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Front Pagearrow Koko owns Dubai house under fictitious name
Investigation into the controversial Warid Telecom deal has revealed how Arafat Rahman Koko, Khaleda Zia's younger son, ripped off millions to buy property in Dubai and build bank deposits in Hong Kong.
 arrow Lift politics ban to get parties in talks
The European Union (EU) Troika delegation yesterday said they would be satisfied if elections are held as soon as 'necessary' reforms are completed during 2008.
 arrow 'Safeguard tax' drafted to save local industries
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has drafted a rule to protect local industries by imposing 'safeguard tax' on import of products that will pose threat to export items.
 arrow Syndicated logging goes unabated
A section of government officials have long been making quick buck from illegal sale of trees and grass of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Zia Udyan, and the Orthopaedic hospital areas.
 arrow Party reforms must
Chiefs of the two major political parties of the country should be ousted if necessary to carry out reforms in those parties, two leaders from Awami League (AL) and BNP said yesterday.
 arrow Mufti Hannan, 3 others charged
Charges have been pressed against Mufti Abdul Hannan of outlawed Harkatul Jihad and three others for the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004.
 arrow $2.8b investment offer likely from Mittal
After Indian industrial conglomerate Tata Group, the UK-based Indian giant Mittal Group is also keen to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Hasina should quit politics
Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader, now detained, is claimed to have said during interrogation that AL chief Sheikh Hasina should quit politics in the prevailing situation.
 arrow EC tests voter listing project in Gazipur from today
The Election Commission (EC) starts a pilot project today to gather field-level experience to finalise the methodology of simultaneously preparing the national identity cards and voter list with photographs,
 arrow Nothing in budget to end people's woes: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said people have nothing to expect from the proposed budget as no step has been taken to mitigate the sufferings of people.
 arrow Sedition case against Minu kept waiting
A sedition complaint against Mizanur Rahman Minu, detained Rajshahi city mayor, for patronising militants still hangs in the balance even after two months as police authorities await home ministry's approval
 arrow Hazardous Habitat...

 arrow Govt firm on holding polls after reforms
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday informed the visiting EU-Troika delegation that his government is committed to holding a free, fair and credible election after completion of the ongoingreforms.
 arrow Ershad denies taking money to join AL-led alliance
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has expressed his dismay over the confessional statement of Awami League (AL) Joint Secretary Obaidul Quader that the former president was bribed to join the AL-led
 arrow Charge hearing in Nasim's graft case starts today
The charge hearing of a graft case against former telecommunications minister Mohammad Nasim begins at the Special Judge's Court today.
 arrow Bangladesh to sign deal on avoidance of double taxation with Bahrain
The caretaker government has approved a proposal ratifying an agreement on avoidance of double taxation between Bangladesh and Bahrain, aiming to augment trade and business between the two countries.
 arrow Notices on 25 Barisal papers, magazines
The office of the deputy commissioner of Barisal has issued notices to 25 local newspapers and magazines, asking them to show cause in 10 days why the permission for their publication would not be cancelled.
 arrow On the verge...

 arrow Risky but cheaper ride...

 arrow Despite prohibition...

 arrow Derailment of goods train disrupts rail communication
Rail communication of northern region with other parts of the country has disrupted since Friday night after a goods train derailed at Ahsanganj in Naogaon.
 arrow Criminals shoot three for toll
Unidentified gunmen shot three people in Kafrul, Pallabi, and Shahali in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Henin retains French Open title
Justine Henin claimed her third consecutive French Open title and her fourth overall Saturday, taking advantage of 19-year-old Ana Ivanovic's nervous play to win 6-1, 6-2.
 arrow Lanka kills 30 Tigers in jungle battle
At least 30 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier were killed when Sri Lankan troops overran four guerrilla jungle bases, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow 6 inmates killed in Iraq prison attack
Six civilian detainees were killed and 50 wounded in a mortar attack on a US-run prison facility yesterday in southern Iraq, the military said.
 arrow Musharraf withdraws curbs on media
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday agreed to withdraw curbs recently imposed on private television channels that sparked wide criticism at home and abroad, officials said.
 arrow Bush urges senators to try again to pass immigration bill
President Bush, calling the nation's current immigration situation unacceptable, urged senators to try again to pass legislation that he described as imperfect but the best option available.
 arrow Three killed in Pakistan bus blast
Three people were killed and five wounded when a roadside bomb blasted a passing bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Putin not ruling out 2012 run
President Vladimir Putin, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term next year, left the door open for a return to the Kremlin in 2012, a Russian newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Russia wants freeze on US missile plan
Russia's foreign minister urged the United States yesterday to freeze plans for missile defense installations in eastern Europe during negotiations and warned that the proposal intended to serve as a
Businessarrow FBCCI wants review of higher duties on raw materials
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has hailed most of the new budget proposals, but it asked the government for reconsidering the increased duties on industrial raw and
 arrow G8 calls for rapid resumption of Doha trade talks
The Group of Eight nations called Friday for a rapid resumption of the Doha round of world trade talks, which have been stalled for a year on the issue of agricultural subsidies.
 arrow An Analysis of the National Budget for FY2007-08

 arrow WTO members squabble over industrial tariffs
Members of the World Trade Organisation, already at odds over trade in farm goods, on Friday bickered over the level of customs duties to be applied to industrial products, WTO sources said.
 arrow Cambodia cuts RMG wages
Cambodia's parliament Friday approved a controversial wage cut for garment factory workers that will reduce nightshift pay by 70 percent.
 arrow US buyers delay garment imports from Vietnam
Many US companies have postponed new contracts with Vietnamese textile and garment exporters until August, when the US Department of Commerce (DOC) will announce the results of its review of local exporters'
 arrow Oil prices bounce, metals bend lower
World oil prices bounced higher this week, but ended on a flat note as traders tracked US supply news alongside a rogue cyclone in the Middle East.
 arrow Introduce advance income tax for TIN opening
Income tax lawyers yesterday demanded introduction of Tk 1,500 advance income tax while opening TIN (tax identification number). They also demanded reintroduction of wealth tax.
 arrow Countrywide DSE activities soon
President of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) Md Abdullah Bokhari yesterday said DSE is committed to expanding its activities across the country to infuse dynamism into the capital market.
 arrow Ad festival in Sept
A two-day advertising festival will begin in Dhaka on September 7 to promote local ad industry.
 arrow Entrepreneurship training for women
Women in Small Enterprises (WISE) and Bangladesh Mahila Samity (BMS), a women's association, yesterday organised a daylong training programme on 'How to Start Business' for the members of Baishakhi Mothers'
 arrow KSA starts offering 60-day tourist visas
Saudi Arabia has started issuing group visas, through licensed tour operators, to foreign nationals intending to visit the Kingdom. Tourist visas could be obtained for a maximum period of 60 days.
 arrow Viyellatex wins fair trade certification
Viyellatex, a Bangladeshi textile manufacturer, has recently been accredited as fair trade manufacturer of yarn, fabric and finished garment products by FLO-CERT GmbH, a Germany-based fair trade certification
 arrow Holcim contest to promote sustainable construction now open
The second Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction worldwide is now open. Entries in the competition can be submitted until February 29, 2008 at www.holcimawards.
 arrow Indian investors demand business protection in Nepal
Expressing distress over targeting Indians in Nepal, Indian investors demanded that they should be protected and promoted as foreign investors for the bilateral benefit.
Sportsarrow Tennis: Henin completes hattrick title
Justine Henin joined the Roland Garros greats by defeating Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday to complete a hattrick of French Open titles.
 arrow Cricket: Shaun sets his stall
Terming the Sri Lanka tour as the biggest challenge, interim Bangladesh coach Shaun Williams said yesterday that his main duty is to go forward with the team in terms of improvement.
 arrow Cricket: Africa stare at defeat
Facing a tall order of 338 to square the series, Africa XI lost five wickets for 217 at the 37th-over mark, once again leaving the middle and lower order to resurrect the chase in the second one-day international
 arrow Local Snippets
Ramzan of Jhenidah won gold in the men's singles competition of Samsung 2nd Divisional Karate in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England near series win
Alastair Cook was closing in on his sixth Test hundred as England eyed a series win against the West Indies at Old Trafford here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle rejected as captain?
It is being reported that the West Indies Cricket Board has rejected the selectors' choice of Chris Gayle as stand-in captain for the one-day series against England and the quadrangular series in Ireland
 arrow Tennis: Too close to call
Roger Federer won't be distracted by his place in history when he faces double French Open champion Rafael Nadal in what could be a classic Roland Garros title showdown on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Tough time awaits Federer
Rafael Nadal's bruised and battered French Open victims are unanimous -- Roger Federer is set for another Roland Garros heartbreak in Sunday's final.
 arrow Football: Worst is past: Gerrard
England have put their worst behind them and are now very much in the running to claim top spot in their Euro 2008 qualifying group, midfielder Steven Gerrard insisted Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ze Roberto quits after Copa
Brazilian international midfielder Ze Roberto has revealed that his appearance in the Copa America starting later this month will be his final call-up for the national side.
 arrow Tennis: Santangelo, Molik win doubles
Australia's Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo of Italy won the French Open women's doubles title on Friday with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win over Japan's Ai Sugiyama and Slovenia's Karatina Srebotnik.
 arrow Football: Robben staying at Chelsea
Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben is set to sign a new deal with the Premiership side that will keep him at the club for another five years, his father and agent said Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal looks for Barca inspiration
Rafael Nadal will warm-up for his French Open title defence by watching his beloved Barcelona football team try and stay alive in the Spanish title race.
 arrow Football: For a noble cause
England's footballers have pledged to play for their country for free, donating their match fees to help charitable causes in the run up to the next World Cup, the Football Association (FA) said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Camp starts sans Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer missed out on the opening day of the fitness-specific camp for the batsmen that kicked off in Bangalore at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC considers WC duration
After the criticism about the World Cup in the Caribbean stretching for too long, the International Cricket Council is looking to shorten the tournament to five weeks in its future editions.
 arrow Cricket: Maninder in hospital
Maninder Singh, the former Indian left-arm spinner, has been admitted to a hospital in Delhi with injuries to both his hands. Doctors at the hospital have said that he is out of danger and underobservation.
 arrow Cricket: Gough breaks hand
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough had his best first-class figures for nine years Friday but suffered a broken bone in his bowling hand, which could keep him out for up to a month, during Yorkshire's
 arrow Cricket: NZ look to Wright
New Zealand are considering possible roles for John Wright, who is keen to remain in Canterbury after refusing the position as head coach at Australia's Centre of Excellence.
 arrow Cricket: Glamorgan want Fletcher
Former Glamorgan captain Steve James has urged the Dragons to offer Duncan Fletcher a return to the county.
 arrow Golf: Wife attacks golfer
American golfer John Daly told authorities his wife tried stab him with a steak knife, and the golfer had red marks on his cheeks when he showed up to play Friday on the course where he lives.
Metropolitanarrow Road crashes kill 5
At least five people, including two ansar personnel, were killed and 47 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Rangpur, Tangail and Sirajganj yesterday and on Friday.
 arrow Call for adequate budget allocation for street children
Incidin Bangladesh, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), yesterday urged the government to ensure adequate allocation in the national budget to establish safe night-shelter for street children.
 arrow HIV-positive sex worker dies in Khulna
An HIV-positive sex worker died at Banishanta in Dakop upazila on Friday afternoon. Marufa Begum, 30, was under treatment at the Upazila Health Complex when she died.
 arrow Take measures to stop use of children in politics
One of the conditions for registration of political parties with the Election Commission (EC) should be that they will not involve children in political activities, said the speakers at a view-exchange
 arrow '1857 rebellion was beginning of struggle against imperialism'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the great rebellion of 1857 was the beginning of the people's struggle for liberation from imperialism and it had a secular character.
 arrow 'Withdraw expulsion of LDP leader'
Vice-president of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Feroz M Hassan yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the expulsion order against the publicity secretary of the party.
 arrow 700 video cameras worth Tk 1cr seized in Benapole
Bangladesh Rifles seized 700 video cameras worth about Tk 1 crore at Sadipur frontier here yesterday.
 arrow Fake Rab man arrested in Ctg
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a fake Rab member from city's Steel Mill Bazar near the Rab 7 Chittagong headquarters on Friday afternoon.
 arrow World Day Against Child Labour June 12
The World Day Against Child Labour will be observed in the ILO member countries including Bangladesh on June 12 with the theme "Harvest for the future: Agriculture without child labour".
 arrow Two prisoners die at DMCH within a span of three hours
Two prisoners of Dhaka Central Jail died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) within a span of three hours.
Nationalarrow Rain triggers flash flood in Netrakona, Kurigram
Flash flood triggered by heavy rains in hills across the border in the last three days inundated seven unions in bordering Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas in Netrakona district.
 arrow Accused assaults CID men, snatches case documents
Two Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inspectors were allegedly assaulted and threatened by a sub-inspector (SI) of Kalaroa police station yesterday while probing an allegation against him at the
 arrow Twenty Altaf loyalists in Patuakhali on the run
At least 20 leaders of BNP and its front organisations loyal to former minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury in Patuakhali are on the run to evade arrest or harassment by law enforcers.
 arrow ACC keeps watch on wealth of Sylhet's Ragib Ali
Transactions of at least seven bank accounts of different institutions of businessman Ragib Ali have been stopped.
 arrow JCD man, 2 outlaws held
Joint forces, in two separate raids conducted in Banaripara and Uzirpur upazilas, have arrested a notorious Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre, also chief of 'Nixon Bahini,' his aunt and two cadresof
 arrow Two BNP leaders held in Kulaura
Joint forces arrested two top BNP leaders from Kulaura upazila.
 arrow Land Rights Day today in Pabna
Today is historic Land Rights Day. On this day in1985, landless people established their rights by shedding blood on government khas lands of Ghughudaha Beel (water body) in Shanthia upazila.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on two Satkhira borders
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded gunshots on two borders in Kalaroa upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The case for ratification by Bangladesh
We, as a nation, are delighted that in fiscal year 2006-2007 the country's foreign exchange earning from our migrant workers remittances will exceed $6 billion.
 arrow An imperative for poverty alleviation
For more than two decades now June 10 has been observed as "Land Rights Day" every year across the country.
 arrow Commentary on 2007-2008 Budget
The budget presented is both optimistic and realistic -- optimistic resource mobilization targets and realistic estimates of expenditure.
Culturearrow Gracing the stage with Odissi
Odissi (or Orissi) is the traditional style of dance that originated in the state of Orissa in Eastern India, where it was performed by the mahari (temple dancers).
 arrow Melodies of past and present
Dhaka Music Conservatory arranged a musical programme at National Museum auditorium on June 8. Highlight of the evening was thumri, ghazals and adhunik Bangla songs rendered by Swani Zubayeer.
 arrow Solo recital evening by Sangbrita
Cultural organisation Sangbrita arranged a solo recitation programme titled "Kobita Prohor" at Shawkat Osman Auditorium in Shahbag on June 8.
 arrow New drama serial on Channel-i
Taher Shipon's new 26-episode drama serial Shesh Theke Shuru will be aired on Fridays and Mondays on Channel-i at 10pm.
Generalarrow Listed criminal Shibir cadre held in Rajshahi
Police arrested a notorious cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir from Dasmari area near Rajshahi University campus yesterday.
Internationalarrow Military option on table against Iran: Israel
Military action is one of the options in dealing with Iran's nuclear programme, Israel's deputy prime minister said yesterday, after discussing the issue with senior US officials.
 arrow Tamils trickle back to Colombo after eviction at gun point
Ethnic Tamils trickled back into Sri Lanka's capital Saturday, two days after a court overturned a police drive to evict hundreds of them as part of a crackdown against Tiger rebels.
 arrow 3 Lebanon soldiers killed in camp clashes
Three Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday in new clashes with Islamist militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp as mediators announced a setback to efforts to broker a peaceful end to the21-day
 arrow Attacks kill 11 cops in Afghanistan
Attacks across Afghanistan left 11 policemen and a dozen Taliban fighters dead, authorities said Saturday as the US military announced it had killed "several" Taliban and al-Qaeda men.
 arrow Death toll from Oman cyclone hits 49
Cyclone Gonu, which tore through Oman this week before veering towards Iran, killed at least 49 people and left another 27 missing in the Gulf sultanate, police said on Friday.
 arrow G8 spurs hope for climate accord
A Group of Eight accord on cutting dangerous greenhouse gas emissions has breathed new life into the search for a follow-up accord on global warming spearheaded by the UN.
 arrow Kim Dae-Jung for 2nd inter-Korean summit
Former South Korea President Kim Dae-Jung yesterday urged a second inter-Korean summit no later than mid-August to help international efforts towards the North's nuclear disarmament.
 arrow Al-Qaeda declares holy war on India
A group claiming to represent the al-Qaeda terror network declared a holy war on India over its partial control of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian officials said yesterday.
 arrow Malaysian PM ties the knot again
Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi re-married behind closed doors yesterday before heading straight to the cemetery to pay respects to his late first wife.
 arrow Militants kill 'US spy' in Pak tribal region
Islamic militants have shot dead a 30-year-old man suspected of spying for the US in a remote Pakistani tribal district near the Afghan border, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Freed academic among Qaeda suspects held in S Arabia
An Islamist academic who was freed under a royal pardon in 2005 is among a dozen Al-Qaeda suspects detained in Saudi Arabia this month, the interior minister said in comments published yesterday.
 arrow Sarkozy camp takes firm lead in polls
French voters on islands off the coast of Canada cast the first ballots yesterday in a parliamentary election tipped to give rightwing President Nicolas Sarkozy a resounding majority for his ambitious
 arrow India offers new proposal in US nuclear talks
India has proposed to set up a special unit to reprocess spent atomic fuel under international safeguards in a bid to close a major civilian nuclear deal with Washington, a report said Friday.
 arrow Atlantis heads for ISS
The US space shuttle Atlantis headed for the International Space Station early Saturday on this year's first mission, aimed at boosting the station's power-generating capacity.
 arrow Pope discusses 'worrying’ Iraq situation with Bush
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday discussed the "worrying situation in Iraq" with visiting US President George W Bush, the Vatican said.
 arrow Wild storms continue to lash Australia: Six dead
Six people were confirmed dead and another two were missing yesterday as wild storms continued to lash Australia's east coast, smashing boats, flooding roads and cutting power to 200,000 homes.
 arrow Swedish 18th century replica ship returns from China
A replica of the Swedish East India Company's 18th century merchant vessel, the Goethenborg, returned home to Sweden on Saturday amid festive celebrations after a two-year voyage to China.
 arrow Two shot dead in Thailand
Two people were shot dead and nine security officials injured in a roadside bomb attack and shootings yesterday in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said.
 arrow India HIV cases likely to fall
India will report new estimates of HIV/AIDS infections next month that could show a sharp drop from earlier surveys that left the country with most cases worldwide, a UNAIDS official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Load-shedding free Bangladesh by 2010
Any expressed intention by the government that articulates plans for ameliorating the hardship of the people is always welcome, even more so when it holds out the promise of relieving the people of the
 arrow Editorial: Water-logging in Dhaka
The torrential rains which swept Dhaka the other day raise once again the issue of water-logging, which has clearly gone from bad to worse over the years.
 arrow Which democracy model will suit Bangladesh?
Democracy can be defined in various ways. One may take the absolutist measure by describing some countries as democratic and others as undemocratic.
 arrow Retrieval of siphoned off wealth
It is really a welcome development that the caretaker government (CTG) has started to retrieve the stolen wealth siphoned-off abroad.
 arrow Oversight role of the Congress
Congress in the United States is a powerful institution of the government, which has been mandated by the constitution as the oversight Congress, apart from law-maker.
Letters to Editorarrow Our forests
In 1978, I set up the first project in private agro-forestry in Bangladesh on my own barren hills near Chittagong.
 arrow Climate change and national interests
The USA and China have come under great pressure internationally to take more forceful measures to curb releases of greenhouse gases.
 arrow Poets
If poets are pleasant in one sense, then they're unpleasant in another sense. We have many poets in our country, young and old, firebrand etc.
 arrow Dr. Kamal Hossain
Dr. Kamal Hossain has begged apology to the nation for his trusting some leading politicians of the country out of his own simple mindedness.
 arrow Passport issue
The present government is trying to eliminate corruption. Lt Gen.
 arrow English class
In Dhaka, some Bangla medium women's university-colleges are really good for studying English literature. The highly efficient teachers speak English with fluency and impeccable diction.
 arrow Plant quarantine at ZIA
Our expatriates (wage earners) are mostly the unskilled workers working abroad. While returning /visiting home from M.E.
Star Healtharrow Safe blood for safe motherhood
On 14 June 2007, the global community will again celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
 arrow Facts about transient ischemic attack
Walking through footpath or during your normal day work, you may suddenly lose your sense. You grab something to steady yourself.
 arrow Innovative approach tackles malnutrition in the community
An innovative approach is showing progress in addressing severe acute malnutrition, which affects an estimated 20 million children under the age of five worldwide.
 arrow Soft drinks associated with diabetes
A review of published studies shows a clear and consistent relationship between drinking sugary (non-diet) soft drinks and poor nutrition, increased risk for obesity -- and increased risk for diabetes.
 arrow Talk therapy helpful in adults with OCD
People suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, researchers from Australia report in the current issue of The Cochrane Library.
 arrow Breakthrough clinical trial on anti-cancer drugs
The 43rd annual meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held recently in Chicago, Illinois. Some breakthrough results of important clinical trials by Sanofi-Aventis Ltd.
 arrow New preparation of drug for angina & post-MI launched
Aristopharma Ltd. Recently launched Metacard MR tablet, preparation of Trimetazidine HCL BP 35 mg - effective for angina and post myocardial infarction (MI), says a press release.
 arrow Data on tobacco and second-hand smoke
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. It causes 1 in 10 deaths among adults worldwide. In 2005, tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths, or an average of one death every 6 seconds.
 arrow Your Doctor
Send health related queries (either in English or Bangla) to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Prospectus for a green revolution
The National Tree Fair (NTF) is slowly gaining momentum with streams of tree lovers starting to turn up at the old airport premises after heavy monsoon rains of the last few days slightly dampened the
 arrow Sick child in growing pain
Kamrangirchar, an island over the river Buriganga, encompassing an area of around 10 square kilometres, could have become a jewel in the crown in terms of modern urbanisation.
 arrow Greatest threat to lake's existence
Plot allotments encroaching upon the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake by Rajuk and derequisition of acquired land to private claimants over the past decades are major impediments to the recovery and conservation
 arrow Khoka's Corner

 arrow CNG buses offer no cheap fares
Despite big difference between the price of diesel and CNG, fares of diesel and CNG-run buses and other public transports remain identical in the city.
 arrow CNG Meter Calibration: 75 percent companies disappear
Meter calibration on all CNG auto rickshaws could not be completed as about 75 percent of the companies that sold the meters have disappeared, according to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
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