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Front Pagearrow Emergency meet fails to make rationing decision
A high-level emergency meeting yesterday could not reach any decision on the introduction of a rationing system for gas in a bid to meet the existing energy crisis.
 arrow Militants plan to carry out blasts again after Ramadan
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) have plans to stage another bout of blasts across the country after Ramadan, said a JMB leader arrested Wednesday in Netrakona.
 arrow Dubious leaderships, graft led to gas crisis
One indication of the performance of AKM Mosharraf Hossain as the state minister for energy between October 2001 and June 2005 is his ouster from the cabinet on grounds of taking benefits from controversial
 arrow Govt plans 1 crore new jobs in 3yrs
The government in its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) projects creation of about one crore new jobs through various programmes it would undertake in three years.
 arrow 2 die after falling into Mirpur well
Two workers died in Pallabi as they fell into an abandoned well while at least 14 workers were injured in a separate incident as the roof of an under-construction building in Malibagh collapsed yesterday
 arrow Jcd, Bcl join hands to resist Shibir
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wings of BNP and Awami League, along with left leaning student organisations have decided to resist the Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow Wanted person seen in commerce minister's car
A Jubo Dal leader, who escaped arrest when the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided his house only four days ago, was seen travelling in the car of the commerce minister in Patuakhali town on Wednesday.
 arrow Conserving electricity?

 arrow Floods improve in north
The flood situation in the north and northwestern districts of the country has improved, while the situation in Noagaon district remained unchanged.
 arrow Durga Puja Ends
The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest festivities for the Hindus, ended yesterday with the immersion of Durga idols in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Quake rescue teams face grim truth
The search for survivors was winding down yesterday five days after Pakistan's massive earthquake even though vast isolated stretches of the lower Himalayas remain cut off, officials said.
 arrow Chechen rebels kill over 60 in Russia
More than 60 people were killed yesterday in the southern Russian city of Nalchik in attacks claimed by rebels from nearby breakaway Chechnya on government buildings, officials said.
 arrow Global bird flu outbreak merely a matter of time
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that it was just a matter of time before a global bird flu epidemic broke out, with disastrous results which would dwarf the impact from
 arrow 2 killed in wall collapse during Ctg fire
Two people were killed in a wall collapse during a fire that burnt down five godowns, destroying imported goods worth about Tk 10 crore in East Madarbari in Doublemooring on Wednesday night.
 arrow BNP MP asks locals to beat up journalists
BNP lawmaker Zahiruddin Swapan on Wednesday asked locals to beat up journalists if they publish false and fabricated news.
 arrow Notorious robber killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in the city suburb Koshba Kuituk early yesterday.
 arrow Hindu temple vandalised
A group of youths vandalised a temple at a village in Singair upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow 20 arrested for crossing Indian borders to puja mandaps
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) arrested 20 Bangladeshi nationals who went to the Indian part of Belonia to see the Durga puaja on Wednesday night.
 arrow 4-party govt responsible for the graft
Former state minister for planning Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday protested putting the blame of corruption in two projects on the Awami League government after the projects were sent to the Anti-Corruption
 arrow BNP to hold grand conference in Dhaka
After stepping into the fifth year, the ruling BNP will hold a two-day conference at the Pradhanmontri Bhaban, beginning tomorrow.
 arrow Lighter vessel owners go on strike
Owners and workers of lighter vessels went on an indefinite strike at Chittagong Port in the early hours today, demanding release of 24 vessels 'detained' at the outer anchorage.
 arrow British writer wins Nobel literary prize
Leading British playwright Harold Pinter won the 2005 Nobel Literature Prize yesterday, the Swedish Academy announced.
Businessarrow Tourism to bear the brunt of blasts
The country's private tour operators fear sharp fall in foreign tourist arrivals in the upcoming season following the August 17 countrywide serial blats and subsequent strikes on courts in three districts
 arrow Bangladesh's textile export better than expected
Like other Asian countries, Bangladesh has made a rapid gain in textile and clothing export, said an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report that has analysed the current trade and employment situation
 arrow BB drafts guideline on merger, acquisition
Bangladesh Bank has drafted a policy guideline to facilitate the merger and acquisition among the country's commercial banks.
 arrow NBR plans teams in Ramadan to up tax from shops
National Board of Revenue (NBR) is considering introducing surveillance teams in the city markets during Ramadan to boost VAT and tax collection.
 arrow WTO chief to give update on HK summit
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy was to deliver his assessment Thursday of whether the world will be ready for a December summit to tear down barriers to global commerce.
 arrow US Treasury chief sees other China
Far from the neon-lit wonders of China's booming coastal cities, US Treasury Secretary John Snow saw Thursday how the dramatic course of economic reform is playing out in the country's heartland.
 arrow UCBL MD, co secretary served show-cause notice
Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Wednesday in a show-cause notice asked United Commercial Bank Ltd's (UCBL) Managing Director Hamidul Haq and Company Secretary Mirza Mahmud Rafiqur Rahman to explain their position
 arrow Tata Tea to buy US Good Earth
India's Tata Tea Ltd, the world's second-largest branded tea company, said Thursday it would acquire US specialty tea brand Good Earth.
 arrow Nokia joins Chinese firm in telephony venture
Global mobile telephone market leader Nokia said Thursday it had agreed to form a third-generation telephony joint venture with China Putian.
 arrow US trade gap widens in August
The US trade deficit widened by 1.8 percent in August to 59.0 billion dollars, the Commerce Department said Thursday, as the high cost of imported oil offset another month of record exports.
 arrow Latest round of Sino-US textile talks fails to reach accord
The latest round of Sino-US textile talks broke up here Thursday without an agreement, the head of US delegation said, fuelling expectations that more US restrictions will be imposed on China's exports.
 arrow Oil prices stay above $64
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Thursday after the US government predicted demand would rise 2.2 percent in 2006 after an expected decline this year, dealers said.
 arrow ECB on high alert over inflation
The European Central Bank said Thursday it was on high alert with regards to inflationary pressures in the 12-country eurozone in face of runaway oil prices and excess liquidity in the economy.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Super Test starts today
Australia embarrassed the world all-stars in last week's one-day Super Series but skipper Ricky Ponting insisted Thursday they were favourites to win the six-day Super Test starting at the Sydney Cricket
 arrow Football: Uruguay stay in the hunt
Uruguay beat neighbours Argentina 1-0 in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday to earn a playoff against Australia for a place in Germany next year.
 arrow Cricket: Captaincy goes to Dravid
Rahul Dravid was confirmed as India's cricket captain on Thurs-day, ending Sourav Ganguly's five-year reign as the country's most successful skipper.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers get back for training
The national team came together for the first time on Thursday since their return from Sri Lanka when they joined the fitness camp at the Mirpur National Stadium indoor cricket facilities.
 arrow Football: Brazil are a class ahead
Brazil remain the team to beat but the France squad is "mentally and collectively strong" and will pose a threat to the world champions at next year's finals, coach Raymond Domenech said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Second round of matches today
The second round matches of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League will be held today at three city venues.
 arrow Cricket: Development Squad rain-hit in Lanka
The second and final four-day match between visiting Bangla-desh Development Squad and their Sri Lankan opposition was called off on Thursday after the second day's play was washed out due to rain atthe
 arrow Football: Relief and tension begins
France, Serbia-Montenegro and Sweden all booked their places in the World Cup finals on Wednesday as the Republic of Ireland and European champions Greece were left out in the cold.
 arrow Football: No 'magic' please!
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says he does not want to hear the word magic again in the run-up to the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Shades of Balkan war
Eight people were reported injured, one seriously, after violence flared at the high risk World Cup qualifier between Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: CAB juniors in Dhaka
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) U-17 team arrived in Dhaka on Thursday to play three one-dayers and as many two-dayers against Rajshahi Divisional U-17 team.
 arrow Chess: Rajib earns a victory
International Master Enamul Islam Rajib was the only Bangladeshi player to win a match in the sixth round of the Fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship in Hydera-bad, India on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bahrain's dream alive
Bahrain took another giant step towards gaining their first-ever World Cup berth by holding Uzbekistan to a goalless draw in an absorbing second-leg qualifying clash on Wednesday night in Manama.
 arrow Football: Soca Warriors eye Germany
Striker Stern John missed a penalty, then made amends by scoring twice as Trinidad & Tobago stunned Mexico 2-1 on Wednesday to earn a two-legged playoff against Bahrain for a place at next year's World
 arrow Football: Qualification Picture
World Cup qualification picture after Wednesday's games in Europe:-
(27 out of 32 qualifiers assured)
Qualified: Germany (hosts), Ukraine, Netherlands, Poland, England, Croatia,

Metropolitanarrow Regional cooperation a must to resolve dispute
The BNP-Jamaat alliance government has failed to realise the just share of water of common rivers, particularly with India, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow ‘No place for fundamentalism in Bangladesh’
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said fundamentalism and terrorism have no place in the country.
 arrow RU amends ordn to favour JCD leader
The Rajshahi University authorities amended the business faculty ordinance in violation of rules and provisions for allegedly favouring a leader of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal.
 arrow Death penalty for Mufti Hannan demanded
Leaders of Jubo League, a youth front of main opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded death penalty for Mufti Abdul Hannan, a top Islamist militant leader and prime accused in the plot to assassinate
 arrow Ensure accountability of politicians for women's rights
The World Rural Women's day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world.
This year's theme of the Day is 'Accountability of politicians will expedite women's right'.

 arrow New web site to be launched tomorrow
A new web site providing linkage between Bangladeshi expatriate scholars and local people to ensure better contribution of the expatriates to country's development is going to be launched tomorrow.
 arrow Unicef to vaccinate 33.5m children in Bangladesh
The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has taken the worlds biggest measles vaccination campaign programme to vaccinate 33.
 arrow Woman held for forced entry into judge's house
A woman was arrested by Sonadanga thana police for entering the residence of Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge despite obstruction by security forces on duty on Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow President hosts reception for Hindus
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception yesterday at Banga-bhaban in the city for members of the Hindu community on the occasion of the Durga Puja, the greatest festival
 arrow Adab demands security of NGOs
The Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab), a coordinating organisation for the NGOs, yesterday urged the government to ensure security for all NGO offices and its workers in Chittagong.
 arrow IOJ to support party that helps establish Islam
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Mufti Fazlul Haque Aminee yesterday said his alliance will be the partner of the major party that serves their interest in establishing Islamic rule in the country.
 arrow Bangladeshi jailed in Brunei for illegal stay
A 41-year-old Bangladeshi was sentenced to seven months imprisonment and three strokes of the cane by the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to remaining in this
 arrow ‘Stand against govt's misrule’
Speakers at a joint meeting of advisory and executive committees of Bangabandhu Jubo Parishad in the city yesterday called upon all to stand against corruption, misrule and criminalisation of Khaleda-Nizami
 arrow 36th World Standard Day today
The 36th World Standard Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today focusing on high standard of commodities considered important for improvement of lifestyle of the people.
 arrow Man found unconscious dies at DMCH
An unidentified man found unconscious at Bishwa Road in Sabujbagh area died after he was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 700 bottles of phensidyl seized, one held
Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan police arrested a man and recovered 700 bottles of phensidyl from near the Airport police box in the city yesterday.
 arrow Jalil visits flood-hit Naogaon
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday visited flood-affected areas of Naogaon and adjoining villages and distributed relief goods among the victims, said a party press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow The confluence of religion and science
Forget Samuel Huntington's hysterical "Clash of Civilization" theory: "Clash of Religion and Science" has now moved to centre stage, this time in a courtroom in rural Pennsylvania.
 arrow Morality, sex and corruption
My journalist nephew wondered aloud in my presence why corruption was so rampant in Bangladesh.
 arrow Root causes of modern jihadism
Now that the initial anger aroused by the July 2005 bombings in London has to some extent subsided, time has come for us to analyse these attacks in a manner as cool-headed and dispassionate as possible.
 arrow The road to ecological Armageddon
The Bush administration may be in denial about global warming, but people who believe that it is the single most urgent threat to mankind's survival will find plenty of ammunition in this well-researched
Culturearrow Reaching for the stars
A dreamy-eyed young girl in Sylhet city used to watch beauty pageants like Miss Universe, Miss World and contemplated what it would be like to wear a glittering crown, waving at a star-struck audience.
 arrow Nazrul’s work comes alive on screen
Impress Telefilm has produced the first film adapted from the story Meher Nigar by the Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Moments with Gunter Grass
Gunter Grass, a Nobel Prize laureate, is Germany's greatest living writer.
 arrow Another model turns actress
Popular model Azra shouldn't find her role difficult in the 26-episode TV serial titled Gaurochandrika, considering the fact that she plays a model.
 arrow Sargam steps into its 10th year
The only regular magazine on music in the country Sargam has stepped into its 10th year recently, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Probe report on August 17 bombings
The government committee that was formed to probe the August 17 bomb blasts has suggested that the banned JMB did not have the money, manpower, and network to pull off such an audacious attack alone,and
 arrow Editorial: A special thought for the sightless
Right to sight is a highly relevant and appropriate agenda at this time deserving to be adopted within the national healthcare policy framework of the government as a priority concern.
 arrow India and Pakistan edge towards detente
The India-Pakistan peace process is slowly but surely moving in the right direction.
 arrow Let's be prepared for next catastrophe
The devastating earthquakes striking parts of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan have once again brought to the fore man's helplessness in the face of the onslaught of nature.
 arrow The mystery of flawed logic
Senator Edward Kennedy (Massachusetts Democrat) was a staunch supporter of the liberation war of Bangladesh. And he has remained so.
Letters to Editorarrow Disaster preparedness
We saw destruction by Tsunami on 26 December last of material and non-material assets in many Asian countries. On 26 December no arrangements were available in the Indian Ocean to know about the Tsunami.
 arrow Insurgents or freedom fighters?
There is news everyday on Iraq in print and electronic media where the Iraqi people, fighting for the liberation of their motherland from Anglo-American usurpation, are described as insurgents.
 arrow 'Joy' and 'Jindabad'
I was reading the letter on 'Joy' vs. 'Jindabad' slogan published on Oct 9, 2005. I would like to comment on some points from the perspective of 'Emotion vs. Reality'.
 arrow No regulation in bus route permits
In Dhaka metropolis, there are too many buses plying on the main routes, and too little on the side routes.
 arrow Press freedom
By now it is known to most of the people of our country that press freedom has been threatened by the BNP- led four party alliance government.
 arrow No government control over LP Gas?
Still most of the people in towns and cities, except some blessed ones having natural gas supply through pipeline, use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as cooking fuel all over the country.
 arrow Caretaker or national government?
We are surprised that sometimes we find Awami League President Sheikh Hasina-- her 14-party alliance leaders, also Dr Kamal Hossain of Gono Forum and Dr B Chowdhury of Bikalpa Dhara-- sitting on a common
 arrow Saarc
As a Pakistani may I have the liberty to state that we Pakistanis are not very fond of Saarc. It may be a different matter for the people of other countries of South Asia.
 arrow Telephone problem in Dhanmondi
I am writing on behalf of the residents of Road No 3A, Dhanmondi. It seems the telephone linemen and their superiors have imprisoned us.
 arrow Wireless telephone system
According to a recent advertisement in the press, a couple of local companies have introduced fixed wireless telephone system (to compete with the third-class service offered by the T&T).
 arrow Modern culture and modernism
Cultural integration into the social psychology and modernistic ideology has been nowadays the apogee of rational development in the human beings, countenancing the ism that human development is hugely
 arrow Noble Peace Prize
Amidst suspense and criticism, Dr. Mohammad ElBaradei and his agency IAEA were given together the Noble Peace Prize for their role in the campaign for nuclear nonproliferation.
 arrow "World Maritime Day"
September 29 was observed as the "World Maritime Day" by the International Maritme Organisation (IMO).The theme of this year was--
" International Shipping--Carrier of World Trade.

Worldarrow South Asia: Aid arrives too late
The Pakistani army has arrived, relief goods are coming in, and the injured are getting medical attention now.
 arrow South Asia: Troops relieve cut-off Indian villages
Indian foot soldiers yesterday reached 10 villages which had been cut off for five days as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for money to aid both parts of divided Kashmir and Pakistan.
 arrow South Asia: No end to the pain at makeshift hospital
In a tiny makeshift clinic set up in a stadium, earthquake survivors scream with pain and silent children pass for dead, but either way the flow of wounded never stops.
 arrow South Asia: S Asian quake more devastating than tsunami: WHO
South Asia's earthquake was more devastating than last year's Indian Ocean tsunami in terms of the number of homeless and destruction to infrastructure, a UN official said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Villagers on desperate march to Pak city
Desperate villagers whose communities were razed to the ground by Pakistan's massive earthquake were pouring into this city yesterday to find only more devastation.
 arrow South Asia: Pak doctors overwhelmed by quake victims
Inside the makeshift tent hospital in Balakot, crushed limbs hang limply from children's bodies, badly injured people lie on cots soaked with blood and buzzing with flies, and a little girl has a gaping
 arrow South Asia: Quake helps build Indo-Pak ‘trust bridge’
The road between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir may have been closed by landslides and the Peace Bridge connecting the two sides across a Himalayan stream badly damaged by Saturday's earthquake.
 arrow Bush warns Syria over Lebanon, Iraq
President George W.
 arrow Iraq shuts down as early voting starts
Iraq prepared to seal itself off from the outside world and clamp down on movement around the country to ward off threats from insurgents bent on wrecking Saturday's referendum on a new constitution.
 arrow Most Britons want troops out of Iraq
Almost a third of Britons think the country's troops should leave Iraq immediately, according to a poll published late Wednesday.
 arrow Press slams new UK anti-terror laws
Many newspapers slammed proposed new anti-terrorism laws, condemning a plan to let terror suspects be detained without trial for up to 90 days as an affront to ancient liberties.
 arrow Opposition calls for foreign monitors
Sri Lanka's main opposition called yesterday for international observers to monitor next month's presidential election amid fears of violence.
 arrow Saddam faces public trial, says chief judge
Fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's trial to start next week will be public, open to the media and possibly broadcast live, Iraq's chief judge in the case Raed al-Juhi said yesterday.
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