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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to coordinate patrols
Bangladesh and India agreed to coordinate patrols in their own territories by their security forces and Dhaka agreed to grant double-entry and exit visas to Indians transiting through international air
 arrow Kakri joins Gumti in flooding 100 villages
Close on the heels of Gumti, a swollen Kakri also burst its banks Wednesday being unable to contain the huge rainwater rushing down from the Tripura Hills.
 arrow Hon Speaker, you could have taken the JS to a greater height
Honourable Speaker, you rejected all of the nearly 150 notices that were served by the opposition.
 arrow 300 indigenous people flee home in Rangamati
About 300 people of 69 indigenous families from seven villages in Kawkhali upazila have taken refuge at a community centre at Ghagra on Rangamati-Chittagong highway as armed members of the United People's
 arrow Govt wants to fully implement CEDAW in its tenure
The government intends to fully implement the UN convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women during its tenure, Women and Children Affairs Minister Khurshid Jahan Haque said.
 arrow FM off to NY to join UNGA session
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan set off for New York yesterday on a 12-day trip to address a plenary session of the 59th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 23.
 arrow 73 Iraqis killed in US air strikes, car blast
A suicide car bomber killed at least 13 people in an attack on a police checkpoint in Baghdad yesterday, after a night of US air strikes around rebel-held Falluja that killed scores.
 arrow Video watch to gear up Ctg port security
Security at Chittagong Port is going to get a boost with video surveillance system installed soon at jetties and the Karnaphuli estuary, which also will meet the International Ship and Port Facility Security
 arrow Rail links with Sylhet resume
Rail links with Sylhet resumed yesterday afternoon, a day after a train with oil containers derailed near Fenchuganj causing a huge fire and oil spillage.
 arrow Rain spoils Eng-SL tie
Play in the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl had to be abandoned on Friday.
 arrow Threat to capture Ahmadiyya complex in N'ganj Oct 8
Aamra Dhakabashi, a religious fanatic group under the banner of a socio-cultural organisation, yesterday vowed to capture Ahmadiyya Missionpara Complex in Narayanganj and say the Juma prayers there on
 arrow Arguments in '99 Chhatak blast case start today
Arguments in the Chhatak bomb blast case will begin in the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Sylhet, today, official sources said.
 arrow Two stabbed to death in city
A landlord stabbed by the robbers on Tuesday died in the early hours yesterday in Merul Badda and a cloth store employee was stabbed to death at Shantibagh in Motijheel yesterday evening.
 arrow We Waterlogged..

 arrow Materials for fake bomb smuggled into Commons
The Sun newspaper says an undercover reporter smuggled materials for a fake bomb into the Commons only a day after hunt protesters forced their way in.
 arrow Rab recovers bombs in Khulna
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered three live bombs and bomb-making materials from a house at Pathanbari under Sonadanga Police Station of Khulna city on Thursday night.
 arrow 3 hurt as bomb goes off in Satkhira
Three construction workers were hurt, one of them seriously, as an abandoned bomb went off at sadar thana complex yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 8 Ctg bus crash victims still in critical condition
Eight of the injured in Thursday's fatal bus crash remained in a critical condition yesterday while the rest were improving.
 arrow 15 Hindus hurt in attack in Rangpur
At least 15 Hindus were wounded, five critically, and their temple was burnt to ashes in an attack allegedly led by a BNP leader in Menujchhara village in Pirgachha upzila Thursday.
 arrow Thousands of fixed phones go out of order
Incessant rain has thrown thousands of subscribers out of the fixed phone network of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) in the capital.
 arrow 3 killed, 49 hurt in Kurigram road accident
Three people were killed and 49 others injured, 31 of them seriously, in a road accident on Kurigram-Bhurangamari road yesterday.
 arrow India scraps anti-terror law, saying it was being misused
India's new government yesterday scrapped a controversial anti-terror law introduced after the September 11 attacks, arguing the legislation which gave sweeping powers to the police was being misused.
 arrow Domestic help allegedly commits suicide
A domestic help allegedly committed suicide at Gulshan in the early hours yesterday and a garment worker reportedly hanged herself to death in Khilgaon on Thursday night.
 arrow 8 Ctg bus crash victims still in critical condition
Eight of the injured in Thursday's fatal bus crash remained in a critical condition yesterday while the rest were improving.
Businessarrow New domestic air passenger routes in the offing
The government plans to allow private carriers to operate direct air passenger services on new routes to boost domestic air transportation.
 arrow IDB to increase its stake in Bangladesh's development: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the stake of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Bangladesh's development is likely to be increased as the bank has decided to change its 'conservative
 arrow Invest in agro-processing to help diversify exports
As a three-day international food fair began in Dhaka yesterday Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury asked entrepreneurs to find export diversification in agro-processed products.
 arrow Loan fair pulls huge crowd
A huge number of visitors flocked to the HSBC loan fair at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday that coincided with the weekly holiday.
 arrow India's communist parties block FDI hike in telecom, aviation
India's powerful communist parties have blocked a government move to increase foreign direct investment caps in telecoms and domestic aviation, newspapers said Friday.
 arrow Japan-Mexico free trade pact has US implications
Mexico and Japan were to sign a free trade pact Friday that will be a springboard for Japanese technology and equipment aimed at the US market and provide an opening for Mexican farm goods bound for Japan.
 arrow Imbalances threaten world economic growth: Unctad
Global economic growth is threatened by imbalances, particularly unsustainable US current and trade account deficits and restrictive policies in the euro bloc, a United Nations agency said Thursday.
 arrow Oil rises as storms threaten supply
World oil prices rose on Friday on worries that the ongoing storm season in the U.S. Gulf would continue to hamper energy production and imports, delaying vital pre-winter stock building.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
September 11-September 16, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was steady in the beginning of the week.

 arrow India-Bangladesh festival to be held in Dhaka Oct 10-13
A four-day India-Bangladesh festival featuring handicrafts exhibition, cultural programme and food fair will be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from October 10.
 arrow China unlikely to raise interest rates soon
China is unlikely to raise interest rates in the near future due to fears of a worsening credit crunch, a former policy adviser to the central bank was quoted Friday as saying.
 arrow Islami Bank Bangladesh declares 20pc stock dividend
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has declared a 20 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow India drafting policy to revive tea industry
India is working on a long-term policy and a suitable financial package to revive the country's ailing tea industry, a government minister said Thursday.
 arrow Pakistan's forex reserves rise
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose by $22 million to $12.181 billion in the week ended Sept 11 mainly because of an increase in inflows to commercial banks, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow IMF head warns of risk from US budget deficit
The head of the International Monetary Fund urged the United States Friday to limit its gaping budget deficit, which he said threatens the world economy.
 arrow HSBC, Shanxi Trust to form joint venture in China
British-based banking giant HSBC Holdings is to team up with Shanxi Trust and Investment Corp to form a joint venture fund management company in China, HSBC announced Friday.
 arrow Sípore non-oil domestic exports up 29pc in Aug
Singapore's key non-oil domestic exports in August beat economists' forecasts, growing 29 percent year-on-year on the back of robust sales of electronics and pharmaceuticals, the government said Friday.
 arrow India inflation falls, easing pressure for rate rise
India's inflation rate fell over half a percentage point, data showed Friday, easing pressure for interest rate hikes that the government fears could choke growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Sportsarrow Football: Transfer date unresolved
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has given the Metropolis Football League Committee the responsibility to negotiate with the clubs to set a transfer date for the season 2004-05.
 arrow Cricket: Ranatunga's verdict
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who is now an established politician, feels time is running out for Bangladesh to justify their inclusion in the elite league.
 arrow Cricket: The complete package
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes Andrew Symonds is turning into the complete one-day cricketer after the Queenslander blasted 71 not out against New Zealand here at The Oval on Thursday to secure
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
He is now 42 but former West Indies batsman Clayton Lambert is still enjoying life as a cricketer even though he is not playing for his beloved country.
 arrow Cricket: Door open for Lee
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has left the door open for fast bowler Brett Lee to return to the side for next week's ICC Champions Trophy semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Taibu backs his mates
Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu gives his inexperienced team an even chance of winning the triangular one-day tournament against Sri Lanka and hosts Pakistan in two weeks' time.
 arrow Football: Real's week to repair image
Real Madrid look to bounce back from their midweek Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen with three vital La Liga points at Espanyol on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bolton target the 'impossible'
Self-doubt has been in short supply around Highbury this season but Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is convinced his high-flying team are capable of unearthing just enough to stop Arsenal's record-breakingunbeaten
 arrow Football: 'Play out of your skin'
Lazio coach Domenico Caso has told his players they will only win the backing of their demanding supporters if they fight for the right to wear the club's sky blue shirt.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers coming home today
The Bangladesh cricket team will return home this morning from London after a disappointing ICC Champions Trophy campaign.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protish-than (BKSP) defeated St Gregory's 69-56 in the boys' competition of the AKTEL School Basketball Tourna-ment yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Balaji out of Tests too
Lakshmipathy Balaji will miss the upcoming Test series against Australia due to his groin injury.
 arrow Cricket: ICC orders TV replays for Ind-Aus Tests
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has told the Indian board that it needs to provide TV pictures for third umpire decisions to go ahead with next month's home test series against Australia.
 arrow Chess: Chess camp on at BKSP
The Bangladesh men's team for the 36th Chess Olympiad began their training camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan in Savar from Friday under Russian Grandmaster Alexander Volzhin.
 arrow Football: Pekerman takes over Argentina
Jose Pekerman is to be the new coach of Argentina, the country's football association (AFA) president Julio Grondona announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Fingers crossed in Roma
Italian side Roma will discover on Tuesday the punishment they face for the disgraceful scenes in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev which saw the match abandoned at half-time following
 arrow Football: Faith take solo lead
Faith Chess Club were leading the Second Division Chess League table with 15.5 points after end of five rounds at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Ivy was killed by defeated forces'
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to Ivy Rahman, women affairs secretary of Awami League (AL) who was killed in the August 21 grenade attack in the city.
 arrow Unite against evil forces to strengthen democracy
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the present education system has divided the student community by depriving them of their just rights.
 arrow Unclaimed bodies polluting DMC environment
Thirteen unidentified mutilated bodies at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue are spreading deadly germs and putrid stench for the last couple of days as four-day downpour had submerged the morgue andthe
 arrow Qatar assures of recruiting more Bangladeshis
Qatari Civil Service and Housing Affairs Minister Sheikh Falah Bin Jasim Bin Jabor Al Thani yesterday assured Dhaka of recruiting more Bangladeshi manpower.
 arrow WFP dy executive director arrives today
Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sheila Sisulu arrives Dhaka toady on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Changma alphabet course begins in city
A month-long training course on Changma alphabets began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Minister leaves for S Arabia to monitor work of Hajj officials
State Minister for religious Affairs Mosharref Hossain Shahjahan left Dhaka yesterday for Saudi Arabia on an official visit.
 arrow Vested quarters trying to create instability: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government has taken a massive post-flood rehabilitation programme besides long-term food assistance through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) cards.
 arrow Durga Puja begins Oct 19
Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindus, begins on October19.
 arrow Steamer Ostrich salvaged
The steamer P S Ostrich, that ran aground in a char of Barisal on Tuesday, was salvaged yesterday.
Nationalarrow Rain triggers flood in 4 dists
Downpour in the last eight days triggered floods afresh in Brahmanbaria, Patuakhali and Bhola, swelling rivers, breaching embankments and inundating vast croplands with newly transplanted Aman seedlings.
 arrow Probe body formed, godowns sealed
The district administration has formed five-member committee to probe the import of "rotten and stinky" wheat from India.
 arrow Production comes to a halt as 140 'retrenched'
Police have been deployed at Satkhira Sundarban Textile Mill as tension mounted following alleged retrenchment of 140 workers in the name of voluntary retirement.
 arrow 4 fishermen missing in Bay, 410 yet to return
Four fishermen are missing as nine trawlers sank in the Bay in inclement weather.
 arrow Seven officials chargesheeted
Nine persons including seven customs officials have been chargesheeted in a case for under-invoicing imported cloth and fabrics worth about Tk one crore 75 lakh from India in November 2002.
 arrow RU hall provost resigns
Provost of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Rajshahi University Prof Shahidur Rahman submitted resignation to Vice- chancellor Prof Faisul Islam Faruki on Friday following attack on his office and assault of his
 arrow BIWTC ship still stranded on Meghna
BIWTC vessel PS Ostrich which ran aground on an underwater shoal in Meghna in Bhasanchar under Mehendiganj upzila in the early hours of Tuesday due to inclement weather could not be salvaged till yesterday.
 arrow Illegal polybag factory : 5 held
Police detected an illegal polythene manufacturing factory Tuesday night in Jordan Road area of the city and arrested five persons along with tools for making the banned item.
 arrow Bogra lawyers demand DC's removal
Bogra lawyers boycotted the court of Magistrate Navid Shafiullah on Thursday.

The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the Bogra Bar Association, reportedly dominated by pro-Awami League lawyers.

 arrow Suspected AIDS patient at Satkhira hospital
A suspected female AIDS patient who returned from India seven days back was admitted to Satkhira Sadar Hospital on Friday.
 arrow Bomb hoax at Barisal school
A bomb hoax created a panic at Barisal Udayan School and surrounding areas on Thursday.
 arrow All 8 nomination papers valid
All the eight nomination papers submitted for the by-election in Netrakona-2 constituency are valid. The nomination papers were scrutinised on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Terrorism, linkage and international cooperation
The concept of law changes from time to time, and consequently that of crime also undergoes a transformation due to the passage of time.
 arrow For a balanced and effective UN system
With the emergence of US as the only superpower in the world, people are gradually losing faith on the effectiveness of the UN because US has started dictating the world body.
Culturearrow 'Professionalism is must for the development of theatre'--Pijush Bandyopadhyay
Pijush is one of those intrepid TV performers who have acquired vast experience in theatre. The founder member of Dhaka Theatre, Pijush says, 'I started my theatre activities when I was just a schoolboy.
 arrow Nana Patekar dons a new hat
Actor Nana Patekar has done a wide range of roles in films. But this one real-life role is quite different from anything he has done in reel life so far.
 arrow The New Shobuj Opera
Popular TV play director Mamunur Rashid is once again on the move. Along with his crew, he is off to Kaliakoir at Gazipur for the shooting of the new mega serial The New Shobuj Opera.
Generalarrow Bill to elect women members to be passed in next JS session
A bill for election to the 45 seats reserved for women will be passed in the next session of the Jatiya Sangsad, said Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui yesterday.
 arrow Govt politicising edn instts: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday accused the four-party alliance government of destroying the education system and politicising all educational institutions.
 arrow Muggers strangle autorickshaw driver
Muggers strangulated a driver after hijacking his autorickshaw at Sitakunda upazila in the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Jubo Dal-JCD gunfight in Natore
At least five people, including a poursava commissioner, were injured in a gunfight between the Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in Chhayabani Cinema area of the town on Thursday night.
 arrow List of reconstituted JS bodies
The Jatiya Sangsad reconstituted 44 parliamentary standing committees on Thursday night incorporating lawmakers from the Awami League.
 arrow Saudi health minister arrives today
Saudi Health Minister Dr Hamid Bin Abdullah Al-Manea arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.

He will lead a high profile official delegation, says a press release.

Internationalarrow Chechen warlord threatens more attacks after Beslan
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility yesterday for the Russian school siege in which more than 320 hostages were killed, half of them children, and threatened further attacks by any means
 arrow 7 Asian nations in US drug blacklist
US President George W. Bush on Thursday removed Thailand from an annual US narcotics blacklist but maintained in it other Asian nations Afghanistan, Myanmar, China, India, Laos, Pakistan and Vietnam.
 arrow Powell disputes Annan, insists Iraq war legal
Secretary of State Colin Powell disputed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's assertion that the US-led war in Iraq was illegal and said in an interview published yesterday the comment was "not a very useful
 arrow Lanka worried at truce violation by Tigers
Sri Lanka expressed concern over truce violations by Tiger rebels as a top Norwegian envoy prepared to return home empty-handed yesterday after failing to end the island's talks deadlock, officials said.
 arrow US presses democratic reforms in Pakistan
The United States said it expected continued democratic reforms in Pakistan following a clarification by Islamabad over the military role of President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow Europeans launch military police force
Five EU states signed an accord yesterday creating a new European military police force deployable to crisis situations worldwide, the latest tool in Europe's developing security arsenal.
 arrow Annan calls for UN action Over Darfur
The UN secretary-general has urged Security Council members to take immediate action over a US draft resolution on Sudan's Darfur region.
 arrow EU call for aid suspension
The Maldivian government expressed regret yesterday over a European parliament resolution calling on the European Comm-ission and EU states to halt non-humanitarian aid to the South Asian nation where
 arrow Pak troops recover bodies of foreign rebels, seize arms depot
Pakistani troops have recovered bodies of four foreign militants and also seized a large quantity of arms from a fortress-like house in the rugged tribal belt near the Afghan border, the military said
 arrow Bush failed to tell truth about Iraq, says Kerry
Democratic challenger John Kerry on Thursday accused President George W. Bush of failing to tell Americans the truth about the war in Iraq.
 arrow Diplomats in North Korea shown large building at mystery blast site
Foreign diplomats taken to the area of a reported mystery explosion in North Korea were shown a large building site and told two blasts occurred but as part of construction of a hydro-electric power project.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lacklustre corporations and municipalities
It is very hard to differ with the recommendation put forward by the Municipal Association of Bangladesh suggesting measures to make the city corporations and the municipalities more performance oriented.
 arrow Editorial: Expatriate workers in trouble
It's unfortunate that around 700 Bangladeshi workers lost their chances to fly and work for a factory in Namibia because of agitation by some fellow workers already in that country.
 arrow Better governance in Afghanistan
The prospect of a Presidential election in October in Afghanistan has not reduced militant attacks in that country.
 arrow Bangladesh's trade problems with India
Recently, Bangladesh's Foreign Minister complained publicly that India is depriving his country of its fair share of more than $1 billion in bilateral trade every year.
Letters to Editorarrow BNP protests RAB action?
I was reading the report in The Daily Star of September 12, 2004 titled "Eight bullets put end to Ahmudya episode: BNP men barricade road to Cox's Bazar in protest".
 arrow Terrorist attacks and Bangladesh
Bangladesh has been victim to terrorists' bomb attacks in several places all over the country for the last several years.
 arrow US policy
The blood of Americans killed in the September 11 incident has long been avenged by the senseless murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 arrow PM's overture and AL's rebuff
The well orchestrated dastardly attack on the AL rally with explicit motive to assassinate Sheikh Hasina and frontline AL leaders that succeeded in taking twenty lives, including that of Ivy Rahman,
Literaturearrow The Somersault
The day Jaga Palei of Sagadiasahi defeated Ramlawan Pande of Darbhanga to enter the finals of the All-India Wrestling Competition the sky was rent with the jubilant shouts of thousands of spectators.
 arrow Introducing South Asian Poetry in English: Derozio
Few in Bangladesh are acquainted with the substantial body of English verse that has been produced in our subcontinent.
 arrow Transmission, Hari Kunzru, Penguin India, 2004, 281 pp.
Novels written by South Asian immigrants or about the South Asian diasporic experience tend to centralise issues of immigrant/postcolonial identity and history.