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Front Pagearrow Ershad acquitted of income tax graft
Jatiya Party (JP) chief HM Ershad was acquitted yesterday in a graft case filed against him 14 years ago.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman no more
"I'll soon be gone, quite alone/And quietly, taking none of you along/On this aimless journey. Useless/To insist, I must leave you all behind. No, I'll take nothing at all/On this solitary journey...
 arrow 11 'outlaws' killed in gunbattle with cops
At least 11 outlaws were killed and another captured wounded in a firefight between police and cadres of the Janajuddho faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at remote Sharirvita village ofSujanagar
 arrow 98 Tamil Tigers killed in Jaffna battle
Sri Lankan troops yesterday beat back a fresh attempt by Tamil Tigers to overrun the main defences of the northern peninsula of Jaffna and killed at least 98 guerrillas, media minister Anura Yapa said.
 arrow Ershad let off the hook in dirty political game: 14-party
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine in its reaction to the verdict in the graft case against HM Ershad yesterday said the 'corrupt' BNP-Jamaat coalition government has failed to prove
 arrow Ershad sees 'beginning' of justice
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman and deposed president HM Ershad termed yesterday's court verdict, which acquitted him of a graft charge, as the beginning of justice.
 arrow Govt's bank borrowing rises 180pc in 25 days
The government borrowing from banks rose 180 per cent in the first 25 days of the current fiscal year (FY) and stood at Tk 2,061 crore, compared to Tk 736 crore borrowed in the same period (July 1 to25)
 arrow A tribute to the poet
When a friend told me that Shamsur Rahman had been admitted to the ICU of BSMMU hospital with multiple disabilities of his vital organs, my first instinct was to go and see him, if only to reassure myself
 arrow Business leaders decry arrest warrants against eminent citizens
Leaders of the country's business community yesterday expressed deep shock and concern over the arrest warrants issued against eminent citizens and business personalities following a case filed by the
 arrow A temple in neglect
Nabaratna Temple in Hatikumrul area in the northern district of Sirajganj, which was declared as an important archeological site, has been stripped of its beauty due to lack of maintenance and preservation.
 arrow More labour unrest if wages not settled soon
Leaders of garment workers' unions at a roundtable yesterday said the owners' 'dilly-dallying' in settling the minimum wage for the employees will not bring any good for the industry.
 arrow Slogans in courtroom defying ban
Leaders and activists of Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday expressed their joy by chanting slogans on the court premises and even in the courtroom defying a High Court (HC) ban on such activities, after JPChairman
 arrow No extension of time for voter list update
Secretary to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday ruled out possibility of further extending time for updating the voter list even though he said the task was unlikely to be completed before
 arrow 14-party demands patrons inside govt be brought to justice
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said until the militant outfit JMB's patrons in the cabinet of the BNP-Jamaat government under the shelter of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
 arrow Aug 17 blasts recalled with patrons still unidentified
As the nation yesterday recalled the horrendous show of organised bomb attacks in 63 districts a year ago, followed by suicide bomb attacks, the countrymen joined the victims' families in resenting the
 arrow Militant network destroyed, claims BNP
The ruling BNP yesterday said Bangladesh has now proved to be an effective democratic state that firmly opposes militancy and has destroyed the militant network across it.
 arrow 27th BCS results
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday announced the results of the written test of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination held this year.
 arrow SA Games start today
The Sri Lankans will put aside heavy fighting against the LTTE in the northeast and recent terrorist bomb attacks in the capital for a while and officially launch the 10th South Asian (SA) Games heretoday.
 arrow New IO for Jamal Uddin murder case
A new investigation officer (IO) was appointed yesterday for the sensational abduction and murder case of business tycoon and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed.
 arrow US for Bangladesh troops to watch Lebanon truce
The US wants Bangladesh's participation in peacekeeping in south Lebanon following the UN Security Council resolution on the ceasefire.
 arrow Lebanese army takes control of south
Lebanese soldiers began taking control of the war-battered south for the first time in four decades yesterday, moving across the Litani river to shore up a UN truce ending a month of deadly conflict between
 arrow Community pry teachers call off strike without any assurance
Bangladesh Community Primary Teachers' Association yesterday withdrew their indefinite strike without any assurance from the government after observing a twelve-day hunger strike at the Central Shaheed
 arrow Derailment halts train services for 5 hrs
Train services on Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Kishoreganj routes remained suspended for over five hours after two bogies of a goods train derailed near Bhairab Bazar railway junction yesterday.
 arrow 43 more return from Lebanon
Despite the ceasefire in Lebanon, some 43 Bangladeshis in two batches returned home yesterday by Emirates and Qatar Airways, said an official of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
 arrow 17 fishermen missing after trawler sinks in Bay
Seventeen fishermen went missing as seven trawlers capsized in the Bay on Wednesday night.
 arrow Politics of election boycott never succeed: Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said politics of election boycott had never succeeded in the country as people were always in favour of democracy.
Businessarrow NBR brushes aside donors' advice against exemption
Country's board of revenue has opposed the donors' advice on withdrawal of the tax exemption provided for the industrial sector. "The donor agencies think that it might increase our revenue income.
 arrow Relocate RMG units in rural areas: Moyeen
The science and ICT minister has suggested that the garments industry owners should relocate their industrial units in rural areas in order to lower production cost.
 arrow Govt plans more facilities for entertainment industry
Government is planning to provide the amusement and entertainment industry with more facilities, including tax holiday and bank loans at lower rates, said State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism
 arrow Reduce raw materials prices within 3 days
Bangladesh National Weavers' Association yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government to bring down within the next three days the prices of yarn, dye and chemicals used in the weaving industry.
 arrow Warid Telecom to launch operations by this fiscal
Warid Telecom International LLC will launch its operations as the sixth cellphone operator of Bangladesh within the last quarter of the current financial year.
 arrow HC vacates stay on DSE direct listing rules
The High Court (HC) yesterday vacated the operation of the stay order on the Direct Listing Regulations 2006 at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), sources said.
 arrow Diversification Stressed to expand export market
Immediate diversification of export products is a must to ensure a fair share in the global market in this era of globalisation, Md Hossain Ali, acting executive director of DCCI Business Institute (DBI),
 arrow SEC warns a firm, 3 DSE brokers for defying rules
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned a company and a director of the company and three DSE stock brokers/dealers for violation of rules.
 arrow Asean to set timeframe for India on FTA talks
Asean will set a timeframe for India to decide whether it wants to continue negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with the grouping, a Philippine officials has said.
 arrow Oil falls sharply
Oil fell sharply on Thursday to its lowest price in nearly two months after ample U.S. fuel stockpiles eased investor fears of supply shortages as the U.S. summer driving season drawing to a close.
Sportsarrow Shooting may hit target
The Bangladesh shooting team's hope of winning at least one gold medal at the 10th South Asian Games looks brighter as India decided not to send their leading shooters to Colombo.
 arrow Lanka ready for grand opening of SA Games
The Sri Lankans are planning a five-hour razzmatazz to officially kick off the tenth edition of the South Asian Games, the Games of almost one-and-a-half billion people of seven Saarc countries -- Bangladesh,
 arrow Cricket: Lankans blast SA snub
Sri Lankan officials and media Thursday made fun of South Africa's shell-shocked cricketers for pulling out of the tri-series, saying they would not have been able to play even if they stayed back.
 arrow Cricket: 1st Indo-Lankan ODI today
An hour after the Indians came back from a practice session at the Premadasa Stadium -- the Sri Lankans had commandeered the SSC -- the rain started again, jeopardising chances of play in the first one-day
 arrow Cricket: Asif brings Pak luck back
Fast bowler Mohammad Asif marked his return to Test cricket with three wickets for four runs in 11 balls as Pakistan took charge of their series climax with England at The Oval here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers arrive home today
The Bangladesh cricket team arrive in Dhaka today from a 23-day tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya.
 arrow Football: No respite for booters
The Bangladesh football team get back to the drawing board as they take part in a training camp beginning tomorrow at BKSP in Savar ahead of their away match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Qatar
 arrow Football: Final round of NFC starts in Sylhet today
The final round of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship (NFC) begins today at the Sylhet Stadium with Dhaka taking on Magura at 4 pm in the day's only match.
 arrow Football: Brazil held at Norway
During his playing days, Brazil's coach Dunga was famous for dishing out meaty tackles to the opposition but his team were on the receiving end as they drew 1-1 away to Norway in his first match in charge.
 arrow Football: McClaren restores English pride
England thrashed European champions Greece 4-0 in a friendly at Old Trafford on Wednesday to put the frustration of their lacklustre run to the World Cup quarterfinals behind them.
 arrow Tennis: Andy stops Roger run
Scottish teenager Andy Murray stunned Swiss powerhouse Roger Federer 7-5, 6-4 here Wednesday in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Series. Murray, 19, joined Spain's world No.
 arrow Football: Faubert saves French blushes
Julien Faubert scored in injury time to give World Cup finalists France a fortunate 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina here on Wednesday in a friendly international.
 arrow Football: Loew starts on a high
New Germany coach Joachim Loew enjoyed a winning start as his side trounced a hapless Sweden 3-0 in a friendly here on Wednesday exactly the same result as when the two sides met in the second round of
 arrow Football: Debut defeat for Donadoni
World champions Italy's new life under Roberto Donadoni hardly gave their fans much to crow about as they were defeated 2-0 by Croatia in their friendly match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kaka, Ronaldinho return for Brazil
Brazil have recalled Ronaldinho and Kaka for next month's soccer friendlies against Argentina and Wales in London.
 arrow Football: Becks to stay at Madrid
Real Madrid are close to agreeing a deal to extend David Beckham's contract beyond the end of the season, club president Ramon Calderon said.
 arrow Football: Tavano signs for Valencia
Italian striker Francesco Tavano on Wednesday signed a four-year deal with Spanish side Valencia from Serie A outfit Empoli.
 arrow Football: No dream ending for Nedved
There was no dream finale for Czech international midfield great Pavel Nedved who played his final game for the national side in a 3-1 friendly loss to Serbia in the south eastern town of Uherske Hradiste
 arrow Cricket: Academy rally round Jahirul
Jahirul Islam was just four runs short of a well-deserved hundred as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Academy scored 230 for six in the first innings on the opening day of the first four-day
 arrow Cricket: ICC may fine SA
International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said that a failure to replay the abandoned tri-series matches between South Africa and Sri Lanka could lead to the African team being penalised.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul admits satisfaction
India captain Rahul Dravid says his team has no problem about staying in Sri Lanka and playing a one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies above Eng: Troy
Australia fast bowling coach Troy Cooley predicts his side's pacemen will be stronger than England's in the upcoming Ashes series, with reverse swing added to their armoury.
 arrow Cricket: Random dope testing on
In order to implement strict anti-doping measures for the ICC Champions Trophy in India, the International Cricket Council has requested for an isolated room at each of the four venues -- Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
Metropolitanarrow Force opposition to shun politics of conspiracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the opposition of conspiring to capture power and urged her opponents to shun the politics of conspiracy.
 arrow CPD concerned at tendency to question healthy debate
The board of trustees of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at a special meeting yesterday expressed deep concern over the recent tendency among some persons to question the tradition of healthy debate
 arrow Poet Shamsur Rahman's death condoled
President, prime minister, leader of the opposition in parliament, ministers, academics and leaders of different political, social and cultural organisations yesterday expressed profound shock at thedeath
 arrow JMB terrorist Mufti Rouf remanded
A JMB terrorist, who is the main suspect in Moulvibazar bomb explosion case, has been given a 5-day remand by the first class magistrate of Moulvibazar Cognizance Court 1.
 arrow 5 die in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Jessore, Narsingdi and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Action against Shibir cadres demanded
Tension runs high at Chittagong University (CU) as the general students are waging a movement against the Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres, who assaulted a student on Monday night.
 arrow Hanif undergoes angioplasty in Bangkok today
Former mayor Mohammad Hanif, who has been suffering from acute cardiac problems, will undergo angioplasty at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok today.
 arrow Foundation stone of Foreign Service Complex laid
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday laid the foundation stone of Foreign Service Complex at Baridhara in the city.
 arrow Jute workers demand wage commission
The CBA and non-CBA Samannoy Parishad of Bangladesh Jute, Yarn and Apparel Mills workers yesterday formed a human chain at Muktangan in the city demanding immediate declaration of minimum wage commission
 arrow Attack on Janmastami procession condemned
Several organisations yesterday condemned the attack on Janmastami [the birth of Lord Krishna] procession in the capital that left at least 10 people including a child injured.
 arrow British Council Career Network launched
The British Council yesterday launched a career network to enhance its support for Bangladeshi students intending to study in the United Kingdom (UK) and build better career.
 arrow Final round of 'Sera Radhuni' tomorrow
The dazzling final round of a cooking competition styled 'Sera Radhuni 1412' will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city tomorrow.
 arrow WP demonstration week begins today
Workers Party (Abbas) will launch its countrywide demonstration week today, says a press release.
 arrow Cop mugger caught red-handed
A police constable was caught red- handed while he was trying to mug a couple at Segunbagicha in the city on Wednesday night, police said.
 arrow 4 kids drown in Kishoreganj
Four kids drowned at two upazilas in the district yesterday.
 arrow Prof Fayez new VC of Islamic University
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has appointed Prof Fayez Mohammad Sirajul Huq of English Department as Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University for a term of four years.
Point-Counterpointarrow Unabated price spiral: Commerce minister's U-turn
SCHEDULE I of the Rules of Business lists the "allocation of business among the different ministries and divisions" of government.
 arrow A government that failed to take off
THE redeeming feature of democracy is that it gives people freedom to hire and fire a government.
 arrow Staying alive with HIV
THE International AIDS Conference is taking place in Toronto this August, bringing together more than 26,000 delegates from across the world.
Culturearrow Abdul Ali Lalu: Combining humour with sensibility
REMEMBER Abdul Ali Lalu aka Lalu bhai, a familiar face on BTV's popular magazine of the 80's, Jodi Kichhu Mon-e Na Koren (hosted by late Fazle Lohani)? Lalu bhai would always come up with puzzling
 arrow Sonia: A promising voice in the music scene
Last year's most talked about talent hunt Closeup 1 introduced quite a few promising vocal artistes to the nation. Among these talents is Sonia.
 arrow Shabana Azmi: Radiance on and off screen
"You cannot be detached from what you portray. I think it is inevitable that the roles you play affect you. The residue is bound to remain, even after you've played the role.
 arrow TV Watch
TV play 'Dokan' on Rtv
Cultural Correspondent
TV play Dokan, written and directed by Murad Parvez, is set to be aired on Rtv tonight at 8:50pm.

 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.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The poet is no more
We are deeply saddened by the death of Poet Shamsur Rahman. As in living so in dying, he braved his illness to the last ounce of his strength.
 arrow Editorial: Industrial zoning idea
Imbued with the success of export processing zones (EPZs) but at the same time being well aware of the limits to their vertical expansion, the government has decided in principle to set up investmentzones
 arrow What war on terror?
American journalist Selig Harrison's August 2 piece in the Washington Post titled: "Bangladesh: A New Hub of Terror?" has generated the by now predictably distressing response from the intelligentsiaand
 arrow Three saints of damnation
George W. Bush, Tony Blair and, now, Ehud Olmert are out there to do what 124,000 prophets, countless messiahs, hordes of saints and many jolly good men failed to do before them.
 arrow Nomination candidates for election: Tough task for major parties
By October 2006 the tenure of the present parliament will be over.
Letters to Editorarrow Border problem
Now in 2006, we have no border - as we see in Europe - no border among the EU countries. But we are suffering from a 50-year old border problem with India.
 arrow Pesticides in soft drinks?
In the wake of discovery of dangerous level of pesticide traces in some soft drinks, several state governments of India have banned them.
 arrow Press freedom trampled
I was horrified when I read about the looting of thousands of Prothom Alo copies in different parts of the country. After I heard the news, I began to think how limited our freedom of speechis.
 arrow Lebanon devastated
The disgrace that 'little boy' and 'fat man' brought to mankind 60 years ago is known to all.
 arrow Patriotism and Free thinking
Mr. Mahmudur Rahman's blatant demonstration of 'power', arrogance and 'monopoly of patriotism' only points out how vulnerable our society is in terms of freethinking, free speech and intellectual exercise.
 arrow Anti-crime drive
At present, the law and order situation is not good. One hotel owner, who had partnership business with many, was shot dead at his office-room.
 arrow "Terror currency"
I think it is time for the Muslim world to wage a jihad with the US dollar as their weapon. You do not have to buy a single gun or bomb or stop any oil flow.
 arrow Wastage and corruption
In the past, I noticed the good work your newspaper did through bringing to light some important issues and problems. Due to that exposure several issues have been examined critically.
 arrow A favourite book...
When I was 18 years old once I went to visit one of my kith and kin in his house in a remote village.
 arrow Who should I vote for?
Who should I vote for? A question that I have been asking myself for the last few months.
 arrow Why this change?
Please refer to the news item published in your daily on 11 July 2006 entitled, "By-polls in vacant parliamentary seat; Draft bill okayed to extend time limit to 180 days.
 arrow Why the term minority?
"Criminals demand tolls from N'ganj minority family" --Our Correspondent, N'ganj. This story was published in your August 11 issue.
 arrow Where is Rana?
You can easily recollect that during the last Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, when Bangladesh lost the first two ODIs, Manjarul Islam Rana was included in the Bangladesh team for the last three ODIs.
 arrow Bengali for songs only?
Recently, I attended a convocation ceremony of a renowned private university. There were senior teachers as well as a minister of our country.
Environmentarrow Dhaka: A choking city cries for relief
Over the last two decades the country has experienced a phenomenal urban growth.
 arrow Open pit mining for coal
As the prospect of open pit mining for coal becomes a reality in Bangladesh, distrust shrouds the northern region of the country.
Worldarrow India won't accept changes to nuclear deal with US
The Indian government said yesterday it would not be cowed by the US into changing the terms of their civilian nuclear deal, amid concerns Washington was trying to cap India's atomic weapons programme.
 arrow South Asia: Coalition forces kills 8 Afghan 'extremists'
Soldiers from the US-led coalition killed eight "extremists" in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, a US military statement said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Manmohan wants more links across divided Kashmir
India wants to increase transport links between the Indian and Pakistani zones of divided Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told parliament.
 arrow South Asia: Main Kashmiri group ready for talks
Indian Kashmir's largest Islamic militant group, Hizbul Mujahedin, said yesterday it was not "scared" of talks with New Delhi but insisted there be no conditions such as laying down arms.
 arrow South Asia: Buddhist monks brawl at Lanka peace rally
Protesters calling for an end to recent violence in Sri Lanka found themselves brawling with hardline Buddhist monks yesterday, after a rally dubbed a "peace protest" turned unexpectedly violent.
 arrow South Asia: 'Indian TV crews aided suicide to get footage’
A group of television journalists gave a man matches and diesel to help him commit suicide in order to get dramatic footage, which was later broadcast on the news, police said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Manipur temple blast kills 5
The death toll in a bomb explosion at a Hindu temple in Manipur rose to five, and at least 35 people including foreign devotees were wounded, police said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan frees 7 foreign al-Qaeda suspects
Pakistani authorities yesterday freed seven foreigners who were held as al-Qaeda suspects after crossing from Afghanistan following the 2001 fall of the Taliban, a prison official said.
 arrow France stalls Lebanon troop deployment
France, after agreeing to command a boosted UN force in Lebanon, was refusing yesterday to green-light a major troop deployment without clear rules of engagement as a report said it may drastically scale
 arrow Palestinians renew push for unity govt
With Israel maintaining its stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and the eyes of the world on a fragile truce in Lebanon, rival Palestinian leaders on Wednesday renewed a push to bridge their differences and
 arrow Iran to stand by atomic work
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday Iran could not abandon its nuclear programme while the United States was developing new atomic bombs every year, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
 arrow 15 killed in Iraq violence
At least 15 people were killed around Iraq yesterday, including seven by a car bomb in Baghdad's most populous Shia district of Sadr City, security officials said.
 arrow Gandhi family feud spills into open
A family feud in India's most famed dynasty spilled into the open yesterday when police slapped charges against Maneka Gandhi, a move she swiftly blamed on her estranged sister-in-law Sonia Gandhi.
 arrow Beirut airport receives first flight after truce
Beirut's badly bombed airport took a tentative step toward returning to normality yesterday when two passenger flights landed, the first to do so since war broke out in Lebanon, airport officials said.
 arrow Arafat widow denies reports she remarried
The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat yesterday denied Arab press reports that she had married a brother-in-law of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
 arrow Volcano wipes out 3 villages in Ecuador
A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains destroyed three villages, killed at least one man and left more than 60 others missing, the mayor of a village on the volcano's slope said yesterday.
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