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Front Pagearrow 22 services marked to be availed thru' NID card
The Election Commission (EC) has asked the government to make a law for mandatory usage of national identity (NID) cards to get access to services and facilities in 22 fields.
 arrow Flood approaches Dhaka
Floodwater is approaching the eastern fringe of the capital as water levels of all major rivers surrounding the city continue to rise.
 arrow Bashundhara chief's properties attached
Police yesterday attached the movable and immovable properties of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam and his family and sealed their Gulshan house following a court ruling issued
 arrow Germany shows the way
While many fear that open pit coal mining will inflict disasters on a densely populated and agro-based country like Bangladesh, Germany's coalmines demonstrate that intelligent mining can protect allinterests
 arrow Manpower export spawns Tk 4,000cr hundi business
Recruiting agencies are smuggling around Tk 4,000 crore every year to the manpower receiving countries, especially in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, in absence of an authorised business mechanism.
 arrow Khaleda may sue NBR on tax issue
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia may sue the National Board of Revenue (NBR) if it ultimately declines to accept the tax on undeclared money.
 arrow Need for improved govt coordination
There is an urgent need for enhancing the government's concern about the unfolding flood in the country, according to an expert group consultation organised yesterday by the non-government think tankCentre
 arrow CA seeks private help in relief opeation
Welcoming private initiatives, Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government has no reservation about private-level relief operations for the flood victims.
 arrow Army chief asks all to help flood victims
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday urged all, irrespective of party and opinion, to come forward in aid of the flood victims. "Bangladesh is now under water.
 arrow Deluge damages 75 embankments
Seventy-five flood control embankments across the country have been damaged by raging floodwaters so far, contributing to the worsening flood situation, Water Development Board (WDB) sources said.
 arrow Massive plan for flood relief, rehabilitation
The caretaker government has planned massive relief and rehabilitation programmes to tackle the ongoing flood and meet the demands of the flood-affected people.
 arrow Nation won't take responsibility of CG's failure
The nation will not take the responsibility if the present caretaker government fails, said speakers at a discussion in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Snapped transport system cause for price hike: Mirza Aziz
Floods have affected country's transport system badly disrupting the supply of essentials, which resulted in price hike of the commodities, Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.
 arrow Phuket scraps hajj deal with Biman
Private Thai airlines Phuket Air has cancelled its agreement with Biman Bangladesh Airlines for leasing out aircraft to the national flag carrier for carrying hajj pilgrims, Biman sources said yesterday.
 arrow Sister claims Sigma Huda seriously ill
Sigma Huda, detained wife of former minister Nazmul Huda, is suffering from serious ailments, according to her sister Khushi Kabir, who yesterday differed with a statement made by the jail authorities
 arrow Hasina wants to be with her ailing husband
Detained former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina last night applied to the government for allowing her to attend to her ailing husband.
 arrow They were not loan defaulters
Two farmers, released on orders of Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed last Monday following media reports that they were held on charges of defaulting on Tk 319 loan, were in fact arrested for assaultinga
 arrow Rajuk, Rangs differ on extent of demolition
The task for demolishing the top 16 floors of Rangs Bhaban at Bijoy Sarani in the capital went on in full swing on the second day yesterday although Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is yet to finalise
 arrow Suicide car bomb kills 9 in Pakistan
A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a busy bus station in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least nine people and wounding 35 others, officials said.
Businessarrow Obey corporate rules to avert financial disaster
The finance adviser has urged the corporate houses to go by rules and regulations to avert possible financial disaster.
 arrow Make flood donation money tax-free
BGMEA yesterday urged the government to keep the donation money for the flood victims out of tax-net so that the business community can stand by the affected people to a larger extent.
 arrow Bangladesh may take lesson from Singapore housing
Singapore was faced with severe housing shortage because of rise in population during its early days.
 arrow Indo-Pak direct shipping link soon
India and Pakistan have put in place a new shipping protocol that will allow cargo ships to touch each others' ports directly.
 arrow China blacklists companies exporting low-quality goods
China has established a blacklist of companies that have violated rules on the quality of exports, the commerce ministry said Saturday amid growing global concern about the safety of China-made goods.
 arrow India eyes early pact with South Africa to triple trade
India has made a strong plea for the early finalisation of a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with South Africa to give a fresh boost to bilateral economic ties.
 arrow IDLC gets new name
IDLC Finance Ltd is the new name of Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Ltd, a joint venture multi-product financial institution, according to a press release.
 arrow GP users to get discount at Japan-Bangla hospital
Subscribers of leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) Ltd will get medical services at special rates in Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, says a press release.
 arrow China's ship exports hit record $5.49b in first half
China's export volume of ships hit a record high of 5.
 arrow Myanmar bans poultry imports from India
Military-ruled Myanmar has banned poultry imports from India following an outbreak of bird flu last month in the neighbouring country, state media said Saturday.
 arrow Tata Steel to acquire 35pc in Mozambique coal project
Tata Steel Limited, India's largest private steel-maker, has announced it is acquiring a 35 per cent stake in a coal project in Mozambique for 85.7 million dollars.
 arrow Agriculture hit hard by floods in Nepal
Incessant rain followed by widespread floods and landslides have rendered loss of crops worth millions of rupees across Nepal, The Kathmandu Post reported Saturday.
 arrow IMF extends Iraq's standby credit by three months
The International Monetary Fund said it was extending a multimillion-dollar credit deal for Iraq by three months, citing economic progress despite raging violence in the US-occupied country.
 arrow Ford recalling $3.6m vehicles
Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 3.
 arrow New MD, chief consultant of Shahjalal Bank
Muhammad Ali has recently been appointed managing director (current charge) and M Kamaluddin Chowdhury chief executive consultant of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow EU to ban UK livestock
The European Union is to ban British livestock and meat exports after the discovery of a case of foot and mouth disease in south-east England, government minister Ed Miliband told the BBC Saturday.
 arrow IMF chief's focus on Africa hailed
The African governors to the International Monetary Fund welcomed Friday a commitment by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the European Union's candidate to head the IMf, to focus on Africa.
 arrow Indonesia, Japan to ink economic partnership deal
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will sign the long-awaited Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) during his visit to Jakarta later this month, marking another milestone in the development of the bilateral
 arrow UPS celebrates its 100-year anniversary
It started out in 1907 as the brainchild of two teenagers in a Seattle basement, whose fledgling messenger service made deliveries on foot or on bicycle. As UPS Inc.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Not fun time for Tigers
The ICC Twnety20 World Championship is the next international assignment for the Bangladesh national cricket team.
 arrow Swimming: A Kushtia success story
Riding the wave of Babita Khatun's magnificent success, Bangladesh Ansar finished top in the Keya Cosmetics 23rd National Age Group Swimming Competition that concluded yesterday at the National Swimming
 arrow Football: No foreigners in Senior Div football
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided not to allow any foreign players in the Senior Division Football League. The BFF executive committee took the decision in it's meeting yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib, Asif in the clear
Pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, who returned positive dope tests last year, were among a batch of Pakistani cricketers to clear their latest screens, an official said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Unchanged England for final Test?
England are likely to announce an unchanged squad on Sunday as they attempt to preserve a six-year unbeaten run in home Test series by beating India in next week's third and final Test at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Glos stun Lancs
Underdogs Gloucestershire recorded a shock eight-wicket win over Lancashire in the opening Twenty20 semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: PCB happy with ICL snub
Pakistan's cricket chief Saturday said he was happy that players had turned down lucrative offers to join a breakaway Indian league, saying it showed their patriotism.
 arrow Football: Curtain raiser today
Sir Alex Ferguson will sacrifice the chance to land a psychological blow against Chelsea because he believes it is more important that Manchester United are ready for the start of their title defence.
 arrow Football: Tevez set for friendly bow
Carlos Tevez could play his first Manchester United match in the humble surroundings of Dunfermline in Scotland next week after his protracted transfer from West Ham was finally settled.
 arrow Football: Iraqis fine gesture
Iraq's football team returned home on Friday and dedicated their Asian Cup victory to a stricken mother whose 12-year-old son was killed in a bomb attack while celebrating their wins.
 arrow Football: Party carrying on
Celebrations over Iraq's Asian Cup football victory continued for a second day with music and dancing on Saturday but most players were set to quit the country 24 hours after coming home.
 arrow Football: Benitez elated for Torres
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez praised record-signing Fernando Torres who scored his first goal for the Merseysiders in the 2-0 friendly win over Chinese side Shanghai here on Friday.
 arrow Football: 40 million for Chelsea duo?
Real Madrid have offered Chelsea around 40 million euros for German midfielder Michael Ballack and Dutch winger Arjen Robben, Spanish media reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Owen's injury curse continues
Newcastle striker Michael Owen, who has been cursed by injury in the last two years, will likely miss his club's opening game of the season with a thigh injury, according to manager Sam Allardyce.
 arrow Football: Deco quits Asian tour
Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Deco has quit the Spanish club's Asian tour to travel to Brazil where his wife has given birth to their fourth child.
 arrow Football: Bojinov joins Man City
Sven Goran Eriksson's transfer market spree continued Friday when Bulgaria striker Valeri Bojinov signed for Manchester City from Fiorentina.
 arrow Football: Real after Rafael
Real Madrid are interested in signing Dutch international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from German side Hamburg, Spanish sports daily AS reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Lampard injury not serious
Chelsea insist Frank Lampard's broken toe is not as serious as first feared.
 arrow Tennis: Chakvetadze downs Williams
Anna Chakvetadze saddled Venus Williams with her first loss San Diego Classic defeat since 1999 on Friday to set up an all-Russian semifinal with Maria Sharapova.
 arrow Football: Akhtar snubs ICL offer
Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar said Saturday he had turned down an offer from a multi-million-dollar breakaway Indian league because representing his country was more important than money.
 arrow Cricket: Five-star Bose set the tone
Two contrasting innings from Wasim Jaffer and Gautam Gambhir, one cultured the other iffy, pushed the Indians to 127 for 2 at lunch on the second day at Grace Road.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick moves into semis
US top seed Andy Roddick rolled into the ATP Washington Classic semifinals with a 7-6, 6-2 victory Friday over South Korean fifth seed Lee Hyung-Taik while Marat Safin and Tommy Haas were ousted.
 arrow Tennis: Federer to resume rivalry with Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal begin the countdown to this month's US Open as the top two in the world resume their rivalry atop the field at the Montreal Masters.
 arrow Football: Alonso grab pole position
Fernando Alonso's charge for a third consecutive world title picked up pace here on Saturday when he grabbed pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Metropolitanarrow Ex-BNP ministers, MPs hit out at 4-party leadership
Several former ministers and lawmakers of BNP yesterday came down heavily on the BNP-led four-party alliance leadership for resorting to massive corruption and terrorism, saying that failed politicians
 arrow Call to conduct extensive research on road safety
Speakers at the third national convention of 'Nirapad Sarak Chai', a campaign for road safety, have underscored the need for extensive research on road safety issues and causes of accidents.
 arrow Road crashes kill 6, injure 57
At least six people were killed and 57 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Khulna, Barisal and Gaibandha yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow Injured woman falls sick due to starvation
An injured woman fell sick as she had been unfed for last four days at Darshanpara village under Mohonpur upazila in Rajshahi district.
 arrow More donation to cancer hospital
Prime Finance and Investment Limited has recently donated Tk 5 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, says a press release.
 arrow 14 more students fall sick
Some 14 students fell sick during outbreaks of mass psychogenic illness (MPI), also known as mass hysteria, at a school at Hathazari in the district yesterday.
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi cattle trader
Members of Border Security Force of India shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Joluli frontier in Moheshpur upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Skeleton of dead whale taken to Nat'l Science, Tech Museum in Dhaka
Skeleton of the dead whale, which was found at Kattali sea beach of the port city on July 30, was taken away to National Science and Technology Museum in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Army members donate Tk 2.05 cr for flood victims
Members of the armed forces have donated their one day's salary to the chief adviser's relief fund for the flood victims.
 arrow Law with newer dimensions needed to fight terrorism: Experts
The country needs a law with newer dimensions to fight terrorism more effectively as the menace has strong global connection and should be uprooted in commensuration with the international strategy of
 arrow YLC cultural programme
The Young Learners' Centre (YLC) of The British Council organised a daylong cultural programme for the children yesterday.
 arrow 225 DU teachers demand release of Hasina
Some 225 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded immediate release of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and declaration of August 15 as the 'National Mourning Day'.
Nationalarrow Madhupur pineapple growers not getting fair prices
Pineapple farmers of Madhupur upazila are not getting fair price of their produce in the ongoing season.
 arrow Massive afforestation planned in Khagrachhari
The government has undertaken a massive afforestation programme in Khagrachhari Hill District. Over three lakh acres of land would be brought under the programme in eight upazilas of the hill district.
 arrow Stand beside flood victims
Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged the caretaker government to stand beside the flood victims across the country.
 arrow 2 BJMC officials in Khulna to visit jute mills
Two high officials of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) arrived here yesterday from Dhaka to visit some state-owned jute mills of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt, a source in BJMC zonal officesaid.
 arrow 25 arrested in Rangpur
Police arrested 25 persons including criminals from different places in Rangpur in separate drives conducted during last 24 hours till 12 noon, police sources said.
 arrow 196 sacks of fertiliser seized in Dinajpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized 196 sacks of fertiliser from Birampur while being smuggled into India, police sources said. Three people were also arrested, they said.
 arrow Flood in Districts

Point-Counterpointarrow Elegy for jute
I could not back hold my own tears seeing on the TV screen the tears of some jute mills workers and their wards weeping in front of the closed People's Jute Mills in Khulna.
 arrow Who is ineligible in the election?
Talking with journalists in his office on July 25, Communications Adviser Major General (retd) MA Matin said that the government was adamant on barring extortionists from taking part in the next election.
Culturearrow Shaam-e-Ghazal with Ustad Ghulam Ali
Around 6pm, August 3: Ghazal enthusiasts eagerly waited in the Grand Ball Room, Radisson Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka. The Ustad did not, however, keep his audience waiting.
 arrow Special TV programmes on Tagore's death anniversary
To observe Rabindranath Tagore's death anniversary, Channel-i will air special programmes.

 arrow Cultural programme for youngsters at British Council
The British Council's Young Learners' Centre (YLC) organised a daylong event titled YLC Cultural Day 2007 yesterday, featuring performances by youngsters at the British Council Auditorium, Dhaka.
 arrow ATN Bangla
Special programmes on Tagore's death anniversary (August 6), to be aired on ATN Bangla: Participated by Tagore singers Sadi Mohammad, Lili Islam, Shama Ali, Amina Ahmed; recitors Kazi Arif, Pragna
 arrow Banglavision
The programme Chole Chholochholo Nodidhara is focused on Tagore's thoughts on river.
Generalarrow Enrol Urdu-speaking people in voter list
Speakers at a view-exchanging meeting yesterday urged the government to enroll the names of Urdu-speaking people in voter list as they are the citizens of Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow '100 Taliban killed in US-led airstrike’
The Afghan government said yesterday it believed more than 100 Taliban may have been killed in an airstrike in the south of the country and did not rule out civilian casualties.
 arrow Bush reassures Musharraf over attack warnings
US President George Bush telephoned Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf Friday to reassure him after US threats of unilateral action against al-Qaeda on the Islamic republic's soil, Pakistan's foreign ministry
 arrow Korea, Taliban prepare for talks to free hostages
South Korean and Afghan officials Friday searched for a suitable place to hold face-to-face talks with the Taliban hostage takers, a news reports said.
 arrow Momentum in Darfur to end violence: UN
Momentum is building in the effort to find a political solution to the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, but until hostilities on the ground cease, the quest to find a political settlement "will notsucceed,"
 arrow US Cong to scrutinise nuke pact with India
The US Congress has to determine whether an operational agreement of a landmark US-India nuclear deal is legal, the head of an influential House of Representatives panel said Friday.
 arrow Phoenix mission launched to Mars
A US space probe named Phoenix Mars Lander was successfully launched early yesterday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and began its nine-month journey to Mars, where it will dig for clues to past and present
 arrow 32 civilians killed in Tamil regions
At least 32 Tamil civilians have been killed and another 24 "disappeared" last month in Tamil-dominated areas of Sri Lanka's embattled northeast, the guerrillas said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Working together against terrorism
The just concluded talks between the home secretaries of Bangladesh and India have focused on several bi-lateral issues with the main thrust on terrorism. It is only appropriate that it be so.
 arrow Editorial: Obama's threat to strike Pakistan
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri is fully justified in expressing his and his government's sense of outrage at a recent comment by a US politician.
 arrow Linking up to Southeast Asia
Signing of an agreement by Dhaka and Yangon on July 27 to construct a 25 km road linking Gundhum in Cox's Bazar and Bolibazar in Rakhine state has marked the beginning of a new era for economic relations
 arrow Is the press independent?
The press in India has teased or even irritated the government, but has enjoyed freedom.
 arrow Bangladesh in post-US hegemonic era
In the fall of 2003, President Bill Clinton, in a speech at the Yale University, had put forward a possibility, however distant, of the US no longer remaining the sole super-power in the world, a thesis
Letters to Editorarrow Impact of cartoons
The impact of cartoon, be it a cartoon movie, cartoon on social aspects or politics, is obvious. Kids do derive immense pleasure watching cartoon movies --- some adults do the same as well.
 arrow Iraqis celebrate
I thank the Iraqi players not only for their victory in the field but also for their commitment. They knew how important it was for them.
 arrow Inflation
I would like to thank Mr. Syed A Basher and Mr.Sharif Faisal Khan for their clear and precise article on inflation titled ''The Inflation Debate''(July 30 DS).
 arrow PSTN operators
The recent decision to give operating licence to private PSTN operators in Dhaka is certainly a welcome one. However, we want that the BTRC will ensure complete PSTN service by the private service providers.
 arrow Bank statements
I am an 18-year old Bangladeshi living abroad and well-acquainted with the basic guiding principles of democratic nations by now.
 arrow Increasing house rents
One can easily recall that even 10 years back the people who lived on their limited but handy income could manage to rent a good house or apartment in the city.
 arrow Arrests of top leaders
The arrest of the top leader of Bangladesh Awami League, Sheikh Hasina has evoked mixed reactions.
 arrow Hasina's arrest
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.
Star Healtharrow Coronary artery bypass surgery: Know the facts
Coronary artery bypass surgery, commonly called CABG is one of the most common and effective surgical procedures to manage blockage of blood to the heart muscle.
 arrow "How to keep your joints healthy"
Kulsum's pain was unbearable. She could not walk or bend. "The pain was constant and unbearable ..." she recalls.
 arrow Modern technology and ancient surgery battle AIDS
The emergence of new and improved drugs, genetic engineering and the ancient surgical practice of circumcision are the latest weapons in the fight against AIDS, the International AIDS Society (IAS) conference
 arrow Global initiative to combat spread of HIV among MSM
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, announced in a press conference in International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Sydney, Australia the launch of a new global initiative to fight the spread of
 arrow New WHO report tackles children's environmental health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the first ever report highlighting children's special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of their growth.
 arrow FPAB hold views exchange with Health Reporters Forum
Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) organised a views exchange discussion with the members of the Health Reporters Forum (HRF) at its head office in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk turns inert, skeptical
The government move to remove illegal commercial set-ups in residential buildings in the city has been stalled as a mysterious force stopped Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) from taking further action
 arrow Shiyalbari Lake in grabbers' grip
Organised land grabbers in connivance with unscrupulous officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) are filling up Shiyalbari Lake, a designated flood retention zone at section number 7 under Mirpur.
 arrow Guava is no longer 'poor men's apple'
Guava, considered by many as poor men's apple, is about to go out of the reach of the low-income people.
 arrow Turning torn taka into a money-spinner
Gulistan, a place of all things queer and offbeat, is also a haven for distorted taka traders. Abul Kalam, a middle-aged man, was sitting on the busy pavement near the Old Cinema Hall.
 arrow Priyanka's parents wait for fresh autopsy report
Parents of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka, who was found dead at her house on July 18, are now waiting for the report of the body's second post mortem done on Thursday as the mystery behind the death of the 17-year-old
 arrow Bow to govt fixed charges, or lose licenses
The authorities' initiative to remove the variation in pricing of cable operators promises to bring some much needed respite for the cable television viewers of the city.
 arrow Paralysed life...

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