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Front Pagearrow Sadr militias hand in arms, leave Najaf shrine
Shia rebels began handing in weapons and leaving a holy shrine yesterday in Iraq's Najaf, where tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked to celebrate a peace deal reached overnight to end a bloody three-week
 arrow Ahmadiyya complex capture plan foiled
Police action and civil society resistance kept at bay religious fanatics who threatened to capture the Ahmadiyya headquarters in Bakshibazar yesterday to the relief of Dhaka residents reeling from deadly
 arrow Thousands pay tearful homage to writer Azad
The wreath-covered coffin of writer Humayun Azad was borne to a crowd of mourners yesterday, two weeks after he was found dead in Germany to the disbelief of his family.
 arrow Human chain...


 arrow Overloaded trucks expose Jamuna bridge to damage
The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Authority (JMBA) is allowing overloaded trucks to use the bridge exposing it to serious damage in violation of rules.
 arrow Arson, bomb blasts ahead of hartal
Overnight arson attacks on public transports and bomb injuries to several people preceded today's countrywide daylong hartal jointly called by main opposition Awami League and other opposition parties
 arrow Interpol briefed on blasts
Bangladesh Police yesterday formally sought help from Interpol for proper investigation into the grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in the capital on Saturday last that killed 19 people andinjured
 arrow I want justice, not sympathy
"I don't want mere sympathy on my wife's death, I want justice,"said Zillur Rahman at the qulkhwani of Awami League (AL) Women's Affairs Secretary Ivy Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Khulna police seek remand of Kamrul
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday handed over Kamruzzaman alias Kamrul, who has close links to outlaws in Khulna region, to Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP).
 arrow Villagers see Rangpur arson as persecution
Monday's robbery and arson attack by BNP-linked mobsters on 22 houses at Adam Sarkarpara village under Peergachha upazila in the district was part of a three-year-long persecution, this time aimed atevicting
 arrow Black doesn't suit Iraq
Iraq's footballers have refused to join their Olympic bronze medal opponents Italy in donning black armbands as a mark of respect for murdered Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni.
 arrow AL won't hand over Hasina's bullet-hit car to investigators
Investigators will once again write the Awami League (AL) leadership to take the violence-scarred vehicle of Sheikh Hasina into their custody, but the party is determined not to hand over the bullet-proof
 arrow Govt plans seed drive to offset flood damage
Amid fears of a substantial loss to aman rice in recent monsoon flooding, the government plans to offset the damage through a seed supply drive in the late-sowing period and ensure better harvests ofthe
 arrow Railway sees Tk 215 cr loss as deficit
Bangladesh Railway (BR) suffered a loss of around Tk 215 crore in the last fiscal year because of poor railway network, old and rundown locomotives and carriages and lack of proper management.
 arrow Traces of explosives found in Russian jet wreckage
Traces of explosives have been found in the wreckage of one of two airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously earlier this week, the Federal Security Service said yesterday, a day after a top official
 arrow Red tape halts govt salary for 2,000 college teachers
About 2,000 non-government degree college teachers are not getting the government portion of their salaries for two years because of red tape.
 arrow Now power from banana
Australian scientists have created an electricity generator fuelled by decomposing bananas and are working on plans for a full-scale, fruit-fired power station.
 arrow Chhatra League activist dies in jail from alleged police torture
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist of Barisal died in Sylhet jail custody last Wednesday from alleged brutal police torture.
 arrow Dipu Chowdhury arrested
Police arrested Dipu Chowdhury, son of former state minister and Awami League leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Captors execute Italian journalist
An Islamist group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq has executed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni after holding him for a week, Arabic-language satellite news channel Al-Jazeera reported late Thursday.
 arrow Rab nabs criminal, recovers AK-47 in Cox's Bazar
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered three firearms, including AK-47 assault gun, and arrested one listed criminal in separate raids in Cox's Bazar in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Two outlaws lynched in Khulna
Two operatives of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) were lynched by a mob at Rajghat under Mulghar Union of Fakirhat upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Shaukat Aziz new Pak PM
Former finance minister Shaukat Aziz, an ally of President Pervez Musharraff, was elected Pakistan's prime minister yesterday in a rubber-stamp parliamentary vote boycotted by the entire opposition.
 arrow SC Bar Association investigation team visits...


 arrow Kazi Nazrul Islam's 28th death anniversary


 arrow Jalil asks govt to step down without delay
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the BNP led four-party alliance government for being 'responsible for the August 21 grenade blasts'.
 arrow Bush admits he miscalculated post-war Iraq
President Bush acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he had miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq, the New York Times reported.
Businessarrow Exports to Australia down 17pc in FY'04
Exports from Bangladesh to Australia dipped by 17 percent in 2003-2004, although the country started enjoying duty-free access to the Pacific country from the very beginning of the last fiscal year.
 arrow Flood-hit weavers cry for loans
An employer cannot think of losing skilled weavers working with him for so long.
 arrow WB unveils $12b plan to cut poverty in India
The World Bank unveiled plans Thursday to lend up to 12 billion dollars to India under a fresh four-year program beginning in 2005 to alleviate poverty in the world's second most populou{ nation.
 arrow Indian Ocean states to push tourism
Indian Ocean states wrapped up a meeting here Friday calling for joint efforts to boost tourism and fisheries and to ease trade barriers within their 18-member organisation.
 arrow Asian exports still brisk but outlook dim: Economists
Fuelled by strong demand from China, three of Asia's top exporters revealed robust trade data for July, but economists said the outlook was darkening.
 arrow Basic Bank launches ReadyCash ATM service
Basic Bank Limited has launched ATM (automated teller machine) service for the Basic Bank ReadyCash cardholders in collaboration with American International (Bangladesh) Limited, the service providerof
 arrow China may face grain deficit
China is expected to face a grain deficit of 25 million tons this year despite a bumper summer harvest that will help it fulfil government forecasts, state media reported Friday.
 arrow Japan jobless rate up
Japan's jobless rate rose to a worse-than-expected 4.9 percent in July but the government said the increase was mainly caused by young people leaving positions to search for better jobs.
 arrow HK Q2 GDP up 12.1pc
Hong Kong's economy grew an annualised 12.1 percent in the three months to June, its fastest quarterly rate in four years, and well above market expectations, the government said Friday.
 arrow China to invest $24b in four hydropower stations
China is to invest 24 billion dollars to build four new hydropower generation stations on the Jinsha River, a main tributary of the Yangtze River, state media reported Friday.
 arrow Sluggish demand delays South Korean recovery
South Korea's industrial output grew a weaker-than-expected 12.8 percent in July, raising fresh concerns about the economy, already suffering from weak domestic demand, officials said Friday.
 arrow High oil price for long duration to damage Asia economy: ADB
Asian economies with fragile fundamentals, even energy-rich Indonesia, could be seriously damaged if oil prices remain high for a long time, the Asian Development Bank's chief economist said Thursday.
 arrow Sípore economy to slow down to 5pc next year
Private economists raised their growth forecast for Singapore's economy this year to 8.
 arrow China, Chile to complete study on FTA by Oct
China and Chile are expected to complete a feasibility study on a free-trade agreement (FTA) by early October, reports said Friday, citing the Chilean ambassador here.
 arrow Oil prices climb as market worries about Iraq unrest
World oil prices rose Friday on concerns over the possibility of further unrest in major producer Iraq despite a ceasefire in its holy city of Najaf, where fighting has raged for weeks, traders said.
 arrow DaimlerChrysler expands US fuel cell test fleet
DaimlerChrysler delivered a medium-duty fuel cell van to the UPS package delivery company Thursday, for what it says is the first commercial US test of a hydrogen-powered vehicle this size.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
August 21 26, 2004

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

Sportsarrow Picture-perfect Hamm farewell
American superstar Mia Hamm was given the perfect send-off as the United States rode their luck to beat Brazil in extra-time and win the Olympic women's football gold medal for the second time in eight
 arrow Football: Abahani off the mark
Abahani all but guaranteed a semifinal berth in the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League with a solitary goal win over Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in yesterday's final-phase opener at the Sher-e-Jangla
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer being bullish
Bob Woolmer has said his Pakistan team can beat world champions Australia in Saturday's triangular final and insisted he has no problems handling mercurial fast bowler shoaib Akhtar.
 arrow Super Sanchez
Red-hot favourite Felix San-chez made history for the Dominican Republic when he streaked to victory in the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles final on Thursday.
 arrow A Latin gold game
Argentina are determined to make up nor their agonising Copa America defeat to Brazil last month by winning Saturday's Olympic men's football final against Paraguay.
 arrow Crawford dents Gatlin's dream
Shawn Crawford denied fellow American Justin Gatlin a sprint double on Thursday as he set up a United States clean sweep in a controversial Olympic men's 200 metres final.
 arrow Football: Draw of nostalgia
The Champions League group stages will take two of European football's biggest personalities - Jose Mourinho and Henrik Larsson - back to their old stomping grounds quicker than either might have expected.
 arrow Football: Season's onus on Real
Galactic starbursts a plenty are in the offing when the Spanish league season opens this weekend with Real Madrid, the world's most flamboyant club, determined to banish memories of their flops last time
 arrow Football: Fergie goes for youth power
Wayne Rooney is not the only youngster generating a buzz of excitement around Old Trafford at the moment.
 arrow Cricket: Third U-19 ODI washed out
The third and final one-day international between Bangladesh Under-19 and England Under-19 was abandoned yesterday witho}t a ball being bowled at Hove in Sussex. The visitors lost the series 1-0.
 arrow Chess: BCF recruits Russian GM
The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has decided to hire Russian Grand Master Alexander Volzhin to prepare the local players for the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Melilla, a Spanish island, from October
 arrow Cricket: Gul seeks Imran's help
Young Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul, ruled out of cricket for several months because of a stress fracture injury, is to seek inspiration from former captain Imran Khan.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess on
The Destiny-2000 Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament began yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium.
 arrow Football: Ctg soccer
Defending champions Blue Star Club got off to a flying start when they crushed Halishahar Ekadas Club 7-0 in the opening match of Elite Paint-Siraj Mohanagari Kishore Football League at the Dampara Police
 arrow Chess: Kolkata chess
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar was going great guns in the Telegraph School Chess Championship with maximum points after the seventh round on Thursday in Kolkata.
 arrow Football: Rooney wants to move
Wayne Rooney on Friday formally asked Everton for a transfer in a move that will help clear the way for the 18-year-old England forward to join Manchester United.
Metropolitanarrow Construction work begins in November
The construction work on Nazrul University in Trishal, the country's first university with emphasis on performing and liberal arts, will begin in November.
 arrow Draft of Nat'l Conservation Strategy prepared
The government has initiated a process to formulate National Conservation Strategy to attain sustainable development and reinforce its national and international commitments for conservation of resources.
 arrow Shop employee, infant murdered in city
Unknown assailants shot dead an employee of a shop in the city yesterday.

He was identified as Mohammad Masum, 25, of Step Shoe at Elephant Road.

 arrow No possibility of fresh floods, Met office says
Although monsoon rains have continued to batter different parts of the country for the last couple of days, there is no possibility of fresh floods, weather officials said.
 arrow Brac's initiative for victims of grenade attack
Brac has taken an initiative to support the treatment of the victims of grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally in the capital on August 21.
 arrow Absconding convict held in Chittagong
Police yesterday arrested an absconding murderer from Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong district.

The arrestee was identified as Nazrul Islam, son of one Idris Mia of Shaha Nagor of Fatikchhari.

 arrow Security guard slaughtered in Khulna
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered a security guard of a shrimp enclosure at Karerdon village under Batiaghata upazila in Khulna district on Thursday night.
 arrow US to provide financial help
The US government would continue its assistance to Bangladesh in its post-flood rebuilding efforts and upholding democratic system.
Nationalarrow Hidden treasure...
Netrakona: Grow ginger in one acre of land and earn at least Tk five lakh in six months.

This sounds unbelievable. But farmers in Tangail say so from their experience.

 arrow Campuses warm up again
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) continued its indefinite work abstention protesting irregularities in teachers' appointment while teachers at Jahangirnagar University stayed away
 arrow They are no more afraid of flood
People of some shoal areas in the Teesta and Brahmaputra basins in Gaibandha district are no more afraid of flood, thanks to efforts by Oxfam and some local NGOs.
 arrow Bogra RDA discusses ways to spread technology
Experts and officials at a day-long workshop at Bogra Rural Develop-ment Academy (RDA) auditorium yesterday discussed various ways to spread the user-friendly technology evolved by the RDA to ensure supply
 arrow BNP man elected as AL man 'barred' from nomination filing
Four Party Alliance backed candidate Maksudur Rahman Sikder has been declared unofficially elected chairman of Daulat Khan municipality in Bhola following withdrawal of other contestants from the race.
 arrow Tea research hampered
Bangladesh Tea Research Institute (BTRI) at Srimongol, the lone such organisation in the country, has been facing problems including shortage of manpower and scientists for long.
 arrow RAKUB to distribute Tk 55.17 cr agri loan
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has undertaken a massive post flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow 'Indecent comments' about Hasina protested
Seven chairmen members of the law and order committee in Shaym-nagar upazila walked out of a meeting after indecent comments passed by a Jamaat lawmaker on Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina on Thursday.
 arrow Main accused in acid attack case gets bail
The District Judge's court has granted bail to Sheuli Begum, the main accused in both the sensational Mahfuza Begum murder case and the case for acid attack on engineer Eva.
 arrow Journo assaulted in Barisal
Murad Ahmed, Executive Editor of regional daily Ajker Barta and Barisal Correspondent of national English daily Independent, was assaulted and threatened of "dire consequences" by some activists of Jatiyatabadi
 arrow Abducted girl returns home
An abducted teenage girl returned home with the help of a local NGO.

The victim is Rehena, 13, daughter of Noor Mohammed of Munjitpour.

 arrow Founding day observed
BCL (Bhuiyan Computers Private Limited), a computer and English language tuition providing institution, organised a reunion for its members in Comilla town recently, says a press release.
 arrow Pry edn faces setback in Jessore
The Compulsory Primary Education Programme of the government faces a major setback here.

About 23,000 children aged between 5 to 10 years in eight upazilas in the district are not attending school.

Point-Counterpointarrow Investigating the bomb blasts
For understandable and justifiable reasons there have been fears and loud concern in the media, political circles and the civil society over the current multiple bomb blasts including the latest dastardly
 arrow For a more democratic health policy
Rounaq Jahan (Citizens' voice in health policy and programming, The Daily Star, August 20, 2004) has prompted me to share some of my thoughts on two specific issues and related opportunities because I
 arrow Who dares hope?
Pakistanis generally tend to give an impression about a pessimistic outlook towards life, in fact we are incurable optimists.
Culturearrow Kindling memories of Nazrul
I met poet Nazrul five times. Each time I met him, it was an exhilarating experience for me,' says a nostalgic Selina Bahar Zaman.
 arrow Nazrul's love for film and theatre
Kazi Nazrul Islam was called Dhumketu, 'The Comet,' by Rabindranath Tagore, and Mahatma Gandhi described his poem as 'the song of the spinning wheel'.
 arrow Tagore-Rolland friendship to be filmed
Ismail Merchant and James Ivory have their sights set on Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow Life after Trinity
With the success of The Matrix trilogy, Carrie-Anne Moss has gone from obscurity to Trinity, but she's not exactly leaving her tough-gal rep behind.
Generalarrow India struggles to revive ailing health sector
Whenever Lalibati, a poor farmer's wife in western India, falls sick, she heads for only one person: the local faith healer.
 arrow BATB receives Zero Accident Award
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) has received 'Zero Accident Award' from British American Tobacco plc.
 arrow Kuwait donates $ 1 m for flood victims
The Kuwait government has donated relief goods worth one million US dollar to ameliorate the sufferings of the flood-affected people of Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow Maoists ask Nepali polls officials to quit or face consequences
Maoist rebels have warned all four members of Nepal's Election Commission to quit their posts by tomorrow or "be ready to face the consequences", a rebel statement said.
 arrow 'Assam blasts aimed at sparking panic'
A spate of bombings which killed six people and injured scores in the past two days is aimed at triggering panic in the revolt-hit Indian state of Assam, an official said yesterday.
 arrow 'US army report faults general in prison abuse'
Classified parts of the US Army generals' report on abuses at Abu Ghraib prison say the former top commander in Iraq approved the use in that country of severe interrogation practices intended to be limited
 arrow Delhi invites transport union for talks
The Indian government yesterday invited a transport union spearheading a truckers strike for talks in a bid to resolve a dispute over a controversial tax, officials said.
 arrow Effort to cripple al-Qaeda not working
The threat of more al-Qaeda terror attacks demands an organised global response but UN-led sanctions and other mea{ures are not working, according to a damning new report by expezts at the United Nations.
 arrow US war on terror aims to paralyse Islam, seize oil
Malaysia's Islamic opposition leader yesterday accused the United States of using its global anti-terror war as a co~er to paralyse the rise of Islam and to gain control of oil reserves.
 arrow US judge rules abortion ban unconstitutional
A federal judge declared the Partial-Bir|h Abortion Ban Act uncons|itutional because it does not contain an exception to protect a woman's health, something the Supreme Court said is required in lawsprohibiting
 arrow Poverty rate up among Asians in US
The poverty rate among Asians in the United States has increased even though they are relatively better off than the other foreign-born populations, a government survey showed Thursday.
 arrow 16 injured in blasts outside mosque in Maharashtra
At least 16 people were injured in to separate blasts outside mosques during Juma (Friday) prayers in India's western state of Maharashtra, police said.
 arrow Bush, Kerry bow to McCain's wishes on ads
President Bush and Sen.
 arrow 3,000-yr-old bodies found in Pacific
Archeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old cemetery in Vanuatu holding secrets about the first humans to colonize the South Pacific, Australian researchers said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Interpol at last
That Interpol has offered assistance to the government in its investigation into last Saturday's grenade attack on the AL rally that killed 19 and injured over 200, and that the government has welcomed
 arrow Editorial: End of Najaff standoff
The three-week long standoff in Najaff has come to an end extracting a very heavy price from Iraqis.
 arrow Bay of Bengal initiative for multi-sector cooperation
Initiated in 1997, the regional grouping of States bordering the Bay of Bengal has grown not only in terms of number but also in scope and potential.
 arrow How secure are political leaders in South Asia?
The South Asian region is probably the most vulnerable for security of the political leaders.
Letters to Editorarrow Similar humans!
I read in Bill Clinton's book that all human beings (over six billion) are genetically the same to the extent of 99.9 per cent. It is the difference of 0.
 arrow Dr Azad's demise
Humanyun Azad is no more among us. He passed away on 12 August in Germany where he had reportedly gone on a scholarship of one year for higher studies.
 arrow Subjugating NGOs
Since BNP's coming to power, the party is very much up and doing in bringing NGOs of the country under its direct control.
 arrow Indigenous people-strangers in their homeland
The indigenous people of Bangladesh are facing exploitation, deprivation and torment. Forest and land are the life line of ethnic people.
 arrow A day to remember
August 21, 2004 will be observed in the history of Bangladesh as the day on which an attempt was made to gag people's freedom of speech. .
 arrow Death of Dr. Humayun Azad
The death of eminent writer Dr. Humayun Azad in an alien country like Germany and that too in doubtful circumstances is surely to be regretted.
Literaturearrow The Spirits of Shah Alam Camp
The days pass somehow in Shah Alam Camp, but the nights are an endless nightmare. God alone can save a person from that hellish torment.
 arrow On Ahmed Ali and his Twilight In Delhi : the death of Delhi Muslim culture and the progressive movement in Urdu literature
Muslim rule in India began to derail with the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, and finally went off the tracks in the aftermath of the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857.
 
   
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