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Front Pagearrow Stop gas payment to Niko, freeze accounts
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to stop gas payment to Niko and freeze all bank accounts of the Canadian oil company in Bangladesh.
 arrow Militants' bomb factory found in city
Detectives in city's Nawabpur yesterday seized raw materials and tools for making bomb-heads and arrested two men for suspected links to the August 17 blasts.
 arrow JMB chief Abdur Rahman's brother held in Jamalpur
Police arrested Moulana Obaidur Rahman Ibne Fazle, younger brother of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, at Madarganj upazila in Jamalpur early yesterday, suspecting hisinvolvement
 arrow Minister, secretary face off
Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and former health secretary AFM Sarwar Kamal are at loggerheads, claiming their statements correct on whether or not the minister knew about the raise in fees
 arrow Bangladesh costliest in South Asia
A global business survey by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) reveals that the cost to start a business in Bangladesh is the highest in the South Asian region.
 arrow PDB signs deal with inexperienced firm
The government yesterday signed its Tk 524 crore second power project deal with Chinese company Harbin that also built the poorly performing 100 megawatt simple cycle Tongi plant, the first power plant
 arrow Tigers crash after Bashar fifty
Habibul Bashar led from the front but Bangladesh failed to capitalise on his magnificent knock on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Shady agreement
The joint venture agreement (JVA) between Niko and Bapex was done in violation of the government policy, constitution and against the opinions of the government's own energy experts.
 arrow Dhaka, Islamabad to bolster trade
High-powered delegations of Bangladesh and Pakistan have agreed to raise bilateral trade from present US$ 215 million to one billion by 2007, providing differential treatment to each other and removing
 arrow Kahn's son for keeping its original form
The Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban must be protected in its original form as one of the architectural marvels of the world, says Nathaniel Kahn, son of world famous architect Luis I Kahn who made its master plan.
 arrow AL forms 8-km human chain
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday formed an eight-kilometre long human chain in the city in protest against price hike of fuel and essentials and countrywideserial
 arrow Khaleda off to NY to attend World Summit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left here yesterday for New York to attend the three-day summit of the world leaders and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session beginning tomorrow on the occasion
 arrow Palestinians take control of Gaza
Israel closed the door yesterday on four decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians took control of a territory for the first time in history amid a blaze of celebratory gunfire and ransacking
 arrow Iraqi troops kill 157 rebels
The Iraqi army has killed 157 insurgents in rebel Tal Afar, a Defence Ministry official said yesterday, as troops continued mopping up suspects in the northern town.
 arrow Sedition case against 11 militants sent to court
The sedition case against the 11 Rajshahi militants was sent to the Rajshahi District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday after First Class Magistrate Md Lal Hossain recorded the case on Sunday.
 arrow Hasina criticises bills to raise high-ups' pay
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has denounced the bills on enhanced salaries of the prime minister, the speaker, ministers and MPs as a classic instance of "self-seeking" and "greed for money" of theBNP-Jamaat
 arrow Talks with Tata deferred by a week for hartal
The third round negotiations with Tata on the billion-dollar investment plan was deferred by a week due to the opposition called hartal on September 21, official sources said.
 arrow Biman raises domestic fares
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to increase the fares of its domestic flights due to rise in aviation cost including fuel price hike.
 arrow Results of 25th BCS written test published
The results of the written test for the 25th BCS examinations 2004 were published yesterday, with 10,293 candidates coming out successful.
 arrow England regains Ashes glory
Kevin Pietersen's maiden Test hundred secured England's first Ashes series win for 18 years after the fifth and final Test against Australia was drawn at The Oval yesterday.
 arrow HC stays trial of Shamsur Rahman murder case
The High Court (HC) on Sunday issued a stay order on the trial of journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case at a speedy trial tribunal in Khulna.
Businessarrow Red tape retards farm loan disbursement
Farmers from eight districts yesterday alleged the bureaucratic tangle in getting institutional loans and lack of access to market information stand in the way of developing the agriculture sector.
 arrow Pizza Hut now in Ctg
Pizza Hut, the world's largest pizza chain, yesterday started its journey in Chittagong.
 arrow 2 apparel machinery expositions begin
In a bid to familiarise Bangladesh's apparel industry with latest technologies in the post-MFA era two apparel machinery expositions began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Onion to be imported from Myanmar before Ramadan
Businessmen are going to import onion from Myanmar to check soaring prices of onion prior to Ramadan.
 arrow Cancel decision on offloading shares of BSEC firms
Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) Sangram Parishad yesterday demanded cancellation of the decision on offloading shares of three enterprises of the state-run BSEC.
 arrow Asia's forex reserves up
Gains in Asia's foreign exchange reserves accelerated in August as a rise in US Treasury prices boosted Japan's reserves and a surge in foreign investments in Indian stocks lifted India's reserves.
 arrow EU to release blocked Chinese clothes from Wednesday
A Chinese textiles blocked for weeks at European ports can be released as of Wednesday when a quota deal struck between the EU and China goes into effect, an EU spokeswoman said Monday.
 arrow RanksTel, Teletalk sign deal on interconnectivity
Ranks Telecom Limited (RanksTel), a private PSTN operator, signed an interconnectivity agreement with the state-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd on Sunday.
 arrow EU trade, farm officials to head to US for Doha talks
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and farm commissioner Mariann Fischer-Boel will be in Washington from Tuesday for talks aimed at getting stalled WTO free-trade negotiations moving, the EU's executive
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank gets Asian CSR award
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has won the Asian CSR Awards-2005 for its outstanding programmes on corporate social responsibility (CSR).
 arrow Citigroup country corporate office now at Gulshan
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently shifted its country corporate office to Gulshan Avenue in Dhaka.
 arrow China posts big trade surplus
China chalked up its third-biggest trade surplus on record in August as strong growth in exports made up for a rebound in imports, a performance likely to sustain foreign pressure for a further rise in
Sportsarrow Football: Title stays Orange
There were a few thousand fans in the eastern gallery of the Bangabandhu National Stadium who were dancing to the beating of drums.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar backs his bowlers
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar thought that his charges had a good chance to fight back in the first Test against Sri Lanka if the bowlers maintained their good work on the second day.
 arrow Cricket: Rasel off the mark
Syed Rasel wanted to take the first Sri Lankan wicket to fall in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen takes England closer to the Ashes
Kevin Pietersen's maiden Test hundred on Monday took England closer towards the draw needed to regain the Ashes for the first in 18 years.
 arrow Tennis: Federer douses Agassi flame
Roger Federer played dream-wrecker at Flushing Meadows on Sunday when he downed sentimental favourite Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6 7-6, 6-1 in the US Open men's singles final.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers captain officially a selector
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to name the national captain for a longer duration instead of the traditional series-by-series basis.
 arrow Cricket: India-Zim Test from today
All the evidence as well as recent history points to a heavy defeat for Zimbabwe when they face India in the first of two cricket Tests which starts at Queens Sports Club here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Champions' time
Liverpool will open their title defence in earnest while AC Milan will awake from their nightmare in Istanbul when the Champions League group phase kicks off this week.
 arrow Football: Eto'o on the double
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o struck twice to give the champions their first win of the season 2-0 against Real Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: New BCF body
Bangladesh Chess Federation announced its newly elected executive committee on Sunday with former national champion FIDE Master Jamilur Rahman as general secretary.
 arrow Cricket: Daily Star begin on the right foot
The Daily Star put behind the nightmare of a first-round exit in the last six-a-side tournament in grand style when they handed BSS an all-wicket thrashing in the Pepsi-DRU Inter-House Six-a-Side Cricket
 arrow Tennis: The Grand Slam club
The list of all-time Grand Slam title winners after Roger Federer beat Andre Agassi in the US Open final here Sunday:
14 - Pete Sampras
12 - Roy Emerson
11 - Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver
10 -Bill

 arrow Football: NFL Rangamati leg begins Sept 15
The Rangamati phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League will begin at Rangamati Stadium on September 15. District Sports Association officials said at a press conference here yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Missing butcher's body found in city lake
Criminals shot a shopkeeper to death at Tongi in Gazipur yesterday.
In Dhaka, police recovered the body of a missing butcher from a lake in Badda while another person was killed by poison yesterday.

 arrow Date-expired items found at Bombay Sweets
A mobile court yesterday recovered huge amounts of date-expired food essence from Bombay Sweets and also found an unregistered herbal medicine factory in the city.
 arrow 16 garment workers get 3 years' RI
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 16 garment workers, including 8 females of M/S Honorway Textiles and Apparels Private Limited in Savar, to three years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for ransacking BEPZA
 arrow 'UK keen to develop more active relationship with Bangladesh'
The United Kingdom (UK) is keen to develop more active relationship with Bangladesh so that the country can move forward keeping pace with the changing world scenario, said British High Commissioner Anwar
 arrow CPB sticks to decision, blames AL
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday announced that it would stick to its earlier decision of enforcing countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on September 18 although its allies in the 14-party shifted
 arrow Jamaat MP Prof Kafi dead
Prof Abdullah Al Kafi, a Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker, passed away due to liver cirrhosis at the PG Hospital yesterday at the age of 65.
 arrow Two bodies returned at flag meeting
Bodies of two Bangladeshi nationals killed by Indians four days ago were returned at a flag meeting between the Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Akhaura yesterday evening.
 arrow Directory of Women's Rights Material launched
A poster depicting a chained and exhausted woman, bent with a burden, reads: 'Throw the burden and break the chain'.
 arrow IT to strengthen good governance
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan has said there is no alternative to adopting information technology (IT) to strengthen good governance, accountability and democracy.
 arrow Build up united agitation against govt's misrule
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday urged people to build up a united agitation against the government's misrule, price hike and conspiracy of harbouring the militants.
 arrow GP Zainul-Qamrul int'l children's painting contest launched
The Gandaria Kisholaya Kachi-Kanchar Mela launched the GrameenPhone Zainul-Qamrul International Children's Painting Competition-2005 yesterday and invited entries from home and abroad for the contest.
 arrow Chinese engr dies at Boropukuria
A Chinese engineer died on Saturday morning after he fell from the roof of a building at the Boropukuria power plant in Dinajpur.
 arrow Freshers' reception debate at DU
A freshers' reception debate was held at the Institute of Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow Pak PM's finance advisor visits Brac programmes
Dr Salman Shah, Finance Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister, visited Brac Urban programmes at Ranavola at Uttara yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina greet Koizumi
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted Junichiro Koizumi after the landslide victory of the Liberal Democratic Party in the just concluded elections for the Lower House of the Japanese Diet.
 arrow Wage board meet Sept 18
The first meeting of the Sixth Wage Board will be held on September 18 at the conference room of the Press Institute of Bangladesh.
Nationalarrow Power outages disrupt life in 21 districts
Life of over four crore people in the 21 districts under Khulna and Barisal divisions and greater Faridpur has become virtually paralysed due to acute power crisis, caused by mechanical faults in 11 power
 arrow Several thousand vehicles stranded at terminals
Several thousand vehicles including passenger busus were stranded at Paturia and Daulatdia terminals yesterday as ferry services in Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Nagarbari (Kazirhat) routes were disrupted
 arrow Hunt for 9 hardcore JMB militants in Kushtia
Despite a special drive, Kushtia police could not arrest any of the hardcore militants of JMB, named by activists arrested earlier.
 arrow PBCP meets to decide strategy
The Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist party (PBCP) held a secret meeting Saturday night in Chuadanga with its founder Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Tapan in the chair.
 arrow Fake oil mill detected, six arrested
Police have detected a factory at the house of an Imam of a mosque at Rawshanbag in Panchagarh town where adulterated coconut oil and tooth powder were produced.
Police arrested six people.

Culturearrow The beat goes on
LRB, one of the most popular bands in the country, has been on the music scene since 1991. The band's music has become synonymous with the rush and energy of our youth.
 arrow Students display their talent
Twelve students of Ecole de Cinema are currently holding a photography exhibition at the Alliance Francaise. In their works they have incorporated a variety of subjects and techniques.
 arrow "I would do anything to recover my right to dance, meetings and even hunger strikes" -- Nadia
A popular TV actress, Nadia is basically a dancer. She embarked on her acting career with the TV serial Baro Rokom Manush in the early 1990s. Today she is a popular face on the small screen.
 arrow Kochi Smriti Street Play Festival held
A three day street festival, arranged by Padatic Nattya Sangsad (PNS), ended yesterday.
Generalarrow NGOs urged to work together to cut poverty
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for establishing a forum of NGOs to ensure better coordination in their efforts to eradicate poverty and injustice.
 arrow BLASS executives
Lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC) formed a new platform named "Bangladesh Legal Aid Service Society (BLASS) to provide support for new comers in the legal profession and legal aid for deserving litigants.
Internationalarrow Gaza pullout sharpens Fatah-Hamas rivalry
Israel's departure from the Gaza Strip has sharpened the rivalry between Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction and the Islamists of Hamas, both hailing it as a victory for their different approaches.
 arrow France backs India's nuclear energy plans
France yesterday said it backed India's plans to develop nuclear energy after winning two multi-billion-euro contracts for the sale of Airbus aircraft and conventionally powered submarines.
 arrow Rebels rocket US-UK consulates in S Iraq
Iraqi rebels launched a rocket attack on a US-British diplomatic compound in the southern city of Basra as American and Iraqi troops yesterday tightened their grip on the insurgent bastion of Tal Afar.
 arrow India, Pakistan swap 600 prisoners
India and Pakistan yesterday swapped nearly 600 civilian prisoners across the Wagah border in Punjab state amidst scenes of high emotions and celebrations, marking another high in the peace process between
 arrow Pakistan seeks West's help for peaceful nuclear use
Pakistan called on the United States and other Western countries yesterday for help developing civilian nuclear technology that would meet its growing energy needs.
 arrow Bush admn takes more heat over Katrina
Louisiana disaster chiefs on Sunday blasted the US government for alleged foot-dragging in providing temporary housing for hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors.
 arrow India to replace Kashmir troops with police
Federal police will take over from paramilitary troops in Indian Kashmir by 2007 because violence has fallen sharply since India and Pakistan began peace talks last year, a senior officer said yesterday.
 arrow Typhoon kills 14 in China
At least 14 people were killed in China as Typhoon Khanun ground its way inland, causing widespread damage and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people in coastal areas.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jamaat MPs' stand on Aug 17
Two Jamaat-e-Islami lawmakers have dismissed as baseless the statement by the state minister for home in parliament that intelligence agencies have gathered information on involvement of the Jama'atul
 arrow Editorial: Koizumi landslide
The results are in, and Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has triumphed, giving powerful momentum to his agenda of economic reform.
 arrow Unitrack secondary education: Stepping backward?
The sub-committee on education and human resources development of Bangladesh Awami League recently organised round table discussions.
 arrow Nepal: Any light at the end of the tunnel ?
The turbulent scenario in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal unfortunately continues unabated. However, two developments appear to have emerged as silver lining in the otherwise dark cloud.
Letters to Editorarrow Promotion of BAEC officials
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) is, no doubt, an elite research organisation of the country. And I am proud to be part of this organisation.
 arrow JFK
In one of her speeches Arundhuti Roy described the Hollywood movies as the propaganda machines of the US.
 arrow Rethinking on Islam
I agree with Saleh Ahmed (29 Aug) that such 'rethinking must not imply' reform of Islam and that 'Islam is comprehensive enough to be able to deal with modern realities'.
 arrow How about nukes for all!
Since the disintegration of the then mighty Soviet Union, the world has been feeling the dire need of balance of power.
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