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Front Pagearrow Verdict today 29 years into jail killing
A Dhaka court hands down its verdict on the historic Jail Killing Case today, 29 years into the brutal assassination of four national leaders, in a high-profile delay blamed on repeated interventionsby
 arrow Highway blocked for 12 hours over JU student's death
A female student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was killed in an accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in front of the university main gate yesterday morning, sparking massive protest by the grief-stricken
 arrow No move taken to bring back accused
The government has not taken any initiative to bring back the 12 accused in the Jail Killing Case, who still remain at large abroad.
 arrow Security hiked around court
Law-enforcers have tightened security in Dhaka, especially in and around the court set up close to Dhaka Central Jail for today's verdict on the Jail Killing Case.
 arrow FIR in 1975
The officer-in-Charge
Lalbagh Police Station, Dacca
C. 3.11.75 at 4 A.M. One.

 arrow Time bombs found on Dhaka-bound launch
Three time bombs were found on a Dhaka-bound launch that was carrying over 2,000 passengers from the southern district of Barisal last night.
 arrow Iraqi car bomb blast, attack kill 9 GIs
A suspected car bomb blast near the rebel-held Iraqi city of Falluja yesterday killed seven American marines while two other US soldiers were killed in Baghdad Sunday, witnesses and US military sources
 arrow Poorest ADP show in 11 years
Only 86 percent of the revised Annual Development Programme (ADP) could be implemented last year, the lowest performance the government made in the last 11 years.
 arrow Escape from nightmare
Liton, an 11-year-old boy of Gangadas village in Kurigram, made a dramatic escape from his abductors in the deep forest of Cox's Bazar and returned home Friday after two long years.
 arrow 22 districts yet to get VGF food
The government is yet to allocate rice for 22 of the 42 flood-affected districts to start food assistance to the ultra poor under its Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme.
 arrow India, Pakistan make modest progress in peace talks
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan said yesterday they had made modest progress in talks to revive a flagging peace process, but the two nations showed no sign of resolving any differences over
 arrow WFP raises 20pc of its $74m flood fund
The World Food Programme said yesterday it had received less than a fifth of the $74 million it needs to help victims of devastating floods in Bangladesh.
 arrow Families of nat'l Leaders see justice as distant dream
Families of four national leaders assassinated in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 yesterday said government interference in a case of the hideous massacre might deny them justice when a Dhaka court
 arrow Warming thaws Arctic, divides nations
Global warming is set to accelerate in the Arctic and bring drastic change for people and wildlife in coming decades, according to a draft report that has opened cracks among nations in the region about
 arrow Another criminal dies in 'shootout' with Rab
Internal wrangling led to the arrest of notorious gang leader Mollah Shamim killed in an alleged shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Mohakhali in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Clinton's heart bypass surgery underway
Doctors at a New York hospital yesterday began a heart bypass operation on former US president Bill Clinton that was expected to take several hours, CNN television reported.
 arrow AL, JSD, WP march streets in oust-govt agitation
Main opposition Awami League (AL), left-leaning Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Workers Party (WP) march on the city streets today as part of their simultaneous movement to oust the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition
 arrow Rab takes suspect into custody
Abdur Rahman, the man who reportedly resembles one of the suspects seen roaming on the Bangabandhu Avenue in the video footage of August 21, was taken into the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) custody yesterday.
 arrow Tk 1 crore in foreign currencies seized at ZIA
Customs officials yesterday seized foreign currencies worth about Tk 1.13 crore from a Dubai-bound Bangladeshi passenger at the Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow DU teacher receives death threat
An anonymous caller yesterday threatened a Dhaka University (DU) teacher with death.

The caller made the threat against Prof Hossain Mansur, chairman of geology department, to his cellphone at 2:06pm.

 arrow Kerry vows to pull out Iraq troops
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has called the invasion of Iraq "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time" and said his goal was to withdraw US troops in his first White House term.
 arrow Govt was aware of Aug 21 attack, says Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government was aware of the August 21 grenade attack on her rally that left 19 people killed.
 arrow Israeli spy satellite crashes in sea
A rocket carrying an Israeli spy satellite intended to boost the Jewish state's surveillance over arch-enemy Iran has crashed into the sea shortly after lift-off, officials and defence sources say.
 arrow Maya's son remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Rashedul Hossain Chowdhury Rony, son of Awami League leader Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya, on a two-day remand.
 arrow Celebrating Janmastami...

Businessarrow GMG's maiden int'l flight takes off tomorrow
GMG Airlines becomes the country's first private carrier to operate international flight as the airline starts its operations on Chittagong-Kolkata route tomorrow.
 arrow Code of conduct for travel agents soon to check 'unethical' practice
The Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) is going to formulate a code of conduct for its members to bring in discipline in the business and prevent some agencies from indulging in "unethical"
 arrow Fund-hungry housing sector draws banks' attention
Commercial banks are turning to a fund-hungry housing sector in a desperate search for new areas to invest their idle money.
 arrow India, Pakistan agree on energy co-operation
India and Pakistan agreed on Monday to step up cooperation in the energy sector in a move that could lead to New Delhi supplying its neighbour with large amounts of diesel fuel, a minister said.
 arrow Asean recognises China as full market economy
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has recognised China as a full market economy, Chinese state press reported Monday following a meeting of Asean finance ministers in Indonesia.
 arrow US defeats at WTO risk encouraging protectionism
A series of stinging defeats for the United States at the World Trade Organisation may encourage US protectionism in a country where the administration is reluctant to impose the rules of international
 arrow Thai fair begins in Ctg today
A two-week Thai fair begins at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Chittagong today.
 arrow Kwality, Diploma brand condensed milk launched
Sanowara Group of Industries launched its Kwality and Diploma brand condensed milk in local market on Saturday.
 arrow Trade thru' Sona Masjid land port stalls as labourers go on strike
Export-import trade through Sona Masjid land port stalled as labourers yesterday went on indefinite strike in protest against jailing their leaders on Sunday.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank, UAE co sign deal on remittance
Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTBL) signed a deal with UAE Exchange Centre LLC, Abu Dhabi, on channelling remittance recently.
 arrow Opec hopes oil to fall as supply uncertainties fade
Crude oil prices are expected to fall over the coming two months as supply uncertainties fade and markets settle on the expectation of a smooth US presidential election, Opec's president said Monday.
 arrow Pakistan's trade deficit expands in August
Pakistan's trade deficit expanded to a provisional $297.46 million in August from $189.39 million in July and just $3.56 million in August 2003, the Federal Bureau of Statistics said Monday.
 arrow Toyota to set up jt venture with Chinese co
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's second largest car producer, said Monday it was setting up a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd that will invest 3.
 arrow Thai economy hurt by rising oil prices, bird flu
Thailand's economy grew a moderate 0.8 percent in a second quarter marred by rising global oil prices and new bird flu outbreaks, Thailand's state planning agency said Monday.
 arrow Oil prices calm amid lull in supply worries
Oil prices held steady here on Monday as traders set aside worries about supply threats in Iraq and Russia, with trading quiet owing to the closure of the New York market for the Labor Day holiday.
 arrow Gold demand in China expected to triple
Gold demand in China is expected to triple in coming years as a result of ongoing gold market deregulation in the world's most populous country, according to a World Gold Council report Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Mercury goes up in Mirpur
For any local football buff it promises to be a dream football date when all the four leading clubs of the country feature in semifinal action of the Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL) at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Lift batting: Ganguly
India captain Sourav Ganguly said his side's batting had to improve if they were to make a mark in the forthcoming Champions Trophy tournament in England.
 arrow Football: A breath of fresh air
When Moroccan striker Touati Youness left Dhaka on Sunday he had one regret -- a one-match ban.
 arrow Tennis: Serena, Capriati set for showdown
Andy Roddick, Serena Willi-ams and Jenni-fer Capriati provided a Labour Day weekend treat as they turned on the style at the US Open on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh take on Qatar today
Spirited Bangladesh teenagers take on Qatar in their second outing of the AFC Under-17 Football Cham-pionship at Fukushima in Japan today.
 arrow Cricket: India boost morale
India saw off a Michael Vaughan-inspired recovery to beat England by 23 runs in the third and final NatWest Challenge one-day international at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds aims at glory
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds believes his side have a big advantage going into the ICC Champions Trophy which starts here in England on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Moin, Shoaib wait for India meeting
Pakistan believe they have armoury to overpower India for a third match in a row when the old rivals clash in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Team India hottest commodity
India's cricket team may be struggling to hit top form on the field, but off it Sourav Ganguly's men remain the hottest marketing property on the international circuit.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers wallop United States
Bangladesh's frontline batsmen put international newcomers United States to the sword when the Tigers piled up 285-5 in their first official ICC Champions Trophy build-up match at Imber Court in London
 arrow Cricket: Bashar's op successful
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar had a successful operation on his injured right thumb yesterday at Melbourne's Avenue Hospital.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball from today
The AKTEL school basketball tournament begins today at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium with record 17 teams participating in the boys' group.
 arrow Hockey: India ready to play in Pakistan
India will not hesitate to accept an invitation to the elite six-nation Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in Pakistan if Australia or New Zealand pull out, officials said on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: US OPEN DIARY
He's got the same name as his famous father. He's also got a lot of athletic ability.

Only this Sergei Bubka is hoping to raise himself up with a tennis racket, rather than a fiberglass pole.

 arrow Cricket: Sunny can't accept this
Indian great Sunil Gavaskar says Sachin Tendulkar's injury-enforced absence cannot excuse the side's poor batting performances in England.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff blessed with daughter
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff became a father for the first time Monday when his partner Rachael gave birth to daughter Holly.
 arrow Football: Beautiful Brazil
Reigning champions Brazil turned on the style to beat outclassed Bolivia 3-1 here to stay firmly on course for the 2006 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Uruguay back in the race
Uruguay put their World Cup qualifying campaign back on course with a controversial 1-0 win over Ecuador on Sunday while Chile and Colombia shared four red cards and no goals in a grim encounter.
 arrow Football: Eriksson adamant
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Sunday he had no intention of resigning and denied that Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Poland could be his last match in charge.
 arrow Football: Not the loveable type!
Just four competitive games into the new season Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath faces a real power struggle as his gruelling training ground regimes and outspoken comments anger big-name players.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo has an engagement!
Brazil set off for the midweek friendly in Germany without Ronaldo on Sunday after he was given permission to stay behind for an engagement dinner with his girlfriend.
 arrow Football: 'Forget Zidane and Co'
France's Arsenal attacker Thierry Henry urged his teammates and fans to forget about retired stars like Zinedine Zidane and concentrate on the future.
 arrow Football: Reggae Boyz star killed
Former Jamaica midfielder Winston Anglin was among a group of ex-footballers killed in a road accident on the way home from watching their country's World Cup qualifier against Panama, police said onSunday.

Metropolitanarrow BNP urges AL not to mislead investigations
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the Awami League (AL) to cooperate with the national and international investigation agencies by "refraining from spreading any misleading information"
 arrow Police club BNP rivals in Sirajganj: 27 hurt
At least 27 people were injured in Enayetpur area of Sirajganj yesterday when police clubbed the supporters of two rival factions of the ruling BNP.
 arrow JCD cadres beat Eden College student
Five days after she was beaten up by the JCD cadres, a panic-stricken student of Eden College was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Sunday night.
 arrow Left parties oppose FBI activities
A number of left-leaning political parties yesterday condemned what they termed detective activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Bangladesh on the pretext of probing the August 21grenade
 arrow New courses at British Council
The British Council has announced the new dates and registration times for its 6/04 term.
 arrow Robbers kill guard, loot jewellery shop in N'ganj
After killing a night guard, a gang of robbers looted 200 tolas of gold ornaments from a jewellery shop at Ahsan Ullah Super Market at Shimrail in Shiddhirganj in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Donation for flood victims
Staffs of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have donated Tk 1,93,447 for the flood-affected people.
Nationalarrow Citizens take dirty water: RCC unmoved
Leaked water supply pipelines in many areas in the city getting connected with sewerage drains have contaminated the water, exposing the people to serious health hazards.
 arrow Tk 33 lakh pocketed by showing false bills?
Allegations have been raised against Rajshahi District Council officials that they, in league with ruling party stalwarts, have misappropriated at least Tk 33 lakh government money in last two years showing
 arrow Imports thru' Benapole returning to normal
Imports from India through Benapole land port increased on Sunday after less flows for five days.

On Sunday, about 300 loaded trucks entered Bangladesh.

 arrow Prothom Alo aid to 3 acid victims
Three victims of acid attack were given sewing and embroidery machines for rehabilitation by daily Prothom Alo at a simple function held at the Barisal Press Club on Sunday.
 arrow 'Oust this failed govt'
Awami League leaders at a protest rally here on Sunday urged the government to step down as it failed to ensure security of people's life and property.
 arrow Passenger train service from N dists awaits ministry nod
Resumption of passenger train service between northern districts and Dhaka through Bahadurabad Ghat is awaiting permission from Communications Ministry.
 arrow Bid to occupy waterbody in Kishoregonj: 30 hurt
At least 30 people were injured, some of them critically, when a group of about 400 equipped with sharp weapons attacked Banail and Sohagpur villages in Bawa Bill in Tarail upazila in Kishoregonj onSunday,
 arrow Jubo League, BCL leaders held on rape charge
A Chhatra League and a Jubo League leader were arrested from a residential hotel in the town lash night on charge of rape.
 arrow Because of a quack
A pregnant woman narrowly escaped death while her unborn baby met a tragic end of life during delivery due to callousness of a quack at Navaran in Sarsha upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Life for 3 rapists in Barisal
Three rapists were awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the

Speedy Trial Tribunal here in a verdict pronounced by its judge M A Matin on Sunday.

 arrow 14 fishermen thrown into Bay rescued
Armed pirates threw 15 fishermen in the Bay and took away their trawler along with fishes, fishing equipment and snatched money.
 arrow 12 hurt as expelled AL leader attacks party meeting in Manikganj
At least 12 Awami League (AL) leaders were injured when an expelled party leader in collaboration with Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Juba Dal activists attacked a meeting at Singair bus stand on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bomb blast: Terms of reference for inquiry
It is reassuring to see that the government has finally decided to take the devastating bomb blast incident of August 21 seriously and has decided to carry out high level investigations to unearth the
 arrow Poverty and health policies: Listening to the poor
Dr. Rounaq Jahan and Dr. Zakir Husain's discussions on health sector reform has prompted me to add another dimension to this debate -- the experiences of the poor in Bangladesh.
 arrow War, terror, and the space in between
The fog of elections is no less poisonous than the fog of war, so it is unsurprising if good sense dies a thousand deaths in the process.
Culturearrow A new venture in household ceramics: Aesthetic appeal
Kamal Ahmed Maruf and his wife Rehana Akhter Nayan recently held an admirable exhibition of household stoneware.
 arrow Satinath Mukherjee: A luminary of modern Bangla songs
In the early 1950s the popularity of modern Bangla songs was at its peak.
 arrow Q&A
TV viewers are well acquainted with Jayanto as a powerful actor. However, our Cultural Correspondent goes back in time to uncover the exciting--and less known--story of his earlier days.
 arrow Friend and philosopher of farmers
A year or so ago in an interview with The Daily Star, Shykh Seraj expressed his desire to resume his popular BTV programme Mati O Manush that dealt with agricultural issues.
Generalarrow WFP appeal for int'l support to tackle monsoon crisis
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday appealed for international support for long-term strategies to enable the poor and vulnerable to cope with perennial monsoon crisis caused by flooding
 arrow Janmastami celebrated amid tight security
Hindus yesterday celebrated Janmastami, a greatest religious festival to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, across the country.
 arrow 'Implement agreements'
Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) yesterday called for increasing the minimum basic wage to Tk 1800 and implementation of all the agreements with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
 arrow Two held with heroin in Khulna
Khulna police arrested a young boy and a girl from Hotel Royal Square on Sunday night and recovered 200 grams of heroin from their possession.
 arrow Nat'l workshop on floods begins today
An in-depth national workshop, first of its kind, begins here today to find long-term mechanisms for containing floods with minimum loss and damage.
 arrow Shudhangshu hospitalised
Advocate Shudhangshu Shekhar Halder, Awami League central committee member and former lawmaker, was admitted to Cardiac Centre at Birdem in a critical condition on Sunday.
 arrow Mirza Abbas visits Khilgaon Flyover
Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas yesterday visited the site of Khilgaon Fly-over to see the progress of construction work.
 arrow Obituary
Dr Amulya Bikash Basak, a professor at the botany department of Chittagong University, died of cancer at Holy Crescent Hospital in the port city on Sunday at the age of 52.
 arrow Rahimafrooz distributes relief
Employees of Rahimafrooz Bangladesh Ltd, in collaboration with the customers of Agora, have distributed 4100 boxes of relief among the flood victims in Manikganj district.
Internationalarrow Survivors face struggle to overcome trauma
Robert, six, stirs on his hospital bed. He hears and understands what is said to him, but refuses to open his eyes and calls out for his dead mother.
 arrow Nepali Maoists set up road blocks again
Maoist rebels brought parts of southwest Nepal to a halt yesterday by setting up road blocks and forcing markets to close to protest at the arrest and disappearance of their cadres, police said.
 arrow 'Israel still determined to banish Arafat'
Israel is still determined to banish Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat but will wait until it feels the time is right to act, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said yesterday.
 arrow Rainstorms kill 90 in China
At least 90 people were killed and 77 were missing in torrential storms lashing southwest China, disaster relief officials said yesterday.
 arrow No Kashmir settlement without trilateral talks
India and Pakistan cannot settle their dispute over Kashmir unless residents of the region are included in talks, separatist leaders said yesterday as the nations ended two days of discussions.
 arrow Iraqi forces surround Sadr's office in Najaf
Iraqi security forces were surrounding the office of rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr in the holy Shia city of Najaf yesterday, one of Sadr's top aides told AFP.
 arrow TV parades suspected school hostage-taker
Russian state television yesterday paraded what officials said was the only suspected hostage-taker still alive of the gang who held 1,000 children and adults in a school in southern Russia for threedays.
 arrow US claim on Laden is politicking: Pakistan
Pakistan yesterday rejected as pre-election politicking a US official's weekend claim that Osama bin Laden was close to being captured.

"He can say this but we have no sound information.

 arrow 'Trial of Saddam, aides to begin within weeks'
Iraq's toppled leader Saddam Hussein and his top aides will go on trial within weeks, Iraqi Minister of State Kasim Daoud said Sunday.
 arrow Schroeder punished in state polls
Voters in the German state of Saarland have delivered another punishing defeat to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic Party.

Support for the SPD fell by one third to 30.8 percent.

 arrow Court orders release of Uma Bharti
A court in Hubli yesterday allowed withdrawal of cases against former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti, accused in a 10-year-old criminal case.
Editorialarrow Editorial: US-Bangladesh counter-terrorism deal
We welcome the arrival of the US State Department's coordinator for counter-terrorism in Bangladesh and greet the news of the likely signing of a protocol on counter-terrorism collaboration between Bangladesh
 arrow Editorial: Sylhet bomb blast
The recent news of a bomb blast in Sylhet that killed two people including an 11-year old boy, in addition to being yet another tragedy, raises a number of disturbing questions that the authorities would
 arrow From low to high value agriculture
Bangladesh is known as a rice growing economy with principal attention given to rice.
 arrow Bangladesh: Thirty-three years later
Golden Bengal was once upon a time the envy of the Western world, where diaphanous muslins and spices were in great demand.
 arrow Once drawn to Zion, now glad to leave
During my first visit to Israel, in the spring of 1981, I almost decided not to go back home.
Letters to Editorarrow An Islamic American history
I read, with much pleasure, the article by Dr Liaquat Ali Khan in the DS of September 5, titled "An Islamic American History" concerning the present mullah of his mosque in Kansas.
 arrow Beware of fast growth rate
In Bangladesh, the growth rate of mobile telephones has been very high, as the public-controlled fixed-line telephone system utterly failed to cope with the huge demand in the market for many years.
 arrow Managing committee of government high school
The government officers constitute the managing committee of government high schools where the Deputy Commissioner holds the post of president in an ex-officio status.
 arrow The victims
The government officers constitute the managing committee of government high schools where the Deputy Commissioner holds the post of president in an ex-officio status.