River waters roil on two key highways|
Roiling river waters from the upstream rolled over Dhaka-Aricha highway at nine points and Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Gazaria in Munshiganj yesterday, threatening the capital's road links to Chittagong
One-third Dhaka floats on floodwaters, sewage|
About one-third of the capital has gone under floodwaters polluted with sewage and muck, exposing people to serious health hazards.
50pc RMG units flood affected|
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has claimed that at least 50 percent of the garment factories in and around Dhaka city have been affected by the current floods.
BNP, AL, JP top rule violators: acting CEC|
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Safiur Rahman yesterday reported pervasive violation of electoral code of conduct at the hustings of the August 1 by-election in Gazipur-2, naming BNP, Awami League
Police given media gag|
An embargo has been clamped on the policemen to stop them from sharing information with newspersons.
Indo-Pak clash today|
India find themselves in a rather strange situation ahead of their crucial Asia Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Premadasa Stadium today.
HC stays new holding tax system|
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the entire process of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for realising holding tax on self-assessment basis.
Humayun Azad's son flees from Kidnappers|
The son of noted writer Humayun Azad ran away from his abductors about two hours into his kidnap on Dhaka University campus yesterday.
Iraq militants kidnap Egyptian envoy|
Egypt is trying to secure the release of a senior diplomat after he was seized in a brazen kidnapping while leaving a Baghdad mosque-- the first envoy to be taken hostage in a growing wave of abductions.
PM assures All-out help|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the flood-hit people of all possible support and made an appeal for all to face the calamity with patience and courage.
9,500 primary teachers to come under govt pay scale|
The government has started the process of bringing the jobs of about 9,500 primary school teachers under government pay scale and it will take at least a couple of months, official sources said.
Swiss aid slashed for project delays|
Switzerland drastically cuts development aid to Bangladesh for "extreme" procedural delays in approval and implementation of projects.
Ministers, MPs lobby hard for extra relief|
Some ministers and parliament members from the ruling coalition are lobbying hard with the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management every day to get extra relief allocation against their flood-hit constituencies.
Hoax flyer on 'best teacher, school' raises suspicion|
A hoax flyer that had been distributed under the name of British Council to newspaper subscribers by unidentified people, has caused confusion among the English medium school students and guardians.
Tiger kills Fisherman|
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Mogladari in the Sundarbans Thursday night.
Secretaries Appear in court|
Three secretaries facing contempt charges for violating a court order on army deployment on the election day in Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-poll appeared in person in the High Court yesterday.
Ministry takes action against four officials|
The shipping ministry yesterday in a set of punitive action made a senior official OSD and suspended three others for their alleged neglect in duty that led to capsize of MV Lighting Sun.
Bus robbers Stab one dead in city|
Robbers boarded a bus in the capital in the guise of passengers yesterday, stabbed one person to death, injured at least four others and took away money and other belongings from passengers.
Syndicate leaves it to chancellor|
In the face of media criticisms, the committee assigned to short-list applicants for lecturer and assistant professor posts in population science at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday crossed out one ofits
Relief centres in Dhaka shift into top gear|
A number of government and other organisations have opened relief activity centres at various points in the capital to collect food and medication and distribute those in the 41 flood-affected districts.
DFP DG drags on even after transfer|
The director general (DG) of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) has not yet joined the office he was transferred to over two weeks back.
Criminals shoot cop's wife, commit robbery|
Criminals shot a policeman's wife and looted cash, gold ornaments and electrical appliances from their Ibrahimpur house in Kafrul yesterday apparently due to a rivalry with one of her sons.
AL complains of police hassle at Tongi|
Awami League (AL) in a complaint filed with the Election Commission yesterday said the sub inspector of Tongi Police Station is harassing local AL activists for canvassing the electorate of Gazipur 2constituency
Pabna municipal commissioner shot dead|
Unidentified criminals yesterday shot dead a municipality commissioner within a few yards of the offices of deputy commissioner and superintendent of police in Pabna.
6 Proshika Officials get bail|
The High Court yesterday granted two months anticipatory bail for six Proshika officials in a sedition case.
20 cannonballs found in Kafrul|
Construction workers yesterday ran across 20 cannonballs that were buried beneath the ground at city's South Kafrul.
Kazi Zafar Acquitted of graft charges|
A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted former prime minister Kazi Zafar Ahmed and another of a corruption case filed by the Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) 13 years back.
Construction Trader killed|
A businessman was killed inside his office in Motijheel apparently over a feud with his brother yesterday.
Remittance witnesses growth on contribution from expats in KSA|
Contributions from non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in Saudi Arabia have saved overall remittance curve from taking a southward direction but failed to sustain the previous year’s growth.
All Malaysian banks to get Islamic banking licences|
Malaysia will gradually award full Islamic banking licences to all banks as part of efforts to grow the segment and encourage the expansion of such services offshore, reports said Saturday.
Jt Commission meet to review Bangladesh-Myanmar trade|
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury leaves here for Yangon today to attend a meeting of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Commission tomorrow, official sources said.
BAT shrugs off China tobacco row|
British American Tobacco is embroiled in an embarrassing row with Chinese regulators over its deal to become the first foreign cigarette maker in China.
Last week, BAT announced it would build a $1.
Spike in unsold chips causes worry for S'pore|
In a worrying sign for the buoyant Singapore economy, stockpiles of unsold semiconductors have ballooned to their highest levels in a year, according to a new report by research firm iSuppli Corp.
African states soften cotton demands at WTO talks|
Four West African cotton producing states Friday dropped a demand the crop be treated as a special agenda item at World Trade Organisation (WTO) farm talks, but insisted on guarantees of financial aid.
Pakistan receives $244m highest bids for partly privatised bank|
Pakistan's central bank received the highest bid of 14.2 billion rupees ($244 million) for the sale of 75.3 percent shares of partly privatised Allied Bank of Pakistan (ABL) Friday.
CityCell signs distributorship deal with Brothers Communication|
CityCell has signed a distributorship agreement with Brothers Communications Limited.
Sri Lanka raises gasoline prices by 13pc|
Sri Lanka Saturday raised gasoline prices by 13.3 percent to recoup some of the losses suffered by the state-run oil company, officials said.
Rich food importing states demand WTO deal changes|
Ten rich food-importing nations demanded changes Friday to a farm trade deal at the heart of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) plan to revive talks on a global trade pact by the end of July.
US ready to work on WTO proposal|
The United States says it is ready to discuss a World Trade Organisation proposal to jump-start stalled global trade talks despite some deep reservations.
US, China reach deal to expand passenger and cargo flights|
China and the United States Saturday signed an agreement to double the number of airlines flying between the two countries and allow a nearly fivefold increase in passenger and cargo flights over thenext
Pressure on Pakistan|
Millions of fans in India and Pakistan will huddle around TVs and radios on Sunday as the two countries renew their cricket rivalry at the Asia Cup.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore admitted that his boys did not play good cricket in the Asia Cup.
"The story of the tournament is that we were not as good as we should have been to be competitive.
C'paul helps WI avoid follow-on|
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Omari Banks ensured West Indies cruised past the follow-on against England in the first Test at Lord's here Saturday.
More than just a dasher |
Mohammad Ashraful reserves his best for Sri Lanka and Colombo seems to be his happy hunting place.
Life in Lanka|
Asian cricket has turned to high-profile mercenaries long ago and two of the best in the business will lay their best possible plans against each other.
Nadeef takes 5 for 81|
Left-arm spinner Nadif Chowdhury took five wickets but it was not enough for the touring Bangladesh Under-19 team to prevent ECB XI to pile up 337 runs on the opening day of the three-day match at the
Russel ride on Younnes double|
Two first-half goals by Quati Younnes gave Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra a 2-1 victory against Jhenaidah Mohammedan Sporting in the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League at the local stadium here on
Bangladesh Army crashed Mymen-singh by 9-0 to earn successive second win in the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh cagers won the wooden spoon as they clinched the third spot defeating Afghanistan 83-67 in the qualifying round of the FIBA-Asia Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Woodenfloor
Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra shared points after a goalless draw in the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Klinsmann wants the job|
Former Germany captain Juergen Klinsmann has said he wants to become his country's next national coach.
Big Phil's Everton claim|
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he was approached by Everton to take the manager's job during the summer.
Sonali Bank Recreation Club registered a 76-32 victory over Jatrabari Faruq Smriti Sangsad in the 9th Premier Division Kabadi League at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
Econo Handball League will start today at the Magura Stadium.
Twenty teams, split into four groups, are expected to take part in the league.
Ruling party blamed for attack on AL lawmaker|
Bangladesh Awami Jubo League, youth front of main opposition Awami League, yesterday blamed the ruling party for a bomb attack on its General Secretary Mirza Azam MP.
BDB relief seized|
Gulshan police yesterday seized relief materials from Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) activists along with their vehicles for using loud speaker in the diplomatic zone.
BMSP to monitor activities of political parties|
Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samannoy Parishad (BMSP), a human rights organisation, will monitor the activities of political parties.
DCC exams postponed|
Written examination for recruiting Sub-Assistant Engineer of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will not be held on July 30 due to flood situation.
Fresh date will be announced later through newspapers.
CU officers' strike today|
Chittagong University Officers and Employees Alliance Council (OEAC) will observe a three-hour work abstention on the campus today to press home their 11-point demand.
Maple Leaf School authorities deny allegation|
The authorities of Maple Leaf International School yesterday denied having violated a court order regarding readmission of five students, an allegation made by a section of guardians.
Rallies, processions, hunger strike in Rajshahi|
Movement for gas supply to Rajshahi has gained momentum with the city dwellers from all walks of life taking to streets to realise the demand.
'Fake Rakhaine bodies doing anti-state activities'|
The Rakhone Buddhist Welfare Association (RBWA) here on Friday alleged that some expelled members of the otganisation has floated some new bodies in the name of Rakhine people and doing anti-state activities
A good start for transparency|
It was a different day for the people of a remote bordering village in the district. Over 1500 people took part in a day-long 'open budget session' on Friday.
Ruling party men reopen Putakhali smuggling route?|
Large scale cross-border smuggling and trafficking is going on through Putakhali border point allegedly at the behest of two local ruling party men.
Relief by NGOs in dists|
Muslim Aid Bangladesh, an NGO, distributed relief to 2500 families in three upazilas in as Sirajgonj and Nilphamari on June 20, said a press release of the organisation here yesterday.
Netrakona UNO faces murder charge|
Convenor of Netrakona Nagorik Committee Humayun Kabir Salim has filed a murder case against Netrakona Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Office Proshanta Kumer Das with the court of First Class Magistrate Aminul Islam.
Disciplinary action against 168 students of Barisal Medical College|
The Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) authorities took a disciplinary action against 168 students of first year class.
11 BDR men hurt in Satkhira road accident|
Eleven members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) were injured, seven of them seriously, in a road accident on the Satkhira-Kaligonj Road at Sekendra village in Debhata upazila on Friday.
10 hurt in dacoits’ fire|
At least 10 villagers were injured, three of them bullet-hit, in a clash with docits at North Muradia village ibn Dumki upazila in the district in the early hours of Saturday.
7 of a family drown, 3 killed in road mishaps|
Three persons including a couple were killed in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Nandail on Friday.
The myth of reconstruction in Iraq|
The whole Iraq affair has been littered with false intentions and lies on the part of the Coalition, who were solely interested in the strategic and economic capability of Iraq.
Privacy a distant dream|
Lawanya, 19, a housewife, has been living in a joint family in the Mohammadpur area in the capital. Her husband is a factory worker. She is quite pretty, but looks depressed.
'Bangladeshi students have had exceptional results at O level for several years but now we are beginning to see real improvements in A le|
British Council Country Examinations Manager Mark Bartholomew has set an exemplary record of working with UK partners in the fields of teaching and examinations during his past five years in Bangladesh.
Abdul Alim: The king of folk songs|
Every artiste is identified by his/her tonal colour,' said Abdullah Abu Sayeed, chairman of the trustee board of the Biswa Sahittya Kendra.
Dhaka Drama Festival 2004|
The play portrays the sufferings of the people of the border area
What is more important for a man, his nationality or identity? People who live in the borderareas
'Puthi' comes to town|
Puthi, the art of reciting folk tales, is inextricably rooted in Bangladeshi culture.
Indian govt tries to appease families|
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh yesterday told anxious family members of one of three Indian truckers kidnapped in Iraq that he was hopeful the captives would be freed soon.
Gunmen for sacking of Arafat's cousin|
Yasser Arafat faced a new challenge in the Gaza Strip yesterday, as gunmen took over the governor's office in Khan Yunis demanding the veteran Palestinian leader sack his cousin as Gaza security chief
N Korea rejects US offer over nuke issue|
North Korea yesterday rejected a US-proposed package aimed at settling a standoff over the communist state's nuclear drive as having "little worthy to be discussed," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman
Iraqi insurgents sabotage northern pipeline|
Insurgents sabotaged a northern oil pipeline yesterday and fired mortars in the restive city of Samarra, officials said.
Floods ebb in northeast India but disease threat looms|
Devastating floods in northeast India began to abate yesterday but officials warned the worst was yet to come as disease and health problems threatened to hit millions of people.
India's 'wanted' minister resigns|
Indian Coal and Mines Minister Shibu Soren yesterday resigned nearly a week after a court issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against him in connection with a 30-year-old massacre case.
Pakistan frees 3 aides of disgraced nuke scientist|
Pakistan has conditionally released three key associates of disgraced top nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan after more than six months in detention, placing strict restrictions on their movementand
Poll finds Blair dishonest over Iraqi weapons|
Most British voters think Prime Minister Tony Blair was dishonest over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WDM) despite an official report concluding that he had not purposefully misled the country on
Bomb kills one, injures six teachers in Karachi|
A bomb exploded on a road in the Pakistani port city of Karachi yesterday, killing one person and injuring six teachers with an Islamic seminary, police said.
Nine villagers Gunned down in 'lawless' Bihar|
At least nine Indian villagers, including two children, were gunned down in their homes Saturday in India's lawless eastern state of Bihar, police said.
Government response is slow|
SINCE we have little control over floods, the best we can do under the circumstances we suddenly find ourselves in, is to try and minimise the damages they are likely to bring in their trails.
Kashmir issue taken up|
THE continuing high-level talks between India and Pakistan following the election of the UPA government gives us hope that the political will to resolve the two countries long-standing differences over
Saarc meet and Indo-Pak relations|
South Asians and the Americans would have reason to be pleased if the on-going Indo-Pak talks on rapprochement continue to usher in the winds of change in sub-continental politics.
Nagaland: India's Waziristan|
MANY, many years ago, an old woman walked wearily over a long distance to Delhi to complain to the emperor that his writ did not run where she lived. The emperor said that the place was too far.
|Letters to Editor||
Gross disparity in pay|
My younger brother joined BWDB as a sub-assistant engineer with a starting pay of Tk 3,400/= and has been serving in the same post with the same pay for 10 years now.
Public schools not competing|
How the government (public) schools are competing with the modern schools in the private sector? In the latter, Enlgish-medium schools are hugely popular, specially with the affluent classes (as is studying
Why special savings certificates?|
The Daily Star on July 1, 2004 reported that the government had introduced a new pensioners' saving scheme for retired government , semi-government and autonomous body employees.
Wastage of foreign exchange|
The finance minister rightly condemned the superfluous import of petty items such as packed food, juices, toilet and cosmetic items from the Saarc and other Asian countries, when these items are produced
Poor garbage collection|
The DCC has contracted garbage collection from homes in each mohalla to small contractors with rickshaw vans, who are paid monthly by the residents.
Poor infrastructure despite increasing RTA|
Road traffic injuries are a deadly scourge, taking the lives of 1.2 million men, women and children around the world each year.
Cashing in on patients’ woes|
Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is reeling from an accommodation crisis, as the authorities of the biggest hospital in Bangladesh did not take any initiative to ease the problem for long.
DCC aims to list new holdings, not to raise tax, says mayor|
The recent move of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for self-assessment of holding tax was aimed mainly at bringing the newly constructed houses into its net, which has not been updated for the last 14 years,
A Tale of Two Parks|
DCC to widen 204 more narrow roads|
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in an effort to reduce traffic congestion will widen 204 narrow roads in phases.
Floods halt Buriganga eviction drive|
The recent eviction drive along the Buriganga channel between Lalbagh and Kamrangirchar jointly by the Deputy Commissioner's (DC) Office and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) ended with
How safe are food and drinks we take?|
The widespread use of formalin, a colourless strong-smelling chemical, in preservation of fish, fruit and other food items is posing a threat to public health.