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Front Pagearrow More blasts feared
The government fears further countrywide explosions as it has intelligence reports that Islamist militants and outlawed extremists have recently joined hands to carry out bomb attacks on important establishments
 arrow Plan for 2-day holiday, cut on govt vehicles
To offset the severe pressure on economy, the government might consider two-day weekly holiday, keeping 17 percent government motor vehicles off road and converting all petroleum-based power plants into
 arrow Growth to get a knock
However undesirable may it be with whatever extent of effect, it was inevitable.
 arrow Militants threaten journos, renew vow for Islamic rule
Islamist militants yesterday issued death threats to nine Satkhira-based journalists of different national, regional, and local dailies for reporting on the August 17 countrywide blasts.
 arrow Not AL, coalition govt signed Niko deal
Upon coming to power the BNP government cancelled or renegotiated a number of faulty deals signed by the previous Awami League (AL) government, but it did not stop finalising the faulty Niko-Bapex joint
 arrow Tarique says Qaeda may have links to Aug 17 blasts
BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday said international terrorist organisations like al Qaeda might have carried out the August 17 blasts with the connivance of some misled people
 arrow 14-party vows to oust govt, establish secular rule
Leaders of Awami League-led 14-party opposition yesterday pledged to reinstate four main principles of the 1972 constitution and establish a secular democratic government through ousting the BNP-Jamaat-led
 arrow Lawmakers fail to end dispute with speaker
Irked by the speaker's indifference to the need for allowing private members' bills to be placed in parliament, the parliamentary standing committee on private members' bills and resolutions yesterday
 arrow Farmers, poor to suffer most
The latest rise in diesel price will push up the agricultural output costs putting the marginal and small-hold farmers and poor urban consumers in economic hardship, said experts and officials of theMinistry
 arrow Transport fare goes up
Transport sector leaders have sharply reacted to the price hike of fuel again and planned to take up the issue with the government as well as announce an action plan to increase transport fare.
 arrow Tough anti-terror laws on the cards
The government is examining the necessity of enacting tougher laws to suppress terrorists and terrorism in the country.
 arrow BFUJ, DUJ slam Saifur's comment
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) in a joint statement yesterday condemned a speech made by the finance minister.
 arrow Education Secy rebukes official for not providing car to Milon
The education secretary yesterday called the project director (PD) of the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project to the secretariat and rebuked him for not providing a project car for the personal
 arrow 24 Indian soldiers killed in Maoist mine blast
At least 24 paramilitary soldiers were killed yesterday in a powerful landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoist rebels in eastern India, a federal minister said.
 arrow New Orleans left to the dead and dying
As the last weary refugees evacuated from New Orleans, the shattered city drew closer to dealing with its dead, confronting a gruesome landscape of scattered corpses that were expected to number in the
 arrow Destroying the expired...

 arrow Shab-e-Barat on Sept 19
Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of September 19, a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee announced yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between his accomplices and the police in Chuadanga on Saturdaynight.
 arrow Aiyar arives in Dhaka today
Indian Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Panchayati Raj, Mani Shankar Aiyar MP arrives in Dhaka this morning on a two-day official visit to hold bilateral talks with top Bangladesh leaders.
 arrow Govt to open three more consulates
The government is planning to open three consulate offices in Miami, Milan and Sydney to facilitate services to the expatriate Bangladeshis and expansion of trade and commerce.
 arrow Bangladesh save worst for last
A relatively weak Sri Lanka whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0 in the one-day series with a comfortable six-wicket win at the Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday.
Businessarrow Industries fear production cost rise by 10-12pc
Industry people yesterday expressed concern that the fresh oil price hike in the local market will increase the production cost of the major export items and basic industrial goods by 10 to 12 percent.
 arrow RMG exporters for Sunday as weekly holiday
Country's apparel exporters prefer Sunday as weekly holiday to Friday mainly to keep pace with the western countries, as they are the major buyers of Bangladesh apparel.
 arrow Poor people to own biggest firms
Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said the country's poor people will practically own the biggest companies in future.
The Grameen Bank managing director said he is working for long to establish theidea.

 arrow IMF suggests tax-collection tips to NBR
Members of the visiting IMF mission yesterday gave some tips to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) for expediting the redesigning of its tax-collection mechanisms as the funding agency reviewed the progress
 arrow Opec looks at boosting oil output
Opec members could reschedule refinery maintenance or release products from commercial stocks to help ease supply problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, Acting Secretary-General Adnan Shihab-Eldin said
 arrow SEC orders 9 cos to hold defaulted AGMs within 60 days
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday ordered nine companies to hold their defaulted annual general meeting (AGM) within the next 60 days.
 arrow Remittance up 30pc in 2 months
The remittance inflow in the first two months of the current fiscal year has seen a 30 percent rise over the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.
 arrow Southeast Bank okays 30pc bonus share
Southeast Bank Ltd has declared a 30 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Ctg real estate fair ends
The three-day real estate fair ended here on Saturday with an urge to build houses in compliance with building construction code.
 arrow EU to fight French, Italian protectionism
The European Commission warned France and Italy against protectionist tendencies on Saturday, urging competition and saying it would go after any violations of European Union rules.
 arrow New secretary general of Int'l Jute Study Group
AFM Sarwar Kamal took over as the new secretary general of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) on Thursday.
 arrow New DMD of Prime Finance and Investment
Akter Hossain Sannamat has recently been made deputy managing director of Prime Finance and Investment Limited.
Sannamat is a chartered accountant and his area of interest is lease financing.

 arrow Mandelson, Bo Xilai discuss China-EU textile trade spat
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson met Sunday with his Chinese counterpart in a bid to resolve a pending trade dispute that has left millions of Chinese-made textiles blocked at European ports.
 arrow Banglalink to set up nationwide sales stores
Mobile phone operator Banglalink will set up direct sales stores for its subscribers across the country in partnership with Kallol Ltd, a concern of Kallol Group of Companies.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Questions aplenty
Success is like cement because it holds everything together. But when a team fails, all the cracks begin to open up.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud ponders his future
Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud was in two minds about his future in the Bangladesh national team.
 arrow Cricket: Beyond explanation
Captain Habibul Bashar was at a loss for words to explain Bangladesh's wretched batting collapse that saw the side suffer their third one-day international defeat in a row in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: India win easily in the end
India overcame a difficult start to their reply before overhauling Zimbabwe's score of 250 with 11 balls to spare in Harare on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: England recall C'wood, Anderson for last Test
Paul Collingwood and James Anderson have been named in England's 13-man squad for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval starting on Thursday but Chris Tremlett was omitted.
 arrow Football: Aysha breaks new ground
Aysha Akhter made history by becoming the country's first female referee when she conducted the match between Government Laboratory and Post Office High in the Pran-Cola school football tournament atthe
 arrow Football: Arambagh hold Russel
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra dropped points in their penultimate round game in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League when they drew 2-2 with Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: McGrath declares himself fit for 5th Test
Australia paceman Glenn McGrath has declared himself fit and ready to play against England at The Oval starting Thursday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Metro open TT
Mehdi became champion in the unseeded group of the men's single in the Metro Group open table tennis tournament beating Arif 4-0 at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Narinda Pragoti Boys Club came from behind to earn a hard fought 22-20 victory over Bangladesh Police in the Cute Premier Division handball league at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer happy with Shabbir's progress
Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's coach, believes that Shabbir Ahmed's suspect bowling action has improved sufficiently since he was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) during Pakistan's tour of
 arrow Tennis: Blake baffles Nadal
The panache of Rafael Nadal proved no match for the appetite of an American making up for lost time at the US Open on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Paraguay down Argentina
Ecuador and Paraguay both took giant steps towards qualifying for next year's World Cup finals with key wins in Satur-day's South American zone World Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Ukraine's night to remember
The qualifying is far from over for most but World Cup first-timers Ukraine were cracking open the champagne, or perhaps the vodka, after becoming the first European team to qualify for the finals with
 arrow Football: USA book ticket
When they're not playing Mexico at Azteca Stadium, the Americans have discovered it has Mexico's number.
Actually, it's two numbers -- two and zero as in 2-0.

 arrow Cricket: Where have the passports gone?
Six Indian cricketers and five members of the support staff -- including Greg Chappell, the coach -- currently in Zimbabwe are without passports after their documents were either stolen or lost.
 arrow Football: Blokhin keeps his word
He was a star striker in the Soviet era. Now Oleg Blokhin's star is rising again after becoming the first coach to lead an independent Ukraine into the next year's World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: Cook punishes Aussie attack
Essex opener Alastair Cook celebrated being named England's young cricketer of the year by smashing a superb double century against Australia here on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow BNP has lost legitimacy following HC verdict: AL
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the BNP has lost its legitimacy following the High Court verdict that declared all the actions, law and rules made under the martial law illegal.
 arrow Progress in edn lauded
The Unicef country director yesterday appreciated Bangladesh's social-sector successes in immunization, women's education and empowerment and schooling facilities for the disabled children.
 arrow Saarc states mull setting up development fund
The Saarc countries have recommended the reconstitution of the existing South Asian Development Fund (SADF) and subsequent establishment of a Saarc Development Fund, an umbrella organisation for all Saarc
 arrow Cable television network policy finalised
Policy for the cable television network has been finalised.
It will be sent to cabinet for approval soon, said an official release yesterday.

 arrow JCD man sues Jamaat MP's son, 4 others for torturing mother
A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has filed a FIR with Sonadanga police accusing five Jamaat and Shibir leaders of torturing his mother Selina Akhter Shahnaj at Arambag area on Thursday.
 arrow Japan to provide Tk 53.7cr for two health projects
Japan will provide financial assistance to two health projects in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Pakistan keen to help develop railway
Newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar yesterday called on Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and expressed willingness to extend co-operation for the development of railway
 arrow Subsequent Pak govts politicise our return
The Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) yesterday said that the subsequent Pakistan governments had politicised their 'home return' issue hanging their repatriation on balance.
 arrow Orientation for 141 new upazila women affairs officers held
An orientation programme for 141 newly appointed upazila women affairs officers was held in the city yesterday.
 arrow Controversial staffs confine RU vice chancellor for five hours
Several hundred employees of Rajshahi University (RU), whose appointment created controversy, in a violent demonstration yesterday confined the vice chancellor (VC) to his office for five hours.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi farmer
Border Security Force (BSF) of India returned the body of Bangladeshi farmer Nuruzzaman yesterday after 64 hours of his killing by them here.
 arrow Bomb scare at CU
A bomb scare created panic at the Chittagong University (CU) on Saturday.
Sources said the panic situation prevailed on the campus after an anonymous letter reached Proctor Dr Al Amin in the morning.

 arrow 2 absconding accused arrested
Two absconding accused in Dhaka City (South) Jubo Dal president and notorious criminal Sagir Ahmed murder case were arrested on Saturday night from Fatullah.
 arrow Actress Prema, her brother and sister arrested
Ramna police arrested actress Tania Shikder alias Prema, her brother, sister and a domestic help yesterday on charge of assaulting a taxicab driver and a traffic constable near the Supreme Court.
 arrow $ 1m aid for Katrina victims
Bangladesh announced one million US dollar humanitarian aid for the victims of the Hurricane 'Katrina' that wrought havoc in New Orleans in the United States.
 arrow Abdul Alim's anniversary of death today
Today is the 31st death anniversary of legendary folk singer Abdul Alim.
He passed away on this day in 1974 in Dhaka.

 arrow Appeal for help
The parents of an 18-year-old boy suffering from blood cancer have appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of their son.
Nationalarrow 1.5 lakh marooned as nine Sirajganj upazilas flooded
Onrush of water from the upstream and rain have again flooded many areas in nine upazilas in Sirajganj district.
 arrow ‘I now want body of my son, nothing else’
'I now want the body of my son only, nothing else, enough is enough'.
Noorjahan Begum, dejected elderly mother of 40-year-old Syed Miraj Ali said on Wednesday 54 days into abduction of her son.

 arrow A vet college cries for funds
Uncertainty has gripped the 150 students and 112 staff including 35 teachers of Dinajpur Veterinary College as the institution has not been transferred under the government's revenue budget.
 arrow A little attention that changed their lot
Even poor and illiterate slum people, if motivated, can do great things and change their life and environment. This has been proved in Kushtia town.
 arrow A triumph over unemployment
They no longer look for job. They have changed their fate by self-help and have become an example for others in Gibindaganj upazila.
 arrow Move to resist Saidee from holding meet in B'baria
A tense situation is prevailing in Brahmanbaria town centring today's public meeting of Jamaat-e-Islami MP Delwar Hussain Saidee.
 arrow AL procession batoned in Sirajganj: 50 injured
At least 50 people were injured, six of them critically, as Awami League activists clashed with police in SS Road area in front of the district Awami League office in Sirajganj town yesterday.
 arrow Foreign power behind blasts, says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has said there is no Islamist militant group in Bangladesh which can blast 506 bombs at a time across the country.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'I need reinforcements'
This is a partial transcript of an interview between WWL Radio's Garland Robinette and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
 arrow Katrina comes home to roost
Biblical in its uncontrolled rage and scope, Hurricane Katrina has left millions of Americans to scavenge for food and shelter and hundreds to thousands reportedly dead.
 arrow Bangladesh should offer assistance to Katrina victims
After the mighty Mississippi spilled over its banks and levees in 1993 and flooded the surrounding areas, including such historic cities as Mark Twain's Hannibal, Missouri, the governors of America'smid-western
 arrow Remembering Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa has been called "Living Saint" because of her active charity rendered to the poor and the destitute.
Culturearrow Group Exhibition at Gallery Kaya
An exhibition of diversified paintings and sculpture at Gallery Kaya attracted a sizeable number of artists and viewers.
 arrow Week-long Vietnam Cultural Festival begins
On the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the inaugural ceremony of Vietnam Cultural Week 2005 was held at the National Theatre Auditorium of Shilpakala Academy Saturday
 arrow Venice rolls out red carpet with martial arts epic
Hong Kong martial arts spectacular Seven Swords opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday last, underlining the prominence organisers have given Asian cinema this year.
Generalarrow Uphold existing communal harmony: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed has called upon the people irrespective of religious believes to uphold the country's existing communal harmony and values at home and abroad.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Two separate processions were brought out on the campus of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanding punishment to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres involved in Thursday's attack injuring
 arrow Shah Zafar takes oath as MP
Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar, elected to parliament in the by-polls of Faridpur-1, was sworn-in yesterday.
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar administered the oath in his Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office.

 arrow Women MPs take oath today
The oath taking of newly elected women MPs in reserved seats will be held at the Jatiya Shagshad Bhaban at 2:30pm today.
Internationalarrow Kashmiri rebels want peace road map
Indian Kashmir's leading separatist Muslim cleric said he wants a "well-drawn road map" to emerge from talks with Premier Manmohan Singh set for today and aimed at settling the future of the revolt-hit
 arrow Kabul warns aid workers
A spate of assaults by suspected Taliban rebels killed 11 people, including four policemen and wounded an election candidate, and Afghanistan warned yesterday that aid workers and other "soft" targets
 arrow Arson blamed as new Paris fire kills 14
Fourteen people including two children were killed and more than 30 injured in an apartment block fire in a southern Paris suburb early yesterday -- the third fatal fire to hit the French capital in nine
 arrow New legal team for Saddam ahead of Oct 19 trial
The family of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has reorganised his defence team and announced plans to launch a media campaign ahead of his trial next month on charges of crimes against humanity.
 arrow Survivors describe week of horror
Thousands of New Orleans residents streamed north on Saturday, escaping the violence that gripped the city in the days after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow Katrina drowns a city & wounds a superpower
It started as a warning, graduated into an emergency and ended in almost unimaginable catastrophe.
 arrow Katrina calamity leaves many questions
A week after the biggest natural disaster to hit the United States, numerous questions remain about the response to Hurricane Katrina and its devastating floods.
 arrow Crime crackdown ordered
The FBI and prosecutors promised Saturday to crack down hard on thugs and crime gangs who held New Orleans hostage in the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow Another storm possible in hard-hit region
Katrina may seem like the last word in hurricanes, but there is a very real possibility that another major hurricane may hit New Orleans or some other portion of the 200-mile coastline devastated by Katrina
 arrow Some won't return to New Orleans
Kentrell Hill commandeered a boat to get his family to higher ground so they could be rescued by helicopter from flooded New Orleans.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mob killing should stop
Lynching of six robbers at Patiya in Chittagong in the early hours of Saturday, abhorrent as it is, conveys nonetheless a message that the local people have acted out of lack of faith in the law enforcing
 arrow Editorial: Turning the heat on the press
We have noticed with great deal of worry not only the intensified tirade of some of the BNP MPs against the press but also an instance of one them subjecting a journalist to physical assault, that can
 arrow MPs demand funds
The members of the parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry recently called on the finance minister M. Saifur Rahman and requested him to allocate Tk.
 arrow The great education bazaar
Here's an advertisement in an Indian daily: "Required: School for Purchase, Genuine Parties Contact Box 80335" (Hindustan Times, July 11).
 arrow BNP in the era of terrorism and uncertainty
The BNP was the brainchild of both late president General Ziaur Rahman and former president Professor B Chowdhury. The party celebrated its 27th founding anniversary on September 1, 2005.
 arrow German polls
With only two weeks to go before German national election set for September 18, the two candidates for the Chancellery -- the incumbent Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his conservative rival Argela Merkel
Letters to Editorarrow Powerful abroad, weak at home
Our hearts go out to the people of the US State of Louisiana, particularly of New Orleans and the surrounding conurbation, because of the distress that they have been thrown into by 'Katrina.
 arrow Invasion of Iraq
Was it really necessary to invade Iraq in the context of terrorism or possession of WMD? Iraq was severely punished for invasion (of its tiny neighbour Kuwait) and occupation of Kuwait through consensus
 arrow Save them
A large number of unprivileged men and women are employed in different industries, factories and in the garment sector. All of them belong to unprivileged families in our country.
 arrow Why These Bomb Blasts ?
It is a matter of grave concern, surprise, shock and pain that whether it is the Awami League or the BNP, whoever is in power or in opposition, they always blame each other for any calamity, mishap, incident
 arrow Taxicab call centre
Anudip, one of the popular taxi cab operators in Dhaka city, closed its call centre recently.
 arrow Chick import from India
A national daily reported on 13 August 2005 that our trade deficit with India is increasing.
 arrow Election and corruption
People, even at the grassroots level, nowadays have a fair knowledge about the unfair practice adopted by the politicians during the national elections.
 arrow Muslim names
This refers to Mr Kamrul Hasan's letter (DS-5.8.05) under the above heading and Dr R H Khandker's piece in the opinion column of an earlier issue of your daily.
 arrow Political blame game
Everybody knows that for about one decade and a half, Bangladesh has been suffering from lack of political stability. The leaders of top two parties have been playing the blame game on each other.
 arrow No cell phone in CHT
It's a matter of regret that the CHT (Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bhandarban) people cannot use the mobile phone. All Bangladeshis use it but we are deprived of mobile phone.
 arrow Drug abuse
Drug abuse is a serious problem in our country. Addiction affects people in all age groups, especially the young.
The number of addicts is increasing at an alarming rate day by day.

 arrow Cadet colleges
Many people of our country have a wrong idea about cadet colleges. Ms. Nusrat Rashida wrote in her letter that ( 17th August 2005) the cadet colleges are not that good as the media thinks.
 arrow Closed-circuit television
The dramatic move by the government to set up closed-circuit television at important hospitals, banks and public places should be welcomed as a wise decision taken to curb criminal activities.
 arrow Lift ban on "Karnaphulir Kannya"
According to press reports, the Bangladesh government has banned the documentary movie titled "Karnaphulir Kannya" made by eminent film director Tanvir Mokammel.
Star Cityarrow Fast food business in crisis
Fast food shops in the city have been incurring heavy losses following surprise raids by mobile courts.
 arrow Teletalk woes
The excitement of subscribers at getting a 'prized' Teletalk SIM have since given way to frustration because of weak network, poor interconnectivity with other private mobile operators and lack of proper
 arrow Only 2 out of 111 building extensions brought down
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has demolished extensions of just two buildings in Uttara of the 111 identified in 2001 as 'risky' by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangaldesh (CAAB).
 arrow Rickshaw ban plan for two roads deferred again
The plan to make Dhaka's two major roads rickshaw-free has been deferred to the first week of November before the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit slated for November 12-13
 arrow Tale of a fortuneteller
Nur Mohammad tells your fortune. But he does not know where his own fortune lies.
You can spot him at a corner in the Ramna Park or in front of the Dhaka College.

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