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Front Pagearrow Kakrail Mosque was used to train Aug 17 bombers
The capital's Kakrail Mosque, widely regarded as the fulcrum of Tablig Jamaat, had been used to train the militants how to switch on the bombs that rocked the country on August 17, an arrested militant
 arrow 'No' to Tuesday Group's meet on poll practices
The government has declined to permit Tuesday Group, a club of foreign diplomats in Bangladesh, to arrange a conference on 'the best election practices', saying that such move will amount to interference
 arrow WB may defer credit as no move to vacate stay
The complications arising out of the privatisation of Rupali Bank may further defer the World Bank's (WB) Development Support Credit (DSC) to Bangladesh.
 arrow Graft, inefficiency, poor governance hindering growth
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said corruption, inefficiency, governance problems and weaknesses in institutional management are pushing up the cost of doing business in the country and hinderingimprovement
 arrow City to come under security blanket next month
The capital comes under heavy security "round the clock" from October as the government sets off special measures across the country during Ramadan, Durga Puja and the Saarc Summit.
 arrow Myanmar to take back remaining Rohingyas
Myanmar Chief of General Staff and member of the State Peace Development Council (SPDC) General Thura Shwe Mann yesterday said the process of repatriation of the remaining 20,000 Rohingya refugees from
 arrow DU student shot near hall gate
A student of Dhaka University (DU) was shot in the leg by some unidentified youth near the entrance to Shahidullah Hall last night.
 arrow OMS of rice stopped for third time
Despite high price of staple food items, the government yesterday backtracked from launching the subsidised open market sale (OMS) of rice for the third time, giving rise to suspicion that hoarders' syndicates
 arrow Adi Banoful sweetmeat factory sealed off
A mobile court yesterday sealed off the factory of Adi Banoful sweetmeat chain for continuing its production using textile dye and not changing its unhygienic environment despite being fined twice byanother
 arrow Rita leaves trail of destruction
Hurricane Rita delivered deep floods, wrecked homes, shredded infrastructure, spectacular fires and a killer tornado, but failed to match Hurricane Katrina's murderous march along the US Gulf Coast four
 arrow Outlaw dies in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Janajuddha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Mirpur upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Oust partisan poll officials for fair polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government has appointed party activists to the Election Commission (EC) to rig the next general election sensing their
 arrow Hartal observed, call for students' strike today
The dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting alleged injustice in the schoolgirl Mafruza Khatun Mili rape and murder case was observed peacefully amid tight security.
 arrow Project positive image of Bangladesh
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has called upon the expatriate Bangladeshi community to project the country's positive image abroad by manifesting the nation's achievements and countering the negative
 arrow HC rule on govt not to harass ETV chairman
The High Court yesterday ordered the government not to arrest or harass Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam without due process of law.
 arrow Bush, Blair both 'war criminals'
George Galloway, the member of Britain's parliament who has led an international campaign against the Iraq war, renewed his condemnation of the US and British leaders over the 2003 invasion at a Washington
 arrow Indian engr kills himself, wife, 4 children in UAE
An Indian man slit the throats of his wife and four children, the youngest an 8-month-old baby, before killing himself in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah, a UAE newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow 36 fishermen feared dead in Bay
Thirty-six fishermen are feared dead as the six Pirojpur-based fishing trawlers that had gone missing a few days ago were reported to have capsized in the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Rebels kill eight Bangalees in Tripura
Separatist rebels killed eight Bengali-speaking settlers in India's remote and restive Tripura state yesterday, police said.
Businessarrow High costs of legal trade invite informal trade
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday said high costs of formal trade due to poor performance of the existing letter of credit system only invite informal trade, resulting in revenue
 arrow Ministerial dialogue of 14 Asia Pacific countries begins in Dhaka Oct 1
In a bid to frame a comprehensive rural development policies, a daylong regional ministerial policy dialogue of 14 Asia Pacific countries will begin in Dhaka on October 1.
 arrow HSBC loan fair starts in Dhaka Wednesday
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) is going to organise a three-day loan fair in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Private importers responsible for high prices of sugar
Private sector import is responsible for high price of sugar, alleged Bangladesh Sugar Mill Employees and Workers Federation yesterday.
 arrow ICC-B seminar on capital market begins tomorrow
A two-day seminar titled 'Capital Market Development: Asian Experiences' begins tomorrow in Dhaka to identify areas of mutual co-operation to pre-empt any repeat of Asian financial crisis.
 arrow Saarc states to sign deal on double taxation avoidance
The Saarc countries will sign the limited multilateral agreement on avoidance of double taxation (LMAADT) in the upcoming summit to be held in Dhaka in November.
 arrow China in no rush on forex
China is in no rush to free its exchange rate, but has embarked on a path that will eventually lead to a yuan currency whose value is set by markets, China's central bank chief said.
 arrow New CEO of CRAB
Dr Masihur Rahman, a member of the erstwhile CSP and a former secretary of ERD, has joined Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) as its managing director and CEO.
 arrow New MD of IIDFC
Mahmood Malik has recently joined Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IIDFC) as its managing director.
 arrow IMF writes off debt for world's poor countries
Eighteen of the poorest nations will have their debts to the International Monetary Fund wiped out after rich countries bridged differences on Saturday that threatened a pact first signed this summer.
 arrow US, China set for new round of textiles battle
US and Chinese negotiators are set Monday to hold the latest round of bruising talks on how best to dam a torrential flow of clothes from China that is said to be swamping the US textiles industry.
 arrow S'pore oil rig industry reaps bonanza from high oil prices
Singapore's oil rig manufacturing industry is reaping a multi-billion-dollar bonanza as sky-high crude prices boost marine exploration for new oil and gas deposits worldwide.
 arrow Japan for bigger IMF quotas for emerging states
Emerging economies, notably those in Asia, are under-represented in the International Monetary Fund and their voting rights should be increased to reflect their growing role in the global economy, Japan's
Sportsarrow Cricket: Quiet start to transfers
The three-day transfers for the curtain-raising event of the domestic season, the Corporate Cricket League, began on Sunday with little excitement.
 arrow Cricket: Big names to look into the Indian soap opera
Angry Indian cricket officials will this week investigate the growing rift between coach Greg Chappell and captain Sourav Ganguly that has left the national team in disarray.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell disappointed at email leakage
Indian cricket team coach Greg Chappell on Sunday expressed his disappointment that a private and confidential email that he had sent from Zimbabwe to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president
 arrow Football: Final round teams fixed
The qualifying round of the Fifth Nitol-Tata National Football League ended yesterday with four more teams confirming their final round berths.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey's super six
Faridpur, BKSP and Rajshahi booked their places in the Super Six stage of the ABS Group National Hockey Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers return home today
The Bangladesh cricket team return home today after a frustrating month-long trip to Sri Lanka.
Opening batsmen Javed Omar, however, will not accompany the team.

 arrow Football: Dolairpar, Residential in semis
Holders Dolairpar High and Residential Model High stormed into semifinals of the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM meets today
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) will meet with club officials to discuss the new format and venues of the most exciting domestic competition at the Bangabandhu National Stadium conference
 arrow Football: Reds left red-faced
Chelsea conceded a goal for the first time this season but a Frank Lampard double allowed the champions to recover and stretch their winning start to the Premiership campaign to seven matches.
 arrow Gatafe continue to surprise
Unbeaten Getafe continued their remarkable season by winning 1-0 at near-neighbours Atletico Madrid to go back to the top of the Spanish first division on Saturday.
 arrow Football: The Maldinis rule
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini set a record for Serie A appearances on Sunday when he took to the field for the 571st time in Italy's top flight -- a day before his son is due to start his career with
 arrow Football: Vieira the inspiration
Serie A leaders Juventus fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Parma on Saturday and maintain their 100 per cent record.
 arrow Cricket: Bhaji speaks out in favour of Ganguly
Despite Sourav Ganguly's plea that his ongoing spat with coach Greg Chappell should remain between the two men involved, his teammate, Harbhajan Singh, has spoken out in support of his captain.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill clueless on Ashes snub
Stuart MacGill, who watched helpless as Australia crashed to an Ashes series defeat to England, said Sunday his omission from the losing team made no sense.
 arrow Cricket: Jones 50-50 for Pakistan tour
England seamer Simon Jones is rated just 50-50 to be fit for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Athletics: Inter-Service athletics
The Inter-Service Athletics competition began yesterday at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
Bangladesh Army dominated the opening day securing four gold medals.

 arrow Football: Shyampur in last four
Shyampur drew with Mirpur 3-3 to move into the semifinals of the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow South Asia yet to achieve food security
South Asia, the home of one-fourth population of the world, is yet to achieve food security and ensure nutrition for all, said the speakers at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka seeks Myanmar land for crop cultivation
Bangladesh yesterday proposed Myanmar to lease out its unplanted and fallow lands for commercial crop production.
 arrow Ghuridah a model for achieving target
When the sanitation situation across the country, including rural and urban areas, is grim, a remote union in Shaghata upazila under Gaibandha district achieved 100 percent sanitation coverage well ahead
 arrow 'Formulate effective policy to revive jute industry'
Speakers at a function yesterday called for formulation of an effective policy and its implementation in order to revive the jute industry.
 arrow Python caught in Sylhet brought to JU Wildlife Rescue Centre
A python caught in Sylhet was brought to Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) at Jahangirnagar University (JU) to provide it with safe natural environment in order to protect the threatened species.
 arrow Myanmar army team calls on army chief
The delegation of Myanmar Armed Forces led by General Thura Shwe Mann paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed at his office yesterday.
 arrow JCD expels 7
Seven Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Kabi Jasimuddin Hall of Dhaka University (DU) were expelled yesterday by party high-ups for their involvement in factional clash and vandalising at least
 arrow Hasina leaves for Delhi Sept 28
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for New Delhi on September 28 to visit Azmir Sharif.
 arrow SSKOP meet tomorrow
An emergency meeting of the Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will be held at the Jatiya Press Club in the city at 12.00 noon tomorrow.
 arrow Foskett new Australian envoy to Bangladesh
Australia has appointed Douglas Foskett as new High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
He will replace Lorraine Barker, who has been High Commissioner since November 2002.

 arrow Wasa realises Tk 9.94 lakh
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) in a drive yesterday realised about Tk 10 lakh from bill a defaulter and snapped several connections for not paying the arrears in the city.
 arrow Rajshahi court Stays triennial council of AL
A court in Rajshahi yesterday stayed the triennial council of the district Awami League (AL) which was scheduled for today.
 arrow Husband beats wife to death at Uttara
A man beat his wife to death at Uttar Adabar in the capital yesterday while feuding over a trifling matter.
 arrow Business admin deptt postpones exams
The department of business administration of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday postponed the first semester final examination of 2004-2005 academic session for an indefinite period in the wake of
 arrow HSC results on websites today
Results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination and Alim, Fazil and Kamil examinations of 2005 will be published today.
The results will be available on the website www.educationboard.gov.

Nationalarrow Thousands protest 'open pit' coal mining in Phulbari
Several thousand people from four upazila of Dinajpur staged a demonstration in Phulbari on Saturday protesting the proposed 'open pit method' of coal mining there, saying this will displace thousands
 arrow A new dawn for Mro people
The long cherished dream of Mro tribesmen in Bandarban has come true. Their children will now read textbooks printed in Mro language.
 arrow Garbage is resource, not waste
Areas in Ward No. 6 in Mymensingh town is now clean of garbage, giving residents a scope to breath fresh air and a have of good environment, thanks to the municipal authorities.
 arrow Disabled Anwar had to leave DU
Physical disability was no problem for Anwaruzzaman in pursuing studies. He secured the second position in Degree Pass Course examination in science group held this year under National University.
 arrow Govt out to save Aug 17 culprits, Nasim tells Sylhet meeting
Former home minister and Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim has alleged that the government is out to save the perpetrators of August 17 serial bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow BNP-BCL clash: Sec 144 at Enayetpur
The district administration yesterday imposed Section 144 at Enayetpur here following a clash between the activists of BNP and Chhatra League over calling meetings at the same time and venue.
 arrow People will compel govt to accept caretaker reforms
Former agriculture minister and Awami League (AL) Presidium member Begum Matia Choudhury has said the 14-party opposition alliance will compel the government to accept its proposals to reform the Election
 arrow 2 brothers drown as boat sinks in Kongsa
Two minor brothers drowned when an engine boat carrying passengers sunk in the Kongsa at Bawshi under Barhatta upazila Saturday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Roadblocks to achieving MDG
The country is passing through a series of crisis: corruption, unbridled terrorism in the form of killing of political activists, businessmen and journalists, bomb explosion at strategic points todestabilize
 arrow Advani capitulates to the RSS
Loh purush Lal Krishna Advani has eaten crow and announced he will quit as BJP president in December.
 arrow Big brother is monitoring: Governments move to censor the Internet
Vietnam's communist government knows it's impossible to monitor the country's 5,000 cyber cafes, so it's forcing the cafe owners to be its eyes and ears.
Culturearrow Wonders in terracotta
A solo exhibition of emerging sculptor Nagen Paul is being held at Heritage Restaurant, Gulshan 2. The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned artist Hamiduzzaman Khan on September 23.
 arrow The Mission: A cry against globalisation
As part of the ongoing theatre festival titled "Contemporary Theatre in Bangladesh", Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) staged German contemporary playwright Heiner Muller's postmodern play The Mission
 arrow Rabiraag's musical soiree
Cultural organisation Rabiraag held a musical soiree recently at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium. The event titled Nabo Nandantaney was a melange of songs and dance presentations.
 arrow Theatre's drama voyage-5
As part of its discussion programme on the plays which are not frequently staged these days, Theatre (Natok Saroni) arranged a programme on its folk- based drama Roopbhan, recently.
 arrow UNESCO Cultural Award'05
The National Association of UNESCO Club in Bangladesh has handed the UNESCO Cultural Award 2005 to 11 promising and popular artistes of radio and television.
Generalarrow LGED engr, two others killed in road accidents
Three people, including an LGED engineer, were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow 48-hr transport strike in S-W region from tomorrow
The Road Transport Workers' Federation will enforce a 48-hour transport strike in the south and western region tomorrow to press home its four-point demand.
 arrow 47 EWU students receive scholarships
The Merit Award Scholarship Ceremony of East West University (EWU) for Fall Semester was held at its auditorium in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow ME truce in tatters
Israeli aircraft blasted suspected Palestinian weapons facilities in Gaza yesterday and authorities arrested hundreds of militants in the West Bank, launching an offensive against the Islamic group Hamas
 arrow US chopper crash kills 5
A US Chinook helicopter crashed yesterday in southern Afghanistan, killing all five crew members on board, the US military said. It did not appear to have been shot down.
 arrow IAEA adopts resolution on Iran's nuke plan
The UN atomic watchdog passed a resolution Saturday that opened the door to reporting Iran to the UN Security Council for violating international nuclear safeguards, in a divisive vote that signalledan
 arrow Somnath yatra would end with Ram temple, says Advani
Emphasising his pledge to build a Ram temple at Ayodhya, BJP president LK Advani on Sunday said his 'yatra' to the Somnath temple would end only when a 'grand temple' was built there.
 arrow 8 villagers shot dead by rebels in Tripura
Eight villagers were shot dead and two seriously wounded Sunday by tribal separatist rebels who roused men and women from sleep, lined them up and mowed them down with automatic weapons, police said.
 arrow Bus collisions kill 45 pilgrims in Pakistan
At least 45 people, mostly pilgrims returning from a Muslim shrine, have been killed in two separate bus collisions in southern Pakistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Texas residents ride out storm the hard way
Hindsight was crystal clear for Trevor Cormier, who was among the handful of Port Arthur residents who ignored demands to evacuate and hunkered down through Hurricane Rita's violent landfall on Saturday.
 arrow Iraq insurgency worse than anticipated: Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted yesterday that the insurgency in Iraq was more ferocious than he had anticipated, but insisted British troops would remain until the job of nation building was done.
 arrow Looters detained in Texas 'Energy City'
Hurricane Rita cut a path of destruction Saturday through this major oil refinery and chemical processing town, downing trees and ripping off roofs as it smashed into the US Gulf Coast.
 arrow Bombings, clashes kill 18 people in Iraq
A suicide car bomber struck an Interior Ministry convoy in Baghdad yesterday, killing seven police commandos and two civilians.
 arrow Millions of animals face death in Australia
Millions of exotic animals -- from camels to cane toads, horses and foxes -- face extermination in Australia under recommendations by a parliamentary committee.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Confidence in Bangladesh's moderate image
It is good to see confidence being reposed in the capability of Bangladesh to play a leadership role in the Muslim world in upholding the true spirit of Islam.
 arrow Editorial: Going about the voter list
We welcome the clarification issued by the Election Commission (EC) on media reports saying that the EC was thinking of engaging the Gram Sarkar heads in the exercise of preparing the voter list for the
 arrow The 'great game' in its old turf
While most of the world remains focussed on contemporary issues of both global and regional concern, especially the US' imperial thrust across the Middle East, important developments have been takingplace
 arrow Challenges for Bangladesh as a stable and developing country
If an answer to the question whether Bangladesh will continue to survive as a stable and developing state with ever increasing GDP and ever decreasing poverty in all its manifestations is sought it is
 arrow The drive against adulterated food should continue
Since April, 2005 the government has started a drive to control adulteration and unhygienic practices of food in food processing industries, market, hotels and restaurants.
Letters to Editorarrow August 17 blasts
When I heard of the bomb blasts across Bangladesh on Aug. 17, I was not surprised. The government and the people of Bangladesh have long denied that the country was home to terrorists.
 arrow Ban on hijab in France
In France the government has banned use of religious emblems in the primary and high school.
 arrow Katrina: what it tells
Call it natural, if you will.
 arrow Islamic currency
This is in response to the letter by Mr. A Mawaz on Sept. 21 about having an "Islamic currency" to combat the US dollar and EURO.
 arrow Superstitions still exist!
We heard many stories of superstitions either from our grandfathers, grandmothers or from others. But, gradually we all took them for mere superstitions.
 arrow ‘New Asia'
Recently, the 'Daily Ittefaq' published an alarming report on the activities of some militant groups to form a new country 'New Asia' that will include part of Bangladesh.
 arrow When will I get my shop?
I won a lottery and got a shop in the World Bank Housing Project of Chittagong in 2002.Still I didn't get my allotment.
 arrow Manpower export
It is obvious that Bangladeshis in general could contribute more to their country's economic prosperity by going abroad than by staying home.
 arrow Holidays
We have three sixty-five days in a year but how many days we work ? There are two off days in a week. So weekly holidays will account for 104 days in a year.
 arrow Supporting Pakis
This is in response to the letter 'Supporting Pakistani cricketers' by Zeenat Z Syed. Ms. Zeenat said that I went against the girls who supported Pak cricketers.
 arrow Student politics and terrorism
Student politics and terrorism have become synonymous in Bangladesh. Though a handful of students are involved in student politics, they virtually control the academic matters in educational institutions.
 arrow Postal service
As a regular user of postal service, I would like to bring a few things to your notice.
 arrow A bright girl
In Bangladesh, there are about 42 lakh children with mental and physical retardation, they belong to us, they are our brothers and sisters.
 arrow Tax reform
The revenue raised by the public sector plays a dual role in the developing countries. In addition to providing for public expenditure of the traditional type, it helps finance economic development.
Star Cityarrow Fighting for survival...
Bakul was expelled from school while she was in class IV -- not for any misconduct or doing anything wrong. The reason was the identity of Bakul -- a hermaphrodite.
 arrow Bus stops at unauthorised spots cause jam
Unmethodical, unauthorised, and haphazard stops at intersections are identified as a few reasons of traffic congestion in the city, said traffic department officials.
 arrow Elevated road project over Hatirjheel waits Ecnec approval
A Tk 530 crore project, lion's share of which will be funded by the Japan Bank of International Corporation (JBIC), has been gathering dust in the Planning Commission for the last eight months.
 arrow Truckers occupy road at Chankharpole
The stretch of Sonargaon Road between Nimtoli or Chankharpole and Bakshibazar intersection is being illegally used as a truck stand.
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