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Front Pagearrow Arrested moulana points finger at Nizami
Former Islamic Foundation director Moulana Fariduddin Masud, detained for suspected links to the August 17 blasts, yesterday accused Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizamiof
 arrow 22 more jockeys return
Twenty-two more Bangladeshi children who were used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) in two flights of Bangladesh Biman yesterday.
 arrow They go free too easily
A day after the August 17 serial blasts, Lutfor Rahman was caught by police at Thakurgaon for suspected links to the bombings.
 arrow JMB chief was in Dhaka two months ago
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman met his followers in the capital some two months back, contrary to his rumoured flight abroad following the arrest of Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh
 arrow PM stresses fair, neutral probe
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government is giving the highest importance to a fair, neutral and thorough investigation into the August 17 bomb blasts to track down the perpetrators.
 arrow List of 282 Afghan-trained returnees
Intelligence agencies have drawn up lists of militants who returned to Bangladesh after 1989, receiving training in Afghanistan, to impart armed training to local militants.
 arrow Blasts designed to create division among people
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said militants are carrying out repeated bomb attacks across the country to create division among the people in the name of religion.
 arrow SC rejects WorldTel plea for exclusive right to landlines in Dhaka
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed WorldTel's petition for retaining its co-exclusive right with Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to provide landlines in Dhaka,
 arrow PEPZ to meet Sunday on KEPZ licence
After 28 months of delay, the Private Export Processing Zone (PEPZ) Board of Governors headed by the prime minister (PM) is finally holding a meeting on Sunday to approve the licence for the country's
 arrow Rotten foodstuff at Jagannath Hall canteens
A mobile court yesterday found rotten fish, meat, curries and overall unhygienic conditions in six canteens of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University.
 arrow US reassures help in fighting terrorism
The United States has reiterated its cooperation with Bangladesh in fighting terrorism.
 arrow HC orders filing sedition case against lawyer
The High Court yesterday directed the registrar of the Supreme Court to charge a Cox's Bazar lawyer with sedition for burning copies of the High Court order banning agitation on the Supreme Court premises.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two leaders of outlawed parties were killed in 'crossfire' between the outlaws and the law enforcers in Kushtia and Khulna yesterday, police and Rab sources said.
 arrow Hasina accuses PM of pushing nation towards 'darkness'
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the prime minister of pushing the nation towards darkness and destruction by "protecting" communal and terrorist elements responsible for the August 17
 arrow UK top Muslim group faces 'extremism' charges
The most respected voice of Britain's 1.6 million Muslims is under fire for pandering to radicalism, just as it is being called upon to play a bridge-building role in the wake of the London bombings.
 arrow BNP to choose 30 women MPs from today
The ruling BNP Parliamentary Board headed by party Chairperson Khaleda Zia sits today and tomorrow to pick 30 candidates from 286 aspirants for party nomination for the September 6 election to women's
 arrow 156 AL men including Noor get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 156 Awami League (AL) leaders and workers, including its Publicity Secretary Asaduzzaman Noor MP, in two ransacking and vandalism cases filed
 arrow '3 Pak religious bodies may face UN sanctions'
UN spokesperson Alexandra McLeod in New York recently said the Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami along with two other Pakistani religious organisations may face UN sanctions, according to a report of Qatar-based
 arrow Tigers fly to Sri Lanka today
The Bangladesh cricket team will leave Dhaka this afternoon for a month long Sri Lanka trip to play three one-dayers and two Tests.
Businessarrow Banks can allocate more funds now for house building
In a bid to ease the housing problem, the Bangladesh Bank has directed banks to allocate for house building 10 percent of their total loan portfolio, which will allow more funds for housing.
 arrow India plans gas-based power plant in Myanmar
Indian petroleum ministry seems to be toying with the idea of tying up with the power ministry to set up a gas-based power plant in Myanmar as part of a strategy to break the deadlock over Myanmar-Bangladesh-India
 arrow Unocal to start survey in Block-7 in Dec
The Unocal is likely to start seismic survey in Block-7 for hydrocarbon in southern Bangladesh in December under an additional deal the US oil giant has recently signed with Petrobangla.
 arrow Nokia in Bangladesh mobile infrastructure market
Nokia has sealed its very first deal in the Bangladesh cellular mobile infrastructure market by supplying Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) and Online Service Controller (OSC) rating and charging solution
 arrow Oil price inches up near $66
Oil prices inched up towards $66 Tuesday as fears over persistent global supply disruptions countered recovering output from Ecuador and an expected slight increase in US crude stocks.
 arrow India mulls hike in petroleum prices
Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has made a strong stand for a hike in petroleum prices to bring somewhat in line with rising international crude prices.
 arrow G3 wins India's Srijan Samman awards
G3 Communication Ltd of Bangladesh won three silver awards of Srijan Samman, a creative excellence award instituted by the Dainik Sangbad Pratidin, a Bengali daily, at a function in Kolkata on Saturday.
 arrow Malaysian ringgit falls
The Malaysian ringgit fell Tuesday to a one-month low, its weakest against the dollar since just after it was floated, hurt by regional currency weakness and selling of Malaysian assets by foreigners.
 arrow NCC Bank launches Visa credit card
NCC Bank Limited on Monday launched credit card of Visa brand with a wide range of services.
The credit card is acceptable to over 3,500 merchant outlets in the country.

 arrow Emirates' online booking on solid growth path
Emirates' online bookings have soared impressively in the first four months of its present financial year mainly due to the airline's special offers and fares, strong demand for its services and a user-friendly
 arrow RMG buyers cancel visit
A seven-member team of buyers from Wal-Mart Group of USA has cancelled its Bangladesh tour against the backdrop of August 17 serial blasts across the country, apparel makers said yesterday.
 arrow Singapore urges Asia, Latin America to boost trade ties
Latin America should take more aggressive steps to promote itself in Asia to reciprocate a vigorous push by Asian companies into South America, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar said Tuesday.
 arrow Japan firms see no impact from yuan move
More than three-quarters of Japanese companies see no impact on their businesses from China's move last month to revalue the yuan, a Reuters survey showed.
 arrow China to move slowly in yuan reform
China is still operating a de facto fixed exchange rate regime and will move only slowly towards a more liberalised system, a top government researcher said Tuesday.
 arrow EU team to head to China for crunch crisis talks
A textile crisis team from the European Union is due to hold talks in Beijing on Thursday to negotiate a solution to blocked imports of Chinese textiles, after another three clothing categories breached
 arrow Telekom Malaysia to buy stake in S'pore's M1
Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and its parent organisation Khazanah Nasional Bhd will jointly emerge as a strategic telco shareholder of Singapore's MobileOne Ltd (M1) with a 17.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers now want more
Bangladesh embark on their second full series in Sri Lanka today with their mind set not only on improving but winning one or two matches.
 arrow Cricket: South African skippers
South Africans Graeme Smith and Shaun Pollock will lead the World Test and one-day teams in the Super Series in Australia in October, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Relishing the prospect
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Tuesday the titanic Ashes battle with England will whet cricket fans' appetites for October's Test and one-day Super Series against the ICC World teams in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Zim tri-series from today
A powerful India, a proven New Zealand and a topsy-turvy Zimbabwe begin a triangular one-day international series with two matches here and five more in Harare over the next two weeks.
 arrow Hockey: BHF to take Qamar to task
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) will lodge an official complaint to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) against Pakistani coach Qamar Ibrahim and his colleague Ershad Haider.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 team aims for hattrick
The Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team will look to post their third win a row when they take on minnows Malaysia today in the International Golden Hope Challenge tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Handball: Mariner meet Victoria in opener
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club will take on Victoria Sporting Club in the opening match of the Cute Premier Handball League, which commences today at the outer stadium handball ground.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell warns India on eve of Zim tour
India coach Greg Chappell warned his squad to avoid seeking short-term solutions for their indifferent form as the players prepared to leave for a month-long tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka name full-strength squads
Veteran batsman Marvan Atapattu will lead full-strength Sri Lankan squads in the upcoming home one-day and Test series against Bangladesh, it was announced here on Tuesday.
 arrow DU top the table
Hosts Dhaka University emerged champions in the inter-university swimming and water-polo championships which concluded yesterday.
 arrow Cycling: Armstrong accused of doping
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs following a report in French newspaper L'Equipe that he had used the blood-boosting drug EPO.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies must up intensity
Justin Langer has said Australia must raise their game if they want to retain the Ashes during the upcoming fourth Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Nawaz wishes Eng well
England's mastery of reverse swing can help them win the Ashes, former Pakistani fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, regarded as a pioneer of the batsman-bamboozling technique, said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: England pacers please Hadlee
Cricketing great Richard Hadlee is revelling in watching English bowlers giving Australian batsmen a torrid time in the gripping Ashes cricket series.
 arrow Football: Owen snubs Everton
Everton have failed with a bid to sign England striker Michael Owen.
 arrow Football: The Hand of God strikes again!
Argentine football hero Diego Maradona has said he is unrepentant about using his fist in a controversial goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Bordeaux rope in Denilson
Brazilian international midfielder Denilson has signed a one-year contract to play for French first division outfit Bordeaux, the club announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bonfrere quits as South Korea coach
Embattled Dutchman Jo Bonfrere has quit as coach of South Korea's football team, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Div II chess starts Aug 30
The Second Division Chess League has been deferred by five days and will now begin on August 30 at the Chess Federation Hall Room.
 arrow BOA chief calls on Rahman
Newly appointed president of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed called on State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman at the secretariat yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Anti-terrorism convention from August 30
A two-day convention titled 'Unity against terrorism' begins in the city on August 30, aiming to forge a national consensus to combat terrorism and save the country.
 arrow PM calls for unity to foil 'conspiracy'
Indicating recent serial bombings, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said conspiracy against Bangladesh started when the country is making progress and the world community is saying that the nation
 arrow Public varsities' contribution to society declines sharply
While contribution of the public universities to the society has sharply declined, the private universities are being run to serve commercial end, said World Literature Centre Chairman Prof Abdullah Abu
 arrow Religious militants out to destroy democracy
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said religious militants have been conducting repeated bomb attacks at different places in a planned way to destroy democracy and create instability.
 arrow 'Recover all water bodies to check waterlogging'
All the water bodies in and around the city must be recovered from illegal encroachers to eliminate waterlogging problem, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 30 tolas of gold ornaments stolen from jewellery shop
Thieves broke into a jewellery shop at Lalbagh in the city and took away ornaments and cash totalling around Tk 3 lakh on Monday night.
 arrow Three former JCD leaders chargesheeted
Ramna police yesterday pressed charges against three former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders in an arms case.
 arrow Govt urged not to take action against Islamic scholars
A group of Islamic scholars and religious leaders at a meeting yesterday called upon the government not to take action against Islamic scholars on random basis in the name of involvement with the recent
 arrow Govt has lost credibility, BDB says
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government has lost its credibility after August 17 bomb blasts and has no moral right to stay in power any more as
 arrow Death of official sparks protest at Secretariat
The death of an official apparently due to the negligence of physicians sparked protests at the Secretariat in the city yesterday.
 arrow Meherpur Jubo League leader succumbs to injuries
A Jubo League leader of Gangni upazila under Meherpur district succumbed to alleged police torture on Monday night.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF
A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at frontier Ailatoli village in Haluaghat upazila on Monday afternoon.
 arrow Janmashtami celebration Aug 26
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday urged the Hindu community to hold countrywide prayers for peace and stability during the coming Janmashtami, a major Hindu religious festival to be celebrated
 arrow Rab recovers 'missing pistol'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered a pistol that went missing from one of its members during an operation in Uttara Monday night.
 arrow FM greets Lankan counterpart
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has congratulated his Sri Lankan counterpart Anura Bandaranaike on his assumption of office as Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.
 arrow BDR-BSF meet today
A sector commander level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will be held today.
 arrow Ivy Rahman's anniversary of death today
The first death anniversary of Ivy Rahman, former Women Affairs Secretary of the Awami League, will be observed today.
 arrow Appeal for help
Rafid Shadman An-Noor, aged seven and a half years, has been suffering from muscle disease since last two years.
He is now totally unable to walk, says a press release.

Nationalarrow JMB sending leaflets to schools, colleges by post
Activists of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangaladesh (JMB) are still active in Gaibandha district.
 arrow Jewllers keep shutters down in Sylhet city
Over 150 jewellers in Sylhet city kept their shutters down yesterday to protest the attack on a jewellery shop and its owners Sunday night.
 arrow Aug 17 bombing threat to democracy, sovereignty
The Progressive Teachers Association (PTA) at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday organised a protest meeting on the Senate building premises protesting the Wednesday's serial bomb across the country.
 arrow Summer tomato opens new scope for farmers
Summer variety tomato, evolved by Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), has opened a new opportunity for farmers. It holds good prospects for high profit and will be an import substitute.
 arrow Triple murder case accused dies in custody in B'baria
A triple murder case accused died in a hospital here on Monday.
 arrow 5 JCD men among 11 chargesheeted in Barisal
Barisal Kotwali police on Monday submitted charge sheet against 11 accused including five JCD activists in two cases for arson and attack on the Christian Polli in the city on July 23 and 24.
 arrow Hartal observed in Sirajganj for road repair
A dawn to dusk hartal was observed in Sirajganj yesterday demanding renovation of damaged roads in the district and good road links with the municipalities and upazilas.
Point-Counterpointarrow Australia-Bangladesh relations
Australia-Bangladesh relations have received a robust boost on 16th August last with the first meeting of Australia-Bangladesh Parliamentary Group at the premises of the Australian Federal Parliamentin
 arrow Terrorism: America defines its targets
On September 11, 2001, the United States declared a global war against terrorism. Since then, we have been told ad nauseum that terrorism is the great scourge of our time, and terrorists are evil incarnate.
 arrow A new force arrives
Aright-wing fringe Islamic party organised an attention-grabbing demonstration by exploding virtually simultaneously more than 400 bombs in all the major cities and towns of Bangladesh last week.
 arrow Women's empowerment
Women empowerment is a catch word now, although nearly half of the country's population is female, the majority of them are excluded from the development process.
Culturearrow Dedicated to the preservation of folk songs
Folk music may be described as a kind of ancient music, which springs from the heart of a community.
 arrow Bangladesh Loko Shankskritik Parishod's 60th folk music evening
As part of its monthly programme, Bangladesh Loko Shankskritik Parishod (BLSP) recently organised a folk musical soiree of Hafizur Rahman's songs.
 arrow Shada Raater Manush
The shooting of the 13-episode-drama serial Shada Raater Manush is complete and is now in the process of being edited.
 arrow Da Vinci Code filming divisive
Westminster Abbey said no, but Lincoln Cathedral was happy to oblige as was a small Scottish chapel.
Internationalarrow Nepali parties to talk with Maoists
Nepal's main political parties will hold talks with Maoists on forming a broad front against King Gyanendra provided the rebels keep to their promise to stop killing civilians, senior party officialssaid
 arrow Israel clears 2 West Bank settlements
Troops stormed their way into a barricaded synagogue and an old fortress in the heart of Biblical Israel yesterday as they evacuated defiant settlers from the northern West Bank after the historic pullout
 arrow Indian MPs reject draft of women's seat bill
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday he was confident that parliament would pass a bill to set aside a third of federal and state legislature seats for women despite a storm of opposition.
 arrow Naga leaders hold talks to save truce
Indian officials and rebel Naga leaders have held talks to preserve a four-year ceasefire.
 arrow 'US must finish Iraq job'
President George W.
 arrow Asians, Americans see the world differently
Asians and North Americans really do see the world differently.
 arrow Mumbai bldg collapse kills 11
An apartment building collapse in downtown Mumbai yesterday, killed 11 people, injured 17 and left more than a dozen trapped under the rubble, a top city administrator said.
 arrow 'Japan to press on with quest for UNSC berth'
Japan's drive to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council is still alive, a Japanese UN delegate said Monday, dismissing press reports that Tokyo planned to give up its bid for the time beingafter
 arrow Applications for asylum in Britain fall
Application for asylum to Britain between April and June fell 11 percent from the previous quarter thanks to a range of goverment measures, the Home Office said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka tightens security for PM after FM killing
Top Sri Lankan politicians, including the prime minister, have had their security stepped up and public appearances curtailed after the assassination of the foreign minister, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Susilo calls for backing Aceh peace pact
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday called on Indonesia to support a peace pact signed with separatist rebels in Aceh, following some domestic opposition to the historic agreement.
 arrow Brazilian team joins London shooting probe
Two senior Brazilian diplomats joined the investigation on Monday into the shooting to death last month by British police of a Brazilian man they had mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber.
 arrow Ilulissat glacier melting away
The Ilulissat glacier in Greenland, a UN heritage site considered one of the wonders of the world, has shrunk by over 10km in just a few years, in one of the most alarming examples of global warming in
Editorialarrow Editorial: Convene a special session of parliament
EXPORT leaders of the garments and textiles sector have given a clarion call to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to prevent recurrence of religious terrorism that rocked the country recently.
 arrow Editorial: Intelligence agencies under microscope
IN the wake of the record-breaking bombing incidents of Aug 17th much has been written and said about the performance of the intelligence agencies in Bangladesh.
 arrow Keep the wolf far hence
It is no more crying wolf. It is real, here and now.
 arrow Koizumi's team of assassins gets ready for the kill
Never in the modern history of Japan have people seen anything similar to the cut-throat power struggle that now is being waged in country's political arena.
 arrow Moderate Muslim nation?
Over the last decade, there had been scores of bomb blasts in Bangladesh, which have killed about 150 people.
Letters to Editorarrow AL politics
The Awami League, the main opposition party of Bangladesh, has announced a package of reform proposals for our caretaker government and electoral systems.
 arrow Iraq situation
A couple of weeks back a US expert predicted that the armed conflict in Iraq may affect the whole world, the prediction did not take a long time to come true.
Teachers are the builders of a nation, that's why they are considered the most respectable professional group. But these days it is really hard to show respect to them, thanks to their reputation.
 arrow Safe food drive
People welcome the drive against food adulteration.
 arrow SSC results
The letter of Nusrat Rashida titled "SSC results" published in The Daily Star (August 17) has drawn my attention. I agree with the first portion of her letter.
 arrow DMCH
How many public Medical College Hospitals run a Neurological Department; either for Education or for Service provisions? So, the article (25-07-05) attracted my attention! Among 13 Public Medical Colleges
 arrow Growing divide
What I observe is a gradual divide growing between Islam and everybody else due to the attacks of radical Islamic groups on people all around the world, and with little or no condemnation of those attacks
 arrow Jhintu story
I read with interest your recent reports on Jhintu. I wonder why someone in Bangladesh does not contact the Swedish government and report about him.
 arrow Law enforcers, or breakers?
My confidence in the law enforcers has been shaken beyond measure. The law enforcers of this country have changed the meaning of law enforcement.
 arrow Social tension
Being a common citizen, I never thought I had any duty towards my country or society and have kept myself busy only with my family, friends and relatives.
 arrow Changing western attitude
I have recently been to the UK and had the opportunity to meet some young intellectuals and have had discussions on the conflicts and difficult times that our societies are going through, ranging from
 arrow Indigenous people
Under ritualistic regularity, this year too we have observed the international indigenous day with a lip-service to the pledge of materialising all fundamental rights of these people.
 arrow London blasts
The world leaders create chaos to implement their evil designs. They keep themselves away from the reach of common people who are not even aware of the evil designs. But they lose their lives for nothing.
 arrow Ban on rickshaw
World Bank's role under the Dhaka Urban Transport Project has been to provide financing and technical assistance to help the government with the development, refinement and implementation of appropriate
 arrow 'Black-gold' of Cox's Bazar
Kindly refer to my letters published in Bangladesh Today dated 28th May, 2005, the Bangladesh Observer dated 31st May, 2005, the New Nation dated 8th June, 2005, The Energy and Power dated 16th July 2005
Star Chittagongarrow CU Arts Faculty building may cave in any time
The 40-year old Chittagong University (CU) Arts Faculty building is now at risk of caving in due to years of negligence in maintenance.
 arrow Haunted family longs for end of ordeal
‘We want the body of our father only, nothing else. Enough is enough.
Star Cityarrow Footbridges occupied by vendors, beggars
Hawkers, beggars and sex workers reign almost all the 38 over bridges in the city and force pedestrians not to use them while the authorities remain silent on the issue.
 arrow Chefs par excellence: Eastern touch in western food
The skills, achievements and creativity of Bangladeshi chefs will be highlighted once again with the inauguration of the 2nd British Bangladesh Fusion Food Festival at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
 arrow Yaba, the new danger pill
Use of yaba, a drug of the morphine group, has seen an alarming rise in recent times. With the reduction of its price and easy availability, young people are getting drawn to it.
 arrow Closed down and fled....
The mobile court raided 'Dhaka Bakery', a popular bread producer in Sukrabad in the city last week.
 arrow World Cyber Games Bangladesh 2005 from Friday
Event organizers of World Cyber Games Bangladesh 2005 Championship, to be held for the first time in Bangladesh, have not received the kind of enthusiastic response from local gamers like they had earlier
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