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Front Pagearrow Govt finally admits JMB behind blasts
The government yesterday for the first time officially disclosed that banned Islamist militant organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was responsible for the August 17 serial bomb blasts across
 arrow Agency advice for ban on them ignored since 2003
The government remains indifferent to the alarming rise of Islamist militancy though two years have passed since an intelligence agency strongly recommended banning some organisations, after having found
 arrow Family doubts identity of skeleton
Family of the Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday expressed doubts that the human skeleton recovered from a remote forest in Fatikchhari Wednesday is not of the abducted magnate.
 arrow Jewellers cheat in weight
Five mobile courts yesterday raided restaurants, food shops and jewellery shops in different parts of the capital and realised Tk 3,73,000 in fine for forgery in measurement and for selling unhygienic
 arrow BB moves to shrink bank liquidity
To step down inflation and ease pressure on the foreign currency reserve, Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday decided to raise the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) against deposit by 2 percentage points and
 arrow Lobbying on to give deal to faulty bidder
Business lobbies have mounted pressure on the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to give green signal to the faulty bid of Chinese company Harbin in the 150 megawatt (MW) Chandpur Power Project, sources said.
 arrow Hasina demands arrest of Jamaat leaders
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is indifferent to the involvement of Jamaat-e-Islami in the recent countrywide bomb blasts, even though the party has been leadingmilitant
 arrow Blasts indicate strong terrorist network
The August 17 serial bomb blasts clearly indicate an "active presence of terrorists' network in Bangladesh" and conveys the "political message" that they can do whatever they like in this country, observed
 arrow BNP picks 30 for women's reserved seats
Ruling BNP last night finalised its 30 candidates for the September 6 elections to women's reserved seats in parliament.
 arrow Civil society role in policy debates vital for credible polls
The civil society can play an important role by stimulating policy debates on different development issues prior to the next general elections to help hold it in a credible manner, said the participants
 arrow Children at great risk
Children are at particular risk to the harmful side effects of food adulteration, which may lead to serious liver and kidney diseases including various forms of cancer and Hepatitis, experts warn.
 arrow Agriculture wing's 50 vehicles untraced
Around one third of the vehicles of different organisations under the agriculture ministry are out of order while the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), another wing under the ministry, failed
 arrow Nizami says innocents shouldn't be harassed
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the investigation into the August 17 blasts should be carried out carefully so innocent people are not harassed.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A listed criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices on Turag-Morogakanda road near Aminbazaar early yesterday.
 arrow 2 Indian states ink first ever river linking MoU
In a historic step towards linking major rivers in the country, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on Thursday signed the first such Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers
 arrow Indian petroleum minister due on Sept 5
Mani Shankar Aiyar, Indian minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Panchayati Raj, is set to arrive in Dhaka on September 5 for a two-day visit.
 arrow Communal forces trading on Islam, says Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said there is no debate on Islam but some communal forces are trading on it, he said pointing finger at the Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Border fencing not a solution to illegal immigration
Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee advocated helping neighbours in their economic development and said border fencing is not a solution to stopping illegal immigration.
 arrow Jhulon Bari collapsed...

 arrow Asma Kibria calls for people's unity against bombing
Asma Kibria, widow of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday urged the countrymen to unite under the umbrella of their 'Blue for Peace' programme to resist all kinds of bomb attacks in the
 arrow Extortion charges framed against five cops
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against five cops and their three informers in an extortion case.
 arrow Old woman killed by grandson
An elderly woman was murdered allegedly by her grandson at Uttar Ibrahimpur in the capital yesterday.
Mosiron Begum, 70, was found dead by the neighbours when they rushed to the spot hearing screams.

 arrow Bearded men are not target in manhunt
The government is determined to unearth the crime and the forces behind the August 17 bombings and punish them, said a statement.
 arrow Eviction drive...

 arrow Janmastami today
The Hindu community will celebrate Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, today amid festivity and religious fervour.
In Hindu mythology Krishna is regarded as the epitome of transcendental qualities.

 arrow 5 more camel jockeys return
Five more Bangladeshi children, who had been used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), returned home yesterday along with three of their 'guardians'.
Businessarrow RMG export to US grows 21pc in post-MFA era
Bangladesh's apparel market in the US continues growing in the post-MFA era as the export clocked 21 percent growth in six months.
 arrow Ministry report suggests Tk1,400cr interest waiver for sick apparel units
Ministry of Commerce in a report has recommended writing off Tk 1,400 crore interests on actual bank loan of Tk 600 crore in a bid to reopen some 1,900 sick garment units to facilitate to add extra US$3
 arrow HSBC rolls out deposit scheme for SMEs
In an attempt to build a sound capital foundation for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh yesterday launched a special deposit scheme.
 arrow India mulls cut in subsidy to expedite reforms
As an official review of the Indian economy says the country's finances will come under pressure in coming months, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested expediting reforms by cutting unwanted subsidies.
 arrow IMF says Asia growth remarkable, sees risks from oil
Asia's economic growth is remarkable and will stay on track for this year and 2006, but serious risks remain due to high oil prices, the International Monetary Fund's chief said Thursday.
 arrow Oil eases from record $68
Oil slipped from yesterday's record high of $68 a barrel as a tropical storm appeared to steer away from vulnerable Gulf of Mexico rigs that serve the world's biggest market, the United States.
 arrow Singapore, India sign pact to expand bilateral air services
Singapore and India have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand bilateral air services amid growing trade, investment and tourism between the two countries, a joint statement Thursday.
 arrow Mergers give small firms stability in Japan
As Japanese consumers grow more savvy, it has become essential for manufacturers and retailers to work closely with the local organisations and craftspeople that produce their goods and materials.
 arrow US jobless claims slip by 4,000
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits declined last week with the four-week average for people receiving benefits dropping to the lowest level in more than four years.
 arrow HSBC eyes raising stake in China's Bank of Communications
HSBC is eyeing a doubling of its stake in China's Bank of Communi-cations to about 40 percent provided it can negotiate state restrictions limiting foreign investment, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow Housing project on police officers' land near Dhaka
Advanced Development Technologies Ltd, a local real estate company, and Lee Woo Company Ltd, a South Korean developer, have jointly undertaken a project to build a satellite town on the land of BCS Police
 arrow Nokia, Motorola command world market for new mobile phones
Nokia and Motorola manufactured about half of all mobile phones sold worldwide during the second quarter of 2005, according to statistics published by the research institute Gartner.
 arrow Textile talks with China constructive: EU
EU and Chinese talks in Beijing over blocked Chinese textile imports are taking place in a "constructive and friendly" atmosphere, the European Union's executive commission said here Thursday.
 arrow Motorola may manufacture mobile phones in India
The chairman of US telecom company Motorola Thursday said it may manufacture mobile phone handsets in India as it seeks to regain a foothold in one of the fastest-growing phone markets in the world.
Sportsarrow Football: A different derby
Traditional giants Moha-mmedan and Abahani will be hoping that the rain-gods stay clear of the Bangabandhu National Stadium at least until kick-off today.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers land in Lanka
A 15-man Bangladesh cricket squad led by Habibul Bashar arrived here on Thursday to play two Tests and three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka during a month-long tour.
 arrow Cricket: Rain holds England back
Rain frustrated England after they'd made a bold start to the first day of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming surprised at India's late arrival
Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain, has expressed doubts over India's preparation for the opening game of the Videocon Cup at Bulawayo on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Touts cashing in on Ashes fiesta
Tickets for the Ashes series are changing hands at up to six times their original value as touts cash in on the surge in popularity of cricket.
 arrow Football: Remembering Sheikh Russel thru' soccer
The youth and sports sub-committee of Awami League will organise the Sheikh Russel Under-14 football tournament in the city from September 1.
 arrow Cricket: ICC unlikely to ban Zimbabwe
Despite coming under pressure from the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Britain, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to ignore requests to take action against Zimbabwe when it
 arrow Football: Liverpool, Chelsea in same group
Champions Liverpool were drawn in the same group as last season's English league winners Chelsea in the group stages of the Champions League here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: India cricketers will be quizzed
The Indian cricket board has asked the team management for a report into why some of the players were late assembling for Monday's departure on the tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim propels U-17 cricketers
A brilliant 86 by Tamim Iqbal guided the Bangladesh under-17 cricket team to seven-wicket win over over Sri Lanka in the International Golden Hope Challenge tournament at the Bayuemas Oval in Malaysia
 arrow Football: No major shocks
Former European champions Manchester United and Scottish giants Rangers moved into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday but Everton's hopes of joining them were shattered in Spain.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's best so far
Champions Chelsea returned to the Premiership summit just three games into the new season after a comfortable 4-0 victory over West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Only Federer can stop himself
Roger Federer will go into the US Open next week as one of the biggest favourites in the event's 124-year history.
 arrow Tennis: Get Goran
Croatia coach Nikki Pilic wants former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to play in the Davis Cup final if Croatia beat Russia in next month's semifinal.
 arrow Football: Gerrard's chances slim today
Liverpool's inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard is set for an overdue rest as the European champions take on UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow in the Super Cup here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB not to lock horns with ICC
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its disappointment over Inzamamul Haq's exclusion from World XI teams but said it would not take up the matter with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Football: She only wanted Van Persie
The woman who accused Arsenal's Dutch star Robin van Persie of rape actually wanted to have sex with the "nice" footballer, a newspaper reported Thursday.
 arrow Football: Owen to Liverpool via Newcastle?
Michael Owen may be returning to Liverpool after all -- via Newcastle.
Frustrated at sitting on the bench at Real Madrid, Owen has asked the Spanish club's president, Florentino Perez, for a move.

Metropolitanarrow Intra-party feud in DU JCD intensifies
Intra-party feud in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has intensified following the announcement of a full-fledged Dhaka University (DU) unit of the student organisation and different hall units on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Implement taskforce decisions to save Buriganga,Turag, Balu'
Environmentalists at a meeting yesterday demanded quick implementation of the decisions taken by a high-powered taskforce to save the rivers Buriganga, Turag and Balu, the lifeline of the capital city.
 arrow 47 lakh coastal people under direct threat of tsunami
Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed the need for an integrated policy to eradicate poverty and ensure human resources development in the coastal areas.
 arrow Preparation for Saarc summit in full swing
All necessary preparations are in full swing to make the 13th SAARC summit in Dhaka a complete success, Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin told diplomatic correspondents at the foreign ministry yesterday.
 arrow TV maker to die
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death for killing Sadia Afrin alias Lovely, a student of Lalmatia College in the city eight years' ago.
 arrow 'Adopt holistic approach to improve quality of edn'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for a holistic approach to improving the quality of education for the betterment of the nation.
 arrow Resist religious militants
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for more active role of the pro-liberation forces to resist religious militants in the country.
 arrow 25 injured as JCD, BCL clash in Sirajganj
At least 25 students were injured in a clash between the two groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at the local degree college in Belkuchi upazila of the district
 arrow Vow to free country from fanaticism
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Foundation, an organisation of freedom fighters, organised a discussion in the city yesterday to mark the death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a vow to free
 arrow Human chains in front of all bar councils, press clubs on Sept 8
Human chains will be formed in front of all bar councils and press clubs across the country on September 8 from 10:00am to 11:00am to protest the repeated bomb and grenade attacks in the country.
 arrow Mayors discuss common problems tomorrow
All the mayors of six city corporations of the country will sit tomorrow at the Mayor House of Dhaka city at Gulshan in the city to discuss common problems prevailing in city corporations and to prepare
 arrow Impartial probe demanded
Leaders of Bangladesh Awami Swechchha Sebak League at a condolence meeting at the Central Shahid Minar in the city yesterday demanded impartial probe and trial of the killers of Suman Ahmed.
Point-Counterpointarrow Palestnians to get back land after four decades
Jews against Jews; Jews expelling Jews from their homes in the " land promised by God". Jews burning their own flag -- something nobody could ever think of in Israel.
 arrow Juvenile delinquency and future citizens
Juvenile delinquency is a growing menace to the rhythms of socio-economic and political life in Bangladesh, yet it has not found importance in the education system.
 arrow Hinduism and Srikrishna
The Hindu culture and tradition does not derive from any one prophet or founder. It has neither a uniform creed nor any organised church. Its history and prehistory are ageless.
 arrow 'On this principle, people of all faiths in Britain are agreed...' --Tony Blair
Britain is proud of its global and deserved reputation as a tolerant, multi-cultural society where people of all nationalities, backgrounds and faiths live in peace and friendship.
Culturearrow Tunes of the perilous times
The new generation does not often realise the significance and impact of the spirited songs of our Liberation War.
 arrow Three-day Molière Festival at Alliance Francaise
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, widely known by his stage name Molière, was born into a comfortable, respected bourgeois family of Paris in 1622.
 arrow British Animation Awards Film Festival
British Council, Dhaka is holding a five-day-long film festival that started from August 22.
 arrow A homage to Manna Dey
Nazrul singer Shumon Chowdhury released an album Sraddhanjali: Manna Dey at the Begum Sufia Kamal auditorium, National Museum Wednesday last.
 arrow Unity in diversity
The performers came from places as far flung as France, USA, UK, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Russia, Jordan, Japan and Spain.
 arrow Special programmes on Nazrul Death Anniversary
August 27 marks the 29th death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The Bangla channels will telecast daylong special programmes on the occasion.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disciplining ADP implementation
An ADP makes news four times a year: once, when it is announced; second time, when it has undergone a mid-term review, invariably accompanied by chest-beating lamentations over fund utilisation shortfalls;
 arrow Editorial: Jamaluddin's fate
The reported discovery of a corpse, believed to be that of Jamaluddin, on Wednesday, from a remote forest in Fatikchhari, might end speculations about his fate ever since his abduction more than two years
 arrow The blame game
In the aftermath of the August 17 bomb blasts the chattering classes in Dhaka seem to have come to two consensus conclusions.
 arrow The curse of a father
We should be glad that someone has told the story. Lawrence Lifschultz has named the names, dated the dates and placed the places, connecting the dots to solve a mystery.
 arrow Use of pesticides: Abuse of life?
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Letters to Editorarrow Terror attacks across Bangladesh
August 17 blasting of some 500 bombs simultaneously across Bangladesh was indeed unprecedented, rocking not only the country and its 63 out of 64 districts but also the hearts and minds of the people
 arrow Western despots
When Muslim despots commit crimes, you can easily tell because they think they own the whole country and they do anything they feel like.
 arrow Cultural assault
A culture comprises the way of life, art, belief, rules, custom and tradition of a nation.
 arrow Lawyers and politics
We notice that our lawyers are getting too much engaged in political activities. Their legal profession seems to have made them bored.
 arrow Two nation theory
The two nation theory evolved by Mr. Jinnah was the basis for the creation of Pakistan, at the cost of the lives of millions of Muslims.
 arrow Saarc and Pakistan
I really appreciate Mr.
 arrow Preventing launch disasters
I refer to the letters of Salahuddin Ahmed and SA Mansoor on this topic.
 arrow Travels in Pakistan
Mr. Akhter Salem Fahmi has written a very good article, but may I express my thoughts and opinions about the tragic event. I was 8 years old when my parents migrated to East Bengal from Kolkata in 1949.
 arrow Public university teachers
Almost a decade ago prominent writer Ahmed Safa wrote that there was no real community named university teachers. There are only some groups such as yellow, striped, violet etc.
Environmentarrow Conserving surface water is a dire necessity
Newspaper report indicates that in this high monsoon season, the water level at Kaptai Lake stands at 10 ft. below the usual level of water found in the preceding years.
 arrow Dwindling fish species
It is hard to imagine that even in the second half of the previous century about 207 different species of fish swarmed the rivers and water bodies of this land.
Worldarrow South Asia: 11 killed in 2nd round of Pak local polls
Clashes between rival political gangs in Pakistan left 11 people dead and dozens more injured yesterday as voters cast their ballots in the second round of key local elections.
 arrow South Asia: Lanka wants talks with Tigers at home
Sri Lanka ruled out Norway or any location outside the country for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to salvage a fragile ceasefire, a spokesman said.
 arrow South Asia: Indian govt, judiciary at loggerheads
India's government and its courts are at loggerheads again, this time over an affirmative action policy, which reserves places in private colleges for students from disadvantaged communities.
 arrow South Asia: 16 militants killed in Afghan fighting
US and Afghan forces backed by a giant B-52 bomber, A-10 attack aircraft and helicopters killed an estimated 16 militants in southern Afghanistan in the past two days, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Myanmar coup rumours untrue
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that Thailand has discounted rumours of a coup in Myanmar which have circulated in the military-run country this week, causing the kyat currency to fall.
 arrow South Asia: Landslides kill 12 in India
Twelve people were killed and 20 injured in landslides triggered by monsoon rains in India's northeastern Assam state as the main Brahmaputra River swelled to danger levels, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Trio talk security ahead of Afghan election
Top Afghan and Pakistani military commanders met Wednesday amid increasingly deadly militant attacks and concerns over border security ahead of next month's parliamentary polls in Afghanistan, Pakistan's
 arrow Abbas accuses Israel of wrecking peace
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas accused Israel yesterday of wrecking the prospects of peace after soldiers killed five militants and officials unveiled plans to expand the largest West Bank settlement.
 arrow Shia rivals clash
Iraqi leaders were battling yesterday to strike an accord on the constitution by a midnight deadline and restore calm after deadly fighting erupted between Shia rivals that could derail the politicalprocess.
 arrow UN members under growing pressure
Three weeks before a scheduled summit of world leaders tasked with endorsing a sweeping reform of the United Nations, member states are under growing pressure to break the current deadlock standing in
 arrow Fires put out, floodwaters recede in Europe
Europe's weather crisis eased yesterday as fires were put out in Portugal and flood waters receded in central Europe but the death toll rose in Romania and Austria after heavy rains.
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