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Front Pagearrow 3 airports come under permanent Rab watch
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will be posted to three international airports as permanent antiterrorist forces to ensure security of air passengers, a move that came in the wake of recent anonymous
 arrow 4 lakh tonne food relief for 40 lakh families on way
The government has decided to distribute 400,000 tonne food among 40 lakh flood-affected families under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme starting from the last week of this month, two months
 arrow Bomb threat halts DU classes
A bomb threat by an anonymous caller panicked Dhaka University science students into leaving their classrooms yesterday before the police came up empty-handed in a hectic search, while schools in Sylhet
 arrow US team winds up Dhaka trip
The visiting US State Department team hailed Bangladesh's advance in legal measures against human trafficking, but expressed discontent at the continued complicity in the crime by corrupt officials and
 arrow Cops kill N'ganj top criminal
Police gunned down the leader of a criminal gang when he allegedly tried to flee from their custody at Pitalipul in Fatulla in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Watch on shrines beefed up
The government has stepped up intelligence surveillance and security at mazars (shrines) across the country.
 arrow UN launches help appeal today
The United Nations today simultaneously launch its global 'flash appeal' from New York, Geneva and Dhaka in aid of around 3-million flood victims of Bangladesh.
 arrow Body to probe alleged neglect of doctors in AL leader's death
The authorities of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in Sylhet yesterday formed a four-member committee to probe the alleged negligence of doctors in treating Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Ibrahim
 arrow Plan to float shares of roads, bridges
Some major roads and bridges are likely to be floated in the capital markets for public subscription soon to mobilise funds to implement mega projects in communication sector.
 arrow Rab denies AL allegation
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) authorities yesterday rejected Tuesday's allegation by main opposition Awami League (AL) and said the elite force is operating within the law.
 arrow Militant hunt planned for blanket security
The law enforcement agencies are likely to launch a massive hunt for militants and criminals ahead of the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Dhaka to ensure foolproof
 arrow 20 die as UK troops pound Iraqi militia
Twenty people were killed and 50 wounded in overnight clashes between British troops and radical militiamen, medics said yesterday, as a week-old Shia uprising spread across central and southern Iraq.
 arrow Britain nods to human cloning
British scientists have been given permission to clone human embryos for medical research, thought to be the first such licence given in Europe.
 arrow PM urges NGOs to focus on agriculture rehabilitation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to lay emphasis on the post-flood agricultural rehabilitation programme, rebuilding the houses and installing tubewells
 arrow US to launch biometric exit next month
Any foreign visitor with a visa who leaves US through one of 14 selected airports and three seaports will be required to comply with the automated biometric exit procedures from next month.
 arrow Four dead, one hurt in city
Four people including a housewife were killed and an alleged criminal injured at different parts of the city during a span of 16 hours ending at 2:30pm yesterday.
 arrow JS body asks for gas meter from Jan 1
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the authorities concerned to install prepaid gas meter from January 1, 2005 to ensure smooth client service and plug leakage.
 arrow HC asks govt to explain legality of vehicle requisition
The High Court yesterday asked six top government officials to explain why a provision in the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Ordinance used to requisition private vehicles should not be declared beyond
 arrow Jerusalem car bomb kills 2
A bomb has exploded between two Israeli army checkpoints on a busy transit route outside Jerusalem, killing two Palestinians and wounding 16 people, medics say.
 arrow Quadruplets...

 arrow Rab arrests hundi traders
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Chittagong arrested four alleged hundi traders of a syndicate and seized Tk 14.
 arrow Raid at Ctg jewellery shop on smuggling suspicion
A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized gold bars and ornaments reportedly worth about Tk 3 crore from a jewellery shop in Chittagong, suspecting thedear
 arrow Dhaka to get major facelift ahead of Saarc summit
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken a massive plan to give the capital a major facelift ahead of the upcoming 13th Saarc summit in January.
 arrow Iran won't budge on nuke quest
Iran declared yesterday that threats to send its nuclear case to the UN Security Council would not make it drop its quest for peaceful nuclear technology.
Businessarrow Nitol, Thai co team up to run Kaliachapra sugar mill
A newly privatised sugar mill has taken a unique commercial strategy to come out of the country's longstanding experience of loss in the state-controlled sector.
 arrow Thai stock exchange team in Ctg to visit CSE
A high-profile delegation of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) led by its President Kittiratt Na-Ranong arrived here yesterday on a mission to foster ties between the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE)
 arrow Multi-metering billing retards capital market growth
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday said the multi-metering billing system of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) stands in the way of an orderly growth of capital market in Bangladesh.
 arrow BB asked to strengthen monitoring on banks
As corruption and mismanagement have crept into commercial banks in both public and private sectors, the central bank should strengthen its monitoring system, speakers observed at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow SEC clears prospectus of Islamic mutual fund
Two new securities, each of Tk 10 crore, are set to hit the primary market soon with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approving prospectus of one of them and the other expected to get approval
 arrow Oil price holds strong near $45
Oil prices held strong near record highs on Wednesday as sabotage in Iraq, worries about Russian oil company Y]KOS and a fresh warning on the lack of spare capacity in OPEC underscored concerns abouttight
 arrow Stakeholders to co-operate one another
Garment exporters, shippers and ship owners yesterday agreed to co-operate one another in cazrying containers to and from Bangladeshi ports.
 arrow Janata Ins chairman, vice-chairman re-elected
Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman of Janata Insurance Company Limited while Md Jahangir Alam Khan vice-chairman of the company.
 arrow AG Automobile launches CNG bus
AG Automobiles Ltd, an enterprise of Anwar Group of Industries, has launched CNG bus with the technology of Jong Tong Holding Company.
 arrow GP point of sales at Shoppers World
A point of sales (PoS) of GrameenPhone Ltd was launched at Unitel Communications at Shoppers World, a chain store at Gulshan, Dhaka.
 arrow Bank Asia to collect fees of IUB students
Students of Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) now will be able to pay various fees through the branches of Bank Asia in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow SIBL raises loan ceiling for SMEs
Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) has enhanced loan ceiling from Tk 2.5 lakh to Tk 5 lakh for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow JOBS training on Entrepreneurship development
Job Opportunities and Business Support (JOBS), an USAID Bangladesh funded project, recently conducted a 5-day long training for staff of Tamanna Foundation and Tamanna Electronics Limited.
 arrow China trade surplus $2b in July
China had a $2 billion trade surplus in July, its third in a row, as exports jumpel nearly 34 percent from a year earlier, official data showed yesterday.
 arrow WTO deal by next year a daunting task
Former World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Mike Moore on Wednesday described the revival of global free-trade talks as a "limp forward" and warned it may be tough to reach an agreement at the WTO conference
 arrow Youths struggle to find work in precarious market: ILO
Young people are three-and-a-half times more likely to be unemployed than older adults and their job prospects hit an all-time low in the recent global economic slowdown, the International Labour Organisation
Sportsarrow Football: Four-star Moni
Saifur Rahman Moni slammed four goals as reigning champions Muktijoddha Sangsad joined Abahani in the Super Six stage of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League with a 7-1 thrashing of Panchagarh
 arrow Cricket: Big Sangakkara century
Kumar Sangakkara scored his sixth Test hundred as Sri Lanka posted 303 for three on the first day of the second Test against South Africa on Wednesday.
 arrow From Gaza to Greece
Only a month or two ago, Sanaa Abu Bkheet was running across rough sand and through rutted streets in pursuit of a dream.
 arrow Cricket: England favourites
England will show no mercy to West Indies when they go into the third Test starting on Thursday at Old Trafford already 2-0 up in the series.
 arrow Queen Mary 2 in Athens
The world's largest luxury liner Queen Mary 2 arrived early Wed-nesday at the Athens port of Piraeus, where it will accommodate hundreds of high-ranking spectators of the Athens Olympics, including several
 arrow Cricket: Best, Jacobs out of Windies side
Pace bowler Tino Best and wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs were left out when West Indies named their 14-man squad on Tuesday for the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month.
 arrow First shame to Kenya
A Kenyan boxer has become the first in what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is warning could be a long line of athletes to be thrown out of the Athens Olympics for doping.
 arrow Zeus protects Games
Greek officials are confident the massive security operation they have put in place for the Athens Olympics, which open in two days, will serve as a shield of Zeus to protect the Games.
 arrow Larger than life
Ian Thorpe might swim like a giant shark but he still feels like he's living in a tiny fishbowl.
 arrow Abbas aims at gold
Pakistan's goal-churning machine and penalty corner expert Sohail Abbas yearns for an Olympic gold at Athens for his field hockey team.

Abbas, 23, has 247 goals from 201 international matches.

 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey final today
New faces Faridpur and Bangladesh Army meet in the final of the ANAS Group National Hockey Champion-ship today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.

The final will start at 4 pm.

 arrow Cricket: BCB chooses 39 for camps
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday called up 23 batsmen and 16 bowlers to join the under-15 batting and under-13 pace bowling camps respectively.
 arrow Cricket: Hildreth defies junior Tigers
An unbeaten 151 by James Hildreth put England U-19 on course for a good first innings lead shortly after lunch on Day Two of the second Test against Bangladesh at Taunton in Somerset yesterday.
 arrow Football: It's pointing the Real way
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refused to be drawn on the growing speculation that Reds favourite Michael Owen is on his way out of Anfield following their 2-0 win against AK Graz on Tuesday.
 arrow Korea carry Asian hope
South Korea's young guns will be eager to make up for their senior side's quarter-final exit from the Asian Cup when they kick off their Olympic Games campaign with a match against hosts Greece on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Benitez's winning start
Liverpool left star striker Michael Owen on the bench, increasing speculation about a possible transfer, but still downed Austria's Grazer AK 2-0 in Champions League qualifying Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ortega back after a year
Striker Ariel Ortega is returning to professional soccer with the Argentine club Newell's Old Boys, ending a yearlong suspension after he walked out on his former team, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Di Canio sorry to leave
Paolo Di Canio on Wednesday publicly apologised to Charlton fans over his decision to quit the London club after being offered the chance to end his career with Lazio in Rome.
 arrow Football: Eto'o wants Barca move
African Player of the Year Samuel Eto'o says he is determined to move from Real Mallorca to Barcelona and has attacked Real Madrid for trying to scupper the proposed deal.
 arrow Football: Zidane decides today
France's inspirational play-maker and captain Zinedine Zidane will announce on Thursday whether or not he will continue his international career.
Metropolitanarrow 3-day edn fair, exhibition of products begin
A three-day education fair and exhibition of various products began at Sheraton Hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow HC rejects writ against takeover
A division bench of the High Court (HC) comprising Justice Joynul Abedin and Justice Sarifuddin Chaklader yesterday rejected the writ petition of the managing authority of the Barisal Planet World Children
 arrow Filing of 'false case' protested
Assistant Secretary of the central sub-committee of Awami League (AL) Nasrul Hamid Bipu yesterday protested the filing of a false case against Awami Swechchhasebok League (ASL) and Bangladesh ChhatraLeague
 arrow Tk 16 crore Oxfam relief programme
Oxfam GB Bangladesh has launched a Tk 16 crore Emergency Flood Response Programme recently to help 50,000 families severely affected by floods, says a press release.
 arrow 1,452 more held
Police arrested some 1,452 people, including five listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow A window to poverty alleviation
Goat farming is changing the life of many ultra poor families in remote villages in ten southwestern districts.
 arrow Leaders' tussle troubles townspeople
Normal activities of Syedpur municipality have come to virtual standstill due to a conflict between newly elected municipal chairman Akhtar Hossen Badal of opposition Awami League and local lawmaker Amjad
 arrow Price for report on 'police excesses'
A local journalist has been implicated in a false case here for filing reports on 'police excesses'.
 arrow One lakh flood victims still displaced in Bogra, Sirajganj
At least one lakh flood affected people are still staying on roads, embankments and high lands in Bogra and Sirajganj districts.
 arrow 'Mastermind' dropped from charge sheet
Police yesterday chargeheeted eight persons in Hafez Abu Bakkar Siddique Murder case by dropping four persons including the alleged mastermind.
 arrow 60 industries damaged by flood in Savar
Manikganj: Nearly 60 big industrial units in Savar including textile, garment and knitwear have been badly affected by the current floods.
 arrow 6 newsmen sued in Satkhira
Six journalists including editors of three local dailies were sued on Monday for publishing 'defamatory stories' against the complainant.
 arrow Inu distributes relief among 4,000 flood victims in Manikganj
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) President Hasanul Haque Inu on Monday criticised the government for failure to mitigate the sufferings of flood victims.
 arrow Extortionists burn house of newsman at Natore
A journalist's house in Natore was set afire by miscreants for non-payment of toll on Monday.

The criminals tried to kill his family members.

 arrow Barisal outlaws listed, drive soon
Police have prepared a list of 86 outlaws in Babuganj,

Uzirpur and Gournadi upazilas of the district.

Of them 37 are in Babuganj, 31 in Uzirpur and 18 in Gournadi, police sources said yesterday.

 arrow Satkhira poura polls on Sept 8
Satkhira Pourashava election schedule has been announced.

The election will be held on September 8. The last date for filing nomination paper is August 16. Those will be scrutinised on August 17.

 arrow Life for 2 rapists in Nilphamari
Two persons were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here in a rape case on Monday.

The two convicts are Mamunur Rashid and Belal Hossain.

 arrow Cattle diseases break out in B'baria
Cattle diseases have broken out in different areas of the district as an aftermath of the flood, killing at least 1128 so far. Many more have been attacked.
 arrow World Bank to set up information centre at CU
World Bank (WB) will set up an information centre on Chittagong University (CU) campus.
Culturearrow Natyachakra celebrates 32 years
Natyachakra, a popular theatrical group of the country, celebrated its 32nd anniversary at the Mohila Samity on August 10.
 arrow Asif Akbar: A ripple in the music industry
Even though Asif Akbar spent most of his childhood playing cricket and other sports, he developed his all- time passion, singing, in his most private moments and also in school and college.
 arrow Lending a helping hand to Boyati
Palli Baul Shomaj Unnayon Shangstha (PBSUS)--an association for the welfare of Bauls, held a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity on August 9 to give financial support to the popularBaul
 arrow Uttam Kumar
Uttam Kumar had all the makings of a superstar--a mesmerising screen presence, a mellifluous voice and a dazzling personality.
Generalarrow 'Bring culprits to justice'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded punishment to the criminals involved in the post-election attacks on the religious minorities in 2001.
 arrow Book publishers, sellers give 10-day ultimatum to govt
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers' Association yesterday gave a 10-day ultimatum to the government to withdraw notices asking for compulsory registration of bookshops under the Value Added Tax (VAT)
 arrow Bank stops selling forms, receiving money
Agrani Bank has stopped selling forms and receiving money for Bhasantek Rehabilitation Project for slum dwellers and low-income groups following the reported allegations of corruption against the developer.
 arrow Irregularities alleged
Blue Panel teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday made allegations of irregularities in appointment of teachers during a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz.
 arrow 12-point demand for flood-affected working people
Bangladesh Sanjukta Sramik Federation (BSSF) yesterday placed a 12- point demand to the government for flood-affected working people of different trades.
 arrow Chinese aid for flood victims
China will provide Bangladesh 1 lakh US dollar in cash and relief commodities worth about Tk 5.1 crore (RMB 7 million) for flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow Indian HC medical camp from today
The High commission of India will launch a week-long medical relief camp at Vatara Union Parishad, Baridhara, Notun Bazar and Badda from today.
 arrow edn materials for mentally challenged students
CityCell, a leading cellular phone service provider, donated education materials to mentally challenged students of the Chittagong Institute for Intellectually Disabled (CIID) at Zakir Hossain Road in
Internationalarrow Iraqis blame US for continuous fighting
Lying on a hospital bed, 14-year-old Mortada Mushatet is an avid supporter of Iraq's Shiite Muslim uprising after he was shot during clashes with US forces in the militia's Baghdad bastion.
 arrow Indian govt repeals 'controversial' Pota
The Indian cabinet on Tuesday night approved repeal of a tough controversial anti-terror law to fulfill the electoral promise of the country's ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
 arrow UN accuses Sudan of bombing Darfur
The United Nations says the Sudanese government has carried out fresh bombing raids on rebels in the province of Darfur using helicopter gunships.
 arrow Army launches offensive against Maoist rebels
Nepal's armed forces launched ground and air raids yesterday against remote Maoist rebel strongholds, an army official said, after the guerrillas threatened to encircle the capital and starve it of supplies.
 arrow Jordanian kidnapped in Iraq
A Jordanian man has been kidnapped in Iraq, the second in 24 hours, a Jordanian foreign ministry spokesman said early yesterday.
 arrow Indian police arrest 300 striking lawyers
At least 300 striking lawyers were arrested yesterday from the Tis Hazari lower courts in New Delhi for allegedly preventing judges from attending court by locking the gates of the complex.
 arrow Chalabi refuses to evacuate Baghdad office
Officials from the political party of disgraced Pentagon favourite Ahmed Chalabi refused to vacate their Baghdad headquarters yesterday as demanded by two government eviction orders.
 arrow Rumsfeld in Afghanistan ahead of polls
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held talks with US commanders and Afghan leaders in Kabul yesterday to review strategy as insurgents step up attacks to disrupt historic October presidential elections.
 arrow al-Qaeda captives deny 9/11 suspect knew of plot
Captured al-Qaeda leaders have told US interrogators that a Moroccan man on trial in Germany over the September 11 attacks had no knowledge of the attack plans, a Hamburg court was told yesterday.
 arrow Luck shines even in jail!
A rapist and serial sex attacker serving life in a British prison has won seven million pounds (10.5 million euros, 12.8 million dollars) on the country's National Lottery, a report said on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: US trafficking report
In June the US listed Bangladesh as one of ten countries failing to do enough to stop trafficking of women and children, and threatened economic sanctions if the US concerns were not adequately addressed
 arrow Editorial: Shakeup in Sylhet police
After all that we have witnessed in Sylhet in the recent days, it was expected that the government would do something to set things right as far as the performance of the law enforcers is concerned.
 arrow Politics of insurgent camps and need for mutual trust
Every time the border security forces of Bangla-desh and India meet, Bangladesh side is handed over a list of insurgent camps operating in its territory.
 arrow Nukes cause all the trouble
August 6 and 9 were days that forced one to ponder over atomic weapons. There is global unanimity that these are not weapons of war; they are evil machines of death and destruction aimed at life itself.
Letters to Editorarrow EC's role
Acting chief election commissioner had done well to book a group of election code violators that had created a healthy atmosphere to conduct the Gazipur 2 by-election.
 arrow Too costly
I had read the announcement in the paper of the birth of some glossy addition to our art and literature environment. I borrowed the copy from a reader who can afford to buy it.
 arrow Good for democracy
Amid unprecedented destruction by the recent deluge across the county, people's eyes were fixed on the Gazipur-2 by-election where multi dimensional factors coincided along with the fact that the Awami
 arrow Relation between cousins
In our society marriage among cousins is quite common. But we are suspicious about its benefits as medical science nowadays discourage marriage between cousins from nearest relatives.
 arrow Foreign donation
About 30 million people of Bangladesh are struggling to survive as floods have inundated 40 out of the 64 districts. The extent of damage has been colossal both in terms of life and property.