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Front Pagearrow Question leak taints again BCS test
A countrywide leak of questions marred the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test held by the Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday.
 arrow Barisal intelligence lists 25 potential bombers
Local intelligence agencies have listed 25 members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh's (JMB) suicide squad as operating in six districts of Barisal Division.
 arrow Foreign airlines reject Biman's revised rate
Uncertainty still looms large over the fate of thousands of intending Hajj pilgrims, a day after the axing of civil aviation minister, as foreign airliners once again declined to operate Hajj flightsat
 arrow Migratory birds start to arrive in JU sanctuary
With the advent of winter, migratory birds of different species have started to flock to evergreen Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus amid the government's instruction to its livestock officials tobe
 arrow Mirza Fakhrul given Biman's rein
State Minister for Agriculture Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday replaced Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, a day after he lost his portfolio of state minister for civil aviation and tourism amid a growing
 arrow JMB cadres infiltrate Ctg in disguise
On the intelligence that Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives and killing squad members have infiltrated into the port city in guise of vendors and rickshaw-pullers, Chittagong police have
 arrow JMB chief's son-in-law nabbed
Police yesterday arrested six Islamist militants including the son-in-law of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman in Thakurgaon.
 arrow At least 77 killed in twin strikes on Iraq mosques
At least 77 worshippers were killed in suicide attacks on two Shia mosques in eastern Iraq near the border with Iran yesterday, hours after suicide bombers killed six people outside a Baghdad hotel.
 arrow Dhaka's move to change route hinges on Yangon
Dhaka's move to change the route of the Asian Highway passing through Bangladesh would not be effective without a consensus on it with Myanmar, said Dr M Rahmatullah, former director (transport) of the
 arrow S African visa restricted for Bangladeshis
The citizens of Bangladesh and six African countries must meet certain visa requirements before travelling to South Africa on transit visa from December 1, 2005.
 arrow Seoul eager to join Saarc as observer
Republic of Korea (Rok) is willing to join South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an observer after China and Japan, diplomatic sources told the news agency yesterday.
 arrow 17 bodies recovered from sunken trawler
Rescuers have so far recovered 17 bodies from the trawler that capsized in the river Meghna early Thursday.
 arrow Mahinda wins tight fought Lankan presidential race
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, a hard-liner toward Tamil rebels, won Sri Lanka's presidential election by a narrow margin, an election official said yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda greets SL president elect
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday congratulated Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on his victory in the presidential election and expressed her desire to work closely with him for further
 arrow AL blasts govt indifference to Safta
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said the just concluded Saarc summit turned into a mere "formality" due the government's indifference to implementing the South Asian Free Trade
 arrow Jalil trashes minister's no-Monga claim
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday rejected the claim of Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf that no one had died in Monga in the northern region.
 arrow BSF kills one near Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth at Potukhali village near Benapole border yesterday.
The victim was identified as Abdur Rashid, 16, son of Abdus Salam of the village.

 arrow Giant catfish...

 arrow Crime suspect killed in cop 'crossfire'
A suspected criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between police and an armed group in Tangail on Thursday.
 arrow Charge sheet linking Rahman, Bangla Bhai submitted
The Detective Branch (DB) of police have submitted charge-sheet against seven people, including chief of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh
 arrow BNP MP Abu Hena sees component of ruling alliance behind militancy
BNP lawmaker Abu Hena suspects a section of the four-party alliance government may have hands behind the countrywide rise in militancy.
 arrow Human chain...

 arrow Charge sheets within Nov 21
Charge sheets in two cases filed for the murder of two judges in Jhalakathi last week will be submitted within November 21.
 arrow Seminar on Bangladesh rights status Nov 21
The Parliamentary Human Rights Group and the International Bangladesh Foundation will hold a seminar on the current situation in Bangladesh at the House of Lords on November 21.
 arrow Annan appeals again for quake rebuilding aid
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday toured areas of Pakistan struck by last month's quake and repeated an appeal for urgent international help for the "gigantic" task of reconstruction.
 arrow Police subedar held for robbing Uttara Group cash on Oct 8
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday arrested a police subedar at his Mymensingh home for his involvement in looting Tk 2.38 crore of Uttara Group of Industries last month.
Businessarrow Political unrest may slow down GDP growth: WB
The World Bank (WB) in its annual Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report for 2006 has said that increased political instability and flooding could decelerate Bangladesh's GDP growth this year.
 arrow Paid up capital of Ins cos to be made equal
Minimum paid up capital requirement of all the insurance companies will be raised to a uniform level in a bid to remove the disparity in the sector.
 arrow Set up separate ministry for SME sector: DCCI
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the government to set up a separate ministry for promoting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) considering their importance in the economy.
 arrow C’wealth leaders to warn rich states on world trade
Commonwealth leaders will warn rich nations next week that failure to reach a new global trade deal would signal to developing countries they do not care about poverty and could undermine democracy in
 arrow World's big oil players meet in Riyadh today
The West's big oil consumers, producers from the Middle East and Africa and industry bosses meet in Saudi Arabia today to discuss how to satisfy the world's thirst for oil and keep energy supplies secure.
 arrow Prize giving ceremony Nov 21
The Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) programme launched by Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Bangladesh will
 arrow IMSL job fair rescheduled for January 9
Inpace Management Service Limited (IMSL) will organise a job fair on January 9, 2006 at the Public Plaza of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Apec leaders want EU to move on farm subsidies
Asia-Pacific leaders Friday called on the European Union to show flexibility on cutting farm subsidies, the key issue which they believe is blocking talks on opening up global trade.
 arrow US, Asean agree to push for trade, investment deal
The United States and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to work for a region-wide trade and investment agreement as part of efforts to improve ties clouded by a dispute over Myanmar.
 arrow AKTEL customer care centre at Uttara
Mobile phone operator AKTEL opened its 11th customer care centre at Uttara in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Brac Bank ATM at Bashundhara City shopping mall
Brac Bank Ltd has launched ATM (automated teller machine) service at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka recently.
 arrow China signs landmark trade pact with Chile
China ended tariffs on nearly all Chilean exports Friday with the signing of its first free trade agreement with a Latin American country after year-long negotiations.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Nov 14-Nov 17, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US Dollar remained steady. USD was stable against taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricket goes NCL
Just after a day's break, the cricketers will get back to business as the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Seventh National Cricket League begins today with three one-day matches to be held across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Hs hammer Windies
Matthew Hayden scored his fourth hundred in consecutive Tests and opening partner Mike Hussey his maiden Test century as Australia made merry with the West Indies' bowlers on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas after world mark
Graeme Smith's South Africa will equal Australia's 21-match unbeaten streak in one-day cricket if they defeat India in home captain Rahul Dravid's backyard on Saturday.
 arrow Football: High noon at the Bernabeu today
Every single encounter between Real Madrid and Barcelona in their 103 year rivalry has had elements of friction but Saturday's derby match could be one of the most tense in recent years.
 arrow Cricket: Junior Tigers play India today
Bangladesh will take on hosts India in the Afro-Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament, which kicks off today in Vishakhapatnam.
 arrow Chess: Five-way lead
Five players were jointly leading the table of the seventh Special National Chess Championship for the Visually Impaired after end of the fourth round on yesterday.
 arrow Football: BU-Town Club opener Nov 24
Khulna Town Club will host defending champions Brothers Union in the opening match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League on November 24.
 arrow Football: Golden Ball for Ronaldinho
FC Barcelona's Ronaldinho has won France Football magazine's 2005 Ballon d'Or, or Golden Ball award, for European player of the year, news reports said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Stage fit for kings
With Spain and the Czech Republic squeezing through the qualifying playoffs Wednesday, there is a wealth of talent lining up to take soccer's biggest title from the defending World Cup champion.
 arrow Football: 'Favourites at your peril’
Brazil should be wary of their status as World Cup favourites for next year and learn from the lessons of the past, legendary star Pele said here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho raring to fire
Refreshed by a mini-break in the sunshine of his native Portugal, Jose Mourinho returns to the Premiership fray on Saturday determined to plunge his title rivals into mid-winter gloom.
 arrow Football: Adieus United
Roy Keane's glorious 12-year career at Manchester United came to an abrupt end on Friday when it was announced that the club captain was leaving with immediate effect.
 arrow Football: Six Of The Best
Six memorable league matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona:
Playmaker Johan Cruyff revolutionised a Barca team that had not won the league title in

 arrow Cricket: HP Squad take 2-0 lead
The Bangladesh Cricket Board's High Performance (HP) Squad took a 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against the visiting England Under-19 team with a four-wicket win at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium
 arrow Football: BFF replaces Babu as U-20 manager
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has named former national striker Mohammed Mohsin as manager of the Under-20 national youth team on the recommendation of the National Team Management Committee
 arrow Cricket: Kumble fit for Lanka Tests
India's spin lynchpin Anil Kumble said on Thursday he was fully fit from a back injury and was confident of playing in next month's Test series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly ready for any role
Deposed Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly on Thursday praised his successor Rahul Dravid and declared that he was prepared to play in any position and perform any role if taken back into the national
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan may drop Shabbir
Paceman Shabbir Ahmed might not be selected for the second Test against England starting on Sunday.
 arrow Mohammedan fan club formed
Nizamuddin Ahmed has been named convenor of a 37-member conveying committee of Mohammedan Fan Club (mscFC).
 arrow Cricket: Giles doubtful for ODI series
England may send left arm spinner Ashley Giles home early after the three-Test series against Pakistan because he is struggling with a hip problem.
Metropolitanarrow Make society free from corruption
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the society is now engulfed in corruption and terrorism.
 arrow Climate change claims 1.5 lakh lives a year
Climate changes resulting from global warming is leading to at least five million cases of illness and claiming more than 150,000 lives around the world every year, said a study.
 arrow Housewife beaten to death for dowry
A young housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband for dowry at Bhingulia village in Haimchar upazila early Thursday.
The victim was identified as Amena Aktar, 18, wife of Dulal Dhali.

 arrow 'One eye specialist for every 2 lakh people in Bangladesh'
The ratio of ophthalmologists and population in Bangladesh is 1:200,000, which means that there is only one eye expert for every two lakh people in the country.
 arrow Acid-burnt victim cries for justice
A housewife, who received acid-burn injuries allegedly by her former teacher in Bogra on November 9 for refusing his indecent proposal, has demanded immediate punishment to culprit.
 arrow Pakistan pins quake recovery hopes on donors' confce
The future of Pakistan's earthquake survivors hinges on an international donors' conference that begins here today.
 arrow Arrest of perpetrators demanded
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Chittagong unit, at a rally yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the perpetrators of Banshkhali carnage that left 11 members of a minority
 arrow Expected progress yet not achieved in specialised health services: Mosharraf
Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said expected progress could not be achieved in the country's specialised health services as 60 per cent of the total annual allocation of the sector
 arrow Three killed, 17 injured in road accidents
Two police constables and a person were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Manikganj and Rajshahi districts in the last two days.
 arrow Drivers asked to avoid cantt roads on Nov 21
Drivers have been requested to avoid cantonment roads in the city on November 21 in order to keep the roads free from traffic jam as a number of programmes have been arranged at the cantonment on theoccasion
 arrow Science book fair begins
A five-day science book fair began at the National Museum in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Workshop on working environment begins in city
A three-day workshop on 'Working environment, health and safety for graphical industry in Bangladesh' began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ctg mayor leaves for France to attend seminar
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury left the port city yesterday for France to attend a three-day international seminar beginning tomorrow.
 arrow RU Bangla deptt celebrates golden jubilee today
The Department of Bangla, Rajshahi University, will celebrate its golden jubilee today in a colourful way.
In this regard, the department took a two-day programme.

 arrow Lecture series on modern instrumental techniques
A series of lectures on modern instrumental techniques will begin in the city on November 22.
 arrow Journo Goutam cremated
Goutam Das, Faridpur bureau chief of the Samakal, who was strangled by unknown assailants on Thursday, was cremated at his village Chandi Dashi under Bhanga upazila yesterday.
Nationalarrow Journalist’s murder triggers protests
Journalists in districts yesterday protested the murder of Gautam Das, Staff Reporter of Dainik Samakal, in Faridpur Thursday night by unidentified killers.
 arrow 'Charter of freedom' to be announced at Nov 22 rally
Front ranking Awami League leaders at rallies in Narsingdi and Manikganj have said a 'charter for freedom' of the people will be announced at the grand 14-party rally in Dhaka on November 22.
 arrow Thousands pay tributes to Bhasani in Tangail
The 29th death anniversary of veteran political leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed here on Thursday.
 arrow Judges' killing protested in Satkhira, Tangail
Lawyers and political parties in Satkhira and Tangail protested the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi. They marched streets in protest and held rallies, condemning the brutal killings by Islamist zealots.
 arrow Jamaat leader Dhira prime accused in Belal murder case
Charge sheet of journalist Belal murder case will be submitted to the CMM court here on Sunday.
 arrow One shot dead by BSF in Darshana
The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi on Darshana border in Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Railway goods seized from BNP leader's house
Police recovered 56 railway sleepers and some equipment worth about Tk. 24 lakh from a BNP leader's house in Bheramara town on Monday.
Culturearrow In search of Drockstars
Ayub Bachchu is looking for 10 fresh rocking voices.
 arrow Rangchhut draws to an end
Popular drama serial Rangchhut aired its 36th and final episode last Wednesday.
 arrow Italian Designs Of Embroidery and Lace
The exhibition "Embroidery and Lace: Italian Designs and Traditions", held at the Embassy of Italy, Dhaka, brought together the white work embroideries of Paola Manfredi Noia, an Italian designer whorecently
Generalarrow Iran still blocking access to military sites: IAEA
Iran is still blocking UN nuclear inspectors from crucial military sites, the UN atomic watchdog agency reported yesterday, saying full Iranian cooperation was overdue.
 arrow 'Fish threatened as climate change warms waters'
Fish are under growing threat as climate change fuels a rise in temperatures in rivers, lakes and the world's oceans, the environmental group WWF warned yesterday.
Internationalarrow Tigers outfox dove to dim Lankan peace hopes
Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels deliberately ditched the man who signed a truce with them and cleared the way for his hawkish rival to win the presidency in a calculated move that has dashed peace hopes, analysts
 arrow 'Nepali Maoists ready to accept democracy'
Nepal's Maoist rebels are ready to accept multiparty democracy, stop terrorising civilians and return to the political mainstream of the revolt-torn country, a top Nepali politician said yesterday.
 arrow Kashmiris get ready to cross border
After weeks of waiting, Indian Kashmiris will today finally get a chance to cross the de facto border dividing Kashmir to help quake-hit relatives, a senior Indian official said.
 arrow 'CIA, foreign agencies in anti-terror network'
The CIA has established joint facilities in more than two dozen countries where US and foreign intelligence agents work together to hunt suspected terrorists, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow EU commissioner calls for Kashmir peace
Pakistan and India should harness the mood of cooperation forged in the wake of the massive South Asian earthquake to achieve lasting peace in Kashmir, a senior European Union official said yesterday.
 arrow India holds war games near Pakistan border
India's military yesterday staged a grand finale to major military manoeuvres, showcasing newly-acquired T-90 battle tanks and warplanes close to the border with Pakistan in the Thar desert.
 arrow UN experts cancel Guantanamo visit
A group of United Nations experts yesterday called off their planned visit to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba saying Washington was not allowing them free access to detainees there.
 arrow Democrats, Bush admn escalate battle over Iraq
Democrats and the White House traded fresh salvos over US Iraq policy Thursday, as a top Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill demanding an immediate withdrawal of US troops there.
 arrow Manmohan makes minor cabinet changes
Giving up plans for any fresh induction into his ministry, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday effected a minor reshuffle of portfolios retaining External Affairs while shifting S Jaipal Reddy from
 arrow Attack on Lanka mosque kills 4
Suspected separatist rebels tossed grenades into a Mosque during morning prayers yesterday, killing at least four Muslim worshippers, police said.
 arrow German parties formally sign coalition pact
The leaders of Germany's two main political parties yesterday formally signed an agreement forming the first left-right coalition government since the 1960s, with Angela Merkel to be the country's first
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC infighting going too far
While the Election Commission needs urgent reform to be strengthened, empowered and rendered independent from executive interferences, whatever remains of its functional authority stands compromised by
 arrow Editorial: Outbreak of dengue
Alongside the prevalence of many other tropical diseases in Bangladesh dengue too is becoming a regular public health hazard.
 arrow Dhaka Declaration and post-SAARC Summit action
The 13th SAARC Summit has come and gone.
 arrow Tackling terror
The serial blasts on August 17 followed by bomb attacks in the courts of Chittagong, Laxmipur, Chandpur and most recently in the house of a judge at Sylhet injuring the judge himself did more than kill
Letters to Editorarrow Hazardous road crossing
The DMP road traffic month has failed to achieve its aims and objectives, purposes and services.
 arrow Repealing Article 70
It seems to me that Article 70 of our constitution is undemocratic. After achieving independence in 1971, Bangladesh has taken a new constitution based on the fundamental principles of democracy.
 arrow Do not hide worries under smiles
Saarc countries are the homes of the world's maximum poor people. On the momentous occasion of their 13th summit the regional leaders raised many issues.
 arrow Road from Agargaon to Mirpur II
There was a proposal to construct the above road for the last so many years. The work was started; survey was also almost completed but stopped for unknown reason.
Featurearrow The enemy within
StarTecharrow 'Mobile Women' of Mongla bridging digital divide
THE remote villages of Mongla are experiencing a mobile phone frenzy.
 arrow Online admission test guide
STUDENTS planning to sit for admission tests in Dhaka University no longer need to buy books offering model tests or go to private tutors. emodeltest.
 arrow Country's largest software gala starts Nov 27
SOFTEXPO, the biggest showcase for software products, ICT enabled services (ITES) and ICT systems solutions in Bangladesh will start from November 27 at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre,
 arrow One Laptop per Child

Literaturearrow Agony
Paranoia. A tirade of irrationalities invading my brain. No. It can't be. It must be because of my period. I leave it alone.
A week later, and I'm in the shower. My hand feels my left breast.

 arrow Of History and Haze
I read the first ten pages of Neelum Gour's Sikandar Chowk Park under a sort of haze. Sikandar Chowk Park clearly did not pretend to be just any other yarn.
 arrow Tagore Omnibus
Volume I of this omnibus contain three of Tagore's novels--Chokher Bali, Ghare Baire and Yogayog--and two novellas: Chaturanga and Malancha.
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