Vol. 5 Num 141 Wed. October 13, 2004    
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Youth lost to joblessness
One-third workforce find no work, their number rising by the year
An unbridled rise in joblessness is stoking up frustration among the youths, besides snowballing crimes.
Jt move needed to check militancy in region
Former caretaker govt chief observes
Former chief advisor of caretaker government Latifur Rahman yesterday said there are 'no cohesive or coordinated efforts' by governments in the region to ensure religious tolerance and deal with any form
Ratan Tata flies in today with $2b investment plan
India's Tata Group Chairman Ratan N Tata flies in Dhaka today to push through his conglomerate's $2 billion investment plan in Bangladesh, which is likely to shore up foreign direct investment flow.
Rush of the desperate
As food becomes scarce and jobs even more, people from the north spill out to cities
Driven by a severe joblessness and want of food coupled with skyrocketing prices of essentials, the extreme poor have started rushing into cities including the capital from the northern region affected
AL working out caretaker govt reforms
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is working out some reforms of the caretaker government system to ensure neutrality of the interim government in conducting the next general elections slated forearly
PM asks opposition again to shun 'conspiracy'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a fresh call on the main opposition party to work together with the government for people's welfare, discarding the politics of conspiracy and destruction.
Flash flood grips north districts
Thousands marooned, crops damaged
Flash flood caused by onrush of water from upstream inundated fresh areas of Bagmara of Rajshahi, Manda, Niamatpur, Porsha and Mohadevpur upazilas of Naogaon during the last 24 hours.
Tk 393cr summer vegetables lost to rain, deluge
Repeated floods, heavy rain and a prolonged monsoon this year played havoc with summer vegetables causing a loss of Tk 393 crore, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said.
9am-3pm office in Ramadan
The cabinet on Monday night approved a proposal for new office timing during Ramadan for the offices of government, semi-government and autonomous bodies.

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Plan for mass promotion
The government is planning to promote a good many officials at top level vacancies to defuse frustration in the civil administration on the basis of reports of intelligence agencies and the prospective

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Oil price breaks thru' $54
Oil prices have surged to yet new record highs, driving US crude above $54 as global supply outages thwart efforts to build winter heating fuel inventories.
US, Iraqi forces raid Ramadi mosques
5 killed in attacks
Iraqi forces backed by US soldiers and Marines raided mosques Tuesday in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi and detained a prominent cleric following fierce clashes that hospital officials said killed
Polls irregularities
EC to summon Bhola officials
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to summon top officials of the local administration and election officials concerned of Bhola at its secretariat on October 25 to probe into the alleged irregularities
Criminal killed in 'shootout' with elite force
An alleged criminal of Demra was killed in a shootout between his operatives and a joint team of crime-busting Cobra and Cheetah in Mirhajirbagh in Demra in the early hours yesterday.
India denies dam cut report
India yesterday denied Bangladesh media reports that the BSF (Border Security Force) along with some Indian nationals had illegally entered Bangladesh territory and had deliberately cut an embankmentcausing
3 held Indians remanded, rest sent to jail
Three of the 18 Indian nationals arrested from Habiganj Monday for their suspected links with All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) were remanded and the rest sent to jail yesterday.
Kamrul Islam's contract cancelled
The government yesterday cancelled the contractual appointment of Executive Director (ED) of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) Kamrul Islam Siddique on charge of alleged violation of service
Dhaka, Delhi discuss joint navy exercise scope
India and Bangladesh yesterday discussed the possibility of conducting joint exercises between their navies soon.
DU academic activities resume today
Academic activities at Dhaka University (DU) return to normal today after 29 days of unscheduled closure due to a strike by six opposition students organisations.
No duty to be charged on lifesaving drugs
Saifur tells NBR officials
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to get all imported lifesaving drugs, including those waiting at Chittagong Port, released free of duty.
Bangladesh to get $100m from USAID
Bangladesh will receive $100 million from the USAID for the five-year Shouhardo programme that aims to strengthen household ability to respond to development opportunities.
9 missing after trawler sinks in Barisal river
Nine people were missing yesterday in the Ilisha river in Barisal after a trawler with 35 people aboard capsized on being hit by a sea truck.