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Front Pagearrow Tengratila flames leap to 400 feet
Situation at the Tengratila gas field in the remote area under Doarabazar of Sunamganj district has deteriorated further as the roaring fire went up to 400 feet yesterday.
 arrow Top US lawmakers for free int'l probe
A group of US senators and congressmen have asked the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to propose a resolution in the United Nations Security Council calling for an independent international
 arrow Bidisha set free at long last
Bidisha, the estranged wife of military ruler HM Ershad, was finally freed from jail custody yesterday evening, 23 days into her arrest.
 arrow George's confession leads to questions
Inconsistencies and contradictions in George Mia's deposition 'disclosing the plans and action of August 21 grenade attacks' on an Awami League rally has caused widespread scepticism.
 arrow Niko unable to plug gas well before Dec
Gas experts yesterday observed that incompetent Canadian oil company Niko Resources is unlikely to be able to seal before December the Tengratila gas well that exploded for the second time on Friday.
 arrow Saifur says it is needed to check price spiral
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came up with a new explanation to defend his stance on the opportunity for whitening black money.
 arrow Mahmud pulls for risky open mining
Energy ministry adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday told Petrobangla if 'open pit mining' of Barapukuria coal mine is found less costly than the 'shaft mining' at present, Indian giant Tata may be given
 arrow Armed Bangla Bhai men raid houses, demand tolls
Armed cadres of notorious Bangla Bhai's Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) yesterday marched the roads and raided some houses in the villages of Bagmara upazila of the district creating fresh panic
 arrow Differences in left cloud AL bid for common reform agenda
Sharp differences of opinion within the left-leaning 11-party alliance have created uncertainty over the Awami League (AL) and its allies' move to put forward a common agenda for reforms in the electoral
 arrow 376 industries keep polluting environment for 8 years
No fewer than 376 industrial units continue to severely pollute the environment and have not implemented the environmental management action plan despite a government directive almost eight years ago.
 arrow Sitara's body arrives, burial tomorrow
A pall of gloom descended on relatives and admirers who gathered at the Zia International Airport early yesterday morning to receive the body of Dr Sitara Parvin, a professor of journalism at Dhaka University.
 arrow DB makes list of suspects
Detectives have listed about two dozens of criminals, who might have links to the gang that killed Jubo Dal leader Sagir Ahmed on Friday.
 arrow ISPR rejects report of violating Indian airspace
Armed forces authorities yesterday rejected a press report on a Bangladesh army helicopter's violating Indian airspace.
 arrow Thousands join show of no-trust in govt
Thousands of people yesterday demonstrated their no-confidence in the coalition government by forming "human walls" in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, demanding that the government implement a 13-point
 arrow Morshed off to Sana to attend OIC FMs' meet
The 32nd session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) begins today in the Yemeni capital of Sana to discuss the situation in the Islamic world and various challenges of the new era in
 arrow PM asks cops to get tough with crimes
Opening six new police stations in the capital yesterday, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia asked the cops to go tough with terrors, extortionists, criminals and anti-social elements to ensure a secure civic
 arrow Ombudsman on tax likely by Dec
The cabinet yesterday approved the finance ministry proposal for the appointment of a tax ombudsman who will deal with the taxpayers' complaints in the payment of tax.
 arrow Pvt operators refusing deal with Teletalk
Private cellphone operators are unwilling to enter into interconnectivity agreement with the state-owned Teletalk mobile company, while the private operators owe the government about TK 58 crore in outstanding
 arrow 2 boys drown in Dhanmondi Lake
Two class ten students of Dhanmondi Boys' High School drowned in Dhanmondi Lake in the capital yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 2 injured in train-bus collision die
Two more persons injured in Sunday's train-bus-taxicab collision at Badda in the capital died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, raising the death toll to five.
 arrow Top criminal Joseph gets 19 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced top listed criminal Tofael Ahmed alias Joseph and two others to 19 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Demolished...

 arrow Container vessel hits naval jetty
A container-loaded commercial vessel yesterday evening hit the flotilla jetty of the BNS Isha Khan, the main naval base of Bangladesh Navy, at Karnaphuli channel while arriving at the Chittagong Portjetty
 arrow Rabid dog bites 10 near JS entry
A rabid dog bit at least 10 people including three policemen inside the tunnel of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital yesterday.
Businessarrow Local textiles to benefit from new EU GSP
The new GSP scheme of the European Union has opened up tremendous opportunities for Bangladeshi textiles, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association said yesterday.
 arrow Meaningful Safta talks hinge on India
Meaningful negotiations of South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) solely depend on India, law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister said yesterday.
 arrow Govt to resume import through TCB
The government has decided to reintroduce trading of some selective commodities through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in a bid to rein in the spiralling prices of essentials.
 arrow IT sector needs tax holiday
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the government to offer tax holiday facilities to the IT sector.
 arrow Dollar crisis hits textile sector
The dollar crisis in banks is hitting the textile sector hard, discouraging importers to import capital machinery, raw materials and spares, leaders of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association said yesterday.
 arrow New GSP to have 'negative' impact on India textile exports
The new generalised system of preference (GSP) announced by the European Union will have a "negative" impact on India's textile exports which will no longer enjoy special access to the 25-nation grouping's
 arrow Prime Bank arranges Tk 500m syndicated loan for Popular Pharmaceuticals
Prime Bank Limited has arranged Tk 500 million syndicated term loan for Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
 arrow Lead-time factor, compliance issues take toll on local RMG
Foreign buyers and experts yesterday said the garment sector of Bangladesh is still handicapped by high pricing, lead-time, unskilled workers and various types of factory compliance.
 arrow HeidelbergCement declares 17pc stock dividend
HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Ltd has declared a 17 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Agrani Ins okays 5pc cash dividend
Agrani Insurance Company Ltd has declared a five percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Ceylon bank initiates alternate use of reverse repo
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited (CBCL) has recently introduced an alternative use of T-Bills/ T-Bonds available from Reverse Repo Deal.
 arrow Oil prices approach $61
World oil prices surged to fresh record levels on Monday, approaching 61 dollars per barrel as supply concerns were exacerbated by a weekend election win for the ultra-conservatives in Opec heavyweight
 arrow Lanka's export to EU duty free from July 1
Sri Lanka's exports to the European Union, from garments to gems and rubber to tea, will be granted duty free concessions from July 1 under a scheme to help tsunami battered countries, an EU officialsaid
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers leave Reds red-faced
A dazzling second-half display hel-ped Brothers Union come back from a goal down to crush fellow title contenders Muktijoddha Sangsad 3-1 in yesterday's Premier Football League at the Bangaban-dhu National
 arrow Cricket: Hoping for an enjoyable finish
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar did not feel like attending the press conference after suffering yet another defeat against England at Headingley here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The ultimate final
Argentina will face their fiercest rivals world chamnpions Brazil in the Confederations Cup final after beating Mexico 6-5 on penalties in the semi-final on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Leading ladies move into qtrs
Russian defending champion Maria Sharapova enjoyed a sun-soaked stroll into the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: It will not be standard ODI, says Sachin
It will not be a standard one-day game henceforth following the introduction of new experimental rules from next month and teams and captains will have to chalk out new plans, Sachin Tendulkar said on
 arrow Football: Victoria drop valuable points
Title contenders Victoria Sporting Club wasted a chance to climb up to the second place when they shared points with bottom-table Dhanmondi Club after a goalless draw in the First Division Football League
 arrow Cricket: Balaji looks forward to Pak tour
Seamer Laxmipathy Balaji, who shone during India's historic series to Pakistan early last year, is looking forward to a face-off with the arch-rivals again and Sri Lanka in the challenging environs this
 arrow Football: Lavolpe feels cheated
Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe suggested financial considerations were behind what he regarded as questionable refereeing in his team's semi-final loss on penalties to Argentina.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell gets going
India's cricketers began pre-season training under new coach Greg Chappell on Monday despite growing uncertainty over their first two engagements in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: 'ODIs can affect Ashes'
Brad Hogg has insisted Australia's remaining one-day games against England could have a key bearing on the Ashes Test series that starts next month.
 arrow Football: Pekerman hopes for more luster
Argentina turned in a less than flawless performance in Sunday's penalty shoot-out win over Mexico but coach Jose Pekerman warned that the sparkle will be back when they take on Brazil in Wednesday'sConfederations
 arrow Cricket: New cricket rivalry on cards?
Asia's elite cricketers will clash against Africa's best in three one-day matches to be played in South Africa in August, sources said on Monday.
 arrow Football: FIFA seeks clean bill of health
All 32 teams at next year's World Cup finals will be required to present evidence that their players' hearts are in good condition in an effort to prevent further cases of sudden cardiac arrest in footballers.
 arrow Football: Collina for another year?
Top referee Pierluigi Collina might be be able to carry on another year after the Italian football federation proposed changing its retirement age from 45 to 46 for international referees.
Metropolitanarrow '50 ethnic villages to disappear'
More than 50 villages of ethnic minority will be disappeared with the fresh acquire of land in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow AL MPs to wear black badge, demonstrate inside JS
Main opposition Awami League (AL) is planning to stage a demonstration inside the parliament building against the proposed budget as the party has already rejected the budget terming it "deceptive for
 arrow RU admission date extended for 5th time
It was the first time in the history of Rajshahi University (RU) that the admission date for first year honours courses under 2004-05 academic session was extended for the 5th time without any advertisement.
 arrow Warrant of arrest against 2 staffs of Speedy Trial Tribunal
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant of arrest against two staff of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 and five others for making forged certified copies that stayed the proceedings of the Munshiganj five
 arrow Two cops showcaused for accusing 2-yr-old inexplosive case
The District and Sessions Judge, Khulna, on Sunday issued showcause notices on two sub-inspectors (SIs) of Khulna Police Station for accusing the two-year-old boy, Rasul, in a case filed on March 8 last
 arrow Mother demands punishment to rapist
A mother yesterday alleged that a teacher of Bailtali Jameya Miliya Azizia Kasemul Ulum Madrasa raped her four-year-old girl in April and the madrasa authorities are now threatening her family in order
 arrow Help us lead a better life
Street children at a get-together yesterday made an appeal to government and non-government organisations to help better their life.
 arrow 11-yr boy bailed, not released
Eleven-year-old Milon Howlader, who has been languishing in Khulna District Jail for over a year, has obtained bail, but he is still behind bars due to legal complexities.
 arrow 'Cancel unequal agreements with foreign oil cos'
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded punishment to former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain and other government officials who are responsible for signing an 'unequal'Production
 arrow 'Grassroots journalism can focus real problems of rural people'
Grassroots journalism can play a vital role in the development of rural areas, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Throw black money holders into jail: Kader Siddiqui
Opposing the provision of whitening black money in the proposed budget for FY 2005-06, Krishak Sramik Janata League leader Bangabir Kader Siddiqui asked the government yesterday to throw the black money
 arrow AL team holds meeting with CPC leaders
Awami League delegation held a discussion with Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders in Beijing on June 25.
 arrow 20 arrested in Chittagong
Detective Branch of Police yesterday arrested 20 people, including one caretaker and two contractor, on charge of illegal hill cutting and seized several instruments from their possession.
 arrow President, PM greet new Iranian president
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted the newly elected President of Iran, expressing the hope that bilateral cooperation will be strengthened under his leadership.
 arrow Khulna newsmen reject charge sheets
The journalists' unions yesterday rejected all the charge sheets in cases of murders of journalists Humayun Kabir Balu, Manik Saha, Shaikh Belaluddin and Shaikh Harun-ar-Rashid Khokon, terming them an
 arrow Export-import thru' Benapole suspended
Export-import through Benapole land port remained suspended yesterday due to a strike enforced by the West Bengal Transport Workers Federation protesting fuel price hike.
 arrow Rajuk demolishes city market
Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished a market raised allegedly without approved plans at Mohammadpur in the city.
 arrow Court Reporters' Assoc executives
Sayed Ahmed Gazi of The Daily Inqilab and Samiul Karim Alamgir of The Daily Bhorer Kagoj have been elected president and general secretary of Court Reporters' Association for 2005-2006.
Nationalarrow Little progress in Balu murder trial
The first death anniversary of Dainik Janmabhumi editor Humayun Kabir Balu was observed here yesterday.
 arrow Tk 200 cr down the drain
With the onset of monsoon, erosion by Brahmaputra has intensified in about four square kilometre areas along its western bank in Gaibandha Sadar upazila.
The river is devouring vast areas every day.

 arrow BSF bids again for barbed wire fence in B'baria
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India are making attempts off and on to erect barbed wire fence on the 'no man's land' along the border in Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Earth cracks, building subsides in Satkhira
Panic gripped people as cracks developed on the earth suddenly yesterday at several places covering about one kilometre area in Putuni village in Keralkata union under Kalaroa upazila.
 arrow Rangpur-Dhaka train suspension decried
Leaders of different political parties, social and business organisations in Rangpur have protested withdrawal of inter-city train Teesta which used to ply the Dinajpur- Dhaka route via Rangpur.
 arrow People unaware as local govts inactive
At Bogapara village in Gagra union under Kawkhali upazila, family members of tribesman Baggodhon use two pieces of wood on a hillock to defecate.
 arrow Over Tk 1 cr statue recovered: Gang of 10 held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have recovered a statue made of touchstone worth over Tk one crore from being smuggled out to India, Rab sources said.
 arrow Star Readers' Club formed in Tangail
The Daily Star Readers' Club was formed here on Friday with a slogan to create enlightened citizens.
The club was formed at a meeting held at the office of Shuvo Unnayan Shangtha in the town.

Point-Counterpointarrow Palestinian State by 2005: President Bush
Jerusalem, the great city of Palestine, with its Dome of the Rock within the compound of Masjid-Al-Aqsa (Noble Sanctuary), was a nerve centre of the revealed religion -- the religion of the Unity of God
 arrow Barbarians stalk the land
The gruesome murder of Mili, a student of class V of PN.
Culturearrow Shilpakala Academy honours seven performers
Each year Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) honours artistes for their contribution to the different fields of culture. This year the Music and Dance Department of BSA honoured seven artistes.
 arrow Murshed's Aagami and Chaka on DVD
Good tidings for avid filmgoers. International award winning films Aagami and Chaka by Murshedul Islam, made under the banner of Chalachitra Film Society, were released on DVD by Laser Vision.
 arrow "How can you come up with romantic scenes with a bodybuilder?"-- Babita
Nicknamed Poppy, the name Babita is associated with the golden era of our cinema industry and she's still going strong.
Generalarrow Eight to die for killing Sherpur businessman
A court here yesterday awarded death penalty to eight people for killing a businessman at Dashkahania under Sadar upazila in 1996.
 arrow 2 rice mill staffs killed in boiler blast
Two employees of a rice mill were killed and five others injured in a boiler explosion at Pateshawri in Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
The dead are Rakib, 15, and Chand, 20.

 arrow President's parade at BMA tomorrow
President's parade will be held at Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) parade ground at Bhatiari in Chittagong tomorrow on completion of education of the 52nd BMA long course and the 23rd BMA special course.
 arrow Monwara Haq donates Tk one crore to DU
Monwara Huq Sikder, a prominent social worker and educationist, donated TK 1 crore to Dhaka University yesterday for construction of an extension building of Bangladesh-Kuwait Moitree Hall.
 arrow Wasa, Daffodil sign agreement
Daffodil Computers Ltd, a leading IT solution provider, will provide solution services for preparation of Water and Sewer Bills and Reconciliation of Paid Bills with the banks to Wasa, says a press release.
 arrow DAWN Forum executives
Annual general meeting and biannual election of Disadvantaged Adolescent Working NGOs Forum (DAWN Forum) were held at Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum's Conference Room at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday,
 arrow Iftekhar elected NSU Foundation chairman
Iftekharul Alam, an industrialist, was elected chairman of North South University (NSU) Foundation for 2005-06 at its 13th annual general meeting on Sunday.
 arrow 1,629 more held
Police arrested 1,629 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US asks Lankan parties to strengthen truce
The United States asked Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday to strengthen a fragile truce between them after they entered into a controversial deal to share aid pledged after the tsunami.
 arrow Deuba cleared of 1 graft charge
Nepal's powerful anti-graft commission cleared former premier Sher Bahadur Deuba of one corruption charge Monday stemming from his term in office but he remained in detention on another graft accusation.
 arrow Iraqis may fight rebels for years: Rumsfeld
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday that American forces would not defeat Iraq's rebels but would make way for Iraqis to put down an insurgency that could go on for a decade or more.
 arrow World Tribunal slams US, Britain for Iraq invasion
The self-styled World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), an anti-war grouping of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intellectuals and writers, on yesterday harshly, if symbolically, condemned the United States,
 arrow US detained scores of Muslims after Sept 11
The US government thrust scores of US-based Muslim men in jail without charge after the September 11, 2001 attacks, US rights groups said in a report published yesterday.
 arrow US plans new sanctions to contain WMD spread
The Bush administration has drafted a plan to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction by targeting assets of anyone doing business with North Korean, Iranian and Syrian firms suspected of working
 arrow Arroyo apologises to nation but denies polls fraud
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo yesterday apologised to the nation after admitting she called a poll commissioner during last year's election, but denied rigging the vote.
 arrow 'US knows whereabouts of Zarqawi'
The US military is close to locating al-Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, General John Abizaid, the commander of US forces in the region, said Sunday.
 arrow Iran to restart nuke act
The president-elect of Iran vowed to restart the nation's controversial nuclear program, saying it was meant only for peaceful energy purposes.
 arrow 3 Kenyans acquitted of hotel blast
A Kenyan magistrate acquitted three men yesterday of conspiracy in a 2002 suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaeda that killed 15 people at an Israeli-owned hotel.
Editorialarrow Editorial: RMG sector under deadline pressure
The inevitable has caught up with us. What precipitated the arrival of the moment of truth, the time of reckoning, is obviously the Spectrum factory collapse at Savar in April.
 arrow Editorial: Consumer rights trifled with
Aseminar organised by the Consumers' Association of Bangladesh (CAB) looked at their rights scenario through the angle of price hike in relation to the proposed budget for 2005-06.
 arrow Communities and markets: Foes or friends?
Yujiro Hayami, the ace economist of Japan whom I introduced to my readers before, writes this time on Communities and Markets for Rural Development under Globalization.
 arrow Poker-faced
A reshuffle should not be confused with a shuffle, nor a shuffle with ministry formation.
 arrow Correction
In our first editorial published yesterday under the title Menacing drugs -- Value yourself, make healthy choices, the budgetary allocation for the narcotics department in the second paragraph
Letters to Editorarrow Faith and education
In our country very few schools have succeeded in incorporating complete religious education into our education system effectively.
 arrow Welcome 'TATA'
It is very heartening that "TATA", one of the biggest Indian entrepreneurs, has shown interest to set up industries and power plants in Bangladesh. It is of course a good thing for us.
 arrow To Africa
In recent decades world leaders have been giving greater priority to the Middle East.
 arrow Petition for Birsrestha Matiur Rahman
You may be aware that a few USA based Bangladeshi patriots have started a massive signature campaign to support the initiative to bring back the remains of late Bir Shrestha Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman
 arrow To be smart
Mr. Toufigur Rahman's letter, published on 11th June drew my attention as it contained some valuable suggestions about smartness and the connectivity of pronunciation with it.
 arrow Rape
Have you ever seen a newspaper without news of rape even for a single day? Unfortunately, I have not. Moreover, the number of this type of news is increasing alarmingly.
 arrow Next election
The next election is supposed to be held in January 2007. But the ruling alliance has already started all out preparation to win the election.
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