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Front Pagearrow Govt ponders amnesty to outlaws in the southwest
The government is considering a general amnesty to outlaws operating in the southwestern region on condition that they lay down arms and return to normal life.
 arrow Moudud wants selection panel minus ministers
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday, responding to a popular demand, felt the selection body of the proposed Anti-corruption Commission should not have any minister to make the ACC truly independent.
 arrow Security goes high during Ramadan
Fifteen summary courts will be set up in Dhaka city as part of extensive security measures to maintain law and order especially in the capital during Ramadan.
 arrow Bowlers bring Tigers back on track
Bangladesh turned the third day of the first Test on its head after bowling England out for 295 in their first innings at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 12 JS bodies break rules of procedure
Twelve of the 40 parliamentary standing committees on different ministries broke the rules of procedure by not holding any meeting in regulation time.
 arrow Saudis to hire more docs, engineers
Saudi Arabia will hire more skilled and semi-skilled workers and professionals from Bangladesh, particularly doctors, nurses, engineers and teachers.
 arrow Kabbah leaves capital
Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tajen Kabbah left Dhaka last night ending his three-day official visit after the two nations signed minutes agreeing to explore potentials of cooperation.
 arrow Rumsfeld challenges US terror war gains
In sharp contrast to the Bush administration's upbeat progress reports, Defence Secretary Donald H.
 arrow India has 35 Nukes
Claiming that India has 30 to 35 nuclear weapons with yields varying between 5 to 25 kilotons, a US Congressional body has said there is now danger of India and Pakistan developing a dreaded biological
 arrow Splash out billions to rebuild Iraq
US and Iraqi officials pleaded for billions to rebuild Iraq at a donors conference that opened yesterday with calls for generosity and warnings that they might not get all they need right away.
 arrow From fun ride to confines
She started out simply to have some fun but ended up in custody at the Juvenile Correction Centre in Tongi, all for the callousness of the law enforcers and a mistake by a Dhaka court.
 arrow Ctg off tele-link for optical fibre glitch
Telephone link between Chittagong and the rest of the country remained snapped throughout the day yesterday because of a fault in an underground optical fibre.
 arrow Anthem glitch probe report submitted
A three-member body to probe the national anthem glitch during the conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) submitted its report to the speaker Wednesday night.
 arrow Govt to build 15,000 flats for slum, low-income families
The government has sealed a deal with a private developer to construct multi-storey buildings on government lands at Bhasantek in Dhaka as part of a Tk 347 crore project to house some 15,000 slum andlow-income
 arrow Vandals raid temple, set Shiva's image on fire
Unidentified vandals attacked a temple and set fire to the image of Shiva in Manikganj town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Tiger-rich nations to be asked to protect species
A one-day meeting of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) in the Indian capital yesterday decided to encourage tiger-rich countries to ensure protection of the endangered species.
 arrow Dhaka calls for improved sanitation in South Asia
The three-day South Asian Conference on Sanitation (Sacosan) ended in Dhaka yesterday, adopting a declaration on 'common strategies under a common definition of sanitation' to ensure sanitation facilities
 arrow Protest

 arrow FFs may get spl status
The government plans to give the freedom fighters (FFs) a special honorary status in recognition of their contribution to the War of Independence.
 arrow 179 more illegal structures demolished
About 179 illegal structures on the bank of the Buriganga were demolished yesterday.
 arrow Hearing on charge framing Nov 16
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 16 for a hearing on the framing of charges against former state minister for planning Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven others in the Janatar Mancha (sedition) case.
 arrow BSF hands over list of 78 'militant camps' to BDR
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has handed over a list of 78 militant camps operating from Bangladesh to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), which has agreed to cooperate in 'liquidating' them.
Businessarrow Invest in Sierra Leone to reach US market
Sierra Leone President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah yesterday invited Bangladeshi ready made garment (RMG) entrepreneurs to invest in the West African country for taking benefits from its duty-free access to the
 arrow Textile manufacturers seek $1.8b fund for RMG backward linkage
Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) has proposed to the government to set up a $1.
 arrow New Japanese firm at DEPZ
YKK (Bangladesh) Ltd, a 100 per cent Japanese-owned company, laid the foundation of its enterprise in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday to go for making world-class garment accessories.
 arrow Tannery owners agree to go to Savar
Tanners, leather goods manufacturers and exporters have reached an agreement with the government to relocate their plants from Hazaribag in the capital to the proposed leather industrial estate in Savar.
 arrow Textile entrepreneurs urge govt to negotiate carefully
Textile entrepreneurs have urged the government to protect the interest of local industries while negotiating with India for signing a free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow 'K' Line's 15th anniversary celebrated
'K' Line Bangladesh Ltd, a Japan-Bangladesh joint venture shipping company, celebrated the 15th anniversary of its operation in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
 arrow ICB declares 8pc dividend
Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) has declared an eight per cent dividend for its shareholders for 2002-03.
 arrow Citigroup's 3rd quarter net earnings $4.69b
Citigroup, the preeminent global financial services company and holding company of Citibank NA, made a record net income (after tax) for the three months ended on September 30, 2003 of 4.
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Sierra Leone president visits DEPZ
Visiting Sierra Leone President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah visited the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar on Wednesday.
 arrow StanChart, Agora sign MoU
Standard Chartered Bank and Agora, a local chain shop, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on speedy checkout for Standard Chartered priority cardholders.
 arrow National Bank, IIDFC sign term loan agreement
National Bank Limited (NBL) signed an agreement with Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC) on Monday in Dhaka to provide Tk 80 million as term loan to IIDFC, says a
 arrow Bandarban trade fair to begin on Dec 4
A fifteen-day hill tract trade fair will begin here on December 4.
 arrow Bush confident of free trade deal with Australia this year
US President George W Bush said Thursday he was confident the United States could reach a free trade agreement with Australia this year and give a boost to both countries and to the Asia-Pacific region.
 arrow Brazil, US still at odds over FTA of Americas
Brazil and the United States remain at odds over terms of a planned Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) just a month ahead of ministerial-level meetings on the zone due to launch in 2005.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Best day on the field
Never has a third day of a Test match for Bangladesh been so dramatic.
 arrow Cricket: Captain content
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud was quite happy after bowling out England for 295 although the tourists started solidly.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Star of stage and screen Humayun Faridi is a keen follower of cricket.

The cine actor has taken time out from his busy schedule to watch the first Test between Bangladesh and England.

 arrow Cricket: 'People running own businesses can't run cricket at the same rate'
Tim Lamb is a man made for cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Dilemma over Enamul jr.
The performance of Enamul Haque jr on the third day of the first Test provided food for thought for Faruque Ahmed-led selection committee on whether the young left-arm spinner would really have to tour
 arrow Cricket: Aussies are underdogs
Australia's one-day captain Ricky Ponting said Thursday his injury-hit side will start the tri-series against New Zealand and hosts India as underdogs, but warned against being taken lightly.
 arrow Cricket: PCB welcomes the move
Pakistan's cricket board welcomed an Indian government decision Wednesday to restore cricketing ties between the rival South Asian neighbours which have been broken since 1999.
 arrow Cricket: No rumours, all true
Ever since they went to Australia and avoided being slaughtered, rumours have been circulating of an upturn in Bangladesh's fortunes.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test starts today
South African cricketers need a tough mental outlook to fight back against Pakistan and level the series, tourists captain Graeme Smith said ahead of the second and final Test starting here on Friday.
 arrow Handball: Delta Life h'ball
Siddeshwari Women's College and Kuwait Moitri Hall of Dhaka University moved into the final of the 9th Delta Life Handball Championship beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at Dhanmondi Women's
 arrow Football: 1-day soccer tomorrow
Premier Division champions Mohammedan Sporting Club take on arch-rivals Abahani Krira Chakra in the first semifinal of the Clinic Plus Challenge Cup one-day football tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Abahani Krira Chakra, Biman (Red), Dhaka TT Club and Swamibagh Girls won their respective matches in the AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League at the NSC Wooden-floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 cricketers keep winning
Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team won their third successive match in West Bengal when they beat Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-15 team by eight wickets in a one-day match at the Eden Gardens
 arrow Football: Chelsea owe it to Mutu
Romanian Adrian Mutu completed a second half fightback by Chelsea in a 2-1 Champions League victory over Lazio here on Wednesday to wipe away recent disappointments.
 arrow Football: Neville makes Fergie's day
Manchester United made it a happy homecoming for manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the English champions held out for a 1-0 win over their Scottish counterparts Rangers here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bruges baffle Milan
Bruges pulled off a major shock by defeating Champions League holders AC Milan 1-0 here on Wednesday for their first group H victory.
 arrow Football: Raul does the minimum
Spanish sharpshooter Raul's close range header propelled nine-times champions Real Madrid a step closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League after seeing off Group F rivals Partizan Belgrade
 arrow Football: Perugia eyeing Swedish starlet
Italian club Perugia is courting the star of Sweden's World Cup women's football team Victoria Svensson apparently to play in the Serie A.
 arrow Football: Becks worry
David Beckham could be ruled out of Real Madrid's Primera Liga match against Racing Santander this weekend after aggravating a troublesome hamstring in Real's 1-0 win over Champions League rivals Partizan
Politicalarrow CU Shibir men threaten death to women teachers
Cadres of the Chittagong University Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) threatened two women teachers of the CU with death for dancing to the music at a function at the BBA faculty Wednesday evening.
 arrow Ward-level BNP leader shot in city
An armed gang shot a ward-level leader of the ruling BNP at his residence at East Jurian in Dhaka yesterday.

Masud Karim, 35, joint secretary of the BNP unit in Ward No.

Culturearrow Modern melodies in metals
The thought-provoking installation work by Britto, recently seen at Alliance Francaise, was indeed something worth standing and staring at.
 arrow Esho Buke Hat Rakhi--honouring Shamsur Rahman
Kanthashilon a leading cultural organisation arranged a grand programme to observe the 75th birth anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman.
 arrow Poet Talim Hossain Trust Award 2003
Poet Talim Hossain Trust have been giving away awards to the researchers and practitioners on Nazrul since 1998. Begum Ismat Ara in music and Abdul Hai Shikdar in research have been awarded thisyear.
Generalarrow Spend money on sanitation, safe water facilities to protect HR
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the rich nations and development partners could better spend their money on expanding safe water and sanitation facilities in the poor countries rather than spending
 arrow AL to cancel illegal appointments at BSMMU if voted to power : SK Selim
Awami League (AL) would cancel all illegal appointments of doctors and officials at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) made by the present government, if voted to power.
 arrow 46 vessels fined
Forty-six vessels were fined for illegal movement in the Bay of Bengal during a two-day special drive ending yesterday at the Chittagong port channel by the magistracy of shipping department.
 arrow UN Day today
Bangladesh joins the rest of the world in celebrating the Untied Nations Day today to mark the founding of the Untied Nations.
 arrow German envoy meets Hasina
German Ambassador Dietrich Andreas made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence yesterday.
 arrow 'Amendment to CPC to create new problems'
Speakers at a roundtable on `good governance and the judicial system' stressed the need for reforming the existing laws to cope with the changing situation of the society.
 arrow Star-Viqarunnisa English debate contest opens
The Third English Debate Championship-2003 was inaugurated at the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the city yesterday.
 arrow 60 injured in Gopalganj clashes
At least 60 people were injured in clashes at Nizra and Charpathalia villages under Gopalganj Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Prize giving ceremony held
The prize giving ceremony of Pran-Prothom Alo National Pickle Competition-2003 was held at the Engineers' Institute in the city on October 22, says a press release.
 arrow Newspapermen urge govt to meet 7-point demand
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), a combined platform of journalists, press workers and general employees, urged the government and owners of the newspapers and news agencies
 arrow One arrested with spurious drugs in Barisal
One person was arrested here yesterday as he tried to sell seven boxes of spurious injections used during caesarean operations.
 arrow Munshiganj lawyers' team meets president
A delegation of Munshiganj-Bikrampur Lawyers Welfare Association called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 5 get Literary Award-2003
Five distinguished poets have been given literary award on the occasion of the birth centenary of poet Benajir Ahmed.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Durre Samad Rahman today
Qulkhwani of Durre Samad Rahman, wife of Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque in the city after Asr prayers today.

Durre Samad Rahman died on October 20.

 arrow Musical evening at Fantasy Kingdom
A musical evening by Mehreen will be held at the Fantasy Kingdom in Ashulia today, says a press release.

Film star Amit Hasan and Shimla will also perform at the programme.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Trade round with India
The official-level trade talks between India and Bangladesh that concluded in Dhaka last Wednesday could not have been expected to produce a miracle, given the intricacies of the issues involved.
 arrow Mahathir's wake-up call
With his October 16 address to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ran into immediate trouble in the West . But why? He did NOT advocate violence.
 arrow One, few and many
Some people always control the most. Twenty per cent people control eighty per cent of world's wealth.
 arrow Racing for education?
What wonderful offers some English-medium schools are making! Hey, folks! Do you realize that OxLonBridge School is offering to take a child of 12 or 13 and cram into his or her poor little head enough
Letters to Editorarrow Are we endangered species too?
It would not be entirely inappropriate to term the Bangladeshis as yet another endangered species.
 arrow My take on war on terror
I have been reading readers' response for quite some time and cannot keep quiet any longer. The letters to the editor in relation to Iraq and war on terror are full of bias against the US and it's allies.
 arrow A child's appeal to government
My name is Fahim and I am an eleven years old boy. I study in class five. I am writing about educational facilities of children.

In our country many children are illiterate.

 arrow On reading Jawaharlal Nehru
At the age of 17, when I was in the first year in college, I finished the huge volume of Nehru's autobiography in one sitting, forgetting about the surroundings and mother's calls at meal times.
 arrow Bypass railway: Better late than never
I am delighted to learn that the government has decided to build a bypass railline between Zia International Airport and Kamalapur railway station to ease Dhaka city's traffic jam.
 arrow 'Ping-pong' over TI report
It was amusing to read Mr Shah Kibria's elaborations in the DS from October 17, 2003 on Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2003.
 arrow Friday works can earn millions
I think Mr. Istiaque Uddin (Electrical Engineering) has failed to comprehend the importance of international transactions.
 arrow Multi-layered, persecutions
Many stories are heard about wretched girls ending up in brothels against their will. We know that they make a living by selling their body and hide their pains.
 arrow Grading system, welcome
Finally our government and the teachers had successfully publish the HSC result of 2003 with universal grading system. It's really a wonderful achievement.
 arrow Teaching students to think
I am sure many of your readers, like me, were both pleased and moved to be able to read the unabridged text of the speech of Mahathir Mohamad delivered in the OIC.
Focusarrow Ruling neo-liberalism, stumbling poverty reduction-III
This concluding part of the article, i.e.
 arrow A new international order may emerge out of the Iraqi mess
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the balance of power in the global system has been missing with the US left as the lone superpower on the world stage.
 arrow Diwali -- the festival of lights
The sub-continental civilization is an unending procession of festivals.
Urbanarrow The Water Bodies of Dhaka -- Part II
Let us all be law abiding


Worldarrow Israeli Army ready to remove Arafat if gets govt nod
The Israeli army is ready to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat if the government gives the order, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a senior military source.
 arrow IAEA gets details of Iran's nuclear history
The UN nuclear watchdog chief received what Iran says is a full declaration of its nuclear activities yesterday, eight days ahead of a UN deadline for Iran to prove it has no secret atomic weapons programme.
 arrow Security breaches blamed for high death toll
A damning independent report said mismanagement, incompetence and a string of security breaches added to the death toll from the August suicide bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
 arrow Mahathir defends his legacy in final foreign tour
Malaysia's veteran Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, visiting East Timor yesterday on his final overseas tour before retirement, launched a spirited defence of his decades in power and took a swipe ata
 arrow Kashmir rebels ask civilians not to mediate in stand-offs: 5 killed
Indian troops shot dead five rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir, while a hardline militant group yesterday appealed to people not to mediate during stand-offs between rebels and troops.
 arrow India takes 2-pronged strategy on Kashmir
By announcing a slew of fresh measures to push the peace initiative with Pakistan and putting forward Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani for talks with Jammu and Kashmir's separatist group All Party Hurriyat
 arrow Indian nuke expert helped Iran develop power plant: Report
A leading Indian nuclear scientist is believed to have helped Iran build its nuclear power plant, a report said yesterday.

The Hindustan Times said Dr Y.S.R.

 arrow US, Afghan drive against Taliban
More than 1,000 Afghan and US-led foreign troops backed by tanks and aircraft are pursuing Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in a big operation in the south of Afghanistan, a local commander said yesterday.
 arrow India, China pursue talks to end border dispute
Top-ranking officials from India and China began landmark negotiations here yesterday to try to resolve their dragging border dispute which took the world's two most populous nations to war in 1962.
 arrow Adieu to Concorde
Concorde's last fare-paying flights were taking to the skies Thursday, giving ordinary passengers a last taste of supersonic travel a day before the needle-nosed plane retires with a series of VIP-only
 arrow Blair govt rejects inquiry call into Diana's death
A day after it was revealed Princess Diana had feared that a plot was being hatched to kill her, the British government on Tuesday turned down a demand for a public inquiry into her death.
 arrow Kofi Annan, UN win EU rights prize
The United Nations was yesterday awarded the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize in honour of UN staff killed trying to bring peace to the world.
 arrow Two bomb attacks foiled in Baghdad
Two bomb attacks were foiled in Baghdad yesterday, with police arresting a Syrian and a pair of Iraqis in an explosives-laden vehicle, a police officer told AFP.