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Front Pagearrow 9 'linked to' Indian rebel outfit held in Bandarban
A joint team of army and police in a predawn raid yesterday at Kalaghata under Bandarban Pourasava arrested nine Manipuri people whom they linked to an insurgent group of Indian state Manipur.
 arrow A budget for plundering public funds: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed the proposed budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year a 'blueprint to destroy Bangladesh', expressing fears that it would create economic mismanagement,
 arrow Defence deals slip scrutiny
The way the defence budget is spent raises questions as the matter never gets priority in discussion in parliament or any of its forums despite watchdog bodies' repeated move to bring transparency indefence
 arrow A train ride that changed his life
Jahangir cannot remember where he came from, who his parents are, and where they are now.
 arrow 5 highway robbers killed in 'shootout'
Five robbers were killed and seven policemen including four sub-inspectors (SI) wounded in a 'shootout' near Kalamura Bridge in Brahmanpara upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Concern over rise of armed militancy, HR violation
Participants at a European human rights conference on Bangladesh in London yesterday expressed concern over the rise of armed militant forces since the 2001 general elections, according to BBC evening
 arrow Fire breaks out at DEPZ textile mill
A fire broke out yesterday morning at a textile mill at the Savar EPZ (Export Processing Zone-Dhaka) damaging huge valuables of the factory.
 arrow Thais eager to help resolve traffic jam
Thailand is eager to help resolve traffic congestion in Dhaka with its Bangkok experience but Bangladesh should turn to donor countries for soft loans for the scheme, said Thailand Ambassador Suphat Chitranukroh
 arrow Donors' move to ensure free, fair election
The "Tuesday Group", a conglomerate of Bangladesh's development partners, is planning to organise a conference on "International Best Practices" in Tokyo in November or December this year for the conducting
 arrow Tigers face Aussies today
Bangladesh are likely to make one change for their second match of the NatWest Series against Australia at the Sophia Gardens on Saturday.
 arrow 60,000 workers may get jobs in Qatar: FM
Bangladesh expects to send 50,000-60,000 skilled and semi-skilled manpower to Qatar as an outcome of the prime minister's visit to the Gulf state.
 arrow Political links the best qualification
Political affiliation seems to have become the main eligibility to become a teacher at Dhaka University (DU) since the authorities often allegedly recruit less qualified candidates depriving the brilliant
 arrow PM to visit Japan from July 12
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will pay a four-day official visit to Japan from July 12.
 arrow US rather praised Dhaka, says FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said the US concern about extremism is not only for Bangladesh, but also for the whole world, including America itself and Europe.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A leader of an underground outfit was killed in a 'shootout' between members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices near Dhopaghata Bridge in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 8 policemen sued, OC closed
A case was lodged yesterday against eight policemen under speedy trial act for involvement in Wednesday's robbery in Gangni upazila of Meherpur while another police officer was disciplined for his alleged
 arrow CID raids slum, fails to nab Mukul
CID men yesterday carried out a raid on city's Sat Tala slum in Mohakhali, taking George Mian, a suspect in the August 21 grenade blasts, with them but it did not yield anything.
 arrow AL suspends 3, decides to take stern action
The Awami League (AL) yesterday decided to take stern disciplinary actions against its leaders involved in internal conflicts, as party policymakers believe it may cause a major setback in the next general
 arrow Hartal called in Khulna city today protesting proposed budget
The Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the metropolitan city today in protest against non-allocation of funds in the proposed national
 arrow Hasina leaves for Europe today
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka today for an 11-day visit in Europe.
She will visit the United Kingdom, France and Russia.

 arrow Rab nabs 2 with dead chickens
A special team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two traders with 26 dead chickens from Kaptan Bazar in the city.
Businessarrow Rice price soars 14pc in one year: TCB
Rice prices hit as high as 14 percent in last one year in the retail market.
 arrow Bangladeshi tourists to S'pore up by 50pc
The number of Bangladeshi tourists in Singapore was up by 50 percent in the first quarter of 2005 compared with the same period last year.
 arrow Govt in a fix over fixing Tata electricity tariffs
Government authorities are still in a fix over the fixing of tariffs of electricity to be purchased from the proposed power plant of Tata, although the Indian industrial giant has been invited to start
 arrow Banglalink mobile mela draws huge crowd
As a cellphone fair titled 'Mobile Mela 2005' organised by Banglalink began in Dhaka yesterday, hundreds of visitors, mostly youths, thronged the five-day show on level seven of Bashundhara City shopping
 arrow Oil prices shoot above $57
Oil prices jumped above 57 dollars per barrel on Friday and were fast approaching record high points on concerns that shortages in refinery capacity could mean strong demand for distillates not beingmet
 arrow US terms tri-nation gas pipeline "mistake"
The United States has termed as a "mistake" the proposed multi-billion-dollar pipeline project that will transport natural gas from Iran to India via Pakistan and said it could entail American sanctions.
 arrow DHL launches USA Express in Bangladesh
DHL, a leading express and logistics company, has announced the launch of 'USA Express' in Bangladesh to help exporters send their documents and packages to the United States, a top trading partner of
 arrow Dhaka, Doha to operate daily flights
Bangladesh and Qatar have agreed to operate daily flights between Dhaka and Doha, increasing the current frequencies in the two-way traffic, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said here Thursday night.
 arrow HSBC, Alico sign deal
The Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd, Bangladesh has recently signed a depositors insurance agreement with American Life Insurance Company (Alico), Bangladesh in Dhaka for the bank’s "Peace
 arrow Japan banks planning IC cards to fight fraud
Barely more than one-third of the nation's banks have adopted or plan to introduce cash cards with integrated circuit chips embedded in them to combat illegal deposit withdrawals with stolen or forged
 arrow Third World states endorse G77 development fund
Third World countries ended their summit here Thursday with a call on rich nations to boost aid and the creation of a development fund with an initial 20 million dollar contribution from host country,
 arrow Some OIC states to finalise preferential trade system: KL
Members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will launch a preferential trading system that will cut tariffs in order to boost trade, a Malaysian minister reportedly said Friday.
 arrow 3 foreign cos deposit for Pak telecom firm
Three foreign companies including Singaporean giant SingTel have each deposited 40 million dollars with privatisation authorities to make final bids for Pakistan's biggest telecom firm, officials said
 arrow Inflation in India up
India's annual wholesale prices rose 4.22 percent in the week ended June 4, lower than the previous week's 5.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 11-June 16, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Football: Brothers Union Aram-bushed
A cunning second half strike from Kenyan forward Kubaye Dominic proved decisive as Arambagh Krira Sangha provided the biggest upset so far in the Premier Division Football League when they inflicted a
 arrow Cricket: Lee relief for Tigers
The first look at the Sophia Gardens in Wales where Bangladesh will play their second game of the NatWest Series against world champions Australia on Saturday is not at all inspiring.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-India skippers differ with Greg
Two former Test captains had differing views about newly appointed national cricket coach Greg Chappell's comments on how the India skipper should be selected in future.
 arrow Football: Greece melt in Samba heat
World champions Brazil scored an emphatic 3-0 win over European champions Greece on Thursday, with a stunning goal by Adriano the highlight of their opening Group B Confederations Cup match.
 arrow Chess: U-10 chess
Tanveer, Aniruddah, Asif, Mohaimen, Soumik and Nayem were sharing the lead in the U-10 Boys and Girls Chess tournament after the end of third round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Raving about Robinho
The latest Bra-zilian football prodigy, Robinho, announced his arrival in Europe with a neatly taken goal and a display of skills which drew a glowing tribute from his coach.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss warns Aussie tail
England batsman Andrew Strauss has told Australia's tail-enders to expect plenty more short-pitched bowling before this season's one-dayers and Ashes Test series are finished.
 arrow Tennis: Testing time for Sharapova
Maria Sharapova has become a multi-million-dollar industry since her stunning Wimbledon triumph a year ago when she demolished Serena Williams in the final.
 arrow Football: Mexican run continues
Mexico stretched their unbeaten run to 19 mat-ches with a 2-1 win over Zico's Japan in the Confederations Cup here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Another classic contest?
Having proved they are not just at the Confe-derations Cup to make up the numbers, Aus-tralia take on in-form Argentina in their second match of the tournament on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Semis spot beckons hosts
Hosts Germany have the opportunity to all but book a place in the semi-finals of the Confedera-tions Cup when they take on African champions Tunisia on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Pakistan in do-or-die position
Pakistan must improve their game if they wish to square the first-ever bilateral series against rival India on home soil on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bodyline ball up for grabs
A ball used in the legendary 'Bodyline' series between Australia and England in 1932-33 is to be sold at auction.
 arrow Nat'l archery
The second National Archery Championship began at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
Fifty-four players including 16 women took part in the 50m and 70m-distance targets.

 arrow Cricket: Lloyd aspires to be WICB president
Clive Lloyd has set his sights on becoming the new president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
 arrow Football: Twenty20 cricket coming to India
After being successfully staged at the international level, the twenty-20 format of cricket is all set to make its debut in India.
 arrow Football: Australia to lodge complaint
Australia revealed Friday they will lodge an official complaint to football's governing body FIFA about Bastian Schweinsteiger's tackle on Tony Popovic during the 4-3 Confederations Cup defeat against
 arrow Football: Johansson wants 'pretty' players' game
Lennart Johansson, the 75-year-old Swede who runs European football, has expressed controversial views over the way women's football should be promoted.
Metropolitanarrow DU deadlock likely to linger as JCD, BCL still at loggerheads
The deadlock at Dhaka University (DU) following the death of a female student in a road crash is likely to linger as the authorities failed to bring the two rival student organisations -- Jatiyatabadi
 arrow 46 pc of geographical area facing land degradation
Speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday said land degradation is increasing gradually in the country directly affecting the womenfolk, who are traditionally involved with the household tasks.
 arrow Mango and Silk Festival begins
The three-day Mango and Silk Festival began at the local Parjatan Motel yesterday.
 arrow Govt pushing country towards violence: WPB
The alliance government is pushing the country towards violence by taking no steps to reform the Election Commission and the caretaker government system.
 arrow 3 local leaders arrested in Rangamati on abduction charge
Police arrested three leaders of Adi O Sthayee Bangalee Kalyan Parishad on charges of abduction of a bus driver.
 arrow Dipshikha health centre opens
Moni Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust launched a healthcare service yesterday to provide medical facilities for the general people at an affordable price.
 arrow Death threat to judge in Khulna
The judge of Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal has received death threats from some chargesheeted accused in a UP chairman murder case recorded with Morrelganj thana under Bagerhat district.
 arrow Two killed in city road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city on Thursday.
 arrow DUAA office to be set up at DU Senate Building
Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) and DU authorities yesterday signed an agreement to set up a DUAA office in the under-construction Senate Building.
 arrow Raise minimum wage to Tk 2,500
Garments workers yesterday demanded that the government raise the minimum wage for them to Tk 2,500.
 arrow Saarc Info Centre opens in Kathmandu
The Saarc Information Centre (SIC) was launched here yesterday with the representatives from the seven member states.
 arrow Three listed criminals held in Ctg
Police arrested four miscreants, including three listed criminals, in the city on Thursday night.
Panchlaish police arrested listed criminals Jahangir Alam at the Rahman Nagar area on Thursday night.

 arrow Death anniversary of Dr Neelima Ibrahim today
Today is the third death anniversary of eminent academic and writer Dr Neelima Ibrahim, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Professor Mohammad Taleb Ali, a noted educationist and former principal of Government Sarada Sundary Mahila College, passed away due to prolonged illness at Faridpur Diabetic Hospital yesterday at the
Nationalarrow Tea cultivation in 5 northern districts now in sight
A long cherished dream of the people of five northern districts to have lush green tea gardens in the area may come true.
 arrow Compensation from Unocal still remains elusive
Successive governments failed to realise compensation from US company Unocal for the Magurchhara blowout even eight years after the incident.
 arrow Defrauded depositors yet to get back money
Depositors defrauded by some Rupali Bank employees at Pathgram and Barokhata branches are yet to get back their money.
About Tk 40 lakh was misappropriated from their accounts in the two branches.

 arrow BCL man fighting for life at Comilla hospital
Faroque Hossain Siddique alias Kamrul, 22, is fighting for life at Comilla National Private Hospital in the town following attacks allegedly by activists of ruling Jamaat-e-Islami's student front Islami
 arrow Daily Star Readers' Club formed
The Daily Star Readers' Club was formed here on Tuesday with a slogan to create enlightened citizens.
The club was formed at a meeting held at Dr Syed Mujtoba Ali Auditorium of the Public Library.

 arrow 2 suspects in Balu murder case sent to jail
Two arrested suspects in journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case were sent to jail on Wednesday.
 arrow 3 flee from Nilphamari Shishu Sadan, rescued
Three orphans fled away from Nilphamari Shishu Sadan (children's home) on June 9.
 arrow Acid thrown on 2 brothers in Sylhet
Unknown miscreants threw acid on two brothers at a remote village of Nabiganj upazila in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow Gaibandha AL council tomorrow after 8 yrs
A council of Gaibandha district Awami League is scheduled to be held here tomorrow after eight yeas.
The last council of Gaibandha unit was held on March 11, 1997.

 arrow Tk 16. 95 cr Bandarban dist council budget
The Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC) has declared a budget of Tk 16, 95, 61,500 for the 2005-'06 fiscal year on Wednesday.
 arrow 4 cops hurt in Barisal road accident
Four policemen were injured in a road accident when their vehicle fell into a roadside ditch on the Barisal-Dhaka highway on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Possible water sources for supplementing Dhaka city supply
About 210 crore liters of water are required daily for more than one crore people of Dhaka city.
 arrow Musharraf for second term?
Another signal of continuation of the present one-man Army rule beyond 2007 is looming large on the horizon of Pakistan.
 arrow Human rights violations diminish US' moral authority
Amidst sliding down popularity of President Bush in handling the state of affairs at home during his second term in office, the annual report by Amnesty International on the widescale violations ofhuman
Culturearrow Theatre practice in Bangladesh has not become stagnant-
Theatre personality Jamaluddin Hossain has been performing on stage since the 1970s. He is a director of stage plays and a TV actor as well. Besides his acting career, he is a successful organiser.
 arrow Rani Kuthir Baki Itihash: Samia Zaman on her debut film
"The local people at the shooting spot were so excited to see their favourite actors that they hardly bothered about whether it was midnight or inclement weather," says a smiling Samia Zaman, debutante
 arrow AR Rahman
After wowing the West with the highly rated Bombay Dreams, music composer AR Rahman is looking eastward.
Generalarrow Fix rate of fees for notaries
Bangladesh Notary Public Association (BNPA) demanded that the government to make the notary rules updated by fixing the rate of fees for notaries.
 arrow Robbers beat nightguard to death
Robbers beat an elderly nightguard to death and injured a shopkeeper during a robbery at Satkania upazila in the district early hours of yesterday.
The dead was identified as Ali Ahmad, 50.

 arrow Rab nets one
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested one criminal from Firingee Bazar area under Kotwali thana on Thursday and recovered a firearms from his possession early hours of yesterday.
 arrow One electrocuted in Narayanganj
One person was electrocuted in a re-rolling mills in Kachpur under Sonargaon upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow NBJF executives
M A Aziz, News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and Mufdi Ahmed, Chief Reporter of the Daily Al-Amin, have been elected president and general secretary of North Bengal Journalists Forum (NBJF)
Internationalarrow Pakistan to back solution acceptable to Kashmiris
Fresh bloodletting left 14 people dead as a top separatist on his return from a historic visit to Pakistan yesterday said Islamabad would agree to any solution acceptable to Kashmiris in its dispute with
 arrow Iranians vote in close presidential polls
Iranians voted for a president on Friday and their leaders rebuffed US criticism of the poll which pragmatic cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is the narrow favourite to win.
 arrow Chandrika rules out snap polls
Norway yesterday announced a fresh mission to jumpstart Sri Lanka's faltering peace process as Colombo ruled out snap polls after the government was reduced to a minority over a deal with Tamil rebels.
 arrow US lawmakers push for Iraq pullout
Lawmakers Thursday pushed President George W. Bush to decide by the end of the year when US troops would withdraw from Iraq.
 arrow US double standard to hamper Rice's ME peace drive
The Bush administration's different standards for its friends and foes could hurt the credibility of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's push for democracy in the Middle East on a trip that starts today.
 arrow Europe, US, UN step up calls for Suu Kyi's release
Officials, former leaders and prominent organisations in Europe, US added their voices with the United Nations yesterday to a call on Myanmar's ruling junta to release democracy activist Aung San SuuKyi
 arrow Don's daughter to marry Miandad's son
Former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad's son and the daughter of India's most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, are expected to tie the knot in Dubai shortly, privileged sources here say.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Making local govt. strong
Thanks to the budget proposal for lump allocation to the LGED ministry and grassroots local government tiers, the elusive question of bottom-up self-governing institutions has come to the fore.
 arrow Editorial: Not to be confused with a censure
Whichever way the detractors might look at it, there is no denying a general feeling that the Ahmadiyyas are being discriminated against and that more lie in store for them.
 arrow Festering corruption
The recent past has seen the word corruption dominate the media. This malignancy of poor governance has become a festering sore that is eating away, corroding the 'elan vital' of our national life.
 arrow South Asian collective security -- a complex but noble idea
Security is a big issue in the South Asian region where, many people think, much of the efforts for progress and collective development will not bear expected fruit unless the security system is improved
Letters to Editorarrow Statistics of investigation committee
I am fed up with the news of formation of committee to investigate some incidents, especially that are formed by the government.
 arrow Students' activity
I am a regular reader of your newspaper's on-line version. I'd like to make a few comments on the reporting of the recent DU conflict.
 arrow Bangladeshis abroad
Many of our deshi friends have the eagerness to come back to Bangladesh, but whenever they mention this to their families, hell breaks loose. I am talking about something that happens very often.
 arrow Tribute to late Prof. Naiyar Sultana
Greatly admired by her friends, colleagues, students, and relatives for her amiable, constantly cheerful and virtuous character, professor Naiyer Sultana breathed her last at 6:15 PM on 15 May, 2005 at
StarTecharrow 'Budget not favourable for the Software business'
THE government has imposed a 10 percent corporate income tax on software businesses in the proposed budget for 2005-06 fiscal year, an inconsiderate step against the thriving sector.
 arrow SMS spider will weave your web
SMS Spider, the latest service offered by GrameenPhone, has made web page building easier and extremely efficient for over 3.5 million GP subscribers of the nation.
 arrow Microsoft launches Unlimited Potential programmes in Bangladesh
In the era where IT is a priority, it's possibly a time when solutions be introduced with evolution for countries as of ours where the ecosystem still finds constraints.
 arrow XEROX rolls out 31 new products for Bangladesh market
"As I remember, Xerox, the name became synonymous to photocopy when we were students thirty-forty years from now," said Science and ICT Minister Moyeen Khan, while recalling his thoughts about the company
 arrow Power and Heat from Wood and Lemons
Generating energy from renewable resources has both economic and environmental benefits.
 arrow UCAV

Literaturearrow The Kiss
Ram Prasad Dubey had been working as a security guard at Springfield Haven Condominums for the last ten years. He would always be on the ground-floor of Block 21 from mornings to late evenings.
 arrow India's 2004 Cricket Tour of Pakistan: 'Basically, mate, my life is all about speed.'
As a boy growing up in cricket-mad Karachi, my first cricket book was Trevor Bailey's Cricket Book (with photos, the master sporting a hairstyle Englishmen affected between the interwar years)
 arrow Today is Paru's Marriage
Today is Paru's marriage sorrow at the youngmen's club
traffic jam, on every corner the desolate cry: can it be true?
Today of all the days for Paru to choose to disappear
spatula in hand into

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