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Front Pagearrow Bomber admits Aug 17 role
One of the two bombers caught during Chandpur blast on Monday has admitted to having exploded bombs in the district on August 17, the day near-simultaneous explosions rocked the entire country.
 arrow Govt, Tata agree on tax, duty structure
The government and the Tata Group yesterday agreed on several issues concerning tax and duty structure and acquiring land as the third round negotiations continued for the third consecutive day for Tata's
 arrow Hannan discloses more alliance links
Mufti Hannan, detained Bangladesh chapter chief of international militant outfit Harkatul Jihad, yesterday provided interrogators with significant information on his connections with some leaders of the
 arrow Poles of fortune
When the Rural Electrification Board (REB) launched operation in 1977, it was designed to install a power distribution system using imported but cheap, durable and easily transportable wooden poles.
 arrow Daunting job, miserable pay for primary teachers
As the nation observes the World Teachers Day today, at least 10 thousand community primary school teachers serving the underprivileged rural children remain stuck in miserable living conditions witha
 arrow GDP growth rate upped to 6.5pc in PRSP
The government projects 6.5 percent GDP growth and an inflation rate of 5.
 arrow DU appoints five teachers depriving better candidates
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have recruited five lecturers to the Department of Islamic Studies dropping candidates with better academic records.
 arrow ACC plans to curb graft in education sector
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will make surprise visits to the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and the Directorate of Education to take instant action against corruption and irregularities.
 arrow Govt may rush trial on incomplete finds
The son of assassinated ex-finance minister SAMS Kibria has expressed fear that the government will try to rush the Kibria murder case based on incomplete probe reports.
 arrow 30,000 marooned in Nilphamari
A flash flood caused by torrential rains in the last 24 hours in the district including the Nilphamari town has left some 30,000 people marooned and hundreds others homeless.
 arrow 2 fuel stations fined for fraud
A mobile court yesterday fined the city's two petrol pumps a total of Tk 40,000 and sentenced the manager of one to six months of imprisonment for cheating people with misleading measurement machines.
 arrow Galib, 18 others acquitted
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah Al Galib and 18 others were relieved yesterday from the charges in the Mohimaganj Brac office bomb blast case.
 arrow BSF kills 2, injures 10
Two Bangladeshi nationals were gunned down and 10 others injured as the Border Security Force (BSF) of India opened fire on them at Khalsi under North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India, on Monday night.
 arrow Plan for motivation campaign to counter militants' propaganda
In addition to taking legal actions against Islamist militants, the government has decided to launch countrywide motivation campaign to counter militant organisations' brainwashing of innocent youthsexploiting
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh yesterday protested a news item published in The Daily Star on Tuesday under the headline '3 Jamaat MPs recommended mercy petition, Mufti Hannan says'.
 arrow Ramadan starts tomorrow
The holy month of Ramadan begins tomorrow as the new moon was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday, according to the National Moon sighting Committee.
 arrow Judges' body for judicial probe
The Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) yesterday urged the government to conduct judicial probe into Monday's bomb attacks in courtrooms of three districts.
 arrow US condemns Oct 3 blasts
The US government yesterday condemned the October 3 bombings in three districts of Chittagong division and urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice in a prompted and lawful manner.
 arrow Rab arrests 2 gunrunners after gunfight
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two after an encounter and seized two foreign-made pistols and a pipe-gun at Raichatholi Para in Bandarban.
 arrow 3 share Nobel in physics for optics research
Americans Roy J. Glauber and John L. Hall as well as German Theodor W.
 arrow Rab holds two with diamond
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a diamond weighing 57.75gm and arrested two people in this regard at Sherpur in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow US to open S Asian Security Desk
The US Department of State will soon open a new desk -- South Asian Security Desk-- to assist nine countries of this region to make the area safer in the wake of heightened security concerns.
 arrow US condemns Oct 3 blasts
The US government yesterday condemned the October 3 bombings in three districts of Chittagong division and urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice in a prompted and lawful manner.
 arrow BSF kills 2, injures 10
Two Bangladeshi nationals were gunned down and 10 others injured as the Border Security Force (BSF) of India opened fire on them at Khalsi under North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India, on Monday night.
 arrow Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman chargesheeted
Fourteen central leaders and workers of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including Saikh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, have been chargesheeted in the August 17 bomb blasts case in Khagrachhari.
Businessarrow WB, IMF reform recipe sometimes contradicts WTO rules
Speakers at the international civil society forum in Dhaka yesterday observed reforms recommended by the World Bank (WB) and the IMF sometimes contradict WTO regulations.
 arrow GP cuts tariffs up to 60pc
GrameenPhone Ltd, the leading mobile phone operator, has reduced its existing tariffs ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent effective from tomorrow.
 arrow Saifur targets services sector to raise tax
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the revenue officials to bring more service-oriented firms under the tax net and enhance local collection of value added tax (VAT) to achieve
 arrow Allow yarn import thru' land ports
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufa-cturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) has again sought government permission to import yarn through land ports to meet the increased demand.
 arrow Diversified goods can up Bangladesh's exports to Canada
Diversification of Bangladesh's export basket can help augment export volume to Canada, which virtually lifted all quotas for LDC products and liberalise the rules of origin, Canadian envoy in Dhaka said
 arrow Q1 remittance up 29pc
The remittance inflow in the first quarter of the current fiscal year increased by 29 percent, but the continuous rise in import is not letting the foreign exchange reserve grow healthier.
 arrow Summit Power IPO lottery held
Summit Power Limited (SPL) held lottery for allotment of shares under initial public offering (IPO) in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow Govt now won't offload shares of Atlas, Eastern Cables, Osmani Glass
The government now has decided not to offload majority shares of Atlas, Eastern Cables and Osmani Glass Factory, said industries minister yesterday.
 arrow India's cotton export to rise on output, prices
India, the world's third largest cotton producer, is expected to nearly double its exports in the year to September 2006 because of a record crop and lower prices, traders said Tuesday.
 arrow US panel votes to curb import of China steel pipe
A rapid increase in steel pipe imports from China threatens the financial health of American pipe producers, a US trade panel said Monday, setting the stage for President George W Bush to decide in coming
 arrow Asia treads unevenpath to higher interest rates
Soaring oil and commodity prices are forcing most Asian central banks to raise interest rates, reining in months of expansionary monetary policy.
 arrow India, Pakistan revive key economic body after 16 yrs
Pakistan and India on Tuesday held a meeting of a joint economic body for the first time in 16 years, marking a further thaw between the South Asian rivals.
 arrow Holcim celebrates 5th anniversary
Holcim, a cement company, recently organised plantation and cleaning programme at the company's Meghnaghat plat in Narayanganj to mark its 5 years of operations in Bangladesh.
Sportsarrow Swimming: Rana the 'pool tsar'
Rubel Rana established himself as the top swimmer of the country when the Bangladesh Navy aquanaut hauled seven gold medals in the Keya Cosmetics 21st National Swimming Championships which concluded on
 arrow Cricket: Cricket's great experiment
The Australian and World XI teams enter the world of the great unknown over the next fortnight as the ancient sport of cricket makes greater use of technology to get tricky decisions right.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie of Oz
England's Andrew Flintoff may have expected a cool reception when he arrived down under after humbling Australia's once mighty cricket team -- instead he set off a bout of "Freddie fever.
 arrow Football: Emarat score school title
The vive and enthusiasm among the school-goers might not be as profound as it was in 70s when the annual championship involving schools was very popular.
 arrow Cricket: India agree to play Test in Karachi
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) got a shot in the arm when India's visiting Foreign Minister Natwar Singh expressed no reservations regarding India playing a Test match in Karachi early next year.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya refutes leak charge
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya Monday refuted allegations that he had leaked coach Greg Chappell's sensational e-mail, saying it was hard to comprehendhow
 arrow Cricket: U-15 squad for India tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday announced a 14-member under-15 team to visit India this month.

The team will leave for India on October 13 and return on October 28.

 arrow Cricket: Pietersen on a higher plane
Kevin Pietersen is revelling in the exalted company of the ICC World squad only a few months into his international career.
 arrow Cricket: Fight fire with fire: Bari
Pakistan's chief cricket selector Wasim Bari said the team would need to be on top form to beat an England side boosted by their historic Ashes win against Australia.
 arrow Football: No easy way for English teams
English Premiership sides Middlesbrough and Bolton were both been handed tough draws for the group stage of the UEFA Cup made here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Not at his Best!
Troubled ex-Manchester United star George Best remained in intensive care in a London hospital on Tuesday but his condition was improving, the 59-year-old's doctor said.
 arrow Football: What's next?
Real Madrid's Brazilian players are the centre of attention once again after a new round of comical goal celebrations during their side's 4-0 weekend win over Real Mallorca at the Bernabeu.
 arrow Tennis: Islamists don't scare Sania
India's teenage star Sania Mirza shrugged off Tuesday a threat from an Islamic militant organisation about her on-court outfits.
 arrow Cricket: SLC secretary passes away
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Tryphon Mirando died in London on Sunday at the age of 53 after suffering a heart attack.
Mirando was visiting his wife and two daughters, who are studying in England.

 arrow Football: Top Italian coach dies
The former coach of Tunisia, Italian Franco Scoglio, died from a heart-attack while taking part in a live television show in Genoa on Monday.
 arrow Watson promises to do a Flintoff
Australia's great hope to fill the all-rounder's role in Test and one-day cricket has boldly declared he can be as good as English superstar Andrew Flintoff.
Metropolitanarrow AL won't take part in any 'staged polls’
Opposition Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday once again accused the ruling alliance of conspiring to rig the next general election.
 arrow Lawyers demand resignation of govt, people’s security
Different lawyers' organisations, including SCBA, yesterday staged demonstrations and held rallies across the country protesting Monday's bomb attacks on courts in Chandpur, Laxmipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Bangladeshi student’s success in visa suit likely to help 8,000 in Australia
A successful suit filed by Bangladeshi student Mohammad Ahsanuddin against the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs for wrongful cancellation of his student visa
 arrow Address monga crisis permanently
Monga, a famine-like situation, has to be addressed permanently, rather than giving away relief through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme every year, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow ‘Nat'l Action Plan taken to protect child rights’
The government has taken up a five-year-long National Plan of Action from 2005 to 2010 for the protection of child rights and development of children.
 arrow Ensure uninterrupted supply of adequate electricity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the officials and employees of the power division to work relentlessly to ensure uninterrupted supply of adequate electricity.
 arrow Saber criticises FM's remark
The Opposition Leader's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the foreign minister's comment on the letter written by 16 US senators and representatives questioned their integrity.
 arrow Draft of Bldg Construction (Amend) Act approved
The cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday approved the draft of the Building Construction (Amendment) Act, 2005 to ensure the use of proper materials in constructing buildings and to suit with theenvironment.
 arrow Reception accorded to Matiur Rahman
Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF), an organisation working for the disabled, accorded a reception to the Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman yesterday on his winning the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Awardfor
 arrow Theory of Music certificate presentation
The Silverstar Academy held the Trinity College, London (TCL) Theory of Music certificate presentation yesterday at the Russian Cultural Centre.
 arrow Schoolboys foil bid to extort money
In a rare courageous act, a group of schoolboys yesterday caught hold of four extortionists at Kafrul in the city yesterday braving bomb attacks.
 arrow Sanitation linked to poverty cut
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the nationwide sanitation campaign was an integral part of the country's overall efforts to fight poverty.
 arrow '14 union parishad representatives killed in one yr'
A total of 14 Union Parishad (UP) representatives were killed and 49 injured during the last year, according to findings of Democracywatch, a non-government human rights and good governance organisation.
Nationalarrow JMB activists regrouping
Activists of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) are regrouping in remote shoal areas in Shaghat upazila, taking the advantage of 'lax police surveillance'.
 arrow Mufti Hannan's neighbours feel relieved
Most of the residents of Harkarul Zihad leader Mufti Abdul Hannan's native village Hiron in Kotalipara now feel relaxed following his arrest.
 arrow Another staff of swindler company held in Barisal
Another employee of the illegal company that allegedly swindled about Tk nine crore from depositors in the city was arrested yesterday.
 arrow Jhenidah AL holds council on Oct 10 after 8 years
The triennial council of Jhenidah district Awami League (AL) will be held on October 10, about five years after expiry of its committee. The last council was held in 1997.
 arrow Hospital ransacked
Some angry people beat the Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) at Ragngamati General Hospital, ransacked the female ward and looted medicines following the death of a new-born girl child hours after her birth
 arrow 4 to die, 6 get life for killing Ishwardi BNP man
A court here yesterday sentenced four persons to death and six others to life imprisonment for killing a BNP leader in Ishwardi upazila in Pabna district.
 arrow Steps to hold peaceful puja in Barisal
Preparations are afoot to celebrate Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindu community, here with due religious fervour and festivity.
Point-Counterpointarrow The rise of Islamist extremism
The country is finally awakening to the reality of Islamist extremism. To be sure we still hear a Government minister saying that the August 17, 2005 bombings were not "such a big deal".
 arrow Voice of teachers be heard
More than 150 countries of the world will celebrate the 12th World Teachers' Day today (5th October).
 arrow The matchless month of Ramadan
By Ramadan we mean the month of self-purification. In the Islamic calendar the eighth lunar month of Shaban reminds the Muslims all over the world the advent of the glorious month of Ramadan.
 arrow Education deserves appropriate state attention
World Teachers' Day is being observed today by half a million teachers in Bangladesh along with their counterparts (about 60 millions) in other countries.
Internationalarrow Pak forces kill 40 rebels in tribal belt fighting
Pakistani troops have killed up to 40 Islamic militants, about half of them foreigners, during recent clashes in a lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Hindus, Muslims unite in Bali amid warning of fresh attacks
Hindus and Muslims yesterday came together in Bali to denounce the latest bombings as Australia warned terrorists may be preparing to strike again on the Indonesian resort island.
 arrow US troops keep up big al-Qaeda hunt in Iraq
US forces launched their biggest offensive so far this year against al- Qaeda guerrillas in western Iraq when 2,500 troops moved yesterday against militants around Haditha, the military said in a statement.
 arrow Bomb blast at Afghan security post kills 3
Three people were killed when a bomb exploded at an Afghan security post on the border with Pakistan yesterday while security forces shot dead five suspected Taliban militants in separate encounters,officials
 arrow Iran likely to defer nuke action until Nov
Iran is likely to wait until November to decide whether to carry out threats to make nuclear fuel or take other measures that would sharply escalate confrontation with the West over its atomic programme,
 arrow US awaits 'change of Syrian behaviour’
The United States' government on Monday said it was awaiting a "change of behaviour" from Syria, which the administration of President George W.
 arrow Floodwaters sweep away 59 Chinese cops
Raging floodwaters spawned by a typhoon along China's coast swept away 59 paramilitary police officers and washed away two buildings at a military training school, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow EU opens membership talks with Turkey
The European Union overcame last-minute doubts and opened membership talks Tuesday with Turkey a historic move to include a predominantly Muslim nation that both sides said would benefit all of Europe.
 arrow Storm kills 39 in Central America
Heavy rains and floods from Tropical Storm Stan hit Central America over the weekend, killing 31 in El Salvador, four in Guatemala, and four in Honduras, authorities said Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC delivers a bit, at last
At long last, after almost a year of its setting up, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has come up with some creditable output by unearthing a case of 92 crore Taka tax evasion at Benapole land port
 arrow Editorial: Children's rights
We agree with the prime minister's statement on World Children's Day that it is our responsibility to keep this country and society safe for future generations.
 arrow Why did India vote against Iran's nuclear programme?
At the recent meeting of the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the Board adopted a resolution (22 for and 14 against) recommending Iran to be reported in the
 arrow A close look at the 'Tuesday Group' initiative
I have been carefully following the various reports in the local dailies in connection with the holding and sponsoring of an international seminar on the electoral process by a group of diplomats calling
Letters to Editorarrow Boosting crop production
We can bring about a revolution in boosting crop production, particularly rice and other important crops in our country. First, we need a large commercial scale cultivable land to grow the crops.
 arrow Plight of sailors
September 29 was the World Maritime Day. The government as well as the related organisations celebrated the day with enthusiasm.
 arrow AIDS prevention and control
It's a matter of great concern that our neighbouring countries-- India, Myanmar and Nepal-- are considered to be the focal point of HIV epidemic in this region.
 arrow Maradona meets Karpov
It's nice to notice that football legend Diego Maradona has been hosting a unique programme on the Argentine TV.
 arrow Scholastica and traffic jam
I'm writing about the severe problem that the busy people in the city are suffering from.
 arrow Farhad Mazhar's remark on 1971
In two recent postings in an e-Network a friend of ours wrote the following with regard to Farhad Mazhar's remark on the liberation war of 1971:
"As far as I understand from his text that [Farhad Mazhar]

 arrow Attack on Islamic parties
I read the news that some Islamic parties who are not part of the government were forced to abandon their meetings and processions due to police intervention.
 arrow Arresting JMB activists
For a few days, the lead news of most of the dailies is nabbing of JMB cadres in different areas of the countries. It is a positive development.
 arrow Choosing foods
There could be and there is a lot of reason for the soaring costs of living, particularly food.
 arrow What is our future?
I have been reading a lot of stuff in different newspapers about the next election and the so-called "Tuesday Group", the civil society and so on.
 arrow Where is he?
It is alleged that a former Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Motijheel Thana masterminded the killing of Dhaka Commerce College student Momen over a land dispute.
 arrow Immigrants and British values
Immigrants (specially Muslims) are constantly castigated by the British politicians and media for not embracing the British values.
 arrow Attention: Aktel
I have been a user of Aktel mobile phone's post-paid service for the last four years. I bought the SIM card for an exorbitant price.
 arrow Serving people
I was deployed in one of the districts close to my unit location to assist the civil authorities in distributing VGF cards.
 arrow Well done magistrates!
Our magistrates are not supposed to sit in the cosy chairs within four walls of their office room and simply pass the verdicts.
 arrow Bomb blasts
It's a matter of great courage to publish a news item claiming the involvement of a former army personnel in the series of bomb blasts.
 arrow Talent hunt
I support cadet Elias for his opinion on the talent hunt programme. Three private television channels recently launched three different talent hunt programmes.
 arrow A good article
I enjoyed the article "Imaginary conversation between Bush and Condoleezza Rice on Bangladesh.
Star Chittagongarrow Indiscriminate hospital waste disposal pollutes port city
As many as 50 hospitals and clinics, apart from the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) outpatient clinics, dump wastes in an unplanned way in the port city.
 arrow Special bus service not hassle-free
Special City Bus Service, which started its journey four years ago in the port city with a view to providing a comfortable and hassle-free service to the commuters, is causing trouble to the passengers
Star Cityarrow Illegal structures built again near Gabtoli Bridge
After hardly one and a half month of a demolition drive, local influential people have started reconstructing illegal makeshift shops and kitchen market on the bank of the Turag near Gabtoli Bridge.
 arrow Wasa to install 15 new deep tube-wells
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is going to install 15 new deep tube-wells to address water crisis in the city during Ramadan, sources said.
 arrow No check on unhygienic street food
Food from illegal wayside stalls, which target the lower income group, pose serious health hazards because of the unhygienic environment in which they are cooked.
 arrow Street children need support to contribute to society
If the underprivileged street children are provided with appropriate support including proper education and the basic necessities, they can definitely contribute to society.
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