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Front Pagearrow Blasts rock Delhi: 65 die
Three powerful blasts ripped through crowded neighbourhoods in New Delhi yesterday, killing at least 65 people, many of them out shopping ahead of the country's biggest Hindu and Muslim festivals, officials
 arrow Powerful lobby out to get in inferior bidders
The already problem plagued 450 megawatt Sirajganj power project is heading to a deeper crisis as a business lobby is influencing the government to relax the bid criteria in five areas to accommodatelower
 arrow Hajj flights uncertain on Biman's aircraft shortage
Uncertainty looms large over performing of Hajj by many of the intending pilgrims from Bangladesh as Biman Bangladesh Airlines is unable to operate enough flights for them because of aircraft shortage
 arrow Putting party before parliament
In running the parliament during the last four years, Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar has virtually proved his undoubted loyalty to the treasury bench rather than to the House itself.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi agree on consular access to arrested citizens
Bangladesh and India have agreed to provide consular access to their nationals arrested by either side and swap information about activities of the insurgents.
 arrow Minister hails unified education system amidst criticism
Amidst vehement opposition from the educationists and intelligentsia to the secrecy in introducing a unified education system in the country from January next year, Education Minister Osman Farruk told
 arrow PM, Saudi king for joint action
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz have emphasised combined efforts and tough measures to curb terrorism.
 arrow 14-party shifts rally to Nov 22
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition alliance rescheduled its Dhaka grand rally for November 22 from November 15.
 arrow Dhaka shocked, condemns serial blasts
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has strongly condemned the serial bomb blasts that left at least 50 people killed in New Delhi yesterday evening.
 arrow Biman official held for 'carjacking'
Police on Friday night arrested a Bangladesh Biman official in Dhaka for his alleged involvement in carjacking and seized three stolen vehicles he kept at some garages.
 arrow Criminals in Lobi's Iftar party
Lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi, convenor of the newly formed convening committee of Khulna city BNP, hosted an Iftar party yesterday which two listed criminals of the Khulna Metropolitan Police joined.
 arrow Ambassador Rezaul Karim passes away
Bangladeshi Ambassador to Egypt MM Rezaul Karim died of a heart attack yesterday in Cairo. He was 70.
 arrow Over 100 die as train derails in Andhra
More than 100 people were killed yesterday and another 30 to 40 are feared to have been washed away when a passenger train derailed and toppled into swirling floodwaters in southern India, a senior official
 arrow World White Cane Day 2005...

 arrow Mahila Parishad condemns fatwa against women's shopping
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad in a statement yesterday condemned a fatwa issued by an ex-union parishad chairman of Jaintapur upazila in Sylhet, banning women's shopping.
 arrow Border fencing on to curb insurgency
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday accused some agencies of foreign governments and other "inimical" elements of helping insurgent groups in anti-national activities and giving refuge to such
 arrow Telenor slams BTRC decision on handset levy
Telenor Group, the Norwegian state-owned telecoms provider, has denounced a regulatory order of Bangladesh, which mandates the mobile operators to pay annual royalty and licence fees on handsets the mobile
 arrow Sayeed for ban on Jamaat politics
Awami League (AL) leader and former state minister for information Prof Abu Sayeed has strongly condemned the statement given by 40 Jamaat leaders in which they termed the demand for banning the politics
 arrow AG office sits on SC judges' raised bonus
The disbursement of festival bonus of the Supreme Court judges under their increased pay scale awaits a decision of the Accountant General's (AG) Office, sources said.
 arrow BNP men attack BDB programmes in 2 districts
The activists of the ruling BNP attacked the programmes of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) in Noakhali and Joypurhat yesterday, leaving at least 12 people, including its Secretary General Major (rtd) Abdul
 arrow Pakistani delegation to visit Israel
A 200-member delegation of Pakistani officials and businessmen is to visit Israel in early November, in a bid to bring closer the two countries, which have no diplomatic relations, Israeli military radio
 arrow Workers repair the fountains...

 arrow 30 injured in AL factional clash at Pabna
At least 30 leaders and activists of Pabna district Awami Legue (AL) and its front organisations were injured in an hour-long clash between two rival groups of the party yesterday morning.
 arrow Cong, Natwar deny Iraq probe report
The ruling Congress party and the country's foreign minister denied yesterday a UN investigation report which said the two received favours from Saddam Hussein to help get UN sanctions lifted.
Businessarrow Exporters seek utility bills subsidy
The country's leading exporters have sought subsidy for utility bills to expedite overall exports.
 arrow Dhaka to sign Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury leaves here today for Beijing to sign the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (Apta).
 arrow GP gets 2.2m more subscribers in 1 year
GrameenPhone has retained its dominance over the cellphone market of Bangladesh by adding 2.
 arrow Apec to issue statement
Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will issue a special statement on the ongoing Doha Round of global trade negotiations under the World Trade Organization, a report said.
 arrow Oil firms over $61
Oil firmed over $61 a barrel after data showed the United States was shrugging off high oil prices and the rapidly expanding Chinese market was burning more fuel.
 arrow Govt again urged to enact law to protect consumers' rights
Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) yesterday urged the government again to enact consumers' rights protection law immediately.
 arrow BOC Bangladesh co-sponsor of Medexpo-2005
BOC Bangladesh, a member of BOC Group plc of the UK, has become co-sponsor of 'Medexpo-2005', an international medical and dental equipment and pharmaceutical products and healthcare services exposition
 arrow Bank of Thailand raises growth forecast
Thailand's economy is expected to grow 4.25-4.75 percent this year, the Bank of Thailand projected Friday, revising upward its latest growth forecast but also predicting an uptick in inflation.
 arrow WTO rules against EU banana tariff
The World Trade Organisation on Thursday struck down a proposed European Union tariff on bananas, saying it was too high to allow fair competition from Latin American exporters.
 arrow Emirates celebrates 20th anniversary
Dubai-based Emirates Airlines, which contributed US$25 billion to the UAE economy in the past two decades, celebrated its 20th anniversary of operations on October 25.
 arrow US trade chief calls on EU to improve farm offer
The European Union needs to come back with a better offer on farm tariffs with time running out on World Trade Organisation talks, US Trade Representative Rob Portman indicated Friday.
 arrow China, Chile end free trade talks
Chile, the world's no. 1 copper producer, concluded negotiations Friday for a free trade agreement with China, its top customer for the red metal, and expects to formalise the agreement next month.
 arrow Saudi Arabia gets nod for WTO entry by year-end
Saudi Arabia, the top global oil exporter, won the go-ahead from major trading nations Friday to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), probably by mid-December, after 12 years of tough on-off negotiations.
 arrow US seeks delay, clarification
The United States said Friday it would seek a delay in the implementation of a Nafta ruling in a hotly contested dispute over softwood lumber trade with Canada.
 arrow Eurozone inflation to ease slightly in October
Eurozone inflation over 12 months is expected to ease in October to 2.5 percent from 2.6 percent in September, according to an estimate by the European Union's statistics agency on Friday.
 arrow WB urges Philippines to implement tax expansion
Despite oil price fueled inflation, President Gloria Arroyo must insist on the full collection of a key consumption tax that aims to improve the Philippines' fiscal state, the World Bank said Friday.
Sportsarrow Football: Farhad not enough
Ariful Kabir Farhad scored his third goal in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament in Myanmar but it was not enough for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI to avoid defeat againstthe
 arrow Football: Tale of dream coming true
Youngsters live on dreams of becoming big. Shahedul Alam Shahed and Imran Mridha Rubel are no exceptions.
 arrow Cricket: SA's 11th on the trot
New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent made a sparkling 90 but could not stop South Africa gaining their 11th successive win in the second one-day international at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels puts WI on top
The West Indies were in a winning position in their four-day tour cricket match against Queensland after Marlon Samuels hit a record-breaking 257 here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No Ganguly again
India's cricket selectors on Friday ignored former skipper Sourav Ganguly while retaining the same squad for the next three one-dayers of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricketers give ailing Osman Tk 86,300
The national cricketers handed over Tk 86,300 to ailing ex-national coach Osman Khan for his treatment on Saturday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters to play qualifiers against SL
Bangladesh under-17 football team will play home and away qualifiers against Sri Lanka for next year's Asian Youth Championship final rounds.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful Dhaka's 1st-class captain
Mohammad Ashraful will lead Dhaka Division in the first-class competition of the coming National Cricket League after skipper Khaled Mahmud's decision to quit first-class cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Happy birthday to Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan celebrated his 31st birthday poolside in the Pakistani capital on Saturday with hugs and cheers from his teammates.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI issues Eng dates
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued the schedule for England's tour during March and April 2006.
 arrow Cricket: Langer to play despite rib injury
Australian opening batsman Justin Langer is confident he will play in next week's opening cricket Test against the West Indies despite fracturing a rib in a one-day match.
 arrow Cricket: Rudolph to take Dippenaar's spot
Jacques Rudolph will replace Boeta Dippenaar in the South Africa squad for the third one-day international against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Pires saves Arsenal
Robert Pires celebrated his 32nd birthday in style by coming off the bench to score the goal that rescued a point for Arsenal in their 1-1 north London derby draw away to Tottenham at White Hart Lanehere
 arrow Football: Boastful Mourinho
Jose Mourinho declared Chelsea will be champions irrespective of how many points they drop in the next month.
 arrow Football: Best hanging on
Soccer legend George Best responded Friday to new medication that has limited internal bleeding but he remains a "very sick man" clinging to life in a London hospital, doctors said.
 arrow Football: Benitez ready to spend
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is ready to spend in the January transfer window in an effort to save the European champions' faltering season.
 arrow Football: Brazil include Edmilson, Fred
Olympique Lyon striker Fred and Barcelona's Edmilson have been recalled to the Brazil squad for next month's friendly against United Arab Emirates.
Metropolitanarrow Unite for war against corruption: Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday declared 2006 as the 'Year of Freedom from Injustice' urging people from all walks of life to be united for a war against corruption, political rivalryand
 arrow Ensure basic rights of ethnic people in CHT
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for ensuring all basic rights of the ethnic people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through proper implementation of the historic CHT Peace Treaty signed in December
 arrow 'Hafiz hid under wings of influential quarters until his surrender to HC’
Hafizur Rahman, one of the main accused in the sensational 10 truckload of arms haul case in Chittagong, had been in hiding with patronage from influential quarters in different parts of the country and
 arrow BNP, AL leaders to discuss political situation today
The senior leaders of the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League are likely to discuss about the political situation in the country at an Iftar party to be hosted by Bangla-desh Garment Manufacturers
 arrow 'Ensure equal rights for the visually impaired’
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on all to come forward to integrate the visually impaired people with the main stream of the society to ensure their equal rights.
 arrow Call to use logic at every stage of life to reduce intolerance
The certificate award ceremony of a four-month course on debate, initiated by the Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF), was held in the city yesterday.
 arrow JU syndicate decision on teacher today
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) syndicate will meet today to decide over the fate of the teacher of Department of Business Administration (DBA) as the probe-body found him guilty.
 arrow 'Use of VoIP not legalised to protect a few IT cos'
The use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is yet to be legalised in the country protecting the interest of a few IT companies though it could pave the way for earning plenty of IT outsourcing works.
 arrow Truckload of polythene seized
Police seized a truckload of banned polythene on Buriganga second bridge yesterday and arrested the driver.
 arrow Teachers demand festival bonus
The National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday demanded payment of festival bonus by today.
 arrow Bus, launch fare hike protested
Leaders and activists of the Citizens' Rights Movement formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting the bus and launch fare hike.
 arrow EWU okays new campus design
The Board of Directors of East West University (EWU) has approved the design of the university campus recommended earlier by a five-member jury board, says a press release.
 arrow 250 cops leave for Congo today to join UN mission
A strong contingent of 250 police personnel leaves Dhaka today for Congo to join the UN peace keeping mission there.
 arrow Morshed slates Hasina's comment on Saarc Award
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday criticised Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina for raising question on the Saarc Award.
 arrow Seawater manufacturing training centre opens in city
BGMEA Institute of Fashion & Technology (BFTI), and Bangladesh Garments Manu-factures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) launched the country's first seawater manufacturing training centre in the cityyesterday.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader found dead in city
Body of a Jubo Dal leader was recovered from Bijoy Nagar at Ramna in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Keep towns clean: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuyian yesterday urged all pourasava chairmen to keep their towns neat and clean through proper waste management.
 arrow Attack on BDB press confce condemned
Former President of Bangladesh and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Prof A Q M Badrudduza Chowdhury condemned the attack on its Secretary General Major (retd) Abdul Mannan's press conference at Maijdi
 arrow JU students threaten strike
Leaders of Progotisheel Chhatra Jote (PSJ) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) at a press conference at JU yesterday threatened to enforce student strike on campus after Eid-vacation if the authorities do
 arrow Fakhrul Munshi made AL advisor
Former Deputy Minister for Finance AFM Fakhrul Islam Munshi has been nominated advisory committee member of Bangladesh Awami League.
 arrow BPDM distribute dress among underprivileged school children
Bangladesh Peace and Development Mission (BPDM) distributed dress among 250 underprivileged students of BPDM School on the Govt Titumir College campus in the city on October 26, says a press release.
 arrow Biggest Iftar party in Jessore
The district unit of BNP arranged the biggest Iftar party in Jessore town yesterday, attended by over 20,000 people.
 arrow Appeal for help
Abdul Momin Sarker, a final year student of soil, water and environment department of Dhaka University, has been suffering from kidney failure, says a press release.
Nationalarrow JMB threatens to blow up Rupsha thana
Khulna Police Superintendent Moinul Hossain Friday night admitted that Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a letter threatened to blow up Rupsha police station in Khulna.
 arrow Onion coming in bulk from India
About 1000 onion loaded trucks are waiting at Petrapole on the Indian side to enter Bangladesh, customs officials said.
 arrow March for food in Gaibandha
Over 1000 monga-affected people from Fulchari upazila marched to Gaibandha town from Sayedpur ghat yesterday demanding food.
 arrow Land ‘grabbing’ by CCC protested
The Hindu Bouddho Khristan Oikya Parishad on Friday brought out a broom procession and held a rally in the port city protesting 'grabbing' of a cattleshed land owned by a minority community member near
 arrow Workers of Polash Urea threaten greater agitation
Tension is mounting in Palash industrial area as workers and employees of Palash Urea Fertiliser Factory (PUFF) are holding agitation programmes almost every day protesting the statement by Energy Advisor
 arrow Navy checkpost set up in Barguna coast
Bangladesh Navy set up a check at the confluence of Bishkhali and Baleswar rivers in Barguna coastal area on Friday to prevent smuggling, particularly of fertiliser and timber from the Sundarbons forest,
 arrow People want relief from misrule
Jatiya Party President H M Ershad yesterday said people of the country now want to get rid of the alliance government's 'misrule'.
Point-Counterpointarrow I keep worrying!
I am no longer worried about the enquiry into the bombings of August 21. I am no longer worried about the traffic jam in the capital city.
 arrow Thou shall not kill but we will
The September 11 attacks have changed American law and foreign policy regarding political murders.
 arrow One small step for Kashmir
Paraphrasing Neil Armstrong's remarks on setting foot on the moon -- "one small step for man, one giant step for mankind" -- is a regular pastime for commentators.
Culturearrow Care for costume jewellery?
IF our women had their way, they would deck themselves from their forehead to their toes.
 arrow Kal Shokaley: An Eid offering on TV
Impress Telefilm Ltd offers yet another feature film. The premiere of the film Kal Shokaley will be on ATN Bangla on the occasion of Eid.
 arrow Tinni and Shahed in Eid special
Scripted by Aritrika Rosy, TV play Durer Jibon is directed by Chayanika Chowdhury. The story is about a fashion designer Adnan, betrothed to Rinika.
 arrow Theatre

 arrow German to make comedy about Adolf Hitler
Director Dani Levy, whose hit Jewish comedy Go For Zucker! swept this year's German Film Awards, will tackle the taboo subject of Adolf Hitler in his next comedy.
Internationalarrow Bush brands Iran, Syria 'outlaw regimes'
President George W. Bush on Friday called Iran and Syria "outlaw regimes" and said countries that support terrorism are just as guilty of murder as those who commit the violence.
 arrow Indo-Pak officials talk opening of border
India and Pakistan began talks yesterday on an unprecedented opening of their disputed Kashmir border to help victims of the massive earthquake believed to have killed about 80,000 people.
 arrow Quake succeeds where invaders fail
Invaders over the centuries failed to bring down the walls of the Red Fort in the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, but the massive October 8 earthquake did so in seconds.
 arrow 'Saddam accepted UAE exile plan to avert Iraq war'
Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had secretly accepted a last-minute plan to go into exile to avert the 2003 Iraq war, but Arab leaders shot the proposal down, Al Arabiya television reported on Friday.
 arrow Afghan violence kills 21
Fresh violence killed 21 people in insurgency-hit Afghanistan including 14 suspected militants and three men shot dead during Ramadan prayers, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Indictment adds to White House woes
These are dark days for the White House. And they could get darker.
 arrow Iran has no intention to attack Israel
Iran yesterday slammed the UN Security Council condemnation of its president's anti-Israeli remarks, which caused international outrage, but insisted there was no intention to attack the Jewish state.
 arrow Kashmir CM resigns as Congress takes over
Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed yesterday quit his post in accordance with a power-sharing pact with the Congress party, which will now rule the troubled state for the next three years,
 arrow UN warns of chilling winter in quake zone
UN weather experts said on Friday unusually low temperatures and heavy snowfall would soon hit areas of Pakistani Kashmir, jeopardising efforts to feed and shelter survivors of the South Asian earthquake.
 arrow 3 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Insurgents used a land mine and a roadside bomb to kill three US Army soldiers and wound four yesterday in attacks that brought to eight the number of American service members who have died in the last
 arrow 3 Indonesian students beheaded
Three teenage Christian women were beheaded on Saturday by two assailants wearing helmets in eastern Indonesia as they walked to school near the Muslim town of Poso, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Four years of parliament
Looking at the record of the 8th parliament from an objective perspective, we feel compelled to state that it has not functioned up to the expectations of the people, and that it is both the government
 arrow Editorial: An outrageous edict
A direct assault on women's rights through issuance of an edict took place at a village bazaar in Sylhet district when some local influential people and religious leaders decided to declare a ban on shopping
 arrow Garments blame game
It has now become customary in Bangladesh to search for scapegoats for our structural and organisational problems. Such an approach does not help to solve real problems.
 arrow Gujarat Muslims await justice
ONE more court case failed this week at Baroda, Gujarat, to award punishment to rioters. Once again the judge questioned the role of the police and indicted them for failing to prevent the violence.
Letters to Editorarrow Plight of women workers
The plight of our daily labourers in different construction sites goes unnoticed. Lot of lives had been lost due to the negligence of the owners and hazardous working environment.
 arrow Violence on DU campus
Recent violence on the DU campus created panic among the students. Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) and Islami Chattra Shibir (ICS) were involved in serious violence on the campus.
 arrow Disgruntled students
I am a student of an international school situated in Dhanmondi. Our school is quite famous for its size and strength. But it is not sympathetic to the students. It gives no games period to the students.
 arrow Campus politics
The BCL and some other left leaning parties are trying for some days to resist the activities of their rival parties on Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Harassment of Bangladeshis at KL airport
Nowadays it is often learnt from different reports in the dailies that all types of skilled and unskilled workers from Bangladesh are harassed, jailed or tortured on different grounds while they work
 arrow Follow the building code
Today the importance of following the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) for civil construction cannot be overemphasised if we want to improve the skyline of Dhaka and other cities.
Star Healtharrow Artificial limb is no longer a dream for the poor
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 10 per cent of all individuals in Bangladesh are classified disabled.
 arrow Common causes of missed school
Childhood illness may not affect a family life until the child first starts day care or school. After that, though, it may seem like s/he is sick all the time.
 arrow Baldness: What to do?
Men with shining pates are no uncommon. Sometimes someone becomes as bald as a coot.
 arrow Breathing problem can be tackled by physiotherapy
A little physical activity and some breathing exercises can help a person with lung disease. Be guided by your doctor or health practitioner and always plan your exercise routine under their supervision.
 arrow Nutrition Corner: Fat Facts
All fats are not alike. Some fats are harmful for the body whereas some can do good. Fats that we take are of 2 types -- bad fats and good fats.
Star Cityarrow Cashing in on Eid rush for home
With Eid-ul-Fitr only about a week away, homebound passengers looking for tickets of inter-district bus, launch and train are held hostage by transport companies and ticket scalpers.
 arrow Dazzling display of cards
Eid card dealers in the city are making brisk business this season.
 arrow Holiday market plan revived
The home ministry has revived the plan to set up 'holiday markets' in the city to free the footpaths from hawkers without harming their business.
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