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Front Pagearrow Essentials prices hit sky-high
The poor and middle class people's plight has reached its peak due to the spiralling prices of essentials a couple of days before the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Ex-CJ, German envoy cross swords over religious militancy
Former chief justice Mustafa Kamal yesterday said France and Germany have 'no moral right' to discuss religious militancy in this region, prompting a war of words with German Ambassador in Dhaka Dietrich
 arrow Biman flights go haywire on plane dearth
Biman has been facing frequent flight disruptions on domestic and regional routes after one of its F28 aircraft crashed in Sylhet.
Biman usually uses five of its F28s for domestic and regional operations.

 arrow 18 Indians nabbed with guns, bullets
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday caught 18 Indians from the Satchhari border area in Habiganj's Chunarughat upazila with two guns, six bullets, three daggers and some military uniforms.
 arrow Ex-army chief Mustafiz loses his four-star general rank
The government has scrapped the four-star general's rank of former army chief Mustafizur Rahman terming the promotion 'unlawful' and said there is no such post in the organogram of the Bangladesh Army.
 arrow JS goes into session on Oct 28
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its14th session on October 28 coinciding with the third anniversary of the 8th parliament.
 arrow Saifur tells WB judiciary separation by yearend
Though the law ministry has so far failed to come up with any specific timeframe for separating the judiciary from the executive, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman recently assured the World Bank (WB)chief
 arrow Zealots blast govt for failure to protect Islamic values
The four-party alliance government has failed to protect Islamic values, alleged the Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) leaders yesterday.
 arrow Poor management...

 arrow Pakistan PM due Nov 3
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will arrive in Dhaka on a day's visit on November 3 as the current chairman of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
 arrow Norwegian, American share Nobel for economics
Finn Kydland of Norway and Edward Prescott of the United States yesterday won the 2004 Nobel Economics Prize for their contributions to dynamic macroeconomics, the Nobel jury said.
 arrow Sadr militias start handing in arms
Radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr's militia began slowly turning in weapons Monday under a deal with the Iraqi government aimed at bringing a halt to months of deadly fighting in a Baghdad slum.
 arrow Outlaws kill 3
Underground operatives shot and slaughtered three people in separate incidents in Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday night.
 arrow 2 lakh child labourers to get training
Two hundred thousand child labourers would be given training and rehabilitated soon under a Tk 206 crore project.
 arrow Key accused of Rabbani killing surrenders
The prime accused in Commodore Golam Rabbani murder case surrendered to the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong, yesterday.
 arrow BSF hands over 11 Bangladeshi fishermen
Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday handed over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) 11 Bangladeshi fishermen who were languishing in an Indian prison for over two years.
 arrow ALCWC sits today to draw up next agitation plan
The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) sits first time today after the August 21 grenade attack to discuss latest political developments.
 arrow DCC bulldozes illegal flower shops
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday pulled down several illegal makeshift flower shops in Shahbagh in the city.
 arrow River Jamuna overflows
Overflowing Jamuna yesterday caused 800-metre wide breach in the flood protection embankment at Shimla in Sadar upazila.
 arrow PM's speech a document of frustration Saber says
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the leader of the opposition, yesterday said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's speech to the nation lacked any way out to overcome the crises the nation is facing.
 arrow 28 mobile courts in capital during Ramadan
Twenty-eight mobile courts will operate in the capital to ensure law and order during the Ramadan.
 arrow 3 killed in city road crashes
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in the city and Savar yesterday on the third day of ongoing Police Traffic Week.
 arrow Khoka discharged from 2 graft cases
A Dhaka court yesterday discharged Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka from two graft cases.
 arrow 2 remanded again
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) placed two youths arrested for their alleged involvement with the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally on a three-day fresh remand yesterday.
Businessarrow Cost accountants put flood losses at $8b
A study by the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) has estimated a loss well over US$8 billion from the damage of flood this year.
 arrow Slap condition for mandatory listing before participation
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) President Ahmed Iqbal Hasan yesterday urged Norway to put a condition of public participation prior to approving investment in any projects of Bangladesh.
 arrow Better intra-regional trade hinges on rules of origin
Speakers at a seminar yesterday observed intra-regional trade can be improved many folds provided the rules of origins are made simple and consistent.
 arrow Rice export increases but fails to tap potential
Export of fine and aromatic rice from Bangladesh marked a significant rise from 1,100 tonnes in 2002 to 3,300 tonnes in 2003 but the volume is still far below the potential demand of 4 million Bangladeshis
 arrow Oil boils above $53 a barrel
Oil prices have stayed on the boil above $53 a barrel, bolstered by persistent anxiety over Opec member Nigeria and the nearly month-long loss of a quarter of US Gulf of Mexico production, traders say.
 arrow 'Explore more historic sites to woo touristsí
The commerce minister has called for exploring more historic sites in Bangladesh to attract foreign tourists.
 arrow EBL signs two agreements with CDBL
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) has signed two agreements with Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL), the service provider of central depository system (CDS), recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Yunus joins advisory board of Holcim Foundation
Founder of Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus has joined the advisory board of Holcim Foundation, Switzerland as a member.
 arrow Indian rupee up, but oil prices a concern
The Indian rupee rose past three-month highs on Monday morning, helped by the dollar's losses overseas and expectations the central bank will allow a gradual appreciation to cushion the economy from high
 arrow ONE Bank opens branch at Dhanmondi
ONE Bank Limited has opened its branch at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Chairman of the bank Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury inaugurated the branch on Thursday, says a press release.

 arrow New MD of Ansar-VDP Unnayan Bank
Mujibur Rahman Khan has joined Ansar-VDP Unnayan Bank as managing director recently.

Prior to this assignment he was managing director of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, says a press release.

 arrow Nigerian workers launch 4-day strike over rising fuel costs
Tens of millions of Nigerian workers began a four-day nationwide strike over rising fuel prices as labour leaders launched their latest challenge to President Olusegun Obasanjo's economic reforms.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fleming's men fly in today
A 14-member New Zealand cricket team led by Stephen Fleming will arrive in Dhaka today to play two Tests and three one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: India want Sachin back
India, bruised by the heavy defeat by world champions Australia in the first Test here, prayed on Monday for Sachin Tendul-kar's speedy return to the series.
 arrow Cricket: Invincible Miller passes away
Australian Keith Miller, rated one of cricket's greatest and crowd-pleasing all-rounders, died here on Monday aged 84, a family spokesman said.
 arrow Cricket: All tickets at ONE Bank
ONE Bank has been designated as the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) official ticket distributor for the coming home series against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: No result sees SL thru'
Asian champions Sri Lanka secured a place in the final of the tri-series tournament here Monday after their match against Zimbabwe was called off due to heavy overnight rain.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI can now operate
India's top court has set aside a lower court's order suspending all office-bearers of the country's cricket board, including president Ranbir Mahendra, because of alleged misconduct during board elections
 arrow Cricket: ICC likely to rule on racism inquiry soon
The dozen remaining Zimbabwe rebel cricketers have filed their official letter of complaint against the Zimbabwe Cricket Board (ZCU) with Malcolm Speed, the chief executive of the International Cricket
 arrow Hockey: Some solace for India
India scored a consolation 2-0 victory over Pakistan in the final match of an eight-Test series on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Paraguay's catch-up mission
Paraguay will try to keep pace with Brazil and Argentina when they face a demoralised Peru in the South American World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Attack 'em at your peril
Venezuela's 5-2 home defeat by Brazil in their World Cup qualifier has sent a clear message to any other teams who might be tempted to attack the world champions and play them as equals -- don't eventhink
 arrow Football: Lippi says 'don't panic'
Italy coach Marcelo Lippi insisted on Sunday that his team are still on course for the World Cup finals despite their humiliating 1-0 defeat in Slovenia.
 arrow Football: Beckham could be back sooner
Spanish giants Real Madrid on Monday played down the seriousness of midfielder David Beckham's rib injury and said that the England skipper could play this weekend.
 arrow Football: A day for the Chernobyl children
Belarussian children suffering from the affects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster will accompany the players onto the pitch for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier here between Italy and Belarus.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM names nat'l pool
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) yesterday released a 19-member national pool for the coming Premier Cricket League.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey transfer concludes
The three-day hockey players' transfer for the Premier and First Division leagues concluded yesterday at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Football: Brothers in last four
National Football League and Dhaka Premier Division champions Brothers Union reached the semifinals of the 53rd Barduloi Trophy after winning their first match of the tournament in Guwahati, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Karppinen replaces Cordy
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday named Stuart Karppinen as strength and conditioning coach of the national cricket team.
 arrow Handball: CWC, Holy Family earn full points
Central Women's College (CWC) and Holy Cross College posted victories on the opening day of the 10th Delta Life handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Mehdi passes away
Former editor of the country's eminent sports fortnightly magazine Krirajagat Mohammed Shamsuddin Ahmed Mehdi died of a heart attack in Chittagong on Sunday night. He was 55.
 arrow Chess: Team leaves for Spain tomorrow
The Bangladesh chess team will fly to Spain on Wednesday night to take part in the 36th Chess Olympiad.
 arrow Chess: 3-way lead at the top
SM Shahin, Shamsul Islam and Abid Hossain jointly led the table of the Sixth Special Chess Championship with maximum five points at end of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall roomyesterday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo misses Samba beat
Olympiakos' attacking midfielder Rivaldo has made an emotional plea to Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to include him in his squad.
 arrow Football: Neybet to fast and play
Tottenham's Moroccan defender Noureddine Naybet said that as a devout Muslim he will observe the holy month of Ramadan and fast even if it leaves him under-strength.
 arrow Football: Tragedy at qualifier
Three people were killed and eight injured when a crowd stampeded following a powercut after Sunday's World Cup African zone Group 1 qualifying game between Togo and Mali here, officials confirmed Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Jalil criticises PM for her remarks
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday sharply reacted to the prime minister's remarks about his party's demand for immediate election, saying that it is not Khaleda Zia but the people
 arrow Tributes to Gandhi
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi describing him as one of the most outstanding personalities of the 20th century.
 arrow Photojournalist Lal Bhai dead
Noted photojournalist Mosharraf Hossain Lal Bhai died of old age complications at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) here yesterday at the age of 75.
 arrow PM unveils cover of book
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday unveiled the cover of a book portraying Bangladesh on the road to prosperity, development and production.
 arrow Proshika distributes relief at Tongi, Uttara
Proshika has extended medicare services and distributed relief materials and nutritious baby food among 1600 flood and tornado victims of Tongi and Uttara areas.
Nationalarrow Fortune from papaya
Once jobless Phul Mia, 45, is now a self-reliant farmer. He earns Tk 9,000 each day by sending 150 maunds of green and ripe papaya to Dhaka, Barisal and other districts after meeting local demand.
 arrow 'Peace is more important in a criminal-ruled union'
Bhalakut, a remote union of Nasirnagar upazila (UZ) in Brahmanbaria was a den of criminals even a few years ago. Former chairperson of the union, Dhonu Mia subdued criminal activities with iron hand.
 arrow Floodwaters submerge new areas in Gaibandha
Flash flood inundated 17 unions in Gobindaganj upazila following incessant rainfalls and onrush of water from upstream of the Karotoa during the last few days.
 arrow Water scarcity turns hospital into hell in Nilphamari
Acute scarcity of water for the last four days turned a hospital here into hell.

The environment of Nilphamari 50-bed Hospital became unhealthy due to stinking smell all around.

Point-Counterpointarrow Bush-Kerry face-off : Democracy in action
Among some of the laudable traditions set up by the United States to extol, expand and operate the principles and practices of democracy has been the convention of holding debates between the major Presidential
 arrow Potentials of leather sector remain unutilised
Leather is one of the promising and hundred percent export-oriented sectors of the country. From this sector, the country is enjoying more than 250 million US dollar as export earning every year.
Culturearrow SM Sultan's works transcend national boundaries
SM Sultan's works transcend national boundaries.
 arrow Acting was a dream-come-true to me -- Tazin
Tazin Ahmed a talented TV and stage actress, spoke to our cultural correspondent recently.
 arrow Regional auditions end at Sylhet
Finally, the last of the Benson & Hedges One & Only Star search 2004's regional audition came to an end in Sylhet, after successive auditions in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi.
 arrow 'Superman' star Christopher Reeve no more
Christopher Reeve, the star of the Superman movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist
Generalarrow Pro-govt lawyers blame SC Bar for parallel probe
Supreme Court Bar Association has no legal or constitutional mandate to discard the judicial probe report on the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally, said the pro-government lawyers at a press
 arrow Concern at torture in custody, death in crossfire
Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed grave concern at the torture in police custody and the death of arrestees in crossfire.
 arrow India donates food worth Rs 100 cr
India donated food worth rupees 100 crore in grant assistance for the flood-affected people of Bangladesh.
 arrow City madrasa ransacked, 25 injured
Twenty-five people were injured in a clash between a group of hired men of the owner of Harli Barli Store and the students of Babus Salam Madrasa at Haji Camp Road in the airport area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Burglary at city shop
A burglary took place at a shop in Maulana Bhasani Stadium in the city on Saturday night.
Aslam, the owner of the shop, said the burglars entered the shop by breaking the back wall.

 arrow 'OFA Award of Excellence' introduced
The Old Faujians Association (OFA), a global organisation of ex-cadets of Faujdarhat Cadet College (FCC), has introduced 'OFA Award of Excellence' for present cadets of the college, says a press release.
 arrow 1,126 more held
Police arrested some 1,126 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow UN sanction will spark merciless war: N Korea
North Korea warned yesterday any move by the United Nations to impose sanctions on the communist state to make up for stalled diplomacy would spark a "merciless war".
 arrow Sharon keeps up Gaza offensive
Israel was pushing on with its deadly offensive in Gaza yesterday despite reservations of army chiefs as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was to address MPs on his plan to pull out of the territory next year.
 arrow EU ramps up sanctions against Mynamar
The European Union ramped up sanctions against Myanmar yesterday after the military-ruled state failed to meet key demands on human rights, including the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow India, US begin talks on strategic ties
India and the United States yesterday began talks on deepening cooperation in nuclear and strategic areas, less than a month after Washington lifted sanctions it had imposed on Indian facilities in 1998,
 arrow Counting of Afghan votes put 'on hold'
Counting of votes in Afghanistan's first presidential elections was put on hold yesterday as negotiations continued over allegations of irregularities, a spokesman for the electoral body said.
 arrow Maldives lifts emergency
Dissidents in the Maldives yesterday welcomed the lifting of a state of emergency in the restive archipelago, but said there could be no real change as long as the president remained the chief judicial
 arrow Stop 'kowtowing' to West: Mahathir
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed urged Asia's leaders on Monday to stop "kowtowing" to Westerners, warning continued subservience would lead to domestic uprisings and terrorist attacks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's call for enlightened politics
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's address to the nation on Sunday has several facets that we would like to comment on.
 arrow Editorial: Improved law and order!
We find the statement of the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry that the law and order in Bangladesh has seen a marked improvement and is better than that of any time in the past, difficult
 arrow Gas for growth
Bangladesh is endowed with natural gas.
 arrow An American diary
The biggest tourist attraction in America now is the immigration service at the airport. It evokes the same mild dread that was once reserved for Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.
Letters to Editorarrow Forest at stake
So now we have the flora and fauna of Lawachhera forest at stake.....! It's amazing how the oil companies take such wanton stride, bent on to destroying anything that comes in their way.
 arrow Police fail to act
I saw the horrible scene on ntv that a number of people were beating three persons who were accused of robbery. Those people were so excited that they set the suspected robbers on fire.
 arrow Bomb scare
One problem that has been added to our daily life is fear of bomb.
The bomb scare has already had a disrupting effect on public life.

 arrow Reviving the society
Many do not see how politics or the politicians are going to solve the nation's cumulative problems, which are basically moral.
 arrow In search of justice
It is about one month, but there is no news of any progress in the investigation into the bomb blast of 21 August at Bangabandhu Avenue.