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Front Pagearrow Security men swing into action tomorrow
The government will start deploying additional five thousand policemen in the capital from tomorrow as part of its 'tightest ever and unprecedented security' planned for the 13th Saarc Summit to be held
 arrow Govt mostly depends on bureaucrats, not experts
The government has been handling the over $2 billion investment proposal of Indian giant Tata almost entirely with some bureaucrats over the last one year, without much assistance from experts and any
 arrow Anwar, Nizami leave most polls pledges unfulfilled
Two ace ruling alliance leaders -- MK Anwar and Matiur Rahman Nizami -- ran the industries ministry one after another, assisted by Rezaul Karim and Abdus Salam Pintoo respectively as state ministers,but
 arrow Unknown Kashmiri group claims responsibility
An obscure Kashmiri militant group claimed responsibility yesterday for Saturday's bomb blasts in New Delhi, but analysts said it was probably a front for a larger Pakistani-based organisation.
 arrow IOs directed to submit flawless charge sheets
The investigation officers (IOs) of the August 17 blast cases were strictly instructed yesterday to submit flawless charge sheets with enough witnesses and evidence to ensure punishment of the perpetrators.
 arrow Morshed brushes aside effect on Saarc summit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has dismissed any adverse impact of the series blasts in New Delhi on the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit, saying the South Asian nations could jointly fight against terrorism.
 arrow Ministry for changes in policy to ensure fair deals
The power ministry yesterday sought approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for amendment to some clauses of the small power policy to ensure fairness and competition, ministry sources said.
 arrow ACC tells govt to clean house
Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) recently cautioned the administration saying that unlike the former Bureau of Anti-corruption it has been given adequate power to take actions against corruption by any
 arrow 2,500 acres govt lands recovered in 10 months
About 2500 acres of illegally occupied government lands worth about Tk 1500 crore were recovered over the past ten months of this year. In October alone, 146 acres were recovered.
 arrow Rush-hour snarl-up

 arrow Dhaka Declaration to focus on ways of tackling terrorism, natural disasters
Host Bangladesh is giving final touches to the draft of Dhaka Declaration to be adopted at next month's Saarc summit, focussing on the urgency of evolving effective means to tackle terrorism and natural
 arrow BNP, AL vow to join hands for apparel sector growth
Both the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday pledged to lend their all-out support to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to boost apparel exports.
 arrow PM, Hasina condemn Delhi blasts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly condemned the Saturday's deadly bomb blasts in New Delhi.
 arrow Sundarbans tigress with radio collar found dead
The tigress on which a two-kilogram radio signal transmitting “collar” was planted on April 22 this year as part of a study on tigers in the Sundarbans was found dead in the forest yesterday, sourcessaid.
 arrow Lailatul Qadr tonight
The Lailatul Qadr will be observed by Muslims across the country tonight with due religious fervour.
 arrow Pakistan, India agree to open Kashmir border
Rivals India and Pakistan agreed yesterday to open the border dividing earthquake-hit Kashmir to allow survivors and relief supplies to cross.
 arrow Khaleda greets Hasina on Eid
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sent greetings to Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Cop exacts bribe showing false arrest warrant
A Savar police official allegedly squeezed Tk 5,000 out of two garment factory workers intimidating them with a false arrest warrant on Thursday.
 arrow Standing guard

 arrow Pakistan, Nepal stress regular holding of Saarc summits
Pakistan and Nepal have emphasised the need of regularly holding the Saarc summits, which will provide the leaders of the South Asian forum more time to share informal views.
 arrow Tk 2cr garments, machinery gutted in Ctg
Finished products and machinery worth over Tk 2 crore were destroyed in a fire at a garment factory in the port city's Agrabad Commercial Area on Saturday night.
 arrow Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim's body arrives tomorrow
Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim's body is set to arrive in Dhaka from Cairo tomorrow morning.
He will be buried at the Banani Graveyard after namaj-e-janaza at Gulshan Azad Mosque.

 arrow Saifur unhappy over order to halt recruitment in his absence
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday expressed his resentment over issuing an order in his absence postponing recruitment in the government organisations.
 arrow Indian saris worth Tk 65 lakh seized at Hili
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized Indian saris and cloths worth about Tk 65 lakh and arrested one at the Hili border on Saturday night.
 arrow Protest against extortion and crimes

Businessarrow Online auctioning taking off in Bangladesh
Two Bangladesh websites, clickbd.com and dhakashop.com, are saying that their online auction services have attracted thousands of new internet users from all over the country.
 arrow New Delhi markets reopen in act of defiance
Two markets in the Indian capital reopened Sunday less than a day after being hit by deadly bombings, in what traders described as an act of defiance to terrorists.
 arrow US sends back two shrimp consignments
Fisheries Department has served show-cause notice on two shrimp exporters to explain why their export permits should not be cancelled in a punitive action as their two export consignments of shrimp were
 arrow IMF moves to debunk Asian central bank fallacies
Asian central banks are among the top holders of US Treasury securities but the widely held view that they are effectively financing the massive US current account deficit is flawed, the IMF says.
 arrow Asian cos bracing for bird flu catastrophe
Just two years after the SARS outbreak sent Asian economies into intensive care, companies across the region are bracing themselves for the vastly more malignant threat of a bird flu pandemic.
 arrow Asia Energy expects deal with govt by yearend
London-based Asia Energy PLC expects an agreement with the Bangladesh government by the end of this year for developing Phulbari coalmine with an investment of US$ 2 billion.
 arrow DSE goes on 7-day vacation from tomorrow
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will remain closed for seven days from tomorrow.
 arrow Pakistan cancels $ 2.6b telecoms deal with UAE's Etisalat
Pakistan cancelled on Saturday a $2.6 billion deal to sell the UAE's Etisalat a 26 percent stake in Pakistan Telecommunication Co. Ltd (PTCL).
 arrow IMF, WB chiefs attack farm subsidy defenders
The chiefs of the IMF and World Bank on Saturday attacked countries that they said threatened the new global trade talks by clinging to farm subsidies and high tariffs.
 arrow Malaysia's new auto policy fails to convince
Malaysia's new automotive policy has failed to convince doubters who say the government must do more if it wants to attract investors and snatch Thailand's mantle as the "Detroit of Southeast Asia".
Sportsarrow Football: Big win will do
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI must win big today against India to ensure a place in the final of the Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament in Myanmar.
 arrow Expected C'wealth squad
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on Sunday finalized that it will send a 25-member contingent to the 18th Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne from March 15-28 next year.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming, Styris lift NZ
Stephen Fleming and Scott Styris hit half-centuries as New Zealand recovered from a poor start in the third one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park Sunday.
 arrow Football: Boro floor United
Chelsea finished a stuttering week on a high note when they beat Blackburn Rovers 4-2 at Stamford Bridge to maintain a commanding lead at the top of the English Premiership on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SL need to step up gear
The Sri Lankans' confidence will have taken a battering after the bruising they received in the first two one-day internationals, but one can be sure their belief in themselves will be intact.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul, Nazmul no more U-19s
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) withdrew two Test caps Enamul Haque and Nazmul Hossain from the under-19 squad ahead of the youth side's hectic assignments in November-December.
 arrow Cricket: Premier League now begins on December 9
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) shifted from its stubborn stance of commencing the Premier Division Cricket League on schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Hameed still in trauma
Pakistani batsman Yasir Hameed admits he will find it hard to concentrate on his cricket when he walks out to face England in the tour's opening match on Monday.
 arrow Football: Milan conquer Juve
AC Milan ended Juventus' 100 per cent league record in style with a 3-1 victory over the Serie A leaders on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: All Fletcher wants is win
England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher said Sunday his team is determined to win the three-match Test series against Pakistan to keep the Ashes momentum going.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels stars with ball too but WI denied win
West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels followed up his record 257 with five wickets as Queensland batted out for a draw in their four-day cricket tour match at Allan Border Field here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Real pass Betis test
Goals from Robinho and second-half substitute Alvaro Mejia helped Real Madrid reverse their mini-slump, after having lost their two previous games in the last week, with a 2-0 win at Real Betis on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: It's not Langer who'll decide
Selectors will rely on medical advice before deciding whether Australian opening batsman Justin Langer will play with a fractured rib in Thursday's opening cricket Test against the West Indies, coachJohn
 arrow Football: Maradona guarded about national team role
Soccer great Diego Maradona, who was offered an advisory job on Argentina's 2006 World Cup team on Thursday, said he did not see a role for himself on the team he led to glory in 1986.
 arrow Football: Argentine squad announced
Argentina squad for friendly international against England in Geneva on November 12 announced by coach Jose Pekerman:
Keepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Boca Juniors/ARG), Leonardo

 arrow The Prince's day out
Britain's Prince William joined Premiership football side Charlton Athletic for training and a fact-finding tour on Friday ahead of his appointment to the presidency of the English game's governing body.
 arrow Football: 'Lampard is the best’
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Frank Lampard as the best player in the world after the midfielder inspired his team to a 4-2 victory over Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Shitoryu body elected
Film star Masum Parvez Rubel was nominated president and Nazmul Hasan Avi secretary in the 21-member executive committee of the Bangladesh Shitoryu Karate-Do Union.
Metropolitanarrow Industrial sector on the brink of ruin: AL
Awami League leaders at a seminar yesterday strongly criticised the ruling four-party alliance government for closing down mills and factories one after another and for failing to check price spiral of
 arrow 60 lakh coastal people to be affected
The temperature of the earth would increase up to 1 degree centigrade in summer and 1.5 degree in winter by 2050, said an eminent environment expert at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Institutional change a must for mainstreaming gender
An institutional change in infrastructure, culture and policy making is a must for mainstreaming gender and people should implement gender parity in their own life, speakers said at a discussion in the
 arrow Nine killed in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Feni and Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow Cable operators threaten to suspend all Star channels
Bangladesh Satellite Cable Network Owners' Association (SCNOA) and Dhaka Cable Operators' Forum (DCOF) yesterday threatened to suspend nationwide transmission of all pay channels operated under the Star
 arrow NGO worker killed for dowry
A man allegedly strangled his wife, an NGO worker, for dowry at Mohammadpur in the capital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Three-day illumination of road medians, islands from Nov 11
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday asked different organisations engaged in city beautification works, specially on VIP Roads, to illuminate their respective road medians and islands marking the upcoming
 arrow Pry students to get textbooks by Dec 25, hopes NCTB
The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) hopes that it will be able to reach textbooks of primary and Ebtedayi level by December 25 to the students.
 arrow Hotels, medicine stores fined Tk 11.52 lakh
Mobile courts yesterday fined hotels, medicine stores and bakeries Tk 11.52 lakh on various charges during their ongoing drive in the capital against food adulteration and unhygienic condition.
 arrow BDB supports movement to oust govt
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday expressed its solidarity with the movement of the 14-party opposition combine to unseat the government.
 arrow CU withdraws price hike of admission forms
Chittagong University (CU) authorities withdrew the increased price of first year honours admission form for the session 2005-2006 in the wake of student agitations.
 arrow Allegation against Jahiruddin Swapan protested
Local leaders of BNP and its front organisations from Gournadi and Agailjhara yesterday protested the allegation of demanding extortion by local lawmaker and BNP's central leader M Jahiruddin Swapan.
 arrow PM returns today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returns home today concluding her weeklong pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.
 arrow SC chamber court constituted
Justice MM Ruhul Amin, a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, will dispose of urgent cases during the vacation on the occasion of Eid and Revolution Day.
 arrow Private varsity teachers’ team meets minister
A total of 50,000 students are enrolled in 53 private universities in the country.
 arrow British HC closed on Nov 1,6 and 7
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on November 1 on account of Shab-e-Qadr and November 6 and 7 for Ei-ul-Fitr, says a British High Commission release.
 arrow 1,013 arrested
Police arrested 1,013 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 2,000 knitwear units in Gaibandha limping
Jobed Hossain, a labourer-turned owner of a small knitting machine producing warm clothes, should be pinning hopes on his items as winter is coming. But he is worried as he sees little hope for survival.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreading fast in Sirajganj, Satkhira, Barisal
Diarrhoea is spreading in Sirajganj, Satkhira and Barisal, claiming eight lives and afflicting around 7,000 in the last few days. Of the dead, six were in Sirajganj and one each in Satkhira and Barisal.
 arrow Tobacco replaces crops, vegetables in CHT hills
Tobacco is replacing rice, wheat, jute, sugarcane, vegetables and watermelon on fields in Khagrachhari.
 arrow A promise not met in 10 yrs
No effective step has been taken to construct the proposed Regional Television Station in Sylhet even 10 years after laying of its foundation.
 arrow Magura hospital staff not getting salary for 2 yrs
Eid will bring no pleasure to the 68 staff including five doctors of Magura Sadar Hospital as they are not getting salaries for 21 months.
 arrow Bhola WDB engineer suspended
Water Resources Minister Major (Retsd) Hafizuddin on Saturday suspended the executive engineer of Bhola Water Development Board (WDB), Harun-ur-Rashid following detection of Tk 8 crore tender scam inan
 arrow Plight of Rabidas community discussed
A view exchange meeting was held at Halichhara Tea Estate in Srimangol by the members of Rabidas community recently.
Harinarayan Rabidas presided over the meeting held under the aegis of Subhas Rabidas.

Point-Counterpointarrow Lailat-ul-Qadr
It was on the auspicious Lailat-ul-Qadr, the Night of Power or the Night of Honour or Majesty that the Holy Quran, the most blessed and perfect of all revelations, was vouchsafed to the benighted world.
 arrow Sir Roger Bannister's race against time
In October, sports network ESPN aired a film on Roger Bannister's history-making first sub-four minute mile in May 1954. The television movie was refreshing in so many ways. Bannister was an amateur.
 arrow Challenges for the Saarc leaders
The next Saarc summit is to be held in Dhaka this November, when the rotating chair of the organization will pass to Bangladesh. This year also happens to mark the 20th anniversary of Saarc's founding.
Culturearrow Passion for melody
SHELU Barua is popular for his skilful rendition of Nazrul songs. However, he is reluctant to be typecast by a single genre of music.
 arrow Nasiruddin Yousuff on his tele-film Aponchhaya
Theatre personality Nasiruddin Yousuff has made a tele-film titled Aponchhaya, which will be aired on ntv on the occasion of Eid.
 arrow Famous portrait 'not Shakespeare'?
A portrait widely thought to be William Shakespeare is not the playwright, the National Portrait Gallery

has revealed. The Grafton Portrait has been used on the covers of many books on the Bard.

 arrow The wonder of flowers
Gladioli, tuberoses, roses, orchids--all these and more are visible in many corners of the city.
Generalarrow Mugger lynched in Ctg
Angry mob lynched a mugger at East Nabinagar in Hathazari early yesterday.
The dead was identified as Abdul Mannan, 28.

 arrow JU teacher removed
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) syndicate yesterday removed Tanvir Ahmad Siddique, a newly appointed lecturer, from the Department of Business Administration as allegations of indecent behaviour against
 arrow Bid to force students to withdraw agitation
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday tried to force the activists of Progotishil Chhatra Jote (PSJ) to withdraw their agitation programme over the price hike of admission forms,but
 arrow DRU-Mercantile Bank Media Centre launched
DRU-Mercantile Bank Media Centre was formally launched at the VIP Lounge of Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Working class bears the brunt of blasts
Rickshaw driver Ram Pravesh Rai is typical of many of the blue-collar workers killed or maimed by New Delhi's bomb blasts.
 arrow Crossing deal brings relief on both sides
More than three weeks after the devastating South Asian earthquake, Mohammad Asif has no idea whether his relatives on the other side of Kashmir are still alive or not.
 arrow World leaders slam 'terrorist outrage'
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan led international condemnation yesterday against "terrorist" bombings which claimed at least 61 lives in the Indian capital New Delhi.
 arrow Delhi blasts dim Diwali
Three bombs that killed at least 50 people in New Delhi on Saturday come just days before the country celebrates Diwali, one of their most important festivals, and Muslims end their fasting month.
 arrow Escalation of ME violence is over
The Palestinian Authority yesterday announced an end to an escalation of violence following contacts with militants, Israel and the United States, a spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said.
 arrow Rebels step up attacks
Insurgents killed two men in an oil tanker truck, two construction workers and a government employee yesterday, one day after a car bombing in a Shia farming village left more than two dozens Iraqis dead.
 arrow UN to vote on tough Syria resolution
The UN Security Council holds a ministerial meeting today to vote on a tough resolution threatening Syria with economic sanctions if it does not fully cooperate with the probe into the murder of Lebanon's
 arrow Hurricane lashes Nicaragua coast
Hurricane Beta gained power early on Sunday as it battered Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, where troops tried to rush thousands of people into shelters to escape its fierce winds and rains.
 arrow Prosecutor, admn at odds over Libby
The prosecution's conclusion: Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff zealously pursued information about a critic who said the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to make the case for war.
 arrow Andhra train crash toll rises to 123
The death toll in one of the worst train disasters in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday rose to 123 as eight more bodies were recovered from the badly mangled coaches of a derailed passenger train.
 arrow ‘US death toll in Iraq much higher than reported’
The number of invading troops killed in Iraq is at least ten times higher than the published toll of 2,000, the Iraqi branch of the al-Qaeda terror network claimed Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Delhi carnage
The gory blood-bath that soaked the unsuspecting Diwali and Eid shoppers in Delhi's two busy shopping areas is a grim reminder, if reminding is at all necessary, that terrorism has not only taken firm
 arrow Editorial: The same tale about Hajj flights
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and a highly prized experience that Muslims look forward to at least once in a lifetime.
 arrow Damocle's sword still hangs on Iran!
The West and the US in particular have been involved in a flurry of activities against Iran's nuclear programme which the latter asserts is meant for peaceful purposes to generate energy.
 arrow Who's lost it?
Rule No. 1 to Rule No. 10 of a democracy: No one really wins an election, but someone loses it. There are of course exceptions, but the principle is sound.
 arrow SAARC needs greater enthusiasm
The 13th summit of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is now hardly two weeks away and whatever little uncertainty that had earlier existed surrounding the event has disappeared.
Letters to Editorarrow TI report and our concern
This refers to the commentary written by you on October 21. Bangladesh has again been the joint champion in corruption on the basis of the survey conducted by Transparency International (TI).
 arrow Monga
It's only a few days to Eid, the greatest festival of Musims. One can get the idea of preparation and enthusiasm that have kept the mega city of Dhaka awake until late in the nights.
 arrow Ummah's rhetoric
Pakistan earthquake has budged everyone, more or less, but Sardar Bugti in Pakistan. Likewise, Pakistan earthquake has budged every country, more or less, but OIC.
 arrow Role of ICDDR,B
Almost all the newspapers of Bangladesh including yours are carrying news of diarrhoeal outbreaks in Bangladesh. Even several deaths have been reported.
 arrow Voter list
After going through your "Commentary" (Voters' list is too important for one person to decide, October 28), I completely agree with you.
 arrow Human development growth
Imagine a number that is averaged over millions, perhaps, billions of numbers and whose minor change can impact the lives of millions.
 arrow Price hike--whom should we blame?
Why are the opposition parties along with the media blaming the government for price hike? Obviously, for political reasons. No political leader (including the honourable Dr.
 arrow Expensive iftar party
Every year during the month of Ramadan our government and the political parties arrange iftar party almost every day. This kind of luxurious arrangements cost a lot of money.
 arrow Germany, after elections
The article of Syed Muazzem Ali on the consequences of German election (Germany after elections, October 26, 2005) gives an excellent in-depth analysis of the political situation in Germany, after the
 arrow Non resident Bangladeshis
I was reading the letter sent by Mr. Moazzem Hossain from Brisbane, I sensed an element of pride for the motherland in it.
 arrow Dr. Khan's article
Refer to Dr. Mozammel H. Khan's article published in your paper on October 27,2005 entitled “Comparative Study of CPI data : 2001 versus 2005.
 arrow "Bishal Natokio Proshashon"
Your editorial titled "Incredible utterances" (27th Oct) is completely out of tune to the "Natok" of life in Bangladesh.
 arrow India's concern
India is concerned about the situation of Bangladesh on the eve of the upcoming Saarc summit.
 arrow Informal trade in South Asia
In reply to Dr. Bhattacharya's contention, I have to state here that Pakistan cannot and will not open its market to the Indian products.
 arrow BNP rule
I just have one question to ask to the people of our country.
Star Cityarrow Living with danger at DU halls
Resident students of Jagannath and Fazlul Haque (FH) halls of Dhaka University (DU) are passing days in danger and anxiety as their dormitories have become vulnerable and risky.
 arrow Surge of rickshaws suffocates streets
Rickshaw-pullers in the city are making the best use of the ongoing Eid preparations, with thousands of shoppers utilising rickshaws to run errands.
 arrow Forced to find an alternative...

 arrow Traffic month fails to tame chaotic traffic, stop tailback
The traffic month 2005 ends in a couple of days without any significant improvement in the city's traffic system as the traffic department has failed to reduce the chaos in traffic due to a lack of manpower
 arrow BSCIC sees steady fall in number of trainees
The Design Centre under BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) has experienced a steady decline in the number of trainees over the last few years as prospective candidates reportedly
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