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Front Pagearrow Mir Nasir gets 13yrs in jail for graft
An anti-graft tribunal yesterday sentenced former state minister for civil aviation Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin to 13 years' imprisonment for committing two offences while it sentenced his son Mir Mohammad
 arrow Fertiliser hungry farmers ransack UNO office
Thousands of fertiliser deprived farmers of Nachole upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday damaged the upazila parishad office and torched its furniture and documents in a desperate rage against the local
 arrow Suranjit for powerful president, not PM
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday announced a rather sweeping proposal for bringing reforms to the body politic of the country including party reforms.
 arrow 4-yr govt tenure, ban on hartal, blockade
Besides revising their reform proposals for the party, pro-reform BNP leaders are also preparing a set of proposals for reforms in the country's political culture and state affairs.
 arrow BB fines nine banks for loan irregularities
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has fined nine commercial banks for giving loans to Chittagong-based businessman Nurunnabi against fake documents and different fictitious names.
 arrow Sangakkara piles on misery
Riding on Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double hundred, Sri Lanka were closing in on recording yet another massive victory as Bangladesh produced nothing new on the second day of the second Test at the
 arrow NBR sues Tuku for Tk 3.8cr tax evasion
Detained former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku was sued by National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday for evading Tk 3.80 crore in income tax.
 arrow Charges framed against Dulu, 93 others
Natore District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday framed charges against former BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and 93 others under Explosives Act for using gunpowder during arson and
 arrow Low interest housing loans for middle class
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday approved a Tk 300 crore scheme to provide long-term loans with low interest to the people from low and middle income groups for purchasing or constructing apartments inurban
 arrow 5 NGO activists sent to jail after quizzing
Five persons including three executive directors and two employees of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) based NGOs were sent to jail yesterday after nine days of interrogation in connection with Danida official
 arrow CA delegates his 21 responsibilities to home secretary
Chief Adviser Fakruddin Ahmed delegated 21 financial and administrative powers to the home secretary in a bid to speed up his ministerial activities.
 arrow Expansion of advisory council faces legal complexities
Constitutional and legal problems are preventing the government from making new appointments to share the heavy workload of the 10 current advisers, said the Chief Adviser's Press Secretary Syed Fahim
 arrow 4 traders held for charging high price
Joint forces yesterday arrested four retailers from different kitchen markets at New Market and Shahbagh in the capital as they were charging high prices for essential commodities.
 arrow Detained CCC engineer dies
Detained Superintending Engineer (Electrical) of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday morning.
 arrow ACC can now probe money laundering crimes
The council of advisers yesterday approved an amendment to the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2002 giving investigation responsibilities to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and empowering special
 arrow Hilsha hoarding, export banned for six months
The government yesterday decided to ban hoarding and export of hilsha fish for the next six months so that the fish are more available in the local market.
 arrow 2 new PSC members appointed
Former ambassador Mirza Samsuzzaman and former joint secretary AYM Mosharraf Hossain have been appointed members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow Awkward situation...

 arrow Restriction on Sigma Huda's arrest goes
The restriction on Sigma Huda's arrest goes, as the Supreme Court has stayed the High Court order restricting the law enforcers from arresting Sigma who faces a graft case along with her detained husband
 arrow Rawshan hints at quitting JP leadership
Rawshan Ershad, self-claimed chairman of Jatiya Party (JP), yesterday hinted that she would quit the party leadership. "I will step aside after passing the leadership baton to the next generation.
 arrow BDR to set up 50 more markets by next month
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will launch 50 more makeshift retail markets and six wholesale ones in next one month to check price spiral and make supply lines of essentials smooth.
 arrow 'Art of walking'...

 arrow 700 surrender as troops besiege Pak mosque
More than 700 militant students surrendered yesterday to Pakistani troops besieging a pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad after clashes that killed 16 people, but a hardcore of 1,000 remained inside.
 arrow BBC journalist Alan Johnston freed in Gaza after 16 weeks
BBC journalist Alan Johnston was freed yesterday after 16 weeks held hostage by Palestinian extremists in Gaza, looking pale and drawn but delighted that his "terrifying" ordeal was over.
 arrow 11 killed in Pak suicide car bomb attack
A suicide car bomber attacked a Pakistani military convoy in a troubled tribal region bordering Afghanistan yesterday, killing 11 people including six soldiers, security officials said.
Businessarrow Special economic zone soon for organised industrialisation
The government is mulling to set up a special economic zone (SEZ) shortly in order to give the growing unplanned industrialisation into an organised shape.
 arrow Remittances stand close to $6b in FY07
Bangladesh received close to US$ 6 billion remittances in the just concluded fiscal year, thanks to increased manpower export.
 arrow Bangladesh RMG to face tough time as curb on China to expire in 2008
Bangladesh will face much greater competition in its two largest garment export markets -- USA and EU -- in the near future as the safeguard restrictions on China are due to expire in 2008.
 arrow Dhaka seeks WTO help for RMG access to rich states
Dhaka sought WTO support to secure full market access of Bangladesh's readymade garments to developed countries' markets, which is 'crucial' for the country's economy.
 arrow China's economy to grow 10.9pc in 2007
Growth in China's roaring economy is expected to continue apace this year, rising 10.9 percent, a government think tank report said Wednesday, urging further economic cooling measures.
 arrow Japanese cut investments in Thailand
Japanese firms in Thailand are beginning to reduce their investments in the kingdom due to the strong baht and negative perceptions about the investment climate, a survey said Wednesday.
 arrow UN business summit aims to make firms more responsible
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will open one of the world body's biggest meetings with business leaders today to try to sharpen global standards for corporate behaviour.
 arrow Proper steps suggested to tap $170b IT outsourcing business
If proper steps are taken, Bangladesh can earn a huge foreign exchange utilising the golden opportunity from the booming international IT outsourcing business, a seminar in Dhaka made this observation
 arrow 146 customs points closed down
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has formally closed down operations of 146 customs points with effect from July 1 for being inactive for a long time. NBR issued a gazette on June 27 to this effect.
 arrow Korean RMG accessories plant in Karnaphuli EPZ soon
Korean company M/s Kosh Industrial (BD) Limited is going to set up a garments accessories manufacturing industry in the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 8 million.
 arrow Prime Bank, DBBL sign deal for sharing ATM, POS network
Clients of Prime Bank Ltd will be able to use the ATMs (automated teller machines) and POS (point of sale) of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL).
 arrow Danone in talks to sell biscuit unit to rival
French group Danone, whose LU cookies have accompanied the snacks of generations of French children, said Tuesday it was in exclusive talks with US rival Kraft Foods about the sale of its biscuit unit
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: A lesson never learned
The debate was over at the P Sara press box whether Sri Lanka could have wrapped up the match inside two days.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque down but not out
As Bangladesh stared at yet another huge defeat in the tour of Sri Lanka at stumps on second day of the second Test yesterday, the Tigers' vulnerable batting took centrestage of all criticisms.
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul slams 116
Shivnarine Chanderpaul moved up the order in style with an unbeaten century against England in the second one-day international at Edgbaston here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: The big question
Who are more fickle-minded, the Bangladeshi players or selectors? The question has been raised after the dismal batting performance of the Tigers in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: NZC finalise BD tour dates
New Zealand will host five Tests and ten limited-overs matches when Bangladesh and England tour in 2007-08.
 arrow Football: Russel host Arambagh today
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 arrow Cricket: SLC change imminent
The interim committee running Sri Lankan cricket is likely to see a shake-up, the country's sports minister said on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: Dhaka set final clash with Faridpur
Dhaka and Faridpur will clash in today's final of the 27th National Hockey Championship after the two sides failed to break the deadlock in the last super league match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WADA blasts ICC
The World-Anti Doping Agency Wednesday criticised cricket's governing body and Pakistani authorities for their handling of the Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif steroids case.
 arrow Cricket: Maddy eyes T20 place
Warwickshire skipper Darren Maddy has set his sights on a place in England's Twenty20 World Cup squad.
 arrow Cricket: A fighter to the core
We were young and impressionable in 1971. Field Marshal Manekshaw and Jagjit Singh Aurora became heroes but there were three others that became unforgettable.
 arrow Cricket: Shedding the rust
"I want to share this award with Yuvraj Singh," said a beaming Sachin Tendulkar after he was named the Man of the Series in the Future Cup, India's three-match series against South Africa at Belfast.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick getting hotter
Andy Roddick overturned a 5-0 deficit in a third set tiebreak to beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu and the weather on another rain-hit day at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Venus vanquishes Sharapova
Venus Williams stayed on course for a fourth Wimbledon crown when she breathtakingly demolished Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in a brutal fourth round triumph on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Torres now Liverpool's
Spanish striker Fernando Torres on Wednesday finalised his transfer to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid.
 arrow Football: Eto'o for wiping out racism
Barcelona's Cameroon stiker Samuel Eto'o has continued his campaign to eradicate racism in football by asking fans to make their opinions known in an internet survey.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan duo for Ind-Eng
Sri Lanka's Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama have been appointed match referees for the upcoming Test and ODI cricket series between India and England this month.
 arrow Cricket: ECB extends Donald deal
Allan Donald has had his role as England's bowling advisor extended until the end of the inaugural World Twenty20 in his native South Africa in September, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced
 arrow Cricket: ECB aware of violence
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said it is determined to stamp out unruly behaviour from supporters following several incidents at domestic Twenty20 matches this season.
 arrow Cricket: Nimbus to distribute on its own
Private sports broadcaster Nimbus, which holds telecast rights of cricket matches featuring India till 2010, on Wednesday said it would launch an independent bouquet for distributing content to cableand
 arrow Cricket: India remain buoyant
Buoyed by their Future Cup series victory against the formidable South Africans, the Indian cricket team arrived here from Glasgow to commence the testing tour of England that starts with a warm-up match
 arrow Football: China win game of three halves
China completed their Asian Cup warm-up with an uninspiring 1-0 win over Australian champions Melbourne Victory in bizarre conditions here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mahdavikia Iran's 'magic carpet'
Bull-chested Bundesliga winger Mehdi Mahdavikia can lay strong claim to being Iran's greatest ever player if he helps bring home the Asian Cup this year.
 arrow Football: Eriksson in City for talks
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson took a step closer to taking over as Manchester City manager after arriving in the city for talks with the club.
 arrow Football: Ailton set for Germany return
Brazilian striker Ailton, one of the most prolific scorers in Bundesliga history, is set for a return to Germany with newly promoted Hansa Rostock, Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Crespo scare for Argentina
Argentina forward Hernan Crespo is likely to miss the rest of the Copa America after pulling a muscle in his right leg during a 4-2 win over Colombia.
 arrow Football: Lyon dismiss rumours
French champions Lyon scoffed at suggestions Tuesday that Czech striker Milan Baros will be heading for the exit door.
 arrow Football: Santana signs for Atletico
Brazilian attacking midfielder Cleber Santana has joined Atletico Madrid from Santos, the Spanish team said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Mavuba set to join Villarreal
Bordeaux's France midfielder Rio Mavuba has agreed a five-year deal to join Villarreal, the Spanish club said Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Introduce secular edn system to ensure social justice
A secular education system should be introduced in order to build a true democratic society and ensure social justice and communal harmony, experts on law, media and development said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Transform 15cr people into united strength
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed said the hands of 15 crore people would have to be transformed into a united strength for the welfare of the nation. "We have 15 crore people who have 30 crore hands.
 arrow Bangladesh, China need greater security cooperation
Bangladesh and China need to develop greater security cooperation and people-to-people contact in order to dispel misunderstanding and suspicion between the two countries, said a Chinese specialist on
 arrow Relatives go berserk as patient dies due to wrong treatment
Relatives of a patient, who died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday, went berserk for doctors' alleged negligence to duty and wrong treatment.
 arrow Mayor calls for awareness campaign
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday stressed the need for community participation in making the city a safe and healthy place.
 arrow 110MW Khulna power plant out of order again
The 110 megawatt power plant of Khulna, put into operation on Monday morning after necessary repairing, again went out of order on Tuesday night due to major leakages in boiler tubes.
 arrow ‘Reduce discrimination in CHT’
Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Bangalee Krishak Sramik Kalyan Parishad have urged the caretaker government to take initiatives to reduce discrimination between Bangalees and indigenous people in Chittagong
 arrow DU Jagannath Hall becomes champion
Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) became champion in the final of the National Television Debate Championship which was held at the BTV auditorium in Rampura on July 3.
 arrow 31 get MSS scholarships
Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS) yesterday distributed scholarships worth Tk 2 lakh among 31 poor but meritorious students as part of its 'MSS Talent Nurturing Initiative' to help them continue their studies.
 arrow Extortionist held with revolver in city
An extortionist with a revolver was caught by garment workers after he shot a worker of Peacock Garments at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Couple held with two stolen babies in Chittagong
Police here yesterday arrested a couple with two babies who were allegedly stolen from Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
 arrow Work on Chaktai Mariners Road begins
Work on the construction of Chaktai Mariners Road along the Chaktai canal, the backbone of the port city, was inaugurated yesterday.
 arrow 135 peacekeepers leave for Sudan
The third batch of 275 members of the Bangladesh Army Engineers Contingent (BANENGER) is replacing the Bangladesh peacekeepers who have completed their tenure in Sudan.
Nationalarrow BSF agrees to take steps against border killings
A sector commander level meeting between Bangladesh Rifles and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) held here yesterday agreed to resolve 'major disputes through discussion and taking steps in time'.
 arrow Reforms should be done under Khaleda's leadership
BNP leaders in the constituency of party joint secretary general Ashraf Hossain want reform in the party under the leadership of its chairperson Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 'Forget the past, give up sick mentality'
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Muhammad yesterday inaugurated the Barisal Kotwali model police station with a call to the law enforcers to try to present themselves as servants of people, not a
 arrow 20 hurt in Pabna storm
At least 20 people were injured and 300 structures including mosques and educational institutions were leveled to the ground as a storm lashed two villages in Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday, making over
 arrow Rajshahi BNP vice-president arrested
Police yesterday arrested Nazrul Huda, Rajshahi district BNP vice president and a close aide of arrested Rajshahi city mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu.
 arrow Depositions of four more witnesses recorded
The court of Special Sessions Judge yesterday recorded depositions of four other witnesses in Rajshahi University professor Dr S Taher Ahmed murde case.
 arrow Arrested Sunil sent to jail
Arrested alleged criminal Sunil Tripura of Panchhari upazila was sent to jail yesterday.
 arrow BNP leader among 2 jailed for stealing govt wheat
A court in Patuakhali on Wednesday sentenced a BNP leader and a former Union Parishad chairman to 16 years rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk 10,000 for misappropriating 37.
Point-Counterpointarrow A Bengali bounty
During my years as a food writer, I have championed the cause of regional cuisine as the only authentic culinary identity.
 arrow Terror and the course of justice
Britain once again stands frightened by the prospect of terrorist attacks. A group of misguided individuals commit themselves to mindless acts of carnage and violence.
 arrow Revisiting nuclear power
The Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 in the USSR, and then the Three Mile Island near disaster in 1997 in the USA, has cast a depressing shadow on the possibilities of electric power generation from nuclear
Culturearrow Quiet flow the rivers
Mona Mahmud Chowdhury's solo exhibition Rivers and the Flow of Life was opened at the Bengal Gallery yesterday.
 arrow Adivasi Freedom Fighters honoured in Dinajpur
Though the adivasis joined hands with Bengalis during the Liberation War and made supreme sacrifices for a free motherland, Freedom Fighters from the indigenous communities in Bangladesh have yet received
 arrow Basu Chatterji: Turning seemingly ordinary into extraordinary
Basu Chatterji, the doyen of Indian cinema, is known for making films that offer a taste of clean and wholesome fun.
 arrow "Three Sisters" staging begins today
As part of its BA (Honours) final production, the students of Department of Theatre and Music, University of Dhaka will stage six consecutive shows of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's drama Three Sisters.
Generalarrow 12 encroachers, firms fined in Ctg
A mobile court in the port city yesterday fined 12 occupants and business firms Tk 3.15 lakh on charges of encroaching different canals, discharging wastages and disrupting their flow.
 arrow ACC boss listens to complainants
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday talked to a number of people who came to the ACC office with their problems.
 arrow Child trafficker caught red-handed
A child trafficker was caught red-handed while trying to abduct a six-year-old boy at Boro Achra village in Benapole yesterday morning.
 arrow Road crash kills 1
One field worker of Sabolambi Unnayan Samity, a local NGO of Netrakona, was killed in a road accident at Mukterpara area in the Netrakona town yesterday.
 arrow Rickshawpuller beaten to death over fare
A rickshawpuller was beaten to death at Motijheel in the city yesterday evening by two passengers following an altercation over rickshaw fare.
 arrow Goods worth Tk 5.7cr seized in coastal areas
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized goods worth Tk 5.7 crore over the past 15 days in different raids on the coastal areas and within the internal waterways, says a press release.
 arrow 'Evict middlemen from kitchen markets'
Dhaka Metropolitan Fish and Kitchen Market Traders' Association (DMFKMT) in a statement yesterday urged the government to evict middlemen from the city's kitchen markets as a measure to check price hike
Internationalarrow Britain on high alert as 7/7 anniversary looms
A senior British detective headed for Australia yesterday to question one of eight suspects held over failed bombings in London and Glasgow, as Britain remained on maximum alert for a new al-Qaeda attack.
 arrow Court throws out Anwar's lawsuit against Mahathir
A Malaysian judge yesterday threw out a lawsuit filed by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim after the country's retired leader Mahathir Mohamad had called him gay.
 arrow Indian suspect's family says he's innocent
The family of an Indian doctor arrested in connection with a British car bomb plot said yesterday he would be proven innocent and return home with "honour and respect.
 arrow Brown outlines changes in constitution
Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed sweeping changes to the way Britain is governed Tuesday, including moves towards a written constitution and changing the way it decides on going to war.
 arrow Fresh protests in India over docked US aircraft carrier
Fresh protests have been staged in southern India over the visit of a US aircraft carrier, with a prominent Muslim group dismissing efforts by servicemen to take part in community activities.
 arrow Live Earth set to rock the world July 7
From New York to the Antarctic, from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro, the world is getting ready to rock Saturday as organisers of the Live Earth events seek to raise awareness of global warming.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rehabilitating slum-dwellers
The government's plan to rehabilitate at least 7,000-8,000 evicted slum-dwellers through constructing buildings on two plots of the works ministry land in Mohakhali and Mirpur areas in the city is a welcome
 arrow Editorial: Date-expired food handout
A leading Bangla daily has carried an investigative report revealing detection of a consignment of seven and a half thousand metric tonnes of substandard rice, with the year of production shown as 2002,
 arrow Baffling utterances
We have again been confronted with some baffling utterances. And this time confusion is being created by remarks from all quarters -- the political parties, the government and the election commissioners.
 arrow The rickshaw conundrum
The passage for plying rickshaw in the city streets is getting narrower day by day.
 arrow We need to come to terms with HIV
Since time immemorial, human kind has been ravaged by waves of pandemic diseases at frequent intervals: with most mysterious, unknowable and uncontrolled tragedies, the thin veneer of human rationality
Letters to Editorarrow Poor show, cricketers
We observed yet another poor Test cricket show by our team, who suffered their biggest defeat against Sri Lanka. It was a miserable start to Mohammad Ashraful's captaincy career.
 arrow Man-made floods
Unlike the past, heavy rainfall in the upstream region and water level increase in our main channels are not the only causes of flooding in our country.
 arrow "Black Gold"
Over the last three decades many news reports, letters, articles and editorials on beach sand valuable minerals 'Black Gold' have been published in national dailies, weeklies and magazines.
 arrow Traffic control and rickshaws
In the name of traffic control, rickshaws are being banned from main roads, the latest being Mohakhali Road. This raises some questions amongst us, plebeians, on the following points.
 arrow NAM flats
Possibly, the concept of allotment of NAM flats to our MPs was brilliantly devised by the same group of people who always proclaimed themselves to be the champion of the toiling masses but missed
 arrow Razzak's reform proposal
It looks very strange and unacceptable to us that one of the Awami League senior presidium members, Abdur Razzak, placed his 'personal' reform proposal to the nation without taking a collective stand.
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