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Front Pagearrow Militants strike again on courts
Yet another incident of five serial bomb blasts at courts in Chandpur, Laxmipur and Chittagong yesterday left two people killed and 38 others, including a district judge and a policeman, injured, stoking
 arrow Security tightened
The authorities have further tightened security across the country, especially in the key-point installations and sensitive establishments, after yesterday's fresh serial blasts in three districts that
 arrow First charge-sheet in Aug 17 blast case filed
Defying alleged pressure of the ruling alliance, Joypurhat police filed the first charge-sheet in one of the August 17 serial blast cases against 28 militants including two top leaders of Ahle HadithAndolan,
 arrow Blasts won't affect Saarc meet: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday resolutely said that neither the bomb blasts in the country nor the BDR chief's remarks in New Delhi will affect the twice postponed 13th SAARC Summit in Dhaka
 arrow More destructive bombs this time
Yesterday's bombs were more powerful and destructive than those used in the countrywide serial blasts on August 17.
 arrow 3 Jamaat MPs recommended mercy petition
The investigators are quizzing militant kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji), to extract information about the militant dens as the law-enforcers are appreh ending
 arrow China company lodges complaint against PDB
For the first time, a Chinese company has lodged a formal complaint against the Power Development Board (PDB) under the Public Procurement Regulation (PPR) 2003 for "illegal practices" in the bid evaluation
 arrow Civil Society Forum seeks market access for LDCs
A three-day International Civil Society Forum 2005-- For Advancing LDC Interests in the Sixth WTO Ministerial kicked off in the capital yesterday with a call for providing market access to the LDC products
 arrow 26,000 depositors conned by swindler
At least 26 people including a journalist were injured yesterday when Barisal police baton-charged hundreds of people who were demanding the release of the chief of a racketeering company in an effort
 arrow Rise of a terrorist
Mufti Hannan, prime accused in a plot to assassinate the then prime minister Sheikh Hasina in July 2000, was reportedly trained in Peshawar in Pakistan and sent to Afghanistan to fight the former Soviet
 arrow Aug 17 blasts protest against courts' denial of bail to Galib
The August 17 serial blasts at court premises and other places were targeted to protest different courts' successive denials to grant bail to militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib of Ahle Hadith Andolon
 arrow After a downpour

 arrow 35 mobile courts to work in city in Ramadan
Thirty-five mobile courts will launch a viorous drive in the capital from the first day of Ramadan to check irregularities in catering and transport services.
 arrow ACC unearths Tk 92-crore tax evasion
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday unearthed an incident of dodging Tk 92 crore import duty at Benapole land port.
 arrow 5 Bangladeshi lynched in India
Five Bangladeshis were lynched by a mob in Uttar 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India, on Sunday.
 arrow Tour boat capsizes in NY lake: 21 die
Twenty-one people from a senior citizens' tour group were killed on Sunday when a small tour boat capsized after it hit the wake from a larger boat on Lake George in upstate New York, police said.
 arrow Low turns into land depression
The well marked low over the northwest Bay off Oriss-West Bengal coast moved north-northeastwards and turned into a land depression, triggering rain and squalls.
 arrow Hasina holds govt responsible for blasts
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the bomb blasts during proceedings of court in country's three districts amidst round the clock police guard cannot take place without "clear instigation
 arrow India concerned at BDR chief's comment
The Indian High Commission yesterday expressed deep concern at the reported comment of the director general of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to the effect that New Delhi did not protest the alleged involvement
 arrow Aussie duo wins Nobel prize in medicine for ulcer research
Australian research duo Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren were on Monday awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their breakthrough research on how to treat stomach ulcers, the Nobel jury said.
 arrow Ramadan from tomorrow if moon sighted today
The holy month of Ramadan will begin in Bangladesh tomorrow if the Ramadan moon is sighted today.
 arrow Tiger kills one in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed yesterday by a man-eating Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans.
The victim was identified as Arshad Ali Gazi, 60, of Village Munshigonj in Shyamnagar upazila.

 arrow Maizbhandari floats new political party
Former lawmaker and ex-BNP leader, Syed Najibul Bashar Maizbhandari, yesterday launched a new political party comprising mainly spiritual leaders.
 arrow India, Pakistan sign missile test deal
India and Pakistan yesterday signed a deal requiring them to notify each other of plans for ballistic missile tests, a key step in the peace process between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
Businessarrow Light engineering sector performance below expectations
Light engineering sector fails to contribute significantly to the economy, as entrepreneurs lack technological and institutional knowledge, Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury said yesterday.
 arrow Women entrepreneurs want regional network to spur economy
Women entrepreneurs at a regional workshop stressed the need for building a network in the South Asian countries that would help them contribute more to their economic growth and poverty alleviation.
 arrow Plastic goods makers assured of all-out govt support
There is a huge demand for plastic and polythene products around the world and Bangladesh can earn a lot of foreign exchange by catering to this demand through increased export of these items, Communications
 arrow Bangladeshi firms get $1.3m spot order from fair in Nepal
The 5-day Bangladesh Single Country Fair in Kathmandu concluded yesterday with spot orders of US$ 1.3 million for a variety of Bangladeshi products displayed in the fair.
 arrow China Eastern Airlines to up flights from next month
China Eastern Airlines will increase two more flights from Dhaka from the next month, increasing the number of flights to five on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with connections to 110
 arrow StanChart's 2nd branch at Gulshan marks completion of Amex purchase
The launch of the new branch of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) at Gulshan in Dhaka on Sunday came following the successful completion of SCB's purchase of American Express Bank Ltd business and branches
 arrow Oil edges up on winter fuel worries
Oil prices edged up on Monday as hurricane-wrecked refineries stayed shut in the United States and strikes threatened to cut supplies at French plants, leaving consumers fearful of winter fuel shortages.
 arrow Japanese business confidence rises
Japan's large manufacturers grew slightly more confident in the three months to September, defying hopes of a sharper improvement, the Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan survey showed Monday.
 arrow Tata Steel says its sales rise 14pc in Q2
India's second largest steel maker, Tata Steel Ltd., sold 1.18 million tonnes of steel in the July-September quarter up 14 percent from a year earlier, the company said.
 arrow OIC states urged to establish Islamic common market
The first World Islamic Economic Forum Monday called for the establishment of an Islamic common market and floated a series of initiatives to boost business cooperation among Muslim nations.
 arrow Thai inflation hits near 7-year high at 6pc
Thailand's inflation rate spiked to a near seven year high of six percent in September, the commerce ministry said Monday, blaming oil prices for the increase.
 arrow Toyota aims to sign up 100 dealers in China
Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and a Chinese partner aim to sign up about 100 dealerships to sell the Camry sedan when the model debuts in China in mid-2006, a Toyota spokesman said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Saber's views rejected
President Ali Asghar clarified the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) position regarding Sunday's comments made by his predecessor Saber Hossain Chowdhury on the Tigers' tour of India.
 arrow Football: Mirpur shine in the rain
Even the torrential rain for the last three days could not dampen the spirits of the young footballers and the die-hard fans as the Sheikh Russel Under-14 football tournament ended amid huge outpouring
 arrow Cricket: What Tigers really want
The members of the national cricket team hailed their first of its kind meeting with the high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as a healthy practice.
 arrow Football: Pran-Cola school football final today
The curtain will fall on the second edition of the metropolitan school football tournament today with Residential Model School and College meeting Emarat Hossain High School in the final.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly served notice
The Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has virtually put captain Sourav Ganguly on notice, saying the selection committee may have to take a decision on his future if he fails to come out of the
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist queries Super Series status
Adam Gilchrist believes Test matches should be country versus country affairs and has questioned the ICC's decision to award the Super Series games official international status.
 arrow Football: Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo .... Montu!
Football means Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo … then there is Montu.
 arrow Swimming: Sizzling Sabura
Sabura Khatun of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) grabbed the headlines by setting three national records on Day Three of the Keya Cosmetics 21st National Swimming Championships in Mirpur Monday.
 arrow Handball: Rifles remain best in business
Bangladesh Rifles maintained their monopoly in domestic handball when they successfully retained the Cute Premier Division Handball League title on Monday.
 arrow Football: MSC, Abahani ready to roll for NFL
Mohammedan Sporting Club's residential camp for the coming Nitol-Tata National Football League will begin on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Hogg, Tait ruled out
Australia Monday suffered a double injury blow with the withdrawals of all-rounder Brad Hogg and fast bowler Shaun Tait for this week's Super Series cricket one-dayers against a World XI.
 arrow Tennis: Sania eyeing Japan glory
India's rising tennis star Sania Mirza is hoping her successful season will continue this week at the Japan Open in Tokyo.
 arrow Football: Day of Juve, Maldini
Serie A leaders Juventus maintained their 100 percent record with a 2-0 home win over title rivals Inter Milan on Sunday.
 arrow Football: A lesson in Blues
Reigning champions Chelsea took another confident stride towards retaining the Premiership title on Sunday when they crushed Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield to open up a nine-point gap.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh tees off on complacency
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has warned England not to get comfortable resting on its Ashes-winning laurels.
 arrow Football: Made in Brazil
Real Madrid's Brazilian contingent overwhelmed Real Mallorca 4-0 in the Bernabeu on Sunday and helped move the team up to third in the Primera Liga.
 arrow Cricket: Baseball to the rescue
Australia's chastened cricket team Monday summoned an American baseball coach to help rid them of the fielding fumbles that blighted their Ashes campaign against England.
 arrow Football: Mexico silence the samba
Mexico scored twice in two minutes to set up a stunning 3-0 victory over defending champions Brazil to capture the FIFA Under-17 World Championship on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Portuguese player collapses
The 24-year-old captain of Portuguese side Uniao Leiria was hospitalized Sunday after he collapsed on the pitch just ten minutes into a premier league match against Vitoria Setubal.
 arrow Football: Romeo again!
Romeo, the three-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham, has been rushed to hospital in Spain suffering from convulsions, for the second time in two months, The Sun newspaper reported Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Make society a safe habitat for children
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to work from their respective positions to make society a safe habitat for children for their proper grooming, failing which the nation could facea
 arrow 'Introduce integrated edn system to reduce poverty'
An integrated education system combining both general and technical education should be introduced in the country in order to reduce poverty and unemployment, thereby helping the nation achieve the Millennium
 arrow 2 killed in road accident
Two garment workers were killed and 35 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Kelia in Dhamrai upazila in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow AMCH lottery prize money distributed
The Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) distributed the prize money among the winners of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) Lottery - 2005 at a ceremony yesterday.
 arrow Six bombers captured
Police and locals captured six bombers while they were on the run after exploding bombs at the courts in Chittagong, Chandpur and Laxmipur yesterday.
 arrow 'Treat disabled children as part of mainstream society’
The disabled children should be treated as part of the mainstream society, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow People now insecure
People have been living in utter insecurity and uncertainty since the BNP-led coalition government came to power four years ago, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow Parishad seeks cooperation of all
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday sought cooperation from all in celebrating the forthcoming Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of Hindus, and in upholding the sanctity of the holy month
 arrow Lawyers condemn bomb attacks on court premises
Leaders of Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP), a pro-opposition lawyers' forum, yesterday strongly condemned the incidents of bomb blasts on the court premises in Chittagong, Chandpur and Laxmipur.
 arrow Purbokone journo killed in road mishap
AZM Omar, 53, acting news editor of the Dainik Purbokone, was killed in a road accident in the port city yesterday.
 arrow SSKOP demands trial of killers of Ittefaq employee
The Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday threatened to launch a tougher movement if the killers of Kamaluddin, an employee of the daily Ittefaq, are not arrested before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Dhaka elected Cirdap chairperson
Bangladesh has been elected chairperson of the governing council of Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap), the highest policy making body of Cirdap, for the period of
Nationalarrow OMS makes little impact on rice price in N-dists
Open market sale (OMS) of rice launched on Saturday could hardly make any impact on rice prices in Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts as the vast rural areas remained out of the government'sspecial
 arrow AL to resist polls without caretaker reforms
Central leaders of Awami League yesterday said the party, taking the people along, will resist any move to hold the next election without reforming the electoral system as per proposals of the 14-party
 arrow 'Rapist' Jaldhaka BNP leader, five others sent to jail
A court in Nilphamari on Sunday rejected the bail prayer of BNP leader and Jaldhaka Municipal Chairman Anwarul Kabir Chowdhury and five others in a rape case filed about two months ago and sent them to
 arrow BNP factions in Satkhira hold separate rallies
Rift in the BNP here has widened as two factions of the party held two separate meetings on the Vote Revolution Day on Saturday.
 arrow Demonstration for food, work in Dinajpur
Amid downpour, about 2000 day laborers yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the office of Biral Upazila Nirbahi Officer in Dinajpur demanding food and work.
 arrow Drug trader released after ‘taking bribe’
A drug trader was allegedly released after arrest by a police officer in exchange of bribe at Shivalaya in the district on Friday.
 arrow Obituary
Nawab Ali Waris Khan, a prominent industrialist of Prithimpassa in Kulaura upazila, died of blood cancer at a hospital in Madras, India on September 27. He was 37.
Culturearrow A budding talent
Aadil Hoque, a 15 year-old autistic boy has recently been awarded a gold medal by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Women's issues under the spotlight
Rural girls in the subcontinent often have to contend with problems such as early marriage, dowry, trafficking and abuse. The theme was reflected in the play Alta staged by Jolshiri.
 arrow "Mustafa Monwar told me once, ' A day will dawn when you will perform and everybody else will watch you.' " --Neepa
Celebrated artiste Shamim Ara Neepa has been dancing way back since her childhood. Today she is a busy danseuse and has received international acclaim.
 arrow Glimpses of universal truth through wall magazines
How literature contributed to human evolution and present day civilisation is inscribed in the history, tradition and culture of every nation.
 arrow Sting: From strength to strength
The singer Sting, christened Gordon Matthew Sumner, got his nickname "Sting" from the black and gold rugby shirts he used to wear, which made him look like a hornet.
Internationalarrow 18 killed as train jumps track in India
A crowded train sped through a railway station in central India, jumped the tracks and crashed into a signal cabin yesterday, killing 18 passengers and injuring about 100, authorities said.
 arrow 31 Taliban rebels killed in Afghanistan attacks
At least 31 militants linked to Afghanistan's toppled Taliban regime were killed in clashes with government forces near the border with Pakistan, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow US forces kill 28 rebels holed up near Syria
US troops battled insurgents holed up in houses and driving explosives-laden vehicles in a second town near the Syrian border Sunday, killing 28 in an expansion of their two-day-old offensive chasingal-Qaeda
 arrow Armed police burst into Palestinian parliament
Dozens of armed policemen burst into the Gaza branch of the Palestinian parliament yesterday to protest against the killing of one of their colleagues in clashes with Hamas, an AFP correspondent said.
 arrow Cong sweeps Andhra civic election
The ruling Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh on Monday made a clean sweep of the civic elections bagging the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.
 arrow 'Pak nukes can never fall into wrong hands’
Pakistan's nuclear assets are safe and secure and can never fall into "wrong hands", says Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
 arrow Iraqi tribunal to start Saddam trial on Oct 19
Iraq's Special Tribunal officially announced yesterday that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein would go on trial on October 19 for a Shia massacre, confirming a date announced by the government a month ago.
 arrow S Korean concert stampede kills 11
Eleven people were trampled to death and around 60 injured in South Korea yesterday in a stampede at a pop concert in the southern city of Sangju, police said.
 arrow Thousands gather to see annular eclipse
Thousands of people across Portugal and Spain donned protective eyeglasses yesterday to watch a rare and spectacular type of eclipse, which dimmed the Iberian peninsula beginning around 10 a.m.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terrorist bombs again
Before the memories of the August 17 bombings across the country could fade away, the attackers have struck again.
 arrow Editorial: Foreign Ministry clears the air
At last there is an attempt to clear the air of misunderstanding created by what was an unnecessary remark by the BDR chief.
 arrow Four years of false hopes
Notwithstanding the allegation that the general election was engineered in 2001, two of the most important promises that placed the ruling BNP-Jamaat alliance to power were: (a) the much avowed cut in
 arrow Diplomacy at gunpoint
WHEN interests come into conflict with policies, the latter suffer.
Letters to Editorarrow Dr. Ahmed's reply
As a journalist I am never offended if someone writes a letter disagreeing with me. But the letter by Air Cdre Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury (Retd.
 arrow What is the ACC doing?
We appreciated the formation of an Independent Anti-corruption Commission headed by one Retd. Justice, to eliminate corruption.
 arrow Allowance, VGF cards and stipends
For sometime now, our government is giving old age/widow allowance to some poor aged persons and destitute widows and also issuing VGF card to help mitigate the sufferings of the poverty stricken people.
 arrow Listening to the radio
Listening to the radio is not a very popular habit these days. But I find it has its unique way and place in life.
Radio is not as demanding to one's attention as TV.

 arrow Fanatics strike again
The bomb attacks in three places yesterday should be the final reminder of the fact that we are living with a great menace--the religious fanatics.
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