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Front Pagearrow Friday, Saturday weekly holiday
The government yesterday declared a two-day weekly holiday, with effect from Friday next to cushion the effects of increased energy price on the country's economy.
 arrow Dhaka proposes 2 bodies for pipeline, trade issues
Bangladesh yesterday proposed forming two committees -- one for the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline and the other for trade issues -- at the talks with visiting Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister
 arrow Red alert in Khulna on fresh attack fear
The country's southwestern region has been on red alert since early yesterday following intelligence report that a top leader of an outlawed party is out to stage a series of terrorist attacks.
 arrow Meenabazar fined for selling foods without expiry date
As the mobile court arrived, the authorities of the Meenabazar, a department store at Dhanmondi in the capital, sprayed air freshener and ignited incense sticks in their fish and meat section with the
 arrow Tarique rebuts BBC report
BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday rebutted some parts of the interview that he gave to BBC Bangla Service on Sunday and said his words were not presented accurately by thenews
 arrow Top outlaw leader dies in Rab action
The second-in-command of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Katakhali crossing in Rupsha upazila on Sunday midnight.
 arrow Indonesian plane crash kills 143
A Boeing 737-200 jetliner crashed yesterday into a densely populated suburb of the Indonesian city of Medan moments after take-off and burst into flames, killing at least 143 people.
 arrow Aiyar meets Khaleda
Visiting Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar has said the relations between Bangladesh and India should further improve and must move forward for welfare of the two peoples.
 arrow Aiyar seeks Hasina's support
Visiting Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar yesterday sought help from Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina for the tri-nation gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
 arrow Ctg-Cox's Bazar optical fibre link awarded to Turkish firm
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved the Tk 28.
 arrow Moudud for law to make govt agencies accountable
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed has pledged he will take an initiative to formulate a law requiring all government agencies involved in finance to publish annual reports on their earnings and expenditures.
 arrow Two UK soldiers, 14 locals killed in Iraq
Two British soldiers and at least 14 Iraqis were killed in attacks in Iraq yesterday as US-led forces backed by fighter jets battled insurgents in a restive corner of the country.
 arrow 2-day transport strike from tomorrow
Three bodies of transport owners and workers enforce simultaneously countrywide 48-hour strike from tomorrow, protesting against fuel price hike and demanding increase of bus fares.
 arrow Bangladeshis in hurricane-hit US states safe
All the Bangladeshi families and students who live in New Orleans are safe, but most of their houses were destroyed by hurricane Katrina which left Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama of the United States
 arrow JS session begins Thursday
The upcoming parliament session is likely to hold a discussion on August 17 countrywide serial bomb blasts, but there is little possibility to adjourn the other business of the House for the discussion
 arrow Indian minister treated for ankle pain
Visiting Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar yesterday received treatment for his ankle sprain at a city hospital.
 arrow Uncovered danger...

 arrow Mob lynches 2 'muggers' in Ctg
Two alleged muggers were killed and another was critically injured in a mob beating in Nasirabad Housing Society area under Panchlaish of the port city yesterday evening.
 arrow Nurses stage wildcat strike at N'ganj Hospital
Medical services came to a halt for three hours at 200-bed Narayanganj Hospital at Khanpur yesterday as nurses staged a wildcat strike to protest the assault of an on-duty nurse by an agent of a private
 arrow Tk 60,000cr master plan for environment proposed
The executive body of the National Environment Committee at a meeting yesterday emphasised formulating a 20-year master plan involving Tk 60,000 crore to save the capital from environmental pollution.
 arrow AC trains to run on Ctg, Sylhet routes
Fully air conditioned (AC) trains will be introduced on Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes soon in a bid to offer better service to the passengers by Bangladesh Railway.
 arrow Four killed in road mishaps
Four people were killed in three road accidents in the capital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Shrimp farmer killed in bomb attack
A shrimp farmer was killed when unidentified assailants hurled a bomb at him on Sunday night in Khalia Beel area of Assassuni upazila.
 arrow 100 injured as villagers clash at Chhatak
At least 100 people were injured, 25 by bullets, in a clash between the inhabitants of two villages in Chhatak upazila over land dispute yesterday morning.
 arrow Nepal frees Koirala, 160 other protesters
Nepal's royalist government freed more than 160 anti-king protesters detained during a pro-democracy rally which turned violent at the weekend, police said yesterday.
 arrow Britain considers forced marriage ban
The British government said yesterday it was considering making forced marriage a criminal offence as it deals with hundreds of cases, mostly relating to people of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin.
 arrow 11 die in DR Congo plane crash
Eleven people were killed yesterday when an Antonov 26 freight aircraft struck a tree near Isiro airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aviation officials said.
Businessarrow Duty-free access to US must for RMG survival
As local woven exporters are facing difficulties to comply with the rules of origin (RoO) for availing generalised system of preferences (GSPs) in the EU market, an immediate duty-free access to the US
 arrow DSE mulls nationwide trading facility
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has started a feasibility study to extend its trading facility across the country following the installation of upgraded automated trading system on August 21, sources
 arrow Deal to end EU-China textile impasse
A "fair and equitable" deal was struck Monday to end a costly impasse that left millions of Chinese-made garments blocked at European ports and strained relations between the two sides.
 arrow Holcim gets occupational health, safety certificate
Holcim, a leading cement manufacturing company in Bangladesh, has achieved the occupational health and safety certificate --OHSAS 18001 -- from United Registrar of System (URS) UK.
 arrow Global Micro Entrepreneurship Award nomination closes tomorrow
The nomination for Global Micro Entrepreneurship Awards (GMA) programme will close on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Back to basics for Tigers
While the relaxed Sri Lanka cricketers had late breakfast on Monday morning, the Tigers went to practice straight after the end of the one-day series.
 arrow Football: Brazil samba into finals
World champions Brazil maintained their record as the only country to have played at every World Cup when they routed Chile 5-0 with an Adriano hat-trick on Sunday to qualify for next year's tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar rushes to ailing mom
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar returned home on Monday from Sri Lanka to be by the bedside of his ailing mother.
 arrow Tennis: Venus wins sibling rivalry
Flushing Meadows witnessed another curiously unsatisfying episode of the Venus and Serena Williams story on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond may be the difference
Much has changed since India and New Zealand last contested a final on African soil, at the ICC Knockout in October 2000.
 arrow Football: With or without Kottan Mukti finish 4th
Despite the arrival of high-profile coach George Kottan, Muktijoddha Sangsad had a disappointing premiership campaign.
 arrow Football: BFF finds no 'fix'
As expected the match-fixing saga ended without fuss as the Bangla-desh Football Federation (BFF) dismissed the allegations made by three leading clubs against defending champions Brothers Union.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Khilgaon Model High and Shaheed Nabi High romped into the second round of the Pran-Cola school football tournament after winning their group finals at the Birsheshthra Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in
 arrow Tennis: Sania on the attack
India's new idol Sania Mirza says she has no intention of abandoning her go-for-broke style of play as she looks to break into the world top 20.
 arrow Cricket: Warne's last hurrah?
One match to go and the scoreline could not be more intriguing: England 2, Shane Warne 1.
That, at least, is how it feels.

 arrow Football: Too rich for comfort?
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has an embarrassment of riches.
One of the following five players has to be left out of the team: Ronaldo, Adriano, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho.

 arrow Football: How Europe looks
Group-by-group analysis of European World Cup qualifying after 21 of Saturday's 22 matches and ahead of a further 24 being played on Wednesday:
The eight group winners and two best runners-up qualify

 arrow Football: Cameroon edge nearer
Alioum Saidou was the Cameroon hero as they edged Ivory Coast 3-2 Sunday to close on a fifth consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson is ready
James Anderson's coach says the pace bowler can step up for England in the final Test if Simon Jones is unfit.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs, Boje not coming to India
Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have pulled out of South Africa's forthcoming tour to India in November.
 arrow Aussies weigh a fifth bowler up
Australia have not ruled out bringing in all-rounder Shane Watson for the final Ashes Test at The Oval.
 arrow Table Tennis: Metro TT
Bristi of Lalbagh Academy became women's unseeded singles champion of the Metro Group Open table tennis tournament defeating her teammate Binti 4-3 at the Wooden-Floor Gymnasium on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Steering body meets today
The first meeting of the international steering committee is being held in the port city today to monitor the progress of a two-million US dollar project for improving bamboo and rattan (cane) resources.
 arrow Tarique trying to distance himself from extremist elements: Saber
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said BNP leader Tarique Rahman is now trying to appear as a 'good guy' by distancing himself from the extremist
 arrow Women workers send more remittance but face difficulty in going abroad
Selina Aktar, a garments worker who toiled tirelessly to make ends meet 15 years ago, now considers herself a successful woman with a monthly income of about Tk 15,000.
 arrow Fuel price hike protested
Jatiya Sramik League, labour front of the main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday burnt an effigy of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in front of AL's Central Office in the city protesting the derogatory
 arrow 3 Indians held from Shahjalal shrine area
Three Indian nationals were arrested while they were moving suspiciously in the Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) shrine area in the city in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow 'Step up efforts to meet MDG target'
Bangladesh cannot meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on sanitation for all by 2010, if sanitation coverage is not raised by 9.5 percent a year, experts at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Zero percent tariff on imported paper demanded
Leaders of Bangladesh Pustak Prokashok O Bikreta Samity (Book publishers and sellers association) yesterday demanded zero percent import tariff on imported paper to cut its present price hike.
 arrow HC directive not to arrest 'Hathat' editor
The High Court yesterday directed the government and law enforcement agencies not to arrest or take in custody AK Showkat Ali alias Showkat Bangali, editor of a Chittagong based magazine 'Hathat,' without
 arrow Pro-opposition lawyers observe 'Black Day' today
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, will observe 'Black Day' across the country today.
 arrow Traders call 2-hour strike in Sylhet tomorrow
Sylhet Zila Bayboshayee Oikya O Kalyan Parishad has called a 2-hour strike in the city tomorrow protesting the month long fair scheduled to be started this week at the Government Alia Madrasa Maidan.
 arrow Victims' families get compensation from UTA Airlines
The family members of 15 military men killed in Benin plane crash received compensation, given by UTA Airlines, from Army Chief Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed at the Army Headquarters yesterday.
 arrow 36 women MPs take oath
The 36 newly elected women MPs of reserved seats in parliament, out of total 45, took oath yesterday.
Speaker Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar administered the oath at the Sangsad Bhaban.

 arrow BCU launches countrywide protests today
The Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) will launch a series of countrywide demonstrations today in protest against the price hike of paper, proposed single track education system at high school level andthe
 arrow Dr Ibrahim's anniversary of death today
The 16th death anniversary of Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (Dab), will be observed today.
 arrow Complaint against SPP for demanding money from complainant
A Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) has been accused of demanding money unlawfully from a complainant of a criminal case.
 arrow Commissioners boycott RCC mayor's meeting
The ward commissioners (WC) of Rajshahi City Corporation yesterday boycotted the monthly general meeting on development as some issues were not included in the agenda.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered body of an unidentified youth, aged around 32, from Wasa Pukur Par of Shyampur area in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow PM opens Solar Home System today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will open the 50,000th Solar Home System today installed at Parshuram in Feni through video link.
Nationalarrow RU Syndicate postpones 'controversial' appointments
The Rajshahi University Syndicate at its meeting Sunday night postponed the proposed appointments of three teachers in the Islamic History and Culture (IHC) department and also of 159 employees in the
 arrow Bridges not built in 10 yrs
Durgapur, a tourist spot in Netrakona having mineral deposits, is virtually isolated from rest of the country as construction of two bridges started long ago is yet to be completed and two others damaged
 arrow Saidee's meet held amid tight security
The district conference of Bangladesh Madrasa Sikhkhok Parishad (teachers association) in which Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Mawlana Delwar Hussain Saidee was chief guest was held in the town amid tight security
 arrow 9 die of diarrhoea, pneumonia in Gaibandha
At least 9 people died of diarrhoea and pneumonia in the district in last 3 days, according to sources in Gaibandha Civil Surgeon's (CS) office.
 arrow Satkhira PDB office besieged for power supply
Several thousand people brought out a procession, held a rally and laid a siege to the of Power Development Board (PDB) office in Satkhira town yesterday demanding smooth power supply.
 arrow Four killed in Moulvibazar road mishaps
Three people were killed and another five injured seriously in a road accident in Lochhanachhera on the Moulvibazar-Dhaka highway in the district yesterday.
 arrow 8-pt demand: Token hunger strike by college teachers
The Satkhira district unit of Bangladesh College Teachers Association staged a token hunger strike at Shahid Abdur Razzak Park in the town yesterday to press its 8-point demand.
Culturearrow Monsoon magic
A musical soiree was held recently at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum, as part of Chayyanaut's fundraising programmes for the construction of its new building.
 arrow "As a co-star John Abraham would be my first choice. Salman Khan would be next on the list" -- Chandni
Chandni is an artiste who's attaining popularity fast. Her credible performances in movies like Laalshalu and Dukhai were well received.
 arrow Shikhondi Katha in Rangpur
Mahakal Natya Sampraday will stage two shows of their current production, Shikhondi Katha at the town hall in Rangpur on September 9.
 arrow Fund raising programme for Dilu and Anwar Parvez
Bangladesh Shangshkritik Kormi Shangha will stage a special fund raising programme for ailing valiant freedom fighter and actor Mujibur Rahman Dilu and veteran composer Anwar Parvez on September 08, Thursday
Generalarrow Hungary to invest in Bangladesh
Hungary will invest in Bangladesh and send delegations to further develop the trade relations between the two countries through greater interaction.
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony held
A certificate award ceremony of English Language Teaching (ELT) workshop was held at the Sunbeams School in the city on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow UCEP Bangladesh executives
M Sirajul Islam and Dr Ubaidur Rob were elected chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Board of Governors of UCEP-Bangladesh on August 30 for the period 2005-06, says a press release.
Internationalarrow New Orleans searches for dead and living
A week after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans yesterday searched for growing numbers of its dead from the city's worst catastrophe and had not given up on finding more of the living.
 arrow Lankan Marxists back PM for presidency
Sri Lanka's influential Marxist party said yesterday it would support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse for the presidency after he promised to drop plans for a federal state, redraft a truce with Tamil
 arrow Grateful Asia offers aid for Katrina victims
Asian countries that benefited from US aid when they were hit by natural disasters in the past were lining up yesterday to extend assistance to Americans left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow UN urges some staff to leave Afghanistan
The United Nations has encouraged some nonessential staff to leave Afghanistan amid security concerns ahead of Sept.
 arrow Manmohan starts talks with Kashmir rebels
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday began the first talks between an Indian leader and Kashmiri separatists since the start of a bloody rebellion in Kashmir in 1989.
 arrow Lack of cash for vaccines overcrowding hospitals
The death toll from a Japanese encephalitis outbreak in northern India rose to 468 yesterday as more children died overnight, with officials blaming lack of cash for vaccines and overcrowded hospitals
 arrow States struggling with refugees
With a shattered New Orleans all but emptied out, an unprecedented refugee crisis unfolded across the country Sunday, as governors and emergency officials rushed to feed, clothe and shelter more thana
 arrow Bomb threats to 11 Tokyo hospitals
Major university hospitals in Tokyo have received a barrage of bomb threats linked to demands that medical schools increase their admissions, a news report and authorities said yesterday.
 arrow US sub collides with cargo ship in Gulf
A US Navy submarine collided early yesterday with a Turkish merchant ship in the Gulf, the US Navy reported. No one was hurt on either vessel.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fuel price hike
Given the rise in the price of oil world-wide, it was inevitable that the government would have to raise the price of fuel here in Bangladesh before too long.
 arrow Editorial: Habit dies hard
The director of a project for Secondary Education Quality Improvement, one that is financed by the Asian Development Bank(ADB), was, it is learnt, admonished by education secretary on Sunday after hehad
 arrow Taking market and community together
The community and the market have been considered as mutually exclusive rival institutions. They are dubbed to be foes, not friends, to each other.
 arrow Separating fact from fiction
As individuals we need to face upto the truth. One of the great contradictions of life is how knowing the truth we pretend it to be otherwise.
Letters to Editorarrow Ministers' medical treatment
This refers to a news report published in most of our national dailies recently on the above subject.
 arrow Free thinking
I wrote a piece "Role of Intellectuals" in DS last year (12/10/04), where I mentioned the role of Rousseau in the making of French Revolution and so on.
 arrow Childhood education
I have some observations to share with you on some of the aspects of your schools and schooling in general and some specific opinions as a specialist in early childhood development and education.
 arrow BSF atrocities
The Daily Star reported on 20 August 2005 that Indian BSF soldiers shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer named Basiruddin on his farmland, 800m inside the border.
 arrow CNG scooters
Meter is not used in CNG scooters in Chittagong city. As a result, people are suffering.
Scooters owners and drivers don't want to install meter. They called a strike to protest the government order.

 arrow Price of newspapers
I am pleasantly surprised to see that an eight page Bangla daily costing Tk 2/- has hit the news stand.
 arrow Hartal
The bombing incidents across the country on 17/8/05 signify a national crisis felt globally. In the wake of this crisis, we should stand united setting aside any party affiliation.
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