Formalin-free Kitchen Market : INITIATIVE instant hit

Buyers throng market to get non-adulterated items
The Malibagh kitchen market in the capital has presumably become the centre of attention since it was announced formalin free last week. Customers from faraway places in the city now throng the bazaar to buy different items, especially fish. Their enthusiasm is apparent as other markets have not taken any such move against harmful formalin that is widely used as preservative in food items in the country.
Commerce Minister GM Quader announced the market as formalin free on

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Deforestation causes embankment erosion in Sitakunda

Rampant deforestation on the coastal green belt at Sonaichhari union of Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila for establishing ship breaking yards is causing the breakdown of
the union’s embankment.
Subsequently seawater from the Bay of Bengal is inundating the adjoining villages at every high tide, causing immense suffering to the residents.
Nityananda Jaladas, resident of one of the villages, Ghoramara, said the whole coastal area was a big government forest

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Shortcut to fortune

Hall-Mark’s way of building empire with short-term loans
Controversial business group Hall-Mark in wilful violation of banking rules has invested in long-term projects the money it took in short-term loan from state-run Sonali Bank.
The group that began making garments in 2007 now owns 80 factories, at least 40 of which are on paper though. Most of the ones that exist were built with the

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Tomatoes too adulterated

The item made off-limit to the market
Almost all seasonal vegetables, including cabbages, cauliflowers, beans, radishes, carrots and spinach, are on display. But there is no sign of tomatoes.
This was the picture at the Malibagh kitchen market in the capital when this correspondent visited it on Wednesday. Asked why tomatoes were not on sale, an elderly vegetable trader at the

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Child Helpline shows the way

Dial 1098 or 027312340 to help find lost child in Dhaka
The couple was frantically looking for their five-year-old child in the corridors of the launch, bound for Barisal. They realised, a little later, that their
little girl went missing in the rush while boarding the launch at Sadarghat.
Meanwhile back at the Sadarghat terminal, the lost child was crying her eyes out as she

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Govt to finalise policy amid criticism

Online Mass Media
Govt to finalise policy amid criticism
The government will finalise an online mass media policy soon to ensure objectivity in news reports, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday.
“The policy will not exert control on the freedom of the mass media. Rather it will help improve professional skills of journalists and ensure

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15 lakh dogs to be vaccinated

Tackling Rabies
15 lakh dogs to be vaccinated
The government has decided to vaccinate around 15 lakh dogs in the country instead of killing them for tackling rabies. In primary stage, the programme will be launched at city corporations and municipalities in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Dhaka divisions. The vaccination in six
districts of Rangur division has already been

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Indo-Pak battle today

The fixity of purpose is often not good enough when India and Pakistan lock horns in any format of the game because it requires more than that. There will likely be no exception to that general rule when the two perennial rivals meet in a crucial Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium today. The relative skills and strengths at times takes

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Sheikh Jamal hoping high

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club feels the side is a force to reckon with as the former professional league champions completed their players’ registration formalities at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) headquarters in Motijheel yesterday.
The Dhanmondi-based outfit, who emerged champions in their debut season in

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BCB extends tender for WI tour

After not having received a suitable offer for its worldwide media rights, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has launched a separate tender for the media rights for the upcoming West Indies tour to Bangladesh, which is scheduled to take place from November 5 to December 11 this year.
As per the new deadline set by the BCB, companies are required to send in their offers by

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Siddikur in 5th position

Siddikur Rahman was in joint fifth position after the third round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters with an aggregate score of one-over-par (217) on Saturday.
The 27-year-old golfer posted a one-over-par 73 on the third day in relatively calm conditions at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club after two windy and chilly days when he had posted matching

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BD A-WIHP 2nd 1-dayer today

Bangladesh A will be looking to bounce back in the second one-day game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. The home side lost the first 50-over game to the visiting West Indies High Performance squad by 11 runs on Friday after the visitors posted a total of 225.
The first game saw good individual performances from Imrul Kayes and Naeem Islam, both of

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Implement RTI act fully to curb graft

Rally told
Effective implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act is essential in curbing corruption as keeping information secret leads to corruption and free flow of information resists breeding of corruption, said speakers at a rally yesterday.
Tathya Odhikar Andolon (Campaign for Citizen’s Right to Information) organised the

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Shakib rules out knee op

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was diagnosed with ‘degenerated meniscus’ in his left knee, before the Twenty20 World Cup, has
said that he isn’t thinking about going under the knife any time soon.
“There hasn’t been any decision made regarding the surgery. I have no such plans as

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Siddikur guts out the gust

Siddikur Rahman remained solid in the second round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters to remain one stroke off the leading pack which features three locals,
one Korean and a Filipino. The 27-year old golfer matched his first round score of par (72) to post a par (144) after two days of testing conditions at the The Taiwan Golf and

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Close loss for Bangladesh A

An all-round effort by Carlos Brathwaite gave the visiting West Indies High Perfor-mance side a one-nil lead, in the three-match one-day series,
over Bangladesh A, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Brathwaite’s brisk 64 and his two crucial wickets, ensured that the hosts failed to reach

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Dhaka under salinity threat

Greens concerned over rapid decline of groundwater level
Saltwater intrusion is threatening the groundwater of the capital as the level of the groundwater has gone 170 feet below the sea level due to unplanned extraction.
Along with the central region, the northern part of the country is also going to face the same problem due to excessive use of groundwater for irrigation, a group of local researchers

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