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Front Pagearrow Tata shelves plan
Indian industrial giant Tata yesterday suspended pursuing any further its investment proposal in Bangladesh as the government does not want to take a decision before the next election.
 arrow Death penalty of 5 confirmed
The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld the death penalty for five of the six people sentenced by a lower court and acquitted the other in the sensational Shazneen rape and murder case.
 arrow Draft bill okayed to extend time limit to 180 days
The cabinet in its weekly meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in the chair yesterday approved a draft bill to amend the constitution incorporating a provision for extending time limit for holdingby-election
 arrow No plan to check on applicants' authenticity
The Election Commission (EC) still has no plan to introduce a procedure to examine the authenticity of the applications for inclusions and deletions of names on the electoral roll.
 arrow Businesses urge AL to sit for dialogue
Country's business leaders yesterday urged the main opposition Awami League (AL) to sit for dialogue with the government to end the current political standoff.
 arrow Trial of JMB men faces obstacles
Trials of several cases filed against leaders and activists of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) hit a snag as the authorities concerned are showing utter reluctance to produce the charge-sheeted
 arrow Family hails verdict
Shazneen's family and the prosecution yesterday hailed the High Court judgement upholding the death sentence of five of the six convicted by a lower court.
 arrow BB 'apathy' delays probe into shady transactions
Sluggish move by the central bank is holding up the investigation into financial transactions of the 12 business houses including BD Foods Limited and its nine sister concerns accused of smuggling heroin
 arrow Teachers' strike enters day five
The teachers and employees of the non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas continued their strike for the fifth consecutive day yesterday while the government is yet to decide about their demands
 arrow EC to seek help from govt officials
The Election Commission (EC) is planning to dive with full force into the task of updating the voter list since a lot of time has already been wasted in dealing with the controversies surrounding itsmethods
 arrow Bhuiyan threatens legal proceedings against TIB
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said his ministry will bring legal proceedings against (TIB) if it does not withdraw its recent report titled Corruption Database 2005.
 arrow Govt to raise power tariff in urban areas
The government is going to increase the electricity tariff by five per cent in the urban areas shortly, State Minister for Power Anwarul Kabir Talukder said yesterday.
 arrow PCJSS kills 3 in CHT
Three people, including two women, were shot dead and two others were injured allegedly by the activists of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) at a bordering village in Rangamati early
 arrow Charge sheet filed amid secrecy
Charge sheet in the sensational Chittagong business magnate also BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury murder case was submitted amid secrecy at a police court yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Shazneen murder case, long legal battle
It took two years, 10 months and eight days to wrap up the sensational Shazneen murder case at the death reference bench.
 arrow 14-party plans grand rally late this month
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine has chalked up its next course of anti-government agitations including a grand rally in the capital, marches towards the capital, and upazila anddistrict
 arrow DEPZ workers abstain from work for higher pay
Several thousand workers of three factories inside and outside Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) observed work abstention yesterday for realisation of demands including higher overtime bill, timelypayment
 arrow 10kg heroin seized in Dhaka, Rajshahi
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel recovered heroin worth around Tk 10 crore and arrested three people in two separate raids in Rajshahi and the capital in last
 arrow 6,000 RMG workers sued for violence
About 6,000 garment workers have been sued in connection with Sunday's violence that left 30 people, including six policemen, injured.
 arrow Match factory gutted in fire
Chemicals including sulphur worth about Tk 1 crore and three important machines worth over Tk 1.
 arrow 45 killed in Pak plane crash
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the central city of Multan yesterday, killing all 45 people on board, the local police chief said. "Everyone is dead.
 arrow Japan mulls strike against N Korea
Japan said yesterday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on the North's missile bases would violate its constitution, signalling a hardening stance ahead of a possible UN Security Councilvote
 arrow Israel to press ahead with Gaza raids
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected yesterday international criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, saying operations to press militants to free an abducted soldier and end rocket fire would go on indefinitely.
Businessarrow Macroeconomic indicators still positive but challenges ahead
The country's macroeconomic fundamentals still remain positive, although a number of challenges continue to pose risks to the macroeconomic performance in the period ahead, said Kunio Senga, directorgeneral
 arrow Feeder vessel operators realising surcharge despite stay order
Feeder vessel operators are still realising the surcharge what they said to recover losses stemming from the congestion at Chittagong Port, although High Court has stayed the collection of congestionsurcharge.
 arrow India's apex chamber for multilateral FTAs
India's apex chamber of industries prefers multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) under WTO to bilateral ones on liberalisation of trade and investment, saying the former were more suitable for India.
 arrow WB president seeks accord on global trade
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz on Monday urged the leaders of the Group of Eight as well as of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa to reach an agreement in the Doha round trade talks when
 arrow China trade surplus rises to record
China's June trade surplus widened to a record 14.5 billion dollars as domestic demand slipped on the back of government moves to tighten up on the fast growing economy, analysts said Monday.
 arrow Scuffles erupt as South Korea downbeat on US trade pact
Protesters scuffled with riot police Monday as the United States and South Korea opened fresh negotiations aimed at forging a free trade pact which labor unions here have vowed to fight.
 arrow Oil prices fall further from record levels
Oil prices slipped from last week's record peaks but losses were capped by continued concerns over Iran and North Korea, traders said.
 arrow S’pore growth slows in Q2
Singapore's economic growth slowed in the second quarter to 7.5 percent year-on-year on a weaker manufacturing sector, but analysts said Monday its 5.0-7.0 percent target for the year was still achievable.
 arrow City Bank approves 50pc stock dividend
The City Bank Ltd has approved a 50 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Phoenix Leasing declares 25pc stock dividend
Phoenix Leasing Company Ltd has declared a 25 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Re-elected chairman of Prime Finance
Md Aminul Haque, a founder director of Prime Bank Ltd and Greenland Engineers and Tractors Co Ltd, has been re-elected chairman of Prime Finance & Investment Ltd.
 arrow New DMD of Uttara Bank
Shaikh Abdul Aziz has been appointed deputy managing director of Uttara Bank Ltd. Prior to this assignment, he was the assistant managing director of the bank, says a press release.
 arrow Euro steady against dollar
The euro stood close to a one-month high point against the dollar on Monday, while the yen firmed as Japan prepared for its first rate rise for almost six years, dealers said. The euro stood at 1.
 arrow Energy security to be key issue at G8 summit
The question of energy security -- ensuring a safe, steady flow of energy -- is one of the key issues to be discussed at the July 15-17 G8 summit in Saint Petersburg.
 arrow EXIM Bank approves 30pc bonus share
Export Import (EXIM) Bank of Bangladesh Ltd has approved a 30 per cent bonus share for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Football: Red mist covers ZZ lights
Zinedine Zidane had hoped to end his career on the highest imaginable note by leading France to a second World Cup win, having been the driving force behind the first, but the quest ended in tears Sunday
 arrow Football: Defence is the best offence
Inspired defending, some brilliant attacking, a dubious refereeing decision: Sunday's epic World Cup final could be seen as the 2006 tournament in microcosm.
 arrow Football: One for all, all for one
Thierry Henry said that despite losing the World Cup final on penalties to Italy he and his fellow France players could leave Germany with their heads held high four years after he and several of theothers
 arrow Football: Italy's road to glory
Italy won the World Cup for a fourth time here on Sunday, beating France in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 following extra-time.
 arrow Football: Domenech marks Materazzi
France coach Raymond Domenech blamed Italian defender Marco Materazzi for provoking Zinedine Zidane into a headbutt which brought a memorable career to an infamous end in the World Cup final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The last bows
Zinedine Zidane was not the only star to depart the stage at the end of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Scandal Italy's inspiration!
Italy's triumphant players believe the Serie A match-fixing scandal actually helped them win the World Cup.
 arrow Football: World Cup Scorers
Final list of scorers at 2006 World Cup after the final on Sunday:

5: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Henry (France), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany),

 arrow Football: Tigers' Kenya tour in doubt
The Kenya part of Bangladesh's Africa tour became uncertain after Cricket Kenya requested Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) to put the three-match series on hold.
 arrow Football: Waist Dancer Shakira

 arrow Football: Lippi wants to stay
Italy coach Marcello Lippi said on Monday that he wanted to remain in his job after his team won the World Cup in a dramatic penalty shootout over France. "I have never said I will stop.
 arrow Football: Golden Ball, Shoe go to Zidane, Klose
France captain Zinedine Zidane was named the best player at the World Cup despite being sent off in the final against Italy for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi, FIFA announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
In the end, after a hundred and twenty minutes and then some of high impact action, Italia were the last team left standing. So in respect for our new World Champions -- Forza Azzurri! (Forever Azzurri).
 arrow Cricket: Naved blow for Pakistan
Pakistan suffered a major blow just days before the first Test at Lord's when pace bowler Navedul Hasan was ruled out of their tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: B'desh A secure one-day series in Zimbabwe
Bangladesh A rode on yet another Nazmus Sadat heroics to clinch the one-day series against their Zimbabwean counterparts with two matches in hand when they handed a six-wicket defeat on the home teamin
 arrow Cricket: Chirac hails Zidane
President Jacques Chirac hailed French captain Zinedine Zidane -- sent off for violent conduct in the World Cup final against Italy -- as a "football genius" at a lunch for the French team Monday.
 arrow Football: Italians over the moon
Rome erupted in a dam burst of joy, firecrackers, flags and tearful embraces as Italians celebrated their country's World Cup triumph after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out against France.
 arrow Football: Champs Elysees shocked
First there was hope and expectation, then there was undiluted joy, a reality check, exasperation, despair and finally deflation -- that was the Champs Elysees during the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: The world is Azzurri's
A triumphant Italian press hailed their World Cup winners as legends Monday, saying their victory over France had deservedly delivered the nation and earned themselves proper acclaim.
 arrow Football: Hero or anti-hero?
The French press found it difficult Monday to forgive Zinedine Zidane for his red-card exit in the World Cup final defeat to Italy, bemoaning the "cruel" fate they said had cost them a win.
 arrow Football: Greetings from South Africa
South African newspapers Monday hailed Italy's win over France in the World Cup 2006, but eyes were turning on the country's preparations to host the prestigious event in four years' time.
 arrow Football: Momentary lapses of reason
Zinedine Zidane's sending-off in the World Cup final is the latest in several incidents that showed the darker side of France's inspirational playmaker:
The first round World Cup match

 arrow Football: Final from the orbit
World Cup final fever rose all the way up into orbit Sunday, as astronauts aboard the International Space Station made rival predictions for the France-Italy clash.
 arrow Football: Zidane fan dies
A Zinedine Zidane fan died early Monday in Borongail village of Shivalaya upazila in the district during the World Cup final between Italy and France.
 arrow Football: Merkel applauds 'wonderful' Italy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday night congratulated Italy on winning the football World Cup, but said the German side was the "champion of our hearts" for the home nation.
Metropolitanarrow ‘Check high birth rate to get benefit of dev’
All development efforts of the government will be nullified and people will be deprived of the benefits of development programmes if the high birth rate in the country is not controlled, said Health and
 arrow Death threat for withdrawal of case
A director of a recruiting agency has received death threats from a group of extortionists demanding immediate withdrawal of a murder case against them.
 arrow 'Develop forum of inclusive edn'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for developing a common understanding and a forum of inclusive education to gather experience and knowledge in order to ensure education for all.
 arrow Five killed in city road accidents
Five people, including a minor boy, were killed in separate road accidents in the city and the suburbs yesterday.
Two goods-laden trucks collided head-on at Asadgate at around 6.

 arrow 'Promote corruption-free admin'
The Election Olympiad 2006, a countrywide knowledge-based competition on election and politics, started here yesterday with a call to promote healthy political culture and a corruption-free administration
 arrow Russia keen to help in edn sector
Russian Charge d'Affaires in Bangladesh Vladimir T Dzhunkovskiy yesterday made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina, and discussed matters like upcoming election, combating
 arrow B Chy hints at forming unity with 14-party
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said they might form programme-based unity with Awami League-led 14-party coalition.
 arrow Two suspected muggers on 3-day remand
Two suspected muggers who were caught and beaten up by a mob in the city on Sunday were placed on a three-day remand yesterday.
 arrow 29 field-level officials leave for Japan today
A team of 29 field-level administrative officials are leaving Dhaka today on a three-week visit to Japan.
 arrow Indian HC concerned over media reports
The Indian High Commission here expressed concern over "continuing incorrect and sensational reports" in the local media blaming the BSF for various incidents along India-Bangladesh border.
 arrow DU economics dept initiatives to provide quality edn
Authorities of the Department of Economics of Dhaka University (DU) have taken up various initiatives, including student scholarships, computer laboratory and multi-media centre, in a bid to provide quality
 arrow ‘Establish right to reproductive health of women’
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for raising awareness to establish the rights to reproductive health of women as human rights.
 arrow US envoy visits Dhakeshwari temple
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday visited Dhakeshwari Mandir, the historic temple of the Hindu community in the city and exchanged views with the leaders of the community on minority
 arrow Punishment to Masum's killers demanded
The students of Jagannath University yesterday formed a human chain in front of the university gate demanding punishment to the killers of Khandakar Iqbal Hossain Masum, who died following torture in
 arrow JU teacher blamed for 'indecent' behaviour with female students
Students of the Department of Environmental Science (ES) of Jahangirnagar University yesterday in a press release brought an allegation of 'indecent' behaviour against a teacher of their department and
 arrow Ashari Purnima celebrated
The Buddhist community of the country yesterday celebrated Ashari Purnima, one of the most important religious festivals of the Buddhists.
 arrow Prime accused alleges inhuman treatment
The prime accused in sensational Chittagong Arms Case, Hafizur Rahman alias Hafiz, in two separate petitions has alleged inhuman treatment of him and violation of human rights by the Chittagong jail authority
 arrow Issuing fatwa at village Shalish condemned
Karmojibi Nari (KN) yesterday protested and condemned the incident of torturing women of a family and ostracising them by issuing fatwa at a village Shalish (arbitration), in Tanore at Rajshahi, saysa
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq Memorial Lecture tomorrow
Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Memorial Lecture 2006 will be held at the Shaheed Zia auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum at Shahbagh in the city at 5:00pm tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Violence against women rises in 10 SW districts
Violence against women has increased in ten southwestern districts, claiming at least 82 lives in last six months.
 arrow College teachers hunt for admission seekers
Teachers of non-government colleges in Patuakhali are moving door to door for students because of crisis of admission seekers this year.
 arrow Stop land grabbing, harassment
Several thousand indigenous people from Chirirbandar upazila, including women, yesterday brought a procession protesting the alleged false cases and repression on them by hired musclemen backed by some
 arrow Storm victims' bodies still floating on coastal waters
Some fishermen who returned to Galachipa from the Bay yesterday said they saw bodies of many storm victims still floating on coastal waters.
 arrow Election officials take their share!
Election officials in the district are illegally deducting money from the remuneration of voter enumerators. The allegation was made by some enumerators while talking to this correspondent.
 arrow BSF injures two, kidnaps another in Sharsha
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire injuring two Bangladeshis on Sharsha border and kidnapped another youth from the spot Sunday evening.
 arrow Buses go off 8 routes in Tangail, Mymensingh
Buses are not plying on eight routs from Tangail and Mymensingh for four days since Thursday due to rivalry between bus owners in the two districts, causing sufferings to passengers.
 arrow Hunger strike in Srimongal for student's release, OC's removal
Student activists belonging to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Chhatra League and other parties, joined by cross-sections of people, began a mass hunger strike here for release of madrasa student Omar Faruk
 arrow Prisoner dies at hospital
A convicted prisoner of Dinajpur Jail died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) Sunday night. Md Ripon, serving rigorous imprisonment for one year for drug peddling, fell sick Saturday afternoon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dreams flew over the cuckoo's nest
In a democracy, a citizen votes for one party hoping that the party's promised Aladin's lamp would bring social and economic happiness.
 arrow Can we win the race?
It seems that the race between population increase and economic growth in Bangladesh is in full swing and perhaps the result has already been decided.
 arrow Global warming and the EU
After the end of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Montreal, last year, the Independent of London wrote: "For the first time, all the countries of the world including developing onesand
 arrow Why some people cheat, and others don't
If you want to be rich, you can try to build a brilliantly successful company. Or you can steal. The corruption watchdog Transparency International has estimated that Gen.
Culturearrow A women's world view
THIRTY-six art works by seven Iranian female artists -- Mahvash Soheili, Marayam Mohseni, Nasrin Mahmoodi, Mojgan Hosseini, Fereshte Moghtader, Forouzan Farzam and Shahla Mahjoubi -- are on display at
 arrow When the home and hearth come first
"My quality time is for my son, husband and home. I just don't have the time one needs to invest as a film actress.
 arrow Jononi: Shawkat Osman's acclaimed novel comes to TV
Channel-i will air a new TV serial Jononi at 10:00pm tonight. Based on the much acclaimed novel by Shawkat Osman, the drama is scripted by Mannan Hira.
Internationalarrow Coalition forces kill 40 Afghan 'extremists'
US-led coalition troops and Afghan security forces destroyed an "extremist safe haven" and killed more than 40 militants yesterday in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said.
 arrow 24 killed in Iraqi attacks
At least 24 people were killed in attacks across Iraq yesterday as sectarian bloodshed raged on in Baghdad, raising new fears that the country was sliding towards civil war.
 arrow Lanka mulls constitution change for ending war
Sri Lanka said yesterday it was aiming to push through constitutional reform to bring an end to two decades of civil war, but analysts said it would probably not be enough to bring Tamil Tiger rebelsto
 arrow Chechen warlord Basayev killed
Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, the most wanted man in Russia who claimed responsibility for the Beslan school hostage massacre and was blamed for many other attacks, has been killed, Russian news
 arrow Missile test fails, says India
India's test-firing of its longest-range nuclear-capable missile, the Agni III, was unsuccessful after the projectile crashed into the sea despite a smooth take-off, a defence ministry official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam terms trial 'mockery of justice'
Saddam Hussein lashed out yesterday at his trial in Baghdad, charging it was a making a mockery of international and Iraqi law for the sake of "malicious" US aims, his defence team said.
 arrow Indian rocket disintegrates after blast-off
A rocket carrying India's heaviest satellite disintegrated in a ball of smoke and flame seconds after lift-off yesterday, dealing a crippling blow to the country's ambitious space programme.
 arrow Former Serb president goes on trial for war crimes
Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic, a close ally of late Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, went on trial in The Hague yesterday with five others also accused of war crimes in Kosovo in 1999.
 arrow Fighting flares in Somali capital: 60 dead
New fighting erupted yesterday between Somali fighters loyal to defeated warlords and the country's Islamists militias, and the death toll tripled to at least 60 since Sunday, a hospital official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rampaging garment workers
At times the workers seem to take out their anger on imaginary enemies, and the latest incident at Gazipur only proves the point.
 arrow Editorial: End of the football feast
The curtain on the World Cup Football Championships 2006, finally comes down with Italy defeating France. For Italy it was an event of unprecedented glory having won the championships after 24 long years.
 arrow Non-sticking bed fellows and gleeful horse traders
ERSHAD and his spouse's recent meeting with Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, pulled off at the initiative of Young Turks in the BNP led by Tareq Zia, sounded like an opening gambit by both sides fora
 arrow Nuclear myths and realities
DELIBERATIONS in the United States Congress over the India nuclear deal have polarised Indian opinion as never before.
 arrow CEC's uncommon common sense
BY now, if not long before, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and his two commissioners have amply proved that they are not worthy of the positions they were prized with by the party in power.
Letters to Editorarrow Selling gas
Our people must be made aware of the energy crisis that is already spreading like a cancer and bigger crises (which are interconnected with energy crisis) that is looming on the horizon.
 arrow Israeli atrocities
Israel's latest attack on Gaza has created a new crisis in the Middle-east.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's trip
This is in response to Mr Mir Hasan's letter on 7 July. I myself was not in favour of Sheikh Hasina's trip, and wrote a letter to that effect (June 27).
 arrow Activities of the CEC
We the general people are greatly concerned about the dubious activities of the CEC.
 arrow Scarcity of fresh water
It is a matter of great concern that water for the consumers across the country supplied by the WASA is unusable for any purpose, let alone drinking.
 arrow Muslim world
Muslim slaughter of fellow Muslims is at the heart of today's crisis. I am writing with reference to "Fundamentalism, extremism and Islam" by Md. Anwarul Karim (July 7). Mr.
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