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Front Pagearrow Arms cache seized from deep CHT forests
Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) forces have seized a huge stash of modern firearms and highly powerful ammunition raiding terrorist and criminal bases in Bandarban and Rangamati and arrested an alleged
 arrow UNGA demands Israel drop threat to Arafat
Side-stepping a US veto in the Security Council, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly yesterday to tell Israel to drop a threat to harm or deport Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Maiden Dhaka bus reaches Agartala
A regular bus service between Dhaka and Agartala was launched yesterday, adding a new chapter to Bangladesh's cross-border overland communications with its neighbour.
 arrow Ctg crime bases to have security forces' camps
The government is planning to set up security camps in the remote hilly northern region of Chittagong to flush out organised gangs operating from bases there.
 arrow Billing scam in BTTB uncovered
The Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has detected an unusual fraud in its telephone bill processing by a private contractor.
 arrow Dhaka for increased job quota, Seoul's call to take back illegals
Dhaka at official talks yesterday requested Seoul to increase job quota and recruit fresh workers, and South Korea promised to consider the appeal but tagged a condition that Bangladesh bring back its
 arrow Bangladeshi women can eye jobs in S Arabia
The government has permitted several recruiting agencies to send women workers to Saudi Arabia as domestic helps under certain terms and conditions.
 arrow Stabbed bank guard kills attacker
A Sonali Bank guard killed his attacker who started stabbing him indiscriminately inside the bank at Kazi Alauddin Road in the city yesterday, bank sources said.
 arrow Forestry project all right, but where will they go?
At least 29 indigenous Koch families along with five Bengali Muslim families are allegedly facing eviction from their homes in Modhupur Forest because of a controversial acacia tree plantation programme
 arrow Joshi quits cabinet, Advani cleared of charges
Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi resigned yesterday from the Cabinet.
 arrow Dhaka's nocturnal traffic hazards
Apart from the horrendous daytime traffic situation in Dhaka City, the deadweight of this urban affliction also has two nocturnal aspects -- one in the early part of the night and the other from midnight.
 arrow 14 Hizbut men held in Kushtia, leaflets seized
Police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a joint raid Thursday night arrested 14 operatives of the Islamic militant outfit Hizbut Towhid from the Borobazar area in Kushtia town and confiscated a large number
 arrow Mourning in Jhenidah, four arrested
Four young men were taken to custody yesterday for interrogation in connection with the killing of elderly physician Sudhir Kumar Mukherjee.
 arrow Policeman, wife murdered in Khulna
Unidentified assailants on Thursday hacked to death a retired police constable and his wife at Araji Shajiarha village under Dumuria upazila.
 arrow Housewife found dead in city, homicide by husband alleged
A young housewife was found dead at her house in the city's Hazaribagh Thursday night.

The body of Shamima Akhter, 30, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house.

 arrow Saddam's defence minister surrenders
Iraq's former Defence Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmed, number 27 on Washington's wanted list of former top officials under Saddam Hussein, has surrendered to US forces, an Iraqi mediator said yesterday.
 arrow 13 working groups by Oct to implement programme
The planning ministry will form 13 working groups by October to monitor and implement a poverty alleviation plan under the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (IPRSP).
 arrow Tikrit ambush kills three US soldiers
US forces captured nearly 60 suspected Iraqi guerillas in a night-long battle near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit after an ambush which killed three American soldiers, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow 5 cops, 14 pirates arrested
The navy in a drive against piracy arrested five police personnel and 14 pirates in the Meghna estuary and coastal areas on Thursday.
 arrow No progress in steps to bring back Arifa
The return of the abducted Bangladeshi child Arifa has become uncertain due to slow administrational procedure of the West Bengal government.
 arrow Nat'l policy for ship-breaking demanded
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) has demanded formulation of a national policy for ship- breaking industry and strict enforcement of it to check environmental pollution caused by the industry in the
 arrow Blast near US Afghan base kills 8
A powerful explosion at the house of a gunpowder salesman outside the US military headquarters in Afghanistan killed up to eight people yesterday, residents and witnesses said.
Businessarrow Allow infrastructure firms to ease phone interconnection woes
The government should allow infrastructure network service providing companies before inviting private operators in fixed-line telephony and more cell phone operators to address the nagging interconnection
 arrow Brunei Airlines resumes Bangladesh operation
Royal Brunei Airlines, national flag carrier of Brunei Darussalam, resumed its operation in Bangladesh on Thursday after a six-year recess.
 arrow US trade deals no cakewalk after Cancun debacle
After the failure of global trade talks in Cancun, Mexico, America this week put the world on notice that it would accelerate efforts for bilateral and regional deals to foster trade, a plan that experts
 arrow Malaysia liberalises listing policies to woo investors
Malaysia's securities watchdog Friday relaxed listing policies to allow foreign firms operating here and local companies with businesses abroad to float in a bid to woo investors.
 arrow Lawmakers urge Bush to keep steel tariffs in place
President George W Bush faced pressure on Thursday to maintain hefty tariffs on imported steel for the three years he originally planned, rather than end them this fall after 18 months.
 arrow G7 to talk currencies, deficits as risks cloud global recovery
Finance ministers from the world's seven richest nations meet in Dubai from Saturday amid growing optimism over the state of the world economy, but with concerns about exchange rates and high deficits
 arrow IMF sees US deficits as greater worry than EU's
As debate rages in the European Union over member states' high budget deficits, the International Monetary Fund appears far more concerned by twin US budget and current account deficits, which it warns
 arrow EU plans to fight against disputed US trade law
The European Union is planning to fight back against an old but contested US anti-dumping law, officials said on Thursday, as the world's top two commerce blocs head into an autumn of trade discontent.
Sportsarrow Football: Star-less transfers from today

Brothers Union will put on a show when they parade their 'galaxy ten' before the start of the four-day inter-club players' transfer today.

 arrow Cricket: Whatmore likes the fight

For once Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore had a broad smile his face after seeing the way his young learners had given Pakistan a real scare in the fourth one-day match at Rawalpindi on Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: Straightforward Athar

Former Bangladesh opener Athar Ali Khan was renowned for his elegant and straight batted stroke play.

 arrow Cricket: World Eleven calling Bashar
Bangladesh middle-order batsman Habibul Bashar has been invited to play for a World Eleven team in an exhibition charity cricket match against Pakistan to be held on October 3, at the Gaddafi Stadiumin
 arrow Cricket: 16 teams at 2007 WC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday decided to increase the number of competing teams from 14 to 16 at the next World Cup in the West Indies in 2007.
 arrow Cricket: The toe that will never heal

India's champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday vowed to overcome the pain barrier after revealing he suffered from a toe "broken to pieces" that will never heal.

 arrow Cricket: An English Murali please

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said on Friday that the national team's prospects in the world game would be vastly improved if they could find a magician like Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's men falter

India captain Saurav Ganguly was forced onto the defensive Friday as a parade of star Test batsmen lost the lead in a major domestic match ahead of a busy international cricket schedule.

 arrow Cricket: Unreadable Mushtaq

Pakistan spin king Mushtaq Ahmed, whose 100 wickets helped Sussex to their first ever English county championship, believes that his pursuit of excellence has been the major reason why hs is stillat

 arrow Cricket: S Africa tour confirmed

South African cricket officials confirmed the clearing of security arrangements for their upcoming tour of Pakistan, saying they were happy with assurances regarding the team's safety, a spokesmansaid

 arrow Cricket: Malcolm's parting shot

The limits on foreigners playing for English clubs need to be increased, according to former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm.

 arrow Football: The gap is getting smaller
Defending champion United States will begin the Women's World Cup as a favorite playing on home soil, but improved global rivals threaten the Americans' reign when the football showdown opens Saturday.
 arrow Football: Turin brace for fireworks

Whenever Juventus and Roma play sparks fly and Sunday's top-of-the-table clash in Turin promises to be as explosive as ever.

 arrow Football: All roads lead to Old Trafford

Patrick Vieira has warned Manchester United to brace themselves for the backlash from Arsenal's Champions League defeat by Inter Milan.

 arrow Football: Kahn can't see or hear!

Bayern Munich's star goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has had eye and ear problems hampering his performance so far this season and early Friday awoke with inflamed eyes he could hardly see out of.

 arrow Football: Deportivo holding their own

Real Madrid and David Beckham are grabbing the headlines but it is Deportivo La Coruna who are topping the Spanish first division with a 100 per cent record and they are out to keep their winning streak

Politicalarrow Govt harbours criminals, Hasina tells Khulna rally
Awami League President Shaikh Hasina has reiterated that her party is determined to oust the four-party alliance government through a resolute movement.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down a Jubo Dal leader at Mohakhali TB gate yesterday.

Matiur Rahman Mati, 25, was shot in the chest, back and abdomen at about 8:00pm.

 arrow Krishak League leader murdered in Meherpur
A Krishak League leader was murdered at Badiapara in Gangni upazila on Thursday night.
Metropolitanarrow Maintain peace during Puja
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday assured leaders of the Hindu community that the government would provide all-out cooperation towards celebrating the forthcoming Durga Puja with due festivity
 arrow Parliamentary body on AIDS prevention
Seventeen lawmakers belonging to ruling BNP and Jamaat and the opposition Awami League and Jatiya Party have formed a parliamentary caucus styled as 'Bangladesh Parliamentary Support Group on Prevention
 arrow Lawyers demand repeal of amendments to Civil Procedure Code
The National Bar Association of Bangladesh has criticised the government for amending the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) and Bar Council Act.
 arrow Two construction workers die in rooftop fall
Two construction workers died and another suffered injuries after falling from the fifth floor of an under-construction building at Gulshan in the city yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar army team arrives
A 12-memebr military delegation of the Myanmar armed forces arrived in the city yesterday on a six-day goodwill visit.
 arrow Attack on puja mandaps condemned
Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad yesterday condemned alleged attacks on different puja mandaps and threats to members of the Hindu community.
 arrow 3.94 lakh polybags seized
Police recovered 3.94 lakh pieces of polythene bags worth about Tk 3.50 lakh from a Cox's Bazar-bound passenger bus at Lohagara upazila headquarters yesterday and arrested two persons.
Nationalarrow 12 Jubo League, BCL men get 7 yrs RI
Twelve activists of Awami League's fronts Jubo League and Chhatra League have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for an armed attack on Barisal BNP leader Eabaidul Huq Chan's house in the city
 arrow Our Correspondent, Cox's Bazar: 500 pirates, 20 illegal arms factories in Cox's Bazar-Moheshkhali
Arrested with a US-made M-16 rifle, Jamir Uddin has given important information and disclosed names of his godfathers and beneficiaries during interrogation by Cox's Bazar police.
 arrow 6 get life for murder
Six persons were sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday in the handloom worker Abu Musa murder case.
 arrow Jubo League rally, procession at C'nawabganj
Awami League's youth front Jubo League on Thursday brought out a procession and held a rally in the town protesting filing of a 'false' case against its central general secretary Mirza Azam MP and 16leaders
 arrow Tension in Barisal as gangmen vow revenge
Two cases and one GD have been filed in connection with the lynching of Tera Shajahan, one of the 'top terrors' in Barisal city, police said on Thursday.
 arrow Life chained to agony
Sixteen year-old beautiful Parul is chained for about a year.

Neihbours and villagers call her 'pagli' (mad).

Her poor day labourer father Abdus Samad says he has no money for her treatment.

 arrow Smugglers block road as BDR seizes smuggled sugar in Hili
Smugglers and their accomplices put up a barricade on the road near Hilli land port for seven hours on Wednesday after BDR seized smuggled Indian sugar carried in a bus.
Culturearrow Something new, something old
Divine gallery's recent exhibition brought together over 35 pieces of art work ranging from those of Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan and S M Sultan to that of Konak Chanpa and Anisuzzaman.
Generalarrow Tommy Miah's cooking demonstration
Celebrity chef Tommy Miah gave a cooking demonstration at the Agora Shopping Centre at Gulshan on Thursday.
 arrow Most people can't use literacy skills for improving living conditions: Study
Despite massive campaigns to promote literacy for better living, most people do not seem to find the use of their literacy skills for improving their living condition or quality of life.
 arrow Call for greater commitment to pluralist media environment
Over 50 community media groups and other civil society organisations have called for greater commitment to a diverse and pluralist media environment based on respect for the provisions of Article 19 of
 arrow Teacher mugged in city
Muggers took away in cash and kinds reportedly worth about Tk 1 lakh from a university teacher at Iqbal Road in Mohammadpur Thursday.
 arrow 2 cops killed in Narsingdi road mishap
Two policemen were killed and three others injured in a road accident at Palanpur on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway Thursday night.
 arrow Robbery at Mirpur
Robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables reportedly worth about Tk 23 lakh from a residence at Mirpur-10 yesterday morning.
 arrow DU Alumni Assoc in USA provides financial help to female student
Dhaka University Alumni Association, USA, Inc. has sent 1,000 US dollars for a female student to continue her studies at the university.
Internationalarrow Israeli troops, Palestinian gunmen clash in Jenin
Israeli soldiers exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen and demolished the family home of a Hamas suicide bomber yesterday during a house-by-house sweep for militants in a major West Bank city.
 arrow Europe's powers seek to end Iraq deadlock
With instability and attacks on US troops on the rise in Iraq, the leaders of Germany, France and Britain meet here today to try to end the diplomatic impasse over the war-torn country's future.
 arrow 3.5 million people in darkness, 14 killed
Hurricane Isabel knocked out power to more than 3.
 arrow Best Bakery case
Chastised by the Supreme Court to observe "raj dharma", the Gujarat government yesterday admitted before it that witnesses in the Best Bakery case trial could have been "coerced or won over" to turn hostile
 arrow By-election hands Blair a bitter post-war blow
British Prime Minister Tony Blair suffered a painful mid-term blow at the polls this week when a stronghold of his Labour Party fell to the Liberal Democrats in a closely fought by-election, the first
Editorialarrow Editorial: Octogenarian doctor killed
The killing of an octogenarian doctor in Jhenaidah is a fresh reminder of criminality assuming an intractable character.
 arrow Editorial: PM must get to the bottom of it
The Prime Minister getting upset about something is not so uncommon, but taking immediate action on the cause of the annoyance is rare.
 arrow Bangladesh and investment
Senior members of the current Bangladesh administration continue to reiterate that all factors required for encouraging foreign investment are present within Bangladesh and that there is no reason why
 arrow India realises that the road to America runs through Israel
With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent visit to India, India joined the long list of nations that have attempted to court America through befriending Israel first.
Letters to Editorarrow IMF strings aim to destroy our economy
Under the poverty reduction facilities (PRGF), IMF will release $7 million second tranche of a $490m credit by December and they have already cleared the first instalment by June.
 arrow Rag culture in Jahangirnagar University
Jahangirnagar University is completely a residential university. Most of the students live in the campus. Ragging, however is a very common and frightening word among the campus residents.
 arrow Presidential system
The national parliamentary session has started as usual without the participation of the Opposition, which is making the session a complete sham.
 arrow Payment of revised and enhanced municipal holding tax
According to DCC, the house owners of Dhaka city are required to pay their municipal tax at a revised and enhanced rate from the current financial year 2003-2004.
Literaturearrow Jim Corbett After All These Years
The first thing I ever shot was a white egret wading in a shallow pool of water off the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar road. It was early 1964.
 arrow Uzma Aslam Khan: It's a fine thread that takes a writer from rotting grapes to silkworms
Tariq Ali had described Uzam Aslam Khan as a member of 'a new generation of Pakistani novelists unencumbered by the icons or the ideology of a wretched state.'

Uzma is 33 and was born in Karachi.