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Front Pagearrow Saifur in dilemma over black money issue
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he is still against continuing the provision for whitening black money but it was extended for another year to rid the economy of "things" that may create
 arrow A budget of compromise, care and collusion: CPD
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has termed the proposed budget for FY06 as one of care, compromise and collusion.
 arrow Money whitening will rather encourage corruption: ACC
Opposing the extension of time limit for whitening black money as proposed in the new budget for the next fiscal year, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday said it will not help combat corruption,
 arrow 'Repeal black money whitening provision'
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday sharply criticised the proposed continuation of the provision of whitening black money by paying 7.
 arrow Budget for fooling people ahead of polls: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has termed the proposed budget for the fiscal 2005-06 "anti-people", saying it has not reflected people's hopes and aspirations.
 arrow JCD, BCL stick to their positions
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) -- student wings of the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League (AL) -- have not changed positions from their earlier stances regarding
 arrow BSF returns 15 after 3 months in jail
Indian BSF (Border Security Force) yesterday handed over 15 Bangladeshi citizens to BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) on Benapole border after keeping them three months in a New Delhi jail.
 arrow Non-govt primary teachers start agitation today
Some 92 thousand teachers of non-government primary schools across the country will observe an hour-long work abstention today, demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Tokyo to urge Dhaka to co-sponsor move
Japan will ask Bangladesh to co-sponsor its move to place a draft resolution for reformation of the United Nations, paving the way for Japan, India, Germany and Brazil to become permanent members of the
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi in Thakurgaon
A Bangladeshi national was gunned down by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a frontier village under Baliadangi upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh gold looted from city jewellery
Burglars have looted gold ornaments said to be weighing 450 tola and worth about Tk 50 lakh from a jewellery shop at Rapa Plaza in Dhanmondi in the capital.
 arrow Ctg Shibir cadre held with AK47
Police arrested a listed criminal and Shibir cadre at Hathazari in the district yesterday and recovered one AK47 rifle from his possession.
 arrow Ficci sees both positive and negative impact
The proposed enhancement of corporate tax for the non-listed companies to 40 percent from 37.
 arrow Bomb attack kills 5 US marines in Iraq
Five US marines have been killed in a bomb attack in western Iraq, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Advani to stay as party chief
The head of India's opposition Hindu nationalist party, Lal Krishna Advani, agreed yesterday to remain party chief, days after quitting amid a row sparked by his praise of Pakistan's founder.
 arrow No insurgent camp found in border areas
State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the government will continue its crackdown against any sort of cross-border crime.
 arrow JMJB member held in Bogra
Police yesterday arrested an outlawed Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) member accused in the charge sheet of bombing a drama programme at Shahjahanpur upazila in Bogra.
 arrow Lanka, India open talks for defence pact
Negotiations were underway between India and Sri Lanka for a defence cooperation pact, visiting Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said here yesterday as his hosts faced a deepening political crisis.
 arrow Former DCC commissioner of ward 54 arrested
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday evening arrested an Awami League (AL) leader and former ward commissioner from the capital.
 arrow Tax on SIM card to destabilise cellphone market
The imposition of Tk 1,200 tax on each SIM (subscribers identification module) card is likely to destabilise the mobile phone market, said Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of the Centre for
 arrow 2 Dhaka Jail inmates hurt in clash
At least two inmates were injured in a clash between two rival groups allegedly over drug business at the Dhaka Central Jail last night.
 arrow India responds positively on Atrai issue
India has responded positively on construction of embankments by Bangladesh along the Atrai river near Mohonpur border, the Nagar river near Barshalupara of Panchagarh and the Horipur river in Thakurgaon.
 arrow Flash floods hit Chinese school: 40 pupils drown
At least 40 children were killed Friday when a flash flood struck a primary school in northeastern China, hospital sources said.
 arrow Election camps torched in Narsingdi
Unidentified miscreants yesterday torched three election camps of Alhaj Shahadat Hossain Munna, an independent candidate in Narsingdi-1 by-election.
 arrow KMP alert to extremists' fresh plans
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have taken tight security measures in the city on intelligence reports that extremists are planning to carry out destructive activities to create panic and political unrest.
 arrow US opens criminal probe of 2 army deaths in Iraq
The US army has opened a criminal investigation into a blast that killed two soldiers at a base in Iraq after discovering it was not caused by an insurgent mortar attack, a military statement said yesterday.
 arrow Sheep urine to fight traffic pollution?
A bus operator in Britain is road-testing sheep urine as a way of cutting pollution, The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday.
Businessarrow Businesses vent mixed reaction
Business chambers and associations yesterday expressed mixed reaction to the proposed budget for 2005-06 fiscal year.
 arrow Manpower export to Malaysia in stalemate
Bangladesh is still not sure about the resumption of manpower export to Malaysia, although a memorandum of understanding was signed in October 2003 in this regard.
 arrow Monkey business in mobile phone tax
The proposed tax provisions for mobile phones remind us the mathematical problem that many had solved in their schooldays.
 arrow Japan threatens US with trade sanctions
Japan has joined with six other countries and the European Union in warning the US government of their intention to impose trade sanctions unless Washington abolishes the Byrd Amendment--an antidumping
 arrow India's Reliance, Tatas raise $650m in foreign currency loans
Two of India's biggest private sector companies, Reliance Industries and Tata Steel, Friday separately announced they have raised foreign currency loans totalling a combined 650 million dollars to fund
 arrow GP pre-paid 'Balance Transfer' feature launched
GrameenPhone Ltd introduced a new feature of its electronic account re-charge system, FlexiLOAD, for pre-paid subscribers from Thursday.
 arrow Microsoft southeast Asia president due today
Saw Ken Wye, president, South-East Asia, Microsoft Asia Pacific, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit.
 arrow StanChart's refurbished Sheraton branch opens
Standard Chartered Bank has opened its refurbished branch at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Sípore, Qatar close to FTA after talks
Singapore and Qatar are close to signing a free trade agreement after ending their final round of negotiations on Friday, the city-state's trade ministry said.
 arrow Iran not ready to open oil market to foreign cos
Foreign oil companies eyeing Iran's vast oil and gas sector may see some hope for an easing of international tensions and therefore US sanctions, but the other impediment to investing in the Islamic republic
 arrow MK Communication distributor of RanksTel products
MK Communication will distribute products of Ranks Telecom Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group.
An agreement to this effect was signed between the two companies recently in Dhaka, says a press release.

 arrow Oil prices rise further
Oil prices climbed further in Asian trade Friday on concerns about the potential impact of a tropical storm on production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and ahead of an Opec meeting next week, dealers
 arrow G8 finance ministers look to strike debt relief deal
Top finance officials of the Group of Eight industrialized nations kicked off a meeting here Friday to try to clinch agreement on unprecedented debt relief for the world's poorest countries.
 arrow EU trade chief urges China to seize textile export opportunity
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson held "frank" talks Friday with Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai, urging China to seize the opportunity to prevent limits being slapped on its soaring textile exports.
 arrow America, Asia lead in wealth rankings
An additional 600,000 millionaires were created around the world in 2004, with North America and Asia leading the wealth stakes, according to a report released Thursday.
 arrow India approves three power projects
India's state investment board has approved three power projects valued at 50.6 billion rupees (1.17 billion dollars), Power Minister P.M Sayeed said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 4-9, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan break Mukti duck
Mohammedan Sporting Club rode on a late strike from Shahnur Rahman Ronny to beat Muktijo-ddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by a solitary goal in the first big encounter of the Premier Bank Premier Division Football
 arrow Cricket: An autograph hunter supreme
For some passionate fans cricket is a way of life. Tony Saunders is one of those few followers of the game who never misses an opportunity to keep track of travelling cricketers.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh 189 all out
Bangladesh produced another below-par batting performance as they were bowled out for 189 by Derbyshire in their first NatWest Series warm-up game here con Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' Twenty20 warning
Australia captain Ricky Ponting guided his side to victory with a ball to spare as they got their tour of England off to a winning start by beating the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) Masters
 arrow Cricket: England for Ashes!
Shane Warne feels England have a decent chance of winning the Ashes back from Australia because some of their key men are not carrying the scars of defeat.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj blank BRTC
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society maintained their all-win record in the First Division Football League when they blanked BRTC Sporting Club 2-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur
 arrow Football: The countdown begins
On Thursday 9 June at 5:58pm (9:58pm Bangladesh Standard Time), exactly one year before the football World Cup in Germany, FIFA president Sepp Blatter officially launched the final countdown to the tournament
 arrow Football: Abahani's complaint against Arambagh goalie
Abahani have demanded full points from their drawn match against Arambagh Krira Sangha in the Premier Division Football League on Thursday as they alleged their opponents had fielded an ineligible player.
 arrow Football: Liverpool granted wish
Liverpool will be able to defend their Champions League trophy next season after European football's governing body UEFA changed their rules.
 arrow Football: Diego gets Napoli farewell
Diego Maradona has been granted a special testimonial match so he can say a proper farewell to Napoli, the team he helped turn into one of the most feared in Europe during the late 1980s and early 90s.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in last four
World number one Roger Federer breezed through to the Halle Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo returns in September
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Thursday that Ronaldo will make his return to the national team in the World Cup qualifier against Chile in September.
 arrow Football: Satisfaction guaranteed!
Around 40,000 prostitutes will offer their services to football fans at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, according to experts.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison misses warm-up
England fast bowler Steve Harmison has been ruled out of Saturday's Twenty20 warm-up game against Hampshire because of an ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Borkol moved into the semifinals of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup football tournament defeating Sujon Smriti Sangsad 3-2 in the tiebreaker in a quarterfinal match at local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib sad at Moody exit
Shoaib Akhtar has voiced disappointment at the departure of Worcestershire's Director of Cricket Tom Moody.
The Pakistan paceman will make his debut for the club in Sunday's game against Bangladesh.

 arrow Volleyball: Pabna clinch title
Pabna clinched the Pepsi inter-district women's volleyball title outplaying Rajbari 3-0 at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Best arrested
Troubled former football star George Best was arrested by British police on Thursday following allegations he assaulted a female friend of his ex-girlfriend.
Metropolitanarrow Take action against those using toxic in foods
Environmental activists yesterday called for an end to the practice of using toxic chemicals in various food items, which is posing a serious health hazard.
 arrow 8 killed, 30 injured in road accidents
At least eight people, including a child, were killed and 30 injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Magura, Noakhali and Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow Zia's emergence in politics a turning point in history: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said late president Ziaur Rahman's emergence in the country's political arena was a turning point in the history.
 arrow BSF bid to push in over 100 in Kurigram
Tension has mounted in Kurigram as BSF had continued its bids to push in over 100 Bangla-speaking Indian nationals at different points of the border of the district.
 arrow JRC agrees to construct dams in 3 rivers
A meeting of the standing committee of Indo-Bangla Joint River Commission (JRC) ended at Banshantipur border in India, yesterday.
 arrow JSD anti-govt agitation begins June 15
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday announced a series of agitation programmes to accelerate the oust-government movement.
 arrow Journalist Quazi Maksud passes away
Quazi Maksudul Hasan, News Editor of Bangladesh Sangsad Sangstha (BSS), died in the city on Thursday night at the age of 55.
 arrow Prisoner dies in Madaripur jail
A prisoner died of high blood pressure in Madaripur District Jail yesterday morning.
 arrow Toitomboor Poribesh Mel today
Toitomboor, a children and juvenile monthly, will arrange a daylong fair titled "Toitomboor Poribesh Mela 2005" on the Bangladesh Shishu Academy premises on the occasion of the World Environment Day today,
 arrow Mongla Bandar Sramik Sangha election June 13
The biennial election of Mongla Bandar Sramik Sangha, the most influential labour organisation in the southwestern region, will be held on June 13.
 arrow JU student appeals to PM for safety
Mohammad Selim, a second year English Department student of Jahanginagar University (JU), has appealed to the prime minister and home minister of the country to safeguard his life and bring the killers
 arrow Lightning kills farmer
A farmer was killed by lightning early yesterday at Dhaperhat union of Sadullapur upazila of Gaibandha district.
 arrow 4 shops gutted in Kurigram
Four shops were gutted on Friday in a fire that originated from an explosion of a kerosene woven at Khalilganj bazar of the district.
Three people received injuries in the fire.

 arrow One stabbed to death in city
A person was stabbed to death in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat leader meets US Congressmen
Jamaat Senior Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Qamaru-zzaman met US Congressmen Joseph Crowley and Miss Betimac Column in Washington on Thursday and apprised them of different issues of Bangladesh.
 arrow Goodwill team leaves for China today
A five-member goodwill delegation from Bangladesh-China People's Friendship Association will leave here for China today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between
Nationalarrow Pay toll or die, Khulna outlaws making calls
The Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Agrani Bank at its corporate branch at Sir Iqbal Road in the city has been threatened with death for not paying a toll of Tk five lakh, allegedly demanded by 'an extremist'.
 arrow Declare June 10 as Land Rights Day
About 30,000 landless people yesterday celebrated the Land Rights Day at Ghughudab Beell in Bishnapur with a call to intensify the on-going agitation to establish landless people's rights to government
 arrow Coalition govt did nothing for farmers, says Motia
Awami League Presidium member Motia Chowdhury yesterday said the BNP-led four party alliance government has done nothing for development of country's agriculture and betterment of farmers in last four
 arrow Frustration in Satkhira AL as committee not formed
Frustration has gripped Satkhira Awami League (AL) leaders and workers as a district committee has not been formed even two months after its triennial council though party central leaders had told the
 arrow REB contractors agitate for bills
Contractors of Rural Electrification Board (REB), joined by their employees and workers, staged a demonstration in front of the REB office at Nimntoli in the city on Thursday demanding payment of arrears
 arrow All 5 accused on HC bail
All the five postal employees here, accused of defalcation of depositors' money, got bail from the High Court.
Their bail was rejected by the District and Sessions Judge's court here earlier.

 arrow 50 prisoners fall sick in Dinajpur jail
At least 50 prisoners fell sick at Dinajpur District Jail after taking dinner on Thursday, jail sources said yesterday.
 arrow Fisherman killed by tiger in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger on Wednesday at Tulshikhali area in the Sundarbans.
The victim has been identified as Abdul Gafoor, 42, of Pakhimara village in Shyanugar upazila.

 arrow BSF takes away gas cylinders from Bangladesh territory
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel entered into Bangladesh territory at Sultanpur village in Kalarnou upazila on Wednesday and took away about 200 gas cylinders from a jute field.
Culturearrow Sharmin Shila
Sharmin Shila, a promising actress of the small screen, recalled an amusing incident in the course of the shooting of a television play by Taher Shipon.
 arrow Hotel Rwanda: a harsh dose of reality
For those who have not yet seen the movie Hotel Rwanda, it's a movie based on the genocide that transpired in Rwanda in 1994.
 arrow Centre for Asian Theatre to represent Bangladesh
Cross Border Cultural and Educational Foundation, a Taipei-based cultural organisation, has arranged an International Theatre Festival.
 arrow ATN Bangla launches talent hunt
ATN Bangla, one of the prominent private channels of the country, announced their first ever music and acting based contest on June 9. For this a press conference was held at the Ballroom of Hotel Sonargaon.
Generalarrow ILO lauds Dhaka's commitment
Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia yesterday praised Bangladesh's commitment to eliminating the worst forms of child labour from the country.
 arrow Training for local NGOs begins today
A capacity development training programme for the first batch of the local NGOs will begin at Rajendrapur in Gazipur today, says a press release.
 arrow Pirates loot trawlers in Meghna
A band of notorious pirates shot four fishermen and seriously injured nine others early yesterday at Meghna Hatia Channel.
Internationalarrow Kashmiri leader urges rebels to join political mainstream
A senior moderate separatist leader from Indian Kashmir yesterday called on militants fighting New Delhi's rule in the restive Himalayan region to join the political mainstream.
 arrow Freed Italian hostage flies home
Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni flew home Friday after spending more than three weeks as a hostage in Afghanistan, amid reports the Afghan government cut a deal with the kidnappers for her release.
 arrow New Bolivian president promises early polls
Bolivia's new president began his first day on the job yesterday by pledging to call early elections and take steps to calm protesters who have paralysed the country for nearly a month with street marches,
 arrow Lanka govt under fire for aid sharing plan with Tigers
Sri Lanka plunged into deeper crisis yesterday as a key coalition partner gave the president five days to back off from an aid-sharing deal with Tamil rebels and Buddhist monks threatened to set themselves
 arrow Abbas wins fresh truce commitment
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas won a commitment from militant groups in the occupied Gaza Strip on Thursday to maintain a truce with Israel that has been hit by a flare-up of violence.
 arrow Jerusalem mufti slams Israeli 'Quran abuse'
The mufti of Jerusalem added his voice yesterday to allegations that copies of the Quran had been abused in an Israeli prison as hundreds of Palestinians staged protests in the occupied territories.
 arrow Iranian hardliners fear polls defeat
With a week to go before presidential elections, a strategist for Iran's hard-line politicians is advising several conservatives to drop out and unite behind a single candidate or face losing to the reformers.
 arrow US worried about Syria's Lebanon 'hit list'
The United States is concerned about the possibility of a "pattern" of political killings in Lebanon, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday as two newspapers reported the Bush administration
 arrow Manmohan visits Kashmir en route to Siachen Glacier
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began yesterday a rare visit to a remote Buddhist region in Indian Kashmir, the first leg of a trip that will take him to visit frontline troops on the world's highest
Editorialarrow Editorial: A budget for election season
An optimist is one who peers at the moon through the goal-post while a cynic sees the muddy patch on the ground.
 arrow Hindrances to foreign direct investment
Foreign Direct Investment and trade are considered by most in the contemporary world as being better alternatives to dependence on foreign aid. Bangladesh has also been attempting to get on this bandwagon.
 arrow Advani's finest hour
THIS was his finest hour.
Letters to Editorarrow Paper bags and public health
Polythene is a vital cause of environmental pollution. But in our country, it is a thing of the past now, as the production and use of polythene bags have been banned.
 arrow The terrible mishap
It seems that every year, especially when the rainy season comes, we see rescuers salvaging floating human bodies in the river! I think the readers have understood what I want to deliver about.
 arrow Tea for Pakistan
The milestones in history solve problems, not linger it. Once Bangladesh was created in 1971, we started living our own way.
 arrow Caretaker government
Thanks to Messrs Tifomas Gomes and OH Kabir for their thoughtful letters on the subject (DS 13.5.05).
 arrow To be smart
Since I have read many letters about smartness, I can't concur with them, who wrote about only improving our English pronunciation.
StarTecharrow Adobe steps into the domestic market
ADOBE Systems Pte Limited, developers of the world famous Adobe Photoshop and many other digital imaging, illustrations and multimedia application software, have recently approved Aloha iShoppe as their
 arrow Local university ventures toward students welfare
WITM (web-interfaced teaching method)' has now opened avenues for the first time in Bangladesh, to use IT-oriented teaching methodologies to procure its educational goals for school children.
 arrow Locals find their platform designer in town
IF consumers are their concern and technology is their product, solution is what they call innovation because that is what Intel has been practicing with each of their product launch.
 arrow A master drummer
A combo picture shows a humanoid robot HRP-2, 1.
Literaturearrow Assuming Aunty Jaja
The journey home is both a challenge and a luxury. Physically challenging, but luxuriously thoughtful. Today I thought about Sydney. The past five years spent there, to be exact.
 arrow The Joys and Anxieties of Teaching English Literature
Nearly thirty years ago, when I first went into a classroom in the University of Dhaka to teach English literature I remember how terrified I was.
 arrow Kashef and his melting images
This is not the first time I have seen an architect trying to understand his 'location' from a distance. Dhaka for Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury is a canvas that he has been re-orienting with elements.
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