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Front Pagearrow Fear of AL-BNP face-off
Tension runs high as the BNP-led ruling alliance and the Awami League (AL) head for street showdown today with their programmes over the August 21 deadly grenade attack on a main opposition rally.
 arrow Interpol experts scan carnage scene
Two Interpol experts arrived in Dhaka yesterday to assess the August 21 carnage and determine expertise vital to a thorough investigation into the grisly attack that killed 19 people and injured over200
 arrow Quit immediately
The main stream opposition parties yesterday issued a joint declaration containing a one-point demand of immediate resignation of the government and decided to launch a united movement to press the demand
 arrow Lawyers to boycott chief justice's court from today
Supreme Court lawyers will boycott the chief justice's court indefinitely from today, as he ignored their demand for cancellation of the swearing-in of 19 new additional judges appointed on what theysaid
 arrow BNP firm to hold today's protest rallies
The ruling BNP is adamant to go ahead with its today's protest rallies at Muktangan in the city and elsewhere in the country despite the hartal called by Awami Jubo and Mohila leagues to protest the August
 arrow 18 AL leaders go to India for treatment today
Condition of some of the Awami League (AL) leaders, who are under treatment in different city hospitals since sustaining severe shrapnel wounds in the August 21 grenade attacks, worsened while 18 others
 arrow Meagre response to UN flood aid appeal
Government unconcern and fallout of the August 21 grenade attacks have apparently dampened the global response to the United Nations flash appeal that was only $38 million until yesterday, far short of
 arrow Sender could be one of many users
The August 23 email threatening to assassinate Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and claiming responsibility for the August 21 grenade attacks may have been sent by one of the many users who share
 arrow Mastermind in Shamsur killing nabbed
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Detective Branch of Khulna police in a joint operation yesterday arrested Asaduzzaman Litu, a chargesheeted accused in journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case, at Abhoynagar
 arrow Tk 1cr reward for info about rally bombers
The government has announced a reward of Tk 1 crore to anyone disclosing information about the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue.
 arrow Fertiliser, seed crises scourge farmers
Fertiliser price hike and seed crises are hobbling farmers' fight to rebuild post-flood life, lawmakers at a parliamentary body meeting said yesterday.
 arrow Six sentenced to death
The First Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here awarded death penalty yesterday to all the six living accusees of the murder of a Buddhist monk in Raozan on April 21, 2002.
 arrow Dream Olympics come to an end
Efharisto! A nervous world learned the Greek word for thank you and repeated it endlessly at an astonishingly successful Athens Olympics that quelled fears, surprised sceptics and greatly honoured the
 arrow State-owned vessel sued for oil spillage at Ctg port
Chittagong port authorities (CPA) yesterday sued a lighterage vessel of state-owned Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) under Marine Pollution Act for oil spillage at the port channel causing threat
 arrow Four 'robbers' lynched in Kishoreganj
An angry mob put four suspected robbers to death and wounded six others of the gang at Nanosree village in Nikli upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 2 bombs recovered from DMC
Police yesterday recovered two handmade bombs from Dhaka Medical College's administrative building following a bomb threat by an anonymous caller that created panic among college staff.
 arrow Polls to 21 municipalities Oct 6, 7
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced schedule for the elections in 21 pourasabhas. According to the schedule elections will be held on October 6 and 7.
 arrow Myanmar rebel leader surrenders
Leader of the Democratic Party of Arakan, a rebel organisation of Myanmar, Ba Ong Mong and his family surrendered to the security forces in Tarachha in Roangchhari upazila Saturday.
 arrow Nagorik Samaj sees rally attack as well planned
People from across the socio-political spectrum yesterday said the attack on Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) rally was carefully orchestrated and to resist such organised and dangerous criminals
 arrow HC asks govt why secy Nurul's retirement not illegal
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to reply in six weeks why the section 9 (2) of the Public Service (Retirement) Act, 1974 should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Freedom fighter Mortuza Khan dies in road accident
Engineer Golam Mortuza Khan, a valiant freedom fighter and politician, died in a road accident in Netrokona yesterday morning. He was 63.
 arrow 121 O-level examinees to retake exam
As many as 121 O level examinees of May 2004 session will have to sit for a re-examination in Bengali paper on September 25 due to misplacement of their exam papers, said the British Council.
 arrow Anti-Bush protesters in thousands hit streets
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the fortified streets of Manhattan yesterday to protest US President Bush's foreign and domestic policies as Republican delegates gathered to nominate the president
 arrow France given 48 hrs to lift headscarf ban
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin held an urgent meeting with three of his top ministers to discuss the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq by Islamic militants demanding the rescinding
 arrow 9 children killed in Afghan blast
At least nine children and one adult have been killed when a blast ripped through a school in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktia, a US military spokesperson says.
 arrow 3 die in clashes at Palestinian camp
Fighting erupted Sunday between Palestinian supporters of Yasser Arafat and Islamic extremists in Lebanon's largest refugee camp.
 arrow Health minister acquitted of graft charge
A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted Health Minister Dr Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain and former Petrobangla chairman SKM Abdullah of a graft case regarding Boropukuria coal exploration at Dinajpur.
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Businessarrow Atab asks airlines to stop direct sales of tickets
Travel agents yesterday urged all the airlines operating in Bangladesh to stop direct sales of tickets saying it hampers the travel agency business.
 arrow WEA training for jobless Jessore women
An 11-day training programme on Women's Empowerment and Advancement by Learning and Training of Herself (WEALTH) organised by Women Entrepreneurs' Association (WEA) of Bangladesh began in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow Bankers seek special bench to deal with loan default cases
Bankers yesterday suggested formation of a special vacation bench to deal with loan defaulters’ writ petitions against banks.
 arrow Nepalese trade team due on Thursday
A 15-member delegation from Birganj Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) of Nepal will arrive here on Thursday on an eight-day visit.
 arrow ICAB adopts int'l standards on auditing
The Institute of Chartered Accoun-tants of Bangladesh (ICAB) recently adopted 35 International Standards on Auditing issued by International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) as Bangladesh Standards on
Sportsarrow Hicham makes history
Hicham El Gue-rrouj and Kelly Holmes doubled their Olympic de-light here, each capturing a se-cond gold of the Athens Games as athletics competition concluded in the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Football: Belal antics sink MSC
Muktijoddha Sang-sad stayed on course for a semifinal berth in the 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League when the defending champions beat Mohamme-dan Sporting Club 2-1 in a battle of giants at theSher-e-Bangla
 arrow Britain's new queen
Just as Paula Radcliffe faltered, Kelly Holmes stepped up to the mark to become the new queen of British athletics.
 arrow Cricket: Win inspires Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was in confident mood ahead of next month's Champions Trophy tournament after an exciting 17-run Videocon Cup triangular series final win against Pakistan on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SA having 'nightmare'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith says his team's losing run is reaching "nightmare" proportions following their ninth successive defeat while admitting that confidence is a major problem.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Henin's US Open dreams
World No. 1 Roger Federer is seeking to put a string of US Open disappointments behind him as he embarks on a campaign for his third Grand Slam of the year that starts on Monday.
 arrow Slesarenko soars to new heights
Russia's Yelena Slesarenko cleared an Olympic record height of 2.06 metres to take the Olympic Games women's high jump on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 100 per cent Gunners, Chelsea
Arsenal and Chelsea extended their winning starts to the Premiership campaign to four matches on Saturday, cranking up the early season pressure on faltering Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Lewinsky is no Loos!
Kiss-and-tell queens Monica Lewinsky and Rebecca Loos, in a debate on media payments for interviews, came clean Saturday about dishing the dirt on Bill Clinton and David Beckham, but the former WhiteHouse
 arrow Football: Rooney doesn't like it
Everton striker Wayne Rooney has slammed his club's handling of the transfer request that is likely to see him in a Manchester United shirt before Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow Football: Bayern drown in Bayer blitz
Bayer Leverkusen had not beaten Bayern Munich for almost two years but changed that statistic in style after crushing Felix Magath's side 4-1 on Saturday to take top spot in the Bundesliga.
 arrow Football: Lyon's happy Saturday
Reigning champions Lyon had a good Saturday with a 1-0 home victory over Lille at the Gerland stadium and announcing the news young Brazilian international striker Nilmar will be joining the club.
 arrow Football: Atletico's victorious start
Atletico Madrid got off to a winning start as the Spanish league reopened for business on Saturday, an own goal from visiting keeper Juan Calatayud and a clincher from hot property Fernando Torres bringing
 arrow Cricket: Tigers chasing 206 to win
Bangladesh were chasing 206 for victory in 32 overs against Ireland in their first limited-overs practice match at the Civil Service ground, Stormont, in Belfast yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Razzak relieved
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak returned home on Sunday morning from England after his bowling action was reviewed by English bio-mechanic Dr Paul Hurrion.
 arrow The real WWF!
A brawl erupted between spectators, officials, police and competitors at the Olympic freestyle wrestling on Sunday after a close bout between a Russian and Belarussian athlete.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 cricketers back home
The Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team returned yesterday after playing their first official Test and one-day series against England.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
The second round of the Destiny-2000 Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament ended yesterday at the federation auditorium with 27 players leading the table with maximum two points.
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT
The Second Global Insurance Open Table Tennis Competition will begin tomorrow at the wooden-floor gymnasium.
 arrow Chess: Minhaz back on track
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar returned to winning ways in the Telegraph School Chess Champion-ship when he won his ninth round board against Bitan Banerjee in Kolkata on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Remove illegal brick kilns to save Basila
Local people have demanded immediate removal of all illegal brick kilns which diverted a channel of the Buriganga devouring 27 houses at Basila since August 13.
 arrow Protect bio-diversity, wildlife
Animal lovers will now have an opportunity to see 44 wild animals, the new arrivals, in three zoos and one natural park.
 arrow neutral probe a must for political stability
China's Charge d'affaires in Bangladesh Duan Zhiquan yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and conveyed sympathies
 arrow 18 stations 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 Woman gets bail for being pregnant
A woman accused in a murder case obtained bail on the grounds of her eight-month pregnancy though her husband died three years back.
 arrow Low-key celebrations of Janmastami on September 6
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) has decided to observe Janmastami in a simple way on September 6 in view of the devastating floods and present situation in the country.
 arrow Unite against crime: Ershad
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman H M Ershad yesterday urged the people to unite against terrorism.

Addressing a rally in the city, he said the country cannot run in a way where there is no security oflife.

 arrow 4 Ctg lawyers get bail
A High Court bench yesterday granted bail to four Chittagong lawyers implicated in a case by police under Speedy Trial Act.
 arrow proper inquiry demanded
The UK Committee for Resisting Killers and Collaborators of Bangladesh Liberation War 1971 has demanded proper investigation into deadly grenade attack on Awami League rally on August 21.
 arrow 1,405 more held
Police arrested some 1,405 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Ban flower import, patronise export
Twenty years ago, seeing bundles of flowers flowing into the country from across the border, young Sher Ali Sarder had cultivated 'rajanigandha' (tube rose) on half a bigha of land in Panishara
 arrow Lions share of travel tax pocketed at land port
Rangpur: Huge amounts from travel taxes collected at Burimari land port every day is being misappropriated allegedly by sections of immigration police, BDR and customs officials, depriving thestate
 arrow Moulvibazar people hail govt decisions
People of Moulvibazar are celebrating upgradation of the district to 'A' category considering its economic prospects and geographical location and creation of a new upazila named Juri.
 arrow Initiative to revamp Syedpur Rly Workshop
The government has taken a bold initiative to revamp Syedpur Railway Workshop after an impasse of 21 years.
 arrow RUTA protests grenade attack
The Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) yesterday brought out a silent procession and held a rally on the campus to protest the grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally in Dhaka on August
 arrow Wheelchairs for disabled
Thirteen disabled persons on Thursday received wheel chairs, educational implements and economic assistance for medical treatment from a local NGO, Shaplaful Mahila Sangstha.
 arrow Diarrhoea: 2 killed, 500 attacked in Gopalganj
Two children died of diarrhoea and 500 others were attacked with the disease in Gopalganj Sadar Upazila during last 10 days.
 arrow Jubo League activist killed
A Jubo League activist was chopped to death here on Saturday.
 arrow 4 hurt as lawyers' rally attacked in Barisal
A procession brought but by Barisal Bar Association in the city on Saturday protesting the attack on advocate Yusuf Hossain Humaun in Dhaka was attacked by unidentified miscreants, leaving four injured.
 arrow Success story of a determined woman
Life is now meaningful to Nilufa Begum, an abandoned housewife at Shetpur village in Assasuni upazila.

She has become solvent and self-reliant by dint of hard labour.

"I am solvent now.

 arrow Police refuse to record AL cases
Police refused to record any case regarding attack and ransack of Awami League (AL) office and its president's house allegedly by BNP activists on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The grenade attack of 21st August
THE bomb blast in the Awami League meeting on the 21st August has shocked the sensibilities of the nation on an unprecedented scale.
 arrow Protesting while immigrant
The New York City neigh- bourhod church was filled with veteran protestors and curious first-timers, all interested in finding out more about upcoming protests at the Republican National Convention.
 arrow Political unrest may increase flood woes
Adevastating flood has just passed over the country. Some of the people are yet to go back to their own home from the flood shelter. The signs of damage and wreckage are still fresh.
Culturearrow High up in the Himalayas
Four photographers, Enam Ul Haque, MA Mohit, Musa Ibrahim and Sadia Sultana, present aspects of the Himalayan foothills at the ongoing exhibition, 'Endearing face of the Himalayas,' at Drik Gallery.
 arrow I don't like the appellation 'woman filmmaker'--Faria
Playwright-director Faria Hossain currently lives in the USA as she is married to an expatriate Bangalee.
 arrow Gloria singer Laura Branigan dies at 47
Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit Gloria, has died. She was 47. She is survived by her mother, two brothers and a sister.
Generalarrow Judiciary independent
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government attached priority to smooth and speedy trial at the lowest possible expenditure through a transparent judicial
 arrow Malaria claims 519 in Khagrachhari
Malaria claimed 519 lives in eight upazilas of the district in last three and half years, hospital sources said.

Of them, 154 people died in 2001, 181 in 2002, 129 in 2003 and 55 in last six months.

 arrow AmCham donation for flood victims
The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh yesterday donated over Tk 8 lakh to the Rotary International district-3280 for rehabilitating flood-affected people.
 arrow 58 arms recovered, 91 arrested in Khagrachhari
The security forces of Guimari region, in separate raids, arrested 91 criminals and recovered 58 arms, huge ammunition and drugs in last seven months.
 arrow 390 bottles of phensidyl seized
Detective Branch of police arrested a man along with 390 bottles of Indian phensidyl from the Surma river "kheyaghat" at Kadamtali on Friday night.
Internationalarrow Alleged leak to Israel probed for a year
The FBI has spent more than a year covertly investigating, including with the use of electronic surveillance, whether a Pentagon analyst funneled highly classified material to Iszael, officials {aid Saturday.
 arrow Congress govt completes 100 days of turbulence
An aggressive Opposition that thought it was sure to come to power, demanding allies and uneasy power equations with the ruling Congress marked the initial 100 days of the Congress-led coalition at the
 arrow Kathmandu gripped by sudden strike
Angry activists of the Nepali Congress party Sunday stoned several vehicles for operating during a strike called in Kathmandu to protest alleged mistreatment of NC leader Girija Prasad Koirala, police
 arrow Pakistan difners with India over treaty
Pakistan has shot down the Indian proposal for an extradition treaty between New Delhi and Islamabad saying that the time has not arrived for such a step.
 arrow Allawi vows to crush militia in Iraq
Iraq's prime minister vowed to crush militiamen who refuse to disarm, as militants holding two French hostages served Paris with a 48-hour ultimatum to overturn a ban on Islamic headscarves in schools.
 arrow India tests nuclear capable ballistic missile
India yesterday test-fired a variant of its home-grown nuclear-capable Agni ballistic missile from a test site on its east coast, a defence ofnicial said.
 arrow Australians to go to polls on Oct 9
Australians will vote on Oct.
 arrow Southern Iraq oil pipeline attacked
A pipeline in southern Iraq was sabotaged at dawn on Sunday, said workers from the South Oil Company (SOC) as they battled to extinguish the raging fire.
 arrow French road pile-up kills eight
A motorway accident near Bordeaux in south-western France has left at least eight people dead and 46 injured, the authorities in the Gironde rmgion say.
 arrow Man blows self up in Grozny during vote
An unidentified man was killed Sunday when he blew himself up outside a polling station here during critical presidential elections in Chechnya, local authorities said.
 arrow US informs Iran of national held in Guantanamo
Iran's foreign ministry said Sunday it had been officially informel by the United States that one of its nationals detained in Afghanistan is being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
 arrow Hundreds more evacuated from villages
About 550 more villagers threatened by deadly mudslides were airlifted to safety from remote parts of northern Taiwan on Sunday as the fall-out of dmvastating Typhoon Aere continued.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hartal again, why?
THE Jubo and the Mohila Awami League have called another dawn to dusk hartal today -- the fourth hartal in the wake of the heinous attack of the 21st.
 arrow Editorial: Attacks on the minorities
THE disturbing news of the attacks on six Hindu families by armed mobsters in a remote village of Rangpur last Monday has drawn our attention for two reasons.
 arrow The making of a Frankenstein
The terror, when combined with religious fanaticism becomes a trendy brew and lethally intoxicating. The Americans introduced the brand to Afghan Mujahideens fighting the Soviet occupation.
 arrow Crime, politics, and hypocrisy: The BJP's comeuppance
There is poetic justice in the way the law caught up with Ms Uma Bharati through a Karnataka arrest warrant, forcing her resignation as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister.
 arrow Probe into recent bombings: Some suggestions
The entire nation today stands dumbfounded and shocked by the recent bombings at the public meeting of the main opposition party and attempt on the life of the leader of the opposition, Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Freedom of belief in Islam
The Quranic declaration: "Let there be no compulsion in religion, truth stands out clear from error"(2:256) ensures tolerance, freedom of belief, and absence of compulsion in Islam.
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on Sheikh Hasina
Humans are said to be the most civilised beings on this earth. But the reality is quite further apart from this belief. Humans have simply adopted the façade of civilisation.
 arrow Distressing
The recent incidents of religious intolerance and Islamic fanaticism in Bangladesh are very disturbing.
 arrow Black Saturday: The bigger challenge
People are anxious, horrified and bewildered at what happened on that black Saturday.
 arrow August 21
What happened on August 21 in Dhaka was terrible. Anyway, we hope that the law enforcers will nab and punish the real culprits behind this carnage.
 arrow What can we do?
Law and order is nowhere to be seen, except when trying to control opposition activists! Our Law enforcers seem to be pretty good at attacking peaceful rallies and holding off processions.
 arrow Strange days!
These are extremely precarious times that we are passing through. The country seemed to have slipped into uncertainty as daily events of violence, chaos and dissent unfold before us.
 arrow Grenade attack
After the grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina and subsequent condemnation and pressure by the world community, the government is in a very awkward situation which they never experienced after the previous
 arrow We want assurance of natural death
The unexpected deaths, which are taking place all over the country, have made us anxious and agitated.
 arrow A new element
Grenades attack has added a new element of destruction on our political lines. Starting with Jessore Udichi event, it has become a regular weapon of massacring any big assemblage.
 arrow Uncivilised nation!
The bombing incident which occurred at the Bangabandhu Avenue is just another message to foreigners, telling them not to visit or invest in this country.
 arrow Grenade attack and its aftermath
The gruesome grenade attack on a political party's rally took several lives last Saturday. I was very shocked hearing the news on BBC World. I vehemently condemn this heinous act.
 arrow Why this failure?
Of all the terrorist attacks , it is the most heinous. Year after year, a series of bomb attacks have been carried out all over the country.
 arrow Where are we going?
The recent chain of bomb attacks poses the biggest question in front of us, are we destined to be another war ravaged Kashmir or wretched Palestine or Iraq? The bomb attacks make me feel that I'mnot
 arrow BTV's poor coverage
I have been following Bangladesh bombing news on ATN Bangla and Channel I lately. I can even find CNN and BBC covering it prominently. The sad thing is that BTV has given it the least coverage.
 arrow Atrocious attack
Words are not strong enough to express my disgust at the horrendous grenade attack on the AL rally on August 21. The attack claimed 19 lives and injured many.
 arrow Why blame the FM?
I was reading your staff correspondent's report "foreign missions critical of government's performance " (DS August 26th).
Star Cityarrow Dustbin-stench smacks air, poses health risks
Dustbins set up to free the city from pollution are posing health hazards, residents of different areas said.

The stench emanating from these containers make living quite unpleasant.

 arrow Probe comes to dead end
A group of newcomers to the Communist Party of Bangladesh masterminded the bomb attack on a CPB rally at Paltan Maidan in 2001, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said in a preliminary investigation.
 arrow DU students protest ‘beautification’
Dhaka University (DU) students and cultural activists deplore Dhaka City Corporation's action in putting up concrete benches on the open space in front of DU's Teacher-Student Centre (TSC).
 arrow Franchising to change bus service
Green Fuel Limited, an enterprise of Nitol Group has been selected for operating buses under a route franchise, the first of its kind in Dhaka, between Uttara and Azimpur.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover now ready to open on Nov 7
The first flyover at Mohakhali crossing, aiming to ease traffic congestion in the capital, will be opened for traffic on November 7.
 arrow DU polls deferred in grenade attack fallout
The elections to the syndicate, academic council and finance committee of Dhaka University (DU) have been rescheduled from August 30 to September 5 because of the grenade attacks on the Awami League (AL)