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Front Pagearrow 459 blasts in 63 districts in 30 minutes
In an unprecedented scale of terror attacks, a banned Islamist militant group yesterday simultaneously blasted at least 459 time bombs in 63 of 64 districts across the country.
 arrow Sudden terror dims the city midday
Only half an hour into the explosions yesterday the entire city was seized by a whirling tumult of panic and speculations. Frightened citizens had no clue to what happened, but rumours were numerous.
 arrow Agencies admit their failure
Intelligence and law enforcing agencies at a meeting with the state minister for home conceded their virtual failure to prevent the orchestrated countrywide bomb blasts yesterday, saying the incidents
 arrow How all hell broke loose
Yesterday's near-simultaneous countrywide bomb blasts left a great many people -- from beggars to lawyers -- severely injured, petrified and shocked from such a close proximity to death.
 arrow Attacks were motivated by domestic issues
Foreign analysts have commented that the series of explosions in Bangladesh were probably motivated more by domestic issues than international politics, but the government can no longer deny there isan
 arrow Leaflets ridicule democracy, ask for Islamic rule
Bombers under the letterhead of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) spread leaflets during serial bombings across the country yesterday with a demand for establishing Islamic rule, failingof
 arrow Patrons still defend Jama'atul
BNP leaders of the North Bengal, who allegedly brought infamous Bangla Bhai in the limelight last year for their personal protection, refuse to admit that Bangla Bhai and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow Series of blasts poses lasting security threat
Simultaneous bomb blasts across the country yesterday pose a long-term threat to the country's security system, said security analysts, adding that the incidents once again proved the incompetence ofintelligence
 arrow Blasts prove govt denials wrong
Yesterday's countrywide organised bomb attacks once again proved futile the government's persistent denial of the existence of Islamist militant in the country and claim that it would not allow unlawful
 arrow Blasts rock dists
More than a hundred people were injured in yesterday's series of bomb blasts in major cities and 63 district towns across the country.
 arrow Business another casualty of blasts
He flew in to Dhaka all the way from the USA a couple of days ago and was scheduled to visit a garment factory in Chittagong last evening. But instead he caught the next flight to the USA.
 arrow Extensive search on roads after explosions
Just after a series of bomb explosion rocked the capital yesterday, the law enforcing agencies started extensive search of vehicles blocking city streets and roads at different points.
 arrow Govt press note assures people of protection
The government, in a press note yesterday, assured the people that it was determined to protect their lives and property and urged them not to panic.
 arrow AL, allies call hartal for Saturday
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies have called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Saturday, blaming the government for yesterday's bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow PM condemns attack
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in the country, including the capital city Dhaka.
 arrow Weak bombs meant to send terror message
The bombs that exploded yesterday across the country were not powerful and the explosions were meant to send the message of the Jam'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh to establish Islamic rule in the countryrather
 arrow Condemnation from foreign countries
New Delhi expressed concern over the scale and co-ordination of the bomb attacks in Bangladesh while China, the US Embassy and the British High Commission in Dhaka have strongly condemned the series of
 arrow Babar changes statement on attack info
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar has shifted from his previous statement of having prior intelligence reports about subversive activities and now says that they had no idea about such
 arrow BNP asks not to politicise blasts
The LGRD minister and BNP secretary general yesterday asked all not to politicise yesterday's blasts as he said the incidents will be probed and the bombers identified in four days.
 arrow Hasina points her accusing finger at PM, govt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday squarely blamed the prime minister and her government for the series of bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow 6 picked up in city
Police yesterday picked up six persons, five of them hafez (one who has memorised the Holy Qur'an), from Ramna and airport areas in the capital on suspicion of their involvement in yesterday's countrywide
 arrow Bomb blasts halt courts' proceedings
All the proceedings of the Dhaka courts were suspended yesterday after a series of bomb blasts rocked the courts' premises and other places in the city.
 arrow FBCCI directors elect top leaders today
The election board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday announced a new schedule under which its president and two vice-presidents will be elected today instead
 arrow Shahid again names MP's brother as mastermind
Prime suspect of the sensational Jamal Uddin abduction case, now on a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) remand, once again named local ruling BNP MP Sarwar Jamal Nizam's brother Maruf Nizam as the mastermind
 arrow Ties with China firmly established
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her firm belief that the close relations fostered between Bangladesh and China over the past 30 years have now been placed on a solid foundation.
Businessarrow Stocks slide on serial blasts
Share trading on the two bourses took a tumble yesterday following the countrywide serial bomb blasts that killed one person and injured over 100.
 arrow Petrol pump owners threaten to stop fuel selling from Aug 28
Petrol pump owners and dealers yesterday threatened to stop selling petroleum fuel from August 28 if their demands are not met.
 arrow Govt mulls training centres for farmers
In an attempt to boost the country's agro-economy and rise agro-based export earnings, the government is planning to establish training centres at upazila level to reach modern agricultural knowledgeto
 arrow Opec ups forecast for '06
Oil cartel Opec nudged up its forecast for world oil demand growth in 2006 on Wednesday and predicted Opec supplies would have to offset lower-than-expected output from non-Opec countries.
 arrow Indian gold buyers fret as festivals near
India will shop around for gold soon because of the approaching religious festivals, but current high prices are making buyers wary and could dampen demand in the world's largest gold consumer.
 arrow $70 oil poses difficult questions for Asia
American bank Goldman Sachs jolted many an investor, politician and man behind the wheel earlier this year when it predicted that oil could jump to $105 a barrel as demand from economies such as China
 arrow Nomadix to provide internet, network services for hotels
Nomadix, a leading provider of intelligent network devices and interconnection services, will work to bring all the hotels in the country under one platform.
 arrow Nestle profit, sales beat forecasts
Nestle's strong brands and price increases helped it boost sales and profits in the first half of the year despite higher raw material costs and tough market conditions in France, Germany and Italy.
 arrow Nortel, LG Elec sign telecom venture deal
Canada's Nortel Networks Corp and LG Electronics signed a deal on Wednesday to create a $295 million telecom equipment joint venture in South Korea, aiming to grab a bigger slice of fast-growing Asian
 arrow Rupali Ins chairman re-elected
Mostafa Golam Quddus was re-elected chairman of Rupali Insurance Company Ltd.
The Board of Directors of the company at a meeting on Tuesday unanimously re-elected him chairman, says a press release.

 arrow US, China talk to end textile conflict
Senior US and Chinese officials bid Tuesday to forge a comprehensive deal to regulate surging Chinese textile exports, which have exacerbated acute Sino-US trade tensions in recent months.
 arrow Banglalink customer care & sales centre opens in Ctg
Mobile phone operator banglalink yesterday opened a sales and customer care centre in Chittagong.
 arrow SBTEL dealer of AKTEL
SBTEL will now distribute the products of AKTEL, a concern of Telekom Malaysia International and leading mobile phone operator in Bangladesh.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 64 nominations filed
The nation on Wednesday was terror-struck after synchronised bomb blasts across the country but it somehow failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the aspiring candidates for the August 27 elections of the
 arrow Football: Alfaz gets MSC back on track
Ace striker Alfaz Ahmed scored one goal and set up the other as title contenders Moha-mmedan Sporting Club squeezed out a 2-1 victory over Farashganj Sporting Club when the Premier Division Football League
 arrow Cricket: Asia put brakes on Africa XI
South African left-hander Ashwell Prince hit a stubborn half-century to prevent a rout of the Africa XI against an Asia XI as the inaugural Afro-Asia Cup series got off to a low-key start at Centurion
 arrow Cricket: NZ win series in style
New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 46 runs to win the second Test on the third day at Queens Sports Club on here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: England loving cricket again
England failed to win the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford by the narrowest of margins, a result that left the five-match series tantalisingly poised at 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: 'Ponting graduates'
Ricky Ponting's 156-run innings that led Australia's "great escape" in the third Ashes Test against England marked the Tasmanian batsman's true graduation as Test captain, according to Steve Waugh, cricket's
 arrow Cricket: Not the birthday Bashar wished
There were no smiles on Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar's face who turned 33 yesterday.
The day began like any other for him and his teammates at the Mirpur indoor facilities.

 arrow Cricket: Sachin unsure of Zim Tests
Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar Wednesday said he was recovering from an elbow injury and did not know if he would be fit for next month's Test series against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Rise in pay for Younis, Afridi
Pakistani vice-captain Younis Khan and all-rounder Shahid Afridi have been given pay raises by the country's cricket board, putting them in a group of six contracted players receiving the highest salaries.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath warns England
Glenn McGrath warned Tuesday that the Ashes momentum has shifted back in Australia's direction after their successful rearguard action to save the third Test against England.
 arrow Football: Japan's sweet revenge
Asian champions Japan avenged the only loss of their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Iran Wednes-day to finish top of Group B.
 arrow Cricket: Kent take the upper hand
The touring Bangladesh A's last three-day match in England was heading Kent's way despite the visitors taking a first innings lead in what has been a low-scoring affair at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
 arrow Cricket: 'Gillespie must be dropped'
Former Australia and England captains Allan Border and Mike Gatting both believe out-of-form Aussie paceman Jason Gillespie should be dropped for the next Ashes Test.
 arrow Football: Badda invited to Indian soccer meet
Badda Jagarani Sangsad will leave for India on August 26 to take part in the All-India Kalinga Cup football tournament in Orissa.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke ready to cut down on bowling
Australia batsman Michael Clarke has said he is prepared to cut down on his bowling if it means helping him survive the back condition that is threatening his cricket career.
 arrow Football: 'I'm no leader'
Zinedine Zidane returns to the French national team on Wednesday as skipper but insists: 'I'm not a leader'.
 arrow Football: Saudis take Group A
Saudi Arabia beat South Korea 1-0 Wednesday in a nail-biting final Asian zone group-A World Cup football qualifier.
 arrow Cricket: Curran new Zim coach?
Bowling supremo Kevin Curran said here Wednesday he is replacing West Indian Phil Simmons as Zimbabwe's cricket coach after a disatrous year for the team.
Curran said he was appointed on Tuesday.

 arrow Football: Rooney to behave
England star Wayne Rooney has vowed he will curb his quick temper while playing for both Manchester United and his country.
 arrow Handball: Orient Bread h'ball
Bangladesh Rifles, Rajshahi City Corporation, Bangladesh Police and Narinda Progoti Boys Club yesterday moved into the semifinals of the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament.
 arrow Tennis: Uttara Club open tennis in Sept
An eight-day long Uttara Club National Open tennis tournament will be held at the club court on September 8.
Uttara Club in co-operation with Bangladesh Tennis Federation (BTF) is organising the tournament.

Metropolitanarrow Bomb panic stops cultural activities in city
Cultural activities in the city came to a standstill yesterday evening as a series of bomb blasts earlier in the morning sent a wave of panic across the country.
 arrow 48m euros to tackle global climate change
The European Commission (EC) will provide a total of 48 million euros for the global Environment call for proposals which will tackle climate change amongst a range of global environment issues.
 arrow Dhaka-Islamabad meet begins tomorrow
A two-day foreign secretary-level consultation between Bangladesh and Pakistan begins in Islamabad tomorrow with an aim to enhance bilateral trade, investment and other economic cooperation in potential
 arrow New policy discourages import of drug
The government formally announced the National Drug Policy 2005 yesterday.
 arrow Husband throws acid on wife in city
A husband threw acid on his second wife early hours of yesterday in the city over altercation with money.
She was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in a critical condition.

 arrow Govt to ensure full security to diplomats
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said the government has taken all-out measures to ensure foolproof security to the foreign diplomats living in the capital.
 arrow ministry asked to distribute govt ads thru' DFP again
The 15th meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the Information Ministry yesterday decided to distribute government advertisements through the Department of Film and Publication (DFP) again.
 arrow Brac University NBCC-2005 on Aug 19-20
Brac University will organise the National Business Case Competition- 2005 (NBCC-2005), first of its kind in the country, on its residential campus at Savar on August 19 to 20.
 arrow Concern over bomb attacks on Ahmadiyyas
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) has expressed deep concern over the latest bomb attacks on the Ahmadiyya community in Brahmanbaria and Kharampur shrine in Akhaura.
 arrow BTRC pushes pvt land phone operators to launch services
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked private sector Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN) operators to launch their services as soon as possible in the wake of soaring
 arrow Ruta concerned over continued death threat
Rajshahi University Teacher Association (Ruta) yesterday in an executive committee meeting expressed concern over continued death threats to the teachers through telephones and letters.
 arrow Non-govt teachers, staffs demand salary hike
Bangladesh Shikhhak-Karmochari Oikya Parishad, an organisation of non-government teachers and employees, yesterday demanded increased salary, house rent and medical allowance for them.
Nationalarrow Violence marks Haragachh hartal for power supply
At least 100 people including Rangpur Municipality Chairman Mamunur Rashid and Additional Superintendent of Police Iqbal Hossen were injured in incidents of violence in Haragachh during hartal hours yesterday.
 arrow Bomb blasts trigger wave of protests
The bomb blasts across the country yesterday triggered a wave of protests and condemnations by leaders of political parties, socio-cultural organisations, professional bodies and people representing different
 arrow Long March to press for development
A large number of people joined a 'long march' from Bongo Shonahat in Bhurungamari upazila to Kurigram district headquarters yesterday, organised to press for their five-point demand including setting
 arrow Bogra jailor, 4 others sued for 'torture’
Bogra Jail Superintendent AKM Zahir Uddin and four other officials have been sued for alleged torture and lax in treatment of a prisoner --Abdur Razzaque--, who died on June 16 this year.
 arrow Another killer confesses to involvement
Masum, one of the four alleged professional killers, during interrogation yesterday confessed to police his involvement in the gruesome murder of Akter Hossain's family in Brahmanabaria town.
Point-Counterpointarrow US-UK policies produced terrorism?
The west and particularly Britain and the USA are pre-occupied with the idea that it is the Madrasas which have been producing the suicide bombers.
 arrow We need a fresh voter list
Under the law of this land, only the persons whose name appear in the voter list have the right to vote in an election.
 arrow Regional cooperation slumbers among watchful South Asian neighbours
South Asia is perhaps the largest region in the world in terms of population. It has a total population of around 1.43 billion people.
Culturearrow Jamming it up
Omni Music Co. Ltd held a musical programme at their Gulshan showroom on August 16. This is not the first time Omni has arranged such a programme.
 arrow Subal Das is no more
Prominent composer and music director Subal Das passed away on August 16 at the Lifeline Hospital in Kolkata. He was 77. He was suffering from cancer.
 arrow Ruposhi's solo violin evening
On August 16, Nusrat Mumtaz Ruposhi presented her solo violin evening in memoriam of her mother Alpona Mumtaz, the famous dancer of the country.
 arrow Bangladeshi artist honoured in Japan
Khalid Mahamud Mithu recently won an "Excellent" prize at the International Art Mirai Art Expo, arranged by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo.
 arrow Kishore Kumar: The singing comic actor
According to psychologists, creative people are distinguished by their hypersensitivity to life and their unique knack of interpreting that reality for others.
Internationalarrow Tears of rage and anguish
The last remaining Israeli settlers were being dragged kicking and screaming out of the Gaza Strip Wednesday in an historic and traumatic operation that pitted Jew against Jew.
 arrow 53 killed in Iraq attacks
Three car bombs exploded just minutes apart at a busy Baghdad bus station and a nearby hospital during morning rush-hour Wednesday, ripping through buses and killing at least 43 people, injuring 76, according
 arrow Laden heading for Iraq: Report
Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, is headed for Iraq to boost his network's standing as it embarks on an "offensive whose scale and importance rival September 9/11," a media report said.
 arrow Leaked document disputes Menezes death story
Leaked documents appear to contradict the official account of how police mistook a Brazilian man for a suicide bomber and shot him.
 arrow Spain probes 'attack' on helicopter in Afghanistan
Investigators on Wednesday searched the wreckage of a Spanish helicopter that crashed killing 17 peacekeepers in Afghanistan, as witnesses reportedly said it came under attack from the ground.
 arrow More extremists to be expelled from Britain
A fresh expulsion of extremists from Britain is being planned as part of the government's clampdown on "preachers of hate.
 arrow Co-pilot, stewardesses alive during crash
The co-pilot and two stewardesses on a Cyprus airliner were alive when the plane crashed in Greece at the weekend killing all 121 aboard, the chief coroner of the investigation said on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror strikes all over the country
The chilling scope of the bomb attacks that swept the length and breadth of the country yesterday should leave no one in doubt as to the intent, organisation, and capability of the terrorists that were
 arrow Editorial: Israeli pullout from Gaza
Israel's decision to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza is indeed a marked departure from its policy of holding on to the Arab land grabbed in 1967.
 arrow 'Rethinking Islam'
It was not possible not to be drawn to a CNN discussion programme last week entitled "Rethinking Islam" where several Islamic scholars were invited to offer their insights in view of what the presenters
 arrow An exercise in democracy
Communities all over Pakistan start to renew their exercise of right of self-rule today, Aug 18, 2005.
Letters to Editorarrow Jahangirnagar University
When I first went to Jahangirnagar University, nature, for obvious reasons drew my attention. Nature has always attracted me. But I had no idea that it could be so beautiful and serene.
 arrow Increasing our negotiation capacity
Experts are agreed on strengthening our bargaining / negotiation capacity at the discussion forum that will be held later this year in Hong Kong to realise our demands from the developed nations.
 arrow Presidential amnesty for a murderer
In my very first year in the BUET I witnessed a gunfight in the campus between two terrorists groups of my university and the neighbouring Dhaka University, the so-called students.
 arrow Let his soul return to his land
You are in deep, divine, eternal sleep. Above you is the vast blue sky. Isn't this the sky that you wanted to conquer? Passing over this sky you wanted to reach your dreamland- Bangladesh.
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