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Front Pagearrow Rules of Mustaque, Sayem, Zia unlawful, declares HC
In a historic verdict, the High Court yesterday declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal, meaning the rules of Khandker Mushtaque Ahmed, Abu Sadaat Mohammad Sayem, and Maj General Ziaur
 arrow Polls financing major source of graft: WB
World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday said election financing is a major source of corruption, which has retarded the country's infrastructure development, investment climate,
 arrow 15,000 bullets, AK47 seized in CHT
Security forces seized an AK47 rifle and 15,000 rounds of bullets in two raids in Bandarban and Rangamati districts yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai visited Khagrachhari on 'training mission'
Vigilante Operation Commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai visited Khagrachhari about 16 months ago to train up his operatives, an arrestee said.
 arrow Power sector most corrupted, says Wallich
As World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday branded the power sector the most corrupted area, citing an example in a report published by The Daily Star, the state minister for power defended
 arrow 4 Rab men jailed for robbing cattle trader
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their two sources to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for robbing a cattle trader of Tk 7.8 lakh.
 arrow Dengue strikes back
Dengue viral fever, the mosquito-borne disease, has re-emerged in the capital, sending more than one hundred people to hospitals in less than a month.
 arrow KEPZ licensing deferred again
The Board of Governors of the Private EPZ (PEPZ) at a meeting yesterday once again deferred for one month awarding licence to the country's biggest and private Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) that
 arrow Maruf, Shahid involved
Another prime suspect in the sensational Jamal Uddin abduction case, arrested on Sunday night, gave a confessional statement yesterday saying Shahid Chairman and Maruf Nizam were involved in the abduction
 arrow No plan now to raise oil price
The government currently has no plans to increase oil prices, adviser to the energy ministry said yesterday, dismissing speculation that an increase in prices of petroleum products is imminent.
 arrow AL men march to mourn Bangabandhu
Awami League (AL) yesterday brought out a huge mourning procession in the capital as part of their month-long programmes to mark the 30th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Five die, four missing as bus plunges into river
Five people died and four went missing when a bus plunged into the Kabodak River at Chand Ali ferry ghat, some 100-km off the Khulna city, yesterday.
 arrow Jewellers observe strike, looted gold yet to be recovered
Around five thousand jewellers yesterday kept their shutters down in the capital protesting Saturday's 4,000-tola gold ornaments heist at Venus Jewellers at Navana Shopping Complex in Gulshan, which are
 arrow Magsaysay Award 2005 winners...

 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A leader of an underground outfit was killed and three policemen were injured in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Undharmanik area under Goalundo Police Station of Rajbari district early
 arrow Faridpur-1 by-polls today
By-election in the Fardipur-1 constituency will be held today amid boycott by the opposition parties.
 arrow Aug 21 suspect held, taken on 7-day remand
A man was taken on remand yesterday after CID arrested him on Sunday for his alleged involvement in last year's August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) meeting.
 arrow Oil surges past $70
Oil prices hit new record highs after crossing $70 a barrel in Asian trading hours yesterday as powerful Hurricane Katrina threatened the crude-producing Gulf of Mexico region in the United States.
 arrow Saarc information ministers' meet begins in Nepal
Nepal's King Gyanendra yesterday inaugurated a two-day meeting of the information ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
 arrow Harmful cosmetics on sale
Using certain hair creams and after shave lotions could have harmful effects on your scalp or cause skin ailments, as an illiterate and non-licensed chemist has been making various cosmetics at his house
 arrow India, Pakistan hold talks on militants, prisoners
The leaders of nuclear-rivals India and Pakistan will hold talks in New York on September 14 to review their peace process, it was announced yesterday, as officials from the two sides met in Delhi todiscuss
 arrow Rajuk starts to demolish risky buildings near ZIA
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday began a drive to demolish the risky high-rise buildings near the runway of Zia International Airport as the buildings may disrupt flying of aircraft.
Businessarrow WB fund for infrastructure development on cards
The World Bank will provide a special fund for the development of the country's infrastructure.
 arrow Onion, sugar prices may rise in Ramadan
Traders have expressed their apprehension of a possible rise in the prices of onion and sugar during Ramadan.
 arrow Vehicle import increases 54.78pc in FY05
The country's motor vehicle import increased by 54.78 percent in 2004-05 fiscal year.
 arrow Privatisation of seaports demanded
Port-users want privatisation as well as corporatisation of maritime ports of Bangladesh, including Chittagong Port, to bring them in the capital market and thus make them efficient for handling growing
 arrow Real estate fair begins Thursday in Ctg
A three-day real estate fair begins at the Engineers Institute auditorium here on Thursday.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman is expected to inaugurate the show at 10am.

 arrow Mobile phone fair in Ctg ends on high note
The three-day mobile phone fair ended here yesterday with a high note.
 arrow BKMEA gets equipment from GTZ
As part of its ongoing assistance programmes to strengthen the knitwear sector in Bangladesh in the post-MFA era, the German-based GTZ has given some equipment to Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and
 arrow S'pore, Malaysia push for joint effort to tap world markets
Singapore and Malaysia called Monday for a joint effort by their business communities to tap opportunities in the global marketplace.
 arrow Workshop on business management
With a view to enhancing management performance of the professionals in the competitive world, a five-day workshop on 'Comprehensive Business Management Excellence in Globalised Market' began yesterday
 arrow StanChart chairman in Dhaka
Bryan K Sanderson CBE, group chairman of Standard Chartered PLC, arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow EU delegates leave Beijing
European Union delegates left China Monday after lengthy textile negotiations but a spokesman said talks were continuing on what to do about above-quota Chinese garments piling up in European ports.
 arrow KL eyes FTA signing with Tokyo in Dec
Malaysia's Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz on Monday expressed optimism that a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan would be signed during a regional summit hosted by Kuala Lumpur in December.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tapash to the rescue as Mashrafee sidelined
Paceman Tapash Baisya was due to arrive in the Sri Lanka at mid-day Tuesday after strike bowler Mashrafee Bin Mortuza became an injury doubt ahead of the three-match one-day series against the hosts.
 arrow Cricket: England take Ashes lead
England survived a superb Shane Warne spell to win the fourth Test against Australia by three wickets and go 2-1 up in the Ashes series following a dramatic finale at Trent Bridge here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: India swallow Zimbabwe
Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar took nine wickets between them to inspire India to a 161-run win over Zimbabwe in a one-day international at the Harare Sports Club here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Beginning of Aussie end?
Australia have been saying for years that they wanted a game from their oldest rivals.
Whether they quite had Edgbaston, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge in mind is another matter.

 arrow Football: School soccer on
The Pran-Cola school football tournament got off to a colorful start at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Russel-2, YMC-2
Moroccan forward Majid struck twice as last year runners-up Sheikh Russel drew 2-2 against relegation-bound Young-mens Club Fakirerpool in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League at the Bangaban-dhu
 arrow Cricket: Call for Hayden's head
Ailing Australia must make bold selection decisions and axe out-of-form opener Matthew Hayden for the make-or-break fifth Test in order to retain the Ashes, newspapers said Monday.
 arrow Football: Robinho rocks
It took Brazilian forward Robinho a little less than 25 minutes to live up to the hype that had preceded his $30-million (16.6 million pounds) move to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Adriano kicks off with three
Brazilian Adriano hit an opening day hat-trick to help Inter Milan beat Treviso 3-0 and champions Juventus also made a winning start with a David Trezeguet header earning a 1-0 win over Chievo Veronaon
 arrow Football: Brazilians save Real
New signing Robinho electrified Real Madrid and set up the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Cadiz in Sunday's opening game of their new season.
 arrow Cricket: Massive fines on Ponting, Katich
Australia captain Ricky Ponting and batsman Simon Katich were both fined Sunday for their part in two separate incidents during the fourth Test against England at Trent Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: Mollah made persona non grata
Newly elected Bangladesh Cricket Board vice-president Golam Rasul Mollah was declared persona non grata by a group of young cricket organisers.
 arrow Handball: Cute h'ball
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club won their respective matches in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India accept to play Test at Karachi
India have accepted Pakistan's proposal to play a Test match in the volatile southern city of Karachi early next year.
 arrow Football: United still clean
Manchester United won its third straight English Premier League game Sunday, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring in the second half of a 2-0 victory at Newcastle.
Metropolitanarrow Ban Jamaat politics
Leaders of various shrines yesterday demanded a ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and removal of Jamaat ministers from the cabinet, alleging that its lawmakers Motiur Rahman Nizami and Delwar Hossain
 arrow Explain progress of probe into Aug 17 blasts
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called on the government to explain the progress of the investigation into
 arrow Policy soon to monitor curricula of English schools
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk yesterday asked the English-medium schools to prepare their curricula in the light of local culture, tradition and values.
 arrow Anti-terrorism convention begins today
A two-day anti-terrorism convention begins in the city today to reach a national consensus for combating terrorism.
 arrow 'Govt, opposition dialogue a must to resolve differences'
Both the government and opposition should sit in a dialogue to resolve any 'possible deadlock' over the proposals for reforms in the caretaker government system and the election commission (EC) before
 arrow Feasibility studies soon
The government will start feasibility studies on underground metro rail service in the capital and Dhaka -Chittagong electric train service soon.
 arrow Forces beyond borders responsible: Ershad
Former President and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad said foreign forces might have sponsored the August 17 serial bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow DU cancels tender for extension work of MBA bldg
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday cancelled tender for extension work of the five- storied MBA building of the Business Studies Faculty at a cost of Tk 6.
 arrow Criminal escapes from custody: 6 cops suspended
Six policemen were suspended yesterday as a criminal managed to escapes from their custody with handcuff.
Hafizur, 22, of Dubapur, Nalitabari, was arrested on Sunday in connection with a case.

 arrow Debate competition begins in Ctg
A four-day debate competition titled "Prothom Alo Alokito Chhattagram -Star Ship-Natua Juktir Utshab '05" began yesterday at the Chittagong Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Book publication ceremony held
The publication ceremony of a book titled " Ekjon Shikkhoker Kothokatha" was held yesterday at National Press Club in the city.
 arrow Ban on telecast of djuice, Flexiload ads
The government has banned the telecast of advertisements of djuice, a special package of the GrameenPhone, and Flexiload, a flexible service to recharge GP pre-paid accounts.
 arrow BNP programmes to observe founding anniversary
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chalked out an elaborate programme to observe the 27th founding anniversary of the party across the country.
 arrow Citibank awards scholarships
Citibank NA Bangladesh has awarded scholarships to ten meritorious students of several educational institutions, says a press release.
 arrow Edexcel to train up vocational students
Staff Correspondent adds: Edexcel will open an institution in the city in October to train up students of vocational studies.
Nationalarrow A day at a hotbed of JMB outfit
Jamaatul Mujahidin (JMB) raised its armed outfit in the name of "Ketal Bahini" in border areas of Satkhira district, recruited youths and trained them to fight to establish Islamic rule in the country.
 arrow Deceived, deprived and now they face eviction
Five indigenous families have been evicted from their homesteads in border upazilas of Durgapur and Kalmakanda while many others in the area are apprehending the same fate.
 arrow BNP factions in Satkhira hold separate rallies
Internal feud in Satkhira district BNP has further intensified as the two rival factions brought out separate processions and held rallies in the town on Sunday protesting the August 17 bomb blasts across
 arrow Three die of unknown disease in Kishoreganj
Three persons died of an unknown disease in two days at Pumdi village in Hossainpur upazila, Kishoreganj, according to official sources.
 arrow Anniversary of Runner editorís death today
The 7th death anniversary of daily Runner editor RM Saiful Alam Mukul will be observed here today.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Bush should be careful for what he wishes because he may actually get it'
American investigative journalist Gerald Posner's last two books contain explosive revelations about Saudi Arabia.
 arrow The political economy of fundamentalism-II
Fundamentalism is a form of ignorance, which originates from ignorance of the basic principles of true religion. Thus to fight religious extremism is to fight ignorance.
 arrow Professor Sydur Rahaman
August 28, 2005 was the 18th death anniversary of eminent philosopher and educationist Professor Sydur Rahaman. He was an uncompromising voice against religious extremism.
Culturearrow A melange of East and West
Indian Cultural Centre, August 28: As the recorded music plays, the mellifluous notes transport one to a higher plane.
 arrow " Maybe I would do the 'disappearing act' before the film director can even reach me!" -- Jewel Aich
Jewel Aich a conjuror of illusions and a charmer, has often cut a women in half with an electric saw and put her back together.
 arrow Single episode drama for ntv
After a hiatus of two years, actor turned director Zahiruddin Piar has directed a single episode drama titled Tithir Atithi. Ali Fida Ikram Tojo's play depicts the frustration of the younger generation.
 arrow New cookery show on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla will telecast a new cookery show Vim Chatpat Ranna Jhatpat Parishkar at 8:30pm today, says a press release.
 arrow MTV Video Music Awards 2005 razzle dazzle
Rock was resplendent at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, as the veteran punk group Green Day took home seven of the "moonmen" and newcomers--The Killers and Fall Out Boy-- won one each.
Internationalarrow 'Norway is misleading Europe about Tigers'
Sri Lanka's new foreign minister has accused the island's peacebroker Norway of misleading European nations about the "terrorist" nature of the Tamil Tiger rebels, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan offers Kabul security help
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in Afghanistan to rekindle traditionally warm ties, said yesterday that India was ready to help ensure Afghanistan never again becomes hostage to terrorism.
 arrow Bhutan to block entry of fleeing Indian rebels
Bhutan has assured India that it will not allow separatist rebels fleeing a weekend crackdown in India's restive northeast to find refuge in the remote Himalayan kingdom, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Jakarta ups terror vigilance
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered his top security officers to heighten alert against possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia, saying that domestic terrorist cells might be planning
 arrow Hurricane hits US islands
Hurricane Katrina claimed its first victims in Louisiana early yesterday as it slammed into barrier islands while dumping torrential rain on a wide swath of the US Gulf of Mexico coast and threatenedmore
 arrow Solana leads ME peace drive after Gaza pullout
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders yesterday as the international community tried to breathe life back into the peace process after the historic pulloutfrom
 arrow Iraq charter ready for referendum
US President George W. Bush downplayed Sunni Arab objections to Iraq's draft constitution, which President Jalal Talabani said was ready for an October 15 referendum.
 arrow Mumbai bldg collapse kills 6
Hundreds of families will be urgently moved from around 30 dilapidated buildings in flood-damaged Mumbai, a top official said yesterday, hours after a three-storey apartment block collapsed and killed
 arrow Talabani to oppose Saddam's execution
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Sunday he would not sign a death sentence for Saddam Hussein if the former leader was convicted and said he would resign if the sentence was passed.
 arrow Thai police say no proof yet of Algerian's link
Thai police said yesterday there is no proof yet that an Algerian wanted by British authorities is linked with the deadly July bombings in London.
 arrow Unsecured 'dirty bomb' material found in Asia
Australian nuclear experts working to prevent a "dirty bomb" attack by terrorists have found large unsecured sources of dangerous radioactive material in southeast Asia, a report said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A price stabilisation move
The government's decision to launch the biggest ever vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme, which is intended to benefit 45 lakh people, comes at a time when the country is not grappling with any natural
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka-Tehran ties
The trip to Dhaka made by a high-powered Iranian business delegation this week is an encouraging sign of the steady globalisation of commerce, and is precisely the kind of enterprise that both the private
 arrow Convention against terrorism
The nation is going to witness a two-day long convention against terrorism starting from Tuesday, 30 August 2005. It is to be held at the Engineers' Institute and addressed by renowned social scientists.
 arrow Natwar's pride, neighbours' agony
AN obsession, magnificent or otherwise, is an obsession. It is an impulse that a person cannot escape. Foreign Minister Natwar Singh is overpowered by the idea that India must be on the UN Security Council.
Letters to Editorarrow Genocide and UN
In 1948, the UN passed an act, also known as 'Genocide Convention', which came into effect from 1951.
 arrow National unity
When countries are attacked by outside forces or by forces within they often unite in their grief to work together. We saw this after 9/11 and 7/7.
 arrow Voter list
A study of Washington based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs revealed that one out of twelve names in the voter list is erroneous in Bangladesh.
 arrow What enmity?
For some of us politics in Bangladesh has always been a schizophrenic affair.
 arrow Use peaceful tactics to stop BSF brutality
The Daily Star reported on 24 August 2005 that Motaleb (age 27, resident of Ailatoli village, Haluaghat upazila, Mymensingh) was shot by the Indian BSF while he was returning home with his cattle on Monday
 arrow 'Private tuition in DU central library'
I have seen a write-up written by Mr. Imrul Hasan in your newspaper dated August 10, 2005 on private tuition in Dhaka University central library.
 arrow Communication gaps in the society
After the 500-bomb burst on 17 Aug, the ruling coalition regime is facing a crisis of confidence.
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