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Front Pagearrow Tight security reins back workers' rage
Situation in the capital and its outskirts yesterday mainly remained calm, with exceptions of incidents of ransacking at five factories in Gazipur amid deployment of a large number of law enforcers after
 arrow EC yet to stop voter list work despite court verdict
The Election Commission (EC) is yet to issue any order to stop the ongoing work for preparing the fresh voter list after Tuesday's Supreme Court verdict that upheld the High Court (HC) directives forrevising
 arrow Ailing Iajuddin flown to S'pore
President Iajuddin Ahmed was flown to Singapore yesterday for cardiac treatment on advice of doctors following his admission to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow CEC, 2 commissioners should resign
The best service the Chief Election Commissioner and his two commissioners, or should we say partners in 'the crime' of damaging public trust and eroding the image of the Election Commission, can nowrender
 arrow A wake up call for RMG sector
With two days of unprecedented rioting at garment industries in and around Dhaka, a number of complex issues leaped to the fore that, experts fear, may cripple the most export-revenue generating sector
 arrow BB pins Jubok down
The Bangladesh Bank yesterday in a show cause notice asked Jubok, a non-governmental organisation, to explain within the next seven days why its activities, such as collection of money deposits and borrowing
 arrow Govt failed to ensure adequate security
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) blamed the government yesterday for not taking adequate measures in the wake of unrest in the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector.
 arrow Govt had early info on attack
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar admitted yesterday to having prior intelligence information on Tuesday's violence at garment factories but the vandalism could not be checked due to shortage
 arrow Workers talk of their grievances
Non-payment of wages, poor wages, uncertainty of job, excess workload and indecent behaviour compelled workers of Universe Knitting Garments Ltd (UKGT) in Savar to come out on the street to protest this.
 arrow AL demands people's probe body, BDB for judicial inquiry
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded immediate formation of a 'people's probe body' to find out the culprits who are 'conspiring' to destroy the country's Readymade Garments (RMG) sector.
 arrow 11 trade bodies appeal to govt, opposition to save industries
Eleven top trade bodies yesterday urged the government and the leader of the opposition to take urgent steps to save the readymade garment and other industries from violence.
 arrow Cost of internet use set to go down
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday offered an interesting tariff rate for the newly launched submarine cable, satellite and internet services, which will help the internet service
 arrow Shahid lone killer
The counsel for convict Hasan yesterday said before the Death Reference Bench of the High Court (HC) that convict Shahidul Islam Shahid alone killed Shazneen Tasnim Rahman and no one else was involved
 arrow More time given to JS probe body
The two parliamentary probe bodies tasked with investigating alleged corruption in import of CNG autoricksaws and allocation of land to set up CNG refuelling stations are yet to submit their report more
 arrow Kala Jahangir, 'Killer' Abbas, 8 others to die
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 10 to death, including top listed criminals Kala Jahangir and Abbas alias 'killer' Abbas, and six others to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing Dhaka City
 arrow Tk 100cr fund not used to curb prices c
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted the commerce ministry and Trading Corporation of Bangladesh for its (TCB) 'inactivity' in checking the price hike of essentials despite having a Tk 100-crore fund
 arrow 2 patients die as CMCH faces 10hr outage
Power supply to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) were snapped for around 10 hours from early yesterday, allegedly causing death to 2 patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital.
 arrow Commerce minister also smells conspiracy
Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday said it was not the workers of the garment industry but a group of organised miscreants who ransacked garment factories and created anarchy to jeopardise the
 arrow Posing risk

 arrow Saifur blames 'outside group' for rampage
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said a motivated outside group, not the workers, was involved in last two days' rampage in the garment industry.
 arrow 3 cops held
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and two constables of Sadar Police Station were yesterday arrested on charges of murder of a young man in custody.
 arrow Japanese firm gets nod for feasibility study
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved the appointment of a Japanese consulting firm for conducting study on technical and economic viability of setting up a deep-sea port in the Bay ofBengal.
 arrow Nazrul's birth anniversary today
The 107th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated across the country today with daylong national programme at Trishal in Mymensingh.
 arrow 2 AK47 rifles, ammo seized
Army personnel recovered two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition from a den of terrorists at Monjoy Para in Sadar upazila of the hill district on Tuesday night.
 arrow BSF kills 2 cattle traders
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Kakdanga border Tuesday night.
Businessarrow Businesses seek special facilities for Bangladesh
Local businesspeople yesterday demanded special facilities for Bangladesh, as it is a least developed county in the proposed Dhaka-Islamabad free trade agreement (FTA), which is likely to be signed by
 arrow Widening rich-poor gap key challenge
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said growing inequalities between the haves and have-nots, poor governance and human capacity as well as lack of overall quality in institutions are some of the challenges
 arrow UAE entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh
A business delegation of UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by its President Salah Salem bin Omeir al Shamsi, met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her hotel suite here yesterday and expressed keen
 arrow AKTEL launches package for self-employed professionals
AKTEL, a leading cellular phone service provider, has launched a new package for self-employed professionals under the brand 'AKTEL Infinity'.
 arrow German trade team for projecting positive image of Bangladesh
Visiting German trade and investment delegation leader Peter Clasen yesterday underscored the need for projecting positive image of Bangladesh to woo foreign investment in the country.
 arrow Sonargaon hotel goes for massive renovation
Pan Pacific Sonargaon is undergoing massive renovations aimed at making the five-star hotel one of the iconic luxury properties in South Asia.
 arrow Asian ministers discuss closer economic ties in Doha
Asian foreign ministers met in Doha Wednesday to discuss closer economic cooperation as powerhouses China and Japan tried to work out their differences over the legacy of World War II.
 arrow StanChart credit cardholders to get benefits for buying Panasonic products
Standard Chartered Bank is offering zero percent interest to its Visa and Master cardholders for purchasing Panasonic products from showrooms of Nicole International with six and 12 monthly instalment
Sportsarrow Football: Argentina 1978: The dawn of a new era
It was about time Argentina hosted the main event. They'd applied for it in the past and were one of the major footballing powers, so no-one had many qualms when they were awarded the 1978 tournament.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Croatians will skip work!
Reuters, Zagreb

Almost half of Croatia's workforce plan to take time off during the World Cup next month, according to a poll on Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Argentines not too confident
Six goals conceded in their last two friendlies against World Cup-bound teams have Argentina fans fearing the worst in Germany.
 arrow Football: Will Ronaldo stand up this summer?
After a season dogged by questions over his form and fitness, Ronaldo is planning once again to use football's greatest stage as his platform to provide the answers.
 arrow Cricket: Hasibul picked for A team
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a strong Bangladesh A team for their tour to Zimbabwe in June-July for three four-day and as many one-day matches.
 arrow Cricket: BCB hunts down old boys
The tournament committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has found 33 over-aged players among the participating teams in the ongoing Dhaka Bank Under-19 cricket Tournament.
 arrow Chess: Women win on
Bangladesh men's team stumbled again but the women continued their winning run in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin on Tuesday.
 arrow Ishad rules the roost
Ishad Hossain of BKSP lifted gold in long horse champion in the 18th National Junior Gymnastics Championships scoring 17.05 points at the National Sports Council gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Nepal spikers in city
An 18-member Nepal national volleyball team arrived here yesterday to play three Test and some warm-up matches against Bangladesh across the country.
 arrow Football: Kempes: One-hit wonder
Mario Kempes took part in three World Cups but it was the 1978 edition on home soil where he etched his name into football his-tory, finishing as top scorer and more importantly striking twice in thefinal
 arrow Football: Ballack fined for skipping airport tax!
German football captain and new Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been fined 60,000 euros (77,000 dollars) for failing to declare a handbag he bought in Dubai at airport customs.
 arrow Football: Costly affair for football fans
Fans heading to Germany for the World Cup can expect their living costs to rise up to 110 percent during the four-week extravaganza, a survey by human resources firm ECA International said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Fake balls, shirts seized in China
Chinese authorities have seized thousands of counterfeit World Cup products, just over two weeks before football's biggest event kicks off in Germany, state media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Dutch look to relive heydays
The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup finals in superb fashion with a bright new team under dynamic, young manager Marco van Basten, who took the helm after the Dutch crashed out of the semi-finals
 arrow Football: England aim to beat history and injuries
England's World Cup hopes will owe as much to the work of the medical team as Sven-Goran Eriksson's tactical genius next month.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan gives Windies lead
Ramnaresh Sarwan scored his third one-day international hundred to anchor West Indies to a thrilling four-wicket victory in the third match against India on Tuesday at Warner Park.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka get Malinga boost
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has named strike bowler Lasith Malinga in the 12-man squad for the second Test against England here at Edgbaston starting Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar shuns retirement talks
Soon after pulling out of the West Indies tour due to a shoulder injury, Sachin Tendulkar has dismissed all suggestions of retirement and insists that he will continue playing both forms of the game.
 arrow Cricket: India opt for young blood
Suresh Raina has earned a call up to the India Test side after selectors included the stylish left-handed batsman in a 16-man squad on Wednesday for next month's four-match series in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Morocco dampen US preparation
Reserve Mohamed Madihi scored on a counter-attack in the 90th minute to give Morocco a 1-0 victory over a World Cup-bound US squad here Tuesday in a disappointing warm-up for the Americans.
 arrow Football: Buffon to meet investigators
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, preparing for next month's World Cup finals, will speak to investigators on Wednesday as part of a probe into soccer gambling.
 arrow Football: Capello new Juve general manager
Italian giants Juventus, embroiled in ugly match-fixing allegations, have named coach Fabio Capello as their new general manager with responsibility for transfer policy.
 arrow Football: Rooney's doctor leaves Man Utd
English Premiership giants Manchester United said Wednesday that club doctor Mike Stone, who was treating injured striker Wayne Rooney, has left "because of a difference of opinion".
 arrow Football: Lovenkrands joins Schalke
German side Schalke 04 have completed the signing of Danish international midfielder Peter Lovenkrands from Scottish side Rangers.
 arrow Football: Pires joins Villarreal
Champions League semifinalists Villarreal signed former France international attacking midfielder Robert Pires on a two year contract on Tuesday from Champions League finalists Arsenal Spanish radio station
 arrow Cricket: Pak not too keen on Zim
Pakistan are having reservations about hosting Zimbabwe for a one-day series in September due a lack of financial incentive for the matches, the country's cricket board chairman told Reuters on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie's focus only on cricket
England captain Andrew Flintoff has promised he will not let off-field pressures distract him as he continues to lead the side during the second Test against Sri Lanka here at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid begs tail to score
India captain Rahul Dravid has exhorted the lower-order batsmen to come good and promised the team would bounce back to win the last two ODIs and take the five-match series against the West Indies.
Rumi Hossain, Managing Director of Rangs Industries Limited, was misquoted in a report titled 'Shareef Ali takes the TV' that appeared in the sports page on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Call for separate industrial policy, tax holiday for ten years
Speakers at a roundtable called for a separate industrial policy, tax holiday for ten years and gas supply through pipeline in Rangpur to foster rapid industrialisation in the region.
 arrow New building code to be enforced in few months
Professionals pinned high hopes on newly formulated 'Building Construction Regulation 2006' terming it pragmatic though Rajdhani Unnayan Corporation (Rajuk) is poorly staffed and ill equipped to oversee
 arrow Invest in jt venture with overseas partners
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the Bangladeshi expatriates in the UAE to invest in joint venture with overseas investors for the country's economic progress.
 arrow Govt employees demand permanent pay commission
Leaders of Bangladesh Sarkari Karmachari Samannaya Parishad at a rally yesterday demanded of the government for formation of a permanent pay commission and service commission.
 arrow Guard shot in city
A guard of an under-construction building was shot by a gang of unidentified criminals at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt has failed to ensure people's security'
Teachers of Dhaka University (DU) said the present BNP-Jamaat led coalition government has no moral right to remain in power as it virtually failed to ensure life and security of student-worker-farmer
 arrow Saarc countries urged not to take step harmful to members
Pointing at some environmental adversities facing Bangladesh, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday urged the Saarc member countries not to take any step that harms another country.
 arrow 2 boys drown in DU pond
Two outsider boys drowned in the Shahidullah Hall pond of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday afternoon. They were identified as Rubel, 13, and Khokon Lal Das, 11.
 arrow Major reshuffle in police admin
Eighteen police officials were transferred in a major reshuffle in police administration yesterday.
 arrow Human skull sent to Khulna BNP leader
Police recovered a carton containing a human skull on Tuesday night from near a temple at Rajbandh village under Batiaghata upazila.
 arrow 'Protect garment workers, save industry'
Five left leaning parties demanded implementation of their seven-point in order to protect the garment workers and save the industry, says a press release.
 arrow Exhibition of Dhamrai metal craft begins
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday urged all concerned to help develop the bronze and brass industry in order to preserve the country's rich heritage.
 arrow Humayun made HC to Australia
The government has decided to appoint M Humayun Kabir, currently serving as Bangladesh Ambassador to Nepal, as the next High Commissioner to Australia.
 arrow Garment worker killed in road accident
A garments worker was killed while crossing road at Gulshan area in the city yesterday afternoon. A speedy vehicle pushed Rikta Khatun, 22, when she was crossing road near Rasulbagh Royal Petrolpump.
 arrow Appeal for help
Syeda Meherunnesa Nishat, a student of class one at Renaissance Pre-cadet School in Mirpur, has been suffering from thalassaemia, a type of blood cancer, since she was seven-month old, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 100 jobs on cards for JCD men at IU
A stalemate continues at the Islamic University. All offices are open but silent and desolate as teachers and most of the officials and employees do not go to the campus fearing attack by Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists.
 arrow Teachers' politics blamed for SUST situation
Academic activities at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) remained suspended or disturbed time and again mainly due to teachers' politics, not for students' politics.
 arrow JCD attacks Sainik League rally in Sylhet
A rally of Bangabandhu Sainik League was foiled by activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student front of ruling BNP, in the city's Court point yesterday.
 arrow Tk 10.67cr WDB work grabbed by ruling party men
An incident of tender manipulation by influential quarters of the ruling party has been detected here recently.
 arrow Aug 17 blast verdict in Patuakhali May 30
The verdict of the case of last year's August 17 serial bomb blasts in Patuakhali will be delivered on May 30.
 arrow Nazrul celebration begins in Trishal tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate a three-day national level programme marking the 107th birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Darirampur in Trishal tomorrow.
 arrow Policy for newspapers assured again
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday reiterated his commitment to announce a policy for development of newspaper industry and wellbeing of newsman.
 arrow Zainul's death anniversary on Friday
A three-day programme begins at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) on Friday marking the 30th death anniversary of the great artist.
 arrow PSTU VC confined by employees
Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) vice-chancellor (VC) Dr Prof Wahiduzzaman was confined at his office for three hours yesterday.
 arrow RUET teacher suspended
A senior teacher of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Prof Dr. Yakub Hossain, was suspended yesterday on charge of neglect to duty and violation of service rule.
 arrow Outlaw held in Khulna
Police yesterday arrested an outlaw from Damodar union under Phultala upazila in Khulna district. He was identified as Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, 35, hailing from Keshabpur upazila in Jessore.
 arrow 3 bombs found in Khulna
Police recovered three bombs yesterday from near Shaheed Shurawardy College at Basupara under Sonadanga thana in Khulna city. The bombs were taken to Sonadanga thana and defused, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow What Election Commission can do?
Since the Election Commission is a constitutional body and supposedly independent the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and his two newly appointed deputies should resign their posts to make way for a
 arrow The import regime and the challenge of export diversification
People are breathing a sigh of relief that the predicted doom and gloom that was expected to follow the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement (MFA) hasn't materialised in Bangladesh.
 arrow The role of second chamber in democracy
The legislative assembly as an organ of the government to make law may consist of either one or two houses known as unicameral and bicameral legislature respectively.
 arrow Iraq: More of the same?
A new government has taken oath of office in Baghdad exactly five months after the elections and the three key positions of Defence, Interior and Security are vacant.
Culturearrow The inseparable dimension in Nazrul Sangeet
Since early morning, the young girl had a twinkle in her eyes. Restlessly she would rush to the window to look up and down the road at the slightest sound of an approaching vehicle.
 arrow Nazrul: The rebel with a cause
Once in a century a man is born with unmistakable genius and does his country proud. Such a man was Kazi Nazrul Islam -- poet, philosopher and patriot.
 arrow The power of poetry
Nazrul took part in World War I, a pointer of his valour and deep attachment to humanity. Poets there are and poets there were.
Internationalarrow India, Pakistan to maintain Siachen Glacier truce
India and Pakistan yesterday pledged to continue a two-year ceasefire and meet again to consider troop withdrawals from the world's highest battlefield, according to a statement issued after two daysof
 arrow Strike, violence greet Manmohan in Kashmir
A general strike, a boycott and more violence greeted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he arrived in Kashmir yesterday, but he defended two days of peace talks here as a "serious initiative".
 arrow European nations draw up compromise for Iran
Key European nations put finishing touches Tuesday on a proposal meant to enlist the support of Russia and China for possible UN Security Council sanctions against Iran should Tehran refuse to abandon
 arrow 100 feared dead in Thai floods
Relief teams yesterday pulled more corpses from receding floodwaters in northern Thailand, where officials fear about 100 people were killed in floods and mudslides.
 arrow Bush backs Olmert plan to reshape Israeli border
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert basked in the aftermath of his first meeting since taking office with US President George W.
 arrow Int'l concern mounts over Lanka violence
Three security personnel died in a mine blast yesterday, the Sri Lankan military said, as peace broker Norway moved to salvage a collapsing ceasefire that has sparked mounting international concern.
 arrow 60 suspected Taliban, 5 troops killed in fighting
Sixty suspected Taliban and five members of the Afghan security forces were killed in a major new clash in southern Afghanistan, a top Afghan army commander and police said yesterday.
 arrow Gujarat cinemas to boycott Aamir Khan's film over riot remarks
Cinemas in Gujarat plan to boycott a new film starring Aamir Khan after he criticised the regional government over recent communal riots.
 arrow Benazir faces fresh Swiss questioning
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto faced a new round of questioning yesterday by a Swiss magistrate who is investigating claims that she laundered millions of dollars in bribes.
 arrow Tareq Aziz takes stand for Saddam
Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz took the stand to testify for Saddam Hussein as the ousted president's trial resumed on Wednesday.
 arrow Dollar a dirty word for Duma
Russia's parliament gave initial approval yesterday to a draft law that will punish government ministers for saying "dollar" when they could have used the word "rouble" instead.
 arrow Laden claims lead role in 9/11 attacks
Osama bin Laden said he masterminded the September 11 attacks and convicted Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui had no part in them, according to an audio recording released Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC flops, should quit
It is heartening to note that finally the smokescreen of confusion enveloping the issue (or non-issue!) of whether we should have a new voter list or an update on the 2001 electoral roll has been lifted.
 arrow Editorial: Threat to the garment sector
The RMG sector, the country's premier foreign exchange earner, has been hit by an unprecedented labour unrest which has already caused huge loss to it.
 arrow Ominous trends
One can hardly talk about the current situation in the country without either raising the hackles of those that are wallowing in a euphoric existence, or sounding too alarmist.
 arrow Budget should address challenges with vision
President Iajuddin Ahmed summoned the 22nd session of the eighth parliament on 7th June 2006. The Finance Minister is going to place the national budget for the fiscal year 2006-2007 on June 8,2006. Mr.
 arrow Nuclear Iran: Apprehending Shia-Sunni tension in ME
I am writing with reference to Op-Ed: "Should Iran go nuclear?" by Kazi Anwarul Masud (DS May 21).
Letters to Editorarrow Chernobyl tragedy
While I was going to congratulate Mr. Khalid Shams for his excellent article on the present international thinking and preparations for nuclear power which was published in your daily on April 29, 2006
 arrow Good performance, but..
The performance of the Tigers in the first Test against Australia showed that they are now a strong competitor against any Test playing nation.
 arrow Why call them insurgents?
This is in reference to the news "US, Iraqi forces kill 20 insurgents" dated May, 2006.
 arrow Unpredictable life
I want to say something to the readers of these columns. If you are thinking of visiting a sick relative or friend, don't waste time, do it now, because it may be too late when you are ready to pay the visit.
 arrow Price hike and minister's comments
We are really very lucky to have some ministers in our four-party alliance government who make amusing remarks that nobody could ever think of.
 arrow Jewish lobby in the US
Two prominent US political scientists have done a research on "The Israeli lobby & the American foreign policy". The conspiracy hatched by the Jews has been brought to light by this research.
 arrow Ray of hope
At the outset , I would like to thank the four-party alliance (especially BNP) as they underscore the need for reform that the opposition parties led by the Awami league have been demanding.
 arrow Police & country's image
The Test match between Bangladesh and Australia in Chittagong was marred by the police. The police beat up the on-duty journalists. They have blurred the image of the country beyond recognition.
 arrow What's going on?
Now the garment industry is under attack. The government should intervene and ensure that the just demands of the workers are met before things go further out of control.
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