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Front Pagearrow Bounty for arrest of Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai
The government yesterday announced a bounty for information leading to the arrest of Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, both accused of masterminding the August 17 countrywide blasts.
 arrow Hospital fee hike goes after minister's ignorance drama
The health ministry yesterday cancelled the September 3 circular raising fees for different services and medical tests in the public hospitals down to district-level while the minister for health claimed
 arrow Major outages grip country
A chronic load shedding grips the country with little hope of a major respite soon, as about 13 power plant units have gone for emergency maintenance and rehabilitation work.
 arrow Spending cut by 10pc; restriction on car purchase
The government has cut back expenditure by 10 percent on some particular items in the current revenue and development budget and placed a restriction on the purchase of vehicles to offset the impact of
 arrow Khaleda flies to NY today to join UN session
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia flies here for New York this morning to join the three-day World Summit on September 14 that marks the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)'s 60th session.
 arrow Third round bidding now in March-April
The government is preparing to go for the third round bidding for offshore oil and gas exploration in March-April next year for signing production sharing contracts (PSCs) with qualified international
 arrow Jamaat MPs rebut Babar's claim of JMB link as baseless
The state minister for home yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that intelligence agencies have found involvement of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and an outlawed party in the August 17 bomb blasts
 arrow Maulana Masud received Tk 1cr from UK, ME
Moulana Fariduddin Masud received Tk 1 crore through his account at Sonali Bank, the bank reported to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday.
 arrow Low cost bombs alarm for everyone, report says
Trained professionals manufactured the August 17 bombs using materials mostly available in common markets and worth a maximum of Tk 100 and assembled them using a simple method, says a report of the government's
 arrow Six bills tabled in JS to raise high-ups' perks
Six bills were introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday proposing 45 percent hike in the remuneration and privileges of the president, prime minister, speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, state ministers,
 arrow Traffic Gridlock....


 arrow Forex reserves slide to $2.73b
The foreign exchange reserve yesterday came down to $2.73 billion after paying off the import bills of the Asian Clearing Union (ACU). Last week the reserve was about $3 billion.
 arrow Bapex-Niko deal challenged in HC
The controversial agreement with Niko, a Canadian gas exploration company that inflicted damage to the Tengratila gas field, was challenged in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow EU again feels concerned at Aug 17 blasts
Expressing grave concern over the August 17 serial bombings, EU presidency British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday said he hopes the government would sustain its current decisive actions against
 arrow First Test starts today
Opening batsman Shahriar Nafees and left-arm swing bowler Syed Rasel will make their debut when Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in the first Test here today.
 arrow Koizumi pulls off major polls win
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pulled off a major victory at the polls yesterday after gambling his career on an early election that doubters at first said was tantamount to political suicide.
 arrow Israel declares end to Gaza rule
Israel declared an end to its military rule in Gaza yesterday, clearing the way to complete its pullout and turn the territory over to the Palestinians on Monday after 38 years of occupation.
 arrow Hasina points finger at Hawa Bhaban
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition yesterday alleged that the real perpetrators behind the August 17 bombings were getting away.
 arrow Top Janajuddha leader captured
A top leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha), who hid himself in the capital since last November, was arrested from a garments factory at Khilgaon in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 6 more camel jockeys back to parents
Six more children used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were handed over to their parents at Barura in Comilla on Saturday through a programme.
 arrow Unique march to protest fuel price hike
A consumer rights body yesterday protested the recent fuel price hike in a novel way, bringing out a procession of non-motorised vehicles, traditional modes of transports and even that for the disabled
 arrow Qaeda threatens attacks on LA, Melbourne
A suspected American member of al-Qaeda threatened attacks against Los Angeles and the Australian city of Melbourne in a videotape shown by ABC television yesterday on fourth anniversary of September11.
 arrow BSF may return 2 bodies today
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said Border Security Force (BSF) of India may return the bodies of Bangladeshi nationals today after three days of waiting.
 arrow Janajuddha denies link to blasts
The Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party has said the government is patronising Islamist militancy in the country and killing its activists in the name of 'crossfire'.
Businessarrow Dhaka fails to tap Canberra duty free offer
Although Bangladeshi goods received duty free access to Australia, the country has failed to tap the potential of this overseas market, said Australian High Commissioner Lorraine Barker yesterday.
 arrow Bangla-Pak JEC meet today
The eighth meeting of the Bangladesh-Pakistan Joint Economic Co-operation (JEC) begins here today to discuss ways to boost trade and economic co-operation with special focus on bilateral free trade agreement
 arrow Pakistan offers help for railway development
Pakistan is interested to co-operate with Bangladesh in developing its railway sector, particularly conducting a feasibility study for introducing high-speed electric train service.
 arrow Ensure accountability of public expenses
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the accounts officers to apply the computerised financial management system to bring transparency and accuracy in the accounting system.
 arrow India, China set to reopen direct trade links
The world's two most populous countries India and China are working to set up their first direct trade link since a 1962 border war by reopening a section of the famed Silk Road, Indian officials said
 arrow SEC fines 3 directors, MD of Khwaja Mosaic
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined three directors and managing director of Khwaja Mosaic Tiles and Stone Industries Limited Tk 100,000 each for violating securities rules.
 arrow China seeks to double trade with Canada by 2010
China President Hu Jintao pressed Canada's business leaders in Toronto Saturday to help double bilateral trade by 2010.
 arrow Mining firm plans to import $300m machinery
UK-based Bangladeshi coal mining firm Asia Energy plans to import US$300 million worth of mining equipment for extracting coal from Phulbari coalmine, which will be the single largest ever machinery imports
 arrow Kolkata Port proposes new trade route with Bangladesh
The Kolkata Port Trust has proposed the central government for establishing an inland water route from Kolkata to Narayanganj in Bangladesh, according to a PTI report.
 arrow EU wants more cheaper oil
European ministers urged the oil-producing countries Saturday to boost supplies rapidly to combat soaring fuel bills and told oil companies to reinvest more of their vast profits in exploration and refining.
 arrow EU ministers call for global response to oil problem
EU finance ministers called on Saturday for a global response to high oil prices, urging producers to invest in future supplies and warning of the risks to economic growth.
 arrow EU hails end of China clothes logjam
European retailers are looking forward to the end of a logjam of Chinese clothing imports this week but warn that a new "disaster" could already be looming, threatening further EU-China strains.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar now wants Test fight
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar would like to see a change in the team's fortunes in the Test series after suffering a 3-0 ODI whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Decision day today
Still smarting from the 1-1 draw with Mohammedan Sporting Club in the last match of the league which compelled them to appear in today's play-off against the same opponents to decide the title, Brothers
 arrow Cricket: Upbeat debutants
Bangladesh will hand their 43rd and 44th Test caps to Shahriar Nafees and Syed Rasel when the first Test begins at the Premadasa today.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters does it in grand style
Kim Clijsters climbed a wall and, like a tightrope walker, inched along a railing high above the court. Fans reached out to help her, worried she might fall.
No way. On this night, everything was grand.

 arrow Cricket: Bad light aids England
Australia's Ashes hopes were left in the balance after Andrew Flintoff produced a thundering bowling performance in murky conditions to turn the fifth and final Test on its head on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Back to Premadasa
Test cricket will return to the Premadasa Cricket Stadium after seven years when Sri Lanka host Bangladesh in the first Test here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Wins for BU, Madarbari
Madarbari Udoyan and Brothers Union won their respective matches in the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Daily Star take on BSS today
The Daily Star will launch their campaign in the Pepsi-DRU inter-house six-a-side cricket tournament today when they take on BSS at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Celta ride on dubious goal
Uruguayan midfielder Fabian Canobbio upstaged Real Madrid's Brazilian contingent when he scored a contentious goal to give promoted Celta Vigo a 3-2 win in the Bernabeu on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Inter stumble at Palermo
Serie A title hopefuls Inter Milan suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat away to Palermo on Saturday while their city neighbours AC Milan won 3-1 at home to Siena.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Agassi arrange dream finale
The longed-for showdown between Roger Federer, the world number one, and Andre Agassi, the old stager playing possibly for the last time at Flushing Meadows, will come to pass on Sunday in the US Open
 arrow Football: Chelsea still perfect, Gunners shot down
Chelsea turned the screw on Manchester United and Arsenal on Saturday, the champions extending their 100 percent winning start to the season as their title rivals both dropped points.
 arrow Cricket: India practise batting in drawn game
India will return to Harare from mountain valley town Mutare where they got some competitive batting practice ahead of the first Test against Zimbabwe starting in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Moin not retiring
Moin Khan, former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has ruled out talk of retirement at the end of this season.
 arrow Cricket: Australia A struggle in Pakistan
Opener Phil Jaques scored a fighting, unbeaten half-century as Australia A struggled to 120 for six on the opening day of a four-day unofficial Test against Pakistan A in Rawalpindi on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe drop four for Tests against India
Zimbabwe have dropped four players from the team that lost both Tests against New Zealand last month for the two-Test series against India starting in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow PM's parliament speech not 'based on facts'
Jatiya Oikya Mancha convenor Dr Kamal Hossain and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said the prime minister's latest speech in parliament regarding the August 17 countrywide
 arrow 127 Bangladeshi workers to get compensation
Some 127 Bangladeshi workers, most of whom are now working in Malaysia, will get 20,000 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) equivalent to Tk 3,53,600 each as compensation from Chung Wah plastic company for violating
 arrow Invest more in Bangladesh
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh and Pakistan can do a lot of things together to improve the living standard of the peoples of the two countries.
 arrow Govt plans to update medical waste management rules
The government is planning to update the relevant act requiring private clinics to take responsibility for medical waste management, said Dr AKM Saidur Rahman, a medical officer of the Directorate ofHealth
 arrow BDR pushes back 8 Indians thru' Panchagarh border
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) pushed eight Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims, including women and children, back to India through Tentulia border of Panchagarh Saturday night.
 arrow Mobile court fines Hotel Zakaria Tk 71,600
A mobile court yesterday raided the bar and restaurant of Hotel Zakaria International in Mohakhali, and found them serving uncovered unhygienic food and conducting their business without any trade license
 arrow Aug 21 suspect Mukul's driver denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Monzur Hossain who was arrested for his alleged involvement in August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow RMG to face action unless standards improve
Leaders of a Europe-based workers federation yesterday reiterated their demand for improving working condition and salary packages for labours and workers at garment factories, and warned Bangladesh export
 arrow Bus fare may increase up to 11pc: Minister
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday hinted that the bus fare might be increased up to 11 percent, instead of 18 percent that a committee tasked to fix the enhanced fare recommended last week.
 arrow SC Bar Assoc demands resignation of Justice Faizee
Leaders of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday reiterated the demand for resignation of Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee following his reception by the BNP-Jamaat leaders at Fatikchhari
 arrow Two snatchers arrested
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday held two persons while snatching away Tk 50,000 from an employee of a cloth shop at Nilkhet in the city.
 arrow 'Resist vested quarters using religion for their interest'
Spiritual leaders at a discussion yesterday called on the peace-loving Muslims to be united under their leadership to resist the vested quarters carrying out militant activities, including bomb blasts,
 arrow 2 BCL leaders beaten up over factional feud on DU campus
Tension ran high among the leaders and activists of of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League, as two of its leaders were beaten up over a factional feud on Dhaka University
 arrow Shibir ransacks RU science bldg rooms
Students led by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists ransacked several rooms of Second Science building in Rajshahi University (RU) while demonstrating in support of their demands yesterday.
Nationalarrow Landgrabbers out to evict indigenous people
The indigenous Khasia and Garo people living in hills and forest lands in Moulvibazar district are in panic as a section of Bangalee land-grabbers are trying to evict them from their ancestral homes.
 arrow A unique way to stop spread of HIV/AIDS
Orphan Shikha (not her real name), a floating sex worker in Saidpur town, was attacked with a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
 arrow Satkhira polytech instt limping for 4 years
The Satkhira Polytechnic Institute is lying virtually unutilised since its construction four years ago because of lack of initiative by the authorities.
 arrow Tea gardens install their own power supply system
Twenty-nine tea gardens out of 67 in Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts have installed their own power generation system by using natural gas as frequent loadshedding affected their production.
 arrow Evolve proper marketing policy for agri-products
Experts at a national workshop here yesterday underscored the need for formulating a pragmatic marketing policy for farmers so that they can get fair prices of their products.
 arrow 7 missing as 3 fishing trawlers sink in Meghna estuary
At least seven fishermen are feared missing as three fishing trawlers with 32 people, caught in a gusty wind, sank in the Meghna estuary early yesterday.
 arrow Transport strike in Dinajpur from today
Dinajpur Bus Owners' Association (DBOA) has called an indefinite transport strike here from today.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the association held at its hall room yesterday.

Point-Counterpointarrow Israel's Gaza pull-out makes history, not peace
Even if Israel's much touted withdrawal from occupied Gaza Strip is momentous any one expecting a quick return to Middle East peace making will be disappointed although officials on both sides have expressed
 arrow Global trade alliances and Bangladesh
There have been as many as 160 allies in the trading world covering 55 percent of the global trade of $ 6.3 trillion in 2004.
 arrow Katrina and a personal tragedy
We think that we are invincible, but when Mother Nature's wrath falls on us, no one is really that invincible. This storm has taught me a lesson -- to be humble.
My family and I are safe.

Culturearrow Sonai Bibir Pala
The narratives of our rural bards are wonderful treasures of literature.
 arrow An evening of adhunik songs
September 10, Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum: Red, blue and yellow flashing lights, a drab background and small palm trees could easily confuse one into thinking he/she is at the BTV studio to
 arrow Venice places bets ahead of awards
Venice placed its bets ahead of an evening of red carpets and glittering Golden Lions on Saturday last, preparing to wrap up a film festival that closes on an Asian note with lavish Chinese musical Perhaps
Generalarrow 'Step up drive against food adulteration'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for strengthening the ongoing drive against adulterated food.
They also demanded amendment to existing laws incorporating punitive measures to ensure qualityfood.

 arrow President for raising literacy rate
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for increasing literacy rate to turn the huge population into human resources to keep pace with the developed countries.
 arrow 59pc sanitation coverage achieved till June 30
About 59 percent sanitation coverage has been achieved across the country till June 30.
Internationalarrow Manmohan may ink sub deal with France
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday left for a two-nation tour, which will take him to Paris, where he seeks to bolster nuclear and defence ties with France, and in New York he will hold ameeting
 arrow Iraq closes Syria border
Iraq's government said it launched thousands of troops against rebels in the city of Tal Afar on Saturday and ordered the nearby border with Syria closed to stem what Baghdad calls an influx of foreign
 arrow UN summit gets only scaled-down reforms
More than 170 leaders gather here from Wednesday for the largest summit ever to review a scaled-down version of UN chief Kofi Annan's ambitious plan to reform the 60-year-old world body.
 arrow Musharraf to confront image issues in US
President Pervez Musharraf left for New York yesterday with a mission to counter criticism of Pakistan's record on women's rights, to improve Muslim-Jewish relations and to boost a flagging peace process
 arrow Palestinians face test of statehood after pullout
Palestinians may be celebrating Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip, but as a test case for independence, the withdrawal from the lesser half of their promised state could turn into a poisoned chalice.
 arrow Searches, cleanup go on in New Orleans
Forensic workers and cadaver dogs searched the city in earnest for corpses as crews cleared away mounds of trash and debris left behind by residents fleeing Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow Sept 11 attack victims remembered in silence
The United States paused for a moment of silence yesterday, as the country recalled the horror of the September 11 terrorist attacks four years ago that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
 arrow Katrina may cost US as much as 2 wars
One storm could end up costing almost as much as two wars.
 arrow Riots erupt over Belfast parade
Protestant extremists threw homemade grenades Saturday and seven police and two civilians were wounded in the latest fury over a restricted Belfast parade.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unfortunate border killings
We are distressed to note that, in spite of many resolutions that are taken at the highest level between Bangladesh and India to handle border situations in a manner that is in keeping with the spirit
 arrow Editorial: Remembering 9/11
Four long years have passed since the world witnessed one of the most horrific scenes of terrorism in modern history when two hijacked aircrafts flew into the World Trade Centre in New York and another
 arrow Greater democracy in the Muslim world?
It is difficult to be sanguine if President Bush's insistence on bringing about democracy in the broader Middle East will ultimately serve the US interest in the conflict-ridden zone, which for ages has
 arrow King George Canute
There are too many internet terrorists scurrying around planting stink bombs in the very heart of the Green Zone where George Bush's credibility lives.
 arrow Needed closer Indo-Bangla understanding
We are aware of the fact that the present relationship between India and Bangladesh is not very much cordial.
Letters to Editorarrow Talibanisation of Bangladesh
What happened recently should be a wake-up call for Begum Khaleda Zia's government and party.
 arrow Oil prices
Presently, we are observing that fuel prices are rising in the global market.
 arrow No ban on hijab in France!
I write to you on the report "Moudud against ban on hijab." I am a French citizen and I want to say that people are spreading wrong information about my country.
 arrow BSF atrocities
On 31 August it was reported that the Indian BSF had killed three unarmed Bangladesh civilians.
 arrow Hurricane Katrina
Mankind is utterly powerless and at times helpless even in this age of ultimate technological advancement when capricious Nature strikes in its full fury.
 arrow Coloured democracy!
Is there a colour index in democracy? May be it seems so; given that the so called champion of democracy sitting in the White House is doodling while New Orleans drowns! Democracy for the blacks and other
 arrow Madrassah education
The bomb explosions on 17 August throughout the country have had a serious impact, as the whole nation is stunned by the heinous acts.
 arrow Studying religion
This has reference to the letter by Mr. Amin U. Sarkar on the subject (DS 22/8/05). In my junior school years (early sixties) mass in our churches was said in Latin.
 arrow Assistance to US
As of the afternoon of the 3rd instant, countries like Honduras and Sri Lanka have offered assistance to the US. Bangladesh has also offered one million US dollars for the victims.
 arrow HC's verdict
I have been following the debate on the HC's verdict on the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
 arrow Global security
Today the people, those who think about the future, must ask one simple question to themselves- how can we fight terrorism without using weapons.
 arrow Shab-e-Miraj
I was reading Syed Ashraf Ali's article on Shab-e-Miraj with rapt attention.
 arrow US immigration laws
I have read with amusement the letter written by Mr. A. F. Rahman regarding the deportation of Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Bipu from the US. I doubt very much if the writer has any respect for law.
 arrow An appeal to Tanvir Mokammel
We have come to learn that the government has put a ban on the show of your film, 'Karnaphulir Kanna'. We know that you often make films to portray the bleak sides of society and to protest social injustice.
 arrow Adulteration of news
In present-day world the media's role is crucial. Therefore, in the West, a professional journalist may sometimes appear more influential than even an influential minister.
 arrow Food adulteration
The activities of our mobile teams have been welcomed by the general people. The history of food adulteration is not so brief in our country.
 arrow Obscene films
While I was waiting at a bus stand , I noticed that there were about 20 men in a tea stall watching a cable TV English language movie.
 arrow English medium education
Many guardians force their children to go to the so called English medium schools. They think their children will not learn English without going to an English medium school.
 arrow Proud Bangladesh!
We fought the liberation war to free our great nation. About 34 years after we are proud of the 'democracy ' that we have. We as a people are indeed an ingenious lot.
Star Cityarrow Act proposed to control pvt security agencies
Cabinet approved the proposal of the Private Security Service Act 2005 on principle last month to monitor activities of private security agencies following the alleged involvement of some of their employees
 arrow The era of supermarkets
With over twenty supermarkets that follow the theme of arranging all kinds of products under one roof for the consumers operating in full swing, the shopping styles of the city dwellers have changed dramatically.
 arrow Cost of study materials go up
School, college and university students and their parents have criticised the abrupt price hike of different study materials.
 arrow They earn livelihood by selling grass
About a dozen people sell grass near Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University which has been a steady and reliable source of income for them over the years.
The 'grass market' is more than 30 years old.

 arrow Where pets are ready for sale
How much would you like to spend on a pet?
At the Katabon pet shop market, you can buy a pair of gold fish or a pair of Munia at less than a hundred taka.

 
   
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