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Front Pagearrow Parcelled JMB explosives seized in Rajshahi
Police seized powerful explosives from a courier service parcel of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Rajshahi, while the Rab recovered six live bombs and bomb-making materials in Bandarbanand
 arrow Dhaka turns quiet for two weeks
The bustling Dhaka city will remain quiet for the next two weeks due to public holidays on the occasions of Eid-ul-fitr, Saarc summit, and the government declared National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
 arrow Eid festivity eludes 20 lakh poor in North
Eid-ul-Fitr will bring no cheer to more than 20 lakh extremely poor people in the northern Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts as monga, a near famine situation caused by
 arrow Manmohan to discuss transit, transshipment
India is expected to raise transit and transshipment issue for transporting and trafficking passengers and materials between northeastern region and rest of the country through Bangladesh when Prime Minister
 arrow Govt skirts liability for non-ballotee pilgrims
Thousands of prospective pilgrims to Makkah have been left to their own devices to bargain on the plane fares as the government yesterday declined to take any responsibility for over 50,000 non-ballotee
 arrow Eid tomorrow if moon sighted today
The Muslims in the country will celebrate their biggest religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow if the crescent moon heralding the month of Shawal is sighted anywhere in Bangladesh today.
 arrow Hosts take care of finer details of Saarc summit
As the countdown for the 13th Saarc summit began, the finer details of the seven-nation meet are now being worked out with an unprecedented security net planned for the capital.
 arrow Poverty, economic issues to top summit agenda
Poverty alleviation and economic issues will come up as prime agenda of the next week's Saarc summit in Dhaka, Foreign Affairs Advisor Reaz Rahman said.
 arrow Tata project may add 1.9pc to GDP growth
Tata's presence in Bangladesh could add 1.9 percent to the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the country's economy, said a report titled "Economic Impact of Tata Investment in Bangladesh".
 arrow Footpath Eid sales see downslide
While the high-rise modern shopping malls are glittering with lights and buzzing with shoppers just ahead of the Eid, business of the footpath vendors has slumped mainly due to the declined purchasing
 arrow Democrats impose rare closed session
Democrats accusing the ruling Republicans of stalling tactics imposed a rare closed session of the Senate on Tuesday to force the majority to complete a probe on whether the Bush administration misused
 arrow 14-party asks govt to resign over failure to tackle Monga
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said the government totally failed to tackle Monga (near famine situation) in the country's northern region and demanded its resignation.
 arrow Jail Killing Day today
The nation will pay homage to the country's four national leaders and Liberation War heroes on their 29th death anniversary today.
 arrow Accused held,3 charge sheets filed against 17
Police yesterday arrested a charge-sheeted Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activist in a serial blasts case in Satkhira and pressed charges against 17 other accused in separate cases.
 arrow Mortar shells, guns seized in CHT
Personnel of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized two powerful mortar shells, two locally made light guns and 14 rounds of bullets, and captured two suspected extortionists in separate drives
 arrow Safma confce Nov 10-11
A two-day conference of South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) will be held in Dhaka November 10-11.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi fisherman on Gayerpara border under Daulatpur upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet village clashes leave 50 hurt
Over 50 people were injured in clashes between two neighbouring villagers in Dakshin Surma of the district over erecting an ornamental arch on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr yesterday morning.
 arrow Dhaka joins new regional forum
Bangladesh joined seven other countries to set up the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) in the Chinese capital Beijing.
 arrow Cabinet okays 2 draft Saarc agreements
The Cabinet yesterday endorsed two draft agreements on avoidance of double taxation in South Asian countries and on Saarc arbitration council.
Businessarrow Call money rate jumps to 26pc ahead of Eid
Scramble for last-minute cash withdrawal yesterday ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr pushed call money rate to 26 percent.
 arrow Report on Safta to be placed at Saarc summit
The committee of experts (CoE) on South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta) is likely to submit a report at the 13th Saarc summit on the progress in negotiations made in its last 11 meetings.
 arrow US, China inching closer to textile deal
US and Chinese negotiators are "inching closer" to an agreement that would rein in China's booming textile and clothing exports to the United States, a top US trade official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Japan, Australia begin study on free trade pact
Japan and Australia on Wednesday held a new meeting to study a free trade pact or other economic deals following an agreement between the two countries' premiers.
 arrow Fed raises US rates
The Federal Reserve raised US interest rates on Tuesday for the 12th straight time, taking them to the highest level in more than four years and indicating more hikes will be needed to keep inflationat
 arrow Dhaka signs Asia-Pacific trade deal
The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (Apta) was signed in Beijing yesterday to facilitate closer business ties and investment among member states.
 arrow Import clearance, export work at Ctg customs to remain open Nov 3, 5
Import clearance and export activities at Chittagong Customs House will remain open on Thursday (Nov. 3) and (Saturday) Nov. 5 under special arrangement during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, according to BGMEA.
 arrow IT job fair to be held during Basis Softexpo
An IT job fair will take place during the five-day 'Basis Softexpo 2005' scheduled for November 27 in Dhaka.
 arrow Siemens wins 3G/W-CDMA contract from Tele2 in Latvia
Latvia's major telecommunications provider, Tele2 SIA, a subsidiary of Swedish-based Tele2 AB, has contracted with Siemens to expand its GSM network and build a complete 3G/W-CDMA network infrastructure,
 arrow Shamima to attend UN Year of Microcredit closing session
Shamima Khatun, one of the four winners of the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) organised by Citigroup Foundation, and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), leaves for New York onNovember
 arrow Bank holiday on Nov 7
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Nov 7 (Monday) on account of National Revolution and Solidarity Day, said a central bank press release.
 arrow India's airfares fall
India is one of the few countries in the Asia Pacific region where airfares became cheaper in the last quarter despite continued escalation of oil prices, according to the American Express Airfare Index,
 arrow Mazda posts record profit
Japan's fifth largest automaker Mazda Motor said Wednesday its net profit soared 66 percent to a record in the six months to September, driven by increased vehicle sales in China and Japan.
Sportsarrow Football: Sudden death to BFF dream
Bangladesh's bid to repeat history ten years later on Myanmar soil was dashed when the hosts came from a goal down to beat Bangladesh Football Federation XI 2-1 in the final of the Grand Royal Challenge
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna fears whitewash
Sri Lanka's former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday predicted a 7-0 sweep for resurgent India in the current one-day series unless the tourists quickly stop the rot.
 arrow Cricket: Giles, Plunkett bowl England home
Ashley Giles and Liam Plunkett took four wickets apiece to scrape a victory by 52 runs for England in their tour opener against the Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces U-19 home itinerary
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday released the itineraries of the visiting England under-19 team and the subsequent triangular tournament in Bangladesh involving the Sri Lankan youth team.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies go for pace
Australia have matched an expected pace barrage by picking swing bowler Nathan Bracken over second leg-spinner Stuart MacGill for the opening cricket Test against the West Indies starting Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin won't be given rest
Coach Greg Chappell on Wednes-day said there were no plans to rest Sachin Tendulkar and that the Indian team will look to continue its domination of Sri Lanka and wrap up the seven-match one-day series
 arrow Football: Real Madrid, Lyon first in last 16
Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon became the first teams to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday while European champions Liverpool took a giant stride towards joining them.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's worst performance
The worst display by Chelsea since he took charge has persuaded Jose Mourinho to stop talking and listen to his team's opinions ahead of a crunch league match against Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Mourinho, Wenger on warpath?
Jose Mourinho has escalated his war of words with Arsene Wenger by revealing that he has compiled a 120-page file of comments the Arsenal manager has made about Chelsea over the last 12 months.
 arrow Football: 'Get rid of 'em in January'
Manchester United captain Roy Keane reportedly wants the club to get rid of their under-performing stars in the January transfer window.
 arrow Cricket: Sami likely to miss 1st Test
Pakistan's preparations for the Test series against England took another blow with the news that Mohammad Sami is likely to miss the first Test in Multan beginning from November 12.
 arrow Cricket: 7 Test players in Pak A side
The Pakistani selectors have announced a strong Pakistan A squad to take on England in the second three-day tour match in the eastern city of Lahore from November 6.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting takes Clarke under his wing
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is working with Michael Clarke to try to make the most of one of the great talents of Australian cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Kaushalya hits fastest fifty
Former Sri Lankan international Kaushalya Weeraratne set a new limited-overs cricket record this week when he hit the fastest half-century off 12 balls in a domestic match here.
 arrow Cricket: Batting failures doesn't worry Vaughan
Captain Michael Vaughan is not worried about England's batting failures in their opening tour match in Pakistan.
Metropolitanarrow JCD, BCL distribute Tk 20 lakh as Eid tips to party activists
Top leaders of two prime student organisations-Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)- have distributed more than Tk 20 lakh as Eid Bakshish (tips) to party activists and workers
 arrow FM urges Brunei to recruit more Bangladeshis
Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Mokti bin Daud, the outgoing High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Bangladesh, paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Mobile courts realise Tk 7 lakh in fines
As many as 32 mobile courts led by magistrates yesterday realised about Tk 7 lakh in fine filing 222 cases for producing and selling unsafe foods as well as irregularities in public vehicles in the city.
 arrow Main Eid jamaat to be held at Nat'l Eidgah
All preparations have been made to hold congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr in the city as elsewhere across the country.
 arrow ‘Coordinated efforts a must to stop child trafficking in Saarc countries'
Speakers at a workshop in the city have stressed the need for a coordinated efforts among the Saarc countries to prevent child trafficking in this region.
 arrow ‘Switch on all pay channels before Eid’
Cable Operators' Association of Bangladesh (Coab) yesterday at a press conference in the city urged the Nationwide Communications Limited (NCL) to switch on all pay channels of satellite television network,
 arrow President, PM greet people
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted all on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Stand by flood, Monga-hit people ahead of Eid: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the rich and well-to-do people to extend their helping hands for the poor, particularly the flood and Monga-affected people of thenorthern
 arrow Hasina invited to Saarc summit
An invitation card addressed to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina to attend the inaugural and concluding sessions of the 13th Saarc Summit reached the Sudha Sadan, opposition leader's
 arrow 2 killed in city road accidents
A trader and a child were killed in two separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 50 injured as BDR men, villagers clash in Meherpur
Clash between BDR and residents of Kazipur village in Gangni upazila yesterday left about 50 people injured.
 arrow AL distributes clothes among freedom fighters
Bangladesh Awami League yesterday distributed clothes as Eid gifts among the freedom fighters of Dhaka metropolitan city.
 arrow Tribute paid to Rezaul Karim
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid tribute to Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim, saying that he devoted his life to institutionalising democracy and promoting good governance.
 arrow Appeal for help
Bikash Chandra Shil, 22, has been suffering from paralysis for ten years.
Doctors say he could be cured if he gets proper treatment.

Nationalarrow Declare monga-hit dists as distressed areas
Gano Forum President Dr.
 arrow No salary for 28 months
Seventeen teachers and staff of the Bandarban Shishu Poribar Kendra under Social Welfare Department are not getting salary for 28 months.
The project work was started in 1998.

 arrow ‘My call went unheeded’
Awami League leader and lawmaker Asaduzaman Noor blamed State Minister for Education and Minister-in-charge for Nilphamari district A N M Ehsanul Haque Milon for not visiting the monga-hit district.
 arrow NGOs should cut interest rates
A section of non-government organisations (NGOs) are exploiting the poor people in northern districts in the name of helping them with microcredit, officials of Gano Sasthya Kendro, a Dhaka-based voluntary
 arrow 42 ships fined by mobile court in Ctg port
The mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) realised a fine of Tk 7 lakh from 42 ships in a week till Tuesday for violating law and operational discipline.
 arrow Furnace oil crisis in Nilphamari
At least 100 industrial units in the district are facing closure due to crisis of furnace oil.
Workers in many factories apprehend loss of jobs ahead of the Eid.

 arrow Eid today in some areas of Patuakhali
Over 2000 people of about 500 families in some areas in Patuakhali will celebrate Eid-ul-Ftr today.
 arrow Fishing boats looted
Fishes worth about Tk 2 lakh were looted from 15 fishing boats from Kuakata coastal area Bay Tuesday night allegedly by pirates belonging to notorious Alauddin Bahini.
 arrow Seminar on education
A seminar on 'Quality Primary Education in Bangladesh' was held at Shyamnagar on Tuesday.
Culturearrow Special programmes on TV Channels
This Eid-ul-Fitr, TV viewers are in for a treat.
Generalarrow Dhaka supports greater role of women in peacekeeping
Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN Dr Iftekhar Ahmed chowdhury has stressed the need for greater involvement of women in the United Nations peace-keeping operations around the world.
 arrow Iraq eyes tourism as US troops leave Saddam palace
US commanders moved out of a complex of palaces that once belonged to ousted president Saddam Hussein, a site Iraqi officials hope to turn into a tourist destination.
 arrow World leaders greet president on Eid
Heads of state and government of Muslim countries and US President George W Bush yesterday greeted President Iajuddin Ahmed on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
Internationalarrow Suicide car bomb hits Kashmir: 5 killed
India, still reeling from blasts in New Delhi which killed 62 people, was hit by a suicide car bombing in its zone of Kashmir yesterday just hours before the swearing-in of the region's new chief minister.
 arrow Opposition leads Lankan presidential polls race
An opinion poll yesterday gave Sri Lanka's opposition leader an edge in the presidential race, with a majority saying he was better able to revive the economy and the troubled peace process.
 arrow Car bomb kills 20 Iraqis
At least 20 people were killed and 45 wounded when a car bomb exploded yesterday in a Shia town, while four US soldiers were killed separate attacks and helicopter crash.
 arrow Hamas vows to end de facto truce at year-end
Hamas yesterday vowed to end an informal truce at the year-end as thousands rallied at the funerals of two Palestinian commando leaders killed in an Israeli air raid.
 arrow Blair plays down talk of action against Iran
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that military action against Iran was not on the agenda but said the international community's patience with the country was running out.
 arrow Shepherds protest poor quake aid
More than 250 earthquake survivors in this Kashmiri border village blocked traffic yesterday by staging a sit-in on the highway to protest poor distribution of quake relief by local authorities, police
 arrow 'CIA runs secret prisons for al-Qaeda captives'
The CIA has been holding and interrogating al-Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe, part of a covert prison system established after the September 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post
 arrow Blunkett finally resigns from Blair cabinet
David Blunkett, a key political ally of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, abruptly resigned yesterday from the cabinet amid raging controversy over his business affairs, the government announced.
 arrow Bush losing terror war: Critics
US terrorism experts Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon have reached a stark conclusion about the war on terrorism: the United States is losing.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Wishing all a glorious Eid
The month of Ramadan is coming to an end, and after thirty days of self-purification and looking inward and of self-abnegation from the crass materialism of the everyday world, now is the time for celebration
 arrow Editorial: Lackadaisical traffic campaign
The month-long traffic education and disciplining effort launched with fanfare in early October ends today on an ineffectual note.
 arrow The grand coalition in Germany: A difficult pairing
One is tempted to recall the humorous retort of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wherein he described how political coalitions are formed.
 arrow Garments blame game: A response
That the Ready Made Garments industry in this country is facing a turmoil is not news to any.
Letters to Editorarrow People love rankings
The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has been published and has again created a stir.
 arrow Bird flu pandemic: are we ready?
The possibility of a pandemic of Avian flu disease, also called bird flu disease, which is caused by the avian flu virus, is drawing attention from world leaders now.
 arrow Eid shopping
People are spending lavishly on Eid shopping.
 arrow Most corrupt country
It is indeed very sad news to know Bangladesh retained its position as number 1 as far as corruption is concerned. It is indeed very demoralising news.
 arrow Desolate Dhaka
The DCC should take advantage of the fact that a huge number of people will leave Dhaka on the eve of Eid and clean the city as far as possible when there will be empty roads and lanes and no rush ofpedestrians.
Eidul Fitr Special arrow The joy with a difference
'Eid-ul-Fitr' and 'Eid-ul-Azha' are the two main festivals in the Islamic calendar. Both of these auspicious days play very important roles in the life of a Muslim.
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr and Islam
In Islam there is no room for greed and avarice. Accumulation of undesirable wealth and riches is absolutely forbidden for the benefit of all.
 arrow Rewards of Ramadan and importance of Eid-ul-Fitr
The word Ramadan is derived from 'Ramaj' which means burning. Ramadan was first introduced in the month of summer implying rigour of pains-taking self-denial.
 arrow The greatest of Muslim festivals
Most Gracious and Merciful Allah has enjoined all Muslims of the world to observe "Siam" (Fasting) for full 30 days during the holy lunar month of Ramadan in Ayats (Verses) 183 and 184 of Sura Baqara(or
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