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Front Pagearrow Over 150 killed,646 hurt in bloody battle
Commandos stormed a school yesterday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire.
 arrow Aziz Supermarket blast injures two
Two people, including an arrest-evading crime suspect, were injured when a bomb they were apparently building went off at an NGO office at Aziz Supermarket in Shahbagh yesterday.
 arrow Bush accepts nomination, pledges a 'safer world'
President Bush pledged "a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term in office and plunged into the final two months of his re-election campaign.
 arrow Myanmar shuts transit point, W Bengal puts border on alert
Myanmar has kept its transit point with Bangladesh on Teknaf-Mongdu borderline off-limits to businesspeople and other frontier travellers for 12 days apparently amid political tempers here triggered by
 arrow Foreign aid dips, FDI on the rise
Foreign aid to Bangladesh dipped as much as 50 percent in the last fiscal year although foreign direct investment (FDI) rose 2.39 percent at the same time.
 arrow Interpol preparing list of suspects
Interpol experts are likely to list suspects next week of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally that killed 19 people, investigators said yesterday.
 arrow Foreign aid dips, FDI on the rise
Foreign aid to Bangladesh dipped as much as 50 percent in the last fiscal year although foreign direct investment (FDI) rose 2.39 percent at the same time.
 arrow Mugger killed in shootout with cops
A mugger died while another one was critically injured in an encounter with police in Tejgaon early yesterday and gunmen shot an employee of a ward commissioner in Mohammadpur yesterday noon.
 arrow Top US expert on counter-terrorism due tomorrow
Washington's special envoy on counter-terrorism Joseph Cofer Black arrives here tomorrow on a two-day trip probably to discuss bilateral collaboration to combat terrorism.
 arrow Threat to blow up DU Arts Building
An anonymous letter to the Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University yesterday threatened to blow up the Arts Building on the campus in five days.
 arrow Riverbank lease chokes up Shitalakkhya
Influential people, including lawmakers, have been taking the Shitalakkhya bank on a 99-year lease from the government and filling up the river to put up their businesses changing the river's course at
 arrow Indiscriminate sand extraction to repeat Basila-like erosion
Indiscriminate and unplanned extraction of millions of tonnes of sand from the riverbed of the Buriganga near Kamrangirchar and Kholamora is raising fears of a change in the river channel, turbulencein
 arrow Probe report today, faulty vessel liable
A two-member committee formed by Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to probe the oil spillage from the state-owned oil tanker MT Banglar Sourav and fish epidemic in the bay is likely to submit its report
 arrow Move to streamline pvt universities
The Private University Act, 1998 is going to be amended providing for stringent measures to force the private universities to go by rules and streamline their operation.
 arrow 2 Shibir activists remanded
Two activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, arrested in connection with the killing of a JCD leader at Sylhet Government Veterinary College on Tuesday night,were placed on a five-day remand on Thursday.
 arrow Nab attackers or face all-out movement: Oikyamancha
Jatiya Oikyamancha will go for an oust-government movement if the BNP-led coalition fails to solve the August 21 grenade blasts that killed 19 people and injured over 200 at an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Nizami hints at anti-Islam plot
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally was part of a 'sinister conspiracy' against Islam and the sovereignty
 arrow Rab nabs top Ctg criminal
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top-notch criminal of the city and recovered a German-made pistol with bullets from his possession on Thursday night.
 arrow JCD barricades highway
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday blockaded the Dhaka-Aricha highway for three hours to protest a lawmaker's assault on JCD president of Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow Blocking traffic...

 arrow Hopes grow for release of 2 French reporters
Hopes grew yesterday that two French journalists kidnapped two weeks ago in Iraq would be released by their Islamist captors.
 arrow Alliance will benefit if I am killed, says Hasina,
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, who survived the August 21 grenade attack, has said the assassins wanted to kill her and destroy the nation's independence and sovereignty.
 arrow Onslaught of diarrhoea Pneumonia continues
The spread of diarrhoea and pneumonia lingers, as two died and 3,876 others, including 618 children, fell ill with the diseases in the last 24 hours.
 arrow Former Jubo Dal leader shot dead in Gazipur
A former Jubo Dal leader was shot dead by unknown assailants in Gazipur last night.
Businessarrow Software exports fall flat
Software exports fell 80 percent short of target in 2003-04 despite the government effort to boost the sector by forming an ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC) two years ago.
 arrow Asean, Australia, NZ may agree on free trade talks
Southeast Asia nations, Australia and New Zealand were likely to recommend the formal launch of free trade negotiations at a meeting in Jakarta this weekend, a senior Australian trade official said Friday.
 arrow India's inflation rate highest in nearly four years
India's inflation rate rose above eight percent, its highest level in over three and a half years, on the back of an uptick in food and fuel prices, government data showed Friday.
 arrow Japan, Asia face bumpy road towards free trade pacts
Japan, keen not to lose ground to China, is stepping up its pursuit of regional and bilateral free trade pacts, but the path to success will be bumpy and some experts question how committed Tokyo really
 arrow Bush urged to dump textile trade team
South Carolina Sen Ernest "Fritz" Hollings urged President George W Bush Thursday to dump his textile trade team and replace its members with officials more willing to deal with a possible threat posed
 arrow Meena Bazar outlet now in Khulna
A branch of Meena Bazar, a chain superstore, was opened in Khulna.
 arrow Southeast Asia must overcome rift for sake of growth
Southeast Asian nations must overcome their differences and integrate their economies or face a future on the sidelines of global commerce, Indonesia's president told ministers from the region Friday.
 arrow Apec ministers favour currency liberalisation
Asia-Pacific finance ministers were to call for currency deregulation in a statement due to be released on Friday, the head of the US delegation said, in a move that particularly targets China's monetary
 arrow Paper shares of Reliance Ins to be converted into electronic ones
Reliance Insurance Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the service provider of central depository system, to convert its paper shares into electronic ones.
 arrow Jamuna Bank, Square Informatix sign deal
Jamuna Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Square Informatix Limited to facilitate online banking services to its clients.
 arrow Qatar Airways now flies daily to Paris
Qatar Airways has started its daily flight to Paris as part of its summer schedule, says a press release.
 arrow China issues housing loans rules
China has formally issued new regulations on housing loans that tighten avenues for credit as part of an ongoing package of measures to cool the sector and the economy as a whole, regulators said Friday.
 arrow Pakistan keen to exploit its wind power potential
With oil prices soaring, Pakistan is keen to exploit its wind-generated power potential and there is no shortage of foreign companies lining up for a stake in what could provide up to 1,000 megawattsof
 arrow Boeing wants transatlantic subsidy war out of WTO
US aviation giant Boeing Co. is pressing for an end to subsidies for its European rival Airbus, which will be at the heart of new talks this month between the US government and the European Union.
 arrow IMF to revise upward global growth outlook
The International Monetary Fund will make a modest upward revision to its global economic growth outlook, managing director Rodrigo Rato said Tuesday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
August 28-September 2, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was volatile against Bangladeshi taka. Greenback remained steady in the beginning of the week due to matched demand and supply.

Sportsarrow Football: A classic Brothers win
Brothers Union sounded a warning to all potential title contenders when they handed defending champions Muk-tijoddha Sangsad a 4-2 defeat in a thrilling Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League encounter
 arrow Cricket: Flint-astic England
Andrew Flintoff's 99 took England to an imposing 307 for five in the second one-day international against India at The Oval here Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Henin toils, Agassi rolls
Defending ch-ampion Justine Henin-Har-denne scraped through to the third round of the US Open on Thursday but her progress was about as smooth as rush-hour traffic in downtown Manhattan.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies aim for treble
Australia will aim to make it three wins out of three against Pakistan at Lord's on Saturday in a warm-up match for the ICC Champions Trophy which gets underway in England later this month.
 arrow Football: The symphony of life
A Finnish composer and football-fanatic has created a synthesis that should send purists reeling: the perfect union of the ancient gods of Olympus and today's gods of the game wrapped into an opera on
 arrow Football: A new era begins
A new look France will set out on the road to the 2006 World Cup finals against Israel here on Saturday boosted by the return from injury of captain Patrick Vieira.
 arrow Football: Adriano nears a dream
Brazil striker Adriano, who scored seven goals as the world champions won the Copa America in Peru in July, is now hoping for a chance to play alongside his former idol Ronaldo in Sunday's World Cup qualifier
 arrow Football: Peru face a hot Argentina
Peru have an early chance to avenge their Copa America exit when they face conquerors Argentina in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: One final Beckham wish
David Beckham has admitted that the 2006 World Cup is likely to be his last chance of winning a major tournament with England.
 arrow Cricket: BD-Scot game nicely set
Bangladesh's second warm-up match against Scotland was evenly poised after the home side reached 172 for three after 35 overs at The Grange in Edinburgh yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: LATEST
India were 169-8 in 34.3 overs chasing a stiff target of 308 for victory in the second of the three-match NatWest Challenge one-day series against England at The Oval yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy no bonus points
The ICC has announced the playing conditions for the Champions Trophy, and has decided not to have a bonus-points system.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak ODI now Nov 13
The India-Pakistan one-day international that was planned as a celebration of the BCCI's platinum jubilee has been brought forward by a day to November 13.
 arrow Chess: Rajib atop alone
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib took a solo lead in the Destiny-2000 Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament after the sixth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Sharp TT from today
The First Sharp Blade Open Table Tennis competition begins today at the Woodenfloor gymnasium.

The Bangladesh Table Tennis Players' Welfare Association has corganised the tournament.

 arrow Football: Diego Jr joins Genoa
Diego Maradona Jr., the teenage son of the Argentine soccer legend, has joined Italy's Serie B outfit Genoa.
Metropolitanarrow 'Save rivers from illegal encroachers'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called on the government to take immediate steps to save the rivers and other water bodies in and around the capital from illegal encroachers.
 arrow Students protest repression of minorities
Bangladesh Chhatra Jubo Oikya Parishad, an organisation of Hindu students, yesterday protested the repression of minorities and attacks on temples at different places of the country.
 arrow Indefinite strike at Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill in Khulna
Production in the state-owned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill at Khalishpur has been suspended since Thursday morning as the CBA leaders called an indefinite strike to press home their demand for payment of
 arrow Rab held two outlaws in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged accomplice of top terrorist Asaduzzaman Litu from Halia village under Batiaghata upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow HC vacates stay order on Modhumoti Town
A High Court bench has vacated the stay order on all activities of Modhumoti Model Town.
 arrow Obituary
Md Bazlur Rahman, a freedom fighter and deputy secretary of the Jatiya Sangsad secretariat, died at a Guwahati clinic in the Indian state of Assam on Thursday at the age of 55.
Nationalarrow Probe into Sylhet blasts in cold storage?
Investigation into the five bomb attacks in the city since January has apparently slowed down as no specific clue to any of the incidents could be found.
 arrow Girl's 'suicide' triggers protest in Naogaon
RAJSHAHI: Suicide of a girl at Kashopara village in Manda upazila, Naogaon has triggered violent demonstrations by several hundreds villagers on Wednesday and Thursday.
 arrow 'Irregularity' by BSC tanker found
Crude sipping through a faulty hydraulic valve in the supply line of state-owned oil tanker MT Bangler Sourav caused the oil spillage in the Bay on the night of August 27.
 arrow GMG opens int'l routes Sept 8
GMG Airlines will fly beyond Bangladesh sky on September 8, beginning with flights on the Chittagong-Kolkata-Chittagong route from Shah Amanat International Airport here.
 arrow UP chairman held on criminal charge
Khaled Hussein Swapan, 38, chairman of Agorpur Union Parishad in Babuganj and an alleged member of an outlawed party was arrested from the UP office Thursday.
 arrow BNWLA workshop on Islam, women's rights
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) on Thursday organised a workshop on "Ensuring Women's Rights within Islamic Framework" at Rajshahi Parjatan motel conference room.
 arrow Sea rough again
The Bay has become rough again, making fishing impossible.

The situation will continue three or four days, weathermen at Kalapara Meteorological Office said yesterday.

 arrow JCD man caught with pistol after gunfight
Police arrested a JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal) activist with arms after exchange of shots in Kotchadpur rail station area in Jhenidah Thursday night.
 arrow Bomb hoax at CU
A bomb hoax panicked teachers, students and officials of Chittagong University (CU) on Thursday.
 arrow Trader rescued
Police rescued an abducted person after a gunfight with the abductors at Damosh village in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Cuta calls off strike
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) on Thursday called off its indefinite strike following a fruitful meeting with the Vice Chancellor.
 arrow 4 criminals held by Rab from Ctg, Cox's Bazar
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) on Wednesday arrested four criminals and recovered two fire arms in two separate raids conducted here and Cox's Bazar.
 arrow 'Listed terror' held
A 'listed terror' -- Mizanur Rahmna Babu --, the main accused in the sensational twin murder case in Shriula in Assasuni upazila, was sent to jail hazat on Thursday as he appeared before court for bail
 arrow Outlaw beaten dead
An armed cadre of outlawed PBCP-Janajuddho died at Khulna Medical College Hospital prison cell on Wednesday after a good beating by a mob on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Combatting the north-eastern flood
This year nature did not spare Bangladesh like it had in the past few flood free years. The flood water played havoc with millions of lives when around 700 people died and 10 million became homeless.
 arrow WTO: At last a silver lining for the poor nations?
As they say, hope springs eternal in human breast.
 arrow Rtn Aziz-ul Haq
A person lives by his/her deed, so does late Aziz-ul Haq. His role as government servant, as Director, BARD and Director, CIRDAP is perhaps a fragment.
Culturearrow New wine in old bottle
Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed's new artistic venture, at the ongoing exhibition at Alliance Francaise, proves once more that here is an artist who does not just carry on with experimentation and academic knowledge,
 arrow A tale of oppression
The story of oppression on the colourful ethnic people named Santal in the play Raaraang reminds of other stories of discriminating the ethnic people in different parts of the country by the ruling
 arrow Paul Newman debuts in latest role--as circus clown
Veteran Hollywood star Paul Newman was making a flying visit to Britain to perform in a somewhat unorthodox role--that of a slapstick circus clown.
 arrow Helen Mirren to play Queen Elizabeth
Helen Mirren will play Queen Elizabeth II in a film that delves into the strained relationship between Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street after Princess Diana's death.
Generalarrow AL seeks help of Asian political parties for international probe
Awami League International Affairs Secretary Syed Abul Hossain MP yesterday called on the leaders of Asian political parties to strongly condemn the attempt on the life of opposition leader and AL President
 arrow 'Politics of division hinders progress'
Bangladesh Bar Council President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud has said politics of division is hindering the progress of the country.
 arrow Pakistan asks US for more equipment
Pakistan sought more helicopters and air surveillance equipment from the United States during two days of bilateral counter-terrorism talks ending here yesterday, a senior Pakistani official said.
 arrow 2,500-year-old hidden tomb found in Egypt
Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches
 arrow Iraqi police seal off Najaf and Kufa
Iraqi police sealed off the shrine city of Najaf and neighboring Kufa amid fears of fresh violence yesterday, a week after radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr ended his bloody revolt against US troops.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for eight hours
Three bogies of a Dhaka-bound goods train from Chittagong derailed here early yesterday, cutting off train communication of the port city with Dhaka and Sylhet for eight hours.
 arrow Lux winners spend day with Aishwarya
Ten Bangladeshis, who won the Lux contest 'Ayesh Koro Aishwarya'r Moto' (Live like Aishwarya), spent a day with noted Indian film star Aishwarya in Mumbai recently, says a press release.
 arrow Huda blasts AL's 'destructive' politics
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday criticised the main opposition Awami League for its 'destructive politics', saying that this party does not want welfare of the people.
 arrow Cotton mill gutted
At least 10 people were injured when a fire ripped through a cotton mill at Muladi village in Sreepur Upazila yesterday.
 arrow Robbers kill shop owner in Cox's Bazar
Armed robbers stormed into a shop and killed its owner at Khunia Palang village under Ramu upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Date extended
The date for submitting application for one-year diploma in journalism under National University, offered by Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR), has been extended
Internationalarrow Nepal tries to assure Muslims after riots
Nepal pledged action yesterday against rioters who ransacked Muslim shrines and businesses following the murder of 12 Nepalese in Iraq, amid mounting criticism over the government's failure to save the
 arrow 'Russia's child hostages now face deep trauma'
The children ensnared in the three-day hostage drama in North Ossetia will have probably suffered major psychological damage and some may never get over their ordeal completely, a French expert warned
 arrow Celebrations as Indian hostages back home
Three Indian truck drivers freed after a six-week hostage ordeal in Iraq were headed to their villages yesterday for a night of celebration after a rousing dawn welcome at New Delhi's airport.
 arrow Libya to pay $35m for Berlin disco bombing
Libya signed a deal here yesterday to pay 35 million dollars (about 28 million euros) in compensation to mainly German victims of a Berlin nightclub bombing 18 years ago, an AFP correspondent said.
 arrow Chandrika wins new ally to push for peace
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition yesterday won crucial support from an opposition party to gain a simple majority for the first time since April elections and clear the way for reviving peace talks with Tamil
 arrow Bush, Cheney 'refused' to go to Vietnam: Kerry
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry launched a furious riposte Thursday to a Republican onslaught on his record, accusing George W.
 arrow UN calls for withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon
The UN Security Council Thursday adopted a resolution calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon and respect for its sovereignty, after deleting a reference to Syria that would have doomed
 arrow Hurricane bears down on Florida
Thousands of people choked Florida's main highways yesterday after 2.
 arrow Anwar Ibrahimflying out for treatment
High-profile Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim will fly to Munich today to seek treatment for a long-standing spinal injury, two days after his surprise release from six years of jail, aides said yesterday.
 arrow Iran ready to give guarantees on nuclear plan
An Iranian nuclear official said Thursday that Tehran was ready to provide guarantees that its enrichment programmes would never be used for military purposes.
 arrow Prison probe raises questions about CIA
The latest Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal is raising new questions about whether the CIA, operating outside military rules, contributed to the breakdown of military discipline at the prison.
 arrow ROK denies wrongdoing amid nuclear probe
South Korea admitted to embarrassment but no wrongdoing yesterday as international inspectors probed reports of clandestine enrichment of uranium at a government-run research center.
 arrow UN urges Sudan to accept int'l troops
The UN special envoy to Sudan on Thursday urged the Khartoum government to let thousands of international troops help end attacks on the population of the troubled Darfur region.
 arrow US Marine found guilty of abusing Iraqi prisoners
Wearing a khaki-and-green uniform adorned with service ribbons, a Marine reservist stood without reaction as a military jury convicted him of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshiftdetention
Editorialarrow Editorial: 'Verdict' before unearthing of facts
We are constrained to express our reservations on the prime minister's remarks made on Thursday not so indirectly pointing fingers of accusation at the main opposition party, for having carried out the
 arrow Editorial: Terrorists siege ends
At last the nightmare of several hundred innocent children of a school in Beslan, a small town in North Ossetia in Russia, taken hostage along with their mothers, has come to an end, but under painful
 arrow The government's credibility is on trial
Tragedy has been stalking Bangladesh for the past few weeks. Most of the news coming out of our country have indeed been bad.
 arrow Is it mere rhetoric?
THERE is a saying on our side that after hearing the discourse on the Ramayana the whole night, one of the listeners asked who was Sita? Justice Afrasiab Khan from Pakistan reacts in the same manner when
Letters to Editorarrow Rise above rivalry
December, 04 will mark 33 years of independence of Bangladesh. The age old post independence political rivalry between various parties are the principal cause behind halting the progress of the country.
 arrow Role of Western Media in Iraq
A falsehood can never be hidden. Bush, Blair, John Howard and their allies are accused of upholding lies. They not only cheat their countrymen but also all the people throughout the world.
 arrow Death of Azad and some questions
We the students of DU were greatly shocked by the sudden death of Humayun Azad. He was found dead in his apartment in Germany after two days of his arrival there, but it raises some questions.
 arrow National Conference in Iraq
The national Conference in Iraq has got a rocky start as more than one hundred representatives walked out in protest of the continuous bombardment on the holy city of Najaf.
 arrow The flight of industry to India
The flight to India was a recent headline in a British daily, outlining a great wave of layoffs facing the British population as payday for their colonial past catches up with them.
Literaturearrow The Solution
To tell you this story, I am afraid I must drag you out of this compartment of Nilgiri Express from Coimbatore, which is arriving in Madras so irritatingly late.
 arrow What the Children Learn: A Review of Primary Textbooks of Bangladesh
In October 1994, National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) of Bangladesh came up with the first imprint of Paribesh Parichiti -- Samaj (Introduction to Environment--Society), which has remained
 arrow July on Food Street
On summer evenings
They are out in droves
Mothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, ayis, in-laws,
With girlfriends, mistresses, chums, neighbours,
Chess-partners, colleagues, children, pets