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Front Pagearrow Mufti Hannan captured
In a dramatic nightlong drive in the capital, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) intelligence officials yesterday arrested one of the country's top Islamist militant leaders, Mufti Abdul Hannan.
 arrow BDR chief blames it on Indian media
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Maj Gen Jahangir Alam Chowdhury yesterday said the Indian newspapers presented a distorted version of his statement and that he actually said some Indian criminals
 arrow Human chain asks Babar for justice
Police yesterday intercepted a procession and barred its leaders from entering Chittagong Circuit House when they tried to submit a memorandum to State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar demanding arrest
 arrow First charge sheet kept on hold suspiciously
Police in Joypurhat yesterday finalised the first charge sheet in the August 17 serial blasts case but all of a sudden, on the same day, the investigation period was extended for two more days allegedly
 arrow Power handover only after tenure expires
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the country's next general elections will be held in due time.
 arrow No participation in polls without reform
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday reiterated their earlier stand of not participating in any election without necessary reforms in the formation and jurisdiction of the caretakergovernment
 arrow EC commissioners kept in the dark
The Election Commission (EC) has not met for about two months to review the progress of a fresh voter list for the next general elections, keeping all its members in the dark.
 arrow Criminal justice system not adequate: CJ
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain yesterday said the protection of witnesses and relief given to the victims under the country's criminal justice system are not adequate.
 arrow AL trashes PTI report on Hasina's remark
Awami League (AL) yesterday outright denounced an Indian news agency report quoting opposition leader Sheikh Hasina as having said that once India, Pakistan and Bangladesh shed all their differences and
 arrow 2 arrested with rocket launcher, M16 bullets
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday arrested two criminals with one rocket launcher, one grenade launcher, 167 bullets of the sophisticated M16 assault rifle and a modern wireless set at Cox's Bazar.
 arrow JS body set to resume stalled probes into CNG scam
The stalled probes into allegations of corruption against the communications minister in the import of CNG-run autorickshaws and against the state minister for communications in allocating land to set
 arrow OMS of rice starts
The countrywide Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice began yesterday at all city corporations and district headquarters to check further price hike of rice.
 arrow 25 dead as Bali hit by blasts again
Three bomb blasts ripped through popular tourist areas on the famous Indonesian resort island of Bali yesterday, killing 25 people including foreigners and wounding nearly 90, officials said.
 arrow Hasina, Sonia talk scopes for regional cooperation
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi yesterday emphasised seizing the window of opportunity for meaningful regional cooperation
 arrow 6 killed in Munshiganj bus plunge
Six people died and 20 others were injured as a bus plunged into a ditch at Shomspur in Sreenagar upazila of the district on Friday night.
 arrow Heavy rain likely in coastal belt
The country's coastal belt may experience "heavy to very heavy" rain today under the influence of a well-marked low over the Bay.
 arrow $68.6m orders received in Batexpo
Garment exporters received orders worth $68.6 million from foreign buyers at the Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) 2005 that ended yesterday.
 arrow Int'l civil society meet for LDC cause starts tomorrow
A three-day international civil society forum meeting begins in the capital tomorrow in order to promote the interests and concerns of least developed countries (LDCs) in the ongoing negotiation under
 arrow Final round talks from today
The final round of negotiation between the government and the Tata Group on the proposed $ 2.5 billion investment in Bangladesh begins today.
 arrow A man struggles...

 arrow FS leaves for London today
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin leaves here today for a two-week official tour to London, New York and The Hague to attend the Commonwealth's senior officials meeting and current UN General Assembly Session.
 arrow Bangladeshi faces fresh FBI charge
Two Muslim men accused in an FBI sting are facing new charges of helping a terrorist organisation a year after the judge in the case said there was no evidence of their links to extremist groups.
 arrow India, Pakistan to sign trust-boosting accords
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan will next week sign accords to improve trust between their militaries including one giving advance warning of ballistic missile tests, newspaper reports said yesterday.
Businessarrow Rapid trade liberalisation costs Bangladesh dearly
Former commerce minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday said rapid trade liberalisation has cost Bangladesh dearly as the country has become a market of other nations.
 arrow Local float glass factory goes into production
PHP Float Glass Industries Limited, a newly established glass manufacturing company in Chittagong, has started commercial production of glasses with the thickness ranging from 2mm to 12mm.
 arrow Task force needed to up trade between Dhaka, Kathmandu
As the trade volume between Bangladesh and Nepal has decreased drastically over the decade, both the countries should form a task force to identify the hurdles and take possible measures to overcome those,
 arrow Media role seen as key to creating awareness of corporate governance
Media's role is crucial to create awareness of corporate governance in business houses, speakers said at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Mercantile Bank waives interest on loans of RMG entrepreneurs
Mercantile Bank Limited, a private-sector commercial bank, yesterday announced the waiver of all the interests on loans taken by textile and apparel entrepreneurs.
 arrow CityCell launches new package
Mobile phone operator CityCell yesterday announced a new package, which offers no charge for outgoing calls to any CityCell number during its super off-peak hours (11pm to 8am) until March 31 next year.
 arrow OIC calls for Islamic free trade area
The 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference on Saturday urged Muslim nations and business leaders to support an Islamic free trade area, saying it was the way forward for economic progress.
 arrow Berger young architects' award handed over
The prize giving ceremony of second "Berger Young Architects' Award 2005" was held in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow American Airlines blames fuel prices as services cut
American Airlines said Friday that because of "skyrocketing" fuel prices it was suspending 15 round-trip flights and scrapping its service between Chicago and the Japanese city of Nagoya.
 arrow South American trade summit founders
A South American trade summit barely got off the ground Friday, with the absence of key leaders and the opposition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
 arrow Limo Traders distributor of RanksTel products
Limo Traders Ltd will distribute the products of Ranks Telecom (RanksTel) Ltd, a public switched telephone network (PSTN) operator and concern of Rangs Group, throughout the country.
 arrow US delays ruling on new China textiles quotas
The US government put off a decision Friday on slapping extra quotas on a variety of Chinese garment imports pending new negotiations with China to resolve a textiles trade row.
 arrow ROK export data boosts rates hike chances
South Korean exports in September rose a stronger-than-expected 18.
 arrow Japan, China end talks without agreement
Japan and China ended two days of high-level talks on exploring energy resources in a disputed area of the East China Sea without agreement Saturday but decided to meet again this month, a Japanese official
 arrow Malaysia, Pakistan sign trade pact
Malaysia and Pakistan on Saturday signed a trade pact ahead of a wider free-trade agreement as part of efforts to boost economic ties between the two majority-Muslim nations.
 arrow World's biggest banking group launched in Japan
The world's biggest banking group in terms of assets was launched in Japan on Saturday through the merger of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group Inc. and UFJ Holdings Inc.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Board wakes up after Lanka debacle
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) sought an open discussion with the members of the national team after a forgettable performance in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid's reality-check for England
England still have more to do to displace Australia as world cricket's top nation, Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff to miss warm-up game
A 12-man team, excluding Andrew Flintoff and Daniel Vettori, has been announced for the warm-up game against Victoria at the Junction Oval on Sunday.
 arrow Swimming: Laboni sets pool afire
Laboni Akhter Jui hogged the spotlight on the opening day of the Keya Cosmetics 21st National Swimming Competition creating two national records at the Mirpur National Complex yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Army-Dhaka hockey finale
Bangladesh Army and Dhaka reached the final of the ABS Group National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to play in CWC for the Deaf
Bangladeshi will take part in the Cricket World Cup for the Deaf to be held in India from November 5.
 arrow Cricket: Indian women blank Pakistan
India routed Pakistan by eight wickets in the third one-day match here on Saturday, taking the first-ever women's cricket series between the arch-rivals 3-0, with one match still to be played.
 arrow Cricket: CBI turns the tables on 'fixing' hero
Ishwar Singh Redhu, the Delhi inspector who investigated Hansie Cronje, the former South African captain, and broke the match-fixing scandal in 2000, was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI)
 arrow Football: Cruciani upset with his stomach
It is clear the government drive against adulterated food has im-proved the health of the masses. But new Bangladesh football coach Diego Andres Cruciani is not one of them.
 arrow Cricket: Banglacat for Munir
National paceman Anwar Hossain Munir finally got a team to play in the forthcoming Corporate Cricket League when he signed for newcomers Banglacat yesterday.
 arrow Boxing: A classic revisited
Every element illustrating the heroism, fascination and moral ambiguity of prize fighting fused in the incandescent world title clash between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the punishing humidity ofManila
 arrow Football: IBAIS move into final
IBAIS University reached the final of the Stamford Inter-Private Univer-sity Football Tournament outplaying Northern University by 9-0 in the first semifinal at the Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: "I still feel pain," says Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar said Saturday he was still feeling a bit of pain in his elbow but had been given a green signal by his doctors to play in the Challenger Series after being out of action for four months.
 arrow Football: Mourinho taunts Liverpool
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes another draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday would represent a bad result for the Merseyside club.
 arrow Football: Owen-less Magpies held
Newcastle United have shown how priceless Michael Owen is up front. On Saturday, it proved doubly true in a dour scoreless draw at Portsmouth which the England striker missed through injury.
 arrow Football: Rooney will learn: Sven
England coach Sven-Goran Eriks-son believes fiery striker Wayne Rooney will learn from his mistakes and that any attempts to defuse the player's temperament will destroy his impact.
 arrow Tennis: Murray meets Federer in Thai Open final
Teenaged British wild card entry Andy Murray defied all the odds Saturday as he rallied past local hero Paradorn Srichaphan 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-2 to set up a miracle final at the 550,000-dollar Thailand
 arrow Football: Title race far from over
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that bookmakers who have already paid out on bets that Chelsea will win the league have taken a major gamble.
 arrow Cricket: Japan clinch maiden title
Japan claimed their first ICC cricket title with a six-run victory over the Cook Islands in the final of the East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Cricket Cup tournament in Vanuatu, the ICC reported Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Stepanek a step closer
Number three seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic could finally win his first career singles title in the final of the Vietnam Open against Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman on Sunday.
 arrow Football: FIFA to review smart ball
FIFA will discuss whether an experimental electronic microchip inside soccer balls needs refining before it can be introduced at next year's World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Football: 2006 WC starts a day earlier
FIFA announced on Friday that the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup will be moved forward by a day to June 7 instead of June 8 as originally planned.
 arrow Football: A gift from Real to fans
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez inaugurated the club's lavish new training facilities on the edge of the Spanish capital on Friday, and dedicated them to Madrid fans the world over.
 arrow Cricket: Moin to lead Pakistan
Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan will lead Pakistan in next month's Super Sixes tournament in Hong Kong, Pakistan Cricket Board announced Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Make human resource dev top agenda for poverty cut
Rural development decision-makers and policy planners yesterday said human resource development should be the top agenda of every government in the Asia and Pacific region for poverty alleviation.
 arrow 40 lakh people suffer from hepatitis C
About 40 lakh people in Bangladesh are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which affects the liver, and in 80 percent of cases the infected persons have no signs or symptoms.
 arrow '5211 HR violations in 9 months'
A total of 5211 human right violations and unnatural deaths occurred across the country during the first nine months of the year.
Of them, deaths from murders including crossfire are the highest.

 arrow JU guardians concerned over deadlock at business admin department
Around 25 guardians yesterday expressed grave concern over the existing deadlock at business administration department of Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow AMCH observes Oct as cancer awareness month
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), a project of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, has drawn up an elaborate programme to observe this October as Cancer Awareness Month.
 arrow Cash, valuables worth Tk 3.7 lakh looted
A gang of robbers looted money, gold ornaments and other valuables totalling Tk 3.7 lakh from a house at Hazaribagh in the city on Friday night.
 arrow Police action on SUST students condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has condemned the police action on agitating students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) demanding arrest and punishment to a landlord who made an alleged
 arrow Cadet college vacation
The date of Ramadan vacation in all cadet colleges has been shifted to October 4 from October 7, says a press release.
 arrow IBA Alumni Assoc executives
A new executive committee of the Institute of Business Administration and Alumni Association (IBAAA) has been formed with Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed as its president and M Rafiqul Islam as generalsecretary.
 arrow Zia Ansari suffers from cancer, appeals for help
Zia Ansari, former director of programme of Bangladesh Television, has been suffering from cancer, says a press release.
 arrow Channel-i celebrates 7th founding anniversary
Channel-i, private TV chancel, yesterday celebrated its seventh founding anniversary amid much enthusiasm and festivities.
 arrow Trial of killers of Ittefaq worker demanded
Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspaper Press Workers (BFUNPW) yesterday demanded trial of the killers of Ittefaq press worker Kamaluddin.
Nationalarrow Protests mount, arrested students sent to jail
Different political parties in Tangail held demonstrations and rallies in Tangail yesterday protesting the police action on students of Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) onThursday
 arrow ‘Evolve effective policy to save jute sector’
Government policy is responsible for the deplorable condition of jute mills under Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation and the jute sectors.
 arrow Rift in Satkhira BNP widens
The rift in Satkhira BNP has widened as leaders of a rival faction at a press conference declared district BNP general secretary 'unwanted' in Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow Official probe body visits Baradal
A one-member team visited Baradal village in Parbatipur on Thursday to probe the alleged eviction of 76 minority community landless families from their homes on June 22.
 arrow 60 km human chain for sanitation
It was a unique day for the people of Assassuni, a remotest upazila in the district as thousands of people formed a 60 kilometre long human chain and held a rally yesterday to attain 100 percent sanitation
 arrow Punish JCD men who attacked photojournalist
Rajshhai University (RU) of different dailies yesterday submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor (VC) demanding arrest of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists who attacked a photojournalist on
 arrow BSF yet to return body
A Company Commander level flag meeting between BDR and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at the zero point in Akhaura border yesterday.
Culturearrow A star is born
"And the winner is...": The audience and contestants waited with bated breath as the long awaited grand finale of the beauty pageant Lux Channel i Super Star (LCSS) got underway on September 30.
 arrow Close-up 1: The voice Bangladesh is looking for
What do you get if you have a talent hunt where thousands (the ballpark figure is 40,000) of hopefuls participate and after the initial weed-out, the 'crème de la crème' are polished by expert trainers
 arrow A night of Tagore songs by Nandan
Cultural organisation Nandan, recently arranged a special musical soiree comprising Tagore's songs of worship and love.
 arrow Theatre enthusiasts come together
Theatrewala, a quarterly theatre magazine, arranged a 'meet the audience' session, to update theatre aficionados' knowledge base on this performing art.
Generalarrow 43 boutique houses receive awards
A total of 43 boutique houses received awards at the award giving ceremony of Anannya Eid Fashion Contest-2005 at a city restaurant yesterday.
 arrow 'Awareness among women about HIV/Aids has increased to 60 pc'
The rate of awareness among the females about HIV/Aids has increased to 60 percent in the last four years in Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow US launches offensive in western Iraq
Around 1,000 US troops, backed by helicopters, attacked towns in the far west of Iraq yesterday, in the latest effort to track down al-Qaeda militants believed to be hiding out near the Syrian border.
 arrow US postpones sanctions on Saudi Arabia
The United States has postponed punishing Saudi Arabia, its close ally and key oil supplier, for restricting religious freedom -- the first time Washington has waived punishing a blacklisted country under
 arrow Iran to plug oil pipes if referred to UN
Iran may respond by holding back on oil sales if its nuclear programme is referred to the United Nations Security Council, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview published on Saturday.
 arrow Civilians asked to leave Pakistani tribal village amid clashes
Women and children have been asked to leave North Waziristan tribal area's Khatey Killay village near the Afghan border, the military said yesterday, as hundreds of soldiers prepared to assault the remote
 arrow Thailand to extend emergency rule in restive south: PM
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday said his government would extend the controversial emergency rule covering the restive southern provinces as the violence had not stopped.
 arrow Rice defends use of force for democracy
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday defended the use of military force to advance the cause of democracy and liberty as "the only guarantee of true stability and lasting security".
 arrow Residents return to New Orleans
As the French Quarter and other neighbourhoods of New Orleans that were spared Katrina's worst officially reopened Friday, residents came back to their homes some to rebuild their lives, others onlyto
 arrow Maoists kill 5 in Chhattisgarh, thousands flee homes
Maoist guerrillas shot dead five people in Chhattisgarh in fresh rebel violence that has forced thousands of tribespeople to flee their homes, police said yesterday.
 arrow Int'l jurists urge Nepali king to declare truce
The International Commission of Jurists yesterday urged Nepal's King Gyanendra and Maoist rebels to declare "an indefinite ceasefire" to pave the way for peace.
 arrow Army on stand by in tense Meghalaya
The situation in Tura and Williamnagar, where altogether nine persons were killed in firing by police and CRPF on Friday, continued to be tense with curfew being clamped in the two district towns.
 arrow Maldives still struggling to recover after tsunami
The Maldives is struggling to recover from last year's tsunami, after being hit with drastic falls in tourism income and surging oil prices, President Maumoon Adbul Gayoom said yesterday.
 arrow US millionaire heads 'out of this world'
A Russian rocket roared into space Saturday in a burst of flame from the Central Asian steppes, launching the world's third space tourist, US millionaire scientist Gregory Olsen, and a US-Russian crew
Editorialarrow Editorial: Higher FDI standing
The country's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) ranking has improved. The Unctad report, 2005 on world investment has placed us at 122nd position, 11 notches better than the previous 133rd.
 arrow Editorial: Mosharraf-Tofail consensus
There is no denying the fact that the country is passing through difficult times.
 arrow The ringing wakeup call
Bangladesh society is increasingly becoming schizophrenic. The government and the opposition divide is widening every passing day. Distributive justice is a myth.
 arrow Stringency is absent in national austerity
The government has announced a 16-point national austerity programme to check unnecessary spending in the government offices in a bid to address the sudden pressure on the economy in the wake of persisting
Letters to Editorarrow International School
I would like to draw your attention to International School Dhaka (ISD).
 arrow No civic sense
After completing a month's training course on computer in Dhaka, I was mulling over coming back to my workplace at Meherpur. On the next day at 9.
 arrow Hartal!
How many hartals have you now called? How many days of disruption? While the whole world races ahead in economic, technical and social development in the 21st century, your politics is stuck in the 19th
Star Healtharrow A response to HIV/AIDS
AIDS posing a challenge to the mankind already claimed the lives of more than 23 million, killing about 3 million people every year.
 arrow How to keep your mind sharp: Preventive action
Keeping memory loss at bay as you age is not just about keeping your mind in shape, though that is a major component.
 arrow Self-assessment and taking care of newborn by yourself
A normal healthy child is the best gift from Almighty Allah for a married couple. You can assess and take care of your newborn by yourself.
 arrow Insight of drug coated stent for coronary angioplasty
A gentleman on the way to office or wakes up from deep sleep with intense agonising pain in central chest and heaviness with a feeling of about to die, sweating, perspiration and collapsed.
 arrow Mayonnaise: A common cause of food poisoning?
Mayonnaise is a delicious food supplement which has a widespread use with various food items. It is sometimes heard that mayonnaise is a common source of food poisoning.
Star Cityarrow Plan to privatise Shishu Park for more fun, more revenue
In order to improve the condition of Shaheed Zia Shishu Park, formerly known as Dhaka Shishu Park, Dhaka City Corporation is planning to hand it over to private operators.
 arrow Meena Bazar paying fines for customers
To facilitate the customers and to promote goodwill, the authorities at Meena Bazar shopping complex pay the illegal parking fines of around 12 cars every day to the traffic police.
 arrow Beautification project struggling
The beautification project in the city has hit a snag reportedly due to a lack of seriousness on part of the chief supervising authority, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow New courthouse to be set up in city
The home ministry is planning to relocate a part of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Dhaka to a convenient place in the northern or western part of the city from the Court Street in Old
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