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Front Pagearrow Ershad quits party post
HM Ershad yesterday quitted as the Jatiya Party (JP) chairman and appointed Presidium Member Anisul Islam Mahmud to deputise for him till the council elects a new chief.
 arrow Nothing to take place beyond BNP constitution
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asserted that reforms within the party will not be implemented according to any individual's wish but through a democratically held party council where everyone will
 arrow Date for announcing polls in 15 days
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said a complete roadmap for holding the next parliamentary election with a specific timeframe for preparing a voter list with photographs and
 arrow Razzak comes up with his own reform plan
Awami League's (AL) reformist Presidium Member Abdur Razzak yesterday announced a set of reform proposals including a provision for barring the party president and the general secretary from holding the
 arrow Budget has measures to contain price hike, scopes for job creation
Refuting criticisms of the budget for fiscal year 2007-08, Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the budget has measures to keep prices of essentials at a tolerable level andcreate
 arrow Over 400 RMG units yet to fix minimum wage as deadline ends
More than 400 garment units are yet to fix minimum monthly wage for their workers though the time limit for it ended yesterday, a survey of the garment manufacturers and exporters association has found.
 arrow Legal framework must to keep criminals away from politics
A legal framework should be in place to make sure that the political parties stay out of criminalisation and respect people's basic rights of movement and livelihood, coordinator of the National Coordination
 arrow Govt wakes up to find reasons for low wage
The government has taken an initiative to investigate why the Bangladeshi workers abroad get lower salary than the same category of workers of other countries, and take necessary measures towards itsredress
 arrow Falu sent to jail after 12 days on remand
A Dhaka court yesterday sent former BNP lawmaker Mossaddak Ali Falu to jail custody on completion of his 12 days on remand, in four phases, in connection with two cases filed against him for misappropriating
 arrow Ex-Jamaat MP Taher sued again
Two more cases have been filed against detained former Jamaat lawmaker Abdullah Mohammd Taher and his brother on charges of misappropriating public funds allocated against different projects.
 arrow Govt to make getting passports easier
The caretaker government is going to make easy the issuance and renewal of passports by simplifying the existing intricate rules and formalities.
 arrow Birdem doctors' job contracts to be renewed
The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh in a press release yesterday said it would renew the job contracts of indoor medical officers at Birdem Hospital and take immediate steps for regularising them.
 arrow Govt may invite tender for 3 IPP power plants this month
The government is likely to invite international tenders this month for setting up three large independent power producer (IPP) plants.
 arrow Waist-deep water

 arrow UN shuts down Iraqi WMD monitoring
Four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq failed to turn up Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council Friday shut down a UN programme that monitored such arms, closing "anappalling
 arrow US raids Baghdad slum: 26 Iraqis die
American soldiers rolled into Baghdad's Sadr City slum yesterday in search of Iranian-linked militants and as many as 26 Iraqis were killed in what a US officer described as "an intense firefight.
 arrow Search continues to rescue Danida staff
Security forces at Thanchhi are still conducting search and rescue operations for one of the abducted Danida employees.
 arrow 40 fishermen missing in rough sea
Some 40 fishermen went missing as 14 trawlers capsized in the Bay since Friday noon to early yesterday amid inclement weather.
 arrow British police hunt bomb suspect
Police mounted increased patrols in a jittery London yesterday as detectives conducted an intense hunt for a man seen running from an explosives-packed car in the heart of the city's entertainment district.
 arrow 8 rescued from human traffickers
Eight people including women and children were rescued from human traffickers by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Friday night at Bhomra border. The victims were being trafficked to India.
 arrow Sharp edges

Businessarrow Tk 2000cr compensation, soft loan demanded
Leather and leather goods manufacturers and exporters yesterday sought Tk 2,000 crore as compensation and soft loan for relocating the tanneries to Savar Leather Industrial Estate from Hazaribagh in old
 arrow Formulate strategy to earn $30b remittance by 2015
Bangladeshi workers need to develop more diverse set of skills as a part of a grand strategy to tap potential employment markets overseas to increase Bangladesh's remittance earnings to $30 billion by
 arrow State of the economy and accountable development
The political uncertainty and the disruption in the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2007 slowed down the Bangladesh economy. The economy is expected to grow at 6.
 arrow Bangkok hosts Asia Forum for aviation
Thai Airways International (THAI) president Apinan Sumanaseni and Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht announced the success of hosting the aviation forum in Bangkok and the commitment of Star Alliance tofurther
 arrow US, SKorea set to sign free trade pact
The United States and South Korea are set to sign a landmark free trade agreement to be sent for Congressional approval, but US lawmakers are already saying they will not vote for it.
 arrow Crude oil, lead prices surge higher
World oil prices hit ten-month peaks this week on US supply woes, while lead prices, which were lifted by low global inventories, rocketed to a fresh record high above the price for the traditionallymore
 arrow 11,660 new millionaires in Singapore
Singapore's population of United States dollar millionaires surged by a staggering 21.2 per cent last year to 66,660--the fastest growth rate of any nation in the world.
 arrow Eastern Bank launches credit cards
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday launched four types of credit cards offering different features to customers.
 arrow Key issues unresolved for tri-nation gas pipeline
Key issues relating to the $7.
 arrow US Senate passes foreign takeover security bill
The US Senate on Friday passed a bill that would strengthen scrutiny by the government and intelligence services of foreign takeovers of US firms on national security grounds.
 arrow Phoenix Ins declares 30pc stock dividend
Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 30 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow China protests over US seafood blockade
China has protested to the United States over its "unacceptable" blockade of fish and shrimp imports, a government website said on Saturday.
 arrow Kuwait oil minister steps down
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah, who faced a no-confidence vote in parliament over alleged financial irregularities, has stepped down along with the communications minister, official media
Sportsarrow Cricket: Reflecting on Poson Poya
Yesterday was Poson Poya day. The normally quite Sri Lanka capital Colombo turned even calmer with the second most important religious day in the calendar of the islands' Buddhists.
 arrow Cricket: NCA looks to youth
With both eyes on the near future, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selected twenty players as the second batch of scholarship holders of the GrameenPhone National Cricket Academy yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh down Italy
Bangladesh striker Mohammad Shumon scored the winning goal against Italy in the place-deciding match of the Danone Nations Cup in the French city of Lyon yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Defending champion Dhaka and Faridpur won in their respective matches of the Salton Pharmaceuticals 27th National Hockey Championship Super League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB plan to spend more
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a bigger budget for the fiscal year 2007-08. In a meeting held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, BCB proclaimed Tk 93.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar sees India home
Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score 15,000 one-day international runs as India beat South Africa by six wickets in the second one-day international at Stormont here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 15,000-up Sachin bats away critics
Sachin Tendulkar, after becoming the first batsman to score 15,000 one-day international runs, could be forgiven for wanting to scream "Who says I'm finished?" just as an angry Sebastian Coe did after
 arrow Tennis: Roddick bankrupt!
As the rain threatened to wash away Saturday's play at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick had more reason than most to pray for better weather.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo, Sharapova in last sixteen
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and Russian second seed Maria Sharapova shrugged off a two-hour rain delay to storm into the Wimbledon last 16 on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: FedExpress crushes Safin
Roger Federer took another confident step closer to a fifth successive Wimbledon title on Friday as Centre Court fell in love with an eyebrow-pierced, Russian literature-loving Serb called Tipsy.
 arrow Tennis: Beware of pickpockets
Wimbledon stars have fallen victim to a sneak thief who has made off with thousands of pounds in cash and personal property, it was reported here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis bows out
Martina Hingis perished on Wimbledon's graveyard of champions as the Swiss was knocked out by unseeded American Laura Granville on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mikael out of the picture
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So rather than write out "Mikael Silvestre is leaving Manchester United" 166.
 arrow Football: Drogba still in doubt
Didier Drogba has refused to commit himself to Chelsea, saying he will make a decision on his future when he returns from holiday.
 arrow Football: Real catch Robben!
Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea's flying Dutch winger Arjen Robben according to reports in a Spanish newspaper on Saturday.
 arrow Football: L'pool close in on Torres
Spanish press reported on Saturday that Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres was closer than ever to making a move to English Premiership side Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Rafa plans Heinze swoop
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is planning an audacious swoop to hijack Juventus' 5million move for Manchester United left-back Gabriel Heinze.
 arrow Football: Tevez to decide after Copa
West Ham and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez will decide where his future lies after the Copa America, his representative said.
 arrow Football: Galletti signs for Olympiakos
Greek champions Olympiakos announced Friday that Argentine striker Luciano Martin Galletti has penned a four-year contract. The club did not release financial details of the deal.
 arrow Cricket: Eng at par with WI
Owais Shah blazed 55 from 35 balls as England beat West Indies in the second twenty20 international at the Brit Oval Friday to level the two-match series 1-1.
 arrow Football: Rezaul denies Sheikh Russel
Khulna Abahani forced giants Sheikh Russel to split points as the two teams drew 1-1 in the day's only B. League match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA to go for the kill
South Africa captain Jacques Kallis is confident of having his strongest side out for Sunday's one-day series climax against India here at Stormont.
 arrow Cricket: First Eng-WI ODI today
Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell could return to the England team for the first one-day international against West Indies at Lord's on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Scots under strength for Pakistan game
Scotland will be without all-rounder Dougie Brown and Durham batsman Kyle Coetzer for their one-day match against Pakistan in Edinburgh on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid takes heart from victory
India captain Rahul Dravid has been heartened by the resilience his side have shown in the run-up to Sunday's one-day international (ODI) series finale against South Africa here at Stormont.
 arrow Cricket: 'BCCI will be more careful'
After being snubbed by South African Graham Ford, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be more careful in handling the coach selection process in the future, said its president Sharad
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho feels honoured
Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho took a turn in carrying the torch ahead of the 2007 Pan-American Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 13-29.
 arrow Cricket: Morgan next ICC chief
David Morgan, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will become International Cricket Council (ICC) president in 2008, the global governing body announced here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe to remain in Test exile
Zimbabwe's exile from Test cricket is set to continue, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Friday, amidst reports of financial corruption which the global governing body said it would investigate.
Metropolitanarrow Forestland now 10pc of total area against minimum 25pc
Country's total forestland has come down to 10 percent as against the minimum requirement of 25 percent of its total land.
 arrow Road accidents kill 11
At least 11 people were killed and 79 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Comilla, Magura, Noakhali, Manikganj and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Constitutional recognition of indigenous people demanded
The indigenous people yesterday observed the 152nd anniversary of Santal Rebellion or Santal Hool yesterday with a call to give constitutional recognition to them and ensure the right to their ancestral
 arrow Govt urged to allocate khas lands for Dalit community
Members of Dalit (lower caste) community yesterday urged the caretaker government to allocate khas lands for them to permanently solve their housing problem in the city.
 arrow Stolen oil worth Tk 5cr recovered in N'ganj: 12 held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered one lakh litres of fuel worth about Tk 5 crore stolen from two major fuel depots of Meghna and Padma oil companies at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj and arrested
 arrow 'Sono Filter to help save lives of 50 cr people in S Asia'
Two Bangladeshi scientists, Dr Abul Hussam and Dr AKM Munir, who won the Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability, 2007, were accorded a national reception in the city yesterday.
 arrow Roots of conflict in British society discussed
A conference on 'Social vision: Working for a more equal and tolerant society' was organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science Social Vision Global Alumni Network on June 26.
 arrow Production in Zia Fertiliser Factory halted
Production in Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Factory was suspended yesterday morning due to some technical problems.
 arrow 211 killed last month
A total of 651 people were killed in various mishaps and 211 were killed due to violation of human rights in the last month, revealed a report of the Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights
 arrow Girl kept confined, raped in Ctg
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people from an apartment building at Agrabad in the city on Friday night on charges of keeping a teenage girl confined for several days and violating
 arrow Hasina greets Gordon Brown
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Gordon Brown on his assumption of office as British prime minister.
 arrow Tk 67.76cr CU budget approved
Chittagong University (CU) Senate at its 19th annual meeting yesterday approved a budget of Tk 67.76 crore for 2007-2008 fiscal year (FY) with a deficit of Tk 2.65 crore.
 arrow Ad firm official murdered in city
A gang of unidentified criminals killed a senior media manager of an advertising firm at Motijheel in the city last night.
 arrow Khaleda shocked at Asia's death
Former Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock at the death of Asia Begum, elder sister of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and aunt to AL President Sheikh Hasina, says a BNP press release.
 arrow Hawkers' Society AGM held
The annual general meeting (AGM) of Dhaka Newspaper Hawkers' Multi Purpose Cooperative Society Limited was held at the society's Motijheel residence in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 6-yr-old boy found dead in city ditch
Police recovered the body of a six-year-old boy from a ditch in the city yesterday. The boy was identified as Bijoy, son of Mosharraf Hossain, a grocer at Banshbari in Mohammadpur.
 arrow AUST degree classes resume today
The classes of the degree programme of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka will resume today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Prepare CHT voter lists as per peace accord
Indigenous and Bangali political leaders in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) belonging to different parties have demanded preparation of voter list in the three hill districts according to provisions of the
 arrow Vow to resist violence against women, children
Over 800 people at a mass rally held at Alipur bazaar, a remote area in Sadar upazila yesterday, vowed to resist violence against women from society The unique rally was represented by civil society
 arrow Indigenous people demand separate land commission
Indigenous people, at a press conference held at Rajshahi Public Library auditorium in Rajshahi yesterday, demanded of the government a separate land commission for them.
 arrow Chained 'drug addicts'rescued, 2 clinics sealed in Khulna
A mobile court led by metropolitan magistrate Atiqul Haque yesterday sealed two climes in Khulna city for treatment of drug addicts as they were being run without government approval.
 arrow Interns call off strike at DMCH
Intern doctors at Dinajpur Medical College Hospital (DMCH) called off their strike yesterday following assurance by authorities to meet their two-point demand.
 arrow Leader of AL front held with arms in Barisal
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Azizur Rahman Shahin, convener of Barisal city Sechchasebak League and his associate Md.
 arrow One more jute worker dies
Sultana Kazi, 52, a worker of laid-off state-owned Crescent Jute Mill (CJM) died of stroke Friday night while under treatment in Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
 arrow BSF abducts one in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday abducted a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Ichhamati river at Khanjia in Kaligonj upazila in Satkhira.
Point-Counterpointarrow Forest crisis and the purpose of forests
Television scenes of cash found at the chief conservator of forests' home has stimulated a torrent of discussion about corruption in general, and forest corruption in particular.
 arrow England goes smokefree from July 1, when Bangladesh?
It will be against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces from today, July 1, 2007 in all over England.
Culturearrow Celebrating Historic Santal Upsurge Day
152nd anniversary of Santal Upsurge was celebrated in the country yesterday (June 30). Professor Mesbah Kamal traces the history of the Upsurge and reflects on the celebration.
 arrow Eighth National Children's Theatre Festival '07 ends
The Eighth National Children's Theatre Festival 2007 ended on June 29. The closing ceremony was held at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Public Library.
 arrow Dancing the blues away
Majid Shikhaliev's students of Ecole de Danse put up a fine performance of modern western dances at the Alliance Francaise on the weekend.
 arrow Eminent poets recite at Shilpakala
Though many programmes by recitation artistes are arranged in the city on a regular basis, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy drew up with an exceptional evening by bringing the poets on stage for recitation.
Internationalarrow Nato airstrike kills 30 Afghan civilians
Foreign military air strikes killed 30 villagers in southern Afghanistan, a mayor said yesterday, as the US-led coalition said some were found dead in trenches with rebel fighters.
 arrow Iran unfazed by threat of new sanctions
Iran has no fear of fresh sanctions over its nuclear programme because the international community cannot cause it any harm, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in comments published yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf warned as Taliban spreading
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been warned by that without "swift and decisive action" the militant Islamic movement the Taliban will soon spread across all of Pakistan, The New York Times reported
 arrow London mayor defends Muslims
London Mayor Ken Livingstone called on Britons yesterday not to demonise Muslims after a double car bomb plot was foiled in the capital, amid fears of a Islamist terror threat.
 arrow US top court to review Guantanamo cases
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees can use federal courts to challenge their confinement, reversing an April decision not to hear arguments on the issue.
 arrow 7 civilians killed in Sri Lanka
Suspected rebels in Sri Lanka shot dead seven civilians and security forces discovered a truck packed with powerful explosives, the country's defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Kuwait oil, communications ministers resign
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah, who faced a no-confidence vote in parliament over alleged financial irregularities, has stepped down along with the communications minister, official media
 arrow US forces find Iraq mass grave, battle insurgents
US forces found around 40 bodies, bound and shot, in a fresh mass grave south of Fallujah, the military said Saturday as it reported 26 militants were killed in heavy fighting in Baghdad.
 arrow OIC welcomes proposed US envoy
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) welcomed yesterday a US decision to create a post for a special envoy to the largest Islamic bloc.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chief Adviser speaks of mid-July roadmap
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, in an interview with the Voice of America, has reaffirmed his government's plan to hold a credible general election by the end of 2008.
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka in 2020
Two research documents, one based on the World Bank survey and the other prepared by the UNFPA, gave an alarming future projection of the population growth in Dhaka city and the pressure on its amenities
 arrow Choices to be made
Civilisation demands that the people of the world be assured of their rights enshrined in various national and international covenants.
 arrow Democratic experiment in Palestine collapses
The Second Palestinian Intifada has yet to come full circle.
 arrow The key macroeconomic challenges for sustaining growth
In recent years, Bangladesh has sustained high growth and achieved notable progress reducing poverty and moving toward many of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Letters to Editorarrow Words and bloodshed
The game of bloodletting has been a very common spectacle every now and then in Iraq. Nowadays, whenever we look at the newspaper, we find news of killings led by militants.
 arrow Urea fertiliser price
Through your esteemed daily, I wholeheartedly congratulate the advisor in charge of the ministry of industries for realising the problems relating to urea fertilizer as well as those faced by their producers
 arrow Liberation War Museum
The Muktijoddha Jadughar or Liberation War Museum established through private initiative symbolises the glorious traditions set by our Liberation War.
 arrow Braveheart Siraj-ud Dowla
Though 250 years have passed, the Battle of Palashi has hardly lost its significance.
 arrow Impediments to teaching
Teaching is a noble profession. But it was once a much neglected vocation in our society. No one wanted to come to this profession.
Star Healtharrow A critical ally in Asia's effort to reduce child deaths
New study shows Hib vaccine protects children from significant burden of life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis, says a press release.
 arrow Breathing technique aids asthma
An old-fashioned breathing and relaxation technique could help those with asthma, research suggests.
 arrow Soy compound may boost bone density
Supplements containing a soy compound called genistein may help increase women's bone mass after menopause, a study suggests.
 arrow An active brain may help keep Alzheimer's at bay
The results of a new study support a number of previous studies that have shown that staying mentally active reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and the mild impairments that precede the
 arrow Intercytex artificial skin heals wounds in tests
A British biotechnology company has developed a long-lasting artificial skin that has produced promising results in healing wounds in early clinical trials.
 arrow FDA clears rapid blood test for malaria
A new blood test that can identify malaria infections within 15 minutes won approval from U.S. health officials.
 arrow Intensivists gathered to form a society
Intensivists (those who look after critically ill patients) of different government and private hospitals form Dhaka attended a get-together recently at Square Hospital in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Events

Star Cityarrow Lebu everywhere!
City markets are flooded with lemons following a bumper harvest in Sylhet, Sreemongol and other parts of the country. Never has lemon as a commodity been cheaper and widely available than it is at present.
 arrow Too little to raise hope
With thousands of vagrant children living on the streets in the capital, projects to shelter and rehabilitate them are limping due to insufficient funds and facilities.
 arrow Surviving only on water
Shohag was only three when he arrived in Dhaka from Bogabodakhali, Barisal twelve years ago.
 arrow Address rural problems first to save Dhaka, say speakers
"Prevent Dhaka from becoming a mega city before we are prepared," said MM Akash, professor, Department of Economics, while discussing the conditions of Dhaka as a mega city.
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