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Front Pagearrow JS plunges into chaos as speaker rejects AL demand
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday transformed into a heart of chaos before the main opposition declared its boycott of the current session after a stormy walkout protesting the speaker's rejection of a discussion
 arrow Dhaka drenched in fresh bout of rain
Fresh rain yesterday threatened to prolong the misery of Dhaka residents as the heaviest rain in more than half a century eased for only a few hours and then resumed in the afternoon despite a forecast
 arrow River water talks end without consensus
The two-day talks between Bangladesh and India ended yesterday in Dhaka without a consensus on water sharing issues of seven common rivers including the Teesta as experts of the two countries expressed
 arrow Delhi to be asked to check anti-Dhaka elements
Dhaka is likely to ask for steps to rein in anti-Bangladesh elements and Bangladeshi criminals taking refuge in India, and propose joint security operations on the border when home secretaries of thetwo
 arrow 2 critically hurt in JCD infighting at DU hall
A group of ruling BNP backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) members battered at least eight members of its rival faction leaving two of them critically injured and vandalised seven rooms at Jahurul Haque
 arrow Deluge leaves vegetables pricey
Most of the capital's kitchen markets ran short of vegetable supplies amid a persistent deluge pushing the price of the left over out of commoners' reach.
 arrow Windies whip Tigers
Bangladesh completed yet another miserable one-day assignment when they suffered a 138-run defeat against West Indies in the second and final Group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Rose Bowl
 arrow 56 get life in one murder case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Rajshahi, yesterday awarded life imprisonment to a union parishad (UP) chairman and his 55 supporters for their involvement in election violence that left one person killedand
 arrow Dwellers inside DND dam reel under rainwater
The record downpour in the last four days has for the first time flooded all houses, schools, many factories, other structures, roads and croplands within Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment, paralysing
 arrow Opposition's oust-govt march
Braving heavy showers, thousands of opposition activists took to the streets in the capital yesterday afternoon and demanded immediate resignation of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
 arrow BNP man dies in Rab custody
A ruling BNP activist died in custody of elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) about six hours into his arrest yesterday from a private clinic in Dhanmondi where he was receiving treatment for head injury.
 arrow Shab-e-Barat on the night of Sept 30
Lailatul Barat will be observed on the night of September 30.
 arrow Massive plan taken to save Dhaka from floods: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said the government has taken up a massive programme to save the capital and its adjoing areas from water-logging and floods and is trying hard to get foreign assistance for
 arrow Court orders extended probe
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday ordered an extended probe into KEPZ managing director commodore (retd) Golam Rabbani murder case.
 arrow 25th BCS preliminary results
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday announced the results of the preliminary (Objective) test of the 25th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination held on September 3.
 arrow Ditch at Shapla Square....

 arrow 'Email sender', 3 others shown arrested
Four persons were shown arrested yesterday in a lawsuit filed by police on August 22, a day after the grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow 6 including cops sued for 'killing' Bogra JCD man
Six including four policemen were sued Wednesday for killing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Mahabubur Rahman Hulli Saturday night.
 arrow Italian envoy wants proper probe
Italian Ambassador in Dhaka Pietro Ballero yesterday said the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally should be investigated properly and the attackers be brought to book.
 arrow 2 more boat capsize victims' bodies found in Jamuna
Two more bodies were recovered yesterday from the Jamuna River, raising the death toll from Sunday's boat capsize to 13.

Of the two bodies, one was identified as police sub-inspector Iman Ali, 50.

 arrow Floodwaters causing loss...

 arrow PBCP cadres kill two
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction gunned down two including a ruling BNP leader in Chuadanga and Kushtia in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Businessman shot dead at Mohammadpur
Masked gunmen shot a businessman dead and injured another inside a shop in Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Trader stabbed to death
Criminals in their second attempt knifed a furniture trader to death in Alamganj in Sutrapur yesterday after failing to shoot him dead earlier the same day.
 arrow 3 US vigilantes jailed in Kabul
An Afghan court yesterday sentenced three Americans to between eight and 10 years in prison for illegally running a private jail and torturing suspects in a "private war on terror".
 arrow 3 beheaded bodies found in Iraq
US soldiers discovered three heads and decapitated bodies, thought to be of Iraqi civilians, on a roadside north of Baghdad yesterday, a US military spokesman said.
Businessarrow Businesses returning to normal
Normalcy was returning to the capital's main commercial hub Motijheel yesterday following the devastating rains, which had paralysed the businesses.
 arrow Double taxation avoidance deal signed with Norway
Bangladesh yesterday signed an agreement with Norway regarding avoidance of double taxation between the two countries.
 arrow 5 cos join bandwagon of electronic scrips Sept 29
Five more companies will join the bandwagon of paperless scrips on September 29, as per an order of the capital market regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 arrow 3-day Batexpo begins Oct 6
A three-day grand exposition of Bangladesh apparels and textile products begins in the capital on October 6 as the organisers expect substantial numbers of foreign buyers and representatives from leading
 arrow Islamic cell phone set launched in local market
Discovery Communications yesterday officially introduced the world's first Islamic mobile phone set, which contains all the verses of the Quran and announces prayer times, in Bangladesh.
 arrow Double-Cola soft drink launched
Al-Amin Beverage Industry Ltd, the franchisee of Double-Cola Co, USA, has launched 'Double-Cola' soft drink in local market.
 arrow Opec ministers mull quota hike of up to one million barrels
Opec ministers said they could raise the cartel's oil output quota by between 500,000 and one million barrels per day here Wednesday, in a symbolic step aimed at stabilising the energy market.
 arrow EU extends ban on Asian poultry imports
The European Union said Wednesday it had extended a ban on imports of chicken meat and pet birds from several Asian countries hit by avian flu to March 31 next year.
 arrow India's cellphone market set to grow 20pc each year
India's booming cellphone market is adding 1.7 million customers every month and will grow between 15 percent and 20 percent annually, a senior industry official said Wednesday.
 arrow Fearing job flight to Asia, British unions to merge
As British banks and insurance companies increasingly look to outsource jobs to Asia, two unions representing almost 200,000 workers in the financial sector are to merge to try to woo new members.
 arrow Clarification
Two Chinese importers have signed agreements with two local companies to buy raw jute worth US$ 5 million and leather items of $ 1.5 million.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan thrash Kenya
Pakistan sent out a warning to India before their ICC Champions Trophy Pool C showdown with a seven-wicket demolition of Kenya at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud surprise
Everyone was taken aback at the Rose Bowl here yesterday morning when the Bangladeshi fans and journalists found all-rounder Khaled Mahmud in the playing XI for their ICC Champions Trophy match against
 arrow Cricket: Sachin may miss 1st Test
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar may not be fit in time for India's first Test against Australia, which starts in Bangalore on October 6.
 arrow Football: Bielsa leaves Argentina
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa resigned out of the blue on Tuesday, less than one month after steering the twice world champions to their first Olympic soccer gold medal.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
Pakistani fast bowlers first made the reverse swing popular and now the whole world tries to imitate the art. One Englishman in particular has mastered reverse swing to near-perfection.
 arrow Football: Contenders start well
Chelsea coasted to a 3-0 win on Didier Drogba's two goals, Arsenal needed an own-goal for victory and defending champion FC Porto was held to a 0-0 draw on the opening night of the Champions League season.
 arrow Football: Barca conquer Parkhead
Celtic crashed to their first ever Champions League defeat at Parkhead on Tuesday when they went down 3-1 to Spanish giants Barcelona in their Group F tie.
 arrow Football: Booters' bourse next month?
The Football Players Welfare Association will welcome an early transfer in October this year for the 2004-05 season, footballers told the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officials last night.
 arrow Chess: Russian GM in town to train locals
Russian Grand Master Alexander Volzhin arrived in Dhaka yesterday to train the Bangladesh team for the Chess Olympiad to be held in Spain from October 14-31.
 arrow Tennis: Federer grabs No 1 spot
It is mid-September and Roger Federer has already guaranteed he will end the year as world number one.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu warns his batsmen
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has urged his side to play with greater determination or face elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Football: Maradona can leave for Cuba
Football legend Diego Maradona has been granted his wish to travel to Cuba to undergo treatment for his cocaine addiction, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.
 arrow El Guerrouj honoured
Moroccan athlete Hicham El Guerrouj, double Olympic champion over 1500m and 5000m, has been awarded this year's Asturias Prize for Sport, the jury announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Grosjean misses Davis Cup tie
France will be without their top player Sebastien Grosjean for the Davis Cup semifinal against Spain later this month, team captain Guy Forget said Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Population growth falls: UNFPA
Population growth rate in the country has declined substantially over the last decade, according to a UNFPA report released yesterday.

At present, the population of Bangladesh stands at 135 million.

 arrow 'Strengthen bilateral cooperation'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and France, particularly in the fields of trade, investment and culture.
 arrow Unicef, ILO call for ending worst forms of child labour
The Unicef and ILO have called on the government and the civil society to take effective action to end worst forms of child labour, says a press release.
 arrow Youth stabs ex-fiancée
A mob beat and stabbed a youth after he knifed his ex-fiancée at Sabujbagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow Proshika creates 72.60 lakh self-employments
Proshika, a non-government organisation, has created 72.60 lakh self-employment opportunities for its group members through disbursement of Tk 2616.80 crore against 4.29 lakh projects across the country.
 arrow Tk 35.26 crore Japanese grant for flood victims
Bangladesh will receive 653 million Japanese Yen (approximately Tk 35.26 crore) grant for procurement of rice, repairing tube-wells and setting up of latrines in the flood-affected areas.
 arrow Int'l Ozone Day today
The International Ozone Day will be observed in Bangladesh today as elsewhere across the globe to renew commitment to cut back Ozone-depleting substances from the atmosphere.
 arrow HC vacation benches reconstituted
The vacation benches of the High Court have been reconstituted, an official release said yesterday.
Culturearrow A pianist par excellence
Music runs in the blood of the diminutive Shantha, ace pianist and music instructor.
 arrow Foreign plays in Bangla
The play Galileo, since its first staging has received whole-hearted appreciation of the audience.
 arrow Shahnaz to pair up with Brosnan
India's herbal beauty care queen Shahnaz Husain might soon have two new occupations--Hollywood actress and Harvard teacher.
 arrow Raj Kapoor: 'The Tramp' lives on
Who doesn't remember Raj Kapoor? Described as a megastar, producer, director and all-round showman, his films such as Aag, Awaara, Shri 420 live on in the collective memory.
Generalarrow Ratify ILO Convention on home-based workers
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to ratify the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention on home-based workers.
 arrow Distribution of VGF cards, relief to be monitored, PM tells JS
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed that distribution of VGF cards and relief materials among the small and marginal farmers affected by the recent devastating floods would be monitored properly.
 arrow Three electrocuted
Three people, including a father and his daughter, were electrocuted in Jhenidah in the last two days.
 arrow Citibank donates computers to Ellenga school
Citibank NA, Bangladesh donated computers to Ellenga Jitendra Bala Girls' High School in Tangail recently as part of its initiative to help the young children learn information technology, says a press
 arrow 1.20 lakh VGF cards in Dhaka dist
Over 1.20 lakh distressed and flood affected families of the district have been brought under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme.
 arrow 1,025 more held
Police arrested some 1,025 people, including four identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US coast braces for deadly hurricane
Hurricane Ivan barreled into the Gulf of Mexico toward the US coast after slamming western Cuba on a devastating rampage that killed more than 70 people across the Caribbean.
 arrow 10 Palestinians killed in West Bank
Ten Palestinians, including a young schoolgirl, were killed in separate army raids in the West Bank Wednesday as Israel tightened security for the beginning of the Jewish new year holiday.
 arrow Russia rejects US criticism
Russia on Wednesday curtly rejected US criticism of sweeping political changes proposed by President Vladimir Putin, telling Washington to stay out of its business.
 arrow India, Pakistan will be friends: Kalam
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam began his visit to South Africa expressing hope that India and Pakistan "will become friends.
 arrow Anwar's political hopes dashed by court
Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has lost an appeal to set aside a conviction for corruption.
 arrow Row erupts over Australian claims of hostage handling
Claims that an Islamic militant group has kidnapped two Australians in Iraq and is threatening to execute them sparked a political row on Wednesday in the run-up to Australia's October 9 election.
 arrow Children return to classes after siege
Children returned to schools in this grief-stricken southern Russian town Wednesday for the first time since heavily armed militants seized more than 1,200 hostages at a school two weeks ago in a raid
 arrow Strike shuts down Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has been closed to tourists for nearly 24 hours due to a strike by workers at the famous Paris landmark, management and employees said Wednesday.
 arrow Spain detains 10 suspected militants
Spanish police arrested 10 people, most of them Pakistanis, suspected of involvement in Islamic extremism during an operation in the northeastern region of Catalonia on Wednesday, judicial sources said.
 arrow Indonesia to set up new anti-terror team
Indonesia said Wednesday it was considering the formation of a special task force of crack anti-terror officers drawn from the ranks of the police and military to prevent further extremist attacks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Safety concerns and FDI
If we can be permitted an understatement we are not in the best of times in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Blanket immunity to WB
We are not opposed to the idea of the WB getting its due privileges and facilities as a development partner.
 arrow The 'war on terror' and the limits of power
THREE years have passed since the shocking attack on the Twin Towers that took more than three thousand innocent lives.
 arrow Needed: Honest intentions and bold reforms
The day of August 21 will live in infamy.
Letters to Editorarrow No internal discipline
The 21/8 bombing carnage has trapped the current regime into the corner, and it cannot escape until it sets it own house in order, and takes disciplinary action against the truant party workers, whose
 arrow August 21 attack
The highly professional manner in which the 21 Aug attack was executed and the slow tempo with which the enquiry into this gruesome crime has so far been conducted, there is very little hope that something
 arrow Visa harassment: Will somebody answer?
My son, an honours graduate of Oxford Brookes University of London, is at the moment working in a project funded by USAID. He was selected for a training programme of CBI of the Netherlands Foreign Ministry.
 arrow Attention: Sunnydale School
As the country is experiencing a natural calamity, being the guardian of a student of Sunnydale School, Dhanmondi, it surprised me that the school authorities kept it open on September 13.
 arrow A job well done
Though I am an ardent supporter of Bangladesh Awami League, I highly admire Mr. Milon's undertaking the task of removing the cheating plague from our exams. Everybody should cooperate with this endeavour.
 arrow Terrorism and the West
Linguistically, 'Terrorism' is a noun derived from the verb 'to terrify' with the meaning to frighten.