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Front Pagearrow Govt jobs politicised
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,
 arrow Bangladesh 11 notches up in FDI ranking
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
 arrow 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.
 arrow The 110th Racer...

 arrow Wanted JMB chief seen in Bogra, ducks arrest
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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Bangladeshi Brac staff shot near Kabul
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.
 arrow JCD factions rock RU with gunfight
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)
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow First improve management, then buy planes
A parliamentary body yesterday suggested improving the management and services of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines before purchasing any new aircraft.
 arrow Galib's link not yet found
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
 arrow Dhaka may get MCA aid in next phase
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.
 arrow Public procurement law in the offing
The government is going to enact a public procurement act within a very short time to make the state procurement process transparent.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow Violating traffic rules

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Car bombs kill 60 in Iraq
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Brave living

 arrow 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
 arrow India mulls pullout from Siachen
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
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow Cut yarn prices or face open import from India
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday cautioned if domestic manufacturers do not reduce yarn prices, the floodgates will be opened allowing import from India through the land ports within a month.
 arrow Strike halts Indian financial activities
A nationwide strike called by Left-backed trade unions protesting Indian government's economic reforms hit financial, industrial and airlines services activities across the country yesterday.
 arrow Foreign investment surges in developing countries
Global investment flows have recovered from a three-year decline, with the rebound fuelled by global corporations' operations in developing countries, a UN report said Thursday.
 arrow Oil prices higher above $66 in Asian trade
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Thursday as US refineries shut down by two powerful hurricanes were slow to reopen, raising fresh concerns over supplies, dealers said.
 arrow US, China textile talks end without agreement
China said Thursday that textile talks in Washington with the United States had ended without an agreement being reached and that another round of negotiations would be held.
 arrow BGMEA seeks Saarc cumulation
BGMEA President Annisul Huq yesterday urged the government to consider whether or not they should try Saarc cumulation for increasing garment exports to the EU market.
 arrow Bangladesh single country fair kicks off in Kathmandu
In a bid to boost trade relations between the two South Asian countries, a five-day Bangladesh single country fair began in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu yesterday.
 arrow GP introduces voice SMS
GrameenPhone Ltd has introduced voice SMS, which will enable subscribers to send voice messages in any language at a lower cost.
 arrow Bangladesh to export drugs to North Africa from next yr
Export market of Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals will expand to North Africa in March next year, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceuticals Industry (Bapi) President SM Shafiuzzaman said yesterday.
 arrow Intraco to distribute CNG compressors of Korean co
Intraco CNG Ltd, a concern of Hotel Agrabad Group, will distribute CNG (compressed natural gas) compressors of Korea-based Kwangshin Machine Industry Co Ltd in Bangladesh.
 arrow Asean calls on WTO to implement Doha agreement in Hong Kong
Southeast Asian economic ministers Thursday called on World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to implement the Doha agreement when they gather in Hong Kong later this year.
 arrow BEI's dialogue to enhance competition awareness
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organised a national dialogue on Tuesday to enhance awareness about the need for a functional competition regime for the country.
Sportsarrow Football: Bangladesh open against Bhutan
Defending champions Bangladesh will kick off their Fourth SAAF Football Championship campaign against rank-outsiders Bhutan on December 8 in Karachi.
 arrow Football: Real owe it to reserve man
Real Madrid have never been beaten in the Santiago Bernabeu by a Greek side and they kept their streak alive with a 2-1 win over Olympiakos in the Champions league group F encounter here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: World XI think English
The World XI will tap into England's successful Ashes strategies when they take on Australia in three one-day cricket internationals here next week, skipper Shaun Pollock said Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Army, Faridpur atop groups
Holders Bangladesh Army avoided a repeat of last year's final against Faridpur in the semifinal stage of the ABS Group National Hockey Championship when they shared points in their Super Six match against
 arrow Cricket: Gavaskar defends Ganguly
Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar Thursday defended captain Sourav Ganguly after he was portrayed as selfish and lazy by England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
 arrow Tennis: Adnyaa girl's singles champ
Naik Adnyaa of India lifted the girl's singles crown in the Sheltech Asian Under-14 Tennis Series when she routed Indonesian Ysidora Grace Sari 6-1, 6-2 in the final at the Ramna National Tennis Complex
 arrow Cricket: Araf-Epyllion opener
Araf Apparels will face Epyllion Group in one of three matches on the opening day of the Gra-meenPhone Corporate Cricket League on October 5.
The match will be held at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.

 arrow Football: IBAIS, Northern varsities in semis
Northern University and IBAIS University moved into the last four of the Stamford inter-private university football tournament beating their respective rivals at the Army Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav rather will practise
India's Sourav Ganguly is unlikely to attend a meeting of Test captains called by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Australia next month so that he can concentrate on his batting, an official
 arrow Football: No winners at Anfield
European champions Liverpool earned a crucial point against Premiership champions Chelsea as the all-English Champions League showdown ended in a goalless stalemate at Anfield on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Generous Milan
AC Milan threw away a three-goal lead in last season's Champions League final defeat by Liverpool and the problem does not seem to be solved with Schalke 04 twice coming from behind to secure a 2-2 draw
 arrow Tennis: Federer sails through
Roger Federer recovered his poise on Thursday, beating Germany's Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-2 to ease through to the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open.
 arrow Cricket: Warne demands privacy
Champion Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne arrived home Thursday pleading for the media to respect his privacy as he attempts to save his failed marriage.
 arrow Cricket: Senior mates back Ponting
Senior players Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne Thursday went into bat for criticised Australian skipper Ricky Ponting ahead of next week's one-day cricket series against a World XI.
 arrow Athletics: Army retain inter-service athletics
The Inter-Service Athletics Com-petition concluded on Wednesday with one national record being set at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
 arrow Pool: Danish, Sayem in final
Danish and Sayem will play in the final of the Gen Yo Cue Cult Pool Tournament at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on October 1.
 arrow Football: Mukti camp
Runners-up Muktijoddha Sangsad will begin their camp for the fifth Nitol-Tata National Football League today.
 arrow Football: Hazaribagh reach final
Goals by Shakib and Jummon steered Hazaribagh into the final of the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament with a 2-0 win over Mirpur in the second semifnal at the Dhanmondi playground on Thursday.
 arrow Wanderers to probe relegation
Dhaka Wanderers Club formed a two-member inquiry committee to investigate why the one-time giants were relegated to First Division from the Premier League this year.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Surjo Tarun Cricket Club defeated Progoti Cricket Club by 18 runs in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rango Mia Cup Cricket Tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School playground here yesterday.
 arrow Football: Navy football
The annual football championship of the Bangladesh Navy concluded at BNS Issa Khan sports ground here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Only secular society can lead nation to prosperity
Only a secular society can lead the nation towards prosperity, said the speakers at a programme yesterday.
They said secularism separates religion from the state activities.

 arrow Foreign buyers urged to ensure rights of garment workers
Garment Sramik and Shilpa Rakkha Jatiya Mancha, a forum of garment workers, yesterday welcomed the foreign buyers at Batexpo and urged them to ensure fair trade for establishing the rights of garmentworkers.
 arrow Continue role in rural dev, poverty cut
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged Cirdap as well as its member countries to continue its role in the rural development and the reduction of poverty through sharing expertise
 arrow Robbers kill one, abduct another
Armed robbers killed one and abducted another in separate incidents in Meherpur and Kushtia early yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Khulna and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Outsiders have turned TTC into a den of criminal activities
Outsiders in connivance with some self-claimed leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, have turned the Teachers' Training College (TTC) in the capital into a den ofcriminal
 arrow 'Successive govts have violated rule of law'
The violation of the rule of law in Bangladesh began on the very day the country was liberated and the successive governments have consistently flouted it, said Justice Naimuddin Ahmed.
 arrow Govt firm to establish good governance
Canadian High Commissioner in Bangladesh David Sproule made a farewell call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 'JCD, Shibir to work together to safeguard Islamic forces'
Leaders of the Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, yesterday claimed that they have held several meetings with the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the issue of establishing the
 arrow Govt has no right to stay in power
BNP-led alliance government has no right to stay in power as it failed to ensure security to people, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow 45 injured in JCD-BCL clash in Sirajganj
At least 45 people were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) on the Sirajganj Degree College campus yesterday.
 arrow Sanitation Month begins tomorrow
To ensure sanitation facility for all by the year 2010, the government has undertaken various steps, including distribution of free sanitary latrines among the poor and making them affordable for all.
 arrow JU English Week ends today
A weeklong cultural programme titled 'English Week-2005', organised by the English department of Jahangirnagar University (JU), ends on the campus today.
 arrow SCF submits memo to Buet director
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) students' welfare director, demanding punishment to JCD men responsible
 arrow Buet admission forms from tomorrow
Distribution of undergraduate admission forms of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin tomorrow.
 arrow BDB labour wing formed
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday formed a 21-member committee of its labour wing named Bikalpa Sramik Dhara (BSD) for Dhaka City unit, says a press release.
 arrow Students threaten Dhaka-Aricha highway blockade
Students of Government Devendra College threatened the Dhaka-Aricha highway blockade for indefinite period from Saturday if their demand for 50 per cent discount in bus fare is not met immediately.
 arrow 2-day transport strike in Magura from tomorrow
The Transport Owners' Association has called a two-day strike beginning in Magura tomorrow.
 arrow NUS workshop begins
A three-day 'Advocacy workshop to combat violence against women and children', organised by the Nari Unnayan Shakti (Women's Power for Development), began at Banasri, Rampura, in the city on Wednesday,
 arrow Zonta Int'l Dist-25 confce begins today
The eighth biennial conference of the Zonta International District-25 begins in Dhaka today, says a press release.
The theme of this year's conference is 'Rising to the challenge-making a difference.

Point-Counterpointarrow Poverty eradication-MDG and Bangladesh
Of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the principal goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. The other goals are its concomitants and facilitators.
 arrow Social status of women and their consequences
Women are half of Bangladesh's population. Historically they played great roles in our society.
 arrow Imaginary conversation between Bush and Condoleezza Rice on Bangladesh
Below is a fictitious and wishful conversation between US President George W. Bush and the Secretary of State Dr.
 arrow Invest in nutrition for girl child
Girl children's health and nutrition play a very important role in determining the health of future population, because it has an intergenerational effect.
Culturearrow Shuchanda: Playing her parts to the hilt
There is an irony behind actress Shuchanda's role as a doctor in her first film Kagojer Nouka.
 arrow Streer Patra: Presenting the hard reality of women's lives
Famous American poet Adrienne Rich in her popular poem Diving into the Wreck depicts how through the beginning of civilisation, even in the era of legends, the women have always been oppressedin
 arrow Bringing voodoo dancing to Dhaka
Lino Dalle Vedove, a Spanish photographer visiting Bangladesh for five months, is holding a photography exhibition at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Sweety, Intekhab and Tania to feature in three new serials
Popular actor-turned-director Shahiduzzaman Selim is working on three new TV serials: Agantuk, Gaurochandrika and Nakol Poshak. Aguntuk is a 104-episode mega serial written by Pantho Shahriar.
 arrow Pita Mata Putra O Moumita premiered
The premiere show of special TV play for the International Day of Older Persons, Pita Mata Putra O Moumita directed by Abdullah Rana, was held at the Bengal Shilpaloy Café in Dhanmondi on September
 arrow Sharmila Tagore
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore made her entry into films as the young wife in Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar, the final film of the Apu Trilogy. A mere 14-year-old girl, she had no prior acting experience.
 arrow Teri Hatcher
When you think about it, Teri Hatcher is the personification of doing a lot with a little.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Nizami's tirade
The Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami at a seminar held in the city, the other day, described the journalists as terrorists. It is most unfortunate and we totally fail to understand the logic behind it.
 arrow Editorial: BUET incidents regrettable
The events at the campus of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) were as unfortunate as they were uncalled for.
 arrow TI report and police corruption
The arrangements relating to the annual revealing of the corruption database by the Bangladesh chapter of the Transparency International (TI) is perhaps acquiring the dimension of an irritating ritual
 arrow Brand Bangladesh
One thing common between nations and corporations is that their success depends on the brand. Mercedes Benz, Giorgio Armani, Elizabeth Ardent or Nike, these are corporate brands.
 arrow US exit from Iraq earlier than anticipated?
Four years back people throughout the world condemned the most heinous crime committed by the so called Islami terrorists' group Al Qaeda whose suicidal bombs destroyed the twin tower of New York anda
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh and UNO
17 September, 2005 is the 35th anniversary of Bangladesh being given the membership of the United Nations Organisation as the 136th member country.
 arrow Biman strike
My grandfather passed away on Monday and my uncle left for Dhaka from the United States with his family to attend his funeral. Due to the Biman strike he was stranded in Dubai for an extra 24 hours.
 arrow Tourism
In the article "Tourism", placed September 7th, Sujan Ghosh expresses a few widely accepted, though false statements.
 arrow 'Mollah Barir Bou’
Our cinema is going from bad to worse day by day . "Molla Barir Bou" is a good movie that will help change the impression about our films.
 arrow Dr. Ahmed's revelation
I enjoy reading Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed's column "Letter from America." Dr. Ahmed never forgets to mention that he is from Princeton; the idea is probably to impress the readers with his Ivy League connection.
 arrow Inclement Nature
The hurricane Katrina in New Orleans has shown us how small we are to Nature's power. From day one I am watching the warning. Water, wind, fire, --Nature has shown all its might in one instance.
 arrow Independence of Judiciary
I read the article "The mystery of the letter to Dr. Rice" by Dr. Fakruddin Ahmed.
 arrow Negative approach
The government's negative approach to the Tuesday Group's meet on poll practices has puzzled us immensely.
 arrow Savage amusement!
We have been watching lots of sports through the cable channels. We love to watch live cricket, football, lawn tennis, golf and some other games and sports.
 arrow Fifteen years of democracy
Our forefathers fought for liberation because they wanted us to live in a free and democratic country. In reality, the democracy remained elusive for a long period. Finally, it triumphed in 1990.
 arrow Seats in halls
Being a student of the country's premier university, I am not at all satisfied due to the absence of adequate facilities at the university.
 arrow Lawlessness
To run a human society law is essential. That is why we see no civilised country running without law. It is needless to say, as a civilised country we have laws in every sector.
 arrow Political double standard and terrorism
I applaud your newspaper for the ample coverage you gave to the story regarding the opinions of the prominent Asian Islamic scholars. Needless to say that I completely agree with them.
 arrow Is it nationalism?
Some days ago in a dinner party with the Bangladesh cricket team in Sri Lanka, our state minister for sports quoted from a speech given by Field Marshall Ayub Khan (during the 1965 Indo-Pak war) to
 arrow A unique protest
I am writing to commend the CPB on their imaginative and worthy protest against government neglect that has let the local roads become a sea of mud.
 arrow A rational voice
I congratulate Athar Ali, the commentator and ex-cricketer for his courageous role in the commentary and discussion sessions.
 arrow Recognise them
I would like to draw your attention to the letter titled "Indian TV shows " (DS 9/9/05). The writer pointed out some limitations of Bangladeshi TV channels. Actually the main drawback is "our mentality".
 arrow Abolition of death penalty
Bertrand Russell, the philosopher, said in his book "Power" that the clear difference between the human being and the animal is instinctive rationality, by which the former creates dominion over the whole
Worldarrow India, Pakistan agree on new bus route
India and Pakistan Wednesday agreed to start a bus service in October linking two cities on either side of their only border crossing as part of an ongoing peace process, an official here said.
 arrow Killings cast shadow over Palestinian polls
Three Palestinian militants were shot dead by the Israeli army in the West Bank yesterday, casting a shadow over municipal elections in the territory being contested by the radical Islamist group Hamas.
 arrow EU boycott a setback to Lankan peace
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday said a European Union boycott of them had caused "irreparable damage" to the island's Norwegian-backed peace process and asked member states to reconsider.
 arrow US troops obstruct reporting of Iraq
The conduct of US troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war reaching the American public, Reuters said on Wednesday.
 arrow Conditions primitive in Texas after Rita
Five days after Hurricane Rita came ashore, conditions remained primitive in parts of Texas, where some residents were taking baths and brushing their teeth using water from the Neches River and others
 arrow Laden considered seeking asylum in UK: Ex-minister
He might be the self-professed enemy of the West, but a decade ago terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden considered seeking asylum in Britain, the country's interior minister of the time has said.
 arrow Tom DeLay quits House post after indiction
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury Wednesday on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws, forcing him to temporarily step aside from his GOP post.
 arrow 'England's jail term exposes US hypocrisy'
Iraqis expressed fury on Wednesday over the three-year jail sentence for Lynndie England, the US soldier notorious for holding a naked inmate by a leash in Abu Ghraib prison, saying it exposed American
 arrow Pakistan backs nuke free Koreas
Pakistan's prime minister said yesterday his country supports a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula and has shared what little information it had about North Korea's nuclear programme with South Korea.
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