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Front Pagearrow Govt seeks army help to tackle bomb scare
The government yesterday sought army backing to tackle bomb and grenade attacks, recovery of explosives and death threats that have sent panic waves across Bangladesh.
 arrow Gas runs dry at Tongi factories
About 90 factories in BSCIC area in Tongi have slashed their production about 70 percent because of a gas crisis for the last four months.
 arrow Sharp reactions on Morshed remark
The foreign minister's Tuesday's tough-talking on Delhi gave rise to a wide spectrum of negative reactions yesterday among the majority of policymakers and senior leaders of the ruling BNP, who termed
 arrow Khadiza's story...

 arrow Unite on one point to oust government
Top leaders of different opposition parties at a seminar in the city yesterday stressed a broad-based united movement with a single objective -- forcing the government to step down -- for what they said
 arrow JS to see stormy debate if AL joins next session
The upcoming parliament session is likely to witness a stormy debate on the August 21 assassination attempt on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina as opposition lawmakers are demanding a motion tocensure
 arrow GMG air-links Kolkata with Chittagong
Kolkata yesterday welcomed the first international flight of Bangladesh's private carrier GMG Airlines that connected the Indian city with Chittagong.
 arrow 10 jails run without jailers
Ten jails of the country are running without a jailer for around six months.
 arrow Verdict on case against Ershad adjourned again
Judgement in the income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad was adjourned for the third time, as the judge concerned was on leave yesterday.
 arrow Chargesheeted accused gets bail
A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to a chargesheeted accused and released a truck in the April 2 Arms Haul Case, while a smuggling racketeer was sent to Dhaka for interrogation about his suspected
 arrow Inefficient policing...

 arrow Bomb scare...

 arrow Twenty injured in AL-BNP clash in Pallabi
Alleged BNP activists attacked the adherents of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in Pallabi yesterday, sparking a drawn-out clash that left at least 20 people injured.
 arrow PM assures recruitment of 35,000 pry teachers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said education is not only an effective weapon to alleviate poverty and attain social development but also the guarantee of safeguarding democracy.
 arrow Unlawful recruitment bid at RU draws flak
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have initiated a process to recruit 10 teachers for the Computer Science and Technology (CST) department allegedly resorting to forgery and without approval of
 arrow $10m bounty offered for Chechen rebels
Horrifying pictures of masked gunmen rigging a gym with explosives crammed with hundreds of terrified children sparked revulsion in Russia Wednesday as authorities put a 10 million-dollar reward on the
 arrow Mutilated Savar rape victim faces paralysis
The condition of the housewife, reportedly gangraped and left on the leafy Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on August 22 with her throat cut, is improving, but doctors fear her becoming partiallyparalysed.
 arrow Opposition to announce next agitation plans tomorrow
The mainstream opposition parties will declare the next agitation programmes tomorrow putting emphasis on mass mobilisation for the one-point oust government movement, as their nine-day programme expires
 arrow Zillur gives deposition
Elderly Awami League (ALl) leader Zillur Rahman MP yesterday gave his deposition to the one-member Judicial Commission on the August 21 grenade attacks on AL rally.
 arrow Govt to recruit over 4,000 new cops
Over four thousand new policemen and police-women may be added to the force, and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members may have their basic pay doubled as part of a government initiative to improve law
 arrow Bomb spree leads to stricter watch on Secretariat
In the wake of mushrooming incidents of violence and bomb explosions, the government has decided to hike up security measures at the Secretariat by using modern electronic surveillance equipment.
 arrow Dravid on top of the world
India batsman Rahul Dravid was named World Player of the Year at the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards on Tuesday.
 arrow HC upholds death term to two
The High Court yesterday confirmed the death sentence of Gaus Miah alias Rana and Ramzan awarded by the lower court for murder of Nikunja Bihari Debnath, joint secretary of the government, in January2000.
 arrow Two to die for killing girl in Manikganj
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death sentence to two for killing a 15-year-old girl in Manikganj on June 6 last year.
 arrow Businessman beaten dead, student buys freedom in Kushtia
A college student bought his freedom eight days into abduction and criminals beat a businessman to death in captivity in Kushtia on Tuesday, while an abducted Jhenidah farmer is still hostage to his captors.
 arrow North Pole 'was once subtropical'
An international scientific team which has been drilling beneath the bed of the Arctic Ocean says it enjoyed a sub-tropical climate 55 million years ago.
 arrow 6 killed in air strike on Fallujah
US forces killed at least six Iraqis in raids on the insurgent bastion of Fallujah yesterday as Iraq's hostage crisis took a worrying new twist with the capture of two Italian aid workers in the heart
 arrow JP lawmaker walks barefoot, shirtless in protest
A Jatiya Party (Ershad) legislator yesterday visited different polling centres of the municipality election at Haragachh in Rangpur barefoot and shirtless to protest an attack on him.
 arrow Move to train 15,000 sacked or retired men
As many as 15,000 industrial workers either sacked or given voluntary retirement during the current fiscal year will be provided with training and Tk 75,000 in loans each as income-generating measures
 arrow Govt staff to own flats on monthly deposit
The government yesterday approved a Tk 57 crore project to build 500 modern apartments in Mohammadpur and Lalmatia under the housing and public works ministry for government officials.
 arrow Satkhira AL leaders get death-threat
An Islamist outfit, Hekmat Jihad, in letters yesterday threatened three Satkhira district Awami League (AL) leaders with death.
 arrow Correction
The Daily Star wrongly identified Muhibur Rahman Manik as former BNP lawmaker in the report headlined "Cops clueless to 16 Sylhet blasts", published on September 6, 2004. Manik is former Awami Leaguelawmaker.
Businessarrow Govt plans to offload Bimanís 40-60pc shares
The government is contemplating offloading 40 to 60 percent shares of Biman Bangladesh Airlines with a view to improving the national carrier's financial performance through efficient management.
 arrow RMG exporters decry high, arbitrary shipping charges
Garment exporters have suggested formulating a code of conduct for the shipping agents and freight forwarders to prevent them from realising 'arbitrary and unjustified' shipping charges from exporters
 arrow Nitol starts exporting leather sofa covers to US, Canada
Nitol Export, a concern of Nitol-Niloy Group, has started exporting leather sofa covers to the US and Canada.
 arrow DCC earns Tk 30cr from trade licence in 2003-04
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) earned a record Tk 30 crore revenue from trade licence in the last fiscal year as it simplified procedures to obtain the licence.
 arrow IMF chief urges speedy end to global trade talks
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Rodrigo Rato on Tuesday called for the speedy conclusion of global trade talks, saying rich countries should open up their markets to Africa by the end of the year.
 arrow SE Asian budget carriers step up price war
The price war among Southeast Asian budget carriers escalated Wednesday when Thai Air Asia offered a one-way ticket from Singapore to Bangkok for only 29 US cents.
 arrow Politics adding $10-15 a barrel to oil price, says Opec head
Opec president Purnomo Yusgi-antoro blamed a "political premium" of 10-15 US dollars a barrel for soaring oil prices Wednesday, saying the oil cartel is exceeding its supply quotas but the market is not
 arrow BSCIC creates 1.08 lakh jobs in í03-04
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) created employment opportunity for 1.08 lakh people and Tk 707.62 crore was invested in this sector during 2003-2004 fiscal year.
 arrow US gives Iraq special trade treatment
The United States has decided to designate Iraq a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the White House announced as President George W.
 arrow Honda to build new assembly line in India
Honda Motor, Japan's largest motorbike maker, on Wednesday said it will launch a new motorbike model, the Unicorn, in India on October 7 and build a new assembly line solely for the model.
 arrow BIMSTEC Taskforce MeetFBCCI team leaves for Bangkok
A three-member FBCCI delegation, led by its president, yesterday left for Bangkok to attend the first meeting of a taskforce to review sectors and sub-sectors for economic cooperation under BIMSTEC.
 arrow BA to sell $773m Qantas stake to cut debt
British Airways Plc. plans to sell its A$1.12 billion ($773 million) stake in Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. in the next two days to cut debt and take advantage of future consolidation in Europe.
 arrow BBC to sell sales, publishing arm
The BBC has invited three of the world's largest media groups to discuss possible bids for BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial sales and publishing arm, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.
 arrow New MD of Janata Bank
SM Aminur Rahman joined Janata Bank as managing director on Tuesday.

Prior to joining the new assignment, Rahman was the deputy managing director of Sonali Bank, says a press release.

Sportsarrow Football: Abahani Joy in grudge match
Captain Arif Khan Joy struck twice to inspire Abahani come from a goal down to beat arch rivals Mohamme-dan Sporting Club 3-2 in the third place deciding match of the 4th Nitol-Tata National FootballLeague
 arrow Cricket: Dravid the best of 'em all
India batsman Rahul Dravid was crowned Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year at the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) awards at Alexandra Palace here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Showdown of master minds
Two master tacticians will be pitted against each other when Muktijoddha Sangsad begin the last chapter in de-fence of their Natio-nal League title against debutants Brothers Union in the final of the
 arrow Tennis: Second sister ousted too
Jennifer Cap-riati and Elena Dementieva claimed semifinal spots at the U.S. Open after a day of drama, controversy and magical tennis.
 arrow Cricket: Murali snub suprises SL
Sri Lanka cricket officials have expressed "surprise and disappointment" that off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan missed out at the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) awards on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Big boys victorious
Ten-man South Korea came from a goal down to beat unheralded Vietnam 2-1 and maintain their position at the top of Asian Group 7 in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Counting on 'Father' Fidel!
Diego Maradona's doctors hope a tough paternal role by President Fidel Castro will help the Argentine World Cup hero finally cure his drug addiction in Cuba, Argentina's ambassador said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: A fight for recognition
The ICC Champions Trophy begins in England on Friday with the game's administrators hoping the competition captures the imagination.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin loss may matter for India
India meet Pakistan in the last and most mouthwatering clash of the ICC Champions Trophy group stages but the joint-holders must cope without top batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who is suffering from tennis
 arrow Cricket: Aussies aware of dangerous Kiwis
World champions Australia come into the ICC Champions Trophy as hot favourites but their group decider with New Zealand will be a tough battle compared to the prospect of facing rank outsiders the United
 arrow Cricket: England's advantage
England and Sri Lanka will eye a possible Champions Trophy semifinal against Australia as they battle for top spot in Group D with a Zimbabwe side that has had its spine ripped out by internal politics.
 arrow Cricket: The Champions squads
Collated list of squads competing in the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England, which starts on Friday September 10:

AUSTRALIA: Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, JasonGillespie,

 arrow Football: Film guru buying Napoli
Film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis will buy financially troubled Napoli for 29.25 million (US$35.3 million).
 arrow Football: Girlfriends don't come easy!
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo believes that asking his model girlfriend to marry him was harder than winning the World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Strawberry' going to jail?
A topless woman who interrupted the Latvia-Portugal World Cup qualifier by running onto the field and hugging a Portuguese defender was charged with hooliganism, Latvia police said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Win or nothing for Bangladesh
Bangladesh face an uphill task to stay in the race for a quarterfinal berth in the AFC Youth (Under-17) Football Championship when they face Iraq today.
 arrow Hockey: Invitational hockey could be delayed
The start of the Invitational 5-Nation International Hockey tournament is expected to be delayed by three days.
 arrow Cricket: Wisden excludes current players
England may be riding high in world cricket after winning seven successive Test matches but the country's greatest post-War team unveiled in the October edition of Wisden Cricket magazine here Wednesday
 arrow Cricket: Ashes warning from McGrath
Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has warned England about over-confidence ahead of next summer's Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Group C: Band of underachievers
South Africa arrived for the ICC Champions Trophy on the back of a 5-0 defeat in Sri Lanka while West Indies are low on confidence after a Test whitewash to England.
 arrow Football: Mourinho no pervert!
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho denied on Tuesday allegations that he harassed a female football fan as the war of words between him and supporters of his former club Porto intensified.
 arrow Football: Mutu a mental case
Adrian Mutu has been told to see a shrink after being banned from driving following a dramatic car chase with cops.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir to see specialist
Pakistan pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed will seek specialist help in South Africa for the knee injury that ruled him out of the ICC Champions Trophy, the Pakistan team manager said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Noffke signs for Durham
Australian fast bowler Ashley Noffke will play county cricket for Durham next year, the English club announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Basketball: BKSP's big win
BKSP dumped Udayan School 80-30 in a one-sided match of the AKTEL School Basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

The winners led the first half 36-14.

Metropolitanarrow JU teachers, students demand safety of life
The teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) at a rally on the campus yesterday reiterated their demand for safety of life on the highway.
 arrow Rab arrests 3 Khulna JCD activists
Rapid Action Battalion Rab) yesterday arrested three activists of ruling party backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) from office compound of Khulna Zila Parishad on charge of snatching tenders from contractors.
 arrow Goswami murder: Verdict Sept 12
Verdict in sensational murder case of Modan Gopal Goswami will be delivered on September 12.

Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge M Hasan Imam fixed the date at the hearing of the case.

 arrow Memo to Deptt of Environment
Noise Pollution Prevention Coordination Committee submitted a memorandum to the Department of Environment demanding measures to check noise pollution.
 arrow Attack on Eden College student by JCD cadres condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday condemned the torture of a student of Eden College who had refused to take part in a procession of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh
 arrow 1,425 more held
Police arrested some 1,425 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Body of Saudinational recovered in Moheshkhali
The body of a Saudi national who drowned at Cox's Bazar sea beach was recovered yesterday from Moheshkhali coast.
 arrow Ex-madrasa student among three arrested
Police arrested three youths, including an ex-madrasa student, in Hathazari in connection with a bomb threat to the office of the vice-chancellor of Chittagong University in the last two days.
 arrow Banani Samity team meets mayor
A delegation of Banani Nagorik Kalyan Samity led by former adviser to the caretaker government ASM Shahjahan called on Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka at Nagarbhaban yesterday.
 arrow CPB to stage countrywide protest Sept 16
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will stage demonstrations across the country on September 16 to protest the government's move to give immunity to the World Bank.
Nationalarrow Batik fashions from remote village
Nipa, Lovely, Fatima and Papry of Khaserhat village, aged between 11 and 15, had left school due to poverty.
 arrow A little effort changes lives
Unbelievable though, only a shallow irrigation machine costing Tk 18000 has raised hopes for a better life among about 70 families in a remote shoal in the Jamuna basin in Fulchari.
 arrow OC assaulted by BNP lawmaker
Bauphal thana Officer-in-Charge Kazi Haniful Islam was allegedly assaulted by BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukder at the police station Tuesday night.
 arrow A hoax that troubled thousands
Monday's bomb scare on a Dhaka-bound liner MV-Surovi-6 from Barisal ultimately proved a hoax but it panicked over 2000 passengers on board and drew several thousand worried relatives and police to the
 arrow Magura AL splits
Dogged by internal feud for months, the Magura Awami League has finally split into two factions.
 arrow Abul Hasanat chargesheetd
Detective Branch police on Tuesday submitted charge sheet against former Chief Whip and Awami League central leader Abul Hasanat Abdullah in the case filed in October 2000 in connection with recoveryof
 arrow Jessore AL leader held with arms
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Jessore district Awami League leader Shahrul Islam in the small hours Tuesday and recovered a pistol, two bullets and a cocktail from his possession.
 arrow AL unlikely to be in race
Netrakona district Awami League President Samsujjuha has said 'it is quite impossible for Awami League to participate in Netrakona-2 by-election under this government'.
 arrow Bank branch shifted
The Chadrighat branch of Rupali Bank has been shifted to Chdrighat bus stand area in Moulvibazar town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Measures for good governance
People of this country for the last twelve years have been watching the same act of proposal and refusal of dialogue between the major political parties for evolving some effective measures towards establishing
 arrow Deconstructing the myth of a deep Spanish-American friendship
The recent decision of the newly -elected Socialist government of Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq, who were serving there as part of the US -led occupation forces, has brought the Spanish- American
Culturearrow I never wanted to be a full-fledged performer Shimul
Monir Khan Shimul, popularly known as Shimul, ranks among the promising actors of both the small and big screens. His sincerity and histrionic talent are matched with natural good looks.
 arrow Melodious music marks the occasion
Chhayanaut recently organised a special programme to observe the death anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam. The musical soiree took place at the Natmandal of Dhaka University.
 arrow Muktakantha: Bringing recitation to the masses
Muktakantha Abritti Academy, a recitation group, entered the cultural scene in 1984. 'I conducted a workshop at Biswa Shahitya Kendra.
 arrow Michelangelo's David turns 500
Michelangelo's statue of David is about to celebrate his 500th birthday.'I knew he was old but I wasn't aware he was turning 500,' said Pat Fisico, a Canadian on holiday in Florence.
Generalarrow AL trying to portray Bangladesh as 'fundamentalist country': Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperative Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday accused the Awami League of carrying out a propaganda campaign in a bid to portray Bangladesh as a 'fundamentalist country'.
 arrow City generates 3,000 tons of solid waste a day
The Dhaka city generates 3,000 tons of household and commercial waste daily, according to a survey by Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).
 arrow Free accommodation for cancer patients
Mosabbir Cancer Care Centre, a project of the Mosabbir Memorial Foundation, yesterday said they would offer free accommodation facilities for cancer patients coming from outside Dhaka during their stay
 arrow Obituary
Anwara Jalal, wife of late Molla Jalaluddin Ahmed, a former minister, died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday, says a press release.

She is survived by her only son Zahid Ahmed.

Internationalarrow Israel says no deal with Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon poured cold water on the prospects of a peace deal with Syria Wednesday, accusing Damascus of "influencing terror" against the Jewish state by sheltering the leadership
 arrow Pakistani papers blame India for little progress
The Pakistani press Wednesday blamed India for a stalemate in talks on the thorny dispute of Kashmir, saying the new leadership in New Delhi was obstr}cting the journey towards peace.
 arrow Anwar's lawyers bid to clear his name
Prosecutors fabricated evidence in the corruption trial of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, his lawyers charged as they made a final bid to clear his name in Malaysia's highest court Wednesday.
 arrow Beslan residents say hostage tape had to be shown
Still seeking answers to a tragedy that left hundreds of their loved ones dead, residents of Beslan on Wednesday had no doubt it was right to show a video of their children and friends held hostage in
 arrow Floridians begin rebuilding life
Thousands of Floridians beginning the recovery process in the destructive path of Hurricane Frances were hampered by long lines, congested highways and sticky heat, while the White House and teams ofrelief
 arrow Fears for French hostages in Iraq grow
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin was to gather his top ministers on Wednesday for talks on the situation of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for nearly three weeks, Raffarin's aides
 arrow Lalu to probe leakage of documents
Launching a counter-attack on BJP for accusing him of influencing the probe into the Godhra train burning incident, India's railway minister Lalu Prasad on Wednesday charged the Narendra Modi Government
 arrow Fears for French hostages in Iraq grow
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin was to gather his top ministers on Wednesday for talks on the situation of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for nearly three weeks, Raffarin's aides
 arrow Arafat and Qorei at loggerheads again!
Prime minister Ahmed Qorei has again threatened |o resign over differences with Yasser Arafat ahead of a meeting of donor countries who help fund the Palestinian Authority, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Terrorists behead three Muslims in Kashmir
Three Muslims were dragged out of their homes and beheaded amid rising civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.
 arrow US army captain in hearing over murder of Iraqi
A US army captain charged with murdering an Iraqi follower of a radical Shiite Muslim cleric appeared Wednesday at a military hearing here to determine whether he should face a court martial.
 arrow Nepal PM seeks Indian help to tackle Maoists
Nepal's Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, is expected to solicit crucial support from India in tackling a deadly Maoist insurgency.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Verdict on jail killings
We are surprised by the turn of events on Tuesday at Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court when the delivery of verdict on the historic Jail Killing Case was suddenly postponed by a fortnight.
 arrow Editorial: Bomb scare at school
The bomb scare at the Willes Little Flower School on Tuesday, which thankfully turned out to be a hoax, underlined the sense of insecurity that people are suffering from these days.
 arrow Virtues of intervention
Certain comments in a section of the Indian press and writings on recent developments in their neighboring countries by certain Indian strategic analysts engage our interest, most of all because these
 arrow 100 days of new Indian government
Indeed, many eyes were fixed on the performance of a new Indian government, which took the reigns from principal political rivals, who were at the helm for nearly seven years.
Letters to Editorarrow About "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 Imperialist conspiracy
There is no doubt that the culprits behind the recent bombing must be found and be given exemplary punishment. But the question is -- will it really happen? The answer is "No.
 arrow Vanishing parks
Life in Dhaka is becoming more hectic day by day and open spaces are being considered a luxury.
 arrow Death in RAB custody
It is mysterious that 11 persons have so far died in crossfire after RAB had taken criminals into custody (DS September 7).
 arrow We are so incapable!
A couple of months back Shah Amanat International Airport at Chittagong was handed over to a small private airlines of Thailand (Phuket Air Ltd.) for its management.
 arrow Pensioners Savings Scheme
As promised in the last budget the government has finally introduced pensioners saving scheme but the eligibility conditions laid down have almost excluded the pensioners of the armed forces from thebenefit
 arrow Nizami's stand
A few days ago, Industries Minister Mr. Nizami organised a press conference. I want to draw the attention of conscious people of our country to some of his remarks.