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Front Pagearrow Huge arms haul in city
Police seized four AK-47 assault rifles, two revolvers, 20 hand grenades, four time bombs, a huge number of AK-47 bullets and explosives after a gunfight with a criminal outfit at Kuril Badda yesterday.
 arrow Curfew in Kuril to nab arms operatives
Police slapped an indefinite curfew in Lichubagan Pragati Sharani area in Kuril Badda midnight last night to arrest operatives behind the arms cache seized from a signboard shop earlier in the day.
 arrow 2 Japan diplomats, 2 US troops among 7 dead
Two Japanese diplomats, as many US soldiers and a Colombian contractor were killed in guerilla attacks in Iraq Saturday while gunmen shot dead two South Koreans yesterday, sparking a fresh debate in countries
 arrow PSC closes its ears to leak rumours as BCS test starts today
The 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) written test begins today amid widespread allegations of question leaks in a reminder of such complaints in preliminary exams.
 arrow FDI figure mismatch
The Board of Investment (BoI) has once again come up with controversial figures on the foreign direct investment (FDI) in stark contrast to Bangladesh Bank estimates.
 arrow CHT braces for disquiet
A fresh stand-off between the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and the ruling four-party alliance supporters seems imminent in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as the sixth year of the
 arrow Petrobangla's Tk 38,325 crore unrealised for audit objections
When the country is unable to explore gas on its own for fund crisis, Tk 38,325 crore of Petrobangla remains outstanding because of 3,660 long unresolved audit objections.
 arrow Her ordeal over at long last
A 12-year-old girl suffered five days of unspeakable pain in hospital bed with a strand of a multi-pronged fishing spear lodged above her right eye because of utter neglect of doctors in at least twohospitals
 arrow 136 HIV positives added to country list this year
With the newly identified 136 HIV positive individuals this year, the country is going to observe the World AIDS Day today.

The number of HIV infected patients rose to 384 since 1989.

 arrow One more dies of dengue in city, toll rises to 8
Another patient died of dengue in the city during the Eid holidays, raising the death toll across the country to eight since November 2, official sources say.
 arrow BJP, Cong lock elections horns in 4 states in run-up to nat'l polls
An estimated 9.
 arrow A village that goes hygiene way
Visitors to outlying Hajompura in Teknaf may be puzzled by a signpost that reads "no-one defecates in the open in this village", but it is a pride for the villagers who all have sanitary latrines.
 arrow Decision on TUs in EPZs on Dec 4
An inter-ministerial committee will finalise a set of recommendations Thursday on allowing trade unionism in the export processing zones (EPZs).
 arrow PM hopeful of Japanese dev assistance on easier terms
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped Japan would ease the terms and conditions of its development assistance in various sectors considering the economy of Bangladesh.
 arrow Speaker asks his deputy to vacate much-talked-about JS rooms
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar has asked Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui to vacate the much-talked-about rooms at the Jatiya Sangsad, but Siddiqui has decided to shrug off the speaker's request.
 arrow Daily Star joins Asia News Network
The Daily Star has become a member of The Asia News Network (ANN), a network of national dailies published in Asian cities, to provide avenues for cooperation and optimise coverage of major news events
 arrow Biman flight lands in Mumbai on bomb scare
A Riyadh-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an emergency landing at Mumbai Airport in a bomb scare last night.
 arrow 'Govt probing third force links to arms cache recovery'
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said the government is probing whether the so-called third force has any links with the arms cache recovered from Kuril Badda, according to the UNB.
 arrow Extra strike forces to stay till next Eid
A home ministry meeting on law and order yesterday decided to maintain till Eid-ul-Azha the additional forces deployed during Ramadan to check crime.
 arrow Winter guests

 arrow 3,625 women fall prey to violence
At least 3,625 women became victims of violence across the country between January and October this year.

Among them, 1,192 were raped, 306 gang-raped and about 144 murdered after rape.

 arrow Khaleda expresses solidarity with Palestinian cause
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has reiterated Bangladesh's solidarity with the Palestinian people in their just and legitimate struggle for an independent and sovereign state with Al Quds Al Sharif as its
 arrow Pakistan to end ban on Indian overflights
President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday Pakistan would end a ban on Indian flights over its territory, the official news agency reported.
 arrow UP chairman, 13 others get life for killing cop
A Rajshahi divisional tribunal yesterday handed down life term to 14 underground operatives including a UP chairman for killing a police sub-inspector in Bera upazila in Pabna on September 11, 2000.
 arrow Reshuffle in Banshkhali police likely
The authorities are likely to reshuffle Banshkhali police soon to make headway in the carnage of 11 members of a family at Shilpara in Sadhanpur union on November 18 midnight.
 arrow Shoib taken on 7-day remand
Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury arrested at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Saturday for his alleged Mossad connection was placed on a seven-day remand yesterday.
 arrow 34 shops gutted in Panhari fire
About 34 shops were gutted in a fire at the lone bazaar of Panhari Upazila on Saturday midnight, causing about Tk 50 lakh in losses.
 arrow Tributes paid to Ahmedul Kabir
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to late Ahmedul Kabir, a pioneering media personality and chief editor of the Sangbad, who fostered secularism and humanism.
 arrow Couple killed in Kushtia
Unidentified assailants killed a couple at Phulpara village under Mirpur upazila early hours of yesterday.
Businessarrow CDS in capital market likely by end-December
The Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) is now making the last minute preparations to introduce central depository system (CDS) in the capital market by end-December for electronic share trading.
 arrow Int'l meet on shrimp starts Wednesday
With a view to establishing a better understanding of market developments and emerging trading practices in aquaculture products, the first meeting of the Global Aquaculture Discussion Forum begins in
 arrow 6th Asia-Pacific employers' conference begins today
The 6th Asia-Pacific High-Level Employers' Conference begins today in Dhaka.

Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury will formally inaugurate the three-day meet at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

 arrow Mahbub Jamil new Ficci president
Mahbub Jamil, chairman and managing director of Singer Bangladesh Limited, has been elected president of the Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Ficci) for 2003-2005.
Sportsarrow Football: U-20s set for Pak test
Hosts Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the inaugural match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Championship Group 5 qualifying round at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur todayevening.
 arrow Cricket: A team's opener Dec 14
The Bangladesh A team will take on DHA in their opening encounter of the inter-departmental cricket championship (Patron's Trophy and Patron's Cup) at the National Stadium in Karachi from December 14to
 arrow Cricket: Gayle gives WI the series
A brilliant all-round performance by Chris Gayle guided the West Indies to a series-clinching eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fifth one-day international on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Javed wants second win
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said his side will battle for a second straight win against New Zealand in their one-day match on Monday to put them in the same group as arch-rival India in a major tournament
 arrow Cricket: Laxman hits form
Indian batsman VVS Laxman warmed up in fine style here Sunday for the first cricket Test against Australia starting in four days with a stylish 74 against the Queensland Academy of Sport.
 arrow Football: Again 2-0 loss to Tajikistan
Bangladesh went down to an identical 2-0 loss against Tajikistan in their away match of the World Cup 2006 pre-qualifying round engagement in Dushanbe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali not the only worry
England have more than just spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan to contend with in the Test cricket series against Sri Lanka which starts here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Minister steps in to end row
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Sunday summoned top cricket and television officials to end a major row which deprived millions of fans of live coverage of the one-day match between Pakistan and New
 arrow Cricket: Australia, India & Pakistan to play tri-series in Europe
World champions Australia, India and Pakistan will play a one-day tri-series in a European venue before next year's ICC Champions Trophy in England, the Indian board said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Omar going on Bangkok medical trip
Opening batsman Javed Omar Belim will fly to Bangkok within a week to undergo treatment on a troublesome shoulder.
 arrow Cricket: Streak praises Edwards
West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards deserved the record-breaking success he achieved in the fourth one-day international on Saturday, according to Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak.
 arrow Cricket: Reid will coach Indian pacers
Former Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid will coach India's bowlers during their four-Test series in Australia starting on Thursday.
 arrow Football: England versus France
England were paired with title-holders France while Holland and three-time winners Germany were drawn in the same group for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter Cruz past Juve
The title race in Italy was thrown wide open on Saturday as Inter Milan bounced back from their Champions League humiliation in midweek by ending Juventus' unbeaten run with a stunning 3-1 victory over
 arrow Football: Ronaldo rescues Real
David Beckham endured a fierce test of his composure and character on Saturday before an ankle injury put an end to his participation in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at Osasuna.
 arrow Football: Leeds end barren spell
Leeds celebrated the prospect of financial salvation on Saturday by ending a run of five straight defeats.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo on Chelsea trail
Unsettled Brazilian striker Rivaldo, who is set to leave European champions AC Milan during the winter transfer window, fancies a move to Chelsea -- who he has compared to an all-star NBA team.
Metropolitanarrow One to die for killing wife
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his wife at Keraniganj in April 2001.
 arrow 15 shops gutted in Chittagong
Some 15 shops were gutted in a devastating fire in the city's Chandgaon area yesterday morning.

The blaze that started at around 5.40am engulfed a row of shops at Khezurtola near the Kalurghat Bridge.

 arrow BNP leader Sirajul Islam passes away
BNP leader Sirajul Islam, a former MP, died of cancer at his residence at Chandgaon in the city yesterday at the age of 68.

He is survived by his wife and five sons.

 arrow Fire at rubber factory storehouse
A storehouse of a rubber factory was gutted in a fire at Postogola in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

The fire broke out at the Nippon Rubber Factory at around 1.45am.

 arrow One gets death penalty for killing wife
A court here yesterday sentenced one person to death and his brother to life term imprisonment in a murder case.
Nationalarrow Garbage-based compost plant holds hope for a clean city
Some individuals through collective efforts are doing the job which the Sylhet City Corporation failed to do.
 arrow BIWTC Barisal-Ctg service on verge of closure
Lack of vessels, poor navigability and alleged negligence by BIWTC has brought Barisal-Chittagong direct river communication to a near-close situation.
 arrow 12 killed, 50 hurt in road mishaps in Patuakhali , Comilla, Mymensingh
Twelve people including two children were killed and at least 50 injured in road accidents in Mymensingh, Patuakhali and Comilla yesterday and the day before.
 arrow PBCP leaflets in 2 dists call to fight 'class enemy police'
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP, M-L) has dropped leaflets allover Khulna and Bagerhat districts vowing to wage a guerilla fight against their 'class enemies' police.
 arrow 9 ruling party men among 14 hurt in Satkhira clash
At least 14 persons were injured, two of them in critically, in a clash over installation of shallow tube-well at a crop land at Komorpur village in the Sadar upazila here on Saturday noon.
 arrow Pneumonia kills 9 more in Patuakhali
Pneumonia killed nine more children in Patuakhali in the last three weeks.

Over 50 pneumonia patients come to Patuakhali Sadar Hospital every day, sources there said yesterday.

 arrow Rangpur Sugar Mills reopens on Dec 5 following agitation
Once laid off due to recurring losses, Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gaibandha will reopen and begin sugarcane crushing on December 5 following movement by its workers and sugarcane growers.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 7 in Gaibandha
At least seven persons died of diarrhoea and over 100 have been attacked with the disease in Gobindaganj and Saduallapur Upazilas.
 arrow Bid to commit robbery foiled:eleven held
Galachipa police arrested 11 pirates while they were taking preparation to commit armed robbery at a fishing boat at the Bay of Bengal on Sunday night.
Culturearrow Ushering in mambo, samba and more
The Daily Star: How did you get to know the various types of contemporary dances so that you are well equipped today to conduct classes yourself at the Russian Cultural Centre?

Kamrul Islam

 arrow Nasirul Haq Khokon and his unique lighting on stage
Nasirul Haq Khokon has won the Zakaria Smrity Padak introduced by Theatre recently.
Internationalarrow Murder of Japanese in Iraq complicates troops plan
The murder of two Japanese diplomats in northern Iraq is certain to complicate Tokyo's decision to send troops to Iraq and is also likely to increase opposition to South Korean plans to commit more soldiers.
 arrow Lanka heading for snap election
Sri Lanka looked headed for a snap poll as attempts to resolve a power struggle hit a dead-end, sparking new fears for the peace bid with Tamil rebels, political sources said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon, top brass at odds over 'unilateral pullout'
High-ranking army officials have harshly criticized the unilateral withdrawals Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Haaretz daily reported Sunday.
 arrow Asian states exposed to AIDS nightmare
An unlikely coalition of pop acts, Buddhist ceremony and a former Japanese porn star are combining to give the strongest indication to date that Asia is finally facing up to the threat of a devastating
 arrow Terrorism high on C'wealth agenda
Global terrorism will feature high on the agenda of the upcoming Commonwealth summit, with several of its member nations having felt the sting of violent attacks which claimed hundreds of lives.
 arrow Taiwan president eyes referendum in March
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian aims to hold a referendum on the island's sovereignty alongside presidential elections in March in a move certain to infuriate China.
 arrow 'No impact of truce on Kashmir unrest'
The heavy guns may have fallen silent on the borders of Kashmir but in the rugged zone of the disputed state being administered by India smaller weapons are blazing away as lethally as ever.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bickering at the top
Strange things are happening in parliament. Some trivial matters have been pushed to the fore, as parliament continues to veer away from the major issues concerning its functioning.
 arrow Editorial: What are the BCS exams worth?
The 24th series of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations have been stalked by allegations of merchandising question papers for these in different leaked forms.
 arrow Seizing the moment for peace to prevail
The urge for peace has always been irresistible and so are its dynamics which are in itself self-sustaining.
 arrow Bush had his secret trip to Baghdad up his sleeve!
It was the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America on Thursday, November 27, 2003.
 arrow Private universities: Suffering sponsor syndrome?
The number of private universities is increasing day by day in Dhaka. It is believed that students who fail to gain admission to public universities or government medical colleges go to private universities.
Letters to Editorarrow Crawlers and sprinters on the same track!
We all know that Dhaka is a thriving megacity of the 21st century. And in a megacity it is impossible to operate mechanised and non-mechanised vehicles on the same tracks.
 arrow When teachers go wrong!
I thank Mr. AZM Abdul Ali of Uttara for his observations about my letter "When teachers go wrong" in which he pointed out a few notional errors in the letter.
 arrow Police do help
The day before Eid night my car got stuck up near Nikunja in Uttara and it was almost midnight then.
 arrow Moushumi's magic?
The much awaited and widely advertised Bangla movie, Kokhono Megh Kokhono Bristy, was telecast on Channel I on Eid Day.
 arrow Fanatics at work
I have been following the middle-age style barbaric cruelty carried out against the Ahmadias in recent times and finally the report on the IGP's pledges published in the DS of 24 November.
 arrow US double standard
The US government's decision to punish Israel for its on-going project to build a so-called "security wall" criss-crossing the Palestinian territory on the West Bank of Gaza strip is nothing but an eyewash.
 arrow Tribal rule (!) in Bangladesh
In the government or in the opposition, the major political parties appear to have been guided all through by principles found in tribal societies.
 arrow Israeli lobby
Now a world-wide discussion is going on regarding the activities of the Israeli lobby in the USA. One must know how the Israeli lobby operates.
 arrow Higher education in disarray!
We, the people of Bangladesh, are now watching an exasperating mismanagement in our education arena. This mismanagement is more conspicuous at the university level.
 arrow Dr. B and some questions
The recent utterances of former President Dr. B Chowdhury have received attention from various quarters in various ways, though there is actually nothing new in them.
 arrow BKSP is not enough
I was once a lecturer at BKSP. I believe that to develop our cricket, we have to nourish the game at the school level. Schools like Residential Model School and St.
 arrow Tired of politics
Eid Mubarak! I write to you to express my feelings from my heart. I am a computer engineer. I work hard for my institution. I hope and dream that my beloved country will progress in near future.
 arrow Dr. B and civil society
Thanks for your balanced reporting on the reaction to Dr. B's call for a civil society.
World AIDS Day Special arrow Bangladesh: Low prevalence but high vulnerability
HIV/AIDS is not just a health issue. It is really a social development issue closely linked to poverty, gender inequity, low levels of literacy and knowledge about prevention.
 arrow Treating the drug users
Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in Bangladesh is reported to be the high-risk sub-population getting HIV/AIDS and other blood born diseases like Syphilis and Hepatitis-B.
 arrow Gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS
If women's health is really a matter of rights, and data suggest there are structural obstacles to the enjoyment of those rights -- such as pervasive gender discrimination and women's disproportionate