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Front Pagearrow Public university study to be pricey
Students would soon have to pay tuition fees at commercial rates to study at public universities, as the government would not give subsidy to such universities, who have to earn on their own.
 arrow City paralysed by snarl-up
Traffic congestion coupled with a transport strike yesterday made the city dwellers suffer heavily.
 arrow Comatose Arafat clings to life
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat remains in a critical condition, a senior aide says, despite a media report that he might have opened his eyes and talked to doctors.
  arrow 'Chief' of banned Al-Hiqma held
A 20-year-old who claims to command a banned Islamist militant group was arrested yesterday with four of his comrades including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist after being barred to hold a press
 arrow Revolution, Solidarity Day today
The BNP-led coalition government will observe today as the National Revolution and Solidarity Day marking the civil-military upsurge that led to release of the then army chief Ziaur Rahman on this day
 arrow Irregularities in OMS keep poor at bay
Irregularities in Open Market Sale (OMS) programme do not allow the poor to buy rice at subsidised price regularly, alleged people queuing up at different OMS centres in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Faizee falls in yet another controversy
Controversial additional judge of the High Court Faisal Mahmud Faizee withdrawn from the bench is now found to have tampered with his age for securing lawyer's enrolment certificate from the Bar Council.
  arrow Outlaw, 'godfather' killed in 'crossfire'
The police killed an outlawed operative and an alleged godfather of local criminals in separate 'shootouts' when they allegedly tried to run away from the police custody in Jhenidah and Chuadanga districts
 arrow Handover of Nam flats to MPs may take more time
The process of handing over of 340 Nam flats to the members of parliament has been caught up in legal tangle over alleged tampering in equipment supply bids for beautification of the flats by a some officials
 arrow 37 killed in Iraq blasts, attacks
Insurgents detonated four car bombs and attacked police stations in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 62, police and health officials said.
 arrow Tape sent to Al-Jazeera with appeal for his release
Bangladesh Ambassador to Kuwait Nazrul Islam Khan sent a tape to Al-Jazeera television yesterday with an appeal to the abductors of Bangladeshi driver Abul Kashem in Iraq for his release.
 arrow Final ODI today
The third and final RC Cola one-day international between Bangladesh and New Zealand takes place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Two-day visit to the Gulf state....

 arrow Mustafiz files writ petition against govt
Former army chief Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman yesterday challenged in the High Court the government order that stripped him of the rank of a General.
 arrow PM leaves today to perform umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia flies off to Saudi Arabia today to perform umrah and offer fateha at the Rawja Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM).
 arrow Eid holidays from Nov 13
The government has declared November 13 as public holiday as there is a possibility of Eid-ul-Fitr falling on November 14.
 arrow Building of 3rd Buriganga bridge starts in January
The construction of Mukterpur bridge on the Dhaleswari starts in December and the third Buriganga bridge in Basila in Keraniganj in January to establish direct road links between Dhaka and adjoining districts
 arrow 54 RU students freed on bail
Fifty-four students of Rajshahi University (RU), who were arrested after the October 30 violence on the campus, were freed on bail yesterday.
 arrow Case against Rab in Barisal refused
A Barisal police station yesterday refused to accept a case against Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for killing Mehedi, a Barisal City Corporation (BCC) ward commissioner.
 arrow Annan warns over Falluja assault
The government says UN chief Kofi Annan can "say what he wants" about Iraq, but it is up to the interim government in Baghdad to decide whether to launch an assault on Falluja.
 arrow France downs Ivory Coast warplanes after 8 of its troops killed
Eight French soldiers have been killed after Ivory Coast government warplanes bombed French positions in the rebel-held town of Bouake, a United Nations official says.
 arrow Robbers injure 6, loot valuables at Kazipara
Armed robbers hacked six members of a family and looted Tk 22,000 in cash and 25 tolas of gold ornaments at West Kazipara, Mirpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 55 appointment in Bagerhat stayed
The High Court has stayed for three months the appointment of 55 employees under the deputy commissioner of Bagerhat.
 arrow Changes in admin
The government yesterday brought some important changes in the civil administration and made an acting secretary officer on special duty (OSD).
 arrow Yet another push-in bid foiled
BDR foiled Friday a BDR attempt to push 18 Indian nationals into Bangladesh through the Lakma-Koaria border.
 arrow Forcing their way onto the deck....

Businessarrow Tax return up 15pc, revenue down 2pc
Income tax return submission has witnessed a whopping 15percent surge this fiscal, thanks to a government decision to increase the amount of fine on defaulters in submitting tax return.
 arrow India raises prices of petrol, diesel
The Indian government announced a steep hike in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas on Thursday night.
 arrow Frenzied visitors go on rampage
Frenzied visitors went on rampage breaking the main entrance to the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, the venue of GrameenPhone mobile phone fair, which concluded yesterday.
 arrow Growing extortion, siltation hurt shipping businesses
Increasing trends of extortion and siltation in the rivers and at different jetties have marginalised the shipping business.
 arrow Japan, Malaysia end free-trade talks without agreement
Japan and Malaysia ended three days of talks on a free-trade agreement (FTA) on Saturday still divided over removing import duties on certain products such as Japanese cars, a news report said.
 arrow Thai PM cancels trip to APEC summit
Thailand's premier has cancelled his trip to the APEC summit in Chile this month amid continuing violence after 87 Muslim protestors died in the country's strife-hit south, officials said Saturday.
 arrow China to take gradual approach on currency peg
China's central bank said it would take a "gradual and safe" approach to loosening the yuan-dollar peg, following International Monetary Fund (IMF) calls to let the currency float in a wider margin.
 arrow US lawmakers explore Mideast trade deals
The head of the House of Representatives' main trade committee is in the Middle East to explore the possibility of more US free trade agreements in the region, the committee said on Friday.
 arrow India mulls subsidy on cotton
India, the world's third-largest producer of cotton, is considering offering subsidies to exporters looking at the foreign markets to beat a domestic glut Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Friday.
 arrow India's Air Sahara to invest in Hyderabad hub to spread wings
India's third biggest domestic carrier Air Sahara said Friday that it would invest 20 million dollars to develop Hyderabad as its domestic and international hub.
 arrow Euro zone leaders worried as euro rises
Leaders of the euro zone's three largest economies voiced concern on Friday as the euro rose to a record high against the dollar, and a European Central Bank policymaker said quick currency moves were
 arrow Boeing optimistic on EU-US subsidy talks
The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing voiced optimism Friday that its row with European reval Airbus over government subsidies would be resolved through US-European Union negotiations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Stand up and bat
With the series already lost Bangladesh will get one last chance to overcome the elephantine batting problem when they take on New Zealand in the third and final RC Cola one-day international today.
 arrow Cricket: Semifinal lineup drawn
The Cup semi-final line-up of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League was completed yesterday when defending champions Araf Apparels and CityCell joined sponsors GrameenPhone and Bangla-desh Biman in
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly ready for Platinum ODI
India captain Saurav Ganguly has declared himself fit to face Pakistan next week in a one-day international to celebrate the BCCI's Platinum Jubilee.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd visits Chittagong
Chittagong Divisional Stadium could stage a Test match in the near future.
 arrow Cricket: New gym for cricketers
Inclement weather will no longer hamper practice of country's cricketers because now they can train round the year in the newly-built indoor gymnasium at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Chess: Two share the lead
Saifuddin Lavlu and Debaraj Chatterjee were continuing their lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament after the seventh round games at the chess federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Pathan's absence affected India
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Friday shared the disappointment of millions of Indians over the poor performance of their national cricket team against Australia in the current home series.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to assess Malik action
Shoaib Malik's bowling action will be examined today in Lahore by a three-man advisory committee representing the Pakistan Cricket Board, after the ICC received report that his action was potentiallyflawed.
 arrow Cricket: ZCU scuttles Streak again
Hopes that the Zimbabwe Cricket Union was serious that it was willing to accept the return of the rebel players appeared to be dashed with the response of the board to news that Heath Streak was helping
 arrow Cricket: A durable partnership
Only four years ago, they were battling to keep their places in the Australian team. Now they are the most successful openers in their country's history.
 arrow Cricket: Sumathipala brokers truce
Thilanga Sumathipala, the former president of the Sri Lankan board, has reportedly acted as a mediator and brokered a truce between Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's captain, and Asantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's
 arrow Football: Santini steps down
Jacques Santini has quit as manager of Tottenham Hotspur after just 13 games in charge.
 arrow Football: FA too soft on Mutu
The Football Association knew it would not please everybody when it delivered its verdict on Romanian striker Adrian Mutu.
 arrow Cricket: Peterson replaces replacement
Two days after Charl Langeveldt was called up as a replacement for South Africa's two-Test tour of India after Nicky Boje declined to go, he has pulled out injured and been replaced himself.
 arrow Football: Keegan fined
Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan has been fined 8,500 pounds for insulting referee Steve Dunn after his side's Premier League defeat at Newcastle United last month.
 arrow Football: Mozart fails dope test
Brazilian midfielder Mozart, who plays with Serie A club Reggina, and five players from Italian Serie B teams have been suspended after failing doping tests.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid retains top spot
Despite a disappointing series against Australia, Rahul Dravid remained at the top of the PwC Ratings for batsmen.
Metropolitanarrow Govt did not interfere in Jail Killing Case: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday categorically said the government did not interfere directly or indirectly in the Jail Killing Case.
 arrow Revamp cooperatives movement
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all concerned to come forward in expanding cooperatives movement through successful implementation of government programmes by streamlining managementof
 arrow President, PM greet Karzai
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia congratulated Hameed Karzai on his election to the President of Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan.
 arrow HC cancels govt order
The High Court has cancelled a government order to change the public prosecutor (PP) of the Billal Hossain Bepari murder case.
 arrow 'Open gruel kitchens for the monga-hit'
The 11-Party alliance organised a road march in the city yesterday demanding food for monga-affected people in northern region and protesting the price spiral of essentials.
 arrow Govt to frame Cable TV Network Act
The government is formulating the Cable TV Network Act 2004 aimed at streamlining the operation of satellite television channels under a stipulated policy.
Nationalarrow Pilferage of medicines worth Tk 1 cr from Satkhira Civil Surgeon's store detected
Pilferage of medicines worth Tk one crore from Satkhira Civil Surgeon's (CS) store was detected by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) recently.
 arrow Pests invade aman crops in 3 dists
NETRAKONA: Farmers in Netra-kona, Kishoreganj and Sherpur face the menace of pests just after the devastating flood.
 arrow 44 sick tea gardens to be developed
A massive programme was undertaken to develop 44 sick tea gardens in the country.
 arrow Beauty spot around Capt Bashar Gate still a distant reality
A plan to develop the space around Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate into a beauty spot is yet to be implemented.
 arrow Push-in bid by BSF foiled
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Ansar-VDP along with villagers foiled a fresh bid by Border Security Force (BSF) of India to push nearly 24 Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims into Joypurhat on Thursday evening.
 arrow Workshop on eye nursing in Patuakhali
A daylong workshop on eye nursing was held at the BNSB Eye Hospital Auditorium here on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow FDI strategy for Bangladesh
The proponents of foreign direct investment (FDI) argue that FDI brings prosperity to the recipient countries through technological transfer, increasing volume of exports, enhancing job opportunities,
 arrow Ohio has failed the world
It s ironic, that the citizens of a small insignificant state in middle America for one day had literally the greatest amount of influence on the world's future.
 arrow A global alliance against AIDS
AIDS is clearly a tragedy. But is it a fatality? This is far from obvious.
Culturearrow Eid cards: Gaining popularity
Eid is a time for rejoicing. What could be better than to send along a greeting card with a gift or simply on its own?
 arrow Theatre Art Unit presents
In Bangladesh, very few stage plays have crossed the 150th show milestone.
 arrow Mamla Ek Koti Taka on ntv
Satellite channel ntv has a vast array of special programmes on Eid. The gala will start from the Chand Raat the night before Eid --with the re-telecast of its anniversary programme.
 arrow 'Positive attitude in life is important'-- Shakila
Our Cultural Correspondent spoke to Shakila Zafar, a well known name in the modern Bangla pop scene. One of her popular numbers is Tumi amar prothom shokal.
 arrow Leonardo DiCaprio goes mercenary
Politically active US screen superstar Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce and star in an action movie about the growing role of mercenaries in wars.
Internationalarrow Violence kills 15 as home minister visits Kashmir
India's home minister made his first visit to insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir yesterday as 15 people died in the latest violence.
 arrow Vigil for Arafat goes on
Some 20 pro-Palestinians continued a vigil early yesterday outside a hospital here after doctors tending Yasser Arafat said his condition had not changed but refused to respond to unconfirmed reportsthat
 arrow Qorei meets factions to prevent chaos
Prime minister Ahmed Qorei met in Gaza City yesterday with leaders of the main Palestinian armed factions and security officials in a bid to prevent any outbreak of violence after the death of YasserArafat.
 arrow Bush calls for unity at home and abroad
US President George W. Bush called yesterday for joint efforts at home and abroad to achieve his second term goals and continue the war on terror.
 arrow UN body asks US to spell out legal status of Afghan, Iraqi inmates
A United Nations human rights body said on Friday it had asked the United States to spell out the legal status and treatment of people it is detaining in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq by the end
 arrow China opposes sending Iran's nuke case to UN
Iran was given crucial backing from China yesterday in its stand-off with the UN's nuclear watchdog, with Beijing saying it opposed US efforts to have the Islamic republic referred to the United Nations
 arrow US State Dept counter-terrorism chief resigns
President Bush's point man for international terrorism policy has quit several months after botching a major report, the most well-known figure known to have resigned since Bush's re-election.
 arrow Cop swindles $2000 from Jyoti Basu's account
A policeman guarding veteran Indian communist leader Jyoti Basu stole more than 2,000 dollars from his account after discovering his ATM pin number, police said yesterday.
 arrow US Guantanamo tribunal lacks basic law
A human rights group said Friday a military tribunal at a US base in Guantanamo lack legal training and said "real judges" should hear detainees' cases.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DU probe reports
The Dhaka University authorities have commissioned over five hundred investigations into on-campus incidents and altercations over the past three decades, but it has been reported that not one of theprobe
 arrow Editorial: The first flyover
The much-awaited Mohakhali flyover has opened to vehicular traffic. It marks a break with traditional traffic infrastructure so that it has a symbolic value of its own which we must rejoice in.
 arrow The fundamental right to food
The dreadful kartik is here again bringing with it the frightful monga. Newspapers are now full of stories of human suffering.
 arrow Is Hindutva phase over?
I cannot make out why the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is seen to be going back to its Hindutva agenda. The party never departed from it.
Letters to Editorarrow Freedom, Ethics, and Stereotypes
In both eastern and western countries, we need to understand the concept of freedom. I would like to mention three important writers who help us to understand the concept of freedom.
 arrow Fatima's story
I just read the article "Creeping towards disability...." on the online edition of DS. Naturally I was very shocked after seeing the picture of poor Fatima.
 arrow Rapid success of RAB
The RAB team is doing a splendid job all over Bangladesh.
 arrow "Dissent under threat"
I read your very well written editorial "Dissent under threat" with interest.
Star Healtharrow History of heart transplant
I would like to start with my personal experience in heart transplant. In May 2002, I was working as a Senior Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Mater Misercordiae Hospital.
 arrow A different approach of health care in the country
In this post genomic era molecular and cell biology have a great impact on modern medical therapy.
 arrow Umbilical cord blood may help predict allergy risk
Blood from a baby's umbilical cord could help doctors predict which children will suffer from allergies and asthma later in their lives, British and American scientists said.
 arrow Mobile fair helps cancer patients in Bangladesh
Half of all proceeds from ticket sales of the Grameen Phone sponsored Mobile Mela will go to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital commissioned to be built in Uttara.
 arrow How your babyís sex is determined
Both a womanís egg cells and a manís sperm cells each contain 23 chromosomes, one of which is always a sex chromosome.
 arrow Teenage smokers, did you know that --
If you are a young smoker and believe cigarettes are merely a product of teenage experimentation, you can consider these facts --
 arrow WHO announces the theme of World Health Day 2005
"Make every mother and child count" is the slogan for World Health Day 2005, reflecting the need to make maternal and child health a higher priority.
 arrow Pregnant women with asthma symptoms face risks
Women with moderate to severe symptoms of asthma during pregnancy are more likely to develop preeclampsia than women with no asthma symptoms.
Star Cityarrow Money made thru' sale of footpath space
A section of 'linemen' are making millions out of the sale of 'possession,' maintenance and security of spots on the city's footpaths for the use of hawkers ahead of Eid.
 arrow Thousands shut out of cantonment roads
Thousands are shut out of four major cantonment roads as authorities made them off-limits to commuters for what the army said were security reasons after the launch of Mohakhali flyover on November 4.
 arrow Wholesale markets returning to life
Wholesale markets of Dhaka have returned to normalcy in the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Warehouse on Manzil Grounds

 arrow Monipuripara residents unite against crime
Aiming to establish a secure and disciplined living in Monipuripara area under Tejgaon Police Station in the city, local residents have set their own civic rules and norms through an welfare organisation
 arrow High turnout at handloom fair
The Eid Handloom Fair 2004 is experiencing a sharp increase in the flow of customers this year in comparison to previous years.
 arrow Paribagh cries for water
Residents of the city's Paribagh area have been suffering from severe water shortage and erratic water supply form Dhaka Water and Sewerage Supply Authority (WASA) for the last six months.