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Front Pagearrow Outdoor ad business in mighty hands
An influential quarter very close to the top command of the ruling BNP has established a veritable monopoly in outdoor ad business in the capital in the name of its beautification.
 arrow JMB chief ducks arrest in Dhaka by skin of teeth
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman on Friday night narrowly escaped arrest, disappearing from a house in the capital before a raid by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Suicide bombers held, say they were to kill Panchagarh judges
Police yesterday arrested three cadres of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including one who planted a bomb in front of the Panchagarh district judge court on August 17, from a residence in the district
 arrow Gulshan Lake being filled up
Rajuk, the city planning authority, looks on helplessly as a local ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) fills up a large section of Gulshan-Badda Lake at Shahjadpur for a housing project.
 arrow Hajj agencies agree to new fare, but plane crisis looms
The Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (Haab) has finally accepted the latest government offer of $1050 as hajj flight fare per pilgrim.
 arrow JS session begins today, AL to boycott
The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) goes into its 19th session today with the main opposition refraining from attending it before its November 22 grand rally, while the ruling coalition is also planning how to counter
 arrow Charge sheet filed against 3
Sylhet Kotwali police yesterday submitted charge sheet in one of the two cases filed in connection with the bomb attack on the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Tribunal Judge Biplob Goswami on October 18.
 arrow Govt did mistake by taking militants lightly
Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor and ruling BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday said the government had made a mistake by taking the militants lightly and not bringing them down during their rise.
 arrow Cops want to question ministers, BNP leaders
Intelligence officials will soon quiz quite a few ruling BNP leaders, including a state minister, a deputy minister, and several parliament members for their alleged links with militant activities.
 arrow Scrapping of 27th BCS test demanded
Thousands of 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) candidates who could not obtain the leaked questions of Friday's preliminary test in advance are now going through uncertainty as the Public Service Commission
 arrow Lawyers to form human chain today
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, will form human chains from 4:00pm to 5:00pm today on all the Bar premises across the country protesting the killing of two
 arrow Road crashes kill 11 in 2 districts
At least 11 people were killed and seven others injured in three separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow Fresh rift in Ershad's JP
Rifts in the Jatiya Party (Ershad) have developed again as top party leaders have apparently divided along the ruling four-party alliance and the opposition Awami League (AL) lines, especially in view
 arrow Journalists give ultimatum to govt to arrest killer
One person was arrested in Faridpur town yesterday in connection with the murder of journalist Goutam Das.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader gunned down
An unidentified assailant last night gunned down a Jubo Dal leader in front of Kafrul Police Station in the capital.
Jahangir Alam Ripon, 33, vice president of Ward No.

 arrow Hasina condemns journo murder, demands trial
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina has condemned the grisly murder of journalist Goutam Das and demanded trial of the killers.
 arrow Rape victim dies, family on the run
The family members of Tahura Begum, the six months pregnant housewife who was gang-raped by six miscreants and died last Wednesday, fled home, fearing further attack after being harassed and threatened
 arrow US House votes down troop pullout resolution
The House of Representatives has rejected a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq after an acrimonious debate, which brought out bitter divisions over the war.
 arrow Car bombs kill 48 in Iraq
Car bombs killed at least 48 people in Iraq yesterday, a day after more than 80 died in suicide blasts across the country and as US President George W. Bush pledged never to relent in his war on terror.
 arrow Rab on high alert ahead of Nov 22 rally
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has been put on the high alert sensing subversive acts in the capital and outside ahead of the opposition rally at Paltan Maidan on November 22.
 arrow Galib to be produced in court today
Asadullah Al Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (Ahab), will be produced before Gaibandha Sessions Judge's Court today for the hearing in the Takierbazar drama stage bombing case.
 arrow Death threat to Sirajganj journalist
A local journalist received death threat on Friday night from an unidentified miscreant that created panic among the journalists of the district.
 arrow Criminals hurl bomb at cops
Two criminals hurled a bomb at policemen around 7:15pm near Daulatpur bus stop in Khulna city yesterday.
 arrow Kashmiris cross to Pak side to search for quake survivors
Rivals India and Pakistan opened their frontier in earthquake-hit Kashmir yesterday to allow people to cross on foot for the first time in nearly six decades and search for relatives.
 arrow Severe quake hits Indonesia, no casualties
A severe earthquake measuring 6.
Businessarrow Pak textile makers keen to relocate factories to Bangladesh
Pakistani home textile manufacturers yesterday expressed interest in relocating their units to Bangladesh to gain easy market access to Europe.
 arrow Dhaka seeks more int'l help to achieve MDGs
Bangladesh has called for increased technical and financial support from the international community to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensure food security in the developing countries
 arrow Siemens eyes No 2 position in global wireless networks
German electronics giant Siemens eyes the second position in wireless networks worldwide, targeting Asia as its key market.
 arrow Dhaka, Rabat begin talks tomorrow
Bangladesh will start a 4-day negotiation with Morocco on withdrawal of double taxation in Rabat tomorrow as part of market-promotion drives.
 arrow Air India's new schedule
Air-India has announced new flight schedule effective from November 2005 to March 2006.
 arrow State Bank of India mulls more branches in Saarc states
India's largest commercial bank State Bank of India is planning to set up more branches in Saarc countries, including Bangladesh to cash in on with the growing trade in the region, its Chairman AK Purwar
 arrow US Trade Show 2006 in Feb
A three-day 15th annual US trade show will begin on February 8 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the capital.
 arrow S'pore's overall trade posts 20pc jump
The total value of Singapore's exports and imports last month soared to a record high of $63 billion, up a sparkling 20 per cent from the same month last year.
 arrow US, EU agree to throw open air routes
US and European negotiators agreed Friday to allow their airlines to fly unrestricted routes across the Atlantic, in a major breakthrough for US-EU talks on an "open skies" deal, officials said.
 arrow Cisco to buy Scientific-Atlanta
Betting that video will drive the future of networking, Cisco Systems Inc agreed Friday to buy the cable television technology company Scientific-Atlanta Inc in a $6.
 arrow Apec pressures Europe on farm subsidies
Cutting agriculture subsidies is key to unblocking global trade talks and preserving the credibility of the WTO, Apec leaders said Saturday, putting pressure on Europe to make concessions.
 arrow Canada, Japan move on free trade accord
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koizumi took preliminary steps here Saturday towards negotiating a free trade deal, officials said.
 arrow More trade talks in Geneva next week
Top officials from the United States, Brazil, India and the European Union will return to Geneva next week to discuss how to break a deadlock in world trade talks, a US trade official said Friday.
 arrow Time is right to cut debt issuance: Japan PM
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who this week called for cutting new debt issuance to around 30 trillion yen ($252.
 arrow EU runs into trouble with banana tariff
The European Union has run into trouble again with its latest import plans for bananas, throwing its 25 national governments into deadlock and maybe angering Latin America enough to trigger another international
 arrow Oil hits new 5-month low
World oil prices plumbed new five-month lows here Friday despite forecasts by the OPEC cartel of a rise in energy demand this year, especially from rapidly growing China.
 arrow Australia announces $70m bird flu package
Australia on Saturday announced a 70-million-dollar package to combat bird flu and other diseases at a regional Asia-Pacific summit in South Korea.
 arrow Boeing, Airbus set for Dubai plane orders battle
Boeing Co and Airbus take their feisty battle for business to the burgeoning Gulf next week, where long-range planes are expected to dominate sales, including Boeing's wide-bodied 777 and Airbus' newest,
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts off to fliers
Hosts grabbed the spotlight with victories in the one-day competition of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Seventh National Cricket League that began at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SAARC misses cricket beat
Despite all the glitz, buntings and security, one of the things which was most disappointing at the 13th SAARC summit in Dhaka, was the failure on the part of any of the leaders to duly acknowledge the
 arrow Cricket: It'll be Lara or else
Brian Lara overtook Steve Waugh as Test cricket's second all-time Test run-scorer but another heavy defeat was looming for the West Indies in the second Test at Bellerive Oval here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan keeps SA in check
Seamer Irfan Pathan claimed three wickets in his first four overs as India restricted South Africa to 169-9 from 50 overs in the second one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan back for England
Michael Vaughan returned to lead England in a confident frame of mind, saying his team would try to seize an early advantage against Pakistan in the crucial second Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-19s beaten at Vizag
The Bangladesh Under-19 team suffered a four-wicket defeat to hosts India, in their opening match of the Afro-Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament in Vishakhapatnam yesterday.
 arrow Football: Youth booters off to Iran
The Bangladesh Under-20 football team leaves Dhaka today, to play their away match against Iran in the Asian Under-20 Youth Championship qualifiers on November 23.
 arrow Chess: Hossains lead Special Chess
Kamal Hossain and Abid Hossain were jointly leading the table in the Seventh Special National Chess Championship for the visually impaired, at the end of the sixth round yesterday.
 arrow Football: Win for Muktis
Chittagong Muktijoddha Ekadosh beat Memberpara Ekadosh 3-1 in an opening match tiebreaker, in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup Tournament at a local hotel.
 arrow Football: Parreira's fear
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says his team wants to avoid teams such as the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in next month's World Cup draw.
 arrow Football: Henry clips Wigan's wings
A Thierry Henry double helped lift Arsenal into the top four of the Premiership for the first time since the opening weeks of the season with an entertaining 3-2 win over Wigan here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in final
World number one Roger Federer registered the first victory to the love ever seen in a year-ending tournament on Saturday when he blanked Argentina's Gaston Gaudio 6-0, 6-0 in the Masters Cup semifinal.
 arrow Football: England 2018 WC bid supported
England have an "extremely good" chance of hosting the 2018 World Cup, a FIFA vice-president said Friday.
 arrow Football: Best back on life-support
Former soccer star George Best was fighting for survival on a life support machine, the hospital where he is being treated said Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Keane was sacked'
Manchester United captain Roy Keane was sacked by Alex Ferguson after a series of rows convinced the club's manager that the Irish midfielder was a liability to England's most famous club, the media reported
 arrow Football: Prince Charles visits Anfield
The future king of Britain met face to face with the football kings of Europe when he paid a visit to Champions League winners Liverpool on Friday.
 arrow Football: TFF boss to meet Blatter
The president of the Turkish football federation (TFF) Levent Bicakci said here Friday he would soon travel to Switzerland to meet FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and his Swiss opposite number Ralph Zloclowerfollowing
 arrow Table Tennis: UNO sweeps Shachin Smrity TT
The Shachin Chandra Chaki Smrity Table Tennis Tournament organised by Abahoni concluded here at the Sat Bhai Champa premises on Friday night.
 arrow Cricket: Bangabandhu cricket begins today
After a break of one year, the 8th inter district Bangabandhu Cup Cricket Tournament-2005 begins here at Dinajpur Gora-e-Shaheed Moydan today.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer isn't pleased with ICC process
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer on Saturday called for a review of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) process for dealing with illegal bowling actions, saying it was not satisfactory.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin touches another mark
India batsman Sachin Tendulkar equalled former Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram's world record for most one-day international appearances on Saturday, in the second game against South Africa.
Metropolitanarrow Navana sales manager shot, trader stabbed
Extortionists shot a sales manager and stabbed a businessman in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow College girl set on fire in Barisal
A college girl was set on fire allegedly by her boyfriend in Barisal city on Friday night as she insisted on marrying her.
 arrow Politicisation of IEB election alleged
Engineers have expressed concern over the election of the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) to be held on November 24 as election commissioners for 16 polling centres across the country have been
 arrow '5 lakh suffer from brain stroke a yr'
About five lakh people suffer from brain stroke every year in Bangladesh, but there are only 45 neurologists in the country.
 arrow 'Take action against bus operators charging high fare'
Environmentalists yesterday called on the government to take action against the bus operators who are charging the passengers a fare higher than the rate fixed by the government.
 arrow Baby rescued from sand grave improves
The condition of a newly born girl who survived miraculously after being buried in a sand field has improved following her treatment at Dhaka Medial College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Duta condemns killing of judges
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) yesterday brought out a silent procession on the campus condemning the murder of two judges in Jhalakathi and demanded exemplary punishment to the criminals.
 arrow Separate lanes for rickshaw demanded
In protest against the ban on rickshaws on the city thoroughfares, Ushika, a social welfare organisation, staged a sit-in in front of National Eidgah on Friday.
 arrow Uniformity of law syllabus stressed
A roundtable conference on the review of the Legal Education System in Bangladesh was held in the city yesterday.
Various problems and prospects of legal education were discussed.

 arrow Rtv goes on air on Dec 26
Another private satellite television channel styled R tv goes on air next month with a round-the-clock programme.
 arrow India okays Right to Information Act
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, which gives legal right to people to seek information from the government and curb corruption, has come into force, placing India among the 55 countries that have such
 arrow Rape case against ex-civil surgeon in Tangail
A young woman yesterday filed a rape case with Tangail Sadar Police Station against the former deputy Civil Surgeon of Tangail Dr Noor Mohammad, 45, who was recently transferred to Chandpur.
 arrow Sufia Kamal's anniversary of death today
Today is the 6th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, one of the pioneers in establishing the rights of Bengali women.
 arrow 'Robber' stabs woman
A woman was critically injured as a youth stabbed her allegedly in an attempt to commit robbery in Gulshan in the capital yesterday.
 arrow C'wealth Youth Forum in full swing
Unemployment, crime and conflict, and HIV/Aids are some of the key issues being discussed at the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF), which began in Malta on November 16.
 arrow Nasiruddin’s anniversary of birth today
Today is the 117th birth anniversary of Mohammad Nasiruddin, an eminent journalist and former editor of the Saogat, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for dead animals to save vultures
The forestry department in the remote eastern Indian state of Assam is appealing for dead animals -- to feed vultures threatened with extinction, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Kitchen market traders call strike today
Dhaka City Fish and Kitchen Market Small Traders' Association called a daylong strike in the capital today to realise their five-point demand.
 arrow Buet admission test result published
The result of the Buet admission test for the session 2005-2006 was published on Thursday, five days ahead of schedule.
 arrow ‘Launch movement against militants’
Speakers at a meeting yesterday paid tributes to comrade Abdus Sattar Khan, founding president of Bangladesh Krishak Federation (BKF), for his invaluable service to the welfare of the farmers' community.
 arrow Jalil protests arrest of party men
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday said the BNP-led 4-party alliance government is pushing the country towards conflict through repression of opposition leaders and activists by their
 arrow ‘Improve literacy programme for poverty cut’
Unesco Representative in Bangladesh Dr Wolfgang Vollmann said that improvement of literacy and Non-Formal Education (NFE) programme is a must for poverty alleviation among the Saarc countries.
Nationalarrow Protests on against newsman murder
Protests by journalists continued across the country yesterday against the killing of Dainik Samakal Staff Reporter Gautam Das in Faridpur on Thursday.
 arrow JMB militants regroup, resume activities in 6 Sirajganj upazilas
Islamist militants belonging to Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) allegedly have regrouped in shoal areas and resumed their activities in several upazilas.
 arrow Tk 18 cr project to boost CHT economy
The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives has recently undertaken a Tk 18 crore pilot project for strengthening rural economy and creating scope for self-employment in
 arrow No headway yet in Magura blasts
There has been no major headway in the August 17 bomb blast case here even after three months of the incident.
Point-Counterpointarrow Street power after the party
WHAT a difference a day makes. The day before was filled with colourful farewells to the visiting leaders from South Asia. The fine speeches and visionary declarations were still ringing in our ears.
 arrow Will the Leader of the Opposition tell us what is happening?
I am as much concerned as you are about the current state of affairs in the country.
 arrow Treasongate (part 2): Media, a key player in the big story
THE American media has not only reported about the Valerie Plame affair and Treasongate, it has also become a part of the big story itself.
 arrow The future of Saarc
THE 21st century may yet prove to be the century of Asia. In the case of South Asia, the global media, as well as unimaginative bureaucracies, however, seem to have failed to grasp this potential.
Culturearrow Kalidas' tragic vision
Kalidas Karmakar's exhibition, "Alluvial Plain and Salvation" opened at Alliance Francaise on November 17.
 arrow Delhi opens its arms to Runa
Runa Laila captivated the audience on the concluding day of the two-day-long SAARC Business Conclave at the Taj Palace hotel here on Friday with her vision for a cultural unification of the countriesof
 arrow A treat for folk music buffs
The teachings and philosophy of Churamoni Fakir Lalon Shah were in the forefront of a function held to commemorate the 63rd monthly programme of the Bangladesh Loko Shongit Parishad.
Internationalarrow Pakistan, UN appeals for more quake aid
The United Nations joined devastated Pakistan yesterday in pleading with donors to give more money to help survivors of last month's huge earthquake, and were immediately answered with another $1 billion.
 arrow New president offers talks to Tigers
New Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was sworn in yesterday, saying that he would talk to Tamil Tiger rebels but that he wanted to review a three-year-old ceasefire agreement and that militant killings
 arrow Iraqi leaders embark on reconciliation quest
Iraqi leaders from across the political and ethnic spectrum began a three-day meeting yesterday to discuss reconciliation in their strife-torn country at Arab League-sponsored talks in Cairo.
 arrow Storm in Europe over CIA's airport use for prisoner transfer
Reports that US intelligence officials have been using European airports secretly to transfer suspected Islamic extremists around the globe have unleashed a storm across Europe.
 arrow Kashmir solution can be ideal donation
With India helping Pakistan in quake relief efforts, President Pervez Musharraf today said the tragedy has offered an "opportunity of lifetime" to resolve the Kashmir issue together "once for all" which,
 arrow West warns of possible attacks in Indonesia
The United States, Australia and Britain have issued fresh warnings about possible terrorist attacks in Indonesia after a militant Web site showed how and where to kill foreigners in Jakarta.
 arrow Apec leaders vow to eliminate WMD
Asia-Pacific leaders vowed yesterday to eliminate weapons of mass destruction and dismantle the "terrorist" groups that have carried out a series of deadly attacks in the region.
 arrow Iran hands over atom bomb blueprint: IAEA
Iran has handed over a document which describes how to make what could be the explosive core of an atom bomb, the UN atomic agency said in a report Friday, adding that its inspectors were being blocked
 arrow US, China to cooperate more on terrorism
The United States and China hope to strengthen shared efforts to fight terrorism and "pirate" copying of goods, Washington's top justice official said yesterday.
 arrow Karzai chosen for Indira Gandhi Prize 2005
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2005.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PRSP implementation agenda
The statement made by World Bank vice-president Praful Patel in the aftermath of the recently concluded three-day PRSP implementation forum meeting hit the nail right on the head. Mr.
 arrow Editorial: A good riddance, long overdue
The new State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mirza Fakhrul Islam, has his job cut out. Biman, the national airlines, is passing through a grave crisis.
 arrow Understanding the riots in France
The mayhem we have been witnessing in France for the last several weeks is deeply disturbing because once again the gulf has widened between the Muslims and the Christians.
 arrow Beyond the boundaries
I didn't find anyone from the media. But I watched the editor of an Urdu daily, Aziz Burney, offering Eid namaz at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi, to atone for the bomb blasts at Delhi.
Letters to Editorarrow English around the world
The world has become smaller. Cultural differences have been annihilated by globalisation. Language plays a significant role in the process of globalisation.
 arrow Enayetullah Khan
The death of the veteran journalist, Enayetullah Khan, is a great loss for the nation.
 arrow Readjust prices of oil
We, the middle class citizens, are in a real dilemma due to frequent change in micro economic policy.
 arrow Simple solution!
An uncle of mine required a few cardiac tests such as ECG and Lipid profile. We went to a famous cardiac hospital where he did the tests. Everything was all right until the day of report delivery.
Star Healtharrow Rickets: An emerging public health problem
Rickets is a crippling disease of growing children. The symptoms of rickets are emerged with the growth of children. Rickets can develop as early as 6 months of age.
 arrow Tips on teeth filling
Plaque a sticky almost colorless layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth and mixes with the sugars to produce decay producing acids.
 arrow Back exercises not always the answer to low back pain
Exercise may help ease lower back pain -- just as long as the exercise is not specifically targeting the back, a new study suggests.
 arrow Sunshine helps babies sleep
Taking your baby out for an afternoon stroll or playtime in the park may help her (and you!) Sleep better at night.
 arrow Combat Alzheimer’s: Keep your brain young
You are never too young to start preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
 arrow Schizophrenia: Early treatment improves outcome
For many years, psychiatrists have argued over whether or not early intervention after a schizophrenia patient's first episode of psychosis could improve the patient's long-term outcome.
 arrow Chromium supplements may aid some with depression
Supplements containing the mineral chromium may be useful in treating some cases of depression -- particularly when carbohydrate craving is a prominent symptom, a new study suggests.
Star Cityarrow Ban on non-motorised vehicles welcomed as congestion goes
The temporary ban on non-motorised vehicles stretching from Elephant Road to Jatiya Press Club via Shahbagh is now become permanent according to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
 arrow Winter vegetables hit the market, prices still high
As the winter sets in, the city dwellers have started getting winter vegetables but the prices are beyond the reach of most customers as the supply is poor.
 arrow BRTC to expand bus service for women
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will expand its bus service for women from January 1, next year raising the number of buses to 30, said BRTC chairman.
 arrow Traders experience sharp fall in sales despite increasing demand
Mumu has been roaming around the shops in Ghausia for the last hour, looking for jewellery to match the attires she would wear at her best friend's wedding, which is knocking at the door.
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