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Front Pagearrow Wedding party ends in tragedy as bus crashes
A head-on collision between a wedding party bus and a speeding truck killed 26 people, mostly children and women, and injured 56 others, 20 of them critically, in Chittagong early yesterday.
 arrow Jt watch on borders, terrorism rule talks
Joint security operations on the border, implementation of border treaties, and insurgency and terrorism issues dominated the opening day of the fifth Dhaka-Delhi home secretary-level biennial talks that
 arrow Comilla dam burst floods 20 villages
Rain-swollen Gumti river burst its banks in Devidwar upazila in southeastern Comilla district on Wednesday evening and inundated 20 villages marooning several thousand people while Dhaka reeled from fresh
 arrow AL included in JS committees
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday reconstituted 44 parliamentary standing committees incorporating lawmakers from the Awami League (AL) before prorogation of the brief 13th session amid boycott by the main
 arrow Dhaka can but won't restrict trade with Delhi: Morshed
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Dhaka-Delhi relations were on the up and even if Bangladesh could impose trade restrictions on India it would not do so as Dhaka believes that retaliatory
 arrow Hasina gets death threat again
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday received yet another death threat from an anonymous source.
 arrow Communications ministry faces JS music
Ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the poor performance of the communications ministry in the construction of roads, bridges and culverts and non-allocation of funds for their
 arrow Dy Speaker blasts AL for House demonstration
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui yesterday launched a blistering attack on the main opposition Awami League (AL) for their demonstration in parliament on Wednesday, terming it deplorable.
 arrow Oil tankers roll into fireball skidding off Fenchuganj rail track
Rail links between Sylhet and the rest of Bangladesh was cut off last night as 11 tankers with 300,000 litres of fuel caught fire after skidding off the tracks in Fenchuganj, also burning some adjacent
 arrow Woman sews path out of poverty
A petite woman in her mid-thirties concentrates on a sewing machine to make a petticoat with her desk strewn with dress materials.
 arrow WB keen to fund eastern by-pass
The World Bank (WB) will provide financial assistance for the development of water supply, sewerage and drainage of Dhaka Metropolitan City.
 arrow 34pc crops in 81 upazilas under water
The ongoing deluge has inundated 34 percent of the standing crop including aman and vegetables of 81 upazilas in 19 districts, sources at Agriculture Extension Department (DAE) said.
 arrow Tk 10cr rly land goes to BSEHR for Tk 5,001
The communications ministry yesterday leased out a railway land worth about Tk 10 crore to a human-rights organisation, founded by its minister and led by his wife, at a token price reportedly defying
 arrow AL MPs find JS useless, but decide to continue
Though after Wednesday's denial of adjournment motion on the August-21 grenade tragedy Awami League sees no use of continuing in parliament, its MPs will not resign right now.
 arrow Iraq war illegal, says Annan
The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has told the BBC the US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter.
 arrow Australia romp into semifinals
Andrew Symonds blasted a quickfire 71 not out as Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy here at The Oval on Thursday.
 arrow Militants kidnap 2 Americans, Briton in Iraq
Gunmen kidnapped two Americans and a Briton from a house in the heart of the Iraqi capital yesterday, the Interior Ministry and witnesses said.
 arrow Rrain-induced floodwaters...

 arrow 60 opposition student activists picked up
Police yesterday picked up at least 60 leaders and workers of a combine of six student organisations from Shahbagh, Matsya Bhaban, High Court and Doel Chattar in the city.
 arrow 'Email sender', three others remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded four persons in custody for five days each in a grenade attack case.
 arrow Madrasa teacher held for cutting ear lobes of 17 students
Police yesterday arrested Maulana Abdul Majid who allegedly cut the ear lobes of 17 students at a madrasa at Tiloch Shibbati in Adamdighi upazila on September 14.
 arrow 2 DU students expelled for assaulting BMA leader
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday expelled two students and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on charges of assaulting the acting president of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) atDhaka
 arrow Rahima's date with destiny
After a 14-month wait, 18-year-old Rahima Akhter was all set to finally step into her husband's house, but destiny had something terrible in store for her -- she had to return to her father's house yesterday;
 arrow A veritable snare...

 arrow Opposition shifts oust-govt programme for rain
The "mass no-confidence wall" programme announced earlier by main opposition Awami League (AL), 11-Party, JSD (Inu) and NAP (Mozaffar) has been shifted to September 22 from September 18 due to inclement
 arrow Injured JCD activist fights for life
Mahbub Islam Khokon, critically hurt in an attack by a rival Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) faction of Jahurul Haque Hall, is struggling for life at Combined Military Hospital's (CMH) intensive care unit
Businessarrow Congestion at transshipment ports threatens tea export
Bangladesh tea risks losing international market, thanks to congestion at transshipment ports coupled with an increase in freight charges.
 arrow Gold shines on int'l price hike
Gold price continues rising in domestic market and industry people fear the price for the first time in the country's history may cross Tk 10,000 a bhori within few months.
 arrow Stocks riding on interest rate cut on savings instruments
Interest rate cut on different types of government savings instruments has generated renewed interest among small investors who are now switching to capital market, said Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE)
 arrow Three-day knitwear show from September 22
In a bid to increase international market, knitwear producers are going to hold a three-day exposition from September 22 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow 3-day HSBC loan fair begins
A three-day loan fair organised by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday to familiarise people with different loan schemes of the bank.
 arrow Int'l food fair begins in Dhaka today
An international food fair begins in Dhaka today to help boost export of agro-processed food items.
 arrow WTO report argues for more extensive economic migration
A World Trade Organisation report on Thursday backed moves to get mainly wealthy countries to open up to more extensive temporary migration for workers, saying it could boost the welfare of both the country
 arrow DSE trading resumes tomorrow
Transactions at the country's premier bourse, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), will resume on Saturday after a four-day break due to incessant downpour that submerged the ground floor and the server room of
 arrow Transcom Group, Gulshan Society sign MoU
Transcom Group will sponsor various social welfare activities of Gulshan Society.
 arrow Rahimafrooz campaign to better customer service
Rahimafrooz Batteries Ltd has introduced 'Lucas Gold Coin Competition' through its local customers.
 arrow Oil prices resume rally as Ivan squeezes supplies
Oil prices climbed Thursday as disruption to production in the Gulf of Mexico continued due to Hurricane Ivan.
 arrow Nepal industries reopen after deal with striking union
Almost 50 firms in Nepal which had been shut for nearly a month were back in business Thursday after a pro-Maoist trade union called off its strike, officials said.
 arrow Two-thirds of South Asians living in poverty: ADB
Two-thirds of South Asians are living in poverty and only a redistribution of the benefits of economic growth will lift them out of the rut, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) official said Thursday.
 arrow Eurozone inflation stable in August
Annualized inflation in the 12-nation eurozone was stable in August at 2.3 percent after the same reading in July, the European statistics office Eurostat reported Thursday.

Consumer prices rose 0.

Sportsarrow Cricket: What more to come?
For once Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore had little to say and only had a painful look on his face after his team crashed to a 138-run defeat against West Indies at the Rose Bowl here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Barlow bemoans changes
Former Bangladesh coach Mddie Barlow is {urprised by the wholesale changms in the national squad and has found it as the major cause of |heir struggle in the big league.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan ready for India
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said the team were in confident mood ahead of their winner-take-all Champions Trophy clash against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara loves Tigers
West Indies captain Brian Lara believes Bangladesh are making improvements as a cricketing nation, despite another heavy defeat at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
The Bangladesh cricket team have become the laughing stocks of foreign journalists after their amateurish performance in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussie series at stake'
India's cricket chiefs went into an emergency huddle Thursday amid fears next month's home series against world champions Australia will be cancelled if a television rights imbroglio is not resolved.
 arrow Cricket: Murali to take time
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan could be out of action until March next year as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
 arrow Tennis: Ferrero, Paradorn proceed
Second seed Juan Carlos Ferrero and Asian favourite Paradorn Srichaphan moved into the second round of the rain-hit 500,000-dollar China Open with easy victories on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Kim, Lleyton to finally wed
Tennis love match Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Australian Lleyton Hewitt are to marry next February in Australia.
 arrow Paralympics: Paralympics begin today
With barely enough time to catch its breath after the summer Olympics, Athens is gearing up this week to host yet another mega sporting event.
 arrow Football: A galactic grinding
Nine-time European champions Real Madrid started the 2004/05 season as favourites to win the Champions League but a 3-0 drubbing by Bayer Leverkusen here on Wednesday night could see their odds lengthened.
 arrow Football: Too bad to be Real
Real Madrid's hopes of winning the Champions League crown for a fourth time suffered a major blow here on Wednesday as Bayer Leverkusen brutally exposed a weak rearguard in a 3-0 win.
 arrow Football: Rome is bleeding
The Group B Champions League match between Roma and Dynamo Kiev was abandoned here Wednesday after Swedish referee Anders Frisk was injured by a missile thrown from the crowd.
 arrow Football: Liverpool look lovely
Djibril Cisse and Milan Baros handed Liverpool a winning return to the Champions League with a goal apiece as the four-time European Cup winners overcame inspired goalkeeping by Flavio Roma to beat Monaco
 arrow Football: Penalty rescues Bayern
Dutch international striker Roy Makaay scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 in their opening Champions League Group C clash here on Wednesday as the German giants won theirfirst
 arrow Football: Van Nistelrooy saves the day
Ruud van Nistelrooy rode to Manchester United's rescue and into the club's record books in a Champions League thriller here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC defends minnows' inclusion
Reacting to heavy criticism by Ricky Ponting, among other players and officials, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has defended the inclusion of weaker teams on the international circuit.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
The AKTEL school basketball tournament resumed at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday after a three-day break due to inclement weather.
 arrow Tennis: Russian men no match
Russia cannot hope to produce top male players in the near future, despite the success their women have had in 2004, Marat Safin said on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds stumble
The big names at the Bali WTA tennis tournament endured a wretched day here on Wednesday as three of the top players bowed out to lower-ranked opposition.
 arrow Football: Zidane out of action
Real Madrid said their French play-maker Zinedine Zidane will be out for at least three weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in their 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo's barren debut
Olympiakos newcomer Rivaldo failed to achieve a dream win at the expense of his former club Deportivo La Coruna on his first outing with the Greek side with both sides having to settle for a goallessdraw
 arrow Football: Nedved makes the difference
A superb goal by the Czech Republic's European footballer of the year Pavel Nedved gave Juventus a 1-0 victory over Dutch side Ajax in their Champions League Group C match here on Wednesday.
Culturearrow My dream is to establish a 'drama village' for Jatra artistes - Nilu
Kamaluddin Nilu has his hands full at the moment.
 arrow Abriti Angan: Bringing recitation under the spot light
Abriti Angan, a recitation group, recently organised a poem rendition programme titled Halud Patar Gan. The programme marked the group's eleventh founding anniversary.
 arrow CD by Nash: A bonanza for music lovers
While outside it had started to rain again, an unfazed audience was still pouring in at the auditorium of the Russian Cultural Centre to attend the launching ceremony of a new album, Ishkuler Bondhu.
Generalarrow Hasina blames Speaker for not allowing discussion
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised Speaker Barrister Jamir Uddin Sircar for not allowing Awami League (AL) MPs to discuss the August 21 grenade attack.
 arrow Number of poor to halve by 2015, hopes PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said poverty is the biggest hurdle to the development and expressed her optimism about cutting the number of the poor to half by year 2015.
 arrow Four get life for raping girl
Four people have been sentenced to life imprisonment for gang-raping a girl at Shibalaya upazila in Manikganj district on April 28 last year.
 arrow 'Email sender', three others remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded four persons in custody for five days each in a grenade attack case.
 arrow Dhaka for regional strategy to improve child nutrition
Bangladesh yesterday called for a regional strategy to support maternal and child nutrition activities in Asia by sharing experiences among the countries.
 arrow BSF, criminals kill 293 Bangladeshis in 4 yrs
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and other miscreants killed 293 Bangladeshi citizens and injured 404 others after trespassing into Bangladesh territory over a period of last four years.
 arrow Agri sector review by yearend
An agriculture sector review, focussing on the past, present and future, is underway with assistance from World Bank and FAO and it would be finalised by the yearend.
 arrow President seeks French help to solve flood problem
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said France could cooperate with Bangladesh in solving its flood problem on a long-term basis apart from investing in agro-based industries and tourism sector.
 arrow Shibir cadres go berserk at RU hall
Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres and the students of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Rajshahi University assaulted the family members of the hall provost and ransacked his house and office rooms at the hall on Wednesday
 arrow Historic Education Day today
Historic Education Day will be observed today.
 arrow Dr Fasih Uddin gets Ahsanullah Gold Medal
Dr Fasih Uddin Mahtab, an eminent scholar and researcher, has been awarded Khanbahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal-2003 for his outstanding contribution to educational and social sectors.
 arrow 1,308 more held
Police arrested some 1,308 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow College student stabbed
A college student was stabbed at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.

He was identified as Anwar Hossain Samrat, a first year commerce student of Imperial College.

 arrow One electrocuted
An employee of an oil mill was electrocuted at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.

He was identified as Mohammmad Humayun Kabir, 30, an employee of Habib Oil Mills at West Jurain.

 arrow Lafarge provides treatment for flood victims
Lafarge Surma Cement Limited organised a post-flood medical camp near its project site at Chhatak in Sunamganj on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow Meet in memory of Tarek today
Abahani Limited will hold a meeting in memory of Kazi Anwarul Huq Tarek, a founding member of Abahani Krira Chakra, in the city today.
 arrow Unite against corruption, says TIB chairman
Chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Samson H Chowdhury yesterday called on all to be more vigilant and united against corruption and work together to make the country liveable forthe
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blame-game in the House
Dashing our hopes that the current JS session would see some constructive debates on important national issues, it degenerated into a big pandemonium on Wednesday, following the Speaker's rejection of
 arrow Editorial: Water talks inch forward
The joint expert committee (JCE) headed by water resources secretaries of India and Bangladesh has concluded its Dhaka session on a shared note of optimism.
 arrow Bangladesh and the UN
The first port of call of all decolonised nations was usually the United Nations, seeking its membership that gave these countries legitimacy as members of the international community and also assurances
 arrow We want a brave new country
There are almost 400 listed dailies in Bangladesh and a few more are going to be published soon. Magazines are mushrooming as well, neck to neck with their diurnal cousins.
 arrow Six days to twenty-first
August 15, 1975 and August 21, 2004 -- the first represents the residence of the great leader and the other, a public thoroughfare named after him.
Letters to Editorarrow Our cricket
I was once very much hopeful about our national cricket team. Because we have got all the potential to become a strong cricketing nation.
 arrow An Indian writes
It was heartening to learn, as I learned from Mr.
 arrow Sending troops to Iraq
This is in response to a letter to the editor Aug 16, 2004 by Ashirul Amin.

I would like to thank Mr. Ashirul Amin for his response.

 arrow Beslan tragedy
The harrowing episode of hostage taking of hundreds of Children in Beslan has drawn the attention of the international community to the often-neglected armed conflict in Chechnya.
 arrow Confusion, everywhere
We are confused because our national leaders are confused. Leaders are confused, may be, because of their selfish motives or because of their ignorance.
 arrow Looking East
This is in response to the article titled 'For friendship Bangladesh should look East' written by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed (DS September 12, 2004).

I think Mr.

 arrow Death: A prayer for my brother
A part of me left a long time ago and passed away. My brother died a long time ago. He was a lot older than me. He died when he was a baby. I was born much later.
 arrow Immunity to WB
I do not wish to delve into the controversy on why Bangladesh should be the first country to grant such blanket immunity to the World Bank. I was interested to learn the background of such a move.
 arrow August 21
The democratic politicians in Bangladesh are clearly right in deciding to keep their presence in the streets open despite the hardships and the recent threats posed by some terrorists .
 arrow City of grenades!
Our dream city of Dhaka has become a store-house of "grenades".
 arrow Ill-fated democracy?
US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Harry K Thomas, has underscored the need for strengthening the local government for promoting democratic practices. I do not understand why Mr.
 arrow Why cricket?
I don't know why Bangladesh still plays cricket. While millions languish in dire poverty, we are having fun with Whatmore and Whatless.
 arrow "Why I am not a migrant"
This is my response to Dr. Ohidul Alam.

"We cannot do great things, but try to do small things with great love".
Mother Teresa.


 arrow Will peace return?
Nowadays people are being violent to each other. If this animosity does not stop, the world will be no longer worth living.
 arrow School siege in Beslan
The pictures of the children being carried out of the school in Beslan, their naked bodies splattered with blood, filled me with sorrow and anger. No excuse exists for the slaughtering of innocent civilians.
 arrow Hijab/France
In the last French elections, Jean-Marie Le Pen's "Front National" party came second and this result sent shock waves throughout Europe.
 arrow FM's speech and the press release!
I am referring to the press release by the foreign ministry explaining the reasons for the FM's outbursts. (FM's India Remarks: DS September 12th).
 arrow Hijab
I have read with interest the letter published in The Daily Star of 10 Sept.

Normal Hijab or "Purdah" is essentially covering the exposed parts of a woman in a decent way.

Worldarrow Asia tops US list of major violators
Asia dominated a US blacklist of alleged top religious freedom violators including China, North Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam, classified as "countries of particular concern" in the State Department's annual
 arrow Musharraf should keep his uniform: Pak PM
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday called for President Pervez Musharraf to stay as head of the army in the "national interest" despite his pledge to step down in December.
 arrow US intelligence paints gloomy picture of Iraq
US intelligence officials prepared a report for President Bush in late July presenting a gloomy outlook for Iraq, saying that at worst the country might descend into civil war, The New York Times said
 arrow Hurricane Ivan slams US Gulf Coast
Hurricane Ivan slammed ashore early yesterday with winds of 130 mph, packing deadly tornadoes and a powerful punch of waves and rain that threatened to swamp communities from Louisiana to the FloridaPanhandle.
 arrow Suspect site in Iran shows its nuke goal: US
A senior US official said yesterday that satellite photos of a suspected nuclear site in Iran demonstrated its intention to develop atomic weapons, an allegation Tehran dismissed as "a new lie.
 arrow Putin rules out talks with Chechen rebels
Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out yesterday the possibility of negotiating with Chechen rebels following the Beslan school hostage crisis that killed at least 339 people, half of them kids.
 arrow 3 American bounty hunters jailed for running pvt prison
Three Americans have been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail after being found guilty by an Afghan court on charges including torture, running a private prison and illegal detention.
 arrow Envoys visit N Korean mysterious blast site
Diplomats from eight countries are visiting the site of a blast in North Korea last week, which was at first suspected of being a nuclear test.
 arrow Supporters of fox hunting storm British parliament
Supporters of fox hunting stormed Britain's parliament and clashed with police in the streets, but failed to stop lawmakers from voting by an overwhelming margin to ban the blood sport.
 arrow Kerry trying to make polls a referendum on Bush
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, trying to recover from a brass-knuckles campaign against his character, is attempting to steer the election to a referendum on President Bush's leadership.
 arrow Railway link to Nepal faces Maoist threat
The two-month-old rail link to Nepal from Kolkata Port has come under Maoist threat again and Indian Railway officials posted at Raxaul in Bihar are no less threatened.
 arrow Darfur rebels still hope for peace
Darfur's rebel Sudan Liberation Movement insisted yesterday that African Union-brokered peace talks have not broken down irretrievably, as mediators confirmed that the two rebel groups were still in consultations