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Front Pagearrow BDR, BSF trade heavy fire over push-in bids
Border guards of Bangladesh and India traded heavy gunfire yesterday at Panchagarh border centring several push-in incidents into two northern districts of the country triggering fright and grim tension in the borderlands.
 arrow Rab action kills 4 in city, 1 in Rangpur
Five people including three alleged criminals, a trader and an Awami League activist were killed in three separate operations by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital and in Rangpur in the early
 arrow 84 Muslims killed in Thai custody
At least 84 Thai Muslims died -- mainly from suffocation in the back of packed security force trucks -- after police and troops broke up a violent demonstration in the kingdom's troubled south, Thai officials
 arrow Losing out in battle to make ends meet
Widening gap between income and expenditure has pushed the back of most commoners against the wall as they are struggling to cope with the soaring cost of living.
 arrow Bush, Kerry vie for decisive edge as race hits final week
The US election campaign entered its final week with Republican incumbent George W Bush and his Democratic rival, John Kerry, struggling to establish a decisive edge among American voters.
 arrow Probe to take more time
Submission of the probe report on Biman's F-28 crash in Sylhet that took place on October 8 will take more time, CAAB Chairman Air Commodore Zahed Kuddus, who is heading the three men inquiry committee,
 arrow Monga assistance comes for 5 N districts after Eid
To make a dent in the ongoing monga, a near-famine situation, in the northwestern region, the government yesterday decided to provide financial assistance to 500 ultra-poor families in every union
 arrow NZ in driving seat as Fleming flays hosts
In the end Stephen Fleming ensured that the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh will be remembered as his day after he broke all sorts of personal landmarks on way to placing New Zealand in
 arrow Huda vexed at not getting Ecnec nod
Minister for Communications Nazmul Huda yesterday had a dig at Finance Miniter M Saifur Rahman saying he is "very much displeased" with his cabinet colleague over non-approval of the project proposalfor
 arrow PM launches water plant run by physically challenged
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all, particularly the well off, and voluntary and community-based organisations to work for the welfare of the physically challenged.
 arrow Irregularities alleged
The ongoing recruitment process of 150 employees by Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) authorities has raised allegations of widespread irregularities and politicisation.
 arrow Two powerful bombs found at grave near Khulna shrine
Police recovered two powerful hand bombs Monday night from near the grave of "Jinda Pir" adjacent to the holy shrine of Hazarat Khanjahan Ali (RA).
 arrow Fitra fixed at Tk 30
Fitra has been fixed at Tk 30 per person for Dhaka and its adjacent areas.
In other parts of the country, fitra will be 1.65 kg of wheat or flour or its local market price.

 arrow Government ups market lot of rice in OMS
The government has decided to sell 5kg rice instead of 3kg to each person through open market sale (OMS) across the country from today.
 arrow Barisal hospital staff begin strike
Agitating staff and workers of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) started a three-day strike yesterday demanding cancellation of the selection list for 126 posts at the SBMCH.
 arrow Eid shopping...

 arrow Musharraf offers bold 3-stage formula
A national debate raged in Pakistan yesterday after President Pervez Musharraf outlined a range of bold new options for divided Kashmir that include independence, joint control with India and demilitarisation.
 arrow 6 die from drinking spurious spirit
Six people have died and at least 50 others fallen sick in Jhenidah and Pabna after drinking poisonous alcohol since Monday night.
 arrow TIB says graft report not based on media report
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday said they don't publish Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on the basis of newspaper reports.
 arrow PM to visit Saudi Arabia Nov 7 for umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to leave for Saudi Arabia on November 7 to perform umrah.
She will be staying there as royal guest of the Saudi king.

 arrow Tension in Barisal over Jubo Dal leader's death in Rab action
Funeral of city Jubo Dal leader, who reportedly died in Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) custody on Monday night, was held amid mounting tension at the southern part of the Barisal city yesterday.
 arrow B Chy, Kamal to continue their mass dialogues
The Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will continue their mass dialogues in different district towns despite attack and resistance by the pro-government people in two such programmes
 arrow Who cares?

 arrow Framing of charges tomorrow
The speedy trial tribunal is likely to frame charges against the accused in the Ahsanullah Master MP murder case tomorrow.
Businessarrow Trading of 2 cos suspended
Two companies, allowed to raise Tk 12.
 arrow Thai Lucky Grand Fair begins today in Dhaka
A two-week long Thai fair begins today at Gulshan Shooting Club in Dhaka to offer a wide range of products from Thailand.
 arrow Bangladesh RMG fair in Japan ends today
The first-ever Bangladesh apparel fair in Japan, which began in Tokyo on Monday, ends today.
 arrow SMEs decry expensive furnace oil
Bearing the brunt of price hike of furnace oil, entrepreneurs of small and medium industries demanded adjusting the rate taking price of gas into account.
 arrow Turkish envoy calls on FBCCI chief
Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Ferit Ergin yesterday called on Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Abdul Awal Mintoo and talked expansion of bilateral tradeand
 arrow BGMEA team meets foreign minister
A seven-member delegation of BGMEA led by its President Annisul Huq called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Institute of Internal Auditors of Bangladesh launched
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) of Bangladesh, an affiliated body of the US-based IIA Inc, was officially launched on Monday.
 arrow Opsonin forays into animal health care sector
Opsonin Chemical Industries Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh, has launched its new strategic business unit, Opsonin Agrovet, for animal health care.
 arrow Oil prices drop as workers call off strike in Norway
Oil prices retreated further from record highs Tuesday as offshore workers in Norway, the world's third-biggest oil exporter, announced a halt to their four-month strike, easing concerns over supplies.
 arrow Global aircraft makers eye India’s huge aviation growth
Global aircraft makers battling for business are likely to get billions of dollars of passenger aircraft orders from India where air travel is poised for massive growth, industry officials said.
 arrow BP quarterly profits soar
British oil giant BP reported a 43-percent rise in third-quarter pro forma net profit Tuesday to 3.94 billion dollars (3.08 billion euros) thanks to soaring crude prices and booming demand.
 arrow IBM to manage IT functions of SIA
IBM will manage the information technology (IT) infrastructure of Singapore Airlines (SIA) under a 300 million Singapore dollar (181 million US) deal signed Tuesday, the two firms announced.
 arrow Malaysia, Pakistan plan free trade talks
Malaysia and Pakistan have agreed to start negotiations that could lead to a free trade agreement, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said Tuesday.
 arrow India central bank tightens key overnight rate
India's central bank raised its benchmark overnight interest rate Tuesday, citing concners over high inflation, but left its longer term lending rate on hold.
 arrow Big US investors eye SE Asia
US companies are considering a new wave of capital investments to Southeast Asia following greater political stability and assurances of business-friendly reforms by leaders in the region, experts say.
 arrow Citigroup's exit from Japan may hurt all foreign banks
The closure of Citigroup's highly successful private banking operation in Japan could spell trouble for all foreign banks with units here catering to wealthy clients, banking analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Chittagong Fleming
Sir Edmund Hilary is credited with the honour of being the first man to scale the Mount Everest.
 arrow Cricket: Naimur rejoins Abahani
Abahani Krira Chakra finally made a brief appearance in the transfer market yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
Mismanagement and non-coordination by officials of the Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha (CJKS) was in evidence on the first day of second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Another Martyn ton
Damien Mar-tyn hit a second consecutive century as world champions Australia flayed injury-ravaged India on the opening day of the third cricket Test he-re on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kapil irate at BCCI president's remark
Legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev on Tuesday blasted his country's beleaguered cricket board for 'insulting' the national team and players.
 arrow Cricket: Muralitharan hopes to bowl 'doosra' again
Sri Lankan star Muttiah Murali-tharan hopes he will be allowed to bowl his controversial 'doosra' delivery after the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced it was holding a review illegal bowling.
 arrow Cricket: Dyson pretty pleased
Sri Lanka's Australian coach John Dyson said Tuesday his side had started to emulate some of the gritty toughness of world champions Australia and was putting its new attitude to good use against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: FA stamps on Nistelrooy
Manchester United's Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was charged Monday with serious foul play by the Football Association (FA).
 arrow Football: Vogts safe for now
Embattled Scotland manager Bertie Vogts won a stay of execution on Tuesday when the Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced it would not be holding a board meeting to discuss his future.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly might miss 4th Test
India captain Sourav Ganguly could miss the final Test against Australia with a continuing thigh injury.
 arrow Football: Soccer transfers in mid-season
The Metropolis Football League Committee (MFLC) will introduce a mid-season transfer for the first time in the history of local football.
 arrow Hockey: MSC, Usha on course
Title contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club and Usha Krira Chakra stayed on course for semifinal berths in the Club Cup hockey tournament.
 arrow Chess: Men draw with Spain
Bangladesh men's team drew with Spain's third-string team in the tenth round of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia, Spain, on Monday.
 arrow Football: Feni race into final four
Feni stormed into the semifinal of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament as Group B champions when they brushed aside Meherpur 7-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Policewomen to join Rab soon
Policewomen will join the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) soon to deal with women arrestees during raids and help nab women involved with criminal gangs.
 arrow DCC to earn Tk 6cr this fiscal
With the start of the renewal of rickshaw licence after a two-year break, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is expected to earn around Tk 6 crore as licence fee in the current fiscal.
 arrow AL protests killing of Rangpur leader
Awami League (AL) yesterday protested the killing of Rangpur district AL leader and general secretary of District Motor Sramik Union by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Army training for all a must for nat'l security
All citizens must have army training to ensure national security, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
They said national harmony is essential to get rid of any unendurable situation.

 arrow Sigma to monitor human trafficking
Advocate Sigma Huda, who was recently appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Women, has said she will work to stop human trafficking and establish the rights of trafficked women.
Nationalarrow The blind torchbearer
Mymensingh: Blind Rafiqul has taken a unique initiative. He has opened a school for disabled children so that they can have the minimum education and training and lead a normal life in future.
 arrow Patients hostage to fake doctors in Satkhira
Ailing Amirunnessa, 42, came to Satkhira town on Monday from remote Dhumghat village adjacent to the Sundarbans in Shyamnagar upazila for treatment.
 arrow OMS: Many areas in Barisal left out
Open market sale (OMS) of rice has not yet been started in many areas in Barisal region.
Rice prices have started falling in some areas following the OMS operation.

 arrow 5 killed in a day
Five persons were killed in separate incidents in Chuadanga and Jhenidah on Monday.
Three persons were killed in Chuadanga.

 arrow No rise in holding tax: KCC Mayor
Khulna Mayor Sk Tayebur Rahman reassured citizens on Sunday that he would not raise holding tax under any circumstance.
 arrow LPG price up in Gaibandha
Prices of LP gas have shot up in the district in recent days.
A cylinder of LP gas is being sold at between Tk 530 to 580 while it was being sold at between Tk 350 to 380.

 arrow Inedible rice seized from OMS dealer
A rice dealer was arrested and three bags of inedible rice were seized from him by police at Palshbari on Monday
A dealer Nirodh Kumar Chowdhury along with two of his accompanies lifted rice from the

Point-Counterpointarrow The most wanted man in Iraq
The name, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, strikes fear in Iraq among the officials of the interim Iraqi government and the US authority. He has bounced out of relative obscurity this year.
 arrow Health policy and programme : The participatory approach
It was during the Mad Hatter's tea party that he said to Alice, "please have some more", to which Alice replied, "I haven't had any, so how can I have more.
 arrow How democratic is the American electoral system?
The electoral system in America tends to give the impression of being undemocratic in nature.
Culturearrow Kabori sails into direction and script-writing
Kabori Sarwar, after 30 years in films and with 100 films to her credit, is now into directing and script writing for films.
 arrow Groho Konya: a sci-fi drama serial
A girl is dying in a hospital bed due to complications caused by wrong treatment. All her friends and relatives are there with her. In this poignant moment, an alien spaceship looks at this dying earth-girl.
 arrow Posthumous exhibition of Sanatan in Japan
In remembrance of Dhaka University artist, late Sanatan Biswas, an art exhibition began on October 25. The venue: the Chuwa Gallery of Tokyo, Japan.
 arrow Shimul: A champ on the ramps
Novera Deepita recently spoke to popular model Shimul. Excerpts from the interview:
How to win over an audience?
To me winning takes second place to communication.

Generalarrow Parliamentary caucus on edn launched
A Bangladesh Parliamentary Caucus on Education was launched in the city yesterday with a view to improving the quality of education, especially at the primary level.
 arrow Two PBCP cadres lynched
The angry people lynched two cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- Janajuddho) at Kurhia village in Batiaghata upazila yesterday.
 arrow President hosts Iftar for ministers, MPs
President Iajuddin Ahmed hosted Iftar in honour of the cabinet members, members of parliament and leaders of different political parties at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 159 RU students receive gold medals, awards
One hundred and fifty-nine students of Rajshahi University (RU) received gold medals and other awards yesterday for their outstanding results in honours and master's degree examinations.
 arrow Rs 2 cr Pak aid for flood victims
Pakistan High Commissioner Manzar Shafiq called on Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf at his office yesterday.
 arrow 3 get 20 yrs' RI for forcing girl to work as sex worker
A court here yesterday sentenced three people to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk10,000 each for forcing a teenage girl to work as sex worker.
 arrow 5 kidnappers get life
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here yesterday sentenced five youths to life imprisonment for abducting a schoolgirl.
 arrow DUC 1966 meet on Oct 29
The Dhaka University Club 1966 (DUC) will hold a meeting on October 29 at Bangladesh Institute of Administration Management auditorium at New Eskaton in the city, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Sharon makes a break with Jewish settlers
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made a final break with his former allies in the Jewish settler movement, appealing to parliament to approve a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank ina
 arrow Indian nukes blunted 'strategic ambiguities' in region: Manmohan
India's nuclear weapons have blunted the ambitions of regional adversaries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday, as he warned military leaders not to be over-ambitious in forging a new combat
 arrow Myanmar won't let Indian rebels use its soil
Myanmar's top military general Than Shwe on Monday assured Indian leadership that his country would not allow its territory to be used by anti-India insurgents groups.
 arrow Nepal wants to extend truce with Maoists
The Nepal government vowed yesterday to extend a ceasefire in a deadly Maoist revolt as long as rebels refrained from launching attacks.
 arrow Zarqawi aide killed in Falluja raid: US
The US military said it killed an ally of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an overnight air raid on Falluja yesterday, as the Iraqi government tried to find out how Zarqawi's group managed to kill 49 unarmed army
 arrow 'Americans sceptical about voting process'
Memories of Florida's contested 2000 presidential election and a growing number of pre-election lawsuits are making Americans sceptical about a voting process they once took for granted.
 arrow Non-Iraqi prisoners not covered by Geneva accords: US
A new legal opinion by the US government bars some non-Iraqi prisoners captured in Iraq from the internationally accepted prote-ctions of the Geneva Conven-tions, The New York Times said yesterday.
 arrow S Korea finds holes in North's border fence
South Korea has put frontline troops on high alert after finding two holes cut in the wire along its heavily fortified buffer zone with North Korea.
 arrow New poll confirms tight US race
A new opinion poll released yesterday showed President George W. Bush may have a slight lead -- but that his election race with Democratic challenger John Kerry is still too close to call.
 arrow No need for hospitalisation of Arafat
Yasser Arafat's medics flatly denied yesterday that the Palestinian leader needed hospital treatment after Israel gave clearance for the 75-year-old to be treated outside his West Bank headquarters.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dissent under threat
We are once again shocked at the despicable behaviour of the ruling party activists at the mass dialogue meeting of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiyo Oikyyo Mancha (JOM) on Monday.
 arrow Editorial: IMF's encouraging remarks
The IMF-GoB review discussions on the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) concluded on Monday marking a greater degree of understanding and appreciation of each other's position on what has already
 arrow Your home in the air
Your home in the air" and "Peaceful nest in the air" are often seen as part of the advertisement drive of our national flag carrier, Biman Bangladesh (BB).
 arrow Big challenge awaits new Indonesian president
Former army General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken oath on October 20 as the sixth president of Indonesia, but first elected directly by popular votes amidst high expectation of strengthening thenascent
 arrow Counter-guerilla operation against terrorism
According to Comd 11 Corps, Lt Gen Safdar Hussain, 246 militants have been killed during the course of military operations in South Waziristan, at least 100 foreigners (Uzbeks and Chechnyans among them),
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh my love
Bangladesh is a country of immense potential . When Bangladesh begins its journey to development an international conspiracy is hatched to stop its progress.
 arrow Flood mitigation
This year's devastating flood has prompted the government to organise a national workshop for recommendations on mitigating the effects of the flood. This is a very good move by the government.
 arrow Rights of women
A lot of articles have been printed in the newspapers, and much discussion has taken place on the political rights of women .
 arrow Tata as a catalyst
Since political diplomacy has failed miserably in South Asia since the British gave up the Raj, perhaps mega business deals (like the friendly 'invasion' of Bangladesh by the mighty Tata group) mightprovide
 arrow End of Veerappan
Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, with a five million rupee bounty on his head, had to die at last in a shoot-out with the police.
 arrow National Anthem and mobile phone
Every independent nation has its own national anthem. We also have a national anthem. It is sung and played with due respect on particular occasions.
 arrow Poor BTTB maintenance
I find that in my locality (Mohammadpur) the BTTB fixed telephone overhead lines (flexible wires) installed from the street poles to the subscribers' buildings around are erected at too low a height,
 arrow A curse?
Going through the dispatches and commentaries of foreign journalists, it is clear that both Bush and Blair have few professional supporters from the US and the allies now bogged down in Iraq.
 arrow US presidential election and Israel
Independence of Palestine is the gateway to comprehensive peace in the Middle East and occupation of Palestine by Israel is the greatest impediment to world peace and security and the cause behind international
 arrow Savar model town
Close to Dhaka , Savar can be a modern model town. This will benefit the people in many ways.
 arrow What is crossfire ?
The world "cross" means collision or coming in close contact. Here the two sides are likely to have equal chances . But in case of crossfire between RAB and terrorists, the situation is different.
 arrow Nuclear power plant
Tata group intends to set up a gas-based power plant in our country. We are already generating 75% of electricity consuming gas.
 arrow "Bush Culture"
There is a thing called "Black Culture" which is now not in use because it hurts the feelings of some people.
 arrow Street beggars
Keeping in view the forthcoming SAARC summit to be held in Dhaka , the government has taken some measures to beautify the capital city by landscaping and gardening on both sides of the Airport Road and
 arrow US presidential election
The presidential debates of the United States are over and John Kerry won all the three and we hope he will also win the election, become the next president and bring the changes that his country needs
 arrow Inertia in the cabinet
Too many ministers in the cabinet, and too few changes in the portfolios (at irregular intervals, in public interest). Some ministers seem to lack maturity and experience to handle critical ministries.
 arrow CNG culture
The governance in Dhaka resembles the caprices of the thousands of CNG autorickshaws plying in the metropolis, most of whom refuse to go by the fare meter, and decline to go to most destinations.
 arrow A hostel in bad shape
A report about a female hostel published in the Prothom Alo drew our attention. The permanent regular female boarders do not open their mouths being afraid of losing their hostel seats.
 arrow Western propaganda
Mahathir (of Malaysia) is right (report in DS Oct 12), shun propaganda on the Western materialistic philosophies of life.
StarTecharrow Hassle-free tax payment with mytax
The producers of the mytax version 1.0 software have capitalized on the recent extension on the income tax filing deadline to October 31.
 arrow Another battle of brains
LESS than one month has passed since the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) and now the country will witness yet another battle of the brains.
 arrow New crop of portable players nips at iPod
Lauren, 11, saunters nonchalantly past a Discovery Channel store and a Gymboree clothing store at the mall. Then suddenly, the girl's eyes light up and she pulls her mother into an Apple Computer Inc.
 arrow Intel invests in new wireless venture
HOPING to accelerate the deployment of a new wireless technology, Intel Corp.
 arrow Daffodil becomes sub-distributor for eTrust Antivirus
Daffodil Computers has become the sub-distributor for eTrust, a single, comprehensive virus management solution that eliminates virus infections, eases administration, simplifies and automates the updating
Star Chittagongarrow Dishonest traders back as Rab keeps hands off
Production of adulterated and sub-standard food items, including vermicelli, noodles, ghee and spice, is going on unabated in the port city ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Govt plans tea gardening in CHT
The government is contemplating tea cultivation in three hill districts to usher in a new horizon of economic development in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Star Cityarrow Record price leads to slump in gold sale
A record high gold price has caused a slump in sale in local market even in Eid time, said jewellers at different markets in the city.
 arrow "DTCB is not an organ of DCC"
Quamrul Islam Siddique served as chief engineer of Local Government Engineering Department, chairman of Power Development Board and secretary to the government in various ministries.
 arrow New vehicle emission standards await ministry approval
The government has been sitting on newly proposed vehicular emission standards for the last three months, while current standards remain unenforceable, allowing below-standard vehicles to pollute thecity's
 arrow Gas demand goes up on Ramadan
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company is confronted with an increase in demand of up to 20 million cubic feet supply of gas supplies in the city in the wake of Ramadan.
 arrow DU research centres limp on funds dearth
The research centres of Dhaka University (DU) have been unable to take up any major work because of insufficient budget.
 arrow City booms with cellphone service centres
The recent hype in buying new sculpts of mobile phones has increased the inevitability of phone repair centres. The use of mobile phones has become more of a necessity than luxury nowadays.