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Front Pagearrow Largest ever VGF drive from Sept 20
With hoarders persistently pushing up the price of rice, the government embarks upon the largest-ever vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme from September 20, seeking to stabilize staple prices toavoid
 arrow Tough anti-terror steps must to protect image
Head of EC Delegation Ambassador Esko Kentrschynskyj and British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in separate meetings with Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh has to take the terrorism
 arrow Bomb making materials seized, 11 more held
Police arrested 11 more people on Saturday night and yesterday in Khagrachhari and Tangail for suspected links to the August 17 countrywide blasts and recovered bomb-making materials and publicationsof
 arrow 4,000 tola gold looted from jewellery shop
Burglars took away gold ornaments weighing about 4,000 tolas and other valuables worth about Tk 5.
 arrow Plan to produce 430mw electricity falters
A poorly conceived government programme to generate 430 megawatts of electricity before the next election crashed before it could develop due to financial constraints, further exposing the country topower
 arrow Maj Moin sent to Savar Cant, quiz continues
Moinul Islam, a liberation war veteran and former major, who has been in army custody at Dhaka Cantonment since his arrest last Friday by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), was transferred to 25 East Bengal
 arrow WB mulls $700m aid
If the government fulfils certain World Bank (WB)-set conditions, the WB will disburse a $700 million aid to Bangladesh that it plans to commit for the current fiscal year (FY).
 arrow City kitchen markets in unhygienic state
Fish, chicken and meat shops at kitchen markets in the capital operate under extremely unhygienic conditions, posing serious health hazards.
 arrow Jamal Uddin's skeleton samples brought to Dhaka for DNA test
Forensic tests were done yesterday on the skeleton believed to be of abducted Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury to identify it while some samples of hair and bones were sent to Dhakafor
 arrow Dr Kamal for unity of progressive forces
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged all progressive forces as well as democratic political parties to be united to fight against all types of violence and criminal activities in thecountry.
 arrow Hotel manager gunned down in city
Criminals gunned down a manager of a residential hotel in Mohakhali in the capital yesterday. The goons also shot a boarder and an employee of the hotel.
 arrow PM hopes more investment from Sweden
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Sweden could increase bilateral trade and investment to help Bangladesh attain self-reliance.
 arrow Pickpocket's day out
The pickpocket had his eyes on the bag carried by a bearded man, thinking he had a big catch.
 arrow 3 entrances to Dhaka to be widened
The government has decided to double the width of three main roads to Dhaka with a view to upgrading the entrances to the capital and smooth transportation in the city to international standard.
 arrow Media gag on BNP nominees
The would-be lawmakers of ruling BNP in women's reserved seats have been asked not to talk to journalists following their open criticism of a government circular, which restricted import of duty-freecars.
 arrow 2nd blowout at Tengratila costs Tk 26-cr gas
The second blowout at the Tengratila gas field damaged about two billion cubic feet (bcf) gas worth around Tk 26 crore because of inept drilling operation by a foreign firm, says the latest enquiry committee
 arrow Iraqi constitution panel signs draft charter
The Iraqi parliament received the new draft constitution yesterday over the objections of Sunnis on the committee that wrote it, but lawmakers adjourned without voting on it.
 arrow JS body finally to discuss Aug 21 carnage
The parliamentary standing committee on home ministry has finally decided to discuss the grenade attack on the Awami League (AL) rally on August 21 last year at its next meeting, sources said.
 arrow Substandard noodles in popular brands
Popular noodle brands sold in shops throughout the city could be fake, as some adulterators have been producing substandard noodles and marketing them under famous brand names.
 arrow Tk 3.5-crore touchstone statue recovered
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a 70kg touchstone statue worth about Tk 3.5 crore from Nali Purba Para village under Shibaloy Police Station in the district on Saturday night.
 arrow All set for Faridpur-1 by-polls
Faridpur-1 parliamentary by-election slated for tomorrow seems set to be a contest between the ruling alliance candidates in absence of all the opposition parties.
 arrow DCC undertakes month-long drive to check dengue
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has undertaken a month-long drive to destroy larvae of aedes mosquito, responsible for the deadly dengue fever in some dengue-prone areas of the capital.
 arrow Terrorism, drug trafficking to top Indo-Pak talks
Top Indian and Pakistani officials will discuss drug trafficking and terrorism and review the status of nationals jailed in each other's countries during talks starting today, Pakistani Home Secretary
 arrow Saarc officials' meet begins in Kathmandu
Senior officials of the Saarc countries began a meeting in Kathmandu yesterday to finalise the agenda to be endorsed by the fifth meeting of the Saarc information ministers scheduled to start today.
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Businessarrow Iran keen to buy RMG from Bangladesh
Visiting Iranian business leaders yesterday expressed their keen interest to import readymade garments from Bangladesh.
 arrow Int'l meet on financing infrastructure today
In a bid to promote long-term finance for the development of infrastructure, including ports, power and telecoms in Bangladesh, a two-day international workshop begins in Dhaka today.
 arrow Ctg mobile phone fair draws huge crowd
The mobile phone fair at the Engineers Institute auditorium in Chittagong witnessed a huge crowd yesterday, the second day of the three-day show.
 arrow Asian recession unlikely despite high oil prices
Asian economic growth forecasts have been slashed for this year and in 2006 as benchmark oil prices edge towards $70 a barrel, but economists say a recession is unlikely.
 arrow BCS computer show begins Sept 22
The country's science and ICT organisations will showcase their innovative products in the 13th BCS Computer Show-2005 to be held from September 22 to 27 in Dhaka.
 arrow Foreign firm to invest $ 6.8m in DEPZ
Hong Kong and Sri Lanka will jointly establish a garments manufacturing factory in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) involving US$ 6.798 million.
 arrow ICB AMCL okays 18pc dividend
ICB Asset Management Company Ltd (ICB AMCL), a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), has declared an 18 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Grey Bangladesh Srijan Samman Agency of the Year
Grey Advertising Bangladesh Limited won the Agency of Year 2005 title of Indian "Srijon Samman 2005 Awards for Excellence in Bengali Advertising".
 arrow China economists call for action to avoid looming slowdown
While China has spent two years battling to rein in its runaway economy, senior economists and government advisers now warn the economic powerhouse needs fiscal spending if it is avoid a looming slowdown.
 arrow Abu Dhabi Group CEO in Dhaka
Bashir Tahir, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Group, accompanied by a high-powered technical team arrived in Dhaka Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow StanChart, Financial Express CSR award trust formed
Standard Chartered Bank and The Financial Express have formed the 'Standard Chartered-Financial Express Corporate Social Responsibility Award Trust' on Wednesday.
 arrow India-China plan to pour oil on troubled relationship stirs doubts
Energy-thirsty India is hoping to turn its arch rivalry with giant neighbour China for fuel supplies into an alliance but becoming oil patch partners could be tough, analysts say.
 arrow EU to act on Chinese textile block today
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will act Monday to "unblock" millions of items of Chinese-made clothing, he said Sunday on BBC television.
 arrow ROK's economic growth potential seen slowing
South Korea's economic growth potential is weaker over the coming 10 years compared with the past four years' performance due to cut-throat global competition and weak domestic investment, the nation's
Sportsarrow Football: School football returns today
The second edition of the school football tournament will be launched today with a friendly match between defending champions Dulaipar High School and last year runners-up Residential Model School atthe
 arrow Cricket: Practice pain for Tigers
Just two days before the first ODI against an in-form home side, the Bangladesh team received a tough wake-up call when they went down by ten wickets against the Sri Lankan Board President's XI in their
 arrow Cricket: England need 129 to win
England were set a target of 129 to win the fourth Test after bowling out Australia, following on, for 387 in their second innings, on the fourth day at Trent Bridge here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: US Open starts today
Everything seems to be clicking for Roger Federer.
He's won an Open-era record 22 straight finals, is 64-3 in matches this year, and has been No. 1 for 82 consecutive weeks.

 arrow Cricket: 'Club organisers' protest against Mollah, forum
The omission of two prominent figures from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive committee triggered a huge uproar in the sports circle yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes Update
England, chasing 129 to win, were 64 for 4 after 15 overs in their second innings in the fourth Test against Australia at Trent Bridge yesterday.
 arrow Football: Farashganj held by Wanderers
Dhaka Wanderers Club came from behind to hold Farashganj Sporting Club 1-1 in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 cricketers crash in final
Bangladesh Under-17 team suffered a massive 130-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the final of the Under-17 International Golden Hope Chall-enge tournament in Malaysia yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Cute h'ball
Narinda Progoti Boys Club and Bangladesh Police earned comfortable wins in the Cute Premier Division handball league at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting says sorry
Australia captain Ricky Ponting apologised for losing his temper following his dismissal at a crucial stage during the third day of the fourth Ashes Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India keen to restore pride
India will look to use their encounter against punching bag Zimbabwe on Monday as an opportunity to restore their battered pride in the Videocon Cup cricket tri-series.
 arrow Cricket: Content Connor
Skipper Clare Connor said England's women had been inspired by their male counterparts as they won their own Ashes series against Australia.
 arrow Football: Barca denied by former 'keeper
Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona got off to an unimpressive start to the new season when they were held to a 0-0 draw by newly-promoted Alaves on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea into their stride
Champions Chelsea maintained their grip on the Premiership with a commanding 2-0 victory over 10-man Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Palladino's memorable debut
Raffaele Palladino scored on his Serie A debut to give Livorno a 2-1 home victory over Lecce in the first match of the new season on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo in drugs probe
Ronaldo will be questioned by Brazilian police after his name came up in tapped phone conversations between alleged members of an Ecstasy ring, local media said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky faces hearing
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was to appear before match referee Ranjan Madugalle after stumps Sunday following his angry reaction to being run-out during the fourth Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy told not to tolerate indiscipline
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, also the Patron-in-Chief of the country's cricket board, has asked skipper Inzamamul Haq to adopt a "zero-tolerance policy" while handling disciplinary issues.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI could move to Delhi
A move has been initiated to shift the Indian cricket board's headquarters from Mumbai to Delhi and, more significantly, change the place of its registration from Chennai to the national capital.
 arrow Football: Sonali Atit gives ailing Nannu Tk 75,000
Sonali Atit Club donated Tk 75,000 to ailing former national footballer Monowar Hossain Nannu yesterday.
Nannu has been suffering from cancer.

Metropolitanarrow 'Ensure implementation of code of ethics for doctors'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for strict implementation of the 'code of ethics' for physicians to improve the relationship between doctors and patients.
 arrow CDA plans to set up Butterfly Park, sea life aquarium
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has taken a project to set up a Butterfly Park and sea life aquarium, first of its kind in the country, beside the city's newly built Patenga area.
 arrow Anti-terrorism convention begins tomorrow
A two-day anti-terrorism convention begins in the city tomorrow, aiming to forge a national consensus to combat terrorism.
 arrow 60,000 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj
The Holy Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, will be held on January 9 next year subject to the sighting of the moon.
 arrow MP's interference turns local govt into failed body
Lawmakers' interference has turned the local government into an ineffective organisation, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Inter-ministerial meet ends without any decision
The inter-ministerial meeting on setting up a 1969 mass upsurge memorial museum, proposed by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), ended without any decision due to objection from the Housing and Public Works
 arrow Smuggled Indian sarees worth Tk 88 lakh seized
Customs intelligence officials yesterday seized a huge quantity of smuggled Indian sarees worth around Tk 88 lakh on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Daudkandi in Comilla.
 arrow Philosophical confce begins
The 8th International General Conference of Bangladesh Philosophical Congress (BPC) began at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
 arrow Duta president gets another death threat
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) President Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique received on Saturday night another death threat, twice in a month, through a letter asking him to pay Tk 1,00,000, otherwise
 arrow Serial bomb blasts aimed at creating rift in 4-party alliance, says Amini
Islami Oikya Jote (IJO) Chairman Fazlul Huq Amini yesterday said the relationship among the Islami parties in Bangladesh have become more stronger following the series of bomb blasts across the country
 arrow Stockholm Water Prize for CSE
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based non - governmental organisation headed by Sunita Narain, was honoured with the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize during a gala ceremony at theStockholm
 arrow Boy killed in road accident on CU campus
A boy was killed in a road accident on the Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Moinuddin Maizbhandari receives int'l peace award
Leading religious personality Syed Moinuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari yesterday received an international award for his outstanding contribution as a "worthy grand ambassador for Islam and peace" in Accra,Ghana.
 arrow Worker killed in Ctg steel mill blast
A worker was killed in an explosion at BR Steel Mill yesterday at Sitakunda here.
The dead was identified as Shibu Chakraborty, 40, a worker of the mill at Madam Bibirhat in Sitakunda.

 arrow Nasim Khan passes away
Chief Patron of the Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) Alhaj Nasim Khan passed away due to old age ailments at the Islami Bank Community Hospital (IBCH) here yesterday at the age
 arrow Khaleda's China visit historic: Envoy
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi yesterday described the recent visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to China as historic and highly significant.
 arrow JCD cadres stab fellow activist at RU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres stabbed a fellow activist on the Shahidullah Arts building premises of Rajshahi University leaving yesterday.
 arrow Bomb recovered from Madrasa
Police recovered a live bomb from the classroom of a madrasa at Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore yesterday.
The bomb was recovered from Hijbullah Madrasa at Noapara at 10:00am.

Nationalarrow Sylhet magnate untraced for over 10 months
Law enforcers have failed to trace whereabouts of Sylhet magnate Md. Habibur Rahman, 'missing' for over 10 months.
 arrow Bio-gas magic saves mill, brings fortune
Akbar Ali did a great job when power crisis and galloping oil price were crippling small industries.
 arrow An educated youth shows the way
Perseverance of an educated youth has given fish cultivation a new dimension in Mymensingh.
 arrow Pride of Netrakona in peril
The famous giant fish 'Mohashol', found mainly in Netrakona, is now on verge of extinction.
Once Netrakona was famous for this delicious fish, which was found in Someswary and Kongsa rivers.

 arrow 14-party to form next govt: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the 14-party alliance will win the next general election and form government.
 arrow NAP, GP agree to work ‘under one banner'
Moulvibazar district units of left leaning National Awami Party (NAP) led by Prof Muzaffar Ahmed and Gonotontri Party (GP) led by Azizul Islam Khan have decided to work 'under a single banner' in Moulvibazar.
 arrow Godagari UNO office besieged for rapists’ punishment
Several hundred indigenous people yesterday besieged the office of Godagari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the rapists of three women.
 arrow Rivals stab JCD activist on RU campus
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist was stabbed on the university campus in a factional feud yesterday.
 arrow Milon's cheque for brilliant Joy's father
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon on Thursday handed over a cheque of Tk 10,000 to a rickshaw-puller whose son secured GPA-5 in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination
Point-Counterpointarrow Appointing the Advisers
A Bangla daily (The Ittefaq) of July 6 last carried a front-page story, which revealed that four Advisers were discharging ministerial responsibilities in different ministries although there was no such
 arrow The political economy of fundamentalism-I
Fundamentalist Islam is simply the conservative wing of Islam, just as fundamentalist Christianity is the conservative wing of Christianity.
 arrow How to be a good victim
At last Mr Elie Wiesel has spoken of the "dispossessed" in Palestine. It is appropriate that he should do so; that is what the world has long come to expect of him.
Culturearrow Affinity to Nazrul songs
Acclaimed Nazrul singer Rowshan Ara Mustafiz is a well-known name for her classical presentation of Nazrul Islam's ghazals. Besides ghazals, Rowshan also renders Nazrul's Kabyageeti.
 arrow Focusing on talented and aspiring Bangladeshi artistes
"Bangladesh unlike its neighbours, has hardly made its presence felt in the international scene in terms of music and films," said Kumar Murshid, chairperson of London Film and Music School (LMFS) Board
 arrow Redford and Newman, together again?
Robert Redford may soon be reunited on screen with Paul Newman but don't expect a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting, which paired one of Hollywood's most populardouble
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary observed

 arrow Bridal Fashion Show held at Winter Garden...

Internationalarrow Delhi, Kabul ink 3 accords
Cementing their ties, India and Afghanistan yesterday signed three accords covering areas of education, healthcare and agricultural research.
 arrow Tigers demand lifting of emergency
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday demanded an end to a state of emergency imposed this month, saying the expanded police powers could derail proposed talks on a fragile ceasefire.
 arrow Hardliners, Musharraf face off over madrasas
In a fresh test of his fight against extremism, key Western ally President Pervez Musharraf faces a bruising stand off with hardliners over the registration of Pakistan's controversial Islamic schools.
 arrow UK to engage Muslims to tackle extremism
The British government will unveil specific programmes in September to work in collaboration with the Muslim communities living in the United Kingdom.
 arrow Suicide blast punctures ME peace hopes
A Palestinian blew himself up while trying to board a bus in southern Israel yesterday in the first suicide attack since the evacuation of settlers from the Gaza Strip, puncturing hopes that the historic
 arrow Kashmir minister survives attack
A key minister in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir Saturday survived a rebel attack, while troops recovered a huge cache of explosives in a southern town, police said.
 arrow Sharon's son indicted over corruption scandal
A district tribunal indicted Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son Omri Sunday in connection with a corruption probe into the funding of his father's leadership campaign, judicial sources said.
 arrow Tripura rebels make porn films to raise money
Separatist leaders in a remote northeastern state of Tripura forced their cadre to perform in pornographic films to fund their cause, police said yesterday, but rebels said authorities were trying tomalign
 arrow Kashmir's top woman rebel forms squad to raid brothels
Indian Kashmir's leading female separatist Aasiya Andrabi yesterday formed a squad to raid brothels in the scenic Himalayan state and appealed to people for help in reporting cases of adultery.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Consumer rights in peril
There is very little doubt that when it comes to the question of the rights of consumers in Bangladesh nothing by way of legislation is in place that ensures that they will get the value for their money
 arrow Editorial: Flames at DEPZ
The raging fire that almost entirely burnt down a Taiwanese factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar on Friday poses one very pertinent question -- does the exclusive zone have enough fire
 arrow The whispers that roared
The terrorists' actions are seldom preceded by formal announcement. The surprise accompanied by shock and awe is indispensable elements of those actions.
 arrow Dr Manmohan Mukherjee
Since the question has not been asked seriously, it has not been answered properly.
 arrow Thoughts of a disabled in a wheelchair
No, I am not talking about the pain and the debilitating state of my health, in which I have been languishing for the past five years.
Letters to Editorarrow Islamic education
Many religious Muslims of our country send their children to madrassahs as they can learn Deen-e-Elm.
 arrow Rethinking on Islam
It seems that the subject of rethinking on Islam is preoccupying many great and very ordinary minds both Muslim and non Muslim alike across the globe, particularly here in the western hemisphere.
 arrow Synchronised bomb blasts
The almost synchronised bomb blasts across the country on August 17 indicate that no one is safe anywhere anymore from the fanatic forces.
 arrow WMD
The US/UN reminisce on the 19th August, the day of anniversary of the attack on Iraq which was made on pure hearsay that Iraq had WMD (weapons of mass destruction), which later proved that the reportof
 arrow Damage is done!
The maximum possible damage has been done. Our image as a peace-loving moderate Muslim country has been damaged beyond repair.
Finally, the world should listen that we , 99.

 arrow Our image problem
Needless to say, right now, Bangladesh is suffering from a severe image problem.
 arrow Say 'no' to dowry
Right now, dowry is resulting in an ordeal for Bangladeshi women and violating the concept of women's empowerment & human development.
 arrow Security intelligence
After 2 weeks of 7/7 bombing of London subways and bus, the repeat attempt of bombing in the same locations was not foiled by British intelligence service.
 arrow Feedback on "our teachers"
This letter is in reference to the 'Our teachers' (Aug 24). Mr. Bahauddin solely blamed the teachers of all sectors for their activities, which is not acceptable to me.
 arrow Media reports
And finally the media reports have come true. Being successful in their maiden operation, they (terrorists) are trying to pursue their goal.
 arrow Terrorism
It is very difficult to understand why terrorism is spreading in Bangladesh. We all should balance religion and our culture life, rather then focusing on one because it is very dangerous.
 arrow No more bombs
As a conscious citizen I really condemn the series of bomb attacks carried out all over the country. It is really unfortunate for us that this kind of incidents are taking place again and again.
 arrow Whither Bangladesh
The bomb blasts throughout Bangladesh is the latest in a series of outrage that should serve as a wake-up call to all Bangladeshis who believe in pluralism.
 arrow August 17 carnage
Bangladesh in the context of its geographical area can be called a small country with the density of population per square mile being the highest in the world.
 arrow Delhi's stand on Dhaka
Delhi wants major donors to impose economic sanctions on Dhaka.
There goes our true pal. I wonder what all those pro Indian newspapers, lobbyist, organisations, and politicians have to say.

 arrow Trip to Bangladesh
Going home on vacation is a very cherished event.
But the reality at home is grim. Thousands of struggling people all around, hundreds of commuters yet can't reach their destinations on time.

Star Cityarrow Rab database in process to curb crimes in hotels
Elite anticrime force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is making a database of around 70 residential hotels of the city to stop anti-social activities in these hotels.
 arrow Gulistan underpass becomes unusable for pedestrians
Pedestrians shy away from using the Gulistan underpass due to lack of security, insufficient light and inadequate fresh air inside it.
 arrow First-ever airplane restaurant in city in three months
The country's first-ever airplane restaurant will be opened in Dhaka inside the shell of the F-28 aircraft that crashed near Sylhet airport earlier this year.
 arrow Cataract surgery can restore the sight of 'blind' children
A simple cataract surgery can restore the vision of a number of children in the city who are believed to be blind, says Dr MA Muhit, clinical research fellow of International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH),
 arrow Waterlogging wreaks havoc on Shahidullah Hall residents
The residents of Shahidullah Hall area of Dhaka University have long been suffering from severe waterlogging due to lack of proper drainage system.
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