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Front Pagearrow Ripping off the jobless
Landing a job could never have been so easy for Manik. All he had to do is to be interviewed, if being asked for his parents' names and address can be called an interview, and then be offered the job.
 arrow GM crops on cards
Land-strapped Bangladesh is set to grow genetically modified (GM) crops to augment food production to meet the growing demand of a growing population.
 arrow Poor governance stymies poverty-cut efforts
The GDP growth rate in the three years of the coalition government clocks 5 percent on average because of poor governance although it needs to grow at 7 percent if poverty is to be cut down to below 25
 arrow AL may join House bodies next week
The Awami League (AL) is likely to start joining parliamentary standing committees on different ministries next week by attending a meeting of one such body scheduled to discuss the controversy over the
 arrow PM vows to work hard for duty-free access to US
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government will intensify its efforts to obtain duty-free market access to the US to sustain Bangladesh's readymade garment (RMG) market there during thequota-free
 arrow Safta meet ends with 'fruitful' discussions
The South Asian nations yesterday wrapped up the fifth expert committee negotiation in Dhaka with a hope to settle four major issues related to the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) by June next year
 arrow BNP moves to revamp party, face AL actions
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will embark on a set of organisational programmes in the month of Ramadan to put its house in order and face probable anti-government agitation by the main
 arrow Ahmadiyya leaders demand arrest of zealots
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh yesterday appealed to the government to act immediately to resist religious fanatics who threatened to capture an Ahmadiyya mosque in Narayanganj town tomorrow.
 arrow DCC snatches DTCB office
The city council of Dhaka yesterday relocated the office of Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board (DTCB) from Mohakhali to Nagar bhaban allegedly by force and overstepping its authority.
 arrow JCD gives 1 day to call off DU strike
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday gave one day to the combine of six opposition-backed student organisations to withdraw its strike that has kept Dhaka University (DU) paralysed for 24 days todate.
 arrow Inspectors conclude no WMD in Iraq
The group hunting for banned weapons inside post-war Iraq is preparing to report that it has found no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
 arrow Manmohan offers Khaleda cooperation
India will give 100 crore rupees in relief assistance to Bangladesh to help recoup the losses incurred in devastating floods, according to an offer made by the Indian prime minister in a letter to his
 arrow BNP sweeps municipal elections
The ruling BNP-backed candidates yesterday won five of the eight chairmen posts in elections to as many municipalities. The following candidates were unofficially elected chairmen.
 arrow Abductions, killings go unabated
Three including two schoolgirls were abducted in Kushtia and outlaws gunned down two rivals in Jhenidah and Meherpur Tuesday.
 arrow HC sends mass arrests case to regular bench
A vacation bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday referred the mass arrests case to the regular bench of the HC for hearing on October 26, two days after the court reopens at the end of a 50-day annual
 arrow Justice Abedin gets gunman
Concerned about the security of Justice Joynul Abedin although it has not gone public with the finds of the one-man judicial inquiry commission he headed on the August 21 carnage, the government has provided
 arrow 10 more gunned down in Assam
India's northeast was gripped by fear yesterday following the slaughter of more villagers by rebels, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed the militants behind the bloodletting were sheltering in Bangladesh.
 arrow Rain to continue 2 more days
The current spell of rain with gusty wind across the country will continue at least two more days as the land depression that turned into a well-marked low is now centred in Andhra Pradesh of India, met
 arrow Nine drown in Netrakona boat capsize
Nine people, including three children, drowned as a boat capsized in a haor at Ranichapur village in Khaliajuri upazila of Netrakona on Tuesday.
 arrow Charmonai pir threatens to stop women sports
Amir of Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) and Charmonai Pir Fazlul Karim yesterday threatened to besiege the National Sports Council on October 9 if the government does not stop the ongoing women'sfootball
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 arrow Skop strike partly successful
The first half of the 24-hour countrywide strike at mills and factories called by Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) was partially observed without any untoward incidents yesterday.
 arrow 1 more accused in KEPZ MD killing case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday made another accused in the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) managing director commodore Golam Rabbani murder case and issued an warrant of arrest against
Businessarrow CDS glitch halts trade settlement in bourses
Trade settlement through central depository system (CDS) in the bourses was disrupted yesterday due to a technical glitch in the server of the Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL), the service provider
 arrow Swiss-Bangla business forum launched
Switzerland-Bangladesh Business Forum (SBBF), a newly formed joint body of businesspeople, was launched here yesterday.
 arrow Financial instts lose profits on lack of adequate expertise
Lack of adequate knowledge and expertise in handling treasury activities is forcing many financial institutions (FIs) in Bangladesh to count losses, International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B)
 arrow Explore stock markets for infrastructure uplift
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Amir Humayun M Chowdhury urged the government to explore the stock markets for building much needed infrastructures of the country.
 arrow $60 a barrel if winter is colder than expected
Oil prices smashed new records above 51 US dollars a barrel in Asian trading Wednesday as analysts warned 60 dollars was "within reach" if the northern winter turns out colder than expected.
 arrow India pledges to protect domestic consumers from record oil prices
India's oil minister pledged Wednesday to protect millions of poor consumers from the effects of rising global oil prices which are threatening to derail the country's economic boom.
 arrow US scraps aviation deal with Europe, files WTO case over Airbus
The United States opened an aviation dogfight with Europe on Wednesday, scrapping a 12-year-old accord and filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization over European subsidies to Airbus.
 arrow Continental Airlines Cargo starts operations in Dhaka
Continental Airlines cargo sales service started its operations in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The GSA for the airlines' cargo in Bangladesh is Ace Aviation Services Limited, says a press release.

 arrow Textile convention to be held in Dhaka Oct 13
Bangladesh Cotton and Textile Convention 2004 is going to be held at Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka on October 13.
 arrow CityCell holds meeting with channel partners in Sylhet
CityCell organised a meeting for its channel-partners of Sylhet zone recently in Sylhet.
 arrow Two docs from S'pore due today to participate in Medexpo
Dr Ang Peng Tiam and Dr VP Nair of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore will arrive in Dhaka today to participate in the medical exposition styled as Medexpo 2004.
 arrow IMF calls for increased regulation of hedge funds
A top official at the International Monetary Fund called for increased regulation of hedge funds in an interview Wednesday amid questions about their role in the recent surge in oil prices.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Australia prosper
Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble rea-ched 400 Test wickets on the first day of the first Test against Australia on Wednesday, though the mi-lestone failed to stop Simon Ka-tich and debutant Michael Clarke
 arrow Hockey: Hosts stumble in rehearsal
Bangladesh got a taste of what to expect in the virtual dress rehearsal for the final when they suffered a 1-3 defeat against India in their last robin league match of the Under-21 Challenge Cup hockey
 arrow Football: BFF won't give in to threats
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has vowed to continue with promoting women's football in the country despite threats from a section of fundamentalist zealots.
 arrow Cricket: Youhana powers Pakistan
A cracking hundred by Yousuf Youhana and an all-round display by Shoaib Malik led Pakistan into the tri-series final with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the southern city of Karachion
 arrow Swimming: Six more new nat'l records
The second day of the 20th National Swimming Championships was marked by six more new national records at the Army Swimming Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain plays foul with Tigers
Bangladesh cricket team's net practice at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) was postponed yesterday due to heavy rain.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi security boss in city
Security manager of New Zealand Cricket Dave Woodman arrived in the capital on Tuesday night to assess the safety measures ahead of the Bangladesh-New Zealand series that begins with a three-day match
 arrow Cricket: Anil attains 400-mark
Indian leg-spi-nner Anil Kum-ble gave home fans plenty to cheer about when he ca-pped a glorious career by beco-ming the ninth bowler in Test history to scalp 400 wickets.
 arrow Football: Day belongs to host sides
It was a day for hosts in the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan hold India
Pakistan held a spirited Indian side to a 1-1 draw in the sixth match of an eight-Test field hockey series here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA shortlists 35
England and Manchester United teenage sensation Wayne Rooney has made it on to the 35-strong 'shortlist' for FIFA's 2004 Player of the Year award.
 arrow Football: Rooney's fiancee shops into trouble
English soccer star Wayne Rooney's fiancee went on a 10,000 pound (18,000 dollars, 15,000 euros) shopping spree in New York that he paid for, but the thrills faded when British customs fined her for trying
 arrow Cricket: Chappell likely to coach WI
Greg Chappell is being lined up to coach West Indies following the departure of Gus Logie on Monday.
 arrow Football: Owen has a fight on hand
Michael Owen on Wednesday began a 24-hour battle to be fit in time for England's World Cup qualifier against Wales.
 arrow Football: Outrageous
Welfare authorities in the Solomon Islands have reacted with outrage after a local football fan offered his eight-year-old son as bait for a bet on the Solomons' clash with Australia, reports said.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo expected to play
Brazil striker Ronaldo is likely to face Venezuela in Saturday's World Cup qualifier despite strains in both thighs.
 arrow Football: Not the name everyone wanted
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted he will have mixed feelings about the club's new stadium bearing the name of sponsors Emirates Airlines.
 arrow Football: BFF AGM today
The annual general meeting of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will be held at the National Sports Council at 9:00 am today.
 arrow Cricket: Papps also is not coming
Michael Papps will miss New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh after dislocating his shoulder during training.
 arrow Kabadi: Wanderers champions
Dhaka Wanderers Club became unbeaten champions in the First Division Kabadi League with a 48-29 points victory over Singna Sangsad at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lancashire hire Muralitharan
Sri Lanka's world record wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan will return to county cricket and play again for Lancashire next season, the English side announced on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Develop proper food security system in Saarc region
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday called upon the Saarc countries to develop proper food security system to meet the demand of the poor during man-made and natural
 arrow Advice for Hajj pilgrims
The Religious Affairs Ministry has advised the pilgrims intending to perform Hajj under private management to contact 160 Hajj agencies approved by the government.
 arrow Bomb blast at DU
A hand-made bomb exploded on the rooftop of Fazlul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

No-one was injured in the blast. The bomb went off on the rooftop of main building at about 4:00pm.

Nationalarrow Modhyapara project to cost Tk 588 cr more
Rangpur: Modhyapara hard rock project will take at least more six months to be ready for operation as the North Korean company NAMNAM is yet to complete the mine development work even after time extension
 arrow Papaya brings fortune
Once unemployed Keshob Chandra, 40, is a successful farmer. He earns about Tk two lakh a year since he began cultivating papaya on about three acres of land two years back.
 arrow Crimes up in Chuadanga
The law and order worsened in Chuadanga, a high ranking police official told this correspondent preferring anonymity. Murders have crossed all previous records, he said.
 arrow Polls bout between BNP rivals today
The curious townspeople are awaiting a bout between an uncle and his nephew belonging to the same party in today's Srimongol pourashava election.
 arrow 'Ban risky jobs by children'
About 70,40,000 children are engaged in 'risky jobs in Bangladesh.
 arrow Netrakona-2 by-polls tomorrow
Hectic campaign is going for the by-election in Netrakona2 parliamentary constituency (Netrakona Sadar and Barhatta), scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Seven candidates are in the race.

 arrow 2 held with fake notes
Kaligonj police arrested two persons from in front of Champaful Union Parishad office and recovered six counterfeit Tk 100 notes form their possession yesterday.
Culturearrow Small is beautiful
Ever thought of landscaping a forest on your rooftop? Or maybe creating a composition of a natural waterfall flowing through the stony pathway--amidst the grandeur of junipers, ferns or Banyan trees in
 arrow Karimunnesa: A dramatic documentation of history
Once upon a time filmmakers of the country often came up with films on historical events. However, this interesting genre has become quite a rarity in recent times.
 arrow Kanchi Kanchar Mela celebrates 48th year
On October 5, the 48th founding anniversary of Central Kachi Kanchar Mela was observed at the Kachi-Kancha Bhaban.
 arrow SD Burman: The musical giant
Sachin Dev Burman is a legendary composer and singer of the subcontinent.
 arrow Lalon goes international
Tanvir Mokammel's accredited film Lalon-- based on the life of Lalon Shah-- the legendary mystical singer of rural Bengal has been invited to the prestigious 48th London International Film Festival.
Generalarrow Full ratification of Cedaw demanded
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a women's organisation, called for full ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw).
 arrow 'Withdraw notices, orders violating municipal ordn'
Municipal Association of Bangladesh (Mab) has made a 16-point recommendation to help strengthen local government.
 arrow Transport workers force suspension of BRTC bus service
BRTC bus service on Sylhet-Jafflong route has remained suspended since Monday in the face of obstacles created by the Bus and Minibus Owners Association and Transport Workers Association.
 arrow 40 madrasa students receive English language scholarships
Bangladesh's economic success is closely linked to education and English fluency of its citizens, said US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday.
 arrow Tornado lashes Barisal city
A tornado lashed southern part of Barisal city and its adjoining areas, injuring eight people and damaging houses and shops yesterday.
 arrow Theatre Instt opens in Ctg today
The newly constructed Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) will be inaugurated today.

Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury will formally inaugurate the institute at 3:00pm.

 arrow Rafola Meenabazar
The Retired Armed Forces Officers Ladies Association (Rafola) is going to arrange a Meenabazar on the WVA premises on October 11 and 12 in aid of an elementary school for slum children, founded by its
Internationalarrow US-Iraqi forces forge ahead with crackdown
US and Iraqi forces swept through rebel bastions south of Baghdad and pounded positions held by Iraq's most wanted, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, in Fallujah Wednesday, pressing on with a promised anti-insurgency
 arrow Vote secular parties to power

Indian Prime Minister Man-mohan Singh on Wednesday appealed to the Maharashtra electorate to vote the secular parties back to power to ensure rapid socio-economic development in the country.

 arrow Cheney, Edwards pull no punches in debate
Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic Sen. John Edwards battled fiercely over the war in Iraq in a debate that featured repeated personal attacks on the other side's records and judgment.
 arrow No link between Zarqawi and Saddam: CID
A CIA report has found no conclusive evidence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein harbored Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which the Bush administration asserted before the invasion of Iraq.
 arrow Israel pushes on with Gaza offensive
Israel's deadly offensive in northern Gaza entered its second week Wednesday as the Palestinian radical group Hamas threatened to step up rocket attacks and strike deeper inside the Jewish state.
 arrow N Korea testing world patience: IAEA
North Korea's two-year-old nuclear crisis has taxed the world's patience, the chief United Nations nuclear regulator said on Wednesday, urging communist Pyongyang to return to its disarmament treaty obligations.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DU strike crosses critical threshold
Dhaka University, the premier seat of higher learning and a trend-setter for other academic institutions, has been dysfunctional for more than three weeks, disquietingly exacerbating the existing session
 arrow Editorial: Children and the law
The conclusion that can be made from the deliberations at the roundtable on 'Children in Trouble with Law' held jointly by The Daily Star and Save The Children UK, and participated by senior ministers,
 arrow A historic beginning, again
Indian PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf met in New York on Sept 24 thanks to the UN General Assembly's annual session.
 arrow Prick of domination in EU
Finally, the draft constitu-tion of the European Union (EU) has been approved, which needs to be ratified by the member states in about two years time.
Letters to Editorarrow Return of an ideology
The three ideologies prevailing in the world are -- Communism, Capitalism and Islamand for the last 80 years Capitalism is dominating.
 arrow The role of education
Education makes a man perfect, scholarly, philanthropic and modest. A blind man is deprived of the beautiful scenery around the world.
 arrow Work together
In our country, the political leaders belonging to the ruling as well the opposition parties do not seem to attach any importance to important issues.
 arrow VAT on retail shops
The government has imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on all types of shops including general stores. But general stores do not add any value to their items! VAT may be applicable to, say, a sweetmeat shop.
 arrow Why blame Islam?
Bangladesh has recently seen a diabolical grenade attack on a political rally, pushing the whole nation into shock and awe.
 arrow Eurasian poets
It is heartening to learn that Kaisar Haq has taken upon himself the task of introducing through your newspaper the great Eurasian poets in English whose presence was felt till the end of the BritishRaj.