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Front Pagearrow Garbage-choked drains lead to waterlogging
Monsoon rain easily waterlogs Dhaka because its underground drainage system is clogged with garbage, most of the city surface concrete, canals and wetlands filled up, and rivers around the city encroached
 arrow Armed Forces Division dwarfs ministry power
The Ministry of Defence looks dead and buried as another parallel body, Armed Forces Division (AFD), controls all major activities of the armed forces.
 arrow Niko will wait till gas burns up
While the raging fire in Tengratila gas field is burning gas worth crores of taka every day, causing environmental havoc and making the life of people in the surrounding areas miserable, the Canadiandrilling
 arrow AEC plan requires shifting of 50,000
London-based Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) is preparing a 30-year open pit coal mining plan for Phulbari Project that would require relocating around 50,000 people of about 100 villages and a part ofPhulbari
 arrow Experts blame it on Niko incompetence
Disasters like Tengratila gas field explosions and fire are taking place repeatedly as the government awarded the contract to grossly incompetent Canadian company Niko Resources for its links to powerful
 arrow PM's promise to solve DND problem remains unfulfilled
A ruling BNP lawmaker yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that waterlogging inside the Dhaka-Narayangonj-Demra (DND) embankment has not been solved even after a year of the prime minister's assurance.
 arrow Tk 1,247 crore DCC budget announced
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday announced the highest ever DCC budget of Tk 1,247 crore for the fiscal year (FY) 2005-06, which is Tk 368.
 arrow Ministries asked to clear gas bills by July 15
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday asked various ministries and semi-government bodies to pay their outstanding gas bills by July 15.
 arrow Minister okays action against ex-BTTB chief
Telecommunications Minister M Aminul Haq yesterday finally okayed departmental action against former BTTB chairman Nurul Islam, Project Director Monowar Ali and other officials for alleged irregularities
 arrow Mayor for master plan to solve waterlogging
Mayor of Dhaka Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday urged the government to take up a master plan for resolving the nagging waterlogging problem in the capital.
 arrow Int'l flights might resume tomorrow
International flight operations may resume at Shah Amanat International Airport tomorrow after Biman's DC-10 aircraft that crash-landed on Friday is salvaged, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism
 arrow Govt plans cylinder gas for kitchens
The government is considering replacing the present system of gas supply through pipelines with gas cylinders for domestic use.
 arrow DMP launches clean-up drive
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) as part of a clean-up drive yesterday transferred 20 sergeants out of the capital for their alleged link to extortion, mugging, drug-peddling and other criminal activities.
 arrow Normal flooding from mid-July, 2 lows likely
Some areas of the country may experience normal flooding in the second half of this month as average rainfall this season is likely to go up by 15-25 percent in addition to rise of water levels in major
 arrow Ershad cleared of GD charge
Police yesterday submitted a final report to a Dhaka court stating Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad innocent with regard to a general diary (GD) filed against him by his estranged wife's sister.
 arrow Nasa projectile smashes into comet
A US space projectile crashed head-on into a comet hurtling through the solar system yesterday in an unprecedented feat of technology that scientists hope will help reveal the secrets of the universe.
 arrow Ctg mugger killed in Rab firing
A mugger was killed and two of his accomplices were injured by bullets during a 'shootout' with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) under Chandgaon Police Station in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 131 women ansars to go to S Arabia
The ansar authorities yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four recruiting agencies for sending its female members to Saudi Arabia and other countries to do household jobs.
 arrow DU classes resume today
The academic activities of Dhaka University (DU) resume today as the seven opposition-backed student organisations led by the Awami League's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) called off their
 arrow SSC results likely next week
The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations under nine education boards are likely to be published between July 9 and July 12.
 arrow ACC agrees to take ADB assistance
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday agreed to take technical assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its core functions and capacity building.
 arrow Mugger of Tk 9 lakh in Dhanmondi identified
Police have identified one of the four criminals, who mugged Tk 9 lakh from two officials of a private firm, and dispatched two teams outside the capital to arrest him.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 14.5pc in FY05
Remittance saw a strong boost in the just concluded 2004-05 financial year, recording a healthy 14.5 percent growth.
 arrow BADC takes up 14 schemes to raise farm production
BADC (Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation) has taken up 14 projects across the country to increase farm production, a top official said yesterday.
 arrow State of money market: Debacle or correction?
In recent times, we are observing a bit of uneasiness in Bangladesh money market, especially in the foreign exchange market.
 arrow British PM renews attack on EU farm spending
British Prime Minister Tony Blair renewed his attack on European Union farm subsidies that mainly benefit France by saying the bloc needed a long-term budget which would allow it to face global challenges.
 arrow Asian travel industry still resilient amid high oil prices
Asian travellers face costlier air tickets after oil breached 60 dollars a barrel, but the impact on demand should be limited amid rapid growth in no-frills travel, industry analysts said.
 arrow Malaysia to announce new auto tariffs next month
A new tax and tariff structure for Malaysia's auto industry is expected to be announced in August, Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said Monday.
 arrow GE reaches deal to sell stake in India's Dabhol
General Electric Co confirmed it had reached a settlement to sell its equity in India's mothballed Dabhol power project, a key step in the government's plans to resurrect the facility.
 arrow New MD of Prime Ins
AR Bhuiya has recently joined Prime Insurance Company Ltd managing director.
Prior to his present assignment, Bhuiya was the managing director of Crystal Insurance Co Ltd.

 arrow WTO services talks pick up pace, but too slow
Talks on liberalising global commerce in services as part of a wider treaty have picked up pace, but progress is still too slow, a senior World Trade Organisation official said Monday.
 arrow Exchange rates may be discussed at G8
Exchange rates might well be one of the topics up for discussion when Group of Eight (G8) leaders meet in Gleneagles, Scotland later this week, a top German government official said on Monday.
 arrow Brac Bank to collect Thai visa application fees
Thai visa applicants will now be able to deposit their application fees at Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) counter of Brac Bank in Dhaka.
 arrow Supreme Pharma starts marketing products
Supreme Pharmaceuticals Limited on Friday started marketing its products .
Sportsarrow Olympics: Paris, London battle for bragging rights
London and Paris traded barbs on Monday over their rival bids for the 2012 Olympic Games amid frantic last-minute lobbying by all all five candidate cities ahead of the mid-week vote in Singapore.
 arrow Tennis: Peerless Federer
Closing in on his third consecutive Wimbledon title, Roger Federer hit one shot so hard it darted between Andy Roddick's legs.
Federer wanted this one badly, which is why he played so well.

 arrow Cricket: 'We are separating'
Australian cricket star Shane Warne's wife confirmed she is separating from her husband after intense media speculation that the blond spinner was involved in another sex scandal, reports said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' camp on Whatmore's return
The Bangladesh selectors are hoping to start the Tigers' camp for their next assignment in Sri Lanka as soon as coach Dav Whatmore returns from Australia.
 arrow Cricket: India to host U-19 cricket meet in Dec
India will play host to a four-nation under-19 one-day tournament in December with Vishakapatnam being the venue for the event, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool losing Gerrard?
Steven Gerrard may be on the verge of leaving Liverpool after a reported training-ground bust-up with manager Rafael Benitez.
 arrow Football: Steamy secrets revealed
English league footballers admit they could have a different girl every night in their celebrity lifestyles.
 arrow Cricket: Lee in trouble again
Brett Lee's tendency to bowl beamers has again landed him in the spotlight after he unleashed one early on in Saturday's NatWest Series final, leading to a severe reprimand from David Shepherd, the umpire,
 arrow Chess: Reefat's golden opportunity
Reefat Bin Sattar will get a perfect opportunity to fulfil his dreams by bagging the desired rating points to become the third Grand Master of the country when the Greenwich University FIDE Rating Chess
 arrow Football: Premier League now resumes tomorrow
Poor ground condition at the Bangabandhu National Stadium following heavy seasonal rain has forced the Dhaka Metropolis Football League Committee to delay restarting the Premier Football League for another
 arrow Tennis: Mixed delight for Bhupathi, Pierce
India's Mahesh Bhupathi and France's Mary Pierce won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Paul Hanley of Australia and Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine.
 arrow Football: IOC not swayed by glitz 'n' glamour
IOC president Jacques Rogge made it clear Monday he is not impressed with the mass of sports stars being flown into Singapore by cities bidding for the 2012 Olympics.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly set for quick India trip
Glamorgan county face the prospect of losing Sourav Ganguly later in July as the Indian captain prepares to join a training camp in Bangalore.
 arrow Cricket: Prior given Eng ODI call-up
Matt Prior has been named in England's 15-man squad for the three-match NatWest Challenge against Australia, which starts at Headingley on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Prasad supports rotation policy
The cricket careers of India's top batsmen -- like Sachin Tendulkar -- and bowlers could be extended by adopting a rotation policy which allows players to be picked according to importance of any series,
 arrow Kabadi: Women's kabaddi team leaves for India today
A 14-member national women's kabaddi team including four officials will leave Dhaka today for Hyderabad, India, to take part in the first Asian Women's Kabaddi Championship.
 arrow Handball: Scholastica girls h'ball team in Italy
Scholastica and Viqarunnissa Noon school handball teams will participate in the 33rd Interamnia World Cup to be held in Teramo, Italy from July 4-10.
Metropolitanarrow JS body smells corruption in lift procurement
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the housing and public works ministry to examine the lifts recently installed at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and NAM Apartments which the committee members said arenot
 arrow 'Allocate more resources to address new challenges'
A two-day 10th conference of the health secretaries of 11 Southeast Asian countries ended in the city yesterday with a call to allocate more resources and technical assistance in order to address newhealth
 arrow Cabinet okays pvt varsity (amend) act, draft of seeds (amend) act
The cabinet approved the draft of 'The Seeds (Amendment) Act, 2005' at a meeting yesterday to check proliferation of low-quality seeds in the country.
 arrow JS witnesses dull sitting
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a dull sitting when most of the lawmakers were seen busy talking among themselves instead of paying attention to the day's business.
 arrow 'Jamaat main enemy of Islam'
No political party would be able to go to power in the future ignoring the country's Ulama (Islamic scholars) community, said the leaders of Islamic organisations at a convention yesterday.
 arrow 50 hurt as police club jute mill staff
At least 50 employees and workers of state-owned Qawmi Jute Mill were injured, as police yesterday charged baton to break up their demonstration on demand for their dues.
 arrow Restore DU hall's name after Sufia Kamal
Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday demanded that the proposed name of a women student hall after Prime Minster Khaleda Zia should be cancelled to restore its name after Begum Sufia Kamal.
 arrow UK promises to deepen EU, Bangladesh ties
The United Kingdom (UK), which took over the presidency of the European Union (EU) for six months from July 1, has pledged to further strengthen the EU relationship with Bangladesh.
 arrow BNP leader's son shot to death
Assailants looking for a BNP leader gunned down his son after taking him out of his house in Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday night.
 arrow SSKOP ultimatum to govt
Leaders of the Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), a forum of journalists and employees, yesterday gave an ultimatum to the information ministry to form the 6th wage board for the newspaper
 arrow HC verdict on July 26
The High Court yesterday fixed July 26 for passing judgement in the contempt of court charge filed against Dhaka Metropolitan Additional Sessions Judge Shamsul Alam Khan, Public Prosecutor (PP) Abdullah
 arrow Jamaat's threat to close down female hostels condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the threats of Jamaat-e-Islami to close down the hostels of female students in Bogra town.
 arrow 14 Indians rescued in Bay
Fourteen Indian fishermen were rescued in the coastal belt in Patuakhali yesterday after their motorboat drifted in the Bay of Bengal for 16 days due to an engine malfunction.
 arrow Actions to be taken against Proshika on the basis of probe report: Bhuiyan
The government will take action against Proshika, a leading NGO, on the basis of inquiry report on their activities, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow Mustafa Kamal new envoy to Korea, Golam Akbar to Oman
The government has decided to appoint Mustafa Kamal as the next ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Korea.
Mustafa Kamal is currently the ambassador of Bangladesh to Oman.

 arrow Uttara Lekhok Shilpi Club executives
Enamul Haq and MA Awwal have been elected president and general secretary of Uttara Lekhok Shilpi Club respectively.
 arrow DU exams postponed
The Dhaka University has postponed all examinations under the course system scheduled for the period up to July 11, except those under medical faculty and colleges, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Downpour floods towns, upazilas in 3 districts
Downpour in the last three days flooded vats areas in Patuakhali, Borguna and Netrakona.
 arrow Gaibandha town still out of fibre optic network
Gaibahda district town is still out of fibre optic network only for lack of a 20-kilometre cable line from the Plalashbari cable loop.
 arrow Khulna boy held in murder case finally freed
Eleven-year old boy Milon Howlader was finally released from Khulna district jail yesterday.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Kabita Khanam had earlier granted him bail on June 23.

 arrow 4 AL men sued on extortion charge
A case has been filed against four Awami League men including its Sadar unit general secretary and district Chhatra League secretary on charge of demanding toll from Gaibandha Sub-Registrar Office.
 arrow Rangpur BRDB staff press for 8-pt demand
Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) employees laid a siege to the office of its Deputy Director in Rangpur yesterday and gave the authorities three days' time to fulfil their eight-point demand.
 arrow Schoolgirls in Gaibandha protest attack
Several hundred schoolgirls at Palashbari yesterday brought out a procession in the upazila headquarters protesting the alleged attempt on the life of fellow student Hosne Ara Keya, who is now fighting
Point-Counterpointarrow Women's rights in retreat?
For over 30 years now, successive governments in Bangladesh, in keeping with constitutional guarantees, have made several principled pronouncements to gender equality and non-discrimination.
 arrow Jinnah - how much secular, how much communal
LKAdvani's recent statements about Jinnah describing him as secular leader has raised a storm of controversy about him in India and large number of people are writing and expressing their opinion about
 arrow Professor Kamaluddin Ahmad
The main building of Curzon Hall of Dhaka University founded by Lord Curzon, the then Vice-roy of India had completed its 100 years of founding on 19th of February 2004.
Culturearrow Recitation day of Tagore's poems observed
June 30 to July 12 are special for Tagore aficionados living in different parts of the world.
 arrow Shong Pala: An aboriginal genre of performing arts
Shong Pala is an indigenous performing art form. Enriched with our authentic cultural tradition, Shong Pala embodies various kinds of fables and the universal joy and sorrow.
 arrow " I was a first division football player " -- Azizul Hakim
Though Azizul Hakim has been acting since 1981 on television, his career as a theatre activist dates back earlier.
 arrow Salman on his latest movie
What is common between Bollywood actor Salman Khan's debut film and his latest movie? Only a similar title. But Khan is pretty upbeat about his newest flick Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya.
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in Turkish dance competition
A team of 34 Bangladeshi artistes is going to participate in the 19th International Golden Karagoz Folk Dance Competition, taking place in Turkey, shortly, says a press release.
Generalarrow Expats demand right to vote
Expatriates at a press conference yesterday urged the government and election commission to ensure their right to vote in general election.
 arrow HC stays govt order
The High Court has stayed the government order of selling timber to jote permit holders in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) violating the existing rules.
 arrow Robbery in Savar
A gang of robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 2 lakh from a house at Majidpur in Savar Poura area here early yesterday.
 arrow National Fishery Fortnight begins on August 7
The National Fishery Fortnight 2005 starts across the country from August 7 with a target to alleviate poverty, create self-employment and thus to contribute economic growth by using modern technology.
 arrow Kabir elected int'l director
Sheikh Kabir Hossain, past council chairperson of Lions Multiple Districts 315, Bangladesh, has been unanimously elected to the office of the international director for 2005-07 at the 88th Lions ClubInternational
Internationalarrow Troops comb W Baghdad to rescue Egypt envoy
Iraqi and US troops combed suspected insurgent hideouts in west Baghdad yesterday after Egypt's ambassador designate became the first foreign head of mission kidnapped in the 15-month-old hostage crisis.
 arrow Syrian forces clash with ex-Saddam bodyguards
Syrian forces captured two "terrorists" and a security officer was killed yesterday in a dawn clash with extremists who included former bodyguards of Saddam Hussein, official media said.
 arrow US air strike kills 12 Afghans civilians
A US air strike in eastern Afghani-stan last week killed 17 civilians, including women and children, a governor said yesterday as the search continued for the missing comrades of a rescued US soldier.
 arrow Bush offers Blair no favours
President Bush has told Britain's Tony Blair to expect no favours at this week's Group of Eight summit in return for backing the US-led war in Iraq despite reports of a breakthrough deal on climate change.
 arrow Massive deaths if WMD falls into wrong hands
Russia and the United States warned of apocalyptic consequences yesterday if weapons of mass destruction (WMD) fall into the wrong hands and encouraged more countries to join an anti-proliferation initiative
 arrow Australia's most famous sight crumbles
One of Australia's most famous sights, a set of 12 peaks which sit in the sea off the Victorian coast and are known as the Twelve Apostles, has been irrevocably damaged with the collapse of one of its
 arrow 2 Kashmiri ministers escape attack
Two senior state ministers in Indian Kashmir narrowly escaped a landmine blast, which injured six policemen while 11 people died in militant violence in the revolt-wracked state, police said Sunday.
 arrow Israeli president fears Sharon assassination
Israeli President Moshe Katsav said yesterday the vocal opposition of pro-settler rabbis to Israel's Gaza pullout could incite ultranationalists to try to assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Drainage nightmare
The heavy rain on Sunday brought life in the city to a standstill as many areas went under water. Trade and commerce were hit hard along with the service delivery systems.
 arrow Editorial: Corrective action would be pro-business
The recent report by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) merely catalogues what has been an obvious problem at Chittagong Port for decades.
 arrow The gruesome gas-game
Bangladesh is not endowed with natural resources that one can, possibly, proudly point at. We have a vast population to live on a meagre area of land.
 arrow A left hook for the UPA
Within a year, the Left's honeymoon with the United Progressive Alliance has ended.
Letters to Editorarrow Launch disasters
Launch capsize is a very familiar word in Bangladesh. In these accidents thousands of people lose their lives. These accidents happen because of overloading and other violations of navigational rules.
 arrow ZIA
Zia International Airport though equipped with sufficient infrastructure fails to provide passengers with standard service due to lack of effective system and management.
 arrow 'Black Gold' of Cox's Bazar
I have lost track of how many letters I have read about 'Black Gold of Cox's Bazar' written by Mr. OH Kabir.
 arrow Border issue
I am not at all surprised to see the media's role on border issues these days. Preference of news is well understood.
 arrow Law against use of chemicals in food
Now that the DS has actually started a series of reports on the mishandling, use of harmful chemicals and adulteration of food-items in this country, one would wonder why the government is not going for
 arrow Student politics
At the very threshold, it should be clarified that I am not against any movement of students but the way student politics is going on is totally disgusting.
 arrow Declared rate vs. effective rate
In Bangladesh we are experiencing a boom in the Consumer Credit Schemes (CCS) offered by both banking and non-banking financial institutions.
 arrow Use of acronyms
I entirely agree with Minu Afza about the use of acronyms, DS May 19. Those who live abroad don't know many acronyms. So you should not be oblivious of their problems.
 arrow Transport fare
Transport fare is being increased whenever the prices of fuel go up. This causes serious problems for the people in general.
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