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Front Pagearrow Delhi assures Dhaka of removing trade barriers
India yesterday assured Bangladesh of addressing the issues of non-tariff and other barriers to facilitate greater exports from Bangladesh with a hope to touch $5 billion-mark in the bilateral trade in
 arrow Rice replaces Powell as secretary of state
President Bush reached into his inner circle on Tuesday and nominated a trusted confidante, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state.
 arrow Eid celebrated
Muslims across the country celebrated their biggest religious festival, the Eid-ul-Fitr, on Monday with due fervour and rejoicing.
 arrow Powerful explosives seized from Gaibandha train
Railway police seized 24 Gelatin 'high-speed explosive bars' and 124 'electric detonators' from a compartment of a Shantaher-bound local train at Bonarpara station, some 20 kilometres south of Gaibandha,
 arrow Holiday hangover yet to go
Capital Dhaka yesterday reeled under holiday hangover even after six long days of Eid vacation although public and private offices went back to operations.
 arrow Opposition to announce new anti-govt agitation today
Mainstream opposition parties will announce fresh agitation programmes today demanding the resignation of the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government.
 arrow Pakistani woman held with forged notes
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday arrested a Pakistani woman and nine others including a daughter of a ruling coalition lawmaker in the city's Ramna area with about Tk 2 lakh in counterfeit local
 arrow 6 criminals lynched in Chittagong
Six criminals were lynched and a police constable was bullet-hit in separate incidents in Korbaniganj and Fatikchhari in the last two days.
 arrow Manmohan offers Kashmiris peace, prosperity
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday offered Kashmiris peace and prosperity as he pulled an army battalion out of the troubled state and held out hope of further troop cuts.
 arrow 'Bangladeshi trucker not among dead in Iraq'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said that abducted Bangladeshi truck driver Abul Kashem Faruk was not among the two foreign nationals found dead in Iraq recently.
 arrow 13 murdered in city in 5 days
Thirteen people including a ruling BNP leader and three children were murdered and one woman allegedly committed suicide during the Eid holidays in the capital.
 arrow 20 killed in road accidents
At least 20 people were killed and nearly 150 injured in nine accidents in Comilla, Bogra, Habiganj, Narayanganj and Keranigaj during last five days.
 arrow Morshed sees no US policy shift in key ME issues
Bangladesh yesterday hoped for a peaceful solution to the Iraq problem and intensified efforts to implement the roadmap to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict under the stewardship of new US Secretary
 arrow British hostage feared slain
British aid worker Margaret Hassan was feared yesterday to have been murdered by her Iraqi kidnappers, as US-led forces declared the battle for the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah all but over.
 arrow 16,000 species face extinction
Nearly 16,000 of the world's plant and animal species face extinction largely because of the destructive behaviour of mankind, according to a major new environmental report out yesterday.
 arrow Eid Mubarak..

 arrow ZIA toilets without water
Passengers and staff of Zia International Airport (ZIA) are facing trouble due to lack of water supply in the toilets.
 arrow ICRC worried over killing of injured Iraqi
The Swiss-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of concern over the killing of a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi prisoner by a US marine in Fallujah,
 arrow Mother kills 2 children, then herself
A mother allegedly strangled her two daughters and committed suicide at Uttara in the capital following a feud with her husband over preparations of food on the night before Eid.
 arrow Father gets double life for killing 2 daughters
A Barisal court yesterday handed down double life imprisonment to a father for killing his two daughters.
 arrow Altaf in charge of home ministry in absence of Babar
Former home minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury has been given the charge of the home ministry in absence of Lutfozzaman Babar.
 arrow 6 bullet-hit in Khulna
Six people were hurt in a shootout between extortionists and villagers in Shilakha village in Terokheda upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow Eid Day push-in bid foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) foiled push-in attempt by the Border Security Forces (BSF) of India through Joypurhat border on the Eid Day, BDR sources said.
 arrow Dangerous view...

 arrow Breaking the Speed Barrier

Businessarrow $40m post-MFA action plan on the cards
The government will soon finalise a $40 million 'Post-MFA Action Programme' to help garment exporters face challenges in the quota-free era beginning in January next year, commerce ministry officialssaid.
 arrow Asia's largest mobile tech show kicks off in HK
With a view to promoting worldwide adoption and growth of 3G mobile phones, the ninth Annual 3G World Congress and Exhibition started in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
 arrow Businesses yet to pick normal pace
Trade and businesses in the capital were yet to gather normal pace yesterday, the first working day after a marathon six-day Eid holiday.
 arrow S Asian states need openness with regional trade deals: WB
The World Bank has advised South Asian countries to keep them `open' with regional trade agreements so as not to divert trade or cause market distortions that penalize other developing countries.
 arrow Indian textile mills ramp up for life after quotas
Among the millions around the world whose lives will change when global textile quotas expire at the end of the year are the illiterate women garment workers of India's Gujarat state.
 arrow Kmart to buy Sears in $11b deal
Discount retailer Kmart Holding Corp will buy department store operator Sears, Roebuck & Co in a surprise $11 billion deal that creates the third-largest US retailer, the companies said on Wednesday.
 arrow US sees growing importance of G20; wants to avoid dollar spat
US officials see a growing importance of the Group of 20 economic gathering and plan to use this week's Berlin forum to push pro-growth efforts, while hoping to avoid a row over the sagging dollar.
 arrow Chittagong Port witnesses fresh congestion
Chittagong Port witnessed a fresh congestion of cargo containers yesterday, the first working day after a six-day Eid holiday.
 arrow BKB to extend Tk 50cr loan to 91 tea gardens in Sylhet, Ctg
Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) will extend Tk 50 crore in agri development loan to 91 tea gardens in greater Sylhet and Chittagong regions for a period of five years from FY 2004-'05 to 2008-'09.
 arrow Apec leaders to put more zip into WTO talks
Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies controlling nearly half of global trade plan to put more zip into world trade talks by stepping up political pressure on tightly protected areas, officials said.
 arrow AB Bank declares 5pc stock dividend
Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited (AB Bank) has declared a 5 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Hyundai Motor works out cost-cutting programme
South Korea's largest auto company, Hyundai Motor, has embarked on a cost-cutting programme as the country's currency, the won, continues to firm against the US dollar, putting pressure on exports.
 arrow New free trade plan for Asia Pacific
Asia-Pacific leaders attending the annual summit here this week are being asked to consider establishing a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).
 arrow Singapore cuts 2004 growth forecast after Q3 slowdown
Singapore cut its growth forecast for this year to 8.0-8.5 percent from 8.0-9.
 arrow Oil slips to $46 on US stockbuild expectation
Oil prices eased again yesterday hovering around $46 a barrel ahead of weekly US data expected to show fuel stocks rising in time for winter.
 arrow India's economy to grow 6.0 to 6.5pc: finance minister
Indian Finance Minister Palania-ppan Chidambaram said Wednes-day growth may slow to between 6.0 and 6.5 percent this fiscal year due to patchy monsoon rains and high global oil prices.
 arrow EU battles over stability pact reform
The European Union wrestled Tuesday with proposals to overhaul its ineffective budget rules but put off concrete action until January at the earliest in the face of big divisions.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Razzak, Sanwar back
Having satisfied skeptics about his bowling action left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak Raj got his place back in the Bangladesh fold but there was a surprise recall for middle-order batsman Sanwar Hossain in
 arrow Cricket: Ponting taking no chances
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has warned his players to expect the unexpected when they meet New Zealand in the first Test at the Gabba starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav may play
India captain Sourav Ganguly's appeal against an unprecedented two-Test ban will be heard within the next seven days, the Interna-tional Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Butt spoils Indian party
Salman Butt overcame a bout of cramps to hammer an unbeaten maiden century as Pakistan beat India by six wickets in a thrilling day-night match here on November 13.
 arrow Tennis: Year of Sharapova
Maria Sharapova's shining year ended in style Monday as she rallied from four games down in the third set to beat an injured Serena Williams in the final of the WTA Tour Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Moin, Latif axed
Pakistan selectors Tuesday dropped experienced wicketkeepers Moin Khan and Rashid Latif from a list of 25 probables announced for the team's tour of Australia starting next month.
 arrow Kabadi: 4 short kabaddi team off to India
The Bangladesh Kabadi Federation (BKF) was forced to send an understrength side for the first ever kabaddi World Cup due to visa complications.
 arrow Kabadi: Karatekas Disappear in Ukraine!
An otherwise sleepy Bangladesh Karate Federation (BKF) hogged the spotlight on Wednesday following a rumour that a ten-member delegation sent by the federation disappeared in Ukraine.
 arrow Chess: Reefat finishes 10th in Kolkata chess
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar finished tenth in the Kolkata International Open chess tournament after sharing point with local Grand Master Bakre in the last round games yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan and Co in Namibia
England's cricketers have landed in Namibia for the preamble to their controversial tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Hockey: Champs Trophy goes to Holland
Field goals from Kim Lammers and Naomi van As either side of half-time clinched the Netherlands the Champions Trophy women's field hockey championship in Sunday's final against Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Bend it like Murali
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday rubbished Australian media reports that it had drawn up a list of bowlers with suspect actions even as officials moved to put a lid on the controversy.
 arrow Cricket: ICC insulting greats!
The International Cricket Council's assertion that greats such as Sir Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee and Imran Khan threw the ball is "grossly insulting and degrading to the history of cricket", former
 arrow Football: Ronaldo orchestrates Real
Ronaldo put in an astonishing display of pace, power and skill to inspire Real Madrid to a 6-1 victory over Albacete at the Bernabeu.
 arrow Football: Juve thank Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero scored the winning goal as Juventus scraped a 1-0 win away to Lecce on Sunday to maintain their six point lead at the top of Serie A.
 arrow Football: Rooney shoots Magpies down
Wayne Rooney scored twice and Ruud van Nistelrooy converted a penalty as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-1 away on Sunday to record their first win in three Premier League matches.
Metropolitanarrow 400 shanties gutted in Pallabi
Four hundred shanties were gutted in a fire at a slum in the city's Pallabi area on November 13, two days before the Eid-ul-Fitr, rendering around 2,000 people homeless, and 17 shops burned down at Mohammadpur
 arrow 53 sent back from Jeddah
Fifty-three Bangladeshis who went to Saudi Arabia to perform Omrah were sent back by Jeddah Airport Immigration Saturday.
 arrow Injured Kala Monir dies at hospital
A listed criminal of Demra-Shyampur area who was injured in a firefight with police on November 12 died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital the next day.
 arrow Crimes up in N'ganj during Eid holidays
The incidents of crimes, including robbery and gunfight, registered a rise during the Eid holidays in Narayanganj.

Fatulla police recovered a decomposed body in Pitalipul area on November 14.

 arrow BCP leader dies in crossfire with cops
A regional commander of outlawed Biplobi Communist Paty (BCP) and one of his accomplices were killed in 'crossfire' with police in Shailakupa upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow FM leaves for Nepal today to invite King Gyanendra
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka today for Kathmandu as special envoy of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to hand over her letter of invitation to Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shaha Dev to
 arrow 12 shops burn down in Ctg
At least 12 shops and a rickshaw garage were burnt in a devastating fire near Amin Jute Mills in the city under Panchlaish thana early Tuesday morning, fire service sources said.
 arrow Bush greets Iajuddin
The US President George W Bush has greeted President Iajuddin Ahmed on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of the Muslims.
 arrow Parliamentary team leaves for India
A 3-member parliamentary delegation left Dhaka for India yesterday to attend the 6-day first India and Asia regional CPA Conference beginning November 17 at Hyderabad in the Indian state of Andhra.
 arrow JPC secy Shawkat hospitalised
Shawkat Mahmud, general secretary of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC), was admitted to Birdem Hospital in the city yesterday afternoon due to heart ailment.
 arrow Foreign liquor seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized foreign wine from Patenga sea beach on November 13 night, RAB sources said.

RAB also arrested one Nawab Miah in this connection.

 arrow 500 mobile sets seized at airport
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 500 mobile sets and its batteries at Zia International Airport on Friday night and arrested two people in this connection.
Nationalarrow Powerful explosives recovered from train in Gaibandha
Railway police recovered 24 pieces of Gelatin 'high speed explosive bars' and 124 'electric detonators' from a compartment of Santaher-bound 484 Down local train on November 12 at Bonarpara station, about
 arrow A library that enlightens children
A library here helps produce enlightened citizens for the last one decade.
 arrow Gang of certificate forgers detected in Nilphamari
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has detected a gang engaged in forging certificates and mark sheets of education boards for long.
 arrow Clashes leave 70 injured in Satkhira
At least 70 people were injured in four separate incidents in the district on Eid Day and Tuesday.
 arrow 100 hurt as passengers clash with launch staff
At least 100 people were injured and three persons including a child are reportedly missing following a clash between launch passengers and its staff at Char Kazal launch terminal in Galachipa in theearly
 arrow Ward commissioners indeed!
Nine ward commissioners of Jaldhaka municipality secretly drew the government allowance Tk 1, 47,600 for 82 elderly people from Sonali Bank just before the Eid and distributed it among themselves.
 arrow Bus dacoity in Gaibandha
Highwaymen looted cash and valuables worth about Tk one lakh from night coach passengers on the Bogra-Rangpur Highway in the early hours of Thursday.
 arrow 3 fishermen handed over to BDR
Three Bangladeshi fishermen were handed over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Doomsayers and skeptics
The world is in a fix, uncertain about the foreign and security policies the next Bush administration would take in the next four years.
 arrow Arafat as I knew him
Yasser Arafat is no more. His dream of a truly independent Palestine remains unfulfilled.

I had the good fortune of knowing Yasser Arafat, and work very closely with him for many years.

 arrow The biotechnology trap: Real or hypothetical
One of the pages on agriculture of a vernacular daily had a lead story on the possibility of growing mustard in the saline coastal regions of Bangladesh.
 arrow Irresponsible art and tragic death
It is no longer possible to view Submission and give a "balanced" response to the work.
 arrow Please get your Blood Pressure checked
High Blood pressure (hypertension) is indeed a silent slayer or killer. As it is usually asymptomatic, it is sensible to check your blood pressure (BP) routinely.
Culturearrow Vulgarity in our films should be stopped
For many years people have disparaged the current trend of mainstream cinema in our country.
 arrow From Russia with love
Russian choreographer Majid Sekhaliyev is here once again, holding. workshops with Bangladeshi dancers and theatre participants.
 arrow Rajib passes away
Wasimul Bari Rajib, a prominent name in filmdom and managing director of the Film Development Corporation (FDC), passed away on November 14, after suffering from intestinal cancer.
 arrow Lata Mangeshkar: The nightingale at 75
'Have you ever seen a waterfall retrace its path?...I have seen it…rather heard it in didi's voice.
 arrow Amitabh to play Bollywood Godfather
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has put on hold a much-vaunted project with his own son Abhishek in favour of a new film that insiders say will have shades of Hollywood's The Godfather.


 arrow Oliver Twist: Polanski's latest screen venture
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski is wrapping up his adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, and the filmmaker known for grim and challenging fare says this is his most interesting movie
Internationalarrow Iraqis start burying dead in Fallujah
The grey-haired man fumbled with his white plastic gloves, sticky with the blood and flesh of Fallujah's dead, muttering a prayer for the bodies he had lifted on to an orange truck.
 arrow Rice first black US secy of state
National security advisor Condoleezza Rice, nominated on Tuesday as secretary of state, is President George W.
 arrow Iraq war made world dangerous: Chirac
Last year's US-led invasion of Iraq and ousting of President Saddam Hussein has, if anything, made the world more dangerous, French President Jacques Chirac said on the eve of a state visit to key USally
 arrow Foreign policy may get tough
The nomination of Condoleezza Rice to become the new US secretary of state could mean a hardline foreign policy -- but one likely to be closer to White House thinking after the divisions over Iraq with
 arrow Abbas asks militants to halt attacks
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas urged militant groups on Tuesday to help with an orderly succession to Yasser Arafat, as Israel talked of possible coordination with Palestinians on its Gaza pullout plan.
 arrow Fallujah killing could be war crime: HR groups
Human rights groups said on Tuesday the killing by a US Marine of a wounded Iraqi could amount to a war crime and showed the need for US forces to be better trained about the laws of war.
 arrow Hadley a veteran of 4 US admn
Stephen Hadley, named by President George W. Bush on Tuesday to replace Condoleezza Rice as national security adviser, is a low-profile veteran of four US presidential administrations.
 arrow Powell's departure raises Arab fears of tougher US line
US Secretary of State Colin Powell's decision to resign, and his likely replacement by Condoleezza Rice, has raised concern about a toughening of US policy in the Middle East, experts said Tuesday.
 arrow Iraqi Shias set up 'Anger Brigades' to fight attacks
Furious at a wave of attacks against Iraq's Shia majority, a group has been set up to fight Sunni Muslims behind the violence, its chief said on Tuesday as tensions between the two religious communities
 arrow Powell a man of 'dialogue and vision': Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday praised outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell, calling him a man of dialogue and vision.
 arrow 'Hilary, Giuliani early favorites for 2008'
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton is the early favorite among Democrats and ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani the top choice among Republicans as the 2008 presidential nominees, according to the GallupPoll
 arrow Tigers get 2 weeks to decide on talks
Sri Lanka's president has asked Tamil Tiger rebels to decide within two weeks whether they wish to resume talks which have remained deadlocked for 19 months, state-run media reported yesterday.
 arrow 'All parties must change thinking on Kashmir'
Pakistani President Pervez Mush-arraf has risen above his country's traditional position on Kashmir and other parties now need to ditch their own long-held stances, a leading Kashmiri separatist said.
 arrow Suspension of nuke plan subject to progress in talks with EU: Iran
Iran warned yesterday that its agreement to suspend sensitive nuclear activities was subject to rapid progress being made in a new round of negotiations due to begin next month.
 arrow Talks only if sovereignty is discussed: Ulfa
An influential separatist group in Assam said that it was ready to hold peace talks with New Delhi only if the government agrees to discuss its main demand of sovereignty or independence.
 arrow 10 Afghan cops killed in Taliban attack
Ten policemen and a suspected Taliban fighter have been killed in clashes between government forces and militants in southern Afgha-nistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Scores of Maoists killed in Napali clashes
Eleven soldiers were killed in Nepal, five in a landmine blast near a blocked road close to the capital, while battles with Maoists elsewhere left scores of rebels dead, an army official said Tuesday.
 arrow 'Pak scientist gave Iran bomb-grade uranium'
Iran obtained weapons-grade uranium and a design for a nuclear bomb from a Pakistani scientist who has admitted to selling nuclear secrets abroad, an exiled Iranian opposition group said yesterday.
 arrow Japan eyes overhaul of constitution
Japan's ruling party is eyeing an overhaul of the post-war constitution to allow the military to use force in international missions and let a woman ascend the throne, reports said Wednesday.
 arrow Blast kills 2 in Pak cinema house
Two people were killed and 29 injured when a bomb exploded during a midnight film session in a cinema in northwestern Pakistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Russia working on new nuke systems: Putin
Russia is working on new nuclear missile systems that other powers do not have in order to protect itself against future security challenges, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday.
 arrow Parliament extends Aceh emergency
Indonesia's parliament supports a government plan to extend a state of civil emergency in Aceh province where thousands have died in an 18-month-old military offensive against separatists, a news report
 arrow Sudan's main foes say peace deal imminent
Sudan's government and main rebel group are ready to clinch a final deal to end more than 20 years of war within days of talks resuming next week, spokesman for both sides said Wednesday, a day before
Editorialarrow Editorial: The holiday standstill
Eid holidays invariably roll onto the weekend and the number of days when life comes to a slumber increases up to seven or eight.
 arrow Editorial: Rice as US Secretary of State
There can be little surprise that National Security Advisor (NSA) Condoleezza Rice has been named to succeed Colin Powell as secretary of state.
 arrow After Arafat -- election or chaos?
Ariel Sharon ultimately missed the opportunity to assassinate Arafat, which he has been trying openly sine 80s.
 arrow Condoleezza Rice: America's face to the world
President Bush on Tuesday nominated Condoleezza Rice, his confidante and national security adviser, as secretary of state.

She will succeed Colin Powell, who announced his resignation on Monday.

Letters to Editorarrow Cost of regulation rising!
The normal regulatory practices were neglected in the past by the regimes in Dhaka, due to political nepotism; hence the cost of regulation is rising disproportionately (additional fine for negligence!).
 arrow Transparency of CBAs
The composition, performance and credibility of the large number of collecting bargaining agents (CBAs, such as labour and other types of unions and associations in the private and other sectors) need
 arrow Power and telecom sector
The BTTB monopolies the high demand line telephone network and has deliberately kept supply below demand. Result, the open market mobile cell tell boomed to 2m growth in a couple of years.
 arrow Trading within SAARC
The arrogant politicians do not realise the implications of SAARC members trading within the region, which is now only three to five percent, the rest being diverted outside the region, to benefit the
 arrow Sport management unsporting?
Our sports will not improve unless our sport officials are more sporting and professional. We have a weakness for 'office-bearership' in every strata of society. Too many have-nots in too crowded an environment.