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Front Pagearrow CCTV at public places to check terrorism
Closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) will be installed at large public places, hospitals, banks and key-point installations (KPIs) in a month to monitor public movement as the government fears subversive
 arrow Blasts rock London again
Explosions struck three London underground stations and a bus yesterday in a chilling but less deadly replay of the suicide bombings that killed 56 people exactly two weeks ago.
 arrow JS body grills law ministry for opinion
A parliamentary body yesterday grilled the law ministry about its shady opinion on the presidential amnesty granted to a person who was sentenced to death in a double murder case, but the ministry shifted
 arrow Fuel price to be hiked again
The government has no option but to increase the fuel price, as it has risen too high in the international market, Finance Minister Saifur Rahman said yesterday, without specifying any timeframe.
 arrow WB concerned over governance, graft
Visiting World Bank Vice President for South Asia Praful C Patel yesterday appreciated the country's economic performance but expressed concerns at the slow pace of progress in addressing governance and
 arrow 4 robber cops held
Four policemen including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) were arrested yesterday in the city for snatching 13.5 kilogram silver ornaments and extorting Tk 28,000 from two employees of a jewellery house.
 arrow Flooding continues to deteriorate
With inundation of fresh areas, the overall flood situation in Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and Naogaon districts deteriorated further, while two children drowned in floodwaters in Gaibandha.
 arrow JS body finds graft in Tengratila handover
A parliamentary body yesterday observed that the country has faced a huge financial loss due to rampant corruption in handing over of the Tengratila gas field to Niko Resources Ltd through joint venture
 arrow Deportation result of Saudi crackdown on illegals
The recent huge deportation of Bangladeshis from Saudi Arabia has resulted from the two-month-long crackdown on undocumented foreigners in the kingdom.
 arrow 2 Algerian diplomats kidnapped in Iraq
Algeria's charge d'affaires in Iraq and a colleague were kidnapped in Baghdad as two suicide car bombings and a string of other attacks in and around Baghdad yesterday killed 14 people, Algerian and Iraqi
 arrow Natwar Singh arrives Aug 6
Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh will arrive in Dhaka on August 6 on a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan, a highly placed source at the
 arrow Probe body for action against 18 Rab men
The probe body constituted to investigate the July 15 incident in which some members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) led by an ASP brutally tortured a business executive in Uttara submitted its report
 arrow EU envoys, UK MP call for end to persecution
The envoys of EU countries in Dhaka yesterday expressed their concerns at the continued persecution of the Ahmadiyya community, while a UK parliamentary leader in London asked the British government to
 arrow EC invites party chiefs for dialogue
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday started inviting the chiefs of the political parties to a dialogue on the voter list for the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Recycling Ice cream!

 arrow A journey towards uncertainty...

 arrow College student gunned down in Uttara
Unidentified assailants gunned down a college student while the police recovered body of an autorickshaw driver in city's Uttara area last night.
 arrow 6th Wage Board constituted
The government yesterday constituted the Sixth Wage Board for journalists, press workers and general employees of newspapers and news agencies.
 arrow Hotel Agrabad fined for unhygienic food
A mobile court yesterday punished 14 hotels and restaurants including the three-star Hotel Agrabad for unhygienic food, dirty atmosphere and failure to produce proper trade licence.
 arrow PM to attend UNGA session in Sept
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) sessions in New York in the middle of September, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign affairs said yesterday.
 arrow Shibir men confine RU proctor in office
Islami Chhatra Shibir activists yesterday confined the proctor of Rajshahi University (RU) in his office for an hour demanding withdrawal of a case filed against 16 Shibir activists.
 arrow BB asks Premier Bank to explain why sacked MD still works
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday served a notice on the Premier Bank chairman and other directors, asking them to explain within three days why Kazi Abdul Majid was involved in the affairs of the bank even
 arrow Ctg jolted by tremor, aftershock
A mild tremor followed by an after-shock jolted the Chittagong city and its adjoining areas yesterday, sparking panic among city-dwellers for a while.
The first quake, measuring 4.

Businessarrow Bangladesh may face $400m loss a year
Bangladesh may face a loss of around $400 million a year due to trade preference erosion stemming from the WTO trade rules, Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD),
 arrow Nominations of 44 valid
The election board of the country's apex trade body yesterday finalised the nominations of 44 candidates, 27 from chamber group and 17 from association group, for 24 posts of directorship to the
 arrow Japan sees export trouble as China's soaring economy grows self-reliant
Japan's trade deficit doubled in June with its top trade partner China, whose booming economy is developing local production that is gradually replacing the need for imports, official data showed Thursday.
 arrow Fighting hard for a 'soft' landing
China's economic advisors are at war among themselves, although you wouldn't see any sign of it walking down Shanghai's Bund.
 arrow India won't open up farm product market unless rich states stop subsidy
India made it clear on Wednesday that it would not go beyond a point to open up its huge market for farm products at WTO negotiations unless developed countries agree to dismantle subsidies for theirfarm
 arrow BTMA moves to improve relation with BKMEA
Chairman of the BTMA MA Awal yesterday made a move to improve relation with the BKMEA as it sought withdrawal of a remark made by Awal regarding the knitwear exporters at a press conference Wednesday.
 arrow China revalues currency
China Thursday revalued its currency for the first time in about a decade, pegging the yuan to the US dollar at 8.11, up from 8.
 arrow Dhaka to gain in export from yuan appreciation
Bangladesh is likely to gain in export competitiveness, but lose in imports as a result of the Chinese currency deregulation that appreciated the yuan by 2 percent Thursday, analysts said.
 arrow Hutch-Essar to buy out stakes in BPL Mobile for $1b
In the biggest acquisition in the Indian telecoms sector, Hutch-Essar group will buy out controlling interest in the BPL Mobile Cellular company in an one billion dollar deal.
 arrow WTO chief sounds alarm about global trade talks
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Supachai Panitchpakdi, sounded the alarm on Thursday about global trade talks underway here, urging trading nations to step up the pace.
 arrow Oil prices fall in Asian trade
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Thursday after data showed the impact on US oil inventories of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico was not as severe as expected, dealers said.
 arrow KL to cut budget deficit to ensure stable growth
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that Malaysia will reduce its budget deficit, which has been swollen by years of pump-priming, to ensure stable economic growth.
 arrow Shahjalal Islami Bank extends Tk 80.5m to Saimon Overseas
Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd has extended Tk 80.5 million composite investment facility to Saimon Overseas Ltd.
 arrow China buys 20 Airbus A330s
China was to sign a contract with European aircraft maker Airbus Thursday for 20 A330 jets in a deal worth 3.1 billion dollars, Spanish officials told AFP.
 arrow BMW in talks to build factory in India
BMW, the German luxury car maker, is negotiating with the authorities in India with regard to the possible construction of a manufacturing plant on the sub-continent, a company spokesman said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Imran inspires Bangladesh A
Tushar Imran shrugged off the tag as an one-day specialist with a career-best 119 to help Bangladesh A conjure up a small yet significant 19-run first-innings lead against Glouces-tershire on the second
 arrow Cricket: Harmison harms Australia
Stephen Harmison took five wickets in an innings against Australia for the first time as England bowled out their oldest foes for just 190 on the first day of the first Ashes Test at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Football: 2nd leg from today
The second leg of the Premier Bank Premier Football League starts today after a four-day break when leaders Mohammedan Sporting Club take on bottom-table Dipali Juba Sangha at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Machine McGrath's milestone
The opening day of the first Test of the Ashes series at Lord's. The first ball after tea, straight, full and bang on target. Typical Glenn McGrath.
 arrow Football: BFF confirms Argentine boost
The Bangladesh football team is set to get enough time and more importantly a taste of Argentine flair when they start their preparation for the SAFF Football Championship to be held in Pakistan thisDecember.
 arrow Cricket: England 79/5
England were 79-5 with another 14 overs remaining on an extraordinary opening day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's yesterday.
 arrow Football: Wari finish fifth
Wari Club ended this season's First Division Football League campaign with a 3-1 victory over relegated BRTC at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WACA releases SA schedule
South Africa will have three warm-up matches in Western Australia before the first cricket Test against Australia starting here on December 16, Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) acting chief
 arrow Cricket: Second Test starts today
Sri Lanka go into the second cricket Test against the West Indies here Friday boosted by the quick recovery of star bowlers Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan from a flu virus.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's absence will be felt, says Kirmani
The morale of the Indian cricket team as it bids to win the upcoming tri-nation Indian Oil Cup in Sri Lanka would be low in the absence of Sourav Ganguly, according to Syed Kirmani, the former wicketkeeper
 arrow Cricket: Waugh's key Englishmen
Fast bowler Stephen Harmison, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and skipper Michael Vaughan are the key players who could help England win the Ashes, says former Australian captain Steve Waugh.
 arrow Chess: School chess
A total of 22 players shared the lead with maximum two points in the boys' senior group (Class VI-X) after the second round of the Standard Chartered Bank School chess tournament ended at the BCF auditorium
 arrow Football: Fergie the tourist
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson can't wait to get to China where the Red Devils play local team Beijing Hyundai next week, not so much for the match but the sightseeing.
 arrow Football: Robinho's medical done
Brazilian forward Robinho has undergone a medical at a clinic in Sao Paulo before signing for Real Madrid, Spanish media reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Hiddink Socceroos'
The Football Federation Australia (FFA) has called a press conference here Friday with Dutchman Guus Hiddink expected to be announced as the next Australian coach.
 arrow Football: Police hunt for kidnapped coach
Mexican police are hunting for the Argentine coach of one of the country's biggest football clubs.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib rocks Northants
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar grabbed six wickets while England reject Graham Thorpe handed the England selectors a timely reminder of his Ashes credentials on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Inter hope for Real duo
Inter Milan are still hopeful of signing Real Madrid's unsettled Portuguese star Luis Figo.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo & Figo coming to India
From the Bernabeu to India Gate -- Real Madrid mates Ronaldo and Luis Figo are sure to kick up a storm -- but not kick a football -- when they come to India in 10 days, to launch the latest rage in global
 arrow Football: Two-match WC ban on Hanke
Germany international striker Mike Hanke, sent off during the third-place play-off in the Confederations Cup last month, has been suspended for the first two matches of the 2006 World Cup finals, theGerman
Metropolitanarrow US firm keen to set up sky train system in city
A US logistics firm has expressed its interest to set up a light railway transport (LRT) or sky train system in the capital.
 arrow Ctg school students go on rampage
Agitated students of century-old Municipal Model High School went on a rampage on the school premises yesterday, demanding immediate resignation of the headmaster and punishment to him for his alleged
 arrow Independent candidate rejects poll results
Independent candidate in the Sunamganj-3 by-polls MA Mannan, who lost Wednesday's election to ruling alliance nominee Shahinur Pasha Chowdhury, yesterday rejected the unofficial results of the polls.
 arrow CityCell, AKTEL sign deal with Teletalk
Two private cellphone operators yesterday signed an interconnection deal with Teletalk in a move to reduce the nagging call congestion between the state-owned and private mobile phone service providers.
 arrow Two lakh diagnosed with cancer a year
Experts at a roundtable yesterday urged media and wealthy people to support cancer prevention campaigns and treatment of poor patients.
 arrow Saudi donation for ICDDR,B
Saudi Arabia donated 50,000 US dollar as the annual core contribution to International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Trial of Kibria killers demanded
People from various strata of society and the family members of slain former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria lined up on the road at Shahbagh in the city yesterday, demanding trial of the killers ofKibria.
 arrow Dakat Shaheed masterminds Sagir killing
Dakat Shaheed, a notorious criminal of Keraniganj and Old Dhaka, had masterminded the June 24 killing of Jubo Dal leader Sagir Ahmed, an arrestee in the case confessed to a magistrate yesterday.
 arrow UK to screen Bangladeshis for TB
The British Home Office has included Bangladesh, a high risk tuberculosis (TB) country according to the World Health Organisation, as one of the four countries to begin its initial phase of the planned
 arrow Mail on Sunday apologises to Mallika, MJ Akbar
'The Mail on Sunday' has apologised to Mallika and MJ Akbar for the stories they ran about the latter's relationship with Mrs Kimberly Quinn, and accepted that "sufficient credence was not given to your
 arrow Rajshahi tense following arrest of 11 militants
Tension runs high in the city and its adjoining areas as police were kept on high alert yesterday following the arrest of 11 militants on Tuesday.
 arrow Renovated Mohakhali Bus Terminal opens
The newly renovated Mohakhali Inter-District Bus Terminal opened yesterday with a view to providing better services to passengers.
 arrow Siddiqur Rahman made secy of Finance Div
The government yesterday appointed Md Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury, the incumbent Commerce Secretary, as Secretary of the Finance Division with immediate effect, according to an official order.
 arrow Dhira on fresh remand
Jamaat leader Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira was again taken on police remand for three days yesterday in outlaw Tariqul Islam Shiplu murder case.
 arrow Body of girl found dumped on roof
Body of a nine-year-old girl was found dumped on the roof of a three-storey building at the city's Shahjalal Upashahar yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Reform proposals to create anarchy
The reform proposals on caretaker government placed by the 14 opposition parties are a part of a conspiracy to create anarchy and destroy the democratic process in the country, said senior leaders ofthe
 arrow Most foods adulterated
The Consumer Trust (TCT), a new watchdog to protect the interest of the consumers, was launched yesterday.
 arrow Training programme for medical courses
Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Cardiac Sciences at Bangalore in India has launched a training programme on medical and paramedical courses to promote trained manpower.
Culturearrow Yesterday once more...
Jharna and I met for the first time on the sets of Rajdhanir Bukey (1958), Ehtesham's debut film. It wasn't love at first sight though.
 arrow "When it comes to acting, I've been blessed"-- Mahfuz
It's not a cakewalk for an actor to attain popularity as a hero after portraying a villainous character.
 arrow Ekhono Akash Nil premiered
Shagor is a fun loving boy. He is keener on addas (chatting) and hanging out with his friends than concentrating on his studies. Shagor hits it off with Binu who is poles apart.
 arrow Short take
Shahed signs three films
Shahed Sharif Khan has signed up for three films: Projapati, Juddher Phul and a yet-to-be-named commercial movie.

Generalarrow Tk 329 cr BCC budget announced
The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) has announced a highly ambitious budget of Tk 329.56 crore for 2005-06 fiscal without imposing any new tax.
The revised budget of the previous fiscal was Tk 37.

 arrow Rab releases accused hours after his arrest in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday released an accused in a government official assault case hours after he was nabbed with banned drug Phensidyl, said sources.
 arrow Indian transport workers, owners stop carrying goods to Benapole
Bongaon Transport Union and Shimanta paribahan Malik Samity of West Bengal stopped carrying goods from India to Benapole land port for an indefinite period since Thursday morning.
 arrow Proper probe demanded
Action on Disability and Development (ADD), a UK-based organisation, yesterday demanded proper investigation of the death of a disabled woman who was allegedly killed after gangrape.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC's electoral roll initiative
The Election Commission, in what looks like a spurt of dynamism under the leadership of Justice MA Aziz, the newly-inducted CEC, has made public its decision to sit with political parties in a bid toelicit
 arrow Editorial: Swoop on belching vehicles
It only shows the magnitude of pollution in the city air we are breathing, day in and day out.
 arrow Cards on the table
Game on. The slate of electoral and caretaker government reforms proposed by the fourteen party opposition line-up led by the AL on July 15 has brought the differences between the government and the main opposition into sharp focus, and started the ball rolling with respect to the upcoming national elections.
 arrow Hasba Bill and what it portends
Hasba Bill illustrates two causally-related problems of this country. There is a wide sway of a certain interpretation of Islam that involves political activism.
 arrow Why Advani puts his neck on the line?
L K Advani, former home minister under the last BJP government, considered as a staunch Hindu nationalist hawkish member of the Sangh-parivar, and the brain behind BJP's thrust for power, is under presume
Letters to Editorarrow The cry of wounded people
We again witnessed a heinous crime in London. The cry of wounded people with blood-wallowed dress made the sky misty. The life of the innocent Londoners became disrupted because of this sudden bombing.
 arrow Tourism development
Tourism is a very important sector for the development of a country's socio-economic condition. In the 21st century, many countries, such as Singapore, Nepal, Hong Kong, Maldives etc.
 arrow Paheli- the triumph of a folktale
When I was becoming bored with university strike and continuous postponement of my exams, then the movie 'Paheli" appeared to me a source of pure entertainment and refreshment.
 arrow Regarding women
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Rubaiyat Hossain for her wonderful feature titled "I know I am a woman' published in the July 1 issue of SWM.
 arrow Hospitals needed
Bangladesh is a third world country and about eighty percent people here are Muslims. Dhaka is known as the city of mosques.
 arrow City Cell prepaid card
The private cell phone industry is a highly competitive one. The operators have deployed all their resources to maintain the current customer base as well as to create new ones.
 arrow AKTEL deal
I have been an AKTEL sim user for more than 18 months now.
 arrow Air Force training flights
This may seem a taboo subject, as anything to do with defence is a hush hush affair in Bangladesh, but considering the recent crash of an airforce aircraft in the vicinity of ZIA killing innocent civilians,
 arrow Global focus on South Asia
With the signing of a 10-year defence pact between US and India, politics takes a global focus in South Asia (Saarc region), as the United States competes with mighty China to woo the rich market andhuge
 arrow Regime not power-sensitive!
The powerful ministers (five dozen) talk a lot about the development projects, but the powerful cabinet (read PMO) cannot overcome the great nuisance of low voltage and irritating voltage fluctuations
 arrow Mega-city's problems
The newspapers are full of monsoon water-logging in the streets (there are few 'roads') of Dhaka metropolitan city, lorded by City Father, the Mayor of Dhaka.
 arrow Princess Diana
Another book titled "Diana: The Last Word" by Simone Simmons, has publicised some odd facts (or fiction) about the late Princess Diana who was killed in 1997 in a car accident in Paris.
Environmentarrow Assessing impact of global warming
Except for nuclear war no force has more potential to damage our planet's web of life than global warming.
 arrow Lawachara forest: Hopes not lost
Ecology and bio-diversity of the gem of forests, 'Lawachara National Park' are at stake because of illegal timber felling, fuelwood collection, hunting, bamboo and cane collection, and land encroachment.
 arrow In defence of trees
This is a matter of satisfaction that Hon'ble Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia launched the national tree plantation movement (1st June) and called for invigorating the forestation campaign throughout
 arrow Phulbari coalmine: Who benefits?
We would not spare a single particle of our land. We shall protect Phulbari even with our blood. We would not allow anybody to destroy Phulbari in the name of implementing the so-called coalmine project.
Worldarrow Militants may seize Pak nuclear bomb
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Wednesday of "serious" consequences if Islamic militants grabbed power in Pakistan and took control of its nuclear weapons arsenal.
 arrow ‘Lankan truce at grave risk’
Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels warned Wednesday that a truce brokered by Norway was at "grave risk" of collapsing even as the Colombo government said it had no intention of returning to war.
 arrow Floods force 2m people to flee homes in Assam
The death toll from monsoon rains in India's northeastern state of Assam has risen to at least 15 and nearly two million more have fled their homes, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Islamic parties call rallies against mass arrests in Pakistan
Pakistani fundamentalist Muslim parties called for a national day of protest today against the police raids on suspected militants that they labelled part of a global conspiracy against Islam.
 arrow Grenade attack on Pak mosque: Two killed
Two Islamic preachers were killed and four others wounded on Thursday in a hand grenade attack against a mosque in a Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanist-an, officials said.
 arrow Norway to cut aid to Nepal
Norway said Wednesday it will cut its planned bilateral aid to Nepal by 10 percent next year and will not enter into any new agreements with the Himalayan kingdom because of the king's power grab more
 arrow Pakistan quizzes 'UK al-Qaeda chief'
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was set to meet police and security chiefs yesterday to discuss whether they need extra powers two weeks after the London bombings, while officials in Pakistan were reportedly
 arrow Israel may bring Gaza pullout forward
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's deputy raised the prospect yesterday of bringing forward the start of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza to prevent opponents of the pullout from carrying out threats to disrupt
 arrow US seeks to blunt UNSC expansion
The United States on Wednesday warned against holding a UN vote on Security Council expansion at this time, apparently to blunt momentum toward a compromise deal between Africa and four regional powers
 arrow Susilo orders troops in Aceh to back off
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo-no has ordered the Indonesian Military (TNI) to stop its offensive against Aceh rebels in a bid to facilitate the signing of peace deal scheduled for Aug. 15 in Jakarta.
 arrow US lawmaker creates firestorm with call to bomb holy Muslim sites
A US congressman who suggested the United States might consider bombing Muslim holy sites, including Makkah, has drawn apology demands from US Muslim and Arab groups but rejected a request to meet with
 arrow US warns of terror attacks in KSA
The United States warned its citizens in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that militants were planning fresh attacks in the world's biggest oil exporter and security forces said they had found a militant bomb
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