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Front Pagearrow DU education held hostage to politics
Dhaka University (DU) loses some Tk 45 lakh a day in unproductive expenditures to strike-induced shutdown.
 arrow UK ready to help for quick probe
British Under-secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Sir Michael Jay yesterday renewed UK's offer of help for a speedy conclusion to the investigations into the August 21 grenade attacks
 arrow Parliament still hobbles
The Jatiya Sangsad, commissioned to ensure the government's transparency and accountably, is yet to begin functioning effectively with uncertainty hanging over it even after three years into the BNP-led
 arrow PM urges opposition to shun path of destruction
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a fresh call for the opposition politicians to shun the path of destruction and stressed the need for peace and discipline to maintain the positive trend of economic
 arrow Commission visits witness, confirms his grave illness
The three-member commission tasked with verifying reported ill health of Saifuddin Ahmed yesterday said the key witness to the historic Jail Killing Case is unable beyond doubt to appear at court.
 arrow No 'hard evidence' on Iraq-Qaeda link
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday he knew of no "strong, hard evidence" linking Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al-Qaeda, despite describing extensive contacts between the two before the Iraq invasion.
 arrow Cabinet may discuss probe body's finds
The next meeting of the cabinet may discuss the findings of the judicial probe commission that hinted at foreign enemies' involvement in the August 21 grenade mayhem and also take a decision on making
 arrow More ammo found at city slum
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in a raid on a shanty at Sattola slum in Mohakhali yesterday seized more bullets after it retrieved two grenades, an AK-47 assault rifle, a revolver and over
 arrow Staff, job seekers go berserk at Mitford Hospital
Employees of Mitford Hospital and some job aspirants yesterday went on rampage at the hospital in Dhaka in protest against the transfer of a director of the hospital who allegedly took a large amountof
 arrow LDCs to get advantage
Trade talks between seven South Asian nations to strike a free trade agreement continued for the second day yesterday with all countries holding bilateral meetings to minimise differences on the negative
 arrow WB works for urgent resource package
The World Bank (WB) is "now seriously working on emergency basis" to approve a resource package along with the ADB for post-flood rehabilitation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Troops at pump houses during Ramadan
The government has decided to deploy troops at all the six zonal offices, pump stations and water treatment plants of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) during the month of Ramadan to ensure the
 arrow EC to probe 'unusual' situation
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to probe the alleged irregularities in Daultkhan municipally polls as the third phase of the municipality polls starts today elsewhere in the country amid
 arrow Sawed off...

 arrow Low to cause heavy rains
The land depression passing through north Andhra Pradesh and south Orissa has become a well-marked low over the same area.
 arrow Two outlaws killed, MP's mill bombed
Two alleged outlaws were killed and three bombs hurled on a ruling BNP lawmaker's biscuit factory in as many incidents in Chuadanga district on Monday night.
 arrow Finally they started..

 arrow Opposition backs Skop strike today
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) with the support of mainstream opposition parties including the Awami League enforces a 24-hour strike at mills and factories across the country and in the transport
 arrow UK keen to invest in power sector
Britain is keen to invest in Bangladesh's power sector, visiting British Permanent Under-Secretary Michael Jay has said.
 arrow Rab nabs Kala Jahangir's aide
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an aide to notorious criminal Kala Jahangir from Phultala upazila of Khulna at around midnight on Monday.
 arrow Nobel physics prize goes to American trio
David Gross, David Politzer and Frank Wilczek won the 2004 Nobel physics prize yesterday for explaining how the basic building blocks of nature, quarks, interact to make a coin spin or build the entire
 arrow IG prisons transferred
Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brigadier General Zillur Rahman was transferred to Sylhet Medical College and Hospital yesterday as its director.
 arrow Customs releases kidney dialysis fluid at last
The customs authorities at Kamalapur Inland Container Depot (ICD) yesterday cleared the shipment of 28,000-litre kidney dialysis solution held there since September 21.
 arrow Wrong ride...

 arrow Charges pressed against Kajal, 8 others in triple murder case
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police yesterday pressed charges against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and eight others in the macabre triple murder case of a Old Dhaka businessman, his
Businessarrow Big French investment likely in coming days
Bangladesh is set to get a sizeable investment from France in the coming days as a growing consumer market and good profit margin in the country have generated interest among big French entrepreneurs,
 arrow Rich turn blind eye to poor's issues as trade talks drag on
Rich countries and World Trade Organisation (WTO) hardly address trade interests of the poor nations creating an imbalance in global trade and slow progress in global trade talks, speakers observed at
 arrow 3-day Medexpo begins in Dhaka tomorrow
With a view to introducing recent medical equipment innovations to professionals and entrepreneurs, the second international exhibition of medical equipment, hospitals, healthcare products and services
 arrow Purabi General Ins declares 10pc dividend
Purabi General Insurance has declared a 10 percent dividend for its shareholders.

The declaration was made at the company's annual general meeting held in Dhaka recently, says a press release.

 arrow EBL signs money transfer agreement with MoneyGram
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has signed money transfer agreement with MoneyGram International, an international money transfer company.
 arrow BDS seminar participants visit JOBS site in Bangladesh
Participants of the 5th annual Business Development Service (BDS) seminar visited the factory of Bengal Braided Rugs Ltd (BBRL) on Sunday.
 arrow Oil prices rebound above $50
Oil prices rallied back above 50 dollars a barrel, closing in on record high points on technical factors and persistent worries about tight global supplies, traders said.
 arrow Poor textile making states must be protected
Poor textile-producing nations must be cushioned from the inevitable dominance of China when an international quota regime is wound up at the end of this year, the European Union's incoming trade chief
 arrow Asia freight rates edge up on hopes Chinese demand to rise
Panamax dry bulk rates have edged higher on hopes that demand from China will swing upward when players there return from a week-long holiday, shipping brokers said Tuesday.
 arrow India, South Korea set trade target of $10b by 2008
India and South Korea Tuesday signed two agreements to bolster ties while pledging to triple existing bilateral trade to 10 billion dollars by 2008 and to intensify defence links, an official statement
 arrow S Korea credit card cos on road to recovery
South Korean credit card issuers, whose enormous losses have been a drag on the country's economy for two years, are turning around earlier than expected, analysts and reports said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Australia begin quest to conquer 'final frontier'
India and Australia go into Wednes-day's first Test here without their first-choice teams amid growing concern about both the incle-ment weather and how the wicket will play.
 arrow Swimming: Pool catches fire
Records tumbled thick and fast on the opening day of the 20th National Swimming Championships at the Army Swimming Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vettori may lead NZ in ODIs here
Spinner Daniel Vettori is likely to lead New Zealand's one-day squad for their three one-day internationals in Bangladesh next month.
 arrow Football: Fundamentalists target women's football again
Fundamentalist elements cast a shadow over the inaugural Women's Football Tournament as they demanded suspension of the competition as it rolled into its second day yesterday.
 arrow Football: Muktis bow out of IFA Shield
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra crashed out of the IFA Shield when they lost 3-1 to Kolkata Mohamme-dan in their second and last group match yesterday in Kolkata according to a message received here.
 arrow Cricket: Rain upsets Tigers' training
The Bangladesh cricket team's training for the upcoming New Zealand tour was disrupted by inclement weather yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India turn to Sunny
India have called up batting great Sunil Gavaskar to assist its out-of-form batsmen ahead of the Test series against world champions Australia starting on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Abahani lose to Nepal
Abahani suffered a 2-1 defeat against Nepal's national team in their last group match of the King's Cup Football tournament in Bhutan yesterday.
 arrow Football: Natore, N'ganj in 2nd round
Enamul's hattrick inspired hosts Natore to move into the second round of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football tournament outplaying Chapainababganj 7-1 at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka look to Asia Cup
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu said his side must build on their Asia Cup win as they face hosts Pakistan in the tri-series one-day tournament here at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh meet India today
It will be a dress-rehearsal for final when hosts Bangladesh will meet India in the last group match of the Under-21 Challenge Cup hockey tournament today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Laxman wants to do it again
India's Vangi-purappu Lax-man says he is seeking to play a pivotal role again against Australia in their home Test series starting on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble not in a hurry
India's Anil Kumble hopes to claim his 400th wicket on home turf when the first Test against Australia starts here on Wednesday -- but preferably not on the opening day itself.
 arrow Football: From Highbury to Emirates
Arsenal's new 60,000-seater ground at Ashburton Grove which is scheduled to open for the 2006-07 season will be known as the Emirates Stadium for the next 15 years after they agreed a 100 million pound
 arrow Football: Lazio in group of death
Top seeds Lazio of Italy drew last year's semi-finalists Villarreal, English Premiership side Middlesbrough and the experienced Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup draw made here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Owen vows comeback
Michael Owen has vowed to silence the critics calling for him to be axed by England after a troubled start to his career with Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Edmilson out for six months
Barcelona's Brazilian international midfield defender Edmilson underwent surgery Monday on a cruciate ligament in his right knee which has ruled him out of action for six months, club doctor Jordi Ardevol
 arrow Football: A tragic way to die
Brazilian footballer Cleonicio dos Santos Silva died here on Monday after being shot in the head, said local police.
 arrow Football: Redknapp in trouble
Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp is facing a three-match ban after being charged with serious foul play by the Football Association (FA) on Monday following his horror tackle on Everton midfielderTim
 arrow Cricket: Waugh's tips
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh says India skipper Sourav Ganguly is suspect against the short ball.
 arrow Tennis: Zvonareva crashes out
Russian Vera Zvonareva became the second seed to crash out of the 650,000-dollar WTA event here Tuesday falling to a straight sets 6-3, 7-5 first round defeat against compatriot Elena Likhovtseva.
Metropolitanarrow PCJ, BCF demand withdrawal of student strike
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation (BCF) yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the student strike and urged the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to take steps to reopen
 arrow Worker falls from underconstruction building, dies
A construction worker died after falling from an under-construction building at Shyamoli and police recovered the body of a housewife at Uttara in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow BM College locked, strike called from today
Honours examinees, joined by other students protesting realisation of examination fees in excess of the prescribed amount, locked all rooms at Barisal Government B M College yesterday and declared anindefinite
 arrow Importer of 'rotten' wheat yet to be nabbed
The importer of Indian "rotten" wheat in Syedpur, Hazi Mustaq Ahmed, is yet to be nabbed despite demonstrations by different political parties for his arrest.

Syedpur police says he is absconding.

 arrow Corruption in Rangamati DPHE
A DPHE (Department of Public Health and Engineering) contractor yesterday lodged a written complaint to Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Moniswapon Dewan seeking security of life following
 arrow Disabled but self-reliant
Disability was no bar for crippled Siddiqur Rahman, 36, of Sheikh Para village under Jagdal union in Sadar upazila to achieve self-sufficiency.
 arrow Re-polling postponed till Oct 24
Re-election to the post of Jhalakathi municipal chairman, scheduled for October 17, has been postponed till October 24 by the Supreme Court.
 arrow 50 hurt in Charghat pre-polls clash
At least 50 people were injured as supporters of rebel BNP chairman candidate in Charghat municipal elections clashed with police on Monday.
 arrow Human chain for arrest of housemaid's killers
Rajshahi Women Repression Prevention Committee yesterday formed a human chain in the city's Laxmipur area demanding punishment to the alleged killers of housemaid Noor Banu.
 arrow RU students threaten tougher action
Several hundred students in Rajshahi University on Monday staged one hour sit-in demonstration in front of the History Department on the campus.
Point-Counterpointarrow A liberal Muslim goes to America
Muqtedar Khan is one of the rising stars among Muslim intellectuals in the West. A US-based academic of Indian origin, he is a fellow of the prestigious Brookings Institution.
 arrow Whose fundamentalism?
At his first press conference as Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh said he's opposed to "fundamentalism" of both the Right and the Left. This may appear a reasonable statement of neutrality and fairness.
 arrow 'Agattya', mosquitoes and more
In our health culture, mosquitoes have since been in the centre-stage, albeit with a negative stance.
 arrow Creating an environment for development
United Nations has presented us a new dream namely, "Millennium Development Goal (MDG)". It is expected that, if this dream can be realised, it will contribute significantly in poverty reduction.
Culturearrow T I Emon: A director with dash and dare
Toufikul Islam Emon, in his early 30s, has understood well the complex feat of presenting plays that get rave revues.
 arrow Coming a long way with music
Kumar Bishwajit, one of the favourite names for music lovers of the country, celebrated his 25-year career in music with a grand programme on October 04.
 arrow Amadergaan.com comes forward to help ailing Boyati
Internet-based music community amadergaan.com will hold a charity concert on October 8, in order to raise funds for treatment of the ailing folk singer Abdur Rahman Boyati.
 arrow Two films win acclaim
Two of Impress Telefilm Ltd.'s films, Bachelor and Duratta, have won awards at the 5th Bangladesh Film Festival in London.
Generalarrow Allocation increased for healthcare
The annual budget allocation in health sector has been increased substantially in last three years to provide improved healthcare services to the people, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker
 arrow Rab seals 3 godowns of milk powder, nabs five
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) sealed three godowns of milk powder and arrested five people, including leader of a trade body, in the city's Chaktai area on Monday midnight for marketing adulterated
 arrow Five killed in bus plunge in Rangpur
Five people were killed and 32 others injured critically when a bus fell into a roadside ditch on Rangpur-Dhaka highway near Mithapukur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 3 teenagers injured in bomb blast
Three teenaged boys were injured in a bomb explosion at Nilkhet in the city yesterday.
 arrow Date for depositing Hajj money extended
The government has decided to extend the date for depositing money for performing Hajj up to October 20.
 arrow Workshop for graphical workers begins
A three-day workshop for graphical workers began at a city hotel yesterday.
 arrow Citibank arranges movie show to raise awareness about cancer
Citibank, NA, Bangladesh arranged an exclusive Hollywood movie night for its customers at Bashundhara City in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Razia Sultana
Today is the second death anniversary of Razia Sultana Razu, assistant editor of the Arthayon, an econo-political magazine, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Israel, Palestinians seek deal to end fighting
Israel and the Palestinian Authority are trying to work out a deal to end the army's Gaza offensive in return for stopping militants firing rockets into the Jewish state, Israeli security sources said
 arrow Rebels offer talks to Delhi as strike cripples northeast
Rebels blamed for a fresh wave of violence in India's restive northeast offered yesterday to hold talks with New Delhi, as a general strike to protest the bloodletting brought the region to a shuddering
 arrow Tigers reject Lanka's latest peace initiative
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday rejected Sri Lanka's latest peace initiative as a "time wasting tactic" as Norway warned the insurgents to stop killing political opponents.
 arrow US states race to register voters
US election officials in four swing states are reporting record numbers of new voters for next month's presidential election.
 arrow 3 Iraqis die in attack on US convoy
Three Iraqis were killed and three wounded yesterday after a car bomb attack on a US military convoy in the main northern city of Mosul as police said they found three headless bodies of Iraqis.
 arrow India, South Korea sign extradition treaty
India and South Korea yesterday signed two agreements to bolster relations after talks between visiting President Roh Moo-Hyun and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 arrow One-fourth in US think ill of Muslims: Poll
One in four Americans have a negative image of Muslims, according to a poll released Monday by a US Muslim group.
 arrow Iran says it now has missile with 2,000 km range
Iran now has ballistic missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles), powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted as saying yesterday by the state news agency Irna.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What happened to the Ctg arms haul case?
That we are at the receiving end of illegal weapons has been proved once again by the discovery of illegal arms and ammunition from a shanty in Dhaka.
 arrow Editorial: A victim's bold stance against fatwa
What kind of fatwa or religious decree is this? The location is a Rangpur village.
 arrow Commission of inquiry: What next?
One-member commission of inquiry set up by the government has submitted its report.
 arrow Will Siachen become a 'no-war zone'?
The Indo-Pakistan summit level talks at the United Nations on the sidelines of the general assembly session seem to have gone off quite well. The dialogue between Indian prime minister Dr.
 arrow Racial profiling?
Kamran Akhtar, a Pakistani national allegedly living illegally in the US, was arrested on July 20 while videotaping skyscrapers in Charlotte North Carolina.
Letters to Editorarrow Three cheers for rickshaws!
My 15-year old son and I were visiting Dhaka last month. Wherever I took my son, he would only want to ride a rickshaw. He thought it was the best form of transport.
 arrow Dismal cricket
The performance of Bangladesh cricket team in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy was absolutely shocking. Our cricket players are still not capable of playing at the international level.
 arrow We need harsh laws
Suppose, you have a sister or daughter who does an independent job. One day she was raped brutally , not only that her spinal cord was cut ,her head was about to fall apart, and her organs burnt .
 arrow TIB report
I have read the TIB report on corruption at the waterside of Bangladesh (DS 29 Sep 04), it was long overdue.
 arrow Victims of politics
We, the students of Dhaka University, once known as the Oxford of the East, have been victimised by nasty party politics. Our future is in jeopardy.
 arrow War and our responsibility
I thank Mr. Sirajul Islam for his views on war expressed in the DS letter page on Sept. 27 titled "Is War Necessary?" This is a very pertinent question all over the world now.
 arrow Can they deliver?
I refer to your internet edition news item of 27th September under the heading-"B Chy and Kamal working for a national consensus".
 arrow Hijab
I have noticed a lot of letters being published recently regarding the hijab and its effects on the status of women in Islam.
 arrow First year admission test
All the universities are making necessary arrangements for the first year admission test for the coming academic session.
 arrow Timely commentary
Your commentary "Throttling democratic dissent will lead to hartals" is definitely one of the finest I have ever read.

The truth is there and nobody in particular is to be blamed.

 arrow "Asia today"
I was watching the news programme "Asia today" on BBC. The programme covered a report on vulgarism in Bangla cinema.
 arrow Rowdy post-accident behaviour
My attention was drawn to your very timely and well written editorial "Rowdy post accident behaviour" (DS September 30th).
 arrow Halder's passing
I was shocked to learn that former AL lawmaker S. Halder died. My heart goes to his family in this day of great loss.
 arrow We love English (Part 2)
If we want to learn English well, we need three things 1) an interest and a passion to learn 2) English reading materials 3) the computer.
 arrow Burnt to death!
Three people were burnt to death! The incident took place at night on September 26, 2004, on the city's Free School Street. They could be robbers but they were humans, after all.
 arrow Chittagong port
Bangladesh is again inching towards the records which it achieved three times in the past.
 arrow Violation of rules
I got a job in DEPZ, Savar, on 1 Sept. 04, but was not issued an appointment letter. I was verbally told that I would be given a salary of Tk 20, 000 per month.
 arrow "Partha's plight"
Brig- Gen Shahedul Anam Khan deserves our thanks for his sensitive write-up on the above-noted subject in the D S of Sept. 28.
StarTecharrow NSU kicks off regional ACM programming competition
ON October 7 and 8, North South University will be hosting the Dhaka site of the regional ACM Inter-Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), the first round in a worldwide competition.
 arrow Global Online assigned the official ISP of BCB
GLOBAL Online Services (GOS) Ltd., a leading corporate ISP of the country, has been appointed as the official internet service provider of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow SEDF and BASIS for a different SOFTEXPO2004
ON September 22, SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) and BASIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to jointly organise different programs on the occasion of SOFT- EXPO2004,
 arrow Palm now introduces memory-packed organiser
Handheld computer maker PalmOne Inc. unveiled Monday a new memory-packed personal digital assistant that can double as a portable data storage drive.
 arrow Yahoo adding new search engine tools
FOLLOWING a recent industry trend, Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is adding new search engine tools that will enable users to create personal folders and share their favorite links with others.
Star Chittagongarrow CU greens a rich sanctuary for wildlife
The pristine natural bushes on the Chittagong University campus has become a rich sanctuary for hundreds of wildlife, trees and plants.
Star Cityarrow Unplanned settlement now poses permanent waterlogging threat
A large swath of the area inside the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment faces permanent waterlogging because of unplanned urbanisation at the cost of proper drainage system.
 arrow Ancient canal ends up in encroachment
Encroachment chokes the northern end of Jirani Khal an ancient canal that carries volumes of water from eastern Dhaka.
 arrow Rickshaw off-limit programme revised under fresh deadline
Delay is making some city roads off-limit to rickshaws for political reasons has made the donors unhappy, prompting the authority to thoroughly revise the donor-funded programme under a fresh deadline
 arrow Fixing of meat price by DCC protested
The Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) has protested Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) fixing of retail price of meat before Ramadan.
 arrow Bunogesic, the new threat
A new drug, bunogesic, has become a recent attraction at the Anandabazar slum in the city.
 arrow Novo Theatre catches imagination
The Bhashani Novo Theatre, the country's first planetarium has attracted huge numbers of visitors since its inauguration on September 25.