Volume 4 Number 95 Fri. August 29, 2003    
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Classified loans go down on write-off, better management
Classified loans have decreased by 3.10 per cent in six months between December 2002 and June 2003.

After a decrease of Tk 1,858 crore, default loans accounted for 25.

Tigers brought to earth by deadly Shoaib burst
A breathtaking spell of fast bowling by Shoaib Akhtar ripped through the Bangladesh middle order as Pakistan came back strongly in the second Super Asia Test at the Arbab Niaz Stadium yesterday.
Hartal halts life to protest Khulna leader's murder
Sporadic clashes reported, ex- woman MP beaten up by BNP men in Bogra
The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by main opposition Awami League (AL) to protest the killing of a Khulna city AL leader passed amid stray violence that injured about 50 leaders and activists,
Red alert in Khulna to nab Imam killers
A red alert was sounded in some southwestern districts and police raided criminals' hideouts in Bagerhat and Khulna to arrest the killers of Awami League (AL) leader Monzurul Imam.
Tidal waves wash away 100 houses in Kutubdia
Barguna, Jhalakathi lowlands also swamped
Tidal waves of the Bay of Bengal washed away over 100 houses on the offshore island of Kutubdia yesterday, making about 500 people homeless.
AES plant sell-out plan
Power div seeks PM's nod before ensuring reciprocal benefits
Even before ensuring reciprocal benefits for the country, the power division has sought the prime minister's approval to relax a rule allowing US company AES to sell its two power plants to British firm
Outages stop Karwan Bazar dead in tracks
Dhaka's Karwan Bazar, the tinsel area where leading business houses, utility offices and the lone five-star hotel are located, has been gripped by unprecedented power disruptions for the last two weeks
Iraq data not hyped, claims Blair
Tony Blair yesterday told the Hutton inquiry he would have been forced to resign if the claims about the government "sexing up" its Iraq dossier had been true.
22 school kids killed, 20 missing as bridge collapses in India
At least 22 children were killed and 20 others were feared dead after a road bridge across an inlet in western India collapsed yesterday, sending vehicles plummeting into the water.
Jamal's family rocked by rumours
Panic gripped family members of abducted Chittagong billionaire businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury after it was rumoured that Jamal was seen dead at Kanchannagar in Fatikchhari.
'Bribe denial' led to blackouts at New Market
Leaders of the New Market Kitchen Market Association alleged that Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) electric department officials had demanded Tk 12 lakh in bribes to reinstall the three transmitters that
Pvt plants may get nod to manage water, sewerage
The proposed Water and Sewerage Regulatory Commission will encourage private installation of plants to meet the growing demand for water and sewerage system.
More Ctg cops shifted for crime check failure
Another three officers-in-charge (OCs) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) were transferred yesterday.
US envoy assures PM of assistance
The newly appointed US ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday gave assurance of his country's all possible cooperation and assistance in Bangladesh's development pursuit.
Another kidnap in Ctg
Another kidnap happened in Chittagong yesterday, this time the victim is a schoolgirl.
Mars delights skygazers in Dhaka
Skygazers in Dhaka yesterday had the feast of a lifetime seeing mars in telescopes as well as on a video screen.
Promotee additional secretaries get prompt postings
The government yesterday gave postings to 25 newly promoted additional secretaries out of the 97, just a day after their elevation.
Trust Bank MD axed
Trust Bank Limited, owned by the army, has terminated its managing director, Zahid Hossain, on charge of hiding important information about some foreign transactions and irregularities in sanctioningloans.
BBC head slams Blair officials at Kelly probe
The chairperson of the BBC yesterday accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair's officials of launching "inappropriate" attacks on the public broadcaster's credibility after it claimed that the case for
Relatives split over Sept 11 tapes
Transcripts of telephone calls made from inside the World Trade Center on the day it was destroyed are to be published, despite opposition from relatives of some of those who died.
47 held for suspected link with clash at Khagrachhari
A total of 47 Bangalees, including their local leader Dr Prodip, have so far been arrested for their suspected involvement in Tuesday's clash with the indigenous people at Mahalchhari upazila under Khagrachhari
Pick-up runs over one at Dhanmondi
A pick-up van ran overand killed a man during hartal hours in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday.

The victim, Faruk 30, was an office assistant at New Model High School near Russell Square.

Judgement on killing of 4 Dhaka Zoo tigers Sept 10
The Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, yesterday fixed September 10 for judgement on the killing of four tigers at the Dhaka Zoo in November, 1996.
Two rapists get life in Barisal
The Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT), Barisal, yesterday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for raping a woman.