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Front Pagearrow Massive hunt for more militants' dens in capital
A huge quantity of arms and explosives gathered to launch attacks on government and private establishments has been kept at several other hideouts of Islamist militants in and around the capital, lawenforcers
 arrow Another big arms haul in Naikkhangchhari
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized huge arms and ammunition including eight AK47 assault rifles, four light machine guns and 3,559 bullets during a raid in hilly Naikkhangchhari upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Faulty deal doubles cost, makes it white elephant
A faulty supplier's credit deal with cash strapped North Korea has turned the prospective Maddhyapara hard rock mine project a white elephant for the country, already seven years behind schedule withthe
 arrow 'PM out to save Aug 17 culprits'
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the prime minister's latest speech in parliament was aimed at 'saving the real perpetrators of the August 17 countrywide blasts'.
 arrow Indian mob lynches four Bangladeshis
Indian border guards picked up four Bangladeshi nationals in Akhaura and handed them over to an Indian mob, who lynched them in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Top Narayanganj criminal killed in 'crossfire'
Listed criminal S M Selim alias Tower Selim, also a central leader of the Bangladesh Krishak League, was killed in an "encounter" between police and his accomplices at Takkar field near New Stadium in
 arrow They now don't know how to start life anew
Obaidullah and his younger brother Dalim cannot now dream of anything as a better future other than looking after camels, working as jockeys, going to cinema and roaming about market places.
 arrow Crackers seized from 3-wheeler, two arrested
Police yesterday seized a huge quantity of crackers from a CNG-run three-wheeler at Panthapath in the capital and arrested two youths.
 arrow Extortionists in Meherpur, Kushtia kill 2
Extortionists killed an expatriate and a trader in separate incidents in Kushtia and Meherpur on Thursday night and early yesterday.
 arrow S Arabia seizes smuggled ammo
Saudi Arabia has seized 190,000 rounds of ammunition smuggled from neighbouring Kuwait in a truck, Al-Jazira newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow 'Expelled' Noorani to make public 'hidden agenda'
International Khatme Nubuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB), a platform for anti-Ahmadiyya campaigners, has expelled a top leader of the outfit for 'anti-organisational activities.
 arrow Nephew of slain Rana arrested
Manikganj Sadar police yesterday arrested Zahidur Rahman Biltu, nephew of slain district Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Khorshed Alam Rana, following the confessional statement of Rana's killer Shahin.
 arrow Reception to Matiur Rahman
Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman was accorded a reception at a city hotel last night for winning the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.
 arrow Katrina survivors being evacuated by force
US police backed by troops have begun to use force to remove people from their homes in the city of New Orleans.
 arrow 8 hurt in Pakistani KFC, McDonald's bomb blasts
Twin bomb blasts wounded eight people at crowded KFC and McDonald's fast food restaurants in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi early yesterday, a senior provincial official said.
 arrow Manmohan to meet Musharraf in New York
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet Pakistan's president on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, a senior Indian official said yesterday.
 arrow US, UK are terrorist nations: Mahathir
American and British pilots whose bombs killed Iraqi civilians were murderers, and actions taken by those two countries during the invasion of Iraq amounted to terrorism, former Prime Minister Mahathir
 arrow IFC wants to invest in coal mine sector
International Finance Corporation (IFC) is willing to invest in Bangladesh's coal mine sector, particularly in Barapukuria coal field in Dinajpur.
 arrow Justice Faizee accorded reception
A madrasa committee backed by local BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders accorded a reception to High Court Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee in Fatikchhari upazila yesterday.
 arrow DGFI man held on rape charge
Police arrested a DGFI (Directorate General of Forces Intelligence) member in connection with a rape case in South Mugdapara under Sabujbagh Police Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow Magistrate crisis hampers Khulna drive against stale food
Drive against adulterated food is being hampered in Khulna City due to shortage of magistrates.
 arrow India, Pakistan talk opening of border points
Encouraged by increasing flow of goods to Wagah border, India and Pakistan yesterday discussed the opening of land border points to increase bilateral trade.
 arrow Buet student falls from 5th floor, dies
A first year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) died last night after falling from the fifth floor of their house while the body of a woman was recovered from an apartment
 arrow Pakistan, India to free hundreds of prisoners
India and Pakistan announced Friday they would release hundreds of civilian prisoners next week as peace moves continue between the South Asian nations.
 arrow Correction
A report published in The Daily Star on Friday inadvertently mentioned that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had left for New York on Thursday.
Businessarrow Export fetches record $905m in July
Exports fetched a record US$ 905 million in July, the first month of the current financial year.
 arrow Remittances from UAE rise 18pc
Remittances from the UAE to Bangladesh surged 18.41 percent in the last fiscal year to Dh 1.62 billion (US$ 442.24 million), Dh 1.
 arrow Apec members pledge to fight high oil prices
Finance ministers from Pacific rim nations wrapped up a two-day meeting here Friday with a pledge to share responsibility to fight high oil prices and other impending risks to the global and regionaleconomies.
 arrow Time running out for WTO: US
The US government said Thursday it is now or never for the World Trade Organisation to reinvigorate its flagging drive to tear down trade barriers and lift millions out of grinding poverty.
 arrow Dhaka civil society to pursue LDC concerns with developed states
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Pre-Hong Kong Global Civil Society Forum held its second meeting at CPD on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Raffle draw of Ruchi chips contest held
Square Consumer Products Limited (SCPL), which produces Ruchi brand chips, yesterday held the raffle draw of its consumer promotion contest.
 arrow Indian IT cities compete for attention, investment
In an attempt to hit back at critics who've raised a hue and cry over the state's deal with the Salim Group, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hinted Wednesday that West Bengal's inability to allow
 arrow China to expand yuan's trading band
A senior Chinese central bank official said Friday that expanding the currency's narrow trading band should be expected although no hint was given as to when it may occur.
 arrow India okays purchase of 43 Airbus planes
India has cleared a long-delayed purchase of 43 planes from European aircraft major Airbus Industrie for state-owned Indian Airlines in a $2.2 billion deal.
 arrow Pakistan's forex reserves dip
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves fell by $196 million to $12.044 billion in the week ending on September 3, the central bank said yesterday.
 arrow US hopeful of reaching textile deal with China
The United States wants a textile trade agreement with China but will not sacrifice its right to restrict imports of Chinese clothing when there is a surge, the chief US trade negotiator said Thursday.
 arrow US shrimpers seek govt protection
America's shrimpers are fighting back from vivid images of destruction wrought on the industry by Hurricane Katrina, urging the government not to write them off -- and especially not to ease import duties
 arrow Thaksin revives gamble on casinos
Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has revived his plan to introduce casinos to Thailand as a last-ditch gamble to boost the sagging tourism industry amid increased competition from rival Asian
 arrow ICB Securities declares 30pc dividend
ICB Securities Trading Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, has declared a 30 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow National Bank okays 20pc bonus share
National Bank Ltd has declared a 20 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Sept 3-Sept 8, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Football: It's all to play-off for
This season's Premiership football title will have to be decided by a play-off match as a late strike from the mercurial Matiur Munna enabled Mohammedan Sporting Club to hold 10-man Brothers Union 1-1
 arrow Cricket: Tigers lose Tapash too
Bangladesh will go into the Test series against Sri Lanka with one of their most inexperienced pace attacks after Tapash Baisya was also ruled out on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful, Aftab enable draw
Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed provided a silver lining for the injury-struck Tigers as the tourists drew their three-day match against the Sri Lanka Development Squad on Friiday.
 arrow Cricket: Openers defy England
Australia gave England a reminder of how Ashes contests used to be with an unbroken century stand between Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden leaving them well-placed at tea on the second day of the crunch
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Hewitt set for semi showdown
Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt will renew their rivalry in the US Open, but it was the Swiss top seed and title-holder who was by far the more impressive in winning through to the semifinals.
 arrow Football: Part And Parcel Of Nerve Games....


 arrow Tennis: Mixed Slam delight for Hantuchova
Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova completed a career mixed doubles Grand Slam here Thursday, teaming with Indian doubles expert Mahesh Bhupathi to win the US Open title.
 arrow Football: Ramos straightaway?
Having splashed out 27 million euros on Spanish international Sergio Ramos last week, Real Madrid fans are wondering whether he will be thrown in at the deep end against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
 arrow Football: A tale of the same city
Alex Ferguson admired Stuart Pearce sufficiently as a player to try and sign him for Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Somma's chance to topple idol
Empoli coach Mario Somma will pit his wits against his role model on Sunday when the Tuscan side host Serie A champions Juventus.
 arrow Cricket: SA to visit India in November
South Africa have confirmed they will play five one-day internationals in India in November.
The sides played two Test matches at the same time last year, the home side winning 1-0 after a draw atKanpur.

 arrow Cricket: Ebrahim ton hurts India
India's Test squad were provided with unexpectedly stiff opposition by a Zimbabwe Board XI at this small border town close to Mozambique on the first day of a three-day match on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kartik joins Lancshire
Indian spin bowler Murali Kartik has joined Lancashire for the remainder of the county season.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to examine sub fielder rule
International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed has pledged to address the controversial substitute fielder rule next month.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in breach of FA drugs rules
Chelsea have been charged with breaching Football Association rules for carrying out private drugs tests on some of their players.
 arrow Football: Scolari's admiration for Ronaldo
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo for playing in a World Cup qualifier just a day after the death of his father.
Metropolitanarrow Move to fill up upper end of Begunbari canal protested
Environmentalists yesterday staged a demonstration in the city yesterday, demanding that the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) cancel its decision to construct a commercial complex in Karwan Bazar
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to reduce border tension, crimes
The four-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) concluded at Shiliguri in the Indian state of West Bengal yesterday agreeing to cooperate actively
 arrow 'Keep prices of products within buying capacity'
The 4th Handmade Creative Ceramic Exhibition began in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Demonstrations at dists, UZs on Sept 29
Bangladesh Khetmojur Union will stage demonstrations at district and upazila headquarters on September 29 demanding relief for rural areas in northern districts to face upcoming Monga.
 arrow Pepsodent-Dristy debate begins in Chittagong
The weeklong Pepsodent-Dristy 13th Inter-School Parliamentary Debate and 5th Inter-College Debate Competition began in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Work for unity, peace
New Archbishop Paulinus Costa yesterday called on the Christian community to work for unity and peace of the motherland.
 arrow Invest more in Bangladesh
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday called upon the Japanese investors and entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh taking the advantage of liberal investment policy and other opportunities.
 arrow 6 killed in separate road accidents
Six people, including a woman, were killed in separate road accidents in last two days.
Of them, four were killed in the city and two at Dhamrai near Dhaka.

 arrow Dhaka ready to send skilled people to US
Bangladesh stands ready to send people experienced in natural disaster management and to provide logistic support to help in the relief and evacuation in Hurricane Katrina-hit US states of Louisiana,Mississippi
 arrow Human brain still evolving: Scientists
University scientists say they have found strong proof that the human brain is still evolving.
 arrow Two killed in Ctg incidents
Two people were killed and two others injured in two separate incidents at Hathazari upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow 'Communal, imperialist forces hatching conspiracy against country'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the communal and imperialist forces are jointly hatching a conspiracy against the country.
 arrow 'Resist conspirators'
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday called upon all to resist those who are conspiring against the country.
 arrow Hasina consoles family members of city AL leader
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina visited the house of Lalbagh Awami League leader late Sydur Rahman Sona Miah at Chakbazar in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Police stations in Khulna division on 'high alert'
Sixty-nine police stations in Khulna division including the five in Khulna city are on 'high alert' since Thursday night following intelligence reports of reprisal by Islamist extremists and outlaws.
 arrow Housewife 'murder' sparks protests in Jhenidah
Farzana Ahmed Nila, wife of Tariqul Islam Palash in Jhenidah town, was killed in their house, according to autopsy report.
 arrow Tk 50,000 fish looted by pirates in Tatulia
Fishes worth about Tk 50,000 were looted from 8 fishing boats on the Tatulia river on Friday allegedly by members of notorious Alauddin and Bachchu groups.
 arrow Oust govt to restore peace, Matia tells B'baria rally
Awami League Presidium member Matia Chawdhury has called upon the people to intensify agitation to 'oust the government to end terrorism and bring back peace in society'.
 arrow Transport strike in Sirajganj
An indefinite transport strike began in Sirajganj yesterday protesting illegal toll collection at two bus terminals here.
 arrow Scouts confce held at Satkhira
The triennial conference of Sadar upazila Scouts was held here yesterday.
 arrow Satkhira JP protests fuel price hike
Jatiya Party held a rally and brought out a procession in Satkhira town yesterday protesting the August 17 bomb blasts and price hike of fuel and essentials.
 arrow Appointees protest PRO statement
The 'controversially appointed' 544 employees of Rajshahi University yesterday held a rally in front of the administrative building and protested the remarks made by the university authorities about their
 arrow 2 killed in Sirajganj road accidents
At least two people were killed and 15 others injured in two separate road accidents here in two days.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why the two leaders are not talking?
Many well-meaning citizens of Bangladesh and a good many of our friends from abroad have often very seriously emphasised upon the apparently overriding necessity of a one-to-one dialogue between thetwo
 arrow Will the UN summit be able to achieve its objectives?
Prime minister Khaleda Zia is leaving for New York on Sunday to attend a 2-day UN special summit -- a razzmatazz of the largest ever gathering of 175 world leaders on the 60th anniversary of the organization,
 arrow Upstream diversion threat to river management
Interventions into river for day-to-day need are as old as history. Rivers, apart from commonly known purposes, have also been used as the source of political and military gains.
Culturearrow Artistes come forward for a noble cause
As part of the fundraising efforts for the medical treatment of valiant freedom fighter, dedicated theatre activist and the coordinator of a popular children's organisation Tonatuni, Mujibur Rahman Dilu
 arrow Display of Bangladeshi paintings in Japan
The recent exhibition by young Bangladeshi artists at Chayamachi, Japan was remarkable indeed. Twenty artists participated in the exhibition and it was organised by GS Kabir.
 arrow New TV serial Amader Anando Bari
Under the direction of noted actress Lucky Enam, the shooting of the 104-episode-drama serial Amader Anando Bari is in full swing.
Generalarrow NSU firm to ensure quality education
The orientation programme for the newly enrolled undergraduate students of Business, Economics and Architecture departments for Fall 2005 semester of North South University (NSU) was held on the NSU campus
 arrow Global warming causes soil to release carbon
Global warming is causing soil to release huge amounts of carbon, making efforts to fight global warming tougher than previously thought, scientists said.
Internationalarrow Moderates fear for Lankan peace
Sri Lanka's moderate Tamils yesterday expressed fears for the island's already faltering peace bid after the prime minister pledged a U-turn in power-sharing with minorities if he was elected president.
 arrow Israeli army packs up in Gaza
The Israeli army was demolishing the last of its buildings and packing up remaining equipment yesterday while awaiting final orders for a lightning withdrawal from Gaza after a 38-year occupation.
 arrow Katrina fuels global warming debate
Hurricane Katrina has spurred debate about global warming worldwide with some environmentalists sniping at President George W. Bush for pulling out of the main UN plan for braking climate change.
 arrow 'War on terror saves few lives'
The US "war on terror" is saving fewer lives than just spending the money on disease prevention and research, and has probably caused deaths by taking money away from basic services, an expert said on
 arrow Nepali cops net 200 anti-king protests
More than 200 people were arrested in the Nepalese capital and the southwestern town of Mahendran-agar yesterday, the sixth day of anti-monarchy protests, police and party officials said.
 arrow Mubarak wins fifth term in Egypt polls
President Hosni Mubarak has won a fifth six-year term in Egypt's first contested presidential election, taking more than 80 percent of the vote in a low turnout, state newspapers said yesterday.
 arrow Hurricane divides US
The extraordinary showing of national and political unity displayed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is nowhere to be found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow 'World was reluctant to recognise Kashmir violence as terrorism'
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in comments broadcast yesterday that the world had been reluctant to recognise the insurgency in Indian-ruled Kashmir as terrorism.
 arrow Pakistani extremists aid terrorists: US
al-Qaeda leaders in hiding and foot-soldiers preparing for terrorist attacks are turning to outlawed Pakistani extremist groups for spiritual and military training, shelter and logistical support, say
Editorialarrow Editorial: Our HDI ranking
The UNDP report on HDI has pointed out certain successes that the country has achieved in areas like expansion of health facilities and income generation for women.
 arrow Editorial: Praises for Bangladesh
Much that we are swathed in compassion and sympathy for the unprecedented damage and devastation caused by the catastrophic Katrina, it is nonetheless heartening to know that the media of the United States
 arrow Extremism, terrorism and Bangladesh
A debate continues within the international community about an agreed and acceptable definition of the term terrorism.
 arrow Coping with disaster
The TV images from New Orleans were unreal.
Letters to Editorarrow Flurry of bombing
The co-ordinated flurry of bombing has made us horrible and awe-struck.
 arrow Seeking from GrameenPhone
I am one of the subscribers of the Bangladesh's leading mobile phone operator namely GrameenPhone. Grameen had launched their most expensive package called EASY GOLD two years back.
 arrow Journalists in Khulna
Media people in Khulna continue to be in grave danger. The latest on this front is that three newsmen have in the past few days been threatened with death.
 arrow Saarc
I was reading a letter on the issues of Saarc in the DS letters column of August 26, 2005. I would like to share some ideas on the referred issues.
 arrow Supporting Pakistani cricketers
I just read what Mr. Ghias who agreed with a previous write up that talked against Bangladeshi women who supported Pakistani cricket players.
StarTecharrow Keeping patients connected
The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (Dab), located at the Birdem hospital in Shahbagh, recently initiated a Telemedicine Specialists Center (TSC) to treat patients staying out of the capital.
 arrow A project let down due to lack of motivation
Sending email through your mobile phone may have become a matter of pressing a button but its cost could have been much lower, had the technology been implemented locally.
 arrow Apple unveils iPod nano
Apple Computer Inc.
 arrow Sony takes aim at iPod
Sony Corp. said on Thursday it would sell advanced Walkman portable music players later this year, aiming to move out of Apple Computer Inc.
 arrow H2 Pills
Hydrogen pills are presented on September 7 as Lecturer Ulrich Quaade and four other scientists from the Danish Institute of Technology announced that they have developed a pill containing hydrogen for
Literaturearrow One Two Three
*-*-* Cool dark air, 63F *-*-*
green white green
an old Nigerian dream

"Six, ron!" Mishook yells from our veranda.

 arrow The Sufi Spy
Growing up in London in the sixties, I remember my English uncle and his friends, all of whom had served in the British Indian Army in various capacities, occasionally toasting the real-life protagonist
 arrow Weltenschauung
'....the author's style is directly bound up with a conception of the world; the sentence and paragraph structure, the use and position of the substantive, the verb, etc.
 arrow Mother Tongue and Official Tongue
Mother tongue:
'Sweet chick come hither'.
Official tongue:
Prima facie no reaction was immediately known.

 
   
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