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Front Pagearrow August 17 bomb den identified in city
Detectives yesterday unearthed a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) den in the city's North Bashabo where the Islamist militants made all the bombs used in the August 17 serial blasts across the country.
 arrow Ask Bush to raise Dhaka's political violence at UN World Summit
Sixteen US senators and representatives, including senior senators Edward M Kennedy and John F Kerry, in a letter have urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to recommend President George W Bush to
 arrow Bus fares go up by 11pc
The government has finally increased the bus fares by 11 percent in the wake of the recent fuel price hike after much consultation with transport owners.
 arrow Chief whip's sons capture market
Businesspersons of Motaleb Plaza became hostages to the chief whip's sons Abdul Hamid Dablu and Akhter Hamid Paban, who forcibly took control of the mall, capturing at least 160 shops and a mosque.
 arrow Summit opens with call to fight terrorism, poverty
The world's largest summit opened here yesterday with calls for stepped-up collective action to combat poverty and terrorism and a strong appeal by US President George W Bush for a corruption-free United
 arrow Army rolls out to oversee drive
The government is deploying army to check any irregularities and politicisation of its free and highly subsidised food distribution programmes across the country but food officials are sceptic about effectiveness
 arrow Niko fund freeze order stayed
The Supreme Court (SC) Appellate Division yesterday stayed till October 23 the High Court (HC) order to freeze Canadian company Niko's bank accounts in Bangladesh.
 arrow BNP lawmakers demand more pay hike
The ruling BNP lawmakers at a parliamentary body meeting have expressed dissatisfaction over the proposed hike of remuneration of the legislators, terming it insufficient, and demanded raising it further,
 arrow Essentials prices spike further
Prices of essentials including baby foods, milk, rice, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, and spices have marked further increase at kitchen markets of the capital over the last week.
 arrow Motijheel OC main accused of killing student
A case was filed yesterday against 26 people including the Officer-in-Charge (OC) Rafiqul Islam of Motijheel Police Station for killing college student Kamrul Islam Momin at Kafrul in the city on Tuesday
 arrow US diplomat's remarks unusual
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar last night suggested taking up with the State Department the remarks made by US Charge d'affaires Judith Chammas about Bangladesh's internal politics.
 arrow Khaleda attends Bush reception
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia attended a reception hosted by President George Bush and Laura Bush Tuesday evening and exchanged pleasantries with them.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in shootouts
Three activists of outlawed Sarbahara Party, including an ex-policeman, were killed during separate shootouts between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the Sarbahara men in Barisal and Narayanganjyesterday.
 arrow 48-hr freight transport strike begins
Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van-Tank lorry-Long vehicle-Transport Agency Owners and Workers Unity Council yesterday threatened to continuing the movement to realise its 18-point demands including the reduction
 arrow Bomb attacks kill 150 in Baghdad
A suicide bomber lured a crowd of Shia Muslim day laborers to his minivan and blew it up in Baghdad yesterday, killing 114 people in the bloodiest of a wave of attacks that took more than 150 lives.
 arrow HR watchdog serves legal notice on PM
International Committee for Human Rights in Bangladesh, a US-based international human rights organisation, has served a legal notice on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia demanding an independent and impartial
 arrow Pickpocket rewarded for tip
Police on Monday rewarded Rawshan Ali, a pickpocket, for the information that helped them arrest the first August 17 bomb blasts suspect in Satkhira.
 arrow BSCIC chairman roughed up by BNP men
BNP hoodlums allegedly at the diktat of Whip Ashraf Hossain roughed up the chairman of BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) and the managing director of Khulna Hardboard Mill in
 arrow Bangladesh routed
Showing no intent of fight and resistance Bangladeshi batsmen continued to fall like nine pins to champion off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who grabbed six wickets for 17 in the second innings on Wednesday
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Jamaat-e-Islami's Publicity Secretary Md Tasneem Alam in a statement on Tuesday protested contents of a September 12 The Daily Star report and a subsequent editorial published in the daily the following
 arrow 'Tuesday Group' postpones press conference
The 'Tuesday Group' postponed its scheduled press conference yesterday regarding "International Electoral Best Practices Conference" designed to assist Bangladesh to ensure free, fair and impartial elections
 arrow 3 killed in Ctg road crash
Three people died and 20 others were injured, five of them seriously, in a road accident in Anwara upazila of the district yesterday.
Businessarrow Dhaka may get $100m conditional Japanese loan for 3 projects
Japan has made a preliminary commitment to give a conditional loan of over $100 million for three projects in the current fiscal year.
 arrow LDC goods should get duty-free access to developing nations
Along with the developed economies, advanced developing nations should also allow LDC products duty-free market access, Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD),said
 arrow Joint venture company to produce gasohol
A joint venture between a local company and two Singapore firms, have signed an agreement to invest US$ 4.
 arrow Khulna Hardboard Mill resumes production after 3 years
Khulna Hardboard Mill, which remained closed since 2002, went into full operation again yesterday with a target to produce up to 60,000 square feet of hardboard.
 arrow Ficci concerned at two-day weekly holiday
Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) has expressed concern over the two-day weekly holiday.
 arrow UTStarcom CDMA handsets to be available in local market soon
UTStarcom Inc, a US-based mobile handset manufacturing company, has entered into an agreement with CityCell, to sell its CDMA handsets in Bangladesh.
 arrow Coca-Cola launches 2.25 litre PET bottles
Coca-Cola Far East Ltd (CCFL) yesterday at a function in Dhaka launched Coca-Cola and Sprite 2.25 litre PET bottles in local market.
 arrow Workshop on globalisation and farm sector held in Satkhira
A workshop on 'Globalisation and Problems in Bangladesh Agriculture Sector' was held here yesterday to identify field level problems in the farm sector.
 arrow New head of StanChart Client Relationships
Ahmed Ali Shah has been made head of Client Relationships of Standard Chartered Bangladesh.
Prior to his new assignment, Ali headed the bank's global markets business in Bangladesh, says a pressrelease.

 arrow Software show from Nov 27
With a view to familiarising the people with the latest developments in the software sector, a five-day software fair begins in Dhaka on November 27.
 arrow Emirates gives 30 umbrellas to DMP
Emirates airline has presented 30 umbrellas to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to be used by traffic policemen.
 arrow US, EU farm ministers seek common ground
US and European Union farm ministers met yesterday to try to advance stalled world trade talks, seeking agreement on how to overhaul their agricultural subsidies amid fresh calls for decisive action.
 arrow Gold set to hit $480 by year end
The price of gold is set to hit 480 dollars an ounce by the end of the year as demand reaches a four-year high, particularly in India and the jewellery sector, a metals consultancy predicted Wednesday.
 arrow Federal Ins okays 10pc bonus share
Federal Insurance Co Ltd has declared a 10 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Bank Asia to issue MasterCards
Bank Asia will issue MasterCard credit cards in local market under the licence of Sampath Bank Ltd, Sri Lanka.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We are way behind in mental strength'
After a disastrous loss inside three days the battered Bangladesh cricketers were coming to terms with the realisation that they probably do not have the required steel to be consistently successful at
 arrow Cricket: Manjarul on the list
England's Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff had further cause for celebration on Wednesday when the International Cricket Council (ICC) short-listed him for the player-of-the-year award.
 arrow Cricket: Murali the mighty
Even a shoulder surgery could not slow Muttiah Muralitharan down as he maintained his magic run with the ball by suffocating Bangladesh in his off-spin web.
 arrow Football: Nitol-Tata NFL kicks-off today
The preliminary round of the Nitol-Tata sixth National Football League begins today at four different venues across the country.
 arrow Football: Serious stuff for Cruciani starts today
New Bangladesh football coach Diego Andres Cruciani gets into action today with the start of a month-long national team camp at BKSP.
 arrow Football: No Brothers party until Jewel leaves hospital
League champions Brothers Union has decided to hold back all kind of celebration programmes until their central defender Jewel Rana returns from hospital.
 arrow Pool competition coming to town
With an attempt to attract youths to indoor games, the Gen Yo-Cue Cult first ever pool tournament will begin from September 22 at three city venues.
 arrow Basketball: Navy basketball
BNS Issa Khan clinched the Bangladesh Navy annual basketball championship title when they edged past BNS Titumir 78-76 in an exciting final at the Sailor's Colony ground in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Uttara Club tennis
Top seed Amol Roy failed to reach the men's singles final of the Uttara Club National Open tennis tournament when Henry Prithul Mandol stunned him in the first semifinal by 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at the club court
 arrow Asif shoots bronze in Asian meet
SAF and Commonwealth Games gold winning shooter Asif Hossain Khan won the bronze medal in his favorite .177 air rifles event scoring 695.5 in the First Asian Gun Shooting Championship in Bangkok yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India go in front
VVS Laxman compiled an unbeaten century to put India in control of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Out of this world Kaka
AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaka was basking in eulogies and comparisons with the greats of the game after his wonderful solo goal helped secure a 3-1 Champions League victory over Turkey's Fenerbahce.
 arrow Football: Lyon hiding for Real
Gerard Houllier's rehabilitation as a manager gained ground on Tuesday as French champions Lyon thrashed nine-time European champions Real Madrid 3-0 in their opening Champions League group match.
 arrow Football: UEFA Cup gets rolling
UEFA Cup champions CSKA Moscow open the defence of their title against Danish club FC Midtylland on Thursday while English clubs hopes of making the second round are mixed.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin has until 21st to prove his fitness
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been given a week to declare himself fit for next month's Super Series matches in Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: England climb ICC table
England's cricketers have closed the gap on Australia at the top of the Test rankings after their Ashes triumph but the world champions look unlikely to be toppled in the near future.
 arrow Football: Beckham=Jesus!
England fans may pray for him to lead the country to victory in next year's World Cup, but not even his most ardent admirers have ever compared David Beckham to Jesus. Until now, that is.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes winners to be stamped
After their first class victory over Australia, England's victorious Ashes cricket team are to be honoured with a set of stamps, the Royal Mail said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky wants to stay put
Ricky Ponting arrived home Wednesday, declaring that he still wants to be Australia's cricket captain and that his team have a burning desire to retrieve the Ashes off England late next year.
Metropolitanarrow Tenants make two landlords unconscious, loot valuables
Two couples made their landlords unconscious by mixing toxic substances with their food and then looted valuables from their rooms in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow HC rule nisi on cattle market in Dhaka streets
The High Court yesterday served a rule nisi on the Dhaka mayor, home secretary and inspector general of police to reply in two weeks why the cattle markets on city streets will not be declared illegal.
 arrow 'Ensure birth registration for all children'
Speakers at a programme yesterday called for ensuring birth registration for all children.
 arrow Pro-Huda lawyers' meet foiled
The general meeting of Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) unit lenient to Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum faction led by Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and advocate Joynul Abedin could not be held yesterdaydue
 arrow 2 outlaws lynched in Khulna
Two members of the Janajuddha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were lynched by a mob in Khulna yesterday morning.
 arrow Consider environmental, social aspects during implementation
Environmental, social and humanitarian aspects must be taken into consideration during the implementation of the Eastern Bypass project, ministers and experts said at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow 'Innovate edn system to make children successful learners'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for bringing innovations into country's education system to make all children successful learners.
 arrow Mobile court raids City Group factory
A mobile court raided the factory of The City Group of Industries in the Konabari area of Demra and found them mixing used and dirty pet bottles with the raw materials of new ones.
 arrow HC orders Prof Dilara Hafiz, 2 Others to appear in person Oct 22
The High Court yesterday ordered three high officials of Directorate of Education, including its director general Prof Dilara Hafiz, to appear in person before the court on October 22 to show cause as
 arrow Body to probe allegation against former BTTB chairman
At the directive of the Prime Minister, a three-member committee was formed to investigate the allegation of the departmental case against the former chairman of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone
 arrow Govt hatching conspiracy to ban Urs
Leaders of Bangladesh Dargah-Mazar (Shrine) Federation yesterday said the government is hatching a conspiracy to ban the holding of Urs mahfil (religious gathering) at different shrines in the country.
 arrow BNP lawmaker contradicts LGRD minister in parliament
A lawmaker of the ruling BNP yesterday contradicted LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan over a road construction issue in parliament.
 arrow Anwarul Haq gets another extension
M Anwarul Haq, minister (press) at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, has been given the extension for another year, according to a notification of the establishment ministry issued yesterday.
 arrow 2kg cocaine seized at Manikganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized two kilograms of cocaine worth about Tk 2 crore and arrested three people from a house near Paturia ferry terminal in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Pepsodent-Drishty Debate Festival begins today
A two-day debate competition titled 'PepsodentDrishty Debate Festival' begins at the local Shilpakala Academy today.
It has been organised by Drishty, a cultural organisation.

 arrow Bomb found at Keraniganj school
A joint team of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a live bomb from a classroom of Teghuria High School under Keraniganj thana yesterday.
 arrow BCU strike in Ctg observed partially
The strike protesting price hike of education materials called by the Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) Chittagong district unit was observed partially yesterday.
 arrow Student bodies call strike today
Seven student organisations led by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, have called a strike in all educational institutions across the country today to presshome
 arrow Rajshahi oil traders begin strike today
Rajshahi Edible Oil Traders' Association (REOTA) will begin an indefinite strike today protesting harassment by the members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
 arrow Baira proposes to monitor situation
The Bangladesh Association for International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) yesterday proposed that it would set up offices and help create database to monitor the overall situation of female workers abroad.
 arrow Death threat to Barrister Tanjib
Barrister Tanjib-ul Alam yesterday received a death threat from a caller who identified himself as Subrata Bain, a top terrorist.
 arrow Shiva Lingas, brazen statues seized
Two Shiva lingas, made of touchstone and marble stone, and two brazen statues worth Tk 5 lakh were recovered and three thieves held from Anowara upazila in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Girl raped in city
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour at Nababerbagh under Shah Ali Bagh Police Station in the city on Tuesday evening.
Nationalarrow Kerosene, diesel prices go up in 3 districts
The Chilmari floating depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has run out of stocks due to lack of supplies for about two weeks.
 arrow Bid to reopen Kushtia KC College fails
A meeting yesterday to reopen KC College in Jhenidah ended in chaos amid shouts by JCD and ICS activists blaming each other.
 arrow Jamuna Oil official held in Rangpur
Police arrested Rangpur depot superintendent of Jamuna Oil Company Abdus Salam Tuesday night on charge of defalcation of about Tk 5 crore.
 arrow Govt out to save August 17 culprits, says Tofail
Awami League (AL) leader Tofail Ahmed has alleged that the ruling BNP is trying to save the perpetrators of August 17 serial bomb lasts across the country.
 arrow Hartal in Dinajpur today
A day-long hartal has been called for today in Dinajpur jointly by Dinajpur transport owners association and the Santrash Protirodh Committee (committee to resist terrorism) demanding arrest of Mujibar
 arrow 275 chocolate bombs seized in Dinajpur
Police on Tuesday recovered about 275 chocolate bombs from a house at Dangapara border village in Dinajpur Sadar upazila and arrested one person.
Point-Counterpointarrow Corruption, media and performance based budgeting
On August 16, 2005 the government at long last asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to revive the trial of 5,050 pending corruption cases.
 arrow Fundamentalism, terrorism, democracy and Islam
Since the last decade of the last century and particularly since 9/11, professional and column writings on fundamentalism, terrorism, and Islam have increased manifold.
 arrow Positive press for Bangladesh in America
Bangladesh has been the beneficiary of some positive press in America in the last few days.
Culturearrow Shyamol Chhaya going to the Oscars
Humayun Ahmed's movie Shyamol Chhaya has been nominated to compete in 'Best Foreign Language Film' category in the 78th Oscar, 2006.
 arrow Concert for Miraz
Members of the band Black and Transcom Beverage Ltd are set to organise a charity concert on September 16 at Dhanmondi Women's Complex (DWC).
 arrow Bengal Bikash: A launching pad for musical talents
The names of selected contestants of Bengal Bikash, the talent hunt organised by Bengal Foundation, will be announced on September 30.
 arrow Workshop of Bangladesh Gram Theatre
On the occasion of the silver jubilee of Bangladesh Gram Theatre, the group has organised a special month-long workshop on producing a play and improving body language, says a press release.
 arrow Patsy Cline: Country magic
If you get a chance to listen to Faded love (1963) by Patsy Cline and you listen carefully at the end, especially when she breathes before the final word, you hear that she has almost started to
Internationalarrow Bush takes blame for govt's failures
President George W. Bush accepted responsibility for the first time for failures in the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, as the confirmed death toll jumped above 650.
 arrow Pakistan still controls flow of terror
A day before he hosts a dinner for President Pervez Musharraf, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has done some plain-speaking on the violence in Jammu and Kashmir, telling US President George W Bush
 arrow Palestinians unite to celebrate pullout
Palestinians were to set aside their internal rivalries Wednesday at a mass rally amid the ruins of the largest of the former Gaza Strip settlements, to celebrate Israel's pullout from the territory.
 arrow 7 shot dead in pre-election Taliban attack
Taliban militants shot dead seven Afghan civilians after finding a registration document for Sunday's milestone elections in their car, a provincial governor said Wednesday.
 arrow Hu vows to ease 'frictions' with US
Chinese President Hu Jintao told US President George W. Bush that he would work to ease Sino-US "frictions," but withheld support on a US push for sanctions against Iran.
 arrow US colonel says Laden ill: Report
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is in poor health and is seeking medical attention, the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat said on Wednesday, quoting a US officer in Afghanistan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Food adulteration bill
The media has been relentless in its drive to cleanse the market of adulterated food products and outspoken in its exhortations to the government to take stern action to address the problem.
 arrow Editorial: An ignoble trade
A number of patients seeking treatment at the Pangu Hospital in the city are walking into the trap laid by brokers who take them to private hospitals of dubious quality, where they do not get the right
 arrow Whither UN reform?
The agreed draft package of reforms for the historic UN World Summit slated for September 14-16 and endorsed by 32 core states appears nothing more than an apology for the word 'reform.
 arrow First year scorecard
In a country where Prime Ministerial longevity is counted in days, weeks and months, survival past the one-year mark is by itself no mean achievement for any PM.
Letters to Editorarrow Katrina disaster
The people of the southern part of the United States of America are experiencing the hardest time of their life.
 arrow Beginning of the end?
Nature can be very ruthless, so the world's most powerful nation is feeling helpless.
 arrow Evaluating the king!
The king, in the distant past, was an oppressor, violator of human rights. So how should we assess him now?
We always tend to dwell on the past and forget the present.

 arrow Islamic militants
I think the recent investigations on the activities of militants in Bangladesh have unearthed some very important information.
 arrow Weekly holidays
Our government again missed a perfectly good opportunity to declare Saturday-Sunday holiday.
 arrow Islam
I would like to concentrate on a specific side of ours. If it holds true we really should be amending ourselves.
 arrow Rupsha river terminal
Near about 50 thousand people use the Rupsha terminal every day and most of them cross the river on smaller engine boats as only one ferry boat is now in operation in the river, after the opening ofthe
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