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Front Pagearrow 61 schoolgirls killed in Lankan airstrike
Tamil Tiger guerrillas said yesterday that 61 schoolgirls at an orphanage and 15 civilians huddled in a church have been killed in air and artillery attacks by Sri Lanka's military.
 arrow RMG workers block busy Airport Road for pay hike
At least 50 people were injured as police clashed with several thousand garment workers blockading the city's Airport Road yesterday demanding a pay rise and end to 'inhuman treatment'.
 arrow Homage to Bangabandhu
The nation today observes the 31st death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, amid a long drawn uncertainty over the trial of his killers.
 arrow Poet continues to slip away
The whole nation has been anxiously waiting for the latest information about the health of poet Shamsur Rahman who has been fighting for life for over a week at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
 arrow Bid to foil mourning day programme
Security guards of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital yesterday caught a youth who allegedly tried to foil today's 31st death anniversary programme of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow JP gives list of 50 to PM for nomination
A Jatiya Party (Ershad) presidium member yesterday met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and handed over a list of names of 50 persons seeking nominations in the next parliament election.
 arrow Forgotten gas deal
On August 9, 1975, Bangladesh government made a deal with the world's oil giant Shell Oil that turned out to be the best deal the country has ever made, long forgotten documents show.
 arrow BDR, BSF start pullout
Border guards of both Bangladesh and India started pulling out their additional troops from Zakiganj border area yesterday following the agreement at sector-commander-level flag meeting on Sunday.
 arrow ACC, NBR lock horns over jurisdiction
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) finds itself in the centre of a controversy again as it has engaged in a tug of war with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) over detection of tax evasion incidents.
 arrow Politicised institutions, wrong policy blamed for degrading education
Politicisation of governing bodies of educational institutions and involving students in party politics, lack of accountability and political commitment are some of the causes behind degradation of education
 arrow No end to Buet closure in sight
Two weeks into the unscheduled closure of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), the impasse continues while uncertainty looms over holding examinations and beginning new terms, to
 arrow Over 7cr voters not to age in 6 years!
Believe it or not, over seven crore voters in the country will remain as old as they were six years ago and their profession and other particulars will also remain unchanged!
 arrow Saifur critical of donors over no help in tackling oil price fallout
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday criticised the role of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for not assisting the poor countries to overcome the impact
 arrow RMG workers out on street for salary raise

 arrow BSF kills 2 more Bangladeshis
Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down two more Bangladeshis and injured another on Boichuna border under Pirganj upazila of Thakurgaon district yesterday morning, according to Bangladesh Rifles
 arrow Nepal hold Bangladesh
A last gasp penalty helped Nepal snatch a point from Bangladesh as the two sides shared a 1-1 draw in the third match and last match of the opening day of the 10th South Asian Games football competition
 arrow Tigers target clean sweep
Bangladesh go into the third and final one-day international against Kenya today with an attempt to complete another whitewash of the East African nation.
 arrow 62 killed as car bombs, rockets rock Baghdad
Car bombs and a rocket barrage struck a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 62 people, a municipal official said.
 arrow Afghanistan stun India
Bangladesh were leading 1-0 against Nepal at half time in their 10th South Asian Games football match at the Sugathadasa Stadium here last night.
 arrow Israel starts pullout as fighting stops
Heavy fighting in southern Lebanon stopped abruptly yesterday after a UN-brokered truce came into effect, but reports that Israeli troops killed a Hezbollah guerrilla underlined the fragility of the truce.
Businessarrow Baira seeks one week more to resolve distribution issue
The trade body for recruitment of Bangladeshi workers abroad have sought another one week more time to reach a decision on distribution of the Malaysian employers' letters of job demands among the body's
 arrow Beximco Group sells 3 lakh more shares of IFIC Bank
Some three lakh more shares of International Finance and Investment Corporation (IFIC) Bank, which had been held by Beximco Group, a leading corporate house, changed hands on Chittagong Stock Exchange
 arrow 3 shows of RMG, machinery, export services begin Thursday
Three separate exhibitions showcasing garment products, textile machinery and export services begin at a same venue in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow FBCCI wants cut in lending rate for SMEs
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry yesterday requested the banking sector to finance the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through low-interest lending to help the economy
 arrow Thai firm to buy more gas from Myanmar
A Thai major oil company is negotiating with Myanmar to buy more natural gas from the country's Yetagun field off southern Tanintharyi coast, Myanmar Times reported Monday.
 arrow Oil drops to $73
Oil fell to $73 a barrel on Monday as a truce took effect to end fighting between Israel and Hizbollah.
Sportsarrow Festival kicks off quietly
While rain, cricket and a bomb-blast that killed at least seven people in the heart of capital Colombo yesterday gripped Sri Lanka, the islanders' preparation for another big yet less glamorous event--
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series in jeopardy
The fate of the limited-overs tri-series between India, South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka hung in the balance following a blast in Colombo on Monday which killed seven people.
 arrow Pakir renews love affair
Pakir Ali, a household name in Bangladesh in the 80s and early 90s, volunteered to become the liaison officer of the Bangladesh football team as he felt he has found a piece of his second home back for
 arrow Cricket: BCB Academy leaves for Pakistan today
With an aim to produce players for the national side, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Cricket Academy team leaves Dhaka today for Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Qatar booters arrive today
Qatar football team arrive in Chittagong today to play their AFC Asia Cup qualifying round match against Bangladesh at the MA Aziz Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Chess: Zia ensures full success
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman became unbeaten champion in the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation conference roomyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pilot error caused crash'
A South African judge Monday ruled that pilot negligence led to a 2002 plane crash which killed fallen cricketing icon Hansie Cronje, whose career ended after a match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Tennis: Rogers Federer's
Roger Federer won his second Rogers Cup in three years Sunday, recovering in the second set and rallying past Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
 arrow Tennis: Elena crowned at Carson
Going deep into a tournament often means three-set matches and a lot of court time for Elena Dementieva.
 arrow Athletics: Russia reign supreme
Russia consolidated its position as the second leading power in world athletics after the United States by dominating the medals table at the European Championships here.
 arrow Athletics: IAAF to tackle age issue
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is stepping up its crackdown on overage athletes competing at its junior championships, IAAF president Lamine Diack confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Still hope for Beckham'
New England manager Steve McClaren has insisted that former captain David Beckham still has a chance of resurrecting his international career.
 arrow Football: New order begins today
Europe's superpowers consign the World Cup to history this week as the continent's new order switch their attention to the 2008 European Championships.
 arrow Football: Marseille ride on Ribery magic
France World Cup star Franck Ribery celebrated his midweek decision to stay at Marseille by inspiring his team to a 2-0 win over Rennes at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bremen stage fightback
Bundesliga title aspirants Werder Bremen struck three late goals to snatch a thrilling 4-2 victory at Hanover on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho laments sluggish Chelsea
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted his English Premiership champions could not keep the pace with Liverpool after the Reds hit the ground running by winning the FA Community Shield 2-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Squash: Bhola lifts GMG title
Bhola Lal of Sonargaon Club retained the Premier Division title of the GMG Open squash tournament when he pulled off a 3-2 victory against Shawpan Parvez in the final at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
 arrow Football: Joseo blasts schedule
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho slammed this week's round of international friendly matches, saying they screwed up clubs' preparations for the start of the season.
 arrow Football: Lehmann to retire in 2008
Germany international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann revealed Monday that he is likely to hang up his gloves after the 2008 European championships in Austria and Switzerland.
 arrow Football: US billionaire takes over Aston Villa
Aston Villa said Monday it had accepted a takeover bid from US billionaire Randy Lerner valuing the struggling English Premiership football club at 62.6 million pounds (92.9 million euros, 118.
 arrow Football: Capello not satisfied
New coach Fabio Capello said he was far from satisfied with his Real Madrid team despite watching them coast to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in a pre-season friendly.
 arrow Football: German players awarded
Germany's World Cup heroes received recognition for their efforts at this summer's finals on Monday when German President Horst Koehler presented them with the silver laurel award in a ceremony at the
 arrow Cricket: Asif, Naved Eng-bound
Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Asif and Navedul Hasan have been cleared to join the tour squad in England and could be considered for the final Test at The Oval starting on Thursday, chief selector Wasim Bari
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib has to wait
Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar faces an agonising wait before he finds out whether or not he will play in the fourth and final Test against England at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Six gives Guyana crown
A massive six off the penultimate ball of the match by Narsingh Deonarine earned Guyana the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 title, as they beat Trinidad and Tobago by five wickets in St John's on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ballack out of Sweden friendly
German international captain Michael Ballack will miss his country's friendly with Sweden on Wednesday with a hip injury, the German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zambrotta turned down!
Barcelona defender Gianluca Zambrotta got his first taste of the footballing rivalry in the Catalan city when an Espanyol fan refused to take him in his taxi because the Italian played for his team'sarch-enemies.
 arrow Cricket: Rained off opener today
Bad weather washed out the opening match of the limited-overs tri-series between South Africa and Sri Lanka here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Memorable 500th for Kahn
Veteran goalkeeper Oliver Kahn may have endured a difficult World Cup with Germany - playing second fiddle to Jens Lehmann - but he shrugged off that disappointment to become the star of the opening weekend
 arrow Football: Fergie in no rush
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that he is still in the market for a new midfield player at Manchester United despite the encouraging 3-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Moyes warns Van der Meyde
Everton boss David Moyes has read the riot act to Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde telling him he will be on his way out of the club if he once more steps out of line.
 arrow Football: Rosicky out of friendly
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Jiri Jarosik of Celtic were the only significant absentees from the Czech Republic squad announced Monday for Wednesday's friendly against Serbia Montenegro.
Metropolitanarrow BNP always came to power through 'backdoor'
BNP always came to power through 'backdoor' or by holding someone at 'gunpoint', said the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at a discussion yesterday commemorating today's National Mourning Day.
 arrow 20 tonnes of adulterated food seized in Ctg
A mobile court has seized around 20 tonnes of adulterated food items including 336 sacks of date-expired milk powder in the city.
 arrow Painter found dead
A painter was found dead with stab injuries in an under-construction building at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow BEN airs dismay at broadside against CPD board members
Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) yesterday expressed its dismay over the Board of Investment (BoI) executive chairman's recent remarks and action against the members of CPD board of trustees.
 arrow 'Help children with disabilities'
"I want to tell a story -- the story is all about empathy, inspiration and courage. One morning I found myself paralysed. I was then only 15 years old.
 arrow Stop 'crossfire'
Leaders of Five Left Political Parties in a meeting yesterday urged the government to take measures to stop 'crossfire' by the law enforcers immediately, says a press release.
 arrow 25 more to back home from Lebanon today
Twenty-five more Bangladeshis, who remained stranded in Lebanon following the Israeli attacks, return home from Damascus this morning.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet against 11 JCD men
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted the charge sheet of the case against 11 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists arrested in connection with preventing prospective bidders from buying schedules
 arrow BJP leader's comment protested
Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Welfare Front yesterday protested Indian BJP leader's plea for launching attack on Bangladesh territory in pursuit of insurgents.
 arrow Community pry teachers' ultimatum to govt
Community primary teachers, who have been observing hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar demanding nationalisation of their jobs since August 6, yesterday formed a human chain, with their eyes covered
 arrow Rajshahi reels under severe loadshedding
Some 10 lakh people in the divisional city have been reeling under an unprecedented loadshedding.
 arrow Girl found dead in Khulna
Police recovered body of an unidentified young girl early yesterday morning from in front of Phultala Police Station here. The body bore marks of injuries.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow 2 Shibir activists assaulted on DU campus
Workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) Chhatra League yesterday assaulted two activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student front
 arrow Addl PS at Bagmara demanded
Locals yesterday observed a day long hartal at six union councils at Hat Gangopara under Bagmara upazila here demanding a full-fledged police station (PS) instead of a police investigation centre.
 arrow Ruet students boycott class
Second year students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday boycotted their scheduled classes and examinations in protest against the attack on general students by armed
 arrow Khoka orders construction of foot overbridge near Press Club
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday asked the officials concerned of Dhaka City Corporation to construct a foot overbridge at the eastern corner of Jatiya Press Club (JPC) immediately.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshi nationals
Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday returned bodies of two Bangladeshi nationals after flag meetings with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
 arrow Attack on meeting of Dipu Moni condemned
Twenty-three eminent personalities of the country in a joint statement yesterday condemned the armed attack on a meeting of Dipu Moni, secretary of the female wing of Awami League (AL).
 arrow 2 BCL girls beaten at DU
Two female leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were beaten up by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists at Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow Australian envoy visits tourist spots in Rajshahi
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Douglas Foskett visited the city's potential tourist spots yesterday. He visited the left banks of the river Padma and Barendra Research Museum.
 arrow One electrocuted
A minor boy was electrocuted while playing football in the city yesterday.
 arrow US embassy closed tomorrow
US embassy offices, including the American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the student counselling service, will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Janmastami, says a press release.
 arrow India summons Bangladesh envoy over border firing
India yesterday summoned the Bangladeshi high commissioner to protest against "unprovoked firing" by Bangladeshi border guards which left two women dead and a child seriously wounded.
Nationalarrow Shibir attack triggers off protests at RUET
Second year students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) yesterday boycotted classes and examinations protesting the attack on Shahid Shahidul Haque Hall students by armed cadres
 arrow Stop harassing opposition men, Nasim urges govt
Awami League central leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim urged the government to stop what he called torture and harassment of opposition leaders and activists by filing false cases.
 arrow Janakantha Editor to contest from Munshiganj-2
"From now on, I am at your service always and I shall remain with you", said The Daily Janakantha Editor Mohammad Atiqullah Khan Masud, who is seeking Awami League nomination to contest the coming election
 arrow 20 hurt in JCD factional clash
At least 20 people were injured in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) factional clashes here yesterday following formation of its new district committee by the central body, police sources and witnesses said.
 arrow JMB cadre held in Nilphamari
Charge-sheeted JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) cadre Habibur Rahman, who was involved in the August 17 serial bombing in Nilphamari, was arrested from a bus stand in the town yesterday.
 arrow Five JMB men produced in court
Five out of 25 cadres of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) arrested recently by RAB from a madrasha at Jibontala village in Bhaluka were produced before a court yesterday after expiry their
Culturearrow Wooden throne exhibit highlights heritage of Bengal
A four-day wooden throne exhibition by sculptor and craftsman Shankar Dhar was held at the Dhakeshwari Mandir premises recently.
 arrow Carving a niche in background music
Musician Ali Asgar Khokon stands apart from his counterparts in that he composes background music for dance recitals, plays and other off-beat programmes.
 arrow Desh Natok stages Jonom-e Jonmantor
Theatre group Desh Natok performed Jonom-e Jonmantor at the Indian Cultural Centre auditorium on August 12. The playwright and director is Nasiruddin Sheikh.
 arrow fan mail!
The Culture Page is starting a monthly fan mail section on cultural personalities, based on questions sent by readers. Now you can ask the stars whatever you always wanted to know about them.
Internationalarrow Israel won't let Hezbollah return to south Lebanon
Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz vowed yesterday that the Israeli army would not allow the Hezbollah militia to return to south Lebanon.
 arrow Fresh fighting kills 17 in Afghanistan
Clashes between police and militants across southern Afghanistan killed 11 suspected Taliban and six policemen, while four Nato troops were wounded in one of two bombings Monday in the capital, Kabul.
 arrow India suspends military drive against Ulfa
In a goodwill gesture, India has decided to suspend military operations 'for a few days' against the banned insurgent outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) in Assam to bring the group back tonegotiation
 arrow Security tightened across India
Security was tightened across India yesterday ahead of Independence Day celebrations, amid fears of attacks by Islamic militants blamed in deadly July train bombings in Mumbai and a warning by the USof
 arrow Britain, US lower terror threat level
Britain and the United States lowered alert levels a notch yesterday and lifted some restrictions for air passengers after British officials said they were holding the main suspects in an alleged al-Qaeda
 arrow Seven die in Uzbek toilet accident
Seven people were killed in Uzbekistan when an effort to excavate a toilet went badly wrong, the press-uz.info Internet site said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A day to mourn
THE nation will have to confront this day every year in its life.
 arrow Editorial: Ceasefire in Lebanon
ISRAEL'S last minute pillaging of Lebanese towns, just before a UN brokered ceasefire came into effect, left no doubt about its real intentions insofar as Lebanon is concerned.
 arrow Legal limits of judges' embarrassment
AN independent and impartial judiciary is a cornerstone of any dignified civil society. Such a judiciary is neither an end in itself, nor has any intrinsic value.
 arrow The day that changed it all
AUGUST 15 in the calendar of Bangladesh is a shattering event. The pain goes on increasing with every passing year. On August 15, 1975 I was sleeping in my home in Algiers.
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