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Front Pagearrow Showcased sweetmeats not what they seem
Rasogolla, Kalojaam, Chamcham, Jilapi, Paantoa, Shandesh, Mihidana, khirsa -- these are the essential delicacies for all festivals in Bengali culture.
 arrow Ministry dreads mayhem in CHT
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs ministry fears that rivalry between pro-peace accord Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), the outfit opposed
 arrow Myanmar rebel leaders arrested in Bandarban
Security forces yesterday arrested chief of Myanmar's antigovernment guerrilla group National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), Tai Jo Khoy, and his three associates at Naikkhongchhari.
 arrow Another shady case of Rab 'crossfire'
The killing of a plumber in Rab 'crossfire' on May 11 in Narsingdi has now taken a new turn with witnesses saying it was a murder in cold blood.
 arrow Essentials prices on the up again
Prices of daily necessities have increased in the city market after the new budget was proposed in parliament.
 arrow Bangladesh dangerous place for journalists
The outgoing US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday said Bangladesh is a "dangerous place for journalists" whose job is the toughest in the country.
 arrow Bidisha gets bail in theft case
Despite securing bail yesterday in the theft case filed by her former husband HM Ershad, Bidisha was not yet let out, as she stands accused in a passport forgery case.
 arrow Saifur still in a fix
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he is still in a dilemma over allowing black money for another year as proposed in the budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year.
 arrow Bidisha plotted to overthrow coalition govt
Parliament yesterday debated briefly, and heatedly, about Bidisha, the estranged wife of former military ruler HM Ershad, with ruling coalition deputies alleging that Bidisha had conspired to overthrow
 arrow Villagers clash with Rab men on trivial issue
At least 15 people, including four Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members, were injured in a clash between locals and Rab men at Bagher Bazar in Gazipur over a trivial matter yesterday.
 arrow No move yet for fresh voter list, EC reforms
The Election Commission (EC) has not yet taken any move to prepare a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election and reform the electoral rules as demanded by the mainstream opposition parties.
 arrow Land acquisition starts this month
Preparatory physical work, including land acquisition, for constructing the longest bridge in the country over the Padma river will start this month, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said after a high
 arrow Kala-azar outbreak in Dinajpur
Two persons died of kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis, and 35 were affected in Parbatipur and Phulbari upazilas in the last four days where an outbreak of the deadly parasitic fever is feared.
 arrow Thai delegation arrives today for talks
A six-member high-powered Thai delegation arrives in Dhaka today to discuss with the government the financial and technical support for constructing a 13km-long elevated expressway in the city.
 arrow 2-km crack in Jessore village creates panic
Panic has gripped several thousand people in Dalennagar and Andalpota villages in Jessore sadar upazila as a crack has developed on the earth surface of the area stretching about two kilometres.
 arrow US air strikes kill 40 insurgents in Iraq
US air strikes killed an estimated 40 insurgents in western Iraq on Saturday, the military said, but in Baghdad a suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of an elite police unit, killing three.
 arrow Sister sues cops for 'murdering' 2 brothers
A woman yesterday filed a case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court (CMM) against seven policemen and their informer accusing of torturing her two younger brothers to death for failing to pay
 arrow Probe team finds importer, agent, customs staff guilty
A three-member customs inquiry committee in its investigation found the importer, the shipping agent and some customs officials guilty of secretly unloading over 10,000-metric tonnes (MT) of importedwheat
 arrow No Ulfa in Bangladesh
Police Headquarters yesterday claimed there is no existence of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) in Bangladesh.
 arrow Arman taken on remand again
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded Arman, one of the 23 top police-listed criminals, in police custody for another seven days in a murder case on completion of his seven-day remand in an arms case.
 arrow Risky road...

 arrow Listed criminal killed in "crossfire" with police
A listed criminal of the district was killed in a "crossfire" between police and his accomplices in Rangunia upazila under the district early yesterday.
 arrow HC rejects stay plea
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a writ petition, which sought a stay on holding the June 22 parliamentary by-election to Narsingdi-1.
 arrow Win at last for Tigers
Bangladesh secured a four-wicket win at New Road in their last practice one-dayer as captain Habibul Bashar guided them home after a middle-order wobble against Worcestershire on Sunday.
 arrow BSF beats up Bangladeshi to death
Border Security Force (BSF) beat up to death a Bangladeshi youth in Sonapur village in Mujibnagar upazila, Meherpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow One gets 30yr for trafficking boy as jockey
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to 30 years' of rigorous imprisonment for trafficking an eight-year-old boy to Dubai as a camel jockey in 2000.
Businessarrow Taka devalues against dollar 5.5pc in 3 months
Taka devalued against US dollar by 5.5 percent in the interbank market in three months.
The taka-dollar exchange rate in the interbank market depreciated from around Tk 60.

 arrow Appoint tax ombudsman
The FBCCI has called for immediate appointment of a tax ombudsman to make the tax administration free from harassment and bring transparency in investment and economic activities.
 arrow Withdraw Tk 1,200 tax on new subscription
All private mobile phone operators yesterday urged the government to withdraw the Tk 1,200 tax imposed on any kind of new subscription in the proposed budget for the fiscal 2005-06.
 arrow 15pc revenue growth in 11 months of FY05
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) achieved about 15 percent growth in revenue collection in the first 11 months of the present fiscal year (FY), NBR sources said.
 arrow Wintel offers rewards to shoppers
Wintel Limited, a telecoms software firm, yesterday launched the first-ever Customer Incentive Card (CIC) to reward customers through accumulative points.
 arrow EU project fair kicks off in Dhaka
The European Union (EU) yesterday launched a project fair in Dhaka with a view to disseminating the impacts of the projects among the entrepreneurs and stakeholders.
 arrow Citibank NA opens new office at US Embassy
Citibank NA yesterday opened a new office at the US Embassy in Dhaka to meet the increasing banking needs of customers on the embassy premises.
 arrow India to set rules of origin for Asean FTA
India's approach to the formulation of a new set of rules of origin (ROO) for the India-Asean FTA will be finalised by mid-July.
 arrow Asian energy confce to focus on challenges as prices spiral
More than 1,000 oil and gas industry leaders and politicians are gathering in the Malaysian capital to ponder challenges facing world oil supply against a backdrop of rising prices, at a major conference
 arrow ATN Bangla now media partner of TMSS
Private satellite television channel ATN Bangla has become the media partner of Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS), an NGO.
 arrow Prime Bank's executive body chairman, vice chairman
Imam Anwar Hossain and Nafis Sikder have recently been made chairman and vice chairman respectively of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Prime Bank Ltd.
 arrow Asia's budget airline bubble may burst
Stiff competition and rising fuel prices will force a shake-out among Asia's budget airlines, and some are likely to be permanently grounded, analysts say.
 arrow G8 scraps $40b in third world debt
The world's richest nations struck an historic deal Saturday to write off immediately all multilateral debt owed by 18 of the world's poorest countries, mostly in Africa, amounting to 40 billion dollars
 arrow Airbus, Boeing face off at Paris Air Show
The world's two giant planemakers will be facing off at the Paris Air Show opening Monday, with US champion Boeing determined to wrest back the world title won from it by European upstart Airbus.
 arrow S’pore-based oil explorer finds niche in Southeast Asia
A Singapore-based company has found a niche in exploring for oil and gas in Southeast Asia at a time when bigger players are focused on potential major discoveries in other parts of the world.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nazmul Tigers' spark
A local reporter called it disgusting weather with tons of cloud hanging over the Worcestershire County Cricket Club ground. But thankfully it did not rain and Bangladesh enjoyed a field day in damp weather.
 arrow Football: MSC officials irk Emeka
Emeka Ezeugo looked an unhappy man as he watched Sunday's Premier Football League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Majid makes his mark
Moroccan striker Abdul Majid scored twice on his Dhaka debut as Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra returned to winning ways in the Premier Bank Premier Football League with a 2-0 defeat of Arambagh Krira Sangha
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam looks ahead
Pakistan's failure to win their Test series against the West Indies is a black spot for the country's fast-maturing side, captain Inzamamul Haq said Sunday, while voicing hopes for a good result against
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib the showman!
Shoaib Akhtar is showy and that is what many people believe. But the Pakistani pace bowler can afford to be like that because it hardly affects his performance on the ground.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul will join BD A camp next week
Left-arm spinner Enamul Haque will not join the Bangladesh A team camp today due to groin injury.
"It is nothing serious but the doctor advised that I need at least another week to recovery.

 arrow Cricket: Rajin stumps everybody
It was a scary sight when Bangladesh came onto the field with Rajin Saleh wearing the wicketkeeper's gloves.
 arrow Football: Div I soccer
The lone First Division Football League match between Wari Club and BRTC Sporting Club ended in a 1-1 draw at the Birsheshthra Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalpur yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: All depends on Qamar's return
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has decided to go for another coach if their Pakistani trainer Qamar Ibrahim fails to join by first week of July.
 arrow Boxing: Iron Mike loses then quits
Irishman Kevin McBride scored a stunning upset victory over Mike Tyson on Saturday after the former world heavyweight champion quit on his stool before the seventh round of their non-title bout.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell's challenge
When Greg Chappell begins his first coaching session next week with his mantra of "commitment to excellence", he faces the twin problems of form and fitness afflicting Indian cricketers.
 arrow Football: Hayden smashes Leicester
Opener Matthew Hayden smashed a century while Andrew Symonds and Damien Martyn also turned on the style as Australia crushed Leicestershire by 95 runs in a one-day clash at Grace Road here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Cristiano Ronaldo visits Banda Aceh
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo's whistle-stop visit to Banda Aceh on Saturday encountered a hitch when crowd control problems forced the cancellation of a coaching clinic.
 arrow Football: Brazil target final
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is promising that the world champions will not be treating the Confederations Cup as a two-week German holiday.
 arrow Football: Pakistan-1, India-1
Striker Mohammad Essa scored from a free-kick Sunday to help Pakistan hold India 1-1 in the thrilling opening match of the first football series played between the South Asian rivals.
 arrow Football: Unhappy Euro champs
European champions Greece have seen their preparations for the Confederations Cup disrupted with several players claiming they have not yet received their full bonus for the Euro 2004 success.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Rangamati sadar upazila moved into final of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under 14) Gold Cup football tournament defeating Kaptai 3-1 in the first semifinal at local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova set for title repeat
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova closed in on her second successive Birmingham WTA title on Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over last year's runner-up Tatiana Golovin.
 arrow Tennis: Federer's 3rd in a row
World number one Roger Federer beat Australian Open champion Marat Safin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 to win his third consecutive Halle Open title on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick joins Queen's Club greats
Andy Roddick joined elite company as he won a third consecutive title at Queen's Club with a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Metropolitanarrow Proposed budget to encourage corruption: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the proposed budget has been designed to benefit the ruling party men and encourage their corruption.
 arrow Strengthen movement against domestic violence
Noted economists, social activists, singers and litterateurs of the country yesterday gathered in the city in protest of the domestic violence with a call to strengthen the movement against the injustice
 arrow Dhaka to pursue global zero tariff policy: FM
Bangladesh will pursue the market access policy aimed at global zero tariff for all products of the least developed countries (LDCs), Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said.
 arrow Power minister's skewed statistics
After Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud in the Jatiya Sangsad has come up with 'skewed statistics' on the present government's contribution to the country's
 arrow 'Geopolitical position demands strong Sino-Bangla ties'
Geopolitical position of Bangladesh demands strong relations with China, said Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on defence Lt General (retd) M Mahbubur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Nazrul an inspiration for nationalism: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday recalled the glorious contribution of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in national awakening, flourishing nationalism, in nation-building and enriching own tradition
 arrow Announcement of summit to add impetus to Saarc process
Bangladesh yesterday said the much-awaited announcement of the dates for 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka will infuse new impetus to the slowed down process of South Asian Regional Cooperation.
 arrow 2 months for Ctg CNG-run 3-wheelers to install meter
The government has set a two-month deadline for installing meter to every compressed natural gas (CNG)-run three-wheelers in Chittagong Metropolitan City.
 arrow 'Make probe report public'
Hill Women's Federation (HWF) yesterday demanded immediate publication of the probe report on the alleged abduction of its leader Kalpana Chakma who went on missing from the hill area nine years ago.
 arrow UK new visa fees effective from July 1
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London has announced new fees for passports, visas and changeable consular services provided by British consular posts overseas.
 arrow 1,441 more held
Police arrested 1,476 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Mangoes at Tk10-15 a kg, litchis Tk 30-70 per 100
The ongoing hot spell is a boon for fruit lovers but a bane for their producers in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow BNP leader among 4 named in 2nd charge sheet
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has pressed charges against four persons including a local BNP leader in the 17 year-old Tanore gangrape case. This is the second charge sheet in the case.
 arrow Use bio-technology to meet growing food demand
Speakers at seminar here has suggested use of bio-technology in agriculture to meet the growing demand for food.
 arrow Yarn from bamboo
Rangpur: Jute Minister Shahajahan Sheraj has said a modern bamboo-based spinning mill will be set up in Lalmonirhat soon.
This will be a joint venture by Japan and korean investors, he said.

 arrow ‘Lack of commitment affects pry education’
Lack of commitment and awareness of teachers and guardians are the main obstacles to ensure quality primary education.
The speakers told this at a workshop on improvement of primary education yesterday.

 arrow Jubo Dal leader held by Rab
Rapid Action Battalion arrested Jubo Dal leader Najmul Islam Naju from Rangpur town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Rickshawpullers set an example
Rickshawpullers have set an example of social work by voluntarily repairing a road.
 arrow Netrakona CS made OSD, RMO transferred
Netrakona Civil Surgeon (CS) Dr ABM Azizul Islam has been made OSD at the office of the Director General (DG) of Health in Dhaka.
 arrow 'Nizera Kori' observes silver jubilee
The silver jubilee function of 'Nizera Kori', a prominent NGO, was held at its Rajshahi divisional office auditorium at Nongola here on Thursday.
Nizera Kori coordinator Khushi Kabir opened the programme.

Point-Counterpointarrow Diversification of agricultural products
Diversification of agricultural products has become imperative to meet the increasing demand for food and also to keep pace with the changing food habits particularly among the urban people where fast
 arrow Storm hits BJP
Mr. Lal Krishna Advani, president of the main opposition party of India and until recently the ruling party, has resigned. Advani has since been reinstated as party president.
 arrow Another university of science and technology in the offing
Founding a university in Bangladesh no longer surprises its citizens as there are more than 20 in the public sector and over 50 in the private.
 arrow Amnesty report on 'gulag of our time'
Amnesty International has called on the Bush administration to close its prison camp at the US Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, calling it "the gulag of our time.
Culturearrow Nazrul's Rakkhushi: Tale of a woman's vengeance
Bindi is a devoted wife whose husband Bhola takes her for granted. Once when a siren named Kunti seduces Bhola, he falls for the pretty woman.
 arrow Mangula: Hajongs in the spotlight
Little is known about the oppression on the Hajong community, an ethnic minority on the verge of extinction, living at the border region of greater Mymensingh and Sylhet.
 arrow Bringing temples into focus
The book launching ceremony of Kantajee Temple and Hindu Temples of Bangladesh was held recently, at the Sufia Kamal auditorium, National Museum.
 arrow Did you know?
Mashiuddin Shaker and Sheikh Niamat Ali, two film society movement activists, struck the international arena with their maiden venture Surja Dighal Badi.
Generalarrow Children demand an end to child labour
Hundreds of children working in different industries brought out processions and held rallies in the city yesterday in observance of the World Day Against Child Labour.
 arrow Dhaka seeks fund for child welfare
The Bangladesh Country Programme was discussed at the Unicef Executive Board meeting that is currently taking place at the UN headquarters in New York.
 arrow 8 members disown Sramik League Titas Gas body
Eight members of the newly formed Jatiya Sramik League Convenor Committee of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDC) unit in a press release disowned the unit committee.
 arrow Child journos to write on their rights
Thirteen children were selected as journalist at the MMC office in the city on June 10 for Shishu Prokash, a news agency for children, says a press release.
Of them, seven are girls and six boys.

 arrow 'Research works a must to ensure quality edn'
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof M Asaduzzaman yesterday said the private universities in the country should pay special attention in creating more opportunities for research works for
 arrow Outgoing Pak HC meets Speaker
The outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner Manzar Shafiq yesterday called on Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar and discussed matters of mutual interest.
Internationalarrow Time to make Siachen a 'peace mountain'
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on a visit to the Siachen Glacier which has been the scene of bloody fighting with Pakistan, said yesterday it was time to convert the world's highest battlefield into a
 arrow Pre-polls bombings kill 8 in Iran
At least eight people were killed and 36 others injured yesterday in four bomb explosions that targeted government buildings and officials in southwestern Iran just days before the Islamic republic'spresidential
 arrow French journalist released in Iraq
A French journalist and her Iraqi driver were released after being held hostage for five months in Iraq, France's foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinians vow not to disarm militants
Palestinian Foreign Minister Nasser al-Qidwa on Saturday ruled out disarming militant groups as long as Israel continues to occupy Palestinian land.
 arrow Aziz denies existence of terror camps in Pak soil
The prime minister on Saturday denied the existence of terror camps in Pakistan, adding that he is seeking information from the FBI about an American accused in the US of receiving jihadi training here.
 arrow JVP trying to thwart aid deal: Chandrika
Sri Lanka's president Sunday accused her main coalition partner of trying to thwart a proposed tsunami relief aid deal by falsely claiming it will lead to a separate homeland for Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow US demands answers from Israel over arms sales to China
A dispute between Israel and Washington over Israeli arms sales to China is deepening after months of US sanctions on joint military projects, the Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Blast derails passenger train in Chechnya
A passenger train travelling from the rebel republic of Chechnya to Moscow derailed after an explosion early on Sunday, in what Russian officials said was an act of terrorism that slightly injured dozens
Editorialarrow Editorial: So many on special duty?
A recent newspaper report on the number of government officers without a specified job, yet being fully paid from the national exchequer, gives one the impression that the phrase 'officer on special duty'
 arrow Editorial: Filling in a void
The launching of a core highway police unit that is envisaged to grow to ensure road safety and check crimes on the long stretch of 22,379 km highways in the country, goes to meet a long-felt need.
 arrow Paradox in Moscow
Vladimir Putin, who was reelected Russian President last year for a second four-year term, believes he has a mission to perform: to win back for Russia its lost status as a great power.
 arrow Floor crossing in the House
Kazi Sirajul Islam who was elected member of parliament (MP) from Faridpur-1 constituency on Awami League (AL) ticket in the general election of 2001 crossed the floor into the ruling-party Bangladesh
 arrow Jinnah's 'secularism' divides parivar: BJP in a dire crisis
By resigning as BJP president after being attacked for glorifying Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Mr L.K. Advani has precipitated an unprecedented crisis in the sangh parivar.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricketers fail
This poor nation has witnessed how their million dollar cricket crumbled at Lord's. The lousy and shameful batting display suggests that it is not new or unpredictable.
 arrow GMO issue
Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), the contribution of biotechnology, nowadays is a principal matter of concern for the bio-scientists all over the world.
 arrow Race in the 21st Century
The Race in the 21st Century Conference continued from April 6 -8, 2005.
 arrow A crime against humanity
A few days ago "World No Tobacco Day" knocked at our door. The day was 31 May. Every year this day comes and goes with various kinds of themes and slogans.
 arrow Good report
Your holiday write up on Keokradang (DS: May 29) with seven coloured photographs was very enjoyable reading. It would have been more interesting if a sketch showing the route was included.
 arrow Hartal
While we strongly protest the brutal killing of Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu and demand that the criminals be brought to justice, we protest the hartal called by the Awami League.
 arrow When will they realise?
The terrible death of Happy, who was a student of Dhaka University, haunts us. We are losing many meritorious students who are the assets of this country.
 arrow Indecent!
I work with an autonomous organisation which is under a certain ministry. My posting is in a busy junction between the capital Dhaka and a major port of the country.
 arrow Compulsion of globalisation
This is in response to the article captioned 'Closer trade links with Pakistan' by Mr. ABMS Zahur, dated 25th May'05.
 arrow Death of a driver
I am shocked at the death of the taxi driver who was burnt on the hartal day. I do not know who was responsible for this incident.
 arrow Relations with India
 arrow Our own music
As I was born in Chittagong, I got a great chance to enjoy Chittagonian music. Most of the lyrics are on boatmen, rivers, the bay and love.
Star Cityarrow Lack of road safety causes accidents on Rokeya Sarani
After a road accident that severely injured a schoolboy three weeks ago, the authorities promised to take measures to prevent accidents on Rokeya Sarani near Sher-e-bangla Nagar Government Boys High School,
 arrow DCC to install 50 more wheeled garbage containers
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to install 50 more wheeled garbage containers soon in the city to make its waste management system more effective and convenient for city dwellers.
 arrow DU to fight outbreak of jaundice
Finally the Dhaka University authorities have decided to clean all water reservoirs and reconstruct water and sewerage lines to fight jaundice that broke out recently inflicting several hundred students
 arrow Development work to start soon
The development work of the Osmani Udyan, which once was a prominent public park, is likely to start within July with an aim of bringing back the greenery and beauty of the place by evicting all kinds
 arrow Heat-related diseases on the rise
The prolonged spell of unbearable heat has resulted in an outbreak of diarrhoea, heat stroke, dehydration, heat allergy, stomach-ache, viral fever and other diseases which are affecting mostly children
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