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Front Pagearrow Biman F-28 skids off runway, hits canal bank: 30 injured
A Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft yesterday morning skidded 150 feet off the runway after landing at Osmani International Airport and finished up stuck in mud across a canal, with its nose buried five
 arrow Tornadoes and storms kill 14 more, injure 500
At least 14 more people were killed and over 500 injured as tornadoes and storms lashed different parts of the country yesterday.
 arrow AL disappoints as main opposition
Awami League seems to have failed to play its due role as the main opposition in and outside parliament during the first three years of the coalition government because of strategic weakness, lack ofvision
 arrow Embankment cut by BSF triggers flood in Satkhira
Gushing flood water from across the border is entering Baikari union under Sadar upazila as Indians aided by the Border Security Force (BSF) cut the Khaitala point of Bhomra-Baikari embankment on Thursday
 arrow Maathai first African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize
Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai yesterday won the Nobel Peace Prize, the first African woman to be awarded the prestigious prize since it was first handed out in 1901.
 arrow Ctg tense as AL, 4-party vow to hold rally at Laldighi today
Tension runs high in the port city over holding rallies by the ruling BNP-led four-party alliance and Awami League-backed Sammilita Birodhi Dal (SBD) at Laldighi at the same time today.
 arrow A university that never gave away certificates
The People's University of Bangladesh, a private institution, did not award certificates to 400 students of eight batches that graduated since the university went into operation nine years ago.
 arrow 28 killed as car bombs go off at Egyptian resorts
At least 28 people were killed and scores injured when car bombs exploded at resorts packed with Israeli holidaymakers on the Red Sea coast of Egypt's Sinai desert in attacks Israel blamed yesterday on
 arrow US airstrikes kill 12 in Fallujah
Twelve people were killed and the bride at a wedding party was among the wounded when US warplanes bombed the rebel-held Iraqi city of Fallujah early yesterday, doctors said.
 arrow Kerry leads in poll ahead of second debate with Bush
Democrat John Kerry has taken a slight lead over President Bush, according to an Associated Press poll that found him gaining ground with women, boosting his overall popularity and cutting into the president's
 arrow Iraq war was illegal: Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac has said the US-led war in Iraq was illegal and expressed his fear for the country's future in the face of a "civil war".
 arrow Colonial mindset a drag on theatre, seminar told
Speakers at a seminar on the second day of the inauguration of Theatre Institute, Chattagram (TIC)yesterday focused on the problem of urban theatre in Bangladesh.
 arrow 4-party rally today
The ruling BNP-led four-party alliance will hold a public rally at Muktangan in the capital today marking its three years in office.
 arrow Cops, civil society thwart raid on Ahmadiyya mosque
Strong police watch, civil society resistance and noncooperation of locals yesterday kept at bay the religious fanatics who had threatened to capture an Ahmadiyya mosque in Narayanganj, diffusing theweeklong
 arrow Chronology of Biman mishaps
Fifty-seven people died in four of the eight air crashes in the country since independence.
 arrow Fresh verdict date in jail killing case likely today
The Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Dhaka may fix a date for delivering the judgement in the historic Jail Killing case today.
 arrow Top outlaw killed in 'crossfire' with cops
A leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) was killed in a shootout with police at Atharokhada village in Alamdanga upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Netrakona-2 by-polls today
The by-election to Netrakona-2 constituency will be held today.

About 3 lakh voters of which 1.45 lakh are women, of the sadar and Barhatta upazila are expected to cast their votes at 147 polingcentres.

 arrow DU exams kept out of strike purview
The leaders of the six opposition-backed student organisations yesterday decided to keep all the examinations of Dhaka University (DU) out of the purview of the ongoing strike from today.
 arrow Locals round up 5 robbers at Badda
Locals yesterday held five robbers redhanded while they were robbing a house at Badda in the capital and handed them over to police after a sound beating.
 arrow Roads reeled under water...

 arrow Administrator of USAID in city
Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Andrew Natsios arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit to review the overall development programme in Bangladeshwith
 arrow Transcom GM passes away
Mohammad Altaf Hossain, general manager of Transcom Limited, died at 11: 45pm on Thursday. He was 82.
 arrow Workers threaten tough agitation after Ramadan
Labourers and employees of mills and factories of the country will go on tougher agitation programmes after the Ramadan for the implementation of an agreement singed with the government.
 arrow Threat against women football blasted
Different political and social organisations yesterday condemned Charmonai Pir's threat to stop the ongoing women's football tournament.
 arrow Rebuilding the sheds...

Businessarrow All-out efforts needed to face challenges in post-MFA era
The annual gala apparel exposition ended in Dhaka yesterday with a call to make concerted efforts to address the challenges of Bangladesh's garment export in the quota-free regime.
 arrow Medical equipment show gets good response
Visitors especially medical professionals gathered round in large numbers at the international medical equipment and health care services exhibition at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday, the second day of
 arrow Oil holds near $53 high
Oil prices held near record highs on Friday even though oil unions in Opec member Nigeria said a two-day wildcat strike would pass without any impact on exports.

US light crude by 10 a.m.

 arrow Dhaka, Colombo eye direct air link to boost trade
Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan officials are in talks to start direct air service considered a major way to boost bilateral trade between Dhaka and Colombo.
 arrow EU rejects US termination of aircraft subsidy pact
The European Union has accused the United States of violating a transatlantic pact on subsidies to aircraft makers and demanded consultations before Washington gives any aid to Boeing's 7E7 project.
 arrow China bank seeks foreign investors ahead of listing
China Construction Bank (CCB), one of the mainland's big four state-owned commercial banks, has contacted some of the world's largest financial groups to invite them to buy a stake ahead of a hoped for
 arrow Bangladesh urges greater regional trade at Nepal fair
Bangladesh called for greater trade with Nepal and other South Asian nations Friday as it opened a three-day fair in the Nepalese capital showcasing its goods.
 arrow Green Delta Ins approves right share
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited has approved rights share for its shareholders.

The approval was made at the company’s extra-ordinary general meeting held in Dhaka on Thursday.

 arrow Qatar Airways to launch flights to Beijing
Qatar Airways is going to launch its flights to Beijing, the second destination of the airline in China after Shanghai.
 arrow Singapore joins alliance of top int'l convention bureaux
Singapore has joined the BestCities.
 arrow US anger at outsourcing exaggerated, says India
India's finance minister said the American outcry against companies outsourcing business services to India was "highly exaggerated" as the United States stands to gain far more than it loses.
 arrow 160 Maoist groups join ranks to oppose FDI in India
Some 160 Maoist organisations Friday joined ranks to opposed foreign direct investment (FDI) and the entry of global firms into the Indian markets, sponsors of a left-wing conclave here said.
 arrow AirAsia all set for listing, 700m shares to be offered
Malaysia-based regional budget carrier AirAsia said Friday it has gained full regulatory approval for its initial public offering (IPO) and will issue 700.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Local FX Market
US dollar was range-bound against Bangladeshi taka in this week. Matched demand-supply of greenback kept the rate steady.

Sportsarrow Hockey: Bangladesh turn tables on India
Bangladesh celebrated winning its first-ever international tournament after the Under-21 team pulled off a thrilling 4-2 victory in the tie-breaker against India in the Challenge Cup hockey final at the
 arrow Swimming: More marks as c'ships end
The 20th National Swimming Championships ended with yet another bang as five more new national records stumbled on the fourth and final day at the Bangladesh Army Swimming Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies dictate terms
Hosts India bra-ced themselves for a harrowing chase on a wea-ring wicket in the first Test after Australia declined to en-force the follow-on here on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan clinch series
Penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas became the highest international goal-scorer in field hockey history on Friday as Pakistan beat India 2-1 to clinch the eight-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Zim aim to bounce back
Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu was hoping his makeshift side would draw inspiration from a strong recent showing against Sri Lanka when they take on the Asian champions here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Indian cops quiz SA duo
Indian police have sent questions to South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje as part of their investigation into alleged match-fixing, a United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa statement said
 arrow Football: Brazil, France face different battles
World champions Brazil will seek to make it 16 wins out of 16 against Venezuela on Sunday and taking another step towards the increasingly lucrative World Cup finals in Germany in 2006.
 arrow Football: Goodbye to tradition
To many in European football the English are the preservers of the sport's traditions, the custodians of the true spirit of the 'People's Game' they gave to the world.
 arrow Cricket: Gazi Tank get Aftab
Talented national batsman Aftab Ahmed signed for Gazi Tank yesterday to play in the Twnety20 Corporate Cricket League that begins from October 15.
 arrow Volleyball: Mini school volleyball
Sunnydale registered a straight 2-0 victory over IFD School in the opening match of the Sunnydale mini school volleyball tournament at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Four move into final round
Hosts Feni, Meherpur, Barguna and outstation team Narsingdi emerged zonal champions to move into the eight-team final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football tournament beating their rivals in the respective
 arrow Football: Abahani out of King's Cup
Abahani failed to reach the King's Cup final as the Dhaka giants lost to Tago of Thailand 3-0 in the semi-final match yesterday in Bhutan.
 arrow Cricket: Akram keen on coaching
Wasim Akram has said that he is keen to get into coaching -- but probably not in Pakistan.

"There are too many failings in cricket systems in the subcontinent," he told the PPI news agency.

 arrow Cricket: Court bars BCCI from operating
An Indian court has named an administrator to the national cricket board after barring its newly-elected office bearers from taking charge of the multi-million-dollar sports body.
 arrow Volleyball: Mini school v'ball
Sunnydale registered a straight 2-0 victory over IFD School in the opening match of the Sunnydale mini school volleyball tournament at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova, Hewitt stay on course
Defending champion Maria Sharapova cruised into the Japan Open tennis women's singles final on Friday while world number three Lleyton Hewitt booked his place in the men's semis.
Metropolitanarrow Unabated drug addiction may spread HIV alarmingly
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said unabated drug addiction might spread HIV infections in the country alarmingly in near future.
 arrow Measures to reduce traffic jam during Ramadan
Traffic Department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will take a number of measures including deployment of paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles and Armed Police Battalion to ease traffic congestion in the
 arrow Bapa protests felling of trees at Panthakunja
Leaders of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Osmani Udyan Tree Protection Movement yesterday strongly protested the felling of 60 trees at Panthakunja near the Hotel Sonargaon in the city.
 arrow CU JCD to stage fast-unto-death programme for removal of VC
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Chittagong University (CU) unit will begin a fast-unto-death programme on the campus on Monday demanding immediate removal of the vice-chancellor for his alleged corruption
 arrow Boy found dead in goods train
An unidentified boy was found dead in a goods train at Kamalapur Railway Station in the city on Thursday.

Railway security guard Mohammad Amirul Islam found the body in the Surma Mail at around 12:45pm.

 arrow US embassy closed tomorrow
The American Embassy offices, including the Public Affairs Section, Information Resource Centre and the student counselling service, will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Columbus Day, an American
Nationalarrow Coriander farming gains popularity
Ebadul Haque, a young farmer at Char Gubadia village in Sadar upazila has earned Tk 50,000 by cultivation of coriander (dhania) on 50 decimals of land this year.
 arrow Work on second phase of Teesta Irrigation Project yet to kick off
Extension work of the second phase of Teesta Irrigation Project is yet to be started.

For its implementation, an amount of Tk 1,166 cr was sanctioned in the ECNEC meeting on January 21 this year.

 arrow Tk 300 cr crops damaged by flood in Jessore
The recent flood damaged crops worth about Tk 300 crore in the entire district.
 arrow Dream unfulfilled
Debrani Chakma of Barmachhori union in Lakkhichhori upazila, Khagrachhori is the lone elected woman UP (Union Parishad) chairperson in the entire hill district.
 arrow When criminals are police informers....
Listed criminals are now being used by police to work as their informers, it is widely alleged by local businessmen.

The informers are simultaneously working as criminals' agents, it is alleged further.

 arrow Huge quantity of rotten fish seized in Syedpur: One fined
The Syedpur muncipal authorities on Wednesday seized a huge quantity of rotten fish from the local market.

A small fish trader, Md Nadim was fined Tk 200 on charge of selling inedible fish.

 arrow Fund shortage hampers work on Dholai bridge
Fund shortage hampers work on Dholai bridge on the River Dholai near Bhanugachh on Srimongal-Kamalgonj-Kulaura Road.
 arrow Announcement
Women's participation in local government affairs increased and improved than before. Most of women UP chairpersons came from well-to-do families with political background.
Point-Counterpointarrow John Kerry's debate victory could translate into election victory
There are times in everyone's life when a carefully choreographed plan not only goes all awry, it backfires.
 arrow Chechen Muslims and repercussion of Beslan massacre
The demand for the rights of the Chechens is well understood by the world and international human rights organisations.
 arrow Flood: Seeking solutions to the causes
The people of Bangladesh are repeatedly confronted with catastrophes such as flood, drought, cyclone etc. Among them flood is very much common.
Culturearrow 'Guitar players have little recognition in our country'
Monowar Hossain Tutul, a professional guitar player, was fond of different musical instruments from his very childhood.
 arrow Theatre Institute Chattagram kicks off its journey
Through triumphing sounds of drums along with the chorus song, O bhai anra chatgainya nowjowan by the members of the local theatrical groups, ABM Mahiuddin Chowdhury, the Mayor of Chittagong City
 arrow A mind-stirring debut in camera
Nine-year-old Roudro Sakib Karim's ongoing photo exhibition at Shilpangan Gallery contains 24 display items.
 arrow Cultural carnival marks the inauguration
Although nowadays famous Tagore singer Kalim Sharafi does not appear much on the stage, he enthusiastically sang a Tagore's piece Aami tomay chharbo na maa at the Theatre Institute Chattagram (TIC)
Generalarrow Political parties urged to show respect to democratic norms
Lack of mutual respect among politicians and desperate attempt to assume state power are mainly responsible for the growing intolerance in politics, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka on track to meet target of reducing child deaths
New country-by-country data revealed alarmingly slow progress on reducing child deaths despite the availability of proven low-cost interventions, according to a Unicef survey.
 arrow 'Reform existing laws in light of Cedaw'
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has urged the government to fully ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) and reform existing laws of the country in the
 arrow AL distributes relief among tornado victims in Tongi
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday distributed relief materials among the members of 600 tornado-hit families in Tongi.
 arrow Fudan University champions, Buet second
The Fudan University of China became champions at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2004, Asia Regional Dhaka Site Event, yesterday.
Internationalarrow European, Asian leaders call for UN to lead anti-terror battle
European and Asian leaders called yesterday for the United Nations to spearhead the fight against international terrorism in veiled criticism of the unilateral US approach to global threats.
 arrow Nato agrees plans for Iraq training mission
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreed yesterday detailed plans for its mission to train Iraqi security forces, involving up to 300 instructors and commanded by a senior US officer, officials said.
 arrow World leaders condemn Sinai attacks
World leaders condemned triple bombings in Egypt's Sinai peninsula claiming at least 26 victims, and renewed calls for international cooperation to stamp out terrorism.
 arrow Pakistan on high alert, bans religious gatherings
Pakistan's army was on high alert yesterday ahead of anticipated protests over the killing of 41 people at a gathering of Sunni Muslims from an outlawed radical organisation, the sixth attack in a mounting
 arrow IAEA making 'progress' in verification work in Iran: ElBaradei
The UN nuclear watchdog is making "good progress" in its verification work in Iran but cannot yet say whether Tehran has diverted sensitive technology to weapons production, the agency chief said yesterday.
 arrow House rejects Senate spy agency overhaul
The House of Representatives Thursday rejected a Senate-passed spy agency overhaul clearing the way for passage of a Republican-written measure that critics said includes controversial provisions that
 arrow US base attacked as Afghans prepare to vote in polls
Sporadic violence erupted in pockets of Afghanistan on the eve of a historic presidential election in the rugged war-torn land, highlighting the risks posed by Taliban militants who have vowed to disrupt
 arrow Blast at Indonesian embassy in Paris
Ten people were lightly injured when a bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris yesterday, breaking windows and damaging vehicles but causing no serious destruction.
 arrow British minister apologises for false Iraq data
Britain's Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has apologised for false government intelligence information about weapons of mass destruction that was the basis for Britain joining the Iraq invasion
 arrow Swiss FM to visit Lanka to aid talks with Tigers
Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey was set to visit Sri Lanka yesterday to try to revive peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels, ministry sources said.
 arrow Howard favored for reelection as Australia goes to polls today
Australians go to the polls today with conservative Prime Minister John Howard favored to win a fourth term in office despite public unease over his decision to join the US-led war in Iraq.
 arrow Cheney once pushed to lift Iran sanctions
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has called Iran "the world's leading exporter of terror," pushed to lift US trade sanctions against Tehran while chairman of Halliburton Co. in the 1990s.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The mass arrest question
In a move towards upholding human rights values, the court last Wednesday extended the order putting lid on misapplication of Section 86 of the DMP Ordinance up to October 26.
 arrow Editorial: DCC-DTCB imbroglio
The manner in which a group of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) staff ransacked and relocated the office of Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board (DTCB) using force cannot be condoned.
 arrow UN, OIC and the Muslim world
The world, instead of becoming safer, appears to be deteriorating into a more complex stage where terror is assuming different masks.
 arrow The difficult equation
Most of the people tacitly agree that the country needs honest, dedicated and wise leadership to save it from its existing morass where desire and demand of the people are denied and evil forces despite
Letters to Editorarrow Israeli atrocities
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 arrow Value of life
Living in Dhaka it seems there is an urgent need for reflection in the current values of life in this Age of Change.
 arrow Like to eat GM food?
Do you remember all those B-movies from the 70s and 80s? Return of the killer Tomatoes and others, that almost created a genre? Today the great debate on genetically modified (GM) food takes us back to
Literaturearrow Curry Leaf*
In the backyard stood a robust and lush curry leaf tree. Nobody looking from the street would guess that there could be such a tree back there.

The house had been given a coat of Snowcem cement paint.

 arrow Yet Another Farewell: Remembering Mulk Raj Anand
In the world of Indian English letters this seems to have been a season dominated by Lord Yama.
 arrow From Maid to Bestselling Author: with a little help from Taslima Nasreen
An Indian woman who used to sweep and mop other people's floors found her life transformed overnight when she became a bestselling author.