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Front Pagearrow 40-45 varsities way behind prerequisites
Most private universities in the country have miserably failed to serve the purposes for which they were set up, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof M Asaduzzaman said yesterday.
 arrow Price mismatch mystery
If reports from the fields are something to go by, there persists a wide disparity between the prices that the northern growers are getting for their produce and the prices consumers in Dhaka are nowpaying
 arrow Target to stabilise population at 21.60cr by 2060
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the National Population Policy 2004 (NPP 2004) that focuses on bringing down population growth rate to 1 percent by 2010 from 1.54 percent now.
 arrow Most AL lawmakers for joining Sangsad
Most Awami League (AL) lawmakers are displeased with the party high command's stance on not joining the upcoming session of the Jatiya Sangsad and participating in all the parliamentary standing committees.
 arrow Same model grenades used in Sylhet, AL rally
The grenade hurled on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet on May 21 was of the same model as those found on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 and at Dhaka Central
 arrow Ex-air force chief Jamal stripped of air marshal rank
The government has stripped former air force chief Jamal Uddin Ahmed of his rank of air marshal citing 'unlawful elevation to the position' as the reason, said a defence ministry press release.
 arrow Rab seizes Tk 30 lakh drug money from slum
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized around Tk 30 lakh in cash believed to be drug money, looted gold ornaments and heroin from a slum at Demra Sunday.
 arrow 350 cargo vessels registered violating rules
More than 350 cargo vessels have been registered violating rules and regulations and depriving the government of over Tk 1 crore in tax.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in firefight with cops
Three operatives of an outlawed outfit were killed in a shoot-out with police in sadar upazila of Kushtia in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Open market sale of rice from Oct 21
The government has decided to start the open market sale (OMS) of coarse rice at Tk 13 a kg across the country from October 21.
 arrow Shop with Altaf to buy cheap
Want to buy vegetables and essential items cheap? Cheaper by at least Tk 2-10? Then shop with Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury.
 arrow Durga Puja begins today
Hindus across the country begin celebrating the Durga Puja today amid fears of insufficient security at the Puja Mandaps.
 arrow AL calls Rab killing force, demands its disbandment
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded disbandment of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), terming it a 'killing force'.
 arrow BD-NZ first Test starts today
Bangladesh will be up against a double-edged sword when the first Test against New Zealand begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Endemic eyewash...

 arrow Verdict in Jail Killing Case tomorrow
The judgement in the historic Jail Killing Case is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow after the verdict was deferred twice on September 7 and 21.
 arrow Motijheel OC asked to place report by Dec 5
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) court in Dhaka yesterday directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station to submit report by December 5 on a case filed on the August 21 grenade
 arrow JCD agitation stops CMCH outdoor services for 3 hours
Outdoor services at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) remained suspended for about three hours as some unruly job seekers backed by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men staged agitation for the
 arrow BSF pushes in 9 Indians
Border Security Force (BSF) of India pushed nine Indian nationals into Bangladesh through Amarkhana-Jotehasna border early yesterday.
 arrow Cop withdrawal from CHT starts today
The government starts reducing police forces from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) from today for redeployment in other districts and metropolitan areas.
 arrow Supply worries push oil prices above $55
World oil prices rose to fresh high points above $55 a barrel on markets worried about low supplies of crude amid strong demand with winter fast approaching in the northern hemisphere.
 arrow 13 killed in blasts across Iraq
Thirteen Iraqis were killed in bomb blasts around the country, officials said yesterday, as Britain was widely expected to move some of its soldiers to more dangerous areas in Iraq to help US forces.
 arrow Bhomra port idle for strike in India
Export-import through Bhomra land port came to a halt yesterday as Ghojadanga Nagarik Committee on the other side of the border enforced an indefinite strike.
 arrow Advani takes over as BJP chief
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brought back hardline leader Lal Krishna Advani as party chief yesterday after last week's loss in state elections in the major industrial state of Maharashtra.
Businessarrow LDC exports fall short on stringent non-tariff steps
Developing nations and least developed countries (LDCs) are failing to tap potential markets in developed countries due to various stringent rules in the name of compliance with sanitary and phyto-sanitary
 arrow Handloom fair gets on in full swing
Aiming to boost traditional handloom products, a month long fair is in full swing in Dhaka displaying wide variety of products from bed sheets to T-shirts.
 arrow WB to help Bangladesh in making post-MFA strategy
The World Bank will conduct a study for Bangladesh to formulate post-MFA strategy.
 arrow Eurozone recovery continues despite rise in oil prices
Economic recovery in the 12-country eurozone is continuing, even if uncertainty rising from the oil price and from mixed economic data has increased, a top official of the European Central Bank said in
 arrow ‘Oil prices set to remain high for some time’
The global economy appears to have entered a phase when oil prices will remain high for a long time, the Bundesbank wrote in its October monthly report published Monday.
 arrow China's first private airline flies this year
China's first private airline is expected to launch its service by the end of this year, state media reported Sunday.
 arrow Jakarta plans to float treasury bonds
Indonesia plans to issue millions of dollars worth of treasury bonds on October 26 at a fixed interest rate of 10 percent in an effort to cover the budget deficit, the Finance Ministry said Monday.
 arrow Trade thru' Bhomra land port disrupted on strike
Export-import trade through Bhomra land port halted yesterday for indefinite period following a strike called by a group of Indians, Bharatio Nagarik Committee, on the other side of the border.
 arrow UK trade team in Dhaka
A trade team from the United Kingdom is now here doing the groundwork for an investment delegation of the UK to visit Bangladesh shortly.
 arrow GMG Holidays launches Kolkata Eid shopping package
GMG Holidays, a sister concern of GMG Airlines, has introduced a special family package for travellers intending to visit Kolkata for Eid shopping.
 arrow Royal Cement corporate client of GP
Royal Cement Limited and its sister concerns have become corporate client of GrameenPhone (GP) Limited.
 arrow Bangla CAT Caterpillar dealer in Bangladesh
Singapore Caterpillar Inc has recently appointed Bangla CAT its Bangladesh dealer, says a press release.
 arrow Tk 300cr new food security programme for Barisal division
A new food security programme has been launched for Barisal division.
 arrow US appeals against WTO cotton subsidy ruling
The United States appealed on Monday against a World Trade Organisation ruling that government subsidies paid to the US cotton industry are illegal, trade sources said.
 arrow China eyes $40b in agricultural exports by 2013
China, the world's sixth largest agricultural exporter, has set a target of at least 40 billion dollars in annual agricultural exports by 2013, the Ministry of Commerce said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Time to show character
In many ways it will be the biggest pressure game for Bangladesh in a while.
 arrow Cricket: 'We will fight neck-and-neck'--Khaled Mashud
It's definitely going to rekindle Khaled Mashud's memories when he walks onto the field along with Stephen Fleming for the toss of the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the BangabandhuNational
 arrow Cricket: 'We'll take as long as it takes to win'---Stephen Fleming
New Zealand's two Test wins at home against Bangladesh were pretty comprehensive in 2001. But captain Stephen Fleming thinks repeating the same feats would be difficult in contrasting conditions.
 arrow Cricket: Moment to feel at home
Success is seen in different ways. Either in terms of achieving or accomplishing a certain goal or it can be used as a means by which people are judged.
 arrow Cricket: Recipe for success!
A secret meeting was held in Dhaka recently the exact date and location of which cannot be revealed for obvious reasons.
 arrow Cricket: Know the Tigers
In 16 months Dav Whatmore has travelled a lot with the Bangladesh team. He has rarely had the time to see his boys play at home. A year after the England series, the Tigers are back on familiar territory.
 arrow Cricket: Know the Black Caps
The New Zealand cricket team had hardly seen any success before winning the ICC Knockout World Cup in 2000. That triumph must have inspired Stephen Fleming and Co to look forward.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-skippers speak
These days there are a lot of whisperings regarding Bangladesh's ability to compete at the highest level of the game.
 arrow Cricket: We make it more colourful
You probably would not call something a sport if someone does not watch it. Sports and spectators have been complementing each other ever since both terminologies came into being.
 arrow Cricket: A king and his Test baby
When cricket's governing body ICC met in Lahore on October 16 it was not surprising that cricket affairs of Bangladesh along with Zimbabwe topped the agenda for all the wrong reasons.
 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins Madras Test
India and Australia both rued a missed opportunity of victory after bad weather ruined an absorbing climax to the second cricket Test on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: India lose Pathan for third Test
India's rising star Irfan Pa-than will miss the third Test against Aus-tralia due to a side strain su-ffered during the drawn second Test here, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Second win for Araf, Biman & AKTEL
Defending champions Araf Apparels, Biman Bangladesh and AKTEL won their second successive matches in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Club Cup hockey from Oct 21
The domestic hockey season will kick off on October 21 with the Club Cup Hockey tournament.

Ten teams will compete in two groups with the top two from each group advancing to the semifinals.

Nationalarrow Anwara's silent revolution
Fighting against 'Fatwa' given by some local so-called clerics, once poor Anwara Khatun Moina, is not only self- reliant now but also a successful entrepreneur.
 arrow Anti-drug meeting held in B'baria
An anti-drug meeting was held at Halderpara club here on Friday where people promised to help police nab drug peddlers and drug addicts from their area.
 arrow BAU post-flood rehabilitation
Bangladesh Agricultural University Extension Centre (BAUEC) has stated post-flood rehabilitation of farmers in worst affected Char Kalibari and Char Nilakshia villages in the Sadar Upazila.
 arrow Extortion in name of Rab
Two youth were beaten and handed over to police in the city for trying to extract money in the name of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) on Saturday night.
 arrow 11 AL men accused in BNP leader murder case
Eleven Awami League (AL) leaders and workers were named as accused persons in BNP leader Rumi Chowdhury murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Four years ago, most Muslims lined up behind Bush . . . We blew it'
Omar Ahmad is a technology entrepreneur and Board Member of San Francisco's AMILA (American Muslims Intent on Learning & Activism).
 arrow ABC of Anthrax
All health information to keep you up to date

Whenever we talk about the 9/11 incident, the word "chemical attack' comes to mind automatically.

Generalarrow PSC yet to reinstate Farida as ASP despite HC order
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is yet to reinstate a candidate as assistant superintendent of police (ASP) despite a High Court order in November 2001.
 arrow One killed, 11 hurt in shootout with Rab in Cox's Bazar
One person was killed, 11 others were nabbed and eight firearms seized following a shootout between a criminal outfit and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the offshore island of Maheshkhali in Cox's Bazar
 arrow 3 shot in crossfire as criminals trade fire
Three people were shot in a crossfire between two criminal groups at Mohakhali while miscreants stabbed a youth at Ramna in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt has lost people's confidence'
Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday said that the government has no right to stay in power as it has already lost the confidence of the people.
 arrow 'Mass Dialogue' launched
Former president Badruddoza Chowdhury and ex-foreign minister Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday kicked off a dialogue with a cross-section of people in Dinajpur to draw up 'People's Manifesto' reflecting the
 arrow Grenade attack survivors meet Hasina
Some came limping, some on crutches while some embraced opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence and wept.
 arrow Arms dealer arrested in Barisal
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an arms dealer and a notorious godfather of underworld in the city yesterday.

Omar Ali, 45, was handed over to police after the arrest.

 arrow Jute, textile workers begin 48-hr strike
Jute and Textile Workers Action Committee began a 48-hour strike at eight state-owned jute mills of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt yesterday to press home eight-point demand.
 arrow Hearing adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on arguments of the Lalbagh Seven Murder case till October 28.
 arrow ALCWC meets tomorrow
An emergency meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held at Shudha Sadan at 3.00pm tomorrow.
 arrow Shishu Park to remain open on Oct 23
The Shishu Park at Shahbag in the city will remain open for all from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 23 on the occasion of Durga Puja of the Hindu community.
Internationalarrow Sharon bids for coalition before Gaza vote
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was to meet main opposition Labour party leader Shimon Peres Monday about joining a new coalition as he struggled to stitch together a parliamentary majority for his
 arrow Karzai heading for historical victory
Afghan leader Hamid Karzai soared ahead in his country's first election vote count as it surpassed the one million mark Monday, but hopes that the outcome will be accepted by opposition candidates sank
 arrow Delays in forming govt in Maharashtra
Squabbling between coalition partners over who should be chief minister was Monday delaying the formation of a government in India's richest state of Maharashtra, officials said.
 arrow Bush, Kerry in desperate mission in Florida
George W. Bush and challenger John Kerry dueled for votes in Florida Monday, where early polling opened in a deadlocked race soured by memories of the 2000 election debacle.
 arrow LTTE rejects new plan to end peace deadlock
Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected Sri Lanka's latest proposals to revive stalled peace talks and played down prospects of resuming negotiations next month, a report said Monday.
 arrow Italy to pull out troops from Iraq
Italy plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq but not before elections and the establishment of a new government in Baghdad, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini was quoted in the country's press as
 arrow Nepal to halt military action against Maoists temporarily
Nepal is to suspend military action against Maoist rebels during the Hindu festival period from October 20 until November 14, an official said Monday. The rebels have announced a similar truce.
 arrow Kolkata sex workers protest at ancient ritual
Sex workers in the Indian city of Kolkata are up in arms over an ancient ritual in which earth dug from near brothels is offered as a symbol of fertility to the Hindu goddess Durga.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Civil surgeon office graft
The rampant corruption in nine civil surgeon's offices unearthed by a parliamentary probe committee demands stern punitive measures on the part of the administration.
 arrow Editorial: Bring the vandals to book
The five-day Durga Puja celebrations get underway tonight with characteristic enthusiasm and fervour amongst the Hindu community which is duly reflected on the very high number of puja mandaps (stages
 arrow Of rural land and labour
The present land tenure system in Bangladesh was the creation of the State Acquisition and Tenancy Act of 1950 which abolished the zamindari system.
 arrow Indo-US ties stuck in a groove
Clever technocrats have ingenious ways of dressing up bad projects. They declare they're only "pilots," or the "first phase" of a larger scheme; the "second phase" would follow.
 arrow Overview of Tata investment proposal
Tata's investment proposal is the talk of the town. Till date this is the largest foreign investment proposal that has come to Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Tourism development
The state minister for tourism himself blasted the tourism industry (DS Sept 22) in no uncertain terms. That means he is aware of the problems within the sector.
 arrow Point to ponder
Our sense of achievement indeed is elated by the fact that we have successfully lured an investor to come to our country with $2 billion worth of investment plan.