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Front Pagearrow Biman too asks for fare over fixed rate
Uncertainty over Hajj by thousands of people took a turn for the worse yesterday with the state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines too now calling for the government to raise the cabinet-fixed Hajj fare from
 arrow Cops in extortionist's role on streets
Heavy presence of plainclothes and uniformed Rab personnel at the markets and on the streets of the capital in this Eid shopping season have kept the usual extortionists away from street vendors at more
 arrow Altaf proves failure both in home, commerce
On March 25, 2004, when his home portfolio was unceremoniously replaced by that of commerce, Altaf Hossain Choudhury, who already had outdone his cabinet colleagues in blurting out ridiculous and insensible
 arrow Banks face heavy rush ahead of long Eid holiday
Bankers spent a hectic day yesterday as drawing of cash by their clients rose sharply with Eid-ul-Fitr only a few days away.
 arrow Dhaka to propose fund raising to fight regional poverty
As Bangladesh will be in the Saarc chair during the November 12-13 summit, Dhaka will propose substantial fundraising for implementation of Saarc projects, mainly to take measures for poverty alleviation
 arrow HC verdict stayed for 3 more months
The Supreme Court yesterday extended for three more months the stay order on the High Court judgement that declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal.
 arrow Three killed in 'crossfire'
Three criminals including a Jubo Dal activist and a top cadre of an outlawed party were killed in police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) actions in Kushtia, Faridpur and Sherpur early yesterday.
 arrow Power sector in mess for weak political leadership
Lack of proper political leadership has driven the country's power sector into a messy situation, speakers said at a dialogue in the city yesterday.
 arrow Labour wings of missions abroad to be beefed up
The government is going to fill the vacant labour wing posts in the Bangladesh embassies to boost manpower export that has seen a sharp decline this year.
 arrow Delhi asked to show restraint on borders
Dhaka has asked Delhi to stop indiscriminate killing of Bangladeshi nationals by its border forces and open the Tin Bigha corridor fully to Bangladeshis at the just concluded home secretary-level meeting
 arrow Nepal king to attend Saarc summit for the first time
King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal will attend the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit for the first time scheduled for November 12- 13 in Dhaka.
 arrow Massive manhunt for attackers
Police yesterday stepped up what they called one of the biggest ever manhunts in the Indian capital, which was cloaked in tight security after a weekend attack claimed by Islamic militants.
 arrow 14-party movement to focus on graft, communal politics
The 14-party opposition alliance's common national programme will focus on fighting communal politics, corruption, violence and price spiral of essentials.
 arrow 'Hawa Bhaban' clout questioned
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim at a seminar, focusing on the problems of leadership, yesterday raised the question who gave the power to the 'Hawa Bhaban' to overrule directivesof
 arrow Hotel Purbani fined again for unhygienic condition
A mobile court yesterday fined Hotel Purbani of the city Tk 80,000 for not maintaining required hygiene standards. Another court had fined the hotel Tk 1 lakh last July for the same reason.
 arrow 302 die in 'crossfire' in 10 months
As many as 349 people were killed, of them 302 in "crossfire", by law enforcers across the country during January to October, 2005, a report by Bangladesh Human Rights Commission said.
 arrow Cooperate in Hariri probe or face 'further action'
The UN Security Council voted unanimously yesterday for a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with a UN probe into the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri or face possible "further action.
 arrow Foreign travellers to be under watch
The government has instructed the authorities concerned at home and abroad to monitor the foreigners travelling to the country and to keep keen eyes on whether they leave on time.
 arrow $1.8b ADB loans proposed for three years
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) proposes to lend $1.8 billion for 15 projects over three years from 2006 under its Country Strategy and Program (CSP) for 2006-2010.
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 arrow 6 GIs, Iraqi VP's brother killed in attacks
Six US soldiers were killed in two separate bomb explosions yesterday in Iraq while rebel attacks Sunday killed the brother of one of Iraq's two vice presidents, the military said.
 arrow 7 die in Ctg landslide, road crash
At least seven people, including children and women, were killed in separate incidents of landslide and road accident in the city's Bayezid Bostami and Doublemooring areas yesterday.
Businessarrow 83 listed cos fail to get financial statements audited as deadline ends
A total of 83 listed companies failed to get their financial statements audited as deadline ended yesterday.
 arrow Govt mulls alternative to cash incentive for exporters
As an alternative to cash incentive, the government may offer utility services subsidy to export-oriented industries, said the commerce secretary yesterday.
 arrow China sees export slowing
China's trade surplus is on track to almost triple this year to around $90 billion, but export growth will lose steam next year amid rising trade tensions, the government said.
 arrow Oil dips under $61
Oil fell below $61 a barrel on Monday but was mired in its recent range, with traders torn between the looming spike in winter fuel demand and the potential for high energy costs to curb consumption.
 arrow Thailand's current account surges
Thailand's current account surplus surged in September on robust exports of computers and auto mobile parts to Asean nations and the United States, the Bank of Thailand said on Monday.
 arrow Citigroup named Best Global Bank for Cash Management
Citigroup has been named the "Best Global Bank for Cash Management" in the 2005 cash management survey conducted by Euromoney, says a press release.
 arrow Oxfam not involved in labour unrest: BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a statement yesterday said international NGO Oxfam is not involved in instigating labour unrest in the garment sector of Bangladesh.
 arrow FBCCI, Georgian chamber sign MoU
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate business and investment
 arrow Novartis succeeds with bid for Chiron
Drug maker Novartis has agreed to buy the remaining stake in US vaccine maker Chiron Corp for $5.1 billion, or $600 million more than an original bid which was deemed inadequate.
 arrow Bank holiday Nov 1, 3, 4, 5
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on November 1 on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr and on November 3, 4 and 5 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, said a BB statement.
 arrow Job fair on Nov 18-19
Inpace Management Services Ltd will organise a job fair on November 18-19 at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow EU farm tariff offer has merit, says world trade chief
The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Sunday backed the European Union's latest concession on agricultural tariffs, saying it was worthy of serious debate.
 arrow Northern General Ins okays 10pc dividend
Northern General Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Bank of Japan upbeat on economy
The Bank of Japan said Monday that it expects the world's number two economy to break decisively out of deflation by next year as it upgraded its forecasts to show 1.
Sportsarrow Football: Bangladesh reach final
Ariful Kabir Farhad maintained his hundred per cent scoring record as Bangladesh Football Federation XI set up Wednesday’s final clash against hosts Myanmar in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament
 arrow Cricket: Record-breaking Dhoni toys with Sri Lanka
Mahendra Dhoni slammed a blistering 183 not out as India scored a superb six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third one-day international at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Trescothick spares England's blushes
Opener Marcus Trescothick hit a fighting hundred to help England recover from a disastrous start in their warm-up game against the Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Rahim to lead U-19 team
Test cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim will lead Bangladesh in the Afro-Asian Under-19 cricket tournament which starts in Vishakha-patnam, India on November 19.
 arrow Football: Barca run riot
Osasuna returned to the top of the Primera Liga with a 2-0 home win over Espanyol on Sunday while the inspirational Ronaldinho helped to push champions Barcelona up to second after a 5-0 rout of RealSociedad.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP lift Nehru Cup
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratisthan (BKSP) Under-17s lifted the Nehru Cup U-17 Hockey tournament beating Jalandhar's Alipur Khalsha in tiebreaker in New Delhi on Monday.
 arrow Archers off to Delhi
A 12-member Bangladesh Archery team left Dhaka on Monday to take part in the 14th Asian Archery Championship that starts in New Delhi on November 4.
 arrow Football: Mourinho 'special' for Wenger
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger who he claims gets his kicks commenting on Chelsea's Premiership campaign.
 arrow Football: Chelsea, L'pool eye knockouts
English rivals Chelsea and Liverpool can become the first two teams to reach the Champions League knockout round with wins on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: SA keep on winning
Justin Kemp hit New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond for a massive six which sailed out of St George's Park as South Africa won the third one-day international with four balls to spare Sunday.
 arrow Football: Magpies fly on Owen - Shearer
A Michael Owen double and a late strike from Alan Shearer helped kick some life into Newcastle's Premiership campaign with a 3-0 away win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Hussey covers for Langer
Mike Hussey is in line to make his long-awaited Test debut after opener Justin Langer admitted Monday he was losing his fitness battle to play in Thursday's opening Test against the West Indies at the
 arrow Football: Rummenigge calls Makaay lazy
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists Dutch international striker Roy Makaay needs to up his workrate considerably if he wants to end his recent barren spell in front of goal.
 arrow Cricket: King stands by his charges
Coach Bennett King Monday defended his West Indian cricketers against claims by fast bowling great Michael Holding of an attitude problem, just days before the opening Test here with Australia.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina stay close
Fiorentina moved to within five points of Serie A leaders Juventus after fighting back from a goal down to beat Cagliari 2-1 on Sunday.
 arrow DCCA donation
Dhaka Cricket Club Association (DCCA) donated TK 50,000 to ailing umpire Mahbub Haque Shaheen on Monday. Shaheen has been suffering from kidney complications.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh-Malaysia joint venture company on cards
A Bangladesh-Malaysia joint venture company will be formed soon to provide various facilities, including financial assistance, to Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims.
 arrow Call for Indo-Bangla efforts to fight fundamentalism
Political leaders and civil society members yesterday called for strengthening Bangladesh-India relations and launching joint efforts to resist fundamentalist forces.
 arrow 14 opposition parties call for electoral reforms
Leaders of 14 opposition parties yesterday reiterated their earlier stance, saying that they would not take part in the next general elections unless the proposed reforms are brought to the caretakergovernment
 arrow Budget analysis unit to be established in JS
A budget analysis unit would be established in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) to ensure effective role of the lawmakers in the process of passing the national budgets by providing them with documents necessary
 arrow Rab man jailed for bribery
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member to five years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for attempting to take Tk 1 lakh in bribe from a businessman at Gopibagh in the capital
 arrow 'Oust failed govt to get rid of sufferings’
Bangabandhu Adarsha Mullayon and Gobeshona Sangsad formed a human chain in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday protesting price-hike of essentials and series bomb attacks
 arrow Pichchi Kamal handed over to police
The businessmen of old Dhaka are panicked as the arrested top terror Hazi Kamal alias Pichchi Kamal was handed over to police on Sunday evening.
 arrow Establish rights of lepers
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for establishing the rights of the people attacked by leprosy.
 arrow Hannan remanded again
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of the banned Harkatul Jihad's Bangladesh chapter, was placed on a fresh three-day remand yesterday on charges of the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts.
 arrow OC Rafiq sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of suspended officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station, AKM Rafiqul Islam, also the prime accused in Kamrul Islam Momin murder case.
 arrow Govt urged not to raise airfare of Hajj passengers
Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) yesterday at a press conference in the city demanded of the government not to increase the plane fare for Hajj passengers, which has been fixed by the cabinet
 arrow PM returns after a week
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned yesterday concluding her week-long pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for performing umrah.
 arrow Body of Rezaul Karim arrives today
The body of Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim, who passed away in Cairo, will be flown to Dhaka today from Dubai by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
 arrow Buet convocation on Jan 3
The ninth convocation of Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) will be held on January 3, 2006.
 arrow Former Airport OC sued
Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury, sacked managing director of Inqilab TV, yesterday filed a criminal case against Abdul Hanif, the then officer-in-charge (OC) of Airport Police Station, accusing him of embezzling
 arrow Brac, Proshika aid for Monga-hit people
Two leading NGOs have provided financial assistance to Monga-hit people in northwestern districts of the country.
 arrow Broderick takes over as WFP representative
Douglus Broderick took over as the representative of World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh on Sunday.
 arrow Azizur Rahman
Azizur Rahman, a reputed social worker of Sherpur and former official of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) passed away due to old age complication yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital
 arrow 1,638 arrested, 14 firearms seized
Police arrested 1,638 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Md Jahidul Islam, a visually impaired student of MA in Islamic studies at Tejgaon College, has sought financial assistance for his educational expenses.
Nationalarrow 6 year-old child accused in hijacking case!
Believe it or not, a six-year old boy faces an arrest warrant in a hijacking case!
Abu Sarwar Jibon became scared at the sight of policemen who went to their Kamalpur house in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila

 arrow Gaibandha diarrhoea kills 5, attacks1545 in 3 days
Diarrhoea killed five people and attacked at least 300 in three days in Gaibandha, raising the death toll to 14 since outbreak of the disease a week ago, according to sources at the Civil Surgeons office.
 arrow Fresh drilling in Bibiyana will be delayed
Drilling of two new wells at Bibiyana gas field in Habiganj by US oil company Unocal would be delayed at least by six weeks.
 arrow Safari park houses python caught in Longdu
Forest officials yesterday handed over the rare species of python caught in Longdu to authorities of Dulahazara Safari Park in Satkania.
 arrow Highwaymen loot Tk 30 lakh from Kushtia traders
Highwaymen Sunday night looted Tk 30 lakh from 20 businessmen who were going to Poradaho wholesale cloth market in Kushtia from Meherpur in a bus to buy cloth, according to police sources.
 arrow Step for safe river journey during Eid
A seven-member committee comprising representatives of BIWTA, Sea Transport Directorate, river transport owners and workers, district administration and police has been formed in Barisal to ensure safety
 arrow Withdraw case or die, father threatened
Ill-fated father of a primary school student, Sajib,8, who was allegedly murdered by a group of criminals at Bahera village in Debhata upazila on August 20 in 2002 received threats to withdraw the murder
 arrow AL factional clash in Pabna: 19 sued
At least 19 Pabna district Awami League (AL) leaders and activists were sued on Sunday by party rivals following Thursday’s clash.
Point-Counterpointarrow Human development catastrophe since 2001
Recent media focus is emphasising more on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rather than the more important and statistically robust indicator, Human Development Index (HDI).
 arrow Is a deep sea port right for Bangladesh?
During the past weeks a lot has been written about the establishment of a deep sea port in Bangladesh.
 arrow Remembering Rezaul Karim
We were not particularly close, Rezaul Karim and I, but we have been good friends for over half a century. The shock of the news of his death in Cairo on Friday ushered in nuggets of reminiscences.
 arrow The future of Biman
Recent newspaper reports suggest that Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been facing all kinds of problems for a long time.
Culturearrow Deshi attires attaining popularity
AS Eid is around the corner, the festive mood of the city has become more and more apparent. From the glitzy shopping arcades to small wayside vendors with indigenous ware, there's something for everyone.
 arrow "I prefer dishes like pasta and prawn "
Runa Laila is one of the internationally acclaimed divas and certainly an asset of our country. In her musical career that spans over 30 years, she has bagged more than 100 awards from various countries.
 arrow The hue of festivity
Among the wealth and opulence of the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian royal courts the herb henna reigned supreme along with incense and perfume.
 arrow Subarna and Mimi in "Bhush"
The channel ntv brings a star-studded play Bhush to its viewers at 10 past midnight on Eid day.
 arrow Journey through the Night of Fashion
Fashion based Eid special programme Journey through the Night of Fashion is scheduled to air on ntv on the 2nd day of Eid.
Generalarrow Threat to blow up TIB office in Lalmonirhat
Jubo Dal activists allegedly threatened to blast off the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) district office in Lalmonirhat.
 arrow LDCs to enhance resilience to climate change
Along with negotiations with the developed nations, the least developed countries (LDCs) should start more analysis and monitoring of the adverse impact to enhance resilience to climate change.
 arrow JU students call off agitation
The activists of Progotisheel Chhatra Jote (PSJ) yesterday called off their agitation programme as the Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities pledged to take necessary steps regarding their demandof
Internationalarrow Pakistanis pledge special steps for border crossings
Pakistan said yesterday it would make special arrangements to give earthquake survivors easy access to Indian Kashmir over concerns bureaucracy would hamper the efforts of thousands to cross the border.
 arrow Musharraf wants troops out of Kashmir
President Pervez Musharraf wants to demilitarise Kashmir, his spokesman said yesterday, a day after India and Pakistan agreed to open the border in the disputed state to aid earthquake survivors.
 arrow UNSC divided over Syria resolution
The United States, France and Britain remained at odds with Russia and China Sunday over a tough UN resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with a probe into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime
 arrow Israel vows to carry on offensive
Israel vowed yesterday to carry on its offensive against militants after the army shot dead three Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank, sparking condemnation from the Palestinian Authority.
 arrow US auditor calls for anti-corruption drive in Iraq
Corruption continues to cost Iraq billions of dollars each year, and Washington and Baghdad should be doing far more to stop it, the top US auditor for Iraq's reconstruction said in a report releasedon
 arrow US lawmakers call for White House shakeup
US President George W.
 arrow Pakistani to die for Red Fort attack
An Indian court on Monday sentenced a Pakistani to death over a militant attack on New Delhi's famous 17th Century Red Fort five years ago.
 arrow Political killings in Lanka top 190 this year
Political killings related to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka have topped 190 since the start of the year and undermined trust in a ceasefire between the government and Tamil rebels, Scandinavian truce
 arrow 'Bush losing faith in Cheney, top aides'
President George W. Bush's confidence in his top team of advisors, including all-important Vice President Dick Cheney, has fallen sharply in the wake of the CIA leak scandal, Time magazine reported Sunday.
 arrow Bush picks judge for SC
Embattled US President George W. Bush yesterday nominated a conservative appeals court judge, Samuel Alito, to the Supreme Court in a move expected to heal a rift in his Republican party.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Indo-Pak cooperation in Kashmir
The decision taken jointly by the governments of India and Pakistan to open up the border dividing earthquake-hit Kashmir to allow freer flow of relief supplies and facilitate the movement of survivors
 arrow Editorial: Night of divine blessings
Lailat-ul-Qadr is a glorious night of divine blessings as the Holy Quran, the greatest gift from the Almighty was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on this night.
 arrow Errant and erratic education
The Bangladesh Awami League (AL) recently organised a series of seminars in Dhaka city.
 arrow Farewell to disarmament?
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a nuclear cooperation agreement in July with President Bush, he signalled a major shift in India's energy policy, as well as its foreign policy and international
Letters to Editorarrow Shiekh Hasina
Emotion has no role in running a country. Sk. Mujib was a great leader, but could not run the administration. BAKSAL could have been a good idea if it was formed right after his return from Pakistan.
 arrow Grim days of 1971
I thought I would never favour them with our attention.
 arrow Sleeping ministries?
More then four years' time has past since the BNP-led coalition came to power, but things have changed little for the people who live in slums, streets or near the railway stations.
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