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Front Pagearrow Khulna mosques used as militants' training camp
Masud bin Ishaque, arrested in Khulna for suspected links to the August 17 serial blasts, yesterday confessed to having trained the Islamist militants in firearms and bombs in Khulna city.
 arrow NBR hires lawyers to collect Tk 2,500cr in unrealised tax
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recently appointed four lawyers to run around 7,000 unresolved cases and thus realise taxes worth over Tk 2,500 crore.
 arrow Hartal makes little impact on normal life
The countrywide hartal called by the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), passed off peacefully yesterday with little impact on normal life.
 arrow Water talks likely to mend differences
Bangladesh and India begin the first ministerial-level water talks in two years in the capital today on a positive note to mend differences between the two countries over a whole range of water issues.
 arrow JS passes bill on high-ups' pay hike by 45pc
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed four bills providing for 45 percent salary hike for the president, prime minister, speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers.
 arrow Tremor jolts country
A moderate tremor measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet yesterday afternoon, but no casualties were reported.
 arrow 108 down with dengue in 3 days
Dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito, continues to affect more people in the capital.
 arrow 600 fishermen missing in Bay
About 600 fishermen with 60 fishing boats from Kuakata are missing for two days as the sea became rough due to a depression in the Bay.
 arrow High security jail for condemned prisoners planned
A high security jail for prisoners in death row will be built at Kashimpur in Gazipur as the number of such convicts is rising due to the lengthy process of execution of death penalty.
 arrow Delhi shocked at assault on diplomat's wife in Dhaka
The Indian government has expressed shock at the recent assault on an Indian diplomat's spouse in Dhaka.
 arrow Shab-e-Barat tonight
Holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed across the country tonight (Monday night).
On this night, the Muslims raise their hands in solemn prayer seeking blessings from the Almighty.

 arrow Powerful bomb explodes at Narail village
A powerful time bomb exploded yesterday morning at a house in Durgapur village under Narail municipality while four time bombs were recovered from the house.
 arrow Conservative Merkel tipped to win
Germans began voting yesterday morning in general elections expected to see conservative opposition leader Angela Merkel unseat Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to become the country's first female chancellor.
 arrow Demanding uninterrupted power supply...

 arrow Afghans cast votes in first polls in 30 years
Afghans streamed into polling stations under tight security yesterday for the country's first parliamentary elections in more than 30 years, defying threats by the ousted Taliban regime to disrupt the
 arrow Shibir man freed on pressure after held on militant suspicion
Bowing to pressure from a top Shibir leader, police yesterday released a field-level leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of ruling Jamaat-e Islami, barely one and a half hours after he was held
 arrow Substandard vermicelli factory found in city
A mobile court yesterday discovered a substandard quality vermicelli factory at the city's Nayabazar during their drive against the food adulteration.
 arrow Transport strike in 16 northern dists called off
Transport leaders yesterday called off the strike enforced on Saturday in 16 northern districts for an indefinite period.
 arrow Rupali Bank's Karachi branch now Pak-Bangla jt venture bank
Arif Habib Securities, a multi-billion-dollar company in Pakistan, and its affiliates have taken over 80 percent of the stakes of Rupali Bank's lone overseas branch in Karachi to run it as a new bank,
 arrow Speaker rejects opposition's talks demand
The speaker yesterday rejected the opposition lawmakers' demands for holding discussions on the August 17 countrywide serial blasts, last year's August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally, and
 arrow Advani to step down in Dec
India's opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani announced yesterday he would step down from the presidency of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December.
 arrow Second Test begins tomorrow
The nightmare of a record-breaking day in Test cricket could haunt the Bangladeshi cricketers when they return to the P Sara Stadium after three years to play the second and the final Test against Sri
 arrow Security beefedup at Ctg shrines
Stringent security measures have been taken up to protect the shrines in Chittagong as the law-enforcers fear attacks on the night of Shab-e-Barat.
 arrow Drive against Ahab men slows down at ministry order
Gaibandha police have slowed down their drive against Islamist militants on home ministry instructions not to harass some particular Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab) leaders and activists.
Businessarrow Political will key to removing Dhaka-Delhi trade barriers
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said barriers to increasing trade between Bangladesh and India will not go unless the governments have political will to take decision at the highest level.
 arrow PwC to focus on govt efficiency, private sector, multinationals
UK-based global financial consultancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) opened its Bangladesh office Saturday as it sees a rising flow of foreign direct investment and intense private sector growth despite
 arrow Popular Pharma goes into production
With an investment of Tk 160 crore, a new drug-making company, Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd, yesterday started its production.
 arrow Phoenix Leasing to float Tk 5cr IPO by Dec
Phoenix Leasing Company Ltd (PLCL), a non-banking financial institute, has announced to float initial public offerings (IPO) worth Tk 5 crore and launch zero coupon bonds worth Tk 30 crore by December
 arrow Govt to give CIP status to 50 NRBs every year
The government has decided to honour 50 important Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) every year by declaring them commercially important persons (CIPs) for their contribution to the national economy.
 arrow Morgan Stanley interested to invest $1b in Bangladesh
Morgan Stanley, a global financial service provider, has shown interest to invest over US$ 1 billion in power, gas, coal and infrastructure sectors of Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh show in London bags $15m spot orders
Bangladeshi manufacturers bagged spot export orders worth US$ 15 million from a three-day trade fair in London that concluded Saturday.
 arrow CityCell launches Huawei handset
CityCell mobile phone yesterday introduced Huawei C218 CDMA handset for its customers.
 arrow Pran promo campaign winners awarded
The prize giving ceremony of 'Pran Khule Ghor Shajan,' a consumer promotion campaign initiated by Pran Agricultural Marketing Co Ltd, was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Global financial leaders to take stock of oil headache
World financial leaders will descend on Washington this week to review threats to global growth posed by high oil prices and faltering progress toward easing the debts of the poorest nations.
 arrow Yuan set for modest, gradual rise: Economist
Speculators betting on a rapid climb in the yuan will be disappointed because the currency will rise only modestly, a prominent Chinese economist said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Last chance to earn respect
Satisfied with the preparation for the second and final Test against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was concentrating on the team's main goal which was to push the opposition as hard aspossible.
 arrow Cricket: A different century nears for Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya will reach a personal landmark no other Sri Lankan cricketer has ever achieved. The explosive left-handed batsman will be playing in his 100th Test match against Bangladesh on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: What actually happened
When Australian great Greg Chappell took over as India's coach in June, he had visions of giving the world's most cricket-crazy nation a team to be proud of.
 arrow Cricket: Nowhere left to run for Ganguly
India skipper Sourav Ganguly discovered there was no escape from the storm which has engulfed him and his captaincy on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Notts county champs
Nottinghamshire won their first English county championship title since 1987 on Saturday when Andrew Harris took six wickets to lead them to victory over Kent at Canterbury.
 arrow Baton formally handed over
Hundreds of sportsmen, sports celebrities and officials, senior government officials Sunday thronged the South Plaza of the Sangsad Bhaban to attend formal handing over ceremony of Queen's Baton of the
 arrow Football: Big win for Stamford
Defending champions Stamford steamrollered Darul Ihsan in the inaugural match of the second Stamford Inter-Private University Football Tournament at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Rayer Bazar High registered a solitary goal victory against Segun Bagicha High to earn their second successive win in the second round of the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Youhana confirms he's a Muslim
Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana has taken the Muslim name of Muhammad Yousuf after embracing Islam.
Youhana confirmed on Sunday that he had become a Muslim along with his wife and children.

 arrow Football: Valencia hold Deporivo
Deportivo La Coruna lost their hundred percent record but scraped a valuable point in a 2-2 draw at Valencia on Saturday, a topsy-turvy game which saw both teams forced to play most of the second half
 arrow Football: Inter come roaring back
Inter Milan put their Serie A title challenge back on track with a 3-0 home win over Lecce on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Blues can't lose!
Six matches, six wins and six points clear: Chelsea's drive to retain their Premiership title is already looking unstoppable with the season barely a month old.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes win took Vaughan by surprise
England skipper Michael Vaughan has said that his side's Ashes triumph came earlier than he had expected.
 arrow Football: FA probing child abuse
England's Football Association is investigating 250 suspected child abuse cases, including two connected to Premiership teams, a report said late Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin's return not certain yet
Sunil Joshi has retracted his earlier statement in which he confirmed Sachin Tendulkar's participation in the Canara Bank Centenary Cricket Championship 2005 as part of the MRF team.
 arrow Inter-school sports held
The 34th sub-regional inter-school sports competitions ended here on Sunday.
Lalmonirhat Chaparhat High School won the football title defeating Islamia School of Gaibandha 1-0 at the Rangpur Stadium.

 arrow Football: Liverpool, MU fire blanks
Liverpool and Manchester United are in danger of losing touch with Chelsea despite both preserving their unbeaten starts to the season in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak side win 20-20 title
Naveed Latif played a captain's innings to guide the Faisalabad Wolves to victory in the inaugural International Twenty20 Club Championship at Leicester.
 arrow Football: Sheikh Russel soccer
The final round of the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament began yesterday at the Dhanmondi Abahani Club ground.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 CAB team arrive Oct 13
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) U-17 team will visit Bangladesh in next month to play three two-day and as many limited-over games.
 arrow Cricket: DRU cricket title goes to Janakantha
The Pepsi-DRU inter-house six-a-side cricket competition ended yesterday with Daily Janakantha clinching the trophy at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Ainul no more
Eminent sports organiser Sheikh Ainul Haque died at a city hospital yesterday. He was 52.
He had been suffering from cancer for a long time.

Metropolitanarrow Bali meet likely to approve migrants centre in Kuwait
Third Asian Labour Migration Ministerial Consultation (ALMMC) scheduled to be held in the Indonesian resort town of Bali from September 20 to 21 is likely to finalise a decision to set up a MigrantsResource
 arrow Future of 91 returned migrant workers uncertain
Some 91 migrant workers, who returned home around four months back following alleged torture and deprivation of payments by their employer, owner of a garments factory in Jordan, are now passing their
 arrow TIB urges govt to sign, ratify UN Convention against Corruption
The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to sign and ratify the UN Convention against Corruption without delay.
 arrow Three more camel jockeys return to their families
Three more children used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned to their families yesterday bringing the total number to 34.
 arrow Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Lottery draw held
The draw of the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Lottery was held in the city yesterday.
 arrow Expat seeks security of his family
A Bangladeshi expatriate living in Sweden yesterday appealed to the government to ensure security of the lives of his family members as the local criminals have been threatening to kill them and burndown
 arrow Shibir cadres force 30 JCD workers out of RU hall
Cadres of the Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, yesterday drove away some 30 students belonging to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) from Bangabandhu Hall of Rajshahi University
 arrow Verdict in SI Farhad murder case today
Judgement in the Sub-Inspector (SI) Farhad murder case against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajol and 38 others will be given today.
 arrow 3 DU students assaulted at BSMMU hospital
At least three Dhaka University (DU) students were injured during a clash with the Ansar battalion personnel at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU) yesterday.
 arrow Warrant for arrest of three former Taxes Bar leaders
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant for arrest against former president, general secretary and treasurer of Dhaka Taxes Bar Association (DTBA) for embezzlement of Tk 28 lakh from its fund.
 arrow JCD leader released
A criminal and city Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, who was detained on Saturday night by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), was released yesterday.
 arrow JCD man held for firing gunshot on DU campus
Police yesterday arrested a JCD activist of Dhaka University for firing a gunshot in a dormitory in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Film Censorship (Amend) Bill placed in JS
The government yesterday introduced in parliament a tough bill arming the authorities with sweeping powers to clean the cultural arena by preventing from screening the uncensored films, porno and indecent
 arrow First meeting of 6th Wage Board held
The first meeting of the 6th Wage Board for journalists, employees and press workers of the newspaper industry was held at the Press Institute of Bangladesh yesterday.
 arrow Over Tk 2 lakh looted in Ctg
Muggers yesterday looted over Tk 2 lakh from a private firm official at Khatunganj in the port city.
Md Yunus, an official of Md Hossain and Brothers, drew Tk 2.

 arrow Naya Paltan Dev body executives
Jahirul Huq and Touhidul Abedin have been elected president and general secretary of the Naya Paltan Social Welfare and Development Committee for 2005-2007, says a press release.
 arrow US embassy closed tomorrow
The American Embassy offices, including The American Centre, Information Resource Centre, and the student counselling service will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, says a US embassy
Nationalarrow PBCP factions reunite to avenge crossfire killings
The Janajuddho and M-L factions of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have reunited in the south-western region of the country to take revenge for murders of their leaders and cadres in crossfire
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 4, attacks hundreds in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea claimed lives of at least four people including a child and attacked several hundred in the district in the last 11 days.
 arrow Flood goes, woes remain
Floodwater has receded but people in many areas in Sirajganj town are still trapped in stagnant water. They are now exposed to diseases serious health hazards.
 arrow Irrigation project atop Naikkhongchhari hills
The small Ghilatoli dam has opened a new horizon for farmers in Naikkhongchhari hills.
 arrow Mushroom builds health, its farming removes unemployment
Mushroom cultivation is gaining popularity in Tangail. Unemployed youths in the district are showing interest in its cultivation.
 arrow Charge sheet in journalist Belal murder case today
Khulna thana OC Mohammod Iqbal will submit charge sheet to CMM court today in the case for murder of Shaikh Belaluddin, Khulna Bureau chief of Dainik Sangram.
 arrow Land grabbers in Satkhira threaten victim's family
A group of land grabbers arrested Friday night for allegedly damaging house and occupying land of a Hindu family and released on Saturday are now threatening the victims to leave the country within aweek
 arrow Caught in his own trap!
A college principal in Sonadanga has been arrested for fabricating a kidnapping case.
 arrow JP office-bearers quit to protest new committee
Forty-three office bearers out of 51 have resigned from Sadullapur upazila unit of Jatiya Party as the new committee has been formed sidetracking the party lawmaker from the area TIM Fazly Rabbi Chowdhury.
 arrow 'Listed criminal' lynched by mob in Gaibandha
A 'listed criminal' was lynched by mob at Kholabari village in Sadar upazila on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Hong Kong Ministerial Conference
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is due to hold its sixth Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong from December 12 -18.
 arrow Celebrating Lailat-ul-Barat
The auspicious Night on the 15th of Shaban, known as Lailat-ul-Baraat, and popularly known as Shab-e-Barat in this sub-continent, is indeed a glorious and important occasion in the lifeof
 arrow Importance of the Night of Salvation
Lail' in Arabic means night and Barat, Laila-tul-Barat in the night of salvation.
 arrow JRC meeting and the RLP
Large dams and diversion projects can lead to the loss of forests and wildlife habitat and aquatic bio-diversity, and can affect downstream floodplains, wetlands, riverines, estuarine and adjacent marine
Culturearrow What music means to Fatema
1990: A year of political upheaval that resulted in the ousting of a dictator. Because of the unrest, there were hardly any cultural shows in Dhaka.
 arrow Inspiring a new generation of classical singers
"This is a country where every single person has music in their heart. I have noticed that even a rickshaw puller can sing a folk song.
 arrow Seven day theatre festival in Chittagong
A seven-day theatre festival, titled Sharod Natya Mela, begins from September 21, at the Theatre Institute of Chattagram (TIC).
 arrow US screens' French affair
US audiences cannot get enough of French films this year -- according to industry watchers at the Toronto International Film Festival, where a handful of US distribution deals was signed.
Internationalarrow India mulls crackdown on Maoist rebels
Indian authorities are holding a high-level security meeting this week to combat Maoist rebels following a step-up in attacks and reports that they were linking up with guerrillas in neighbouring Nepal.
 arrow Musharraf urges Jews to help make peace
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told US Jewish leaders on Saturday that granting the Palestinians statehood would help stop Islamic terrorism and lead to full diplomatic ties between Pakistan and
 arrow Glitches annoy Afghan voters in historic polls
A mix-up with voter registration cards that saw dozens of voters turned away and polling stations that opened late marred the start of Afghanistan's landmark parliamentary elections yesterday, witnesses
 arrow KGB bribed senior figures in Indira govt
India's main opposition party has called for an investigation into claims made in a new book that the former Soviet Union bribed senior figures of the Indira Gandhi government during the Cold War.
 arrow Parliament signs off constitution
Iraq's parliament finally signed off on amendments to a much-awaited draft constitution yesterday, paving the way for the charter to be put to a national referendum on October 15.
 arrow Bird flu epidemic may kill millions worldwide
Millions of people could die around the world if bird flu spreads out of control, and most countries are totally unprepared for such an event, the UN's World Health Organisation says.
 arrow Rice calls for 'lasting revolution'
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday "the time to reform the United Nations is now" and urged "a lasting revolution" to adapt it to growing threats of terrorism, disease and poverty.
 arrow BBC insists Katrina coverage impartial
The BBC strongly defended itself Sunday against accusations of anti-US bias after British Prime Minister Tony Blair reportedly complained to media tycoon Rupert Murdoch about the public broadcaster'scoverage
 arrow Clark moves forward after NZ polls win
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark courted coalition partners yesterday after narrowly winning an election that featured a rival bid to strip special rights from indigenous Maori and dismantle nuclear-free
Editorialarrow Editorial: The night of prayers
Lailatul Barat is arriving tonight. A great occasion in Islamic calendar is before us. We have a hindsight of the year gone by and a look-ahead into the next year.
 arrow Editorial: PM at the UN
The Prime Minister's speech at the UN is significant primarily for two reasons.
 arrow The Americans broaching the Iraq exit plan?
The growing pessimism about an impending debacle has spurred a fresh spate of calls for the US to withdraw its 140,000 strong occupation forces from Iraq before it is inextricably stuck in a Vietnam-like
 arrow Issues of national interest must be discussed in parliament
While addressing the parliament on September 8, the first day of the 18th session, the prime minister said that they considered parliament as the most appropriate place to discuss all the issues of national
 arrow Appeal for letting no house to terrorists
A news item published in the Prothom Alo of Sept. 12 may have caught the attention of many.
Letters to Editorarrow Disappointing cricket
Cricket is a game of great uncertainty; but the better side usually wins on a particular day playing their best, no matter whom they play against.
 arrow Us and them
We, irrespective of class and status, have been talking of poverty alleviation and establishing a nation free of discrimination and inequalities.
 arrow Remembering the martyrs
Our love for the martyrs starts at 12:01am and ends at 7:00pm.
 arrow Minister's denial
The government announced new rates for admission, consultation, diet, diagnostic tests and bed rent at all state-run hospitals except the upazila health complexes, raising the charges from ten percent
 arrow Real taste of Test cricket
My heart was tickling when I saw that England were 123 for 5 & there were plenty of overs left. At that moment Australia had a chance to settle the scores & retain the Ashes.
 arrow Camel jockeys in UAE
I was horrified and sickened to read a letter from Rafiqul Islam (14/09/05) about the abuse our baby boys endured in the UAE.
 arrow Student politics
I am a student of Dhaka University. Some days ago I came to know from one of my classmates what actually goes on in the name of student politics in the so-called "Oxford of the East".
 arrow Internet and our finance minister
Recently, a remark of our Finance Minister shocked me to the core. He mentioned that it is Internet era, therefore Saturday holiday does not harm International Trade.
 arrow Tanvir Mokammel's films
Mr Faruqe Hasan requests, in his "Appeal to Tanvir Mokammel" (Daily Star, 12th September) that Mr.
 arrow Friday weekend
We have seen numerous discussions on holidays.
 arrow Religious militancy
I fully agree with Mumtaz Iqbal's, Montreal, Canada (DS, Friday, Sept 9,05) piece that Gen Amin overstates in his analysis of the philosophy, depth & magnitude of the so-called religious militancy.
 arrow Government job quota
As a Bangladeshi I think I have the equal right, like all others, to get a government job. But now it is very difficult for me to get any government job.
 arrow BBC news
In recent weeks, it has been noticed that a Bangladeshi newsreader of the now-defunct ETV, is casting news in BBC Bangla service from Dhaka.
 arrow Mobile telephony
Mobile telephony has brought about an astonishing revolution in communication, making things easy for business people.
 arrow Bombing in Bangladesh
Since my childhood I know that Islam means Peace. But what is happening these days in the name of Islam in Bangladesh is really terrible and unexpected.
 arrow Tale of female Ansars
The harrowing plight of the female Ansars working as domestic help in households of Saudi Arabia as depicted in your daily as well as in the electronic media is extremely sad.
 arrow Khutba at Friday prayer
I am thankful to "A reader" for bringing up this sensitive subject.
Star Cityarrow Fake cosmetics sold openly at risk to public health
Tofazzel Hossain was ecstatic after buying a Brut cologne at a remarkably cheap price from a perfume vendor on the pavements of Gulistan.
 arrow Crackers sold on the sly amid tight security
Law enforcers kept mum as the business of crackers goes uninterrupted at Shankharibazar and Begumbazar in Old Dhaka ahead of Shab-e-barat ignoring the strict security around the city.
 arrow Footpath at Maghbazar encroached for car parking
About a 100-foot stretch of footpath has been occupied for car parking by the owners of Gulfesha Plaza market at Maghbazar.
 arrow Ordeal of self-employment on city streets
"Sir, please buy two lozenges for one taka only. I'm not a beggar," 10-year-old Akash requests a car passenger at city's Sonargaon intersection. As the man declines to buy, the boy rushes to another car.
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