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Front Pagearrow Govt-backed transport union's wildcat strike paralyses country
With an alleged intention to foil the opposition's 'grand' rally today, a government-backed transport workers' union enforced a wildcat strike yesterday, leaving thousands of commuters stuck in the streets
 arrow Paltan greatly guarded for high profile rally
The 14-party opposition combine holds a grand rally in the capital today to announce a fresh spell of agitation programmes to intensify the anti-government movement amidst tightened security measuresby
 arrow Galib tape reveals his int'l network
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah Al Galib's speeches, recorded in audiocassettes in the late 1990s, revealed the depth of his involvement in Islamist militant activities in the country
 arrow JMB threatens to blow up offices, war memorials
Outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to blow up the major government offices, courts and all Liberation War memorials in Rangamati if "the law of Allah is not introduced
 arrow Judges threaten to go on leave en masse
Judges from across the country yesterday demanded that the government should exempt their private vehicles and firearms from taxes, and that it should also provide them with personal gunmen and guards
 arrow AL mulls hartal on Nov 23-24 if transport strike not withdrawn
The Awami League (AL) yesterday said it would enforce a two-day hartal on November 23 and 24 across the country if what it said the government sponsored transport strike and obstructions to the people
 arrow Common nat'l programme ready to be declared
Ranking leaders of the 14-party opposition coalition held a series of meetings yesterday to finalise its common minimum national programme, which will be announced from today's 'grand rally' at Paltan
 arrow 26 Islamists accused of blasts in 4 dists
Police pressed charges against 26 Islamist militants in connection with the August 17 serial blasts in Jhenidah, Jessore, Naogaon and Kurigram in the last two days.
 arrow Khulna cops list 24 potential bombers
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has prepared a list of 24 bombers, most of whom are believed to be hiding in college hostels, slum areas, mess and rented houses in different city areas, using the name
 arrow PM pledges to stand by war heroes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is committed to stand by the valiant freedom fighters anytime of their needs.
 arrow Govt sits with Saudi today to carry pilgrims at $1,050
Following foreign airliners' refusal to fly Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia at the Bangladesh Biman-set fare rate of $1,050, civil aviation ministry will sit in a dialogue with Saudi Arabian
 arrow Charge sheet accuses JMB man, 4 others
The Sylhet police on Sunday afternoon submitted the charge sheet accusing five people in one of the two cases filed for the bomb attack on Judge Biplob Goswami.
 arrow Citigroup, UNCDF give GMA award
Three micro entrepreneurs and a micro credit-providing organisation yesterday received the Global Microentrepreneurship Award (GMA) 2005 for their success in microentrepreneurship.
 arrow Outlaw killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A regional leader of the Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) M-L faction was killed in a 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices yesterday.
 arrow SSB recommends promotion of 42 joint secys
The Superior Selection Board (SSB) at a meeting yesterday recommended promotion of 42 joint secretaries to the post of additional secretary.
 arrow HC rejects petition for re-probe
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a writ petition seeking reinvestigation into Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria murder case.
 arrow Sharon asks president to dissolve parliament
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked President Moshe Katsav to dissolve parliament yesterday, paving the way for an election early next year.
 arrow 3 children among 5 of an Iraqi family killed by GIs
Five members of an Iraqi family, three of them children, were shot dead yesterday when US forces opened fire on their car outside a military base northeast of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow Beefed up security...

 arrow Bodies of 2 new-born girls found
Dead bodies of two newly-born babies have been recovered from dustbins yesterday in the city.
Businessarrow French trade officials from S Asia meet in Dhaka Nov 25
A regional meeting of French trade commissioners from South Asian countries begins in Dhaka on Notvember 25 to upgrade the present level of communication between local companies and their French counterparts.
 arrow Remittance cuts poverty 6pc in Bangladesh
Remittance inflow has helped Bangladesh cut its poverty by six percent, according to the World Bank's annual 'Global Economic Prospects' (GEP) report for 2006.
 arrow Japan to integrate, privatise state banks
The Japanese government and ruling coalition parties will integrate five of the eight government-affiliated financial institutions, privatise two and transfer operations of one to an organisation to be
 arrow Rehab fair kicks off tomorrow
Real Estate & Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) will organise a five-day fair from tomorrow in Dhaka to promote its business as well as help people buy their apartments and plots from a single
 arrow GP reiterates demand for tax cut on SIM cards
GrameenPhone Ltd, the leading cellphone operator, yesterday reiterated its demand for tax cut on SIM cards to boost the growth of mobile phone industry.
 arrow BA to spend £100m on business class overhaul
British Airways (BA) is set to invest £100 million in a major overhaul of its long-haul business class, which the airline's Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh claims will be the "best in the air".
 arrow 3 take over as BGMEA vice presidents
Three garment makers yesterday took over as vice-presidents of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
 arrow Iran Expo starts today
A four-day exhibition of Iranian products and services starts today at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow Emirates' IT wing wins landmark deal in eastern Europe
Mercator, the IT division of the Emirates Group, has scored yet another first by winning its first contract in eastern Europe for its airline passenger revenue accounting solution.
 arrow Mandelson claims broad backing for offers in WTO talks
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Monday that European Union member states were now united behind his offers in crunch WTO trade talks despite past reservations from some countries.
 arrow GP distribution confce held
Country's leading cellphone operator GrameenPhone Ltd held its eighth distribution conference on Sunday in Dhaka.
 arrow Qatar Airways wins travel awards
Qatar Airways boosted its tally of international honours by grabbing four key accolades at the 12th World Travel Awards at a function in London recently.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Spectacular Sylhet U-turn
Ashiqur Rahman returned with a six-wicket burst as Sylhet staged a spectacular turnaround against Dhaka, on the second day of their four-day fixture of the National League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Football: Youth booters blank SL
Bangladesh brightened their chances to reach the AFC Youth (Under-17) Football Championship finals in Singapore next year with a 3-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka in the first leg of the qualifier at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad take winning lead
An all-round performance by Mahmudullah Riyad powered Bangladesh Cricket Board High Performance (HP) Squad to register a 53-run victory against England under-19 team in the limited-overs match at BKSP
 arrow Cricket: Inzy puts Pakistan on top on a scary day
A powerful blast during play and Pakistan's sharp pace attack combined to make Monday a scary day for England in the second cricket Test.
 arrow Cricket: Another Aussie canter
Skipper Ricky Ponting is looking within his team for intense competition to steel Australia after another lopsided Test cricket win over the once-great West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Victim of ignorance?
On a day when Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq should have been celebrating his 23rd Test century on a par with national record holder Javed Minadad, he has been done in by the ignorance of the untouchable
 arrow Football: Anxious times await biggies
The stakes are high for former European champions Manchester United, Porto and AC Milan in this week's penultimate round of Champions League group matches.
 arrow Cricket: India finds it funny
India's cricket chiefs on Monday laughed off reports that England may warm-up in Pakistan ahead of their Indian tour next year to protest at the "humiliating" itinerary offered to them.
 arrow Football: Milan run snapped
Carlo Ancelotti was furious after his AC Milan side had a goal controversially ruled out in their 3-1 defeat at Fiorentina which brought to an end their eight-match winning streak.
 arrow Football: football shorts
Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan have all asked about his availability during his break from the game.
 arrow Cricket: Rain threatens third India, S Africa ODI
Bad weather threatens to wash out the third one-day international between India and South Africa here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 2 more friendlies for nat'l booters
The Bangladesh football team will play two more warm-up matches in Dhaka as part of their preparations for next month's SAFF Championship in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: 'I deserve a comeback’
With his cricketing future to be decided in two days, dethroned captain Sourav Ganguly expects a place in the Test team for the series against Sri Lanka, saying he has performed consistently in his long
 arrow Sad!
An England cricket fan, who came to watch the ongoing Pakistan-England Test series, died of heart attack, an England team official said Sunday.
 arrow Football: West Ham, Spurs share points
Defender Anton Ferdinand headed a stoppage-time goal to earn West Ham United a 1-1 draw at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Raul-less Real?
Real Madrid captain Raul has suffered a complex knee injury that will require specialist treatment and is likely to be sidelined for around two months.
 arrow Football: Celta move up
Celta Vigo climbed to third in the Primera Liga on Sunday after resisting Atletico Madrid's late charge to earn a 2-1 home win.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir removed
Pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed has been withdrawn from the Test series against England to prevent him from facing a one-year suspension over his faulty bowling action.
 arrow Football: FIXTURES AT A GLANCE
European Champions League fixtures this week:


Group A
Bayern Munich (GER) v Rapid Vienna (AUT)
Juventus (ITA) v FC Bruges (BEL)

Group B

Metropolitanarrow Two brothers to die, 10 get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two brothers to death and ten others, including three brothers, to life in jail for killing Delwar Hossain, General Secretary of Keraniganj Shop Owners and Co-operative
 arrow Foreign aid, investment largely depends on future election
British Minister of State and Commonwealth Office Kim Howells yesterday said foreign aid and investment will largely depend on the future election in Bangladesh, which he said is very important.
 arrow Return land grabbed from us
Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, an organisation of plain land indigenous people, yesterday demanded return of the land grabbed from the indigenous people, taking legal actions against torture and deprivation
 arrow Make today's grand rally a success: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the people to make today's grand rally a success and intensify the current "oust-government" agitation.
 arrow Unite to overcome present crisis
Eminent jurist and President of Gono Forum Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called on the countrymen to unite to overcome the present critical situation in the country.
 arrow Doctor’s wife commits suicide in city
A woman committed suicide on Sunday night out of mental pains caused allegedly by her husband at Mirpur in the city.
 arrow Decision to fix airfare at US $ 1050 rejected
Leaders of Olama-Mashaekh Samonnoy Parishad yesterday rejected the government decision to fix airfare for non-ballottee hajj pilgrims at US $1050.
 arrow Court issues summons to former justice
A Dhaka court yesterday issued summons to a former justice, asking him to appear before the court on January 30 in connection with a case of dishonouring of cheque.
 arrow Hearing on appeal begins in High Court
Hearing on the appeal of Rubel murder case began in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Police fail to submit charge sheet within deadline
Jhalakathi Sadar police has failed to submit charge sheet in the judges' killing case within seven days of the incident, a deadline set by the state minister for home affairs.
 arrow Tribute paid to MA Samad
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid tribute to MA Samad, a pioneer in insurance industry and patron of the arts, culture and literature, saying that he was a man of progressive outlook and amiable
 arrow Indian smuggler killed by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead an Indian smuggler and injured three others on Ichakhali border of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Qualifications @ UK Fair 2005 begins tomorrow
With a view to provide the UK degree locally, the British Council is going to organise education fair in the country.
 arrow JPC invites designs for media complex
The Jatiya Press Club (JPC) has invited designs for its proposed media complex, says a press release.
 arrow FM leaves for Malta
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, who left for Italy yesterday to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City, said unity of the Muslims and the Christians is imperative to fight out terrorists who don't have
 arrow Assault of Janakantha reporter condemned
Different political and human rights organisations condemned the incident of manhandling a journalist by a state minister.
 arrow Punishment to killers demanded
Teachers and students of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the killers of Journalist Gautam Das.
 arrow 4th meeting of Wage Board held
The fourth meeting of the 6th Wage Board, constituted to fix salary, allowances and other benefits for the journalists, press workers and general employees of newspapers and news agencies, was held yesterday.
 arrow Rajuk sues 7 for filling up Gulshan Lake
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) filed a case against seven people with the Gulshan Police Station under the Wetland Protection Act for filling up the Gulshan-Badda Lake.
 arrow Bodies of 2 newborns found in dustbin
Dead bodies of two newly born female children have been recovered from dustbins yesterday in the city.
 arrow Arms haul at Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered four .303 rifles and equipment for repairing arms at Naikkhonchhari upazila yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University authorities have postponed all the examinations scheduled for today due to unavoidable reasons.
Fresh dates for the postponed examinations will be announced soon, says a press release.

 arrow Correction
Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani Parishad organised a photography exhibition on veteran political leader Bhashani at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on November 18.
Nationalarrow Drive in Khulna to flush JMB cadres from hideouts
The Rapid Action Battalion along with police have launched joint operations in Khulna including the city to arrest members of JMB suicide squad following intelligence reports that 25 of its cadres have
 arrow 6 JCD, Jubo Dal men arrested
Chuadanga police and Rab (Raid Action Battalion) in a joint drive Saturday night arrested six activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal (JJD), front organisations of ruling
 arrow 2 die, over 300 fall sick
Two children died and 312 people fell sick after taking food at a Qulkhwani held at Uttar Dhanghara village in Gaibandha Sadar upazila Friday night.
 arrow Move for sedition case against 12
The authorities have sought permission from the home ministry to file sedition cases against the 12 madrasa students arrested in Sylhet city Saturday midnight for removing posters.
 arrow Top Magura HuJi, JMJB leaders still evade arrest
Two top leaders of Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJi) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in Magura allegedly involved in August 17 blasts in the district are still evading arrest even after over three months
 arrow Protests on against killing of journalist
Reports of protest against killing of Dainik Samakal Staff Reporter Goutam Das in Faridpur continued to por in from districts yesterday.
 arrow 'Defeated forces out to undo ’71 gains'
'Kaligonj liberation day' was observed for the first time in the upazila yesterday in a befitting manner.
 arrow 2 Ahale Hadith cadres get 25 years RI each
A court here on Sunday sentenced two armed cadres of Ahale Hadith to 25 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) each.
Convicts Raihan alias Sayem hailed from Mymensingh while Belal hailed from Madaripur.

 arrow Fog disrupts ferry service
Dense fog disrupted ferry and launch services on Daulatdia-Paturia-Nagarbari routes on the Padma for five hours on Sunday.
 arrow American Corner opens in Jessore
The 3rd American Corner was inaugurated in Jessore Institute jointly by Environment and Forest minister Tariqul Islam and Charge d' Affaires of US Embassy in Dhaka Judith A Chammas.
Point-Counterpointarrow Promoting women in education
THE government undertook a project called Promote with funding support from the European Commission to promote the participation of women in teaching at the secondary school level, especially in rural
 arrow Burma's generals move to the middle of nowhere
THOUSANDS of Burmese civil servants are reluctantly leaving Rangoon and heading for a secret compound in the hills on the orders of the country's top general.
 arrow Parliamentary democracy: A missed opportunity?
WE the members of the general public often hear from our leaders, especially from the ruling party ones, that parliament is the centre for all discussions and solving all problems the country faces.
 arrow Ensuring availability of safe food
NOWADAYS "Food Security" or "Food Safety" has become the most important issue throughout the world to save or protect the human lives.
Culturearrow Sufia Kamal’s death anniversary observed
Begum Sufia Kamal (1911-1999) a poet, litterateur, social activist and feminist, passed away in Dhaka on November 20, 1999.
 arrow Ontoraler Kotha : A clarion call against gender violence
Be it Annie, Akashi (pseudonyms) or Peara, women have often been subjected to harassment by chauvinistic men. The TV serial Ontoraler Kotha turns the camera on such hapless women.
 arrow " I try to familiarise the contestants with voice control techniques," -- Sujit
Sujita Mustafa's voice is well known to classical music aficionados in our country.
Generalarrow 5 killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Magura and Pirojpur in last two days.
 arrow ID cards for 10 cr people in next 5 yrs
Some 10 crore people will be provided with national identity cards in next five years, State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow 5 Chhatra Samaj men beaten at DU
At least five activists of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj (JCS), student wing of Jatiya Party (Ershad), were injured when they were beaten up by the workers of some left-leaning student bodies on the Dhaka University
 arrow Entrust engrs with leadership at highest level
Speakers at a seminar yesterday emphasised entrusting the engineers with the leadership in the technical departments in the highest levels of the state organs.
 arrow BM College students ransack 5 deptts
The unruly students of BM College in Barisal yesterday ransacked five departments of the college and confined the principal for two hours at his office demanding immediate endorsement of the admission
 arrow New Lankan president appoints hardliner PM
Sri Lanka's new leader swore in a hawkish new prime minister yesterday in a move analysts said reinforced his hardline stance on any future peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow ‘Introduce special registration system for safe migration of women’
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to introduce special registration system for safe migration of women.
 arrow Snatched pistol, ammunition recovered in Barisal
Police have recovered a Chinese pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition snatched from the Subedar of a police escort team of an oil tanker in the river Meghna three weeks ago.
 arrow 50 grams of heroin seized
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-2) seized huge quantity of heroin worth about Tk 50 lakh and arrested three people in this connection from Hotel Noorjahan at Paduar Bazar area on Dhaka-Chittagong
Internationalarrow Sharon shakes up rules of Israeli political game
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to quit his right-wing Likud party and fight the next election at the head of a centrist party will trigger a seismic shift in Israeli politics.
 arrow Praise for India, Pakistan as Kashmir truce holds
Residents of this village on the de facto Kashmir border between India and Pakistan praised the South Asian rivals yesterday for sticking to a two-year ceasefire and for continuing quake relief efforts.
 arrow Tamils wary of Rajapakse
For Tamils erecting lifesized posters to mark the forthcoming Heroes' Day, when Tiger rebels remember their fallen, the election of Mahinda Rajapakse as new Sri Lankan president is a matter of concern.
 arrow Iraqi president starts landmark Iran visit
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani began a landmark visit to Iran yesterday, the first by an Iraqi head of state in nearly four decades, in a clear effort to win more help in battling the insurgency raging
 arrow Bush's China visit fails to narrow differences
President George W.
 arrow Moroccan forces arrest 17 with ties to al-Qaeda
Moroccan security forces arrested 17 Islamic extremists with ties to the al-Qaeda network as they were setting up a terrorist cell, officials in Rabat said on Sunday.
 arrow Saddam defence ready to attend hearing
Lawyers defending Saddam Hussein and his aides are willing to attend next week's trial hearing, despite threats to their lives, if the government provides them with proper protection, the team's leader
 arrow Labelle elected chair of TI
Huguette Labelle, a Canadian with a broad background in development issues, elected chair of Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, recently.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Grand rally today
Today is the day that has been announced for a grand rally to be held by the 14-party opposition coalition in Dhaka, and the entire nation waits on tenterhooks to see it pass off without any untowardincident.
 arrow Editorial: Goutam, another victim of impunity culture
The cold-blooded murder of Goutam Das, bureau chief and correspondent of daily Samakal in Faridpur, has left the entire journalist community shell-shocked and feeling increasingly vulnerable to machinations
 arrow Towards an endgame in Syria?
Ever since the Bush administration declared Syria as a country that had WMDs and placed her on the priority list for the pursuance of Bush doctrine of regime change, a barrage of accusation has been
 arrow Can't the people embark on Saarc?
And they were garlanded with bouquets of exotic flowers, regaled with magnificent feasts -- a celebration befitting the court of Louis the XIV.
Letters to Editorarrow Slum-life
The very idea of slum-life gives a bad impression that it is something which is very unhygienic, crowded, unhealthy, and unsuitable for living.
 arrow Newly released English movies
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was released worldwide on November 18.
 arrow Saarc summit
I would like to pose a question about the euphoria of the government regarding the Saarc summit.
 arrow GrameenPhone network
I'm a loyal subscriber of GrameenPhone. I haven't switched my subscription to any other mobile phone operator whereas many of my friends are availing the lucrative offers of other mobile phone operators.
 arrow Hizb-ut-Tahrir
There are clearly some misunderstandings happening here. As a conscientious citizen, I carry a good impression about this party, Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
 arrow Monga hit people of northern district
Every year we see hundreds of poverty sticken people of the greater district of Rangpur throng the highways, nearest market places for food and cash money.
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