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Front Pagearrow Rab action in Tongi, Mirpur kills 4
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday shot four people dead and wounded three others, two of them critically, in Tongi and Mirpur.
 arrow Three bodies of Rohingyas recovered, 22 more held
A day after Thursday's gunfight with Rohingya refugees that left over 100 injured, law enforcers in a joint operation yesterday arrested 11 more at Kutupalong Camp in Ukhiya upazila, Cox's Bazar, andrecovered
 arrow Human chain spells acid test for opposition camp
The Teknaf-to-Tentulia 'no-confidence' human chain has apparently become a challenge for the opposition combine as the course of its next action programmes to unseat the government largely depends onthe
 arrow A shattering blow to pry education not far away
One hundred and sixty-eight Upazila Resource Centres (URC), set up to help primary school teachers maintain the academic standards, are barely functioning with over 650 employees going without salaryfor
 arrow 2 aides to 'Kala' Jahangir nabbed
Police arrested two alleged accomplices of top criminal 'Kala' Jahangir with firearms in the early hours yesterday after a shootout for half an hour in Mirpur.
 arrow 7 outlaws held in Chuadanga
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police yesterday arrested seven operatives of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Alamdanga upazila headquarters in Chuadanga.
 arrow Bhuiyan rules out change in caretaker govt system
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday rejected the opposition parties' demand for change in the formation of caretaker government.
 arrow No confidence move against Annan by some UN staff
UN employees were readying yesterday to make a historic vote of no confidence in Secretary General Kofi Annan, sources told AFP.
 arrow Arafat family to get medical file on cause of death
France's defence ministry said yesterday the medical file on recently deceased Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat was ready and would be handed over to his next of kin "without delay".
 arrow Manmohan's move for peace in northeast states
Fresh from a visit to restive Kashmir where he wooed Kashmiris with promises of jobs and development, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads this weekend to the country's insurgency-racked northeast
 arrow Indian signals on Kashmir disappoint Musharraf
President Pervez Musharraf said he was dismayed by India's response to his efforts to bring peace to Kashmir, and vowed to save Pakistan from the clutches of Islamic extremism in an interview with AFP.
 arrow Plan for deep sea port shelved for over a year
The proposal for setting up a deep sea port in the country has been lying with the Planning Commission for more than one year, marking a stagnation in government initiative to open such a port.
 arrow Ruling party men grab portion of Barisal canal
Ruling party-backed cadres have illegally occupied a portion of Bhatar Khal, one of the major sewerage channels of Barisal city.
 arrow Cops in Barisal foils condolence meet on Mehdi
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police yesterday foiled a condolence meeting in remembrance of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Mahbub Alam Mehdi.
 arrow Arrested militant on fresh remand
A magistrate's court issued fresh remand for Amjad Hossain, arrested regional commander of Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin, while the remand of his accomplice explosives carrier Anisur Rahman ended
 arrow Axed down to make a 'garden'...


 arrow Bid to grab Mannan's Ctg plot: Case filed
A case was filed with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Chittagong on Thursday in connection with a reported bid to grab a plot of land leased by Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Secretary General
 arrow Bid to push in 10 foiled
BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) personnel aided by local people foiled a BSF (Border Security Force) attempt to push 10 Bangla-speaking Indian nationals into Bangladesh through Dharmagarh border in Thakurgaon
 arrow Indian census to identify foreigners
The Indian government is undertaking a census work for identifying foreigners Federal Minister of State for Home Manikrao H Govind said yesterday.
 arrow FM hands over PM's letter to Nepalese PM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday handed over a letter of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, inviting him to the forthcoming 13th Saarc (South Asian Association
 arrow Flyover yet to be made off-limits to predestrians
The newly opened flyover at Mohakhali lies unrestricted raising the fear of pedestrian accidents as ordinary people continue to gather on the bridge that virtually does not have any footpath.
 arrow Schoolboy flees abductors
A schoolboy kidnapped in Dhaka yesterday escaped the grip of abductors in CK Ghosh Road in the town.
 arrow Jagrata Muslim Janata reorganising BCL leader killed
Cadres of Bangla Bhai, commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), have killed a BCL leader, as they are reorganising the Islamist outfit in the northwestern region, sources said.
 arrow Better late than never
A Norwegian woman got a real surprise this week when she received a letter mailed 54 years ago, delivered by a mailman who brought along flowers for the occasion, a Norwegian paper reported on Thursday.
Businessarrow Frozen food show from Nov 28 as exporters eye Tk10,000cr a year by '08
As exporters eye Tk 10,000 crore earnings annually from frozen food exports by 2008, an international exposition of aquaculture production begins in Dhaka on November 28.
 arrow Current account balance records surplus
The country's current account balance recorded a surplus of Tk 1,007.4 crore in July 2004, the first month of the current fiscal, against Tk 998.
 arrow Dollar wobbles ahead of G20 meeting
The dollar was within a cent of record lows to the euro Friday, raising concerns about European growth, but shares clung to 28-month peaks despite big falls in drug stocks as oil steadied around $46 a
 arrow Oil prices up ahead of northern winter
Oil prices rose on Friday as tight supplies of distillate fuel, including heating oil, ahead of the northern hemisphere winter spurred buying.
London IPE Brent rose 51 cents to $43.

 arrow India, Russia to ink banking, energy pacts
India and Russia are put final touches to new visa, energy, banking and space research pacts to be signed during Russian President Vladmir Putin's December visit to New Delhi, officials said Friday.
 arrow US mulls import curbs on China cotton yarn
The Bush administration has launched its seventh investigation in the past three weeks that could lead to curbs on imports of clothing and textiles from China, US officials said Thursday.
 arrow Nike co-founder Knight steps down as CEO
Nike Inc co-founder Philip Knight, who helped transform a small start-up into the world's biggest athletic shoe company, will step down as chief executive officer, the company said on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Riyad makes it possible
Teenager Mahmud Ullah Riyad turned a certain defeat into a memorable victory as title sponsors GrameenPhone overcame Bangladesh Biman by three wickets in the Corporate Cricket League's Cup final at the
 arrow Cricket: Honours evenly shared
New Zealand out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought Australia here to defy the odds on Day Two of the first Test they were considered to have little chance of being competitive in.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly allowed to play
India captain Sourav Ganguly was cleared to play in the first Test against South Africa starting Saturday after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it would not be determining his appeal against
 arrow Cricket: Was Imran bent too?
Former Pakistan great Imran Khan Friday backed proposed changes to cricket's throwing laws and said he would love to see how much his arm bent when he used to bowl during his illustrious career.
 arrow Cricket: Oram-some hundred
It was clear from the moment Jacob Oram strode to the crease that the giant New Zealand all-rounder was intent on making a big hit in his first Test against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: ICC acts illogically!
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has often been criticised for its whimsical decisions, but the flip-flop over Sourav Ganguly's two-match ban has reduced it to a laughing stock.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Roddick in last four
World number one Roger Federer struggled past Spain's Carlos Moya for his 21st victory in a row over a top-10 foe while second-ranked Andy Roddick clinched an ATP Masters Cup semifinal berth.
 arrow Football: Night that never ends
Forwards Ronaldinho and Ronaldo face each other for the first time in Saturday's eagerly anticipated league clash of Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, just three days after they were teammates
 arrow Football: Robben follows the 'master'
Arjen Robben may be on the verge of claiming his crown as London's favourite Dutch Master but the threat of being usurped by a younger rival will not prevent Dennis Bergkamp from hanging around Highbury
 arrow Football: Life begins at 50!
Brazilian Socrates arrived in England on Friday and is ready to resume his playing career at the tender age of 50 with minor league side Garforth Town.
 arrow Cricket: Premier cricket faces slight delay
The much-anticipated Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is set to start from November 25 although it could be delayed by a day.
 arrow Chess: Parag defeats Russian IM
Mehdi Hasan Parag made a good start in the World Youth Chess Championship when the Bangladesh junior champion beat Russian International Master Artem Elgim in the first round in the Indian state of Kerala
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan Surrey's
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will play for English county Surrey next year, the club said in a statement on Friday.
 arrow Chess: Div I chess Nov 25
The First Division Chess League will begin on November 25 at the federation hall-room.
Sixteen clubs will take part in the meet.

 arrow Cricket: Negative Warne
Australia's spin-king Shane Warne said he didn't expect to be punished after an exchange with Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar during the first Test against New Zealand here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain eyes Feb comeback
Pakistan's seasoned off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is targeting a return to competitive cricket in late February after surgery.
 arrow Cricket: England get a rain break
Torrential rain in Windhoek relented to allow England a full workout for the first game of their winter tour.
They managed their first net session on Thursday ahead of Sunday's match against Namibia.

 arrow Cricket: Gough full of energy
Experienced England fast bowler Darren Gough has pledged to keep playing as long as he is physically able to do so.
 arrow Football: Spanish FA says sorry
The racist abuse targeting England's black players has brought about an official apology from the Spanish football federation, its English counterpart the FA said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Beckenbauer gets his wish
German footballing great Frank Beckenbauer has been granted a divorce from his wife Sybille and is expected to marry his lover and the mother of his two children, the top-selling Bild newspaper reported
Metropolitanarrow Health technologists demand fixation of time scale
Bangladesh Diploma Health Technologists Association yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps for fixation of time scale and selection grade of health technologists on the basis of theirincreased
 arrow S Asian Gateway portal on science, tech launched
An exclusive South Asian Gateway of the website of the London-based Science and Development Network was launched yesterday to provide online information on science, technology and development.
 arrow 'Buddha's teachings can establish peace'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the teachings of Lord Buddha could help establish peace and harmony in the strife-torn world of toady.
 arrow Abducted Sylhet magnate yet to be rescued
Eid this year was no good to the family of Habibur Rahman, as police could not yet rescue the Sylhet magnate though a month has passed since he went missing.
 arrow Fire at Biswa Ijtema ground
A short-circuit from a power house at Tongi Bazar in Gazipur sparked off a fire at the Biswa Ijtema ground yesterday.
 arrow Mob beats burglar to death
Two people, including a burglar, were killed at Milonerpara village in Sonatala upazila.
Police and local sources said the burglar, Jahangir, 40, sneaked into the house of Ibne Fazal on Thursdaynight.

 arrow 5th anniversary of Sufia Kamal's death today
Today is the fifth death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, one of the pioneers in establishing the rights of women.
 arrow Seminar on reproductive health Nov 23
A daylong national seminar on Reproductive Health will be held at Sheraton Hotel on November 23.
Nationalarrow Poor aman output frustrates farmers in Nilphamari
Aman paddy harvesting started here in a limited scale about a week back. But local farmers are frustrated due to its poor yield.
 arrow Community policing programme launched in Bogra
A one-year pilot programme titled Community Policing Programme was been launched here recently aiming at ensuring good governance, according to police sources.
 arrow Boro farming faces setback in Satkhira
Boro farming is likely to be hampered in the current season due to acute seed crisis here.
Unscrupulous dealers have created an artificial seed crisis.

 arrow Two held while selling VGF rice illegally
Two persons were arrested and 18 sacks of Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) rice seized by police from Shamogram village of Shamogram union in Nabinagar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Teen raped by ruling party 'hoodlums'
A 16-year-old unmarried girl belonging to the minority community was gang raped allegedly by ruling party 'hoodlums' at Kapash-danga village in Tala upazila on Sun-day night.
 arrow School for Monipuri children
A school of Monipuri Bishnupuria tribal language started functioning at Madhabpur Monipuri Lalitkala Academy in Kamalganj upazila recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Caretaker' system under spotlight
A school friend whom I met after ages, one chilly afternoon in London's busy Oxford Street way back in 1998, during the course of our conversation that pertained to and covered all sorts of politicaldevelopments
 arrow Tribute to Yasser Arafat
Following the line of the United States in international politics is a difficult task for countries that tend to show a tender face of their own.
 arrow Human rights : Can multinationals be held accountable?
In a San Francisco courtroom, a trial is underway that will determine whether a multinational corporation can be held accountable in the US for alleged human rights abuses committed in foreign countries.
Culturearrow Dhali Al Mamoon
Dhali Al Mamoon began his promising career as a painter and printmaker in the early 1980s.
 arrow Shyamalchhaya and Joyjatra
Television entertainment this Eid featured world premières of two films--Humayun Ahmed's Shyamalchhaya and Tauquir Ahmed's Joyjatra. Both the films have aroused immense curiosity among viewers.
 arrow Tropa directs Theatre's upcoming production Mukti
This is for the first time that Tropa Majumdar is emerging as a director through the play Mukti, which is going to be staged on November 27 as part of the weeklong drama festival arranged by Theatre.
 arrow Kalshondhya


Generalarrow Housewife beaten to death
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband over a family feud at Jahar Panturia village in Baharpur of Baliakandi upazila on Thursday.
 arrow AL leader arrested at Uzirpur
An Awami League (AL) leader was arrested from Uzirpur upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Bailey bridge collapses in Comilla
A Bailey bridge on Comilla-Brahmanpara-Mirpur highway near Sahebabad Bazar in Brahmanpara upazila collapsed yesterday, disrupting vehicular movement on the road.
 arrow 12-hour transport strike in Bhairab today
Bhairab bus owners and transport workers' associations called a 12-hour transport strike in Bhairab today protesting the assault on a bus association leader.
The strike will be enforced from 6.

 arrow Notorious robber held in B'baria
Police arrested a notorious robber from Nagarbari area of Brahmanbaria pourasava on Thursday.
 arrow Allergies may raise blood cancer risk
In contrast to some earlier reports, allergic conditions appear to increase, rather than decrease, the risk of leukaemia and lymphoma, according to a Swedish study.
 arrow Death anniversary of Major Jalil observed
The 15th death anniversary of Major M A Jalil, a valiant freedom fighter, was observed yesterday.
 arrow Electronic eye to help blind cross roads
An "electronic eye" that can be fitted to a pair of glasses could help the blind cross roads more safely, scientists said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Lanka accuses Tigers of breaking truce
Sri Lanka's government Friday accused Tamil Tiger guerrillas of breaking a Norwegian-arranged ceasefire by killing a government soldier and a military informant.
 arrow Myanmar sets free several NLD figures
Military-ruled Myanmar yesterday freed several prominent opposition party figures as part of a mass prisoner release one month after a power struggle ousted the country's premier.
 arrow Maoists torch buses, shoot dead college teacher in Nepal
Maoist rebels torched three buses and shot dead a college lecturer in separate incidents in western Nepal yesterday, police said.
 arrow UN adopts resolution on Sudan
The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution pushing for peace in war-ravaged Sudan, but it was immediately slammed by aid agencies as weak and wrong-headed.
 arrow US mulls direct assistance to Palestinian Authority
A week after the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Bush administration has said it was talking to the Congress about resuming direct US assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
 arrow Two killed in Baghdad mosque clash
Iraqi national guardsmen raided a Sunni mosque in Baghdad after Juma prayers, sparking bloody clashes, an AFP correspondent reported, while in the northern city of Mosul US-backed Iraqi commandos were
 arrow CIA infiltrated al-Qaeda before 9/11
The CIA had infiltrated al-Qaeda before the September 11 attacks, but at levels too low to know of the plot, according to former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke.
 arrow Rice wants even more solid ties with India
Condoleezza Rice, chosen to replace US Secretary of State Colin Powell, has told her Indian counterpart that she wants to expand the already "great relationship" between the two nations in the next four
 arrow British parliament forces through ban on fox hunting
Britain's parliament has forced through a ban on fox hunting, leaving Prime Minister Tony Blair facing the prospect of massive civil disobedience from hunters in the run-up to an imminent general election.
 arrow Iraq war alienated US from world
Former president Bill Clinton on Thursday slammed the handling of the war in Iraq by his successor George W. Bush, saying the conflict alienated the United States from the world.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Trade imbalance with India
The Indo-Bangla trade talks have ended in New Delhi on a positive, even an upbeat note.
 arrow Editorial: Vanishing species
The prosperity bonanza and mighty power-play are blind-folding us to the reality of the many ways in which the world around us is diminishing and emaciating.
 arrow The silent revolution in rural Bangladesh
Important changes are taking place in rural Bangladesh.
 arrow Saffron humbug
It all depends of course on what you mean by ordinary and extraordinary. The dictionary definition of "ordinary" is "expected.
Letters to Editorarrow Bush, not Saddam
This is a response to the letter of Mr. Greg Smith published on November 10, 2004. Some of the comments of your letter have caught my attention as those seem to me very interesting.
 arrow Theo Van Gogh
Norwegian filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh, was killed in Amsterdam. It is assumed that he was killed my Islamic fanatics for one of his recent films, where he criticised the role of women in Islam.
 arrow Goodbye Oxford of the East
On September 15, 2004, we were reading the letter, "Our Campus" by Moazzem Hossain in which he says a senior teacher once commented "This place is a goddamn zoo".
 arrow Stop taking a condescending attitude to US voters
First of all I would like to congratulate George Bush as the duly elected president of Bangladesh and address Mr Sobhan's article. There was a free and open debate and Mr.
Literaturearrow After the Hanging
As Vellayi-appan set out on his journey the sound of ritual mourning rose from his hut, and from Ammini's hut, and beyond those huts, the village listened in grief. Vallayi-appan was going to Kannur.
 arrow On Bush, Hemingway and Key West
It was a couple of days after the elections and we--Mike, Tom, Mei, Nancy and I--were wallowing in post-election blues. Even the sun, even the Presidio, even the Golden Gate bridge looked glum.
 
   
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