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Front Pagearrow Key suspect killed in gunfight with cops
Altaf Hossain alias BDR Altaf, second-in-command of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) and chargesheeted accused in journalist Manik Saha murder case, was killed in a gunfight with
 arrow Sadr men still control shrine, 77 more killed
Shia fighters appeared still to be in control of a holy shrine in Najaf yesterday after Iraq's interim government said it had overcome a bloody uprising by seizing the Imam Ali mosque without a shot being
 arrow Fanatics fight with cops, attack Ahmadiyya base
Religious fanatics clashed with police and attacked an Ahmadiyya Complex at Bakshibazar from a procession yesterday demanding declaration of the sect as non-Muslim in the run-up to their planned siege
 arrow Threat to Prothom Alo condemned
Different political, social and cultural organisations yesterday condemned the extremist activities against the Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
 arrow Five-star Phelps
United States swimming sensation Michael Phelps took centre-stage at the Olympics here Friday by bagging his fifth gold medal of the Athens games as two new drugs cases emerged.
 arrow Health officials play down diarrhoea scourge
Government health officials and staff working on the field underplay the spectre of outbreak of diarrhoea and other diseases in the flood-affected areas.
 arrow Govt likely to seal deal in 2 weeks
The government is likely to seal the final deal with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in two weeks for the Hong Kong-based consultancy firm to take over management of Agrani Bank.
 arrow Implement Safta with reciprocity for benefit of all
Business leaders from the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries yesterday termed the signing of the Safta (South Asian Free Trade Area) a landmark achievement and called for
 arrow Life in erosion fury
Hundreds of people live in panic although a brick-kiln protection dam was removed on Thursday to quiet the fury of a diverted Buriganga channel blamed for collapse of 11 houses and cracking of another
 arrow Think beyond state barriers: Morshed
A three-day regional conference of South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) kicked off in the city yesterday with Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan calling on media professionals to think beyond state
 arrow Private landline phones unlikely by yearend
The pending demand for fixed telephone in Bangladesh is unlikely to be met by the end of this year as private fixed phone operators will not be able to launch service due to non-availability of interconnection
 arrow Clinker vessel rammed by another ship sinks in Bay
A coaster vessel carrying 900 tons of cement clinkers sank in the Bay after being rammed by another ship last night.
 arrow Two sisters drown in floodwaters
Two sisters drowned in the flood waters when the elder one went to rescue her drowning sister yesterday in Basabo.
 arrow Oil prices approach 50 dollars
World oil prices hit new highs approaching 50 dollars a barrel yesterday on concerns over the safety of key oil infrastructures in Iraq, the scene of heavy fighting between US forces and the army of radical
 arrow Govt abusing speedy Trial Act: AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the government of abusing the Speedy Trial Act to wipe out opposition from the political landscape of the country.
 arrow Rab rescues abducted youth
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued a kidnapped youth from Gazipur in the early hours yesterday, 36 hours into his abduction from Lalbagh.
 arrow ICM threatens strong protest against Prothom Alo
The Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) yesterday burnt copies of the Prothom Alo and threatened to launch a vigorous demonstration against the Bangla daily if it did not seek apology for carrying stories
 arrow Khaleda ranks 14 on Forbes women in power list
China's Vice Premier Wu Yi is the world's second most powerful woman, Forbes magazine said yesterday as it published a list that also included India's Sonia Gandhi, Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri
 arrow 6 robbers held
A mob yesterday held six highway robbers as they were fleeing after committing robbery in a Narshingdi-bound passenger bus in Karnagop of Rupganj upazila.
 arrow 15,000-year old town unearthed in Sahara
The remains of a prehistoric town dating back 15,000 years have been discovered in Western Sahara.
 arrow 2 bullet-hit in Shyampur
Two people including a woman were bullet-hit in two separate incidents in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Ex-UP member murdered in Jessore
A former union parishad (UP) member was stabbed to death by hoodlums in Chowgachha upazila of the district on Thursday night.
Businessarrow Shop owners, traders announce 3-day strike from Sept 27
Shop owners and traders have announced a three-day strike from September 27 across the country to press the government to continue with package system for VAT payment at retail level and waive a portion
 arrow Business promotion council on cards to up pharma export
In a bid to increase pharmaceuticals export, the government is contemplating setting up a business promotion council.
 arrow Asia-Pacific airlines increasing fuel charges on high oil price
Asia-Pacific airlines have begun raising fuel surcharges as crude prices soar towards the 50-US dollar level, threatening profits just as the carriers are rebounding from last year's SARS crisis.
 arrow New EU commission vows to speed up reform
The incoming European Commi-ssion met for the first time Friday vowing to accelerate EU economic reform and improve the EU's faded public image after the new EU executive formally takes office in November.
 arrow IMF chief still sees world economy growing 4.6pc
IMF managing director Rodrigo Rato said on Friday that he still sees the world economy growing by about 4.6 percent this year.
 arrow Swiss-Bangla business forum formed
With a view to promoting trade and investment , Switzerland-Bangladesh Business Forum has been formed recently.
 arrow EU trade deficit widens in June
The 12-nation eurozone registered a trade deficit of 8.7 billion euros (10.7 billion dollars) in June, up from 7.8 billion in May, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said Friday.
 arrow Pakistan's cotton prices up on demand from mills
Pakistani cotton prices jumped over the past week on demand from mills after a slight increase in New York futures and dealers said Thursday they could gain further in the coming days.
 arrow China records farm trade deficit
China recorded its first-ever agricultural trade deficit in the first half of the year, casting doubts on its ability to remain a self-sufficient food producer, state press reported Friday.
 arrow Tata Consultancy Services to list stock Wednesday
Top Indian software exporter Tata Consultancy Services will list its share on the Bombay Stock Exchange next week following its successful maiden share offer, an official said Thursday.
 arrow New executive director of Human Dev Foundation
Tasnim Hassan Hai has been promoted to the position of executive director of Human Development Foundation (HDF), a social welfare organisation, recently.
 arrow Asian countries move to save energy, but oil demand strong
Asian countries are scrambling to limit the impact of record-high oil prices on their growing economies through energy conservation, but analysts said such moves were unlikely to dampen strong demandfor
 arrow India's fiscal targets more doubtful after duty cuts: Analysts
India's decision to cut fuel duties, one of its biggest sources of revenue, puts government fiscal targets in greater doubt, analysts said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
August 14-19, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was stable against Bangladeshi taka the whole of this week. Greenback remained broadly steady due to matched demand and supply.

Sportsarrow All-round Patterson
Russian gymnastics diva Svetlana Khor-kina was furious with the judges who condemned her to a second-place finish be-hind 16-year-old American Carly Patterson in the battle for the Olympic all-aroundgold
 arrow Grappling for status
Feisty females intent on dispelling the notion that women's wrestling is just a sexy sideshow to the main Olympic event make their Games debut on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ctg MSC in super six, Muktijoddha held
Chittagong Moha-mmedan Sporting Club completed the super six line-up of the Fourth Nitol-Tata Football Lea-gue when the locals eliminated Pancha-garh Brothers Uni-on with a hard-fought 2-1 victory intheir
 arrow ATHENS STREET TALK
Newly-crowned women's Olympic 100m freestyle champion Jodie Henry, 20, admitted that she had been a slow starter when it came to her swimming career.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison show
Steve Harmison starred with bat and ball as England took control on the second day of the fourth and final Test against the West Indies here at the Oval on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis, Boucher boost SA
Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher slammed half-centuries as South Africa posted a competitive 263-9 in the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Premdasa Stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Sky is the limit
Iraq's footballers had to be airlifted from Baghdad to Athens by the Australian air force to make the Olympics but on Saturday there'll be no room for sentiment when they face the Olyroos for a placein
 arrow Football: Owen's first day
With David Beckham always close at hand, Michael Owen appeared at his first training session with Real Madrid on Thursday.
 arrow Football: MU under pressure already
The second week of a nine-month season would seem a little premature for talk of teams falling out of the Premiership title race.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar stays positive
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was keeping his fingers crossed (no pun intended!) as he waited for a favourable report from doctors in Australia regarding his fractured right thumb.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh U-19s make 346
The Bangladesh Under 19 team took a 161-run first innings lead over England on the final day of the third and last Test at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff yesterday.
 arrow Dolly records best timing
Dolly Akhter put her Sydney Games memory behind when she successfully jumped into the pool in the women's 50m freestyle heat in the Athens Olympic yesterday.
 arrow 'Harder, deeper, longer'
The organisers of the Athens Olympics have vainly tried to remove the Greek edition of Playboy from the newspaper stands for offending the Games with a section on the Olympian traditions of sex, the magazine
 arrow Jui to learn heptahlon
SAF Games silver medalist in long jump Fouzia Huda Jui is set to become the first women athlete from Bangladesh to learn the finer points of heptathlon.
 arrow Woodgate for Real
England international defender Jonathan Woodgate passed his medical and will sign a four-year contract with Real Madrid on Saturday, the Spanish giants said.
 arrow Football: BFF AGM now on Oct 2
The Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will be held on October 2 instead of the earlier scheduled date of September 25.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka 234 for 6 after 45 overs
The first one-day international between Sri Lanka and South Africa yesterday was heading for a tight finish as the hosts reached 234 for 6 after 45 overs.
Metropolitanarrow Action against fanatics demanded
Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday demanded of the government to take action against the Islamic fanatics.
 arrow 'Empower local govt to establish real democracy'
Empowerment of local government is essential to help establish real democracy in the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Indigenous people at Kulaura deprived of edn, health care'
Indigenous people at Kulaura in Moulvibazar have been deprived of education and health care facilities since the independence, said Sanjib Drong, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, yesterday.
 arrow Agreement with Brac to eliminate TB
An agreement to eliminate tuberculosis in Bangladesh was signed between Brac as the principal recipient of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria (GFATM), Geneva and nine other partner organisations
 arrow Trial of Manik Saha murder case begins Sept 8
Trial of journalist Manik Saha murder case begin in the Speedy Trial Tribunal on September 8.

Manik Saha was bombed to death near Khulna Press Club on January 15.

 arrow Wife stabbed for dowry
A man stabbed his wife for dowry at Sutrapur in the city on Wednesday night.
 arrow DU student stabbed at Lalbagh
A Dhaka University student was stabbed at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow Brown leaves Dhaka
United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown left Dhaka yesterday after a three-day visit.
Nationalarrow Culprits under political clout evade arrest
The men behind production and marketing of adulterated medicines, fertiliser and cement in Rangpur can not be arrested because of pressure from ruling party men, sources in the Detective Branch of police
 arrow Programmes held but aborigines live in panic
A deep sense of insecurity is prevailing among the aborigine families at Bhimpur in Naogaon where aborigine youth Alfred Soren was killed in a dispute over land four years ago, creating an outcry in the
 arrow Fatal flood fallout
The floodwater has receded from Islampur upazila in Jamalpur district but left a deep scar, making several thousand lands uncultivable. The lands have turned into sheets of sand.
 arrow 6 chargesheeted
Charges were framed against six persons as accused of Workers Party (WP) leader Dr Hiralal murder case.
 arrow Anti-drug drive in B'baria soon
An anti-drug campaign aiming at creating awareness among people will begin soon at all upazilas in the district as soon as floodwater recedes.
 arrow Pollution kills fishes in Bahirab river
The water of the Bhairab river at Noapara-Fultala point has become polluted to the extent that fishes are dying.
 arrow 8-hour strike in Rajshahi tomorrow
An eight-hour strike will be observed here tomorrow pressing for fulfillment of demands for withdrawal of VAT and a government announcement for supply of natural gas.
 arrow Jamaat is not an Islamic party: Charmonai Pir
The chief of the Islami Shashantantra Andolon (ISA), Charmonai Pir Alhaj Maulana Syed Fazlul Karim, yesterday said Jamat-e-Islami, a partner in the ruling Four-Party Alliance, is not at all an Islamic
 arrow Wicked father, criminal son
Husband Shah Alam Biswas allegedly killed his wife Ikasi Khatun, 25, by pushing a poisonous injection Wednesday night, police said yesterday.
 arrow Land dispute: One killed, 20 hurt in B'baria
At least one person was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash at Sreerampur village in Nabinagar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Five Jubo League Leaders get life for murder
Five Jubo League leaders were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a verdict announced by Additional Sessions Judge of Nilphamari Md Jahidul Islam on Tuesday in the sensational Jewelmurder
 arrow Journalist Mukul muder case revived after 20 months
Journalist Mukul murder case has been revived after long 20 months.
 arrow 2 fugitive convicts nabbed
Barhmanbaria police on Thursday night arrested two fugitive convicts from Mukandpur and Boyshrapur villages in Sadar upazila.

The arrested persons are Md Ilias, 30, and Habib Mia, 38.

Point-Counterpointarrow A revolution in the making
Talking about IT revolution is passé. But how IT has enabled the transition of business processes of rich countries be based in India, is nothing short of a revolution.
 arrow Forex market: Managing the risk
In recent times we have heard lot of discussions on various banks making losses out of their foreign exchange operations.
 arrow Laws do not apply to Israel
On Thursday before last, August 12, the writer's younger son, who is interning with the local US Congressman for the summer, came home for lunch and dropped a bombshell: "Rumours has it that (New Jersey)
Culturearrow BAMBA's mega concert with a great motive
It was the first day of the two-day concert of Bangladesh Musical Bands' Association (BAMBA), for raising funds for the rehabilitation of the flood ravaged people of the country.
 arrow 'The whole scene is not as unpleasant as many make it out to be'
Our world is in a constant flux. Each day starts anew --with new looks, new faces and new ideas. The younger generation is only too willing to take each day as it comes and embrace change.
 arrow Celebrating Berlin film festival
In the second of the series of film sessions focusing on the best film festivals in the world, Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) and Goethe-Institut Dhaka will jointly organise 'Celebrating
 arrow For a fairy childhood
Gone are the days of childhood filled with moments sitting around grandmother in a cozy corner, half-lit by a flickering lantern, and listening to wonderful fairytales.
Generalarrow Abducted trader, Krishak League leader rescued
Police rescued two abducted persons including a Krishak League leader, and arrested two abductors yesterday.
 arrow Bashir was beaten to death
Two human rights organisations have demanded judicial probe into the death of Bashir Mia, an owner of a rickshaw garage at Keraniganj.
 arrow Gonoshasthaya distributes relief
Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) and Gono Bishwabidyalaya (GB) distributed 38.
 arrow Listed criminal held in Rajshahi
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an identified criminal and recovered a revolver from his possession at Naohata under Paba upazila of the district early yesterday morning.
 arrow Qulkhwani held
Qulkhwani of Ferdousi Begum, wife of late Yusuf Ali Chowdhury (Mohan Mia) and mother of Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibn Yusuf, was held at Gulshan Central Mosque after Asr prayer
Internationalarrow Iran calls for urgent OIC meeting on Iraq
Iranian reformist president Mohammad Khatami yesterday asked the heads of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to urgently convene "to try to find solutions to the deepening Iraqi crisis,"
 arrow Israel gets double warning over impact of its policies
The Israeli government was given a double warning over its policies in the West Bank yesterday as its top legal officer said it faced a real threat of sanctions over its controversial separation barrier
 arrow Nepal agrees to meet Maoist demand
Maoist rebels who have cut off Kathmandu for three days attacked security forces and bombed buildings inside the Nepalese capital yesterday, as the government partially agreed to guerrilla demands for
 arrow Indo-Pak peace will help calm extremism in S Asia
Asserting that it has sought to foster reconciliation between India and Pakistan, the United States has said peace between the two nations would help calm the extremist impulses in the region.
 arrow US, S Korea fail to hammer out deal
The United States and South Korea failed yesterday to hammer out a deal over a timetable for the planned reduction of US troops here, with Seoul asking for the cut to be delayed, officials said.
 arrow Deliberate failure to treat PoW violates law: ICRC
A deliberate failure by army doctors to treat prisoners would be a violation of the international rules of war, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yesterday.
 arrow US asks Tigers to return to talks
The United States urged Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka Thursday to cease political assassinations, suicide bombings and recruitment of child soldiers and resume peace talks with the government.
 arrow Georgia starts South Ossetia pullout
Georgia has begun withdrawing troops from the conflict zone in South Ossetia a day after it claimed to have captured key strategic positions in the area.
 arrow Beer-guzzling bear lands up with sore head
Workers at a US resort were stunned to find a black bear passed out drunk their lawn after he guzzled down 36 beers in a night of drunken revelry, they said Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: IMF loan conditions
In a recent meeting with the finance minister, the executive director of the IMF raised the possibility that the IMF may not release the fourth tranche of an anti-poverty loan that was scheduled for disbursement
 arrow Editorial: Image of the country
Comments made by our Foreign Minister after the first ever meeting of the Strategic Country Promotional Council, a public-private body recently formed to develop ways to better the country's image, have
 arrow Palestine and Israel continue their war of attrition
Recent advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice, the decision of Israel's High Court and the vote in the UN General Assembly on the infamous barrier being built in the occupied territories
 arrow Unimportance of being Manmohan Singh
THE Manmohan Singh's government is 100 days old.
Letters to Editorarrow Don't read only for pleasure
At first I should admit that I was bewildered by the piece written by DU economics student Ms Durdana Ghias (Aug 11, 2004) in response to Mahfuzul Haque's letter (Aug 02, 2004)

Probably, Ms Durdana

 arrow Divide and rule policy
It looks to me, (born and brought up in British India before partition before migrating to Dhaka), that Uncle Sam is imitating the old and tried British divide-and-rule policy in Muslim (and oil-rich)
 arrow Learning from Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton's book My Life is a best seller on the Dhaka streets. I bought Clinton for a mere one hundred Taka, and started noting quotable quotes. Here is the first installment of musings.
Literaturearrow City
Coexisting peacefully on the walls were notices and advertisements of all sorts in letters a foot high: 'Nizam Lady tobacco', 'Beware the Flames of Revolution!', 'A.K.
 arrow On Writing in English: an Indian poet’s perspective
A couple of weeks back Kaiser Huq wrote on the topic of writing creatively, writing poems in fact, in English in Bangladesh.