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Front Pagearrow Grenades, AK-47 found at city slum
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized an AK-47 rifle, a 9mm revolver, two grenades and huge ammunition from a slum at Mohakhali in Dhaka, prompting the intelligence agencies to look for apossible
 arrow Tariff row may spell patients' plight
Thousands of patients in Bangladesh surviving on kidney dialysis are left to suffer for lack of a fresh supply of lifesaving fluid.
 arrow Governance pledges remain elusive
The ruling BNP-led alliance completes three years in office on October 10, yet the coalition government has fulfilled none of its major election pledges to improve governance, ensure accountability and
 arrow Experts debate on negative lists
Seven South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries began crucial trade talks in Dhaka yesterday on a free trade deal in the region with negative list of products and rules of origin
 arrow AL asks govt to name the 'country'
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the government to 'find out and make it public' which country or external force is involved in the August 21 grenade attacks on Leader of the Opposition
 arrow More child-friendly legal system demanded
Senior ministers, legal practitioners, child-rights activists and NGO leaders at a roundtable yesterday called for a more child-friendly legal system to stop abuse of children in confinement for falling
 arrow PM calls for more efforts for children's welfare
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for more active participation of all concerned, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the civil society, in the government efforts towards development
 arrow Mymensingh mob lynches 3 robbers
Lynch mob in Bhaluka of Mymensingh yesterday beat at least three robbers to death and injured another three, two of them critically, when the gang was fleeing the scene after robbery.
 arrow Jay concerned at grenade attack, deaths in Rab action
British Permanent Undersecretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Sir Michael Jay yesterday expressed concern over the May 21 grenade attack on the British high commissioner, deaths in Rapid
 arrow Donors support huge farm subsidy
Donors supported local agriculture experts' recommendation for substantial farm subsidy as part of a 62-point prescription for modernising Bangladesh's agriculture through its mechanisation and commercialisation.
 arrow Bhuiyan issues 3-day ultimatum to student bodies to end DU strike
BNP Secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday gave a three-day ultimatum to the opposition-backed student bodies enforcing an indefinite strike at Dhaka University (DU) to withdraw the strike so
 arrow Six student bodies react
Leaders of six opposition-backed student organisations yesterday reacted sharply to the ruling BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's 3-day ultimatum to the student bodies who called students' strike
 arrow City JCD leader dies in Rab custody
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Mohammadpur died last night at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) allegedly from beating the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) inflicted on him after his arrest
 arrow Media policy on cards
The government is going to formulate a media policy aiming to remove existing anomalies in the media, a top government official said yesterday.
 arrow Series of car bomb blasts kill 26 in Iraq
A series of car bomb blasts tore through Baghdad and the northern Iraq city of Mosul yesterday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 100.
 arrow Americans win Nobel for medicine
Americans Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck have won the 2004 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work in studying the biology of the sense of smell.
 arrow UK expects proper probe
Visiting UK Undersecretary Sir Michael Jay yesterday said his country expects Bangladesh government to investigate the August 21 grenade attack properly and bring the culprits to justice.
 arrow UP chairman found dead after Rab raid on his house
A union parishad (UP) chairman of Bagerhat Sadar upazila was found dead yesterday two and a half hours after Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) made a futile attempt to arrest him in a pre-dawn raid on hishouse.
 arrow Tornado kills 2 in Satkhira
A tornado lashed several villages in Assassuni, Kaliganj and Shyamnagar upazilas of the district on Sunday evening leaving two people killed and eight injured.
 arrow Skop calls strike for tomorrow
The leaders of Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday vowed to make tomorrow's 24-hour strike a success to press the government to implement an agreement signed between the two sides.
 arrow Wet Dhaka, Dry policy....

 arrow 22 die, 42 missing as immigrant boat sinks
Twenty-two would-be immigrants drowned and 42 were missing after a boat that was to have carried them across the Mediterranean broke up and sank off the Tunisian coast at the weekend.
Businessarrow Privatisation Commission back in action
After 17 months of inertia following a cabinet committee decision that curtailed its authority, the Privatisation Commission is now back in action as per an understanding reached with industries ministry
 arrow Saifur favours home-grown reforms for the poor
Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman has called upon multilateral financial institutions like World Bank and the IMF to let countries such as Bangladesh carry out reforms in their own respective
 arrow Batexpo begins tomorrow
A three-day Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) begins in Dhaka tomorrow with apparel manufactures hoping to get increased orders from buyers.
 arrow July-August exports clock 26pc growth
Riding on a spectacular growth in readymade garment (RMG) export, Bangladesh witnessed an encouraging 26.37 percent overall export growth in the first two months of this fiscal year.
 arrow Oil prices ease from highs on Nigeria pact
Oil prices eased on Monday after rebels in Nigeria withdrew a threat to target oil operations, but lingering concerns over stretched supplies ahead of winter kept prices close to $50.
 arrow No consensus on demand for the poor’s greater voice
Developing countries are agitating for greater decision-making power in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, but the head of the IMF acknowledged Sunday that political consensus on thequestion
 arrow Top VAT payers under large taxpayer unit purview
The large taxpayer unit under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has expanded its wing covering the value added tax (VAT) from this month.
 arrow Seminar on Islamic investment held at CSE
With less than two weeks before launch of the first mutual fund based on Islamic Shariah the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) organised seminar on an Islamic investment on Sunday to prepare its members
 arrow Sandhani Life Ins okays 14pc dividend
Sandhani Life Insurance Company Limited has declared a 14 percent dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Federal Ins declares 10pc dividend
Federal Insurance Company Limited has declared a 10 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Nestle gets product selling right at Fantasy Kingdom
Nestle Bangladesh Limited has signed an agreement with theme park Fantasy Kingdom to sell its products exclusively at the entertainment park.
 arrow Malaysia chalks up strong trade surplus
Malaysia in August chalked up its 82nd consecutive trade surplus and its highest since December 1999 with a total of 8.06 billion ringgit (2.12 billion dollars), the trade ministry said Monday.
 arrow New MD of Agrani Bank
Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed joined Agrani Bank as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) on Saturday.
 arrow Finance leaders urge vigilance on terror
Finance officials from all over the globe gathered under heavy guard on Sunday to push for a stepped-up fight against terror financing while warning the poor must not be forgotten.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Chief selector's backup cry
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that the non-existence of a second string national side and absence of proper domestic competitions left him with little options to bring about any changes in the national
 arrow Cricket: Premier League from Nov 23
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to start the country's most exciting domestic competition, the Premier Cricket League, from November 23.
 arrow Hockey: Hosts labour, India blaze
Bangladesh set up a final clash with favourites India in the Under-21 Challenge Cup hockey tournament when the hosts beat Oman 2-0 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Women's football makes debut
Women's football finally saw light as the first ever tournament of the country got underway at the Bir Shreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Nat'l swimming begins today
About 600 swimmers will be vying for 50 gold medals as the 20th Na-tional Swimming Championships begin at the Army Swimming Pool today.
 arrow Cricket: What if Waugh not here?
Even men of the stature of Steve Waugh should be permitted regrets, just small ones, minor "what ifs?" to chew over during those quieter moments.
 arrow Football: Tangail blank Mymensingh
Tangail brushed aside Mymensingh 6-0 to move into the second round of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament at the Jamalpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WICB reveals 2005 schedule
West Indies, the ICC Champions Trophy winners, will host South Africa and Pakistan between March and June 2005.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie Tests live on DD
Fans heaved a sigh of relief Monday after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reportedly struck a last-minute deal with the national broadcaster to telecast live Test matches against Australia
 arrow Hockey: Abbas' feat in Pak win
Penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas equalled the field hockey world record for international goals as he starred in Pakistan's 3-1 win over India in the fifth match of an eight-match series here on
 arrow Cricket: SL ready sans Murali
Sri Lankan cricket captain Marvan Atapattu said Monday he is learning to live without world record-holder Muttiah Muralitharan and his side would do its best in both the tri-series and the Tests in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Decisive rivalries!
Key battles that could decide the Test series bet-ween India and Australia starting here on Wed-nesday:


Australia will look to the formidable Hayden for a good start, while

 arrow Cricket: BCB's new online partner
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) signed a deal yesterday with the Global Online Services Limited to get free Internet service.
 arrow Football: Real slip again
A late goal form Barcelona's former Celtic favourite Henrik Larsson fired the Catalan outfit to the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday with a 1-0 win at the Nou Camp against newly-promoted Numancia.
 arrow Football: Super-sub Cole
A strike from Joe Cole allowed Chelsea to keep within two points of champions Arsenal at the top of the Premiership with a 1-0 defeat of Liverpool Sunday as Manchester United were held 1-1 at home toMiddlesbrough.
 arrow Football: Juve's joy at a price
Juventus held onto first place in Serie A with an unspectacular 1-0 victory at Udinese on Sunday, but their joy at maintaining the lead in Italy was tempered by a serious injury to striker David Trezeguet.
 arrow Football: Govou takes Lyon atop
Sidney Govou scored an injury-time winner for Lyon in a topsy-turvy 3-2 victory over St Etienne to shoot them into second spot in the French league table behind Lille on Sunday night.
 arrow Football: Glazer closing in?
Manchester United, the world's richest football club, said Monday it had received a preliminary takeover approach, following reports that American sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer was plotting to seize control.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters' future in jeopardy
The future of former world number one Kim Clijsters looked in the balance Monday after she was ruled out of action until 2005 after aggravating a wrist injury in the Belgian Open here at the weekend.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya move into Intercon Cup semifinals
Kenya advanced into semifinals of the Intercontinental Cup after the three-day match against Namibia was declared a draw at the Nairobi Aga Sports club on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Apologies, apologies!
Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has publicly apologised to Everton's Tim Cahill after his horror tackle on the Australian international at Goodison Park.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangladesh: Anatomy of Change' launched
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Bangladesh: Anatomy of Change' written by Abdul Awal Mintoo, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), was held at
 arrow 'Women underrepresented in politics'
Women are still underrepresented in politics across the globe, said Carole Hillard, former American Lt. Governor of South Dakota, yesterday.
 arrow Rab nabs 4 in Ctg
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four top criminals in Sitakunda Upazila early yesterday.

Sources said the team in a pre-dawn raid caught the four in Bhatiary area at around 4.00am.

Nationalarrow A new beginning for jute, not the end
Gaibandha: Golden fibre jute is making a glorious comeback, much to the delight of farmers and with new prospects for the country.
 arrow A different scene at jute research instt
Farm workers of the Central Jute Research Farm of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on its compound at Jagir in Manikganj demanding payment of their
 arrow How many more journalists to die?
Journalists in Rajshahi and Gaibandha on Sunday protested the brutal killing of Dipankar Chakrabarty, a senior journalist and vice-president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) in Bograon
 arrow Criminals flee to CHT from Ctg
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moniswapon Dewan yesterday said he has credible information that criminals, chased by Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and other law enforcers in Chittagong,
 arrow Allegations against UNO by UP chairmen
All the four Union Parishad (UP) chairmen in Jurachhari upazila in a joint statement on Saturday made allegations of irregularities and non-cooperation by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Saleh Ahmed and
 arrow Elderly allowance shared by UP leaders!
Elderly Zobed Ali and Bachhi-ruddin of Kashiram Belpukur union in Syedpur upazila were returning home with Tk 1800 each they got as government's elderly allowance.
 arrow 2 children missing from Rajshahi Safe Home
Two children went missing from Rajshahi Safe Home for

Women in Baya area here since August 25 night.

Point-Counterpointarrow How does freedom for Anwar Ibrahim impact on Malaysian politics?
On 2nd September, in a stunning reversal of earlier judicial pronouncements, the Malaysian Federal High Court in 2-1 verdict overturned the controversial sodomy conviction of the former Deputy Prime Minister
 arrow Recommendations need ratification
October 5 is observed as the World Teachers' Day both by governments and teachers' organizations to remind the people that this day was proclaimed in 1993 by UNESCO to recognise the contributions of teachers.
 arrow Kachi Kanchar Mela enjoys an enviable position
Children represent future generation of a country.
Culturearrow Faces of the legends
Portraits were once a popular art form and received immense patronage from the rich and the élite. With the development of mainstream art, however, portraits have been greatly marginalised.
 arrow Luis Buñuel's surrealistic world
Zahir Raihan Film Society will screen 10 films made by Spanish master filmmaker Luis Buñuel from October 04-06 at the Goethe Institut Dhaka.
 arrow Q & A
After an interval of some 15 years, Ferdous Wahid makes a comeback to the music scene with his soon-to-be-released album on the coming Eid. Recently, we bumped into Ferdous--a pop star of the 1980s.
 arrow Folk Music
The frenzied head banging of the boyatis (the mystical singers of the rural Bengal), the irresistible tunes of ektara, dotara, dholok, khanjani with Lalon, marfoti, murshidi, bhatiyali, bhawaiya andHason
Generalarrow PM for timely promotion of army officers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said the government wants to build a professional army with competent and skilled officers guiding the force.
 arrow 'Stop using toxicants in foods'
Movement for Poison-free Food, an environmental organisation, yesterday demanded steps to stop mixing toxic substance with foods for various purposes.
 arrow No headway in murder of journalist Dipankar
Police could not arrest anybody in connection with the murder of Dipankar Chakrabarty, a senior journalist and vice-president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), till yesterday.
 arrow JCD men attack IU official, seven other staffs
Deputy controller of examinations and seven other staffs of the Islamic University (IU) were injured in an attack allegedly by JCD men on the campus yesterday.
 arrow More Volvo buses for BRTC: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda has said more Volvo buses will be added to the fleet of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC) to ease the movement of commuters.
 arrow JICF awards scholarships to 20 DU students
Japan International Co-operation Foundation (JICF) yesterday awarded scholarships to 20 first year students of Dhaka University (DU) for their outstanding academic results.
Internationalarrow India sends extra troops to violence-hit northeast
India yesterday ordered extra troops to its troubled northeastern states in a bid to stem a wave of rebel-linked violence, which has killed 69 people and injured 210 in the past three days.
 arrow Iraqi militants to form united front
Islamic militant groups fighting US-led troops in Iraq plan to unite under one umbrella and rein in sectarian attacks by loyalists of suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, a Kuwaiti daily
 arrow Iran's reformist vice president resigns
One of Iran's most outspoken reformists, Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, announced yesterday he had submitted his resignation from the increasingly isolated pro-reform government.
 arrow Israel presses ahead with Gaza offensive
Five days into Israel's largest offensive in Gaza in years, army commanders were talking of an operation lasting weeks, while officials looked even further ahead to Israel's planned evacuation of Gaza
 arrow Retrial of Gujarat riot case opens in Mumbai
The retrial of 21 Hindus acquitted of killing 12 Muslims in an arson attack on a bakery during religious riots that swept India's western Gujarat state in 2002 got underway here yesterday.
 arrow Lanka takes fresh peace move despite opposition boycott
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday launched a fresh initiative for a broader dialogue on the island's faltering peace efforts despite a mass boycott by the opposition.
 arrow Indonesian ex-general declared victor
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has vowed to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism.
 arrow 1000 Indian fishermen remain missing after cyclone
Around 2000 fishermen from Gujarat have been reported missing from Jakhau sea area of Kutch district during the recent cyclone in the Arabian sea, a fishermen's association claimed yesterday.
 arrow US polls focus falls on Cheney, Edwards
Vice President Dick Cheney and his Democratic counterpart John Edwards will step to the fore in the US election campaign today for their own debate on the future of the United States.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Evaluation on quality of life
Quality of life in a country, particularly a developing one, assessed against a certain bench-mark is something its citizens are naturally keen to know about.
 arrow Editorial: Journalist butchered
The killing of yet another journalist, this time in Bogra, is a rude shock to all of us.
 arrow Palestinians under siege
It seems the world has somehow become oblivious of a tiny nation called Palestine, which is barely managing to survive. Or, perhaps, the world has been divested of its sensibilities.
 arrow 'Mexed missages'
Four years in power and two years of war have improved George Bush.
Letters to Editorarrow Writings of Badrul Ahsan
We read interesting books, classics, and some good articles. We read Md. Badrul Ahsan's articles and we also go through the letter page in The Daily Star. We wrote this letter on Md.
 arrow On our cricket
I remember writing critical letters here on our cricket and earning a few readers' wrath. Now I see most letters here on our cricket are as critical as those I had written.
 arrow No way out !
I am one of the general students of DU. I spent 16 months and 14 months respectively to complete first year and second year. I have already spent 14 months in third year.
 arrow On celebrating Shab-e-barat
The opinion given by Mr S Ashraf Ali, former director of the Islamic Foundation in Dhaka on Shab-e-barat is in direct contradiction with many Islamic scholars' around the world.