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Front Pagearrow Top trade bodies blast budgetary measures
Leading chambers and associations yesterday came down heavily on extending the provision of whitening black money and imposition of tax on mobile phone connection.
 arrow Ex-Bac staffs' expenses don't match income
More than half the staff of now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) may be disqualified from joining the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) mainly for inconsistency in their income and expenditure.
 arrow Foreign envoys to do all for fair polls
Outgoing US Ambassador in Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday said the foreign diplomats in Dhaka, including those of the US, will do everything for holding a free, fair and transparent parliamentaryelection
 arrow Watchdogs' role mostly missing
Lack of political will, coupled with crippling manpower shortages in inspection agencies, has resulted in a breakdown of the government's food regulatory system, allowing culprits to flourish while the
 arrow Bidisha bailed but arrested again
HM Ershad's estranged wife Bidisha was granted ad-interim bail yesterday in the case in which she was charged with cheating on the former military dictator but was not released from the prison, as she
 arrow Rab retrieves hand grenade from Savar
Elite crime-busters Rab yesterday retrieved an anti-personnel hand grenade from a village in Savar on the outskirts of the capital.
 arrow Death trap...

 arrow Seven cops held, BDR men flee after robbery
Meherpur police yesterday arrested seven law enforcement personnel including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) for their alleged involvement in a robbery.
 arrow MPs sceptic about poverty-cut target
Lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties at a workshop yesterday viewed that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing poverty by 50 percent by 2015 will not be achieved under the
 arrow Citigroup, UNCDF launch award for microentreprenuers
The Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citibank NY, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) will award microentrepreneurs and microfinance institutions in four categories for
 arrow Moudud plays down Thomas remarks
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said he does not give much importance to what outgoing US Ambassador Harry K Thomas had commented about Bangladesh.
 arrow Mobile courts in action
Two mobile courts yesterday in a drive against adulteration of food fined and jailed 21 unscrupulous traders in Dhaka on charge of spraying toxic chemicals on fruits.
 arrow Govt critical of planned London HR meet
A conference takes place in London today to discuss persecution of and discrimination against religious minorities, ethnic groups, journalists and political opponents in Bangladesh, eliciting criticism
 arrow 26 job seekers brought home
Twenty-six fortune seekers promised of jobs in Malaysia have been brought back home from Myanmar after languishing in a prison for about a year.
 arrow 'Robber' lynched at Uttara
A mob yesterday lynched an alleged robber at Kawla in Uttara in the capital.
 arrow 6 GIs killed in Iraq attacks
A roadside bomb attack killed five US Marines and gunfire killed an American sailor in a western Iraqi town, the US military and Iraqi officials said yesterday, as an upsurge in rebel violence battered
 arrow Iran elections go down to the wire today
Iranians vote today in the tightest presidential election in the Islamic republic's history, with conservative frontrunner Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani facing a tough twin challenge from pro-reform and hardline
 arrow Court orders arrestee's foolproof security
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the investigation officer (IO) of the August 21 grenade attack case to take maximum security measures for George Mian during his second phase remand.
 arrow Ctg chamber faxes PM to end outage
The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president in an emergency fax to the prime minister yesterday expressed grave concern at erratic power supply in the port city, seeking immediate
 arrow Aftab revives Bangladesh
A 76-run seventh wicket stand between Aftab Ahmed and Mohammad Rafique lifted Bangladesh from a hopeless position to a modest 190 against England in the rain interrupted first one-day international of
 arrow Niko claims car bought for Bapex
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd yesterday issued an explanation about the news published in different newspapers regarding a luxurious car given to State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKMMosharraf
Businessarrow Exports grow 15pc in 10 months
Exports clocked 15 percent growth amounting to US$6,961 million in the first 10 months of the current financial year.
However, earning in April missed the monthly target by 4.

 arrow Asia Energy to submit $1.4b development plan
Asia Energy will soon submit a comprehensive plan to the government for developing Phulbari coal mine in the country's northern region.
Under the plan, the company will invest about US$ 1.

 arrow AKTEL launches incentives for post-paid subscribers
Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), which provides services under the brand AKTEL, yesterday launched a customer incentive programme titled 'Club Magnate' to offer privileges to its post-paid
 arrow Banglalink mobile phone fair now kicks off today
Mobile phone fair organised by Banglalink, which was scheduled to be inaugurated yesterday, now will begin today at Bashundhara City shopping mall.
 arrow US wants trade with India to match China volume
The United States wants trade with India to jump rapidly to a level close to that of China, a senior US official said Wednesday in yet another indication of warming ties between the giant democracies.
 arrow Basis urges govt to lift proposed 10pc income tax
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) has appealed to the government for withdrawing the proposed 10 percent income tax on software businesses in the national budget forFY
 arrow Beximco gets SEC nod to collect foreign capital
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the proposal of Beximco regarding collection of capital from outside the country.
 arrow India allows foreign fund investment in listed domestic newspapers
The Indian government Thursday allowed foreign funds to buy shares in listed domestic newspaper companies and said overseas groups will be able to print limited versions of their newspapers in the country.
 arrow BKMEA team leaves Saturday for Brussels to discuss new GSP
A high-level delegation of Bangla-desh Knitwear Manufac-turers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) leaves Dhaka for Brussels Saturday to discuss the new generalised system of preference (GSP) rules with
 arrow Tata signs deal for steel, mining projects in Iran
Tata Steel, India's largest private sector steel company, has signed a joint venture agreement with Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) for steel making
 arrow Rich countries not playing fair in trade talks
World Trade Organisation talks aimed at liberalising global commerce could end up giving an unfair boost to the farm trade of rich nations, the development aid charity Oxfam International said Wednesday.
 arrow Developing nations to endorse G77 development fund
Leaders of developing countries at the Second South Summit in Doha were expected Thursday to endorse a multi-million dollar development fund, amid criticism over lack of cooperation between poor countries.
 arrow China officially allows trade in wider range of currencies
China will officially launch trading in a larger number of currencies against each other next week, the foreign exchange trade center said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Patriot games
There are about five lakh Bangladeshis living in England and from East London to Newcastle in the north or Penzance, a small town in the southeast at the foot of the Atlantic, they are unmistakably making
 arrow Football: F'ganj move to fourth
Farashganj Sporting Club climbed to fourth place in the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over bottom-table Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Hosts win without ease
Hosts Germany got off to a winning start in the Confederations Cup but their 4-3 victory over Australia was far from convincing.
 arrow Cricket: Greg wants others to use the opportunity
India's new cricket coach Greg Chappell said Thursday the absence of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar from the team provided an opportunity for a new hero to emerge from the ranks.
 arrow Cricket: Oval National Stadium!
If you are coming out of The Oval Underground station on Thursday morning you could feel the same vive and atmosphere that you come across whenever a cricket match is played at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Brett scare for Aussies
Australia's preparation for the NatWest Series suffered a further blow when Brett Lee, their strike bowler, injured his shoulder in the warm-up game against Somerset at Taunton on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Victoria players, manager punished
The Metropolis Football League Committee (MFLC) has disciplined two footballers and the manager of Victoria Sporting Club for assaulting a referee during their First Division Football League match against
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi national volleyball from June 20
The Pepsi National Volleyball Championships (22nd men's and 17th women's) will begin in the city on June 20.
 arrow Cricket: Boom, boom Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist has been voted the most destructive and intimidating batsman in international one-day cricket.
 arrow Chess: U-10 chess
Twelve players were sharing the lead with maximum two points after conclusion of the second round games of the Under-10 boys and girls chess tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Inter lift Italian Cup
Inter Milan won the Italian Cup final at the San Siro Stadium here on Wednesday, beating Roma 1-0 in the second leg to wrap up a 3-0 aggregate victory and bring a positive end to a disappointing season.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting embarrassed after another defeat
England fans know better than to get too excited about Australian slip-ups but consecutive defeats for the tourists have fuelled cautious optimism that the destination of the Ashes may not be a foregone
 arrow Football: Argentina edge through
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman declared himself satisfied after watching his under-strength team see off a gritty Tunisia 2-1 in their Confederations Cup Group A opener here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Media not convinced
Germany may have won their opening Con-federations Cup match but the knives came out after Wednesday's 4-3 triumph over Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Easy opener for Fed Express
Roger Federer's bid for a third straight Wimbledon title will begin with a first round meeting with French Davis Cup player Paul-Henri Mathieu.
 arrow Football: Maradona having fun
Diego Maradona traded lobs and groundstrokes with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic on Thursday as the Argentina star continued his charity visit to Croatia.
 arrow Football: Liverpool cancel Japan trip
Liverpool's scheduled pre-season tour of Japan has been cancelled to allow them to contest the Champions League first qualifying round next month, Kashima Antlers officials said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Paying a price for spitting
Boca Juniors have sacked coach Jorge Benitez for spitting on a Mexican player during Tuesday night's Copa Libertadores quarter-final with Chivas Guadalajara which had to be called off after 79 minutes.
 arrow Football: Van Persie to remain in custody
Arsenal's Dutch star Robin van Persie will be held for another 14 days while police investigate rape charges, prosecutors said Tuesday Radio reports said a DNA specimen had been taken from the 21-year-old
 arrow Cricket: Youhana may avoid surgery
Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana is to undergo six weeks of intensive treatment on his injured shoulder.
Metropolitanarrow Proper monitoring a must to reduce launch accidents
Proper monitoring of vessels as well as their movement is a must to reduce launch accidents, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Clamp down on 'business' by English schools
A parliamentary body yesterday asked to halt the "businesses" of some English medium schools in the name of providing education.
 arrow Proposed law must protect operators' interest: Coab
The proposed law on cable television network service must protect the interests of the operators, and uphold the country's history and culture, said the leaders of Cable Operators Association of Bangla-desh
 arrow Samad Azad always stood by the people
Leaders of both ruling and opposition political parties yesterday paid tributes to Abdus Samad Azad, late presidium member of Awami League, saying that he was an ideal and committed politician.
 arrow Qatar to recruit more Bangladeshis
Qatar will recruit a large number of Bangladeshis including qualified professionals and skilled and semi-skilled workers.
 arrow 'Nat'l Bldg Code could not be formulated due to time constraint'
Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas said in Parliament yesterday that due to time constraint, the government could not formulate the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC).
 arrow New centre for Thai visa
The Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka has opened a new visa application centre at Gulshan for providing better and convenient services to Bangladeshi visa seekers.
 arrow Singapore introduces new visa system
Intending visitors to Singapore should now submit the application for visa to the designated travel agency instead of its Consulate office in Dhaka.
 arrow Teachers demand removal of MP from managing committees
The leaders of Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Jote yesterday alleged that a ruling party legislator has been illegally occupying the post of chairman on the managing committees of seven educational institutions
 arrow High-tech IT park to be set up in Kaliakoir
The government is planning to set up a high-tech Information Technology (IT) park in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur district.
 arrow Hasina to address press confce on budget today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on the proposed budget for 2005-06 today.
The press conference will begin at 3:00pm at the party's Dhanmondi office.

Point-Counterpointarrow Policemen's pay and all that
Of late, our policemen's pay and the reported inconsistencies have been the subject of media attention.
 arrow 'The war on terrorism is being fought much like the war on drugs'
This past December and March, brothers Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela became the biggest organised crime figures ever extradited to the US.
 arrow Dealing with non-performing assets
Since the inception of sovereign Bangladesh in 1971 we have seen unprecedented rise in non-performing financial assets in our banking industry.
Culturearrow An unplugged folk treat
The first beat on the dhols, accompanied with the vibrant tunes of ektara, dotara, sarinda, thamak and melancholy aria of bansi, behala and other traditional folk instruments played by the
 arrow Saying it with tapestry
Tapestry is a hand woven textile, which is used for wall hanging. Rashid Chowdhury (d. 1986) introduced tapestry as a creative modern art form in Bangladesh when he returned from Paris in 1964.
 arrow The Eye: A chilling vision
Oriental movies have taken over the world like a forceful tsunami. Movie buffs who are updated with the "what's hot and what's not" in the cine-world, are well aware of the phenomenon.
 arrow Sisimpur: Learning can be fun
Sisimpur, a pre-school children's entertainment and educational programme begins today with a story on reading and appreciating literature, followed by an animation concert of Bangalee instruments
 arrow Short Takes
Humayun Ahmed wings his way to Switzerland Acclaimed writer-director Humayun Ahmed is on his way to Switzerland to shoot his latest telefilm Rupali Raat.
Generalarrow 'Produce herbal medicine to earn fame, money '
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for producing various medicines in the country saying that Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals are now declared world class by the developed countries.
 arrow Ratify Rome statute of ICC to promote rule of law
Many countries, including Bangladesh, are yet to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in fear of an international watchdog over state crimes and corruption, speakers saidat
 arrow Abducted trader rescued in city
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) late Tuesday night rescued an abducted trader from a house at Shahjadpur of Badda in the capital and arrested three alleged kidnappers.
 arrow Robbery at Sylhet city
Armed miscreants looted a British passport, money in cash, ornament and other valuable worth about Tk 2 lakh from a house in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tommy Miah cooks for president
Master chef Tommy Miah had the rare privilege of cooking some of his favourite dishes for President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban on May 18, says a press release.
 arrow C-In-Ad results published
The result of C-In-Ad (second shift) examination, which was held in December under Bangladesh C-in-Ad Board, was published yesterday.
The percentage of pass in the examination was 84.01 percent.

 arrow BRTA steps to check crime by auto-rickshaws
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has made uniform mandatory for the CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers in the port city from July 31.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Allegations of corruption
Investigations into the charges of corruption against ministers and high officials by parliamentary sub-committees have made little headway and, in most cases, come to a complete halt.
 arrow Editorial: More than an embarrassment
We are talking about a very expensive luxury car having been used by the energy state minister courtesy Niko, a gas exploration company that has yet to settle the issue of payment of compensation with
 arrow Bangladeshi limbo
This last month it has been embarrassing to be Bangladeshi.
 arrow ....ergo Ershad!
One of the many riddles of life is that two people can get married, but more people are needed in a divorce.
 arrow R & D Division in NBR
The Income Tax Ordinance 1984 has replaced Income Tax Act 1922. The tax assessments under the ordinance are done within self assessment and the assessments spelled out in Articles 85 to 94 of the ordinance.
Letters to Editorarrow Children
It is very simple and clear to all that children are the future of country. So they should be groomed up in a balanced way so that they do not become frustrated.
 arrow English media and Bangladesh cricket
Bangladesh cricket team lost the first Test against England at Lord's by a big margin. It was a shameful performance, indeed. We expected some show of fight from our boys but things were completelydifferent.
 arrow Silent sigh!
How long will we remain silent? Perhaps silence is our favorite thing during crisis. When will our mind be jolted again? After another sad incident occurs? Perhaps the day is certain to come.
 arrow Filthy student politics
A few months back I wrote a letter on the condition of our student politics.
 arrow Bangladeshi bands
Mr. Arafat Kazi is involved with underground bands and is unhappy with the performance of some specific bands and performers.
 arrow Hardinge Bridge
In 1915, the British built the Hardinge Bridge across the mighty Padma river with pilings going 160 feet below the water level.
 arrow Jhakanaka and some questions
Grameen Phone is now trying to promote its new package djuice and that's why it is arranging concerts to attract young mobile subscribers.
 arrow Utter nuisance
As you know besides doing classes and hanging around with friends, university is also a place where you'll find hundreds of girls and boys who actually go around hunting for a good partner.
 arrow "A superstitious mind"
My sincere thanks to Mohammad Badrul Ahsan for his excellent article "A superstitious mind" (Post Editorial, Cross Talk) June 10, 2005. I enjoyed reading the article.
 arrow France and EU
France, being one of the founder-members of the EU and the dreamer of the United Europe, has rejected the daft EU constitutional treaty through Sunday's stunning referendum.
 arrow Congratulations
I would like to congratulate The Daily Star and its sports correspondent, Rabed Imam, for the interview he took of our Under 19 cricket coach.
 arrow Foreigners only!
When did we as a nation start hero worshiping foreigners and discrediting the talent of fellow Bangladeshis? I have recently returned to Bangladesh after 15 years and have started a training centre.
 arrow Resisting dacoits
From the June 4, 2005 issue of The Daily Star we learnt that at Purba Shamshedpura under Nhandgaon police station in Chittagong district, Monsoor Alam, aged 25, was shot dead by robbers when he caught
 arrow Better democracy
We have crossed 34 years of our independence! Democracy is maturing and slowly gaining ground in our country. At present, people at large want peace, security and development.
 arrow AL politics
The Awami League, the so called people's party and the sole agent of our spirit of independence, is again at its anti people and anti personal liberty work.
Environmentarrow Bio-diversity in peril: We're paying the price
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia while speaking at the inauguration of a Tree Fair at the National Parade Square on June 1 called for invigorating the afforestation programme and preventing the enemies of trees
Worldarrow South Asia: Lankan Marxists quit Chandrika govt
Sri Lanka's main Marxist party yesterday quit the 14-month-old coalition government to protest an aid deal with Tamil rebels, but kept the door open for reconciliation with President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan 'broken the back' of al-Qaeda
Pakistani President Pervez Musha-rraf said yesterday his military has "broken the back" of al-Qaeda and reduced the terrorist organisation to small isolated bands hiding in the mountains on the Pakistan-Afghan
 arrow South Asia: US, UK arms fuelling rights abuse in Nepal
Amnesty International accused Britain, the United States and India Wednesday of facilitating human rights abuses in Nepal by selling the country weapons used against civilians in the nine-year Maoistrevolt.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmiri leaders want ticket to talks
After being feted for two weeks in Pakistan, Kashmiri separatist leaders went home to India's side of the border yesterday with hopes they can finally join a peace process between South Asia's nuclear
 arrow Squash: Myanmar junta steps up arrests of dissidents
Myanmar's military rulers have intensified their crackdown on political opponents and stepped up the arrests of activists, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Delhi lacks desire to hold talks: Ulfa
One of Assam's top militant groups, the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), yesterday accused New Delhi of trying to derail the outfit's peace initiatives by militarising the region.
 arrow South Asia: 3 Sunni party activists gunned down in Pakistan
An angry crowd went on the rampage in the volatile Pakistani port city of Karachi yesterday after three activists of a Sunni Muslim party were found murdered, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan lifts travel ban on rape victim under US pressure
Pakistan on Wednesday lifted a travel ban on the victim of a notorious gang rape after key ally the United States strongly condemned attempts to prevent her from leaving the country.
 arrow EU to put comatose charter on ice
EU leaders were expected to put the bloc's comatose constitution in the deep freeze at a crucial summit that started yesterday, as they grappled with the main item on their plate, a high-stakes budget
 arrow US House votes to limit Patriot Act rules
Advocates of rewriting the USA Patriot Act are claiming momentum after the House, despite a White House veto threat, voted to restrict investigators from using the anti-terrorism law to peek at library
 arrow Boy killed in Cambodian hostage standoff
Masked gunmen seized dozens of children at an international school in northwestern Cambodia yesterday, killing a 3-year-old Canadian boy and threatening to shoot the others one-by-one before police intervened
 arrow China tops voice against hasty UN reform
China yesterday stepped up its opposition to any hasty expansion of the United Nations Security Council, and vowed to fight for increased representation by developing countries.
 arrow Bush defers moving US embassy to Jerusalem
President George W. Bush annou-nced Wednesday that he was deferring for six months the process of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
 arrow IAEA inks limited inspection accord with Saudi Arabia
The UN atomic agency signed yesterday an agreement with Saudi Arabia that limits inspections of its nuclear facilities, limitations the United States, EU and Australia had resisted, diplomats said.
 arrow EU in talks with Hamas
The European Union said that it had opened contacts with officials from the radical Palestinian movement Hamas despite its status as a blacklisted terrorist organisation.
 arrow US admn assails Iran vote as undemocratic
US President George W. Bush yesterday charged that Iran's upcoming presidential election "ignores the basic requirements of democracy" and accused Tehran of backing international terrorism.
 arrow Friends better than family to help you to live longer
Elderly people who have a network of good friends rather than close family ties have a better chance of living longer, according to a study published yesterday.
 arrow Man married for 80 years dies at 105
Percy Arrowsmith, who with his wife set the record two weeks ago for the world's longest marriage, died Wednesday, his wife of 80 years by his side. He was 105.
 arrow Hillary, Kerry urge China to free dissident
Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are among 40 US senators who have sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao calling on him to free high-profile dissident Yang Jianli amid torture claims.
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