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Front Pagearrow Greenback's peak price set at Tk 66
Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers Association (Bafeda) in a meeting yesterday set the exchange rate of US dollar at Tk 66 for import payments and Tk 65.50 in inter-bank trading.
 arrow Protect ethnic people's rights
With a call for safeguarding indigenous people's rights, different indigenous people's forums as well as social and political organisations yesterday observed World Indigenous People's Day through festivities
 arrow Foreigners with M16 held after 4hr fight
After a fierce gunfight with an armed gang, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized one M16 rifle, one light machinegun (LMG) and huge ammunition from Alekkhong in Naikkhangchhari upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Dipjal's market demolished
The BIWTA yesterday demolished an illegal under construction market owned by BNP Ward Commissioner and film actor Monwar Hossain Dipjal on the bank of the Turag river at Borobazar in Mirpur.
 arrow Same ADP story
In keeping with the tradition, the last fiscal year too saw Tk 1,774 crore or 9 percent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) unspent, with 21 ministries and divisions spending 40 to as high as 94
 arrow Clearing agents' strike costs govt Tk 100cr
The 20-day strike at the country's main land port Benapole, which ended yesterday, caused a loss of nearly Tk100 crore government revenue, immense suffering to general people and huge loss to businessmen
 arrow Moudud fails to pacify feud
The strife between two groups of pro-government lawyers is becoming intense despite the law minister's move to pacify the feuding groups.
 arrow Textile dyes in bakeries
A mobile court yesterday recovered huge amounts of poisonous textile dye from two confectioneries in the Swarighat area of the city, suggesting that some food producers are still not aware of the court's
 arrow EC plans to revise voter list annually
The Election Commission (EC) plans to revise the electoral roll every year to include in it those coming of voting age and the others that missed to be on the list during enumeration.
 arrow 41 pirates nabbed in Bay
The Bangladesh Coastguards yesterday arrested 41 pirates and seized five motorboats in the Bay of Bengal near the off-shore island of Kutubdia in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow C&F agents call off strike
The Federation of Bangladesh Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association (FBCFAA) yesterday called off their work abstention programme at Benapole customs house as well as the strike that was to
 arrow 66 die in rebel attack on Nepal army camp
Maoists killed 40 Nepalese soldiers in an all-night battle after attacking an army camp in the country's northwest, the army said yesterday, bringing the death toll to 66 after the rebels said 26 of their
 arrow Britain mulls secret terror courts
Britain is mulling secret pre-trial terror hearings in which a security-vetted judge would examine evidence without a jury to decide how long a suspect should be held without charge, two newspapers said
 arrow 50 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash, Rajshahi health instt closed
Sporadic clashes between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday left at least 50 people injured on the Institute of Health Technology (IHT) campus.
 arrow Tk 30, still too tempting for cops
Officer-in-charge (OC) Abdus Salam of Rupsha Police Station in Khulna was closed to police lines and SI Manzur Hossain suspended yesterday on charges of receiving Tk 30 in bribes from a student.
 arrow Bail of four robber cops denied
A Dhaka court yesterday denied bail to four cops and their three informers in an extortion case.
 arrow 98 fishermen kidnapped
Pirates on Sunday kidnapped 98 fishermen with their trawlers from a canal of the Sundarbans and demanded ransom for their release.
 arrow Tk 36 lakh cellphones looted from city shop
Thieves heisted cash and cellphone sets worth Tk 36 lakh from a cellphone shop at Baitul Mokarram Market Monday night.
 arrow Discovery lands safely
The space shuttle Discovery touched down safely in California yesterday, marking the culmination of the first gut-wrenching shuttle flight since Columbia disintegrated in flames in 2003.
 arrow China team sits today to convert $31m suppliers' credit into soft loan
A high profile delegation of the Chinese government sits with Economic Relations Division (ERD) officials in Dhaka today to convert the $ 31 million suppliers' credit into a concessionary loan for the
 arrow 481 mobile sets seized at ZIA
Customs at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized 481 mobile phone sets from a luggage of a Bangladeshi passenger from Bangkok.
 arrow 14yr old girl raped
Miscreants killed a 14-year-old girl after raping her at Nalbhata village in Raipura upazila of the district on Monday night.
 arrow Ulfa blows up two bridges, gas pipeline in Assam
Rebels in India's restive northeast have blown up two bridges, a pipeline and a power transformer in the latest in a string of blasts before national Independence Day festivities, officials said yesterday.
 arrow BNP cadres kidnap journo
Local BNP cadres yesterday kidnapped the Baufal upazila correspondent of the Daily Jugantar for publishing a report on their criminal activities in the daily the same day.
 arrow Nine Indian decorators to be pushed back today
Nine Indians arrested while erecting a dais for the rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at Laksam will be pushed back to India through Bibir Bazar border of Comilla today following instructions
 arrow Bush warns Iran of possible UN action
US President George W Bush warned Tuesday that Iran may face UN sanctions over its nuclear ambitions as he cautiously welcomed signs Tehran is ready to resume talks to defuse the issue.
Businessarrow MDG achievement by 2015 hinges on good governance
Concerted efforts are needed to establish good governance to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), speakers said at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh example of economic resilience, stable growth
Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup India and Area Head for South Asia Sanjay Nayar (SN) visited Dhaka to mark the 10th anniversary of Citibank NA in Bangladesh.
 arrow Telecoms subscribers seek BTRC role
Telecoms subscribers at a workshop yesterday sought proper role of the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BRTC) to safeguard their interest.
 arrow Officials to meet in Kathmandu Aug 31
Official negotiators from the seven Saarc countries will meet in Kathmandu from August 31 to September 2 in their bid to wrap up the long-drawn negotiations on South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) fora
 arrow EU to talk with China over breached textile quotas
EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday he would hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Bo Xilai starting this week after imports of Chinese pullovers and trousers overshot agreed limits for
 arrow SEC asks Meghna Life Ins to hold lottery Aug 11
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at a meeting yesterday instructed the Meghna Life Insurance Company Ltd to hold its lottery for disbursing primary shares among the public on August 11 inplace
 arrow Oil prices ease slightly after record run
World oil prices eased Tuesday after breaking new records in the past 24 hours because of security concerns in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, and tensions over Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow Bush signs sweeping energy bill
US President George W. Bush on Monday signed a sweeping energy bill he said would strengthen the US economy and eventually help wean the United States from foreign sources of oil.
 arrow KL to cut diesel import with bio-fuel plan
Malaysia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, plans to cut diesel imports by 500,000 tonnes a year with a plan to produce bio-diesel using a mix of palm oil and diesel, an industry official said
 arrow India, Pakistan talk ways to boost trade
India and Pakistan began discussions Tuesday on ways to boost trade and improve infrastructure, a commerce ministry spokeswoman said, as the focus of the arch-rivals latest round of peace talks shifted
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon, UK firm sign deal to invest in Bangladesh
The UK-based global private equity firm Aureos Capital Limited and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd will jointly promote private equity financing for Bangladeshi companies.
 arrow Fed likely to up rates quarter point
Federal Reserve policy-makers gathered on Tuesday and were universally expected to lift US interest rates a quarter-percentage point for the 10th straight time while offering no hint of when rate rises
Sportsarrow Football: 'Friendly' Farashganj for Brothers
Brothers Union opened up a three-point lead in the Premiership table with four rounds remaining when the defending champions recorded a comfortable 4-2 win over a 'friendly' Farashganj Sporting Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya across 10,000-run mark
Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya became the fourth batsman to complete 10,000 runs in one-day cricket, achieving the feat in the Indian Oil Cup triangular series final against India here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BD A-Surrey 3-dayer starts today
Bangladesh A play Surrey in their fourth three-day match that begins today at the Brit Oval in London.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani councilor in dispute
Abahani's cricket committee chairman AHM Mostafa Kamal yesterday objected against Ahmed Sajjadul Alam Bobby as the club's councilor in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka score 281
Sanath Jayasuriya completed 10,000 runs in one-day cricket during a solid half-century as Sri Lanka posted a challenging 281-9 against India in the Indian Oil Cup triangular series final here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Now Lee scares Aussies
Brett Lee's chances of playing in the third Test against England suffered a setback after team officials said he would be spending a second night in a Birmingham hospital where he is receiving treatment
 arrow Cricket: Strauss ready for Warne
England opener Andrew Strauss says he has learned from the mistakes he made against Shane Warne at Edgbaston and will benefit from the experience.
 arrow Cricket: Warne awaits the 600th
You have to go back around five-and-a-half years to find a Test match in which Shane Warne failed to take a wicket.
In 12 years of playing England, it has never happened.

 arrow Cricket: Zim give ICC a headache
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was under growing pressure on Tuesday to eject Zimbabwe from Test cricket after the debacle of their two day defeat by New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Team for Lanka to be submitted today
The national selectors will submit the team for the tour of Sri Lanka to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today.
The list will consist of 15 players for the three-match one-day international series.

 arrow Cricket: Ponting's side over-rated: Chappell
Ian Chappell, the former captain, thinks Australia have been over-rated as the game's greatest outfit because they lean too heavily on Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
 arrow Football: Mystery voice called Zidane back
Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane has admitted a mysterious apparition advised him to end his self-imposed international retirement to return and help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Athletics: Bekele keeps 10,000 crown
Long distance running great Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia retained his men's 10,000 metres title at the World Athletics Championships on Monday.
The 23-year-old Olympic champion timed 27minutes 08.

 arrow Football: Premiership booters dominate
The 55-man shortlist for the inaugural FIFPro World XI Player Awards at Wembley on 19 September is headed by 19 Premiership players.
 arrow BD gymnastics in Rajvi Gandhi meet
A 13-member Bangladesh gymnastics team will participate in the Rajiv Gandhi International Artistic Gymnastics Tournament. The meet will be held in the Indian city of Hyderabad from August 18-21.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova aims to be a longtime No 1
Three victories away from becoming the first Russian woman to attain the number one ranking, Maria Sharapova insists she is more interested in staying at the top than reaching the pinnacle in the first
 arrow Football: Ferdinand end gossips
England defender Rio Ferdinand has agreed a new four-year deal with Manchester United, the Premiership club confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Dudek blow for Liverpool
Liverpool's Polish international goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has been ruled out of action for up to three months after suffering a fracture-dislocation of his elbow during training on Monday.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP Red, Punjab reach final
BKSP Red and Punjab National Bank Hockey Academy team were set to clash in Thursday's final of the North Bengal-CA 3rd BKSP Cup U-18 Hockey Tournament.
 arrow Tennis: ATP bans doper Canas for 2 yrs
World number ten Guillermo Canas of Argentina has been banned for two years for doping, the Asso-ciation of Tennis Professionals, the governing body for men's tennis, announced on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow China eagerly waits to receive Khaleda
The Chinese government and people are eagerly waiting to receive Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who embarks on a five-day visit to China on August 17.
 arrow Two get death, two life term for killing businessman in Ctg
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two people to death and two others to life imprisonment for killing a businessman about 14 years ago.
However, eight other people were acquitted of charges.

 arrow Economic ties with Dhaka to expand, hopes Indian president
The newly appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chowdhury presented his credentials to Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at a formal ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.
 arrow Aftab allowed to join DU pol science department
Prof Aftab Ahmed, discharged vice chancellor of the National University, yesterday joined the Department of the Political Science after getting clearance from Dhaka University Syndicate on Monday night.
 arrow AL to amend provision used to arrest journos, if elected to power: Jalil
If elected to power, the Awami League would amend the provision of law used to issue arrest warrant against journalists in defamation case, said party General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday.
 arrow Maldives envoy meets Hasina
High Commissioner of the Maldives in Bangladesh Dr Mohamed Asim called on the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at Sudha Sadan in Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Enact tougher laws to check food adulteration
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for raising awareness among the consumers and enacting tougher laws to check food adulteration.
 arrow Japan to help hold free, fair polls
Japan will continue its support for socio-economic development in Bangladesh and will also cooperate with the country to hold the next general elections in a free and fair manner.
 arrow CCC demolishes 400 illegal structures
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday demolished around 400 illegal structures to recover its land worth around Tk 18 crore in the port city.
 arrow Generation E launched
Generation E, the first international Internet magazine in Bangladesh, has been launched recently, says a press release.
The website address of the magazine is www.generation-e.info.

 arrow Project to construct roads in rural areas proposed
A project for construction of roads in the remote rural areas has been proposed for easy access to polling centres by security personnel in a bid to ensure free and fair voting.
 arrow S M Sultan's anniversary of birth today
The 81st birth anniversary of renowned artist S M Sultan will be observed here today in a befitting manner.
 arrow Bus rams concrete slab in city: 15 hurt
At least 15 passengers were injured when a bus rammed a concrete slab at Airport Road in the capital yesterday noon.
 arrow 3 PWs give deposition
Three prosecution witnesses in an Arms case against Arman Khan, one of the 23 most wanted criminals of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, gave their deposition before a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Photo exhibition on Iraq war
A three-day news photo exhibition on Iraq war began at the Drik Gallery in the city yesterday.
One hundred selected photographs by Jewel Samad, a young photojournalist of AFP, have been put on display.

 arrow Appeal for help
Siddique Ashraf Sadman, a student of KG-2 at Gulshan International School, has been suffering from cancer in his brain for the past five months.
Nationalarrow Khulna Jasas chief sued by party man for 'stealing' wheat
Khulna district unit president of Jatiyatabadi Shamajik Shangs-kritik Dal (Jasas) and two others have been sued for alleged misappropriation of five tonnes of government wheat.
 arrow Indigenous Day observed in Tangail, Rajshahi, CHT
Indigenous people in Modhupur, Rajshahi and the three hill districts in Chittagong Hill Tracts observed The World Indigenous Day yesterday through various colourful programmes.
 arrow 30,000 marooned in Nilphamari
At least 30,000 people have become marooned in 17 villages in Teesta shoals and low lying areas in Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas as the river started swelling on Monday following opening of all the gates
 arrow One more businessman abducted for ransom
Criminals abducted a businessman after committing robbery in a house at Terail village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur district on Sunday, according to a delayed report reaching here yesterday.
 arrow Jamuna erosion displaces 4000 families, devours schools
Erosion by the mighty Jamuna is playing a havoc in five upazilas of Sirajganj district, devouring educational institutions, homesteads and displacing people.
 arrow 3 Dinajpur municipal staff held for cheque ‘forgery’
Three employees of Dinajpur municipality, arrested for alleged cheque forgery and trying to draw Tk7.5 lakh from a bank, have been sent to jail.
 arrow Jamaat blames BNP for Plabon murder
Plashbari upazila unit of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Chhatra Shibir at a press conference blamed the ruling BNP for the June 13 murder of Plabon, a merotirious student who got GPA-5 in thisyear's
 arrow BIWTC stops sea truck service in Patuakhali
The BIWTC (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation) sea-truck service introduced on the remote Galachipa-Char Montaz route on July 22 was stopped on Sunday in face of alleged resistance by trawler
 arrow Human chain with candles to protest power outage
The Khulna Citizens' Forum (KCF) formed a human chain with lighted candles in hand at Picture Palace Square in the city yesterday evening protesting severer load shedding in the district.
 arrow Forged notes recovered
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man with forged currency notes amounting to Tk 40,000 on Saturday from Satkhira town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Caught in the rut
With due apologies to the 17th century mathematical genius, Sir Issac Newton, his three laws of motion can be modified to describe the state of functioning or non-functioning in the government today:1.
 arrow On relentless war against food-front criminals
Spurious drugs and food items in the market have been a perpetual menace and threat to human health.
 arrow The marauding rains of Mumbai
On the 26th July, the sky over Mumbai opened gates. When the rain started at 2-30pm, no one thought there was anything special in it.
Culturearrow Tagore's short story on celluloid
Shubha, directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, premiered on August 8 at a packed Balaka theatre. This is the 2nd Bangladeshi film that is based on a short story by Tagore.
 arrow Hiroshima remembered in posters
A two-day exhibition commemorating the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima was held at Drik gallery recently.
 arrow West End High School ex-students appeal for Dilu
Former students of West End High School have appealed for financial help for their ailing alumnus, noted actor Mojibur Rahman Dilu.
 arrow Discussion on Kazi Nazrul Islam and Ismail Hossain Sirajee
Nazrul Institue organised a discussion on Kazi Nazrul Islam and Ismail Hossain Sirajee recently at the Kemal Ataturk seminar room at the Kobibhaban, says a press release.
 arrow Aamir on Mangal Pandey
Aamir Khan, last seen in Ashutosh Gowariker's Oscar-nominated Lagaan and Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai, will now be seen in the historical, Mangal Pandey, scheduled to be released on August 12.
Generalarrow Maldives keen to recruit docs, engrs, teachers from Bangladesh
The Maldives is interested to recruit manpower, particularly physicians, teachers and engineers, from Bangladesh.
 arrow Tribal Welfare team calls on president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for upholding traditions of different regions of the country to enrich the national culture.
 arrow Abductor netted, victim rescued
Intelligence agency men on Monday night caught an abductor red-handed at Jahanabad cantonment area while he was receiving ransom holding an 18-year man hostage.
 arrow Transport strike in Chittagong on Aug 13,14
Chittagong District Road Transport Owners' and Workers' Oikya Parishad called for a 48-hour transport strike in all 17 routes in South Chittagong on August 13 and 14 protesting "forceful" and "illegal"
Internationalarrow Pakistanis have no key role in London attacks
Pakistani President Pervez Musha-rraf denied that his country played a pivotal role in the London bombings last month and accused the British government of being too soft on Islamic extremism in Britain.
 arrow 2 UN officials singled out for taking kickbacks
The former head of the UN oil-for-food programme, Benon Sevan, was accused on Monday of receiving nearly $150,000 in kickbacks, and another UN official was arrested on charges of pocketing hundreds of
 arrow KSA raises security at foreign embassies after terror threats
Saudi Arabia intensified security yesterday around foreign compounds in Riyadh after the United States, Britain and Australia warned that terror attacks may be imminent in the wealthy oil kingdom.
 arrow Anti-Sikh riot report in India kicks up storm
Parliament was disrupted yesterday as rival lawmakers clashed over a report on anti-Sikh riots in 1984 which named ruling Congress party leaders in connection with the violence in which nearly 3,000 Sikhs
 arrow Palestinians urged to hold fire during Gaza pullout
Mahmud Abbas called on the Palestinian people yesterday to show the world they deserved their independence by ensuring that this month's Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip takes place free of violence.
 arrow GI, 16 militants killed in Afghan clash
One US soldier and at least 16 militants were killed in a clash after insurgents attacked a patrol of Afghan and US troops in southern Afghanistan, the American military said yesterday.
 arrow Insurgents kill GI, 27 Iraqis
Insurgents killed at least 27 Iraqis and one US soldier as a crucial meeting of top politicians began yesterday to hammer out a deal on the country's new constitution ahead of an August 15 deadline.
 arrow Iraq war made US more vulnerable to terrorism
By a record 57-34 percent margin, most Americans believe the Iraq war has made their country more vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to a poll published yesterday.
 arrow $65m stolen in Brazil's biggest bank heist
Thieves tunnelled into a Brazilian Central Bank branch to steal 65 million dollars, officials said Monday. The country's biggest-ever bank heist was one of the largest in the world.
 arrow Nagasaki urges US to give up nukes
Nagasaki yesterday marked 60 years after becoming the second city to suffer atomic attack with a call for the United States to give up its nuclear arsenal.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Constructive engagement with India
THERE may be a wrangling over and points-scoring evaluations of the outcome of Natwar Singh's goodwill visit to Bangladesh, but right through the mists of these all one strong impression emerges: India
 arrow Editorial: Differences in the EC
IT seems that the Election Commission is caught between two conflicting issues, if that can be termed conflicting; one, of making a new voter-list or updating the current one, and two, whether makinga
 arrow Is Tony Blair on the right track to combat terrorism in Britain?
British Prime Minister Tony Blair seems to have been rattled by the London bombings and his cool and calm response to the bombings has taken a back seat.
 arrow Bangladesh is not a 'failed state'
A few days ago, I received a copy of the August/ September issue of Foreign Policy (Spanish version) in the mail together with a note from Mr. Anwar ul Alam, the current Bangladeshi ambassador to Spain.
 arrow Some thoughts on adulterated food and haram ingredients
I must praise the government's drive against adulterated food, even though it is a belated effort to curb a trait that has long been out of hand.
Letters to Editorarrow Intense scrutiny of Muslim society
Why has there been such intense scrutiny of Muslim society for the last fifteen years (that is, even before 9/11)?
I recall The Economist publishing a survey of 'Islam and the West', pointing out

 arrow CNG meter hoax
I commute between Uttara to Sayedabad for my work. I usually avail the public bus service often but take the CNG as well. A ride in CNG costs about Tk 110.
 arrow Saifur's observation
I quote from the DS of (01-Aug): " he admitted, there cannot be good governance in the corporate sector, if bad governance prevails in the country as a whole ".
 arrow My illusive pran-bondhu!
I have always wondered why those poems, songs and stories, for one reason or other, keep referring to this imaginary lover who doesn't exist.
 arrow For free and fair elections
Round table discussions, seminars, dialogues, etc are being held every day throughout the country on holding free and fair elections.
 arrow Diplomats
This has reference to one Dr. Abdullah Dewan's article published in the opinion column of DS on July 29 under the caption " Diplomats, Constitution and the Foreign Minster."
I have mixed feelings.

 arrow Murder of a Brazilian
The anti-terror squad has terrorised all the communities residing in UK.
 arrow DCC monument
The DCC's intention of building a monument for the martyrs of the 1969 mass upsurge is a very commendable one. It is important for a nation to remember its heroes.
 arrow Djuice and Bangla
Over the past few months djuice, a phone package specially made for youngsters, has been using peculiar phrases in its advertising campaign.
 arrow CEC meeting
Recently, in a move to improve upon the electoral system, the CEC invited 99 political parties to comb over the voter rolls for imperfections.
 arrow Costly mercy
The recent mercy given to a death sentence convict is proof of the nation's degradation in all sectors. Law is the last resort where people go for an impartial justice.
 arrow Public health at stake!
Reports on unsafe food and fruits are coming out almost daily in the newspapers. Unscrupulous people have been doing this brisk business for a long time.
 arrow Help the meritorious
I would like to mention the helping hand the Honourable Minister extended to a poor boy who got GPA-5 in SSC.
 arrow Privatising the railway
For years Bangladesh Railway had been perceived as the cheapest transport service provider in the country. It had contributed enormously in the economy as one of the biggest employer in the public sector.
 arrow Khilgaon Flyover
The long awaited Khilgaon Flyover has undoubtedly eased the congestion of the surrounding roads to a great extent. However, few flaws have emerged since its inauguration.
Star Chittagongarrow Hope in urban despair
With roughly 3.7 million people within a municipal area of 62 square kilometres, Chittagong may look like a small city compared to the capital.
Star Cityarrow Cashing in on patients' woes
People have to depend on rent-a-car and rickshaw-vans to carry patients to and from Mitford Hospital due to lack of adequate number of ambulances.
 arrow Rickshaws to be banned from two more roads soon
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to ban rickshaws from two more major routes -- Elephant Road to Press Club and Shapla Chattar to Ittefaq intersection -- by the end of this month.
 arrow DU central library for private tuition!
Some students of Dhaka University (DU) are practising private tuition inside the DU Central Library that hampers study of other students, especially examinees, but the library authorities are helpless
 arrow DNA lab gets going on trial basis
The first ever DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) testing laboratory in the country has started functioning on a trial basis from April this year but its formal launch could be delayed.
 arrow Local businesses protest DCC's proposed Nilkhet Square
The decision of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to construct Nilkhet Square has triggered protests from local businesspeople.
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