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Front Pagearrow Road accidents cost about 2pc of GDP
Reckless driving, plying of unfit vehicles and overloading account for about 90 percent of road accidents in the country, which cause a loss of around Tk 4,000 crore a year, equivalent to two percentof
 arrow Local tech-whiz devises a simple way out
A Bangladeshi scientist has devised a simple, inexpensive but ingenious technology to treat surface water for drinking that offers a cost-effective substitute to the arsenic-contaminated water, widespread
 arrow Hazarika killed in 'crossfire'
Top criminal and notorious arms dealer Giasuddin Iftekhar alias Gias Hazarika was killed in a "crossfire" between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Rangunia in the district here early
 arrow Hot spell to continue for another week
The scorching heat wave that has been sweeping over the country for some time now making life miserable has already claimed over 30 lives in the last two weeks.
 arrow Ershad faces pressure to toe 4-party line
The Jatiya Party (JP) led by HM Ershad is under tremendous pressure from the ruling coalition to take to a 'politics of compromise'.
 arrow Cops, criminals on regular payroll of sex traders
Many residential hotels regularly bribe the police and local criminals, each splashing out upwards of Tk 1 lakh a month, to facilitate the thriving sex trade in the city, an investigation by The Daily
 arrow Mobile JCD teams still guard DU campus
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men split in at least five mobile teams guarded round the clock different entrances to Dhaka University (DU) to keep the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers from entering
 arrow Bangladesh on the back foot
The opening day of the second Test at the Riverside ground on Friday can be best described as an action replay of what had happened on the first day at Lord's two weeks ago.
 arrow BSF on high alert to stop 'return' of Indian rebels
India has put its northeastern border guards on high alert to stop rebels infiltrating from Bangladesh during a crackdown there on Indian guerrillas, a top paramilitary officer said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka denies allegation of Ulfa-run hotels
Dhaka yesterday denied a PTI report that the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) runs seven international-standard hotels and operates three bank accounts in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh to propose FTA with Malaysia
Bangladesh will propose a Free Trade Agreement with Malaysia in Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Commission (JC) meeting to be held on June 6-7, after a break of 10 years.
 arrow Rab arrests top criminal Arman
Arman Khan, one of the 23 top listed criminals of the country, was arrested by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday.
 arrow Robbers gun down youth in Ctg
Robbers gunned down a youth and injured another at Purba (east) Shamsherpara under Chandgaon Police Station in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow UNO threatens to beat up journos
A UNO (upazila nirbahi officer) of Joypurhat Thursday at a gathering attended by ruling BNP leaders threatened to beat up three journalists of the district.
 arrow BSF kills one in Lalmonirhat
A Bangladeshi national was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Singimari border in Hatibandha upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 27 more cheated job seekers return from Jordan
Twenty-seven more Bangladeshi fortune seekers, allegedly cheated by a travel agency, yesterday returned from Jordan empty handed after experiencing intolerable sufferings.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi to hold FS-level talks June 21
Bangladesh and India will hold foreign secretary level consultations in New Delhi on June 21 to review the entire range of bilateral relations between the two countries.
 arrow 19 die in fresh bout of Iraq violence
Nineteen Iraqis died in the country's latest round of unchecked violence, sources said yesterday, as security forces pressed on with their operation to root out insurgents in the capital.
 arrow US must gain trust of Muslims, says Lee
The United States must use its "soft power" to gain the trust and confidence of Muslims worldwide if it is to "prevail over terrorism", Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
 arrow Ahab threatens to teach Jamaat-BNP 'a lesson'
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) leaders at a public meeting here yesterday threatened to teach the ruling BNP-Jamaat alliance 'a lesson' in the next general elections if the four Ahab leaders including
 arrow AL won't give its symbol for Narsingdi-1 by-polls
The Awami League (AL) will not give the Nagorik Committee-backed candidate Asaduzzaman its election symbol 'boat' to contest the Narsingdi-1 by-polls scheduled for June 22.
 arrow Cops allegedly torture BCL leader in Ctg
Police detained a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader allegedly without any specific allegation and severely tortured him that triggered widespread agitation in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed, 50 hurt as tornado hits Netrakona
Three people were killed and 50 others injured as a tornado lashed Netrakona Sadar, Madan and Atpara upazila yesterday evening.

The identity of the dead could not be known immediately.

 arrow People will force govt to apologise for DU incidents, says Dr Kamal
Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the 14 crore people of the country will force the government to apologise for the recent incidents on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
 arrow Goalpara power cut causes severe load shedding
Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Jessore districts under Khulna Zone are suffering severe load shedding as the 110MW unit of Goalpara power station went out of order on Thursday due to leakage in the acid
 arrow Nearly one in 5 Japanese aged 65, more than a million over 90
The elderly made up a record 19.
Businessarrow BB asks NCBs to recover Tk 992cr bad loan by Dec
Bangladesh Bank has set a target of recovering Tk 992 crore default loans for the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), including Tk 232 crore from their top 20 defaulters by December this year.
 arrow Bourse fortune hangs on budgetary incentives
Shares at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) have been moving flat for last one week or more in absence of "economic impetus" with the investors waiting for incentives in the coming budget.
 arrow Consumers, grocers stock up essentials fearing price-hike
Already under pressure from rising prices, city dwellers, especially the middle and lower middle class, have started to stock essential items fearing another price-hike after the next budget.
 arrow India begins anti-dumping probe into China silk import
India has begun anti-dumping probe into import of silk from China but exporters fear the move might mar the prospects of value added silk exports from India.
 arrow DHL Bangladesh holds mid-year meeting of Operations Dept
DHL Express Bangladesh held its mid-year meeting of the Operations Department recently in Tangail with the theme 'Go beyond stops and be dominant in the competitive market'.
 arrow Square launches cook contest
In a bid to popularise traditional regional food and encourage creativity in culinary, Square Consumer Products Ltd has recently launched a nationwide cook competition.
 arrow Pubali Bank inks loan recovery deal
Pubali Bank Ltd has signed an agreement with Multi Promotional Services Ltd for recovery of classified loan.
 arrow Prime Bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon sign accord
Prime Bank Ltd and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd (CBCL) have signed a correspondent banking agreement regarding collection and disbursement of cash and cheques on Monday in Dhaka.
 arrow Apec agrees on ‘Swiss formula’ to cut tariffs
Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific nations agreed here on Friday to a formula that would be used to cut tariffs on non-agricultural products, organizers said.
 arrow Britain challenges G8 on total debt write-off
Britain threw down a challenge to its Group of Eight partners Friday, proposing 100-percent debt relief to pay for free education for millions of children in the world's poorest countries.
 arrow China links US textile curbs with farm trade
A top Chinese official questioned Thursday why Beijing should honour commitments to open its market to more foreign farm goods if the United States and Europe are slamming their doors to Chinese clothing
 arrow 4 nations sign trans-Pacific trade pact
New Zealand, Brunei, Chile and Singapore announced a trans-Pacific free trade pact Friday to improve market access between the countries.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 28-June 02, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Cricket: The Lord's Syndrome
Be it at Lord's or the Riverside ground you will be amazed at the sight of some striking similarities.
 arrow Football: Abahani find rhythm
Abahani produced some entertaining football to thrash Dhaka Wanderers 4-1 in the Premier Bank Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe joins English elite
Graham Thorpe became the eighth England cricketer to appear in 100 Tests when he was selected for the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the Riverside here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Big Merv becomes Aussie selector
Merv Hughes, one of the characters of Australian cricket, Friday filled Allan Border's vacancy on the Australian selection panel, Cricket Australia said.
 arrow Tennis: Henin, Pierce driven by dreams
Edging towards retirement with 16 years of good times and bad etched across her features, Mary Pierce stands on the verge of a remarkable fairytale finale to her tennis career.
 arrow Cricket: They came to see Mushfiqur
There was a nine-thousand strong crowd at the Riverside ground on the opening day of the second Test and most of them were disappointed not seeing young Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim in action.
 arrow Football: Farashganj punished
The Disciplinary Committee of Metropolis Senior Division Football League imposed one-match ban on a player and an official of Farashganj Sporting Club yesterday for their misconduct with the match officials
 arrow Cricket: India plans bid for 2011 CWC
India is planning to bid to stage the 2011 World Cup, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 29-1
Pakistan had lost opener Yasir Hameed for 14 shortly after electing to bat in the second and final Test at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica last night.
 arrow Football: Making up for Ronaldo
Brazil striker Robin-ho has been a hot topic of conversation in football circles n the run-up to the South American World Cup qualifiers during the next week.
 arrow Football: Istanbul set for a cracker
Historical rivals Greece and Turkey will meet in a potentially explosive World Cup qualifier this Saturday which, given Turkey's precarious situation in Group Two, could also serve up a goals feast in
 arrow Football: Beckham has Asian plans
David Beckham said Thursday he hopes to launch an Asian version of the David Beckham Academy by 2007, a sister facility of his first two football schools in London and Los Angeles.
 arrow Cricket: A tough Ashes battle
The Australian cricket team leaves Saturday in the quest for an unprecedented nine Ashes series wins but consensus gives England its best chance of wresting back the urn in 18 years.
 arrow Football: Van Nistelrooy committed
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has pledged his future to Manchester United despite growing rumours he is on his way to Spain.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj extend lead
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society maintained their solo lead in the First Division Football League with a solitary goal victory over Victoria Sporting Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Baghaichhari knocked out Brothers Sporting Club 4-1 in the tiebreaker yesterday after a goalless 90 minutes in the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football tournament at the local stadium.
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l youth volleyball
Comilla, Rajshahi, Chuadanga and Dinajpur moved into the quarter-finals of the City Bank National Youth Volleyball Championship winning their respective matches at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor
 arrow Football: Kaka engaged!
AC Milan midfielder Kaka was forced to turn down a marriage proposal from an admiring fan who swears she has become an evangelist because of the Brazil international, who shares the same faith.
 arrow Football: Kluivert Valencia's surprise
Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert has agreed to join deposed Spanish champions Valencia, subject to a medical it was announced Friday.
 arrow Football: Sergi calls it a day
Atletico Madrid defender Sergi Barjuan on Friday announced his retirement from the sport, thus ending the possibility of a late career move to the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart fire Sammer
VfB Stuttgart on Friday announced the sacking of their coach Matthias Sammer, who failed to lead the club into next season's Champions League.
Metropolitanarrow '4 lakh illegal arms in hands of criminals, cadres'
Criminals and cadres of the mainstream political parties are using about four lakh illegal and 25,000 licensed firearms to commit crimes across the country.
 arrow Ration for 28,000 more Bengali speaking families in CHT on cards
The government plans to provide rations to 28,000 more Bengali-speaking families in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as their number continues to rise, sources said.
 arrow Criminal wounded in 'encounter' with police
One criminal charge-sheeted in the assistant commissioner of police Bashir Ali murder case was wounded during an "encounter" between the police and his accomplices at Bayezid Bostami upazila here early
 arrow 'Include true history in textbooks'
Teachers of different schools and colleges yesterday threatened to abstain from teaching 'distorted history' unless the government include true and accurate history in the textbooks with a national consensus.
 arrow Empower city corpns for better urban management
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for empowerment of the city corporations for better urban management and environmental development.
 arrow Declare nat'l minimum wage
Jatiya Sramik Federation Bangladesh has urged the government to immediately declare national minimum wage and rein in inflation in order to keep the prices of commodities within the purchasing capacity
 arrow Resist conspiracy against judiciary: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said everybody should unitedly resist those who are hatching conspiracy to destroy the freedom of judiciary system and trying to tarnish the image of the government.
 arrow EU envoy calls for security of journalists
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Esko Kentrschynsky has said the killing of journalists is an attack on press freedom and democracy.
 arrow UGC to consider 'logical'demands of university teachers
University Grants Commission (UGC) assured the teachers of the public universities of taking necessary steps regarding their eight-point demands, including merit based recruitment and construction ofa
 arrow Mohiuddin visits mazar of Bangabandhu
ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, newly elected mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), visited the mazar of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara yesterday afternoon.
 arrow AL team to attend workshop in China
A delegation of the Awami League will attend a week-long workshop on youth leadership in China at the invitation of the Communist Party of China.
 arrow Zia united countrymen in 1971: Morshed
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said late president Ziaur Rahman united the people in 1971 and liberated the country from the occupation forces.
 arrow Mirsari Unnayan Forum formed
A seven-member central committee of Mirsari Unnayan Forum has been formed with industrialist MM Emran Chowdhury as its president.
 arrow New physiotherapy centre opens in Mirpur
A physiotherapy centre was inaugurated in city's Mirpur area on Thursday through providing free medical treatment to a patient.
Nationalarrow Illegal timber legalised
After eight months' suspension, timber traders yesterday started commercial transportation of timbers from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) following an order from high-ups that legalised the huge stocks
 arrow Banks ignore govt order to disclose accounts of accused
Defalcation of more Tk 23.76 lakh from depositors' accounts in Nilphamari Head Post Office has been detected by the second probe body which began work last week.
 arrow Party men involved, victim claims
Mir Mohiuddin, vice-president of Chuadanga BNP and chairman of Alamdanga municipality, who narrowly escaped a bomb attack on Tuesday, alleged that some of his party men including the brother of a local
 arrow Video on 'staged’ minority torture: 8 sued in Barisal
Police filed a non-FIR prosecution case with the District Magistrate Court here yesterday against eight persons for making a video on 'staged torture' of some minority people.
 arrow Poura staff snap water supply in Patuakhali
Patuakhali Pourasabha employees stopped water supply in the municipal area for several hours on Thursday following attack on some staff by men of two ward commissioners. They also put off street lights.
 arrow HC stays Sunderganj poura polls
All kinds of election- related activities have been suspended in Sunderganj Pourasava till June 11, according to a stay order issued by the High Court (HC) on May 29.
 arrow Heat wave: 11 die in Tangail, Gaibandha
Eleven persons died due to heat wave in Tangail and Gaibandha districts within a week.
 arrow Five bombs recovered in Kushtia
Kushtia police recovered five powerful bombs and 20 bullets from Piyarpur in the Sadar upazila on Thursday.

Labourers found the bombs and ammunition while digging a canal and informed police.

Point-Counterpointarrow Genetically modified crops
It is well accepted that agriculture is the backbone of Bangladesh economy and whatever our economic growth that comes mainly from our agriculture sector.
 arrow Why did the French reject the EU Constitutional Treaty?
People of France rejected the EU Treaty by 55 per cent on vote 29 May.
 arrow President Bush's ME policy
The initiative taken by Ru-ssian President Vladimir Putin for holding international conference on Palestine problem and Israeli espionage on the United States might have inspired President Bush to push
 arrow D for diabetes
All health information to keep you up to date

Your blood sugar is high if it stays over 200 mg/dl (using a serum-based glucose monitor). It is also known as Hyperglycaemia (HG).

Culturearrow Maksud: An artist with aplomb
Maksudul Ahsan has exhibited his paintings of various genres at almost all the leading galleries of Dhaka. Apart from that he has gone on to hold five exhibitions till 2004 in New Delhi.
 arrow RU students celebrate Rabindra-Nazrul's birth anniversary
The music and dramatic department of Rajshahi University (RU) recently celebrated the birth anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam at the Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium.
 arrow Natyashobha's 30th anniversary
Natyashobha, a cultural organisation, celebrated its 30th anniversary at the National Theatre Stage on June 1. The evening was rounded up with discussion programme and an award giving ceremony.
 arrow Shamageet: A magazine on people's song
Shamageet Shangskriti Prangon, a Narayanganj-based cultural group, organised the publication ceremony of its little magazine on music Shamageet, at the Nat Mandal auditorium of Dhaka University
Generalarrow One-fifth of Earth's bird species in danger
More than a fifth of the planet's bird species face extinction as humans venture further into their habitats and introduce alien predators, according to an environmental group.
 arrow Power lines linked to leukaemia: Study
A child living near a high voltage power line may run a higher risk of contracting leukaemia -- the most common childhood cancer -- according to a study published yesterday.
 arrow Toxins may pass down generations
Toxic chemicals that poisoned your great-grandparents may also damage your health, research suggests.
Internationalarrow Kashmiri leaders want role in Indo-Pak peace talks
Separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir visiting Pakistan's side of the disputed territory demanded yesterday to be part of a peace process to end violence in their homeland.
 arrow India offers Lanka help to redesign air-defence
India has offered to assist its southern neighbour Sri Lanka redesign its air-defence network after allegations that Tamil Tiger rebels have acquired at least two aircraft, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Hundreds feared dead as China floods raze villages
Floods caused by torrential rain have turned vast tracts of farmland in south China into muddy lakes, razed mountain villages and destroyed more than 36,000 homes, possibly killing hundreds of people.
 arrow China opposes UNSC enlargement
China would block any move to give Japan, India, Brazil and Germany permanent seats in an enlarged UN Security Council, China's UN ambassador Wang Guangya said Thursday.
 arrow Pak name dropped from US watchlist
The United States has removed Pakistan from its watchlist on human trafficking, but Islamabad needs to do more to stamp out the practice, the US embassy said yesterday.
 arrow EU constitution worries aspiring members
Stuck on the sidelines, the nations with the most to lose in the European Union's deadlock over its proposed new constitution could be the countries that don't yet belong.
 arrow Rumsfeld eyes stronger ties with India
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday he expects US military ties with India to strengthen over the coming years and predicted that China's influence will decline unless it moves to a freer
 arrow US warns of attack on Jakarta hotels
The US Embassy in Jakarta warned Americans on Friday of a threat to bomb lobbies of hotels in the city, less than a week after blasts killed 22 people in an Indonesian area marked by Muslim-Christianviolence.
 arrow Syria tested three Scud missiles
Syria test fired three Scud missiles a week ago, one of which broke up over two Turkish villages causing no injuries, in an act of defiance to the United States and the United Nations, The New York Times
 arrow Nepalese UN soldier killed in DR Congo
A Nepalese UN peacekeeper died overnight from injuries he sustained in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled region of Ituri, the UN mission here announced yesterday.
Editorialarrow Cricket: JCD siege
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling BNP, have taken control of the DU campus with the objective of not allowing their rivals, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) adherents,
 arrow Editorial: Heat hardship worsening
The bad news is that the heat wave currently sweeping Bangladesh might be the fore taste of a more sweltering part of the summer to come.
 arrow A more assertive Japan in the 21st century
Japan is slowly re-tooling itself after its decade-long slump. It is preparing for a future where each Japanese can consider himself to be a global citizen.
 arrow South Asia's misfortunes
South Asia's future has been jeopardized by Indian and Pakistani nukes, politically and possibly physically, depending upon whether there will be a nuclear war between the two.
Letters to Editorarrow "Local guests not allowed", "foreigners preferred"
"Local guests not allowed", "Foreigners preferred" these are phrases we unfortunately come across in our own country. I'm really at a loss for words here.
 arrow Appeal to immigration seekers
We all want a better life to live. Life should be safe and secure. Under unavoidable circumstances we feel insecure.
 arrow Use of acronyms
It's true what Minu Afza has expressed (DS May 19) that without elaboration an acronym, if published for public consumption, is not right, as per convention and for everyone's clear understanding.
 arrow Chittagonian music
As I originated from Chittagong, I got great chance to enjoy Chittagonian music. Most of the lyrics are relating to river, sea, boat, boatman and love.
 arrow Commuters' problem
Cities like London, New York, Tokyo etc. have the railway transit system to make up for its commuter and traffic problems.
 arrow Superman or supercomputer
Downloading brain can avert death -- seems to be out of this world! However, a British futurologist says so (May 23). Can it be believed? It is beyond imagination.
StarTecharrow A perpetual guiding light
Regular StarTech readers may recall the story of 'Dishari', published in October 2002, when British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB)'s free basic ICT education centre was exposed for the very firsttime
 arrow Secret of success for SMEs lies in ICT strategy
According to the European Union (EU), Bangladesh currently stands out among the top twenty outsourcing countries of the world, and there are successful reasons behind this achievement," said Pankaj Jain,
 arrow BASIS Recommendation for National Budget 2005-2006
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis), the national trade association of software and ITES Industry of Bangladesh, has submitted a proposal to National Board of Revenue (NBR)
 arrow Vaio with a 'D..'
Japanese electronics giant Sony unveils its new high-end model desktop computer, the "Vaio type R", equipped with Intel's new dual-core processor Pentium D processor, two computing engines on a single
Literaturearrow Allan Poe's Cat
‘Krishna Kali is what I call her'... dry leaves rustle restlessly in the wind beneath the disordered tamaris groves...
 arrow Introducing South Asian Poetry in English: Toru Dutt
At least one eyebrow was raised at my characterization of Toru Dutt (4 March 1856-30 August 1977) as a genius in the previous article in this series I can well appreciate such skepticism, for our lexical
 arrow ‘...merely fluid prejudice.’
The Year Before Sunset: A Novel (pb) by Hugh & Colleen Gantzer; PenguinIndia, New Delhi; 2005; pp. 250; Rs. 250.
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