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Front Pagearrow FBI in Dhaka to probe grenade attacks
After Interpol, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now in Dhaka to investigate the August 21 grenade attack on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Hundreds held hostage at Russian school: 8 die
More than a dozen militants wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a southern Russian school in a region bordering Chechnya yesterday, taking hostage about 400 people -- half of them children -- and threatening
 arrow Gazipur market time bomb blast injures 6
A time bomb went off at a marketplace in Gazipur injuring six people yesterday and the recovery of a handmade bomb from the district press club three hours apart sent a swell of panic through the neighbourhood.
 arrow 2 cops walk gallows in Rangpur jail
Two of the three former policemen convicted of raping and killing 13-year-old Yasmeen more than nine years ago walked the gallows in Rangpur Central Jail at 12:01am today.
 arrow Curfew in Kathmandu
Nepal yesterday clamped an indefinite curfew on Kathmandu and warned violators will be shot after furious mobs attacked a mosque and went on the rampage to protest against the killing of 12 Nepalis in
 arrow Govt staff must submit tax return by Sept 30
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday in a circular set September 30 as the deadline for submission of income tax returns by employees of government, semi-government and autonomous bodies.
 arrow Jalil says can prove govt's hand, dares BNP to refute
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said he can prove the coalition government's involvement in the August 21 grenade attack on AL rally and challenged the ruling BNP leaders to contest
 arrow Boycott of lawyers challenged
Boycott of the chief justice's court was challenged yesterday in the High Court by three senior lawyers saying, the decision of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) was ulta vires the fundamental
 arrow Missing jail guard leads to 'rumours'
A Dhaka Central Jail guard went underground on Thursday allegedly after taking money on promising jobs in jail amid rumours that four grenades were found in his home.
 arrow WB okays $100m for education reforms
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved a $100 million credit to Bangladesh for implementation of a reform programme to enhance access to and quality of secondary education.
 arrow Women activists demand neutral probe into AL rally bombing
Several hundred women activists from a rally at the Central Shahid Minar yesterday protested the deadly grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally that killed 19 people, including the party's Women's
 arrow BNP celebrates 26th founding anniversary
Ruling BNP yesterday celebrated its 26th founding anniversary with a vow to protect democracy, independence and sovereignty of the country.
 arrow PM pledges ICT society by 2006
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government was sincerely working for building an information and communications technology (ICT) based society by 2006 and called for its effective application
 arrow $2b Tata investment now uncertain
The prospects of the $2-billion investment proposed by India's industrial giant Tata Group has become uncertain due to the current political volatility.
 arrow Pollution builds in bay, probes opened into fish death
Sea fish that died on an epidemic scale at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port are rotting, posing a threat of further pollution of bay waters, a survey team from the Marine Fisheries Department said
 arrow BCL calls off student strike
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday called off the countrywide indefinite student strike after a meeting with Dhaka University (DU) Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz.
 arrow Shibir men chop dead JCD leader
Armed cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir chopped a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader dead and injured some others at Sylhet Government Veterinary College in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Rab starts drive to catch Litu's cadres
Notorious criminal Asaduzzaman Litu, killed in a shootout with cops Monday, has disclosed names of his political godfathers and beneficiaries in police in his last interrogation, reliable sources said.
 arrow Email senders remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded two young men in police custody enabling law-enforcers to grill them on charge of threatening to blow up the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) by email.
 arrow Norwegian family mugged in city
Four armed muggers yesterday robbed a Norwegian family of Tk 12,000 and two mobile phones at gunpoint on Kemal Ataturk Avenue in Dhaka.
 arrow Charge framing date deferred
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday deferred the date for framing of charges in the sensational Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) managing director commodore Golam Rabbani murder
 arrow Judicial body looks into AL's rally permission
The judicial commission formed to probe the August 21 carnage asked Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday to inform it whether the Awami League (AL) had a permission to hold a rally on Bangabandhu Avenue.
 arrow Razzak undergoes surgery in India
Doctors of Apollo Hospital in New Delhi examined the health of Awami League (AL) leaders, who were injured in August 21 grenade attacks.
 arrow Bangladesh asks UK to recruit workers
The government yesterday formally requested Britain to hire nurses, paramedics and caterers from Bangladesh.
 arrow Mixed UN report on Iran nuke plan
UN inspectors delivered a mixed report on Iran's nuclear activities yesterday that failed to either confirm or disprove US allegations the country is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons.
 arrow Opposition chief whip gets phone threat
An anonymous caller yesterday phoned Opposition Chief Whip Abdus Shaheed and threatened him with dire consequences.
 arrow Youth held near Sudha Sadan on suspicion
Police arrested a young man in front of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina's Sudha Sadan residence on suspicion yesterday, 11 days after she survived deadly grenade attacks on a rally.
 arrow Advani briefly detained
Indian police yesterday briefly detained the country's main opposition leader, Lal Krishna Advani, during protests against the arrest of a colleague.
 arrow Rokan defends formation of Bar's probe committee
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, convenor of a six-member Supreme Court Bar Association probe body, on August 21 grenade attack has said they want to find out the culprits and evil forces involved in theheinous
Businessarrow GP hopes to reach two million subscribers mark this month
GrameenPhone Limited, the country's leading cellphone provider, yesterday said its subscribers base nearly doubled to 1.95 million in a year.
 arrow Siemens sees huge FDI potential in Bangladesh
Outgoing Siemens Bangladesh Limited (SBL) Managing Director Peter E Albrich yesterday said Bangladesh holds huge potential for foreign investment despite some discouraging factors such as natural calamity.
 arrow State-run sugar mills plan refinery operations during non-crushing season
The state-owned sugar mills are going to start refinery operations aiming to reduce their losses by keeping the factories running during non-crushing season.
 arrow Myanmar provides transit for Bangladeshi, Indian export goods to China
Myanmar is providing trade access for India and Bangladesh to the third country of China, transiting their export goods to the latter with which Myanmar has direct border links.
 arrow Bank Asia opens new branch in old Dhaka
Bank Asia Limited opened a new branch on North South Road in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Govt to allow import of 1 lakh tonne salt this year
The government has decided to allow import of one lakh metric tonne of salt this year to meet the shortfall in local production due to floods.
 arrow GP rewards six channel partners of Dhaka, Barisal
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) has rewarded its dealers of Dhaka and Barisal zones for their performances under the company's sales incentive programme "Going Beyond".
 arrow Unicom Cellular CityCell dealer
Unicom Cellular has signed an agreement with CityCell, a cellphone service provider in Bangladesh, to become its dealer.
 arrow ATDP, Square sign contract
ATDP (Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project) and Square Group signed a contract yesterday to improve quality, production efficiency and marketing of Square consumer products.
 arrow Lever Brothers Bangladesh gets Unilever's award
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited has received Unilever's "Sustained Innovation Performer" award 2004

Among 150 operating companies of Unilever worldwide 13 companies were qualified for the award while

 arrow WTO authorises EU sanctions against US for anti-dumping law
The World Trade Organisation on Tuesday authorised the European Union and seven countries to slap millions of dollars' worth of sanctions against the United States in retaliation for a US anti-dumping
 arrow EU reassures China's competitors over end of textile quotas
EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy sought Tuesday to reassure textile-exporting developing countries who fear the end of EU textile import quotas in 2005 will open the floodgates from China, at their expense.
 arrow Poll spending, cellphone use boost Philippine economy
Election spending and higher use of cellular phones allowed the Philippine economy to grow by 6.2 percent in April-June despite the government's fragile fiscal position.
Sportsarrow Football: Draw doesn't suit MSC
Mohammedan Sporting Club's fate was left hanging in the balance after they shared points with archrivals Abahani in their 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League clash yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: What about A cricket team
The scheduled Bangladesh A team's tour of Australia later this month still remained on the drawing board as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was yet to finalise the trip details.
 arrow Cricket: Steve, Alex rock India
Stephen Harmison took a hattrick as India were bowled out for a meagre 170 in the first one-day international of a three-game NatWest Challenge series, at Trent Bridge here Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Andy ambles, Maria crawls
Defending champion Andy Roddick unleashed the fastest serve in US Open history on his way to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Scoville Jenkins on Tuesday as Maria Sharapova's tournament was almost endedat
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh's 5-wicket win
Bangladesh beat Scotland by five wickets in their first practice match against the ICC Associate members at Edinburgh yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer upbeat
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was in confident mood ahead of this month's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England despite seeing his carefully laid plans upset by the Dutch weather.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka's tour off
Sri Lanka will skip their Bangladesh tour this season, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Looking on bright side
South Africa captain Graeme Smith hopes the painful lessons learnt on his team's tour of Sri Lanka can pave the way for long-term success.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher for more shorter matches
England coach Duncan Fletcher wants to reduce the number of Test matches played in favour of one-day games.
 arrow Tennis: US OPEN DIARY
Serena Williams' latest wardrobe created a stir with the US Open spectators on Monday, but it wasn't welcomed by the tournament organisers.
 arrow Olympics: 'Pride of Pakistan'
The Olympic silver medal success of Amir Khan, the British boxing sensation of Pakistani origin, has sent ripples of pride through his grandparents -- although they lament he did not represent Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain requires second surgery
Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is to undergo a second knee operation and has been told he will need to rest for several months to recover from a career threatening injury.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans afraid of Karachi too
Sri Lanka has become the latest touring team to express reservations about playing at some venues in Pakistan because of security concerns.
 arrow Football: Brazil ignore five-star cast
Five players who did not play in Brazil's friendly international in Haiti have not been called up for their 2006 South American World Cup qualifier against Bolivia at Sao Paulo on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson takes it easy
Sven-Goran Eriksson has shrugged off suggestions his job could be on the line if England fail to make a convincing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
 arrow Football: Rooney is a great deal
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has hailed Wayne Rooney as a bargain at 27 million pounds, describing the 18-year-old England forward as the best player the country has produced in 30 years.
 arrow Football: Pumas prove a point
Michael Owen flew off to join up with England for his country's two opening World Cup qualifiers having tasted his first home action as a Real Madrid player, leaving the striker and David Beckham outof
 arrow Football: Romantic training!
Ronaldo took his new girlfriend to watch him training with Brazil on Tuesday while coach Carlos Alberto Parreira thanked her for helping the Real Madrid forward lose weight.
 arrow Football: Inter-private varsity soccer
The first ever inter-private university football competition involving 12 teams will begin at the Bangladesh Army Stadium on September 20.
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT
Abahani Krira Chakra clinched the women's team title of the Global Insurance open table tennis competition when they blanked Bangla-desh Biman 3-0 in the final at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Five players were sharing the lead in the Destiny Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament after the end of the fourth round games at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: LATEST
England beat India by seven wickets to win the first one-day international at Trent Bridge here Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Unite against govt to fight fanatics
Leaders of 32 women's organisations at a rally yesterday vowed to topple the BNP-led four-party alliance government to bring the present unbearable situation to an end.
 arrow Shop employee, extortionist shot dead
A gang of robbers shot dead a man at Shaympur and a youth died from bullet wound at Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt firm to maintain communal harmony
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reiterated the government's determination to maintain communal harmony at any cost and urged all, irrespective of caste and creed, to work together for building thenation.
 arrow Dhaka condemns killing of 12 Nepalese in Iraq
Bangladesh yesterday condemned execution of 12 Nepalese workers by kidnappers in Iraq Tuesday.
 arrow Police bar Litu's family from holding press conference
Family members of Asaduzzaman Litu, who was killed in a gunfight, could not hold press conference as police prevented them from coming out of their residence yesterday morning.
 arrow Manzoorul Karim made Brac ombudsperson
Former secretary Manzoorul Karim was made ombudsperson of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac), a leading NGO, yesterday.
Nationalarrow Leprosy elimination in sight
The man had started wailing when told that he had leprosy.

This was the situation about a decade ago because of social stigma and superstition that leprosy is a curse and incurable.

 arrow Failed attempt to resume RU classes
Authorities of Rajshahi University on Tuesday made a failed attempt to reopen the campus while Bangladesh Chhatra League continued to enforce an indefinite strike protesting the August 21 grenade attack
 arrow New Ichhamati shoals are in Bangladesh territory: Hafiz
Water Resources Minister Major (Rtd) Hafiz Uddin Bir Bikram on Tuesday said the government will take appropriate measures to check erosion by the Ichhamati and the Kalindi rivers in Satkhira.
 arrow 'Allow local govts to lease markets'
Local government leaders at a press conference here on Tuesday demanded return of their power to lease local markets.
 arrow Tk 63,000 fake notes seized:One arrested
One person was arrested and fake currency notes amounting to Tk 63,000 were recovered from him at Mahiskundi bus stand in Daulatpur upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow 20 hurt in B'baria clash
At least 20 persons were injured in a clash over land dispute between two rival groups at Nabipur village in Nabinagar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Rapist gets life in Gaibandha
A rapist was sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in absentia by Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Court here on August 29.
 arrow 3 fishermen released
Three fishermen were released by abductors in the wake of BDR operation on Monday.
 arrow Listed criminalnabbed
The members of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) on Tuesday arrested a listed criminal with a pistol and a knife from the railway station area here.
Point-Counterpointarrow Armed forces dedicated to a cause
Of all the anniversaries of the Turkish Republic (30th August) the Armed Forces Day has a very special place.
 arrow Higher judicial appointments must be kept above controversy
When the two issues, namely the recent devastating flood ravaging the national economy, and the daylight bomb and grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in the very heart of the capital on August
Culturearrow An insight into the lives of the Tipras
Bandarban, where the mountain waves create a magical veil with the tropical growth, is the land of the Tipras the indigenous ethnic group of Bangladesh.
 arrow Remembering the great composer
August 30 was the death anniversary of the venerable music director Altaf Mahmud.
 arrow Theatre activities start again
More than 85 theatrical groups under the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and the Bangladesh Mahila Samity authority decided to stop the regular staging of plays at its theatre hall.
 arrow Greta Garbo: The reclusive legend
Fourteen years since she died, the mystery that surrounded actress Greta Garbo lives on. Famous for statements such as, 'I want to be left alone', and 'I don't want to be a silly temptress.
Generalarrow Step up security for Hasina
Bangabandhu Parishad yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the government, saying that it has failed to ensure safety of the people and safeguard democracy.
 arrow Brac starts post-flood rehabilitation
Brac, a leading non-government organisation, has started a nine-month rehabilitation programme in 39 flood-affected districts with a budget of Tk 13 crore.
 arrow Body to probe vandalism at DCC office
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday formed a one-member committee to investigate the acts of vandalism on its premises.
 arrow HSBC car loan campaign prize distribution held
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) in Bangladesh held the prize distribution ceremony of its car loan campaign for vendors in Dhaka recently, says a press release.
 arrow Soil fertility on the wane due to rampant use of chemicals
Society for Human Upliftment through Rural Institutional Development (SHURID), a non-governmental organisation working with commercial production of vermicompost, organised two separate training workshops
 arrow Jubo Parishad leaders meet Hasina
Bangabandhu Jubo Parishad leaders called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence on Tuesday and expressed concern over the grisly
 arrow Open workshop on foreign study
The International Admission Council, Bangladesh, and Pembrokshire College, Wales, UK will jointly organise an open workshop on foreign study on September 3, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Israel blows up bomber's home
Israel vowed a global pursuit of Hamas leaders and to accelerate construction of its West Bank barrier Wednesday after the deadliest Palestinian attack in nearly a year.
 arrow Kerry says US must win war on terror
Seizing upon President Bush's remark that the war on terror may never be won, Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States will prevail by waging a smarter, more effective
 arrow Mortar fire greets Iraq's new interim parliament
Iraq's interim parliament was sworn in on Wednesday, completing the set-up of the caretaker administration in a ceremony rocked by mortar fire near the high-security building where the lawmakers weregathered.
 arrow Investigators look for clues to Russia blast
Russian investigators were under pressure on Wednesday to establish quickly who was behind a suicide bomb attack on a busy Moscow street that killed 10 people and injured 51.
 arrow Meddling in Iraq would be 'great insult'
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami declared himself Wednesday to be against any interference by his country in Iraqi affairs, labelling any meddling as an "insult" to the Iraqi people.
 arrow Indians, other truckers freed in Iraq
Islamic militant kidnappers on Wednesday released seven truck drivers held hostage in Iraq for six weeks, an AFP correspondent witnessed in the rebel-dominated western city of Fallujah.
 arrow Opposition seeks to meet Suu Kyi
Myanmar's opposition has asked the country's military regime to allow a meeting with their detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi amid calls for a party overhaul, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Chalabi escapes assassination bid
Iraqi politician and disgraced former Pentagon favourite Ahmed Chalabi said he escaped unharmed after an assassination attempt Wednesday which left two of his bodyguards wounded.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Statesman editorial
The Statesman, a well known Indian daily, has run two editorials on the August 21 attack on an AL rally and its aftermath, one of which is titled "Khaleda's game plan: Kill Hasina and banish democracy".
 arrow Editorial: 12 Nepalese executed by Iraqi insurgents
The recent execution of twelve Nepalese workers in Iraq by a group calling itself Ansar-al-Sunna is only the latest in a long line of kidnappings and executions of innocent civilians carried out by insurgent
 arrow Small arms, big problems
The sorrowful consequences of unbridled diffusion of small arms and light weapons (SA&LW) in Bangladesh were made abundantly clear on August 21.
 arrow A fresh start for Japan to win a permanent Security Council seat
Japan's aspiration to become a real power-player in international politics by becoming one of the few privileged nations holding the powerful veto rights at the United Nations Security Council dates back
Letters to Editorarrow Suspect in email threat
The arrest of one Shaibal Saha Partha from a cyber cafe in the city after an email threat was allegedly sent from the same cafe and subsequent news that the authorities may have picked up the wrong person
 arrow Fate of terrorists!
I heard the news on Channel I at 10:30pm on 29th April 2004 that the mastermind of Shamsur killing was nabbed.
 arrow Email sender and Yahoo
It is very sad to know through your news item that Saibal Saha Partha who was taken into custody on suspicion of sending an intimidating email to Prothom Alo has been severely tortured before being
 arrow AL demand
I was really surprised when I saw in the DS of 29-Aug that the AL now wants an international probe under the UN or Commonwealth to investigate the 21 August grenade attack.
 arrow "Freedom of belief in Islam"
I express my thanks to the writer for such a thoughtful article as well as you for publishing that. There are several fields in which Islam is greatly misunderstood, one of which is freedom of belief.
 arrow Keep it up
Your motto: "Journalism without fear or favour" could not ring truer than in the light of the events unfolding following the grenade attack on the opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.