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Front Pagearrow Natwar relieved of portfolio
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh was yesterday relieved of his portfolio and made a minister without portfolio over allegation in a UN report that he was a beneficiary of illegal payoffs in Iraq's
 arrow 40,000 strong security blanket over Dhaka
Dhaka was wrapped in a security blanket yesterday as around 40,000 security men took positions at the ten venues of the 13th Saarc Summit and at other points in the capital to ensure foolproof security
 arrow 2 decades on, Saarc yet to make its mark
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is yet to attain its tremendous potential for contribution to the improvement of economic status of the common people of this region although
 arrow WB cancels health, local govt loans, demands refund
The World Bank (WB) has cancelled loans worth Tk 6.
 arrow Manmohan, Shaukat to meet on sidelines
Indian Prime Minister Dr Man-mohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz are due to meet on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka.
 arrow Senior officials arrive to chalk out summit programmes
Senior officials of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries arrived in Dhaka yesterday to programme the forthcoming Saarc summit through their two-day deliberations on 11
 arrow Solidarity Day observed
The BNP-led coalition government yesterday observed the National Revolution and Solidarity Day, while a number of political parties and social organisations observed it from different historical perspectives.
 arrow First fatality as French rioting worsens
Rioters shot at police and torched more than 1,400 cars in the worst violence since unrest erupted in France's poor suburbs 11 days ago, and a man beaten by a youth became the first fatality yester-day.
 arrow Hajj pilgrims' fate still uncertain
Time is running out fast for over 56,000 intending to perform hajj under own arrangement in January 2006 as both the government and the private hajj agencies have stalled initiatives to arrange planes
 arrow BoI wants separate law to deal with big investments
The Board of Investment (BoI) will draft a new law to deal with large-scale package investments like that of Indian Tata and Dubai-based Dhabi Group as experts say the big ventures involve various new
 arrow 40 missing as boat capsizes in Ctg
Around 40 people went missing as a cargo-trawler capsized in the Sandwip channel near Sitakunda in the district yesterday.
 arrow Cops look for car, microbus used in attacks
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police are now on the hunt for a private car and a microbus used by the perpetrators during the grenade attacks on the Bangabandhu Avenue rally of Awami League
 arrow Govt revokes decision to halt appointments under party pressure
The government retracted from its decision to halt appointments to government services on political grounds, especially considering the upcoming national elections.
 arrow Pak PM's wife wants to visit her school
Begum Shaukat Aziz, wife of the Pakistan prime minister, has expressed her desire to visit Holy Cross School, where she had her schooling before the independence of Bangladesh.
 arrow Medical centres at Sonargaon, Sheraton hotels
Emergency health services, including medical centres at Sheraton and Sonargaon hotels, have been put on gear for participants of the upcoming Saarc summit.
 arrow Natwar's removal won't affect summit: FM
Removal of Natwar Singh as Indian external affairs minister will not affect the holding of pre-summit Saarc Council of Ministers meeting in Dhaka on November 11, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan said.
 arrow Saarc leaders to unveil plaque with Zia's letters
The heads of Saarc member states on November 12 will unveil a special plaque bearing Saarc's founder and late president Ziaur Rahman's letters to the then heads of the seven countries.
 arrow Biman stops 3 domestic flights
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will stop its three flights on the Dhaka-Syedpur route.
 arrow Criminals shoot Lalbagh cop
Criminals shot a policeman at Lalbagh on Sunday night and an alleged robber was bullet-hit at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Stepped up security measures...

 arrow 3-day meet on PRSP from Nov 15
A three-day meeting of Poverty Reduction Strategy Implementation Forum will begin on November 15 in Dhaka to discuss the various issues of the implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow 2 killed in clash over wall construction
Two people were killed and 10 others injured in a clash between two rival groups over constructing a wall of a graveyard at Keshti village in Manikganj Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Returning home...

 arrow Hasina on Monga tour from today
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina starts a four-day tour of monga-hit northern districts today.
 arrow Threat to blow up radio station in Rangamati
An unidentified caller threatened to blow up the state run radio station in Rangamati on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, while in another incident the principal of Technical Training Centre (TTC) in the district
 arrow Crocodile kills fisherman in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a crocodile in the Malanchi river in the Sundarbans yesterday.
The victim was identified as Abdul Aziz of village Munshiganj in Shyamnagar upazila.

 arrow Tornado hits Indiana, Kentucky: 23 killed
A powerful tornado tore through southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky early on Sunday, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 200, many caught sleeping when the twister hit, officials said.
 arrow OC closed for failure to maintain law and order
The officer-in-charge of Bhandaria Police Station in Pirojpur was closed on Sunday in the wake of a robbery spree and killing of a youth by robbers under his jurisdiction.
Businessarrow Tk 100cr hydrogen peroxide plant goes into trial production
A Tk 100-crore chemical plant, built with Chinese technical assistance and machinery to produce hydrogen peroxide, has gone into trial production to meet the demand for industrial chemicals in the country.
 arrow $42.5m ADB loan for agribusiness project
ADB aims to help alleviate rural poverty in Bangladesh through a new US$42.5 million loan for an agribusiness development project to stimulate commercial activities in the agriculture sector.
 arrow Two members of EU team arrive in Dhaka
Two members of a European Union inspection team to look into the prevailing standards of Bangladesh shrimp industry arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
The other two members will arrive on November 10.

 arrow Flu pandemic may cost rich states $550b: WB
A global flu pandemic could cost rich countries 550 billion dollars (465 billion euros), the World Bank said in a report issued here on Monday at an international conference on bird flu.
 arrow EU sanctions on import of Chinese apparels: Implications for Bangladesh
As per the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), as of 1 January, 2005 all quota-imposing members of WTO were required to lift their remaining quotas on textiles

 arrow China to gradually push forward yuan reform
China's central bank reiterated Monday it will gradually push forward reform of its managed float currency regime while keeping its exchange rate at a "reasonable and balanced level".
 arrow Battle for business class passengers hots up in S'pore
Retail consultant Elyas Bahbah will fly for the first time on business class on Friday, to holiday in Paris with his daughter, 21.
 arrow Oil prices dip to $60
Oil prices dipped to $60 Monday as mild weather across the northern hemisphere and recovering US crude production soothed worries over a supply shortfall.
US light crude oil slipped 36 cents to $60.

 arrow Sri Lanka set for tax cuts
Sri Lanka is set to offer generous tax cuts in the annual budget Tuesday despite a sharp 23 percent increase in defence spending, official sources said.
 arrow Emirates slams Qantas for ‘protectionism’
Australian airline Qantas, already under fire from Singapore for protectionism, was accused Monday by Dubai-based rival Emirates of being "one of the world's most anti-competitive airlines".
 arrow Japan Airlines in the red on high fuel costs
Japan Airlines said Monday it fell into the red in the first half and forecast a full-year loss as high fuel costs, safety lapses and anti-Japan protests in China took a heavy toll on Asia's top carrier.
 arrow Shanghai no 1 in industrial competitiveness in China
Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangdong top an updated UN scoresheet on regional industrial competitiveness in China.
 arrow Bridgestone to build research centre in China
Japan's Bridgestone, the world's second largest tiremaker, said Monday it will set up its first research and development center in China to aid production and sales in the fast-growing market.
 arrow China to spend $180b to boost renewable energy use
China said Monday it would spend about 180 billion dollars over the next 15 years to increase its use of renewable energy to 15 percent of the total generated, from the current seven percent.
 arrow Time running out for global trade deal
Developments in global trade talks in the next one to two weeks are crucial for successfully finalising a trade deal in Hong Kong next month, but experts here say the prospects look dim.
 arrow Global energy resources sufficient until 2030: IEA
The world has enough energy until 2030, at least on current trends and despite an expected surge in demand, on condition that there is sufficient investment in the supply chain, the International Energy
 arrow Snow to urge larger foreign role in Indian economy
US Treasury Secretary John Snow will be aiming to nudge India ahead on reforms, including greater scope for foreign ownership in financial services, as he begins a four-day visit Monday.
 arrow Lanka asks Citigroup to handle $100m loan
Sri Lanka is seeking a loan of 100 million dollars to finance urgent infrastructure projects, financial sources said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani shifts focus on SAFF C'ship
With the prelude already over, Bangladesh's Argentine coach Diego Cruciani now wants to concentrate on his real business -- the SAFF Football Championship which is just less than a month away.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka pull one back
Sri Lanka finally tasted success in the limited-overs series in India with a five-wicket victory over their new-look rivals in the fifth international here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea bubble finally bursts
Darren Fletcher ended a turbulent week for Manchester United with a first-half header that sealed a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday and ended Chelsea's 40-game unbeaten run in the Premiership.
 arrow Cricket: SA keep it clean
South Africa completed a 4-0 series win when they beat New Zealand by six wickets in a rain-hit fifth and final one-day international at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Football: Big two stay close
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid continued to keep in close contact with surprise league leaders Osasuna by both notching up victories on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson shows who's boss
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hit back at the club's critics with an angry tirade after seeing Darren Fletcher's first-half header seal a 1-0 win that ended Chelsea's 40-game unbeaten run
 arrow Football: Juve's late show
Juventus defeated Livorno 3-0 on Sunday to maintain their two-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A while their closest challengers AC Milan thrashed Udinese 5-1.
 arrow Football: He's human after all
Jose Mourinho is in the unaccustomed position of having to put on a brave face after a fortnight of reverses culminated in Chelsea's first league defeat in 41 games.
 arrow Hockey: Asian Under-18 hockey delayed
The Asian Under-18 Hockey Championship has been rescheduled for February-March next year due to shortage of participating teams.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif, rookie pacer in India side
Middle-order batsman Moha-mmad Kaif and rookie fast bowler Vikram Rajvir Singh were on Monday included in India's squad for the last two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka this week.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy afraid of weather
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq fears that the outcome of the Test series against England will be affected by a loss of overs due to fewer playing hours.
 arrow Cricket: Watson out for two months?
All-rounder Shane Watson will likely be out of the Australian team for two months after injuring his shoulder during the weekend win in the first Test against the West Indies, Cricket Australia said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Injury worry for Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan underwent a scan on Monday to find out if an old knee injury will keep him out of the first Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin undergoes routine checkup
Sachin Tendulkar, who recently returned to form after nursing a tennis elbow injury, today underwent a detailed medical checkup at a private hospital in the city here, hospital sources said.
 arrow Cricket: Spin-heavy Proteas
South Africa will pin their spin hopes in India later this month on an off-spinner who not much more than a year ago was a conventional medium-pacer.
 arrow Football: Only in your dreams
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann may have set himself the lofty target of winning the 2006 World Cup but the German Football Federation (DFB) believes just reaching the quarterfinals would be a success.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan hopes to improve image
Pakistan's cricket chief on Monday said he hoped the forthcoming series with England would improve his country's image -- both off and on the field.
Metropolitanarrow Sit across table for electoral reforms
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon opposition Awami League to sit across the table by shunning the path of imprudent politics to bring
 arrow Jessore Jubo Dal factions clash over drug trade
Six people were injured, three of them critically, in a clash between two factions of Jubo Dal over capturing leadership of a drug syndicate on Sunday night at Abhoynagar in Jessore.
 arrow Bangladesh unlikely to lift ban
Bangladesh is unlikely to reverse a ban on its nationals to work in Bahrain and other Gulf countries as domestic helps, media reports said yesterday.
 arrow Monga grips Bangladeshi enclaves
About 50,000 distressed people in 18 Bangladeshi enclaves have been severely affected by Monga without aid from the government.
 arrow Regional taskforce a must to implement Saarc convention
A regional workshop ended in the city yesterday with a recommendation to establish a regional taskforce to implement the Saarc Regional Convention on Trafficking to combat commercial and sexual exploitation
 arrow Hasina warns of tougher movement
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned the government of launching a greater anti-government agitation forthwith if her party members are arrested
 arrow Khulna BNP factions mark Nov 7 separately
Despite strict instructions from the central high command, both factions of Khulna BNP failed to unite on the same platform to observe National Revolution and Solidarity Day yesterday.
 arrow Ctg mayor blasts govt
Chittagong city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday criticised the government for skipping the responsibility to over 50,000 non-ballotee Hajj pilgrims.
 arrow Zia rewarded Col Taher with death penalty
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said that Colonel Taher, founder of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), set a great example by freeing General Ziaur Rahman from captivity on November 7 in 1975, butZia
 arrow Rab picks up 5 JMB men in C’nawabganj
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night raided different areas of Chapainawabganj and picked up five men of Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Two killed in Barisal road accidents
Two people were killed and one critically injured on Dhaka-Barisal highway in three separate road accidents in the last two days.
 arrow Japan to launch quake warning system next yr
Japan, one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations, plans to launch a seismic alert system next year to capture early quake movements and issue warnings of more damaging tremors, officials said on
 arrow National convention on Friday
The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) will hold a national convention against repression of journalist, terrorism and militancy in the city on Friday.
 arrow Exhibition on Zia begins
A two-day exhibition of documents and photographs on work and life of late President Ziaur Rahman began at Jatiya Jadughar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hasina goes to monga-hit districts today
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament Sheikh Hasina embarks on a four-day monga-relief mission in the northern districts today.
 arrow Indian HC visa section closed Nov 9-13
The visa section of the Indian High Commission (IHC) in Dhaka will remain closed from November 9 to 13, says an IHC announcement.
 arrow Condition of Manekshaw improves
The condition of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw has improved as he was rushed to the Army's Specialised Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi yesterday morning.
 arrow Saarc leaders to be presented with paintings
Paintings of the country's eminent artists will be in the list of gift items for the heads of state/government who will attend the Saarc Summit here on November 12 and 13, said a source of Ministry of
Nationalarrow More 5 lakh MT rice to be produced in 5 districts
The ECNEC (Executive Committee of National Economic Council) has finally approved the "South Comilla and North Noakhali Drainage" (SCNND) Project after three and a half years of its formulation.
 arrow They defeated Monga
Landless Mominur of Dighirpar village was not lucky enough to have a VGF card to tide over the Monga. The Union Parishad chairman said he is not eligible for this because he is still young.
 arrow Cashing in on patients'plight
Diagnostic centres in Magura are doing a brisk business in collusion with a section of government doctors who allegedly get benefits including commission from them.
 arrow 3 shot, 2 kidnapped by BSF in 2 districts
Three Bangladeshis were shot by BSF on Saturday, two of them in Roumari in Kurigram district and one in Satkhira.
 arrow Massive pest attack on aman in 13 upazilas in Comilla
Aman crops on about 11,580 hectares of land have come under pest attack causing huge loss to farmers in 13 upazilas of the district.
 arrow 7 killed by BSF in 2 months on B'baria border
Seven Bangladeshi nationals were killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Brahmanbaria border in last two months.
 arrow Villagers defer Eid to repair embankment
Over 3,000 people of five villages in Assassuni upazila celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday instead of Friday.
 arrow 4 BNP, Jubo Dal leaders held in Chuadanga
The Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) in Chuadanga arrested four leaders of ruling BNP Sunday night.
They include Pouro Jubo Dal president and Jibonnagar municipality chairman Abul Hossain Sikdar.

 arrow Pirates loot 11 trawlers in Bay
Pirates again looted eleven fishing trawlers about 100 kilometres off Patharghata coat on November 4, injuring 24 fishermen and crew in the attacks.
 arrow 'Listed criminal' held in Patuakhali
Police arrested 'listed criminal' Faruque Molla, along with a pipegun Thursday night from Uttar Dharandi village in the Sadar upazila.
He was wanted in five criminal cases.

 arrow Into the jaws of crocodile
A fisher man was killed yesterday by a crocodile in Malanchi river in the Sundarbans.
The victim was identified as Abdul Aziz, son of Samir Uddin Gazi of Munshigonj village in Shyamnagar upazila.

 arrow UPDF man held with firearms
An active member of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) was arrested with firearms in Maischhari area of Mahalchhari thana on Sunday.
 arrow Body handed over by BSF
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday handed over the body of a Bangladeshi to BDR on Kushtia border after a flag meeting.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iraq adopts new constitution: Delicate road ahead
Decades later, when historians look at the Iraq War they would surely notice that this unique war began due to gross miscalculations by both sides.
 arrow Ambassador Rezaul Karim
I was deeply saddened to hear of the pre-mature passing away of Ambassador Mir Mohammed Rezaul Karim, in Cairo, on October 29.
 arrow Parliamentary democracy : Values and practices
Democracy, no doubt, can claim to be the best system of government and after possible alternative experimentations for a long time in different countries, democracy has now been established in many countries
 arrow When Eid didn't make children happy
Ayez Azmat (12), a fourth grade student of Government Pilot High School near Sethibagh was fond of white dress and his mother bought a piece of cloth for him.
Culturearrow Memorable moments in the life of an actress
Shabnam's passion for acting started in her early teens. At that time she was taking dance lessons at the Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts and that was the only exposure she had to the world of performingarts.
 arrow Fariel's World
Fariel Shafee, a Bangladeshi residing in the USA working on her Ph D thesis in Physics, has recently been selected to participate in the Florence Art Biennale.
 arrow TV campaign against gender violence
To generate awareness among the masses and to minimise violence against women, United Network Limited (UNL) has produced a TV serial of twenty-six episodes, titled Ontoraler Kotha which is already
 arrow Film to explore the mind of Lennon's killer
Twenty-five years after the murder of former Beatle John Lennon, a Canadian-based film company is set to explore the mind of his killer in a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto, backers of the
 arrow Phil Collins open to Genesis reunion
British singer and songwriter Phil Collins said last Sunday that he would be open to a reunion of his old band Genesis, before his performance in Israel, as part of his what he calls his final tour.
Generalarrow Remain above politics
Textiles and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj yesterday urged teachers to keep themselves above partisan politics and make their best efforts to build the students as worthy citizens of the country.
 arrow Diarrhoea death toll rises to 9 in Sirajganj
Diarrhoea broke out in the district, claiming three lives in five days, unofficial sources said.
 arrow Japanese princess to marry commoner fiancé on Nov 15
It's a fairytale in reverse.
Internationalarrow India, Pakistan trade aid at Kashmir border
Pakistani police fired teargas and shots into the air yesterday to disperse hundreds of villagers trying to approach a border crossing with India in Kashmir after it was opened to help earthquakerelief
 arrow Muslim group issues Fatwa against riot
An umbrella grouping of French Islamic organisations issued a Fatwa, or formal instruction, to Muslims late Sunday to clamp down on wanton violence as rioting raged for an 11th straight night across France.
 arrow Cong writes to UN over Volcker report
Seeking to absolve itself of charges contained in the Volcker Committee report, Congress has sent a letter to UN Secretary General but sidestepped questions whether External Affairs Minister K NatwarSingh
 arrow Pre-polls attacks on rise in Lanka's north
Militant attacks on army outposts in Sri Lanka's restive north and east are increasing, troops and observers say, raising fears voters may be intimidated into staying away ahead of the Nov.
 arrow Kashmir incursions on despite quake: India
India said yesterday attacks by Islamic insurgents which have wracked its zone of Kashmir for the past 16 years have continued unabated since the devastating earthquake last month that killed tens ofthousands
 arrow Terrified residents flee Iraq fighting
Scores of terrified Iraqis fled a besieged town Sunday, waving white flags and hauling their belongings to escape a second day of fighting between US Marines and al-Qaeda-led militants along the Syrian
 arrow Azerbaijan vote didn’t meet int'l norms
Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan on Sunday did not meet international standards, election observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said yesterday.
 arrow Fujimori arrested in Chile
Peru's disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, wanted there on human rights abuse and corruption charges, was arrested during a surprise visit to Chile, Peru's foreign minister said late on Sunday.
 arrow Indians protest joint air drill with US
Tens of thousands of communists in West Bengal, many waving red flags, protested yesterday against joint exercises by Indian and US air forces.
 arrow Pakistan reaches accord with US on F-16s
Pakistan and the United States have reached an understanding which allows Islamabad to temporarily delay a deal to purchase F-16 fighter jets.
 arrow Pneumonia hits Pak quake zone
Hundreds of pneumonia cases are already being treated in Pakistan's earthquake zone and hundreds of thousands risk death or disease unless they move below the snowline or get emergency shelter.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A bright face of Bangladesh
Shamima, once a poor woman from a remote village in Satkhira district, has done her bit to brighten the image of the country.
 arrow Editorial: Raped schoolgirl takes own life
Eid celebrations in the village of Sreepur in Durgapur upazila were marred by the suicide of class ten student, Nazma Khatun.
 arrow Regional resolve needed to banish terrorism
The terrorists have struck again and this time in the heart of New Delhi.
 arrow Kashmir needs help, not politics
Iwas in Parliament House when the terrorists struck last time at Delhi, some four years ago. Not familiar with the building, they could not find the entrance.
Letters to Editorarrow Price spiral and dwindling hopes
After spending four years at the citadel of power, the four party alliance government has forgotten the sufferings of the people who voted them to power.
 arrow Might is not right!
The Sophists, much to the satisfaction of their supporters, held that justice was the interest of the stronger to which Plato objected and put up his classic arguments in the Republic.
 arrow Shortage of teachers
There are 187 primary schools and community primary schools at Moulvibazar Sadar upazila.
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