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Front Pagearrow BNP ready to take control of streets
The ruling BNP will finalise its decision on Justice K M Hasan's taking over as chief of the next caretaker government after Prime Minister and party chief Khaleda Zia returns from Saudi Arabia today,
 arrow US calls for free, credible elections in Bangladesh
The United States on Thursday called for free and credible elections in Bangladesh as a deadlock between the government and the opposition parties over electoral reforms threatened to jeopardise January's
 arrow Illegal centres selling unscreened blood
The number of illegal blood banks has shot up in Dhaka and other parts of the country which sell unscreened blood to people putting the recipients of the blood at the risk of getting life threateningdiseases.
 arrow 200,000 sticks, oars ready for AL
The 14-party opposition combine is making around 200,000 sticks, oars and poles in the capital to build up resistance and paralyse the city in case the government hands over power to "BNP-partisan" Justice
 arrow Thousands pour out of Dhaka for journey home
The rush of people heading home from the capital for the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday began yesterday leaving the city relatively less crowded.
 arrow Yunus slams all nuclear nations
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus yesterday condemned North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, along with other nuclear-armed states, and urged the world to raise its voice against the weapons.
 arrow Jumatul Wida, Lailatul Qadr observed
Muslims across the country yesterday observed the holy Jumatul Wida, the last Juma of Ramadan, and Lailatul Qadr with religious fervour.
 arrow Hiccupping Zia fertiliser plant causes huge loss
Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) at Ashuganj remained inoperative for 62 days in different phases from July 10 to October 18, resulting in the production loss of at least 93,000 tonnes of urea.
 arrow WB okays $40m railway loans
The World Bank has approved a $ 40 million credit to support the government's programme to modernise and reform the country's railway sector.
 arrow Shifting

 arrow Power gets costlier from Jan
The four-party alliance government increased the power tariffs, of all types of power consumptions including residential, industrial and agricultural, to be effective from January 1.
 arrow Shop owner gunned down in city
A customer gunned down a tyre-store owner and injured another person at Shyamoli in the city last evening following a feud between the two over the payment of a radial.
 arrow Two outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Two underground operatives were killed during 'shootouts' between their accomplices and the law enforcers in Chuadanga and Pabna yesterday They were identified as Tariqul Islam, 40, a regional leader
 arrow 3 Bangladeshis die in road crash in KSA
Five people, including three Bangladeshis, died and 40 others were injured in a road accident near Ava on their way to Makkah to perform Umrah yesterday.
 arrow Tremor jolts Chittagong
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted the port city and its adjoining areas on Thursday night, said a Met office bulletin. The quake occurred at 23.35.
 arrow UN drafts sanction resolution on Iran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday lashed out at the UN Security Council for lacking legitimacy as the world body worked on a draft resolution to impose sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow Sri Lanka stay alive
Opener Upul Tharanga led Sri Lanka to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in their Champions Trophy Group B match here on Friday.
 arrow N Korean leader regrets nuke test, wants talks
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign
 arrow Street agitation

 arrow Sri Lanka says 20 rebels die in sea battle
The Sri Lankan navy killed at least 20 Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday in an ongoing sea battle in the northern Jaffna region, a navy spokesman said. "There is a sea battle. We managed to destroy twoboats.
 arrow Anger as new 9/11remains found
Human remains - some as large as arm or leg bones - have been found at the site of the 11 September attacks in New York, AP news agency has reported.
 arrow Greenland ice sheet shrinking fast: NASA
The vast sheet of ice that covers Greenland is shrinking fast, but still not as fast as previous research indicated, NASA scientists said on Thursday.
 arrow Americans see reasons to vote against Republicans
President George W Bush won re-election in 2004 cast as a strong wartime leader, but in this year's congressional races his handling of the Iraq war has given many voters a reason to vote against Republicans.
 arrow Rice presses China on HR rights record
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday pressed China on its human rights record, but Beijing countered it had its own problems with the United States.
Businessarrow Current account balance surplus rises on growth in remittance
The current account balance surplus increased in the first two months -- July and August -- of this fiscal year (2006-07) mainly due to growth in remittance.
 arrow India mulls free market access for all LDCs
India plans to offer phased duty-free and quota-free (DFQF) market access to all least developed countries (LDCs) from the next year in a bid to woo their support in multilateral trade negotiations.
 arrow India aims high at 10pc growth in 2007-2011
India, the world's second-fastest growing major economy after China, set an ambitious target of attaining 10 percent annual growth within the next five years.
 arrow Dollar near two-week lows after data
The dollar was mixed in Asian trade Friday, remaining close to two-week lows against the euro and yen following disappointing US manufacturing data, dealers said. The dollar edged up to 118.
 arrow China economy starts to slow as cooling measures take hold
China's economy expanded at a slower pace with growth of 10.4 percent in the third quarter as extensive efforts to apply the brakes showed signs of working, official data showed Thursday.
 arrow Tata Steel takes Corus Group in giant leap for corporate India
Indian group Tata Steel won the hand of Anglo-Dutch company Corus on Friday in a proposed 6.
 arrow Britain to cut low-skilled worker visa schemes
Britain will cut two work permit programmes for low-skilled workers from outside Europe within a year, effectively eliminating about 18,000 visas, The Independent reported on Friday.
 arrow Nestle sales up 9pc in 9 months
The Swiss food group Nestle said Thursday that sales for the first nine months rose by 9.1 percent to 72.2 billion francs (45.4 billion euros, 56.9 billion dollars), from 66.
 arrow Oil prices jump in Asia as Opec cuts production
Oil prices jumped in Asian trade Friday after the Opec cartel decided to reduce output by a more-than-expected 1.2 million barrels per day, dealers said.
 arrow Citigroup, Bank of America profits rise
The nation's largest banks, Citigroup Inc and Bank of America Corp. , on Thursday posted higher third-quarter profits, helped by growth in credit cards and other consumer businesses.
 arrow Ericsson profits climb in Q3
Ericsson, the world's largest supplier of mobile telecommunication networks, reported Thursday a 17 percent rise in third quarter net profit amid strong growth in all sectors, but earnings were lowerthan
 arrow Google profit nearly doubles
Google Inc on Thursday said quarterly profit nearly doubled and revenue rose 70 percent, fueled by growth on company-owned Web sites and overseas, as the Internet search leader tightened its grip over
 arrow Sri Lanka tightens import rules to save rupee
Sri Lanka announced on Friday new restrictions on imports in a bid to halt the fall of its currency and stem an outflow of foreign exchange amid spiralling ethnic violence in the island nation.
 arrow CEO of IDLC Securities
Kh Asadul Islam Ripon has joined IDLC Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Limited, as chief executive officer, says a press release.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose marginally against Bangladeshi taka.
Overnight money market was steady throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ready to die for it
The crucial match in the ICC Champions Trophy between Australia and England has coincided with India's biggest festival Diwali.
 arrow AL promises a lively sporting arena
Awami League leaders yesterday accused the present government of neglecting the sports sector during their five-year tenure.
 arrow Cricket: Doping tribunal starts today
Suspended Pakistan bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif may attend a doping tribunal on Saturday after testing positive for steroids, a cricket board official said.
 arrow Cricket: Playing on a gluepot
Glue was sprayed on to the controversial Brabourne Stadium pitch after it was condemned by South African skipper Graeme Smith following his team's Champions Trophy defeat to New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
There was no rush for tickets right at the moment for the ICC Champions Trophy matches as it seemed that all roads led to the cinema halls in the city on the eve of Diwali.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie sorry for shirt antic
England captain Andrew Flintoff on Friday described his bare-chested shirt-waving episode on his team's 2002 tour of India as "ten seconds of madness".
 arrow Hockey: 2nd win for Sonali Bank
Sonali Bank thrashed Sadharan Bima 6-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday for their second win in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League.
 arrow Cricket: Freak injury for Pathan
Irfan Pathan, who suffered a minor cut in his right hand, is all right and would be available for India's next outing in the ICC Champions Trophy. "He had a minor cut in the forearm of his righthand.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo equals Ranatunga
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming on Friday equalled former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga's record of leading in most number of One Day Internationals.
 arrow Football: Red rules the roost
Emotion and passion are never in short supply when Manchester United host arch-rivals Liverpool but expect United defender Gary Neville to keep his feelings in check on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Safe sailing for Brits
Newcastle, Tottenham, Blackburn and Glasgow Rangers made it a British night to remember when all four sides triumphed in their opening UEFA Cup group matches.
 arrow Football: Clash of the titans
Nothing hurts Real Madrid more than having to live in the shadow of arch-rivals Barcelona and a victory in this Sunday's 'clasico' at the Bernabeu would go a long way to healing the wounds from the last
 arrow Football: Blues bidding for Buffon
English champions Chelsea are set to make an audacious bid to bring Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
 arrow Football: Bernabeu to follow Alonso
Real Madrid fans will not have to miss Fernando Alonso's attempt to retain his world title in the Brazilian Grand Prix, as the club will show the race live in the stadium before taking on arch-rivalsBarcelona
 arrow Football: Peru suspend Pizarro
Peru suspended striker Claudio Pizarro indefinitely on Thursday saying he had broken soccer federation rules by failing to play in a friendly against Chile this month.
 arrow Football: Moratti to be reinstated
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti is to return to his role as president of the club, replacing the late Giacinto Facchetti.
 arrow Tennis: Amelie out injured
Top seed and world number one Amelie Mauresmo pulled out of the Zurich Open with a shoulder injury on Thursday, and now faces a race against time to be ready to defend her title when the WTA Championships
 arrow Cricket: Azhar ban almost gone
Mohammad Azharuddin's life ban could be on the verge of being overturned despite widespread concern at the message this would send out.
 arrow Cricket: Azzu case buoys Malik
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salim Malik said India's decision to pardon disgraced star Mohammad Azharuddin has raised his hopes of overturning his own life ban for match-fixing.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Nadal surge ahead
Roger Federer's belief in his own accuracy paid dividends on a pair of late instant replay challenges as the sharp-eyed world number one swept into the Madrid Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.
 arrow Massa pledges fairplay
Felipe Massa said on Thursday that he will not stoop to using any under-hand tactics in a bid to help Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher win Sunday's Brazilian Grand and clinch an unprecedented eighth
 arrow Cricket: Vengsarkar calls for stability
Consistent performance and merit would be key factors for the selection of Indian squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa and the World Cup, Chairman of BCCI's national selection committee Dilip
 arrow Cricket: PCB didn't provide drug list
The Pakistan Cricket Board had not made available the list of banned drugs to the players before conducting the dope tests, a media report said on Friday. "The PCB did not provide any list to players.
 arrow Cricket: PCB unsure about visas
The Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to hear from the Indian Government on the issue of cricket visas for fans wanting to watch their team's two Champions Trophy matches in Mohali, Punjab, next week.
 arrow Cricket: Urn open for show
The Ashes urn, one of the world's most coveted sporting trophies, has gone on display in Sydney at the start of a 14-week tour of Australia.
 arrow Football: Chelsea win inspires Cannavaro
Real Madrid's Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro said his side should try and emulate Chelsea when they take on unbeaten Primera Liga leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona in the Bernabeu on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'El Chino' boost for Inter
The return of enigmatic striker Alvaro Recoba after a six-month absence has been warmly welcomed by Serie A leaders Inter Milan ahead of their match at Udinese on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bremen out to topple Bayern
The two biggest teams in German football come head to head on Saturday when Werder Bremen host reigning champions Bayern Munich at the Weserstadion.
 arrow Football: Lyon on mission Marseilles
Five-time French champions Lyon return from their impressive midweek Champions League showing for a highly-charged French first division clash against league rivals Marseille on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Big red derby biggest of all'
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has described the Red Devils' meetings with northwest rivals Liverpool as the most intense derby in world football.
 arrow Football: Moyes puts faith in Cahill
Everton boss David Moyes believes even an exhausted Tim Cahill will have a major role to play for the Merseysiders this season.
 arrow Football: Cisse back in training
Djibril Cisse was back in light training Friday for the first time since surgery on a broken right knee suffered in a World Cup warm-up match for France in June.
Metropolitanarrow Only a little endeavour can help visually impaired newborns see
Only a little endeavour can help a good number of visually impaired newborn babies see their parents.
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
At least six people, including two schoolgirls, were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla, Netrakona, Goalanda, Sirajganj and Rajbari yesterday.
 arrow Free, fair polls a must for good governance
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said violation of human rights would not stop without a true democratic government in the country.
 arrow Hasan urged not to become CA
Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad yesterday called on Justice KM Hasan not to agree to become the chief adviser of the next caretaker government.
 arrow Station to monitor air quality in Ctg
Operation of the newly installed Continuous Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAMS) was launched here yesterday to bring the Ambient Air Quality of the port city under continuous monitoring.
 arrow Two robbers beaten to death in Tangail
Two robbers died in a mob beating at Sadar upazila in Tangail district on Thursday night.
 arrow Housewife stabbed to death in Ctg
A housewife was stabbed to death at Chandanaish upazila in the district here in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Save lives of Nasrin Akhtar, Nurun Nahar
A father has sought financial assistance from affluent people for the treatment of his two daughters suffering from thalassaemia.
 arrow Container vessel hits cargo silo jetty at Ctg port
A container vessel hit the cargo silo jetty damaging a dolphin and a portion of its pontoon while leaving Chittagong port here yesterday.
 arrow Robbery in city house
A gang of robbers claiming themselves as students looted valuables worth Tk 1.6 lakh from a school teacher's house at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Lightning kills one in Netrakona
One person was killed and another injured when a lightning struck them while they were working in a field at Kirsnapur village in Khaliajuri at about 7:00am yesterday.
 arrow More donation to cancer hospital
Garment manufacturer and exporter Md Rafiqul Islam from Narayanganj made a donation of Tk 10 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) Fund on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Mother, son succumb to burn injuries
A mother and her son succumbed to their injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. Asia Begum, 50, died in the early hours while Shaheb Ali, 35, died at 7:00am.
Nationalarrow Ticket for Amini may be costly for BNP in B'baria
Discontent is brewing in BNP rank and file in Brahmanbaria-1 and Brahmanbaria-2 constituencies over possibility of alliance ticket for Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini from thearea.
 arrow RU brought to its knees in 5 yrs
Progotishil Sikhkhak Samaj (PSS), a pro-liberation teachers' body in Rajshahi University, yesterday published a 'white paper' on alleged corruption and irregularities by the university authorities during
 arrow BNP feud takes a new turn in Magura
Internal feud in Magura BNP has taken a new turn as lawmaker from Magura-2 constituency and convene of Magura district BNP Quazi Salemul Haq Kamal has filed a defamation suit against former minister and
 arrow 2 'robbers' lynched in Tangail
Two armed robbers were lynched by a mob at Gramjoka Biljoka village in Mogra union in Sadar upazila Thursday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Upholding the majesty of judiciary and all that
At a time when the performance of the corrective and regulatory institutions of Bangladeshi society are less than satisfactory owing to a host of politico-historical factors, it is indeed sad to see highly
 arrow Let not the dialogue fail
There are times when some event is so enormous in terms of the attention it demands that everything else pales in comparison.
 arrow Infrastructure financing with local resources
Poor infrastructure amenities retard economic growth and plunge any country into a vicious cycle of underdevelopment.
 arrow Just a little more care
Just a little care, a little more care
They do not like any more beguiling snare.

 arrow Dipawali
The Indian civilization is an unending procession of festivals. Dipawali or Diwali, one of the biggest and grandest natural festival of Hindus, is celebrated in the month of Kartika (October-November).
Culturearrow A family of artistes: Sujit, Munmun and Aporajita
Singer Sujit Mustafa, Kathak dancers Munmun Ahmed and Aporajita Mustafa are a close-knit family with a passion for their chosen art form.
 arrow Sweets: A must have on Eid
Sweets occupy an important place in the diet of Bengalis and at their social ceremonies.
 arrow Feature film 'Kittonkhola' on ATN Bangla
National award winning feature film Kittonkhola directed by Abu Sayeed will be telecast on the day before Eid at 12:15pm on ATN Bangla.
 arrow List of 'Seven Wonders' to change
Only one of the ancient wonders of the world still survives -- now history lovers are being invited to choose a new list of seven.
Generalarrow 400-year old temple left in ruins
Mathurapur Deul, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, has lost most of its captivating artistic design due to lack of neglect and preservation.
Internationalarrow Six die as Pak blast hits Eid shoppers
A bomb blast ripped through a crowd of shoppers buying gifts for a Muslim festival in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar yesterday, killing at least six people, officials said.
 arrow Violence on in Lanka as envoys push for talks
Sporadic violence continued in Sri Lanka with troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanging artillery and mortar fire, the army said on Friday, as peace envoys pushed both sides to stick the course for planned
 arrow Ex-Pak leaders call for free, fair election
Former Pakistani prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif called on Thursday for free and fair elections that would end their exile.
 arrow UN urges Nepal govt, rebels to uphold HR
The United Nations' human rights body has urged Nepal's multi-party government and Maoist rebels to live up to their commitments to protect human rights.
 arrow 'Iraqi govt hiding true casualty figures'
The Iraqi government has told medical authorities not to reveal to the United Nations the true extent of civilian casualties in the country's conflict, French newspaper Le Monde said yesterday.
 arrow Gunmen open fire on Hamas PM's convoy
Gunmen opened fire on Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya's convoy in southern Gaza yesterday, but his car was not hit and the head of the Hamas-led government was not hurt, witnesses said.
 arrow US troops to remain in Iraq until 'terrorists' defeated: Bush
President George W Bush insisted Thursday that US troops would not pull out of Iraq before "the terrorists are defeated," a day after acknowledging a possible parallel between violence there and the Tet
 arrow Taliban kill 8 Afghans working for US military base
Taliban rebels shot dead eight men employed at a US base in eastern Afghanistan while a suicide bomber threw himself at an Afghan army convoy Friday and killed a soldier, officials said.
 arrow Tamils return to work
Minority Tamils said they hope to go back to work yesterday after being forced to seek refuge in Hindu temples during two days of looting following a Tamil Tiger attack on Sri Lanka's port city of Galle.
 arrow UN commander in Lebanon for use of force to stop Israel
The commander of UN troops in Lebanon on Thursday suggested that the rules of engagement for his forces might have to be changed to allow future use of force to stop continuing Israeli air violationsof
 arrow Powerful bomb recovered from Assam rail track
Paramilitary troops in India's northeastern state of Assam spotted a powerful bomb planted on a track minutes before a passenger train was to pass, a railway official said Friday.
 arrow Sudanese army declares UN envoy unwanted
The Sudanese military declared UN special envoy Jan Pronk persona non grata yesterday, accusing him of "waging war against the armed forces," in the latest escalation in a war of words between Khartoum
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sorry tale of DMCH
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has become a gold mine for the hordes of bribe-seekers.
 arrow Editorial: Loan default issue
A recent report of the Bangladesh Bank has revealed that of the 20 top bank loan defaulters, 85 percent were different government entities, the rest being in the private sector.
 arrow North Korea: Seeking symbolical security
One feature about North Korea is absolute. Nothing is certain about that country -- the last frontier of the Cold War.
 arrow Bangla example, South Asian response
Ido not know if the meek will inherit the earth, as the biblical saying goes. But whenever anyone among them gets the recognition, I feel inspired, more so when the person happens to be from the region.
 arrow Live and let live
The news was like this -- "Wameek Ahmed, a meritorious architect, who is severely affected by kidney damage is still willing to producing his long cherished model plan of an ideal village of Bangladesh.
StarTecharrow Local firm brings in interactive learning tools for kids
Research shows only 13 percent people can keep the entire content of a speech in their memory by listening to it. The rest 87 percent can keep more or less half the speech.
 arrow Microsoft releases long-awaited Explorer 7
Microsoft Corp. released Internet Explorer 7 on Wednesday, the first major upgrade to its Web browser since 2001 with new features aimed at preventing online fraud and improving ease of use.
 arrow ASUS LCD monitor with built-in webcam unveiled
Global Brand Pvt. Ltd, local distributor of ASUS, recently launched the ASUS PW201 LCD monitor in local market, says a press release.
 arrow Mylo

Literaturearrow Before The Monsoons Come (Part I of III)
In the heat of the summer afternoon, even the pie dogs have slunk away to find shade.
 arrow The 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature: Orhan Pamuk
"After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the world almost forgot that Istanbul existed.
 arrow The 2006 Man Booker Prize: Kiran Desai
According to newspaper accounts Kiran Desai's mother Anita Desai (herself short-listed thrice for the Booker) was in Dehra Dun when she was shaken awake at 5:00 in the morning.
 arrow Fragmented history
Politics does more than leave countries divided. It cuts through the souls of individuals and societies. You can call these divisions Bantustans, which Kamleshwar does not.
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