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Farm output may be hit as fertiliser supply stopped
Uncertainty looms large over this year's agricultural production, as fertiliser importers have stopped supplying the key agricultural input to 3,000 dealers across the country protesting the finance ministry's
Terror talks limp along on boycott, condition
The national dialogue that began last week amid boycott by the opposition alliance seems to be heading nowhere as it drags on with a reported condition being applied to the invitees that Jamaat-e-Islami
Textiles lost free access for high competitiveness
Claims Altaf after WTO meet; AL blasts him for letting down country's interest
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday claimed that Bangladesh's textile exports were excluded from duty-free and quota-free market access in the latest WTO declaration because they are too
Political promotions hamstring admin
Promotion of public servants on political considerations ignoring merit and seniority has bred frustration and resentment in the civil administration, resulting in inertia at different levels of the administration.
US lists actions for Dhaka to check terrorism
Suggests closure of institutions, facilities linked with extremists
A high official of the United States government yesterday expressed 'concern' about Bangladesh's future and spelt out the measures the US expects Dhaka to take if it is to become a 'full partner' in its
Final talks on Bimstec FTA start today at Kathmandu
The Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) begins a weeklong meeting in Kathmandu today to conclude negotiations
Pvt universities exact way too high charges
Students suffer as no fee framework exists
In the absence of a regulatory framework, the private universities are exacting extremely high charges, making it especially difficult for the middle and lower-middle class students to continue theirstudies.
Gradual encroachment
9 JMB men held
Cops keep close watch on'pro-Jamaat' bureaucrats
Law enforcers arrested nine suspected members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including a financier of the banned Islamist militant outfit, in different parts of the country on Monday nightand
PM opens new digital telephone exchange at Ctg
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the newly installed digital telephone exchange, which will provide connections to 83,300 subscribers, in Nandankanon in the port city.
JCD leader, another killed in city
Two youths, including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, were gunned down while two others were bullet-hit in separate incidents in Mohakhali and Tejgaon of the city last night.
Food Adulteration
Drive restarts next week
A regular mobile court resumes food drives next week to check adulteration of different food items after a halt of two months.
PM addresses BNP rally at Paltan today
The ruling BNP holds a grand rally in the city's Paltan Maidan today to register its protest against the militants and 'anti-democracy' forces.
8 killed in road crashes
Eight persons were killed and over 50 were injured in four road accidents in Cox's Bazar and Gopalganj in the last three days.
JCD men beat up customs staff over tender deadline
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday beat three customs officials up and ransacked the office of customs superintendent at Satkhira over tender.
Tk 6,000cr audit objections show BCIC's graft, JS body observes
A parliamentary body yesterday observed that the outstanding audit objections involving Tk 6,000 crore against the Bangladesh Chemical and Industries Corporation (BCIC) suggest the corporation indulges
Two robbers lynched in Munshiganj
Two robbers were lynched and two others arrested at Tongipara, Noadda in Munshiganj, yesterday.
The dead robbers were identified as Kalu Miah, 35 and Suman, 30.

Wedding Party Killing
Locals suspect involvement of minister's brother
Locals point an accusing finger at a minister's brother for the killing of a contractor at a wedding party, but police speculate professional rivalry on the motive.
2 cops sued for extortion
A rickshaw garage owner in Mirpur yesterday filed an extortion case against two policemen and their three informers with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka.
The caption of a photograph of the widows of slain journalists, published on the front page of The Daily Star yesterday, inadvertently mentioned Manik Saha's widow.

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