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Front Pagearrow Better SSC result, 48pc still fails
As many as 52.57 out of every 100 candidates on average have achieved secondary schooling certificate this year against 50.27 percent and 36.81 percent in 2004 and 2003.
 arrow Hunt on for London bombers
Investigators hunted yesterday for the suspected al-Qaeda bombers who killed more than 50 people on London underground trains and a bus as an Islamist group made a new claim of responsibility for theattacks,
 arrow Disqualified bidder on priority list
The disqualified bid of UAE-based Belhasa and Bangladeshi Orion Power for the 450 megawatt Meghnaghat 2 power project is high on the priority list for approval by the cabinet's purchase committee this
 arrow Interest yield curve swings up
Private commercial banks (PCBs) of the country have stepped up their interest rates on both lending and deposit following a recent central bank directive made on an IMF prescription, in line with theglobal
 arrow Bangladeshi Shahara a face of London's lost
Pretty, London born and bred, and Muslim: 20-year-old Shahara Islam has become the face of London's lost.
 arrow HC order violated as EC fails to collect candidates' info
The High Court (HC) directive for the Election Commission (EC) to collect personal details of the candidates aspiring to parliament has not been followed properly in the upcoming Sunamganj-3 by-election,
 arrow 9 to 14-storey buildings most vulnerable
The nine to fourteen storeyed buildings standing on the lowland area in the capital are the most vulnerable to earthquake while the one to five storeyed buildings are relatively safe here, a researchwork
 arrow Tengratila fire shrinks further
Intensity of fire at the main burning point of Tengratila gas field lessened further yesterday while leaking out of gas in bubbles continued in surrounding areas with flickers from more than 30 points.
 arrow DC-10 lifted on trailers
Eight day after the crash-landing of Biman's DC-10 aircraft, salvage workers yesterday succeeded in lifting the damaged aircraft onto three trailers for dragging away from the runway of Shah Amanat International
 arrow GPA-5 galore on new system
The introduction of the new system of calculating marks last year has been put down by teachers to students scoring the higher number of grade point average (GPA) 5 this year.
 arrow 409 institutions go blank
Not a single candidate from 409 schools and madrasas across the country came out successful in this year's SSC and Dakhil examinations.
 arrow 3 killed in 'crossfire'
Three people including a student of Jagannath University were killed yesterday during police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) operations in Dhaka, Narayanganj, and Rajshahi.
 arrow Cops to up patrolling
In the wake of rise in robbery, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to increase motorbike patrolling, deploy additional teams and make a new list of criminals involved in such crimes.
 arrow Ex-judge allowed to file petition
A former additional High Court (HC) judge was yesterday allowed to file an application to the Supreme Court (SC) for restitution of his original writ petition that accused the chief justice (CJ) of violating
 arrow 2 editors, publisher get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman and Publisher Mahfuz Anam and Janakantha Editor and Publisher Mohammad Atiq Ullah Khan Masud and Executive Editor Borhan Ahmedin
 arrow UN reform to top PM's Tokyo talks
The issue of UN reform will come up as one of the main items on the agenda of talks during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's four-day official visit to Japan beginning on Tuesday.
 arrow 4 muggers held at Kakrail bank
Four men were arrested after a mob beating yesterday for trying to mug a bank customer at Kakrail hours after armed robbers looted Tk 44 thousand in cash and kinds from a Sutrapur house in the city.
 arrow Choking the footpath...

 arrow AL, allies draft common reform agenda
The main opposition Awami League and its allies last night drafted a common agenda of reforms of the caretaker government and electoral systems.
 arrow Dhaka's top 10 schools
Ten schools under Dhaka education board have been graded as best institutions on the basis of 100 percent pass rate in this year's SSC examinations.
 arrow Bidisha granted permanent bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted a permanent bail to Bidisha, estranged wife of Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad, in a case filed by her former husband for stealing, cheating and threatening him with death.
 arrow Torture marks found on schoolboy's exhumed body
A police inquest on the exhumed body of schoolboy Dipu Islam beaten to death allegedly by his teachers has found black marks on his forehead and lips.
 arrow Sergeant Julfikar charge-sheeted
Detective Branch (DB) police yesterday pressed charges against Sergeant Julfikar Ali accusing him of robbing a businessman of Tk 14.47 lakh in local and foreign currencies.
 arrow Faridpur-1 by-polls Aug 30
The by-polls for Faridpur-1 constituency will be held on August 30.
The last date for submission of nomination papers is August 6, said an Election Commission notification yesterday.

 arrow 2 boys drown in Buriganga stream
Two six-year-old boys drowned in a tributary of the Buriganga in Kamrangirchar yesterday.
Simon, son of Abdus Salam, and Miraj, son of Meer Kashem, of East Rasulpur went there with Salam at 10:30am.

Businessarrow KSA keen to set up training centre to recruit workers
Saudi Arabia is keen to establish a training centre in Dhaka to facilitate more recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled manpower from Bangladesh.
 arrow Under-invoicing in import hurts local fabric industry
Fabrics import through under-invoicing from China is hitting the textile industries hard, manufacturers said yesterday urging the government to take necessary steps to save local producers.
 arrow Doha trade round facing crisis: WTO chief
Negotiations on a global pact to lower trade barriers and boost economies in poorer countries are running into a "crisis of immobility", World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Supachai Panitchpakdi said
 arrow China, US talks fail to find solution on textile quota row
China and the United States have failed at a second round of talks here to resolve a simmering row over US limits on Chinese clothing imports, the commerce ministry said Saturday.
 arrow Reliance Ins declares 33.33pc stock, 10pc cash dividends
Reliance Insurance Limited yesterday approved 33.
 arrow Ucep extends loan for self- employment
Underprivileged Children's Educational Programmes (Ucep)-Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, yesterday distributed loans among its 12 trained adults.
 arrow Qatar Airways flies non-stop to S'pore from July 15
Qatar Airways is upgrading its Doha-Singapore route with a new daily non-stop service operated by bigger capacity aircraft beginning on July 15.
 arrow Himadri Ltd okays 4pc dividend
Himadri Ltd, a concern of Ejab Group, has declared a four percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow IFC to facilitate trade between NE India, Bangladesh
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private financing arm of World Bank, has developed several financial products to facilitate trade between NorthEast India and Bangladesh.
 arrow US to press China over market access, IPR at Beijing talks
The US government said Friday it would press China to open up its markets and protect intellectual property at annual trade talks in Beijing next week.
 arrow US denies EU offer on WTO farm talks
The United States denied Friday that it had received an offer from the European Union to unlock sensitive WTO talks on agricultural subsidies, an official said.
"The story is not accurate.

 arrow Japan to boost foreign aid by $10b in 5 years
Japan will boost its overseas aid by $10 billion over 5 years. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Friday a decision that comes as Tokyo pushes to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Injured' Aftab out of BD A tour
Exciting batting talent Aftab Ahmed was dropped from the England-bound Bangladesh A team due to injury.
 arrow Football: Arambagh held by Wanderers
Arambagh Krira Sangha were held by lowly Dhaka Wanderers Club to a goalless draw in the Premier Bank Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan puts cricket aside
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted any euphoria he felt about his side's one-day international win over Australia had been short-lived as he prepared for the prospect of playing two games in bomb-hit
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies loving it'
Mike Hussey said Australia were relishing the challenge posed by England after years of domination over the old enemy.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar has to prove his fitness
Sachin Tendulkar, who would be out of action for four months as he recovers from an operation to cure an elbow injury, would have to prove his fitness by playing domestic matches in order to make it to
 arrow Football: Pele scores again!
Soccer legend Pele, who joined the New York Cosmos 30 years ago, was back in the city on Friday, not as a missionary for the world's most popular sport but presenting a documentary film of his life.
 arrow Football: BKSP under-16 soccer begins
BKSP Green defeated Chandigarh Football Association 2-1 as the third Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protish-than (BKSP) under-16 football tournament began at the country's lone sports institute ground in Savar
 arrow Chess: Reefat dealt major blow
Reefat bin Sattar's aspiration to accumulate the necessary points to become a Grand Master received a huge blow when he lost his fifth round board against Grand Master Ziaur Rahman in the University of
 arrow Football: Wari blank Dhanmondi
Two second-half goals helped Wari Club register their fourth victory in the First Division Football League when they blanked bottomers Dhanmondi Club 2-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Football: Figo almost a done deal
Liverpool hope to complete the signing of Luis Figo from Real Madrid over the weekend, with the Portugal international nearing an agreement with the Spanish club to leave the Bernabeu on a free transfer.
 arrow Football: Chelsea swoop for Ronaldinho
Chelsea are reportedly poised to make an audacious 83 million pound bid for Barcelona striker Ronaldinho, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
 arrow Football: Mexico lose Gold Cup opener
South Africa launched their campaign in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2-1 victory over defending champions Mexico on Friday.
 arrow Football: Luxemburgo's warning's
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has warned that players unhappy with not being guaranteed first-team football should leave the club.
 arrow Cricket: 'Eng's best yet to come'
Paul Collingwood believes England can improve on their stunning display against Australia in the first match of a three-game one-day international series this week.
 arrow Sport never stops for anything
Two of Britain's biggest sports events will go ahead as planned on Sunday despite Thurs-day's bomb-attacks in London.
 arrow Cricket: Nowhere safe, says Miandad
This week's bomb blasts in London show that nowhere is safe and England's cricket team should reconsider a decision not to play in Karachi, former Pakistani captain Javed Miandad said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Early worries for Windies
Spinners Rangana Herath and Kaushal Lokuarachchi bagged three wickets apiece as the West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 110 by a Sri Lankan Board President's XI here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia give go-ahead to last 2 ODIs
Australia have agreed for the final two NatWest Challenge matches to go ahead as scheduled.
 arrow Football: Roman gets Putin's vote
The Kremlin has invited Russia's richest man Roman Abramovich to seek a further term as governor of a remote Siberian region in a sign President Vladimir Putin still trusts the owner of Chelsea soccer
 arrow Football: Heinze Man U fans' choice
Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze has been voted Manchester United's player-of-the-year by fans.
 arrow Tennis: Myskina shocks Venus
Russia's Anastasia Myskina battled from a set down to put the reigning Fed Cup champions Russia 1-0 up in the semifinal tie against the United States with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Wimbledon champion Venus
 arrow Park completes United move
South Korea's Park Ji-sung has completed his transfer to Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven after being granted a British work permit, the English Premier League club said.
Metropolitanarrow Preserve database to check abuse of women workers
Saudi Arabia National Recruitment Committee (Sanarcom) yesterday suggested to the government to preserve database of women migrant workers in the Bangladeshi mission at Saudi Arabia to check abuse ofworkers
 arrow India introduces medical visa
The Indian government has decided to introduce medical visas for patients from different countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka in a bid to turn India into a top medical tourism
 arrow GB closed sine die as students clash
The authorities closed Gono Bishwabidyalaya(GB)for an indefinite period yesterday following a clash between the students of English and MBBS departments leaving at least 15 students injured on the campus.
 arrow 60.92 pc pass under Ctg Board
The passing rate of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations under Chittagong Education Board is 60.92 percent, 14.37 percent higher than 2004.
 arrow 51.44pc pass vocational exams, 62pc Dhakil
A total of 18,403 candidates out of 35, 779 have passed the SSC vocational examinations under Bangladesh Technical Education Board and 97, 306 candidates out of 156, 815 have passed Dakhil examinations
 arrow Corruption makes coastal dev projects ineffective, say MPs
The projects for the betterment of coastal areas and their people have become ineffective due to corruption and lack of proper supervision as well as monitoring, lawmakers said yesterday.
 arrow New property registration, transfer law challenged
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the recent amendments to the Registration and Transfer of Property Acts should not be declared illegal and against the constitution.
 arrow Six whiz kids to take part in Int'l Math Olympiad
Six mathematics whiz kids of the country are going to Mexico today to take part in the 46th International Mathematical Olympiad being held from July 9 to 19.
 arrow Attackers are terrorists:Morshed
Foreign Minister M Morshed yesterday said the perpetrators of London massacre should be treated as terrorists irrespective of their colour, cast, community or religion.
 arrow Indian parliamentary team in city
A parliamentary delegation of India led by its Parliamentary and State Minister for Defence Affairs and Deputy Chief Whip Bijoy Krishna Handique arrived here yesterday on a four-day official visit.
 arrow Obituary
Begum Sophia Ishaque, wife of late Dr M Ishaque, ex-additional secretary, government of Bangladesh, passed away at a local hospital in the city on Saturday, July 9, due to old-age complications.
 arrow CPB demands proportional electoral system
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday took out a procession towards the Election Commission (EC) demanding introduction of a proportional electoral system to rid elections from use of power, money
 arrow Dhira to be brought to Khulna today
Shahabuddin Lashkar Dhira, mastermind in Journalist Belal murder, will be brought to Khulna today from Dhaka Central Jail showing him arrested in outlaw Shiplu murder case of Khanjahan Ali thana and Shagor
 arrow Pass rate in rural areas better
Performance of schools located in rural areas under Chittagong Board in this year's SSC examination is comparatively better.
 arrow College student shot dead in Sitakunda
The miscreants shot dead a college student at Kumira in Sitakunda upazila on Friday night.
Police arrested one suspected youth in this connection.

 arrow Road mishap kills one in Sylhet
A motor-cyclist was killed in a road accident at Jalkarkandi on Sylhet-Fenchuganj road yesterday.
 arrow BDR seizes 8 guns at CHT
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized eight .12 bore guns, 60 bullets and a large number of empty magazines from a border area in Naikkhonchhari upazila of Bandarban hill district early yesterday.
 arrow Listed criminal held, 2 cops injured in Bagerhat
Sub-Inspector Iqbal Hossain and constable Nasir of Mollahat thana of Bagerhat were injured seriously when a gang of miscreants attacked them on Friday evening at Udaypur village.
Nationalarrow NSI excess sparks protest
Journalists across the country yesterday protested Thursday's attack on photojournalists by the National Security Intelligence (NSI) personnel in Dhaka.
 arrow Ferry soon to link Roumari, Rajibpur with Kurigram
A ferry service linking Roumari and Rajibpur upazilas with Kurigram district headquarter will be introduced soon, fulfilling a long cherished desire of the poor people of the two upazilas.
 arrow 95 cops punished in Khulna for crimes
Ninety-five policemen of different ranks were given punishment in last 17 months in the district including Khulna city for their involvement in criminal activities.
 arrow No launch service for remote Patuakhali people for 2 months
About one-and-a-half-lakh people of shoal areas in six unions of Galachipa upazila are suffering a lot due to stoppage of launch service on Patuakhali-Char Montaz route for about two months.
 arrow Plabon's results bring tears for classmates
The SSC results published yesterday brought cheers for many across the country but tears for classmates of Plabon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Of love and infatuation in the energy sector
The rarity of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation and its unending need worldwide generally contrive to elude a quick and easy answer about the "sharks" of the business to a simple citizen.
 arrow The new arms race in South Asia
In his second term President Bush has unfolded a new plan for South Asia. He made Pakistan happy with the lifting of the ban on selling F-16 fighter aircraft.
 arrow Thriller: Can Michael Jackson rebound?
It's been a few weeks since the end of the Michael Jackson trial, America's latest candidate for Trial of the Century, but its impact will be around for a while.
Culturearrow Morshedul Islam on his latest venture and more
Morshedul Islam's involvement with theatre goes back to his young days with Dhaka Little Theatre. He has gained experience in direction since '78 when he had just passed his SSC exam.
 arrow Discussion on Spectra TV Show
After the telecast of four successful shows on important occasions: Independence Day, Bangla New Year, May Day and Historical Palashi Day, the crew members of the show organised a discussion session,Spectra
 arrow Dupurer Ekla Pakhi Fahmida's new album
Music has been an inseparable part of Fahmida Nabi's life. Devoted to the pure form of music, Fahmida has always made efforts to entertain the audience with meaningful Adhunik Bangla songs.
 arrow JU drama festival: Mirroring contemporary reality
Jahangirnagar Theatre (TSC) held a two-day drama festival titled Nabin Baran Natya Utsab-2005 on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus recently.
Internationalarrow Families search for bombing victims
In what looked like an eerie replay of Sept. 11, fliers seeking information about people missing in the London terror attacks proliferated on walls and trees around the blast sites Saturday.
 arrow Muslims express anger
As the faithful gathered at London Central Mosque for Juma (Friday) prayers, many expressed shame and anger, even as feared a backlash even as they condemned the deadly terror bombings as anti-Islam.
 arrow World must deal with causes of terrorism
Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday the underlying cause of terrorism must be "pulled up by its roots" because bombers prepared to massacre innocents cannot be stopped by surveillance.
 arrow 'Newspapers hail Muslim response after attacks'
London's instinctive, defiant response to the bomb atrocities that killed at least 50 people showed the British capital's citizens at their best, Britain's newspapers said yesterday.
 arrow Vulnerable US mass transit systems leave Americans jittery
Americans are worried about the vulnerability of their mass transit systems, which were not showered with security investment like airports and airlines after the September 11 terror strikes.
 arrow Iraq rebels attack key infrastructure
Iraq rebels fired mortars at Baghdad's main oil refinery late Friday in a renewed assault on key infrastructure as a US commander suggested such attacks marked a new twist in insurgent tactics.
 arrow Hurricane Dennis kills 32
Deadly Hurricane Dennis pummelled Havana into the early morning hours on Saturday, uprooting trees and leaving the city's 2.
 arrow London bus driver recounts attack horror
The driver of the London bus blown apart by a bomb that killed at least 13 people revealed yesterday he has been unable to sleep since surviving the attack.
 arrow Opposition keeps up pressure on Arroyo
The Philippine opposition kept up pressure yesterday on President Gloria Arroyo to resign over allegations she cheated in last year's vote, as the military again warned troops to keep neutral in the deepening
 arrow General Assembly to debate UNSC expansion today
The UN General Assembly is to open a debate Monday on a draft resolution submitted by the so-called G4 -- Japan, Germany, Brazil and India -- on a proposed expansion of the Security Council, assemblysources
 arrow Rice in China to talk North Korean nuke
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beijing yesterday for the first leg of a four-nation Asian tour expected to be dominated by efforts to coax North Korea back to nuclear crisis talks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Limited gain at G-8
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London, there was much speculation that the G-8 summit at Gleneagles would be side-tracked from the issues it had convened to discuss, in order to address the
 arrow Editorial: After the highhandedness
The incident in which some photojournalists were beaten up by NSI people at the weekend was a rude shock to all and sundry.
 arrow Future of parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh
Parliamentary system of government is nowadays one of the three most practised systems of government, the other two being presidential and dual.
 arrow Get out of Baghdad
Responding appropriately to the atrocities in London means mourning the dead and caring for the wounded, declaring defiance to terrorism, and proclaiming support for every effort to find and punish the
Letters to Editorarrow Terror in London
As someone who uses King's Cross Station every day, and for whom the TV pictures from London are shots of my normal working environment, I would like to take the opportunity of my visit to Bangladeshfor
 arrow Newspapers'demands
Leaders of Newspaper Owner's Association of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad and Journalists Union demanded exemption or reduction of tax on imported newsprint, and increase in the rate of
 arrow AL leaders
AL leaders speak so proudly all the time as if they are the only masters of democracy doing everything to protect it for the people.
 arrow Preventing launch disasters
A trinity of disasters on the odd days of May (15th, 17th & 19th) with around 300 dead has totally shaken our confidence on river traffic; a vital communication link in Bangladesh.
 arrow Charity musical show
I would like to express my heartiest appreciation to singer Runa Laila and actor Alamgir for their involvement in different charity works in Bangladesh.
Star Cityarrow Housewives oppose govt's plan to supply gas in cylinders
Almost 97 percent housewives opposed government's plan of supplying gas in cylinders to households in the city instead of pipeline gas, as they believe it would be costly, risky and a hazard to dailylife.
 arrow Slaughterhouse plan waits for funds
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)'s plan to establish four modern slaughterhouses and cattle markets could not materialise in eight years reportedly due to unavailability of funds.
 arrow Unsafe abortion causing deaths of women
When Deepali (not her real name) was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with gangrene in her private parts, she was in psychological disorder.
 arrow Drivers in hardship as owners charge high rent
The owners of CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the city are taking Tk 500 to Tk 600 a day from the drivers, ignoring an instruction from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to receive maximum Tk 300.
 arrow DMP armed with speed detectors
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP)'s Traffic division has begun using speed detectors on major roads to check accidents caused by speeding vehicles.
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