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Front Pagearrow Ctg port turns less costly
The overall shipping charges for inbound cargoes have decreased significantly after cancellation of terminal handling charge (THC) and replacement of the outmoded stevedoring system with berth operators
 arrow Flyover design, layout found seriously flawed
The experts team appointed to examine the construction of the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover said its design and layout is seriously flawed and will cause unnecessary traffic congestion as the constructors
 arrow Govt in a fix over hike on int'l market
The government is in a dilemma over how to keep essentials' prices low as possible domestic fuel price increase in line with international market movement may affect transport cost of goods.
 arrow Sycophancy destroyed democracy in AL, BNP
Practice of intra-party democracy, transparency, accountability and decentralisation of power in Awami League (AL) and BNP has been quashed by the practice of rampant sycophancy in the two major political
 arrow Patients pay higher as list not updated
Absence of an updated list of essential drugs is taking toll on the patients as they are forced to buy drugs at higher prices while hundreds of unnecessary drugs have flooded the market, experts said.
 arrow India toying with timid Tigers
India piled more misery on Bangladesh as they continued their domination with both bat and ball in the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow No Dynastic Politics

 arrow 46 Garos swindled by 'Singaporean woman'
A Singaporean woman allegedly swindled nearly half a crore taka from 46 Garo Christians tempting them with lucrative jobs in hotels and restaurants in Singapore.
 arrow Workers to be sent to ROK under new scheme
The council of advisers yesterday approved a deal to send workers to South Korea on a government-to-government basis rather than through private recruiting agencies.
 arrow Murder he wrote for Kiwi insurance money
Out of an insatiable greed for life insurance money of several million US dollars, Abdul Gafur, an expatriate businessman in New Zealand, instructed his brother to have Gafur's wife Afroza Akhter Polly,
 arrow Chiefs of three services put on new rank badges
Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed, Navy Chief Rear Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam and Air Chief Air Vice Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman were yesterday adorned with the rank of general, vice admiral and air marshal.
 arrow CA asks govt officials to work for fair polls
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked government officials to work for implementing the caretaker government's main programme for holding a free, fair and neutral election.
 arrow Ex-MP Faruk sent to jail
Former BNP lawmaker Joynal Abedin Faruk, picked up by plainclothes police from Nikunja area in the capital on Friday, was sent to jail here yesterday.
 arrow Desa security man shot dead
A security supervisor of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) was shot dead by a gang of armed criminals yesterday night at Nilkhet in the capital.
 arrow None arrested so far for killing army officer's son
The law enforcers are yet to arrest anyone in Arefin Alam Rusho murder case until yesterday, more than two days into the killing.
 arrow Charges pressed against ex-MP Nadim, 17 others
Police pressed charges against former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and 17 others in a case filed for extortion and conducting terrorist activities in Durgapur upazila.
 arrow DCC starts demolishing faulty building
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday started demolishing the northern part of the newly-constructed six-storey building at Dayaganj Sweepers' Colony in Sutrapur that subsided Friday night.
 arrow US troops raid Sadr stronghold
US-led forces seized a suspected militant with ties to Iran and killed five others in an early morning raid in the east Baghdad Shia stronghold of Sadr City yesterday, the US military said.
 arrow Blast kills 8 in Assam market
A bomb exploded in a busy market in India's restive northeast yesterday, killing eight people and injuring 19, and authorities said they discovered and defused a large bomb hidden on a crowded passenger
 arrow Peacekeeper in Darfur fatally shot
A United Nations peacekeeper who was among a small group of reinforcements sent to Darfur was shot to death at his residence -- the world body's first casualty since its long-negotiated arrival in the
 arrow White House considers 50pc troop reduction in Iraq
The White House is reportedly working on what officials describe as several "concepts" for reducing the number of US combat troops in Iraq by as much as 50 percent next year.
Businessarrow CPD for discontinuation of money whitening provisions
Independent think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has recommended discontinuation of all direct and indirect provisions for whitening black money in the budget for the year 2007-08.
 arrow Bilateral disputes should not hinder Safta implementation: Adviser
Bilateral discrepancies among the Saarc member countries should not be entered into Safta process as such two-sided disputes sometimes stands as bottlenecks of implementing the regional pact, said Finance
 arrow Saarc chamber moves to remove non-tariff barriers
The Saarc chamber has taken initiatives to remove non-tariff barriers that stand in the way of increased trade in South Asian region, says president of the chamber.
 arrow CPD's diagnostic study on price of daily essentials: Recommendations
Part II
A. Overarching Issues
(i) Reduce Transportation Cost.

 arrow Tata Tea sells 30pc stake in Glaceau
So far the overseas acquisitions by Indian companies have been hitting the headlines. Now, it is the sale.
 arrow US files WTO complaint against India over alcohol duties
The United States filed a complaint Friday at the World Trade Organization against India, saying its duties on alcoholic beverages and other imports violate global trade rules.
 arrow WTO starts membership talks with Iraq
Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Friday held their first meeting on Iraq's membership application to the 150-member trade body.
 arrow Dollar falls back on weak US housing data
The dollar weakened Friday after data that was released on existing home sales in the United States undershot market expectations, fueling fears about the extent of an economic slowdown there.
 arrow Japan's consumer prices keep falling
Japan said Friday its consumer prices fell for a third straight month in April, although at a slower pace than before, as the world's second-largest economy struggles with stubborn deflationary pressures.
 arrow Oil prices higher on US gasoline concerns, Iran
World oil prices firmed Friday in New York as traders looked once again at tight US motor fuel reserves a day ahead of the start of the peak-demand US driving season, analysts said.
 arrow Indian shares set to hit record highs as inflation dips
Indian share prices are well placed to hit record highs next week, with sentiment improving after inflation fell for a fourth week in a row, dealers said.
 arrow Vietnam's trade deficit at $3.3b
Vietnam's trade deficit has reached 3.26 billion dollars so far this year as the country spent heavily on imports of equipment, steel and oil products, preliminary statistics showed Friday.
 arrow Central Ins okays 10pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Central Insurance Company Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash dividend and a 10 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow IPDC approves 10pc cash, 5pc stock dividends
Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC) of Bangladesh Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash dividend and a 5 percent stock dividend.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A collective non-effort
A batsman who scored a first-ball duck had to appear at the press meet yesterday to say all about his side's lacklustre efforts in the second and final Test.
 arrow Cricket: Self-belief inspires Karthik
Dinesh Kar-thik's knock stood out amongst the ton of runs plundered by the Indian batsmen at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, as it was the player's maiden Test hundred.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen plunders Windies
Kevin Pietersen's maiden Test double century put England in a dominant position on the second day of the second Test against West Indies here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan savours comeback ton
England captain Michael Vaughan said scoring a century on his return to Test cricket was as "fine a feeling as I've ever felt in the game".
 arrow Cricket: Knighthood awaits Botham
According to a report in Saturday's Daily Mirror, England great Ian Botham is set to receive a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours next month, in recognition of his tireless campaigning for Leukaemia
 arrow Local Snippets
Tangail reached the final of the Western Union under-18 National Football Championship after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Noakhali at the Satkhira Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Henin going for hattrick
Justine Henin takes aim at a third successive French Open title with her professional and personal life evenly-balanced after the trauma of her marriage break-up.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya to lead MCC
Sanath Jayasuriya will lead MCC in their three-day match against West Indies at the Racecourse Ground in Durham from June 1.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif called back
The Indian Board has called up 14 bowlers and 15 batsmen to attend separate conditioning camps ahead of the team selection for the tours of Ireland and England.
 arrow Football: Beckham is back
David Beckham has been recalled to England's squad for their forthcoming matches against Brazil and Estonia.
 arrow Football: Owen makes return
It was billed as the Michael Owen show - or rather a trial given his fitness - but England were dealt an unwanted sub-plot last night as they lost Aaron Lennon to injury, with a twisted knee, while winning
 arrow Football: By an accident
On Wednesday night, AC Milan beat Liverpool by accident. As a result, they won the Champions League.
 arrow Cricket: Bowl more, says Srinath
Former Indian paceman Javagal Srinath Saturday played down fears of burnout in modern cricketers, urging fast bowlers to bowl more if they are to cut down on their frequent breakdowns.
 arrow Cricket: ICC frets over Sonn heir
The International Cricket Council officials have been forced to look into their constitution and regulations to find out who will automatically succeed President, Percy Sonn who has fallen seriously ill
 arrow Cricket: Get a fielding coach: Afridi
As Pakistan Cricket Board enters the final stages of selecting a successor to Bob Woolmer, all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said the team did not need a full time coach but was missing a fielding coach.
 arrow Football: Serie A kicks off Aug 26
The 2007-08 Serie A season will start on August 26, the Italian Football League (Lega-Calcio) confirmed on Friday.
 arrow Football: McClaren happy for Owen
England coach Steve McClaren backed Michael Owen to reclaim his best form on the international stage after the Newcastle striker made his first England appearance for almost 12 months in the 3-1 'B' international
 arrow Football: Spurs sign Bale
Tottenham Hotspur last night confirmed the signing of Wales left-back Gareth Bale from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.
 arrow Football: Bayern set to take Ribery
French midfielder Franck Ribery is set to join Bayern Munich this summer, a source close to the club revealed on Friday, in a deal believed to be worth 15 millions euros (20 million US dollars).
 arrow Football: Houllier to leave Lyon
Club coach Gerard Houllier will leave six-time French champions Lyon at the end of the season, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced Friday.
 arrow Football: Shorey's matrimony predicament
England defender Nicky Shorey will squeeze in a love match between the two biggest games of his life.
Metropolitanarrow Immediate interventions needed to stop unsafe abortion
A 19-year-old girl was brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with high fever and profuse bleeding. She came from a remote village of Shariatpur and was 16 weeks pregnant.
 arrow World's second tallest man in city with message of love and peace
Two Nepalese youths, one being the second tallest person in the world and the other a cyclist with a limped-leg, who were once victims of social stigma for their distinct biological features, are nowin
 arrow Panic should not be created in name of war on corruption
Expressing all-out support to the ongoing war against corruption, civil society members yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to corrupt people, but said panic should not be created in the name of combating
 arrow 60 pc people calorie poor: Survey
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said about 60 percent of the total population, 58.7 percent male and 59.5 percent female, is calorie poor despite rise in the average income level.
 arrow Gopal's memoirs bear vital issues of DU
Gopal Chandra Das, a valiant freedom fighter, a collector and photographer of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) collection centre, has written a book documenting his experiences on theuniversity
 arrow EPI saves 4m children from premature death a year
Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) achieved 71 percent vaccination coverage in 2006. This was revealed at a dissemination function on EPI Coverage Evaluation Survey (CES)'06 at a city hotel yesterday.
 arrow Comprehensive policy a must for rehabilitation of the poor
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to formulate a comprehensive policy for the rehabilitation of urban and rural poor who contribute to national economy mostly through informal sector.
 arrow 'Protect coastal areas from adverse impacts of climate change'
The Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust yesterday called for taking immediate mitigation and adaptation measures to protect coastal areas of the country from the jaws of adverse impacts
 arrow Update vested property law
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the caretaker government to update the vested property law, saying that the law is inconsistent with human rights principles and the spirit of the constitution
 arrow 700 trucks stranded at Daulotdia, Paturia ghats
Traffic jam at Daulotdia-Paturia river ghats continued yesterday due to shortage of ferries.
 arrow 8 held in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have arrested eight people raiding different parts of the city on charges of money laundering and doing business with fake banknotes and drugs.
 arrow Miscreants hurl bombs at cops
A junior police officer was injured as miscreants had hurled bombs at a police patrol team yesterday that had challenged them in Mirpur.
 arrow Former generals hail upgrading ranks of three chiefs
Former military top brasses, including ex-army chief Lt Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman yesterday hailed the elevation of ranks of the three chiefs of the Armed Forces.
 arrow 'Tata's revised proposal export-oriented'
Terming the Indian conglomerate Tata's revised three-billion-dollar investment proposal 'export-oriented', speakers at a seminar yesterday once again warned that the proposal is surely a threat to the
Nationalarrow Islamist militants in south-western dists regrouping
Banned Islamist militants organisations are regrouping their cadres in southwestern districts.
 arrow 11 Sherpur 'corruption suspects' submit statements of assets
Representatives of 11 listed 'corruption suspects' in Sherpur submitted their statements of assets to the Secretary of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in Dhaka, ACC sources said here yesterday.
 arrow Witness to Satkhira Aug 17 JMB serial blast fights for life
The pickpocket who helped law enforcers detect and nab JMB activists after the August 17 The pickpocket who helped law enforcers detect and nab JMB activists after the August 17 serial bomb blasts inSatkhira
 arrow Two more Agoiljhara cops stand-released
Two more cops of Agoiljhara police station have been suspended and stand-released for their failure to take action after the attacks on minority community people at Askor-Dusmi village of Bagdha union
 arrow Death threat to Kushtia editor
A gang leader has threatened a Kushtia daily editor with death for publishing news against him.
 arrow 2 cops among 20 injured in Netrakona clash
At least 20 persons including two police constables were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Daribinni village of Madan upazila in Netrakona on Friday night.
 arrow UP chairman caught while taking bribe
Joint forces yesterday caught a Union Parishad chairman and BNP leader from his residence allegedly for taking bribe at Trishal upazila headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Minor boy burnt to death
A minor boy was burnt alive and another received burn injuries at Char Kalibari slum in the district in a fire incident in the early hours of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Democracy, accountability, and balance of power
The entire period of administration in independent Bangladesh in its thirty-five years of history can be divided almost fifty-fifty into presidential and parliamentary forms of government, interrupted
Culturearrow Trishal celebrates Nazrul
Celebration of the 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam began at "Nazrul Mancha" at Darirampur, Trishal on May 25.
 arrow Reaching out for peace
Within the frame of our restless society, Anadi Kumar Boiragi tries to find peace and freedom. This was seen recently in his solo exhibition at Zoom Gallery at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow 'Alok-er Jhornadhara': Fireworks of music in Australia
Shurolok Music Appreciation and Performance Group of Melbourne staged its annual programme "Alok-er Jharnadhara" celebrating the Bangla Naboborsho 1414 and Rabindra Jayanti recently, at the KarralykaTheatre,
 arrow "The Sims" to move from PC screen to silver screen
Maybe they can call it "The Sims: The Movie." Electronic Arts Inc. has sold the movie rights for "The Sims," the best-selling computer game, of all time to 20th Century Fox, Variety said on Friday.
Generalarrow Acute mosquito menace in Rajshahi city
Rajshahi city dwellers have been experiencing acute mosquito menace for the last one month.
Internationalarrow Five killed as Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza
Israeli aircraft again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday, as the main armed factions discussed a truce call from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to end "futile" rocket barrages.
 arrow Bush celebrates victory after signing Iraq war bill
US President George W Bush celebrated victory yesterday after he signed into law a long-sought bill committing 100 billion dollars to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 arrow Lebanon gives last chance for talks
The Lebanese government offered a final chance for a peaceful end to the army's siege of Islamists in a refugee camp as sniper fire stopped all but a few dozen of the thousands of civilians trapped inside
 arrow US needs to change on Iraq for talks to bear fruit: Iran
Iran said yesterday that upcoming talks with the United States on Iraq could succeed only if Washington changed its policies in Iraq.
 arrow Myanmar criticised for extension of Suu Kyi detention
The United States, Britain, United Nations and the European Union have led international condemnation of Myanmar's decision to extend the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, calling for her
 arrow Ban cluster bombs, say 68 nations
Activists touted as successful a 68-nation agreement Friday to ban cluster bombs, despite manufacturing countries' desire for exceptions in coming talks.
 arrow Turks rally against pro-Islamic leaders
Thousands of flag-waving protesters filled streets in yet another city in Turkey on Saturday, accusing the government of trying to impose Islamic values on the country's Western way of life.
 arrow Violence plagues Philippine polls
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on soldiers guarding polling precincts during special elections yesterday in 13 Philippine towns where voting was postponed last week over fears of violence.
 arrow Warming threatens Arctic glaciers
Warming in Canada's far north is melting glaciers that threaten to split into massive chunks and float away, a Canadian researcher told AFP Friday, after tagging an iceberg as big as Manhattan.
 arrow Troops head to Kiev as Ukraine crisis talks restart
Troops loyal to Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko tried to enter the capital Kiev yesterday, the interior ministry said, as the feuding president and prime minister restarted crisis talks.
 arrow Japan under pressure over Lanka aid
An international human rights group is lobbying Sri Lanka's top donor Japan to exert greater pressure on the island nation to address spiralling violence.
 arrow Asylum-seekers will be allowed to stay in Netherlands
Some 25,000 asylum-seekers whose applications for refuge were rejected will be allowed to stay, the newly installed Dutch government said yesterday, reversing the previous administration's hardline immigration
 arrow China, Russia embolden Myanmar to snub pressure: Analysts
Economic and diplomatic support from China and Russia is allowing military-run Myanmar to rebuff international calls for the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Pak rape victim resigns from aid centre
Pakistan's internationally known gang-rape victim Mukhtar Mai said yesterday she has resigned as head of a government centre for women in distress.
 arrow Heavy rains leave 43 dead in China
Heavy rains in southwest China have left at least 43 people dead in the past week, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow Two Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir
Two Indian soldiers were killed and one wounded yesterday in separate attacks in Indian-held Kashmir along the heavily militarised border with Pakistan, security officials said.
 arrow Akihito starts Lithuania visit
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Lithuania yesterday, on the penultimate stop of a European tour, which has taken the Japanese royals into former Soviet territory for the firsttime.
 arrow First lung transplant on HIV-positive patient in Italy
An Italian hospital has carried out the first ever transplant of two lungs into a patient with HIV, who is doing well after the operation, a spokeswoman said.
 arrow US to reject climate deal: Activists
The United States is preparing to reject new targets on climate change at a Group of Eight summit next month, dashing German and British hopes for a new global pact on carbon emissions, according to a
 arrow Chinese military equipment for Philippines
China is to give 1.2 million dollars in military engineering equipment to the Philippines in its third such donation since 2006, a defence official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No dynastic politics in BNP?
What Begum Zia said about there being no dynastic politics in her party is at best a travesty of truth.
 arrow Editorial: Government move on satellite TV
The government, through an announcement on Tuesday, decreed that twelve local and twenty-nine foreign television channels would be permitted to transmit programmes in the country.
 arrow Taking stock of realities
One may wonder whether the US policy of supporting undemocratic regimes has changed in the post-Cold War era, particularly relating to Bush's declaration of promoting democracy in Third World countries.
 arrow Corporate governance
One of the better initiatives of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is to encourage financial institutions to adhere to the "Code for Corporate Governance" framed in 2002.
 arrow Roadmap to election
The pressure on the caretaker government (CTG) is reportedly mounting from both national and international quarters for lifting restrictions on indoor politics and also for announcing an election roadmap.
Letters to Editorarrow HIV issue
HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh is still a seldom-talked-about subject, thanks to overriding superstitions and myths that shroud it.
 arrow A victim of campus politics
There is a debate in the country about banning of student politics.
 arrow Hasina's stand
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has long been criticising the interim government and she seems to believe that the whole nation is suffering.
 arrow Brand management?
Brand' is an important concept in business and in these days of acute competition amidst globalisation, multinational companies (MNCs) as well as transnational companies (TNCs) make great effort in managing
 arrow Dark days again?
For a short time we thought we were going to have a change in our politics. At least we were going to see new faces in politics - that itself would have revived democracy in a greater degree.
Star Healtharrow How to stay hale and hearty during summer
With the advent of summer, the incidences of gastroenteritis and diarrhoeal disease increase in different parts of the country.
 arrow Fistula is the major obstacle to safe motherhood in the country
A significant number of women in the country who dreamt to be mothers have been passing their days with unbearable physical and mental suffering accompanied by social deprivation for which they couldbe
 arrow Zinc in childhood diarrhoea management
A significant proportion of population of our country do not have access to enough food to meet their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of energy (calories) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins)to
 arrow Afraid of cancer? Giving up hope makes it worse
Many Americans fear they can do nothing to protect themselves from cancer, and they may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, U.S. researchers said.
 arrow Hepatitis C drugs provide 'cure’
People infected with hepatitis C can be cured with existing treatments, researchers have discovered.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor,
I am 25 years old. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) four years ago. I had done colonoscopy and barium X-ray.

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Star Cityarrow Next victim of mindless construction?
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has finalised plans to build a four-storey Upazila Research Centre (URC) on a part of the only playground in Segunbagicha following a proposal of the Department
 arrow Circulating raggedy two taka notes
Around 600 million pieces of worn out and dirty two-taka notes circulating in the market have become a major cause of public nuisance and suffering.
 arrow Cute cubs attract visitors in Dhaka zoo
On average around 10, 000 people visit Dhaka Zoo each day. On Fridays and other holidays the visitors number increases up to 30, 000.
 arrow Story Of Yet Another Playground!
The T&T playground on Manik Mia Avenue still remains inaccessible to children and youngsters of Indira Road and Farmgate as the Bangladesh National Weavers Association (BNWA) left the playground in adilapidated
 arrow Brutal killing prompts ban on cell phones in banks
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on the use of mobile phones in all banks in the city to ensure security in bank transactions and safe transportation of bigger sums of money.
 arrow Fair bidding doubles DCC income
Fairness in tender bidding has almost doubled Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) income this year from the lease of two bus stops at Sayedabad and Joykali Mandir.
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