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Front Pagearrow Entertainment, fuel money to be halved
The government will halve entertainment and fuel allowances of government officials, including ministers, as part of its austerity measures to ease pressure on the national economy due to the recent petroleum
 arrow List of suspected people sought from members
The government has sought lists from the Saarc states of people or groups posing threat to their leaders scheduled to attend the 13th summit of the South Asian regional body in Dhaka in November.
 arrow Investigators still grope for masterminds
The probe into the August 17 countrywide blasts seems to stall as investigators are finding it almost impossible to get significant clues which may reveal the motive and detect the masterminds of theattacks.
 arrow Bus fare set to go up 18pc
A government committee tasked with re-fixing bus fares yesterday recommended around 18 percent rise in the wake of fuel price hike and threats of strike by transport owners' bodies.
 arrow Dhaka slips one notch down, ends last in S Asia
Bangladesh has ranked 139th among 177 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) prepared by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with success in reducing child mortality and creating scope
 arrow Blasts to harm Bangladesh's, image, says US diplomat
US Charge d'affaires in Dhaka Judith Chammas yesterday said the August 17 serial blasts in Bangladesh will call into question Bangladesh's image as a moderate Muslim-majority nation and suggested thegovernment
 arrow 15,000 Bangladeshi workers in S Korea in arrest fear
Around 15,000 Bangladeshi workers in South Korea are now in panic apprehending arrest for illegal stay beyond a deadline given by the authorities asking migrant foreign workers without valid documents
 arrow Ice cream with harmful dyes, essence on sale
Harmful sodium cyclamate, textile dye, barley and essence are still used as the ingredients of ice cream, a mobile court found yesterday.
 arrow PBCP men gun down Bangla Bhai cadre
An accomplice of militant leader Bangla Bhai was gunned down allegedly by the members of Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) ML-Red Flag group at Tilakpur in Joypurhat district yesterday.
 arrow Uncertainty goes as Sri Lanka reaffirms joining
Uncertainty over holding of the 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka scheduled for November 12-13 has been removed with Sri Lanka reaffirming participation in the summit despite its presidential election around
 arrow 14-party calls hartal for Sept 18
The main opposition Awami League (AL), 11-Party alliance, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) and National Awami Party yesterday announced a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for September 18 demanding withdrawal
 arrow Dilapidated condition...

 arrow Mayor orders forced evacuation
As floodwaters receded inch by inch Tuesday, New Orleans Mayor C Ray Nagin authorised law enforcement officers and the US military to force the evacuation of all residents who refuse to heed orders to
 arrow Mubarak set for victory in landmark Egypt vote
Egyptians were voting Wednesday in the country's first contested presidential election with veteran leader Hosni Mubarak all but certain to win a fifth term amid fears of widespread fraud.
 arrow JS goes into session today
The Jatiya Sangsad that goes into its 18th session today is likely to pass bills to hike salaries and allowances of the president, prime minister, ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, speaker,
 arrow Ctg mob lynches two robbers
Two robbers were beaten to death after they shot one dead during a robbery at Chandanaish upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Banks at ports to remain open on holidays
The central bank and all the commercial banks will come under the purview of the two-day weekly holiday, but some branches will be kept open on holidays under special arrangements, Bangladesh Bank (BB)
 arrow Saarc experts to meet again in Oct to finalise Safta issues
The Committee of Experts (CoE) of Saarc, which failed to resolve the outstanding issues related to the proposed South Asia Free Trade Area (Safta), has decided to meet for another round in Islamabad next
 arrow BB froze $1,462 of 2 Saudi NGOs last year
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) last week updated the foreign ministry that it had frozen $1,462 in different accounts at four banks last year following a United Nations (UN) inquiry about activities and transactional
 arrow ACC appoints 35 officials
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday in a gadget notification appointed 13 Class-I anti-corruption officers (ACO) and 22 Class II inspectors on permanent basis from the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption
 arrow Trainee ASP dies of heart attack
A trainee assistant superintendent of police (ASP) died of heart attack at Bangladesh Police Academy at Sardah early yesterday.
 arrow 5-kg heroine recovered
Law enforcers seized over five kilograms of heroine in Dhaka and Rajshahi in the last two days.
Businessarrow TCB bid to procure pulses, onion before Ramadan hits a snag
The government bid to bridle the prices of essentials ahead of Ramadan has run into a trouble, as the TCB (Trading Corporation of Bangladesh) is yet to employ any importer to procure pulses and onion.
 arrow National farm, seed policies need revision
The government should revise national policies on seed and agriculture to accommodate a harmonious private-public partnership, experts said yesterday at a discussion.
 arrow China may up LC validity period for Bangladesh
Beijing may extend validity period of letter of credit (LC) for Bangladeshi businesses to facilitate more transaction with Dhaka, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi said yesterday.
 arrow India seeks greater market access to EU
India yesterday sought greater market access for its professionals, services and goods to lucrative European Union market.
 arrow Asia-Pacific not expected to meet MDGs : Report
No developing country in the Asia-Pacific region is on track to meet all the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015, according to a report released Wednesday.
 arrow EU textile buyers to discuss social compliance with Altaf Sunday
Neil Kearney, general secretary of the International Textiles Garments and Leather Workers Federation, and other European buyers will sit with the commerce ministry officials Sunday to discuss socialcompliance
 arrow Navana rolls out two Toyota vehicles today
Navana Ltd, the sole importer of Toyota brand vehicles in Bangladesh, will launch two new models today at Japan Trade Fair 2005 in Dhaka.
 arrow Thai Airways offers package
Thai Airways International has offered a special package titled "Amazing September 2005" to its passengers for the month of September.
 arrow Indian gas co eyes business in Bangladesh
Gail India Ltd, India's state-run gas distributor, is eyeing business opportunities in Bangladesh and has planned an annual capital expenditure of 25-30 billion rupees over the next three years, its chairman
 arrow Japan may buy drugs, jute from Bangladesh
Japan has expressed keen interest in importing medicines and jute from Bangladesh and relocating Japanese textile industry here from other countries.
 arrow New banking hours
The Bangladesh Bank has rescheduled the office hours and transaction time for the banks in line with the government declaration of two-day weekly holiday, but branches catering to export trade will operate
 arrow CCCI demands rescheduling of holiday
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Saifuzzaman Chowdhury yesterday urged the government to re-schedule the recently declared two-day weekly holiday.
 arrow Citibank holds seminar on treasury management
Citibank NA Bangladesh organised a two-day seminar on treasury management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 21-22, 2005.
 arrow EU states agree to unblock Chinese clothes logjam
European Union member states gave their green light Wednesday to a deal to release millions of cheap Chinese clothes blocked at European ports as early as next week, officials said.
 arrow Oil below $66
Oil prices weakened further in Asian trade Wednesday as supply concerns eased after the United States and its industrial partners agreed to tap emergency reserves in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, dealers
Sportsarrow Cricket: Omar, Baisya save blushes
Opener Javed Omar and tail-ender Tapash Baisya were the only bright spots in an otherwise lacklustre batting display by Bangladeshi batsmen who threw away a golden opportunity to prepare for the Testseries.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes finale from today
In the end, all will be decided at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: England undecided on team
England captain Michael Vaughan said Wednesday that fast bowler James Anderson and all-rounder Paul Collingwood were still battling it out for the final place in the side ahead of the crunch final Ashes
 arrow Cricket: Lanka Diary
Life after tsunami in Colombo has become difficult with thousands of homeless people pouring into the Sri Lankan capital just to keep their body and soul together.
 arrow Cricket: 'I won't be a scapegoat'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he should not be made into a scapegoat if his side loses the Ashes.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters, Sharapova sail into semis
The burning desire of Kim Clijsters illuminated New York's midnight hour on Tuesday, and her reward was a place in the US Open semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Massive fine on Rafique
The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday fined Mohammad Rafique 75 per cent of his match fee for his misconduct with coach Dav Whatmore during Tuesday's practice session in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: BCB won't renew Dudhia's deal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will not renew the contract of its chief executive officer (CEO) Maqbul (Macky)Dudhia.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar leaves for Colombo
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar left Dhaka yesterday to re-join the team in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers may tour India next year
Bangladesh are likely to undertake their first official tour of India sometime next year, the Times of India newspaper reported Wednesday quoting unidentified officials of cricket boards of the two countries.
 arrow Football: Farashganj finish sixth
Farashganj Sporting Club finished sixth in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League when they drew goalless in their last game against Arambagh Krira Sangha at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Wins for Govt. Laboratory, Rayer Bazar
Government Laboratory High School and Rayer Bazar High School moved into the final round of the Pran-Cola School Football tournament beating their respective rivals at Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Oval set for Friday rain
The final Test at The Oval, which begins on Thursday, is likely to start in warm, humid weather but much of the second day could be lost to rain.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly admits it
Captain Sourav Ganguly said India lost the match in the first 10 overs of New Zealand's innings after his team went down by six wickets in the final of the Videocon Cup triangular one-day series on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sevilla hold world champs
An 85th-minute own-goal by captain Pablo Alfaro on Tuesday gave Brazil a 1-1 draw with Sevilla in a friendly marking the Spanish club's centenary.
 arrow Table Tennis: Mahbub, Soma winners
Mahbub clinched the men's while Soma the women's singles titles in the Metro Group Open Table Tennis tournament.
Metropolitanarrow 'Nat'l policy soon to stop abuse of schoolchildren'
A national policy will be framed soon to protect schoolchildren from all forms of physical and mental abuse, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Vendor beaten to death
Vegetable traders beat up an extortionist and then set fire to him while a gang of hoodlums beat a Chatpati seller to death in separate incidents in the city early yesterday.
 arrow PRSP for offshore people stressed
Non-governmental organisations should come forward alongside the government initiatives to fulfil the basic needs of around fifty lakh people who are living in char areas (offshore lands) in pitiableconditions,
 arrow Private varsities can help stop brain drain
The new campus of United International University (UIU) was inaugurated in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'September 18 hartal unpatriotic'
Mahmudur Rahman, advisor to the energy and mineral resources ministry, yesterday criticised the opposition political parties for calling a hartal over fuel price rises without considering the international
 arrow Judgement in SI Farhad murder case today
Judgement in the Sub-Inspector (SI) Farhad murder case against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajol and 38 others will be delivered today.
 arrow Govt decides not to import rice now
The government yesterday decided not to import rice at the moment because of reasonable level of reserve in the country.
 arrow 'Withdraw price hike of fuel oil'
The Awami Sechchhasebak League yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of price hike of petroleum products, saying that the government's decision to raise the price will severely affect the common people.
 arrow Ensure water supply during Ramadan
With the Muslims' holy month Ramadan less than a month away, a meeting with LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in the chair yesterday asked power authorities to ensure supply to electricity-run
 arrow Two cops make depositions at court
Two police officials made depositions as prosecution witnesses before the Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge here yesterday in the sensational CUFL arms haul case.
 arrow Former Pak air chief blames Pakistan for '65 war with India
Former Pakistan Air Force chief Nur Khan has held his country responsible for the 1965 war with India and accused ex-military ruler Ayub Khan of misleading the nation.
 arrow Rights bodies submit memo to PM
Several human rights organisations jointly submitted a memorandum to the prime minister (PM) yesterday expressing their concern over press reports that read the government may impose ban on joining international
 arrow Wasa realises Tk 3.31 lakh from defaulters
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) in a drive against bill defaulters yesterday realised Tk 3.31 lakh from Azimpur, Jigatola and Lalbagh areas of old city.
 arrow International Literacy Day today
International Literacy Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere around the globe.
This year's slogan for the day is "The Role of literacy in Sustainable Development".

 arrow BDR-BSF talks begin in WB
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began talks in West Bengal yesterday on cross-border smuggling, illegal trespassing and other security issues.
 arrow March towards JS today
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikya Mancha will march towards the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the city to observe the 'Accountability Day' today.
 arrow Azizul Haque new envoy to Sweden
The government has appointed Muhammad Azizul Haque, currently Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka, as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Sweden.
 arrow Cop assaulted by criminals in Satkhira
Criminals assaulted an on-duty police officer in the town yesterday.
The incident took place at the town's Pucca Pole, only 200 yards off the sadar police station.

 arrow BCSIR leases process of Sponge Rashogolla
The Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has leased the process of Sponge Rashogolla, a type of sweetmeat, particularly for diabetic patients, to Ross Bohumukhi Farm Ltd.
 arrow Bangladesh envoy to Nigeria presents credentials
New Bangladesh ambassador to Nigeria Mohammad-al-Haroon presented his credentials to President Olusegun Obasanjo at a function in Abuja recently.
Nationalarrow Erosion makes 530 families homeless in a week
Erosion by the mighty Jamuna has taken a serious turn along its western bank in Fulchhari upazila.
 arrow Fertiliser prices soar in Rangpur
Prices of fertilisers have increased in Rangpur in the last one week, making farmers anxious about their transplanted aman paddy.
 arrow Another arrestee tells the tale
Arrested Jamir, accused in the sensational triple murder case in the town, yesterday confessed to his involvement in the gruesome incident. He was arrested Tuesday night.
 arrow Bomb hoax at Nilphamari school
A bomb threat at Nilphamari Government Boys High School yesterday made students scream and scramble to come out of classrooms, leaving five of them injured.
 arrow Schoolboys held for 'mugging'
Police arrested six schoolboys while they were allegedly mugging passers-by on the Alenga-Balla road at Chechua in Kalihati upazila in the district Monday night.
 arrow Somo Odhikar leader held in Rangamati
Moshiul Alam Humayun, Rangamati District Co-ordinator of Somo Odhikar Andolan (SOA), a platform of Bangalee settlers of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), was arrested from his Pathorghata residence in the
 arrow Fake medicine recovered in Rangpur
Police recovered a huge quantity of spurious medicine from a godown in Rangpur town Tuesday night.
The godown is owned by Rangpur Medicine Shop Owners Association.

Culturearrow Play that catchy tune...
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard the song Woh lamhe being played a zillion times on several music channels or rocking the stereo system of cars plying through the urban streets.
 arrow Getting to know Brownia
The success of the entertainment game show Citycell Let's Move has put anchor Farzana R. Brownia's career in top gear.
Farzana began performing in school stage shows at the age of seven.

 arrow Songs of yesteryears
Who does not hum the wonderful kabyageetis of yesteryears? To present these magnificent songs to the younger generation, Bangladesh Performing Art Centre arranged a musical soiree titled 'Purono
 arrow Ella Fitzgelard: And all that jazz
When Ella Fitzgerald was 15 years old, she went on stage for amateur night at the famous Apollo Theatre on New York's 125th Street with dreams of dancing her way to stardom.
Generalarrow 20 hurt as police swoop on USTC students
At least 20 students were injured as police charged baton on them on the University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) campus in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hold talks on Aug 17 serial blasts: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday urged the BNP and Awami League to hold talks on August 17 serial bomb blasts in the interest of the country's sovereignty and independence.
 arrow Djuice Lifestyle Fair begins
A three-day Youth Lifestyle Fair '05 -- Djuice Duniya -- began at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Katrina environmental damage 'unimaginable'
Hurricane Katrina left behind a landscape of oil spills, leaking gas lines, damaged sewage plants and tainted water, Louisiana's top environment official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Saddam has confessed and deserves to die: Talabani
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has "confessed" to some of his crimes and deserves to die "100 times," according to the country's Kurdish President Jalal Talabani.
 arrow Blair wants world to get tougher on terror
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, warming up for next week's summit of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, called Wednesday for the world to confront incitement to terrorism as firmly as
 arrow Confusion greets Egypt's democratic experiment
Confused Egyptian voters and officials tried Wednesday to adjust to indelible ink, independent monitors, party delegates and multi-choice voting slips in the country's first contested presidential poll.
 arrow Bush orders inquiry into late response to Katrina
President George W Bush and Congress pledged separate investigations into the widely panned federal response to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday as Senate Democrats suggested they may seek $50 billion asthe
 arrow Ninety countries offer aid to deal with Katrina
More than 90 countries, including friends and foes, have offered assistance to the United States to deal with the aftermath of monster Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged America's coastline and claimedthousands
 arrow Arafat cousin killed by gunmen
Gunmen dragged ex-security chief Moussa Arafat from his Gaza home and shot him dead in the street on Wednesday, fuelling fears of turmoil ahead of Israel's final troop withdrawal from the occupied territory.
Editorialarrow Editorial: When will the ACC start functioning?
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken nearly ten months to make up its mind about the number of staff of the now-defunct Anti-Corruption Bureau (Bac) it would like to absorb.
 arrow Editorial: Katrina fallout issues
The destruction of the city of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the accompanying massive loss of life has been nothing short of mind-boggling. New Orleans lies in ruins.
 arrow Is there more to August 17 than mere 'intelligence failure'?
All the finger-pointing for the failure to detect, anticipate, or pre-empt the August 17 bombings has been at the intelligence agencies.
 arrow What is going on in Iraq?
What happened in Baghdad on Wednesday, August 31 was sad and saddening. Death of a thousand persons in a stampede after three mortar attacks and a rumour is a terrible tragedy.
Letters to Editorarrow Student politics
I am a student of Dhaka University. Some days ago I came to know from one of my classmates what actually goes on in the name of student politics in the so called "Oxford of the East".
 arrow Most corrupt country
Our country has been termed four times consecutively one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
 arrow Poverty and terrorism
Why Rangpur, Joypurhat, Kushtia, Naogaon are the breeding grounds of terrorists? And for whom is this 'wake-up' call?
If we look at it closely, it will be clear that from the very beginning oureconomy

 arrow Poor press coverage
The Dhaka newspapers deserve appreciation for their detailed reports on the findings of the mobile courts against food adulteration all over the country.
 arrow Saarc and Pakistan
Democracy is not a fault free system. But an imperfect democracy is still far better than military dictatorship or any other totalitarian system.
 arrow BCB election
It is really sad to see dirty politics getting involved in sports.
 arrow Give them helicopters!
It was interesting to see many eager ladies queuing up for applying to get nomination to become women MPs.
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