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Front Pagearrow DU campus under JCD capture
Pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists and the police yesterday formed a cordon round the Dhaka University (DU) campus to bar pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) adherents, whothey
 arrow WB wants effective ACC, energy reforms first
The World Bank has pinned its development support credit (DSC) on making the Anti-Corruption Commission fully operational and reforming the energy sector.
 arrow Bimstec sets December to seal FTA deal talks
Bimstec senior officials ended their meeting yesterday by setting a target to conclude the negotiations on a free trade area (FTA) deal by December and to execute the umbrella agreement in July next year
 arrow AL wants judicial inquiry
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday in a meeting asked the government for separate judicial investigations into recent violence on Dhaka University campus, all extra judicial killings involving
 arrow Practical class ...

 arrow Rab now blames it on unknown assailants
Rab now blames Tuesday's killing of Jubo League leader Abul Kalam Azad Sumon on unknown assailants, as questions creep up over his 'notoriety' and the motive for the murder in an "encounter" between "criminals"
 arrow 2 'robbers' killed in 'crossfire'
Two alleged highway robbers were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Rajendrapur in Chouddagram upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow AL won't join budget session
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will not join the upcoming budget session of parliament that will be its House boycott for the third time during the tenure of the current parliament.
 arrow Bus fare shoots up after fuel price hike
Some bus service providers in the capital raised their bus fares by at least 25 percent from yesterday following the recent price hike of fuel.
 arrow Hasina says govt listing her party men for 'crossfire'
Leader of the opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of preparing a list of her party's prospective leaders and activists across the country to killthem
 arrow 15 cheated job seekers return from Jordan
Fifteen Bangladeshi fortune seekers, allegedly cheated by a travel agency, yesterday returned from Jordan empty handed after experiencing intolerable sufferings.
 arrow Yunus questions banks' urban lending from rural deposits
Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday raised the ethical question of banks' lending to urban borrowers from the deposits of rural people.
 arrow Crackdown ordered to bust drug ring
The government yesterday ordered the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) to take drastic action to check smuggling and transportation of drugs in the country and to destroy drug peddlers' dens.
 arrow Mohiuddin to take oath from PM today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will administer the oath of office to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury at her office in Dhaka today.
 arrow Heat wave to continue for another week
The current heat wave sweeping the country will persist for another week, while a severe heat wave may pass over most of Rajshahi, Sylhet and Khulna divisions, met experts said.
 arrow 3 BNP men, journo hurt in blasts
Three BNP leaders including a municipality chairman, and a journalist were injured in a bomb attack in Alamdanga in Chuadanga on Tuesday night.
 arrow 3 killed, 50 hurt in tornado
At least three people died and 50 others were injured in a tornado that razed to the ground more than 1,500 houses in four unions of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow 40 injured as BNP factions engage in gunbattle
At least 40 people including a woman were injured, 18 of them bullet-hit, in a gunfight between supporters of two rival BNP men at village Mahiskundi in Daulatpur upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Ex-FBI top boss was 'Deep Throat'
Former FBI deputy director Mark Felt was revealed Tuesday as "Deep Throat", the source of secret details on the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon in the 1970s.
 arrow Afghan mosque blast kills 20
A suicide bomb attack on the funeral of a leading cleric killed by suspected Taliban militants left at least 20 people dead in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar including one of the country's top policemen,
 arrow 15 injured in blast at Iraq airport
A suicide bomber attacked the main checkpoint to Baghdad International Airport yesterday, wounding at least 15 Iraqis, the military said.
 arrow JS body accuses DPHE ex-chief engineer of Tk 13.5cr graft
A parliamentary probe body has accused former chief engineer of the Department of Public Health Engineering Farid Uddin Ahmed of embezzling Tk 13.50 crore and recommended legal action against him.
 arrow The chase...

Businessarrow Knitwear exporters eye China market
When China is dominating the world apparel market, local knitwear exporters are confident to grab a portion of Chinese market.
 arrow Poor tax incentives bar cos from going public
Inadequate tax incentives for listed companies are discouraging successful local and multinational companies to go public, observed Shahiq Khan, president of Dhaka Stock Exchange.
 arrow BEI, Katalyst to set up corporate social responsibility centre
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and Katalyst, a project promoting small and medium enterprises, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a corporate social responsibility
 arrow Small entrepreneurs seek export subsidy
When products of small and cottage industries hardly get moral support of the policymakers, the "so-called" export subsidy still remains a far cry for the small entrepreneurs to boost their line of production.
 arrow Food shop owners decry VAT, threaten to close stores
Food shop owners yesterday threatened to shut down shutters of some 4,000 food stores in Dhaka along with 21,000 others across the country, if the VAT is not exempted or brought down to a tolerable limit.
 arrow Wolfowitz takes World Bank helm
Paul Wolfowitz became World Bank president yesterday and said his agenda would focus on Africa, tackling corruption and making poor countries feel less sidelined in the bank's decisions.
 arrow Food ministry okays Tk 94cr ADP
Food and Disaster Management Ministry yesterday approved a Tk 94 crore annual development programme for implementing 15 projects.
 arrow Gillette holds promotional raffle draws
Raffle draws of trade promotional campaign of Gillette Bangladesh were held yesterday simultaneously in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna.
 arrow 26 foreign cos bid for gas, oil explorations in India
In an unprecedented response to India's search for energy security, 26 companies from 13 countries, including the UK, Canada and Kuwait, have bid for explorations of gas and oil fields in the country.
 arrow Winners of Pepsi offer to fly to meet Amitabh
‘Adda with Amitabh', the latest promotional campaign of soft drink giant Pepsi, earned a huge response across the country.
 arrow Oil prices climb on eve of US inventories report
World oil prices rose on Wednesday when traders geared up for the release of official US data on crude stockpiles just a few days after the start of the summer driving season in the United States.
 arrow EU, US must relax demands over textiles: Chinese state media
The United States and European Union must adopt a more flexible attitude if progress is to be made in their dispute with China over textile exports, state media said Wednesday ahead of a visit by US trade
 arrow Japan, Indonesia agree to begin talks on FTA
Japan and Indonesia agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiations over a free trade agreement (FTA) as early as next month, as Tokyo tries to secure regional clout through trade deals in Southeast Asia.
Sportsarrow Cricket: It's drizzling in Durham
'Welcome to the north' were the words Bangladesh's liaison officer Edward uttered as he came out of the front door of the Redworth Hall Hotel and nonchalantly started walking towards the team bus with
 arrow Cricket: Welcome to the Hotel Redworth
Bangladesh could not think of a colder reception when they arrived here Monday afternoon to prepare for the second Test starting at Chester-le-Street on July 3.
 arrow Cricket: Anti-Tigers campaign saddens Mahmud
It was impossible for any Bangladeshi cricketer to keep himself away from the heat of an offensive campaign launched by the English media against Bangladesh's Test status following the Lord's debacle,
 arrow Football: Brothers ride on referee!
A controversial penalty awarded by referee Ehsanul Haq helped Brothers Union pick full points against Farashganj Sporting Club in the Premier Bank Premier Football League yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Puerta powers into last four
Mariano Puerta of Argentina finally broke down the defences of dogged compatriot Guillermo Canas in a sapping five-set battle to reach the French Open semifinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul and Shahadat coming back
The Bangladesh selectors were yet to announce the team for the second Test, but even before they make it public one thing is for sure that young left-arm spinner Enamul Haque will be heading home along
 arrow Cricket: Kapali shines in Reds' defeat
Out-of-favour Alok Kapali finally returned to runs with an explosive 86 but BCB Red still lost the three-day trail match by two wickets against BCB Green after two sporting declarations on the final day
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore's fear
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has said his side could be in for an even bigger thrashing than last week's innings and 261 run first Test defeat at Lord's when the second and final match of the seriesstarts
 arrow Cricket: N Zealand drop Sinclair, Butler
Fast bowler Ian Butler and batsman Mathew Sinclair have been dropped from New Zealand cricket contracts, New Zealand Cricket said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Wari record first win
A 44th minute strike by Milon ended Wari Club's losing streak with a 1-0 win over Dhanmondi Club in yesterday's First Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Athletics: Athletics camp begins under US coaches
A residential athletics camp began at the BKSP in Savar yesterday under US coaches Warren Helmar and Allen Marred.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen's opportunity
Kevin Pietersen has been given an opportunity to make the most of the absence of his Ashes rivals by starring for England in the triangular one-day series with Australia and Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Owen steals the show
Michael Owen grabbed a hattrick as England completed their two-match tour of the US with a 3-2 victory over Colombia in a friendly on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Class does the talking
Less than three years ago, Graham Thorpe walked out on his teammates as England were packing their bags for Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly hopes for the best
Sourav Ganguly has expressed the hope that his stint with Glamorgan will fetch him as much success as his previous tours to England with the Indian team.
 arrow Football: Depor part with long time coach
Deportivo Coruna coach Javier Irureta is leaving by mutual agreement, the Primera Liga club announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Kaptai Upazila knocked out Binita Roy Smriti Library Club 4-2 in the tiebreaker after their Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football match ended in a goalless draw at the local stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Identify those giving arms to students
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for identifying the evil people who are destroying the potential of the students and the youths by giving arms to them.
 arrow Resist enemies of trees: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for invigorating the afforestation campaign and preventing "enemies of trees" from carrying on their onslaughts on forests.
 arrow UK actress Joanna arrives today
British actress Joanna Lumley arrives in the city today on a five-day visit to support a groundbreaking crash programme of the Sight Savers International to bring sight to 10,000 Bangladeshi childrenborn
 arrow Eliminate corruption from education sector
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for eliminating corruption from the education sector.
 arrow CMP identifies 53 crime spots in Chittagong
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has identified 53 crime spots in the city with a view to conducting surprise raids in cooperation with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) soon.
 arrow 49 killed by Rab, police in May
A total of 49 people were killed by the law enforcers across the country in the last one month, including 39 of them in crossfire, a human rights organisation report said.
 arrow Govt to reform laws to make judicial system more dynamic
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to reform laws to make judicial system more dynamic.
 arrow Form metro govt for ideal urbanisation
Environmentalists, engineers and urban experts at a seminar yesterday suggested formation of metropolitan government for ideal urbanisation in the country.
 arrow City BNP leader, construction worker shot
Unknown criminals shot and injured a BNP leader and a construction worker in two separate incidents in the city's Mirpur area early hours yesterday.
 arrow Rajuk approves AMCH plan
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has approved the plan for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) to be built in Sector 10 of Uttara Model Town in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Tribute to Manik Mia
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid tributes to the memory of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, founder-editor of the daily Ittefaq and a politician.
 arrow Navy launches tree plantation campaign
Bangladesh Navy has launched a massive tree plantation campaign at all naval bases and establishments in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Mongla, Kaptai, Cox's Bazar and other naval units in the coastal areas
 arrow Khaleda greets French counterpart
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has congratulated Dominique de Villepin on his appointment as the Prime Minster of the Republic of France.
Nationalarrow Who tortured the trader?
A traders' association leader, arrested by Rab (rapid Action battalion) on May 27 and allegedly tortured by police, have been admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in a critical condition.
 arrow Probe into 'anomaly' in Tk 25cr WDB work
The Ministry of Water Resources has decided to probe alleged irregularities in awarding Tk 25 crore embankment construction projects to contractors in Godagari upazila.
 arrow Hepatitis-B scare in Nilphamari village
Panic has gripped the people at Holhoia village in Domar upazila after a woman died from Hepatitis-B virus.
 arrow Hartal in Rajshahi today
A half-day hartal (strike) will be observed here today demanding speedy probe and trial of schoolgirl Mili Rape and Murder Case.
 arrow Human chain in Bogra protesting repression on newsmen
Journalists yesterday formed a human chain at Sathmatha in the town protesting murder, repression and filling false cases against journalists.
 arrow Comilla editor murder protested
Journalists in Satkhira and Brahmanbaria have protested murder of the Comilla Mukta Kantha editor Muhammad Golam Mahfuz and demanded arrest of the killers.
 arrow Job training for indigenous women begins in Rangamati
A three-month training programme for indigenous women to enhance their capability to compete in job markets began here yesterday.
 arrow Clash over land in Sitakundu leaves 25 hurt
At least 25 people including some women were injured in a clash between two groups of people over possession of government land at a remote hilly area in Jangal Salimpur in Sitakundu upazila yesterday.
 arrow KRC chemical unit resumes operation
The chemical unit at Karnaphuli Rayon Complex (KRC), after about two years' closure, started operation again on Tuesday under the management of Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KMP).
 arrow Serene Hills Ravaged...

Point-Counterpointarrow Lords Test: A nightmare for Bangladesh Cricket
Bangladesh have suffered yet another ignominious defeat, this time at the hands of the English, in their first ever Test match against England at Lords, a place more commonly known to cricket lovers as
 arrow An Indian journey
Compared to Pakistan's Karachi and Lahore airports, Mumbai's domestic departure terminal was a shock, a scene of organized chaos.
 arrow UP finances need fixing
Access to information is a fundamental right. As a public institution, it is the duty of the Union Parishad (UP) to ensure people's right to information.
Culturearrow Life under the shadow of music
The remix version of the songs: Maya Lagaisey or Gari choley nah choley narey are immensely popular nowadays among the youth.
 arrow Nature at its simplest
Khurshid Alam Saleem, here for a holiday from Long Island, USA, has been holding an exhibition at Chitrak from May 27.
 arrow Sheola scores 100
Popular drama serial on ntv, Sheola is set to score its century on June 7, says a press release.
Generalarrow Ctg Sadarghat traders' agitation begins today
The businessmen of Sadarghat in the port city yesterday announced a weeklong agitation protesting increased incidents of mugging and robberies.
 arrow 30 injured in Ctg madrasa clash
A series of clashes between two groups of students of Sheikh Moinul Ulum Madrasa in Hathazari upazila left at least 30 injured yesterday.
 arrow Open day of British Council Teaching Centre Saturday
The British Council Teaching Centre here will hold its annual open day on Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
 arrow Kindergarten Assoc executive
Monowara Bhui-yan, principal of Little Scholars Tutorial and High School, was elec-ted Secretary General of Bangladesh Kindergarten Association recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Bombing spells more trouble for Afghans
Three and a half years after the fall of the Taliban, a suicide bombing at the funeral of a top cleric who spoke out against the ousted regime has highlighted mounting insecurity in Afghanistan.
 arrow UN extends Iraq force mandate
The United Nations extended its mandate for foreign forces in Iraq, where a new attack at a Baghdad airport checkpoint Wednesday underscored the difficulties facing the government in its efforts to crack
 arrow Dutch vote on Europe constitution
People in the Netherlands are voting on the European Union constitution, just three days after a "No" vote plunged France into crisis.
 arrow Villepin in talks to form govt
Newly-appointed French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin consulted with prospective ministers as he began assembling his government after France's disastrous EU constitution referendum.
 arrow Nixon aides condemn 'Deep Throat' for betrayal
Aides to the late president Richard Nixon have said that former FBI deputy director Mark Felt, unmasked as the anonymous Watergate source known as "Deep Throat," had breached professional ethics by leaking
 arrow 'Biological attack' shuts Indonesian embassy in Australia
Indonesia's embassy in Canberra was sealed with 22 staff inside on Wednesday after a letter filled with a bacterial powder arrived for the ambassador in what appeared to be a biological attack linkedto
 arrow Smoking scenes banned on Indian movies and TV channels
In a major drive against tobacco products, Indian government has banned smoking scenes from movies and television channels from August this year.
 arrow 11 dead as thousands flee torrential rains in China
At least 11 people are dead and 26 are missing after mountain torrents flooded parts of central China, forcing the evacuation of up to 60,000 people, local officials and state media said Wednesday.
 arrow Saddam's trial not possible before formal charges: Lawyer
The trial of toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein cannot take place until he has been formally charged, one of his lawyers said here Tuesday.
 arrow Pakistan mosque attack suspect remanded
A Pakistani court Wednesday remanded in police custody an Islamic militant injured in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque that sparked riots in which a KFC outlet was torched, leaving a total of 11 dead.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Campus riots out of control
THE only silver lining we can see to the current deplorable situation on the DU campus is that with summer vacation starting early, perhaps there will now be time and space for tempers to calm down and
 arrow Editorial: A ride through hell
A prominent Bangla daily has published a very revealing news story.
 arrow Irreversible peace process or false dawn?
Whatever may be the compulsions of the two countries to climb down from their long-held positions in order to seek peace on a permanent basis, it augurs well for South Asia that the two long-time foes
 arrow Is a South Asian parliament viable?
The idea of a parliament in the South Asian region is not very new, although some quarters feel that the concept is premature and unlikely to take shape in the near future.
Letters to Editorarrow Odd language
At public meetings or in parliament, I often hear our eminent leaders of the ruling party using the word "tenara" and "tenader" to indicate the members of the opposition.
 arrow Develop the port city
Now that the Chittagong (CCC) mayoral elections are over, it is time for the government to focus on the rapid development of the port city as a commercial hub.
 arrow Telephone policy
The government is losing a huge amount of import duties and taxes on import of mobile cell phones, due to large-scale smuggling (mostly through passengers' personal baggage).
 arrow Asian powerhouse
China is fast emerging as Asia's future powerhouse, with Japan enjoying sunset years after being beholden to the rising sun in the West-- the United States.
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