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Front Pagearrow Red Cross shuts Iraq offices
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is temporarily closing its offices in Baghdad and the southern Iraqi city of Basra following the bomb attack on its headquarters in the capital last
 arrow Midnight nightmare at DMCH
After midnight, the emergency services at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) become unimaginably bad.
 arrow Court orders seizure of magistrate's power
A Dhaka court has asked the government to seize the power of a metropolitan magistrate for passing unlawful orders in a criminal case.
 arrow Free movement of media men to top Delhi Saarc talks
Free movement of media personnel and formation of a Saarc regional media forum and a media development fund will dominate the discussion at the third Saarc information ministers conference to be heldin
 arrow Misuse of VGF cards reported in monga-hit N-districts
Misappropriation of relief materials by corrupt local administrations in collusion with union level ruling BNP leaders is seriously thwarting relief distribution efforts in the monga-hit areasof
 arrow AES, UK firm want change in plant sale deal
After initialling an agreement with the government over the sale of two major power plants, US company AES and British firm CDC want to change some legal words that go completely against the spirit of
 arrow Khulna OC closed over release of top smuggler
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Khulna Police Station Shafiul Azam Swapan was closed to Boyra Police Lines at 7:30pm yesterday, following the submission of a probe report by Additional Police Commissioner Sajjad
 arrow Cops asked to detain ship, nab crew
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Khulna Range Abdul Aziz Sarker has asked Chittagong Metropolitan Police to detain national flag carrier MV Banga Lanka and take its crew into custody following Thursday
 arrow 2 youths shot dead, 2 more hurt in city
Two young men were shot dead in Mohammadpur and Badda and two others suffered bullet wounds when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in front of Dhaka College last night.
 arrow US closes mission in KSA
Washington's decision to shut its embassy in Saudi Arabia was based on fresh information about militants' plans in the kingdom and followed a call to target Western "crusaders," diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow HC judge feels embarrassed to hear petition for quashment
A High Court judge yesterday felt embarrassed to hear the petition for quashing the proceedings of the frigate purchase graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Fresh raids to rescue Jamal end in vain
Law enforcers raided Fatikchhari, Boalkhali, Betbunia and Anwara upazilas in Chittagong in the last two days in a bid to rescue abducted tycoon Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow SL PM takes time to all-party govt call
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may take several days before responding to the president's call for an all-party government to resolve the island's political crisis, a spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Mob beats up mugger at Green Road
A mob yesterday beat up an alleged snatcher who attempted to snatch money from a businessman at Green Road in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Two shot dead after seizing control of Philippines airport
Police stormed Manila airport's control tower Saturday shooting dead a retired senior aviation official and an ex-navy officer to end a bizarre pre-dawn siege staged to protest alleged government corruption.
 arrow GP plans fixed phone link for pre-paid customers
GrameenPhone (GP) plans to launch a new prepaid package, enabling subscribers to make calls to and receive from fixed phone network, sources said.
 arrow Constitutional safeguards being violated, says Dr Kamal
Constitutional provisions to safeguard people's fundamental rights are being frequently violated, legal expert Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 6 lakh from Ctg garment factory
Armed robbers allegedly looted Tk 6 lakh from a garment factory injuring two officials in Nisarabad industrial area of the port city yesterday.
 arrow Trader shot dead, farmer abducted in Khagrachhari
A trader was shot dead and a Jhum farmer abducted in separate incidents in the district yesterday.
 arrow Indian editor, four journos face jail over articles
Indian media expressed outrage Saturday after a state assembly sentenced five journalists of a top daily to 15 days in jail and sent police to the newspaper office over articles critical of the government.
 arrow Announcement
In our constant effort to serve our readers better, we are embellishing the editorial content of the paper.
Businessarrow Vegetable prices unlikely to drop in next two months
Vegetable prices, which curved up mainly for a crisis in supply situation, are unlikely to come down in the next two months, according to a multinational engaged in agri-input business.
 arrow Agri investment fair now in December
Although the organisers were forced to defer the first ever agri investment fair in Dhaka due to poor response, they are now hopeful that at least a dozen of foreign countries will take part in the fair
 arrow Tax return submission up, collection down
Although the number of people submitting income tax returns increased a little this fiscal, the collection declined by 5.34 per cent from last year's amount.
 arrow High lending rates, red tape hurt industrialisation
Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) said investment remained disappointing for lack of investors' confidence in the overall environment, policy and infrastructures.
 arrow Aktel eyes 5 lakh clients
TM International Bangladesh Limited (TMIB), the owning company of Aktel mobile phones, has planned to increase its subscriber base to more than 5 lakh by the yearend.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.
 arrow Rancon Motors starts service campaign
The weeklong second service campaign of Rancon Motors Ltd, general distributor of DaimlerChrysler in Bangladesh, has started in Dhaka.
 arrow Workshop on survey findings
Katalyst, a business development research organisation, organised a workshop on the findings of a survey on accounting, finance and taxation (AFT) service sector in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Khosru urges women to come to mainstream economy
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has called upon the women entrepreneurs to involve themselves in the country's mainstream economic activities on a bigger way by cashing in on the incentives
 arrow Battles loom over world free trade talks
A truce over the multi-billion dollar subsidies which the big trading powers pay their farmers may collapse if talks to slash them do not make progress by the end of the year.
 arrow OECD economic trend indicator gains in Sept
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted "a moderate to strong" near-term recovery Friday among its members, which are among the world's richest countries.
 arrow World maritime trade set for fresh growth
World maritime trade looks set for fresh growth this year after setting a volume record in 2002, but could be held back by new security rules, the United Nations said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafee's date with injury destiny
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday confirmed that injured right-arm paceman Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza must go to Australia within the next two weeks to undergo surgery on his damaged right knee.
 arrow Cricket: ICC boss due Monday
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow morning on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage Windies'
Heath Streak and Ray Price struck with two wickets each as Zimbabwe turned the screw on West Indies on the fifth day of the first Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka ride on Mehrab
Discarded Bangladesh opener Mehrab Hossain led Dhaka to their maiden triumph in the Emirates 27th National Cricket Champion-ship when they recorded a five-wicket over Bogra at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Rafique set to return
Mohammad Rafique is a near certainty when Bangladesh play their second one-day international against England at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Cameroon cheers for MSC
If Brothers Union had created a stir in local football by assembling virtually the whole Bangladesh national team during the Premier Division league's transfers, Moha-mmedan Sporting Club yesterday set
 arrow Cricket: Javed, Aamir at odds again
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad and chief selector Aamir Sohail have clashed in a dispute over selection before the one-day series against New Zealand.
 arrow India requires Sunny's help
Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar has been roped in to support New Delhi's bid for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the vote for which will be taken in Jamaica on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy venues named
The International Cricket Council's Champions Trophy will be played at The Oval, Edgbaston and Hamp-shire's Rosebowl, it was announced Friday.
 arrow Chess: Selection chess
The Metropolis Selection Chess tournament began yesterday at the NSC chess room.

69 players won their first round games.

144 players are taking part in the Swiss league system event.

 arrow Cricket: Kiwis can skip Pakistan tour
Members of the New Zealand cricket team are free to pull out of this month's tour to Pakistan if they have security fears, but cricket authorities say they do not expect many defections.
 arrow Chess: Kasparov to play 3D chess
There will be no chess board and no pieces when world number one Garry Kasparov plays the latest so-called man vs machine contest next week, just a computer monitor and a chessboard image as seen through
 arrow Tennis: Henin secures top spot
Justine Henin-Hardenne booked her place in the semifinals of the WTA Tour Championships - and assured herself of the year-end world No.
 arrow Football: Spitting ban on Mihajlovic
Lazio's Sinisa Mihajlovic was suspended for eight matches by UEFA on Friday for spitting at Chelsea's Romanian striker Adrian Mutu during the Italian side's 4-0 Champions League defeat this week.
 arrow Football: Brazil to support SA only if...
Brazilian President 5, visiting South Africa, backed the country's bid to host the 2010 World Cup -- but on condition that the South Africans put up no obstacles to a win by Brazil.
 arrow Football: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 arrow Football: Real to protest
Real Madrid said Thursday it planned to appeal a FIFA decision that it must pay Inter Milan another euro10 million (US$11.5 million) for the transfer of Brazilian striker Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Fergie's top five
The race for this season's Premiership title will see Liverpool making a late resurgence to join Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle in a five-horse race, says United manager Alex Ferguson.
 arrow Football: Gadhafi acting brave
The soccer-playing son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed Friday to continue his career in Italy's top division despite a suspension following a failed doping test.
Politicalarrow 10 JCD men hurt in clash at DU hall
At least 10 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash between two rival factions of the ruling BNP's student wing at Haji Mohammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University
 arrow Army swings into action after JCD men's misconduct
Army raided Barutkhana and Mirabazar in the city at about 11:00pm Friday after an alleged criminal and activist of ruling BNP's student front reportedly misbehaved with a young army officer.
Metropolitanarrow Germany welcomes Bangladeshi students for higher studies
Germany is encouraging Bangladeshi science graduates to pursue studies in different post-graduate and doctoral programmes by offering increasing number of scholarships.
 arrow Doc killed in road accident
Dr. Abdur Rashid, resident medical officer of Rafatullah Community Hospital was killed in a road accident on North Bengal highway in Bogra district on Wednesday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Trading in misery
Irregularities in distribution of VGF (vulnerable group feeding) rice have been reported from different areas in the monga-affected district despite repeated government warnings of stern action for this.
 arrow 12 murdered in a month in Khulna, none held
Twelve people were killed last month (October) in Khulna city and district but none of the killers could be arrested yet.
 arrow Diarrhoea situation better in Gaibandha
The overall diarrhoea situation is improving in Gaibandha district.

On Friday, 77 people were attacked with the disease, which was100 to 150 per day earlier.

The incidence of death is also tapering.

 arrow UP chairman caught by deputy minister
Deputy Minister for Relief Ashadul Habib Dulu caught a Union Parishad chairman while distributing VGF rice in lesser quantity.
 arrow One gunned down in Bagerhat
A shrimp farm owner was gunned down by a gang of 10 armed miscreants at Chhoto Bahirdia under Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat district on Wednesday morning.
 arrow 20 rescued from traffickers
Twenty people including five women and three children were rescued while being trafficked to India through Satkhira border on Thursday.

Two traffickers were also arrested from the spot.

 arrow Urs at Garpara on Wednesday
The annual Urs of saint Hazrat Maolana Shah Abdur Rahman Lal Mia (RA), noted Islamic thinker of India during British rule and Hazrat Shah Khalilur Rahman (RA), a prominent preacher of undivided Bengal
 arrow Arrest of photo journalist protested
Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad, a citizens' forum, formed a human chain in zero point area in Rajshahi protesting arrest of Selim Jahangir, a photojournalist of Dainik Janakantha and the organisation
 arrow 2 housewives injured in tit-for-tat acid throwing
In a tit for tat incident, two housewives siffered severe burn injuries in acid attacks at Kurul Gachi village under Amurhuda upazila recently.
 arrow CU admission body meets today
The Chittagong University (CU) admission committee will meet today to take decisions regarding admission to first year honours classes in 2003-2004 academic session.
 arrow Police source killed by outlaw
An alleged police source was gun down by activists of the outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) on Thursday at Budhata village in Assasumi upazila.
Culturearrow Contemporary Italian film scenario
Italy is one of the leading film-producing countries in the world, though recently, the number of annual film productions has decreased a lot.
 arrow Rock phantasm
Formed from the ashes of the former 'Shumon O Aurthohin' of 1999, emerged a funk-metal band Aurthohin.
Internationalarrow Powell backs alternative ME peace plan
Frustrated by a stalemate in Middle East peacemaking, the Bush administration is encouraging Israelis and Palestinians who are trying to bypass their leaders with a peace plan that calls for large territorial
 arrow Koizumi tipped to win reelection in Japan
Japan's 103 million voters head to the polls today tipped to give Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi his first direct mandate for reforms needed to pull the world's second largest economy out of 13 years
 arrow Turkey decides not to send trooTps to Iraq
Reversing an earlier decision, Turkey said Friday it would not deploy troops to help the United States secure postwar Iraq after encountering strong opposition from the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.
 arrow Suu Kyi refuses to accept freedom: UN
Myanmar's generals have freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, but she is refusing to accept liberty until 35 colleagues are released from detention, UN envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said
 arrow N Korea already has 'validated' nuke: CIA
North Korea appears to have built one or two nuclear weapons it could be confident would work even without a test nuclear blast, the US Central Intelligence Agency has told Congress.
 arrow US mulls creation of new int'l peacekeeping force
The US government has begun internal discussions about the possible creation of a US-led international force capable of taking on peacekeeping duties in world hot-spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, a
 arrow Al-Qaeda may use cargo planes in attack: US
US authorities said on Friday they had received intelligence in recent weeks suggesting that al-Qaeda was interested in using commercial cargo planes to attack American facilities.
 arrow Annan calls for overhaul of UNSC
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived here from Chile late Friday after telling a conference that the UN Security Council needed overhaul without delay.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crisis in Sri Lanka
The crisis in Sri Lanka has entered a new phase following the return of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to a hero's welcome in Colombo.
 arrow Editorial: Child addicts
It is extremely disturbing to know that the number of children among drug addicts is increasing rapidly in the city.
 arrow Israel poses greatest threat to world peace
Unsurprisingly the Europeans have expressed their belief that Israel poses the greatest danger to world peace.
 arrow Quest for absolute power
President Chandrika Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka first suspended Parliament for two weeks and sacked three ministers, that of Defence, Interior and the Media, from the Cabinet.
Letters to Editorarrow Sheraton's new look
The Sheraton (previously Intercontinental) hotel Building, built in the 60's, is a landmark of Dhaka.
 arrow Mobile companies join the queue
We can draw a perfect example of the extent to which the profiteering attitude of the mobile phone companies in our country has reached.
 arrow Time for truth
Your staff reporter wrote (National revolution day today, Nov 7): "On this day in 1975, soldiers and civilians unitedly foiled a conspiracy against independence and sovereignty of the nascent nation and
 arrow An insightful analysis
Thanks to Ghalib Chowdhury for the insightful analysis of the current state of affairs in Singapore and its economic outlook.
 arrow School timing in Ramadan
I am an eleven years old boy and I study in a reputed English medium school. I want to say something about the school timing during the Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims.
 arrow Exorbitant fees of British Council
The British Council of Bangladesh is indeed a premier institute in the country in terms of the courses they offer and the quality they maintain.
 arrow Mahathir, an example
Hats off to Dr Mahathir Mohammad who ruled Malaysia for 22 long years as the prime minister.
Star Healtharrow Recover your daily stress
Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings.
Star Cityarrow Playing name-game
The honour bestowed on poet Sufia Kamal by once naming the Central Public Library after her is no more visible, as the signboard in front does not read her name.
 arrow A mother's long wait for justice
Even four years after the murder, the killers are on the prowl and threatening the victim's family to withdraw the case.
 arrow Mending the mementoes
Your cherished photos, those that bring back precious childhood memories are hardly recognisable. Those rare ancestral pictures have become distorted beyond repair. But don't worry.
 arrow Mouthwatering...

 arrow Cry for water as crisis tightens grip
Water crisis has gripped many city areas despite the authorities assurance to maintain smooth supply during the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Malls sans parking lots in Dhanmondi
Most shopping malls on the Satmasjid Road and Dhanmondi areas do not have parking facilities and the space provided by some of them is not sufficient for numerous vehicles that stop by.
 arrow Clearing open-air garbage from city streets
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to launch a pilot programme to solve the problem of open-air garbage on the streets, which is one of the main reasons of pollution in the city.
Star City in Framesarrow A Glance at Ramadan
Ramadan arrives every year with a bang in Dhaka, but leaves all too soon after the hesitant first days of fasting.