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Front Pagearrow Police, BDR arrest over 1,000 in capital alone
Five months into the wholesale arrests ahead of opposition Awami League's April 30 deadline to topple the coalition government, the police and paramilitary forces on Tuesday launched another countrywide
 arrow Bus kills 7 as helper at wheel loses control
A helper yesterday crashed a passenger bus into roadside shops and shanties at Pallabi killing seven people and injuring at least 10 others, mostly women and children.
 arrow Dhaka an active partner in war on terrorism
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has urged the United Nations to effectively address the root causes of terrorism and rid the world of its tragic consequences.
 arrow Lawful breach of the law
A realty company has for long been filling up a vast area in the flood-flow zone near Amin Bazar to develop a housing estate in defiance of the city's master plan and the city planners, with an unexpected
 arrow Unlikely foes in today's final
It's the ending no-one predicted but that won't matter to England and West Indies when they contest the ICC Champions Trophy final here at The Oval today.
 arrow Top Jessore terror killed in 'crossfire' with cops
Mahmud Hasan Monju, a top terror of Jessore, was killed in 'crossfire' with police at Birampur village under Sadar upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Cheetah arrests criminal Bhutto
The new crime-busting elite force Cheetah last night arrested notorious criminal Bhutto alias 'Killer Bhutto' of Mohammadpur in their first operation.
 arrow Pledge to explore ways to settle Kashmir dispute
The leaders of India and Pakistan hailed a new chapter in bilateral ties following peace talks here yesterday that included discussions on their bitter dispute over Kashmir.
 arrow Trader shot dead at Bhasantek
Miscreants shot dead a trader at Bhasantek in Kafrul yesterday, a few days after police made him a witness to an arms case against an operative of the gang.
 arrow Boyish prank brings bomb scare at Shahjalal Shrine
An apparent prank of a teenage boy panicked the Juma congregation at the mosque of Hajrat Shahjalal Shrine here yesterday.
 arrow Cry for relief, drinking water in flood-hit dists
Raging floods swamped fresh areas in three upazilas of Satkhira and two in Jessore yesterday as water from upstream India further swelled some rivers in the region.
 arrow Major population control targets still beyond reach
Despite spending Tk 3,384 crore on family planning during 1998-2003, the government has failed to achieve major population control targets, experts said.
 arrow AL rejects judicial investigation by 'ex-BNP man'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said an impartial investigation into the August 21 grenade attacks cannot be expected from the one-member judicial probe body, as the man heading it
 arrow Rape victim Rahela gives up fight for life
Savar rape victim Rahela Akhter Lima has finally lost her 33-day fight for life at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow 8 telecoms workers kidnapped in Iraq
Eight telecoms employees became the latest victims of Iraq's kidnapping epidemic yesterday.
 arrow JU researchers spot 36 new species of butterflies
Researchers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have claimed to have spotted 36 new species of butterflies on the campus, raising the number of the genus to 162 from 126 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Diarrhoea, pneumonia cases on rise
Cases of diarrhoea and pneumonia in last three weeks have shot up in most of the country including the water-logged areas of the capital, triggering a sudden influx of patients into hospitals.
 arrow PM inaugurates Bhasani Novo Theatre today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate country's first planetarium today.
 arrow Judicial body starts writing report today
The judicial commission probing the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally will start preparing its report today.
 arrow Rab nabs aide to Shibir Nasir in Chittagong
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chittagong on Thursday night arrested an accomplice of notorious criminal Shibir Nasir.
 arrow Khulna Jubo Dal split over Monday's grand rally
Intra-organisational feuds have finally split Khulna Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal into three factions centring a divisional grand rally scheduled for Monday in the city apparently as a showdown against the main
 arrow Boyish prank brings bomb scare at Shahjalal Shrine
An apparent prank of a teenage boy panicked the Juma congregation at the mosque of Hajrat Shahjalal Shrine here yesterday.
 arrow Lanka detains 61 Bangladeshis heading for Italy
Sri Lankan police yesterday arrested 61 Bangladeshis for overstaying their visas amid suspicion that they were planning to leave the island illegally and travel to Italy, a police officer said.
 arrow Iraq, terrorism dominate US polls campaign
With the US presidential polls barely five weeks away, Republican President George W Bush and his Democrat rival Senator John Kerry are now at the centrestage of a debate dominated by two intriguing issues
 arrow One more house devoured in Basila
The Buriganga yesterday devoured one more house in Basila, bringing 41 the number of houses destroyed by the river in the last 41 days.
 arrow Three killed in Baghdad blast
Three people were killed and 14 wounded in an explosion on Palestine Street in central Baghdad yesterday, medics said.
Businessarrow Uplift of Dhaka-Ctg corridor can halve poverty by 2015
Bangladesh's quest for a seven-percent GDP growth and halving poverty by 2015 can be achieved by developing infrastructure along the Dhaka-Chittagong Economic Corridor (DCEC), a draft report by the Asian
 arrow Furniture fair faring fine
The first-ever National Furniture Fair being held at China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference Centre is gathering pace with consumers placing orders well beyond expectations.
 arrow Port efficiency key to RMG edge in quota-free regime
Development of backward linkage industries and improved service at seaports are key to face the post multi-fibre arrangements (MFA) from next year, observed speakers at a discussion meet.
 arrow Remote location stands in way of making jute competitive
Remote location of paper mills from the jute fields is standing in the way to implementing recommendations of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) to use 'whole jute plant' for producing pulp, araw
 arrow China urges US to scrap textile import quotas
China has called on the United States to scrap limit{ on textile imports by the end of this year as scheluled, saying any move to adopt new tariffs would violate global trade rules, state media said Friday.
 arrow Oil prices hold above $48
Oil's advance wavered a little on Friday as the US government prepared to lend out some strategic crude stocks, but traders said the amounts were small and that supply worries remained.
 arrow Lexco okays 5pc dividend
Lexco Limited has approved a five percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003 except sponsor director.

The dividend will be distributed from the general reserve.

 arrow Mutual Trust Bank opens new branch in Chittagong
Mutual Trust Bank Limited has opened its new branch at Aman Bazar, Chittagong.

Chairman of the bank Syed Manzur Elahi inaugurated the branch on Sunday in Chittagong, says a press release.

 arrow Transcom awards best dealers
Transcom Electronics recently awarded dealers of Philips bulbs for the best performance in year 2003 at a two-day Transcom Light Dealers Conference 2004 in Gazipur.
 arrow Bangladesh-China chamber AGM held
The annual general meeting of Bangladesh-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI) was held in Dhaka on Thursday.

FR Siddiqui, president of BCCCI, presided over the meeting.

 arrow Bill Gates retains top position on list of richest
Bill Gates kept his ranking atop the richest people in the United States, boosting his worth to 48 billion dollars, but investor Warren Buffett edged closer, Forbes magazine said Friday.
 arrow Gold jumps $6 to 5-month high
The price of gold rose by more than six dollars on Thursday to 411.
 arrow India's inflation rises to 7.87pc
India's inflation rose to 7.87 percent after dipping last week, according to official data Thursday, dealing a blow to government efforts to rein in prices and avoid an interest rate hike.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
September 18-September 23, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar strengthened against Bangladeshi taka in this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Final of 'outsiders'
England have never won a major international limited-overs title while West Indian World Cup glory days date back to 1975 and 1979.
 arrow Football: FUTURO-III on
With a view to raise the standard of refereeing in Asia, world football's governing body FIFA has brought the FUTURO-III to Bangladesh for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
The mighty Australians will not be there when the ICC Champions Trophy final takes place at the Oval on Saturday but their minds will not be far from it.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie series under cloud
Australia's cricketers, who fly into India on Saturday, will not know before next week whether they will play the four-Test series due to a fresh delay in the imbroglio over TV rights.
 arrow Football: Milan look to bounce back
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini believes adversity will bring out the best in his faltering team when they visit high-flying Lazio on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Eto's redeems himself
African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o is a notoriously mercurial talent and he showed both facets of his playing skills in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Zaragoza.
 arrow Football: Valencia the team to beat
Valencia sent a stark warning to their rivals that they will mount a fierce defence of their title with a devastating 5-1 victory at Deportivo Coruna in midweek.
 arrow Football: Keegan's impossible dream?
Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan is hoping two consecutive wins will lift his team's spirits in time to face champions Arsenal this weekend.
 arrow Football: Italy rising to an 'Emperor'
Inter Milan's laboured 3-2 win over Atalanta has emphasized the club's reliance on Brazilian striker Adriano.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha change mind
Muktijoddha Sangsad have changed their plan to participate in the ANFA Cup in Nepal and instead they will now travel to India to play in the prestigious IFA Shield.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff seeks perfect finish
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff will seek to cap his perfect year on Saturday with a match-winning performance in the ICC Champions Trophy final against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: CCL begins October 15
The 2004-05 domestic cricket season kicks off with the Grameen-Phone second Corporate Cricket League (CCL) from October 15.
 arrow Football: Footballers' transfers to be delayed
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will have to delay their plans to stage the footballers' transfers for the season 2004-05 in October.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
St Gregory's set up a final clash against BKSP in the boys' competition of the AKTEL School Basketball Tournament defeating St Nicholas at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Nedved says bye
Juventus star Pavel Nedved has told the Czech Republic football federation he has retired at the age of 32 from international soccer after winning 83 caps.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar in touch with specialists
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is constantly in touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) doctor Anant Joshi and team physio Andrew Leipus who are monitoring his progress in recovering
 arrow Cricket: Hodge's hello
Brad Hodge made sure selectors knew of his availability when he heard that Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting would miss next month's first Test against India with injury.
 arrow Football: Northern in last four
Rajib and Kamruzzaman slotted four goals each to steer Northern University into the semifinals of the Stamford Inter Private University Football Tournament with a crushing 12-0 win over Royal University
 arrow Football: Bandarban soccer
New Bright Star and UFA Club shared points in yesterday's lone match of the Bandarban Football League at the local stadium. The match ended 1-1.

Deshbandhu XI will face Roangchari in today's match.

 arrow Hockey: Oman hockey team in city
A 30-member Oman Under-21 hockey team arrived in city yesterday to take part in the 5-nation Invitational International hockey tournament beginning in Dhaka from September 30.
Metropolitanarrow 'Launch social movement to stop violence against women'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on women to equip themselves with modern education to become self-reliant.
 arrow OIC plays vital role in advancing causes of Muslim Ummah: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has played a very vital role in advancing the causes of the Muslim Ummah.
 arrow Fulfil 11-point demand to face post-MFA situation
Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council yesterday called for implementation of its 11-point demand to face the situation that may arise when the Multi Fibre Agreement (MFA) expires at the end of this
 arrow 'Stop illegal constructions inside Osmani Uddyan'
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) has urged the government to stop illegal constructions inside the Osmani Uddyan to maintain ecological balance in the city.
 arrow Fire at shopping centre in Ctg: 3 shops gutted
Three shops were gutted and several others damaged partially in a fire that broke out at a shopping mall at Agrabad in the port city on Thursday night.
 arrow Art exhibition begins
A two-day art exhibition began at National Museum in the city yesterday.

The exhibition followed an art competition titled 'Draw your dream house'.

Brac Concord Lands Limited organised the competition.

 arrow Book on 1998 floods to be launched today
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'The 1998 Floods and Beyond: Towards Comprehensive Food Security in Bangladesh' will be held today.
 arrow BNP emergency meeting today
An emergency meeting of BNP will be held at the party's central office at 5:00pm today.
 arrow Death anniversary of Samar Das today
Today is the third death anniversary of renowned music director and composer Samar Das.

He was the chief music director at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

Nationalarrow Kuddus revives the strength within
Kuddus Dewan of Bamril village in Uzipur upazila in the district had decided to leave for Kuwait due to poverty and sold his cropland in 1996 to collect the passage fare.

He arranged Tk 2 lakh.

 arrow MP gives 'false' bio-data to parliament?
Conflict between independent lawmaker MM Shaheen (Moulvibazar-2 constituency) and Moulvibazar district BNP has taken a new turn following the ruling party's fresh allegation against the lawmaker.
 arrow 22-km human chain formed in Gaibandha
A 22-kilometere long human chain was formed jointly by Gaibandha district Awami League, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), 11-party and NAP on Wednesday demanding resignation of the government.
 arrow Flood resistant rice variety evolved
The Rangpur regional unit of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has evolved a high yielding variety of Aman paddy which can survive under flood water for at least 15 days.
 arrow Crimes in Eastern rail routes
A high profile anti-crime meeting held here has decided to form six special squads comprising police, railway police and BDR to control crimes on trains and along the routes in railway's Easter Zone.
 arrow JCD men ransack principal's room
JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal) activists ransacked the principal's office at Rahamatpur Agriculture Institute in Babuganj on Thursday as the authorities denied admission to party supporters who failed
 arrow Students ransack classrooms at BM College
A group of students of English Department at Government B M College ransacked some class rooms on Wednesday demanding removal of a teacher for his alleged extra-marital affairs with a student.
 arrow Lightning kills two
Two persons were killed in lightening on Thursday in Gangachhara upzila.

The dead are Amina Begum,40, wife of Khoka Miah of Dhamur village and Haricharon, 50, of Bagdorha village.

Point-Counterpointarrow Is shopping the new civic realm?
Acharacter in a recent Hanif Kureishi novel declares, "Once... there was culture, now there is shopping.
 arrow Is the American electoral system truly democratic?
The US presidential election has always been a subject of great interest in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. But , it seems, this year it has aroused even greater interest than before.
Culturearrow Reviving Rashid Choudhury's art
After long 18 years since his death, an opulent display of colourful tapestries and paintings at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has once again upheld the uniqueness of artist Rashid Choudhury's talentand
 arrow Remembering a poet of love and people
Pablo Neruda was once referred as the 'Picasso of poetry' and treated the greatest poet of the twentieth century in any language.
 arrow Duratta: An example of sound movie
From the mid-1980s, the middle class viewers los| their interest to go to cinema halls to watch Bangladeshi films.
Generalarrow OIC Day today
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday extended his warm and heartiest felicitations to the Muslim brothers and sisters around the world on the occasion of the 3rd Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC)
 arrow Lightning kills six in Rangpur
Lightning killed six people, four of a family, in Peergacha upazila of Rangpur yesterday.
 arrow Madrasa girl raped in Chittagong
A mob beat up a rickshaw mechanic and handed over him to police as he raped a minor girl in Banshkhali Poursava area on Thursday night.
 arrow BNP lawmaker Taher buried
BNP lawmaker AKM Abu Taher, who died of liver cirrhosis at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital in Dhaka on Thursday, was buried at his family graveyard at Sonaimuri village of Baruraupazila
 arrow Robbery at Savar
Robbers looted valuables worth about Tk 1.50 lakh from the house of a banker at Imandipur village here on Wednesday night.
 arrow BKSP reunion
The annual reunion of former BKSP students, organised by The Alumni Association of BKSP (AAB), will be held on October 8 on the institution premises in Savar.
 arrow Release of Gonzalo demanded
The Solidarity Committee to Defend the Life of Comrade Gonzalo staged a demonstration in Dhaka yesterday, calling for release of Gonzalo, the chairman of the Communist Party of Peru.
 arrow Five feared drowned in Magura boat capsize
Five people were feared drowned in a boat capsize in the river Kumar in Sadar upazila on Thursday.
Internationalarrow IAEA calls for nuke-free zone in Middle East
The UN atomic agency called Friday for the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, in a move clearly aimed at Israel, which is believed to be the only state in the region with atomic weapons.
 arrow Support for expansion of UNSC increases
Support is growing at the UN for a joint bid by four influential countries to increase the number of members of the Security Council.
 arrow Intimidation keeps Gujarat riot witnesses silent: HRW
Witnesses to anti-Muslim riots that ravaged India's Gujarat state in 2002 remain too intimidated to testify despite the new government's pledges to deliver justice, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Allawi warn of worse unrest in Iraq
US President George W.
 arrow Musharraf 'confused' whether to give up uniform
Pakistan President Pervez Mush-arraf admitted Thursday to being slightly "confused" as to whether he should fulfill an earlier pledge to step down as army chief by the end of the year.
 arrow Powell asks Arafat to cede power
US Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday urged Yasser Arafat to cede control of Palestinian security forces for the good of his people, warning that international aid could be jeopardized soon if he
 arrow Troops guard Haiti relief operations
UN peacekeepers beefed up security Thursday in the Haitian city of Gonaives where more than 1,000 people died in floods, after desperate survivors fought each other to get at emergency food supplies.
 arrow Thai govt offers truce to Muslim militants in south
Thailand backed down from a planned tough offensive against southern Muslim separatists Friday, offering militants a ceasefire to the violence which has claimed more than 310 lives this year.
 arrow Andhra invites Maoists for peace talks
The government of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has invited far-left guerrillas for peace talks to curb violence that has claimed thousands of lives, a state minister said yesterday.
 arrow Top Indian nuke scientist Raja Ramanna dead
Eminent scientist and doyen of India's nuclear programme, Dr Raja Ramanna, died of an intestinal problem in a hospital in Mumbai at the age of 79.
 arrow Baby for ovary transplant woman
In a groundbreaking achievement, Belgian doctors anno-unced yesterday that a woman had given birth to a healthy baby, seven years after storing her ovarian tissue before receiving treatment for cancer.
 arrow India, Pakistan face 'serious outstanding issues': Powell
India and Pakistan have to confront "serious outstanding issues" in efforts to improve ties, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday, ahead of crucial talks between leaders of the nuclear-armed
 arrow UN refugee chief backs autonomy for Darfur
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers said yesterday that Sudan should grant more autonomy to Darfur as he began a visit to address the crisis over the exodus of more than 1.
 arrow Putin vows to stay democratic course
President Vladimir Putin vowed yesterday that Russia would not stray from the path of democracy and free markets but told critics of his anti-terror security crackdown he put equal stock in domestic stability.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Business competitiveness
This is sort of a curtain-raiser on what we might expect to see in the Global Competitiveness Report 2004-05 to be published by the World Economic Forum.
 arrow Editorial: Frequent flooding inside DND dam
The plight and unbearable sufferings of the people living in the entire Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra, in short DND, embankment area is a clear example of unplanned urbanisation and lack of contingency planning.
 arrow Crafting a constitution for war torn Iraq
Agreeing on a Constitution after any conflict is very difficult. It is worse trying to adopt a constitution while the country in question is still in a state of war.
 arrow Looking at the East Asian development dynamism
Now-a-days from academic discussion, newspaper articles and from government's strategic vision, suggestions are made like that the Bangladesh government should turn its eye to the east to achieve itsdevelopment
Letters to Editorarrow What more can he do?
As a nation we are quite difficult to understand.
 arrow This is not cricket!
I am (have been, more preciously) an ardent follower of cricket. How happy I was, along with my friends the day we got the passport to play in the international level. A new era dawned or so we thought.
 arrow Weird ads
I can't help but comment on the recent TVC of 'Double Cola' that starts with a jingle which is closer to quite an unpleasant shrill (no offence meant to the famous singer) and then all the excessive bright
 arrow Bangladesh, a springboard?
I was flabbergasted by Shejuti Khan's diabolical assertion (Letter, DS, September 15), in response to Dr.
 arrow Dispelling misconceptions about Australia
The column 'Letter from America' published on 12 September 2004 contained some misconceptions about Australia. The purpose of this letter is to dispel the misconceptions generated by this piece.
 arrow Love thy neighbour
It appears that the recent remarks on Bangladesh-India relations by our foreign minister and an article in defence of the same by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed have drawn many comments in the readers' column.
Literaturearrow Tree
I like solitude. Nobody visits me, nor I anyone. In the morning I set out for wherever fancy strikes me and stop wherever I feel like stopping.
 arrow Uncovering Traces
Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History by Rozina Visram (London: Pluto Press, 2002).
 arrow Woman Reads the News
Lapel on breast a woman reads the news
Accident-murder-casualties-political tugs-of-war
Glowing cricket star along with playing field lofts
into the drawing room
Then finally the weather---


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