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Front Pagearrow Ijtema venue turns into human sea
More than 15 lakh devotees participated in the Juma prayers at this year's Biswa Ijtema yesterday, the first day of the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, on the bank
 arrow RPCL finally staved off German auditors
Amid persistent resistance from the Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL), Germany postponed at the last moment a decision to send a team of auditors to investigate alleged irregularities and corruption in two
 arrow Bandarban border 'open' to arms smugglers
Gun-runners are smuggling in and hoarding sophisticated firearms and deadly explosives in the southeast part of Bandarban taking advantage of poor security on a 129-km stretch of its 178-km border with
 arrow Where has the money gone?
Thanks to decade-long thefts by its officials and employees, Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) is now groaning under the burden of a huge financial mismatch of Tk 2,500 crore forcing the government
 arrow Twin attacks kill 30 in Baghdad
Insurgents launched two major attacks yesterday against a Shia mosque and a police station in Baghdad, killing 30 people, including at least 16 police officers, the deadliest insurgent attacks in weeks.
 arrow Pethidine plight for patients
Crisis of pethidine, the most common drug used for tranquillising patients during and after surgery, has pushed its retail price per ampoule from Tk 6.
 arrow No down payment needed to reschedule RMG stock-lot loans
With only 27 days left to the post-multifibre arrangement (MFA) era, the central bank has allowed the export-oriented readymade garment (RMG) units to reschedule their loans defaulted due to stock lots
 arrow Cold waves likely from mid-Dec
A series of cold waves with foggy weather are likely to sweep across the country from the second half of December, as the temperature is projected to dip below 10 degrees Celsius.
 arrow The able disabled
Physical handicap could not deter Tanvir, a boy with his lower part paralysed, or Sumi, a girl blind since birth, from their educational pursuits.
 arrow Ensure equal rights for disabled
The 13th International Day of Disabled Persons was observed yesterday in the capital and elsewhere in the country with a renewed commitment to ensure equal rights and privileges for the disabled.
 arrow Fatikchhari criminal die in 'crossfire'
A criminal belonging to infamous Osman Bahini died in 'crossfire' when his accomplices opened fire on the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow JCD calls strike at Sust today
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) called a half-day strike today at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) as outsiders stabbed a JCD activist and his friend on the campus Thursday.
 arrow Ctg Bar to take action against 10 more lawyers
Chittagong Bar Association (CBA) will ask Bangladesh Bar Council to take necessary action against 10 more Chittagong-based lawyers that it finds to have allegedly doctored the LLB mark sheets.
 arrow 'Myanmar launches crackdown on Indian militant camps'
Myanmar has launched a major military operation to evict Indian separatists from its soil, sparking heavy fighting in the thick jungles in the north of that country, a rebel leader said yesterday.
 arrow Over 200 held in police, BDR raids in capital
More than 200 people were arrested in the capital in block and regular raids by law enforcing agencies since Thursday night.
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 arrow 11 face corruption charges under ACC in Barisal
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has brought corruption charges against a former municipal chairman, three municipal employees and seven contractors of Barisal district.
 arrow Madrasah guard commits suicide
A madrasha guard yesterday allegedly committed suicide inside his working place at Kazipara in Kafrul.
 arrow Naga rebel leaders to meet Indian PM next week
Two exiled leaders of a powerful rebel group in India's restive northeast will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to try to end a decades-old revolt, officials and a rebel spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan to reopen second rail link
Pakistan and India agreed yesterday to restore a second rail link which was severed nearly 40 years ago, in the latest of a series of peace moves.
 arrow BDR arrests 5 Naga rebels in Moulvibazar
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday arrested five members of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), a separatist organisation of India, at a village near Phultala border under Kulauraupazila,
Businessarrow CSE to bring Khulna, Barisal, Bogra under its network soon
With a view to taking its services to the doorsteps of investors across the country, Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday announced its plan to add three more cities -- Khulna, Barisal and Bogra--
 arrow Banks need to find ways to utilise huge idle money: BB governor
The country's banking system currently maintains a liquidity surplus of around Tk 9,400 crore, posing a major challenge to the bankers to invest the idle money.
 arrow Ispahani gets sponsorship of Foy's Lake amusement park
Ispahani Group of Companies Ltd and Concord Entertainment Co Ltd have signed an agreement of sponsorship of the Concord Amusement World, Foy's Lake in Chittagong.
 arrow China keen to set up fixed line phone exchanges
A visiting Chinese delegation has showed keen interest towards investing in the installation of fixed line telephone exchanges in Bangladesh.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
November 28-December 2, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar strengthened strongly against Bangladeshi taka through out the week.

Sportsarrow Hockey: Mariner hold Abahani
Abahani failed to cross the first major hurdle in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League when the defending champions drew 1-1 with Mariner Youngs Club in yesterday's lone outing at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Cricket: Forget Tests, think ODIs
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming wants his players not to forget their two-Test series humiliation to Australia ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee the only change expected
Pace ace Mashrafee bin-Mortuza is all set to lead the Bangladesh attack in the home series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Form worries Woolmer
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer admitted he was puzzled by his team's unpredictable form after they crashed to defeat against a second string Western Australian side in their opening tour match here.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly aims at good showing
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has his side could not be complacent after its eight-wicket win over South African in the second Test in Kolkata and would be looking to putting up a good performance
 arrow Cricket: Dravid, Sehwag withstand magnificent seven
India duo Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag topped the latest edition of the international batting ratings but the strength of Austra-lia's top order was such that all seven of their leading batsmen were
 arrow Cricket: It's the turn of the benchers
Barcelona's battalion of young talent will be handed the job of preserving the team's push towards the Spanish title this weekend as the league leaders look to extend their seven-point lead.
 arrow Football: Kaka's message to Juve
AC Milan's attacking midfielder Kaka has warned league leaders Juventus to keep looking over their shoulders as the two-horse race for the Serie A title hots up.
 arrow Football: Mourinho not relaxing
Jose Mourinho learned at a young age that no football manager can afford to take anything for granted.
 arrow Cricket: 'Doing it my way'
England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones decided to follow his instincts rather than the textbook last season and is happy with the results so far.
 arrow Cricket: Kenyan v Kenyan in Premier Div cricket today
It will be a battle of two Kenyans when Mohammedan Sporting Club take on Brothers Union in a crucial Green Delta Premier Cricket League match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Football: MSC rope in Brothers stars
Mohammedan Sporting Club ensured the services of three top footballers for the next season when they collected the tokens of goalkeeper Biplab Bhattachariya and fellow centre-back Nazrul Islam yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Biman, Mukti fall further back
Title contenders Bangladesh Biman and Muktijoddha Sangsad shared a 2-2 draw in a crucial ninth round match as Leonine Chess Club stretched their lead atop the table in the Dutch-Bangla First DivisionChess
 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy starts today
Field hockey's elitist Champions Trophy for men dribbles off here on Saturday with the Netherlands eyeing a third successive title in the glaring absence of Olympic heroes Australia.
 arrow Golf: IFIC Cup golf held
Brig Gen Md Sharif Uddin and Fatima Matiur won the respective men's and ladies' titles of the IFIC Cup Golf Tournament that ended yesterday at the picturesque Kurmitola Golf Club.
 arrow Badmintorn: Div I badminton
Bangladesh Biman, Mohammedan Sporting Club and GrameenPhone kept up their chase for the Bashun-dhara First Division Badminton League title as they all won their matches comfortably at the Wooden-floor
 arrow Football: Petit to be a Gunner again?
Arsenal are on the verge of handing former Highbury favourite Emmanuel Petit a short-term contract as Arsene Wenger bids to shore up the Gunners crumbling defence of their Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Barthez hastumor removed
Marseille captain Fabien Barthez was recovering in hospital Thursday after undergoing surgery on a reported benign tumor , his club coach Philippe Troussier said.
 arrow Football: Magpies ready to swoop on Giggs
Newcastle are lining up a four-million-pound New Year swoop for unsettled Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, The Sun newspaper reported Friday.
Metropolitanarrow AL threatens hartal
Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim yesterday said they would go for a series of hartals if the BNP-Jamaat coalition tries to resist the formation of December 11 No-confidence Human Wall from Teknaf
 arrow Meet deadline for construction of roads, bridges: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday directed the officials to take effective steps to meet the deadline for construction of roads, bridges, culverts and other communication infrastructures in the
Nationalarrow CHT tense as PCJSS, Bangalees hold opposing programmes
Tension mounted in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS), a body of tribesmen, observed various programmes on Thursday demanding full implementation
 arrow A laudable move to cure drug addicts
It was a different event for the people of Satkhira town. Hundreds of people of all walks of life joined the inauguration of a Community Based Detoxification Camp cum Medical Center to cure drug addicts.
 arrow 'Free children from tobacco factories'
Speakers at a citizens' roundtable on ' Unorganised Labourers' Right for Trade Union' here urged tobacco factory owners to free child labourers for their better education and rehabilitation and to ensure
 arrow A magnificent academy underutilised
The Birishiri Tribal Cultural Academy on a three-acre compound gives majestic look. But things inside will frustrate curious visitors and cultural activists.
 arrow Wheat scandal:Importing farm owner arrested
Hazi Mustaq Ahmed, owner of Sonia Enterprise, importing farm of rotten wheat from India, was arrested and sent to jail on Tuesday.
 arrow Concern over rise in drug abusein B'baria
Speakers at an anti-drug meeting held at Sarkerpara in Brahmanbaria Pourasabha (municipality) yesterday expressed their grave concern over increasing drug abuse and its illegal trade in the district.
 arrow 'Outlaw' lunched in Bheramara
A, alleged outlaw was lynched by a mob at Nawdapara village in Bheramara Thursday night when a gang of outlaws led by him allegedly went to kill a Union Parishad member.
 arrow SCC female commissioners threaten tougher agitation
Female ward commissioners of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) threatened a tougher agitation from December 14 if the City Mayor fails to solve the issue of their just rights by December 13.
 arrow Library after Mirza Ispahani
A new library named 'Mirza Ahmed Ispahani Memorial Library' funded by Ispahani Group was opened at Chittagong Press Club on Tuesday.
 arrow College girl abducted: Victim's father threatened
Abductors of a college girl have been threatening the victim's father of the dire consequences if he files any case against them.
 arrow Discussion on AIDS Day
A discussion meeting on 'Role of Youths in Combating AIDS' was held at the hall room of local NGO Gono Unnayan Library on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Palestine after Arafat
Chairman of Palestine Yasser Arafat left this world without seeing his dream fulfiilled.
 arrow GM technology: Advancement or regression?
In genetically modified organism (GMO) replacement of gene of an organism is brought about by a desired gene even from another species.
 arrow Mohan Mia
If any politician of this country is to be remembered for uncommon qualities of head and heart and for nearly half a century of dedicated and selfless public service, the name of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury,known
Culturearrow Poetry collection of Shamsur Rahman launched
The November 2 evening at the Liberation War Museum was a nostalgic one as intellectuals of the country reminisced on the best contemporary Bangla poet Shamsur Rahman.
 arrow Shangkhonad earns applause at première
The third day of the ongoing 2nd International Film Festival featured première of reputed filmmaker Abu Sayeed's film Shangkhonad.
 arrow Shah Rukh Khan lends his voice to a children's film
Almost every time actor Shah Rukh Khan has appeared on the big screen in his 15-year-old career in Bollywood, he has worked magic at the box office.
 arrow Celebrating the harvest
The seeds, which were sowed during the rainy season, have now grown into golden crops despite disasters like flood, heavy downpour and drought.
Generalarrow Khaleda turns the country into a death valley: AL
The Awami League (AL) leadership has rejected Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's public statement in Patuakhali on Thursday that she inherited corruption and terrorism from the previous AL regime.
 arrow South Asia stares at looming water crisis
It has been 10 years since farmer Bhairu Singh saw water in the well on his rocky patch of land in western India.
 arrow Garment worker with burn injuries dies
A woman severely burnt by her husband on November 26 died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday after struggling for eight days.
 arrow Cotton godown gutted in Narsingdi
A cotton godown of Pakiza Spinning Mills was gutted in a devastating fire at Bhagiratpur in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Stop retrenchment of workers, Sramik Jote demands
Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik Jote yesterday called on the government to reopen the mills and factories and stop retrenchment of workers.
 arrow IBA graduation ceremony held
The Dhaka University authorities yesterday distributed certificates among the passing out MBA and BBA students of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
 arrow Dhaka, Brunei sign MoU to operate direct flight
Bangladesh yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brunei to operate direct flight between Dhaka and Brunei Darus Salaam.
 arrow Rab releases ex-AL leader
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Khan Ibna Zaman, a former organising secretary of Khulna City Awami League, on Thursday from Jorhagata area, but he was released after interrogation.
 arrow 11 Party to hold rally Monday
The 11 Party will hold a rally in the city on Monday ahead of the December 11 'no-confidence human wall' programme to press for its nine-point demand.
The rally will be held at Muktangan at 4.00pm.

Internationalarrow India, Russia renew ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin backed India's bid for a UN Security Council slot yesterday while New Delhi championed Moscow's early entry into the WTO as the former Cold War friends sought to breath
 arrow Iraq terrorist 'incubator' posing threat to world
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview published yesterday, described Iraq as a terrorist "incubator" that poses a threat to the world.
 arrow Disease risks rise after Philippine typhoon
Flood waters receded in the northern Philippines yesterday in the wake of a typhoon, but thousands of people remained cut off from help, hungry and at risk of disease after a week of severe flooding.
 arrow Kuchma presents emergency plan
Ukraine yesterday faced yet more polemics after President Leonid Kuchma proposed holding quick new presidential elections and handing interim power to a parliament where the opposition has a strong voice
 arrow Nato opens military academy in Iraq
Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced the opening of the Western military alliance's Iraq training academy during a surprise snap visit to Baghdad yesterday.
 arrow Indian army kills 29 rebels in Manipur
The Indian army said yesterday it has killed 29 tribal guerrillas and captured 67 in a sustained operation in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Manipur.
 arrow States call for making world landmine-free
Scores of countries party to an international landmine ban were set yesterday to pledge at a meeting here to step up efforts to rid the world of the deadly devices and to call on states who have not signed
 arrow Bush picks Kerik for homeland security job
President Bush has picked as his homeland security secretary former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who helped the city respond to the Sept.
 arrow 5 cops killed in rebel raid on Kashmir camp
Kashmiri militants hurling grenades killed five policemen and injured seven when they stormed a security camp in Indian Kashmir yesterday, sparking a fierce gunbattle, police said.
 arrow Bush calls for full UN oil-for-food probe
The Bush administration made clear on Thursday it would not take a position on whether UN Secretary General Kofi Annan should resign as it awaited the results of an investigation into the UN oil-for-food
Editorialarrow Editorial: UN reform initiative
The unveiling of a sweeping package of proposals at the UN headquarters to overhaul the world body should bring the UN reform agenda at the centre-stage of global discourse.
 arrow Editorial: Another haul of illegal arms
We commend Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) for their repeated, successful efforts in unearthing criminals' hide-outs and huge arms cache in the hill districts.
 arrow Bangladesh and the threat of climate change
A Reuters headline attracted my attention recently.
 arrow 'Big Brother' package for curbing terror and crime
That is perhaps an unkind way of describing the Queen's Speech delivered at the State Opening of Parliament on November 23, but also not entirely untrue because out of the 32 Bills that make up the sum
Letters to Editorarrow 'Gool' - a toxic tobacco product
In pan-bidi and the grocery shops across the country, a tobacco product generally known as 'gool' with particular brand names of respective companies is sold at cheap price alluring the poor class to
 arrow Bangabazar arson
It appears that DCC mismanagement and unethical practices could be indirectly responsible for cases of fires at irregular intervals in the market, keeping in view the fact that the site is earmarked for
 arrow Monga politics!
The report on the rumbling inside BNP (DS Nov 21) is a timely indication of the stress the politicians are passing through for more than a decade since the two major political parties usurped the stage.
 arrow No taxi number
The traffic police and the DCC are very lax in enforcing international rules.
Literaturearrow The Match Box
He did not know what time it was when he woke up.
 arrow A Harvard professor on 'Peace’
I went to Satake Memorial Hall, the university auditorium, to hear a Harvard professor speak on the topic of peace.
 arrow A tale twice told: Wayne Ashton's Under a Tin-Grey Sari
The title of Wayne Ashton's (an Australian with 'British and Pakistani family origins' according to the author bio) book is suggestive, inviting comparisons with the salacious song 'Choli ke nichekeya..