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Front Pagearrow WB nudges govt to downsize NCB staff
The World Bank (WB) has asked the government to initiate steps for rightsizing the employees of four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), saying the state-owned banks are overstaffed by 30 to 50 percent.
 arrow Caretaker issue sent to chief justice for full bench hearing
The High Court yesterday observed that the 13th amendment to the constitution, making provisions for caretaker government, had gone against the basic structure of the constitution and a referendum was
 arrow Swelling Padma devours buildings at Munshiganj
The monsoon-swollen Padma with turbulent currents has washed away the public health complex and unspecified numbers of houses, shops and mosques in the Louhojang upazila in Munshiganj, one of the flood-hit
 arrow Sundarbans safe haven for poachers, criminals
Forest guards fail to protect the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, from gangs of marauding poachers, illegal loggers and other criminals, as they are easily outgunned.
 arrow University jobs to be put under lens
The government is evaluating all appointments made in public universities in the recent past, Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk said in an interview with The Daily Star.
 arrow Blair suffers as probe into Kelly's death begins
Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged to cooperate fully with an inquiry launched on Monday into the suicide of a scientist sucked into a vicious row over Britain's reasons for waging war on Iraq.
 arrow Newsweek finds Saudi 'link' in Sept 11 attacks
A congressional inquiry points to suspicion over a potential role played by Saudi Arabia in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people, Newsweek writes in its Mondayedition.
 arrow 60 die in Liberia shelling
Heavy fighting engulfed the Liberian capital yesterday, killing at least 60 people as mortars pounded the city in an all-out battle between rebels and forces of President Charles Taylor.
 arrow 83 including 4 listed criminals nabbed on 2nd day of drive
Some 83 people including four listed criminals were arrested in the last 24 hours ending 4:00pm yesterday during the joint drive in the southwestern districts.
 arrow Judge receives showcause notice for 'not respecting' another judge
Second Assistant Judge, Dhaka, Yusuf Ali received a showcause notice when he failed to show due respect to the District and Session Judge's Court.
 arrow EC seeks legal opinion on CHT voters' list
The long overdue polls to the Hill District Councils are trapped in a quagmire with the Election Commission (EC) planning to solicit legal opinion from the attorney general in preparing separate voters'
 arrow US soldier, interpreter killed in Iraq ambush
A US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter have been killed in an attack in Baghdad, adding to a mounting toll of casualties that is putting pressure on Washington to scale back its role in Iraq.
 arrow Cross-exam of 23rd PW ends
Cross-examination of additional superintendent of police, CID, Mojibur Rahman, the 23rd prosecution witness and investigation officer (IO) of the Shazneen case, by the lawyer of Shahidul Islam alias Shahid,
 arrow Seven files nomination
Seven nomination papers were filed yesterday for parliamentary by-election in Netrokona-3 constituency scheduled for August 21.
 arrow No headway in wedding party killing
Although detectives are interrogating the two youths arrested after Saturday's mayhem at a wedding reception in Kazipara, so far they could gather no new information.
 arrow Tension brews over new intern doc body at DMCH
Tension brewed over formation of a new body of intern doctors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) before expiry of the incumbent one continued yesterday.
 arrow Youth shot at Mohammadpur
Criminals shot a youth at Razia Sultana Road in Mohammadpur and muggers stabbed a garment employee at Satrasta crossing in Tejgaon yesterday.
 arrow Correction
The caption of the front-page photograph of our yesterday's issue was garbled due to some technical errors.
 arrow Democrats launch anti-Bush ad war
Democrats are launching a television ad that accuses President Bush of misleading Americans on the nuclear threat from Iraq.
 arrow Cabinet division clarifies Hasina's comments on Khaleda's houses
The cabinet division yesterday clarified some comments made by Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina that the prime minister has taken two houses at Dhaka Cantonment and Gulshan.
 arrow 7 Sonali Bank staff sacked for fund fraud
Seven field supervisors of Sonali Bank here have been dismissed from service on charge of misappropriating Tk 50 lakh from the bank's loan fund by showing disbursement under fake names.
Businessarrow SEC engages audit firms to dig deep into listed company affairs
With a view to ensuring proper utilisation of funds raised from the capital market, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to engage accountancy firms to audit all the listed companies
 arrow Experts call for use of energy saving home appliances
Power experts yesterday stressed the need for encouraging the use of energy saving home appliances.
 arrow Spain-Bangla chamber comes into being
Bangladeshi businessmen yesterday said bilateral trade with Spain could be increased by setting up of a Spanish embassy in Dhaka.
 arrow Bangladesh to benefit from Sino-India road opening
Bangladesh may benefit in the long run if road communications begin between India and China, said an Indian economist.
 arrow Bailout package for sugar industry sought
Experts have suggested a five-year bailout plan for making sugar mills viable through increasing yield of sugarcane and capacity of mills.
 arrow Britain's economy still mired in gloom: Survey
The British economy remains deeply troubled despite having picked up slightly over the past few months, a survey by the country's main business advocacy group said on Monday.
 arrow India needs serious fiscal adjustment to spur growth
India has made "impressive progress" in increasing incomes and living standards but needs economic reforms including "serious fiscal adjustment" to stay on the growth path, the World Bank said.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani thank Toe
Dhaka Abahani battled to a 1-0 win over a spirited Chittagong Moha-mmedan in a second leg game of the Nitol Tata 3rd National Football League held at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Home' team on a high
Jhenidah Mohammedan will face the Moulvibazar Wanderers Club today in the 4th match of the second leg of Nitol Tata 3rd National Football League at the Sylhet Stadium today.
 arrow Hockey: Big wins for Abahani, MSC
Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club won their opening Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League matches in emphatic fashion at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Popular Tigers practice
With the first Test finishing in three days, the Bangladesh cricketers opted foTr some much-needed practice yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket & only cricket
In what must sound like bad news to bowlers all over the world, Brian Lara has announced that he is ready to devote his entire attention to cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Father comes first
South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis was ruled out of this week's first Test against England on Monday.

Kallis has returned home to be with his father, who is suffering from lung cancer.

 arrow Cricket: Nasser won't mind
With the clamour for Michael Vaughan to take over the reins of the Test side getting louder and louder, Nasser Hussain admitted that he would consider handing over the leadership duties to Vaughan.
 arrow Cricket: Klusener's reason to sue
Most people react to being dropped from a side with a shrug and a few muttered oaths.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs' confidence booster
Herschelle Gibbs was a relieved man after making 79 for South Africa against India A here on Sunday in what was the Proteas' last match before next week's first Test against England.
 arrow Tennis: Belgium blank Slovakia
Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne earned Belgium a semifinal showdown with the US after propelling their country to a 5-0 rout of holders Slovakia in the Fed Cup on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Mercedes Cup Coria's
Shy South American Guillermo Coria shook the sand off of his shoes before settling into his new sports car for a drive around Centre Court after a title triumph at the 765,000-euro Mercedes Cup ATP tennis
 arrow Swimming: One and only Thorpe
Olympic champion Ian Thorpe created another slice of swimming history on Sunday when he became the first person ever to win three consecutive world titles at the same distance when he led an Australian
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho was too scared
Manchester United have accused Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho of not having the nerve to play in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Magpies, B'ham in Asia
The English Premier League stepped up its claim for the lucrative Asian fan base on Monday when Newcastle United and Birmingham City arrived in Kuala Lumpur for the first tournament sanctioned by theFootball
 arrow Football: Mexico reach semis

Mexico routed short-handed Jamaica 5-0 on Sunday in a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal at Azteca Stadium, gaining a home berth for the semifinals.

 arrow Football: Vieira could sign new Arsenal deal
French midfielder Patrick Vieira is on the verge of penning a new deal to stay at FA Cup winners Arsenal, reports said Monday.
 arrow Football: Seaman may carry on
Veteran goalkeeper David Seaman said he could stay on at his new club Manchester City beyond his current one-year deal.

"The move has not been difficult as it is my job," the 39-year-old said.

 arrow Football: WORLD BRIEFS
Manchester United have ruled out making a bid for Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff after the English Premiership champions lost out in the race to sign Ronaldinho.
Politicalarrow No love lost between Samad, Suranjit
Long-lasting discord between two senior leaders of the Awami League (AL), Abdus Samad Azad and Suranjit Sengupta, reached its peak over a decision taken by the Sunamganj district unit.
 arrow Jubo League leader Bashar denies link with attack
Dhaka City North Unit Jubo League President Abul Bashar denied his link with the attack on the wedding reception party of Golam Mostafa Labu.

Bashar also refuted any internal feud in his unit.

 arrow BCL leader assaulted on DU campus
A leader of Jagannath Hall unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was allegedly beaten up by an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Accommodation crisis grips JU
Accommodation crisis has gripped the dormitories of Jahangirnagar University (JU) because of session jam, leaving the newly admitted students in uncertainty about their seats.
 arrow DU students to stage protest tomorrow
Students' organisations at Dhaka University will stage protests on the campus tomorrow to commemorate the police atrocities on the female students of Shamsunnahar Hall.
 arrow CU Correspondent: Clinic Plus- Prothom Alo inter-school debate begins in Ctg on July 25
The 'Clinic Plus- Prothom Alo' inter-school parliamentary debate competition begins in the port city on July 25.
Nationalarrow Govt's blind eye to death trap
How much the government has to spend to improve the signalling system in the country's river routes?

This question is now being asked by vessel operators and people here after the July 10 launchdisaster

 arrow Eight drown, 2 die from snakebite in three dists
Eight people including four children drowned and two others died from snakebite in Shariatpur, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts in the last three days.
 arrow Accused produced in court
The railway employee, who allegedly misappropriated at least Tk 66 lakh from ticket sale proceeds at Sylhet railway station was put on five days remand on Sunday by a magistrate court for interrogation.
 arrow New twist in college girl Zahida rape, murder case
College girl Zahida rape and murder case here has taken a new twist following its transfer to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police this month.
 arrow 'Stop transfer of magistrate, scrap deal on container terminal'
Leaders of Chattagram Bandar Rakshma Committee (Cittagong port protection committee), a conglomerate of port labour organisations, have demanded cancellation of transfer of magistrate Munir Chowdhuryfrom
Foreign Relationsarrow Indian team arrives to finalise Dhaka-Agartala bus service
A five-member delegation from Indian State of Tripura arrived in Dhaka yesterday to finalise route fare and other issues relating to Dhaka-Agartala bus service.
Culturearrow Young Learners in action!
'Ouch!' moaned I, as a gang of little people aged between 5 to 7 years scurried past me at the entrance of the Meena Bazaar held at the British Council.
 arrow An evening with poetry
Swanan (Dhaka), one of the well-known recital organizations of Bangladesh staged a recital performance at the Natmondol Auditorium of Dhaka University last Friday evening.
 arrow Mature tunes
Audio productions house Soundtek held the launching ceremony of singer Sharful Alam's solo Rabindra Sangeet album Modhuro Dhwoni Bajey at theVIP Lounge of the National Press Club on 19 July.
Generalarrow Judgement in Naushin murder case July 30
The judgement in the Naushin murder case will be given on July 30.
 arrow Girl found dead in Khulna NGO office
Police yesterday recovered the body of a young girl from the office of Dip Shikha, a voluntary non-government organisation (NGO) at Sher-e-Bangla road under Sonadanga thana.
 arrow Factory fire kills one, injures 20 in N'ganj
A worker was burnt alive and 20 others were injured when a fire broke out at a dyeing and printing factory at Ramarbagh in Fatullah Police Station in the early hours of yesterday

The dead was identified

 arrow Two killed in Satkhira road mishap
Two persons were killed in a road accident on Kaliganj-Shyamnagar road at Chandipur in Shymnagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Verdict in engr Humayun Kabir murder case July 29
Judgement in the Engineer Humayun Kabir murder case will be given on July 29.
 arrow 2 youths held in city with revolvers
CID police arrested two youths from Sabuj Kanon in the city yesterday and recovered two firearms and seven bullets from their possession.
 arrow School teacher kidnapped in Khagrachhari
Members of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) allegedly kidnapped one primary school teacher in Khagrachhari Sunday for ransom.
 arrow One sentenced to life in rape case in Madaripur
A court here yesterday awarded lifeterm imprisonment to a man in a rape case.

The convict is Delwar Hossain Mal of village Ramzanpur in Kalkini upazila of Madaripur.

 arrow Only 62 goes for free ride to Dhaka
The first trip of the BIWTC (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation) vessel MV Sela failed to attract passengers for the proposed daytime schedule on Dhaka-Barisal-Dhaka route.
Internationalarrow Palestinians look to US to break ME deadlock
Palestinians were looking to Washington Monday to help break the deadlock with Israel in the peace process as their prime minister Mahmud Abbas began a flurry of diplomacy which will culminate in talks
 arrow Bush credibility rests in probe: Senators
The credibility of President Bush and the nation are at stake with the information that led the United States into the Iraq war, two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee say.
 arrow Labour MPs bash BBC for role in Kelly's death
The BBC came under fire on Sunday for its part in the death of a British arms expert after confirming he was the source of its report that the government had "sexed up" evidence to justify war on Iraq.
 arrow Uproar in parliament as opposition demands Vajpayee's resignation
Opposition parties in the Indian parliament demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday, accusing him of protecting cabinet colleagues involved in the 1992 razing of a mosque.
 arrow China, Britain hail new, open and frank ties
China and Britain Monday hailed a new frankness and openness between the two countries, and vowed to work together to produce a "stable, prosperous and peaceful" world.
 arrow More US troops ordered to Liberia amid fighting
Faced with a flare-up in Liberia's civil war, the United States has ordered 41 additional troops to the capital of the West African nation, but given no word on whether it will send peacekeepers.
 arrow 3-way talks on DPRK nukes likely in Sept
Nuclear crisis talks between North Korea, the United States and China are likely to be held in early September, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday.
 arrow US visa to be easier for 'legitimate' tourists
Visitors to the United States are in for changes from January 1, next year, as a new system - the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US VISIT) - will identify and track immigrants
 arrow Enough sleep makes brilliant kids
Parents may be able to get by on little sleep from time to time, but shortchanging kids on slumber can turn their days into nightmares.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DESA and DESCO come under fury
The state minister concerned has done some tough talking to DESA and DESCO, the two state-run power service bodies.
 arrow Editorial: A culpable offence
Yet again, we hear of complete indifference to the sanctity of our surroundings by a group of greedy and selfish people.
 arrow What they need is new knowledge
Allow me to talk about two federations of farmers.
 arrow Tackling sectarianism
Killing of 54 Muslims during prayers in an Imam Bargah-cum-Mosque in Quetta on July 4 was a powerful reminder that the monster of sectarianism still strikes at will; the state seems powerless.
Letters to Editorarrow Claw of politics over media!
The media was never free from government influence. But people still have hopes as there are at least some neutral newspapers in the country, for example The Daily Star and Prothom Alo.
 arrow Points to ponder
The huge quantity of arms and explosive haul at Bogra is of serious concern. Our political parties typically straight away drew conclusions and started blaming each other.
 arrow Sending troops to Iraq
Kudos to the Indian government for their principled stand on Iraq.
 arrow Why are they irresponsible?
The policing and administration of the riverine transport system has obviously collapsed.
Focusarrow Parliamentary reforms
Give alms to the beggar, money to the poor, service to the needy, health to the sick, knowledge to the ignorant, education to the children and so on and so forth.
 arrow Shattered credibility of "road map"
Palestinians are butchered mercilessly by Israelis.
 arrow An Yearning For A Sound-Piercing Arrow
The sweet and melodious tom-tom sound
Wafts rhythmically from around
From the Santal village.