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Front Pagearrow People pay Tk 6,796cr in bribes a year
People pay corrupt officials and employees of 25 service sector institutions an estimated Tk 6,796 crore a year in bribes, according to Transparency International Bangladesh, a chapter of the Berlin-based
 arrow Border tension simmers down following talks
The border tension brewing since Saturday's Akhaura skirmishes has simmered down following discussions between Dhaka and New Delhi at diplomatic and other planes, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khanyesterday.
 arrow Hospitals filled with diarrhoea patients
The spread of diarrhoea in the city and other parts of the country has sharply increased in the last weak, triggering a sudden influx of patients into city hospitals.
 arrow ACC finally adopts draft organogram
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has finally succeeded in drafting an organogram overcoming a prolonged stagnation due to internal conflicts and legal loopholes since its inception five months ago.
 arrow Satkhira Ahmadiyyas under renewed threat
Ahmadiyyas of Jyotindranagar in Satkhira, still smarting from the shock of Sunday's attack, came under renewed threat yesterday when religious zealots asked the Satkhira superintendent of police (SP)to
 arrow Hot spell to run until April 23
The heat wave is likely to continue until a nor'wester along with rainfall sweeps through the country between April 23 and 26, meteorology department officials said yesterday.
 arrow Govt friendless for wrong foreign policy
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said the present government has become friendless in the international arena due to its wrong ful foreign policies.
 arrow Quaiyum, nine other BNP leaders charged
The police yesterday submitted a chargesheet under the Explosive Act accusing 10 leaders of the ruling BNP of the January 27 grenade attack in Habiganj that killed former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow ADB urges govt to make ACC effective soon
A visiting top ADB (Asian Development Bank) official yesterday requested the government to make the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) effective as soon as possible, as the donor agency took it as a positive
 arrow Pak bank GM, others charged with locker embezzlement
A client of National Bank of Pakistan yesterday charged the bank's general manager (GM) and other officials with embezzling around Tk 46.5 lakh from a locker he rented with the bank.
 arrow Disqualified bidder bags power plant contract
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved awarding a contract to set up a 90 MW combined cycle power plant in Fenchuganj to a disqualified and lone bidder.
 arrow Graft-ridden RPCL shakes off govt stakes
The board of Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL), set up by Rural Electrification Board (REB), sacked its chairman representing the government stakes in the company on Sunday.
 arrow Tata to invest now $2.5b in Bangladesh
Indian industrial giant Tata Group submitted its feasibility study report on an investment proposal in Bangladesh to the Board of Investment (BoI) yesterday, showing interest to increase their investment
 arrow Govt to make petrol, octane prices equal
The government has decided to increase the price of petrol to make it equal to octane price as a measure to check adulteration, sources said.
 arrow EC meets today on security steps
The Election Commission (EC) will hold a high level meeting today to chalk out full-proof security measures for ensuring free and fair Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls on May 9th.
 arrow Tremor jolts Ctg
A tremor of light magnitude jolted Chittagong and its adjoining areas on Tuesday night.
The tremor, measuring 4.56 on the Richter scale, began at 8:04pm and lasted for 26 seconds.

 arrow US congressman told of sincere govt probe
Bangladesh Ambassador to Washington Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury briefed Congressman Barney Frank on Tuesday on the progress made in investigating the killing of SAMS Kibria and reaffirmed the government's
 arrow Knocking down illegal structures...

 arrow Khaleda urges people to resist trouble-makers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to make politically ineffective those who always try to harm the country and its people by perpetrating the politics of destruction.
 arrow Whatmore stays with Tigers for two more years
Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore put pen to paper yesterday confirming his association with the Tigers for another two years leading up to the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Sound mixer Mobin killed in road crash
A leading sound engineer died and three members of a popular music band of the country were injured in a road crash on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Chouddagram in Comilla in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow New Pope sets out his priorities
Pope Benedict XVI pledged to work towards Christian unity and dialogue with other faiths as he set out the priorities of his pontificate in his first homily Wednesday, saying he had been surprised byhis
 arrow Saber relieved of charges
A Dhaka court yesterday relieved Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, of charges of attacking then leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia's motorcade on
 arrow AL candidate boycotts polls
After a series of clashes, Awami League (AL)-backed commissioner candidate for ward No 63 of Dhaka City Corporation boycotted the election, alleging gross irregularities yesterday.
Businessarrow Money laundering thrives on legal loopholes
A number of fully foreign-owned companies and joint ventures having negligible capital base are taking advantage of the weaknesses in the Companies Act 1994 to indulge in money laundering, officials at
 arrow Govt mulls lifting PSI system
The government is considering discontinuing pre-shipment inspection (PSI) system by this year to stop 'harassment' of businesspeople , National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury said
 arrow Dhaka becomes more cost competitive for investment
Dhaka has become a little more cost competitive for investment, reveals the latest survey by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).
 arrow Asian, African ministers talk trade partnership
Thai, Foreign ministers from Asia and Africa held talks in the Indonesian capital Wednesday with the aim of drafting an agreement on a strategic alliance ahead of a weekend summit of leaders from both
 arrow Bush eyes interim China step on currency
US President George W Bush said Tuesday that China was considering taking an interim step toward easing its rigid currency regime and that Washington wants action as soon as possible.
 arrow BGMEA seeks duty-free access to China
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has asked China to provide Bangladeshi garments with duty-free access to its market.
 arrow United Leasing approves 60pc dividend, 100pc bonus share
United Leasing Company Ltd has declared 60 percent dividend and 100 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Prime Finance okays 20pc cash dividend
Prime Finance and Investment Limited, a local financial institution, has approved a 20 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow National Bank to collect AKTEL subscribers' bills
Subscribers of AKTEL mobile phone will be able to pay their monthly bills through the branches of National Bank from now on.
 arrow SME fair raffle draw held
Raffle draw of the coupons of SME Fair 2005 was held yesterday at the FBCCI conference room in Dhaka.
 arrow Shoppers World mall joins Dutch Bangla Bank merchant network
Shoppers World, a shopping mall in Dhaka, has joined the 'point of sale' (POS) merchant network of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd recently.
 arrow WTO farm talks break down on technical issue
Agricultural talks at the World Trade Organisation broke down Tuesday over the question of how to calculate customs duties, a technical issue that divides exporting and importing countries.
 arrow New Zealand, Thai businesses to benefit from trade pact
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said Tuesday that a new economic pact between her country and Thailand will boost business and lead to more jointly exported products.
 arrow China Q1 economy grows faster than expected
China's economy expanded 9.5 per cent in the year through the first quarter, faster-than-expected growth that will put pressure on Beijing to further tighten investment and credit curbs.
 arrow Local co teams up with Tommy Mia to produce food items
A local company yesterday announced that it will use cooking expertise of master chef Tommy Mia to produce food items for domestic and international markets.
 arrow Malaysian auto sales hit record high
Malaysia's vehicle sales rose 21.6 percent year-on-year in March to an all-time high of 50,558 and are likely to accelerate as consumers rush to buy in anticipation of higher car prices, reports saidWednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Muktis' fatal loss
Muktijoddha Sangsad's hopes of moving into the second phase of the AFC Cup were effectively over when they lost 2-1 to Nebitchi FC of Turkmenistan in a crucial Group A match at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet secure 2nd spot
Rajshahi failed to celebrate their one-day title in the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League when they suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Sylhet in a low-scoring last round game at the Sylhet Stadium
 arrow Cricket: A wonderful experience
Habibul Bashar said that it was a wonderful experience for him to play in a charity match for Univer-sity of the West Indies' Vice-Chancellor's XI against South Africa at St Augustine earlier this week.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin to play Oval game
Indian star batsman Sachin Tendulkar has agreed to play in the Asia XI against the International XI here at The Oval on June 20 in a charity game largely to help rebuild lives devastated by the Tsunami
 arrow Cricket: Surprise relief behind the stumps?
Cricket lovers could be in for a surprise when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announces the 16-member Test squad for the tour of England at Chittagong today.
 arrow Football: U-19 cricketers' fifth in a row
The Bangladesh under-19 cricket team continued their winning spree in their tour down under when they registered a massive 130-run victory over QAS squad in a limited-overs game at Meryborouzh yesterday.
 arrow Football: Fed Cup final round from today
The final phase of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup football tournament starts today with popular giants Abahani and Mohammedan looking forward to put an end to their wretched start to the season.
 arrow Cricket: Third Test starts today
For South Africa, in particular, and the West Indies, the third cricket Test, beginning on Thursday, is crucial.
 arrow Football: UEFA to get tough
European football's governing body UEFA has vowed to crack down on trouble-makers following a season of violence highlighted by Inter Milan's Champions League fiasco.
 arrow Cricket: Imran sings Inzy song
Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan Wednesday said Inzamamul Haq had matured as skipper during the tough cricket tour of India matured and helped his young side meet the challenge by his own example.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's no-show!
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday cancelled his sports talkshow in his native Portugal just one day after it debuted because he said comments he made on the programme were misquoted by the world's
 arrow Cricket scorer fighting for life
A young cricket scorer Md. Mahbubul Haque Shaheen is in need of urgent kidney transplant but financial constraint is preventing him from availing what could be a life-saving treatment.
 arrow Handball: Big win for BIT
Six matches of the Sunnydale 3rd mini boys' handball tournament were held yesterday at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Football: Women booters lose last match
The Bangladesh women's football team ended their campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Under-17 Football Championship with another defeat but this time, they went down fighting to
Metropolitanarrow New policy to encourage small power plants
The energy and power ministry has drafted a policy to award contract to anyone without any competition to set up small power plants ranging from 10 megawatts to 50 megawatts.
 arrow Evolve tech to fight salinity problem
Experts at an agricultural planning meeting yesterday underscored the need for augmenting food production in saline-prone zones in the country and called for providing farmers with technologies to combat
 arrow 'Punish all responsible for tragedy'
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for the garment factory collapse at Savar that claimed heavy loss of lives.
 arrow Tasnuva held in US for illegal stay
The case of Tasnuva Hayder, a Bangladeshi teenage girl detained by US authorities in New York, is a consular matter and a case of illegal stay, the foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow 'Create alternative jobs for tobacco workers'
The government must create alternative employment opportunities for bidi and cigarette industry workers or repeal the anti-tobacco law, hundreds of tobacco workers demanded at a rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow Minority issue discussed
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said United States has been extending cooperation in the developing activities of Bangladesh.
 arrow UGC chairman seeks security from home ministry
In the face of repeated threat over telephone demanding toll, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof M Asaduzzaman yesterday sought security from the home ministry.
 arrow Garments employee murdered
A garments employee, stabbed by a gang of hoodlums at Pallabi in the city, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow AL leaders seek vote for Mohiuddin
Awami League central leaders Suranjit Sengupta and Obaidul Kader yesterday joined polls campaign for party leader and Nagorik Committee-backed mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the Chittagong
 arrow Proper investigation demanded
Leaders of the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Chittagong unit, yesterday demanded proper investigation into the murder of bus driver Ashraf Ali, which took place on October 1, 2004.
 arrow Hasina greets new Pope
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has congratulated Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany on his election as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
 arrow SC stays AL leader Manik's bail
Responding to a government plea, the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for two weeks the operation of the High Court (HC) order that had granted bail to former Awami League lawmaker Mohibur Rahman Manik
 arrow 1,713 more held
Police arrested 1,713 more people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 2 bank managers suspended for ‘connivance’
Sarder Hasibur Rahman, Manager of Daulatpur branch of Sonali Bank and Mohammod Mizanur Rahman, its manager at Daulatpur College Road branch have been suspended for their alleged connivance in a big financial
 arrow Golapganj OC closed, all cops to be withdrawn
Golapganj thana Officer-in-charge Md Abul Quashem and Second Officer Md Yunus Miah were withdrawn and closed to the district police line Tuesday night in view of deterioration in law and order in theupazila
 arrow Sour tomato in sultry summer
Bangladeshis will soon relish locally produced flavoury and slightly sour tomato in summer sultry days, thanks to the innovation by scientists of Bangladesh Agriculture research Institute (BARI) at Joydebpur.
 arrow Japanese envoy happy on progress of work
Days are not far away when Bangladesh will be self-sufficient in agriculture and other rural sectors, Japanese ambassador in Bangladesh Hari Godi has said.
 arrow Hiking at Habiganj forest
Participants at a trail hiking at Satchuri Reserved Forest in Habiganj on Sunday stressed on the need for creating more job opportunities for local people with a view to stopping illegal felling of trees
 arrow Rare sympathy bears fruit
A teenaged domestic help secured junior scholarship in class five. This was possible because of the sympathetic attitude of her master's wife.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 5 in Patuakhali
Diarrhoea claimed five lives in two upazilas last week.
The two upazilas are Galachipa and Kalapara. Three persons were killed in Galachipa upazila and two persons were killed in Kalapara upazila.

 arrow JCD man, BCL activists held by Barisal Rab
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested one JCD and two BCL activists from Jhalakati town Tuesday night for alleged extortion.
 arrow Vow to create awareness about AIDS
An advocacy and view exchange meeting on HIV/AIDS was held at Brahmanbaria Zila Parishad auditorium in the town yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Corruption, budget deficit and price instability
Inflation is a result of "too much money chasing too few goods." Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman argued, "Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.
 arrow Saddam's security apparatus and a state visit
While the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussain is awaiting trial in a jail in the country which he ruled ruthlessly for 24 long years, one may naturally wonder how he could last so long as head of state
Culturearrow Carving a place on the small screen
“Eight years back, I went to the Sundarbans with the unit of Shundari for shooting," reminisces popular actor Azizul Hakim. "We had some very exciting experiences while shooting.
 arrow Romance galore
Rofique Ahmed, whose exhibition began at the Divine Gallery in the city recently, has amalgamated the style of various Bangladeshi art teachers, and those in Vadodara, India, where he did his Masters.
 arrow Anthony Quinn: The story of a star
Anthony Quinn, the Irish-Mexican actor, is remembered for his powerful film roles such as Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia and his portrayal of Zeus in the TV serial Hercules.
Generalarrow JU body to probe JCD factional clash
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities yesterday formed a six-member committee to investigate the Monday's clash between the two factions of Jatiyatabdai Chhatra Dal (JCD) that left at least 26
 arrow Massive programme to make Dhaka city greener soon
The capital city is going to have a greener look soon with the government implementing a massive 'Green Dhaka' programme.
 arrow French journo gets bail
A foreign documentary film-maker, who was arrested by the BDR while entering Bangladesh from India crossing the border illegally at Bhomra on April 14, was granted bail by a magistrate here yesterday.
 arrow Three killed by lightning
Three people were killed by lightning when a severe nor'wester lashed different areas in the district last night.
 arrow Chinese crew member killed
A crew member of a Chinese cargo ship was killed on Tuesday night after he met with an accident in the Chittagong port.
Internationalarrow Leaders welcome new Pope
Presidents, religious leaders and many of the world's 1.
 arrow Iraq violence rages on
At least two Iraqis were killed on Wednesday in triple blasts in the capital as politicians attempted to end a stalemate over a new government that many fear could play into rebel hands.
 arrow Vote on Bush UN nominee delayed
In a setback to President Bush, Republicans on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday were forced to delay a vote on John Bolton's nomination as UN ambassador to examine new allegationsagainst
 arrow Israeli army begins to remove equipment from Gaza
The Israeli army began removing equipment from bases in the Gaza Strip Wednesday in preparation for the pullout from the territory as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned the withdrawal would be followed
 arrow Pakistan will not allow IAEA to inspect nuke facilities
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday he would never allow foreign inspectors into the country to examine its nuclear facilities.
 arrow All night party in new Pope's hometown
Residents of the picturesque Bavarian hometown of the new Pope Benedict XVI sang and danced into the early hours of Wednesday fuelled by free beer in a raucous celebration.
 arrow 42 injured after quake hits Japan's island
An earthquake measuring 5.
 arrow Legal challenge to threaten Britain's election date
A legal challenge to postal voting, which could potentially delay Britain's May 5 election, will be launched on Thursday, as senior civil servants prepared to discuss the problem, reports said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tension on the border
It is a supreme and unfortunate irony that just as the peace process between India and Pakistan has been termed by both sides as 'irreversible,' and India has entered into rapprochement with its old rival
 arrow Editorial: Misadventurers arrested
Ninety young people, purportedly on their way to Greece, were picked up in Chittagong by a navy patrol team on April 17.
 arrow Pacific Commander's exposé
It seems that everybody except the relevant persons in Bangladesh has indubitable intelligence on the doings of the militants in this country, that have turned, or are in the process of turning, Bangladesh
 arrow President Musharraf's two victories -- on points
April 16 saw two victories of President Pervez Musharraf -- partial and questionable from the common man's viewpoint.
Letters to Editorarrow Trapped in intrigue?
Bangladesh is truly trapped in international intrigue, according to a seminar in Dhaka (DS 4/4/). It is neo-colonialism; the United States is initiating the British ghost of the Empire era.
 arrow Pakistani visa
Previously, the Pakistan High Commission used to issue 25 to 40 Visitor and Business Visas per day.
 arrow Ekushey and Islam
It is about a report "Ekushey tradition broken" published in The Daily Star of 22 February.
 arrow Reflections on "Baishakh"
The Cadet Colleges Club arranged various programmes on the 1st day of "Baishakh", 1412. Everything was well programmed, well organised, disciplined, well attended and thoroughly enjoyable.
 arrow Need for effective local government
Local government is a hotly debated issue in Bangladesh. Union Parishad elections have been held on a regular basis but still UPs are regarded as an ineffective institution.
 arrow Rab
I do not like to add one more comment on Rab. However, I want to express my opinion regarding the response so far given by the government.
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