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Voter listing hits snags as EC fails to complete procurement
Completion of the task for preparing a voter list with photographs within the time specified in the roadmap now seems uncertain as the Election Commission (EC) is unlikely to complete the procurementof
Impossible task of crime investigation
An investigation officer (IO) of a case gets a little over Tk 3 a day as conveyance although he has to travel to many places for investigation purposes besides regular duties; the IO also gets Tk 10 a
Rain delays recession of floodwaters
Due to intermittent rain caused by the depression over West Bengal, India, recession of floodwaters in the central and south-central districts of Bangladesh is likely to be delayed.
Govt okays plan for 1 lakh low cost flats
Decides to offload shares of state oil companies
The government yesterday approved in principle a proposal submitted by a Malaysian company for building one lakh apartments for low and middle income groups in the capital, but with a caveat that local
Mir Nasir's wealth increased 16 folds, son's 40 times
Former state minister Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin's money in banks increased over 16 folds in four years and his son Mir Helaluddin's swelled over 40 times in the last three years.
Criminals gun down 2 hotel staff in city
Two hotel staff were killed and another was injured as criminals opened fire on them at a residential hotel in city's Gulistan area yesterday.
Reform Dialogue
EC hopes govt will lift or relax ban on politics
The Election Commission (EC hopes the ban on indoor politics will be withdrawn or relaxed this month allowing it to hold dialogue on electoral reforms with political parties from next month accordingto
Take action against those doing politics defying ban
Dr Kamal urges CG
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded that the caretaker government take action against those who have been carrying out political activities defying the ban.
Hasina's Bail
Full bench SC hearing today
The hearing of the state petitions seeking stay on High Court orders granting bail to detained Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case and on halting the ACC notice, asking her for submitting
Army to work with civil admin for post-flood reconstruction
Says Gen Moeen
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the army will work with the civil administration during the post-flood reconstruction work to prevent corruption as happened in the past.
BNP too won't sit for talks if ban exists
The BNP will not sit for a dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) unless the ban on indoor politics is lifted, party chairperson's adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah has said echoing what the
Plan to shift patients from ICDDR,B to govt hospitals
The government yesterday decided to shift diarrhoea patients to different public hospitals from ICDDR,B to ease pressure on the country's lone institution for treatment of diarrhoea patients.

7 killed as bus rams autorickshaw
Seven people including four school students were killed and another two students sustained injuries in a road accident yesterday in Kumira area of Sitakundo upazila.
Only half an hour needed to vanish a stolen motorbike
An organised gang of motorcycle thieves takes only half an hour after stealing a motorbike to prepare fake documents for it and to change its registration number plates.
Ziaul Haq Zia's SUV seized from Gazipur
A Lexus sport utility vehicle (SUV) belonging to former BNP leader and state minister for LGRD and cooperatives Ziaul Haq Zia was seized yesterday by anti-corruption taskforce.
AL to observe Aug 15 on a limited scale
The Awami League (AL) will observe the 32nd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tomorrow on a limited scale in line with the caretaker government's directives.
Drive against illegal structures

$50m Saudi relief for the flood-hit
Saudi Arabia is sending five cargo planes loaded with relief supplies worth $50 million for the flood-stricken Bangladesh at the instruction of King Abdullah.
Fire-damaged Ghorashal urea fertiliser factory still shut
Ghorashal Urea Fertiliser Factory that remained shut since Sunday morning following a devastating fire is yet to resume production.
Ex-BNP MP's wife jailed for extortion
A court here yesterday sentenced two people, including wife of former BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid Harun, to five years' rigorous imprisonment each in an extortion case.
Arrest warrant of Abbas' wife to be put up near her house
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to hang up an arrest warrant in tax evasion cases against Afroza Abbas, wife of detained former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas,
Shamim Osman's immovable property to be attached
A Narayanganj court yesterday ordered attachment of the immovable property of former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shamim Osman by Thursday for evading income tax and concealing information about his wealth.
Bush's political guru Karl Rove quits
Karl Rove, the master political tactician behind President George W Bush's two election triumphs, quit yesterday in a bombshell announcement after more than six tempestuous White House years.
Taliban free 2 South Korean hostages
Two women among 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in mid-July were freed yesterday on a rural Afghan roadside, the first significant breakthrough in a hostage drama now more than three weeks old.
9 Taliban killed in Afghan clash
Afghan security forces clashed with Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, leaving nine militants dead, while a subsequent roadside blast targeting a police vehicle killed five officers, an official
Pak PM refuses to rule out emergency
Pakistan's government does not want to impose a state of emergency right now, but has not ruled out the measure for the future, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said.
Criminals assault Ctg journalist
A gang of criminals attacked a senior journalist and damaged his motorbike at Bakalia in the port city yesterday.
Maintenance needed

Pakistani troops kill three militants
Pakistani troops killed three suspected Islamic militants in a clash in a remote tribal town near the Afghan border, the military said yesterday.
Monsoon storm hits Pakistan: 22 killed
A monsoon storm unleashed landslides and collapsed houses in a village in Pakistan's mountainous northwest Monday, killing 22 people.

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