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Front Pagearrow Evidence, confessions point at JMB hallmark
Intelligence agencies are certain that Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out Wednesday's countrywide bombardment and also suspect a powerful foreign ally of the banned Islamist militant organisation
 arrow JMB activists' confession
Three people including two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists arrested in Satkhira and the capital have admitted to having carried out blasts in their districts Wednesday, the day a series
 arrow Jama'atul tentacles spread in five and half years
Militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) spearheading an armed Islamist revolution have sprouted over the last five and a half years taking advantage of a laid-back approach of the law enforcers.
 arrow 100 netted in massive hunt for bombers
Law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies began a massive hunt for suspects of the well-organised militant group that carried out Wednesday's 459 bomb blasts in 63 districts of the country.
 arrow Militants proved they are in control: Hasina
The message sent through Wednesday's orchestrated bombings is that it was Islamist militants not the government who are in real control of the country, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina observed yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka, Beijing agree to boost trade, investment
Bangladesh and China yesterday agreed to intensify cooperation in various fields designated during summit talks between the two countries, including peaceful use of nuclear energy and boosting trade and
 arrow PM cuts short trip
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returns home at midnight today cutting short her visit to China in the wake of the Wednesday's bomb attacks across the country.
 arrow No indication of Saarc summit postponement
The South Asian states have expressed concern at the hundreds of bomb blasts in Bangladesh on Wednesday but none of them has hinted at further postponement of the 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka set for November
 arrow No serious govt talks yet
The first 24 hours after the country's largest terror attack passed without any major safety assurance from the government to the people or without any serious top-level action demonstrating the direction
 arrow Over 100 bombs seized from Munshiganj
More than 100 homemade bombs were seized from a house under lock and key at Baligaon in Tongibari upazila of the district yesterday evening.
 arrow Rab nabs BNP leader in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night picked up Anwara upazila unit BNP Vice-president Shahjahan Chowdhury for his suspected involvement in businessman Jamaluddin abduction and murder.
 arrow Poor pay hefty sums for 'free' treatment
Poor patients admitted to public hospitals under the 'non-paying' category are forced to wait for long and spend huge amounts of money for treatment, an investigation by The Daily Star finds.
 arrow New avian flu warning as germ found in Indian vaccine
A Bangladeshi scientist, after allegedly finding the presence of avian flu vaccine in a poultry vaccine being produced in India, has warned not to withdraw the ban on imported Indian chickens, as this
 arrow Ruling alliance to demonstrate across country Aug 22
The ruling four-party alliance led by BNP yesterday declared a countrywide demonstration programme on August 22 protesting August 17 bomb attacks.
 arrow Morshed says locals did blasts
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday termed the bomb blasts across the country a local matter and said "local hoodlums" carried out the blasts.
 arrow Attackers more powerful than state
The perpetrators of Wednesday's blasts across the country are more powerful and organised than the state apparatus as the intelligence and law enforcement agencies failed to catch anyone red-handed, a
 arrow More countries condemn attacks
Several countries, including the US, UK, China, Japan, and Pakistan have expressed sympathy to Bangladesh which was rattled by near-simultaneous blasts Wednesday.
 arrow Masum's father sues 8 DB men
Father of Iqbal Hossain Masum, who was killed on August 8 in "crossfire" with crime-busting force Cheetah, yesterday filed a case accusing eight Detective Branch (DB) officers and a UP chairman of killing
 arrow 20 injured in hartal clash at Pirganj
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between the pro- and anti-hartal activists during a half-day hartal in Pirganj in the district yesterday.
 arrow Delhi offers 'any help' to Dhaka
Conveying its serious concern over the serial blasts in Bangladesh, India yesterday offered its neighbour "any kind of assistance" while asking Dhaka to identify the perpetrators of the terror acts.
 arrow Bangladeshi ex-army officer forced to leave US
A former Bangladesh army officer, who admitted to having committed acts of torture in his home country, was forced by a court to leave the United States Wednesday after a nine-year legal battle, US immigration
Businessarrow Mir Nasir new chief of FBCCI
Mir Nasir Hossain from Faridpur chamber was elected unopposed president of the country's apex trade body, FBCCI, yesterday.
 arrow Steel millers suspend shutdown programme
Steel and re-rolling mill owners yesterday urged the government to resolve their problems regarding electricity supply and import of raw materials.
 arrow Eight get Hatil furniture design awards
Eight young furniture designers received Hatil awards at a function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New round of Australia-China FTA talks set for next week
Australia and China will hold a second round of talks in Beijing next week on a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for a free trade agreement, Trade Minister Mark Vaile said Thursday.
 arrow CCCI hails tariff cut decision
President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed yesterday welcomed the government decision of slashing duties in mid and lower tiers by 2.0 and 1.5 percent.
 arrow Oil remains near $63
Oil prices rose Thursday but remained around 63 dollars per barrel as an increase in crude reserves in the United States eased worries of tight supplies, dealers said.
 arrow CSE closes higher
Trading on Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) closed higher yesterday with the gainers dominating the losers.
The CSE All Share Price Index increased by 11.47 points or 0.37 percent to close at 3094.

 arrow Int'l packaging show in Dhaka next year
An international packaging exhibition is going to take place in Dhaka in March next year.
 arrow Janata Bank launches online ATM service
Janata Bank launched online ATM (automated teller machine) service for its clients at a function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow US, China thrash out tough textiles accord
The United States and China vied Wednesday to thrash out a deal to control Chinese textile shipments, whose rapid growth has done much to stoke Sino-US trade tensions.
 arrow Banglalink, Bank Asia sign deal on bill payment
Subscribers of mobile phone operator Banglalink will be able to pay their phone bills in any of the branches of Bank Asia Ltd.
 arrow Taiwan Q2 GDP grows
Taiwan's economy grew a less-than-targeted 3.03 percent in the second quarter to June amid a slowdown in the global recovery, said the island's top budgeting body.
Sportsarrow Football: Oranges drown in Sky Blues
An inspired second half display saw Abahani crush defending champions Brothers Union 3-0 in a crucial Premier Football League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 cricketers off to Malaysia
A 14-member Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team left Dhaka last night to take part in the International Golden Hope Challenge triangular one-day series beginning in Malaysia on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB election challenged
With elections for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) only a week away, the affluent federation is likely to face another legal battle after an unconfirmed source revealed that two of its councilors have
 arrow Football: FA Cup to taste Bangla passion
Amateur footballers Sporting Bengal United will become one of the first Asian sides to play in the FA Cup this weekend, the world's oldest football knockout tournament.
 arrow Cricket: BD A's tour ends with defeat
Kent recovered from another wobbly batting performance to secure a three-wicket win against Bangladesh A on the second day at Canterbury.
 arrow Handball: BDR, Police in final
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Bangladesh Police reached the final of the Orient Bread Federation Cup handball tournament on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: GP pacer hunt Phase 3 starts September 2
The third phase of the Gra-meenPhone pacer hunt programme begins at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) on September 2.
 arrow Cricket: 'We must tackle English swing'
Australia believe the key to keeping the Ashes is to solve the mystery of England's reverse swing.
 arrow Football: Left dazed by Danes
England skipper David Beckham believes England's World Cup dream is still on course despite their humiliating 4-1 defeat to Denmark in Wednesday's friendly here.
 arrow Cricket: Gillespie ready for the axe
Australia bowler Jason Gillespie said he would accept it if he was dropped for the fourth Ashes Test against England after a poor run of form.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar has more practice
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday had his second light practice session at MIG Club ground in suburban Bandra under the watchful eyes of Indian team physiotherapist John Gloster.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy blames batsmen after losing opener
Captain Inzamamul Haq blamed his batsmen for Asia's two-run defeat by Africa in the opening game of the Afro-Asia Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes Tests sold out
All five days of the final two Tests between England and Australia at Trent Bridge and The Oval have sold out.
 arrow Cricket: Fitter, stronger & smarter
Returning to Test cricket after a 28-month layoff, Shane Bond was delighted with his performances in the two-Test series in Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: Clueless England, Zizou-inspired France
England's belief that they are serious World Cup contenders suffered a shattering reality check on Wednesday when Denmark sent them crashing to their worst defeat for 25 years.
 arrow Football: Brazil held
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said he was satisfied after his world champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Croatia here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No stopping Mexico, USA
Jared Borgetti became Mexico's all-time leading scorer on Wednesday as Mexico beat Costa Rica 2-0 in Mexico City on Wednesday to edge ever closer to a 2006 World Cup berth.
 arrow BSJA honours them
The Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA), Chittagong Chapter yesterday accorded a reception to seven veteran sportsmen, organisers and journalists of the port city for their contribution in
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe name Curran as coach
Bowling supremo Kevin Curran was confirmed Wednesday as coach of the Zimbabwe national cricket team.
He replaces West Indian Phil Simmons with immediate effect after a disastrous year for the team.

 arrow Cricket: Bradman India Foundation sees light
Bradman India Foundation was floated on Thursday with a mission to promote cricket as a valuable cultural and sporting force in India.
 arrow Football: Elite Paint soccer
The Elite Paint-Siraj Mohanagari Kishore Football League kicked off here at City's Dampara Police Lines ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming says, no comment
Stephen Fleming declined to offer an opinion on Zimbabwe's suitability for the Test arena after his New Zealand team completed their second thrashing of the home side in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow AL, allies blame govt for Wednesday's blasts
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies at a rally yesterday said the anti-liberation communal forces with the direct support of the government carried out Wednesday's bomb blasts
 arrow 'River erosion predictable at least a year ahead'
River erosion is predictable at least a year ahead to save thousands of lives and huge properties every year, said the experts at a seminar Wednesday.
 arrow Govt blamed for not helping UN protect refugee rights
UNHCR Representative to Bangladesh Christopher Beng Cha Lee yesterday criticised the government for not signing the 1951 UN Convention on the status of refugees to protect basic human rights of the refugees
 arrow Run-down trucks being imported from India
A section of brokers in connivance with the customs and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) officials brings hundreds of run-down vehicles, especially trucks, from India through different landports
 arrow Ruling party graft tarnishes country's image
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the country's image is being tarnished due to rampant corruption by the leaders and activists of the ruling parties.
 arrow Police canteen fined for unhygienic food
The mobile court yesterday raided the canteen of Razarbagh police lines and found it unhygienic and rotten food being served to the members of law enforcement agency.
 arrow Tk 3.27cr renovation work of Osmani Udyan begins
Development and beautification of Osmani Udyan in the city began with the laying of the formal foundation of the renovation work at a ceremony yesterday.
 arrow 'Stop encroaching on indigenous people's land'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded an end to encroachment on the lands of indigenous people in the name of eco-park and extension of forest department and cantonment.
 arrow 'Government's indifference encourages fanatics'
The government's indifference to the growing fanaticism has encouraged the repeat of bomb blasts across the country, said participants of the 'Blue for Peace' programme yesterday.
 arrow Work neutrally CEC urges officials
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz yesterday urged the officials, including the law enforcers, to perform their duties with neutrality, honesty and efficiency to hold a free and fair by-election to Faridpur-1
 arrow Bomb blasts condemned
Different political, social, cultural and business organisations yesterday condemned the countrywide bomb blasts on Wednesday and demanded punishment to the culprits responsible for the attacks.
 arrow Ill-fated freedom fighter passes away
Arafat Ali Khan, a freedom fighter who ended up begging in different districts for his livelihood, passed away at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday morning. He was 76.
 arrow 'Road march' towards Tengratila postponed
The National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas Resources, Power and Port yesterday postponed its 'road march' towards Tengratila gas field because of the changing situation in the wake of Wednesday's
 arrow Bangla-Pak foreign secy level meet begins today
The two-day annual conference between the foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Pakistan embarks in Islamabad today to review bilateral relations.
 arrow Warrant against 3 'Amar Desh' journalists
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate AJM Abdullah yesterday issued an arrest warrant bailable on Tk 1,000 bond against five people, including the editor, the publisher and a reporter of the daily 'Amar Desh'
 arrow Chilean envoy meets Hasina
Delhi based Ambassador of Chile Jorge Heine met Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday at her Sudha Sadan residence.
 arrow JCD men beat up journo at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres of Jahangirnagar University on Wednesday beat up a journalist and a Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (JCF) activist on the campus as they refused to join a JCD procession
 arrow 2 shot in city
A staff of an oil shop and a shopkeeper were shot and robbed off Tk 5,500 at Gulshan in the city yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Biometrics to prevent electoral fraud
No civilian government in Bangladesh has taken over power from another civilian government through an undisputed electoral process.
 arrow Dollar volatility and blame game
Bangladesh shifted from "fixed" to "flexible" exchange rate policy in 2003. There are many economic tools associated with fixed and flexible exchange rates.
Culturearrow On the good old days of Mukh O Mukhosh
Saifuddin Ahmed is among the few living artistes who have worked in the first Bangla feature film of the country, Mukh O Mukhosh.
 arrow A combination of versatility and finesse
One rainy day at her tastefully decorated home, singer Ferdausi Rahman waxes eloquent about nature.
 arrow Trend-setting fashion in films
Movies have a tremendous influence on our fashion choices. Film and fashion are so inexorably linked, we almost don't notice their trendy sway.
 arrow The girl next door
Who is not familiar with the impish and attractive Indian actress Kajol who was all of 30 years on August 5? The daughter of superb actress Tanuja and the granddaughter of Shobhana Samarth, at one level
 arrow Buzz
Dolon Champa: A TV play on Nazrul and Promila
"Once Nazrul took shelter in the house of an aristocrat Hindu family in Comilla.

Generalarrow 'Land registration system very complicated'
Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday said the land registration system in the country is very complicated and corrupt.
 arrow NUS meet to combat trafficking
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS), an NGO, organised a 'Divisional level advocacy meeting to combat trafficking in children' at its training centre at Rampura in the city on August 16, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Intelligence failure of epic proportions
To say that the more than five hundred near-simultaneous bombings were a case of intelligence failure will be an understatement given the enormity of the incidents that involved all but one of the sixty-four
 arrow Editorial: Why this hartal?
When the country is reeling under the most devastating attack on its security and when people in general are panicky and full of doubts as to what will happen next, the opposition in a totally mindless
 arrow We can't say that we haven't been warned
The only possible silver lining to the horrific serial bomb blasts that reached into every nook and corner of the country on August 17 (apart from the fact that the death toll was thankfully low) is that
 arrow Hurdles in rapprochement
One Pakistan TV network based at Dubai asked me whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would tender his apology to Indian Muslims as he had done in the case of Sikhs for Delhi riots even after 21 years.
 arrow Self-reform to precede organisational reform
The opposition cry for reforms of the caretaker government system and the Election Commission is yet to gain the desired momentum. The government is equally indifferent to the prospect of the demand.
Letters to Editorarrow Who is to blame for poor image
Bangladesh's image is not a pretty one, largely due to our corruption problem. But the Finance Minister doesn't believe Bangladesh's leaders are to blame for the corruption or for Bangladesh's poor image.
 arrow The duty of a prime minister
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on 05/08/04 that his government would take new measures in countering the severe threat of terrorism that Britain faces, especially after the terroristatrocity
 arrow Attom bomb anniversary
The anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been repeated ad nauseam for 60 years.
 arrow Congratulations Shane Warne
No matter what people say and how critics dub him, he'll always be the greatest leg-spinner of all time.
 arrow Herr! Schroeder
Do we have to spell out our appreciation and declare adoration with many thanks that at last a sensible reaction has surfaced in Germany (which must not have escaped attention of any one keeping in touch
 arrow Image of the nation
While the government leaves no stone unturned to remind the common citizens that they should uphold the image of the nation, what does it do and what do the ministers of the republic say? The "ahoban"
 arrow Of inappropriate clemency and divided lawyers
Mohiuddin Jhintu got lucky. His party is in power and with the right connection (as cynics say) at the right place, he got away with killing two people.
 arrow "US respond in measured fashion"
For how long will this fooling and camouflaged management of Iraqi defence and protection of the stooges of US administration continue? The indiscriminate US fire this Friday on 'musallis' emerging out
 arrow An unfortunate incident
A young woman knocked on the door and said that she was our neighbour's grand-daughter and had come from London. Her grandmother had sent her to make my acquaintance as I had also come from London.
 arrow Muslim names, revised
Mr. Kamrul Hasan of BUET commented on my writing on Mohammad, Muhammad and Md. published in The Daily Star on 27 July. His comments were published as a letter to the Editor on 5 August.
 arrow Praising America
I must admit I was intrigued by the op-ed piece written by a former IGP in the August 16 issue.
 arrow A new technique for advertising cigarette
All types of advertisement of cigarettes are prohibited in the media. This is a very positive step of the government. Smoking is spreading among people of all stages and ages in our country like virus.
 arrow Bombs thrown at Akhaura
The bomb explosion at Hazrat Shah Syed Ahammed shrine when worshippers were in attendance is another sign of social instability in Bangladesh.
 arrow djuice and Bangla
Mr. Irfan and friends reacted to my letter.
 arrow Short evaluation of our universities
We have 21 public, 52 private, in total 73 universities in our country for providing us higher education and apt research facilities.
 arrow Why this bluff?
I would like to endorse the letter written by Mr Abdul Karim from the Jahangirnagar University published in your newspaper on last Friday.
 arrow The freedom fighters and their fate
The news item on the state of Hospital for FFs (The DS, 6.8.05) saddens me very much.
 arrow To be an MP
A few months ago, Pakistan had announced that one should be a holding a Masters Degree to be eligible for contesting in an MP election.
Worldarrow South Asia: Musharraf faces test in local elections
Pakistani voters went to the polls Thursday for local elections that are being seen as a test of President Pervez Musharraf's fight against Islamic hardliners and his commitment to women's rights.
 arrow South Asia: Sri Lanka extends state of emergency
Sri Lanka's parliament Thursday extended the state of emergency imposed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly after the assassination of the foreign minister by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow South Asia: Ex-minister says he is not guilty
A former Indian government minister accused of helping organise anti-Sikh riots in 1984 in which 4,000 people were killed denied in parliament Thursday any role in the carnage.
 arrow South Asia: Four die in latest Kashmir violence
Two Islamic militants, a policeman and a Muslim contractor have been killed in the latest bout of separatist violence in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Muslim women must contest elections under veil
In yet another controversial fatwa, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has ruled that Muslim women in India should not contest elections and if they have to do they must do it under veil, evoking sharp reactions
 arrow South Asia: Business-savvy Ulfa outsources terror
Outsourcing makes a lot of business sense these days. Even for terror merchants in the Northeast of India.
 arrow South Asia: Now 'healthy beer' in India
An Indian firm has launched a vitamin-rich beer which it says protects the body from the harmful effects of alcohol, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
 arrow Gaza homes set alight
Protestors set abandoned houses ablaze and hurled eggs as Israeli forces dragged hysterical residents from their Gaza Strip homes and thousands of religious Jews took refuge in synagogues to block their
 arrow Palestinians fear 'big prison' after Gaza pullout
Not far from the evacuated Israeli settlement of Dugit, Palestinian residents of Beit Lahiya village are torn between joy and bitterness, with some fearing they may end up in "a big prison.
 arrow Four US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four US soldiers were killed Thursday by a roadside bomb in the northern Iraqi town of Samarra, the US military said.
 arrow Russia, China launch first major wargames
Russia and China launched their first-ever joint wargames in a show of military might they insisted was not aimed at any other country after the United States expressed concern.
 arrow 104 missing after boat sinks in Pacific
A small boat overloaded with 113 illegal immigrants capsized and sank in rough waters off Colombia's Pacific coast, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow London police chief under fire over Brazilian's shooting
London's police chief faced growing calls Thursday to resign over the shooting of an Brazilian wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber, as reports emerged that he tried to stop an inquiry into the
 arrow US condemns Israeli settler attack
The United States sharply condemned a deadly shooting spree by an Israeli settler Wednesday while heaping praise on the Palestinians for their handling of Israel's painful pullout from Gaza.
 arrow A Porsche as tip
A waitress in Sweden thought her elderly customer was joking when he offered her his Porsche as a tip, but he kept his word and gave her the keys to the car, daily Aftonbladet reported on Thursday.
 arrow Anwar vindicated by million-dollar libel award
Former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday that a 1.2 million dollar damages award over a book that triggered his 1998 sacking had cleared his name and proved he was the victim of a conspiracy.
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