Abductors up ransom for Jamal to Tk 1cr|
The abductors have raised the amount of ransom to Tk 1 crore from Tk 50 lakh for releasing businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, family sources said.
Gas export meeting shelved indefinitely|
A meeting on the gas sector scheduled to take place at the Prime Minister's Office today has been postponed indefinitely.
Talks today to end launch strike|
The government and leaders of the striking launch owners will sit for talks today to end the indefinite launch strike that began Tuesday.
No major headway in Joypurhat|
Joypurhat police could not recover the arms and ammunition looted by operatives of an Islamist militant outfit a day ago, but arrested five suspects and were conducting a massive manhunt for the key accused
Hartal passes off quietly|
A countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Awami League (AL) was observed yesterday peacefully barring some stray incidents of violence in the city.
Ecnec okays Tk 176cr tannery relocation plan|
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk 175.75 crore project to set up a tannery town at Savar by December 2005.
US, Canada in search of blackout cause|
New York City's subway, stopped in its tracks by this week's historic power failure, resumed service yesterday, and a US-Canadian task force searched for the cause of the blackout.
Key Iraq oil pipelines 'sabotaged'|
Iraqi crude exports through Turkey have been halted by sabotage of the key pipeline to the Mediterranean terminal of Ceyhan, Iraq's top oil official said yesterday.
"The oil exports...
DUTP runs 2 yrs behind schedule|
The Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) is at least two years behind schedule, condemning commuters to continuing misery.
Dhaka for int'l help to fight Delhi's river diversion plan|
Bangladesh explores various options, including diplomatic maneuverings on both bilateral and international planes, to make the Indian government abandon its planned river-linking project that could spell
All but one college go by GPA|
Colleges are enrolling students on the basis of the grade point average (GPA) as prescribed by the government, instead of written tests, Education Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Alam said yesterday.
IMF team due Tuesday to assess NCB reforms|
A four-member team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Dhaka Tuesday to assist the government in reforming the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), officials said yesterday.
Power tariff to be rationalised from next month|
The power ministry is going to rationalise three bottom-level electricity tariff slabs in domestic category from September 1 allowing bigger consumers to pay less for their sizable consumption, official
Tk 52 lakh gold seized at ZIA|
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized 7.15 kilograms of gold chains estimated at about Tk 52 lakh from a Biman aircraft Friday night.
Three children drown in pond in Cox's Bazar|
Three children drowned in a pond at village Palongkhali in Ukhia Upazila yesterday.
Job eludes graduates of some private universities|
Most private university graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs.
The job market favours public university graduates and postgraduates, even though private university fees are higher.
Idi Amin dies in S Arabia|
Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of his people in the 1970s, died on Saturday in a Saudi hospital where he had been critically ill for weeks.
Businessman shot in city by extortionists|
Extortionists shot a businessman yesterday evening at Sat Masjid Ghat, Mohammadpur, as he refused to pay toll.
Charges framed against 9 for killing 4 BTV officials in '75|
The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday framed charges against nine for killing four Bangladesh Television (BTV) officials in November 1975.
11 accused of killing CU student|
Eleven people including three listed criminals have been accused of killing Md. Omar Faruq, a first year BBA student at Chittagong University, on Thursday.
Abducted girl rescued at DU|
Police yesterday rescued a teenage girl who was abducted from Nandipara in Khilgaon Sunday.
682 bullets recovered in Khagrachhari|
Army personnel recovered 682 bullets from a deep forest at Kanongupara under Panchhari upazila yesterday.
PLCs seeking big loans from Janata Bank must go for IPO|
Any public limited company (PLC) seeking loans from Janata Bank above Tk 5 crore must raise minimum 50 per cent of its equity from the stock market.
Dollar under pressure against taka|
The Bangladesh taka was firmer against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday even though upbeat US economic news continued to drive the American currency higher into the weekend, dealers said.
Export target for FY04 fixed at $7.49b|
The government has fixed export target for FY2003-04 at US$7.49 billion, 14.39 per cent higher than the export earnings of the just concluded fiscal year.
Bangladesh fetched US$6.
ECNEC okays 18 schemes|
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved 18 development projects involving Tk 6,041.95 crore, including Tk 3,352.13 crore project assistance.
Africa slams EU-US plan for farm reform|
Africans Friday slammed a joint United States-European Union plan for world farm reform, but feared that a lack of negotiating muscle from the continent could leave in place subsidies that hurt poor farmers.
US power outage spoils mountains of food|
US supermarkets and restaurants Friday began throwing away mountains of spoiled vegetables, meats and dairy products, while others were counting on backup generators to minimise losses from the largest
Blackout throws global air travel deeper into chaos |
Blackouts plunged global air travel into chaos Friday, paralyzing major North American airports and cancelling hundreds of flights for thousands of passengers.
WTO states clash over widening trade talks|
World Trade Organisation (WTO) states clashed Friday over whether to widen global free trade talks to include issues such as investment and competition policy as demanded by the European Union and some
Make or break tour for Mahmud|
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said yesterday that Bangladesh are going to play against Pakistan with the objective of improving on what they achieved in Australia.
NFL Super Sixes begin Aug 25|
The 'Super Six' stage of the Nitol-Tata National Football League will begins on August 25 with impressive Moulvibazar Wanderers takes on Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club in the inaugural match at the
Inzamam brought back|
Pakistan recalled experienced middle-order batsman Inzamamul Haq for next week's first cricket Test against Bangladesh, selectors said Saturday.
Former Pakistan greats paid glowing tributes Saturday, to record-breaking opener Saeed Anwar saying he savoured and served cricket to the hilt and will never be forgotten.
Neil, Mark steady SA|
Neil McKenzie and Mark Boucher batted through the afternoon session as South Africa fought back to reach 251 for five on the third day of the third Test against England on Saturday.
Smith blasts Trent Bridge|
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith hit out at the state of the Trent Bridge wicket here on Friday as his side battled to save the third Test against England.
Pakistan held, India lose|
A late penalty corner conversion by newcomer Grant Schubert saved the day for Australia ensuring a 4-4 draw with Pakistan in the opening match of the 25th men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament
Mirnyi crushes Coria|
Max "The Beast" Mirnyi and seventh seed Andy Roddick dispatched a pair of Argentine opponents on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.
Elena stuns Amelie|
There were more upsets at the Toronto WTA event on Friday as Elena Dementieva stunned defending champion Amelie Mauresmo to reach the semi-finals.
Win, hit jackpot|
World and Olympic champion Maria Mutola is just one race away from collecting a million dollar jackpot after she majestically won the 800 metres at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting here on Friday.
Man United show the way|
Manchester United and Arsenal started the new Premiership season where they left off on Saturday as last year's champions and runners-up opened their accounts with victories.
Joy for Portsmouth|
The summer signings were quick to earn their wages on the opening day of the English Premiership Saturday, as a trio of new boys sealed opening day victories for Portsmouth and Birmingham.
Ronaldo relying on Beckham|
Brazilian World Cup hero Ronaldo believes the arrival of David Beckham will enable him to torment Spanish defences in what the Real Madrid striker hopes will be a vintage campaign for him and the club.
Smith a Leeds man|
Leeds United forward Alan Smith blasted reports he is set for a surprise move to join former Leeds boss David O'Leary at Aston Villa.
Chelsea face Reds test|
Chelsea put their expensive new-look side to the test at Anfield on Sunday, where fellow Premiership title-contenders Liverpool lay in wait for revenge.
Bowyer awaits a hostile time|
Newcastle's Lee Bowyer returns to Leeds United on Sunday ready to face a chorus of hate from Elland Road fans who still feel betrayed by the manner in which the controversial midfielder left the struggling
Befitting for eve-teasers|
Two activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were roughed up and their motorbike was set on fire by angry medical students for harassing female students in front of a women medical students' dormitory
'Govt trying to scapegoat AL'|
The Awami League (AL) has condemned the government's "heinous move to implicate its leaders and workers" in the Bogra ammunition recovery case.
AL's countrywide demonstration Aug 19|
Awami League will stage demonstration across the country on August 19 to protest harassment and arrest of the party's women activists during the hartal hours yesterday.
26 hurt in gunfight in Chokoria govt forest|
At least 35 people were injured, 21 of them bullet-hit, in gunfights between forest guards and timber thieves at a government forest and between rival groups at a shrimp farm in Chokoria upazila Thursday
Troops deployed in Naniarchar|
Troops have been deployed in Naniarchar upazila following appeals by villagers to protect them from rampant extortion, killings, kidnappings and other crimes allegedly by activists of Parbattya Jana Sanghati
CU students firm on abolition, authorities reluctant|
Stalemate over grading system in examination persists at Chittagong University (CU) as students, now on movement for its cancellation, are firm on their demand while the authorities are reluctant to revoke
15 hurt in Lalmonirhat, B'baria|
At least 15 people have been injured in clashes during formation of Gram Sarkar in Lalmonirhat and Brahmanbaria.
BIWTC special services ease passengers' woes|
Passengers travelling on long-distance direct routes from Barisal to Chandpur, Khulna and Dhaka have been benefited by BIWTC's special services in view of the launch strike.
Pleasures and perils of editing|
Sitting in the Alliance Francaise library, recently, before the discussion on her book with litterateurs, critiques, publishers and the press, Niaz Zaman, the editor of "Under the Krishnachura", spoke
Nrityanchal monthly Pathchakra begins|
Dance school Nrityanchal has introduced a monthly Pathchakra for the students recently.
Shewly Mala pays tribute to Nazrul|
NTV is going to telecast Shewly Mala (garland of shewly flower), based on a story by Kazi Nazrul Islam. Directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim, the play has been adapted by Ananta Hira.
1,269 Gram Sarkar units formed|
About 1,269 units of the Gram Sarkar were formed in 39 districts yesterday.
Two outlaws murdered in Chuadanga|
Two activists of outlawed Purbobanglar Communist Party (PBCP) were murdered by their rivals in separate incidents Friday night.
Body of drowned SUST student recovered|
The body of ANM Nazibullah Rajon, a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), was recovered yesterday from the river Piain near Jafflong.
Big blackout points finger to US vulnerability|
The vulnerability of the North American electric system was highlighted on Thursday and Friday as millions in North America lost their power on one of the hottest afternoons of the summer.
Libya officially accepts Lockerbie blame|
The Bush administration will keep a US diplomatic and economic squeeze on Libya despite the country's acceptance of responsibility for the bombing of a Pan Am jetliner over Scotland in 1988.
Vajpayee plots strategy|
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday held a strategy session with leaders of ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents to face the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion
Palestinians hail deal on WB pullouts|
The Palestinians Friday hailed what they said was a pledge by Israel to withdraw from four more West Bank towns even though Israeli media reported a raft of conditions attached to the second phase ofthe
'Key British claim on Iraq weapons was hearsay'|
Britain's headline-grabbing claim before the Iraq war that Baghdad could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was based on second-hand information, the Guardian reported Saturday.
Monica Ali on Booker Prize list|
Monica Ali, who was singled out as one of Britain's best young authors even before her first work was published, leads the charge of young writers with her novel Brick Lane, on this year's Booker Prize
Unsolved abduction mysteries|
Press reports suggest that the kidnappings in Chittagong might have had something to do with an unholy nexus between the law enforcers and the kidnappers.
Felicitations to Grameen Phone|
Our heartiest congratulations to Grameen Phone on their resounding success in reaching one million subscribers mark since its inception in 1997.
Current trends in US-Saudi relations|
Twenty-eight pages of the US Congressional Joint Enquiry Report into the terrorist attacks on nine-eleven remain classified.
Getting away with murder|
PARLIAMENT and the Supreme Court are the highest bodies in any democratic country. One legislates and the other interprets, keeping in mind the dictates of the constitution and equity.
|Letters to Editor||
I read the report in DS about the "Magnetic Train". I would like to express my views on it. First the report states "US$500 million", when in fact it is a fiction unless Mr.
Bangladesh Civil Service|
The prime minister recently declared that a special BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) examination will be taken only for teachers to fill up the vacant posts at different colleges in Bangladesh.
Get rid of lactose intolerance, make the cow friendly|
About 70 per cent of the world's population just cannot drink milk or eat dairy products (except yogurt) without getting an upset stomach. It is due to genetic factors.
Did you know that you could manifest Hemophilia?|
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder characterized by a deficiency of selected proteins in your blood-clotting system.
Development without direction|
Lack of coordination among service providers remains the biggest obstacle to the development of the city.
Generating business out of power loss|
They may live in a 'megacity', but the people of Dhaka hardly enjoy proper civic amenities. They are choked by air pollution, suffer from traffic congestion and assaulted by muggers and thugs.
Holding tax reviewed after thirteen years|
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has for the first time decided to reassess holding tax in thirteen years, said sources at the DCC.
Ansars find no answers for 8-month delay in wages|
Ansars deployed at the Mohakhali flyover to maintain traffic have been in dire straits, as they have not been paid since January this year.
Begging: not an easy way to make a living|
Rina, an eight- year-old girl walks into Dhaka city from Kamrangirchar each morning to earn money by begging. She does not know when she started begging.
A court for women|
A three-day meeting of South Asian women activists to realise the rights of women ended in Dhaka last Wednesday.
Couples fear harassment on city streets|
The concept of love has gone through a wholesale change over the last decade or so and now Bangladeshis are more bold and fearless in expressing their affection.
|Star City in Frames||
A River in Retreat|
THE Buriganga river was once the major lifeline of Dhaka city, and Sadarghat its beating heartBut persistent encroachment of the river has become so serious that during lean periods, at certain points,