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Front Pagearrow Tampering with BTTB deal to cost $37m
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) will overpay $37 million (Tk 223 crore) for maintenance of its cellular phone network because of 'clandestine' late changes in contracts with the suppliers.
 arrow 200 shanties at Bangla Motors gutted
Fire in a slum at city's Bangla Motors yesterday gutted around 200 shanties and rendered some 2000 people homeless.
 arrow Iraq insurgents abduct Bangladeshi worker
The Islamic Army in Iraq has announced it abducted a driver from Bangladesh and another from Sri Lanka who work for a Kuwaiti company, Al-Jazeera television said, showing footage of the pair.
 arrow Ahmadiyya mosque razed, 12 houses robbed in B'Baria
Orthodox Muslim fanatics razed an Ahmadiyya mosque at Bhadughar in Brahmanbaria minutes before the Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Arafat flies to France for treatment
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, weakened by what doctors think may be leukemia, flew to France for treatment yesterday from the besieged West Bank headquarters where he had been pinned for over 2-and
 arrow No plan to indemnify Rab : Babar
The government has no plan to indemnify Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), said State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar at a function yesterday.
 arrow All for a fabulous fortune
A youth has been fighting for life at a clinic here after he had gulped six iron spikes and some wires following the dictate of a dream that promised him Tk 2 lakh and fabulous wealth in a short time.
 arrow Mohiuddin, Nasir locked in 'covert' campaign
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) and city Awami League (AL) stalwart A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury, and State Minister for Civil Aviation and former CCC mayor Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin of thm ruling
 arrow Kiwis complete formalities
New Zealand expectedly completed a 2-0 series sweep against Bangladesh with an innings and 101-run romp on the fourth day of the second Test at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Colorado may become the Florida of 2004
Whether President George W.Bush serves another four years or is ousted by challengez John Kerry may depend on a last-minute amendment to the Coloralo constitution that has deeply divided residents of the western state.
 arrow RU Syndicate goes ahead with controversial recruitment
Rajshahi University (RU) Syndicate yesterday okayed recruitment of nine people as faculty members of three language departments, despite allegation of some of the incumbents being cadres of ruling BNP
 arrow Tale of 187 'betrayed' staff of a project
After having served for long 15 years, 187 staff of a government project suddenly found themselves unceremoniously dumped in downright violation of pledges to absorb them into the revenue sector.
 arrow EU leaders trumpet historic constitution
EU leaders yesterday signed a historic constitution for the expanding bloc in a fanfare ceremony on the spot where the EU was born half a century ago, but doubts remain over whether it will ever comeinto
 arrow Top outlaw Tushar lynched by mob in Khulna
A top leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was lynched by a mob in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow Cool resxonse to KL amnesty by migrants
Illegal immigrants in Malaysia appeared cool to an amnesty programme, which began yesterday despite threats of jail and whipping if they do not leave, senior officials said.
 arrow Kidnapped schoolboy killed in Kushtia
Extortionists killed an abducted schoolboy in Kushtia on Thursday as his father declined to pay them toll.
 arrow Kerry will win,predict Indian astrologers
Indiin astrologers say that the planets favour Democratic candidate John Kerry to win the White House race over US President George W. Bush in next Tuesday's polls.
 arrow BNP drops its protest plan
District BNP and its front organisations yesterday cancelled all protest programmes against the death of ward commissioner and Jubo Dal leader Mahbub Alam Mehdi in 'crossfire' with Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow Dhaka, Kathmandu likely to sign flood management deal next year
Bangladesh and Nepal may sign a bilateral treaty next year to work together on different aspects of flood mitigation and management programmes.
 arrow For the first time in many years...

 arrow Woman arrestees get bail, male colleagues sent to jail
Seventy-two garments workers -- all women-- yesterday got bail in the police assault case filed in connection with Thursday's workers-police clash a| Lagoon Garments Ltd in the port city's Bahodderhat
 arrow Six Asian nations sign human trafficking pact
China and five Southeast Asian nations yesterday signed a landmark accord here to fight the modern day slavery of human trafficking in the region.
 arrow FM leaves for Delhi tomorrow
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan leaves for New Delhi tomorrow to hand over a letter of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh inviting him to the forthcoming Saarc (South Asian
 arrow Most fishermen stay indoors in panic
After Wednesday night's grisly murders of 14 fishermen in the Bay, insecurity and panic have griped the fishermen villages in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Abductors free 2 in Bandarban on payment of ransom
Abductors ye{terday freed a retired army person and a fish farm employee after 41 days allegedly on payment of a hefty ransom.
 arrow BCL leader stabs JCD leader on DU campus
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader last night stabbed a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Dhaka University campus.
Businessarrow Paint industry thrives on real estate boom
Riding on success in real estate sector, Bangladesh's paint industry is witnessing enormous growth.
 arrow India to take care of risk for local firms' overseas investment
The Indian government is considering working out a cover for political risk for domestic companies for their investments abroad.
 arrow India investment boost to go on despite rate rises
A revival in business investment in fast-growing India will gather steam despite possible further monetary tightening by a central bank worried about inflation, economists and business executives say.
 arrow World oil prices fall on profit taking ahead of US election
Oil prices slid for a third day running Friday as speculators banked profits ahead of next week's US presidential election amid easing supply fears and China's move to hike interest rates, analysts said.
 arrow China may be forced to raise rates further: Analysts
China's surprise decision to raise interest rates may not be enough to slow runaway investment and rising prices, and more tightening is likely to be needed before long, analysts said Friday.
 arrow Japan's FTA talks with 3 nations at crucial stage
Japan's ongoing negotiations over free trade agreements with Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are entering a crucial stage.
 arrow India to export drought affected farmers to till African soil
Indian bureaucrats have come up with an unusual solution to aid farmers driven to suicide after years of droughts and crop failure.
 arrow Siemens launches four new mobile sets
Siemens Bangladesh Limited has launched four new mobile phone sets in local market.
 arrow CRISL to rate Midas Financing
Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL) will rate the performance of Midas Financing Limited (MFL).
 arrow Group4 now GrameenPhone corporate client
Group 4 Securitas Bangladesh (Pvt) has become a corporate client of GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd.
 arrow Pakistan cotton prices firm as buying picks up
Pakistani cotton prices were firm in the past week on buying by mills and the state-run Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), and could pick up further as exporters have also entered the market, dealers
 arrow S American nations to sign integration pact Dec 9
Ten South American countries plan to launch a new accord in December that hopes to better integrate the nations politically and economically, a top diplomat in the region said on Thursday.
 arrow Nissan revenue hits record high
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor said Friday its interim sales hit a record high but net profits rose only slightly, hurt by a stronger yen, costlier sales incentives and increased investment.
 arrow ADB approves $235m to China, Lanka
The Asian Development Bank said Friday it has approved two loans totalling 235 million dollars for China and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
October 23-October 28, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was bullish against Bangladeshi Taka in this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud hits where it hurts
Stand-in Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud said that he was not ready to cop the flak after yet another humiliating defeat against New Zealand at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Final frontier falls
World champions Australia conquered the final frontier here on Friday when they won their first series on Indian soil in 35 years with a 342-run rout in the third Test here.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan enjoy edge
Pakistan took charge of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday as recalled middle-order batsman Younis Khan celebrated his return to the national team with a fine century.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar comes back
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 13-member squad yesterday for the first one-day international against visiting New Zealand to be held at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on November 2.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
Polash was probably the most confident fan in Chittagong.
 arrow Cricket: 'A wonderful achievement'
Australia's captain Adam Gilchrist paid rich tributes to his team after they clinched their first series in India in 35 years with a 342-run romp in the third Test here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi reaches qtrs
Top seed Andre Agassi and Sweden's number two Joachim Johansson both stormed into the quarterfinals of the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open Thursday with both men determined to book their places in the end-of-season
 arrow Football: Focus shifts for Barca
League leaders Barcelona aim to put their shock Spanish Cup exit, to third division Gramenet on Tuesday, quickly behind them by taking their unbeaten league run to nine games at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Capello isn't relaxing
Juventus may be sitting comfortably on a five point cushion at the top of Serie A, but coach Fabio Capello is concerned his team's hectic fixture list could eventually unseat them.
 arrow Football: Gunners start afresh
Arsenal have the ideal chance to set off on another winning streak when they face struggling Southampton at Highbury on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fadiga scare
Senegal midfielder Khalilou Fadiga spent the night in hospital after collapsing during the warm-up to Bolton's League Cup match with Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Narsinghdi ride on Mobarak
Mobarak scored a superb solo goal and set the other for Arif to help Narsinghdi reach the final of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament with a 2-0 win over Barguna yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Men and women split points
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and International Master Abdullah Al Rakib won their respective boards as Bangladesh men's team shared points with Iceland 2-2 in the 13th round game of the 36th Chess Olympiad
 arrow Cricket: Big win for local U-15s
Bangladesh Under-15 development squad recorded a massive 142-run victory over visiting CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-15s in the first limited-over match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Hockey: Railway split points with Farashganj
The lone Club Cup hockey match between Dhaka Railway and Farashganj Sporting Club ended in a 1-1 draw at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Muggers rob Imran Khan
Men carrying semi-automatic weapons robbed Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan and his two young sons as they drove along the outskirts of Islamabad at dusk on Friday, said his spokesman.
Nationalarrow Driven out of home by 'monga'
Panchpir Bazar, a remote market in Sunderganj Upazila, is now an prominent labour market in Gaibandha district.
 arrow Tea output may reach target
Despite a serious setback due to floods and inclement weather during June-August, the tea industry is likely to attain the production target this year because of favourable weather in last two months.
 arrow Molina ignores social taboo for better life
"It was a challenge for me when I started my tailoring shop", said Molina Rani Pal.
 arrow Lemon lures educated youths
Netrakona: Lemon cultivation is now a profitable business for many in Tangail district. A farmer can earn around Tk three lakh a year from an one acre lemon garden.
 arrow Magistrate compelled to leave court
A first class magistrate here on Thursday left the courtroom hurriedly to evade 'untoward incident.'
 arrow LGED officials sued for corruption
The Bureau of Anti Corruption (BAC) has filed a case against three LGED officials, two former Union Parishad chairmen and two women UP members on charge of misappropriating over Tk 70,000 by supplying
 arrow OMS fails to bring down rice prices
Rice prices did not come down in markets here despite launching of the Open Market Sale (OMS) a few days ago.
 arrow BSD demands test relief in Gaibandha
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) held a rally at Kamarjani Primary School ground on Wednesday demanding test relief and more VGF cards for monga-affected people in Gaibandha district.
 arrow 22 months without pay
Twenty-three officers and employees of the Social Welfare Department here are not getting their salaries for last 22 months.
 arrow Corruption in fertiliser supply investigated
Corruption in distribution of fertiliser among flood-affected farmers in Fulchhari upazila on October 19 was investigated by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Gen) Abedur Rahman on Wednesday.
 arrow Barisal Jubo Dal leader's death condoled
Barisal units of BNP and Jubo Dal condoled the death of city Jubo Dal leader and Barisal City Corporation Ward Commissioner Mahbub Alam Mehdi on Monday night.
 arrow Woman killed in Manikganj road accident
A woman was killed and 20 others were injured, seven of them critically, in a road accident on the Dhaka-Paturia highway on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow TV, money, and 'Crossfire' politics
There are no unscripted moments in American politics anymore, certainly not days before the presidential election.
Culturearrow Kanak's quintessential ethnic vision
Kanak Chanpa Chakma may not be the first person to draw the attention of viewers to the serenity and splendour of the ethnic people of Rangamati and the rest of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Portrait of a forgotten musician
Guitarist Selim Haidar is one of the frontline western-influenced musicians in Bangladesh. As a self-made musician, Selim started to play the guitar in his early childhood.
 arrow Shangkhanad: An appeal to return to our roots
Good news for film buffs in the country. The shooting of the feature film Shangkhanad has been completed and is awaiting clearance of the Censor Board.
 arrow Tribute to MA Samad
Acclaimed filmmaker-cinematographer and Chairman of Film and Media Studies of Stamford University, MA Samad passed away on October 28 in a hospital of New Delhi.
Generalarrow 'Raise voice to save Buriganga from encroachers'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon the people living on the bank of the Buriganga to come forward to save the river from illegal encroachers.
 arrow CU brings changes to admission process
The Chittagong University (CU) has opened two new departments and modified the admission procedures for the session 2004-05.
 arrow Khulna University student abducted
A gang of armed miscreants abducted a student of Khulna University from Bagmara in the city on Wednesday night, but police failed to rescue him till yesterday.
 arrow Teachers demand early payment of festival allowance
National Front of Teachers and Employees, Bangladesh yesterday called upon the government to pay festival allowance to non-government teachers seven days before the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow BNP programmes on Nov 7
BNP has drawn up elaborate programmes to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7.
 arrow StanChart donates $ 10,000 for Braille edn
Standard Chartered Bank has donated US $ 10,000 to the Fellowship for the Advancement of Visually Handicapped (FAVH) to support its Braille learning centre, says a press release.
 arrow DTCB to provide 52 motorcycles for police officers
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) will provide 52 motorcycles for the police officers to help ease traffic jam in the capital city and gear up working capacity of the police officers.
 arrow Passport of expatriate Bangladeshi lost
The international passport of an expatriate Bangladeshi has been lost while he was passing through Motijheel area in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
A poor father has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of his eight-year-old son Sirajul Islam who has been suffering from blood cancer.
Internationalarrow Thai PM on defensive
Two bombs rocked southern Thailand yesterday, wounding at least 20 people, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra vowed there world be no cover-up over the deaths of 87 Muslims in the volatile region.
 arrow Video shows explosives went missing after war
ABC News on Thursday showed video appearing to confirm that explosives that went missing in Iraq did not disappear until after the United States had taken control of the facility where they were stored.
 arrow Arafat supporters bid tearful farewell
Supporters bade a tearful farewell to Yasser Arafat yesterday, as the man who has symbolized the Palestinian struggle for statehood for four decades flew out of the West Bank for possibly the last time.
 arrow 100,000 excess civilian Iraqi deaths since war
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in violence since the US-led invasion last year, American public health experts have calculated in a report that estimates there were 100,000 "excess dea|hs"
 arrow Bad news dogs Bush
The presidency comes with powerful tools that can help incumbents keep their jobs: A mighty public-relations machine, a bully pulpit, a famous airplane.
 arrow Bush, Kerry roll out star-studded parade of supporters
President George W.
 arrow US asks India to convey rights concerns to Myanmar general
The United States urged India Thursday to convey to Myanmar's military strongman Than Shwe, who is on an official visit to New Delhi, international concerns over human zight abuses in his country.
 arrow Halliburton contracts under investigation by FBI
The NBI is investigating whether US officials improperly awarded Vice President Dick Cheney's former company lucrative contract work without competition, a probe that was confirmed only days after a top
 arrow McKinnon laments Musharraf's bid to retain uniform
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon yesterday praised Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's moves to strengthen democracy, but lamented his attempt to retain the post of army chief.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Musharraf makes bold on Kashmir
There is something new in the air. Pakistan seems to be willing to move away from its long entrenched position on plebiscite for embattled Kashmir.
 arrow Editorial: Containing monga
The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry has been critical of the way the government has handled the near-famine situation in some areas in the northern districts.
 arrow Putin charts a new course for Russia
President Putin of Russia has ordered a drastic overhaul of how his country is run, stressing that the battle could only be won with greater central control.
 arrow Published accounts of banks
The banking sector is a key pillar of any economy. Compliance with the Bank Company Act (BCA) and instructions of Bangladesh Bank (BB), the prime regulatory agency, is imperative for all commercial banks.
Letters to Editorarrow Same old story
Yes, I am back with the same old sordid story of shame and humiliation.
 arrow Poor agro-marketing system
As pointed out regularly in the mass media, both the rural farmers and producers and the daily consumers and shoppers in the bazaar are suffering (as sellers and buyers) as the market nets are controlled
 arrow Construct a road or fly-over from Sadarghat to Gulistan
The road from Sadarghat to Gulistan has become unsuitable for the plying of vehicles on account of crowd of people and vehicular movements.
 arrow Thoughts on eradicating poverty
To me poverty is a curse on anyone who falls victim of this situation. Bangladesh was considered as "Sonar Bangla" in the past as she had plenty of fish, poultry, pulses, cereals, to feed her population.
Literaturearrow The Packet of Rice
'Sir, the rice this child had kept here is not to be found,' said the teacher of the second standard to the head teacher. The head teacher stopped writing, raised his head and looked up.
 arrow Riding a Tata Sumo: on being squeezed out of Bangladesh
(This trip took place just before the last Indian parliamentary elections.)