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Front Pagearrow UK diplomat among 27 killed in Istanbul blasts
The British consul general was among at least 27 people killed when explosions rocked Istanbul, Turkey's largest city.
 arrow Outlaws slaughter 5 fishermen in Pabna
Underground armed operatives slaughtered five people in sleep at the outlying Ataikula Beel, about 50 kilometres off Pabna town early yesterday, police said.
 arrow 3 lakh raze Bush effigy in London
Around 300,000 protesters marched through London and tore down a mock statue of visiting US President George W Bush yesterday, many of them convinced his policies were to blame for anti-British bombsin
 arrow Banshkhali caught in haiku of horror
The scene was grim. The charred bodies of 11 people of a Hindu family were still lying in the burnt-out remains of their house yesterday.
 arrow Brick-kilns get more time to keep polluting air
Brick-kiln owners appear to have won their campaign to soften government attempts to limit the effect of kiln emissions on human health.
 arrow Milk turns dearer as Eid nears
Cashing in on an increase in demand for milk due to short supply during the month of Ramadan, traders have pushed the prices up by more than 15 per cent.
 arrow Three get life for beating 83yr-old dead
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced three persons to rigorous imprisonment for life for beating former additional postmaster general Mohammad Sikander Ali, 83, dead in November 1999.
 arrow Armed Forces Day today
The Armed Forces Day will be observed today.
 arrow Mahi decries BTV attitude
BNP lawmaker and son of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury, Mahi B Chowdhury, yesterday said Bangladesh Television (BTV) has suspended transmission of two programmes of his production house 'without
 arrow Iraq rides over violence
A suicide bomber killed at least four people in Iraq's northern oil centre yesterday just hours after two more died in a car bombing in western Iraq, as insurgents hit back following a US onslaught.
 arrow White House evacuated on false alert
At least part of the White House was evacuated yesterday after a false radar reading mistakenly indicated that a plane flew within five miles of restricted airspace around the complex, officials said.
 arrow Nine killed in Manikganj, Narsingdi accidents
Nine people were killed and 29 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Narsingdi yesterday.

Of them, seven were killed in two road accidents in Manikganj and the rest in Narsingdi.

 arrow Jumatul Wida today
Jumatul Wida, the last Juma prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, will be observed today across the country.
 arrow Crowd tries to attack Ahmadia mosque in city
A few hundred people tried to attack an Ahmadia mosque at Nakhal Para in Tejgaon last night from an anti-Ahmadia sect procession, but police dispersed the crowd.
 arrow PM condemns Turkey attacks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has condemned the bomb blast in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed a large number of innocent people.
 arrow Global warming gas emissions on dramatic rise
Worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, considered a culprit in global warming, are expected to increase by 3.
 arrow DU dean polls campaign gathers pace
Dhaka University teachers have geared up political activities ahead of the dean elections in seven faculties on December 11.
 arrow Shattered bodies, buildings strewn on Turk streets
Shattered bodies and rubble were strewn across the streets of Turkey's commercial capital Istanbul once more yesterday as the second pair of bombs in less than a week sent the city into a state of shock.
 arrow Housewife 'strangled'
A housewife was allegedly strangled at her Dhanmondi residence Wednesday night.

Family members claimed the husband, Abul Kalam Azad, was absconding since the death of his wife Tania Akhtar, 21.

 arrow Judicial probe ordered into fraud charge against four scouts officials
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into a fraud case against four senior officials of Bangladesh Scouts.
 arrow Mobile courts realise Tk 2.28 lakh in fines
Mobile courts formed to combat crimes in the capital realised Tk 2.
 arrow JS body for strong state media to counter 'info terrorism'
Deputies of the ruling coalition leader Bangladesh Nationalist Party yesterday demanded strengthening of the news service of the state-run media to counter what they said was widespread information terrorism.
 arrow Derailment: Rail links with Ctg, Sylhet snapped for 9 hrs
Train service on Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes remained suspended for over nine hours as five bogies of a goods train derailed at Kaliganj in Gazipur in the early hours of yesterday.
Businessarrow Hunt on for local banker to manage Agrani Bank
International consulting firms intending to take over the management of Agrani Bank are looking for a competent Bangladeshi banker who can take the responsibility of the state-owned bank's highest executive
 arrow CityCell eyes taking client care to top tier
Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), the operator of CityCell mobile phone, has set its target to be the number one service provider in terms of customer care.
 arrow Banks urged to come up with new products
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday advised the banks and insurance companies to come up with diversified products and services to bring dynamism in the sector.
 arrow Make recruitment process quicker, transparent
Dhaka has finalised a five-point proposal to be sent to Kuala Lumpur for bringing some changes in the recruitment process of Bangladeshi workers to stop forgery and ensure transparency.
 arrow Habibullah Khan new CSE president
Habibullah Khan has been elected president of the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) for 2003-2004 term.

He was elected in the first meeting of the newly-elected board of directors of the bourse onTuesday.

 arrow Bank holiday
Bangladesh Bank (BB) and other schedule banks will remain closed on November 25, 26 and 27 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, a BB press release said yesterday.
 arrow Deal signed for development of 10 land ports
The Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Centre (IIFC) will assist Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) to develop ten land ports in the country.
 arrow BATB provides staff with Hepatitis B vaccine
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) has completed vaccination of the consecutive second dose of Hepatitis B vaccine to 768 employees of the company.
 arrow EU may drop S'pore issues from WTO trade talks: Lamy
In what could become a major policy U-turn, the European Union's top trade negotiator Pascal Lamy indicated Wednesday that the 15-nation bloc may be willing to drop a controversial set of trade issues
 arrow Incoming APEC host Chile to pursue closer ties with Asia
Chile's APEC hosting duties next year will help forge closer trading ties with the Asia Pacific and promote the nation as a springboard for Asian companies into the Americas, a senior Chilean official
 arrow Miami alert as Americas free trade talks start
Rows of police officers stood guard around central Miami Wednesday, as tens of thousands of anti-globalization activists prepared for protests during free trade talks by officials from across North and
 arrow China plans tariff hike on some US imports
China said Thursday it may hike tariffs on some US imports if Washington fails to comply with last week's World Trade Organization ruling that steel tariffs violated global trade rules.
Sportsarrow Football: Reds' golden moment
National striker Rokonuzzaman Kanchan headed in a golden goal to give Muktijoddha Sang-sad Krira Chakra the Federation Cup title after a hard-fought final against Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Football: Happy defending
Muktijoddha Sang-sad Krira Chakra captain Matiur Mu-nna said that their ploy to first absorb the pressure and then try to hit on the break won them the Tibet 19th Federation Cup yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wicket spoils final
Bangladesh Biman retained the National Cricket Championship title when they defeated Comilla by five wickets in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Div I chess
The First Division Chess League will begin from December 7 at the NSC chess room.

Sixteen teams will participate in the meet.

 arrow Hockey: Shantinagar lift title
Shantinagar Sporting Club clinched the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League title defeating Combined Sporting Club 4-2 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB wants Akram to coach in Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to ask former all-rounder Wasim Akram to coach young fast bowlers in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies seeded top in Champs Trophy
World champions Australia have been confirmed as top seeds for the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in England next September.
 arrow Cricket: WI warm up for ODIs in style
The West Indies wrapped up an easy seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe A here on Wednesday as their top level batsmen all made vital runs ahead of the first one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Indian cricketer reported for offering bribe
Indian cricketer Abhijit Kale faces a life ban from the game after he reportedly offered bribes to the selectors to get picked for the national 'A' team, sources said on Thursday.

"Yes, it has happened.

 arrow Cricket: NZ boss to be with players in Pakistan
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden is to accompany the team on their troubled tour of Pakistan, according to reports on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: SL ready for Eng U-turn
Sri Lanka coach John Dyson expects England to return to form quickly following their humiliating 10-wicket loss in the opening match of the three-game one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: India go down under today
Saurav Ganguly's India leave for a demanding cricket tour of Australia on Friday with history and recent form suggesting another pasting at the hands of the world champions.
 arrow Cricket: Wessels suspended for racial remark
Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels has been suspended as coach of Eastern Province following allegations of racism, according to newspaper reports on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Raymond puts US into final
Lisa Raymond powered the Unites States into the Fed Cup final as she trounced Belgium's Elke Clijsters 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to give her team an unassailable 3-1 lead in their semifinal.
 arrow Rugby: The Ashes of rugby
One of the oldest sporting rivalries in the world is set for a new chapter when Australia face England in the Rugby World Cup final at Olympic Stadium here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo denies Uruguay
An 87th-minute equalizer by Ronaldo helped Brazil salvage a 3-3 draw at home to Uruguay after throwing away a two-goal lead in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Football: Demolition Dutch style
Ruud van Nistelrooy helped himself to a hat-trick as Holland crushed Scotland's dream of a trip to next year's Euro 2004 finals with a ruthless reminder of where the two countries really stand in Europe's
 arrow Football: Welsh dream shattered
Wales saw their status as second class European football citizens ruthlessly confirmed on Wednesday as their dreams of making it to the finals of Euro 2004 were shattered.
 arrow Football: Watch out world!
Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old American prodigy, set his sights on spearheading the United States's Olympic Games and World Cup teams after signing for Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United Wednesday.
Politicalarrow AL smells a rat
Chittagong Awami League leaders yesterday smelt the hands of terrorists with international links and the goons of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Banshkhali bloodbath.
 arrow People want a change: Amini
Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini, MP of the Islami Oikya Jote, a partner of the ruling coalition, yesterday said it was now clear that people wanted a change as a "death knell" for Bangladesh was already sounded.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bashkhali: The height of criminality
On Wednesday (19th November) when I heard the news and saw on TV the gutted two storied mud structure where 11 members of a family were burnt alive by a group of so called dacoits and read it in further
 arrow Muslim women and modern society
The question of women's rights in general and those of Muslim women's in particular have remained at top of agenda in developing countries.
 arrow Performing Hajj: Experience of a pilgrim
It came as a blessing for my family and me as this year I had the unique opportunity to perform Hajj. Opinion and expression always differ from man to man.
Culturearrow A marvellous melange of lyrical lines

Appointment", a collection of superb works by artists ranging from Hamiduzzaman Khan, Ivy Zaman, Abdus Shakoor, Ranjit Das to Javed Jalil and Anukul were seen recently at "Shilpangan".

 arrow Watch out for Jimmy
Mamunur Rashid a renowned playwright as well as director, is for the first time making a play for Eid.
 arrow Grammy winning composer Kamen dies
Michael Kamen, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer who fused hard-rock riffs with classical styling in albums for Pink Floyd and provided music for the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard movies,"has
 arrow A man of strength : Dutt does a take on real life
The calmness that can soothe the most ruffled feathers and has worked during the Sadbhavana walk he undertook in the turbulent '80s, makes Bollywood legend Sunil Dutt what he is today.
Generalarrow Anomalies, corruption rule Nalitabari health complex
A report of the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) found serious irregularities, corruption and mismanagement at Nalitabari Upazila Health Complex in Sherpur district.
 arrow Durrani gets bail
A court in Dhaka has granted bail to Shamshul Haque Durrani, editor of the daily Nowroj, accused in a case filed under Law and Order (Disruption) Speedy Trial Act.
 arrow 'Media enjoys freedom,but not mediamen'
The media by and large is enjoying freedom, but the scenario is different for the working journalists of different dailies and electronic media, speakers at a roundtable said here yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to poet Sufia Kamal
Different organisations yesterday paid rich tributes to poet Sufia Kamal on the occasion of her fourth death anniversary.

Bangladesh Mohila Parishad organised a meeting at its office to mark theoccasion.

 arrow Garments workers demand bonus, arrears
Garments workers under the banner of various associations staged demonstrations in the city yesterday demanding festival bonus and salary arrears ahead of Eid.
 arrow Mother's work bad for children
Children of mothers who return to work when they are small perform less well at school, researchers have found.
 arrow Some changes in DU admission rules
Dhaka University authorities have made some changes to the qualifications of the applicants of Gha Unit for the admission test in 2003-04 academic session.
 arrow Three accused sent to jail
Three accused in the housewife Yasmin murder case were sent to jail yesterday.
 arrow Punishment to Mizan's killers demanded
Local people of the city's Kafrul area including the family members of slain businessman Mizanur Rahman held a protest rally at Muktangan yesterday demanding proper investigation and punishment to the
 arrow Khaleda offers Kiamullail prayers at Masjid-ul Haram
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now in Saudi Arabia to perform the holy Umrah, offered `Keyamullail' prayers in congregation with lakhs of devotees at Masji-ul Haram late Wednesday night.
 arrow 4 get life for murder
A court here Wednesday convicted four people and sentenced them to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing a man.
 arrow One chopped to death
A youth was chopped to death in a clash over land dispute at Mathia village in Sadar upazila Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Sohel, 22, son of Mahram Ali of the village.

 arrow IFIC Bank employee arrested
An employee of IFIC Bank was arrested on charge of misappropriating about Tk 9 lakh from the bank's Ambarkhana branch in the town in January.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Barbarism in Banshkhali
There are no words sufficient to express the shock and disgust we feel at the burning to death of 11 members of one family including seven women and a newborn by robbers in Banshkhali Wednesday.
 arrow Editorial: The strategy of call and reject!
The Americans followed the strategy of "Shock and awe" in the starting phase of their Iraqi invasion. The BNP seems to be following the strategy of "Call and reject" while dealing with the main opposition.
 arrow It's not anti-Americanism, it's anti-Republicanism
I don't often find myself in agreement with much that pop stars have to say about the state of the world, but British singer Elton John's words at a benefit concert last month hit the nail right on the
 arrow Red in the face
Name one thing, which is not a diet but consumed by one person, it nourishes many. One man earns to feed many mouths, yet regular income has the austere discipline of a monk.
 arrow Are we violating our own Constitution?
We are not in any declared 'emergency', when 'suspension of enforcement of fundamental human rights can be done for the period during which Proclamation is in force' (Article 141C(1)) ...
Letters to Editorarrow "Ka" controversy
Being controversial has been a favourite trend in our literary circle for quite a long time.
 arrow Celebrating Eid in the US
There are certain things in Dhaka that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
 arrow Bangla cricket
It is symptomatic of us as a nation to dwell between extremes. We hold one opinion one day and another diametrically opposite the next day without realising the somersault we make for no good reason.
 arrow A concerned Bangladeshi from Purdue University, USA
About 80 per cent of the people are least bothered about what is happening at the other end of the world. Most people don't even care about Bangladesh or Dhaka.
 arrow B Chowdhury and the need of a third force in politics
Bangladesh has many problems like extreme poverty, high rate of illiteracy, extensive nepotism, corruption, political rivalry, unscrupulous trade unionism, poor governance, inefficient bureaucracy, unemployment,
 arrow Leadership in our country
It is indeed heartbreaking that Bangladesh, since its emergence in 1971, has not seen a leader to be proud of.
 arrow Khoda Hafez vs Allah Hafez
I totally revelled in reading this most engaging article by Mahfuzur Rahman (Nov 18) on the prevalent controversy between "Allah Hafez" and "Khoda Hafez.
Environmentarrow Assessing benifits of ecotourism
In a broad sense, the word 'environment' embraces all the conditions or influences under which any individual or thing exists, lives or develops.
 arrow Conserve bio-diversity of the Sundarbans
Bangladesh is blessed with a unique world heritage -- the Sundarbans, the biggest mangrove forest in the world.
Worldarrow Lankan PM offers olive branch to president
Sri Lanka's government yesterday offered an olive branch to the president in hopes of ending a power struggle that has stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and hurt the economy, officials said.
 arrow World leaders outraged at latest Istanbul blasts
World leaders quickly condemned yesterday's bloody suicide bombings in Istanbul, the second set in less than a week, as a "barbaric" bid to destabilize order, warning it would only strengthen resolvein
 arrow Bush, Queen hail strong US-British ties
US President George Bush and Queen Elizabeth II congratulated each other on the long-standing ties that link their countries at a lavish state dinner Wednesday at Buckingham Palace.
 arrow 3 countries identified as possible suppliers of Iran's nuke tech
The International Atomic Energy Agency has identified Russia, China and Pakistan as probable suppliers of some of the technology Iran used to enrich uranium as part of its suspect nuclear programs, diplomats
 arrow Israel defiant over barrier after Bush criticism
Israel responded defiantly yesterday to sharp criticism by President Bush of a barrier it is building through Palestinian areas in the West Bank.
 arrow 'US puts pressure on India to hold talks with Pakistan'
Senior Bush Administration officials have assured Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar that sufficient pressure is being put on India to hold talks with Pakistan.
 arrow Hundreds flee as another 6 killed in Assam
Hundreds of Hindi-speakers in India's northeastern state of Assam have started fleeing ethnic violence which has claimed 29 lives in the past week, they and officials said yesterday.
 arrow Vajpayee asks Assam CM to take steps to stop ethnic violence
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, RJD president Laloo Prasad Yadav and Railway Minister Nitish Kumar asking them to take immediate steps to check
 arrow Kashmir stand-off enters third day: 3 killed
An Islamic militant holed up near Indian Kashmir's army headquarters, a soldier and a civilian were killed yesterday in fighting on the third day of a stand-off between rebels and troops, officials said.
 arrow US willing to grant India 'widest' access to dual-use technology
The United States is willing to grant India the "widest possible access" to dual-use technology in order to expand high technology commerce, US Commerce Under Secretary Kenneth Juster said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan steps up crackdown on militants
Pakistan intensified its latest crackdown against Islamic radicals yesterday, outlawing another three groups including a gang linked to the murder of US reporter Daniel Pearl.
 arrow Iraqis say Saddam not leading attacks
A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against US troops says the guerrilla war around this "Sunni Triangle" city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction
 arrow Anti-Bush protest at palace gate
Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the front gates of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to jeer US President George W. Bush on the first full day of his state visit to Britain.
 arrow Jackson faces deadline to surrender
Police have ordered pop star Michael Jackson to give himself up and face an arrest warrant and multiple charges of child abuse.