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Front Pagearrow Monga spills over Rangpur region
Monga this year has not remained limited to the greater Rangpur alone, but has spread across Faridpur, Gopalganj and Jamalpur districts, according to a survey of the Relief and Rehabilitation Directorate.
 arrow Govt plans to pass the buck to next one in power
The government is planning to pass its responsibility of separating the judiciary from the executive to the next government in power as the October 20 Supreme Court (SC) rejection of its 21st petition put the ruling coalition in an awkward position.
 arrow Power disaster due to dubious policy
In recent months, realising its failure very late, the government frantically tried to open new avenues -- some shady and some unrealistic -- to increase power generation before the next general election.
 arrow Saarc experts hope to resolve contentious issues at next meet
The contentious issues relating to the implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) will be resolved in the 12th meeting of the Saarc Committee of Experts (CoE) scheduled to begin late November.
 arrow Programmes almost finalised
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has almost finalised the programmes of the two-day SAARC Summit next month, while other bodies looking for security, accommodation, transportation and protocols stepped
 arrow JS body blasts govt for failure
The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday once again blasted the government for its failure to fight Monga in the northwest Bangladesh which has worsened this year due torecent
 arrow Nuisance to pedestrians

 arrow EU wants to see some actions from ACC
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Anwar Choudhury yesterday stressed making the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) functional, saying the European Union (EU) wants to see some actions from the ACC.
 arrow Maulana Masud charged with money laundering
Militant kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan was placed on a five-day fresh remand in connection with the August 17 blasts and former Islamic Foundation director Maulana Fariduddin Masud was shown arrested and
 arrow Flu strain spreads deeper into Europe
The deadly Asian strain of bird flu has spread to Croatia for the first time, a veterinary official said yesterday, deepening worldwide concern as China fought back against a third outbreak of the virus
 arrow India to expedite FTA with neighbours
Ahead of Dhaka Saarc Summit next month, India has decided to take a major initiative to expedite Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with neighbouring countries as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday emphasised
 arrow Correction
A news item headlined "Petrobangla boss Osmani removed under pressure" published yesterday, inadvertently contained a paragraph that read, "Due to the transfers, the energy ministry is running without
 arrow Risky crossing

 arrow No extension of tax return deadline
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday decided against any time extension for receiving tax returns and asked all individuals to submit their self-assessed returns by the October 31 deadline.
 arrow 2 lakh govt staff won't get Eid bonus under new pay scale
About two lakh government employees of different development projects are not getting Eid bonus under the sixth pay scale that came into effect from January 1.
 arrow 14 Myanmar citizens held in Ctg
Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested 14 Myanmar citizens from the city's Mollah Boarding and Noor Hotel at Asadganj in Kotwali area for illegal entry into Bangladesh territory.
 arrow 2 JP men killed in bomb attack
At least two Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) activists were killed in a bomb attack at Akdiarchar village in Narail yesterday evening.
 arrow Final anti-govt agitation after Eid, says Kamal
Gono Forum President and eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the combined opposition will launch its final agitation after the Eid-ul-Fitr for an end to the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government's
 arrow Indo-Bangla home secy-level talks begin today
India will convey its concern to Bangladesh about the "presence and activities of Indian insurgent groups in the neighbouring country" during the two-day home secretary-level talks beginning in New Delhi
 arrow Danger market

 arrow Charge framed against outlaws
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna, yesterday framed charges against eight operatives of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) for killing Journalist Humayun Kabir Babu.
 arrow Jhenidah outlaw shot dead in factional feud
Rival armed cadres killed a top leader of Janajuddha faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Koatchandpur upazila in Jhenidah while members of the same outfit slaughtered a farmer
 arrow KL won't give transit visa to Bangladeshis
The Malaysian government has stopped issuing transit visa to Bangladeshis to check entry of illegal workers into that country, causing trouble to the businessmen and other travellers from Dhaka.
 arrow Amini demands arrest of Jamaat leader Rahim
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini yesterday accused police of trying to protect the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders involved in the murder of former Chittagong IOJ president Iqbal bin
 arrow JCD men threaten RU hall provost with death for not paying toll
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday demanded toll from a hall provost of Rajshahi University (RU) and threatened him with death if he does pay the toll within three days.
 arrow 10 Bangladeshis seek asylum in Kosovo
Thirteen people from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are seeking asylum in the UN protectorate of Kosovo, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.
Businessarrow Saarc states likely to sign deal to avoid double taxation at Dhaka summit
The Saarc countries are likely to sign a multilateral deal on avoidance of double taxation to bolster regional trade and investment at the upcoming Dhaka summit scheduled for November 12-13.
 arrow RMG makers from LDCs to meet in US next month
Leaders of the garment manufacturers' associations from 14 least developed countries (LDCs) will meet in Washington on November 7 to intensify lobbying to get duty-free access to the US.
 arrow DSE seeks restriction on DP-DP share transfer
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will request the SEC Consultative Committee to impose restrictions on DP (depository participant) to DP share transfer in order to check financial irregularities.
 arrow Asia should target eventual monetary union: ADB
As intra-regional trade grows, Asia should strive for exchange rate flexibility to reduce trade frictions and eventually go for monetary union, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday.
 arrow Fed's leadership style may get a makeover
Ben Bernanke prepares to pick up the leadership reins at the Federal Reserve blessed with a reputation as a brilliant academic who communicates crisply and clearly.
 arrow China-Japan trade set to flourish: UN trade chief
Trade between China and Japan is set to grow despite diplomatic strains, a UN trade official said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices slip in Asian trade ahead of US inventory data
Oil prices slipped in Asian trade Wednesday on expectations of higher US crude oil inventories but stayed above 62 dollars on supply concerns during the northern hemisphere winter, dealers said.
 arrow Emiratesí new operating schedule for Dhaka
Emirates airline has launched a new operating schedule for Dhaka with effective from 30th October.
 arrow Novartis pays dividend of Tk 5 per share
Novartis (Bangladesh) Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company, at a meeting on Tuesday declared and paid dividend of Tk 5 per share for the year 2004 to shareholders.
 arrow Asian pay-TV piracy to cost $1b in 2005
Asian pirate cable and satellite television operators are expected to cost the industry 1.06 billion US dollars this year, up 11 percent from 2004, an industry association said Wednesday.
 arrow EU trade chief gets green light for new farm offer
Europe's trade commissioner Tuesday won full support from Brussels to make new concessions on farm imports, despite a fresh attempt by France to tie his hands in global trade talks.
 arrow IMF's Rato says China's growth model must change
China's growth model must become more sustainable and domestic consumer spending in the country must increase, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mamun leaves BCB
Reazuddin Al Mamun stepped down as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) joint-secretary as well as media committee chairman yesterday.
 arrow Football: SAFF C'ship on schedule
Although the Asian Cup pre-qualifiers between Bangladesh and Pakistan have already been deferred due to the post-earth-quake situation in Pakistan, the SAFF Championship is expected to begin on schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Windies back to full strength
West Indies will field a full-strength team for the opening match of their tour of Australia in a bid to overcome a lack of practice before next week's Test.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes winners arrive for mission Pakistan
England's cricket team finally flew into Pakistan early Wednesday for a 58-day tour which ran into trouble over security fears and the devastating South Asian earthquake.
 arrow Cricket: Only he knows how it feels
Rahul Dravid has just endured the most unforgettable two weeks of his life but the Indian captain is not getting carried away.
On October 11, Dravid was blessed with his first-born son.

 arrow Football: First test for Cruciani's men today
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI will play their first competitive match under new coach Diego Cruciani when virtual national team take on a strong China Under-23 side on the opening day of
 arrow Cricket: Bashar, Mashud discuss payroll with Mahbub
National captain Habibul Bashar and his deputy Khaled Mashud had a meeting with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary Mahbub Anam to discuss the cricketers' payroll issue.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib threatens to sue ESPN-Star
Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday threatened to sue international satellite broadcasters ESPN-Star India unless they apologise for "derogatory remarks" made on a sports show.
 arrow Cricket: CAB U-17s hit back
Rajshahi Divisional Under-17 cricket team lost their second limited-overs match to CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-17s by 60 runs at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India, Sri Lanka arrive in Mohali
The Indian and Sri Lankan cricket teams arrived here Wednesday evening ahead of the second one-day cricket international to be played at Mohali near here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Giles spurs on mates
Ashley Giles has told his England teammates they should prepare themselves for a hard-fought series in Pakistan as they look to build on their Ashes-winning exploits.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan want English to help quake victims
Pakistan cricket authorities are keen to involve the touring England team in fund-raising activities to help the earthquake victims in the north of the country.
 arrow Liverpool become poorer
Liverpool's season went from bad to worse when the Champions League holders crashed out of the English League Cup with a 2-1 defeat away to Championship side Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Prince William on trial at Charlton!
Britain's Prince William, a football fan, could find himself taking part in a kickabout with top-flight players when he visits highflying English Premiership side Charlton's training ground on Friday.
 arrow Football: Fergie concedes to Chelsea
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Wednesday that his side does not have the financial means to compete for the same players as champions Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Only California for Klinsmann
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann won't be moving out of California despite criticism from Bundesliga coaches.
 arrow Football: Schalke massacred
Last season's finalists Schalke 04 crashed out of the German cup on Tuesday after a humiliating 6-0 second round defeat at the hands of Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.
 arrow Cricket: Browne quits
Former West Indies wicketkeeper and Barbados captain Courtney Browne has retired from all forms of cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela to marry, to miss tie
Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene will miss a game of the one-day series in India in order to get married, a team official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP hockey team beat Haryana
The BKSP hockey team won their first match in the Nehru Under-17 Hockey Tournament in New Delhi beating against Haryana 2-1 on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's nominees for bowling advisors and review team
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a list of nominees for the ICC bowling advisors and bowling review group.
 arrow Football: Euro 2004 hero faints
Greece's Euro 2004 goalscoring hero Angelos Charisteas was rushed to hospital here on Tuesday after fainting at a cafe, a spokesman for his club Ajax said.
Metropolitanarrow Religious freedom a must for harmonious co-existence
Secularism does not mean denying religion, but the anti-liberation forces misled the common people into believing that it means atheism in order to spread an anti-Awami League propaganda, speakers ata
 arrow World bodies warn Bangladesh against feeling complacent
The Unicef, UNAIDS and their partner organisations have jointly launched a Global Aids campaign 'Unite for Children, Unite against Aids' at a time when the world bodies cautioned Bangladesh against feeling
 arrow DCC officials blamed for poor performance
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday slammed the officials of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for their negligence in ensuring sanitation facilities for low-income group and slum
 arrow We can't forget but we can learn to forgive: Hasina
Newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner Alamgir Babor made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at her 'Sudha Sadan' residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow Three JCD leaders jailed for mugging
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders of Dhaka College unit to different terms of punishment for mugging Tk 12 lakh from a jewellery shop employee on June 19.
 arrow HC contempt rule on Patuakhali district judge
The High Court yesterday issued a contempt rule upon Mohammad Abdul Majid, district judge of Patuakhali, to explain why proceedings should not be drawn against him for ignoring court orders.
 arrow 2 police die in city road accidents
A police constable yesterday died in a hospital after sustaining critical injuries in a road accident at Tejgaon on Tuesday night.
 arrow Munshi Premchand fellowship introduced
India's prestigious literary body Sahitya Akademi has announced a Rs five lakh fellowship named after litterateur Munshi Premchand to be given to a leading creative writer from a Saarc country every year.
 arrow Professionals host Iftar party
Peshajibi Samannoy Parishad, a platform of professionals, yesterday hosted an Iftar party at the Officers' Club in the city.
 arrow Relief for monga-hit people demanded
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will hold hunger processions in every upazilas of the country today demanding relief and permanent rationing system to resist Monga (near famine situation).
 arrow Launch service on Dhaka-Haimchar route demanded
Residents of Haimchar in Chandpur yesterday at a press conference in the city demanded of the government to execute the court order given on August 30 to run two launches on Dhaka-Chandpur-Haimchar river
 arrow PM performs ziarat at prophet's mazar
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, offered Ziarrah at the holy Rawja Mubarak of Prophet Hazart Mohammad (SM) in Madina after Tarabi prayers on Tuesday
 arrow Distribution of JU admission form remains suspended for 3rd day
The distribution of admission forms of Jahangirnagar University (JU) remained suspended for the third consecutive day yesterday as the agitators continued their siege programme at the Agrani Bank branches
 arrow SC vacation bench constituted
The Supreme Court goes into an 11-day vacation on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr beginning October 30, court sources said yesterday.
 arrow Munshiganj AL leader Mohiuddin released on bail
Mohammad Mohiuddin, president of district Awami League and former MP, was released on bail from the district jail on Tuesday.
Nationalarrow Unocal developing lands under police protection
US oil company Unocal is doing land development work in its South Pad at Karimpur village in Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj district under police protection while amany of the landowners are fleeing homes
 arrow Toll demanded in name of JMB in Sirajganj
Extortionists claiming themselves as members of the outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have ransacked and damaged a house at Singrabari village in Kazipur upazila recentlyfor
 arrow Rain takes toll on aman in Nilphamari
The untimely rain for five days last week has caused a serious damage to Aman crop in Nilphamari. The Aman crop would have been ready for harvest in about a month.
 arrow Musclemen occupy 36 shrimp farms
Thirty-six shrimp enclosures on 30 acres of land owned by 71 Hindu families at Gava village in Sadar upazila have been forcibly occupied by a gang of miscreants who also looted fishes worth Tk 10 to 12
 arrow Smuggled fertiliser seized: 17 arrested
About 430 metric tons (MT) of chemical fertiliser worth Tk 1 core were seized by a joint team of Navy, police and local administration from three ocean going engine boats at Hizla in Barisal and Kalapara
 arrow BDR asked to protect dams in Satkhira
Satkhira district Minister-in-charge and State Minister for Labour Aman Ullah Aman at a law and order committee meeting here yesterday asked the BDR to remain alert so that people from across the border
 arrow RU admission test Dec 18
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have decided to hold the admission test for first year honours classes under 2005-'06 academic session on December 18.
Point-Counterpointarrow Comparative study of CPI data: 2001 versus 2005
It was one more record setting news for Bangladesh, but as usual not a good one. "Chad, Bangladesh Are Most Corrupt" read the heading of the October 18 issue of the New York Times.
 arrow Saddam trial a legal travesty
The trial of Saddam Hussein, which began on October 19 in Baghdad, under the patronage of the US-created Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal (SICT) and the US-sponsored Iraqi government, is a legal travesty.
 arrow Scandal, corruption bedevil Bush administration
President Bush has been confronted with series of scandals and corruption cases in the administration and congress as well, which is keeping it from sticking with the agenda that he laid out to accomplish
Culturearrow A pioneering theatre activist will aid technical crew
AL Mansur began performing in TV plays from 1973 and has received appreciation for his bold appearance on the small screen. Moreover, he has written many TV plays.
 arrow Handicrafts to the forefront
An exhibition of promising handicrafts was seen recently at the Zainul Gallery. The participants were Farhana Ferdausi, Nadia Anwar, Pintu Deb, Mehreen Zaman and Jagadish Chandra Roy.
 arrow Nargis: An unforgettable presence on silver screen
Among the great actresses of all time was the incandescent Nargis. Her authentic and understated performances made her a class apart in days when Indian cinema could be quite loud and theatrical.
Generalarrow Biodiversity may help slow disease spread: Experts
Better protection for the diversity of the planet's creatures and plants could help shield humans from diseases like AIDS, Ebola or bird flu and save billions of dollars in health care costs, researchers
 arrow WFP sends biscuits for Pak quake victims
World Food Programme in Bangladesh is dispatching 200 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits to meet immediate nutritional needs of the earthquake victims in Pakistan.
 arrow CU BCL calls off strike
Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday withdrew its strike enforced on Tuesday.
Internationalarrow Manmohan starts peace talks with Ulfa
India's prime minister yesterday held talks with representatives of a northeast separatist group with the aim of ending three decades of insurgency that has claimed 15,000 lives, an official said.
 arrow Pakistan facing new wave of deaths
Quake-ravaged Pakistan is facing a second catastrophe and a new wave of deaths if the world does not come forward to help survivors of the Oct. 8 earthquake before winter sets in, aid officials said yesterday.
 arrow Trio seek tough UN resolution on Syria
The United States, France and Britain challenged the rest of the UN Security Council to adopt a tough resolution threatening sanctions against Syria if it doesn't cooperate fully with a UN investigation
 arrow Only US seeks to justify abuse: HR Watch
The US Congress should reject a Senate bill if it includes a White House-proposed amendment that would allow the CIA to abuse prisoners during interrogations, a human rights group said Tuesday.
 arrow Saddam lawyers to boycott court
Lawyers representing Saddam Hussein announced yesterday that they will boycott the special tribunal trying the ousted Iraqi president until they are given better security.
 arrow 4 killed in bomb attack on Israel
At least four people were killed and dozens more wounded yesterday in a Palestinian bomb attack in a marketplace in northern Israel, the first inside the Jewish state since July.
 arrow Haemorrhagic fever case in quake zone
A patient with a suspected case of highly contagious haemorrhagic fever has been airlifted from a Pakistani town devastated by the October 8 earthquake, health officials said yesterday .
 arrow 'Ghost' panic sparks school stampede: 10 die in China
Up to 10 children were killed and 45 injured when students yelling "ghost" sparked a stampede on a darkened elementary school staircase in China's Sichuan province, officials and reports said yesterday.
 arrow Lebanon deploys troops near Syria border
Nearly 400 Lebanese soldiers have deployed near the Syrian border after Lebanon demanded a militant Palestinian group hand over members who killed a Lebanese contractor, a security official said yesterday
 arrow 'Israel should be wiped off the mapí
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday openly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
Editorialarrow Editorial: Oil price happily going down
The government raised the price of fuel across the board on September 4 in response to the rising price of crude oil in the international market, which had on that day reached $70.85 per barrel.
 arrow Editorial: Incredible utterance
Some of our ministers often tend to look at things from a queer angle and utter strange words, baffling the audience to no end.
 arrow Terrorism and our response
Like it or not, we are in the vortex of terrorism fuelled by extremist religious ideology.
 arrow A radical lasso
There is nothing personal about suspicion, General; it comes, to indulge in a mild pun, with the territory. If President General Pervez Musharraf has a fault, it is to take things personally.
Letters to Editorarrow Flummoxed four years!
I read the article "False hopes or achievements falsified" by Major General Z A Khan (Retd).
 arrow Wastage of public money
We observe and feel that there is colossal wastage of public money due to lapses, irregularities, negligence of duty, corruption and lack of proper supervision and vigilance on the part of some of our
 arrow Eternal Bangladesh
Trees, plants, flowers, fruits, rivers, clouds hold a distant connotation of their own. Rivers are the sources of joy and sorrow. They are a major theme of Bengali songs.
 arrow TI report on corruption
Bangladesh has been voted the most corrupt country in the world five times in a row.
 arrow CDMA mobile
I have been using a CDMA mobile for the last couple of years. But I have some points to raise about its efficacy.
 arrow Open the road
The age old 20km road connecting Dholla Railway Station and Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Kashigonj Bazar of Trishal thana cannot be used by vehicles due to earth-filling work on the two sides of
 arrow Price hike
The prices of essentials are shooting up at an amazing speed.
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