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Front Pagearrow Govt accounts pile up as parliament missing
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has asked the caretaker government to immediately constitute a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on ad hoc basis to scrutinise the accounts of the
 arrow Matin plays down graft by Jamaat leaders
Communications Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin yesterday said only three Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were arrested so far, because most of the other party members might not have any link with corruption as
 arrow BNP reformists to form bodies
Pro-reform BNP leaders led by party Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan have decided to form a few sub-committees for holding the party council as soon as possible to bring changes in the party constitution,
 arrow Babar faces trial in arms case
A special tribunal in Dhaka yesterday framed charges against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with a case filed for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition at
 arrow More areas inundated as flood spreads further
Around 2 lakh people have been marooned in the northern and north eastern districts of the country as monsoon rains and onrush of water from hills across the border worsened the flood situation yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda allowed to submit it by Aug 7
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday shifted the deadline to August 7 for submitting wealth statement of former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Prayer for quashing graft case against Hasina stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday re-fixed the hearing of a petition for quashing the Meghnaghat power plant graft case against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina on August 2 following a time petition
 arrow Another car from Sudha Sadan seized
The anti-corruption taskforce yesterday seized another bullet-proof Mercedes Benz car from the residence of detained Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Bangladeshi cops not falling behind
Apart from the defence contingents, Bangladesh Police forces have also made long-standing contributions to the United Nations peacekeeping missions around the globe.
 arrow With more misery Tigers end tour
Bangladesh ended their nightmarish tour of Sri Lanka with a 39-run defeat in the rain-curtailed final one-day international at the R Premadasa Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Company at mercy of rock trading syndicate
The Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) is undergoing a severe financial crisis as around 1,00,000 tonnes of granite worth Tk 11.9 crore remain unsold at the mine due to lack of buyers.
 arrow Hasina's arrest resented at House of Lord's seminar
Speakers at a seminar in London on human rights situation in Bangladesh yesterday criticised the use of emergency powers, saying the practice undermines the rule of law.
 arrow Sedition charges pressed against Bahauddin Nasim
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against Awami Swechchasebok League President AFM Bahauddin Nasim in connection with a sedition case.
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 arrow Jakarta keen to import RMG, medicines
Bangladesh and Indonesia concluded their first Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting yesterday, where Indonesia showed interest in importing pharmaceuticals and ready made garments, among other goods,
 arrow Four more graft suspects submit wealth report
Four more high-profile corruption suspects including BNP vice-president and former home and commerce minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury submitted their wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission
 arrow 200 RU teachers seek a day's leave, Hasina's release
Some 200 teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) decided to go on leave en masse today in an extraordinary move to demand the release of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Storm kills 1, damages hundreds of houses
Violent storms ripped into six districts of the country yesterday, killing a baby and injuring some 100 people.
 arrow Myanmar minister arrives today to ink road deal
Myanmar Construction Minister Maj Gen Saw Tun arrives in Dhaka today to seal the deal on constructing the 25-km road connecting Bangladesh and Myanmar.
 arrow Mass hysteria affects 28 in 4 districts
Twenty-eight more students across the country fainted with convulsion during school hours, raising the number of 'mass hysteria' victims to 207 in last two weeks.
 arrow Tearful Huda claims himself, Sigma innocent
Former communication minister and BNP vice-president Nazmul Huda shed tears in the special court yesterday pleading release of his wife Sigma Huda. Terming his wife innocent in a Tk 2.
 arrow Tk 10cr fund allocated for rehabilitated floating people
The government has allocated Tk 10 crore as revolving fund for floating people rehabilitated under the land ministry's Adarsha Gram Project-2 for financing income-generating schemes for them.
 arrow Hygiene management...

 arrow Pedestrian, cop injured in cracker blasts
Unidentified miscreants hurled two crackers at a police check post near Abul's Hotel at Rampura Road in the city's Malibagh area yesterday evening, injuring one policeman and a pedestrian.
 arrow Taliban kill Korean hostage
Taliban militants in Afghanistan killed one of their 23 South Korean hostages yesterday and set a "final deadline" for the government to meet their demands for a prisoner swap.
 arrow Rocket attack kills eight in Pakistan
Islamic militants fired a barrage of rockets into a city in northwest Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least eight civilians and injuring 41 amid a wave of violence sweeping the country.
 arrow Iran ready for higher-level talks with US over Iraq
Iran yesterday said it was prepared to consider higher-level talks with the United States over Iraq, a day after their ambassadors to Baghdad held a landmark second meeting on Iraqi security.
Businessarrow Ensure duty-free market access for Dhaka to achieve MDGs
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday urged the developed nations to ensure duty and quota free market access to the least developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh, to achieve
 arrow DSE index crosses all time high mark
With the recent bullish trend in share prices, DSE General Index, benchmark index of the country's premier bourse, yesterday crossed 2400 mark closing at an all time high of 2422.54 points.
 arrow Shareholders want administrator for Delta Life Ins
Some general shareholders of Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd yesterday urged the government to appoint an 'administrator' for the company alleging that the present executive committee is illegal.
 arrow IMF hikes outlook for global growth to 5.2pc
The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its world economic growth forecast for 2007 and 2008 to 5.2 percent, from 4.9 percent, led by robust expansion in China, India and Russia.
 arrow WTO farm trade proposals get lukewarm welcome
World Trade Organisation members including the United States and European Union gave a lukewarm welcome Tuesday to new proposals aimed at salvaging WTO talks on reducing barriers to agricultural trade.
 arrow India's textile exports dip 36pc in Q1
The appreciation of value of Indian currency has brought down the country's textile exports to about five billion dollars in the first quarter of the current financial year (2007-8), Textile MinisterShankersinh
 arrow BCSIR-PKSF MoU to work for poverty alleviation
Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has agreed to cooperate each other in the field of poverty alleviation and economic development
 arrow Infosys wins outsourcing contract from Philips
India's second-largest software maker, Infosys Technologies, said Wednesday that it would buy the service centres of Royal Philips in three countries as part of a multi-million-dollar outsourcing contract.
 arrow Seminar on Shell industrial lubricants held
Ranks Petroleum Ltd, distributor of world-renowned Shell Lubricants in Bangladesh, yesterday organised a seminar on the technical aspects of industrial lubricants.
 arrow Good business governance stressed to sustain RMG competitiveness
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka underscored the need for implementing good business governance through sharing global information on apparel market to sustain competitiveness.
 arrow Thai-Bangla chamber's new chief
K Habib Sattar has recently been elected the president of Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, says a press release.
 arrow City Bank's new DMD
Raihan Ul Ameen has recently joined The City Bank Ltd as deputy managing director (DMD) and chief operations officer (COO), says a press release.
 arrow Wal-Mart warns two Chinese suppliers over labour practices
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it has cautioned two of its Chinese suppliers amid allegations they exploited workers.
 arrow Hyundai to open plant in Thailand
Hyundai, South Korea's top automaker, said Wednesday that it is setting up a production facility in Thailand, in its first investment here since pulling out of the country after the 1997 Asian crisis.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful remains positive
Everybody laughed at Tony Greig when the renowned commentator made a human error by announcing in the presentation ceremony that the one-day series was won by Bangladesh yesterday.
 arrow Football: Brothers ride on Manju
Two-goal Ashraful Qauader Manju inspired Brothers Union to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Rahmatganj in the penultimate round of the B. League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: New BCB committee next week?
The en masse resignation that started on Tuesday left the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) with just three executive committee members including its president M Abdul Aziz.
 arrow Cricket: Kapil slates Sachin
Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain, has questioned Sachin Tendulkar's abilities as a match-winner after failing in the first Test against England at Lord's. Tendulkar scored 37 and 16 in a close draw.
 arrow Football: Crucial day in B.League
The fate of the inaugural professional football league could well be decided today as title contenders Abahani and Mohammedan both go into action today in the B.League.
 arrow Cricket: Monty lost his mind!
Practitioner of perhaps the most spectacular celebration in cricket, England's left-arm spinner Monty Panesar revealed he almost lost his mind after trapping Sachin Tendulkar in the Lord's Test.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh face India in final
While their seniors were whitewashed in both the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team salvaged some pride when they entered the final of the tri-nation tournament
 arrow Cricket: Marcus extends exile
Marcus Trescothick ruled himself out on Wednesday of the whole of England's (northern hemisphere) winter tour programme, saying he hadn't fully recovered from the effects of a stress-related illness.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers delight England
Who says Test match cricket isn't exciting? So often you hear people say that one-day cricket is fun, full of wickets and runs and Test cricket is tedious. But this Test match had everything.
 arrow Cricket: Coach defends Vaughan
England coach Peter Moores has rejected criticisms his side's slow over-rate contributed to their failure to win the first Test against India here at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: International 40-40?
Prospective ECB chairman Mike Soper has dismissed fears of player burnout in the modern game and floated the idea of a new international 40-40 competition.
 arrow Football: For the people in pain
Iraq's goalkeeping hero Noor Sabri dedicated his team's fighting win here Wednesday to reach the Asian Cup final to his beleaguered compatriots in his war-ravaged homeland.
 arrow Football: Iraq shoot out Koreans
Iraq stunned South Korea 4-3 on penalties to make the Asian Cup final for the first time where they will meet favourites Saudi Arabia who got the better of Japan in a thrilling 3-2 victory.
 arrow Cycling: Vino scandal rocks tour
Dozens of Tour de France riders demonstrated their anger over repeated doping scandals by not starting the 16th stage at the scheduled time Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kuranyi leads Schalke to final
German international striker Kevin Kuranyi helped Schalke 04 blitz Nuremberg by setting up three goals in seven minutes to seal the Royal Blues' 4-2 League Cup semifinal win on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's back gives away
Sourav Ganguly's fitness was called into question just two days before the start of the second Test against England when he missed an indoor practice session at Loughborough University with a back injury.
 arrow Handball: Exhibition handball
The visiting handball teams from Hyderabad had mixed fortunes on the opening day of their Bangladesh tour yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath eyes ICL
Shane Warne will join Brian Lara in the Indian Cricket League if his conditions are met, however Warne's manager conceded that such an agreement was still a long way off.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to carry out dope tests
The Pakistan board has decided to carry out dope tests on the 30 players in the provisional Twenty20 World Championship squad before the final 15-man side is announced next month.
 arrow Football: Beckham watches Galaxy win
England star David Beckham, struggling to recover from a left ankle injury, was left out of the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup here Tuesday in the US club's 2-1 Superliga victory over Mexico's Pachuca.
 arrow Football: Gunshots ring through the Baghdad sky
Iraq's dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the semifinal of football's Asian Cup sparked a barrage of gunfire on Wednesday as Baghdadis celebrated with volley after volley of shots in the air.
 arrow Football: More Germans going to soccer
German domestic football is in rude health judging by Wednesday's news that Bundesliga season ticket sales have reached an all-time high, according to the owner of the German Football League (DFL).
 arrow Tennis: Mirza outlasts Morigami
India's Sania Mirza rallied to defeat Japan's Akiko Morigami 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) here Tuesday and reach the second round of a 600,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Cycling: 'Cycling risks Olympics axe'
Cycling risks being ejected from the Olympic Games because of the consistent spate of drug scandals surrounding it, a senior European IOC member told AFP on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka to join TAC to deepen ties with Asean countries
Bangladesh will join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia aiming to further strengthen its Look East Policy and deepen relations with the Asean countries.
 arrow Preserve local species of fish: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the people for launching a "social movement" for preservation and development of local species of fish.
 arrow Only 20pc delivery assisted by skilled health personnel
Only two in 10 women are assisted by skilled health personnel at delivery and only about one in 10 women aged 15-49 years has comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS, said a survey report yesterday.
 arrow CA’s support for poor heart patients
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed the authorities concerned to quickly implant a mitral valve and supply an oxygenator from the CA's quota to a poor woman heart patient for free.
 arrow 24 Aggyan, Malam party men held
The murder of a National Security Intelligence (NSI) official has prompted the law enforcement agencies to crack down on 'Aggyan' and 'Malam' parties in the city and its adjoining areas, leading to the
 arrow Road accidents kill 3
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow 'Launch battle to end city waterlogging'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for a battle to recover the natural canals, which have been encroached indiscriminately by land grabbers over the years.
 arrow 'Plus-minus formula' can't be objective of reforms: ex-CEC
Former chief election commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Rouf yesterday said implementation of so-called plus-minus formula cannot be the objective of ongoing reforms in politics in the country.
 arrow Several DU teachers feel they are under surveillance
A number of teachers of Dhaka University (DU) feel that they have been under surveillance of law enforcement agencies as they observed two-day protest programmes earlier this week.
 arrow Dismissed BSS journos urge CA to reinstate them
Eighteen dismissed journalists and employees of the state-owned news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) have sought intervention of the chief adviser and the information adviser to reinstate them
 arrow Abandoned newborn dies at DMCH
A newborn baby girl was found abandoned in a dirty bag at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) last night, medical sources said.
 arrow BCL protest today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, has called upon all to make today's countrywide demonstration a success.
 arrow 5 litterateurs get 'Uro Child Literature Award’
Five litterateurs were awarded 'Uro Child Literature Award 2006 and 2007' yesterday for their outstanding contribution to child literature.
 arrow Nowshin's father asked to resubmit application for fresh autopsy
The general recording officer of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court yesterday asked the father of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka, a college student found dead at her home at Moghbazar in the capital, to
 arrow Ctg CA student found dead
Police recovered the body of a young man at Mehedibagh in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Results of 23rd BCS (Special) Exam published
Bangladesh Public Service Commission yesterday published the results of 23rd BCS (Special) Examination held in 2000, says a press release. Seventy candidates have been provisionally selected.
 arrow BSF returns 3 trafficked children to BDR
Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned three children, who were trafficked to India, to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at the Benapole check post yesterday.
 arrow Clinker vessel sinks in Bay
A clinker vessel sunk due to strong wave on the Bay of Bengal at Sandwip channel early morning yesterday. All the 12 crews of the ship were, however, rescued by some fishing trawlers, sources said.
 arrow Two missing after falling into Karnaphuli
Two workers of a ship at Chittagong port went missing after they fell in the river Karnaphuli while painting the ship yesterday morning.
Nationalarrow Most Sylhet colleges face student crisis
Most colleges in Sylhet division face a serious crisis of students this year.
 arrow A 'silent revolution' in safe pest control faces setback
The inspiring initiative by Jessore-Magura farmers to produce insecticide-free vegetables faces a major setback.
 arrow RU BCL leader held
Joint forces Tuesday night arrested Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Tuhin Reza from Rajsahahi University campus allegedly for organising demonstrations on Sunday protesting arrest of Awami League
 arrow 'Aggyan party' man, drug traders held in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member of 'aggyan party' from housing estate area in Khalishpur in the city Tuesday night.
 arrow NGO worker commits 'suicide' in Patuakhali
An NGO worker has allegedly committed suicide at her Puran Bazaar residence in Patuakhali town.
 arrow 'Dredge Kobadak river'
Leaders of Kabodak Bachao Andolon Samannay Committee (coordination committee to save Kabodak) at a press conference in Jessore yesterday urged the government to re-excavate Kobadak river to save over50
 arrow 3 outlaws arrested
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three alleged members of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Sirajganj and Khulna yesterday and the night before.
 arrow 2 held with arms making tools in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two alleged notorious terrorists of South-Western region from a hotel at Dakbunglow Road in Khulna Tuesday night. The arrestees were identified as Md.
 arrow Tk 16 lakh smuggled powder milk seized
Police yesterday seized a fishing trawler and recovered Indian smuggled goods worth Tk 16 lakh from the trawler.
Point-Counterpointarrow On names, pet names and politics
My perennial interlocutor, Socrates, no relation of his more illustrious namesake, advised me strongly against writing this piece.
 arrow Cricket lessons
A point worth remembering for both scientists as well policy makers is that we can learn as much from failed cases as we do from successful ones.
 arrow Reducing the alarming trade gap
In recent times, India has increased its effort to convince Bangladesh that the existing trade imbalance between Bangladesh and India could be reduced to an allowable limit if Bangladesh accepted various
 arrow A.K. Faezul Huq: We mourn his loss
A.K. Faezul Huq, son of late Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq, passed away suddenly on July 19 due to a massive heart attack. We are deeply saddened by his untimely passing from this earth.
Culturearrow An evening of folk tunes
Bangladesh Loko Sangeet Parishad (BLSP) arranged a folk music programme at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Hall, Central Public Library on July 24.
 arrow "Tripur Rajar Upakhyan": A different take on a myth
As part of the theatre festival arranged by Mahakal Natya-sampradaya, Tripur Rajar Upakhyan was staged by Durbar Natyagoshthi from Tripura, India on July 24 at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Rita Hayworth: The fiery epitome of screen sensuality
"I couldn't be more delighted that it was in a screen version of one of my stories that she proved just how superb an actress she really is.
 arrow Learning with fun and games
"Sisimpur has made a positive impact in improving the basic literacy and communicative skills of Bangladeshi children," said Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, advisor to the ministries of Industries, Jute and
Internationalarrow Pratibha promises to fight for women's rights, unborn girls
India's first woman president was sworn into office yesterday and promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female foetuses.
 arrow Food, clothes and cinema bring comfort to British flood victims
Shaken evacuees from the flooded British city of Oxford were being helped back on to their feet yesterday by charities offering dry clothes, food, massage and free cinema trips.
 arrow Arab ministers in Israel to push peace plan
The first Arab League delegation to visit Israel was yesterday locked in "historic" talks with Israeli leaders in west Jerusalem to promote a newly revived Middle East peace plan.
 arrow India to face serious water shortages in days to come
An international study group has warned that the water shortages in India and other parts of the world will be a serious problem in days to come.
 arrow Heatwave claims 500 in a week in Hungary
Hungary said Tuesday as many as 500 people may have died last week in a heatwave which was continuing to stifle much of southern and eastern Europe and spark deadly brush fires.
 arrow Bird flu breaks out in Manipur
India yesterday reported an outbreak of bird flu among poultry, the first since it declared itself free of the disease last August, sparking public fears despite official calls for calm.
 arrow Indian cabinet okays nuclear deal with US
India's cabinet yesterday approved a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation accord with Washington, the first in a series of approvals required before the deal can be implemented.
 arrow Another person to die for Mumbai blasts
An Indian anti-terrorism court yesterday sentenced another person to death over serial bomb blasts that shook financial capital Mumbai in 1993 killing 257 people, prosecutors said.
 arrow Rice to tour Middle East next week
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to embark on a four-day Middle East tour next week to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and stability in Iraq, the State Department said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Biman made into PLC
The first step towards corporatisation of Biman has been taken by turning it into a public limited company.
 arrow Editorial: High prices of essentials
The BDR's plan to open 200 retail and five wholesale marketing centres in the city with a view to keeping the prices of essentials within tolerable limits during the holy month of Ramadan is an understandable,
 arrow Captive to misperception and mind-set
We have had four high-profile visits from India in the last six months, more than what we had in the five-years of the BNP alliance government, although we saw a very optimistic Bangladesh foreign minister
 arrow Preventing anarchy
A tragic incident highlights a major public concern in Pakistan, that of personal insecurity. On Saturday 20 July, a friend and a colleague, Maj (Retd) Saeed went for an after dinner walk.
 arrow Give Blair a chance
I know that this is an unusual request from an unlikely quarter, but I have written enough on Tony Blair to prove that I do not belong to his fan club.
Letters to Editorarrow Traffic congestion
Traffic congestion has become a major problem nowadays and the means to minimise it seems to be totally out of the hands of the caretaker government.
 arrow National ID
A Bengali daily published a very important report on the above subject. It appears that 22 facilities to be available have been tied up with the NID card.
 arrow Mugging and killing
Living in Dhaka had never been so nightmarish as it is lately, owing to mugging and killing at random .
 arrow Reform everywhere...
Anyone listening to the news of the private channels and going through the newspapers in recent times would have no problem in realizing the importance of the word 'reform'.
 arrow Hasina's track record
This is the ex-PM, who at the fag end of her tenure, allotted one of the prestigious state buildings as her personal residence! This is the ex-PM who frequently visited the US for weeks together.
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