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Front Pagearrow City land set to get costlier
The housing and public works ministry has proposed a 100 per cent rise in government land prices under Rajuk and the Public Works Department in Dhaka city in view of current market rates.
 arrow Jamuna jumps at Ashulia land-filling
A leading real estate builder has begun land-filling in the flood retention area in Ashulia, obtaining an order from a High Court (HC) division bench despite an injunction by another HC bench againstearth-filling.
 arrow Fine arts students stuck in backlog
About 650 students of different departments of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) have fallen behind their academic schedule by up to six years due to lack of teachers, adequate number
 arrow Rivals gear up for one-day duel
Bangladesh will draw inspiration from the closely fought Test series when they shift their attention to the instant version of the game against Pakistan at the Multan Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Hartal passes off peacefully in Khulna
A daylong hartal enforced by the Awami League (AL) passed off peacefully in the city yesterday.

The hartal was called to protest Saturday's murder of city Awami League leader Kamrul Islam Kutu.

 arrow Father takes life over girl's rape ordeal
Humiliated and broken down by the rape of his 11-year-old daughter, a rickshaw-puller of Chalk Baiddyanath in Natore committed suicide, touching off a public outcry against the crime that came to light
 arrow International Literacy Day
 arrow 3 schoolboys die, 50 hurt in road mishap
Three schoolboys were killed and 50 people were injured in a road accident in front of the Livestock Research Institute at Savar on the Dhaka-Aricha Road yesterday.
 arrow IRRI's maiden Dhaka meet starts tomorrow
The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will hold its annual meeting in Dhaka from tomorrow for the first time since the inception of the IRRI 43 years ago.
 arrow Govt, AL agree on pursuing biotech to up food output
The government has agreed to pursue agricultural biotechnology to raise food production, while the main opposition Awami League (AL) has pledged support for getting a biosafety act passed in parliament.
 arrow 4 fishermen chopped to death, trawler with bodies sunk in river
Pirates yesterday chopped four fishermen to death in Char Nizam after abducting them from Latakhali Thursday, dumped the bodies in the hull of a trawler and sank it into a river at Manpura in Bhola.
 arrow Go outside Dhaka to know living cost, lifestyle
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked a team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) to visit places outside Dhaka to get a sound understanding of people's lifestyle and living cost.
 arrow Bush urges allies to forget prewar differences over Iraq
President George W Bush called yesterday on other nations to take a greater role in policing and rebuilding Iraq and said he would ask for an extra 87 billion dollars to pay for operations in Iraq and
 arrow New NBR chief takes charge today
Outgoing Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Dr.
 arrow Army men sued for torturing college girl
Two army men have been charged with torturing a college girl while conducting a raid on the house of a chairman in Chitolmari upazila.
 arrow Educate one person each a year, asks PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday appealed to all political and social organisations, clubs, libraries and associations to take up programmes to educate the illiterate.
 arrow Businesses stop at Paltan to protest Igloo murder
Businessmen and traders of Purana Paltan area yesterday kept their shutters down for two hours to protest businessman Wahidul Islam Igloo's murder.
 arrow Complainant of Mandal murder case shot in city
A BNP leader and complainant of Advocate Habib Mandal murder case was shot by a gang at Kaptanbazar in the city last night.

Abdul Hai Bhuiyan, joint secretary of the city BNP's Ward No.

 arrow Short-lived JS session on the cards
The upcoming ninth session of the Jatiya Sangsad, starting on September 11, will be brief.

The session may continue till September 24, said a senior minister.

 arrow Cabinet okays draft of Bar Council (Amend) Act
The cabinet yesterday approved the drafts of Bangladesh Petroleum Institute Act 2003 and the Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Act, 2003.
 arrow Two to die for raping child
A special court in Rajshahi yesterday ordered death sentence to two in Salma rape and murder case.
 arrow IGP in Ctg to review drive against crime
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Huq arrived in Chittagong yesterday on a two-day visit to review current law and order situation in the region.
 arrow SEC plans mandatory credit rating for IPOs
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday agreed in principle to introduce mandatory credit rating for any issues intending to raise funds from the public.
 arrow Roddick wins US Open
Andy Roddick pummelled Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the US Open men's singles title and his maiden Grand Slam on Sunday, heralding the long-awaited arrival of the next generation
Businessarrow Break nexus between politicians, police, criminals: FBCCI
The new leadership of the country's highest trade body has called for breaking the 'nexus between politicians, police and criminals' that hinders business and investment.
 arrow Public funds to go to private banks: Saifur
The government has decided to divert public funds to private commercial banks (PCBs) as nationalised banks have failed to make a prudent loan portfolio, said Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman.
 arrow SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable consortium bids open
The multi-country submarine cable consortium yesterday opened bids for a mega project on transcontinental submarine cable, which will connect Bangladesh with the high-speed global telecom network by July
 arrow Govt forms body to assess reopening of four jute mills
A 10-member committee has been formed with State Minister for Jute Lutfor Rahman Khan Azad as convenor to recommend measures for reopening four state run jute mills.
 arrow Dollar further gains against taka
The US dollar further gained against the Bangladesh taka and other major currencies in inter-bank trading yesterday amid a fear of yen-selling intervention by Japanese authorities, dealers said.
 arrow WTO ministers to launch fresh bid to salvage trade talks
World trade ministers, bouyed by recent agreements on two key issues, launch a fresh bid here Wednesday to rescue WTO trade liberalization talks, but officials warn that there may be little significant
 arrow Africa to take fight for survival to WTO
Africa is set to take its fight for fair trade in agricultural goods -- a veritable fight for survival -- to this week's World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Mexico.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Banking on Bashar blitz
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud believes that the ploy to open the batting in the one-dayers with Habibul Bashar would add a new dimension to his team.
 arrow Cricket: A positive series

Bangladesh came very close to their first ever Test victory in Multan.

 arrow Cricket: Latif blames Latif
Bangladesh team manager MA Latif Khan says a controversial catch by Pakistan captain Rashid Latif could have cost his team the chance of the first Test win in their history.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud bites back

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud submitted his report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday regarding the three-match Test series against Pakistan, according to a source close to team

 arrow Football: 'Make BFF more professional'

Legendary Bangladesh footballer Kazi Salauddin has called for bringing professionalism into Bangla-desh Football Federation.

 arrow Football: Sultan puts up a brave face

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan assured that Bangladesh will take part in the World Cup qualifying round for the 2006 final to be held in Germany.

 arrow Arman Miah, Biplob given 2-game bans
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra midfielder Arman Miah and goalkeeper Biplob Bhattachariya were handed two-match suspensions for their misconduct during the Nitol-Tata National Football League final against
 arrow Cricket: Marcus alone enough
Marcus Trescothick added an unbeaten half-century to his first-innings double century as England won the final Test by nine wickets at The Oval on Monday to level the series and deny South Africa a slice
 arrow Cricket: Be careful of Sachin
Australia faces a big threat from batting star Sachin Tendulkar when they clash with India in the upcoming Test series at home, former fast bowling great Dennis Lillee said here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Red hot Roddick
Andy Roddick blasted high-powered serves with pinpoint accuracy to capture his first Grand Slam tennis title, overwhelming world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero here Sunday to win the US Open.
 arrow Tennis: A small consolation
As consolation prizes go, 500,000 dollars and the number one world ranking are not bad.
 arrow Tennis: Beginning of new dynasty

Pete Sampras had barely taken his final bow and made a gala curtain call when Andy Roddick debuted another spectacular Broadway tennis show that figures to be a long-running smash hit.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Kaka show the way'
Brazil conquered the steamy conditions in Barranquilla and the Colombian national team to make a winning start to the protracted defence of their world title.
 arrow Football: Uruguay eat Bolivia

Striker Javier Chevanton scored twice as Uruguay routed 10-man Bolivia 5-0 in their opening World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

 arrow Football: Voller under spotlight!

The knives are out for Rudi Voller after Germany's dour 0-0 draw with Iceland on Saturday in the Euro 2004 qualifier with sections of the German press on the offensive following Voller's volcanic eruption

 arrow Football: 'Beware of Istanbul'

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Sunday warned fans intending to travel to the crunch Euro 2004 clash against Turkey in Istanbul that they could be putting their lives at risk.

 arrow Football: 'I'll kill you' doesn't mean a thing!

Artim Sakiri admits he did make a death threat to David Beckham - but claims he did nothing wrong.

 arrow Football: Zola on target

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola scored on his debut for Italian second division side Cagliari this weekend in one of only two scheduled Serie B games to take place.

Politicalarrow Hasina visits Ctg today to end party infighting
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina arrives in the city today on a two-day visit in what is believed to revitalise the fragile party organs.
 arrow Hasina blames PM for making JS inactive
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has accused the prime minister of destroying the hard-earned democracy by making the Jatiya Sangsad non-functional.
 arrow 5 pro-AL lawyers granted bail
The High Court Division yesterday granted ad-interim anticipatory bail to five lawyers facing charges in two cases for the September 6 rampage on the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's Court premises
Nationalarrow 'Target murder' can not be stopped, top police official says
Thirty-four people were killed in Khulna district in the least two months.

Of these, 16 were killed in July, 15 in August and three this month till yesterday.

 arrow 9 killed, 36 hurt in road mishaps in Mymensingh, Dinajpur
Nine people were killed and 36 injured in road accidents in Mymansingh and Dinajpur on Sunday and the night before.
 arrow Rally, procession to cancel lease of Sylhet Singha Bari
A grand rally was held and a procession brought out in the city on Sunday demanding immediate withdrawal of the "illegal" lease order of the historic Singha Bari here.
 arrow 10 held in Bagerhat double murder
Police arrested 10 people in connection with the the double murder that took place at Moubhog village under Fakirhat upazila here Saturday night.
Culturearrow Babul Supriyo
One of the most popular singers of Hindi films of the time Babul Supriyo visited Dhaka in a rush tour recently.
 arrow Yet another mega serial: Sharey Tin Tala
Another new Mega serial Sharey Tin Tala under the banner of Krishnachura Limited will be telecast on Channel I every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday starting from September 9 at 8.25 pm.
Generalarrow 4 robbers held in Ctg, gold ornaments recovered
Police arrested four members of a gang of inter-district robbers and recovered ten tolas of looted gold ornaments in the city yesterday.
 arrow Intravenous drug users most vulnerable to AIDS
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said the intravenous drug users (IDUs) are the most potential carriers of HIV/AIDS among the vulnerable groups in the country.
 arrow Top outlaw nabbed in Khulna
Deba Prashad Debu alias Nitish, 32, second-in-command of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) in south-western region, was arrested yesterday from a house at Moulavipara under Khulna Sadar thana.
 arrow Involve private sector for better water supply: WB
The World Bank (WB) has suggested involvement of private and NGO sectors in water supply and sanitation systems for greater coverage and better performance of the crucial utility service.
 arrow Youth gunned down in Bagerhat
A youth was gunned down by armed robbers at Rajnagar village in Chitalmari upazila yesterday.

The victim was identified as Salahuddin Sheikh, 25, son of Habibur Rahman.

 arrow Bangladeshi girl killed in NY road mishap
A Bangladeshi girl was killed and three of her friends were injured in a road accident at Far Rockway in New York on Sunday night.
 arrow Acid thrown on class seven girl
Criminals poured acid on a student of class seven at her residence in Gopalganj in the early hours Sunday.
Internationalarrow Palestinian PM nominee seeks US, EU guarantee
Palestinian Parliament Speaker Ahmed Korei, Yasser Arafat's nominee for prime minister, said yesterday he wanted US and European guarantees of support for peacemaking before accepting the post.
 arrow '100 Maoists killed in gun battle in Nepal'
As many as 100 Maoist rebels could have been killed in a huge battle with security forces in western Nepal, army sources said yesterday.
 arrow WHO warns of SARS resurgence

The head of the World Health Organisation warned health specialists Monday of a possible resurgence of the deadly SARS virus later this year and urged countries to boost surveillance to contain the

 arrow Mamata returns to Vajpayee cabinet
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee yesterday returned to the cabinet of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after a break of two and half years.
 arrow Arafat's choice ready to step in Abbas' shoes
Ahmed Korei, Yasser Arafat's nominee for Palestinian prime minister, has said he will accept the post if he wins US and European guarantees of support and Israel's commitment to ease a military crackdown.
 arrow Democrats blast Bush for lack of candor on Iraq
US Democratic leaders accused President George W.
 arrow European press hits out at Bush, Sharon over Abbas resignation
European commentators yesterday lamented the resignation of Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas, blaming the United States and Israel for the latest blow to the Middle East peace process.
 arrow Indo-Pak FMs to meet in New York
The foreign ministers of rival neighbours Pakistan and India will meet later this month in New York, a Pakistani official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Iraq needs elected government to fill the vacuum
The Bush administration's decision to reduce the strength of US forces and bring in troops from other nations under the UN umbrella faces two major obstacles.
 arrow Editorial: Khagrachhari incident shameful
The recent attack on indigenous people in some remote villages of Khagrachhari exposes the vulnerability those people are having to live with.
 arrow The woes of an unequal alliance
Bound to the United States in multiple security treaties Pakistan once gained reputation as "America's most allied ally.
 arrow Japan's 'no' to the draft Cancun Ministerial Text
As the Cancun chapter of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks draws nearer, there are emerging signs that the five-day ministerial meeting is not going to be an easy one for different countries and economic
Letters to Editorarrow Sportsmanship got the victory out of hand!
I was really shocked just like other millions of viewers watching Bangladesh's last Test match -- to see how all the efforts came to a losing end.
 arrow Well done Bangladesh!
I am simply amazed by Bangladesh's Herculean effort against the Pakistan cricket team in the final test. The boys showed lot of character and mental strength.
 arrow Withdrawal of third class bar
The education authority has kindly withdrawn the third class bar by cancelling the clause nine of the 'nine-point agreement' that was signed during the past government.
 arrow Statistical puzzle!
This is in reference to DS's first page news titled "Wake up to foreign investors' woes" on September 5, 2003, where it was mentioned that a debate arose between United Nations Conference on Trade and
Focusarrow "A dream" remembered
Last 28th August, the 40th anniversary of the famed speech " I have a dream" of the US civil rights leader and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington was
 arrow Imperial perspectives
The great modern empires have never been held together only by military power but by what activates that power, puts it to use and then reinforces it with daily practices of domination, conviction, and
 arrow Adult learning for the twenty-first century
Yesterday, September 8, was International Literacy Day. Observation of the day this year had added significance because it is the first year of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012).
 arrow Professor Noman
Professor Noman was never really my teacher, in the exact sense of the term. Yet he was for me more than that.