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Front Pagearrow BPC fuel stoppage disrupts Biman's domestic flights
Domestic flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines did not operate from Thursday midnight till yesterday noon as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) stopped supply of jet fuel due to Biman's failure to
 arrow Opposition plans stepped-up agitation from mid-Nov
The opposition parties will step up the agitation for reforms in the caretaker government and the Election Commission and at the same time, gear up campaign for the next election from mid November.
 arrow Militants regrouping in Tangail shoals and forests
Dodging the ongoing crackdown, a good number of militants are regrouping in the char areas of Tangail district, which has already stood out as a hotbed of militants.
 arrow Beximco Pharma makes debut on London bourse
Beximco Pharmaceuticals yesterday became the first Bangladeshi company to trade on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with its opening price clocking as much as 12.5 percent higher than the issue price.
 arrow Bullets, firearms making materials recovered in Bandarban
Security forces recovered 2500 bullets, two .303 rifles, 40 magazines of AK47 and firearms making materials after excavating a place in the remote hilly area of Naikkhongchhari in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Kidnapped Saddam trial lawyer killed
The defence lawyer for a co-defendant of Saddam Hussein who was kidnapped just a day after the opening of the former Iraqi dictator's trial over a Shiite massacre has been killed, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Traders hoist black flags today
Businessmen of Bashurhat Bazar in Companyganj will hoist black flags at their shops and wear black badges today to protest Thursday's police action that left five people dead and at least 70 others injured.
 arrow Govt enforcing law in lawless manner, says Dr Kamal
Gono Forum chief and Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the government's "unlawful enforcement of law" proves its failure in "lawfully" tackling the law and order situationof
 arrow A shackled Khodeza Akhter


 arrow 'Free' treatment denied as not everything is for free
Many a poor patient is forced to leave government hospitals midway through their treatment for want of money, while others languish untreated for months in hospital beds being unable to pay, exposingjust
 arrow Exodus to cities for food, job starts
Thousands of people in the poverty-stricken northern district are suffering from Monga, a near-famine situation, which has appeared this year with a grimmer face.
 arrow Tourists flee as Wilma slams Mexico resorts
Lashing wind and rain pounded Mexican beach resorts yesterday and thousands of tourists hunkered down in shelters to escape Hurricane Wilma, which was hammering Caribbean resorts on its way to densely
 arrow Cold weather to follow drizzle
Winter would commence gradually in about a week and a half, the weather office said yesterday.
 arrow Nations gear up for bird flu defence
Nations from Asia to Europe and the Americas stepped up their guard yesterday against the rapid spread of the bird flu virus, a day after Thailand reported its first fatality from the virus in a year.
 arrow 'Criminal' dies in 'crossfire', Janata Bank guard killed
An alleged criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices yesterday, and unknown criminals chopped a bank guard to death in Motijheel in the capital on Thursday.
 arrow N'ganj chamber chief throws Iftar for 20,000 today
District BNP leader and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) First Vice President Mohammad Ali has invited some 20,000 people to an Iftar party he hosts today.
 arrow Bush unsure of Palestine state before 2009
US President George W. Bush said Thursday that Palestinians might not have an independent state before he leaves office in January 2009, but urged them to crack down now on extremists who target Israel.
 arrow India, US firm to implement nuke deal
India and the United States said yesterday they were determined to implement a bilateral nuclear deal that breaks precedent on decades of non-proliferation policy.
 arrow Another accused arrested
Another accused in Momin murder case was arrested yesterday evening in the city's Kafrul area, raising the total number of arrestees in the case to 15.
 arrow 'Judiciary now automatically separated'
Constitution expert Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the judiciary has automatically been separated from the executive as the Supreme Court on Thursday did not give further time to the government in this
 arrow Taskforce on bird flu
A high-powered national taskforce comprising members from three ministries has been formed against the backdrop of bird flu outbreak in many parts of the world, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah
 arrow Spectrum's aid for affected workers
Bangladesh National Council of Textile, Garments and Leather Works yesterday gave financial assistance to 199 affected workers of Spectrum Sweater Factory.
 arrow Little progress in probe into IOJ leader murder
Seventh day into the murder of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chittagong City unit convenor Maulana Iqbal Bin Yakub, there is not yet much progress of the investigation.
 arrow 4 US troops killed in Iraq
Three US Marines were killed by a roadside bomb west of Baghdad and in a separate attack a US soldier was killed in Hit, northwest of the capital, the US military said yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt to hold exporters' conventions
The government has decided to organise conventions of exporters in different cities to know about the exporters' problems and draw up plans to boost the country's export earnings.
 arrow Experts fail to agree on key issues
The 11th meeting of Saarc Committee of Expert (CoE) ended in the Nepalese capital Wednesday inconclusively, as the technical experts failed to hammer out consensus on rules of origin, sensitive list and
 arrow India ups foreign investment level in phone companies
India's cabinet Thursday gave formal approval to raise the limit on foreign company ownership of telecoms companies to 74 percent from 49 percent, a senior minister said.
 arrow Oil prices hold at $60
Oil prices held around $60 on Friday after a 2.2 percent slide the previous day as US oil and natural gas-stocks swelled, revealing weaker demand in the world's top consumer.
 arrow Indian rupee strong, inflation moderate
The Indian rupee is still strong despite its recent fall against the dollar and the economy will continue to attract strong foreign capital inflows, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Friday.
 arrow EU, US claim 'substanial progress' in air traffic talks
The EU and the US Friday claimed "substantial progress" this week in long-stalled talks on the transatlantic air market although the main sticking point of stepping up competition remains on the table.
 arrow 20 finalists selected
The Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) programme launched by Citigroup Foundation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Bangladesh has received a significant response fromall
 arrow Siemens provides GPRS solution for BTTB mobile project
Siemens Bangladesh has recently implemented GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) solution for BTTB (Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board) GSM Mobile Project.
 arrow Cisco plans $50m facility in India
US computer networking firm Cisco will spend 50 million dollars to build a new business campus in the southern Indian technology hub of Bangalore, the company's president said Friday.
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in Infocom fair in Kolkata
Bangladesh will participate in the five-day Infocom 2005 fair in Kolkata beginning on December 7.
 arrow StanChart continues to progress Amex acquisition
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) recently opened another branch at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
 arrow Yahoo Japan posts higher net profit in Q2
Yahoo Japan Corp said Friday its quarterly net profit grew 28.9 percent, helped by its online auction and Web advertising businesses, and forecast strong results in the current quarter.
 arrow North Korea cancels Hyundai meeting
A planned meeting between South Korea's Hyundai Group and North Korea was cancelled Friday as Pyongyang apparently began taking revenge for Hyundai's firing of an executive favoured by its leader KimJong-Il.
 arrow BP chief to meet China's oil majors
Head of British oil major BP, Lord John Browne, will visit China in November and meet with its three largest oil companies amid reports his compny is seeking an ambitious deal with Sinopec, the company
 arrow US, EU must put efforts to break trade deadlock: WTO
United States and the European Union must each make further efforts to push forward negotiations on agriculture at the World Trade Organization, WTO director general Pascal Lamy told French LCI television
 arrow IMF sees global rates rising, urges caution
Global interest rates are set to rise and investors must take that into account when making business decisions, IMF Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said Thursday.
 arrow Activity in Japan's services sector up
Activity is Japan's service industries picked up more than expected in August, signalling that consumer spending remained a strong driver of economic growth thanks to higher incomes and better employment
 arrow Millennium to offer software for City Bank’ Islamic banking operations
Millennium Information Solution Ltd through its banking software 'Ababil' will manage all the operations of online Islamic banking of the City Bank Ltd.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Oct 16-Oct 20, 2005
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

Sportsarrow Cricket: An 'all-too friendly' AGM
It is usual to experience heated exchanges in annual general meeting (AGM) but it was not the case in Friday's AGM of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that was branded 'exceptionally peaceful and constructive'
 arrow Football: Now comes the condemnation
Different quarters have blamed the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) top brass for mishandling the situation, which led to vice-president Kazi Salahuddin's resignation from the federation.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly cracks classy ton
Ousted Indian captain Sourav Ganguly revived his faltering career with a sparkling century in domestic cricket on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tendulkar on way back'
India's coach Greg Chappell Friday said star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was set to make a sparkling return to international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: McInnes' new post
The overhaul of Australia's cricket team coaching set-up gathered pace Friday with the announcement of a full-time performance analyst.
 arrow Chess: Emon alone atop
Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon stormed to the top of the Prime Bank eighth International Rating Chess tournament when he defeated previous round's co-leader Mehdi Hasan Parag in the seventh round at the BCF
 arrow Football: Things looking up for Real
After some tough times over the past two seasons, and still enduring their longest trophy-less streak for two decades, Real Madrid players and fans and can now afford a smile of self-satisfaction.
 arrow Football: Becks' back breaking!
David Beckham has revealed his unique kicking style is crippling his back.
Worried Real Madrid doctors are giving Becks, 30, injections before and after games to combat the problem.

 arrow Football: Totti hopes for the best
Roma captain Francesco Totti believes Sunday's derby against Lazio provides his team with the perfect opportunity to redeem themselves after an abysmal start to the Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Top meets bottom
Bottom side Everton will be next up on Sunday for unbeaten Chelsea in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Get ready for a century of Roman rule
Many football fans are already fearful of Chelsea's growing domination, so Roman Abramovich's proclamation yesterday that he is building a club to last for 100 years will have sent a cold chill down many
 arrow Football: 'Shocked and devastated’
Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday night insisted he did not have sex with the woman accusing him of rape.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay struggles, Amelie out
Top seed Lindsay Davenport had to save two match points against enterprising Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova before advancing to the quarterfinals of the Zurich Open on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh injures arm writing!
Steve Waugh suffered bouts of a repetitive strain injury while finishing his autobiography that were so bad he could write only in 15-minute bursts.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell might try new tricks
The Indian team may have some surprises up its sleeve for Sri Lanka in the coming one-day series, coach Greg Chappell indicated on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill keeps fingers crossed
Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill said Friday he has done enough to be considered to play in Australia's first cricket Test against the West Indies in Brisbane next month.
 arrow Cricket: Govt steps in
The Indian government said on Friday that satellite TV channels screening cricket matches involving India will have to share the feed with the state-run terrestrial broadcaster, brushing off objections
 arrow Cricket: O'Connor to head Cricket Australia
Creagh O'Connor was Friday announced as the new chairman of Cricket Australia (CA) replacing Bob Merriman, CA said.
Merriman completed his term in office having served in the position since 2001.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo won't need surgery
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has returned to his native Brazil for routine treatment on his ankle injury and will not have to undergo an operation, his spokesman Paulo Julio Clement said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow AL to separate judiciary, if voted to power: Jalil
The Awami League would separate the judiciary from the executive to establish the rule of law in the country, if voted to power, said AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday.
 arrow 5 killed, 10 injured in Gazipur road accident
At least five people were killed and 10 others injured as a cloth-laden truck turned turtle and fell into a roadside ditch on Thursday night after its driver lost control over the steering at Pipuliain
 arrow Hasina demands trial of culprits
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday in a statement condemned the Companiganj violence where five people were killed and over 100 injured by police fire on Thursday in Noakhali.
 arrow ‘Save country from misrule of tyrant govt’
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said only a national government comprising honest and patriotic leaders can save the country and countrymen from the clinchof
 arrow Trial of killers demanded
A rally was held in the town yesterday demanding the trial of the killers of four-party alliance leader and local businessman Sabbir Alam Khandaker.
 arrow Bangladeshi fights for life in NY hospital
A Bangladeshi taxi driver, injured in a savage attack by an unknown assailant at a Manhattan gas station two weeks ago, is fighting for life on life support at a New York hospital in the USA.
 arrow CU teachers vow to continue strike
Progotishil Shikkhak Samaj (a forum of progressive minded teachers) of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday vowed to continue their indefinite work abstention until the authorities take measures to check
 arrow COAB decides to suspend telecast of pay channels under NWCL
Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB) yesterday decided to suspend the telecast of all TV pay channels under the Nationwide Communications Ltd (NWCL) from last night.
 arrow New telephone exchange awaits formal inauguration in Ctg
Despite completion of installation work of 83,256 digital caller ID telephone lines in the port city and its two upazilas, the subscribers are being deprived of the connections merely for its formal inauguration.
 arrow Properties of 4 fugitives attached
Movable properties of four fugitives in the BCL leader Taposh murder case were attached by Sadar thana police on Wednesday following a court order.
 arrow Rab nabs four muggers in Ctg
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) held four muggers and recovered two firearms from their possession in Chittagong city on Thursday.
 arrow Drug halves breast cancer returns
In studies described as "stunning," researchers on Thursday reported that a drug already used to treat advanced cancer can prevent half of all breast tumours from reappearing after standard therapy.
 arrow Programmes to observe Nov 7
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 with due honour and enthusiasm.
 arrow Sramik League leader arrested in N'ganj
Residents of Aliganj laid a siege to Fatullah Police Station in Narayanganj yesterday to protest the arrest and torture of a Sramik League leader by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Tornado hits Patuakhali, 100 houses damaged
More than one hundred houses and two educational institutions were badly damaged when a tornado hit Dashmina in Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow Hasina goes to Tungipara today
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina leaves for Tungipara today on a three-day visit.
She will lay wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and offer fateha in the afternoon.

 arrow Left party team leaves for China today
A team of left-leaning political parties led by JSD president Hasanul Huq Inu will leave for China today on a nine-day visit.
 arrow Navy wins Quirat, Azan competition
Hosts Bangladesh Navy team with 2,131 points emerged champions and the Bangladesh Army team with 2,071 points finished runners-up in the Inter-Service Quirat and Azan competition that concluded at the
 arrow Cochlear implant surgery workshop in city Dec 4-19
Hearing International Bangladesh Chapter and Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (Sahic) are going to organise jointly a two-weeklong workshop on 'Cochlear implant surgery' at the Sahic
 arrow Appeal for help
Raqibul Hasan Bappi, a student of Bhawal Mirzapur Haji Jamiruddin High School in Gazipur, has been suffering from chronic kidney failure since 2002.
Nationalarrow None of 16 polls pledges fulfilled in Khulna
None of the 16 commitments made by has so far been implemented which BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to the people of Khulna during her last election campaign in Khulna-2 constituency has been fulfilled.
 arrow Protect indigenous people's rights
Rajshahi: The 26th death anniversary of indigenous leader Sargram Mazi was observed here on Thursday with a call to the government to take steps for constitutional recognition to rights of indigenouspeople
 arrow Power station, REB office attacked
Severe load-shedding has made people's life miserable in Khulna and Satkhira districts, according to our correspondents.
 arrow British HC happy over project work
British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury has expressed his satisfaction over development activities under the Char Livelihood Programme (CLP) for the ultra poor in Gaibandha shoal areas,
 arrow KNM reopening to remain a far cry!
Raw materials worth about Tk three crore stored at Khulna Newsprint Mill (KMP) warehouse are have reportedly been sold to Karnafully Paper Mill at almost half their purchase rates.
 arrow Body of Hindu priest recovered in Narsingdi
Shibpur police yesterday recovered the body of a Hindu priest--Gopal Barman, 60,--from Haridhoa river near Arshinagar bridge in Narsingdi town.
 arrow Train robbery in Mymensingh
Robbers looted over Tk one lakh in cash and valuables from train passengers near Gouripur station, injuring five of them, one critically, Thursday night.
 arrow Wife murder for second marriage: 10 chargesheeted
Investigation authorities yesterday submitted charge sheet against 10 people including four women in the sensational Jahanara Begum murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Inequality and poverty in Bangladesh
Not so long ago growth in total and per capita gross national income (GNI) was generally used as the main indicator of development.
 arrow The spirit of the nation
Many people are comparing the spirit of 2005 to 1965! They are right, forty years later almost to the day, the whole nation has again united as one.
 arrow Communal politics: Climax and downfall
Communal politics, being highly emotional, is heady and creates strong illusion of success. Those who indulge in communal politics create emotional hysteria among their followers.
Culturearrow Heritage of Bangladesh on display in Berlin
FOR the first time, the Museum of Islamic Art in Germany pays tribute to the Islamic heritage as found in Bangladesh by organising a special exhibition among its collections, says a press release.
 arrow A familiar face on screen
If you've been living in Dhaka for the last few years and have noticed the billboard ads, his face is certainly familiar to you: Nadimul Hasan widely known as Nadim, has been featured on several billboards
 arrow Heart Beat on Channel i
Channel i has embarked on airing a special programme titled Heart Beat.
Generalarrow AL won't get a single seat in Dhaka: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the Bangladesh Awami League will not be able to secure a single seat in the Dhaka district in the next parliamentary elections.
 arrow 2m survivors still wait for help
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank said they would start an assessment in Pakistan on Monday of the needs and reconstruction costs after the devastating earthquake two weeks ago.
Internationalarrow India, Pakistan to launch second train link by Jan
India and Pakistan will reopen a second cross-border rail link by January, more than 40 years after it was severed following a war between the south Asian rivals, a senior Indian official said yesterday.
 arrow Alarm bells ring for 2m quake survivors
Alarm mounted across the world yesterday for an estimated 2 million survivors of the Pakistan earthquake still awaiting help two weeks after their world collapsed, with a freezing winter looming.
 arrow Syria, Lebanon involved in Hariri killing: UN
Top Syrian intelligence officials approved the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and their Lebanese counterparts helped organise it, according to a UN probe that officiallylinked
 arrow Hamas slams Bush for dropping timetable
The radical Islamist movement Hamas slammed US President George W.
 arrow 9 more killed in Indian tribal violence
At least nine rebels were killed and 120 homes torched in tribal clashes yesterday in India's northeastern state of Assam, taking the toll in three weeks of violence to 89, police said.
 arrow Iraq scrambles to fix Saddam trial glitches
Embarrassed US and Iraqi officials are working overtime trying to fix technical glitches that disrupted the globally-televised opening day of former president Saddam Hussein's trial.
 arrow Lanka boosts security ahead of election
Sri Lanka beefed up security for the island's two main presidential candidates on Thursday, mindful of a Tamil Tiger suicide bombing that nearly killed outgoing President Chandrika Kumaratunga ahead of
 arrow Taliban bombs kill 2 Afghan officials `
Bombs planted by suspected Taliban rebels killed a top policeman and a senior intelligence officer in the latest attacks against the authorities in Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Tetanus kills 5 as Pak quake wounds fester
Five people have died from tetanus in the aftermath of Pakistan's devastating earthquake and 42 other cases are being treated, the health ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Police on alert as Bihar votes
Hundreds of armed policemen were on guard in the lawless state of Bihar yesterday for an election for a new state assembly that will influence the fortunes of a key member of the ruling national coalition.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Small power plant projects
A shoddy plan of the power ministry has fallen through.
 arrow Editorial: Dying Gulshan Lake
It is no secret that the pollution of the water in Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake has crossed the limits of tolerance.
 arrow The politics of election promises
There is no stronger test of a political party's real character than power and authority. Success in an election only adds to this acid test.
 arrow Will election pledge resolve political unrest in Nepal?
King Gyanendra of Nepal has offered an olive branch to country's political parties in a bid to settle political unrest by pledging to hold parliamentary elections in early 2007.
Letters to Editorarrow The era of the ladies
Two honourable ladies have been ruling the destiny of Bangladesh for the last 15 years.
 arrow Mainstream Muslims and Islamist extremism: The author replies
My article, "The rise of Islamist extremism: Are mainstream Muslims blameless?"(The Daily Star, October 5, 2005) provoked only two letters in the newspaper. The following paragraphs are my response.
 arrow Let's hit the road on bicycle
With the oil price soaring, we should consider good old bicycle as an alternative vehicle.
Bicycle has a host of benefits. It costs little, requires no fuel, and needs little knowledge to maintain.

StarTecharrow Shopping centres stepping up security measures
IN the wake of rising terror threats, many shopping centres in the city are considering implementing the next generation of Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) systems to eyeball their customers' and employees'activities
 arrow Cyber cafés come under Ccoab guidelines
PROVIDING standard quality of internet connectivity and ensuring its proper utilisation by preventing maltreatment should be a primary objective for every cyber café.
 arrow Japan creates the world's fastest electric sedan
JAPANESE researchers have unveiled the world's fastest electric sedan -- an eight-wheeled prototype with a top speed of 370 kilometres (almost 230 miles) per hour.
 arrow Nokia launches new phones for "style-conscious"
MOBILE phone giant Nokia announced three new phone models on Wednesday, saying they were being pitched at the "style-conscious" market.
 arrow The new pod


Literaturearrow Dreams came rolling down
Sometimes dream just come rolling down. It's strange but true.
 arrow Existentialism in a Bangladeshi village
It was at the SOAS library in London that I first chanced upon Tree Without Roots, the English version of Syed Waliullah's classic Bengali novel, Lal Shalu, in the UNESCO-sponsored translation
 arrow Feet in both worlds
Over the last decade or so, South Asian women have become some of the most prolific writers published in their countries as well as in the West.
 arrow Old Dhaka
Afterwards she smiles, and asks
'One teaspoon or two?'
while in streets below in the gutters
strands of piss stream
like sunlight
amid glass bottles...
'Such a coarse age nowadays..

 
   
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