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Front Pagearrow Military launches its own inquiry
Irked by the confession of retired lance corporal Harun-ur-Rashid, which points finger at links of eight in-service defence personnel to the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts, the military intelligence
 arrow JMB cobbled up over 100 ex-army men
Retired lance corporal of the army Harun-ur-Rashid, 'trainer' of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), now being quizzed at Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in the capital, told investigators that JMBhas
 arrow Did CEC need to say what he did?
Responding to a press query about the latest PSC selection of 150 JCD activists as Upazila Election Officials (UEO), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz said: "The UEOs are appointed through
 arrow Small power plant deals stalled
The government yesterday suspended the process to award small power plant deals with public utilities with a view to benefit a bigger number of ruling party activists at the cost of the state, sources
 arrow BB asks banks to furnish info
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all commercial banks to submit information on the bank accounts of three wanted militants including Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Political double standards must stop to end global terrorism
Renowned South and Southeast Asian Islamic scholars yesterday reached a consensus that double standards at political levels around the globe should be discarded at any cost to check the spread of worldwide
 arrow Saarc energy ministers to meet Oct 1
Ahead of the November Saarc Summit in Dhaka, the energy ministers of the member countries will meet in Islamabad on October 1 to discuss energy cooperation among the member states.
 arrow IMF assures Dhaka of continued support
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lauded the overall macro-economic performance of Bangladesh and assured the country of continued support in its efforts to achieve faster growth and poverty reduction.
 arrow Ice cream factory fined for using unlabelled chemicals
A mobile court yesterday raided and fined an ice cream factory named 'Mark Ice Cream' at the city's Tejgaon commercial area for using chemicals and flavours without any label and not mentioning the expiry
 arrow Bapex rejects Niko proposal for jt meet
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) has turned down Canadian company Niko's proposal to hold a joint management committee (JMC) meeting to approve drilling of seven gas wells.
 arrow CEC rules out probe body formation
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said no probe committee would be formed to investigate the allegation against the recruitment of upazila election officers (UEOs).
 arrow BPC to stop fuel supply to Biman from Oct 1
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is going to stop supply of jet fuel to Biman Bangladesh Airlines from October 1 for non-payment of arrears.
 arrow JS body warns RMG units
The parliamentary standing committee on the labour and employment ministry has warned the garment factories that they will face punitive actions, including cancellation of licence, for violation of labour
 arrow 15 more down with dengue
Fifteen more people diagnosed with dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito, were admitted to hospitals and clinics in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Lankans complete whitewash
Bangladesh will return empty handed from their month-long Sri Lanka tour after being whitewashed in the two-Test series on the back of an identical one-day series.
 arrow Braving the rain...

 arrow Myanmar commerce minister arrives tomorrow
Myanmar Commerce Minister Brig Gen Tin Naing Thein arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit.
 arrow Top terror Arman gets life term
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Arman Khan, one of the most wanted criminals on the list of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), to life imprisonment in an arms case.
 arrow 4 killed in road crash
At least four people died and 50 others were injured in a bus collision at Porabari on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer on Baliadangi border under Thakurgaon yesterday.
 arrow Millions flee as Rita brings more turmoil to US
Monsterous Hurricane Rita, one of the deadliest storms ever recorded, sent millions fleeing, threatened vital oil production and cast fear far and wide as it ripped across the Gulf of Mexico yesterday
 arrow Blair's blind support for Bush costing lives
Tony Blair's pride and his "blind support" for George Bush is costing lives in Iraq, says Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
 arrow Blasts kill 6 in Lahore
Two bicycle bombs exploded minutes apart in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore yesterday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 30, police and security officials said.
 arrow 13 Bangladeshi fishermen rescued off India
Thirteen Bangladeshi fishermen were pulled from Indian waters after their fishing trawler capsized during a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal earlier this week, police said Thursday.
 arrow Gridlock...

 arrow EU backs down on Iran under pressure
The European Union's three main powers have dropped a demand that the UN nuclear watchdog report Iran to the Security Council over its atomic plans due to opposition from Russia and China, diplomats said
 arrow Rab to get women forces
Women will join the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) as the government feels the need to include female members to the elite force to further gear up its anticrime operation.
 arrow Family seek safety fearing further attack
An arrestee in the Mirpur Commerce College student Kamrul Islam Momin murder case yesterday disclosed before a magistrate's court the identity of the man who orchestrated the killing.
Businessarrow Knitwear exporters eye $1b US market
Local entrepreneurs eye $1 billion annual knitwear export to the US from the next fiscal year as they are going to hold a three-day knitwear show in New York in November.
 arrow 6-day BCS computer show kicks off
With a view to introducing latest developments of the ICT sector, a six-day computer show styled 'BCS Computer Show-2005' began yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Non-bank financial institutions urged to diversify business
Deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank has urged the non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to reduce interest rate and diversify their business by introducing new products.
 arrow Booming India to affect globe as it opens up: IMF
India's booming but relatively closed economy could have a profound impact on the world economy at large if progress in boosting regional and global trade links continues apace, the IMF said Wednesday.
 arrow Dhaka civil society lobbies development partners on LDC concerns at WTO
Bangladesh's civil society has urged the representatives of the bilateral development agencies to support the demands of the LDCs in the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting to be held in December this year.
 arrow Asean mulls liberalisation of air services
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) aviation officials are discussing plans to liberalise airline services and develop co-operation programmes in Southeast Asia at the12th Regional AirTransport
 arrow US won't cut farm subsidies unless others do: Portman
The United States will demand other countries make steep cuts in their farm subsidies and tariffs before considering any change to its own programmes, the chief US negotiator said Wednesday as lawmakers
 arrow China, Thailand aim to triple trade by 2010
Thailand and China signed a slate of trade and investment deals Thursday, aimed at more than tripling bilateral trade to 50 billion dollars by 2010, officials said.
 arrow Siemens telecom to cut working hours
German electronics giant Siemens said Thursday that it had agreed with unions on a reduction of working hours, part-time early-retirement schemes and voluntary redundancies in order to help cut costsand
 arrow New DMD of Social Investment Bank
Abu Sadek Md Sohel yesterday took over as deputy managing director (DMD) of Social Investment Bank Ltd.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the DMD of Agrani Bank, says a press release.

 arrow GM of G3 Communication
The Board of Directors of G3 Communication Ltd has recently announced the name of AZM Saifuddin as the general manager of the company.
 arrow US for expanding G7 to take in developing players
The United States wants the powerful Group of Seven rich nations to consider expanding to take in major emerging economies, perhaps China and Russia, a senior Treasury official said Wednesday.
 arrow Square Pharma okays 77pc cash, 15pc stock dividends
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd has declared a 77 percent cash dividend and a 15 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on March 31, 2005.
 arrow Sony to cut 10,000 jobs
Sony announced plans Thursday to cut 10,000 jobs across its global operations and axe 11 factories as part of a restructuring plan aimed at reversing a slump at the Japanese electronics icon.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Almost everyone lacked determination'
A frustrated Habibul Bashar was coming to terms with the realisation at the end of the Test series against Sri Lanka that his team was no longer the fighting unit that had impressed during the summer's
 arrow Cricket: Batsmen to blame: Dav
Still rueing the wasted chances Bangladesh had thrown away in both the Tests, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore blamed the batsmen for errors in decision-making.
 arrow Cricket: Two bright spots
Chaminda Vaas has certified that the two young pacemen of Bangladesh have a bright future.
Like the Sri Lankan ace left-arm seamer, Syed Rasel is also a left-armer who can swing the ball both ways.

 arrow Cricket: India crush Zimbabwe
India, inspired by Irfan Pathan's match haul of 12-126, hammered Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the second and final Test at Harare Sports Club here Thursday to win the series 2-0.
 arrow Chess: Chess for the blind starts today
The chess for the blind tournament jointly organised by the Bangladesh Braille Chess Association and Tarunna Chess Club of Gulshan begins at the BIAM Auditorium today.
 arrow Nat'l pool named
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday bracketed 20 cricketers in the national pool for this year's GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League.
 arrow Football: All but one Black & White goes through
It was almost a disastrous day for Mohammedan as three of the regional namesakes of Dhaka giants Mohammedan Sporting Club made their exit from the qualifying round of the Nitol-Tata National FootballLeague
 arrow Jen Yo pool on
The first-ever pool competition titled 'Jen Yo Cue-Cult 2005' got underway at three popular pool clubs in the city yesterday.
 arrow Football: National booters report to Cruciani
All 28 booters except defenders Rajani Kanta Barman and Firoj Mahmood Titu reported to national football coach Diego Andres Cruciani at the Bangladesh Football Federation Bhaban yesterday after enjoying
 arrow Football: Dolaipar rout Mirpur Bangla
Defending champions Dolaipar High returned to winning ways in the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament when they posted an 11-0 win over Mirpur Bangla High at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Motijheel win
Motijheel registered a 2-0 win over Hajaribagh in the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament at the Dhanmondi playground yesterday.
Dulal and Sohel netted one goal each for the winners.

 arrow Cricket: Warne is 'God's gift to cricket'
Sachin Tendulkar has praised Shane Warne by calling him 'God's gift to cricket'.
 arrow Football: Maradona takes on Karpov
The Russian Grand Master Anatoly Karpov Monday played human chess with Diego Maradona as part of the TV show the Argentine soccer star hosts in Buenos Aires.
 arrow Football: Barca barely draw
Champions Barcelona narrowly avoided a second defeat in a row when they came from a goal down to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia in the Primera Liga on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Celebrity motors set to roar
Brazilian football star Ronaldo can look forward to a World Cup debut of a different sort this weekend.
 arrow Football: Vieira saves the day
Juventus coach Fabio Capello admitted his team were lucky to escape from Udinese with all three points as the title-holders maintained their 100 per cent Serie A record on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova reaches qtrs
Maria Sharapova piled on the first seven games before Shahar Peer could find her feet but then had to struggle to finally scrape a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 win Thursday in her opening match at the China Open.
 arrow Cricket: BCB reveals age-group competitions
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the schedule for age-group national divisional competitions and national school competitions across the country yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Patuakhali, Mymensingh and Khulna won their respective matches in the National Hockey Champion-ship at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Asian University thump Daffodil
Asian University thrashed Daffodil International 11-0 in the Stamford Inter-Private University Football Tournament at the Bangladesh Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting upbeat
Captain Ricky Ponting said Thursday he is confident Australia can bounce back against the World XI next month, dismissing the loss of the Ashes as "a hiccup".
Metropolitanarrow Stop plying of old diesel-run vehicles to improve air quality
Stern action should be taken against the unscrupulous traders who import old buses, trucks and other motorised vehicles by tampering documents to safeguard the urban life from serious health hazards,said
 arrow 'Irregularities in settlement process deprive landless people of Khas land'
Irregularities in settlement process and forceful occupation by land grabbers often drive away the landless people from Khas land, speakers at a dialogue said yesterday.
 arrow Change in electoral system a must for fair election
Change in the existing electoral system is imperative to hold a free and fair election in the country, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow 2007 DV Lottery announced
The US State Department has announced the 2007 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery programme to issue 50,000 US visas.
The registration period for the lottery will begin on October 5 and end on December4.

 arrow 'Failure to bring culprits to book has tarnished country's image'
Several hundred people formed a human chain at Shahbagh in the city yesterday demanding a fair investigation into the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and punishment to the killers.
 arrow Mobile court realises Tk 27 lakh
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) in a drive yesterday realised Tk 27 lakh from bill defaulters in the city.
 arrow JU teacher suspended
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities yesterday suspended Tanvir Ahmad Siddique, lecturer of the Department of Business Administration, for his indecent behaviour with the students.
 arrow Ireland to import more RMG
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that Ireland would import medicines, leather and jute products and more readymade garments from Bangladesh.
 arrow Art competition for children
Jatiya Konyashishu Advocacy Forum (National Girl Child Advocacy Forum) yesterday organised an art competition in the city to mark the National Girl Child Day.
 arrow Int'l photo exhibition begins in city
An international exhibition of photographs by ten eminent photographers of the world began at Drik gallery in the city yesterday.
 arrow Photo exhibition begins in Ctg
A three-day photography exhibition titled "Prio Swadesh" (Dear Homeland) began in the port city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Journo's appeal for help
Senior journalist Abul Bashar has been hospitalised at Birdem with serious liver complications coupled with high blood sugar.
 arrow Release of Moulana Masud demanded
Sammilita Olama-Mashaekh Samannay Parishad, a committee of the Islamic scholars, formed a human chain at Muktangan in the city yesterday demanding immediate release of Moulana Fariduddin Masud.
 arrow 3 of a family burnt to death in Satkhira
A couple and their daughter were burnt to death in a fire at their house at Kulya village in Ashashuni, Satkhira, on Wednesday night.
 arrow Family Planning employees stage token hunger strike in Ctg
Bangladesh Family Planning Combined Employees' Asso-ciation yesterday staged a token hunger strike on Chittagong Press Club premises demanding transfer of its 25000 employees under revenue sector.
 arrow Two killed in city incidents
Two people were killed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
Mohammad Arif , 22 helper of a Dhaka-Kompanyganj bound bus, was killed in a road accident at Syedabad.

 arrow Irish envoy meets Hasina
Irish Ambassador to Bangladesh Kieran Downing yesterday made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city.
Point-Counterpointarrow The mystery of the letter to Dr. Rice
I was intrigued by the US lawmakers' letter to the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, published in the front page of The Daily Star on September 15, recommending that President Bush raise the issue
 arrow Bangladesh and the MDGs
The world's largest summit, attended by more than 170 heads of state and government, was held in New York to thrash out the future of the United Nations, as it marked its 60th anniversary.
 arrow The hand-gun menace
Recent events in Bangladesh have brought into sharp focus, not only the question of human insecurity prevailing within the country, but also the pernicious effect of illegal small arms in urban as well
 arrow The real jihad
Iqra bisme Rabbi kallazi khalak." These words are the first revelation of Allah's message to Muhammad (pbuh) and mankind. They mean, "Read, in the name of thy Lord.
Culturearrow A mirror on the reality of women's lives
Coming up on September 25 and September 26 are six powerful documentary films by and about women.
 arrow Home is where the heart is
The vivacious Singapore-based singer Milia Islam Sabed is set to go back after a stay in Dhaka. However her presence will linger on.
 arrow Vignettes of a reluctant politician
It is seldom that a feature film is based on the life of a leading politician during his or her lifetime in India.
 arrow Positive Bangladesh
Celebrated fashion designer and Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Bibi Russell will host a new entertaining TV show Positive Bangladesh, based on fashion and development.
 arrow Chittagong Theatre Festival gets rolling
A week-long drama festival, titled Sharot Natya Sandhya-1412, began here on Wednesday last.
 arrow China: Captivating destination for TV serials
Fast emerging as a tourist destination, China is a filmmaker's delight.
 arrow Like a phoenix from the ashes
Three years ago pop diva Mariah Carey was the butt of music industry jokes.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC powerless before partisan recruitment
It seems that the government is hell-bent on creating all sorts of suspicion and misgiving in the public mind about the ability of the Election Commission (EC) to conduct free and fair elections in the
 arrow Editorial: Revolting scenes
We are simply shocked to have witnessed once again police highhandedness against opposition activists, especially their women members during the general strike on Wednesday.
 arrow Inching towards isolation
The letter from sixteen prominent US senators and representatives to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, urging her to recommend that President Bush raise the issue of political violence in Bangladesh
 arrow The smile
He was sitting in a corner, sipping on his drink when his eyes locked in on a face smiling at him. She fluttered her eyelashes for several times before the smile radiated from her lips to the eyes.
 arrow An apology
I do not know whether any one within the government or from civil society has yet regretted or apologised to Mrs.
Letters to Editorarrow Evacuation of Gaza
In international politics the mostly spoken topic is now the evacuation of the Jews settlers from the Palestinian land Gaza.
 arrow Fundamentalism
Bangladesh is now on the verge of being a country that will be identified with Islamic fundamentalism and militancy.
 arrow Price Hike & Ramadan
Though the month of fasting is thought provoking with some ideas of purity, generosity and self-sacrifice, but the real picture of a country like Bangladesh is totally different.
 arrow Gas pipeline issue
The Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar visited Bangladesh on September 5 last. The main purpose of his visit was to discuss the issue of gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
 arrow Punish the players!
The Bangladesh cricket team lost to Sri Lanka in almost two days in the first Test. It seems usual for the team to lose by a innings and within three or four days.
 arrow Sania sensation!
Sania Mirza of India has been making or rewriting history with her appearances in the international tennis events. Recently, she achieved another feat by reaching the fourth round of the US open.
 arrow Austerity measures
The government is contemplating some measures of austerity to be maintained by its officials as well as the countrymen. But at the same time the govt. should downsize its huge cabinet.
 arrow Two days weekend
We are nonplused but we have the crystal clear opinion that for a poor, underdeveloped and over populated country like ours which is beset with various natural calamities round the year, torn by political
 arrow Rethinking on Islam
Shafi Ahmed (Letter, 13 Sept) got it spot on when he said, "What we need is to re-appraise and re-emphasise the fundamental purpose of Islam".
 arrow New education system
I was reading the letter on the new education system, published on Sept 16. At the moment I do not have any knowledge of the new system.
 arrow Identity crisis
We Bangladeshis seem to be suffering from a identity crisis that leads us to a state where we get so confused that we fail to make up our mind as to the sensibilities in relation to our national interest.
 arrow "Karnaphulir Kanna"
Why has the government banned the documentary film "Karnaphulir Kanna?" That is a relevant question. The film depicts the picture of the life of the people living in the CHT.
 arrow Use of a passport
The holder of an expired passport cannot travel; but the information about the holder is still valid. I went to an NC bank to open a new account, and submitted my expired passport as identification paper.
 arrow Katrina victims
I am shocked to read how the round the clock misery, hunger stricken screaming children and adults, dead bodies floating in clear view are some of the issues residents of Louisiana are facing today.
 arrow Bangladeshi maidservants
I was sick to my stomach after reading your report on the rape of our Bangladeshi women in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow "Tritiomatra"
I was watching the TV Program "Tritiomatra" a few days back and observed Mr. Zinnah (MP) of the BNP proudly stating that his government had decided to send domestic workers to Saudi Arabia, while Mr.
Worldarrow British troops reduce presence in Basra
British troops in the tense southern city of Basra greatly reduced their presence in the streets yesterday, apparently responding to a call from the provincial governor to sever cooperation until London
 arrow Indo-Pak Kashmiri leaders seek end to violence
The first ever meeting of Kashmiri leaders from India and Pakistan yesterday called for an end to violence and reduction in the number of soldiers and paramilitary forces all across Kashmir.
 arrow Storm-battered Andhra readies for massive reconstruction
The southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was yesterday rushing experts to assess the devastation caused by powerful storms, which battered thousands of villages and towns on the coast of the Bay of
 arrow Ratify nuke treaty
Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the United States and 10 other key countries to ratify the nuclear test-ban treaty so it can finally take effect, but like Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea, the
 arrow Nepali Maoists abduct hundreds of students
Suspected Maoist rebels have abducted hundreds of students and teachers from dozens of schools in northwest Nepal, a human rights group said yesterday.
 arrow Troops mount raid in Pak tribal area
Pakistani troops backed by helicopters arrested 10 suspected militants yesterday during a search in a tribal zone near the Afghan border, officials said.
 arrow Katrina donations found at official's home
US police found cases of food, clothing and tools intended for hurricane victims at the home of the chief administrative officer for a New Orleans suburb, authorities said Wednesday.
 arrow Italy extradites London bomb suspect Issac
Hamdi Issac, one of four men suspected of carrying out the failed July 21 London bomb attacks, was extradited yesterday from Italy to Britain, where he faced charges of conspiracy to murder and attempted
 arrow Mexican anti-drug minister dies in chopper crash
A cabinet minister who helped lead Mexico's anti-drug fight, his deputy and seven others died in a helicopter crash in the mountains west of Mexico's capital on Wednesday. There were no survivors.
 arrow Top Kyrgyz revolution leader jilled
A top Kyrgyz lawmaker and key figure in this former Soviet state's popular revolution in March, Bayaman Erkinbayev, was shot dead outside his house late Wednesday in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, police
 arrow China rejects US call for democracy
China yesterday rejected a US call to adopt democracy, telling Washington to respect its communist path and brushing off warnings of retaliation for its huge trade surplus with the United States.
 arrow Hurricanes hit Bush's Iraq war support base
Hurricane Katrina and its wrenching aftermath have turned public attention and already-dwindling support away from President Bush's Iraq policy. And that was before Hurricane Rita took aim at Texas.
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