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Front Pagearrow Fire burns down DEPZ plant
A raging fire in the early hours yesterday gutted almost the entire plant of Kung King Textile (BD) Company Ltd at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar.
 arrow Dhaka watching river linking in India
Dhaka is closely monitoring the course of the Indian river-linking project (RLP) launched Thursday and will raise the issue in the just deferred Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting next month, highly
 arrow Bomb hoax paralyses Ctg airport for hours
Bomb scare at Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city yesterday kept a Dubai-bound Biman Bangladesh flight grounded for about 12 hours.
 arrow Bagerhat militant admits to role in serial blasts
Barkatullah Morshed, director Al Markajul Islamic Madrasa and Orphanage in Bagerhat, who was arrested on Wednesday, yesterday admitted to interrogators that some of his madrasa students were involvedin
 arrow Identifying 'real' parents poses legal problems
Proper identification and reintegration of the camel jockeys, who have recently returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or are awaiting repatriation, seem to present many legal complexities, saysources
 arrow Former major 'linked to' Zia murder arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Moinul, a former Major, who had been on the run from the law enforcers since the killing of former president Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow Jamal Uddin's abductors still elude law enforcers
The investigators have yet to gather evidence convincing enough to identify the masterminds behind the sensational abduction and "murder" of Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Ruma resigns to destiny
Jannatul Ferdous Ruma does not want to know her identity: who her parents are, where they are, or if she has any siblings. So far as she can recall, they used to live in Noakhali.
 arrow Saifur falls sick on podium
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman fell sick on the podium of a function at Moulvibazar Eye Hospital in the town yesterday.
 arrow Anonymous leaflets
Anonymous leaflets were circulated in the city on Thursday night, stating that the country's major militant organisations had developed from Asadullah Galib's Ahle Hadith Jubo Sangha.
 arrow PM likely to address nation soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to address the nation soon in the wake of August 17 serial bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow This govt won't bring killers to justice: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the verdict of the Bangabandhu murder case will not be executed as long as the BNP-led coalition government is in power.
 arrow Bad weather disrupts flights at ZIA
Poor visibility caused by heavy downpour along with occasional gusty wind forced the authorities to cancel, delay and divert several flights scheduled to land at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of Demra contractor
Mystery shrouds the death of a construction contractor in Demra area.
 arrow Asian financial centres next terrorist target
Al-Qaeda is preparing an attack on a big financial centre in Asia, such as Tokyo, Singapore or Sydney, to undermine investor confidence in the region, France's top terrorist investigator says.
 arrow Five to walk the gallows
Five people have been sentenced to death in Pakistan for their involvement in a 2003 attempt to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf in which 15 people were killed, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary today
Today is the 29th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as the "rebel poet".
 arrow Janmastami celebrated
The Hindus yesterday celebrated Janmastami, a religious festival to mark the birth of Krishna, across the country.
 arrow Bailey Road renamed Natok Saroni
Bailey Road was officially renamed Natok Saroni yesterday, in recognition of the road's being the premier venue for performing arts in the capital.
 arrow Whatmore sees a tough fight in Sri Lanka
Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore says his team will give Sri Lanka a tough fight in their forthcoming one-day and Test series after a confidence-boosting victory over Australia in June.
 arrow Dhaka Zoo deer no more dear
Failing to attract buyers for the spare deer, the Dhaka Zoo authorities are contemplating slashing the price of the animal.
 arrow Observation well drilling delayed
Drilling of the observation well at Tengratila gas field will be complete at least two weeks behind schedule as work resumed on Wednesday after a 10-day halt.
 arrow Lankan court clears way for elections
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final term expires in December, ending her controversial 11-year reign and clearing the way for a vote before November21.
 arrow Stockholm confce calls on UN to give water central role
The UN should give water issues centre stage in its goals to reduce hunger and poverty in the world, water experts said at an international symposium, which wound down in Stockholm yesterday.
 arrow Potholes in the road...

Businessarrow Chinese crisis may help boost RMG export to EU
As retailers in the European Union countries are facing fresh supply crisis ahead of Christmas due to EU-imposed quota on Chinese textile import, local exporters yesterday said it can help boost Bangladesh's
 arrow Consult businesses about trade negotiations
Business leaders at a seminar said the government hardly considers their views while initiating bilateral or multilateral trade negotiations.
 arrow Fusion food festival gets good response
The weeklong British Bangladesh food festival, which started at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday, is receiving a good response from food connoisseurs.
 arrow EU-China talks on textiles enter second day
The European Union and China began a second day of talks Friday on dealing with millions of items of Chinese-made clothes that have surpassed annual EU import quotas and are being blocked in Europeanports.
 arrow Bharti ties up with French co for life insurance venture
The 16-billion-dollar Indian life insurance sector is set to look up with French insurance giant AXA Group announcing partnership with Indian telecoms major Bharti Enterprise of Sunil Mittal group tohave
 arrow Oil prices pull back in Asian trade
Oil prices pulled back from recent record highs in Asian trading Friday on indications Hurricane Katrina would spare offshore oil rigs in the US Gulf Coast, dealers said.
 arrow Our error and clarification
In a news item headlined 'Fake BO accounts: three merchant banks blacklisted' published on this page on August 23, it was erroneously written that three merchant banks-- Bangladesh Mutual Securities Limited,
 arrow Prime Bank, Bangla Cat sign MoU
Prime Bank Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangla Cat, the Bangladesh dealer of Singapore Caterpillar Inc engaged in machine and engine sales, on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow ADB approves $38m for bird flu-hit Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank said Friday that it has approved a 38-million-dollar aid package to fight disease in Vietnam, the country hit hardest by bird flu.
 arrow S'pore, Pakistan wrap up first round of free trade talks
Singapore and Pakistan on Friday concluded the first round of talks towards a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), the city-state's trade ministry said.
 arrow Greenspan worries about US economic health
Creeping trade protectionism and bloated budget deficits pose a risk to the United States' long-term economic vitality, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned Friday.
 arrow Canberra, KL set to end FTA talks by mid-2006
Australia and Malaysia are on track to conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement by mid-2006, Malaysian Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said Friday after talks with her counterpart Mark Vaile.
 arrow US, KSA close to WTO accession deal
The United States and Saudi Arabia are close to a deal paving the way for the world's largest oil producer to join the World Trade Organisation by the end of the year, US government aides said Thursday.
 arrow Rupiah devalues against dollar
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's remarks that the government would coordinate with the central bank after failing to bolster market confidence on Thursday, with the local unit losing even
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.
Money Market
In the Treasury bill auction held on Sunday, bid for 28-D t-bill for BDT 10,694.

Sportsarrow Football: Ibrahim lights up Sky Blues
Abahani suddenly leapfrogged from Premiership backstage to the title race with a solitary goal win over archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff shreds Australia
Andrew Flintoff's maiden Test hundred against Australia was the centrepiece of an impressive England total in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond blows India up
Shane Bond's blistering bowling swept New Zealand to victory over India in the second match of the triangular series on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: All eyes on VP fight
The much-talked Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election will be held today at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room but with little left to speculate.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan no-balled!
Coaches go red in the face when their bowlers send down no balls.
There is a worse cricketing crime, however, taking wickets with no balls.

 arrow Cricket: Atapattu respects Bangladesh
Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu Friday said Bangladesh were an improving side and deserved respect in the international arena.
"Over the years they have shown potential and are improving.

 arrow Cricket: ASHES UPDATE
Australia lost three wickets in the space of two runs after tea on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist's 300th
Adam Gilchrist became the fourth wicketkeeper in history to achieve 300 Test dismissals when he caught Ian Bell off Shaun Tait on the first day of the fourth Test against England at Trent Bridge hereThursday.
 arrow Football: Vieira's new life begins
Title-holders Juventus couldn't have picked better opponents for their opening match of the 2005/06 Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Robinho's appetizer
Brazil forward Robinho gave Real Madrid fans a taste of things to come with a spectacular exhibition of ball skills after signing a five-year deal on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters to quit in 2007
US Open favourite Kim Clijsters has said that she will terminate her career at the end of 2007 because of recurring injury problems.
 arrow Football: Champs' first day worries
Barcelona start the defence of their Spanish league title with a tricky trip to newly-promoted Alaves on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Make or break for Magpies
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is going into a crunch weekend that could see his year-long tenure at St James' Park come to a premature end.
 arrow Armstrong considers suing WADA
Lance Armstong vehementy denied fresh doping allegations and attacked lapses in anti-doping protocol that allowed a French newspaper to gain access to his stored urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France.
Metropolitanarrow Govt urged to expand social safety nets
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) was formally launched yesterday, aiming to protect economy and ensure social justice.
 arrow Candidates show rare gesture
In an unprecedented move, candidates in the Faridpur-1 by-election gathered on a single stage and joined their hands together, pledging not to use muscle power and black money to influence the results
 arrow 'Join oust-govt movement'
Awami League presidium member Abdur Razzak yesterday urged the people, including the student community, to join the oust-government movement.
 arrow Acid attack victim cries for justice
An elderly woman of Madaripur district who fell victim to acid attacks has demanded that the persons responsible for the attack be brought to book.
 arrow Govt urged to allow Bauls to hold programme
Banglar Baul Samaj, a forum of Baul singers, yesterday urged the government to allow them to hold Baul song programme as it is the only means for them to keep body and soul together.
 arrow Bangladesh envoy to Netherlands presents credentials
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Ismat Jahan has presented her credentials to Queen Beatrix on Wednesday at a ceremony arranged by the Dutch Royal Protocol.
 arrow President hosts reception
On the occasion of the Janmastami, President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Prof Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception for members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Unite against misrule of govt: Dr Arefin
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) President Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday at a discussion called upon the youths to work for materialising the dreams of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
 arrow Modern restaurant to be set up at Dhaka Zoo
The Tourism Corporation plans to set up a modern restaurant at the Dhaka Zoo in a bid to improve facilities at the zoo as well as make it more attractive to the visitors, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in the capital and Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Cervical cancer screening test begins today
Bangladesh Cancer Foundation Hospital will begin a week-long cervical (uterus) cancer screening test programme on its Lalmatia premises in the city today.
 arrow DUJA polls held
Kazi Saifuddin Avi (Bhorer Kagoj) and Mustak Ahmed Masud (Dainik Jugantor) were jointly elected president while Imamul Haq Shamim (BSS) general secretary of Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA)
 arrow Take steps to check felling of trees
Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury yesterday demanded that the government has to take measures immediately to check indiscriminate felling of trees at many parts of the country, including Meherpur and Sylhet,
 arrow Govt urged to formulate herbal medicine policy
An eminent herbal medicine expert has urged the government to formulate a policy soon to facilitate herbal treatment in the country.
 arrow Pak president to meet US Jewish leaders
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will meet with US Jewish leaders in a bid to "bridge the gap" between the two religions, his spokesman said Thursday.
 arrow Training workshop for high school English teachers
Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (BELTA) organised a training programme for the high school English teachers at the Presidency University from August 14 to 25, says a press release.
 arrow Malaysian envoy meets Noman
Malaysian High Commissioner Dato' Ashaari Sani on Thursday called on Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman at his office in the city.
They discussed bilateral issues during the meeting.

Nationalarrow AL leader Manzurul Imam murder case uncertain
The second death anniversary of advocate Manzurul Imam, a prominent Awami League leader in Khulna, was observed in here on Thursday.
He was killed allegedly by outlaws on August 25 in 2003.

 arrow Chhabi now faces death threat
Chhabi Rani Mondol, a prominent leader of Rampal upazila Awami League in Bagerhat district, is allegedly being threatened with death by some BNP activists for 'refusing to withdraw' the case she filed
 arrow Road accidents kill more than 4000 a year
Speakers at a workshop here stressed on coordinated efforts by all stakeholders including government departments and transport businessmen to check road accidents in the country.
 arrow Free local govts from influence of ministers, mps
Interference by ministers and parliament members undermine the status and authority of Union Parishad, creating obstacles to good governance at grassroots level.
 arrow 'Lift ban on documentary Karnaphulir Kannaí
Leaders of five organisations in Rangamati have demanded withdrawal of ban on the 'Karnaphulir Kanna', a documentary made by Tanvir Mokammel on the socio-economic situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
 arrow US embassy books for CHT students
Over 1800 schoolbags were distributed among students of class VII to IX in Rangamati and Khagrachhari on Thursday and the day before as 'gift from American people' to Bangladeshi students under a Shared
Point-Counterpointarrow ACC's concern and the needful
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which started functioning from November 2004 is yet to settle many organisational and procedural formalities.
 arrow The big bang
People were simply caught by surprise on the last 17th of August with a series of about 500 simultaneous small bomb blasts in the 63 district headquarters out of a total 64, across Bangladesh.
 arrow Tiger Woods, a golf legend at twenty-nine!
Although the writer is an avid sports fan, golf never appealed to him.
Culturearrow Immortalising Nazrul's ghazals
During the mid '70s, our finals at Chhayanaut music school had begun. Among the panel of experts, music exponent Laila Arjumand Banu was present.
 arrow A titan among Nazrul artistes
Ranaghat, West Bengal: A 9-year-old boy hears someone singing at a gathering. Drawn to the voice, the boy makes his way through the crowd to take a look at the singer.
 arrow A devoted Nazrul singer
Sujit Mustafa, a popular Nazrul singer, has a music career that spans over two decades.
 arrow Preserving Nazrul's works
Abdul Hye Shikdar, executive director of the Nazrul Institute says, "Just as we need air and water for our existence so we require Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs and writings for our development as a nation.
Generalarrow 'Bangladesh, Pakistan to work for regional coop'
President Iajuddin Ahmed hoped that Bangladesh and Pakistan would work together to accelerate the process of regional cooperation in South Asia within the framework of Saarc.
 arrow AAA book launching ceremony held
The American Alumni Association (AAA) organised a launching ceremony of the Chinese translation of the book titled "Financing Large Projects: Using Project Finance Techniques and Practices" at the UTC
Internationalarrow Fire kills 17 African migrants in Paris
A fire tore through a six-storey Paris apartment block housing African immigrants yesterday, killing 17 people -- about half of them children, French officials said.
 arrow 8 die as rebels seek Kashmir conference
Eight people were killed in the latest violence in Indian Kashmir, officials said yesterday as a senior separatist said he planned to call a conference of leaders from both sides of the divided state.
 arrow Uzbek lawmakers ratify eviction of US airbase
The Uzbekistan Senate gave final approval yesterday to an order evicting US military forces from the country and many lawmakers demanded financial compensation from Washington for alleged environmental
 arrow Bush asks Iraqi Shias not to alienate Sunnis
President Bush called a key Iraqi Shia leader from his holiday ranch to ask the government not to alienate Sunni Arabs who have vowed to block a new constitution, Iraqi and US sources said yesterday.
 arrow Israel boosts WB settlers after quitting Gaza
The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has grown this year by more than the 9,000 settlers evacuated under a plan to cede some occupied land, an Israeli government official said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan takes stock after violent polls
Pakistan counted the dead as well as the votes a day after violence marred local polls seen as a first step to securing President Pervez Musharraf a mandate to stay in power after general elections due
 arrow Iran to come up with new proposals
Iran's new hardline nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said in Vienna that Tehran would come up with new proposals for nuclear talks with Europe within a month and wanted to get other nations beyond Europe
 arrow Manmohan embarks on Afghan mission
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, carrying offers of fresh aid and seeking to blunt rival Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan, heads tomorrow to Kabul for the first visit by an Indian premier in 29 years,
 arrow Men surpass women in IQ stakes
Men on average have a higher IQ than women, according to a forthcoming British study that reignites the perennial battle of the sexes.
 arrow Pakistan grants India consular access to 'spy' on death row
Islamabad has agreed to allow Indian diplomats to visit one of their nationals on death row on charges of being a spy, Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said yesterday.
 arrow Global warming lawsuit against US gets green light
In a landmark ruling, a US judge endorsed a lawsuit charging two federal agencies with wrongly funding international oil and gas projects that promote global warming, court documents showed Thursday.
 arrow Bangladesh Ambassador to the US..

Editorialarrow Editorial: Government's admission a good sign
The government's open admission, after nine days of investigation into the serial bombings, to Jama'atul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) being responsible for the blasts, on the face of it, sounds like a statement
 arrow Editorial: Community clinics
Though the limping health sector could have been greatly benefited by the commissioning of the 10,000 community clinics built during the past Awami League government's tenure, the project has not been
 arrow Iraq moves into uncharted territory
According to reports, US Secretary of State Condo-leezza Rice has been comparing the US Administration's drive to implant democracy in the Middle East to the policies devised by former Secretary of State
 arrow Political bombshell
Has anyone nominated Bangladesh for the Guinness World Records for the events of August 17? On that day, nearly 500 explosions took place in 63 out of 64 districts, all within a 30-minute period.
Letters to Editorarrow Our education system
Today's world is a changing one. To keep pace with the changing world we have to change our education system.
 arrow "Lesson that city bombers need to learn"
A write-up under such caption had been published in your daily by Liaqaut Ali Khan. The very language of this article has flummoxed and astounded me to the fullest. Mr.
 arrow St. Martin's Island: Next in the line of fire
Tullow Oil plc and its joint venture partners were awarded licence for oil and gas exploration in 1997 for Blocks 17 & 18 covering an area of over 18,367 sq. km.
 arrow 'Indian visas'
A letter by Mr. Biswajeet in this column needs some honest elaboration. The writer must be thanked for the fact that he at least reads a Bangladeshi paper.
StarTecharrow Going wirefree the Bluetooth way
IT was in 1994 when Ericsson Inc.
 arrow Synth inventor Moog passes away
ROBERT Moog, whose name became synonymous with electronic music in the 1960s and '70s through the invention of his self-named synthesizers, has died in Asheville, N.C. He was 71.
 arrow Samsung invades local market
IN its recent releases, Samsung has introduced hard disks with 160, 200 and 250 Gigabytes of storage capacity in both Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (S-ATA) and ATA technology.
 arrow The seagull plane
Rick Lind, a University of Florida, Gainesville assistant professor of aerospace engineering, examines a prototype of a tiny surveillance airplane, seen in this August 11 handout image, that can change
Literaturearrow The Bull of Babulpur
It was far from expected, but Boral, the well-known criminal lawyer, suddenly felt overwhelmed with melancholy on his way home from the court.
 arrow From sickles and grass to automatic rifles
Forget Kathmandu is an absorbing, despairing, passionate account of Nepalese writer Manjushree Thapa attempting to come to terms with the reality of her country's tenuous, tortured experiment with
 arrow Rhetoric
Iím eating a mango
standing by the sink so I donít drip
on the red wood floor
on my tight blue jeans
You are more beautiful than ever
I am as wanting
I am reading a book with codes

 arrow Epiphany
My best friend once said to me:
"I'm not comfortable inhabiting
my house". While warming milk
for my mid-noon coffee, I
remembered it.

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