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Front Pagearrow Blast rocks Australia embassy in Jakarta
A car bomb has exploded outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 130, in an attack police have blamed on al-Qaeda linked militants.
 arrow Worry over Rab actions
The elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) allegedly killed a crime suspect in Hazaribagh yesterday in the latest in a series of 16 such killings that have sent worries across Bangladesh and raised human-rights
 arrow 2 'Indians' nabbed with smuggled explosives
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday snared three men including two Indians after they reportedly sneaked into Bangladesh territory with four packets of India-made plastic explosives and five fuses at Noakot
 arrow Army to help tackle bombing spree
The armed forces division will assist law-enforcement agencies in tackling a spate of bomb and grenade attacks, recovery of explosives and death threats that have sent panic waves across Bangladesh.
 arrow Pakistan kills 50 in Qaeda camp raid
Pakistani forces smashed a suspected al-Qaeda training camp early yesterday in a remote tribal area near the Afghan border, killing some 50 militant fighters, the military said.
 arrow Two more Interpol experts fly in
Two more Interpol experts yesterday joined the three in the capital to help the August 21 grenade blast probe.

Robert M. Thompson, a fire tool-mark examiner and Frev J.

 arrow Ultimatum of AL, allies from Sept 29 rallies
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies are likely to issue an ultimatum from their grand rallies in Dhaka on September 29 asking the government to step down for 'its failure to deliver',
 arrow AL unlikely to take part in Netrakona-2 by-polls
Main opposition Awami League (AL) is unlikely to take part in the parliamentary by-polls to Netrakona-2 slated for October 9 against the backdrop of prevailing political situation following the August
 arrow Cricket carnival starts today
When hosts England launch their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against Zimbabwe in Birmingham in one of two matches on the opening day, Bangladesh will get one more chance to hone their skills againstWarwickshire
 arrow Unite against fundamentalism
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the students to fight together against fundamentalism.

"Students are to restore the past glory by resisting fundamentalism and communalism.

 arrow Indian envoy shocked at Morshed's outburst
Indian High Commis{ioner Veena Sikri yesterday expzessed surprise and shock at Tuesday's harsh comments of Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and said they went against the spirit on mutual friendship and
 arrow Bangladesh costliest in South Asia
The cost of setting up business in Bangladesh is the highest in the South Asia, a region that itself lags far behind the rich economies in this case, said a World Bank (WB) Group report released yesterday.
 arrow Jalil hints at crippling Ctg port, rail, road links
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday hinted the mainstream opposition parties' fresh agitation programme to dislodge the government might include paralysing the operation of Chittagong
 arrow BNPPP set to see lawmakers' anguish
The upcoming parliamentary party meeting of the ruling BNP is likely to witness party lawmakers' dissatisfaction over a set of issues including law and order downslide and poor performance of some ministries.
 arrow Khulna education institutions on bomb alert
The heads of all academic institutions in Khulna Metropolitan City have been asked to remain on high alert following a bomb hoax at Khulna Zilla School yesterday.
 arrow Tk 20 lakh cloth robbed from garment van
Armed robbers hijacked a covered van loaded with garment fabric worth Tk 20 lakh from the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area early hours yesterday.
 arrow 40 killed in US-led raids on militants
At least 40 people were killed when US-led forces spearheaded overnight assaults on Iraq's northern trouble spot of Tall Afar and the notorious insurgent bastion of Fallujah, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Space capsule carrying solar dust crashes
Scientists with tweezers picked through the twisted wreckage of a space capsule that crash-landed on Earth, hoping that microscopic clues to the evolution of the solar system weren't completely lost in
 arrow Buddhadev survives killing attempt
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya yesterday escaped an assassination attempt, as the police removed landmines an hour before he was to address a gathering of bidi workers in Purulia district.
 arrow Outlaw leader lynched, 5 others hurt
A leader of an outlawed party was killed and five other activists were injured in mob beating at village Bamandanga in Assassuni upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Charges pressed against two
Dhanmondi police yesterday pressed charges against two young men, arrested for threatening by email to blow up the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 arrow Bangladesh loses a friend
Archer K Blood, a selfless well-wisher of Bangladesh, who had supported the birth of the country through his writings, died of cardiac failure in the early hours of September 3 in Fort Collins, Colorado,
 arrow ORANGE ORCHESTRA!


 arrow Maya's youngest son remanded again
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded Rashedul Hossain Chowdhury Rony, son of Awami League leader Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya, in police custody for a second phase of two days.
 arrow Two NGO staff buy freedom in Rangamati
Two NGO (non-government organisation) officials abducted earlier were brought to Ghagra zone army headquarters yesterday after ransoming the abductors Wednesday night at Thandachhari jungle beside Rangamati-Chttagong
 arrow Threat letter sent to MP, Ctg admin, journos
A letter sent to a journalist yesterday threatened to kill a BNP lawmaker, the deputy commissioner of Khagrachhari and all newspersons in Rangamati and to blow up important government and non-government
 arrow Two killed in road crash
Two passengers including a woman were killed and twenty others injured, two of them critically, in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Mirer Sarai last evening.
Businessarrow Microcredit schemes fail to benefit ultra poor
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged NGOs, banks and financial institutions to come up with flexible credit products for the ultra poor with a view to improving their living standards.
 arrow Bank Asia to launch Islamic banking soon
Bank Asia Limited will soon introduce Islamic banking.
 arrow Forex reserves still above $3b after ACU payment
Foreign exchange reserves remained still abo~e $3 billion despite paying $257 million to the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) in import payments yesterday.
 arrow Asian telco giants seek survival in new markets
They are huge, dominate their markets and earn steady xrofits.

But Asian telecom giants' former monopolistic thrones are under attack from new technologies and aggressive competition.

 arrow EU to launch trade talks with Pacific states
The European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, is set to open negotiations on a new trade accozd with 14 Pacific countries on Friday, the EU executive said.
 arrow African leaders meet to draw up poverty battle plan
More than a dozen leaders from across Africa met Wednesday hoping to draw up a battle plan to fight poverty and create jobs in the poorest continent.
 arrow China may challenge US textile curbs at WTO
A Chinese official warned on Wednesday that the United States could face a challenge at the World Trade Organization if it moves to block an expected surge of textile imports from China.
 arrow Mercantile Bank to collect GP bills
Mercantile Bank Limited has signed an agreement with GrameenPhone (GP) Limited.

Under the deal, Mercantile Bank will collect bills of GrameenPhone customers soon.

 arrow WTO hits EU again over sugar, Brussels may appeal
Brussels said on Wednesday it was weighing an appeal after the World Trade Organization again declared a big part of the European Union's multi-million-dollar sugar exports illegal.
 arrow New MD of Sonali Bank
M Tahmilur Rahman has taken over as managing director of Sonali Bank.

Prior to his joining the new position, he was the managing director (current charge) of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow US to appeal some aspects of WTO cotton ruling
The United States will appeal portions of a World Trade Organization ruling that payments to US cotton farmers were illegal under global trade rules, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow New DFID head in Bangladesh due tomorrow
David Wood, the new head of UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh, arrives in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Prime Finance to give Tk62.24m to ColorMaster
Prime Finance and Investment Limited (PIFL) has extended Tk 62.24 million equity support to ColorMaster Limited, a yarn-dying venturm of SQ Group.
 arrow Oil prices slip on signs of rising supply
Oil prices dipped slightly here Thursday on expectations of rising output from the Opec producer group and as the International Energy Agency said markets were "well supplied with crude".
 arrow Japan-Mexico trade pact to take effect in April
Japan and Mexico have agreed that their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) will take effect in April next year, a report said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Football: Double complete
Brothers Union completed a historic double when the Oranges disposed of holders Muktijo-ddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in the final of the 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League on penalties yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Mini World Cup' time
The ICC Champions Trophy starts in England on Friday with world champions Australia's bid to win the tournament for the first time adding fresh impetus to a competition that has so far struggled to capture
 arrow Football: Nothing compares to this
The moment Mohammad Sujan placed the fifth penalty past Mukti-joddha Sangsad custodian Aminul Islam in the shoot-out, he ran to the left touchline which soon became a sea of orange as all the Brothers
 arrow Cricket: Taibu doubtful starter
Zimbabwe are sweating on the fitness of captain and wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy opener against England at Edgbaston on Friday.
 arrow Football: A more orderly night
After a mixed bag of results in Saturday's qualifiers, Europe's major countries asserted their authority on Wednesday with France, England and Italy all winning away from home.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh bow out
Bangladesh bowed out of the AFC Under-17 football championship when they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Iraq in their final Group D match at Koriyama in Japan yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Battle nicely poised
The remnants of Hurricane Frances swept into New York to leave the eagerly-awai-ted US Open quar-terfinal between top seed Roger Federer and twice former champion Andre Agassi hanging in the balance on
 arrow Cricket: A farce and joke: Arjuna
The omission of the world's highest Test wicket-taker Muttiah Murali-tharan from the ICC Awards made it a "farce and a joke," Sri Lanka's former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies alter strategy
Australian selectors on Thursday named a new lineup of spin bowlers and four uncapped youngsters for a four-Test tour of India, hoping variety will help break a 35-year drought in the sub-continent giant.
 arrow Football: Kuranyi prevents repeat of 2002
Jurgen Klinsmann's impressive start as German coach continued with a creditable 1-1 friendly draw against world champions Brazil here with Brazilian-born marksman Kevin Kuranyi cancelling out Ronaldinho's
 arrow Football: Iran stay in the hunt
Iran revived their hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals with a 2-0 away win over defensive Jordan in an Asian Zone Group One qualifier as big guns South Korea, Japan and China all recorded
 arrow Football: Del Piero proves a point
Alessandro Del Piero was all smiles after justifying his recall to the Italy team by scoring the winning goal in Wednesday's hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Moldova.
 arrow Cricket: 911 still freshin Staple's mind
Defeats in cricket matches are sometimes labelled a "tragedy" for the losing team; really heavy reverses may even find themselves called a "massacre".
 arrow Chess: Fischer wins partial reprieve
Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer on Wednesday won an injunction to suspend his deportation from Japan until the court rules on his demand to cancel the deportation order, his supporters said.
 arrow Football: Young at 41
Zambia coach Kalusha Bwalya says he may still play a few more games for his country after scoring an unlikely World Cup winner at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Eriksson impressed
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson hailed striker Jermain Defoe after the youngster helped them to a precious 2-1 victory over Poland in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Football: Hurricane Ivan strikes St. Vincent
Hurricane Ivan has forced the postponement of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Kitts and Nevis.
 arrow Basketball: A US great escape
Cobi Jones struck deep into injury time to secure the United States a 1-1 draw against Panama in their CONCACAF region Group A World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Basketball: Big win for Maple Leaf
Mehzarin shot 41 points to lead Maple Leaf single-handedly to an impressive 50-8 win over Bangladesh International School in the girls' competition of the Aktel School Basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Football: IU football
The Inter-department football tournament of Islamic University (IU), Kushtia began yesterday at the university playground.

Eighteen departments and three halls are participating the competition.

Metropolitanarrow PM seeks Dutch help for sustainable solution to flood
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her hope that the Netherlands, with its vast expertise in water management, would assist Bangladesh in the effort to find a long-term sustainable solution
 arrow 'Ad in Germany' begins Sept 12
A 19-day exhibition titled "Advertisement in Germany" will begin at the exhibition hall of Goethe-Institut here on September 12.

The exhibition, which will remain open from 2.00pm to 8.

Point-Counterpointarrow Finance Minister's diatribe against CAG
On the August 30, Finance and Planning Minister M. Saifur Rahman, while inaugurating a seminar was quite vocal in criticising the reports of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
 arrow Ramon Magsaysay Award
The Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered as Asia's equivalent of Nobel Prize, was established in April 1957, by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) based in New York City.
 arrow Biman should adopt the ways of modern air travel
I have a suggestion for Bangladesh Biman: buy or lease new planes and start a non-stop service between Dhaka and New York.
Culturearrow Tarana Halim: Breaking out of the mould of a romantic heroine
Tarana Halim's characters remain in the memory long after one has seen her TV plays.
 arrow Magical improvisation of music
Recent visitors to Bangladesh were the UK group Between The Notes (BTN).
 arrow Art exhibition kicks off with fanfare in Jessore
For the first time in Bangladesh, a grand exhibition of artworks starts today outside Dhaka.
Generalarrow 'Enforce law strictly to stop acid violence'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for stringent enforcement of laws and social movement to prevent acid attacks, the most brutal means to torture a person.
 arrow Rumour of concealed video camera at Rokeya Hall
Agitation grew among the female students after a rumour swept the Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU) that a concealed video camera set up at a bathroom of the hall recorded pictures of some students.
 arrow 'Pro-liberation forces are under threat'
For the first time, a book containing different aspects of the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was launched yesterday.
 arrow 10 BRTC buses for women
The state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday introduced 10 more buses for working women on nine routes in the capital.
 arrow 3 killed in city road accidents
Three men including two teenaged boys were killed and three others injured in three separate road accidents while a bus was set on fire by the angry mob in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Pay Commission starts work
The Pay Commission yesterday started its work to recommend a new pay structure for the government officials and employees.
 arrow Experts suggest regionalisation of flood issue
Experts yesterday suggested regionalisation of the flood issue involving upstream countries for effective deluge management along with taking a set of measures locally as the three-day National Workshop
 arrow Sylhet dist, city BNP committees dissolved
Sylhet district and city executive committees of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were dissolved and two convening committees formed yesterday.
 arrow Rab action inside court disgraceful
The arrest of a terrorist by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal in presence of its judge and without his prior permission on Tuesday noon has been strongly condemned by the
 arrow Garments workers to submit memo to PM Sept 15
Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) will submit a memorandum to the prime minister on September 15 to press home its various demands.
 arrow Sylhet transport owners, workers threaten strike
Transport workers and owners in Sylhet yesterday threatened a 72-hour strike from September 24 to press home their 12-point demand.
 arrow CPD Board of Trustees meets
The 22nd meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was held at its office in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow Ban on rally around JS from Saturday midnight
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on procession, rally, demonstration, carrying of firearms and explosives to maintain the law and order in and around the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Proper probe demanded
Three left-leaning student organisations yesterday demanded proper investigation and punishment to the culprits responsible for the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Seminar on interventional neurology
A scientific seminar on 'Interventional neurology: Its advances and experiences in Bangladesh' was held at Dr Milon Auditorium of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Wednesday.
 arrow Father, son held for keeping arms
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) forces of Chittagong zone arrested a man and his son for possessing illegal arms at Satbaria village in Laksam upazila on Tuesday night.
 arrow BSD announces 12-day protest programme
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will stage a 12-day demonstrations by holding rallies at different parts of the country to protest the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Jatiya Press Club competitions
The Jatiya Press Club has organised various competitions for the children of its members as part of its golden jubilee celebrations.
 arrow 1,350 more held
Police arrested some 1,350 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 25th death anniversary of AKM Hafizuddin, former inspector general of police, first chairman of EPIDC and information minister of the then East Pakistan, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The foreign minister's fury
The state of the Indo-Bangladesh relationship has suddenly taken centre-stage in the media.
 arrow Editorial: Camera at Rokeya Hall
Strange things are happening in society these days.
 arrow Cooperation not confrontation
I spent the past two days at a dialogue between young journalists from India and Bangladesh organised by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.
 arrow A nation of courage
A nation of Courage was the slogan for the Republican National Convention held at the Madison Square Garden in New York last week.
 arrow Attack on AL rally: Threat to national security
I read with keen interest the article written by Brig Gen Sakhawat Hussain, ndc, psc, (Retd) entitled "Attack on Awami League Rally: Threat to National Security," published September 3.
Letters to Editorarrow Hijab banned in France
From September 2 Hijab has become prohibited in educational institutes as well as in government offices in France. Considering it as a religious symbol, the French government has prohibited it.
 arrow Tigers' test
The excitement is catching as our heroes are in England for the ICC Champion's Trophy, 2004.
 arrow Support the national team
It is a shocking fact that 32 years of independence have passed, still many of us show the lack of true spirit of nationalism, particularly in the field of sports.
 arrow Life and we
Life is full of love, hatred, devotion, fiction, pragmatism, blaze, murk, triumph, surrender, bliss, outcry, ambition, despair, complacency, inferiority, astuteness, lunacy, intoxication, cupidity, cannibalism,
 arrow Beslan tragedy
Alena celebrated her 11th birthday just the day before she was taken hostage in her school along with 1,500 children and their guardians.
 arrow Death: Is it scary?
Do you ever think of death? Does the thought of dying; leaving this world behind makes you sad.
 arrow Dr Khan's article
I have read "From William Franklin to Omar Hazim: an Islamic American story" with great interest. I would like to thank Dr. Khan for his wonderful piece of writing.
 arrow Transfer of telephonea far cry?
I am writing this with a great deal of disappointment regarding the callous attitude of T & T.
 arrow Madrasah students
Every day I encounter a few madrasah students- boys and girls at my working place. I enquire about their well being and treat them for various ailments. The number keeps on increasing.
 arrow Capture of Ahmadiyya mosques?
The alarming news (DS -- Sept.
 arrow Envoys
The actions of some envoys in Dhaka never fail to surprise me; sometimes they anger me and sometimes bring embarrassment.
 arrow Tata investment
Two billion dollars FDI offer by Tata, a business conglomerate of India is uncertain . A few months back, a Bangladeshi delegation went to India and convinced Tata to invest in our country.
 arrow "Statesman and statesmanship!"
I was reading through the letters to the editor -- "Statesman and Statesmanship!". I haven't gone through what The Statesman has published, but I have read the readers' comments.
 arrow The grenade attack
The news on the 21 August bomb attack has left the headlines of the dailies. The political arena is also getting calmer but the pain the victims sustained has not receded .
Worldarrow India, Nepal hold talks over tackling Maoist revolt
Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba held talks with his Indian counterpart yesterday to try to secure more help to crush an increasingly deadly Maoist revolt in |he poor Himalayan nation.
 arrow Saddam never developed drone to drop WMD
The debate over the war in Iraq took a new twist when the top UN weapons inspector challenged one of the cornerstone US arguments for launching the war to bring down Saddam Hussein.
 arrow India, Pakistan to open up tourism
Despite disagreement over Kashmir issue, India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to open up cross-border tourism nor the first time while pledging to continue a "serious and sustained" dialogue in thecoming
 arrow 14 die in major violence after Indo-Pak talks
Fourteen people have died in a fresh upsurge of violence in Indian Kashmir, just days aftez India and Pakistan wound up talks on the future of the divided region, police said yesterday.
 arrow 'Removal of Arafat closer than ever'
Israel threatened again yesterday to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

"There is no room for Arafat among us, and the time will come when we will remove him...

 arrow Asia, EU condemn attack on Australian embassy
Australia vowed yesterday not to be intimidated by a bloody car bombing outside its embassy in Jakarta as Asian and EU leaders condemned the blast, which killed at least eight people and injured almost
 arrow Mounting anti-Muslim sentiment in Britain
The September 11 attacks in the United States have left Britain's Muslim community feeling "under siege" and increasingly the target of racist incidents, Muslim leaders around the country say.
 arrow 6 British soldiers killed in Czech chopper crash
A military Lynx helicopter crashed near the city of Brno in the Czech Republic yesterday, killing six British soldiers, the head of the regional emergency service said.
 arrow China rounds up 30,000 protesters
More than 30,000 petitioners -- many of whom were brutally beaten and herded into a gymnasium -- have been detained in Beijing before a major meeting of China's communi{t party, a human rights group and
 arrow 1 million commit suicide worldwide each year: WHO
About one million people commit suicide worldwide each year, a figure which is more than number of all homicides and deaths in war combined, the UN reported and called for concerted global action to curb
 arrow Lanka seeks more UN peacekeeping slots
Sri Lanka's military Wednesday said it was seeking more UN peacekeeping jobs as the island's first batch of 750 troops prepared to leave for Haiti.
 arrow Brunei's future king marries in glittering ceremony
The heir to the throne of oil-rich Brunei married a teenaged commoner yesterday before a glittering array of foreign dignitaries in Asia's grandest wedding in more than a decade.
 arrow Russia slams West for double standards
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of double standards on terrorism in the wake of his country's bloodiest hostage crisis.
 arrow Hurricane Ivan pummels Caribbean: 15 killed
Hurricane Ivan pummeled Grenada, Barbados and other islands with its devastating winds and rains, causing at least 15 deaths, before setting a direct course for Jamaica, Cuba and the hurricane-weary southern
 arrow Transatlan|ic rift hardening
The Unitmd States and Europe are drifting further apart on security issums and the use of force in the aftermath of the Iraq war, a major transatlantic opinion survey released yesterday showed.