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Front Pagearrow Sangu resumes gas supply at low flow
Sangu Gas Field here resumed operations yesterday, some 19 hours after an abrupt halt due to a technical glitch at around 4:15pm last Thursday.
 arrow Janajuddha kills 5 BNP men in 2 days
Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party seems to have started 'avenging the deaths of its operatives in crossfire' by killing the ruling BNP men in the southwestern districts.
 arrow Strategic flaws hinder role in, outside JS
The opposition bench in the last four years of the 4-party coalition rule could not play its due role in and outside parliament owing to strategic weakness, lack of vision and, to some extent, repression
 arrow Save Gulshan South Park, develop it
Environmentalists and civil society leaders yesterday formed a human chain, demanding preservation of Gulshan South Park and developing it into a full park in accordance with the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkho
 arrow Pet bird import may be banned
The government has decided to ban import of pet birds from any country and chicks from Croatia and UK as a precaution against a possible outbreak of deadly avian flu in the country.
 arrow 2 killed in 'shootout' with Rab
Two top criminals--one in Madaripur and the other in Pabna--were killed in 'crossfire' between members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their cohorts early yesterday.
 arrow No major headway in Delhi talks
India and Bangladesh yesterday discussed the issues relating to border security and consular access to each other's nationals lodged in their jails.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh bounty each on JMB, JMJB chiefs
The bounty on Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman or Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) operations commander Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai has been set at Tk 50 lakh, State
 arrow Fresh Khatme Nabuwat ultimatum
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday threatened to oust the BNP-Jamaat government by any means necessary if it fails to pass a bill in the parliament declaring the Ahmadiyyas
 arrow Homebound Eid passengers wander for tickets
Government measures to check scalping of tickets of inter-district buses, launches and trains appear to have failed to work as the counters now barely hold any ticket for the passengers bound for home.
 arrow AL vows to hold grand rally Nov 15
The Awami League (AL) will announce tougher agitation programmes including hartal, long march and blockade at its grand rally at Paltan Maidan on November 15 as part of its oust-government movement, said
 arrow Govt plans to curb entry to capital during summit
The government is planning to curb entry to the capital as part of tightened security measures ahead of the Saarc summit scheduled for November 12-13 when attendees at the November 15 opposition grand
 arrow Investigators in a fix as time runs out
Several investigators of the August 17 blasts across the country are in quandaries as they have made little headway in the cases with the stipulated time for completing the investigations expiring fast.
 arrow Edict banning shopping by women
An edict was announced yesterday at Haripur bazar of Jaintapur upazila in Sylhet putting a ban on shopping by women in the bazar. A ban on selling commodities to women was also imposed.
 arrow OC Rafiq on fresh remand
Suspended officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station, AKM Rafiqul Islam, also the prime accused in Kamrul Islam Momin murder case, was placed on a two-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Dog squads to be deployed
Dog squads will be deployed along with thousands of security personnel as part of foolproof security during the 13th Saarc summit in the capital November 12-13.
 arrow Killers will be tried, assures Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed has said all cops of Companiganj Police Station will be withdrawn within seven days and the trial of the killing of five people in police firing will be held in a speedy trial
 arrow 1 killed as rival gangs of smugglers trade fire
A gang member was killed and at least 10 others were injured in Daulatpur upazila in the district on Thursday night during a gunfight between two rival groups over taking control of smuggling points.
 arrow 2 cops injured in Chuadanga bomb attack
Unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at police in Chuadanga town last night, leaving a policeman injured.
The injured was identified as Shahidul Islam, a traffic police inspector.

 arrow Israel rules out state for Palestinians
Israel's hardline defence minister dismissed the Palestinian leadership as a partner for peace and ruled out any Palestinian state in the foreseeable future after a night of attacks by Israeli warplanes.
 arrow Deadly bird flu virus spreads to Romania
Romania announced yesterday that the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread to the country's northeast from the Danube delta region, after tests on a dead heron proved positive for the virus that
 arrow Top Cheney aide indicted, quits
A federal grand jury dramatically charged top White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby Friday with lying to investigators in a CIA leak probe that has rocked President George W. Bush's administration.
 arrow Saddam lawyer wants trial moved to The Hague
A defence lawyer for ousted Iraq president Saddam Hussein wrote to UN chief Kofi Annan yesterday calling for the court trying him on charges of crimes against humanity to be moved to The Hague and its
 arrow Jum'a prayers at the Baitul Mokarram...

 arrow Bombs recovered in Khulna
Police recovered three live bombs from Maheshwarpasha slum in the city's Daluatpur area yesterday morning.
Two persons, identified as Jamal, 30, and Sumon, 28, were taken into custody for interrogation.

 arrow Oil-for-food report ready for prosecutors
The independent panel investigating the UN oil-for-food programme for Iraq has issued a report that prosecutors in 66 countries can use against 2,200 companies accused of diverting $1.
 arrow College principal abducted in Khagrachhari
Unidentified miscreants kidnapped the principal of Panchhari Degree College from his house here yesterday morning.
 arrow Shopper's rush...

 arrow Hotel cancels bookings for media people from 3 countries
The Sonargaon Hotel management has cancelled all bookings of the high commissions of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for their media people coming to cover the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka next month, allegedly
 arrow Clarification
In a clarification of our Thursday's report headlined "2 lakh govt staff won't get Eid bonus under new pay scale" the Finance Division has said the new pay scale 2005 will be implemented in three phases
Businessarrow $58m exports rise in July-August
Exports grew by US$ 58 million in the first two months of the current financial year.
 arrow Dhaka int’l trade fair begins Dec 12
The deferred 11th Dhaka International Trade Fair-2005 (DITF) will begin at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on December 12, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Strong safety measures needed to save poultry
The country's poultry industry requires strict precautionary safety measures to protect the industry from the consequences of bird flu that has already affected many parts of the world.
 arrow Vodafone to invest $1.5b in Indian cellphone co
Vodafone will invest 1.5 billion dollars for a 10 percent stake in Bharti Televentures, the flagship company of India's largest private telephone group, the British telecommunications giant said on Friday.
 arrow Chinese yuan hits new high against dollar
The Chinese yuan on Friday climbed to its highest level against the U.S. dollar since Beijing revalued its currency in July but has still only gained about 0.32 percent since then.
 arrow China replaces US as Australia's largest import source
China overtook the United States as the main source of Australia's imports for the first time in the 12 months to the end of September, official figures showed Friday.
 arrow Microsoft earnings up on server sales
Microsoft Corp said earnings for its fiscal’s first quarter rose 24 percent, thanks in part to healthy server sales.
 arrow Toshiba's profit jumps by 46pc
Toshiba Corp said Friday its net profit jumped 46 percent in the July-September quarter from a year ago, thanks to increased demand for flash memory chips and improved profitability of its personal computers.
 arrow EU offers major farm tariff cut in world trade talks
The European Commission offered on Friday its steepest-ever cut in agricultural tariffs in an effort to break a deadlock in world trade talks, but also signalled that France might object.
 arrow ROK farmers protest rice import law
Angry South Korean farmers dumped rice bags and farming machines outside government offices on Friday in protest against an international deal on increasing rice imports.
 arrow Vietnam tourism hopes rise again
With its old-world charm, mountain scenery and long unexploited stretches of sand, Vietnam's tourism sector is booming again as international hotel groups and investors return after years of mistrust.
 arrow Nissan grows quarterly profits despite tough climate
Nissan Motor said Friday net profit rose by about eight percent in the three months to September as sales grew despite what chief executive Carlos Ghosn described as a "severe business environment".
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Oct 23-Oct 27, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained steady in the market throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Changes made to CCL's playing terms
The tournament committee of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) has revealed the fixture for the remaining matches of the curtain-raiser tournament which had to be halted mid-way through of
 arrow Cricket: SL succumb to Pathan swing
Indian seamer Irfan Pathan ripped through the Sri Lankan top-order as India raced to an eight-wicket victory in the second one-day international here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: They are for dad's country
Former cricket great Imran Khan's two sons by his British ex-wife Friday pledged their support for Pakistan in the upcoming series against England.
 arrow Cricket: England cricketers visit quake victims
Four England cricketers made an emotional visit to a hospital in the Pakistan capital Friday to comfort children injured by the massive October 8 earthquake.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan pack five spinners
Pakistan included five spinners in a 16-men squad announced Friday for the first Test against England starting in two weeks time, officials said.
 arrow Football: BFF XI take on hosts today
Buoyed by their triumph over the strong Chinese under-23 squad on Thursday in their opening match of the Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI will
 arrow Cricket: King backs his pacers
The West Indies have the bowlers to unsettle Australia's batsmen in their coming three-Test series, coach Bennett King said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WI make solid reply
Opening batsman Devon Smith plundered a strong Queensland bowling attack for a century as the West Indies maintained a promising opening to their Australian cricket tour here Friday.
 arrow Football: Crisis teams meet
Champions League contenders Real Madrid and Real Betis will be missing key players as they bid to reverse their slumping Spanish League form on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Can Milan stop the run?
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident his team can end Juventus' record-breaking run of nine straight victories and prevent the title race from becoming a procession for the reigning champions.
 arrow Football: Mourinho made to think
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fears the effects of an already gruelling season may be catching up with some members of his side.
 arrow Cricket: No spin doctor required
Pakistan can tame England in their forthcoming Test cricket series without hiring a "spin doctor" to make local pitches friendly for their leg-break specialists, an official said Friday.
 arrow Football: Edmilson back in Brazil fold
Ronaldo will be missing but Edmilson will return to the Brazilian national team for the first time in more than a year as the side plays its final two friendlies this year against the United Arab Emirates
 arrow Football: Best not out of danger yet
Doctors treating football legend George Best said Friday they had managed to limit dangerous internal bleeding but were keeping him sedated on a respirator with his life still in the balance.
Metropolitanarrow 'Ensure women empowerment to stop repression’
Ensuring empowerment of women is a must to curb violence against women and to counter the threat of religious fundamentalism, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Key issues of concern to women figure in Bangkok confce
The ongoing Women and Development Conference in Bangkok on its second day yesterday deliberated on the key issues that concern the lives of women across the globe.
 arrow ‘Zia proved wrong negative notion of Bangladesh’
Lauding the statesmanship of late president Ziaur Rahman, BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said that Zia was the person who proved the negative notion
 arrow Govt wants to cling to power using black money, musclemen: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government wants to cling to power using black money and musclemen.
 arrow Gene map points to personal drugs
Scientists have completed a map of the most common differences in the human genome, which could lead to personalised treatments for diseases.
 arrow Enclave dwellers unlikely to be on voters' list
Over one lakh Bangladeshis of 51 enclaves of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat inside India are now in confusion whether their names would be included in the fresh voters' list or not.
 arrow Govt’s success is only in corruption
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the shutdown of gas supply from the Sangu Gas Field is another example of incompetence of the government to run the
 arrow WTO’s attempt to control agri issues condemned
Speakers at a study circle have condemned the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for its 'unjust and undemocratic' attempt to control agricultural issues.
 arrow Khaleda offers prayers on Jamatul Vidwa at Kaba Sharif
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now on a visit to Saudi Arabia, offered prayers on Jamatul-Vidwa, the last Firday of holy month of Ramadan, at Kaba Sharif in Makkah.
 arrow Journo Bashar passes away
Senior Reporter of the Independent Abul Bashar breathed his last at the Birdem Hospital yesterday after suffering from prolonged illness at the age of 46.
 arrow AL opposes move to rent barge-mounted power plants
The Awami League yesterday opposed the move to rent barge-mounted power plants, saying that the government is going to rent the power plants at a cost of 150 million dollars as it failed to resolve the
 arrow 20 meat traders sued
A mobile court in a drive yesterday filed cases against 20 unscrupulous traders for selling buffalo meat in the name of beef in different city markets.
 arrow BNP programmes to observe Nov 7
The ruling BNP have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the November 7 as the National Revolutionary and Solidarity Day marking the civil-military upsurge that led to release of the then armychief
 arrow Art competition held
On the occasion of the 41st birth anniversary of Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Chhatra League unit of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University
 arrow Heritage launches Iftar items of old Dhaka
With a view to providing a feast for the taste buds of the residents of new town, the Heritage Restaurant introduced traditional and popular Iftar items of old Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Robbery in city
Robbers looted cash, gold and other valuables worth about Tk 3 lakh from a house in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered the body of a woman in the city yesterday morning.
On information, Tejgaon police recovered the body from east Tejturi Bazar in Tejgaon.

 arrow College principal abducted in Khagrachhari
Unidentified miscreants kidnapped the principal of Panchhari Degree College from his house here yesterday morning.
 arrow Phensidyl seized
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered 1,500 bottles of phensidyl worth about Tk 4.5 lakh from Kafrul in the city yesterday.
The Rab also arrested a person in this connection.

Nationalarrow Diarrhoea situation worsens in Nilphamari
The diarrhoea situation in Nilphmari district is deteriorating alarmingly. It claimed 13 more lives in last seven days, raising the toll to 25.
 arrow Govt forestlands recovered from 'grabber' in Bhaluka
The Mymensingh district administration has recovered 561 acres of forestland grabbed by Orion Trading House in Habirbari forest bit under Bhaluka Range.
 arrow Garo people demand security
The Tribal Welfare Association (TWA) in Phulbaria have demanded security of life and property of indigenous people in the area.
 arrow 7 out of 8 Ashuganj power units now operational
Seven units out of eight at Ashugonj Power Station have resumed power generation, producing 500 MW electricity a day.
These started functioning from Monday.

 arrow BSF erects barbed wire fence in Khagrachhari
Tension is mounting along the Ramgour-Faticchari border as Border Security Force of India is erecting barbed wire fence on the no man's land along Bangladesh border, ignoring protest by BDR.
 arrow Teachers to lock Dinajpur Veterinary College today
Teachers and staff of Dinajpur Government Veterinary College (DGVC) at a press conference yesterday said they will lock its administrative building today for an indefinite period if their demands including
 arrow Masum Billah abduction case: 4 chargesheeted
Four persons have been charge-sheeted in the sensational 12-year-old Masum Billah Abduction Case.
 arrow Bomb threat scares Barisal judges
A threat of bomb attack in and around the court areas has created great panic among the judges.
 arrow Khagrachhari AL leader abducted
Khagrachari Awami League leader and principal of Panchari Degree College Samir Datta Chakma was abducted yesterday from his house allegedly by some activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF).
 arrow Youth jailed for rape attempt
A Madaripur court on Tuesday sentenced a youth, Mohammad Atiqur Rahman Khan, to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for attempting to rape a 12-year-old girl on October 3, 2001.
 arrow Patradut Editor, 2 others sued
A defamation case has been filed against the Editor, Executive Editor and Staff Reporter of 'The Patradut,' a local daily published from Satkhira, on Thursday.
 arrow Jubo Dal man held for extortion
A Jubo Dal leader was arrested yesterday on charge of extortion from Tora toll plaza on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Gheor upazila.
 arrow Announcement
Our regular weekly Star Literature Page could not be published today due to unavoidable reasons. We regret the inconvenience, if any, caused to our readers.
Point-Counterpointarrow The President speaks his mind
While speaking as chief guest at the launching ceremony of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry's ((DCCI) 'Vision-2021 for a Prosperous Bangladesh' in the capital on September 25, the President listed
 arrow Earthquake: Next steps
Earthquake in NWFP, Azad Kashmir and Indian administered Kashmir was 18 days ago.
Culturearrow Javed Jalil merges dreams with reality
JAVED Jalil went to USA in 1987 to study philosophy and literature. There he got attracted to the art galleries and read books on art, especially on Goya and Picasso.
 arrow An actress with panache
Channel i producer, model and actor: Anonna Ruma is quite comfortable with what would be a tightrope walk for many an artiste.
Generalarrow Diarrhoea claims six, affects 500 in Sirajganj
Diarrhoea that broke out in an epidemic form in the district claimed six lives and affected over 500 people in five days till Thursday, unofficial sources said.
 arrow Cabbages 'cut lung cancer risks’
Eating vegetables from the cabbage family can reduce the risk of lung cancer for people with a certain genetic make-up, scientists say.
Internationalarrow India, Pakistan to talk Kashmir quake relief
Indian diplomats were due in Pakistan yesterday for talks on getting relief across the frontier dividing quake-shattered Kashmir and saving the lives of thousands of survivors who are still at risk.
 arrow Thousands evacuated as storm batters India
Five people died and thousands of people were evacuated from coastal areas as a powerful storm, which had been hovering in the Bay of Bengal bore down on the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials
 arrow Change of old guard in Kashmir
In a change of old guards under a power-sharing pact in India's insurgency-wrecked state of Jammu and Kashmir, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was named new Chief Minister of the state replacing
 arrow EU warns Lanka to clean up polls act
The European Union yesterday warned Sri Lanka that it will organise no more election monitoring missions to the troubled island unless Colombo implements recommendations to reduce fraud.
 arrow Syria accuses US-led coalition, Iraq of border failures
A Syrian general in charge of border security with Iraq said yesterday Damascus had done everything to increase security demanded by Baghdad and the US-led coalition while those two authorities had not
 arrow Ahmadinejad stands by remark on Israel
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday dismissed international condemnation of his call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" as tens of thousands of Iranians massed to condemn the Jewish state.
 arrow Trio circulate revised draft on Syria
The United States, France and Great Britain circulated late Thursday a revised UN draft resolution demanding Syrian cooperation in investigating the murder of Lebanon's former prime minister.
 arrow Bush under pressure to hit back fast
President George W. Bush staunched short-term bleeding by pulling Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, but still faces a pivotal set of choices, which could define his second term, analysts said Thursday.
 arrow ‘Terrorists planned attack on planes’
French Islamic extremists planned to attack passenger airliners in France with shoulder-launched missiles, and were possibly the reason British authorities issued a red alert for Heathrow airport in 2003,
 arrow White House fears indictment for Libby
White House officials braced for the possibility that Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide would be indicted in the CIA leak case, but held out hope presidential confidant Karl Rove might escapecharges
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tell-tale recruitment policy
The government's dramatic decision not to henceforth fill up any vacant post is neither cost-saving nor is it geared to raising the level of administrative efficiency.
 arrow Editorial: Bird flu
For weeks now the international media and the medical experts all over the world including the World Health Organisation have been highlighting the spread of the deadly disease -- bird flu.
 arrow Iran walking a tight rope
Newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and his country has been under the spotlight in the past few weeks.
 arrow Saarc poverty alleviation fund: An imperative need
The seven South Asian countries eventually established the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in 1985 at Dhaka summit attended by the heads of all the seven countries.
Letters to Editorarrow We are proud of them
It's a matter of great honour for us that our sporting personalities like nation's pride the table tennis queen Zobera Rahman Linu, the Guinness record holder, national cricket captain Habibul Basharand
 arrow Oil price in international market
Oil price in international market has started to fall. The price of Kerosene oil has fallen to $67.13 per barrel from $74.37 previously.
 arrow Without a solid leader
I am an arrogant and unfortunate Bangladeshi by birth. I don't like my people but I do like the culture. I don't like the fact that we don't have any real leaders to follow.
 arrow "When agony ends in death"
I was horrified to see the October 19 story titled "When agony ends in death".
 arrow Vegetables dearer
I read the write up on vegetable price in your paper and to my expericences Bangladeshi people are lazy and dependent on the farmers in the villages and expect to get the produce cheap prices.
 arrow Traffic jam and Ramadan
Traffic jam is a common phenomenon for the commuters of Dhaka city and they have already got accustomed to it but unfortunately it becomes unbearable during the period of Ramadan.
 arrow Corruption
Decade back when I used to visit different countries they said to me 'you are from the poorest nation' in the world. My feeling was unpleasant but I thought I am poor but not a criminal.
StarTecharrow Homegrown online innovations on Road2Tunis
IN a three day road show lasting from 23 until 25 October at Bhashani Navo Theatre the World Summit Awards (WSA) Bangladesh showcased home grown e-content projects.
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in Infocom 2005 in Kolkata
BANGLADESH will participate in the Infocom 2005 fair in Kolkata aiming at getting outsourcings relating to the IT enabled service (ITES).
 arrow Remote-control device ‘controls’ humans
WE wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots.
 arrow Struck By Lightning

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