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Front Pagearrow BNP reels from militancy shock
The issues of growing Islamist militancy and corruption of some ministers seem to have set off a wave of resentment among the rank and file of the ruling BNP.
 arrow Niko warned not to stop Feni gas supply
Petrobangla has requested Niko not to stop gas supply from Feni field and at the same time warned the Canadian company that it will have to face legal action if it goes for the stoppage.
 arrow Eureka,...the real culprit has been found!
At last the mystery of the sudden, dramatic and vicious rise of religious extremism has been 'revealed', and that also by no less a person than the Ameer of Jamaat himself.
 arrow Journos hit out at move for punitive provision
Eminent journalists yesterday strongly criticised Bangladesh Press Council chairman's suggestion for adding a punitive provision to the council's law.
 arrow Asian nations agree on integrated gas grid
Energy ministers from major oil and gas importing and exporting countries in Asia on Friday agreed to study the establishment of an integrated gas grid for the region and investment in upstream and downstream
 arrow Group opposing it to meet civil society
"National Committee to Resist Proposed Unified Education" yesterday announced various programmes with a vow to resist the proposed "unified education system" at the secondary level that they said will
 arrow Ban on sending female workers abroad lifted for 6 months
The government has finally permitted Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) to send trained female domestic workers to all the Middle Eastern countries on an experimentalbasis
 arrow Harvesting vegetables

 arrow Heads go to retreat to tackle terrorism
Commonwealth leaders meeting on the Mediterranean island of Malta slipped out of the public eye at the weekend to tackle the growing and elusive menace of terrorism.
 arrow Refugees being registered
The process of registering the remaining Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has begun amidst their sluggish repatriation to Myanmar over the last two years and a rising number of Myanmarese living outside
 arrow Hena to launch anti-militant movement
Outspoken lawmaker Abu Hena, who was expelled from ruling BNP on Thursday for commenting on militancy, will soon launch an anti-militant movement with politicians, lawmakers and members of the civil society
 arrow Govt, 14-party talks possibility looks slim
The possibility of a dialogue between the government and the 14-party opposition combine on its demands appears slim with no progress in this regard until yesterday.
 arrow JMB threatens to blow up Bheramara UNO office
Banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on Thursday threatened in a letter to blow up the office of Bheramara upazila nirbahi officer (UNO).
 arrow 14 killed, 59 hurt in road crashes
At least 14 people were killed and 59 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Tangail, Sirajganj and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Canal choker now builds sluice gate
The brickfield owner, who has built a road across Atir Khal blocking its flow, is now building a sluice gate, claiming it will restore navigability of the canal in Wasspur in Hazaribagh.
 arrow Dhaka against terrorism
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, at the Commonwealth foreign ministers meeting, reiterated Dhaka's position against terrorism in all forms and manifestations and called for addressing the root causesof
  arrow Procession against child labour

 arrow Lara atop the Test world
West Indian Brian Lara broke the world record for most Test runs during his innings against Australia in the third cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval here Saturday.
 arrow Rail link with Dhaka snapped for 5 hours
Train communications on the Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Noakhali routes resumed after five hours of the derailment of two wagons of a freight train near Bhairab yesterday.
 arrow Quake kills 14 in China
An earthquake killed 14 people, injured nearly 400 and destroyed 8,500 homes in Jiangxi province in eastern China on Saturday morning, the official Xinhua agency reported.
Businessarrow Team up with French firms to reap benefits of tech transfer
French trade commissioners working in South Asia yesterday urged Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to join hands with medium size French companies to reap benefits of technology transfer.
 arrow Europeans may invest in housing sector
Investors from European countries such as Spain, Germany and UK may invest in Bangladesh's housing sector, Toufiq M Seraj, president of Rehab, said yesterday.
 arrow BKMEA again seeks nod to import yarn thruí land ports
Knitwear manufacturers once again have sought government permission to import yarn through land ports arguing that the price of local yarn is still higher than that of the imported yarn.
 arrow Experts' last round meet begins Tuesday
As per the directives of the Dhaka summit, experts from seven Saarc nations are meeting in Kathmandu for the last round on Tuesday to resolve the contentious issues to enforce Safta accord from January
 arrow ADB, Thailand discuss funding for infrastructure
The president of the Asian Development Bank said Friday he had discussed the possibility of helping to fund Thailand's 1.
 arrow Axiom launches business portal
Axiom Technologies Ltd, an IT company, yesterday launched a web portal from where buyers and sellers will be able to buy, sell or bid.
 arrow Basis software show begins today
SoftExpo, an exposition of software products, IT enabled services and system solutions, will begin today at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Air India launches companion free scheme
Air India has launched a Companion Free Scheme (CFS) for its first and business class passengers travelling on Dhaka-London-Dhaka route, says a press release.
 arrow Deflation in Japan shows signs of easing
Deflation, which has stifled the Japanese economy for almost eight years, showed fresh signs of easing in October as core consumer prices ended a four-month streak of minor declines.
 arrow Chinese central bank pushes forex reform
Pushing China's foreign exchange reform ahead by another step, the central bank on Friday carried out its first currency swap deals with local banks in a move that could help bring more flexibility to
 arrow ROK to nurture asset management sector
South Korea's top financial regulator said Friday that it is seeking to transform the local asset management business into a strategically important industry to expand the pool of institutional investors.
 arrow Dollar hits 27-month high against yen
The dollar hit a new 27-month high against the yen in thin trading Friday with many US dealers away for a long holiday weekend. The dollar stood at 119.70 yen at 1800 GMT from 118.
 arrow Brac Bank to offer banking services thru' GP SMS
Brac Bank Ltd will offer banking services to its clients through SMS (short message service) of the mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd.
 arrow EU sugar reform sparks bitter-sweet reaction
A sweeping reform of the European Union's 40-year-old sugar regime sparked a bitter-sweet reaction Friday ranging from delight among European sugar refiners to warnings of catastrophe from poor producing
 arrow HK economy powers ahead in third quarter
Hong Kong's economy powered ahead in the three months to September, growing 8.2 percent from a year earlier compared with a revised gain of 7.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sylhet puts cog in hosts' wheels
Rajin Saleh cracked the first one-day hundred in the National Cricket League this year, as Sylhet put a spoke to the supreme dominance of the hosts with a 48-run victory over Chittagong on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: King Lara conquers another frontier
West Indies batsman Brian Lara has said that beating Allan Border's world record for the most Test runs was the highlight of his career.
 arrow Football: Biggies draw in Khulna
The first big match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra ended in a goalless draw at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Langer's narrow miss
Justin Langer fell for 99 four balls from stumps in a late blow for Australia after Brian Lara stole the show for the West Indies with a double-century to become Test cricket's all-time leading run-scorer
 arrow Cricket: Chappell denies gestures
Greg Chappell, India's coach, has "vehemently denied" making any obscene gestures at the Kolkata public, as has been suggested in media reports.
 arrow Cricket: Akram for Tendulkar
Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar will smash all batting records before he quits international cricket, according to former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.
 arrow Football: U-20 football match today
Bangladesh promised to put up a better performance in their home match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under-20 football championship when they take on Iran at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
An all-round performance by Wasiur Rahman steered Dhanmondi Club to an exciting three-run victory over Azad Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ballack sour for Fergie?
Sir Alex Ferguson declared Manchester United's interest in Michael Ballack to be over despite confirming that they had been in talks with Germany's captain for the past five months.
 arrow Football: Prey of dangerous cocktail
George Best, who died on Friday after a long battle against alcoholism, was the latest British footballer to pay the ultimate price for a love affair with the bottle.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar back among top ten
Sachin Tendulkar jumped two spots to be among the top ten in the latest LG-ICC Test players rankings to boost India's spirits ahead of their three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning next month.
 arrow Cricket: Border's praise
Former Australian captain Allan Border Saturday congratulated West Indian batting great Brian Lara for overtaking him as the greatest run-scorer in Test cricket.
 arrow Chess: Good start for Leonine
The giants made a good start in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL suffer washout
The visiting Sri Lankan cricket team were on Saturday denied a good practice match ahead of their upcoming three-Test series against India.
 arrow Football: No malice intended
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided not to pursue a threat of legal action against his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Tragic!
Eight amateur Chinese soccer players have been charged after an on-pitch fight which led to the death of a player from neck injuries, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Auxerre climb to second
AJ Auxerre climbed up to second in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win at mid-table Le Mans 2-0 on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 46 to vie for one seat
The admission test for first year honours under 2005-2006 academic sessions at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on November 30 with 46 applicants to compete for each seat.
 arrow Compensation from Niko demanded
Speakers at a protest rally yesterday demanded compensation from Niko before they leave the country and also trial of corrupt officials, including former energy minister Mosharraf Hossain.
 arrow Cops, transport workers clash in Sherpur
Angry transport workers damaged a police pick-up van and a BRTC bus yesterday after police allegedly beat a bus driver near Nabinagar Bus Terminal triggering a tense situation in the town.
 arrow Cop mugger remanded for two days
Havilder Nagendranath Mondol of Mirpur Police Station, who was held on Friday for mugging a cattle trader, was remanded for two days yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure health rights of women'
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday urged the government to ensure health rights of women.
Speaking at a press conference the parishad leaders also demanded free treatment for repressed women.

 arrow Dr Milon Day today
Shaheed Dr Milon Day will be observed today.
 arrow Ershad for combating Islamic militants
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday called for combating the Islamic militants, saying that those who patronise such militants are enemies of Islam and the nation.
 arrow British-Bangla Fusion Food Festival begins in Chittagong
A weeklong 'British-Bangladesh Fusion Food Festival' began at the Landmark Hotel and Restaurant at Agrabad in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Reception to 25 retired DU teachers
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday accorded a reception to the 25 professors of the university who retired recently at a ceremony at the auditorium of the Teachers' and Students'Centre
 arrow Cop dies in road accident
A police constable who was injured in a road accident on Thursday died at the Holy Family Hospital in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Female executive of private co robbed of Tk 5 lakh
Armed muggers snatched Tk 5 lakh from a female executive of a private company at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday, leaving her injured.
 arrow BNP foils AL meeting at Netrakona
Ruling party activists allegedly foiled a public meeting of the Awami League at Muktir Bazar in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh wins world Quran competition
Bangladesh won the first prize in the world Hefjul Quran competition held in Amman, capital of Jordan, recently.
 arrow Qualifications@UK Fair 2005 held in Sylhet
A day-long fair styled as 'Qualifications@UK Fair 2005' was held on the Metropolitan University campus in Sylhet city yesterday.
Nationalarrow JMB, HuJi militants in Jhenidah regrouping
Magura: Suspected activists of JMB and HuJi who had fled their strongholds in Jhenidah town after the August 17 blasts are regrouping in their respective areas, taking advantage of alleged lax vigilance
 arrow OC says JMB cadre, SP says terrorist
After four days of arrest of Julon Mian, Barhatta police yesterday claimed that that he is a suspected cadre of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and was involved with the banned Islamist outfit for
 arrow Diarrhoea alarming in 3 districts
Diarrhoea situation is alarming in Tangail, Jamalpur and Sherpur districts with the death toll reaching 40 so far.
Over 20,000 people have been attacked with the disease in last 45 days.

 arrow Life stops for half an hour in Barisal divn
Life came to a halt for half an hour from 11 am yesterday in Barisal division as people poured on streets leaving their workplaces to press their nine-point demand for development of six districts inthe
 arrow 2 BDR men closed
Two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) men were closed for violating service discipline in Meherpur last week.
Point-Counterpointarrow Common Minimum Performance
THE government and the opposition had one thing in common last week. They both subjected us to hartals. The government, through a staged transport strike and the opposition, more conventionally, on Thursday.
 arrow Ship without radar
I was appalled by a recent statement made by a senior minister of the government after emerging from a meeting with the visiting vice president of the World Bank.
 arrow The essentialist terrorist
THE essentialist terrorist is a violent monster that the Highly Influential Terrorist Literature ("HITLit") has successfully invented and made real and believable. It is the new terrorist.
 arrow De facto segregation in France
THE first time I went to Seine-St. Denis, an area which covers the "deprived suburbs" of northern Paris, was I believe, in 1986.
Culturearrow Matritta sees the light of day
Director Zahid Hossain's film, Matritta has been released recently.
 arrow The Cool Jazz presentation by The Core
It was an amazing experience for the Bangladeshi music enthusiasts to attend a presentation of fusion of western jazz and eastern classical music by the Cool-Jazz band from Norway.
 arrow Star Cineplex turns one
One of the leading movie theatres in Dhaka, Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City, celebrated its first anniversary yesterday.
 arrow "Mr Miyagi" of The Karate Kid is no more
Actor Pat Morita, best known for helping teach a boy martial-arts mastery through household chores as the wise "Mr Miyagi" in The Karate Kid, has died. He was 73.
Generalarrow Fall of govt a matter of time
Central leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday called upon the four-party alliance to accept the reform proposals on caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) for the greater
 arrow JU academic council meet postponed
The academic council meeting of Jahangirnagar University (JU) scheduled for yesterday was postponed in the wake of hunger strike by a teacher of Bangla department.
 arrow Convocation of Trinity University Professional MBA
The fourth convocation ceremony of Trinity University Professional MBA was held under the auspices of Asian Centre for Management and Information Technology at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city
Internationalarrow Iraq hints at dialogue with insurgents
Some Iraqi rebel groups say they are ready to engage in the political process, a top aide to President Jalal Talabani said yesterday, after the government warned of a renewed offensive against insurgents.
 arrow 110 feared dead as 2 buses washed away by floods in India
More than 110 people were feared dead after two packed passenger buses skidded off bridges in southern India amid heavy rains, police and officials said yesterday.
 arrow UK Muslims take up action plan to tackle extremism
Separate working groups of British Muslim community have put forward several practical proposals recently to the government for a community-led response to extremism.
 arrow Tigers honour dead amid renewed fears of war
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday honoured 17,000 "heroes" killed in the movement's drive for independence amid fears of a return to ethnic civil war on the tropical South Asian island.
 arrow Pakistan, UK worried about terror links
Britain and Pakistan have gained a clearer and worrying picture of terrorist links between them since the July 7 bombings in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday.
 arrow Gaza border crossing opens for Palestinians
The Rafah border terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt opened to a flood of Palestinians yesterday, giving them access to the outside world for the first time in almost three months.
 arrow Lawyers vow to defend Saddam despite threats
Lawyers for Saddam Hussein say they are determined to defend the ousted Iraqi leader in court when his trial resumes tomorrow, despite the murder of two colleagues and repeated threats to their lives.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Set agenda for talks
Over the past few days there has been no shortage of offers and counter-offers between the government and the opposition on the subject of a dialogue between the two in an attempt to resolve some of the
 arrow Editorial: Terror financing by NGOs
The issue of tackling Islamic militancy has come to the fore following some nerve-shattering developments recently that have left a deep scar on our collective psyche.
 arrow The state of the nation
My country is in shame, not because it has done something iniquitous, but because what its politicians have led it to -- an economy in shambles, governance and judiciary in progressive politicisation,
 arrow Bihar gets its chance
THE post-election scenario in Bihar is not bright because of two things: the BJP's excessive visibility and former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's non-reconciliation to his defeat.
Letters to Editorarrow Monga --not a newly coined word
We the people of Northern Bangladesh are familiar with this word for the last 50 years. During the time of Pakistan, monga affected people used to get food for work. The size of the population was small.
 arrow Trials and tribulations
During the recent Eid ul Fitr I received a greeting card from a bank. It carried a simple message, with a simple illustration of the moon in five declining phases, from the full moon to a crescent.
 arrow Pensioners' woes
All government employees have got reasonably raised pay scales and emoluments of all high-ups also have been enhanced substantially.
 arrow TB patients
One of my closed relatives had been suffering from lung infection. He went to a doctor and he advised him to have X-ray of P/A view for diagnosing the disease.
 arrow The militant threat
Now the cat is almost out of the bag! The mistake that the BNP made in handling the militants must have been a costly one.
Star Healtharrow Self care to your dry skin
Ordinary dry skin (xerosis) usually is not serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles long before you are due.
 arrow Mainstreaming ageing in health systems
In the history of Bangladesh, she has faced a daunting challenge of improving the health of its people with limited resources available and made remarkable progress.
 arrow Save your teeth by avoiding gum disease
Gingivitis is an inflammation or infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria in plaque. It is the most common infection or the gum.
 arrow Training on speech for the handicapped will be held in the capital
Specialised ENT doctors from the United Kingdom (UK) will train the patients on speech by artificial electronic larynx who have lost their ability of speech due to operation in the larynx (hollow organ
 arrow Waist and hips best heart attack checks for obese
Measuring the ratio between waist and hip sizes is the best way of checking for the risk of heart attack in the obese, a global study showed.
 arrow Coffee in pregnancy may be risky
Women who drink eight or more cups of coffee daily while pregnant are at risk for spontaneous abortion and stillbirth, Danish researchers report.
 arrow Angry? Take it indoors!
A Chinese university has set up a special "anger management" room for students to let off steam, apparently to avoid students taking to the streets in protest or taking their own lives.
Star Cityarrow Gulshan choked with illegal parking
Illegal partaking on the footpaths and roads in Gulshan, as elsewhere in the city, chokes public thoroughfares creating serious obstruction to vehicular and pedestrian movement, with the agencies concerned
 arrow Dry season brings dust pollution
Sumon was out early one morning last week on his way to school. He usually walks down, as his school is a just round the corner.
 arrow Where do they go now?
New security measures in the city are threatening the livelihood of authorised mobile food vendors, who have been stopped from selling food at popular spots for over three months.
 arrow NCTB takes steps for textbooks on time
Books for primary school students may be out on time this academic.
 arrow King of the Roads

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