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Front Pagearrow Saifur's son got 100 acres land for Tk 500
Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman's younger son Shafiur Rahman Babu took lease of 100 acres of government land worth Tk 95 lakh in Srimangal upazila for only Tk 500 to establish a tea estate.
 arrow Efforts still inadequate
The government appears confused and making half-hearted efforts to resolve the gas leakage problem at Titas field where huge gas continues to leak unchecked for many months causing a loss of nationalresources
 arrow Fertiliser plant rains toxin on people
A large amount of toxic ammonia, highly soluble in water and released from the country's largest urea producing Jamuna Fertiliser Factory (JFF) at Tarakandi under Sharishabari upazila of Jamalpur district,
 arrow Bhuiyan eyes 80pc support for reforms
Pro-reform leaders of the BNP believe that the councillors will overwhelmingly support the reform proposals while others say the initiative keeping Chairperson Khaleda Zia on the sidelines runs counter
 arrow Curbing political control must for police reform
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said curtailing political government's control over the police, ensuring facilities to enable the force work lawfully and making it a pro-people organisation shouldbe
 arrow Trial train arrives from Kolkata today
A trial train, carrying a 30-member Indian official delegation, arrives at Darshana station near the border today.
 arrow 11 injured in fire at garment factory
A devastating blaze at Envoy Garments Ltd factory in Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the capital yesterday left at least 11 people including two firefighters injured.
 arrow Shopping hours extended up to 8pm
Shops, shopping malls, markets and business establishments across the country will now remain open until 8:00pm.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 105 in Iraqi village
A suicide truck bomber ripped the heart out of a northern Iraqi village yesterday, killing at least 105 people and demolishing dozens of homes and shops, police and medics said.
 arrow Biman flyers stuck at ZIA for 39 hours
Some 200 Biman passengers faced untold sufferings stranded at the Zia International Airport as the flight scheduled to carry them was delayed for 39 hours due to technical glitches.
 arrow Govt failed to fulfil people's basic needs
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the government is not being able to meet the basic needs of the countrymen, terming it "unfortunate.
 arrow Musharraf attack linked to mosque siege
A Pakistani cleric said a bid to shoot down President Pervez Musharraf's plane was apparently in revenge for the bloody government siege of his mosque, in which he alleged that 70 students had died.
 arrow Democracy will be at stake if 2 top leaders left out of reforms
Awami League (AL) leader Motia Chowdhury yesterday strongly opposed the idea of excluding Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia from their party posts in the name of reforms as the move might threaten democracy
 arrow Businessman held, his SUV seized
Joint forces arrested a businessman at his house in Banani yesterday and seized his sport utility vehicle (SUV), which was allegedly sold to him by former BNP state minister for sports Fazlur Rahman Patal.
 arrow Hearing of Lobi's graft case today
Former BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi, already sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for tax evasion, now faces a graft case along with his detained wife.
 arrow Robbery in guise of Rab
Unidentified criminals in the guise of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members looted cash and gold ornaments worth Tk 4.56 lakh from a house at Hazaribagh of old Dhaka early hours yesterday.
 arrow Nearly a million marooned in W Bengal floods
Floods in eastern India have left nearly a million people stranded, authorities said Saturday, as the nationwide death toll from torrential monsoon rains hit 655.
 arrow 1 dies, 4 go missing in boat capsize
One person died and four went missing when a boat with 22 passengers aboard capsized in Harinarain Canal under Sunamganj district yesterday. The dead was identified as Ripa Akhtar, 42.
 arrow Venus wins 4th Wimbledon title
Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title yesterday, then basked in cheers on the court that always seems to inspire her best tennis.
 arrow Moroccan security forces on maximum terror alert
Morocco's security forces were on maximum alert yesterday after "established terror threats" by what experts said was the regional branch of al-Qaeda.
 arrow Pope allows wider use of Latin mass
Pope Benedict XVI gave the go-ahead yesterday for greater use of the old Latin mass, signalling a bid to heal a decades-old split in the Roman Catholic Church.
Businessarrow NCBs' capital shortfall rises 7.35pc in 2006
The overall capital shortfall of the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) rose by 7.35percent to Tk8,053 crore in 2006, compared to the previous year.
 arrow Homegrown policy seen as key to achieving MDGs
Homegrown policy is needed to achieve millennium development goals (MDGs), independent analysts said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Branding to help Bangladesh compete in Asian market
Martin Roll is a world-renowned thought-leader on value creation through brand equity driven by tremendous global experience and insights.
 arrow Job fair begins at DU
A two-day career development and job fair began at Dhaka University yesterday.
 arrow Siemens' annual awards for students
Germany-based electronics and electrical engineering giant Siemens yesterday announced annual awards for university-level students in Bangladesh to mark the company's 50 years of operations in the country.
 arrow Indian stock at record high
India's benchmark 30-share Sensex stock index crossed the key 15,000-point mark during trading Friday for the first time amid easing interest rate worries.
 arrow Expanding US jobs market signals economic rebound
The US economy churned out 132,000 new jobs in June and created more than estimated in April and May, government data showed Friday, signaling solid growth despite a struggling housing market.
 arrow Global oil prices jump to 11-month highs
Global oil prices surged Friday to their highest level in nearly a year, driven by heightened unrest in Nigeria and concerns about low US gasoline supplies.
 arrow Developing states hold ground in WTO talks
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Friday that developing countries were largely on the same wavelength in deadlocked global trade talks.
 arrow IMF to consider selection process for new chief tomorrow
The International Monetary Fund executive board will meet Monday to consider the selection process for a successor to IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, a spokeswoman said Friday.
 arrow Warid offers up to 20 FnF facilities for postpaid users
Warid Telecom has launched three unique packages for postpaid subscribers offering up to 20 FnF facilities to any operator, which is the highest-ever FnF offer by a mobile company in Bangladesh, saysa
Sportsarrow Cricket: A mother for the ages
A mother who lives in an old-fashioned house at Tichborne Lane in the city has every right to deserve a place in cricket history.
 arrow Cricket: BCB wait on coaches' dates
The three prime candidates for the post of Bangladesh cricket coach will finalise their arrival dates next week.
 arrow Football: BFF closing in on Nayeem
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is expected to finalise the appointment of Syed Nayeemuddin as coach of the national football team in a couple of days.
 arrow Cricket: 'Mahela was right'
This time Bangladesh got two extra off-days after the second Test but definitely it was not happy leisure for the Tigers after the way Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene put them in their place.
 arrow Tennis: Venus back to glory
Venus Williams joined an exclusive club of women to have won four Wimbledon titles when she overpowered surprise finalist Marion Bartoli here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle, Morton lead WI
Runako Morton's 82 not out was the centrepiece of West Indies' 289 for five against England in the third and final one-day international at Trent Bridge here Saturday, as they looked to come from behind
 arrow Cricket: Superstar trio opts out
Indian batting stars Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly have opted out of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September, selectors announced here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: The inevitable final
Rafael Nadal, who shattered Roger Federer's dreams of an historic Grand Slam in Paris, will attempt to torpedo the world number one's bid for a fifth successive Wimbledon title on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lured by Anfield magic
Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin has revealed how the nerve-tingling atmosphere of Anfield made him determined to become a Liverpool player.
 arrow Football: Changes afoot at City
Sven-Goran Eriksson's appointment as the new manager of Man-chester City was confirmed on Friday when the former England boss signed a three-year contract with the Premiership club.
 arrow Tennis: God Save le Tour
Revered French sports daily L'Equipe paid homage to Saturday's Tour de France start in London by publishing it's first ever front page in English.
 arrow Football: Grosso signs for Lyon
Inter Milan on Saturday agreed conditions over the transfer of Italian World Cup winning defender Fabio Grosso to six-times French champions Lyon.
 arrow Football: Sven glad to be back
Sven-Goran Eriksson has described his year out of football as the most stressful of his career and vowed that he can handle the challenge of resurrecting Manchester City as a force in English football.
 arrow Cricket: Meet the new nations
As the ICC family expands to 101 countries, here is a look at the four newest Affiliate Members who were elected at the annual conference last month:
Cricket doesn't stand much

 arrow Tennis: Laxman, Dipu off to fine starts
Laxman Lal and Dipu Lal won their respective first round matches in the Dhaka Open Tennis competition at the Ramna Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Eves preparing well for ACC meet
Bangladesh women's cricket team, preparing for the first ever ACC women's cricket tournament, notched up their second consecutive victory when they beat hosts Thailand by seven wickets at the Patana School
 arrow Athletics: BKSP clinch Jr meet
BKSP took top position in the 23rd National Junior Athletics Championship as they secured 22 gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Puma powers Farashganj
Farashganj edged past Chittagong Mohammedan by a single goal in the day's only B. League match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Win or bust for Kaebi
New Leicester City signing Hossein Kaebi said only an unprecedented fourth Asian Cup win will satisfy Iran.
 arrow Football: Favourites face unpredictability
Australian coach Graham Arnold warned Saturday an unpredictable Oman could create serious problems for his pumped-up side as they attempt to win the Asian Cup for the first time.
 arrow Football: Kuranyi slams weakened Schalke
Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi on Friday slammed the Bundesliga runners-up for their failure to build a strong squad to mount a serious title challenge next season.
 arrow Football: Zidane's kickabout
French football star Zinedine Zidane had a kickabout with local children Saturday in a rural village in Indonesia during his three-day visit to the country.
Metropolitanarrow Enact special law to curb domestic violence
Experts at a consultation yesterday called for enacting special law to combat domestic violence. They said there must be a strong legislative platform where women can seek justice against the crime.
 arrow Caretaker govt urged to protect rights of people
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the caretaker government to protect the rights of the people.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
Four people, including an Ansar official and a housewife, were killed and 24 injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Bogra and Rangpur in the last two days.
 arrow BSF kidnaps Bangladeshi fisherman
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi fisherman from a border point in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow UP chairman arrested in Bagerhat
A UP chairman was arrested from Borobaria Bazar in Chitalmari upazila in an extortion case Friday night.
 arrow Land depression over W Bengal moves westward
The land depression over West Bengal and adjoining areas moved westward and was lying over Bihar and adjoining areas yesterday noon. It was likely to move in a northwesterly direction further inland.
 arrow Iranian ship with cracked bottom brought back to Ctg port for repair
An Iranian container ship MV Mir Damad, which was about to capsize with 17 crew members on July 1 after cracks developed on its lower deck, was brought back to Chittagong port on Friday for repair.
 arrow Garment workers block highway in N'ganj
Garment workers put up barricades on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Rupashi in Rupganj yesterday, demanding payment of salary arrears and overtime bills.
 arrow Rab rescues abducted man: Five arrested
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued an abducted person from a house at Mirpur embankment area in the city and arrested five kidnappers with a Tk 2.5 lakh ransom yesterday.
 arrow Heavy rainfalls cause sufferings to people in Khulna
Heavy rainfalls under the influence of active monsoon for last few days caused untold sufferings to the people of this southern district.
 arrow 171 killed in workplaces in 6 months
At least 171 workers were killed and 1050 others injured in occupational accidents at workplaces across the country in the first six months of this year, according to a study report.
 arrow 5th unit of Ashuganj power plant resumes production
The fifth unit of Ashuganj power plant, which remained out of order for the last one and a half years, resumed production on Friday.
 arrow Dhaka-Rajshahi direct rail link to resume soon
Direct rail communication between Dhaka and Rajshahi will resume soon.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 14th death anniversary of AZ Syed Ahmed Chowdhury, a former politician and social worker, says a press release.
 arrow Three missing boys found in city
Local people found three missing boys at Jatrabari Bus Terminal in the city yesterday as a suspected kidnapper left them after bringing them from their village home in Narayanganj.
 arrow Tk 10 lakh donated to AMCH
Habibur Rahman, former Director of Bangladesh Cricket Control Board and executive director of Pfizer Lab Bangladesh Limited, yesterday donated Tk 10 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says
 arrow Two youths Stabbed In city
Two youths were stabbed in an attack in the city's Rayerbazar area yesterday. The injured -- Shipon, 22, a mason, and his helper Rajib, 18, -- were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Nationalarrow Export-import by fake firm with forged documents
The customs department at Bhomra land port has detected illegal export-import by an organised gang by using forged documents including letter of credit (LC) issued in the name of a Dhaka-based bank.
 arrow Sylhet govt high schools realise excess fees
Students of government secondary schools in Sylhet Sadar upazila pay Tk 290 a year in excess of government-fixed tuition fees. They pay Tk 444 annually as tuition fees.
 arrow RU celebrates 54th founding anniversary
Rajshahi University yesterday celebrated its 54th founding anniversary through a day-long colourful programme.
 arrow Shibir politics under cover of 'tea party'
Violating emergency rules, Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) held party meetings on Rajshahi University campus yesterday in the name of 'tea party' where first year students were invited.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Bhomra border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded gunfire on Bhomra border in Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Corruption case against Jamaat leaders handed over to ACC
A corruption case filed against four Jamaat leaders including a former lawmaker has been handed over to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) for investigation, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Democracy without a support structure is unsustainable
Bangladesh's democratic system unravelled on January 11, 2007 with the promulgation of a state of emergency and the cancellation of the parliamentary elections that were scheduled to be held on January
 arrow Trouble at the grassroots
In recent weeks and months, the nation has been witnessing a reform fervour going through the minds of our politicians.
 arrow Confronting terror
An interesting article on Christian Science monitor catches the mood of thinking-minded and sensible people on the issue of terrorism.
Culturearrow Designing with a purpose
Not for sale" was a recent exhibition of nine young graphic designers at Zainul Gallery.
 arrow MA Samad's 70th birth anniversary today
Today is the 70th birth anniversary of renowned cine-personality of the country Mohammad Abdus Samad.
 arrow Concert to help save life at Rangamati
Popular band LRB and three other Chittagong based bands Nexus, Wills and Sherch-4, performed at Rajbari Stadium, Rangamati, recently.
 arrow 'Swapno': Special talk show on BTV tonight
BTV's popular monthly lifestyle talk show Swapno will be aired tonight at 10:30pm. Renowned economist and former advisor to the caretaker government Dr. Akbar Ali Khan will appear on the show.
 arrow Live Earth series starts in Sydney
The Live Earth global concert series kicked off Saturday with an aboriginal group dancing and singing a traditional welcome at the first venue in Sydney.
Internationalarrow 100 'militants' killed in Afghan fighting
Fierce fighting broke out around Afghanistan on Friday, with battles in three separate regions killing more than 100 militants, part of a cycle of rapidly rising violence five years into the US-led effort
 arrow Musharraf asks mosque rebels to surrender
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told Islamists besieged at an Islamabad mosque to surrender yesterday, amid growing indications that an attempt to shoot down his plane was linked to the standoff.
 arrow 'Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to boost anti-terror fight'
Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed on closer cooperation in fighting the Taliban, during talks in the Turkish capital, the foreign ministry announced yesterday.
 arrow Protesters clash over Nepal king's birthday
Dozens of supporters and opponents of Nepal's embattled King Gyanendra clashed yesterday as the monarch threw open the palace gates to celebrate his 60th birthday, police said.
 arrow Bomb suspect in UK court on 7/7 attack anniversary
Prime Minister Gordon Brown marked the second anniversary of Britain's first suicide bombings Saturday amid tight security in London and as an Iraqi doctor was due in court after three failed car bombings.
 arrow Live Earth audiences urged to go 'green’
Concerts in Sydney and Tokyo yesterday kicked off 24 hours of music by more than 150 artists in a round-the-globe series of shows designed to raise awareness about climate change.
 arrow Two more Republican senators join critics of Iraq policy
The tide of Republican defections from President George W Bush's camp swelled yesterday when two more US senators joined the chorus of critics of his Iraq policy, demanding change.
 arrow 14 get life for massacre of 116 Indian Muslims
A court sentenced 14 people to life in prison yesterday for their involvement in the killing of 116 Muslims during a month of rioting that left close to 2,000 dead in eastern India in 1989.
 arrow Lankan military kills 15 rebels
Fifteen Tamil Tiger rebels were shot dead as they fled from troops on tractors, the Sri Lankan government said yesterday, while four people were killed elsewhere in the embattled island.
 arrow 'Blair wanted Diana to be ambassador for Britain'
The forthcoming diaries of Tony Blair's former press chief contain details about how the former British prime minister wanted princess Diana to be an ambassador for Britain, the Daily Mirror said Saturday.
 arrow 'Much of US favours Bush impeachment’
Nearly half of the US public wants President George W Bush to face impeachment, and even more favour that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Abdul Jalil's letter to the government
It was a sad day for Bangladesh's politics when Abdul Jalil, the jailed general secretary of the Awami League, made it known through an abject letter to the President and the Chief Adviser that he wished
 arrow Editorial: Hill plunderers
The names of many individuals and organisations responsible for hill-razing in Chittagong are reported to have been left out of the list prepared by the Department of Environment as part of its plan
 arrow Bangladesh's quest for democracy
That democracy in its pristine form would be the most ideal expression of popular will is not even debatable.
 arrow Sir Salman Rushdie
So, we have a new knight in England, a Knight Bachelor. No one knows what it really means today.
 arrow Medical scandal
Ever increasing incidents of doctor's strike in the public and specialised hospitals in the recent days have made the conscious citizens deeply annoyed and aggrieved.
Star Healtharrow Angioplasty or bypass surgery: Which one you need the most
Angioplasty, medically called PTCA (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty) is a non-surgical procedure designed to dilate narrowed coronary arteries (arteries which supply blood to the heartmuscles).
 arrow Study results released on travel and blood clots
WHO has released results from Phase I of the WHO Research Into Global Hazards of Travel (WRIGHT) project.
 arrow High altitude flights spark symptoms
Feeling a little achy, lightheaded or short of breath on a long plane flight? A new study suggests you might be suffering from a mild form of altitude sickness.
 arrow UN food standards commission met
New measures to ensure safer powdered infant formulae and hygienic egg production were discussed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), attended by representatives from more than 100 countries.
 arrow Cats may be trouble for any allergy sufferer
People with allergies may have some constriction in their airways when they are around a cat, even if they are not specifically allergic to cats, a study suggests.
 arrow Botox shots may help kids with cerebral palsy
As a treatment for muscle stiffness in children with cerebral palsy, shots of botulinum toxin A, best known by the brand name Botox, are safe and produce measurable improvements in function, according
Star Cityarrow Permanent structure for temporary market!
With the construction of a kitchen market, the local residents' hope for a public park in front of Dhanmondi Eidgah is fading fast.
 arrow Waste pickers toil to safeguard environment
Rubel, a 10-year old waste picker, was standing in the midst of a heap of garbage. His hands were busy searching for anything useful dumped there. His feet were blackened with a layer of liquid waste.
 arrow DCC to hide local dumping containers
Solid waste management of the capital city is set to receive a major overhaul as Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to revamp the hundreds of garbage bins to improve waste disposal system and reduce
 arrow A scrap dealer's tale
Habibullah Khan buys scrap from the waste pickers and then sells those to another 'party' who sells those to plastic, glass or metal factory owners. "We buy scrap from the waste pickers.
 arrow Grabbers Eye Haikkar Khal Again

 arrow A repented BNWA starts fair anyway
Amidst protest by local residents and environmentalists, Bangladesh National Weavers Association (BNWA) yesterday started its month long fair at the T&T playground in Sher-e-Banglanagar, depriving thousands
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