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Front Pagearrow State offices used for BNP activities
In addition to using the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Prodhanmontri Bhaban, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is now using the prime minister's evening office Jamuna at 30 Hare Road for her party activities
 arrow Nation mourns for Bangabandhu
Thousands of mourners thronged the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum premises on Road No.
 arrow Time yet to come to name patrons
After a yearlong investigation into the August 17 near-simultaneous bomb blasts across the country, the government believes time is yet to come for disclosing the names of the militants' patrons as learnt
 arrow Gross irregularities detected in low price quoting
A review panel formed under the public procurement regulations (PPR) has detected gross irregularities in the tender for a water treatment plant of Chittagong Wasa, which is set to award the work to a
 arrow Unplanned urbanisation threatens permanent stagnation in DND area
With every canal, pond and low-lying area being filled up by uncollected rubbish generated by more than a million people living in Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) area, the severe consequences of unplanned
 arrow Intelligence may quiz 4 arrestees to find out motive
The Task Force Intelligence (TFI) might interrogate the four people arrested at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka Monday for 'attempting to foil' yesterday's programme on the 31th death anniversary
 arrow AL man killed at feast for the destitute
Unknown assailants killed an Awami League (AL) activist as he was supervising a feast for the destitute people on the 31st death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the city's Mirpur area
 arrow 6-hr hartal passes off peacefully
The six-hour countrywide hartal enforced by the AL-led 14-party opposition combine demanding execution of the Bangabandhu murder case verdict and reinstatement of the public holiday on August 15 as the
 arrow EC turns away from electoral reforms
The Election Commission (EC) has backed out from its earlier planned initiative for reforming electoral laws during the tenure of the four-party alliance government, and it now wants to move with thereform
 arrow Laxmipur court awards death to 3 JMB men
A court here yesterday awarded death sentence to three leaders of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and life imprisonment to five others of the militant outfit for their involvement in August
 arrow Condition of Poet Shamsur Rahman further deteriorates
The condition of poet Shamsur Rahman's health deteriorated further yesterday as heavy fluctuation in his blood pressure continued.
 arrow Pvt security men won't be allowed to carry firearms
The government yesterday decided not to allow members of private security agencies carry firearms as it feels they lack credibility and have been found involved in robberies on several occasions.
 arrow Bangladesh meet Afghans today
Bangladesh will look forward to stay on top of Group B by beating Afghanistan today in their second match of the 10th South Asian Games football competition.
 arrow 11 rescued from traffickers on Bhomra border
Police yesterday rescued 11 people, including five women, from the clutches of traffickers near Bhomra border.
 arrow Janmastami today
The Hindus celebrate today Janmastami -- one of their most festive celebrations commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna.
 arrow Mashrafee keeps the series clean
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza returned the best bowling figures by a Bangladeshi as the Tigers overwhelmed Kenya by six wickets in the third and final one-day international yesterday to wrap up the series 3-0.
 arrow New investment zones planned
The Board of Governors of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) in its 24th meeting yesterday agreed in principle to set up new investment zones in addition to EPZs to attract more local
 arrow BSF abducts 3
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday abducted three Bangladeshi nationals including two high school students from Hakimpur and Birampur upazilas.
 arrow 6th Expert Group Consultation session today
Nagorik Committee 2006 organises its sixth Expert Group Consultation session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh, Goal Six: "To be a globally integrated economic and commercial regional hub" at Cirdap Auditorium
 arrow JCD, Sramik Dal men held for beating up cops
Police yesterday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and a Sramik Dal leader for beating up cops and attempting to loot a rifle from the police on duty at a Sonali Bank branch in the town.
 arrow Community primary teachers lay siege to secretariat today
Community primary teachers observing hunger strike since August 6 at the Central Shaheed Minar demanding nationalisation of their jobs will besiege the secretariat today and the Prime Minister's Office
 arrow Charges framed against 10 in journo Gautam killing case
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against 10 people accused in the journalist Gautam Das murder case.
 arrow Hunt on for Tigers as Lanka fighting rages
Troops and Tamil Tigers fought a fierce artillery battle across the no-man's land in Sri Lanka's north yesterday, the military said, as it searched for rebel infiltrators amid fears a renewed civil war
 arrow Displaced Lebanese return home
Thousands of refugees headed home to south Lebanon yesterday as a UN truce between Israel and Hezbollah held for a second day and Israeli forces began pulling back from some positions they had occupied.
 arrow Pak charity funded airline bomb plot
A Pakistani charity that received 10 million dollars from Britain for earthquake relief last year helped finance the alleged bomb plot to blow up US-bound passenger jets, The Washington Post said yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt moves to make businesses aware of anti-dumping rules
In the wake of concerns over possible dumping from competing countries as expressed by local manufacturers, government has initiated a campaign programme in order to make businesspeople aware of how to
 arrow Tk82.26cr industrial parks for auto, plastic goods industries
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) will set up three industrial parks -- two for automobile industry and one for plastic goods industry-- outside the capital at a cost of Tk 82.
 arrow US seeks suggestions from Bangladesh
US trade representative Schawab Susan has taken a move to bring the failed WTO talks back to the track.
 arrow SEC to revive advisory body on capital market
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will resume the activities of its advisory committee on capital market in a bid to make the market more vibrant.
 arrow Fuel prices bleeding treasury, says Manmohan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said India's economy is on its longest roll ever but that state subsidies on petroleum products are bleeding the national treasury.
 arrow Nokia may speed up Apple's entry into cellphone business
Mobile telephone giant Nokia's arrival in the music downloading business is bad news for Apple Computer, which may force the iPod maker to engineer a new "iPhone" to fend off the threat, experts believe.
 arrow Top banks plan rival trading data system
A group of 10 or more of the world's largest investment banks are trying to set up their own system for reporting share trades, allowing them to bypass the major European Stock Exchanges, people close
 arrow Wal-Mart sees 1st profit drop in decade
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, posted its first profit decline in a decade Tuesday as second-quarter earnings fell 26 percent due to the cost of selling its Germany operation.
 arrow Final round of chef of the year contest held
The final round of 'Monitor-Totalgaz Chef of the Year Competition-2006' was held in Dhaka on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow China's economy to grow 10.4pc this year: WB
Although China's gross domestic product expanded by 10.9 percent in the first half of the year, implying second quarter growth of 11.
 arrow China's FDI falls in July
China's foreign direct investment for July fell 5.49 percent to 4.279 billion dollars from a year ago, official data showed Tuesday. From January to July, overseas investment was down 1.
 arrow WTO setback pushes Asean into US arms
The stalemate at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks has cast a grim shadow over global trade deals and prompted Asean and the US to enter into a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in
 arrow Nigeria wants investment from China oil firms
Nigeria wants Chinese oil companies operating in its resource-rich Delta region to focus more on investment rather than simply shipping oil back home, its ambassador to China said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rising to reputation
He was a villain only a week ago for giving away 18 runs in one prodigal over in Zimbabwe that eventually sealed a series defeat for the Tigers.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh await revamped Afghans
Bangladesh's chances of staying in contention for a second football gold medal in the South Asian Games depends on how the young guns of Diego Cruciani react a day after drawing a match against Nepalthat
 arrow Cricket: SL tri-series on track
South Africa's cricket authorities on Tuesday approved a proposal to continue with the limited-overs tri-series in bomb-hit Sri Lanka pending security clearance from the sport's world governing body.
 arrow Football: Target damage limitation
The Qatar national football team is both upbeat and cautious ahead of today's match against Bangladesh in the AFC Asia Cup Qualifying Round today at the Chittagong MA Aziz Stadium.
Bangladeshi shuttlers will go into action this morning as the 10th SA Games badminton competition starts at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium today.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters bounce back
Bangladesh bounced back from their first match defeat to register a 2-1 victory against Laos in the AFF Under-17 Football Championship in Vietnam on Monday.
 arrow Football: Footballer hunt begins Aug 17
The under-14 footballer hunt programme of the Canary Wharf youth football development programme will get underway in Khulna on August 17.
 arrow Football: Life sans Becks begins
World Cup flops England are out to put their disappointment and David Beckham behind them when Steve McClaren ushers in a new era against European champions Greece on Wednesday in his first match in charge.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes wound still fresh
Australian coach John Buchanan said Tuesday his team cannot wait to seek revenge for last year's Ashes defeat when the latest series against England begins in 100 days.
 arrow Tennis: Blake leads US assault
Sixth seed James Blake led a trio of Americans into the second round of the 2.45 million-dollar ATP Cincinnati Masters here Monday with a sweep of French opponents.
 arrow Cricket: Another Wright revelation
In an explosive moment in the Indian dressing-room during the NatWest Trophy in England in 2002 Virender Sehwag was grabbed by the collar by John Wright who was the coach then.
 arrow Football: Untried Brazil face Norway test
Brazil will field an experimental side against Norway in their first game since their World Cup disappointment as new coach Dunga builds for the future.
 arrow Football: Changes galore for Sheva
Andriey Shevchenko's new life in London means giving up sports cars, improving his golf and trying to learn English as quickly as possible.
 arrow Football: Germans want footwear freedom
German players are calling on the country's Football Association (DFB) to provide freedom of choice in footwear and stop forcing them to use boots made by sponsor Adidas when they play for their country.
 arrow Cricket: Bell priority is Pakistan
England batsman Ian Bell is refusing to be caught up in hype of the countdown to the Ashes, with the final Test against Pakistan beginning on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Blackwell eyeing Champs Trophy
Ian Blackwell is hoping to prove his fitness with Somerset and play for England in October's Champions Trophy in India.
 arrow Tennis: Nathalie sails, Sania fails
Italy's Alberta Brianti rallied to defeat India's Sania Mirza 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 here Monday in a first-round match at a 1.3 million-dollar WTA hardcourt tennis tournament, a US Open tune-up event.
 arrow Football: Nedved's last hurrah
Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved said on Tuesday that he will end his national team career after Wednesday's international friendly against Serbia.
 arrow Football: Spotlight on Loew
German football begins a new era on Wednesday when Joachim Low makes his debut as national coach in a friendly with Sweden in Gelsenkirchen.
 arrow Football: Reyes closer to Real
Jose Antonio Reyes' dream of joining Real Madrid has moved a significant step closer to becoming reality with both clubs keen for a deal to be reached over the unsettled winger.
 arrow Football: Basten looking beyond
Dutch manager Marco van Basten will look to rebound from a disappointing World Cup as he bloods some new faces in place of the older brigade who failed to deliver when he faces Ireland in a friendly here
 arrow Football: O'Neill to get record deal
Aston Villa's new American owners are preparing to offer new manager Martin O'Neill a six-year deal which would be the longest in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Buffon staying at Juve
Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said he intends to stay with Juventus despite the club being relegated to the second division for involvement in match fixing.
 arrow Football: Toure signs for Monaco
French first division strugglers Monaco announced on Tuesday they had signed Ivory Coast international full-back Yaya Toure.
 arrow Football: Prosecutors demand penalties
Italian football federation (FIGC) prosecutors are demanding that AC Milan be fined 10,000 euros (13,000 dollars) and Serie A side Reggina and second division outfit Arezzo be relegated as part of the
 arrow Football: Dutchman Wilkes passes away
Former international Faas Wilkes, one of the pioneers of Dutch professional soccer, died at the age of 82 in his hometown Rotterdam on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh wants closer ties with Venezuela: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh is eager to strengthen ties with Venezuela through more people-to-people contact and closer economic cooperation.
 arrow 100 injured as BNP men attack mourning day programmes
About 100 leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations were injured as cadres of the ruling BNP attacked the mourning day programmes across the country yesterday.
 arrow HIV/AIDS epidemic in SA likely
HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Asia is likely to grow rapidly unless the eight countries in the region saturate high-risk groups with better HIV preventive measures.
 arrow 65,000 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj this year
A total of 65,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj, likely on December 30 this year, under the government management and through the approved agencies.
 arrow 6 die in road accidents
Six people, including a college teacher, were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Magura, Sirajganj and Jessore yesterday.
 arrow CU student beaten up by shibir men
Activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) allegedly assaulted a student of Chittagong University (CU) on Monday night.
 arrow Govt takes no step for hearing case
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said it is quite regrettable that the hearing of Bangabandhu Murder Case was not held for a single day in last five years.
 arrow PM celebrates 62nd birthday
People from all walks of life yesterday greeted Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on her 62nd birthday.
 arrow Ruet extends vacation to avoid further untoward incidents
The authorities of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) finally announced a 12-day vacation from yesterday to avert further untoward incidents on the campus.
 arrow Identify int'l elements involved: CPB
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a discussion yesterday called for identifying the international elements involved in the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and immediate
 arrow 2.46 lakh dropout children enrolled in pry schools
A total of 2.46 lakh children who were beyond the primary school coverage came under the primary school enrollment during the last two years.
 arrow 6 get life for murder in Rajshahi
A court here on Monday sentenced six people to life in prison for killing Abdur Rouf alias Babu of Baghmara upazila more than six years ago.
 arrow Two suspects held
Police last night arrested two suspects and picked up six others from Upashahar areas after retrieving the identity of the youth whose decomposed body was found in jute sacks on August 1.
 arrow Rinto's death anniversary observed
The 31st death anniversary of Abdur Nayeem Khan Rinto, a victim of 1975 August 15 massacre, was observed yesterday with due solemnity.
 arrow Teenage girls rescued from Jamalpur brothel
Police rescued two teenage girls from a brothel at Jamalpur Sadar area on Monday night and arrested the woman of the brothel, who allegedly forced the girls, both aged below 18, into prostitution.
 arrow IU expels six shibir cadres
The Islamic University (IU) authorities have expelled six cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir temporarily for their involvement in vandalising the office of the TSC director on Saturday.
 arrow No class held at JU due to hartal
Academic and administrative activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) came to a halt yesterday, as the half-day hartal, called by Awami League, passed off peacefully.
 arrow BPATC seminar on knowledge management
Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) organised a daylong international seminar on 'Knowledge Management' at its International Training Complex (ITC) at Savar on Monday.
 arrow Concern over cop-RMG workers' clash
Karmojibi Nari, an initiative for working women, yesterday expressed concern over the clashes between police and garment workers at Badda Progoti Soroni and Airport intersections in the city.
 arrow Death threat to Sheikh Selim
Awami League (AL) leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim received a death threat via a text message on his mobile phone on Sunday night.
 arrow Appeal for help
Ataul Haque Raju, a meritorious student of class nine at Begumganj Government Technical School and College, has been suffering from hepatitis B, says a press release.
 arrow Another low at northwest bay
Another monsoon low was formed at the northwest Bay of Bengal yesterday noon off the West Bengal and Bangladesh coast, which may concentrate into a low pressure and turn into a seasonal depression, Met
 arrow Imtiaz new envoy to Nepal
The government has decided to appoint Imtiaz Ahmed, currently Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal.
Nationalarrow Agitation for power in Sylhet, northern dists
Frequent power outage triggered off protests in several northern districts and in Sylhet yesterday and he day before.
 arrow 20,000 marooned in Satkhira
At least 20,000 people are marooned in 19 villages in Shyamnagar upazila following a breach in Kholpetua river embankment at Durgabati on Friday.
 arrow BNP foils AL pogrammes in Mehendiganj, Agoiljhara
BNP activists attacked and foiled Awami League's mourning day programmes in Mehendiganj and Agoiljhara in Barisal district yesterday. At least 20 AL activists were injured in the incidents.
 arrow 2 killer-suspects, 6 others held
Police last night arrested two killer-suspects and picked up six others from posh Upashahar area after getting the identity of the youth whose decomposed body dumped in a jute sack was recovered on August
 arrow Kaptai generates only 160 MW as one unit silent
The Kaptai Hydroelectric Project (KHP) is generating 160 to 170 MW power a day against 230 mw as one of its units is silent.
 arrow 10 injured as Magura AL factions clash
At lease 10 people were injured, two of them seriously, in Sreepur upazila as rival activists of Awami League (AL) clashed yesterday ahead of observance of national mourning day marking the 31st the death
Point-Counterpointarrow What did Israel achieve in the 31-day war?
ON July 12, when two Israeli soldiers were abducted from the Israeli-Lebanese southern border, Israel, supported by the US, had three primary aims:
(a) Secure the two abducted Israeli soldiers;
(b) Destroy

 arrow Why not a constitutional council?
THE constitution of Bangladesh has not made any provision for constituting any body/bodies to recommend appointments to the constitutional bodies like the Election Commission (EC) and the Public Service
 arrow A perspective on Indian politics
MOST Pakistanis, not to say Islamabad, are exercised over the wrench thrown into the Peace Process by Indian government to freeze the slow process. They cannot account for it.
 arrow Hindu philosophy and Lord Krishna
THE Hindu culture and tradition does not derive from any one prophet or founder. It has neither a uniform creed nor any organised church.
Culturearrow Dhaka Art Camp: High spirits encourage fine work
THE Dhaka Art Camp, culling together 47 artists from Bangladesh and India, was held in Bangshibari in Savar. On the banks of the river Bangshi, the event was held between August 10 and 14.
 arrow 'Dr Zohra': A woman ahead of her times
History is replete with portraits of brave and dedicated women who have risked their all in support of a cause. Here is one more -- Dr Zohra Begum Kazi, described as 'The Florence Nightingale of Dhaka.
 arrow 'Barsha Bandona' in Tangail
A Barsha Bandona (a celebration of the rainy season) programme, titled Shunnere Koribo Purno was held in Sakhipur upazila in Tangail district recently.
 arrow A 'Golden Boot' for cowboy Clint
Actor and director Clint Eastwood has been presented with a special honour in Los Angeles for his contributions to the western genre.
Internationalarrow 'No evidence slain girls are LTTE cadres'
The UN children's agency said yesterday there is no evidence to support military claims that dozens of children killed in a Sri Lankan air force bombing raid were Tamil Tiger cadres.
 arrow Hezbollah gets a boost as Israel govt badly bruised
The war in Lebanon has badly bruised the Israeli government and boosted Hezbollah's standing in the Arab world.
 arrow Manmohan asks Pakistan to fulfil anti-terror pledge
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said unless Pakistan honours its commitment to stop terrorism originating from territory held by it, the public opinion in India favouring the peace process
 arrow France ties Lebanon deployment to Hezbollah disarmament
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy was to travel to Lebanon Tuesday to discuss conditions for the deployment of an expanded UN force in that country -- notably the disarmament of Hezbollah.
 arrow Koizumi defies China, South Korea with war shrine visit
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead yesterday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and
 arrow Credibility of US report on human trafficking questioned
The credibility of an annual US report that blacklisted countries linked to human trafficking has been questioned in a Congressional probe that called the report inconsistent and incomplete.
 arrow UK mulls profiling of Muslim air passengers
Britain is considering a system of air passenger profiling in the wake of arrests in connection with an alleged aircraft bomb plot, it was reported yesterday.
 arrow 'Depressed get more out of marriage'
One way to get more out of marriage may just be to start out depressed, said a US study, which shows that spouses may not share equally the benefits of marriage.
 arrow Japan tanker spills crude oil in east Indian Ocean
A tanker on its way from the Middle East to Japan spilled about 4,500 tonnes of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean, tanker owner Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disturbance in the garment sector
It appears that unrest is again simmering in the RMG sector.
 arrow Editorial: Job offers from Malaysia
Following the withdrawal of the ban on export of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia, after intervention at the highest level of the administration, several Malaysian companies have recently issued the letter
 arrow A land where tolerance has crumbled
Pretty strange things have been happening in the country lately.
 arrow Reforms first and election second
Just two days before I left the country for an assignment abroad, by the courtesy of private TV channels, I heard that the Local Consultative Group (LCG) of the donors was meeting with the political parties.
 arrow Is Mahmudur a worthier citizen than Debapriya?
Right when I started thinking that my "No Nonsense" column has solved almost all the pressing issues of Bangladesh and there are no more topics to write on, crops up the scandalous behavioral disorder
Letters to Editorarrow A university or a 'kurukshetra'?
We've got a new university, which is "Jagannath University". Previously being a college under the National University, it was declared as an autonomous university.
 arrow Education sector in disarray!
Following some successes through movements by different groups over their accumulated grievances early in the year, the teachers and employees of all levels of schools joined in phases the election year
 arrow Tejgaon College
Tejgaon College presently located at Farmgate, the nerve centre of Dhaka city, has attained the age of 45 years. It started its journey as a night college in a school campus at Sadarghat.
 arrow David Beckham
I noticed a very interesting letter about David Beckham on Friday last.
 arrow A football sensation
Zidane is among the best players in the history of football. His performance in the World Cup was exemplary, and the way he led his team to the final made him a hero.
 arrow Tsunami deaths
A devastating tsunami into beach resorts and fishing villages on Java Island on July 17 killed more than 350 people and left more than 160 missing.
 arrow Great Italians
Finally, the greatest show of earth came to an end and the Azzuries showed their ultimate vigour, courage and willpower to achieve the unforgettable victory. It was really great.
 arrow Could we be like that?
Just a couple of days back I came to Toronto as an immigrant. I was staying temporarily in one of my friends' house. As usual I was walking and getting myself familiar with the roads and shopping places.
 arrow Why Ershad?
Day by day, most of the third world countries are going ahead, despite their limitations. On the other hand, Bangladesh is lagging behind due to its poor political culture. Nur Hossain, Dr.
 arrow Woes of divorcees
I read your newspaper on a regular basis. I believe you need to write an editorial column on the current divorce practice in Bangladesh.
 arrow Issue of warrant in civil cases
One item that has struck me as odd, with regard to the news of warrants being issued against the prominent personalities in Dhaka, is the whole idea of warrants being issued in civil cases.
 arrow Minister's interview
It was very fascinating to listen to the new political formula of Mr Huda, the communications minister, given during his interview with ntv.
 arrow Suggestion for EC
In the face of the miasma of dire controversies of bias and deliberate incompetence surrounding the Election Commission and the Chief Election Commissioner, they could invite the electoral authorities
 arrow A funny episode
It was 7.30 pm. All was quiet in Dewanhat. My colleague was taking rest in the flat alone. Suddenly, he heard some one knocking the door rampantly.
 arrow CPD and BoI chief
I was alarmed at the response of BoI chief Mr. Mahmudur Rahman to the CPD.
 arrow High-rise buildings
The multi-storeyed buildings everywhere are congesting the sky of Dhaka.
 arrow Islamic finance and trade
A conference on Islamic finance and trade was held in London on 13-14 June 2006. It was organised by the Muslim Council of Britain under the patronage of Mr.
Star Chittagongarrow Move to ease growing gridlock in port city
Life comes to a standstill on the commercial capital's roads during the rush hour in the morning and in the evening due to mismanagement in the traffic system.
 arrow Ruling party 'in a hurry' to open Toiler Dwip Bridge
Much-awaited Chanpur-Toiler Dwip Bridge on the river Shankha at Banshkhali upazila is likely to be opened to traffic on August 29 with 40 per cent work of the approach roads on both the ends of the bridge
Star Cityarrow Trucks, rickshaws causing traffic jam at night
The city has been experiencing a huge traffic jam with the abrupt increase of vehicles on the streets from 8 pm onwards making passengers trapped for hours in an endless gridlock.
 arrow Social campaign to ensure safe, healthy food
There is no alternative to launching a social campaign to ensure safe food for the consumers who are subject to health hazards due to use of poisonous chemicals and pesticides in food items, especially
 arrow Errant builders go unpunished despite penal provision
Errant builders and real estate developers mostly go unpunished for violating building codes and rules, though the building construction act clearly spells out the penalty for such misdeeds, but the Housing
 arrow Newborns cling to life amid dire need of funds
The two living quadruplets at Paediatric Department, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) were released last Monday, but are still at the hospital because of the mother's inability to pay
 arrow Construction still in limbo
Construction of the International Mother Language Institute is still in limbo due to bureaucratic tangle since it was suspended in October 2003.
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