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Front Pagearrow Judicial probe hints at foreign enemy link
The judicial inquiry commission on the August 21 terror attack yesterday claimed in its report to have identified perpetrators of the carnage, but its head declined to disclose their identities, hinting
 arrow Quality of life indexed miserably low
Bangladesh ranks 164th among 173 countries and fifth in South Asia in the Quality of Life Index (QLI), according to a report of Social Watch, an international network of citizens from different countries
 arrow Hasina emerges today from Aug 21 gloom with fresh agitation
In her first public appearance after the August-21 assassination attempt, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will announce fresh anti-government programme from today's rally in the city's Paltan Maidan
 arrow New law on cards to protect water bodies from encroachers
The government is formulating a new law with strict provisions to protect rivers, canals and other water bodies and flood-flow zones from encroachers and remove unauthorised structures built in the prohibited
 arrow Agrani management eyes cutting default loans down to 5 pc
Agrani Bank's new private management has set its sights on bringing down the defaulted loans to below 5 percent from current 30 percent during its three-year term.
 arrow One more suspect held, remanded for 5 days
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court, Dhaka put Mohammad Waliullah alias Walin on a five-day remand after his arrest from the Fulbaria Railway Colony on suspicion of his involvement with thegrenade
 arrow Basila dwellers go to local MP for steps to stop erosion
More than 200 agitated residents and erosion victims of Basila marched on to the local lawmaker's house in Dhaka yesterday demanding his immediate intervention to stop erosion there.
 arrow Outlaw killed in gunbattle with police
An operative of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) died reportedly in a shootout with police in the early hours yesterday in Labonchora under Khulna Police Station.
 arrow Deadlock at DU rolls to 20th day
An indefinite strike enforced by six opposition-backed student organisations at Dhaka University (DU) to press home their seven-point demand, and the DU authorities' apparent reluctance to meet the demands
 arrow Blasts, attacks kill 46 in India
A series of bomb blasts and attacks in India's northeast yesterday killed 46 people in one of the bloodiest days in the troubled region.
 arrow Saarc trade experts meet tomorrow to settle Safta issues
Trade experts from seven South Asian nations meet in Dhaka tomorrow in a bid to narrow the gap in some crucial trade issues like tariff and rules of origin that they need to settle for establishing afree
 arrow Hartal has lost its charm
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said hartal is an obsolete political weapon in the current perspective of Bangladesh as it has lost all appeal to people, and asked all to refrainfrom
 arrow Emergency declared in Palestine
The Palestinian cabinet declared a state of emergency in the Palestinian territories as Israeli troops killed another seven Palestinians in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Never-say-over

 arrow Ctg criminals go into hiding
Death of notorious criminal Jan-e-Alam and his nine aides in Thursday's Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raid has sent other listed criminals of Raozan and Fatikchhari underground to evade arrest or meetthe
 arrow Low over Bay
A low formed over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay yesterday morning and has intensified into a well-marked low.
 arrow UK under-secy arrives tomorrow
Sir Michael Jay, permanent under-secretary and head of the diplomatic service at the foreign office of the United Kingdom, arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a two-day official visit.
 arrow CPA rebuffs TIB report on graft
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday rejected the study report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on unbridled corruption and irregularities at the country's premier seaport as 'untrue',
 arrow One burnt alive as bus catches fire
One person was burnt alive and 25 others were injured as a bus caught fire in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow BSF pushes back five Indians
Border Security Force (BSF) of India pushed five Indian Muslims into Bangladesh through Phulbari border on Friday morning but Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel pushed them back within hours.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF in Thakurgaon
Indian border guards shot dead a Bangladeshi in Baliadangi border area early yesterday, local sources said.
 arrow Accused of cop murders found dead after arrest
Police recovered the bullet-hit body of listed crminal Ripon Jamaddar from Srirampur canal of Naihati union under Rupsha upazila of Khulna district on Thursday.
 arrow Cop hurt in accidental shot
A constable of Badda Police Station was injured in an accidental fire from his shotgun yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet JCD leader shot
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Sylhet city unit and a pedestrian sustained bullet injuries as armed young men fired on them yesterday afternoon at the city's Shahjalal Upashahar area.
 arrow Concern over atrocities by religious fanatics
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism and Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee in a joint statement yesterday expressed concern over what they said were growing atrocities
 arrow Nunu Miah alleges BNP MP's hand in 'false case'
Expatriate and Awami League leader Nunu Miah has reiterated that ruling BNP lawmaker M Ilyas Ali falsely implicated him in a case of a blast at Gulshan Centre here that killed an AL leader and hurt 30
 arrow Azam Reza's bail move turned down
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected bail petition of Azam Reza, who is now in custody for allegedly murdering his wife Joyontee Reza, a teacher of Scholastica School.
Businessarrow Garment barons continue lobbying for duty-free ride
As Bangladeshi garments witness continuous market loss in the US, local garment exporters continue lobbying to get duty-free access to the US market from next year.
 arrow Better human resources can boost Dhaka-Tokyo trade ties: Japan envoy
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Matsushiro Horiguchi has expressed his optimism that Japan and Bangladesh could establish more economic links between them by developing the latter's human resources.
 arrow Three-day cosmetics exposition ends
The three-day exhibition of cosmetics, toiletries and perfumeries -- COTOPEX-2004 -- concluded yesterday amid huge turnout of visitors at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow G7 calls for more debt relief for poorest nations
The Group of Seven industrial powers called Friday for more debt relief for the world's poorest nations, but stopped short of endorsing a specific plan for writing off debt.
 arrow IMF, WB seek to keep global recovery on track
IMF and World Bank policymakers meeting here Saturday seek to preserve a global recovery that risks losing momentum next year, dragged down by rising energy costs, lackluster activity in Europe and huge
 arrow Local shoe makers get $3.70lakh orders at German fair
Bangladesh's shoe manufacturers have received spot orders of around $3.70 lakh in the recently held GDS shoe fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.
 arrow Wartsila corporate client of GP
Wartsila Bangladesh Limited has signed an agreement with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) to become corporate client of the mobile phone company.
 arrow Trust Bank opens branch at Gulshan
The Trust Bank Limited opened its 15th branch at Gulshan here yesterday.
 arrow CSE, ATDP hold oral presentation on business plan
Agrobased Technology Develo-pment Project (ATDP) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday jointly organised an oral presentation on agro-based business plan in the process of "Regional Agro Business
 arrow Two new members of Citigroup board
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, recently announced that Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of the Xerox Corporation, and Dr Judith Rodin, past president of the University of Pennsylvania, have
 arrow EBL clients can pay BTTB bills thru' internet banking
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) accountholders will be able to pay their T&T telephone bills through internet banking.
 arrow StanChart awards winners of auto loan campaign
Standard Chartered Bank has awarded the winners of its auto loan campaign titled 'Vendor-Get-Member' at a function held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow More than $10b power assetsin Asia up for sale
More than $10 billion worth of power assets in Asia are up for sale and most are likely to be sold piecemeal to buyers within the region, bankers say.
 arrow Developing states want greater voice in IMF, WB leadership
Developing countries chastised the IMF and the World Bank Friday for what they said had been a failure to give them greater decision-making power in the two institutions and urged that the next WorldBank
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees eyes different kind of hundred
Young batsman Nafees Iqbal loves to play strokes and wants to draw inspiration from his swashbuckling century against England in a three-day match last year.
 arrow Football: Another easy Abahani win
Abahani confirmed their semifinal berth in the Kings Cup football tournament in Bhutan when the Dhaka giants recorded another comfortable 3-0 victory against Indian Army in their second match on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashundhara's no to Corporate Cricket League
Last year's runners-up Bashun-dhara Group stayed away from the second version of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) that begins on October 15.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup gets underway
Gazipur got the JFA (Japan Football Association) Cup under-16 football competition off to a rollicking start as they thrashed Netrakona 7-0 at the Jamalpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Langer ton in drawn tie
Glenn McGrath scalped four wickets and Justin Langer hit a century here on Saturday to lead Australia's preparations for next week's Test series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Believing it Wright
India coach John Wright believes his side can bounce back from their recent dismal one-day form and give Australia a mighty shock in the forthcoming Test series.
 arrow Hockey: Indo-Pak rivalry needed
Regular matches between India and Pakistan could be good for the sport and help the South Asian neighbours to challenge the game's European powers, rival captains and former Olympians said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam won't spare Zim
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said his side are determined to push Zimbabwe hard in the second tri-series match in the northwest city of Peshawar.
 arrow Cricket: Politics only on Imran's mind
Imran Khan, the former cricket star, says he is putting all his energy into politics in his native Pakistan after his divorce from British socialite Jemima Goldsmith.
 arrow Football: Reds face Chelsea test
Liverpool will discover how realistic their title ambitions are when they travel to buoyant Chelsea on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Owen's place in peril?
England coach Sven-Goran Erik-sson says striker Michael Owen must prove in training next week that he deserves to face Wales in a World Cup qualifier -- or risk losing his place.
 arrow Tennis: Federer denies Paradorn
Roger Federer dashed the hometown victory dream of fourth seed Paradorn Srichaphan 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 Saturday to blast into the final of the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open Saturday over Asia's tennis hero.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova storms into final
Russia's Maria Sharapova, women's singles winner at Wimbledon this year, routed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg Saturday to advance to the final of the Korea Open WTA tournament here.
 arrow Football: Stamford private varsity soccer champs
Stamford University lifted the first-ever Stamford Inter-Private University Football tournament title beating Asian University 3-2 in the tiebreaker at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: TV row on
The confusion over the telecast rights for the India-Australia Test series shows no signs of ending.
 arrow Hockey: Afghans meet Myanmar today
After a day's break, the Under-21 Challenge Cup invitational hockey tournament resumes today at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratishthan (BKSP).
 arrow Cricket: Kamran kept as Moin's standby
Pakistan have called up wicketkee-per Kamran Akmal as a backup for Moin Khan for the second match of a triangular one-day series against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
England coach Sven-Goran Erik-sson believes Wayne Rooney could swoop the FIFA World Player of the Year award at the age of just 18.
Manchester United are prepared to part company with central defender Wes Brown after he rejected a new contract.
Arsene Wenger on Friday attempted to play down a furious bust-up between Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira and right-back Lauren after the English side's 1-1 Champions League draw with Norwegian side Rosenborg
Manchester United have refused to release Ryan Giggs for the build-up to Wales's World Cup qualifier against England until Tuesday, 24 hours after they are due to begin their preparations.
Metropolitanarrow Privatisation of four banks protested
Leaders of Left Democratic Front (LDF) yesterday protested the privatisation of four nationalised banks including Agrani Bank.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations of Dhaka University under yearly Course System except those of Computer Science & Engineering and Botany have been postponed till October 7 due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Diploma nurses place demands
Diploma nurses yesterday demanded that they be given status as second class employees and the higher posts be reorganised properly.
 arrow Sabina fights for life
Sabina, who sustained serious burn injuries in an acid attack at her house in Phutiarchar under Dhamrai upazila on the night of September 23, is fighting for life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the third death anniversary of renowned exponent of classical music Pandit Barin Majumdar, says a press release.
 arrow Reaz Uddin Ahmed
Today is the 11 th death anniversary of Reaz Uddin Ahmed, former Special Correspondent of the now defunct The Morning News and founder general secretary of Bogra Press Club, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Mainul Hassan, staff reporter and Barisal bureau chief of the Daily Ittefaq, died at Kidney Founda-tion Hospital in Dhaka yesterday at the age of 54.
Nationalarrow Tk 60 lakh down the drain a year
The Barisal regional CSD food godown is virtually abandoned for 18 months after spending about Tk 3.5 core for repair and maintenance.
 arrow KCC revokes its tax increase notice
The Khulna City Corporation (KCC) authorities have cancelled their decision to impose a higher holding tax.
 arrow Tender for 3rd Karnaphully bridge this month
Communication Minister Nazmul Huda has said the Kuwait Fund for Development has agreed to finance the third bridge over the Karnaphully river in Chittagong.
 arrow 51 hurt in Barisal clashes
At least 51 people were injured in three clashes in Agailjhara and Gournadi upazilas in Barisal on Friday and the day before.
 arrow 11 Magura hospital staff unpaid for 16 months
Seventy staffers including 11 physicians of Magura Sadar Hospital are not getting their salaries for 16 months.
 arrow Strike at BSBMCH by pro-ruling party staff
The tense situation on Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (BSBMCH) campus centring snatching of appointment letters continued yesterday as pro-ruling party employees observed a five-hour
 arrow 22 acre CPA land recovered
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in a day-long drive on Thursday recovered 22.
 arrow 2 killed, 45 hurt in road mishaps
At least two persons were killed and 45 injured in two road accidents at Taker Hut and Rahamatpur on the Barisal-Dhaka highway within two hours on Friday.
 arrow Gaibandha Press Club body elected
A new 23-member executive committee of Gaibandha Press Club was elected for a two-year term at a general meeting of its members on Thursday.
 arrow Death threat for suing staff
A trader at Mansha bazaar in Fakir-hat upazila, Bagerhat faces death threat from outlaws for filing a case against his employee.
 arrow Additional security for Sylhet mayor withdrawn
Six police men out of eight deployed for security of Sylhet City Corporation Mayor and city Awami League President Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran have been withdrawn.
Point-Counterpointarrow America and the world would be better off with Kerry in the White House
To a neutral non-American, John Kerry was clearly in control of the first presidential debate in the University of Miami, Florida on Thursday (September 30) night of 2004 - just one month before the Presidential
 arrow Who won the US presidential debate?
The first presidential debate in Miami University, Florida, between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry, aired by CNN on Friday morning in Bangladesh, was lively.
 arrow Religion should unite rather than divide humanity
In the wake of the end of cold war and ideological confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States some western ideologues and politicians are raising the specter of another period of turmoil
Culturearrow A bold new venture
Nabila Rahman, back from New York only a year back, has opened her new gallery, Art and Soul, much to the delight of Dhaka connoisseurs, specially the expatriates.
 arrow New Theatre Venue at Chittagong
Chittagong, the second largest city in Bangladesh, has a glorious reputation as a cultural hub. However, the arts scene had become stagnant because of the absence of a full fledged venue.
 arrow Bride and Prejudice: A new Aishwarya starrer
More than 200 years after her writings, English novelist Jane Austen has still remained a favourite of film-makers on both sides of the Atlantic.
 arrow Rafiq and Abida's musical stride in the USA
Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana recently performed in different concerts and musical shows in four states of the US.
 arrow New Benigni film looks for love, laughs in Iraq War
Having sought to portray a lighter side to Nazi concentration camps, Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni is now looking for laughs in wartime Iraq.
Internationalarrow US asks Lanka, Tigers to resume talks quickly
The United States called late Friday for a speedy return to peace talks by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers as the rebels began a week-long meeting to prepare for a next round of negotiations.
 arrow Shias run riot as funerals held
Thousands of Shia youths rioted in eastern Pakistan yesterday as mourning relatives buried the dead from a suspected suicide bombing which killed at least 30 people at a mosque in Sialkot.
 arrow US targets visa violators
More than 350 people who have committed crimes or are suspected of terrorist links have been arrested in a federal crackdown on foreigners with visa violations, part of a broader effort to prevent al-Qaeda
 arrow Powell 'regrets' Iraqi WMD claims at UN
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday he regretted presenting incorrect intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons to the United Nations last year but defended President George W.
 arrow Bush, Kerry shift focus from Iraq to economy
President Bush and John Kerry, shifting away from the sharp debate over war and terrorism, return to bread-and-butter economic issues in campaign stops in two closely divided states.
 arrow Pakistan reshuffles top military brass
Pakistan yesterday promoted two senior military officials to four-star generals, state media reported.
 arrow Ulfa rejects truce offer
A separatist group in India's northeastern province of Assam has rejected a ceasefire offer by the state chief minister to end more than two decades of bloodshed, a militant leader said yesterday.
 arrow 'Hamas to stop firing rockets if Israel leaves Gaza'
A leader of the Palestinian radical Islamic group Hamas said yesterday his group was prepared to stop firing homemade rockets on Israel if Israeli forces end their campaign in the northern Gaza Strip.
 arrow Blair back at work after heart surgery
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was back at work yesterday after successful heart surgery but his vow to hold on to power for five more years has sparked fevered speculation about who might succeedhim
 arrow Norway, South Korea tightens security
Norway and South Korea have raised its level of alert after a message attributed to al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri threatening the interests of several Western and Asian countries, officials said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Politics-crime nexus
Political patronisation of criminals in Bangladesh is common knowledge but never owned up by the political parties.
 arrow Editorial: Fake launch crew
The issue of safe river journey received a lot of attention following a series of launch disasters in the country over the last few years.
 arrow Bush reelection and Asia-Pacific region
If one were to argue that Europe's loss of centrality in the East-West conflict has weakened the Atlantic alliance one has to admit that "new sovereigntism" as described by Professor Peter Spiro has not
 arrow Grab it with both hands
EXCEPT for the summit meeting between India and Pakistan at Agra, I have not known of any failure at that level.
Letters to Editorarrow Evils of patronisation
Those who patronise too much, eventually fall a victim to the (elaborate) system which is thus erected around them. The principle applies at all levels, vertical or horizontal, in private or public life.
 arrow Municipal reform
The government is neglecting the review of the city corps and municipalities. Urgent reforms are needed immediately to improve the amateurish services (DS editorial Sept 18).
 arrow Aggrieved students
We always find that the government and other institutions give emphasis on the development of English Language.
Star Healtharrow Facts about diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is a major health concern after the devastating flood in recent days in our country. To tackle the health hazard we need to learn about the facts about diarrhoea.
 arrow Blood, a gift for life
The common saying goes -- "Donate blood, save life". But how far we are dedicated to donate blood? Are we conscious about humanity? The answer is just a little bit.
 arrow A global alliance against AIDS
AIDS is clearly a tragedy. But is it a fatality? This is far from obvious. Admittedly, the AIDS epidemic has spread throughout the world uninterruptedly for over a quarter of a century.
 arrow A new prescription for pain!
For hospital patients recovering from surgery, sunlight appears to be therapeutic.
 arrow Cats, cockroaches,dampness, fungi linked to asthma
Airborne fungi are increasingly being seen as a risk factor for asthma and now, new research indicates that high levels of such fungi are found in inner city homes with cats, cockroaches, and dampness
 arrow Isolation of Neisseria meningitidis from blood and CSF increses
Isolation rates of Neisseria meningitidis, the cause of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcaemia, from blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at ICDDR,B have increased dramatically over the five year
Star Cityarrow Canal survey begins for navigability
In a bid to protect canals in and around Dhaka from grabbers, the government has launched an extensive survey of the natural channels of water that help check overflow of the drainage system and reduce
 arrow Work on bridge, walkway to begin this winter
Rajuk intends to begin construction of walkway and six bridges across Gulshan-Baridhara lake demolishing existing link roads to protect the lake from pollution and encroachment provided the project gets
 arrow Electronic traffic signals at 59 city points by Dec
Electronic traffic signals at 59 points of Dhaka metropolitan city would be set up by December to ease severe traffic jam.
 arrow Flood victims vacate temporary shelters
Food affected families of the Shahjadpur slum that were sheltered by the rich and elite members of the Gulshan Society vacated their temporary shelters on Friday after much pressure although the water
 arrow Noise pollution rules on cards
After much deliberation, the Department of Environment (DoE) has at last sent the final draft of the proposed Noise Pollution (control) Rules 2004 to the Ministry of Environment and Forest on Saturday
 arrow Moneychangers irked by rise in annual turnover requirement
The Bangladesh (BB) Bank decision to raise the ceiling of yearly return for money exchange firms to US$5 lakh from $2.