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Front Pagearrow War against fake drugs waged
The Drug Administration (DA) yesterday put all drugs imports under pre-customs inspection at all ports in a crackdown on substandard drugs and fake packaging.
 arrow Lending rate to go down by 1 percentage point from Dec
Bankers yesterday decided to lower interest rates on both lending and deposits by 1 percentage point by December.
 arrow Going gets tougher for US in Iraq
Japan has ruled out any rapid dispatch of forces to Iraq, in another setback for US stabilisation efforts a day after a devastating suicide attack on Italian troops in the south.
 arrow Re-examined papers show unusual flaws
Fourteen candidates under Barisal educational board passed SSC exams or improved their results after their papers were re-examined, and one of them scored GPA 5.
 arrow Eid pushes bus fares up
Long-haul buses are charging extra sums from homebound passengers on every route ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr and the fares might skyrocket up to four times the normal from Ramadan 20, transport sources said.
 arrow Essentials' prices jump after pause
After a short break, prices of some essentials soared in kitchen markets in the capital yesterday exceeding the previous level.
 arrow Biman to dump DC-10, buy two airbuses
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is on a plan to replace its old DC-10 aircraft and purchase two new airbuses within the shortest possible time, the civil aviation ministry sources said yesterday.
 arrow Banned drugs on sale
Many city pharmacies are selling banned and unregistered drugs, some of which may be harmful to health.
 arrow Bremer returns with Bush tips for quick power transfer
Paul Bremer, the top US administrator for Iraq, was heading back to Baghdad with instructions from US President George W Bush to speed up the transition process toward self-rule in Iraq.
 arrow Contributing to pollution

 arrow Tamil Tigers seek truce guarantee
Tamil Tiger rebels agreed yesterday to honour a truce but demanded similar guarantees from squabbling Sri Lankan leaders, saying the political turmoil here had shaken their confidence in the Norwegian-brokered
 arrow Probe ordered into NU anomalies
Corruption and irregularities are eating into the vitals of the National University, a parliamentary standing committee observed yesterday and formed a subcommittee to find out the facts.
 arrow Unesco DG in city
Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Koichiro Matsuura arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a five-day official visit.
 arrow Judge in Rob murder case embarrassed
The trial of the murder of Awami League mayoral candidate SMA Rob was adjourned on Wednesday.
 arrow DU student takes her life over marriage row
A female student of Dhaka University died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) at about 7:00 Wednesday evening after she took poison Tuesday noon.
 arrow PM leaves for S Arabia to perform Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left for Saudi Arabia yesterday evening to perform Umrah.

Cabinet ministers and senior military and civil officials saw her off at Zia International Airport (ZIA).

 arrow Clearing sidewalks

 arrow 3 killed in Ctg crime
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader died from stab wounds in a clash over a factional row and assailants gunned down an electrician in Chittagong city, while a mob beat a robber dead in SitakundaWednesday
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet from today
Transport owners' and workers' associations in Sylhet have called a 72-hour transport strike in the division from today to press home their 20-point demand including withdrawal of Bangladesh Road Transport
 arrow 3 brothers to die for murder
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-Rajshahi yesterday dealt out death sentence to three brothers in Rafiqul Islam murder case in Pabna.
 arrow Fire guts goods worth Tk 8 lakh at Nawabpur
Fire burnt a building that housed a knitwear factory, garment accessories shop, hardware shops and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Kotwali thana unit office at Nawabpur Road in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Fate of cabinet secretary left uncertain
The government is yet undecided about whether to give extension of incumbent Cabinet Secretary Saadat Husain or appoint someone else.
 arrow Fire guts goods worth Tk 8 lakh at Nawabpur
Fire burnt a building that housed a knitwear factory, garment accessories shop, hardware shops and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Kotwali thana unit office at Nawabpur Road in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow UN goodwill ambassador due Nov 20
Grandė Duchessė of Luxembourg and goodwill ambassador of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Maria Teresa will reach Dhaka on November 20 on a three-day visit.
 arrow UNDP to provide Tk 30 lakh for Mahalchhari victims
The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) will provide about Tk 50 lakh as humanitarian aid to the victims of the arson at Mahalchhari under Khagrachhari district within a week.
Businessarrow FBCCI seeks Vietnam help to reach Laos, Cambodia mkts
FBCCI yesterday sought assistance from Vietnam to reach Bangladeshi products to Laos and Cambodia through the Vietnamese seaports.
 arrow Small banks for micro credit on the cards
The government is thinking over the idea of introducing small localised banks to expand micro and medium credit programmes.
 arrow Dollar hits record high against taka on Eid shopping
Eid shopping spree pushed the US dollar up to its all-time high against the Bangladesh taka yesterday while suicide bombing in Iraqi kicked down it against major leading currencies in inter-bank trading,
 arrow Survival in global market hinges on product quality
As Bangladesh's exports to developed nations are facing difficulties for various standard and technical requirements, the industries minister has felt the country needs to improve the quality of its products
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Nine bids of 2-Day tenor amounting to Tk 306.

 arrow CNG refuelling station set up with support of Rahimafrooz
A CNG refuelling station and conversation workshop has been set up with technical support of Rahimafrooz CNG Ltd, a concern of Rahimafrooz Group, at Tejgaon in Dhaka.
 arrow IMF admits mistakes in handling of Asia crisis
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) admitted Thursday it made mistakes in its controversial handling of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis which put affected countries under stringent programs.
 arrow China considers new ways to set oil prices
Concerned by the economic impact of wild fluctuations in global oil prices, China is looking to revamp the pricing mechanism for domestic oil sales as it continues to liberalise its huge market, sources
 arrow Global recovery to boost European economy: IMF
A budding economic recovery around much of the globe hopefully will give a "kick start" to the European economy, but data so far are not encouraging, a senior IMF official said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Not at home
The question is not how but why the Bangladesh cricketers once again failed on home soil. Probably that will remain unanswered.
 arrow Cricket: 'Trial' tour of Pakistan
With the end of a hectic five-month international schedule on Wednes-day, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is now planning to send some non-performing cricketers to Pakistan to play in the Patron'sTro-phy
 arrow Football: Abahani at Mukti's mercy
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra stormed into the semifinals of the Tibet 19th Federation Cup football tournament with a 3-0 thrashing of Arambagh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara atop Windies
Brian Lara scored his 22nd century to become the West Indies' leading run scorer in Test matches on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara lights up Bulawayo
Brian Lara became the most prolific batsman in West Indian Test cricket history here on Thursday, leading his side to a first innings total of 481 on the second day of the first Test against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: India batted out
Skipper Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist hammered rapid-fire centuries to shape Australia's 61-run victory over India in a TVS Cup triangular one-day cricket series match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Four Kiwis opt out
Pakistan cricket authorities on Thursday expressed disappointment at the pullout of four New Zealand players from a scheduled tour of Pakistan over danger warnings.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI taking its time
India's cricket selectors, worried at the team's recent lacklustre performance, on Thursday put off the selection of the squad for the coming tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Bad Biman landing
Holders Bangladesh Biman squeez-ed into the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a three-wicket win over Jessore in first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Mani visits CARE's HIV programme
International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani visited an HIV programme of CARE Bangladesh at Chankharpul drop in centre yesterday. During the visit he talked to sex workers and the transgender community.
 arrow Football: RU football
The History and Cultural Depart-ment won the inter-department football tournament of Rajshahi University stadium yesterday.

They outplayed Political Science 3-1.

 arrow Cricket: Groundsmen's workshop
A day-long workshop for cricket groundsmen was held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday under supervision of ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson.
 arrow Cricket: Hinds rues the miss
West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds was left to rue what might have been his fifth Test century on the first day of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Selection chess
Nure Alam, Kazi Mahbub Afjal and Mohammad Ali were leading the points table with maximum 6 points each at the end of the sixth round in the Metropolis Selection Chess Tournament at the NSC Chess Roomyesterday.
 arrow Chess: Kasparov draws with machine
Chess czar Garry Kasparov on Tuesday tied his first game against the computer "X3D Fritz" after wrestling with the machine for about three and a half hours.
 arrow Football: 'Rude' van Nistelrooy!
Rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United spilled over to the fringes of the Dutch squad on Thursday when Dennis Bergkamp told Ruud van Nistelrooy that he deserved to be sidelined from the national
 arrow Football: Rivaldo's year to forget
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo has criticised his club AC Milan for their failure to give him a chance to prove himself in Serie A.
 arrow Football: No big deal!
Ronaldo confirmed here Thursday that he and his wife Milene Domingues were divorcing but insisted that he was taking the marital split in his stride.

"I've already experienced worse moments in my life.

 arrow Football: Poland end Italy run
Poland ended Italy's 10-match unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory in a scrappy but entertaining friendly played in sub-zero temperatures here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand wants a meeting
Rio Ferdinand will seek a personal hearing with the Football Association (FA) on charges of failing to take a doping test in a move that could delay a decision on his fate for weeks, his club Manchester
Politicalarrow Bagerhat AL leader shot
Unidentified assailants yesterday shot the Awami Sramik League president of Bagerhat at Tingoria Bazar.
 arrow DU JCD leader beats up 2 rivals for saying salam
A hall unit leader of ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Dhaka University (DU) beat up two activists of a rival faction at Jahurul Haque hall as they said 'salaam' to him Wednesday.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Narsingdi
A local BNP leader was shot dead and his nephew injured in an armed attack at Kundarpara bus terminal in Shibpur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Manju sees no pickup in anti-govt movement
Jatiya Party Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju does not foresee any anti-government movement in immediate future as he said people cannot pin their hopes on 'other political parties'.
Metropolitanarrow SSJ Victory Day programmes
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) yesterday announced a four-day programme to celebrate the Victory Day.
 arrow City corporation CEO removed
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), AFM Solaiman Chowdhury, was removed from his post yesterday following some of his controversial acts.
 arrow Dhaka Wasa installs eight tubewells
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) have installed four deep tubewells and reinstalled another four at different places of the city to meet the increasing demand for water.
 arrow 6 extortionists arrested
The Rapid Action Team (RAT) of police arrested six people in Abdullahpur and Mirpur areas when they were extorting money from the staff of passenger vehicles.
Culturearrow Renaissance
A couple of musicians from Chittagong and Dhaka came up in the early '80s with efforts to create waves in the field of band music with a new genre--they called themselves Renaissance, inspired by theFrench
 arrow Workshop to enhance cultural reporting
Bengal foundation has set an exemplary endeavour by organising a week-long workshop for the cultural reporters working in the print and electronic media of the country.
 arrow Remembering Hasmat
On November 10, the country lost one of it's most gifted comedians, Hasmat.. He had been suffering from kidney ailments earlier this month, which led to his admission to BIRDEM on November 5.
 arrow L.B.W
On the second day of Eid, BTV will telecast Playwright-director Mamunur Rashid's tele-film L.B.W. at 4:00 p.m.
 arrow Rana makes a come-back
Jekhaney thako bhalo theko was a very popular song in Jonaki Jaley, written and directed by Mohon Khan, which used to be telecast on BTV in 1988.
 arrow Kamol Koli contest 2003
The Zia Shishumela Kendrio Sangsad had organised a series of contests for children titled Kamol Koli recently.
Generalarrow 50 lakh suffer from diabetes
Around 50 lakh people of the country suffer from diabetes, half of whom are unaware of the disease, said the physicians yesterday at a press conference on the eve of the World Diabetes Day today.
 arrow Govt to set up 2540 more primary schools
The government has stepped up efforts to expand primary education by building more schools and providing required facilities within the next one year.
 arrow Survey on Jamuna Bridge-Bogra rail link to start in Dec
The field survey on construction of the planned 66 kms Jamuna Bridge-Jamtail-Bogra rail link will start next month.
 arrow Labour leader escapes attempt on life in N'ganj
The ruling BNP-backed Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal activist Mominullah David and his accomplices yesterday allegedly attempted to kill labour union leader Mahbubur Rahman Ismail while he was attending a meeting.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet against 7
The Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Ziaul Islam yesterday accepted the charge sheet against seven accused in the JCD leader Wahiduzzaman Chanchal murder case.
 arrow Police offer helpline for cash-carriers
Owners of industrial organisations or any individual can call in police from the nearest police station or police control room while carrying large amount of cash.
 arrow 1377 more held
Police arrested 1,377 people, including four identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
 arrow Journalist Hasina Ashraf dead
Journalist Hasina Ashraf died of brain hemorrhage yesterday afternoon at BIRDEM hospital here at the age of 65.

She was a senior reporter of the now defunct Dainik Bangla.

 arrow Shab-e-Qadr Nov 22 night
Shab-e-Qadr will be observed on November 22 night.

So the government declared a public holiday for November 23 instead of November 22, an official announcement said yesterday.

 arrow Motorbike rider killed
One motorbike rider was killed in a road mishap in the city yesterday morning.

He was identified as SM Jahed Chowdhury of Syedpur village under Boalkhali upazila in the district.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Partisan influence in public universities
In Dhaka University, over 50 teachers and 70 other staff members have been recruited in the last 18 months through political influence.
 arrow Editorial: When would our cricket come of age?
The trail of debacles only lengthens for Bangladesh.
 arrow Time to rethink Article 70
It's the same old story. The AL has announced that it has no intention of joining the 10th session of parliament which commences November 16.
 arrow Whose country is it anyway?
The question has the surreal swiftness of a sinister quip. You don't ask this question in a democracy, because who doesn't know that the country is supposed to belong to the people.
 arrow Monstrous failures in english at the hsc level
Shocking! Terribly shocking! The results of the HSC exams of six Education Boards were published on 13 October 2003.
Letters to Editorarrow When Cambridge scholar goes wrong
We are not a very tolerant people, I mean most of us are not, especially when it comes to something about Israel or the USA. But I thought someone studying in Cambridge University would be different.
 arrow Keep Lalbagh fort open on holidays
We, the inhabitants of the Dhaka city, have little access to well-planned resorts/park and other recreation spots.
 arrow 'More secular than the West'
In a letter dated November 12, Azad Miah from Oldham writes "We're More Secular Than The West." He then goes on to ask how many minorities became powerful political players in other nations.
 arrow Wishing good luck to Bangladesh fans
As an England cricket supporter who had the pleasure of visiting your country for the two Test matches, could I please convey via the pages of your newspaper my thanks for the welcome we all receivedfrom
 arrow Let's talk radical about our leaders
The main opposition party, Awami League, is making lots of headlines with calls for the BNP-led alliance government to resign, only after two years in office.
 arrow Finance minister's food for thought
The DS news report of November 8, followed by another on November 9, on the arrest and release at Khulna of the listed notorious smuggler Shamsul Azam by the Khulna thana OC, was a dazzling matter.
 arrow DS should do something for famine victims
I have just learnt from BBC that Northern Bangladesh is about to face one of the worst food crises in history.
 arrow Beware of 'spit attack'!
It is quite usual in Dhaka to spit about everywhere without onlookers raising any eyebrows. The practice is almost taken for granted. Nobody objects. Nobody cares.
 arrow Will Dr. Kamal Hossain step up please?
Through your column, I wish to congratulate Azad Miah for his very accurate description of our state of politics and the parties ("Dictatorial Democracy" - 11/11/03).
 arrow The story behind Riyadh blast
Western news media were very quick to blame al-Qaeda for the Ryadh Housing complex bombing on Saturday last and Richard Arrange wasted no time to call upon the Saudi Royal family to convince them that
Focusarrow Development and the role of state
If we want to modernise agriculture and mitigate drudgery of the farmers, we have to adopt mechanisation, which calls for development of industries to support it.
 arrow Surging crime: The administration must arrest the dangerous trend
Violence of all types is searing the land. Most worrisome, faced with such escalating gangsterism, the investment climate is at an all-time low and the economy is in the doldrums.
 arrow BNP plans to counter JS boycott
Parliament boycott by the opposition is a problem that continues to baffle the ruling alliance. But it hasn't yet found an effective countermove, nor has it given up the hope of finding one.
Environmentarrow Why we should care for biodiversity
If any body asks why we care for biodiversity? The instant answer is "biodiversity gives our plant the status of living world and gives the name as biosphere"; and that is why we care for biodiversity.
Worldarrow Nepali opposition, Maoists mull anti-king alliance
Maoist rebels and Nepal's mainstream parties have agreed to discuss closing ranks to demand King Gyanendra call new elections after he sacked the elected government last year, political leaders said yesterday.
 arrow US forces repulse attack: 6 Iraqis killed
US troops killed six Iraqi militants and wounded four others as they fought off an attack on their base and a Jordanian hospital in the central Iraqi city of Fallujah, the military announced on Wednesday.
 arrow India, Russia agree on action plan to fight terror
Russia and India reaffirmed the strength of their strategic partnership in Kremlin talks late Wednesday in which President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee called for an end to "double
 arrow 'AIDS epidemic in India may reach African levels'
India could see an AIDS epidemic similar to that in some African countries where the disease is the leading cause of death, a study funded by Microsoft head Bill Gates said yesterday.
 arrow IAEA report on Iranian nuke 'impossible to believe': US
A UN watchdog agency's finding that there is no evidence Iran has a nuclear weapons programme is "impossible to believe," Undersecretary of State John Bolton said on Wednesday.
 arrow Indonesian cops predict terror strikes imminent
Indonesian police issued a fresh warning on Wednesday asking operators and owners of buildings in the capital to beware of possible terrorist attacks, adding that terrorists might strike again soon.
 arrow Dialogue with Hurriyat may take place in December: Advani
The dialogue with Hurriyat Conference may be held next month, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani indicated yesterday.

"I think after the holy month of Ramzan and after the elections are over.

 arrow Children's Day in Mumbai

 arrow New Palestinian cabinet holds first meeting
The Palestinian cabinet held its first meeting yesterday as Israel announced that talks between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his new Palestinian counterpart Ahmed Qorei would take place in ten days.
 arrow Shocked Italy in mourning
The Italian cabinet met in crisis session yesterday amid calls to bring their troops home from Iraq, as newspapers set the tone on a day for the country's grief, describing the attack which killed 18of
 arrow 'Iraqi insurgency is the war Saddam wanted'
Some US generals believe the well-organized attacks on US-led occupation forces in Iraq are part of pre-war planning by ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his generals, The Washington Post said yesterday.
 arrow Syria still seeks talks with US in face of threats
Faced with the threat of US diplomatic and economic sanctions and another Israeli airstrike, Syria is still insisting on its desire for "constructive dialogue" with Washington.