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Front Pagearrow Judiciary separation gets 15th deadline
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday granted the government another four months in the latest in a series of extensions since 1999 for implementation of a 12-point directive on separation
 arrow Bogra ammo haul probe fizzles out
The CID investigators could not trace the masterminds behind the biggest ever ammunition and explosives hauls in Bogra in what police said were half-hearted probes that recall fizzled-out investigations
 arrow Pneumonia death toll rises to 357
Pneumonia death toll rose to 357 yesterday with 161 deaths in the last one week as the viral infection is spreading across the country, unofficial reports said.
 arrow JS passes 2 days sans opposition
None of the opposition political parties attended the 10th session of the Jatiya Sangsad in the last two days rendering business in the House dull and lifeless.
 arrow BNP liberals fear axe like B Chy
Liberals within the BNP known to have been closely associated with AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury before his fall from grace and subsequent resignation as the republic's president are reportedly passing anxious
 arrow 216 judges' posts vacant
Two hundred and sixteen judge's posts are vacant in the country, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Blair close ranks against anti-war anger
US President George W Bush yesterday left for London to mount a defiant show of solidarity with Prime Minister Tony Blair over the war in Iraq that has polarised world opinion.
 arrow Dhaka to seek 30pc EC quota for sugar, rice
Bangladesh will seek 30 percent quota facility for sugar and rice at the joint commission meeting with the European Commission (EC) beginning today in Brussels.
 arrow VoIP vendors to face tough time as BTTB lowers int'l call rates
Once they get licence, internet telephony operators will be in for stiff competition from Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), as the state-run fixed phone service provider has decided toslash
 arrow Last-minute deals

 arrow Scramble to book launch ticket on
Advance booking of cabins of most luxury launches seems to have been completed though some south-bound passengers were still buying cabin tickets paying extra charges.
 arrow 12,000 species endangered
Another 2,000 species have been added to the annual Red List of the world's most endangered animals and plants.
 arrow Govt, opposition must cooperate to institutionalise democracy
A visiting senior US official yesterday urged the ruling and opposition political parties to work together to give democracy an institutional shape.
 arrow JP (Ershad) may return to JS today
The opposition Jatiya Party (Ershad) is likely to return to the House today responding to government assurance that their demands would be met.
 arrow Businessman held for accusing Saifur's son of demanding bribe
Businessman Nuruzzaman, who accused the eldest son of Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman of demanding bribe from him, was arrested from his residence yesterday.
 arrow Harvey inspires Australia to win TVS Cup
Medium-pacer Ian Harvey took four wickets in eight deliveries without conceding a run and Damien Martyn hit a half-century to lead world champions Australia to a 37-run victory over India in their triangular
 arrow DGFI DD, his assistant charged with rape attempt
An attempted rape case was filed against a deputy director (DD) in-charge of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and his office assistant with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate,
 arrow Judgement on Sergeant Ahad murder today
A court in Dhaka delivers judgement in the sensational Sergeant Abdul Ahad murder case today.
 arrow 35 secretaries appointed on contract basis
The government has so far appointed 35 secretaries out of 55 in the civil administration on contract basis since November 2001.
 arrow Clarification
 arrow Tender on subway feasibility study next month
International tender will be floated next month for feasibility study on underground metro railway in the capital city, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday.
 arrow Daylong hartal called on December 13
The 11 left-leaning parties yesterday called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on December 13 to protest the governance failure of the ruling coalition.
 arrow 50 lakh female students get stipends
A total of 50 lakh female students up to higher secondary level are getting government stipends across the country.

Education Minister Dr Osman Farooq revealed the statistics at the parliament yesterday.

 arrow Amendments to Bar Council Order challenged in High Court
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to show cause in three weeks why the amendments to the Bar Council Order should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Military attaché of US Embassy sees seized M-16 for himself
The military attaché of the US Embassy in Dhaka visited the arsenal at Boyra Police Lines in Khulna Monday to see M-16 rifles seized at the outer anchorage of Mongla Port on November 6.
 arrow Robbers go on rampage in four villages
Making a mockery of the ongoing operation by the joint forces in the district, armed robbers looted houses and shops, raped three women and shot eight people Monday night and the night before in Dumuria
Businessarrow Investors keep faith in banks
Although there is no sign of recovery of the dull capital market, initial public offerings (IPOs) of private commercial banks are witnessing huge over-subscription reflecting investors' firm confidence
 arrow DITF 2004 expects more participants
The 10th version of Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) to be held next year will attract more participants than the previous year, organisers hope as they are getting good response from business firms
 arrow Internal buyers active at Ctg tea sale
The weekly tea sale held here yesterday was the last in the month of Ramadan where internal buyers were the mainstay of the market particularly the blenders whilst there was fair enquiry from Pakistan.
 arrow US to help expand port facilities
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Jr has said his country is interested to help expand port facilities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Move to ensure safer working condition in ship-breaking yards
The government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement involving US$ 1.29 million for a project to ensure safer working environment in ship-breaking yards.
 arrow Dollar continues easing against taka
The US dollar yesterday eased further against the Bangladesh taka thanks to higher remittance inflow on the occasion of Eid festival when the dollar was under pressure against major currencies, dealers
 arrow Bank holiday Sunday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Sunday on account of Shab-e-Qadr, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Seventeen bids of 1-Day tenor amounting to Tk 942.

 arrow Fish export bags Tk 1,941cr in FY03
Bangladesh earned over Tk 1,941 crore in fiscal 2002-03 by exporting fishes to different countries, parliament was informed yesterday.
 arrow Demand for call money strong
The demand for call money was strong yesterday as some private banks faced pressure on their liquidity, fund managers said.

The rate touched to its inter-high high at 10.

 arrow ABC Real Estates clients to get faster services from DBH
Clients of ABC Real Estates Ltd, a property developer, will receive faster customer services in getting up to 70 per cent housing loans of their apartment prices from Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation
 arrow New MD of UAE-Bangladesh Investment Co
SM Akbar has joined UAE- Bangladesh Investment Company Limited (Ubico) as managing director.
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom, Channel-i sign agreement
Fantasy Kingdom, a theme park located on the outskirts of Dhaka, and Channel-i, a television channel, will jointly carry out various promotional programmes.
 arrow IFIC Bank, Placid sign deal on remittance
IFIC Bank Limited and Placid NK Corporation, USA have signed an agreement on remittance.
 arrow Premier Bank holds Shariah Council meet
Premier Bank Limited held a meeting of the bank's Islami Shariah Council in Dhaka on Monday.

Shah Abdul Hannah, chairman of the council, presided over the meeting, says a press release.

 arrow Britain, US pledge to reduce transatlantic trade barriers
Britain and the United States have agreed to launch a review of how to boost transatlantic trade by tearing down barriers, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announced Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Familiar foes in final
Muktijoddha Sang-sad Krira Chakra set up a final clash against defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club when they ended the dream run of Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra in the Tibet 19th Federation Cup
 arrow Cricket: A genuine concern
After being whitewashed against England in the home series the general consensus was that our cricketers lacked the technique and temperament to cope with demands of international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s make 232
Bangladesh under-19 team got off to a good start in a two-day match against visiting Asian Cricket Council (ACC) under-19 selection at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England embarrassed
Sri Lanka dismissed England for their second-lowest total of 88 to win the first one-day international by 10 wickets here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia contained
India restricted world champions Australia to 235-5 from 50 overs despite dropping five catches in the tri-series TVS Cup one-day final at the overflowing Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hospitality comes first?
Preparing good grounds for the upcoming National Cricket League is not the organisers' priority, they rather wish to spend more on the players and officials' accommodation.
 arrow Hockey: Div II hockey
Uttara Hockey Club blanked Dilkusha Sporting Club 3-0 in the Green Delta Insurance Second Division League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The winners led the first half1-0.

 arrow Football: Uruguay plot a shock
Uruguay, who have made a habit of upsetting their powerful neighbours Brazil, are confident they can pull off another shock in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Cricket: PCB issues new schedule
Pakistan on Tuesday announced a revised itinerary for the New Zealand cricket tour after postponing the series by one week in the wake of threats of violence.
 arrow Football: Judgement night
Wales will be seeking to end a 45-year wait when they bid for a place in next year's Euro 2004 finals on Wednesday while Scotland must cling on to their lead against the under-performing superstars of
Politicalarrow AL demands deletion of remarks on Hasina
The Awami League (AL) yesterday conveyed its protest to the speaker and demanded expunction of derogatory remarks on Leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina and AL general secretary by a BNP lawmaker on Monday.
 arrow BNP MP laments police excesses on molasses traders
A lawmaker of the ruling alliance's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and former minister expressed resentment in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday at police excesses.
 arrow BNP MP denies contact with B Chy's 'third force'
Abdul Hye, a ruling BNP lawmaker and chairman of parliamentary standing committee on social welfare ministry, yesterday denied a press report that hinted he might have been maintaining contact with former
 arrow AL slates 'propaganda' against Hasina
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday protested 'propaganda' against its President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina by the ruling BNP.
 arrow Charges pressed against Nasim, 19 others in murder case
Charges were pressed yesterday against former home minister Mohammad Nasim and 19 others in Advocate Shaikh Shahidullah Bachu muder case.
 arrow BCL man shot dead in Ctg
Armed youths shot dead a former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader at Guadandi in Patiya yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow More protective measures needed to combat AIDS
Bangladesh will have to take more protective measures to combat HIV/ AIDS due to its geographical location, said the participants at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 'Timely steps taken against Indian river-linking project'
The government had taken appropriate steps in time against the Indian move to withdraw waters from trans-boundary common rivers, Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin, Bir Bikram, told the Jatiya Sangsad
 arrow Youth slaughtered in Chittagong
An youth was slaughtered in an internal feud of an extremist group at Raozan upazila in the early hours of yesterday.

The victim was identified as Shah Alam, 22, son of Khalequzzaman of Harishkhine.

 arrow 'Female edn a must for gender parity'
Female education is indispensable for removing gender discrimination from the society.
 arrow 2226 appointed thru' 22nd BCS exam
The government has appointed 2226 officers in different cadres of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) through the 22nd BCS examination conducted by the Bangladesh Public Service Commission.
 arrow Two get 14 years RI for felling Sundari trees
A special tribunal of Bagerhat has sentenced two persons to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 10,000 each for felling Sundari trees from the Sundarbans without lawful authority.
 arrow FM returns home
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan returned home on Monday night after a weeklong official visit to Singapore and the Philippines.
 arrow BNP leader Pathan passes away
Azmal Hossain Pathan, vice-president of city BNP, died of old-age complications at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital yesterday. He was 74.
Nationalarrow CUTA to go on strike after Eid
The Chittagong University Teachers Association (CUTA) has demanded withdrawal of the government decision providing for approval from the Prime Minster's office in appointment of teachers in public universities.
 arrow 'Ensure food, work in monga-affected areas'
The Communist Party of Bangladesh brought out a procession in the town and laid a siege to the Deputy Commissioner's office on Monday demanding government measures to face the monga and diarrhoea situation
 arrow Businesses stop for 15 minutes at Natore
Business at Natore town stopped for 15 minutes on Monday to protest suspension of operation of a corruption and extortion resistance committee.
 arrow Acid attack on 3 women in Barisal, Satkhira
Two women and a teenage girl have sustained acid burn injuries in Barisal and Satkhira in two days.
 arrow Supplementary charge added, fresh date today
The trial of much talked about Dr Aftab Hossain Murder case could not be started on Sunday as the prosecution prayed for addition of a supplementary charge of extortion against the accused.
 arrow BCL leader, 2 shopkeepers hurt by criminals in Ctg
A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was critically injured by miscreants and two shopkeepers were hacked by extortionists for refusing to pay toll in two incidents in the city on Monday.
 arrow One lakh current nets seized from Tanguar Haor
About one lakh current nets were seized from Tanguar Haor in a drive conducted in five days.
 arrow SUST students lay siege to admin building
Students of the Forestry Department of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) laid a siege to the administrative building of the university demanding realisation of their demands.
 arrow Steps to stop fish fry netting in Chandpur
A meeting held at the Deputy Commission's conference room recently to find out ways and means to stop catching of Hilsha fry in Meghna and Padma rivers in Chandpur.
 arrow Cop faces action for attempted rape
A police sub-inspector of Kolaroa thana has been found guilty of attempted rape.
 arrow Student strangled at Mission hostel
The death of Rajesh Roy, a student of Sylhet Government College, was from strangulation, according to the viscera report available recently, six months after the incident.
 arrow Tk 50,000 looted from Barisal school
Robbers looted Tk 50,000 from a government girls' school on Bagura Road in the city in the early hours of Saturday.
 arrow 25 hurt as villagers clash over land in Kushtia
At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Amdah village in Daulatpur upazila on Monday.
 arrow Bhasani's death anniversary observed
The 27th death anniversary of veteran political leader Manlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed here with due respect.
Point-Counterpointarrow Politics is heating up: What next?
Two things have happened in the last few days. First, the Leader of the Opposition, Sheikh Hasina, made an ominous prediction that the ruling coalition would be toppled next year by popular movement.
 arrow Law and disorder in the south-west
The law and order situation in Bagerhat district reached a new low this week with the somewhat startling news that seventeen Union Parishad chairmen in the district have submitted a petition to the local
 arrow Philadelphia and Dhaka
I never realized I had to check my emotions watching an architectural documentary.
 arrow Serendipitous growth of the US economy
The US economy is up on the rise again. This is very good news. In my last piece on US Growth, published in this newspaper on August 7, 2003.
Culturearrow Amazing endeavours by young enthusiasts
Although held during Ramadan, the recent exhibit by "Charu Pancham" at Alliance Francaise gallery drew large crowds. This was due to the intrinsic sincerity and drive of the young artists from Rajshahi.
 arrow Moyeen's expressions
Moin Khurshid's solo photography exhibition is taking place at the M A Beg National Gallery, BPS and will go on till the 21st of this month.
 arrow New CD Praner Manush by Sahnaz Parveen
CD and audio cassette Praner Manush by promising Tagore singer Shahnaz Parveen was released in an informal programme recently.
Generalarrow Special train service for Eid passengers
The Bangladesh Railway has arranged special train service from November 21 to December 4 to facilitate the journey of home-bound passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow CU admission test from Feb 24
The admission test for honours courses under 2003-2004 session in Chittagong University (CU) will begin on February 24 next year.
 arrow 16 launches, 53 cargo vessels fined
Sixty-nine passenger launches and cargo vessels have been fined Tk 7.5 lakh during the on-going drive against faulty vessels in the past week.
 arrow Khaleda meets Bangladeshi expatriates in S Arabia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now in Saudi Arabia to perform holy Umrah, spent her time offering prayers and meeting with Bangladeshi expatriates on Sunday and Monday.
 arrow Drivers asked to avoid cantonment roads on Nov 21
A number of programmes will be held at the Dhaka Cantonment on November 21 to mark the Armed Forces Day.
 arrow Fire at Hazaribagh tannery
A devastating fire broke out at a tannery at Hazaribagh in the city on Sunday evening.
 arrow 1,623 more held
Police arrested 1,623 people, including three identified criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Lanka president, PM name panel to resolve crisis
Sri Lanka's squabbling president and prime minister yesterday named a panel of officials to work out differences between the two of them on "national issues," a joint statement said.
 arrow Protesters get ready for Bush encounter
British demonstrators angry at Anglo-American policy over Iraq said they will topple Thursday a giant home-made statue of George W.
 arrow Right time for Bush to visit UK: Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair said it's the "right time" for US President George W.
 arrow Annan cautious about UN return to Baghdad
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan promised to name a chief envoy for Iraq shortly but left open a return to Baghdad of UN political staff soon, suggesting they might operate outside the country.
 arrow A grieving father's message for Bush
A grieving father whose son died in Iraq said he would walk to London from north Wales just to tell US president George Bush what he thinks of his war effort.
 arrow US pounds insurgents' position in Iraq
US forces used bombs, mortars and artillery to try to break guerrilla resistance in Iraq yesterday while President Bush and his secretary of state sought help in Europe for their troubled campaign.
 arrow Schwarzenegger Sworn in as California governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who arrived in the United States 35 years ago as a bodybuilder dreaming of fame and fortune, was sworn in Monday as governor of California and said he was ready to take on the "massive
 arrow Europe too soft on Iran, says Powell
US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday criticised a draft European resolution on Iran's nuclear weapons programme as not being tough enough.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Outbreak of pneumonia
The outbreak of pneumonia has taken a serous turn, with the death toll reaching 149 in three districts over the past two weeks.
 arrow Editorial: Indecent, personal attacks in parliament
Our politicians do not seem to appreciate the need for some basic political decency.
 arrow Globalisation and free trade : Does it suit every country?
Globalisation is a distinctive and significant feature of present day world economy. According to one view, globalisation is a new phenomenon that can be dated from the 1980s.
 arrow All stops being removed?
President Musharraf made an important statement during his recent China visit: Pakistan will do what it takes to counter the Israeli Phalcon radars being sold to India.
 arrow Sunshine to the rural poor
Bangladesh? The word usually triggers two types of sentiments among most Westerners.
Letters to Editorarrow Holy Ramadan
One month of fasting -- the holy Ramadan conveys the message of prayer, self- abstinence and, above all, equal treatment to all.
 arrow TI report
Perception is the interpretation of the situation, not an exact recording of it; it may create a picture that may be quite different from reality.
 arrow Dr. B speaks out
Recently, former president Dr. Badruddoza Choudhury spoke on the political situation in the country and he is likely to say something more on the issue in the Iftar party scheduled for November 22.
 arrow A princess betrayed
This is in response to a letter titled 'A princess betrayed by her butler' by Prof. M. Zahidul Haque published on Nov 10.

Well, like many other people around the world, Prof.

 arrow Who is a terrorist?
The entire West Asia is simmering with bloody clashes between the US-led coalition forces and the so-called "terrorists".
 arrow Don't forget 1971
A report in November 15 DS gives a picture of clashes between the respective student wings of the alliance partners -- the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Secularism: Theory and practice
I am writing in response to Azad Miah's November 12 letter and the subsequent response of Naeem Mohaiemen (13 November) to it in which Mr.
 arrow It's far from simple, Dr. Benkin
I read with interest Dr. Richard Benkin's write-up "Dear Bangladesh: An American Jew's perception".
 arrow Tigers causing a heartache
Most cricket fans, yours truly included, might have mastered the art of not being embarrassed by our team's efforts in Tests or ODIs, especially when cornered by the ubiquitous pundits from fellow cricketing
 arrow Telecom business
First of all, my congratulations to Abu Sayeed Khan for his brilliant analysis.
StarTecharrow Taking ATM tech easy
THE era of information technology has spread its roots in various directions making life easier than before. Security, speed, reliability and flexibility are the features that necessitated modern technologies.
 arrow Sirius puts internet into portable CPE
SIRIUS Broadband introdced the region's first non-line-of- sight (NLOS) wireless internet access through portable customer premises equipment (CPE).
 arrow World's largest commercial database runs Oracle
ON November 14, Oracle Corp.
Star Chittagongarrow Untold miseries of Kalurghat Bridge
It has hit us hard, the Chittagonians, that the age-old Kalurghat Bridge has gone unrepaired for so many years.

Its sister bridge, the Shah Amanat Bridge, has met with the same face.

 arrow Cemetery speaks of World War
Chittagong War Cemetery has become a scenic spot for visitors from home and abroad.
 arrow Dying Karnaphuli

Star Cityarrow Neglect set to kill Baldha plants
Rare plants and flowers of the Baldha Garden may be soon become extinct. Pollution, high-rise structures obstructing sunlight and negligence are the major threats the garden is facing.
 arrow Rat runs into a raft of snags
The Rapid Action Team (Rat), billed as the modern strike force, is running into a raft of snags, including shortage of personnel and lack of logistical support, overshadowing its earlier success in netting
 arrow Slow pace in shifting prisoners from city
Dhaka Central Jail will take at least another five years to shift on-trial prisoners to ease its overcrowding, as fund crunch is slowing the construction of a new jail at Teghuria in Keraniganj.
 arrow Auto-rickshaw fares to curve down after Eid
The auto-rickshaw fares are likely to be reduced from next month.

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently informed the communications ministry about its decision.

 arrow Students bear the brunt as JU in disarray
Students of Jahangirnagar University have been the real victims of a session backlog that has lingered on for the last 18 months.
 arrow Dark side of pet sale at Katabon
The Katabon market, famed for its sale of pets, has another side. Under the cover of selling pets, the market supplies other animals, prohibited from sale.
 arrow BSCIC fair draws crowd, handloom fair limping
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) opened a Mela (fair) at Motijheel, on Monday adding to the number of other fairs, especially of clothes organised by the weaver's community.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Deputy Post Master General, Foreign Post, in a rejoinder on the news item "Notoriety, thy name is Foreign Post Office" published on November 10 said that the theme of the photograph does not go with