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Front Pagearrow New dawn, new opportunities
The indicators could not have been any better for a budget year -- foreign exchange reserve is building fast, exports and remittances are robust and the manufacturing sector doing well.
 arrow Mayor Minu lands in jail on surrender
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu was sent to jail after he surrendered before a Rajshahi court while former BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi, former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Obaidul
 arrow Hasina challenges wealth claim
Denying the propaganda of possessing hundreds of crores of taka, Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday threw a challenge saying that she would hand over all the money if anyone can prove
 arrow Guns turn to Babar
Detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, who already made newspaper headlines by revealing startling information about his and his cohorts' corruption in the past five years, is nowfacing
 arrow EU Troika for early polls, lifting of ban on indoor politics
The visiting European Union (EU) Troika team yesterday said it wants general elections and withdrawal of the ban on indoor politics at the earliest as it feels that government ambitions for quality in
 arrow SoE liabilities much bigger than claimed
The finance ministry has detected that the liabilities of the state-owned enterprises (SoEs) was much larger than what they showed.
 arrow Political parties can't have overseas units
Political parties will not be allowed to have overseas units if they intend to be registered with the Election Commission.
 arrow Troublesome road...

 arrow CA for DCs' active role in curbing graft
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) to work together to give institutional shape to all reforms and positive outcomes of the present caretaker government so that
 arrow 4 teachers asked to skip exam process
Dhaka University (DU) Syndicate on Tuesday put an end to the master's degree result scandal of the political science department by asking four teachers including the examination committee chairman not
 arrow HuJi boss Hannan, 5 others to be charged
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to submit charge sheet next week against six people, including Harkatul Jihad (HuJi) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, in connection with the case filedfor
 arrow Unlicensed chemicals...

 arrow DU cancels admission of 77 fake students
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have cancelled admission of 77 students who got admitted through fraudulent means.
 arrow CID starts probe into case against Khaleda, others
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday started investigating the case filed against former premier Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman, Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami and 25 others for the
 arrow Re-commissioning of Navy frigate Bangabandhu on June 14
The Tk 500 crore state-of-the art frigate of Bangladesh Navy will be re-commissioned on June 14 after more than five years.
 arrow Verdict of graft case against Mamun today
A special court dealing with graft cases will today deliver the verdict of a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against Giasuddin Al Mamun, a close friend and business partner of Tarique
 arrow German president seeks advice from Prof Yunus on cutting poverty
German President Horst Köhler has sought advice from micro-credit guru Prof Muhammad Yunus on what the industrialised countries should do on reduction of poverty, globalisation, trade, climate changeand
 arrow Explosives chemical seized
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two people and seized huge amounts of chemical from a factory at Armanitola of Kotwali in the city.
 arrow Berserk sweepers...

 arrow Only 50 respond to Biman offer for voluntary retirement
The Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) offered to the Biman officials and employees has received a lukewarm response, with only 50 officials responding to it in the last two days.
 arrow No banner business this time
Banner artist Bachchu Mia at Nilkhet used to write around 20 banners on the eve of national budget but this year he has not got a single work order. And this applies to all banner artists in the city.
 arrow 6 killed as 2 buses collide in Savar
At least six people died and 30 others were injured as two passenger buses collided on the Dhaka-Aricha highway here yesterday evening.
 arrow German police battle anti-G8 protesters
German police fired water cannon against demonstrators who tried to fight their way to a security fence around the Group of Eight summit yesterday as thousands tried to block roads.
 arrow 350 opposition activists arrested ahead of anti-Musharraf rally
Pakistani police have detained around 350 opposition party activists in the latest attempt to muzzle criticism of embattled President Pervez Musharraf, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US, Japan aim for flexible measures on climate change
US President George W Bush said he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed yesterday to work together to create a "flexible" framework to combat climate change.
Businessarrow Remittance set to cross $ 6b this fiscal year
With a continuous growth in remittance in the last four months, the country's remittance inflow is set to cross US$ 6 billion this fiscal year.
 arrow 'Local IT professionals may find jobs in Denmark'
Bangladeshi IT specialists could find attractive employment opportunities in Denmark as the European country's growing IT sector needs a huge number of professionals, Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Einar
 arrow SAP India eyes Bangladesh's business software market
Executives of SAP India, a global leader for providing business software solutions, yesterday identified Bangladesh as a potential next-door destination of its services as they consider that the country's
 arrow Compliance with WTO rules creates problems for LDCs
Compliance with WTO rules and regulations creates problems for the least developed countries (LDCs), speakers told an international seminar here on Tuesday.
 arrow DSE General Index hits new high at 2024.23 points
With the Dhaka bourse witnessing a bullish trend for more than one month, the DSE General Index yesterday reached another all time high at 2024.23 points.
 arrow India's IT industry despairs over surging rupee
India's IT industry expressed serious concern Wednesday over the impact of the rupee's surge on export-dependent software exporters, already struggling with high costs.
 arrow Tata Steel eyes acquisitions in SE Asia
Tata Steel, India's largest steelmaker, may expand by buying firms in Southeast Asia after two major deals already this year including a takeover of Anglo-Dutch firm Corus, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow G8 must grasp trade deal now or risk it slipping away: WTO chief
Top industrialised nations must focus now on reaching a global trade deal or risk seeing the chance slip away, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) warned on Wednesday.
 arrow FBCCI decides to change polls rules
The executive board of the country's apex trade body yesterday decided in principle to change rules relating to participation in its biennial election.
 arrow REHAB rejects brick makers' price claim
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) yesterday reiterated its claim that the present market price of quality bricks is Tk 5,000 (per thousand pieces), disagreeing with the manufacturers
 arrow Ctg container terminal sees record cargo handling
Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) has witnessed a record cargo handling when 1,138 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers were handled in 15 hours ending Monday morning.
 arrow HSBC gives $100m to combat global climate change
The HSBC Group announced recently a 5-year US$ 100 million HSBC Climate programme partnering with four environmental organisations to inspire action by individuals, businesses and governments worldwide
 arrow Former US vice president Al Gore to attend Global Brand Forum in S'pore
Al Gore, the former US vice president, environmentalist, author and Oscar Award winner, will make his first trip to Singapore in August this year to attend this year's Global Branch Forum, says a press
 arrow ADB issues $1b in global bonds
The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday it had returned to the US dollar bond market with a one-billion-dollar, 10-year global benchmark bond issue.
 arrow New MD of Jamuna Bank
Mohammed Lakiotullah joined Jamuna Bank Ltd as its managing director on Monday, says a press release. Prior to joining Jamuna Bank, Lakiotullah served Exim Bank as its founder managing director.
 arrow Euro inches up in Asia
The euro inched up in Asian trade Wednesday as the market waited to see how high the European Central Bank might raise interest rates in the coming months to curb inflation, dealers said.
 arrow BP plans bio-fuel project in Indonesia
British Petroleum is planning a bio-fuel project in Indonesia aimed at meeting future demand for cleaner energy, the company said Wednesday. "The plan is still at an early stage.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: BFF's football-only structure mission
Bangladesh's football bosses admitted yesterday that they are passing through a difficult transition period and will need government assistance to overcome it.
 arrow Cricket: Asia survive Pollock scare
Shaun Pollock's maiden century went in vain as Asia XI beat Africa XI by runs in the first one-day international of the Afro-Asia Cup series in Bangalore on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers train from today
The national cricketers return to business today at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to begin preparation for the Sri Lanka tour.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim, Mashrafe guide Asia home
Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 47 to guide Asia XI to a six-wicket victory over Africa XI in the one-off Twenty20 cricket match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Arambagh win, MSC, Muktis clash today
Chittagong Mohammedan crashed to a 3-0 home defeat to Arambagh in the second leg of the B. League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Flintoff row in forefront
England coach Peter Moores is facing the first major test of his man-management skills just days before the third Test against the West Indies here at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: 'I didn't say the word'
England captain Michael Vaughan said Wednesday his remarks about Andrew Flintoff's drinking exploits at the World Cup had been blown out of all proportion.
 arrow Tennis: Serbian aces looking to upset top two
High-flying Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic will be looking to upset the world's top two women's tennis players in Thursday's French Open semifinals to set up an unprecedented all-Serbian final
 arrow Tennis: Djokovic continues Serbian onslaught
Novak Djokovic continued Serbia's French Open surge on Wednesday when he defeated Igor Andreev of Russia in straight sets to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal outclasses Moya
Rafael Nadal moved effortlessly to within two wins of emulating Bjorn Borg's mark of three successive French Open titles when he mercilessly dismissed fellow Spaniard and close friend Carlos Moya on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Davydenko targets Federer
Nikolay Davydenko is happy to leave the Russian razzmatazz to Marat Safin and Maria Sharapova if it guarantees him victory over Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.
 arrow Football: Frisk criticises Mourinho
Former international referee Anders Frisk has hit out at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for creating an unfair aura around the club's games during their failed bid to win the Champions League this season.
 arrow Football: Roberto Carlos signs for Fenerbahce
Turkish champions Fenerbahce said Wednesday that they had signed veteran Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
 arrow Tennis: Haas ruled out of Wimbledon
German number one Tommy Haas, ranked tenth in the world, is almost certain to miss Wimbledon later this month, a German daily newspaper reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil play out Turkey draw
Brazil drew 0-0 with Turkey in a friendly at German side Borussia Dortmund's stadium on Tuesday as the South Americans warmed-up for the Copa America.
 arrow Cricket: Ganga urges revival
Newly installed West Indies captain Daren Ganga told his struggling side Wednesday to focus on the "processes" of Test cricket if they want to reverse their poor form.
 arrow Cricket: No academy role for John
John Wright has withdrawn from the race to become the head coach at Australia's Centre of Excellence.
 arrow Football: Liverpool eye new signings
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has promised transfer activity next week in a bid to improve the club's Premiership record and make a serious title challenge next season.
Hosts Dhaka University became champions in the inter-university swimming competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie trio eye SL job
Three Australians are among the leading contenders to succeed Tom Moody as Sri Lanka's coach.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib among probables
Pakistan Wednesday recalled injury-prone paceman Shoaib Akhtar for the preliminary 20-man squad for next month's one-off match against India in Scotland, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim players invited to train
After cancelling its Zimbabwe tour last month, Australia is likely to extend a helping hand to the cricketers from the troubled African nation by inviting them to train Down Under.
Metropolitanarrow Organised gang of muggers active on DU campus
An organised gang of muggers has remained active on and around the Dhaka University (DU) campus, but the law enforcement agencies have remained inactive.
 arrow 'Torture, socio-economic disparity lead to crime, corruption'
Human rights activists and academics yesterday said tortures and socio-economic disparity in the society lead to crimes, corruption and extremism, which are threats to democracy and harmonious coexistence.
 arrow Cong, breakaway ally set to form govt in Goa
India's ruling Congress party and its breakaway group-cum-ally Nationalist Congress Party are all set to form government in the tiny western coastal state of Goa after elections to the state legislature
 arrow Youth found dead in city
A bullet-hit body of a shoe-store employee was recovered by police yesterday at Dhanmondi area in the city. The deceased was identified as Shakil Bepari, 17, of Katasur under Mohammadpur.
 arrow Call to close ranks to revive past glory
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad, a freedom fighters' organisation, yesterday urged the freedom fighters and patriotic people to be united to make an alternative force to regain previous glory of the land.
 arrow Singaporean lady arrested for cheating Garo people
Immigration police yesterday arrested a Singaporean woman, Dolly Devi, who allegedly swindled nearly half a crore taka from 46 Garo people tempting them with lucrative jobs in hotels and restaurants in
 arrow Road accidents kill four
At least four people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Sirajganj and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow SC rejects govt petition
Upholding the High Court order staying for three months the proceedings of an arms case against former communications minister Nazmul Huda, the Supreme Court yesterday rejected the government petition
 arrow Seminar on lightning
Pre-monsoon thunderstorms take place in the country in March, April and May and the lightning strikes different places in some 19 days during the period, causing huge loss of lives and damage to properties.
 arrow Contraband drugs seized in Ctg
A mobile court seized huge quantity of date-expired and contraband drugs from a pharmacy and a maternity clinic at Halishahar DT Road and Lalkhan Bazar areas in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Licences of 10 Hajj agencies cancelled for irregularities
The government has so far cancelled the licences of 10 Hajj agencies and suspended that of 15 others for one to two years on charges of mismanagement and irregularities in last year's Hajj.
 arrow 5 arrestees on 2-day remand
The five miscreants, arrested on Tuesday with firearms and huge ammunition from an abandoned rubber factory, were placed on a two-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Trekking club executives
An ad hoc executive committee of Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) was formed recently at a general meeting of BMTC, says a press release.
 arrow Foreign cigarettes worth Tk 58 lakh seized, 16 held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized cigarettes of different foreign brands worth Tk 58 lakh and arrested 16 people raiding a number of shops at Gulshan in the city yesterday.
 arrow Gang of 10 robbers held in Gazipur
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a gang of 10 robbers at Tongi in Gazipur on Tuesday night.
 arrow '50pc adults victims of TB'
Fifty percent adults in the country are victims of tuberculosis (TB) while on an average, 227 people in every lakh are being diagnosed as TB-infected, experts said quoting a study yesterday.
 arrow 'Recognise climate change as critical issue in dev programmes'
Climate change should be acknowledged as a critical issue in the development programmes of Bangladesh, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Dismissal of over 550 Rajuk employees declared illegal
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the dismissal of over 550 class four employees of Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakhkha (Rajuk).
 arrow Worker swept away by torrents of water in sewerage line
A worker was swept away by torrents of water while trying to clean up an underground sewerage line at Mothijeel in the city yesterday. The worker, Mohammad Rubel, has remained missing since the incident.
 arrow Illegal structures demolished
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished some illegal structures on government land as part of its ongoing drive to evict land grabbers.
 arrow Mugger lynched
An alleged mugger was killed and another injured by a mob at Shyampur area in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Farida Akhter, wife of former attorney general late Aminul Haque, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a city hospital on Tuesday at the age of 65.
Nationalarrow Top Khatme Nabuat leaders among nine granted bail
All the nine people including the Ameer of International Khatme Nabuat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) Mahmudul Hasan Montazi and its Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Nur Hossain Nurani who were accused of attackingand
 arrow One killed, over 100 hurt as villagers clash in Kushtia, Faridpur
One person was killed and at least 110 people were injured, 35 of them seriously, as villagers clashed in Kushtia and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow HC stays Rajshahi court order for three months
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months a Rajshahi court order that asked an organisation named Tawhid Trust to hand over its 5-storied building at Kajla in the city to detained militant
 arrow JCD cadre gets 21 yrs RI in arms case
A court in Sylhet yesterday sentenced a JCD cadre to 21 years RI for possessing illegal firearms.
 arrow Journo gets 3 yrs RI for extortion
The Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday gave editor and publisher of local vernacular daily Chandpur Zamin Rokonuzzaman Rokon three years' rigorous imprisonment for extortion.
 arrow Kushtia journo threatened with death
Kushtia correspondent of the Daily Prothom Alo, Tariqul Haq Tariq, was threatened with death over cell phone on Tuesday for a news published in the daily on activities of a local Union Parishad (UP) chairman.
 arrow ACC taskforce probes Omar's assets in Barisal
A taskforce of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday started investigation into assets and land property of former state minister and BNP leader Barrister Shahjahan Omar Bir Uttam.
 arrow 5 muggers held from near Jamuna Bridge
Police arrested five snatchers from Soydabad area on the western side of Jamuna Bridge in Sirajganj yesterday when they were fleeing after snatching Tk 58,000 from a cloth trader.
 arrow Car found in Barisal belonged to Falu
The luxurious abandoned car recovered from beside the Barisal-Dhaka highway in March is owned by Mosaddek Ali Falu, detained former BNP lawmaker and political secretary to Begum Khaleda Zia, police said
Point-Counterpointarrow Beyond reforms ... towards a functional political process
For those who view being engaged in politics as a means to an end that being a better future for the country and its people these are indeed challenging times.
 arrow Reinventing shame
The recent stories of pillaging, racketeering, and bribery in Bangladesh would have inspired the American author, Mario Puzo, if he were alive, to write the grand finale of Godfather right here in Dhaka.
Culturearrow Jasimuddin Festival ends
The three-day 'Jasimuddin Festival' organised by the Department of Production, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, ended on June 5 at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Fakir brothers: A legacy of flute-making
The melodies of Khaleque Fakir's banshi (flute) have charmed music enthusiasts at home and abroad. Flutes made by Khaleque and his brothers have made their way to countries including US and Japan.
 arrow Francois Truffaut: Pioneering the 'French New Wave'
"The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary....
Generalarrow 'Campaign'...

Internationalarrow India to defend developing nations at G8 climate talks
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signalled yesterday he would defend the position held by many developing countries on climate change at the Group of Eight summit in Germany.
 arrow Pakistan media curbs challenged in court
A decree by President Pervez Musharraf placing new curbs on the electronic media amid a growing political crisis has been challenged in Pakistan's top court, reports said yesterday.
 arrow ‘Scooter’Libby jailed for perjury
Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to an FBI inquiry in a case which spotlighted flaws in the US push to wage war on Iraq.
 arrow Partisan sniping clouds US immigration bill
Doubt grew Tuesday over the fate of a crucial US Senate bill which grants a path to citizenship for around 12 million illegal immigrants, as partisan sniping broke out over the timing of votes.
 arrow Iran detains 3 Finns
Iran has arrested three Finnish nationals for allegedly entering Iranian territorial waters during a fishing trip in the Gulf, Finland's foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Second Afghan woman journo killed in a week
A Afghan woman journalist was shot dead overnight, the interior ministry said yesterday, in the second such killing in a week -- crimes that have raised alarm among media rights groups.
 arrow Malaysia bans 37 publications that ‘twisted' Islam
Malaysia has banned 37 publications that contain "twisted facts" on Islam, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow Put pressure on Musharraf for free, fair polls
The lawyer for Pakistan's top judge, ousted by President Pervez Musharraf, yesterday urged the US and Britain to put pressure on the military ruler to ensure "free and fair" polls in the country.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tragedy of 21st August
What happened on August 21, 2004 at the city's Bangabandhu Avenue is a blot on the country's political culture.
 arrow Editorial: Reckless abuse of power and corruption
We are flabbergasted, outraged and hard done by at the most blatant form of corruption committed through contemptible abuse of power during the erstwhile four-party alliance government as revealed yesterday
 arrow US focus on Bangladesh
We ought to feel happy that Bangladesh has reached such a point of "eminence" that it has merited the only superpower to demonstrate more than a passing interest in our country, which had for most part
 arrow Understanding the corruption escalator
Even the most naive have been baffled by the depth and rapacity of the corruption of those that have been apprehended in the recent anti-corruption drive.
 arrow Two perspectives
In the current political situation two major perspectives dominate the political scene; they contend with each other.
Letters to Editorarrow Fire incidents
Once fire occurs many of us do not know what to do. Most of our houses, offices and factories are not equipped with required fire fighting gears and residential buildings have virtually none.
 arrow Environmental issues
We were mache-bhate Bangali. I learned fishing before I had learnt alphabets. Fishing was my addiction in my teenage in the 1980s.
 arrow Rickshaws
We have just returned from a two-week visit to Dhaka. We have many outstanding memories of the city.
 arrow CTG's performance
We are confident that the present CTG's intentions are 100 per cent genuine to put this country on the right truck of democracy. It has taken some positive steps since taking over.
 arrow The Begums
Last week I returned from Bangladesh after 3 weeks of stay. I must confess I returned dejected.
 arrow Donation or extortion?
As a conscientious citizen of Bangladesh I was amused by Awami League Presidium Member Zillur Rahman's statement published in your daily on 4 June 2007, that a certain quarter is trying to destroy the
 arrow Forest conservator
Tarzan was called the king of the jungle as all the animals and the human beings who lived in the same forest would acknowledge him as their leader.
 arrow Medical education
I am happy to learn about the formation of the Accreditation Council for improving Quality of Education. So long, I was concerned about our existing University Grant Commission (UGC).
 arrow Signal lights
Proper installation and functioning of signal lights on the road is yet to be ensured.
 arrow Arrested leaders
I can see a pattern evolving when it comes to graft arrests - the moment one is remanded, they tend to fall sick or faint or go to the hospital.
 arrow Price hike
Price hike is a serious problem for our ordinary people. People of limited means find it very difficult to cope with.
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