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Front Pagearrow Living turns costlier on fuel price hike
The government's latest fuel price hike in a bid to stabilise national economy has pushed up the living cost, threatening living standard of common people both in urban and rural areas.
 arrow ACC screens out 50pc Bac staff
After 10 months of its formation, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday completed screening of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) staff.
 arrow 18 more camel jockeys return
Eighteen more Bangladeshi children, who were used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), returned home yesterday, bringing the total number of such returnees to 83.
 arrow Rab empowered to try its members in court martial style
The government has notified a gazette on Rapid Action Battalion Rules empowering the elite force to try its unruly members in a fashion almost identical to a court martial.
 arrow PDB picks flawed bidder for 150 MW Chandpur plant
The Power Development Board (PDB) has finally recommended the flawed bid of disqualified Chinese company Harbin to set up the proposed 150 megawatt combined cycle Chandpur Power Plant, sources said.
 arrow Transport strike withdrawn
Transport owners and workers yesterday withdrew the countrywide transport strike they earlier announced for today and tomorrow upon the communications minister's assurance of enhancing transport fares
 arrow Opposition to call hartal for Sunday
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies are likely to call a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country on September 11, demanding withdrawal of the latest fuel price hike.
 arrow Aiyar says Dhaka, Delhi clear way for signing MoU
Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar yesterday said New Delhi and Dhaka seemed to have resolved outstanding issues relating to a tri-nation pipeline for transporting natural gas from Myanmar.
 arrow Militants trained in Tangail for Aug 17 blasts
A cadre of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), detained for suspected links to the August 17 blasts, yesterday said he along with other militants had been trained in Delduar of Tangail to carry out
 arrow New Orleans death toll likely 10,000
New Orleans showed the first rays of recovery from Hurricane Katrina yesterday as engineers pumped water out of the corpse-littered city to clear the way for months of cleanup operations.
 arrow Floods of racial divide
By the time most of the last stragglers were evacuated from New Orleans over the weekend, only the dead bore witness to a hugely controversial rescue effort that has exposed the racial divisions and poverty
 arrow PQS, Family Needs fined for selling rotten fish
The owners of luxurious department shops continue selling rotten fish and products past their expiry dates, as members of the mobile court recently discovered in Uttara.
 arrow Stop unproductive use of electricity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all, including the consumers, to stop use of electricity in unproductive works to ensure its maximum use in productive purposes.
 arrow Court allows CID to conduct DNA test of skeleton
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court here yesterday gave permission for conducting a DNA test of the recovered skeleton, believed to be of abducted businessman Jamal Uddin.
 arrow Reduce prices of education materials....


 arrow Uneasy calm at Petrobangla over directors' appointment
An uneasy calm prevails in state-run oil, gas and mineral corporation, Petrobangla, over superseding officials in appointing directors on current charges.
 arrow Elderly man shot dead in Ctg
Armed criminals shot dead an elderly man and injured another at Satkania upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Accused in Ctg arms haul case accorded reception
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation (BSPSF) here yesterday accorded reception to its leader Mohammad Yakub, who happens to be a chargesheeted accused in the biggest ever arms haul case in Chittagong.
 arrow 'Outlaw' killed in 'shootout' with police
A leader of an underground outfit was killed in a 'shootout' between police and his accomplices at Ramchandrapur in Santhia upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Iraq is now centre for terrorism: Annan
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday that Iraq has become an even greater "centre for terrorist activities" than Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Annan, speaking to British Broadcasting Corp.

 arrow Turag encroachers...


 arrow Saudi cops storm militant hideout
Saudi security forces moved yesterday to storm a militant hideout in the eastern city of Dammam during a third day of intense clashes that have already killed five al-Qaeda suspects and two police.
 arrow India raises petrol, diesel prices by 7pc
India raised domestic prices of petrol and diesel by about 7 percent on Tuesday, its second fuel price increase this year, to bring them more in line with record global oil prices.
 arrow Pakistan sends back 50 Bangladeshis
The Pakistan government yesterday deported at least 50 Bangladeshis, mostly due to expiry of their visas.
 arrow Derailed wagon disrupts Dhaka-Ctg route
A container wagon derailed between Fajilpur and Muhuriganj rail stations at 6:00pm yesterday, disrupting train services on the Dhaka-Chittagong route.
Businessarrow FBCCI demands weekly holiday on Sunday
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday demanded one-day weekly holiday on Sunday instead of Friday-Saturday weekend, as the new leadership took over charge of
 arrow Petroleum price may further fuel inflation rate
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed had a chequered career in management at international level spanning over thirty years before he became the chief of the central bank early this year.
 arrow BB relaxes forex guidelines
The commercial banks will no longer require Bangladesh Bank's (BB) approval to buy cheques from foreign embassies or international organisations or foreign nationals employed in Bangladesh.
 arrow ADB urges govt to expedite fund utilisation process
Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday urged the government to expedite the process of utilising its US$ 50 million assistance for the development of SME (small and medium enterprise) sector.
 arrow 9 cos get $3 lakh spot orders in Frankfurt fair
Nine Bangladeshi export-oriented companies got spot orders worth US$3 lakh at Tendence Lifestyle-2005 at Frankfurt, Germany.
 arrow Handloom fabrics fair begins in Ctg
The government has taken initiatives to build organisational infrastructure for proper marketing of handloom fabrics, Textiles and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj said yesterday.
 arrow Islamabad keen to set up shipping line with Dhaka
Pakistan has shown keen interest to establish shipping line with Bangladesh to strengthen bilateral trade relations.
 arrow New president of ICSMB
Mohd Sanaullah has recently been made the new president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB).
 arrow Tatas to invest $9.1b in Jharkhand state
The Tatas, India's second largest business group, plans to invest 400 billion rupees ($9.1 billion) to set up a steel mill and power plant in the eastern state of Jharkhand, the chief minister said.
 arrow Mandelson urges EU states to adapt in globalisation
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday European countries must learn to adapt in the age of globalisation and actively engage in trade and investment with new economic powers like China and
 arrow Blair oversees trade deals with China
British Prime Minister Tony Blair held talks Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao and was to oversee the signing of a raft of important trade and investment deals before leaving for India.
 arrow ROK calls for EU-style Asia-Pacific bloc
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun urged nations in the Asia and Pacific region Tuesday to follow the European Union model in building a regional economic bloc.
 arrow Vanik Card now LankaBangla MasterCard
LankaBangla Finance Limited, a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka joint non-banking finance organisation, on Monday re-launched its Vanik Card under the brand name of LankaBangla MasterCard.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rafique again
With the one-day whitewash still haunting and the injury list growing with every passing day, the Bangladesh cricket team suffered another shattering blow during their Tuesday's training session whenMohammad
 arrow Football: Abahani blaze
Ghanaian striker Ibrahim slammed a hat-trick as Abahani routed Youngmens Club 6-1 goals to finish their Premier Division League campaign in style on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 3-dayer starts today
Bangladesh had little selection problems on the eve of their three-day practice match against Sri Lanka Development Squad which starts on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar might fly to Lanka today
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is expected to leave Dhaka today to re-join the team in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series goes to NZ
Opener Nathan Astle struck an unbeaten 115 to guide New Zealand to a six-wicket victory over India in the final of a one-day international triangular series at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee may miss first Test
Mashrafee bin Mortuza's chances to play in the first Test against Sri Lanka looked remote as the back pain of the country's leading paceman got worse.
 arrow Football: Tipu back after four years
Striker Shahajuddin Tipu earned an expected recall to the national fold after a gap of four years when new Bangladesh coach Diego Andres Cruciani announced a 28-member preliminary squad on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Pierce, Agassi show class
Mary Pierce avenged the most painful defeat of her career when she surprised Belgian seventh seed Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday.
 arrow Cycling: Arm in arm with Armstrong
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is engaged to marry rock star Sheryl Crow, a spokesman for the cyclist confirmed Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Jones ruled out
Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones has been left ruing an injured right ankle which, after a fitness test, ruled him out of selection for England's deciding Ashes Test at The Oval on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI confirms ODI dates
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the itinerary for India's one-day matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa to be held in October-November.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Dolaipar High and Segunbagicha High moved into the final round of the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament winning their respective matches at the Birshtreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho tips Robinho for greatness
Real Madrid's newest star Robinho has been told that he can be a world beater by his compatriot Ronaldinho.
Metropolitanarrow Water reservoir toxic gas claims four in city
Toxic gas claimed the lives of two construction workers and a local when they went into a water reservoir of an under-construction school building in Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka's efforts to achieve MDGs lauded
Officials of the United Nations (UN) and the European Commission (EC) at a seminar yesterday appreciated Bangladesh for achieving some millennium development goals (MDG) and stressed the need for fulfilling
 arrow 'Lowest bidder not awarded work order'
A book publisher yesterday alleged that the National Curriculum and Textbook Board's (NCTB) awarding work order of printing books to parties who were not the lowest bidders added Tk 2.
 arrow Coal policy soon
The government welcomes the foreign investment in coal exploration but will make no compromise with the foreign companies on the question of national interest while striking any deal, said AMM Nasir Uddin,
 arrow Wife strangled, elderly man killed in city
A housewife was strangled while an elderly man killed in the city on Monday.
 arrow Prime suspect Mukul now living in India
Mukul, one of the prime suspects of the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally, is now living in India.
 arrow Govt has failed to give security to people
Leaders of Muktijoddha Gono Parishad yesterday said the August 17 bomb blasts proved that the government has failed to provide security to the common people.
 arrow EC urged to make candidates' personal information public
Members of the civil society yesterday called on the Election Commission (EC) to take effective steps to collect all the personal information about the candidates in the general election and make those
 arrow PM asks party women MPs to protect people's interest
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday suggested her party's newly elected women deputies to play their due role in parliament to protect people's interest and uphold party ideals and tradition.
 arrow UNDP launches HDR-2005 today
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launches its Human Development Report (HDR) 2005 titled -'International cooperation at a crossroads: Aid, trade and security in an unequal world' globally
 arrow Islamic militants creation of CIA
Islamic militants in Bangladesh are the creation of US intelligence agency CIA, said Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon at a rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow DAB to set up transplant centre
Professor A K Azad Khan, secretary general of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, yesterday said they would set up an international standard transplant centre in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cellphone sets, batteries worth Tk 1 cr seized at ZIA
The customs authorities at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized a huge number of mobile phone sets and batteries worth about Tk I crore.
 arrow Solicitor asked to submit report within 24 hours
The law ministry yesterday directed its solicitor to submit a report within 24- hour regarding the allegation of a complainant that a Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) demanded money unlawfully from him.
 arrow Controversial RU staffs threaten agitation
The controversially appointed 544 employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday threatened to launch tougher agitation along with their wives and children if the authorities make any fresh recruitment
 arrow Edwards new executive director of World Vision Bangladesh
Vincent Edwards, a staff member of World Vision International, has been appointed as the executive director of World Vision Bangladesh recently.
 arrow SSKOP demands Wage Board meeting
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday expressed grave resentment over the government's failure to hold a meeting even after two months of the formation of the 6th Wage
 arrow Appeal for help
Md Sabder Ali alias Badal, a valiant freedom fighter, has long been suffering from stomach cancer.
 arrow Price hike of fuel protested
Karmojibi Nari, a women's rights organisation, organised a rally yesterday at Muktangon in the city protesting price hike of essentials, including fuel.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea spreads in flood-hit Sirajganj
Diarrhoea and pneumonia are spreading in the nine flood affected upazilas of Sirajganj district as water has started receding.
 arrow Land grabbing makes the poor landless
The number of landless people in Jamuna shoals in four upazilas of Gaibandha district is increasing as local influentials grab lands of poor peasants by using political clout and muscle power.
 arrow Rab headquarters open in Sylhet
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) headquarters was inaugurated in Sylhet city yesterday.
 arrow No crime recorded in 15 days in B'baria
Crime rate has remarkably declined in Brahmanabaria after the district administration started weekly crime review meetings last month and beefed by patrol and vigilance by law enforcers.
 arrow 4 bank staff sued for 'snatching'
Four employees of Bangladesh Bank's Barisal branch have been sued for allegedly snatching bundles of smudgy notes from a man who went to the bank to exchange those for new notes.
 arrow Beaten by rivals for joining party
Three persons including a Union Parishad chairman, who joined BNP on September 1, were seriously injured when attacked by a group of BNP leaders and activists for joining the party.
 arrow 10 get life for BNP leader murder
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal on Sunday sentenced 10 people to suffer life term rigorous imprisonment (RI), six of them in absentia, in Chowgachha BNP leader murder case in Jessore.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of housewife
Mystery shrouds the death of a young housewife in Modern Para in Jhenidah town.
Police yesterday recovered the body of Farzana Ahmed Nila, wife of Tariqul Islam Palash, a rich businessman.

 arrow Media urged to create awareness
Speakers at a roundtable here on Tuesday urged the journalists to help create awareness among young people about AIDS.
Point-Counterpointarrow Authenticity of voter list, local govt and fair election
There is no controversy about the principle that an election will be conducted by the Election Commission based on up-to-date voter list so that nobody reaching the voting age on the date of voting is
 arrow Katrina devastation greater than worst fears
South Asia, particularly Bangladesh has been projected, time and again, by western media pundits as disaster prone area in the world, but they perhaps conveniently ignored occurrence of such things in
 arrow London united
July 2005 has been the most dramatic month that Londoners have seen in the last 20 years.
 arrow Professor Noman
It was sometime in the year 1963. My father and I were passing on foot by the Jagannath Collage. We ran into a handsome gentleman who seemed to be quite intimate with my father.
Culturearrow Mind-whirling 3-D work
Bhashkar, a group of 12 young sculptors, are displaying their works at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Musical soiree on Nazrul's plays and films
Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) organised a special musical soiree on Monday last, to commemorate the death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Agricultural issues to the fore
One of the popular programmes on agriculture, on TV, at present is undoubtedly Hridoye Mati O Manush, a regular show on Channel i.
 arrow Italians warned of 'missing' art icons
Michelangelo's David is missing a leg. Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper reveals a blank spot where Jesus once was. The Leaning Tower of Pisa has disappeared.
Generalarrow Measles vaccination programme to cover 15 lakh children
A three-week measles vaccination programme began on September 3 to cover about 15 lakh children under ten.
 arrow 'Lives of people now more insecure'
Bikkhubdo Nari Morcha, an alliance of aggrieved women, held a rally in the city yesterday demanding exemplary punishment to culprits responsible for series of bomb blasts across the country on August17.
 arrow Ittefaq staff killed in road accident
Ekramul Haque, a staff of the Ittefaq, was killed in a road accident at Chandanaish in Chittagong yesterday.
Internationalarrow Delhi to cut troops if violence halts
India indicated on Monday night that it could consider cutting troops in troubled Jammu and Kashmir if there is a cessation of separatist violence and infiltration of militants from across the border.
 arrow Bush under fire for slow response
President George W.
 arrow Monks back Lankan PM after pledge to drop federal solution
Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist party said yesterday it had pledged support to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse in the upcoming presidential election after he reportedly promised to drop a federal solution
 arrow Katrina may prompt new 'black migration'
If refugees end up building new lives away from New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina may prompt the largest US black resettlement since the 20th century's Great Migration lured southern blacks to the Northin
 arrow Nepal king cancels NY trip for UNGA
Nepal's King Gyanendra has cancelled a trip to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly, an official said yesterday, apparently rattled by mounting opposition to his taking power.
 arrow 'Pakistan, Israel kept secret contacts for decades'
Pakistan and Israel engaged in secret diplomacy for decades before embarking on historic talks in Turkey last week, reports quoting Pakistan's foreign minister said yesterday.
 arrow Katrina to be a polls issue
Polemics over Washington's response to Hurricane Katrina look likely to fuel US election campaigns for years, with potential White House contender Hillary Clinton already urging a formal inquiry.
 arrow Afghan warlords to face polls ban
Up to 21 candidates in Afghanistan's elections are to be disqualified for being militia commanders or having links to armed groups, officials say.
 arrow Theatre fire kills 32 in Egypt
A candle fell over and set fire to a crowded theatre in the Egyptian town of Beni Suef on Monday night, killing 32 people, Egypt's official news agency Mena said yesterday.
 arrow 21 dead or missing as typhoon hits Japan
A powerful typhoon cut across Japan yesterday, leaving at least 21 dead or missing and injuring 45, as 100,000 people were ordered to flee their homes, officials and media reports said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: An unwise decision
Finally, the government has broken out of the one-day weekly holiday cycle and gone for a two-day weekend which was long overdue.
 arrow Editorial: Tri-nation gas pipeline
The conclusion that one can draw from the statements of both sides after the recently concluded Indo-Bangladesh meetings on the tri-nation gas pipeline is that there is a general agreement to disagree
 arrow Implications of oil price rise
The world consumes energy (electricity), emanating from coal 39 percent, Gas 15 percent, oil 10 per cent, nuclear 16 per cent and hydro (water) 19 per cent, according to the recent energy sources website.
 arrow Blame game
Contrary to anything you may have learnt from sections of the right-wing media, the current price of oil is not a Muslim-Arab conspiracy to destroy civilisation.
 arrow Inner message of bulldozing the judges
The judges are supposed to protect the people from attack of the evils by employing the state machinery.
Letters to Editorarrow Of hartal
There has been much debate on the issue of 'hartal' at home and abroad, and even in the parliament whether a ban on hartal should be imposed or not.
 arrow Censor Board's indecision on "Nacholer Raani"
The full length feature film "Nacholer Raani" made under the banner of 'Pankowri' and directed by a young, promising director, Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond, has created some unnecessary controversy evenbefore
 arrow Khutba at Friday prayer
The Khutba or sermon delivered in Friday prayer is 'Wajib' i.e. obligatory for all Muslims to listen to.
 arrow Tourism
Tourism is very important for the development of Bangladesh's economic sector. Bangladesh is a country of natural beauty. It has many natural and historical tourist spots.
 arrow A first class school
First of all, I wish to thank my very dear ex-student Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed (now at Princeton, US) for his wonderful write-up on Faujdarhat Cadet College (former East Pakistan Cadet College).
 arrow Delhi's stand on Dhaka
I congratulate Mr Shadabul Mujib for his letter on the above issue (DS 29/8/05) but must point out that he missed "Buddhists" as one of the four main communities in Bangladesh.
 arrow German visa
The Honourable Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany who has just left Bangladesh after his tenure used to make lot of comments on the politics, governance and human rights situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Prophet's home
I read an article which remarked on the Jabal Omar Scheme, a project (parking lot, two 50 storey hotels, seven 35 story apartment blocks,) to be built on the land that would require the demolition of
 arrow On Farah Ghuznavi's "A small sacrifice"
The story of Farah Ghuznavi on the issue of July 29th was an excellent piece of writing.
 arrow Reintroduce BRTC bus in Ctg
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) double-deckers are not operating in Chittagong for more than two decades. More than 40 lakh people live in this city area.
 arrow Enemies of Islam
If anyone keeps on shouting near me & try to convince me that the Christians & the Americans are the real enemies of Islam, I will never ever believe them.
 arrow Indigenous people
The condition of our indigenous people at Durgapur and Kalmakanda Upazila is extremely deplorable.
Local culprits in collaboration with corrupt officials are evicting them from their homesteads.

 arrow Import of cars
The country has to spend a lot of foreign exchange on import of cars specially second hand cars. The roads of Dhaka are already overcrowded and air polluted.
 arrow Conspiracy theory
At last British MP George Galloway found a conspiracy behind the 17/8 bomb blasts across Bangladesh.
 arrow A decent advertisement
GrameenPhone has made a heart touching advertisement using the feelings towards mother of her son and it is now telecast on different channels in Bangladesh.
 arrow Chittagong University
In Chittagong University they want to increase tuition fees, session charges, hall charges, etc. But they don't want to understand that most students cannot bear these expenses.
Star Chittagongarrow Unep picks Ctg as potential city
Chittagong has been selected as one of the five 'potential pilot cities' from Asia and Latin America for the Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport (SUIT)" project of United Nations Environment Programme
 arrow Autopsy building needs autopsy
The area stinks of rotten human flesh and blood that stains the floors and walls of the building of the sole mortuary in the port city.
 arrow Painting exhibition...


Star Cityarrow Cars queue up for CNG conversion
Car owners have started rushing to the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion centres in the city to convert their vehicles into CNG-run as the government has raised the fuel prices for the fourth time
 arrow Dengue spreads as city fathers sleep
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is not prepared at all to fight dengue, although the deadly disease has come back to the city, affecting more than a hundred people so far.
 arrow Viquarunnisa University land being used to raise catfish!
For the last four years the five-bigha land designated for the construction of Viquarunnisa University (VU) has been left in an abandoned state and some local people are using the spot to breed catfish.
 arrow "Illegal immigrants now a threat to national security"
There are some one lakh foreigners residing in Bangladesh illegally for a long time and intelligence agencies consider many of them as threats to national security.
 arrow Government plans to ensure transparency in BRTA
The government is planning to modernise the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in a bid to bring transparency in its function.
 
   
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