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Front Pagearrow 2 RMG units set ablaze, 100 damaged, 1 killed
A garment worker of Savar export processing zone (EPZ) was killed yesterday as several thousand of his colleagues clashed with employees loyal to the owners of factories while rampaging through the area
 arrow Cabinet committee for 26,000 more members, major increase in officers' number
The cabinet committee on law and order yesterday approved a massive reform in police organogram, suggesting an increase of over 26,000-strong force with major increase in the number of officer ranks to
 arrow BGMEA terms it plot of 'neighbouring state' to capture int'l market
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders yesterday termed recent violence at garment factories as part of a "conspiracy by a neighbouring country" and demanded deployment
 arrow Objections too small against enormity of fake voters
Objections were filed against only 92 voters on the draft voter list for Dhaka district although at least 222 voters have so far been alleged as fake for being registered under mysterious addresses in
 arrow Rainbow owner started smuggling following BD Foods' footsteps
Kazi Zafar Reza, proprietor of Rainbow Enterprise, yesterday told a magistrate that he started smuggling heroin hidden in vegetable consignments after he had incurred a huge loss in his legitimate vegetable
 arrow PM flies to UAE today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on a two-day visit flies for United Arab Emirates (UAE) this morning with issues of manpower and Bangladeshi product exports high on her agenda.
 arrow BTTB given unlawful control over network
The government violated the law by allowing the state-run telecoms monopoly to own and operate the country's only submarine cable network.
 arrow Rajuk's Purbachal project


 arrow Nagorik Committee team to meet ACC chief today
An eight-member delegation of Nagorik Committee 2006, formed as part of civil society initiative for accountable development and national election 2007, will meet Justice Sultan Hossain Khan, chairman
 arrow Diarrhoea cases mark sharp rise in city
Outbreak of diarrhoea, cholera and other diseases due to the scorching heat of midsummer is causing a huge rush of patients to different hospitals in the capital.
 arrow My movement against corrupt ministers
Ruling BNP Standing Committee Member Oli Ahmed MP at a rally in Chittagong said he has launched a campaign against people who amass properties by corruption, embezzle public property and indulging inor
 arrow 14-party to defer Dhaka siege again
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine is going to defer its June 5 Dhaka siege programme for the second time as it coincides with the A level examinations.
 arrow Defence pleads to acquit Badal, Shaniram
The counsel for convicts Badal and Shaniram yesterday said before the Death Reference Bench of the High Court in Shazneen murder case that it could not be proved that the two took part in any conspiracy
 arrow Jubo Sangram lays siege to EC Secretariat, election offices
Jubo Sangram Parishad (JSP), a platform of the opposition's youth fronts, yesterday laid siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in Dhaka and district election offices across the country.
 arrow Another rule on govt on tele-tapping
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to explain within three weeks why tele-tapping of conversations of subscribers
 arrow SC judgment on CEC's appeal today
The Supreme Court (SC) will deliver judgment today on the appeal filed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz against the High Court (HC) directives over preparation of the electoral roll.
 arrow Man in fetters killed in 'crossfire'
A man in fetters was killed in a so-called "crossfire" between the police and his accomplices at Lalbagh in the city early yesterday while an alleged criminal was killed in a similar incident at Madanganj
 arrow Jalil submits contempt petition against CEC
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday brought contempt of court allegations in the High Court (HC) against top Election Commission (EC) officials for their non-compliance with the directives,
 arrow Iqbal denies his role in power sector graft
Former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday said he was never involved in any corruption in the power sector, and is open to anyone wanting to prove corruption charges against him.
 arrow Rahman, Sunny shown arrested in Humayun Azad case
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, his younger brother and JMB military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and one of their accomplices have been shown arrested in the case filed forattempting
 arrow JMB man gets 20-yr RI in bomb case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing a powerful bomb.
 arrow Jalil submits contempt petition against CEC
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday filed a contempt petition with the High Court against the chief election commissioner (CEC) the election commissioners and the secretary of the
 arrow BCL leader hacked to death
Criminals hacked a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader to death at Shyampur in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Janata Bank to be managed by consultant firm
The government is giving the management of state-run Janata Bank to its consultation firm International Development Ireland (IDI) Ltd.
 arrow Journalist Golam Rasul Mallick passes away
Veteran journalist and chief editor of now-defunct Eastern News Agency (ENA) Golam Rasul Mallick died at Apollo Hospital in the city early yesterday. He was 68.
 arrow 80 Taliban, 16 civilians killed in US-led air raid
Up to 80 Taliban rebels and at least 16 civilians were killed yesterday during a coalition air and ground attack on a village in southern Afghanistan, officials and witnesses said.
Businessarrow Commerce minister asks EPB to submit proposals
In a bid to increase export earning and reduce dependence on foreign aid, the commerce minister yesterday asked Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) to submit a set of proposals pointing out how to remove the
 arrow Invest in Bangladesh to get duty-free access to other countries
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged German entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh to derive benefits from the country's duty-free access to other countries.
 arrow India ready to join Asean free trade agreement
India has agreed to cut tariffs on a basket of products to pave way for the implementation of a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with Southeast Asia, a report said Monday.
 arrow Pakistan, Iran make progress in pipeline talks
Talks between Iran and Pakistan on a planned multi-billion gas pipeline have resulted in an agreement on construction terms, an Iranian official said Monday.
 arrow Oil prices fall to lowest level since early April
Oil prices dropped to the lowest point for more than a month on Monday, mirroring losses across all major commodities, analysts said.
 arrow Thailand vows to push FTA talks
Thailand on Monday vowed to press ahead with talks on free trade agreements (FTAs) with key trading partners including the United States and Japan despite the country's prolonged political crisis.
 arrow Lankan oil firm on brink of bankruptcy
Lanka IOC Ltd. (LIOC), which operates 160 filling stations in the country, warns of possible bankruptcy in 42 days due to the non-payment of fuel subsidy by the Sri Lankan Government.
 arrow Indian bourses resume trading after 10pc fall
India's main stock exchanges resumed trading Monday afternoon and showed a recovery after the benchmark indexes plunged 10 percent and triggered a one-hour trading halt, dealers said.
 arrow Myanmar raises electricity price
Myanmar has raised the electricity charge prices beginning this month, advising the country's people to use electricity more efficiently and keep away from overuse of it, according to a latest notification
 arrow Eastern Bank declares 40pc cash dividend
Eastern Bank Ltd has declared a 40 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Microsoft looking for partnerships in China
US software giant Microsoft Corp is actively seeking Chinese partners to better access the nation's huge market and its engineering talent, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday.
 arrow China reiterates pledge to boost currency flexibility
China has reiterated its long-standing pledge to boost the flexibility of the currency this year although it will also ensure that the yuan remains stable at a reasonable level, a report said Monday.
 arrow Wall-Mart pulls out of S Korea
US supermarket chain Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to sell its South Korean business to retail giant Shinsegae for 825 billion won (874 millin dollars), officials said Monday.
 arrow Vietnam criticises 'unfairness' in WTO entry talks
Vietnam faces tougher hurdles in joining the World Trade Organisation than countries before it, its trade minister said Monday, criticising the WTO's strict requirements of poor countries.
 arrow Visa emerges as most trusted credit card brand
Visa once again has been selected "the most trusted credit card brand" in international research conducted by Reader's Digest magazine, polling subscribers in Europe.
Sportsarrow Football: Franz Beckenbauer: The Kaiser
The great Franz Beckenbauer is the only man to both captain a World Cup winning side (1974) and manage a nation to world cup success (1990) and also played the leading role in Germany's successful bid
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Brazil set sail
Afp, Brasilia

Brazil were accorded a low key send off here as they left for Europe on a quest to claim a sixth World Cup.

 arrow Football: Scandal overshadows Italian dream
If a week is a long time in football, a couple of months has been an eternity for Italians fans who until recently had been looking forward to a summer of glory at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: No more excuses for Spain
Coach Luis Aragones says it is time for Spain to stop making excuses for past disappointments at the World Cup and produce the goods at next month's tournament in Germany.
 arrow Football: Asia hard-pressed for '02 heroics
Matching their heroic achievements in 2002 is going to be a tough ask for Asian teams in Germany, with making the second round a more realistic target.
 arrow Football: Lehmann doesn't like Teamgeist
Germany's Jens Lehmann is predicting hard times for goalkeepers at the World Cup because of the choice of ball.
 arrow Football: Expectations low for Concacaf
For all of soccer's worldwide popularity, its biggest prize has long been the property of two continents. No team from outside Europe or South America has hoisted the World Cup.
 arrow Chess: BD men start brightly, but women not
Bangladesh men's team made a flying start in the 37th Chess Olympiad with a 4-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein in the first round in Turin, Italy on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Narayanganj ride on Rony
Rony cracked a hundred as Narayanganj romped into the final round of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 Cricket Tournament with a massive 125-run victory over Madaripur at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Four cricketers go to Saudi Arabia today
Four Bangladeshi cricketers leave Dhaka this morning for Jeddah to take part in two limited-overs exhibition matches between Pakistan XI and Rest of Asia XI.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Four more schools confirmed their final round berths in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship by winning their respective zonal finals at different venues across the country
 arrow Swimming: BOA to hire swimming coach
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) is planning to appoint Russian swimming coach Vladimir Shemetov for South Asian (SA) Games to be held in Colombo in August.
 arrow Football: Milosevic, the realist
Older and wiser at 32, striker Savo Milosevic has appealed to soccer fans in Serbia & Montenegro to be realistic in their expectations for the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Springboard for Polish journeymen
Poland's experienced players will be driven by the incentive of lucrative moves to Europe's big clubs at next months's World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Gorawski out of Poland squad
FK Moscow midfielder Damian Gorawski has withdrawn from Poland's World Cup squad due to a blood circulation and respiratory problem, the team doctor said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Germany's injury woes ease
Germany's World Cup injury worries eased on Monday as striker Lukas Podolski and midfielder Sebastian Kehl returned to training at their Swiss camp.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis full of hopes
Martina Hingis will be hoping that recent history repeats itself as she returns to Roland Garros for the first time in five years a week after winning the Rome Masters.
 arrow Cricket: Lara spurs teammates on
Skipper Brian Lara says West Indies will have to step up their performance in St. Kitts on Tuesday in the third one-day international against India.
 arrow Tennis: Martina climbs
Martina Hingis' win in Rome on Sunday has earned her a place in the top 15 in the latest WTA world rankings released on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: I can beat Nadal in Paris: Federer
Roger Federer believes he is close to figuring out how to beat nemesis Raphael Nadal on clay and that he could do so in the final of the French Open on June 11.
 arrow Football: Klose Germany's best
German international striker Miroslav Klose has been voted German Player of the Year by his fellow professionals following a survey by Kicker magazine.
 arrow Football: Moggi launches Berlu broadside
Under-fire former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi, the man at the centre of the Italian match-fixing scandal, has blamed all his problems on a meeting with former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi.
 arrow Football: Campbell set for Fenerbahce
England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is set to move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, British media reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Diarra snubs Man U for Real
Lyon's Mali international Mahamadou Diarra has "angered" Manchester United bosses by claiming he favours a move to Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper As on Monday.
 arrow Football: Laudrup to leave Brondby
Former Danish international striker Michael Laudrup is quitting Danish first division side Brondy after turning down the offer of a one-year extension to his contract which runs out in June.
 arrow Football: Forlan set for Barcelona
Villarreal's Uruguay striker Diego Forlan is poised to sign for European and Spanish champions Barcelona according to a report here Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Green, clean S Asia underscored
The Saarc countries began a three-day discussion here yesterday on the agenda of building a green and clean South Asia by jointly addressing the environmental problems --- from natural disaster to groundwater
 arrow 1,000 teachers appointed on political considerations: AL
At least 1,000 BNP-Jamaat men have been appointed as teachers at different public universities on political considerations in the last four and a half years' rule of the four-party alliance government,
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 29 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Gaibandha, Manikganj and Netrakona yesterday.
 arrow Tk 37crore EC grant to improve food security for ultra-poor
The European Commission (EC) will provide 4.
 arrow Strike at Gazipur factories today
Garments Workers' Unity Forum has called a dawn-to-dusk strike at garments factories at Gazipur for today in protest against the killing of a worker of FS Sweater Factory at Sreepur.
 arrow TB infects over 3 lakh a year
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for a social movement to control tuberculosis (TB) by creating mass awareness.
 arrow 2 prime witnesses record statements
Two important witnesses recorded their statements before the Court of Chittagong Metropolitan and Session's Judge yesterday in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.
 arrow BNP cadres set fire to 5 houses of AL supporters in Rajshahi
BNP cadres went on a rampage yesterday, setting fire to five houses belonging to Awami League supporters and injuring three women during a clash over a land dispute at Bhallukgachhi village in Puthiaupazila.
 arrow SC rejects govt plea for stay HC judgment
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday again turned down the government plea for staying the High Court (HC) judgment that had declared illegal the provision of district ministers.
 arrow BIMSTEC meet on culture begins in Bhutan today
The first BIMSTEC ministerial meeting on culture begins in Bhutan today. The inaugural session will take place at the newly-built hotel Zhiwaling in Paro.
 arrow AL lawmaker walks out of JS body meet
An Awami League lawmaker yesterday walked out of a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on primary and mass education as the ministry officials declined to disclose detailed information about
 arrow Russian envoy meets FM
Outgoing Russian Ambassador in Dhaka Oleg S Malginov paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Swechchhasebok League protests killing of leaders
Leaders of Awami Swechchhasebok League condemned killing of two Swechchasebok leaders allegedly by the ruling BNP cadres in Shyampur and demanded punishment to the killers.
 arrow River vessel workers' strike from tonight
River vessel workers will go for countrywide indefinite strike from midnight tonight protesting the government's indifference to extortion, robbery and other criminal activities in inland waterways.
 arrow Human chain today
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation will jointly form a human chain in front of the Supreme Court main gate at 11:00am today to press home their demands,
Nationalarrow Nominate 'clean' candidates in next polls
Speakers at a round table yesterday urged political parties not to nominate corrupt and inefficient candidates in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Govt changes decision in favour of vested quarters
Work to develop Bhomra customs check post into a full-fledged land port can not be started due to complexity in acquisition of land, allegedly created by some vested quarters enjoying political cloutand
 arrow Agitation mounts in Kushtia for pipeline gas supply
People irrespective of political affiliations have once again raised their voice for pipeline gas supply to Kushtia.
 arrow Repair road to Burimari port
Several thousand people from Jaldhaka upazila yesterday staged a demonstration in front of Nilphamari Deputy Commi-ssioner's office demanding immediate renovation of the 88 km road from Burimari landport
 arrow Youth’s death in custody protested
Several hundred people brought out a procession and paraded the main streets of the town yesterday protesting death of a youth in police custody on Sunday.
 arrow Arrest of killers of 3 AL men demanded
Awami League (AL) yesterday brought out a procession at Shatbaria village under Khan-Morich union in Bhangura upazila demanding arrest to the killers of three party leaders.
 arrow Day-long strike by RU officials, employees
All administrative activities were stopped at Rajshahi University yesterday as officials and employees observed work abstention at tye call of Officers and Karmochari Okkiya Parishad to press its five-point
Point-Counterpointarrow The citizens' group and the role of civil society
The recent initiative by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), The Daily Star and Prothom Alo to assemble a group of citizens to project a vision for the future of Bangladesh has generated both interest and
 arrow Balancing India-Bangladesh trade
We hear of so many attempts by Bangladesh to bring some balance in bilateral trade with India, one of its largest trade partners.
 arrow Accountability of multi-tiered delivery model for electricity
The recent electricity crisis has stalled the country's growth and is holding back the economic activities required to improve poverty level.
Culturearrow Ibsen under the open sky
Ashish Khondokar's Space and Acting Research Centre is presenting A Lady from the Sea at the Rabindra Sarovar, every day till May 23.
 arrow Dynamic 5: A brave endeavour
The young group 'Dynamic 5' held a successful exhibition recently at the Zainul Gallery.
 arrow At the creative edge of dance
Kathak dancer, dance director and choreographer Kochi Rahman has many an interesting anecdote to tell about his five years in Delhi.
Generalarrow Removal of Islamic University VC demanded
Blaming the vice-chancellor for the present stalemate at the Islamic University (IU), different organisations demanded his immediate resignation.
 arrow Experts for demarcation of blocks in deep sea
The members of Bangladesh Geological Society at a seminar yesterday suggested that the government go for a clear announcement marking its blocks in deep sea for safeguarding the natural resources in its
 arrow SE Asia vulnerable to cyber attack by terrorists
Southeast Asia will inevitably face an Internet-based attack by terrorists against key institutions, even though militant groups lack the technical savvy so far, security experts said yesterday.
 arrow Formation of C'wealth fund in health sector proposed
Bangladesh has proposed formation of a 'Commonwealth Fund' for the Commonwealth-listed developing countries with a view to strengthening the migration process of competent and experienced health workers
 arrow Thaksin may return as Thai prime minister
Thaksin Shinawatra may return as Thailand's full-time prime minister, ending a break from politics he began last month amid street protests, the government spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow PM fails to take action against corruption
A group of BNP and Awami League leaders and workers of Sarail upazilla in Brahmanbaria district yesterday joined the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), says a press release.
 arrow 12 students injured in clash in Rangamati
At least twelve students were injured, some of them critically, in clashes between Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), a front organisation of PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity) and BangaleeChhatra
 arrow Sramik League men attack BCU leaders
Three leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) were severely injured in an attack by Sramik League activists in the city on Sunday.
 arrow Saifur seeks people's support
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said political awareness should be enhanced among the people of the country to keep the present flow of development steady.
 arrow HUST students protest attack by outsiders
The students of Haji Danesh University of Science and Technology (HUST) agitating for uninterrupted power supply on the campus went on rampage on Sunday night protesting what they said was an attack on
 arrow One gets life for killing wife
A court yesterday sentenced a persons to life imprisonment for killing his wife four years ago.
 arrow Child cancer survivors face employment troubles
People who survived cancer as children were twice as likely to be unemployed than those without a history of childhood cancer, Dutch researchers reported yesterday.
Internationalarrow Lanka risks high intensity war, warn Tigers
Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's army yesterday of assassinating one of their senior commanders, and said the military was pushing the island towards a "high intensity war".
 arrow Germany, China agree Iran should not have nuclear bomb: Merkel
Germany and China agree that Iran should not be allowed to build nuclear weapons, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday after meeting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
 arrow Nepal expands cabinet ahead of Maoist talks
Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala expanded his cabinet yesterday ahead of talks with Maoist rebels to end a decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands of people.
 arrow Kuwaiti parliament dissolved
Kuwait was bracing yesterday for a tough election battle expected to center on the pace of democratic reform and the fight against corruption, after the Gulf state's ruler dissolved parliament and called
 arrow Hurriyat rejects PM's Kashmir roundtable
Kashmir's main separatist alliance yesterday rejected an invitation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend a "roundtable" peace conference in the disputed Himalayan region.
 arrow Armed clashes erupt near Palestinian parliament
Four people were wounded in exchanges of gunfire between members of the Palestinian security forces and Hamas followers near the Gaza City branch of the Palestinian parliament, security sources said.
 arrow Montenegro votes for independence
The tiny Balkan state of Montenegro staked its claim for nationhood yesterday after voting in a historic, closely-fought referendum in favour of full independence.
 arrow WHO chief Lee dies suddenly
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the sudden death yesterday of Director-General Lee Jong-Wook, stunning ministers and senior officials from 192 countries at the opening of the agency's flagship
Editorialarrow Editorial: Change in the power ministry
State Minister Iqbal Hassan Mahmood's exit from the power ministry doesn't quite come across as a bombshell given the Kansat and Shanir Akhra episodes.
 arrow Editorial: Welcome submarine cable
We wholeheartedly greet the news of the commissioning of submarine cable in the country's telecommunications and information technology sectors.
 arrow When the cat is out of the bag
The Election Commission of Bangladesh, now headed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz, seems to have put the last nail on the coffin of a free and fair election expected to be held
 arrow Redress code
A Da Vinci week should be a good one for rumination. One of the most exquisite passages in the New Testament is the eighth chapter of St. Mark.
 arrow KICAC and ACC: A comparison of performance
On 17th February 2004, the Parliament of Bangladesh passed a bill called Anti-corruption Commission Act 2004 in order to make way for an independent institution to fight corruption in the country.
Letters to Editorarrow Price spiral and politics
This is a follow up of your editorial comments on the subject (DS: May 9). Passing the buck is the normal bureaucratic tactic which has been duly mastered by our honourable ministers given their day to day interaction with deft bureaucrats.
 arrow US debacle in the ME
Iran has noted the misfiring of US policies in the Middle East. Iran is now being targeted; therefore it is not surprising if Iran teases the US for a while. The lone superpower has to bear the bruntalone.
 arrow No more experiments
Education is one of the fundamental rights of citizens without which no nation can prosper. So it is called the backbone of a nation. The teachers play a vital role in building up the nation.
 arrow Causes of poverty in Bangladesh
I was reading the letter of 11 May 2006 with the above caption. Khan Kabir from the USA has rightly pointed out that if all of us had contributed 2.
 arrow Biman "staffs"
Your reader has spotted what in fact seems to be becoming more widespread, even here in the UK.
 arrow 'Alfaship'
The MT 'Alfaship' is not a 'toxic ship'. The 'Alfaship is a standard type of oil tanker no different from other tankers legally sold for demolition in Bangladesh this year or in past years.
 arrow My country
My country is a fairyland of thorny roses, with floating water hyacinth , and floating politicians.
 arrow Call for unity
Divine blessing is sometimes bestowed indirectly. One example: the caricature cartoon on the holy prophet. More problems for anti-Islam West ( industrialised rich nations).
 arrow Microcredit for teachers
One decently dressed person, claiming to be a teacher, came to me for assistance. He should know there may be microcredit facilities for teachers. The awareness programmes appear to belacking.
 
   
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