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Front Pagearrow 2 Shibir men held at JS, freed after 'lobbying'
Police arrested two activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, with CDs and books on jihad on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises on Wednesday night, following which Jamaat lawmakers
 arrow PM urges leaders to tackle extremism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia Wednesday urged the world leaders to tackle the forces of intolerance, extremism and violence by removing their root causes--poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy.
 arrow Graft cost Tk 415cr last year
The country incurred a financial loss of about Tk 415 crore last year due to corruption, revealed a corruption database prepared by the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
 arrow No plan now to file sedition case
The government has no plan to bring sedition charges now against those involved in the August 17 serial bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon to finalise draft deal this month
Bangladesh and Myanmar will finalise the draft Agreement on Direct Road Link between the two countries during the senior officials level meeting to be held in Yangon on September 25-27, said a Ministry
 arrow Small banks for village microcredit planned
The government is making provisions for launching small capital banks to extend microcredit facilities to the villages across the country under the Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MCRA) Act.
 arrow Motijheel OC closed but not arrested
Officer-in-Charge of the Motijheel Police Station, Rafiqul Islam, was not arrested till last night although he was closed in the afternoon for his alleged link with the killing on Tuesday morning of the
 arrow Hasina disputes PM's poverty cut claim at UN
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday contradicted Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's UN address and said it is not possible to halve the poverty in next 10 years with the current pace of poverty
 arrow Annan seeks to restore UN credibility
Bitter differences between UN member states have blocked many crucial United Nations reforms, and nations must act boldly to restore the world body's credibility, Secretary General Kofi Annan told
 arrow Traders fear attack by chief whip's sons
The traders and developer of Motaleb Plaza, a shopping mall in the city's Paribagh, yesterday asked the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) for security, fearing attacks by chief whip's sons Abdul Hamid Dablu
 arrow US lawmakers' letter an internal communication
A spokesman of the foreign ministry has termed the letter written by 16 US lawmakers to their secretary of state as their internal communication and said the situation described in the letter does not
 arrow Chammas didn't label Bangladesh a failing state
A US embassy spokesperson yesterday said US Charge d' Affaires Judith Chammas did not label Bangladesh as a volatile, unstable or failing state.
 arrow Student strike observed partially
The countrywide student strike enforced by seven opposition-backed student organisations was observed partially yesterday.
 arrow Wife of Indian diplomat manhandled
Rupa Chakraborty, the wife of Indian deputy high commissioner in Dhaka, was manhandled yesterday afternoon allegedly by Bashundhara Group Chairman Shah Alam in Bashundhara area under Badda Police Station,
 arrow Delhi, Islamabad to pursue peace process
The leaders of India and Pakistan vowed yesterday to pursue efforts to settle all bilateral disputes, following a lengthy summit that offered no progress in the peace dialogue between the South Asianrivals.
 arrow Khaleda meets Gayoom
President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had a meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session at the UN headquarters at 10:30am local time on Wednesday.
 arrow Kumaratunga vows to share power with Tamils
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has pledged to turn her embattled republic into a federal state and share power with minority Tamils in a bid to end decades of ethnic bloodshed, despite arebellion
 arrow Roaches, rotten meat in Chinese restaurants
The mobile court of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday raided China Kitchen and La Luna Chinese restaurant and Sky Garden restaurant on Sonargaon road, where they found toilets and piles of dirtycloths
 arrow Hindu temple vandalised
A group of unidentified people vandalised a temple at a village in Manikganj early yesterday.
 arrow 2 carjackers lynched
Locals lynched two car hijackers and injured another while they were fleeing after killing a cab driver at Nawabpur Bazar in Chandina upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Life in the rivers...

 arrow Correction
In our yesterday's story headlined 'BSCIC chairman roughed up by BNP men,' BCIC (Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation) Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Imamuzzaman's name was inadvertently mentioned as the
Businessarrow LDCs need to handle farm subsidy carefully in WTO
As least developed countries (LDCs) are net food importing nations, issue of reducing or withdrawing farm subsidy should be dealt with very carefully in the WTO negotiation, speakers at a national consultation
 arrow Onetel rolls out fixed phones in the North
Onetel Communications Ltd yesterday launched wireless fixed phone services in the northern region.
 arrow Infrastructure dearth hurts business in districts: Study
A survey on business scenario has revealed that business activities in district level are being hampered due to inadequate infrastructure, financing facilities and information.
 arrow Three-day loan show for SMEs begins
In a bid to introduce different loan products offered by financial institutions for SME sector, a three-day show started in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Four gantry cranes arrive in Chittagong Port
The much-awaited four gantry cranes, which are required to handle containers fast, reached the container terminal of Chittagong Port yesterday.
 arrow Banks can keep branches open for limited time on Saturdays
Scheduled banks can keep their branches (authorised dealers) dealing with foreign currencies at important business centres open for a limited period on Saturdays.
 arrow Bangladesh fair opens in London
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday invited British investors to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Public-private partnership seen as key to economic growth
Speakers at a meeting here Wednesday emphasised the need for a strong partnership and more interactions between the public and private sectors for the greater economic development of the country.
 arrow Prothom Alo, Nandan Group sign deal
The daily Prothom Alo and Nandan Group will jointly work to increase social awareness and exchange products and services between themselves.
 arrow Private Sector Development Core Group visits PHP glass factory
A 35-member government delegation yesterday visited PHP Float Glass factory in Sitakunda here as part of its plan to get Bangladesh's private sector competitive edge in the changing global economic scenario.
 arrow GMG ups fares on domestic routes
GMG Airlines has announced increase in its domestic fares by 15- 20 percent with effect from today.
 arrow US, EU pledge joint action to salvage WTO
The top US and European trade officials vowed a joint effort Wednesday to break the stalemate at WTO talks, but insisted they would not impose "tablets of stone" on the rest of the world.
 arrow IMF warns Sri Lanka over subsidy spending
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Thursday warned Sri Lanka that it was exceeding budget targets and urged tough measures to cut subsidies, especially on fuel, in order to salvage the economy.
 arrow US, EU pledge joint action to salvage WTO
The top US and European trade officials vowed a joint effort Wednesday to break the stalemate at WTO talks, but insisted they would not impose "tablets of stone" on the rest of the world.
 arrow IMF warns Sri Lanka over subsidy spending
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Thursday warned Sri Lanka that it was exceeding budget targets and urged tough measures to cut subsidies, especially on fuel, in order to salvage the economy.
Sportsarrow Football: Rangamati MSC storm into semis
Rangamati Mohammedan Sporting Club got off to a flying start as the qualifying round of the Nitol-Tata National Football League kicked off at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka Diary
When the Bangladeshi cricketers returned to their rooms at the Hotel Taj Samudra on Wednesday night, everyone was holding a piece of paper provided by the team management.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan takes India closer to victory
India's left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan left Zimbabwe facing a heavy defeat as they ended Day Three of the first Test on 67-6 in their second innings on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names its chairmen
There was one significant change when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named the chairmen for its eight standing committees, more than two weeks after the pro-establishment panel swept the cricket elections.
 arrow Football: School football final round from Saturday
The ten-team final round of the Pran-Cola Second Metropolis School Football Tournament kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Nat'l soccer camp now Sept 22
The national booters were given a seven-day break and the residential preliminary camp for the pre-qualifying round of Asia Cup will now start on September 22 at the BKSP in Savar.
 arrow Football: The bionic ball
It looks just like any ordinary football but the Adidas 'smartball' that makes its official debut in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Peru on Friday could change the face of soccer forever.
 arrow Football: Gunners' great escape
Injury-time goals for Arsenal and Ajax Amsterdam provided a dramatic start to Group B of the Champions League on Wednesday as the Londoners beat Swiss outsiders Thun 2-1 and Ajax grabbed a 1-1 draw at
 arrow Football: Tevez hates women!
Corinthians' Argentine forward Carlos Tevez has been accused of sexism in the latest round of mud-slinging between himself and Brazilian referees.
 arrow Cricket: 'Eng should apologise'
Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram says England should apologise for accusing his team of cheating in 1992 when they used the reverse swing -- the same action which helped England win the Ashes.
 arrow Football: England out of FIFA list
England have dropped out of the top ten in the FIFA world rankings released on Tuesday, as Sweden rejoined the elite for the first time in nine years.
 arrow Queen's Baton arrives tomorrow
The Queen's Baton of the 2006 Commonwealth Games arrives in the capital on Saturday from India.
 arrow Cricket: Nothing wrong in Zimbabwe meet: ICC
International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday dismissed media reports alleging match-fixing in the recent triangular ODI tournament in Zimbabwe as totally inaccurate and without foundation.
 arrow Tennis: Newaz, Murad clinch doubles
Shah Newaz and Murad emerged champions in the men's doubles in the Uttara Club Open Tennis Tournament at the club yesterday.
Newaz and Murad outplayed Amol Roy and Laxman Lal 6-4, 6-4.

 arrow Cricket: Delhi C'wealth Games might have cricket
Will the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held here, include cricket, arguably the most popular sport in the sub-continent, as one of the disciplines after the 1998 edition of the mega event in Kuala Lumpur?
 arrow Cricket: Daily Star breeze into semifinals
The Daily Star stormed into the last four of the Pepsi-DRU Inter-House Six-a-side cricket tournament when the popular English daily produced yet another all-wicket triumph at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium
 arrow Cricket: HP squad for Lanka tour named
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced 14-member High Performance squad that will tour Sri Lanka next month.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan says his job should be reviewed
Australian coach John Buchanan admitted his position should be up for review Thursday as a post-mortem of the national team's Ashes defeat in England continues.
 arrow Football: Sheikh Russel soccer
It was goals galore in the Sheikh Russell Under-14 Football Tournament at the Abahani Club ground yesterday.
Rubel scored six goals as Shalik Group recorded a 10-0 thrashing against Hajaribagh.

 arrow Cricket: Mullally quits
Former England bowler Alan Mullally, 36, on Wednesday has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after managing to play in only three one-day matches for Hampshire this season because of injuries.
Metropolitanarrow Oust govt to restore image of country
Awami League (AL) leaders at a rally yesterday said the government has no right to remain in power after being identified as 'anti-people' in a foreign country.
 arrow 'Children's IQ is on decline'
Cognitive ability (IQ) of children in the country is persistently on the decline, said Prof Naila Zaman Khan of Child Neurology and Development at Dhaka Shishu Hospital yesterday.
 arrow 2 women found dead in city
The police recovered the bodies of two women, one from a lake at Kafrul and the other from a house at Ramna in the city, yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed as bus hits autorickshaw
Two died and two others of the same family were injured in a head on collision between a bus and a CNG run autorickshaw at Mohakhali yesterday.
 arrow 'Orientation a must to ensure rights'
A comprehensive pre-departure orientation programme is a must to curb fraudulent practices and ensure human rights of migrant workers abroad, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Proper investigation demanded
The Samajik Protirodh Committee, an alliance of 32 rights organisation, yesterday demanded that a proper investigation into the August 17 serial bomb blasts be conducted and the report made public.
 arrow Trader shot dead in Munshiganj
A small trader was shot dead and nine other were injured when gunmen opened fire on a group of people at Dighirpar Bazar in Tongibari upazila yesterday.
 arrow Verdict Sept 22
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed September 22 for verdict in the Arms case against Arman Khan, one of the 23 most wanted criminals of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
 arrow Indian HC dismisses press reports
Indian High Commission in Dhaka dismissed a report of Odhikar, an NGO, and reports carried out by a number of national dailies and termed the reports 'prejudiced' and 'motivated'.
 arrow Int'l Ozone Day today
The International Ozone Day will be observed here today as elsewhere in the world.
The theme of this year is "Act Ozone FriendlyStay Sun Safe".

 arrow Election to rest 9 on Oct 4
Election to rest nine reserved seats for women in parliament will be held on October 4, said an Election Commission (EC) press release yesterday.
 arrow 48-hour freight transport strike ends peacefully
The 48-hour countrywide strike called by Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van-Tank Lorry, Long-Vehicle Transport Agency Owners and Workers Unity Council was ended peacefully yesterday.
 arrow Unite to topple govt: CPB
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday called on the people to unite against the government for its indifferent attitude to the people's suffering caused by the price hike of fuel
 arrow Revised court timing
Timing of the vacation bench of the High Court, constituted before the declaration of two-day weekend, was revised yesterday.
 arrow Govt, NGO collaboration underscored
Dhaka Divisional Conference of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) was held at the Planning and Development Academy in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Polybags seized, six shop owners fined Tk 11,000
A mobile court yesterday seized a huge number of polythene bags from six shops at the New Market during a surprise drive yesterday and fined the shop owners Tk 11,000.
 arrow Bill to be placed in JS after some changes
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education Ministry yesterday discussed `Jagannath University Bill 2005' and decided to place it in parliament after some minor changes.
Culturearrow Nupur: Nurturing talents
When was the last time you watched actress Aupee Karim perform a Kaththak dance on TV? For me, it was the first time.
 arrow Afroza Banu: Propagating single episode plays on TV
Afroza Banu has won appreciation amongst the viewers for her bold performances on TV and stage.
 arrow Workshop on oriental art application
Nasreen Begum, well known for her Oriental Art technique, held a workshop with artists of "Shako", to teach her style.
 arrow 2nd round of Close up 1 ends tonight
The talent hunt that has taken the nation by storm, Close up 1 Tomakei Khujchhey Bangladesh, is in its 2nd round.
 arrow Buddahdeb's Kalpurush at Toronto Fest
Internationally acclaimed Bengali director Buddahdeb Dasgupta received a rare honour when his latest film Kalpurush, starring Rahul Bose and Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy, was screened at the
 arrow Riya's new ventures
Riya's latest venture is a special single-episode TV play, scheduled to be aired on the next Eid-ul-Fitr. Written and directed by Mohan Khan, the comic play also features Jeetu Ahsan and Meer Sabbir.
 arrow An evening of classical instrumentals
On the occasion of the 33rd death anniversary of Ustad Alauddin Khan and the 38th death anniversary of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Sangeet Niketon has organised a special discussion session
Generalarrow Cops held for looting being quizzed
Police yesterday started quizzing the two cops, who were caught in the act of looting, after taking them on a three-day remand.
 arrow Four run over by train
Police recovered bodies of four unidentified people run over by train from the railway line at Baluhar village under Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Letter to SoS Rice
WE cannot be but saddened at the letter written by 16 US senators and representatives to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, urging her to recommend that President Bush raise the issue of political violence
 arrow Editorial: New bus fares
WE commend the governmental initiative to have held a dialogue with the private bus owners associations and arrived at an agreed formula for a fare hike by 11 percent across the board which is said to
 arrow Question of image or existence?
The perpetrators of the August 17 attack want to make Bangladesh a theocratic state. They want to occupy state power in the name of Islam. It is not a matter of image, but the existence of democraticBangladesh.
 arrow Musings on recognising Israel
Pakistan appears to be on its way to recognising Israel before too long.
 arrow State of the government
This government, more than any other since the birth of the country, seems to be on the path of self-destruction. The sad part of it is that in the process it is also dragging its the people along.
Letters to Editorarrow Berlin wall & Korea
From 1945 to 1990 there was great enmity between capitalist and socialist ideology. The world witnessed the tension between the two.
 arrow Supplying clear water
We are the residents of Mirpur-1. Our earnest request to the state that the inhabitants of Mirpur-1 had been suffering from an acute scarcity of clean drinking water.
 arrow Street accident
Reckless driving of motor cars, trucks and buses in the streets of Dhaka is a public danger. Pedestrians are often knocked down and sometimes run over by the trucks running at a very high speed.
 arrow About student politics
Today I am writing this letter with a distressed mind. The cause is -- 'student politics," which is now an inseparable item in every govt university in our country.
 arrow Rural education system
The standard of education in rural areas is decreasing day by day. The teachers do not take regular classes. Most of the teachers are not well versed in English, Science or Mathematics.
 arrow Campus violence
There is hardly any educated person who is not well acquainted with the term campus violence. All the colleges and universities have become mini cantonments which are full of mortal weapons and ammunitions.
 arrow Ousting the alliance government
While going through the news item captioned 'Unite to save country from grip of fanatics' (DS 30/8/05) I stumbled only on Dr Kamal Hossain's call 'to oust the alliance government!' I expect Dr.
 arrow Monipur area
I am a resident of west Monipur which is a bustling area of Dhaka's Mirpur police station The area beside Gausia Mosque, behind the famous Grameen Bank headquarters, experiences water logging after every
 arrow SSC exam
This year a total of 4,50,000 students passed the SSC exam. Among them 15,000 got GPA 5.00. Against this, the total seats available in the colleges are 3,00,000 of which 20,000 are in the 'good colleges'.
 arrow Bangladesh -- active state
Bangladesh is not an inactive state. Bangladesh is an active and rising democratic state.
 arrow New education system
The government has decided to introduce a new educational system from January 2006 in which the students of class 8 are going to study under a new curriculum in class 9, which I think it is a good decision.
 arrow New education system
The new education system is going to be changed next year. Students who will sit for the SSC Exam in 2008 will follow a new syllabus.
 arrow Basic human needs
Every person has five basic needs for living. The first need is "food".
 arrow Adulterated food trap
Allow me to emphasise through the columns of your newspaper on "keeping the movement against contamination of food and other consumer goods operative."
Food is one of the basic needs of mankind.

 arrow Thanks to DS columnist
Allow me, at the very outset, to thank your columnist for taking interest in the political development of Nepal.
 arrow Price spiral
The price of essential commodities is increasing by leaps and bounds. The condition at present is now intolerable. It is said that there're three classes of people -- the rich, the middle and the poor.
 arrow Biman flights to Rajshahi Division
Rajshahi City is the divisional head quarter of Rajshahi Division. The population of the city is approximately 600,000. There is an airport in Rajshahi city.
Environmentarrow Lessons from Katrina: Time to go for clean energy
The nature struck back this time in the US, long considered a fortress against all disasters, man-made or natural, with unprecedented ferocity.
 arrow Saving water-bodies around Dhaka
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, was established on the northern bank of the river Buriganga in early 17th century (1608 AD, to be precise). The total population in Dhaka City grew from 0.
 arrow Save Kaptai lake
Can we imagine the scenario of a huge lake gradually drying and dying an unnatural death? It may not be very far off when the picturesque lake of Kaptai might have to embrace this atrocious fate.
Worldarrow South Asia: Fire kills 55 in Indian firecracker factories
At least 55 people were killed and several critically injured yesterday in a huge blast set off accidentally at firecracker factories in a village near Patna.
 arrow South Asia: ‘Climate of fear hangs over Afghan polls’
Afghanistan's landmark elections this weekend will take place in a climate of fear after a series of attacks and with rights abusers standing as candidates, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Put focus on Kashmir row
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf appealed to the international community Wednesday to refocus attention on finding a quick end to the Palestinian and Kashmir disputes.
 arrow South Asia: US to continue arms embargo on Nepal
The United States will continue an arms embargo on Nepal because of its failure to restore democracy after a royal takeover in February and because of continued human rights abuses by the army, the US
 arrow South Asia: India, China to resolve boundary row with 'greater urgency'
Asian giants India and China have agreed to resolve their longstanding boundary dispute - the product of a brief border conflict in 1962 - with "greater urgency", a report said.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan busts biggest al-Qaeda base in tribal belt
Pakistan has busted the biggest al-Qaeda base in the tribal zone of North Waziristan and recovered 15 truckloads of arms and ammunition in a swoop that will cut violence in neighbouring Afghanistan before
 arrow World leaders prepare strategy to fight terror
World leaders prepared yesterday for a second day of meetings to discuss strategies to combat poverty, terrorism and disease, after Secretary General Kofi Annan conceded that newly adopted UN reformsfell
 arrow Aceh rebels begin disarmament
Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province began handing over their guns yesterday under a pact designed to end almost three decades of war.
 arrow Bombings kill 33 in Iraq
Two suicide car bombers struck within a minute of each other just a half mile apart in south Baghdad shortly before noon Thursday, killing at least seven policemen and raising the day's bombing deathtoll
 arrow Israeli SC orders to torn down part of barrier
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a section of Israel's separation barrier be dismantled in the northern part of the occupied West Bank to enable Palestinian villagers to move freely.
 arrow Sharon shakes hands with Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf shook hands Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when they ran into each other at the UN summit two weeks after their countries' first official contact.
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