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Front Pagearrow Govt to go tough on land grabbers
A parliamentary standing committee asked the land ministry yesterday to take tough measures, including deploying army if need be, to recover government land from grabbers.
 arrow Latif banned for cheating
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif was yesterday banned for five one-day internationals (ODI) for cheating and will miss the five-match ODI series against Bangladesh starting tomorrow.
 arrow Khulna caught with fright
Khulna district and city units of the Awami League (AL) will jointly enforce a daylong hartal in the city today to protest the murder of a party leader on Saturday night.
 arrow Rival lawyers defer rally to avert clash
Rival groups of lawyers have postponed till tomorrow the protest meetings called on the Dhaka District Judge's Court premises yesterday following Saturday's violence.
 arrow DFP dogged by graft
An investigation by the Ministry of Information has opened up the Pandora's box of corruption at the Department of Film and Publication (DFP) where some officials have been found involved in swindling
 arrow PCBs may get ADP benefit
Private commercial banks (PCBs) that have been in operation for 10 years and beyond can take deposit up to 20 per cent of the funds earmarked for the annual development programme (ADP), says a proposal
 arrow Two killed in cross fire in Adabor
Two people were shot dead and another suffered bullet wounds when two groups of hoodlums locked in a gunfight at Adabor in Mohammadpur last night.
 arrow 20 wounded as workers, cops clash after bus knocks down 1
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between police and angry workers at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday morning after a shoe factory official was knocked to death by a bus.
 arrow Israel on Hamas alert as Yassin vows revenge
Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmad Yassin said yesterday that his movement would teach Israel "an unforgettable lesson" after surviving an assassination attempt here.
 arrow Adult literacy far beyond target
Bangladesh is at risk of missing the target of halving its adult illiteracy rate by 2015, the deadline set by Education For All (EFA) programme at the World Education Forum in Dakar two and a half years
 arrow Life wiped out of Shova's eyes in highlands of lost hope
Padma Shova Chakma stared vacantly at her burnt-out house, holding a charcoal of a betel nut tree. Piles of coal of what constituted her property a few days ago were strewn all over.
 arrow Cop kills mate, then himself
A young police constable gunned down his colleague and shot himself at Jhalakathi Police Lines in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Joy Bangla Bazar renamed
The Joy Bangla Bazar, an agricultural commodity market at Nokla Upazila of Sherpur district, has been renamed Dhonakosha Bazar at the government's directive, the latest addition to a number of similar
 arrow Quick Justice
 arrow US Open Henin's
An indomitable Justine Henin-Hardenne pummelled Belgian compatriot Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1 to lift the US Open title on Saturday and cap one of the most remarkable recoveries in Grand Slam history.
 arrow Sept 11 to be observed as black day
A lawyers' committee for six-point demand implementation yesterday decided to observe a black day on September 11 in protest at attacks on the lawyers of Dhaka Bar Association on Saturday allegedly by
 arrow PM receives Musharraf's letter
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan Armed Forces General Muhammad Aziz Khan met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday and handed over a letter of the Pakistani president
 arrow Literacy Day today
The International Literacy Day-2003 and the United Nations Literacy Decade will be observed today.
 arrow Missiles miss US plane in Iraq
Unidentified assailants fired several missiles at a US transport plane taking off from Baghdad but failed to hit it, a military spokeswoman said yesterday.
 arrow Jitu not abducted, fled due to poor exam result
Schoolboy Devjit Dutt Jitu, who was missing for the last three days and feared to have been abducted, returned home Saturday night, family sources said.
 arrow Saudi Arabia to charge pilgrims for health services
Saudi Arabia plans to bill foreign pilgrims to its Islamic holy sites for health services which have previously been provided free, a newspaper reported here yesterday.
 arrow Kidnapped boy escapes captivity
A schoolboy, abducted Friday, managed to escape captivity in Raozan yesterday.
Businessarrow Biman flight catering keeps courting profits
Beleaguered national airline's flight catering centre emerged as its most profit-making wing thanks to regular order from five foreign airlines operating in Bangladesh.
 arrow HC rule on hand raising system in FBCCI polls
As the new leadership of the FBCCI takes over today, High Court yesterday issued a rule upon persons concerned asking them to show cause in four weeks why the hand raising system in apex trade body election
 arrow NBR directive to expedite revenue collection
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has made a 14-point directive to all customs commissi-onarates asking the officials concerned to put their best efforts to achieve the revenue target set for the current
 arrow Dhaka won't compromise LDC concerns at WTO
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday left for Cancun with the determination that Bangladesh won't compromise at the fifth WTO ministerial any of the LDC concerns already addressedin
 arrow SEC gives go-ahead to 3 participants for CDS
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has so far issued licences to three companies to operate as participants to the central depository system (CDS) which is expected to go live in December this
 arrow Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade resumes
The border trade with Myanmar through Teknaf resumed yesterday after six days of deadlock.
 arrow Taka under pressure against US dollar
The Bangladesh taka remained under pressure against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday even though the volume of trade was very low due to holiday in the international markets, dealers said.
 arrow India to lead developing world's fight to cut farm subsidies
India will seek to lead developing countries in the battle against the developed world's trade-distorting farm subsidies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Cancun.
 arrow Japanese firms' profits set to hit record
Japanese firms are likely to see pretax profits jump to record highs this year due to cost-cutting and reduced losses on shares they hold in other companies, according to a Japanese newspaper survey published
Sportsarrow Cricket: Brave Tigers think ahead
After the heart breaking in the third and final Test on Saturday Bangladesh cricketers were trying to gather their composure before switching their focus to the instant version of the game.
 arrow Cricket: 'We're closer to winning'
Bangladesh, who came desperately close to their first cricket Test win this weekend, now have the self-belief to win matches and victories will follow, their coach Dav Whatmore said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Captain Inzamam

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday named Inzamamul Haq as stand-in captain for the one-day series against Bangladesh in the aftermath of Rashid Latif's ban.

 arrow Cricket: ICC take note!

Bangladesh were fighting a different battle off the field while their cricketers were locked in the blood and thunder clash on it.

 arrow Cricket: Watch the ODIs on BTV

Bangladesh Television (BTV) is all set to provide live coverage of the five match one-day international series between Bangladesh and Pakistan starting tomorrow.

 arrow Hockey: BHF names 20 today
A 16-member Bangladesh hockey team is expected to head for Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on September 17 to take part in the 6th Asia Cup.

The tournament will be held from September 21 to 28.

 arrow Football: Bhutia for Brothers?

Star Indian footballer Baichung Bhutia could make his maiden appearance in the Dhaka Premier League for a rejuvenated Brothers Union Club,

The Gopibagh team is trying their best to sign the ace Indian

 arrow Weightlifting: Weightlifter off to China
A two-member Bangladesh weightlifting team leaves today for China to take part in the 35th Asian Senior Men's Weightlifting Compe-tition.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison holds SA back

Stephen Harmison's double strike revived England's hopes of a series squaring win on the fourth day of the fifth and final Test against South Africa at The Oval here Sunday.

 arrow Cricket: Marcus believes in Andy
Marcus Trescothick said all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could take England to an improbable win in the fifth and final Test against South Africa here at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Relief for Thorpe

Graham Thorpe said he could not "have written it any better" after scoring a hundred for England against South Africa in his comeback Test match at his Oval home ground here Saturday.

 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Ferrero go head-to-head

New world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero and ATP Champions Race leader Andy Roddick meet for the first time here Sunday in the US Open final, a showdown that could be the start of something special.

 arrow Tennis: The toughest Belgian
Justine Henin-Hardenne, uncertain of even playing due to dehydration and fatigue, routed top-ranked Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1 here Saturday in the US Open final to capture her second Grand Slam tennis title.
 arrow Tennis: Victory of heart & grit
Since the US Open began a fortnight ago, talk was the final Grand Slam of the season had been devalued by the absence of the injured Williams sisters, who had made the title their property in the last
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters: finals' flop?
Kim Clijsters appeared to freeze on the big occasion again on Saturday but the Belgian insisted her capitulation to compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne in the US Open final was not evidence of her frailty.
 arrow Football: Euro giants almost there
England, France and Italy all took huge strides towards the Euro 2004 finals on Saturday but fellow European football superpower Germany put in such a dismal performance that coach Rudi Voller hintedhe
 arrow Football: Wayne's world
Making history is getting to be a habit for Wayne Rooney and England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident it is one his precociously talented teenager can continue.
 arrow Football: Voller furious

Furious coach Rudi Voller lashed out at his players and the country's media after Germany struggled to a dour 0-0 draw against Iceland here on Saturday as their Euro 2004 campaign continued to stutter.

 arrow Football: Best of friends!

Italy's hat-trick hero Filippo Inzaghi dismissed talk of a rift between him and strike partner Christian Vieri after the Azzurri's resounding 4-0 win over Wales here at the San Siro.

 arrow Football: Argentina off the wrong foot

Argentina threw away a two-goal lead in a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Chile as the South American qualifying competition for the 2006 World Cup kicked off on Saturday.

Politicalarrow AL blames PM for instigating attacks on lawyers
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has blamed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for 'instigating' Saturday's attacks on the lawyers at the Dhaka Bar Association office and renewed its call to forge an alliance
 arrow BNP move for party cohesion loses steam
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) initiative to add a spark to its organisational activities and reduce the gap between the party and government is apparently running out of steam.
Metropolitanarrow DU academic body meets today
The academic committee of the sociology department of Dhaka University meets today to finalise a decision on the grading and semester system in the wake of agitation by the students.
 arrow White panel sweeps CU dean elections
The 'White panel', backed by the BNP and Jamaat, swept the dean elections to social science and arts faculties of Chittagong University yesterday.


 arrow 30 kg polybags seized, 4 held
Police in a sudden raid at Karwanbazar in Tejgaon recovered 30 kg polythene shopping bags and arrested four people yesterday.

The arrestees are Mujibar, Sharif, Mamun and Monir.

Nationalarrow These are minister's pocket committees, party men say
Three committees of ruling BNP were formed in Godagari at a party council on Thursday, called on 24 hours' notice.
 arrow Kidnapped boy rescued in 15 hrs
A seven year-old boy kidnapped from Dinajpur town was rescued by police from a Nilphamari village within 15 hours.

In another incident, Mymansingh police rescued a 12 year-old boy and nabbed thecaptors.

 arrow Four teenage girls missing from Barisal village in a day
Four teenage girls are missing from Joilirpar Baro Mugra village under Agailjhara thana since September 1.
 arrow Hasanat's land occupied for BNP office?
Family members of former chief whip of Jatiya Sangsad Abul Hasanat Abdullah and Gournadi Awami League leaders have alleged that local BNP led by an MP grabbed Hasanat's land near Gournadi bus stand and
 arrow 1,500 vehicles plying without licence in Rajshahi
The government is being deprived of at least Tk one crore revenue each year as a large number of motorised vehicles are plying on different routes in the region without valid licence.
 arrow 12 'listed terrorists' held in Ctg
Twelve 'listed terrorists' and two other 'notorious criminal' were arrested in the city in twenty-four hours ending at 6 PM on Saturday, police said yesterday.
Culturearrow Week-long celebration of the silver screen
The capital and the adjacent industrial city Narayanganj are soon to be the rendezvous for about 36 countries of the world to attend the International Film Festival Bangladesh starting from September18.
 arrow Fun and festivity to mark the foundation day
The Dhaka Club Limited with its aristocratic past and the present glory is one of the oldest and prestigious social institution of the country.
Generalarrow Gas, power sale-purchase proposal okayed
The government purchase committee yesterday approved in principle a gas and electricity sale-purchase proposal for Westmont's 130MW Baghabari power plant.
 arrow DCC to build 37-storey complex with car parking facility
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will construct a 37-storey Car Parking-cum-Commercial Complex at Motijheel with funds from a Dubai-based company.
 arrow Female NGO staff stabbed to death
A female NGO employee was stabbed to death and dumped in a bush at Toynbee Circular Road by unidentified assailants.
 arrow Actor Ahmed Sharif joins JP
Ahmed Sharif, a leading film actor and president of the Film Artistes Association, has joined the Jatiya Party.
Internationalarrow Israel sees Arafat expulsion 'inevitable' amid Abbas exit
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's expulsion should be the "inevitable result" of the resignation of his moderate prime minister Mahmud Abbas, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Sunday.
 arrow Bush lays out Iraq policy shift
US President George W.
 arrow 'Stable' Sino-Indian ties key to peace in Asia
China's new leadership sees "stable" bilateral ties with India as vital to peace, stability and development in Asia and for the establishment of a multipolar world, the ruling Communist Party has said.
 arrow Musharraf agrees to quit as army chief
In a move that could resolve the 11-month old parliamentary crisis, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly agreed to Opposition's demand to quit as Chief of Army and submit his constitutional
 arrow Blair govt made life 'hell' for Kelly
Former British cabinet minister Clare Short turned on Prime Minister Tony Blair Saturday, blasting his government for making life "hell" for arms expert David Kelly before his apparent suicide.
 arrow Sharon looks to deepen military ties with India
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to seek a strengthening of already-deep military and economic ties with India during his first official visit to the country, officials and analysts said here yesterday.
 arrow Rare tape of WTC attack surfaces
The only videotape known to have captured both planes slamming into the World Trade Center, and only the second image of the first strike, has surfaced days before the second anniversary of the Sept.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lawyers clash
Political divisiveness among lawyers took an ugly turn on Saturday on the Dhaka Bar Association premises.
 arrow Editorial: Abbas says quits
Barely four months into Palestinian premiership, Mahmoud Abbas, the negotiating partner of the United States and Israel, has had to resign. His resignation has been accepted by President Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Wider Europe
The enlargement process currently taking place within the European Union is continuing to be a source of interest for political commentators.
 arrow An experiment to watch
IT is an experiment of sorts in Uttar Pradesh -- India's most populated state. It assumes significance because the election for the next Lok Sabha is round the corner.
 arrow Netrakona-3 by-election and foreign observers: The nation needs answers
The recently concluded by-election in Netrakona-3 on August 21, 2003 leaves certain questions unanswered and, thus, confusion in the minds of many about the electoral process.
Letters to Editorarrow River Inter-linking will bring disaster
With the implementation of such a project, which requires the withdrawal of water from their natural courses and common rivers, we believe that it would greatly harm not only the delicate ecology of Bangladesh
 arrow Tapping telephone calls and busting e-mails
This refers to a news item published in your esteemed daily of 4th September captioned "Move to tap telephone calls".

I am simply appalled and alarmed! I have the following comments to offer:


 arrow The FM and his tall talks
The Foreign Minister's 'Face-to-Face' interview (September 6, DS) with journalists in Chittagong was an excellent reading.
 arrow Tips to resolve Maglev controversy
This is in response to the letter of Mr. Zabidur Rahman (Aug 29, 2003) on Maglev trains.

I think Mr.

 arrow By train from Dhaka to Lahore
A very interesting proposal having far reaching effect on the relationship between the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh has come forward from Bangladeshi intellectuals, as was reported by the Associated
 arrow Muslim Nobel laureates meet tragic ends
I sympathise with Dr. Zakir Husain whose letter on September 5 called for the establishment of a Nobel-type prize for Muslim scholars.
 arrow Kidnapping in Chittagong
Law and order situation in the city of Chittagong has deteriorated alarmingly. The city dwellers are terrified and their lives and properties are unsafe amid consecutive kidnappings in the city.
 arrow Nation needs a change
Random acts of violence, killing and kidnapping cause anguish and frustration among many, but surprisingly not all.

The university teachers are too busy with making money from outside consultancy.

 arrow WTO razzmatazz
WTO fiesta is going to be commenced in Cancun, Mexico on Sep 10. The gathering of the 146-member organisation is significant and vital for the LDCs.
 arrow Traffic jam at Dahnmondi road
Can any body tell me the 'traffic logic' behind the present status of the way the vehicles pass from Dhanmondi Road No 2 towards Elephant Road by taking No 2 left turn and No 1 U turn, though this could
 arrow Power supply failure at DU
It is very frustrating and boring that even the DU is suffering from daily power failure.
 arrow Suicide attacks are a backlash to US policy
Suicide attacks are increasing day by day throughout the world. The death of Sergio Viera De Mello in Baghdad has hurt all peace loving people. I express my deep condolence.
 arrow OIC and Bangladesh
There has been a lot of confusion and controversy over the nomination for the post of SG of the OIC from Bangladesh.
Star Cityarrow Mysterious arrival and departure of 98 people
The Special Branch (SB) of Police is in a fix over the mysterious arrival and departure of 98 people with Pakistani passports, who used 'fake' visas to enter Bangladesh and forged documents for departure.
 arrow Fishes scarce in city kitchen markets
Unplanned and indiscriminate fishing in the wetlands, rivers and canals of the country has almost depleted fish resources, according to experts and fish traders.
 arrow New inmates at Dhaka Zoo
The new inmates of Dhaka Zoo imported from various countries have been put on display since last week.
 arrow Dhanmondi bridge at its worse
For the last two months, the bridge on the Dhanmondi Lake at Road No.8 is regularly getting clogged starting from about 7:30 in the evening.
 arrow Good films attract cinema goers
Cinema goers are flocking the movie houses of the city again.
 arrow Killing of a young man sparks fear in Purana Paltan
The killing of Wahidul Islam Igloo on Friday over his protest at extortionists' abusive language against his mother sparked outrage among locals.
 arrow Foolproof traps to prevent rickshaws
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has installed a 'rickshaw trap' experimentally at Bangla Motor crossing to stop rickshaws from leaving their lane and slowing down traffic of motorised vehicles.
 arrow Nazrul's monuments in dire neglect
Two monuments of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam built along the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in the city have been subjected to gross negligence.
 arrow Address problem to ease commuting in the city

For the 4,000 buses ferrying thousands of commuters every day in the city, it is indeed hard to believe there is no official bus terminal for any city services to park their vehicles.

 arrow Huda against bus helpers and rickshaws
The system of having helpers for city buses will be removed soon, as the haphazard stopping of buses on the streets on signals from helpers create traffic jam, said Communications Minister Nazmul Huda.
 arrow Leasing pays BRTC: Income goes up
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has made a surplus revenue of Tk 19.32 crore in fiscal 2002-3, said BRTC Chairman Taimur Alam Khondakar in an interview with Star City.
 arrow Real beneficiaries of rickshaw trade are criminal elements, DTCB director alleges
"Rickshaws contribute towards approximately 60 per cent of the traffic jams in Dhaka City", said Executive Director of the DTCB Quamrul Islam Siddiqui quoting the Dhaka Integrated Traffic Study (DITS).