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Front Pagearrow Cops target 400 militants
Security and intelligence agencies are out on a massive countrywide manhunt to nab some 400 leaders and activists of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) believed to be responsible for Wednesday's orchestrated
 arrow Hartal passes off peacefully
A countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by the main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies yesterday brought life to a virtual standstill although the shutdown passed off by and large peacefully,
 arrow Probe stalled, attackers untraced
The investigation into the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally has remained stalled over the last one year as investigators failed to find any strong clue while the government and the
 arrow Trained in foreign lands, they spread inland
A deep pocket filled by oil rich hands, virtually unrelenting access to arms, an insidious nexus with mainstream political parties and the government's blind eye to them -- the deadly concoction thathave
 arrow Changes in agencies on the cards
The government is likely to bring about changes in the intelligence and law enforcement agencies for their "complete failure" to have any prior information about the August 17 countrywide blasts and curb
 arrow 2 cops held with stolen AK47s
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two police sergeants and their two "criminal" associates in the last two days and seized two AK47 rifles that were among six of such arms lost during the sensational
 arrow BDR, BSF trade 300 shots, call ceasefire
The Bangladesh and Indian border guards held their fire on the Chapainawabganj-Malda border yesterday noon after firing 300 rounds at each other.
 arrow Agencies for banning Kuwait-based group
Intelligence agencies yesterday recommended banning activities of the Kuwait-based Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) for funding Islamist militants in the country.
 arrow Blasts to hurt business environment: Saifur
The recent bomb explosions may hurt Bangladesh's business and overall economic environment, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman feared yesterday, a day before his scheduled meeting with the World Bank chief,
 arrow BNP MP's brother plotted Jamal Uddin's abduction
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is taking Shahidul Islam alias Shahid Chairman, the prime suspect of Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin abduction case, into another five-day remand from today.
 arrow Home ministry claims progress in probe
The home ministry at a press briefing yesterday claimed progress in the probe into Wednesday's countrywide bomb blasts but failed to answer queries of journalists.
 arrow Jamaat blames RAW, Mosad
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh has blamed two foreign intelligence agencies -- Israeli Mosad and Indian RAW -- for "playing an important role" behind the attacks on August 17.
 arrow Polio free for fifth year
Bangladesh holds its polio free status for the fifth consecutive year as no polio virus outbreak was reported in the last five years, official sources told The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow 10 die in boat capsize in Tangail
Ten people died in a boat capsize in Chapra Beel (water body) in Ghatail upazila of the district on Friday night.
 arrow Govt to conduct study on mobile tariff
In the face of widespread dissatisfaction over the high mobile call tariff, Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to conduct a study to formulate a tariff regime for mobile
Businessarrow World Bank projects fail to cut poverty
The projects, funded by the World Bank and other multinational donor agencies, have failed to achieve significant success in poverty reduction in the last 30 years in Bangladesh, speakers at roundtable
 arrow Healthy politics key to high GDP growth
A healthy political environment is badly needed to expedite the country's GDP growth, said the newly elected president of the apex trade body.
 arrow Imported furniture stymie local industry growth
The country's furniture manufacturers, who are now showcasing their products at a five-day fair in Dhaka, said the imported low-priced furniture are hindering the growth of local industry.
 arrow WB chief talks with Indian leaders on helping rural poor
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz met top Indian leaders Friday to discuss ways of scaling up infrastructure development to improve the lives of millions of rural poor.
 arrow DSE to upgrade automated trading system today
In a bid to streamline stock trading in the secondary market, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is going to upgrade its automated trading system today.
 arrow High oil poses risk, but dollar may weather it well
High oil prices have the potential to squeeze consumers and crimp global economic growth, but the dollar could still cope better than the euro and the yen, US currency analysts expect.
 arrow Lottery of Grameen One Mutual Fund today
Successful applicants for Grameen One Mutual Fund will be chosen through a lottery in Dhaka today.
 arrow Arbitration board to hear appeal of 7 today
Although the biennial election of the country's apex trade body ended Thursday, the hearing of petitions of seven business leaders, who appealed to the FBCCI arbitration board to allow them to contest
 arrow Green Delta Ins embarks on Takaful
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited has recently embarked on Islamic insurance-Takaful.
 arrow Talks on Indian loan for railway schemes start Aug 22 in Delhi
A six-member government delegation will leave for New Delhi today to attend a negotiation on the terms of a US$ 150 million loan offered by India to develop railway infrastructure in Bangladesh.
 arrow Talks on Indian loan for railway schemes start Aug 22 in Delhi
A six-member government delegation will leave for New Delhi today to attend a negotiation on the terms of a US$ 150 million loan offered by India to develop railway infrastructure in Bangladesh.
 arrow AP Moller-Maersk finishes acquisition of Royal P&O Nedlloyd
Denmark-based shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk A/S completed the acquisition of Royal P&O Nedlloyd, its Netherlands-based competitor.
 arrow EU farm subsidies unfair, need overhaul: Study
The European Union's farm subsidy policy is unfair and only leads to greater inequalities within the enlarged 25-nation bloc, three British scholars said in a major study.
 arrow Boeing, Airbus orders soar in Q2
Boeing Co and Airbus SAS, the world's two largest aircraft builders, booked orders for a combined total of 529 large airliners in the second quarter, up sharply from 161 in the previous three-month period,
 arrow International unions meet in Chicago next week
Union leaders from around the globe gather in Chicago next week to craft a joint strategy to boost unionization in the developing world, and especially to target the US-based retail giant Wal-Mart Stores
 arrow First-time buyer boom for car dealers in S'pore
Until last month, father of three Dennis Choo, 35, relied on public transport and spent at least S$10 (US$6) a day on taxis.
 arrow Northwest Airlines mechanics go on strike
The fourth-largest US airline found itself in the grip of a potentially crippling strike early Saturday as thousands of its mechanics, cleaners and other service employees walked off their jobs rather
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Supermarkets boom on robust sales growth' published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently printed that PQS, the first chain supermarket in Bangladesh, was establishedin
 arrow Asia's rubber producers to discuss ways to stabilise prices
Officials from top rubber producing countries Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are due to meet in the Indonesian resort island of Bali next week to discuss ways to stabilise rubber prices, a Thai official
 arrow ACNielsen Consumer 360 Confce held
ACNielsen Bangladesh, a member of the world's leading marketing information company, organised a seminar titled 'ACNielsen Consumer 360 Conference' on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow Argentina's farm export to Asia surges in first half
Argentina's farm exports to Asia surged 77 percent to 10.6 million tonnes in the first six months of 2005, compared with a year earlier, the government said Friday.
 arrow India's forex reserves up
India's foreign exchange reserves rose to $144.37 billion on Aug 12 from $142.64 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement Saturday.
 arrow Shanghai auto's Q2 net profit drops
Shanghai Automotive Co Ltd, owner of a fifth of General Motors' largest car venture in China, Saturday posted a more than one-half drop in second quarter earnings, warning it may post a loss for the first
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahbub GS-elect
The blueprint for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election finally took the shape as predicted earlier when Mahbubul Anam claimed the top executive post on Saturday, the day earmarked for withdrawal
 arrow Cricket: SL pair shine for Asia
Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sanga-kkara and Mahela Jayawardene hit polished half-centuries for the Asia XI in the second Afro-Asia Cup match against an Africa XI at Kingsmead on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Practice as usual for Tigers
It was business as usual for the Sri Lanka-bound national cricketers. Despite a dawn-to-dusk hartal they practised at the Army Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tait believes he's ready
Uncapped Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait believes he is ready to face England in the fourth Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Pak-Kashmir keen for Indian fixture
The government in Pakistan-administered Kashmir has suggested the inclusion of Muzaffara-bad in the itinerary for Pakistan's home series against India early next year.
 arrow Football: Ruud calls the shots
Ruud van Nistelrooy's predatory instincts ensured Manchester United maintained their perfect start to the Premiership campaign with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger's milestone match
Ahead of his 500th match for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger admitted that he is still striving for perfection.
 arrow Football: Rafa not after Owen?
Rafa Benitez has once again rejected rumours he is planning to bring Michael Owen back to Liverpool as the Reds boss considers offers for Milan Baros.
 arrow Football: Eriksson does it again!
England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson has been enjoying secret phone chats with ex-mistress Faria Alam in a bid to win her back, The Sun can reveal.
 arrow Football: Mourinho lays down law
Jose Mourinho showed new recruit Michael Essien what to expect if he crosses the Chelsea manager after giving defender Ricardo Carvalho a dressing down in front of his team mates this week.
 arrow Football: Reds to take part in World Club meet
Rafael Benitez has set his sights on adding the world championship to his team's European crown after finally confirming Liverpool's participation at December's World Club Championship in Japan.
 arrow Tennis: Federer sails, Safin fails
World number one Roger Federer rolled into the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday while fourth seed Marat Safin was dumped out by American wildcard Robby Ginepri.
 arrow Cricket: Wright may coach Rest of the World
John Wright will be the coach of the Rest of the World in the forthcoming Super Series in Australia, it has been reliably learnt.
 arrow Cricket: Australia leave out Gillespie for 2-dayer
Matthew Hayden helped himself to an unbeaten half-century as Australia reached 142-3 at lunch on the opening day of their two-day Test warm-up game against Northamptonshire.
 arrow Cricket: Emirates sponsor ICC Super Series
Emirates has increased its support of international cricket by sponsoring the International Cricket Council (ICC) Super Series, which will take place in Australia in October this year.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes ignites Miandad
The Ashes series between England and Australia will be a catalyst for the revival of Test cricket, according to Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad.
 arrow Cricket: Hants plan floatation
A company that owns one of England's top county cricket teams is mulling listing on a junior stock market as interest in the sport grows, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Zizou, Ronaldo to appear on Maradona show
Diego Maradona said on Friday that Real Madrid stars Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos had agreed to appear on his weekly television show, "La noche del 10" (The Night of the 10).
 arrow Football: Djorkaeff faces old friend
MetroStars midfielder Youri Djorkaeff will face Zinedine Zidane, his former teammate on France's 1998 World Cup champion, when a Major League Soccer select side opposes Real Madrid in a friendly nextweek
 arrow Football: Bayern give Ballack an ultimatum
German champions Bayern Munich have issued an ultimatum to German international star Michael Ballack giving him six weeks to decide whether or not he wants to stay at the Allianz Arena.
 arrow Football: Steaua fined over Cisse abuse
Steaua Bucharest have been fined by UEFA after Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse suffered racist abuse in a Champions League qualifier at the Bulgarian club this month.
 arrow Football: Eng v Arg in Nov
England will play Argentina in a friendly match in November if they don't have to compete in playoffs to qualify for next year's World Cup.
The match is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 arrow Football: Media blast Klinsmann's selection
Germany's comeback from two goals down in a 2-2 draw in the Netherlands on Wednesday didn't stop the country's media from looking for scapegoats.
Metropolitanarrow Talks with Islamabad end with vow to fortify ties
The third round of Bangladesh-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks focussing on trade and economic co-operation and the upcoming Saarc summit in Dhaka ended in Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow 'Set up nat'l food safety council to protect consumers' rights'
A marketing court, appropriate laws and watchdog agencies governing the behaviour of sellers, manufacturers and service providers are a must to stop marketing of adulterated food and consumer items, said
 arrow Govt to shut CHT mobile network
The government is going to close down the mobile network of the private operators in three hill districts --Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari -- on security grounds.
 arrow Bangladesh reaffirms support to Palestine
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has reaffirmed Bangladesh's support and total commitment to Palestinians in their just cause and realisation of their inalienable rights.
 arrow Govt plans to raise service age of FFs to 65
Parliamentary standing committee on Ministry for Liberation War Affairs yesterday suggested the government to raise the service age limit of freedom fighters from 57 to 65, sources said.
 arrow Bangladesh rewarded with Tk 80 cr
Bangladesh has been rewarded with Tk 80 crore for its successful immunisation programme and exceeding the target for Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) vaccination.
 arrow Nepal condemns bomb attacks
Nepal in a statement on Friday condemned the bomb attacks in Bangladesh.
 arrow CPB to protest visit of WB president
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will protest the visit of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz who arrives in Dhaka today.
 arrow N'ganj trader succumbs to injuries at DMCH
A small trader succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Friday night.
 arrow JCD, BCL blame each other's parent body for blasts
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of opposition Awami League, yesterday continued to blame each other's parent organisationfor
 arrow Four injured in separate incidents over land dispute
Four people were injured in separate incidents over land dispute in the city yesterday.
 arrow Duta silent procession tomorrow
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) will bring out a silent procession from Aparajeyo Bangla to Central Shaheed Minar tomorrow at 12.
 arrow Resist anti-state conspiracies: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday called upon lawyers to be united and play an active role in resisting all anti-state conspiracies, including violence and bombings.
 arrow BDR-BSF staff officer level meet today
A staff officer level meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will be held today near border pillar No.
 arrow Local BNP leader held in N'ganj
Police yesterday arrested a local BNP leader in Narayanganj for cutting down trees indiscriminately.
Abul Kashem is the president of Bishnandi union BNP under Araihazar upazila.

 arrow Citibank donates computers to Bapa
Citibank NA, Bangladesh has contributed computers to Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa), a coalition of environmental activists, under its initiative to support the community service in the country, says
 arrow 'Karnaphulir Kanna' banned
'Karnaphulir Kanna' a documentary film made by Tanvir Mokammel under the banner of Ledger Vision has been banned.
Nationalarrow Tea holds high hopes in hills
"This will change life in hills", said an enthusiastic Mong Kew Ching.
 arrow Oust protectors of fanatic forces from power
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Tofael Ahmed alleged that the alliance government is pushing the country towards establishment of a fundamentalist state.
 arrow Honey collection a good business in 3 N-dists
Honey collection is now a profitable occupation for many in the district.
Many farmers have taken to the profession as it is more profitable than agriculture.

 arrow 8 chargesheeted but main accused dropped
Sadar thana police yesterday submitted charge sheet in Jubo League leader Polash Mridha murder case.
 arrow 10-yr-old boy remanded for ‘bomb attack’
Police yesterday took 10 year-old 'Tokai Sagor' and his relative Tuhin, 15, on three days' remand on bomb blast charge.
'Tokai Sagor' was arrested from Jessore town just after the bomb blasts on Wednesday.

 arrow Road barricade to protest extortion
Agitated traders barricaded the Patuakhali-Kuakata road at Hetalia Badghat for several hours after extortionists looted and ransack some shops in Patuakhali town yesterday.
 arrow Avilash Chakma on 5-day remand
Avilash Chakma, 32, a notorious criminal, was taken on five days' remand yesterday in connection with the murder of Biru Chakma, a former member of Shanti Bahini, in April.
Point-Counterpointarrow Deposition of the dead
My right to live is usurped. My right to die a natural death is also curtailed. My right to talk is strangulated. My right to listen to the people I love is deafened. My vision is blurred.
 arrow State of denial?
The worst did not happen, but could have happened.
 arrow Constitution and the president
The framers of the constitution of Bangladesh that was adopted on November 4, 1972 and came into effect on December 16 of the same year opted for a parliamentary system of government, but the conditions
Culturearrow Zahid Hassan
In the early 90s seven artistes appeared on the small screen and caught the imagination of the audience. Almost two decades later, they are still reigning on the silver screen.
 arrow Anwar Parvez in critical condition
Veteran music composer Anwar Parvez is suffering from prostate cancer and is now in a critical condition. He has survived two heart attacks.
 arrow Kumar Bishawjit chats with fans
Renowned artiste Kumar Bishawjit recently participated in an intimate chat with his fans from all over the world at the Banglalink Music Zone, the latest rendezvous for lovers of Bangla music.
Generalarrow Two college students die in road mishaps
Three people, two of them college students, were killed in separate road accidents here Friday-Saturday.
 arrow UP encephalitis toll rises to 110
The death toll in an encephalitis outbreak in Uttar Pradesh rose to 110 yesterday with 20 more deaths reported in the past 36 hours, a health official said.
 arrow Trawler capsizes at Kuakata
A fishing trawler MB Nazma capsized with 10 fishermen in the sea five kilometers off the Kuakata Sea Beach of Kalapara upazila under Patuakhali district.
 arrow Body recovered
Narayanganj river police recovered the decomposed body of a man from the Shitalakhya river near BIWTA launch terminal yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pullout not enough for peace
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas urged Israel to stop all its settlement activity in the West Bank if it was serious about peace as the evacuation of settlers from Gaza was put on hold yesterday for the
 arrow Lanka keen for early truce talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's government is keen to have early talks to salvage a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels after both sides agreed to a review of the ceasefire, peacebroker Norway said Norway stepped up effortsto
 arrow London cops retain 'shoot-to-kill' policy
London's police force has reviewed its controversial "shoot-to-kill" policy and left it largely unchanged despite the killing of a Brazilian mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber, Scotland Yard saidyesterday.
 arrow Maldives govt accused of stepping up crackdown
The main opposition in the exotic tourist paradise of the Maldives accused the government of stepping up arrests as a rights group demanded the immediate release of a leading dissident.
 arrow Pro-Musharraf parties score early polls win
Pakistan's government parties claimed early wins while opposition groups cried foul as unofficial results poured in following the first round of Pakistan's local elections yesterday.
 arrow US conceding to Iraqi Islamists
Islam will be "the main source" of Iraq's law and parliament will observe religious principles, negotiators said yesterday after what some called a major turn in talks on the constitution and a shiftin
 arrow 'Pakistan may build up to 110 nukes by year-end'
Pakistan may produce enough weapons grade uranium by the year-end in an attempt to match India's nuclear capability, according to a leading US think tank.
 arrow Myanmar talks on constitution to resume by Dec: UN envoy
Constitutional talks suspended by Myanmar's military rulers and designed as the first step on the junta's "road map" to democracy, are due to resume by December, a visiting UN envoy said yesterday.
 arrow Pak soldier hanged for plot to kill Musharraf
A soldier convicted of plotting to assassinate Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was hanged on Saturday, a senior government official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Beijing-Dhaka cooperation
Beijing and Dhaka have agreed to boost cooperation in a wide range of fields as part of greater economic interaction between the two countries.
 arrow Editorial: August 21 carnage
Today is the first anniversary of the grenade attacks on the AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue that killed 21 people, including front-line leader Ivy Rahman, and left over 200 injured.
 arrow It is time to confront
Finally Bangladesh has been invaded in a big way by terrorists professing Islamic extremism.
 arrow The moral code of Indian democracy
The BJP and the NDA will have every right to taunt the fulsome apology by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for 1984 once they have familiarised themselves with the letter "A".
Letters to Editorarrow Food traders in trouble
I work in a Chinese restaurant and as an ordinary citizen of this country, I am very happy with this ongoing drive against adulterated food.
 arrow Media under attack
I was appalled reading the cover story "Media under attack" by Shamim Ahsan in a recent issue of SWM.
 arrow Zainul Abedin
As a (foreign) lover of Bangla art, I like to put the attention of the authorities concerned at the following.
 arrow Tata and Bangladesh
Your "reader" (DS: Aug 13) has presented a broad pros and cons scenario of the proposed Tata investment in Bangladesh. However as far as one can gather, till date it seems to be a one way traffic.
 arrow Electronic billboard
Don't look -- you may face an accident.
 arrow Sharing needles
Many HIV infections occur when people share needles to inject heroin or other drugs. This risk can be greatly reduced by cleaning needles with a bleach solution before re-using them.
Star Healtharrow Arthritis pain: Do's and Don'ts
Arthritis is the general painful condition affecting joints. Arthritis pain can be frustrating. And so is sorting through your pain relief options.
 arrow Facts about peripheral vascular disease
Peripheral vascular disease refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.
 arrow Heart attack symptoms
Heart attack symptoms vary widely. The symptoms you experience may be different from those experienced by a relative or neighbor. And similar symptoms may differ in intensity.
 arrow No link between sugar and obesity!
There is no link between sugar and obesity because health problems linked to weight gain are caused by increased consumption of calories and a lack of exercise, a U.S. sugar industry group said.
 arrow Why cholera epidemics self-limited
Ever since cholera was recognised as an epidemic disease that could spread across continents, killing many people in its path, epidemiologists have pondered why these epidemics seem to be self-limiting.
 arrow Carbon monoxide poisoning tied to generator use
In a study of 10 hospitals in Florida, the vast majority of carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings that occurred during the 2004 hurricane season were related to the use of gasoline-powered portable generators.
 arrow Blood clots in brain can be removed mechanically
An FDA-approved device, which is threaded into the brain's arteries, can safely retrieve blood clots and open large vessels that become blocked and lead to stroke, research indicates.
Star Cityarrow Day in, day out but memory still haunts
Bangabandhu Avenue (BB) bustles normally like any other day in August.
 arrow Sanitarians demand stricter rules to stop food adulteration
Sanitary inspectors demand a stringent law to punish food adulterators as they found in a study that 72 percent restaurants and confectioneries in the city sell adulterated food items, posing a serious
 arrow Job search on the web: The latest craze
Job portals have become a popular and dependable medium of job search as increasing number of fresh graduates and master's students now browse the net to apply for jobs in various local firms and multinationals.
 arrow Alternative furniture impress all
Due to the lack of steady supply of wood and high cost of some imported raw materials, furniture companies are producing lacquer based, medium density fiberboard (MDF) & wood particle laminated board(LB)
 arrow Affected hawkers skeptical about Gulistan Trade Centre
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to construct a 12-storeyed complex called the Gulistan Trade Centre in place of the burnt-down Puran Bazar Hawkers Market to rehabilitate the affected shop
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