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Front Pagearrow Opposition to start simultaneous agitation tomorrow
The mainstream opposition parties, including the Awami League (AL), announced three weeks of simultaneous demonstrations from September 12 including a grand rally in Dhaka as part of their oust-government
 arrow Delhi summons envoy, expresses dismay
India yesterday expressed its "surprise and dismay" over the remarks by Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at a recent seminar of journalists in Dhaka.
 arrow Interpol team inspects Hasina's car
Interpol investigators yesterday examined the vehicle of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina that received several bullet- and grenade splinter-hits on August 21.
 arrow JIC to quiz TNT smugglers
The three men including two Indians snared Thursday by border guards for sneaking into Bangladesh through Noakot border with plastic explosives were sent to the capital yesterday afternoon to be quizzed
 arrow Customs revenue flags for soaring writ petitions
Revenue collection by the Chittagong Customs House is dropping by Tk 5 crore to 7 crore a day because of filing of a large number of writ petitions with the High Court challenging tax officials' valuation
 arrow Al-Qaeda warns US of defeat
Two days before the third anniversary of September 11, Osama bin Laden's right-hand man emerged for the first time in a year to warn Americans of imminent defeat for their armies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg top terror
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Ahmedul Haq Chowdhury alias Ahmudya, a top-notch criminal of the district, and his 10 accomplices in Satkania under Chittagong district yesterday.
 arrow WB Country Director leaves Dhaka
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich has left Bangladesh after receiving a death threat on Tuesday, an official with the multilateral lending agency said yesterday.
 arrow BTTB plans caller ID for most phones by yearend
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has initiated steps to introduce caller identification for most telephones by the year end.
 arrow Abduction fear stalks rape victim
At the age of 14, she was subjected to sexual assaults and now lives under protection in an undisclosed location in her village for fear of being abducted.
 arrow 'Jakarta was warned 45 minutes before embassy attack'
Indonesian police were warned 45 minutes before a suicide car bombing outside the Australian embassy that Western missions would be attacked if a prominent militant cleric was not freed, Australia said
 arrow Fida plans mega movie after Rs 100 cr deal for 100 works
Who says art is not big business?

An Indian technocrat-turned-businessman has announced to pay Rs 100 crore to buy 100 paintings by internationally-acclaimed artist Maqbool Fida Hussain in the biggest

 arrow Jubo League leader hurt in Aug 21 grenade attack dies
Abul Kalam Azad, a city Jubo League leader and one of the victims of the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally, died at a city hospital yesterday, raising the death toll to 20.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader murdered in Sitakunda
A Jatiyabadi Jubo Dal leader was chopped to dead following an altercation with a Sramik Dal leader in Barobkunda in Sitakunda upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Food for Work scheme starts month ahead
The government has decided to start a Food for Work (FFW) programme from the current month advancing the schedule by one month considering the plight of the poor due to the month-long deluge.
 arrow Defeated in polls, chamber leader loots nomination papers
An outgoing vice president of Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), who is also a local BNP leader, Thursday night looted all the nomination papers filed for the recently concluded BCCI executive
 arrow Jubo League leader shot dead in India
Unknown assailants gunned down a Jubo League leader on Tentulia Bridge in Swarupnagar thana of 24 Parganas in West Bengal Thursday night.
 arrow Blazing start for NZ
New Zealand posted a thumping 210-run victory in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match against the USA at The Oval in London yesterday.
 arrow Youth arrested with bombs in Barisal
A youth was arrested with four bombs from a house in the city yesterday, police said.

The arrestee was identified as Biplob Biswas, an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

 arrow JCD activist stabbed to death in Sylhet
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was stabbed to death by unknown assailants in the city yesterday.
 arrow VHP vows to do an Ayodhya re-run in Maharashtra
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to pull down the controversial tomb of a 17th century Muslim general tomorrow, in a grim echo of the 1992 razing of a mosque that sparked some of India's worst religious
 arrow Nepali Maoists bomb US cultural centre
Suspected Maoist rebels hurled a bomb inside the compound of the US cultural centre in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu yesterday that exploded but caused no casualties, police said.
 arrow US ploy to set up base, alleges 5-party
The leaders of left-leaning five-party alliance yesterday alleged the US will set up a 'base' in Bangladesh through involvement of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the probe into the August 21
 arrow Army action in Waziristan could create another Bangladesh, says Imran
Imran Khan has equated the military operation in Waziristan to events that led to the eventual creation of Bangladesh in the 1970s from what was then East Pakistan.
 arrow Delhi to help Nepal fight Maoists
India on Thursday agreed to help Nepal cope with the mounting Maoist violence that has racked the Himalayan Kingdom.
 arrow UP member held with M-16 rifle
A union parishad (UP) member with one sophisticated M-16 rifle and 10 bullets was arrested in Raozan of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Interview of BNP nomination seekers today
Interview of the BNP nomination seekers for Netrakona-2 by-election will be held at party's central office at 4:00pm today.
Businessarrow Govt plans to revise air services deals with four Saarc states
The government plans to revise air services agreements (ASAs) with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to boost air-links in Saarc region and allow operations of more private airlines, official sources
 arrow Ship-breaking industry runs aground
The ship-breaking industry has run into trouble, thanks to price hike of abandoned ships in international market and falling demand for scraps in domestic market following the devastating floods thathave
 arrow China removes anti-dumping tarinfs on steel imports
China has removed its anti-dumping measures against cold-rolled steel coil imports from South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Taiwan, the Ministry of Commerce said Friday.
 arrow India wants to crush inflation
India wants to crush inflation, now at 42-month highs, but policymakers are in no rush to raise interest rates, fearful of stifling the growth of Asia's fourth-largest economy, analysts say.
 arrow IMF cautions Pakistan on rising inflation
The International Monetary Fund praised Pakistan's economic progress Thuzsday but said rising inflation remains a matter of concern.
 arrow Pubali Bank, Oman co sign remittance deal
Pubali Bank Limited has signed an agremment with Oman International Exchange (OIE) on channelling remittance.
 arrow Bank Asia arranges Tk252m loan for Karim Spinning Mills
Bank Asia Limited has raised Tk 252 million syndicated loan facility for Karim Spinning Mills Limited, a concern of Purbani Group.
 arrow Oil prices rise
World crude prices rose Friday, supported by concerns over Hurricane Ivan's potential impact on Gulf of Mexico oil operations and disappointing US inventory data, analysts said.
 arrow Malaysia sets highest growth target in 4 years
Malaysia on Friday set a new growth target of 7.0 percent for 2004, the highest in four years, after a stronger-than-expected first half, although this pace will then slow to 6.0 percent for 2005.
 arrow New MD of Basic Bank
AH Ekbal Hossain has been promoted to the position of managing director of Bangladesh Small Industries and Commerce Bank Limited (Basic Bank).
 arrow WB, IMF staff propose extension of debt relief programme
World Bank and International Monetary Fund staff have proposed extending a global debt-relief programme by two years to the end of 2006 to give more poor countries a chance to qualify for the scheme.
 arrow Bush administration rejects call for China currency probe
The Bush administration Thursday rejected a call from labour, textile and steel groups for an investigation into the value of China's currency that could lead to a confrontation at the World Trade Organisation.
 arrow SIA signs new wage accord with pilots
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a new three-year accord with pilots after months of protracted negotiations over wages and other employment terms over the past year.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
September 04-September 09, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was steady in the beginning of the week in thin market due to international holidays.

Sportsarrow Athletics: Abdullah, Eva sprint to glory
Abu Abdullah and Ishrat Jahan Eva extended their reign as the country's sprint monarchs when they grabbed the 200m men's and women's golds on the opening day of the Ninth Summer Athletics Championships
 arrow Cricket: USA bashed baseball-style
Nathan Astle's 145 not out steered New Zealand to a record 347 for four after the USA took two shock early wickets at The Oval here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Wright's spin theory
India coach John Wright is backing spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble to have a major impact during the Champions Trophy in England.
 arrow Cricket: India suffer Balaji blow
The Indian team suffered another setback as Laksmipathy Balaji was ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy with an abdominal injury. He will return to India shortly. The team management has sought a replacement.
 arrow Tennis: No American standing
Sweden's Joa-chim Johann-son left Andy Roddick shell-shocked after beating the defending champion in five sets on Thursday to reach the US Open semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs on journey of discovery
South African opener Herschelle Gibbs says he is working hard at getting back into form for the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas sets his target
Chaminda Vaas is either a man of modest ambitions or, worryingly for Sri Lanka, is contemplating a possible early retirement from the international game.
 arrow Football: A three-horse race
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini believes the club's lavish summer signings will enable them to mount a serious challenge for the Serie A title this season.
 arrow Football: It's a tough life
Spanish international midfielder Ruben Baraja won the league title with Valencia last season and earned his corn as much as anyone in the whole of La Liga, playing an unrivalled 64 matches for club and
 arrow Football: Work cut out for MU
Alex Ferguson will turn to Argentinian defender Gabriel Heinze in an effort to solve a Manchester United injury crisis which is threatening to blow a huge hole in the Old Trafford's giants' title chase.
 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins BD warm-up
Bangladesh's final warm-up match ahead of their Champions Trophy commitments against a War-wickshire XI was abandoned because of rain after just two overs of play at the Walmley CC Ground in Birmingham
 arrow Basketball: Schools b'ball
Green Herald recorded a 121-18 victory over St Jude's School in the boys' competition of the AKTEL School Basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Oh! No Panyangara
Zimbabwe seamer Tinashe Pan-yangara bowled seven wides in a 13-ball first over of the ICC Champions Trophy Pool D match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Friday.
 arrow Mosaddek, Lokman re-elected
Mosaddek Ali Falu and Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan were unanimously re-elected president and general secretary of Mohammedan Sporting Club at its annual general meeting yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid a team man
India are likely to continue swapping their wicketkeeper, with Rah}l Dravid saying he is happy to take the role.
Metropolitanarrow HSC exam results by month-end
Results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under seven education boards will be published in the last week of this month.
 arrow Trader shot dead
Unknown criminals gunned down a mobile phone trader in Keraniganj in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 11-yr-old home help raped
An 11-year-old domestic help was raped at a house at Kalabagan in Dhanmondi on Thursday night.

The injured girl is now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

 arrow Int'l workshop from tomorrow
A four-day international workshop on 'Seismic Analysis in the South Asian Region' will begin at Hotel Sheraton in the city at 9.00am tomorrow.
Nationalarrow An initiative with great vision
A small initiative by Brac has opened up good prospects for flood affected people and school students to earn extra income with little effort by learning a viable profession.
 arrow Army pullout from CHT opposed by settlers
Speakers at a discussants meeting opposed withdrawal of army from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) fearing insecurity for Bangalee settlers.
 arrow A laudable voluntary health service
The Community Care and Research Centre (CECRC), Rangpur performed free cataract operation on about 500 eye patients in seven days till yesterday.
 arrow AL demands fresh polls
BNP-backed candidate Humayun Sikder has been declared unofficially elected chairman of Kalapara municipality.
 arrow A different scene
The new building of Barisal Sadar Hospital, built at a cost of Tk 7 core, is utilised because it can not be handed over to the hospital authorities by the ministry of health due to alleged corruptionin
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 3, attacks 1000 in Nilphamari
At least three people died from diarrhoea and about 1000 were attacked in three days as the disease spread in different areas of the district.
 arrow 'Ruling party ruining Liberation War spirit
Krishok Shramik Janata League General Secretary advocate Fazlur Rahman Khan has said 'Razakars and fundamentalists who are in power now are destroying the spirit of the Liberation War'.
 arrow Gangraped schoolgirl fighting for life
A gangraped schoolgirl is fighting for life at Manikganj Sadar Hospital.
Point-Counterpointarrow How safe is the world after three years?
Today (September 11) the world remembers the deaths and destructions brought on by 19 terrorists from Saudi Arabia and other parts of Middle East to America.
 arrow Incredible horror and pain
Beslan, an obscure corner of Russia in the Chechen region, has become the centre of world attention like few places have been in living memory.
Culturearrow Dhaka Pantomime
The cliché 'Action speaks louder than words' is most effectively illustrated in mime, a creative dramatic expression usually without words.
 arrow It is a joy to direct The Importance of Being Earnest--Penny Legg
The Importance of Being Earnest was recently staged at International School Dhaka, Bashundhara. A key figure behind the recent play, written by Oscar Wilde, is director Penny Legg.
 arrow Famed Disney animator Frank Thomas dies
Legendary Walt Disney Co. animator Frank Thomas, whose work ranged from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Pinocchio and Bambi, has died at age 92, the studio said on September 09.
Generalarrow 'Resist repression on women unitedly'
Speakers at a rally in the city yesterday called for building up united resistance against all sorts of repression on women.
 arrow 75.29 pc wants UZ system
A nation-wide survey by a Dhaka University teacher found that 75.29 per cent respondents support immediate reintroduction of the upazila system.
 arrow PIB students threaten legal action
Journalism students of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) yesterday protested the inscription of word 'diploma' instead of 'postgraduate diploma' on their mark sheets and certificates.
 arrow Policy for hawkers' rehabilitation soon
Communication Minister Nazmul Huda has said the government is keen to rehabilitate the hawkers by providing them with various incentives.
 arrow Bengal Studies Confce in city in January
The 37th Bengal Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in Dhaka from January 4 to 6 to help create a potential future for Bangladesh through discovering its past.
 arrow Rab arrests PBCP cadre in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an armed cadre of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) at Khalishpur.

The arrestee was identified as Hedayet Hossain Litu.

 arrow Janajuddha man shot dead
An alleged armed cadre of an outlaw outfit was shot dead by miscreants at Juranpur village in Jibonnagar upazila on Thursday night.

The victim was identified as Abdur Rahim, 40, an activist of Janajuddah.

 arrow 16 ships toarrive at Ctg port this week
Sixteen ships, including a container, are expected to arrive at Chittagong Port in the next one week, port officials said.
 arrow Bhuiyan visits ailing Naziur
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday visited four party alliance leader and Chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Naziur Rahman Manzur at BirdemHospital.
 arrow Citibank's donation for book reading programme
Citibank NA, Bangladesh donated Tk 1.48 lakh to the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra for its book reading programme yesterday, says a press release.

This is the third donation for the programme.

 arrow BEA distributes books
Bangladesh Electrical Association (BEA) yesterday distributed educational materials among the flood-affected students in the capital.
 arrow Training programme on road safety Sept 15
A daylong training programme on "Road Safety and Good Driving Practices" for heavy vehicle drivers will be held at the auditorium of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on September
Internationalarrow Sadr aide slams Sistani for silence on politics
An aide of rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr yesterday lashed out at Iraq's Shia Muslim spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, for refusing to make public pronoucements on the inteirm government.
 arrow Political edge to third Sept 11 anniversary
The United States will pause today in sombre remembrance of the September 11 terror attacks, whose legacy looms large and unshakeable over a presidential election just 53 days away.
 arrow Pak troops mop up tribal belt operation
Pakistani forces conducted mop-up operations yesterday in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a day after 50 Islamic militants were killed in an air strike on a training camp.
 arrow Sudan, West in war of words over genocide charge
Sudan and Western powers plunged into a war of words over Darfur yesterday, with Khartoum countering US charges of genocide by saying Wa{hington was playing electoral politics with a humanitarian crisis.
 arrow Yemeni troops kills rebel cleric in clash
Yemen's army on Friday killed an anti-US Muslim preacher who styled himself as a "Prince of Believers" and led a near three-month bloody rebellion against the authorities from the mountainous north of
 arrow Settlers warn of 'civil war' over pullout
A Hamas militant was killed yesterday as Israel pressed on with a major offensive in the northern Gaza Strip Friday and imposed a watertight closure on the Palestinian territories ahead of the JewishNew
 arrow BJP starts roadshow ahead of state polls
Firebrand Hindu nationalist leader Uma Bharti began a nationwide tour yesterday to woo voters for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of crucial elections in one of India's biggest states.
 arrow Hurricane kills 33 in Caribbean
Hurricane Ivan hurtled toward Jamaica yesterday after devastating the Caribbean island of Grenada, where up to 24 people died, and killing nine others in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Tobago.
 arrow House votes to honour victims of Sept 11
The House of Representatives Thursday honored the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and reaffirmed US resolve to fight terrorism around the world.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Email threat suspect
The authorities responded quickly to the email that was sent to Prothom Alo on August 23, claiming responsibility for August 21 and threatening to kill Sheikh Hasina within seven days.
 arrow Editorial: Blast in Jakarta
We are both shocked and concerned over the repeated attempts by terrorist groups to create anarchy and kill innocent civilians all over the world.
 arrow Need for real wages for civil servants
At every opportunity, the public in general, and politicians in particular, continue to berate bureaucrats in Bangladesh as being inefficient and corrupt.
 arrow On the road to perdition!
The title definitely sounds scary and one may brand it as a piece of extreme pessimism of a retrograde mind.
Letters to Editorarrow Ahmadiyya issue
I refer to the informative letter of Mr Ghulam Sarwar from Karachi printed on 03 September. He deserves our praise for his concern about Bangladesh and giving out two important Hadiths on this issue.
 arrow Bangladesh-India trade
Your correspondent reported (September 8) in considerable detail the statement of the foreign minister of Bangladesh at a discussion on Bangladesh-India trade hosted by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.
 arrow Castro and the US
I have just watched a TV programme on Fidel Castro and Cuba and read your editorial.
 arrow Education and unity
Only a unified education system can bring unity. And without national unity we cannot have peace and progress. Unfortunately, none of the governments took determined steps for a unified education system.
 arrow Beyond the silver castle
Every morning when I read the 'Letter to the Editor' page and the 'editorial', I feel happy and content, thinking at least there are some sane people around, who think constructively and try to make a
Literaturearrow Clara Linden in Nijkolmohona
Tying knot upon knot,
Come, read the mother'swomb, by this spell
Add the name to the month of conception
Divide by eight---and the future foretell

If the remainder is one or three
Then a

 arrow would a book with any other cover sell just as sweet?
In answer to the question of the title: generally, no; in the case of Bill Clinton, toss out your commonplace assumptions.
 arrow This Sight
Chin on knees, you sit
A blue-striped sari, dream hair flowing down your back
Countless butterflies in the air, or cloud-forms all, is it?
Chin on knees, you sit

Eyes famously remote, red