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Front Pagearrow Donors fear food price hike, GDP fall
International donors yesterday expressed concern over the likely rise of already high food prices caused by the ongoing flood in the country, which might bring down current fiscal year's estimated GDP
 arrow Rampant graft eats away golden fibre
Years of financial malpractices by a band of corrupt BJMC officials and CBA leaders paved the way for the shutdown of state-owned Peoples Jute Mills Ltd and brought three others on the verge of closure.
 arrow Flood victims cry for food, medicine
An elderly woman approached this correspondent from behind and grabbed him by his wrist as he was finishing off talking with a family in a flood shelter at Razarbagh Adarsha Binodini High School.
 arrow ACC files graft cases against 10 high govt officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued ten bureaucrats, including former Power Division secretary ANH Akhter Hossain, on graft charges.
 arrow HC adjourns hearings in all 3 graft cases till Aug 21
The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned till August 21 hearing of three appeals by detained former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina for quashing three graft cases against her in connection
 arrow Khaleda wants to visit flood-hit areas, but govt won't allow
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has decided to visit the flood-affected areas in Tangail and Sirajganj on Saturday but Food and Disaster Management Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said she will not be allowed
 arrow UN, EU ready to help flood victims
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep sorrow at the loss of hundreds of lives and sufferings of tens of millions by floods in South Asia, including Bangladesh, and reaffirmed the readiness
 arrow CA pledges to tackle waterlogging in DND area
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government will take necessary steps to tackle flood and solve waterlogging problem in the eastern part of the capital, including the DND embankment
 arrow Property of Abbas' wife to be attached
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an order to attach moveable and immovable properties of Afroza Abbas, wife of detained former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas.
 arrow Advisers' council ask ministries to plan post-flood rehabilitation
The council of advisers yesterday asked the ministries concerned to do advance planning for post-flood rehabilitation operation and introduce VGF card immediately to feed the distressed people of theworst
 arrow NBR rejects Tarique, Koko's bid to legalise money
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has rejected the appeal of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko to legalise their undeclared incomes.
 arrow Student boom at DU
A number of additional students are getting admission at Dhaka University each year thanks to the loopholes in the rules of the general admission committee that supervises the admission process.
 arrow Bidder questions transparency, EC denies allegation
A bidder has questioned the transparency in the evaluation process of a tender for supplying 8,000 laptops to the Election Commission for simultaneously preparing a voter list with photographs and national
 arrow Effect of load shedding...

 arrow Hearing rolls into third day today
On the second day of the resumed hearing of Bangabandhu murder case at the Appellate Division of Supreme Court (SC) yesterday, the counsel of a convict condemned for death continued reading out the High
 arrow Charges framed against Shajahan Siraj, wife, son
A special court yesterday framed charges against former BNP minister Shajahan Siraj, his wife Rabeya Siraj and son Rajib Siraj for evading income tax.
 arrow AL in dilemma over flood relief activities
The Awami League (AL) leaders are in a dilemma over helping the flood victims by the party, as due to ban on indoor politics they cannot organise the party men to make any coordinated plans for floodrelief.
 arrow EU happy with rights situation in Bangladesh
The European Union (EU) yesterday expressed satisfaction at the "clear indications of improvement" in human rights situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fresh case filed against 23 UK, Sylhet AL men detained in May
Sylhet Kotwali police yesterday filed a fresh case against 23 Awami League (AL) leaders, who were detained while attending a party in city's Bateshwar area on May 14 this year.
 arrow Discussions on Aug 15 might not be allowed
Discussions will not be allowed during August 15 programmes commemorating the 32nd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, as there is a state of emergency
 arrow US airstrikes kill 32 in Sadr City
A US-led raid and airstrike targeting networks allegedly smuggling weapons and fighters from Iran killed 32 suspected militants yesterday in Baghdad's Shia stronghold of Sadr City, the military said.
 arrow Koreas hold 2nd summit Aug 28
The two Koreas announced yesterday that their leaders will hold a second inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang Aug 28-30 to promote peace and cooperation on the peninsula.
 arrow Airlines sue FBI, CIA over 9/11
Airlines and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on Tuesday, asking a federal court to let them interview investigators who can tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for theSept
 arrow Oxfam launches appeal for flooded South Asia
International aid charity Oxfam launched a one-million-pound (two-million-dollar) appeal Wednesday to help nearly 200,000 flood victims in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Businessarrow Rules soon to control merchant banks' margin loans
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is going to finalise margin rules very soon to regulate loans offered by merchant banking wings of banking and non-banking financial institutions.
 arrow Rich-poor gap rising in China, says ADB
Inequality in China is worsening as the rich are getting richer much faster than the poor, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday, despite government efforts to narrow the gap.
 arrow Ban on trading of 2 directors' shares
Bangladesh Bank has put a bar on transfer of shares of Jamuna Bank and Uttara Bank held by the banks' two sponsor directors and their relatives, who hold over 10 percent shares in the banks in violation
 arrow India curbs external borrowing by firms
Seeking to rein in flow of funds into the country and appreciating value of the national currency, India has imposed curbs on external commercial borrowings by Indian companies.
 arrow Jobs aplenty in Japan after 16 years
For soon-to-be college graduates on the job hunt, this year is said to be a seller's market favourable to job-seekers, a situation last seen in the bubble economy of the late 1980s.
 arrow Malaysian workers stage nationwide protest for minimum wage
Thousands of Malaysian workers on Wednesday staged a nationwide protest demanding the government set a compulsory monthly minimum wage of 900 ringgit (260 dollars).
 arrow Govt to offload 8.5pc shares in IFIC Bank soon
The government is set to offload a portion of its stake in International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Ltd in the stock exchanges very soon, according to sources.
 arrow Abu Dhabi plans modern housing for workers
The emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE is planning to spend Dh 2.5 billion for building high quality housing units to accommodate up to 1,80,000 workers.
 arrow PKSF launches fund to promote innovations in microfinance
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) has launched a special fund titled 'Learning and Innovation Fund to Test New Ideas (LIFT)' to trigger innovations in the microfinance sector, says a press release.
 arrow Trade thru' Benapole port comes to a halt
Hundreds of trucks loaded with goods from India remained stranded on the border following the suspension of export and import activities through Benapole land port yesterday.
 arrow Singapore economy grows 7.6pc
Singapore's economy beat expectations to grow a strong 7.6 percent in the first half over the previous year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday.
 arrow Akij Food & Beverage starts exporting its soft drinks
Akij Food & Beverage Ltd (AFBL) has started exporting its Mojo, Lemu and Speed brand soft drinks to Malaysia, Yemen and the UAE, says a press release.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank launches debit card
Mutual Trust Bank Ltd has recently launched debit card service for its customers, says a press release.
 arrow China bans British meat, animals
China has banned the import of foodstuffs containing beef, pork, lamb, as well as those live animals, from Britain after outbreaks of foot and mouth disease there, Chinese state media said Wednesday.
 arrow Euro edges up against dollar
The euro rebounded against the dollar on Wednesday, a day after sliding on prospects that US interest rates will remain at 5.25 percent for a while longer instead of heading lower, traders said.
 arrow Eskayef launches anti-migraine medicine
Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the country, has launched a new drug, TUFNIL® tablet, for treatment of migraine for the first time in Bangladesh, says a press
 arrow Cathay Pacific posts strong first-half net profit
Cathay Pacific posted a strong first-half net profit of 2.58 billion Hong Kong dollars (330 million US) Wednesday, exceeding expectations, and said they were ideally placed to benefit from China's growth.
 arrow France sees little chance of WTO accord
WTO trade liberalisation talks stand little chance of bearing fruit given the proposals under discussion by negotiators, French Secretary of State Herve Novelli warned Wednesday.
 arrow Office bearers of embroidery manufacturers association
Ekram Uddin Siddik has been elected president of Bangladesh Embroidery Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BEMEA), and Abdul Aziz Dewan and Mohammad Elias senior vice presidents for 2007-2009 term.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: Hard task for Nayeem
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to send two balanced teams for this month's international tournaments in India and Malaysia.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to name squad today
A doctor's report will decide whether Mohammad Rafique will play the Twenty20 World Championships, it was understood yesterday.
 arrow Football: Helal bids BFF bye
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday bade farewell to its general secretary Anwarul Huq Helal whose resignation letter has been accepted by president SA Sultan.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s cruise to series triumph
Bangladesh Under-19s clinched the one-day series against Malaysia Under-19s 3-1 after outplaying the hosts by eight wickets in the fourth and final match at Byaumas in Malaysia yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Play ICL, forget BCCI'
India's cricket chiefs on Wednesday hardened their stance against a breakaway multi-million dollar series, asking players to decide their loyalties.
 arrow Cricket: Mercury rises at The Oval
India wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident there will be no repeat of the unsporting behaviour which overshadowed the second Test when his side face England in the series finale starting atThe
 arrow Cricket: PCB shifts grounds
Pakistan on Wednesday changed venues for two of its one-day cricket internationals against South Africa, ahead of the Proteas' tour here next month, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: 'Mind the language'
England captain Michael Vaughan has warned his side to keep their behaviour in check during the third and final Test against India at The Oval, saying swearing at opposing players is unacceptable.
 arrow Cricket: Swing to win: Thorpe
Graham Thorpe believes England's ability to cope with the swinging ball will have a major bearing on whether they win the third Test against India at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Surprise awaits Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been appointed India's Twenty-20 captain, has a surprise gift coming his way if he powers the team to success in the coming World Championship in South Africa next month.
 arrow Football: Daunting task for champs
After last season's heroics saw VfB Stuttgart make a late charge to become German champions for the fifth time, the Bundesliga's top team face a tough task to defend their crown.
 arrow Football: Frank defends Barca tour
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard defended the team's Far East pre-season tour when the team arrived in Hong Kong here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern aim to dominate
Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Saturday with a squad rebuilt at a cost of 69 million euros as the German giants seek to bounce back after their worst season for a decade.
 arrow Football: South Africa renames host cities
South Africa's process of renaming towns and cities will not have a negative effect on the staging of the football World Cup in the country in 2010, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'Rooney can make difference'
Steve McClaren believes a revitalised Wayne Rooney can provide the spark to help England avoid Euro 2008 embarrassment.
 arrow Football: Brazil set Mexico date
Brazil and Mexico have been scheduled to play a friendly on September 12, but the venue has yet to be decided, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania sends Martina packing
Marion Bartoli's struggle to find the form that swept her to a surprise Wimbledon final continued Tuesday as she fell in the first round of this 600,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Football: UEFA Cup draw held
Confirmed draw for the second preliminary round of the UEFA Cup following Partizan Belgrade's failed appeal against its one-year ban from European competitions for violence in a UEFA Cup qualifier last
 arrow Football: Fergie's house comes first
Sir Alex Ferguson was told he could not watch Manchester United's friendlies on Wednesday because he had to help his wife move house.
 arrow Football: Gomez best in Bundesliga
VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez was on Wednesday voted Bundesliga player of the year for 2007 for propelling his club to the title with 14 goals last season.
 arrow Cricket: Tough for Freddie
Former Australia bowler Damien Fleming believes Andrew Flintoff faces a tough challenge to modify his bowling action.
 arrow Cricket: Taming of the Sree
Of the entire Indian squad that practised at The Oval on Tuesday just one, Sreesanth, had bad news waiting for him.
 arrow Cricket: A barren spell
There was a time in Andrew Strauss's England career when he scored centuries for fun.
 arrow Cricket: Rajput named India manager
India's junior coach Lalchand Rajput was on Wednesday named manager of the Indian team for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa in September.
 arrow Handball: NSC accords reception to handball team
The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday accorded reception to the Bangladesh Under-17 handball team who became runners up in the South Asian Handball Championship (U-17) in Islamabad last May.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar fined for leaving early
Pakistan superstar Shoaib Akhtar has been fined $5,000 (around £2,500) for two breaches of discipline.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption involving $ 45m in lease on aircraft in five years
Experts and civil society members at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to publish the list of 'godfathers' and their accomplices responsible for massive corruption and irregularities inBiman
 arrow Set up commission to make local govt effective
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday underscored the need to form a local government commission, which would act as a watchdog to make the local government institutions effective.
 arrow Open pit method not economically viable
Open pit method will not be favourable for coal extraction since such method is not economically viable for the country, Convener of Citizens' Commission on Gas, Oil and Coal Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmadsaid
 arrow 144 acres Ctg Wasa land recovered from encroachers
A mobile court in the port city yesterday demolished about 173 illegal structures to recover 144 acres of Wasa land worth Tk 450 crore that had been encroached for about 43 years.
 arrow More donations for flood-hit people
Different government and non-government organisations continued to donate to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund and distribute relief among the flood-affected people yesterday.
 arrow President for coordination in relief work
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said there should be effective coordination in relief operations and any other initiatives to be taken to assuage the sufferings of the flood victims.
 arrow Another 584 workers get their dues
Another 584 retrenched workers of closed Peoples Jute Mills received their arrears yesterday. Earlier 650 out of 3,100 laid off workers took arrears on Tuesday, the first day of the payment of arrears.
 arrow RU authorities prevent relief collection drive
Several voluntary and non-political organisations of students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday alleged that the university authorities and the police jointly forced them to stop their relief collection
 arrow Int'l Day of World's Indigenous People today
Nation observes International Day of the World's Indigenous People today while their lands are still being grabbed, their culture denigrated, languages and customs suppressed, wisdom and traditional knowledge
 arrow SC rejects plea for halting demolition
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday summarily rejected an appeal for halting Rajuk's ongoing demolition of 22-storey Rangs Bhaban.
 arrow Four arrested
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four youths from Hazaribagh area in the city yesterday on charges of killing a teacher of E Haq Coaching Centre.
 arrow Line rent, shifting charge refixed
The monthly line rent and shifting charge of digital land phone have been re-fixed with effect from August 1, said a government announcement yesterday.
 arrow Next hearing September 5
Four prosecution witnesses of a graft case against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman gave their statements to a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow GP support for flood victims
Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer Erik Aas handed over three cheques for Tk 4.
 arrow Step up disaster preparedness measures
Oxfam, an international humanitarian agency, yesterday urged the governments of India, Bangladesh and Nepal to step up preparedness measures for the annual floods in the Ganga-Brahmaputra river basinand
 arrow Rajuk worker falls from Rangs Bhaban, dies
A Rajuk worker died after falling from the 12th floor of the Rangs Bhaban while he was demolishing its internal structure yesterday. Sohrab Hossain, 20, was working in the north side of the building.
 arrow US, Canada chapters of AL to observe August 15
US and Canada chapters of Awami League (AL) will hold 27 separate programmes at different states and towns across the US and Canada to observe the 32nd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman
 arrow Bank account for donations
A bank account has been opened so that generous people and organisations can easily make donations to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for the flood-affected people, says an ISPR release.
 arrow AF Mujibur Rahman Gold Medal Award introduced at CU
The AF Mujibur Rahman Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Mathematics has been introduced at Chittagong University (CU) this year, says a press release.
 arrow Sechchhasebak Dal leader held in Khulna
The police arrested a leader of Khulna city Sechchhasebak Dal from Sonadanga area in the city on Tuesday night.
Nationalarrow No step yet to start pry edn in mother language of indigenous communities
The government is yet to take any step to start primary education in mother languages of the people of 13 indigenous communities living in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) which was mandatory as per CHT peace
 arrow Two illegal sand lifters held in Bandarban
Police yesterday morning seized a sand loaded truck and arrested its driver and two labourers on charge of lifting sand illegally from Painchara canal in Bandarban town.
 arrow Housewife dies at private clinic in Jhenidah
A housewife died at a private clinic in Kaliganj upazila due to alleged negligence of a physician Tuesday night.
 arrow BB enlists former BNP lawmaker Shahidul as a 'corrupt suspect'
The name of a former BNP lawmaker here has been enlisted as one of the corrupt suspects among 198 others.
 arrow Arrestee's body recovered from Netrakona Police Station
A magistrate here yesterday recovered a dead body of an arrested accused from a bathroom of Netrakona Police Station.
 arrow Tk 9.25 lakh hemp seized in Magura
Police and Narcotics Control Department (NCD), in a joint drive yesterday, seized 92.5 kilogram of hemp worth Tk 9.25 lakh from the house of an infamous drug-peddler.
 arrow Acid attack on woman in Barisal
A woman sustained burn injuries as her cousin threw acid on her at Amirabad village under Nalchhity upazila in Jhalakati on Wednesday night.
 arrow 3 die in Manikganj boat capsize
Three members of a family died in boat capsize at Bohora Beel under Daulatpur upazila in Manikganj Tuesday night.
 arrow Flood in districts

Point-Counterpointarrow Indigenous primary education
Bangladesh possesses a total population of 2.5 million indigenous people, classified in not less then 45 distinct indigenous communities, most of them having their own culture and language.
 arrow Implications of us-india nuclear deal
The US is having a difficult time trying to justify the US-India nuclear deal as part of which the 123 agreement has just been concluded, guaranteeing India full civil nuclear cooperation.
 arrow Not to Open pit coal mining
I have read with interest the recent two-part write-up (August 4 and 5) in the Daily Star, advocating open-pit coal mining, which was apparently based on your correspondent's recent visit to Germany.
Culturearrow An evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Soma Ray
To observe the 66th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Indian High Commission, Dhaka organised a musical programme at National Museum Auditorium on August 7.
 arrow Dance-drama "Shurjomukhi Nodi" staged at Shilpakala
Depicting the story of a rural boatman's transformation to a valiant freedom fighter during the Liberation War and people coming together to contribute in nation building, Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts
 arrow Retracing footsteps of the forerunners
Responding to the call of Bangladeshi roots, poet Shamim Azad is back again with her latest book, Om. This collection of Bangla poems is to be launched this evening at the British Council in Dhaka.
 arrow TV series "Amader Nurul Huda" on ATN Bangla tonight
Drama serial Amader Nurul Huda will be aired tonight at 9:20pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Aranyo Anwar and jointly directed by him and Mahfuz Ahmed, the serial is aired every Thursday and Friday.
Generalarrow Fake monk held at ZIA on way to Italy
A youth, who tried to go abroad in the guise of a Buddhist Bhikkhu for a better fortune, was arrested at Zia International Airport on Tuesday night.
Internationalarrow Musharraf pulls out of Afghan anti-terror meet
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Wednesday cancelled a trip to Afghanistan to attend a key anti-terrorism meeting, citing a previous engagement amid heightened security concerns.
 arrow Time running out for deal, says Benazir
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday warned the country's embattled military ruler Pervez Musharraf that time is running out for them to make a deal.
 arrow UN warns of health crisis in Indian flood zones
Health workers disinfected wells and distributed chlorine tablets to thousands of villagers rushing back to their homes as water levels receded sharply in northern India, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 'N Korea's Kim eyeing quick summit gains'
North Korea's Kim Jong-Il will use summit talks with South Korea this month to shore up his nation's sagging economy in case a less sympathetic leadership takes power in Seoul, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq security talks open in Syria
Representatives of Iraq's neighbours and the global community, including the United States and its arch-foe Iran, opened talks in Damascus yesterday aimed at restoring security in the violence-plagued
 arrow Abbas insists no talks with Hamas
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday insisted there would be no dialogue with Hamas until the Islamists return Gaza to his legitimate authority after seizing the territory in June.
 arrow Global warming to hit poor hardest: UN
Global warming will likely hit food production in developing nations the hardest, increasing the risks of drought and famine in the countries that already struggle to feed their populations, a seniorUN
 arrow Tropical storm kills 34 in Vietnam
At least 34 people have died and 17 more were missing and feared dead after a tropical lashed Vietnam, officials said Wednesday as downpours continued across central provinces.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Grabbed canals
It is welcome news that the government is going to start on August 12 the drive to recover 26 canals in the city from illegal possession -- a task that has long been overdue.
 arrow Editorial: Our indigenous people
Decades have gone by, yet the rights of the indigenous people of the country continue to be ignored despite the fact that they have been living on this very soil for ages and generation after generation.
 arrow Of banners, party flags and the flood hit
Bangladeshis are inured to floods. They have been a part of our life.
 arrow A staged wrestling match?
The Musharraf camp pleasantly surprised observers by taking the failure of the Reference with good grace, maybe it was the sheer relief in getting the CJP off the streets, maybe it marked the return of
Letters to Editorarrow Save the people
Once Bangladesh was supposed to be an emerging tiger. Then the development surge pushed the country into the Bay of Bengal! Bangladesh became the most corrupt country of the world four or five times.
 arrow Adulterated foods
Urea is very harmful when consumed directly. Formalin, a toxic chemical (used for preserving dead bodies) is used to make stale fish look fresh which can cause serious health hazards to humans.
 arrow Rangs Bhaban
I am in no way associated with the Rangs Bhaban, a beautiful commercial building & one of the tallest in Dhaka's rising skyline. But I am appalled to see the way it is being torn down by Rajuk.
 arrow Neo-colonialism
Neo-colonialism is a concept which started its journey after the era of colonisation ended.
 arrow Mass hysteria
I have read with interest your report on the above subject.
 arrow Shibir at RU
It is well known that the campus of Rajshahi University has turned into a heaven for Islami Chhatra Shibir. For this, the students of DU brand us as the students of the largest 'madrasa'.
 arrow The third view
In two recent emails published in DS (August 2, 2007), Mr.
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