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Front Pagearrow Saifur rejects MCCI bailout call
While a leading business chamber urges the central bank to release foreign currency quickly before a current dollar crisis further dents the country's image abroad, the finance minister brushes off any
 arrow Corruption eats up Desa's Tk 2,000cr
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) for a Tk 2,000 crore deficit in its account, saying the huge amount of money is traceless due to corruption and irregularities
 arrow Unplanned roads, illegal structures blamed
Unplanned crossroads and illegal structures blocking water flow in the city's remaining canals are the main causes of waterlogging, said the steering committee studying the nagging problem.
 arrow Dhaka waterlogged again
Heavy rainfall for six hours at a stretch yesterday caused immense sufferings to city dwellers as temporary waterlogging obstructed traffic movement at city's major junctions slowing down movement ofthe
 arrow JS bodies' anti-graft moves turn futile
The parliamentary committee system is a glaring example of how a good initiative to curb corruption and irregularities in the government machinery turns futile due to lack of cooperation from the ministries
 arrow BDR man dies in gunfight with smugglers
A BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) man was killed and a smuggler injured in a gunfight between the border guards and a gang of smugglers on Benapole border early yesterday.
 arrow PM seeks Japanese help for Padma Bridge
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged Japan to assist in building another major bridge over the river Padma, which will complete the linking of different parts of Bangladesh into a single economic
 arrow Lalmatia 'robbers' were petty traders
Five of the six alleged robbers killed in police firing at Kazipara and Lalmatia in the capital on Tuesday have been identified.
 arrow 4 'Pakistan origin attackers' were UK bred
Police on Wednesday hunted for a mastermind behind suicide bombings in London as the country reeled from news that the four suspected attackers, Muslims of Pakistani origin, had been born and broughtup
 arrow Hospitals get equipment before staff
The health ministry is furnishing two hospitals with expensive equipment without recruiting adequate number of physicians and technicians for three years under the constituencies of the prime minister
 arrow Rajuk's dilemma over illegal buildings
Rajuk is facing a dilemma over 17 illegally constructed buildings in the city which need to be demolished immediately for safety reasons, Rajuk officials said.
 arrow Foreign vessel to pay $2.7 lakh for hitting naval ship
The owners of foreign container carrier MV Copenhagen that hit a naval ship on Karnaphuli channel on June 27 have agreed to pay $2.70 lakh (equivalent to around Tk 1.
 arrow Borrowing binge has no negative impact on inflation
The government's huge bank borrowing during the last few weeks of FY05 will not have any negative impact on the inflationary situation.
 arrow Khulna stops for an hour in protest
The entire Khulna city came to a standstill yesterday in response to a one-hour work stoppage called by the Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) in protest against non-allocation
 arrow 150 dead in Pak train crash
Three crowded passenger trains collided in a devastating crash at a station in southern Pakistan Wednesday, killing up to 150 people, injuring 1,000 and leaving many others trapped, officials said.
 arrow Saarc summit aftermath...

 arrow US envoy asks Hasina about AL stance on next polls
US Chargé d' Affaires Judith Chammas yesterday called on Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence and discussed the opposition's demands for electoral and caretaker government reforms
 arrow Jubo League leader killed
Criminals yesterday gunned down a local Jubo League leader at Pallabi in the capital.
 arrow Ex-Shibir man confesses to killing Belal
Ex-Islami Chhatra Shibir leader Ekhlasur Rahman Ekhlas, an accused of the killing of Khulna Metropolitan Journalists' Union president Sheikh Belaluddin, gave a confessional statement yesterday at theKhulna
 arrow 24 Iraqi children killed in blast
Twenty four Iraqi children and one US soldier were killed Wednesday morning in a suicide car bomb attack in southeastern Baghdad, hospital sources and US forces said.
 arrow PM shocked at Pak train disaster
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed her deep shock at the loss of lives in yesterday's train accident in Pakistan.
 arrow Hearing on stay petition begins
The hearing on the leave to appeal and stay petitions filed against a High Court (HC) order, which had discharged the writ petitions over holding election to 45 reserved seats for women in the JatiyaSangsad,
 arrow Drilling rig arrives
The rig for drilling a second relief well reached Tengratila from Unocal's Moulvibazar gas field yesterday.
Businessarrow Fund, expertise dearth takes toll on country
As foreign companies are well equipped with expert lawyers and Bangladesh has no such expertise in settling business disputes with foreign firms, the government is losing to foreign companies in eachand
 arrow Relax suppliers' credit rules to ease pressure on forex reserves
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the Bangladesh Bank to relax the existing regulations on suppliers' credit as it can help increase availability of such finance and reduce
 arrow SEC fines 4 officials of Saleh Carpet
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined four top officials of Saleh Carpet Mills Ltd Tk 1 lakh each for not submitting the company's half-yearly financial statement that ended onJune
 arrow United City housing project launched
The United Group has launched a housing project, United City, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
The United Group launched the project to mark the 27th anniversary of the Group at a function in Dhaka onTuesday.

 arrow BTRC asks private cos to sign deals with Teletalk by July 23
The nagging call congestion between the state-run cellphone operator and private operators is likely to end by this month as BTRC yesterday directed private operators to sign interconnection agreements
 arrow Oil set to rise
High oil prices are here to stay in a world of uncertainty over tropical storms and geopolitical factors such as the London bombings, the International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Doesn't make sense
The reluctance of the Indian cricket authorities to host Bangladesh for a full Test tour has come as a bitter disappointment for the country's cricket fraternity.
 arrow Football: BFF to speed up youth dev programme
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has urged the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to speed up its youth development progra-mme as soon as possible.
 arrow Cricket: New WI faces doing well
Teenager Denesh Ramdin and fellow-debutant Runako Morton combined with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul to prop up a weakened West Indies side in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne saddened by TV contract cancellation
Shane Warne spoke of his sadness Wednesday at the decision of Australia's Channel Nine to cancel his 225,000 dollars (300,000 Australian) a year television commentary contract because of incidents inhis
 arrow Chess: Reefat fails to reach target
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman finished the University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess tournament with unbeaten note when he won the ninth and last round board against Mohammad Javed at the National SportsCouncil
 arrow Football: Abahani fined Tk 10,000
The disciplinary committee of Metropolis Football League Committee yesterday imposed a one-match ban on Abahani winger Abdullah Parvez for misbehaving with referee Tayab Hassan during their Monday's Premier
 arrow Football: Football League matches postponed
The Premier and First Division Football League matches yesterday were postponed due to heavy rain in the city.
 arrow Football: BKSP-Dhaka final tomorrow
Hosts BKSP set a final clash against Dhaka Division in the third BKSP Cup Under-16 football tournament when they handed a 3-1 defeat to Chittagong in the first semifinal yesterday at the BKSP ground.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan out of Trophy match
England captain Michael Vaughan was withdrawn Wednesday from Yorkshire's Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy quarterfinal against Northamptonshire this weekend.
 arrow Football: Watch out for the robot star!
Robots from 31 countries went head to metallic head Wednesday in football and other competitions with a goal of triumphing against human soccer champions -- after 50 years or so of practice.
 arrow Cricket: England should select Pietersen: Warne
Shane Warne says England pose a threat in the Ashes for the first time since 1989 but should make room for Kevin Pietersen in their top order if they want to challenge Australia's dominance.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist does it for Aus
Australia won the deciding one-day international against England by eight wickets at The Oval here Tuesday to take the three-match NatWest Challenge series 2-1.
 arrow Football: Real on silver screen
A feature film about Real Madrid proves the nine-times European champions remain, despite recent on-pitch disappointments, world football's most glamorous club according to club president Florentino Perez.
 arrow Football: Robinho desperate
Brazilian international Robinho insisted Tuesday that he is ready to give up the millions that are due to him financially in order to secure a move to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Zidane donate $120,000 to Haiti
International football stars Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane made a 120,000-dollar donation to humanitarian projects in Haiti.
 arrow Cricket: NZ want ICC to clarify policy on Zimbabwe
The New Zealand government has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to clarify their position on Zimbabwe after cricket's world governing body said they had no plans to exclude the troubled African
 arrow Football: First Saudi One-dayer postponed
Saudi Arabia's first high profile cricket match, a one-day game between a Pakistan XI and an International XI, has been postponed to make way for a soccer match, an organiser said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Matlub heads NFL committee
Abdul Matlub Ahmed and Manzoor Hossain Malu retained their posts as chairman and secretary of the tournament committee of Nitol Tata National Football League for the 2005-06 season.
Metropolitanarrow Poor's access to microcredit a must to combat Monga
The ultra poor people, who consume food around 1600 kilo calorie per day and are left out of the poverty alleviation net, need special government and non-government attention with access to microcredit
 arrow UAE introduces new rule to check trafficking in underage camel jockeys
Children from Bangladesh will need separate passports from September for travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 arrow Improve standard of edn to cut poverty
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to take effective measures to improve the standard of education and increase the enrolment of students in order to eliminate poverty.
 arrow 'Restore original Women's Dev Policy'
Women's rights activists yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the amended National Women's Development Policy and restoration of the original policy framed in 1997.
 arrow Decision to send VDP women as housemaid protested
Speakers at a discussion yesterday protested the government decision to send women members of Ansar-Village Defence Party (VDP) as housemaid to Saudi Arabia.
 arrow 4-hour strike in newspapers, news agencies July 17
Journalists, press workers and employees will observe a four-hour token strike from 11.00am in all newspapers and news agencies on July 17 to press home their demand for formation of the 6th wage board.
 arrow Nine arrested
Nine people were arrested in connection with the attack on an eviction team of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and damaging government properties and vehicles at Laldiarchar under Patenga Police Station
 arrow Bangladeshi dies in Canada road accident
Engineer Promod Deb Nath, a Bangladeshi expatriate in the United States, was killed and his wife and two children were injured in a road accident at Kingston in Canada on July 10, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Rita, engr Mita lead secluded life due to mental disorder
Two sisters found to have been leading an abnormal and secluded life in their house at Mirpur in the city since 1996 have been suffering from serious mental and behavioural disorders, doctors said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka-Thimpu direct air service soon
Direct air service between Dhaka and Bhutanese capital Thimpu will resume soon, civil aviation ministry sources said yesterday.
 arrow Unesco Clubs confce in Paris
The world conference of the Unesco Clubs Movement will be held from July 18 to 20 in Paris.
Nationalarrow Fresh areas flooded in 4 northern districts
Several lakh people are now marooned as more areas have gone under water in Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Sirajganj and Sherpur districts due to rains and onrush of water from across the border.
 arrow 100 mini garment units in Saidpur cry for support
They earn foreign exchange for the country and employ over 8000 workers including about 200 women. But they are neither recognised by the organised business bodies nor given any facility by the government.
 arrow Vote for four-party man to ensure development
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said people of South Sunamganj and Jagannathpur should vote for the ruling alliance candidate in the July 20 by-polls in Sunamganj-3constituency
 arrow Human chain demanding more funds for Khulna
Satkhira chapter of Greater Khulna Development Action Co-ordination Committee yesterday formed a human chain here demanding more funds in the national budget for implementing development projects in greater
 arrow Jubo League leader murdered after abduction
Police on Tuesday recovered the body of Jubo league leader Babul Ahmed from a jute filed in Lakmipur village in Daulatpur upazila in the district.
 arrow Govt staff buys freedom
Government employee Enamul Haq Thandu of Chuadanga abducted on Friday, has bought freedom after paying Tk 60,000 toll.
Culturearrow Bipul Bhattacharjee on the current scenario of folk music
Bipul Bhattacharjee is a prominent folksinger in the country. His stentorian voice has gained him many fans. He has particularly won acclaim as lead vocalist in the popular documentary film MuktirGaan.
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony
Prachyanat School of Acting and Design, one of the leading schools of it's kind, provides a six-month certificate course on theatre. Established on June 8, 2001, the school has so far trained eight batches.
 arrow Gaus Qawwal and his group in Dhaka
Gaus Muhammad Nasir Niazi Qawwal and his group are here in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Indian idols in Bangladesh
Indian Idol, the most hyped recent talent show on TV, presented us with some talented singers and among them Abhijeet Sawant, Rahul Vaidya and Prajakta Shukre have attained mass popularity.
 arrow Jalbalika: For a good cause
On the occasion of the silver jubilee show of Jalbalika, a stage play by Padatik Natya Sangsad, the theatre group has arranged a two-day festival titled Jalbalikar Rajato Jayanti Manchayan Utshab.
 arrow Audrey Hepburn: My fair lady
The 1950s and '60s were the pinnacle of Audrey Hepburn's career.
Generalarrow Govt urged to purchase jute from farmers
Leaders of the Shilpa-Shramik-Karmachari Rokkha Samannay Parishad, an organisation working for jute and textile mills workers, yesterday demanded of the government to purchase raw jute from the farmers
 arrow DBBL donation for Hridoy's treatment
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) yesterday donated TK 5 five lakh to Mohammad Atiqur Rahman Hridoy, a meritorious student of Computer Science and Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering
 arrow President, PM greet French counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique De Villepin on the occasion of the National Day of France.
 arrow Scholastica donation for cancer hospital
Yasmin Murshed, chairperson of Scholastica, a leading English medium school, handed over a cheque for Tk 60,000 for the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) at the Academic Achievement Award Ceremony
Internationalarrow UK police hunt 'master bomber'
Police were trying to work out on Wednesday whether four young British Muslims suspected of carrying out suicide attacks in London last week were inspired by a master bomber who may still be at large.
 arrow Nightmare for passengers in Pakistan rail crash
The first thing many passengers heard was a huge bang that shocked them out of their sleep. And what they saw was right out of a nightmare.
 arrow Israel seals off Palestinian territories after attack
Israel on Wednesday sealed off the Palestinian territories and re-occupied the West Bank town of Tulkarem in a swift response to a suicide bombing at a shopping mall that killed four women.
 arrow Nasa fuels shuttle for liftoff
With a brief but embarrassing setback behind them, Nasa crews began fuelling Discovery for liftoff Wednesday afternoon on the first space shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years.
 arrow Italian police begins huge anti-terrorism operation
Italian police were carrying out a country-wide anti-terrorism operation early Wednesday, a day after the government announced a series of measures aimed at preventing a London-style attack, police sources
 arrow 2 foreigners kidnapped in Gaza: Diplomats
A British national and another foreigner were kidnapped Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, British diplomats told AFP.
 arrow Hurriyat leader Geelani placed under house arrest
Hurriyat hardline faction Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was placed under house arrest on Wednesday morning, Indian officials said.
 arrow Bomb hurled at tsunami relief centre in Sri Lanka
A bomb was thrown at a tsunami relief centre in volatile northeastern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring at least nine civilians and a soldier, police said, blaming the attack on Tiger rebels.
 arrow Key Zarqawi aide caught in Iraq: Pentagon
American forces have captured a key operative in the organization of Iraq's al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top US general said on Tuesday.
 arrow US, Afghan forces kill 17 militants in clashes
US and Afghan troops have killed 17 insurgents in two days of clashes in southern Afghanistan as a pro-government Islamic cleric was gunned downed by suspected Taliban gunmen, the US military said Wednesday.
 arrow US military declines to punish chief of Guantanamo
Military investigators who looked into FBI accounts of Guantanamo Bay detainee abuse urged that a former commander of the prison for foreign terrorism suspects be reprimanded, but US Southern Commanddeclined
Editorialarrow Editorial: Another extra-judicial killing
The death of Jagannath Univeristy student Iqbal Hossain Masum in police custody is merely the latest in a long line of questionable killings that have been committed upon innocent and criminal alike by
 arrow Editorial: Indifference amounting to criminal neglect
Shipping authorities and launch owners have given a jolt to public sensibilities about launch disasters by terming them as 'normal' conveniently forgetting how devastatingly frequent they have been in
 arrow Lessons from the London blasts
It was not a question of "if" but "when" London would be visited by the same phenomenon that saw wanton destruction of civilian lives in Madrid, Bali, Jakarta, and elsewhere, following the commencement
 arrow The corruption paradox
Four years ago when Transparency International determined that Bangladesh was the most corrupt country in the world many Bangladeshis were shocked, but few were surprised.
Letters to Editorarrow Terror in London
I am sorry to take up more of your column space, but I was surprised that Ms Ashfia's response (published 12 July) to my letter (published 10 July) took my comments out of context, and I feel I must make
 arrow LPG expansion plan
An industry expert has applauded the objectives of the Finance Minister, Mr Saifur Rahman, and the Advisor to the Energy Ministry, stating that despite the general misconceptions currently being reported
 arrow Defence
Compared to neighbouring countries we maybe known as weak.
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