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Front Pagearrow Spider Web drive in sticky stew
The anti-outlaw crackdown in southwestern districts is having a little impact as the 14,000-strong joint forces have failed to arrest a single top criminal six days into the drive.
 arrow Photos of Saddam sons released
The Pentagon yesterday released pictures showing the bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons -- Uday and Qusay, two days after they were killed in a fierce firefight in a villa in the northern city of Mosul.
 arrow Thailand gives forty items duty-free access
Thailand has decided to give duty-free access to 40 Bangladeshi items and charge a nominal duty on 88 more products, commerce ministry sources said.
 arrow AES to get string-free plant sell-off nod
The Power Development Board (PDB) is all set to bend its contract code and allow the US company AES to sell its two large power plants to a British government investment company.
 arrow Private bank board wing clipped more
Private bank boards have been barred from interfering in administrative activities including promotion, transfer and punishment of employees, leaving these functions solely to the management headed by
 arrow Flood situation improves
Rivers around the capital and elsewhere marked a further fall, improving the overall flood situation created by a long spell in 26 districts.
 arrow Hoodlums now home in on Simi's sister
Local hoodlums did not stop at bullying Simi Banu into suicide. They are now threatening her family with death in the wake of a court verdict on the case on September 28 last year.
 arrow Change in leaky pipes can reduce 25pc water loss
About 25 per cent systems loss of water supplied by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) could be reduced through immediate replacement of its cracked pipelines, officials said.
 arrow AK-47 seized at Chittagong
District police recovered an AK-47 rifle from the rooftop of an under-construction building at Aman Bazar in Hathazari thana, yesterday noon.
 arrow Larma demands immediate drop of Madhupur project
Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma yesterday demanded immediate scrapping of the Madhupur National Park Project, saying it would provide recreation for the
 arrow Iraqis vow to Avenge Saddam sons' deaths
A group loyal to deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein vowed in a videotape broadcast on an Arab television network on Thursday to avenge the killing of his sons by U.S. troops.
 arrow 9/11 report details US Intelligence failures
A US congressional report yesterday highlighted September 11 intelligence failures by the FBI and CIA, but did not pinpoint a single "smoking gun" that could have prevented the hijacked plane attacks.
 arrow School children demand arrest of Mishel's killers
A procession was brought out yesterday by the students and teachers of Dania Sunshine Kindergarten at about 11:00am, demanding arrest and punishment of the criminals responsible for Mishel's killing.
 arrow Cops fail to nab hit-and-run driver
Mohammadpur police have so far failed to arrest either the driver or the passenger of the vehicle that dragged a doctor to death on July 1.
 arrow Inter-ministerial body to be formed for better Hajj management
A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday decided to form an inter-ministerial committee for smooth management of the next Hajj pilgrimage from Bangladesh.
 arrow Cross-exam of CID official continues
Additional Superintendent of Police, CID, Mojibur Rahman, the 23rd prosecution witness and also the Investigation Officer (IO) of the Shazneen case, was cross-examined for about two hours yesterday.
 arrow Charge waiver hearing against BNP MP's brother July 29
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka Division, yesterday fixed July 29 to pass order on the petition for withdrawal of charges against Reazuddin Ahmed Monir, brother of the ruling BNP MP, Nasir Uddin Ahmed
 arrow Foy's Lake goes to BPC
Bangladesh Railway (BR) yesterday formally handed over the authority of Foy's Lake to the Bangladesh Parjaton Corporation (BPC).
 arrow 2 bullet-riddled bodies found in Raozan
Two of the three youths abducted from Raozan on Wednesday were killed and the other is missing, police said.
 arrow Ingenious Invention
 arrow 58 Bangladeshis nabbed while entering Pakistan from Kashmir
Fifty-eight Bangladeshis were taken into custody by Indian troops as they tried to cross the heavily-militarised Kashmir border into Pakistan in hopes of finding work, officials here said Thursday.
Businessarrow Nine PCBs write off only Tk 718.62cr in 6 months
Nine private commercial banks (PCBs) wrote off only Tk 718.62 crore in six months till June this year, although they had around Tk 2,500 crore bad loans, which could have been written off.
 arrow 74 file nominations for FBCCI election
The filing of nomination papers for the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) election ended yesterday amidst huge enthusiasm among business people.
 arrow DCC re-fixes trade licence fees
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday announced the re-fixed trade licence fees for various categories.
 arrow Govt to import 1.5 lakh tonnes of sugar this year
Bangladesh will need to import some 1.5 lakh metric tons of sugar to meet domestic consumption this year.
 arrow Body to be formed to remove complications
Forest and Environment Minister Shajahan Siraj yesterday directed the authorities concerned to form a committee to work out ways to remove the complications in getting environmental clearance certificates
 arrow US slaps high tariffs on Asian fish, microchips
The United States took a swipe Wednesday against Asian fish and microchip exporters, deciding to slap high tariffs on Vietnamese-style catfish and South Korean semiconductors.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cairns Test starts today
The second and final Test between Bangladesh and Australia begins at the Bundaberg Rum Stadium in Cairns today.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh warns BD to be ready for worst
Bangladesh face a huge challenge in the second Test against world champions Australia starting here Friday, Australian skipper Steve Waugh warned Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers excite Aussie skipper
Australian Test skipper Steve Waugh poured cold water on skeptics who believed Bangladesh were incapable of competing against the world champions.

Writing in his column for News Ltd.

 arrow Cricket: SA openers go into tea
South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs both scored their maiden Test hundreds against England as the Proteas moved into a commanding position on the first day of the first Test at Edgbaston
 arrow Cricket: ICC defends rankings
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday defended its one-day rankings system as "objective, fair and fact-based," and said India fully deserved its current lowly status.
 arrow Cricket: 30 picked for U-19 camp
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has selected 30 players for the under-19 cricket camp to be held in BKSP from Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim's no to farewell
Pakistan's Wasim Akram is unlikely to come out of retirement to make a farewell appearance against South Africa in October.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani run riot
Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra scored a massive 10-0 victory over lowly Wari Club in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares 2nd place
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman was sharing the second spot with ten other players at the end of the third round of the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship at Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabadi finals today
The finals of the school kabadi championship for both boys and girls will be held today at Kabadi ground.
 arrow 7 Shreshthas for stadia
Seven new venues are to be named after seven Bir Shreshthas. The National Sports Council took the decision in its executive meeting yesterday.
 arrow Football: School football
Government Laboratory High School and Dakkhin Banashree Model High School won their respective final round matches of the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football competition at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow NSC tries to make peace
The National Sports Council (NSC) offered an olive branch to the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) a day after it ordered the demolition of the chess federation office.
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn prevails
Second seed Paradorn Srichaphan fended off two match points in the second set before sending amateur Amer Delic packing 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in a second round match at the 600,000-dollar ATP hardcourt
 arrow Swimming: Phelps can defuse 'Thorpedo'
The United States are counting on Michael Phelps to counteract the Ian Thorpe effect after the Australian almost single-handedly put his team neck-and-neck with the US on four golds each at the half-way
 arrow Football: Magpies survive B'ham scare
Newcastle United held off a brave Birmingham City in the Kuala Lumpur heat here on Thursday evening to record a hard-fought 2-1 win and book a place in the final of the pre-season Premier League AsiaCup.
 arrow Football: ESPN STAR brings Premiership to Asia
The FA Premier League, the organisers of the English Premier League, together with sports broadcasters ESPN STAR Sports bring to Asia the only fully sanctioned Premier League pre-season tournament inthe
 arrow Football: Liverpool down Thailand
British glamour side Liverpool beat Thailand 3-1 in a rain-soaked friendly Thursday, turning in the same scoreline as when they took on the national side on their last Asian tour two years ago.
 arrow Football: Golden boy Diego
A golden goal by Diego from the penalty spot after a Cory Gibbs handball gave Brazil a 2-1 victory over the United States Wednesday and a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo raring to go
Real Madrid's Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo looked leaner and fitter than ever as he prepared to fly off Thursday with a star-studded Real Madrid squad on the Spanish giants' 18-day tour of Asia.
 arrow Football: Don't come second best
David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and company are under no illusion as to their task for the new Spanish football season: Win everything.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho's first at Leicester
Ronaldinho is expected to play for his new club Barcelona in their friendly at Leicester City on August 8.
 arrow Football: Looking for the lady star
Perugia president Luciano Gaucci, a specialist when it comes to buying relatively unknown players and turning them into stars, says he is searching for Serie A's first female footballer.
Politicalarrow Jalil condemns attack on AL leaders' houses
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday condemned the attack on the residences of its Presidium Member Amir Hossain Amu and Jhalkathi district unit leader Shahjahan Ashraf allegedly by the
Metropolitanarrow Call for regional cooperation to check trafficking in women, children
Speakers at an international conference yesterday called for regional cooperation to check trafficking in women and children in order to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS.
 arrow 'Publish probe body reports'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded immediate publication of the judicial probe body report on the police atrocities on female students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) on the night
 arrow Prof Abul Fazal's birth centenary programme begins today
An elaborate programme has been taken up to celebrate the birth centenary of Prof Abul Fazal, a renowned educationist and litterateur, in the port city on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow BRAC relief operation in Flood-hit areas
BRAC is now carrying out its relief operation in the flood affected areas of Madaripur, Tangail, Manikganj, Narsingdi and part of Rajbari and Dhaka Sadar.
Foreign Relationsarrow Filipino envoy meets FM
The Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said here yesterday that Bangladesh and the Philippines are close friends and cooperation between the two countries will be further consolidated in the days ahead.
Culturearrow Uttam Kumar
July 24 was the 24th death anniversary of Uttam Kumar,the legendary actor of Bangla films..

The day was observed at the actor's birthplace on the Girish Mukherjee Road in Kolkata.

 arrow Chatting up with ARTCELL
The watch says 5:40 pm, and still there is no sight of them. 'Didn't they say 5:30 pm?' you wonder. 'Oh well! There's nothing to do but wait a little longer.
Generalarrow PM for raising number of standard educational instts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday underscored the need for adequate number of standard educational institutions at district and thana levels to achieve institutional standard of education.
 arrow 'Ocean piracy doubles'
Ocean piracy has doubled in Bangladesh's waterways in last six months of the current year compared to those of last year, said International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a Malaysia based international organisation.
 arrow One confesses to attacking Kazipara community centre
One of the two youths, Shahed Ali, caught after the Kazipara community centre mayhem, provided confessional statement before the court yesterday.
 arrow Teenage maid found dead in Uttara
A teenage maid allegedly 'hanged herself' from ceiling fan in Uttara Sector-4 early yesterday.

Shahida Akhter, a domestic help in the residence of Golam Sarwar Chowdhury, 2/C at road No.

 arrow WB wants greater participation of private sector, NGOs
The World Bank has recommended creation of a more favourable legal and regulatory environment for greater participation of private sector and NGOs in the medium and long term plans for potable water supply
 arrow Two students stabbed at Kadomtala
Miscreants stabbed two students in separate incidents at Kadomtala under Sabujbagh and Modhubagh under Ramna thana yesterday.
 arrow 25 injured in gangland gunfight at Adamjee
At least 25 people were injured, three with bullets, in a fierce gunfight between two groups of criminals in Adamjee area early yesterday, police said.
 arrow Client allegedly kills sex worker
A sex worker was killed allegedly by a client at his house at East Hajipara in the city on Wednesday night.
 arrow Two killed, 10 hurt in Habiganj
Two people were killed and 10 others injured in a clash between two rival groups over fishing in a Jalmahal (waterbody) in Baniachong Upazila early yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Grounds for serious trade negotiations exist
The foreign minister-level Indo-Bangla Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting held in Dhaka on July 14-16 after a time-lag of six years took an important decision: both countries agreed to initiate free
 arrow The war on terrorism and the western media
It wasn't too long after the end of the Cold War that a new force we in the media call "terrorism" began to assert itself in the international arena.
 arrow A lover's spat
Aperfect day would have ended for him if it weren't for what she said before the sun went down.
 arrow Rose petals for Ishtiaque Chacha
Ihad not seen him board the plane but he was there in the first class. He and his wife National Professor Sufia Ahmed were traveling to Bangkok from Dhaka. They were going to Sri Lanka to observe polls.
Letters to Editorarrow The unloved
These days we seem to be experiencing the past again in our export sector.
 arrow CNG pumps
Bangladesh is spending a huge amount of foreign exchange on importing petrol and other petroleum products which is putting serious pressure on our foreign exchange reserve.
 arrow Death of Hussein sons
I am not a military analyst. But common sense says that capture or kill means kill if you can't capture.
 arrow Fasten your seat belts
In Bangladesh the practice of fastening seat belts while driving is rather rare as most of us regard it something quite nonessential! There is no government rule and no awareness has ever been created
 arrow Now what?
A falsity can never be hidden. George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard are accused for falsities throughout the world.
 arrow Blair "Knighted" for his service
The award of the Congressional Gold Medal and being the fourth British Prime minister in history to address a joint meeting of the US congress can be viewed as the British equivalence of acquiring Knighthood.
 arrow Dowry: A social crime
The custom of taking dowry is considered as a social crime but the demand or the practice of it is not lessening in our society.
 arrow Troubles we face everyday
I think, the readers will find my experiences interesting.

a) I was driving from Dhanmondi to Tongi. In Uttara I halted my car for the red signal.

 arrow DU library
I would like to thank Mr. Hasan Zahid Tusher for his excellent report on Dhaka University library (Star City, DS, July 21).
 arrow Road map towards peace
Recently the Bush-Blair force has been trying to compensate the war in Iraq by pondering the issues between Palestine and Israel.
 arrow TV channels of Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a small country with minimum electronic media facilities.
 arrow Income tax
The Finance Minister complains frequently that very few citizens pay their income taxes. I think it would not be too difficult to detect many of the tax evaders.
 arrow The apartment committees
Such committees are formed by some of the tenants of the apartments, especially the ones who own flats.
 arrow Speedy vs regular court cases
Isn't the Shazneen case hearing taking too long? It is more than five years now! It just reflects how our judiciary system works, when it is kept on its own course (i.e.
 arrow Launch disaster
I have been reading in your paper the reports on the tragic loss of life due to launch disasters and seemingly nothing is ever done to stop this tragic and unnecessary waste of lives.
Environmentarrow The southwest coastal region: Problems and potentials
One of the criteria for delimiting a coastal zone is the extent of tidal penetration.
Worldarrow Pentagon announces major US troop rotations in Iraq
The Pentagon, recognising the pressures on troops who are now serving in Iraq as peacekeepers after fighting a war, announced Wednesday a major program of troop rotations.
 arrow CIA, FBI blamed in Sept 11 congressional report
A congressional report on Thursday will detail Sept. 11 intelligence failures by the FBI and CIA, but does not pinpoint a "smoking gun" that could have prevented the hijacked plane attacks.

But Sen.

 arrow Intervention force arrives in Solomons
The first of more than 2,000-troops from an Australian-led intervention force landed in the troubled Solomon Islands Thursday to start the biggest military operation in the Pacific since World War II.
 arrow Arab press warns Iraqi resistance will go on
There were no regrets in Thursday's Arab press over the death of Saddam Hussein's notorious sons, but newspapers doubted that the killing of Uday and Qusay by US forces would ease anti-US resistance in
 arrow Palestinians urge US to prod Israel on prisoners
Palestinians called for the United States to use its influence to persuade Israel to release more of their prisoners as prime minister Mahmud Abbas began a landmark trip to Washington Thursday.
 arrow North Korea insists it is trying to prevent war
North Korea has insisted it is doing all it can to prevent war on the Korean peninsula, but said it was ready to fight to the death if there were a conflict, official Chinese media reported Thursday.
 arrow Opposition against sending Japanese troops to Iraq
Japanese opposition parties on Thursday launched eleventh-hour resistance to enacting a bill to send troops to Iraq, submitting a censure motion against the foreign minister.
 arrow Iran admits holding key al-Qaeda members
Iran announced Wednesday it was holding senior members of the al-Qaeda terror network and will hunt down any others on its soil, while the United States demanded it turn over any prisoners to face justice.
 arrow 'Iraqi-Americans a vital intelligence source for US forces in Iraq'
Iraqi nationals living in the United States have been a source of vital intelligence for US troops seeking to root out remnants of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, FBI director Robert Mueller
 arrow US bows to UK, Australia on military trials
Bowing to pressure from two key allies in the US-declared war on terrorism, the Pentagon said on Wednesday it would not seek the death penalty in any military trials held for two British subjects or an
 arrow Indo-Israel ties a threat to regional peace: Pakistan
Growing ties between India and Israel in the defence sector would pose a serious threat to regional peace in South Asia, said Pakistan's Defence Minister.
 arrow 'Asia, Europe should not impose will on each other'
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday formally opened a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers, urging the two sides to respect differences and not impose their will on eachother.
 arrow 'Army fears more suicide attacks by Kashmiris'
India's army commander for Kashmir, who survived a suicide attack by an Islamic rebel two days ago, has warned that militants are planning more such attacks to boost their morale.
 arrow Maoists set pre-conditions for talks with Nepal govt
Two days after Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa invited the Maoists for the third round of talks, the rebels have sent a letter to the government saying they were ready to sit for dialogueprovided
 arrow 5 Asian nations concerned by amphetamine scourge
Ministers from five Asian nations said Thursday they were deeply concerned by an alarming increase in the production of illegal amphetamines and agreed to intensify cooperation to control the trade.
 arrow India, Pakistan still indecisive over resuming rail links
India and Pakistan continue to remain indecisive about the timing for resumption of rail links between the two countries.