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Front Pagearrow HC judge withdrawn
The chief justice yesterday withdrew Additional Judge of the High Court Faisal Mahmud Faizee in the face of allegations of his tampering with the LLB examination results and lawyers' threat to boycott
 arrow Kerry leads over Bush into final day
Scarred by the September 11 attacks and polarised by a bitter campaign, Americans will vote tomorrow whether to keep President George W.
 arrow Monga leads to mass exodus
An alarming rise in unemployment accompanied by monga in Rangpur and Kurigram has triggered a massive exodus of jobless northerners to Dhaka and other parts of the country.
 arrow Bill placed in House to give immunity to WB
A bill proposing a blanket immunity to the World Bank (WB) in its operations in Bangladesh was placed in parliament yesterday amid widespread criticism by the opposition political parties, civil society,
 arrow No word from Faruk's kidnappers yet
The Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait is trying to communicate with abductors of truck driver Abul Kashem Faruk through influential contacts in Iraq but it got no response as yet.
 arrow Trouble brews at DMCH over bribing for jobs
A large number of job seekers who allegedly bribed the ministry officials and union leaders for getting jobs in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) have planned agitation as they came to know that
 arrow AL walks out of JS
The Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday staged a brief walkout of the Jatiya Sangsad as the speaker allowed the treasury bench to counter their demands on holding a fresh discussion in the House onthe
 arrow 2 cases filed against 400 students
Authorities yesterday filed two separate cases against more than 400 named and unnamed general students for Saturday's violence on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus as per decision of the syndicate
 arrow City land records go digital today
Woe betide those who try to grab public or other men's land in the capital, for the city starts getting in a computerised land management system (CLMS) from today.
 arrow Sadarghat-Ashulia circular water route to open in Jan
Part of the circular water route stretching from city's Sadarghat to Ashulia will be opened for traffic sometime in January next year, said shipping ministry sources.
 arrow Antigraft body to get down to work this month
The independent Anti-Corruption Commission will get down to work by this month after the government appoints chairman and members of the high-profile antigraft body after Eid, the finance minister said
 arrow Arafat illness not life-threatening
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who is undergoing tests at a military hospital outside Paris, does not have a life-threatening illness and his condition is "curable", one of his senior advisors said
 arrow Instant justice...

 arrow Top 'criminal' drafted in Rajshahi BNP
Frustration is brewing in Rajshahi city BNP leadership following inclusion of an alleged top listed criminal in the party on Wednesday.
 arrow Gulshan mob lynches extortionist
A mob yesterday lynched an extortionist at Korail slum in Gulshan and unknown assailants killed a rickshawpuller in Badda.
 arrow House building puts BDR, BSF on verge of confrontation
Building of a house by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) near Benapole check post yesterday put the border guards of Bangladesh and India on the verge of confrontation.
 arrow Tk 1.5cr goods of Vietnam Embassy seized for 'tax evasion'
The Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CII) yesterday seized two truckloads of electronic goods worth around Tk 1.5 crore which the Vietnam Embassy imported.
 arrow Jhalakathi boy breaks his captivity in city
A schoolboy from Jhalakathi broke his captivity at Khilgaon in the capital yesterday three months into his abduction, leading to the arrest of the alleged abductor, a former ward commissioner of Dhaka
 arrow Three children killed over land dispute
Unknown assailants broke into the house of a man and killed his two daughters and one son and critically hurt another son in Bhimshi village in Srimangal Saturday midnight.
 arrow Pak PM starts tour of 3 Saarc states today
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz begins a four-day trip to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh today as part of a tour of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations, the foreign ministry
 arrow Wholesalers strike at Sylhet, no headway in case
Wholesale traders in Sylhet yesterday enforced a half-day strike in the city's wholesale markets to press authorities to free abducted businessman Md Habibur Rahman.
 arrow Lawyers' body asks govt to cancel 19 judges' appointment
Leaders of Sammilito Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP) yesterday demanded that the government immediately cancel the 'unconstitutional appointment' of 19 judges.
 arrow BNP men ransack civil surgeon's house
Unruly BNP men ransacked the house of the civil surgeon last night as he did not comply with their request to appoint their candidates.
 arrow Tiger kills fisherman in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger on Latabere canal in the Sundarbans Saturday.
 arrow Ershad Shikdar's accomplices acquitted
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Saturday acquitted Jamai Faruk and Liaquat Lashkar, two accomplices of notorious criminal Ershad Shikdar, of murdering Joynal Sheikh.
 arrow Writ petition challenging Rab withdrawn
A writ petition challenging the formation of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was withdrawn yesterday.
 arrow Heightened security...

 arrow Three cops suspended for extortion
Three policemen were suspended on charge of extortion yesterday.
They are constables Billal Hossain, Nizamuddin and Billal Mia of Jibanganj Bazar police outpost in Nabinagar.

 arrow Rights groups worried at HR violation by law-enforcers
As many as 248 people were killed last month, said monthly reports of different rights organisations, expressing concern over continuing law and order slide and violation of human rights by law-enforcers.
Businessarrow ICB Islamic Mutual Fund IPO sees 8 times oversubscription
The initial public offering (IPO) of ICB AMCL Islamic Mutual Fund has received tremendous response from investors as it has been oversubscribed by more than eight times.
 arrow 3-day HSBC loan fair in Ctg from Dec 10
A three-day loan fair will be held in Chittagong next month to familiarise the residents of the port city with loan products of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC).
 arrow ICB offers tele-services
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) has introduced tele-service for its clients to provide them with investment-related information over telephone.
 arrow India's IT hub set to choke under tonnes of e-waste
As IT firms continue to swamp India's technology hub of Bangalore, the city is starting to choke under a heap of e-waste generated from obsolete computers and discarded electronic components.
 arrow Tourism bounces back, oil shadow looms over airlines
Tourism, headed for the canvas in 2003 owing to SARS and the invasion of Iraq, is back on its feet and packing a punch after a stunning comeback this year according to the latest official figures.
 arrow Shortcomings in China's hospitals leave scope for foreign investment
Sitting on a soft leather sofa in an elegant cream-colored reception area, a Beijing woman waited for a doctor's appointment.
 arrow China warns US against limiting cotton trousers imports
China has urged the US government not to limit imports of Chinese cotton trousers, warning such moves would violate WTO principles of free textile trade and hurt trade relations.
 arrow Ship arrival up at Ctg port
Arrival of ships, mostly foreign cargo vessels, at Chittagong Port recorded an increase in the first nine months of current year compared with the corresponding period a year ago, port officials said.
 arrow Tk 4.2cr Danish grant to set up e-marketplace
Denmark has approved Tk 4.2cr grant for training and loan for equipment to establish an e-marketplace in Bangladesh to assist readymade garments and textile products.
 arrow OneTel to buy CDMA network technology from UTStarcom
OneTel Communications Ltd (OneTel) has signed an agreement for approximately $4 million to purchase all-IP CDMA (code division multiple access) network technology from UTStarcom, the world's leading IP
 arrow Pan Pacific Sonargaon corporate client of GP
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel has recently signed an agreement with GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd to become GP's corporate client.
 arrow India's reserves rise on weaker dollar, IPO inflows
India's foreign exchange reserves rose for the eight week in a row to within striking distance of a record struck earlier this year, boosted by a weaker dollar and foreign investments in a $1.
 arrow Protonís tie-up with Volkswagen may face Bumpy road
Proton's tie-up with Germany's Volkswagen AG (VW) heralds a new chapter for the Malaysian national carmaker but analysts warn the road ahead is bumpy and long-term benefits are hazy without any equity
 arrow Pakistan to make oil payments from reserves
Pakistan's central bank will start making payments for oil imports from its foreign exchange reserves to reduce dollar demand in the interbank market and stabilise the rupee, the bank's governor saidSaturday.
 arrow China, Iran sign $70b oil, gas deal
China's oil giant Sinopec Group has signed a US$70 billion oil and natural gas agreement with Iran, which is China's biggest energy deal with the No. 2 Opec producer.
 arrow Pakistan economy to grow above 6pc
Pakistan's economy is likely to expand at over 6.0 percent this fiscal year but high world oil prices and water shortages threaten growth, the central bank said in its annual report released over theweekend.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cairns eyes 2007 WC
Moody and dangerous, Chris Cairns is one of the rare cricketers in world cricket's genuine all-rounder's category.
 arrow Cricket: 'Should play collectively'
Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud observed that the Tigers needed a collective effort on the field to earn some respect, if not a victory, against their mighty opponents in Test and one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria pegs SL back
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria extinguished a fine Sri Lankan fight back with three late wickets off 26 deliveries on Day Four of the second Test here Sunday to set Pakistan up for a likely series savingvictory.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly missing 4th Test
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will miss this week's fourth and final Test against Australia after failing to recover from a groin injury.
 arrow Cricket: King new WI coach
Australian Cricket Academy head coach Bennett King has been named as the new coach for West Indies, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs' focus on England
South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs says he will be ready for England's visit later this year despite missing the forthcoming tour of India.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt awaits Paris storm
Lleyton Hewitt is braced to fend off questions over his personal life with all the ferocity he normally resumes for his all-court game when the Australian returns to action at the Paris Masters this week.
 arrow Tennis: Youzhny ends title drought
Russia's Mikhail Youzhny overwhelmed Karol Beck of Slovakia 6-2, 6-2 here on Sunday in the final of the one-million-dollar ATP tournament to record his first title win of the season.
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn full of hope
Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan has a final chance to rescue a disappointing season when he takes part in the 2.45-million-euro (3.12 million dollars) Paris Masters here this week.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko again
Andriy Shevchenko celebrated the birth of his first child by scoring the only goal in AC Milan's 1-0 victory at Sampdoria on Saturday which kept the defending champions hot on the heels of leaders Juventus.
 arrow Football: Red alert for Devils
A last minute goal by Robin van Persie saved a point for Arsenal after Southampton seemed set for a shock win at Highbury before eventually being held 2-2 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern didn't expect this
Bayern Munich suffered a major setback ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Juventus when they fell to a shock 2-0 away defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca can't break Bilbao
League leaders Barcelona made hard work of extending their unbeaten streak to nine games in the Spanish first division when they survived some nervous moments to pull off a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao
 arrow Football: Where next for Mutu?
Disgraced Romanian striker Adrian Mutu on Sunday blasted Premiership side Chelsea for their haste in sacking him after testing positive for a banned substance.
 arrow Football: climaxes today
The first-ever under-16 football competition at national level will conclude today when Feni face Barguna in the final of the JFA Cup at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium.
 arrow Hockey: MSC-Usha clash today
The season's first big match will take place today when Mohammedan Sporting Club face Usha Krira Chakra in the last group encounter of the Club Cup hockey tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Back problem lays Inzy low
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has been advised to rest for a week after a back injury prevented him fielding on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to help late sports reporter
Bangladesh Cricket Board will donate Tk 2 from each ticket that will be sold for the second and third one-day internationals between Bangla-desh and New Zealand to help late sports journalist MonowarAhmed's
 arrow Handball: Arambagh women booters leave for India
Arambagh Krira Sangha women's handball team left Dhaka yesterday for India to play five exhibition matches at different Indian cities.
 arrow Cricket: Hasan makes it 2-0 for U-15s
A scintillating 131 not out by Mahmudul Hasan steered Bangladesh Cricket Board Under-15 team to their second win in as many matches against visiting CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) U-15s yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Delta Life h'ball final today
The final of the 10th Delta Life Insurance Handball Competition will be played at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex today.
Metropolitanarrow Form united front to win next general elections
Pro-liberation political forces must immediately forge a united front to oust the ruling coalition, achieve victory in the next general election and form a national government to meet people's hope and
 arrow Use bicycle to reduce traffic jam in city
More use of bicycle instead of motor vehicle can reduce traffic jam in the city, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Attack on RU students condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the attack on Rajshahi University (RU) students of by the cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and a section of teachers.
 arrow 9 ASP promoted as addl police super
Nine senior assistant superintendents of police (ASP) have been promoted to the rank of additional police super.
Nationalarrow Creeping towards disability....
Everybody looks on with a sigh when eleven year-old Fatima stoops while moving at the hospital.
 arrow Many back to shrimp farms in Satkhira
Supply of virus-free shrimp fries by Shrimp Seal of Quality (SSOQ) and introduction of new technology by CP Aqua Culture have brought many shrimp cultivators back to the profession after years of heavy
 arrow Sangskritik Jote hands over houses to flood victims
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, a leading cultural group, has undertaken a post-flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow Media overplays monga, says Dulu
Deputy Minister for Relief and Disaster Management Ashadul Habib Dulu has said the media is overplaying the monga situation.
 arrow Irregularity in appointments in Netrakona Health Deptt
There have been allegations of gross irregularity in appointment of people in 62 posts of third and fourth class employees in the health department in Netrakona.
 arrow Output target unattainable
The Rajshahi Sugar Mill is not likely to attain its production target in the ongoing crushing season due to short supply of sugarcane.
 arrow Milad held to stave off diarrhoea
People in David Company Para in Gaibandha pourashava held a Milad Mahfil on Saturday to remain free from attack by diarrhoea.
 arrow Lawyers boycott court
Patuakhali Bar Association members on Sunday boycotted the Women and Children Repression Prevention Special Court protesting alleged corruption by a judge of the court.
 arrow Human chain formed in Barisal
A big human chain was formed in Barisal city on Saturday protesting the death of Jubo Dal leader and Barisal City Corporation (BCC) commissioner Mahbub Alam Mehdi after a raid in his house by Rapid Action
Point-Counterpointarrow US elections: Home stretch
US Presidential elections have entered the home stretch. We shall know shortly if incumbent President George W.
 arrow Parliamentary reforms
MUCH has been talked and written about the urgent compulsion the nation faces for undertaking reforms in the hitherto neglected area of Parliament, which is the centre piece of democracy.
Culturearrow All that glitters
The boulevards and lanes stretching from New Market to Dhanmondi and beyond are winking with rhinestones and seed pearls.
 arrow Getting to know 'Dilkhush'
There is a thin dividing line between actress Mukti and 'Dilkhush', one of the most popular characters of Ranger Manush. For one, Mukti is as lively as Dilkhush.
 arrow Nrityanchal: Where East meets West
Dance organisation Nrityanchal is looking westwards, says a recent press release.
Generalarrow 323-point recommendation to check floods submitted to PM
A package of expert recommendations for managing floods and water in the country was submitted to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday.
 arrow Int'l convention on academic quality control in Dec
An international convention on academic quality control will be held in Dhaka in December to instill modern management skills to future generation professionals.
 arrow Sarbahara man killed in shootout with Rab
A regional leader of outlawed Sarbahara Party (Zia group) was killed in shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at village Datteshwar village under Uzirpur upazila of Barisal district yesterday.
 arrow Tk 44 cr more UK aid for flood victims
The United Kingdom will provide additional 4 million pound equivalent to Tk 44 crore to the UN World Food Programme so the poorest people in Bangladesh can have access to food supplies into the new year.
 arrow CFJ courses on journalism for 2005
Two certificate courses and 15 graduate courses on new and emerging fields in journalism will be offered by the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (CFJ) in 2005,says
 arrow Passing-out ceremony of 291 new SIs held
The passing-out ceremony of 291 outside cadet sub-inspectors (male) under the 2003 batch was held at the central parade ground of Sarda Police Academy here yesterday.
 arrow PM inaugurates Nat'l Vitamin A Plus Campaign
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the post-flood National Vitamin A Plus Campaign-2004 by administering vitamin capsules to two children at a simple ceremony at her office.
Internationalarrow Americans urged to vote without fear
The US homeland security secretary says there is no intelligence pointing to attacks on election day and has urged Americans to vote in confidence.
 arrow US voters say Laden won't sway them
American voters say Osama bin Laden's sudden re-appearance has not changed their minds about the upcoming election, according to a report yesterday by the New York Times, which said it conducted dozens
 arrow US presidency hinges on undecided voters
Eight months, three debates, hundreds of speeches and hundreds of thousands of television ads after it all began, the US presidential race may hinge simply on which side gets out the vote tomorrow.
 arrow Thousands of lawyers pour into Florida
A pivotal battleground state, Florida is braced for a tight race and praying that tomorrow's election will not see a repeat of the 2000 chaos that delayed the outcome of the presidential race by 36 days.
 arrow What if the election ends in a tie?
The US presidential election, which is decided by the 538-member Electoral College, has the potential of ending in a 269-269 tie, which could throw the race into the US House of Representatives.
 arrow 23 Iraqis killed in fighting
Eight Iraqis were killed and 13 people wounded, including three US marines, in clashes and explosions between rebels and US troops in the flashpoint Iraqi city of Ramadi while 15 others killed in Hilla,
 arrow BJP reels after top cop points finger to leaders for fanning riots
India's Hindu nationalist BJP was reeling Sunday after a top policeman claimed party leaders fanned the flames during rioting in Gujarat state two years ago which left 2,000 people dead.
 arrow Sharon ready to talk with new leadership
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that he was prepared to open negotiations with a new Palestinian leadership after Yasser Arafat's departure, public radio reported.
 arrow 'Britons view Kerry a safer bet than Bush'
A majority in Britain believe the world will be safer if Democrat challenger John Kerry wins this week's US presidential election, suggests an opinion poll to be published yesterday.
 arrow Kashmiri separatists want to visit Pakistan
Kashmiri separatists want to visit Pakistan before holding the third round of peace talks with New Delhi, their leader said overnight.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Clashes at RU
Our university campuses have long been the battle ground of the student wings of the rival political parties instead of what the country expects these to be, seat of learning and exchange of thoughtsand
 arrow Editorial: Bangladeshi kidnapped in Iraq
We are dismayed and extremely concerned at the kidnapping of a Bangladeshi national, Abul Kashem Faruk in Iraq by a group calling itself Islamic Army of Iraq.
 arrow Absolute power corrupts absolutely
My Pakistani friends often boasted of their ancestry and traced their origin among the Sultans and emperors of Delhi who ruled India for over eight hundred years.
 arrow Twilight of hope
There comes a moment when every man's obituary appears on his face.
 arrow The biotechnology trap
Finally our agricultural experts and decision-makers have swallowed the multinational companies' (MNCs) biotechnology-bait and decided to put our agricultural sector and farmers in great danger -- inother
Letters to Editorarrow Vulnerability of Muslims
At least 84 Thai Muslims died on 26 October due to inhuman activities of the police administration in Thailand. They died of suffocation in the back of overloaded trucks.
 arrow Bangladeshi hostage in Iraq
I am dismayed although not completely surprised to hear about the unfortunate abduction of a Bangladeshi driver who was supplying provisions to an US base in Iraq.
 arrow Patriotism and objectivity
In response to Md Shahidul Islam's letter to the Editor on 27 October, I couldn't help but chip in my opinion on this matter of patriotism and reality.
 arrow Dismal cricket
I totally agree with Ahmed Kamal from Abu Dhabi on his vision of Bangladesh cricket. Even a schoolboy would have done no worse if he were given such a chance.
 arrow A letter to Yasser Arafat
Present Israel is deemed to be more than a part of the US. That is clear from the activities of the US and Israel's importance to America.
 arrow National anthem and mobile phone
I would like to appreciate the views of a respected teacher, Md Abdur Rahim of Comilla Zilla School, in his letter "National anthem and mobile phone".
 arrow Salvage education
The University Grants Commission has conducted a thorough investigation into the functioning and quality of the private universities of Bangladesh.
 arrow Jail killing
The judgement on the jail killings has after all been delivered. Much as I would like to, I would refrain from commenting and request you to write a commentary on this.
 arrow Private universities
The recent declaration/ categorisation of private universities by the UGC has raised eyebrows of various known circles who are concerned with the present poor state of educational atmosphere in the public
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyyas
The attack on the Ahmadiyya mosque in Brahmanbaria is simply disgraceful.
 arrow 'Elder brother' speaks
The 'elder brother' (India bashing, now what? by Syeda Sultana, Mon. October 11, 2004) has spoken, though it is a routine work for him.
 arrow Rab
We came to know from the daily newspapers that the law and order situation is changing for the better after the Rab began its operations.
 arrow Three cheers for Rab!
The Rab is doing a good job these days! I appreciate it and thank the government for deploying the Rab in order to bring stability in society.
 arrow Report of UGC
There are 52 private universities in Bangladesh under the private university act 1992.But we know that most of them have failed to serve the purposes for which they were established.
Star Cityarrow Massive beautification of city for Saarc Summit
The city's beautification plan for the upcoming the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) Summit is expected to complete by mid November, a month ahead of the high-profile conference
 arrow Makeshift Iftari houses on footpaths
Makeshift iftari outlets have encroached most footpaths along Road No 27, Satmajid Road in Dhanmondi and the stretch from Mirpur Road to Dhanmondi, while footpaths of Old Dhaka are overcrowdedwith
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 arrow Bikers upset New Market shoppers
Unauthorised entry of motorcycles and bicycles inside the New Market shopping centre's premises is becoming a nuisance for the shoppers.
 arrow BSMMU hospital plagued by erratic water supply
Patients and staff at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital are suffering from irregular supply of water.
 arrow Recycled paper in vogue
With an increasing demand for recycled paper in the West, non-government organizations have been manufacturing and exporting hand-made paper for over a decade.
 arrow Downturn of Supplies, Upturn of Customers