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Front Pagearrow Food tainted with toxic colours, risky mixings
It has become a matter of luck these days to find pure food products in the market, as wholesalers, seeking to cheat the public, mix everything from brick dust and soap ingredients with commonly eaten
 arrow Govt plans to assure Tata of gas for 20yrs
The government is going to take a middle course to finalise the $2.5 billion investment proposal of Tata Group during the second round negotiations early next month.
 arrow Inflation, BoP deficit spike
The economy is witnessing a twin shock now -- a rising inflation rate and a deteriorating balance of payment (BoP) situation because of domestic price hike and a jump in imports that have become costlier.
 arrow Bidisha not freed after granted bail
Former military ruler HM Ershad's estranged wife Bidisha was not released from the jail despite her obtaining an ad-interim bail in the passport forgery case yesterday, as the authorities showed her arrested
 arrow PM off to Doha today with LDC mission
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Qatar today on a three-day visit to attend the second 'South Summit' beginning tomorrow to join hands with the leaders of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) toforge
 arrow Court to record statement of Sumon's mother
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned Jubo League leader Sumon's mother for deposition on June 29 in the murder case filed for her son's death in 'Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) custody'.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men lynch former cadre
Bangla Bhai's men yesterday lynched a former cadre of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) at Bagmara, calling him an outlaw.
 arrow AL 'extremists' involved in Aug 21 attack
The ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday in parliament blasted Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and her party Awami League (AL) for "conspiring to destabilise the BNP-led coalition government" with the
 arrow Mobile operators ask govt to withdraw tax on SIM card
All the four private mobile phone operators yesterday urged the government to withdraw the proposed Tk 1,200 tax on new subscription in the budget for fiscal 2005-06.
 arrow No tax on SIM, RUIM card replacement
The newly imposed duty of Tk 1,200 will not be applicable for replacement of a missing or defective mobile phone SIM (subscriber identity module) or RUIM cards or CDMA technology with a fresh one forthe
 arrow Exports support facilities under one roof planned
The government has planned to set up a National Export House (NEH) in the city in order to provide exporters with more sophisticated and quick services through bringing all the export-related services
 arrow 17 AL men bullet-hit in factional fight
At least 17 Awami League (AL) activists took bullets when the police fired on the warring workers of two factions of the party's Khetlal upazila unit in Joypurhat yesterday.
 arrow 3 murdered, 1 dies of injury
Three people were murdered in separate incidents in Mirpur and Keraniganj yesterday while another beaten up on June 4 succumbed to his injuries.
 arrow 15 die as truck bomb goes off in Kashmir
A bomb hidden in a pickup truck exploded in a bustling town in Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday, killing 15 people, including the suspected attacker and a 14-year-old boy, and injuring at least 60others,
 arrow Outgoing army chief calls on president, PM
Outgoing Army Chief Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury called on President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday.
 arrow Burnt housewife dies at DMCH
The housewife, who was fighting for life with critical burns since the June 7 Uttara plane crash, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Rab rescues 5 children from traffickers
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday rescued five children from being trafficked to India in the bordering village of Baikari in sadar upazila.
 arrow Govt to go ahead with Thai help
The government is expected to go ahead with the elevated express way project for Dhaka city at a cost of Tk 1,200 crore with technical and financial assistance of Thailand.
 arrow Dhaka College students block road over outage
Residential students of Dhaka College last night vandalised at least 40 vehicles and blocked the road in front of their institution for three hours to protest load shedding at their hostels.
 arrow Two robbers killed in cop 'encounter'
Two robbers were killed in an encounter with police and another was lynched by a mob at Gouripur bus stand under Daudkandi upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A 'shootout' between the police and the outlaws killed a cadre of underground Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) at Bhabanipur village in the sadar upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Judicial probe into 'murder' by Khulna cops ordered
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) has ordered a judicial probe into the filing of a case by Fatema Khatoon that named seven policemen and an informer as accused for torturing her two younger brothers
 arrow JP leader held on charge of murder
A Jatiya Party (JP) leader has been arrested and remanded for three days in a murder case.
 arrow Tk 10 lakh looted in Ctg
Armed robbers looted valuables worth Tk10 lakh in cash and kind in Khulshi residential area of the port city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 2 teachers held with 4 HSC exam papers
Police arrested two teachers with four Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations scripts in Nabharan yesterday.
 arrow 4 GIs, 10 Iraqis killed in attacks 26 bodies found
Four suicide bombers and attacks targeted Iraqi security forces killing 10 people while four US troops were killed in separate attacks, the Interior Ministry and police said yesterday.
 arrow 8 soldiers, 6 Maoists killed in Nepal clash
At least eight soldiers and six Maoist rebels were killed in a clash yesterday in eastern Nepal, a top army official said.
Businessarrow Regulatory reforms key to improving business climate
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said present licensing and registration procedure in the country is a nightmare for businesses, stressing the need for regulatory reforms to improve the situation.
 arrow Money whitening facility needed to spur growth
The continuation of the money whitening provision will create scopes for the black money holders to invest their money in the industries to spur growth, the state minister for finance said yesterday.
 arrow Increase cash incentive for knitwear industry
Knitwear exporters yesterday demanded increase in cash incentives in the proposed budget for FY2005-06 from 5 percent to 15 percent as they are facing stiff competition with India in the international
 arrow EU, US face off at WTO
United States and the European Union blocked each other's moves in their first formal confrontation in a dispute over aid to Boeing and Airbus at the World Trade Organisation on Monday.
 arrow Budgetary measures to help revitalise market: CSE
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Ltd has praised the proposed budget for FY2005-06, saying the new budgetary measures will help develop the capital market.
 arrow EU, China deal holds textile sales growth at 12.5pc
Growth in exports of 10 categories of Chinese textiles to the European Union will be limited to up to 12.
 arrow BB urged to continue role to face systemic crises
ICC-B Vice-president Latifur Rahman yesterday urged the central bank to continue its role to establish and ensure implementation of modern regulations as safeguards against systemic crises in both financial
 arrow Shipping Corp holds 6 AGMs tomorrow
Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) is going to hold its six annual general meetings here tomorrow.
The six withheld AGMs for the past six years will be held at a time.

 arrow Institute of Internal Auditors holds workshop
The Institute of Internal Auditors, Bangladesh (IIAB) organised a workshop Saturday focusing on the role of internal audit in different organisations.
 arrow Xerox South Asia chief due today
Xerox South Asia chief Andrew Horne arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit to join the launching ceremony of the largest Xerox products to be rolled out Wednesday at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Rich nations' aid to poorest too little, too late: G77
Representatives of Third World countries saluted Monday a decision by the world's wealthiest nations to write off some debt owed by the poorest, but said it is too little, too late.
 arrow Petronas in talks on Iraqi oil development
Malaysia's state oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said Monday it was in talks with Iraqi officials about how it could help develop the country's war-battered oil industry.
Sportsarrow Football: Dhaka derby or a grudge match?
An improving Mohammedan Sporting Club will look forward to stay on top of the Premier Football League table when they take on arch-rivals Abahani in a crucial match today.
 arrow Football: Mukti ride on Paul
Nigerian striker Paul Nwakwuchu struck either side of the break as Muktijoddha Sangsad returned to the winning track in the Premier Bank Premier Football League with a 2-0 victory against newcomers Dipali
 arrow Cricket: 'Worcester win a tonic'
It was definitely not the first win for Bangladesh on English soil. The Tigers' enjoyed even greater success in the 1999 World Cup when they beat Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Prince explains selection
Following the Tigers' dismal showing in the Test series in England, the national selectors have come to the realisation that there is no substitute for experience to counter the English conditions.
 arrow Cricket: Stars come out to bat today
The stars of the cricket world will assemble at its spiritual home -- Lord's -- on Tuesday to express their solidarity and support for millions of people who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami
 arrow Football: MSC refute Emeka claims
Mohammedan officials Abdus Salam Murshedi and Badal Roy have rejected comments made by ex-Nigerian World Cupper Emeka Ezeugo against the club.
 arrow Football: Badda finish third
Badda Jagarani finished the first-leg of the First Division Football League in the third position when they beat Victoria Sporting Club by a solitary goal at the Birsreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova on song for Wimbledon
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova retained her Birmingham grasscourt title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Brazil's motivation
Brazil will be looking for a confidence-boosting run in the 2005 Con-federations Cup ahead of their final World Cup qualifiers after last week's resounding 3-1 defeat by Argentina.
 arrow Football: Time for experiments
The Confedera-tions Cup in Germany is the main dress rehearsal for the World Cup in 12 months time and organisers will use the competition to practice new rules regarding offside and unsporting behaviour.
 arrow Football: A taste of things to come
With 12 months to go until the 2006 World Cup football fans have an early taste of what to expect when the Confederations Cup starts in Germany on Wednes-day.
 arrow Football: The ref enjoyed it so much!
The memorable Brazil v England match at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico continued beyond the final whistle, according to the Israeli referee.
 arrow Cricket: Thieves leave 'em kitless
Australian stars Michael Clarke and Michael Kasprowicz were the victims of thieves at the end of the tourists' 95-run win over Leicestershire on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Blatter's 'order' for Liverpool
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told Liverpool they will not be allowed to pull out of the World Club Cham-pionship in Japan in December.
 arrow Cricket: SL to play seven ODIs in India
Sri Lanka will play as many as seven one-day internationals during their tour of India later this year, a cricket official said here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Owen ready for Premiership return
Michael Owen is ready to open talks with English Premiership clubs after discovering Real Madrid want to use the England striker in a player-plus-cash deal.
 arrow Football: Pele, Dunga see repeat final
Pele predicts the 2006 World Cup final will be a repeat of four years ago when Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 in Japan.
 arrow Football: Brazil-Greece sold out
The Confederations Cup match between World Cup holders Brazil and European champions Greece here on Thursday is a 44,000 sellout, the organisers of the tournament said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Independent local govt a must for good governance
Budgetary allocation to local government institutions would benefit the people if the amount is spent without being influenced by executive powers, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow BPC fund crisis holds back dev in tourism sector
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) fails to implement most of its plans and projects to enhance the tourism sector due to fund crisis.
 arrow Proposed budget a document of inefficiency: B Chy
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday termed the proposed budget for FY2005-2006 'a document of inefficiency' of the government which does not hold any vision.
 arrow G77 FMs call for solidarity
The foreign ministers of G77 countries and China met at Sheraton Doha Hotel in Qatar yesterday.
Foreign Minister of Qatar Shiekh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani inaugurated the meeting in the morning.

 arrow Manju rules out merger with JP (Ershad)
Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju has categorically said his party will not merge with Ershad-led Jatiya Party.
 arrow Proposed budget full of bluffs: Tofail
Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed yesterday said people have rejected the proposed budget for FY 2005-06 which is full of bluffs and inconsistencies.
 arrow Hasina begins Europe tour June 18
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina is expected to leave for London en route to France and Russia on June 18.
 arrow 32 trainees receive certificates
Thirty-two women yesterday received certificates at the end of the second module of a training programme under 'Salma Sobhan Fellowship in Journalism for Women'.
 arrow Rickshawpullers, owners threaten tougher movement
Rickshaw owners and pullers of the city yesterday threatened tougher movement if the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) launches operation to drive out rickshaw from the city roads.
 arrow AL decries govt move
Dhaka city Awami League yesterday decried the government move to divert the course of the investigation into the August 21 grenade attack after ten months of the incident for ulterior political gains.
 arrow NUS programmes on elimination of child labour
Nari Unnayan Shakti, a national women development organisation, launched a massive campaign across the country on Sunday to mark the World Day Against Child Labour 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Bangla-Saudi jt commission meets today
The eighth meeting of Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission begins here today, following a two-day preparatory meeting held on June 12 and 13.
 arrow Zillur returns home after treatment
Awami League presidium member Zillur Rahman, MP, returned home yesterday after treatment in London.
 arrow BCL president,19 others get bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for three months to 20 leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of main opposition Awami League, in a criminal case filed under explosive
 arrow Seminar on Transradial angiography
A scientific seminar on 'Transradial Angiography' was held in the city on last Saturday.
Nationalarrow Jafflong on the brink of eco-disaster
Jafflong, a prime tourist spot in the country, is facing an ecological disaster due to indiscriminate extraction of stone by cutting hills and digging river beds in the area.
 arrow ILO eyes other sectors after Kushtia success
After an initial success in freeing children from tobacco factories in Kushtia, the ILO (International Labour Organisation) is going to launch a 10-year 'time bound' project to eliminate child labourfrom
 arrow Khulna cops on high alert
Khulna metropolitan city was suddenly put on 'red alert' from 8 pm Sunday following a secret information that 'extremists' may carry out destructive activities or implement killing missions, particularly
 arrow Outlaw killed in shootout with police
An alleged cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed in a 'shootout' with police at Bhabanipur village in Pabna Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 14 sued but none arrested in Netrakona
None has been arrested in connection with Thursday's attacked on Advocate Ismail Hossen though a case was filed against 14 people including five members of Netrakona Bar Association a day after the incident.
 arrow Shop owners down shutters to protest salt seizure
Grocers and wholesalers in Gaibandha town kept their shops closed yesterday protesting seizure of 1000 bags of non-iodised Indian salt from some shops on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Jinnah
Well, young man. I will have nothing to do with this pseudo-religious approach to politics. I part company with Congress and Gandhi.
 arrow Towards attainment of Millennium Development Goals
The safe, secure and affordable access to land by the poor is a significant factor in poverty reduction, which can also contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 arrow Is the opposition for something new?
The top brass of the Awami League look very long in the tooth.
Culturearrow Introducing the young minds to Zainul, Quamrul and Sultan
The International School Dhaka (ISD) premises turned festive recently as the week-long Arts Festival jointly organised by the school and the Bengal Foundation began on June 12.
 arrow " Minutes before entering the stage I often think of quitting" -- Tropa
An ardent theatre activist, Tropa Majumdar, maintains a busy schedule between working as the creative director in a reputable ad agency and performing at the regular stage shows as well.
 arrow Moments of anticipation and joy
Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan (Veer-Zaara) and Rani Mukherjee (Hum Tum), walked away with the Best Actor and Actress trophies as Yashraj Film's Veer-Zaara bagged six awards at
 arrow Recharging theatre activists at district level
To promote theatre at the district level, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) and Bengal Foundation have jointly arranged a programme.
 arrow Shishu-Kishore Utshab in Bogra
A big crowd thronged the colourful inaugural function of the four-day-long Shishu-Kishore Utshab '05 at Bogra Zila Parishad Auditorium recently.
Generalarrow 2 indigenous people held in Bandarban
Joint security forces yesterday arrested two indigenous people and recovered a country-made gun and Tk 33,000 from their possession.
 arrow Australia to continue cooperation in dev
Australia will continue its cooperation in the development process of Bangladesh, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Lorraine Barkar said yesterday.
 arrow Rab nets two on charge of mugging
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two persons in connection with the snatching Tk11.30 lakh of a garment factory last month.
 arrow Hartal cannot be banned thru' law: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said hartal cannot be banned through enacting law.
"Hartal should be banned on the basis of a national consensus.

 arrow Hartal in Rangpur today
The Greater Rangpur Development Forum will enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Rangpur today to press home its 12-point demand, including declaring Rangpur a division.
 arrow Floor of filling station collapses in B'baria, 20 injured
At least 20 people were injured when an underconstruction floor of a filling station at Chandura collapsed yesterday.
 arrow 4 more eco parks to be set up
The government will establish four new echo parks in addition to the present five, Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow JU classes resume today
Classes and examinations of Jahangirnagar University (JU) resume today after a month-long summer vacation.
The vacation began on May 13.

 arrow 1,441 more held
Police arrested 1,441 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Chandrika wins crucial backing to save govt
Lanka's president won crucial support from the main opposition yesterday to save her shaky government after a coalition partner threatened to quit over a proposed aid deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, political
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 5 GIs in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a US military convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least five American soldiers, police said.
 arrow Kashmir row can be resolved in 2 weeks if leaders want
The Kashmir issue can be solved in two weeks if leaders of both India and Pakistan display the political will, President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday.
 arrow Diplomatic push for ME peace
A week-long flurry of diplomacy designed to stop the Middle East peace process from hitting a new dead-end is to begin with the visit of Egypt's intelligence chief and culminate in an Israeli-Palestinian
 arrow Nepal detains 50 journalists
At least 50 Nepalese journalists protesting at media restrictions were arrested yesterday after a scuffle with police in the capital, witnesses said.
 arrow Anti-terror pact on the cards
Pakistan President Pervez Musha-rraf arrived yesterday for a groundbreaking visit to Australia due to focus on counter-terrorism cooperation and links between Australian militants and guerrilla training
 arrow Aoun scores stunning win
Firebrand former general Michel Aoun scored a stunning win yesterday in Lebanon's parliamentary elections to emerge as the main Christian political force in the country, only weeks after returning from
 arrow Sonia Gandhi in Russia to meet Putin
Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling Congress party, arrived in Moscow yesterday for a four-day visit to include talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his hometown of Saint Petersburg later
Editorialarrow Editorial: The arsenic threat
It is a matter of great concern that at least three crore people in 61 districts are vulnerable to drinking arsenic-contaminated water and over 38,000 of them have already fallen sick.
 arrow Editorial: Tax on sim-cards
One of the most short-sighted new taxes proposed by the finance minister for the upcoming budget is the tax of Tk 1200 on mobile phone sim-cards.
 arrow Ensuring law enforcement during election
The recently concluded mayoral election at Chittagong have resulted in multiple reactions in several quarters.
 arrow Killed and buried
Killed by France, buried by the Netherlands," headlined the Turkish daily Akasam, on the impact of the rejection of the EU constitution by the French and the Dutch in referendums held recently in their
Letters to Editorarrow Early election?
The cat is not out of the bag. The BNP chief threw a hint that it might be necessary to call for early general elections, if the party MPs continued to play the truant game in the JS, creating quorumproblem.
 arrow Killers
The same holocaust, the same victims, the same places, the same way--it's like a movie clip of a scratched CD stranded in the CD-ROM and we, the backboneless nationals of Bangladesh, are the silent watchers
 arrow Don't forget
My name is Mirza Hassan and I am an immigrant child living in the UK. I feel that your newspaper neglects achievement of the Bangladeshi people that have sought to start a new life abroad.
 arrow World Bank immunity
The recent outcry about the immunity of the World Bank in Bangladesh has utterly stupefied me and in my opinion it was another political showdown by the NGOs and leftist groups without any consideration
 arrow Legal 'protection'
A corrupt society generates booming business for those in the legal profession, as court injunctions are sought by those under prosecution, facing disciplinary measures or court sentences.
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