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Front Pagearrow Ex-AL MP Manik jailed for 10 years
A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced former Awami League lawmaker Muhibur Rahman Manik and two others to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment each for their connection with Chhatak bomb blast that killedtwo
 arrow Cause of F28 crash not found yet
The probe committees are yet to find the cause of Friday's plane crash at Sylhet airport.
 arrow Alliance sees AL doom in next polls
Leaders of the ruling four-party alliance yesterday said the main opposition Awami League (AL) will be a 'marginalised party' in the next general elections as it has taken a stand against the people and
 arrow Govt limps to 4th yr with ailing admin
The four-party alliance government, which steps into the fourth year in office today, is yet to find a solution to the sluggishness in administration and constant power struggle within the coalition leader
 arrow Alliance ends 3rd year with no tangible success
The coalition government today celebrates its three years in office that many say has left behind a dismal legacy of painful failures.
 arrow Chiefs of services demand action for linking army
Chiefs of three services yesterday asked the government to initiate actions against those who tried to link the armed forces to the August 21 grenade attack.
 arrow Verdict in Jail Killing Case now Oct 20
The judgement in the historic Jail Killing Case will now be delivered on October 20 after the verdict was deferred twice on September 7 and September 21.
 arrow AL enforces hartal today
Awami League (AL) and two other opposition parties enforce today a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country to denounce the "misdeeds of three years" by the alliance government.
 arrow PM asks all to work together
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who celebrates the third anniversary of her government today, has made a call for all to work together in greater national interest.
 arrow BSF dam-cut yet to be repaired
Floodwaters from across the border gushing through the Khaitala point of the Bhomra-Baikari embankment which was cut by Indians aided by their Borders Security Force (BSF), on Thursday night submerged
 arrow Cops bar AL rally, gives go ahead to alliance
Police did not allow Awami League-backed Sammilita Birodhi Dal (SBD) to hold its scheduled rally at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong yesterday while the ruling four-party alliance held its on the road adjacent
 arrow Afghan polls end amid boycott
Afghanistan's historic election was plunged into crisis yesterday after 15 of the 18 key candidates claimed fraud and demanded voting be stopped, casting a pall over the enthusiasm of voters who turned
 arrow SC Bar rejects judicial probe report
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday rejected 'planned' and 'motivated' report of the judicial enquiry commission on the August 21 carnage and said the report linking a foreign country or
 arrow Alliance wins Netrokona-2 by-polls
Ruling coalition candidate Mohammad Abu Abbas won the Netrokona-2 by-election held yesterday amid low turnout of voters and casting of huge false votes.
 arrow Jt census spots 419 tigers in Sundarbans
Officials of Bangladesh-India joint tiger census in the Sundarbans yesterday said they have spotted 419 Royal Bengal Tigers in Bangladesh side of the world heritage mangrove forest.
 arrow Kerry beats Bush again in debate opinion polls
Snap polls taken after the second US presidential election debate late Friday said Senator John Kerry narrowly beat President George W. Bush.
 arrow Protest against women's football tournament....

 arrow Baby girl raped, slaughtered
A five-year-old girl was raped and slaughtered allegedly by her neighbour rickshawpuller on Friday night in Shyampur in Dhaka.
 arrow Howard reelected Australian PM
The conservative government of Australian Prime Minister John Howard won a fourth straight term in office Saturday as Australia's booming economy overshadowed criticism of his staunch support for theUS-led
 arrow Engaging households....

 arrow Administrator of USAID expresses 'concern' over grenade probe
Visiting USAID administrator Andrew S Natsios yesterday met Leader of the Opposition and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and expressed concern over probing the August 21 assassination attempt on her.
 arrow Khulna editor's house raided by Rab
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided the BK Roy road residence of the editor of Dainik Tathya, Sheikh Nazrul Islam, Friday afternoon reportedly to arrest him and a notorious armed cadre of PBCP
 arrow Fighting crime, graft main challenge to development
USAID Administrator Andrew S Natsios yesterday warned Bangladesh that economic development would remain elusive unless it addresses the sliding law and order and crippling corruption.
 arrow JCD leader killed
A leader of the ruling BNP-backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was chopped to death by a gang of criminals at Babuganj upazila headquarters yesterday

The victim, Sabuj, president of JCD Babuganj Krishi

 arrow Sadr agrees to new Iraq peace deal
A Shia militia led by Moqtada al-Sadr will start to disarm in Baghdad from tomorrow following a deal reached yesterday with Iraq's interim government and US officials, the chief Shia negotiator said.
Businessarrow Real-time stock info on cellphone
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two leading mobile phone service providing operators to extend real-time stock information through short message system
 arrow Manpower development can boost RMG export
Bangladesh should prioritize human resource development in Ready-made Garment (RMG) sector to ensure best use of skill and technology simultaneously to face the challenges phase out of Multi-Fibre Arrangement
 arrow High hotel tariff retarding tourism growth
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin yesterday said Bangladesh can make a significant stride in developing tourism sector if its vast potentials are tapped in a planned
 arrow Chinese premier calls for stronger global trade ties
Koizumi Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Saturday called for greater cooperation on global trade and stronger regional economic ties as part of efforts to narrow the wealth gap between Asia and Europe.
 arrow Dhaka Telecom gets land phone licence
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday handed over licence to Dhaka Telecom Company Ltd to launch fixed line telephones in four zones of the country.
 arrow Oil prices cross $53, market fears for supply
Oil prices gushed to new record highs Friday, pressured by fears of interrupted supplies from Nigeria and the Gulf of Mexico in a market straining to meet voracious global demand.
 arrow Mercantile Bank to buy Tk100m United Leasing debentures
Mercantile Bank Limited will purchase debenture worth Tk100 million from United Leasing Company Limited.
 arrow Soaring oil price, slower profit growth to curb stocks
Heading into the heart of earnings season next week the expected results look robust, but a slowing of future profit growth and the impact of surging oil prices on the economy could conspire to hold down
 arrow StanChart wins bid for Permata
Standard Chartered has won a controlling stake in Indonesia's seventh-largest bank with a bid of $305 million (170 million pounds), gaining a major foothold in the country after two previous attemptsfailed.
 arrow Butterfly opens showroom at Gazipur
Butterfly Marketing Limited, a marketing company of household electronics appliances, opened its 100th showroom yesterday.
 arrow DHL to expand global info centre in Malaysia
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, will invest more than US$13 million to expand its global information services (GIS) centre located in Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor at Cyberjaya.
 arrow Taiwan to ease restrictions on foreign labourers
Taiwan will ease controls on foreign labor imports for manufacturers in an effort to stimulate new investment, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Citigroup challenges Parmalat rescue plan
Citigroup has launched a legal challenge against a restructuring plan drawn up by bankrupt food group Parmalat, saying it is unfair to some creditors.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sun shines on Tigers
The national cricketers used the opportunity of brilliant sunshine yesterday to make up for lost training.
 arrow Hockey: MSC lure young guns
Last year's runners-up Mohamme-dan Sporting Club roped in four players from archrivals Abahani on the first day of the three-day Premier and First Division Hockey League players' transfer.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar back to captaincy
Habibul Bashar and Rajin Saleh have been retained captain and vice-captain for Bangladesh's home series against New Zealand this winter, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) advisor Reaz Al Mamun confirmedyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies need 4 wickets
Australia were poised to complete a crushing victory over India in the first Test after Glenn McGrath hel-ped trigger ano-ther batting co-llapse on Satur-day.
 arrow Cricket: Back and bangs
Harbhajan Singh's six-wi-cket haul aga-inst Australia was all the more special in his first Test back from a long-term finger in-jury.
 arrow Cricket: RC one-day series
RC Cola will be the title sponsor of next month's three-match one-day series between Bangladesh and New Zealand.
 arrow Handball: Delta Life h'ball starts tomorrow
The 10th Delta Life women's handball tournament begins tomorrow without defending champions Kuwait Maitri Hall of Dhaka University.
 arrow Chess: Eleven lead the board
Eleven players were leading the board after the end of the third round games on the opening day of the sixth Special National Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan mauling for Zim
Sri Lanka crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets here Saturday to virtually guarantee their place in the final of the triangular series against hosts Pakistan.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova retains crown
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova crushed Mashona Washington in straight sets to successfully defend her Japan Open tennis title here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Glazer steps up MU bid
Representatives of US sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer have made an unsolicited approach to Manchester United's biggest investors, Irish tycoons John Magnier and JP McManus, sources told Reuters on Friday.
 arrow Football: Libya upset Egypt
Libya snatched a late goal to upset neighbours Egypt 2-1 this weekend in a tense World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag caught for misconduct
India's batsman Virender Sehwag was on Saturday summoned for a hearing by match referee Ranjan Madugalle for misconduct during the first Test against Australia here.
 arrow Athletics: Another gold for Sabrina
SAF Games gold medalist Sabrina Sultana clinched gold in the 50m rifle three position in the National Shooting Championships at the Gulshan Shooting Range yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka, Ansar win big
Dhaka and Bangladesh Ansar recorded identical victories in the women's football tournament at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to dispute court ruling
India's cricket board has decided to appeal against a court ruling that barred its newly-elected officials from taking office, reports said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Three more in final round
Three more teams -- Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Rajbari -- emerged zonal champions to reach the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football tournament eliminating their respective rivals, all in tie-breaker,
 arrow Cricket: Rafiqul replaces Manu
Former national cricketers Tanjib Ahsan Saad and Rafiqul Alam have been included in the disciplinary and technical committee of the Premier Division Cricket League for the 2004-05 season.
Metropolitanarrow 'Promote tolerance, respect for religions'
Members of the civil society yesterday called on the people of different faiths to show mutual tolerance and respect for religions of others in the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Buet students' memo to edn minister
Progatishil Chhatra Jote, an alliance of four student organisations at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), yesterday submitted a memorandum to the education minister in protest
 arrow BNP factions clash in Rajshahi: 20 hurt
Formation of a new Rajshahi city BNP committee triggered clashes between the supporters of two factions of the ruling party here yesterday evening, leaving about 20 people injured.
 arrow Indo-Bangla Festival begins today
An India-Bangladesh Festival titled 'Parbon' begins at Sheraton Hotel today.

The four-day Parban includes handicrafts exhibition, cultural programme and food festival, says a press release.

 arrow One to die for HRC double murders
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing two guards of HRC Building at Karwan Bazar in the city on December 9, 1998.
 arrow Prisoner dies at KMCH
An under-trial prisoner died in Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) Prison cell on Friday night.

The dead was identified as Obaidur Rahman alias Tiger Obaid (32).

 arrow 'Gramin Ghar' for poor villagers
An inexpensive and environment friendly house named 'Gramin Ghar' has been invented for poor villagers.
 arrow ISA countrywide protest Oct 13
The Islami Shashantantra Andolon (ISA) yesterday announced a countrywide demonstration on October 13 to protest the women's football tournament.
 arrow 'Resist fanatics trying to stop women's soccer'
Different organisations yesterday condemned the threat by Charmonai Pir Fazlul Karim to stop women's football tournament.
 arrow Int'l confce on religious militancy begins today
A four-day international conference on 'Religious militancy and security in South Asia' begins in the city today.
 arrow Another robber dies at hospital
One of the five robbers, who sustained injuries in a mob beating at Adarsha Nagar in Badda on Friday, succumbed to his injuries at the orthopaedic hospital in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Student drowns at Dhanmondi lake
A student drowned at Dhanmondi lake in the city yesterday.

The victim was identified as Kazi Mohammad Sharier Ferdous Tomal, 20, son of Daud Ibrahim of Dhanmondi.

 arrow PM to launch ISACPA report today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will launch the report titled "Our Future, Our Responsibility" of the Independent South Asia Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA) at the International Conference Centre
 arrow Black Bulu held
Black Bulu alias Imam Bulu, a listed criminal, was arrested by elite force Cobra on Friday night from the residence of one Shajahan Mia of Shanir Akhrha in Dhaka.
 arrow 2,106 more held
Police arrested some 2,106 people, including seven identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 48 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Rains: Two killed in house collapse in Gaibandha
Two persons were killed in house collapse during incessant rains in Gaibandha while waterlogging made life miserable to lakhs of people in Satkhira.
 arrow Kalapara people face acute drinking water crisis
Acute drinking water crisis has been prevailing in Kalapara due to non-completion of a overhead water tank though its work began 36 months back.
 arrow 'UPs are sick organisations'
Mohua Pervin Lipi, 32, is the UP (Union Parishad) chairperson of Biprobalegharia union in Sadar upazila, Natore. She is the only female UP leader in 52 unions.
 arrow Cancellation of work order: Commotion among hospital food contractors
A commotion was created among the food contractors of Syedpur 50-bed Hospital over cancellation of work order by the district Civil Surgeon (CS) recently.
 arrow JCD launches mass signature campaign
Chittagong University (CU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) launched a mass signature campaign recently to press home their one-point demand for removal of Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof AJM Nuruddin
 arrow Punishment to JU teacher demanded
Speakers at a rally on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus recently demanded punishment to the Physics Department teacher who gave a fatwa to female students to wear veil on September 26.
 arrow Threat to woman commissioner to withdraw case
Alleged criminals are threatening a newly elected women commissioner of Satkhira pourasava to withdraw an extortion case filed with Satkhira thana against them.
 arrow Domestic help fighting for life
Fifteen year-old domestic help Fatama Begum is now fighting for life at Modhupur Upazila Health Complex. She sustained serious injuries after being hit by her mistress with an iron rod recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow Who is closer to White House?
By the courtesy of global reach of the media I was leisurely watching the second Bush-Kerry debate Saturday morning live from Washington University, St.
 arrow The challenge of governance
Underperformance of governance is evident in many areas of our national life.
 arrow National branding can help Bangladesh
On December 31, 2004, the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) will end and with it the quota system for international trade in textiles and clothing.
 arrow Clash of two aging titans
With only three days left for the October 13 assembly elections in Maha-rashtra, India's ruling Congress and main opposition BJP have braced themselves for the crucial battle to control the second most
Culturearrow Sixteen rock groups come to the aid of ailing Boyati
It was one of the biggest and most emotional concerts in recent times at Shilpakala Academy on October 8.
 arrow The first ever multiplex cinema theatre now in Dhaka
Finally, the breathtaking waiting of the movie freaks ended as the Show Motion Limited along with Bashundhara Group kicked off the journey of the country's first international standard state-of-the-art
 arrow Cultural fiesta at the Theatre Institute of Chattagram
During the middle stave of the popular Nazrul song Tepantarer mathe, Aamar khaoya poaray nai ruchi, Shimul Yousuff's voice modulation struck a responsive chord in the audience present at the Theatre
 arrow Crises and Potential of Our Theatre
As part of the ongoing cultural event in Chittagong, a seminar was held at the TIC Auditorium on October 8.
Internationalarrow Bodo rebels agree to truce from Oct 15
A tribal separatist group in India's restive northeastern state of Assam Friday agreed to a ceasefire from October 15 raising hopes for an end to two decades of violent insurgency in the region.
 arrow 'Future of Indo-Pak talks hinges on Pakistan'
India said yesterday future peace talks between it and Pakistan hinge on Islamabad keeping its vow not to allow soil under its control to be used by Islamic rebels battling Indian rule in Kashmir.
 arrow Israeli troops kill 5 more Palestinians
Israeli troops killed five armed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip yesterday as it pressed on with a massive offensive aimed at stopping militants firing rockets into Israel.
 arrow Bush, Kerry unyielding on Iraq war
US President George W.
 arrow Rumsfeld seeks to reassure US allies on Iraq strategy
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with defense ministers from 18 allied nations on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf yesterday to reassure them on US strategy for Iraq.
 arrow Afghans delighted to have the right to vote
After decades of rule by the bullet instead of the ballot box, war-weary Afghans could not hide their delight yesterday as they got the chance to vote in elections they hope will end years of conflict.
 arrow Suicide attack kills 5 in Kashmir
Four soldiers and a civilian were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into an Army convoy in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.
 arrow UNSC adopts anti-terror resolution
The UN Security Council Friday unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Russia to bolster international measures against terrorism.
 arrow Pak crackdown nets 100 militants
Pakistan has rounded up more than 100 people linked to outlawed Islamic militant groups in a new crackdown after two bomb attacks which killed more than 70 people within a week, police said yesterday.
 arrow SC allows opening Taj Mahal for night viewing
The 17th century Mughal monument, Taj Mahal, will soon be opened to tourists for night viewing.

Thanks to a Supreme Court decision easing a two-decade ban on night viewing, an official said yesterday.

 arrow US denies reports on Tareq Aziz's death in custody
Tareq Aziz, the former Iraqi deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, is alive, the US military in Iraq said yesterday, denying television reports that he had died in custody.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A providential escape
Everyone must have heaved a sigh of relief at the miraculous escape of the passengers of the ill-fated F-28 from what was a close shave with death.
 arrow Editorial: Thumbs up to Maathai
Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan ecologist, has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize creating something of a stir.
 arrow South Asia: A changing horizon
Indian Prime Minister Dr.
 arrow Hero to zero worship
WE in the subcontinent revere religious leaders but tend to forget national heroes. Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah have stood the test of time because both are respected as father of their nation.
Letters to Editorarrow Kundan Lal, Saigal
This is in response to the letter under the above caption by R D Qureshi which was published in these columns on 01.9.2004.
 arrow DU in doldrums
As a student of Dhaka University who has already lost a year in a session jam, thanks to our beloved 'Blue' and 'White' panel teachers and the politics of the JCD and the BCL, I am very much anxious about
 arrow Iraq scene
With sinking hearts we are watching the situation in Iraq. It is so appalling that words are failing me to describe my anguish.
 arrow Country boats
It is surprising that the government is still ignoring a vast traditional industry: the design, development and manufacture of millions of country boats (add launches) used in this country for centuries.
 arrow Cargo space for vegetables
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has recently assured of adequate cargo space in aircraft for ensuring export of vegetables and allied food items.
 arrow ICC Champions Trophy
ICC Champions Trophy has been a fabulous tournament. When we speak of Cricket's heritage and early evolution, we go back to England.
 arrow An appeal
The SSC/HSC/BA/MBA progra-mmes of the Bangladesh Open University have facilitated the education system of this country. We are proud of this and happy indeed. At present, we have two classes a month.
 arrow Good step
It is a good step that the home ministry plans to make a fresh list of smugglers.
Star Healtharrow Total elbow replacement: A new era in Bangladesh
Arthoplasty (joint replacement) in the extremities has been practised for the past 150 to 200 years. From 1781 to 1885 subperiosteal subcapsular excision was done in tuberculous elbow joints.
 arrow Sweet smell of success
We can recognise around 10,000 different odours.
 arrow Donít get worried about your deviated nasal septum
The nasal septum is the wall separating the left and right nostils from each other. A deviated nasal septum occurs when the nasal septum is not centered between the two nostrils.
 arrow New blood test advised for diabetes patients
A relatively new blood test for people with diabetes can predict their risk of developing heart disease, US researchers reported.
 arrow Nipah encephalitis out-break over wide area of western Bangladesh
During January and February 2004, an outbreak of Nipah encephalitis occurred. Twenty-nine laboratory confirmed or probable cases were identified; 22 patients died.
Star Cityarrow Trains timetable turns into a farce
Most trains that move to and from Dhaka's Kamalapur railway station cannot maintain a time schedule because of run-down locomotives, dilapidated railway network and poor management, causing immensesufferings
 arrow Zero Point displays wrong info about distance of cities
How far is Mymensingh from Dhaka? The answer is 122 kilometres. But the structure at Zero Point in Dhaka says it is 193 km believe it or not.
 arrow Dholaikhal in name only
A Dhaka canal crucial to storm-water retention has ended up in mindless encroachment and breakneck construction of residential and commercial structures, logging up 1,353 square kilometres with rainwater
 arrow Locals switching to exotic food
Restaurants are fast capitalizing on a growing trend among Bengalis to explore foreign cuisine.
 arrow Buriganga coming under the DMP
The river Buriganga presently under the Keraniganj police station will come under the jurisdiction of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) soon, according to Home Ministry sources.
 arrow Renovation of bus terminals to be delayed
Renovation work of three bus terminals at Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtoli is set to miss the completion deadline in December as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) was yet to hand over some portions ofland