill 27 ex-cops
Two suicide bombers strapped with explosives blew themselves up in a crowd of protesting former policemen south of Baghdad yesterday, killing 27 in one of the deadliest attacks in a month of escalating
 arrow Khaleda goes to Japan in July
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to pay an official visit to Japan tentatively July 12-15 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
 arrow Two-year boy goes to court today for bail
Two-year-old Rasul, charge sheeted with 13 others in a case recorded with the Khulna Police Station more than a year ago under Explosive Substances Act, will be produced with bail prayer today beforethe
 arrow Comilla editor slaughtered
The editor and publisher of local daily 'Comilla Mukta Khabar' Muhammad Golam Mahfuz, 38, was slaughtered at his Bagichagaon office-cum-residence in the town.
 arrow Dhaka-KL jt commission meet June 6-7
Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Commission meeting to be held in Dhaka June 6-7 will discuss trade, investment and manpower export among other issues.
 arrow BNP leader roughs up journo
A ruling BNP leader yesterday assaulted a journalist of a national daily for writing a report that had gone against him.
 arrow Pak cricket legend Fazal passes away
Former Pakistan Test bowler Fazal Mahmood, one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in 1954, died in his hometown of Lahore on Monday.
"He passed away today peacefully...

 arrow Robbers shot dead 2 in Ctg
Robbers shot dead two persons who were chasing them in Rangunia upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow French say firm 'no' to EU treaty
France overwhelmingly rejected the European Union constitution on Sunday, pitching the EU deep into crisis and dealing a potentially fatal blow to a charter designed to make the enlarged bloc run smoothly.
Businessarrow High import expenses worry BB governor
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed his concern over high import expenditures and said measures to discourage import of unessential items will continue.
 arrow Textile millers seek 15pc cash incentives
In a bid to remain competitive in the post-MFA era, textile mill owners yesterday urged the government to provide them with at least 15 percent cash incentives instead of existing 5 percent.
 arrow Ashuganj Power Co now free from PDB control
The state-owned Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited has been made an independent enterprise, free from PDB jurisdiction, as part of power-sector reforms to fulfil one of the major conditions of foreign
 arrow No deal with Tata against country's interest
No deal will be signed with Tata Group on its proposed investment against the country's interest, said industries minister yesterday.
 arrow Textile engineers for steps to promote backward linkage
Local textile engineers yesterday urged the government to give 25 percent cash incentive for woven garment and 15 percent for knitwear exports to encourage backward linkage industries.
 arrow CCCI wants import duty cut on raw materials
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has urged the government to reduce import duty on capital machinery and raw materials for the growth of industrialisation.
 arrow Airline industry sees losses mounting, further consolidation
The global airline industry said Monday its losses would mount to six billion dollars this year and predicted more consolidation as high fuel prices and soaring costs in North America outpace growth in
 arrow China edges closer to trade war with Europe, US over textiles
China edged closer to a trade war with the European Union and United States Monday, scrapping export tariffs on a range of textile products while vowing to defend its legal trading rights.
 arrow StanChart ATM opens at Hatirpool
Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh has opened its 25th ATM (automated teller machine) booth at Hatirpool in Dhaka.
 arrow Andes teams up with Bridal Asia to arrange annual bridal show
Local Andes Ltd in association with Indian fashion event brand Bridal Asia will arrange bridal show in the country every year with top designers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and
 arrow New EC chairman of Mercantile Bank
Golam Faruk Ahmed has been made Executive Committee chairman of the Board of Directors of Mercantile Bank Limited.
 arrow Toyota to build seventh plant in North America
Toyota Motor will invest 50 billion yen (467 million dollars) to build a new plant in Canada, its seventh auto factory in North America, to boost production in the region, a report said Monday.
 arrow LG phones jump to no 2 in US
LG Electronics Inc., Korea's No2 electronics maker, said Sunday that it was the second-biggest seller of mobile phones in the United States during the first quarter this year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Of holiday and a slice of humour
The Bangladesh team management declared Monday a holiday for the cricketers and the first sight of a nice little break after the three-day mismatch at Lord's was refreshing except for the return of typical
 arrow Football: Abahani, Mukti off the mark
Just like Brothers Union, title contenders Abahani and Muktijoddha Sangsad also won their Premier Bank Premier Football League openers with identical 2-1 wins yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fazal Mahmood no more
Former Pakistan cricket great Fazal Mahmood, known here as the "Hero of The Oval", died at his Lahore home after suffering a heart attack, his family said. He was 78.
 arrow Most players are not internally motivated
Richard McInness, Bangladesh Cricket Board's first High Performance Manager and coach of the Under 19 and A teams, will leave the country for his native Australia on Wednesday as he has already joined
 arrow Tennis: Men's champ Gaudio crashes out
Maria Sharapova won in 10 minutes Monday at the French Open. Justine Henin-Hardenne took a lot longer.
 arrow Cricket: Reds make solid start
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak Raj captured five wickets but BCB Red still managed a decent total on the first day of the three-day trial match against BCB Green at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A win for WI finally
Shahid Afridi's third Test hundred could not prevent West Indies from winning their first Test in a shade over one year, when they completed a comprehensive 276-run win over Pakistan in the first Test
 arrow Football: Udinese leave it late
Udinese clinched the final Cham-pions League place up for grabs, while Brescia were relegated on Sunday, the final day of the Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Final day drama
Villareal and Real Betis secured their entry to next season's Champions League after respective must-win games on the final day of action in the Spanish league on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Arif lifts U-12 boys' crown
Arif Hossain clinched the Under-12 boys' singles title in the Scandex Bangladesh Open Tennis Competition when he beat Jamil 6-3, 6-2 in the final at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball from June 7
The final round of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball competition begins at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex on June 7.
 arrow Football: Another draw for Victoria
Victoria Sporting Club registered another draw in the First Division Football League when Mohakhali XI held them 1-1 at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: BBF names probables
The Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) announced a 35-member preliminary list yesterday to form a national team for the FIBA-Asia qualifying round to be held in New Delhi in next July.
Metropolitanarrow '1 dies every 8 seconds due to tobacco-related disease'
One person dies every eight seconds across the world due to tobacco-related diseases, said the president of Manash, an anti-smoking organisation, quoting a report of the World Health Organisation yesterday.
 arrow Mass media do not properly cover child-related issues
A news agency for children, Shishu Prokash (Children's Express) was formally launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Tk 27.4 b spent in Bangladesh a year on tobacco-related treatment'
At least 50 per cent of the 700 children, dying daily from malnutrition in the country, could have been saved with 70 percent of the money their parents spend on tobacco everyday.
 arrow BSTI fails to control adulteration in food
More than 6o per cent of the branded noodles, available in the local market, have no manufacture or expiry date, a consumer watchdog report said yesterday.
 arrow DU treasurer forms mobile audit team
The treasurer of Dhaka University yesterday formed a two-member mobile audit team to ensure accountability in spending money that is collected from students at different departments and offices of deans,
 arrow Underprivileged children to get free eye surgeries
Child Sight Foundation (CSF), a non-profit organisation, will provide quality cataract surgeries for the blind children free of cost every year, says a press release.
 arrow Trial of Balu murder case begins today
Trial of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case will begin in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate today.
 arrow 'Police trying to to damage merit of case'
Nari-O-Shishu Nirjaton Protirodh Forum (NSNPF) convenor Khwaja Mohiuddin Lavlu at press conference yesterday said that police were trying to damage the merit of the sensational Mukta murder case.
 arrow Power sub-station gutted
A fire gutted a power sub-station of Progoti Bhaban in the city's Karwan Bazar triggering panic in the area.
 arrow Teletalk fails to provide SIMs
Some 1000 Teletalk customers, all senior professionals and officials, who have been provided forms to receive SIMs (Connections) from outside the lottery winners by Monday, were turned down.
 arrow School teacher raped in city
A teacher of an English medium school was raped at Adarshanagar in the city's Badda area on Sunday evening.
 arrow Improved healthcare facilities for slum-dwellers
Some 60,000 slum-dwellers in the city will be given improved healthcare facilities for next 18 months under a collective healthcare network.
 arrow 88 phones out of order in city
At least 88 T&T land phone lines have gone out of order due to the underground cable disruption in the city's Jigatola and Moneswar road in the city.
 arrow Shaheed Ratan's anniversary of death today
The 17th death anniversary of martyred student leader Jamil Akhtar Ratan, slain by the fundamentalists in 1988, will be observed today.
 arrow Orientation held
The orientation programme of the students of the second batch of Shahabuddin Medical College was held on its Gulshan premises yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Bright prospect of coffee cultivation in 2 dists
Coffee cultivation in vast fallow forest lands in Tangail and Mymensigh may open up a new horizon for people in the areas, thanks to the initiative by an NGO worker.
 arrow Tk 2cr cellphones seized in Sylhet
Customs officials at Sylhet Osmani International airport on Sunday seized mobile phone sets worth Tk one crore 85 lakh brought illegally from Dubai.
 arrow Hartal observed in Sylhet city
An eight-hour hartal to press for construction of a hanging bridge over the Surma was observed here partially yesterday.
 arrow Feud in Satkhira BNP intensifies
Internal conflict in Satkhira district BNP has taken a new turn as leaders of its Shyamnagar upazila unit at a meeting brought allegations against the district BNP secretary that he is sheltering criminals
 arrow Fighting dowry, early marriage
Union Parishad (UP) leaders, social workers, teachers, students, matchmakers, marriage registrars and NGO activists in Dhulihar, a remote union in Sadar upazila, have joined hands with a noble aim--to
 arrow Baby show heldin B'baria
A baby show was held at the Park View Community Centre here on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow A preventable disaster
In a country that stumbles upon calamity, mostly man-made, with unerring regularity and embraces disaster with disturbing stoicism, death's sting has long been blunted.
 arrow EC and the predicament of the CEC
Belated though an expression of the most trying role the outgoing Chief Election Commissioner had to play over the past five years it is good to see that the incumbent has given out the truth.
 arrow Dual India-Pakistan citizenship?
We are grateful to the Pakistani government for allowing us to enter Pakistan and symbolically complete the India Pakistan Peace March scheduled from Delhi to Multan between March 23 and May 11, but regret
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Culturearrow Of gliding, lyrical forms in wood
Rejaul Islam Lovelu's wood carvings are idyllic in every way. They combine the folk with the modern and nature with mankind.
 arrow Super Glue
"There can be experiments in theatre, but not all experiments are theatre", commented Kamaluddin Kabir, an acclaimed director and set designer, who watched Nagorik Natyangan's latest play Super Glue.
 arrow " Geared with make-up, I saw myself as a pretty belle " -- Shahed
Shahed Sharif Khan is a talented actor who is quite popular with his female fans for being easy on the eyes. He started his acting career in theatre in the '90s.
 arrow Tug of war involving Aishwarya
Almost a year ago, after the success of Khakee, Raj Kumar Santoshi was considering several story ideas from Prithiviraj Sanjukta to Chatrapati Shivaji.
Generalarrow RU teacher assaulted by Shibir cadres
Hundreds of Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday assaulted the student advisor of the university and confined him at his office for an hour.
 arrow 12 shops gutted in Rajshahi
At least 12 shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at Baneswar Bazaar here yesterday.
 arrow Apollo Hospitals launches vaccination programme
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka launched a vaccination programme for the children and the pregnant women recently in addition to its regular health programmes, says a press release.
 arrow Iranian cultural team in city
A seven-member Iranian delegation, led by Cultural and Islami Guidance Affairs Minister Ahmad Masjed Jame'I, arrived here yesterday on a four-day official visit.
 arrow 2 outlaws held in Khulna
Police arrested two armed cadres of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) from Kadamtala and Kakmari villages under Dumuria upazila of Khulna district on Sunday night.
Internationalarrow French vote threatens EU role on world stage
The EU vowed yesterday to press ahead with boosting its role on the world stage despite the turmoil unleashed by France's rejection of its constitution, but analysts say its diplomatic muscle could well
 arrow EU in disarray awaits knockout Dutch blow
The EU scrambled yesterday to pick up the pieces after a devastating French "no" to its new constitution -- while bracing for a Dutch vote that could deal a killer blow to its long-cherished integration
 arrow Fears grow for ME truce after Israeli raid in Gaza
Fears were growing for a shaky Middle East truce yesterday after two Palestinian sisters are wounded by a rocket fired from an Israeli drone pursuing Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Low turnout mars Hariri son's polls win in Beirut
Low turnout in Beirut polls marred a sweeping victory for the son of slain ex-prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in three decades with no Syrian troops in the country.
 arrow Asia leading newspaper renaissance: WAN
Worldwide newspaper sales edged up by more than two percent in 2004 while advertising revenue recorded significant gains, the World Association of Newspapers said yesterday.
 arrow Militants fire rocket at Nato base
A bicycle bomb targeting a Nato-led vehicle exploded yesterday near Kabul, wounding at least seven Afghans, hours after a rocket was fired at the peacekeeping force's headquarters in the capital, officials
 arrow FMs of India, Russia, China to hold talks
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh will travel to Vladivostok this week for talks to boost trade and regional cooperation between India, Russia and China, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Advani embarks on week-long trip to Pakistan
The leader of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, LK Advani, has left the Indian capital Delhi for a week-long visit to Pakistan.
 arrow EU experts join Aceh peace talks
Security issues and foreign monitoring were on the table as European Union observers yesterday joined Indonesian government officials and Aceh separatists on their fifth day of peace talks in Helsinki,
Editorialarrow Editorial: How do we combat corruption?
Eradicating or severely cutting back corruption has swung up the agenda pyramid once again due to the recent roundtable discussion organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission. This is as it should be.
 arrow Editorial: Rowdyism versus tragedy!
The incidents taking place in the wake of the death of a DU student are truly cause for concern.
 arrow Not the person but the process
While one would like to hail Justice MA Aziz as the newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), in the same breadth, however, one could also criticise the process of his selection.
Letters to Editorarrow Involuntary reaction
After a long, long period, some visible action by the government pleased me involuntarily.
 arrow So near, yet so far!
I was reading an article about Budhadeb Bhattacharjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, how he is transforming the poverty stricken State into an important hub of industrial development and FDI in India.
 arrow For a better image
During the 24 years of Pakistan and 34 years of Bangladesh period, our nation has seen gradual progress in the political, economic and social sectors.
 arrow Uneasy senators
We were impressed by the eloquence of British MP George Galloway when he was defending himself against allegations that he pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the UN Oil for Food programme.
 arrow PM's visit and school kids
Once again it has been proved that it is Bangladesh. People here talk about progress, but it's all about pronouncing some meaningless words. Our prime minister visited Kishoreganj a few days ago.
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