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Front Pagearrow Rab digs out skeleton
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered the skeleton believed to be of abducted Chittagong businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury from a remote forest hill, Satkainda Tilla,
 arrow 4 JMB top guns held at ZIA
Immigration police yesterday arrested four suspected Islamist militants trying to board flights bound for Dubai and Saudi Arabia at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow Militants claim Jamaat background
A number of militants who were arrested over time have revealed that they either belong to the Jamaat-e-Islami or its various wings or were past members.
 arrow Lalmatia college ex-teacher killed at city residence
A former teacher of Lalmatia Women's College was slaughtered inside her Dhanmondi house on Tuesday.
 arrow River erosion threatens Bangladesh boundary
Bangladesh's territorial boundaries with India are facing increasing threats of erosion by seven transboundary rivers due to stoppage of river bank protection work for over a year now due to objections
 arrow Saifur sets deadlines for ministries
To speed up Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday set deadlines for the ministries to release development project funds.
 arrow Experts call for community control to make them work
Leading health experts, representatives of NGOs and development partners yesterday urged the government to put the unused community clinics (CCs) to full operation as designed originally.
 arrow BNP candidates face interview
Aspirant for BNP nomination for the election to women's reserved seats in parliament Afroza Khanam, daughter of former minister Harunur Rashind Khan Monno, said she was not asked any significant questions
 arrow JS body members for chief's removal for meeting walkout
Reacting to the unprecedented walkout by chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on fisheries and livestock ministry after severe disagreement with the members at a meeting yesterday, the latter
 arrow Cop gets 5yrs for robbing
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a police sergeant to five years rigorous (RI) imprisonment for robbing a businessman of Tk 14.47 lakh in local and foreign currencies in the capital in June this year.
 arrow Hygiene missing at hotelier body chief's restaurant
A mobile court yesterday raided Khondokar Restaurant at Bangla Motor, owned by Khandokar Ruhul Amin, president of Bangladesh Restaurant Owners' Association, and found severe unhygienic condition there.
 arrow BNP leader returns handcuff of escaped militant
An Islamist militant, who fled from police custody while being taken to Gangachhara Police Station on August 18, returned the handcuff to police through a local BNP leader yesterday.
 arrow PM to join UN session in Sept, may meet Bush
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to meet US President George W Bush in New York next month during the UN General Assembly session.
 arrow US sees no cause to justify killing of innocents
The United States is definite that there was no cause or political agenda that justifies terrorism and killing of innocent people in Bangladesh by terrorist organisations.
 arrow JRC meeting deferred for next month
Indo-Bangla Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting scheduled for August 30-31 in Dhaka has been deferred, officials said.
 arrow All members keen to join Saarc summit on schedule
The member states renewed their commitment to hold the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka in November and reaffirmed their participation in the summit meet of seven South Asian leaders.
 arrow Saarc information ministers meet in Kathmandu Aug 29-30
Information ministers from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will assemble in Katmandu for a two-day meeting on August 29-30 to discuss an action plan for the development
 arrow India carrying out anti-Bangladesh campaign
A section civil society activists yesterday blamed India for an anti-Bangladesh campaign and suggested the neighbouring country's link to the August 17 countrywide bombing.
 arrow Peru plane crash kills 41
A Peruvian passenger jet crashed during a severe storm in Peru's northeastern jungle on Tuesday, killing at least 41 people, police said.
 arrow One killed in 'crossfire' in Kushtia
A top leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in "crossfire" with the police in Kushtia while criminals slaughtered a farmer in Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow 2 multi-storey buildings demolished in DND area
Dhaka district administration and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in a joint drive demolished a part of two seven-storeyed buildings on a drainage canal in Zia Sarani-Shonir Akhra area inside
 arrow 8 killed in road crash
Eight people died and 20 others were injured in bus collision at Kamarkhola on the Dhaka-Mawa highway yesterday.
 arrow 3 Nepalese get life for hashish smuggling
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three Nepalese to life imprisonment for possessing 9 kg of hashish.
 arrow Pak scientist gave nuke design to DPRK: Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has confirmed that the country's disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan provided North Korea with centrifuges and their designs, a report said Wednesday.
Businessarrow IMF reviews economy in post-MFA era
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked for information from the government to review the country's overall economic condition including export, balance of payment and trade balance in the post-MFA
 arrow Nat'l policy needed to ensure compliance
A high-profile meeting yesterday recommended formulation of a national policy to maintain social compliance issues for garment factories to face the challenges of quota-free era.
 arrow India to seek joint bid with China for world oil assets
India will seek to jointly bid with China for energy resources in other countries after losing out to its giant neighbour in a bid for Kazakhstan's third-largest oil producer, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon sign agreed minute
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday signed an agreed minute to avoid double taxation.
 arrow 1 lakh foreigners involved in illegal indenting business
More than one lakh foreign nationals are illegally engaged in indenting business in Bangladesh, causing a huge loss to the national exchequer, according to local indentors.
 arrow Oil over $66 ahead of stock data
Oil climbed above $66 a barrel on Wednesday as the market awaited US data expected to show sliding gasoline stocks in the world's biggest consumer and a gathering Caribbean storm posed a new threat to
 arrow Malaysia Airlines launches special package
Malaysia Airlines has launched a special package, free stay in Malaysia for four days and three nights, for Bangladeshi travellers.
 arrow Citibank's brand management programme for RMG exporters
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently organised a four-day programme titled 'The Business of Fashion -- Strategic Brand Management' for entrepreneurs and executives of readymade garment sector.
 arrow Canberra, KL to hold fresh FTA talks
Negotiations on a free trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia will top the agenda at a ministerial meeting starting in Kuala Lumpur Thursday, Trade Minister Mark Vaile said.
 arrow Second round of Australia-China FTA talks ends
Three days of talks on a proposed Australian-Chinese free trade agreement ended Wednesday with both sides expressing satisfaction with the negotiations and agreeing to continue discussions in October.
 arrow China set to be world's free trade driver
China is likely to eclipse the World Trade Organisation and regional market-opening pacts to become the main driver of freer global trade in the 21st century, a prominent trade academic said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: An exciting departure
The Bangladesh cricket team left for Sri Lanka yesterday to play two Tests and three one-dayers against the islanders.
 arrow Cricket: Fourth Test from today
Expect a sharp drop in industrial productivity in England and Australia this week, in boardrooms as well as on the shop floor.
 arrow Cricket: Vincent slaughters Zim
Opener Lou Vincent smashed the highest one-day score by a New Zealander as the Black Caps flirted with a world record total before thrashing Zimbabwe by 192 runs in a triangular series match on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Non-inclusion irks Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Wednesday he was hurt by the "unjust" decision to leave him out of the World XI Test and one-day Super Series teams to face Australia in October.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes captivates Asia
The titanic Ashes battle has not only fired the imagination in England and Australia but has also re-ignited cricket passions across Asia, where millions will be glued to the fourth Test this week.
 arrow Football: Abahani-MSC now on Friday
The much awaited Premier Football League match between Abahani and league leaders Mohammedan Sporting Club has been delayed for another day due to inclement weather.
 arrow Football: Nat'l booters can play in NFL finals
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will allow the national footballers to play in the final stage of the National Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh too good for Malaysia
Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team stormed into the final of the International Golden Hope Challenge cricket tournament in Malaysia with their third straight win.
 arrow Handball: Mariner fly past Victoria
Dhaka Mariner Youngs got off to a flying start in the Cute Premier Handball League when they defeated Victoria Sporting Club 29-14 in the opening match yesterday.
 arrow Football: Monaco go out
Defending champions Liverpool survived a Champions League scare on Tuesday before booking their place in the multi-million dollar group stages where they will be joined by a little-known Swiss team who
 arrow Cricket: India missing Tendulkar
India's cricket selectors want Sachin Tendulkar so badly that they will go to any length to have the master batsman back at the crease.
 arrow Football: MLS taught a lesson
Ronaldo scored twice and David Beckham once to lead Real Madrid over a Major League Soccer All-Star team 5-0 Tuesday night in an exhibition game for the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.
 arrow Football: Sporting Bengal winners in defeat
Football Association chief Brian Barwick believes the presence of Asian community sides in the prestigious English FA Cup will be a huge boost for football in the country.
 arrow Football: Cicinho a Real option
Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo that gives them an option to sign Brazil defender Cicinho.
 arrow Cycling: Minister ducks Armstrong doping report
French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour said on Wednesday he could not confirm allegations that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong had used the blood-boosting drug EPO.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Sharapova top US Open seedings
The respective world number ones Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova were named as top seeds for next week's US Open on Tuesday after the United States Tennis Association followed the official rankings.
Metropolitanarrow Integrate us as part of society
The acid survivors have made a fervent appeal to all to integrate them as a part of the society instead of ostracizing them.
 arrow Resist activities of fanatics
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said those who are doing politics in the name of religion must be resisted for the greater interest of the country.
 arrow Verdict in case against Rab men deferred again
A Dhaka court yesterday again adjourned the verdict of the robbery case against four members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their two sources.
 arrow 'Introduce job-oriented curriculum at high school'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for introducing a job-oriented curriculum at the high school level mainly for the benefit of weak and dropout students.
 arrow 'Women still repressed from family to workplace'
Speakers at a rally yesterday said women are still repressed in all spheres of life from family to workplace.
 arrow Sherpur Polytech principal, 19 others assaulted by JCD cadres
At least 20 people, including the principal, teachers and students of Sherpur Polytechnic Institute, were injured in an attack allegedly by Chhatra Dal cadres yesterday.
 arrow HC vacation benches constituted
The Chief Justice yesterday constituted several vacation benches for hearing and disposing of important cases of the High Court Division when the Supreme Court goes to vacation from September 3 to October
 arrow 'Little progress in eradicating malnutrition'
Bangladesh achieved very little in eradicating malnutrition compared to its excellent achievement in reducing fertility and under-five mortality rates in the past two decades, speakers at a discussion
 arrow 5 HC judges appointed
President Iajuddin Ahmed has appointed five additional judges of the High Court Division as judges of the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader stabbed in city
A gang of hoodlums beat up and stabbed a Jubo Dal leader at Shialbari, Mirpur, in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow 7-day agitation begins Aug 27
Teachers of Chittagong University Communication and Journalism Department will launch a seven-day agitation along with the students and employees on August 27 demanding immediate renovation of the dilapidated
 arrow Arrest of culprits demanded
Bangladesh Rickshaw Van Malik Sramik Sangram Parishad, an association for rishshaw-van owners and workers, yesterday formed a human chain at Muktangon in the city demanding immediate arrest of the killers
 arrow Pirates kidnap 26 fishermen in Bay
Armed pirates swooped on seven fishing trawlers in the Bay on Tuesday night and kidnapped 26 fishermen.
 arrow GCE O' level results today
The GCE `O' level results will be published across the world, including Bangladesh today.
The results will be available on the website of bilingual national news agency www.bdnews24.com.

 arrow Roundtable on serial bomb blasts today
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism organises a roundtable discussion today in the city comprising all the progressive pro-liberation forces on what should be done at this
 arrow National Media Survey findings released
Sirius Marketing & Social Research Limited, one of the largest market research companies, has released the findings of the National Media Survey 2005, says a press release.
 arrow 2 JU staffs beaten by JCD cadres
Cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) beat up two fourth-class employees on the campus on Tuesday.
 arrow Govt instigates killers: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the BNP-Jamaat alliance government for instigating and encouraging the killers and terrorists.
 arrow BRTA plans special services for the disabled
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) will provide free driving training to help bring the disabled people into the mainstream of life, said State Minister for Communications Salahuddin Ahmed ata
Nationalarrow Most Moulvibazar colleges face acute student crisis
At least a dozen out of 20 colleges in Moulvibazar district are facing acute shortage of students.
Some colleges in rural areas may be closed down for lack of students, their authorities apprehend.

 arrow Include HIV/AIDS in SSC, HSC syllabuses
HIV/ AIDS should be included in SSC and HSC syllabi to create awareness among youths about the deadly disease.
 arrow Build social movement to stop food adulteration
Speakers at a workshop here hailed the drive against sale of adulterated food and urged the government to enact law to protect consumers rights to save people from the clutches of dishonest traders.
 arrow 50,000 marooned in two upazilas in Khulna
At least 50,000 people in 14 villages in Dumuria and Batiaghata upazilas have become marooned following breaches in the Bhairab river embankment at Jaliakhali Saturday night.
 arrow 17 Bangladeshis held by BSF sent to jail
An Indian court on Tuesday sent to Baharampur jail the 17 Bangladeshis held by BSF on Sunday from Padma river along Ramkrishnapur border in Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia, sources said yesterday.
 arrow 'Amend colonial laws to protect child rights'
Speakers at workshop here yesterday called for strict implementation of laws to safeguard child rights. Mere enactment of laws will not ensure the rights.
 arrow Five women rescued from traffickers
Five women were rescued yesterday by a BDR team from Chanduria on the Indo-Bangladesh border in Kalaroa upazila while they were being trafficked to India.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'I have a feeling that what happened last week should be a wake-up call for Bangladesh'
The new president of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz is better known for his recently completed tenure as US Deputy Secretary of Defence, during which he achieved notoriety as one of the principal architects
 arrow Looming threats: Can this limping democracy survive?
It is unfortunate that it has clearly and loudly been proved that the present government's persistent denial of the existence of Islamist militants and the claim that it does not allow unlawful and anti-social
Culturearrow Dhaka through the eyes of artists
A horse carriage in old Dhaka, a floating restaurant in the Buriganga, a race course , Dhaka after a riot, Tongi bridge, a view of the Dhakeshwari temple and Nimtoli Palace.
 arrow Nadia's new TV play
Glamorous small-screen actress Nadia will soon be seen in a different role in the TV play Chupi Chupi Churi Churi. She is a con-artist in this play.
 arrow The odd couple: ATM Shamsuzzaman and Tarin
ATM Shamsuzzaman and Tarin are set to hit the small-screen in the tele-film Ekhaney Shundor Nihito. They are joined by Mahfuz, Joyanto Chottopadhay and Joy Raz.
 arrow Elvis Presley: The King of rock n' roll
Elvis Presley, popularly known as "the King of rock n' roll" or just "The King", may very well be the single most important figure in 20th century popular music.
 arrow Pitt and Aniston become single again
Pitt and Aniston are "restored to the status of single people". A judge has approved the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, ending their four-year marriage.
 arrow Rings star becomes football hooligan
The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is in Edinburgh for the UK premiere of his latest film Green Street, in which he appears as a football hooligan.
Generalarrow Direct election to JS reserved seats demanded
Several hundred women formed a human chain at Manik Mia Avenue in the city yesterday demanding direct election to the seats reserved for women in parliament.
 arrow Nat'l biotechnology policy soon: Moyeen Khan
The government will soon formulate a national biotechnology policy to give a boost to the country's farm output.
 arrow 'Unite to protect women's rights'
Leaders of Karmojibi Nari, a women workers' organisation, yesterday at a rally urged women to form a united platform to protect their rights and resist extremism in the country.
 arrow Mahila League observes token hunger strike
Bangladesh Mahila Awami League, women wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday observed a token hunger strike at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city in memory of the martyrs of the August 21 grenade
 arrow AL leader Abidur Reza hospitalised
Abidur Reza Khan, a veteran Awami League leader and an associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was admitted to Samarita Hospital in the city in a critical condition due to complicated diseases,
Internationalarrow Leaders try to pacify furious Sunnis
Iraqi leaders tried Wednesday to persuade furious Sunni Arabs to sign up to the draft constitution, a day before the charter goes to parliament where conservative Shias and secularist Kurds can ensure
 arrow Trail of death and destruction
Rescue workers struggled to contain floods that left a trail of death and destruction across parts of central Europe, as parched Spain and Portugal in contrast battled dozens of raging wildfires.
 arrow UK govt reveals deportation rules
The British home secretary Charles Clarke yesterday published the grounds on which foreigners considered to be promoting terrorism can be deported or excluded from the UK.
 arrow Campaign grows in India to save Sarabjit Singh
Television networks, members of parliament, children, film actors and war widows rallied Wednesday behind a growing campaign to save an Indian sentenced to hang in Pakistan on charges of espionage.
 arrow Israeli troops to leave Gaza in a month
Israel said Wednesday all its soldiers would be out of the Gaza Strip within a month, bringing an end to almost four decades of occupation after the historic pullout of Jewish settlers from the Palestinian
 arrow Bush to recieve world's longest letter
Whoever said letter writing is out of fashion forgot to tell thousands of US schoolchildren, who plan to roll out a half-mile-long epistle to President George W. Bush next month.
 arrow Radical Muslims told to leave Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told Wednesday to get out of Australia as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
 arrow Kashmir to be centre of talks, says Pakistan
Asserting that there was no infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir from the Pakistani side, President Pervez Musharraf has said he would take up the Indian charge in this regard with Prime Minister Manmohan
 arrow Maoists to let families visit captured troops
Maoist rebels in Nepal said Wednesday they will allow families to visit the 60 soldiers held captive since a major battle early this month.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hunting down the extremists
The government cannot say that it had no inkling of the character and extent of the extremist threat to the nation.
 arrow Editorial: Abominable exploitation
Another 22 Bangladeshi children employed as camel jockeys in the UAE have returned home.
 arrow Religious militancy: What are we in for?
Something very bad was the reply to a friend's query to me following the spate of bombings of August 17.
 arrow Half empty
In a democracy it makes much more sense to believe that the glass is half-empty rather than half-full. It is the empty part of the glass that determines election results.
Letters to Editorarrow Certifying healthcare providers
This write-up is in response to the Point-Counterpoint article "A Call for Certifying Healthcare Providers" by Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb.
 arrow Gas supply in cylinder
This is in reply to the letters of Mr. AKM Saifuddin and Ms. Anjana published on 20 July 2005. The fact is that it is too late for our finance minister to implement his plan.
 arrow Why this clemency?
The recent outcry of newspapers, regarding the presidential clemency given to a powerful man of the ruling party, followed by Mr. Moudud Ahmed's lame speeches to defend the decision, drew my attention.
 arrow Pitfalls of sumptuousness
Many swanky eateries have mushroomed in Dhaka City lately. Typically it is a booming business in this city, as many of the city dwellers are gourmets.
 arrow Concern for humanity
It's a reply to the letter written by Farad, IUB, Dhaka. In his write-up Mr. Farad questioned why our writers are so concerned about Arabs who didn't show any positive attitude during our liberation war.
 arrow Standard of education in rural areas
The standard of education is decreasing in rural areas. If you look at it, you will find that most of the university students come from urban areas.
 arrow Well done, girls
I am a woman, very happy to notice the high percentage of girls obtaining good academic results in SSC exams!
I hope the girls will do even better in future and break the vicious cycle of maledomination.

 arrow Foreign words and phrases
I refer to Syed Badrul Haque's letter on this topic (23 Aug). A living thriving language must evolve like its speaking inhabitants with the interaction within their environment.
 arrow A confused nation
I strongly agree with Rubaiyat Hossain on her August 23 article "Philosophical crisis: a confused Bengali nation". Thanks to the writer for taking the bold and brave step to identify one of our majorcrises.
 
   
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