Coco-4 capsized for overloading

Probe body also blames inefficiency of staff; similar report on Kishoreganj tragedy
The two inquiry committees, formed to investigate the recent ferry disasters in Bhola and Kishoreganj, made public their reports yesterday.
The probe body on Bhola launch capsize blamed overloading and carelessness of MV Coco-4 staff for the incident.
While the committee on Kishoreganj motorboat accident said lack of skill of the motorboat driver, carelessness of

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Murder at city hotel: Two confess to killing girls after violation

Seventeen months after mysterious disappearance of two young girls of Kishoreganj town, two persons have confessed, before a senior judicial magistrate, to killing them following rape Maniruzzaman Halud Mia, 28, a suspended police constable of Kishoreganj Police Lines, and Shamim Houladar Jahir, 35, a cleaner of an electronics company in Chittagong, strangulated after raping Urmi, 18, and Sumi, 19, at

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4 rivers declared ecologically critical

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on December 15 declared the four rivers and its foreshores, adjacent to the capital, ecologically critical to save the rivers from encroachers and pollution.
They banned dumping sewage from home, industries and other institutions, setting up industries which pollute soil, water, air and sound and any work which can change the natural character of rivers Buriganga, Turag,

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Programme upholds Dhaka’s heritage

A daylong cultural programme titled ‘One mile square’ on preservation of the heritage, archaeological sites and ecological balance of old Dhaka was held at seventeen different locations in the city on December 4.
The programme jointly organised by Dhaka-based organisation Britto Arts Trust and London-based organisation Visiting Arts included mixed media installations and presentations, video installations, film screening of documentaries and drama performances.
Thirty-eight local and foreign artists displayed and presented their respective works in

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Cartoon Vs Corruption

Exhibition by Transparency International Bangladesh
It is of prime importance to encourage anti-corruption attitudes among the youth. That is exactly what Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has set out to do. Over the last four years, the organisation has held countrywide competitions and exhibitions with participants in the age groups 13-18 and 19-35.
In keeping with this endeavour, the ‘Cartoon Against Corruption Exhibition 2009’ was held at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts from December 10-16. Prior to this, December 9 saw the inauguration ceremony and the

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Katrina tops Sexiest Asian Women list once again in Eastern Eye survey

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the sexiest Asian girl of them all?’ This is the question that UK’s magazine Eastern Eye asked in a survey. And, not surprisingly, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has topped the annual World’s Top 50 Sexiest Asian Women list once again, beating former beauty queens, models and established Bollywood actresses.
The list includes eight Indian actresses in the top 10 and Katrina is followed by Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu,

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Sangakkara annouced as new Kings XI captain

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been made the new captain of the Kings XI Punjab replacing Yuvraj Singh who’s position had been in jeopardy for a few weeks.
When the news was announced by the Kings XI it came as no surprise that Yuvraj had been relived of the captaincy. Reports have emerged during the last couple of weeks that coaching staff were worried about his attitude

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Over 8,000 Grabbers identified in river survey

The first-ever survey on the Buriganga, Sitalakhya, Turag and Balu rivers flowing through Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Munshiganj were submitted to the Supreme Court registrar on Tuesday.
Over 8,000 land grabbers have occupied areas of the Buriganga, Shitalakkhya, Turag and Balu rivers around the capital, building various structures, say survey reports of four district administrations concerned.
Districts administrations of Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Munshiganj calculated the figures of land

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Tafazzal appointed Chief Justice

Justice Md Tafazzul Islam, a senior justice of the Supreme Court (SC), was appoin-ted chief justice yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman gave the appointment as per article 95(1) of the Constitution, an official handout said. But he superseded senior judge of the Appellate Division Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim.
Justice Tafazzul will replace the present Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin, who is going into retirement on December

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Bangladesh moves into semifinal

Bangladesh reached the semifinal of the Bangabandhu 6th SAFF Championship as the Group B champions beating Sri Lanka in their last group match by 2-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
The hosts Bangladesh started the match with a bang producing a flurry of attacks and  got the breakthrough in the seventh minute with Uzzal initiating the run through left side which Emily cut back and sent to Enamul who slotted home the beginner (1-0).
Inspired by the early strike, the hosts afterward kept on their impressive show

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Pakistan crush Bhutan 7-0

Striker Arif Mahmood showed a fine marksmanship to slam hattrick, as Pakistan thrashed Bhutan by a record 7-0 in their last group match of Bangabandhu SAFF Championship on Tuesday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Pakistan, who began their campaign with a solitary goal defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka despite playing a better football and made a 0-0 draw with the hosts Bangladesh, crushed the lowly Bhutan in all departments. Besides three goals from Arif Mahmood, captain Essa struck twice, Shabbir and Ashafq added

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Arrest warrant against newsmen in defamation case to go

The cabinet on Monday approved a draft bill to amend Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 to drop the provision for court to issue warrant of arrest in defamation cases against journalists, editors, writers and publishers.
According to the draft, they could only be summoned or they could be issued court notices.
Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the cabinet meeting also decided that from now on the government would not allow anyone to cut trees from any green costal belts and places that have a tourism

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AKTEL makes a comeback

AKTEL, the third largest mobile operator, recorded profits worth Tk 147 million at the end of September, rising from a loss of Tk 737 million in the same period last year.
However, the company recorded a loss of Tk 472 million in the third quarter (July-September) compared to the second quarter (April -June) this year. In Q2, the company recorded profits worth Tk 598 million.
AKTEL’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation) margin declined to 17 percent in Q3 from 47

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SL first to reach semis

Kasun slams first hat-trick
Kasun Jayasuriya scored the first hat-trick of the tournament and Ediri Channa netted two goals as Sri Lanka swamped a hapless Bhutan 6-0 in a Group B match of the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship at the BNS on Sunday.
With the second consecutive win Sri Lanka confirmed their semi-final berth with last group match against Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Ediri Channa blasted home from the middle of the box to put Sri Lanka ahead in the 8th minute after Kasun Jayasuriya paved the way for him. Bhutan

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Bangladesh, Pakistan share points

Bangladesh ended their group-round campaign against Pakistan in the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship with a struggling goalless draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
Pakistan, in their effort to book the place in the second round, were more impressive then their previous games against Sri Lanka in terms of attacking attitude.
On the other hand, Bangladesh failed to continue their performance which they have shown in their first match against Bhutan. Bangladesh, after

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GSE Team Travelogue to RID-5240, California, the Golden State of America

A Write-up By Syed Rabius Shams
The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Rotary International (RI) is a unique vocational and cultural exchange opportunity for young professionals and businessmen/women in their initial stage of career. Reciprocity is the key to GSE. Each of the paired Rotary District sends and receives a team to each other’s district consisting of five to six persons for four to six weeks. For the GSE program of 2009-10, Rotary International District (RID) 3280, Bangladesh is paired with RID 5240, California, USA.
The program is designed to develop professional and

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Victoria send Gazi packing

Mohammad Sharif’s splendid all-round show ousted star-studded Gazi Tank from the race as Victoria Sporting Club booked a super league place in the Ispahani Tea Premier Division Cricket League with an 11-run victory at BKSP yesterday.
Batting at number eight Sharif a 63-ball 71 that contained seven fours and a six as Victoria posted 222 for 9 and then the pace bowler claimed four wickets for 35 runs in his ten-over spell to restrict Gazi for

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Hosts can confirm semifinals today

Pakistan in a must-win situation
Both Bangladesh and Pakistan will hope their attacking line will fire on all cylinders when they face off in a crunch Group A match of the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship at the BNS at 7:00pm today.
Bangladesh boosted their morale with a 4-1 win over Bhutan in their opener while Pakistan went down 0-1 to Sri Lanka in their first game.
Pakistan at least have to salvage a draw to remain alive in the eight-team regional tournament. Bangladesh will seal a last four place if they win the crucial

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Nepal draw with holders Maldives

The reigning champions Maldives shared points in their opening game with Nepal after a 1-1 draw in the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship on Saturday.
Held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the day’s first match, one of the tournament favourites, Maldives were struggling from the beginning and played under pressure throughout the match while Nepal displaying a good brand of football to dominate the match but failed to snatch the result in their

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