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Front Pagearrow 20 AK47 rifles, about 8000 bullets recovered
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a joint drive recovered 20 AK47 rifles and 7,716 bullets from a deep forest of Naikhangchhari in Bandarban on Thursday.
 arrow 'Serial blasts planned in April, had foreign funding'
The August 17 countrywide blasts were planned in mid-April while Kuwait-based organisation Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) and an imam of a UK mosque funded the terrorist operation.
 arrow Harrowing tales of Azad's 10 years as camel jockey
The horrifying memories of life as a camel jockey for the last 10 years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) still haunt Azad Alam.
 arrow Born over 15 years ago, still unknown, ineffective
The National Security Council (NSC), the highest consulting body on security affairs, remains ineffective and to some extent unknown since its inception over 15 years ago, though national security isfacing
 arrow Further fuel price hike to make rice pricier
A fresh increase in fuel price would put the country's agriculture sector in dire straits by pushing up irrigation costs, and trigger further price hike of rice.
 arrow Involving judges in politics erodes confidence in them
The judiciary is slowly losing public confidence and greatness due to its politicising through involvement of judges in the politics, eminent legal experts said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Prices of essentials soar further
The prices of fish, meat, egg, vegetables and spices marked further rise during the last week, about a month before the Ramadan.
 arrow 4 suspects held, remanded
Police have arrested four people in connection with the Thursday's attempt on Additional Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong Golam Kuddus.
 arrow Asia overtakes ME as Third world's top arms market
Asia has overtaken the Middle East as the largest arms market in the developing world, with India and China locked in a gruelling race to purchase weapons from Russia, according to a report sent to the
 arrow observatory project to go ahead, finally
Ending a nearly three-year limbo, the process of implementation of the Tk 14.02 crore Seismological Service Development Project has resumed with the government allocating funds for it recently.
 arrow Off limit ...

 arrow MP Shahidul calls meeting against journos
BNP lawmaker from Jhenidah-3 constituency Shahidul Islam Master has called a meeting against journalists at Moheshpur Poura Chattar at 4:00pm today.
 arrow Blasts in New Orleans ahead of Bush visit
Huge explosions and fires erupted in New Orleans early yesterday, media reported, hours before President George W.
 arrow IMF team due in city today
A six-member IMF (International Monetary Fund) mission arrives in Dhaka today to review progress on the lending agency-set conditions before releasing another instalment of credit under Poverty Reduction
 arrow Arms flow in, but no clues
The security forces and intelligence agencies are clueless about arms cache in Naikhangchhari from where they are repeatedly recovering huge number of sophisticated arms, ammunition and explosives.
 arrow JCD cadres at JU attack opponents
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres severely injured the convenor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), attempted to cut his foot tendons and beat up four generalstudents
 arrow IFJ concerned at death threats to journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed deep concern at the threats being made against Bangladeshi journalists for reporting politically sensitive issues.
 arrow Sri Lanka clinch ODI series
Opener Upul Tharanga made the most of an early life to score a maiden one-day century as Sri Lanka took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against Bangladesh with a comfortable 75-runvictory
 arrow 30th Anniversary of Vietnam War's End...

 arrow 233 Bangladeshis held in Japan since January
As many as 233 Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested in Japan during the first six months of this year on various charges, according to a message from Tokyo.
 arrow UPDF frees 7 abducted villagers
Seven villagers, abducted by anti-peace accord United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Naniarchar upazila Wednesday night, were set free on Thursday, said a source in the army yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws kill young man in Chuadanga
Cadres of an underground outfit slaughtered a man at village Hazirapur in Sadar upazila of Chuadanga district early yesterday.
 arrow Fear of floods over: Experts
Although some areas of the country have lately been inundated afresh, experts yesterday said the possibility of major flooding is over for this year.
 arrow Indian, Nepali Maoists vow to fight together
Maoist rebels in Nepal and India have vowed to join together to promote communism, reinforcing fears that the bloody insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom could spill over into its huge southern neighbour.
 arrow BCL faction calls strike at CU
A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chittagong University (CU) unit, has called for an indefinite students strike at the university from today.
 arrow Saddam trial to open in October
Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein will go on trial in the second half of October after a referendum is held on the constitution, a government official said Friday.
 arrow al-Qaeda claims responsibility, warns of more attacks
One of the four suicide attackers who bombed London's transit system on July 7 made a dramatic farewell in a videotape that also included al-Qaeda's No.
 arrow Top Chuadanga outlaw held in Sonargaon
Amirul Islam alias 'Shutki' Amir, local commander of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) Alamdanga unit under Chuadanga district, was arrested in Sonargaon of Narayanganj yesterday.
Businessarrow Cellphone sets still pricey despite cut in tariff
The costs of cellphone sets are yet to come down despite tax reduction on their import three months back.
 arrow Govt may invite fresh tender
The government is likely to invite fresh tender for installing a 450-MW combined cycle power plant in Sirajganj under private sector, after a lapse of over three years in procrastination, competent sources
 arrow EU envoy to China upbeat about textile solution
The European Commission's ambassador to China said Friday he was confident that textile disputes with China would be resolved soon and that the upcoming EU-China summit would help move negotiations forward.
 arrow Pakistan for jt ventures with Bangladesh
With adoption of some liberal initiatives by Pakistan government, bright prospect has been created to promote joint ventures with Bangladesh in leather, textiles, pharmaceuticals and sports goods' sectors.
 arrow Indian software cos bag $400m outsourcing deal
Two Indian software companies have bagged their biggest-ever outsourcing deal totalling $400 million from Dutch bank ABN Amro.
 arrow US imposes extra curbs on Chinese imports
The United States imposed extra curbs on Chinese imports Thursday, hours after talks on a formula to deal with China's surging textile shipments ended in failure.
 arrow Global Micro Entrepreneurship Award nomination invited
In a bid to commemorate the UN year of micro credit, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has recently launched Global Micro Entrepreneurship Award (GMA) programme in Bangladesh.
 arrow Phoenix Leasing okays 24pc bonus share
Phoenix Leasing Company Ltd has declared a 24 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow ADB to lend India $6.5b in next 3 years
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it is ready to raise its lending to India to more than 6.5 billion dollars over the next three years.
 arrow India to keep up 7pc growth rate
The Reserve Bank of India said the Indian economy is poised to keep up the 7 percent growth rate in current fiscal on macro economic gains but cautioned rising crude prices could impact output, inflationary
 arrow Developments in Doha Round Negotiations
The independent think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has prepared a note on the recent developments in the Doha Development Round Negotiations, a follow-up of CPD's earlier

 arrow EU offers oil to US from reserves
European nations are offering to provide oil to the United States from their strategic reserves to offset shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, an EU official said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Aug 27-Sep 01, 2005
Local FX MarketDemand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.
Money Market
In the Treasury bill auction held on Sunday.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar finds fielders at fault
The one-day series was over for Bangladesh after suffering a 75-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Tipu sparks Abahani rout
Abahani may not be in title contention any more but the Dhanmondi giants appeared no short of motivation on Friday as they rolled over Dhaka Wanderers Club 5-0 thanks to a Shahajuddin Tipu hattrick.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif takes India home
Mohammad Kaif struck an unbeaten century as India ended New Zealand's unbeaten record in the triangular series with a six-wicket victory.
 arrow Cricket: Learning the hard way
Bangladesh were learning the new rules of the game the hard way.
 arrow Cricket: Nazmul on the injury list
Injuries kept following Bangladesh on their tour of Sri Lanka with Nazmul Hossain becoming the latest victim.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Rubel Mridha continued his goal feast in the Pran-Cola School football tournament as Khilgaon Model High romped into the group semifinals as the first team crushing Dharmarajik Buddha Mondir 8-0 yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Victoria win in Cute h'ball
Victoria Sporting Club defeated Surjodoy Krira Chakra 26-24 goals in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
The winners led the first half 13-12.

 arrow Tennis: Agassi slays a giant
Andre Agassi faced a tall order at the US Open on Thursday and used all his 20 years of experience at Flushing Meadows to down lofty Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the second round.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan's future uncertain
The position of John Buchanan, the man who led Australia through an unprecedented era of success, hasn't been officially discussed by Cricket Australia even though his current contract expires next month.
 arrow Cricket: Jones recovering well
England fast bowler Simon Jones is making good progress in his battle to be fit for the crucial final Ashes Test at The Oval starting on 8 September.
 arrow Football: Not fooling around anymore
If Robinho needed any more hype, then his first 26 minutes for Real Madrid after his $30 million move from Santos provided it.
 arrow Football: Goal-line technology on the way?
World soccer chief Sepp Blatter has confirmed that goal-line technology will be used in the 2006 World Cup if a trial run at the Under-17 world championships in Peru proves a success.
 arrow Football: How Europe is shaping up
Group-by-group analysis of European World Cup qualifying ahead of the 22 games on Saturday and 24 next Wednesday:
The eight group winners and two best runners-up qualify automatically for the 2006finals

 arrow Football: No player revolt, says Becks
David Beckham has hit out at claims a player revolt forced England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson into reshuffling his line-up for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Wales here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Weather on Eng's side!
The final Test at The Oval, which begins next Thursday, may be played in autumnal weather unlikely to help Australia's bid to retain the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: ZC to offer contracts to players
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has said that it will introduce performance-based contracts for the national players from the 2005-06 season.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill in the frame
Stuart MacGill is "very much in the equation" to play alongside fellow leg-spinner Shane Warne in the fifth and final Test against England, according to Australia coach John Buchanan.
Metropolitanarrow Toxic chemicals used in foods put public health at risk
Toxic chemicals used in food items cause severe damage to vital human organs such as liver, kidney, lungs and heart, often resulting in cancer, according to food scientists.
 arrow AL leader Mostaque, not Zia, imposed martial law: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday blamed the main opposition Awami League (AL) for distorting of history.
"BNP does not distort the history....

 arrow Students lay siege to provost house
Resident students of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday staged demonstration and laid siege to provost's residence in protest against alleged irregularities in the hall.
 arrow Intensify agitation to protect industries
Trade union leaders at a national convention yesterday urged the workers to be united to realise their various demands.
 arrow 'Stand by acid survivors'
The second phase of a Charity Photo Exhibition began at Sonargaon Hotel in the city yesterday with a call to stand by the acid survivors.
 arrow Pro-opposition lawyers to observe Black Day Sept 6
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, will observe Black Day across the country on September 6.
 arrow Bodies of three children recovered in city
Bodies of three children were recovered in the city on Thursday.
Ramna police recovered a floating body from the Mirbagh Jheel (waterbody).
He was identified as Md Rabiul, 4.

 arrow 3 petroleum depot officials suspended
Three officials of three petroleum depots have been suspended on charge of supplying 3.10 lakh litres of fuel oil illegally to a foreign ship at Mongla port.
 arrow Ensure accountability in every sector to establish good governance
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for ensuring accountability in every sector to establish good governance.
 arrow 4 injured as extortionists ransack house at Fatullah
A gang of alleged extortionists ransacked a house at Fatullah under Narayanganj district injuring four people on Thursday night.
 arrow BSF kills one in Lalmonirhat
A Bangladeshi citizen was gunned down and two others were injured by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Patgram border on Thursday night.
 arrow Rickshaw van owners-workers' 48-hour strike October 1, 2
Rickshaw van owners and workers will go for a 48-hour strike in the city on October 1 and 2 to press home their demands.
 arrow 'Economic sovereignty under threat'
The country is facing dollar crisis as a section of the ruling class is sending out their money abroad, said Prof Anu Mustafa at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Int'l seminar on rural dev begins today
A three-day international seminar on 'sustainable rural development' begins here today.
 arrow 70-yr-old rapes 5-yr-old girl
A 70-year-old man has allegedly raped a five-year-old girl in Narayanganj.
 arrow Khasru's clarification
Former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru yesterday gave a clarification on a report carried by the Bdnews on August 31, saying that he was not properly quoted in the report.
Nationalarrow Forged notes flood Tangail
Large scale circulation of forged 500 and 100 taka notes in Tangail district has created panic among the people and worried bankers as well.
Such notes are detected in large numbers in banks everyday.

 arrow High level BDR-BSF border confce at Shiliguri Sept 6-9
A four-day second high-level border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will be held in Shiliguri town in India from September 6 to 9.
 arrow For whom the boy suffers?
Five year-old Munir Hossain, son of a day labourer and a victim of August 17 bombings, was groaning with pain at Rangamati General Hospital.
His helpless poor father Md.

 arrow BNP-Jamaat differences widen in Satkhira
Rift in Satkhira BNP has widened further. The two rival factions separately observed the 27th founding anniversary of the party on Thursday.
 arrow More areas flooded in Sirajganj: 3 drown
More 58 unions in nine upazilas in Sirajganj district have been flooded due to onrush of waters from the upstream and rains in the last three days.
Three persons drowned in floodwaters.

 arrow 2 Satkhira JMB cadres on fresh remand
JMB cadres Nasir Uddin and Maniruzzaman Munna were placed an eight days' fresh remand for the third time on Thursday and sent to Dhaka for quizzing by the joint interrogation cell (JIC).
 arrow Feud in BNP factions in Kishoreganj intensifies
Intra-party feud in Tarail thana BNP in Kishoreganj has intensified as the present party committees led by Saiduzzamn Mostafa and Mahbubur Rahman Khan Selim were declared illegal by either factinons.
Point-Counterpointarrow Promoting Bangladesh in Australia
A recent press release issued by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra has caught my attention.
 arrow Nationalisation freak and privatisation mania
Twenty two-year old Alia lives in a concrete room, rented from the local mosque in the middle of a slum of garment factories near Kawran-bazar.
 arrow Casualty of comfort
In the Japanese language, ianfu (comfort women) is a euphemism for prostitute.
Culturearrow Capturing the world in clay
Manira Sultana's week-long terracotta exhibition Kadamati opened at Shilpangan yesterday.
 arrow Mustafa Monwar's birth anniversary celebrated
Veteran artist Mustafa Monwar turned 70 this month. Gallery Chitrak organised a special programme to celebrate the birth anniversary of the versatile artist at the gallery premises Thursday last.
 arrow Tagore's classic staged by Shubochan
The darker side of aristocracy -- the oppression of women -- is the theme of Tagore's classic Khudhito Pashan.
Generalarrow Chaos, crime add to Katrina's mental woes
The human violence that emerged after Hurricane Katrina as survivors desperately sought food and water will worsen the psychological debris left by the natural disaster itself, U.S.
 arrow 2 killed in Natore road accident
At least two people, including a child, were killed and eight others injured in a road accident at Bamannagar area in Naldagna thana in the district on Thursday evening.
 arrow Siemens Employees Union executives
Md. Dewan Hossain and James Mukul Halder were elected president and general secretary of the Siemens Employees Union yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow EIC opening ceremony held
The opening ceremony of Eminence International College (EIC), English medium college, was held on August 29 at its own campus at 108 Gulshan Avenue in the city, says a press release.
Internationalarrow World pledges aid to US
From a French offer of ships, aircraft and supplies to a 25,000-dollar donation by tsunami-pounded Sri Lanka, the world returned the favour to the United States yesterday by offering emergency aid toa
 arrow Global press stunned at hurricane-humbled US
The world's press reacted with disbelief yesterday to mayhem overrunning the hurricane disaster zone in the United States, describing the chaos as reminiscent of a Third World crisis and as a humiliating
 arrow Katrina losses may top $100b
The economic loss from Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding is likely to top 100 billion dollars, the consulting firm Risk Management Solutions (RMS) said yesterday.
 arrow Hollywood stars shine for US hurricane victims
Canadian pop singer Celine Dion donated one million dollars to lead a growing effort by Hollywood music and film stars to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow Islamists fume as Pak PM defends talks with Israel
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz defended talks held with Israel a day earlier as Muslim clerics denounced the shift in policy in fiery sermons during Juma (Friday) prayers, but planned street
 arrow Sectarian tension boils in Iraq
One man was killed and four wounded in a drive-by shooting on two Sunni mosques as tension escalated between Iraqi Sunni and Shia communities in the aftermath of a deadly stampede that killed nearly 1,000
 arrow Video fuels debate on UK role in Iraq
An al-Qaeda video claiming credit for the deadly London bombings upset people close to the victims and fuelled the row over whether Britain's military role in Iraq had increased the risk of terror.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Katrina fury
How galling man's helplessness can be before the destructive powers of nature is brought home by Hurricane Katrina that struck Louisiana slamming into coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida
 arrow Editorial: Biman in the red
Biman, the national airline, has found its calculations going awfully wrong. It has incurred a loss of Tk 250 crore against a profit forecast of Tk 44 crore in the FY05.
 arrow Good governance is a mindset
Good governance, as a concept, has swept public imagination over the last decade.
 arrow Careful, Iran is not a pushover
Two statements by the US President and EU spokesperson are significant: the former said vis--vis Iran's refusal to stop its nuclear programme that "all options are on the table".
Letters to Editorarrow The Presidential pardon
Family of the assassinated person shall extend mercy to the assassin may be against monetary assistance and the assassin must get pardon from the victim's family.
 arrow Devaluation and forex crisis
It appears that the country has suddenly been thrown into a serious balance of payment problem during the March-June quarter of the last financial year (2004-05).
 arrow ICT in Bangladesh and SDNP
Now-a-days ICT (Information & Communication Technology) is no less a familiar word in our country especially in Dhaka City and lately few metropolitan cities as well.
 arrow Hartal
I never supported any hartal call by any party. But this time I support hartal call by 14-party alliance. The government must take the full responsibility of what happened on August 17.
StarTecharrow Your personal guide to cellphones
Cellphones are more than just a necessity; it's a part of our daily life.
 arrow First online radio of the nation
Ever thought about an online radio broadcasting local programmes? ekusheyradio.
 arrow BITM cautious about internet pornography
The special issue of 'Bangladesh IT Monitor' (BITM), a quarterly published by the students of Dhaka University that came out this week, points out the impact of 'internet pornography' on youths.
 arrow Game wars
Gamers engrossed in playing at the three-day long 'World Cyber Games 2005 Bangladesh Championship' held at the Bashundhara City that came to an end on August 28.
Literaturearrow The Thakur's Well
Jokhu brought the lota to his mouth but the water smelled foul.
 arrow On karabi and the politics of peace
I was waiting for Tetsuya's call. He did call me, but not for Hiroshima Day on August 6. Instead he invited me to an open-air concert that took place on 30th July in observance of the same occasion.
 arrow Scalp scorching
Anurag Mathur is an established, published writer of prose. His first book was the funny, best-selling The Inscrutable Americans, followed by Making the Minister Smile.
 arrow Into the desolate depths above
"Some deaths are light, like a bird's feathers
and some others are heavy, like the Siamese highlands.

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