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Front Pagearrow Mass arrests prompt AL to think tough
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is likely to take a hardline by enforcing hartal and road blockade in an apparent shift in its anti-government agitation strategy in the wake of the crackdown onits
 arrow FDI appeal lost on undone reforms
Bangladesh's appeal as a destination of foreign direct investment (FDI) has largely eroded due to the government's failure to fulfil its promises on infrastructure, law and order, property rights, and
 arrow Double trouble for the poor
Family members of poor arrestees are in double jeopardy.
 arrow 3 robbers torched to death on Free School Street
A mob last night burnt three robbers to death on Free School Street in the city's Dhanmondi area.
 arrow Donors to make flood rehab promise in Oct
A joint mission of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday remained non-committal about the amount of aid for post-flood rehabilitation but said they would make it known bythe
 arrow B Chy, Kamal to visit districts for 2 months
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiyo Oikkamancha yesterday in a joint declaration said both parties will work for a national consensus to rid the countrymen of the present situation.
 arrow No room for Partha at BSMMUH
Shaibal Saha Partha, one of the four accused in the August 21 grenade attack case, was refused admission to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) yesterday despite a High Court
 arrow 35 more villages deluged in Magura
Floodwaters rolling from upstream India yesterday swamped 35 more villages in Shalikha upazila of Magura while the deluge took a serious turn in southwestern Satkhira district leaving about 50,000 people
 arrow PM asks all to resist those creating chaos
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the general public to resist those unleashing terror and chaos upon the country with ulterior political motives.
 arrow Khulna cops on alert as outlaws get together
Members of all law enforcement agencies have been put on high alert after information about the arrival of top leaders of the Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) including its founder
 arrow JU students plan agitation to oust him
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) teacher who asked the female students to cover themselves with burqa has been delivering religious sermons inside classrooms for about a year.
 arrow New Agrani authorities won't prune staff, branches
The new private management of Agrani Bank has no intention to close down branches and axe staff, its chief executive officer-designate (CEO) said yesterday.
 arrow Basila dwellers clamp river ban until govt acts
Residents of Basila who are victims of the Buriganga erosion yesterday launched an indefinite resistance movement against plying of all sorts of motorised vessels particularly cargo carrying ones in the
 arrow Piecing life together

 arrow Mass arrests condemned
Different political parties yesterday condemned the government's latest 'undemocratic' and 'preparatory' crackdown on the main opposition leaders and activists, terming the move an expression of 'fascist'
 arrow 6-day border talks begin today in New Delhi
A six-day director general-level border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) begins today in New Delhi with some important issues on the agenda.
 arrow Tk 300cr funds allocated for road repairs
The communications ministry yesterday allocated around Tk 300 crore for immediate start of repair and reconstruction of over 500 roads and highways without waiting for approval of the Planning Commission.
 arrow HSC results today
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, 2004 under seven education boards will be published today.
 arrow JS bodies get yet another extension
The parliamentary investigations into various alleged irregularities at the communications ministry get yet another one-month extension yesterday.
 arrow JU computer science students confine teachers
The students of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday confined twelve teachers of their department including the chairman for five hours demanding
 arrow Oppositions urge people to topple govt
The opposition leaders from a grand rally in Sylhet yesterday called on the people to be up against the alliance government and force it to quit.
 arrow Robbers raid house, abduct one in Kushtia
A gang in the early hours yesterday robbed a house and abducted the owner's brother in Farakpur village in Daulatpur upazila of the district.
 arrow Robbers shoot 5 in Fatulla, Dhanmondi
Robbers yesterday in separate incidents shot five people in Dhanmondi and Fatulla in Narayanganj.
 arrow Step to introduce machine-readable passport in July
The government is going to launch a programme in July to introduce machine-readable passport, visa and national identity card.
 arrow 2 PBCP leaders held in Jessore
Two leaders of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction and suspect killers of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu were arrested from Barandinathpara in the town yesterday.
Businessarrow Taka erodes heavily in a yr
Bangladesh manufacturing sector is witnessing an increase in production cost with the taka losing as much as 13.50 percent in last one year against major currencies.

Bangladeshi taka lost almost13.

 arrow Bangladesh, US sign double taxation avoidance deal
Bangladesh and the United States yesterday signed an agreement to avoid double taxation between the two countries.
 arrow Iraq businesses upbeat despite security fears
Businessmen and economists gathered here to discuss reconstruction prospects in violence-wrecked Iraq said Saturday that lack of security was a major impediment to investment but that the country still
 arrow Macro economy on sound footing: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the country's macro economy is now on a strong base and the overall economy is in a good position despite the colossal damage caused by the
 arrow Opec loses influence in controlling oil prices: Analysts
The continuing surge in oil prices is proving Opec's limited influence on the market despite the cartel committing to increasing its production ceiling, analysts said.
 arrow Japan can limit any rise in bond yield despite recovery
Japanese Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki expressed optimism that the government can limit any rises in long-term bond yields despite expectations of upward pressure from an economic recovery and swelling
 arrow India, Australia airlines allowed in Mauritius
Mauritius has decided to give India and Australia rights to ply air routes between the Indian Ocean tourist hot-spot island and South Africa, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Building Dev clients to get loan facilities from DBH
Building Development and Design Ltd (BDDL), a real estate developer in Dhaka, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) recently.
 arrow Epson-Flora corporate night held
Epson-Flora Limited organised corporate night on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow Total deal shows appetite for Russian oil
A deal between French energy group Total and Russian gas firm Novatek shows that oil majors have an appetite for Russia's energy riches despite the Yukos affair, but also the limited role now possible
 arrow ICAB seminar on Bangladesh Standards on Auditing today
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) holds a seminar on "Bangladesh Standards on Auditing (BSA)" today in Dhaka.
 arrow IFC, ShoreCap invest in BRAC Bank as equity partners
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development arm of the World Bank Group, has invested $1.6 million (Tk 95 million) in BRAC Bank Ltd.
 arrow Singapore to speed up outsourcing plans
Singapore's government is planning to speed up its outsourcing plans with 12 major services in line to be contracted out, press reports said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Preparation begins for NZ
With the goal to make his boys as competitive as possible against New Zealand, coach Dav Whatmore began the training camp of the preliminary squad at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Let's start from here: Lara
West Indies captain Brian Lara has urged his side to build on their victory in the ICC Champions Trophy and become a great team once more.
 arrow Hockey: India look to level
India look for a series-levelling win over host Pakistan in the second of eight-match hockey series at the Ayub Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne's one last chance?
Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne is eager to finally stamp his mark on possibly his last Test tour of India and help his team to achieve a rare series victory.
 arrow Cricket: Pressure the name of the series
Australia are considered the world's best cricket team but history will be against them when they make yet another attempt to win a Test series in India and conquer their Last Frontier.
 arrow Tennis: Serena stops Svetlana
Top seed Serena Williams celebrated her 23rd birthday Sunday by beating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a tightly fought and bad tempered final at the inaugural 585,000 dollar China Open.
 arrow Barrichello makes history
Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello has made history as the first winner of a Formula One Grand Prix in China.
 arrow Tennis: US-Spain Davis Cup final
The United States swept past Belarus on Saturday to clinch their first Davis Cup final appearance since 1997.
 arrow Tennis: Federer still hungry
World No. 1 Roger Federer may appear to have it all right now in tennis -- but that's not quite enough for the gold-standard champion of this season.
 arrow Hockey: Oman warm up
Oman Under-21 hockey team defeated Bangladesh Navy 4-2 in a warm-up match at BKSP, Savar yesterday.
 arrow Football: Abahani go to Bhutan today
Abahani set off for Bhutan today to take part in the Kings Cup football tournament.
 arrow Football: Voller has had enough
Roma have begun their search for a new coach following the shock resignation of Rudi Voller.
 arrow Football: Another dark day for Roma
Rudi Voller quit as Roma coach after the club's 3-1 defeat away to Bologna, while leaders Juventus dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at home to Palermo on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Now it's Bilbao blues for Real
Mighty Real Madrid slumped to their second league defeat of the season on Saturday when they lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao, a team which started the day firmly in the relegation zone.
 arrow Football: Cole does the minimum
A rare goal from Ashley Cole fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday as the Gunners maintained their slender advantage over Chelsea at the top of the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart in command
VfB Stuttgart continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Varsity football
Asian University joined Stamford and Northern universities in the semifinals of the Stamford Inter Private University Football Tourna-ment after sharing a goalless draw with AIUB at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB, Cordy part ways
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will not renew its contract with fitness advisor Justin Cordy on health ground, the BCB said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Coverage scare in Pakistan too
A dispute over television rights could affect coverage of Pakistan's forthcoming tri-series and Test matches against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, cricket officials fear.
 arrow Football: Bandarban soccer
Tiger Sporting Club got walkover against Alikadam Upazila Krira Sanghstha in yesterday's Bandarban Football League at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe crushed
Zimbabwe's inexperienced team crashed to an innings and 38-run defeat against the Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI on the fourth and final day of the tour game at Gaddafi Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Paikpara Cricket Club and Madda Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Danu Mia Cup cricket tournament at the local Eidgah ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Santini smells a rat
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jacques Santini accused referee Peter Walton of entering the Manchester United dressing-room at half-time and "smiling with their players and smiling with their staff" during
 arrow Football: Scholes snubs Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson's hopes that Paul Scholes might change his mind about retiring from international football were effectively dashed on Sunday as the Manchester United midfielder insisted he would not
Metropolitanarrow Shipping ministry profits Tk 275cr last fiscal
The shipping ministry earned a net profit of over Tk 275 crore in last fiscal year. This represents an increase of Tk 65 crore over the earning of FY 2002-03.
 arrow Cuet closed, students asked to vacate halls
Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) has been closed down till October 10 following ransacking of three residential halls on Saturday night.
 arrow Tk 600cr allocated for subsidy in agri sector
The 14th meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the Agriculture Ministry was held yesterday with its chairman Abdul Mannan in the chair.
 arrow Arrest of culprits demanded
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) Saturday demanded immediate arrest of those responsible for rape and murder of Rahela, a garment worker.
 arrow Another accused arrested
Police on Saturday night arrested another accused in the sensational Banshkhali carnage that left eleven people of a family burnt alive on November 18 night last year.
 arrow Rab nabs criminal at Fatikchhari
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), arrested an alleged criminal with some arms-manufacturing materials at Nazirhat under Fatikchhari upazila on Saturday night.
 arrow World Tourism Day today
"The World Tourism Day" will be observed today in the country as elsewhere across the globe.
 arrow Govt to buy cars for Saarc Summit
The government will procure new cars for use during the upcoming summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) schedule to be held in January next year.
Nationalarrow Horror in Kawkhali hills
Singya Chakma, 34, reunited with his family at the Ghagra Community Centre on Wednesday, narrated a horrifying tale while in UPDF captivity.
 arrow Silent shuttles keep weavers hungry
Netrakona: The shuttles are still silent. Weavers ponder how to reactivate those.

This is the scene in most weavers' villages in Tangail, a district known for handloom products.

 arrow 6 Jubo Dal men held for occupying shrimp farm
President of Dumuria upazila unit of Jubo Dal Molla Monirul Islam and five other activists of the party were arrested on Saturday on charge of illegal occupation of a shrimp enclosure in Shovna union.
 arrow Launch dacioty at 3 spots on the same day
Gangs of armed dacoits looted launch passengers at three terminals in Sarbahara-prone Babuganj upazila in the district early morning Saturday.

Ten of the passengers were injured when beaten by dacoits.

 arrow 13 cops hurt in bomb attacks in 3 months: No clue found
Thirteen policemen were injured in four incidents of bomb attack on patrol police in last three months in Jessore but no substantial progress could be made in finding clues to the attacks.
 arrow Sweetwater fishes netted in Bay
In a rare phenomenon, fishermen in Kuakata coastal areas are having good catches of sweet water fishes in shallow waters of the Bay for the last 4-5 days.
 arrow Threat to blow up thana: Jubo League leader held as suspect
Syedpur Jubo League, youth front of opposition Awami League, brought out processions in the town yesterday and the day before demanding release of its upazila joint-convenor Joynal Abedin Liton, arrested
 arrow Kidnapped men not rescued in 10 days
An official of a private commercial firm in Dhaka, kidnapped from Khajura bus stand in Jessore town ten days ago is jey to be rescued.
Point-Counterpointarrow Developing eco-tourism in Bangladesh
Amisconception as to the development of tourism has been deeply engraved on our mind.
 arrow Turkey: On the road to EU
"OUR road is open".
Culturearrow Rich tributes paid to music maestro Samar Das
Listening to the song Purba digontey shurjo uthechhe, one is transported to the melodious renderings of the great musician and composer Samar Das (1925--2001).
 arrow Turkish Ebru in Bangladesh
In town is Turkish artist Hikmet Barutçugil with a bunch of his Ebru works. He is holding an exhibition and a workshop with Bangladeshi artists at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhanmondi.
 arrow 'More research work on Nagarchi community needed'
Babu Rahman, a vocalist and music composer, has just done his research on the Nagarchi community, who play musical instruments.
 arrow Pop stars perform at Great Wall
Alicia Keys, Nellie McKay and Cyndi Lauper brought modern pop music to an ancient setting, performing for thousands of Chinese fans at the foot of the Great Wall.
Generalarrow Ctg businessman stabbed to death
One businessman was stabbed to death by the muggers in the port city last night.
 arrow 20 lakh children, juveniles have heart diseases
Experts at a seminar yesterday said a total of 20 lakh children and juveniles in the country are assailed by heart disease.
 arrow Couple jailed for trafficking woman
A court here yesterday handed down life imprisonment to a person and 12 years jail to his wife for trafficking and forcing a garment worker into prostitution at Sonagachhi brothel in Kolkata, West Bengal.
 arrow Create mass awareness about tremor
Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday called for creating mass awareness about the aftermath of an earthquake.
 arrow Photo exhibition on China begins in city
A ten-day photo exhibition titled 'China in the eyes of Bangladeshi photographers' began at the National Museum Gallery yesterday to mark the 55th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
 arrow Rab arrests 2
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested two alleged criminals and recovered a firearms from their possession in the city yesterday, Rab sources said.
 arrow Boy slaughtered at Jatrabari
Police recovered body of a teenage boy at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 20th death anniversary of Shaheed Maizuddin, an organiser of the War of Libera-tion and former lawmaker.
 arrow Selina elected Mahila Samity president
Selina Khale-que, senior vice-president of the Bangla-desh Mahila Samity, was elected president of the organisation at its executive committee meeting on September 8, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Hurricane pounds Florida again
Hurricane Jeanne battered southeastern Florida for hours yesterday, tearing off roofs and felling trees and power lines after slamming ashore at the same spot Frances did three weeks ago.
 arrow Laden is alive, but we are not aiding him
Osama bin Laden is still alive, living somewhere in the tribal areas along the Pak-Afghan border, but Pakistan security forces were not assisting him, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said.
 arrow Bomb kills Hamas leader
An official from the Palestinian militant group Hamas was killed yesterday when a bomb exploded in his car in Damascus, Hamas spokesmen and witnesses said.
 arrow Lanka under pressure to open talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's main opposition, which holds the balance of power in parliament, pressed the government yesterday to salvage stalled talks with Tamil Tiger separatists.
 arrow Manmohan wraps up 'highly successful' visit to US, UK
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday headed for Geneva on way back home wrapping up a "highly successful" visit to Britain and the US.
 arrow Al Aqsa Mosque compound at risk of collapse: Israel
An Israeli minister raised fears Sunday about the possible collapse of part of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins next month.
 arrow Bush, Kerry prepare for crucial debate
President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry hit the books this week for the first of three crucial debates that could decide the most heated Whi|e House race in recent history.
 arrow US worried at signs of N Korean missile test
Signs that North Korea is preparing to test a ballistic missile are of great concern, a US commander said yesterday, adding that the North could be on the verge of big missile technology breakthroughs.
 arrow Delhi to probe all scams of NDA regime
The UPA Government would investigate scams that had allegedly taken place during the previous NDA regime, Union Urban De~elopment Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday.
 arrow Taliban commander killed in Afghan raid
Afghan security forces killed a senior Taliban commander and two of his comrades in a raid in southern Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.
 arrow 4 suspects held in London after 'dirty bomb' report
Police arrested four men in London Saturday under Britain's anti-terrorist law, as a Sunday newspaper claimed it had infiltrated a gang trying to buy radioactive material for a "dirty bomb.
 arrow US soldier gets 25 years jail for Iraqi killing
A US soldier has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for the murder of an Iraqi National Guard soldier near Tikrit in May, the US military said in a statement yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Essential prices soaring
WE can not help expressing grave concern over the unbelievable hike in the prices of essentials. Random surveys at the market-place have revealed that prices of some vegetables have gone through the roof.
 arrow Editorial: Musharraf-Manmohan talks
ALTHOUGH the cynics would like to see the recent summit level talks between Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf in New York as yet another of the many high level dialogues held between the two countries
 arrow Darling elsewhere but pariah at home!
While waiving off yet another bilateral debt of Pakistan equaling $495 mn the US President George Bush lavished disproportionate praise on Pakistan's pliant president.
 arrow Can we privatise facts?
The point is not the venue, except to stress that it was the last place where I would have expected the "concern" to be raised.
 arrow Political climate getting calamitous
THE political climate in Bangladesh has become more polluted with mudslinging and blaming and counter-blaming following the bomb blast on August 21 at the Awami League meeting.
Letters to Editorarrow The rain...
The morning is dark and grey. I got ready with my travel clothes, trousers, vest and hiking shoes. I climbed the hill, went down the trail and went to the lake. I got on the boat and sat there on thelake.
 arrow Quality of food
Being a citizen of Bangladesh, I felt it is my humble duty to remind the government that for any government in the world, it is a sacred responsibility to ensure that the quality of food and drinking
 arrow A real paradox
A write-up, ''Love is not an equation'' written by Mohammad Badrul Ahsan published in The Daily Star on September 24 captivated me a lot.
 arrow Is war necessary?
War is sometimes perhaps necessary. But in too many cases it degrades the fighter and his cause.
 arrow A death and some questions
Being a student of the university I am ashamed, shocked, embarrassed and feel it's an impingement on the security of the students, especially we, who are living in the dormitories of the institution.
 arrow Rape of Rahela
We are shocked to know that Rahela, a garments worker of Savar EPZ, lost her life at the hands of miscreants.
 arrow Silly prejudices
Even in the age of reasoning and scientific thinking nobody is absolutely free from prejudices.
 arrow Pitfalls of looking East
I find Mr. Ahmed's argument very pessimistic. I am shocked at how some people are finding FM's criticism over India "too daring for us". The FM spoke out most of our minds, and rightfully so.
 arrow GP service
GraminPhone is the leading mobile phone company in our country. They are the pioneer in this fast growing technology sector. Recently, they have reached the milestone of 20 lakh subscribers.
 arrow Rain forecast in September
Weather forecast by weathermen during the recent excessive rainfall in the capital city was anything but consistent. It is a fact that weather forecasting is not an exact science.
 arrow "We love English"
Yes, we do love English. It is the love for the language and not the pursuit of a high score in GRE or IELTS, that drives the passion of learning English.
 arrow Hijab
Mr. Mamoon's letter on the hijab reeks of bias. To say it is an outdated custom and today's progressive society does not need that, simply means that Mr. Mamoon is totally uninformed on this matter.
 arrow Internet speed
I use the internet service of two ISPs BTTB and HRC technologies.
 arrow Evasive CNG
This is really pathetic that the decision makers of our country often take decisions which in the long run fail.
 arrow Reform essential for our police force
It is true that in the eye of common people police is the most notorious department of the government.
 arrow English: Looking for the lost language
The Article under the caption "English: Looking for the lost language" written by Dr. M.
 arrow A perfect way to learn English
How can I be a master of English? It is not only a problem faced by school children but all of us face it in some form or the other. Most people are worried about their English.
 arrow Police administration on contract
Bangladesh police never enjoyed much confidence of public. The lower strata of the police department remained incorrigibly corrupt since long.
 arrow "A misunderstood religion"
For the West, the value of any religion is minimal. Whether westerners understand or fear Islam is not the issue.
Star Cityarrow New grid line to minimise power disruptions in city
A newly installed 230KV electricity grid line will start functioning from January 2005 to minimise power disruptions in the city, PDB and Desa officials said.
 arrow Fisheries bring waterlogging to city suburb
Some two lakh residents of Mohammadpur, Adabor, Katasur and Hazaribagh are waterlogged as certain influential people have illegally blocked the water flow for fish cultivation in the lowlands.
 arrow Memorial Under Threat

 arrow DCC to honour development contributors
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has from this year introduced the 'Dhaka Nagar Padak', an award for voluntary contributions made to the development of the capital.
 arrow Undesired rise of city road level
Absence of proper scientific planning and careless maintenance has seen the height of existing main roads of the city increasing at an alarming rate.
 arrow DNA detection lab next month
The country's first DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) laboratory to detect criminals is expected to be off and running at the Dhaka Medical College (DMC) by November.
 arrow Risky crossing at Banani-Kakoli intersection
Pedestrians find it difficult to cross the road at Kakoli-Banani intersection as the foot over-bridge broke down on September 13.