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Front Pagearrow Contractor accused of sabotaging power plant
The Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL) is scrutinising legal provisions to cancel the operation and maintenance contract with Lahmeyer International Palli Power Services Ltd (LIPPS) for sabotaging the 140megawatt
 arrow A victim of reluctance
The Bangabandhu Murder Case is a glaring example of how the fate of a case hangs in the balance because of the judges' reluctance to hear it and the government's sheer indifference to the appointmentof
 arrow Natwar visit signals thawing of relations
"Positive and constructive" dialogues during Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh's visit to Dhaka have seemingly put an end to the recent standstill in the Indo-Bangladesh relations.
 arrow Clearing agents won't work from tomorrow
The Association of Customs Agents (ACA), a federation of the clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents associations in the country, yesterday decided to impose work abstention in all the customs houses across
 arrow Six removed from BA flight, later released
Three Bangladesh-born Britons and as many Moroccans were removed from a London-bound British Airways (BA) flight at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday on suspicion of a 'terror attack.
 arrow Govt mulls imposing LC margin again
In a bid to tackle the ongoing dollar crisis, the government is considering imposing LC margin again, defying an International Monetary Fund (IMF) condition.
 arrow Fake medicine factory found
Mobile courts yesterday found a false medicine factory and collected Tk 1,06,000 in fines from food producers and traders and for selling products without expiry dates in the capital.
 arrow Lost memory, lost hope at DMCH
Fearing it will not receive payment, the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) often turns away unidentified patients brought to the hospital in an unconscious state.
 arrow Manmohan may visit Dhaka later this year
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to visit Bangladesh later this year, a highly placed source said yesterday.
 arrow New warm-up sign in Morshed gesture
In an apparent pleasant surprise, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday showed up at Zia International Airport (ZIA) to personally see off his guest, Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh,
 arrow Media gag at EC finally withdrawn
The restrictions by the Election Commission (EC) secretariat officials that held back the two election commissioners from expressing opinions to the press were lifted yesterday following severe criticism
 arrow 50 structures over Buriganga demolished
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished over 50 establishments constructed illegally, encroaching on the river Burigunga.
 arrow 4 Ctg cops held for robbing trader
Four policemen and ansars of a patrol team were yesterday suspended and sent to jail for robbing a trader of about Tk 2.5 lakh in the port city on Wednesday.
 arrow Islamic extremists may face treason charges
Four men charged with conspiracy to murder in the failed 21 July London attacks have been remanded in custody.
 arrow Bar leaders for disclosure of documents
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) leaders yesterday demanded that the government make public all the documents leading to the presidential pardon to Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu, a double-murder convictsentenced
 arrow Dr Kamal blasts govt for politicising admin
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain criticised the government yesterday for politicisation in every sector including the administration.
 arrow 2 SIs face music for 'ransacking' ex-FBCCI VP's residence
Two sub-inspectors (SIs) of Gulshan Police Station were stand-released yesterday after a former vice-president (VP) of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) complained tothe
 arrow French report warned of Qaeda attack on Britain
French intelligence produced a report shortly before the London suicide bombings saying al-Qaeda planned to attack Britain and would use the country's large Pakistani community to strike, Le Figaro reported
 arrow US embassy in Saudi shut
World oil prices struck fresh record high points yesterday, reaching almost 64 dollars in New York, as an unspecified threat caused the United States to shut its embassy in Saudi Arabia -- the world's
 arrow Assam on high alert after string of blasts
India's northeastern state of Assam went on maximum security alert yesterday after rebels triggered a string of blasts that killed four people and wrecked oil and gas pipeline, power lines and rail tracks,
 arrow 13 fishermen die in trawler capsize in Bay
Thirteen fishermen drowned when a fishing trawler capsized on Sunday evening near Hiron Point in the Bay of Bengal due to strong current.
Businessarrow HC stays FBCCI polls activities
The High Court yesterday stayed the FBCCI electoral activities following the polls rescheduling.
 arrow Basic industrialisation key to creating jobs
The country needs basic industrialisation to develop sustainable employment scenario, said economist Prof. Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday at a seminar in Dhaka.
 arrow India to introduce simple duty on textiles import from Bangladesh
In a bid to tone up trade ties with its neighbours, India mulls over a fiscal measure that will attract lesser duty on import of textiles, clothing and jute from Bangladesh.
 arrow Fed to raise US interest rate again
With the economy showing new signs of vigour, Federal Reserve policy-makers are expected to order their 10th straight US interest-rate rise on Tuesday in a bid to head off inflation.
 arrow India, Indonesia explore deal to boost trade to $10b
India and Indonesia are exploring the possibility of an accord that would boost bilateral trade threefold to 10 billion dollars by 2010, visiting Indonesian Trade Minister Marie Elka Pangestu said Monday.
 arrow China sees no more yuan move soon
China will not adjust the yuan's exchange rate any further in the next three to six months while it assesses the impact of last month's 2.1 percent revaluation, a senior Chinese economist said.
 arrow TCB to appoint private businesses for import of essentials
The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has decided to appoint private businesses to urgently import the essentials.
 arrow Island Securities opens 3rd branch in Ctg
Island Securities Limited, a member of Chittagong Stock Exchange, yesterday opened its third branch at Bohaddarhat.
 arrow 4 Chinese airlines sign $5.04b deal for 42 Boeings
Four Chinese airlines signed contracts worth 5.04 billion dollars Monday to buy 42 of Boeing's new-generation 787 planes, the first firm orders for the jet from China with more on the way, officials said.
 arrow Citigroup South Asia head arrives today
Sanjay Nayar, area head for Citigroup South Asia and chief executive officer-- India, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
Nayar is to join the Citibank's 10th anniversary celebration in Bangladesh.

 arrow Training on women entrepreneurship
A training programme on 'Development of Women Entrepreneurs for Economic Empowerment project' was inaugurated on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow South Korea moves to contain fallout from airline strike
The South Korean government said Monday it would consider classifying airlines as an essential public service which could limit the impact of labor action by striking pilots.
 arrow StanChart sees profits rise 20pc
Standard Chartered, the British-based emerging markets bank, posted on Monday a 20-percent increase in pretax profits during the first six months of 2005, helped by solid growth in its Asia Pacific markets
 arrow India's trade gears up for sugar export to Pakistan
Indian exporters are awaiting details on Pakistan's decision to import sugar from its old rival before striking any deals, industry officials and traders said Monday.
 arrow Saudi sees WTO deal with US by September
Saudi Arabia hopes to sign a bilateral accord with the United States by September for the kingdom's entry into the World Trade Organisation, its foreign minister said Sunday.
 arrow S'pore's jobless rate rises
Singapore's unemployment rate rose to 3.4 percent for the April-June quarter, against a revised 3.3 percent rate in the January-March quarter, data released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) showed Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Black and Whites sweat for draw
Mohammedan Sporting Club's title hopes recei-ved another jolt when they dropped two vital points against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the Premier Football League yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin gets world title
America's Justin Gatlin earned his mantle among the greats of sprinting as he added the world 100 metres title to the Olympic crown he won last year.
 arrow Football: BFF to stage int'l meet in Jan 06
The Bangladesh Football Fede-ration (BFF) will host an international club tournament in January-February next year, confirmed BFF president SA Sultan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: British press hails win
Britain's press hailed England's nail-biting victory over Australia and even took the rare step of plastering it all over the front pages Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series final today
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has warned his team to raise their performance to prevent an Indian resurgence in the triangular one-day cricket series final here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff is myself: Botham
Ian Botham has said Andrew Flintoff's performance in England's nailbiting two-run second Ashes Test win here were reminiscent of his displays against Australia 24 years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe suffer 2-day rout
New Zealand celebrated a record innings and 294 runs victory over Zimbabwe on the second day of the first Test on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Emphatic BD A victory
Fast bowler Kazi Shahadat Hossain Rajib celebrated his 19th birthday in perfect style as he ran through the Durham batting to give Bangladesh A an emphatic 86 run victory in a one day game at Chester-le-Street
 arrow Cricket: Eng unchanged
England announced an unchanged squad for Thursday's third Test at Old Trafford following Sunday's nail-biting two-run win against Australia that levelled the five-match series at 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: HK cricket fans stumped by TV
Thousands of Hong Kong cricket fans were up in arms Monday after a local TV company suddenly dropped its broadcast of England's nail-biting win over Australia in the Ashes series second Test.
 arrow Cricket: Keep it up, says Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan warned his side to keep their focus after they levelled the Ashes series with a dramatic two-run win over Australia in the second Test at Edgbaston.
 arrow Football: Season opens with Blues
Didier Drogba's double drove Chelsea towards the Community Shield title as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies have tough time
Australians awoke Monday to the uneasy feeling that cricket's Ashes could possibly be headed back to England after a gut-wrenching two-run defeat in the second Test which squared the five-match series.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP Cup hockey semis today
The semifinal line-up of the North Bengal CA Third BKSP Cup Invitational International Under-18 Hockey Tournament were finalised yesterday.
 arrow Football: Gaibandha soccer
Sammonay Sangha defeated Gaibandha Coaching Centre 2-1 in the final match of the Kishore (Under-16) football league at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann to get all the help from church
Lifting the 2006 World Cup on home soil is the dream for German football fans and the evangelist church has offered to provide a priest to help Jurgen Klinsmann's team achieve their goal.
 arrow Thai wives beware!
One out of 40 punters in gambling-mad Thailand say they would sell themselves or their partners to pay for illegal bets on football.
Metropolitanarrow Rehabilitate Rohingyas in their homeland
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday appealed to the international community to help rehabilitate the Rohingyas in their homeland.
 arrow 'Bangladeshi subscribers pay high call charge'
A total of 1,20,694 applicants across the country have won Teletalk SIM (Subscriber's Identification Module) cards through lottery under different categories.
 arrow Redesign education system
The education system should be redesigned by incorporating capacity building and professional orientation programmes in order to produce good citizens, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 48 tempos, 4 buses damaged: 13 injured
A series of clashes between the bus and tempo workers in Barisal city left 13 people, including two journalists, injured and 48 tempos and four buses damaged.
 arrow RU ignores committee objections
Rajshahi University authorities are going to appoint eight teachers at three departments, ignoring strong objections from the departments' planning committee members.
 arrow Bangla-India JRC meet in Dhaka August 30-31
The 36th ministerial meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint River Commission (JRC) is scheduled to be held in Dhaka on August 30-31, water resources ministry sources told the news agency yesterday.
 arrow World Indigenous People's Day today
The indigenous peoples' land has for long been grabbed, their culture denigrated or directly attacked, languages and customs suppressed, wisdom and traditional knowledge overlooked or exploited, and sustainable
 arrow Japanese minister's visit cancelled
Japanese Senior Minister for General Affairs Asa Taro, who was scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on a two-day official visit on August 21, has cancelled his visit following dissolution of the cabinet by Prime
 arrow SPGRC threatens to lay siege to Pak HC
Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) yesterday threatened to lay siege to Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka on August 14 if Pakistan fails to adorn Alhaj M Nasim Khan with highest
 arrow HC asks BTV to launch anti-drug programme
The High Court yesterday ordered the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) to telecast a 30-minute programme against use of drugs for creating mass awareness.
 arrow Shantu Larma meets Natwar
Parbatta Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity President Jyotirindra Bodipriyo alias Shantu Larma paid a courtesy call on Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh.
 arrow Nat'l Commission on Gas, Oil, Coal formed
National Commission on Gas, Oil and Coal (NCGOC) was formed yesterday with Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) President Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman as convenor and BEA General Secretary Prof Abul Barakat
 arrow Drug peddlers, mugger held in Chittagong
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in separate raids arrested five criminals and seized arms and contraband phensidyle in the city on Sunday and yesterday.
 arrow Husband stabs wife to death
A husband stabbed his pregnant wife to death in the city yesterday.
 arrow Student strike continues for 7th day
The students of the Department of Oriental Language (Pali) of Chittagong University (CU) continued the strike for the seventh day demanding the publication of their result.
 arrow Robbers loot shops at city market, take away Tk 5 lakh
Burglars looted around Tk 5 lakh in cash and kind from business houses in the Ladies Park Hawkers' Market near Sadarghat in Old Dhaka sometime between Sunday night and yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 construction labourers killed
Two construction labourers were killed at Banani and New Eskatan in the city yesterday.
Mason Quamrul Hossain, 25, fell from a six-storey building named 'Building for Future' on Road No.

Nationalarrow Govt inaction proves its blueprint to crush AL
Central leaders of Awami League at a big public meeting in the city Sunday evening blasted government's failure to nab the culprits involved in the grenade and bomb attacks in Sylhet including the one
 arrow Constitutional recognition to rights demanded
International Indigenous Day was observed here with a call to the government to take steps for constitutional recognition of their rights and protection of their traditional culture.
 arrow 8 BJMC jute mills get Tk 8 cr to resume production
The Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has sanctioned Tk eight crore for eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna Jessore region to resume production.
 arrow Reopen mills, save jute
Speakers at a Roundtable here have expressed their grave concern over what they termed an 'international conspiracy against Bangladesh's jute and jute mills.
 arrow Rescuing the arsenic-hit
A multinational pharmaceutical company has finally come forward to give succour to the people of Kolaroa upazila, where all the tube wells are contaminated with arsenic beyond permissible level.
 arrow Touchstone statue seized in Ctg
Detective Branch Police Sunday night recovered a Tk one crore 'Shiblinga' made of touchstone from a house in Cement Crossing area in the city. It weighs 50 kilograms.
 arrow Jute looted from boat
Robbers looted about 100 maunds of jute on board a boat on the Jamuna river at Ratagram under Kazipur upazila in Sirajganj district yesterday.
 arrow Youth killed in feud over toll money
A youth was hacked to death in Race Course area in the town Friday night in a feud over share of toll money.
Culturearrow More than mere decoration
Shulekha Chowdhury, whose paintings are on display at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, has had high recommendations from her teachers.
 arrow Palakar stages Reflection
Non-verbal theatre is a well-practiced art form in the West. Theatre troupe Palakar staged two shows of its latest experimental non-verbal production Reflection at its studio on August 5 and 6.
 arrow "Being marooned on an island would be a blessing in disguise." --Tarana
Tarana Halim wears many hats: as actress, director and lawyer. In the TV play Julekha's Ghar (1996) she powerfully enacts the role of a garment worker.
 arrow Iranian filmmaker receives lifetime achievement award at Swiss festival
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was awarded Sunday a Leopard of Honour from the Locarno film festival for his contribution to motion pictures.
Generalarrow Recruit skilled manpower from Bangladesh
President Iajuddin Ahmed stressed enhancing cooperation between Bangladesh and the Maldives in tourism and introducing direct air links between the two countries.
 arrow Terrorism is the hot topic at Edinburgh's Fringe
In what promises to be the most political Edinburgh Fringe for decades, the world's largest and most anarchic arts festival is set to tackle terrorism head on after the London bombings.
 arrow Introduce new subjects to meet demand of job market
Speakers at a seminar have urged the university authorities to introduce new subjects in line with the demand of present job market.
 arrow Debate competition on MDGs begins today
An Inter-University Debate Competition 2005 on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) begins in the city's IDB Bhaban today marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.
Internationalarrow 7-step accord to reduce Indo-Pak tension
India and Pakistan, striving to end decades of hostility, agreed yesterday on seven steps to reduce military tension, including a ban on the building of new army posts along their frontier in dividedKashmir.
 arrow Koizumi calls early polls, dissolves parliament
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi yesterday dissolved the lower house of parliament to pave the way for new elections after his key reform of privatising the post office was rejected.
 arrow UK faces full-blown Islamist insurgency
Britain's intelligence agencies have warned the government of a full-blown Islamist insurgency in the country sustained by thousands of young home-grown Muslim men with military training, a media report
 arrow Iran restarts uranium conversion facility
Iran resumed uranium conversion on Monday at its facility near Isfahan, a move EU officials have warned will probably see its nuclear case sent to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
 arrow Politicians 'incited' anti-Sikh riots
An Indian government inquiry into the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 has said that some Congress party leaders incited mobs to attack Sikhs.
 arrow Time running out for UN reform deal ahead of General Assembly
With the General Assembly less than six weeks away, UN diplomats scramble to hammer out a deal on the most ambitious UN reform in 60 years but agreement on key issues, including an enlarged Security Council,
 arrow Iran seeks Syrian cooperation against US pressure
Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called on Sunday for closer cooperation with Syria in the face of pressure on both countries from the United States.
 arrow Hopes fade for 100 miners trapped in China mine
Hopes faded yesterday for 101 workers trapped deep underground in a flooded coal mine in southern China with water levels rapidly rising, as a gas blast at another pit killed 14.
 arrow Sharon stiffens resolve for Gaza pullout
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stiffened his resolve to push ahead with the Gaza pullout after the resignation of his chief rival as polls yesterday showed public support for the evacuation holding
 arrow Saddam's family sacks foreign defence team
The family of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein said yesterday it had sacked all members of his foreign defence team and would deal only with his Iraqi lawyer.
 arrow Nasa delays landing of Discovery
After orbiting the Earth for 13 days, astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery were told to circle the planet for another day as bad weather in Florida forced Nasa to delay yesterday's scheduled landing.
 arrow 13 trapped in Indian power plant tunnel
Hundreds of rescuers were trying to free 13 workers trapped by mudslides since Sunday in a tunnel at a hydroelectric power project in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Good thinking on food safety
The news that the responsibility for combating food adulteration has been placed in the hands of the LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry is welcome.
 arrow Editorial: Drinking water crisis
The government is going to formulate a master plan with ADB assistance for adequate availability of potable water in the city, the supply of which is at least 25 per cent less than the demand at present.
 arrow King is dead, long live the king
The above adage went down the history for centuries, applying first with the deceased Kings of England, simultaneously reminding subjects of the unbroken link of dynastic chain.
 arrow Repulsing the employers' offensive
The extraordinary brutality of the Haryana police against Honda Motor Cycle and Scooter India Ltd. (HMSI) workers has shocked the public.
Letters to Editorarrow Preventing launch disasters
I refer to the letters of Salahuddin Ahmed (20 July) and SA Mansoor (10 July) on this topic.
 arrow Social gaps
The British PM is now grappling with the social gaps in the diversified Muslim society in the UK, after the London blasts on 7/7. The 1.
 arrow CD-politics!
Insular politicians do not care about public feedback, and thereby risk their own careers, and mismanage governance while in a regime. Insularism in politics is insulting to the voters.
 
   
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