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Front Pagearrow Tornadoes batter Dhaka, districts: 13 killed
At least 13 people were killed and over 500 injured as tornadoes and severe storms lashed capital Dhaka, adjoining Tongi and several central and southwestern districts yesterday.
 arrow Rain brings capital to a standstill
An unbroken spell of gusty wind and rain continued lashing Dhaka for the second straight day yesterday, delaying by at least an hour three domestic and international flights from Zia International Airport
 arrow Crime takes on terror proportion
Crime waves continue striking terror into entire Bangladesh despite a range of government steps to check the downslide in law and order, one of the election pledges of the four-party alliance government
 arrow High borrowing fear looms large
Government borrowing from banks may exceed the target set in the budget this fiscal year if the government does not get additional budgetary support from donors.
 arrow Rain to continue for 2 more days
Rain will continue for at least two more days as the land depression in the Indian state of Orissa last night moved to West Bengal heading for Bangladesh, meteorological office said.
 arrow 6 Rab men killed in road crash
Six members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were killed in a road accident in Chandpur Bazar in Natore yesterday.
 arrow JS body hails law and order improvement
A parliamentary body yesterday claimed that law and order is much better now than any other time in the past, though crime figures of 15 homicides and 350 other crimes on average a day suggest quite the
 arrow Severe power cut in Dhaka, N'ganj
Some parts of the capital including the Bangabhaban and the port town of Narayanganj grappled with severe power disruptions yesterday after five grid lines tripped and distribution lines were cut offby
 arrow Dhaka to look into India's insurgent camp claim
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Dhaka would look into Delhi's concerns over the alleged presence of Indian insurgents in Bangladesh, and emphasised open dialogue between the two neighbours
 arrow Car bomb kills 40 at Pakistan prayer meet
A powerful car bomb ripped through a prayer gathering of Sunni Muslim radicals in central Pakistan before dawn yesterday, killing 40 people and wounding more than 100 as the country grappled with a new
 arrow Areas inside DND dam deluged again
Incessant rain in the last couple of days has once again inundated most areas inside Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment intensifying the already suffering more than one million people.
 arrow AL MPs to join JS bodies
The main opposition lawmakers at a meeting yesterday decided to join the parliamentary standing committees, at least to register their protests against what they said was the unbridled corruption of the
 arrow AL leaders to picket in city to enforce hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is taking all-out preparations to make the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal of October 10 a success.
 arrow Austria's Jelinek wins Nobel literature prize
Austrian writer and poet Elfriede Jelinek won the 2004 Nobel Literature Prize yesterday, the Swedish Academy announced.
 arrow King Sihanouk abdicates
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk has abdicated while in self-imposed exile in Beijing, plunging the country into a new political crisis, his son, the national assembly president, said yesterday.
 arrow 2 more held for suspected involvement
Two more youths have been arrested and remanded for their alleged involvement with the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Flirting with danger

 arrow Fanatics, civil society face off today
Tension reigns in Narayanganj as religious fanatics and the civil society members stand fiercely opposed to each other on the former's programme to capture the Ahmadiyya mosque in the city today.
 arrow Tax case against Ershad adjourned till Nov 13
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned until November 13 the hearing of the income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad.
 arrow IMF promises to include flood assistance in PRGF
IMF (International Monetary Fund) Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato has assured of considering the impact of recent floods in its assistance package under the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF)being
 arrow Alliance rally venue shifted for rain
The ruling BNP-led four-party alliance has shifted its October 9 public rally marking three years in power to Muktangan as Paltan Maidan has become unfit due to downpour in the last few days.
 arrow Flyover opens to public Nov 7
The country's first flyover in Mohakhali in the capital will be open to public on November 7.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the flyover.

Businessarrow Oil prices hit record above $52
Oil prices have broken into fresh record territory above $52 on heightened concerns that supplies of heating fuels will prove inadequate during the northern hemisphere winter.
 arrow Compliance with BB rules can streamline treasury operations
Commercial banks should conduct treasury operations in compliance with a guideline to ensure efficiency, uniformity and transparency in the foreign exchange transactions, said ICC Bangladesh Vice-president
 arrow Int'l show of medical, health care begins
The second international medical and health care services exhibition, Medexpo-2004, began yesterday in Dhaka with a view to introducing recent medical equipment innovations to professionals and entrepreneurs.
 arrow OIC urged to focus on economic development
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urged the world's largest Islamic grouping yesterday to focus on economic development rather than politics and encouraged oil-rich states to share theirwealth
 arrow New EU farm chief for ending subsidies
The incoming EU farm chief said Wednesday she would keep the bloc's offer of ending food export subsidies on the table in global trade talks provided that the United States also cut trade-distorting support.
 arrow India to take fiscal, monetary steps to combat inflation
India will take measured fiscal and monetary steps to combat high inflation, as soaring oil prices threaten to damage economic growth, the country's finance minister said Wednesday.
 arrow New EU farm chief for ending subsidies
The incoming EU farm chief said Wednesday she would keep the bloc's offer of ending food export subsidies on the table in global trade talks provided that the United States also cut trade-distorting support.
 arrow Developing countries alliance seeks WTO farm deadline
An influential group of developing countries Wednesday called for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set an end-2005 deadline for a coming key phase of negotiations to free up world farm trade.
 arrow Three-day Bangladesh show begins in Nepal today
A three-day Bangladesh trade show, organised by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), begins in Kathmandu today.
 arrow Airbus hits back after US files complaint over subsidies
Airbus reacted forcefully Wednesday to a US complaint filed with the World Trade Organisation about European state aid for the European aircraft manufacturer, saying Washington's move underscored rival
 arrow Premier Bank completes five years of operations
Premier Bank Limited has completed five years of its operations in the country successfully.

The bank arranged a function in Dhaka on Monday to mark the occasion, says a press release.

 arrow Indian state-run firm attracts strong investor interest
The initial public offering of India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was oversubscribed 2.39 times within hours of its opening Thursday, an investment banker said.
 arrow Housing fair starts in Ctg
A three-day housing fair began at Engineers Institution in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Reuters to make Bangalore biggest info hub
Financial news and information provider Reuters Group Plc said on Thursday it plans to make Bangalore its biggest information-gathering hub, employing up to 1,500 people, or 10 percent of its total workforce.
 arrow Halal food market potentially worth $500b
The global market for "halal" food is potentially worth up to 500 billion dollars a year and Muslim countries should work together to tap into the booming industry, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad
Sportsarrow Swimming: Sparking Jewel sets new SAF mark
Jewel Ahmed broke the SAF (South Asian Federation) Games record in the 50-metre butterfly on the third day of the 20th National Swimming Championship at the Army Swimming Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies assume control
Michael Clarke hit a sparkling 151 on his de-but and a revitalised Glenn McGrath then ripped the hea-rt out of India's batting as Aus-tralia took co-mmand of the first Test on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: He is very proud
Australian batsman Michael Clarke described posting his hi-ghest first-class score on his Test debut against India as "something I'm very proud of".
 arrow Cricket: 'Twenty20 doesn't fit'
Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan said that the introduction of Twentyw20 in the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) would greatly diminish the appeal of the competition after a brilliant start last year.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova breezes into semis
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt eased into the third round of the Japan Open tennis tournament on Thursday while Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova booked her place in the women's semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan for improvement
Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu put the blame on his batsmen after their eight-wicket defeat by Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Simons seeks new talent
South Africa coach Eric Simons is on the lookout for players who show prolific form when the domestic Supersport Series starts on Thursday.
 arrow Golf: Tiger gets married
Tiger Woods has tied the knot with Swedish model Elin Nordegren in a lavish sunset ceremony at a posh Caribbean resort, reports said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Owen boost for England
England striker Michael Owen appears to be fit for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Wales after looking in good form in training on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Giggs has other ideas
Ryan Giggs will try to tie Manchester United teammate Gary Neville in knots and score a goal to send the Old Trafford crowd home in tears when his Wales side play England on Saturday.
 arrow Football: France's green phobia
France are fearful of drowning under a tide of green support at the Stade de France in Satur-day's World Cup qualifier against Ireland.
 arrow Football: What makes Henry tick?
Thierry Henry's standing as one of the most phenomenal strikers of recent times is undisputed -- so why does his seemingly effortless ability to find the back of the net for Arsenal desert him the minute
 arrow Football: Pires goes ballistic
Midfielder Robert Pires launched an angry attack on Spain coach Luis Aragones on Thursday over racist comments apparently aimed at his France and Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry.
 arrow Football: Diouf on a mission
Fallen star El Hadji Diouf is set to begin his international rehabilitation Sunday when Senegal face Liberia in a 2006 World Cup Africa zone qualifier.
 arrow Football: Burnout worries FIFA
World governing body FIFA insisted on Wednesday that the number of matches played throughout the world needs to be cut.
 arrow Cricket: Vettori leads NZ ODI squad in Bangladesh
All-rounder Daniel Vettori will captain New Zealand's one-day squad on their tour of Bangladesh later this month.
 arrow Football: Women's soccer ignores shower and threats
Despite threats from religious bigots, the women's football tournament resumed after a day's break in heavy downpour at the Bir Sheshthar Shahid Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Monir new BFF vice-president
Monir Ahmed was elected the vice-president of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) with an overwhelming victory yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: More frustration for the Tigers
The country's national cricketers endured another frustrating day as they could not knock even in the indoors nets of BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gloster too released
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that physio John Gloster had tendered his resignation.

"Yes, he tendered his resignation citing family problem.

 arrow Hockey: Rain holds up U-21 hockey final
Heavy rain forced organisers to postpone the Challenge Cup U-21 hockey tournament final between hosts Bangladesh and India yesterday.
 arrow Reporter Monwar no more
The sports fraternity was saddened yesterday by the untimely death of Monwar Ahmed, a young sports reporter of the Daily Manabzamin.
 arrow Cricket: Surrey sign Pak pair
Surrey have signed up Pakistani duo Azhar Mahmood and Mohammad Akram for the 2005 season.
 arrow Football: Contrasting wins for Sirajganj, Dhaka
Hosts Sirajganj moved into the second round of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Panchaghar yesterday.

Pulak, Shwapan, Shahin and Sumon shared the goals.

 arrow Cricket: Kenyans want prize money
Rebel Kenyan cricket players have demanded their prize money from the 2003 World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy in England be paid in full by the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) before they agree to
 arrow Football: Cafu, Kaka's sigh of relief
Brazil captain Cafu and midfielder Kaka are relieved to be back with the world champions after being caught up in a club-versus-country row which caused them to miss last month's match against Bolivia.
 arrow Football: An Asian sponsor please
Manchester United, the world's richest football club, has launched a roadshow in Southeast Asia to find new corporate sponsors and strengthen its fan base, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Cool it, Kahn
Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose has stuck the boot into Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn following their fracas on Saturday, claiming his German international teammate should learn to curb his
Point-Counterpointarrow Have some people given up?
Dhaka civil society discovered the 'failed state' a few months ago. We are falling over ourselves to quash the notion that Bangladesh is a failed state.
Culturearrow Boats set sail at Bengal
With replicas of boats, life-size sails on masts, anchors and anchoring lines, radar and merchandise, the gallery at the Bengal Shilpalaya at Dhanmondi has taken a look of a port.
 arrow A chit-chat with Rumi
Rumi, a recognised actress from the mega serial Ranger Manush, is now better known as 'Kushum' rather than her original name.
 arrow Mamun's latest screen venture
Abdullah Al Mamun, actor, director and playwright, is busy shooting for a new mega serial. Titled Ek Janame, the serial will go on ATN Bangla.
 arrow B&H Star Search 2004 auditions at Rajshahi
After successful auditions in Chittagong, Dhaka and Khulna, the sensational One & Only Benson & Hedges Star Search musical talent hunt arrived at Rajshahi on 5th October 2004, says a press release.
 arrow Kanika Memorial Award 2004
Kanika Memorial Award 2004, organised in memory of Kanika Bondyapadhyay by Mitali, Indo-Bangla Cultural Society, is going to be held on October 1 at the Shishir Mancha of Kolkata, says a press release.
Generalarrow Develop human resources in IT and biotech
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the countries of the Muslim Ummah should initiate a united effort to develop adequate human resources in the areas of information technology and biotechnology.
 arrow Set up nat'l gene bank to preserve seeds
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to set up a national gene bank to preserve indigenous seeds.
 arrow Regional efforts a must to set up early weather warning system
Concerted regional efforts are a must to set up early weather warning system to minimise damage by natural calamities, experts said at a regional meeting on meteorology in the city.
 arrow 2 to die, 2 get 40-year prison for murdering Jubo Dal leader
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Rajshahi yesterday handed down death sentences to two and 40 years of rigorous imprisonment to two others in the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Saiful Islam murder case.
 arrow '75 pc denied access to ICT sector in Saarc countries'
A three-day regional workshop on 'Attempts and success of ICT roadmap to villages in the Saarc countries' began in the city yesterday to evolve methods of ICT use in the agriculture sector.
 arrow 26 Buet students arrested
Twenty-six students were arrested from the Registrar Building of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday as they protested the price hike of admission form for 2004-05 session.
 arrow Cobra arrests 320, recovers 24 firearms
Cobra, a special police team, seized 24 firearms and 72 bullets during their drives in the city last month.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University, except the 2nd year examinations of biochemistry and molecular biology and genetic engineering & biotechnology departments, under its annual course system have
 arrow 'Resist fanatics trying to disrupt women's football'
Leaders of different organisations yesterday called for resisting the religious fanatics who are trying to disrupt the women's football tournament in the city.
 arrow Art Society donates money for flood victims
The Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) held an exhibition recently to raise funds for the flood-affected people, says a press release.
 arrow BRRI exams postponed
The viva voce for the posts of senior scientific office and principal scientific officer at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), which was scheduled for October 9 and 11 respectively, has been
Editorialarrow Editorial: Trade talks make progress
The Saarc expert committee negotiations staged in Dhaka to facilitate an agreement on core trade issues before the Safta takes effect from January 1, 2006, have ended on a more or less positive note.
 arrow Editorial: Women's soccer
An Islamist party, raring to exploit people's religious sentiments, has announced a three-day agitation programme to stop an on-going women's football tournament in the city.
 arrow Global economic conundrum
Here are just two of the many economic riddles facing the world today: US as the largest global economy, and de-facto engine of growth for rest of the world, has been pursuing a lax monetary policy through
 arrow Why should we be honest?
It is said that Prophet Muham-mad(sm) waited until he quit eating sweets before he asked someone do the same. If anything, the example exalts the importance of how to practice what is preached.
 arrow Ground realities in Afghanistan
Since the beginning of the American intervention in Afghanistan, there has been a spate of articles and letters in all the newspapers in Bangladesh condemning the intervention and painting a doomsdayscenario
Letters to Editorarrow Devastated world heritage
Legendary history of war-ravaged Iraq, almost 6,000 years old, conjures up Mesopotamia civilisation, one of the oldest civilisations of the world, a combine of three civilisations-- Sumerian, Babylonian,
 arrow The wanderer
"All those who wander are not lost" (J.R.R. Tolkien). We can travel to many places and overcome space and time.
 arrow Role of intellectuals
The present world is a desperate race between the atom and the thinker and it is duty of a philosopher to combat blind dogmatism and irrational creeds and reconstruct man's institutions on a more rational
 arrow Stop genocide
A picture, printed in The Daily Star, made my heart bleed. Because those kids had stolen my heart at first sight and I love them.
 arrow Tigers need inspiration
It was indeed sad to see our hopes of doing something being dashed in the ICC Champions' Trophy, when our national cricket team failed to make any impression and lost to both the West Indies and South
 arrow Attention : traffic authorities
This is needless to say that nowadays traffic jam has become a major problem for the city dwellers . The country also incurs a heavy loss in efficiency and productivity in all spheres .
 arrow Save us all
I heard slogans like, "Save Hasina, save Bangladesh" from our opposition party's protest rallies and human chain.
 arrow Please call it off
I am a student of Dhaka University. Like all other general students of this university I am totally disappointed, frustrated and agitated due to the ongoing strike.
 arrow Customs' cruelty
I am not surprised but shocked to read the report in The Daily Star titled "Kidney Dialysis Solution Tariff row may spell patients' plight" where it is written that customs officials are not clearing
 arrow Hasina weeps
Hasina wept again on 3.10.2004. She wept like a housewife in her public meeting at Paltan Maidan. Once she wept in 1996 roaming door to door for votes.
 arrow People have the right to know
Your editorial of October 3 on JIC report on August 21 2004 episode is hopefully not the last on the subject. We expect more analysis of the report when made public.
 arrow An epilogue to "Anything can happen"
We can't accept your "Anything can happen" on this small chunk of land of ours called, Bangladesh. Want to know, reallywho, why, how etc? Prior to the replies to all those, Mr.
 arrow What's going on ?
The most popular group for the young people of Bangladesh is RAB. RAB is becoming very popular to the youths by its cinematic activities.
 arrow Bomb blasts and intelligence failure
Extreme shock and awe, disbelief and tension mount across the country as 19 people were reported killed, including a front leader of the AL, and many were wounded as waves of grenade attack rocked
 arrow Power generation
Going through Margit Merten's "Energy: Solutions made in Germany" (DS: 03 Oct), it was disappointing to note that apparently none of the options offered could be a viable proposition for Bangladesh;unless
 arrow A resilient state
My attention was drawn to Julfia Hasan's letter on the WB Country Director's comment about Bangladesh being fragile not failed. ( Resilient State: DS October 4).
 arrow Hijab and France
This is in reference to the letter written by Cantara Wali Ruhi on October 4. While I don't support the French government's decision to ban hijab, there is a factual mistake in Cantara's letter.
Worldarrow Pak sectarian attacks may be backlash to al-Qaeda crackdown
A fresh explosion of sectarian violence in Pakistan is a fight-back by hardcore Islamic militants, many trained by al-Qaeda, as security forces capture and kill more of their leaders, investigators and
 arrow Delhi rushes in troops to violence-hit northeast
Four rebels were killed and three arrested in India's violent northeast, as an extra 2,500 paramilitary troopers backed by helicopters rushed to the region, officials said yesterday.
 arrow HR bodies put pressure on Tigers to stop killing
Three international human rights organisations yesterday stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels to halt political killings and resume peace talks.
 arrow Maoists bomb forestry office in Nepal
Suspected Maoists killed four security force members in two incidents in remote areas of Nepal and bombed a forestry office on the outskirts of Kathmandu, police said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian state shelved with US blessing: Israel
Israel's plan to withdraw from some occupied territory aims to rule out a Palestinian state indefinitely, with full US approval, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief of staff said Wednesday.
 arrow EU to tighten sanctions against Myanmar
The European Union said Thursday it would slap tougher sanctions on Myanmar after the military-run state failed to heed EU demands including the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow WMD report fuels debate on Iraq war justification
An official US report saying Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction when US-led forces invaded has intensified the debate about justification for the war.
 arrow Car bomb kills 16 Iraqis near Baghdad
A suicide car bomber plowed into an Iraqi military checkpoint northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 16 Iraqis and wounding about 30, as US and Iraqi forces sealed off roads south of the capital in
 arrow Kerry hopes to blunt Bush counter-attack in today's debate
John Kerry aced a do or die test in the first presidential debate, but in today's second showdown he must beat off a fiery counter thrust by President George W. Bush.
 arrow Israel greater nuclear threat than Iran
Israel is a greater nuclear threat than Iran, Mordechai Vanunu, who was freed in April after 18 years in an Israeli prison for revealing the country's nuclear programme, told Swedish Radio yesterday.
 arrow Genghis Khan's palace unearthed
The ruins of Genghis Khan's palace have been excavated in eastern Mongolia, a Japanese archaeologist said yesterday, estimating the conqueror's grave is near the site.
 arrow Arab, Muslim Americans wary of new FBI outreach
The FBI has launched a new drive to seek information from Muslim and Arab Americans to help thwart any pre-election attack, a move some communities consider a racist campaign, which will not make America
 arrow Lankan woman gives birth to quintuplets
A 29-year-old Sri Lankan woman Wednesday gave birth to three girls and two boys in the island's first recorded quintuplet delivery, hospital officials said.
 arrow North Korea resumes talks with South
North Korea resumed military talks with South Korea yesterday, three months after pulling out of dialogue aimed at reducing tension on the Korean peninsula, defence officials said.
 arrow US House left to wrestle with Sept 11 bill
Senate passage of a bill to enact the Sept.
 arrow Giant 'corpse flower' raises a stink in Sydney
Hundreds of people queued up in Australia's largest city yesterday to get a glimpse and a whiff of a blooming "corpse flower", the world's largest and arguably smelliest flower.