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Front Pagearrow GMG gets Caab nod to become first pvt airline to fly overseas
The GMG Airlines yesterday got the provisional licence from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) to become the first local private passenger airlines to be allowed to fly on international
 arrow Nawab Bari gate defaced
Owners of a shopping mall have demolished part of the historic Nawab Bari gate to the Ahsan Manjil in Old Dhaka to clear space for the multi-storey commercial building in an alleged underhand dealingwith
 arrow Block 9 gas hunt in quagmire
The sellout of Chevron-Texaco stakes has made the drilling of three exploratory gas wells in Block 9 uncertain with the operators already counting a daily loss of Tk 5 lakh that could be passed on tothe
 arrow AL sends emissary to CPA HQ to explain its position
The Awami League (AL) yesterday sent a special emissary to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association headquarters in London to explain its position on boycott of the CPA conference in Dhaka and saidthe
 arrow Massive move to tap 3 lakh new taxpayers in Oct
Three lakh new taxpayers will be identified across the country beginning right from the capital to the thana.
 arrow Deep seaport needs feasibility study first, cautions committee
A high-powered committee recommended the government conduct an extensive feasibility study on the site of the proposed deep seaport before going for the ambitious project.
 arrow LDCs need to unite
Many may cheer at the breakdown of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the WTO at Cancun, but there are also reasons to think that the meet actually made some headway in a number of crucial areas, whichneeded
 arrow Dhaka to open talks with Delhi, Colombo, Islamabad soon
Bangladesh will shortly open bilateral dialogue with several countries including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
 arrow Six policemen sent to jail on killing charge
Six policemen, including a sub-inspector, were sent to jail custody in Chittagong yesterday on charge of killing a road builder.
 arrow PCJSS blasts CHT secy's remarks
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday protested the remark of CHT Affairs Secretary Syed Mostaque that there was no need for a judicial probe into the recent Mahalchhari violence.
 arrow Deadline extended again to separate judiciary
The government yesterday filed a petition with the Appellate Division seeking for the 15th time extension of a deadline by four months for the implementation of the 12-point directive charting out virtual
 arrow Indian HC rules to take action against 'illegal Bangladeshis'
The High Court yesterday asked the government to take action against illegal migrants from Bangladesh in New Delhi on the basis of a plan endorsed by it.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 7 in N'ganj, Chittagong
Seven people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj and Chittagong yesterday.

Of them, four were killed in Narayanganj and the rest in Chittagong.

 arrow GP to cut tariff for pre-paid subscribers
GrameenPhone (GP) Limited plans to offer a tariff reduction package for its pre-paid subscribers soon.
 arrow Shot Iraqi councillor dies
Aquila al-Hashimi, one of three women on Iraq's American-picked Governing Council, died yesterday, five days after she was shot and critically wounded by assailants, the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority
 arrow ADB approves grants for good governance
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $9,50,000 in technical assistance (TA) grants to support good governance initiatives in Bangladesh under an integrated strategy to fight corruption.
 arrow Eight Marines hurt in Mosul attack
Eight US soldiers were wounded and their vehicle destroyed when their convoy was attacked in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday, a US military spokeswoman said.

"At 0910 (1:10 a.m.

 arrow 27 Israeli reserve pilots refuse to bomb Palestinians
Twenty-seven reserve pilots in the Israeli Air Force presented a signed petition Wednesday saying that they would not take part in "illegal and immoral" strikes in Palestinian areas in the West Bank and
 arrow Putin criticises US on Iraq
Russian President Vladimir Putin implicitly criticised the United States on Thursday for launching a war on Iraq without UN approval and demanded "direct participation" by the United Nations in rebuilding
 arrow DU to give Tk 3 lakh to family of accident victim
Dhaka University (DU) has decided to give TK 3 lakh as compensation to the family of Sagar, who died Tuesday night following a road accident.
 arrow Woman rescued 11 days after 'abduction'
Sabujbagh police rescued a Bangladeshi-born American young woman 11 days after she was believed to have been abducted and held three suspected abductors at Chulkati in Keraniganj yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Pabna
Two people were hacked to death allegedly by outlaws yesterday in separate incidents in Pabna.
 arrow Slain woman at Dhanmondi was clinic attendant
The woman who was gunned down at Dhanmondi Wednesday night worked as an attendant at a clinic.

Monwara Begum was identified by her son-in-law Almas Uddin at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night.

Businessarrow Banks see downtrend in lending, deposit growths
Banks saw dips in both lending and deposit in terms of growth during the first six months of this year compared to the corresponding period of last year.

Lending registered a growth of 4.

 arrow US shrimp producers seek anti-dumping measures

A coalition of US-based shrimp producers has petitioned US authorities for anti-dumping measures to stop a shrimp-import surge, which could eventually come as a blow to Bangladesh's shrimp industry.

 arrow Mega Show '03 begins
Four separate exhibitions of electronic goods, construction materials, ICT products and service products began at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Cancun talk collapse opens up new opportunity for future preparedness
The collapse of the world trade talks in Cancun, Mexico has now given a chance to the developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to ready themselves adequately in the run up to the post-Cancun
 arrow Tour operators push for national tourism board
Private tour operators have demanded immediate formation of a national tourism board to address the problems facing the promising sector for long.
 arrow Tk 580cr agri development projects on progress
Some 76 agriculture development projects, involving Tk 580 crore, are being implemented in the country, an inter-ministerial meeting was told yesterday.
 arrow US industry mounts pressure on Bush over China currency battle
US industry Wednesday urged the administration of President George W. Bush to intensify pressure on China over its currency peg, which it says is costing vital jobs and profits.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Hockey's horrible truth
Nobody had expected that the boys of Abdur Razzak Sona Mia would strike gold in the Sixth Men's Asia Cup Hockey Championship.
 arrow Cricket: A positive change
The tour of Pakistan was probably one of the best overseas ventures for Bangladesh so far.

We produced some great performances in the one-day matches and Tests.

 arrow Cricket: Inzamam captain for now
Inzamamul Haq has been named captain for Pakistan's five-match one-day series against South Africa next month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson is not coming
Fast bowler James Anderson will miss England's Test matches against Bangladesh to rest a knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sunil, Geoffrey for fewer ODIs
Sunil Gavaskar has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and national boards to try harder to reduce the number of one-day internationals being played by the top teams.
 arrow Football: Same cheque or nothing
Muktijoddha Krira Sangsad Krira Chakra refused to receive a cheque from Arif Khan Joy yesterday claiming it was not the same one that they gave the midfielder more than a month ago.
 arrow Cricket: Ensure security for England
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury has directed all concerned to ensure security in the capital and in Chittagong during England cricket team's tour to Bangladesh next month.
 arrow Cricket: Railway, AIU open nat'l cricket
Bangladesh Railway will play against American International University (AIU) in the opening match of the Emirates Airlines 27th National Cricket Championship on October 1 at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Revenge not on Saurav's mind
India captain Saurav Ganguly has said revenge will not top his agenda during next month's home Test series against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Fans sing Latif song
Angry protesters Thursday blamed match-fixing mafia for Rashid Latif's resignation as Pakistan captain and chanted slogans against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials.
 arrow Umps' course begins today
A 10-day central umpiring course begins in the city today with representatives from the member countries of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) participating.
 arrow Tennis: Moya stays on course
Carlos Moya took Iberian revenge on Brian Vahaly Thursday, advancing at the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open over the American who this spring upset Spanish compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies to help Lanka
Australia have agreed to play two extra one-day internationals on next year's tour of Sri Lanka to help ease the host board's financial crisis, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Hantuchova humbled
Former world number 10 Daniela Hantuchova, whose slide down the rankings has coincided with her much-publicised weight loss, suffered another setback when she lost in the Leipzig Grand Prix second round
 arrow Tennis: Rivals bury hatchet
US Open champion Justin Henin-Hardenne has said that she has no axe to grind with compatriot and world number one Kim Clijsters following comments made by Clijsters' father at the US Open.
 arrow Tennis: Martina hints at Olympics swansong
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is determined to crown her career with an Olympic Games gold medal.
 arrow Football: Owen the saving grace
Michael Owen's record-breaking equaliser saved Liverpool's blushes against Slovenian side Olimpia Ljubljana on a mixed night for English sides in the first round, first leg of the UEFA Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Stunning samba women
Brazil scored two goals in each half as they stunned Olympic champions Norway 4-1 in the first-round action in the Women's World Cup.
 arrow Football: FA take tough stance
The English Football Association has thrown the book at Arsenal and, to a lesser extent, Manchester United over the clashes that erupted at the end of their goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Wenger ashamed
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger issued a qualified apology for his players' loss of self-control at Old Trafford but still insisted that the ensuing condemnation of them had been an "over-reaction".
Politicalarrow Durga Puja grants go to BNP seats
The government has allocated 570 tonnes of rice for distribution in 18 parliamentary constituencies on the occasion of the Durga Puja.
 arrow AL cuts hartal hours for Sylhet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has reduced tomorrow's hartal hours in Sylhet Division due to a religious programme there.
 arrow AL activist chopped to death in Kushtia
An Awami League activist was chopped to death by BNP cadres at village Barogangdia in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia on Wednesday night.
 arrow Hasina's birthday on Sunday
The 56th birth anniversary of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina will be celebrated on Sunday.

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has chaked out various programmes on the occasion.

 arrow Clashes mark Feni Poura polls
Elections to the eight seats of ward commissioner in Feni Pourasava were held yesterday amid clashes between activists of the ruling coalition.
Culturearrow Time present and time past
I haven't begun painting and sculpting out of the blue," said Rebecca, who recently had her exhibition at "Shilpangan".
 arrow Elegant expressions: a chat with VJ Urmi
It was in the late 90's, when Bangladesh was introduced to newer dimensions in many fields of media. Private channels began to crop up and instill the craze amongst viewers for satellite channels.
 arrow Cultural night
A drama filled with poetry, music and dance Ogo Shono Ke Bajay will be staged at the National Museum on September 27 in order to raise funds for building the new Chayanaut premises.
Generalarrow CPC assures all cooperation
Communist Party of China (CPC) has assured all cooperation and assistance to Bangladesh for attaining its socio-economic progress.
 arrow River erosion takes serious turn in flood-hit areas

As the floodwater started receding, river erosion has taken a serious turn in the affected areas rendering thousands of families homeless.

 arrow Change in CU grading system likely
Chittagong University (CU) authorities are likely to bring change in the grading system in evaluating the answer script soon.
 arrow Repeal amendments to Civil Procedure Code
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parished yesterday demanded repeal of the amendments to Civil Procedure Code and Bar Council Order.
 arrow Judgement in Nilufer murder case tomorrow
Judgement in the housewife Nilufer Rashid murder case will be given tomorrow.
 arrow Maintain peace during Durga Puja: Khoka
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday urged the elected representatives to give all possible assistance to law enforcing agencies to maintain peace in the city during the Durga Puja, the greatest religious
 arrow CPB urges govt not to increase gas price
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday urged the government not to increase the price of gas on the recommendation of the World Bank (WB).
 arrow SUST students form human chain
Students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Wednesday formed a human chain in the city's court point area to press home their 4-point demand including resumption of their classes.
 arrow Indian NDC team meets president
An Indian National Defence College (NDC) delegation met President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: UN finds itself in double jeopardy
The UNGA session has seen world leaders debating the future of UN system seemingly caught in a whirlpool of an unprecedented value degeneracy.
 arrow Arafat's fate depends on fate of his people
Fate of Palestine and Yasser Arafat have become so intertwined that it is impossible to separate the two.

Yasser Arafat is seventy plus.

 arrow Viewing corruption as a crisis
If you agree that corruption is the number one problem facing us today, then a close second would be how it is condoned. Together corruption and condoning form the vicious circle of venality.
 arrow US must defuse Indo-Pak nuclear fear
The US appears to have made a breakthrough with regard to India. A strategic partnership is developing between them and a third dimension to it is the inclusion of the 'natural alley': Israel.
Letters to Editorarrow Groom Rajin Saleh to become team captain
Rajin Saleh was the most successful Bangladeshi player in the recently concluded Pakistan cricket tour.
 arrow Sex education at school level
With the progress of civilisation, many new problems surface. It could be disease, war or pestilence. At present, the disease HIV/AIDS is posing as something dangerous for the whole world.
 arrow Vehicle misuse worsens traffic jam
Very often pictures of traffic jam in Dhaka city appear in newspapers. Various reasons are attributed to this problem. One of the important factors is not mentioned.
 arrow Reconstruct Iraq with reparation
It is now official that the nation of Iraq is literally up for sale. Iraq's economy is now open to foreign investors in every industry but oil.
 arrow Both parties are reaping what they sowed
I have read the commentary by Mahfuz Anam on BNP (BNP reaping what it sowed, September 23, DS). I agree with your conclusion that BNP is acting arrogantly.
 arrow Loan default: Catch big fishes first
For the last few weeks, I have noticed that the amount of money has decreased regarding bank loans payment through defaulters' property auction in small districts.
 arrow India's River Diversification plan and our freedom
The river diversification plan by India may completely destroy our country. Now we are heavily dependent on India in many ways.
 arrow Post of MLSS
Perhaps the designation MLSS first started in the British period. The term was being used during Pakistan period too. After the liberation of Bangladesh, it is still in use.
 arrow Political consensus
After the liberation war as a third world country we were faced with many tribulations such as poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, human rights abuse and lack of shelter, etc.
 arrow 'Muslims and the media'
This is in response to 'Muslim and the media' written by SNM, Dhaka (22 DS, September, 2003).
 arrow Why students fail in English?
English is an international language, without which we cannot communicate with the world concerning any matter.
 arrow "Proposal for flyover at Banani rail crossing"
It is a matter of satisfaction and consolation to see that the long-awaited construction of the Mohakhali flyover is progressing at a smooth rate.
 arrow Victory in defeat
Bangladesh cricket team has just concluded a tour, which will go down, as a successful one although the score line vividly shows big zero against the name of our country.
Focusarrow Politics remains on usual, confrontational course
The week begins on a familiar note. There is the usual trading of accusations in the political arena. Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina blames the government for poor governance and calls for its ouster.
 arrow UN and WTO in?
The fifth ministerial conference of World Trade Organisation (WTO) has finished in Cancun, Mexico. 4600 delegates from 146 member countries participated in the conference.
Environmentarrow Value of wetlands
All over the world, the wetland ecosystems carrying out a great role in the conservation of biodiversity and sustenance of ecological balance in the concerned regions of our biosphere.
Worldarrow 5 Palestinians killed during Israeli raid
Israeli soldiers killed a leader of the Islamic Jihad movement and four other Palestinian militants yesterday in raids in the Gaza Strip and West Bank which drew immediate vows of revenge.
 arrow 'US to hand over power to elected govt only'
US Secretary of State Colin Powell told foreign leaders on Wednesday that the United States would only turn over "full authority" in Iraq to an elected Iraqi government, a senior State Department official
 arrow 'No Bush request yet for Indo-Pak troops'
US President George W.
 arrow Musharraf asks Bush to facilitate talks with India
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that he has asked American President George W Bush during their meeting to facilitate dialogue with India but said he was not keen to meet Prime Minister Atal
 arrow UN inspectors find more enriched uranium in Iran
The UN nuclear watchdog has found further traces of enriched uranium at a site in Iran, though this discovery could support Iran's explanation that the traces are due to contamination, diplomats toldReuters.
 arrow Maoists ask US, China, India to stop interfering in Nepali affairs
Maoist rebels yesterday called on the United States, India and China to stop "interfering" in Nepal's internal affairs.
 arrow Myanmar neighbours step up pressure to free Suu Kyi
Myanmar's Southeast Asian neighbours stepped up pressure on its military rulers to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a second envoy arrived yesterday for talks a day after another left empty-handed.
 arrow FBI probes Hamas-linked 'criminal enterprises'
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing several "criminal enterprises" associated with the radical Islamic group Hamas that has taken responsibility for a string of suicide bombings in Israel,
 arrow India, China, Russia push for sovereignty of Iraqi people
In a significant development India, Russia and China on Wednesday decided to adopt a common approach on Iraq and called for a political process to ensure quick return of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.
 arrow Amina spared from stoning death
A Nigerian court yesterday spared a woman from being stoned to death by overturning an Islamic court's conviction for adultery.
 arrow More US reservists may go to Iraq
The Pentagon is so squeezed for troops to send to Iraq that it may have to alert thousands more National Guard and Reserve members within several weeks for possible call-up.
 arrow 'Premature' to describe Iraq arms report: US
A senior US official warned it was too soon to say what US and British arms inspectors scouring Iraq for evidence of weapons of mass destruction will say in a forthcoming report, as the BBC said inspectors
 arrow Blair popularity plummets as Kelly inquiry ends
The inquiry into the suicide of government scientist David Kelly, at the centre of claims that Britain embellished its case for war on Iraq, wraps up amid a slump in the popularity of Prime Minister Tony
 arrow Our Milky Way galaxy gobbling up Sagittarius
Our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up its galactic neighbour, Sagittarius, and on Wednesday, scientists offered documentary proof of this continuing cosmic cannibalism.