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Front Pagearrow Conflict within power bodies worsened crisis
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted the power and energy divisions for the ongoing crisis of gas and electricity and observed that lack of co-ordination between the two divisions and delay in implementation
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers' strife flares up afresh
The wrangling between two factions of pro-BNP lawyers led by two ministers flared up again yesterday after two months, with one group dissolving central committee of the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF)
 arrow Faridpur blast kingpin held
Police yesterday arrested a member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with huge CDs on warfare and jihad along with letters written in Arabic in Faridpur.
 arrow Bounty on Tapan, 19 other outlaws
Chuadanga police announced different amount of bounties yesterday for information on 20 top suspected outlaws, including the chiefs and cadres of major underground parties active in the southwestern region
 arrow Biman prefers 'prestige' debt to paying arrears
The Dhaka-New York flight appears to be Biman's Achilles' heel as the state-run airline, already struggling to buy fuel because of financial constraints, continues to absorb huge losses to operate the
 arrow Repatriation sees no light
Repatriation of around 21,000 Rohingya refugees in two camps in Cox's Bazar has almost stalled with only 92 of them sent back to Myanmar in the last one year.
 arrow Colleges too ill-equipped to breed good teachers
An astounding number of private teachers training colleges under the National University (NU) in the country are running without maintaining even the minimum academic standards, raising a serious question
 arrow Challenge ahead in fighting terrorism, natural disaster
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said South Asian leaders should take practical steps to deal with new challenges of natural disaster and terrorism at the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka.
 arrow Loyal cops favoured, the honest punished
The administration and law enforcement agencies have been made partisan, as the ruling alliance axed, transferred or deprived honest employees and favoured the loyal in the last four years, alleged the
 arrow Flooding worsens, rail links restored
The overall flood situation across the country, especially in the northern districts, has worsened due to the increase of water level of different rivers following week-long rainfall, Flood Information
 arrow Pollution threat...

 arrow Khulna BCL leader killed in 'crossfire'
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of outlaws in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow Govt seeks $150m from WB to fight power crisis
The government has sought $150 million as emergency funds from the World Bank (WB) to overcome the ongoing power crisis across the country.
 arrow 8,450 tonnes of rice allocated for Monga-hit people
The government yesterday allotted 8,450 metric tons of rice for 8,45,000 families in the Monga-hit 11 northern districts.
 arrow 12 killed in road crashes
Twelve people died and 24 others were injured in road accidents in Pabna, Joypurhat, Brahmanbaria and Narail yesterday.
 arrow Dubai imposes visit visa curbs on Bangladesh
Authorities in Dubai have stopped issuing visit visas to citizens of Bangladesh, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Niger, Iraq and Nigeria, an official of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) saidyesterday.
 arrow Drying in the sun...

 arrow 2 robbers lynched in Gazipur
Two robbers were lynched by a mob at Bagbari village in Sadar upazila of the district early yesterday.
They were identified as Shahid, 30, and Babul, 32. Both hailed from Barisal district.

 arrow Charges framed against 44
A court yesterday framed charges against 44 people for arms smuggling in one of the two cases of the sensational Chittagong arms haul last year.
 arrow Wilma lashes Florida, kills 17 in Caribbean
Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast yesterday as a powerful Category 3 storm capable of causing structural damage to buildings, the US National Hurricane Centre said.
 arrow Conspiracy on to destroy RMG sector
Garment manufacturers and workers yesterday alleged that some non-government organisations (NGOs) and foreign funded organisations are trying to destroy the country's export-oriented garment industry.
 arrow Another HC stay on Bac staff screening
The High Court (HC) yesterday once again stayed the Anti Corruption Commission's (ACC) screening criteria for recruitment of former staff of the Bureau of Anti Corruption (Bac).
 arrow JOY OF EID

 arrow Pirates loot 14 trawlers, abduct 7 fishermen
Pirates looted 14 trawlers, abducted seven fishermen and crew, and injured at least 17 others at Char Tajammul in the Meghna estuary in Bhola district early yesterday.
 arrow Dying witness testifies against Saddam
A key witness dying of cancer gave testimony Sunday to the Iraqi court handling murder and torture charges against ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Businessarrow Exporters busy upgrading shrimp processing plants
Frozen food exporters are busy upgrading their processing plants as a European Union team will arrive in Dhaka next month to inspect the prevailing standard of Bangladesh shrimp industry.
 arrow Saarc CoE okays technical aid package for LDCS
The Saarc Committee of Experts (CoE) has finalised a technical assistance package for the least developed contracting states (LDCS) in the run-up to the implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Area
 arrow Govts urged to ensure ICT infrastructure development
Speakers at an international workshop in Dhaka yesterday called upon the governments to ensure ICT infrastructure development.
 arrow China issues new rules for overseas investment
China's foreign exchange regulator has announced a new regulation relating to local citizens' overseas fundraising and return investment.
 arrow China warns S Korea of possible trade retaliation
China is considering possible retaliation against the series of government reports that has raised fears over the safety of Chinese food imports, South Korea has said.
 arrow Oil below $60
Oil sank below $60 to a near three month low Monday after Hurricane Wilma missed the storm battered US oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
 arrow India’s central bank may raise interest rate today
India's central bank is expected to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point on Tuesday to head off accelerating inflation in one of the world's fastest growing economies,
 arrow Taiwan cuts fuel prices
Taiwan's oil companies said Monday that they had cut gasoline (petrol) prices Monday in line with a recent easing in international crude oil prices.
 arrow Korean airline in loss, hit by soaring fuel costs, strike
South Korea's second largest airline, Asiana, said Monday it posted a net loss of 52.1 billion won (49.1 million dollars) in the third quarter to September due to a strike by pilots and higher fuel costs.
 arrow BA set to double flights to India
The number of British Airways flights between London Heathrow and India will almost double when the airline's winter schedule begins next Sunday, the company announced Monday.
 arrow C’wealth to demand benefits for the poor at WTO talks
Commonwealth leaders meeting next month will demand that December's global trade talks in Hong Kong yield benefits for poor nations, the forum's secretary-general Don McKinnon said Monday.
 arrow Nissan venture in China sees strong sales
Dongfeng Motor, a 50-50 joint venture between Japan's Nissan Motor and Dongfeng Automotive, is likely to beat its car sales target of 140,000 vehicles for 2005, its chief executive Katsumi Nakamura said
Sportsarrow Football: BFF admits mistakes
Normalcy looked set to return to the football's governing body of the country after it apparently bowed to the pressure generated by the spontaneous outrage in different quarters following the resignation
 arrow Football: Booters leave for Myanmar today
The Bangladesh football team will leave Dhaka this afternoon for Myanmar to play in the four-nation Grand Royal Challenge Cup Tournament.
 arrow Cricket: ODIs in India from today
India and Sri Lanka clash in a seven-match limited-overs series from Tuesday inspired by the return from injury of seasoned cricketers in both camps.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pakistan=Ashes'
Andrew Flintoff says England will need to show the same intensity and passion that regained the Ashes from Australia during next month's tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib joins training
Amid frenzied debate surrounding his form, fitness, discipline and commitment, Shoaib Akhtar finally turned up to the national training camp in Lahore on Sunday - two days after it began.
 arrow Linu, Bashar, Ashraful UN envoys
Table tennis legend Zobera Rahman Linu, Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar and ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful have been appointed Unicef goodwill ambassadors for one year.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM won't delay Premier League
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) is determined to start the Premier Division Cricket League on schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Indian team for next 3 ODIs to be named on October 28
The national selection committee will meet at Mohali on October 28 to pick the Indian team for the third, fourth and fifth one-day matches against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Windies to face strong Q'land
Test stars Matthew Hayden and Shane Watson will play in a strong Queensland team to face the West Indies in their cricket tour opener starting here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Brazil, Juve rule the list
Brazilians and Juventus players appear in force on the list of candidates for European Footballer of the Year unveiled by French magazine France Football on Monday.
 arrow Football: Old Lady now equal best
Leaders Juventus won 3-0 at Lecce on Sunday to maintain their 100 per cent league record and equal the best ever start to a Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Valencia's favour for Gatafe
England skipper David Beckham was sent-off as Real Madrid crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday leaving city neighbours Getafe to take top spot in the Spanish championship.
 arrow Football: Finally they don't win one
Frank Lampard saved Chelsea from their first defeat of the season with a stunning second-half equaliser, but the Premiership champions saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with bottom club
 arrow Tennis: Nadal clinches Madrid crown
Rafael Nadal shrugged off injury fears to clinch his first-ever fightback from two sets to love down to beat big-serving Ivan Ljubicic 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 and take the 2.
 arrow Cricket: Australia England coach's final frontier
England coach Duncan Fletcher dismisses suggestions that by beating Australia in this summer's Ashes Tour it puts them on top of the world.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan, McGrath getting on well!
West Indian vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and Australian paceman Glenn McGrath were once at each other's throats, but now they are the best of friends.
 arrow Cricket: Pak emergency plan for Eng in place
Pakistan has chalked out a top-level security programme for a tour by England's cricket team, with a special emergency evacuation plan in case of an earthquake, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: 100,000 World Cup jobs
The 2006 World Cup will help create up to 100,000 new jobs in Germany, according to the Federal Employment Agency (BA).
 arrow Photo exhibition on Ganguly here
A photo exhibition on Indian cricket hero Sourav Ganguly will be held in Dhaka early in 2006, a press release said.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh sincere in fighting terrorism
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh is fighting terrorism with utmost sincerity as it is synonymous with UN activities around the world.
 arrow Work together to oust govt
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has called on the local leaders and workers of the party and its front organisations to settle internal feuds and work together to oust the alliance government.
 arrow Shop owners demand end to load-shedding
Dhaka Metropolitan Shop Owner's Association yesterday demanded uninterrupted power supply in the shopping malls in the peak hours.
 arrow 35,000 women die of breast cancer a year
In a bid to create awareness about breast cancer, Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday released a special poster as part of its month-long awareness programme.
 arrow Over Tk 9 lakh realised, five jailed
Twenty-seven mobile courts in their drives against food adulteration in different parts of the city yesterday fined Tk 9,32,250 and sentenced five people to jail in connection with 260 cases.
 arrow ‘Govt has no right to stay in power’
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the BNP-led four-party alliance government has no right to stay in power even for a moment as it has failed to meet the
 arrow Charge sheet against Dhira, five others on Thursday
A charge sheet in journalist Belal murder case accusing Jamaat leader Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira and five others will be submitted on Thursday, said Mohammod Iqbal, investigating officer and also
 arrow Pak national robbed
A Pakistani national, working as an official of Emirates Airlines in Dubai, was robbed of his passport, Tk 40,000 and other valuables at Uttara in Dhaka on Sunday night.
 arrow Special steamer service on Eid from Oct 31
On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has decided to arrange special steamer service, along with the regular services, to ensure safe and comfortable journey
 arrow ‘UN has failed to establish peace, cut poverty’
The United Nations has failed to establish world peace and eradicate poverty as many countries are still plagued by war and starvation, speakers at a symposium said yesterday.
 arrow Distribution of forms postponed over protest
The distribution of admission forms under 2005-2006 academic sessions at Jahangirnagar University (JU) remained suspended yesterday, on the first day of form distribution, due to a protest by Progotisheel
 arrow President seeks more Swedish investment
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged Sweden to invest more in Bangladesh.
 arrow Hasina gives Tk 20,000 to each victim's family
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has provided financial assistance to the family members of five persons, killed in police firing at Companyganj in the district.
 arrow CU admission form sale begins on Nov 16
Chittagong University (CU) authorities have decided to start selling admission forms for the session 2005-2006 on November 16.
 arrow CPA fines 28 vessels
A mobile team of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) magistracy fined 28 local and foreign vessels Tk 4.35 lakh on charges of marine pollution, evading taxes and flouting other rules in last two days.
 arrow Govt employees' salaries on October 30
Current month's salaries of the non-gazetted employees of all government, semi-government and autonomous institutions as well as non-commissioned employees of the armed forces will be disbursed on October
Nationalarrow Death threats for toll in name of JMB, JMJB
Different professionals and businessmen in the district are getting threats over telephone for toll in the name of outlawed PBCP and Islamist outfits JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) and JMJB (Jagrata
 arrow Brokers rule Patuakhali hospital
The Patuakhali General Hospital has virtually been taken over by a powerful syndicate of brokers, who in collusion with a s section of employees, lure patients to private clinics.
 arrow Jhenidah AL holds council today
After postponement twice in the current month due to internal feud, Jhenidah district Awami League (AL) will hold its council today after about eight years.
 arrow 100 shops bulldozed in Sylhet
The district administration with the assistance of Roads and Highways department demolished at least 101 shops built illegally on government lands along bank of Surma river in the city Sunday night.
 arrow UP chairmen boycott law and order meet in Satkhira
A scheduled meeting of Satkhira Sadar upazila law and order committee was not held yesterday as all the 14 Union Parishad chairmen in the area belonging to ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami boycotted itprotesting
 arrow Training on HR begins in Rangamati
A three-day training programme on Promoting Human Rights and Governance for field level staff of local NGOs begun in Rangamati yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow South Asia quake
October 8, 2005 is marked with even another great natural catastrophic event-day in less than a year after devastating merciless Asian tsunami.
 arrow Sino-Bangladesh aid profile: Promoting economic development
Fourteen hundred years ago, the Prophet of Islam (pbuh) advised people to go to China in search of education. Some Arab traders carried this mission to China and established settlement over there.
 arrow Trying too hard with multi-faith many-cultured ambience
Now that KBC Dwitiya has once again become a thrice weekly visitor to our homes my thoughts turned to that much hyped book Q&A by the Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup published by Doubleday last year.
Culturearrow The portrait of an artiste
Architect Enamul Karim Nirjhar has won appreciation as a documentary filmmaker. To his credit he has documentary films such as Manush, Takahan, Kheyal, Koyta and Tini.
 arrow "I was an all rounder... in cricket" -- Abul Hayat
It was five minutes to midnight when we finally traced the versatile actor Abul Hayat. His usual workday had just been over.
 arrow Brishtir Porey on Eid
As part of the Eid special programmes, BTV will air tele-film Brishtir Porey, says a press release.
The story: One stormy night someone leaves Aupee at Monalisa's residence.

 arrow Mehendi Utshab begins
The Eid festivity is on in full swing in the city.
Internationalarrow Don't mess with truce
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's pledge to amend the terms of a truce with the Tamil Tigers if elected president next month could cause the agreement to collapse, the rebels warned yesterday.
 arrow Pak friends & foes call for more quake aid
Efforts to reach stranded villagers in Pakistan's northern mountains gathered pace yesterday after the country's friends and foes both urged help for up to 3 million survivors rattled by fresh aftershocks.
 arrow Take action against nuke proliferators
India yesterday urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take action against illegal proliferators of nuclear weapons technology such as Pakistan's disgraced scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
 arrow Insurgents step up attacks in Iraq
Stepped-up attacks by insurgents over the last two days have killed at least 44 Iraqis, including 12 labourers five of them brothers who were gunned down at a construction site, police said yesterday.
 arrow Floods maroon 1m in West Bengal
At least one million people were marooned yesterday by flooding in West Bengal after five days of torrential rains left 14 dead, officials said.
 arrow Nepal bans FM radio news
Nepal's government on Sunday banned all FM radio stations operating from Kathmandu from airing news-oriented programmes and backed the order with the threat of punishment.
 arrow Black boxes recovered
Nigerian police have recovered the black box flight recorders of a passenger airliner which crashed just north of Lagos killing all 117 people on board, the most senior officer at the scene said.
 arrow Birmingham suffers 2nd night of violence
An 18-year-old man was shot dead yesterday, police said, as Britain's second city of Birmingham suffered a second night of violence involving members of its ethnic communities.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Preposterous conflict within the EC
HOW blasé the Election Commission can get to the next general election is amply demonstrated by its failure to hold a single meeting on the voter-list preparation agenda in the last two and a half months.
 arrow Editorial: Vanishing bus tickets
IT is common knowledge that every year an artificial crisis is created revolving around transport tickets and these are sold in the black market -- much to the inconvenience of the homebound passengers.
 arrow Rainfed agriculture: Realities, realisations and responses
The discourses on the development of agriculture in South Asian countries, during the last few decades, mostly dealt with irrigated agriculture.
 arrow SAARC-ing democracy
INDIA does not seem to be conscious of the role it has to play in South Asia in the coming years.
Letters to Editorarrow Dhanmondi R/A
Dhanmondi residential area has long become a veritable commercial zone. We the residents are faced with horrible traffic jams lasting for hours almost every day.
 arrow Can we afford pure food?
As the debate on pure food rages, we are now faced with the vital question- can the majority of the society afford pure food at all? The vicious cycle of poverty is playing an active role here.
 arrow National government
The recent political developments in Germany is quite interesting and thought- provoking . The social democrats and the Christian democrats have allied together to form a coalition government.
 arrow Tata's investment
This is about the report published in a Dhaka daily : Tata-NBR talks hit rock bottom (Sat, 15 Oct 2005).
 arrow If it comes...
There is reason to believe that an earthquake will occur in this part of the world in the very near future.
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