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Front Pagearrow 'Seven-Star Group' carried out attack
George Miah, a low-profile criminal, in a confessional statement before a magistrate yesterday alleged that the underworld gang -- Seven-Star Group -- led by one of the most wanted criminals Subrata Bain
 arrow Flames leap even higher, gas leakage spreads
Flames of fire spreading around the burning relief well at the gas field in Doarabazar upazila under Sunamganj district yesterday kept the local people panic-stricken two days after the Friday's blowout
 arrow US asks govt to protect rights of Ahmadiyyas
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas R Burns yesterday expressed concern over growing incidents of persecution of Ahmadiyyas including Friday's attacks on an Ahmadiyya neighbourhood
 arrow Disqualified firms get comfy treat
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved advance payment to a disqualified Chinese company in the Fenchuganj power project and awarding of the contract for the Meghnaghat-2 450-mwpower
 arrow BNP MPs ask govt to scrap provision
Treasury bench lawmakers in parliament yesterday asked the government to withdraw the proposal for continuing the provision for whitening black money.
 arrow EU unionists, buyers warn of export loss in 6 months
Bangladesh's apparel exports to Europe may shrink if the safety measures in factories and good working conditions are not ensured within the next six months, a leading EU garment workers' federation and
 arrow DND people still live in waterlogging danger
Over a million people living inside Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) Embankment will experience a serious waterlogging this monsoon too as no effective measures were taken yet to drain rainwater out of the
 arrow Omar gives Tigers something to bowl at
Opener Andrew Strauss set his sights on a century and England set theirs on a place in the July 2 NatWest Series final as they chased 209 to beat Bangladesh at Headingley on Sunday.
 arrow AL team meets US under secy
A delegation of Awami League (AL) yesterday met US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas R Burns and discussed among others its demand for electoral reforms and the governments 'failure to arrest
 arrow Slain suspect's parents, sister held, quizzed
The police arrested the parents and a sister of Shaon, one of the suspected slain assailants of Jubo Dal leader Sagir Ahmed, at their Dhaleswari house in Keraniganj Saturday night.
 arrow Making roads safe..


 arrow 8 held for attack on B'baria Ahmadiyyas
Police have arrested eight people in connection with the Friday's bomb and arson attack on the Ahmadiyya community in East Kandipara and Bhadughar in the town.
 arrow Bidisha yet to be freed
Bidisha, the estranged wife of former military ruler HM Ershad, was not released from the prison yesterday, a day after the High Court granted her bail in a money laundering case, as her release order
 arrow Court rejects Galib's bail prayer, orders seizure of Ahab chief's property
A Bogra court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Dr Asadullah Al Galib and two other accused in a bomb case and ordered to confiscate the properties of
 arrow Ties with Dhaka not influenced by others
US Under Secretary for Political Affairs R Nicholas Burns held Bangladesh in high esteem as a good example of democracy in this region and said America has great admiration for democratic practice and
 arrow 3 killed as train hits bus
Three people were killed and some 20 others injured when a train hit a bus at a level crossing in city's Kuril area last night.
 arrow Suicide bombers kill 31 in Iraq
Two suicide bombers killed at least 31 people in two separate attacks on a police station and outside an Iraqi military base in northern Iraq yesterday, the US military said.
 arrow ALPP meets today on comment against Hasina
The Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) meets today at the Jatiya Sangsad to determine protests about the comments against Sheikh Hasina by ruling alliance lawmakers during budget discussion.
 arrow Road crashes kill 7
Seven people were killed and 19 others injured in four road accidents in Mymensingh, Feni and Chandpur yesterday.
 arrow SC stays HC verdict on RU recruitment
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for six weeks the operation of Saturday's High Court verdict that had upheld the temporary injunction by lower court on the controversial appointment of 546 class three
 arrow AL human chains today to protest FY06 budget
Awami League (AL) will form human chains across the country for an hour today to press home their 13 suggestions for the proposed national budget and in demand for the resignation of the coalition government.
 arrow Youth held for email threats to blow up embassies remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded the youth arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for sending email threats to two embassies, American Center and Rab headquarters on Saturday.
 arrow 41 rescued from being trafficked
Police have rescued 41 people including 22 women and children from being trafficked to India and arrested a trafficker from the district bus terminal.
 arrow Lack of proper drainage...


 arrow 25 Colombian troops killed in rebel attacks
At least 25 Colombian troops have been killed and 19 are missing after two devastating attacks by Marxist rebels.
Businessarrow Commission in general insurance reintroduced
The government yesterday decided to reintroduce commission system in general insurance business to stop unhealthy competition among fellow companies.
 arrow EU adopts new GSP
The European Union (EU) yesterday adopted a new generalised system of preference (GSP) with additional facility for the vulnerable developing nations pursuing good governance and sustainable development
 arrow Rights of consumers ignored in budget
The proposed budget for the FY2005-06 has ignored the rights of consumers, said economist Dr Atiur Rahman at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow FBCCI unveils 49 suggestions
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has come up with a 49-point recommendation on major tax measures to press the government to accommodate in the budget for FY2005-06
 arrow Web portal launched for SMEs
SME Development Forum (SDF) yesterday launched a web portal to facilitate business information and advisory services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country.
 arrow Buyers, local RMG makers meet today
Major global retailers and brand owners such as Gap, Levi Strauss and Marks and Spencer will join local garment industry leaders and government officials at a conference here today in an effort to review
 arrow Palm oil industry to counter US 'cruel oil' campaign
The ongoing battle between palm oil and soybean oil for markets worldwide has taken a nasty turn with lobbyists in the United States branding Malaysia's golden oil as "cruel oil".
 arrow Dhaka may get increased annual IDB aid
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has assured Bangladesh of an increased annual development assistance worth up to US$ 100 million if the country submits good development projects for financing.
 arrow New Tk100 note to be issued tomorrow
Bangladesh Bank (BB) will issue a new note of 100 taka tomorrow.
 arrow Graft holds back economic growth
The country has failed to achieve an expected economic growth due to corruption, former finance minister M Syeduzzaman said yesterday.
 arrow Lack of skills in removing hides from animals hits leather industry
The country's leather industry suffers an annual loss of over Tk 300 crore due to lack of skills and awareness in removing hides from animals, said tanners yesterday.
 arrow Delta director qualifies as chartered insurer
Adeeba Rahman, a director of Delta Life Insurance Co Ltd, has qualified as an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, UK.
 arrow Citigroup named best trade finance bank
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, has been awarded Best Trade Finance Bank in Asia by the Trade Finance magazine, a global publication of the Euromoney group, in its June 2005 issue.
 arrow EU-Asia ministers urge increased oil production to curb price rises
Finance ministers from Asia and Europe called on Sunday for increased production to curb the rising cost of oil, which they said poses a risk to world economic growth.
 arrow China rejects proposed US bill over yuan peg
China's Finance Minister Jin Renqing said Sunday dialogue was "the only correct way" to resolve trade disputes, rejecting a bid by some US senators to punish Beijing over its fixed currency regime.
 arrow Shareholders prepare to vote on Shell merger
Royal Dutch/Shell shareholders will vote Tuesday on historic plans to merge the oil giant's two holding companies following an internal crisis caused by the overestimation of proved energy reserves.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Shahriar the left solution
A nightmare visited Bangladesh exactly a week after their dream come true win against Australia when they crashed to a ten-wicket defeat against the world champions at Old Trafford on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Abahani prevail in goal-feast
After four scoreless games in a row, the Premier Football League experienced a goal glut with Abahani recording a 5-3 win over bottom team Dipali Juba Sangha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ODI rule changes go on trial from July 30
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced it would be introducing major rule changes into one-day international matches on a 10-month trial basis starting on July 30.
 arrow Football: All-rounder Adriano
Brazil marksman Adriano turned in a scintillating two-goal display to send the five-time World Cup winners into the final of the Confederations Cup with a 3-2 win over hosts Germany here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Reds smell a rat
Trouble-torn Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra promised to give a fitting reply when they take on defending champions Brothers Union in a crucial Premier Football League match today at 5 pm at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj booters punished
The disciplinary committee of the First Division Football League penalised three Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society booters on different terms because of their unruly acts during Friday's match against
 arrow Football: Badda go second
Badda Jagarani moved into the second position in the First Division Football League when they registered their first win in the return leg defeating Agrani Bank by a solitary goal at the BirshreshthaShaheed
 arrow Football: Sapchhari champs
Sapchhari Ribeng Club won the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football Tournament when they defeated Sadar Upazila 5-3 in the tiebreaker after both sides were locked 1-1 in normal time at the
 arrow Cricket: Ponting has no clue
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was a confused man after seeing his side stroll to a 10-wicket win against Bangladesh at Old Trafford here just a week after the Asian minnows inflicted one of the biggest
 arrow Cricket: English experts check Pakistan security today
Two experts will visit Pakistan Monday to assess security before England's cricket tour after the English expressed reservations about playing a Test in violence-plagued Karachi, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Warnes part ways
Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne and his wife Simone announced the break-up of their marriage on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Burly and brilliant
In a clash of foot-balling cultures, the silky skills of Brazil against the physical approach of Ger-many, Brazil striker Adriano played Germany at their own game in the Confederations Cup semi-finalon
 arrow Football: Ballack's realisation
Three-times world champions Germany have big strides but haven't quite made it all the way back to the top yet, captain Michael Ballack said.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann to wait on goalkeepers
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann revealed he would rotate his three goalkeepers up until a month before the 2006 World Cup, running from June 9 to July 9, and then make a decision.
 arrow Football: Vice-president Diego gets going
Diego Maradona has made an early mark in his new role as vice-president of Boca Juniors with his choice Alfio Basile virtually accepted as the team's coach.
 arrow Tennis: Serena sent packing
Squinting and peering through the half-light, Serena Williams suffered her earliest Wimbledon exit in eight years on Saturday beaten by obscure compatriot Jill Craybas in the third round.
 arrow Cricket: NZ seeks int'l backing for Zim ouster
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said Sunday he hopes to enlist British and Australian support in a bid to get the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: Parreira relishing the prospect
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was looking forward to an all-Latin American final in the Confederations Cup after his side beat Germany in a match he said was played at World Cup intensity.
 arrow Cricket: Former India star cricketer Solkar passes away
Former India cricketer Eknath Solkar, who was known for his outstanding close-in fielding, died in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest on Sunday, his family announced.
Metropolitanarrow It's high time to resist politics of arms
Speakers at a meeting yesterday said armed cadres and political link of the teachers have destroyed the environment of educational institutions.
 arrow Uphold Bangladesh's image abroad
The leaders and activists of the Russian Chapter of Awami League yesterday met Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her suite in Hotel Rossija in Moscow.
 arrow Information ministry sole authority
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the Information Ministry is the sole and exclusive authority to issue licence for broadcasting radio and TV in the private sector.
 arrow Find out exact number of HIV positives
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said an extensive survey is needed to find out the actual number of HIV-infected people in the country.
 arrow No political parties firm against communal forces
No political parties since the country's liberation had shown any firmness to quell the rise of communal forces as they wanted to go to power at any cost, said the speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday.
 arrow 'Admin decentralisation a must for good governance'
Speakers at a festival yesterday said the government should allocate one-third of its national budget for proper functioning of local government.
 arrow Govt to buy electricity from private sector
The Cabinet Committee on economic affairs yesterday approved five proposals for various projects including the one for purchasing electricity from 10-50 MW capacity power plants in the private sector.
 arrow Tk 53.8cr N'ganj poura budget announced
Narayanganj Pourasava yesterday announced its Tk 53.8 crore budget for 2005-2006 fiscal without imposing any new taxes.
 arrow International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed
The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was observed yesterday in the country as elsewhere across the globe through campaigns against man's inhumanity to man.
 arrow FM flies to Yemen today to attend Islamic Confce
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan flies to Yemen today to attend the 23rd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM).
He will be accompanied by Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin and other high officials.

 arrow Russian varsity confers doctorate on Hasina today
People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) will confer honorary doctorate on Awami League president and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina today in recognition of her contribution to democracy,
 arrow DU Senate session begins today
A two-day annual Senate session of Dhaka University (DU) begins at 3:00pm today, with Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz in the chair.
 arrow Dr Zobaida gets Rotary SEED Award
Dr Zobaida Hannan has been named for the prestigious Rotary SEED Award 2004-2005 in recognition of her distinctive contribution to education and economic development of the country.
 arrow Fish farm owner stabbed to death
A gang of unknown assailants shot a fish farm owner and stabbed him to death at Kafrul in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow Black Bengal Goats for Thai princess
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday handed over a pair of "Black Bengal Goats" to Thai ambassador Suphat Chitranuk oh at a simple ceremony at Zia International Airport.
Nationalarrow Musclemen evict 17 more Dinajpur landless families
More 17 poor landless families of minority Hindu and indigenous communities were evicted yesterday and the day before from 10 acres of government land in Baradal village in Mostafapur union under Parbatipur
 arrow Land grabbing and inequality still haunt indigenous people
The Jatiya Adibashi Parishad (JAP) held a day-long programme in Rajshahi city yesterday in observance of 150 th anniversary of the Santal Hool (revolution).
 arrow AL won't join polls without caretaker, EC reform: Motia
Awami League (AL) Presidium member and former agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury yesterday said AL will not participate in the next general election unless the caretaker system is reformed and the Election
 arrow Agitation in front of RU VC office
The controversially appointed 546 employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the administrative building demanding regularisation of their jobs.
 arrow Japanese envoy praises WFP flood recovery operation
Japanese Ambassador Matsushiro Horiguchi has praised WFP's ongoing flood recovery and rehabilitation operations for assisting ultra-poor families in some of the areas worst hit by last year's flood.
 arrow English course by Peace Corps in Nilphamari
Fifty students have been awarded certificates after conclusion of a three-month English Conversation Course here, conducted by the US Peace Corps.
 arrow Campaign in Tangail against drug abuse
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking was observed here yesterday with a call to free the society from the menace.
 arrow Couple killed in Tangail
A couple was killed here by unidentified assailants on Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Millennium Development Goals and the G-8 summit
The picture is bleak and the figures are shocking.
 arrow Shouldn't we create a DNA database for criminals?
DNA analysis is an increasingly important source of medically useful information. Banking for the preservation of DNA needed for analysis at a future time is becoming more widespread.
 arrow Our Taufiq
Taufiq, known to his near ones as Khusro, left for his eternal abode, leaving all of us alone, on 19th of May. The cruel death snatched a precious gift of God from us.
 arrow Time to end student politics and rebuild the nation
Perhaps this is the turning point in time we have all been waiting for. If BNP, the ruling party, can eliminate the deadly concept of student politics, Bangladesh can embark upon a real journey to development.
Culturearrow Distortion feared after expiry of Biswabharati copyright
Ami hethaye thaki shudhu gaitey tomar gaan
Dio tomar jogot-shobhae eituku mor sthaan

---Tagore
None holds the exclusive rights to Tagore's songs, now that Biswabharati does not have the

 arrow Laurels for Mamunur Rashid
Abul Kashem Dulal was one of those theatre activists, who never came into limelight but has contributed immensely in the neo-theatre movement, introduced after our Independence.
 arrow Discussion and film screening on Nobel laureateThomas Mann
This year, the 50th death anniversary of German novelist Thomas Mann (1875-1955) is being celebrated all over the world in a befitting manner.
 arrow Did you know?
Bhagyashree's first hero was not Salman Khan in Maine Pyaar Kiya. It was Ashutosh Gawarikar, one of today's top directors.
Generalarrow Workshop of child journalists ends
A two-day workshop of Shishu Prakash (Children's Express), a news agency for children run by Mass-line Media Centre (MMC), ended in the city recently.
 arrow Disseminate objective news to brighten image of country
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday called upon the journalists to brighten the image of the country by disseminating objective news based on facts.
 arrow BNP expels Barguna leader
SM Nazrul Islam, senior vice president and former secretary of Barguna district BNP, was expelled from the party and his primary membership was suspended for anti-party activities.
 arrow Friendship, Carrefour come to aid of victims of Savar tragedy
Friendship, an NGO, and French retailer Carrefour have extended a helping hand to the victims of the Spectrum Sweater Factory tragedy.
 arrow New CMUJ executives
Shamsul Haq Haidary (Ntv) and Mohammad Shahnowaz (BSS) have been elected president and general secretary of Chittagong Metropolitan Union of Journalists (CMUJ) for the next two years.
 arrow 'Looks' launched
Etcetera Bangladesh (ETC) launched the distribution of 'Looks', a high quality book on makeup and makeovers written by eminent beautician Farzana Shakil, on Saturday.
 arrow Dhaka-Dinajpur train service opens
The much-expected direct train service between Dhaka and Dinajpur over the Jamuna Bridge was inaugurated on Saturday.
 arrow 1,702 more held
Police arrested 1,702 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
During the period, the law enforcers also recovered seven bullets.

Internationalarrow US secretly meets with Iraqi insurgents
US officials held secret talks in Iraq with the commanders of several Iraqi insurgent groups recently in an attempt to open a dialogue with them, a British newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Ahmadinejad will harden policies
President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadi-nejad's election victory completes a conservative grip on Iran's main levers of power that will likely lead to greater tension with the West and a more isolationist economic
 arrow India issues flood alert in Himachal
Thousands of people were evacuated Sunday in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state after a breach in an artificial lake in neighbouring Tibet threatened downstream villages, officials said.
 arrow Israel bows to US over arms exports
Israel has bowed to US pressure to cancel an arms deal with China and will impose tighter controls on its weapons exports in general, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.
 arrow Lankan Muslim party threatens to quit govt
A key Muslim party threatened yesterday to resign from the Sri Lankan government over a controversial tsunami aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow US may offer India advanced weapons
Ahead of Prime Minister Manm-ohan Singh's visit to Washington, the US has indicated its interest for cooperation with India in advanced weaponry and missile defence.
 arrow Witnesses at anti-war tribunal slam US HR abuses in Iraq
The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), an anti-war grouping of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intellectuals and writers, Saturday heard witnesses condemn the United States for rights abuses and the
 arrow US lawmakers see progress at Guantanamo
During a tour of the US prison for suspected terrorists on Saturday, House Republicans and Democrats, including one who has advocated closing the facility, said the United States has made progress inimproving
 arrow Maoists attack soldiers in Nepal: Several killed
Scores of Maoist rebels attacked a large contingent of soldiers in the southwest of Nepal, causing several casualties in a day-long battle, a senior army officer said yesterday.
 arrow Two German soldiers, 6 Afghans die in explosion
Two German soldiers serving with the international force in Afghani-stan and six local employees were killed Saturday when a stock of munitions exploded accidentally, informed sources in Berlin said.
 arrow Jordan slaps ban on Saddam's new novel
Jordan has banned Saddam Hussein's new novel on the grounds the tale of an Arab tribesman who defeats a foreign intruder could hurt relations between the two countries, censors and the publisher saidyesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Menacing drugs
The menace of drugs is engulfing our society with such rapidity that preventing it is being emphasised today more than dealing with a fait accompli.
 arrow Editorial: Election in Iran
To some, the election of Ahamadinejad as the next president of Iran may have come as a surprise, but it must be acknowledged by all that his election reflects the majority will of the Iranian people.
 arrow French 'No': A fatal blow to EU
The establishment of the European Economic Community in 1957 with six founding members have been regarded as a landmark venture in multilateral cooperation that started a trend in post-war world.
 arrow PRSP and the proposed budget
The draft Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), designed to provide a roadmap for accelerated poverty reduction in Bangladesh, is now being finalised.
 arrow Privatisation concerns
Despite my strong reservations about handing over control of "national security" assets like PTCL and PSO to foreign ownership, privatisation is a must for Pakistan's economic revival, not only does it
Letters to Editorarrow Budget analysis
Saifur Rahman's proposed budget has some striking features which raise questions about the rationale of some of his fiscal measures.
 arrow American rhetoric and reality
The latest dope on Bin Laden and Mullah Omar: they are in clover in Afghanistan. Some days ago a teenage girl was arrested on suspicion of planning an attack in America.
 arrow Breaking the law of smoking
Smokers suck on cigarette puffing on lung likely in search for exhilaration but it remains unattained like water on mirage on desert.
 arrow Let's bring peace
Every thing was very smoothly going on in DU. The campus was calm and quiet. All classes were being taken regularly. We were happy. But just before the summer vacation a terrible accident took place.
 arrow Tax on SIM cards
I cannot understand why people are opposing imposition of Tk.1200 tax on SIM cards. Why it is seen as an extra burden on customers and how it will affect investment in the sector.
 arrow JU teacher as PSC member
It is well known that the Public Service Commission is an autonomous body. Some qualified professors or BCS Cadres having 10 years working experience are taken as members of PSC.
 arrow Muktadhara's publicity stunt: 'Shrestha Banglaees'
I was really shocked by reading Mr. Humayun Admed name is the list of the greatest Bangali (still alive). Oh! Come on. How can he be great. That's ridiculous.
 arrow Dr Yunus and his wish list
Dr Yunus's wish list is not a new thing. However, a wish list and the implementation under present socio-economic conditions are like the banks of a river that can never meet.
Star Cityarrow Decade-old electricity bills make ghostly appearance
Electricity consumers allege that bills as old as a decade or more make a ghostly appearance, creating problems in the already chaotic system of payment of bills.
 arrow Illegal parking makes Mohammadpur a bus terminal
The roads in Mohammadpur residential area turn into a bus terminal at night as more than a hundred buses are parked every day on the roads to stay overnight.
 arrow BCFH offers hope for cancer patients
Rekha Begum, a 32 -year-old housewife from Kapasia is receiving treatment at the Bangladesh Cancer Foundation Hospital (BCFH) in Lalmatia. "She had undergone a surgery for breast cancer.
 arrow Wasa digs up suffering
Commuters and residents of Kalabagan have been suffering for the last one and a half months because of non-stop road digging by Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) on two lanes in the area.
 
   
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