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Govt jobs politicised
2,000 JCD men get appointed in four years
The present government has recruited so far 2,000 leaders and workers of the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) into different ministries and government sectors, public universities,
Bangladesh 11 notches up in FDI ranking
Secures 122nd position with 72pc growth in 2004, says Unctad report
With the growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the last couple of years, Bangladesh has advanced to the 122nd position from the previous 133rd in the World Investment Report (WIR) 2005 index of
Purchase of 3 Aircraft
Biman tender stalled for 8 months by a lobby
A powerful business lobby, who wants Biman to purchase three airplanes for $20 million more than a competitor, has forced the national flag carrier to shelve a tender process for eight months.

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Wanted JMB chief seen in Bogra, ducks arrest
Press owner arrested in Dhaka for printing August 17 blast leaflets
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, the militant kingpin for whose arrest the government has recently placed a bounty, was seen in Bogra town with two accomplices on Saturday.
Niko Pipeline Scam
Probe points finger at energy ministry
Petrobangla has concluded its investigation into the Niko gas pipeline scam with the findings that Titas gas company had to illegally give pipes to Niko for a 19km pipeline as per a directive of the energy
Bangladeshi Brac staff shot near Kabul
His Afghan colleague killed
A Bangladeshi aid worker was shot and wounded and his Afghan colleague killed when they were ambushed outside Afghanistan's capital, the interior ministry said yesterday.
JCD factions rock RU with gunfight
10 injured; VC's residence hemmed in over leader's arrest
At least 10 people including a photojournalist were injured as two armed factions of the Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal (JCD), student front of the ruling BNP, engaged in a gunfight at Rajshahi University (RU)
Bhasani University
50 injured as cops attack students
Authorities declared Bhasani University closed and asked students to vacate halls by ten this morning after some 50 students were injured in a police action yesterday.
Weekly holiday to be reconsidered later, PM says at Batexpo opening
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government will reconsider the issue of weekly holidays at a convenient time as the decision for two-day weekend was taken as an energy-saving measure.
First improve management, then buy planes
JS body suggests Biman
A parliamentary body yesterday suggested improving the management and services of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines before purchasing any new aircraft.
Galib's link not yet found
Says Babar on Aug 17 blasts
State Minister for Home Lutfoz-zaman Babar said here yesterday investigations are yet to show if militant linchpin and Rajshahi University teacher Asadullah Al Galib was linked to the August 17 serial
Dhaka may get MCA aid in next phase
US charge d'affaires hopes
Bangladesh is likely to receive the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) assistance from the US government in its third version, Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Dhaka Judith A Chammas said yesterday.
Public procurement law in the offing
Saifur says this will bring in Tk 3,000cr aid
The government is going to enact a public procurement act within a very short time to make the state procurement process transparent.
Income Tax Return
Submission deadline now Oct 31
The deadline for submitting income tax return has been extended by one month to October 31 as the newly introduced elaborate tax return system comes into effect from the current fiscal year.
'Criminal', PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal and a leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party's (PBCB) Janajuddha faction were killed in 'crossfire' in Dhaka and Bagerhat in the early hours yesterday.

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Intelligence fears more bomb attacks
Intelligence men fear further bomb attacks on key installations in six divisional headquarters and other important cities including Bogra as the anti-militant drives slow down on orders from higher authorities.
Govt to monitor Hasina's visit in India
Ruling BNP views Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's visit to India not as a religious but a political pilgrimage and has instructed authorities to closely monitor her programmes in New Delhi and Kolkata.
Car bombs kill 60 in Iraq
5 US soldiers die in another attack
Three suicide attackers detonated car bombs nearly simultaneously in a mainly Shia town north of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 70 others, a hospital official said.
Anti-graft body launches drive in Ctg port, customs
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday launched a drive against corruption and irregularities in Chittagong customs and port.

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Qaeda-linked group chief caught in Pakistan raid
Pakistani security agents raided a home near the capital of Islamabad and arrested the head of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group accused of killing hundreds of minority Shias, a security official said
India mulls pullout from Siachen
4 rebels die in Kashmir shootouts
India and Pakistan have agreed on the need to withdraw troops from the Siachen Glacier but are stuck on verifying each other's positions before they pull back, the Defence minister said in an interview
Aids virus 'could be weakening'
The virus which causes Aids may be getting less powerful, researchers say.
A team at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, in Antwerp, compared HIV-1 samples from 1986-89 and 2002-03.

Hygiene Drive
Haque Brothers fined for second time
A mobile court yesterday fined Haque Brothers Limited for the second time for not mentioning net weights on the packages of some of their biscuits.
US lifts some defence bans on Libya
President George W. Bush on Wednesday waived some defence export restrictions on Libya to allow US companies to participate in destroying Tripoli's chemical weapons and to refurbish eight transport planes.
PM goes to Malta in November
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to attend the three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Valeta in Malta beginning November 25.
Rab man sent to jail on rape charge
A Dhaka court yesterday sent a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member to jail as he appeared before the court to surrender and seek bail in a rape case filed against him.
Govt denounces Tuesday Group's conference bid
Denouncing the Tuesday Group's move to hold an international conference on electoral process in Bangladesh as 'unwarranted', the government yesterday said it will oppose any such move that is tantamount
Bigots harass female photojournalist
Some activists of the Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM), headed by the peer of Char Monai, yesterday hurled abusive words at an on-duty female photojournalist.
All accused in Khulna journo murder case acquitted
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Khulna yesterday acquitted all the 16 accused in the journalist Nahor Ali murder case.

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