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Front Pagearrow Top Raozan criminal Jan-e-Alam, 9 aides killed in Rab raid
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a pre-dawn raid on a hideout Thursday killed most wanted criminal Jan-e-Alam alias Jainnya, 35, and his nine aides in a six-hour shootout at remote Kalampati village of
 arrow 109 Iraq militants die in US offensive in Samarra
A US-led offensive killed as many as 109 militants in the Iraqi rebel bastion of Samarra, a US military spokesman said.
 arrow Kerry 'leads' in TV debate
Democratic challenger John Kerry won the first televised presidential debate against Republican President George W. Bush late Thursday, according to instant polls released after.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 30 in Pak mosque
A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people in a mosque packed with worshippers and wounded more than 50 during Friday prayers in the eastern Pakistani city of Sialkot, police said.
 arrow Donors seek PM's help for rescue of power projects
Donors have sought intervention of the prime minister in the widespread irregularities and political pressure in the implementation of power projects.
 arrow AL's last-ditch efforts for common programme
Amidst uncertainty over other opposition leaders' participation in Sunday's grand rally, Awami League is now putting in a last-ditch effort to bring them to a common anti-government programme, if noton
 arrow 584 more arrested in capital since Thursday
Police arrested 584 people from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) areas in last 48 hours till yesterday morning on the 11th day of the crackdown.
 arrow The poor feel the pinch most
At 60, Muktar Mian still gets bewildered like a child by the strange turns life takes sometimes.
 arrow Judicial inquiry body submits report today
The one-man judicial inquiry commission headed by Justice Joynul Abedin submits its report today on the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally, where it has identified the perpetrators
 arrow Criminal dies in 'crossfire' with elite forces
An Old Dhaka-based criminal died reportedly in crossfire when a shoot-out broke out between his accomplices and a joint team of anti-crime elite forces Cheetah and Cobra in Sutrapur early Thursday.
 arrow 'Define war on terrorism properly to ensure Islam is not hurt'
Islam has nothing to do with fundamentalism and terrorism contrary to how it has been misperceived in some parts of the world in recent times, speakers said at an All Religion Conference for Global Peace
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi both deny charges of insurgency camps
While remaining stuck to their sharply divergent stands on existence of Indian insurgent camps in Bangladesh, illegal migration into India and border fencing, Delhi and Dhaka yesterday decided to evolve
 arrow From cowboy to criminal
Death of notorious criminal Jan-e-Alam alias Jainnya along with nine accomplices has apparently brought a sigh of relief to people of Kalampati of Dabua union as well as of the entire Raozan upazilaand
 arrow Death toll in Rab operations climbs to 27
The death toll in Rab action, in its custody and during 'crossfire', rose to 27 with Thursday's 10 killings in Chittagong.
 arrow Deaths in hands of law enforcers double
As many as 111 people were killed at the hands of law enforcers in the country in the first nine months of the year, while the number was only 56 in 2003, says a press release.
 arrow Police-mob clash leaves 17 hurt in N'ganj
At least 17 people, including seven policemen, were injured in a clash following the killing of a van driver in a road accident at Langolbandh bus stand here on the night of holy Shab-e-Barat.
 arrow Holy Shab-e-Barat...

 arrow Outlaws kill Gangni municipal chairman
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction shot and bombed a municipal chairman and a rickshaw-puller carrying him to death in Meherpur Thursday night.
 arrow Hasina returns home
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina returned home last night after a week-long treatment in Singapore.
 arrow Abandoned arms recovered in Khulna
Police recovered a cache of abandoned arms and ammunition from a char in Dumuria upazila of Khulna last night.
Businessarrow Ceramic industry fears 50pc export loss on gas crisis
Bangladesh's ceramic products, which have emerged as significant export items over the last few years on gas availability, now face 50 percent export loss this fiscal year due to gas crisis that started
 arrow India unveils resource mobilisation measures
Indian government has announced a series of resource mobilisation measures, including a mandatory cut on budgetary allocation for non-development and non-salary expenditure, aiming to save more than 2,000
 arrow Bangladeshi cos invited to take part in Kolkata ICT fair
Organisers of international information and communications technology (ICT) exposition to be held in Kolkata during December 1-5 have urged Bangladeshi companies to take in the fair for getting international
 arrow Oil prices ease slightly
Oil prices traded just below record highs Friday towards the end of a rollercoaster week that saw New York crude futures pierce the psychological 50-dollar level for the first time as unrest in Nigeria
 arrow Southeast Bank okays 20pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Southeast Bank Limited has declared a 20 percent cash and 20 percent stock dividends for its shareholders.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
September 25-September 30, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar strengthened against Bangladeshi taka in this week. It was steady in the beginning of the week.

Sportsarrow Hockey: A farcical drubbing
A 30-0 win does not come everyday especially if you are Bangladesh but even after such a groundbreaking scoreline, the players were far too embarrassed to celebrate their massacre of Afghanistan yesterday
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar drafted
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was Friday named in a 15-member Indian squad for the opening two Tests of a four-match series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq propels Pakistan
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq cracked an aggressive unbeaten hundred and Shahid Afridi a fiery fifty to help Pakistan down Zimbabwe by 144 runs in the opening tri-series match at the Multan cricket stadium
 arrow Cricket: Trophy afterthoughts
The fourth edition of a tournament dubbed a 'mini-World Cup' may have had a fairytale ending but in reality it never caught on among its most vital important component -- the crowds.
 arrow Cricket: More misery for Ponting

Australian captain Ricky Ponting's thumb injury has forced him out of the opening two cricket Tests against India starting next week, Cricket Australia (CA) said Thursday.

 arrow Football: Mourinho brings down old club
Porto suffered the agony of being by outwitted by their former coach Wednesday as the Champions League holders slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Hooliganism spoils British night
Four British clubs stormed into the group stages of the UEFA Cup on Thursday but their night of celebration was overshadowed as the spectre of hooliganism involving English fans returned to haunt thecontinent.
 arrow Football: Time to start scoring
It has not gone unnoticed in Spain that the four goals Real Madrid put past Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday equalled their tally in five league matches after one of their worst starts to a domestic
 arrow Football: Spotlight on one man
Arsenal may sit top of the Premiership and a comfortable seven points clear of their arch rivals Manchester United but there is no doubting where the momentum lies going into this weekend's fixtures.
 arrow Golf: Goal feast in Lahore
Record-pursuing penalty corner striker Sohail Abbas scored two goals as Pakistan held rival India 4-4 in the fourth match of the eight-match hockey series here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India arrive on Dec 7
India will arrive in Dhaka on December 7 to play two Tests and three one-day internationals against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Aus-India Tests on Sony TV
India's home Test series against Australia in October will be telecast on Sony television, with live pictures to be produced by the Dubai-based TEN Sports, the Indian cricket board said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies toil in tour opener
Australia got a taste of the perils that await them in next week's Test series against India after being made to struggle on a turning wicket in the three-day tour opener here on Friday.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup from today
The JFA (Japan Football Association) Cup Under-16 Football Champion-ship gets underway today at eight venues across the country.
 arrow Football: Easy win for Sky Blues
Abahani got off to a flying start in the Kings Cup football tournament in Bhutan when the Dhaka giants inflicted a 4-1 defeat on Kang-won University of South Korea on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Stamford-Asian final today
Stamford University will face Asian University in the final of the Stamford Inter Private University Football Tournament today.

The final kicks off at 2.30 pm at the Army Stadium.

 arrow Basketball: US coaches praise interest for b'ball
The American Cultural Centre of US Embassy in Dhaka held a press conference to explain the purpose of a three-day visit by two US basketball coaches on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC plans Dubai Sports City
World cricket bosses plan to set up a 25-million-dollar Global Cricket Academy at the Dubai Sports City.
 arrow Cricket: Zim probe collapses
An International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing into player allegations of racism against the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) was scrapped almost before it got underway in Harare on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow 250 low vision units needed for 7.5 lakh patients
A total of 250 low vision units comprising at least one ophthalmologist, one paramedic and one counselor are needed for serving 7.5 lakh patients across the country.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents on Barisal-Dhaka highway
At least two people were killed and 45 others injured in two separate road accidents at Takerhut and Rahamatpur on Barisal-Dhaka highway yesterday.
 arrow Mothers awarded
At a unique function in the city on Wednesday, 25 mothers were awarded for the commendable role that they played in rearing their children who became worthy citizens of the country in later life.
 arrow Seven die in separate incidents in two days
Seven unnatural deaths took place in Dhaka, Savar, Narayanganj and Gazipur in the last two days.

A construction worker died falling from an under construction building at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

 arrow Shudhangshu Sekhar Halder cremated
Former lawmaker and Awami League leader Shudhangshu Sekhar Halder, who died of cancer at Birdem Hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday night, was cremated at his village in Morelganj with state honour yesterday.
Nationalarrow Pneumonia claims two children in Syedpur UZ
Pneumonia has broken out alarmingly in Syedpur upazila (UZ).

Children are the worst victims. The disease claimed two children in the last three days, it was learnt unofficially.

 arrow Pest invades T-aman on several thousand hectares in 2 N dists
Farmers have become frustrated due to massive pest attack on transplanted aman (T-aman) on several thousand hectares of land in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.
 arrow Raids on criminals' hideouts: Rab recovers huge quantity of arms from Ctg, Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) teams on Wednesday recovered huge quantity of arms from different areas in Chittagong and Khulna. They also found ammunition from the areas.
 arrow People being repressed by this govt: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman and former President HM Ershad on Thursday said BNP and its allies do not believe in democracy although they speak for it, because they repress people for protesting their corruption.
 arrow PIB workshop on gender issues concludes
A five-day workshop on gender issues organised for local journalists by the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) concluded here yesterday.
 arrow Elderly NAP leader dead
Radhika Muhan Goswami, elderly National Awami Party (NAP) leader, liberation war organiser and a respected journalist, died at his Ruhini Bhaban residence here after prolonged old age ailments on Wednesday
Point-Counterpointarrow Solution to floods: Cordon approach or open approach?
This year's flood has evoked a number of Op-Ed pieces. However, these have been mostly speaking past each other, and the discussion thereby has not crystallised into a debate.
 arrow A better investment climate for growth and poverty reduction
Most countries strive to improve living standards and reduce poverty, but China, India, and Uganda stand out for their achievements.
Culturearrow Another Murshedul movie moves to foreign shores
Renowned filmmaker Murshedul Islam's latest film Duratta, recently premièred in the city, has been invited to participate in the 5th Bangladesh Film Festival in UK starting on October 3.
 arrow 'The struggle of Bangladesh is reflected in our poetry' -- Kazi Arif
Kazi Arif is one of the pioneers of the art of recitation in Bangladesh. Like many famous celebrities, he wanted to be a singer though.
 arrow New programmes on ntv this October
Ntv comes up with a wide range of programmes to offer its viewers this October.
 arrow An exhibition for a cause
'Amatullah has to survive,' said renowned photographer Nasir Ali Mamun while inaugurating the six-day long painting and art exhibition organised jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Anandan, a
 arrow Workshop on Digital Photography
Photography like other mediums witnesses the triumph of digital over analogue technology. Nowadays people rarely use the age-old box cameras or pinhole cameras and take snaps for hours.
Generalarrow Pvt varsities urged to give up commercial attitude
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon yesterday criticised the private universities for low standard of education and called for giving up their commercial attitude.
 arrow 'Fiscal management in Bangladesh is the best among LDCs'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said Bangladesh would achieve the United Nations (UN) millennium goals for 2015 in primary education and women empowerment by 2005.
 arrow Agriculture accounted for 22.8 pc of GDP in last fiscal
Agriculture accounted for about 22.
 arrow AL holds milad for grenade victims
Prayers were offered at a milad mahfil in the city on Thursday for the salvation of the departed souls of those who were killed at the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Hopes awards scholarships to 54 students
Helping Organisation for Poor & Energetic Students (Hopes) has awarded scholarships to 54 students to help them pursue higher studies at the university level.
 arrow SAIC meet begins tomorrow
The three-day 18th meeting of the Governing Board of Saarc Agriculture Information Centre (SAIC) will begin at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council Complex here tomorrow.
Internationalarrow 38 Palestinians killed in two days
At least six Palestinians were killed on Friday in fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, just hours after around 100 Israeli tanks moved deep into the area to try to stop militant rocket attacks on Israel.
 arrow Dozens of children victims in Baghdad car bombings
At least 49 people were killed, dozens of them children, in a series of devastating car bombs that left a trail of carnage in Baghdad and northern Iraq, medics and the US military said.
 arrow Turkish hostage in Iraq freed by US
US troops freed a Turkish hostage during their push to wipe out insurgents in the city of Samarra Friday, the US military said.
 arrow Musharraf lied about access to nuke scientist
Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf brazenly lied that the world community had not asked for access to nuclear proliferator A Q Khan, fresh disclosures by the International Atomic Energy Agency
 arrow Blair eyeing for third term in office
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair went into hospital on Friday for heart treatment -- but first sought to quell speculation over his future by pledging to serve a full third term if re-elected.
 arrow 'Pakistan killed 100 al-Qaeda terrorists'
Pakistani security forces have killed about 100 al-Qaeda terrorists during a recent military operation in tribal areas near Afghanistan, state-run TV on Friday quoted Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
 arrow SC issues notices to Lalu in scam case
The Supreme Court of India on Friday issued notices to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, the Centre and CBI on a petition alleging that efforts were made by the UPAgovernment
 arrow Nepal govt invites Maoists for talks
Nepal Government on Thursday formally invited Maoists for talks, asserting that it had full executive rights and control of the army and other constitutional bodies, but ruled out any unilateral ceasefire.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP fund utilisation chaos
With almost religious regularity, annual development programmes (ADPs) are shot in their feet. They have been non-starters in most parts and almost invariably very poor finishers.
 arrow Editorial: Violence against children
The statistics revealed by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum last week, just ahead of the Child Rights Week being observed nationally, is both sad and shocking to say the least.
 arrow Meeting challenges within the RMG industry
The debate about the future of the RMG industry in Bangladesh continues to intensify as 2004 moves on towards 2005.
 arrow Muslim nations must demand a veto in the UNSC
Another catastrophe is about to befall the Muslims of the world and no Muslim nation seems to realise it. Muslims certainly are not doing anything about it.
Letters to Editorarrow Beslan tragedy
Hostage-taking is increasing, specially in the war-scarred areas. The latest Beslan tragedy is a case in point .
 arrow Kundan Lal, Saigal
Under the heading 'ALL-TIME GREATS', the 'Cultural Correspondent' wrote in The Daily Star of July 21, 2004, "KL Saigal, a legend in his lifetime".
 arrow Civic sense
There was a time when we were schooled on a subject called civics; but it was a time of few cars and fewer buses and some bullock carts as well, on our roads.
 arrow Political requiem
Unannounced, our ferocious politics, based on terrorism, drowned in twelve inches of rain in three days in metro Dhaka.
 arrow UN still united?
Some powerful and big rouge members of the United Nations (UN) have dismembered the mighty UN into a sort of widowhood.
 arrow Heinous grenade attack
I very strongly condemn the heinous grenade attack on an AL rally on 21-8-04 that killed 19 people including AL leader Ivy Rahman and injured over 200 others.
Literaturearrow Turban
Sitting in the dusty drawing room by the road, Khan Bahadur Mottaleb Saheb thinks. That he is thinking is evident from his eyes, which have heavy bags beneath them.
 arrow Arun Kolatkar (1932-2004): of coups, Quest and the letter
When I sat down to write this tribute to Arun Kolatkar, the well-known Marathi and English poet who died on September 25 (as did a couple of days later the grand old man of Indian-English letters, Mulk
 arrow Introducing South Asian Poets in English: Kasiprasad Ghosh
An exact coeval of Derozio, Kasiprasad Ghosh (1809-73) became the second Indian to publish a volume of English verse.
 arrow To a Dead Crow
Gay minstrel of the Indian clime!
How oft at morning's rosy prime
When thou didst sing in caw, caw numbers,
Vexed I've awoke from my sweet slumbers,
And to avoid that hateful sound,