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Front Pagearrow Interpol experts arrive today to help probe
Two Interpol experts will arrive in Dhaka today to help investigate the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally that killed 19 and injured over 200 others.
 arrow Opposition parties plan agitation for early polls
Mainstream opposition parties plan to force the government to announce early general elections through a vigorous movement after turning down the government's offer of dialogue with them.
 arrow Hartal halts life for third time
A countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal jointly enforced by the Awami League (AL) and other opposition parties yesterday brought life to a halt for the third time in the last five days and sporadic police-picket
 arrow Tk 1 cr reward for disclosing attackers' identity planned
The government may announce a reward of Tk 1 crore to anyone disclosing the names of the persons or groups responsible for August 21 grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Pond stands in way of industrial park
The Ministry of Industries is at loggerheads with the Planning Commission over filling up a pond and building a road on the former Adamjee Jute Mills premises, stalling finalisation of the project concept
 arrow AL for int'l probe under UN or Commonwealth
An independent international probe into the August 21 deadly grenade attack could be opened under the United Nations or the Commonwealth, the main opposition Awami League (AL) said yesterday.
 arrow Email suspect goes traceless
A young man arrested on Wednesday on charge of sending an email threatening Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina with a fresh attack virtually remained traceless yesterday.
 arrow PM holds image crisis talks with ex-foreign secys
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia held a brainstorming session with seven former foreign secretaries yesterday for reviving Bangladesh's image abroad and taking steps on the world stage in the wake of AwamiLeague
 arrow 3 Shibir men held, sent to JIC
Three more activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested in Sylhet on Friday in connection with the bomb blast at the Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine.
 arrow Academic calendar goes haywire
Students and guardians are sceptical about the fate of the academic calendar, as there is no sign of an end to the indefinite strike in the educational institutions already struggling to make up for the
 arrow Ensure fair distribution of VGF cards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the officials concerned to ensure fair and impartial distribution of the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) cards among the poor in the flood-affected areas.
 arrow 2 killers of Yasmeen walk gallows Sept 1
Two of the three former policemen convicted of raping and killing Yasmeen would be hanged at Rangpur Central Jail at September 1 midnight.
 arrow More AL leaders to fly abroad for treatment
A number of Awami League (AL) and its student wing leaders, who were seriously wounded in August 21 grenade attacks on AL rally, will go to New Delhi for better treatment.
 arrow Manzurul Imam murder accused killed in fight with Rab
Imam Sarder alias Hasan Imam (32), an outlaw and one of the four chargesheeted accused in city Awami League (AL) president Manzurul Imam murder, was killed yesterday in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow 'DNA analysis' spots e-mail spam
Few would have thought that when Crick and Watson unravelled DNA, it would help in making a tool to fight spam.
 arrow Netrakona-2 by-polls Oct 9
By-election to the parliamentary seat for Netrakona-2 constituency, comprising Sadar and Barhatta upazilas, will be held on October 9.
 arrow Charges pressed against 8 accused
Khulna police will submit charge sheet before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case today.
 arrow Six cops, five others killed in Iraq
Shia militants and US forces battled yesterday in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, and a mortar barrage slammed into a busy eastern Baghdad neighborhood, marking a fresh round of violence in the capital.
 arrow Ministries to practise austerity
As part of its cost-cutting measures to offset additional spending on post-flood rehabilitation, the government has slashed entertainment expenditure to Tk 6 per head from Tk 12 for meetings of the ministries,
 arrow Youth gunned down, child beaten to death
Unknown assailants yesterday gunned down a youth in Demra and a man beat up his foster son to death in Kamrangir Char Friday.
 arrow Security shored up..

 arrow Hearing on Dipu's remand prayer adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on remand prayer of Dipu Chowdhury, arrested Friday on charge of robbery, until August 31.
 arrow Prof Kabir Chy asks for united stand against bigots
South Asian People's Union Against Fundamentalism and Communalism urged the nation yesterday to be united against fundamentalist and communal forces after the bigots' threat to seize Ahmadiyya headquarters
 arrow Govt rubbishes hartal salary-cut report
The government yesterday described as baseless a report published in a Bengali daily that besides taking action against 1.
 arrow Jubo League men hacked to death
A Jubo League activist was hacked to death by his party rivals in Jessore town yesterday.

The victim was identified as Jamshed, 22, son of Sirajul Islam of Kashba Kazipara in the town.

 arrow 18 stations to be set up to check overloading of trucks
The government has decided to set up 18 monitoring stations at important points on major highways to check overloading of trucks and other vehicles.
 arrow Attack on lawyer condemned
Awami League yesterday condemned the attack on Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun of the Supreme Court.
 arrow Hindu arson victims still without aid
More than 35 men, women and children of the six Hindu families whose houses were brunt to ashes Monday are still living under open sky with scarce food and little hope for rebuilding their houses.
Businessarrow NBR sets auditing criteria for self-assessment returns
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has fixed a set of criteria to select self-assessment returns for auditing with a view to checking harassment of taxpayers and reducing alleged malpractice in the auditing
 arrow Bring down interest rate or face 100pc tax
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday threatened to slap 100 percent tax on banks unless they bring down the high lending rates.
 arrow Govt scrutinising $2b Tata investment offer
The government will take decision on the $2 billion investment proposal from Indian industrial heavyweight Tata Group only after a feasibility study by a committee of experts from different ministries,
 arrow Indian truckers call off strike
An Indian transport union spearheading a truckers' strike Saturday called off its week-long agitation after reaching an agreement with the government to form a panel to study a controversial tax, an official
 arrow Create EU industrial champions: Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac called on the European Union Friday to help create "industrial champions" within the 25-nation bloc that would be competitive on the global economic stage.
 arrow Jakarta bans chicken import from Malaysia
Indonesia has banned imports of chicken from Malaysia after the neighbouring country announced an outbreak of deadly bird flu, a report said Saturday.
 arrow India's inflation inches down to 7.94pc
India's inflation rate fell marginally to 7.
 arrow US growth in Q2 falls
US economic growth slowed more sharply in the second quarter than first thought as oil prices rose and the trade gap swelled, the government said Friday in a report that confirmed momentum faltered in
 arrow Poor nations face debt woes with ageing population: IMF
The problems that rich nations face in preparing for a surge of older citizens pale beside those of poorer countries that carry big debts, a senior International Monetary Fund official said Friday.
 arrow Oil prices firm after five-day decline
World oil prices firmed Friday after a five-session drop amid renewed concerns over unrest in Iraq despite a ceasefire in its holy city of Najaf.
 arrow Sípore tourist arrivals hit record in July
Visitor arrivals in Singapore hit a record high of 802,283 in July, up 48 percent from last year on robust travel volumes from China and other Asian countries, the tourism board said.
Sportsarrow Glorious China
China got the per-fect boost ahead of the 2008 Bei-jing Olympics here Friday by bagging two athletics gold medals as tearful United States sprint queen Marion Jones bowed out empty-handed.
 arrow American anguish
The United States suffered their worst day of the Athens Olympics when their basketball "Dream Team" were humiliated and Marion Jones flopped, leaving the world's top sports nation almost starved of gold
 arrow Argentina after 52 years
Argentina's foot-ballers won their country's first Olympic Games gold medal for 52 years on Saturday with a 1-0 win over South Ame-rican rivals Paraguay in a bruising final.
 arrow Cricket: Confused BCB?
There is a tendency in the Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) to create suspense regarding issues that should be transparent and simple.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' first Irish test
The Bangladesh cricket team will play their first limited-overs practice match against Ireland today at Civil Service Ground, Stormont in Belfast.
 arrow Australia stop choking
Jamie Dwyer scored a golden goal as Australia's field hockey men discarded the tag of Olympic chokers with a 2-1 victory over reigning champions the Netherlands in a rousing final on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SL weaker yet too strong
Kumar Sangakkara and Avishka Guna-wardene slammed impressive half-centuries to help an under-strength Sri Lanka crush South Africa by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Victory without a medal
Iraq coach Adnan Hamad Majeed belie-ves his his foo-tball team mi-ght have lifted a little of the gloom hanging over their war-torn country had his strikers been more clinical.
 arrow Football: Figo still in love!
Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo said Friday his love affair with Spanish giants Real Madrid was not over as he looked forward to his club's opening league encounter at Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MSC-Mukti battle today
After a forced day break because of the Opposition-called countrywide hartal, two Dhaka giants Mukti-joddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club will lock horns in a crucial final phase game
 arrow US angry at goof up
US Olympic chiefs reacted furiously on Friday to a suggestion gold medallist Paul Hamm should give his medal to a South Korean rival under a plan floated by world gymnastics officials.
 arrow Iran rewards him
Iran's official sporting body has awarded 120,000 dollars to its world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili for refusing to fight an Israeli during the Athens Olympics, a newspaper report said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 80/3
Pakistan were 80 for 3 in 27 overs against Australia in the Videocon Cup tri-series final at Amstelveen yesterday.

Batsmen at the crease were Shoaib Malik (30) and Yousuf Youhana (5).

 arrow Cricket: Lanka, Zim to play in Pak tri-series
Pakistan will host Asian champions Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe for a tri-series scheduled for September and October, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Kolkata chess
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar tasted his first defeat in the Telegraph School Chess Championship and slipped to second position when he lost his eighth round board against Soumya Thakurta in Kolkata on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden holds Aus together
Matthew Hayden's half-century took Australia to 192 for seven in the Videocon Cup triangular series final against Pakistan at the VRA Ground here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Super Cup Valencia's
Goals from Ruben Baraja and Marco Di Vaio helped UEFA Cup champions Valencia beat Champions League winners FC Porto 2-1 here on Friday to win the European Super Cup for the second time.
 arrow Football: Diego decision delayed
An Argentine judge said Friday he had postponed a decision on whether Argentine football legend Diego Maradona can travel abroad to continue treatment for his cocaine addiction.
Metropolitanarrow 'Join movement to save country from fanatics'
Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday called on all to join the movement to dislodge the BNP-led four-party alliance government.
 arrow Hoax bomb threat at 2 DU halls
A hoax bomb threat by an anonymous caller panicked students, teachers, officials and employees of two women's halls of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

The caller told a hall staff at 11.

 arrow Seminar today
An open seminar on 'Studies in the UK' for prospective law students will be held at Sheraton Hotel in the city from 1.30pm to 3.00pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
The body of Zaheer Ishaq Ahmed (Bappi), son of late Nazir Ahmed, chief of BBC Bengali service, will arrive here from London today.

Zaheer died of a heart attack in London on August 13.

Nationalarrow Unprotected Patuakhali
Patuakhali is virtually unprotected now as about 100 kilometre embankments have eroded into rivers and another about 200 kilometres are seriously damaged.
 arrow Peanuts bring smiles
Once jobless, educated youth Mohammad Ali is now well off by peanut cultivation.

He earns up to Tk 2.5 lakh a year from peanut on 20 acres of shoal land near Madhumati river in Magura.

 arrow Arsenic levels in Barisal division alarming
Arsenic contamination of groundwater is alarming in Barisal with about 10,000 people affected.

At least 32 people died of arsenicosis in five years.

 arrow Iswardi AL, BNP leaders held, arms recovered
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) on Friday night arrested five persons including Iswardi BNP president, a ward commissioner and an Awami League leader and recovered arms and ammunition from them.
 arrow 'Arms smuggling' thru' CHT: Probe demanded
Criminals are smuggling arms, grenades and ammunition through Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow 782 km roads damaged in Gaibandha
Flood has damaged about 782.65 kilometre roads in the district incurring a loss of Tk 13 crore 26 lakh 50 thousand, according to LGED (Local Government Engineering Department), here.
 arrow Clash over political talks by Jamaat at mosque: 6 hurt
A tense situation is prevailing in Satami area in the Sadar upazila following a clash on Thursday between Muslim devotees and some Jamaat-e-Islami activists at a mosque, in which six persons were injured.
 arrow Govt won't resign: Altaf
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury on Thursday said the government will not resign on the recent bomb blast issue.

He told this while addressing a meeting at Ward No 7 in Patuakhali pourasabha.

 arrow Abducted youth not rescued in 73 days
A young businessman abducted 73 days back from Uttar Baraid village in Saturia upazila is yet to be rescued.
 arrow Three stabbed in B'baria JCD-BCL clash
A tense situation is prevailing in the hartal-bound district town following Saturday's clash between activists of Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL) and Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal (JCD) and bomb blasts in several
 arrow Law and order reviewed
A meeting to review crime situation was held here at the conference room of the police super (SP) of Brahmanbaria on Thursday.

Brahmanbaria SP ATN Tarek presided over the meeting.

Point-Counterpointarrow Bomb carnage in Bangladesh: All victims are secular
The latest well-orchestrated attempt on the Awami League leadership by raining sophisticated grenades on August 21 exposed the vulnerability of the security of the people as well as the country.
Culturearrow Young artistic expressions
The recent exhibition of the Ankan Art School at the National Museum presented aims and aspirations of young art enthusiasts from an early stage to teenage and beyond.
 arrow Nazrul Institute's five-day programme ends
The five-day programme, organised by Nazrul Institute to mark the death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, ended at the institute's auditorium on Friday last.
 arrow Dilara Zaman: A powerful actress
Social issues are important to renowned TV and radio actress Dilara Zaman. As she says, 'The artistes' voice carries great weight in social change.
 arrow Scarlett to star in sci-fi film
Actress Scarlett Johansson is to star in Michael Bay's sci-fi thriller The Island, opposite Ewan McGregor.
Internationalarrow Iran steps up capability to deter enemies
Iran's Defence Minister Ali Shamk-hani said yesterday that the country's "deterrent capabilities" have been stepped up in order to counter "regional enemies".
 arrow Delhi pledges co-op with new Pak PM
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to strengthen friendship and cooperation with Pakistan in a letter yesterday to his newly appointed counterpart in Islam-abad, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Najafis return to their demolished homes
Residents of Najaf's Old City were fuming at the militia loyal to radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr yesterday as they returned to the ruins of their homes and shops after weeks of intense combat.
 arrow FBI probes if US official spied for Israel
In a spy investigation that could strain US-Israeli relations and muddy the Bush administration's Middle East policy, the FBI is investigating whether a Pentagon analyst fed to Israel secret materials
 arrow 'al-Qaeda may target American hospitals'
al-Qaeda and other Islamic militant groups may be considering attacks against Veterans Affairs hospitals in the United States, US law enforcement officials said.
 arrow Republicans want Bush to draw attention off Iraq
Nervous Republicans are urging President Bush to unveil a robust second-term agenda at his convention next week to shift voters' focus from the unpopular war in Iraq and other issues that are a distraction
 arrow Traces of explosives found on both planes
Russian investigators announced yesterday that explosives were found on both planes that crashed with the loss of 90 lives, as attention focussed on the roles of two dead female passengers believed to
 arrow Arunachal CM quits BJP to rejoin Cong
In a virtual repeat of a Bhajan Lal act in Haryana over two decades ago, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang yesterday rejoined Congress along with his ministerial colleagues giving a big jolt
 arrow 3 killed in Chechnya pre-polls violence
Three people were killed and at least one hurt in separate incidents, including a raid on a bomb-making cell, in Chechnya, Interfax news agency reported Saturday on the eve of a critical election in the
 arrow Bush signs orders for intelligence reform
President Bush Friday signed executive orders designed to strengthen the CIA director's power over the nation's intelligence agencies and create a national counterterrorism center, responding to election-year
 arrow Five die in stampede at religious fair in India
Five people were killed and 13 injured in a stampede early yesterday at a Hindu religious fair in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, an administration official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police thwart anti-Ahmadiyya plan
A job well done.
 arrow Editorial: Bush's "miscalculation"
US President Bush, who has always defended his decision to attack Iraq and summarily dismissed the critics of his handling of the post-war situation, seems to have realised that things have not shaped
 arrow Human rights and the assassination attempt
The heinous act of terrorism perpetrated on the Awami League meeting on Saturday, August 21 is a repeat of what the Pakistani occupation army did during the midnight of its reign of terror in Bangladesh.
 arrow A pluralistic scripture
LIKE Muslims and Christians, Sikhs are ahle kitab, possessing the book. Theirs is Guru Granth Sahib which celebrates its 400th anniversary on September 1.
Letters to Editorarrow A mayhem
The whole nation is dumbfounded at the assassination attempt on Sheikh Hasina, the president of the AL and Opposition Leader in the House.
 arrow Psychological crisis
Mahfuzul Haque wrote on an interesting subject which was headlined "Cultural dilemma." He questioned the need for celebrating the occasions like Valentine's Day and all such days.
 arrow AL and BNP: Two sides of the same coin
The article under the above caption, published in the DS on July 28, was most appropriate and very timely.
Star Healtharrow Bomb explosion wounds and its management
Bomb explosion is an increasing social problem in our country. So many people are injured by this type of accident. Sometimes there are conditions of acute emergency to manage the victims of bomb blast.
 arrow Aspirin resistance: Bad news for patients and doctors!
Aspirin is the safest, oldest and probably the most widely used cardiovascular drug and least expensive drug in existence. Aspirin is being used from the ancient time.
 arrow Use of chest & abdominal ultrasound to identify cases of DHF
Surveillance for dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) has shown that ultrasound (US) imaging of the chest and abdomen is a useful adjunct to physical examination and laboratory testing to detect patients with
 arrow Get antioxidants from food, not supplements
People hoping vitamins can protect their hearts need to eat healthy foods instead of popping pills, the American Heart Association said.
 arrow Sleeping disorder linked to risk of stroke death
A sleep-related disorder that causes repeated interruptions in breathing is a new risk factor for death from stroke, Spanish researchers said.
Star Cityarrow Bomb scare halts theatre activity
Theatre activities came to a halt, as activists feel insecure after the August 21 grisly grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Investigations fizzle out, masterminds evade arrest
The police have apparently failed to identify masterminds, more than four years into the bomb blast at Ramna Batamul that killed at least 10 people, although officials say they will wrap up their investigation
 arrow Tale Retold ...

 arrow Lights, sound and ready for action
The new experimental theatre of Shilpakala Academy is a milestone in the development of art and culture related infrastructure in the country.
 arrow More cinemas on way out
After Modhumita Cinema, one of the oldest in the capital decided to close down, more movie houses are on their way out because of downturn in business.
 arrow Swadhinata Stambha back on track
Construction work of the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan is set to restart within the next couple of months after a gap of over two years.