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Front Pagearrow 30 lakh eligible voters to miss next poll roll
About 30 lakh adult people in the country will be deprived of their franchise rights in the next parliamentary polls, as it will not be possible to include them in the electoral roll due to legal obligations.
 arrow 11 to die for killing Jurain tycoon Alam
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two sons-in-law of the slain business tycoon Alam and nine others to death for killing him and his three maids in January 2002.
 arrow Raids, fines fail to change situation
The situation has not improved in those restaurants and sweetmeat shops that the government-formed mobile court fined last week for having unhygienic environments.
 arrow Face to face with 'Jihadis'
They were walking down the narrow lane of the rundown Lutton's Berry Park area. Three of them, all in flowing beards, young and with an air of desperation, as if they are brimming to do something.
 arrow Govt to carry stay silent policy
Irked by Law Minister Moudud Ahmed's role in controversial presidential pardon to double-murder convict Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu, the government high-ups find it wise to keep silent to let the issue die
 arrow Baby health in danger
Unregistered baby foods flooding the market are posing serious hazards to baby health and nutrition as the authorities remain unaware of substandard breast-milk substitutes (BMSs) being imported and marketed.
 arrow Indo-Bangla joint trade body meets today
A two-day meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group on Trade Issues begins in the city today, with a revision of the Indo-Bangla Trade Agreement high on its agenda.
 arrow Polls volatility, oil price pose risks
The country's economic growth faces several looming challenges emanating from surging global oil prices, adverse impacts of the MFA phase-out, weak governance and political volatility, especially in the
 arrow PMO help sought to ensure fair bidding
A Chinese company has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) against the Power Development Board's (PDB's) attempt to qualify a disqualified Chinese bidder in the 150 megawatt Chandpur
 arrow Saifur blasts textile firms for deceit
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday lambasted the country's textile entrepreneurs for dishonesty, selling products at unjustifiably high prices and depriving shareholders, despiteenjoying
 arrow PM discusses intra-BNP rift with cabinet bigwigs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday had an extensive discussion with four of her senior cabinet colleagues on the country's latest political and economic situation including increasing factional conflicts
 arrow Polls schedule by Aug 7
The schedule for election to 45 reserved seats for women in parliament will be announced in a week.
 arrow New Bangladesh envoy to Delhi yet to get credentials
Dhaka is unhappy as the Indian government is yet to give credentials to the Bangladesh high commissioner designated for New Delhi.
 arrow Minister blames bureaucrats for blocking power sector dev
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday criticised the bureaucrats for creating obstacles to development of the power sector which results in difficulty keeping up pace with a growingdemand
 arrow Japan team due Aug 4
A three-member team from Japan led by Kagefumi Ueno, senior vice president of Japan International Training Cooperation Organisation (Jitco), will arrive in Dhaka August 4 on a two-day visit for negotiating
 arrow Food traders threaten with 2-day strike
A combine of five food traders associations yesterday threatened to observe a 48-hour strike protesting what it said was harassment by mobile courts that continued raiding restaurants and shops to check
 arrow Khulna BNP factions threaten showdown
The two factions of the ruling BNP's city unit yesterday challenged each other for a showdown anytime and anywhere in Khulna Metropolitan City.
 arrow UNDP official for MPs' not taking salary
UNDP Resident Representative Jorgen Lissner yesterday said lawmakers should not draw salaries and allowances when they boycott parliament -- a comment Opposition Chief Whip Abdus Shaheed termed "out of
 arrow Arora Foundation to take care of war hero Arafat's treatment costs
Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora Foundation has come forward to pay all the medical expenses for war veteran Arafat Ali Khan Bir Bikram, says a press release.
 arrow 4 RU teachers confined for 11 hrs over assault probe
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Munnujan Hall at Rajshahi University (RU) rampaged the hall office rooms and kept four teachers including a house tutor and two hall superintendents confined
 arrow Moving with ease...

Businessarrow Strong SEC can make code for corporate governance
Securities and Exchange Commission should be strengthened so that it can devise a code for corporate governance, participants recommended yesterday at an international conference on corporate governance.
 arrow ICB announces dividends on eight mutual funds
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) yesterday announced dividends on its eight mutual funds and also on an unit fund for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Corporate governance code of conduct on cards
The government will soon formulate a code of conduct for corporate governance, law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister said yesterday.
 arrow Banglalink launches Upper Class package
Banglalink yesterday announced the launch of a new package, "Upper Class", for its post- paid subscribers.
 arrow Hearing at arbitration board not held
The hearing of nine business leaders, who appealed to the FBCCI arbitration board for submitting their nomination papers afresh for contesting the country's apex trade body's upcoming polls, was not held
 arrow 2 taskforces to be formed for social compliance in RMG sector
Two task forces will be formed soon to ensure implementation of different aspects of social compliance issue in the RMG sector.
 arrow Rato's IMF leadership under fire
International Monetary Fund managing director Rodrigo Rato is coming under fire from critics who think he is not up to the job he has held for the past 13 months.
 arrow New president of Employers' Federation
Syed Manzur Elahi has been elected the new president of Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF) for two years from 2005 to 2007.
 arrow Quarterly economic update of ADB

 arrow WTO faces credibility test as Hong Kong summit looms
As the World Trade Organisation struggles to break down more global trade barriers with a key summit just five months away, the global body faces a major test of its credibility.
 arrow StanChart, Alico sign MoU
Standard Chartered Bank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with American Life Insurance Company (Alico) in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Malaysia hikes fuel prices
Malaysia raised the price of petrol by 6.6 percent and diesel by 18.5 percent from Sunday after it said it was committed to cutting fuel subsidies to free up funds for development projects.
Sportsarrow Football: Black & Whites resist YMC attack
Mohammedan stayed on top of the Premier Football League but not before some hiccups in yesterday's match against Young-men's Club Fakirerpool.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' Mirpur delight
If marks are to be awarded for first impressions then the new indoor facility at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur should pass with flying colours.
 arrow Cricket: India bounce back
India coasted to a six-wicket victory in their Indian Oil Cup tri-nation one-dayer here on Sunday against a West Indies side missing the majority of their first-team players.
 arrow Cricket: BD A-Lancs 1-dayer today
The visiting Bangladesh A team will take on Lancashire in a limited-overs game today at Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Russel suspend captain Apel
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra imposed a 10-match suspension on their goalkeeper and captain Rakib Mahmud Apel for under-perfor-ming in Saturday's Premier Football League match against Abahani.
 arrow Chess: N'ganj chess team wins them all
Narayanganj City Chess Club won all their matches on the tour of Tripura in India.
 arrow Tennis: Sanaul made ATF director
Bangladesh Tennis Federation general secretary Mohammed Sanaul Hoque was elected a director of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) on Friday.
 arrow Swimming: Crocker leaves Phelps in his wake
Ian Crocker demolished the world record to win the 100 metres butterfly at the World Swimming Championships on Saturday and ruin Michael Phelps's dream of winning six gold medals.
 arrow Football: Owen sees the sign
Real Madrid's fans have turned against Michael Owen and expect him to play next to no part in the coming season.
 arrow Football: Maradona the peacemaker
Soccer legend Diego Maradona said Wednesday from Italy that he'll travel to Holland this weekend to speak with Boca Juniors players, after a turbulent week that ended with the dismissal of one of their
 arrow Cricket: England unchanged
England have named an unchanged squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia starting at Edgbaston on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer warns his boys
Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer warned his team on Sunday not to judge England on the Ashes series results and to plan well for a hectic programme leading up to the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya to have MRI scan
Sri Lanka's opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will undergo an MRI scan in Colombo on Sunday after dislocating his right shoulder during a one-day match against India.
 arrow Football: Real catches impress Rijkaard
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard says Real Madrid have made astute signings in Brazilian duo Julio Baptista and Robinho.
 arrow Artemis complex gets ready
A German company is looking to cash in on an expected boom in the sex trade during next year's soccer World Cup with a 60-room brothel a walk away from Berlin's Olympic Stadium, German media reportedon
 arrow Cricket: Somerset take Twenty20 title
South African skipper Graeme Smith inspired Somerset to a seven-wicket win against Lancashire at The Oval on Saturday to lift the Twenty20 title.
Metropolitanarrow 40 lakh Hepatitis-C virus
Around 40 lakh people in the country are believed to be carriers of Hepatitis-C virus (HCV) that gradually leads to malfunctioning of the vital organ liver and eventual death from it.
 arrow Gala reception for GPA-5 achievers
It was a gala day of celebration and congratulations for the students of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College who secured GPA-5 in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this year.
 arrow 'Farmers to lose control over seeds with use of GMO'
Many farm labourers might lose their jobs and bio-diversity would be lost with the massive usage of genetically modified organism (GMO) in the country, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow One held with fake certificates
Detective police arrested a youth at Motijheel T&T Colony in the city yesterday and seized fake seals, police clearance forms and other fake papers from his possession.
 arrow Devote yourself to improve quality of edn
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people of all professions and strata, including the teachers to get united and work for development and prosperity of the country.
 arrow TB claims 70,000 a year
Tuberculosis (TB) claims an estimated 70,000 lives in the country while 3,00,000 new cases are added each year, speakers at press conference said yesterday.
 arrow Govt has violated constitution: AL
Leaders of the Awami League and its front organisation yesterday demanded immediate removal of the law minister and the state minister for home from the cabinet, saying that they were involved in securing
 arrow Pro-govt lawyers' counter grand rally Aug 5
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF), a pro-government lawyers' organisation, will organise a grand rally on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises on August 5 to counter the Sammilita AinjibiSamannay
 arrow Killing of NGO workers condemned
Different political, religious and social organisations have condemned the killing of two non-government organisation (NGO) workers as well as preachers of Christian religion at Boalmari upazila in Faridpur
 arrow Students threaten to leave dormitory
The students of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University yesterday threatened to leave the dormitory if the university authorities take action against any of them for the agitation on July 17
 arrow 284 killed, 49 raped last month Reports say
At least 284 people were killed across the country last month, said a Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) report yesterday.
 arrow Plan to strengthen BSTI
The government plans to strengthen the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) with additional manpower and modern equipment in order to prevent adulterated and substandard commodities from entering
 arrow '60pc sanitation by Dec'
Sixty percent of the population will be brought under the coverage of sanitary latrine by December next, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow University Fair from Aug 11
The first ever three-day All University Fair-2005 with the participation of government approved universities begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on August 11.
 arrow Nazrul, Mayenul elected FBUTA president, secy general
Prof Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Rajshahi University and Dr Mayenul Islam of Open University have been elected president and secretary general of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association
 arrow Amended Wdp Rights bodies submit memo to PM
A total of 17 women and human rights organisations submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Saturday demanding cancellation of the amended Women's Development Policy (WDP).
 arrow Teletalk draw for countrywide applicants Aug 8
The Teletalk lottery for the countrywide applicants will be held at Lake Shore at Gulshan 2 at 3.30pm on August 8, sources said.
It was decided at a meeting at the Teletalk office yesterday.

 arrow Criminal case against Babul
A criminal case has been filed against four officials of Jamuna Beverage Company Limited, including its chairman Nurul Islam Babul, on charge of mixing excessive alcohol in its three soft drinks.
 arrow Death threat to Duta president
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) President Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique received another death threat through a letter on Saturday night.
Nationalarrow Costly complexes unused for years in 8 N-dists
Sixty-one Union Council complexes constructed in eight northern districts to improve services of government agencies and gear up development work are lying unused for years.
 arrow Reforms must for free, fair polls
The electoral and caretaker reform proposals have been put forward with a very impartial motive so that all future national elections in the country can be held in an absolutely free and fair manner,Awami
 arrow Photojournalist assaulted for snapping scuffles
A photojournalist was injured seriously when he was performing professional duty at a BNP meeting, held at a community centre in the district town Saturday night.
 arrow Deadlock at Benapole continues as talks yield no results
Export-import through Benapole land port remained suspended for the 11th day yesterday as port users continued their indefinite strike to realise their 12-point demand.
 arrow Wife killed for resisting second marriage
Jahangir Alam, brother-in-law of slain Jahanara Begum, yesterday confessed that he and his brother were involvement in her murder.
 arrow 7 hotels fined in Comilla for selling stale food
As part of a drive against sale of adulterated food launched on July 14, four mobile courts headed by four Magistrates raided different hotels, restaurants, sweetmeat shops and rest house in Shassongacha
 arrow 5 fishermen out of 14 missing in Bay rescued
Five of the 14 fishermen who were missing in the Bay since Friday were rescued on Saturday night by another fishing boat.
Point-Counterpointarrow A no-nonsense mechanism for reforming the caretaker government
The Chief Election Commissioner's (CEC) "getting-to-know" meetings with all political parties has apparently flopped.
 arrow Travels in Pakistan: Sorry, I do not speak Urdu
Recently I went to Pakistan primarily because I consider myself an amateur history enthusiast and wanted to see Lahore with it famous Mogul monuments, and overindulge on its much acclaimed food.
 arrow Kyrgyzstan: What does the future hold?
The first step towards democracy was successfully accomplished in Kyrgyzstan on July 10, as promised by the new leadership, and in the eyes of 800 or so international observers, they were by and large
 arrow Occasional fasting--an amazing prescription
All health information to keep you up to date
Once Benjamin Franklin said, 'The best of all medicines are rest and fasting'.

Culturearrow Wrishij celebrates Fakir Alamgir's 40 years in music
Fakir Alamgir has firmly established himself as a popular singer of the masses. His songs manifest the mass movements and the sorrows of common people.
 arrow "I live in the world of music" - Shakila Khorasanee
"It is always a pleasure singing in Dhaka because people are so attuned to music. I have always believed that Bangalees as a nation are very creative and are inclined towards anything artistic.
 arrow Week-long workshop on Kathak Dance
Speakers at the concluding ceremony of a week long workshop on Kathak Nritya (Kathak Dance) held on July 30 evening said there is no other alternative to hard work, when it comes to dance, as well
 arrow Did you know?
Sridevi was just 13 when she played the role of stepmother to Rajnikant in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu.
Internationalarrow Fresh rains compound Mumbai's misery
Police urged millions of Mumbai residents to stay at home as heavy rains brought more flooding to India's financial hub yesterday and relief officials said the death toll in the region could reach 1,000.
 arrow Over 4,000 Iraqis killed in violence this year
More than 4,000 Iraqis have been killed since the start of the year, half of them civilians, official figures said as legislators struggled to reach agreement on a draft constitution by today.
 arrow US asks Nepali king to restore democracy
The US has asked King Gyanendra to reconcile with political parties for immediate restoration of multiparty democracy in Nepal.
 arrow London police seeks Muslim recruits
London police chiefs are battling to boost stubbornly low numbers of Muslim officers, in a bid to bolster ties with local communities and help fight Islamist terrorists after the recent bombings.
 arrow One war ends, another starts for Londoners
For many Londoners, the Islamist terrorist threat now gripping the city recalls the decades of IRA violence, which blighted the British capital -- but most agree it is much more serious.
 arrow Iran, EU on collision course over nukes
Iran and the European Union are on a collision course this week over Tehran guaranteeing it is not making nuclear weapons, in the first crisis on this issue since hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad was elected
 arrow Black teen killed in axe Attack in UK
A black teenager who was followed through a park by a group of men shouting racist taunts died Saturday after an attacker embedded an axe in his skull.
 arrow N Korean nuke talks struggle to issue joint statement
Negotiators at six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programmes struggled yesterday to thrash out a joint statement of principles that has eluded them for nearly three years.
 arrow Blasts kill 5 GIs, 7 Iraqis
Five US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in two separate incidents in Baghdad while seven Iraqis were killed in another bomb blast, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow CPI(M) opposed to Indo-US nuke deal
Notwithstanding the Prime Minister's statement on Indo-US joint agreement which senior party leaders described as "generally alright", CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat yesterday maintained hisparty
Editorialarrow Editorial: JCD tender outrage
We are not the least bit surprised but greatly shell-shocked at the outrageous and scandalous act that some members of the student wing of the ruling BNP played out at the highest seat of the administration,
 arrow Editorial: RAB draft rules
Typically, if an offence has been committed by any member of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) he would be sent back to his parent organisation. RAB itself has not had any authority to deal with him.
 arrow The rise of China: Relations with the US
The ambivalence is what shrouds the US' relationship with China. They eye each other with suspicion but have so far been able to rub along nicely without causing friction.
 arrow Revolt of the 19th century
Everything has been happening when nothing happens. Good manage-ment is not about solving problems; it is about preventing problems.
 arrow CEC has said it all
The newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in a recent move has invited "all" the political parties to sit for dialogues with the Election Commission (EC) to get their views on the voter list.
Letters to Editorarrow Iraq bleeds...
Has this invasion brought any change in Iraq? Have Iraqi people been benefited by the elected government by any means? Has the government taken any action to ensure better prospects for its citizens?
 arrow Bush-Blair duet
The Bush-Blair global strategy on containing the deep motivation leading to the 9/11 WTC NY and 7/7 London tragedies has failed dismally; creating more problems than solving any.
 arrow Biman flight
If ever I'd wanted to savour the decadence of flying in a private jet, this was it. The F28 seats 78, less one for the flight engineer.
 arrow Unethical politics
Our political leaders (not the followers) never talk about the weaknesses in our deteriorating political culture, while the print media is full of feedback of the citizens.
 arrow Derailed railway!
Bangladesh railway has no caretaker.
 arrow No spicy development!
Our politics is jhaal-morich (spicy), but we are very short on adequate local production of spices and edible oil, as revealed in the DS report (July 17).
 arrow Shocking news
I'm extremely shocked to read the news that 131 hapless women of Ansar-VDP will be sent to Saudi Arabia as maids!
What a heartless decision! We usually know that the Saudi Sheikhs treat womenlike

 arrow Fatal diseases
HIV/AIDS is a fatal disease that may spread all over the world within the next few years.
 arrow Fast growing metropolis
It is indeed heartening that Dhaka is one of the fastest growing cities of the world. It is amazing that Dhaka would soon be a megacity, much bigger in size and population.
 arrow Save our culture
I was astonished at the letter by Zeenat Z. Syed, (DS 13/7/05) titled "Save our culture-Why?" She is living in Bangladesh and writing against the country's culture. That is unacceptable.
 arrow Cheating on medical reports
As indicated in the DS report of July 11, cheating and swindling in medical diagnostic tests and issuance of medical reports have become big business, in a sustained environment of corrupt practices,
 arrow Laws and our text books
To keep the law and order situation under control is one of the prime responsibilities of the government. So, the law and order situation always gets a high priority in any administration.
 arrow Strengthening Saarc
This is in reference to Mr. Zia Uddin's letter on 13 July.
 arrow All pervasive corruption
We are poor but as a nation we have a glorious history. We agitated for our language and freedom and were crowned with great success. We are proud of Bangladesh.
 arrow Adulteration
Your reports on adulteration have been quite revealing. It is now clear that even the best restaurants in the city are nor safe, nor are the well known food producers.
Star Cityarrow BTTB issues demand notes; unable to give connections
Subscribers who applied for land phones in the city have to wait for a long time as Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) cannot give connections due to lack of required infrastructure.
 arrow Billboards without registration to come down from today
With the deadline yesterday, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) received only 150 applications for registration out of the thousands of billboards, signboards and neon signs existing in the city.
 arrow Residents welcome eviction drive
Residents of the DND (Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra) Dam area have expressed their satisfaction over the on going drive by the Water Development Board (WDB) to eradicate illegal structures from 32 canals.
 arrow South Banasree area waterlogged, lacks civic amenities
The residents of the city's South Banasree area under Eastern Housing Project are suffering from severe waterlogging, drainage problem, mosquito menace and lack of civic amenities.
 arrow Community centre incomplete even after a decade
Locals of Bashabo are frustrated over the delay in completion of a community centre although work had started nearly ten years ago.
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