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Worker's Death in Road Crash Sparks 5-hr Violence
200 hurt, 100 vehicles damaged in Sreepur
Sreepur in Gazipur district yesterday burst into violence as a few thousand garment and transport workers clashed with each other following the death of a garment worker in a road accident early yesterday.
Move finally for green signal to Korean EPZ
After keeping Korean investors in limbo for more than three years, the government is finally considering giving green signal to the country's biggest and lone private Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ)
Injured Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper dies in Congo
One of the six Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers injured in Thursday's militia ambush in the Democratic Republic of the Congo died at a hospital in Bunia, principal town of the trouble-torn Ituri region, early
Nor'wester kills two, diverts Biman flights
A violent storm lashed the country yesterday evening, killing two people including a child and injuring over 50 others in Pabna and forcing three flights of Bangladesh Biman to change direction and go
Duty-free Access to Us Market
Hard job, but Dhaka should not lose heart, says Rocca
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Christina Rocca, yesterday said it will be a "hard job" for Bangladesh to get duty free access to the US market.
India to join Nov 13-14 Saarc Summit
India last night confirmed its participation in the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Dhaka November 13-14 as proposed by host Bangladesh.
Nine Bangladeshi 'top terrors' sent to jail in India
A Bongaon court yesterday sentenced nine Bangladeshi top terrors to seven days imprisonment.
CJ should step down, says Rokanuddin
Chaos marks Bar Council meet
The chief justice should step down on ethical grounds as a former additional judge of the High Court (HC) has filed a case against him, raising questions about his neutrality, Vice-chairman of Bangladesh
Bogra Arms Haul
Cases in limbo since Feb on HC order
All lower court proceedings in Bogra arms haul cases have remained suspended since end-February on a High Court rule nisi.
Vandalism, theft of signalling buoys, beacons scale up navigational risks
Persistent vandalism and pilferage of navigational aids like signalling buoys and beacons have been frustrating the attempts of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to make navigation safe
Hasina on quorum crisis
BNP MPs who bought tickets for polls prefer quick bucks to JS
Leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said ruling BNP had sold out nominations to criminals and black money holders in the last general elections who are now busy minting money instead of joining
10 days into Mili rape, murder
Agitators blast failure to nab culprits
A largely attended city dwellers' rally here yesterday blasted police failure to nab the culprits even 10 days into the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in the city and blamed the local administrationfor
Clash over capturing Khas land
Fierce gunfight kills 2, injures 100
Two gangsters were killed and at least 100 others including some villagers injured in a fierce gunfight between two gangs feuding over khas land on the bank of Padma in Daulatpur upazila Thursday night.
Several top outlaws now hiding in 24 Parganas
Arrested outlaw tells police
Several top outlaws in the southwestern region, including Dumuria upazila of Khulna district, have been hiding at Moslandapur in 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, from where they infiltrate Bangladesh
3 GIs slain, suicide attack kills 3 Iraqis
Three Iraqis were killed by a suicide car bomb north of Baghdad yesterday, capping a deadly fortnight of attacks that cast a pall over the first days of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's cabinet.

Monsoon nuisance...

Hundreds of 'illegals' flee Assam amid threats
Hundreds of migrant workers believed to be from Bangladesh have fled a city in India's northeastern Assam state following threats against "illegal foreigners", officials said yesterday.
Cop, his friend arrested on rape charge
A police constable and his friend were arrested yesterday morning on charge of raping a girl at Gulshan in the city on Thursday.
AL forms body to devise reforms in caretaker system, EC
Main opposition Awami League (AL) has formed a committee to devise by the end of this month a combined proposal of all opposition parties for reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election
PM opens IEB convention in Ctg today
Hasina due tomorrow
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia arrives here today to inaugurate the 49th annual convention of the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) at its Chittagong Centre as the chief guest.

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Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots reiterate threat to govt
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) leaders yesterday threatened the government of dire consequences in the next national elections if they fail to immediately declare the Ahmadiyyas
US to close 33 major bases
The Pentagon will propose shutting 150 military installations from Maine to Hawaii, including 33 major bases, The Associated Press learned Friday, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade
Delhi orders fresh investigation into 'Tehelka scam'
The Indian government ordered a new probe yesterday into the so-called "Tehelka scam" in which top politicians and army brass were secretly filmed apparently taking bribes from reporters posing as arms
Indian defence ministry report on Bangladesh
'Killings of opposition men, alleged support to rebels straining ties with neighbours'
An "alarming" rise in assassinations of opposition political figures in Bangladesh and Dhaka's alleged support to rebels in India are straining relations between the South Asian neigbours, India saidyesterday.
No end in sight to war on terror: Pak FM
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri yesterday said that while his country had done much to smash the al-Qaeda network and destroy other militant groups, an end to the war against terror was not
Utpala Sen passes away
Eminent Bengali singer Utpala Sen, who sang for legendary music directors SD Burman, Pankaj Mullick and Raichand Baral, died at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata yesterday. She was 81.

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