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Front Pagearrow Bidisha arrested after Ershad files theft case
Bidisha Ershad, sacked Jatiya Party (JP) presidium member and wife of JP Chairman HM Ershad, was arrested at their Baridhara house yesterday after the former president charged her with stealing a cellphone
 arrow JP caught in knot game
The latest turmoil in Jatiya Party (JP) has stemmed from the four-party alliance's desperate bid to prevent HM Ershad's party from joining the Awami League (AL) led electoral alliance before the nextparliamentary
 arrow JCD cadres chase BCL men out
Activists of ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the police continued their surveillance for the fifth day yesterday to keep pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)adherents
 arrow Scorchers to linger till weekend
The scorching weather sweeping the country for the last 15 days, taking dozens of lives, will persist for five more days, as weathermen predict the monsoon will not arrive before June 9.
 arrow Six strains pose challenge
The country's economy successfully withstood the twin shocks of floods and the MFA quota phase-out in the first half of fiscal year 2004-05 but fell prey to six major sources of fragility in the second
 arrow Altaf made RU VC
The government yesterday evening appointed Altaf Hossain the new vice chancellor (VC) of Rajshahi University (RU) while 544 'controversially' appointed employees throughout the day demonstrated against
 arrow Tigers take it into 3rd day
Bangladesh fought bravely to avoid a two-day demolition when they ended the second day of the second and final Test against England at 297-8 at the Riverside ground in Durham yesterday.
 arrow Foreign ministry denies Ulfa-run hotels, accounts
The foreign ministry has categorically denied an Indian news agency report that the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) runs hotels and operates bank accounts in Bangladesh.
 arrow Stop land grabbers from becoming MPs
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Advocate Abdul Hamid yesterday said the land grabbers should be disqualified from contesting the parliamentary elections.
 arrow Power Division eyes 500mw from Tata
The Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources in its position paper on the proposed $2.
 arrow 28 more fly in from Jordan today
Twenty-eight more Bangladeshi fortune seekers, allegedly cheated by a travel agency, will return from Jordan today.
 arrow Asaduzzaman to contest without 'boat'
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to refrain from participating in Narshingdi-1 by-polls and giving party election symbol 'boat' to Nagorik Committee candidate Asaduzzaman.
 arrow Woman held with Tk 4cr heroin at ZIA
Customs officials on Friday night held a woman and seized four kilograms of heroin worth over Tk 4 crore at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow Criminal Arman remanded after hide-and-seek drama by Rab
A top criminal of the country, Arman Khan, was remanded for seven days last night after a hide-and-seek drama by the law enforcers since his arrest Friday morning.
 arrow PM to visit Qatar next week
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit Qatar in the second week of this month to attend the Second South Summit of the Group of 77 to be held on June 15-16 at Doha, capital of Qatar.
 arrow Adding more to the pollution...

 arrow Two robbers killed in Ctg 'crossfire'
Two accused of a robbery case were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" between police and their gang at city's Bayezid Bostami and Khulshi areas in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow AL lawmaker Sirajul joins BNP
Kazi Sirajul Islam, a lawmaker of main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday formally joined the ruling BNP.
 arrow Tk 6,850cr lost to power crunch
The country lost Tk 6,850 crore or about 2 percent of the GDP in the fiscal year to power supply shortage, a CPD report reveals.
 arrow Khilgaon police refuse to register case against Rab
Khilgaon police yesterday refused to register a case in connection with the Tuesday's killing of Sumon in an 'encounter' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and criminals.
 arrow Galib faces murder charge
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Dr Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib is now in Naogaon jail awaiting appearance in court today in connection with the Khajur Ali murder case, in which he is shown
 arrow Schoolgirl raped, murdered Woman rescued from brothel
An 11-year-old schoolgirl was raped and strangled at Laxminagar in Fatullah upazila, while Narayanganj police rescued a woman forced into prostitution yesterday.
 arrow AL questions Tarique's authority to talk security issues with US
Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the prime minister to explain in which capacity her son and BNP's Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman had discussed national security issues with the high intelligence
Businessarrow Govt urged to bring insurance firms under finance ministry
Insurers have urged the government to bring insurance companies under finance ministry, saying commerce ministry has failed to solve their problems.
 arrow Fuel price adjustment in favour of urban well-off
The rural poor will be directly affected by the rise of diesel and kerosene prices while the comparatively low rise in petrol will minimally affect the urban dwellers having private transports, according
 arrow Merger, acquisition new route of Indian textile industry
Merger and acquisition seem to be the latest buzzwords in Indian textile industry to take on the competitive environment set off by the post-quota regime.
 arrow Oil prices fall in Asian trade as US crude stocks surge
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Friday after news of a surge in US crude stockpiles eased concerns over a supply crunch, dealers said.
 arrow Exporters seek govt steps to end deadlock
Bangladesh Hilsa Fish Exporters Association yesterday urged the government to initiate immediate steps for overcoming the Indian embargo on export of hilsa fish through Bangladesh land ports.
 arrow Import to resume soon
Imports of hilsa fish from Bangladesh will resume soon, West Bengal Fisheries Minister Kiranmay Nanda told reporters in Kolkata on Friday.
 arrow IFIC Bank, Misys sign deal on online banking software
IFIC Bank Ltd and Misys International Banking Systems Ltd UK have signed an agreement on real-time online banking software.
 arrow Winners of Pran promo get prizes
Agricultural Marketing Company Limited (Pran) yesterday distributed prizes among the winners of its promotional programme, 'Chumukaye Lakhopoty'.
 arrow Prime Bank's new chairman, vice chairmen
Qazi Saleemul Huq MP has been elected chairman while Nazma Haque and Ferdousi Islam vice chairmen of the Board of Directors of Prime Bank Ltd.
 arrow Beacon Pharma launches website
Beacon Pharmaceuticals Ltd has recently launched a healthcare information website.
The site, www.beacon-pharma.

 arrow Dollar stumbles
The dollar's rally stalled Friday as a weaker-than-expected report on US payroll growth prompted a rethinking of the outlook for the world's biggest economy and future interest rates.
 arrow China hopeful over textile row as top US trade officials visit
China's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai expressed hope Saturday on meeting his US counterpart Carlos Gutierrez that a conflict over China's surging textile exports can be resolved by negotiation, state television
 arrow Japan must spend less or face deficit spiral
Japan needs drastic cuts to social security and public works spending to avoid pushing its economy into a vicious spiral of rising deficits and interest rates, a government panel said in a draft of areport
 arrow StanChart to buy stake in Vietnam's no 2 private bank
Vietnam's second largest private bank, the Asia Commercial Bank, said Friday it would sell up to 10 percent of its shares to the British-based emerging markets banking giant Standard Chartered Bank.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Truth always hurts
There are about fifteen Bangla-deshi journalists who have come all the way to England to cover Bangla-desh's first full series.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers treated to media mauling
While England continued the Bangladesh demolition on the field, their vaunted media enjoyed another kind of bashing.
 arrow Football: Alfaz-inspired MSC
Captain Alfaz Ahmed led from the front to ensure another comfortable victory for Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Did England need this?
The day: Second day of the Second Test on Saturday, 04 June 2005
The Ground: Chester-le-Street, Durham
The occasion: A Test match, Bangladesh's first on English soil
The opponents: England and

 arrow Tennis: Henin wraps up French lesson
Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium produced a flawless display of clay-court tennis to defeat France's Mary Pierce 6-1, 6-1 here Saturday for her second French Open title.
 arrow Tennis: Stage set for Nadal
Spain's Rafael Nadal faces unseeded Argentine Mariano Puerta in Sunday's French Open final admitting that the best player in the tournament will not even be on show in the Roland Garros title clash.
 arrow Cricket: A fun-filled Riverside
Music is tonic for the Bangladeshi cricketer.
 arrow Cricket: Flying start by Windies
West Indies made a flying start to reach 59 for one at lunch in their second and final Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to appeal Ganguly's ban
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has on Thursday decided to appeal against the six-match ban handed to captain Sourav Ganguly for slow over-rates during India's one-day series againstPakistan.
 arrow Football: Badda down Dhanmondi
Badda Jagarani Sangsad outplayed Dhanmondi Club 4-0 in the First Division Football League match at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies off to England
Skipper Ricky Ponting puts little store in one-day form ahead of the five-Test Ashes series with England but is looking to create some doubt among key England players in the lead-up one-day matches.
 arrow Football: Giants take giant strides
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Japan and South Korea, the big four nations of Asian football, edged fur-ther towards automatic qualification for the 2006 World Cup finals following Friday's matches.
 arrow Football: Vieira denies Cole text claim
Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has denied sending teammate Ashley Cole a text message telling him to demand 80,000 pounds (145,000 dollars) a week to sign a new contract at the club.
 arrow Cricket: Younis, Corey share spoils
Younis Khan hit his ninth Test hundred, and Corey Collymore bowled his heart out, as neither Pakistan nor West Indies conceded an inch in their second and final Test on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Australia face Korea in final
Australia will have to be extra vigilant when they play second-half kings South Korea in Sunday's final of the 14th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Aussie coach Barry Dancer says.
 arrow Football: Crespo to seal Milan deal
Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo will seal a move to Italian giants AC Milan next week, according to BBC Sport.
 arrow Football: Mum Figo's biggest fan
When Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo makes his return to the national team later on Saturday during Portugal's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, he will have the full support of a key fan -- hismum.
 arrow Shooters leave for Germany tomorrow
A four-member Bangladesh shooting team leaves for Germany on Monday to participate in the World Cup shooting championships to be held in Munich on June 6-13.
 arrow Athletics: Greene aiming for immortality
Maurice Greene has vowed to break the world record again and go down in history as the world's greatest sprinter.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Lion Sporting Club confirmed a second round spot defeating Aryadev Loyal Club 1-0 in the last match of the first round of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football tournament at the localstadium
 arrow Volleyball: Youth volleyball final today
Narail and Jessore are set to meet in the final of the City Bank National Youth Volleyball Championship at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur today.
Metropolitanarrow Give environmental movement a political shape
Environmentalists at a seminar in the city yesterday urged all to give environmental movement a political shape.
 arrow Get united against communal forces
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged party leaders and activists to get united against the communal forces.
 arrow Electricity cut off at 66 stranded Pakistani camps
Supply of electricity to 66 stranded Pakistani camps across the country was cut off on Friday as electricity bills amounting to nearly Tk 50 crore remain unpaid.
 arrow 'Cardiac-friendly' oil
Regular use of a unique blend of palm and soybean oils may reduce the risk of heart diseases, food experts claimed.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Nurjahan Begum celebrated
The 80th birth anniversary of Nurjahan Begum, a pioneer of women journalism in the country and editor of the weekly magazine 'Begum', was celebrated yesterday.
 arrow Jalil condemns cases against BCL men
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP in a statement yesterday expressed his deep indignation at the filing of false cases against 20 BCL leaders and activists.
 arrow Two containers gutted at Ctg port
Two containers with nitric acid and gas lighter were gutted in separate incidents of fire originating from overheat at Chittagong port yesterday.
The first fire occurred at Yard-7 near Jetty -8 at2.

 arrow World Environment Day today
World Environment Day will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world today.
The theme selected for the day this year is "Green Cities" and the slogan "Plan for the Planet".

 arrow New policy to regulate cable operators soon
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said the government would reformulate the cable television policy soon to protect values and culture and regulate the cable operators.
 arrow Two killed in city incidents
A housewife was killed in a road accident at Biswa Road in the city's Khilgaon area, while a five-year-old girl was electrocuted in Shyampur.
 arrow Land Rights Day June 10
Land Rights Day will be observed on June 10 with a call to create awareness about the rights of the land-less people with the slogan 'Establish land rights to empower rural and urban poor'.
 arrow BNP men attack AL procession in Bogra: 15 hurt
At least 15 leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its different wings were injured, several of them critically, when BNP men swooped on a AL procession at Karitola under Sariakandi upzila inthe
 arrow HC vacation bench formed
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Hossain constituted a vacation bench for hearing important cases in the High Court during the June 4-8 period, said an official handout.
 arrow BDR chief starts CHT visit today
Director General of BDR Major General Jahangir Alam Choudhury starts a two-day visit to Chittagong, Rangamati and Khagrachhari sectors of the border guards today while drive against cross-border trespasses
Nationalarrow JCD, Shibir clash at Barisal medical college: 15 injured
At least 15 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and four of Jatiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured when the two student fronts of ruling coalition partners clashed and ransacked each others'rooms
 arrow Old-young rift in Rangpur AL
Awami League high command's move to reorganise its Rangpur district committee is virtually creating a division in the party.
 arrow Hot spell claims 11more in 2 dists
The heat wave now raging the country have claimed more 11 lives in Dinajpur and Satkhira districts.
Large scale death of chickens have been reported from Satkhira.

 arrow Sylhet division gets only half of power needed
Load shedding amid the on-going heat wave has made life miserable in the city. HSC (Higher Secondary certificate) examinees are the worst sufferers.
The power crisis is also affecting small industries.

 arrow Kaptai plantís power generation lowest in 35 years
Power generation at the country's lone hydroelectric plant in Kaptai is now at the lowest in 35 years.
 arrow New clues to Comilla editor murder
Comilla police got new clues to murder of Mukta Kantha Editor Muhammad Golam Mahfuz Murder Case following interrogation of three arrested accused on Friday, according to police sources.
Culturearrow The changing colours of Ragamala
A dancing prince with his flute, wearing a regal attire and a glittering crown, is accompanied by three colourfully clad beautiful ladies.
 arrow Shaheen's musical journey of 40 years
An overwhelmed Nazrul singer Shaheen Samad said, "I am proud to say that my greatest achievement is inspiring the freedom fighters through Nazrul songs during the Liberation War.
 arrow Model hunt dazzles Dhaka night
The 2005 edition of the Pantene YGTL (You Got The Look) competition was held in the ballroom of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Friday last.
 arrow Instrumental album 'X Factor' and mixed album 'Agontuk-3' released
After the tragic road accident that left the members of the band, Black severely injured and cost the life of a talented musician, Mobin; the band music arena is still in mourning.
Generalarrow DoE, CDA blamed for failure to check hill cutting
Speakers at a rally yesterday expressed grave concern at the rampant hill cutting in Chittagong, saying that such activities have been causing serious damage to the ecological balance.
 arrow Make madrasa edn modern, competitive: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday suggested making madrasa education modern and competitive in line with demand of the time.
 arrow 'Community participation a must for quality pry edn'
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday said that effective community participation could ensure quality primary education.
 arrow 1,321 more held
Police arrested 1,321 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow China's military buildup a threat to Asian security
China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.
 arrow India to set free Ulfa leaders if it accepts talks with Delhi
India's northeastern state of Assam said yesterday it would accept a major rebel group's demand to free four of its jailed leaders if the outfit agreed to peace talks with New Delhi.
 arrow 'Suicide bombings linked with occupation, not religion'
A surge in suicide attacks in Iraq and elsewhere around the world is a response to territorial occupation and has no direct link with Islamic fundamentalism, according to the author of a new book whohas
 arrow India, US worried as Tigers build air force
Bothia and the United States are concerned about reports that Tamil Tiger rebels are seeking to build up an air force, Sri Lanka said after a state visit to India by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
 arrow Kashmiri leaders visit Islamabad despite Indian objection
Separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir arrived for talks in the Pakistani capital on Saturday, shrugging off India's objections to their travel beyond Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
 arrow Two US soldiers killed in Afghan bomb blast
Two US soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the military said yesterday, capping a bloody week in which more than 60 people died in a wave of violence, including a mosque bombing thatwas
 arrow US confirms Quran abuse by soldiers
US military officials say no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects flushed a detainee's Quran down the toilet, but they disclosed that a Muslim holy book was splashed with urine.
 arrow Musarraf may contest '07 polls as civilian
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri has said that if President Pervez Musharraf decides to contest the 2007 general elections, he would do so as a civilian and not as an army chief.
 arrow Abbas delays election
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday postponed legislative elections set for July 17, provoking a furious reaction from the radical Islamist group Hamas, which hoped to score a major success in the
Editorialarrow Editorial: Haemorrhage on roads
IT is a matter of great concern that road accidents account for loss of Tk 4,000 crore a year which is equal to two percent of the GDP.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists under threat again
THE latest threat to be issued against journalists for merely doing their job comes as no surprise. In fact these kinds of threats have become so commonplace that they rarely even raise eyebrows now.
 arrow India-Bangladesh relations: The way forward
Recently, relations between India and Bangladesh have hit a low patch.
 arrow Too many roadblocks
I was in Lahore at a dinner when a late-arriving guest broke the news that New Delhi had told the Hurriyat leaders not to travel beyond Azad Kashmir territory because, in doing so, they would violatean
Letters to Editorarrow "The Apprentice"
Reality TV is the new genre of programmes that features "real" people in "real" circumstances.
 arrow A lesson for BNP
The loss to the AL-backed candidate in the mayoral election in Chittagong should be a good lesson for the ruling party.
 arrow Political approach
The two major political parties are not on the right track in their approaches to political problems facing the vast society.
Featurearrow Aspiring for a clean and green city
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of our technology.
 arrow The climate change threat to development
ACCORDING to media reports, the highest ever recorded temperature in the country was 45.1 degrees Celsius in 1972.
 arrow How likely is flood this year?
THERE is evidence of teleconnections between the strength of El Nino and climate anomalies in Bangladesh.
 arrow Women also need a safer environment
IT is World Environment Day today. Government and non-government organizations in our country as well as worldwide have taken initiatives to celebrate the day.
Star Cityarrow Most roads still remain dug up
Utility service providing agencies, especially Dhaka Wasa (Water and Sewerage Authority), have failed to meet the May 31 deadline to complete their road digging works as directed by the DCC.
 arrow Kalabagan Welfare Society sets the standards
With the goal of keeping the locality secured and clean, the Kalabagan Welfare Society has taken various initiatives like introducing community police system, clearing solid waste, broadening the narrow
 arrow Dhaka Zoo's excess crisis
The Dhaka Zoo spends over Tk. one crore a year to feed the excess number of animals in its collection.
 arrow Bakul: A Source of Life..
The fragrance of Bakul (a flower that blooms in May) evokes different emotions in people. But for this little boy, the flower is nothing but a weapon that helps him fight against his fate.
 arrow Old Dhaka beautification in uncertainty
Old Dhaka is still left out of the ongoing beautification programme as the corporate houses are least interested in this part of the city.
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