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Front Pagearrow Cloud over economy as fuel prices spiral
As oil prices go on a bull-run, economists and the private sector urge for immediate austerity measures to backstop an adverse impact on the economy.
 arrow 400 hurt in attacks on AL's mourning programmes
Around four hundred leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations were injured as mourning day programmes marking the 30th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
 arrow Mustaque group approached US embassy in Dhaka
Bird had unearthed some curious files at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace left over from a major study at Carnegie concerned with American policy and Bangladesh's War of Independence.
 arrow Nation mourns Bangabandhu
Thousands of mourners yesterday thronged the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum premises at Road No.
 arrow Disqualified bidder gets cabinet body nod
The Cabinet's Purchase Committee yesterday approved the disqualified bid of a consortium of companies--UAE-based Belhasa, Bangladeshi Orion Power and German Steag -- for the 450 megawatt Meghnaghat 2power
 arrow Peaceful hartal observed
The half-day countrywide hartal enforced by the main opposition Awami League demanding execution of the verdict of the Bangabandhu murder case passed off peacefully yesterday.
 arrow Blast at Ahmadiyya house injures woman
A powerful bomb blew off the wrist of a middle-aged Ahmadiyya woman at Brahmanbaria yesterday, 52 days into a series bomb explosions in the same area.
 arrow BNP aspirants find nomination costly
The ruling BNP aspirants to women's reserved seats are dissatisfied with the party nominations being expensive while Election Commission (EC) appears to be helpless to stop the overt sale of party tickets
 arrow Rab raids places on Shahid's info
Two courts here yesterday sanctioned 10-day remand of Shahid Chairman, the prime suspect in the sensational abduction of Chitta-gong business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, in an arms case and the
 arrow US embassy declines to comment on CIA role
The US embassy in Dhaka has declined to comment on CIA involvement in the August 15 coup leading to the assassination of Bangladesh's founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as written anew
 arrow 500mw shortfall as plants shut down
Following the shutdown of several power plants, the country has been undergoing a steady power shortfall of at least 500 megawatts (mw) for the last one week, with no immediate respite in sight.
 arrow Even ants dare not touch biscuits
Ammonia and other potentially harmful chemicals were found yesterday along with flour preserved in a rancid, insect-infested environment when a mobile court raided the Chandpur bread and biscuit factory
 arrow Tough laws on the cards for errant builders
A cabinet committee yesterday approved an amendment of the 1952 building code incorporating stringent punishment for unsafe construction and other irregularities by the constructors or the building owners.
 arrow Plane fare for Hajis won't rise
The cabinet yesterday approved the Hajj policy for 2006 and rejected a proposal for enhancement of plane fare for the pilgrims by $300.
 arrow Jamal's family trashes Shahid's statement
The family members of abducted Chittagong business magnate and district BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday talked with State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and sought his cooperation
 arrow WB chief arrives on Sunday
World Bank (WB) President Paul Wolfowitz will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day visit, WB officials said.
 arrow Father-in-law breaks from Bangla Bhai
The father-in-law of Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai has broken from his daughter and the chief of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB).
 arrow Trader killed as family fails to pay Tk 10 lakh to captors
A trader held to ransom by some criminals for a week was slain and his body was found dumped near the Meghna River here yesterday.
 arrow 2 'outlaws' die in 'crossfire'
Two alleged outlaws of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their accomplices in Mohonpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Panic at Kharampur as bomb blasts near shrine again
Panic gripped the Kharampur locality in Brahmanbaria when another bomb exploded near the shrine in the early hours yesterday, but no casualties were reported.
 arrow Bombs retrieved from mosque, Islamic academy
Chuadanga police retrieved two powerful bombs from an Islamic academy and a mosque on Sunday night.
 arrow Australia draw in dramatic fashion
Australia held out for a draw with just one wicket standing to deny England victory in the third Ashes Test on the fifth and final day at Old Trafford here Monday.
 arrow Shahid's wife goes into hiding
Following the arrest of Shahid Chairman, the prime suspect in the sensational abduction of businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Shahid's wife went into hiding with two minor daughters to escape "police
Businessarrow Legal battle holds back private land phones in Dhaka
A long-drawn legal battle between the telecoms watchdog and UK-based WorldTel deprives thousands of prospective subscribers of receiving private fixed phone connections in the capital.
 arrow Ensure hygiene to reach Tk 100b export target
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday urged the shrimp producers and exporters to follow the hygienic sanitation rule and good aquaculture practice at every stage of production to attain
 arrow Govt likely to adopt PSC guideline for coalfields
With a cautious note about leasing out the country's coalfields to foreign companies, the government is likely to adopt production sharing contract (PSC) provision for the coalmines.
 arrow Nilphamari chamber asks importers to be cautious
In the face of a series of consignments of 'low-quality' grains from India to Bangladesh, Nilphamari Chamber of Commerce and Industry has asked importers to be cautious about importing food grains from
 arrow 5-day furniture show kicks off today
With a view to introducing the latest development in the local furniture industry with customers, a five-day national furniture fair begins today at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Month-long fair begins in Bangkok Aug 31
Thailand is going to hold a month-long international fair during 31 August and 30 September in Bangkok.
 arrow Dhaka Int'l Trade Fair now begins Dec 12
Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), the country's largest exposition of local and international products, will now kick off on December 12, 2005 instead of previously-announced December 22.
 arrow Japan, India mull telecoms tie-ups
Japan and India are set to reach an agreement on tie-ups in research and development of next-generation telecommunications technologies, involving cellphones and broadband Internet access, according to
 arrow Oil retreats below $67
Oil prices were lower in Asian trading Monday as the market paused for a breather after crude futures shot past a record 67 dollars a barrel last week, dealers said.
 arrow ACNielsen's South Asia MD due today
Partha Rakshit, managing director of ACNielsen South Asia, will arrive in Dhaka today.
 arrow China's economic planning body hits out at central bank
China's key economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Monday lashed out at the reform policies of the central bank in a highly unusual display of bureaucratic infighting.
 arrow GM plans to purchase more auto supplies in Asia
General Motors Corp. is planning to purchase more material in Asia and trim capacity in North America as it struggles to contain the huge financial losses in its basic automotive business.
 arrow East Asia summit may create free trade: Australia
The creation of the East Asia Summit could be the first step to establishing free trade throughout the region within the next 20 years, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Monday.
 arrow Mak Tel now dealer of AKTEL products
Mak Tel will distribute products of mobile phone operator AKTEL throughout the country.
An agreement to this effect was signed recently in Dhaka between the two companies, says a press release.

 arrow Merger of two China steel cos to make global giant
China's second and fifth largest steel mills announced Monday an ambitious merger that would form a global giant and make it one of the world's top players.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Non-panelists ready to challenge
A total of 62 councilors have collected 112 nomination papers for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections to be held on August 27.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting keeps Eng at bay
Andrew Flintoff nudged England closer to victory, and a 2-1 Ashes series lead, on the final day of the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe dis-Bonded
Shane Bond's devastating pace and Tatenda Taibu's defiance dominated the first day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand on Monday.
 arrow Football: Crespo last action hero
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was apologetic after Hernan Crespo broke Wigan Athletic hearts with a stunning strike deep into stoppage time to snatch a 1-0 victory at the JJB stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Crucial BFF meeting today
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is expected to form a probe committee at its executive committee meeting today to investigate match-fixing allegations against Brothers Union and four other Premier
 arrow Cricket: Viv's son makes the difference
A six-wicket haul by Mali Richards, son of legendary West Indian cricketer Viv Richards, led Antigua to a 20-run win over Bangladesh A in a limited-overs match between the two visiting sides at Whitgift
 arrow Cricket: Old Trafford refuses fans
Around 10,000 fans were turned away from Old Trafford as they tried to get hold of tickets for the final day of the third Ashes Test on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Metropolis 2nd Div chess from Aug 25
The metropolis 2nd Division Chess League will begin from August 25 at the Chess Federation hall room.
Interested teams have been requested to enter their names for the open event by August 23.

 arrow Cricket: Inzy intends to mend fences with Shoaib
Inzamamul Haq has said that he intends to talk at length with Shoaib Akhtar in South Africa during the Afro-Asian Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Montreal Masters goes to Nadal
Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal claimed the first hardcourt title of his career on Sunday, subduing US veteran Andre Agassi 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to win the Montreal Masters Series crown.
 arrow Football: Real win tribute game
Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute, helping Real Madrid defeat a Hungarian select side 3-1 on Sunday in a match to benefit ailing soccer legend Ferenc Puskas.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav, Rahul get on well
After being re-appointed Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly has made it clear that there are no fissures in the side, and certainly no personality clash with Rahul Dravid, who had led the side while he served
 arrow Cricket: Now Warne's best friend
Mike Gatting, twelve years after Shane Warne bamboozled him with 'the ball of the century', once more found himself confounded at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Brazilians down Juve
Brazilians Kaka and Serghino scored as AC Milan came back to beat Italian champions Juventus 2-1 in the pre-season Berlusconi Trophy on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Eyes on returning superstars
Zinedine Zidane is coming out of retirement for France and Ronaldo will be back with Brazil in a raft of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Jenas' red becomes yellow
Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas has had the red card he received during Sunday's 2-0 Premiership loss at Arsenal downgraded to yellow after the match referee reviewed his controversial decision.
 arrow Cycling: Armstrong's no to politics
Tour de France superstar Lance Armstrong dismissed reports that might enter politics by running for governor of Texas.
 arrow Football: Makaay packs more punch
Roy Makaay has often drawn comparisons with former Bayern Munich striking icon Gerd Muller but statistics prove Netherlands international Makaay is more clinical in front of goal.
 arrow Athletics: Radcliffe, Limo get it right
Paula Radcliffe and Benjamin Limo, two of the most gifted athletes of their generation, finally came of age here on Sunday when they were crowned champions of the world.
Metropolitanarrow Politicians ignoring people's interest
Politics of self-interest has started in the country after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.
 arrow China to import apparels from Bangladesh
China is considering importing a substantial volume of apparels, particularly knitwear, from Bangladesh and providing training to develop the textile sector, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday.
 arrow 14 killed in road mishaps
Fourteen people were killed in road accidents in four districts in last two days.
 arrow Khaleda wishes people progress, prosperity on birthday
In the midst of her daily routine work, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday received greetings from her party leaders and workers on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
 arrow PM for expansion of trade with Chile
Chilean Ambassador Jorge Heine yesterday said Bangladesh and his Latin American country, having a lot of commonality, together could play an important role in socioeconomic development of their respective
 arrow CPB demands execution of Bangabandhu killers
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said Bangladesh cannot be a progressive and democratic country until the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case is executed.
 arrow Bail petition of 3 JCD leaders rejected
A Dhaka court on Sunday rejected bail petitions of former three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders, arrested for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Police yet to get lead from arrestees
Police are yet to get a lead to the killing of businessman Kazi Shahidullah from the three detainees until 8:00pm last night.
 arrow Woman's body recovered, one held for attempt to kill cousin
Police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of a housewife from a pond in Badda, while a manpower agent was arrested after attempting to slaughter his cousin inside a hotel at Uttara in the capital.
 arrow Symbols allocated
Election symbols were allocated yesterday among the three candidates contesting the Faridpur-1 by-polls scheduled for August 30.
 arrow Journalist Abul Bashar ill
Journalist Abul Bashar is undergoing treatment with critical liver ailments at BIRDEM Hospital in the city, family and hospital sources said here on Sunday.
 arrow Justice Ruhul acting chief justice
Justice Ruhul Amin of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will act as chief justice during the absence of Chief Justice Syed Mudassir Hossain from September 1 to 12 or till his joining to work.
 arrow Dhaka trader killed in Rajshahi
A young businessman of Dhaka was allegedly murdered by unknown assailants at a city hotel on Sunday night.
 arrow Death anniversary of Rintu observed
The 30th death anniversary of Abdur Nayeem Khan Rintu, a victim of the carnage of August 15, 1975, was observed yesterday with due solemnity.
 arrow Benaploe trader released hours after his arrest
Detective police released an influential trader allegedly under pressure hours after he was arrested yesterday on charge of evading Tk 10 crore duty.
 arrow Boy drowns in Buriganga
A five-year-old boy drowned in the Buriganga river yesterday.
Nationalarrow Extortionists in Chuadanga, Kushtia kidnap 2 traders
Two more businessmen were abducted in Kushtia and Chuadanga for ransom in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Reinstate sacked newsmen
Journalists in Barisal held a rally and formed a human chain in front of Barisal Aswani Kumar Hall demanding reinstatement of the two journalists in Bhola and Baufal to their jobs.
 arrow They suffer just for lack of a 100-metre dam
Over 500 people of Golchipa Ashrayan Project are suffering for lack of a 100-metre flood control embankment on the Golachipa river in the district.
 arrow Satkhira hotels, sweetmeat shops fined for selling stale food
Two mobile courts realised Tk 28,400 as fine from the owners of hotels, restaurants, bakeries and sweetmeat shops for selling adulterated food in separate drives conducted here on Sunday and Saturday.
 arrow Bail prayer of 7 rejected
The District and Sessions Judge Court here on Sunday rejected the bail prayer of seven accused in Rejbul Huq Plabon murder case.
 arrow Hartal observed to protest land ‘grabbing’
A half-day hartal was observed at Dhamura river port in Uzirpur upazila in Barisal district protesting alleged illegal occupation of property of local post office by an employee at the Prime Minister's
Point-Counterpointarrow Asia's changing strategic landscape
The change is to be viewed in terms of the perception that the centre of gravity of the world politics is shifting from the Atlantic where it was lodged for past three centuries to the Pacific now.
 arrow The endearing America
Heated discussions and controversies have invariably characterised the debate over American image, particularly since the conclusion of the Second World War.
 arrow The children of the 80s and 90s speak on Bangabandhu
We passed a sheet of paper around to our Rising Stars contributors in the hope of gleaning what a cross-section of the younger population think about Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Among the scholars: An update
I am writing in response to the article entitled 'Among the scholars' by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed that appeared in your daily on August 7th.
Culturearrow Bidding farewell to monsoon
Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Shammilon Parishad organised a cultural programme Srabonshondhya at the Shishu Academy to bid farewell to the monsoon, Sunday last.
 arrow Onkar on silver screen
The shooting of Bangla, a film based on litterateur Ahmed Chhofa's novel Onkar, will begin from Saturday next.
 arrow "By that time the aircraft had been taken to the hangar and I had to return home barefoot." -- Rafiq
One of the top grade adhunik and playback singers, Rafiqul Alam has been a familiar name in our music arena since the '70s.
 arrow A voice with a long standing appeal
Hena Kabir's home in Uttara is replete with photographs of her family. There is also one unforgettable snapshot of her as a woman of 22 years when she had just embarked into her career as a radio announcer.
 arrow Presley lives again as Memphis fetes rock-n-roll king
In Memphis they call it "Death Week", the annual festival when fans in sequinned jumpsuits and blue suede shoes come to revel in the memory of the rock-n-roll king Elvis Presley, who died 28 years ago.
Internationalarrow Indonesia inks Aceh peace pact
The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels yesterday signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that killed 15,000 people.
 arrow Israel starts Gaza pullout
Israel began its historic operation yesterday to pull out of the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation, meeting anger and defiance from settlers being uprooted from their homes.
 arrow Colombo to honour truce
Sri Lanka's assassinated foreign minister was given a state funeral yesterday as Colombo vowed to honour a truce despite blaming Tamil Tiger rebels for the murder and demanding a review of the peace process.
 arrow India upbeat over peace talks with Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that peace talks with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan over Kashmir had achieved "some success", as the nation celebrated its 58th anniversary of independence
 arrow US Senators demand Rumsfeld's head
A top aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the al-Qaeda operation in Iraq and accused of masterminding high-profile suicide bombings in the country, has been killed by Iraqi security forces, defenceofficials
 arrow Japan apologises for WWII invasions
Asia commemorated the 60th anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender yesterday by honouring the dead and searching for reconciliation.
 arrow Victims were 'frozen solid' before Cyprus plane crash
Most of the bodies recovered from the Cypriot plane that crashed into a mountain near Athens with 121 people on board were "frozen solid," a Greek Defence Ministry source said yesterday.
 arrow Last dance in Mumbai bar
Shutters in dance bars in the Indian city of Mumbai will be pulled down for good yesterday, bringing to an end a business which has become synonymous with the city's vibrant nightlife and famous Bollywood.
 arrow 'Britain ordered assassination of Netaji'
The British Foreign Office had in March 1941 ordered the assassination of freedom revolutionary Subhash Chandra Bose after his escape from house arrest in Kolkata, an Irish scholar said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC still in a limbo
Sits inception last November the ACC has made regrettably little progress, leading to the inescapable suspicion that, fine words to the contrary, the government is not at all serious about tackling corruption.
 arrow Editorial: Playing foul with the patient's diet!
The DCC mobile court's latest finding is appalling, to say the least.
 arrow New deal from New Delhi
I had the opportunity of hearing from Dr Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister (PM), while inaugurating the New Delhi office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
 arrow Kadirgamar's killing embroils Sri Lanka in new crisis
The assassination of Sri Lankan foreign minister Laxman Kadirgamar has come as a bolt from the blue for the island state, which is already embroiled in the twin problem of civil war caused by long drawn
Letters to Editorarrow An anonymous Tagore?
A few days ago while reading the newspaper a name on one of the headlines caught my attention-- the inside story was about a man who claimed himself a controversial speaker before delivering a speechin
 arrow Mr. Tancredo's solution
How do you define extremism? Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado said that if a terrorist attack were to occur in the US by Muslim extremists, then the US response should be to bomb Mecca.
 arrow Azan in TV advertisement
A TV advertisement on ATN is composed with Holy Azan of Muslim religion, which is totally against the norm of advertising.
 arrow Why more DC-10s?
Biman management seems to have opted for petty and short-term interests again.
 arrow Desa grilled over graft
The above refers to a news item which appeared in DS on August 11, 2005.
 
   
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