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Front Pagearrow Strike paralyses Chittagong port
Loading, unloading and transportation of goods from mother vessels in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port to different parts of the country yesterday remained completely suspended on the first dayof
 arrow 5 road accidents kill 16, injure 20
At least 16 people including five women were killed and over 20 others injured in five road mishaps yesterday in Savar and in the city.
 arrow Akbar’s tenure riddled with stalled plans, unmet pledges
Despite repeated promises to improve the ailing shipping sector, Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain has implemented hardly any reforms there in the last four years.
 arrow N Korean co looks for legal coverage to finish task
Petrobangla's North Korean contractor Namnam is now seeking an unsolicited Tk 9 crore "expert service" contract with the government to finish the Tk 1,275 crore Maddhyapara hard rock mine project, which
 arrow JMB leaflet calls for arrest of its chief!
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a live bomb and a leaflet of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from a mosque in Rajshahi city last night.
 arrow Launch fares go up today
Operators of passenger launches start taking increased fares from today in the wake of the recent fuel price hike.
 arrow Publish white paper on extra-judicial killings, demands AL
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday demanded publication of a white paper on extra judicial killings and killings in police custody in the last four years of coalition rule so that
 arrow Low-cost filter to remove arsenic from water
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has unveiled a low-cost arsenic removal water filter and announced to distribute 1,000 such devices in Bangladesh, said areport
 arrow Winter vegetables beyond reach of ordinary buyers
Winter vegetables have started to come onto the market much earlier than the season and are selling at prices beyond the reach of common people.
 arrow Outlaw killed in shootout' with Sirajganj cops
A leader of an underground outfit was killed in a shootout between police and his cohorts at Poylarchar in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj district early yesterday.
 arrow All cops of Savar police station withdrawn
All police officers and constables of Savar Police Station have been withdrawn in the wake of the money scandal of Uttara Group, a leading business enterprise.
 arrow Take permanent steps against monga: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded creation of permanent employment opportunities to address the monga (a near-famine situation) problem instead of giving relief through Vulnerable
 arrow Iraqis vote in today's referendum
Iraqis prepared Friday for an historic referendum on their draft constitution as authorities imposed a security clampdown in a bid to thwart insurgents seeking to disrupt the vote.
 arrow UN plays down bird flu threat
The World Health Organisation said yesterday it was concerned about the spread of a deadly strain of bird flu, but played down an immediate or widespread threat to human health despite growing alarm in
 arrow Hopes fade for quake survivors
Rescue operations wound down yesterday six days after a massive earthquake as relief teams switched attention to helping millions of destitute, although the military said it was not giving up hope.
 arrow Black hole helps spawn stars
Astronomers say the mysterious, massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way helped give birth to new stars, challenging earlier theories that black holes are solely destructive forces.
 arrow Water crisis...

 arrow Robbery at a city house
Armed robbers looted 35 tolas of gold ornaments from a house at Shaheenbagh in Tejgaon last night.
 arrow Trader murdered at Hazaribagh
A trader killed his lender for demanding repayment of Tk 1,500 at Gajmahal Bazar of Hazaribagh in the city yesterday.
Businessarrow Incentives for flower exporters on cards
The government may introduce 15 percent incentive in the form of rebate on export processing fee and freight charge for flower and ornamental plant exporters from the next fiscal year.
 arrow Power outage another threat to woven garments
Frequent power outage has posed an extra threat to the country's woven garment industry, already struggling to compete with comparatively lengthy lead-time in the quota-free regime.
 arrow Qatar co plans to open office in Bangladesh
Qatar Petrochemicals Company (QAPCO) is planning to open commercial offices in Bangladesh and Taiwan as part of its strategy to expand global operations, Marketing Manager of the company Abdul Rahmanal-Abdullah
 arrow Bangladesh takes part in Nepal food festival
Bangladesh is participating in the four-day first Annpurna International Food Festival that began yesterday in Pokhara in the Himalayan kingdom.
 arrow China to reject any deal that hurts its textile industry
China will not sign any textile agreement that hurts its textile industry, the Commerce Ministry said Friday in its first reaction to the breakdown of the latest round of talks with the United States.
 arrow EU trade chief defends WTO stance, backs emergency talks
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson insisted Friday he is working within his mandate in crunch WTO negotiations, voicing support for an emergency EU meeting next week on the standoff.
 arrow Oil falls below $63
Oil prices fell further in Asian trade Friday after a weekly US government report on petroleum stocks suggested weakening demand, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.
Money Market
In the Treasury bill auction held on Sunday, bid for BDT 10,837.

Sportsarrow Cricket: So unlike Bashar
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar showed no signs of jet-leg as he inspired Acme Laboratories to record a 98-run victory against newcomers Metro Real Estate in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League
 arrow Cricket: Hayden, Gilchrist show the way
Matthew Hayden completed a century and Adam Gilchrist was racing towards his own hundred as Australia amassed 331 for six on the opening day of the ICC super test with the Rest of the World on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith supports trial by replay
World XI captain Graeme Smith said he supported the use of television replays after the video umpire gave out three Australian batsmen on the opening day of the ICC super test on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: The Ganguly puzzle
Cricket-mad Indians were debating Sourav Ganguly's future on Friday, a day after India's most successful Test captain was sacked due to injury and poor batting form.
 arrow Football: Spain get the toughest draw
Spain, deprived by Serbia Montenegro of an automatic place in the 2006 World Cup finals, must overcome Slovakia to reach the finals in Germany next year.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers captain gets support from fellow skippers
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said he was heartened by the show of support for Bangladesh from his counterparts during the ICC's (International Cricket Council) captains meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Important CCDM meeting today
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) meets with club officials today to settle three important issues ahead of the upcoming Premier and First Division cricket leagues.
 arrow Chess: Rakib the lone winner
International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib, the only Bangladeshi player, won the seventh round game in the 5th Asian Individual Chess Championship in Hyderabad, India on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke video's first Test victim
Australian Michael Clarke became the first batsman given out in Test cricket by the third umpire during the opening day of the Super Test against the World XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
 arrow Football: Real sweat on Ronaldo
Brazilian ace Ronaldo, who has been the most decisive player for Real Madrid since joining the club in 2002-2003, is facing a race to be fit for this weekend's derby date with Atletico Madrid after suffering
 arrow Football: Davies' ideal chance
Kevin Davies could not have a better opportunity to prove his case that he can be the target man England should take to next summer's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Juve going for start record
Juventus will move a step closer to the record for the best start to a Serie A season should they beat Sicilian side Messina at home on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's a privilege’
Rahul Dravid said Friday he was "honoured and privileged" to be named India's new cricket captain, ending Sourav Ganguly's five-year reign as the country's most successful skipper.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar boost
Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Friday returned to the India squad for this month's home one-day series against Sri Lanka after recovering from an elbow injury.
 arrow Cricket: Another defeat for HP Squad
Tamim Iqbal hit 88 but it was not good enough for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance Squad to prevent a 6-wicket defeat in a rain-interrupted limited-overs game against their Sri Lankan counterparts
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan stays on
Cricket Australia (CA) said Friday it had re-appointed John Buchanan as Australian team coach to a new contract through to after the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Fergie not amused
Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a withering blast at Sepp Blatter after the FIFA President told the Manchester United boss to crack down on Wayne Rooney's indiscipline.
 arrow Football: Karembeu signs off
French World Cup winner Christian Karembeu on Thursday announced his retirement from football.
Metropolitanarrow Appointment of 32 as asstt judge still pending
Despite final selection through several tests following the 22nd BCS examinations of 2000, appointments of 32 people as assistant judge are still pending when 25 others of the same batch have alreadybeen
 arrow 20 lakh people suffer from eye diseases in Bangladesh
International White Cane Safety Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the world to ensure safe movement for the people lacking eyesight.
 arrow Dhaka close ally, strategic partner of US
Key administrative officials of US National Security Council, State Department and Defence Department recognised Bangladesh as a close ally and strategic partner of the United States and assured continued
 arrow Stand against 4 indigenous leaders worries AI
Amnesty International (AI) has expressed concern about reports that four leaders of Bangladesh's indigenous populations, three of whom are from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), have become the targets
 arrow Price spiral of essentials makes people's lives miserable: B Chowdhury
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday criticised the BNP-led alliance government for its failure to check price spiral of essentials and to curb the activities of religious
 arrow 1,683 HR violations against women in last 3 months
A total of 1,683 incidents of human rights violations against women, most of those on dowry and divorce related matters, occurred all over the country in the last three months as of September this year.
 arrow 2 criminals held in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two top-notch criminals and recovered one rifle in separate drives in Chittagong and Feni in last two days.
 arrow UCEP painting exhibition begins today
A month-long painting exhibition, organised by Underprivileged Children's Educational Programmes (UCEP)-Bangladesh, begins in the city today to raise funds.
 arrow Documentary on Hooded Pitta
A documentary on a songbird, Hooded Pitta, locally known as Halti, was screened at the Liberation War Museum auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow Partial lunar eclipse Oct 17
A partial eclipse of the moon will take place on October 17.
The eclipse will begin at 5:34pm and end at 6:32pm, according to an ISPR press release.

 arrow DU Mourning Day today
Dhaka University Mourning Day will be observed today to commemorate the death of 39 students and employees in a building collapse at the Jagannath Hall in 1985.
 arrow 18 teachers out of 31 on leave
Academic activities of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Dhaka University are being hampered as 18 teachers out of 31 are on leave, sources said yesterday.
 arrow Fertiliser worth Tk 2 crore seized in Meghna
Coastguards seized two cargo vessels with 4000 sacks of smuggled urea fertiliser worth around Tk 2 crore from the Meghna river at Bhangar char area early yesterday.
 arrow A quarter trying to destroy govt achievements: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said a vested quarter has been trying to destroy the achievements of the government.
 arrow Prof Shawkat passes away
Prof Shawkatuzzaman, noted artist and teacher of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University, passed away due to heat attack in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Outlaws being implicated to save Islamist militants
Refuting a claim by the government, a 'regional leader' of Janajuddha faction of Purba banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has said his party was not involved with JMB in its August 17 serial bomb blasts across
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads to all six upazilas in Nilphamari
Two more persons died of dioarrhoea and at least 3000 were attacked as the disease spread to fresh areas in Nilphamari district.
 arrow Attack for toll during Durga Puja protested
At least 300 members of the Hindu community yesterday brought out a procession here protesting Thursday’s attack on some members by a group of miscreants for non-payment of illegal toll during DurgaPuja
 arrow Sale of subsidised rice yet to start in Bandarban
Sale of rice at reduced rate under Rural Rationing Programme is yet to be started here although rice is being sold at Tk 18 per kg in open markets.
 arrow Garments unit closed at Comilla EPZ
A Chainese garments factory--Yangtai Industries (BD) Ltd-in Comilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) is closed since Monday over an alleged labour dispute.
 arrow One killed, 3 hurt in B'baria landslide
One person was killed and three others were injured in a landslide at Akabpur village in Kasba upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Seminar on journalists’ repression held
Speakers at a seminar held here yesterday stressed on journalists' unity to prevent repression on them from any quarter of the society.
Point-Counterpointarrow When the earth breaks
Lord Byron describes poetry as the lava of imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake. Forget the scientific theory and think for a minute.
 arrow We need an Ombudsman not an Ombudsmouse
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said that a tax Ombudsman will be appointed after Eid.
 arrow Pakistan will not forget
The scale of the disaster has traumatised the entire country or perhaps not quite. Here in Lahore a group of people collecting funds for earthquake relief were apprehended and charged.
Culturearrow On his directorial approach and future plans
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a busy director of TV serials. His unique tele-films, drama serials and single episode TV plays have won him wide appreciation.
 arrow Images from "The Land of Gods"
Starting a journey from Varanasi, a very important place in India for Hindu pilgrims, twenty-one photographers from North South University clicked their cameras for fifteen days, through Dehradoon, Missourie,
 arrow Stevie Wonder returns with love
When Stevie Wonder returned to the studio after a 10-year hiatus to record A Time to Love, he was doing more than getting back to work.
Internationalarrow Kashmiris fear icy death as winter looms
Thousands of children in regions devastated by South Asia's earthquake are at risk of death from cold, malnutrition and disease, Unicef said.
 arrow Aftershock rattles Pak quake survivors
Survivors of the Kashmir earthquake spent a sixth night in the open in the worst-hit city of Muzaffarabad, kept awake by the rumble of aid trucks and an aftershock early on Friday that set dogs howling.
 arrow Race against time to reach survivors
Struggling with blocked roads and a shortage of helicopters, rescuers in quake-hit Pakistan were yesterday in a race against time to reach devastated mountain villages which face being cut off as winter
 arrow Little signs of life in quake-hit wasteland
Four trading stores back in business, an applecart on a street corner, two auto-rickshaws plying their trade and a roadside stall serving hot tea -- small but important signs of life in a city turnedinto
 arrow 'India, Pakistan put politics before relief’
India and Pakistan are playing politics with earthquake relief, and have missed a great opportunity to build closer ties in a time of tragedy, Kashmir's main moderate separatist leader said on Friday.
 arrow Russian forces storm bldgs to free hostages
Russian special forces stormed two buildings held by pro-Chechen gunmen yesterday, bringing to an end a massive raid by the militants in the southern city of Nalchik in which up to 100 people may have
 arrow Saudi king vows to eliminate al-Qaeda
Saudi King Abdullah vowed in his first television interview as monarch to eliminate al-Qaeda even if the battle took decades to win, condemning the terror network as "the work of the devil".
 arrow The failed rescue of 'Emma'
They had nicknamed her Emma.
Found miraculously alive under the rubble Wednesday, rescue workers toiled delicately for hours to pull her out.

 arrow US, France warn Iran over nukes
The United States and France yesterday urged Iran to resume negotiations on its nuclear activities, and reaffirmed a threat to bring Tehran before the UN Security Council over the issue.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Message-laden UNFPA report
It is heartening to learn about the decline in the population growth rate in Bangladesh as reflected in the recently-launched UNFPA World Population Report, 2005. But just.
 arrow Editorial: Extra-judicial killings
The figure of the deaths in the last four years of the coalition rule at the hands of the law enforcement agencies reported in a leading Bangla daily is mind boggling and legally untenable.
 arrow Koizumi breaks new ground in Japanese politics
Japanese Prime Minister Juni-chiro Koizumi stormed to victory in the latest Japanese general elections held on September 11.
 arrow Blood is thicker than water
SUFFERINGS efface identities. I thought something like that would happen when the earthquake struck Islamabad and both sides of Kashmir, more Pakistan's than India's.
Letters to Editorarrow Ongoing traffic month
Traffic month is going on in the city with only visible banners sponsored by Grameenphone when the traffic controllers are roaming around in the streets in a happy mood as usual.
 arrow Our second hand airline
How long will Biman carry on with a limping fleet of ageing and sick aircrafts? These days we regularly see newspaper reports of Biman aircrafts stuck up in New York, Brussels and other airports for mechanical
 arrow Wet underarm of BD celebrities
TV commercial models, actresses, newscasters, singers, nearly all of them are an embarrassment to me with their wet underarms on the TV screen.
 arrow Only the dead have seen the end of war
I live away from home. Thanks to technological development, now we can know what is happening in our country before the people of our country know! It is possible because of the time difference we enjoy.
StarTecharrow Intel to launch low-voltage chips, focus on digital home
What does the future of computing and mobile communication have in store for us? Well, the eye-catching gadgets that we often see in the movies may not be just an imaginary product anymore.
 arrow Intellectuals' directory and much more
A large number of Bangladeshi scholars have been living in different developed countries of the world and are engaged in services in their respective fields.
 arrow The Science Of Aliens

Literaturearrow Fantasy
When we reached the National Store, there were no customers at all.
That was one convenient thing about Natesan's shop. No crowds, no jostling.

 arrow A book about street children
If there is one thing that newcomers to Mumbai find most disturbing until they get used to living in this city, it is the sight of half-naked, unwashed children on the streets.
 arrow 'I have often...imagined myself to be Charlie Chaplin!'
Exactly fifty years ago, in 1955, the release of Pather Panchali heralded the arrival of a master in the world of cinema. Over the next forty years.
 arrow Some simply can't
Some can, and some simply can't.
 arrow Masks
I hate masks
I think the human face divine
Then why I ask
Is there a mask over mine?

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