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Front Pagearrow Shaken DEPZ investors not convinced by govt steps
Investors of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) will continue their shut down for the third consecutive day today as they are not convinced enough by the government measures of replacing the executive
 arrow Small amount whitened so far
Although the finance minister declared that there will be no more chance of whitening black money, only Tk 1,309 crore was whitened in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow 2nd submarine cable beckons Bangladesh
A rare opportunity has emerged to connect Bangladesh with a much-needed second low-cost submarine cable as seven leading Asean telecoms operators officially joined hands to deploy a transpacific undersea
 arrow EC starts preparation for elections with voter list uncertain
The chief election commissioner (CEC) has made no move in the last one year towards fulfilling his pledge to bring reforms in electoral laws.
 arrow Minimum wage to be fixed in 3 months, says BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday said minimum wage for the workers will be refixed within three months keeping in mind the affordability of the sector.
 arrow Govt starts rounding up opposition men
As in the past, the government has started rounding up field-level opposition leaders and workers in Dhaka in the name of 'block raids' to track down the accused in criminal cases, and the oppositionsaid
 arrow Loan default in banks rises 18pc in 3 months
The volume of classified loans in the banking system rose by 18 per cent to stand at Tk 20,716 crore in March this year from Tk 17,509 crore in December last year.
 arrow Bangladesh seeks nuke help from China
Bangladesh yesterday sought Chinese technical assistance for peaceful use of nuclear energy in power generation.
 arrow PM declares incentives for pry teachers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced incentives and benefits for the non-government primary school teachers, including 10 percent increase in the government portion of the salary for assistant
 arrow IOJ, Jamaat men join BDB
Some 300 leaders and workers of Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini-led Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) and a union level leader of Jamaat-e-Islami from Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria district yesterday joined the Bikalpa
 arrow Kushtia paper not published for week over MP's threat
Dainik Andolaner Bazar, a popular local daily of Kushtia, remains out of publication for the seventh day today following threats from ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam.
 arrow Stage set for global extravaganza
Favourites Brazil and hosts Germany arrive at their World Cup bases yesterday to finalise preparations for the globe's most-watched sporting event.
 arrow Top JMB men remanded in sedition case
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, its second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and three other Majlish-e-Shura members were placed on a 10-day remand yesterday in the casefiled
 arrow Washington lauds Dhaka for fighting human trafficking
The United States has praised Bangladesh for making significant efforts to combat human trafficking.
 arrow 300 political appointments at RU worry teachers
Progressive Teachers' Association (PTA) members of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday expressed grave concern over recent appointments of more than 300 employees allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Destroying ecological balance

 arrow All 6 accused in JCD leader murder case acquitted
All the six accused in the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Jinnatul Islam Jinnah murder case have been acquitted for lack of evidence.
 arrow Part of Comilla in darkness for 3 days
Power-hungry people yesterday laid a siege to an electricity-distribution office in Comilla town in protest against a blackout in their areas for the last three days.
 arrow 'Mugger' killed in 'encounter' with Rab
A mugger was killed in an encounter between his accomplices and the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow Cattle trader killed by BSF
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at the Ghojadanga village in West Bengal.
 arrow 11 students killed, 50 kidnapped in Iraq
Gunmen wearing commando uniforms snatched at least 50 people from travel agencies in central Baghdad yesterday in an apparent kidnapping as 11 students were shot dead elsewhere in the capital.
 arrow Islamist militia takes Somali capital
Islamist militia appeared to control Mogadishu yesterday after winning a bloody three-month battle against warlords who have run the Somali capital for 15 years.
Businessarrow Unrest in RMG sector sends danger signal to economy
Addition of unrest in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector to the ongoing political confrontation has sent a danger signal to the country's economy, said economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday.
 arrow Politically motivated budget won't yield benefit: Hua Du
A politically motivated budget, even if the government wants to do so, will not yield any benefit for it in the next general election, ADB Country Director Hua Du said here yesterday.
 arrow RMG in Bangladesh: Wake up call and the ground realities
Recent violence in RMG sector has really given all of us a stern wake up call.
 arrow Feeder operators impose surcharge for 30 days
Feeder vessel operators yesterday enforced $130 surcharge on each container for thirty days beginning from yesterday.
 arrow Japan fund manager held
Star Japanese fund manager Yoshiaki Murakami was arrested on Monday after admitting to insider trading, in the latest fall-out from a scandal surrounding the once high-flying Internet firm Livedoor.
 arrow India raises fuel prices
The Indian government raised petrol prices by 9.2 percent and diesel prices by 6.
 arrow Euro hits highest level against dollar
The European single currency hit its best level against the dollar for more than a year on Monday in the wake of weak US jobs data last week which reignited talk of a pause in US interest rate rises,dealers
 arrow GP centre opens in Mirpur
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd, the largest mobile phone operator in the country, opened a GP centre in Mirpur, Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow Oil prices jump on Iran warning over supplies
World oil prices rose strongly on Monday after Iran warned of disruptions to global energy supplies if the Islamic republic was forced to halt its controversial nuclear program.
Sportsarrow Football: 2002 Korea-Japan: Brazil's Penta
The 2002 World Cup, the first played on Asian soil, ended in triumph for Brazil and in particular their great centre-forward Ronaldo after his two goals in the final saw off Germany and brought the trophy
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Blatter out to exorcise 'devil'
Reuters, Munich

Sepp Blatter has told World Cup referees to protect the players and clamp down hard on elbowing.

 arrow Football: Dutch held by Aussies
Brazil thrashed New Zealand 4-0, Dutch players were seething after a physical 1-1 draw against Australia and Ghana showed their World Cup credentials with a 3-1 victory over 2002 semi-finalists SouthKorea
 arrow Football: Rossi wants united Italy
Italy's 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi believes team spirit and attacking quality can deliver a successful tournament for Marcello Lippi's side.
 arrow Football: Biennial World Cup!
A radical plan to restructure international football, prepared for top European clubs, envisages the World Cup being held every two years, the Financial Times reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Black Stars crush Koreans
Ghana notched an impressive 3-1 victory over 2002 World Cup semifinalists South Korea here Sunday, continuing their successful build-up to this year's tournament.
 arrow Football: Scramble on for England's anthem
Bleating sheep, a singing frog, ageing punk rockers and even a disgraced politician are among the unprecedented number of World Cup hopefuls vying to become England's anthem for the tournament.
 arrow Football: Cup fever grips Brazil
Brazil is engulfed in World Cup mania with optimism sky high that Ronaldinho and company can bring home a record sixth title. The country is dripping in green and yellow.
 arrow Football: Battle beyond soccer fields
Argentina versus Ivory Coast will not be a must-see World Cup game for most Germans but in the small town of Herzogenaurach a decades-old feud will be played out on the pitch when they meet on Saturday
 arrow Chess: Men's team finish 60th
Bangladesh men's team drew their last round game against Egypt in the 37th Chess Olympiad at Turin, Italy on Sunday.
 arrow Football: TFA coaches to train school footballers
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will arrange a weeklong training programme for the participating teams and coaches of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Championship.
 arrow Football: Online football quiz for Bangladeshis
Newage, an information techno-logy service provider, will offer Bangladesh citizens across the world an exciting online football quiz competition ahead of the World Cup beginning in Germany.
 arrow Football: Reyes of hope
Buoyed by his goal in the weekend friendly win over Egypt, Juan Antonio Reyes is determined he will force his way into Spain's World Cup starting lineup.
 arrow Football: 'Where's the party?'
South Korean fans brought their catchy chants and ubiquitous "Be The Reds" T-shirts to Cologne on Monday, though not everyone shared their World Cup enthusiasm it seemed.
 arrow Football: Japan too friendly
Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata has labelled Zico's side a shambles a week before their opening World Cup game against Australia.
 arrow Football: Politics no concern for Iranian booters
The Iranian team say they want no part in their country's row with the West over its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal crosses Hewitt hurdle
Rafael Nadal moved to within three wins of defending his French Open crown when he subdued a battling and determined Lleyton Hewitt to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's feet don't worry Brazil
Ronaldo will likely miss some of Brazil's training sessions this week because of blisters on his feet.
 arrow Cricket: Mesmerising Muralidaran
Sri Lanka beat England by 134 runs to win the third and final Test on the fourth day at Trent Bridge here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: India stage fightback
Opening batsman Wasim Jaffer ran amok on loose West Indies bowling to hit his second Test hundred and help India claw their way back into the opening Test on Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
 arrow Cricket: England in Murali maze
Muttiah Muralidaran dismissed all of England's top six as Sri Lanka closed on a series-levelling victory in the third and final Test at Trent Bridge here Monday.
 arrow Football: German squad loose in Berlin!
Berlin residents should not be surprised if they see Michael Ballack ordering a coffee at the next table or Oliver Kahn passing those quiet moments at the World Cup with a bit of shopping.
 arrow Football: Dutch clinch European U-21 title
Netherlands brushed aside Ukraine 3-0 in the final of the European under-21 championship in the Do Besso stadium in Oporto on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Sheva, Rebrov ready to roll
Strikers Andriy Shevchenko and Sergiy Rebrov should be fit to start in Ukraine's final tune-up friendly match this week against Luxembourg, coach Oleg Blokhin said in an interview published on Monday.
 arrow Beasley irritated by roster delay
US midfielder DaMarcus Beasley wants coach Bruce Arena to cut short the "irritating" wait before naming his opening team.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela fined
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee in the ongoing third and final Test against England here at Trent Bridge.
Metropolitanarrow Plant trees to protect environment: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to come forward to prevent desertification, alleviate poverty, achieve affluence and protect the environment through planting wood, fruit-bearing, medicinal
 arrow Work together brushing aside intra-party conflicts
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the grassroots level leaders to strengthen party activities in every village, ward, union and upazila in order to prevent the BNP-Jamaat men from manipulating
 arrow 'Implement ILO Convention to redress grievances'
Garment workers should be given a decent wage and other facilities such as weekly holiday and maternity leave to solve the crisis prevailing in the apparel sector, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow New visa policy soon: Babar
The government hopes to announce a new visa policy within a month simplifying the process of issuing visa for foreign nationals visiting Bangladesh.
 arrow 'Ensure landless' rights for poverty cut'
The Land Rights Day will be observed in the country on June 10 with a view to promoting the rights of landless people.
 arrow Contractor, his family flee home in Kushtia
A Kushtia-based contractor and his family had to flee their home in the district for the last two weeks due to 'threat' by a local BNP lawmaker and false cases filed by the legislator's brother.
 arrow Trial against JMB chief not held in Sylhet
A Sylhet court could not begin trial in an arms case filed against Jama,atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and eight others as Rahman was not produced before it yesterday.
 arrow Tipaimukh Dam to cause disastrous effect on environment
Speakers at a rally yesterday said construction of Tipaimukh Dam would cause disastrous effect on the life and livelihood of Bangladesh and North-Eastern Indian people.
 arrow Accommodation crisis halts recruitment in DMP
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) cannot recruit officials due to accommodation crisis although the newly approved amendment to police organogram sanctioned a major increase in officials to raise quality
 arrow Cabinet okays Hajj policy
The cabinet yesterday approved the proposed Hajj policy-2006 in principle to facilitate pilgrims to perform the holy Hajj smoothly.
 arrow 'Protect Damkura cattle market in Rajshahi'
Over one thousand people staged angry demonstration with sticks and hockey sticks in hands on Paba upazila council premises yesterday and put up barricade on Rajshahi-Naogaon highway for one and a half
 arrow Condition of Faiz Ahmed improves
The condition of eminent litterateur and veteran journalist Faiz Ahmed, who has been undergoing treatment at the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) of Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital for the last seven days, is now improving.
 arrow CPD dialogue on garments industry tomorrow
The centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will hold a multi-stakeholder social dialogue titled 'Recent unrest in the garments industry: Road to solution' at Cirdap auditorium in the city tomorrow, says a press
 arrow Tale of agonised parents
Fearing social stigma, the parents of a newborn physically challenged baby girl at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital desperately tried to keep her in a rehabilitation centre but did not find any such
 arrow BPTA submits memo to PM
Bangladesh Polytechnic Teachers' Association (BPTA) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister yesterday to press implementation of their 10-point demands, says a press release.
 arrow Implementation of tripartite agreement demanded
Garment Workers' Unity Forum has urged the authorities concerned to implement immediately the agreement signed among the government, owners and workers on Sunday.
 arrow Rehab worried over situation in garment sector
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) in a statement yesterday expressed concern at the 'unfortunate' condition created in the country's garment sector, says a press release.
 arrow WFP donates capacity building equipment
The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday donated capacity building equipment worth over Tk 1.4 crore to the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management (MoFDM) to build its capacity.
 arrow BDR pushes back 8 Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel pushed back eight Hindi-speaking Indian Muslims who were pushed into Bangladesh territory by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) through Pathordubi border under Bhurungamari
 arrow Primary school teachers observe work abstention
Bangladesh Primary School Teachers' Association observed a half-day work abstention in all primary schools in the country yesterday to press their 21-point demands.
Nationalarrow Pirates rule coastal waters as Hilsha season begins
Hilsha season has began but fishermen are afraid of going to the Bay and the estuary because of pirates.
 arrow Death of 'abducted' landless sparks violent protest
Tension is mounting in Kaliganj centring the murder of a landless man allegedly by some criminals engaged by land grabbers.
 arrow Galib denied bail in Palashbari blast case
Gaibandha District and Sessions Judge Court yesterday rejected the bail prayers of Ahab (Ahle Hadith Andolon of Bangladesh) chief Asadullah-Al-Galib and five other accused in connection with the Palashbari
 arrow 4 murdered in 2 dists
Four people were murdered in two separate incidents in Chuadanga and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow 14 hurt in clash with drug peddlers in Khulna
At least 14 people were injured in a clash between a mob and a gang of drug peddlers at Baroda Dutta lane at Shaikhpara under Sonadanga police station in the city yesterday.
 arrow PSTU VC's removal demanded
A citizens committee here demanded removal of the vice-chancellor (VC) of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU), Prof Dr Wahid-uz-Zaman, on allegations of corruption.
 arrow Main accused Rahimuddin arrested
The main accused in indigenous leader Satyaban Hajong murder case, Rahimuddin, was arrested from Badhdha area in Dhaka city Sunday night. He is in custody of Gulshan thana.
Point-Counterpointarrow Assessing Tata's investment proposal
IN October 2004 an expression of interest of a 2 billion dollar investment proposal in Bangladesh was signed between the Indian industrial conglomerate Tata and the Board of Investment (BOI) Bangladesh.
 arrow Transparency and accountability are key words for a democracy
Sweden observes 6 June every year as the national day. On the occasion of the national day the Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh Her Excellency Mrs.
 arrow Bank financing of SMEs
SME financing through the formal banking channel remains a persistent and universal problem worldwide.
Culturearrow Reverberating to the sound of music and dance
Going to the busy area of Shamibagh in Old Dhaka, one steps into a different world. Amidst the hustle and bustle is an oasis of excellence,-- the Jago Art Centre.
 arrow A much needed boost for young ones
Eighty children's theatre troupes from different corners of the country are participating in the theatre festival. This event arranged by People's Theatre Association, will begin on June 12.
 arrow Glitz and glamour mark the launching ceremony
Over the last few years, Lux has shouldered the task of zeroing in on fresh talent in the country. Quite a few stars in showbiz can trace their success to the Lux-sponsored competition.
 arrow Dance festival begins in Khulna
The three-day Dance Festival-06 began in Khulna yesterday. Organised by the Khulna Unit of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha, the festival featured top artistes of Dhaka and other divisions of the country.
Generalarrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Khulna dev body submits memo to PM
Leaders of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) submitted a memorandum to the prime minister through deputy commissioner of Khulna demanding installation of a submarine cable
 arrow New Nation Sramik Union executives
Md Rafiqul Islam and Md Abdul Mannan were re-elected president and general secretary of New Nation Sramik Karmachari Union recently recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow US sweetens offer to Iran: Diplomats
The United States has offered to lift some of its trade sanctions against Iran as part of a package of benefits the EU will deliver today to get Tehran to guarantee it will not make nuclear weapons, diplomats
 arrow India urges Pakistan to do more to snub attacks
India's national security adviser said on Sunday violence by Pakistan-based militant groups was on the rise across India and their targets were becoming very high profile.
 arrow Abbas rejects changes to referendum plan
President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday said he would not accept any changes to a proposal calling for a two-state solution with Israel, raising the stakes in a dispute with the Islamic group Hamas ahead of
 arrow Afghan cops gun down 7 comrades, join Taliban
Five Afghan police shot dead seven fellow officers as they slept, before defecting to join Taliban guerrillas fighting in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said yesterday.
 arrow London's emergency services faulted
London's emergency services responded poorly to the July 7 suicide bombings by relying on outdated communications, lacking medical supplies and failing to track thousands of survivors, an official report
 arrow Wounded terror suspect wants to clear name
A British man who was shot in a police raid is "bewildered" by his treatment as a terror suspect and wants to clear his name but was still not fit enough to undergo questioning, his lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow Penniless father sells twins for 100 rupees
An Indian farmer sold his twins for 100 rupees (2.2 dollars) in impoverished Chhattisgarh state, an official said Monday, but the family that took them said they merely gave the father his bus fare home.
 arrow 2 inmates take helicopter ride out of prison
A helicopter landed in the middle of the high security Athens Korydallos prison, picked up two prisoners and flew away in a Hollywood-style escape that has left Greek police stunned.
 arrow Garcia regains Peru presidency in runoff
Former President Alan Garcia staged a remarkable political comeback in Peru's runoff election, beating a retired army lieutenant to regain control of the country 16 years after his first term ended in
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome signs of change in garments sector
We welcome the deal struck at the tripartite meeting held with the representatives of the government, garment factory owners and the garment workers on Sunday as far as the factories outside the EPZ went.
 arrow Editorial: A good initiative
We are happy that yet another much needed flyover will be constructed in Dhaka city in three years' time.
 arrow Non-tariff barriers and Bangladesh-India trade
The Task Forces (TFs) on trade related hindrances -- comprising the representatives from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Federation of the Indian Chambers
 arrow Are our fiscal policies favourable to small industries?
The answer to the above enquiry would be a definite NO. Let us hear some concrete examples.
 arrow It might be too late to think about any gain
When the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia, visited Japan in July 2005, the two countries signed a number of treaties.
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