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Front Pagearrow Big budget on cards
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested Bangladesh to go for a small budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2006-07) due to its limited resources and low implementation capacity but the government
 arrow Saifur's shindig or swoon
It will certainly be a different thing when Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman will walk into the House to propose his budget for FY07 -- more attention will be on the person rather than the financial statement
 arrow DEPZ plants resume production today
The industries at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) resume production today as the owners received assurance of all-out cooperation and security from Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza)
 arrow Govt skirts HC orders to arrest en masse
Bypassing the High Court's directives not to arrest anyone under sections 54 and 167 of CrPC and section 86 of DMP Ordinance, the government has been continuing mass arrests, leading human rights organisations
 arrow EC finally decides to obey SC verdict
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday formally ordered to stop the ongoing preparation of the controversial fresh voter list, as it will now revise the existing electoral roll in accordance with theJanuary
 arrow 50 injured in clash after RU bus kills 3
About 50 persons including 20 cops were injured in violent clashes between police and local residents in Kajla area of Rajshahi yesterday after a Rajshahi University (RU) bus had collided with a human
 arrow Anti-terrorism law may not be passed in this JS session
Passage of the much-talked-about Anti-Terrorism Act during this budget session appears uncertain, as the cabinet committee examining the draft scrutinised only 18 of the 68 sections until yesterday.
 arrow AL walks out of BAC meet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) members walked out of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting yesterday protesting the ruling party's refusal to allow any discussion on a number of crucial
 arrow Owners agree to hike wages, say no to DA
Owners of garments at a social dialogue yesterday agreed to implement the workers' wage after its declaration.
 arrow Can Brazil produce the magic again?
Brazil go into the World Cup finals all wreathed in smiles and apparently full of confidence that they can emulate their compatriots in 1958-62 to retain the title.
 arrow Hasina slams civil society initiative
Strongly criticising the civil society initiative for honest and competent candidates in the next general election, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the civil society
 arrow Bill to clip NGO wings placed
The government introduced a bill in parliament yesterday, proposing formation of a Micro Credit Regulatory Authority (MCRA) to control the programmes of non-government organisations' (NGOs) micro-credit.
 arrow Rights group asks govt to probe attacks on newsmen
A US-based human rights group has asked Bangladesh government to "promptly and impartially investigate violent attacks" against journalists last week allegedly by supporters of the ruling BNP.
 arrow Unwell Bulu sent to jail under 'pressure'
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station Abdul Motaleb was suspended yesterday apparently for torturing Boishakhi TV channel 'director' MNH Bulu while on remand.
 arrow Defer Dhaka siege for Kuwait emir's visit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, now on an official visit to China, has made an appeal to the opposition parties to defer their Dhaka siege programme that coincides with the state visit of the emir of
 arrow Acting speaker acts against JS tradition
Acting Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui yesterday gave floor to a lawmaker without completing the formalities of the beginning of the budget session that drew instant criticism and protest from the mainopposition
 arrow June 11 HSC exams shifted to June 17
The HSC examinations under Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Comilla, Jessore, Sylhet and Barisal education boards and Alim and Fazil examinations under Madrasa Education Board, scheduled for June 11, have
 arrow Milon trashes graft charge in pry teacher recruitment
State Minister for Education Ehsanul Haque Milon said he would resign if anyone could prove there was corruption in appointing primary school teachers.
 arrow Fuel smuggled out through Sundarbans rivers
An organised group is smuggling diesel and octane to India through Angtihara river route of the Sundarbans.
 arrow Body formed to draft policy for TV channels
The government has formed a committee to formulate a draft policy for local and foreign private satellite TV channels in Bangladesh.
 arrow Jailed for 115yrs, Mokim Gazi gets another life term
A Patuakhali court yesterday sentenced notorious gang leader Mokim Gazi to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a UP chairman.
 arrow India pledges aid for Nepal reconstruction
Nepal's new prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala met his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh yesterday and received assurances of political and economic assistance.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Development Constructions Ltd & Associates (DCL-SBA) in a rejoinder yesterday protested a part of the report titled "CTG Mohara Water Supply Project: Glitch in tendering process delaying award ofcontract"
Businessarrow Desco share trading on DSE kicks off June 18
Share trading of Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) will make its debut on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on June 18.
 arrow Meet workers' demands soon to stop unrest in RMG industry
Garment workers’ resentment will not calm down unless their demands, including re-fixing minimum wage, are met immediately, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Reply to Tata unlikely this month
The government is unlikely to reply this month to the Indian Tata Group on its revised investment proposal of $ 3 billion in Bangladesh.
 arrow Renewable energy use to cut power shortage
The state minister for power yesterday stressed the need for expansion of renewable energy system to cut the country's existing power shortage, saying the conventional source is not enough to meet the
 arrow Hearing on Jubok response June 12
The hearing on the explanation of Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in response to the central bank's show cause notice on the NGO will take place on June 12.
 arrow AB Bank launches SMS, phone banking for portfolio investors
Merchant banking wing of Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd yesterday launched SMS (short message system) and phone banking services for its portfolio investors in the capital market.
 arrow EU struggles to hammer out VAT deal
EU finance ministers struggled Wednesday to reach a deal updating VAT (value added tax) rules for the age of electronic commerce in the face of opposition from Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal.
 arrow Private sector's role in boosting Bangla-Pak trade stressed
A 14-member visiting high-powered Pakistani delegation here yesterday laid emphasis on an effective and pioneering role of the private sector for boosting bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Pakistan.
 arrow AIUB job fair Saturday
American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) will hold a job fair on Saturday to provide its students with a clear view of present job market scenario.
 arrow Oil prices stable as traders look to Iran, US stocks
World oil prices steadied on Wednesday after Iran indicated it would at least consider a package of incentives offered by world powers for to halt its controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Nominations sought for awards
Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, for the second consecutive year has launched the Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards programme in Bangladesh to recognise and honor leadership,
 arrow New chairman of Union Capital
Amir Humayun Mahmud Chowdhury has been elected the new chairman of Union Capital Ltd.
Sportsarrow Football: Oliver Kahn: The king without a crown
Whenever football experts are called upon to pick one world-class player from Germany's ranks, the name of Oliver Kahn is the one that automatically springs to mind.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Enter Neville, exit Pele
Reuters, Berlin

David Beckham's soccer dream team includes himself and England defender Gary Neville but not Brazilian superstar Pele.

 arrow Football: Wind of change
Barbed wire and concrete once obscured the Brandenburg Gate, a stark symbol of a world divided when it stood abandoned behind the Berlin Wall.
 arrow Football: Argentina wary of African threat
Shades of disappointments past are preying on Argentina, but they insist they won't be caught cold in their opening Group C match on Saturday against Ivory Coast in the northern port city of Hamburg.
 arrow Football: Curse of the opener
For the first time in 32 years, the defending champions will not open the World Cup and, for that, Brazil must be truly grateful.
 arrow Football: England holds its breath
England star Wayne Rooney faces a make-or-break scan on his injured right foot later Wednesday that will determine whether he plays in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: BCB reveals Africa dates
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the itineraries for Kenya and Zimbabwe tours in July and August.
 arrow Hockey: BHF invited to Nehru hockey
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) received an invitation to take part in the 43rd Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament to be held over December 18-25 in New Delhi.
 arrow Cricket: Eves' cricket at Mirpur today
A women's limited-overs exhibition cricket match will take place today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Sports reporter loses father
Mokhlesur Rahman, a retired major, died of old age complications at his residence in Chittagong yesterday. He was 85.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal reaches semis
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the French Open on Wednesday after Serbian teenager Novak Djokovic withdrew injured when trailing by two sets to love.
 arrow Cricket: WI escape big time
Tailenders Fidel Edwards and Corey Collymore nervously batted through the last 3.
 arrow Football: Nice welcome party
Pele, Claudia Schiffer and a cast of 1,400.
The opening ceremony of the World Cup will have its dramatic moments, although not on the scale of the Olympics. That's fine with its director.

 arrow Football: Little Italy in Duisburg
The Italy team will find themselves in familiar surroundings when they arrive at their World Cup accommodation here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'Scandal won't affect Italy'
Former Italy captain Paolo Maldini believes his countrymen will be unaffected by the soccer scandal at home when they launch their World Cup bid against Ghana on June 12.
 arrow Football: God save the team
For soccer fans seeking divine intervention on behalf of their teams or in need of consolation after a crushing defeat, religious pastors will be on hand in each of Germany's World Cup cities to offer
 arrow Football: It's all in the angles
It's all in the angles
That's the view of one of the world's top 21 referees whose job it is to eliminate cheating at this year's World Cup.

 arrow Football: Blair has the fever
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will fly the red-on-white cross of Saint George above Downing Street to show his support for England during the World Cup, his office said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Youngsters feel no pressure
Germany's young guns insist they feel no pressure ahead of the opening World Cup game on Friday, despite the expectations that come with being host nation.
 arrow Football: Former Miss Universe steals the show
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado caused a stir at Costa Rica's training session on Wednesday when she turned up to run the rule over the Central American side's preparations for their tournament opener.
 arrow Football: Ballack urges realism
Germany skipper Michael Ballack has admitted that the team he leads into the World Cup is flawed and is a shadow of the great German sides of the past.
 arrow Football: Mikel the man for Chelsea
The signing of elusive Nigerian teenager John Obi Mikel, subject of a bitter three-club transfer tussle, will spearhead Chelsea's future, manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Czech mate on computer
Brazil will not repeat as World Cup champion, according to a simulation of the tournament.
 arrow Football: Spend forces of World Cup
Brazilian, Italian and Mexican soccer fans look set to be the top spenders during the World Cup which kicks off on Friday, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Southgate new Boro manager
Middlesbrough have appointed former England defender Gareth Southgate as their new manager, the English Premiership club confirmed Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Sven puts Real talks on hold
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said he would not negotiate with Real Madrid until after the World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Maradona's watches seized
Argentine World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona was ordered to hand over two Rolex watches by the head of the Italian financial police after a cancelled charity match he was due to play in here onTuesday
Metropolitanarrow Allocation for edn in new budget to increase: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said allocation for education will increase further in the new national budget to be placed in Parliament today.
 arrow Social dialogue needed to mainstream gender issues
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said proper education can ensure women empowerment in all spheres of life.
 arrow Migration of slum dwellers an obstacle
Experts at a workshop yesterday underscored the participation of grassroots people in addressing the sanitation problem in the country.
 arrow China is 'strategically important' for S Asia
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said China is "strategically important" for South Asia in modern day interstate relations.
 arrow Deposition against Sunny, 6 others ends
A Dhaka court has completed the deposition of witnesses in two cases in three workdays against Jama,atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others.
 arrow Schoolboy killed, 36 hurt in road accidents
One schoolboy was killed and 36 others were injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow I knew nothing about smuggle of drugs
The manager of BD Foods yesterday confessed to a magistrate that being directed by the company chairman, he exported vegetables and tiles to the UK, but he knew nothing about smuggling drugs through these
 arrow PM seeks Norwegian support for dev of energy, power sector
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation from the Norwegian government in developing and expanding energy and power sector of Bangladesh.
 arrow I would resign if probe finds my role
Denying allegations of torturing journalists in Kushtia, BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam told parliament yesterday that he would resign if any investigation finds his involvement in such acts.
 arrow BCL men try to foil press confce of CU woman leader
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists forcefully entered Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA) office yesterday to foil a press conference called by one of their fellow female
 arrow Next general election uncertain
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Hossain Mohammad Ershad said the next general election is uncertain as disputes over voter list, reform proposals and Chief Election Commissioner have not been resolved yeteven
 arrow Khaleque denies allegations
MA Khaleque, a member of city BNP (north), yesterday denied all allegations brought against him by his party's lawmaker Shahidul Islam.
 arrow 'Organised gang active in Motalib Plaza'
Mobile phone shop owners of Motalib Plaza yesterday said more than 15 businessmen and employees of their market fell victim to mugging in the city in the last one month.
 arrow Pakistan to continue support to Bangladesh
Pakistan will continue support to Bangladesh in its efforts as the chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
 arrow UK working holidaymaker scheme suspended
The British High Commission in Bangladesh has ceased to accept working holidaymaker visa applications until further notice, says a press release.
 arrow Radio Today FM 89.6 starts test transmission
The first ever 24-hour state-of-the-art FM Radio Station has started its test transmission, says a press release. Radio Today FM 89.6 is the only live station of Dhaka.
 arrow Free dental check up on June 30
In a bid to increase oral health care awareness among general people, Unilever Bangladesh and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) will jointly organise a 'Pepsodent-Bangladesh Dental Society Oral Health Day
Nationalarrow Anxious wait for Saifur's June 12 announcement
Speculation is brewing in Sylhet over the June 12 'mass reception' to be accorded to Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman.
 arrow BNP demands trial of killers, withdrawal of 'false' case
Activists of ruling BNP in Gaibandha yesterday laid a siege to the offices of the deputy commissioner and the police superintendent demanding punishment the killers of Sajedur Rahman Sajid and withdrawal
 arrow Sit-in for safe fishing in Bay
Fishermen wearing net and burial dress staged a sit-in in front of Patharghata upazila parishad in Barguna district for over six hours on Tuesday demanding safe and piracy-free coastal and deep sea waters
 arrow 23 drug traders, peddlers surrender in Jessore
With surrender of 19 more drug traders and peddlers to the district administration, their number rose to 23 yesterday. They vowed not to trade on drugs any more and demanded rehabilitation in society.
 arrow Son kills parents before taking his own life
A son killed his parents then shot himself at Balikandi of Sadar upazila in Moulvibazar yesterday but police could not yet find reasons behind the murders.
 arrow Main accused remanded for five days
The main accused in indigenous leader Satyaban Hajong murder case, Rahimuddin, has been placed under five days' remand, Durgapur police said yesterday.
 arrow Satkhira Aug 17 blast cases sent to Khulna STT
The Special Tribunal Court in Satkhira yesterday transferred the five August 17 blasts cases to the Speedy Trial Tribunal in Khulna for trial.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is this Election Commission any more acceptable?
After the Appellate Division's recent rejection of the appeal filed by the Election Commission (EC) against the High Court judgment on the preparation of the electoral roll, there have been widespread
 arrow Rural poverty reduction: Priority in budget
Poverty has manifold expressions, many dimensions and different roots.
 arrow The future of EU
One year after the rejection of the draft EU constitution in referendums held in France and the Netherlands, its future looks gloomier than ever before.
Culturearrow The world through young eyes
THE mundane usual images we, adults, see make little impact on us.
 arrow Munier Chowdhury in the spotlight
Bangladesh Shipakala Academy (BSA) arranged a discussion on martyred dramatist Munier Chowdhury at the Plaza of National Art gallery on June 6.
 arrow Ranikuthir Baki Itihash set for release
Samia Zaman's directorial venture Ranikuthir Baki Itihash is all set for its big screen release on June 9. The thriller, produced by ntv, revolves around a newly married couple -- Momo and Rudro.
 arrow Generating awareness against class discriminaton
Paritran, is a local NGO formed by the Dalits (certain marginalised castes or Harijan).
Internationalarrow Iran weighs package of incentives
Iran was weighing yesterday an international offer of incentives if it agrees to suspend uranium enrichment, with officials neither rejecting the offer nor indicating that they would meet the condition.
 arrow Referendum unlikely to settle Fatah-Hamas differences
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas may be confident of victory in a referendum opposed by his hardline rivals Hamas, but the outcome is unlikely to settle their political differences.
 arrow 'Migrant workers in ME often denied rights'
Migrant workers, mainly from South Asia, make up the majority of the workforce in parts of the Middle East, yet they enjoy "few or even no rights", a report by an international union group said Tuesday.
 arrow Iraqi PM promises to free 2,500 prisoners
Iraq's prime minister promised Tuesday to release 2,500 prisoners and to press ahead with a security plan aimed at ending sectarian violence as he sought to quell public anger over a series of brazenattacks.
 arrow London Muslims plan protest
Anger at police treatment of British Muslims is growing in east London where people plan to hold a protest this weekend, with some even urging the community to stop cooperating with the authorities.
 arrow Migration a boon to both host and origin countries
UN chief Kofi Annan on Tuesday touted global migration as a boon to both host nations and countries of origin but said it needs to be managed to prevent abuses of migrants or xenophobic reactions from
 arrow Lanka steps up security ahead of Oslo talks
Sri Lanka has stepped up security after bomb blasts near the capital raised fears of more attacks, police said yesterday, as the warring parties prepared for a face-to-face meeting in Oslo.
 arrow 6,000 violent deaths in Baghdad since Jan
Baghdad's main mortuary has received the bodies of nearly 6,000 people since the start of this year, most of whom have died violently, the BBC in London said Tuesday, quoting government figures.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Wholesale arrest spree
As we had witnessed in the recent past, the law enforcers have once again launched a special drive to arrest people before the opposition's siege programme of June 11.
 arrow Editorial: Unfair and improper
ACTS of political expediency are seemingly on the rise as the election time approaches.
 arrow The phantom of the 'third force'
EVER since a former ambassador to Bangladesh hinted at this prospect, our political arena has been almost besieged in its thoughts by the phantom of a 'third force'.
 arrow Of Bangladesh-Myanmar sea boundary
BANGLADESH and Myanmar are friendly neighbours and have a common history under the British Empire. Myanmar was a part of British India until 1937.
 arrow CEC should save EC from further disgrace
THE practice of democracy entails free and fair election. To conduct a free and fair election the responsibilities of the Election Commission, assigned by the constitution, must be followed in toto.
Letters to Editorarrow Black Tuesday
IT can be classified as a black Tuesday in the history of the garment factories. As on this date a large section of marauding garment factory workers vandalised a good number of factories.
 arrow Tata's proposal
There are two main types of coal. They are thermal coal and coking coal. The thermal coal is used for electricity generation whereas the coking coal is primarily used in steel mill.
 arrow BSF atrocities
There are many students to demonstrate for the student who died in Sylhet. There is a movement by the students of BUET for appearing in the exams after the World Cup.
 arrow SC verdict
The Supreme Court upheld the High Court directives on Election Commission' preparation of a voter list for the next national elections. The SC asked the EC to update the existing electoral roll.
 arrow Drug addicts
Just opposite FDC (Film Development Corporation) Tejgoan, there is a slam near the rail-gate. Nowadays there is a huge gathering of drug-addicted people in the area.
 arrow Law enforcers
Everyone knows how our justice system works. First of all, police are corrupt to the backbone.
 arrow Stabilisation of politics
It was a pleasure for me to read Dr. Matiur Rahman's comments. The contents of his letter correctly represent the situation that is blocking the progress of the country. The remedy Dr.
 arrow Media vs. muscle
Frankly speaking, I was hard pressed to find a fitting title to sum up the relentless attacks on the media. Should it be media vs. ministers, media vs. government, media vs. criminals or media vs.
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