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Front Pagearrow Runaway road corruption
Dhaka roads remain pockmarked with potholes even though the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) spent Tk 210 crore in the last three fiscals on road construction and repair.
 arrow Crackdown on city bus terminal criminals
In a surprise move, joint forces swooped on five city bus terminals last night and arrested 72 alleged extortionists last night hours after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia directed law enforcers for the crackdown.
 arrow Tremors bare lack of preparedness
A moderate earthquake and a train of aftershocks on Sunday heightened experts' fear of a major crisis in the Chittagong region because of the government's unpreparedness for tackling post-quake situation.
 arrow Govt waits on flood damage repair
The flood situation is improving, but the government will not immediately go for major repair and rehabilitation works as the threat of a second spell of floods looms large, sources said.
 arrow Eight killed in Saudi firefight
Six militants and two policemen were killed yesterday in a fierce firefight with security forces during a crackdown on wanted criminals, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said.
 arrow 2 more Marines killed in Iraq
The military reported the deaths of two US soldiers in separate attacks yesterday in a continuing upsurge of violence against the American occupation force.
 arrow 21 ministries, deptts fail to report on ministers' pledges
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Government Assurances has decided to ask 21 ministries and some departments to explain their failure to send 'status reports' on fulfilment of ministers' commitments
 arrow No headway in Bogra ammo haul probe
Political interference has put brakes on the inquiry into the massive ammunition and explosives hauls in Bogra, said sources.
 arrow Greens slam 'illegal' road plan by felling trees
A set of land grabbers cut down about 300 trees in Pallabi to build a road, whipping up a storm of protest from a pro-environment group yesterday.
 arrow 4 ex-bank staff get 8yrs in prison
Four former officials of the Chawkbazar branch of the Pubali Bank in the city have been sentenced to eight years rigorous imprisonment in a fraud case.
 arrow One to die for acid attack on wife
A young man was condemned to death by a special tribunal here yesterday for throwing acid on his wife five years ago, which blinded and deafened the minor girl.
 arrow Abducted Ctg businessman not rescued yet
Abducted businessman and Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Jamal Uddin Chowdhury alias JU Chowdhury could not be rescued till yesterday.
 arrow IOJ faction asks PM to allow fatwa
The main faction of the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and demanded "abolition of the High Court verdict" banning fatwa and recognition of 'kawmi madrassah'.
 arrow Two killed in city road mishaps
Two persons were killed and another was injured in road accidents at Paltan and Sutrapur yesterday.
 arrow Extortionists gun down trucker in 2nd attempt
Extortionists gunned down a truck owner yesterday in the second attempt within a month while he was sleeping at his residence at Mirerbagh in Keraniganj.
 arrow 11 outlaws get life in murder case at Jessore
Eleven activists of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have been sentenced to life in the sensational Ali Akbar Khan murder case.
 arrow Three die after eating poisonous Fish
Three people died and four others fell severely ill after eating poisonous 'Tepa fish' on Sunday at Noapara of Ashashuni upazila in Satkhira district.
 arrow Newsweek July 28 issue banned
The government has confiscated all copies of July 28 issue of the Newsweek magazine for publishing "confusing and objectionable" information about the holy Quran.
 arrow Ramna SI shoots himself by accident
A sub-inspector (SI) of the Ramna Police Station was injured in an accidental shot fired from his service pistol yesterday.
 arrow Mymensingh post office looted
Robbers looted cash and prize bonds worth about Tk 1.25 lakh from sadar post office in the town Sunday night.

Sources said the robbers entered the building by breaking open the iron grill of thewindow.

 arrow Iraqi group threatens 'holy war'
A hitherto unknown group of Iraqi Muslim militants has warned in a video tape aired on an Arab television channel that they will fight a "holy war" against US President George W Bush and his administration.
Businessarrow Businesses for continuation of pre-shipment inspection
Voicing concern over a move against pre-shipment inspection (PSI), the business community has urged the government to continue with the system to help avert customs 'harassment' on importers.
 arrow Wrong BoI focus failed to deliver credible investment data: WB
Wrong focus on registering the number of investors with Board of Investment (BoI) during a particular period has been the main reason for failure in delivering credible data on actual investment flow.
 arrow Development of primary textile key to tackling post-MFA era
Primary textile sector must be developed for readymade garments (RMG) industries to tackle the post-MFA era, said Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) yesterday.
 arrow T-bill liquidation restriction goes
In a bid to develop secondary market for treasury bills auction, the central bank has withdrawn restriction on liquidating the bills before maturity period.
 arrow WB, IMF set conditions for loans: Saifur
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will provide adequate loans to Bangladesh if the government succeeds in reducing wastage of resources, selecting appropriate projects and ensuringtheir
 arrow Stay on FBCCI electoral reform order to continue
The Appellate Division yesterday rejected a government petition seeking vacation of a one-month stay order by the High Court on operation of the government SRO regarding electoral reform of the Federation
 arrow Total restructuring of Petrobangla on cards
The government is going for a total restructuring of the organogram of Petrobangla the state oil, gas and mineral corporation to make it more of a supervising authority than a public sector operator.
 arrow New RMG industry to be established in Ctg EPZ
A garments accessories manufacturing industry with an investment of Tk 3 million will be set up in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).
 arrow Major trade bodies decry shipping ministry
FBCCI and four leading trade bodies yesterday resented the shipping ministry's failure to issue a circular relieving foreign ships of securing mandatory waiver certificates even after the passage of a
 arrow S'pore-Australia FTA takes effect
The Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) came into force Monday with both governments vowing to continue supporting multilateral trade liberalization efforts.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Test series Aussies'
World champions Australia thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 98 runs on the fourth day of the second cricket Test at Bundaberg Stadium here Monday to wrap up the series two-nil.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bangladesh better than Pakistan, WI'
Australian skipper Steve Waugh praised hapless Bangladesh despite another heavy Test defeat here Monday, saying the minnows' batting had been better than Pakistan and the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: First Test nicely poised
England opener Michael Vaughan was out to the last ball before tea as South Africa gave themselves a chance of victory on the fifth and final day of the first Test at Edgbaston here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh's Warne-ing
Steve Waugh declared that spin king Shane Warne will face a fight to regain his place after Stuart MacGill inspired Australia to a crushing second Test victory over Bangladesh here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zeroing in on India
Australian cricket's celebrity of the moment, match-winning leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, said here Monday he was itching for the opportunity to display his wiles on Indian wickets.
 arrow Cricket: One-dayers on BTV
There is good news for cricket lovers that state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) is going to provide live coverage of the three-match one-day series between world champions Australia and Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Hadlee to be a selector only
Richard Hadlee has lost his job as chairman of the New Zealand national selection panel in a new structure announced by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday.
 arrow Hockey: Railway hold Usha
Giants Usha Krira Chakra dropped valuable points against Dhaka Railway in their Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi nat' lh'ball on
The Pepsi 16th National Zonal Handball competition began at the Police Lines ground in yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Global Insurance TT starts today
The Global Insurance Open Table Tennis Tournament begins today at the National Sports Council wooden-floor gymnasium.
 arrow Bridge: Bridge team goes to Jordan today
A six-member Bangladesh bridge team leaves today for Amman to take part in a zonal bridge championship.
 arrow Football: Moni double rattles Abahani
A delightful double by Saifur Rahman Moni gave Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra a 2-1 victory against Abahani Krira Chakra in a crucial match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the BarisalStadium
 arrow Football: A win, a loss for BKSP boys in Norway Cup
The Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) Under-16 football team so far experienced mixed fortunes in the Norway Cup soccer carnival now being held in Oslo.
 arrow Football: A PR fiasco?
Real Madrid may be trying to win fans in China as they look to latch onto commercial opportunities, but so far their maiden visit has come dangerously close to a public relations disaster.
 arrow Football: Mexico CONCACAF kings
Daniel Osorno struck gold in the seventh minute of extra time Sunday, his golden goal giving Mexico the CONCACAF Gold Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Brazil.
 arrow Football: Robson aghast
A furious Sir Bobby Robson hit out at Jermaine Jenas here on Sunday after the rising young English star cost Newcastle United the Premier League Asia Cup with an outrageous penalty miss.
 arrow Football: Flexible Figo
Real Madrid's Luis Figo insists there is no rivalry between himself and David Beckham, and says he will play wherever the coach wants him to.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho debuts
Ronaldinho made his first appearance for Barcelona Sunday, coming on in the second half of a friendly against Italian giants Juventus that Barcelona won in a penalty shoot-out.
 arrow Football: MU light up LA
Reigning English Premiership champions Manchester United put on an entertaining show in a 3-1 win Sunday over Club of America of Mexico before a crowd of 57,365 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
 arrow Football: Veron off to Chelsea?
Manchester United's Argentina international midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has changed his mind and is set to join Chelsea.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps puts US on top
American teenager Michael Phelps cemented his starring role at the World Swimming Championships here on Sunday by claiming his third gold and clinching his fifth world record.
 arrow Cycling: Armstrong wins Tour de France
Lance Armstrong assured his fifth consecutive yellow jersey here on Sunday after the 20th and final stage of the centenary Tour de France where the hosts were given an unexpected victory.
Metropolitanarrow Teachers allowed a second job
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided to allow its teachers to do extra-departmental jobs after taking prior permission.
 arrow Rajshahi lawyers boycott courts
Lawyers of Rajshahi Bar Association (RBA) yesterday observed a daylong strike and staged a sit-in programme to protest what they said the government's adverse attitude towards the lawyers.
 arrow South Asian Farmer Confce begins today
A two-day South Asian Farmer Conference begins in the city today.
 arrow Forced leave withdrawn
Dhaka University (DU) authorities at a syndicate meeting on Sunday withdrew the forced leave of a teacher of mass communication and journalism department.
Nationalarrow 98 educational institutions face cancellation of MPO in 2 dists
Ninety-eight high schools and madrassahs in Magura and Gaibandha districts have been served with show cause notices by the Directorate of Education for their poor results in Secondary School Certificate
 arrow 'People want peace, parties want strife'
People want peace but politicians want strife, so said villagers at Brahman Para village in Domar Sadar union.
 arrow Kushiyara plays havoc, politicians give false promises
Ministers assure the local before election and project proposals are submitted to stop erosion, but the Kushiyara is devouring vast croplands and habitats.

This process is going on for about fiftyyears.

 arrow Reward for failure?
Police Commissioner Bazlur Rahman has rewarded Senior Sub-inspector of Khulna thana Abdur Rashid Mallick with a crest of KMP and Tk 2000 for good performance while in DB.

The awards were given on Thursday.

Foreign Relationsarrow Indo-Bangla joint tiger headcount on cards
India and Bangladesh will carry out a joint headcount of tigers in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest straddling the two countries.
Culturearrow A play with politics in mind
Ashim Das, the director of the play "Tomasha" which was recently staged at Mahila Samity, said, "The play 'Tomasha' is about the electoral malpractice and atrocities.
 arrow Madonna is new face of Gap
Madonna follows in the footseps of stars such as Anjelica Huston.

Singer and actress Madonna is the new face of the US clothing giant Gap.

 arrow Aishwarya's secret is bang on 'target'
It is known to all what Aishwarya Rai is up to these days. She is away in London shooting for GL Bride and Prejudice.
Generalarrow Politicisation cripples education system
Teachers of non-government colleges yesterday said 'bureaucratic assault' on and 'aggressive politicisation' of academic institutions have crippled the education system.
 arrow Judgement on Humayun Kabir murder today
The judgement in the Engineer Humayun Kabir murder case will be given today.
 arrow Fighting rages as Liberians forage for food
Heavy gunfire has rung out across Liberia's capital Monrovia as rebels and forces loyal to President Charles Taylor battle for key bridges while desperate residents dodged bullets to search for food.
 arrow Save Ruma, Nadim
The father of two children who have been suffering from thalassaemia seeks financial assistance for their treatment abroad.

Ruma, 12, and Nadim, 10, have been suffering since they are six months old.

 arrow 1 in 20 slum women has syphilis
At least one in 20 women in slum areas suffer from syphilis with high risk of spontaneous abortion and stillbirths, a research organisation said yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet okays autonomy to Petrobangla instt
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to give Bangladesh Petroleum Institute full autonomy.
Internationalarrow Hunt for Saddam heats up
Saddam Hussein is running scared, the US military said Monday, as troops scoured the fallen dictator's home region of Tikrit, hoping to land a knockout blow to insurgents once and for all.
 arrow Musharraf must give up uniform by Oct '04: MMA
The opposition Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal has extended the deadline for President Pervez Musharraf to renounce his military position till October 2004 and has agreed to enter into a dialogue with the Jamali
 arrow Sharon arrives in US for toughest talks
Israel made more conciliatory gestures to the Palestinians Monday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in the United States for probably his toughest talks yet with US President George W. Bush.
 arrow Aide of ex-Philippine president arrested
Philippine police arrested an aide to disgraced former President Joseph Estrada Monday and were investigating a senator for their suspected role in a mutiny by soldiers demanding the government step down.
 arrow Taliban threaten death to US collaborators
Residents of a southern Afghan town close to the Pakistani border woke on Sunday to posters threatening death to 25 "informers" accused of collaborating with US and Afghan government forces.
 arrow Legendary entertainer Bob Hope dies at 100
Legendary entertainer Bob Hope has died at age 100, a family spokesman said yesterday.

Hope died of pneumonia at 9:28pm Sunday with his family at his side, spokesman Ward Grant said.

 arrow Lawyers to sue Blair over war
Top lawyers from Greece are filing a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague yesterday against senior UK officials.
 arrow Arabs avoid US for medical care, look to Germany
When a wealthy Arab patient flew to Germany for medical treatment last year he arrived on his own jumbo jet filled with so many bodyguards, staff and family that he rented an entire luxury hotel floor
 arrow China eases bar on outbound investment
Chinese companies investing overseas need not deposit a guarantee amount on the mainland, according to a circular released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), China's foreign exchange
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chittagong tremors serve a notice
The tremors that jolted Chittagong City on Sunday have once again exposed the country's vulnerability to earthquake.
 arrow Editorial: Higher retirement age
A bill to raise the retirement age of government servants from 57 to 60 is on the anvil. The talk of upward revision in the service tenure has been going on, if only intermittently.
 arrow A defiant Iraq: Digging in for a long war of attrition?
US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld has lately acknowledged the gravity of military situation in Iraq when he said that "No one has the foggiest idea how long the American and British armies will
 arrow The battle continues
The Iraq war is not really over yet -- since May 1, when US President George Bush triumphantly declared that the "major combat operations were over", nearly fifty American soldiers have been killed in
Letters to Editorarrow Let us change
Recently I visited India for my mother's treatment and stayed in Kolkata for a few days. I really liked the place as we have so much in common.
 arrow Allow 'one-subject failures' to study collegiate levels
A news published recently in the newspapers has drawn my attention. It says those who failed in one subject in the SSC exam this year would not be allowed to get themselves admitted into colleges.
 arrow Poor performance of ministers
A few days after forming the government in 2001, Khaleda Zia said that the ministers would be given six months to one-year time to improve their performance. If anyone fails, he would be removed.
 arrow Eradicate poverty and lessen crime rate
The relation of poverty with rising of crime is very close. About 50 per cent people live below the poverty line in Bangladesh.
Focusarrow Tokyo averts a looming power crisis
Power failure is not what one encounters in Japan's busy and bustling capital.
 arrow Merits of indigenous knowledge
Book ReviewAnthology of Bengali Proverbs and Bachans by Muhammad ZamirPublished by Bangla Academy, April, 2003 Cover designed by Rafiqun Nabi

Not often does a highly successful diplomat turnto

 arrow MV Nasrin -1's watery grave and Abeda Begum's burial at Omrabaz
Bengal delta is the most difficult one to manage and run.
The country and its people are in continuous convulsion.