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Front Pagearrow Russian school siege toll soars to 322
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday paid his respects to the 322 dead and hundreds of wounded from a horrific battle between security forces and heavily-armed militants holding 1,000 hostages at
 arrow Forex reserves hit all time high at $3.23b
Foreign exchange reserve hit all time high of $3.
 arrow Govt destroying rally bombing evidence: AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the government of destroying vital evidence of deadly grenade attacks on its rally to bungle investigation and save the criminals liked to the government.
 arrow Interpol looking for common suspects
Police yesterday arrested a suspect in the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, while Interpol is busy digging into information about all suspects in the major bomb blasts in the country
 arrow JS body to place bill to cap cabinet size at 35
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday decided to place a constitution amendment bill before the House aimed at fixing the size of the cabinet at not more than 35.
 arrow India won't link rivers without bilateral talks
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmad, Bir Bikram, yesterday said India has assured Bangladesh of not implementing its river-linking project without bilateral discussion.
 arrow Nothing found in DU building search
A bomb threat on Friday prompted a thorough search of the Arts Building of Dhaka University (DU) that found no explosives.
 arrow Top US expert due today
Joseph Cofer Black, counter-terrorism coordinator of the US State Department, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day trip to talk anti-terror measures with the government.
 arrow Black talks to Indian media on Bangladesh
The United States is keeping a close watch on use of Bangladesh as a potential "platform to project terror elsewhere," said Joseph Cofer Black, State Department's coordinator for counter-terrorism.
 arrow Twenty injured as garment workers go on rampage over dues
At least 20 people were injured yesterday at Maghbazar in the city as enraged workers of a garment factory went on rampage in retaliation to the factory manager's frequent physical assaults on them.
 arrow Cops start digging into blast
Intelligence agencies yesterday started investigations to ascertain whether the two youths injured last Friday in explosion of a bomb they had apparently been making in the office of a non-governmental
 arrow Australia edge past Pakistan
Australia made it three one-day international wins in as many games against Pakistan at Lord's, but the world champions were pushed all the way in a thrilling encounter here yesterday.
 arrow Suit filed against SCBA resolution
A civil suit claiming illegal the resolution of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on August 29 threatening immediate expulsion of a member for attending the Court of Chief Justice was filed yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshis not communal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has alleged that a vested quarter is out to damage the country's image at home and abroad through false propaganda.
 arrow Violence flares in northern Iraq
A suicide car bomb exploded yesterday outside a police academy in Kirkuk, killing 20 including 14 policemen and leaving 36 people wounded, said Dr. Rida Abdullah, head of the Kirkuk general hospital.
 arrow Sheba Telecom sold to Egyptian company
After a long secretive deal, Egypt-based mobile phone operator Orascom Telecom (OT) has bought local operator Sheba Telecom for $60 million -- $50 million in cash and about $10 million in debts it has
 arrow Kashmir peace plans okayed at Delhi talks
Top Indian and Pakistani officials yesterday approved proposals to break the logjam over Kashmir and strengthen bilateral ties on the eve of a meeting between the rival states' foreign ministers.
 arrow Unocal, Petrobangla sign Bibiyana gas purchase deal
State-run oil, gas and mineral corporation Petrobangla and international oil company Unocal yesterday entered into a gas purchase and sale agreement (GPSA) on Bibiyana gas field.
 arrow Astronomers deny ET signal report
Astronomers have moved swiftly to quell speculation they may have received a deep-space radio signal from ET.
 arrow Rab arrests Ctg ward commissioner
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a dawn raid nabbed Awami League (AL)-backed Chittagong Ward Commissioner SM Shahidullah with firearms including a revolver at a slum near his house at South
 arrow HC grants bail to life term convict just before vacation
A hardcore criminal awarded life imprisonment in a murder case seven months ago was granted bail by the High Court on Wednesday just before it went into two-month long vacation.
 arrow Khulna UP chairman held for outlaw link
Hujjat Ali, chairman of Amirpur Union Parishad in Batiaghata upazila in Khulna was arrested on Friday afternoon at the office of the Superintendent of Police Habibur Rahman.
 arrow 10 more AL leaders off to India
The Awami League (AL) on its own sent yesterday 10 more of its leaders wounded in August 21 grenade attack on an AL rally, to India for better treatment.
 arrow Suspected sender remanded again
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Saibal Saha Partha, arrested on charge of emailing the daily Prothom Alo with a threat to kill Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, on a three-day fresh remand.
 arrow Trader killed, 2 abducted
A businessman was killed in Meherpur and a farmer was abducted in Jhenidah on Friday night while a Chuadanga college student abducted on Wednesday is still missing.
 arrow 4 lawyers jailed
Four lawyers, including Secretary of Bogra Bar Association Golam Rabbani, were sent to jail after their bail prayer was rejected in a criminal case.
 arrow Rab nabs ten outlaws, recovers arms
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of the Rajshahi region arrested 10 suspected outlaws and recovered arms and ammunition from the village of Salaipur under Gayespur union in Pabna Sadar Upazila in a pre-dawn
 arrow President, PM shocked at Russia incident
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday condemned the act of terrorism in southern Russia and expressed their profound shock at the loss of many lives including the schoolchildren


Businessarrow Offering immunity to WB to hurt country's interest
Politicians, academics, economists and lawyers yesterday urged the government not to pass any bill in the parliament that will give immunity to the World Bank (WB).
 arrow Banks turn to 'unfair means' to dodge rules
A section of commercial banks are inventing ways of dodging Bangladesh Bank's stringent measures imposed on them trying to improve their management efficiency and thus reduce operational costs.
 arrow Trade through Benapole land port virtually stalls
Export-import trade through Benapole land port virtually stalled following strict measures taken by the Indian customs at Petrapol on the other side of the border, businesspeople said.
 arrow India for equal rich-poor relationship in WTO
Rich nations must acknowledge the basis realities of developing countries if the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is to move forward, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said Friday.
 arrow Southeast Asia moves closer to trade liberalisation
Southeast Asian countries on Friday completed talks on a "road map" for economic integration, bringing the region a step closer to creating a European-style single market covering 530 million people.
 arrow Apec ministers say China may cut yuan free from dollar
Apec finance ministers on Friday ended a two-day meeting here during which they got a concession from China that it might break the link between its currency, the yuan, and the US dollar.
 arrow Japan-Mexico free trade pact in mid Sept
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will be in Mexico City September 17 to sign a Japan-Mexico free trade treaty, Mexican officials said Friday.
 arrow Form national committee on WTO: ActionAid
ActionAid, an international NGO, yesterday suggested forming a National Committee on WTO to effectively take part in future trade negotiations with a view to protect the interest of least developed countries
 arrow StanChart starts ATM services in Narayanganj
Standard Chartered Bank has launched its ATM (automated teller machine) services in Narayanganj recently.
 arrow New MD of Union Ins
Syed Shahriyar Ahsan has joined the Union Insurance Company Limited as its new managing director.
 arrow ‘Germany may go bankrupt Sans reforms’
Finance Minister Hans Eichel said Saturday Germany would go bankrupt if the government's reforms are stopped.
 arrow US still presses China on piracy, trade gap
The United States is still looking for proof that China is serious about a promised crackdown on illegal copying of billions of dollars of US goods, a top Commerce Depart-ment official said Friday.
 arrow Indian PM sees no slowdown in economic growth
There are no signs that the Indian economy is slowing down, despite concerns over a patchy monsoon and rising inflation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday.
 arrow Opec mulling 28-30 dollar price band
Opec is considering raising its price band to between 28 and 30 dollars a barrel, Qatar's energy minister said in comments published Saturday, ahead of a crucial meeting of the cartel.
 arrow Software maker PeopleSoft to hire Indian professionals
US business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. announced Friday that it would hire 640 professionals in India by the end of the year to boost its global research and development.
Sportsarrow Football: Big brothers thru'
Mohammedan Sporting Club confirmed their semifinal berth in the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League but not before a goal rush against their Chittagong namesake at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: A sour end
Bangladesh suffered a last-ball defeat in their final practice match against Scotland at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds rallies Aussies
Andrew Symonds unbeaten 104 took Australia to 269 for six in their one-day international against Pakistan at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 131/4
Set to score a massive 270 for victory, Pakistan were 131 for four after 31 overs against world champions Australia in the one-off NatWest International one-day international at Lord's in London yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick roars
Defending champion Andy Roddick kept the home flag flying at the US Open on Friday, but it was a bad day for his compatriots as only two American men reached the third round, their worst showing in tournament
 arrow Cricket: ICC cautions Bari
Pakistan chairman of selectors Wasim Bari has been warned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as to his future conduct after his criticism of umpire David Shepherd.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan not worried
England captain Michael Vaughan maintained his latest one-day batting failure was not preying on his mind and insisted he was just an innings away from finding his form.
 arrow Tennis: US OPEN DIARY
Shikha Uberoi had met two-time US Open champion Venus Williams prior to their second round match on Thursday at the US Open.
 arrow Football: First Raul then Owen
Michael Owen may have helped Real Madrid to their opening-day Spanish league win over Mallorca but Raul, the man he replaced after the latter suffered a first-half thigh injury, is still flavour of the
 arrow Football: Rooney will buy his time
Wayne Rooney believes he may have to wait until next season to celebrate Premiership title glory with Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh open campaign today
Bangladesh launch their AFC Under-17 Football Championship campaign today when they take on Uzbekistan in their Group D opener at Fukushima in Japan.
 arrow Bashar to have op on Monday
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar will undergo surgery on his injured right thumb on Monday at the Avenue Hospital of Melbourne in Australia.

Specialist surgeon Dr.

 arrow Chess: Five now lead Rating Chess
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib lost his solo lead to four others in the Destiny Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament when he was defeated by FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir Ahmed in the seventh round
 arrow Cricket: Sachin ruled out of Champions Trophy
All-rounder Rohan Gavaskar will replace an injured Sachin Tendulkar in India's squad for next week's Champions Trophy in England, an Indian cricket board official announced on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC okays late replacements
England, Pakistan and South Africa have been allowed to replace injured players in their Champions Trophy squads, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Flying Dutchmen
The Netherlands won an easy but unimpressive 3-0 victory against Liechtenstein on Friday in a warm up match ahead of their opening 2006 World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic next week.
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT
The first Sharp Blade Open Table Tennis Competition got underway yesterday with the men's and women's unseeded singles being decided on the day at the Woodenfloor gymnasium.
 arrow Football: Scots hold Spain
Spain were fortunate to scramble a 1-1 draw at home to Scotland on Friday in a friendly international that was abandoned after an hour because of a floodlight failure and a waterlogged pitch.
Metropolitanarrow New judges meet president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed disposing of the backlog of cases to help mitigate the sufferings of people.
 arrow DU syndicate polls today
Elections to the syndicate, academic council and finance committee of Dhaka University (DU) will be held today, one and a half years after the expiry of their tenure.
 arrow Quamrul Huda passes away
Noted photojournalist, columnist and writer Khandaker Quamrul Huda died of a cardiac arrest early yesterday at the age of 65.
 arrow Injured staff of commissioner'soffice dies
An employee of the office of Mohammadpur ward commissioner, who sustained bullet wounds on Friday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Tapan Dasgupta
Chief Urban Planner of Dhaka City Corporation Tapan Kumar Dasgupta died of a cardiac arrest in Malaysia on September 1.

His body was flown in to Dhaka yesterday and he was cremated at Postogola crematorium.

Nationalarrow Once jobless youth now a millionaire farmer
Kushtia: Once jobless Lokman is now a millionaire and employs about 50 people.

He earned the fortune in only seven years from a nursery.

 arrow 14 accused out of net, victims threatened
Police are yet to nab 14 of the culprits accused in the August 23 arson on houses of Hindu families in Adom Sarkerpara in Pirgachha upzila.
 arrow Healthcare goes haywire
Patients are being deprived of healthcare facilities here due to dearth of physicians in Patuakhali General Hospital and seven upazila health complexes, each consisting of 31beds.
 arrow Work resumes at Uttara EPZ
Industrial units in the Uttara EPZ (Export Processing Zone) here resumed operation on Saturday morning after suspension of work for a day.
 arrow 20 custodial deaths in SW region in 3 months
Twenty 'criminals' died in police custody in the south-western region from May 20 to August 30 this year.

However, police said they were killed in crossfire.

 arrow Reception to winner Satkhira girl
A reception was accorded to Farjana Balu Shilpi, who emerged third in the SAARC Carom Competition (mixed double) held in New Delhi in July this year.
 arrow RETU enters 2nd year amid festivity
The Rajshahi Engineering and Technology University observed its first founding anniversary on September 1 with great enthusiasm and day-long programmes.
 arrow Rab nabs arms trader
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) arrested an alleged arms trader and recovered a some firearms along with ammunition from his house on Friday.
 arrow Two killed in B'baria road mishap
Two persons were killed and seven injured when a Maxi human hauler fell into Lohor river by breaking the railing of a bridge at Budhumti in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
 arrow Tk 3.75 lakh loans for goat rearing
At least 66 cheques amounting to Tk 3.75 lakh were handed over to distressed people for goat rearing recently.
 arrow Threat to journalist protested
Journalists at a meeting in Meherpur on Friday protested the threat to a local newsman by a ruling party leader for publishing a news on alleged corruption.
 arrow Wife stabbed to death in Fulbari
A housewife was killed by her husband at Kushmil village in Fulbaria upazila in Mymensingh district on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow What happens next?
What if the plot had succeeded in its mission? Imagine the situation on August 22nd, a day after the carnage outside the Awami League offices. The top opposition leadership wiped out.
 arrow From William Franklin to Omar Hazim: An Islamic American story
William Franklin grew up in Kansas City in the 1940s and 1950s, a time when American apartheid was vigorously enforced, when blacks were excluded from white neighbourhoods, schools, theatres, and churches.
 arrow The Democrats' toughness gap
Shortly before the 1992 election, a World War II veteran approached Newsweek and other major media outlets with an unsubstantiated story about how he said he saw President George H.W.
Culturearrow Dotta on celluloid
Another popular novel of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876-1938), Dotta, has appeared on the celluloid. Two directors--AKM Firoz and Obydul Kabir--have made a telefilm on the novel.
 arrow Music from the heart of Bangladesh
Padatik of Bangladesh and Mitali of India jointly organised a cultural programme at Rabindra Shadan of Kolkata recently.
 arrow An evening of classical music
September 3 was a day to remember for music lovers. The cultural feast began with a riveting tabla performance by Prasun Chatterjeea disciple of legendary tabla player Alla Rakha.
 arrow TV series on 'hard to reach children' soon
The shooting of a new 26-episode drama serial, Shukno phul rongin phul, is on in full swing.
 arrow Between The Notes: A musical exploration
'Funky' is the appropriate term to describe the popular British music group Between The Notes (BTN), which features renowned cellist Matthew Barley. This group arrived in Dhaka on September 4.
Internationalarrow World traumatised
Tragic, despicable, inhumane, cowardly, barbaric, evil, and astonishing -- the deaths of a hundred or more people including children in a siege in Russia sparked strong words for the hostage-takers from
 arrow Progress with Pakistan 'not insignificant'
Progress in ongoing peace talks with Pakistan has been "not insignificant" and the process can be sustained, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.
 arrow Rebels planned attack, hid weapons in school basement earlier
Guerrillas who took 1,000 hostages in a Russian school close to Chechnya for three days staged a well planned attack after first scouring the area and then disguising themselves as workers rebuildinga
 arrow Israel launches missile strike against Hamas
Israel pressed its threatened onslaught against Hamas yesterday, launching an early morning air strike in the Gaza Strip and a major search operation in the northern West Bank following this week's deadly
 arrow Bush & Kerry trade jabs on campaign trail
President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry traded blows over jobs and security Friday as they began a final two-month election sprint, with Bush touting his economic record and Kerry launching a fierce
 arrow World press mourns school siege victims
Harrowing photographs of traumatised children fleeing their school at the brutal climax to a Russian hostage crisis dominated the world's front pages yesterday, with many slamming Moscow for failing to
 arrow 27 more Pak ministers take oath of office
Pakistani President Pervez Mush-arraf yesterday swore in another 27 ministers, three days after inducting a 32-member cabinet headed by newly elected Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, officials said.
 arrow 'Clinton has multiple artery blockages'
Former president Bill Clinton has "multi-vessel coronary artery disease" but should recover well after surgery next week, according to the surgeon who advised the ex-president about his options afterexamining
Editorialarrow Editorial: Foreign investment not aid
The latest figures showing that foreign aid to Bangladesh has slowed down significantly in the past fiscal year at the same time that foreign direct investment in the country has risen must be counted
 arrow Editorial: City hospitals
The need for building up the capacity to deal with an unforeseen medical crisis cannot be overemphasized in an overpopulated metropolis like Dhaka.
 arrow Democratisation of the UN system
As globalisation is blurring the traditional inter-state boundaries and increasing interdependence at the intra and inter-state levels, the need for the promotion of global democracy has gained paramount
 arrow How are things in Dhaka?
How are things in Dhaka?" To answer that around this time last year, I would resort to a kind of mystification like, oh, we have a parliamentary democracy, or the consumer life style has really shot up,
Letters to Editorarrow Who rules the government hospitals?
The ayahs and the employees of the lower rungs are the ones who enjoy the highest authoritative power in government hospitals.
 arrow Attacks and our helplessness
A few days before his death, Dr. Humayun Azad denounced the so-called civil society for being a helpless spectator of violence in the country.
 arrow Attention: BBC
It is a matter of grave concern that the broadcasting time of BBC world service on FM 100 meter is gradually reduced. We could hear the news and programs from 4 pm to 11.30 pm (Bangladesh standard time).
 arrow Stem cell research
A few weeks ago Britain granted its first license for human cloning for stem cell research.
Star Healtharrow Healthy mouth in Diabetes
If you have diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels can damage many parts of your body and your mouth is no exception.
 arrow Malaria: General information
Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease caused by a parasite. There are four kinds of malaria that can infect humans: Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae.
 arrow 10 Essential health tips
1. Move more
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators.

Star Cityarrow Offices shore up security as bomb threats send jitters
Public and private offices are shoring up security systems with archway and handheld metal detectors in the wake of bomb blasts and threats over the last five years.
 arrow Waking ministries up to flood risk, damage
Lack of coordination among ministries has prompted Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to integrate them to reduce flood risks and damage, officials said.
 arrow Sadarghat-Ashulia waterway to open by December
Nearly 70 percent work of a waterway from Sadarghat to Ashulia along the capital and construction of landing facilitates for passengers is complete.

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 arrow Gulshan not so serene
Although Gulshan continues to enjoy the reputation as an elite area of the city, in reality it is not quite the elegant locality one might be led to expect.
 arrow Libraries losing appeal
The library-culture is fast diminishing from government colleges as students are becoming apathetic towards library activities because of poor collection of books and general negligence of the authorities.
 arrow A laborious way to eke out living
Hundreds of people are sitting huddled together. In tattered dresses, their sunburnt faces look forlorn. Only their expectant eyes burn brightly.