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Front Pagearrow JS secretariat security officer detained for 'militant link'
Detectives have detained a security officer of the parliament secretariat on suspicion of militant link and been quizzing him.
 arrow Delhi's terms too difficult for Dhaka's exports
India is deliberately trying to stall import from Bangladesh, as officials of its land customs stations are not informed about the preferential market access given by New Delhi to Dhaka, a study reveals.
 arrow 3rd round bid may be delayed beyond next elections
The government's move to float the third round bid for oil and gas exploration in mid-next year is likely to be delayed beyond next general elections due to a lack of preparations, said a highly placed
 arrow More areas go under water in Gaibandha
Fresh areas in five upazilas of Gaibandha have been inundated with the water level in the Karotoa, Teesta, Ghagot and Brahmaputra rivers continuing to rise yesterday while flood waters in Nilphamari have
 arrow Threat to NY subway, Penn Station opened after brief closure
A section of New York's Pennsylvania Station, a key East Coast transportation hub, was briefly sealed off yesterday because of a suspicious item on a public concourse as the city remained on high alert
 arrow Dhaka asks Delhi, Islamabad to give up nuke
Bangladesh has asked India and Pakistan to relinquish their nuclear options and join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and called for the establishment of a nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in South Asia.
 arrow India mulls other ways as talks not progressing
India is considering an alternative way as the dialogue on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline with Bangladesh has not made any significant headway, Proshanto Banerjee, chairman of state-owned Gas Authority
 arrow Shopping On A Ramadan Friday

 arrow ETV chairman sued for 'torturing' wife
A case was filed against Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam by his wife on Thursday night, accusing him of torturing and attempting to rape her, while a spokesperson for the chairman termed
 arrow Barapukuria coal mine fails to go on line again
Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) has once again failed to start commercial extraction of coal as Chinese company CMC could not complete mining work within the scheduled time, BCMCL sources
 arrow IAEA & its chief win Nobel Peace Prize
The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA and its Egyptian director general Mohamed ElBaradei yesterday for their work against nuclear weapons proliferation, the Nobel committee
 arrow 8 die in attack on Pak Ahmadiyya mosque
Assailants with assault rifles attacked a mosque belonging to a small Muslim sect in eastern Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least eight people and wounding 19, police and a doctor said.
 arrow Mortar shells found in Bandarban
In a joint drive on Thursday night, army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered four mortar shells and military hardware from a remote tribal village in Thanchhi upazila of the hill district.
 arrow 'Robber' killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A robber was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Uttar Samura village in Boalkhali upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Fires gut 36 houses, shops in Chittagong
At least 36 houses and shops were gutted, damaging properties worth over Tk 10 lakh in three separate incidents of fire here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 6 US marines killed in Iraq
Six US marines and 29 insurgents were killed Thursday in fighting in western Iraq in a drive to root out militants while Iraqi police have recovered 22 bodies near the Iran border, the US military said
 arrow Locals attack Tongi power office
Locals ransacked Tongi power supply office yesterday evening in protest against frequent load-shedding.
Police clubbed the agitating people to bring the situation under control, leaving five injured.

 arrow Finishing touch

 arrow Govt starts selling rice at Tk 4 a kg
Sale of rice at a subsidised price of Tk 4 per kg began yesterday to help feed the poor.
 arrow Idols vandalized in 3 areas
Unidentified miscreants vandalised idols at three puja mandaps in Khulna, Faridpur and Jessore on Thursday night.
 arrow Taiwan president sees no rush for China talks
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian declared on Friday he would not be rushed into talks with China, saying it was vital to preserve the island's sovereign status.
 arrow Senate clears $445b for defense
The US Senate cleared a $445 billion bill to fund the Pentagon on Friday which includes another $50 billion for the Iraq war, after rebuking the Bush administration for abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib
 arrow BSF abducts one in Sylhet
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi labourer from Utma border in Companiganj upazila on Thursday.
Businessarrow Dhaka, Riyadh end final talks
Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have concluded final negotiation on double taxation avoidance.
 arrow Tata's humane face
Fulko Devi, a member of ancient tribe Birhore, which is on the verge of extinction, now weaves rope manually to earn her living at a remote village in west Bokaro, around 70 kilometres north of Ranchi,
 arrow Indian domestic airfare goes up
Airfare in India's domestic routes will become costlier from tomorrow with private carriers Air Sahara and Jet Airways announcing a ten percent hike.
 arrow China needs to act soon on yuan: US
US Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Friday China needs to act "soon" to let its yuan currency become more flexible and he will tell Chinese officials that in person next week.
 arrow New round of US-China textile talks next week
The United States and China will hold a new round of talks October 12 and 13 in Beijing aimed at a settlement of a thorny dispute on textile trade, US officials said Thursday.
 arrow Oil prices rebound in Asian trade
Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Friday after falling to their lowest levels in more than two months amid signs of easing demand in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow US ready to tackle farm subsidies at WTO
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johannas said Thursday that the United States must show leadership in tackling domestic farm supports in world trade talks in order to get what it wants in terms of market access.
 arrow Convention likely to boost Sino-ROK business ties
More than 2,000 Chinese business leaders and entrepreneurs will come to South Korea to participate in the eighth World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC), which opens tomorrow.
 arrow Malaysia industrial output up 4.1pc in August
Malaysia's industrial output rose 4.1 percent in August compared to the same period a year ago and increased 0.6 percent from July, official data showed Friday.
 arrow Japan's forex reserves come off record highs in September
Japan said Friday that its foreign exchange reserves fell 4.20 billion dollars to 843.56 billion in September compared with August.
 arrow Airbus capable of developing A350: CEO
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said on Friday that it could finance the costs of developing its A350 mid-sized airliner without loans from European governments.
 arrow China official to leave number two job at WB
Chinese national Shengman Zhang is departing as the number two ranking official at the World Bank, a spokesman said Thursday.
 arrow Hurricane damage costs up to $130b
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused between 70 and 130 billion dollars in property damage and will have a sharp if short-lived impact on the overall economy, the US Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.
 arrow Japanese market braces for further volatility next week
Japanese stocks face further turbulence next week with a rush of US earning releases set to determine whether a recent correction spurred by inflation worries has run its course, analysts said.
 arrow US loses 35,000 jobs in Sept
The US economy lost 35,000 jobs in September in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent from 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.
 arrow US criticizes Brazil threat over cotton row
Visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick warned Thursday that Brazil's threat to slap sanctions on the United States in a dispute over government subsidies to US cotton growers could worsen
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Uncomfortable with the pool
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had introduced the pool system in the hope of a balanced distribution of the national cricketers in various sides and also to make local leagues more competitive.
 arrow Cricket: Glorious Gilchrist
Australia romped to victory in the ICC Super Series on the back of Adam Gilchrist's fastest one-day century by an Australian and an unfulfilled World XI batting challenge in the second one-dayer hereFriday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly unlikely for Lanka ODIs
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was on Friday ruled out of competitive cricket for 10 days due to an elbow injury, making him a doubtful starter for the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Tennis: Sania sails, Paradorn fails
India's rising star Sania Mirza upset top-seeded Vera Zvonareva to reach the semifinals of the Japan Open tennis tournament, while Asia's number one Paradorn Srichaphan was knocked out of the men's draw
 arrow Cricket: Bashar off to Sydney tomorrow
Habibul Bashar will fly to Australia tomorrow to attend the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test captains' meeting to be held on Sunday in Sydney.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh play China on Oct 27
Bangladesh will take on China in their opening match of the four-nation invitational football tournament in Myanmar on October 27.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares a point
All the Bangladeshi players except Grand Master Ziaur Rahman got off to winning starts in the fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship that began in Hyderabad, India on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Junior Tigers do no better than seniors
The Junior Tigers followed in the footsteps of their seniors in Sri Lanka as the visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Development Squad were shot out for just 161 on the second day of their four-day
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar might miss Duleep opener
Sachin Tendulkar, named captain of the West Zone team for the Duleep Trophy league opener against South Zone, is unlikely to play in the tie as it coincides with the three-day camp for the Indian team
 arrow Cricket: Hungry Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan has challenged his Ashes-winning side to "beat everyone in the world" over the next two years.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan batters offer England sympathy
The forced withdrawal of England fast bowler Simon Jones from the Pakistan tour this winter has brought relief to some Pakistani batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: Hotel Barmy Army
Regardless of whether England or Pakistan come out on top in their upcoming cricket series, the big winners are likely to be the South Asian country's hotel owners.
 arrow Cricket: India wants to host 2011 WC
India will make an aggressive bid to host the 2011 cricket World Cup in the sub-continent when the International Cricket Council (ICC) meets in Sydney next week, a top official said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Thoughts from Ronaldo
Brazil striker Ronaldo joined the controversy over new technology in football on Thursday when he criticised ear-pieces, artificial pitches and so-called intelligent balls.
 arrow Football: Week of climax
European heavyweights England and France look to land crucial knockout blows on Saturday as the marathon battle to reach the World Cup finals enters the home straight.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj approves Chappell's style
Greg Chappell's rigorous fitness regime might be too taxing for some of the players in the Indian cricket team but it has earned praise from Yuvraj Singh, who said today his teammates were "happy" with
 arrow Cricket: Derbyshire prefer Langer as capt
Justin Langer has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Luke Sutton as Derbyshire captain.
 arrow Football: Escobar's killer set free
The killer of Colombian footballer Andres Escobar, who was gunned down after scoring an own goal at the 1994 World Cup finals, was freed from prison on Thursday after serving 11 years of his 43-year sentence.
 arrow Football: Brazil rest big boys
Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and Kaka will be among eight players rested by world champions Brazil for Sunday's World Cup qualifier away to Bolivia.
Metropolitanarrow Project to ensure food, livelihood security of one lakh distressed farmers
ActionAid Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, is implementing a four-year-long project titled 'Foshol: ActionAid' in six remote districts in the country to ensure food and livelihood security for
 arrow Reinstatement of 255 garments workers demanded
Garments workers staged a sit-in in the city yesterday to protest the 'illegal' dismissal of 255 workers of the A One BD Limited, a Korean factory operating at the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Savar.
 arrow Step up drive to check food adulteration
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for intensifying the drive to check permanently the production and sale of adulterated foods across the country.
 arrow India to face severe water crisis in 20 years: WB
India will face a severe water crisis in 20 years if the government doesn't change its ways and clashes are already taking place because the resource is so scarce, the World Bank has warned.
 arrow US surgeon may separate two sets of Siamese twins in India
The US neurosurgeon who hopes to separate two Indian girls who are joined at the head is also willing to operate on a second set of Siamese twins from southern India, a hospital official said.
 arrow India to hold talks with China, Nepal
India will take up with China and Nepal the issue of illegal cross-border trading in endangered tiger and leopard skins.
 arrow ‘Take steps to save monga-hit people’
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said the government is not taking pragmatic measures for people of northern districts, affected by the monga, famine like situation.
 arrow Two crore girl students benefit
About two crore girl students have benefited so far from the "National programme of stipend and exemption of tuition fee" since its inception in 1994.
Sources said the government has spent Tk 407.

 arrow Assault of Hill Women’s Fed leaders condemned
Hill Women's Federation (HWF) yesterday condemned the assault on its three leaders allegedly by the members of the Army in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Loadshedding in Khulna sparks outcry
Massive loadshedding in the holy month of Ramadan sparked an outcry among the city dwellers in Khulna.
 arrow 'Bangabandhu Chair' vacant for 5 years
The 'Bangabandhu Chair' at the Dhaka University History Department remained vacant for the last five years as no teacher was appointed stalling the research work.
 arrow Price hike of essentials protested
Different organisations staged demonstration in the capital yesterday in protest against the price hike of essentials in the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Face conspirators unitedly: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government had attached top priority to flourishing the inner talents of the students by providing various facilities, including the highest budgetary allocation
 arrow Youth killed in train crash
A youth was killed when he was knocked down by a train at the Mohakhali level crossing in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Schoolboy missing
Mohammad Mehedi Hasan alias Nayan Shikder, a schoolboy, has been missing for over one month.
 arrow JU goes on 34-day vacation from today
Jahangirnagar University (JU) goes on a 34-day vacation from today.
Nationalarrow Traders lament as potato price plummets in N-dists
Potato traders and cold storage owners in northern districts will incur a loss of about Tk 150 crore this year as the price of potato is falling fast.
 arrow Two RU teachers punished by Syndicate
Rajshahi University authorities have taken punitive action against two teachers of Law and Justice department for giving 'poor marks' to a student six year ago.
 arrow Security blanket in Khulna city
Intelligence agencies have been asked to keep vigil in Khulna Press Club, all courts, Khulna station of Bangladesh Betar, residences of all government high officials and judges, Sonadanga bus terminal,
 arrow Greens disappear as dam plan gathers dust
Erosion has turned serious in Kuakata sea beach, a prime tourist spot.
 arrow Keshobpur journos observe Oppression Day
Journalist Oppression Day was observed yesterday at Keshabpur Press Club in Jessore.
On October 7 some local journalists were tortured and false cases were filed against them.

 arrow KU VC receives ‘death threat’
Vice-chancellor of Khulna University Prof Dr Mahbubur Rahman has received a 'death threat' in a letter sent to him by post. He received the hand-written letter on Thursday.
 arrow Security for puja reviewed in Satkhira
The Satkhira Deputy Commissioner on Thursday held a meeting with Hindu community leaders, law enforcers, official and elite of the city on holding of Durga Puja in the district, beginning on Saturday.
 arrow JCD cadre sent to jail in arms case
A Magistrate court in Sylhet yesterday sent notorious JCD cadre Rezaul Karim Nachon to jail hajat as Sylhet Kotwali police produced him before it.
Point-Counterpointarrow Revenge killing spree taking a dreadful turn
Almost awash with guns and plagued by extortionists, business and political feuds, the big cities in the country are struggling to cope with a spate of abduction, violence and killing.
 arrow Banking for beggars!
Beggars, in a word, are the most vulnerable citizens of our country.
 arrow Who are these suicide bombers after all?
While the Iraqi politicians wrangle over the new constitution, the people around the world are looking askance at the level of violence which is being used for political ends in Iraq.
Culturearrow A passion for Tagore songs
Lily Islam is among the leading Tagore artistes of the country.
 arrow In search of peace
On the occasion of World Peace Day, Chattagram Charushilpi Shammilan and Nonviolence International organised a painting exhibition recently at Chittagong Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Baby on the way for Tom and Katie
Tom Cruise and fiancee Katie Holmes are expecting a baby, according to Cruise’s publicist.
News of the pregnancy was first reported by People magazine Wednesday last.

Generalarrow Painkillers cut risk of mouth cancer: Scientists
Commonly used painkillers can reduce the risk of mouth cancer in smokers but long-term use could raise the odds of dying from heart disease, Norwegian scientists said yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 20 injured in Sylhet road accident
Two people were killed and 20 more injured when a minibus plunged into a roadside ditch on Sylhet-Bianibazar road on Thursday.
Internationalarrow Musharraf allies sweep Pakistani local polls
Pakistan's government parties celebrated yesterday after scoring convincing wins in nationwide mayoral elections in which Islamist parties were the main losers.
 arrow Govt wrong to dissolve Bihar assembly
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a government decision to dissolve the legislature in Bihar was unconstitutional, but it stopped short of overturning the move.
 arrow Improve record on caste system
Leading US Congressman Christopher H Smith has expressed serious concern over the 'terrible situation' of 250 million Dalits and tribals in India.
 arrow Norway rules out early talks on Lankan truce
Peace broker Norway yesterday ruled out early direct talks between Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka to save their truce although the rebels said they were ready for discussions before next month's presidential
 arrow Many Sunnis to vote no in Iraq referendum
Like many Sunni Arabs in Iraq, Faleh Hassan opposed the US-led invasion, boycotted the election that brought the interim government to power and plans to vote "no" in the Oct.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize for IAEA is a bad joke
Green activists voiced outrage after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday, saying the UN watchdog had unwittingly helped the spread of atomic armsby
 arrow Lankan presidential election a 2-horse race
Thirteen men registered yesterday to run for Sri Lanka's presidency, but the election is seen as a race between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and his predecessor that is too close to call.
 arrow Bombs hit US interests in Argentina
Four homemade bombs exploded on Thursday at US-owned banks and a Blockbuster video store in Argentina in what appeared to be a protest against US President George W. Bush's visit next month, police said.
 arrow US offers $10m reward for Bali bomb suspect
The United States offered a $10 million reward on Thursday for a key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings, the second-highest bounty Washington is promising in its war on terrorism.
 arrow Americans losing confidence on storm spending
Americans are losing confidence that the federal government will wisely spend billions of dollars set aside for recovery from Hurricane Katrina, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
 arrow 'Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq, Afghanistan'
US President George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details released on Thursday.
 arrow US troops kill 4 Afghan cops with 'friendly fire’
US troops killed four Afghan policemen and wounded another after mistaking them for militants during an operation in southern Afghanistan in which two Afghan soldiers died, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Syria gets isolated as deadline looms
Syria is growing increasingly isolated as an Oct.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What they are up to is crystal-clear
Quite clearly, the Islamic extremists have not hung their gloves after the August 17 bombings and Monday's repeat act.
 arrow Editorial: Bangladesh in UN peacekeeping
It is heartening to learn that Bangladesh's contribution to United Nation's peacekeeping operation is going to be the largest surpassing Pakistan which had been in the top slot till now.
 arrow Bangladesh-India water talks identify problems
Discussion is knowledge in the making. Both Bangladesh and India are beginning to discover the wisdom of this axiom.
 arrow Think South Asian
Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's visit to Pakistan was an important milestone on the road to a full and lasting peace in South Asia.
Letters to Editorarrow Why local mastans?
If you look at the society now-a-days you will come to see that the uneducated, Dhandabaj people are in charge of the society.
 arrow Micro finance
It has been my experience to go to the northern region of Bangladesh and see the ongoing plight of the poor people there.
 arrow Awami League and secularism
I appreciate Mr. Hanif's proposal to amend one of the mottos (secularism) of Awami League (AL). As a proud Bangladeshi Hindu, I welcome this change. Mr.
 arrow Ban on smoking
In response to Mr. Shaikh A. Askar's letter (DS 3/0/05) about ban on smoking, I would like to share my experience with him.
 arrow Some benefits for senior citizens
Whilst convalescing in a Bangkok hospital following a major operation, I have been reading interesting news about Thai Prime Minister's policy decisions about his countrymen.
 arrow Indecent behaviour by teacher
I am following with distress the news items on above subject (DS: 3/10/05).
StarTecharrow Greenfield Toons makes it to the top with Meena
YOUNGSTERS and children, who are avid fans of the cartoon character Meena, are in for a treat as five more episodes of the series are soon to be broadcast, according to sources from Greenfield Toons,one
 arrow Microsoft introduces Coem and MSPP in Bangladesh
MICROSOFT has officially introduced the Commercial Original Equipment Manufacturer (Coem) licensed operating systems (OS) on September 30 in Bangladesh, which the software giant anticipates would have
 arrow Siemens launches all-in-one C75 in local market
SIEMENS Communications has unveiled the light and compact C75 in Bangladesh, a handy tri-band phone that enables users to stay connected.
 arrow $100 Laptop

Literaturearrow The Night Queen
One of the fragrances I like best is that of the nishaagandhi.
 arrow The Thinking Person's Guide to the New Millennium
By the end of the twentieth century, projects of modernity were becoming increasingly discredited in the realm of ideas.
 arrow Unforgettable depictions of turn-of-the-century Bengal
This Omnibus, Volume I of a projected double-decker publication, takes the right step in having selected for its first volumes some of Saratchandra's most well-known and widely read novels, namely, Srikanta,
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