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Front Pagearrow No scope for extremism in the name of Islam
Export-oriented garment and textile sector leaders yesterday told the prime minister that most of the prospective foreign buyers have cancelled their recent scheduled visits to Bangladesh due to the August
 arrow Islamic Foundation ex-official held at ZIA
The government yesterday arrested former Islamic Foundation director Moulana Fariduddin Masud, off-loading him from an Emirates flight at Zia International Airport on suspicion of his links to an Islamist
 arrow Bounty for JMB's Abdur Rahman
Initially confined to blaming Awami League for the August 17 blasts, the government has finally identified Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Abdur Rahman as a top threat to the country andordered
 arrow Extremists get trained in armed combat
On January 22, 2001, Chittagong police held Salumullah Selim, a 45-year-old man, from a residence in the port city.
 arrow Massive hunt for blasts coordinator
Law enforcers have started a massive hunt to nab a man, who coordinated the bomb attacks in two districts of Khulna division, an investigator said.
 arrow Cops still await nod to file sedition case
Rajshahi police are yet to get the home ministry nod to file a sedition case against 11 militants, one month into their arrests in Paba upazila.
 arrow Hasina demands int'l probe
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has once again demanded a fair and neutral international investigation into the August 21 grenade attacks on her rally.
 arrow Intelligence agencies failed for politicisation
Politicisation and recruitment not always on professional basis, among other reasons, over the years have crippled the intelligence agencies, which failed miserably to gather any prior leads about the
 arrow Curb on car imports by lawmakers
Bad news for the 45 would-be women lawmakers of the Jatiya Sangsad's reserved seats as the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has curtailed some facilities of the members of parliament.
 arrow Charge sheet in Aug 21 carnage case soon
The charge sheet in the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally last year will be submitted in a few days, BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said at a rallyin
 arrow Close watch on Qatar-based NGO linked to Ahab
Following information that the Qatar Charitable Society, with its station at Alambiditor under Gangachhara upazila in the district, is organising orphan youths and children in the region to prepare them
 arrow JS session begins on Sept 8
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its routine session on September 8 to meet the constitutional obligation, ignoring demands for a special session to discuss the August 17 countrywide bomb attacks.
 arrow Islamabad asks Dhaka not to send madrasa students
Islamabad has asked Dhaka not to send madrasa students to Pakistan for higher studies, said a highly placed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal demands resignation of minister
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded resignation of one of the two cabinet ministers who made contradictory remarks on the August 17 countrywide serial bomb blasts.
 arrow Probe in right direction, says Babar
The State Minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the investigation into the serial bomb blasts is progressing in the right direction.
 arrow Morshed has no info about US expert in city
The foreign ministry has no knowledge about the arrival of any US explosives expert in Dhaka to assist the intelligence agencies in investigating the August 17 serial bomb blasts.
 arrow Desa employee gunned down
Criminals gunned down a Dhaka Electricity Supply Authorities (Desa) employee and wounded another in front of the Desa office at Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Three Khulna journos get death threat
Three journalists of Khulna yesterday received death threats allegedly from an extremist.
 arrow Ferry service on Dhaka-Ctg highway from Sept 10
Ferry service will be introduced along the Dhaka-Chittagong highway from September 10 for nearly two months as the government starts repairs of the Meghna and Gomti bridges.
 arrow Spurious chemicals seized at Mitford
A mobile court yesterday fined five wholesale traders of spurious chemicals and essences in the Mitford medicine market in the city.
 arrow Saddam says he'd sacrifice his life for Arab cause
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has said in a letter he would sacrifice himself for Arab nationalism and to end foreign occupation.
 arrow 7 to die for killing businessman
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven people to death and 10 others to life imprisonment for killing Enamul Haq Ratan, owner of Haq Fisheries and Poultry Farm, at Keraniganj 10 years ago.
 arrow Cop held for extortion
A police constable was arrested yesterday as he was caught for his attempt to extort money from a businessman at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Govt gives nod to pipeline to link Bibiyana with national grid
The US company Unocal has got the government approval to set up a 46-kilometre pipeline to link its Bibiyana gas field with the national grid line, officials said.
Businessarrow Three merchant banks blacklisted
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has blacklisted three merchant banks for their alleged involvement in applying for primary shares through fake beneficiary owners' accounts.
 arrow Attract more FDI in RMG sector
Speakers at a seminar at the World Bank Dhaka office yesterday advised the government to encourage more foreign direct investment (FDI) in the garment sector as productivity in the foreign-invested companies
 arrow Tariff cut under NAMA may threaten knitwear export
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the knitwear sector is enjoying high growth in export in the quota-free post-MFA period, but could be at risk once the tariffs on non-agricultural items are reduced
 arrow Responsibilities for UNDP projects shifted to recipients
Full responsibilities for execution, implementation and management of a development programme or a project financed by UNDP have been vested in the recipient government or any national entity, aimingto
 arrow New round of Australia-China FTA talks begin in Beijing
Australia and China Monday began a second round of talks on a free trade agreement that could eventually be worth some 20 billion dollars to the Australian economy, officials said.
 arrow RanksTel signs distributorship deal with Citi Telecom Ltd
RanksTel has signed a distributorship agreement with Citi Telecom Limited, a concern of Chittagong City Corporation.
 arrow Banks directed to maintain 5pc provisioning for SMA
Bangladesh Bank (BB) in a circular yesterday directed all the banks to maintain five percent provisioning for the Special Mention Account (SMA) to bring more discipline in loan disbursement and recovery
 arrow Bangla-British fusion food festival kicks off tomorrow
A seven-day international fusion food festival will begin tomorrow at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Govt urged to ban poultry products import to avoid bird flu
Leaders of the Bangladesh Egg Producers Association yesterday urged the government to impose a permanent ban on import of eggs, chicks and poultry products from eight Asian countries including India to
 arrow Box set at SEC office to receive complaints
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the regulatory body of the capital market, has set up a box at its office to receive complaints from investors.
 arrow Seminar on global raw cotton held
A seminar on global raw cotton and textile market was held in Dhaka Sunday.
 arrow China likely to sign textiles deal with US next month
Chinese and US negotiators aim to thrash out a deal over China's surging textile exports for President Hu Jintao and US President Bush to sign next month, an industry executive said in remarks published
 arrow Oil holds above $65 on supply jitters
Oil held above $65 a barrel on Monday after being driven higher late last week by concerns over potential supply disruptions in the volatile Middle East.

US crude was off 13 cents at $65.

 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'StanChart wraps up purchase of Amex business in Bangladesh' published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently printed that Amex will cease to operate in Bangladesh fromNovember
Sportsarrow Football: Dhaka derby now on Thursday
Thousands of football fans will have to wait a couple of days for the clash of the country's two most popular outfits as the Premier Football League match between Abahani and Mohammedan has been delayed.
 arrow Football: Some relief for Arambagh
Arambagh Krira Sangha heaved a sigh of relief when they pick-ed up crucial three points with a 2-0 defeat of Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool in yesterday's Premier Bank Premier Football League to keep ahead
 arrow Cricket: Where hope doesn't spring eternal
Bulawayo likes to call itself the city of warrior kings. It certainly once was, when the ruthless rulers Lobengula and Mzilikazi held sway.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asia Cup shared
The Africa XI and the Asia XI shared the Afro Asia Cup when the third and final match was abandoned because of rain at Kingsmead on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Beauty and the best
Maria Sharapova, 18, became the first Russian woman to reach the summit of women's tennis on Monday when took over the world number one spot in the rankings released by the WTA.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful, Mashrafee due today
Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza will return home today after taking part in the Afro-Asia Cup in South Africa.
 arrow Football: BFF calls up 30 probables
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named a 30-member preliminary squad for the AFC Youth (Under-17) Cham-pionship.
 arrow Badmintorn: Summer badminton
Enayet became men's singles champion in the Summer Open badminton tournament which concluded at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow DU natants in the lead
Hosts Dhaka University were leading the medals table with six gold, two silver and one bronze medals on the opening day of the inter-university swimming championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB rules out Kashmir plan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not ask India to play a one-day match in Pakistani Kashmir next year, board chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Fortune favours Chelsea
Didier Drogba overshadowed debutant Michael Essien to poach a fluke winner for Chelsea's first league victory over Arsenal in 10 years in Sunday's Premiership clash at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: Tait's hostile reminder
Australian quick Shaun Tait hopes his hostile spell in the drawn tour match against Northamptonshire will be enough to give him an Ashes Test debut against England on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Benitez not worried
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is one match away from leading the Anfield giants back into the Champions League group phase but he still hasn't solved his striker dilemma.
 arrow Cricket: World Twenty20 championship in September
All reigning domestic Twenty20 champions from around the world will take part in a six-team tournament at Leicester between September 15 and 17.
 arrow Cricket: Wright-ly excited
John Wright has said that he is looking forward to his assignment as coach of the Rest of the World teams in the Super Series against Australia in October.
 arrow Cricket: Blignaut back for Zimbabwe
Fit-again Andy Blignaut was included in the Zimbabwe squad named on Monday for the triangular series against India and New Zealand.
 arrow Football: Robinho's fitting home farewell
Robinho celebrated his last home game for Santos by converting two penalties in a 4-3 Brazilian championship win over Figueirense on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Doorman acted in self-defence
A doorman charged with killing prominent Australian cricket coach David Hookes outside a Melbourne pub claimed in court Monday that he had acted in self-defence.
 arrow Tennis: Federer gives Roddick another masterclass
Roger Federer crushed Andy Roddick for the sixth time in a row, winning a re-run of the past two Wimbledon finals 6-3, 7-5 here Sunday in the final of the 2.45-million-dollar ATP Cincinnati Masters.
Metropolitanarrow 'Govt's indifference encourages blasts'
The government's indifference to growing religious fanaticism has encouraged repeated bomb blasts across the country pushing national security at stake, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow Integrated Multi-modal Transport Policy finalised
The government yesterday finalised the Integrated Multi-modal Transport Policy for appropriate coordination among rail, road, waterway and air traffic systems for the first time.
 arrow BSF hold 13 Bangladeshi cow traders on Kushtia border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday picked up13 Bangladeshi citizens from the river Padma along Ramkrishnapur border under Daulatpur upazila in the district.
 arrow Death sentence demanded for unscrupulous traders
Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded death sentence for unscrupulous traders responsible for adulterated foods.
 arrow Rab starts quizzing Shahid Chairman, three other suspects
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday started quizzing Shahid Chairman, the prime suspect in Chittagong business magnet Jamaluddin abduction case, and three other suspects at its headquarters
 arrow Sher-e-Bangla Nagar exchange goes online
Subscribers of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) under the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar telephone exchange will now be able to know their billing status and payment history through the Internet.
 arrow 'Integrated institutional framework a must for rural development'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for developing an integrated institutional framework and strengthening the local government bodies to promote rural development.
 arrow Ctg Club fined for keeping stale food
The mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), conducting drive against adulterated food, yesterday fined Chittagong Club Limited Tk 1,75,000 for dirty kitchen, preserving stale chicken and running
 arrow CPB demands action against fundamentalists
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) held rallies and brought out processions across the country yesterday to realise its 11-point demand.
 arrow Fake bombs found at Tejgaon College
Two fake bombs were recovered from the Tejgaon College premises yesterday that triggered panic among the students and teachers.
 arrow United platform a must to stop repression on women
A united platform irrespective of political parties and opinions is imperative to stop repression on women, said the speakers at a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow Sudan keen to import manpower, pharmaceuticals from Bangladesh
Sudan is interested to give more scholarships to Bangladeshi students and import skilled manpower and pharmaceuticals from Bangladesh.
 arrow Int'l probe into Aug 21 grenade attack demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded an international investigation into last year's August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
 arrow Protests against serial blasts today
Different political parties, student and cultural organisations will bring out processions and hold rallies across the country today protesting the countrywide serial bomb blasts on Wednesday, which claimed
 arrow Wasa drive begins today
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) starts a drive from today to snap illegal connections and to take action against bill defaulters, says a press release yesterday.
 arrow One killed, 60 injured in road accident
Three buses in their bid to overtake each other plunged into water at Dogachi on Dhaka-Mawa road at 10:45am yesterday leaving a minor boy dead and 60 injured.

Seven-year-old Sabbir died on the spot.

 arrow 2 spice shops looted in city
Two spice shops were looted by robbers in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

A gang of robbers broke into Al-Amin Traders and Anwar Enterprise at Lalbagh at 3:00am and held the staff as hostage.

 arrow Prof Shamsher Ali elected WIF member
Prof M Shamsher Ali, vice-chancellor of Southeast University, has been elected honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF), the highest award of the organisation.
Nationalarrow Manhunt for Khulna tycoon Tayebur
A special squad of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has been directed to track down prominent businessman Tayebur Rahman of Khulna city for allegedly harbouring Makbul Hossain alias Mukul, prime suspect
 arrow Ruling parties behind serial bombing
Tangail district Mahila Awami League (AL) on Sunday held a rally on the Shaheed Minar premises in the town to mark the first anniversary of August 21 grenade attacks on a party rally in Dhaka.
 arrow Solar energy changes life in Patuakhali villages
At remote Badura village in Patuakhali where government is yet to supply electricity, school student Arif is reading under fluorescent light while others in the family are enjoying TV programmes in another
 arrow Ex-ASP Mofazzel released on bail
Former Additional Police Superintendent of Khulna Mofazzel Hossain was released on bail yesterday from Gazipur district jail.

The High Court granted him interim bail in all the cases.

 arrow Khulna BNP factions hold separate rallies
Amid tight security, two factions of Khulna BNP held separate rallies yesterday afternoon protesting Wednesday's serial bomb explosions across the country.
 arrow Transport strike to continue in Pabna
Leaders of Pabna bus-truck owners associations and transport workers unions yesterday said they will continue the transport strike in the district till their demands are met.
 arrow New journalists' forum formed
Journalists here on Friday formed a new forum titled, 'Journalists' Union for Peace, Environment and Development (JUPED)' aiming at fighting professional challenges and raising awareness about environment.
Point-Counterpointarrow On the fringe of chaos
Bombs are not new in Bangladesh. Nor are truckloads of lethal weapons that could have armed a sophisticated clandestine army.
 arrow Time to make history?
On Independence Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exhorted Indians to "seize" the moment and "make India a truly great nation.
 arrow Philosophical crisis: A confused Bengali nation
459 bombs have blasted almost all over Bangladesh in exactly thirty minutes. This is certainly not the first attack of this type, but it is definitely the first of this scale.
 arrow Macroeconomics and agriculture
Many political scientists have criticised political campaigns in the United States as increasingly resembling beauty contests looks, personality and images.
Culturearrow Mahmudur Rahman returns with a new album
Mahmudur Rahman, widely known as Benu, is an authority on classical music. However, he has not limited himself only to that genre of music.
 arrow "Instead of crying, I laughed at the top of my lungs as Jayanto was minus his fake moustache!" --- Tania
Talented model turned actress Tania Ahmed's career spans over a decade. Her outstanding performances in TV plays and feature films make her a prominent name in the entertainment world.
 arrow New TV serial Megh Rang Meye
Promising director Taher Shipon has directed playwright Masum Reza's 26-episode TV serial Megh Rang Meye, which will be aired on ntv in October.
 arrow Tracking the Monster A documentary on AIDS
Singer India.
Generalarrow Prepare water budget for best use of groundwater
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called upon the government to prepare 'water budget' for ensuring the best uses of the groundwater resource.
 arrow IBA becomes champion, NSU runner-up
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University and North South University (NSU) became champion and runner-up in a two-day National Business Case Competition 2005, says a press release.
 arrow 3 arrested with 1100 grams of heroin in Ctg
The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), metro region, seized more than one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk 1.
 arrow DBBL donation for treatment of disabled children
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) donated Tk 3 lakh to "Saleh Child Development and Disability Management Centre" of the Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH) for providing free medical treatment
Internationalarrow Gaza cleared of settlers
Troops went house to house to clear out Gaza's last Jewish settlement yesterday, wrapping up Israel's historic pullout from the coastal strip, even as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he would expandlarge
 arrow Iraqi abductors free 11 Pakistanis, 2 Indians
Kidnappers in Iraq have released 11 Pakistanis, three Egyptians and two Indians who were abducted earlier this month, the foreign office in Pakistan said yesterday.
 arrow UK to start crackdown on 'hate preachers'
British Home Secretary Charles Clarke said yesterday he would this week start implementing a crackdown on extremists who incite hatred as part of a raft of measures drawn up in the wake of the Londonbombings.
 arrow Poor states need 150 yrs to reach UN goals on child health: WHO
UN targets to improve children's health in poor countries within 10 years will take at least 150 years to achieve despite a concerted international effort to tackle mortality and malnutrition, the UNhealth
 arrow Pak forces find guns, wigs stashed at fake madrasa, arrest 10
Security forces arrested 10 suspected militants from Pakistan's turbulent tribal regions and recovered weapons, wigs and women's outfits from a fake madrasa, the military said yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan to review peace process
India and Pakistan will review their ongoing peace process during high-level talks in Islamabad later this month, an official statement said Monday, as the countries prepare for a meeting of their prime
 arrow US, Afghan forces kill 105 rebels in 3 weeks
US and Afghan forces have killed at least 105 Taliban militants in the past three weeks during operations to increase security before key legislative elections, the American military said yesterday.
 arrow Indonesia pulls 1,300 troops out of Aceh
Some 1,300 Indonesian soldiers yesterday pulled out of Aceh province, the first major step by Indonesia to begin implementing a historic peace deal struck last week with separatist rebels.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Government's inadequate response
The fact that it took the government four days to officially react to the bomb blasts that shook the nation on August 17 is perplexing.
 arrow Editorial: Border skirmishes avoidable
The flag meeting between the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has ended the border skirmish which saw the two sides exchanging fire for at least 48 hours.
 arrow Black August
In this part of the world, the month of August is observed as an august month, especially in India and Pakistan. Both the countries were freed from the clutches of foreign rule in the month of August.
 arrow Saarc summit under threat?
Undoubtedly, certain recent developments in some South Asian countries have caused some ripples in the security situation in the region.
Letters to Editorarrow Saarc and Pakistan
I must say I am a little annoyed by Mr. Khan's assertion that the Kashmir issue should be solved by Saarc, and only then Pakistan will be a good participating member of the organisation.
 arrow Students
The disparity is very much noticeable between what students are learning and what actually they are doing in their practical life.
 arrow Foreign words and phrases
I am drawn to letters pertaining to the intrusion of foreign words and phrases in our mother tongue, Bangla, that appeared in your daily recently.
 arrow Rhodes Scholars
Mr. Niaz Asadullah's defence of the calibre of Bangladeshi Rhodes Scholars (Among the Scholars: an update, The Daily Star, August 16) makes little sense.
 arrow "The prude and prudence"
I hardly miss the weekly article of Mr. M J Akbar published in your daily. His articles are in fact the demonstrations of his scholarly quality, his humanity and humour and the acuteness of his perception.
 
   
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