Vol. 5 Num 146 Mon. October 18, 2004    
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No let-up in rising prices
In the absence of any effective government intervention to arrest spiralling prices of essentials and despite assurance from ministers, people in the low and middle-income brackets continued to have their
Tk 4.62cr graft in 9 civil surgeon's offices
JS body says it's just tip of iceberg
A parliamentary probe body investigated irregularities in only nine civil surgeon's offices and found Tk 4.62 crore in corruption, which it says was only a partial picture.
Appointment Commotion
Angry JCD men lock up Ctg hospital for 3 hours
All activities and services at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) were disrupted for nearly three hours yesterday as some unruly outsiders backed by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders andactivists
Closure of 8 pvt universities recommended
Report submitted to PM
A high-powered committee to evaluate performance of the country's 53 private universities has recommended shutting down eight for violating rules and regulations.
PM asks Altaf to rein in market
In the face of unusual price hike of essentials, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury to her office and asked him to control the market strictly, sources
BNP top brass unhappy with market trend
Skyrocketed prices of essentials during Ramadan have stirred the ranks of the ruling BNP who are unhappy with the government's 'inaction' in tackling the situation.
IG says no foreign link to bomb blasts
The inspector general (IG) of police recently said no international link has been found to the recent spate of bomb blasts, a claim that contradicts the government's one-member judicial commission, which
All districts under Rab watch
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) operations were expanded in all the 64 districts since Saturday night to clamp down on crime across the country during Ramadan and Durga Puja.
LPG price shoots up in Bogra
The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has shot up by more than Tk 200 per cylinder in Bogra as soon as the month of Ramadan began.
Army to guard against theft in CHT forest
In the wake of increasing looting of forest resources in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), the government has asked the army to be on guard to stop such activities.

Back to the streets...

Import bill for oil doubles this year
High price in world market leads to Tk 3,000 crore expenditure in extra
The import bill for fuel may shoot up by at least 50 percent in the current fiscal because of the phenomenal rise in oil prices in the international market.
F-28 Crash
Biman to get $2.65m from insurer
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will receive $2.65 million in cash towards insurance coverage for its crashed F-28 aircraft, according to a settlement reached with Lloyds Aviation Insurance Company.
Asians want Bush ouster
NY Times, 3 other US dailies endorse Kerry
Most Asians want George W. Bush voted out of office in next month's US presidential election, even though many are unaware who his challenger is.
Durga Puja starts tomorrow
The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest extravaganza of Hindus, begins tomorrow amid fanfare.
Hasina asks govt to quit on price hike
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the BNP-jamaat-led coali|ion to resign immediately for the government's 'absolute failure to control price spiral of essentials'.
Thousands march London streets demanding Iraq pullout
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of central London yesterday to protest against the Iraq war as Prime Minister Tony Blair struogled to shake-off fierce criticism of the invasionjack
21 trainee cops dismissed for 'opposition links'
Allegations of past links to opposition political parties were cited to dismiss 21 trainee police sub-inspectors (SIs) at Sardah Police Academy here on Thursday, 15 days before they were expected to graduate.
Golam Rasul and Sons has protested a photograph published in The Daily Star on page 12 on October regarding encroachment of the Turag river at Tongi.

Eviction drive...

Megawati to skip rival's inauguration
Outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri, criticised by the media for being a sore loser in Indonesia's first direct presidential vote, will skip this week's inauguration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as
2 schoolboys drown in Turag
Two schoolboys drowned in the river Turag at Shekhertek in Moham-madpur yesterday.
Two shot in city
An alleged criminal was injured during a firefight with an elite Cobra team of Detective Branch (DB) in Mirpur and criminals shot a youth in Mohammadpur last night.