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Front Pagearrow Gas supply rationed
In the wake of the acute energy crisis, a high-powered committee yesterday recommended introducing a gas rationing system in the industrial sector and suspending until next December new gas connections
 arrow JMB threatens to bomb 17 Kushtia installations
Banned Islamist organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to blow up 17 offices and important establishments in Kushtia if police continue to arrest and harass its activists
 arrow Harkatul Jihad banned at last
The government at last banned Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJi) and its activities in Bangladesh yesterday, over a decade after the international terrorist group had started to spread its tentacles across
 arrow Dhaka turns into city of rickshaws
Dhaka has become a city of rickshaws once again as the Eid nears and the streets are getting clogged with the three-wheelers.
 arrow Govt shelves unsolicited awarding on WB threat
As the World Bank (WB) has threatened to suspend all funds on grounds of massive nepotism, corruption and irregularities in the unsolicited small power schemes, the government yesterday decided to shelve
 arrow Least prepared to tackle bird flu
The government has no preparatory mechanism for stocking anti-viral vaccine as a precaution to tackle avian influenza, neither for fowl nor for people of the densely populated country.
 arrow Prevent killing of guest birds to tackle avian flu
The government, as per its emergency plan, has instructed the livestock officials to be on strict vigil to prevent the killing of the migratory birds, which have the potential to spread the bird flu virus
 arrow 3 killed in blast at ship-breaking yard
Three workers were killed and at least 15 others injured as a tank in an oil tanker exploded at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda yesterday.
 arrow 20,000-man security blanket for Saarc meet
Some 20,000 security personnel will be deployed to ensure maximum security for the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka, foreign ministry officials told the high officials and advance security teams from
 arrow IOJ blames 14-party for Ctg leader's killing
Leaders of the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ-Amini) yesterday blamed Awami League-led 14-party alliance for the murder of IOJ party leader Iqbal Bin Yakub at Chittagong on Saturday night.
 arrow Unified system to lower science edn standard
The planned "unified education system" with provisions for studying eighteen subjects at the SSC level will practically lower the standard of education, especially science education, speakers at a discussion
 arrow Tata happy over incentive offer
The Indian conglomerate Tata Group yesterday expressed concern over the government's plan on rationing gas to different industrial units in the country.
 arrow US airstrikes kill 70 in Iraq
US warplanes and helicopters bombed two villages near the restive city of Ramadi, killing an estimated 70 militants, the military said yesterday, though witnesses said at least 39 of the dead were civilians.
 arrow Bush plans changing int'l rules for India
The Bush administration this week is expected to begin laying out in more detail its plans to change US and international rules so India can acquire restricted nuclear materials under a controversialdeal
 arrow Jail asked to produce 6 JMB men before court
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the jail authorities to produce six Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men before it on October 23 in the August 17 Dhaka serial bomb blast cases.
 arrow Dhaka to ratify 3 international conventions
The cabinet yesterday approved proposals for the ratification of three important international conventions on terrorism, armed conflicts and space cooperation.
 arrow SCBA boycotts courtesy call on chief justice
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday boycotted the conventional post-vacation courtesy call on the chief justice and the Supreme Court judges as controversial judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee waspresent
 arrow Linking Dhaka and Munshiganj...

 arrow BPC issues 72hrs ultimatum to Biman to pay fuel arrears
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) gave a 72-hour ultimatum to national flag-carrier Biman to pay a huge amount of arrears or face fuel-supply cutoff after the deadline.
 arrow Cops, ansars get 3 yrs jail for mugging
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two policemen and two ansars to three years rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk 3,000 each for robbing a businessmen in the port city two months ago.
 arrow Chief whip's sons get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to Abdul Hamid Dablu and Akhter Hamid Paban, sons of chief whip Khandokar Delwar Hossain, in four extortion cases.
 arrow Donors' team visits CHT
A top-level donors' team arrived in Rangamati yesterday on a four-day visit to observe the progress of the confidence building programme among the people of this region.
 arrow Duet closed after students' clash
Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet) was yesterday declared closed sine die amid raging clashes between the rival student organisations that left 40 injured in the last two days.
 arrow Noor asks govt to declare Nilphamari as disaster-hit area
Awami League Publicity Secretary Asaduzzaman Noor said disaster-hit Nilphamari should be declared as an affected area.
 arrow Pieced body of headless girl recovered
Police recovered the headless body of an unidentified girl from Mirpur in the capital last night.
On information, police recovered the body on road No. 2 at Block A in Mirpur Section 6 at 7:45pm.

Businessarrow Smuggled cellphone sets still rule market
Duty cut on mobile phone set import is yet to cast positive impact as smuggled sets still hold 50 percent market share, importers said.
 arrow Businesses demand punishment to culprits
Business leaders yesterday demanded the government to punish the troublemakers, who looted and damaged industrial establishments on October 14 in Savar, saying such incidents can tarnish the image ofthe
 arrow EU, US aim to get ‘open skies’ talks off the ground
The European Union and the United States re-launched on Monday long-stalled talks on opening up the huge transatlantic air market to greater competition, aiming to strike a deal by the end of the year.
 arrow Banglalink Eid mobile phone fair in Ctg ends today
The three-day "Banglalink Eid Mobile Fair" pulled huge crowd yesterday, the second day of the fair, at the Woodland Park Community Centre in the port city's Sholoshahar area.
 arrow The economics of oil price adjustment in Bangladesh
(Continued from Oct 17)
First, while the international crude oil price has gone up by over 200 percent, the domestic prices of kerosene and diesel have increased by 50 percent and the priceof

 arrow Citigroup profit rises 35pc
Citigroup Inc on Monday said third-quarter profit rose 35 percent as growth in investment banking and a gain from the sale of insurance businesses helped offset consumer banking weakness and the impact
 arrow ISP Services of AKTEL launched
AKTEL, a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) operator, has recently added a complete range of ISP (Internet Service Provider) services to its operations.
 arrow Talks on Samsung-Apple deal break down
Samsung Electronics Co's talks with Apple Computer Inc on a possible joint investment to produce NAND flash memory chips a key component of Apple's newest portable music players have broken down, Samsung
 arrow Eid fair at Gulshan from tomorrow
A weeklong Eid fair, organised by Karim's Boutique, begins at Gulshan in Dhaka tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Japan's corporate bankruptcies fall
The number of Japanese corporate bankruptcies fell 4.8 percent in the first half of the fiscal year ending next March, supported by improved earnings especially among large companies, a research firmsaid.
 arrow G20 meet reflects shift in world economic balance
International financial bodies need to reflect the impact emerging powers are having on the global economic landscape, finance chiefs said at a weekend meeting hosted by China.
 arrow Volkswagen to recast in China
Troubled German carmaker Volkswagen said Monday it would embark on an ambitious cost cutting programme to revive its struggling China operations at its two joint ventures.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India tour uncertain yet
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar finally broke his silence yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: The World is not enough
Leg-spin wizards Stuart MacGill and Shane Warne spun Australia to an easy 210-run victory over the World XI here Monday, raising doubts about the future of best-versus-the-rest cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: CCL resumes today
The third round of the GrameenPhone Corporate League begins today with the cricketers still unhappy about under-prepared grounds and pitch conditions.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill's strong claim
Stuart MacGill's nine match wickets in Australia's thumping win over the World all-stars are pressuring selectors to keep him in a leg-spin tandem with Shane Warne for next month's opening Test against
 arrow Cricket: No Super Series on horizon
Australia's overwhelming dominance of the world's best in three lopsided one-dayers and a Test match may have killed the International Cricket Council's golden goose concept of a super series.
 arrow Cricket: 'Arafat is with us’
The widespread rumour that former advisor and Development Committee chairman Arafat Rahman, is about to sever his ties with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), was categorically dismissed by Board president
 arrow Cricket: BCB selectors to get contract extensions
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will extend the contracts of three national selectors -- Faruque Ahmed, Golam Nawsher Prince and Athar Ali -- for two more years.
 arrow Football: BFF to select teams officials today
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is expected to announce names of the officials of different national team and youth teams (Under 20 and U-17) today in its executive meeting.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 team posts big win
The Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team crushed CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) U-15s by 90 runs in their tour opening limited-overs match at the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata on Monday.
 arrow Football: Diego won't dance in Italy
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has quit the Italian version of reality show Strictly Come Dancing after the Italian Inland Revenue siezed his pay packed.
The 45-year-old owes the state GBP21.

 arrow Football: Bayern have scores to settle
German champions Bayern Munich have revenge on their minds when they take on Juventus in their Champions League Group A match at their Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Challengers miss chance
Getafe and Celta Vigo started the weekend in first and second place in the Spanish first division but both teams lost away from home on Sunday to put Real Madrid in pole position.
 arrow Football: Old is gold
Andy Cole and Kevin Phillips proved that golden oldies have a role to play in the hurly-burly world of the English Premiership on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC cautious on tech
World cricket's governing body said Monday it was taking a cautious approach to extending the use of video technology in the sport following its mixed trial at the Super Series in Australia.
 arrow Football: Milan stay in touch
AC Milan won 2-0 at Cagliari on Sunday to reclaim second place in Serie A and move to within five points of leaders Juventus.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo out of action
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo will be out of action for a month after injuring his ankle in his side's 3-0 Primera Liga victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Ireland tracking Sir Alex
Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin says Alex Ferguson could be the next Republic of Ireland manager.
 arrow Football: Teenaged delinquent arrested
A 57-year-old woman suffered facial injuries after being hit by a firework in Sunday's Serie A match between Ascoli and Sampdoria.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav likely to play in Duleep Trophy
Sourav Ganguly should be fit enough to play for East Zone in the Duleep Trophy match against North Zone from October 20.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption costs country Tk 193,083 cr in 4 years
Corruption in the last four years of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has cost the country about Tk 193,083 crore, said Awami League leader Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Caravan for Justice starts journey
People's Caravan for Justice and Sovereignty 2005 started its journey for Hong Kong yesterday as elsewhere in Asia with an aim to establishing justice and people's sovereignty and protesting the WTO Ministerial
 arrow Phulbari Coal Mine Project to turn vast area into desert
A vast area of Phulbari Coal Mine Project will turn into a desert if the Asia Energy is allowed to implement its plan, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow ‘Four lakh children engaged in hazardous labour’
Speakers at a meeting yesterday stressed the need for a strong role of media to reduce the worst form of child labour in the country.
 arrow BNP has failed to meet its election pledges: AL
Obaidul Quader, acting general secretary of the main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday said failures of the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition to run the country are so grave that even the grassroots level
 arrow ‘Responsibility a must for press freedom’
Existence of responsibility within the press is a must as journalists speak of press freedom, said the speakers at a roundtable at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow One gets 20 yrs' RI for selling wife to brothel
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man and his brother-in-law to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for selling his wife to a brothel in May last year.
 arrow Ratification of UN declaration 1990 demanded
Welfare Association of Repatriated Bangladeshi Employees (WARBE) demanded ratification of 'UN declaration 1990' yesterday at a media discussion at Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the city.
 arrow Protect archaeological sites of Panamnagar
Save Panam Citizens' Committee formed a human chain yesterday in front of Narayanganj Press Club demanding protection of three hundred year-old archaeological sites of Panamnagar at Sonargaon in Narayanganj.
 arrow Bus robbery in city
Armed robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 1.63 lakh from the passengers of a Pirojpur-bound bus at Dholaipar in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow None arrested yet
Police are yet to arrest any one involved in the murder of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), Chittagong city unit convenor Maulana Iqbal Bin Yakub.
 arrow Mobile courts fine shops, factories Tk 13.6 lakh
Thirty mobile courts yesterday fined different factories and shops in the city over Tk 13.58 lakh for producing unauthorised products and selling rotten and stale food items.
 arrow Time for depositing Hajj money extended
The government has extended the time for depositing Hajj money in the scheduled banks till October 25 for the intending Hajj pilgrims of 2006.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 6.5 lakh from bank
Robbers looted Tk 6.5 lakh by breaking the locker of the Baluchhara branch of Janata Bank near Chittagong Cantonment in the small hours yesterday.
 arrow Programmes to celebrate Eid
The government has taken various programmes on the occasion of ensuing holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea kills 19 in Tangail, Jamalpur
Diarrhoea has turned alarming in Tangail and Jamalpur districts, claiming 19 lives in last seven days. Over 2000 people have been attacked with the disease.
 arrow Fire at post office record room ahead of audit
A fire broke out at the record room at Saidpur Head Post Office on Saturday.
 arrow Temple land grabbed in Patuakhali
At least 30 musclemen allegedly led by a Patuakhali Pourasabha commissioner on Saturday occupied 11 kathas of land of a temple here illegally, local people and police told this correspondent.
 arrow Dead chickens for hospital patients!
A mobile court recovered 35 dead chickens while being prepared for patients at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) kitchen yesterday.
 arrow Fertiliser seized from smugglers
Coast Guard recovered 4,000 bags of fertiliser worth about Tk one core in an anti-smuggling drive on the Meghna estuary in Bhola Friday Night.
 arrow Abducted boy yet to be rescued
A schoolboy who was abducted from Chakshialkhol village in the Sadar upazila about a week ago is yet to be rescued.
Culturearrow Abdul Aziz ... going strong with villainous roles
As the harsh winter gradually settled in the northern region of the country, and time was ripe for harvesting, the jatra troupes were busy setting out large marquees or pandals in the open airfor
 arrow Comilla Theatre celebrates its 25th founding anniversary
Comilla is a town with a rich cultural heritage. Among the famous names from the town are the late SD Burman, Ustad Alauddin Khan, principal Sheel Bhadra, Dhirendra Nath Dutta and Nawab Fyzunnessa Chowdhurrani.
 arrow "I was destined to be a dancer" -- Shibli
A prominent dancer of the country, Shibli Muhammad specialises in Kathak Along with Shamim Ara Neepa, Shibli has established a dance school, Nrittyanchal that seeks to promote classical and traditional
Internationalarrow Israel freezes contacts with Palestinians
Israel suspended all security contacts with the Palestinians and began sealing off biblical Bethlehem in a West Bank clampdown yesterday after gunmen killed three settlers in the deadliest attack on Israelis
 arrow Aid finally reaches quake survivors
Aid finally started reaching some of Pakistan's thousands of cold and hungry earthquake survivors yesterday as helicopters, trucks and donkeys raced to reach Himalayan villages cut off for nine days.
 arrow Myanmar pledges to step up action against Indian rebel bases
Myanmar has pledged a crackdown on Indian rebel groups with bases in its territory and offered to jointly interrogate suspected drug and arms smugglers, an Indian official said yesterday.
 arrow 100,000 march for peace in Nepal
More than 100,000 religious devotees in rebellion-hit Nepal marched for peace and harmony yesterday in a Buddhist festival held for the first time in almost four decades, witnesses and organisers said.
 arrow Rice enlists support for Syria, Iran showdowns
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mobilised support among major powers for diplomatic showdowns over the next few weeks with Syria and Iran on a trip that ended on Sunday.
 arrow Bihar holds first round of polls today
The lawless state of Bihar holds its first round of voting today for a new assembly, a poll that will determine the fortunes of Lalu Prasad Yadav, a key member of the central ruling coalition.
 arrow Rivals kill 37 tribals in Assam
At least 37 people, including eight women, mainly Karbi tribals, were killed yesterday in two separate attacks by rival tribes in Assam, police said.
 arrow India on alert against militant infiltration
Indian troops are on heightened alert to prevent Islamic militants from taking advantage of the chaos in quake-shattered Kashmir and crossing the border in the divided territory, the military said Sunday.
 arrow 4 children pulled alive from rubble in Balakot
Four children were pulled out miraculously alive from the rubble of quake-hit houses in Pakistan's north western Balakot town, eight days after the temblor struck killing thousands.
 arrow Violent quakes rock Turkey: 30 injured
Three violent earthquakes shook western Turkey yesterday, cracking walls, collapsing chimneys and sending 30 people to hospital including a man who reportedly threw himself from the fifth floor of a building
Editorialarrow Editorial: PRSP under severe time-pressure
The much-vaunted Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) entitled "Unlocking the Potential: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction" has at long last been okayed and adopted by the National
 arrow Editorial: Surprising water shortages
The demonstration held this week by residents of Dhaka city's old town protesting frequent disruptions in their water supply is only the latest reminder of the acute water crisis that this metropolis
 arrow False arguments and falsifying failures?
Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece for this column titled: "Four years of false hopes.
 arrow Frequently asked questions and answers
What is CPI?
The CPI, prepared under the auspices of the Berlin-based international anti-corruption organisation Transparency International (TI), ranks countries annually in terms of the degree

Letters to Editorarrow MRCP exam centre--some questions
The roundtable discussion, entitled “Introducing higher medical degrees (MRCP/MRCS/MRCOG & MFDS) and Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) examination center under the Royal College of the UK”
 arrow Prospect of IT
Bangladesh has recently signed a contract for the establishment and connection of Submarine Cable known as the high way of IT to be attached to a consortium of Singapore.
 arrow Harassment of Jibon Bima pension holders
I would like to bring to your attention that the Jibon Bima Corporation is harassing its pension policyholders.
 arrow Nazrul Institute promoting culture of commerce?
There was a time when I felt proud to be a neighbour of the Nazrul Institute, popularly known as the Kabi Bhaban in Dhanmondi, the landmark building where poet Nazrul Islam passed the last days of his
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