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Front Pagearrow 11 Bangladeshis killed in Mina stampede
Eleven Bangladeshi pilgrims died, 11 others went missing and two were hospitalised in Thursday's stampede in Jamarat in Mina, Bangladeshi ambassador to Saudi Arabia confirmed last night.
 arrow 20 killed as bus falls into ditch in Savar
Twenty people including five of a family were killed and 25 others were injured as a passenger bus fell into a roadside ditch at Boliarpur in Savar yesterday while 57 people were killed and around 300
 arrow Dense fog, biting cold
The spell of shivering cold sweeping through the country claimed 17 lives over the last three days while dense blankets of fog forced major disruptions in air traffic as well as in road and ferry communications,
 arrow Vegetable traders murdered, wife kills husband
Three people were killed and two others bullet-hit in separate incidents in the capital in the last three days.
 arrow Death toll in Mina crush climbs to 362
Stricken families were hunting for their loved ones yesterday after a stampede that killed 362 Muslims at the annual hajj, a disaster Saudi authorities have blamed on unruly pilgrims.
 arrow Wrangle over hide price
Tanners and exporters are at loggerheads over prices of rawhides of sacrificial animals with leather traders, who claim they had to spend more money this year to buy them.
 arrow Eid celebrated
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday amidst religious fervour, spirit of sacrifice and submission to Allah.
 arrow 12 Bangladeshi pilgrims hurt, 13 missing
At least 12 Bangladeshis were hurt in Thursday's Hajj stampede during a stone-throwing ritual in Mina in Makkah, Saudi Arabia where 362 pilgrims were killed and about 300 others injured.
 arrow Ctg JMB chief confesses to his role in Bagmara
Two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives, including Chittagong divisional chief Mohammad alias Aman Ullah, gave confessional statements before a court here yesterday.
 arrow Tri-nation pipeline at stake
The proposed $1 billion Myanmar-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline appears to be in danger of remaining a mere pipedream as Myanmar has agreed sold the gas to China from a block where the product is jointly
 arrow JCD cadres loot Tk 3.5 lakh from hides trader in Sylhet
Armed cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) allegedly looted Tk 3.5 lakh from a hides trader in the city's Mirabazar area on the night of Eid day.
 arrow Iran threatens to halt UN inspections
Iran threatened yesterday to halt snap UN inspections of its nuclear facilities if it is taken to the UN Security Council, and Britain said the council would consider sanctions if Tehran defied international
 arrow Father's snap action saves three kids
A quick reflex of a father saved his three children as a bus careered across the road and fell into a roadside ditch, killing at least 20 people in Baliarpur in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Hannan, Awal shown arrested in another case, remanded
Mufti Abdul Hannan and Abdul Awal, kingpins of banned Harkatul Jihad (HuJi) and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were shown arrested in another August 17 serial bomb blast case and taken on fresh
 arrow Death trap of a road
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has completed a 1.
 arrow Two killed in 'crossfire' in Narsingdi, Khulna
A listed criminal and arms smuggler and an outlaw leader were killed in 'crossfire' in Narsingdi and Khulna as their accomplices skirmished with law enforces on January 10.
 arrow Murder charge against BNP MP, his men dropped
A BNP lawmaker along with his brother-in-law and an aide was excluded from the charge sheet submitted on January 9 in connection with the Sabbir Alam Khandakar murder case.
 arrow Sharon in coma, condition 'serious but stable'
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was pronounced "serious but stable" by doctors on Friday as he spent his ninth day in a medically-induced coma since suffering a massive brain haemorrhage.
 arrow Iraq moves closer to election outcome, fresh violence flares
Iraq moved closer on Friday to learning the final outcome of last month's general election after foreign monitors said they will release initial findings of an inquiry into the vote as early as Sunday.
 arrow Shelly laid to rest amid tears
The Bangladeshi woman killed by a stray bullet on December 28 in the USA was laid to eternal rest at her husband's village house in Fatikchhari of the district on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Shaikh, Sunny, Bangla Bhai chargesheeted in Narayanganj
Police on Monday submitted two charge sheets against 30 militants, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Ataur Rahman Sunny and JMJB leader Bangla Bhai, forthe
 arrow SSC candidate commits suicide
An SSC candidate and a model allegedly committed suicide at a mess of her lover's friend at Dhanmondi in the capital on Thursday.
 arrow 200 shanties, 9 shops gutted in Chittagong
At least 200 shanties and nine shops were gutted and property worth about Tk 45 lakh was damaged in eight incidents of fire in different areas of the city and the district in the last three days, fire
 arrow AI praises govt for being 'open' on HR, issues
Amnesty International (AI) has commended Bangladesh government for being “open and accessible” on issues and concerns relating to human rights.
 arrow EU pledges $100m to tackle bird flu
The European Union pledged $100 million in aid to boost the global fight against bird flu on Friday and Turkey stepped up the culling of birds to try to stop the deadly virus spreading further.
 arrow Galib's men clash with others on Eid day: 15 hurt
Fifteen people including two policemen and a woman were injured in Bagmara upazila on the Eid day when militant kingpin Asadullah al Galib's men clashed with the general Muslims over Eid congregationat
 arrow Younis eyes double ton
Pakistan's Younis Khan was eyeing a double century after scoring his third Test hundred in as many matches against India on Friday.
 arrow More than 250 dead as icy weather grips South Asia
South Asia was Tuesday in the grip of the iciest weather in decades, with at least 250 people killed and doctors fearing for the lives of survivors of October's massive earthquake in Kashmir.
 arrow Two US pilots killed in Iraq as rebels down chopper
Two US pilots were killed when rebels apparently shot down their helicopter in northern Iraq yesterday in the second deadly aircraft crash for the military in less than a week.
Businessarrow Delhi to allow 8m RMG a year from Dhaka
Local exporters are eyeing to export eight million pieces of readymade garments a year to India as Safta came into force.
 arrow Indian budget eyes jobs, investment hike
The Indian budget for 2006-07, to be presented before Parliament next month, would primarily aim at job creation and fresh investment by focusing on agriculture, rural infrastructure, irrigation and food
 arrow State of Bangladesh economy 2005-06:Perspectives on immediate outlook
Part One
Our analyses reveal that factors contributing to the fragility of the Bangladesh economy at the end of the fiscal year 2004-05 (FY05) have either accentuated or acquired new forms during

 arrow Indo-Pak trade to double by March
A top Indian business group predicted yesterday that trade between India and Pakistan would double to US$1 billion (euro825 million) in the fiscal year through March as the rivals press ahead with a sweeping
 arrow China, India agree to cooperate in oil hunt
China and India have agreed to share information on what they're paying for foreign oil and gas for their energy-hungry economies in an effort to tone down a multibillion-dollar rivalry that was driving
 arrow AKTEL launches Bengali SMS
Mobile phone operator AKTEL formally launched 'AKTEL Mayer Bhasha', the first full Bengali short message service (SMS) in Bangladesh, for all its customers.
 arrow LG Philips 2005 sales, net profit soar
LG Philips LCD, one of the world's largest flat-panel screen makers, said Thursday its fourth-quarter net profit rose sharply on strong demand for high-end LCD televisions and laptop computers.
 arrow Air India to buy 68 Boeing aircraft
State-run Air India signed a formal agreement Wednesday to buy 68 Boeing airliners with a list price of 11 billion dollars in one of the biggest deals in Indian aviation history.
 arrow Samsung Electronics posts lacklustre Q4 results
South Korea's Samsung Electronics reported mixed results for the fourth quarter Friday, with operating profit below market expectations but sales chalking up an all-time record.
 arrow US, China urged to swiftly tackle problems plaguing economies
The United States and China have to take swift steps to overcome their financial and investment problems before they spiral out of control and overwhelm mostly emerging economies, experts warn.
 arrow Indian car parts industry to grow to $40b by 2015
India's auto parts industry will record sales of 40 billion dollars by 2015 and become as important to the economy as the thriving software sector, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said Thursday.
 arrow Djuice donates money to Ahsania Mission, Grameen Shikkha
Djuice, the youth brand of mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd, has contributed all the ticket sales money from the 'Youth Lifestyle Fair' held in September, 2005 to Ahsania Mission and Grameen Shikkha
 arrow Oil hovers under $64
Crude futures inched lower Friday as traders focused on unseasonably balmy weather in the US Northeast, a key heating oil market. Signs of ample oil supplies are also causing prices to sag.
 arrow India's ICICI Bank opens in Sri Lanka
India's ICICI Bank Thursday began operations in Sri Lanka with an eye on the lucrative inward remittances and booming bilateral trade, officials said. The bank's country head for Sri Lanka, NaveenK.
Sportsarrow Football: Kottan bids adieu
George Kottan has blamed the football officials for lack of foresight and planning which defied Bangladesh from winning another trophy in regional football.
 arrow Cricket: Younis powers Pakistan
Younis Khan cracked a fluent 147 not out as Pakistan posted a formidable 326-2 on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia abase Lanka
World champions Australia overwhelmed Sri Lanka by 116 runs in the opening tri-series limited-overs cricket match at Melbourne's Telstra Dome on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India had to pick Ganguly?
Sourav Ganguly was included in the Indian team for the first Test against Pakistan here on Friday due to pressure from cricket board chiefs, a team source told AFP.
 arrow Cricket: Champions Trophy venues revealed
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday selected venues for the Champions Trophy to be held in India later this year and discussed the snowballing crisis in Zimbabwe cricket.
 arrow Cricket: End of road for Gough?
Darren Gough's hopes of reviving his international career and appearing in next year's World Cup suffered a major setback after the 35-year-old fast bowler was left out of England's squad for the forthcoming
 arrow Football: United set for City clash
Manchester United will cap a busy week with a trip to Eastlands for the Manchester derby on Saturday as the Red Devils try to cut Chelsea's 13-point lead at the top of the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Valencia's sights on Barca
In-form Valencia tackle second-placed Osasuna at home in the Primera Liga on Saturday, confident that they can mount a title challenge to leaders Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Milan face Roma test
The Serie A season reaches its midway point on Sunday with Juventus firmly in control, while second-placed AC Milan must travel to the Italian capital to face a rapidly-improving AS Roma.
 arrow Cricket: India cricketers visit Imran's hospital
India's cricket team met patients and handed out sweets at former Pakistan captain Imran Khan's cancer hospital on the Muslim festival of Eid al-Azha on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies did not change
Australian crowds continued to torment brilliant Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan here Friday, repeating the taunts that once angered him so much he pulled out of a 2004 Test tour of the country.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan sure of Barmy Army support
England Cricket captain Michael Vaughan is confident that Australian plans to limit the number of away fans at the next Ashes series in Australia will prove futile.
 arrow Cricket: Harper new Kenya coach
Kenya on Tuesday named former West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper as the new national coach until after the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Nel fractures foot, Ntini may return
South African strike bowler Makhaya Ntini could make a surprise return for the triangular one-day series here after Andre Nel was found to have a severe stress fracture in his left foot Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Headingley to get new name
Yorkshire's famous Headingley ground in Leeds is to get a new name and stadium upgrade in a deal that will ensure it hosts international cricket for the coming 15 years.
 arrow Cricket: Warne ponders playing WC '07
Record-breaking Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne said on Wednesday that he was considering coming out of retirement from international one-day cricket to play in next year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: WC opening gala put off
The World Cup opening gala in Berlin has been cancelled, FIFA said on Friday, claiming the staging of the event could damage the playing surface needed at the Olympic Stadium five days later.
 arrow Football: Atletico axe Bianchi
Atletico Madrid sacked coach Carlos Bianchi on Thursday after a poor run of results left the Primera Liga club four points above the relegation zone and on the verge of elimination from the King's Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Female migrant workers fall victim to middlemen
Khodeza, a 40-year-old migrant worker from Manikganj, went abroad to change her fate but had her dreams shattered when she came back home recently only to find that her husband sold their house in the
 arrow One killed in launch, steamer collision
One person was killed and another reported missing as a launch and a steamer collided in river Meghna at Mohonpur under Matlab Uttar Police Station on Tuesday night.
 arrow Eid-ul-Azha celebrated in Chittagong
Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated in the port city and district with the spirit of sacrifice and total surrender to the Almighty Allah.
 arrow Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day observed
Opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations observed the Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day with due respect across the country on Tuesday.
 arrow PM exchanges Eid greetings
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia exchanged Eid greetings with cross section of people at 'Pradhan Mantri Bhaban' at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow Bomb found in Noakhali
Police recovered a powerful bomb, weighing about three kilogram, from a road at Kabir Hat Pourasava in Noakhali Sadar Upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Bangladeshi magazine publisher killed in USA
Robbers stabbed a Bangladeshi magazine publisher to death in the US state of Arizona on Monday.
 arrow Tourists robbed at Sitakunda Eco Park
A group of tourists was robbed by a band of muggers who decamped with valuables worth over Tk 2 lakh at Sitakunda Eco Park yesterday.
 arrow Australian agri minister to visit Dhaka
Australian Agriculture Minister Kim Chance is expected to visit Bangladesh next week to explore his country's wool industry market here.
 arrow Newsman assaulted
A gang of hoodlums beat up a journalist in Keraniganj on Thursday night for publishing a report on a rape incident where he allegedly mentioned the name of an accused involved in the incident.
 arrow Three die in Habiganj
Three women, including a minor girl, died and nine others fell seriously ill after taking homemade pitha (cake) at Fakirabad village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
 arrow 75 posts lying vacant in 24 govt high schools in 4 districts
Seventy-five posts of teachers are lying vacant in 24 government high schools, out of 26, in Comilla, Chandpur, Brahmanbaria and Laxmipur districts, seriously hampering the academic activities.
 arrow Youth dies in police custody
A youth was allegedly beaten to death in police custody in Munshiganj on Wednesday.
The dead was identified as Mohammad Suman of Sirajdikhan upazila.

Nationalarrow Brick kilns eating up Tangail forests
About two lakh tons of firewood are used in brick fields in Ghatail upazila annually by violating government rules.
 arrow AL opposing voter list to foil polls: Mannan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Co-Operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has alleged that Awami League and its allies are obstructing preparation of a fresh voter list as part of a conspiracy to
 arrow VIP guesthouse built on minister's compound
Patuakhali District Council has built a guesthouse for VIPs on the compound of the house of Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury at Kathal Tali village, about 20 kilometres from Patuakhali district
 arrow Resources underutilised for lack of govt attention
The Gaibandha Agriculture Training Institute (ATI), the lone academic institution in Northern districts for training on agro-fishery, belies the objective it is supposed to serve.
 arrow Four cattle traders shot dead by BSF
Four Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead Monday night and Tuesday morning by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Indian territories close to the border when they were returning home with cattle.
 arrow Fugitive convict held in Barisal
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Thursday night arrested a fugitive convict and a former Union Parishad (UP) chairman along with his two associates from Gournadi upazila of the district.
 arrow Jubo League council foiled in Patuakhali
A Jubo League council at Kalikapur union in the Sadar upazila was postponed yesterday as Jubo Dal called a protest meeting at same venue at the same time.
Point-Counterpointarrow Whither consumer protection law?
Enactment of an act to protect the rights of consumers has been on the news for some years.
 arrow Remembering Surya Sen
The history of the Indian subcontinent's struggle for freedom will remain incomplete if it leaves unexamined an episode like the Chittagong Uprising of 1930.
 arrow Will the 'peace process' remain there after departure of Sharon?
Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, now in coma following severe heart attacks, has been in the corridor of power for the last twenty-five years being a retired army Major General.
Culturearrow The apogee and perigee of our films
Assessing our films, Morshedul Islam of Chaka fame, said, "The beginning of our films, half a century back, was very good, when Mukh O Mukhosh was made by Abdul Jabbar Khan.
 arrow A bright spark in the dance firmament
Can a therapy for an illness become an all time passion? That's the story of talented Kathak dancer Moutushi Khandaker who as a toddler of three years was prescribed physical exercise such as aerobics,
 arrow Tai Dohey Pran to be aired on Channel-i
As part of the Eid special programmes Channel-i will air Tai Dohey Pran on January 16 at 7:50 pm.
 arrow Nagorik Natayangan Ensemble celebrates 11th anniversary
The 11th founding anniversary of theatre troupe, Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble was observed recently at Mahila Samity Auditorium, according to a press release.
 arrow Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts together!
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are reportedly going to star in a film together.
Generalarrow Low calorie diet keeps heart young
A very low calorie diet can help the heart age more slowly, according to researchers who released what they call the first-ever human study on the subject.
 arrow 13 Bangladeshi fishermen rescued in India
Thirteen Bangladeshi fishermen whose boat got adrift while fishing in high seas were rescued and admitted to a government hospital in Chennai, India, yesterday.
Internationalarrow Families seek lost ones after hajj stampede
Stricken families were hunting for their loved ones Friday after a stampede that killed 345 Muslims at the hajj, a disaster Saudi authorities have blamed on unruly pilgrims.
 arrow German leader seeks better ties with US
New German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to improve her country's relations with President Bush, buoyed by an emerging accord designed to halt Iran's nuclear program.
 arrow EU meets on asylum, immigration
European justice ministers examined on Friday ways to harmonise EU asylum laws and better protect immigrants heading for Europe before they reach the continent, rather than waiting until they arrive.
 arrow Manmohan to meet pro-independence Kashmiri leader
Indian premier Manmohan Singh will hold talks at the weekend with pro-independence Kashmiri separatist Saajad Lone on the future of the disputed region, media reports said Wednesday.
 arrow Clinton announces AIDS drug initiative
Former US President Bill Clinton announced on Thursday an initiative with nine drug companies he said would cut the cost of HIV/AIDS testing and treatment in 50 developing countries and help save hundreds
 arrow Peace monitors warn of war in Sri Lanka
A packed army bus narrowly escaped a mine blast in Sri Lanka on Friday as truce monitors pointed the finger at Tiger rebels for a wave of deadly bombings and urged action to halt a return to war.
 arrow Twenty-two people killed in Russia bus accident
At least 22 people died and six were injured when a train collided with their bus in Russia's southern province of Krasnodar on Friday, prosecutors said.
 arrow Guantanamo tribunal told to call prisoner with respect
The presiding officer in the closely watched case of a Canadian teenager facing a murder charge before a US war crimes tribunal ordered lawyers on Thursday to show greater respect to the defendant bycalling
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unprecedented ferry ghat ordeal
The home-bound people, who were on their way to southern and south-western districts, remained stranded for nearly two days at the Mawa and Paturia ferry ghats, as poor visibility caused by heavy fog
 arrow Editorial: WASA loses crores in cooked bills
The recent unearthing of cooked bills by a section of the WASA staff on account of fuel costs for power generators for supply of water during power outage is shocking and outrageous.
 arrow Fair election, Election Commission and its secretariat
Joseph Schumpeter was very correct when he observed that 'the ballot is stronger than bullets.' Sir Winston Churchill put it together even better.
 arrow Curbing corruption
Indian political leadership deserves kudos for action against 11 parliament members on charge of graft, which was recorded in video cameras of some media men.
 arrow Zia Int'l Airport: Adventure of a lifetime
Zia International Airport has made some impressive progress in upgrading its facilities in recent times. But some of the procedures continue to be baffling.
Letters to Editorarrow Good news, why not more of it!
In one single month, December 2005, remittance from our workers abroad shot to US$400.32 million and total remittance ran over the PRSP's bench mark 14 percent and accumulated to an all time high 22.
 arrow Curse of dowry
Though Bangladesh is a poor country, it has a harmful system in the society -- dowry. It is considered as a social curse in our poor country. But it has become a common phenomenon in our matrimonial life.
 arrow Congratulations
Not long ago, may be in 2003, I was browsing the TV channels, then I happened to watch a beautiful drama named 'Apad' (based on the short story of great poet Rabindranath Tagore), in which both RhidiHaq
 arrow A cursed season
Undoubtedly it is the middle of the winter. But still the effect of winter has not really touched us because of our housings protection.
 arrow Samajtantric Archive
It is indeed heartening to learn that a Samajtantric Archive is launched in the city. I wish the institute turn world class by collecting materials from all over the globe.
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