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Front Pagearrow NBR seeks spl bench to resolve huge pending cases
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has some 8,000 customs, VAT and income tax related cases amounting to Tk 2,179 crore unresolved with the High Court and they have written to the law minister to form
 arrow Haunted Hasina confines herself to her residence
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina remains virtually confined to her Dhanmondi residence after the deadly grenade attacks on her rally in the heart of Dhaka on August 21 and repeated death threats
 arrow Investigators clueless even after a month
A long month into the grisly grenade attacks apparently to assassinate the entire leadership of the main opposition Awami League (AL) that killed 20 people and injured over 200, investigators are still
 arrow Dead end?
A month into the grenade blasts, little headway has been made into the investigation of the grisly incident and the enquiry appears to be all but fizzled out.
 arrow Verdict on belated jail killing case today
A Dhaka court hands down its belated verdict on the historic jail killing case today, 29 years into the brutal assassination of four national leaders.
 arrow Witness account of jail killing
The horrendous operation to assassinate the four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 was conducted from the Bangabhaban under direct supervision of then president Khandaker Mushtaque
 arrow Business leaders react to some Indian media propaganda
Leaders of country's business community yesterday reacted sharply to propaganda by a section of Indian media against Bangladesh on August 21 rally blast describing it an attempt to instigate political
 arrow Tackle custodial deaths carefully: Speakers
Participants in an international conference yesterday called for a serious approach in dealing with death in police custody as such practices deny the victims justice.
 arrow Ashes war today
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted his side were excited, not overawed, by the prospect of playing Australia in Tuesday's ICC Champions Trophy semifinal here at Edgbaston despite losing their last
 arrow Lilly chariot...

 arrow HC asks govt not to further remand Partha
The High Court yesterday ordered the government not to further remand Shaibal Saha Partha on charges of his link to the August 21 grenade attacks and to hospitalise him for treatment as soon as his current
 arrow Govt liable to bring culprits to justice
US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a letter to Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina said it is Bangladesh government's responsibility to track down and bring the criminals of August 21 carnage to
 arrow State minister's house looted
Robbers yesterday looted gold ornaments, US dollars and cash worth over Tk 5.9 lakh from the Mirpur residence of State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon.
 arrow Flood swamps 10 upazilas in Jessore, Satkhira
Flood situation in 10 bordering upazilas of Jessore and Satkhira districts worsened yesterday as the swelling rivers in the region including Ichhamoti and Betraboti continued to overflow their banks submerging
 arrow Wrong lies in use of Section 54
Attorney General AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said that section 54 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC) is relevant and necessary for law and order.
 arrow 2 top Sunni clerics killed in Baghdad
A deadline set by militants who have threatened to kill a British man and two Americans seized in Iraq is due to expire, and more than two dozen other hostages are also facing death unless rebel demands
 arrow Registration must for English medium schools by month-end
In a bid to bring the private English medium schools under strict regulations, the government has asked them to register with education ministry by this month.
 arrow SMEs can start industrial revolution: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said an industrial revolution can begin in the country if all concerned work with priority to development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow Senators blast Bush over Iraq war
Senators from both parties urged the Bush administration on Sunday to make a realistic assessment of the situation in Iraq and adjust its policies aimed at pacifying the country.
 arrow Ex-general leads Indonesian vote
An urbane former general who promises to fight terror and clean up government headed for an overwhelming victory against incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia's first direct presidential election
 arrow Hasina for arrest of IGP to solve grenade attack mystery
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has said the mystery of the August 21 grenade attacks will be revealed if the inspector general of police (IGP) and inspector general

(IG Prisons) are arrested.

 arrow BRTA official held for car theft link
Police arrested Mohammad Aminul Sarkar, an inspector of BRTA (south region), who is now also serving as an assistant director (engineering) in the same region, with a stolen vehicle and forged documents
 arrow Saifur terms Lissner remark on HR body undiplomatic
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at comments of the United Nations resident coordinator to Dhaka on the delay in establishing a national human rights commission inBangladesh.
 arrow 3 JCD leaders to face action
As a probe body formed by Dhaka University authorities yesterday submitted its interim report charging three leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) with ransacking the office of DU Teachers Association
 arrow One-year-old girl rescued
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-3 yesterday rescued a one-year-old girl abducted on Sunday and arrested four from Sadarghat in Kotwali.
Businessarrow New lease of life for Pangaon container terminal project
After almost nine years, the government has revived the project for constructing an inland container terminal at Pangaon under Keraniganj upazila near Pagla for easing congestion at the Chittagong Port
 arrow Saudi Arabia shows interest in Bangladesh medicine
A 3-day trip of a high-level Saudi delegation led by its health minister brightened the prospect of medicine export to the kingdom as it gave initial indication of importing medicines from Bangladesh.
 arrow South Koreans keen to invest in SMEs
South Korean small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs now in a three-day 'matchmaking mission' in Dhaka yesterday expressed deep interest in expertise exchange and making investment in the sector.
 arrow Involve intelligence agencies to check hoarding
Amid price hike of essential goods a commerce ministry meeting yesterday suggested involving intelligence agencies to stop hoarding ahead of Ramadan

In the wake of last week's incessant rains that inundated

 arrow US wheat growers find new market in Iraq
Far away from hullabaloo of capital Washington DC, grain growers in the US countryside seem to be happy about opening up of a new export market.
 arrow First knitwear show begins wednesday
A three-day exhibition of the country's knitwear industry begins here on Wednesday showcasing the progress of this apparel sub-sector to attract foreign buyers.
 arrow Poultry import ban may end this month in Sípore
Singapore hopes to decide by the end of the month when the ban on poultry imports from Johor and Malacca will be lifted.
 arrow Oil prices rise as Yukos cuts China supply
Oil prices climbed on Monday following news that Russia's embattled oil giant Yukos has partly suspended deliveries to China and concerns about the impact of hurricanes on US supplies, traders said.
 arrow Biman domestic fares up Tk 100 from next month
Airfare on all domestic routes of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been increased by Tk 100 with effect from next month.
 arrow India may open property market to foreigners
Indian developers hungry for deals that would attract international expertise and funds will probably convince lawmakers to ease rules blocking foreigners from entering India's property market.
 arrow EU demands more access to China market
The European Union wants greater access to the Chinese market, especially in the auto and textile industries, a ranking official with the European Commission said Monday.
 arrow National Housing declares 10pc dividend
National Housing Finance and Investments Limited has declared a 10 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Qatar Airways to take part in Tokyo travel agents fair
Qatar Airways will take part in the three-day Japanese Association of Travel Agents' World Tourism and Travel Fair (JATA WTF 2004) scheduled to be held in Tokyo from Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Indian PM to carry economic reforms message to US
The left-leaning Indian government will persist with economic zeforms in Asia's fourth-largest economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said hours ahead of his trip to the United States and Britain.
 arrow Nepal Maoist rebels call strike during major tourist event
Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow Nepal's monarchy Monday called a two-day strike next week during one of the most popular festivals in the tourism-dependent Himalayan kingdom.
 arrow Total in talks for stake in Russian oil co
French oil group Total said Monday it was in talks to take a stake in a small Russian oil company, but did not disclose the company's name or say when it will make the investment.
 arrow Singapore promoting Islamic banking
Singapore intends to promote Islamic banking products as a way to expand its reputation as a financial hub, and will collaborate with countries such as Malaysia and Brunei in this area.
 arrow Bangkok-style price war looms for Perth flights
Air fares to Perth, one of the hottest destinations Down Under for Singaporeans, are on the brink of tumbling as drastically as those for Bangkok.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Can hosts pull one back?
England head into Tuesday's ICC Champions Trophy semifinal against Australia at Edgbaston without a win over their old rivals in their last 14 one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: WI worry Woolmer
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer insisted his side would not take West Indies lightly when they met in the semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar returning tomorrow
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar is expected to return home on Wednesday from Australia following a surgery on his right thumb.
 arrow Football: Abahani going to King's Cup
Abahani will take part in the King's Cup football tournament in Bhutan.

The competition starts in Thimpu on September 30. The final is slated for October 10.

 arrow Cricket: NZ coming sans McMillan
New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan was Monday dropped from the Test squad to tour Bangladesh next month.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
As the dawn breaks in the midlands of England after Asia's battle royal, it is the turn of cricket's other great rivalry between Australia and hosts England at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: BCB calls up 23 for Kolkata tour
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday named a 23-member preliminary squad for the Under-17 team's tour of Kolkata from October 10-25.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly fuming
Furious India captain Sourav Ganguly launched a blistering attack on his misfiring batsmen after his side were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy by bitter-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy comes alive
The ICC Champions Trophy has finally burst into life with Pakistan and West Indies recording thrilling victories over India and South Africa to set up an intriguing semifinal showdown.
 arrow Golf: Ryder Cup Europe's
Rampant Europe retained the Ryder Cup after dominating the last-day singles matches to beat the United States by a record 18-1/2 points to 9-1/2.
 arrow China sends F1 pulses racing
Next weekend's inaugural Chinese Grand Prix could be the most significant race in the history of Formula One.
 arrow Football: Camacho gives up
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said Monday he had accepted Jose Antonio Camacho's resignation as coach and appointed his deputy Mariano Garcia Remon in a caretaker role.
 arrow Football: Real trouble hogs headlines
An action-packed weekend of football in Spain's La Liga culminated in the biggest news coming off the pitch as Real Madrid's under-fire coach Jose Antonio Camacho resigning.
 arrow Football: Exasperating Chelsea
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho was left furious after his expensive collection of stars were held to a 0-0 draw by Spurs on Sunday as his team failed to close the gap on leaders Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Montella treble not enough
AS Roma suffered a surprise 4-3 defeat at promoted Messina despite a hat-trick from striker Vincenzo Montella in Serie A on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Preliminary team due on Sept 24
The national selectors are expected to announce the team for Bangladesh's home series against New Zealand on September 24, a day before the camp starts.
 arrow Football: BFF picks 25 U-17 booters
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday called up 25 under-17 footballers for a short camp.
 arrow Chess: Div II chess
Friends Chess Power clinched the Metropolis Second Division Chess League title when they drew with Mitra Chess Club in the eighth and final round yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium.
 arrow Athletics: Top accolade for Holmes
Kelly Holmes, who won the 800-1,500 double in Athens, has been named as the International Association of Athletics Federations' women's performance of the year award.
 arrow Basketball: Green Herald, St Joseph's in last eight
Title aspirants Green Herald and St Joseph's advanced to the boys' quarterfinals of the AKTEL school basketball tournament from Group B yesterday.
 arrow Paralympics: China climb atop table
China edged to the top of the medals table at the end of the second day of the Athens Paralympics, and was poised to continue its strong showing as competition resumed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Monaco pip PSG
Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor shot Monaco to the top of the French league table on Sunday with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint Germain who thought their season could not get any worse.
 arrow Football: Clough no more
Legendary former Nottingham Forest and Derby County boss Brian Clough has died from stomach cancer at the age of 69.
 arrow Football: Voller questions Colina
Rudi Voller has questioned the integrity of referee Pierluigi Collina after his Roma side lost 4-3 away to newly-promoted Messina.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Friends Social Welfare Organisation emerged Shinepukur Pioneer Football League champions when they crushed Dhaka Junior Sporting Club 3-0 in the final at the Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapuryesterday.
 arrow Football: Private uni football on
Northern University of Bangladesh and Gono Bishwabidyalaya shared points as the opening match of the Stamford inter-private university football tournament ended in a goalless draw at the Army Stadiumyesterday.
 arrow Football: Bandarban soccer
New Bright Star earned full points in the Bandarban football league when they blanked Ruma Upazila Krira Sanghstha 2-0 in yesterday's match at the local stadium.
Metropolitanarrow Caretaker succumbs to injuries
The injured caretaker of a house at Sutrapur in the city died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Dab Centre performs 100th heart surgery
Dab (Diabetic Association of Bangladesh) Cardiac Centre has completed one hundred open heart surgeries.
 arrow Greater cooperation among jute-producing countries suggested
Experts at a meeting called for increased cooperation among the jute-producing countries to improve the quality of jute seeds and reach them to farmers in time.
 arrow Five sent to jail hajat
Five people, including two Indians, arrested in connection with the recovery of high-power explosives from the Indo-Bangla border were sent to jail hajat after their interrogation in Dhaka.
 arrow US keen to train madrasa teachers, imams
Untied States is willing to provide training to madrasa teachers and imams as a part of bilateral co-operation in education sector.
 arrow Microbus runs over on-duty constable
A police constable was killed when a microbus ran over him at Demra in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Day of Peace today
The 22nd International Day of Peace will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today in a befitting manner.
 arrow Teesta inter-city train resumes Sept 25
Teesta inter-city train on Dhaka-Dinajpur route via Bahadurabad and Balasi Ferry ghats will resume its service on September 25.
Nationalarrow Gas pipeline thru' National Park?
The flora and fauna in Lawachhera Reserve Forest will face destruction if laying of a gas pipeline, proposed by US oil company Unical, is allowed through the forest, forest officials and environmentalists
 arrow Importer sued, cheating by Indian exporter alleged
A case has been filed under the Special Powers Act against the importer of Tk three crore wheat, part of which was seized at Syedpur railway station on September 12 as it was "rotten" and unfit for human
 arrow Old profession revived with glory
Widow Sreemon Begum had hard days in feeding her five daughters and three sons after her husband died eleven years back.

Now she is 50. But the age is no problem for her.

 arrow Ruling, opposition parties stage programmes peacefully
Opposition Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday jointly held a rally, formed a massive human chain and marched the streets in the town to express no-confidence against the
 arrow Pneumonia alarming in B'baria
Pneumonia killed six children and attacked 42 in the district in last three days.

Two of them-- four month-old Hasan and 16 day-old Yusuff --died at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital yesterday.

 arrow 12 hurt in JCD-ICS clash in Satkhira
At least 12 people including the officer-in charge (OC) of Assassuni thana, a constable and a college teacher were injured during a clash between activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami
 arrow VGF rice distribution begins in Nilphamari
The government on Sunday began distribution of rice in the district under VGF (vulnerable group feeding) cards.
 arrow Phensidyl recovered
Police seized a truck and recovered 1000 bottles of phensidyl worth about Tk three lakh at Batpara in the town yesterday.
 arrow Separate human chains by Magura AL factions
Two factions of Magura Awami League (AL) formed 'gono anastha prachir (mass human chain to express no-confidence) at separate venues in the town yesterday.
 arrow KCC commissioner Shahu remanded
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has granted prayer of DB police to take Ward Commissioner Golam Mawla Shanu on remand for a day for interrogation in journalist Humayun Kabir Babu murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Management of Indo-Bangladesh border
Recently two-day Home Secretary level talks between India and Bangladesh with regard to border issues have been concluded, seemingly with no concrete results.
 arrow Will Manmohan-Musharraf talks produce any expected result?
Some quarters had placed too much expectations in the recent foreign ministerial level meeting between India and Pakistan in New Delhi and clearly their hopes have been belied.
Culturearrow Bulbul-Moyna: The singing duo
Bulbul Islam and Sharmin Shathi Islam make an interesting couple--particularly, from the musical point of view.
 arrow Premiere show of Kusum Bettanto staged
City dwellers have a scant knowledge about the miserable plight of most of the rural and slum women in our country.
 arrow The Sopranos in the limelight as HBO sweeps Emmys
The dark side of American life dominated the 56th annual Emmy Awards Sunday last.
 arrow There are two things that people do not know about me --Yasmeen
The Cultural Correspondent of The Daily Star recen-tly shared some light moments with popular Nazrul singer Yasmeen Mushtari.
Generalarrow Assess extent of crop damage in 10 days
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked officials concerned to assess within 10 days the extent of crop damage, particularly of transplanted aman, caused by heavy downpour last week.
 arrow Take steps to ratify Cedaw fully
Although the government has pledged to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) fully, no step has so far been taken in this regard, said women's rights
 arrow Establish Royal College & Plab Centre: PGDA
The Post Graduate Doctors Association (PGDA) yesterday demanded of the government to establish a Royal College and Plab Centre in the country.
 arrow Clash over fishing leaves 50 injured in Natore
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over fishing at Singra upazila yesterday.
 arrow BCSIR submits report to CPA
The oil pollution case against a state-owned oil tanker gained momentum as Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) received a report of chemical test on the polluted water of outer anchorage following the oil
 arrow 3 hundi traders arrested in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three alleged Hundi (cheque) traders with Tk 2 lakh at the city's traditional business centre of Khatunganj on Sunday night.
 arrow Argument likely to end today
Argument in a sensational case of bomb explosion that took place in the house of former Awami League MP Muhibur Rahman Manik was held at the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in Sylhet for the second day
 arrow 1,682 more held
Police arrested some 1,682 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Gowhar Jamil's anniversary of death today
Today is the 24 th death anniversary of noted artiste and dance director Gowhar Jamil, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Ex-general set for landslide victory
Ex-general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is on course for a landslide victory over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri after Indonesia's presidential election yesterday, according to an early forecast.
 arrow Gaza pullout should be in line with roadmap: US
The US consul in Jerusalem said in an interview published yesterday that Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip should be in line with the internationally-drafted roadmap for peace.
 arrow Bush faces bashing at UNGA session
Two years after he made a case against Iraq over unconventional weapons that were never found, President Bush faces global critics at the United Nations this week to argue it is essential that war-ravaged
 arrow Saddam 'dying every day' in custody
Saddam Hussein spends his days tending plants and playing board games as he waits to be put on trial for his life, according to Iraq's US-backed leadership in interviews yesterday offering a glimpse into
 arrow Kerry blasts Iraq invasion as 'historic' failure
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry delivered yesterday his sharpest attack yet on the Iraq war, accusing President George W.
 arrow Tropical storm kills 90 in Haiti
Tropical Storm Jeanne brought raging floodwaters to Haiti, killing at least 90 people and leaving dozens of families huddled on rooftops as the storm pushed further out into the open seas on Sunday, officials
 arrow India rules out troops for Iraq
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in London yesterday for talks with his British counterpart Tony Blair, ruled out sending Indian troops to Iraq to back up the US-led coalition.
 arrow Allawi claims escaping 4 attempts on his life
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi revealed in an interview published yesterday he had escaped four attempts on his life since his government took over from the US-led occupation forces almost three months
 arrow Iranian nuke plan not an imminent threat
Iran's nuclear programme does not present an "imminent threat," but Tehran must take measures to reassure the international community about its intentions, UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradeisaid
 arrow 'US holds talks with Syria to stabilise Iraq'
Despite deep differences with Syria, Washington has initiated talks with Damascus in an effort to create a military-to-military relationship to help stabilise war-torn Iraq, Time magazine reported Sunday.
 arrow India rules out troops for Iraq
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in London yesterday for talks with his British counterpart Tony Blair, ruled out sending Indian troops to Iraq to back up the US-led coalition.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Elusive HR commission
The law minister has brought to public a political reality we have been aware of for a long time but seldom seen it underlined by anybody in authority.
 arrow Editorial: Donors' focus on 'politics'
The finance minister is in the news again with his latest statement criticising the donor community for focusing more on what he terms political issues than issues of economic development.
 arrow The economics research industry
What's Economics Worth? is a very recent book that covers various aspects of the economics research industry over a period of time.
 arrow Inching towards -- what?
Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India have made incremental progress in their two-day negotiations on September 5 and 6. It can only be assessed as inching forward.
Letters to Editorarrow Failed leaders, not state
Both the leaderships failed to click, and deliver (since 1991). The system (democracy) could not be made to work. Incompatible with the environment prevailing in an LDC.
 arrow Dhaka's road traffic
We are stultified and shocked as to who controls Dhaka's road traffic? DMP, DCC, bus drivers, rickshaw-pullers, hawkers, vendors, pedestrians or some invisible hands?

There is complete chaos, confusion

 arrow AL stand
Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and General Secretary Abdul Jalil should be more careful while saying anything about the grenade attack and act reasonably.