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Front Pagearrow 700 die in Iraq stampede
Nearly 700 Iraqi Shias died in a stampede over a Tigris river bridge provoked by rumours of a suicide bomber yesterday, and an official said the death toll was expected to reach 1,000.
 arrow SC stays verdict for 2 more months
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday extended for two months more the stay on Monday's historic High Court (HC) verdict that declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal as the rules from August
 arrow Galib's nephew, 8 other suspects held
Police arrested President of Chittagong unit of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) Sadrul Alam, a nephew of Asadullah Al Galib, along with eight other suspects of August 17 serial bomb blasts fromdifferent
 arrow Call for unity to fight terrorism
The two-day anti-terrorism convention in the capital ended yesterday with Dhaka Declaration calling for unity of all progressive and democratic forces to build a corruption and terrorism-free Bangladesh.
 arrow Probe into finances of Islamic NGOs begins
The government is investigating financial transactions of major Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGO's) as intelligence agencies suspect they provide financial support to Islamist militants inthe
 arrow Biman crashlands into losses
Bangladesh Biman has incurred a loss of about Tk 250 crore, highest in a decade, in the last fiscal year against its projected Tk 44 crore profit, a parliamentary body said yesterday.
 arrow Indian rice trader shot dead in city
An Indian rice trader was gunned down allegedly by his business partners in front of a hotel at Banani in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow AL terms HC verdict historic
The main opposition Awami League has termed the High Court verdict declaring martial law illegal 'historic' that according to them would uphold the constitution, democracy and rule of law.
 arrow Machine gun, SMC, 13 rifles seized in CHT
Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday seized one machine gun, one sub-machine carbine (SMC) and thirteen .303 rifles in Lambuchhari in Naikhangchhari.
 arrow Govt moves on to offload all SOEs
In a major move towards perking up the capital market as well as to scale down an increasing pressure on the country's coffers, the government yesterday initiated a process to offload a major chunk of
 arrow Full observation of High Court
The High Court made 22-point observations in its historical verdict that declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal.
 arrow 'SB men want to meet judge'
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday alleged Special Branch (SB) of police asked a High Court judge, one of those who made the recent verdict declaring the fifth amendment illegal, to meet them in the
 arrow BNP celebrates 27th founding anniversary from today
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) begins today the celebration of its 27th founding anniversary as the party passed more than a decade without holding its central council ignoring the party
 arrow BSF returns 2 bodies
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned the bodies of two Bangladeshis killed by them on Kosba border in Brahmanbaria district on Tuesday.
 arrow Tigers off on wrong foot
In-form Sri Lanka proved too good for Bangladesh as the hosts recorded a crushing 88-run victory in the first one-day international of their three-match series here on Wednesday.
 arrow Fresh US travel alert for Dhaka
Expressing concern over the overall security situation in Bangladesh, the US Department of State has advised the American citizens to avoid travelling to downtown Dhaka and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow 7 to die for murder
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven people to death for killing Moin Khan Imon, a contractor of Mohammadpur in the capital in April 2003.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire' in Jhenidah
A regional leader of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between his accomplices and the police in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah early yesterday, police said.
 arrow After the downpour...

 arrow Dhabi Group chief arrives, opens bank in Dhaka
The chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Sheikh Nahiyan Mabarak Al Nahiyan arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit to go ahead with a $ 1 billion investment plan in Bangladesh.
 arrow HC bench split over Galib's bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday gave a split verdict on the granting of bail to Ameer of the Ahle Hadith Anodolon Bangladesh Dr Asadullah Al Galib.
 arrow Cabinet Division okays 500-strong ACC organogram
The cabinet division on Monday approved the organogram of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) with 500 staff to run the commission.
 arrow Magsaysay Award presented to Prothom Alo editor
The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) yesterday presented this year's awards at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines in Manila.
 arrow Bird flu likely to spread in Asia
The bird flu virus that has hit several countries in Asia is likely to spread to Europe, the Middle East, South Asia including Bangladesh and Africa, a UN food agency warned yesterday.
 arrow Rescuers battle rising floodwaters to find hurricane survivors
Rescue teams battled through rising flood waters to find survivors of Hurricane Katrina which is feared to have killed hundreds of people along the US Gulf Coast.
 arrow Machine gun, SMC, 13 rifles seized in CHT
Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday seized one machine gun, one sub-machine carbine (SMC) and thirteen .303 rifles in Lambuchhari in Naikhangchhari.
 arrow Banaful shop sealed for selling stale food
Mobile courts against adulterated food sealed off a showroom of Banaful Abhijat Confectionery and Pastry Company Ltd for selling expired products and collected Tk 2.
Businessarrow Pursue slow and steady privatisation process
Private sector is the key to development of Bangladesh but the country should follow a slow and steady privatisation process, ADB Country Director Hua Du said yesterday.
 arrow BB profit posts 100pc increase
Bangladesh Bank saw a whooping 100 percent rise in its profit with a total profit of Tk 1,891 crore in the last fiscal year.
The central bank made a profit of Tk 939 crore in 2003-04 fiscal year.

 arrow Dealers to stop fuel sale from Sept 28
Petrol pump owners and dealers yesterday again issued a threat to stop selling petroleum fuel from September 28 if their 12-point demand is not met.
 arrow Austerity measures key to offsetting high oil prices
The Daily Star has started running a series of interviews with the country's leading entrepreneurs, bankers and economists about the state of economy in the face of soaring oil prices in the international
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore seems pleased
Mahela Jayawardene criticised Bangladesh's approach towards Wednesday's first one-day international where they tried to bat out full 50 overs instead of trying to get closer to the target.
 arrow Football: Munna special takes MSC on the brink
Matiur Munna was virtually invisible thro-ughout the sea-son.
 arrow Cricket: Blame it on fielding
When Bangladesh were granted Test status five years ago, the first target of the Cricket Board was to make the Tigers into a good fielding side as that was one area where improvement could be achieved
 arrow Cricket: Sachin skips Zim Tests
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar withdrew from next month's Test series in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after failing to recover from an elbow injury, an official said.
 arrow Kiwis reach final duly
New Zealand secured a place in the final of the Videocon Cup triangular series with a workmanlike 27-run win over Zimbabwe in Harare on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Police protection for Azharuddin
Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been provided security after authorities received a tip-off that his life was in danger, police said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Goal feast on Day Two
The second day of the Pran-Cola school football tournament marked by goal riots at the different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Football: Owen welcomed from the heart
Michael Owen admits he signed for Newcastle because he feared a move to Liverpool would break down and condemn him to another season on the Real Madrid subs' bench.
 arrow Football: Hype concerns Parreira
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has said that Robinho will start Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Chile, adding that he is worried about the hype surrounding the 21-year-old forward.
 arrow Tennis: No party for Roddick
Luxembourg's Gilles Muller stunned former champion Andy Roddick here Tuesday, sending the fourth-seeded American packing 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/1) in the first round of the US Open tennis championships.
 arrow Football: Colombian star's kids disappear
Two of Colombian football star Pedro Pablo "Pepe" Portocarrero's children disappeared while playing in a Bogota park, police said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Godfather Berlusconi!
Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko says he plans to take up an offer from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to become his son's godfather.
 arrow Football: Maradona's Ferrari fetches a fortune
A red 1996 Ferrari Spider once owned by former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona has been auctioned on the Internet for $670,000 US.
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 arrow Cricket: Oval Ashes profiteers caught out
Some lucky cricket fans who thought they had failed to get tickets for the final Ashes Test at The Oval have been given a second chance to attend.
 arrow Cricket: PCB likely to have paid selectors
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) might soon appoint a paid selection committee in order to professionalise the process of finding, nurturing and selecting talent throughout the country.
 arrow Handball: Wins for Surjodoy, Old Ideals
Narinda Pragati Boys Club beat Surjodoy Krira Chakra 18-6 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
The winners led the first half 9-2.

Metropolitanarrow Govt support encourages rise of fundamentalism
Active support from the government has paved the way for fundamentalism to rise in the country, which is now posing a serious threat to the constitution as well as free thinking, said speakers at an anti-terrorism
 arrow Criminals to be brought to justice
Outgoing European Commission (EC) Ambassador in Dhaka Esko Kentrschynskyj yesterday appreciated the government for its steps to hunt down the perpetrators of the August 17 serial bomb blasts.
 arrow 'Drive against adulteration of food will continue'
The ongoing drive against food adulteration and substandard products will not stop under any pressure, said Industries Minister Motiur Rhaman Nizami yesterday.
 arrow Execution of verdict demanded
Bangladesh Krishok League (BKL) and Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) yesterday formed separate human chains at Muktangon in the city demanding execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu murder case and
 arrow $ 24,645 US grant to preserve Bengali art
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State, has announced that the 2005 Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation awards will support 87 cultural preservation projects in
 arrow Environmental programme for students at British Council
The British Council, Dhaka and biotechnology research organisation Debtec jointly organised a programme titled 'Doctor Plant' on the Council premises on Tuesday to familiarise young school students with
 arrow CJ nominates 2 judges for vacation benches
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain nominated two judges of the Appellate Division for disposal of important matters during its 44-day autumn vacation, beginning Saturday.
 arrow Cop, criminals trade fire in city: Two shot
A police constable and an alleged criminal were bullet-hit in a shootout when police went to arrest the criminal at East Rampura in Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow A reception to their children...

 arrow Missing boy found dead in city lake
The body of a 10-year-old boy, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found in a lake at Pallabi in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'BNP-Jamaat alliance trying to victimise Islamic scholars'
The Olama Mashaekh Parishad yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has been conspiring to victimise the Islamic leaders and scholars in the name of hunt for bomb attackers.
 arrow Wasa continues drive: Tk 10 lakh realised
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) on the third day of its drive against bill defaulters realised about Tk l0 lakh at the Motijheel commercial area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Khasru blames SC for staying HC verdict
Former Law Minister Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru yesterday severely criticised and condemned the Supreme Court judges for staying the August 29 High Court judgment declaring the 1975 military takeoverand
 arrow Next hearing September 4
The trial of Janakantha Journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case could not be held yesterday as no prosecution witness appeared for deposition, tribunal source said.
 arrow ICM anti-terrorism countrywide rallies on Sept 6,8
Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) will hold anti-terrorism rallies and bring out processions across the country on September 6 and 8 protesting countrywide bomb blasts, including the August 17 serial
 arrow Seminar on HIV held
Junior Chamber International Bangladesh organised a seminar on "Frankly speaking about HIV" in association with IBAIS University and Elite Friends Association at the WVA auditorium in the city recently,
Nationalarrow British era law still valid for BR in Nilphamari?
Taking advantage of a British era law, Bangladesh Railway (BR) authorities in Nilphamari are evading payment of about Tk 4.5 crore land taxes to the land department.
 arrow Flood hits Gaibandha again
Onrush of water from the upstream and heavy rain have flooded many areas in five upazilas in Gaibandha again. Over 30,000 people in remote shoals of Brhamaputra have been marooned.
 arrow Sheltered people look for new shelter
About 140 families of Baliakandi Ashrayan Prakalpa (a government project to rehabilitate shelterless people) in Kanchanpur union near Padma river in Manikganj are passing days in utter uncertainty and
 arrow The killer disease is Falcifarum malaria
The disease that claimed three lives in Uttar Pumdi village in Hosainpur upazila in Kishoreganj district has been identified as Falcifarum malaria.
 arrow ‘Join hands to keep youths away from drug, crime’
Speakers at a workshop here called for united efforts by all, including the administration, to prepare comprehensive programmes locally so that youths can be properly trained and gainfully utilised.
 arrow ‘Execute verdict in Bangabandhu murder case’
Bangabandhu Parishad at Rajshahi University yesterday demanded execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case and impartial prove into all grenade and bomb attacks including that of August 17.
Point-Counterpointarrow World: Unipolar vs multipolar
In a recent statement in the House of Commons in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has eloquently advocated in favour of a unipolar world under the leadership of his favourite country the United
 arrow Shab-e-Miraj
It will perhaps be no exaggeration if it is claimed that Lailat-ul-Miraj is the most momentous occasion in the annals of not only the entire human race but of all creations.
 arrow No time to hibernate
Between 11 and 11-30am on August 17 Bangladesh trembled with a series of bomb blasts at different strategic points across 63 districts.
 arrow The miraculous night journey
It is simply astonishing when we learn that the greatest of all men of all times, and of all Prophets (pbuh) Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) was able to make a successful journey across the sevenheavens
Culturearrow Shaheed Altaf Mahmud's contribution recalled
The day the great composer Altaf Mahmud was picked up by the Pakistani Army, never to be found again, was observed on August 30.
 arrow Nazrul's Death Anniversary observed in Comilla
The 29th death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was recently observed in Comilla.
 arrow London Film and Music School's jam session
The visiting team of London Film and Music School (LFMS) held a jam session titled East meets West at British Council Auditorium on August 30.
 arrow Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
The fate of gospel music was forever altered in 1956 when a 14-year-old choir girl named Aretha first belted out Precious Lord for a congregation of 4,500 at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.
Internationalarrow Death, damage, chaos in Katrina's path
Hellish scenes of death, damage, and chaos wracked the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday as overwhelmed authorities tried to rescue the living and count the dead amid the destruction left by powerful Hurricane
 arrow Indonesia frees hundreds of Aceh rebel prisoners
Tears of joy and hope flowed in Indonesia Wednesday as authorities freed more than 1,400 rebel Acehnese prisoners detained around the country, meeting a key condition of an historic peace pact.
 arrow Manmohan invites Hurriyat for talks
Carrying forward his peace initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday invited the moderate Hurriyat Conference leaders for talks on September 5, marking the separatist
 arrow Russain leader to face Beslan mothers
The mothers of children killed in the Beslan school hostage crisis one year ago have become a serious political force in Russia and President Vladimir Putin's meeting with them this week sets a crucial
 arrow Tony Blair back to work after 'secret' Barbados holiday
British Prime Minister Tony Blair returned to work at his official London residence on Wednesday after what was supposed to have been a secret 25-day summer break in Barbados.
 arrow New poll finds Bush ratings down
President George W. Bush's approval rating slipped to a career low of 45 percent on concerns over the Iraq war and spiraling US fuel prices, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published onTuesday.
 arrow One killed in southwest Pakistan bomb blast
A man was killed and two others were wounded by a bomb blast near a paramilitary facility in a remote southwestern Pakistan town Wednesday, police said.
 arrow 'Our tsunami,'
"It was like our tsunami," Vincent Creel, a spokesman for the Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Biloxi, said on Tuesday.
Many people were probably trapped in their homes by the ferocious wall of water.

 arrow Netanyahu urges Israel to build more settlements
Benjamin Netanyahu launched his campaign to oust bitter rival Ariel Sharon as Israel's prime minister with a call on Wednesday for massive new West Bank settlement construction.
 arrow Clarke 'will get Tories in power'
Ex-chancellor Ken Clarke has launched his bid to be the next Conservative leader saying he is "popular" enough to get the party back into power.
 arrow World's oldest person dies in Netherlands
A woman listed as the world's oldest person died Tuesday at age 115, according to the director of the home for the elderly where she lived.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Religiously affiliated NGOs
The current administration has expended a great deal of effort to bring certain NGOs under their scrutiny.
 arrow Editorial: The threat of dengue
It is cause for concern that the number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals in Dhaka and some other cities has been on the increase.
 arrow Stop the blame game and get down to brass tacks
Everything appears to have gone quiet after the record-breaking blasts of the 17th. Apart from some arrests made after the blasts, very little progress seems to have been made in the investigation.
 arrow Is Syria next target?
After Iraq and Afgha-nistan whose turn is it, is a moot question being debated about not only in the power corridors of the Middle East but also at the kerb-side tea cafes.
Letters to Editorarrow Human rights violation!
I read the news item by AFP (DS Aug.19,'05) that a Bangladeshi ex-army officer was forced to leave the US for his role in Bangladesh.
 arrow At last comes the acceptance
At last our government has accepted that the bomb blasts taking place in our country are not estranged incidents. On the contrary, an well-organised group is behind these attacks.
 arrow Nothing will happen!
It is clear that Islamic parties (and the rajakars) in the ruling alliance were behind the recent countrywide bombing.
 arrow Political consensus
It is clearly disappointing to see a huge gap in political consensus among the political parties.
 arrow Retiring from politics
When Sheikh Hasina was the prime minister, in a state of euphoria and complacence, she had declared that she would retire from politics at the age of 57, the retiring age of government servants.
 arrow Education in rural areas
Bangladeshi students, who live in rural areas, are not getting facilities as students in urban areas, but they have the right to get these facilities.
 arrow SSC results
I would like to thank Mr. Golam Rosul Maruf for reading my letter 'SSC results' (August 17) and giving his feedback on August 24. But unfortunately he was unable to grasp its gist.
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