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Front Pagearrow SC stays order declaring constructions illegal
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed unopposed a High Court (HC) order that declared illegal the residences of the speaker and deputy speaker in the parliament complex, as lawyers opposing the construction
 arrow Lawyers boycott CJ's court
Leading lawyers yesterday refrained from attending the chief justice's court in accordance with the boycott decision taken by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow Tk 225cr lost to graft in Jul-Dec 2003
The government lost Tk 225 crore in just 253 out of a total 1,115 corruption incidents reported by newspapers in the last half of 2003, with the communications sector topping the graft-list, according
 arrow India offers probe help, US renews proposal
The US yesterday renewed its offer to assist Bangladesh in investigating the August 21 grenade attacks while India made a formal offer of assistance.
 arrow Move to accommodate speakers to start now
The authorities would furbish the houses of the speaker and deputy speaker during the Supreme Court (SC) stay order, officials said.
 arrow Nine-day opposition agitation from today
Key opposition parties yesterday declared nine-day simultaneous agitation until September 9 to galvanise people into the one-point movement to unseat the government in a major shift in Awami League'sstand
 arrow They won't return to normal life
Most victims of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally are unlikely to return to normal life as they will carry splinters in their sensitive organs, health experts said.
 arrow Twin bus blasts in Israel kill 15
Palestinian suicide bombers exploded two buses almost simultaneously in southern Israel yesterday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 80 in the first major Palestinian attack inside Israel
 arrow BNP denies AL JS body chairs in proportion to seats
The ruling BNP has turned down the main opposition's demand for chairs of parliamentary standing committees in proportion to its share of Jatiya Sangsad (JS) seats, terming the demand unfair.
 arrow Interpol explosives experts due soon
An Interpol experts' team including one specialising in plastic explosives will arrive in Dhaka in a couple of days to investigate the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
 arrow Bay pollution kills huge sea fish
Thousands of sea fishes have died at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port apparently due to seawater pollution prompting the authorities to start an investigation.
 arrow Alliance leaders attend criminal Litu's funeral
Prompting disbelief and questions among members of the public, some leaders of the ruling alliance yesterday attended the namaz-e-janaza of top criminal Asaduzzaman Litu, killed in a 'gunfight' with law
 arrow Candlelight vigil to protest grenade attack
With a vow to oust the 'despotic regime' of four-party alliance, the Sammilito Sangskritik Jote yesterday brought out a candlelight procession protesting the August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League(AL)
 arrow All flaws worth pinpointing
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of Bangladesh Asif Ali yesterday defended the reports prepared by his office even on 'insignificant issues', saying audit reports should pinpoint all irregularities
 arrow 2 youths held for email threat to kill PM, Tariq
Dhanmondi police yesterday arrested two youths for sending an email to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia threatening to kill her, her eldest son Tariq Rahman and the members of parliament.
 arrow BNP's founding anniversary today
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) celebrates today its 26th founding anniversary.
 arrow BDB, JSD sit to work out plan to oust govt
Leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) sat last night to work out a plan to unseat the four-party alliance government and run the state after its ouster.
 arrow PM adamant to find real culprits
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed the government's firm resolve to identify the perpetrators of August 21 grenade attack on Awami League's rally through neutral investigation, thwarting various
 arrow Low response leads UN to appeal again
The United Nations appealed for more aid for Bangladesh flood victims yesterday, urging donors not to forget the disaster which killed 700 people last month.
 arrow Neela's condition Deteriorates
Condition of Awami League (AL) leader Neela Choudhury, now under treatment at a city hospital since getting seriously wounded in the August 21 blasts, has deteriorated yesterday with the loss of sensation
 arrow Sramik Dal men ransack DCC office
A faction of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal (JSD) of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) unit ransacked the office of chief health officer and DCC staff and workers union office yesterday noon.
 arrow Husband kills three over his Polygamy
A man chopped dead his wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law yesterday to avert an arbitration over his polygamy and other fraudulent practices.
 arrow Abductors kill college student, Kidnap another
Unknown criminals slaughtered a college student they had abducted and a fertiliser trader bought his freedom from his captors in Kushtia on Monday.
 arrow Earth warned on 'tipping points'
The world has barely begun to recognise the danger of setting off rapid and irreversible changes in some crucial natural systems, a scientist says.
 arrow 'Bhaban' grafts not overlooked
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Board of Trustees Treasurer Prof Muzaffer Ahmed yesterday said the corruption committed by different 'Bhabans' fell under the related sectors and the 'miscellaneous'
Businessarrow Ratan Tata defers visit
Ratan Tata, chairman of India's industrial heavyweight Tata Group, has deferred his trip to Bangladesh for a month on the grounds of present political instability, Board of Investment (BoI) ExecutiveChairman
 arrow New tool for SME funding suggested
As arranging short-term finance remains a matter of concern for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the central bank yesterday suggested introduction of 'factoring', a financial tool of advanced payment
 arrow India unveils foreign trade
Indian government yesterday unveiled its new foreign trade policy to boost exports of farm products and services exempting them from service tax.
 arrow 1.5pc VAT at import level from today
Commercial importers will have to pay 1.5 percent value added tax (VAT) at import level from today.
 arrow ADB President Chino to quit in January
Asian Development Bank President Tadao Chino of Japan announced Tuesday his resignation effective January 2005, the lender said in a statement.
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti march, Russel bow out
Defending champions Muktijoddha Sangsad stormed into the semifinals of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Foot-ball League when they blanked Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra 2-0 in yesterday's final phase match
 arrow Cricket: Easy in the end for Tigers
Bangladesh were steered to victory in their second ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game in Ireland on Monday by the man known as 'Pilot'.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka keep it clean
Upul Chandana and Sanath Jayasuriya shared eight wickets as Sri Lanka cruised to a 49-run victory and a 5-0 series whitewash against South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Shantoo brimming with confidence
Bangladesh Under 17 football team's coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo is confident that his boys had what it takes to make a mark in the AFC Under-17 Football Championship in Japan next week.
 arrow Tennis: Serena, Federer fly
Former world number one Serena Wi-lliams' march towards re-claiming her US Open title began in stunning fashion on Monday when she overpowered Sandra Kleinova 6-1, 6-3 in a first round match.
 arrow Beijing rolls out red carpet
China's Olympic team returned home Tuesday to a hero's welcome and dedicated its medals to 'the motherland', as the country swelled with nationalistic pride and vowed to host a 'glorious' Games in 2008.
 arrow Football: Red Rooney
Manchester United finally got their hands on Wayne Rooney on Tuesday after nearly a week a tense negotiations concluded with the club agreeing a transfer fee with his current club Everton.
 arrow No slowing Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has no intention of calling a day on his illustrious career after winning his seventh world title, Ferrari team boss Jean Todt says.

 arrow Cricket: Bashar's departure delayed
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar could not leave for Australia yesterday as he did not get the visa.

"The necessary medical documents from my hospital in Melbourne have not yet arrived.

 arrow Cricket: Eng, India want to buck trends
England cannot win a one-day international batting first while India coach John Wright reckons his team are having trouble chasing totals.
 arrow Chess: Sagar second
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar finished runner-up in the Telegraph School Chess Championship securing 9.5 points after the end of the eleventh and last round in Kolkata on Monday.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey players' transfer Sept 7
The First Division hockey players transfer for the 2004 season will begin on September 7 at the Bangladesh Hockey Federation office at Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
 arrow Chess: FIDE chess
Ten players were jointly leading the table with maximum three points in the Destiny Open FIDE Rating chess tournament after the third round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT
Ripon became champion in the unseeded players' singles in the Second Global Insurance open table tennis competition, which began yesterday at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium.
 arrow Football: Portsmouth win a thriller
Portsmouth beat Fulham 4-3 in a fast-paced Premiership match here on Monday night with countless chances for either side though question marks surrounded the quality of both defences.
 arrow Martin hangs his racquet up
American Todd Martin announced his retirement after losing to Fabrice Santoro of France in the first round of the US Open on Monday.
 arrow Sacking Bobby was tough
Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd said sacking coach Bobby Robson was one of the toughest decisions he has had to make.
Metropolitanarrow 779 were murdered last month
Around 25 people were killed daily while a total of 779 murdered in last month throughout the country, said a report of Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday.
 arrow Take new project for the disabled
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Social Welfare Ministry to properly implement its projects and take new ones, if required, for the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled people.
 arrow BCF to launch cancer registry today
For the first time in the country, Bangladesh Cancer Foundation (BCF) is launching a population-based cancer registry from today.
 arrow Postal ballot for Netrakona-2 by-polls voters
Civil servants, their spouses and detained ones in jails, unable to vote in persons, will be allowed to cast their votes through postal ballots in the upcoming Netrakona-2 constituency's by-polls scheduled
 arrow One shot, robbed at hotel
A man was shot and robbed of Tk 6,000 and a mobile phone at a hotel at Fakirapool in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Eight years without payment for power!
Taking the advantage of a High Court stay order, 26 ice factories

in Barisal city are not paying electricity bills for eight years, depriving the Power Development Board (PDB) of over Tk two core in

 arrow Colleges vie for students
Many colleges in Moulvibazar district are facing acute shortage of students as the number of admission seekers is decreasing day by day due to less pass percentage in SSC (Secondary School Certificate)
 arrow AL obstructing neutral probe, Nasir tells Ctg rally
The government is determined to track down the culprits involved in the August 21 grenade attack in Dhaka through independent probe but the opposition Awami League (AL) is not cooperating in it, speakers
 arrow One killed, 45 hurt in Kushtia clashes
One person was killed and at least 45 people were injured in separate clashes in Kushtia and Chuadanga on Monday.

An alleged phelsidyl trader was slaughtered in another incident in Chuadanga.

 arrow Pro BNP teachers planning requisition meeting
Amid an indefinite teachers' strike called by the Chittagong University Teachers Association (CUTA), some teachers aligned with ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are likely call a requisition meeting ofthe
 arrow Six killed, 20 hurt in road mishaps
Six persons were killed and at least 20 injured in road accidents in Netrakona and Jessore on Monday.
 arrow Showcause notice on UNO
A case has been filed against six persons including Sadullapur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) in connection with selection of a chairman-in-charge of Bongram Union Parishad due to long absence of the elected
 arrow Convict in Aref murder case held
A convict in JSD (Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal) leader

Kazi Aref Ahmed murder case was arrested from Chuadanga four hours after delivery of the verdict on Monday.

 arrow Killer gets life term in Netrakona
A court in Kishoreganj on Monday awarded one person to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing his wife.

The convict is Jalal Mia of Borkharchor village in Kuliarchor upazila, Kishoreganj.

 arrow Meagre house building grants in Bogra
The government has disbursed Tk two lakh as house building grant among flood affected people in Dhanut and Sahriakandi upazilas out of Tk three lakh allocated for them.
 arrow Runner editor's death anniversary observed
The 6 th death anniversary of R M Saiful Alam Mukul, editor of local Bangla daily Runner, was observed here on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Who has won in Najaf?
Peace has finally been restored to the holy city of Najaf, Iraq's center for Shi'ite learning, after the unexpected intervention of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani.
 arrow Where are their children?
Only in Bangladesh can you be forty, a multimillionaire, and married with three kids and yet be counted on as a frontline "student" leader.
Culturearrow An institute for the acoustic instrumentalists is a must --Chandan Dutta
Firmly etched in the memory of tabla player Chandan Dutta is his first musical encounter with sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in Dhaka.
 arrow Gitanjali comes a long way with Tagore songs
It is around 12 years since the musical organisation Gitanjali began its journey.
 arrow Bachchan's tryst with Tagore's poems
Amitabh Bachchan's rich baritone will accompany famous danseuse Tanusree Shankar's dance drama Chirantan as he recites poems from Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali this winter.
 arrow Triumph for hip-hop at MTV Awards
Hip-hop duo OutKast has won four prizes at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held in Miami on August 29.
 arrow Rod Stewart, Ron Wood revive Faces in Hollywood
It was just like old days as former Faces members Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Ian McLagan reunited in a rare on-stage performance during Stewart's concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 30.
Generalarrow BNP resents BTV news coverage
The rank and file of the ruling BNP has expressed serious resentment at the Bangladesh Television (BTV) news coverage of its Monday rally in the capital.
 arrow Tk 87.60 cr project for sustainable water management
An agreement for implementation of the project titled "Integrated Planning for Sustainable Water Management (IPSWAM)" under the Ministry of Water Resources was signed yesterday, says an official handout.
 arrow 4 sued for embezzling Tk 12 cr from JB
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac), Chittagong yesterday sued two businessmen, a bank official and a legal advisor for embezzling around Tk 12 crore from a Janata Bank (JB) branch by producing forged
 arrow rule nisi on NU VC
A High Court division bench yesterday issued a rule nisi asking National University Vice-chancellor Prof Aftab Ahmed and others to explain why all appointments to the university between November
 arrow Early marriage forces girls to drop out of schools: Study
Adolescent girls drop out of schools in Bangladesh mainly because of early marriage. They also have limited mobility and social network, according to a baseline study.
 arrow Tk 360 cr DFID aid for road maintainance
British Department for International Development (DFID) will provide Tk 360 crore in financial assistance under the Periodic Maintenance Programme of Roads and Highways department for repair, restructure
 arrow Attack on Hasina a 'terrible incident': Wallich
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and said any terrorist attack obstructs economic development
 arrow 'Ekush' presented to president
Chief Executive Osman Murad and Head of Corporate Affairs of Standard Chartered Bank Mohammad Badrul Ahsan called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday and presented him with a pictorial
 arrow Suspect placed on three-day remand
A Dhaka Court yesterday placed a man, arrested on Sunday on suspicion of making destructive activities in the 26th founding anniversary function of BNP, on a three-day remand.
 arrow Prof Salam made chairman of DU journalism deptt
Professor Dr Sheikh Abdus Salam was made chairperson of the Department of Mass Communi-cation and Journalism of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday for three years.

He will join his new post today.

 arrow DU exams from Sept 5
All examinations of Dhaka University (DU) which are due to be held from September 5, will be held as per schedule, says a press release.

The date of postponed examinations will be announced soon.

 arrow Suspect placed on three-day remand
A Dhaka Court yesterday placed a man, arrested on Sunday on suspicion of making destructive activities in the 26th founding anniversary function of BNP, on a three-day remand.
 arrow Obituary
AM Mesbahuddin, a former secretary and member of the erstwhile Pakistan Police Service, died of a cardiac arrest at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 81.
 arrow 1,288 more held
Police arrested some 1,288 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sharon presents Gaza pullout timetable
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon presented the most detailed timetable yet for a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip to his Likud Party yesterday, and warned party rebels that the plan "will be implemented, period.
 arrow Indian govt to review river-linking project
India's Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has told the Supreme Court that it has not given up the previous BJP-led regime's ambitious river-linking project.
 arrow Rebels kidnap 22 health workers in Darfur
The Sudanese government said yesterday rebels in Darfur had kidnapped 22 health workers in the strife-torn region, following the abduction of eight Sudanese nationals working for international aid groups.
 arrow Thousands continue protests
Thousands of people demanding social reforms protested in New York Monday, as the Republican National Convention got under way.
 arrow Spate of bomb attacks on filmgoers in Assam
A spate of blasts targeting filmgoers in India's northeastern state of Assam has triggered panic and left most cinemas almost empty, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Bomb blast kills 3 in Pakistani sweet shop
A bomb ripped through a sweet shop in southwestern Pakistan yesterday killing three people and wounding seven others, police said.
 arrow Attempt on minister's brother in Kashmir
The brother of an Indian cabinet minister survived an attack by suspected Kashmiri rebels yesterday as two militants holed up in a house were killed in a separate incident.
 arrow War crimes charges are 'lies'
Former Yugoslav president Slob-odan Milosevic began his long-delayed defence against charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity before a United Nations court yesterday, denouncing the
 arrow Generals may pay the price for Iraq abuse
The Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal could effectively end the careers of four Army generals who are linked indirectly to the misconduct but face no criminal charges.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Not the way to bury differences
While the prime minister's call for infusing a new culture in national politics by burying the past differences is welcome, we are dismayed at the pronouncements of her senior party members made at the
 arrow Editorial: Saifur critical of CAG
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman's criticism of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) at a conference on Monday has left us a little confused as to the exact details ofhis
 arrow Managers and massacres
Ivy Rahman -- also known as the "lady with the lamp" in a society shrouded with darkness -- has been laid to eternal rest.
 arrow Fom ancient Athens to modern Athens, the changing face of the Olympics
The Olympics returned home to Athens, Greece eight years too late.
 arrow A critique of apologia in support of violence
It is surprising to see a section of people acting as apologists for the 21/8 carnage inflicted upon a peaceful political meeting.
Letters to Editorarrow The Sundarbans
The Sundarbans earned Bangladesh the reputation of conserving the largest mangrove forests in the World. Therefore it implies not only a track of forests but also an important image.
 arrow Camel race
Camel race in the UAE is the most dreadful sporting event of the world.
 arrow "Rakta Karobi"
On the 63rd death anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore, I had the privilege to enjoy his unique drama Rakta Karobi performed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya at the Mahila Samity auditorium.
 arrow Film industry
There is little scope for doubting that our film industry is being destroyed day by day. The reasons are that our filmmakers are dishonest and not above mediocrity .
 arrow Concentration of power
It appears that in the newly emerging nations, concentration of power in fewer hands is the root of all evils.
 arrow Why only one?
The government has issued an order to pay festival allowance to the pensioners from the current fiscal year.
 arrow Population control
I am a teacher of economics. I have gone through the articles by Dr Zakir Hussain and Dr Sayed Jahangir on the subject of population control in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket Board
Cricket is a popular game in many countries these days. Bangladesh gained the Test status in the year 2000. After gaining the Test status, Bangladesh has not yet won a match.
 arrow A well written piece
I would like to convey my deep appreciation to Shahedul Anam Khan for his article 'The Saga of Bomb Blast and Black Saturday' published in your daily on 26.08.
 arrow A barbaric attack
I was filled with great consternation when I heard the news of the grenade attack on opposition leader Sheikh Hasina's meeting at Bangabandhu Avenue on 21 August, which left at least 16 people dead and
 arrow Indignation and condemnation
The whole country has been numbed by the grenade blasts at the Awami League meeting on 21st August which killed 20 persons including one top leader of the AL.
 arrow Of children
I went through the article "What we teach our kids" by Hana Shams Ahmed published in SWM on August 27. Hana has brought a true assessment before us.
 arrow Thoughts of a senior citizen
I was stunned when I heard the news of the grenade blasts at the AL protest meeting on 21/08/04. The carnage scene that I saw in our TV channels (not BTV) blunted my thoughts.
 arrow Attack on AL rally
My language fails to express the tragedy of the devilish attack on the AL procession on 21 August. Nineteen people died and many more were injured.
 arrow Satellite governance?
There appears to be a government within the government in this part of the world, according to a columnist (DS Aug 24).
StarTecharrow 'Bijoy' expands its horizons
After meeting the local need, Ananda Computers is now expanding their horizon in the neighboring Indian software market with the latest version of their revolutionary Bangla application Bijoy.
 arrow Now virtual blood bank
MEDICAL institutions in Bangladesh have always faced severe problems connecting blood seekers with donors. The blood bank of Dhaka has not always been able to provide adequate service during times ofcrisis.
 arrow New Intel Desktop Board hits market soon
THE Intel Desktop Board D915GAV is about to hit the Bangladesh market within the first week of this month, says a press release.
 arrow Microsoft sets 2006 launch for 'Longhorn'
Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it will ship the next version of Windows in 2006, but scaled back plans to include a new system for finding and storing information in its flagship operating system.
Star Chittagongarrow Masterminds, trainers elude police net
Law enforcing agencies are yet to arrest the masterminds and trainers of Islamist militants at clandestine camps in hilly areas of Hathazari and Rangunia here.
 arrow Artistes’ dream comes true
The newly constructed Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) is likely to open by the month-end.
 arrow New Arrivals at CTG Zoo

Star Cityarrow Grenade attack aftermath leaves hotels in glum mood
Hotel occupancy rates dropped in the fallout of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue that killed 19 people.
 arrow Dhaka to appear in high-rolling glamour
City planners dream up a layout to decorate the capital in high-rolling glamour through architectural landscaping ahead of the 13th Saarc Summit here in January next year.
 arrow Rajuk sets 2006 to rein in sprawling Dhaka
After several rounds of talks over the years, Rajuk has finally decided to introduce a detailed area plan (DAP) by 2006 to ensure planned growth of the city.
 arrow It's December now for Khilgaon flyover
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is anxious to complete the construction of the Khilgaon flyover by December following Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's reported dissatisfaction about the
 arrow High-rises living on the edge
Many high-rise buildings in the city have no emergency escape routes or fire fighting devices, making them vulnerable in emergency situations.
 arrow DV delight not lasting long
Bangladeshi applicants for Diversity Visa (DV) 2005 lottery have started receiving their initial letters.

According to sources, there was an estimated 1.