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Front Pagearrow Akbar decision sees Ctg port lose Tk 14cr
The shipping ministry and its parliamentary watchdog were at loggerheads yesterday over exemption of TK 14.69 crore penal charges against different importers by the minister himself.
 arrow 27 more courts in Dhaka soon to ease logjam
The government plans to constitute at least another 27 metropolitan magistrate's court in Dhaka in addition to the existing 23 in a bid to break case logjam.
 arrow Niko rekindles fire to stop lethal emission
The fire situation at Tengratila took a new turn Tuesday night with repeated explosions and heavy emission of foul smelling gas and black smoke, sparking panic among the nearby villagers.
 arrow Shady Bac high officials wait for ACC jobs
Eleven high officials of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) who are to be screened for absorption into the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had earned the Bac jobs through fraudulence and
 arrow Teachers beat schoolboy to death
Teachers beat a 12-year-old schoolboy to death in city's Moghbazar area, his parents and locals alleged yesterday.
 arrow Trial of Ctg arms haul case begins
Trial of the sensational Chittagong Arms case began at the Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday.
 arrow Taskforce, DCC to monitor prices
The national task force on reviewing essential price at a meeting yesterday decided to take stern action against hoarding of any imported food items and asked Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to initiatea
 arrow Questions ring over Mahmud's executive power
Policymakers of the government yesterday delegated Law Minister Moudud Ahmed to inform the prime minister (PM) about the legality of government advisors exercising executive power.
 arrow DC-10 rescue work goes into a spin
The DC-10 aircraft that crash-landed at Chittagong airport Friday could not be salvaged even yesterday, with sources blaming lack of logistics and poor co-ordination among Biman, civil aviation authorities
 arrow Geologists, experts for scrapping Niko deal
Canadian company Niko's operation at Tengratila gas field must be halted immediately scrapping the controversial agreement with it and the government should take over the company's share in Feni gas field
 arrow Economists to help experts fix prices
The government will hire renowned economists of the country to assist the government expert team in negotiating the price of gas and electricity with the Tata Group.
 arrow Jamaat leader shown arrested
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered to show Shahabuddin Lasker alias Dhira, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, arrested in connection with the killing of journalist Sheikh Belaluddin in Khulna.
 arrow 3 answers take most of PM's question-answer session
Prime Minister (PM) and Leader of the House Khaleda Zia spent 20 minutes in parliament during the PM's 30-minute weekly question-answer period yesterday only by reading out three long answers.
 arrow Overcrowding forces Mirpur zoo to put big cats on the pill
The national zoo at Mirpur is set to introduce birth control after a series of unplanned births resulted in 36 tigers and lions living in an enclosure meant for only 16 animals, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Terrorist camp busted in CHT
Security forces yesterday raided a den of terrorists in the bordering Naikhongchari area of Bandarban and arrested a gang member along with explosives and bullets.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A leader of an underground outfit was killed in a 'shootout' between police and his accomplices at Kamta village in Fakirhat upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Saifur in hospital with urinary trouble
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Dhaka yesterday morning with urinary retention.
 arrow Violent protests on attack on holy site
Indian police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday as Hindu nationalists staged several violent protests against an attack on a holy site sacred to both Hindus and Muslims.
 arrow Cancel deal with Niko, demand AL MPs
An Awami League (AL) parliamentary team, which visited the Tengratila gas field this week, yesterday demanded cancellation of the agreement with Niko and punishment to the officials involved in the 'inappropriate'
 arrow Arman sent to jail
Top criminal Arman Khan was finally sent to jail yesterday on completion of his 31-day remand after his arrest.
 arrow Court orders trial of Advani for 'razing' of Babri mosque
An Indian court ordered Wednesday that former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani be tried for his alleged role in the 1992 demolition of a mosque that sparked deadly riots between Muslims and Hindus.
 arrow 2012 Olympics in London
London beat favourite Paris for the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games on Wednesday in a final showdown after Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated from the five-city contest.
Businessarrow Cellphone industry gets high returns on investment
Mobile phone is the most attractive industry in the country when it comes to returns on investment, reveals a recent National Board of Revenue study.
 arrow Dell eyes corporate clients, offers low-cost IT services
Dell, a leading products and services provider for information technology, zeroes in on corporate customers in Bangladesh, which is a key market for the company, said a top Dell official.
 arrow Cut in corruption key to economic development
Cut in corruption and establishment of good governance are key to achieving the goals of economic development envisaged in the budget for the year 2005-06, speakers observed at a seminar yesterday inDhaka.
 arrow Nat'l body soon to ensure social compliance
A six-member national committee headed by the commerce minister will be formed soon to look into the matter of social compliance by the country's garment industry.
 arrow Oil above $60
Oil prices broke back above $60 a barrel on Wednesday, with a tropical storm in the oil-producing U.S. Gulf of Mexico compounding worries over refiners' ability to bolster pre-winter fuel supplies.
 arrow Prime Bank to introduce core banking software
In a bid to implement a full-fledged online banking system, Prime Bank Limited is going to introduce a core banking software for its overall banking operations.
 arrow Dhaka Bank celebrates 10th anniversary
Dhaka Bank Limited on Tuesday celebrated its 10th founding anniversary at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel where directors, shareholders, sponsors, clients and officials of the bank were present.
 arrow Asian goods clog Canada's Pacific port
One of North America's most important gateways to Asia is struggling to keep up with an explosion in imports from China.
 arrow Foreign investment in ROK slumps
Foreign investment in South Korea plunged 25 percent in the second quarter, partly reflecting a growing perception that Asia's third largest economy is unfriendly to foreign capital, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow WTO textile pact hitting workers, says labour body
A World Trade Organisation (WTO) pact on textiles and clothing that went into force this year has led to increased exploitation of workers, the global labour union body ICFTU said Tuesday.
 arrow GP subscribers to vote in 'ATN Taroka' programme
GrameenPhone Ltd will provide SMS voting service for 'ATN Taroka', a music and acting talent hunt programme arranged by satellite television channel ATN Bangla.
Sportsarrow Olympics: London gets the Games
London pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory to beat Paris and win the 2012 Olympics here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: BU's 12-year wait over
Brothers Union stormed to the top of the Premier Football League table when the defending champions edged Abahani 2-1 with first-half goals by Pranotosh and Victor Edwards in an eighth round clash atthe
 arrow Swimming: Get insured against monster bite!
One of the world's most famous fables faces a serious financial test in two weeks' time when 100 international athletes plunge into Loch Ness - each insured for 1m against monster bites.
 arrow Football: 'I was told to play fixed-match'
Sacked Muktijoddha Sangsad coach Shafiqul Islam Manik made a serious allegation against a top Muktijoddha Sangsad official claiming that he was asked to play a fixed match against Kolkata giants EastBengal
 arrow Chess: Reefat keeps winning
Reefat Bin Sattar continued his winning run in the Greenwich University FIDE Rating Chess tournament when he won the second round against FIDE Master Khandokar Aminul Islam at the National Sports Council
 arrow Football: Agrani hold Rahmatganj
Agrani Bank came from behind to hold leaders Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society 1-1 when the First Division Football League resumed yesterday after a four-day break due to inclement weather.
 arrow This side and that side of Eurotunnel
London erupted with joy Wednes-day after it was named the host of the 2012 Olympic Games, beating arch-rival Paris and three other cities in a nail-biting contest.
 arrow Football: Gerrard stays!
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard executed a bewildering u-turn on Wednesday, telling the European champions he now wanted to stay at Anfield.
 arrow Cricket: ODI rules put to test
England and Australia will add to cricketing history on Thursday in playing the first one-day international featuring substitutions and experimental fielding restrictions.
 arrow Football: Robinho refuses to train with Santos
Disgruntled Brazil striker Robinho missed training with his club Santos again on Tuesday, the day after the club re-affirmed that they would not sell him to Real Madrid.
 arrow Cricket: Imran finds ECB right
Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan said Wednesday that England's refusal to play a Test in Karachi this winter was justified.
 arrow Cricket: Murali set for return
Sri Lanka recalled spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Wednesday in naming a 14-man squad for the two-test series against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Younis to play for Notts
Pakistan's vice-captain Younis Khan said Wednesday he would leave for a short stint with English county side Nottinghamshire later this month ahead of a Test series between the two countries.
 arrow Football: Saviola not required
Argentine striker Javier Saviola is surplus to requirements at Barcelona, the Spanish champions said on Wednesday.
"He did well for Barcelona but in the current side we have players who offer more.

Metropolitanarrow 'Rapid approval of pvt varsities causes dearth of qualified teachers'
Appropriate action should be taken against the private universities that do not comply with the existing rules and cannot maintain minimum academic standard, said the leaders of the Association of Private
 arrow Govt body yet to submit report on revising bus fare
In the wake of recent fuel price hike, the bus service operators in the city have increased the fare arbitrarily, sparking protests from the passengers.
 arrow Draft law finalised to protect water bodies
The government has finalised the draft of 'River, floodplain, water reservoir, and canal control act 2005' to reclaim and protect the natural water bodies from illegal grabbers.
 arrow Ensure maternal safety at workplaces
Karmojibi Nari, an organisation of working women, yesterday demanded arrest and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death of a newborn baby at a garments factory.
 arrow 'Raise awareness to eliminate POPs'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for raising awareness to eliminate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a group of toxic substances that are causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.
 arrow Remove Jamaat leaders from cabinet
Bangladesh Dargah Mazar Federation, an alliance of 'Sunnis and followers of Tarikat', yesterday called on the government to remove the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders from the cabinet.
 arrow 1,400 docs to be recruited at UZs
Recruitment of 1,400 more physicians for upazila health complexes is now under process to ensure medicare to the people at the grassroots level, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow Knee, hip joints replacement operations at DMCH from Sunday
Surgeons at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will perform knee and hip joints replacement operations on regular basis from Sunday next.
 arrow Donation for acid survivors
The Project Bangladesh Foundation donated several items worth Tk one lakh to the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) for its medical unit on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Groom children as well-educated: President
A 14-member delegation of Bikrampur Welfare Association called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Mitigate sufferings of people to ensure world peace
Mitigating the sufferings of human beings is the key to ensuring social order and world peace, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 'Governance is on top of US agenda in Bangladesh'
US Charge d' Affaires in Dhaka Judith Chammas yesterday said the issues of governance, corruption, fair election and promotion of trade and investment are on top of US agenda in Bangladesh.
 arrow Journalist Zahur passes away
Veteran journalist Mohammad Zahurul Islam popularly known as Zahur Bhai passed away due to old age complications in the city yesterday at the age of 65.
 arrow 'Free judiciary from corruption'
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad, a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Supreme Court Ainjibi Samity office as part of its programme to observe the 'Justice
 arrow Row over naming of DU women's hall
Congratulating the Dhaka University Senate decision to construct a women students' hall naming after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, 50 Senate members and 445 teachers yesterday urged the countrymen not to
 arrow AL team apprises Hasina of China visit experiences
The central delegation of Awami League (AL) back from China has called on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at Sudha Sadan yesterday.
 arrow Robbery at city house
A gang of robbers looted valuables and cash totalling Tk 1.35 lakh from a house at Shaymoli in the city on Tuesday night.
Nationalarrow Police hunt for Bangla Bhai aide fails
The two Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres, arrested on Monday noon from the local Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) office on charge of extortion, divulged some 'important'information
 arrow Journalist attacked for reporting extortion
Alleged cadres of BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) stormed into press club and beat up a journalist at Durgapur upazila here yesterday evening.
 arrow RU celebrates founding anniversary
Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday celebrated its 52nd founding anniversary.
The day's programme started with hoisting of national and university flags.

 arrow BDR, BSF to start coordinated patrol
BDR and BSF on Monday decided to go for coordinated patrol along borders from greater Comilla to Habiganj.
 arrow 4 of a family jailed for acid throwing in Nilphamari
A Nilphamari court Tuesday sentenced four of a family to seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer additional six months in jail for throwing acid on three persons
 arrow RDA plans to develop tourist spot in Rajshahi
Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) plans to develop a tourist spot on the bank of the Padma in the city.
A project proposal in this regard was submitted to the Ministry of Planning recently.

 arrow 3 get life for murder
District and Sessions Judge of Faridpur Azizul Haque in a judgement yesterday sentenced three persons for life in a murder case.
 arrow Fresh cracks in crop lands in Kalaroa
Fresh cracks have developed in the crop lands of two villages in Kalaroa upazila.
Ten days ago, similar cracks occurred in Putuni village in the same upazila.

 arrow Children's drama festival ends
A two-day children's drama festival jointly organised by the district administration and Bangladesh Shishu Academy concluded here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Look East policy: Strategic imperative or imbroglio?
In a world of shifting economic and political geography, foreign policy for a small country like Bangladesh should be guided by pure opportunity.
 arrow Is it possible to make poverty history?
This Wednesday Gleneagles (in Scotland) hosted a signi-ficant and unique global event, the G-8 summit 2005.
 arrow Safta and regional trade prospects
The seven nations of Saarc entered a new phase of its meaningful existence with the formation of the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta).
Culturearrow "Folksongs are our cultural identity"
The musical fortunes of acclaimed folksinger Malay Kumar Ganguly are on the rise.
 arrow Fima: Back with a new image
The stylish girl who hosted a popular fashion programme Fashion Talkies attracted the audience because of her trendy outfits, graceful appearance and amiable personality. The charming host is Fima.
 arrow Gladiator in Dhaka
There are some timeless movies that never lose their appeal. The more you watch them the more engrossed you get.
Generalarrow Plan to introduce high-speed electronic trains
Communication Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government is planning to introduce the high-speed electronic train service on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes.
 arrow Workshop on women's studies begins
The Department of Women's Studies, Dhaka University (DU), began a three-day curriculum development workshop at a city hotel yesterday.
Internationalarrow Protesters, police clash as G8 leaders arrive
Black-clad protesters fought pitched battles with police as the world's most powerful leaders convened on a massively-secured luxury Scottish golf resort to help Africa's poor and curb global warming.
 arrow Bush defends Iraq decisions
President Bush, shadowed in Europe by a pressing concern from home, said Wednesday he will not select a Supreme Court nominee based on a "litmus test" on sensitive issues like abortion.
 arrow Pak envoy in Iraq packs his bags
Pakistan's ambassador in Iraq was packing his bags to leave Baghdad Wednesday after narrowly escaping an assassination attempt in a new insurgent tactic of targeting Muslim envoys.
 arrow Indian flag not allowed below the belt!
India is to allow national sports teams and fashion designers to display the country's tricolour on clothes -- but not below the belt.
 arrow Settlers plan mass march in Gaza
Israeli settlers unveiled plans Wednesday for a mass march on Gaza to protest the pullout from the territory as Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas eyed a new summit with Ariel Sharon before the withdrawal.
 arrow Africa urges G8 to scrap debt, reform trade
African leaders urged a summit of rich nations opening in Britain on Wednesday to cancel debt owed by African governments, reform international trade and increase aid to fight poverty on the continent.
 arrow al-Qaeda, Taliban leaders are in Pakistan
Afghanistan said Wednesday that senior Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders were hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas, the latest salvo in a row between the two neighbours over their success in the so-called "war
 arrow Dalai Lama marks 70th birthday
Hundreds of Tibetan exiles have gathered in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
 arrow Austria probes accusations over Iran's Ahmadinejad
Austrian officials said Wednesday they were checking an accusation by an exiled Iranian journalist living in France that Iranian president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad was involved in the 1989 murder ofan
Editorialarrow Editorial: Saifur on graft everywhere
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman's startling acknowledgement that corruption has assumed an all-pervasive character needs to be placed in the right perspective.
 arrow Editorial: Foreign ministry farce
The recent address by the foreign minister in which he laid out Bangladesh's foreign policy imperatives was doubtless intended to reassure the public that the ministry has a good grasp of its responsibilities
 arrow Bragging at Bragg
The US president's speech last Tuesday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the light of the dragging conflict in Iraq and his dwindling approval rating at home, addressed to the American people and to the
 arrow The way out of the woods
American Vice President Dick Cheney has declared: "We've got a good idea of the general area that he (Osama bin Laden) is in. But I don't have the street address.
Letters to Editorarrow Learning English
English is now the most important language in the world. All types of educational materials are expressed in detail in English.
 arrow Violation of women's rights
The main working force of RMG sectors, which are playing pivotal in earning foreign currency and sustaining our flourishing economy, is woman. But I feel very dismayed when I observe their wretched condition.
 arrow Law taking an unusual course!
The other day I was sitting in a tea stall at Alamdanga, I was observing what the police were doing. They were looking into the necessary documents of motorcyclists.
 arrow Keeping up with social changes
The collapse of the 9-storey garment factory near Dhaka has triggered a post-mortem in the society amongst the professional circles.
 arrow AL leadership
During the AL's five-year rule (1996-2001) many bizarre things happened. Prominent among them was the rise of godfathers like Joynal Hazari, Shamim Osman and so on.
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