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Front Pagearrow 7 JMB linchpins handed death in Jhalakathi
A Barisal court yesterday sentenced to death Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and five other militants and acquitted one
 arrow Kushtia BNP cadres attack journos' meet
At least 25 journalists were injured, one critically, when BNP cadres swooped on a journalists' convention in Kushtia yesterday protesting against harassment of four journalists by ruling BNP lawmaker
 arrow Government out to impose bureaucrats' control
The government is all set to impose an organisational structure on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in an apparent move to enable bureaucrats to control the 'independent' commission, sources said.
 arrow No more money whitening: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the next budget will not allow whitening of black money. "The existing provision of whitening black money by paying 7.
 arrow JS body asks govt for significant tax-cut
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended to the government that it drastically reduces the present level of tax on imported newsprint and bring it to a reasonable level comparable to other Saarc countries.
 arrow WB shifts strategy to develop infrastructure
In a shift from its earlier stance, the World Bank is reengaging itself in infrastructure development and stressing the need for public sector involvement in projects, the Bank's President Paul Wolfowitz
 arrow Bangladesh turned into arms smuggling route
Militant and insurgent outfits in South Asian region are now using Bangladesh as a transit route for smuggling weapons, turning the region into a large market of arms trade but the government still remains
 arrow BD Foods boss remanded again
BD Foods Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, arrested on charge of smuggling heroin to the UK, was shown arrested in another drug smuggling case and remanded yesterday for further interrogation.
 arrow Govt cautioned over low gas price
Eminent energy experts and geologists at a seminar yesterday strongly opposed the investment proposal of Indian industrial giant Tata.
 arrow Hasina demands punishment of attackers
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the attack on journalists by the ruling BNP men directed by a local MP in Kushtia and demanded immediate punishment to the people responsible.
 arrow Demand for resignation political: CEC
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz said yesterday the demand for his resignation by the opposition parties and the civil society is "political".
 arrow Zia's death anniversary today
The 25th death anniversary of president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the ruling BNP, will be observed across the country today.
 arrow Incessant downpour


 arrow Indonesian quake toll edges past 5,000
The death toll from a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia rose by more than 800 yesterday to 5,137, according to the government.
 arrow JS body asks ministry to stop tender for new ship
A parliamentary committee yesterday asked the shipping ministry to stop a tender process for purchasing a new container ship. It said the ministry floated the tender defying recommendations of the committee.
 arrow Crisis over '2 VCs' deepens
The University Grants Commission (UGC)-called meeting to resolve the present stalemate at Darul Ihsan University could not be held yesterday, leading academic future of the students into further uncertainty.
 arrow Garment workers confine top executives for arrears, pay hike
Workers of a garment factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday confined their top executives inside the factory for hours demanding wage hike and payment of arrears.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Kushtia
Criminals gunned down a local BNP leader at Mohadipur village of Amla union in the district last night.
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire' with Rab
Two persons including an outlawed cadre were killed in separate incidents of 'crossfire' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Barisal and Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Agencies still keeping watch on militants' regrouping
The government has assigned several agencies to keep watch whether the militants are trying to regroup in the country following the capture and punishment of their top leaders, the state minister forhome
 arrow DB seeks RU authorities' help to arrest Salehi
Detective Branch of Police (DB) yesterday sought cooperation from the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities to arrest RU Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) President Mahbubul Alam Salehi, the lone abscondingsuspected
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) gunned down a Bangladesh youth on Baliamari border under Raumari upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Compensation for Kansat victims 'misappropriated'
Kansat Palli Bidyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad (PBUSP) leaders, including its convener, allegedly pocketed a large share of the Tk 83 lakh arranged by the Rural Electrification Board as compensation tothose
 arrow At least 52 killed in Iraq explosion
At least 52 people were killed in a bloody explosion of violence across Iraq yesterday, including a spate of bombings against buses carrying people to work.
 arrow Nam urged to defend Iran's nuclear right
The 114-member Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) must defend Iran's right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, chairman Malaysia said yesterday at the group's ministerial talks.
Businessarrow Steel millers decry Tata investment proposal
Bangladesh Steel Mills Owners Association and Bangladesh Re-rolling Mills Association at a rally yesterday urged the government not to make any commitment to Tata regarding gas and coal supply unless50-year
 arrow Banglalink reaches 2m subscribers
Banglalink, a leading cellphone service provider in the country, has reached two million subscribers base and anticipates maintaining the growth pace in the next year.
 arrow Microsoft introduces business software in local market
As part of its expansion plan in Bangladesh, Microsoft has introduced an integrated business software solution, Microsoft Dynamics.
 arrow Quake won't seriously affect Indonesian economy
Indonesia's economy is unlikely to be seriously affected by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 4,300 people and flattened tens of thousands of houses, the central bank said Monday.
 arrow N Korea should open up like China: WB
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz called Monday on North Korea to follow neighboring China's lead in opening up its economy, but said it would not necessarily bring political change.
 arrow Showroom of Canon printers inaugurated
A showroom and service centre of Canon, an international brand of printer, was inaugurated at BCS Computer City at IDB Bhaban yesterday.
 arrow Nissan to fight plunge in Japan sales
A senior Nissan executive acknowledged Monday the recent plunge in the automaker's sales in Japan was worse than expected, and said the company was considering increasing its lineup of tiny cars in response.
 arrow Cabinet okays draft of bilateral trade deal with Cambodia
The cabinet in a weekly meeting yesterday approved the draft of bilateral trade agreement between Bangladesh and Cambodia. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia presided over the meeting at her office.
 arrow Nokia's luxury brand Vertu growing fast
Vertu, the luxury brand of mobile maker Nokia, is growing fast as a result partly of geographic expansion and plans to launch in the Nordic countries and Japan, Vertu President Alberto Torres said incomments
 arrow S'pore's visitor arrivals up 16pc in April
Singapore's visitor arrivals in April increased 16 percent to 815,000, with the double-digit rise driven by robust growth in its major markets incuding Indonesia and China, the tourism board said Monday.
 arrow New MD of Brac Bank
Imran Rahman has been appointed chief executive officer and managing director of Brac Bank Ltd with effect from May 1, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow France rejects changes to EU farm subsidy system
French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau ruled out changes on Monday to the European Union's system of farm subsidies, saying he would prefer that the Doha trade talks fail instead.
 arrow General Motor plans factory in Russia
General Motors was to sign later on Monday an agreement with Russian authorities for the construction of an auto factory, the Russian economic development ministry said.
Sportsarrow Football: Lothar Matthaeus: The Libero
The unforgettable German midfield general Lothar Matthaus goes down in the World Cup hall of fame for having played in a record five tournaments, a losing finalist in 1982 and 1986 he then won the trophy
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Press centre closed
Afp, Berlin

The tented press centre that will house hundreds of journalists at next month's World Cup was evacuated and temporarily closed Sunday as strongwinds

 arrow Football: Klinsmann wants to secure lasting legacy
Juergen Klinsmann wants to leave a legacy for the German game and he knows failure at his home World Cup would destroy that chance.
 arrow Football: Rooney scan date bought forward
England announced on Monday they were keeping their options open on Wayne Rooney's injured foot bringing forward to June 7, the next assessment scan on the injury.
 arrow Football: War no longer a taboo
Germans are being encouraged to loosen up and even discuss World War II in a bid to change their image when a million foreign visitors pour into the country for the football World Cup finals which kick
 arrow Football: Iran give Croatia a scare
A Marko Babic penalty deep in stoppage time salvaged a 2-2 draw for Croatia against Iran in one of the World Cup warm-up matches on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'We're not prima donnas'
France coach Raymond Domenech has launched a withering attack on a French television programme which he claimed depicted his World Cup squad unfairly as aloof and distant.
 arrow Football: World Cup marketing mania
A voodoo doll with five pins and the national emblems of all your enemy teams. Toilet paper with World Cup trivia. Pork slices emblazoned with a soccer player dribbling down the field.
 arrow Cricket: Comilla maul poor Tangail
Defending champions Comilla outclassed Tangail with a massive 101-run victory in the final round of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 Cricket Championship at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: School soccer
Salampur Dakhil Madrasa of Natore, Yunus Ali High School and Faridpur High School moved into the semifinal of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship beating their respective
 arrow Cricket: Boost cricket
Rajshahi region's Government Madrasa High School became champions in the Boost Doubles Cricket competition with a five-run victory over Sylhet region's Police Line High School in an exciting final atthe
 arrow Cricket: Rain can't stop them
Ignoring persistent rain, players came in numbers to be noticed in the talent hunt programme titled 'cricket medhar khoje' at the Madaripur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: AFC workshop on PFL begins
A three-day Asian Football Confederation (AFC) workshop on club development for the upcoming Professional Football League (PFL) began at the BFF Bhaban yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: V'ball match abandoned
The first exhibition volleyball match between Bangladesh and visiting Nepal was abandoned due to rain at the Rajbari ground in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Bangladesh back to winning ways
Bangladesh bounced back in the 37th Chess Olympiad when both men and women's teams won their seventh round games at Turin, Italy on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Fans can push Germany to final'
West Germany's 1974 World Cup victor Franz Beckenbauer claims the 80 million football fans in Germany can drive the host nation to glory at the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Lamps confident of getting goals
Frank Lampard believes his midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard will deliver goals for England to make up for Wayne Rooney's absence at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Parreira defends preparations
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has defended his team's World Cup preparations, dismissing concerns that the reigning champions could be found out when the tournament starts.
 arrow Cricket: WI widen the margin
West Indies cruised to a 19-run victory over India here Sunday, wrapping up a 4-1 one-day series victory after a fine all-round batting and bowling display.
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn's early exit
James Blake matched his best showing at the French Open, and all he had to do was win a single match.
 arrow Cricket: England stay unchanged
England have named an unchanged squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting at Trent Bridge on Friday, meaning Steve Harmison was not included.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's room tops Ronaldinho's
Ronaldo's hotel room topped that of teammate Ronaldinho's in an online auction, fetching 1,010 Swiss francs (825.
 arrow Football: Atletico snap up Aguero
Atletico Madrid's major shareholder Miguel Angel Gil Marin has said the Primera Liga club has agreed a deal with Independiente's 17-year-old Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.
 arrow Football: Deschamps turns down Marseille
Former France captain Didier Deschamps said Sunday he had turned down an offer to coach Marseille next season.
 arrow Football: Fernandez gets Auxerre job
Auxerre announced on Monday that they had appointed Jean Fernandez as their new manager just a week after he parted company with Marseille.
 arrow Alonso grabs first win at Monaco
Defending world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain drove from pole position to a clear and consummate victory for Renault in Sunday's controversy-hit Monaco Grand Prix.
 arrow Cricket: Windies name 1st Test team
West Indies have named a 14-member squad for the opening Test of four against India, starting at the Antigua Recreation Ground on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Forests dwindle by 40 pc in three decades'
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis has said conservation of biodiversity has become a great challenge for the country as 30 to 40 percent of its forests had dwindled due to unabated deforestation
 arrow Increase allocation for elderly
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for increasing the allocation for elderly people in the upcoming national budget.
 arrow Joint efforts of all needed to achieve MDGs
Speakers at a roundtable emphasised joint efforts by the public representatives and political leaders alongside the government for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the country.
 arrow AL wants to disrupt electoral process: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said the opposition Awami League does not want to sit for dialogue rather it wants to disrupt electoral process by wasting
 arrow Ruling alliance will use illegal money against AL in polls
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has alleged that the alliance government has amassed crores of taka in black money and would use those against her party in the upcoming general election.
 arrow President improves further
Condition of President Iajuddin Ahmed, who underwent bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Friday, has improved further.
 arrow Attack on journos condemned
Leaders of different socio-political organisations and professional groups yesterday condemned the attack on journalists in Kustia allegedly by the ruling party cadres.
 arrow Huge fake certificates seized in Jessore
Police seized a large number of fake SSC, HSC and degree certificates from a computer centre in Jessore on Sunday night and arrested three people in this connection.
 arrow 'CityCell-Channel i Music Award' kicks off
The CityCell-Channel i Music Award 2005 was launched for the second year yesterday.
 arrow 14-party asks CEC to go before June 11
The 14-party opposition combine yesterday asked chief election commissioner (CEC) and two other election commissioners to resign before its 'Dhaka siege programme' scheduled for June 11.
 arrow MoU signed between DAB, Virginia University
Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA (VPISU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday for greater collaboration in conducting
 arrow Govt will take step for speedy execution of verdict: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said steps would be taken for speedy execution of Monday's court verdict awarding death penalty to seven top JMB leaders in Jhalakati judges' killing case.
 arrow One shot dead at Shanir Akhara
A man was shot dead at his house at Shanir Akhara in the city's Shyampur area on Sunday night.
 arrow Robbery at city house
A gang of robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 4.45 lakh from a house at Malibagh in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow ALCWC meets on June 9
Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will hold a meeting at the party's Dhanmondi office in the city on June 9.
 arrow Six get life for killing garment worker
A court here Sunday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for killing a garment worker. The lifers are Bachchu, Sohel, Iran, Zaman, Babul and Faruq.
Nationalarrow Magura BNP factions start mudslinging on streets
Dogged by internal feuds, the two rival factions of Magura district BNP have come on streets, publicly accusing each other.
 arrow Hartal observed for trial of cops
A dawn to dusk hartal was observed in Gaibandha town yesterday at the call of Nagorik Committee demanding punishment to the policemen responsible for death of Sajedur Rahman Sajid in custody.
 arrow Jamaat lawmaker’s sons 'occupy' water body
Two sons of a local Jamaat lawmaker and their accomplices have "occupied" a water body and looted shrimps in Assassuni upazila, local Jamaat leaders and workers alleged at a press conference here.
 arrow Attack on journos in Kushtia protested
Journalists in Pabna, Faridpur, Gaibandha, Mymensingh and Dinajpur yesterday protested the attack on The Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and 20 other newsmen by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal
 arrow Patuakhali Aug17 blast verdict today
Verdict of the August 17 serial bomb blast case in Patuakhali will be delivered today. Additional District and Session Judge ABM Sajedur Rahman will deliver the verdict.
Point-Counterpointarrow e-Bangladesh
At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in February 2004, Bill Gates, chairman of the software behemoth Microsoft, acknowledged his company's strategic mistake in not pursuing what is now an integral
 arrow The plight of the RMG workers
"They enlarge and lengthen their fringes; cherish the chief place at dinners, the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the market places" [Matthew 23:5-7] the Bible
 arrow Comoros: A new dawn
The former French colony of Comoros has become the seventh Muslim nation in a row, since the beginning of the last year, to have opted for Islamists in the national elections.
 arrow Time to pause and think
There is an old saying, " Whenever you find yourself with the majority it is time to pause and think".
Culturearrow 30th death anniversary of Shilpacharya observed
MAY 28 is the death anniversary of master painter Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin, who has been a catalyst in the development of art and its institutional form in Bangladesh.
 arrow Immortalising personalities
A group of volunteer researchers are collecting information on famous personalities of Bangladesh. These are collected on the computer at the bilingual website www.gunijan.org.
 arrow An evening of dance by Nrityanchal
Around the globe, dance has one language that of rhythm. If music is the food of love, then dance provides the garnish required.
Internationalarrow Quake aid trickles in
Indonesia struggled to cope with the scale of the earthquake disaster yesterday, with aid trickling in for thousands of injured and homeless survivors who faced a difficult third night in the open.
 arrow Tigers agree to Oslo talks
Sri Lanka Monday banked on the European Union to ban the Tamil Tigers even as the rebels said they would agree to more talks to shore up the implementation of a fragile ceasefire.
 arrow Why geography curses Indonesia?
The powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia was just the latest display of violent seismic activity on the archipelago, which stretches across one of the most unstable parts of the Earth's surface.
 arrow 12 killed in Afghan riots
At least 12 people were killed in the Afghan capital Kabul Monday in an accident involving the US-led coalition and rioting across the city that followed, according to witnesses and the president's office.
 arrow US pushes for global sanctions on Iran
The United States is pushing Europe and Japan to use broad sanctions to financially pressure Iran's leadership if diplomacy fails to resolve an international dispute over Iran's nuclear activities, the
 arrow Nepali MPs welcome truce code of conduct
Nepal's parliament yesterday welcomed a code of conduct for a ceasefire with Maoist rebels, saying it would help prevent a return to violence that has killed more than 12,500 in the last decade.
 arrow China, India to sign accord to boost ties
China and India are scheduled to sign an agreement to expand military cooperation during Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit this week, the Indian embassy said yesterday.
 arrow 20 dead in East Timor violence
At least 20 people have died since violence erupted in Dili last week but the body count has halted since international peacekeeping forces tightened their grip on the East Timor capital, hospital officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list
The inexplicable delay on the part of the Election Commission in preparing a fresh voter list (based on the existing one), after the Supreme Court upheld the High court verdict on the voter list issue
 arrow Editorial: Dialogue with the primary school
The sight of primary school teachers going on a hunger strike and lying down on the road to press for their demands becomes a painful one since the nation holds teachers in high esteem.
 arrow Why your stay in office should not be declared immoral?
Last Tuesday, in this column, we tried to carry forward the argument that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice M A Aziz along with his two 'comrades', now in the cockpit of the Election Commission
 arrow Reserved for politics
I wonder if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh realises how effectively he has maimed the legacy of Finance Minister Manmohan Singh by an ill-intentioned reservation policy that seeks to restore the primacy
 arrow Havoc in the garment industry and the 22-dollar a day question
Who caused the havoc to the garments factories on May 23, the ordinary citizens of this country will never know. So many rumours are on the air as to the participants of the rampaging forces on that day.
 
   
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