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Front Pagearrow King Fahd passes away
Saudi King Fahd, leader of the world's top oil exporter and a key US ally, died yesterday after a long period of ill health that forced him to hand over the reins of power in the last years of his turbulent
 arrow No payment made to owners in 30 years
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) owes more than Tk 100 crore as compensation for vehicles requisitioned from different private and government organisations in about the last 30 years, according to theDMP
 arrow Perks of president, PM, ministers to rise by 45pc
The cabinet last night approved a 45 percent hike in the salaries of the president, the prime minister, ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers, in the second salary increase for them during the ruling coalition government's tenure.
 arrow Matiur Rahman gets Magsaysay award
Editor of The Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman has won this year's Ramon Magsaysay award along with five others from South and Southeast Asian countries.
 arrow 11 food shops, factories fined
Three mobile courts in Dhaka and Chittagong levied fines worth a total of Tk 4 lakh to 11 bakeries, restaurants and ice cream factories and also sent one bakery owner to jail.
 arrow London braces for fresh attack threat
Thousands of police and security men yesterday fanned out through the London's Underground network as the capital faces a third bomb threat.
 arrow Coal policy to be revised
The energy ministry will revise the existing coal related rules, regulations and policies in the context of growing interest by the foreign companies in the country's coal mine sector.
 arrow Bangladesh observes nat'l mourning today
Bangladesh has announced a one-day national mourning at the death of Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
 arrow Trade accord revision close to finalisation
The Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group meeting yesterday made progress in respect of many issues, including finalisation of the revision of the Bangladesh-India Trade Agreement, trade facilitation and
 arrow AL demands JS body talks to probe Home's role
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded a discussion in a parliamentary standing committee on the home ministry's role in the process of granting controversial presidential pardon toa
 arrow Delhi sets Aug 8 for presentation of credentials
New Delhi has set August 8 as the date for presentation of credentials by the newly appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner (HC) to the Indian president, a foreign ministry source said yesterday.
 arrow Food traders to enforce 2-day strike from Aug 3
Threatening to observe a 48-hour strike, a food traders association called Bangladesh Khadya Byabasayi Parishad (BKBP) demanded a specific code of conduct regarding hygiene and chemical usage in the food
 arrow Khaleda phones Manmohan to condole deaths in rain, flood
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday phoned Indian Premier Manmohan Singh to convey her concern over the miseries caused by the recent floods in Maharastra and sympathy for the victims of the naturalcalamity.
 arrow Boy victim of mother's cruelty
Police Sunday night rescued a boy chained in a washroom by his mother at her Shyampur residence in the capital.
 arrow Sudan vice president killed in plane crash
Sudanese Vice President John Garang, a former rebel leader who is a key figure in the country's fledgling peace deal, died when the aircraft he was travelling in crashed into a southern Sudan mountain
 arrow Headmaster shot dead
Armed assailants shot dead the headmaster of Bagra High School in Sreenagar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 2 'robbers' die in 'crossfire'
Two alleged robbers were killed in "crossfire" between police and their associates in Araihazar upazila in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Forex reserve drops on dollar crisis
Foreign exchange reserve of the country is going down significantly in the face of a nagging dollar crisis.
The foreign exchange reserves slumped to US$2.829 billion on Sunday from $2.

 arrow Concerted efforts key to fighting corruption
The root cause of poverty is corruption, he believed and decided to fight against it where it is deep-rooted.
 arrow Economy passing unstable juncture: Saifur
The country's economy is passing an unstable juncture, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman admitted yesterday.
"I am under tremendous pressure.

 arrow BB governor brushes aside forex intervention
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday ruled out central bank's intervention to peg US dollar to protect taka from devaluation.
 arrow SMEs need funds to enter export market
Speakers at a seminar on Sunday stressed the need for providing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with necessary funds to help them enter export market.
 arrow Yuan rates already market-regulating
The People's Bank of China, the central bank, said the yuan exchange rate is now made floating according to market forces, ruling out any more government-decreed revaluation of its currency, also called
 arrow SEC warns 5 cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned five companies for their failure in submitting audited financial statements and holding annual general meetings (AGMs) in due time, official sources
 arrow Kazi Farms' chickens now available at Agora outlets
Rahimafrooz Superstores Ltd will sell 'tastyfresh' chickens of Kazi Farms Groups at the chain superstore's four Agora outlets in Dhaka.
 arrow Preparation for private sector development vision underway
A meeting of the private sector development (PSD) Task Force was held on Sunday in Dhaka to begin the preparation of a Vision for PSD in Bangladesh.
 arrow Japan to impose trade sanctions on US over dumping law
Japan on Monday decided to impose its first-ever retaliatory trade sanctions against the United States on 15 goods including steel over a controversial US anti-dumping law, the trade ministry said.
 arrow Group 4 regional president due today
David I Hudson, regional president of Group 4 Securicor Plc UK, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
 arrow Oil jumps above $61 after Fahd death
World oil prices jumped above 61 dollars per barrel on Monday, although the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, whose country is the world's biggest oil exporter, would be unlikely to cause major supply
 arrow Thailand, Japan finish FTA talk, formal signing in April
Thailand and Japan have finished negotiating a free trade agreement, ending marathon talks Monday with Thailand backing down on tariffs for luxury car imports, officials said on Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers keep it up
Brothers Union kept up the pressure on Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Premier Football League when they edged Arambagh Krira Sangha 2-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A pointless BCB election
With elections in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) just round the corner, sports lovers are in a spot of bother rather than being enthusiastic at the prospect of democracy returning to the most demanding
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful makes Asian XI
Batting star Mohammad Ashraful was the only Bangladeshi representative in the Asian XI when the squad was announced on Monday for the forthcoming Afro-Asia Cup to be played in South Africa later thismonth.
 arrow Cricket: Batter's role enough
Sourav Ganguly said Monday he had no problems playing as a batsman after leading India for more than five years in international cricket.
 arrow Swimming: One and only Hackett
Grant Hackett finished the 11th World Championships as he started them by winning another gold medal to enhance his reputation as the greatest long-distance swimmer on the final night of competition on
 arrow Cricket: Batsmen beware!
Sri Lankan spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan on Monday vowed to maintain his supremacy over batsmen, saying he planned to take more than 700 wickets in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: BD A bowlers rout Lancs
The bowlers set up a perfect platform for the Bangladesh A team to record their first victory on their England tour after wrapping up Lancashire for only 149 in a one-day match at Liverpool yesterday.
 arrow Football: Argentine soccer coach due today
The Bangladesh national football team's new Argentine coach Diego Andres Cruciani and his compatriot trainer Victor Ariel Colman are expected to reach Dhaka tonight.
 arrow Yousuf clinches BBC snooker crown
The Bangladesh Billiards Centre, Chittagong organised a knockout snooker tournament at its premises on Friday.
Sixteen participants fought for the title that eventually went to Taif Bin Yousuf.

 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants bans on captains to be removed
Welcoming the decision to reduce the ban on India's Sourav Ganguly from six to four matches, Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq has stressed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should scrap suspensions
 arrow Cricket: Indian media irks Miandad
Former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad has blamed the Indian media for creating a controversy over his son's wedding with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's daughter which, he said, prevented hisIndian
 arrow Cricket: India stay put in ICC ratings
India's indifferent form in the shorter version of cricket has ensured that they continue to languish at seventh place after the annual update of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international
 arrow Football: Baptista officially Real's
Brazilian forward Julio Baptista donned the all-white shirt of Real Madrid for the first time on Monday after signing a five-year deal with the club for an initial fee of 20 million euros (13.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya and Vaas only for key games: Atapattu
Sri Lanka will avoid risking key injured batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and fast bowler Chaminda Vaas in unimportant matches of the ongoing triangular one-day cricket series, their captain said Monday.
 arrow Football: United free to get Owen
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the green light to bid for Real Madrid's Michael Owen and must now decide whether the England striker fits into his plans.
 arrow Cricket: Nimbus gets TV rights
The television rights for the 2005 Afro-Asia Cup have finally been confirmed Monday morning, with Nimbus Sports International of Singapore announced as the sole partner.
 arrow Cricket: 'Lack of a fifth bowler still a worry'
India captain Rahul Dravid, in the moment of an emphatic win over the West Indies on Sunday, confessed the absence of a fifth regular bowler hurt his team as the opposition dug themselves out of a hole
 arrow Football: Figo tilting towards Inter
Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo will turn down Liverpool's advances and sign for Inter Milan, it was reported here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Robinho plays for Santos again
Brazilian champions Santos beat arch-rivals Corinthians 4-2 on Sunday as striker Robinho returned to the side following completion of his $30 million move to Real Madrid.
 arrow Cricket: Nehra cautioned for excessive appealing
Indian left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra has been severely reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for excessive appealing during a one-day international against Sri Lanka last week.
Metropolitanarrow 2 crore suffer from kidney disease, 40,000 die a year
About two crore people across the country have been suffering from kidney disease and 40,000 of them die every year.
 arrow Bring killers of Alfred Soren to book
The indigenous people yesterday demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing of their leader Alfred Soren and exemplary punishment to his killers.
 arrow Speedy bus, metro rail to ease traffic jam
A donor-funded Strategic Transport Planning (STP) project in a draft report has recommended introducing speedy bus and underground metro rail services to solve the increasing traffic congestion in the
 arrow 'Withdraw new policy on Jalmahal'
Fishermen yesterday demanded withdrawal of the new policy of leasing out jalmahal (water body) in order to protect the water bodies as well as the rights of the fishermen.
 arrow 24 killed by law enforcers in July
Odhikar, a rights watchdog, yesterday said 24 people were killed, 20 of them in "crossfire" by the law enforcment agencies across the country last month.
 arrow Month-long AL programme begins
The month-long programme of the main opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations to mourn the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began yesterday.
 arrow Khulna BNP secy threatens to quit if action not taken against Lobi
Khulna city BNP Secretary Nazrul Islam Manju yesterday reiterated his decision to quit BNP along with supporters if party high command buys further time to take action against lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobiand
 arrow Ice factories begin indefinite strike in Barisal
Twenty-six ice factories in Kalapara coastal area in the district began an indefinite strike yesterday in protest against the assault of a factory manager allegedly by a Navy man.
 arrow Probe body submits report to VC
The six-member probe committee investigating the July 17 incident at Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall submitted its final report to the vice-chancellor (VC) yesterday.
 arrow Renovated BSMMUH ICU opens today
The existing 14-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Hospital (BSMMUH) has been upgraded to 17-bed after being equipped with the most modern devices.
 arrow Non-stop hartal threatened at Benapole
The Benapole land port users have threatened to enforce an indefinite hartal at Benapole from next week if their demands are not met by this week.
 arrow Punishment to killers of NGO workers demanded
Bangladesh Christian Association yesterday demanded immediate punishment of the killers of two NGO employees stabbed to death in Boalmari upazila in Faridpur on Friday.
 arrow King Fahd's death condoled
Leaders of different political parties and shades of opinion mourned the death of Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, terming it "an irreparable loss to the Muslim Ummah".
 arrow Hamdard celebrates 100th anniversary
The Hamdard Laboratories (Wafq) Bangladesh yesterday celebrated its 100 years of serving the people, providing herbal medicine at a cheaper price.
 arrow JSJ to observe 'Resistance Day'
The Jahangirnagar Sangskritik Jote (JSJ) will observe the 'Day of Resistance to Killer-Rapist' today with a daylong programme.
 arrow Rab arrests criminal with two LGs
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged criminal with arms at Fatikchhari on Sunday night.
 arrow Journalism deptt founding anniversary today
The department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) of Dhaka University will celebrate its founding anniversary today.
 arrow Cash, motorcycle parts looted from Eskaton shop
Robbers heisted Tk 3.75 lakh in cash and motorcycle spare parts from a shop on New Eskaton Road in the capital Sunday night.
 arrow Project to compile digital national biography
The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh has undertaken a project to compile a digital national biography, which will include the biographical accounts of all past and present personalities of the nation.
 arrow Abu Sayeed Chy's death anniversary today
The 17th death anniversary of former President Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury will be observed today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Kaptai Lake braces for fall in fish production
The district administration yesterday extended by one more month the ban on fishing in the Kaptai Lake to allow natural breeding of fish.
 arrow Bid to ‘grab’ Tk 20 cr govt land in Sylhet city
An influential quarter is allegedly trying to grab prime government lands worth about Tk 20 crore in Sylhet city in the name of a housing cooperative society.
 arrow 10 Indians in CHT not freed after serving jail terms
At least 10 Indian nationals are languising in Rangamati and Khagrachhari jails for years after completion of their prison terms.
 arrow Janajuddho kills 89 in southwestern region in a year
The Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) murdered 89 people including political leaders and journalists in the south-western region of the country from January to November last year.
 arrow JCD leader sued for ‘looting’ brickfield
A JCD leader, his two brothers and 20 others were sued yesterday on charge of looting a brickfield in at Chamra Bandar in Karimganj upazila in the district for non-payment of toll.
 arrow Schoolgirl rape in Gaibandha: Punishment to culprits demanded
A meeting held at Bharatkhali Ullah Girls' High School ground in Shaghata upazila on Saturday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the culprits who allegedly raped a schoolgirl.
Point-Counterpointarrow London bombings and the dilemma of Muslims
Three weeks have dramatically changed the lives of 1.6 million Muslims in the United Kingdom.
 arrow Media the worst enemy!
At last, the Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has identified the media to be the worst enemy of the country.
 arrow Bird flu in India?
When Thailand reported its first human death caused by avian influenza (in January 2004), the government took a bold step to protect our poultry industry from the spread of the virus.
Culturearrow The Broken Dreams: Zeroing on child trafficking
Zorina was trafficked at the age of seven from a village fair. She is now in Karachi in unfamiliar surroundings.
 arrow " My kids simply love my home cooked dishes" -- Kabori
The quintessential 'village belle' on screen, "Kabori" underwent a metamorphosis from Meena Pal to her present persona. She ranks as a highly skilled actress of Dhallywood.
Generalarrow JSD roundtable demands bicameral legislature
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday suggested formation of bicameral legislature with lower and upper houses so that a caretaker government can be constituted before the general election with the members
Internationalarrow Arabs mourn Fahd as great leader
Arab leaders yesterday mourned the death of Saudi King Fahd as a major loss for the Muslim world, remembering him as a great monarch who will go down in history as a tireless defender of Arab causes.
 arrow Fahd's tilt towards US fuelled Islamist anger
King Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who died yesterday, forged strong ties with Washington to steer his conservative kingdom through two turbulent decades but a violent Islamist backlash clouded
 arrow New king won't change Saudi direction
Monarch in all but name for 10 years already, Saudi Arabia's new reformist King Abdullah can wield full authority after succeeding his half-brother Fahd but will not wrench the conservative kingdom onto
 arrow Iran to resume nuke acts
Iran said it would resume nuclear fuel activities yesterday after the European Union failed to respond in time to its offer of new talks.
 arrow New King Abdullah an effective reformer
King Abdullah, who succeeded his half brother King Fahd yesterday, is a popular leader who has been the kingdom's effective ruler for 10 years and is the main force behind an unprecedented reform drive.
 arrow British, Italian cops grill 21 suspects
Police in Britain and Italy questioned 21 suspects as they sought to piece together the networks behind the London bombings, probing for possible links between the two sets of attacks and for connections
 arrow US pullout from Iraq won't end attacks
The withdrawal of US-led troops from Iraq and Afghanistan would do nothing to end attacks such as the London bombings, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an article published yesterday.
 arrow Emails suggest US terror trials rigged
Leaked emails from two former prosecutors suggested the US military commissions set up to try detainees held at Guantanamo Bay are rigged, fraudulent and thin on evidence, Australian national radio reported
 arrow Britain may pay $1m to Brazilian's family
Britain's Metropolitan Police could pay up to one million dollars in damages to the family of the innocent Brazilian who was shot dead in a bungled anti-terror chase in London, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow 'CIA knew Iraq had abandoned nuke plan in 2001'
A former employee has charged the Central Intelligence Agency was told by an informant in the spring of 2001 that Iraq had abandoned a major element of its nuclear weapons programme, The New York Times
 arrow Bush often faced fire for ties to Saudis
US President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Food safety
The mobile courts continue to bring to book those purveying adulterated and dangerous foods and the issue has come to the forefront of public consciousness.
 arrow Editorial: A confusing approach
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is addressing the problem of waterlogging in the city by cleaning drains and storm sewers.
 arrow Time and tide for the tillers
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a series of seminars, workshops and symposium in different parts of South Asia over the course of the last two years.
 arrow India joins global apartheid
After signing the "New Framework" defence deal, which virtually turns India into the United States' subordinate ally, New Delhi has reached a nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington, which mocks
Letters to Editorarrow Two DNA labs
DNA tests are needed for crime detection and they serve many other purposes. These tests enable us to discover the identity of anyone very accurately.
 arrow Corruption in schools
There was a letter about corruption and money making policies at Private Universities in Dhaka which was published in a newspaper sometime last week.
 arrow Education of Bush
President Bush is getting educated, after deciphering of the signals in London (7/7 and later), and Egypt. Now he is advocating more use of nuclear power stations, for 'peaceful' uses.
 arrow Ninety-nine political parties!
I am surprised to know that there are as many as 99 political parties in Bangladesh. I think the parties exist in paper only and they have no presence in the political arena.
 arrow Nobel nomination
It is heartening to read in the newspaper that Dr Yunus of Grameen Bank might be nominated for the Nobel Prize. The recognition should have come earlier.
 arrow Resisting dacoits
I have read the letters of Mr. Mahmud Hussein from Tower Hamlet college in UK published in The Daily Star and The Bangladesh Observer on July 13, 2005 and July 24,2005 respectively.
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