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Front Pagearrow Bush wins after Ohio drama
President Bush won four more years in the White House, pocketing a quiet concession from Democrat John Kerry that closed out a loud and long campaign fought over the war on terror and the economy.
 arrow Khaleda for Saarc antipoverty funds
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday proposed floating of Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) development funds to cut down on poverty in South Asia.
 arrow Early harvest no solace for North
The early harvest of Aman paddy that has already begun in some parts of Rangpur and Kurigram districts would hardly impact on the ongoing monga in the region as the farmers are expecting
 arrow Tokai Mizan dies in Rab-gang 'crossfire'
A notorious, listed criminal was killed in yet another 'crossfire' in the capital in the early hours yesterday, eight hours into his arrest by elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Seized rickshaws serve political constituencies
The unlicensed rickshaws seized in the capital are being sent to districts to fill up the 'quotas' for the ruling BNP lawmakers and ministers, sources said.
 arrow Republicans tighten grip on House, Senate
The power of incumbency and an advantageous GOP redistricting in Texas swept Republicans to another two years of control over the House of Representatives.
 arrow Hartal passes off peacefully
The countrywide half-day hartal called by the Awami League (AL) to protest the verdict of the Jail Killing Case passed off almost peacefully yesterday.
 arrow PM opens Mohakhali flyover today
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will open the much talked-about Mohakhali flyover for traffic today.
The inaugural ceremony will be held at the open ground west side of the flyover this noon.

 arrow Homage paid to four slain nat'l leaders
The main opposition Awami League and a number of socio-cultural organisations yesterday paid tributes to the four national leaders and Liberation War heroes on their 29th death anniversary through various
 arrow Results to mark no change in US policy for S Asia
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas said yesterday that a victory for President George W Bush or Democratic President candidate John Kerry would not significantly change US foreign policy towards South Asiaand
 arrow Bid to reintroduce lottery in tender bidding rejected
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday shot down a proposal by some ministries, including the communications ministry, for reintroduction of the options of lottery and negotiations in
 arrow Quorum crisis hits JS session again
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday had a dull workday dogged by quorum crises and absence of the main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas ask govt to protect mosques from bigots' capture
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh (AMJB) yesterday appealed to the government to protect its mosques and complexes across the country, as religious bigots threatened to capture three mosques in Dhaka,
 arrow Blaze at Mayakatra Garments Market...

 arrow Lovers on a stroll end up in lockup
Aklima [not her real name] was utterly dumbstricken being suddenly seized and shoved into a police van without any apparent reason.
 arrow Faizee to face Bar Council scrutiny today
Additional judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee, who was withdrawn from the High Court bench for alleged tampering with law graduation result, faces scrutiny by the Bar Council today.
 arrow Huda's new theory on Hasina's security
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the August 21 grenade attack proved that by the grace of Allah no-one will be able to kill Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow 'Pirate' gang lord killed in 'crossfire'
A gang leader was killed in 'crossfire' with the police and three other pirates were arrested Tuesday night, six days after the grisly murders of 14 fishermen allegedly by them on a trawler in the Bay.
 arrow Mob lynches 4 robbers, ex-army man shot dead
A mob yesterday lynched four alleged robbers after they shot a retired army person to death in Badarpur Bazar in the sadar upazila.
 arrow Stormy debate on price hike likely today
Parliament is likely to witness today a stormy debate on the price hike of essentials as the BNP-led ruling coalition and the opposition parties are in a face-off on the issue.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed, mob lynches 1
Cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) slaughtered aged father of an UP member allegedly belonging to PBCP-Janajuddho on Tuesday night, while Janajuddho cadres killed another UP member andinjured
 arrow Banned Islamist outfit calls press conference
The commander of Rajshahi-based militant group Shahadat-e Al Hiqma has reorganised his group and called a press conference at a city community centre on November 6.
 arrow Aggrieved candidates protest new class 4 recruitment at DMC
About fifty people yesterday demonstrated at the Dhaka Medical College (DMC) campus, protesting the selection of candidates for appointment to various posts in the college.
 arrow HC stays case against Prothom Alo
The High Court on Tuesday stayed the proceedings of a defamation case filed against the editor, the publisher and a reporter of the daily Prothom Alo.
 arrow Aide of Jamal Uddin's abductor hospitalised
Kala Mahbub, a close aide to the prime accused in magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury abduction case, was admitted to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in custody of the CID Tuesday night.
 arrow Bid to push in 50 Indians foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and villagers foiled a BSF (Border Security Force) bid to push 50 Indian nationals into Bangladesh through Panbari border of Patgram upazila on Tuesday night.
Businessarrow BTTB mobile project set to miss Dec deadline
State-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) is set to miss the December 2004 deadline to launch its much-talked-about mobile phone services, industry sources said.
 arrow GP seeks zero tariff on cellphone set imports
As a four-day fair of cellphone sets and connections began in Dhaka yesterday, GrameenPhone (GP) urged the government to introduce zero tariff on import of mobile phone sets for further growth of
 arrow India to decide on oil price hike by Friday
India''s cabinet said yesterday it would decide whether to raise domestic oil prices within the next two days in the face of rising international oil prices.
 arrow Body formed to assess liabilities of Adamjee with banks
An 8-member committee has been formed to logically assess the amount of liabilities of the closed Adamjee Jute Mills with different banks.
 arrow Bank holiday on Nov 7
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on November 7 (Sunday) on account of National Revolution and Solidarity Day, said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow Oil rebounds above $50
Oil prices bolted back above 50 dollars a barrel Wednesday on indications that US President George W. Bush could be re-elected -- an outcome seen as supportive for oil markets.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Back to business again
The Bangladeshi cricketers will get little time to erase the memories of the Chi-ttagong nightmare before preparing for the second one-day international against New Zealand in Dhaka.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd arrives today to assess 4 stadia
Legendary West Indies cricketer Clive Lloyd arrives in Dhaka this morning to assess four new cricket stadiums in the country waiting for recognition as international venues.
 arrow Football: Hail the magician
Spanish media, particularly those based in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, were not slow on Wednesday in conjuring up the appropriate words to describe Barca's 2-1 victory over Milan.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies shine in rain
Openers Viren-der Sehwag and Gautam Gam-bhir failed to survive on a damp wicket on Wednesday as Australia took the early initiative in the fourth and final Test by leaving India struggling on 22 for two.
 arrow Cricket: SA envoy meets Delhi police over Boje issue
South Africa's chief envoy to India has sought assurances from Delhi police that cricketer Nicky Boje will not be questioned over a match-fixing scandal when he arrives with the national team next week.
 arrow Hockey: MSC-Mariners first semi today
Defending champions Moha-mmedan Sporting Club will lock horns with their bogey team Mariner Youngs Club in the first semifinal of the Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Local under-15s gain upper hand
Humayun Kabir led Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team from the front by taking five wickets as the home side bowled out CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-15s for 203 in the first innings of their
 arrow Cricket: CA for biennial India series?
Cricket Australia is trying to institute a Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India every two years, it was reported here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Darren best down under
Darren Lehmann, who selflessly offered his Test place to Michael Clarke, is Wisden Australia's Cricketer of the Year.
 arrow Cricket: Warne faces long layoff
A thumb fracture which knocked Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne out of the Test against India starting Wednesday could also rule the world record wicket-taker out of a Test against New Zealand later
 arrow Football: Inter, Chelsea march on
Inter Milan and Chelsea secured their places in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday but AC Milan will have to wait after an 89th-minute goal by Ronaldinho gave Barcelona a 2-1 win in
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho ends wait
Barcelona fans have been waiting since 1959 to see Milan defeated in their own Nou Camp stadium but Ronaldinho made their dreams come true by getting a stunning winner close to the final whistle to give
 arrow Football: Misfiring Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to panic but admits his side are going through a dip after witnessing their English Premiership and Champions League campaigns stutter.
 arrow Football: Time to show character
Alan Shearer has urged his Newcastle United team-mates to put their weekend Premiership defeat to Bolton Wanderers behind them and kick-off another lengthy unbeaten run starting with UEFA Cup action on
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt breaks French hearts
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt returned to the court for the first time since the end of his relationship with Kim Clijsters and broke the hearts of French fans by defeating teenage hope Gael Monfils in the
 arrow Chess: Nasir wins again
FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir Ahmed continued his winning run in the Calvia Open Chess Festival when he beat Johnsen Kjell Magne of Norway in the second round in Spain on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Six on top of table
Six players were sharing the lead in the Open FIDE Rating chess tournament after the fifth round at the federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie hunt for new academy coach begins
Cricket Australia will begin a world-wide search for a new head coach of the country's cricket academy after confirmation that Bennett King was leaving to become coach of the West Indian national team.
 arrow Tennis: Venus moves on
Venus Williams, fighting to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships, ousted fellow American Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-1 here Tuesday at the 585,000-dollar WTA Advanta Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Thornely sets sixes record in Shield
Dominic Thornely shattered a David Hookes' batting record in putting New South Wales in command of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against Western Australia here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Police action on N'ganj procession
Forty leaders of different political parties and garment workers were injured in a police action on their procession in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Workers threaten tough movement
There is no alternative but to wage a toughest movement across the country to realise the logical demands of labourers and workers, leaders of Shilpa-Sramik-Karmachari Rakkha Samannay Parishad said yesterday.
 arrow Special trains on Eid
Bangladesh Railway (BB) will introduce special trains on various routes to facilitate homebound passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Nationalarrow RU violence result of neglect to student's security for long
Acting VC says he has videos to prove incidents were pre planned by female leaders of left parties
The Rajshahi University authority''s indifference to students'' demand for security at residential

 arrow Order to arrest Jessore DIG (Prisons)
Arrest warrant has been issued against DIG (Prisons) of Jessore Central Jail Sarder Abdus Salam for alleged attempted sexual harassment of a female jail warden.
 arrow Removal of Khulna Civil Surgeon demanded
Eight third and fourth class employees working on master roll basis at Paikgachha Upazila Health Complex on Monday demanded immediate removal of the civil surgeon of Khulna by bringing a corruption charge
 arrow 65 hurt as villagers clash in Kushtia, B'baria
At least 65 people were injured as villagers clashed in Kushtia and Brahmanbaris on Tuesday.
 arrow Strike called off at RMCH
Nurses along with third and fourth-class employees of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) called off their strike Tuesday night following assurance of action against two JCD leaders for their alleged
 arrow Three killed in Jessore road accident
Three persons were killed in a road accident at Jhautola on Monirampur-Nehalpur road on Tuesday night.
 arrow 'Outlaw' leader lynched
A regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) was lynched on Monday night at Kakbashia village in Assassuni upazila.
 arrow Shibir men cut tendons for keeping hotel open
Some activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, cut tendons of hands of a person at Shakervita in Jamalpur Sadar upazila on Tuesday for keeping his restaurant open during day
 arrow Concern over attack on RU campus
Chittagong University Teachers'' Association (CUTA) on Tuesday expressed deep concern over recent attack on students and teachers of Rajshahi University.
 arrow Srimangal Poura chairman sent to jail
Srimangal upazila BNP president and former chairman of Srimangal Pourasabha Mohsin Miah Modhu was sent to jail hajat after his appearance before a court on Tuesday.
 arrow 2 including Indian held with revolvers
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday arrested two persons including an Indian national from Companyganj upazila and recovered four revolvers from their possession.
 arrow Concern over attack on RU campus
Chittagong University Teachers'' Association (CUTA) on Tuesday expressed deep concern over recent attack on students and teachers of Rajshahi University.
 arrow A newly emerged shoal

Point-Counterpointarrow Fifty-two bazaars, fifty-three alleys, but where is the civic realm?
Dhaka is the only fastest growing city on the planet that is growing without a vision or plan. I am ready to be challenged on this by any aggrieved party.
Culturearrow Exquisite design and craftmanship
The sari has always had a distinctive appeal in fashion and has blended in well with the Bangalee culture and heritage.

Some saris designs are evergreen and have a timeless appeal.

 arrow Star Cineplex-- The cinema Paradiso?
The country's first multiplex theatre complex, Star Cineplex, began its journey on October 9 at Bashundhara City.
 arrow 'Trendy fashion is my passion'--Noble
Our Cultural Correspondent recently spoke to model Noble. He is a popular face on many ads, ranging from soft drinks to soap and many more.
 arrow Jimi Hendrix: The king of rock
Ask anyone over 40 and the chances are that they will have heard of Jimi Hendrix.
Generalarrow 200 shanties, 30 shops gutted
Over 200 shanties and 30 shops were gutted in separate fire incidents in Pallabi and Sadarghat areas in Dhaka early yesterday.
 arrow 4 killed, 40 injured in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 40 others injured in two separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Mymensingh districts yesterday.
 arrow AL protests PM's remarks
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's remarks that the next general election will be held under either the caretaker government or the elected BNP-led
 arrow 1 shot, one stabbed, two muggers beaten
Criminals shot one youth at Mohammadpur, stabbed another at Shantibagh and mob beat two alleged muggers mercilessly at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Noman's iftar party turns into chaos
An iftar party hosted by Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman ended up in chaos as thousands of people scrambled for iftar items at Jamiatul Falah Mosque ground here yesterday.
 arrow Iajuddin, Khaleda, Hasina condole death of Nahyan
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday condoled the death of Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, President of the United
 arrow EWU's evening MBM classes from Jan
Admission process of a 60 credit evening MBM (Master's in Bank Management) course at East West University has started for the spring 2005 (January to May) semester, says a press release.
 arrow AL leader Abidur Reza hospitalised
Abidur Reza Khan, an elderly Awami League leader, former lawmaker and an organiser of the Liberation War, has been suffering from complicated diseases, says a press release.
Internationalarrow World awaits new US president, better ties
World leaders keenly awaited the outcome of the US presidential election Wednesday, with many voicing hope for a fresh start in their often strained relations no matter who wins the White House.
 arrow US media wonder if they goofed again
It wasn't supposed to happen again.
 arrow Flaws in US electoral system resurface
Four years after a closely fought US presidential election was decided by the Supreme Court, the structural problems plaguing the way Americans pick the world's most powerful leader have once again become
 arrow Eleven states 'shun gay marriage'
Voters in 11 US states have approved a ban on same-sex marriage, according to early returns from a number of referendums being held on the issue.
 arrow Car bomb rocks Baghdad
At least nine people were injured after a car bomb punched another hole in battle-scarred Baghdad on Wednesday, while militants kidnapped more foreigners and shot dead a top oil ministry official.
 arrow Laden warns of revenge for Iraq killings
Osama bin Laden said on Wednesday in a full Internet broadcast of a video, partly aired by Al Jazeera last week, that George W.
 arrow Voters report problems with computer systems
Voters across the United States reported problems with electronic touch-screen systems on Tuesday in what critics said could be a sign that the machines used by one-third of the population were proneto
 arrow Karzai declared new Afghan president
Incumbent leader Hamid Karzai is the winner of Afghanistan's first presidential election, the spokesman for the election commission told AFP Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Bush-Kerry tug of war
The US presidential election of 2004 -- like the one of 2000 -- has gone down to the wire. At the time of writing this editorial, it was still too early to declare either candidate the winner.
 arrow Monga fallout worrying
The reports from pockets in Rangpur and Kurigram clearly indicate that a large number of people are still grappling with a famine-like situation.
 arrow What's happening in the land of the free?
The land of the free -- that is exactly what Thailand means, where the "gentle measures" adopted by the security forces in southern Thailand city of Narathiwat to tackle a crowd of about 1500 protestors
 arrow Dialogue with Naxalites : Opportunity for overdue reform
The Andhra Pradesh government must be commended for beginning a dialogue with the Naxalites.
 arrow Questioning World Bank immunity
Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has written: "Globalisation today is not working for many of the world''s poor, for much of the environment, for the stability of the global economy.
Letters to Editorarrow Pak delegation
I have noted with great interest that a 60-member Pakistan delegation is visiting Bangladesh along with the new prime minister of Pakistan to explore more avenues of co-operation between the two countries.
 arrow Disgusting indeed
I am really disgusted at the activities of the BNP partisans at the public meetings of Dr. Kamal Hossain and Dr. B Choudhury. Obviously, these hooligans have no respect for democracy and law and order.
 arrow RAB actions on video tape
Not sure if this has been discussed before, but in my opinion every RAB unit should include a member to capture video footage of RAB actions as much as possible.
 arrow RAB action
Let me start saying that the RAB is doing something good for our society when police have almost failed to provide even the minimum security for citizens.