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Front Pagearrow Shell to wrap up operation on low business growth
The oil giant Shell Oil has decided to sell off its Bangladesh oil and gas exploration and production concerns to its British partner Cairn Energy, being frustrated by slow market growth and lack of scope
 arrow ATPs finally go under hammer
Dogged by controversy and mechanical faults, the fate of the British-made Advanced Turbo Prop (ATP) aircraft has finally been sealed with Biman floating tender for their sale yesterday.
 arrow DCC check on fuel pilferage gives in to union pressure
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday withdrew the suspension of seven drivers under union pressure, 48 hours within the launch of a drive to streamline garbage truck operation.
 arrow Drug peddlers assault cops, snatch mate
Drug peddlers reportedly snatched away an arrested man from the Detective Branch (DB) police after assaulting five plainclothes and damaging a police van at Guripara in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow Salary of CEC, Ecs stopped on audit objections
The salaries of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and three election commissioners (ECs) for July have been held up due to audit objections to drawing salaries and pensions of previous jobs simultaneously.
 arrow Cross-exam of PWs winds up after 119 hearings
The recording of statements and cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses in the Shazneen case were complete yesterday after a long-drawn process involving 119 hearings.
 arrow BAC traces graft in Uttara town scheme, sues 12
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) yesterday filed 12 cases against 10 government officials on charge of siphoning off about Tk 5.58 crore from the Uttara town expansion project under Rajuk.
 arrow Normalcy returns as customs men call off strike for 15 days
Normalcy returned to customs offices yesterday after the striking staff yesterday joined work.
 arrow Road Gives Way To River
 arrow Quake poses serious threat to CHT
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) may face large-scale damage from earthquakes, said experts yesterday in a warning that came after the July 27 moderate tremor followed by a train of aftershocks.
 arrow Hyundai chairman drops to his death
A top executive of the Hyundai conglomerate, whose business spearheaded reconciliation efforts with North Korea but ended up tangled in debt and scandal, plunged to his death from his office window yesterday.
 arrow Appointment scam at Pabna college
An education ministry probe has found the appointments of at least 40 teachers and employees of a private college in Pabna illegal and redundant.
 arrow 3 die from gas poisoning inside septic tank
Three construction workers died of gas poisoning after they got down into a septic tank at Kawla in city's Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers don't need trade licences, says Amir-Ul
Bangladesh Bar Council Vice-chairman Barrister Amir-Ul Islam yesterday called upon lawyers to join daylong countrywide court boycott programme on August 6 for the realisation of their six-point demand.
 arrow Mannan hopeful of timely formation of all units
One hundred fifty-two Gram Sarkar units were formed in 22 districts on the third day of the process yesterday, bringing the total number of units to 278 so far.
 arrow Gram Sarkar not a new concept: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said the Gram Sarkar is not a new concept, rather all the past governments accepted it in principle and enacted laws to ensure participation ofrural
 arrow No trace of Ctg magnate as yet
Resentment runs high as the combined operation of police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) proves unfruitful 12 days into the abduction of Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Chowdhury.
 arrow Scores held during hunt for Saddam
An Iraqi farmer was killed and scores of others detained as US troops searched Iraq for deposed president Saddam Hussein, whose capture or elimination Washington sees as key to ending guerrilla warfare
 arrow Body to probe Khalishpur incident formed
A one-man body with Lieutenant Colonel Monir of the Bangladesh Army has been formed to probe Saturday's alleged excesses at Khalishpur Charabati in the name of anti-outlaw joint operation.
 arrow Cops set new record in filing case
Police filed a case against about 500 to 600 people of Chirirbandar upazila in Dinajpur yesterday for their alleged involvement in Sunday's clash with police that left one man dead and six injured.
Businessarrow DSE seeks changes in listing rules to better stock market
As a huge number of non-performing listed companies in the Z category stands in the way of revitalising the stock market, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has decided to make some major changes in its listing
 arrow Credit Agricole staff decry compensation package
The management of the Credit Agricole Indosuez Bank and its staff are at loggerhead over compensation packages offered to the staff ahead of takeover of the bank by a Sri Lankan bank.
 arrow Economist, industrialist differ on rate cut decision from savings instrument
Slashing interest rate would not help boost investment rather it would have an adverse impact on local industries, said a top-ranking economist.
 arrow Misleading valuation retards sale of SOEs
Misleading valuation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) by Privatisation Commission discourages potential buyers of the SOEs.
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in 14 int'l trade fairs this fiscal
In a bid to promote Bangladeshi products abroad, exporters will participate in 14 international trade fairs and five single country trade shows this fiscal year.
 arrow Silicon Valley mired in recession as economy shows green shoots
US technology stocks may be soaring, but high unemployment and the empty "see-through" office buildings overlooking San Francisco Bay hint Silicon Valley is far from recovery.

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 arrow Finance ministers to work out Asian bond market deeds
Finance ministers of Southeast Asia as well as China, Japan and South Korea will map out procedures for an Asian bond market during talks here this week, Philippine Finance Secretary Jose Isidro Camacho
 arrow SARS may cost $6.5b to airline industry
The global airline industry expects to lose 6.5 billion dollars this year, mainly because of SARS, but is clawing back despite being shackled by unhelpful governments and legislation, officials said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Ctg Mohammedan stun Muktijoddha
Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club caused the biggest upset in the Nitol-Tata Third National Football League when the port city outfit pulled off a sensational 1-0 victory against giants MuktijoddhaSangsad
 arrow Hockey: Abahani derail Railway
Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra handed Dhaka Railway a 5-1 thrashing in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Open tennis
Sadia Hossain of the BKSP became champion in the under-13 event of the Modern Builders Open Tennis Competition edging past Amrin Hasan 7-6, 7-5 at the National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Booters win Futsal match
Bangladesh finally scored a win in the Futsal tournament in Qatar after thrashing Jordan Community 8-5 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: BFF names U-17, U-19 booters
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced the players' lists of the under-20 and under-17 teams to take part in the residential training camp beginning from August 8 at BKSP.
 arrow Hockey: Pak boost for MSC
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club are all set to include two more Pakistani hockey players.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan ready for Thorpe
Michael Vaughan said batsman Graham Thorpe could be back in the England side for the third Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: Making of Makhaya
Just over ten years ago, 15-year-old Makhaya Ntini was a barefoot kid playing on dust pitches in the Eastern Cape with any hope of ever playing for South Africa a distant dream.
 arrow Cricket: SA CAA rejects murder claims
South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Monday denied claims that former cricket captain Hansie Cronje, who died in a plane accident last year, had in fact been murdered.
 arrow Cricket: Smith hails mates
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith described his team's performance as "fantastic" after they crushed England by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini alone does Eng in
Makhaya Ntini took ten wickets in a Test for the first time in his career as South Africa crushed England by an innings and 92 runs in the second Test at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Umpire Dunne's Story'
Retired New Zealand umpire Steve Dunne has spilled the beans about his silence during the Muttiah Muralitharan throwing controversy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1995.
 arrow Tennis: Henman's Washington glory
Britain's Tim Henman ended a 19-month ATP title drought here Sunday, defeating Chilean fourth seed Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the 600,000-dollar Washington Classic.
 arrow Tennis: Henin beats tired Clijsters
Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame fatigued countrywoman Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, on Sunday to capture the 1 million-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here.
 arrow Tennis: Ferreira topples Hewit
Former Olympic bronze medallist Wayne Ferreira captured his 15th career singles title, upsetting Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in Sunday's final of the 380,000 Los Angeles ATP event.
 arrow Football: Raul predicts Real rule
Real Madrid striker Raul vowed on Monday that the Spanish champions will sweep all before them this year if they play to their full potential.
 arrow Football: Juve's Super Cup solace
Juventus avenged its loss in the Champions League final by defeating AC Milan on penalties to capture the Italian Super Cup at Giants Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Perfect United
Manchester United ended their pre-season tour of the U.S. with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Celtic Premiership serious
Celtic are considering legal action in a bid to force their way into the English Premier League.
 arrow Football: Galatasaray hurt Liverpool
Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Galatasaray in the Amsterdam tournament on Sunday in a bad-tempered match which saw red cards for Steven Gerrard and Neil Mellor.
Politicalarrow JCD, BCL deadlocked over DU strike
The face-off between two student fronts at Dhaka University got a new edge yesterday, with one vowing to push ahead with its strike until rehabilitation of its activists to dormitories and the other pressing
 arrow Chargesheet against AL leader, 7 BNP men
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Natore, yesterday submitted charge sheet in the Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed murder case accusing seven BNP activists and one Awami League (AL) leader.
 arrow All 10 accused in Feni BCL leader murder case acquitted
The Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Feni, yesterday acquitted all the 10 accused in Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Elias Hussein Elin murder case.
Nationalarrow Adulterated fertilisers flood markets in Rajshahi
Adulterated fertilisers have flooded the markets in the district and posing a threat to crop production.
 arrow Scheme to improve livelihood of farm families in four dists
A new agricultural scheme is being implemented in four southern districts aimed at improving the livelihood of small, marginal and landless farm families.
 arrow Centenary celebration of Thakurgaon High School
The centenary celebration of Thakurgaon Government High School will be held in February 2004.

This was disclosed at a meeting at the Teachers' Common Room of the school on Thursday.

 arrow Young job seekers cheated in Nilphamari
A self proclaimed regional manager of a so-called private security service company disappeared from Nilphamari town on Saturday night.
Foreign Relationsarrow Cabinet approves Dhaka-Agartala bus service
The cabinet last night approved the Dhaka-Agartala bus service.
Culturearrow Printmakers nonpareil
Mohammed Kibria is the most productive artist of our time.
 arrow Shakila and her endeavours
A gray and white welcome, if I might be allowed to relate my thoughts to colour. A wrought iron mirror, shining on the wall and a glass table with a basket full of bits of artifacts.
 arrow A new era of co-operation between art and architecture
Eminent artist Rafiqun Nabi yesterday inaugurated an exhibition on print-making done by the students of the Department of Architecture of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) at the UAP premises.
Generalarrow Street protests for arrest of Rumi's hacklers
Students and teachers of Nazirhat College took to the streets yesterday demanding immediate arrest of brothers Mohammad Azam and Mohammad Nazim who harried Umme Habiba Rumi to death.
 arrow Portray true picture of Bangladesh abroad
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said all Bangladeshis living abroad should portray the true picture of the country.
 arrow River erosion grabs 25,000 acres of land a year: Report
Erosion by rivers grabs nearly 25,000 acres of land every year, rendering thousands homeless.
 arrow Savings policy for ex-govt officials soon
The government is to introduce an alternative policy for the retired government officials after reducing the interest rate on savings bonds, said Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Dinajpur clash Cops set new record in filing case
Police filed a case against about 500 to 600 people of Chirirbandar upazila in Dinajpur yesterday for their alleged involvement in Sunday's clash with police that left one man dead and six injured.
 arrow 2 killed, 40 hurt in Chuadanga bus mishap
Two persons were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident on the Chuadanga-Kaliganj Highway yesterday.
 arrow Reinstatement of 525 diploma engrs demanded
Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation Diploma Engineers Association (BADCDEA) yesterday demanded reinstatement of its 525 diploma engineers.
 arrow Imam murdered in Barisal
An imam of a mosque and madrassah teacher was murdered at his residence at Bazar Road on Monday night.
 arrow 3 shops at JU looted
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 38,000 from three shops, located at Dairy Farm gate of Jahangirnagar University yesterday night.
 arrow Cops seize 21 fake notes at Mouchak market, Joydevpur
Police seized 21 fake notes of Tk 500 and 10 notes of Tk 100 denomination from the city's Mouchak Market and Joydevpur in Gazipur Sunday.
 arrow Police informant shot dead in N'ganj
A police informant was gunned down by unidentified assailants at Tanbazar ferry ghat at about 9pm on Sunday.
 arrow Young man shot dead in Mirpur
A young man was shot dead at West Kazipara in Mirpur on Sunday.

Unidentified assailants shot Abdul Halim, 22, at point-blank range at least five times at about 9:30pm.

 arrow 'Resist move to export gas'
Gonosanghati Andolon (GA), a civil society pressure group, yesterday urged the people from all walks of life to resist any government's move to export gas.
 arrow AKTEL lowers call charges Wednesday
AKTEL mobile phone call charges are going to be reduced from Wednesday.
Internationalarrow UK exploring possibility of new UN resolution
Guerrilla attacks continued to cause casualties among US troops in Iraq, as Britain said it was exploring the possibility of a new UN Security Council resolution to set up a multinational force in the
 arrow 'G8, NATO considering chopper force at LoC'
The Group of Eight (G-8) nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) are seriously considering deploying an international helicopter force to check alleged infiltration on the Line of Control
 arrow Hamas asks militants to prepare for clas
Palestinian militant group Hamas on Monday voiced impatience with what it called Israeli violations of terms it set for a three-month ceasefire and called on all militant groups to be ready for confrontation
 arrow Vajpayee to quit if forced on Ayodhya
Under attack from Opposition, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday told the Lok Sabha he would "quit" rather come under any "compulsion" on the Ayodhya issue, and assured the House that there
 arrow Peacekeeping troops land in Liberia
The first West African forces arrived in Liberia on Monday, launching an international mission to end 14 years of carnage and oversee departure of warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM on earthquake preparedness
We note that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon the agency concerned to identify housing structures in Dhaka and other major cities which are in breach of the building code and make their dwellers
 arrow Editorial: DU's trouble complicates
Though the demand for which agitation originally began on the Dhaka University campus has been fulfilled, the subsequent involvement by the student wings of both the ruling and opposition parties hasput
 arrow Bush's African safari: What was it upto?
Even as the imbroglio the US is already stuck in both Afghanistan and Iraq is proving to be an overstretch of its imperial reach George W Bush, its warrior President, set his foot on the cusp of yet another
 arrow Keep out of Iraq's quagmire: India must stand firm
The Blair and Bush governments have been badly shaken by the death of whistle-blower microbiologist David Kelly, and disclosures that official documents alleging that Mr Saddam Hussein bought uraniumfrom
Letters to Editorarrow A noble venture
Quality treatment for the underprivileged section of our society is still a far cry.
 arrow Harmless serial killer!
Blair's government has failed to address the rise in crimes in UK, mainly due to fewer numbers of police on the street.
 arrow Minority repression
It is frequently said that Bangladesh is a secular country. But my question is to what extent? If it were true, there would be no cases of minority repression.
 arrow Let us define terrorism afresh!
Imagine yourself as a wealthy person who helps people irrespective of their creed and economy, so that you can dominate them easily.
 arrow The poor condition of Bangladesh Bank High School
Bangladesh Bank High School is situated at Motijheel just opposite the renowned Notre Dame College. Also situated in the same area are Motijheel Ideal, Model and Motijheel Government School.
Focusarrow Tagore and some Nobel laureates
In 1912 only seven hundred fifty copies of Gitanjali -- Song Offerings -- were printed at the initiative of the India Society for private circulation among its members.
 arrow Will the developing countries ever get access to cheap life saving medicines?
People of industrialised countries complain that the prices of lifesaving drugs are outrageous.
 arrow RC flat plate buildings vulnerable to earthquake
In the recent years many reinforced concrete (RC) buildings are being constructed by columns and flat plates without beams.