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Front Pagearrow 4 held for Aug 21 grenade attacks
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Saturday arrested four people for alleged involvement in the August 21 grenade attacks on the Bangabandhu Avenue rally of Awami League (AL) last
 arrow Officials arrive today to set agenda
In the run up to the 13th Saarc Summit set for November 12-13, senior officials from the member states start arriving at Dhaka today for the pre-summit meeting of the Programming Committee that will prepare
 arrow Bombs, mortar shells found
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the police recovered large caches of arms and ammunition from Bandarban, Chapainawabganj and Chittagong city, during separate drives yesterday, Friday and Thursday.
 arrow HuJi kingpins' coalition link keeps cops at bay
Since clamping down the ban on the Bangladesh chapter of militant Islamist organisation Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami (HuJi) last month, the government so far has made no visible effort to arrest its kingpins,
 arrow Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr
Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Friday with due religious fervour and festivity.
 arrow Road accidents kill 35 in 3 days
Thirty-five people were killed and at least 42 others injured in road accidents in last three days during the Eid in the capital and Naogaon, Chittagong, Comilla, Barisal, and Magura.
 arrow Traffic control for security from today
Control on vehicle movement on different roads in the capital begins today and will continue through November 14 as law enforcers imposed the temporary restriction on traffic for the sake of securityto
 arrow Saarc secretary general arrives
Saarc Secretary General Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji arrived at Dhaka yesterday, a day ahead of the arrival of Saarc senior officials to attend the two-day meeting of the Programming Committee.
 arrow Khaleda first to be Saarc chair twice
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will have the distinction of being the first person to hold the Saarc chair for the second time since its birth two decades ago.
 arrow Manmohan, Khaleda talk Nov 12
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia would hold bilateral meetings on November 12 on the sidelines of the Saarc summit in Dhaka.
 arrow National Revolution, Solidarity Day today
The National Revolution and Solidarity Day will be observed today to commemorate the civil-military upsurge of 1975.
 arrow JMB threatens to blow up UNO, police offices in Khulna
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatened to blow up Dumuria Police Station, UNO headquarters and Rangpur Union Police Camp of Dumuria upazila yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Power Cell in a rejoinder contradicted with some points of The Daily Star October 20 news headlined "Sirajganj Power Plant: Powerful lobby out to get in inferior bidders".
 arrow Govt forms now on website
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated a website and publication of a compact disc (CD) containing the digitised forms of Bangladesh government as part of a project to make those easily accessible
 arrow Four killed in Rab, police 'crossfire'
Four alleged criminals associated with BNP and New Biplobi Communist party (NBCP) were killed in "crossfire" with Rab and police across the country in the last three days.
 arrow Schoolgirl takes own life after rape, humiliation
Another girl in Rajshahi committed suicide at the humiliation of her rape and successive arbitrations in Durgapur upazila on Friday morning.
 arrow Fire burns down 70 spice shops in Lalbagh
A fire that blazed until yesterday morning gutted some 70 shops at a spice market at Moulavibazar in the city's Lalbagh area Saturday night.
 arrow Rickshaws banned from Elephant Road to press club
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday banned all non-motorised vehicles including rickshaws, rickshaw vans and pushcarts from the stretch of Elephant Road to Jatiya Press
 arrow Riots fan out in French cities
Gangs of youths torched 1,300 vehicles overnight in the 10th consecutive night of violence in Paris's poor suburbs and major French towns, despite the deployment of thousands of extra police.
 arrow Fun tragedy kills 2 at Foy's Lake park
Tragedy stole away the happiness of the visitors to the Concord Amusement Theme Park in the city's Foy's Lake on Saturday afternoon as three riders, including an elderly woman, were thrown off the park's
 arrow Mufti Hannan remanded for 7 days
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of the banned Harkatul Jihad's Bangladesh chapter, was shown arrested in another case and placed on remand again on Thursday on charges of the August 17 countrywide
 arrow Khaleda urges people to resist anti-Solidarity Day forces
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people to move forward the country by resisting all evil forces uniting again against the spirit of the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
 arrow Five killed in city in last four days
Five people, including two boys, were killed in four separate incidents in Mirpur, Shyampur, Demra, Badda and Khilgaon in the capital in the last four days.
 arrow BNP-linked gang shoots at police gunman in city
A group of BNP-linked hoodlums shot at a police constable assigned as bodyguard to the commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward 62 in the city's Lalbagh area Saturday night.
Businessarrow Shrimp exporters hope to win EU hearts
As a European Union team arrives in Dhaka today to look into the prevailing standards of Bangladesh shrimp industry, frozen food exporters are confident of winning the EU delegation's satisfaction regarding
 arrow Bangladesh's 222 goods get free access to ROK, China
South Korea and China have awarded Bangladesh duty-free market access for the export of 222 products under provision of the newly adopted Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (Apta), an update on the BangkokAgreement
 arrow 82 cos join CDS for scripless trading
Some 82 companies have so far joined the central depository system (CDS) for scripless trading and many are in the pipeline to convert their paper shares into electronic ones.
 arrow India losing market in Bangladesh: Study
India's exports to Saarc countries rose 19 percent during April-August period, but fell significantly to Bangladesh, a study said.
 arrow US votes to keep duties on shrimp from India, Thailand
A United States trade body said it voted to keep import duties on shrimp and prawns from India and Thailand in order to protect domestic producers.
 arrow Americas leaders fail to end free-trade stalemate
Leaders from around the Americas failed Saturday to resolve key differences over how to create a hemisphere-wide free trade zone during a regional summit overshadowed by violent anti-US protests.
 arrow Q1 imports up 4pc
First-quarter imports by the country rose over 4 percent to 3.56 billion US dollars in the current fiscal year (2005-06) compared to the same period of previous fiscal.
 arrow DCCI invites nominations for business awards
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has invited nominations for business awards for the year 2005.
The nomination will have to be submitted in a prescribed form to the DCCI by Tuesday.

 arrow China may move more faster on forex: Snow
US Treasury Secretary John Snow said China was in a position where it could move more swiftly toward greater currency flexibility.
 arrow Japan wants China to allow its rice
The Japanese government has begun procedures to get Beijing to allow in rice from Japan, which China bans on the grounds it may carry disease or insects harmful to domestic agriculture, the Nihon Keizai
 arrow Japan's 2 big oil companies to merge next year
Japan's number one oil company Inpex and its rival Teikoku Oil said Saturday they would merge next year in a bid to compete in the world's oil exploration market.
 arrow WTO heavyweights must break logjam in talks
The big hitters of global commerce gathering in London on Monday bear a heavy responsibility -- settle their differences in World Trade Organisation talks or leave the negotiations mired.
 arrow Indian growth outlook improves
India's growth outlook has improved but global imbalances and high oil prices pose risks and any large interest or exchange rate adjustments could impact the economy indirectly, India's central bank chief
 arrow US, China reach tentative deal on textile imports
The United States and China have reached a tentative agreement on imports of Chinese clothing and fabric, a deal that would resolve a simmering trade row between the two nations, The Washington Post reported
 arrow China domestic economic risks on upside: WB
China's economic prospects are bright and the domestic risks on balance are on the upside, the World Bank said.
In its latest quarterly update, the bank forecast gross domestic product growth of9.

Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani not unhappy
The Bangladesh football team returned from Myanmar with the team management pleased with the outcome of the Grand Royal Challenge Cup four-nation football tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Hectic cricket lies ahead
All's set for an absorbing on and off the field cricket actions after the Eid vacation.
 arrow Cricket: Twin-ton up India
Left-handed Gautam Gambhir scored 103 on his first appearance in the series and skipper Rahul Dravid made 103 not out as India piled up 285-8 in the fifth one-dayer against Sri Lanka here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia wallop Windies
Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken returned best Test figures to spearhead Australia to one of their biggest victories over the West Indies, winning the first cricket Test by 379 runs with a day to spare at
 arrow Cricket: Hall checks New Zealand
South African all-rounder Andrew Hall produced career-best figures as New Zealand failed to take advantage of a promising position in the fifth and final one-day international at Centurion Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng batting fails again
Burgeoning paceman Mohammad Asif took seven wickets to end England's hopes of batting practice in their second warm-up match against Pakistan A here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sami fit for first Test
Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Sami has shaken off a leg injury and been cleared to play in the first Test against England in Multan starting on November 12.
 arrow Cricket: India clinch Lanka ODIs
India fought back from the brink to defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the fourth one-day international here on Thursday to take a decisive 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Watson an injury worry
A possible shoulder injury for Shane Watson has clouded selection issues for Australia ahead of the second cricket Test against the West Indies in Hobart later this month.
 arrow Football: Barca, Gunners through
Barcelona and Arsenal swaggered through to the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday but Manchester United's hopes hang in the balance after another demoralising defeat.
 arrow Football: Henry, Arsenal go along
The Arsenal revival that has coincided with Thierry Henry's return from injury gathered pace on Saturday as the Gunners swept bottom club Sunderland aside to climb to third in the English Premiershiptable.
 arrow Football: A blow for Inter
Inter Milan's Serie A title ambitions faded further after they were held to a goalless draw by Lazio.
 arrow Football: Osasuna surprise still on
Osasuna tightened their grip at the top of the Primera Liga when they inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Real Sociedad with a 2-1 win at Anoeta on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Tutul's death condoled
Bangladesh Football Federation, Sonali Otit Club, Brothers Union and Swadhinata Krira Sangha on Sunday condoled the death of former national footballer Mosharraf Hossain Tutul.
 arrow Football: Russian title CSKA's
CSKA beat Dynamo 2-1 in a heated Moscow derby on Sunday to clinch the Russian premier league title with a game to spare.
 arrow Football: Kahn's frustration
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn admits he is at loss for what to do next weekend after Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann decided to give him another break ahead of Saturday's friendly match with France
 arrow Cricket: Proteas' winning streak snapped
South Africa's 12-match winning streak ended Friday when the fourth one-day international against New Zealand at Kingsmead was abandoned because of rain.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladeshi man, 2 sons convicted of 'honour killing' in UK
A Bangladeshi-origin man and his two teenage sons have been found guilty in Britain of murdering his daughter's boyfriend in 2004, in yet another incident of 'honour killing'.
 arrow Huge alcohol seized from Bogra BNP leader's shop, house
Police seized a huge quantity of alcohol from a shop and house owned by a leader of Sariyakandi upazila BNP in the district on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Trader slaughtered, fraud lynched in Ctg
A trader was slaughtered at Pahartali on Friday while angry mob lynched an alleged fraud and injured another at Hathazari in Chittagong on Thursday.
 arrow Recruit more Bangladeshis
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged Brunei to take more manpower from Bangladesh and make investments here by availing the existing opportunities.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi at Benapole border on Friday.
 arrow Jamaat hosts party for foreign diplomats
The Jamaat-e-Islami arranged a party for foreign diplomats on a large scale for the first time on Eid day to exchange Eid greetings.
 arrow Hasina goes to monga-hit northern dists tomorrow
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina goes to northern districts tomorrow on a four-day monga-relief mission.
 arrow Tk 11 lakh, gold ornaments looted from expat's house in Sylhet
Armed robbers looted Tk 11 lakh and gold ornaments worth Tk two lakh and other valuables from the house of an expatriate at Palerchak village in Biswanath upazila in the early hours of Thursday.
 arrow ‘US prone to medical errors’
Patients in the United States reported higher rates of medical errors and more disorganised doctor visits and out-of-pocket costs than people in Canada, Britain and three other developed countries, according
 arrow 209 media men to cover Saarc summit
Much enthusiasm has been created in the media circle centring the twice-postponed 13th Saarc summit scheduled to be held here on November 12 and 13.
 arrow Manekshaw hospitalised
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, the hero of India's 1971 war against Pakistan leading to liberation of Bangladesh, is suffering from acute pneumonia in an army hospital in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
 arrow Teachers demand punishment to bank officials
The leaders of Jatiya Shikkhak Samity Oikyajote, an alliance of teachers' associations, demanded exemplary punishment to the bank officials due to their failure to give bonus and salary to teachers of
 arrow BNP programmes to observe Nov 7
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day today in a befitting manner.
 arrow Mir Nasir admitted to Singapore hospital
The ailing State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin has been admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital at Singapore in the small hours of Sunday.
 arrow Eight Indians arrested
Eight Indian nationals were arrested from Bhomra border in Sathkhira on Saturday for entering Bangladesh without valid papers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Enacting a new law on slaughter of animals
It is learnt from newspaper reports that the government is working to enact a new law on the control of slaughter of animals and inspection of meat to replace the existing half-century-old Animals Slaughter
 arrow Rezaul Karim : A tribute
The cruel hand of destiny has removed Ambassador Rezaul Karim from the world's stage, in a most unexpected manner, at an unanticipated time, in a place far away from his home and hearth.
 arrow TI must use a composite index of vices committed by all nations
When Radindranath Thakur won the 1913 Nobel Prize for literature, he was reportedly miffed by the wild jubilation of his countrymen.
 arrow Rosa Parks: Mother of American civil right movement
The 'mother' of the American Civil Right's movement, Rosa Park's bravery in defying racist authority to defend her personal rights and dignity helped transform a nation.
Culturearrow The change in nature of Eid celebration
Gone are the days of simplicity and being content with "the lesser things in life". Gone are the days when quality was the focus, not quantity.
 arrow Kamola Ranir Shagordighee
Palagaan, a traditional folk genre, is a narrative folk ballad. Musical narratives with religious or spiritual themes are also subjects of palagaan.
Internationalarrow Glitches delay Kashmir border crossing
It is unlikely any civilians will be allowed to cross the Kashmir frontier between India and Pakistan on schedule because of procedural glitches, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday, one day ahead ofthe
 arrow India to name panel to probe Natwar link
India's prime minister met Foreign Minister Natwar Singh yesterday to discuss allegations that the minister and the ruling Congress Party benefited from deals linked to the UN oil-for-food programme for
 arrow LTTE to stay neutral in Lankan election
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have decided to remain neutral in the presidential election this month, a pro-rebel website reported yesterday as minority Tamil voters emerged as potential king-makers.
 arrow Blast kills 7 militants in Pak tribal town
Seven suspected militants, including some foreigners, were killed on Saturday when they triggered an explosion while making bomb parts in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistan
 arrow Pak quake survivors vow to stay put
Barely a house is still standing in Pakistan's earthquake-shattered Khagan valley and in a few weeks time it will lie under a blanket of deep snow.
 arrow Anger mounts in India over Delhi blasts
Anger is mounting in India over bomb attacks in the capital a week ago that have been blamed on militants based in Pakistan, further hampering New Delhi's slow-moving peace talks with Islamabad.
 arrow Myanmar moving key ministries out of Yangon
Myanmar's military junta on Sunday began moving officials from key ministries including the foreign ministry to a secret location in the north as part of a massive relocation plan, officials said.
 arrow US-led forces fight rebels near Syria border
US and Iraqi forces battled insurgents yesterday in a town near the border with Syria as part of a military sweep aimed at preventing foreign fighters from entering the country.
 arrow France crippled by dearth of violence tackling ideas
The French government of President Jacques Chirac has been crippled by a dearth of ideas for tackling the worst outbreak of urban violence to have hit the country since May 1968.
 arrow US under pressure to break Korean nuclear stalemate
The United States is under pressure to give some concessions upfront for North Korea to fulfil a pledge to abandon its nuclear weapons program, as multilateral talks enter a crucial phase this week.
 arrow Israel in talks with EU to reopen Rafah border
Israel yesterday began talks with the European Union on reopening the Rafah border terminal between Gaza and Egypt, while giving the green light for Cairo to supply ammunition to the Palestinian police
 arrow Iran allows UN inspectors to visit military complex
Iran confirmed yesterday it had allowed UN nuclear inspectors to visit a military complex as part of its efforts to counter US accusations that it is secretly developing nuclear arms.
 arrow UN envoy urges EU to launch probe into secret US prisons
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak has urged the EU and the Council of Europe to conduct "high-level" investigations into allegations of secret CIA prisons in Europe.
 arrow Blair ruling the sleaziest ever government
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is ruling the country's sleaziest ever government, his predecessor John Major said in a television interview to be broadcast later yesterday.
 arrow Stampede kill 6 in Indian flood relief camp
Six people were killed and 10 injured yesterday in a stampede at a flood relief camp in the southern Indian city of Chennai, a report said.
 arrow 14 drowned in Pak boat accident
Divers have recovered the bodies of 14 women and children and 21 people are still missing after a boat capsized in the sea off Pakistan, officials said Saturday, lowering earlier estimates of 70 dead.
 arrow UN chopper strays into Kashmir
A UN helicopter on a relief mission for victims of the earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir accidentally strayed into the Indian side of the divided territory yesterday but was allowed to return, an army spokesman
 arrow UN experts to go to Guantanamo only if allowed to see prisoners
UN human rights experts will not travel to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba next month unless they are allowed to talk freely with prisoners and guards, the UN's special rapporteur ontorture
 arrow 'UN investigator wants to interview Syrians’
The chief UN investigator examining the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister has requested interviews with six senior Syrian intelligence officers, a paper reported on Sunday quoting Lebanese sources.
 arrow Azerbaijan votes amid fears
Azerbaijan was voting yesterday in a parliamentary election expected to give the ruling party a big majority, with Western governments hungry for the country's oil hoping vote fraud and violence did not
 arrow 'Source of Iraq's al-Qaeda link a suspected liar’
A top al-Qaeda operative in US custody was identified as a probable liar months before the Bush administration began using his claims as the basis of its contention that Iraq trained al-Qaeda membersto
 arrow 'US should repay Iraq for Halliburton overcharges '
The United States should reimburse Iraq for $208 million in apparent overcharges paid to a Halliburton Co. subsidiary, an UN watchdog agency said on Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid holiday inertia
As it happens annually, there have been some unfortunate fatalities during Eid vacation this year as well.
 arrow Editorial: Explosives in courier parcel
The seizure of powerful explosive materials that were sent to Rajshahi from Sylhet by courier is a highly welcome piece of news.
 arrow America's anti-terror failures: Looking for scapegoat?
In the aftermath of nine-eleven four years ago Pakistan vied to be on the side of the United States in its war on terror and become the latter's frontline state when she invaded Afghanistan a month later
 arrow Pure evil
There has to be a reason, even for pure evil; otherwise it is lunacy. We must never confuse evil with lunacy.
 arrow Has the government lost touch with people?
If the Press reaction to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's 10 October Radio and Television speech to the nation is any indication, she may have lost touch with people and is living in a world of virtual reality
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