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Front Pagearrow Hop over Mohakhali snarl-up
Bangladesh yesterday entered a new era of communication with the opening of country's first flyover at Mohakhali in the capital, a vital step towards easing the city's traffic congestion.
 arrow Arafat fighting for his life
Yasser Arafat is fighting for his life in a French hospital and a hospital spokesman denied reports he had died. In the West Bank, an official said yesterday some of the Palestinian president's powers were handed over to his prime minister.
 arrow Islamabad wants FTA with Dhaka
Pakistan is keen to enter into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh to foster bilateral trade and economic cooperation, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said here yesterday.
 arrow Bush to 'unite' US in second term
US President George Bush, fresh from his triumph in the US presidential election, is set to return to work with a routine day at the White House.
 arrow 14 abducted for camel jockeying return home
Fourteen Bangladeshi children, kept at two shelter homes in West Bengal since 2001, returned to Dhaka in the early hours Wednesday.
 arrow AL flays govt, BNP calls it politically motivated
The main opposition lawmakers yesterday launched a broadside against the ruling coalition for its failure to arrest the skyrocketing of essentials' price, which the treasury bench members countered by
 arrow PM asks party men to get ready for next polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked her party men to brace themselves for the next general elections by rejuvenating the party at grassroots level through electing new committees, giving preference
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire'
An outlaw and a robber were killed in Khulna and Bogra during shootouts with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the police while two alleged criminals were lynched by a mob at Gulshan in the capital
 arrow Moudud rejects Rab indemnity possibility
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday flatly rejected the possibility of providing Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) members with indemnity from prosecution against 'crossfire'
 arrow Civil society to resist as bigots march to capture mosques
Ahamadiyyas in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Brahmanbaria brace for violent clashes today, as religious bigots prepare to take control of the sect's complexes and the civil society vows to resist the move.
 arrow Bar Council to serve show-case notice on Faizee
The Bar Council yesterday decided to serve a show-cause notice on Additional Judge of the High Court Faisal Mahmud Faizee asking him to explain why action would not be taken against him for providingfalse
 arrow Crucial 2nd ODI today
Bangladesh will be desperately looking to end their batting blues when the RC Cola second one-day international against New Zealand begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
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 arrow Global media trend reviewed
Global newspaper circulation went slightly down, but newspaper advertising revenues are on the upswing, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) revealed at a high-profile summit in Bangkok yesterday
 arrow Pac for bar on foreign travel of accused surgeons
The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday decided to ask authorities to prevent some civil surgeons and government officials accused of embezzlement from going abroad when the
 arrow President flies to UAE to mourn Al-Nahyan's death
President Iajuddin Ahmed left for Abu Dhabi last night to express Bangladesh's deep sorrow at the death of Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan AlNahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates.
 arrow President, PM greet Bush
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted George W Bush on his reelection as president of the United States of America.
 arrow City bogs down in tailbacks
The city yesterday experienced a severe traffic congestion that left hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded on the streets for a long time.
 arrow Bride, schoolgirl abducted in Kushtia, Jhenidah
A bride and a schoolgirl were abducted in Kushtia and Jhenidah Wednesday.
 arrow Sylhet F-28 salvage operation begins
The salvage operation of crashed F-28 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines near Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport resumed yesterday after having been suspended for a week.
Businessarrow Set up Saarc customs commission to boost intra-regional trade
Bangladesh business community yesterday urged Pakistani premier to take initiatives to establish a Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) customs commission to boost intra-regional trade.
 arrow Lowest-ever SIM price pulls huge crowd
Thousands flocked to the mobile phone fair yesterday in Dhaka as GrameenPhone offers a SIM (subscriber identity module) card at Tk 650, the lowest-ever price by any operator.
 arrow Govt eyes auction possibility to allow pvt TVs, cellphone cos
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday the government will examine the potentiality of introducing auction system in giving approval for setting up private sector cellphone companies
 arrow Biman fare to up after Eid
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin yesterday said passenger fares of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will be raised after Eid-ul-Fitr to cope with the increase of jet fuel
 arrow China, Asean trade to top $100b by year end
Trade between China and the 10 Asean nations should surpass 100 billion dollars this year, said Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi while calling for the fast tracking of a proposed free trade area (FTA).
 arrow Oil prices slip after US election-inspired rally
Oil prices dipped, giving up some of the gains seen in the wake of US President George W Bush's re-election win, with news of higher weekly US crude inventories weighing on the market.
 arrow Rian Motors brings new model of TVS motorbike
Rian Motors Ltd, a sister concern of Rangs Group, yesterday launched a new model of TVS series motorcycle in Bangladesh.
 arrow Siemens offers 3 yrs warranty on cellphone sets until Eid
Customers will get three-year warranty on Siemens cellphone sets purchased until Eid-ul-Fitr instead of its usual one-year warranty.
 arrow US, EU start formal talks to resolve aircraft subsidies dispute
Consultations between the United States and the European Union on their trade dispute over support for the world's largest civil aircraft makers, Airbus and Boeing, began in Geneva, a US official said.
 arrow Toyota to recall 6.5 lakh vehicles for tail light fix
Top Japanese automaker Toyota Motor said Thursday it will recall 651,366 vehicles, mostly in overseas markets, to replace defective tail lamp covers whose red colour might fade in direct sun.
 arrow Japan, Malaysia continue free trade talks
Japan and Malaysia on Thursday began three days of talks in a sixth round of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow SingTel forms regional mobile pact with 6 cos
Singtel will team up with six other leading Asia-Pacific telcoms firms to invest up to US$40 million (S$67 million) over three years in a joint venture to boost revenues from "roaming'', that is, when
Sportsarrow Cricket: No batting for better batting
In a bid to end the continuous poor run of form Bangladesh cri-cket team ma-nagement took an extraordinary decision of dropping the nets session for the specialist batsman ahead of the RC Cola secondone-day
 arrow Hockey: Mariner shut out MSC
Mariner Youngs Club stunned defending champions Mohamme-dan Sporting Club to reach the Club Cup Hockey Tournament final yesterday with a gripping 3-2 win in the first semifinal at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Cricket: Mumbai turns minefield
India's prolific leg-spinner Anil Kumble wre-cked Australia to leave the fou-rth and final Test hanging in the balance af-ter 18 wickets fell on a spiteful pitch during the second day's play on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Hauritz can't believe it
Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz could hardly believe his eyes at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Nor could he believe his luck.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Safin thru'
Quickfire Andy Roddick and marathon man Marat Safin sprinkled a little stardust over the beleaguered Paris Masters as the American and Russian crowd-pullers raced into the third round of the 2.
 arrow Cricket: 'Scared' Boje ducks tour
South African vice-captain Nicky Boje became the second casualty in an Indian police investigation into alleged match-fixing four years ago, announcing Wednesday his withdrawal from the cricket team's
 arrow Cricket: Manzarul still searching
Manzarul Islam Rana was the odd man left in the cold on the special day for players' transfers for this season's Dhaka Premier Division cricket league yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: GP, Biman enter Cup semis
Bangladesh Biman and Grameen-Phone ensured their respective Cup semifinal berths in the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Two take the lead
Saifuddin Lavlu and Shafiq Ahmed were jointly leading the table with 5.5 points each after the end of the sixth round games of the Open FIDE Rating chess tournament at the federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne 50-50 for 1st Test against NZ
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne rated himself a 50-50 chance for the first Test against New Zealand later this month after missing the final match of the India series with a fractured thumb.
 arrow Chess: Nasir shares point
FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir Ahmed drew with International Master Volke Karsten of Germany in the third round of the Calvia Open Chess Festival in Spain on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Six to take part in Kolkata chess
Six players from Bangladesh will participate in the Kolkata Inter-national Open chess tournament

which will be held from November 8-17 at Kolkata.

 arrow Football: Sparta's Ruud awakening
The way Ruud van Nistelrooy got Manchester United's Champions League campaign back on track was a suggestion from his manager that the Dutchman now deserved to be bracketed alongside Europe's all-time
 arrow Football: Blame it on Kahn!
German international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn bore the brunt of the criticism following Bayern Munich's 1-0 Champions League Group C defeat by Juventus on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Real fight back in Kiev
Spanish giants Real Madrid came back from a two-goal deficit for the second time this season in the Champions League to draw 2-2 with Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev in their Group B clash here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Parreira supports Adriano
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira defended Adriano on Wednesday, saying the striker reacted the right way when he was sent off for retaliation in Inter Milan's 0-0 Champions League draw with Valencia.
 arrow Football: Juve, Lyon sail
Juventus and Olympique Lyon joined Chelsea and Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League after both scored late goals to seal their places on Wednesday.
Culturearrow Satranji : Weaving for a cause
Even if it's not Aladdin's magic carpet, the lure of the 1,000 year old traditional jute rug --Satranji continues to have buyers in its thrall.
 arrow What to watch on Eid
Channel i is all set to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr with fun and entertainment. The six- day long fiesta will start a day prior to Eid.
 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.
 arrow Mughal-e-Azam :An old classic in colour
A week from now, cine buffs across India will be able revisit the K Asif's 1960 Hindi film classic Mughal-e-Azam, Indian cinema's biggest blockbuster, starring thespian Dilip Kumar and Madhubala,
 arrow Bishwajit's Smritir Palki launched
The number 25 is significant for Kumar Bishwajit on account of his music career as well as his albums. A few days ago the singer celebrated his 25 years in the music arena.
Generalarrow Solution to regional problems possible thru' discussions
Pakistan Prime Minister and current SAARC chairperson Shaukat Aziz yesterday said "There is a possibility of solving all kinds of regional problems, including Kashmir issue and the water crisis of Bangladesh,
 arrow '70pc city dwellers have no land'
More than 70 percent of the people living in the capital do not own any land here, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow New device implanted in heart patient successfully
Doctors, for the first time in Bangladesh, have successfully implanted a device in a patient that can save life of those who are at risk of sudden failure in pumping of his heart blood due to loss ofan
 arrow Road crash at DU sparks protests
A group of students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday went on a rampage and damaged at least five vehicles on the campus after a bus hit a rickshaw near the Teacher Student Centre (TSC), leaving a student
 arrow 'Masterminds go unpunished due to govt interference'
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday once again rejected the verdict of the Jail Killing Case and said the masterminds of the killing escaped punishment due to the government's direct interference in the
 arrow 4 muggers caught red-handed in Ctg
Four muggers were caught red-handed while snatching money from a rod and cement trader at Sholoshahar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Keraniganj Jubo Dal leader held with revolver
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Jubo Dal leader with a revolver loaded with 6 bullets from Par Ganderia here yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l Cooperatives Day tomorrow
The nation will observe the 33rd National Cooperatives Day tomorrow.
 arrow JCD men beat BCL leader
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Jahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU) beat up a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader early hours of yesterday leaving him seriously injured.
 arrow Eid dress show begins
A three-day Eid dress exhibition began at the Arial Gallery of Muldhara, House # 15, Road # 7, Dhanmondi, yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka Bank installs donation box for cancer hospital
The Dhaka Bank installed a donation box at its Gulsan branch at a simple ceremony on November 2 to raise funds for Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We wish Bush all the best
Bush has beaten Kerry fair and square in his re-election bid. He has secured majority of both popular and electoral college votes by clearly wider margins than tallied by him in the 2000 presidentialrace.
 arrow Editorial: Homage to slain leaders
Our memories of the four national leaders -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, HM Qamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali who were slain in their prison cells some three decades ago were rekindled on the
 arrow What's the matter with America?
There is a book out right now called What's the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank in which the author explores the issue of why it is that so many middle and low-income Americans consistently
 arrow A bleeding heart
The day after he woke up in the middle of the night, feeling warm and sticky on the chin and the chest, the doctor said it was his sinus, which was clogged up and infected.
 arrow A few drops of tears for Shosei Koda
Nobody knows what prompted him to go to that troubled land. Nobody will probably know what was he thinking about when the moment struck and his head fell off his body.
Letters to Editorarrow "Future of Bangladesh"
I am no VIP or anything like that, just a concerned student or as many would say "the future of Bangladesh".
 arrow The Tigers
Once again the Tigers have let down their numerous supporters. Though they started quite brilliantly by knocking off the 'Black Caps' for 224 runs, they finished in the most humiliating way.
 arrow "Vulnerability of Muslims"
Mr. Barua's letter on your editorial about the massacre of Muslims in Thailand was a strange one, to say the least ( DS November 1). The 80 plus people killed were all Muslims.
 arrow Ailing Arafat
To me , and everyone among the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, this news came from the blue.
 arrow Push -in bids
They have added a new exportable item in their list (especially for Bangladesh ) of export oriented goods. Fortunately, it is supplied free of cost.
 arrow Politicians and 'Umra'
All our political leaders are officially reported to be praying for the welfare of the people and the country once they are in the Holy Land (I wonder about the adequacy of the Almighty's response!).
 arrow Insurance for students
Lenon is not there on the campus. He along with his merit, brilliance, kidding and his smiling face are under a simple piece of land. The JU will not see his glass covered bright eyes any more.
 arrow Stop renaming NU
I, on behalf of the general students of National University (NU), am requesting the government to think impartially about the matter before renaming the NU.
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyyas
The attack on an Ahmadiyya Masjid and the community as a whole is deplorable and should be condemned in the strongest language.
 arrow Patriotism and objectivity
My attention has been drawn to Iftekharul Haque's letter of 1st November, under the caption "Patriotism and objectivity", wherein he obliquely remarked in respect of our politicians, which is not desirable.
 arrow Muslims in trouble
The killing of 84 innocent Muslims in Thailand is another example of communal violence. Where is Mr.
 arrow Certificate tampering
In western countries before appointing a judge they consider the candidate's past records, character and eligibility. On the other hand, a person who has forged his certificate can be a judge in our country.
 arrow Government's inaction
The government's inaction against JCD is inexplicable. The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) is attacking innocent people one after another, but the government is doing nothing.
 arrow Judiciary in jeopardy
Bangladeshi judiciary is in an image crisis now. The total system of our judiciary has been politicised. It is alleged that most of the justices are appointed politically.
Urbanarrow Fire: Shoppers' right to escape
The fast growing multi-storied shopping centres with their dazzle and splendour may appear to be specks of paradise for shoppers in a bowl of rubbish that passes as capital Dhaka City, but in truth most
 arrow Vertical circulation in multi-storeyed shopping centres in Dhaka city
Over the last ten years Dhaka City has become more familiar with multi-storeyed shopping complexes.
Worldarrow Asia views Bush victory as boost for war on terror
Most Asian countries yesterday hailed the re-election of George W.
 arrow 'Tough time ahead for Lebanon & Syria'
The re-election of US President George W. Bush signals more difficult times ahead for Syria and Lebanon's pro-Syrian regime in the face of mounting US and UN pressure, lawmakers and the press warned yesterday.
 arrow Bush should reach out to Democrats, world: US papers
After his remarkable and solid electoral victory, President George W.
 arrow 'Myanmar plans crackdown on Indian separatists'
A rebel group in India's remote northeast said yesterday neighbouring Myanmar was preparing to launch a military action to drive Indian separatists from its soil.
 arrow US bombing kills 5 in Falluja
US planes and tanks bombarded Falluja overnight, killing five people and heightening pressure on Iraq's most rebellious city, which is braced for an all-out offensive now that the US presidential poll
 arrow 9 killed in Thailand's restive south
Nine people have been killed, at least eight of them Buddhists, in separate attacks in Thailand's restive south in the last 24 hours, police said yesterday in a spate of violence following the deathsof
 arrow Asian papers call on Bush to heal division
Asian newspapers greeted US President George W. Bush's re-election yesterday with calls for Washington to overhaul its foreign policy in order to restore the superpower's standing in the region.
 arrow Indian Americans create history in US elections
Louisiana Republican Piyush "Bobby" Jindal made history Tuesday when he became only the second person of Indian origin to make it to the US Congress in an election that also saw two Indian Americans win
 arrow Key Saddam trial evidence 'lost': HRW
Human Rights Watch says it is likely crucial evidence for the trials of Saddam Hussein and other former Iraqi officials has been lost or tainted.
 arrow Iraqis challenge Bush to do better than Saddam
Iraqis challenged re-elected President Bush yesterday to bring them the elusive new dawn he promised when US forces deposed Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Annan believes 2005 world may determine UN's future
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said decisions that will be taken at a world summit planned for September 2005 may play a big role in determining the future of the United Nations.