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Front Pagearrow Secretariat on top alert
Everyone even the ministers will have to go through security checking at the entrance to the Bangladesh Secretariat as the government has decided to make it fully secure in the wake of rising apprehension
 arrow Foreign airlines decline to carry pilgrims at $1,050
The aircraft crisis continued to haunt thousands of intending Hajj pilgrims as six foreign airliners yesterday declined to fly Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia at Biman's revised fare of $1,050.
 arrow Opposition vows to paralyse country if govt attempts to foil
Just a couple of days before tomorrow's planned 'grand rally' of the 14-party opposition coalition, its leaders yesterday threatened to paralyse the entire country if the government continues to 'conspire
 arrow JMB threatens to blow up Ctg railway station
A Jhalakathi judge who narrowly escaped death on November 14 received death threats yesterday while an anonymous caller claiming to be a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative threatened to blow
 arrow Jamaat leader, 5 outlaws involved
Charge sheet in journalist Belal murder case accusing President of Ward 24 unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira and five outlaws was submitted to the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
 arrow Rules violated to greet PM as Saarc chair
Ignoring the rules of procedure, the 19th session of parliament that began yesterday spent about half an hour congratulating prime minister on her being elected the Saarc chairperson.
 arrow Kiln kills canal way
A brick kiln owner has built a road connecting the kiln to a major road by blocking the water flow of Atir Khal, one of the surviving navigable canals on the outskirts of the city in Wasspur area under
 arrow BTRC sits on licence awarding decision
Awarding licences to private land phone operators in Dhaka zone is still not in sight although the long-drawn legal battle on the issue between Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
 arrow Judges to talk security, lawyers form chain
Judges from across the country meet today in the capital to discuss their security and to protest the killing of two judges in the November 14 bomb attack in Jhalakathi while lawyers formed human chains
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for 8hrs
Dhaka's rail communications with several key towns and cities, including Chittagong and Sylhet, were suspended for about eight hours as a train derailed near Amirganj station in Narsingdi yesterday morning.
 arrow JMJB raised its head during AL regime
BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa yesterday said the present government is not responsible for the rise of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), rather the Islamist militants raised their heads during the
 arrow State minister allegedly assaults reporter
State Minister for Housing and Public Works Alamgir Kabir allegedly assaulted a reporter yesterday at his Secretariat office.
 arrow Armed Forces Day today
The Armed Forces Day is being observed today to mark the counteroffensive against the Pakistani occupation army during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
 arrow Bush, Hu wrestle over trade, rights
Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday rebuffed US President George W. Bush's calls to allow greater religious and political freedom but promised to show more flexibility on Sino-US economic disputes.
 arrow Terrorist attacks remind Obaid of 1971 killing of intellectuals
BNP standing committee member KM Obaidur Rahman told parliament yesterday that the recent spate of terrorist attacks on judges and journalists reminded him of the killing of intellectuals prior to the
 arrow Aggrieved locals block airport road for 2 hrs
Protesting the army members' development works on a road used by the residents of West Arzatpara in Shaheebagh, hundreds of people yesterday blocked the airport road near Mohakhali flyover from around
 arrow None involved in terrorism to be spared
Expressing deep shock over the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar said none involved in terrorism will escape the hands of law.
 arrow Hearing of Mig29 graft case against Hasina Nov 23
The High Court yesterday fixed November 23 for hearing the corruption cases filed against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in purchasing Mig-29s.
 arrow Cops hurt as bomb hurled on them
Criminals hurled a bomb at two traffic polices in the city's Picture Palace Square yesterday evening. The on duty traffic constables Munir Hossain and Nibir were injured in the attack.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi at Daulatpur border in Kushtia.
 arrow Galib's plea for exemption from bomb charges rejected
A court yesterday rejected the appeal of Asadullah Al Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab), for exempting him from the charge of blasting bombs at Takier Bazar.
 arrow Sylhet cops to seek time for charge sheet in 5 cases
Police have submitted five charge sheets in connection with the August 17 blasts, but failed to complete investigations into five cases within the deadline fixed by authorities.
 arrow Six GIs die in roadside blasts
An ambush on a joint US-Iraqi patrol northwest of Baghdad left 15 civilians, eight insurgents and a US Marine dead from a roadside bomb and the firefight that followed, while 5 other US soldiers werekilled
Businessarrow Draw 15-yr plan for nat'l development
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the businesses to take steps to formulate a 15-year plan for national development as Dhaka chamber plans to elevate Banglad-esh to the status of middle income
 arrow WB calls for tariff cut
When the World Bank strongly calls for tariff reduction on imports, local business leaders question its justification as the WTO members have agreed not to ask for tax cut for LDC countries.
 arrow Long-term housing policy needed
A long-term housing policy is needed for systematic development of real estate to offer housing solution, speakers at a meeting in Dhaka said yesterday.
 arrow Pak entrepreneurs keen to invest in packaging industry
The visiting Pakistani business-people yesterday expressed interests to invest not only in textile sector, but also in packaging industry in Bangladesh.
 arrow Opec has no plan to change output
Opec oil exporters will not consider a change in output at next month's meeting unless crude prices fall rapidly, even though supply is outstripping demand, ministers from the group said.
 arrow Bad news for S’pore if WTO talks fail
The failure of global trade talks next month will be bad news for countries like Singapore that thrive in an environment free of barriers to trade in goods and services, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
 arrow MD of Citigroup Global Markets Asia due today
Jeremy Amias, managing director of Citigroup Global Markets Asia Ltd and head of Fixed Income for the Asia Pacific Region, arrives in Dhaka today on a one-day visit, says a press release.
 arrow Boeing wins major orders in China, Dubai
The Boeing aircraft company scored major sales victories in China and Dubai on Sunday by winning orders worth $13.7 billion (11.6 billion euros).
 arrow Cracks appear in Asia-Pacific unity on WTO trade talks
After pointing a collective finger of blame at Europe over farm subsidies, cracks were emerging Sunday in the show of unity by Asia-Pacific leaders on free trade.
 arrow HSBC wins Saudi investment banking licence
Saudi Arabia awarded HSBC Holdings Ltd an investment banking licence Saturday, the first to be granted by market regulators in the global oil giant to a foreign bank, officials said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Another day for hosts
The hosts carried on their one-day success in the longer version of the Seventh National Cricket League at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Football: BD host SL today
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have both vowed to go for a big win when the two teams meet in the first leg of the AFC Youth Football Championship (Under-17) qualifier in Dhaka today.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh U-19s lose again
Bangladesh suffered their second consecutive defeat in the Afro-Asia Cup Under-19 cricket, when they slumped to an eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka yesterday in Visakha-patnam.
 arrow Cricket: Brave Bravo takes Test into 5th day
Dwayne Bravo scored a fighting century and shared in the West Indies' second best seventh-wicket partnership to defy Australia's bid for a quick kill in the second cricket Test at Bellerive Oval hereSunday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi whacks England
Shahid Afridi smashed a blistering half-century to keep alive Pakistan's hopes of posting a big total in the second Test against England here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Barca teach Real lesson
Spanish giants Real Madrid were left facing the wrath of their fans after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to arch rivals Barcelona which left the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in shock.
 arrow Football: Chelsea resume normal service
Leaders Chelsea got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle United while Manchester United began life without Roy Keane by beating Charlton Athletic 3-1 at the Valley
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho's the best
Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho hailed Barcelona's 3-0 demolition of arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Bernabeu on Saturday as a "perfect" performance.
 arrow Football: Juve surge past Roma
Juventus opened up a five-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A after crushing arch rivals Roma 4-1 at the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Ton is for booters
Dwayne Bravo dedicated his fighting century against Australia in the second cricket Test to the victorious Trinidad and Tobago World Cup football team here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SA will avenge it
South African captain Graeme Smith on Sunday vowed to fight back after India ended his team's 20-match unbeaten streak just one win away from equalling the world record.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian stuns Federer
David Nalbandian pulled off an enormous upset on Sunday when he came from two sets down to win the Masters Cup against struggling world number one Roger Federer in a nail-biting five-set final.
 arrow Cricket: Latif calls for ban on Bell
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, whose career was hastened to an unceremonious end due to a five-match ban in 2003, has called on the International Cricket Council to impose a similar suspensionon
 arrow Cricket: PCB to help Shabbir out
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to make every effort to get Shabbir Ahmed's action cleared by the International Cricket Council after he was reported for a suspect action in the first Test against
 arrow Football: Keane exit a Ruud shock
Manchester United began the post-Roy Keane era on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of Charlton Athletic that will offer comfort to their stunned fans.
 arrow Football: Raul doubtful for Lyon clash
Real Madrid captain Raul is a doubt for the Champions League clash with Olympique Lyon after he had to come off with a knee injury on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow NU should be dismantled to improve college edn
National University (NU) should be dismantled as a first step to improve the standard of college education in the country, said Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, president of Dhaka University Teachers' Association,
 arrow A quarter at PMO influencing probe: Asma Kibria
Asma Kibria yesterday blamed a certain quarter at the Prime Minster's Office (PMO) for influencing and controlling the normal proceedings of the investigation into the killing of her husband former finance
 arrow ‘Orbis training to increase expertise of local ophthalmologists’
Orbis, an international humanitarian organisation for Saving Sight Worldwide, formally launched a two-week-long ophthalmic training programme at its Flying Eye Hospital aboard a DC-10 aircraft at Shah
 arrow Landless to get khas char lands
The government yesterday decided to distribute "khas char lands" among the landless people for raising social afforestation as part of its poverty-eradication programme.
 arrow Six killed, 50 injured in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 50 injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Comilla, Rajshahi and Rajbari districts yesterday.
 arrow Kitchen market traders' agitation from Dec 6
Traders of fish and kitchen market in the capital will bring out processions from six points in the city from December 6 to 15 to meet their five-point demand, including installation of ten modern wholesale
 arrow Exhibition on letter begins in city
A three-day exhibition of letters titled 'Amar Chithi' began at the British Council yesterday with a view to highlighting the thoughts of young people on human rights, gender equality, democratic values
 arrow Sufia Kamal championed women all her life
Poet Sufia Kamal was one of the distinguished persons in the subcontinent who fought against all kinds of repression and discrimination against women, speakers said at a memorial meeting yesterday.
 arrow "Oust govt to rid country of extremism
Sammilita Nagarik Samaj, an alliance of civil society, yesterday at a citizens’ rally urged people to be united to oust the government, which is patronising religious fundamentalism and extremism.
 arrow Blair may adjust reforms to avert revolt
Prime Minister Tony Blair may modify flagship education reforms but their central thrust is right, a senior minister said yesterday as the government fights to avert a parliamentary revolt that coulddamage
 arrow Members of NDC, AFWC courses call on President
A delegation of military and civil officials of the faculty and course members, who participated in the NDC and AFWC courses of the National Defence College, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban
 arrow Charges framed against sergeant, driver in Ctg
Charges were framed against a police sergeant and a taxi cab driver yesterday for smuggling liquor and beer from the Chittagong port jetty about two months ago.
 arrow ETV chairman gets anticipatory bail for four months
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four months to Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam in three criminal cases filed by his divorced wife and the government.
 arrow Body to regulate kindergartens
A seven-member convening committee headed by Director General, Primary Education Directorate, has been formed to formulate a time befitting rules and regulations for registration of private kindergartens.
 arrow 28 Comilla AL men get anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 28 Awami League (AL) leaders and activists of Comilla in two vandalism and looting cases filed by a local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal withDevidwar
 arrow ‘Cancel 27th BCS or face tough movement’
Leaders of Fair BCS Movement (FBCSM) demanded a fresh preliminary test and resignation of 'corrupt' and 'unfit' PSC chairman and its members for their utter failure to prevent questions paper leak out.
 arrow Assault on Janakantha reporter condemned
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalist (DUJ) in a joint statement yesterday condemned State Minister for Housing and Public Works Alamgir Kabir as he has
 arrow Photo exhibition on climate change Dec 17- 31
During the NorthSouthEastWest photo exhibition on Climate Change to be held on December 17-31 at the National Museum Gallery in the city, British Council, British High Commission and DFID in collaboration
 arrow Last date for depositing moallem fee
The last date for depositing moallem (guide) fee of Hajj agencies with the selected banks has been extended to November 24 from November 20 for facilitating the non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims.
 arrow Interview postponed
Interviews for appointing Professors (ENT) in Different Medical Colleges, Hospitals, Dental Colleges and post-graduate Medical Studies Institutions have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow 2 killed in city road mishap
A woman and her minor daughter were killed and five others injured in a road accident yesterday morning in the city.
 arrow Ruhul Amin acting Chief Justice
Justice M Ruhul Amin of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will act as Chief Justice-in-charge from November 26 to December 2 during the absence of Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain, an official
 arrow CPB programmes
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has chalked out month-long agitation programmes in December in order to compel the four-party alliance government to resign because of its 'failure' to govern the country.
 arrow Alakesh Chy passes away
Alakesh Chowdhury, a former general manager (administration) of Bakhrabad Gas Systems Ltd (BGSL), passed away due to cardiac arrest at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Dhaka on Saturday
Nationalarrow Killings decline, robberies increase in 10 SW dists
Incidents of murder marked decline in the 10 southwestern districts in the last 10 months but those of abduction hovered around last year's figure.
 arrow 13 injured in BM College clashes
At least 13 people including students, teachers and police were injured, 5 of them seriously, as police and students chased each other for two hours on Barisal Government B M College campus yesterday.
 arrow Awal organised JMB in 3 districts, police say
Alleged JMB leader and mastermind of August 17 bomb blasts in Nilphamari, Hafez Saidur Rahman, provided important information to police on the second day of his remand yesterday, police sources said.
 arrow ‘Punish killers of Goutam’
Journalists across the country are still protesting killing of Dainik Samakal Staff Reporter Goutam Das in Faridpur on Thursday.
 arrow Cashing in on patients’ woes
Unregistered clinics are doing brisk business illegally in Magura town and three upazilas, cashing in largely on the patients, allegedly in connivance with a section of government doctors.
 arrow Join rally to dislodge govt: AL
Leaders of Awami League led 14-party alliance at public meetings in Brahmanbaria and Tangail have called upon the people to dislodge the BNP-Jamaat government as it is protecting militants who are doing
 arrow 1-km human chain formed in Barisal
A one kilometer long human chain was formed in Barisal city yesterday for development of Barisal division.
Point-Counterpointarrow What price Bangladesh gas?
ACCORDING to newspaper reports, the final round of negotiations with the Tata group on its investment proposal is now underway.
 arrow WTO: LDCs' source of hope and despair
WITHIN four years of the formation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995, African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) identified as the 'rich men's club' -- a result of huge frustration of the LDCs
 arrow Nepal: Light at the end of the tunnel
IS a solution to the crisis prevailing in Nepal so elusive? No. Not if there is true effort from the sides involved, as well as those powers outside the prevailing conflict, namely, the US, UK, and India.
 arrow Public health approaches and heart diseases
All health information to keep you up to date
HEART disease and stroke are major causes of illness, disability and death which causes an increase in personal, community and health care costs.

Culturearrow Kanakchampa's latest gems
Kanakchampa Chakma's Enlightenment, the ongoing exhibit at Bengal Gallery, showcases her dexterous and lyrical work with confidence and subtlety.
 arrow Great music from the Commonwealth
Music is the medium that Dorothea Sultana de Maria and Alison Cox are using to bring people together from across the Commonwealth countries.
 arrow The New Shobuj Opera reaches 100
Last night, mega-serial The New Shobuj Opera crossed its 100th episode mark. The TV serial features the struggles of jatra artistes.
 arrow On tonight's episode of Flat No 40
Zakaria's uncle incessantly bugs him and won't leave him alone. Lima comes to his rescue with the excuse that Zakaria has a business lunch to attend.
 arrow Delhi to host film festival on environment
Delhi, the Indian capital, is all set to go green. On November 21 begins a four-day environment and wildlife film festival. The venue: the plush India Habitat Centre.
Internationalarrow Rajapakse win irks Tamil Tigers
Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels reacted angrily yesterday to the election of hardline President Mahinda Rajapakse and his inaugural speech, saying they showed the country's Sinhalese majority had no understanding
 arrow Killer quake bridges Kashmir divide
Last month's earthquake killed tens of thousands in Kashmir but, for divided families in the disputed region, it also opened up new routes to reunite with long-lost relatives across the frontier.
 arrow Rice voices concern over China's military might
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice voiced concern yesterday over China's military build-up, saying that the United States hoped to keep a balance in the region.
 arrow Koirala asks Maoists to join move
Nepal's veteran former prime minister G.P. Koirala said Saturday he has appealed to Maoist rebels to ally with mainstream parties to restore democracy in the insurgency-racked nation.
 arrow Taliban abducted Indian engineer
Taliban insurgents have kidnapped an Indian road engineer in southern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militant group said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq reconciliation efforts clouded by divisions
Iraqi leaders resumed efforts yesterday to prepare a reconciliation conference for the war-torn country, facing deep sectarian differences heightened by a wave of violence at home.
 arrow Iran sees no case for referral to UN
Iran said yesterday any decision to refer its nuclear case to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions would be purely political and not based on evidence Tehran was trying to build a nuclear weapon.
 arrow Labour set to quit govt as Sharon mulls Likud split
Israel's Labour party was set yesterday to approve the withdrawal of its eight ministers from the ruling coalition as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pondered whether to quit his right-wing Likud party and
 arrow Tension runs high in 2nd round of Egypt election
Egyptian forces arrested 200 supporters of the Muslim Brothers before the second round of Egypt's parliamentary election kicked off yesterday, amid fears of government attempts to curb the Islamist movement's
 arrow Gamma kills 12 in Central America
Tropical Storm Gamma lashed Central America on Saturday and killed at least 12 people, three of them in a plane crash on their way to a luxury jungle lodge owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola.
 arrow Laden evades capture by Pak troops
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, has evaded capture by Pakistani troops by just 30 minutes as they zeroed in on him in a remote village close to the Afghan border, a
 arrow 8 die in Russian airplane crash
Eight people were killed when a small airplane crashed in the Moscow region, officials at Moscow's Domodedovo airport said early yesterday.
 arrow Probe fails to land on asteroid
A Japanese space probe on a mission to bring back the world's first rock samples from an asteroid failed to touch down yesterday on its target nearly 300 million km (186 million miles) from earth.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Good that some in BNP are speaking up
We are not surprised to find some government party members going public in expressing their apprehension about the nexus between some within the ruling coalition and the religious extremists.
 arrow Editorial: BCS question paper leak
This is not for the first time that an allegation of leakage of BCS question paper has been made; it has been made before, and we are concerned. BCS examination is one of our most high profile examinations.
 arrow Saarc, sufferings and successes
The 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka ended very recently. Dhaka always boasts of holding international conferences or seminars, and more so perhaps, when it comes to a Saarc summit.
 arrow Vice President of Torture
Media used to be merely the message.
 arrow Who is this Daniel Pipes?
Does poverty cause militant Islam? American 'thinker' Daniel Pipes does not think so, and Bangladeshi banker-columnist Mohammad Badrul Ahsan seems to agree with him.
Letters to Editorarrow Slain judges
We have read the news of the heinous and shameless killings of judges. We have no words to console the grief of the slained Judges' near and dear ones.
 arrow Rickshaw pullers
In Bangladesh rickshaw pulling offers a limited opportunity for very poor people to survive.
 arrow Saarc Summit
The Saarc Summit was held in Dhaka to improve the socio-economic condition of this regions' people but what the residents of Dhaka underwent during those days would remain in their mind as an ordeal.
 arrow Saarc and Sheikh Hasina
Although I am not a member of the Awami League, I have tremendous respect for its leader former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Terrorism and madrassahs
Will somebody write an article covering the following thought provoking topic-- the prevailing madrassah education system- syllabus, enrolment, mode and method of education, madrassah hostel life etc.
 arrow Terrorism
I wish to ask our government what are they doing and what steps they are taking to protect the citizens of Bangladesh. I am a Bangladeshi citizen and I'm living in Melbourne, Australia.
 arrow Bomb attacks
What are we trying to achieve through this barrage of bombings on people we don't like? If we do not like the justice system, or we don't like this person, can we simply bomb them away and take care
 arrow Sudden sparks in darkness
If we can't give quality education, we better close our colleges and universities. It's a shame that our universities can't offer the standard level of education.
 arrow Our newspapers
We have many English language newspapers.
 arrow Women's lot
Brutality to and abuse of women seems to be a common thing in Bangladesh if one scans the daily newspapers. Most of us generally take it for granted, and shrug it off as unfortunate event.
Star Cityarrow Begging by blackmailing
Musabbir Khan was on his way to university in Banani from Kalabagan to attend an exam. It was already 9.30 in the morning and he had to get to his destination by 10.
 arrow Luxury adorns city streets
‘Porsche” has now entered the luxury car track like the BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Volvo and other famous names that has increased two-fold in the city in recent times.
 arrow Tough admission battle ahead in leading schools
Guardians are preparing for a tough "admission battle" to get their children admitted to renowned schools in the city as the existing schools cannot meet the huge demand of the increasing number of students.
 arrow Tannery shifting moves at snail's pace
With another Eid-ul-Azha round the corner, residents of Hazaribagh complain that this time too, the river will be polluted and bad odour will fill the environment, as the tannery has not been shifted.
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