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Front Pagearrow Clueless intelligence agencies irk govt
The government sounded worried about failures of high-profile intelligence agencies to trace the masterminds of bomb blasts that killed at least 10 people and injured scores of others in Sylhet sinceJanuary
 arrow Saifur trashes flood damage estimates as guesswork
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday dismissed the flood-damage estimates of the UN and others as 'mere guesswork' and said the government does not subscribe to these estimates, asit
 arrow Nation mourns Bangabandhu
The pavement in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban on Dhanmondi Road No.
 arrow India's Independence Day rally bombed
Separatist rebels killed 22 people, many of them school children, in India yesterday and wounded dozens in bomb and grenade attacks on independence day ceremonies in the troubled northeast and disputed
 arrow Mercury goes up in Olympics pool
The duel in the pool between Australia and the United States swim teams took centre-stage at the Olympics Sunday as organisers played down fresh concerns over thousands of unsold tickets and security.
 arrow 6 more infants die from pneumonia
Pneumonia continues to be a leading cause of illness for the infants in most of the flood shelters as six more died of the disease and 846 were infected yesterday.
 arrow Bigots to keep laying siege to Ahmadiyya mosques
Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Parishad Bangladesh (KNAPB) yesterday said they will keep on laying siege to Ahmadiyya mosques across the country as long as the Ahmadiyyas identify their place of worship as amosque.
 arrow Hartal enforced in times of flood distress
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday criticised the opposition for perpetrating "anarchic activities" instead of helping people in times of distress inflicted by severe floods.
 arrow MK Anwar urges PM to probe GD filed against him
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday requested Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to take measures through investigation into the allegations brought against him by father of a Dhaka City ward commissioner.
 arrow Mob beats 'criminal' dead in Kafrul, 2 bodies retrieved
A mob yesterday beat an alleged criminal dead in Kafrul after he and his fellow gangsters beat and injured a local businessman and his staff for toll while the police retrieved two bodies from Kamrangirchar
 arrow Mannan appeals to HC to vacate stay order
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader major (retd) Abdul Mannan yesterday appealed to the High Court to vacate the stay order on his petition filed with the Election Commission (EC) challenging the validity
 arrow Violence erupts in Najaf again
Gunfire boomed across the Iraqi city of Najaf yesterday, a day after the interim government said its offensive against Shiite Muslim militiamen would continue in the wake of failed peace talks.
 arrow Flood-hit villagers crowd markets for jobs
As floodwaters are receding gradually, flood-hit villagers in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla, particularly poor ones, now fear a longer spell of miseries due to lack of jobs.
 arrow Qaeda deadline for Europe expires
A group claiming links to al-Qaeda called on its fighters Sunday to attack "all targets" in Italy after the group's Aug. 15 deadline for Italian troops to quit Iraq was ignored.
 arrow Senakalyan Bhaban targeted this time
Senakalyan Bhaban, a Motijheel skyscraper, came under an anonymous bomb threat yesterday, in the recent serial hoax bomb threats, causing panic and a hectic search.
 arrow HC asks Metro Makers to stop earth-filling
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked a real estate developer to stop earth-filling under the Modhumoti Model Town project at Amin Bazar in Savar for the next six months.
 arrow Humayun Azad's body may arrive on Thursday
The body of Professor Humayun Azad is likely to arrive in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Planning minister's project approval power doubled
The power of the planning minister in approving development projects has been enhanced and from now on he can okay projects worth Tk 20 crore or less and those involving beyond Tk 20 crore will go tothe
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg criminal
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top criminal of the city here yesterday.

The criminal identified as Shafiqul Alam alias Samrat is an accused in 13 criminal offences including two murders.

 arrow US to donate wheat worth $5.5m
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday said US will donate wheat worth $5.
 arrow Iran's missiles can hit anywhere in Israel
A senior Iranian military official said yesterday Israel and the United States would not dare attack Iran since it could strike back anywhere in Israel with its latest missiles, news agencies reported.
 arrow Biman forms probe body on Brussels office graft
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has formed a two-member committee to probe the graft of its Brussels office reported by The Daily Star on Sunday, a press release said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinians in Israel jails on hunger strike
About 1,600 Palestinians in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike to protest at conditions they say are humiliating and unnecessary.
 arrow Lissner stresses flood loss figure reasonable
Resident Coordinator of United Nations Jorgen Lissner yesterday said the government assessment on the damage of the current deluge in Bangladesh is "reasonable" in view of the UN experience in facingdisasters
 arrow Another anti-crime drive planned in southwest
Another new tougher drive against terrorists is outlined for five crime-prone districts of Khulna division, a meeting chaired by State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar said on Saturday.
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg criminal
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top criminal of the city here yesterday.

The criminal identified as Shafiqul Alam alias Samrat is an accused in 13 criminal offences including two murders.

Businessarrow Yarn production sees robust growth on demand rise

Spinning industry, a vital component of backward linkage to readymade garment (RMG) sector, has been witnessing a robust growth over the past few years on increased domestic demand ahead of theexpiry

 arrow Int'l air passenger traffic sees 3.25pc growth in 2003
International air passenger traffic to and from Bangladesh witnessed a moderate growth of 3.25 percent in 2003, down from 3.
 arrow Compliance issue to be a major concern for RMG exporters after 2004
With the quota-free textile and clothing regime hardly five months away, export-oriented garment manufacturers fear that 'compliance issue' would emerge as a major problem for them in dealing with buyers
 arrow Indian shares, bonds seen lower on inflation concerns
Indian shares and bonds are seen drifting lower this week as concerns about soaring global crude prices and its impact on domestic growth and inflation mount, keeping investors on the sidelines.
 arrow Body formed to supervise post-flood lending
The government has formed an 11-member committee to supervise post-flood lending programme, under which farmers will be provided with preferential credits for fresh farming to recoup crop losses fromflooding.
 arrow Qatar Airways holds product presentation for travel agents
Qatar Airways organised a product presentation ceremony for travel agents in Dhaka on Thursday.

Shamshad Ahsan, area manager-Bangladesh of the airline, inaugurated the programme, says a press release.

 arrow EU hits back at Bush's threat to take Airbus to WTO
The European Commission hit back on Saturday after US President George W.
 arrow Malaysia mulls ways to help flag carrier absorb rising fuel costs
Malaysia Airlines will absorb rising fuel costs caused by higher oil prices but the government is considering lowering airport parking fees and other measures to ease its burden, a report said Sunday.
 arrow Incoming EC chief nails free market colours to the mast
The ambitious incoming chief of the European Union executive looks intent on steering a rudderless organisation back into the rapids of EU debate by placing economic reform at the heart of his agenda.
 arrow DSE delists13 cos from today
Trading of 13 Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) listed companies will come to a halt today as the bourse has decided to delist them for violating the listing regulations.
 arrow StanChart Launches 24-hour call centre
Standard Chartered Bank has launched its 24-hour call centre in Bangladesh.
 arrow Soaring oil prices pose new menace to US economy
Tearaway world oil prices, toppling records and straining wallets, present a new economic menace barely three months before the US presidential elections, analysts say.
 arrow Opec chief suggests rise of output by non-members
Non-Opec oil exporters should consider increasing output to cool record crude prices, Opec President Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Sunday.
 arrow Sri Lanka eyes trouble from pricey subsidies
With Sri Lanka's peace process stalled and foreign donors growing fed up, financial analysts are worried the left-wing government's expensive subsidies could play havoc with the economy.
Sportsarrow Games is hot
Olympic swimming was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday, and not just be-cause of Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe.
 arrow This one's for him
An emotional Ian Thorpe dedicated his Olympic gold medal to the friend who controversially gave up his spot to let him swim the race.
 arrow Bravest man in Greece
Iraq's Mohammed Ali is not the greatest, like his boxing namesake, but the weightlifter is among the bravest competitors at the Athens Games.
 arrow Turkey toasts terrific Taylan
Gold medal heroine Nurcan Taylan woke up Sunday full of Turkish delight in her new superstar and super-rich status.
Ioannis Kokkodis was thrilled to become the first Greek swimmer to make a modern Olympic final, finishing sixth in the 400 metres medley won by US phenomenon Michael Phelps in world record time.
 arrow Football: Ctg ready
Hosts Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club will eye a super six berth when the second phase of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League enters the last leg here today.
 arrow Cricket: Lara touches 10,000 mark
West Indies captain Brian Lara became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs when he made seven against England in the third Test at Old Trafford here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies gain lead
Dwayne Bravo took six wickets to help dismiss England for 330 on Day Four of the third Test at Old Trafford on Sunday as West Indies moved into their strongest position so far in the series.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas scripts SL history
Chaminda Vaas wrecked South Africa as Sri Lanka scored an emphatic 313-run victory in the second and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Sunday.
 arrow Iran pins gold medal on Miresmaeili!
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami and the hardline press heaped praise Sunday on double world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili who had threatened to boycott the Olympics because he was to fight an Israeli.
 arrow Kiribati for recognition
Olympic debutant Kiribati know that they have no hope of a medal here in Athens, their main aim is that the exposure will help put an end to the question, "Where is Kiribati?"

"No one is betting on

 arrow LATEST
Udomporn Polsak wrote her name into the history books on Sunday when she became the first-ever Thai woman to strike Olympic gold as Asian athletes enjoyed another successful day at the games.
 arrow Cricket: BCB going for pace
Desperate for a strike bowler, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will embark on a search for fast bowlers in eleven districts across the country from October.
 arrow Cricket: Cordy rejoins Tigers today
Fitness trainer Justin Cordy joins the ICC Champions Trophy-bound Bangladesh national cricket team today.
 arrow Argentina in last eight
Argentina locked up a quarter-final berth in the Olympic football competition with a dominating 2-0 Group C win over Tunisia here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Okocha's happy birthday
Djibril Cisse eased Liverpool fans' pain over the loss of Michael Owen to Real Madrid with his first goal in English football as the Reds kicked off a new era with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Owen knows the order
England striker Michael Owen said he is ready to fight for a place in the crowded forward line at Real Madrid after being unveiled as the club's latest big-name signing on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson on the attack
A defiant Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended his right to earn more than four million pounds a year and called upon his unnamed detractors on the Football Association board to confront him face to face.
 arrow Football: Champions held
Champions Lyon did well to earn a 1-1 draw against lively visitors Sochaux in the second round of the French football championship on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Incorporate issue of disabled into PRSP separately'
Speakers at a roundtable called on the government to incorporate the issue of disabled people into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) separately.
Nationalarrow Fake medicines supplied to Rangpur hospitals for 2 yrs
Spurious medicines produced in fake factories here were supplied to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH), Sadar Hospital, TB Hospital and seven upazila health complexes in the district for the last
 arrow 'Execute Bangabandhu murder verdict'
The 29th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed yesterday in Rajshahi University and Gaibandha town in a befitting manner.
 arrow Unabated looting of coastal forests
Reserve forests in coastal areas of Patuakhali are disappearing due to large scale felling of timber threes by organised gaugs of thieves.
 arrow Facing fallout of flood
The floodwater is gone but has left vast sheets of sand, making lands uncultivable.
 arrow Rainy season without rain
Unbelievable though, farmers are irrigation lands in many areas in south-western districts to transplant Aman seedlings in the current rainy season.
 arrow Humayun Azad's death condoled
Different organisations yesterday condoled the death of eminent writer Professor Humayun Azad.
 arrow Death from custodial torture alleged
Death of poor rickshawpuller due to alleged torture in custody has created resentment among people in the town.
 arrow Govt assistance Only 5,700 to benefit in Bogra
Only 5700 flood affected farmers out of about one lake in Bogra district will get governments' assistance under its post-flood agriculture rehabilitation programme.
Point-Counterpointarrow Rehabilitating flood-ravaged rural infractucture
Finance and Planning Minister M. Saifur Rahman directed the ministries to immediately start rehabilitation of flood-ravaged rural infrastructure with the Tk.
 arrow An elegy for Humayun Azad
Our friend Humayun Azad has gone to a place where he could have a serene sleeping.
Culturearrow Playing fire over water
Even though it was a rainy day, people from all over Dhanmondi and elsewhere gathered at the Dhanmondi Amphitheatre to watch the fire spinners in action.
 arrow A musical night to remember
Coming up with their fifth musical programme, event management company Orchestra once again delighted the audience with a musical night.
 arrow Fund raiser effort by Theatre (Baily Road)
Theatre (Baily Road) staged their current production Madhobi at the Experimental Theatre Stage on August 14, a fund raising effort for the flood victims.
 arrow BAMBA's charity concert
In line with many cultural organisations, the only association of band groups in the country, Bangladesh Musical Bands' Association (BAMBA) also comes forward now to the aid of the flood affected people.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004: A recap
Recently, the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) celebrated a 37-day long drama meet titled Dhaka Drama Festival2004 at the Experimental Theatre Stage at Shilpakala Academy.
Generalarrow Tk 4.5 cr Danish grant for pain management clinics
Denmark will provide Tk 4.
 arrow Allowances for ward commissioners to be raised
An in-house meeting of the local government, rural development and cooperatives ministry was held at its conference room yesterday.
 arrow Bodies of 2 abducted traders recovered
Police recovered the bodies of two abducted traders from Sheron para, a tribal village under Bandarban Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Execution of verdict demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for immediate execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case.

They said the execution of the verdict is being delayed intentionally.

 arrow PM receives donations for flood-hit people
More organisations, ministries and individuals yesterday donated 1 lakh US dollar and Tk 51 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for flood-affected people.
 arrow JCD men assault schoolteacher
Four activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Wednesday allegedly assaulted a schoolteacher for his refusal to pay them toll in Nalcity upazila.
 arrow Garment worker killed in road accident
A female garment worker was killed in a road accident at Shyamoli in the city yesterday.
 arrow ASK condoles Azad's death
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of eminent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Seminar on glaucoma held
A scientific seminar on 'Advances in Medical Management of Glaucoma' was held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Saturday, says a press release.

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 arrow Team leaves for Beijing today
A 19-member Bangladesh delegation leaves Dhaka today to take part in the sixth Asian Art Festival to be held in Beijing, capital of China, says a press release.
 arrow 1,271 more held
Police arrested some 1,271 people, including six identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Another hurricane, storm gather strength in Atlantic
While Florida tallied the devastation from Hurricane Charley, another hurricane and a tropical storm gathered strength in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday.
 arrow Iraqi nat'l conference off to a rocky start
A national conference, hailed as a first experiment in Iraqi democracy for decades, got off to a rocky start yesterday when more than 100 delegates walked out to protest against fighting in the holy city
 arrow Some Republicans drop Bush allegiance to vote for Kerry
They are unhappy with the state of the US economy and they disagree with President George W. Bush's handling to the war on terror.
 arrow 'India to expedite talks with Pakistan'
India is committed to resolving its long-standing dispute with nuclear rival Pakistan through dialogue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday, also pledging to step up the fight against terrorism.
 arrow Lanka may offer limited autonomy to Tigers
Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway is expected to make another attempt to jumpstart stalled negotiations amid fresh proposals of limited autonomy for Tiger rebels, diplomats and officials said.
 arrow Maldives detains hundreds of pro-democracy activists
Hundreds of people were rounded up in the Maldives, South Asia's most expensive resort paradise, after President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom imposed a state of emergency following protests against his rule,dissidents
 arrow Palestinians stage mass hunger strike in Israeli jails
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners were staging a hunger strike yesterday in protest at their conditions in Israeli jails as militants threatened to kidnap Israeli troops to secure the release of inmates.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Of our gaols and gaolers
WE are confounded, this time by reports on the goings-on in our prisons that reflect patent indifference to the basic needs of the prisoners.
 arrow Editorial: Ahmadiyyas under attack again
ATTEMPTS by Islamic bigots to pierce through a police cordon and attack Nirala Ahmadiyya mosque complex in Khulna can only be described as another despicable act against the sensibilities of a religious
 arrow Deja vu all over again
In Pakistan the recent ouster of its prime minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has surprised no one, for that has been the fate of Pakistani prime ministers ever since president Ziaul Huq ignominiously
 arrow The murder they wrote
Call it creative law enforcement. Call it the murder they wrote.
 arrow Northeast in deep crisis
In India's Northeast, they tell you bluntly: "You Indians have the same attitude to us as the West has to the Third World. Normally, we are dead for you.
 arrow A common sense solution to floods
For the last fifty years, the experts and the prophets of development economics have said much about flood control in Bangladesh, but rarely anybody ever looked to the problem from a simple and workable
Letters to Editorarrow Dr. Humayun Azad no more
I've just heard of the unexpected death of Dr. Humayan Azad.

It's really shocking news. Dr. Humayan Azad was a prominent writer and teacher. We have lost one of our intellectuals.

 arrow Is Bangladesh cheap?
I read with deep interest Dr. Ahmed's write-up, "Bangladesh is cheap!" (Today 13 August 2004). I do hope that Dr.
 arrow We need new people !
We need new people in the government of Bangladesh! I know this statement sounds naive, however, the people in our government are of no use.
 arrow Iraq : What lies ahead?
The US-UK war and occupation of Iraq has wrought chaos and claimed countless victims.
 arrow Overpopulation, a great burden
This relates to a letter published in the DS on 9 August, 2004. I strongly share the opinion expressed in it . Population control should be our first priority.
 arrow Be confident!
We see many people around who always suffer from inferiority complex that they are unpopular because they are neither good-looking, nor are they quite brilliant in academic performance.
 arrow Laws are made to violate
I am a student of class nine reading in an English medium school. I know, as everybody else does, that polythene or any plastic bags were banned a year ago.
 arrow Police and crime
It came to my notice a couple of days ago while reading an article in your newspaper that the government is taking action by transferring some 37 policemen in Sylhet due to their criminal connections.
 arrow For a safe world
The world is passing through a violent turmoil for the last many years. The First World War ended in 1918, the Second in 1945.
 arrow Our leaders
After the devastating floods, half the country is now recuperating from the trauma and the devastation it has caused. More than fifty percent of the capital city was inundated.
 arrow Cultural dilemma?
Can any one tell me how many best friends turn into bitter enemies after something goes wrong between them? Can any one be surprised when he reads a piece of news about patricide or fratricide in the
 arrow Blocked footpath
A few days back I was going on foot from the Curzon Hall to the SM Hall through the TSC. When I reached near the TSC I could not believe my eyes.
 arrow Bomb menace
At present Bangladesh is in a pandemonium due to rampant bombings. The populace of this country are walking a tight rope . Sylhet city is the worst affected place.
Star Cityarrow Buying back stolen motor parts at higher prices
Parvez Murshed, a resident of Mirpur, had to repurchase parts of his own car at three times higher prices than normal.
 arrow No let-up in Buriganga encroachment
Sena Kalyan Sangstha (SKS) and at least a dozen other organisations still illegally occupy the Buriganga despite several eviction attempts and court orders to knock down all illegal structures on thechannel,
 arrow Down and out in Dhaka streets
They beg by day, shoving and pushing against each other to get the attention of the passengers sitting in the cool of air-conditioned cars. If the luck is good, they might get a two-taka note.
 arrow Dhanmondi in garbage glitch
Residents of Dhanmondi Road No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 face serious problems in waste disposal as the areas lack garbage containers.
 arrow Bribe, break law
Non-mechanised vehicles are banned on the Panthapath Road. But that is something written in the books.