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Front Pagearrow Quake kills 3,000 in Pakistan, India
A strong earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the Richter Scale caused massive devastation yesterday across a swathe of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, leaving thousands of people feared dead.
 arrow Purge alliance patrons of militants or face agitation
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday issued an ultimatum to the government to act against the 'patrons of the militants in the ruling alliance' by November 14, or it will go for
 arrow Floods grip more dists
Flood situations in the northern districts including Gaibandha, Rangpur, Naogaon, and Kurigram have further worsened.
 arrow Oct 3 blasts at courts planned by Abdur Rahman's brother
The October 3 blasts at courthouses in three districts were carried out on the instructions of Ataur Rahman alias Sunny, brother of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, investigators
 arrow Bangladesh jolted, no casualties
Moderate tremors were felt in at least 17 districts in Bangladesh yesterday morning as a major earthquake hit the entire subcontinent, leaving thousands of people dead.
 arrow Durga Puja starts today
Blowing conches, ringing bells and cymbals, and booming drums (dhak) amid high-pitched ululation of thousands of Hindus herald today the five-day Durga Puja across the country.
 arrow Iraq on brink of civil war
Iraq is on the brink of civil war, Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa said yesterday, a week before the country holds a landmark referendum on a draft constitution.
 arrow 2 Hundi traders held with Tk 58 lakh
Two alleged hundi traders carrying Tk 58 lakh in a land cruiser from Jessore were arrested here yesterday.
The arrestees claimed that they were innocent and the money was legal.

 arrow No CGS in army for last 3 months
The post of chief of general staff (CGS), the second highest official after the chief of staff in the army, has remained vacant for over three months and a half while the government is still looking for
 arrow Major quakes in South Asia
Large parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan are seismically active because underneath them, the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.
 arrow Dhaka shocked at quake loss
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the loss of life and property caused by a powerful earthquake that shook different
 arrow 7 BNP men hurt as bombs explode at party office
At least seven BNP leaders and activists were injured in bomb attacks at Keshabpur in Jessore and Alamdanga in Chuadanga last night, police and local people said.
 arrow 20 hurt in BNP infighting
At least 20 people were injured, two by bullets, as the ruling-BNP factions clashed at Dafadarpara village in Daulotpur upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Bush, Blair like Nazis
President George W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair acted much like Nazi war criminals in ordering the invasion of Iraq, the United Nations' former chief weapons inspector to the country said on Friday.
 arrow 13 cops killed in Maoist bomb attack in India
Maoist rebels set off a powerful bomb at a jungle hideout in India's eastern state of Jharkhand yesterday, killing 13 policemen including a deputy commandant, police said.
 arrow Bali death toll rises as key suspect escapes
Police questioned more witnesses in the Bali backpack bombings yesterday after narrowly failing to capture a key suspect in a series of blasts in Indonesia over the past several years.
 arrow Genes determine sweet dreams
How well you sleep could depend on who your parents were, researchers at Switzerland's Lausanne University reported on Thursday after identifying for the first time a "normal sleep" gene among mice.
Businessarrow BTMA urges govt not to reopen land ports for yarn import
Protesting BKMEA's demand for allowing yarn import through land ports, leaders of the BTMA yesterday urged the government not to permit such import for the sake of local industries.
 arrow Political stability key to wooing investment
He is among the very few, who believes that Bangladesh will benefit from the quota free regime but he says the country should maintain political stability to attract more investment.
 arrow Mittal Steel to invest $9b in eastern Indian state
The world's largest steelmaker, Mittal Steel, signed an agreement Saturday to invest 400 billion rupees (nine billion dollars) in a steel project with India's Jharkhand state, a company statement said.
 arrow Brazilian textile industry asks for limits on Chinese imports
The Brazilian textile industry has called on the government of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to impose limits on Chinese silk imports that have flooded the domestic market, an industry association official
 arrow Malaysian Islamic bank reports $220m losses
Malaysia's oldest Islamic banking group Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) reported a total loss of nearly RM500 million (S$224 million) Friday, one of the biggest for local banks in recent years.
 arrow Delphi set to file for bankruptcy
Delphi Corp is expected to file for bankruptcy in a New York court on Saturday, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.
 arrow Beximco Pharma to get listed on London Stock Exchange Oct 21
Beximco Pharmaceuticals is all set to become the first Bangladeshi company to get listed on London Stock Exchange (LSE) on October 21.
 arrow Korean giant signs gas transportation deal in Vietnam
The Korean National Oil Corp. (KNOC) said Saturday it had signed a deal to transport natural gas from an off-shore platform in southern Vietnam to processing plants via the Nam Con Son sub-sea pipeline.
 arrow US to push for open trade at G20 meet
The United States will push for trade liberalisation and highlight problems caused by sky-high energy prices when the Group of 20 developing and rich nations meet in China, an official said Friday.
 arrow US poverty chronically ill, little hope for cure
Four decades after a US president declared war on poverty, more than 37 million people in the world's richest country are officially classified as poor and their number has been on the rise for years.
 arrow ROK economic zones not so free yet
Korea's successful evolution into a truly international nation hinges on the outcome of the country's free economic zones that are not quite on a par with its rivals said an ambassador-turned-advisor.
 arrow Rancon Motors launches service campaign for Mercedes-Benz
Rancon Motors Ltd, the general distributor of DaimlerChrysler for Mercedes-Benz Passenger vehicle in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a six-day service campaign for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
 arrow StanChart opens cash booth at IDB Bhaban
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has opened a new specialised UN cash booth at IDB Bhaban in Dhaka, marking the successful conversion of American Express Bank Ltd's license to that of SCB following the latter's
 arrow Canadian data boost case formore rate hikes
Canadian companies expect a pickup in inflation, a Bank of Canada survey released Friday showed, boosting the case for more interest rate increases this year.
 arrow Two Toyota trading houses to merge
Japanese trading houses Toyota Tsusho Corp. and Tomen Corp., both arms of auto giant Toyota Motor, plan to merge in April next year, creating the nation's sixth-largest trading firm, a newspaper saidSaturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: No more delaying CCL
The organisers are adamant to start the domestic cricket on schedule despite Saturday's heavy rain that damaged the outfield of six venues prepared for holding matches of the Corporate Cricket League(CCL).
 arrow Cricket: World's last chance
The misfiring World XI will have to force a win in the final one-day international XI to prevent a 3-0 series whitewash by Australia here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Wright sees nothing wrong
World XI coach John Wright defended the concept of the best cricket team versus the rest of the world in the face of two heavy one-day defeats by his team against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Wounds have healed: Symonds
Andrew Symonds believes Australia have tended to their wounded pride with victory in the Super Series one-dayers.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud clarifies quit story
A day after it was reported that former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud had announced his retirement, it caused widespread confusion in cricketing circles.
But player himself dismissed it as speculation.

 arrow Chess: Reeefat's streak continues
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar continued his winning run to share the lead in the Fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship at the end of the second round in Hyderabad, India on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Tatiana ends Sania’s dream run
French teen sensation Tatiana Golovin earned a spot in the final of the Japan Open on Saturday, defeating India's rising star Sania Mirza to set up a rematch in Tokyo with 16-year-old Czech Nicole Vaidisova.
 arrow Cricket: Tait could be back soon
Australia pace bowler Shaun Tait has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and could be back playing sooner than expected, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WC payout for Kenyan players
Kenya's cricket players were given a morale boost ahead of their Intercontinental Cup semifinals in Namibia by receiving bonuses from the 2003 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Becks steps down as penalty-taker
Sven-Goran Eriks-son has praised the decision of England captain David Beckham to step down as penalty-taker in an attempt to boost their World Cup qualification hopes.
 arrow Football: It's the Brazil team, claims Parreira
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has rejected suggestions he is taking a reserve team to Sunday's World Cup qualifier in Bolivia.
 arrow Football: Messi waits his Argentine turn
Argentina's 18-year-old striker Lionel Messi says he will have a tough time breaking into the first team.
 arrow Football: Unsporting Real?
Real Madrid are deliberately trying to pressurise the referee ahead of next week´s city derby and are in danger of provoking violence by their unprecedented attack on his impartiality say Atletico Madrid.
 arrow Football: 'Let our football do the talking’
Chelsea's success has created jealousy amongst rival teams, says Frank Lampard, and he has advised teammates to answer their critics with good form on the pitch rather than words off it.
 arrow Hockey: Australia retain Indira Gold Cup hockey
India eves succumbed to pressure in the tie breaker as defending champions Australia ran away with the title for second time on the trot defeating hosts India 5-3 in the Indira Gandhi Gold Cup Women's
 arrow Football: Wenger denies rift with Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says there is no rift between him and star French striker Thierry Henry.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist unaware of record ton
Adam Gilchrist was blissfully unaware he had scored the fastest century by an Australian in a one-day cricket international as he powered Australia to victory over the World XI here.
 arrow Football: Special one branded
Jose Mourinho calls himself special while his critics call him a big head but whatever the label he is now set to become a national trademark.
Metropolitanarrow ‘Stop violence against indigenous people’
Protesting army repression on the ethnic minority groups in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Hill Women's Federation (HWF) placed a four-point demand at a press conference at the National Press Club in the
 arrow Barapukuria coal extraction still uncertain
Coal extraction from the country's first mine at Barapukuria in Dinajpur has become uncertain due to leakage of gas through pit.
 arrow 'Arrest those involved in vandalising idols’
Different political and social organisations yesterday strongly protested the incidents of vandalising idols at three puja mandaps (altars) in Khulna, Faridpur and Jessore and the attack on the Chatteshwari
 arrow BIWTC profits Tk 26.50 crore
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) earned a profit of Tk 26.50 crore in last fiscal year.
 arrow DU month-long vacation begins tomorrow
A month-long vacation of Dhaka University (DU) on account of Durga Puja, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr begins tomorrow.
The university will reopen on November 11, sources said.

 arrow Robberies at Satkania: 7 bullet-hit
At least seven people received bullet injuries, one of them critically, when a gang of fleeing robbers opened fire at villagers at Fakhirkheel in Satkania.
 arrow Cold storage, shops gutted in city
A cold storage and five shops were gutted in fire causing loss of Tk 1.25 lakh in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow ‘Arrest all bomb attackers, godfathers’
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded immediate arrest of all the bombers and their godfathers.
 arrow Hasina condoles death of AL leader
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday condoled the death of Mohammed Belayet Hossain, Vice-President of Jhalakathi district Awami League and former chairman of Jhalkathi pourashabha.
 arrow 10 shops gutted, properties worth Tk 15 lakh damaged in Sylhet
At least 10 shops were gutted and properties worth about Tk 15 lakh damaged in a fire at a market at the city's Shahi Eidgah area yesterday.
 arrow World Postal Day today
The World Postal Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today.
This year's theme is World Postal Network Reaching Everyone and Everywhere.

 arrow Aga Khan honoured
Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, has been awarded the Die Quadriga prize in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the welfare of the peoplein
 arrow FFs to form human chain October 22
Freedom fighters will form a human chain on October 22 protesting instability and deterioration of law and order situation in the country.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea, pneumonia trail floods in Sirajganj
Diarrhoea and pneumonia have broken out in large scale nine upazilas of Sirajganj following recession of flood waters.
The diseases claimed seven lives and affected over 1000 people in last fivedays.

 arrow The fake doctor does it again
A fake doctor, released on bail in a case for cheating patients, has been found forging signatures of two government doctors to run his clinic in Satkhira town.
 arrow Hannan's arrest a relief to in-laws
Members of father-in-law's family of Harkatul Zihad leader Mufti Abdul Hannan are not at all anxious about the fate of Hannan.
 arrow 2.5 kg explosives recovered in Barisal, four held
Kalkini thana police in Madaripur district have recovered two and half (2.5) kilograms of explosives and other bomb making materials including 11 wrapping tapes and 300 pieces of marble.
 arrow REB office ransacked, equipment burnt
Protesting frequent load shedding, several thousand agitated people ransacked the 'area office' of Rural Electrification Board (REB) at Noyakandi in Karimganj upazila and set valuable equipment and documents
 arrow Ducks die in hundreds
Several hundred ducks died of unknown disease in two weeks in different unions of Niklee upazila.
 arrow 4 cr at risk of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh
About four crores youths of 15 to 24 age group in Bangladesh are at serious risk of HIV/AIDS.
 arrow Appoint district judges in CHT
Lawyers from Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Rangamati at a joint meeting here yesterday demanded immediate appointment of District and Daira Judges in the three hill districts.
 arrow Bomb recovered from RU stadium
A bomb was recovered from the main entrance of Rajshahi University stadium yesterday.
A cleaner saw a small container wrapped with red tape and informed its Director Fazlur Rahman, who informed police.

 arrow 5 units idle at Ashuganj
Five out of eight units at Ashuganj power station are inoperative, reducing power generation to 328 MW from 728 MW.
 arrow Manikganj AL leader arrested
An Awami League (AL) leader was arrested from his Shibbari residence in the town on charge of criminal activities in the early hours of Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow An anatomy of lawmakers' salary increases
For the second time in two years, on September 18 and 19, the powerful elites voted themselves a lavish and generous increase in perks and privileges retrospective from January 1.
 arrow When militancy and madrasas go hand in hand
The rise of religious militancy in Bangladesh has become a matter of grave concern for the nation.
 arrow The problem with neo-liberalism
It is sad enough that Bangladesh is ranked one of the worst countries in terms of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the UN in 2000 to eradicate poverty, hunger, illiteracy, gender
Culturearrow Close up 1: Group C shines
Last Friday's episode of Close Up 1 has presented the TV audience with a predicament: whom to vote for.
 arrow Traditional temples and statues of Korea
Some time back, the city had witnessed a superb exhibition of Korean paintings. Now it sees a photography exhibition of Korean life at the National Museum.
Generalarrow Dhaka condemns all forms of terrorism
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Dr Iftekhar Chowdhury has said "Bangladesh condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
 arrow Iraq announces new security measures
The Iraqi government yesterday announced plans to clamp down with security measures including a curfew, weapons ban and a closure of the borders ahead of next week's constitutional referendum as Sunni
 arrow Sisimpur selected as finalist
Sisimpur, an educational television series for children, has been selected as a finalist in the 'early education' category of the prestigious Japan Prize.
 arrow Lightning kills four in Manikganj, Gaibandha
Four people were killed by lightning in Gaibandha and Manikganj yesterday.
Two people, including a school student, were killed by lightning at Bengrui village under Sadar upazila.

Internationalarrow European countries offer aid to quake-hit S Asia
European countries responded swiftly to yesterday's massive earthquake which hit Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, offering aid and funds as well as condolences.
 arrow Screams follow quake
Screams and wails of mourning filled the air as panicked residents ran for their lives when a massive earthquake hit Indian Kashmir yesterday, killing or wounding hundreds.
 arrow Shaken from sleep, residents faced quake horror
As the building rocked, terrified residents fled to their balconies in a futile bid to escape before the 10-storey apartment block in the heart of Islamabad came crashing down.
 arrow Foreign troops to stay in Iraq another two years
Foreign troops in Iraq might be replaced within two years, depending on how fast the country's own troops can provide security, as signs emerged that the insurgency is suffering internal woes, US andIraqi
 arrow India boosts security along Nepal border
India has doubled the number of troops on its porous border with Nepal to stop the deadly Maoist insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom from spilling over, India's junior home minister said on Friday.
 arrow Opposition calls for unity to end Lankan bloodshed
Sri Lanka's opposition leader launched his presidential election bid from this historic city yesterday urging unity among the deeply divided Sinhalese ahead of a peace deal with Tamil rebels.
 arrow Eerie sound of birds brought killer quake
The piercing screeches of birds fleeing their perches in the trees of Islamabad heralded the arrival of yesterday's killer earthquake.
 arrow Washington Monument reopens after threat
The Washington Monument was closed for about two hours Friday after a bomb threat was called in to local police. A search turned up nothing suspicious.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's resolve welcome
It is heartening to note that the Prime Minister has sent out a strong message to the extremists saying that the perpetrators of the recent bomb blasts will not escape justice.
 arrow Editorial: Peace prize sends the right message
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Egyptian Director General Mohamed ElBaradei have been awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for their 'significant' contribution to nuclear nonproliferation
 arrow The American frontier
When Tarzan of the Apes declared to Jane that he had "come across the ages and distant past from the lair of the primeval man to claim you, and for your sake I have become a civilised man," he was, perhaps,
 arrow Saarc needs greater interactions in new phase
The South Asian Association for Regional development (Saarc) is set for its 13th summit in Bangladesh capital Dhaka on November 12 and 13 and the leaders are expected to discuss issues pertaining to strengthening
Letters to Editorarrow "Joy Bangla"
The declaration of the founder of Pakistan of Mohammad Ali Jinnah that "Urdu and Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan" sparked the flame of independence and we achieved that.
 arrow Food terrorism
I am very much pleased to observe that the government has waged war against "Food Terrorism.
 arrow Make parliament effective
Our government always says that it wants to make the parliament an effective forum by ensuring the opposition's participation. But this is nothing but rhetoric, which has no practical value.
 arrow Pre-paid gas
Gas is a valuable asset of Bangladesh, which will of course not be available on a permanent basis.
Star Healtharrow The cancer most women suffer in silence
Mousumi (not a real name) kept finding excuses for not going to see a doctor. What began as rash on the skin of the breast eventually progressed to a lump in the breast.
 arrow Biochemical profile can help to find out the underlying cause
Mr Jahurul Islam (53), a non-smoker, normotensive (with normal blood pressure level), non-diabetic person had mild increased level of lipid profile.
 arrow Walk-in medical care; an approach to health for all
There is no doubt that people want easy access to the appropriate health service in a location which is easy to reach and at times that suit all groups of the diverse population.
 arrow A healthy weight a healthy shape
On a recent visit to Bangladesh I noticed the numerous Fitness Centers, Gyms, Slimming Centers and I thought to myself "surely there could not be much of a clientele for these establishments.
Star Cityarrow Locals initiate voluntarily to assist widening narrow lanes in their areas
Residents of different areas in the city are taking voluntary steps to widen narrow lanes to ease traffic movement in their locality.
 arrow Puja celebrations to go on amidst tight security
Durgapuja begins today with tight security in and around temples and Hindu devotees are worried about the present situation after the serial bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow BRTC plans for the disabled
To encourage the disabled citizens to use public transports, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC) has decided to offer them service at half of its of normal bus fare rate.
 arrow Boat Rides on Cart


 arrow Buet students make ‘combat robot’
A group of five students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has made a robot which can move and detect objects.
 arrow The cute and the irritating outsiders of DU campus
A three-year-old boy, who can barely tell his name, sells chocolates on the Dhaka University campus.
 
   
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