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Current budget set to be downsized 5.9pc
Dearth of foreign aid, poor revenue collection key reasons
The government is going to downsize the current budget by 5.9 per cent due to declining foreign aid, poor revenue collection and slow implementation of Annual Development Programme (ADP).
ACC's first charge sheets against 5 in graft cases
Accused include MK Alamgir, Mir Nasir, Amanullah Aman
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against three detained ex-state ministers and two of their family members in connection with three graft cases filed for amassing huge wealth
Sirajganj 450 MW Power Plant
Project delayed further as third tender cancelled
The Power Cell yesterday cancelled the third tender of the Sirajganj 450 megawatt power project.
Voter List, National ID Cards
Project proposal to be ready in two months
Work begins next week
The work of preparing a project proposal for a voter list with photographs and for national identity cards is likely to begin next week, a month after the 18-month timeframe for voter registration was
HC refuses to accept Hasina's writ petition
The High Court (HC) yesterday refused to accept a writ petition seeking a directive for the authorities not to arrest or harass Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on her return home.
Khaleda yet to get Umrah visa
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not get visa for Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah as of yesterday.
Hasina won't attempt to avenge move to keep her in exile
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she has no plan for seeking revenge against the military backed caretaker government which tried to block her return to Bangladesh.
Proposal sent to EC for ban on party-affiliated student bodies
Says Mainul
The caretaker government has sent a set of proposals to the Election Commission (EC) for banning party-affiliated student organisations and trade unions, Law Adviser Mainul Hosein said yesterday.
Finance adviser dismisses controversy over budgeting
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday dismissed any controversy or constitutional crisis over budgeting by the interim government despite the fact that the next budget will not get through a
Probe on into 21 major crimes, says Matin
The national coordination committee against major corruption and crime is investigating 21 cases of major crimes, said MA Matin, chairman of the committee and adviser for the Ministry of Communications.
Judges' Appointment
It'd need 20yrs to remove irregularities, says CJ
The irregularities in appointment of judges in the past will need at least 20 years to remove, observed Chief Justice Ruhul Amin yesterday.
Burglary at Indian diplomat's Baridhara house
Burglars snuck into an Indian diplomat's residence at the highly secured Baridhara diplomatic zone in the capital in the early morning yesterday and made off with valuables worth around Tk 3 lakh.
511 juvenile accused still kept in jail flouting HC order
Even four years into the High Court order for keeping the juvenile accused in correction centres, as many as 511 children are still languishing in 57 jails across the country and the number is growing.
No foot over-bridge or underpass

TK 628cr Swindling
BB sends finds to ACC for action against Ctg businessman
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday sent the findings of its preliminary inquiry into the alleged defrauding of several banks by a businessman in Chittagong to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for in-depth
Hearing in Mamun's arms case May 16
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 16 for hearing on charge framing against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in the case filed for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
Mayor Minu gets anticipatory bail in extortion case
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Rajshahi City Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and two other BNP leaders in connection with an extortion case.
2 more PWs give depositions in graft case against Ershad
Two more prosecution witnesses of a graft case filed against former president HM Ershad gave statements before a Dhaka court yesterday.
20 to die for murder
Twenty people were sentenced to death yesterday by a district court for murder of businessman Hasan Ahmed 15 years back.

Murder case against Patal filed
A murder case was filed in Natore against former state minister Fazlur Rahman Patal and 16 BNP activists yesterday.
US pounds Baghdad after Karbala carnage
70 Iraqis, 9 more GIs killed in bombings, attacks
American forces fired an artillery barrage at targets in southern Baghdad yesterday following deaths of nine more US troops while Iraqi rescuers scoured wreckage for the victims of another deadly carbomb
Tigers bomb Colombo fuel facilities
Airlines suspend flights as military pounds rebel positions
Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a fuel refinery and gasoline storage facility near the Sri Lankan capital early yesterday, and authorities cut power to the city, officials said.
US may hold talks with Iran at Iraq conference
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she would not rule out a meeting with her Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of a multinational conference on Iraq security next week.
EU proposes tripartite talks on Iraqi refugees
The European Union's development and humanitarian aid commissioner said on Sunday that he has proposed joint talks with Damascus and Baghdad to discuss the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria.
Kidnapped Chinese workers freed in Ethiopia
Seven Chinese workers captured in an attack last week on an oil plant by separatist rebels in eastern Ethiopia in which 77 people died have been released, their kidnappers told AFP yesterday.

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