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Front Pagearrow Ershad divorces Bidisha
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad divorced Bidisha on Friday and flew off to Saudi Arabia yesterday with their son Eric Ershad.
Bidisha is now being quizzed by the joint interrogation cell (JIC).

 arrow Poverty reduction trails behind MDG target
A latest government survey puts the annual poverty reduction rate at 0.52 percent, while the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) sets the target of poverty reduction at a rate of 1.35 percent.
 arrow BSF's Ulfa claim found false
The seven hotels run by the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) in three cities of Bangladesh, as claimed by a top official of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), do not exist at all, reveals an investigation
 arrow Mother files murder case against ministers, Rab men
Mother of slain Jubo League leader Sumon yesterday filed a murder case with a Dhaka court against home and public works ministers, home secretary, three high-ups of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and aJatiyatabadi
 arrow Police resentful of salary 'discrimination'
A deep sense of disparity has been prevailing in the police over 'salary discrimination'.
Sources said the government on Saturday stepped up security measures at all police lines across the country.

 arrow WB threatens not to grant PDB Tk 500cr
The World Bank (WB) will not release the remaining Tk 500 crore to the Power Development Board (PDB) if it does not transfer its electricity lines to the Rural Electrification Board (Reb) as per the condition.
 arrow Hasina reiterates demand for early elections
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded immediate elections, as it believes the current parliament has become 'totally non-functional and the government has failed miserably to deliver'.
 arrow Dhaka urges KL to speed up manpower hiring
On the first day of the two-day high level joint commission (JC) meeting in Dhaka yesterday, Malaysia responded "very positively" to look into the causes of Bangladesh, including the reduction of a huge
 arrow Zero tax ceiling to go up
The government is raising the ceiling of zero tax from Tk 100,000 now to Tk 115,000-125,000 because of inflation and enhanced pay scale of government employees, National Board of Revenue (NBR) sources
 arrow 53 killed in Nepal as Maoists bomb crowded bus
At least 53 people were killed and 40 injured in southwestern Nepal when a crowded bus was bombed by suspected Maoist rebels yesterday, state radio and officials said.
 arrow LUNCH AT TK 5 ....

 arrow Sangsad goes into budget session today
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its budget session today amid boycott by the main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow SingTel to invest $150m on network expansion
Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), owning company of CityCell, that signed the biggest partnership deal in the sector with SingTel four days ago, hopes to be the number one mobile phone operator
 arrow Galib denied bail in blast case
The Gaibandha tribunal court yesterday rejected the bail petitions of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) movement chief Dr Muhammah Asadullah Al Galib and four others accused in a Takier bazar open
 arrow Four die of 'heatstroke' at Geneva Camp
Four persons died in the Mohammadpur Geneva Camp yesterday due to excessive heat, as the camp has been out of electricity since last Friday, claimed the Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee
 arrow Moeen new army chief
Major General Moeen U Ahmed has been appointed chief of army staff for a three-year term with effect from June 15, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Defence yesterday.
 arrow Modern children's park...

 arrow Robbers kill driver to hijack rice-laden truck
Robbers took away a Comilla-bound rice-laden truck, killing its driver and injuring a helper at Tribordi Kamargao under Sonargaon Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Rab nabs Shibir cadre Sazzad
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Chittagong top terror and Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre Sazzad from the capital yesterday evening.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
In a rejoinder, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Undertakings Chairman Abdul Alim has contradicted a report headlined "'Guests' squat in MP hostel rooms" run by The Daily Star on May 31.
 arrow Pakistan hands over top Qaeda man to US
Key US ally Pakistan has handed over alleged top al-Qaeda operative Abu Faraj al-Libbi to Washington, an official said yesterday.
 arrow SC to hear stay appeal on polls June 11
An application seeking stay on election to 45 women's reserved seats in parliament will come up for hearing before the full bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on June 11.
 arrow IOJ leader, driver die in road crash
Two people, including a leader of Islami Oikya Jote (Amini), died and seven others were injured in a collision between a microbus and a covered van on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Burichang upazila
 arrow Tension mounts at DU over simultaneous JCD, BCL rallies
Tension ran high on the Dhaka University (DU) campus as pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi (JCD) Chhatra Dal and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League, announced simultaneous programmesat
 arrow Foreign secys prepare for 'fruitful meet'
Foreign secretaries of India and Bangladesh will meet in the Indian capital on June 20 and 21 to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral ties, diplomatic sources said here yesterday.
 arrow Sabihuddin new HC to UK
The government has called back Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom AH Mofazzal Karim, a highly placed source at the prime minister's office (PMO) said.
 arrow Trader gunned down at Mirpur
Unknown assailants gunned down a VCD shop-owner and injured another at Mirpur in the city, while another businessman was shot and injured at Islampur in Old Dhaka last night.
 arrow Pakistan hikes defence spending by over 15pc
Pakistan increased defence expenditure by more than 15 percent in the national budget for 2005-6 unveiled in parliament yesterday, as well as boosting spending on development.
 arrow 6 killed in Iraq mortar attack
Insurgents in northern Iraq yesterday launched a fresh wave of mortar attacks, killing at least six people.
Businessarrow MCCI for permanent pay commission
In order to avoid diverse criticisms each time pay scales are revised upwards, the government should consider establishing a permanent pay commission, which will adjust salaries and allowances to therate
 arrow GP to launch high-speed mobile internet service
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd is going to introduce an advanced high-speed mobile internet and data service soon for the first time in the country.
 arrow DSE broker found guilty of violating licensing conditions
A high-powered probe body of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has found a DSE stockbroker guilty of violating licensing conditions.
 arrow Furniture, home appliances show begins Thursday
In a bid to popularise local furniture, home appliances and home décor, a three-day long exhibition begins in Dhaka from Thursday.
 arrow Citibank NA now to market services under Citigroup brand name
Citibank NA Bangladesh will now use Citigroup as the brand name in all its communications.
 arrow China mulls Ctg-Kunming road link
Chinese officials yesterday said they are thinking to establish Kunming-Chittagong road link via Myanmar to boost trade relationship with South Asian countries.
 arrow Oil prices rise
World oil prices climbed on Monday as the market looked ahead to possible shortages of heating fuel and diesel when demand for such energy peaks later in the year.
 arrow US trade official sees no trade war with China
United States trade officials are confident that the dispute over China's surging textile exports would be resolved and will not result in a trade war, an official said Monday.
 arrow Asia's mobile service users to exceed 901m in 2009
The number of mobile service subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region outside of Japan is projected to exceed 901 million by 2009 after growing a robust 25.6 percent to 527.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Javed's batting secret
The net session of the Bangladesh cricket team at the Riverside ground on Monday was closing with the clock ticking at 12 noon and Javed Omar was pleading with former national wicketkeeper Nasir Ahmed
 arrow Football: BU batter F'pool
Brothers Union finally displayed glimpses of their true strength when the defending champions routed Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool 4-1 in yesterday's Premier Bank Premier Football League at the Banga-bandhu
 arrow Cricket: No action taken against Geraint
It seems England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones has escaped unscathed after his apparent act of cheating on the second day of the second Test at Chester-le-Street.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff's action under spotlight
Allegations that Andrew Flintoff is a chucker were brusquely dismissed by captain Michael Vaughan after England's seven-session defeat of Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal writes French history
Fearless and ferocious throughout, Rafael Nadal floored tough Argentine Mariano Puerta on Sunday to become the first man in 23 years to win the French Open on his debut.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam rides his luck
A crucial dropped catch by West Indies wicketkeeper Courtney Browne let Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq and, indeed, the visitors off the hook in their second and final Test on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mohakhali's third win
Mohakhali Ekadash recorded their third victory in five matches in the First Division Football League when they blanked BRTC 3-0 at the Bir-shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Throwing can't throw away Harbhajan!
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, whose action has been under the scanner off and on, added another chapter to the controversy by throwing the ball out of "frustration" in a county match, for which he
 arrow Cricket: Sachin brings good news for fans
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar eased the pain for Indian fans saying he is recovering well from an elbow surgery and will be ready for international cricket again in four months.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tiger Pataudi' arrested for killing animals
Former Indian cricket team captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi has been arrested for poaching wild animals, a report said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 24 Young Tigers picked
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has selected 24 players from the recent Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers School tournament to attend a six-week training programme.
 arrow Football: Brazil outclass Paraguay
A Ronaldinho double and further goals from Ze Roberto and youngster Robinho earned Brazil a 4-1 victory over Paraguay here on Sunday to put them within one point of leaders Argentina whom they meet in
 arrow Cricket: Looking at winning only
Ricky Ponting has claimed he is not losing any sleep about becoming the first Australian captain to lose an Ashes series for almost two decades.
 arrow Football: Parreira satisfied
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said his team, who beat Paraguay 4-1 in Sunday's World Cup qualifier, could have won by even more.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Sujon Smriti Sangsad defeated Bilaichhari 3-2 in the second round of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football tournament at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Badmintorn: Shuttlers off to Nepal
A six-member Bangladesh badminton team left the city yesterday to take part in the Nepal Asian Satellite Badminton Championship that begins at Kathmandu today.
 arrow Volleyball: Women's v'ball starts today
The Pepsi inter-district women's volleyball competition begins at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex today.
Eight teams split into two groups will play on round-robin league basis.

Metropolitanarrow Minister for action against owners of faulty vehicles
Legal action should be taken against the owners of defective vehicles as such vehicles and unskilled drivers are mainly responsible for road accidents, said Communications Minister Nazmul Huda at a workshop
 arrow ID card a must for free, fair election
Introduction of voter identity (ID) card is a must to ensure free and fair election, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Increase allocation in edn, agri and health sectors
Human rights groups yesterday called for increasing allocations in education, agriculture and health sectors and reducing the allocation in the defence sector in the coming budget.
 arrow Double budget allocation in health sector for children
Representatives of Child Parliament at a roundtable yesterday placed their proposals on education, health and other child-related issues for consideration in the national budget of the next fiscal year.
 arrow 'No Indian separatists in Ctg'
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Major General Jahangir Alam yesterday told journalists in Khagrachhari that Indian separatists have no existence in Chittagong.
 arrow Alliance govt enemy of environment: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed the alliance government the "enemy" of the people and environment.
 arrow Nirmul body condemns govt
Leaders of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee in a statement yesterday condemned the government for snapping power supply to the stranded Pakistani's camps across the country, says a press release.
 arrow Poster exhibition on environment ends
A two-day poster exhibition on environment and education concluded at the Shilpangon Gallery at Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Historic June 7 today
The historic June 7 will be observed today across the country.
 arrow Regular talks to strengthen Bangla-Pak ties stressed
Bangladesh and Pakistan yesterday emphasised regular dialogue between the two countries for strengthening mutual cooperation.
 arrow JCD leader, 4 Alim students arrested
Police arrested a JCD leader with blank answer scripts of Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board's 2005 examinations at Azimpur area on Sunday.
 arrow 'Set up land court in each district'
Bhumi Odhikar Udjapan Parishad leaders at a press conference yesterday demanded distribution of Khas land among the landless people.
 arrow Runaway girl raped in N'ganj
A schoolgirl was raped by a gang of hoodlums at Fatulla in Narayanganj on Sunday night.
 arrow Show cause on shipping deptt official
The shipping ministry has issued a show cause notice on a high official of the shipping department for allegedly helping evade a huge amount of government duty while surveying and registering cargo ships,
 arrow Hiking programme of Scouts begins tomorrow
A three-day hiking programme of Scouts and Rovers begins in Sylhet tomorrow to raise awareness about protected forest areas.
 arrow Army chief starts farewell visit to cantts
Chief of Army Staff Lt General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury started valedictory visit to different cantonments as he goes on retirement on June 15.
Nationalarrow Ctg three-wheelers' 'no' to meter, fare rate
Owners and drivers of three-wheelers in the port city staged a massive demonstration yesterday and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to press their six-point demand including withdrawal
 arrow Mongalbaria litchi becoming popular without much care
A festive mood now prevails at remote Mongalbaria village in Pakundia thana in the district.
 arrow 2 killed, 90 families homeless
A newly married couple was burnt to death in a devastating fire that gutted five houses at Chakkabir village in Phulbari upazila in the district in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow 272 fugitives 'control' Khulna underworld
Khulna city underworld is being "controlled" by 272 fugitives. All of them are convicted for different offences but they are evading arrest by police and Rab, mostly under political influence.
 arrow First meeting of CHT Land Commission tomorrow
The first meeting of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Commission will be held at Khagrachhari Circuit House on Wednesday after six years of its formation, according to official sources.
 arrow 5 expelled from Netrakona Bar
Five lawyers were expelled from Netrakona Bar Association on various charges including corruption on Sunday.
 arrow Rice for the diabetic
Multinational seed company Syngenta has innovated paddy seeds which will produce rice suitable for diabetic patients.
Point-Counterpointarrow CEC and the future of Bangladeshi democracy
The inevitable has happened.
 arrow Friendly renditions to Muslim chambers of torture
Rendition is one of those words that bureaucracies craft to hide official monstrosities. As an artistic term, rendition means "a performance of a dramatic role.
 arrow Will this nation ever really wake up?
Not too long ago, not too far from the heart of the capital city of Dhaka, a building simply collapsed like a house of cards.
Culturearrow Upholding the music of our souls
The "generation 21st century", more precisely the generation in the grip of an aggressive and alien satellite culture, is gradually drifting away from its roots and heritage.
 arrow " This kid needed a lot of coaxing before the final take " -- Shomi
Shomi Kaiser shot to fame with her portrayal of a village girl in the TV play, "Keba Apon Keba Por" in '89. Her impeccable Noakhali dialect really moved the audience.
 arrow Apurbo: Getting to know the model
A recent ad, featuring a hospital, was quite popular because of its models, jingles and camera work. In the commercial a young man named Ashiq, living abroad, gets worried after a phone call from hismother.
 arrow Display

Internationalarrow Multi-party system takes effect in Maldives
Several political parties, including the self-exiled main opposition party, have applied for official recognition as the Maldives heads for multi-party democracy, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan for tripartite talks on Kashmir row
Pakistan's prime minister assured Muslim separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir on Sunday that his country wants Kashmiris involved in talks to settle the dispute over the Himalayan region.
 arrow Britain shelves plan for referendum
Britain announced yesterday that it was shelving plans for a referendum on the EU constitution until its fate became clearer, driving another stake into the heart of the beleaguered treaty.
 arrow Top Democrat calls for closure of Guantanamo Bay prison
The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the Bush administration Sunday to close a terrorist prison at Guantan-amo Bay, Cuba, calling it more trouble than it was worth.
 arrow Hezbollah sweeps S Lebanon polls
Pro-Syrian Shia political parties swept parliamentary elections along Lebanon's southern border with Israel, a victory that poses a challenge to the growing opposition to Syria's longtime influence over
 arrow Violence erupts outside Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli police faced off against Palestinians throwing rocks at Jews outside Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday during Israel's annual celebration of its capture of all of Arab East Jerusalem 38 years
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dejected returnees
Bangladeshi job-seekers abroad are finding themselves in increasingly difficult situations.
 arrow Editorial: A pressing public interest concern
The recent fuel price increase has led to arbitrary transport fare hikes across the board. The rates being charged now are far in excess of the fuel price increase.
 arrow DU syndrome: Save their souls
It all started with the sudden and sordid death of Shammi Akhter Happy. She came from Ponchagar to pursue higher studies at Dhaka University.
 arrow Surprise, surprise
Never underestimate the magnetic power of a sideshow.
Letters to Editorarrow Violation of women's rights
The main working force of RMG sectors, which are playing pivotal in earning foreign currency and sustaining our flourishing economy, is woman. But I feel very dismayed when I observe their wretched condition.
 arrow Law taking an unusual course!
The other day I was sitting in a tea stall at Alamdanga, I was observing what the police were doing. They were looking into the necessary documents of motorcyclists.
 arrow Learning English
English is now the most important language in the world. All types of educational materials are expressed in detail in English.
 arrow Keeping up with social changes
The collapse of the 9-storey garment factory near Dhaka has triggered a post-mortem in the society amongst the professional circles.
 arrow AL leadership
During the AL's five-year rule (1996-2001) many bizarre things happened. Prominent among them was the rise of godfathers like Joynal Hazari, Shamim Osman and so on.
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