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Front Pagearrow Jama'atul militant web spreads wide
One of the suspects of Joypurhat firefight was arrested at Saghata in Gaibandha yesterday while Joypurhat police got evidence that militants of the Jama'atul Mujahidin were operating in all but sevendistricts.
 arrow Launch strike called off
Launch owners called off their indefinite strike on its seventh day yesterday.
 arrow BB throws spanner in bank spending spree
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has put a leash on the commercial banks' high spending on cars, office furniture and branch decoration.
 arrow Gram Sarkar struggles to get people's zeal
The government may be upbeat about Gram Sarkar, but the villagers for whom it is meant, could not care less.
 arrow Troops patrol streets as campaign ends tonight
With armed forces already deployed on the streets of Kendua and Atpara yesterday, the momentum of campaigning for the August 21 by-elections to Netrokona-3 constituency is reaching its peak.
 arrow Ctg mob runs amok again, lynches 3
A mob lynched three notorious criminals and wounded five others critically at Chandanaish upazila in the district in the early hours yesterday, less than 15 hours after three people died in mob beating
 arrow No-confidence motion against Vajpayee govt
The lower house of Indian parliament yesterday began debating a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee moved by Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi who accused
 arrow Dhaka lobs a weak LDC leaders' team to Cancun
Bangladesh, the leader of the least developed countries (LDCs), is set to attend the crucial Cancun meet of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) next month with a weak team as three experts chosen by the
 arrow Full benefit for better performing non-govt schools, colleges
The government will provide 100 per cent MPO (Monthly Pay Order) benefit to better performing non-governmental educational institutions.
 arrow EC ready for by-polls, AL leaders off to constituency
The Election Commission (EC) has directed all its staff assigned to election duties for the August 21 by-polls to Netrokona-3 constituency to take legal action against violators of the election code of
 arrow Biosafety body sees no light in 4 yrs
Formation of a national biosafety committee has been stalled for four years now, due largely to a tussle between two ministries over the composition and leadership of the committee.
 arrow Notice on 2 OCs for failing to nab militants
Two separate show cause notices were issued yesterday against the officers-in-charge of Sadar and Khetlal police stations, Iqbal Shafi and SM Nurul Haque, for neglect of duty.
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis shot dead by BSF in Kushtia
Two Bangladeshi nationals were shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on the river Padma near Charpara border in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia on Sunday night.
 arrow BCS result out in record fast time
Results of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test were published yesterday, only 10 days after it was held amid allegations of question leakage.
 arrow Grim threat to life
 arrow Birthday that would never come
The third birth anniversary of Marian Islam Naushin, who died cradled in her father's arms on May 9 last year, today brings no joy to her parents.
 arrow Extinct Tasmanian tigers sighted in Australia
Supposedly long-extinct Tasmanian tigers have been spotted in parkland 25 km from the heart of Melbourne, according to at least 20 sightings reported to the Victorian state government since the early1990s.
 arrow 6 accused sent to jail as court turns down bail petition
Six people accused in the Lalbagh Seven-Murder case were sent to the Dhaka Central Jail after their bail petition was rejected by the Third Additional Metropolitan Judge's Court yesterday.
 arrow Janmastami today
Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated amid religious festivity and devotion today.
 arrow Indian villagers chop to death 4 Bangladeshis
Indian villagers abducted and chopped dead four farmers of Diarmanikchar under Godagari upazila of Rajshahi last night.
 arrow Defence begins arguments
The defence lawyers yesterday began their arguments in the Shazneen case in the Second Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression, Dhaka.
 arrow Appellate Division paves way for speaker's house at JS
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court (HC) order removing the barrier to construction of the residence of the speaker on the Sangsad Bhaban premises.
 arrow One held for link to Jamal abduction
Police arrested a man in connection with Chittagong business magnate and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Chowdhury abduction from Fatikchhari on Sunday night.
 arrow Riyadh, Male extend support to Dhaka's candidature for OIC secy gen
Saudi Arabia has thrown its weight behind Bangladesh candidate Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Businessarrow Account trade with Myanmar hangs in the balance
Account trade between Bangladesh and Myanmar hangs in the balance as the US has imposed economic restrictions on Yangon.

Dollar crisis worsened in Yangon following the economic restrictions.

 arrow Private bodies should raise voice for market access
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said private bodies should raise their voice for the cause of poor nations.
 arrow BB governor directs NCBs to increase loans in agri sector
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday directed the chief executives of four nationalised commercial banks and two specialised banks to prepare a guideline to increase their loan portfolio
 arrow SEC reverts decision on renouncing rights share
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had to revert from its early decision of not allowing renunciation of rights shares following a High Court stayed the SEC decision.
 arrow High Court stays injunction by Patuakhali court
The High Court yesterday stayed a temporary injunction on FBCCI polls which was issued by a court in Patuakhali on August 2.
 arrow Concern over container crisis at Mongla Port
With the container crisis persisting for one week at Mongla Port, frozen food exporters in Khulna have expressed grave concern.
 arrow China, Australia agree to talk on free trade pact
China and Australia Monday trumpeted growing economic and trade ties and agreed to further talks this year on realizing a bilateral free trade agreement, Prime Minister John Howard said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Spin-wary Tigers
The focus will be on negotiating the Pakistani spin when Bangladesh kick-off their tour with the first Test at Karachi tomorrow.

"In the past, we concentrated more on how to face the quick bowlers.

 arrow Bangladesh cricket manager's Urdu interview shocks tour party
Bangladesh manager MA Latif has stunned the members of the national cricket team and the travelling journalists by giving a television interview in Urdu.
 arrow Football: Sultan comes under fire
BFF president SA Sultan yesterday came in for criticism from officials within the Bangladesh Football Federation regarding the 'whimsical' way he took decisions on Bangladesh participation in the 2006
 arrow Hockey: Pushkin to resign from BHF
Zahidur Rahman Pushkin, joint secretary of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation, has said he will resign following a heated debate on a probe report centering the inclusion of umpire Golam Kibria at the last
 arrow Hockey: Railway end on a high
Dhaka Railway finished their Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League campaign with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz draws, Zia loses
Bangladesh Grand Master Niaz Murshed drew his second round game with GM Sergey Ivanov of Russia in the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Sunday.

Niaz has so far collected 1.

 arrow Chess: BCF defers deadline
Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has increased the deadline for registration in the Second Division League until 8:00 pm today.
 arrow Cricket: Latif looks for a turnaround
Pakistan, winless in a series at home since 1998, have a prime opportunity to start reversing that trend when the first of three Tests against Bangladesh begins on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad takes guard
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad believes that the series between Bangladesh and Pakistan is equally important to both the teams as far as their international reputations are concerned.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan awaits cricket
Test cricket is set to return to Pakistan when minnows Bangladesh brave Karachi for a series starting Wednesday in the port city where a deadly car bomb attack last year made the country a no-go zonefor
 arrow Cricket: Kirtley cuts thru' SA
Michael Vaughan enjoyed his first victory as England Test captain here Monday as South Africa were beaten by 70 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge on the fifth and final day.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble bats for spinners
Top Indian spinner Anil Kumble on Monday lashed out at critics for favouring batsmen more than bowlers, saying it was unfair to expect miracles from spinners in every match.
 arrow Cricket: 'Best match of my career'
England captain Michael Vaughan hailed Monday's third Test victory over South Africa here at Trent Bridge as "the best match of my career".
 arrow Cricket: Pollocks' family ground
Shaun Pollock was a proud man Sunday after becoming the latest member of his family to have his name inscribed on the Trent Bridge honours board but his joy could be shortlived as South Africa battle
 arrow Tennis: Roddick's Masters double
Andy Roddick needed plenty of perseverance to reel in fellow American Mardy Fish 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) Sunday to win his fifth title of the year at the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.
 arrow Football: Jimmy makes 'em smile
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pounced for a late winner which got Chelsea's Russian revolution under new billionaire owner Roman Abramovich off to a flying start against Liverpool on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve compound Milan woes
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has put the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti two weeks before the start of the new league campaign following the European champions' fifth straight pre-season defeat.
 arrow Football: Henry's shirty offence!
Arsenal's French striker Thierry Henry has been reported to the Football Association (FA) by referee Mark Halsey for allegedly inciting crowd trouble at Highbury by the way he celebrated a penalty inthe
 arrow Football: Brought down to earth
At least there was a trophy to pick up at the end of it all as consolation, but David Beckham woke up Monday to critical headlines following his first match for Real Madrid in Spain.
 arrow Football: Japan play Brazil in October
Japan will play friendlies against world champions Brazil and Thailand in Bangkok this October, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Recommendations to increase agri output
The Cabinet Committee on Agriculture Commission's reports review has formulated 20 recommendations with a view to boosting agriculture production.
 arrow AD syringe in vaccination programmes soon
The government would soon introduce Auto Disable (AD) syringe in all vaccination programmes instead of using disposable syringes, health ministry sources said yesterday.
 arrow CPB protests US envoy's comment on gas export
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday protested the statement of Harry K Thomas, the newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh, that Bangladesh should export gas.
Nationalarrow Clashes injure 16 in Jessore, Lalmonirhat
At least 16 people were injured in Jessore and Lalmonirhat in clashes between people during formation of Gram Sarkar units on Saturday.
 arrow Transport owners in Khulna, Rajshahi may stop wheels to press 8-point demand
Transport owners and workers in Rajshahi and Khulna have reiterated their call to the government to fulfil their eight-point demand.
 arrow Schoolgirl 'killed' after rape, police allegedly record suicide case
A 14 year-old schoolgirl was killed after rape but Manikganj police refused to file a murder case, the victim's father alleged at a press conference here.
 arrow Separation of judiciary demanded
Members of the Rajshahi University Association of Law Finders (RUALF) recently brought out a procession on the campus demanding separation of judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Satkhira BNP leader sent to jail
Satkhira BNP leader Wazed Ali Biswas, a director of shrimp exporting firm Delta Fish Limited (DFL), was sent to Khulna District Jail by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Saturday on charge of misappropriating
Foreign Relationsarrow Ministerial meet begins in Jakarta August 25
The two-day ministerial meeting on strategies and programmes for rural development begins at the Indonesian capital of Jakarta this week.

President Megawati Soekernoputri will inaugurate the meeting.

Culturearrow "Those were the days, my friend"
Farida Zaman, a senior artist says about her memories of her student days at Shantiniketan, "If I tell you about my experiences there, it could fill pages, as there were so many wonderful memories torecount.
 arrow RC Unplugged '03
Dhaka Crowd is about to witness the biggest ever Unplugged Concert to be held in Bangladesh.
 arrow Colourful fashion show @ Thunder Bolt
The Western Bowling & Fitness Center has been working tirelessly over the last one year and has set up Thunder Bolt on the 5th Floor of the prestigious Rifles Square.
Generalarrow '50 pc population to suffer from water shortage'
Fifty per cent of the country's total population would directly suffer from water shortage as a result of continued fall of water level in shallow tube wells.
 arrow Clash over Gram Sarker leaves 50 hurt in Habiganj
At least 50 people were injured in a clash over forming Gram Sarker at Choto Bohula in Sadar Upazila yesterday

Police said the clash erupted at about 10am when two rival groups-one led by Ayub Ali and

 arrow Help build crime-free society
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the photographers to contribute professionally to the task of national development.
 arrow Ctg civil society body calls off strike
Chattagram Nagorik Forum (CNF) yesterday called off its dawn-to-dusk hartal tomorrow in Chittagong.

In stead, the forum would observe a ten-minute token strike on August 21 noon.

 arrow Tying seatbelts to be enforced
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has asked all drivers and front-seat passengers to fasten their seatbelts for safety.
 arrow 3 killed, 4 hurt in Comilla road mishap
Three persons were killed and four others injured in a road accident near Parowara under Burichang Upazila on the Comilla-Sylhet road yesterday afternoon.
Internationalarrow Israel postpones West Bank withdrawals
A planned withdrawal of Israeli troops from two West Bank cities was postponed late Sunday as talks between Israeli and Palestinian security officials over the transfer of security responsibility broke
 arrow Thousands without water after attack
Hundreds of thousands of sweltering Baghdadis faced another day without running water Monday after sabotage of a key water pipe in the east of the capital that came amid a spate of deadly attacks across
 arrow Another Sept 11-style attack on US likely
Another Sept. 11-style terrorism attack is "highly likely" in the United States, which ranks fourth in an index assessing the risk to 186 countries, a research company said Sunday.
 arrow N Korea to dismantle nukes only after change of US policy
North Korea warned again yesterday it would not dismantle its nuclear arsenal unless the United States changed its policy towards the communist state at next week's six-nation nuclear talks.
 arrow Al-Qaeda tape urges Muslims to fight US
Al Arabiya television aired on Monday an audio tape allegedly from an al-Qaeda spokesman saying Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Omar were alive and urging Muslims to fight a holy war againstUS
 arrow Power grid put to test as US, Canada return to work
North America began a new workweek yesterday amid fears that a sudden surge in demand for electricity could trigger new blackouts in the northeastern United States and Canada, where the power grid failed
 arrow 'India operating 55 terror camps along LoC to destabilise Pakistan'
Pakistan accused arch-rival India yesterday of allowing more than 55 terrorist camps to operate along its western border to train fighters to "destablise" Pakistan.
 arrow Taliban attack govt office, kill 3 soldiers
About 200 Taliban fighters attacked a district headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan and killed three government soldiers, a day after militants killed six troops in same area, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Launch strike withdrawn
The launch owners have finally climbed down from their position that nothing short of an apology on the part of the government( for penalising a number of launches) was acceptable to them.
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka at risk
Whenever there is an earthquake in any part of the country, mild or somewhat strong, serious concerns are expressed about the vulnerability of our capital city Dhaka.
 arrow Netrakona-3 by-election must be fare and free
By the time this write-up appears in the press the by-election of the constituency, called Netrokona-3, shall be in its full swing.
 arrow Palestine: Hudna and the Road Map to peace
It was too good to be true. In the Middle East, peace is always an elusive matter. Yet for the last three months, there had been a kind of relative peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Letters to Editorarrow "Mind your language"
Referring to the letter "Mind your language", published in The Daily Star on August 6, 2003.
 arrow Swell in price, poor in trouble
Bangladesh is a developing country and most of the people here are poor.
 arrow Liberalising alcohol policy
I fully endorse the views expressed by Dr. Syed Nasrullah, urging the authorities to liberalise the alcohol policy.
Focusarrow How prepared are we for an earthquake?
Muhammad Saidur Rahman is Director of Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre, which has been working since 1991 in the field of capacity buildingof institutions, government and non-government,
 arrow Lord Krishna and Hindu philosophy
Janmsatamis the eighth lunar day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadra when Lord Krishna was born. An enthusiasm to celebrate the occasion is always felt in our hearts.
 arrow Jinnah's sister, Fatima
There once was a man -- Mohammad Ali Jinnah -- who by the sheer force of an indomitable will carved out a country wherein his brethren could live and thrive in peace and prosperity.