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Front Pagearrow Tata gets go-ahead to its investment plans
India's Tata Group yesterday signed an expression of interest with Board of Investment (BoI), getting a formal go-ahead to its proposed $2 billion investment package -- the biggest single investment in
 arrow Rab accused of extra-judicial killings, violation of constitution
Rights groups yesterday accused the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of violating the constitution, laws to deal with crimes and human rights through extra-judicial killings in custody and 'crossfire.
 arrow Traffic nightmare bogs city down
Severe traffic tailbacks continued making Dhaka's commuters suffer heavily, as there was no sign of any improvement until yesterday, the fifth day of ongoing Traffic Week.
 arrow Bangladesh loses out in growth, business competitiveness
Bangladesh's growth and business competitiveness have suffered further this year ranking it among the lowest rungs of the ladder.
 arrow Hasina trashes PM's conspiracy theory
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday rubbished the conspiracy theory of Prime Minister about the opposition's going into power.
 arrow BNP rejects AL demand for reforms
Policymakers of ruling BNP yesterday rejected outright the main opposition Awami League's demand for bringing reforms in the formation of caretaker government and termed it 'unfortunate and a disgrace
 arrow Rab to swing into action in all 64 districts
The home ministry yesterday directed the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to launch anticrime operations in all 64 districts.
 arrow Another low over Bay
A low has again formed over the Bay off Myanmar coast, prompting the met office to advise the seaports to hoist cautionary signals.
 arrow Huda admits irregularities in licensing
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday admitted irregularities in granting autorickshaw licences, which prompted a parliamentary body to ask BRTA, the licensing authority, to identify the three-wheelers
 arrow Back on track...

 arrow Cheetah kills Tejgaon terror 'Boma' Rafiq
Elite anticrime Cheetah force last night gunned down notorious criminal of the Tejgaon area Rafiq alias 'Boma' Rafiq in a 'shootout' at Begunbari in Tejgaon.
 arrow PM warns of tougher anticrime law again
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government would enact tougher laws, if necessary, to combat crimes in the interest of public safety and uninterrupted development of the country.
 arrow Power crisis to go on in Ramadan
The power, and energy and mineral resources divisions yesterday failed to thrash out a solution to meeting increased power demand during Puja and Ramadan this month.
 arrow 14 lakh children born with heart defects
An estimated 14 lakh children survive congenital heart defects while about 20 percent of the people aged between 30 and 40 suffer from high blood pressure and 10 percent suffer coronary heart diseases
 arrow Move to salvage crashed F28
Biman authorities yesterday started preparation to salvage Biman's F-28 aircraft that skidded off the runway of Osmani International Airport with 79 people on board and crashed into a nearby canal bank
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Baghdad blasts
A total of four US soldier were killed in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad overnight and early morning, the military said.
 arrow North floods worsen
Flood situations in Rajshahi and Naogaon deteriorated further inundating fresh areas in the last 24 hours while diarrhoea broke out in some places.
 arrow Family of Jamal gets abductors' fresh threat
Family of the abducted BNP leader and business magnet, Jamaluddin, yesterday received an anonymous letter informing that he is still alive.
 arrow One more suspect held
One more person has been arrested and remanded for five days for his alleged involvement in the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Oikya Mancha slates price hike
Jatiya Oikya Mancha leaders yesterday said economic hardship of the common people has peaked in the wake of rocketing prices of essentials.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Kushtia
Criminals gunned down a BNP leader in Kuripol village of Mirpur upazila in the district Tuesday.
 arrow Arrest warrant against Dipu, 16 others
Speedy Trial Tribunal-1in Dhaka yesterday issued warrant of arrest against Nurul Islam Dipu, a Chhatra Samaj leader and sixteen others accused in the Ahsanullah Master MP murder case.
 arrow Financial sector reforms on track: IMF
Reforms in financial sector are on track under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF), said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the first stage of its third review of the PRGF programmes
 arrow UN inspectors ready to return to Iraq
UN inspectors, barred from most of Iraq since last year's invasion, are ready to return to probe the disappearance of equipment that could be used in atomic weapons, the United Nations nuclear watchdog
Businessarrow Prosperity through trade, not politics
Trade and investment, not politics, can show the path of prosperity, India's Tata Group Chairman Ratan N Tata said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Proposed steel plant won't threaten local industries
Belying fear of local steel producers, Managing Director of Tata Steel B Muthuraman yesterday said local companies have nothing to fear with the investment plan of Indian industrial heavyweight, rather
 arrow GMG urges government to harmonise fuel price
The country's lone private airlines yesterday urged the government to harmonise the jet fuel price and bring it on a par with price charged for international operations.
 arrow CAs for enforcement of accounting standards
Chartered accountants at a seminar on Tuesday urged the government to make it mandatory for the public and private companies to follow the Bangladesh Accounting Standards (BAS) for preparing financial
 arrow Enterprises lack sustainable development plans: Saifur
Both public and private sectors are now making their action plans ignoring the concept of sustainable development in the country, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said.
 arrow Oil prices fall in volatile trading
World oil prices fell on Wednesday in volatile dealing as traders banked heavy profits following crude's surge above 54 dollars on a market nervous about supplies heading into the northern hemispherewinter.
 arrow Backward linkage industries needed to boost textile products
Bangladesh needs to set up a large number of backward linkage industries to boost its competitiveness of textile products, speakers said at a cotton and textile convention in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New trading timing at DSE in Ramadan
The trading schedule and office timing of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) have been re-fixed for the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Rangs Power Battery launched at local market
White Products and Electronics Limited, a sister concern of Rangs Group of Companies, has launched Rangs Power Battery in local market.
 arrow Dhaka Bank opens branch at Gulshan
Dhaka Bank Limited opened a branch at Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbasuddin Ahmed inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

 arrow EU to monitor Chinese textile imports closely
The European Union (EU) executive proposed stricter monitoring of Chinese clothing and textiles imports on Tuesday as part of a drive to protect European businesses when an international quota regimewinds
Sportsarrow Cricket: Improvement Dav's priority
For Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore the word 'win' is apparently a burden rather than a thought of inspiration at the moment.
 arrow Cricket: Oram wants runs
In his three-year international career, Jacob Oram has risen to the stature of the most potential all-rounder in the New Zealand team after Chris Cairns.
 arrow Football: A victory for women
Dhaka District Sports Association clinched the title of the first ever Women's Football Tournament that came to a peaceful end yesterday despite threats from a section of fundamentalists.
 arrow Cricket: 'Deliver or face axe'
India's captain Sourav Ganguly urged his batsmen to deliver or face the axe when the hosts launch their series-levelling quest in the second Test against Aus-tralia here from Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Wait till last for Bashar
The national selectors it seems will wait as late as possible to make sure captain Habibul Bashar plays in Bangladesh's first Test against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin out of 2nd Test, not series
India's Sachin Tendulkar, who has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia starting here on Thursday, may still play the remaining two Tests, team officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy urges to keep it up
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said he would field a full-strength team in a bid to maintain their 100 per cent record going into the final tri-series league match against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq demands greater Test role
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is keen to play a greater role in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Umps satisfy their boss
The newly appointed ICC umpires' high performance manager Wednesday defended the elite panel of umpires saying they were doing a fantastic job despite controversy over decisions in the recent Test between
 arrow Football: End near for Kahn?
German legend Lothar Matthaeus believes his former Bayern Mu-nich team-mate Oliver Kahn will retire from the German national team if manager Jurgen Klinsmann continues to play him off against Jens Lehmann.
 arrow Football: Beckham feels the heat
David Beckham is set to be hauled over the coals by English football authorities over his admission that he deliberately fouled an opponent to earn himself a convenient booking in last week's World Cup
 arrow Football: Ro-Ro row!
Ronaldo labelled his former Brazil striking partner Romario as pretentious on Tuesday after the 1994 World Cup forward's description of himself as the team's most important player in 34 years.
 arrow Cricket: Draw likely in U-17's 3-dayer
The first three-day match between touring Bangladesh under-17 team and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) U-17s looked heading for a draw after rain interrupted most of the proceedings on the secondday
 arrow Football: BU in Barduloi Trophy final
Brothers Union stormed into the final of the 53rd Barduloi Trophy with an easy 2-0 win over Assam Police at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Women's h'ball semis today
Last year's runners-up Siddeshwari Girls' College will take on Holy Cross College in the first semifinal of the 10th Delta Life women's handball tournament today at the Dhanmon-di Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Football: Div II soccer starts today
Mirpur Chalantika will take on Sunrise Sporting Club in the opening match of the Metropolis Second Division Football League today.
 arrow Cricket: Winning comes first for Warne
Australia's Shane Warne, poised to become the world's highest Test wicket-taker, said on Tuesday he would prefer to achieve the feat before his adoring home fans.
 arrow Cricket: Collier new ECB chief
Nottinghamshire county boss David Collier has been named England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive in succession to Tim Lamb.
 arrow State funeral to honour Miller
Australian cricketing legend Keith Miller will be given a state funeral next week after passing away at the age of 84, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Endless bases
The organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany have assembled an impressive 110 training bases for the 32 finalists to choose from.
 arrow Football: Mutu has gone too far
Adrian Mutu's Chelsea career could be over after the Romania striker failed to show up for training.
Metropolitanarrow Night guard shot dead during robbery in Ctg
A night guard was shot dead and two people were wounded during an armed robbery at a village in Satkania early yesterday.
 arrow FM dismisses cool Dhaka-Delhi ties
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday dismissed suggestions of a 'cool' in Bangladesh-India relations, saying it would be a 'pleasure' to meet his Indian counterpart Natwar Singh during his daylong
 arrow Trader commits suicide, woman found dead
Police yesterday recovered the body of an unidentified woman at Uttara while a trader allegedly committed suicide at Malitola Lane in the city.
 arrow Nine houses gutted in Ctg
Four people were injured trying to extinguish a fire that gutted nine houses at Hathazari upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 2,200 bottles of phensidyl seized
Department of Narcotics Control in separate raids seized around 2,200 bottles of phensidyl yesterday.
 arrow Anti-tobacco award for 10 personalitis
Students Anti-smoking Committee (SASC) Alumni Society of Bangladesh will formally award 10 personalities in December in recognition of their contributions to anti-tobacco movement and formulation of Tobacco
 arrow Rab nabs five at Keraniganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five people with arms and ammunition at Keraniganj in the early hours of Tuesday.
 arrow OIC official meets UAP VC
Nabika Diallo, assistant secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), met Dr A M Patwari, vice-chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP), in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow PBCP cadre lynched
An armed cadre of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was lynched by an angry mob yesterday at Barochohola village under Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat district.
Nationalarrow 5 outlaws among 8 killed in 3 districts
Eight persons were killed in separate clashes in Chuadanga, Jhenidah and Kushtia on Monday.
 arrow Formation of new BNP body triggers factional clash in Rajshahi
BNP factions on Saturday locked in a clash over formation of a new committee of BNP city unit.
 arrow Raising awareness about breast cancer
A workshop on 'Breast Cancer Awareness' was held on the premises of Lakhsma Sweaters Limited, Board Bazaar, Gazipur on Friday.
 arrow Strike in demand for schoolteachers in Rangamati
Teachers and students of Bhubonjoy Government High School in Jurachhari upazila on Monday observed a half-day strike demanding immediate appointment of teachers.
 arrow Illegal liquor factory demolished
Angry people demolished an illegal local liquor manufacturing factory at a village in Syedpur upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Movement of BSF vehicles along border increases
Movement of vehicles of the Indian BSF (Border Security Force) along the pucca road attached to the border increased in recent days, according to border people.
 arrow Motorcyclist mugged
Miscreants on Tuesday snatched away Tk, 40,000 away from a motorcyclist near the Deputy Commissioner's office, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Qur'an forbids killing without justice
In September 20 edition of TIME, in its special report "The Struggle within Islam", there is a comment by David Van Biema titled " Does the Koran Condone Killing?" He highlighted some quotations of Al-Zarqawi
 arrow Spectacles : Symbol of disparity?
Look at Dhaka or any other big city, you will see many people, irrespective of gender and age, are wearing glasses. However, if you go into the villages, the number of glass users is gradually comingdown.
Culturearrow Dancers from Rajasthan and Tripura enthrall the audience
Dancers and musical troupes from Tripura and Rajasthan regaled the Dhaka audience at a function on October 12.
 arrow Documentary on Ritwik Ghatak premièred
Films on filmmakers and their works are important because of their research-oriented characteristics.
 arrow An Eid fashion fiesta
As the country's biggest religious festival Eid is almost knocking at the door, fashion houses are on their toes.
 arrow PC Sarkar's whirlwind tour
Celebrated illusionist PC Sarkar Jr was here in Dhaka after 31 long years. At a press conference at Hotel Purbani, the magician informed journalists that he did not come to perform this time.
 arrow John Lennon: The legend lives on
'Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky.'

Thus sang the immortal John Lennon in Imagine.

Generalarrow BDF awards debaters, institutions
Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) yesterday awarded debaters and institutions for their outstanding contribution to the debating arena.
 arrow Elderly couple killed in Bagerhat
An FIR was lodged with Rampal Police Station in Bagerhat accusing four people, including a BNP leader, of murdering an elderly couple.
 arrow Taslima Nasrin wins Unesco tolerance prize
Writer Taslima Nasrin on Tuesday won a prize by the UN's educational, social and cultural organisation Unesco for her fight against the oppression of women.
 arrow Outlaw beaten to death in Satkhira
A mob beat a Janajuddha man to death after gouging out his eyes at South Sreemantakati Bazar in Tala on Tuesday night.
 arrow Mob, police clash in Rangamati: 9 injured
Nine people including two constables were hurt in a clash between a mob and police when the cops tried to save four UPDF activists from mob beating in Kawkhali yesterday.
 arrow 5 killed in road accedent
Five people, three of a family, were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident at Bashail in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Diploma course on journalism begins
Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR) has begun a diploma course on journalism under National University, says a press release.
 arrow 1,312 more held
Police arrested 1,312 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow AFMC meet held
The fifth meeting of the Council of Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) was held at Dhaka Cantonment on Tuesday.
Internationalarrow Iraqis plead for more international help
Iraq pleaded with the international community Wednesday to play a bigger part in rebuilding the war-shattered nation at a donors conference to assess how to spend billions of dollars in aid.
 arrow Bush, Kerry looking for edge in final debate
Running even just 20 days before the election, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry were looking for any edge in their third and final debate Wednesday night.
 arrow Blair rejects opposition allegation
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday rejected charges from the Conservative opposition that he "misrepresented" intelligence used to make the case for invading Iraq.
 arrow Babies found in Iraqi mass grave
A mass grave being excavated in a north Iraqi village has yielded evidence that Iraqi forces executed women and children under Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Afghan election boycott ends, vote count soon
A top rival to Afghan election frontrunner President Hamid Karzai called off his boycott of the process Wednesday, making it likely that the historic poll's result would be recognized by all despite voting
 arrow China spurns Taiwan's peace overture
China spurned Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's peace overtures Wednesday, accusing him of merely paying lip service to easing tensions between the two arch foes.
 arrow Israel arrests senior Hamas commander in West Bank
The Israeli army Wednesday arrested a top military leader of the radical Palestinian group Hamas, accused of masterminding a string of deadly anti-Israeli attacks, Palestinian witnesses and Israeli radio
 arrow Saddam fit and well after operation
Saddam Hussein underwent a hernia operation at a US-run hospital inside Baghdad's Green Zone two weeks ago and has made a full recovery, a US military official said Wednesday.
 arrow Gujarat riot witnesses to be recalled
Seven witnesses in a 2002 Gujarat riot case, including a police officer, were Tuesday ordered by India's High Court to be recalled and re-examined.
 arrow More explosives found in Gujarat
More than 800 explosives, mostly rocket shells, have been recovered from scrap in three different places in Gujarat's Kutch district, police said.
 arrow British woman raped in Mumbai
A British woman was raped by an unidentified man at a paying guest accommodation in Parel in central Mumbai, police said on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unemployment crisis gets severer
The employment situation in the country is extremely depressing with 2.72 crore of its 6.83 crore strong labour force being either jobless or underemployed.
 arrow Editorial: Militancy in South Asia
Speaking at a seminar jointly organised by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (Biiss) and the French and German embassies in Dhaka, former chief justice and chief of caretaker
 arrow Religious militancy and our security
The Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (Biiss) must be lauded for organising a seminar on the subject of religious militancy and its impact on South Asia.
 arrow Unabated murder and mayhem
Iraqi situation shows signs of deteriorating: Ambushes, suicide bombings, sabotage, lawlessness and full-throated popular protests abound on a daily basis.
Letters to Editorarrow Brand business
I appreciate Mr. Asif Ahmed's article about 'National branding' published in The Daily Star on Oct 10, 2004. It is interesting how he related the concept between building a national brand and exportpromotion.
 arrow What more from him?
Since getting the Test status, four years back, Bangladesh still have not got a Test victory for which many commentators are throwing their javelin of flacks to our cricket team.
 arrow AL programmes
We are aghast and feeling deeply upset by Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil's warning that they would resort to a non-stop hartal if the government does not stop arresting the leaders and
 arrow Turkey and EU
Why Turkey is so keen to join the EU, when the latter is facing sunset years, and there are no signs of recovery in this century? In fact, the decline of Western civilisation is by now an open secret.
 arrow Pricey eggs
Eggs are selling at more than Tk 4 each; and the farm chickens are more pricey, although the economy is flooded with dairy and poultry farms. The production of eggs and chicks have boomeranged.
 arrow Ban on fox hunting
Recently, the British House of Commons has adopted a legislation to ban fox hunting in England and Wales.