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Front Pagearrow Costly start to Ramadan
On the eve of Ramadan, the price of all essential commodities has increased within one day by Tk 3-20 per kilogram, as the government does not have any monitoring over the market.
 arrow Flood tightens grip in Dinajpur, Nilphamari
Eight people died in wall collapse, electrocution and drowning in Dinajpur as a vast area of the district went under floodwater amid torrential rain for the last four days.
 arrow Ctg judges get bomb threats over phone
Three Chittagong judges yesterday received threats of bomb attack from anonymous callers asking them to discharge their duties as per Islamic 'sharia', two days into Monday's bomb attacks in courtrooms
 arrow Bimstec for cross-country power transmission grid
Seven South and South East Asian countries, including Bangladesh, agreed on Tuesday to explore the possibility of having an electricity transmission network among them.
 arrow JMB planned second attacks soon after Aug 17 blasts
The Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) planned another countrywide bomb attacks a few days following the August 17 serial blasts but failed due to massive crackdown on militants, an arrested JMB bomb
 arrow Niko barely averts 'third blowout'
As Canadian company Niko's drilling of the relief well at the twice blown out Tengratila gas field reached a critical stage on Tuesday, its Bangladeshi partner, Bapex, at the last moment detected serious
 arrow PM seeks help to combat terrorism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her government's stand against terrorism and urged all to help the government arrest the culprits involved in the recent bomb blasts.
 arrow Talks with Tata slow down on rigid stance on gas supply issues
Negotiations over gas between the government and the Tata Group are advancing slowly with both sides showing a rigid stance on the sensitive issue.
 arrow Call for free access of LDC products
The International Civil Society Forum yesterday adopted Dhaka Declaration 2005, reiterating the demands of the least developed countries (LDCs) for providing duty and quota-free access of their products
 arrow Govt microcredit scheme in limbo
Recovery of Tk 133.
 arrow When poverty makes the difference
Acute poverty and family crises create the context for human trafficking, pushing parents to give their children to unscrupulous brokers, who traffic the children for the camel jockey trade in the Middle
 arrow Fixed price

 arrow Bar council asks govt for security in courts
Bangladesh Bar Council urged the government to take necessary steps to ensure security of the judges, lawyers, legal staff and litigants on the courts' premises.
 arrow BNP, Jamaat leaders get security
Top BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders of Khulna have been provided with unprecedented security following the October 4 bomb attacks in the courts of three districts.
 arrow Ramadan starts today
The holy month of Ramadan begins today amidst religious fervour with the devout Muslims observing fasting from dawn to dusk seeking divine blessings.
 arrow Hearing on charge framing against Galib not held
The hearing on charge-framing against Dr Asadullah al Galib in bomb and explosive substances cases did not take place yesterday as the court did not receive reports on the execution of arrest warrants
 arrow Three share chemistry Nobel prize
Yves Chauvin of France and Americans Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R.
 arrow Mobile courts fine Tk 10.35 lakh
Thirty mobile courts led by magistrates fined about Tk 10.
 arrow Sergeant, 5 others sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed against six people, including a traffic sergeant, with a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow India reopens consulate in Karachi next year
India will reopen its consulate in Pakistan's largest city Karachi by January 2006 after a gap of nearly 12 years, as part of an ongoing peace process, the Indian foreign minister said Wednesday.
 arrow No hearing for absence of witnesses
Hearing of the sensational Chittagong arms case was not held on the scheduled date yesterday reportedly due to the absence of the witnesses.
 arrow At least 25 killed in Iraq mosque blast
A bomb exploded at the entrance of a Shia Muslim mosque south of Baghdad as hundreds of worshippers gathered for prayers on the first day of Ramadan and for the funeral of a man killed in an earlier bombing.
 arrow 70 injured in Gaibandha train mishap
At least 70 passengers were injured, 15 of them critically, when a speeding train rammed the rear compartment of a stationary a mail train at Mohimaganj Railway station on Tuesday night.
 arrow Bali blast hunt widens, fears of more attacks
Indonesian police widened their search yesterday for those behind weekend suicide blasts in Bali, and there were fears fresh attacks were in the advanced stages of preparation.
Businessarrow Allow free movement of LDC workers
Speakers at the international civil society forum in Dhaka yesterday called upon the developed and advanced-developing nations to allow free movement of skilled and less-skilled workers from the LDCs.
 arrow Blazing trail for home textile export
His relatives and friends did not know what Gautam Saha was up to. Why he had been suddenly spending on visits to foreign handicraft fairs in Australia and Germany.
 arrow Tax ombudsman to be appointed after Eid
Tax ombudsman will be appointed after Eid-ul-Fitr under a new law, said Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman while talking to reporters on Tuesday.
 arrow Tata eyes downstream steel assets in Asia
Tata Steel Ltd, India's largest private-sector steel maker, is looking to acquire steel processing assets in other Asian countries as part of a $23 billion expansion programme over the next 12 to 15 years,
 arrow Banking hours in Ramadan
Bangladesh Bank yesterday reshuffled office time and transaction period of the banks for the month of Ramadan.
Banks will now open at 9am as usual but will be closed at 3.

 arrow Thai Airways to fly to Moscow from Ctg
Thai Airways is going to operate three direct flights a week from Chittagong to Moscow from November 1 and this will be the first flight operation of the airline to the Russian capital.
 arrow New DMD of Federal Ins Co
AQM Wazed Ali recently took over as deputy managing director of Federal Insurance Company Ltd.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the senior vice president of the same company, says a press release.

 arrow WTO farm talks show deep divisions persist
World Trade Organisation (WTO) states held talks on farm goods on Tuesday, but divisions remain deep between exporters and importers as the clock ticks towards a December deadline for a deal, officials
 arrow Nissan to spend $614 million to improve four plants
Japanese auto giant Nissan Motor Co.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB goes for longer-version at age-group level
The recent debacle of the senior team in Sri Lanka has brought about the realisation in Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that age-group competitions would be the perfect platform to habituate future cricketers
 arrow Cricket: Normal service resumes
Australia, driven to atone for last month's Ashes failure in England, crushed the cream of world cricket to claim the opening Super Series one-dayer by 93 runs at Docklands stadium here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain unlikely to be fit enough
Saqlain Mushtaq, the Pakistan off spinner, says he doesn't expect to be picked for the forthcoming England series.
 arrow Cricket: Injured Jones not going to Pakistan
Welsh seamer Simon Jones has been ruled out of England's upcoming tour of Pakistan with an ankle injury.
 arrow Cricket: 'We're hurting inside'
Skipper Shaun Pollock is demanding a big improvement from his world all-stars to keep the one-day Super Series alive after a crushing defeat to rejuvenated Australia here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Stamford stamp their mark
Stamford University, who organised the Inter-Private University Football Tournament, fittingly won it after a nail-biting penalty shootout (5-4) over IBAIS at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Eying a place in World Chess C'ship
The fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship begins today in Hyderabad, India with four Bangladeshi players vying for places in the next World Championship in Arvier, Italy.
 arrow Cricket: PCB awards Afridi, Younis top deals
Twenty Pakistani players have signed central contracts with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and vice captain Younis Khan and all rounder Shahid Afridi have been promoted to the top category.
 arrow Cricket: BCB chief shocked at Tryphon's death
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Ali Asghar on Wednesday condoled the death of Sri Lanka Cricket's secretary of interim committee Tryphon Mirando on the behalf of the board.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd hails Caribbean cash injection
Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has described a businessman's plan to invest 28 million dollars in Caribbean cricket as "wonderful news" for the region.
 arrow Cricket: WI pay dispute over
West Indies will be at full-strength for next month's tour to Australia after their board and the players settled a long-standing contracts dispute.
 arrow Cricket: Court allows BCCI to open TV bids
The Delhi High Court has allowed the Board for Cricket in India (BCCI) to open technical bids to grant telecast rights in India for the next four years after Zee Telefilms, one of the bidders, said it
 arrow Football: Decision day in Africa
Emmanuel Adebayor does not feature in the who's who of international football. Nor does Fabrice Maieco.
 arrow Football: The 'clown' England should fear
Thirty-two years after Jan Tomasze-wski was famously dismissed as a clown before thwarting Eng-land's World Cup dream, his Polish heir Jerzy Dudek has his sights set on a repeat act.
 arrow Football: What's eating 'The Emperor'?
Hailed 12 months ago as the finest centre forward in the world, Inter Milan striker Adriano is gaining a reputation as a Jekyll and Hyde performer after struggling to hit the target in Serie A.
 arrow Cricket: Patel takes over Kiwi U-19s
Former Worcestershire all-rounder Dipak Patel has been appointed coach of the New Zealand under-19 team.
 arrow Football: Helguera doesn't find it funny
Welcome to the Real Madrid zoo.
 arrow Tennis: Puerta in dope scandal
French Open finalist Mariano Puerta of Argentina tested positive for a stimulant at Roland Garros in June, sports daily l'Equipe reported Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Playing dad comes first
England captain David Beckham missed the start of preparations for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Austria to be with one of his sons who is undergoing hospital tests.
 arrow Football: Messi status questioned
The recently-acquired Spanish nationality of Barcelona's Argentinian-born striker Lionel Messi has been questioned by Deportivo La Coruna in a letter to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).
Metropolitanarrow Over 1,000MW loadshedding during Ramadan likely
With more than 1,000MW loadshedding during the peak hours across the country a regular feature, the holy month of Ramadan begins today.
 arrow Bangladesh achieves two MDGs
Bangladesh has already achieved two of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- access to safe drinking water and gender parity in the primary and secondary education, said Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin
 arrow Cardamom worth Tk 50 lakh recovered in Ctg
Detective Branch (DB) police recovered two trucks of imported cardamom worth around Tk 50 lakh and arrested one person in the port city in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Tk 32 cr Dhaka-Joydevpur dual-gauge rail line okayed
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved two projects involving an expenditure of Tk 49 crore.
 arrow PM's claim travesty of truth: Saber
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's political secretary, yesterday demanded withdrawal of the recent claim by the Prime Minister about generation of power terming it as a travesty
 arrow Time to deposit Hajj money extended
Time to deposit money for Hajj pilgrimage 2006 has been extended.
The intending ballotee Hajj pilgrims shall have to deposit money by October 16 and non-ballottees by October 31.

 arrow Natwar Singh for removal of visa barriers among Saarc nations
India's External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday said he favours elimination of visa barriers among the Saarc member countries.
 arrow Appeal for help
A mother has appealed for financial assistance to save the eyesight of her 13-month-old daughter.
Nafisa Mehreen Samin had already lost her one eye when she was only four months old.

 arrow Tariqat Fed protests harassment of its leaders
The Bangladesh Tariqat Federation yesterday strongly protested the harassment of pir mashaekhs (spiritual leaders) and its leaders by the intelligence agencies.
 arrow Court hours during Ramadan
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain fixed the office timing for the Supreme Court and its subordinate courts during the month of Ramadan yesterday.
 arrow ‘About 1.20 lakh women suffer from breast cancer'
About 1.20 lakh women have been suffering from breast cancer in the country.
Director of the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) Prof Dr MA Hai said this at a human chain programme in the city yesterday.

 arrow Committee to formulate plan, implement project
The government has formed a 25-member high-powered committee headed by Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman to formulate a plan and implement the mega Dhaka integrated flood control dam-cum-eastern
 arrow Painter dies in fall from second floor
A painter died after falling from the second floor of a four-storey building at Monipuri Para in the city yesterday.
 arrow Resignation of commerce minister demanded
Left-leaning 11-party leaders yesterday demanded expulsion of the commerce minister from the cabinet for allegedly giving shelter to Mufti Abdul Hannan, prime accused in a plot to assassinate Awami League
 arrow Meghbarta completes seven years of publication
The Meghbarta, an online magazine, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, completed its seven years of publication on Tuesday.
The address of the website is www.meghbarta.org.

Nationalarrow JMB cadres hiding in Tangail shoal areas
Security has been tightened in and around Tangail district jail, court area and in strategic spots in the town fearing attack by JMB militants.
 arrow More protests against bomb attacks
The Progressive Teachers Association (PTA) at Rajshahi University in a statement yesterday expressed deep concern over Monday's bomb attacks on courts in Chandpur, Laxmipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Students agitate for Registrar's removal
A large number of policemen have been deployed at Haji Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) here as students are agitating demanding removal of the Registrar and newly appointed 57 teachers
 arrow Rigging in Sundarganj Poura polls alleged
A defeated CPB (Communist Party of Bangladesh) candidate yesterday alleged massive rigging in Sundarganj Pourasabha election and demanded of the government to stop notifying the election result officially.
 arrow Govt staff abducted for Tk 5 lakh ransom
Robbers looted good ornaments worth Tk 70,000 from a house Monday night and picked up the house owner, a government employee, for Tk 5 lakh ransom.
 arrow 'Set up full-fledged TV centre in Khulna'
Speakers of a roundtable discussion here called for launching agitation to realise the demand for setting up a full-fledged TV centre in Khulna.
Point-Counterpointarrow Fasting in Islam
Fasting during the sacred month of Ramadan is obligatory for every Muslim provided that he or she is adult and in full possession of his or her faculties.
 arrow India as US camp-follower?
There could have been no surer or stupider way of turning India's long-standing friends into enemies, jeopardising her interests, splitting the Non-Aligned Movement, and being branded a United States"stooge".
 arrow What is the mystery of the letter to Dr. Rice?
The alliance government of Bangladesh and Dr.
 arrow Musharraf's dilemma
In spite of severe criticism at home by religious groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami on his initiative to have dialogue with Israel President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has made historic decision in
Culturearrow Driftwood is her medium
The press show of the do-cumentary Priyobhashini was held on September 4 at the Sufia Kamal auditorium in the National Museum.
 arrow Young musical talents display their prowess
It was a jubilant group of students who stood proud in the recent certificate presentation of Trinity College London, theory of music examinations.
 arrow Shamim's first solo in London
Bangladeshi young artist Syed Mohammed Shamim's first solo exhibition titled 'Paradise...
 arrow New albums of ATN Music on this Eid
ATN Music, a sister concern of the satellite channel ATN Bangla, is set to release a number of audio albums on the occasion of Eid.
Generalarrow ‘4.37 lakh female migrants working abroad’
Over 4.37 lakh Bangladeshi women are presently working abroad, but the official figure is much lower at 13,544, according to a study by Dristi Research Centre, a non-government organisation.
 arrow JU students postpone agitation till Nov 12
Agitating students of Jahangir-nagar University (JU) on Tuesday night postponed their programme till November 12 as the university authorities assured them of taking necessary steps regarding their complaint
 arrow World leaders greet Iajuddin on Ramadan
Many world leaders, including head of states and governments of Muslim countries, greeted President Iajuddin Ahmed on the occasion of the holy Ramadan.
Internationalarrow Iraq’s about-turn on constitution vote rules
Under UN pressure, Iraq's parliament on Wednesday reversed changes to an electoral law that critics had charged made it harder to reject the new and deeply divisive constitution in next week's referendum.
 arrow Putin and Blair hail ‘new level’ of Russia-EU ties
Russia and the European Union should take their relations to a "a new and more intense level", Prime Minister Tony Blair said following talks with visiting President Vladimir Putin.
 arrow UNSC condemns suicide attacks in Bali
The United Nations Security Council has "strongly" condemned the deadly weekend bombing in Bali, calling for perpetrators behind the "heinous act of terrorism" to justice.
 arrow India tests surface to air missile
India Wednesday successfully tested a surface-to-air missile as part of accelerated trials of its five separate airborne warfare systems, officials said.
 arrow Briton held in Pakistan denies London bomb link
A British Muslim arrested in Pakistan denied on Wednesday having any involvement in suicide bombings on London's transport network on July 7 in which more than 50 people were killed.
 arrow New Orleans lays off 3,000 staff
Mayor Ray Nagin said on Tuesday New Orleans will lay off 40 percent of its workers and warned of more belt-tightening ahead, a bleak reminder of the challenges the city faces as it recovers from two hurricanes.
 arrow Priyanka Gandhi, Kiran Bedi warned!
Indian health officials have warned Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, after they found Aedes mosquito breeding in her house during an anti-dengue inspection in one of
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome the holy month
The holy month of Ramadan for the Muslims is here. This is the month for practicing self-restraint for spiritual cleansing.
 arrow Editorial: Countering religious propaganda
The government's plan to launch a motivation campaign as a counterweight to the Islamic militants' strategy of indoctrinating innocent and unsuspecting youths-- and using them for carrying out all sorts
 arrow Still undetermined!
Statements of some persons holding high public offices never cease to amaze us.
 arrow Power play by and around Iran
International Atomic Energy Agency has termed Iran in non-compliance with Non Proliferation Treaty in its arbitrarily amplified American interpretation.
Letters to Editorarrow Ordeal by innocence
A few days ago I needed some papers to be signed by my teacher to withdraw my scholarship money from the bank.
 arrow Dr Ahmed's piece
I always enjoyed in the past the writings of Dr Ahmed. Certainly, he writes well.
 arrow Crime
It is not my intention to encourage any sort of crime whatsoever in Bangladesh, but my objective is to express my viewpoint on the causes of crime.
 arrow Discrimination in BUET
BUET has proven itself to be the best university of the country. But sometimes we are appalled to find this university not performing up to our expectations.
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