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Front Pagearrow Gram Sarkar illegal
The High Court yesterday declared Gram Sarkar Act 2003 "illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow 2 cops nabbed for robbing rice-seller
Two more robber cops, along with two of their informants, were arrested at Shyampur in the capital yesterday after robbing a rice-seller at Srinagar in Munshiganj of Tk 3.3 lakh.
 arrow BNP dates with disorder
Most policymakers, ministers and other senior leaders of BNP are apparently reluctant to involve themselves in rescuing the party from the current disorderly situation as they kept aloof during the revamp
 arrow Trade talks wind up without breakthrough
The two-day meeting of India-Bangladesh Joint Working Group on Trade Issues ended in the city yesterday without any major breakthrough made in resolving a horde of trade issues including removal of non-tariff
 arrow Britain at racial crossroads
Nilmoni Singh's experience in London is not counted among the 1,200.
 arrow Polls on Sept 6, AL to boycott
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday in a dramatic move declared the election schedule for the 45 seats reserved for women in parliament, 'rearranging' the polls for September 6.
 arrow Dollar gets dearer as banks fail to fix rates
Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers Association (Bafeda) yesterday failed to reach a decision to fix the exchange rates of dollar in inter-bank transactions, while the greenback continued becoming dearer.
 arrow 5 traders fined for selling unregistered baby foods
Two mobile courts yesterday fined Tk 1.22 lakh to four sweetmeat shops, two restaurants, five milk powder traders and a substandard bakery items producer.
 arrow Haunted family still hopes against hope
On the first-floor rented flat of Chandgaon residential area, Jamluddin's 85- year-old mother, Almas Khatun, moves from room to room.
 arrow Unified SSC course from 2006
The government has decided to introduce an unitrack education system instead of the existing multi-track system in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) course from the academic year 2006.
 arrow Prices of essentials up 90pc in 5 yrs
The prices of essentials have risen by 90 percent from 2001 to 2005, with an average increase of 18 percent a year, a study by Prof Abul Barkat said.
 arrow Developers violating environmental norms
Economists and urban planners at a discussion yesterday blamed real estate developers for wearing a stern commercial attitude, violating environment norms especially by filling up lowlands, and not considering
 arrow It's all because of a guava
An eight-year-old girl has become the victim of extreme cruelty after a woman threw her into an electric pole connected to high voltage wires for attempting to steal a guava.
 arrow AL questions Moudud's talking against military courts
Awami League (AL) yesterday said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed's comments questioning the legality of martial law courts run counter to the constitution as the fifth and seventh amendments have legitimised
 arrow Morshed waits for candid talks with Natwar
Bangladesh wants to discuss all bilateral issues with India with an open and candid mind, in keeping with the spirit of the time, as Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh comes to Dhaka on August
 arrow King Fahd buried in desert grave
Muslim leaders and Saudi princes bade farewell to King Fahd yesterday, saying prayers in a packed Riyadh mosque and then burying him in an unmarked desert grave in keeping with the kingdom's austere version
 arrow Police seal off London streets over bus fire
Police sealed off a number of streets in central London yesterday after an incident on board a bus in which smoke was reported, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said.
 arrow Minor girl jailed after torture for crime she claims didn't commit
When 12-year-old Aklima set foot in Dhaka, coming from her impoverished village home in Mymensingh to work as a maid, she never thought of the nightmares awaiting her.
 arrow 4 Bangladeshis 'beaten dead' inside India border
Four Bangladeshi nationals were beaten to death by the Indians across Jibannagar border of Chuadanga district on Monday.
 arrow DCC removes 5 out of 519 known illegal billboards
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) dismantled only five billboards out of 519 identified as illegal on Monday night, in the beginning of its drive to remove illegal billboards in the city.
 arrow Importers cheat Islami Bank out of Tk 12 crore
A clique of local importers in collusion with bank officials has swindled Islami Bank Bogra Branch out of some Tk 12 crore using fake letters of credit, as has been detected recently.
 arrow Unite to be freed from godfathers, misrule
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has urged the people to be united and start house to house campaign to save the country from the grip of criminals and black money holders.
 arrow SC Bar demands withdrawal of mercy order
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded withdrawal of the presidential amnesty for Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu, a convict of double murder, and resignation of all involved in the clemency process.
 arrow 2 Bangla Bhai men dropped from charge sheet
The police dropped two top associates of Bangla Bhai from the Ziaul Haque Zia murder case of Raninagar as the charge sheet was submitted to a Naogaon court yesterday.
Businessarrow Enact law immediately to protect consumer rights
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to enact the proposed Consumers Rights Protection Act immediately.
Only a proper law can protect the consumer rights, the experts observed.

 arrow Candidates reach consensus
Excepting 24 candidates from the chamber and the association groups, the rest of the candidates yesterday withdrew their nominations for the FBCCI election as both the groups have reached a consensuson
 arrow € 10m EC package to support quality management system
A financing agreement signed yesterday for Bangladesh Quality Support Programme will fetch 10 million euros equivalent to Tk 76.
 arrow Trade cell to be set up to settle problems with import from India
The commerce ministry will set up a trade cell to address the problems related to import from India, as visiting Indian traders raised the issue.
 arrow Indian Wipro eyes Bangladesh, Lanka
Wipro Infotech, the Indian Information Technology arm of New York Stock Exchange listed Wipro Limited, plans to foray into Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to tap the growing telecoms and banking markets in the
 arrow EU loses banana war with Latin America at WTO
The European Union has lost a World Trade Organisation dispute with nine Latin American countries over its planned new tariffs on banana imports, according to a WTO ruling released Monday.
 arrow Talks with Tata may resume next week
Negotiations with Indian Tata Group on its proposed US$ 2.5 billion investment in Bangladesh is expected to resume next week.
 arrow Oil prices slip from highs
Oil prices slipped on Tuesday from highs touched after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, but nagging fears about the stability of Middle Eastern supplies cushioned the fall.
 arrow New ADB country director for Bangladesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday named Hua Du as the new country director for the Bank's Bangladesh Resident Mission.
Du, a citizen of China, joined the Manila-based ADB in early 1994.

 arrow Islami Bank to raise authorised capital
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has decided to raise its authorised capital from Tk 3,000 million to Tk 5,000 million.
 arrow Saifur leaves for Jakarta to join meet on MDGs
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman left Dhaka for Indonesian capital Jakarta Monday night to join the two-day regional ministerial meeting on United Nation's Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).
 arrow HSBC Asia Pacific head of int'l now in Dhaka
Brian Fredrick, HSBC Asia Pacific's head of International, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow United Ins earns Tk 11.23m pre-tax profit
United Insurance Company has earned a pre-tax profit of Tk 11.23 million in the first half of this year.
The Board Meeting of the company was told this in Dhaka recently, says a press release.

 arrow StanChart launches Graduate Account
Standard Chartered Bank on Sunday launched a new savings account titled Graduate Account for graduate and post-graduate students.
 arrow Gillette launches 'Gold Rush' offer
Gillette Bangladesh Pvt Ltd has launched a special consumer offer titled 'Gold Rush', says a press release.
 arrow One Bank launches credit card
One Bank Limited has launched its Credit Cards in association with Mastercard International.
Sportsarrow Football: Russel-4, Mukti-0
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra finally won their first big match of the season and they did it in some style.
 arrow Cricket: Hira happy with own role, one representative
Shafiqul Haque Hira, the Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) nominated selector in the four-member panel that on Monday picked the Asian XI for the three-match Afro-Asia Cup one-day series against an African
 arrow Cricket: Easy win for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka eased to a 50-run win over West Indies in the Indian Oil Cup tri-series despite some big hitting from Dwayne Smith.
 arrow Cricket: Selection annoys Ganguly
The inaugural Afro-Asian cricket series to be played in South Africa later this month was plunged into controversy on Tuesday when former India captain Sourav Ganguly protested at his omission.
 arrow Cricket: Another 3-dayer from today
Fresh from a seven-wicket one-day victory against Lancashire on Monday, Bangladesh A play their third three-day game against Yorkshire that begins today at Headingley.
 arrow Football: No MU deal, says Ballack
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack has denied reports he has come to a gentleman's agreement to join Manchester United after the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Parreira at full Real force
Real Madrid star trio Ronaldo, Robinho and Julio Baptista will contest for places up front after being named in the Brazil squad by manager Carlos Parreira for a friendly against Croatia, and a vital2006
 arrow Cricket: Back-to-back Tests no problem: Buchanan
Australia coach John Buchanan insisted here Tuesday he had no qualms about seeing his side's ageing attack involved in back-to-back Ashes Tests against England.
 arrow Football: Roberto Carlos is Spanish!
Brazil defender Roberto Carlos obtained Spanish citizenship Tuesday, making him eligible to play for Real Madrid as a European Union player.
 arrow Football: NFL qualifiers from Sept
The fifth edition of the National Football League will kick off in the second week of September with the preliminary rounds at six venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: UK cricket forum formed
Bangladesh cricket has another global forum when The UK Bangladesh Cricket Fans Society, which intends to be the voice of cricket lovers living in the United Kingdom, was launched.
 arrow Cricket: Akram quizzes security fears
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram on Tuesday criticised England's decision not to play a Test match in Karachi later this year, saying his country was being unfairly targeted in security matters.
 arrow Cricket: Collingwood called up
England cricket selectors performed a U-turn on Monday and called up in-form Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood into their squad for Thursday's second Ashes Test.
 arrow A dream come true
Nazmul-Us-Saadat gets a chance to 'Bend it with Beckham' after the man from Feni was one of the four winners of the Gillette Award 2005.
 arrow Warne comes to his senses
Spin legend Shane Warne, who admits he has chased so many women his marriage finally buckled, says he would turn down a beautiful woman to be able to bowl England out in the second Test at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: Greg asks to bat better
Indian coach Greg Chappell is looking forward to a better batting performance from his team against Sri Lanka in Indian Oil Cup triangular one-day series match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Handball: Women's h'ball from today
The Bengal Plastic under-19 women's handball tournament begins today at the handball ground and Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex.
 arrow Kabadi: Ansars, Maniknagar kabaddi champs
Ansar VDP School emerged champions in the school kabaddi tournament while Maniknagar Govern-ment Primary School lifted the mini school kabaddi title yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia stay atop on ICC Test table
World champions Australia retained their place at the top of the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings even as Pakistan and Sri Lanka slipped to their lowest positions.
 arrow Football: Inter's plan to accommodate Figo
Inter Milan are looking to offload three players over the next couple of days to finance the signing of Luis Figo.
 arrow Cricket: 83 overs a day in the Tests
England cricketers will have a reduction in their working hours for the international series later this year in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to use neutral umps in Eng ODIs
Pakistan will use two neutral umpires in the one-day matches against England after the International Cricket Council (ICC) allowed them to try out the idea, an official said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow TB still a major public health problem
Massive advocacy campaign is needed to combat Tuberculosis (TB) which is still a major public health problem in the country, said the experts at a conference yesterday.
 arrow Generate more funds to upgrade varsity edn
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for generating more funds for universities to improve the quality of education.
 arrow SUST expels 13 JCD activists
The syndicate of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) yesterday decided to expel 13 JCD activists from the university for different periods for their link to the killing of a JCD leader.
 arrow 10-yr-old bus helper dies in road crash
A 10-year-old bus helper died in a road crash as two buses raced each other for more passengers at Sayedabad in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Proceedings against Farazi stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the proceedings against Farazi Azmal Hossain in journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case.
 arrow 29 killed by law enforcement agencies in July
A total of 29 people were killed allegedly by different law enforcement agencies across the country last month, said a Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) report yesterday.
 arrow Hasina returns home tomorrow
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will return home tomorrow after a three-week trip to the USA.
 arrow 'Execute verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case immediately'
Hundreds of people wearing black badges and carrying banners, festoons and placards came out on the street yesterday demanding immediate execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case.
 arrow Students protest probe body report
Students of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University yesterday brought out a procession on the campus protesting the report of the six-member probe committee which recommended punitive measures
 arrow Provost, six house tutors resign
Provost and six house tutors of Munnujan Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday resigned from their posts in protest against the censure by a probe committee blaming them responsible for July 31
Nationalarrow Khoy’s dream comes true
Aung Thui Khoy's innovation has finally been recognised by the government. He is very happy that the dark hills in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will now have electricity, which will change life.
 arrow Schoolgirl kidnapped for ransom in Kushtia
A schoolgirl was kidnapped for ransom in Kushtia early yesterday while Chuadanga police Sunday night recovered bodies of two persons missing since Friday.
 arrow Protect rights, culture of indigenous people
Indigenous people at a day-long discussion meeting at the Adivasi Cultural Academy here on Monday have demanded constitutional recognition of their rights and languages and enactment of laws to protect
 arrow Hartal in Jaldhaka demanding arrest of ‘rapist’
A half-day hartal was observed in Jaldhaka upazila headquarters yesterday demanding arrest and punishment to the municipal chairman for allegedly raping a housewife Sunday night.
 arrow Three killed in Sirajganj road mishap
Three persons were killed when a truck rammed motorcycle on the Pabna-Bogra highway near Baghabari Ghat in Shahzadpur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Rail, road links through Teesta bridge restored
Train communication through Teesta bridge in Lalmonirhat district was restored at 12-50 am yesterday, 13 hours after it was disrupted.
 arrow RU opens new department
A new department -- Agricultural Economic, Rural Sociology and Statisticswas opened at Rajshahi University yesterday.
Culturearrow Three renowned litterateurs honoured
Eminent authors Humayun Ahmed, Faridur Reza Shagor and Pranab Bhatto received laurels at the Children's Literature Awards organised by Bangladesh Shishu Shahittya Shangstha and sponsored by Euro Cola.
 arrow Siddiqua Kabir's Recipe scores a century
Siddiqua Kabir's Recipe, a popular cookery show on ntv, is set to reach its 100th episode today and will be telecast at 8.25pm.
 arrow Musical evening in Comilla
Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad (RSSP), Comilla unit arranged a musical evening titled Borshar Gaan. The event took place at the Birchandra Nagar Milanayatan auditorium on Sunday last.
 arrow Monsoon Poetry Festival at Bishwa Shahittya Kendra
The Bangladesh Writers Foundation (BWF) organised a festival of monsoon poetry and an award giving ceremony to mark its 10th anniversary at the Bishwa Shahitttya Kendra auditorium on July 31.
 arrow Pakistan's movie theatres crave Hindi films
Struggling under an onslaught of Bollywood movies on black market DVDs, the owners of Pakistan's empty cinema halls are imploring their government to lift a ban on India's wildly popular "masala" flicks.
 arrow A special episode of Shukher Lagia
ATN Bangla will telecast the 20th episode of the drama serial Shukher Lagia tonight at 8:30pm. Based on a story by Nasir Ahmed, the serial is adapted and directed by Kamal Khan.
Generalarrow Acid thrown on woman in Khulna
A young woman in the city was severely injured when a group of miscreants threw acid on her last Monday.
The victim was identified as Mukta Begum, 24, wife of Taimur Jalal, a sepoy of Bangladesh Army.

 arrow BNP nomination seekers' interview tomorrow
Interview of BNP nomination seekers for the by-election in the Faridpur-1 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad will be held at the Prime Minister's Office tomorrow.
 arrow 2 go missing as lighter ship sinks at Ctg port
Two people went missing when a lighter ship with 1500 tons of cement clinker capsized at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port yesterday.
 arrow Fakir Majnu Shah Bridge opens today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the Fakir Majnu Shah Bridge on the river Shitalakhya at Kapasia today.
Internationalarrow Ulfa vows violence if talks offer ignored
A powerful separatist rebel group in India's restive northeastern state of Assam vowed yesterday to step up its armed struggle unless New Delhi responds positively to its offer for peace talks.
 arrow 6 GIs, 23 Iraqis killed in separate attacks
Six US Marines and 23 Iraqis were killed in western Iraq, the US and Iraqi military said yesterday.
 arrow New Saudi govt pledges unrelenting fight against terror
The administration of Saudi Arabia's new King Abdullah will step up cooperation with the United States in the fight against the "evil cult" of terrorism, a top official of the oil-rich state's embassy
 arrow Police warned on stop and search of Muslims
Police should not use racial profiling in their efforts to prevent further terror attacks on London, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears has said.
 arrow Nepalese vigilantes cause civilian casualties
Nepal's use of vigilante groups to protect villages from Maoist rebels has led to increasing civilian casualties, Amnesty International said today in a report which also highlighted "systematic and routine"
 arrow Resumption of nuclear work irreversible: Iran
Iran said yesterday its decision to resume activities at a sensitive nuclear plant near the central city of Isfahan was irreversible, a spokesman said.
"The political decision has been taken.

 arrow Mumbai counts the cost of floods
Heavy monsoon rain in and around India's financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay), is estimated to have caused damage worth 30bn rupees ($690m).
 arrow Bomb explodes outside British firms in Tehran
A small bomb exploded outside the offices of British Airways, BP and DaimlerChrysler in the Iranian capital Tehran yesterday, but there were no casualties, witnesses said.
 arrow Sudanese grieve for John Garang
Southern Sudanese grieved for John Garang around a simple bed yesterday and world leaders hoped a peace deal would stick after rioting over the ex-rebel leader's death killed 42 people.
 arrow 'US, Indian accord to boost nat'l security'
India's defence minister yesterday defended a military pact with Washington signed in June that paves the way for joint weapons production and cooperation on missile defence, saying it did not compromise
Editorialarrow Editorial: We mourn his death
There is an extraordinariness about the requiem to the death of Saudi Monarch Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz.
 arrow Editorial: Magsaysay for Matiur
We are delighted at the Editor of Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman winning the Magsaysay award.
 arrow No link between London bombings and Iraq?
Both British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Jack Straw strongly deny that there is any link between the London's bombings and the Iraqi war.
 arrow The Pied Piper of Washington
Tony Williams, the Mayor of Washington has promised to install more cameras in the nation's capital. Hilary Clinton, the Senator from New York, has demanded more cameras for her city.
 arrow Improving the quality of parliamentary proceedings
Emperor Akbar became Akbar the Great. He proved to be a good administrator, a good negotiator and a good leader, though he did not have any formal education.
Letters to Editorarrow Blair distancing from Bush?
After the 7/7 London bombing, it appears that the British PM Tony Blair has realised the importance of distancing himself from the aggressive foreign policy of US President Bush.
 arrow Injustice begets violence
We condemn the bomb attacks in London, which were carried out by suicide bombers, in which at least 52 people died and several hundreds have been injured.
 arrow Banyan tree in Bengali culture
A banyan tree plays an important role in Bengali culture. It is a huge tree spread over a large area around it.
 arrow buses by US soldiers
Abuses by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Gauntanamo Bay prison in Cuba shocked the world. The first one was extremely cruel.
 arrow Targeting Muslims?
After the break-up of the former USSR in 1991, the US has targeted the Muslim countries & nations around the world. In 1995 the world witnessed in silence the Muslim genocide in Bosnia.
 arrow Smoking on campus
The recent prohibition of smoking in public by the government is obviously a praiseworthy move. But its result is not seen in reality i.e, people are not obeying the directive at all.
 arrow Prices soaring
Common people are hard pressed to make the two ends meet. The prices of essentials are shooting up at an amazing speed.
 arrow Shake up the IWT
The energy sector is now under full public glare (and condemnation), with even the new Advisor to the Ministry under criticism (DS column July 10).
 arrow Suicide bombers
According to the latest reports in the mass media, there is a hypothesis that the suicide bombers might not be aware that they were being used as such, as they were being blown up through remote control
 arrow Underground railway
The propensity to go for huge mega projects by the authorities should not be encouraged; as we are a developing country, without political consensus at the national level, lack of discipline, and entrenched
 arrow British Muslims
Javed Akhtar was born and brought up in UK of Pakistani parents and settled in UK for 40 years.
JA is the new generation British Muslims and his views (BBC interview) are illuminating and on target.

 arrow Use of microphones
Nowadays sound pollution has become unbearable for students and children. Use of high volume microphones in the street has added a new dimension to sound pollution.
 arrow Biman
I concur with Mr. Munshi's letter (DS, July 20) that it's high time something is done about BIMAN, which is becoming a white elephant for the government.
 arrow Terrorism
July 7, another black day. The US, UK and who is next? May be Canada or Australia will be the next target of terrorist attacks, since they are close allies of the US.
 arrow Roads in bad shape
Repair and carpeting of roads and digging/construction of drains in Section No 13 of Uttara Model Town have been going on in full swing.
Star Chittagongarrow Billboards obstruct scenic beauty
Motorists and other road users in the port city of Chittagong can no longer enjoy the roadside landscape as the entire city is now virtually covered with thousands of advertisement hoardings of all sizes.
 arrow Gridlock grips port city
Thousands of unauthorised rickshaws and unabated plying of trucks from the port areas are causing severe traffic congestion in the port city on a regular basis.
Star Cityarrow Eateries welcome 'safe foods' drive
Restaurant owners and managers of nearly 4,000 food outlets are faced with anxiety as the newly formed mobile courts now enter their kitchens as part of the ongoing drive to ensure safe food.
 arrow DCC's shady development project on already developed road
Some unscrupulous Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials are allegedly planning to siphon a huge amount of money from the Tk 20 crore budget for the beautification of the road stretching from Banani rail
 arrow City bus terminal lacks facilities for passengers
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has spent Tk 8.71 crore to build a city bus terminal at Sayedabad just covering the terminal premises with a thin layer of concert, without creating facilities for passengers.
 arrow Danger Unnoticed...

 arrow DU library automation fails to benefit students
Students of Dhaka University hardly benefit from its central library automation programme due to lack of adequate computers, efficient manpower and proper management.
 arrow 425 staff artistes of Betar demand regularisation
The services of 425 instrument players working as staff artistes in Bangladesh Betar have not yet been transferred to revenue budget.
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