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Front Pagearrow Leaders decry price hike, power crisis
The grassroots level leaders of the ruling BNP yesterday blasted the government for the skyrocketing prices of essentials and the unbearable electricity crisis.
 arrow Moudud's pledges remain elusive
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed has dwarfed all his predecessors in spawning the bitterest-ever hostilities between the judicial and the executive wings by a series of controversial
 arrow 25 arrested Rohingyas linked with JMB
Investigators have found that the 25 suspected Rohingya militants rounded up in Chittagong on Friday have close links to some local militant groups, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and
 arrow Cops rescue 11 children from traffickers
Police rescued 11 children, brought from Bhola allegedly for trafficking, at the Sadarghat launch terminal yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan, India say Saarc summit on
Pakistan has postponed the upcoming Saarc Commerce Ministers' Meeting in the wake of the recent earthquake but said it was looking forward to attend the November 12-13 summit of the seven-nation grouping
 arrow 18 killed as bus plunges into river
At least 18 passengers including a mother and her four children were killed as a bus veered off a bridge and fell into the Gangnaei river in Kichak in Shibganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Saifur, Bhuiyan blast media over country's image
Finance Mnister M Saifur Rahman and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday blasted the media for what they termed "misreport" on the price hike of essentials and "undermining" the
 arrow Bimstec to keep brief negative list of goods
The eighth meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Trade Negotiation Committee ended yesterday with great advancements to the draft agreement
 arrow PRSP misses action on graft, governance
Though donors had proposed a number of reforms aimed at ensuring free and fair elections, a prerequisite for good governance, the government's proposed Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) barely reflects
 arrow 2 killed in Tongi roof collapse
The roof of an under-construction annex building of a textile mill at Tongi collapsed yesterday, killing two people and injuring 25 others.
 arrow Ctg paralysed despite talks with strikers
The owners and workers of lighter vessels continued their strike after signing an 11-point memorandum of understanding with the Chittagong Port Authority yesterday.
 arrow BNP factions clash at Iftar
An Iftar party of Chittagong south district unit of BNP ended in a brief pandemonium yesterday when two factions clashed over the setting up of a banner.
 arrow Hasina asks Khaleda to explain govt's 'failures'
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to account to the countrymen for her government's "failure" to run the country and ensure state and public security.
 arrow Russia, US clash over Iran's nuclear 'rights'
Russia and the United States feuded openly yesterday over Iran's nuclear program, with Moscow defending Tehran's right to enrich uranium for atomic energy while visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza
 arrow Rebels attack Iraqi polling stations
Insurgents attacked three polling stations in Baghdad during Iraq's constitutional referendum yesterday, killing four people and wounding two policemen and a civilian, police said.
 arrow C'wealth law ministers' meet starts tomorrow
Terrorism, human rights and juvenile justice in the Commonwealth nations are some of the major issues on the agenda of the four-day 13th Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting (CLMM) in Accra, Ghana beginning
 arrow Family demands ex-OC's arrest
The family of slain Momin, student of Dhaka Commerce College, yesterday demanded the arrest of alleged killers Rafiqul Islam, former officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station, and his accomplices.
 arrow One killed as train hits autorickshaw
An unidentified young man was killed and three others were injured when a running train hit an autorickshaw at Nazukhan rail crossing here yesterday.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two outlaw leaders were killed in "crossfire" during shootouts between the police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Pabna and Jhenidah early yesterday.
 arrow 50 students hurt as BCL, Shibir clash
At least 50 students of Dinajpur Government College were injured yesterday in a clash between the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir following an incident in which posters of Bangabandhu
Businessarrow Experts gather in Geneva Oct 24 to talk global textile
Textile industry experts from around the world will gather in Geneva from October 24 to 26 to discuss integrated strategies to deal with the emerging situation in the global textile industry following
 arrow BP, HPCL plan $3b refinery in India
India is set to get the first multinational energy company in its oil refining and retail business with the world's largest oil firm British Petroleum (BP) on Thursday signing an agreement with state-owned
 arrow EU must improve offer on farm market access: US
US Trade Representative Rob Portman said Friday the European Union must improve its offer on access to agricultural markets if World Trade Organisation talks are to make headway.
 arrow Sino-US textile deal still possible: Portman
The United States still hopes it can reach an agreement that would regulate booming clothing and textile imports from China but is disappointed Beijing rejected a "very generous proposal" this week, the
 arrow The economics of oil price adjustment in Bangladesh
Between July 2003 and August 2005, the international crude oil price increased by more than 200 percent, accelerating from around $26 per barrel to over $60.
 arrow Asian bird flu strain reaches Europe
A virulent bird flu strain has reached mainland Europe for the first time after killing scores of people in Asia, Romania said Saturday, adding urgency to crisis measures to stop it creating a fearedpandemic.
 arrow US to launch trade offensive in Central America
The United States, taking advantage of a newly-approved free trade agreement, begins a commercial offensive in Central America this coming week, prompting concerns that local economies weakened by recent
 arrow Banglalink mobile phone fair begins
A three-day Banglalink mobile phone fair that began at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka yesterday received huge response.
 arrow Air India gets govt nod to buy 68 aircraft from Boeing
The Indian government has given the go-ahead to state-owned Air India's two separate proposals to acquire 68 aircraft from US plane manufacturer Boeing Corporation.
 arrow Asian countries at G20 seek greater say in IMF
Asian countries at a meeting of finance ministers from the world's 20 most important economies are seeking greater weight in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), delegates said Saturday.
 arrow Transcom now GP's corporate client
Transcom Ltd has become a corporate client of the mobile phone operator, GrameenPhone Ltd.
An agreement to this effect was signed recently between the two companies, says a press release.

 arrow Roundtable on constraints of export held
A roundtable on 'Constraints of Export from the Perspective of Women Entrepreneurs and its Way Out' was held on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow Telecom firm first to list on new Dubai exchange
Lebanese-based international telecommunications firm Investcom on Friday became the first company to list its shares on the newly-launched Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX).
 arrow IMF launches new policy support facility for Africa
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched Friday a new instrument for poor countries that need the IMF's endorsement of their economic policies without requiring them to borrow from the global lender.
 arrow StanChart's new ATM booth on Pragati Sarani
Standard Chartered Bank recently opened a new ATM (automated teller machine) booth on Pragati Sarani in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Al Shahriar explodes at Khulna
Al Shahriar returned to his devastating best with a hurricane hundred as star-studded Beximco blew away newcomers Orion Group in one of the three GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League matches held atdifferent
 arrow Cricket: World XI caught in a spin
Leg-spin wizards Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill bamboozled the world all-stars working in tandem to give Australia a vice-like grip on the Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill calls for more bowling with Warne
Stuart MacGill urged selectors to make his leg-spinning duo with Shane Warne a regular feature of the Australian team after playing another leading role against the World XI in the Super Test here onSaturday.
 arrow Cricket: Patience pays off
Matthew Hayden's restrained approach to batting continued to pay dividends as the big Australian opening batsman chiselled out his second consecutive Test century against the World XI here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM fails to decide pool's composition
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) ended its meeting on Saturday without taking any decision on the national pool for the coming Premier Cricket League.
 arrow Chess: Still a dream for chess stars
No one dreamed that any of the four Bangladeshi chess players would qualify for next year's World Chess Championship when they had left for Hyderabad to participate in the Fifth Asian Individual Chess
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad off the mark
The Bangladesh Cricket Board High Performance Squad finally ended their losing streak when they snatched a two-wicket win over a Sri Lankan selection in Saturday's limited-overs match.
 arrow Cricket: CAB U-17s in command
The CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-17s were in the driving seat in their Bangladesh tour opener when the visitors bowled out Rajshahi U-17 XI for just 119 on the opening day of the two-daymatch
 arrow Chess: Latvian chess coach in city
Latvian Grand Master Edviins Kengis arrived in Dhaka on Saturday to join the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) as its new coach.
 arrow Football: Wigan move into second
Wigan moved up to second in the English Premiership table after a stunning 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the JJB Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Keane quits Ireland
Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star Roy Keane confirmed Friday that he is to quit international football after his team's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Nedved coming of retirement
Former Czech Republic captain Pavel Nedved said Friday that he was ready to come out of retirement to help the national team reach the 2006 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Sanz buys Parma
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz should be confirmed as the new owner of Parma in the next few days after handing over a cheque for 20 million euros (23.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan plays 'feud' down
England captain Michael Vaughan has played down comments from his new book which suggest he "can't stand" South African counterpart Graeme Smith.
 arrow Football: Euro 2008 pools revealed
European football's ruling body UEFA on Friday announced the composition of the pools from which will be drawn the qualifying groups for the 2008 European Championships.
 arrow Tennis: Schiavone in Kremlin Cup final
Italy's Francesca Schiavone booked a place in the final of the 2.3-million Kremlin Cup here Saturday beating fourth seed Elena Dementieva of Russia in straight sets.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath top pace bowler
Australia's Glenn McGrath Satur-day became the greatest wicket-taking paceman in Test cricket with two wickets to overtake West Indian Courtney Walsh.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav faces big challenge: Kapil
Former India captain Kapil Dev on Saturday said that Sourav Ganguly faced a "big challenge" in regaining his spot in the side after he was replaced as skipper by Rahul Dravid.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka call back Zoysa
Sri Lanka have strengthened their pace attack by including Nuwan Zoysa in a 15-member squad for this month's one-day cricket series in India.
Metropolitanarrow 1.20 lakh women suffer from breast cancer
Experts at a roundtable yesterday called for raising awareness about breast cancer to protect women from the growing menace.
 arrow 4 years of coalition a black chapter in history
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday termed the four years of BNP-Jamaat-led coalition in power as 'black chapter' in the history of the country.
 arrow ‘Link among scholars will help dev nation'
It is a great initiative and a dream indeed to unite the Bangladeshi scholars at home and abroad through a network to exchange their ideas and knowledge for the development of the motherland.
 arrow Country on verge of ruin due to misrule, corruption
Misrule, corruption, mismanagement, looting and incompetence of the alliance government have brought the country on the verge of ruin.
 arrow PBCP man arrested in Satkhira
Police arrested a member of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP Janajuddha) at Sadar Hospital gate in the town yesterday.
 arrow PM's speech to nation false, deceiving: B Chowdhury
Bikalap Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday termed prime minister's speech to the nation as 'false and deceiving'.
 arrow ‘Declare World Rural Women's Day as national day’
World Rural Women's Day Observance committee (WRWDOC) demanded of the government to declare the World Rural Women's Day as the National Day of Bangladesh.
 arrow 2 construction workers killed in accidents
Two construction workers died in separate incidents while working at construction sites in the city yesterday.
Md Rana, 22, was working in a five-storied under-construction building at Road No.

 arrow World White Cane Safety Day observed
The World White Cane Safety Day was observed in the country yesterday in a befitting manner to ensure safe movement of those lacking eyesight.
 arrow Abducted Khulna college student rescued
A student of Khulna Govt. Azam Khan Commerce College abducted from Pallabi in Dhaka on Thursday was rescued from a lane at Wari on Friday night.
 arrow Govt to complete trial within its tenure: Babar
The alliance government will complete the trial of journalist murder cases within its tenure and the process of trying the bombers has already started, said State Minister for Home Lutfuzzaman Babar yesterday.
 arrow World Food Day today
The World Food Day will be celebrated across the globe today, marking the founding anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (Fao).
 arrow DU Mourning Day observed
Dhaka University Mourning Day was observed yesterday commemorating the tragic death of 39 students and employees in a building collapse on this day in 1985 at Jagannath Hall.
 arrow Appeal for Help
Runa Laila, 22, has been suffering from a complicated disorder of the heart and lungs known as primary pulmonary arterial hypertension for last 12 years.
Nationalarrow 'Politicians' apathy negates UN charter on women's rights'
Woman's rights remained a far away dream in rural Bangladesh due to lack of commitment by political leaders both in ruling and opposition parties.
 arrow Majhipara Hindus fear fresh attack, 5 still being treated
About 200 Hindu families at Majhipara village in Kandi union in Pirgachha upazila are passing days amid uncertainty, fearing a fresh attack.
 arrow Reopen KNM, decision to shut it was unwise
Speakers at a roundtable discussion here yesterday urged the government to take steps to reopen Khulna Newsprint Mill (KNM), which will cost only Tk 30 crore.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 4, attacks 500 in Tangail
Four people died and 500 others have been attacked with diarrhoea in Ghatail and Madhupur upazilas in last three days.
 arrow Anti-piracy drive in Meghna estuary: 56 held
Police from Bhola and Laxmipur districts and Coast Guards in joint operations on Monday and Tuesday arrested 56 suspected pirates from three shoal areas bordering the two districts.
 arrow REB office ransacked in Kalapara
Protesting frequent power outage, several hundred angry people attacked the Rural Electrification Board (REB) office at Kalapara upazila town Friday night after Tarabee prayers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is Bangladesh on sale or free for all?
The people of Bangladesh naturally think that the head of the government is in charge. At least the PM's inaugural speech gave that impression.
 arrow Transparency comes through cleaning the filth in officialdom
Most governments use their honeymoon time, the first 100 days in power, to either set the agenda or ram through unpopular decisions The BNP-led coalition govern-ment, during the last four years, an extended
 arrow Growing threat of an avian flu pandemic
An influenza pandemic is characterised by a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new Influenza A virus infects human and then keeps spreading from person to person worldwide.
Culturearrow Singer of the masses hits the big screen
Many of us have watched Momotaz on the small screen. Come Eid, viewers will get to see her on the big screen as well.
 arrow The suspense builds up
Many of us are still shocked by the results of Group C, last Sunday night. In fact, the judges seemed devastated when it was announced that neither Champa, nor Khushbu made it to the next round.
 arrow Telefilm Anur Bikal on ntv
It's the auspicious occasion of Eid. To dovetail with the festival, ntv brings a star-studded telefilm Anur Bikal to its viewers.
Internationalarrow Rain, cold compound misery of survivors
The death toll in Pakistan's devastating earthquake rose to nearly 40,000 yesterday, while rain, snow and frigidly cold weather compounded the misery of millions of homeless victims.
 arrow US offers Syria deal to end isolation
The United States has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a deal to end his regime's international isolation if it agrees to a list of concessions, a British newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Subversive war rages on in Lanka: Envoy
Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels are locked in a subversive war despite a 2002 truce, a top Norwegian envoy has warned, calling on both sides to resume stalled talks to forge a lasting endto
 arrow Pakistan to accept Israeli aid for quake victims
Pakistan said yesterday it will accept any financial aid from Israel for victims of the devastating earthquake, as the Islamic republic cautiously warms up to the Jewish state after decades of hostility.
 arrow India gives aid groups access to Kashmir
India is letting international relief agencies operate in militarised and formerly forbidden parts of Kashmir, where tens of thousands need help after last week's devastating earthquake, aid workers
 arrow Hindu-Muslim riots kill 3 in Uttar Pradesh
Hindus and Muslims fought pitched battles that left three dead and 26 injured in a northern Indian town, the Uttar Pradesh authorities said yesterday after imposing a curfew.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Earthquake preparedness in Bangladesh
The devastation that has been wrought by the massive earthquake in the Indo-Pak border area should comes as a grim but timely reminder to the authorities that Bangladesh, too, is vulnerable to earthquakes.
 arrow Editorial: Why the port strike?
An indefinite strike called by the owners and crew of lighter vessels keeping the Chittagong Port in a paralytic state, a trouble-shooting meeting between the Fisheries and Livestock Minister and thestriking
 arrow Registration of political parties
Very recently a new political party has been launched to be added to the list of scores of political parties in the country.
 arrow How to be a successful politician in Bangladesh
If you are dedicated, committed, and even half a patriot there is no sense in your trying to be a front-ranking politician in this country.
Letters to Editorarrow Mistakes in HSC English textbook
There is many a question about the appropriateness of the methodology used in writing the textbook prescribed by the National Curriculum & Textbook Board (NCTB) for classes 11 & 12.
 arrow Dipali's suicide
Dipali, a tiny poor girl of Kishoreganj, committed suicide as she could not bear the pangs of hunger.
 arrow Weekly holiday
Declaring two days weekly holiday is a good decision taken by the government for a country like Bangladesh, which is spending an enormous amount of foreign exchange for buying petrol and other related
 arrow Drive against unscrupulous business
The recent drive against adulterated food businesses has earned appreciation of all.
 arrow Bangla Academy's dictionary
It appears very surprising to the students that the popular Bengali to English dictionary published by Bangla Academy is out of market.
Star Healtharrow Reducing the agony of suffering women: National fistula center in forefront
Due to lack of awareness an estimated 40,000 women suffer from obstetric fistula each year at the time of their delivery, which damages urinary tract, and often passage of the anus.
 arrow Facts about fainting
Majority of the population may have one episode of syncope (fainting) in their lives. Depending on the cause of syncope, the prognosis varies from excellent to poor.
 arrow Dyes in diapers may cause skin rash
The dyes used to give diapers a fashionable flair may also give some babies and toddlers an allergic skin reaction, according to doctors.
 arrow Home tests may detect ‘masked' hypertension
Home blood pressure monitoring and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring -- two different ways to measure blood pressure outside a doctor's office -- are both effective methods to detect "masked hypertension,"
 arrow Emergence of a unique, multi-drug resistant strain of Vibrio cholerae O1
Cholera due to Vibrio cholerae O1 is the leading cause of severe dehydrating diarrhoea with distinct seasonality in Bangladesh.
 arrow Breast cancer is not a disease of women only
Cancer of the breast in a man: An 83 year-old man presented with a one-month history of an enlarging lump on his right nipple. It was asymptomatic.
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Star Cityarrow Meter tampering pushes up fares
A large number of taxicabs and CNG driven three-wheelers ply the city streets with either faulty or meters that are tampered with.
 arrow CNG buses take advantage of faulty policy, raise fares
The fare of CNG-run buses on various routes in the city increased after the government last month raised bus fare due to petroleum price hike.
 arrow Unregistered cellphone booths doing brisk business
The phone-fax shops in the city are running cellphone call business without registration with the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
There is no fixed rate of their call charges.

 arrow Costs go up for eastern bypass
With every passing month, the estimated expenditure to construct the multi-dimensional Dhaka eastern bypass is increasing and experts involved in the project fear that work might not start before 2010.
 arrow Minibuses most reckless
The Society of Human Endeavour of Broad Achievement (SHEBA) for Bangladesh in a roundtable recently revealed that buses and trucks cause 57 percent of road accidents in the country with most mishaps happening
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