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Front Pagearrow 10 outlaws to die for Kazi Aref killing
A court in Kushtia yesterday sentenced 10 underground operatives to death and another 12 to life imprisonment, convicting them of murdering five Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leaders, including Kazi Aref
 arrow AL goes slow on anti-govt agitation
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has planned not to call tougher demonstrations soon, it will rather concentrate on mobilising people in its one-point movement for toppling the government.
 arrow BNP rally doubts AL sincerity in probe
Leaders of the ruling BNP at a rally in the capital yesterday questioned the sincerity of the main opposition Awami League (AL) to unearth the truth behind the grenade attack on its August 21 rally and
 arrow Arrested Khulna top criminal Litu dies in 'gunfight'
Dreaded criminal Asaduzzaman Litu, a chargesheeted accused in journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case, was killed in a 'gunfight' with Detective Branch (DB) of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and district
 arrow PM asks parties to bury differences
As the country's top business leaders took a joint move for political peace, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for infusing a new culture in national politics forgetting differences of the past.
 arrow Hartal ends without major violence
A daylong countrywide hartal enforced by main opposition Awami League's (AL) women's and youth fronts brought life and business to a halt for the fourth time in last seven days and left at least 15 wounded
 arrow Interpol experts watch attack video, check evidence
The Interpol experts yesterday examined the evidence the intelligence agencies gathered from the scene of the August 21 carnage and took a look at the video footage, news stories and photos of the deadly
 arrow Saifur slams auditor's office for tinkering with 'trivial matters'
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday criticised the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) saying large audit reports on 'insignificant issues' dent the image of the country.
 arrow Injured AL leaders off to India
Eighteen of the Awami League (AL) and its front organisation leaders, who were injured in the August 21 grenade blasts, left the capital yesterday for advanced treatment in India.
 arrow Two youths first threw grenades from ground
The August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League (AL) rally started with at least two youths throwing the first two grenades from the pavement between Ramna Bhaban and City Bhaban, a senior AL leader injured
 arrow Suspected sender tortured, remanded
Intelligence agents physically and mentally tortured a youth after he was arrested on suspicion of e-mailing the Prothom Alo on August 23 with threats to kill Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, his defence
 arrow Grenades hurled from City Bhaban
A victim and witness to the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally told the Judicial Enquiry Commission yesterday that attackers hurled the grenades from City Bhaban, a building opposite theAL
 arrow Proposal for speedy purchase of fertiliser rejected
The Cabinet Committee on Purchase yesterday shot down an industries ministry proposal for speedy procurement of fertiliser.
 arrow Republicans gather to back Bush
Republicans have opened their national convention to nominate President George W.
 arrow Acid oceans spell doom for coral
The increasing acidity of the world's oceans could banish all coral by 2065, a leading marine expert has warned.
 arrow Student strike may end Saturday
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL) might withdraw from Saturday the indefinite countrywide student strike enforced earlier demanding international and impartial probe into
 arrow State minister's bodyguard stabbed
Muggers stabbed the bodyguard of a state minister and snatched away his gun and ammunition in Ramna in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Sadr orders truce to join politics
Shia radical leader Moqtada Sadr yesterday ordered a nationwide ceasefire and announced his militant movement would join the political arena, one of his aides said in Baghdad.
 arrow Secular politicians targeted
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the pro-liberation and secular political leaders have been made targets of all bomb and grenade attacks under this BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
 arrow Correction
Major General (retd) Tareq Siddiqui, head of the security team for Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was inadvertently mentioned as 'Major (retd) Tareq Siddiqui' in our news item on August 29 under
Businessarrow Hartal hits aviation, hospitality business
Hardly recovered from dull business during recent floods, the country's aviation and hospitality sectors are now facing another shock from last week's grenade attacks on a public rally of main opposition
 arrow Audit quality hinges on public-private tie-up
Speakers at a high-profile regional conference of auditors general in Dhaka yesterday called for a partnership between public and private sector auditors to improve quality and promote accountabilityin
 arrow Altaf seeks more time for TRIPS implementation
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday called for extension of the deadline for Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) implementation as long as Bangladesh remains a member of
 arrow Govt plans BMRE of state-run sugar mills
The government will carry out BMRE (balancing, modernisation, renovation and expansion) of the state-owned sugar mills to revitalise the local sugar industry.
 arrow Stock markets in Saarc need to be integrated
The Indian stock market regulator has come up with a series of steps including harmonisation of listing requirements, clearing and settlement mechanisms to bring about integration of bourses in Saarccountries.
 arrow Bankers seek reimbursement against savings certificates
Bankers have urged the central bank to reimburse dues within stipulated time against savings certificates.
 arrow Tk 43cr sought to rebuild flood-hit BSCIC estates
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has sought Tk 43 crore from the government to rebuild the flood-hit infrastructure of BSCIC industrial estates and its regional offices.
 arrow Rakub forms surveillance team to monitor activities
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (Rakub) has constituted 18 special surveillance teams for monitoring the activities of its branches for successful implementation of the post-flood rehabilitation programmes
 arrow Heidelberg plans Tk 10cr expansion in Bangladesh
German-based Heidelberg Cement Group will invest Tk 10 crore for installing more sophisticated technology and equipment in its existing plant site in the port city to produce quality cement.
 arrow Tax cuts still cornerstone of Bush's economic plan
President George W Bush's speech on Thursday to the Republican convention offers him a chance to seize the initiative in an economic debate that polls show is being won by his Democratic rival, John Kerry.
 arrow Queen Marie biscuit
Olympic Industries Limited has launched its Queen Marie brand biscuit in new packs in local market.

A new small size pack of Queen Marie is priced at Tk 2, says a press release.

 arrow Chinese banks asked to give loans to poor students
China has told banks to boost loans to poor students struggling to pay their way through university or face the consequences, the official Financial News said Monday.
 arrow Oil prices edge up on Iraq export woes
US oil prices rose on Monday as Iraq's oil exports continued at more than 30 percent below normal after sabotage attacks on pipelines.

US light crude climbed 29 cents to $43.

 arrow India, Thailand agree to cut tariffs ahead of FTA
India and Thailand will sign a deal Monday to eliminate tariffs on 82 goods by 2006 as a first step towards a free trade agreement, an Indian commerce ministry official said.
 arrow Fly from Sípore to Thailand at 59 cents!
Upcoming budget carrier Tiger Airways said Monday that it will offer a fare of one Singapore dollar (59 US cents) for a one-way ticket to Thailand as it prepared to enter an increasingly crowded market.
Sportsarrow Olympics: A Greek epilogue
Greek taxpayers might disagree when they are paying off the most expensive Olympics ever for the next decade, but others will feel that the Athens Games was 8.7 billion dollars well spent.
 arrow Cricket: McInnes looks beyond results
The results might have not have gone their way but Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team's coach Richard McInnes has seen signs to feel positive about from the just concluded Test and one-day series against
 arrow Cricket: Tiger Nafees
Nafees Iqbal saved the blushes of the senior team with a match-winning century as Bangladesh snatched a last-ball victory against Ireland in a practice match on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ctg MSC hold BU
A spirited Chittagong Mohamme-dan Sporting Club held title aspirants Brothers Union to a goalless draw in yesterday's final phase match of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Bashar goes to Australia today
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is expected to leave Dhaka for Australia's Melbourne tonight to undergo a surgery on his injured right thumb.
 arrow Cricket: BD 231
Bangladesh were all out for 231 in 49.4 overs in their second warm-up match against Ireland at Limavady in Belfast yesterday.

The home team were 59-2 after 13.1 overs when reports last came.

 arrow Olympics: Beijing expects to deliver
While celebrating unprecedented success at the Athens Olympics, China has its sights firmly set on the Beijing Games in four years when they hope to present the country's new face to the world.
 arrow Olympics: World's strongest bank!
Iran's national bank, Bank Melli, announced Sunday it was renaming two of its branches after Hossein Rezazadeh -- a national hero since winning an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting.
 arrow Olympics: Athenians have mixed feelings
Pride, mixed with large doses of relief, was the prevalent sentiment among Athenians as they said farewell to the Olympics on Sunday.
 arrow Olympics: Pillay's bitter end?
India's star field hockey player Dhanraj Pillay Monday expre-ssed bitterness that his last Olympics ended with him warming the benches.
 arrow Olympics: Drugs from start to finish
It started with a missed drugs test and ended with a stripped gold medal. In between it was dominated by steroids, stimulants and diuretics.

The Athens Olympics truly earned the title the Drugs Games.

 arrow Chess: Sagar draws in tenth round
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar shared point in the Telegraph School Chess Championship when he drew his tenth round board against Debaditta Sinha Biswas in Kolkata on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Inter-school chess from Sept 3
The 25th inter-school chess tournament will begin on September 3 at the St. Joseph High School and College auditorium at Moha-mmadpur in the city.
 arrow Football: Owen assists Ronaldo winner
Michael Owen made a decisive contribution as he came off the bench on Sunday for his first taste of life in the Spanish league to provide the spadework for a brilliant Ronaldo finish as Real Madrid opened
 arrow Football: More United woes
Manchester United's Premiership title challenge took a nosedive on Monday when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton.
 arrow Football: Magath a worried man
In pre-season Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath claimed he was delighted to finally have the chance of winning some silverware, but is now discovering the pressure that comes with being Bayern manager.
 arrow Football: Houllier for Robson?
Gerard Houllier was on Monday installed as the early favourite to succeed Sir Bobby Robson as Newcastle manager.
Metropolitanarrow US wants to see grenade attackers nabbed
The United States yesterday restated its support for the government's efforts to bring to book the perpetrators of the grisly grenade attacks on Awami League rally on August 21.
 arrow Pro-govt lawyers to ignore bar decision
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum yesterday decided to extend "all out cooperation" to run the Supreme Court activities ignoring the Bar Association's decision to boycott the court of chief justice protesting
 arrow Sramik Dal factions clash
A faction of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) attacked a procession of other faction in Motijheel injuring at least seven people on their way to join the BNP's protest rally at
 arrow Electrician stabbed, body of newborn recovered
Miscreants stabbed an electrician and snatched away Tk 10,000 from him at Demra while police recovered the body of a new born boy from Ramna in the capital on Sunday.
 arrow 'Grenade attack aimed at making country unstable'
The August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally was well-planned and aimed at making the country unstable, said Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industry Minister Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami.
 arrow Court hours during vacation
The office time of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has been rescheduled for its 47 days of annual vacation, beginning September 4.
Nationalarrow Fertiliser price hike scourges farmers in 8 northern dists
Rangpur: High price of Urea fertilizer is scourging farmers in eight northern districts in Rangpur and Dinajpur, threatening the prospect of Aman crop.
 arrow PDB employees begin agitation today
Employees of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), a concern of Power Development Board (PDB), begin a two-day agitation programme today to protest a government decision to handover PDB powerdistribution
 arrow RU teachers urged to take classes
Rajshahi University teachers supporting BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on the campus to protest the grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally in Dhaka on August
 arrow 134 km roads damaged in Mymensingh
The recent floods damaged 134 km pucca roads and destroyed 404 bridges completely and another 866 partially.

Five kilometres of the roads in the 12 upazilas of the district are now unfit for use.

 arrow Kushtia journo gets HC bail
The High Court has granted ad-interim bail to Kushtia journalist Munshi Torikul Islam, accused in a "false extortion case" filed by a clinic owner in the town following publication of a report.
 arrow Two absconding killers get life
Two killers were awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in absentia in a verdict given by a court here on Saturday.

The convicts are Zillur Rahman and Mohammad Ali. Both of them are absconding.

 arrow Youth beaten to death by Indian nationals
A Bangladeshi youth was beaten to death by a group of Indian nationals at Hakimpur village under Swarupanagar Thana in 24 Parganas (West Bengal) on Saturday.
 arrow Satkhira poura polls campaign gains momentum
Election campaign has gained momentum here as Satkhira Pourasabha poll is scheduled to be held on September 7.

Three candidates are contesting for chairmanship.

 arrow Threat to Iqbal Sobhan protested
The Manikganj unit of Bangladesh Sangbadik Samity (BSS) at a meeting held at the local press condemned the 'death threat" to Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Editor of Bangladesh Observer and President of Bangladesh
 arrow How poor Anjoli changed her life
Four years back, poor Anjoli Rani thought of ending her life, failing to feed her four children.
 arrow 15 BCL men hurt in attack by JCD
At least 15 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured when attacked allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Satkhira Govt College yesterday.
 arrow BNP MP, 4 others get 'death threat' from Bangla Bhai
Kushtia Jubo Dal Organising Secretary Abul Kalam Azad on Saturday received a letter in the name of Bangla Bhai that he and four top district BNP leaders including Reza Ahmed Bachhu Mollah MP would be"bombed
 arrow SI closed for harassing rape victim
Sub-inspector Rezaul Karim Bosunia of Pirganj Thana was closed to Rangpur Police Line on Saturday for alleged harassment to a rape victim in name of investigation.
Point-Counterpointarrow Can they keep Bangladesh safe?
Is there any iota of doubt that law and order situation in Bangladesh has been deteriorating beyond any imagination? I was shocked at the news of the death and injury of leaders and activists of the Awami
 arrow Integrated pest management in agriculture
Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Bangladesh as it contributes 32 per cent to our GDP. Out of this, 22 per cent comes only from the crop sub-sector, which is the largest sub-sector of agriculture.
Culturearrow The Liberation War dynamically changed my worldviews -- Selim Al Deen
The career graph of prominent playwright Selim Al Deen is pointing upwards.
 arrow Q & A
Renowned TV and film actress Subarna Mustafa talked to the Cultural Correspondent of about a variety of issues--per-sonal and professional.
 arrow Chitra Nadir Parey earns critical acclaim in International Festivals
Eminent Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel's feature film Chitra Nadir Parey finds a place in the list of memorable celluloid recreations of the trauma of the Partition of the Indian sub-continent
 arrow Projapati--Natyakendra's forthcoming comedy
In the following month, Natyakendra will stage the premier show of Projapati at the Experimental Theatre Stage and also simultaneously at the Mahila Samity Stage.
 arrow Oscar-winner Theron finds new role in Dior fragrance
Oscar-winning South African actress Charlize Theron has a new role lined up--she will be the new face for the fragrance J'adore in Christian Dior's latest global advertising campaign, the company said.
Generalarrow Gayoom briefs Khaleda about Maldives situation
President of the Maldives Maumun Abdul Gayoom yesterday phoned Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and expressed sympathy for the food-hit people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Directive to dredge river routes
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday directed the officials concerned for taking immediate measures to dredge the river routes affected by floods and repair all ferry ghats and adjacent roads from
 arrow One gets death, six life for killing man
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Barisal yesterday sentenced one person to death and six others to life imprisonment for killing a driver while a Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression
 arrow Tk 4.6 cr Danish grant for export promotion
Denmark will provide Bangladesh Tk 4.6 crore in grants for training, technical assistance and hi-tech export promotion.
 arrow JS body decides to extend validity period
The parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications decided to extend the validity period of pre-paid mobile phone card from 21 days to 30 days.
 arrow Expatriates concerned
Bangladeshi expatriates living in different countries have expressed their deep concern at the grenade attack on Awami League rally on August 21.
 arrow 'Build nat'l unity to safeguard democracy'
Speakers at a rally on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday called on the opposition leaders to build national unity to protect democracy from all sorts of conspiracy and ensure safety of the
 arrow Injured security guard dies
A security guard, who was injured during a picketing on Sunday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Janatar Sanghati launched
A new political party styled as Janatar Sanghati (People's Solidarity) has been floated recently with Sk Md Haroon-ar-Rashid as its chairman, says a press release.
 arrow Sit-in at Adamjee court today
Adamjee Jute Mill Sangram Parishad and Shilpa-Sramik-Karmachari Rakkha Samannay Parishad will stage a sit-in on the Adamjee Court premises today to protest what they said was a government move to destroy
 arrow Buetta demands int'l probe
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Teachers' Association (Buetta) yesterday held a rally on the campus in protest at the grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally in the city on August
 arrow release of BAU leaders demanded
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) yesterday demanded immediate release of its leaders and activists including the president of its Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) unit.
 arrow 1,701 more held
Police arrested some 1,701 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Kabul bomb blast kills 12 including 3 Americans
The Taliban warned yesterday of more deadly attacks in the run-up to Afghanistan's first presidential election after a car bomb in the heart of the capital killed at least 12 people and injured dozens
 arrow Govt-Shia talks stumble on arms surrender
Talks between the Iraqi government and the office of radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr aimed at ending violence in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City were stumbling on the fate of the Mehdi Army's weapons,police
 arrow 9/11 families divided over Republican Convention
Some welcome it, some wish it would go away.
 arrow Kremlin's man wins Chechnya polls
The Kremlin's candidate has won Chechnya's presidential election but faces an uphill struggle to subdue a resurgence of a separatist rebellion that has frustrated Russian leaders for a decade.
 arrow France stands firm on headscarf ban
The French government said yesterday it planned to go ahead with the introduction this week of a ban on Islamic headscarves and other religious insignia in schools, despite an ultimatum from extremists
 arrow 8,000 settlers to quit Gaza by end of next year
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to unveil today a detailed timetable of his plans to pull the 8,000 Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip by the end of next year, a source close to the premiersaid.
 arrow Widespread rape still haunts Darfur: UN
Rape of women and girls and official harassment are still widespread in Sudan's western Darfur region, a senior United Nations official said yesterday, insisting that the government in Khartoum was not
 arrow Bush declares 'beginning of the end for extremists'
President George W.
 arrow 1 disappearance a day in Nepali civil war
More than one "disappearance" is reported each day in Nepal as security forces and Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow the monarchy increasingly resort to abductions and torture, Amnesty International
 arrow Typhoon Chaba pounds southern Japan: 5 die
Powerful typhoon Chaba slammed into Japan's southern main island of Kyushu yesterday, killing five people, leaving four others missing and injuring more than 50.
 arrow Thai opposition wins race for Bangkok governor
A victory by a Thai opposition candidate in the race for Bangkok governor is a blow to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his party ahead of national polls early next year, analysts said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: High court appointments
In the midst of the crisis in which the nation currently finds itself, the recent fracas over the appointment of nineteen new additional judges to the High Court is extremely regrettable.
 arrow Editorial: Olympics end
The Athens Olympics came to an end amid an air of unblemished fulfilment, with the Greeks doing more than enough to silence their critics.
 arrow The gathering storm
The carnage of August 21, 2004 has led to widespread condemnation at home and abroad.
 arrow Whose Dharam? Who's Bharti?
At what point does a new government start looking old? When the cares of office begin to etch acid lines on the face. The first lines are beginning to show on the United Progressive Alliance.
Letters to Editorarrow Nightmarish experience
I would like to share my personal experience, feelings and mental shock of the blast incident with DS readers.

I was with my younger brother in a house in Kalabagan on that ill-fated day.

 arrow The bomb attack
Bangladesh is passing through a grave crisis. Nobody is safe in this country any more, not even the journalists. Bomb attacks have been going on for quite a long time.
 arrow BTV news
BTV news is degenerating day by day. If someone asks a BTV viewer what is most disgusting to him/her, then the answer will be 'viewing the footage of BTV news', specially at 8.00pm and 10.00pm.
 arrow End of political rule?
The bomb attack on 21 August on the Awami League public meeting at its Dhaka HQs looks like a turning point in the political history of Bangladesh, as the attack was directed at Sk Hasina, the leaderof