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Front Pagearrow Qawami madrasa degree gets master's status
The government has decided to recognise Dawra degree of Qawami madrasa equivalent to master's degree in Islamic studies or Arabic literature Prime Minister Khaleda announced the decision at a function
 arrow 17 projects okayed 'hurriedly' despite flaws in many bids
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday rejected procurement proposals for two projects including a water treatment plant for Chittagong Wasa, and directed the authorities concerned to put out the contracts
 arrow Playing politics with education
The government's decision to acknowledge Qawami madrasa education system yesterday kicked up an uproar all around, with academics, politicians and civil society members terming it a rash political decision
 arrow Gruesome Aug 21 recalled with 2-min silence
Awami League (AL) yesterday commemorated the second anniversary of the gruesome August 21 grenade attack, taking a fresh vow to bring the perpetrators to book.
 arrow JS session on Sept 10 with polls reform fate uncertain
The Jatiya Sangsad that goes into session on September 10 will decide whether the much-talked issue of reforms in the caretaker government system and Election Commission will be resolved during the tenure
 arrow JS body slates intelligence failure
The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry yesterday once again slammed the country's intelligence agencies for failure to ward off the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally
 arrow Country under serious environmental threat
Increased population, more urbanisation, economic growth and natural disaster will pose serious environmental threat for Bangladesh by 2021, experts said at a consultation meeting yesterday.
 arrow Regrouped JMB files case against witness
Activists of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have not only regrouped in Islampur-Bakal area in Satkhira but they have also filed a case against Rawshan Ali, a key witness
 arrow Gold hopes fade for Bangladesh
Bangladesh's gold medal hopes narrowed down at the 10th South Asian Games here yesterday when two reigning champions failed to live up to the billing.
 arrow Grenade attack perpetrators not captured as govt involved
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said perpetrators of the grenade attack on the Awami League (AL) rally on August 21, 2004 are still at large even after two years because the government
 arrow Rejoinder
President of Gonoforum and Jatiyo Oikkyo Moncho Dr Kamal Hossain in a rejoinder yesterday protested a report headlined 'B Chy, Kamal may launch new alliance Wednesday' that was published in The DailyStar
 arrow Tangail BNP men tell Khaleda of minister's purchase of ITCL land
BNP leaders of Tangail yesterday drew their Chairperson Khaleda Zia's attention to Islamic Trade and Commerce Ltd's (ITCL) misappropriation of people's money and a state minister's purchase of ITCL'slands
 arrow BNP may decide Oli's fate today
The national standing committee of BNP will meet today instead of Thursday as announced before by the BNP high command and is likely to decide on the committee member Col (Retd) Oli Ahmad issue.
 arrow Bismillah Khan no more
Bismillah Khan, one of India's best-known musicians and a master exponent of the wind instrument 'shehnai', died of heart failure at the age of 90 on Monday, doctors and his aide said.
 arrow Tk 19cr spent on voter list updating
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday said it has allocated Tk 18.84 crore to meet the expenditure for the month-long field level task of updating the voter list that ended on Sunday.
 arrow HC stays Rupali sell-off
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the sell-off procedure of state owned Rupali Bank.
 arrow Aug 21 report should be made public
The head of the one-member judicial inquiry commission that probed August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally said his report should be published and the recommendations implemented for greater
 arrow No decision yet on sending peacekeepers to Lebanon
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh has not yet taken any decision on sending peacekeepers to south Lebanon.
 arrow Indigenous woman hurt as forest guards open fire
An indigenous woman was bullet-hit when forest guards in Tangail opened fire on village women collecting wood yesterday.
 arrow Saddam refuses to plead as genocide trial opens
Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein defiantly refused to enter a plea at the start of his trial Monday on charges of genocide over a brutal crackdown against Kurds that left around 100,000 people dead.
 arrow Israeli warplanes roar over Lebanon
Israeli warplanes roared over Lebanon's northern Mediterranean coast and along its border with Syria yesterday, after the Lebanese defence minister warned rogue Palestinian rocket teams against attacking
 arrow Egyptian train crash kills 58 people
A train crash killed and injured dozens of people in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo yesterday in Egypt's worst rail disaster for four years.
Casualty figures varied widely.

Businessarrow Make S Asia an integrated labour market
South Asia may be made an integrated labour market putting aside the traditional idea of security concerns to gain from the facilities of globalisation by meeting up the labour demands of the region,said
 arrow UK curry industry faces workforce shortage
The curry industry in the UK, mostly run by expatriates from Bangladesh, is facing crisis for shortage of workforce as the new-generation British-born Bangladeshis are quitting their forefathers' restaurants
 arrow 4 tenders submitted to buy Rupali Bank
As the deadline for tender submission to buy state-run Rupali Bank ended yesterday, four bidders filed their tenders to Privatisation Commission.
 arrow Involve trade unions in implementing PRSP guidelines
Speakers at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday stressed the need for involving trade unions in implementing the guidelines of poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) in a pragmatic way.
 arrow E-commerce in India set to boom: Study
E-commerce in India is set to jump 95 per cent from 11.8 billion Rupees (256 million US dollars) to 23 billion Rupees (500 million US dollars) in 2006-07 on a whopping 2.
 arrow Eskayef plans to expand business in Lanka
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketer, is planning to expand business in Sri Lanka, says a press release.
 arrow Graphics fair held
Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology yesterday organised a graphics fair with a view to projecting graphics works of its students of the department of Graphic Design and Multimedia.
 arrow $2m Korean RMG plant in Dhaka EPZ soon
A Korean company will invest $2 million for setting up of a garment manufacturing plant in Dhaka Export Processing Zone.
 arrow First Solution,Galaxy Consultants sign MoU
First Solution (UK) Ltd, London, and Galaxy Consultants, Dhaka, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the capital on Saturday.
 arrow FDI in Asean region up 48pc
Foreign direct investment in Asean region surged 48 percent to 38 billion dollars last year, but China remains the darling of global investors, Malaysia's trade minister said Monday.
Sportsarrow Sharmin dethroned
Radhika Barale of India dethroned Bangladesh's Sharmin Akhter as the South Asian Games women's 10m air rifle champion yesterday at the Welisara Navy Range on the outskirts of Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy gives his version
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq said Monday he kept his team off the field against England in the fourth Test to defend his country's pride after allegations of cheating.
 arrow Cricket: Hair lives on controversy!
The shock decision to call off the fourth and final Test at The Oval here Sunday and award the match to England with a day to spare after Pakistan had been charged with ball tampering was not the first
 arrow Cricket: Oval Test called off
The fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan was sensationally abandoned on Sunday after an ugly row over ball-tampering.
 arrow All eyes on Asif
Star shooter Asif Hossain Khan will look forward to make up for the women team's failure in the 10m air rifle event at the 10th SA Games when he enters the Welisera Navy Range today.
 arrow Susanthika to run till 2008
Olympic bronze medallist Susanthika Jayasinghe has sets her eyes on competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
 arrow Football: Barca ride on Deco
Deco scored a goal in each half and FC Barcelona won the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with a 3-0 second-leg victory over crosstown rival Espanyol.
 arrow Football: Tricky ties for Milan, Liverpool
European giants Liverpool and AC Milan, who fought out an epic Champions League final in 2005, face a tense Tuesday as they attempt to reach the group stages of this season's competition.
 arrow Football: Khulna trounce Joypurhat
Khulna made a flying start in the Jubok Phone National Football Championship when they thrashed Joypurhat 5-0 in their first game at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hamburg in disarray
SV Hamburg approach Tues-day's Cham-pions League final qualifier against Osasuna with mounting problems after just two games of the new Bundesliga season.
 arrow Football: Chelsea rout 10-Man City
John Terry capped a week to remember as he put two-time Premiership champions Chelsea on course for a 3-0 win against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'My players not cheats'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and tour manager Zaheer Abbas both insisted their side had not been guilty of ball-tampering during their sensational forfeit of the fourth and final Test against England at
 arrow Cricket: Nasser bats for Inzamam
Former England captain Nasser Hussain said he sympathised with Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq for refusing to play in the fourth Test after the tourists were accused of ball-tampering at The Oval.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick ends title drought
Andy Roddick fancies his US Open chances after ending a one-year slump in the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's just not cricket!'
The controversial end to the Test cricket series between England and Pakistan dominated the front pages of Britain's newspapers on Monday after the tourists forfeited the fourth Test at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Mini Hitler: Pak legends
Pakistani cricket greats Monday laid into umpire Darrell Hair after the chaos-hit fourth Test against England, with legend Imran Khan describing the Australian as a "mini Hitler".
 arrow Cricket: Lankans give Hair a piece of their mind
Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair was on Monday subjected to ridicule and scorn by Sri Lankan cricket experts after accusing Pakistan of ball-tampering in The Oval Test.
 arrow Football: Lyon edge Bordeaux
Lyon edged Bordeaux 2-1 on Sunday with a little help from some intuitive tactical tinkering from the champions manager Gerard Houllier.
 arrow Football: Theo up for it
Teenage starlet Theo Walcott insisted he felt no nerves and was "up for it" when he finally made his Arsenal debut having been controversially included and then overlooked in England's World Cup squad.
 arrow Football: Lahm seals Bayern win
Roy Makaay and Philipp Lahm earned below-par Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at promoted Bochum on Sunday, giving the Bundesliga champions a share of the early lead with a maximum six points from two matches.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo bid tied to CL
AC Milan will officially bid for Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Ronaldo if they reach the group stages of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Diego makes his mark
German title hopefuls Werder Bremen appear to have found a worthy successor to French playmaker Johan Micoud with Brazilian international Diego having an immediate impact since arriving in the summer.
 arrow Football: Figo gives up on England dream
Inter Milan's Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo said he has all but given up on a long-standing dream of playing in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Magpies takeover talks continue
Jersey-based investment company The Belgravia Group confirmed that they are looking into a potential takeover of Premiership club Newcastle United.
 arrow Football: Long lay-off for Pires
French midfielder Robert Pires will miss most of his first season at new club Villarreal after tearing the cruciate ligament in his left knee - the second such injury to hit the Primera Liga side in a
 arrow Football: Baraja out for 10 weeks
Valencia's Spanish international midfielder Ruben Baraja will be out of action for around two and a half months after tearing a muscle in his right leg on Monday.
 arrow Football: Boca, Estudiantes continue winning
Boca Juniors and Estudiantes won again at the weekend to keep up their 100 percent records after three games of the Argentine Apertura championship.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam faces disrepute, ball tampering charges
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq was charged Monday with ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: President behind Pakistan captain
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has telephoned the country's cricket captain to offer his support in the row that wrecked the fourth Test against England, officials said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to press ahead with ODIs
Pakistan will remain in England for the one-day series despite the unprecedented decision to forfeit the fourth Test at The Oval on Sunday, a senior Pakistan Board official told Reuters.
 arrow Football: Chelsea tie up Boulahrouz deal
English Premiership champions Chelsea completed the transfer of Netherlands defender Khalid Boulahrouz from German side Hamburg on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Six-a-side tourney for Bangladesh
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to play a six-a-side tournament in Pakistan in mid September.
 arrow Football: Pioneer League begins
Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League began yesterday at the Birsheshthra Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Football: Cambiasso extends with Inter
Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso agreed Monday a two-year extension with Inter Milan that will keep him at the Serie A club until 2010.
 arrow Football: Emergency BFF meet today
The executive committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will meet today at 4pm at it conference room to discuss on the current crisis regarding the starting of the Professional Football League.
 arrow Football: Juventus appeal to civil court
Juventus, who were stripped of last season's Serie A title and demoted to the second division with a 17-point deficit for match-fixing, said Monday they will appeal against their punishment in the civil
Metropolitanarrow Proper management of water bodies stressed
Proper management and implementation of wetland policies is needed to protect water bodies from environmental pollution and the grip of encroachers, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Develop technology to ensure safe water
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for initiating friendly technology to ensure sanitation and safe drinking water for all.
 arrow Do not give recognition to registration board
Diploma engineers yesterday urged the government not to give recognition to Bangladesh Professional Engineers Registration Board (BPERB) for the sake of their existence.
 arrow Petroleum dealers threaten strike in Dhaka from Sept 5
Petroleum dealers, tank-lorry owners and tank-lorry workers yesterday threatened the government that they would go for indefinite strike in Dhaka division from September 5 if the government does not cancel
 arrow Illegal juice, ice cream factory unearthed in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday unearthed an illegal juice and ice cream factory that has long been manufacturing and marketing adulterated ice creams and juice in the city markets posing risks of health
 arrow Rice trader gunned down in Khulna
Outlaws gunned down a rice trader at his house at Burhiardanga village under Phultala upazila of Khulna district yesterday.
He was identified as Yunus Shaikh, 45), son of late Nabuar Rahman.

 arrow Remembering The Grisly Grenade Attack
(Clockwise from top left) Leaders and activists of the 14-party opposition combine and people observe a two-minute silence at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city yesterday in commemoration of the second anniversary
 arrow 14-party road march begins in port city
The five-day-long divisional road march of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine began in the port city yesterday demanding immediate reforms in caretaker government and Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Suspect on 7-day remand
A suspect arrested in connection with the murder of retired Bangladesh Navy officer was remanded for seven days yesterday.
 arrow Two DU female students expelled from dorm
Two female students of Dhaka University (DU) were expelled from their dormitory yesterday for breaking discipline.
 arrow Protest against outage in Khulna Aug 24
Bidyut Adhikar Sangram Parishad (BASP) will hold a rally at Shaheed Hadith Park at 4:00pm on August 24 to protest against severe power crisis in the southwestern region.
 arrow Condolence meet today
A citizens' condolence meeting in memory of eminent poet Shamsur Rahman will be held at the Central Shaheed Minar at 4:00pm today.
 arrow Submission of applications by students going to UK
As of August 28, the British High Commission has instructed VFS Bangladesh Pvt Ltd to only accept student applications at their Dhaka office (Saimon Centre, 1st floor, Road # 22, Plot # 4/A, Gulshan #
 arrow Fire breaks out in city thread warehouse
Fire broke out in a thread warehouse at Noorani centre at Imamganj in the old city yesterday, leaving three workers injured.
The fire broke out at around 7:20am due to short circuit.

 arrow 58 teachers go to Delhi tomorrow for IT training
A total of 58 teachers from different schools and colleges of Bangladesh will leave for New Delhi tomorrow to attend a six-week long "Train the Trainer in IT course run by Tata Consultancy Services",says
 arrow Alleged mugger lynched in city
Angry mob lynched a man who was allegedly trying to mug in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday.
The identity of the man, aged around 30, could not be known immediately.

Nationalarrow Diesel rationing starts in 16 northern dists
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) yesterday started diesel rationing for dealers and agents of three oil companies in 16 northern districts.
 arrow Now Nasir Biswas claims himself the 'fittest' man
Industrialist Nasir Uddin Biswas yesterday said BNP will give him ticket to contest from Kushtia-1 constituency in the coming election 'as party highups are not happy with the incumbent lawmaker'.
 arrow Withdraw Bangalees from hill districts
The Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghity Samity (PCJSS) submitted a memorandum to the prime minister to press their three-point demand including 'withdrawal of Bangalee outsiders from lands of indigenous
 arrow UPDF accused of kidnapping 4 PCP men
At least four members of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), student front of Parabattya Chattagram Janasanghaty Samity (PCJSS), were abducted allegedly by the activists of the United People's Democratic Front
 arrow Procure jute, keep mill running
Several hundred workers and employees of Sirajganj Quami Jute Mill brought out a procession in the town yesterday to press for their eight-point demand including procurement of jute to keep the mill running
 arrow Road blocked demanding smooth power supply
Hundreds of people in Dhap area Sunday night blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway for half-an-hour protesting frequent load shedding and demanding uninterrupted electricity supply.
 arrow BNP leader kills rival in Rangpur
A ruling BNP leader allegedly killed his rival near Rangpur Judge Court yesterday morning Mostaque was stabbed to death by former joint secretary of town BNP, Azad Bosunia, witnesses said.
 arrow Jamaat leader arrested with arms
Police recovered a shutter gun from the shop of a Jamaat-e-Islami leader at Alipur Dhalipara village in Sadar upazila Sunday night.
Police arrested Jamaat leader Kabirul Islam, 22, son of Abdul Gafoor.

 arrow Transport strike in Dinajpur from today
A section of transport owner and workers in Dinajpur yesterday called an indefinite transport strike from today on all routes in the district, demanding withdraw BRTC buses on 10 routes from Dinajpur.
Point-Counterpointarrow Paying my respects to Shamsur Rahman
He was born on October 23, 1929 in Dhaka in a middle class family. He started writing almost accidentally, while he was a student in the University of Dhaka. That was 1948.
 arrow The Israeli defeat
CONTRARY to the claim made in Washington that the Hizbullah in Lebanon has been defeated in the 34 day war with Israel, voices of deep dismay anger and frustration heard from Tel Aviv conclusively indicate
 arrow Let's make a commonsense decision on Tata
THE persuasive power of the people of Bangladesh is abysmal. This has been witnessed on many occasions since the beginning of the war of liberation in 1971.There is no mystery in it.
Culturearrow Unheard stories from tea stalls
CHA or tea is the most popular beverage in the subcontinent. We like to have tea almost everywhere -- home, restaurants, office, universities and streets.
 arrow A true friend and promoter of our cultural activities
Peter Sewitz, a sensitive man who had been a true friend and promoter of cultural activities in Bangladesh, passed away recently. Peter was the former director of Goethe Institut in Dhaka.
 arrow Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan passes away
Subcontinental music suffered an irreparable loss with the passing away of shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan in the early hours of August 21.
Tributes to the Ustad poured in.

 arrow Concert by finalists of 'Closeup 1-2005'
Unilever, ntv and Gungcheel organised a concert titled Onekta poth periye Closeup1 on August 20 at the Mohakhali Sports Zone auditorium.
Generalarrow Mobile court seals off Techno Diagnostic Centre
A mobile court yesterday sealed off Techno Diagnostic Centre at Mohammadpur in the city and issued an arrest warrant against its owner as its staff failed to produce DG health certificate and atomic energy
 arrow 7 held on charge of fraud
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested seven members of a gang from the city's posh area Baridhara on charge of fraud.
 arrow Swechchhashebak Dal expels two
Jatiyatabadi Swechchhashebak Dal, voluntary front of ruling BNP, yesterday expelled its central Vice President and City Committee President Akhtaruzzaman Akhter and City Committee Joint Secretary Rafiq
Internationalarrow No sign Iran will accept West's atomic offer
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran would press ahead with its pursuit of nuclear energy, indicating it will not heed a UN demand it stop enriching uranium or face possible
 arrow Beirut asserts authority to avert new Israeli attack
While the truce that halted a month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah entered its second week, Lebanon made an all-out effort to control its territory to ward off a new round of Israeli attacks.
 arrow Diplomats in new push for peace in Lanka
Sri Lanka's key financial backers held talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday to try to salvage the island's collapsing ceasefire, officials said.
 arrow Israeli PM rules out talks with Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday ruled out any resumption of peace talks with Syria, which stalled for more than six years ago, as long as Damascus continues to support "terrorism.
 arrow Tamil cultural capital turns into killing field
Sri Lankan troops and Tigers are locked in fierce fighting over Jaffna, but analysts say the arid peninsula is of little real value to either party except as a symbol.
 arrow ME truce 'very fragile,' warns Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the situation in Lebanon as "very fragile" on Monday as a truce between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas entered its second week.
 arrow 8 killed in Moscow market blast
An explosion tore through a Moscow market yesterday morning, killing at least eight people and injuring about 25, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
 arrow Run-off in Congo presidential polls: 5 killed
Incumbent Joseph Kabila easily topped the poll in the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo but fell short of an outright majority and will face a run-off against Vice President Jean-Pierre
 arrow Srebrenica trial resumes
The war crimes trial of seven Serb military officers over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre resumed here Monday with fresh condemnation of Serbia's "scandalous" refusal to arrest top suspect Ratko Mladic.
 arrow Indians rush to temples to feed 'thirsty' idols
Thousands of people flocked to temples across India yesterday following reports that idols of Hindu gods were drinking milk given by devotees as sacred offerings, witnesses said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Such a large number cannot be left out
The field level exercise of updating the voter list has ended, and there are reports that the enumerators have not visited all the households.
 arrow Editorial: Militant outfit creeping back in?
The report that the members of the banned militant outfit, Harkatul Jihad al Islami, organised a rally in the city on Friday, under the banner of a new party, is certainly a cause for concern.
 arrow Who tills the land?
That a large proportion of the rural labour force (almost all agricultural) is "missing" from the land is, possibly, not new news.
 arrow Has al-Qaeda landed in India?
Ten thousand policemen just to secure the Red Fort. Delhi air traffic closed for the entire day -- in aid of a morning ceremony. Curfew-like "sanitisation" of scores of cities.
 arrow Koizumi and the saga of the shrine
Anyone leaving an important office after serving for a significant period is supposed to show compassion, generosity, and grace.
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