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Front Pagearrow Mufti talks of more backing
Mufti Abdul Hannan yesterday told a court that the law enforcers were not supposed to arrest him as some influential ministers of the government had assured him that he would be exempted from the charge
 arrow 2 die in Satkhira bomb attack
Unidentified criminals carried out bomb attacks yesterday in Satkhira and Brahmanbaria that left two people dead.
 arrow Indian press twisted BDR DG's comment
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the remarks made by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General (DG) Maj Gen Jahangir Alam Chowdhury on Indian criminals' involvement with the August 17
 arrow Asia Energy submits report on $2b project
Asia Energy Corporation yesterday submitted to the government its feasibility study along with a plan to develop a $2 billion open-pit coal mine at Phulbari in Dinajpur from next year.
 arrow Altaf denies links with Mufti Hannan
Arrested militant kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan's claim before media that the then home minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury, now commerce minister, assured him of 'no fear' to live in the country has irkedthe
 arrow BDR chief's comment makes Hasina worried
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina expressed her deep concern over defence and security of the country following Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Maj Gen Jahangir
 arrow Protest rages on against open pit mining plan
A section of people of Phulbari in Dinajpur under the banner of Phulbari Rakha Committee is opposing the open pit mining method proposed by Asia Energy for Phulbari coal mining project and cleared bythe
 arrow JS body to probe TIB report basis after Huda heat
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday blasted the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) for labelling the communications sector as the most corrupt and sought intervention of a parliamentary
 arrow ACC completes screening of ex-Bac staff
The Anti-Corruption Commis-sion(ACC) yesterday completed the screening of all the employees of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), making a list of staff whom the commission will discard.
 arrow The first day of the traffic month...

 arrow Bali bombers belong to Qaeda-linked group
Indonesia said yesterday it suspected two fugitives linked to al-Qaeda had masterminded the suicide bombings of crowded restaurants in tourist resorts on the Indonesian island of Bali, which killed at
 arrow Hearing cancelled amid chaos
The hearing on the naraji (no-confidence) petition against the final report in schoolgirl Mafruza Begum Mili's rape and murder case could not be held yesterday amid chaos in the courtroom.
 arrow AL, allies demand arrest of Altaf, Muhiuddin
The Awami League (AL) and its allies in the 14-party combine yesterday demanded the arrest and legal action against former home minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury and Islami Oikya Jote leader Moulana Muhiuddin
 arrow No breakthrough expected in talks
India's foreign minister was due in Pakistan yesterday for talks on the nuclear-armed neighbours' tentative peace process with two agreements expected on security cooperation but no major breakthroughs
 arrow Dhaka's $1m grant wins a little heart
"Thank you for your pledge of 1 million dollars to our country. We know that our children, families and [those] seriously hurt by Hurricane Katrina are grateful.
 arrow Petrobangla agrees to Tata's proposal for open-pit mining
Petrobangla has decided in principle to agree with Tata's proposal to introduce open-pit method at Barapukuria coal mine in Dinajpur for using its coal as fuel for the Tata-proposed industries in Bangladesh.
 arrow Low causes flash floods, waterlogging
Different parts of the country have started to face flash floods and severe waterlogging problems due to the continuous downpour since Friday.
 arrow Snake charmer...

 arrow 9 candidates in JS elected unopposed
The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday declared all the nine female candidates, vying for the reserved seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), elected unopposed.
 arrow KL yet to welcome Dhaka workers
Despite signing a formal memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur in October 2003 and the latter's commitment to start fresh manpower recruitment from Bangladesh, Malaysian labour
 arrow HC stays changes to land transfer, registration acts
The High Court (HC) on Sunday stayed the operation of the amendments to the land registration and land transfer acts till October 17.
 arrow Motijheel OC suspended
Police headquarters yesterday suspended Rafiqul Islam, closed officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station and main accused in the college student Kamrul Islam Momin killing case.
 arrow Asleep on the bridge...

 arrow Moon moves to make dazzling ring
A dark shadow is about to be thrown over much of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East in an annular eclipse.
 arrow Wage Board recommends 40pc DA
The Sixth Wage Board yesterday recommended 40 percent dearness allowance (DA) for the journalists, employees and press workers of newspapers and news agencies.
Businessarrow Govt to go for faster reforms to get aid
The government plans to expedite reforms in three major areas on priority basis to satisfy foreign donors for the release of committed credits.
 arrow Agrani Bank publishes list of top 35 borrowers
Agrani Bank has published a list of its top 35 borrowers, both good and bad ones, with Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation securing the first position, in its annual report for 2004 issued last month.
 arrow Indian economy posts 8.1pc growth in Q1
Spurred by a robust performance of manufacturing and service sector output, India's $700-billion economy grew by 8.1 percent in April-June quarter this year, the fastest in a year.
 arrow Indonesian Q4 GDP to be hit by Bali bombings
Indonesia's economy will suffer a new blow in the fourth quarter after the Bali bombings, the country's planning minister said Sunday.
 arrow Air-India enjoys good business in Dhaka
Air-India, which resumed operations in Bangladesh in June this year, now enjoys a good business, said airline officials.
 arrow Nissan aims to challenge Korea in US market
Japanese automaker Nissan plans to challenge the dominance of South Korean carmakers in the low end of the new-car business in the United States when it begins selling the new subcompact Versa next year.
 arrow StanChart opens 2nd branch at Gulshan
Standard Chartered Bank yesterday opened its second branch at Gulshan in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Textile wars spark revival for 'Made in HK'
Hong Kong is booming as a quota-free garment re-export gateway that bypasses Chinese textile quotas as Beijing haggles over clothing trade with the European Union and the United States.
 arrow Chinese oil majors cast eyes abroad
China's oil majors are strengthening ties with foreign counterparts to tap domestic and overseas oil-gas reserves, in a move to meet the country's surging demand for energy.
 arrow Eurozone data likely to show recovery
Eurozone indicators to be released in the coming week are expected to confirm recent signals of a recovery in the manufacturing industry and mild improvements in the services sector, economists said.
 arrow Hyundai Motor to invest $1.2b in Czech plant
Hyundai Motor Co is set to invest 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in building a plant in the Czech Republic as part of its global expansion plan, Korea's largest automaker said in a press release Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: CCL now from Oct 10
The persistent rain has forced the organisers of the Corporate Cricket League to defer the tournament by five days.
 arrow Hockey: Army's number eleven
Didar Hossain struck in the second half as Bangladesh Army retained the National Hockey Championship title with a solitary goal victory against Dhaka in an absorbing final at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Cricket: 'Pick me against England'
Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed said he was confident he can play a key role against England next month if selected.
 arrow Football: Manik set for MSC job
Coach Shafiqul Islam Manik is set to accept a more demanding job from Mohammedan Sporting Club three months into his unceremonious exit from Muktijoddha.
 arrow Swimming: Navy rule the pool
Rubel Rana improved on his South Asian Federation (SAF) Games timing in the 50m backstroke on the second day of the Keya Cosmetic 21st National Swimming Championship at the National Swimming Complex in
 arrow Cricket: Dravid drives World XI
Rahul Dravid led the way with a superb 66 and Shaun Pollock, given the honour of captaining the side, chipped in with a terrific 38-ball 54 as the World XI held off a determined challenge from Victoria
 arrow Cricket: India whitewash Pakistan
India's juniors beat Pakistan by 99 runs in the fourth one-day match here on Sunday, whitewashing their hosts 4-0 in the first-ever women's cricket series between the two countries.
 arrow Football: United finally smile
Ruud van Nistelrooy punctured the gloom that has descended around Manchester United over the last week with two goals in a 3-2 win over Fulham on Saturday.
 arrow Getafe march on
Getafe continued their amazing start to the season by going back to the top of the Spanish first division with a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Valencia on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to lead the Seniors
Sourav Ganguly will lead India Seniors at the Challenger Trophy to begin at Mohali in Punjab on October 10, it was announced on Sunday.
Indian cricket board secretary S.K.

 arrow Tennis: Effortless Federer
World number one Roger Federer retained his Thailand Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over teenager Andy Murray.
 arrow Football: Ruud for Real?
Ruud van Nistelrooy's agent has claimed the Dutch striker may leave Manchester United next summer in order to join Real Madrid.
Metropolitanarrow 'Set up exam centre under RCPS of UK'
Medical specialists at a roundtable yesterday strongly recommended setting up an examination centre in the country under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) of the United Kingdom.
 arrow Formulate modalities of collaboration for poverty cut
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday advised the Cirdap governing council to formulate modalities of collaboration between this Asia-Pacific institution and other regional organisations for uplift ofthe
 arrow GMO a threat to Saarc states
Introduction of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) on commercial basis has become a threat to Saarc countries, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Police prevent BDB from holding meet at BSCIC instt
Police yesterday prevented the Uttara thana unit of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) from holding its scheduled meeting and training programme at the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation(BSCIC)
 arrow Enforce code of conduct to check child labour
Enforcement of an appropriate code of conduct is imperative to check child labour in the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 57 pc of road accidents caused by buses, trucks
Country's 57 percent of total road accidents are caused by buses and trucks which constitute only 15 percent of total vehicles in transport sector, said the speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday.
 arrow Traffic month inaugurated
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar formally inaugurated the `Traffic Month-2005' yesterday.
Later, he led a colourful procession at about 10:00am from the city's Muktangon area.

 arrow One murdered, two shot in city
One person was stabbed to death and two others were shot by unknown criminals in separate incidents in the city within a span of 12 hours since 9:30pm on Saturday.
 arrow Keep homestead clean to prevent dengue, DCC urges city dwellers
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) called upon the city dwellers not to be alarmed and take preventive measures against spread of Dengue fever, says a press release.
 arrow Prize money to be awarded today
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) is organising a function at its auditorium in the city today to award prize money among the winners of the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) lottery.
 arrow Dr Iftekhar, Rafiq Khan get extension
According to official notification, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN Mission Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and High Commissioner to Canada Rafiq Ahmed Khan have got one year extension.
Nationalarrow LP gas price in Jessore soars
Prices of LP (liquefied petroleum) gas cylinders rose by Tk 60 to Tk 100 in Jessore in five days.
 arrow Sylhet AL holds council today after 15 years
The Sylhet district Awami league will hold its council today after about 15 years. The last council was held in 1990.
 arrow 10 get double life for double murder
Ten people were convicted yesterday to double life imprisonment for a double murder in Babuganj during Union Parishad election campaign in 2003 and concealing bodies of the victims.
 arrow Massive pest attack on amon fields in Netrakona
Massive pest attack on transplanted amon seedlings in ten upazilas in Netrakona district has worried farmers as well as agriculture officials.
 arrow None crossed class V at a govt primary school in 36 years
No student crossed class five at a government primary school in the last 36 years in Bandarban Sadar upazila.
 arrow Gaibandha JP faces split
Jatiya Party (Ershad) in Gaibandha is facing a split because of intra-party feud over formation of committees in upazilas and at the district headquarters.
 arrow Arrest JCD men who attacked photojournalist
Activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday submitted a 4-points memorandum to the vice-chancellor (VC) demanding arrest of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists
 arrow Netrakona Sadar Hospital to be upgraded
The 50-bed Netrakona Sadar Hospital will be upgraded to a 100-bed one.
State Minister for Home Lutfuzzaman Babor yesterday laid the foundation for the work, which will involve a cost of Tk 5 crore.

 arrow AL body formed in Satkhira
A full fledged committee of Satkhira district Awami League (AL) has been formed five months after its triennial council, held on April 8.
Culturearrow Cultural event at Jago Art Centre
To acquaint journalists with the style of legendary dancer Gowhar Jamil, Jago Art Centre arranged a demonstration on dance at its campus.
 arrow Photographs of and by children
National Child Rights Week started from September 29 and to mark the event, Save the Children Sweden Denmark (SCSD), along with other organisations working to uphold child rights: CPD, INCIDIN, BPF, UCEP
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of NNID
Very few theatre groups in the country have established theatre schools with the aim of creating a pool of competent theatre activists.
 arrow Amadergaan.com merges with Sound Machine Ltd and Ektaar Music Ltd
Generalarrow 'Ensure security during Durga Puja'
Chittagong Mahanagar Puja Udjapan Parishad here yesterday urged the government to ensure security during the Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindu community.
 arrow JU students continue agitation
Braving inclement weather hundreds of general students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus demanding immediate removal of a teacher of the Department of Business
 arrow Nido-Shaptahik 2000 prize giving ceremony held
The prize giving ceremony of Nido-Shaptahik 2000 Golpo Lekho Golpo Jeto Competition 2005 was held at Shaheed Zia Auditorium at the National Museum in the city on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Family of slain UN peacekeeper gets compensation
Family of a Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper, killed in Congo this year, received compensation worth Tk 32.49 lakh ($50,000) from the United Nations yesterday in the city, says a press release.
 arrow World Habitat Day today
The World Habitat Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere around the globe, with the slogan -- 'Millennium Development Goals and the City'.
Internationalarrow World powers unite in condemnation
World leaders condemned a wave of attacks by suspected suicide bombers on Bali that left at least 26 people dead, and pledged to support Indonesia in its fight against terrorism.
 arrow Israel scales back Gaza offensive
Israel has scaled back an offensive against Gaza Strip militants to give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a chance to stop rocket fire from the territory, Israeli security sources said yesterday.
 arrow US forces kill 8 rebels in Iraq offensive
US forces, backed by fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships, killed eight insurgents in a sweep along Iraq's border with Syria border as rebels struck the capital with bombs and mortar fire yesterday.
 arrow 'Terrors can still strike despite crackdown'
The suicide bombings that ripped through the Indonesian resort island of Bali Saturday prove that the Islamic terror network suspected of responsibility can still strike despite a wave of arrests, analysts
 arrow Nobel prize season kicks off today
The 2005 Nobel prize season opens today with the prize for medicine, kicking off the annual series of prestigious awards, with the greatest excitement reserved for the coveted honours for peace and for
 arrow 'Iraq guilt mars morale of British army'
Army morale and recruitment are suffering because troops are seen as "guilty by association" with Prime Minister Tony's Blair's decision to invade Iraq, Britain's top soldier claimed in comments published
 arrow Bali bombings hurt Muslim 'cause'
Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday the bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali were not helping what he called the Muslim cause.
 arrow Five judges picked for Saddam trial
Five judges have been chosen for the much-anticipated trial this month of toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein over the massacre of Shia Muslim villagers in 1982, a source close to the court said yesterday.
 arrow Four killed in raids on Pak checkpoints
Suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked two Pakistani military checkpoints near the Afghan border yesterday and two soldiers and two gunmen were killed, security officials said.
 arrow 'Laden is alive & hiding in Pak-Afghan border'
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is alive and hiding out along the rugged border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a top Afghan official said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chief Justice's pointer
The Chief Justice has raised an issue that has never received due attention in the functioning of our criminal justice system.
 arrow Editorial: Arrest of militant kingpin
The law enforcing agencies must be commended for the dramatic capture of Mufti Hannan, a kingpin of the Islamic militants in Bangladesh. This is indeed a big success.
 arrow The tempest within
The BNP-led four party alliance celebrates the completion of its four years in power despite all oppositions, condemnations and its own chronic inability to deliver.
 arrow Race for the UN Secretary General
Secretary General Kofi Annan completes his second five-year term in December 2006.
 arrow Politicising the Election Commission?
It is through the courtesy of the newspapers that the nation has learnt, with growing concern, about the appointment of 150 activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to the post of Upazila Election
Letters to Editorarrow Construction workers at risk
The building workers, who toil hard for constructing skyscrapers, contribute greatly to the sustainable economic development of our country.
 arrow Secularism in politics
It is time the Awami League ditched secularism, as advised by one of its veteran leaders, ex-Mayor Hanif.
 arrow Child labour
Millions of children are employed all over the country. They work in factories, farms and in the service sector.
 arrow Latest tragedy
The news has already reached even the remote places in our country, that a promising student has been killed . The mastermind, it is alleged, is a powerful OC.
 arrow Globalisation
Globalisation has become a buzzword these days. In the sense of globalisation the countries are like families of a village. The main aim of this process is to make a developed world.
 arrow Tarnishing image
The ruling party has reportedly said that some quarters are busy blurring the image of our country abroad. They usually refer to the main opposition party.
 arrow Ban on smoking
A law banning smoking in public please like bus, theatre hall etc i.e. in closed places was enacted by the parliament a few months ago. It has already come into effect.
 arrow Political leaders and people
There is hardly any PR, contract, get-together, discussion, exchange of views and opinions between political leaders and members of the public.
 arrow An ideal college
I consider myself lucky to be a student of Rafiqul Islam Mohila College, Bhairab, Kishoreganj. Before taking admission I didn't know much about the college.
 arrow Is it civilisation?
We are living in the modern age. We call it the most civilised era. Whenever we think of a civilised nation, we grade America as number one in the world.
 arrow HSC results
On September 26, 2005 the results of HSC exams under the education boards were published simultaneously.
 arrow Vulgar films
I am sure nobody will disagree with me that pornography and vulgarity in our film industry has reached an extreme position that has made the film viewers reluctant to go to the cinema halls.
 arrow Anti-adulteration drive
A praiseworthy anti-adulteration drive is going on across the country, thanks to the reports published in The Daily Star.
 arrow An apology
With head bowed in shame I would like to join Mr Shamsher Choudhury in extending apology to Mrs. Sarbajit Chakrabarty, wife of the DHC of Indian High Commission.
 arrow Opportunists!
The DS of 28-Sep states that, "... transportation cost of per truck onion from Pabna was Tk 6,000 three months ago. Now it is Tk 9,000 because of the fuel price hike ...".
 arrow "Brand Bangladesh"
Thanks to Mr Mohammad Badrul Ahsan for his column " Brand Bangladesh" on Sept 30.
His column is specific in every sense.

 arrow Oust Jamaat-e-Islami
As a supporter of the BNP, I humbly ask the leaders and the activists of the party: what is more important to them, to go to power again with the help of the Jamaat-e-Islami or to save the country from
 arrow DU students
It is a matter of shame that some DU students have been manhandled by the on duty Ansar personnel.
 arrow Islam and jihad
Islamist bigotry has seeped deep inside Pakistan no doubt but it would be wrong to say that Pakistan is the only country to blame for the Islamic terror in the world today.
 arrow Recognising Israel
It is understandable that more and more countries are trying to reward Israel for their withdrawal from Gaza. Even Pakistan is negotiating a diplomatic connection with Israel.
Star Cityarrow 267 markets to come under stepped-up security
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has made a list of 267 shopping malls in the capital to step up security ahead of the month of Ramadan and Durga Puja.
 arrow Rickshaw-free plan again delayed
The absence of a co-ordinated approach is again threatening the smooth implementation of the plan to make more roads off-limit to rickshaws.
 arrow Old Dhaka still suffers from electricity problems
The electricity crisis in Old Dhaka has reduced after one of the biggest failures in recent times.
 arrow Passengers held hostage by operators
The Gulshan-bound commuters from city's Mohammadpur area are held hostage by the operators of human hauliers who charge high fare.
"The fare is Tk 13 for a trip to Gulshan-2, which is very high.

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