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Front Pagearrow Budget unique for three reasons
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam has termed the budget proposed for the coming fiscal year unconventional and realistic and said it's not that ambitious.
 arrow Bid to break with past but no breakthrough
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) says it does not find any radical changes in financing the big budget for fiscal 2007-08 announced by the caretaker government. This is a big budget.
 arrow Tarique, wife and daughter have Tk 1.40 cr assets
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, now detained on charge of extortion, his wife and daughter have assets worth around Tk 1.40 crore.
 arrow Budget reflects needs of time: MCCI
Welcoming most of the proposals of the budget for fiscal year 2007-08, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in statement yesterday said the budget, although challenging, reflects the need
 arrow BNP's mixed reaction to budget
Terming the proposed budget as 'pretty balanced considering limited resources', BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said dependence on foreign aid has not been reduced in the proposed
 arrow Babar remanded, Litu sent to jail
Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was further remanded yesterday for three days in an arms case while Bengal Group Chairman Abul Khair Litu sent to Dhaka Central Jail on 30 days detention.
 arrow US court stays proceedings for 7 days
A federal judge in California has stayed the proceedings for seven days against Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed, the condemned killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, after fresh hearing of his case.
 arrow Budget's success depends on its implementation
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the administration cadre officials to take necessary preparations for successful implementation of the national budget after its finalisation.
 arrow 4 major export sectors unattended
The proposed tariff restructuring in the budget may create an anti-domestic industry bias with a number of important export sectors left unattended. The tariff incidences would increase by 1.
 arrow Govt mulls shorter rail line to cut time, cost
Cancelling the option of Dhaka-Chittagong electric train service, the caretaker government is considering setting up a shorter train line at the cost of $1.
 arrow Rita, Mita not meeting anyone
Dr Ainun Nahar Rita, a physician, and Nurunnahar Mita, an engineer, two sisters who had made the headlines of newspapers almost a year ago for living in a self imposed complete isolation, and later who
 arrow Yunus criticises G8's Africa aid package
Nobel Peace laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday said the G8's pledge to give Africa 60 billion dollars to fight AIDS and malaria was not the answer to the continent's battle with disease.
 arrow Sugar price goes up
Price of sugar has increased as an immediate effect of the proposed duty on the item in the budget for fiscal year 2006-07 that was announced on Thursday.
 arrow EU now 'content' with poll in '08, to back reforms
The European Union yesterday said it would be 'content' with elections in 2008 and is willing to politically and financially support reforms to ensure that free and fair polls are held within that time.
 arrow 3000 domestic fowls culled in Dinajpur
About 3,000 domestic fowls were culled and buried from all of the 257 households of four villages under Satnala union of Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur in the early hours of Thursday.
 arrow Rain likely to continue for 2 more days
The monsoon has set in and the rain persisting in the central part of the country including the capital will continue for couple of days, Met office said.
 arrow Outlaw beaten to death in Tangail
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was beaten to death in Sadar upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Garment workers block road
Garment workers yesterday put up a barricade on the Dhaka-Tangail highway near Chandra Palli Biddyut office under Kaliakoir upazila of the district demanding arrear wages.
 arrow Accused bailed by 'proxy' held in Chittagong
Police in Chittagong yesterday arrested a charge-sheeted accused in a criminal case who received bail from a court by producing his 10-year-old cousin posing as him on Wednesday.
 arrow 53 more killed in Iraq surge of violence
At least 53 people have died in a two-day surge of violence in Iraq, including 16 in two car bombs yesterday, as an American general admitted the US military surge would likely only have temporary impact.
 arrow Deep divisions derail US immigration bill
The US Senate divisions that derailed a White House-backed immigration bill for now, at least mirror the US society's deep differences over the issue, according to polling data, lawmakers and analysts.
 arrow Bush returns to G-8 summit after illness
A stomach ailment forced President Bush to miss some meetings at an international summit on Friday, but after resting in his room, he rejoined the gathering and prepared for talks in Poland on a missile
 arrow G8 pledges $60b to fight disease in Africa
The Group of Eight industrial powers yesterday pledged 60 billion dollars to fight AIDS and other diseases in Africa on the final day of their annual summit.
Businessarrow Duty cut on essentials, measures for capital market lauded
Different trade bodies and associations yesterday expressed mixed reaction to the proposed budget for the 2007-08 fiscal.
 arrow Corruption a major concern for US firms in SE Asia
Corruption is a concern for US businesses operating in Southeast Asia, according to results of a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Singapore released Friday.
 arrow An Analysis of the National Budget for FY2007-08

 arrow IMF urges central banks to remain vigilant on inflation
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato, attending the G8 summit here, urged the world's central banks on Friday to remain "vigilant" in face of inflationary dangers.
 arrow Asian markets follow Wall Street's slide
Most Asian markets tumbled Friday after shares on Wall Street fell sharply amid growing speculation a U.S. interest rate cut was unlikely.
 arrow Reliance Ins declares 15pc cash dividend
Reliance Insurance Ltd has declared a 15 percent cash dividend for the year 2006, says a press release.
 arrow H and S Ceramic goes into commercial operations
Mymensingh-based H and S Ceramic Industries has gone into commercial operations, says a press release.
 arrow China blocks US shipments over food safety
China has returned health pill and food shipments from the United States for not reaching minimum safety standards, officials said Friday, amid a growing row over food safety.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 03-June 07, 2007
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The demand for US dollar was stable in the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Rahmatganj stun Russel
Rahmatganj dented Sheikh Russel's championship campaign when the bottom-table side pulled off a surprising 1-0 win in yesterday's B. League match.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison strikes for England
England paceman Stephen Harmison delivered the occasional gem amidst a flurry of wide deliveries to help leave West Indies 153 for three in reply to England's 370, a deficit of 217, at tea on the second
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore positive with Pakistan
After surprisingly failing to remain in contention for team India's coach, former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has now responded positively to Pakistan's job offer, PCB sources claimed on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff dismisses rift
Andrew Flintoff has said his friendship with Michael Vaughan remains as strong as ever, despite the England captain's comments about the all-rounder's conduct at the World Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Federer storms into final
Roger Fede-rer closed in on a Grand Slam title sweep when he overcame courageous but nerve-racked Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (9/7) to reach the French Open final on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Venues to be set soon
The venues for the 2011 cricket World Cup will be finalised when the representatives of the four host countries meet at Bhurban in Pakistan on June 18.
 arrow Cricket: Asia want to clinch title 2nd ODI today
Already one up in the three-match series, the Asian XI will be hoping for an unassailable 2-0 lead to pocket the Afro-Asia Cup title on Saturday when they cross sword with their African counterparts in
 arrow Cricket: Signs point to Ford
Unless something goes very wrong, Graham Ford is likely to be appointed India's next coach when the committee that is charged with making the decision meets with the prospective candidates at the TajCoromandel
 arrow Tennis: From pool to Paris
Ana Ivanovic's dramatic journey to the French Open final began with a TV advert, was nurtured in a swimming pool and survived NATO bombs.
 arrow Cricket: Chance to prove form
One man's poison is another man's candy. While Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar saw no value in playing the Afro-Asian Cup, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh should have been queuing up to have a go.
 arrow Cricket: Chalk and cheese
Ray Mali is to Percy Sonn what milk is to moonshine. Their shared nationality and lives in cricket aside, two less connectable figures have never existed.
 arrow Local Snippets
Discovery and Metro CA were declared joint champions as rain ruined the final of the Boost Power Cup Cricket (under-13) at the Alabaman Krira Chakra ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Munaf fully fit
Indian team's fitness trainer Gregory King on Friday certified that speedster Munaf Patel has recovered fully from the back injury he sustained on the tour of Bangladesh and was fit for the forthcoming
 arrow Football: Bordeaux get a Blanc cheque
World Cup winning defender Laurent Blanc became a coach for the first time on Friday when he took over at League Cup winners Bordeaux.
 arrow Tennis: 'Crazy' times for Justine
Known for her steely determination and unflappability on court, Justine Henin insists that there is another, more "crazy" side to her character.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis to lead new faces
Jacques Kallis will lead South Africa during their one-day tour in Ireland, which includes an ODI against the hosts and three against India in Stormont, in place of the injured Graeme Smith.
 arrow Football: Bayern pull off double coup
French midfielder Franck Ribery and Italian striker Luca Toni insisted on Friday they have joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to win titles and get them back to the pinnacle of German football.
 arrow Football: Real lead at home stretch
Real Madrid could notch up their 30th Spanish title if they win at Real Zaragoza on Saturday and their rivals Barcelona and Sevilla lose at home to Espanyol and away at Real Mallorca respectively.
 arrow Football: UEFA gives Sweden win
Sweden were awarded a 3-0 victory over Denmark by European football's governing body UEFA on Friday for their Euro 2008 qualifier last weekend.
 arrow Football: Picturesque Euro preview
Joint hosts Switzerland and Austria marked a year to go for the Euro 2008 finals on Friday with a mountain top match in the Swiss Alps involving some of their footballing greats and ex-European stars.
 arrow Football: Newcastle rope in Viduka
Australian international striker Mark Viduka has completed his move from Middlesbrough to Newcastle after passing a medical on Thursday.
 arrow Govou blasts Juninho
France striker Sidney Govou on Thursday launched a scathing attack on his Brazilian teammate Juninho, accusing him of being egotistical.
 arrow Football: Giuly edges towards Barca exit
Barcelona forward Ludovic Giuly is set to leave the Spanish champions at the end of this season - and could sign with either Marseille or Monaco, his father said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Nine killed in road accidents
Nine people were killed and at least 66 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Call to arrange training on mountaineering for school children
Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) President Enayet Ullah Khan has urged all school authorities to arrange training on mountaineering for children that, he said, would help build high confidence
 arrow 'A Golden Age' launched in Dhaka
Though independence has been the greatest achievement of the country, its values -- equality, social justice and democracy -- have not been materialised even after 36 years.
 arrow 'Japan upholds peace-building approach'
Fourth Foundation Day Lecture of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Dhaka UniversityFourth Foundation Day Lecture of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Dhaka University (DU), was
 arrow Two die while cleaning well in Bogra
A person and his nephew died from toxic gas inhalation while cleaning a well at Nepaltoli village in Gabtali upazila yesterday.
 arrow Insurance official held with fake notes in Comilla
Local people caught an insurance official and seized 12 fake notes, including one of Tk 500 denomination, from his possession at Gazirhat under Muradnagar upazila on Thursday noon.
 arrow Project to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission (EC) will provide $31.2 million for the first-ever UN joint project in the country to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
 arrow Afghan envoy visits IUT
Afghan Ambassador to Bangladesh Ahmad Karim Nawabi visited the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), on Thursday.
 arrow President undergoes cataract surgery
President Iajuddin Ahmed underwent a successful cataract surgery on his right eye at Birdem Hospital yesterday, according to a Bangabhaban statement.
 arrow Workshop on environment for teens held
Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) organised a daylong workshop titled 'Training programme for adult advisers for Teens for Planet Earth in Bangladesh' was held at COSMOS Centre (WTB conference room)in
 arrow Death anniversary of Sabequnnahar Sony observed
The fifth death anniversary of Sabequnnahar Sony, a female student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was observed yesterday.
 arrow Two Bangladeshis win Bronze medal in Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad
Two young mathematicians from Bangladesh won Bronze medal in Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO) 2007, the most prestigious mathematics contest of the region, says a press release.
 arrow Notorious criminal held in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) during a raid at a residential hotel in the port city arrested a notorious criminal of the capital and seized foreign currencies and Phensidyl from him.
 arrow Youth held with firearms in Jessore
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a youth with firearms from Mahishakura village of Sharsha upazila in Jessore district.
 arrow Rab member dies on duty
A member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 47 children get Meridian Ananda Alo Painting Awards
The award ceremony of 'Meridian Ananda Alo Children Painting Award 2007' was held amid festive mood at the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 CCC officials suspended on corruption charges
Two officials of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) were suspended on charges of corruption on Thursday.
 arrow Govt allows transmission of six more TV channels
The government has given permission for transmission of six more satellite TV channels.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 34th episode of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.
Nationalarrow Gaibanbha BNP leader chartgesheeted in eight cases of extortion, attack
Charge sheets have been submitted against Gaibandha district BNP president Hamidul Huq Chhana and some front ranking party leaders in eight cases for alleged extortion, attack on opponent political activists
 arrow Hilsha rotting, thrown into water for ice crisis
At least 100 tonnes of Hilsha are rotting and thrown into rivers every day in five coastal districts of Barisal division in the peak season of the fish now due to scarcity of ice, mainly caused by power
 arrow Outlaw-turned BNP leader on the run in Magura
Only seven years back, Mihir Kanti Biswas was an armed cadre of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP).
 arrow AL leader held in Rajshahi
Police arrested an Awami League leader from Rajshahi city yesterday for his alleged involvement in drug and arms trade.
 arrow 24 cops of Rajapur police station closed
Twenty-four policemen of Rajapur Police Station under Jhalakati district including its officer-in-charge (OC) Inspector Zakir Hossain have been closed to district police line.
Point-Counterpointarrow The South Asian music archives
The Saarc summit 2007 at Delhi appears to have concluded on an enthusiastic note. From the deliberations we have every reason to believe that some concrete actions will follow the Delhi Summit.
 arrow Draft Bangladesh Coal Policy
Minimum Work Obligations under "Exploration Licence" and "Mining Lease" need to be specified in the draft Bangladesh Coal Policy.
 arrow Paradoxes of globalisation
Globalisation is a process by which capital, goods, services, and sometimes labor cross national borders and acquire a transnational character.
Culturearrow Weaving a wizardry of words
Emdadul Haque Milon attained popularity as an author in the '80s. His wizardry of words has won him the hearts of many.
 arrow Prachyanat's production of "Raja"
Theatre group Prachyanat is all set to launch the first ever multimedia theatre production in Bangladesh by bringing to stage a Tagore classic, Raja. Prachyanat's production, "Raja...
 arrow Amjad Hossain in "Amar Ami" tonight
Hosted by Aupi Karim, the popular talk show Amar Ami will be aired tonight at 8:55pm on Banglavision. Each episode features one or more noted personality, usually from the cultural arena.
Internationalarrow Israel signals readiness to quit Golan for peace
Israel sent secret messages to Syria recently signalling willingness to give up the captured Golan Heights in return for a peace deal that would require Syria to distance itself from Iran, an Israelinewspaper
 arrow Lanka court halts Tamil evictions
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday ordered a halt to the eviction of minority ethnic Tamils from the capital, as rights activists attacked the use of "collective punishment" to fight Tamil rebels.
 arrow Putin proposes joint US-Russian base
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a joint Russian-US base to detect missile attacks in a startling proposal to overcome a crisis between the two countries. Putin offered President GeorgeW.
 arrow UN, India promise Nepal help on the road to democracy
India and the United Nations Thursday promised help to the Himalayan nation of Nepal in its transformation to a democracy as Nepalese officials announced a November date for the country's first post-war
 arrow CIA prisons in Romania, Poland approved by presidents
CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania from 2003 to 2005 to interrogate terror suspects under a programme authorised by the countries' presidents, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Major developing nations lukewarm on G8 climate goals
The leaders of five major developing nations on Thursday signalled they would not bow to pressure from the Group of Eight to commit to binding targets in the fight against global warming.
 arrow Weakening storm Gonu leaves Oman swamped
People dragged soaked bedding and carpets from homes Thursday after Cyclone Gonu's winds blew down trees and power lines and its rains sent torrents of water and mud surging through Oman's seaside capital,
 arrow Pak judge's lawyer slams government 'fairy tales'
Lawyers for Pakistan's ousted chief justice yesterday accused top government officials of "fairy tales and fabrications" in their affidavits against the judge.
 arrow Six in 10 Nepalese want king to go
Nearly six out of 10 Nepalese want the monarchy to be abolished in the Himalayan nation, but the same number are unclear about the relevance of upcoming elections, a survey showed yesterday.
 arrow Dutch to vote on giving papers to 30,000 illegal immigrants
The Dutch parliament is to vote next week on whether to give 30,000 illegal immigrants residency permits, following a debate Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What ails Dhaka University?
Two recent happenings at the highest seat of learning of the country have left the nation wondering: What ails Dhaka University? First, two and a half years back the nation was served with the newsitem
 arrow Editorial: G-8 climate deal
While some have expressed their reservations about the recent G-8 agreement to cut down on greenhouse gas (GHG), emissions since it calls for only a 'substantial' cuts rather than containing a mandatory
 arrow Britain's two Prime Ministers
A few days are still left before Gordon Brown can discard his mantle of Chancellor and formally take over the office of the British Prime Minister on 27 June.
 arrow Are we going to sweep the problems under the rug again?
The reform of political parties has now become a popular demand. Yet, some politicians appear to be cunningly trying to avoid the issue.
 arrow Ominous caste clashes
The Supreme Court of India did well to take notice of mayhem in Rajasthan early this month. The centre and the states simply abdicated their obligation to govern.
StarTecharrow Magic Pen reads Tona Tunir Galpa
Magic sticks were used to wake up and help get to sleep the princess in fairy tales. Down the generations these tales have whetted the imagination of the kids.
 arrow Not a typical job site
In this internet-dominated world, websites are like information hub, where people get the opportunity to acquire diverse knowledge to improve their lifestyle and at the same time modernise work strategy.
 arrow CSL introduces HP C567TU laptop
Computer Source Ltd. (CSL), a renowned vendor of IT accessories recently introduces HP Compaq Presario C567TU Notebook PC in the local market.
 arrow Home delivery a click away
Out of the blue your friends have called on you one Thursday evening and placed an 'orderly' request to have a surprise party at your home.
 arrow Squse! The Hand

Literaturearrow On the Side of the Enemy*
(Translated by Khademul Islam)

"I sold the grain to build the shithouse. Now what do I eat in order to shit?" Laughter spread throughout the whole shop.

 arrow The past always comes back
"...'We have art,' Nietzsche said, 'so we shall not be destroyed by the truth.' The raw truth of an incident never ends, and the story of Coop and the terrain of my sister's life are endless to me.
 arrow A 1971 poem
Conversations with Suleman is a long poem, a prose poem, by Afsan Chowdhury about a crippled ex-Mukti Bahini named Suleman.
 arrow Pain
Salty stream flows
I feel the fall
I taste it...
Then it drops on my breasts
Deepening the pain.

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