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Borrowing binge
Govt's loans from banks shoot up by 203pc in FY05
The government's bank borrowing in the last fiscal year (FY) shot up by a staggering 203 percent from the previous year, solely due to heavy borrowing in May and June.
Framing for money
A glimpse of how some policemen detain, threaten innocent people with implicating them in robbery cases
It was 1 o'clock at night on April 25. A team from Pallabi Police Station knocked on the door of Mohammad Wasim, owner of a CD shop at Pallabi.
Costly dollar makes essentials dearer
A nagging dollar crisis impeding opening of letters of credit (LC) by importers has pushed up the prices of essential commodities recently, market sources said.
AL won't join polls without reforms
ALCWC meet reiterates position on caretaker govt, EC
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will not participate in the next general elections without reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems, a meeting of the party's central working committee
PM accorded warm reception in Tokyo
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was accorded a hearty reception at Haneda International Airport as she reached the Japanese capital yesterday on a four-day official visit aiming to boost bilateral relations
$500m investment plan for railways
The government plans to invest $500 million for restructuring the railway in view of the proposed investments of Tata Group, and also to revitalise the Chittagong port.
UK customs detect smuggling of 75kg heroin from Dhaka
Drug reached London in guise of tiles, cosmetics, food
The UK customs and excise (C&E) department has reported to its Bangladeshi counterpart that a group of Bangladeshi business concerns have smuggled around 75.
Launch Disasters
Empty promises take the toll
The government has completely failed in fulfilling its promises to improve the shabby condition of the inland water transportation, causing the wholesale death of hundreds of people in a series of launch
Dhaka to see severe flooding unless canal filling stopped
Chair of UN's Disaster and Emergency Response Group tells The Daily Star
The United Nations' group responsible for responding to any disaster and emergency needs in Bangladesh has warned that a severe flooding could hit Dhaka in near future unless the filling up of canalsand
Du Arabic Questions Leak
Fresh exams not held even after 6 months
The MA final examinations of the 2002 session of the Arabic Department of Dhaka University (DU), which were cancelled due to question papers leakage, are yet to be held even after six months rolled by,
3 'outlaws' killed in 'shootout'
Three top cadres of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) were killed in 'crossfire' between police and the operatives of the outfit in Kushtia's Kumarkhali upazila early yesterday.
Masum's 'crossfire' killing planned
Allege relatives
Relatives and neighbours of Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum, who died in 'crossfire' with crime-busting force Cheetah in city's Rayer Bazar on July 9, yesterday described the killingas
AL calls 6-hr countrywide hartal Aug 15
Awami League (AL) will observe a six-hour countrywide hartal on August 15 to protest the coalition government's cancellation of 'national mourning day' on the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was
College quota for mediocre students planned
The education ministry plans to introduce a quota system to reserve seats for mediocre students in the country's quality educational institutions to raise the standard of those students.
Fear of More Attacks
Britain on highest ever alert
Church of England warns against scapegoating Muslims
Britain is on its highest ever state of alert amid fears of more attacks such as those which killed at least 52 people on London's transport system last week, The Times newspaper said yesterday.
Dead Bangladeshis
Govt to bring back bodies from KSA
The government will bring back the bodies and seek compensation from the employers of the Bangladeshi workers who died in a fire incident in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Flyover gets waterlogged...

Sweden to give 53m euro in medical aid
The Swedish government said yesterday that it would provide Bangladesh with a record 500 billion kronor (53 million euros, 63 million dollars) in aid for its healthcare system, with stress on the need
NOAB, BSP for duty cut on newsprint, rise in ad rate
Leaders of Bangladesh Sang-badpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) yesterday called on Information Minister M Shamsul Islam at his Secretariat office.
Attack on Lensmen
NOAB demands punishment of NSI men
Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) at a meeting on Saturday condemned the attack on the photojournalists by National Security Intelligence (NSI) men and demanded exemplary punishment to
7 Indians pushed in
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India pushed in seven Hindi speaking Muslims into Bangladesh territory at Santahar border point in Naogaon district early Monday night.
Bahrain sentences 2 Bangladeshi killers to death
A Bahraini court sentenced two Bangladeshis to be executed for killing a Bahraini woman as part of a plan to steal her money, handing down death penalties rare in the Gulf state, newspapers reported yesterday.
Team detects illegal polythene bag factories
The high-powered taskforce of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, and top officials of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) jointly raided a number of industries at Tejgaon in the capital yesterday,
9 Bangladeshi workers hurt in Malaysia flyover collapse
Malaysian authorities said yesterday they were investigating the collapse of a highway flyover which injured nine construction workers and sent tonnes of concrete and steel crashing onto the road below.
1-hour work stoppage in Khulna today
Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) has called one-hour work stoppage from 11:00am to 12:00noon today in Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira districts to protest against "non-allocation
Alam Murder Case
Verdict deferred to July 31
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed July 31 for the verdict on the killings of Zurain industrialist Mohammad Alam and three domestic help in January 2002.
100 dead or missing in China mine blast
At least 45 miners died and 56 others are missing after three separate accidents in China's beleaguered coal mine industry, state media and a government agency said yesterday.

Posing for a group photograph...

Cable operator shot
Unidentified assailants yesterday shot a cable operator in front of his house in Dhanmondi in the capital.

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