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Front Pagearrow Borrowing binge
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.
 arrow Framing for money
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow AL won't join polls without reforms
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
 arrow 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
 arrow $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.
 arrow UK customs detect smuggling of 75kg heroin from Dhaka
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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Dhaka to see severe flooding unless canal filling stopped
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
 arrow 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,
 arrow 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.
 arrow Masum's 'crossfire' killing planned
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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow Britain on highest ever alert
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Flyover gets waterlogged...

 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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,
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Posing for a group photograph...

 arrow Cable operator shot
Unidentified assailants yesterday shot a cable operator in front of his house in Dhanmondi in the capital.
Businessarrow Expedite licensing process for private EPZ
Coming down heavily on the authorities for dilly-dallying awarding licence to the country's biggest private export processing zone (EPZ), speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to expedite
 arrow Agrani Bank to launch remittance company in Malaysia next month
Agrani Bank is going to set up a money exchange company in Malaysia next month to facilitate hassle-free remittance by Bangladeshi nationals there.
 arrow Poor infrastructure, political wrangling stymie FDI flow
Poor infrastructure, bureaucratic complexities and confrontational politics are main hindrances to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Wrong policy, graft cripple jute sector
Wrong policy, corruption and management inefficiency have left the country's jute sector on the verge of ruin, speakers told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow SC stays HC order imposing injunction on RCCI functions
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for two weeks a High Court order that imposed injunction on the functioning of 18 elected directors of the Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI).
 arrow Asia's loan volume up 17pc
Loan volume for Asia excluding Japan rose more than 17 percent in the first half of 2005 over the same period last year, debt market news service Basis Point said.
 arrow Indian bank in talks to buy Bangladeshi bank
India's Punjab National Bank (PNB) is set to acquire management stake of a bank in Bangladesh, the PNB indicated at a press briefing in Kolkata on Saturday.
 arrow Oil prices calm
World oil prices fell by more than a dollar on Monday after American facilities in the Gulf of Mexico escaped the impact of Hurricane Dennis, which wreaked havoc in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow New chairman of Green Delta Ins
AZ Mohammad Hossain has been made chairman of Green Delta Insurance Co Ltd.
The Board of Directors of the company in a meeting recently in Dhaka elected him chairman, says a press release.

 arrow China, US open annual trade talks with deal expected
China and the United States opened annual high-level trade talks Monday with an agreement expected on a wide range of thorny issues including intellectual property, aviation and petrochemicals, officials
 arrow Singapore low-cost airline rivals call off merger talks
Jetstar Asia said Monday it had reluctantly called off talks with rival Singapore-based budget carrier Valuair, less than two weeks after announcing the airlines had begun merger negotiations.
Sportsarrow Football: Bad stalemate for Abahani
Abahani's title hopes in the Premier Foot-ball League suffered a massive blow when they were held to a goalless draw by Farashganj Sporting Club in a match that saw both sides ending with ten men.
 arrow Cricket: Tour of India uncertain
Bangladesh's tour of India next October looks unlikely as it will clash with the International Cricket Council's (ICC) new fixture, the Super Series.
 arrow Cricket: 'Break-up my fault'
Australian cricket star Shane Warne on Monday spoke of the pain at the end of his 10-year marriage, but assured fans he would not allow his personal life to impact on his performance during the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: It's Ponting after Lee
Australia captain Ricky Ponting scored 111 as the world champions levelled their one-day series against England at 1-1 with a seven-wicket win at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganga says it too
Daren Ganga, the former West Indian batsman who is currently leading the West Indies A side in Sri Lanka, has questioned the commitment levels of Brian Lara, his mentor during his younger days in theTrinidad
 arrow Aslam just a ball boy!
When the players' list for yesterday's Premier Football League match between Abahani and Farashganj was handed over to the journalists, many eyebrows were raised as Sheikh Mohammed Aslam's name appeared
 arrow Football: Badda back to Premier League
Badda Jagarani became the second team after Rahmatganj MFS to earn promotion to next season's Premier League after they drew goalless against Mohakhali XI in their First Division match at the Birshreshtha
 arrow Cricket: Shep prepares for final dance
'Dancing' umpire David Shepherd will take charge of his final international match on Tuesday when England host Australia in the decider of their three-match NatWest Challenge one-day international series
 arrow Chess: Reefat moves up
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his solo lead while Reefat Bin Sattar jumped into second place after winning their seventh round games in the University of Green-wich FIDE Rating Chess tournament
 arrow Football: BKSP in semis
BKSP moved into the semifinals in the BKSP Under-16 Football Tournament with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Khulna in a Group A fixture at the sports institute football ground yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Bangladesh 4th
Bangladesh finished fourth in the First Asian Women's Kabaddi Championship when they lost their play-off game against Sri Lanka 60-20 in Hyderabad, India yesterday.
 arrow Monwar's mum receives cheque from BCB
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) handed over a cheque to Mrs Anowara, the mother of late sports journalist Monwar Ahmed, at its Gulshan office yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Some people enjoy all the exposure but I never liked it'
Tired of terrorising goalkeepers, beating records and appearing on the front page of sports papers around the world, Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta decided to call time on his career in the relative
 arrow Cricket: WI's mission impossible
Sri Lanka begin an emotional Test series from Wednesday, the first at home since the tsunamis ravaged the island nation seven months ago, hoping their depleted West Indian rivals will join the party.
 arrow Cricket: Lee Tests selectors
Brett Lee did his chances of a Test recall no harm at all by taking five wickets as Australia strolled to a seven-wicket one-day international win against England at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Starting afresh with Morientes
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has described Fernando Morientes as 'like a new signing' and revealed he has high hopes for him this coming season.
Metropolitanarrow Govt plans to set up 6 special tribunals
The government is planning to set up six special tribunals in six divisions to settle the pending cases related to abandoned and vested property.
 arrow Six-year project to develop rural road network
The government has taken up a six-year project to develop rural road network and marketing facilities for agricultural produces in 23 districts under three divisions -- Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi.
 arrow Corruption main hurdle to poverty alleviation
Corruption and higher defence expenditure seriously impede poverty alleviation efforts in the South Asian region, said speakers at a press conference in the city yesterday.
 arrow 792 women killed in three months
A total of 792 women were killed and 766 others injured in different incidents across the country in last three months, says a survey report of Mass Line Media Centre (MMC).
 arrow Dhaka Zoo contractors threaten to stop food supply
The animals and birds at the Dhaka National Zoo might face another food crisis as the authorities failed to pay the outstanding bills amounting to Tk 1.35 crore to the contractors engaged in food supply.
 arrow IFJ concerned over violence against journos
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expressed concern over "brute" assault of 10 journalists by the National Security Intelligence (NSI) forces on Thursday.
 arrow US academician defends embedded journalism
American journalists were free to gather and write news during the Iraq war although they were embedded with the US-led joint forces, said US Professor Janet E Steele at a discussion in the city yesterday.
 arrow Confce on Next Generation Wireless System in city from Jan 2
North South University (NSU) in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA will jointly organise an international conference on 'Next Generation Wireless System'
 arrow AKTEL official held on charge of misappropriation of money
An official of the AKTEL, a private mobile phone operator, was arrested on charge of misappropriation of crores of taka from the company, police sources said.
 arrow Moudud calls on India to win confidence of neighbours
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday called on India to win the confidence of its neighbours by resolving problems with them through bilateral talks.
 arrow FNB protests attack on NGO worker at Goalanda
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday strongly protested and condemned the attack on an NGO worker at Goalanda.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq's anniversary of death today
Today is the second death anniversary of Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court and former advisor to the caretaker government.
 arrow National hospital staffs protest reinstatement of ward master
Employees of Dhaka National Medical College and Hospital yesterday kept its director confined to his office for about three hours in protest against the reinstatement of a ward master who was earliersuspended
 arrow Cancel new exam rules
The Post-Graduate Doctors' Association (PGDA) on Sunday demanded cancellation of the new rules for examinations of Masters of Surgery and Doctors of Medicine, saying that many students will be deprived
 arrow Tributes paid to Sitara Parvin
Speakers at a condolence meeting on Sunday paid rich tributes to Sitara Parvin, a former professor of mass communications and journalism department of Dhaka University, saying that the country needs persons
 arrow President assents to Flag Vessels Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to the Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) (Amendment) Bill 2005.
 arrow 'Set up Biswa Vedic University at Sitakunda'
Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad yesterday called on the government to set up Biswa Vedic University at Sitakunda in Chittagong.
 arrow Khulna journos' protest today
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KMUJ) will hold a mass rally on the press club premises at 3.
Nationalarrow Water crisis deepens in Sylhet city
There is no possibility of an end to the severe water crisis in Sylhet city in next two to three years.
 arrow 5 to die in Runa gangrape, murder case in Kushtia
Five persons were sentenced to death yesterday for rape and murder of 14-year old schoolgirl Runa two years ago.
 arrow Rift in Rajshahi AL over Amjad issue
The rift in Rajshahi district Awami League widened as some 30 top leaders of the 51-member district committee on Sunday threatened to quit the party protesting what they said 'arbitrary activities' of
 arrow Bhandaria JCD leader's hand, leg chopped off by party rivals
A JCD leader's hand and leg were chopped off allegedly by party rivals at Bhandaria in Pirojpur on Sunday.
 arrow Drive to arrest Plabon's killers
Gaibandha police Sunday night raided different areas of Palashbari upazila but failed to nab the killers of SSC examinee Plabon.
 arrow ‘Take action against Niko, officials’
The Anti Imperialism and Communalism Teachers Forum at Rajshahi University yesterday held a protest rally and brought out a procession at Alupoti in the city demanding cancellation of the agreement with
 arrow AL leader held with pistol
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Awami League (AL) leader Mashiur Rahman from Batra village in Kalaroa upazila and recovered an illegal pistol from his possession.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bomb blasts in London: What do they portend?
A series of bomb blasts rocked the heart of London on the 7th instant.
 arrow Hot pursuit, cold feet
Everyone, except some of our over-zealous politicians, knows that terrorist attacks in political venues or on politicians have some other over-ambitious and power hungry politician's fingerprints allover
 arrow Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed
Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, teacher, jurist, lawyer, Attorney-General, two-time Adviser in neutral Caretaker Governments and an eminent public figure, devotedly served the nation in different capacities in legal,
Culturearrow Dialogue between two cultures
Dhali Al Mamoon explained that he had recently run a workshop in painting to create a dialogue between French and Bangladeshi culture.
 arrow A New Testament of Romeo and Juliet staged in Dhaka
It's back to the grassroots for Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF). The two organisations have undertaken a joint initiative to reinvigorate theatre at the district level.
 arrow " I would like to enact a cold-blooded killer in a'whodunit' thriller. " -- Ferdousi Majumdar
Calling Ferdousi Majumdar 'the first lady of Bangladeshi theatre' would not be an overstatement.
 arrow Final round of Close up 1 'Tomakai Khujche Bangladesh' begins in Dhaka
After covering 11 districts, the first round of musical talent search, Close up 1 'Tomakai Khujche Bangladesh' began in Dhaka on July 10 and will continue till July 17 at the Biam Auditorium, says a press
Internationalarrow UN envoy starts talks to end Maoist revolt
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi began a series of meetings in Nepal yesterday in a bid to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict between the government and Maoist rebels, a UN official said.
 arrow London gets back to business after blasts
Commuters returned to work in London yesterday, the start of the first full week since bombers killed at least 49 people on a bus and subway trains.
 arrow Israel looks for US, EU fund to bolster pullout
Israel looked yesterday to international support for its pullout from the Gaza Strip, requesting a multi-billion dollar aid package from the United States and lobbying for EU backing from its visiting
 arrow Thousands recall Srebrenica pain
Tens of thousands of people are attending ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.
 arrow 9 Iraqi soldiers killed in rebel attacks
Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed yesterday when rebels launched a carefully-planned dawn raid on a road checkpoint in central Iraq, a day after nearly 50 died in a string of nationwide attacks mostly triggered
 arrow Bakiyev calls for review of US presence after Kyrgyz polls win
Kyrgyzstan intends to review the presence of a US base on its territory, president-elect Kurmanbek Bakiyev said on Monday at his first news conference since he was elected president of the strategic central
 arrow Blast kills 16 at shopping centre in Russia
Sixteen people were killed yesterday in an explosion in a shopping centre in the north-western Russian city of Ukhta, the emergency situations ministry said.
 arrow Delhi, Naga rebels to hold truce talks outside India
Central government negotiators and leaders of the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) are expected to meet outside the country to discuss extension of a ceasefire aimed at endingnearly
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jalil-Mosharraf mini-consensus
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil put forward a proposal at the roundtable organised by Prothom Alo on Sunday that AL and BNP should decide against accepting hooligans and possessors of black
 arrow Editorial: HC directive violated
The upcoming by-election in Sunamganj-3 was an opportunity for the Election Commission (EC) to demonstrate to a skeptical public that fears of politicisation and manipulation of the election process were
 arrow Pro-poor growth and pro-growth poor
In common parleys, disconcertingly though, the poor are seen to survive with the support of the society. They are destined for doles from exchequer or relief from the rich segment of the society.
 arrow Test status on trial?
Pakistan's first captain in Test cricket was AH Kardar. He was a genuine all-rounder who batted and bowled left-handed; an Oxford blue, who later played briefly for Warwickshire in county cricket.
Letters to Editorarrow A sad experience
I went to Dhaka University for getting a recommendation letter from one of my ex-teachers for fulfilment of a requirement of a scholarship in a South Asian country.
 arrow Dr. David Cheesman
Welcome to Bangladesh Dr. David Cheesman! Welcome! In response to your letter dated July the 10 in The Daily Star, I would like to put some points to ponder.
 arrow A miracle?
Sometimes you can't help but feel the oppression of the decadence that looms beneath the surface of our daily lives. Some are positively a result of warped souls' depravity while some are 'gifted' tous.
 arrow Why call it an upset?
Keeping one hundred and forty million people glued to the TV set for a superb show of batting , bowling and fielding, our cricket team defeated the Aussies--the invincible! After this glorious victory,
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