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Front Pagearrow Grisly murders on the Bay
Pirates killed 14 fishermen aboard a fishing boat in the Bay Wednesday night before looting fish worth Tk 1.5 lakh and equipment.
 arrow AL storms out of JS advisory body meet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) joined the 14th session of the Jatiya Sangsad that began yesterday but it staged a stormy walkout of the Business Advisory Committee (Bac) meeting in protest against
 arrow Garment workers clash with cops over arrears
At least 30 people were hurt and 75 garment workers arrested as they clashed with law enforcers, agitating for payment of their arrears of the last three months yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka asks Delhi for flag meeting
Bangladesh yesterday pressed India for an immediate flag meeting between their frontier forces to quickly thrash out a solution to the recent push-in of Bangla-speaking Indian nationals across the over-2,250-kilometre
 arrow Escalating food price accelerates inflation
The prevailing steep inflation due mainly to skyrocketing food price, coupled with a surge in oil and food prices in international markets, now poses an additional risk of import-led inflation in thecountry,
 arrow Arafat gravely ill
Foreign doctors have rushed to Yasser Arafat's side to tend to the seriously ill Palestinian leader, who for decades has symbolised his people's struggle for statehood.
 arrow 9 more controversial appointments at RU
Rajshahi University is recruiting nine teachers in the Language department against four advertised posts amid allegations of 'massive politicisation'.
 arrow Uproar in Florida as ballots vanish
Four years after the "Florida fiasco", the battleground state is back in the spotlight as thousands of absentee ballots went missing and campaigners traded claims of vote rigging.
 arrow Tigers close to yet another huge innings defeat
Yet another pathetic batting display by Bangladesh put the hosts on the verge of a second successive innings defeat against New Zealand in the two-match Test series yesterday.
 arrow 2 toll-takers lynched, girl raped in Kushtia
Two extortionists were lynched while a seven-year-old child was raped in separate incidents in Kushtia Wednesday.
 arrow Charges framed against Jubo Dal leader, 29 others
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday framed charges against a leader of ruling BNP's youth wing and 29 others for their alleged links to the assassination of frontline opposition Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah
 arrow Mehedi's family blames mayor, Jubo Dal leader
The family members of Mehedi, a Barisal City Corporation (BCC) ward commissioner, who died reportedly in Rab custody, blamed the BCC Mayor and a central Jubo Dal leader for the killing.
 arrow Law soon to ban structures on estuaries of rivers, canals
The government will enact a law soon banning building structures on the estuaries of rivers and canals, wetlands and floodplains as those block normal course of water.
 arrow Knocked-down...

 arrow 2 wild elephants caught in electric traps, die
Angry villagers killed two wild elephants with electric traps on Monday and Tuesday as some 150 giant animals from across the Meghalaya State border of India ravaged several thousand acres of Aman crops
 arrow Stuck in a tailback...

 arrow Tangail JCD leader killed
District Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Vice-President Abdur Rouf was shot and hacked to death by unknown assailants in front of his Par Digulia residence in the town Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Melamine carves niche in international market
Bangladesh's melamine industry has carved a niche in the international market, having started its journey only 15 years ago, alongside feeding domestic tableware market.
 arrow Discipline managers refusing torn notes
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed 29 commercial banks to take disciplinary actions against their 42 branch managers who refused to exchange torn and soiled notes.
 arrow Action against ‘abuses’ in US financial industry can benefit Thai economy
The name Eliot Spitzer may sound somewhat distant and seem of little relevance to the local business and financial regulatory communities, but Spitzer could be linked to some very positive news for Thailand.
 arrow Oil prices extend slump on easing supply worries
World oil prices fell further from record peaks Thursday, showing losses of about six percent in two days, as speculators banked profits following a surge in crude oil stockpiles.
 arrow Indian watchdog moves to boost rural telephony
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Wednesday issued a consultation paper on 'growth of telecom services in rural India' to formulate a policy to boost up rural telephony and make it more
 arrow IMF sees ROK economic recovery in early ’05
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday the South Korean economy will recover by early next year due to strong fundamentals and government stimulus policies.
 arrow Trade troubles loom whoever wins US presidential polls
George W Bush has slapped tariffs on steel and textiles and increased US farm subsidies.
 arrow Foreign investment team calls on Morshed
A 17-member delegation of investment fund managers and analysts from UK, USA and Canada met with Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Eastern Bank to buy debenture issued by United Leasing Co
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) will purchase debenture worth Tk 10 crore issued by United Leasing Company Limited (ULC).
 arrow 'New Tk 500 bill easy to differentiate from fake notes'
Bangladesh Bank's newly issued Tk 500 denomination note can easily be differentiated from fake notes, a high official of the central bank said yesterday.
 arrow AirAsia IPO oversubscribed
Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia's initial public offering (IPO), the country's biggest share sale this year, has been oversubscribed by retail and institutional investors, a senior company official said
 arrow Afghan envoy calls on FBCCI president
Afghanistan Ambassador to Bangladesh Akmal Ghani called on Abdul Awal Mintoo, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow India unveils policy to make nation 'Internet superpower'
India announced Thursday the creation of a national Internet service hub to connect all service providers and boost web traffic in the country of one billion people.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Just not worth it
If you are sick and tired of writing about a cricket match involving the Bangladesh cricket team against any side, a piece of advice: don't bother to file a fresh story.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore puts a spin on it
Bangladesh cri-cket coach Dav Whatmore was disappointed after his side lost fifteen wickets on a sunny, good day at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies dictate terms
World champions Australia marched boldly towards their first series win in India in 35 years after ta-king an imposing 415-run lead with seven wickets in hand in the third Test here on Thurs-day.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq revives Pakistan
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq took a career best five for 35 as the depleted Pakistan attack dismissed Sri Lanka for 208 on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
Having managed to lose 15 wickets in one day, the Tigers for the umpteenth time left an eternally expectant home crowd with a bitter taste in their mouths.
 arrow Cricket: ECB okays Zim tour
England confirmed Wednesday they would go ahead with next month's five-match one-day international tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Tennis: Easy win for Agassi
A family stroll along the streets of the city helped inspire top seed Andre Agassi to a 6-2, 6-4 opening victory Wednesday as he made a winning return to the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open after an absence
 arrow Football: Upsets galore
Holders Real Zaragoza, league leaders Barcelona, champions Valencia and high-flying Espanyol all fell victim away to lower-ranked opponents in a night of upsets in the King's Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Milan come out blazing
Three goals in a vastly improved second half gave AC Milan a 3-0 win against bottom club Atalanta and cut Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A to two points.
 arrow Football: No place for Rivaldo
Brazil have dropped midfielder Alex from their squad for next month's World Cup qualifier in Ecuador, while Rivaldo's hopes of an international comeback have been put on hold.
 arrow Football: A Bundesliga tradition
There was a time in football when managers were given time to implement their methods to deliver success but in the Bundesliga a new trend of hiring and firing them has come to the fore.
 arrow Football: Brazilian tragedy
Sao Caetano defender Serginho died after suffering a cardio-respiratory arrest on the pitch and collapsing during the Brazilian championship match against Sao Paulo on Wednesday, the club said on their
 arrow Football: Young Gunners too good
A team of Arsenal fledglings helped manager Arsene Wenger celebrate his contract extension with a 2-1 win away at Manchester City in the third round of the League Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar available for ODI series
Habibul Bashar will be available for the one-day series against New Zealand, chief selector Faruque Ahmed told yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shahriar stars for GrameenPhone
A dashing 61 by Shahriar Hossain helped GrameenPhone upset defending champions Araf Apparels by 38 runs on the opening day of the Cup competition in the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket league yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly 50-50 for final Test
India's captain Sourav Ganguly, sidelined from the ongoing third Test against Australia here with a groin injury, may also miss the fourth and final Test next week, team sources said on Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: MSC stretched by Sonali Bank
Holders Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a hard fought 4-2 win over Sonali Bank to ensure a semifinal berth in the Club Cup hockey tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: First JFA Cup semi today
Barguna will take on Narsinghdi in the first semifinal of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament today.
The match will kick-off at 2.15 pm at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

 arrow Chess: Vietnam defeat Bangladesh
A strong Vietnam men's team featuring three Grand Masters defeated Bangladesh 3-1 in the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia, Spain, on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket transfers end
The First Division Cricket League players' transfer for the 2004-05 season concluded yesterday with 287 cricketers taking part in three days' trading.
 arrow Cricket: Credit goes to Inzamam
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq credited captain Inzamamul Haq for his resurgence as a bowler on Thursday after recording career-best figures of five for 35 on the first day of the second Test against
 arrow Bradman's home on heritage list
Sir Donald Bradman's Adelaide home will be heritage-listed in a decision that is against his wishes.
 arrow Cricket: Watson returns to Australia
All-rounder Shane Watson has returned home from Australia's cricket tour of India to play his first match in six weeks here this weekend.
 arrow Hockey: Champs Trophy hockey in Dec
Defending champions the Netherlands will play New Zealand in the opening match of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament to be played here in December, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Open chess
The Open FIDE Rating chess tournament will begin at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium tomorrow.
There will be a cash prize of 30,000 taka for the winners of the nine-round Swiss League competition.

 arrow Football: FIFA's refs' project
FIFA, determined that the refereeing at the 2006 World Cup finals will be the best ever, are launching an 18-month campaign to ensure the world's top referees are fully prepared for the finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Germany must play WC opener
FIFA has ordered 2006 World Cup hosts Germany to play in the tournament's opening match, dashing the hopes of their coach Juergen Klinsmann who wanted to delay his team's first game to keep the pressure
 arrow Football: Bremen's brilliant escape
German champions Werder Bremen produced the comeback of the season to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 with the visitors scoring twice in the final 12 minutes despite being reduced to 10 men.
Culturearrow Savouring the country delicacies
Nowadays, when one looks at the front page of the national dailies or the electronic media, one can hardly be unaware of the frenzied customers and not feel the pulse of the denizens at the shopping arcades.
 arrow Rajib in critical condition
Wasimul Bari Rajib, a prominent name in filmdom and managing director of the Film Development Corporation (FDC), is in a critical condition. He is suffering from intestinal cancer.
 arrow Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields.
Generalarrow Set up mechanism to send workers abroad for temporary jobs
A visiting Commonwealth official yesterday called on the developing countries like Bangladesh to establish a mechanism so that people can go to developed states for temporary jobs.
 arrow Consider Bangladesh while charting outsourcing, investment strategies
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has urged the US government to consider Bangladesh and her potentialities while charting its future outsourcing and investment
 arrow 10,000 die in road accidents a year
Around 10,000 people die in road accidents every year in the country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
They feared that the number might increase up to 20,000 by 2010 if the present trendcontinues.

 arrow B Chy, Mannan BDB president, secy general
A 301-member national executive committee of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) was formed yesterday with former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Major (retd.
 arrow Tribute paid to Archer Blood
Scholars and intellectuals paid homage to former American diplomat Archer K Blood for his courageous contribution to Bangladesh's liberation war at a memorial meeting in the city yesterday.
 arrow 4 killed, 15 hurt in road accident
Four people were killed and at least 15 others injured in a road accident at Mahmudabad near Bhairab on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 50 injured in B'baria clash
Two people were killed and about 50 others injured in a clash between two groups at village Thanakandi in Nabinagar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow PBCP cadres throw bombs on doc's car in Khulna
The PBCP cadres threw two bombs on the car of eminent surgeon Dr Gazi Mizanur Rahman at Majid Sarani under Sonadanga thana in the city yesterday.
 arrow BGC Trust varsity students threaten legal action
Students of BGC Trust University in Chittagong have threatened to go for legal action if the government closes down the university on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 arrow One killed, 40 injured in Habiganj clash
One people died and at least 40 others injured in a clash between two groups at village Begunai under Lakhai upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Smuggled timber seized
Chittagong South Forest Division (CSFD) has seized a huge quantity of smuggled timber, including over 2116cft of teakwood, 3000 pieces of bamboo and 150 sacks of wood coal, worth about Tk.
 arrow Ittefaq Employees Union executives
Kazi Bazlur Rahman and Matiur Rahman Talukdar (Jalil) have been elected Danik Ittefaq Employees Union's president and general secretary for two years.
 arrow 5-member JS panel of chairmen nominated
Speaker Barrister Mohammad Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday nominated a five-member panel of chairmen comprising Major Gen.
 arrow CPB protests immunity to WB, IMF
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting the government move to pass two bills- one providing immunity to World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund
Editorialarrow Editorial: Finance minister's media tirade
Media bashing is a new pastime in the city among certain circles having been spearheaded by no less a person than finance minister M Saifur Rahman.
 arrow Editorial: Israel's Gaza pull outplan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon might feel relieved at the support of his party members and largely his opponents in the parliament to the controversial Gaza pullout plan, but whether it means the
 arrow The final countdown
This is it. The 2004 US presidential election is four days away and the final countdown has begun.
 arrow Four more with GWB
Last chance to write about George W. Bush before the Big Election next week. If he wins, he will get four more years in the White House.
 arrow To the honourable members of parliament
We, the common people of Bangladesh, would like to draw the kind attention of the honourable members of the Jatiya Sangsad, as the whole nation is in a terrible crisis today in every sphere of our lives.
Letters to Editorarrow Options for America
What are the options for America in Iraq?
Continue to kill dozens of Iraqis and sacrifice some allied soldiers every passing day or eat humble pie and leave?
It seems that the Americans won't

 arrow Why John Kerry?
I am not here to defend Senator Kerry or promote him as my choice for president. The two party system with electoral votes or American voters are not what excite me.
 arrow Spellbound in October
The air is cool, crisp and fresh. September passes into the days of October and we experience the enchanting days of autumn.
 arrow Great entertainment
The moviegoers of Bangladesh and those people who desperately seek an ideal place for entertainment should thank the Bashundhara Group, as it has built a gigantic movie theatre.
 arrow Taslima Nasrin
I am greatly surprised at the UNESCO award going to Tasilma Nasrin for her contribution (!) to women's development in Bangladesh.
 arrow He is right, but...
This refers to the letter by Mr. Ekram Kabir under the caption "Future of Bangladesh". In principle, I do agree with many of the observations made by Mr.
 arrow Introduction of RAB
Being a foreign national living and working in Bangladesh I would like to thank the BNP led government for taking such a bold step of introducing RAB to improve the overall law and order situation inthe
 arrow Number one, again
Again number one in corruption. It is terrible and shameful for us, specially those who are living abroad. I am tired and exhausted after giving answers to my friends in university.
 arrow Hijab
Those women who choose to wear the hijab signify their wish to live by the rules of Islam, and their intent to recognise themselves as contributors to the goodwill of society through their intelligence
 arrow Weeding out corruption
We are all embarrassed as our country has been dubbed as the most corrupt nation in the world for the fourth time.
 arrow Slave jockeys
While living in Pakistan in the 1980's and 90's, I had heard about children being used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.
 arrow Practise what you preach
I would like draw your attention to the letter of Mr. M. Zahidul Haque (October 26, 2004) on the issue of PM's appeal to buy local products, especially clothing.
 arrow Cricket or circus?
Just a few days ago 20-overs cricket made its debut in Bangladesh. It was introduced in England to popularise the game among the young generation.
 arrow NU's naming game
It was not that long ago it seems that I had taken the pen in many forums, including this one, to take the Awami League government to task for its ludicrous policy of naming every edifice after the first
 arrow A common threat
The situation in the present world shows that the international terrorism is a common threat to the security of peoples and states.
 arrow Awful performance !
I am really and truly disgusted by the performance of our cricket team in the recently concluded Test match against New Zealand .
 arrow My country
I am an expatriate living in Canada. But I feel for my country and Dhaka so much. Canada is socialistic democratic country.
 arrow TI report
I was amused, though not surprised, to see that our government has "rejected" Transparency International's (TI) rating of Bangladesh as the number one corrupt nation of the world.
 arrow Price hike
Price hike is a normal issue in Bangladesh during Ramadan.
Worldarrow Pakistan calls for bilateral flexibility on Kashmir
Pakistan said yesterday it would not make any concessions on divided Kashmir without India giving something in return, after President Pervez Musharraf unveiled a new formula to resolve the 57-year dispute.
 arrow Thai govt under pressure to explain deaths
Southern Thailand seethed with rage yesterday as grieving Muslim communities demanded explanations for the death of 85 detained protesters and separatists warned of reprisal attacks.
 arrow Tigers not given up right to secede
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have not abandoned their right to secede despite agreeing to explore a federal solution, the rebels said Wednesday amid fresh diplomatic moves to salvage a faltering peace bid.
 arrow Militants execute 11 Iraqi guards
At least two Iraqis were killed in clashes Thursday between US troops and insurgents in the restive city of Ramadi, as a militant group claimed it had executed 11 members of the Iraqi National Guard.
 arrow Kerry, Bush scramble for votes in final push
With only five days left before the election, Democrat John Kerry tried to fire up voters in the hope a higher turnout will give him the keys to the White House, as President George W.
 arrow Kerry gains among swing voters: Poll
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is starting to make inroads among swing voters as the White House race winds down to its final days, according to a poll released Wednesday.
 arrow Tied US polls could be mother of all messes
A freak tie result in the presidential election could mean the House of Representatives would choose the next president, a scenario that would favour Republican incumbent George W. Bush.
 arrow 'Muslims were badly beaten by Thai cops'
Muslim detainees said yesterday they were badly beaten by Thai police or troops and stacked five-deep in military trucks where 78 of them suffocated or were crushed to death, according to a Thai senator
 arrow Curfew imposed in two Indian towns
An indefinite curfew has been clamped on two towns in India's Rajasthan state after four people were killed when police fired on farmers protesting a water scarcity, police said yesterday.
 arrow Death penalty won't deter 'honour' killing
The introduction of the death penalty for so-called honour killings will not stop the practice as it is still condoned by conservative sections of Pakistani society, rights groups say.
 arrow Three foreign UN polls workers kidnapped in Kabul
Armed men dressed in army uniforms abducted three foreign United Nations election workers in Kabul yesterday as the final votes in Afghanistan's historical presidential poll were counted.
 arrow 125 Indian MPs facing criminal charges
Almost a quarter of India's 545 members of parliament face criminal charges, including allegations of rape, murder and extortion, a researcher said yesterday.
 arrow Congress party to take top job in Maharashtra
A deadlock over who would form the next government in one of India's richest states, Maharashtra, was broken Wednesday when parties decided Congress would take the top job of chief minister, officials
 arrow India slammed for welcoming Myanmar general
A US Senator slammed India Wednesday for inviting Myanmar's military strongman Than Shwe on an official visit to New Delhi despite his alleged human right abuses.
 arrow 'N Korean nuke talks may resume in November'
Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program could resume by the end of November but it is uncertain what form they would take, a Chinese vice foreign minister told state press Thursday.
 arrow Armed group claims to have Iraqi explosives
An armed group claimed in a video yesterday to have obtained a large amount of explosives missing from a munitions depot facility in Iraq and threatened to use them against foreign troops.
 arrow HR groups slam Nepal's new anti-terror move
Nepal's human rights body yesterday criticised the government's renewal of an anti-terror law with a new clause allowing detention without trial for a year.
 arrow Intelligence reform stalls in US Congress
Legislation to reform the US intelligence system after the September 11 attacks and failures in Iraq has fallen victim to partisan wrangling, endangering lawmakers' goal of sending a bill to the White
 arrow Americans getting taller, much heavier
Better nutrition has helped Americans grow a little taller. But it's been too much of a good thing: The nation is also a whole lot fatter.
 arrow Blast in Russian mine kills 13
Thirteen miners died and 23 were injured yesterday after an explosion ripped through a pit in central Siberia trapping dozens of miners, Russia's emergencies ministry said.