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Front Pagearrow Quake toll crosses 20,000
Villagers desperate to find survivors dug with bare hands yesterday through the debris of a collapsed school where children had been heard crying beneath the rubble after a massive earthquake.
 arrow Four years of troubled time for coalition
The alliance government observes the fourth anniversary of assuming power today at a time when prices of essentials have skyrocketed beyond common people's reach and an unexpected rise of militancy has
 arrow Militants hole up in CHT to evade arrest
The border near Bandarban has been sealed off since Friday while strict security measures are in force after the law enforcers came to know of militants' dens and training camps in the hilly district.
 arrow BCL-Shibir clash at DU, 20 hurt
At least 15 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and five of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a series of clashes between the two student organisations in Dhaka University and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) areas yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka still sleeps on tremor threat
While a moderate tremor in Dhaka is likely to cause a disaster, costing thousands of lives, the authorities are yet to be prepared for such a situation.
 arrow Shopping malls to switch off lighting
Shop owners in the Dhaka metropolitan area have decided to stop illuminating their shopping malls last night, responding to the prime minister's call to cut down on electricity.
 arrow Fertiliser, gas tariffs still apple of discord
The government has proposed that the Indian industrial giant Tata Group offload a part of its Bangladesh industrial projects share to public and brand its products for Tata Bangladesh in international
 arrow Flood situation worsens in north
Flood situation in Gaibandha and Rangpur districts worsened yesterday as fresh areas went under water.
About 8,000 people were rendered homeless in Rangpur and 25,000 remained marooned in Gaibandha.

 arrow Over $600 loans from WB, ADB stuck up
More than $600 million loans from the World Bank and ADB have not been released due to the government's failure to set up an independent institution to enrol educational institutions in monthly payment
 arrow Mahasaptami today
Hindu devotees, though a bit shaken in heart, are all set to invoke Durga, daughter of the majestic Himalayas, slayer of evil and purifier of life, and to supplicate to her for whatever boon they want
 arrow Sircar for counter intelligence to make security foolproof at JS
The Speaker livid about the suspected and widely reported militant link of a parliament secretariat security official asked the state minister for home affairs yesterday to form a counter-intelligence
 arrow Govt to bask in successes
The BNP-Jamaat led coalition government steps into the final year of their five-year term today.
 arrow Saarc summit is on: Morshed
Bangladesh hoped yesterday the 13th Saarc summit will take place in Dhaka on schedule despite Saturday's terrible tremor in Pakistan and India that left thousands killed.
 arrow Govt ready to act against any militant patron
LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in an interview with BBC Bangla Service yesterday said the government is ready to take action against anyone found to be patronising militant activities
 arrow Top outlaw killed in Rab 'crossfire', another lynched
A regional leader of an outlawed party was killed in an 'encounter' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Mongla port area on Saturday night while a top outlaw was beaten to death by a lynch mob in Daulatpur
 arrow ACC catches customs staff taking bribe
A team of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday caught a customs staff at Chittagong Port in the act of taking bribe from the clients.
 arrow Election officer gets BNP reception
The newly elected election officer of Mehendiganj upazila under Barisal district, Aslam Khan, who is also the outgoing president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Nalchhiti upazila unit, was accordeda
 arrow Bimstec meet starts in Dhaka today
Bimstec Trade Negotiation Committee (TNC) sits today in Dhaka for the eighth time to finalise a draft agreement on trade in goods among the seven South and Southeast Asian member states.
 arrow Cops gobbled up Tk 1.8cr after arrest of hundi trader
The arrest of two so-called money launderers has turned out to be a curious case of police and their informants attempting to gobble up Tk 1.80 crore, claiming they had seized only Tk 58 lakh from the men.
Businessarrow 4 land ports go under private operations
The government yesterday handed over the operations of four out of 13 land ports to private sector under Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 25 years to facilitate efficient and smoothhandling
 arrow Asia Energy proposes 500mw coal-fired plant in Phulbari
British company Asia Energy Corporation, which recently tabled a development plan for the Phulbari open-pit coal mine, submitted a proposal yesterday to set up a 500-megawatt coal power plant near the
 arrow G20 finance, bank chiefs to tackle challenges
Challenges threatening global economic growth, including soaring oil prices, asset bubbles and trade imbalances will top the agenda when finance and bank chiefs from 20 of the most important countries
 arrow Lanka entering new era of tourism management
Chairman of the Hotel and Catering Management International Association (HCIMA) Kamal Hapuwatte said Sri Lanka is entering into a new era of tourism and hospitality management, after the dark period the
 arrow Asian women entrepreneurs' Eid festival begins today
A six-day 'Asian Women Entrepreneurs Eid Festival 2005' begins today in Dhaka.
 arrow SEDF signs deal with 4 seed companies
SouthAsia Enterprise Develop-ment Facility (SEDF) yesterday signed an agreement with four leading seed companies in order to develop their markets.
 arrow China still needs WB help, chief says
Despite its booming economy, China still needs assistance from the World Bank to alleviate widespread poverty, particularly in rural areas, its chief Paul Wolfowitz said Sunday.
 arrow Thai PM heads to Paris in trade push
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to start a two-day visit to Paris Sunday whose aim officials said was to deepen ties with French President Jacques Chirac, press for better bilateral tradeand
 arrow Woes mount for South Korea's Samsung
Domestic woes are mounting for Samsung, South Korea's biggest and most profitable business group, recognized as a major global player and market leader in memory chips.
 arrow Key WTO players to give it another try at Zurich talks
As a crucial summit looms, key players from the World Trade Organisation will make yet another attempt to kickstart talks on a treaty aimed at reducing barriers to global commerce.
 arrow Toyota-GM deal seen easing US-Asian auto frictions
These are hard times for US automakers. Gasoline prices are soaring and Asian rivals are eating into their sales.
Sportsarrow Cricket: CCL sets off season
The curtain of this year's domestic cricket goes up today with the launching of the Corporate Cricket League at three different venues.
 arrow Football: Now comes PM Gold Cup
After a gap of five years international football returns to the country in the shape of the Prime Minister Gold Cup. Formerly it was known as the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
 arrow Football: New order in Africa
A hurricane of change swept through African football Saturday with Angola, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo reaching the World Cup finals for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: An Aussie whitewash
Brett Lee and Shane Watson decimated the World XI's elite batting line-up to power Australia to a 156-run victory and a Super Series one-day clean sweep at Docklands stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: His captaincy at stake
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly may be forgiven for thinking fate is against him. Dogged by bad form and a spat with his coach, he now has to overcome injury before answering his critics.
 arrow Cricket: BCB HP squad suffer huge defeat
Saqib Al Hasan and Shamsur Rahman scored half-centuries but it was not enough to stave off a massive 202-run defeat for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance Squad against their Sri Lankan counterparts
 arrow Hockey: Polytan to lay new hockey turf
German firm Polytan has won the bid to lay a new synthetic turf for the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Football: Already Qualified
Countries which have already qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals after matches in the African and European zones on Saturday:
Europe: Germany (hosts), Ukraine, Netherlands, Poland, England,

 arrow Cricket: Smith hits back
Graeme Smith, captain of the ICC World Test XI, has said that the appointment came as a surprise to him but refused to react to suggestions from former cricketers that he was the wrong man for the job.
 arrow Football: Euro powers breathe easy
Three-time winners Italy, 1966 champions England and the Netherlands, widely considered the best team never to have been crowned champions, all reached the 2006 World Cup finals on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Costa Rica do it in style
Carlos Hernandez netted a pair of second-half goals to go along with Paulo Wanchope's 33rd-minute strike as Costa Rica rolled to a 3-0 victory over the United States on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ecuador, Paraguay complete line-up
Ecuador and Paraguay qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, booking South America's remaining two automatic berths for next year's finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Cuban breaks head juggling record
A former Cuban football player set a new football head juggling record Saturday, making 146 consecutive touches in 30 seconds, according to event organizers.
 arrow Cricket: X-ray relief for Flintoff
England's Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff was cleared of a fracture by X-rays after injuring his wrist during the World XI's third Super Series one-day cricket match against Australia here Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Reefat run snapped
International Master Reefat bin Sattar's winning run came to a halt in the Fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship when he drew with China's Wang Hao in the third round match at Hyderabad's Kotla Vijaya
 arrow Tennis: Wesley, Nicole Japan Open champs
Underdog Wesley Moodie stormed back from the brink of defeat to beat Mario Ancic of Croatia for his first career title at the Japan Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Ship owners threaten to stop carrying goods from Ctg port
Three lighter vessel associations yesterday threatened to stop loading, unloading and carrying of goods from Chittagong port and its outer anchorage from October 14 if measures are not taken to unload
 arrow 11 more in hospital with dengue
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) reinforced its drive against Aedes mosquito population by spraying larvaecide and adulticide in certain areas of the city where the residents were reported to have contracted
 arrow Mobile courts fine Tk 11 lakh, files 355 cases
Thirty mobile courts led by magistrates fined about Tk 11.
 arrow Fair distribution of VGF rice demanded
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded fair distribution of VGF rice among the distressed people at free of cost.
 arrow Hasina takes Iftar with FFs, Aug 21 victims' family members
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday attended an Iftar in the city with orphans, freedom fighters and the family members of the August 21 victims and injured.
 arrow Nirmul launches white paper on minority repression today
The Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, a forum for the elimination of the killers and collaborators of 1971, will launch a 'White Paper on Minority Repression in 1500 Days' today.
 arrow Training manual to raise awareness among migrant workers
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) yesterday launched a training manual aimed at raising awareness among the potential migrant workers.
 arrow BCS (Agri) Assoc team meets Anwar
A delegation of the BCS Cadre (Agriculture) Association called on Agriculture Minister MK Anwar at his office yesterday.
 arrow ETV chairman says vested group trying to tarnish his image
The Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam in a press release yesterday said a vested quarter, failing to take over ETV, is trying to destroy his image and reputation through propaganda about his
 arrow Dab expels two members for occupying doctors' room
The Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (Dab) yesterday decided to expel two of its members and permanently cancel their membership on charge of damaging the image of the association.
 arrow Appeal to help ailing journo Abul Bashar
BSS-Terminated Journalists' Forum in a statement yesterday appealed to the affluent people of the society to extend financial help to the ailing former senior reporter of BSS Abul Bashar.
 arrow Protibhar Onneshan begins in city
A talent hunt programme titled 'Protibhar Onneshan' began at Tejgaon Church Community Centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow CCCI chief seeks remedy to power, water crisis
Acting President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) SM Nurul Haque yesterday sent a fax message with seven-point suggestion to the government demanding immediate remedy to the erratic
 arrow Muazzin arrested on charge of raping schoolgirl
The police arrested a Muazzin of a mosque at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on Saturday on charges of raping an eight-year-old schoolgirl.
Nationalarrow REB offices attacked in greater Sylhet for power
Frequent power outage has triggered protests by people in different areas of Sylhet district since beginning of the Ramadan.
 arrow 'Save frog save environment’
It was exceptional and perhaps the first such attempt in the country. Tadpoles of frog were released in two waterbodies in Meherpur under a slogan: Save frog save environment.
 arrow From bidi factory to school
Eleven year-old Sumon and 12 year-old Rpia no longer work in bidi factories. Taken out of the hazardous work at Kachi and Lucky bidi factories, they now go to school.
 arrow Cheating on sanitation!
The people of Kushlia Union Parishad (UP) in Kaliganj upazila, in an application submitted to the Prime Minister (PM) recently, demanded stern punishment to UP chairman for declaring their union fully
 arrow ActionAid integrated farming kicks off
The ActionAid Bangladesh on Friday gave certificates to 69 agricultural trainers after two months' training, launching a four-year FoSHol: Action Aid", a project to be implemented in six districts toensure
 arrow Mushroom promises fortune for youth
Mushroom cultivation has opened up the door to fortune for Enamul Hoque. He has taken it as a profession after having a university degree.
 arrow Seven bombs recovered from B'baria graveyard
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Saturday arrested a young man and recovered seven bombs (cocktails) from a graveyard at North Mourail Pukurpar in Brahmanbaria pourasabha.
 arrow Bomb blasts at BNP office: 2 Jubo Dal men held in Jessore
Two Jubo Dal activists were arrested in connection with bomb blasts at Keshabpur Upazila BNP office on Saturday night.
 arrow 7 Indians held for illegal entry in Sylhet
Seven Indian Manipuris including 4 women were arrested on charge of entering into Bangladesh illegally Saturday night.
 arrow American Cultural Centre likely in Jessore
An American Cultural Centre is going to be opened at Jessore Institute.
November 16 has been fixed as a tentative date for inauguration of the American Cultural Centre.

Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh in International League Tables
In this article I consider the international ranking of Bangladesh in terms of Human Development Index of UNDP, Corruption Index of Transparency International, Failed State Index of The Fund for Peace,
 arrow Why we need efficient and non-partisan civil servants
Recent recruitment of 150 or so activists of Jatiyabadi Chatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party as Upazila Election Officers (UEO) is a much talked about subjectin
 arrow Politicised bureaucracy the obstacle to good governance
Good governance means policy frameworks conducive to social justice and responsible use of political power and public resources by the state authorities.
Culturearrow Behind the radio waves
OCTOBER 10 marks the 95th birthday of Ashraf-Uz-Zaman Khan. His name is interwoven with the history of our radio.
Ashraf joined the radio since its inception, during the British rule in 1940.

 arrow Bangla feature film Shundori Beula: Off the beaten track
Anandabazar Multimedia continues to promote quality Bangla films. The latest work of this production house is Bangla feature film Shundori Beula, based on a story by noted poet Al-Mahmud.
 arrow Minute Camera goes to Tehran Intl' Short Film Festival
The short film Minute Camera has been selected for the international competition of Tehran International Short film Festival, says a press release.
 arrow Streisand sings anti-war tune
Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb hadn't worked together in 25 years. But Gibb still knew the best way to express what Streisand was thinking -- especially when it came to the war in Iraq.
Internationalarrow Iraq warns of chaos if charter rejected
Sunni Arab groups have urged Iraqi voters to reject a draft constitution in a landmark referendum but Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warned that such a move could plunge the country into chaos.
 arrow 'Anti-Americanism' simmers on liberal US West Coast
A T-shirt with a Warholian likeness of US President George W. Bush sports the incendiary legend "International Terrorist.
 arrow Presidential hopefuls campaign on peace and prices in Lanka
Sri Lanka's two main candidates for the presidency launched their campaigns at the weekend promising peace at last for the shattered island and lower consumer prices.
 arrow Gaza border security accord nears
Israel and the Palestinians were moving toward agreement on new security arrangements for Gaza's border with Egypt, officials from both sides said Saturday, a deal that could allow Palestinian residents
 arrow World cranks into gear to help quake victims
Rescue experts, medical teams, sniffer dogs and supplies were being mobilised yesterday as a worldwide effort cranked into gear to bring aid to victims of a massive earthquake that struck South Asia.
 arrow Frantic parents search for trapped children
With hands, picks and shovels, desperate parents struggled yesterday to reach more than 850 children trapped in the rubble of two schools flattened by the weekend's massive earthquake in northern Pakistan.
 arrow Military leads relief efforts in Kashmir
Troops spearheaded rescue and relief operations yesterday in Indian Kashmir, some sifting through rubble with bare hands, as ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi toured the devastated region where
 arrow ‘Quake tragedy to spur Indo-Pak peace’
The shared tragedy confronting India and Pakistan in disputed Kashmir could pay dividends for the fragile peace process, experts said yesterday after a massive earthquake left thousands dead there.
 arrow Hillary inducted into Women's Hall of Fame
Inspired by Alan Shepard, the first American to journey into space, a 14-year-old from suburban Chicago wrote a letter to Nasa in 1961 asking what she needed to do to become an astronaut.
 arrow 'Mount Everest 3.7 metres shorter now’
Is the world's tallest mountain peak growing shorter by the years?
The latest measured height of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, is 3.

 arrow Rescuers pull survivors, dead from Pak flats
Rescuers worked through the night in the ruins of an apartment complex in the Pakistani capital after a major earthquake brought two blocks of flats crashing down on scores of residents.
 arrow 'Shallow depth of quake caused devastation’
Kashmir is well known to be a high-risk area for earthquakes and Saturday's massive temblor was all the more devastating because it's epicentre was at a shallow depth, experts said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: South Asian quake
The region has been again struck by another devastating quake that seems to be visiting it with disturbing regularity.
 arrow Editorial: Floods worsening in north
The floods that have devastated four northern districts have worsened further.
 arrow IPI trilateral pipeline: More than a pipe dream?
It was at the height of the Cold War that Europe successfully struck a gas supply deal with former Soviet Union through a giant pipeline to be laid by the technologically advanced Europeans themselves.
 arrow Responsibility rests with President Kalam
An alibi is the respectable sister of a scapegoat. Hunting the scapegoat is a common aspect of politics all over the world. There is nothing particularly Indian, or partisan, about it.
 arrow Meeting the Naxal challenge: Not by force alone
Has the Indian government established a degree of control over Naxalite activity? And has it got any wiser after almost four decades? Going by the first meeting of the Standing Committee of Chief Ministers
Letters to Editorarrow Water logging
Whether in the rainy season, winter or summer, when it rains most of the roads and streets of Dhaka are flooded and water logged.
 arrow Shrine culture
In this Indian sub-continent of Aryan civilisation, the light of Islam was first brought by some great men who from far distant lands came here leaving their near and dear ones behind.
 arrow Islamic extremism and mainstream Muslims
Are mainstream Muslims blameless for the rise of Islamic extremism?
Of course not. It is the mainstream Muslims who did not stand up to the mounting corruption and cultural degeneration in the society.

 arrow Privatising Shishu Park
I do not like the plan of privatising "Shishu Park" by DCC. It is not necessary that the government has to hand it over to private operators for its renovation and modernisation.
 arrow Politics of hartal
While I was reading the letter titled "Hartal!" by Raquib Shamsad from London, I was really surprised a bit! We all know how hartal is doing damage to our economy.
 arrow An appeal
We, the people in general, are afraid of bomb blasts every day, everywhere in Bangladesh. So we are requesting the government to take the necessary steps immediately to contain the bomb menace.
 arrow Conspiracy
Bomb was the biggest news for a few days. What was their real object? Will we ever find it out? In my understanding it is a conspiracy. There are a few groups who have many plans.
 arrow Genetic influence
The pensive endeavour of human beings to fetch material pleasure-- propelled by instinctive forces like greed, rapacity, licentiousness, dishonesty-- is a genetic reality.
 arrow Political leaders and people
I extend my thanks to Mr. O. H. Kabir for his letter (DS 3/10/05) which gives me an opportunity to share my views with him.
 arrow Mili rape and murder case
On September 24 last I went to Rajshahi on a family visit. There was a dawn-to dusk hartal on the following day, 25 September, in Rajshahi.
 arrow Bring CHT under mobile network
It is a matter of regret that Chittagong Hill Tracts still remains outside the purview of mobile networks. The 61 other districts of Bangladesh have been brought under the mobile networks.
 arrow Vacant posts at NBR
At least one post of Member (Taxes) and three posts of Commissioner of Taxes are vacant in the Taxes Department for quite a long time causing a huge revenue loss to the government.
 arrow Prisoners of prisoners!
The plan of launching a massive raid on Dhaka Jail was, as usual, leaked out.
 arrow Whither Saarc?
Bangladesh has to take a clear stand during the coming Saarc conference in Dhaka. It is make or break Saarc. Totally non-dynamic & useless.
 arrow Saarc secret!
The trade within the region is mere three per cent. Increase it to 10 per cent, in the first phase; and note the awakening. Second phase: 30% then the take-off would be painless.
 arrow Drive against food adulteration
Our honourable prime minister declared in parliament that the mopping-up operation against people adulterating food and other dishonest traders would be continued with more vigour.
 arrow Students' attack on BUET VC
As an ex-student of BUET, I could not help write something after reading the letter "Students' attack on BUET VC" by Mohammed Rashed (Sat. October 01, 2005.
 arrow Spiralling prices
After the BNP led four party alliance had assumed office in October 2001, people began to feel uncomfortable in all spheres, as the success of the alliance government has been nominal.
Star Cityarrow No standard scale to ensure accurate weight in gold
The non-existence of a digital scale prescribed by the government to weigh gold has given rise to jewellers using various types of weighing machines allegedly pilfering gold weights and misleading customers.
 arrow Iftar business sees a lull
Iftar sales in the capital have come down this year due to the recent drives by the mobile court against adulterated and stale food.
 arrow Who needs a license?
Most of the drivers of human-hauliers, the main mode of transportation for residents of Khilgaon, Goran, Sipahibagh, Bashabo, Madartek and Mugda areas, do not posses driving licenses.
 arrow Wayside eateries still popular among the poor
The brisk business at the wayside eateries in the city makes a mockery of the ongoing mobile court drive against selling of unhygienic and adulterated foods.
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