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Front Pagearrow Trading in death under shadow of govt
Tarique Rahman and several ex-BNP ministers directly patronised the outrageous operations of the JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) in Rajshahi with the full knowledge of former prime minister Khaleda
 arrow Khaleda cooking her own reform proposal
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said she is preparing a reform proposal for her party, which will be finalised through consultation with grassroots level leaders and activists as soon as the ban
 arrow Top reformists in AL to hand over 25-pt proposal to Hasina
Top pro-reform leaders of the Awami League (AL) are likely to meet party President Sheikh Hasina in the next four days and hand over a 25-point proposal for intra-party reforms, opposing Hasina's contention
 arrow Huge 'cleansing' in AG office
The caretaker government yesterday removed 26 deputy attorney generals (DAG) and 52 assistant attorney generals (AAG) from their posts and appointed 10 new DAGs and 39 AAGs.
 arrow Over 2,100 Biman staff want to quit voluntarily
The number of retirement seeking Bangladesh Biman officials and employees far exceeded the airline's target as 2,140 persons responded to the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) as of yesterday, the last
 arrow Move taken to bring back siphoned out money
The government has initiated moves to repatriate the money siphoned off to Singapore and Malaysia by corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen.
 arrow Verdict in Manju's liquor possessing case Tuesday
Judgement of a criminal case against former communications minister and Jatiya Party (Manju) leader Anwar Hossain Manju filed for possessing 21 bottles of contraband liquor will be delivered on Tuesday
 arrow Falu's flats in Dubai, London
Detained former BNP lawmaker Mossaddak Ali Falu has bank accounts and businesses in other persons' names in the United States, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, the UK and Canada.
 arrow Poor students lag behind as good results depend on private tutors
This year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam results warn of the country's secondary school education system becoming dependent on private tuition as they show students of the urban areas who can
 arrow Army assisting government in various stages
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday appreciated the role of army in the present crucial time of the nation and urged them to stay ready even for the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country's
 arrow Polls to be held within govt timeframe
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reaffirmed that the next parliamentary elections would be held within the timeframe set by the government.
 arrow Govt waiting to hear from Rupali buyer
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the government is still waiting to hear from the prospective buyer of the state-owned Rupali Bank about the handover of the bank.
 arrow Law enforcers to intervene in market if govt efforts fail
The government will seek intervention from the law-enforcement agencies if the government's ongoing efforts to keep the market under control failed, Food Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Poor drainage system

 arrow Mohiuddin shown held in 4 cases
Police yesterday submitted petitions for showing convict AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed arrested in four cases including the Bangabandhu murder case.
 arrow Journalist Hedayet Hossain Morshed passes away
Noted journalist and former director of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Hedayet Hossain Morshed passed away early yesterday at the age of 67 due to kidney related complications at Kidney Hospitaland
 arrow Road crashes kill 14
Fourteen people, three of a family, died and 35 others were injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Munshiganj, Chittagong and Barisal districts yesterday.
 arrow 16-yr old jailed for 10 yrs in arms case
A Jamalpur court sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 10 years' imprisonment and fined Tk 7,000 or one more year in jail in failure to pay it in a case filed June last year for keeping arms illegally.
 arrow Govt to take over NAM flats today
The housing and public works ministry would take over charges of 73 vacant NAM flats reserved for the lawmakers today, as the parliament secretariat yesterday sent a letter giving its consent in thisregard.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Shahjahan Miah sent to jail on surrender
A Chapainawabganj trial court yesterday sent former BNP lawmaker Shahjahan Miah and two others to jail after they surrendered before it in an extortion case.
 arrow Special court to deliver verdict in Aman's graft case today
The Special Judge's Court will deliver judgment in the corruption case against former state minister Amanullah Aman along with his wife today.
 arrow From inundated areas

 arrow 2 new PSC members appointed
Former acting secretary of labour and employment ministry M Nurunnabi and former principal of Dhaka Home Economics College Suraiya Begum have been appointed members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow Shafi Sami quits CRP
CM Shafi Sami yesterday resigned from his controversial post as Managing Trustee of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) following protracted pressure from the supporters of recently
 arrow Thousands in Mirpur in fresh eviction fear
The army has taken fresh initiatives to evict a few thousand people, majority of whom are Hindu, from Chakuli enclave inside the Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka.
 arrow 50 SC lawyers protest Mainul's comment
A total of 50 lawyers of Supreme Court (SC) yesterday strongly protested Law Adviser Mainul Hosein's comment that the Bangabandhu murder case is not on the government's priorities.
 arrow They used to make fake banknotes
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized Tk 10 lakh in fake banknotes along with equipment and chemicals used for making fake local and foreign currencies busting a house at Mirpur in the capital early
 arrow US-led forces kill 30 in Baghdad
US and Iraqi troops intensified a massive offensive against suspected al-Qaeda strongholds northeast of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 30 alleged insurgents, the US military said.
Businessarrow SoE losses shoot up 48.43pc in FY07
The loss in state-owned enterprises (SoEs) increased by 48.43 percent in 2006-07 fiscal year, according to Bangladesh Economic Review 2007.
 arrow Govt to sign 3 deals with Bahrain to boost trade
Bangladesh and Bahrain will sign three agreements on avoidance of double taxation, investment promotion and protection, and air services by the year-end to boost trade.
 arrow IMF raises alarm on growing risks in financial markets
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato warned Tuesday that some investors are rushing with "reckless disregard" into increasingly risky assets around the globe and may be in for a shock if things go sour.
 arrow HSBC launches product next week to facilitate export, import of SMEs
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd is set to launch a new product next week to facilitate both export and import business for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a special focus
 arrow Corporate governance seen key to protecting stakeholders' interest
Better corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are key to protecting the interest of corporate sector stakeholders and strengthening the role of corporate houses in social welfare,
 arrow Ericsson sees faster mobile user growth in SE Asia
Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson said Wednesday there is still room for further strong growth in mobile phone penetration rates in Southeast Asia.
 arrow China slashes tax breaks on exports
China is to slash tax incentives for thousands of exports ranging from toys to cement, but analysts said Wednesday the move could hit consumers rather than puncture the ballooning trade surplus.
 arrow GP offers new tariff for Smile subscribers
Leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) Ltd has launched a promotional offer for the subscribers of its 'Smile' prepaid package, says a press release.
 arrow Turkey to host confce of world's poorest nations
Leaders from the world's least developed countries will meet in Istanbul next month to discuss ways of integrating with the global economy and improving the welfare of their people, a Turkish official
 arrow Investment in sustainable energy soaring
Global investment in sustainable energy is soaring on the back of concern over climate change, high oil prices and growing government support, acccording to a UN report released Wednesday.
 arrow StanChart enjoys double-digit profits growth worldwide
Standard Chartered, the Britain-based emerging markets bank, said on Wednesday that it had achieved double-digit profits and revenue growth, especially in Asia, during the first six months of 2007.
 arrow South Korea to create fund for small firms
South Korea's government offered Wednesday to set up a 1.08 billion dollar fund to help small- and medium-sized firms with high technology.
 arrow US blocks Canada complaint at WTO over farm subsidies
The United States on Wednesday blocked a complaint by Canada at the World Trade Organisation which claims that Washington uses "trade-distorting" farm subsidies on products such as corn, trade sources
 arrow Yahoo forges mobile search deal with six Asian operators
Internet giant Yahoo on Wednesday announced partnership agreements with six leading Asian mobile phone operators with a combined subscriber base of nearly 100 million.
 arrow China eyes Airbus plants
One of China's major state-run aircraft makers may be interested in buying some of Airbus's plants in Europe, state press said on Wednesday, citing a senior company official.
 arrow Brac Bank okays 20pc stock dividend
Brac Bank Ltd has declared a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow RFL declares 16pc dividend
Rangpur Foundry Ltd (RFL) has declared a 16 percent dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow BAB nominates FBCCI director
Bangladesh Association of Banks has nominated AKM Nurul Fazal Bulbul as a director in the Board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), says a press release.
 arrow You Tube goes international
The popular video-sharing website YouTube has announced the launch here of international services in nine countries, in a fresh step by parent company Google to deepen its presence in Europe.
 arrow Manila's foreign reserves to hit $26.6b
Philippine foreign reserves for 2007 are forecast to be 26.6 billion dollars with an increased surplus due partly to higher remittances from Filipinos abroad, the central bank said Wednesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar knocks well
Habibul Bashar started a demanding tour in a positive note as his unbeaten half-century anchored Bangladesh on the first day of the three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka A at the Colts Cricket Club
 arrow Cricket: England win 3-0
Monty Panesar took five wickets, including marathon man Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as England completed a 3-0 series victory against the West Indies with a seven-wicket win in the fourth and final Test at
 arrow Cricket: Dav comes to Pakistan
Former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore arrives in Pakistan on Wednesday hoping to push further his credentials as the next coach of Pakistan.
 arrow Hockey: Flying start for Dhaka
Dhaka got off to a sparkling start in the Salton Pharmaceuticals Ltd. 27th National Hockey Championship when they brushed aside Jaipurhat 7-0 on the opening day.
 arrow Cricket: Tazkia to lead eves' team
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 14-member national women's cricket team for the ACC Women's Cricket Tournament to be held in Malaysia in July.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid banking on batsmen
India left for a gruelling tour of England and Ireland on Wednesday with captain Rahul Dravid banking on the experience of his batting line-up to deliver the goods.
 arrow Cricket: End of Vaughan?
Michael Vaughan has admitted he made the decision to stand down as England one-day captain while the team were at the World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: More of the same
The bigwigs in Sri Lanka Cricket, traditionally a bastion of incompetence and blinkered thinking, can be excused if they are in self-congratulatory mood.
 arrow Cricket: Monty spins magic
Monty Panesar enhanced his growing reputation by taking five wickets for 46 runs as England wrapped up a 3-0 series win against the West Indies with a seven-wicket victory in the fourth and final Test
 arrow Football: Mohammedan run riot
Mohammedan broke their own record of the biggest B. League victory when the Dhaka heavyweights destroyed Chittagong Mohammedan 7-0 yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kaka open to Real move
AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaka has not ruled out a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, the player's spokesman said in comments published on Wednesday in sports daily AS.
 arrow Football: Milan, Inter at war over Suazo
City rivals AC Milan and Inter were involved in a bitter tug-of-war over Cagliari striker David Suazo on Tuesday, with both clubs claiming to have signed the Honduras international.
 arrow Football: Vieira hints at Henry exit
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira believes the London club must splash out on some big name players if they want to prevent Thierry Henry from being lured to a major club in Europe.
 arrow Cricket: Panesar in top 10
England's Monty Panesar has broken into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time after his superb display in the victory over West Indies.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman, Russel stay on course
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Bangladesh Biman maintained their AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League title chase with all-win records.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath wants T20 success
Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is determined to make a big impression for Lancashire in the Twenty20 Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya to host warm-up ties
Kenya will host a four-nation Twenty20 tournament as a warm-up for the inaugural world championships in South Africa in mid-September, cricket officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Morales hopes to meet Blatter
Bolivia president Evo Morales said Tuesday he hopes to meet with FIFA chief Sepp Blatter next week in Zurich in a bid to overturn a ban on high-altitude stadiums being used for international matches.
 arrow Football: Kovac back to Juve
Croatia defender Robert Kovac has backed out of a deal negotiated earlier this month to play for Dinamo Zagreb, the club said Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Avail advantage of investment incentives in Bangladesh
Bangladesh and Bahrain showed interest in forging the highest level of cooperation in all the potential areas in the two countries.
 arrow New journal to bridge US-Bangla scholars' gap
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) yesterday organised a seminar to launch 'Journal for Bangladesh Studies (JBS)', a joint collaboration of the scholars of Bangladesh and the USA.
 arrow Amendment to city corpn act approved
The ward commissioners of six city corporations are being put on payroll as the caretaker government approved a proposal for their monthly remuneration.
 arrow Do not create any group of sycophants
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive Chairman Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday urged the caretaker government not to create any group of sycophants thinking that they will legalise its activities.
 arrow AUST closed sine die
Ahsanulla University of Science and Technology (AUST) was closed yesterday for an indefinite period in the wake of protests by students demanding that the campus be shifted to the university's permanent
 arrow CPA land worth Tk 100 crore recovered in Ctg
A mobile court in a drive in the port city yesterday recovered 11 acres of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) land worth about Tk 100 crore at Halishahar.
 arrow Tribute paid to Sufia Kamal
Speakers at a programme yesterday paid tribute to poet Sufia Kamal, a champion of women's rights, on the occasion of her 96th birth anniversary.
 arrow Low over Bay intensifies
The low pressure over east central Bay and its adjoining areas has intensified into a well-marked low over the same area.
 arrow World Hydrographic Day today
The 2nd World Hydrographic Day will be observed across the world today.
 arrow Drugged rickshawpuller dies at hospital
A rickshawpuller died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the early hours of yesterday after he had been drugged by a gang of Aggyan Party in the city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Recognise us as passport agents
Leaders of Passport Form Writers' Multipurpose Cooperative Society in a press conference yesterday urged the government to recognise them as 'passport processing agents' by issuing licenses to them.
 arrow Mobile court demolishes 12 illegal structures
Twelve structures were demolished to recover around 20 gandas of land along Chaktai canal on the third day of the ongoing drive against the encroachers in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Security printing chief engineer suspended over graft charges
The Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd yesterday temporarily suspended Chief Engineer Anwar Hossain as he was arrested along with bribes on Tuesday.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of Ctg lawyer
Mystery shrouds the death of a lawyer in Chittagong yesterday. The victim was identified as Advocate Din Mohammad, 45, son of one Mokbul Ahmed of Lalkhan Bazar area.
 arrow 152nd anniversary of Santal Hul June 30
The 152nd anniversary of Santal Hul, the Santal rebellion against the British rulers, will be observed in the country on June 30 demanding constitutional recognition of the indigenous people and establishment
 arrow Rajuk peon held on graft charges
Joint forces arrested a Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) peon on graft charges from his office in the City's Motijheel area yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Abdul Mannan Patwari, 40.
 arrow Construction worker dies in rooftop fall
A construction worker died after falling off the roof of a six-story under-construction building at Lalmatia in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Mohammad Babu, 30.
 arrow Elderly engr of Korean ship drowns in Karnaphuli
An elderly engineer of a Korean flag carrier ship fall into the river Karnaphuli and drowned early yesterday.
 arrow Prof Galib, 3 others chargesheeted
Special Trial Tribunal in Bogra yesterday framed charges against four people in two cases filed under Explosives Act, including Prof Asadullah Al Galib of Rajshahi University.
 arrow Six more JMB cadres surrender
Six more Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres of Gangachara upazila surrendered to the police here yesterday.
 arrow RMG workers demonstrate in front of factory in Gazipur
About fifty garment workers who left A&A Garments in Gazipur about one and a half months ago staged a demonstration in front of the factory yesterday demanding payment of their arrears.
 arrow Chuadanga blast kills one
An alleged criminal was killed and another critically injured in a bomb explosion at Kalidaspur village in Alamdanga upazila yesterday.
 arrow Summer Solstice Day today
Anusandhitsu Chakra, a science organisation, is going to observe The Summer Solstice Day for the first time in the country today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Malaria in Khagrachhari kills 44 in 2 months
Malaria has become alarming in remote areas of eight upazilas of Khagrachhari district, killing 44 people in about two months.
 arrow 86 Netrakona AL men chargesheeted
Netrakona district Awami League president Shamsujjuha and secretary Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru and 84 other leaders and activists of the party and its front organisations were chargesheeted yesterday in a
 arrow Flood situation improving in Moulvibazar, Sylhet
The flood situation improved in Moulvibazar and Sylhet districts yesterday. All the rivers in Moulvibazar are flowing below their danger marks in Moulvibazar.
 arrow Forest guards fire at killer tiger in Mongla
Forest guards fired 30 shots on Tuesday to kill the Royal Bengal Tiger that killed an old woman and 52 cows and goats at Baiddyamari and adjoining villages in Mongla upazila in last few days.
 arrow Ex-Pabna BNP MP, 3 party leaders sued for extortion
A former BNP lawmaker and three other party leaders have been sued here in connection with an extortion case.
 arrow Former BNP MP Talukder sent to jail in Barguna
Former BNP lawmaker Motiur Rahman Talukder was sent to jail when he surrendered before a court in Barguna on Tuesday. Elected from Barguna-3 (Amtali) constituency, Talukder faces three cases.
Point-Counterpointarrow Separate laws for the political parties
A political party generally refers to an organisation that organises citizens and mobilises voters on behalf of common set of interest or ideologies.
 arrow French voters balance Sarkozy's power
Nicolas Sarkozy won handsomely in the French Presidential elections last month, promising massive reforms to lift the economy.
 arrow The bhadrolok foreign affairs adviser of Bangladesh
Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, the adviser for foreign affairs, recently visited Australia.
 arrow The army's dilemma
The Pakistani people continue to vote with their feet against General Pervez Musharraf's military regime.
Culturearrow Artworks from North-eastern India
An interesting exhibition of works by artists from North-eastern Indian states was held recently (ended yesterday) at the Art Club Bangladesh.
 arrow Many faces of Bangladesh
Shamsunnahar Lovely's first solo photography exhibition is on at Zainul Gallery 1, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka Universtity (DU).
 arrow Judy Garland: A lifetime in show business
I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them. -- Judy Garland
Judy Garland worked for nearly 45 of her 47 years.

 arrow "Hul-Hul": A play on indigenous people
"Hul-Hul", a play featuring the struggles of the indigenous people of the northern part of the country spanning over 200 years, was staged recently, at the Natyasamity Auditorium in Dinajpur.
Internationalarrow N Korea disarmament, talks back on track
A US envoy said yesterday that North Korea's nuclear disarmament is finally back on track, with UN inspectors set to return next week and six-nation negotiations seen resuming in early July.
 arrow Death row medics launch last-ditch appeal in Libya
Six foreign medics sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus launched their final appeal yesterday, after more than eight years behind bars for a crime they say they did not
 arrow Rushdie knighthood sparks diplomatic furore
Controversy over a knighthood for author Salman Rushdie escalated into a full-blown diplomatic row as Iran and Pakistan summoned Britain's ambassadors to protest, drawing a retort from London.
 arrow Fujimori mulls run for office in Japan
Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori, under arrest in Chile and facing extradition on human rights abuse charges, is considering a run for office in Japan, aides said Tuesday.
 arrow Lanka says 197 rebels killed in battle for east
The Sri Lankan army said yesterday that two months of fighting aimed at ousting Tamil Tiger rebels from jungles in the east of the island has left 197 dead, the vast majority of them guerrillas.
 arrow Abbas cabinet a chance for Palestinian state
US President George W.
 arrow Thailand calls poll for Nov
Thailand yesterday announced it would hold general elections on November 25 in a bid to speed up the return to democracy in the kingdom after last year's coup.
 arrow Respect right of asylum Pope urges govts
Pope Benedict XVI marked World Refugee Day yesterday by calling on governments to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees and to protect those fleeing for their lives.
 arrow Britain's oldest MP, India-born Piara Khabra passes away
Indian-born Piara Khabra, who was Britain's oldest member of parliament, has died at the age of 82, his parliamentary researcher announced yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Right to Information
Fulfillment of the people's right to information is now universally recognised as a precondition for not only ensuring good governance but also eliminating corruption and anomalies that are inextricably
 arrow Editorial: Pull back from a retrograde step
It is ironical that two mutually contrary, if not contradictory, patterns of emphases should have found place in the finance and planning adviser's budgetary proposals relating to information and communication
 arrow The reform-wave and the crisis for the leaders
While it is not uncommon for nations to suffer occasionally from crisis of leadership, and we have had a fair share of it too, what we are seeing at present, in the midst of all the turmoil and political
 arrow Coal policy and energy security
Natural forces in previous geological eras determined the distribution of energy resources in the earth's crust. Men, however, make the decision to mine the resources they discover.
 arrow Will Bangladesh go Pakistan way?
Nobody hides it. Everyone at Dhaka assumes that you know about the army's presence behind the caretaker government. Chief Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed himself tells you about it.
Letters to Editorarrow Dowry and deaths
The dowry culture is largely responsible for domestic violence. It is a curse for our social life. Women become victims of unbearable harassment due to the force of dowry system in society.
 arrow Princess Diana
Ten years have gone by since Princess Diana's death, it's hard to imagine that she is no longer with us. The news of her death came to me as a sudden shock.
 arrow Butenis' words
"Deaths in custody, mistreatment of the detainees, lack of clarity on who gets arrested and why, and so-called 'secret detentions' are all unacceptable".
 arrow Bangladeshis in Malaysia
I have been studying in Kuala Lumpur for the last 18 months. I have come across many Bangladeshi workers who are going through a rough time. This is true that they are under-paid.
 arrow Chittagong tragedy
The disaster that struck Chittagong was really unprecedented. The landslide caused by heavy downpour took the lives of many living on the nearby hilly areas.
 arrow Let our businesses grow
Business means employment, which means reduction of poverty and crime. The government will ultimately reap the benefits if the economy grows and gains the confidence of the people.
 arrow Preparing voter list
The job of computer operators in the process of voter listing is really a crucial one.
 arrow Appeal for help
I am trying to draw your sympathetic attention towards the unfortunate life of mine. I have been suffering from a fatal ailment and have been hospitalised for a long time.
 arrow Anti-corruption drive
The CTG is conducting an all-out drive against corruption, hoarding, land-grabbing and all sorts of crimes and irregularities. I think the current drive of the CTG is very much timely also.
 arrow Foreigners and passport office
Foreigners visiting Bangladesh need to extend their visa for any overstay. Passport officials do not deal with these foreigners properly.
 arrow Save us
We are the students of State University of Bangladesh. We are students of subjects like BSC in Physiotherapy, Nursing and Medical laboratory technology.
 arrow CTG
The news of corruption and "commission business" by successive governments stunned the people who voted them to power. The nation has the right to know more about it.
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