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Front Pagearrow Name-only parties to rule EC talks today
As many as 72 political parties, mostly in name only, sit with the Election Commission (EC) today with the mainstream opposition parties including Awami League (AL) opting out of the much-hyped dialogue
 arrow When time is wrong at Brick Lane
The pink and white draped tables brood over the bright London afternoon. The neatly stuck napkins in the crystal glasses wait for customers, and nobody comes.
 arrow Tk 4,000cr spent in last 5 days of FY05
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said Tk 4,000 crore was spent by various ministries during the last four or five days of the last fiscal year, which he termed "an example of how public money
 arrow Orion-NEPC to get contract despite costly proposal
Amid a gross policy anomaly, the Power Development Board (PDB) is set to award a contract to Bangladeshi Orion along with US NEPC to set up the Siddhirganj 210 megawatt second unit power plant on commercial
 arrow 6 Pakistanis hunted over Egypt bombs
Egyptian police exchanged fire with gunmen yesterday as they hunted for six Pakistanis suspected of involvement in deadly bombings in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
 arrow 48-km Dhaka Bypass to open in Dec
Dhaka Bypass will be opened for traffic from December to enable the vehicles from outside Dhaka and bound for Chittagong and Sylhet to avoid the snarl-ups of the capital.
 arrow AL demands removal of Moudud, Babar
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded to the prime minister (PM) removal of the law minister and the state minister for home affairs for "misguiding" the PM and the president in granting
 arrow Trapped in a pit....

 arrow Polls schedule at end of EC talks
The Election Commission at a meeting yesterday decided to declare the schedule for the election to 45 reserved seats for women after the ongoing dialogues with the political parties end on July 28.
 arrow Saifur brands media as worst enemy
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday branded Bangladesh media as the "worst enemy" of the country for projecting "negative images" abroad.
 arrow Pursue policy of fair dealing in promoting army officers
Unveiling the government's new plan to expand artillery and infantry battalions, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the Army Selection Board to pursue the policy of fair dealing in promoting the
 arrow PM's nod to be sought again for Tata proposal
The high-powered ministerial committee on Tata investment in a meeting yesterday decided to take a clear mandate from the prime minister for the second time to go ahead with the investment.
 arrow AK47, ammo seized after gun battle
Bangladesh Army on Sunday night recovered a cache of arms and ammunition after a heavy gunfight with criminals in Machalong of Khagrachhari district while paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday
 arrow 11 Rajshahi militants to face sedition charge
The police are likely to bring sedition charges against the 11 militants held in Rajshahi following a government suggestion after they brought them back here from the Joint Interrogation cell (JIC) yesterday.
 arrow Igloo fined not for quality, but for not using expiry date
The two recently formed mobile courts yesterday levied fines totaling Tk 1,34,000 to Igloo ice cream company, Banoful sweetmeat and Sarola Bakery for not mentioning the expiry date on the label of their
 arrow British cops race against time to nab bombers
British police scrambled yesterday to find four bombers behind last week's failed attacks on London's transport system, fearing they had gone to ground after security camera pictures of the suspects were
 arrow Drug control bill approved
The cabinet at its weekly meeting yesterday approved the draft of 'Drugs (Control) (Amendment) Law, 2005' submitted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
 arrow Ctg power cut continues for third day
People in Chittagong continued to suffer from power crisis for the third consecutive day yesterday as engineers of Power Development Board (PDB) failed to reinstate the second transformer to restore normal
 arrow 6 outlaws to die for killing Rajshahi UP chairman
A court here yesterday awarded death penalty to six members of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and life imprisonment to five others for killing a union parishad (UP) chairman and Awami League
 arrow 'Criminal' dies in 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Bazidpur in the town on Sunday night.
 arrow Traffic stopped for 6 hours on Aricha highway
Traffic on the Dhaka-Aricha highway remained suspended for about six hours after a truck overturned on the road early yesterday.
 arrow Murder case filed against 2 cops, 4 others
Six people including the former officer-in-charge (OC) of Pallabi Police Station and husband of slain garment employee Hosne Ara were yesterday accused of killing her.
 arrow One killed, another hurt in BSF firing
A Bangladeshi national was killed and another injured in BSF firing in Bornabaria border area of India in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt moves to up shrimp processing standard
The government has embarked on a programme, which includes enactment of new laws and introduction of stringent monitoring, to improve shrimp processing and farming standard.
 arrow Sheba Phone to launch wireless fixed phones in rural areas by Dec
Sheba Phone, a project of Integrated Services Limited (ISL), will invest Tk 100 crore to roll out its wireless fixed phone network in the southeast and southwest regions by December this year.
 arrow Unocal to explore for gas in southern coastal block
US oil company Unocal has signed an agreement with state-owned Petrobangla to explore for gas in four southern coastal districts, officials said Monday.
 arrow Oil rises in Asian trade as market digests yuan move
Oil prices were slightly higher in Asian trade Monday as the market continued to weigh the impact of China's revaluation of the yuan, dealers said.
 arrow India's rate rising more likely
Economists are divided over whether India's central bank will raise interest rates for the second time this year on July 26, but more are edging towards the idea as a good monsoon seems likely to push
 arrow Looking for recovery
Thailand's economy in the third quarter is likely to recover from the first half, with key drivers being government spending and exports.
 arrow Beximco Pharma's London bourse listing deferred
Fund raising of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BPL) through global depository receipt (GDR) on the London Stock Exchange, scheduled for end-July, has been shifted to September 2005.
 arrow 2 specialised banks get new MDs
Two specialised banks yesterday got new managing directors.
 arrow Qatar Airways to fly 7 days on Dhaka-Doha route from Aug 6
Qatar Airways will fly daily on Dhaka-Doha route from August 6, increasing its flight frequency from the existing five flights a week.
 arrow Dollar price hits Tk 64.90
Dollar price in the inter-bank foreign exchange market yesterday soared to Tk 64.90.
The greenback gained by Tk 0.18 from Tk 64.72 in the inter-bank foreigh exchange market.

 arrow China to abolish export tariffs on 17 textile items on Aug 1
China will abolish export tariffs on 17 textile products from the beginning of next month, the Ministry of Finance said Monday.
 arrow Central Ins okays 10pc cash dividend, rights share
Central Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2004.
The company also okayed 2:1 rights shares at par i.e. one rights share against two shares.

 arrow Honda Motor to sell luxury Acura brand in China
Honda Motor said Monday it will introduce the Acura brand of luxury vehicles in China from next year, seeing a growing taste for high-end vehicles in the expanding market.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We have to make best use of the rules'
The national cricketers got back business yesterday to prepare for the upcoming challenge against Sri Lanka in August-September.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar craves for more authority
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar would love to have more say in team selection.
 arrow Football: Abahani off awkwardly
Unlike their championship rivals, Abahani made a stumbling start to the second-leg of the Premier Bank Premier Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Muralitharan amazes WI
Muttiah Muralitharan spun the West Indians to their doom as Sri Lanka won the second cricket Test by 240 runs here on Monday to sweep the short series 2-0.
 arrow Cricket: Simone bares her soul
The estranged wife of Shane Warne said Monday the high-profile Australian Test cricketer lived in a "rarefied bubble" and didn't understand reality.
 arrow Chess: StanChart chess
Masum Hossain of Dharmarajik School, Sharif Hossain of Hossain Ali School and Reazul Islam of Rajdhani School were sharing the lead in Group-B (Class VI-X) of the Standard Chartered School chess tournament
 arrow Cricket: BD A-Glamorgan 3-dayer today
Bangladesh A team will play their second three-day game against Glamorgan that begins today at Abergavenny in Wales.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin predicts Eng fightback
England's batting star Kevin Pietersen is adamant Michael Vaughan's team can level the Ashes series at Edgbaston next month despite their 239-run defeat against Australia in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: India warm up with easy win
Mahendra Dhoni struck an unbeaten 86 as India warmed-up for the Indian Oil Cup with a comfortable 66-run win over a Sri Lanka Cricket XI at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Monday.
 arrow Football: Kiwis leave for Zimbabwe tour
The New Zealand cricket team left Monday on the first leg of a Zimbabwe tour mired in controversy over President Robert Mugabe's campaign to demolish urban slums, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
 arrow Cricket: Doha Games' no to cricket
Cricket will not figure in next year's Asian Games in Doha, the organisers said here Monday.
 arrow Football: Thumbs down in China
Real Madrid earned millions in its four-day tour of China, but its lacklustre performance and the absence of David Beckham may have cost the team some of its many Chinese fans, the China Daily reported
 arrow Cricket: McGrath after Vaughan
Ricky Ponting has promised Michael Vaughan more Glenn McGrath-inflicted misery during the Ashes series after the champion fast bowler dismissed the England captain cheaply during Australia's conclusive
 arrow Cricket: Murali not chasing Warne
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan said on Monday he was not after Shane Warne's world record after demolishing the West Indies in the second cricket Test here.
 arrow Football: Verdy make a Real mess
Spanish powerhouses Real Madrid suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to struggling J-League club Tokyo Verdy in the third leg of their four-country football friendly series on Monday.
 arrow Football: Benitez high on confidence
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes his Champions League winners are stronger than last season and is confident his new signings can see the Anfield giants into the lucrative group stages again this
 arrow Football: Inter to tour England
Italian giants Inter Milan performed a u-turn on Sunday and agreed to come over for their four match tour of England after originally cancelling it over safety fears sparked by the London bombings.
 arrow Football: Gold Cup USA's
Santino Quaranta, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis scored on penalty kicks in a shootout to give the United States a victory over Panama here Sunday in the Gold Cup football final.
 arrow Football: Robben downs Milan
Dutchman Arjen Robben scored in the 12th minute to give reigning English Premiership champion Chelsea a 1-0 victory over UEFA Champions League runner-up AC Milan on Sunday in a football friendly.
Metropolitanarrow Govt plans to amend Official Secrets Act, 1923
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government is considering to amend the Official Secrets Act, 1923 to uphold people's right to information.
 arrow Integrate disaster management with dev planning
Disaster management should be integrated with development planning to ensure sustainable development, said the experts at a seminar on Sunday.
 arrow Threats, attacks put JU journos at risk
The non-cooperative attitude of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities and frequent threats and attacks on the journalists by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) put objective journalism at risk.
 arrow 'Narrative journalism has great potential'
There is a great potential and a noticeable trend in Bangladesh to adopt narrative form of journalism, said Associate Professor of The George Washington University Janet E Steele yesterday.
 arrow Police yet to arrest culprits
Police are yet to find out the killers of Sourav, a college student, five days after his killing.
Imtiaj Shafiq Sourav was gunned down at Uttara in the city on July 21.

 arrow Mystery shrouds death of female student at DU hall
Mystery shrouded the death of a female student of Dhaka University (DU) at her room at the dormitory yesterday noon.
 arrow Thousands protest against Indian army
Thousands of people protested against the Indian army in troubled Kashmir on Sunday, a day after security forces shot dead three teenaged boys mistaking them for militants, police and witnesses said.
 arrow HC rule on govt
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government to explain why realisation of Tk 1,000 as royalty and Tk 100 as licence fee for each Sheba Telecom connection will not be declared illegal.
 arrow 3 secretaries transferred, 2 made in-charge of ministries
The government yesterday transferred three secretaries and made two additional secretaries in-charge of ministries, according to an official notification.
 arrow Two Myanmar nationals held: Arms recovered
Police yesterday arrested two Myanmar nationals and recovered arms and ammunitions from their possession in Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Row over drinking water, four Ansars assaulted
Four Ansars were beaten by the local youths at Borobagh temporary camp at Mirpur in the city yesterday when the law enforcers refused to give them water from the camp.
 arrow Dhira gives sensational information
Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira, a Jamaat leader arrested in connection with the murder of Journalist Shaikh Belaluddin, has given sensational information during a remand in the detective branch of Khulna
 arrow Cops must change mindset towards juvenile criminals
The policemen must change their mindset towards juvenile criminals and treat them as children, not as criminals, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow 2 get death
A Dhaka court sentenced two youths to death yesterday for killing a teenage girl after rape in Bishmail area near Dhaka-Aricha highway at Savar about five years ago.
 arrow DU officers observe work abstention
Administrative officers of Dhaka University (DU) refrained from work yesterday and will continue the work abstention today to press their 20-point demands.
 arrow President, PM greet Gayoom
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted President Mamoon Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives yesterday on the occasion of the National Day of the Maldives.
 arrow Tusher of Daily Star adjudged best DU reporter
Hasan Jahid Tusher, Dhaka University (DU) correspondent of The Daily Star, has been awarded the Shaheed Shah Chishti Helalur Rahman Memorial Award 2004 as the best DU reporter of the year.
 arrow Nabiganj pourashava upgraded
Nabiganj pourashava has been upgraded to a second class one.
 arrow Appeal for help
Alif Tahmid Priyam, a five-year-old boy, has been suffering from congenital heart disease and he needs immediate surgery.
 arrow Clash with police leaves 24 injured
At least 24 people, including four policemen, were injured, as the followers of a local Pir clashed with police in Belabo upazila yesterday.
Nationalarrow Where protector is predator
Kushtia: Eighty-seven century old timber trees valued at about Tk five crore on the Chuadanga-Meherpur highway have been sold out to a local BNP leader at only Tk 51 lakh.
 arrow Face-off between BNP, Jamaat over Plabon murder
The district administration yesterday impose Section 144 in and around Plashbari Shaheed Minar as BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami called public meetings there at the same time today to drum up support for their
 arrow ‘Strengthen monitoring of pry schools for quality education’
The speakers at a seminar held here on Sunday stressed on increased people's participation to help proper functioning of primary schools.
 arrow 5 held for arson in Barisal
Five persons have been arrested in connection with the arson in Ichhakati area in the city in which five shops were gutted in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow 8 hurt as JCD, BCL clash
Eight persons were injured in a clash between activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Srimangal on Sunday.
 arrow HR team visits Rangamati
A six-member team from the South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional human rights watchdog, is now on a three-day visit to Rangamati to assess the human rights situation, particularly with theindigenous
 arrow 2 shot by BSF
The Indian Border Security force (BSF) yesterday shot two Bangladeshis at Panch Bhulot border in Sarsha upazila in the district.
Point-Counterpointarrow London 2005: Welcome to the Terrordome
New York City, 1999. A city that can bring immigrant dreams to life. You move here, you work hard, you carve out a space for yourself, and then one day your name is on New Yorkers' lips.
 arrow Is the US turning into a security state?
It is not an overstatement to say that America has changed dramatically since the traumatic events of September 11, 2001.
 arrow Recruiting for life
There is no more "us" and "them" It is all "we." When London, Beirut, and Sharm el-Sheikh are all attacked in less than 48 hours, there is no more Muslim or Christian or Jew.
 arrow Democracy only an afterthought
On the day of the London bombings, President Bush proclaimed: "The war on terror goes on." Through the 2004 campaign, his winning theme was terror.
Culturearrow Zahir Raihan's Samayer Proyojone staged
There is a school of thought that believes nothing in this world can be achieved by a premeditated mindset. Time, is the deciding factor.
 arrow "Leaving behind my studies, I made a six-hour bus journey with Pandit Jasraj from Ottawa to Toronto" -- Nashid Kamal
Nashid Kamal is an eclectic singer. Her repertoire ranges from pure classical, ghazals to Nazrul Sangeet, modern and folk songs. Nashid's forte is songs of bichchedi (songs of separation).
 arrow Cultural activists lend a hand for Mujibur Rahman Dilu
Renowned cultural activists have jointly given a fund-raising call for the treatment of Mujibur Rahman Dilu. The acclaimed theatre activist is now critically ill at the BIRDEM Hospital.
 arrow Shukhnagar Apartment marks its 50th episode
Fiftieth episode of the popular drama serial Shukhnagar Apartment will be telecast on ATN Bangla today at 8pm.
Internationalarrow US holds one-to-one talks with N Korea
The United States and communist North Korea held a rare one-on-one meeting yesterday, with the American side stressing it was time "real progress" was made in ending the North's drive for nuclear weapons.
 arrow Philippine president faces impeachment
Embattled Philippine President Gloria Arroyo yesterday proposed overhauling her country's political system as she tried to face down a new impeachment motion and a mass protest calling for her to resign.
 arrow Bombs hit Baghdad as Australian PM makes surprise visit
The Iraqi capital was hit by twin suicide car bombs yesterday that killed at least nine people as Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a top US ally, made a surprise visit to Baghdad.
 arrow UK Muslims feel they are 'under suspicion'
Senior members of the UK's Muslim community have voiced fears the London bombing hunt is making innocent people feel they are under suspicion.
 arrow Islamic leader clashes with Howard over terror
Australian Prime Minister John Howard and an Islamic leader have traded accusations of inciting hatred as the country feverishly debates new anti-terrorist measures against London-style suicide attacks.
 arrow Asean takes step to set up rights body
Southeast Asian nations took the first step towards creating a regional human rights body yesterday with a "breakthrough" decision to consider establishing a commission on the rights of women and children,
 arrow Nervous bravado in European cities under al-Qaeda threat
In European cities on an al-Qaeda Internet hit list, people are showing a mixture of resignation, defiance and nerves.
 arrow Bomb scare empties NY tube station
A bomb scare emptied Pennsylvania Station on Sunday and disrupted service on trains and city subways for about an hour.
 arrow Most Britons believe bombings linked to Iraq war: Poll
The vast majority of Britons believe the London bombings are linked to Britain's involvement in the Iraq war, according to a survey to be published yesterday.
 arrow Hundreds of children starving in Niger
Nasseiba Ali is the face of hunger in Niger. The 20-month-old girl weighs just 12 pounds, and her eyes are clouded at night, one of the symptoms of her chronic malnourishment.
 arrow Andaman residents consider move after latest tsunami scare
After yet another huge earthquake and a tsunami scare overnight, some residents of the battered Andaman and Nicobar Islands say they have had enough and are planning to move.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Need for sustained counteraction
The mobile courts convened as a result of the recent top-notch in-depth investigative reporting on widespread food adulteration are to be congratulated for their efforts.
 arrow Editorial: Emergency treatment on precarious perch
The neurosurgery ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the country's premier public sector healthcare provider, is limping with all sorts of constraints.
 arrow Ideology and innocence
Everybody believes in something, but the world is divided into two extremes. There are those who die for belief and others who kill for it.
 arrow The Club of 13
An era is a long and distinct phase of history; an age, although it sounds longer, represents a shorter period, "the length of tizme that person or thing has existed.
Letters to Editorarrow Power shortage in SUST
We are students of SUST. Now we are facing a serious crisis due to load shedding. A university like SUST should be on the top of the priority list for supply of electricity.
 arrow G-8 Summit
The G-8 summit was held in Scotland. This forum is known for its insensitivity to the poor country's interests.
 arrow Indian psyche
Present day Indians seem to suffer from a pathetic obsession for recognition as a political and military power-- obviously at the cost of its neighbours. But let us just leave that aside for now.
 arrow Days of independence and freedom
We would like to present the terms independence and freedom and we want to understand the meanings of independence and freedom.
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