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Front Pagearrow Rebellion sees change in alliance nomination
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday in a dramatic move picked Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar as the ruling alliance candidate to contest Faridpur-1 parliamentary by-election, cancelling the nomination of Kazi
 arrow Baufal newsmen flee in fright
Most of the Baufal journalists have fled the upazila facing alleged threats from both the local BNP activists and the police to put a gag on protests against Tuesday's tortures on a trainee correspondent
 arrow Cops raid office to nab Lahmeyer chief
The police yesterday raided the offices of Lahmeyer International Palli Power Services Ltd (LIPPS) to arrest its chief and his accomplices for sabotaging the Mymensingh 140-megawatt (MW) Rural Power Company
 arrow Urea in biscuits!
It is not only textile dye and burnt Mobil oil that bakery product producers use to adulterate their products.
 arrow 75 houses, shops along Turag knocked down
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished 75 illegal houses and shops on the bank of the Turag river in Mirpur in the capital.
 arrow Huda's showdown with party men
Internal conflicts among the pro-BNP lawyers intensified further as the two feuding factions led by Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque issued threats andaccused
 arrow 14yr-old graft case against Moudud quashed
The High Court (HC) yesterday quashed a corruption case filed against Law Minister Moudud Ahmed 14 years ago.
 arrow Terror strike on London was inevitable: Cops
A terrorist attack on London's financial district was simply a matter of time, the area's police chief told Wednesday's Financial Times newspaper.
 arrow Benapole port back to life after 20 days
The export and import activities through the country's largest land port Benapole resumed yesterday after remaining closed for 20 days due to a strike called by clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents.
 arrow 3 feuding Sylhet MPs say sorry to Saifur
Three ruling BNP MPs of Sylhet, who recently got into a feud with the finance minister, yesterday apologised unconditionally for their conduct.
 arrow Members want Tk 2cr area dev fund each
Members of the parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry at a meeting with Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked for a Tk 2 crore allocation for various developmentschemes
 arrow Regional Maoists meet in Rajshahi over next plan
Underground Maoist operatives yesterday launched a three-day meeting in an unknown part of Rajshahi division, in anticipation of this year's annual conference of the Coordination Committee of MaoistsParties
 arrow Desa grilled over graft
A parliamentary body yesterday formed a subcommittee to identify the unbridled corruption in the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa).
 arrow Nafees dropped from ODI squad
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 15-member squad for the three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.
 arrow OC beats up CU journalist on campus
Chittagong University Correspondent of The Daily Janakantha, Ehsan Jewel, was physically assaulted by the Officer in-Charge (OC) of Hathazari Police Station yesterday at the university railway station.
 arrow No action taken for violence by JCD-Shibir
The Institute of Health Technology (IHT) authorities are yet to take any action for Tuesday's clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists that left some 50 students
 arrow Assam rebels blow up rail track
Separatist rebels blew up a railway track in restive Assam state yesterday, cutting rail links between the remote northeastern region and the rest of India, police said.
 arrow 9 decorators handed over to India
The nine Indians, who were arrested while making the podium for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's meeting at Laksam Stadium, were yesterday handed over to Indian authorities.
 arrow Fake lawyer of 15yr held
A fake advocate was arrested yesterday after practicing as a lawyer at the District Judge's Court, Dhaka for 15 years.
 arrow Aklima finally released on bail
Aklima Akter, a 12-year-old maid who was accused of theft and confined along with adult prisoners, was released on bail from the Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday.
 arrow 70 vessels fined at Ctg port
A magistrate seized 70 vessels in the Chittagong Port and its outer anchorage in the last nine days and fined them Tk 7 lakh on various charges including tax evasion, illegal operations and environment
 arrow Cop sent to jail for Tk 6cr seized drugs
A policeman was arrested yesterday on charges of embezzling seized drugs and other evidence worth about Tk 6 crore.
Businessarrow Govt to hire 5 consultants to fix stance on Tata plan
The government yesterday decided to appoint five consultants for fixing its stance on proposed $2.5 billion Tata investment plan.
 arrow Dollar prices cross Bafeda rate
Dollar prices crossed the rates fixed by Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers Association (Bafeda) on the very first day after the association on Tuesday set the exchange rate of greenback at Tk 66 for
 arrow Uncertainty looms over FBCCI polls
Legal complexities seem to push the election of the country's apex trade body to uncertainty.
 arrow Bangla-S'pore consultation to focus on trade
Bangladesh-Singapore consultation will be held in Singapore August 14-15 mainly focussing on how to enhance bilateral trade and investment and economic co-operation in potential sectors.
 arrow Indo-Pak trade talks report progress
India and Pakistan may expand shipping and air links as trade officials from both countries held a second day of meetings Wednesday to boost trade ties, a report said.
 arrow Local software co to open marketing outlet in New York
In an attempt to enter the world's posh software markets, Millenium Information Solution Ltd (MISL), a local software solution provider, is going to open a marketing outlet in New York on August 15.
 arrow Step taken to modernise rules for CIP status
The government has taken an initiative to modernise the rules of 'Commercially Important Person (CIP)' status and 'Export Trophy' to encourage businesspersons of the country.
 arrow China FX reforms pick up pace
China announced major currency market reforms yesterday to help banks and firms cope with the uncertainty springing from last month's landmark decision to scrap the yuan's decade-old peg to the dollar.
 arrow Japan's 2004 exports post highest growth in 24 years
Japan's exports, which account for 10 percent of its economic growth, surged last year on expanding output in Asia and strong demand for cars, posting the highest growth in 24 years, a state-backed trade
 arrow Mittal net profits drop 15pc
Mittal Steel, the world's largest steel maker, has reported a 15 percent decline in second quarter net profit and predicted slightly lower shipments in the third quarter.
Net profit dropped to $1.

 arrow US, China talk textiles next week
US and Chinese officials will hold textile trade talks next week in San Francisco, but the Bush administration has not decided whether to formally seek a comprehensive textile trade deal with Beijing,
 arrow Oil prices climb in Asian trade
Oil prices climbed in Asian trade Wednesday and remain poised to test new record peaks on terrorism fears in major supplier Saudi Arabia and refinery bottlenecks in the United States, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Football: Ibrahim inspires Sky-Blues
A brace of goals from Ghanaian striker Awudu Ibrahim helped Abahani come from behind to beat Muktijoddha Sangsad 2-1 in yesterday's Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees, Tapash out of ODIs
Left-arm paceman Syed Russel made the Bangladesh team for the first time but the national selectors mainly decided to stick with the tried and tested for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Crucial 3rd Ashes Test from today
Australia are confident strike bowler Brett Lee will be fit for the third Ashes Test starting on Thursday, while Glenn McGrath is still hoping to complete a miracle recovery and play at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: 'Strauss my new Cullinan'
Shane Warne believes he has already established a firm psychological hold over England batsman Andrew Strauss after dismissing him with a wonder ball in the second Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Indians blame bad batting
India's captain and coach pinpointed bad batting and low confidence as the reasons for their lack of wins in the Indian Oil Cup triangular series here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Benning gives Surrey control
James Benning struck a swashbuckling hundred as Surrey recovered from a bumpy start to wrest control against Bangladesh A on the opening day of their three-day match at The Oval in London yesterday.
 arrow Football: 3 Dhaka giants protest 'fixing'
Mohammedan, Abahani and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in a joint statement yesterday demanded punishment of teams involved in 'match-fixing' in the Premier Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Ashgar's nomination rejected
There will be no councilor from Chittagong DSA in this month's much awaited election of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow Cricket: Lee out of hospital
Australia were given a boost when fast bowler Brett Lee was released from a Birmingham hospital on Wednesday just 24 hours before the third Ashes Test starts at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: Shaheen to run for BCB GS post
Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen told reporters yesterday that he would be a candidate for the general secretary post of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow Football: United all glaze
Manchester United swept past Hungarian minnows Debrecen 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League third round qualifier at Old Trafford Tuesday but neighbouring Everton's European dream came unstuck
 arrow Chess: Amritola chess title Zia's
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman clinched the title of the Fifth Amritolal Dey International Rating Chess beating Mohammad Javed in the last round on Wednesday in Barisal.
 arrow The rise and fall of Genoa
Upstanding English doctor James Richardson Spensley would be turning in his grave if he could see the current plight of his beloved Genoa FC, the football club he founded more than a century ago.
 arrow Athletics: Jackson, Shaheen sizzle
Bershawn Jackson lived up to his nickname of 'Batman' here on Tuesday as he flew past his rivals to take the 400 metres hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Game of musical chairs set to start in India
Indian cricket captaincy is once again likely to witness a game of musical chairs when the national selectors meet here on Friday to choose the man to lead the team on the tour of Zimbabwe starting later
 arrow Football: Mystery voice was Zidane's brother's!
France's star playmaker Zinedine Zidane has revealed it was his brother who prompted him to come out of international retirement with Les Bleus.
 arrow Football: Sacchi wants Owen to stay
Real Madrid are hoping unsettled England striker Michael Owen will stay at the club, director of football Arrigo Sacchi said.
Metropolitanarrow 'Invest to provide healthcare services at affordable cost'
Entrepreneurs have been urged to invest in the health sector with a view to providing a truly better healthcare service at an affordable cost, not just for making profit.
 arrow Journalists call for national media policy
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for a national policy for both print and electronic media in order to set a standard for journalism so that not anyone can publish newspapers and be an editor
 arrow 'Political parties, CG must help make EC independent'
The Election Commission (EC) must have the right man in the right place to act with courage and integrity for a flawless voter list and an impartial election, said Prof Muzaffer Ahmad, a renowned economist
 arrow 'Cut poverty in coastal dists'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday demanded electricity, safe drinking water, cracking on corruption, powerful local government and taking measures against river erosion in nine coastal districts of the
 arrow 'Formulate nat'l model code for bridge'
Local and foreign experts yesterday urged the government to formulate a national model code for bridge in order to make a sustainable development of communication network in the country with the optimum
 arrow Saarc foreign secys meet in Islamabad Aug 17
The foreign secretaries of the Saarc states will meet in Islamabad on August 17-18 to review the South Asian regional body's activities since its 12th summit in January last year.
 arrow Intoxicators loot Tk 1.13 lakh in capital, 1.1 lakh in Fatullah
Criminals intoxicated two bus passengers including a businessman and took away over Tk 1.13 lakh in two separate incidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Lovely succumbs to her burns
Lovely Akhter, who was set on fire by her brother-in-law on July 23, died yesterday at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Gang leader Jubo Raj, five accomplices arrested
Jubo Raj, a leader of inter-city robber gang, was arrested along with his five accomplices from the city and Savar areas with firearms early yesterday.
 arrow Verdict on Aug 18
A Dhaka court has fixed August 18 for verdict of the robbing case against four Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and their two sources.
 arrow BSF apologises for harassing Bangladeshi
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) here yesterday begged apology for harassing a Bangladeshi national for a bribe and assured appropriate steps against the
 arrow Officers Club executives meet PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon government officers to dedicate some of their spare time to social service by undertaking certain programmes.
 arrow Stern warning against deer hunting
The government yesterday issued a stern warning against deer hunting, saying that violation of the order under the wildlife Conservation Act would be severely dealt with.
 arrow 2 Businessmen abducted in N'ganj
Miscreants abducted two businessmen in Rupganj upazila and demanded Tk 6 lakh as ransom.
Nationalarrow Severe power outages hit Sylhet tea industry
Severe power outage is badly affecting the country's tea production this year, industry sources said.
 arrow High tide still haunts Patuakhali town
The Tk 17.27 crore Patuakhali town protection embankment project has become uncertain due to alleged bureaucratic tangles.
The project is awaiting approval for eight years.

 arrow Municipal chairman faces action for corruption
Bandarban Municipality Chairman Mizanur Rahman Biplob has been suspended for corruption, misuse of government resources and neglect to duty.
 arrow Fake magistrate caught while running fake mobile court
Police arrested a fake magistrate and four others for running a so-called mobile court against sale of adulterated food and realising money from traders in Bhuapur in Tangail district.
 arrow 6 'listed criminals' held in Chuadanga, Dohar
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and police in separate raids in Chuadanga and Kushtia arrested six alleged criminals and recovered a revolver Tuesday night.
 arrow 3 to die for killing in Satkhira
Three killers were sentenced to death in Satkhira while four rapists got life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in Netrakona.
 arrow ‘Mastermind’ of Belal murder freed on bail
Jamaat leader Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira, the said mastermind of murdering Khulna Bureau chief of Dainik Sangram Shaikh Belaluddin was released on bail from Khulna District Jail on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The passing of King Fahd and the challenges before King Abdullah
King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, died last week at the age of 83, after ruling his country for 22 years.
 arrow The food issue
These days our food industry is sizzling under the fire of mobile courts, media reports, and public opinion.
 arrow Koizumi sailing in troubled water
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has played his last card when he threatened that if his package of postal reform bills were voted down at the upper house of the Diet, he would dissolve the lower
Culturearrow A portrait of a promising folksinger
Abu Bakar Siddiqui ranks among the few young singers who render quality folksongs.
 arrow Joyjatra at the archives of Impress Telefilm
To promote quality films, Impress Telefilm Ltd has produced several cinematic works. To augment its archive, the organisation has recently bought the rights of Joyjatra.
 arrow Kolpoloker Padabali: Documentary on artist Abu Taher
Directed by Mahbub Alam Pallab and produced by Bengal Foundation, Kolpoloker Padabali is a documentary on the recent solo exhibition of Abu Taher's works.
 arrow Rival Matisse exhibits put Danish museums at loggerheads
Two of Denmark's biggest art museums, Louisiana and the National Gallery, will this week open separate exhibits dedicated to French fauvist painter Henri Matisse, putting them at loggerheads.
 arrow A touch of grace on the screen: Grace Kelly
The actress who made waves on the silver screen with her serene beauty, Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia, on November 12, 1929 into an affluent family.
Generalarrow 'Amend Citizenship Act as it is discriminatory'
Human rights activist Dr Faustina Pereira said the Citizenship Act must be amended as it suffers from severe gender discrimination and is contrary to the constitution.
 arrow 'Phulbari coal field can earn huge foreign exchange'
Open-pit mining in Phulbari coal field is the only commercially viable way, with a prospect of extracting 572 million tonnes of coal, geologists from home and abroad said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow One murdered by cousin in Raozan
A man was stabbed to death by his cousin, a convict in a murder case, at Raozan in the district yesterday.
Police arrested one in this connection.

 arrow Tk 2.5 lakh gold ornaments looted from Demra house
Armed robbers looted over Tk 2.5 lakh in cash and gold ornaments from the Demra house of a Bangladeshi expatriate in Saudi Arabia in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow Two Rohingyas held with arms
Two armed Rohingya refugees were arrested at the refugee camp at Nayapara in Teknaf upazila yesterday.
 arrow Govt to introduce allowance for the disabled
The government is going to launch a Disability Allowance Programme for the insolvent disabled of the country.
Under the programme, which is to kick off in the current fiscal, some 1.

 arrow Gen Rezaqul made envoy to Turkey
The government has appointed Major General Rezaqul Haider as Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Turkey.
He has worked for UNAMET/UNTAET as Chief Military Observer.

Internationalarrow Restore democracy or face chaos
The United States has warned Nepal's king to return the country to democracy or face a slide towards chaos.
 arrow Pak PM calls on UK to 'look within' for Islamic extremism
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday called on Britain to "look within" for the roots of Islamic extremism, saying no links had been drawn between his country and the London bombings.
 arrow Rumsfeld accuses Iran of allowing weapons to cross into Iraq
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused Iran Tuesday of allowing weapons to be smuggled across its border into Iraq, warning that "ultimately, it's a problem for Iran.
 arrow IAEA cancels meeting for more talks on Iran
The UN atomic agency has cancelled a planned formal meeting yesterday on Iran's nuclear programme because diplomats remain locked in closed-door talks on an EU proposal to stop fuel cycle work, a spokesman
 arrow 'Nobody knows' when Iraqis will be ready to takeover security
The top US general said Tuesday that "nobody knows" how soon Iraqi forces can take the lead in fighting insurgents, but that the deployment of a 138,000-strong US force could be sustained in Iraq forseveral
 arrow US releases guide for new immigrants
Pay taxes, carry your green card all the time and do not engage in serious crimes like murder, rape and terrorism, these are some of the advices given to new immigrants by the US Citizenship and Immigration
 arrow India has to play key role in Lankan peace: Expert
It is time India gave up its hands-off policy and played a pro-active role again to help end Sri Lanka's continuing ethnic conflict, says an American academic based in Britain.
 arrow Saudi envoy blasts UK for ignoring terror threat
Saudi Arabia's outgoing ambassador to Britain blasted the British government for ignoring constant Saudi warnings on Muslim extremists, a British newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Purported al-Qaeda video threatens troops
A purported al-Qaeda-made video shows militants in Afghanistan including Europeans, Arabs and others preparing to attack US troops and showing off what they said was a US military laptop.
 arrow Jagdish Tytler under pressure, may quit
Union minister Jagdish Tytler is likely to quit after the GT Nanavati Commission has indicted him for instigating the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination
 arrow 'Pollution evident from space'
Astronauts normally wax poetic when talking about the wondrous view from outer space of their blue-green-and-white home planet.
 arrow US study equates RSS with al-Qaeda
A US-based think tank has clubbed the RSS with al-Qaeda and some other groups as examples of 'New Religious Movements'.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Utter neglect of consumer rights
At first, there were snapshot reports in the print and electronic media on an abominable spate in food concoctions, manufacture of other spurious products, and their sales in the open market.
 arrow Editorial: Demolition is not enough
The action taken by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Tuesday to demolish an under-construction market owned by BNP ward commissioner Monwar Hossain Dipjal on the bank of the Turag
 arrow Cracks in the order and the vision
According to one view there are periods in world history which are charcterised by a less of the sense of values.
 arrow Dark clouds on the horizon
Pakistani and Indian officials met in Delhi to discuss and arrive at agreed confidence building measures in pursuit of what is called a Nuclear Restraint Regime.
Letters to Editorarrow An appeal
It is said that communication is one of the core areas for a country to develop. In any part of the country, it plays a vital role in everybody's life.
 arrow Wastage of foreign exchange
It appears that faulty import policies result in huge wastage of foreign exchange (the dollar now creeping up to Tk 67), through import of luxury and non-essential items, as also foreign RMG (readymade
 arrow Sheba project
Please refer to the DS news item (26.07.05) "Sheba Phone to launch wireless fixed phones in rural areas by December.
 arrow Lost smile
The commuter buses were plying with hooting horns to strike the eardrum of the passengers, as usual. The emitting smoke was troublesome and the waiting people were rubbing their eyes in response.
 arrow IRA decision
The IRA has ordered laying down of arms, after decades of confrontation. The decision came after the fireworks in London [7/7 and subsequent Thursday effect] Common danger ushers in intimations of unity.
 arrow We applaud
We applaud the role played by DS and other newspapers against adulterationa social vice of unfathomable magnitude.
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