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Front Pagearrow Opposition activists fight cops, ruling party men
Around 150 people were injured in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country yesterday in clashes between police and opposition demonstrators trying to march towards the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat and
 arrow EC decision on voter listing ignores SC verdict again, experts say
The Election Commission's decision to revise the existing voter list without visiting from door to door has ignored the significant part of the Supreme Court (SC) verdict and electoral laws, legal experts
 arrow BB starts probing loans sanctioned by Oriental
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday started a special investigation into the activities of all Oriental Bank branches to find out irregularities in sanctioning of loans after it had taken over the administration
 arrow Why appointment of 2 advisers not illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued two separate rules on the government to explain in three weeks why the appointments of two advisers in the government should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow JS sees heated debate over police brutality
Lawmakers of the ruling alliance and the opposition yesterday traded blames over police atrocities during the opposition's political programmes, forcing the House to witness an hour of unscheduled debate
 arrow PM urges teachers to end strike
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the primary schoolteachers, now on strike, of fulfilling their rightful demands in phases and urged them to go back to schools and teach the children.
 arrow EC asks govt to find quick solution
European Commission (EC) yesterday urged the government to find out quick solution to the problems in the country's garment sector by arranging a national dialogue.
 arrow Uttara Ahmadiyya families in panic as bigots vow to attack mosque Friday
Twenty-two Ahmadiyya families in Uttara are passing days in panic as Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Bangladesh is set to attack their mosque on Friday to force the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim
 arrow Commuters suffer for road blocks
The commuters experienced serious traffic jam on some major roads of the capital due to the Election Commission office siege programme of the 14-party opposition alliance yesterday.
 arrow UAE court commutes death by stoning of Bangladeshi
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) appeal court has commuted to imprisonment a sentence of death by stoning handed down by a lower court against a Bangladeshi convicted of adultery, reports said Tuesday.
 arrow England avoid Germany
England were held to a 2-2 draw by Sweden here Tuesday to avoid a dreaded World Cup showdown with Germany in a nerve-jangling match overshadowed by an injury to striker Michael Owen.
 arrow Klose puts hosts on top
Miroslav Klose struck twice to lead Germany to a 3-0 win over a half-hearted Ecuador on Tuesday, sealing first place in Group A for the World Cup hosts.
 arrow Paraguay dash T&T hopes
Trinidad and Tobago's dreams of survival into the second round of the World Cup came crashing to earth after a 2-0 defeat to already eliminated Paraguay here Tuesday.
 arrow Prosecution refutes defence claim of falsely implicating convicts
The prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday refuted the defence's claim that the family of the victim had falsely implicated the convicted as there is no
 arrow Moudud doubts success of voter listing
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday expressed doubts about the success of the Election Commission's (EC) move to prepare the voter list for the next polls without door-to-door
 arrow SSC, Dakhil exams results tomorrow
Results of the 2006 Secondary School Certificate (SSC), SSC (vocational) and Dakhil examinations will be published tomorrow concurrently at all examination centres.
 arrow Hasina leaves for India today to receive award
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will leave for India today to receive Mother Teresa International Award at a ceremony on June 24 in Kolkata.
 arrow Teachers strike enters day 5
Government primary schools and community primary schools yesterday remained closed across the country for the fourth consecutive day as the teachers continue their indefinite strike despite the primeminister's
 arrow US wants to help fight terrorism
US government has expressed its intention to help Bangladesh in all possible fields to fight terrorism and help to create a stable democratic polity in Bangladesh.
 arrow Another DEPZ factory closed for workers' agitation
The German investors of Redpoint Jackets Ltd in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) closed the factory sine die on Monday night following frequent workers' agitation.
 arrow 16,840 murders in four and a half years
A total of 16,840 people have been murdered during the BNP-led alliance government's rule, putting the figure to over 10 people daily on an average, State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar told
 arrow Iajuddin returns from S'pore
President Iajuddin Ahmed, who underwent bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on May 26, returned home yesterday.
 arrow Alamgir Kabir now in charge of women affairs ministry
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Alamgir Kabir has been given the charge of the ministry following the death of minister Khurshid Jahan Haque.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai remanded for 10 days
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and its second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai were shown arrested in an August 17 blast case and were placed on a 10-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Rab to get choppers
Preparations for setting up an air wing of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have been completed and process is underway to purchase helicopters for the wing, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babartold
 arrow Robber killed in 'crossfire'
A robber was killed in an encounter between his accomplices and the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) near Bhagutia Baniabaha Bridge under Jhenidah Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 2 kids wounded as robbers spray bullets
Two children sustained bullet injuries as fleeing robbers opened fire at the crowd chasing them after they had committed a robbery in a house at Khilgaon in the capital yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots in C'nawabganj
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) again traded gunfire on Chapainawabganj border on Monday night. However, there was no report of any casualty.
 arrow 15 killed in US raids in Baghdad
The US military said yesterday it killed 15 "terrorists" during overnight raids in farmland near the restive town of Baquba but Iraqis insisted the dead were innocent poultry farm workers.
 arrow ‘Healthy cities key to better societies’
City planning and governance will determine whether societies can flourish or become mired in grinding poverty and pollution, speakers said here Monday at the opening of the UN World Urban Forum.
 arrow Myanmar rejects US report on human trafficking
Myanmar on Tuesday rejected a US report that branded the military-ruled country as among the world's worst offenders for trafficking in humans.
Businessarrow Political uncertainty may lower growth in FY07
US banking giant Citigroup forecast a low economic growth in FY07 in Bangladesh due to an uncertain political environment. "While GDP growth in FY06 came a 29-year high at 6.
 arrow Int'l trade centre opens tomorrow
Bangladesh is going to open an international trade centre (ITC) offering easy access of entrepreneurs to a world-famous trade-related online database and a web portal as part of an aggressive drive for
 arrow China seeks speedier restructuring of textile industry
China's textile industry has been urged to speed up restructuring to focus more on innovation and higher-value products, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow Govt urged to recognise buying houses' assoc
Leaders of Bangladesh garment buying houses have urged the government to recognise their association as a trade body.
 arrow Oil prices rebound
World oil prices rallied slightly on Tuesday as the market focused on renewed tensions over Iran and the US hurricane season that could again disrupt energy supplies, analysts said.
 arrow Desco a role model for power firms
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) is a role model for power distribution companies.
 arrow ADB chief urges Asia to make more efficient use of energy
Asia must use energy more efficiently because the actions of the world's most populous continent will have a large bearing on climate change, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday.
 arrow Customs starts auction process
Chittagong customs authorities here yesterday started the process of putting imported goods of 1,100 consignments on auction.
 arrow Dollar steady in Asia on US rate hike expectations
The dollar was steady in Asian trade Tuesday, helped by an increasing expectations that the Federal Resreve will keep hiking interest rates even after this month's anticipated increase, dealers said.
 arrow Youngone to set up textile unit at Dhaka EPZ
South Korea-based Youngone Industrial Group is going to establish its 16th industrial unit at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) by investing US$ 7 million to manufacture textile fabrics.
 arrow Future cellphone growth to come from poor states
Future expansion in the mobile telephone business will come from developing economies whose less than affluent consumers cannot be overlooked while overall growth slows, experts said Tuesday.
 arrow Call centres to generate $7.3b for Philippines by 2010
Annual foreign exchange earnings from the Philippines call centre industry will nearly triple to 7.3 billion dollars in 2010, up from about 2.6 billion dollars this year, an industry leader said Tuesday.
 arrow Kuwait to set up $1.2b oil refinery in Pakistan
Kuwait has agreed to set up an oil refinery in Pakistan involving a 1.2 billion dollar investment, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Chinese PM sees no 'selfish interests' in African deals
China on Monday signed seven cooperation accords with the Republic of Congo as Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao insisted Beijing had no "selfish interests" in pursing deals in Africa.
 arrow Thai Airways expects big turnaround in second quarter
Flag carrier Thai Airways International expects a big turnaround in the quarter ending June 30 compared to its 117-million-dollar loss in the same period last year, executives said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Hosts hammer Ecuador
Germany recorded a third straight win to finish top of World Cup Group A with their Polish connection of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski gunning down a weakened Ecuador 3-0 here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Poland ride on Bosacki
Two goals from defender Bartosz Bosacki -- his first for his country -- gave Poland a comeback 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their nothing-at-stake Group A encounter here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
The French supporter who brought a cockerel, symbol of Les Bleus, to the match against South Korea in Leipzig, may continue doing so, according to organisers.
 arrow Football: Great expectations
Argentina face the Netherlands here on Tuesday in a play-off for first and second places in Group C, both sides having already recorded two wins to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Draw will suffice
Mexico have one foot in the World Cup second round, but will be casting uneasy glances over their shoulders as they prepare to take the last step against Portugal on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Exit with pride
African Nations Cup finalists Ivory Coast have their last and potentially best chance to secure a consolation victory in the World Cup's "Group of Death" Wednesday against Serbia and Montenegro.
 arrow Football: Africans can dream
World Cup debutants Angola are aiming to create the biggest surprise of this World Cup when they take on Iran here on Wednesday with an outside chance of reaching the second round.
 arrow Football: A chance for the reserves
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten could rest six players who are walking a disciplinary tightrope for the final Group C table top decider with Argentina in Frankfurt on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: The King is back
Spanish football icon Raul shook off a dose of the substitutes' blues to help relaunch Spain's World Cup campaign in a pulsating 3-1 win over Tunisia in Group H here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Just One Autograph Please!

 arrow Football: Mexico unfazed by stars
Mexico say they are unfazed by taking on Portugal's array of stars such as Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo in their crucial Group D encounter in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: He can do anything
Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo said on Monday that he would strip down to his underwear if it helped win a World Cup penalty shoot-out.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after two Group A games on Tuesday:
4 - Klose (Germany)
3 - Fernando Torres (Spain)
2 - Bosacki (Poland), Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado

 arrow Football: Third Eye
Italy and France remain the only two previous World Cup winners yet to have guaranteed their places in the last 16 on completion of the second-round group stage matches on Monday.
 arrow Football: TV remains in Dhaka
The Dhaka readers continued their domination in The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz competition with 22-year-old Afsana Islam winning the first prize of Round 3 -- a 21inch Toshiba Bomba FlatTV,
 arrow Football: Sanath special lifts SL
Sanath Jayasuriya's 122 saw Sri Lanka to a total of 319 for eight, their best against England, in the second one-day international at The Oval here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A start with a win
Nazmus Sadat anchored Bangladesh A to an easy victory over hosts Zimbabwe A in the first four-day match on the fourth and final day at the Mutare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Beximco, ISD keep winning
Beximco Pharma continued their brilliant form to move to the next round when they defeated Partex 2-1 in the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka (ISD) indoor
 arrow Football: Viva La Ukraine

 arrow Football: Pray for snow, you'll get at least rain
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin had prayed for snow before the World Cup match against Saudi Arabia, but in the end had to do with rain.
 arrow Football: Portugal take it slow
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to get ahead of himself after taking Portugal into the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time since 1966.
 arrow Football: Swansong of Hey Slavs!
Serbia-Montenegro's game against Ivory Coast on Wednesday will mark the last time the "Hey Slavs!" Yugoslav anthem is played at a soccer stadium.
 arrow Football: Borgetti misses out
Jared Borgetti will miss Mexico's Group D finale against Portugal on Wednesday with a torn left thigh muscle, though the team hopes to have him back if it qualifies for the World Cup's second round.
 arrow Football: Pfister speaks his mind
Togo coach Otto Pfister reckons his World Cup minnows have performed well on their first appearance in the finals considering the damaging row over unpaid bonuses that has dogged their stay in Germany.
 arrow Football: Marco helps heal divisions
Coach Marco van Basten has got the Dutch players pulling together for once and been rewarded with a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Bad omens for Italy
Some of Italy's legendary stars, keeping a watchful eye on the national team at the 2006 World Cup, might be forgiven for feeling that they are looking at a mirror image of Italian footballing history.
 arrow Football: Pain of being substituted
French football icon Zinedine Zidane's dream when he came out of international retirement last year was to lead France to a second World Cup title.
 arrow Football: Essien worry for USA
Michael Essien is on the verge of leading World Cup stunner Ghana into the second round, the Chelsea midfielder having already convinced a worried US squad that he could destroy their Cup dreams.
 arrow Football: Crespo cools hype
Argentina's veteran striker Hernan Crespo warned on Monday that "we've still not won anything," as he played down the euphoria of the 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro which guaranteed a place in the
 arrow Football: Cambiasso full of humility
It is easier to score a goal involving 25 touches by the team than dribble past several defenders like Diego Maradona's great World Cup strike against England in 1986, Argentina's Esteban Cambiasso said.
 arrow Football: Iran want to end on a high
After their early elimination from the World Cup, Iran now want to depart by showing the world their true worth in their final match against Angola on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Option draw is dangerous
Mexico cannot risk banking on a draw against Portugal in their last World Cup Group D game on Wednesday and must aim to win if they are to reach the second round, defender Mario Mendez said.
 arrow Football: Ghana apologise for flag-waving
Ghana's World Cup team apologised on Monday after defender John Pantsil waved an Israeli flag to celebrate his team's goals.
 arrow Football: A global village of World Cup
Three times a day, seven days a week, somewhere in New York, one of the city's myriad ethnic communities dances gleefully on the tables while another writhes in collective anguish.
 arrow Football: Michel will leave
Ivory Coast coach Henri Michel said on Sunday he considered their final World Cup Group C game against Serbia & Montenegro on Wednesday to be his last in charge, in line with his contract.
 arrow Football: Stats don't bother Messi
Lionel Messi said he took little notice of statistics after discovering he had become the sixth youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup and the youngest Argentine to play in the tournament.
 arrow Football: Africans seek late reward
A subdued Ivory Coast team pledged on Sunday to fight for a win against Serbia & Montenegro to ensure they have something to show for their first World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Aragones keeps smiling
Spain coach Luis Aragones had a wry smile on his face as he shot down suggestions that Group H rivals Tunisia had forced his team into a corner here Monday.
 arrow Football: Sheva boosts Ukraine
Andriy Shevchenko's timely return to form in Ukraine's 4-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia was one of many plus points from a game that has revived the World Cup debutants' campaign to qualify for the last16.
 arrow Football: Kiev erupts in joy
Central Kiev erupted in an explosion of fireworks, cheers and car honks late Monday after Ukraine avenged its humiliating World Cup debut with a convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Football: Paqueta facing the axe
Brazilian Marcos Paqueta has been coach of Saudi Arabia only since the start of the year but already his head is on the chopping board following the 4-0 hiding his team suffered at the hands of Ukraine.
 arrow Football: Delighted Kuhn eyes last 16
Switzerland had one foot in the World Cup second round after Monday's 2-0 win here over Togo left Kobi Kuhn's inexperienced progressive side needing just a point from their remaining group game.
 arrow Football: Gonazlez fit for qtrs
Argentina midfielder Luis Gonzalez, injured during the 6-0 rout of Serbia and Montenegro, should be fit for the quarterfinals if they reach that stage, a member of the team staff said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Press effusive in praise
Spain suffered on the way to a dramatic 3-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday, a performance that showed their hunger for a place in the last 16 of the World Cup, the country's newspapers reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kewell cleared for Croat clash
Liverpool striker Harry Kewell was Tuesday cleared by a FIFA disciplinary committee to play in Australia's crucial World Cup group match with Croatia for his full-time rant at the match referee, teamofficials
 arrow Football: Eriksson hails Ferdinand
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Monday hailed Rio Ferdinand as the most elegant defender in the world as the Manchester United star prepared to win his 50th cap.
 arrow Football: Ribery eyes Lyon switch
France World Cup star Franck Ribery wants to leave Marseille and join French league champions Lyon.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav wants to come back
Sourav Ganguly is determined to use his short stint at Northamptonshire to regain his place in the India side.
 arrow Cricket: Warne careful about shoulder
Australian cricket star Shane Warne will return to Australia for precautionary medical checks on his bowling shoulder before next summer's Ashes series, his personal assistant said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Naved stands an outside chance
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said pace bowler Navedul Hasan has an outside chance of playing on the England tour despite struggling with a groin injury.
Metropolitanarrow IUT in Gazipur a centre of excellence
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu highly praised the role of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) at Gazipur in Bangladesh as a centre of excellence.
 arrow Sectt staffs submit memo
Bangladesh Sachibaloy Karmokarta-Karmochari Sangjukta Parishad yesterday submitted a memorandum to the finance minister demanding implementation of their various demands.
 arrow JCD cadres attack BCL procession, 9 injured
At least nine activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured when cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked their peaceful procession on Islamic University (IU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Uphold highest standard of morality in dispensation of justice
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the importance of upholding the highest standard of morality and human welfare in the dispensation of justice.
 arrow Birth registration law to be implemented in two years
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday stressed the need for raising awareness among people for implementation of the newly amended birth registration law in the country.
 arrow Call to promote secular, human values
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday called on all to learn a lesson from the life of poet Sufia Kamal and promote secular and human values in society.
 arrow Three killed in Ctg road accidents
Three people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Another teenager confesses to crime
Another teenager confessed to a magistrate yesterday about his involvement in cutting throats of three Monipur Cadet School students and looting valuables from one of the victim's house at Mirpur on June
 arrow Germany to offer more scholarships for Bangladeshi students
Germany will increase the number of scholarships to Bangladeshi students in the field of natural and agricultural sciences and Information Technology.
 arrow 20 cops killed in Khulna since govt assumes office
Some 20 policemen were killed and 33 others wounded in trouble-torn Khulna division alone since the alliance government assumed office, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Teachers begin work abstention for removal of director
Teachers of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday began an indefinite work abstention programme demanding removal of its director.
 arrow Court asks jail authorities to produce Paban, Robin on July 19
Chief Whip's son Aktar Hamid Paban and his close associate Zahirul Islam Robin, arrested on charge of carjacking, were produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday for amonthly
 arrow Export, import of Nepal thru' Mongla port discussed Envoy meets Hasina
Outgoing Nepalese Ambassador Bhagirath Basnet made a fair well call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
 arrow AL delegation leaves for China
A delegation of opposition Awami League, led by its General Secretary Abdul Jalil, left for China yesterday at the invitation of the Chinese government.
 arrow 'Maps & Metaphors' to be launched on June 24
British Council Bangladesh will launch a book titled 'Maps & Metaphors' -- writings by young writers from Bangladesh and the UK -- at the council's auditorium at 6:00pm on June 24.
 arrow New telephone numbers of American Centre
The existing telephone numbers of the American Centre are going to be changed, says a press release. The new numbers with caller ID will be effective from tomorrow.
 arrow Criminals obstruct contractors from submitting bids
National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) officials caught two criminals red handed yesterday while they were obstructing aspirant contractors from submitting their bids for an NCTB tender.
 arrow RU staffs' strike ends
Three-day work abstention of Rajshahi University officials and employees under the banner of Officer and Karmachari Oikya Parishad ended yesterday.
 arrow Thai Festival begins June 25
The Royal Thai Embassy will organise Thailand Festival 2006 in collaboration with Thai Airways from June 25 to July 2 in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Akhaura bypass rail line to open tomorrow
Akhaura bypass rail line will be inaugurated tomorrow with a trip of 718 Jayanntika Express from Sylhet to Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Monju, Shahid JP chairman, secy general
Anwar Hossain Monju and Sheikh Shahidul Islam were elected chairman and secretary general of the central working committee of Jatiya Party (JP) on June 10 for the year of 2006-08, says a press release.
 arrow World Hydrographic Day today
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared June 21 as World Hydrographic Day.
 arrow Ittefaq Karmachari Union executives
Kazi Bazlur Rahman and Jahanara Begum yesterday were elected president and general secretary of Dainik Ittefaq Karmachari Union for two years, says a press release.
 arrow Training for BOU officers inaugurated
The inaugural ceremony of the week-long training-cum-workshop on "Professional Writing, Editing and Quality Control" for the officers of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) was held at its Gazipur
Nationalarrow Move to weaken pry school teachers' strike protested in two districts
Government primary school teachers in Nilphamari and Moulvibazar districts continue their indefinite strike for the fourth consecutive day yesterday.
 arrow Bogra NGO wins laurels by exporting 'Nakshi Khantha'
A small NGO here has been selected the Golden Path Project Partner by the International Federation For Alternative Trade (IFAT) recently.
 arrow Angry soccer fans create barricade on road in Satkhira
Angry soccer fans here yesterday brought out a procession and put up barricade on the Satkhira-Assasuni Road in front of the PDB office protesting power outage during World Cup football match.
 arrow 14-party's siege programme foiled in Nilphamari
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition yesterday brought out a procession in the town and tried to lay siege to the district election office housed at the Collectorate building here.
 arrow Date-expired polio vaccine recovered in Khagrachhari
At least 84 date-expired vials of polio vaccine were recovered from Ramgour upazila recently.
 arrow Tree Plantation Award for Moulvibazar Govt College
Moulvibazar Government College has been awarded the National Tree Plantation Award for 2005.
 arrow World Refugee Day observed
World Refugee Day-2006 was observed here in a befitting manner yesterday. Cox's Bazar Environmental Journalists' Forum brought out a procession and held a meeting to mark the occasion.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bush's secret visit to Baghdad
On 13th June, President Bush arrived in Baghdad on a stealthy five- hour visit. The interesting feature of the visit is that it was kept secret even from Prime Minister of Iraq Nour al-Malik.
 arrow Poverty reduction measures inadequate
In the national budget of 2006-2007 the finance minister has put emphasis on poverty eradication under the principles of PRSP. He has also declared that 56.
 arrow The ECB and Euro-area's economic recovery
On June 8, the president of the European Central Bank raised the euro-zone benchmark interest rate by one quarter percent from 2.50% to 2.75%, the third such increase in six months.
 arrow Investment in rural economy is a must
Make Poverty History" is the global call to action against poverty. Responding to this call, all nations around the world have reaffirmed their commitment to poverty alleviation and redesigned their planning approaches to achieve the targets within the shortest possible time.
Culturearrow Promoting awareness on classical dance
JUNE 19 was the second of the three-day classical dance and instrumental programme organised by the Department of Production, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
 arrow Monsoon Book Fair in the city
A 15-day long Borshar Boi Mela (Monsoon Book Fair), organised by Annito, is on at the Exhibition Centre, Basundhara City shopping mall from June 15.
 arrow Depicting seasonal diversity in songs
Shubarna Chowdhury is an upcoming artiste whose first album featuring Tagore and Nazrul songs created a buzz.
 arrow Benuka Institute of Fine Arts celebrates 26th anniversary
Benuka Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA) honoured three eminent artistes at the organisation's 26th anniversary programme on June 19. The ceremony took place at the Shishu Academy auditorium.
 arrow An evening of Nazrul songs by Chhayanat
Nazrul is an integral part of the cultural life of Bangladesh. To uphold the essence of the songs of the maestro, Chhayanat, a cultural organisation, arranged a performance, at the National Museum, on June 19.
Generalarrow Five dead in Pak tribal clash over water issue
Five people died in a gunbattle between rival tribes over access to water in a remote northwestern Pakistani town near the Afghan border, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Nepal peace deal ignites fresh debate over king's role
In the heat of Nepal's pro-democracy protests, in a swirl of smoke from burning tyres, demonstrators hung a rat from electricity wires and dangled a banner from its body declaring that King Gyanendrawas
Internationalarrow Baku conference decries Western 'Islamophobia’
A conference of Muslim countries in Azerbaijan this week decried growing Islamophobia in the West in the wake of a furore sparked by the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in several European
 arrow Second bus route opens across divided Kashmir
A second bus service rolled between the Indian and Pakistani zones of disputed Kashmir on Tuesday, 14 months after an initial launch was hailed as a symbol of peace between the rivals.
 arrow Tigers recommit to truce, safety of monitors
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Tuesday recommitted to the island's 2002 ceasefire and said they had told mediator Norway that they will ensure the safety of Nordic truce monitors.
 arrow Japan ends milestone Iraq military mission
Japan on Tuesday ordered its 600 troops to leave Iraq, ending its first military mission since World War II to a country where fighting is under way.
 arrow Taylor flown out for trial in the Hague
Liberia's former president Charles Taylor, once one of Africa's most feared warlords, was flown out of Sierra Leone on an unmarked UN aircraft Tuesday to stand trial for some of the continent's worstwar
 arrow 52 arrested in Sicily Mafia crackdown
Fifty-two people, including the alleged heads of 13 Mafia families, were arrested at dawn Tuesday in Sicily in a major crackdown on organizing crime, anti-Mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso said.
 arrow Tom Cruise wants ten children
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise said Tuesday he would be happy to father ten children after he and his fiancee Katie Holmes had their first baby girl. "I always wanted to be a father.
 arrow Disgraced cloning expert says sorry, admits blame
South Korea's disgraced cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk went on trial Tuesday on fraud, embezzlement and ethical charges related to his faked stem cell research.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Stop this slide into vulgarity, immediately
Unparliamentary is a very mild depiction of what spewed from the mouth of a BNP lawmaker, Pintu, in the floor of the parliament.
 arrow Editorial: Punishing the voters
Our comment is in two parts: first, we react to the latest bombshell dropped by the election commission (EC) by way of demanding extraordinary efforts that eligible voters must make in order to be enlisted
 arrow Politics, morality and things below the belt
Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui thinks he has never experienced the kind of language used lately by Sheikh Hasina in the Jatiyo Sangsad.
 arrow The Zarqawis among us
With accurate intelligence locating Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and some of his aides in a hut in Baquba, US aircraft successfully targeted the most wanted terrorist in Iraq with two 225 Lbs bombs.
 arrow EC courts no mercy
It's an absolute irony! Our Election Commission (EC) has become a tyranny, a nasty hotbed of controversy! EC, in a recent meeting, decided that the prospective new voters would have to go the registration
Letters to Editorarrow Maradona & the World Cup!
World Cup football 2006 has gained the momentum that has gripped millions across the worldthose in the stadium and outside stadium glued to the TV screens. Many a team have proved their worth by now.
 arrow Tagore
When in London for my Masters in 1967, I shared a flat with a friend. He was doing his Extra Masters.
 arrow Boycotting Israel...
The boycotting of Israel by most Arab and Muslim nations except Qatar, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco is absolutely obsolete in this fast changing world.
 arrow A note for Sheikh Hasina
Just as your opponent does, you too, often, talk about the ideals of democracy. Just as your opponent does, you too, often, talk about injustice, intolerance and so on and so on and so on ... ...
 arrow Curbing corruption
'Corruption is now an acceptable conduct', the Chief Justice said while speaking as chief guest at a seminar on "Corruption: Awareness of citizens" held on 21 May.
 arrow Avoid wastage
I would like to draw the kind attention of my Muslim brothers to a touchy matter.
 arrow Clean candidates
I would like to refer to your article entitled "Quest for clean candidates" written by Mr. Md. Ameer-uz-Zaman which appeared on 14 May 2006 in your daily.
 arrow Role of Imams
I am an American researcher working on engagement between development organisations and Imams and the increasingly active role of Imams in community development.
 arrow Special days
In line with the British and American culture, Mother's day and Father's day are being celebrated in our country too.
 arrow No regard for us!
The two major political parties-- AL and BNP-- hold rallies on their central office premises almost everyday. Such rallies cause a lot of dislocation to public life.
 arrow Zarqawi's death
Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and Mr. Maliki while celebrating Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi's death termed it a serious blow to Iraqi freedom fighters.
 arrow Breaking of parliamentary norms
People were stunned when they saw the incident in the parliament on 13 June, 2006.
 arrow End of democracy?
The election process is the single most important factor for the proper functioning of democracy in a country.
 arrow Is student politics needed?
The question "Is student politics needed?" has really attracted me. According to the situation of our country it's now a sensitive point.
 arrow Crossfire or shootout?
We again came across the story "Two top outlaws killed in 'crossfire' with Rab" as reported by your Rajshahi correspondent.
 arrow Escape
It gives me the happiest feeling ever when I recall the most memorable day of my life. Trapped alone among all the lifeless creations of God for so many years gave me a feeling of disgust for myself.
 arrow Perturbed civil life
The death anniversary of late President Ziaur Rahman was observed on May 30, 2006 with much ado as usual.
 arrow TV channels
Thanks to Mr Jahir U Hyder for his letter, captioned above, published in your daily on May 4.
Star Chittagongarrow Repair of Karnaphuli bridge begins today
To ease the mounting sufferings of the Chittagong people, at least to some extent, the repair and renovation work of Shah Amanat Bridge on the river Karnaphuli begins here today.
 arrow Hill people find fortune in mango
With his hefty mango harvest, Sneha Ranjan Chakma is now an inspiration to many in the hilly lands of Khagrachhari. Sneha started mango plantation on some 1.
 arrow I Wish I Could

Star Cityarrow Victims of gruesome crime
"I can not believe they could commit such cruelty only for a computer," said Guley Noor, mother of Badhon, a teenager whose and his two friends' throats were slit by three other teenagers.
 arrow DU students earn extra bucks!
Dhaka University students especially those who reside in the dormitories are investing money in various types of small-scale business.
 arrow Mouth watering delicacies of Old Dhaka
The foods of old Dhaka are legendary. From the time of Mughal and Sultani period these dishes went through some evolution, which added to the variety and taste of the 'Dhaka dish'.
 arrow Relatives happy with cancellation order
The relatives of those buried in Azimpur graveyard have expressed their relief after the construction of a controversial road across the graveyard was officially cancelled by Sadeque Hossain Khoka, mayor
 arrow Controversy over leasing a market
One hundred and four shops of the market on Waqf estate of Allah Karim mosque at Mohammadpur have been given permanent lease without permission from the Office of the Administrator of Waqfs Bangladesh,
 arrow Awareness strategy helps in combating disease
Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) an advanced level of Tuberculosis (TB), that is less responsive to curative treatment, can proliferate in the country because of patients' reluctance to complete the two-year
 arrow A Canal Back to Life

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