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Front Pagearrow Fresh govt timeline to reform NCBs, NBR
The government has given a fresh timeline and action plan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pledging to complete reforms in the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and the National Board of Revenue
 arrow Eid rush pushes up call money rate
On the eve of the six-day Eid vacation, commercial banks yesterday went through mountainous transactions forcing many of them to open additional counters to cope with the huge pressure of clients.
 arrow 6-day Eid holiday begins today
With a virtual six-day vacation for the Eid-ul-Fitre beginning today, thousands of city dwellers already left for their village homes to celebrate the greatest religious festival of the Muslims with their
 arrow Allawi's relatives kidnapped, 11 US troops die
US-led troops backed by air strikes have battled through "half of Falluja", but officials say Muslim militant kidnappers have seized three relatives of Iraq's interim prime minister and are threatening
 arrow Arafat still alive but aides plan burial
A top Islamic cleric read passages from the Quran at Yasser Arafat's hospital bedside Wednesday, with the comatose Palestinian leader in what an aide called the "final phase" of his life.
 arrow Al Hikma had links to Freedom Party
Operatives of the outlawed Shahadat-e-Al Hikma were once members of the Freedom Party, confessed the chief of the militant group during interrogation by the joint interrogation cell (JIC).
 arrow Blood crisis ups price
An acute crisis of blood and blood products during the Ramadan has gripped voluntary blood donation organisations, affecting proper treatment of many patients needing them urgently.
 arrow Patterson pledges US help to make Ctg Port modern
Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Torkel Patterson has promised his government's all-out support in modernising Chittagong Port and increasing US investment in ChittagongExport
 arrow Opposition plans agitation on caretaker government reforms next month
The post-Eid politics is set to generate much heat as the mainstream opposition parties are now working out the issues and finalise the next course of agitation to intensify the movement against the BNP-led
 arrow Errant GPO staff hold pensioners hostage
Pension-seeking retired officials and employees of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) and Postal Department and their relatives are apparently held hostage by the staff of General Post Office
 arrow 2 to die, 3 get life
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death sentence to two people, put three others behind bars for life and acquitted ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu's brother for the sensational Keraniganj
 arrow Opposition cries foul in dev funds allocation
Opposition lawmakers yesterday accused the government of discrimination in allocation of development funds for their constituencies while a parliamentary body termed the allocation for rural development
 arrow ADB okays $68m teaching reforms
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan amounting to $68.9 million to reform the country's teachers' training system.
 arrow PSC puts off action against ex-DG DFP for graft since Jul
A file seeking final opinion of Public Service Commission (PSC) on compulsory retirement of a high official of the Information cadre for proven corruption has been put on in cold storage for the lastfour
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire', farmer slaughtered
A top outlaw was killed in 'crossfire' with police in Chuadanga, while outlaws slaughtered a farmer in Meherpur on Tuesday.
 arrow Lailatul Qadr observed
The Lailatul Qadr was observed across the country last night.
On this night of Ramadan, the holy Quran started to be revealed to Prophet Mohammad (SM), showing the path of salvation to the mankind.

 arrow Trader shot dead in Pallabi
Unknown criminals shot dead a trader and wounded a boy who along with a crowd was chasing the killers at a crowded Rupnagar market under Pallabi Police Station in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Shantu Larma warns of taking up arms again
President of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Jotirindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma yesterday cautioned that Jumma people would take arms again if their rights are not established.
 arrow Faizee's father files another petition for revealing source
The father of Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee yesterday filed a supplementary petition with the High Court (HC) for disclosure of the source of information of the reports that two leading Bangla
 arrow SC rejects appeal against bail order of Shahriar Kabir
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected a two-year-old government appeal against a High Court order of ad- interim bail and stay of remand of journalist Shahriar Kabir in connection with a seditioncase.
 arrow Poor traffic management...

Businessarrow Banks witness mad rush
Banks yesterday witnessed huge transactions on the last day before the nation goes into six-day Eid hibernation, longest in many years, from today.
 arrow Shohagh Paribahan adds 10 Volvo buses to fleet
A leading road transport company, Shohagh Paribahan, yesterday added 10 luxury Volvo buses to its fleet to boost its inter-district transport network.
 arrow India’s plan to spend forex reserves may fuel deficit
India's plan to use a slice of its huge foreign exchange reserves to improve its creaking infrastructure is widely seen as a stealthy move to increase an already high fiscal deficit and could stoke inflation.
 arrow Japan's parliament ratifies free trade pact with Mexico
Japan's parliament on Wednesday ratified a free trade agreement with Mexico, paving the way for it to go into effect next April as targeted by Tokyo.
 arrow Oil at 7-week lows amid better supply prospects
Oil prices languished at seven-week lows Wednesday after plunging on optimism that there will be adequate supplies during the northern hemisphere winter.
 arrow Dell to hire 300 Indians for third call centre operation
US computer-maker Dell Inc. said Wednesday it would open a third call centre in India that would start operations by next March and employ 300 staff.
 arrow China posts $7.09b trade surplus in Oct
China scored its sixth consecutive monthly trade surplus in October, with exports outstripping imports by some 7.09 billion dollars, the Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday.
 arrow Sri Lanka raises interest rates amid worsening economy
Sri Lanka's central bank Wednesday raised benchmark interest rates by half a percentage point amid rising inflation, a widening trade deficit and a foreign exchange crisis.
 arrow ECB concerned about eurozone inflation
European Central Bank chief economist Otmar Issing said Wednesday that inflation in the eurozone was higher than the bank would like it to be, adding that the ECB was monitoring inflation developments
 arrow Costlier gold spoils festive mood in India
Demand for gold in India, the world's largest consumer, has been low this festival season because of firm prices which hit 16-year highs this week with the weakening of the dollar, traders said on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: GP-Biman final today
Bangladesh Biman will go into the Cup final of the Cor-porate Cricket Lea-gue against GrameenPhone fully aware that a pumped-up Mashrafee bin Mortuza can make all the difference between the two sides.
 arrow Cricket: Murali can bowl doosra
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Mura-litharan will be able to bowl his controversial 'doosra' under a recommendation from an Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) committee.
 arrow Cricket: Gala platinum game
World Cup-winning Imran Khan of Pakistan and Kapil Dev of India will top a host of cricket captains to be honoured at a one-day match between the two nations at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday, officials
 arrow Cricket: Sourav may open always
India skipper Sourav Ganguly is seriously reconsidering to go back to the top of the batting order. In the past few years, Ganguly has opened in the absence of either Virender Sehwag or Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke, Warne in
The rising star of Australian cricket, batsman Michael Clarke, was named Wednesday in the team to open this month's Test series against New Zealand, replacing a luckless Simon Katich.
 arrow Hockey: Germany, Holland roll on
Olympic women's field hockey champions Germany saw off a spirited China here on Tuesday beating them 2-1 in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay, Amelie run for top spot
World number one Lindsay Davenport and second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo will be fighting for the year-end women's top spot at the WTA Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka wait on Muttiah
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will know next week if he is sufficiently recovered from a shoulder surgery to resume his international career in New Zealand early next year, officials said
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova's appeal rejected
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has complained that the official WTA Tour balls are too heavy and caused her recent chest and shoulder injuries.
 arrow Chess: Reefat, Rajib upset GMs
Bangladesh International Masters Reefat bin Sattar and Enamul Hossain Rajib were sharing the lead with other seven Grand Masters after the end of the third round games of the Kolkata International Open
 arrow Cricket: Flemo missing tour opener
A mystery virus has forced New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming out of his team's opening tour match in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Boycotts ICC's chucking plan
Geoff Boycott has condemned the International Cricket Council's (ICC) proposal to relax rules on chucking.
 arrow Cricket: Dispute between WICB & players
A dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its players is threatening to disrupt preparations for their tour of Australia in January.
 arrow Cricket: Bevan, Wright keep Victoria at bay
A stubborn seventh-wicket stand by former one-day international Michael Bevan and Damien Wright on Wednesday frustrated Victoria's attempts to bring an early end to their Sheffield Shield cricket match
 arrow Yuvraj's father gets jail term
Yograj Singh, father of India cricketer Yuvraj, has been sentenced to six months in prison for causing grievous injury to a scooter-rider in a road accident.
 arrow Football: Mutu tries to win hearts
Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu, who has been suspended for seven months by the Football Association following a recent drugs scandal, turned his attention to fans in his native Romania here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Robinho pleads for peace
Brazilian footballer Robinho appealed for his family to be left in peace as he spoke in public for the first time since his mother was kidnapped on Saturday.
 arrow Football: It's anyone's for the taking
The race for this year's prestigious Golden Ball trophy is wide open with Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy battling a host of Brazilian stars and new face Wayne Rooney to be named European player
 arrow Football: Jol-ly good start
Spurs new manager Martin Jol got off to a winning start on Tuesday as they beat Championship side Burnley 3-0 in their League Cup fourth round clash.
 arrow Football: South America to change
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that South America must change its marathon World Cup qualifying tournament in which the 10 nations play each other twice.
Metropolitanarrow Govt sets Tk 1,000cr target from fisheries sector a year
Bangladesh has set a target to earn Tk 1,000 crore a year from fisheries sector by boosting export of traditional and non-traditional varieties by 2008.
 arrow Open gruel kitchens for the monga-hit: AL
The main opposition Awami League yesterday called on the government to declare the northwestern region a disaster area because of monga or a near-famine situation and open gruel kitchens for the starving
 arrow JCD cadres held during extortion
Police caught two criminals red-handed while extorting Tk 10 lakh from a businessman at the city's Bangla Bazar area under Doublemooring Police Station and recovered the money here on Tuesday.
 arrow 20 injured in clash over land dispute
Twenty people including four policemen were hurt in a clash over a disputed land in Bayezid area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cell phone shop looted in Gulshan
Criminals looted mobile phone handsets, SIM cards and prepaid cards worth around Tk 13 lakh from a mobile phone shop at posh Gulshan area in the capital on Tuesday night.
 arrow Tk 6.5 lakh looted at Ctg hotel
Miscreants looted about Tk 6.5 lakh from six traders at a city hotel in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Detectives still clueless to smugglers of Saudi rials
Intelligence agencies until last night, three days into the seizure of seven lakh Saudi rials equivalent to Tk 1.07 crore at Zia International Airport (ZIA), could not unearth any clue to the smugglers.
 arrow PM performs umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia performed umrah in Makkah on Tuesday.
 arrow FM goes to Colombo today to invite Chandrika
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will go to Colombo on a three-day visit beginning today as a special envoy of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 112 bottles of phensidyl seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 112 bottles of phensidyl on Tuesday from a Bagerhat-bound passenger bus in the city.
 arrow Chinese envoy meets Khurshid
Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi made a courtesy call on Minister for Women and Children Affairs Khurshid Jahan Haque at her office in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Piracy alarming in Bay, Sundarbans
Piracy has turned alarming in certain coasts of the Bay of Bengal and in the Sundarbans.
 arrow Tax hike: Legal notice on Jessore Poura Chairman
Jessore Nagorik Kalyan Samity served a legal notice on Jessore Pourashava Chairman S M Kamruzzaman Chunna for sudden enhancement of holding tax recently.
 arrow Free sanitation support by a Rangpur NGO
The Health Education and Agriculture Development Society
(HEADS), a local NGO, has launched primary health care and sanitation service in Rangpur.

 arrow Security ensures good Eid shopping
Eid shopping has gained momentum in Barisal city as extortion and mugging have decreased considerably following tight security measures by the government.
 arrow CU Syndicate forms body to suggest ways
The Chittagong University (CU) Syndicate formed a five-member special committee on Tuesday to prepare recommendations on how to implement decisions of the 353rd Syndicate meeting on certificate tampering.
 arrow 'Outlaw' killed in shootout with police
A 'top outlaw' was killed in a shootout with police in Jhenidah on Monday.
In another incident, police rescued a kidnapped schoolgirl on the same day.

 arrow Urea production stops in Ashuganj factory
Urea production in Ashugonj Zia Fertilizer Factory is stopped since November 3 due to technical fault.
 arrow Prisoner jumps from police van, escapes
An under-trial alleged criminal jumped from police van and escaped from in front of the district jail Tuesday evening.
 arrow Boy's freedom bought at Tk 10,000
School student Sumon's family bought his freedom by paying Tk 10,000 to his abductors on Tuesday.
 arrow Body of Bangladeshi handed over to BDR
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday handed over the body of a Bangladeshi to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at a flag meeting held in Jhenidah border.
 arrow Rapist gets life in Satkhira
A young man was sentenced to suffer life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here on Monday for raping a minor girl.
 arrow HIV awareness for hotel employees
Marie Stopes Clinic Bangladesh organised an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for residential hotel managers, staff and other employees at a local hotel here on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow End of the Arafat Era
IT'S tragic that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's grave health crisis should coincide with Israel's stepped-up offensive in Gaza, killing 138 Palestinians, and parliamentary approval of
 arrow Biotechnology for Bangladesh
Most critiques of biotechnology seem to think that it is a Frankenstein that will take over all the agricultural research of the country (Daily Star, November 1, The Biotechnology Trap, by Nazrul Islam).
Culturearrow Elegant indigenous designs on Eid
Eid is a time of joy and renewal. With less than a week to go before the big day, youngsters are a familiar sight at shopping malls, boutiques and other shops.
 arrow Brand: CAT's latest venture
Activists of Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), the professional theatrical troupe, are busy with daily rehearsals at the CAT premises. The aim is to prepare for their upcoming production Brand.
 arrow Three brothers on three channels
For the first time, the three brothers--popular writer-dramatist Humayun Ahmed, science-fiction writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and cartoonist-editor of popular cartoon magazine Unmad Ahsan Habib--have
 arrow Songs of Nazrul and Lalon from Commitment
Here are two albums from Commitment Products: Notun Patar Nupur Bajey--a collection of Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs for dance; and Khomo Oporadh--songs of the mystic poet Lalon Shah.
 arrow Shangkranti: A riveting play

Generalarrow JCD men lock rooms of civil surgeon's office in Satkhira
Leaders and workers of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student front of the ruling BNP, locked all the rooms of civil surgeon's office here yesterday demanding cancellation of what they said was illegal
 arrow CU admission test from February 5
Admission test for honours courses of Chittagong University (CU) for 2004-2005 academic session will begin on February 5 next year.
 arrow Bank of Ceylon staffs help flood victims
The staffs of Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd. donated their one day's salary to provide relief to the flood victims, says a press release.
 arrow Indian sarees seized
Detective Branch of police seized six bales of Indien sarees worth Tk 20 lakh from an Indian truck yesterday from near Baitun Noor mosque near KDA New Market under Sonadanga thana.
Internationalarrow Palestinian factions call for calm
The 13 main Palestinian factions on Wednesday urged the population not to open fire or riot following any official announcement that veteran leader Yasser Arafat has died, an Islamic Jihad leader said.
 arrow Ashcroft, Evans resign from Bush cabinet
US Attorney General John Ashcroft, a lightning rod of criticism by civil liberties groups for his anti-terror policies after the Sept.
 arrow Police break up Kashmir protests
Riot police fired teargas Wednesday to break up a fourth day of protests in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir over the alleged rape of a girl and her mother by Indian troops, police said.
 arrow Uma Bharti suspended from BJP
Firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharti was suspended yesterday from BJP and removed as general secretary on a charge of indiscipline after she defiantly walked out of a party meeting demanding action against
 arrow Kerry vows to press on with agenda in Senate
John Kerry returned to the US Capitol on Tuesday, vowed to fight on in the Senate for the changes sought by supporters of his failed US presidential bid and did not rule out another White House run.
 arrow New violence in Ivory Coast kills seven
Supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo clashed with French troops in a standoff that killed at least seven people, boosting tensions in Ivory Coast despite an upbeat assessment of peace prospects by South
 arrow Blast wounds Dutch police in raid
Three Dutch police officers have been wounded in an explosion during an anti-terror raid on a house in The Hague. Police said two of them were seriously injured by the grenade blast.
 arrow Gunmen kill three outside Karachi mosque
Unidentified gunmen shot dead three members of a Pakistani religious party here overnight in an apparent row over donations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Rahul Gandhi hits out at Thackarey
Hitting back at Bal Thackeray, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that the Sena supremo should concentrate on "doing something" for Maharashtra instead of looking for a bride for him.
 arrow Muslims will be "tortured" by Bush
Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad said Sunday that Muslims would be "tortured" for the next four years after US President George W. Bush won a second term.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The auspicious night passes
Lailat-ul-Qadr, the night of the Great Revelation when the Holy Quran descended on earth through a divine messenger and reached Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), has been observed by the Muslims all over
 arrow Editorial: Jaundice at DU residential halls
The news that over 400 Dhaka University resident students are sick with jaundice and that one has succumbed to the illness is extremely worrisome.
 arrow America has spoken: Another four years for Mr. Bush
The majority of Americans spoke for Mr. Bush on November 2. 51 per cent gave him a second term in the White House.
 arrow Rethinking health policy
Sabina Faiz Rashid's discussion on health sector reform (DS, Sept 7) has prompted me to share some of my thoughts about considering health as a part of the broader socio-economic and political condition
Letters to Editorarrow Private universities
Some of the private universities in our country are business institutions of a dubious kind.
 arrow UNO at 59
We congratulate the UNO on its 59th birthday, but at the same time, a lot of questions arise about its success and acceptability.
 arrow Cutting costs
I fully agree and most people will join me in what Mr Saifur Rahman said about cutting the expenditures of Dhaka Eastern Bypass from Tk 317 crores to Tk 250 crores. By doing this he is saving Tk 67 crore.
 arrow Name game at its worst
We are dismayed to learn that the name of National University is going to be changed.
 arrow Weak regulatory system
In the Third World countries, the official regulatory systems are weak, for reasons well analysed by the researchers at local and UN levels.