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Front Pagearrow PM pledges to root out bomb-terrorism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged to root out the latest syndrome of bomb-terrorism from Bangladesh as she claimed that her government has identified the main schemers of the bombings.
 arrow Hasina vows to keep essentials within commoners' reach
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday made 16 pledges including the one to keep the prices of essentials within the commoners' reach.
 arrow Militants plan blasts to free arrestees
Several leaders and activists of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) are out to collect explosives from frontier areas in a bid to launch bomb attacks
 arrow DU will never allow Shibir politics on campus: VC
Different student organisations of Dhaka University yesterday demanded that politics of Islami Chhatra Shibir be banned at educational institutes across the country, and protested against its movement
 arrow Little of blame, more of soul searching
For the first time the prime minister yesterday did not blame the opposition for all odd things, rather she admitted failures of her administration in detecting the bombers in advance and the government's
 arrow Sheer neglect led to Barapukuria disaster
The deadly saturation of gas that led to closure of the corruption-plagued and highly over-priced $250 million Barapukuria coal mining project on Wednesday has been caused by 'sheer negligence' of the
 arrow Orion grabs 561 acres of forestland
Orion Trading House, a sister concern of Orion Group, has allegedly grabbed 561 acres of forestland in Valuka under Mymensingh district by producing fake documents.
 arrow Stop lighting malls or face cut-off
Power connections to shopping malls will be cut off as an ultimate action if the owners do not stop from illuminating their establishments in the evening, according to one of a number of decisions the
 arrow Quake toll may go up to 40,000
Pakistan said yesterday up to 40,000 people were feared dead in the weekend earthquake, as frustration over the slow rescue effort turned to anger and scattered looting.
 arrow Over 10,000 communal tortures in govt's 4yr
More than ten thousand incidents of communal torture took place in the last four years of coalition rule, but police did not properly record even one tenth of them, a white-paper of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal
 arrow More areas go under floodwater in north
With the inundation of two more upazilas, overall flood situation in Gaibandha district worsened further while water level of Karotoa river continued at one metre above the danger mark.
 arrow Two Savar cops closed, OC, SP summoned
On charges of embezzlement of money of a company, two police sub-inspectors (SIs) were suspended and closed to the police headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Tata for skipping procurement guidelines
Tata Group yesterday proposed to bypass the existing government procurement guidelines in selling its power and fertiliser to the government.
 arrow BSF kills 2 on Dinajpur border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed two Bangladeshi nationals and injured another inside Indian territory near Dinajpur on Sunday.
 arrow Schroeder bows out to make way for Merkel
After seven years as chancellor of Germany, Gerhard Schroeder conceded defeat yesterday to make way for his female rival to become leader, after using every ounce of his political agility to extract key
 arrow 2 charge sheets submitted
The first two charge sheets in the Dhaka serial blast cases were submitted yesterday against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ameer Abdur Rahman's younger brother Ataur Rahman and six others.
 arrow Robber killed in 'crossfire'
A notorious robber of Araihazar upazila in the district was killed in a 'crossfire' during a shootout between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of criminals early yesterday.
 arrow 2 share Nobel economics prize for game theory analysis
Robert J. Aumann, an Israeli-US citizen, and American Thomas C. Schelling yesterday won the 2005 Nobel Economics Prize for using game theory to explain conflict resolution, the Nobel jury said.
Businessarrow New cellphone co likely to debut early next year
A new cellphone operator is likely to make foray into Bangladesh market early next year.
 arrow Bimstec meet begins to finalise draft deal on trade in goods
A five-day meeting of the Trade Negotiation Committee (TNC) of the Bimstec began in Dhaka yesterday to finalise a draft agreement on trade in goods.
 arrow Europe on bird flu alert
The European Union banned poultry imports from Turkey Monday following an outbreak of avian influenza and sent experts to Romania to carry out further tests following a bird flu outbreak there.
 arrow Indian co acquires Aromatic soap
Mumbai-based Marico Ltd yesterday said its wholly-owned subsidiary Marico Bangladesh Ltd (MBL) has signed an agreement with Bangladesh-based Aromatic Cosmetics Ltd (ACL) for acquiring its soap brand "Aromatic".
 arrow Green investments offer huge promise in Asia: ADB
Investments in environmental goods and services hold a huge promise in Asia and the Pacific as governments in the region tighten pollution control laws, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Monday.
 arrow Asian women entrepreneurs' Eid festival begins
The six-day 'Asian Women Entrepreneurs Eid Festival 2005' began yesterday at Gulshan National Shooting Federation in the capital.
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury inaugurated the festival.

 arrow US wants 80pc cut in EU, Japan domestic farm aid
US trade chief Rob Portman called on the European Union and Japan on Monday to cut their domestic farm aid by 80 percent.
 arrow Oil climbs on technical bounce
World oil prices shook off recent heavy losses on Monday to rise on technical factors and expectations that strong US economic growth would lead to higher energy usage, analysts said.
 arrow US trade chief moots talks with EU over Airbus-Boeing
US Trade Representative Rob Portman said on Monday that the United States would prefer to negotiate a settlement of a trade dispute with the European Union over state aid given to aircraft manufacturer
 arrow Stratex Networks CEO due today
Chuck Kissner, chairman and chief executive officer of California-based Stratex Networks, one of the world's leading providers of high-speed wireless transmission solutions, arrives in Dhaka today, says
 arrow Key players try to tackle splits
Key members of the World Trade Organisation gather in Zurich Monday to try to solve the deadlock in talks aimed at cutting barriers to global commerce.
 arrow Banglalink Point opens in Dhanmondi
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday opened in Dhaka 'Banglalink Point', an outlet to provide complete cellphone solution and services.
 arrow National Bank provides Tk 70m credit for Fareast Finance
National Bank Ltd will provide a Tk 70 million credit line for Fareast Finance & Investment Ltd.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Gazi Tank give CCL a kick-start
The domestic cri-cket season got underway with Gazi Tank, Bangladesh Biman and Epyllion Group recording comfortable victories on the opening day of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League at different
 arrow Cricket: Dudhia departs honourably
Macky Dudhia parted ways with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday after serving the most demanding sports federation as its chief executive officer for two years.
 arrow Cricket: 'World will come good in Super Test'
Ashes foes Andrew Flintoff and Adam Gilchrist agreed Monday that the tarnished World XI's quality will come through in Friday's Super Test cricket match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Football: Brazil hold on to draw
Brazil defied high altitude and rough play from Bolivia to earn a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Enamul carries the flag
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib was an exception on a bad day for Bangladesh competitors in the Fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship on Sunday in Hyderabad, India.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar makes low-key return
India's premier batsman Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 12 during a domestic one-day game on Monday in a subdued comeback after a long injury lay-off.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to discuss cricket at 2010 C'wealth Games
The International Cricket Council will deliberate on the possibility of cricket being included as one of the disciplines in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 during its two-day Executive Board meeting
 arrow Football: It suits Pekerman fine
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman believes the hard-fought South American qualifying competition is just the right sort of battleground his squad needs to triumph in next year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: France entering final hours
France is holding its breath before Wednesday's final act in the team's struggle to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Vieira the cheerleader
Captain Patrick Vieira has called for full backing from the fans in France's make-or-break World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in Paris on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan wanted to quit captaincy
It's hard to imagine it now that he and his team are basking in the afterglow of Ashes triumph, but Michael Vaughan has admitted that at one point he considered quitting the England captaincy.
 arrow Olympics: BOA to receive land from NSC
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will get a piece of land from the National Sports Council for construction of its own premises.
 arrow Football: Scolari to leave Portugal after 2006 WC
Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari will quit as coach of Portugal's national side after next year's World Cup finals, the president of the Portuguese FA, Gilberto Madail, was quoted as saying on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist stumped
Adam Gilchrist Monday queried the choice of South African Mark Boucher ahead of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as the World XI's wicketkeeper for this week's Super Test here against Australia.
 arrow Football: Wome asked instead
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o said he did not take the penalty against Egypt in Saturday's World Cup qualifier because his teammate Pierre Wome asked to instead.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming plays mind games
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will have an extra incentive to outsmart South African counterpart Graeme Smith when the two countries meet in a one-day international series this month.
 arrow Football: Kahn not buying Ballack excuse
Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn claims the 2006 World Cup hosts cannot accept poor performances in the absence of their inspirational captain Michael Ballack.
Metropolitanarrow ‘Achievement fades away with terrorism, price hike'
Achievement of BNP-led four party alliance in its last four years has faded away with the rise of terrorism and price hike of essentials, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Text of prime minister’s speech
Following is the text of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's address to the nation marking the fourth anniversary of the BNP-led alliance government:
Bismillahir Rahmanirrahim
Assalamu Alaikum.

 arrow '4-party govt brings country to brink of ruin’
The BNP-led four-party alliance government has pushed the country to the brink of ruin through widespread corruption, politicisation, religious extremism and terrorism in its four-year rule, said Jatiya
 arrow Kumari Puja today
Hindu devotees will celebrate the Kumari Puja, a part of Durga Puja, across the country today.
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis killed in US road accident
A 23-year-old Bangladeshi girl and her aunt were killed on Saturday night on their way home after celebrating family get-together when their vehicle collided with a drunken driver's, Suffolk County police
 arrow RU controversial staffs demand salary
The controversially appointed 544 employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday met the university registrar Prof Abdus Salam at his office at the administrative building to demand their salary, sources
 arrow Mili rape and murder case stayed for two months
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Court yesterday stayed the proceedings in the Mili rape and murder case for two months after the father of the victim filed a time petition.
 arrow Unite to oust govt
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday urged the people to unite to oust the government and make the October 16 sit-in programme a success.
 arrow Attempt to grab land: 29 held in Chittagong
Police on Sunday midnight arrested 29 persons, mostly labourers, including a BNP leader, for attempting to illegally grab land property of a physician at Khulshi in the port city.
Nationalarrow Agitation for power in dists
Protests by people mounted in districts as frequent power outage made life miserable during Ramadan.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea and other intestinal diseases are spreading in the district as flood water has started receding.
 arrow 6 JMB men were involved in Aug 17th Netrakona blasts
Six JMB activists were involved in bomb blasts at six important points in Netrakona town on August 17..
 arrow Gopalganj BNP leaders deny press reports
Gopalganj district BNP President Saifur Rahman Nantu and its member Moniruzzaman Pinu at a press conference in the town on Sunday protested a news regarding Mufti Hannan's mercy petition, published in
 arrow Jhenidah AL council postponed again
Jhenidah district Awami League (AL) council which was supposed to be held on Sunday was postponed again without announcement of any new date.
 arrow BSF kills two Bangladeshis
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed two Bangladeshi youths and injured one Sunday night.
 arrow ‘Reopen Rangpur Sugar Mills’
Several hundred sugarcane growers and workers of closed Rangpur Sugar Mills formed a two kilimetre long human chain on the Mohimaganj-Gobindaganj road in Gaibandha on Sunday demanding re-opening of mill.
 arrow UP chairman held for anomaly
Police arrested Milonpur Union Council Chairman Abdul Hamid for misappropriating government rice allotted for distribution at subsidised rate.
Culturearrow An acclaimed actor
It was a night to remember when popular Indian film director Gautam Ghosh selected me for his film Padma Nadir Majhi.
 arrow " My idols are Shubarna , Afsana Mimi and Asaduzzaman Noor" -- Sharmeen Shila
Promising actress Sharmin Shila is a familiar face on the small screen. Among her popular ongoing TV serials are Lal Neel Beguni, Arshi and Ek Akasher Tara.
 arrow Birth centennial of Sachin Dev Burman observed
On the occasion of the birth centennial of the legendary singer Sachin Dev Burman, the government of Tripura State, organised a three-day programme in Agartala, the capital of the state, recently, says
 arrow Hardest-working frog tells all
Kermit the Frog is in a good mood. It's raining in Los Angeles -- perfect frog weather -- and the only way life could be better is if he were outside.
Generalarrow Call for cultural connectivity for peace
The 14th Saarc Writers' Conference began in New Delhi yesterday with a call to include cultural connectivity at next month's Saarc Summit in Dhaka for achieving harmony and development.
 arrow Prime suspect gets bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to the prime suspect in the Indian trader murder case.
 arrow Lions World Service Day observed
The Lion Dist. 315 B1 Bangladesh observed the World Lions Service Day (WLSD) on October 8 in the country, says a press release.
 arrow EU envoy presents credentials
The newly appointed Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Commission, Stefan Forwein, presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Internationalarrow Hope fades for remote quake victims: UN
Veteran UN relief experts say there is little hope of those still trapped under the rubble of their earthquake-flattened houses in remote areas of Pakistan surviving until rescuers can reach them.
 arrow Quake aid pours in from around world
The United States has pledged up to 50 million dollars (41 million euros) in initial assistance in response to the South Asian earthquake, adding to the aid flooding in from around the world yesterday.
 arrow Smell of death steals hope of parents
In this ruined town, flattened by the massive South Asian earthquake, the smell of death is robbing desperate parents of hope.
 arrow ME summit postponed
A summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was postponed yesterday after it became clear that it was unlikely to yield results, Palestinian officials said.
 arrow Rebels call truce in quake-hit Kashmir
The main Muslim rebel alliance in Indian Kashmir yesterday said it had suspended fighting in quake-hit areas even as Indian police reported fresh bloodshed in the bitterly disputed region.
 arrow Nepal tightens noose on media
The Nepal government has promulgated a new media ordinance that increases 10 times the fine on erring editors and publishers.
 arrow Rescued children offer glimmer of hope
Trembling with emotion on a makeshift stretcher and covered with a filthy brown blanket, 10-year-old Ifsan Rani weeps as she recounts the two days she endured in the wreckage of her school.
 arrow Looting in quake-hit Pak Kashmir capital
Angry survivors looted supplies in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, more than two days after a massive earthquake devastated the city.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Govt celebrates four years
The overwhelming reaction to the record of the government over the last four years since it came to power is one of disappointment.
 arrow Editorial: Power supply failure
The power supply situation has worsened further in the country, as reports of people demonstrating against frequent loadshedding in different places keep pouring in.
 arrow Turkey's admission into the European Union
Turkey's talks for full membership into the European Union (EU) started off on October 3 on the wrong foot, as Austria has shown its racial and religious prejudices towards Turkey's entry.
 arrow Elections in Bangladesh and minorities
The holding of free and fair elections is a measure of how democracy works in a country and how it is practised by all major political parties, particularly the party in power.
Letters to Editorarrow GrameenPhone
It is really great to be a subscriber of GrameenPhone. Well, first of all congratulations for your EDGE service & its brilliant performance.
 arrow Hindu extremism
When ruthless extremists kill innocent civilians in the name of Islam, Muslims around the world and in Bangladesh condemn the heinous acts in the strongest possible terms.
 arrow No achievement!
On October 1, 2005 we celebrated the landslide victory of BNP-Jamaat alliance and as well as the so called 'Vote Revolution Day'. On that day they got the two thirds majority and formed a new government.
 arrow Earthquake preparedness
The devastating earthquake jolting India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and killing thousands of people has left lessons to be learnt by Bangladesh.
Durga Puja Specialarrow The vision of Supreme Mother
Civilization is now in a state of transition. But the transition that we have to effect today for our survival is of course a moral and spiritual revolution which should embrace the whole of the world.
 arrow The festival of fraternity
Durga Puja is the greatest socio-religious event of the Bengali Hindu. The concept of Durga as Supreme Goddess symbolising 'Sakti' took a long time to evolve out of many ancient religious texts and traditions.
 arrow The mythology
According to Hindu mythology a demon named Mahishasura, earned the favour of Lord Shiva after a long and hard penance.
 arrow Celebration of Vijoya or Dussera
Lord Rama
This festival has immense mythological significance.

 arrow The Bengali tradition
Sati, the consort of Shiva was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati a descendant of Bhrama. Sati had married Shiva against the wishes of her father.
 arrow A symbol
A symbol of love
And bridge of harmony,
Irrespective of colour, caste,
Country, race and religion.

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