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Front Pagearrow Defence wants 36.5pc more funds next year
The defence ministry has proposed to the finance ministry a defence budget of Tk 5,598 crore for the coming fiscal year (FY), which is Tk 1,498 crore or 36.
 arrow Corrupt power sector hindering growth
Bangladesh's power sector is in a very bad shape due to rampant corruption, which is badly affecting private sector growth and investment climate, the World Bank has observed.
 arrow CAAB warned of poor aircraft maintenance
US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has repeatedly warned the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) about poor engineering condition of Biman's DC-10 aircraft that was barred from landing in New
 arrow BD Foods chairman remanded for 7 days
BD Foods Limited chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen detained on charges of smuggling 22.5-kg heroin to the UK was placed on a seven-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Governance comparison of 2 eras
The new Bangladesh Country Assistance Strategy of the World Bank (WB) shows that the government in 2004 severely under-performed in six areas of governance compared to the government in 1998.
 arrow Ctg mayor withdraws blockade, strike plan
In an apparent retreat from his stance, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday called off the indefinite blockade of the port, previously announced to be enforced from
 arrow Air chief says sorry for giving wrong info to JS body
Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Fakhrul Azam yesterday apologised to the parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry for providing it with erroneous information about the recent purchaseof
 arrow Ignoring the law

 arrow Students allege little care for them
Violent outburst of Stamford University students on Saturday is the result of dissatisfaction that has been brewing among them for not getting educational and other facilities as 'promised' during their
 arrow Minu blames it on govt officials
A section of officials the district administration, police and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are mainly blamed for the recent Kansat tragedy, and punitive actions are being taken against them, BNP
 arrow Businesses decry threat to paralyse Ctg port
Top industry and business leaders in a joint statement yesterday expressed grave concern over the threat of Chittagong city Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury to paralyse the Chittagong port and stop movementof
 arrow HC asks govt to explain Sadequee's deportation
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government to explain within two weeks why the arrest, detention and deportation of Bangladeshi origin US citizen Ehsanul Islam Sadequee to the United
 arrow Power crisis due to fund shortage
The state minister for power claimed that lack of fund is responsible for the country's dismal power situation.
 arrow Defence rejects prosecution witness' statement
The counsel for the four convicts yesterday opposed the statement of prosecution witness Muslem at the High Court during an appeal hearing at the Death Reference Bench in Shazneen murder case.
 arrow Man held with CD detailing basic nuke info
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested one person at the Khulna city on Sunday night and seized a CD and a catalogue on uses of uranium, basic element used in nuclear bombs, from his possession.
 arrow Bomb goes off near Tarique's meeting venue 1 injured
A powerful bomb went off some 150 metres from the meeting venue of Senior Joint Secretary General of ruling BNP Tarique Zia at 4:30pm yesterday, half an hour before the meeting time.
 arrow Damage to environment

 arrow Extortionists called owner after attack
Extortionists who shot one to death and injured five others at a manpower agency at Hatirpool on Sunday called its owner in Saudi Arabia within five minutes of the attack, making the same demand for tolls.
 arrow SC returns ATN tape seized by CJ
The Supreme Court (SC) registrar yesterday returned the videotape of private television channel ATN Bangla seized by Chief Justice (CJ) Syed JR Mudassir Husain Sunday when the channel's camera crew was
 arrow Uneasy calm at SUST
An awkward calm prevails in the crisis-stricken Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) following the sudden resignation of the vice-chancellor (VC) on Sunday afternoon.
 arrow Power-starved people hem in Ctg PDB office
Several hundred power-starved people yesterday laid a siege to the city's Agrabad Bidyut Bhaban, the Chittagong regional head office of Power Development Board (PDB), demanding uninterrupted supply of
 arrow Dhaka won't let any country explore within its waters: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said Bangladesh will not allow anyone to explore hydrocarbon within its maritime boundary and exclusive economic zone.
 arrow Judges killed on instruction from Allah
JMB supremo Abdur Rahman facing trial in the judges murder case yesterday claimed in the court that he should be rewarded for abiding by the instruction of Allah.
 arrow Kushtia journos get bail in extortion case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to three journalists of Kushtia in two extortion cases.
 arrow 60kg ganja seized
The Detective Branch (DB) of Police recovered 60kg of ganja from a truck on the Bogra-Joypurhat highway at Ganispur of Shibganj upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Benazir, Sharif strike deal to fight out Musharraf
Former Pakistani prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have agreed on a "charter of democracy" and pledged to return from exile to challenge President Pervez Musharraf in elections due nextyear.
 arrow Fresh Thai polls proposed for Oct
Thai election officials yesterday proposed holding new polls in October, a date which analysts say could give the opposition enough time to persuade factions to defect from the embattled ruling party.
 arrow EU pledges 'bold' nuke offer to Iran
The European Union is preparing to make a "bold" offer to Iran, including possible security guarantees, to persuade it to curb its atomic plans, the bloc's foreign policy chief said yesterday.
Businessarrow Offloading of Desco, PGCB shares to boost power sector
As the Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) offload their 25 per cent stakes in the capital market by next month, fund crisis in power sector will be minimised,
 arrow GP has no immediate plan to float shares
GrameenPhone has no immediate plan to float its shares in local capital market, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO of GP's 62 percent owner Telenor, said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star
 arrow S Asia trade summit needed to devise common stand in WTO: BEI seminar
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said a South Asia trade summit should take place to have their common position in WTO.
 arrow Officials talk non-tariff barriers today in Nepal
Member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will start a two-day sub-group meeting in Kathmandu today on 'non-tariff barriers' under the South Asian Free Trade Area
 arrow Call for removing obstacles to women entrepreneurship
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday called for removing the existing obstacles to the women entrepreneurship in commerce and industrial fields.
 arrow Singer launches special World Cup campaign
Singer Bangladesh Ltd launched a special campaign yesterday on the occasion of World Cup Football 2006.
 arrow More flexibility needed to break Doha round deadlock: EU
Rich countries like the United States and the EU should offer more flexibility to break a deadlock on global trade negotiations before time ran out, the European Union's trade chief said Monday.
 arrow Pran's first phase of prize giving ceremony held
The first phase of the prize giving ceremony of a promotional programme styled 'Pran Football Challenge: Chumuke Germany' launched by Pran-RFL Group on the occasion of 2006 FIFA World Cup was held inDhaka
 arrow Frozen food exporters get $40m spot order in Brussels fair
Local frozen food exporters received spot orders worth US$ 40 million at 'European Sea Food Fair' in Brussels last week.
 arrow Oil below $70
World oil prices fell sharply on Monday, tumbling under 70 dollars in New York, as expectations of slower demand growth for energy eased supply concerns related to Iran, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Football: Chile 1962: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
This long slim country had a population of less than eight million, only one stadium of any size, and was living in the aftermath of a giant earthquake two years earlier (May 21, 1960): a third of all
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
D&G to dress Italy
Reuters, Milan

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana will dress Italy's national team off the field during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, echoing other designers

 arrow Football: Morientes, Baraja out of Spain squad
Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has been left out of Spain's squad for the World Cup after Luis Aragones preferred to bolster his side's defence.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann pulls a surprise
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann included Jens Nowotny in his World Cup squad on Monday despite the defender's near two-year absence from international football.
 arrow Football: Colour is the key to success
Fancy making an outside bet for the World Cup? How about Spain? South Korea? Costa Rica? Trinidad and Tobago? What unites all these teams is that they wear red, a colour that some scientists
 arrow Hockey: Day of SEAs
Arif Ali slammed the second hattrick of the meet as Hong Kong returned to winning track with a 3-1 victory against Singapore while Chinese Taipei came from a goal down to beat Oman by the same marginin
 arrow Football: School soccer
Imran Hossain grabbed a hattrick as Lohagara Pilot High School of Narail blanked Boyra Madinabad High School & Technical College of Khulna 3-0 in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship
 arrow Football: Booters' transfer for Pro League Jul 15-Aug 31
The much-awaited inter-club transfers for the first ever Professional Football League will be held from July 15 to August 31.
 arrow Cricket: Khulna ride on Bishaw
A five-wicket haul by Bishaw took Khulna to the group final with a three-wicket victory over Satkhira in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 4 Bangladeshis in Rest of the Asia squad
Four Bangladesh cricketers will represent Rest of the Asia against Pakistan in two limited-overs exhibition matches to be held in Jeddah.
 arrow Cricket: CWAB venture
Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) in collaboration with 5P Events will launch a talent hunt programme titled 'cricketmedhar khoje' this month.
 arrow Football: Experience with a twist for Japan
Japan coach Zico opted for experience in naming his World Cup squad on Monday, although he did add a twist with the bold inclusion of fringe striker Seiichiro Maki.
 arrow Football: World braces for Zlatan
Already considered one of Sweden's greatest players at 24, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well become one of the world's best. He has the size and skills.
 arrow Football: WC squads announced
Other World Cup squad's announced yesterday:

Czech Republic
Jaromir Blazek (Sparta Prague), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Antonin Kinsky (Saturn Ramenskoye) Zdenek

 arrow Football: No surprises in Brazil squad
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira avoided any major surprises as the champions named their 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: SL tail keeps Eng at bay
Tail-enders Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara gave Sri Lanka hope of engineering one of the great escapes in Test history and a chance of one of its most astonishing wins with an unbroken ninth-wicket
 arrow Football: Juve claim tainted title
Juventus retained the Serie A title on Sunday after a 2-0 away win at Reggina on the last day of a season which ended mired in match-fixing allegations.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants Shoaib in Eng
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar will be invited to a camp later this month to determine his fitness ahead of the tour of England, but captain Inzamamul Haq is confident the fast bowler will soon be back to full
 arrow Cricket: Windies keep it clean
West Indies completed a 5-0 series win over Zimbabwe when they clinched the seventh and final one-day international by 104 runs here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin to test shoulder
India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will test his injured shoulder by batting at the MRF Pace Foundation from Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal's clay affair on
Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal equalled the record of 53 straight clay-court victories as he saved two match points on his way to beating top seed Roger Federer 6-7 (0/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5)
 arrow Tennis: Petrova pockets German Open
Second-seeded Nadia Petrova won her third straight clay-court title Sunday, beating third-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the German Open final.
 arrow Football: Who will scale the Eiffel?
Paris will welcome the return of its two most famous footballing musketeers when Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry showdown in a mouthwatering Champions League duel here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ballack unveiled at Chelsea
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has outlined plans to rebuild his side around Michael Ballack after the Germany captain signed a three-year deal to play for English champions.
 arrow Football: Sheva deal long way off: Kenyon
A deal to take Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan to English champions Chelsea is still a long way off, the Londoners' chief executive Peter Kenyon said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Messi included in Barca squad
Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's 22-man squad for the Champions League final against Arsenal in Paris despite not playing for more than two months.
 arrow Football: Galatasaray clinch Turkish title
Galatasaray claimed their 16th Turkish league title on Sunday when they beat Kayserispor 3-0 while city rivals Fenerbahce could only draw 1-1 with Denizlispor.
 arrow Football: Moggi quizzed
Luciano Moggi, the man at the centre of a huge investigation into match fixing in Serie A, was quizzed by prosecutors here Monday.
 arrow Football: Spurs agree record sponsorship deal
Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a 34 million pound (64.38 million dollars) shirt sponsorship deal with entertainment company Mansion, the Premier League club announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Juve shares nosedive
Shares in Italian soccer champions Juventus dived on Monday as one of the club's key officials faced prosecutors in a match-fixing probe that has stunned the nation.
 arrow Football: Thousands greet Liverpool
Tens of thousands of jubilant fans jammed the streets of Liverpool for the second time in 12 months to welcome home their triumphant football team on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Akhtar has to prove fitness'
Pakistan chairman of selectors Wasim Bari gave full marks to the attitude and approach of enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar but refused to guarantee him a place in the England-bound squad.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni doesn't fear fiery WI pace attack
Having blazed around against the likes of Andrew Flintoff, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is not alarmed by the West Indian fast bowlers eager to breathe fire at the Indian batsmen in the forthcoming series.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad blames ICC of letting down umps
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad believes the International Cricket Council's endorsement of players being allowed to make appeals to the third umpire would make a mockery of the game.
 arrow Cricket: Pak cricketers want pay-rise
Dissatisfied with the present retainership fees being offered under the contract system, the Pakistani cricketers are all set to demand a pay-rise from the country's cricket board before they proceedon
Metropolitanarrow Free, fair polls a must to avoid political deadlock
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there will be a serious political deadlock if the next general election is not held in a free and fair manner.
 arrow Empowering women helps fight extremism
Reducing poverty among women is crucial in fighting religious fundamentalism, said Prof Muhammad Yunus, the internationally acclaimed pioneer of micro-financing for the poor, yesterday.
 arrow AL creates anarchy fearing defeat in next polls
The opposition Awami League has been creating anarchy in the country, sensing defeat in the upcoming general election, said LGRD Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday.
 arrow DC house ransacked for arrest of culprits
Agitating students of Gurudayal Govt College attacked and ransacked the house of the deputy commissioner (DC) of the district on Sunday night demanding immediate arrest of the extortionists and abductors
 arrow UNFPA proud of Bangladesh's success in health, social sectors
The visiting UNFPA executive director yesterday said the UN agency feels proud of Bangladesh's wonderful successes in social and health sectors under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow DU student succumbs to injuries
A student of Dhaka University (DU), who has been admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital after a road accident on May 8, succumbed to his injuries yesterday after a week
 arrow Jubo Sangram Parishad denies allegation
Jubo Sangram Parishad (JSP) yesterday denied the allegation of their activists' involvement in damaging over a hundred vehicles during the PDB office siege programme on May 9.
 arrow Street children demand more night shelter centres
Street children yesterday called for setting up more safe night shelter centres close to their workplaces.
 arrow 'Electoral reform issues can be settled thru' dialogue'
Issues regarding electoral reforms can be settled through a national dialogue involving all political parties, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Take action against those disrupting bus service
Employees of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday called on the government to take effective measures for smooth running of BRTC buses across the country.
 arrow Father's dream shattered
A tragic road accident shattered dreams of a vegetable vendor Golam Rabbani who had dreamt of good days when his son Mobarak would graduate from the Department of Management of Dhaka University.
 arrow 3 killed in city road accidents
At least three people, including a student, were killed and 20 others injured in two separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Euro 9 lakh Dutch help to curb violence against women
Dutch Development Cooperation programme will provide RDRS Bangladesh with financial support for working towards the elimination of violence against women and protecting women's rights in northern Bangladesh.
 arrow SC hearing on CEC's appeal adjourned until Thursday
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned until Thursday the hearing on an appeal filed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz against the High Court (HC) judgement on voter list.
 arrow SUST student killing protested
Different student organisations and working bodies protested killing of Shahjalal University student Mosharraf Hossain Shamim by police and demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the culprits onDhaka
 arrow Fertiliser factory vandalised in N'ganj
Local people went on a rampage, vandalising a fertiliser factory and injuring 18 labourers and two members of Ansars at Fatulla in Narayanganj yesterday following a rumour of toxic gas emissions fromthe
 arrow 3 killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in two districts yesterday.
 arrow New Japanese envoy due today
Ambassador designate of Japan to Bangladesh Masayuki Inone will arrive in Dhaka today to take up his new assignment.
 arrow Huge polybags seized
A mobile court in a drive yesterday seized a huge quantity of polythene shopping bags at Karwan Bazar in the city.
 arrow Publication of result demanded
Masters students of political science department, Dhaka University, yesterday demanded immediate publication of their honour examination results and issued a 24-hour ultimatum.
 arrow Prof Absar Uddin passes away
Prof Muhammad Absar Uddin, former pro-vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) and senior teacher of the Department of Sociology, passed away due to old age complications at Bangladesh Medical College
 arrow Turkish Hope School marks Mother's Day
International Turkish Hope School celebrated the Mother's Day on Sunday with a grand festive fervour 'Modhur Amar Mayer Hashee', says a press release.
Nationalarrow 5,000 Pakistanis on voter list in Saidpur
Over 5000 stranded Pakistanis living in 22 'Geneva Camps' in Saidpur have been enrolled in the draft voter list.
 arrow High alert in Khalishpur as workers agitate for arrears
Security forces have been put on high alert in Khalishpur industrial belt following agitation by workers and employees of stateowned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill for payment of arrears wages and salaries.
 arrow 20 children sick after taking polio vaccine
At least 20 children fell in to sick allegedly after taking polio vaccine in Sirajganj town in last three days. They are now undergoing treatment in several hospitals and clinics in the town.
 arrow Take up job-oriented training plan in N-dists
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday urged the government to take up programmes for job-oriented training in northern districts to benefit the poor and the unemployed.
 arrow Hartal observed in Bogra
A dawn to dusk hartal was observed peacefully in Bogra and its adjoining areas on Sunday.
 arrow Farakka Long March day today
The International Farakka Committee (IFC) will observe today the 30th anniversary of historic Farakka Long March led by veteran public leader Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.
 arrow Principal among 9 chargesheeted
Charge sheet of Daulatpur BNP leader Mizanur Rahman Bablu murder case has been submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) court.
 arrow SUST student buried in Netrakona
Shahajalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) student Mosharaf Hossain Shamim was buried at his family graveyard at Damodarvita in Purbadhala upazila Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Biological sciences: The way ahead
At the end of the last century, a well focused telephonic conversation took place between two very illustrious persons.
 arrow A look at bio-fuels
Bio-fuel is an alternative non traditional fuel made from vegetable or animal oil and fat. It can be used blended with traditional petroleum based diesel oil or gasoline in any diesel or petrol engines.
 arrow Preconditions to dialogue with Hamas
The electoral victory of Hamas has many interesting facets which are now unfolding.
Culturearrow Uparwala: An adaptation of Ibsen's Pillars of the Society
IBSEN'S play The Pillars of Society points to many of those respected citizens in the society who have a dark history.
 arrow An adaptation of Love's Comedy
Shokhi Bhalobasha Kare Koy is not a lyric, poem, novel or play by Rabindranath Tagore, but an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's drama Love's Comedy.
 arrow Evolution of subcontinental art
Bengal Shilpalaya recently organised a two-day long seminar on the history and heritage of art in the subcontinent.
 arrow A glimpse of diverse cultures
To celebrate its 12th anniversary on May 14, Jahangirnagar Flim Society organised a day-long film session at the German Cultural Centre.
 arrow Tagore's work adapted on silver screen
On the occasion of the Noble Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 145th birth anniversary, the Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies organised a discussion.
Internationalarrow Abbas calls for peace talks with Israel
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called for Israel to return to the negotiating table during a speech marking the anniversary of what the Palestinians consider to be the "catastrophe" ofIsrael's
 arrow Nepal puts off move to check king's powers
Nepal's seven mainstream parties put off a plan yesterday to table a landmark resolution in parliament to curtail the powers of the king, including taking away his control of the army.
 arrow Lankan govt trades charges with Tigers
The Sri Lankan government traded charges with Tiger rebels yesterday over the killing of 13 Tamil civilians at the weekend, amid escalating violence in the restive northern region.
 arrow Iranian forces kill 10 Sunni militants after roadside killing
Iranian security forces have killed 10 suspected hardline Sunni militants following the roadside murders of a dozen civilians in the restive southeast of the county, state television said Monday.
 arrow Iraqi rebels down US helicopter: 2 GIs die
Insurgents shot down a US helicopter south of Baghdad and killed two soldiers, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow 23 more killed in Sao Paulo gang attacks
Another night of gang attacks against Brazilian police and civilians in Sao Paulo left 23 more people dead last morning, bringing the three-day toll to 78, local CBN radio said citing police sources.
 arrow Saddam charged with murder, torture
Saddam Hussein's trial entered a new phase Monday, when the chief judge formally charged the ousted Iraqi leader with murder, torture of women and children and the illegal arrest of 399 people in a crackdown
 arrow Merapi volcano erupts with gas and ash
Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted with clouds of hot gas and rained ash on surrounding areas on Monday, sending some nearby villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety.
 arrow Sonia returns to parliament
The ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday took oath as a member of the Lok Sabha, marking her return to the parliament one and half months after she had quit it in the wake of row over office
Editorialarrow Editorial: Death most unacceptable
We strongly condemn the reckless killing of Mosharraf Hossain Shamim, a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) by police firing in Sylhet. Our condolences to the victim's family.
 arrow Editorial: Who answers for the culpable lapse?
The first thing that comes to mind about a scheduled Biman DC-10 flight being denied permission to land at New York's J F Kennedy Airport, with well over 200 passengers onboard, is a question: why the
 arrow Alternative energy only way out of power crisis
It is worth recalling the planning process that supreme leaders of Soviet Union adopted after the Russian Revolution that went into making the country into a great superpower.
 arrow Left resurgent in Indian state assembly elections
The results of the state assembly elections in India have been by and large on expected lines without any major upsets, but not fully without elements of surprise.
 arrow Removing the spoilers
The on-going anarchy and restlessness in the country points to the fact that there is something wrong with the administrative system is practice.
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