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Front Pagearrow Kingpins remain out of dragnet
Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka has started quizzing the people arrested across the country in connection with Wednesday's serial explosions to identify the mastermind and the motive of the attack,
 arrow Border shootout over riverbank protection
Border guards of India and Bangladesh yesterday traded some 600 bullets across the Gilabari border in the northwestern district of Chapainawabganj, injuring at least one Bangladeshi civilian and sparking
 arrow 'Bombs blasted to divert attention from demands'
The main opposition Awami League (AL), left-leaning 11-party alliance, and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu) enforce a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal today, protesting the August 17 blasts.
 arrow Fearing a Leftist challenge, Rightists struck
(Concluding instalment of a four-part series.
 arrow PM for Sino-Bangla'strategic' trade ties
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the Chinese investors of all-out co-operation in their business endeavours as top Chinese companies expressed intent to invest in various sectors, particularly
 arrow Summon special JS session, form nat'l probe commission
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday suggested that the government should summon a special session in parliament to discuss the grievous issue of bomb blasts in the country and form a national enquiry
 arrow Hopes die with son's death
With the loss of their only son and the eldest child, Mamun, to the August 21 grenade carnage last year, the Mridhas of Alipura village also have lost all their future hopes.
 arrow Stunned mother can't justify Salam's death
The death of her 9-year old son Abdus Salam in one of the Wednesday's serial time-bomb blasts has shocked Farida Khatun into insanity.
 arrow No dialogue with bombers, says Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has outright rejected any possibility of dialogue with the government, saying that her party cannot sit with the "bombers and killers" who have jeopardised the country's
 arrow Only 2pc launches use weather forecast device
Most launches plying on inland waterways do not use weather forecasting machines to detect tornadoes and nor'westers, a frequent cause of launch disasters every year, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport
 arrow Rockets fired at US ship in Aqaba
A Jordanian soldier was killed yesterday when unidentified attackers fired three rockets near US warships moored in the Red Sea port of Aqaba and into a neighbouring Israeli resort.
 arrow 2 killed while making bombs
Two persons allegedly belonging to an outlawed party were killed in blasts when they were making bombs at village Gopalpur in Mujibnagar upazila under Meherpur district yesterday.
 arrow AL front leader killed during 'police action'
An Awami Swechchhasebok League leader in the city was electrocuted allegedly during police action in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Ahab protests arrests of JMB men
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) along with some other Islamic organisations yesterday demonstrated in the capital and Rajshahi, protesting the arrests of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists.
 arrow Grenades recovered in Khagrachhari
Army men raided remote Sonatila in Panchhari upazila of Khagrachhari district yesterday morning and recovered two grenades and eight bullets of 303 rifles.
 arrow Ring road to rescue Ctg city from traffic tailback
Chittagong is set to have an outer ring road linking Dhaka-Chittagong Trunk Road with Arakan Sarak (Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Highway) bypassing the city centre.
 arrow Developments in Bangladesh worrisome, says Pranaab
Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday termed the large-scale terrorist violence in Bangladesh 'worrisome'.
 arrow Musharraf hopes to join Saarc summit as scheduled
Pakistan President Parvez Muhsarraf yesterday conveyed his condolences and sympathies for the victims of the August 17 bomb blasts in Bangladesh and expressed his strong condemnation against the perpetrators
 arrow Arrest of AL men ordered, then revoked
The government in a prompt decision ordered the district SPs (superintendent of police) to nab activists of Awami League (AL) and its wings after the Wednesday's countrywide blasts, but changed the decision
 arrow London police chief says he won't quit
The head of London's Metropolitan Police, Ian Blair, said yesterday he has no intention of resigning over last month's police shooting of a Brazilian wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber.
 arrow Kala Jahangir's aide killed in 'shootout'
A wanted criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Tongi in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow College student injured in attack
Unidentified assailants chopped indiscriminately a college student, leaving him injured near Rampura Overbridge in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Build up social resistance against terrorism
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon people irrespective of faith and party affiliation to forge a social resistance against terrorism.
 arrow Highest ever hits at thedailystar.net
Over half a million people from across the globe clicked on The Daily Star's website to know details of Wednesday's countrywide orchestrated bomb blasts.
 arrow Dhaka, Beijing for lawmakers' friendship group
Bangladesh and China yesterday agreed to form a friendship group comprising parliamentarians of the two countries to strengthen relations between the two parliaments.
 arrow Search for bank accounts of radical groups
Authorities of nationalised banks in 16 northern districts were looking for bank accounts of radical 'Islamic Jihad Group' (IJG) reportedly linked with Al-Qaeda and Talibans, and two other persons named
 arrow Militant leaders' photos sent to air, land ports
The government has sent the photos of 15 leaders of four militant organisations, including Jama'atul Mujahideen, to all airports and land ports in Bangladesh after Wednesday's series of bomb blasts so
Businessarrow Supermarkets boom on robust sales growth
The idea of 'all essential commodities under one roof' is the driving force behind the success of supermarket business in Bangladesh, which saw around Tk 200 crore investment in the last five years.
 arrow Dhaka eyes new export markets in 29 countries
The government plans to look for new markets for Bangladeshi goods, particularly readymade garment products.
 arrow DCCI for vision 2020 to build infrastructure
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for developing a vision for 2020 and beyond to build infrastructure required for viable businesses to achieve an overall economic progress.
 arrow Oil climbs higher in Asian trade on Ecuador crisis
Oil prices climbed towards $64 a barrel in Asian trade Friday after protests forced Ecuador to suspend crude exports, underscoring market nervousness over supply disruptions, dealers said.
 arrow Asian countries need efficient use of forex reserves
Asian countries needs to think about how to deal with their growing foreign exchange reserves and to consider using assets more efficiently rather than just buying US Treasury bills, an influential Chinese
 arrow ADB lends $25m to Pakistan for infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said here Friday that it has approved a 25-million-dollar loan to Pakistan to help implement an infrastructure development program.
 arrow East Asia urged to set up monetary mechanism
An expert has suggested that central banks in East Asia form a regional monetary mechanism to help boost their global financial role beyond that performed by the world's largest debtor, the United States.
 arrow Furniture fair now ends tomorrow
The five-day furniture fair that began on August 16 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka, will now end tomorrow at 10pm.
 arrow India's Wadia Group plans low-cost airline
Indian industrial conglomerate Wadia group, best known for its textile brand Bombay Dyeing, will launch a low-cost airline in October and is in talks with Airbus and Boeing Co.
 arrow AnnTaylor's Q2 profit falls
Women's clothing retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corp on Friday posted a sharp drop in second-quarter profit, hurt by weak sales at its flagship stores and one-time costs from moving its corporate headquarters.
 arrow Nepal's state-run oil monopoly hikes prices to stop big losses
State-run Nepal Oil Corp, battling mounting losses, hiked petrol, diesel, kerosene and air turbine fuel prices in what state media said was an attempt to keep pace with rising global costs.
 arrow Korean Air averts strike
Pilots at Korean Air, the largest airline in South Korea, called off threatened strike action after a compromise was reached in a dispute over working conditions, the company and the union said Friday.
 arrow Pressure grows on EU over China textiles as imports hit ceiling
Pressure was growing on the European Union's executive commission Friday to review a broad textile agreement reached with Beijing in June after a new import quota was met and others looked set to be filled.
 arrow UK firm given nod to build port in Vietnam
The HCM City People's Committee has given the green light to UK-based P&O Ports company to invest in port construction in Hiep Phuoc industrial zone, Nha Be District.
 arrow Indonesia struggles with power crisis
Power-generating companies in Indonesia are living on the edge, generating barely enough power to meet demand.
Any sudden surge or failure plunges Java and Bali into darkness, as was the case on Thursday.

 arrow Continental Telecom now CityCell's dealer
Continental Telecom, a concern of Continental Group, will distribute the products of mobile phone operator CityCell throughout the country.
 arrow Eurozone posts foreign trade surplus
The eurozone booked a foreign trade surplus in June of 6.5 billion euros (7.9 billion dollars) compared with a revised surplus of 2.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Aug 13-Aug 18, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Reds improve chances
Muktijoddha Sangsad kept their hopes alive for a third-place finish in the Premier Football League when they blanked bottom-table Dipali Juba Sangha 3-0 at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Individuals impress
There were two stand-out performers in the Bangladesh A team during their month-long trip to England.
 arrow Cricket: Be bold: Buchanan
Australia coach John Buchanan has told his players they have to be more aggressive and take their chances if they are to hold off England's Ashes challenge.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan dismisses advantage talk
England captain Michael Vaughan dismissed suggestions that Australia have gained a psychological advantage having staved off defeat at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies under pressure'
Former England batsman Graham Thorpe says the pressure will be on Australia when the Ashes resume on 25 August.
The two sides will go into the fourth Test at Trent Bridge level at 1-1.

 arrow Cricket: Urn will make it down under!
Cricket's most famous trophy, the Ashes urn, will be sent to Australia in 2006, regardless of who wins this year.
 arrow Cricket: Kingsmead races to be ready
The groundsman at Durban's Kingsmead Stadium is a man under pressure as he battles to prepare pitches for the second and third matches in the Afro-Asian Cup.
 arrow Football: Abahani protest dressing room attack by BU
Abahani yesterday condemned an attack on their dressing room by Brothers Union players and officials after Thursday's Premier Football League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and demanded the
 arrow Cricket: Cairns comes down hard on Zim Tests
Chris Cairns, the New Zealand all-rounder, has severely criticised Zimbabwe's pathetic performance after they lost the Test series to New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Dar returning for 4th Ashes Test
Aleem Dar will return to Ashes umpiring duties in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge as Billy Bowden stands down.
 arrow Handball: Narinda third
Narinda Progoti Boys clinched third place in the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament defeating Rajshahi City Corporation 31-19 in a play-off match yesterday at the outer stadium handball ground.
 arrow Services kabaddi
Bangladesh Police senior and junior teams had contrasting fortunes in yesterday's services kabaddi championship.
 arrow Football: Super Sunday
Chelsea and Arsenal will be looking to strike a significant psychological blow against each other when the two London giantsclash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: An Essien-tial signing
Chelsea finally got their man on Friday signing highly-rated Ghana midfielder Michael Essien from French champions Lyon.
 arrow Cricket: Warne's new weapon
Shane Warne has adopted the slogan "finding a way" for Australia's crucial fourth Test at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Curran hopes for the best
Struggling Zimbabwe will hope that a change of coach will help revive their flagging fortunes in the three-nations ODI series against New Zealand and India.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo back for qualifier
Real Madrid star Ronaldo will make his return to the national team for World Cup qualifiers when he was named by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Thursday in his 22-man squad for the September 4 tie against
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt, Safin in last eight
Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin steamed into the quarter-finals of the 2.45-million-dollar ATP Cincinnati Masters here Thursday, with Safin determined to put a recovering knee out of mind on court.
 arrow Football: Great news for Owen!
His professional life may be in the balance, but Michael Owen's family life is about to become even more settled.
 arrow Golf: Techno-Foki golf
Tousif Lodi clinched the men's title while Shaheen Khan won the women's crown in the Techno-Foki Monsoon golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Ratify UN Convention on migrant workers
Legal and migrant experts at a function yesterday urged the government to ratify the UN Convention to ensure the rights of the migrant workers and their families across the globe.
 arrow Unite to establish a nat'l govt to save country
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the opposition to unite to establish a national government to save the country from what he said was the misrule of the alliance
 arrow Seven killed, 12 injured in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 12 injured in road accidents in Gazipur, Bogra, Thakurgaon and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow 'Fanatics carried out bomb attacks'
The fanatics and communal forces carried out the countrywide bomb attacks on Wednesday at the instigation of international imperialists, said the leaders of Gonomukti and Jatiya Sampad Rakkha Sammilita
 arrow Eight Mongla port officials suspended
Eight officials of Mongla port have been suspended on charges of misappropriating over Tk 1.10 crore.
 arrow Memorial book on Ivy Rahman launched
"I still cannot believe that my mother has died although one year has passed," Nazmul Hasan burst into tears while recalling the memory of his mother Ivy Rahman who was killed in a grenade attack on the
 arrow Armeena fights for life while rapist still at large
Armeena, only 13, teeters on the brink of death. Her eyes, blank and surrounded in dark circles, suggest that she is hoping for the end to get rid of her sufferings.
 arrow More bodies condemn bomb blasts
More organisations yesterday condemned the series of simultaneous bomb blasts across the country on August 17 and demanded judicial probe to bring the culprits to justice.
 arrow Transport workers clash in Pirganj: 20 hurt
Twenty transport workers were injured in a clash between two rival groups in Pirganj yesterday.
Of them, the condition of Nurul Huda and Abdul Kalam was stated to be critical.

 arrow PBCP cadre killed for defying party guidelines
A cadre of outlawed Janajuddho, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was killed by the party men for what they said his alleged involvement in 'criminal activities' defying party guidelines.
 arrow Husband stabs wife for dowry
A husband stabbed his wife for dowry at Fatulla in the early hours of yesterday.
Critically injured Parvin Akhtar, 22, was admitted to Narayanganj Hospital.

 arrow N'ganj trader buys freedom, six arrested
The police yesterday arrested six extortionists who took away Tk 13,000 from a businessman at gunpoint in the town on Thursday.
 arrow JCD factions clash at Ctg Polytechnic Institute
Two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed at the Chittagong Polytechnic Institute yesterday afternoon, leaving four students injured.
Nationalarrow Colleges fight over students' admission
Authorities of two government colleges in the town have been sued by 10 non-government colleges for their attempt to admit students more than their quota.
 arrow Indefinite strike in schools, colleges
Classes were not held in any of the 17 educational institutions including two colleges in Haragachh on Thursday as the Sommilito Chhatra Sangram Parishad enforced an indefinite strike in the institutions
 arrow 600 families homeless by Jamuna erosion
Erosion by the Jamuna river has made about 600 families homeless in Kazipur, Sirajganj Sader, Belkuchi, Shahzadpur and Chowhali upazilas in Sirajganj district in last one week.
 arrow More protests in districts
Different political parties brought out processions and held rallies in districts yesterday and the day before protesting Wednesday's bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow Nilphamari JP council marred by rivals' clash
A council of Patiya Party was virtually marred by intra-party squabbles and clashes on Thursday.
 arrow Youth killed after abduction in Tangail
A young man was killed after abduction at Sapua village in Dainna union of Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow MDGs: Some global perspectives
The Millennium Develop-ment Goals (MDGs) were derived from the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000 at the Millennium Summit, which was attended by 156 heads of state or government.
 arrow American eyes on oil rich Central Asia
America has its own road-map to move from one milestone to the other, to achieve its objectives, by hook or by crook.
 arrow Kadigamar's assassination
Assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has intensified political tensions throughout the country and the danger of a return to civil war.
 arrow Disability no bar to journalism
A man/woman or a boy/girl can be physically disabled. But despite that they can think, he/she can write with odds and can express.
Culturearrow Tagore's unique visual art in Nisar Hossain's view
Nisar Hossain, Associate Professor of the Department of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, speaking about Tagore says, "We are acquainted with Tagore's paintings and sketches from 1924 onwards.
 arrow A model with a difference
Model-turned-actor Noble holds a special place in the hearts of the Bangladeshi audience. A trendsetter in TV commercials, Noble has won many awards in the best male model category.
 arrow Indigenous cultural function in Birishiri
A two-day-long annual cultural function of indigenous people of greater Mymensingh was held recently. The programme took place at the Birishiri Tribal Cultural Academy in Durgapur, Netrakona.
Generalarrow Work stress 'increases heart attack risk'
Workplace stress increases the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.
 arrow Sand-laden cargo vessel capsizes in Sandhya
A sand-laden cargo vessel capsized in the river Sandhya near Ferry Ghat in Kawkhali upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pak local polls rigged
Pakistani opposition parties accused President Pervez Musharraf's government yesterday of rigging the first round of local elections, while at least 12 people died in poll-related violence.
 arrow 80pc settlers evacuated
Israeli troops stormed one of the last pockets of resistance to withdrawal from Gaza yesterday, dragging settlers and their supporters screaming and sobbing from a settlement synagogue.
 arrow Govt, Tigers to hold talks
Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to hold their first high-level talks in 30 months in a bid to salvage their troubled truce after the killing of the foreign minister, peace broker
 arrow Unilever Nepal closed after Maoist threats
Threats by a pro-Maoist union in Nepal forced the shutdown Thursday of a unit of Indian consumer products giant Hindustan Lever, the company said.
 arrow Blame it on US for Iraq bombings
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday denied fresh US allegations that the Islamic republic was linked to bombings in Iraq, and instead pointed the finger at US occupying forces.
 arrow Bombers seek civil war
Iraq said the deadly rush-hour Baghdad bombings sought to create a sectarian crisis in the country as the United States rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for a timetable on foreign troop
 arrow Moroccan gets 7-yr sentence in Hamburg 9/11 trial
Moroccan Mounir El Motassadeq received a seven-year jail sentence on Friday after being found guilty in a German court of belonging to a terrorist group.
 arrow UN envoy meets with Myanmar junta chief
A UN envoy held a rare meeting with the reclusive leader of Myanmar's military government yesterday, but he said domestic politics and the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were not discussed.
 arrow Maldives appoints key dissident as minister
The Maldives has named one of its top dissidents as the country's new finance minister amid sweeping political reforms in the South Asian archipelago, an official said Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Don't let politics contaminate investigation
If the sheer scale of the August 17 bombings and the ease with which these were carried out made our intelligence failure a laughing stock of the world, a massive operation such as this couldn't alsohave
 arrow Editorial: Building fountain infront of Jatiya Sangsad
We commend the Public Works Department and Architecture Department of Ministry of Housing and Public Works for stopping the construction of a fountain in front of the Jatiya Sangsad premises.
 arrow National security is under attack
The month of August is prov-ing to be a month of tears and bloodshed.
 arrow Caretaker government reform: Constitutional ambiguities
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Moudud Ahmed reiterated (August 5, 2005) that there was no scope for reforming the Caretaker Government (CTG) now.
Letters to Editorarrow Strange expectation
When you throw a brick and want a rose in return then it's certainly a strange expectation.
 arrow Weapons of the weak
Peoples all around the world express their grief and sympathy for those who lost their lives in unscrupulous (suicide) bomb attacks in London and Sharm-al-Sheikh, Egypt.
 arrow Narrative journalism
I strongly feel the need for analytical journalism especially in the field of print media through narrative reporting deviating from the traditional path of presenting day-to-day news only.
 arrow Great news to celebrate
We are extremely happy to learn that the name of Prof. Dr Yunus, the innovator of Micro-Credit has been proposed for this year's Nobel Prize in Economics.
StarTecharrow More pragmatic way of access control
AFTER 9/11 it has been a great concern to authenticate people to give access to important building or data.
 arrow An online shopping mall
EVEN in the age of e-commerce our country still lacks in effective utilisation of this resource.
 arrow Latest tech gadgets hit the market
Philips Mobile phone
One of the country's leading IT product distributor Computer Source Ltd.

 arrow e-paper
Employee for Japanese electronics giant Fuji Xerox, Naoko Okada, displays a prototype model of a card type electronic paper called "E-Paper Visual Index Card" which enables a user to copy down documents
 arrow Mighty Mouse
Women display new Apple Computer mouses during its sales promotion in Seoul on August 18.
Literaturearrow Crooked Shapes
'Is that so?' he asked, agitated. 'Are you really sure?'
'I swear.

 arrow Portrait of the cricketer as prince
The premise, and conclusion, of this book on Ranjitsinjhi is simple: where you stand depends on where you sit. Or, in this particular case, bat.
 arrow Rain, Rain
Sudden panic sends colourful homebound crowds--
Even the drowsy ones among them--
Scuttling like scared red roaches every which way
As if someone with a cold forbidding voice,
Tolling a familiar

 
   
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