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Front Pagearrow Alert call ahead of power handover
The government has directed the police administration to take a 'foolproof' security measure in the capital as it fears a severe downtrend in law and order during handover of power or soon after the caretaker
 arrow Touts feast on Eid tickets
On the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr, thousands of city dwellers craving to celebrate the greatest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones at their village homes are getting frustrated
 arrow 37pc classified loans in 20 top borrowers' pocket
The top 20 defaulters of Pubali Bank, including a former Bangladesh Bank (BB) official, owe 37 per cent of the bank's total classified loans.
 arrow Printing of voter list unlikely before Dec
Printing of the updated voter list before announcement of the next parliamentary election schedule in late November has become uncertain while the vendors said the massive task cannot be completed before
 arrow Hasan 'thinks' controversy irrational
Would-be chief adviser to the next caretaker government Justice KM Hasan thinks the ongoing controversy over him is "irrational" and "unexpected", his well-wishers said.
 arrow Home ministry sends Eid gifts to top cops
The home ministry has sent gifts to high officials of police all over the country on upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr at public expenses.
 arrow 2 JMB top shots in Ctg jailed for 20 years
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants to 20 years' imprisonment in a case filed in connection with three bomb attacks in Chittagong last year.
 arrow Bangladesh Secretariat

 arrow HC stays trial of daily Runner editor's murder case
The High Court yesterday stayed the proceedings of a murder case of the editor of daily Runner pending with the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Jessore.
 arrow Two killed in "crossfire"
An outlaw and an alleged robber were killed in "crossfire" during shootouts between their accomplices and the law enforcers in Kushtia and Chittagong early yesterday.
 arrow 1 killed in BDR, BSF skirmish
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded bullets for an hour across Samanta frontier of Mohespur upazila in Jhenidah yesterday after BSF killed a Bangladeshi farmer.
 arrow RMG workers torch factory vehicle
Angry workers of a garment factory set fire to a vehicle owned by another garment factory after a worker died in a road accident in the city yesterday.
 arrow Risking life

 arrow 40 hurt as mob clash with cops over road crash
At least 40 people, including 12 policemen, were injured in a clash between the law enforcers and an angry mob in Damurhuda upazila yesterday following a road accident that killed three people.
 arrow Taylor's treble stuns Australia
Paceman Jerome Taylor snatched a hattrick as the West Indies upset favourites Australia by 10 runs in a dramatic Champions Trophy match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for over six hours
A wagon of a container train derailed at Muhuriganj in Mirersarai upazila yesterday, disrupting rail communications on Dhaka-Chittagong route for six and a half hours.
 arrow 10 US troops killed in Iraq violence
The US military announced yesterday the deaths of 10 US troops in Iraq on Tuesday, an unusually bloody day for American soldiers battling sectarian violence and a Sunni Arab insurgency.
 arrow Tamil raid on Lanka navy base kills 16
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a naval base in an apparent suicide mission in the southern city of Galle yesterday, leading to at least 16 deaths and triggering brief looting of minority Tamil
 arrow Dhaka, Riyadh agree on wider cooperation
Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia agreed to enhance cooperation in investment, commerce and manpower to the mutual economic benefit of the two brotherly Muslim countries.
 arrow Iran warns EU over UN sanctions
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator told European states yesterday they would be the losers if they joined the United States to push through a UN Security Council resolution punishing Tehran for its nuclear
 arrow Indonesia airports close due to haze
Authorities yesterday closed several Indonesian airports shrouded in smoke from land-clearing fires, threatening chaos for millions of travelers preparing to return home to celebrate the end of the Muslim
 arrow Nato strike kills 22 Afghan civilians
Nato air strikes killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others yesterday, a provincial governor said, while 13 other civilians reportedly were killed in a firefight with suspected Taliban militants in southern
 arrow Kim makes first appearance since nuke test
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il made his first known public appearance since his nation's nuclear test, official media reported yesterday, amid concerns that the regime was readying a second detonation.
Businessarrow 6.7pc growth likely in FY 06 despite challenges
The country may achieve a 6.
 arrow GP contemplating floating shares
GrameenPhone is contemplating to float shares in the stock market in response to a government plea to mobile phone companies to do so, said GP Chairman Arven Johansen.
 arrow Tk 10 cr ICB mutual fund for NRBs on the cards
Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) will launch a Tk 10 crore mutual fund targeting the non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) within this fiscal.
 arrow Political will needed to sustain rural uplift
Speakers at a workshop have identified lack of institutionalisation of rural development planning at grassroots level as the main obstacle to sustainable development.
 arrow HSBC loan fair in Dec
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited will hold a three-day long fair in Dhaka in December with a view to creating awareness among people about the preview of receiving loans from the
 arrow Bush to push free trade initiative
US President George W. Bush is expected to push for a plan to improve the patchwork of free trade initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region at the annual Apec summit in Vietnam next month.
 arrow $430m ADB loan for BR's capacity building
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help improve the efficiency and capacity of Bangladesh's rail transport through a US$430 million investment programme provided over five years through a multi-tranche
 arrow Deadline for obtaining certificate Feb 26
As per the Microcredit Regulatory Act 2006, non-governmental organisations, which run microcredit activities, will have to receive certificate from the Microcredit Regulatory Authority.
 arrow Oil prices rise
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Wednesday but remained below 60 dollars a barrel in a market that has already priced in an expected Opec production cut, dealers said.
 arrow Dollar stable before new US inflation release
The dollar held steady against the euro on Wednesday ahead of a fresh reading on inflation in the United States. The European single currency firmed to 1.
 arrow Emirates holidays gets PATA membership
In a bid to strengthen presence in the Asia Pacific market, Emirates Holidays, a tour operator of the Gulf and Middle East region, has become a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Team first: Younis
Stand-in Pakistan skipper Younis Khan says he is not interested in captaincy, but only wants to see his team keep defying odds in the ongoing Champions Trophy.
 arrow Hockey: Mariners sink MSC
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club sunk Mohammedan Sporting Club's title hopes in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League when they edged their neighbours 2-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Acme in last four
Acme Labo-ratories stor-med into the semifinals of the Grameen-Phone Corpo-rate Cricket League as Group A champions with a 43-run win over StarTel at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Really unpredictable
What happened in the last two days in the Pink City about cricket was an amazing experience.
 arrow Cricket: 'Test countries should have dope tests'
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has urged all Test-playing nations to conduct regular drug tests to make the game better and stronger, a top official said here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Asif, Shoeb go to Bangkok today
Commonwealth and South Asian Games gold medalist Asif Hossain Khan and fellow shooter Shoebuzzaman will leave Dhaka for Bangkok today for better treatment.
 arrow Cricket: Inzi wishes drug duo well
Banned Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq Wednesday backed teammates Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif to be cleared of doping charges, saying they must have taken banned drugs accidentally.
 arrow Cricket: Final not it Mumbai?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be requested to shift the Champions Trophy final from the Brabourne Stadium here if the wicket does not improve, a senior official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan backs Flintoff
Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Flintoff would deserve to keep the England captaincy if the team retains the Ashes in Australia this winter.
 arrow Tennis: Federer eases through
Roger Federer stepped onto an indoor court for the first time in nearly a year and calmly produced his 15th match win in a row to advance at the Madrid Masters Series on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The Real show
Real Madrid turned in a superb performance, striking twice in each half, to beat Steaua Bucharest 4-1 in their pivotal Champions League Group E match on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kaka saves Milan
AC Milan survived the dismissal of defe-nder Daniele Bonera at the start of the second half to sneak a precious 1-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Comprehensive United win
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that Wayne Rooney has put his first prolonged slump in form behind him, despite the England forward's failure to end his goal drought in a 3-0 Champions League cruise against
 arrow Football: Ambulance controversy continues
Ambulance staff have backed Reading's and not Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's timeline of the evacuation of the London club's injured goalkeeper Petr Cech from the Madejski Stadium over the weekend.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI, ICC at odds again
Daggers were drawn once again between the ICC and BCCI with the Indian board on Wednesday saying that the reservations of the game's world governing body on Mohammad Azharuddin attending an official function
 arrow Cricket: PCB appoints three-man tribunal
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday unveiled a three-man tribunal that will hear doping charges against fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, possibly as early as this week.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak legends head to Toronto
A Pakistan legends side will play their Indian counterparts at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on March 3 next year.
 arrow Football: Real to appeal Ronaldo red card
Spanish giants Real Madrid are to appeal star striker Ronaldo's red card in Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Getafe the club announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Follow rugby example: Henry
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry believes soccer should follow rugby's example and encourage better communication between referees and players.
 arrow Football: Italy threaten Brazil lead
World Cup winners Italy are hot on the heels of Brazil in the FIFA world rankings, surging three places up into second position.
 arrow Football: Arsenal caught cold in Moscow
Arsene Wenger's winless record in Moscow continued here on Tuesday as CSKA Moscow beat Arsenal 1-0 in their Champions League Group G clash.
 arrow Football: Brits look for lift
British footballing giants Newcastle, Spurs and Rangers have had difficult starts to the season but on Thursday will be looking to gain a timely boost as the UEFA Cup group stage gets under way.
 arrow Football: Porto thrash Hamburg
FC Porto reignited their hopes of making the knockout stage of the Champions League with a convincing 4-1 group G win over struggling German side SV Hamburg.
 arrow Football: French duo impress
French duo Lyon and Lille rattled in the goals in Tuesday's Champions League action as the former enjoyed a 3-0 cruise over hapless Dynamo Kiev and Lille gave themselves a great chance of progressingto
 arrow Football: WC preparation on track
Organisers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa denied Wednesday that preparations were behind schedule, insisting they had made more progress than previous hosts Germany at a similar stage.
 arrow Football: Elber set to hang up boots
Former Brazilian international striker Giovane Elber, currently playing with Cruzeiro de Belo Horizonte, will retire at the end of December because of chronic pain in his right ankle.
 arrow Football: Wicky out for a month
SV Hamburg manager received another bad piece of news on Wednesday with Swiss midfielder Raphael Wicky ruled out for up to a month with a calf injury.
 arrow Football: Dudek facing ban
Liverpool are facing a potential goalkeeping crisis after the Football Association on Wednesday levelled a charge against Jerzy Dudek which could see the Polish keeper suspended for five matches.
 arrow Football: Villarreal sign Fernandez
Chile international midfielder Matias Fernandez will join up with Villarreal in January from Colo Colo, the Spanish first division side said Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt control a threat to press freedom
In the absence of a media policy, the present government had allowed the ministers and lawmakers of its own party to have satellite television channels, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Lack of monitoring, accountability behind violation of health rights
Health service consumers' rights are violated in the country mainly for the indifferent attitude of the government and lack of proper monitoring system and accountability of the health service providers,
 arrow Three to die, four get life
Rajshahi divisional speedy trial tribunal yesterday sentenced three people to death and four others to life imprisonment for the murder of Rajshahi district BNP vice-president Abdul Hamid alias Moru Hamid.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Journalists at a rally demanded immediate arrest of the absconding terrorists involved in the attack on eight journalists including Bhorer Kagoj Bureau Chief Omar Kaiser on October 15.
 arrow Mobile court fines 8 visitors to Secretariat
A mobile court led by Magistrate Sarder Keramat fined eight people Tk 4,000 yesterday for entering the Secretariat without valid pass.
 arrow Indian smuggler shot dead in Hili
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) gunned down an Indian smuggler in the Hili bordering areas under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district yesterday, according to BDR and local sources.
 arrow List of fugitives almost done
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar at a meeting yesterday instructed the law enforcement agencies to ensure that law and order does not deteriorate during the period of caretaker government.
 arrow DU teacher gets death threat
Prof Dr Harun-or-Rashid, dean of social science faculty of Dhaka University (DU), has received a letter with death threat.
 arrow 'Repression on minorities on the rise'
Repression on minorities has increased in recent months ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow NDI launches website for Study Circle programme
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs has launched an innovative website for its Study Circle programme --www.studycirclebangladesh.info or www.studycirclebd.info.
 arrow Comilla varsity, PUST urge UGC to declare its decision about them soon
Following media reports that affiliations of the University of Comilla and Pundra University of Science and Technology (PUST) are going to be cancelled soon over the allegation of non-compliance withthe
 arrow Ahsania Mission gets Dr Ibrahim Gold Medal
Dhaka Ahsania Mission, a voluntary organisation, yesterday received 'Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal - 2006' for its outstanding contribution to healthcare and social work.
 arrow 3 die in Comilla road accident
At least three people were killed and 35 others injured in a road accident at Harikhola area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway under Chandina upazila yesterday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Jahurul Islam today
Today is the 11th death anniversary of Alhaj Jahurul Islam, founder-chairman of Islam Group, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Siddique new PIB DG
Dr Abdul Hye Siddique took over as director general of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) yesterday, said a PIB press release.
Nationalarrow Baghabari fuel depots run out of supplies
Diesel price has increased by Tk 2 to Tk 3 per litre in Sirajganj and adjoining districts due to short supply as depots of three oil companies in Baghabari can not be replenished.
 arrow Jaldhaka BNP leader, 6 aides get life for abduction, rape
A BNP leader and six others were sentenced to life term imprisonment by a special tribunal here yesterday in a sensational abduction and rape case.
 arrow Tangail municipality withdraws fresh taxes in face of protest
Tangail municipal authorities yesterday withdrew the increased municipal taxes in the face of protests by townspeople.
 arrow Huge rally demanding electoral reforms
The Sammilito Nagorik Andolon (SNA), a citizens' body in Rajshahi city, yesterday brought out a huge procession and held a rally demanding electoral reforms and resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Group of 53 and the power of swing
Kamran Chowdhury's article (DS October 6) on election 2007 inspired credulity in the incredible.
 arrow Young Turks on the dark side of the moon
"I'm not actually from India, you know," said Samad.
Poppy Burt-Jones looked surprised and disappointed. "You're not?"
"No. I'm from Bangladesh."
"Previously Pakistan.

 arrow Solving the RMG wage problem
The biggest problem in our ready-made garments industry at this time is the minimum wage issue.
 arrow Will voters pull the trigger?
Let me begin by quoting at length from Washington Post op-ed columnist David Broder's October 12 column:
"A fundamental and welcome change in the political environment is possible -- but only ifthe

Culturearrow Mixing memories with apprehension
Knock, knock, knock' is a thought-provoking exhibition of prints at the Zoom Gallery of Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Eight aspiring singers make it to next round
Close Up 1 Tomakeyee Khujchey Bangladesh, a popular television show on ntv, seeks to promote the gifted singers of the country.
 arrow "I'll try out my 'magic recipes' on unsuspecting visitors"-- Shimu
Sumaiya Shimu is one of the frontrunners among the women of this generation on TV. Her roles in several TV serials, single episode plays and telefilms have won plaudits.
Generalarrow Ctg mayor threatens indefinite hartal
City Mayor and Coordinator of Chittagong Divisional 14-party opposition combine ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury at a rally here threatened to enforce indefinite hartal in the port city from October 28 if theruling
 arrow Two child traffickers gets 30 yrs
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two child traffickers to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping a baby boy from Karail slum in Gulshan in November last year.
 arrow Addict sent to jail after his confession
A drug-addict youth arrested on charge of murdering his elderly uncle and aunt at Sabujbagh in the city on Tuesday has confessed to a magistrate that he killed them for not giving him money to buy a cell
 arrow Robbers kill one in Comilla
Robbers killed a man and looted valuables worth over Tk 2 lakh from his house at Khalilpur village in Debidwar upazila on Tuesday midnight.
Internationalarrow Nepal Maoists to keep guns until monarchy abolished
Nepal's Maoist rebels are determined to see the back of the monarchy and are unlikely to give up their weapons until the king has gone for good, the Maoist second-in-command has told AFP.
 arrow Pakistan to hang Briton during royal couple's visit
Pakistan is due to hang a British national on November 1, coinciding with a planned visit by Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Freed Islamist says Pak govt can't gag him
The former head of Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmiri militant group pledged to keep "spreading the message of Allah" after he was freed from detention, his spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow US ready to offer Japan 'full range' of deterrence
The United States is ready to offer the "full range" of its security commitments to Japan in light of the threat from North Korea, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here yesterday "The UShas
 arrow Andromeda had collided with another galaxy
A two-decade-long riddle about the bizarre shape of the Milky Way's nearest spiral-shaped galaxy, Andromeda, has been solved, says a study to be published today in Nature, the weekly British science journal.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Yunus clarifies his position
On the eve of his departure for Korea to receive the Seoul Peace Prize, Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus while replying to questions put to him by newsmen at the airport revealed his mind on certain
 arrow Editorial: Homebound people
The homebound people are facing all sorts of difficulty in collecting bus, train or launch tickets before the forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow About face in Iraq?
Is a change of the US strategy vis-a-vis Iraq in the offing? Are we likely to see the beginning of the end of the presence of coalition forces in Iraq soon? It would seem so.
 arrow In the line of fire
Senator Tariq Azeem has the credentials and the integrity to do a much better job for the government of Pakistan (GOP) than the likes of Muhammad Ali Durrani.
 arrow A great social thinker and reformer
I always believed that Dr Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank, would one day win the Nobel Peace Prize for his unique social institution that has shaped the lives of many poor people, notonly
Letters to Editorarrow Will dialogue produce any results?
When the people of Bangladesh are wriggling under the pressures of incredible power shortage and price hike of essentials, the secretaries general of the two major parties, Abdul Jalil and Mannan Bhuiyan,
 arrow Biman-a lost case?
There have been many criticisms of Biman and suggestions to shut it down on grounds of unreliability of service, professional incompetence, technical incompetence, over-manning, corruption etc but Ihave
 arrow Twin victories!
Apart from winning the cricket match with Zimbabwe in the field of sports, Bangladesh has won the coveted Nobel Prize on Friday for Peace when Dr.
 arrow Trading life for lifestyle!
Recently, there was a long front-page story in New York Times about the diabetes epidemic in the Indian City of Chennai.
 arrow Tareq Zia
BNP senior joint secretary general in a congregation admitted that some segment of the alliance top-notch indulged in corruption. If the BNP is voted to power again they will uproot corruption.
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