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Front Pagearrow Crime probes lose trail on outdated facilities
Crime investigations still languish as in the past for lack of logistic facilities like modern forensic laboratories and comprehensive criminal databases.
 arrow Anti-graft commission still in wilderness
Although the ruling party came to power with a commitment to fight corruption, it has been dragging its feet on the establishment of an independent anti-corruption commission for the last two years.
 arrow Wrong when in power, right in opposition
Politicians swing 180 degrees depending on which side of power they are.
 arrow 3 criminals die in shootout
Three alleged criminals were killed in a fierce shootout between two local gangs at Pargandaria in Keraniganj at 8:30 last night.
 arrow 302 cops forced into retirement
A total of 302 policemen ranging from inspectors down below were forced into retirement Tuesday on completion of 25 years in service.
 arrow Dhaka to talk trade barriers with Delhi
As Bangladesh begins talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with India on October 20, removing non-tariff and para-tariff barriers and finalisation of a revised trade agreement have been included in the
 arrow Commonwealth deputies cruise to friendship
After four days of serious talks at the conference table, Commonwealth parliamentarians, officials, and their spouses took a break and cruised down rivers under the overcast sky yesterday.
 arrow PM concerned at ME situation, gets formal invitation to
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep concern over the prevailing situation in the Middle East and hoped that the Muslim ummah would take a united stand to restore peace in the region.
 arrow Syria ready to strike if Israel attacks again
Syria's ambassador to Spain said yesterday Damascus would respond militarily against Israel if the Jewish state carried out new attacks on Syrian territory.
 arrow CPA gets back to business today
After a day's break, the 49th conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) returns to business today by holding six separate workshops on a wide range of issues at the Bangladesh-China
 arrow Lawyers demand 'corrupt' HC judge to go
Lawyers have demanded immediate resignation of the High Court judge who allegedly took money for 'arranging bail' to an accused recently.
 arrow Probes into private university standards begin today
A high-powered inquiry committee will visit different private universities starting today to assess their facilities and the courses offered to students, sources said.
 arrow Cops club agitating nurses, hurt 20
Police swooped on a rally of the striking unemployed and student nurses on the road near the old high court yesterday, injuring at least 20.
 arrow Ecnec rejects three projects for irregularities
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday rejected three projects of the water resources ministry on grounds of irregularities.
 arrow BTTB breaks purchase rule
The Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has violated the government's procurement regulation by simultaneously negotiating its 250,000-line mobile phone project with Huawei of China and Siemens
 arrow Biman staff demand police deployment at office
Officials and union leaders in an emergency meeting Tuesday demanded immediate deployment of police at the Chittagong office of Biman to protect them from the alleged criminal activities of a Jatiyatabadi
 arrow Tough university teacher hiring rule suggested
Stakeholders in public universities, including teachers and officials, yesterday recommended a tough selection criteria for appointment of university teachers to raise the standard of education.
 arrow Schwarzenegger: California's new strongman
Trading on celebrity, sincerity and a strongman movie image, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won control of the nation's biggest and richest state on Tuesday, capping an improbable rise from Austrian farm
 arrow Notice served on accused DCC staff for bribe bid
The chief executive officer of Dhaka City Corporation served a showcause notice on an accused DCC engineer on Tuesday for offering to bribe him into settling a document doctoring case out of court.
 arrow Rains likely to continue today
The country experienced medium to heavy rainfall yesterday after the depression over the Bay of Bengal turned into a land depression as it crossed into Orissa and North Andhra of India.
 arrow Arafat suffered heart attack last week
Yasser Arafat suffered a mild heart attack last week, but the news was not made public for fear it would "create panic", the Guardian newspaper reported yesterday, quoting a close aide to the Palestinian
 arrow 3 electrocuted in city
A couple and a young man were electrocuted in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Nobel prizes for economics, chemistry announced
US economist Robert Engle and Britain's Clive Granger have won the 2003 Nobel economics prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan tests second missile within a week
Pakistan has successfully test fired a medium-range, nuclear-capable missile, the second such test in less than a week, the army said.
Businessarrow Utilise British expertise to better power situation
Identifying erratic power supply as a major obstacle to attracting investment in Bangladesh, a member of the British House of Lords yesterday said the country could improve the power sector efficiency
 arrow Search for Sonali, Janata management experts
The process of hiring two separate management expert groups for Sonali and Janata Bank will begin soon with the government inviting applications from consulting firms through advertisements in the local
 arrow Dollar eases against taka
The US dollar eased slightly against the Bangladesh taka on cautious inter-bank trading yesterday as the dollar took another pounding on foreign exchange markets amid a fear of intervention, dealers said.
 arrow Int'l plastic fair from Oct 15
Aiming to expand export market for Bangladeshi plastic goods the first international plastic fair will begin in Dhaka on October 15.
 arrow Basic Bank, Fareast Finance sign credit facility deal
Bangladesh Small Industries and Commerce Bank Ltd (BASIC) and Fareast Finance and Investment Limited signed a loan agreement for credit facility on Monday.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate yesterday remained steady in inter-bank money market, fund managers said.

The rate touched to its intra-high high at 8.50 per cent and in most deals ranged between 4.

 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.

Seven bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 261.

 arrow Chairman, co-chairman of Al-Arafah Bank EC
AZM Shamsul Alam and Kazi Abu Kausar have been reelected chairman and co-chairman of the Executive Committee (EC) of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited.
 arrow Bank holiday on Sunday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow Islami Bank opens branch in Barguna
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited opened its 132nd branch at Purano Bazar in Barguna on Monday.

Vice Chairman Mir Quasem Ali presided over the inaugural ceremony of the branch, says a press release.

 arrow Thailand brings Moscow-style housing to Southeast Asia
For many visitors to Moscow, the Russian capital's tower blocks are a bleak legacy of Communist era uniformity, but Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was inspired into copying them to house Bangkok's
 arrow France wins critical backing on EU deficit breach
France, struggling to head off the threat of hefty fines for busting EU deficit limits, looked to have won critical support from European finance ministers Tuesday as several undecided nations sided with
 arrow Red tape, corruption keep countries poor: WB
Cumbersome regulations for business make it harder for countries to lift themselves out of poverty, while increasing the potential for corruption, according to a World Bank report released Tuesday.
 arrow New Malaysian duties to penalise carmakers: Japan
Japan is worried Malaysia's plan to impose excise duties on imported cars despite a regional free trade pact will penalise its carmakers, a top official said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We'll play as we do against the Australians'
England captain Michael Vaughan has promised Bangladesh some real hard cricket during their month long tour involving two Tests and three one day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: England wary of Whatmore magic
England versus Georgia. England versus Bangladesh. Both smack of mismatches.

Especially when the sports concerned are rugby union and cricket. The English claim to have invented both.

 arrow Cricket: Cricketers move to BKSP today
Rain has finally forced Bangladesh national cricket squad to shift their practice venue to Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratishthan (BKSP) from Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: No national cricket for five days
The Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship has been suspended for five days yesterday following heavy rains almost all over the country.
 arrow Cricket: Perth Test begins today
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak says a strong sense of belief in their own ability will help the African side take the fight to Australia in the two-Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid defies NZ
Rahul Dravid cracked an unbeaten 110 to put India on course for a big total in the first cricket Test against New Zealand here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Under pressure
England wicketkeeper Chris Read says there will be instant pressure on him to play well when the Tests against Bangladesh start.
 arrow Football: Kyrgyz under-17 booters in city
A 20-member Kyrgyzstan under-17 football team arrived in the city yesterday to play against their Bangladeshi opponents for both legs of the Asian Under-17 Group-8 qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Mates stand by 'devastated' Ferdinand
All England's Euro 2004 squad players were reported Wednesday to be set to boycott Saturday's crucial qualifying match with Turkey unless Rio Ferdinand was reinstated.
 arrow Football: Turkey on lout alert
Turkish authorities plan to bar 1,000 known English troublemakers from entering the country for Saturday's potentially-explosive Euro 2004 qualifier with England.
 arrow Football: Leeds booter in custody
A player for English Premiership club Leeds United was Wednesday being questioned by police in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman, local media reported.
 arrow Football: 'Victim' vows to fight
The 17-year-old schoolgirl at the centre of the Premiership gang rape scandal on Tuesday spoke of her determination to bring her alleged attackers to court.
 arrow Football: Real, Barca sail thru'
David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane were among a clutch of stars rested as Real Madrid sent out a virtual reserve team to swamp second division San Sebastian de los Reyes 3-0 on Tuesday to reach the last
 arrow Tennis: Henin advances
Justine Henin-Hardenne began her quest to capture the world number one ranking by the end of the week with a patchy 6-0, 7-6 second-round win over Spain's Conchita Martinez at the Filderstadt Grand Prix
Politicalarrow Weather forces alliance to defer rally to Oct 19
The grand public meeting of the ruling four-party alliance to mark its completion of two-year in office has been shifted to October 19 at 3:00pm at Paltan Maidan, as inclement weather deferred the scheduled
 arrow Shibir, JCD clash again in Kushtia
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) clashed again yesterday on the Kushtia Alia Madrassah campus in a sequel to Monday's gunbattle between the two students groups at
 arrow AL concerned at India's unilateral water diversion plans
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed concern over the proposed inter-basin water transfer project by India and criticised the government for failing to raise the issue properly
Metropolitanarrow 4 more PWs make deposition
Four more prosecution witnesses (PWs) yesterday made their deposition before the Judge of the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong M Hasan Imam in the sensational Laxmipur BNP leader Nurul Islam
 arrow Int'l Disaster Day observed
The International Disaster Mitigation Day was observed in the country as elsewhere in the world yesterday.
 arrow Intending Hajj pilgrims asked to deposit money by Oct 30
Persons willing to perform Hajj under the government management in 2004 have been asked to deposit money by October 30 with any of 11 banks.
 arrow 1259 more arrested
Police arrested 1259 people, including seven listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow More 106 admitted to Nilphamari hospitals
As diarrhoea spread to newer areas in Nilphamari, doctors suspect that the patients might have been attacked with a new type of germ.

Many patients went home fully cured but returned to hospitals.

 arrow Unmitigated misery
Flood and erosion washed away about 20-kilometre Water Development Board (WDB) embankments and damaged another 35 kilometres in Patuakhali district this year, making vast areas and the district town vulnerable
 arrow Rajshahi Jubo Dal meet ends amid violence
A workers' meeting of Rajshahi district unit of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal (JJD) ended here Monday night amid incidents of violence.
 arrow Outlaws distribute leaflets openly in Khulna
Walls in Khulna city have been flooded with posters of Purbo Banglar Communisty Party (PBCP-Janajuddho).

The party cadres are distributing leaflets openly, riding motorbikes, private cars and microbuses.

 arrow Downpour, squally winds batter coastal belt
Heavy rain and squally wind since Monday night crippled life in the divisional city and in the coastal areas.
 arrow Villagers clash in Magura, 35 hurt
At least 35 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, and 16 houses ransacked during a clash between two rival groups at Dhonpara village in Magura Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Farm animals looted from shoal areas in Patuakhali, Noakhali
Two hundred sixty one domestic animals, cash and two tractors were looted by outlaws and forest bandits in two separate incidents from the shoal areas in Patuakhali and Noakhali districts in two days.
 arrow Four killers get life in Kushtia
Four killers were awarded life term imprisonment by a court here on Tuesday.

Judge Md Fazlur Rahman of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court also fined Tk.

 arrow 5 'outlaws' caught in Kushtia, Patuakhali
Six alleged outlaws were arrested recently in Kushtia and Patuakhali

Our Kushtia correspondent reported that people caught five alleged members of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) from Jagati villagein

 arrow 12 BNP activists sued in Magura
Twelve BNP activists were sued for their alleged involvement in damaging and looting a state-owned property.
 arrow Widow takes life after rape
Dejected after allegedly being raped and failing to get justice, a young widow has committed suicide at Matikata village in Mohonpur upazila.
 arrow Teen gangraped, strangled
Unidentified gangsters have strangled a teenaged girl after gangrape at Kumirdah village in Mohadevpur upazila in Naogaon district.

The victim was identified as Eti Rani, 15.

 arrow Youth abducted for ransom in Kushtia
One young man was abducted on Tuesday night 'by outlaws' as his father failed to pay toll amounting to Tk 10,000.

After the kidnap the abductors demanded more Tk 2 lakh for his release from father.

 arrow Agri seminar held at RU
The Agronomy and Agriculture Department at Rajshahi University (RU) and the International Maize and Wheat Development Research Association jointly organised a seminar on 'Resource Conservation Agriculture
Culturearrow Spectaculars at Spectra
If music be the food of love, play on'. This was mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, referring to the sweet music played, or probably love for all that matter.
 arrow Carving up a career
Asked how he had gone into fine arts at a time when such a profession was a no-no for the average bourgeois young man, Syed Jahangir, who recently held his exhibition at Saju Art Gallery, explained at
 arrow Manipur
In the deep corner of India's north-eastern region lies Manipur--the magnificent Shangri-la. Literally meaning a "jewelled land," Manipur has been generously blessed by nature.
 arrow Nursery rhymes by Shishu Angana
Shishu Angana a children's organisation, arranged a show of children's songs, nursery rhymes at the Bishwa Shahitya Kendra auditorium recently.
Generalarrow Govt, UNDP to assess police needs
Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly begun a comprehensive programme to assess police needs for improving law and order on a long-term basis.
 arrow Power supply restored in Ctg city
Power supply was restored in Chittagong city after mending the transformer at Khulshi Grid Substation at around 5.30pm yesterday.

It took nearly 24 hours to mend the technical faults at the substation.

 arrow Travel agencies observe strike in Sylhet
The travel agencies in Sylhet kept their shutters down for eight hours till 2.00pm yesterday to protest the killing of Mokhlesur Rahman, a travel agent.
 arrow Pro-active role of parents, teachers underscored
Speakers at a function here yesterday emphasised pro-active role of the parents and teachers in ensuring sex education to the adolescents to save them from reproductive health-related problems.
 arrow BFUJ, DUJ submit memo to PM
The journalists' unions submitted a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday to press for their various demands, including immediate formation of the sixth wage board for the newspapermen.
 arrow British MPs visit UK High Commission
Two members of the UK delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference visited the immigration section of the British High Commission in Dhaka earlier this week, says a press release.
 arrow Dengue spreading alarmingly in Delhi
The number of reported dengue in the city rose sharply to 568 from 377 within a day, The Times of India reported yesterday.
Internationalarrow US troops search for Saddam in Baghdad
US troops backed by armoured vehicles late Tuesday sealed off a Baghdad neighbourhood, saying they were searching for former regime leaders after what police said was a tip-off Saddam Hussein was in the
 arrow US fails to locate antiaircraft missiles in Iraq: Report
The United States military has been unable to locate a large number of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles that were part of the arsenal of Saddam Hussein, compounding the security risks for airports
 arrow Tories mount push for referendum on EU
Britain's main opposition Conservatives launched a drive Wednesday to force Prime Minister Tony Blair to call a referendum on the proposed European Union constitution, which they deeply oppose.
 arrow Thousands of Iraqi Shiites mount anti-US protest
Thousands of Shiite Muslim militiamen and demonstrators gathered by a Baghdad mosque under the gaze of US troops yesterday to protest the arrest of two clerics.
 arrow Taliban FM freed after talks with US
The most senior Taliban leader held by US-forces in Afghanistan has been freed after helping to broker talks between US officials and Taliban fighters.
 arrow Culprit behind CIA leak may not be found, says Bush
US President George W. Bush cast doubt Tuesday on whether a probe would discover which senior administration official identified a covert CIA agent, as a deadline passed for handing over documents toinvestigators.
 arrow China removes Sikkim as a nation from official Webster
China has removed Sikkim as a separate country from its official Webster, India's Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal announced in Bali, Indonesia yesterday.
 arrow China poised for space odyssey
After a decade of preparation, China will launch its first human being into space on October 15 in a 90-minute flight that will orbit the Earth once, a major Chinese Web site reported, quoting a top government
 arrow Japan asks Yangon to free Suu Kyi
Japan, Myanmar's largest donor, has asked Yangon to immediately release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy in that country.
 arrow Indo-Pak troops trade fire across LoC
Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy mortar fire along their disputed border in the troubled Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: McKinnon's observations
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon has shed light on the issue of developing a 'collaborative approach' between the government and the opposition.
 arrow Editorial: Railway ticket money embezzled
This is a tale of shrewdly contrived spiriting away of fare receipts to the tune of Tk Five crore by a racket within the Railways.
 arrow Israel's preemptive strategy endangers global peace
The unprovoked Israeli attack against Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict. It has pushed the conflict one rung up in the escalation ladder.
 arrow The rise of Al-Jazeera and its controversies
A few years ago it was difficult to imagine that an Arabic news channel would lead news agenda, stir the world and throw serious challenges to western media monopoly.
Letters to Editorarrow The utility of over-bridges
There are many over bridges in different towns and cities of the country. Over-bridges not only reduce traffic jam but also save valuable lives of pedestrians.
 arrow AL should join CPA Conference
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference has been going on in Dhaka.
 arrow Poor governance
Bangladesh has become the ultimate problem zone. The local marketing and production system is corrupt. The jute and gas sectors are facing problems due to short sighted management policies.