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Front Pagearrow North workers find wages dwindling
The wages of day-labourers have slumped in the monga-hit northern districts forcing the destitute people to migrate to other places including the capital for better wages.
 arrow JS body slams state minister
A parliamentary body yesterday came down heavily on the state minister for power and officials concerned of the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) for their alleged involvement in irregularities in
 arrow Torkel stresses probe progress, graft cut
Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Torkel Patterson yesterday tagged progress in criminal investigations and a cut in corruption to increased economic co-operation betweenBangladesh
 arrow The chase...

 arrow IFC delay in funds release irks Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday slammed the private sector lending arm of the World Bank (WB) Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC), for what he said was its foot-dragging
 arrow 8 robbers lynched in Sirajganj
A mob beat dead eight suspected robbers and critically injured four others of the same band on a char of Jamuna river in Belkuchi upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 'Tokai' Mizan's aide killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A close aide to 'Tokai' Mizan died in 'crossfire' when his men allegedly engaged in shooting with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Shahidnagar in Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Murder case filed against Rab
Slain Jubo Dal leader Mahbub Alam Mehedi's sister Asma Akter yesterday filed a murder case with Barisal Sadar Upazila Magistrate's court against Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) commander Captain Mehdi Hassan
 arrow Al Hiqma chief sent to Dhaka for JIC interrogation
Self-proclaimed Al Hiqma chief Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja and his five associates arrested on Saturday at Boalia Police Station were sent to Dhaka yesterday for interrogation by a joint interrogation
 arrow Dr Kamal blames govt for inertia
Gono Forum (GF) President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday blamed the government for not taking necessary measures to save thousands of monga-affected people in the northwestern region of the country, and said
 arrow Pirates raid Korean ship in Ctg
Five pirates were arrested as they looted goods from a South Korean vessel at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port Sunday, port sources said.
 arrow Arafat's wife lashes out at deputies
Palestinian leaders are heading for Paris to see critically ill President Yasser Arafat at a French military hospital despite a scathing attack by his wife who accused them of plotting to "bury him alive".
 arrow Massive onslaught on Fallujah
Thousands of US Marines and army troops punched their way yesterday into two Fallujah neighborhoods where insurgents are considered the strongest, kicking off a massive assault that seeks to put an end
 arrow 2 Bangla dailies face contempt charge
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on two leading Bangla dailies asking them to explain why contempt proceedings should not be drawn against them for running reports on an additional HC judge's
 arrow Govt in wheat fix
The government is in a fix over wheat worth Tk 52 crore that Canada has given Bangladesh as grant, as it will cost Tk 32 crore to ship the consignment in.
 arrow 2 die as train hits rickshaw
Two people including a woman were killed and another woman was hurt when a train hit a rickshaw on a rail-crossing in Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt signs gas purchase deal with Unocal
The government yesterday signed a contract with Unocal on gas purchase from

Bibiana gas field, where the American oil-giant has invested $230 million.

 arrow HC vacates its stay on re-tender
A High Court (HC) division bench yesterday vacated its previous stay order on re-tender of construction of gas pipelines in North Bengal.
 arrow Names of 30 lawyers to be sent to Dhaka Bar for action
Chittagong Bar Association (CBA) has decided to send a list of 30 lawyers, who were allegedly involved in tampering with results, to the Bar Council in Dhaka for taking necessary action against them.
 arrow Six-day bank holiday from Nov 11
The commercial banks will remain closed for six straight days from November 11 because of Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr as well as weekly holiday, according to a Bangladesh Bank (BB) decision.
 arrow Buying happiness....

 arrow AL blasts Moudud on verdict of Jail Killing Case
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday alleged that due to direct interference by Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed main accused of the Jail Killing case escaped justice.
 arrow Pro-govt telecoms engineers demand removal of BTTB chairman
Pro-government telecommunications engineers have demanded removal of the chairman of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) for what they said were his activities harmful to the government and
Businessarrow IPDC launches securitised bond
Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC) of Bangladesh yesterday formally launched the country's first asset-backed securitised bond, opening a new era of fund mobilisation.
 arrow Bangladesh, Nepal count on tariff for revenues: WB
High tariff structures continue to remain the determinant factor in revenue earnings in Bangladesh and Nepal, said a World Bank report released yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh-Malaysia business forum in Dec
With a view to boosting trade and investment and tourism between Bangladesh and Malaysia, a high-profile business conference will be held in Dhaka in December.
 arrow Lanka to raise taxes to face forex crisis
Sri Lanka said Monday it faced a foreign exchange crisis triggered by rising global oil prices and the ethnic conflict that has slowed aid flows.
 arrow EU takes action against US, Canada over beef sanctions
The European Union launched WTO action against the United States and Canada Monday over their refusal to lift trade sanctions against an EU ban on imports of hormone-injected beef.
 arrow Oil prices fall further as supply fears ease
Oil prices fell further from record highs on Monday as easing concern about winter supplies prompted big-money hedge funds to switch money away from oil and into other financial markets.
 arrow StanChart to sponsor business journalist awards
Standard Chartered Bank will sponsor the Award for Best Banking Submission at the 2005 Business Journalist of the Year Awards to be held in March next year in London.
 arrow Honda to invest $340m to boost auto output in China
Japanese automaker Honda said Monday it would spend 340 million dollars to quadruple capacity at its joint plant with Dongfeng Motor in Wuhan, China, to 120,000 units by 2006.
 arrow President of Pedrollo S.p.A in Dhaka
Silvano Pedrollo, the founder and president of Pedrollo S.p.A, Italy arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a three-day business trip.
 arrow Mitsubishi Motors slips deeper into loss
Scandal-hit Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors said Monday its interim net loss nearly doubled to a record 146.16 billion yen (1.38 billion dollars), downgrading its full-year earnings forecast.
 arrow BCS computer fair begins Dec 11
The national computer show, known as BCS Computer Fair, will begin on December 11 at BCS Computer City in Dhaka.
 arrow SIA, SilkAir to raise fuel levy
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional unit, SilkAir, said Monday they will next week raise their fuel surcharges by up to 10 US dollars to offset higher jet fuel costs.
 arrow Citigroup takes stake in China NPL firm
Citigroup will invest about HK$855 million (US$110 million) in Chinese non-performing loan specialist Silver Grant International Industries Ltd.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers with a lot to think
The huge gap between expectation and the reality was once again evident in Bangladesh's performance when the Tigers completed a disappointing home series against New Zealand.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani want to put it right
Last year's losing finalists Abahani will have a chance to erase their unhappy memories when they take on Mariner Youngs Club in the final of the fifth Club Cup Hockey Tournament today.
 arrow Cry for proper domestic cricket-I
After recent dismal performance of our cricketers, both in one-dayers and Tests, everybody is advocating for strengthening and streamlining domestic cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies now more tough
New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said Monday he was alarmed at the scale of planning Australia had put in to conquer their final cricket frontier in India.
 arrow Cricket: Knockout phase begins today
Defending champions Araf Apparels face a daunting task as they set out to defend their title when they take on in-form Bangladesh Biman in the first Cup semifinal of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket
 arrow Cricket: MacGill aims at return
Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill hopes to make up for the disappointment of being overlooked for Australia's tour of India by snaffling a bagful of wickets against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Malik to correct his action down under
Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik will travel to Australia ahead of a tour starting next month to work with experts on his potentially flawed bowling action, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Monday.
 arrow Athletics: Redemption for Radcliffe
Britain's Paula Radcliffe, whose bid for Olympic gold ended in tears, won the New York Marathon here Sunday, outlasting Kenya's Susan Chepkemei in the tighest women's duel in the race's 35-year history.
 arrow Tennis: Safin masters Paris
Russian sixth seed Marat Safin clinched his third Paris Masters title here on Sunday when he overwhelmed Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the final of the 2.45-million-euro tournament.
 arrow Tennis: Federer still best
Reborn Russian star Marat Safin basked in the glory of clinching his third Paris Masters title but insisted that world number one Roger Federer is still in a league of his own and is on his way to becoming
 arrow Football: Real moving up
Real Madrid moved up to second place after goals from Luis Figo and Michael Owen helped the 29-times Spanish champions to a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Just not happening for MU
Manchester United's hopes of catching Premiership pacesetters Chelsea and Arsenal suffered another setback on Sunday as the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Manchester City.
 arrow Football: Montella denies Milan
AC Milan missed out on the chance to reduce Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A to two points when Roma held them to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The refereeing question
Two controversial incidents in the Bundesliga over the weekend have reopened the debate as to how competent top-flight German referees are in what has been a season for officials to forget.
 arrow Hockey: Germany down Argentina
Athens Olympic champions Germany ground out an emphatic 2-0 win over world champions Argentina in the Champions Trophy women's field hockey championship here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Romesh, Avishka left out of NZ tour party
Wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana and opener Avishka Gunawardene have been left out of a 20-man training squad for Sri Lanka's tour to New Zealand in December.
 arrow Cricket: Aushim ponders action against Kiwi captain
An Indian businessman on Monday has insisted New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has made false claims against him relating to betting and match-fixing.
 arrow Cricket: Victoria grab1st innings points
Sheffield Shield champions Victoria on Monday fought back in the final session to snatch first innings points from Tasmania on the opening day of their cricket match at Bellerive Oval.
 arrow Football: Paris sees a drama
On and off-pitch drama dominated Paris Saint Germain's 2-1 victory over Marseille on Sunday night with PSG reduced to 10 men, three spectacular goals, and the visitors having their team bus attacked near
 arrow Football: Fergie accepting reality
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has come as close as he probably ever will to admitting he might have got his sums wrong.
 arrow Football: Mutu to train at home
Banned Romanian striker Adrian Mutu is set to train with Dinamo Bucharest, the club's coach said on Monday.

"Mutu expressed his wish to train with us sometime over the next days," Ioan Andone toldReuters.

 arrow Football: Inzaghi out for three months
AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi will be out of action for three months after undergoing ankle surgery, the club announced on Monday.
 arrow State funeral for Aussie legend
Australian football icon Johnny Warren will be granted a funeral by his home state, the New South Wales government said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Robinho's mom kidnapped!
The mother of Brazilian striker Robinho was at the centre of a kidnap drama after being abducted at gunpoint on Saturday night.
Metropolitanarrow Foy's Lake amusement park opens Nov 12
The Concord Entertainment is going to open its Foy's Lake amusement park in Chittagong ahead of Eid.
 arrow Bangladesh ranks 107th
Bangladesh ranks 107th among 127 countries in a worldwide survey on the progress in achieving Education for All (Efa) by 2015, a target set by the United Nations education watchdog Unesco.
 arrow WB begins study on slum dwellers
World Bank (WB), in association with a local NGO, has begun a study on city slum dwellers to resolve their housing and other problems.
 arrow PM in Madina
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia arrived in Madina in the early hours of yesterday on the first leg of her trip to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.
 arrow HC won't receive postal application
The British High Commission has suspended the system for receipt of visa application by post, with immediate effect and until further notice.
 arrow President assents to Penal Code Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday gave his assent to the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2004.

The bill was passed in the current session of Jatiya Sangsad (JS), said a JS press release.

Nationalarrow NGOs realising loans ignoring monga
Non-government organisations (NGOs) in monga-affected areas in the district are realising loan instalments from borrowers, ignoring their hardships.
 arrow No end to Sylhet LPG crisis in sight
Supply of LPG in greater Sylhet region has declined to 8000 cylinders a week from 10,000 due to less supply of NGL (Natural Gas Liquid) from wells of Kailashtila Gas fields.
 arrow 1,700 retd Rly staff not getting pension
Eid will not bring joy for families of about 1,700 retired officers and employees of Bangladesh Railway (BR) in Syedpur this year.
 arrow Procession, rally for punishment of rapists
A big procession was brought out and a rally held in the town yesterday demanding arrest and punishment to the rapists of two girls of a freedom fighter at Magura village in Tala upazila.
 arrow People need work, not relief, says Dr. Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr. Kamal Hossain visited some monga-affected villages in Kurigram on Sunday and held some public meetings.
 arrow Three fake NGO officials held in Satkhira
Three officials of a fake NGO named Sebok were arrested by police from Kukhrali here on Sunday.
 arrow No salary for 18 months
The Eid-ul-Fitr will not bring any cheers for families of 70 employees of Magura Sadar Hospital as they are not getting salary for 18 months. They did not get festival bonus also.
Culturearrow Flower power
'Be like a flower...Do you know what it means? A flower is open to all that surrounds it: Nature, light, the rays of the sun, the wind. It exerts a spontaneous influence on all that is around it.
 arrow Ittyadi on BTV
Popular host Hanif Sanket, puts up another Eid special show on BTV, the day after Eid at 8:30 pm. With 5000 people in the audience, this show has been recorded at the stadium.
 arrow Abhayasram a telefilm on 'chand raat'
The excitement of Eid starts from the 'chand raat'the night before Eid, when everyone craves for a glimpse of the crescent moon.
 arrow 'I enjoy creative work' -- Tariq
Tariq Anam Khan has become a renowned personality in theatre for his long innings as an actor and director.
 arrow Aamar Prothom on ATN Bangla
' The first impression is the last impression.' Some agree with this maxim, some differ. However, by and large, a first public appearance is a momentous occasion for artistes and singers.
Generalarrow 'Empower president to ensure check & balance in govt'
To ensure a check and balance in the parliamentary system of government, the office of the president needs to be empowered, breaking the concentration of power in the hands of the prime minister.
 arrow Alleged robber lynched in Chittagong
One alleged robber was beaten to death while another caught red handed by a mob during a robbery in the city yesterday.

The dead could not be identified while the arrested is Aynul Kabir, 26.

 arrow Case against Bogra DC, officials
A case was filed against the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and 14 other Bogra district administration officials accusing them of appointing employees in the DC office through forgery and violating the order
 arrow CPB concerned over Tarkel's visit
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday expressed concern over the second visit of Tarkel L Patterson, US deputy assistant secretary for south Asia, to Bangladesh within a span of two
 arrow Non-govt teachers' silent processions tomorrow
Teachers and employees of non-government schools and colleges will bring out silent processions with black flags across the country tomorrow protesting the government move to pay partial festival allowance
 arrow Arrest of BCL leader condemned
Bangladesh Chhatra League President Liakat Sikder and General Secretary Nazrul Islam Babu in a statement yesterday condemned the arrest of its central committee member, S M Quayum, says a press release.
 arrow APFEJ hosts Iftar
Asia-Pacific Forum of Environ-mental Journalists (APFEJ) hosted an Iftar party in honour of environmental champions, at the National Press Club yesterday.
Internationalarrow Nuclear terrorism a real threat: IAEA
The world faces a "race against time" to prevent nuclear terror, the United Nation's nuclear watchdog chief said yesterday, citing an extensive illicit market in nuclear and radioactive materials after
 arrow India ready to look at all options for peace in Kashmir: Manmohan
India is willing to "look at all options" to resolve New Delhi's bitter dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow EU-India summit starts in Netherlands
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in The Hague yesterday for a summit with the Dutch EU presidency and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana intended to firm up the strategic partnership between
 arrow US forces ban men's entry or exit from Fallujah
US troops yesterday banned men aged from 15 to 50 from entering or leaving the Iraqi rebel-held city of Fallujah, warning they could become a target, ahead of an expected all-out military offensive.
 arrow Peace talks may resume in post-Arafat era: Mofaz
Israel could resume peace talks with a "pragmatic" Palestinian leadership which could emerge in the event of Yasser Arafat's death, Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said yesterday.
 arrow 'Moral values a surprise factor in Bush victory'
Conservative "moral values" played an unexpectedly decisive role in President George W. Bush's victory in the US presidential election, experts say.
 arrow Series of attacks on Muslim targets in Netherlands
Arsonists and vandals angered over the alleged Muslim-inspired slaying of a controversial Dutch filmmaker have conducted a series of attacks on Islamic targets, including attempts to burn down two mosques,
 arrow UN mulls arms ban against Ivory Coast
UN Security Council experts Sunday examined a French draft resolution proposing tough sanctions, including an arms ban against Ivory Coast, following the deaths of nine French soldiers and a night ofanti-French
Editorialarrow Editorial: Private medical colleges
There can be no doubt that the demand for qualified medical personnel in the country greatly exceeds the supply and that the government's decision to authorise private medical institutions in 1993 was
 arrow Editorial: Tigers draw a blank
As Stephen Fleming and his boys made a clean sweep of Test matches and ODIs , the one-sided drubbing of our national cricket team is sinking in us as a deeper frustration with each passing day.
 arrow Is the world running out of oil?
Although the world will not run out of oil tomorrow, the world is nearing the end of what might be called the easy oil.
 arrow Two-thirds majority and people's expectations
A state to function effectively, its citizens need to agree on the rules of the game. If the rules are observed, then the decisions are accepted as legitimate.
Letters to Editorarrow "Ohio has failed the world"
"Ohio has failed the world" was one of the most juvenile reactionary things I've read anywhere outside of discussion forums.
 arrow 'Hunting season' begins
I am a regular commuter of buses in Dhaka city. I am quite accustomed to the harassment by police sergeants that bus drivers are subjected to.
 arrow Deaths in Thailand
I read the letter written by Mr. Barua (DS Nov.1, 2004) with disgust.
 arrow Huda's theory on Hasina's security
The Daily Star reported on November 4 that Communications Minister Nazmul Huda , while commenting on the August 21 grenade attack, said, "Although it's claimed that the target was the Awami Leaguepresident,