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Front Pagearrow Grabbers filling up yet another city wetland
Just beside the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument at Rayerbazar in the capital, local brick and sand traders are filling up a canal known as "Hikkar Khal.
 arrow Project cars offered to speed up file clearance
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is one of the major sources of luxury vehicles for the high officials of different ministries and the department offers them cars for quick clearance
 arrow Governance issues come under watch
Japan, the country's biggest bilateral donor, has decided to closely monitor governance issues of Bangladesh to make sure its grants, loans and technical assistance effectively reach the poor, according
 arrow Security, trade to top agenda
The first foreign secretary- level meeting between Bangladesh and India in two years begins today in New Delhi to focus on all issues of bilateral interest and cooperation.
 arrow Hurried move to pay unqualified publishers
After selecting more than 500 extra-curricular books for secondary level students, published mostly by little known publishers allegedly associated with the ruling BNP, the education ministry is now readying
 arrow Court asks for report on Bidisha's health
A Dhaka court yesterday asked the director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) to submit by today a report on the health condition of Bidisha, estranged wife of former president
 arrow Land ports go to 4 pvt operators
The government has finally appointed four private operators to develop and run the country's five land ports on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, official sources said.
 arrow Judge, accused, PP, seek HC apology
A Dhaka court judge, a public prosecutor (PP), and the sacked managing director (MD) of Inqilab TV appeared in person before the High Court yesterday to face contempt charges, and tendered unconditional
 arrow Two outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two outlaw leaders were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" in Kushtia and Rajshahi districts yesterday.
 arrow BoI chief made adviser to energy division
The government yesterday appointed Board of Investment (BoI) chief Mahmudur Rahman an adviser for the energy and mineral resources division with the rank and status of a deputy minister.
 arrow Double crime
An eleven-year-old boy, Milon Howlader, has been languishing at Khulna District Jail since May 3 last year despite his proven innocence.
 arrow OIC close to forming free trade area
Muslim nations moved closer to forming a free trade area yesterday, with plans to adopt tariff-cutting steps by end-2005 to bridge a gap between oil-rich and poor members of the Organisation of the Islamic
 arrow 23 policemen killed in Iraq attacks
A suicide car bomber killed 15 traffic policemen yesterday outside the unit's headquarters in the northern Kurdish city of Irbil while eight other policemen were killed in Baghdad fighting, police and
 arrow Tigers face England today
With the euphoria of the incredible triumph against Australia subsiding, the Tigers returned to train at Trent Bridge on Monday morning where they face England today in their third match of the NatWest
 arrow 394 killed by BSF, Indians in 5 years
Border Security Force (BSF) and Indian assailants have killed 394 Bangladeshis, mostly innocent farmers, over the last five years and five months until May this year, according to Odhikar, a rights watchdog.
 arrow BDR recovers mortar shell
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel on Sunday afternoon recovered an Indian-made mortar shell left abandoned in a fountain near Dagbhanga village, some seven kilometres away from Borkol upazila
 arrow India ups fuel prices
India's federal cabinet raised gasoline and diesel prices by as much as 7.0 percent yesterday to offset higher international oil prices since the last hike in November 2004, a federal minister said.
 arrow Two JCD men remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded the two students of Dhaka College and its pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) unit leaders for three days in connection with mugging Tk 12 lakh on Sunday.
 arrow Saifur blasted for skipping JS budget discussion
Ruling BNP lawmaker Manzur Quader yesterday blasted Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman for his absence in the House during discussion on the proposed budget for FY 2005-06.
 arrow Top criminal Arman placed on fresh remand
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday took Arman Khan, one of the 23 top listed criminals, on a fresh seven-day remand to grill him about the murder of an unidentified man in Khilgaon in December last
 arrow Section 144 imposed
Rallies of the ruling BNP and the Awami League (AL) could not be held at Chhongachha Union in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday as the district administration imposed Section 144 in and around the
Businessarrow Nitol Ins IPO gets SEC nod despite DSE objection
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has allowed Nitol Insurance Company Ltd (NICL) to issue Tk 9 crore initial public offering (IPO) despite strong objection from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).
 arrow FBCCI, Saudi chamber sign MoU to boost trade
Top business leaders of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have agreed to work together to promote economic and trade relations between the two nations.
 arrow India okays landmark trade deal with S’pore
India's cabinet gave the go-ahead Monday for a landmark trade deal with Singapore that is expected to accelerate the flow of foreign direct investment into the South Asian nation.
 arrow Italian catalogue show begins in Chittagong
With a view to enhancing trade relations between the two countries, a two-day Catalogue Exhibition of Italian Products-2005 began yesterday in Chittagong.
 arrow Nokia launches car kits in local market
Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone set manufacturer, has launched new car kits that will allow users to attend calls hands free while driving vehicles.
 arrow 3 non-banking institutions to go public soon
Three non-banking financial institutions are expected to go public soon, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Lift import duty on timber to help save forest
Timber importers yesterday urged the government to withdraw duty on imported timber to encourage timber import and save the country's forest resources.
 arrow BGMEA urges US buyer to up import from Bangladesh
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged US company Matalan Holdings PLC to raise import of readymade garments from Bangladesh.
 arrow Final round of GP SMS contest held
The final round of GrameenPhone (GP) SMS contest was held at Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka yesterday where 10 participants emerged winners.
 arrow StanChart launches wealth management service
Standard Chartered Bank has launched a fast track wealth management service titled 'Excel Banking' for its targeted customers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Acme launches bottled water
The Acme Agrovet & Beverage Ltd launched a new product 'Acme Premium Drinking Water' yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices surge above $59 in Asian trade
Oil prices rose further into record territory in Asian trade on Monday with the benchmark New York contract climbing past 59 dollars a barrel and looking likely to break through 60 dollars, dealers said.
 arrow Opec may hike output by 500,000 bpd i
Ope.c's president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Sabah said Monday he would hold talks with other cartel members on hiking output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) if prices stay high until the end of the week.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sleepless at the Hilton
At the breakfast table of the Hilton Hotel Bangladesh team manager MA Latif was inquiring whether each and every member of the side had a table fan in their rooms.
 arrow Football: Youngmen's end losing streak
Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool won a seven-goal thriller against Dipali Juba Sangha in a battle of bottom-table teams in the Premier Bank Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Million dollar question
The recriminations continued at home Monday over Australia's alarming start to the Ashes cricket tour of England with some commentators questioning whether the wheels have fallen off the once-mighty Australian
 arrow Football: Borgetti baffles Brazil
Mexico sealed a well-earned place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Brazil in an incident-packed Group B encounter in front of a sell-out crowd here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer sails
Champion Roger Federer made a winning return to Wimbledon's lush green lawns on Monday, reaching the second round of the grass court Grand Slam with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.
 arrow Cricket: Praising Pietersen
England captain Michael Vaughan was full of admiration for Kevin Pietersen after the Hampshire batsman added to his growing list of breathtaking one-day innings with a commanding 91 not out in Sunday's
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore there in body not in mind
When Bangladesh pulled off their greatest win against Australia at Cardiff on Thursday, cricketers were over the moon in the small dressing room at Sophia Gardens.
 arrow Cricket: Shame, Shane
Australia star Shane Warne was reported Monday to be fighting to save his marriage after new claims he cheated on his wife with a student.
 arrow Cricket: Giles boost for hosts
Fit-again left-arm spinner Ashley Giles will join up with England's NatWest Series squad later on Monday after recovering from a hip problem which has allowed him to return to the international arena.
 arrow Cricket: Alamgir replaces Munir in A team
The National Cricket League's leading wicket-taker Alamgir Kabir has replaced injured seamer Anwar Munir in the Bangladesh A team for their tour of England next month.
 arrow Volleyball: Army, Police BDR in last 8
Favourties Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles moved into the men's quarterfinals on the opening day of the Pepsi National Volleyball Championships winning their respective matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie premier hails Tigers
Australian Prime Minister John Howard congratulated the Bangladesh cricket team on their historic victory over his country's world champion squad.
 arrow Football: Bright start for Rahmatganj
Leaders Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society got off to a bright start in the second leg of the First Division Football League yesterday with a 3-1 win over Dhanmondi Club at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal
 arrow Football: A strong new Mexico
Mexico's stock rose sharply in the heat of a Hannover night, Sunday's entirely justified victory over Brazil a vital step on the road to next year's World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Old foes renew rivalry
Germany and Argentina, having qualified for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup, vie for the right to top Group A when they face off here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Japan stay in the hunt
A second-half goal from substitute Masashi Oguro earned Japan a 1-0 victory over injury-weakened European champions Greece in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Playing for pride
Australia will give a handful of fringe players a chance to impress when they play purely for pride against African champions Tunisia in their final match of the Confederations Cup here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Streakers question security
Two pitch invasions in two days at Confederations Cup matches in Germany have prompted security concerns for next year's World Cup finals.
Metropolitanarrow Hoarders, middlemen responsible for price hike
A syndicate of hoarders and middlemen with ruling party patronage frequently exploits the consumers by resorting to market manipulation and food adulteration, speakers said at an open discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Update madrasa syllabus'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for updating the syllabus of madrasa, saying that Islamic education today has failed to keep up with the times.
 arrow Form nat'l probe body to identify faulty factories
Trade union leaders yesterday called for constituting a national probe body to identify the factories with faulty construction, and improve the condition of workplace for the greater interest of garment
 arrow 62 jailed in 6 days
The home ministry-formed mobile court has nabbed and sentenced a total of 62 people, five of them to six months of jail time and other 57 to one month of jail time with Tk 1,000 fines for spraying artificial
 arrow N'ganj Jubo League leader shot dead
Unknown assailants yesterday gunned down a local leader of Jubo League, the youth wing of main opposition Awami League (AL), in the port city.
 arrow Sufia Kamal fought for women's rights
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for intensifying the efforts to end violence and discriminations against the women by taking a lesson from the life of poet Sufia Kamal.
 arrow 'Genuine bidders deprived of printing contract'
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association (BBPSA) yesterday alleged that a section of officials of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) is conspiring to deprive genuine bidders of
 arrow HC rule on govt over cancellation of relief for Biharis
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause as to why cancellation of allotment of relief to the Stranded Pakistanis, known as Biharis, in Bangladesh should not be declared
 arrow Cabinet okays draft of Electricity (Amend) Act
The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft law to prevent illegal use and pilferage of electricity as well as ensure proper use of power.
 arrow JU URP students demand removal of chairman
The students of urban and regional planning (URP) department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor on Sunday urging him to implement their two-point demand.
 arrow Mosharraf's remarks protested
Officers and employees of the Petrobangla yesterday protested the remarks of former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain that all officers and staffs of Petrobangla, except a few, are corrupt.
 arrow UN body for strong govt initiative to end problem
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stressed stronger and proactive government initiative for a permanent solution to refugee problem facing Bangladesh for long.
 arrow Genocide photo exhibition begins
A five-day photography exhibition titled 'International Genocide Exhibition-2005' began at the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University yesterday with a call to stop genocide.
 arrow Voters' ID project is not in operation
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday that the Voters' ID and Distribution Project had ended on June 30, 2000.
 arrow Osman Farruk Kishoreganj BNP president
Kishoreganj district unit BNP has been formed with Dr M Osman Farruk and AEM Waliullah Rabbani as its president and general secretary.
 arrow 1,757 more held
Police arrested 1,757 people, including four listed criminals on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow PBCP threatens to kill 18 'class enemies’
Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Lal Pataka), in a leaflet circulated on Sunday, identified 18 people as 'class enemies' and threatened to kill them.
 arrow Work on 2 Ashuganj gas compressor plants from Nov
Work on setting up of two natural gas compressor stations in Ashuganj is likely to begin in November.
 arrow Solar power changes life in remote Jamuna shoals
It was beyond the imagination of poor isolated shoal people in Jumana river basin to have electricity in their small houses.

A kerosene lamp was the only means to light their huts after sunset.

 arrow ‘Fair and equal’ CHT dev policy demanded
Hundreds of people on Monday formed a human chain in front of Bandarban Press Club to protest 'unfair development policy' of the government in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Postmaster held for Tk 16 lakh 'misappropriation'
The postmaster of Rajafoir post office in Kalihati upazila was arrested on Tuesday on charge of misappropriation of Tk 16, 49,000.
 arrow Pirates pose as police,loot trawlers
Pirates in the disguise of police looted goods worth about Tk two lakh from 12 trawlers and fishing boats in Mehendiganj on Lata and Gazaria rivers, tributaries of the Meghna and the Arial Khan, in the
 arrow Removal of Shaghata UNO demanded
Bonarpara journalists in a meeting held on Sunday demanded removal of Shaghata Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Salauddin for demolition of Bonarpara Press Club building without prior notice.
 arrow Adopt separate dev policy for northern dists
Leaders of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) have placed a number of demands to Commerce Advisor Barkot Ullah Bulu for development of northern districts.
 arrow Old man drowns in Comilla
One person drowned and three others are missing when an engine boat capsized in river Paathalia in Meghna upazila in Comilla district on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Energy security and sustainable development
The current global energy infrastructure is estimated to be worth $15 trillion. However is can supply quality energy to only one billion people, mostly in the OECD countries.
 arrow Crop insurance experiences: Lessons for Bangladesh
Crop production is susceptible to numerous risks and uncertainties. The most potent and serious ones are those posed by the natural forces.
 arrow How free is the US media?
The US Ambassador to Bangladesh, His Excellency Harry K. Thomas will soon be returning to the State Department.
Culturearrow The untold tale of the Hill Tracts
Tanvir Mokammel embarked into filmmaking during his university days. At that time he was a film society activist, and organised seminars and workshops on films.
 arrow The young ones blaze a trail
The radiance from spotlights, a few pradeep (traditional lamps), floating candles on an earthen bowl with rose petals and a casual sitting arrangement on the carpeted floor.
 arrow "Ironically Bulbul had been cast first as my husband and later as my son... -- Dilara
Anyone who grew up in the '80s, is familiar with the title Eishob Din Ratri. And one, who has seen the immensely popular TV play, cannot forget the short-tempered mother played by Dilara Zaman.
Generalarrow 5 killed, 20 injured in Munshiganj road accident
At least five people were killed and 20 others injured when a passenger bus turned turtle into a roadside ditch at Kamarkhola area in Srinagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow 6 policemen suspended
Six Policemen, including two havildars, were suspended as an accused in a robbery case escaped from their custody on the court premises at Bandarban on Sunday.
 arrow Dam-ABC agreement on construction of cancer hospital
An agreement was signed between Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Dam) and construction company Associated Builders Corporation Ltd (ABC) at the Dam head office in the city for construction of the 10-storey building
 arrow Islamic Studies deptt reunion
A reunion of former students of the Islamic studies department of Dhaka University will be held in the middle of August, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Bomb explodes in Assam Assembly
A bomb, suspected to be planted by Ulfa militants, exploded inside the Assam Legislative Assembly premises in the high security zone of the state secretariat at Dispur early last morning, official sources
 arrow 5 policemen killed, 20 abducted in Nepal
Maoist rebels in Nepal killed five policemen and abducted 20 in an attack in which six government buildings were torched and dozens of prisoners released, police and troops said yesterday.
 arrow Rice asks Syria to take ME changes seriously
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a strong appeal yesterday for democratic reforms in the Middle East, singling out Egypt, Syria and Iran, and telling leaders not to fear their people's free
 arrow Anti-Syrian alliance sweeps Lebanon polls
A Lebanese anti-Syrian alliance promised sweeping change early on Monday after winning a majority in the first parliamentary elections in three decades without Syrian troops in Lebanon.
 arrow Delhi says no to Hurriyat participation in talks
The Centre on Monday rejected Hurriyat Conference's demand for inclusion in the Indo-Pak dialogue process but said the conglomerate could give its suggestions for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
 arrow Iran goes into selective vote recount
Iranian authorities agreed yesterday to recount a small selection of ballot boxes from presidential elections that gave a radical hardliner a shock second place, following allegations over vote-rigging.
 arrow EU leaders survey the wreckage
European Union leaders spent the weekend reflecting on the aftermath of last week's acrimonious and unfruitful Brussels summit, divided on where blame lay but agreed that the 25-member bloc was in deep
Editorialarrow Editorial: Investment climate again
Not that the point needed reiteration, having been made by so many both inside and outside the country, but once again we have confirmation that the unstable political situation and the uncertainty associated
 arrow Editorial: It has touched a new low
The incident in which reportedly two activists of the Dhaka College unit of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were arrested, after they had mugged a man has laid bare the abyss student criminality has
 arrow Power, politics and public purse
The Finance Minister (FM) Mr. M Saifur Rahman has recently placed the proposed national budget in the parliament.
 arrow Man of irony
Could President Pervez Musharraf ever have imagined, when he asked us to think out of the box, that a BJP leader like Lal Krishna Advani would leap out of the box and land at the doorstep of MohammadAli
Letters to Editorarrow Attention: Doctors
There are large numbers of medicine manufacturing establishments in Bangladesh which are marketing medicines of same chemical formula in different trade names.
 arrow Best friend
Trees are not only the sworn friends of the environment but also for all creatures in the world.
 arrow Leather industry
My nephew, who is in the final and fourth year of graduating from the Leather Institute, is worried about job openings towards a good and steady career.
 arrow Insurance business
There is hardly any doubt that Bangladesh is a poor as well as a developing country. Insurance is playing an important role in the development of our economic status.
 arrow Education sector
With a view to achieving the target set in the poverty alleviation plan the government has adopted the expenditure framework budget system allocating funds according to its priorities.
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