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Front Pagearrow Strong corpse stench wafts around
As the stench of rotting corpses rises from the ruins and the cries for help cease, rescuers have little chance to pull out alive some 300 people still trapped under the ruins 72 hours after a nine-storey
 arrow 'We had approval for four-storey building'
The manager of Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd yesterday admitted that they had constructed the 'eight-storey building' although they had approval for a four-storey one, contradicting the factory authorities'
 arrow BSF agrees to put off fencing within 150 yards of border
On the first day of the director-general level meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), the Indian side has agreed not to construct barbed-wire fences within
 arrow Pahela Baishakh today
The nation today celebrates Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla year 1412, with the authorities taking the highest security measures to ensure peaceful celebration of the festival.
 arrow Water board to carry out inflated project
The Water Development Board (WDB) is finally going to implement a massive irrigation system in the Ganga-Kobadak (GK) Project area at a cost of Tk 100 crore more than originally outlined, sources said.
 arrow Foundation failure led to collapse
Evidence strongly suggests that the nine-story Spectrum Sweaters Ltd.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh doomed forever for 7-year-old
Seven-year-old Nadia held her father's photograph in her little hands as she waited for him in front of the debris of the collapsed sweater factory at Baipail in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Stakeholder MPs stall banking reform bid
A Bangladesh Bank (BB) initiative to cut down board members' interference in operations of private banks and to halt insider lending remains frozen for long due to pressures from bankers and a group of
 arrow Tata to use coal as primary energy
India's leading industrial conglomerate Tata group yesterday said it wants to use coal as primary energy for its proposed power plant and steel mills in Bangladesh.
 arrow NBR against money whitening privilege
The opportunity for whitening black money will not be extended after June and tax holiday benefits will be discontinued from the next fiscal year, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Khairuzzaman
 arrow Do not sit on bench until row ends
Supreme Court Bar Association President Mahbubey Alam yesterday asked in person Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee not to sit on his bench until the controversy over his LLB certificate is resolved.
 arrow Office manager gunned down, owner bullet-hit
Three gunmen yesterday killed a construction firm manager and injured its owner in the firm office at Tejturibazar of Tejgaon in the capital.
 arrow AL to finalise reform plans first
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will not go for any street agitation before finalising the reform proposals on the caretaker government system and the election commission.
 arrow Fresh sedition charges pressed after months of delay
The Detective Branch of Police after about three and a half months' dilly-dallying yesterday pressed fresh sedition charges against the banned Shahadat-e Al Hiqma chief Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja.
 arrow Samad Azad still in danger
The condition of veteran Awami League leader Abdus Samad Azad has slightly improved but he is still critically ill.
 arrow 2 lynched at Khulna
Two people were lynched by angry mob at Matamdanga in Khulna city early yesterday.
The victims were identified as Shahidul Islam (38) and Kabir Sarder (34) of the same village.

 arrow Sweden Aslam gets second life term
A Dhaka court Tuesday handed top criminal Sweden Aslam his second life imprisonment in a murder case.
Businessarrow MCCI wants policy support for industrial sector
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said the industrial sector must be given policy support to increase exports.
 arrow Dhaka to seek duty-free market access to D-8
Bangladesh is likely to seek duty-free market access of its products to D-8 nations at the forthcoming expert group meeting of trade officials of the countries.
 arrow GP launches new package eyeing young people
GrameenPhone yesterday launched a new package, 'djuice', targeting young people with lower call tariff and some new features.
 arrow Inapt industrial policy may stymie GDP growth target
As the Industrial Policy 2005 is not supporting the country's Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the government may fail to achieve the target to add 35 percent manufacturing contribution to the
 arrow WB, IMF praise Dhaka's progress
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have praised Bangladesh for its progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite adversities.
 arrow Asian growth to slow to 7pc in 2005 from 7.8pc: IMF
Asia's emerging economies will grow by a still robust 7.
 arrow Japan trade fair Sept 8
Japan Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI) is going to organise a three-day Japan trade fair in Dhaka on September 8.
 arrow AKTEL opens customer care centre in Comilla
AKTEL mobile phone company has launched a new customer care centre in Comilla town on Tuesday.
 arrow Japan starts FTA talks with Asean
Japan on Wednesday began the first round of talks on reaching a free trade agreement (FTA) with Asean in a move that could be a driving force to build an East Asian community.
 arrow G7, IMF face sticky talks as oil prices surge
International financial leaders will gather here this week to analyse the impact of surging oil prices on global growth and efforts to relieve grinding poverty in the world's poorest nations.
 arrow Beximco signs with Impact PR

Sportsarrow Cricket: End of road for Sourav?
Sourav Ganguly's career was in a shambles Wednesday even as the Indian cricket board moved to appeal the six-match ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the country's most successful
 arrow Football: Italy dangerous!
Anyone who's followed football in Italy will know that last night's events at the San Siro were no one-off.
 arrow Cricket: Slow going all around
Leaders Dhaka, just a win away from being crowned champions, made an ordinary start against visiting Chittagong on the first day of their National Cricket League match at Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini scripts Protea win
An inspired Test-best bowling performance show by Makhaya Ntini fired South Africa to an eight-wicket victory in the second Test against the West Indies here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: UEFA decision on Friday
European football's governing body UEFA will meet Friday to decide what action to take against Inter Milan after their Champions League quarter-final was abandoned after 73 minutes when AC Milan keeper
 arrow Cricket: U-19s sweep 1-day series
Bangladesh under-19 cricket team inflicted a 46-run defeat on Australian under-19s in the second one-day match to sweep the two-match series 2-0 at Fehlberg Park in Brisbane on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to appeal against 6-ODI ban
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said it would consider making an appeal against International Cricket Council's six-match ban slapped on skipper Sourav Ganguly for slow over rate in thefourth
 arrow Football: Bayern drown in Blues
English Premiership leaders Chelsea swept into the semifinals of the Champions League at the expense of Bayern Munich here on Tuesday to keep hopes of a historic treble alive.
 arrow Football: Flared up Milan
The fate of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Inter Milan and AC Milan will be decided by UEFA after the game was abandoned after 73 minutes when Milan keeper Dida was struck by aflare
 arrow Football: Mourinho at it again
Controversial Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho reportedly gave Bayern fans the finger before fleeing the Olympic Stadium before their Champions League quarter-final.
 arrow Cricket: Vincent puts NZ in control
A magnificent double century from Lou Vincent put New Zealand firmly in command of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at stumps on the third day.
 arrow Cricket: North Zone win opener
The zonal competition of the Standard Chartered Under-17 Young Tigers School Cricket Tournament began yesterday with North Zone snatching an exciting two-wicket victory over South Zone in the openingmatch
 arrow Chess: Shekhar closing in on title
Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly will need a draw in today's final round to clinch the United Insurance and Leasing GM Chess Tournament title.
 arrow Hockey: Army inter-service hockey champs
Bangladesh Army lifted the inter-service hockey championship title beating Bangladesh Navy 5-4 in tiebreakers at the BAF Base Matiur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Golf: BTI golf from today
The two-day BTI Cup golf tournament will begin today at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
More than 400 golfers will take part in the competition, sponsored by Building Technology & Ideas Limited (BTI).

 arrow Handball: Big win for Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf International School got off to a flying start in the second mini girls handball tournament when they registered an emphatic 10-0 victory over Banani Vidya Niketan in the opening match at the
 arrow Football: Henry admires Adriano
Thierry Henry has spoken of his admiration for fellow striker Adriano.
 arrow Football: First World Cup scorer dead
The first ever scorer in football's World Cup finals, French midfielder Lucien Laurent, has died aged 97, a French radio station reported on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Caterer's family under death threat from extortionists
A caterer and his family members in Tejgaon area are now fearing for their lives after a notorious armed gang of hoodlums threatened to kill them for refusing to pay a toll of Tk 200,000.
 arrow Skop demands punishment to those responsible
Different trade unions, NGOs, rights and women organisations yesterday held rallies and demanded exemplary punishment of the owner as well as the government bodies that approved the construction of the
 arrow Ensure security of Ahmadiyyas: Ask
The Ain O Salish Kendra (Ask), a legal aid forum, yesterday demanded security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat across the country.
 arrow Brothers of prime suspect picked for quizzing
Four brothers of prime suspect in journalist Belaluddin murder case Shahabuddin Lashkar were taken into custody of the Detective Branch of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) yesterday.
 arrow 'Chinese PM's visit helps counter Indian influence'
The recent visit of the Chinese prime minister to Dhaka has helped Bangladesh counter the influence of its big neighbour India.
 arrow Wasa demolishes structures amid protests
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) demolished illegal structures belonging to scores of families from the Ramchandrapur canal in Mohammadpur yesterday, in its ongoing drive to protect the capital
 arrow Sammilito Panel sweeps JU dean, syndicate polls
The 'Sammilito Panel', an alliance backed by pro-Awami League teachers, has won 13 posts while the 'White Panel' backed by Gonotantrik Shikshak Parishad, bagged three posts in the elections to dean offices,
 arrow Ananda Alo to be launched today
Impress Telefilms Ltd is launching a new magazine 'Ananda Alo' with the slogan 'Binodoney Bandhu Amar', says a press release.
 arrow 'Market-oriented education a must in the era of globalisation'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for market oriented-education system in the country to produce trained human resources for the development of trade and commerce.
 arrow Civil society protests CMP's restrictions
Members of the civil society here yesterday protested the restrictions imposed by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on the celebrations of Bangla New Year.
 arrow Joy arrives today
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, will arrive in Dhaka today from Washington, AL sources said.
He will be staying here for a month.

Nationalarrow Princess praises fight against poverty
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has appreciated NGOs' micro-credit and other support programmes to empower women in northern districts.
 arrow Boishabi begins amid fanfare
Boishabi, the prime festival in Chittagong Hill Tracts welcoming the Bangla New Year, formally began yesterday with great enthusiasm and fanfare among both indigenous people and Bangalee settlers.
 arrow Savings certificates repeatedly shown ‘sold’ by culprits
The probe body so far detected defalcation of Tk two crore 86 lakh from depositors' accounts with Nilphamari Head Post Office.
 arrow Progressive Teachers Assoc, BCL boycott probe body
The Progressive Teachers Association (PTA) at Rajshahi University yesterday rejected the committee formed by Syndicate to probe Sunday's violence on the campus, saying it's probe can not be fair as most
 arrow Narail silo in-charge arrested for misappropriation
A food official was arrested in Narail for alleged misappropriation of 70 metric tons (MTs) of rice from a silo on Monday night.
 arrow Schoolboy murder protested
The students of Boali BL Chashi High School on Tuesday brought out a procession in Sakhipur town protesting killing of their schoolmate on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Need for construction education in Bangladesh
Construction education is concerned with the management of the overall process of construction projects.
 arrow We have a dream
All health information to keep you up to date
One day in the very near future our citizens will understand they can receive the quality medical care they have not yet found available in Bangladesh.

Culturearrow Shurer Dhara stages Tasher Desh
Music school Shurer Dhara staged Tasher Desh on the occasion of Nababarsha at the Lalmatia Girls School, Tuesday last.
 arrow Mystic singer Nasima Dewan
"Amaro Jibono Orey..." sings Baul singer Nasima Dewan in the course of a conversation. When one listens to her spiritual songs, it is easy to understand how she sometimes moves the audience to tears.
 arrow Baishakhi celebrations in Dhaka
To celebrate the Pahela Baishakh, the Bangla New Year, different organisations are set to hold various programmes all over the country today.
 arrow Wearing the shades of Baishakhi
Gamchha--the unique local towel, used by the Bangalees, especially the rural folk, still retains its lure.
Generalarrow Formulation of strategic transport plan finalised
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has finalised the formulation of a Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for greater Dhaka.
 arrow 'Divisions undermine strength of journalists'
Manifold divisions have undermined the strength of the journalist community, said senior journalists at the inauguration of a well-furnished modern auditorium at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday.
 arrow Eskayef's New Year's gift
On the occasion of the Bangla New Year, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, a leading pharmaceuticals company, will distribute 'Neosaline', a glucose-based oral rehydration in the city today.
 arrow UODA art exhibition begins
The second annual exhibition of artwork of the University of Development Alternatives (UODA) was inaugurated at the National Museum gallery in the city yesterday.
 arrow Web library launched
The News Network has set up a web-based documentation centre to provide backup information for journalists.
 arrow Obituary
Hazrat Moulana Mohiuddin Ahmed alias Dadon Mia passed away due to old age complications at his residence in Madaripur yesterday at the age of 90.
Internationalarrow Bomb blast kills nine Iraqi soldiers
An Iraqi oil security commander and eight of his soldiers were killed in a bomb blast at a northern fuel pipeline Wednesday, as US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick made a surprise visit to Iraq.
 arrow Israel downplays rift with US
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held talks with US Vice President Dick Cheney a day after a US-Israeli summit which highlighted gaping differences between the two allies over Jewish settlement activities
 arrow Tensions simmer after bloody riot in China
A standoff between farmers and the local government in east China continued Wednesday as tensions simmered after disgruntled villagers injured dozens of police officers in a bloody riot.
 arrow Blair confirms plan to resign
British Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed that he would step down as leader of the Labour Party after a possible third term in office, as he launched his party's election manifesto Wednesday.
 arrow Rumsfeld visits US troops in Afghanistan
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited Afghanistan Wednesday and inspected US military efforts to win friends in a former Taliban stronghold near the Pakistan border.
 arrow Thousands visit Pope John Paul II's tomb
Clutching rosaries, medals and flowers, thousands of people filed past the simple white marble tomb of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, as the Vatican re-opened the grottoes beneath St.
 arrow Manmohan wants 'purposeful' talks with Musharraf
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he expected a "purposeful" dialogue with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf during his visit to Delhi later this week on all outstanding issues including
Editorialarrow Editorial: A refreshing occasion
Pahela Baishakh is a special day in the life of Bengalees as it ushers in a new year of hope and promise. It marks a happy beginning leaving behind all that was stale and worn out in the year gone by.
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka signs on
The approval on Monday of eight anti-terrorism conventions by the cabinet, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1137 passed on September 28, 2001, is a welcome step taken by the government.
 arrow Of strategic partnership and being a world power
Recent visits by two very high profile personalities to South Asia demonstrate its ever-increasing importance in the international geo-political landscape.
 arrow Helplessness before medieval mindsets
Authority's frequent retreat from boasts of leading Pakistan towards enlightened moderation is making obscurantists more powerful. President Pervez Musharraf had wanted to amend Hudood laws. Nothing happened.
Letters to Editorarrow Repulsive!
Just imagine that someone was having dinner while watching TV, suddenly he saw a famous actor entering a house, challenging the landlady that there cannot be anything else more efficient than the thing
 arrow Zia International Airport
I congratulate Zia International Airport on its improvements. It is a much less frightening place, especially for foreigners, than it used to be.
 arrow Rab's one year
The introduction of Rab to control the law and order situation last year aroused much expectation among the people of Bangladesh. People hoped that the situation would change slowly, if not dramatically.
 arrow Learning English
Initially I wanted to improve my English but was a bit reluctant to study it in the traditional way. I would become bored easily with grammar-cramming method and it was not working for me.
 arrow Feeling the tremor
It was a fine morning just like other days. We were attending the class of our training programme in Kaptai.
 arrow First elected PM of Nepal
I am writing in response to the various news articles related to the former Nepalese prime minister, Girija Prashad Koirala, published in The Daily Star.
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