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Front Pagearrow US troops kill 54 Iraqis in a fierce firefight
American troops have killed 54 suspected Iraqi insurgents, which Iraqi medics say included eight civilians, in the northern city of Samarra, capping the worst weekend of violence in seven months of occupation
 arrow No headway in Badda arms haul probe
Investigators could make no headway in their probe into the origin and route of the arms and ammunition seized at Kuril Badda Sunday night. Nor could they identify the racket behind the gunrunning.
 arrow Intelligence poor cops depend on luck to cut crime
Sunday's huge arms seizure in Dhaka has once again lent greater credence to recent coinage that police success largely depends on luck rather than intelligence.
 arrow Shantu warns a volatile CHT
Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma warned that if the government does not implement the peace accord, the situation in the region
 arrow Economic coordination snarled up in inactivity
A high-profile coordination council constituted in March to ensure good economic management has failed to sit once in nine months when it is supposed to meet every three months.
 arrow 2 1/2 yrs of lost childhood
Fourteen-year-old Jamal migrated to Dhaka from his home village in search of a living three years ago, but landed in a correctional centre by a twist of fate.
 arrow PCJSS siege today for CHT accord execution
Even six years after the signing of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord that ended two decades of insurgency in the hills region, uncertainty over its implementation plagues the highlanders.
 arrow Freedom fighters to get special status in society: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government will provide a special status for the freedom fighters (FFs) in society.
 arrow BCS question leak rumours prove false, test underway
Proving reports of question leaks false, the first written test of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) was held peacefully yesterday.
 arrow '115 more test HIV positive this year'
Amid calls for immediate and comprehensive preventive measures against HIV/Aids, Bangladesh yesterday observed the World Aids Day as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow Deported workers go back to Korea on fresh work permit
Bangladeshi workers in South Korea, deported on expiry of their tenure, get work permit and government permission anew and return to their jobs.
 arrow Universities now need PM's nod to appoint teachers
The government has asked the public universities to obtain the prime minister's approval for appointment of teachers and staff.
 arrow BDR deployed at Banshkhali for joint raids
One platoon of paramilitary BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) was deployed in the Banshkhali coastal area for joint raids with police to arrest the criminals who recently incinerated 11 members of a Hindu family
 arrow Sonia scents victory in key Indian state polls
India's main political foes claimed they were heading for victory as millions voted yesterday in key state assembly elections seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2004 general polls.
 arrow Gas supply to some city areas to get suspended
Gas supply to several city areas will remain suspended from 12:00 this noon to 6:00 tomorrow morning, while consumers of piped gas at many other city parts will experience low pressure during the same
 arrow Rickshaw ban put on hold
The decision to ban rickshaws on six major roads from yesterday has been put on hold as Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) now wants to discuss it with the rickshawpullers and passengers.
 arrow Soft loans for settlers in hills planned
The government will provide soft loans to Bangalee settlers in the hill tracts to end discrimination in favour of the indigenous people who already enjoy this facility.
 arrow Slain journalist's wife objects to extended charge sheet, files petition
Slain Daily Janakantha journalist Shamsur Rahman's wife yesterday submitted a petition to the Court of District and Sessions Judge, Jessore objecting to the extended charge sheet in her husband's murder
 arrow Police run after Ctg mayor for information about Jamal
Detectives are now running after Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury to gather information about business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury abducted over four months ago.
 arrow Ways to protect business interests must to face global trade challenges
Business organisations will run into a crisis unless they developed strategies to protect and promote their business interests in the context of the global trade challenges, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru
 arrow WHO okays use of new combination Aids pills
The World Health Organization said yesterday it had approved for use three separate three-in-one combination Aids treatment pills under a new plan to rush anti-retroviral (ARV) medicines to three million
 arrow Qinglin assures Dhaka of Chinese uplift support
The visiting chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consul-tative conference (CPPCC), Jia Qinglin, yesterday assured Dhaka of his country's continued development support.
 arrow Man to die for killing wife, son
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife and son in July 1997.
 arrow World leaders back 'Geneva' ME peace plan
World leaders past and present voiced firm support yesterday for an unofficial Middle East peace plan shaped by regional "doves" but denounced as treason by both Israeli officials and Palestinian militants.
 arrow Gen Subid ignored in Senakunja reception
Former Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Major General (Retd) Subid Ali Bhuiyan was not invited to a reception at Senakunja hosted to mark the Armed Forces Day yesterday.
Businessarrow DSE seeks US help to better capital market
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has sought technical cooperation and assistance from the United States to overcome the difficulties in managing securities market.
 arrow Dhaka eyes foreign investment in farm sector
As an international agri invest fair begins in Dhaka tomorrow, Bangladesh eyes foreign expertise and investment in farm sector.
 arrow China hopes to expand trade ties with Bangladesh
Visiting chairman of the national committee of the Chinese people's political consultative conference (CPPCC) Jia Qinglin has reaffirmed China's commitment to expand and strengthen relations with Bangladesh
 arrow French Forum 2003 begins Thursday
A two-day French Forum 2003 that includes a trade show, discussion and cultural programme begins in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow 17 in DCCI polls fray
A total of 17 candidates are contesting for directorship of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in the December 14 election.
 arrow Tk 2.65cr Danish grant for IPSSL Group
Danish government will provide about Tk 2.
 arrow Call money rate eases slightly
The call money rate eased slightly on Monday thanks to inflow of funds from the government's exchequer against repayment of treasury bills, fund managers said.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar gained further against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday as some banks faced short-fall in dollar funds when they had higher import payments, dealers said.
 arrow BEF hails govt move to allow EPZ trade unionism
Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF) has hailed the government move to allow trade union rights in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs).
 arrow Jute export bags Tk 1670cr in FY03
Bangladesh earned Tk 1670.14 crore in foreign currency by exporting jute and jute goods in the last fiscal year.

Of the amount, Tk 518 crore was earned by exporting 25 lakh bales of jute and Tk 1152.

 arrow Two-day SAFE confce opens in Lahore tomorrow
The two-day third annual general meeting and the sixth conference of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) will begin in Lahore tomorrow.
 arrow FBCCI, Nepal's apex trade body plan jt business council
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) may sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in January for setting
 arrow US seen removing steel tariffs this week
Washington is set to bow to foreign and domestic pressure and drop controversial steel duties this week to head off a trade war, leading U.S. newspapers reported on Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Ridon sets the rhythm
A second half goal by Akbar Hossain Ridon gave Bangladesh an uncomfortable 1-0 victory over Pakistan in the inaugural match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Championship Group Five qualifying
 arrow Cricket: A team camp restarts
The camp for Pakistan-bound Bangladesh A team resumed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday after a week-long break for Eid.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh in Group 4
Pakistan and India were drawn in the same group alongside Kenya on Monday for the International Cricket Council's 12-team Cham-pions Trophy to be held in England in September 2004.
 arrow Cricket: PCB boss steps down
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Tauqir Zia resigned Monday, two days after a television fiasco deprived millions of fans of live coverage of the Pakistan-New Zealand one day match.
 arrow Cricket: Sami blows Kiwis away
New Zealand lost their last six wickets for just two runs as they were skittled out for 157 in 38.5 overs to lose the second day-night limited-overs match against Pakistan here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: First Test from today
England play the first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday with monsoons still dogging their preparations.
 arrow Cricket: Barmy Army invade Galle
The southern Sri Lankan town of Galle is seeing a flood of tourists like never before as English fans converge here for the first Test starting on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: James staying back in Lanka
England fast bowler James Anderson will remain in Sri Lanka after his injured ankle showed signs of improvement during a workout on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Div I chess from Dec 7
The First Division Chess League will begin at the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) auditorium on December 7.
 arrow Cricket: India hold on to draw
India held out for a draw on Monday after being given a fright by an inexperienced Queensland Academy of Sport line-up.
 arrow Fazlur again on UNESCO body
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman has been reelected chairman of the Working Group on Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Games and Sports at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee
 arrow Cricket: Mission Revenge
Brian Lara and his team will be seeking to erase the memories of one of the most humiliating episodes in West Indian cricket history when they arrive in South Africa Monday for a four-Test tour.
 arrow Cricket: Lara lauds Zim effort
West Indies captain Brian Lara paid tribute to Zimbabwe's fighting qualities after his side had clinched the five-match one-day series 3-2 with an eight-wicket victory over the southern Africans on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Muralitharan cautious
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan warned on Monday that England would not be easy to beat in the upcoming Test series.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill's desire
Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill wants to be known as an entrenched Test bowler and not merely as Shane Warne's "stuntman".
 arrow Cricket: 'India must improve'
India will have to improve to give world champions Australia a run for their money in the Test series starting here Thursday, Queensland Academy of Sport captain Aaron Nye said Monday after the tourists
 arrow Football: Lampard puts Blues atop
Chelsea stormed to the summit of the English Premiership on Sunday when a controversial penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge while previous leaders Arsenal were held
 arrow Football: Roma, Milan takeover
Roma and AC Milan replaced Juventus at the top of Italy's Serie A on Sunday after extending their unbeaten records with home victories.
 arrow Football: Deportivo blow it
Deportivo La Coruna blew their big chance to regain the Spanish league lead with a 1-0 loss at home to Villarreal on Sunday, Roger Garcia getting the only goal of the game one minute from the whistle.
 arrow Football: Milan release Rivaldo
World Cup winner Rivaldo will be free to find a new club when the transfer market reopens in January after being released from his contract by European champions AC Milan on Monday.
 arrow Football: FA set Ferdinand hearing
England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will learn of possible sanctions when he appears at a Football Association hearing on December 18 into his failure to take a drugs test.
Metropolitanarrow Russia assures all help for injured students
The Russian government has assured Bangladesh of taking all necessary measures for the treatment of Bangladeshi students injured in a fire at a student dormitory in Moscow.
 arrow Bail prayer of RU teacher rejected
The Rajshahi Women and Children Repression Prevention Court yesterday rejected the bail prayer of a Rajshahi University (RU) teacher who has been accused in a rape case.
 arrow C'wealth Heads of Govt Meeting begins Dec 5
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan left for Nigeria yesterday to lead the Bangladesh delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Nigerian capital of Abuja from December 5 to 8.
 arrow Free legal aid for Bangladeshis in India
Two non-government organisations of Bangladesh and India have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide legal aid for Indian citizens in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi citizens in India
 arrow President, PM greet UAE president
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have felicitated President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the occasion of National Dayof
 arrow 11-Party vows to launch tough movement
The left-leaning 11-Party alliance brought out black flag procession and held a rally yesterday protesting the failure of the government to contain crimes, killing, corruption and price spiral.
 arrow Robbery at lawyer's house in Ctg
Armed robbers looted cash, ornaments and other valuables from the residence of a lawyer in the city's Chandanpura area under Kotwali thana yesterday.
Nationalarrow Bay devours scenic Kuakata
Some attractive tourist spots in scenic Kuakata sea beach are slowly disappearing into the Bay of Bengal.

The sea has devoured at least 200 metres in Lata Chapli in the beach.

 arrow UP chairmen boycott meeting protesting Jamaat MP's presence
All but one Union Parishad chairmen boycotted the Shyamnagar Thana Development Co-ordination Committee meeting on Sunday protesting presence of Jamat-e-Islami lawmaker Gazi Nazrul Islam at the meeting.
 arrow Police SI, ASI 'closed' for ignoring security appeal
Awami League has claimed that slain social worker Komoruddin Gazi of Paikgacha upazila was its activist and accused BNP for the murder. Paikgacha upazila BNP refuted the allegation.
 arrow 'Don't call us blind, we want to live properly'
Blind 12 year-old Maniruzzaman, can read and write, thanks to the efforts by RDRS, an NGO.
 arrow One shot in Pirojpur JCD-Jubo Dal clash
A Jubo Dal activist was seriously injured by gunshot during a clash between activists of his party and those of Chhatra Dal at Pirojpur government school ground on Sunday.
 arrow Son to die for killing mother in Sunamganj
One person was awarded death sentence for killing his mother by a court in Sunamganj while another court in Meherpur sentenced three others to death and another to suffer life term rigorous imprisonment
 arrow 11-party for removal of Jamaat member from Cabinet
Gaibandha 11-Party Alliance brought out a black flag procession and held a rally in the town yesterday demanding ouster of the Jammat-e-Islami member from the cabinet.
 arrow 4 women killed in Comilla road accident
Four women were killed and 10 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Raypur under Daudkandi upazilla on Sunday.
 arrow Five opposition leaders held at Mehendiganj
Police arrested five opposition leaders at Mehendiganj in Barisal in two days.
Point-Counterpointarrow A Philadelphia architect in Dhaka
The following are excerpts from a conversation between Nathaniel Kahn and Kazi K. Ashraf.
Culturearrow From the mouth of a celebrated Manipuri dancer
Uday Shankar Indian Culture Centre used to arrange dance festivals that would continue for days together,' recalls Sharmila Bandyopadhyay, 'It was during one of those days that I sat among many of the
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom celebrates Eid
Fantasy Kingdom, the biggest entertainment theme park in the country, has arranged an extravagant Eid-celebration that started on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Generalarrow President for expansion of trade ties with China
President Iajuddin Ahmed said Bangladesh and China could diversify their trade links for the mutual benefit of the two peoples.
 arrow Two killed in city
A youth was killed and the body of a teenaged boy was recovered in the city on Sunday.

Unidentified assailants gunned down the youth at Kawla near the Zia International Airport.

 arrow Pro-AL panel wins majority in Khulna
Nine out of 14 executive committee posts of Khulna District Bar Association were won by the pro-Awami League panel on Sunday while election to Bagerhat District Bar Association on the same day was swept
 arrow Two killed in B'baria road accident
Two people, including a 10-month-old baby, were killed and 10 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway here yesterday.

The baby was identified as Hanif.

 arrow 1,571 more held
Police arrested 1,571 people, including four identified criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Ahmedul Kabir's death condoled
The Commonwealth Society of Bangladesh has condoled the death of chief editor of the Sangbad Ahmedul Kabir, who was the president of the Bangladesh chapter of the Commonwealth Press Union.
Internationalarrow Geneva initiative takes centre stage as US tries to revive ME roadmap
Palestinian and Israeli opposition figures headed for Geneva yesterday for the unveiling of an unofficial peace plan as Washington tried to breathe life back into the internationally-backed "roadmap"amid
 arrow Fatah optimistic about chances of truce
The head of a delegation of the mainstream Palestinian Fatah movement which is heading for talks in Cairo said Monday that he was hopeful the meeting would lead to the calling of a truce.
 arrow 'S Korea to go ahead with its troop dispatch to Iraq'
South Korea will push ahead with its plan to send troops to Iraq despite a deadly attack Sunday in the war-torn country that claimed the lives of two Korean civilians, a top government official said.
 arrow Koizumi presses ahead with Iraq troops plan
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi lashed out Monday at "indiscriminate" attacks in Iraq that killed two of the country's diplomats as a poll showed little public backing for sending troops.
 arrow Indo-Pak flights set to resume from Jan 1
India and Pakistan agreed yesterday to resume flights between the two countries from January 1 after a two-year hiatus, in the latest easing of tension between the rival neighbours.
 arrow One person dying of AIDS every minute in Asia: WHO
AIDS now kills a person every minute in the Asia-Pacific, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday, warning HIV prevalence is increasing in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
 arrow 'Saddam tried to obtain entire missile production line from N Korea'
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain an entire missile production line from North Korea prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq, with Syria offering a transit route for delivery of the goods,
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arms cache uncovered
The police are to be congratulated for the intrepid raid that uncovered a huge cache of weapons and landed two policemen in hospital for their pains.
 arrow Editorial: Sri Lanka in deeper crisis
The stand-off between president Chandrika Kumaratunga and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is getting more complicated by the day.
 arrow Agricultural research: Paying for penny
The Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) comprises few institutions of repute that were aimed to help developing countries face their challenges towards food production and
 arrow Correcting electoral anomalies
Looking at the many external and internal factors contributing to proliferation of terrorism in Pakistan, and elsewhere in the world, lack of people's participation in governance stands out as a primary
Letters to Editorarrow B. Chowdhury
Following up on what Mr Shahjahan Ahmed has written regarding Mr Chowdhury's short presidential tenure (DS, 17 November 2003), I would simply like to point out that our ex-President was made to resign
 arrow Why Concord failed?
This is amusing that a Bangladeshi metallurgical graduate has been able to detect that due to the limitation of knowledge in material science of Anglo-French scientists, Concord, the supersonic jet failed
 arrow Vice chancellor
Once upon a time, Vice Chancellors of university used to get special respect from the society. It was and is still a very respectable position.
 arrow Our ineligible law enforcers
After four years of murder the judgement in the sensational Sergeant Ahad murder case was delivered on the 19th of November.
 arrow Austerity and wanton government expenditure
Every new government which assumes power preaches austerity but as time passes it starts spending huge amount of money from the public exchequer on holding various functions, ceremonies, parties, seminars,