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Front Pagearrow LC margin on all imports goes
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday withdrew letter of credit (LC) margin on all imports, a move expected to make imported goods 7 to 10 percent cheaper.
 arrow CHT at standstill as violence marks accord anniversary
An indigenous youth was shot dead and two others were wounded yesterday in Khagrachhari during a road barricade programme of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in the three hill districts
 arrow Shantu asks govt to withdraw troops, cancel army drive
Shantu (Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo) Larma, president of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), has demanded withdrawal of security forces camps from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and cancellation
 arrow 56 arrested during hunt for Kuril gunrunners
Police arrested 54 persons during a five-hour curfew it imposed on Mohammadpur at midnight Monday to conduct a joint raid with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in the wake of the big arms haul from a signboard
 arrow HIV victims bare their souls to lawmakers
Afsana Rahman (not her real name), an HIV carrier of 13 years, lost her husband and only six-year-old son.
 arrow No shift in Japan stance to send troops to Iraq
Japan will live up to its commitment to send troops and civilians to stabilise the situation in Iraq despite the killing of the two Japanese diplomats, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday.
 arrow Secondary students to get books late over print job row
Thousands of secondary students may not get textbooks by January next year, as a dispute between publishers and textbook authorities seems certain to slow print and distribution.
 arrow Dr Kamal for wider public role to save country
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said no effort to free people from the unbearable situation would succeed without the participation of the masses.
 arrow Gas-starved city kitchens to get supply today
Many homes in several city areas, including the prime minister's residence, went without gas yesterday as supply was temporarily suspended for maintenance works ahead of winter.
 arrow Banshkhali carnage a grisly expression of barbarity: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the incineration of 11 of a Hindu family in a Banshkhali village as a grisly expression of bestiality that defies every code of humanity.
 arrow PM seeks World Bank help for city subway
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought assistance of the World Bank (WB) to introduce underground railway system in Dhaka city.
 arrow Arms case filed against Shamim Osman
An arms case was filed against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shamim Oman on Monday, as he did not surrender his licensed arms to police.
 arrow US embassy warns of possible attacks in KSA
The US embassy in Saudi Arabia warned its citizens yesterday of possible attacks on compounds housing Westerners, saying it had information that at least one residential complex was under surveillance
 arrow Youth kidnapped, cousin's payphone shop looted, house bombed
Local extortionists abducted a man after they bombed, vandalised and looted his cousin's residence that also houses a payphone shop at Azimpur last night on refusal to pay them tolls.
 arrow Left in neglect

 arrow US scraps foreigners' registration rule
The US government said on Monday it was scrapping a controversial control on foreign visitors, mainly men from the Middle East, introduced after the Sept.
 arrow PM orders 4,000 teachers for govt colleges thru' spl BCS exams
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has directed the authorities to appoint 4,000 teachers to government colleges by June 30 next through special BCS examinations under the Public Service Commission.
 arrow No crucial leads on gunrunners
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday interrogated Mehedi Hasan Manik, owner of Tulir Parash, the signboard shop in Kuril Badda where police found a huge arms cache on Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan to remove troops from PoK if India responds
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said that his country would pull back its troops from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) if India does the same in Jammu and Kashmir.
 arrow Bosnian Serb gets 27 years for Srebrenica massacre
UN war crimes judges sentenced a former Bosnian Serb army commander to 27 years' imprisonment yesterday for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims -- a stiffer sentence than even
 arrow Transport leader shot dead on Faridpur Medical College campus
A transport leader was shot dead on Faridpur Medical College campus Monday night.
Businessarrow Bourses still bullish
As both the stock exchanges have been witnessing bullish trade for the last few days, analysts find no rational basis for the galloping trend and advise investors to be cautious.
 arrow Good regulatory framework gives cos competitive edge
The visiting president of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Francoise Perigot, feels that the local authorities should help companies to be competitive in the world market by puttinga
 arrow Dhaka-Colombo FTA to spur bilateral trade
A free trade agreement (FTA) between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka could bring in tremendous dynamism in the trade and investment of both the countries, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Gamini SMunasinghe
 arrow Int'l business conference due in Dhaka Jan 17-18
A two-day international business conference will be held here January 17-18 to discuss the present global economic scenario against the backdrop of the terrorist attacks on America and the collapse of
 arrow Dhaka for global policy to fight hunger, poverty
Dhaka has called upon the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) member countries to develop a policy framework for the implementation of the programmes to alleviate poverty and hunger from the world.
 arrow WB prioritises funding infrastructure dev projects: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the World Bank (WB) is prioritising funding of infrastructure development projects with the aim of supporting poverty reduction activities in the
 arrow Int'l meet on shrimp starts today
The first meeting of the Global Aquaculture Discussion Forum (GADF) begins in Dhaka today to establish a better understanding of market developments and emerging trading practices in aquaculture products.
 arrow Advisers urge Bush to drop steel tariffs
It's a case of bad timing for the White House: President Bush is collecting $1 million for his re-election campaign in Pittsburgh, while America's "Steel City" girds for bad news from Bush on tariffsthat
 arrow New Malaysian PM backs currency peg
Malaysia's new Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also finance minister, Tuesday backed the pegging of the country's currency to the US dollar, saying it has served the economy well.
Sportsarrow Cricket: An all-Aussie remedy
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), it seems, is leaving nothing to chance ahead of the national team's tour of Zimbabwe next year.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l players can compete in NCL
National players will be eligible to play in the upcoming National Cricket League (NCL) that begins on December 10 across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Three BD umps
There will be three Bangladesh umpires appointed for next year's ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Eng keep SL in check
Spinner Ashley Giles struck three crucial blows to help England restrict Sri Lanka to 138-4 on a rain-curtailed opening day of the first cricket Test here on Tuesday.
 arrow Rahman under fire
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth and Sports Ministry yesterday decided to get directly involved in the affairs of the National Sports Council (NSC) instead of looking into reports provided
 arrow 'Ponting can be a Don or a Sachin'
Ricky Ponting could be revered like Sir Donald Bradman in Australia or Sachin Tendulkar in India if he plays to his potential, Australian former Test wicketkeeper Rod Marsh said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Pakistan face Nepal today
Nepal and Pakistan meet in the second match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Championship Group Five Qualifying round today.
 arrow Cricket: A team Karachi bound Dec 11
The Bangladesh A team will now fly to Karachi on December 11 to take part in the 13-team final round of Pakistan's inter-departmental cricket championship.
 arrow Football: DMFLC meets tomorrow to set date
Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee (DMFLC) will meet tomorrow at its office at the Bangabandhu National Stadium to fix the date of the upcoming Senior Division League.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib bad news for NZ
New Zealand's chances of saving the five-match one-day series against Pakistan, who are currently leading 2-0, fell further Tuesday with the news that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was rejoining the Pakistani
 arrow Cricket: Lara & co arrive in South Africa
The West Indies team arrived here Monday for a four-Test tour with skipper Brian Lara warning they were unfazed by one of the most humiliating episodes in the team's history in an earlier tour.
 arrow Cricket: Akram for hire
Former Pakistani captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram, who retired from international cricket in May, hinted Tuesday at dreams of coaching not only his young compatriots but aspiring cricketersfrom
 arrow Cricket: Flemo may miss first Pak Test
New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is struggling to be fit for the first Test against Pakistan in Hamilton starting on December 19.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid spurs mates on
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid sees it as the team's responsibility to do well in the forthcoming four-match Test series against Australia to reward his cricket-crazy countrymen's unstinting love for the
 arrow Cricket: Hayden thinking of a special bye to Steve
The Australian cricket team was aiming to give captain Steve Waugh an emotional send-off on his farewell four Tests against India this southern summer, opening batsman Matthew Hayden said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Real on Beckham alert
England star David Beckham is set to face another week of testing league action for Real Madrid who face city rivals Atletico in midweek ahead of an explosive trip to traditional foes Barcelona on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca after 'em?
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry were among the international football stars who spoke with Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday at the Nou Camp during a meeting arranged for commercial reasons.
Politicalarrow BNP renews talks offer to AL
The ruling BNP yesterday renewed its offer of dialogue to the main opposition Awami League to resolve various problems concerning national issues and the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow Law makes exceptions for BNP lawmaker
The constitution says all citizens are equal before law and entitled to equal protection of law; but law ceases to be effective when it comes to a ruling BNP lawmaker, or so it seems.
Metropolitanarrow Few questions match with 'leaked' ones
The General English (Compulsory) exam of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) was held yesterday but the question paper did not match with the paper sold in Dhaka and elsewhere as leaked ones except
 arrow Preventive steps a must to combat Aids
Female condoms should be widely marketed in the country so that women, particularly the sex workers, could protect themselves from the risk of HIV/Aids infection, speakers at a discussion observed yesterday.
 arrow Tk 20.15 cr Sida grant for safe motherhood
Bangladesh will receive 29 million Swedish kroners worth Tk 20.15 crore as a grant for implementation of a project named "UN Joint Initiative on Safe Motherhood".
 arrow BNP joint meet today
A joint meeting of joint secretaries, presidents and general secretaries of central front organisations, president and general secretary of Dhaka city BNP and members of parliament elected from Dhaka
 arrow Qinglin leaves Dhaka for Kathmandu
The Chairman of China People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Jia Qinglin left Dhaka yesterday for Kathmandu after a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Nationalarrow Peasants' rally protests 'repression' by Barind authorities
Hundreds of farmers of Barind region joined a huge peasant's rally at Godagari upazila on Sunday to protest what they said "continued repression on farmers" by the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority
 arrow 4 killed, 26 hurt in road mishaps in 3 dists
Four persons including a woman and a child were killed and at least 26 injured in road accidents in Mymensingh, Barisal and Jhalakathi on Monday an the day before.
 arrow Policemen replaced, 2 'closed'
Constables Abdul Karim and Bellal Hossain have been placed under suspension and 'closed' to Bagerhat police lines on charge of assaulting two personnel of Bangladesh Navy.
 arrow Sunken launch not salvaged in 7 days
River communication with Bhola is threatened with disruption as passenger launch that sank in the Pangashia channel on the night before the Eid is yet to be salvaged.
 arrow Dacoits loot house, gangrape woman in Bhola
Dacoits looted a house, abducted gangraped a housewife at Char Tatia in Borhanuddin in Bhola district.
 arrow All 12 accused chargesheeted in Biswanath double murder
Police have submitted charge sheet in the sensational murder of a pregnant housewife and her 18-month baby in Biswanath upazila.
 arrow My brother was tortured to death without charge
Senior Vice-president of city BNP and former lawmaker Abdul Gaffar Biswas alleged that his younger brother Tipu Biswas was tortured to death by Joint forces during the Operation Clean Heart.
 arrow Darsana Sugar Mills begins production
The Darsana Sugar Mills started sugarcane crushing on Monday.

Al Haj Mozammel Hoque MP formally inaugurated the crushing at a simple function held on the mills premises.

 arrow Two commit suicide
Two housewives committed suicide by taking poison here on Monday.
 arrow Police source chopped to death
A police source was chopped to death by smugglers in Surzanagar area near Boara Bazaar under the Sadar upazila on the outskirts of Comilla town on Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladeshis may not need to register with the INS anymore!
In early January of this year, when Attorney General John Ashcroft added Bangladesh to the list of terror-risk nations, requiring Bangladeshi males of over16 in the US to register with the Immigration
 arrow HIV/AIDS: A ticking time bomb?
There is a prevailing sense of comfort in the currently reported low incidence of HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acute Immuno-deficiency Disease Syndrome) in Bangladesh.
 arrow In defence of Corruption Perception Index
Combating corruption is considered a crucial step in stimulating economic growth and addressing issues like sustainable development and poverty.
 arrow Simple tips on 'back pain'
Almost every person, at some stage in his or her life, usually suffers more or less from back pain.
Culturearrow Melody makers from the land of Mozart
Dressed in stark black, with only a touch of vermilion in the pianist's costumes and the whites of their shirts, the Linos Ensemble, organised by the Goethe Institut, soothed the nerves of Dhaka concert
 arrow 'Art knows no boundary'
Awards are raining on actress Kiron Kher, wife of leading film personality and the head of India's film censor board Anupam Kher.
 arrow Reign man
It's official. You just can't beat King Khan.
 arrow Press Show of Adhiar
Saidul Anam Tutul, in association with Balaka Cinema, holds a press show of his debut feature film Adhiar today at 10 am at the Balaka Cinema Hall.
Generalarrow '10pc of population disabled in Bangladesh'
At least ten percent of total population of the country is disabled, said the authorities of National Disabled Welfare Foundation basing on a recent survey of World Health Organisation (WHO).
 arrow 35,000 suffer from kidney disease a year
About 20,000 people fall victim to end stage renal failure (ESRF) while another 15,000 develop acute kidney failure in the country every year, said nephrologists at a convention yesterday.
 arrow Godfathers of BNP, JCD involved in arms haul: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP yesterday expressed grave concern over a big haul of high-power firearms and ammunition from the "residence of a BNP leader at Badda, known as a fort of BNP.
 arrow Int'l Day for Disabled today
The International Day for the Disabled will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world with a renewed commitment to ensuring equal rights and privileges of the disabled in society.
Internationalarrow Doubts over bodies of slain Iraqis
The centre of the Iraqi town of Samarra was left devastated after ambushes of US troops sparked a massive response in which the military claimed 54 insurgents killed, but the only bodies were of eight
 arrow Nepal upbeat about Saarc summit
Nepal's Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa returned from a regional tour yesterday upbeat about a delayed South Asian summit amid easing tension between India and Pakistan.
 arrow Hutton inquiry refuses to allow Blair to see report in advance
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will have no advance warning of a report, expected early next year, into the death of British weapons expert David Kelly, London's Financial Times said yesterday.
 arrow 'Geneva plan shows peace is possible, but still elusive'
European newspapers welcomed the Geneva Initiative yesterday as proof that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible, but cautioned it would succeed only when officials embrace it.
 arrow Keep Zimbabwe isolated, UK urges C'wealth
Britain will urge fellow Common-wealth members to keep up pressure on its former colony Zimbabwe by maintaining a punitive suspension of Robert Mugabe's government at a summit in Nigeria later this week.
 arrow Powell implicitly warns Russia
US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday implicitly warned Russia against supporting separatists in Georgia, and expressed his backing for Georgia's new leader.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blood-letting in Iraq
No fewer than 54 Iraqis were killed in clashes with American troops in the Iraqi town of Samara last Monday.
 arrow Editorial: CHT accord
Another anniversary of signing the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord has just gone by, but instead of celebrating the day, the tribal community let it pass amid protestations.
 arrow Dr. B. Chowdury and the role of civil society
On 20th November last, former Bangladesh President Dr. A.Q.M Baddruddoza Chowdhury held an Iftar Party that included diplomats and representatives of civil society.
 arrow A girl with flowers
Moshe Dayan was a genius! Not just a military genius, but a political genius."

Bill Clinton was telling a story, something he does almost as well as he runs a government.

 arrow The different faces of democracy
Democracy is considered the best mechanism to run a popular government.
Letters to Editorarrow Iraq and other issues
As Gilgamesh (wise king of Uruk) ventured in the forest with his good friend Enkidu, thrice he dreamt. The first and the second, although terrifying to begin with, ended in comfort.
 arrow Dr. B's analysis
I wonder why Dr.
 arrow Needed: urgent DCC action
Right before the eyes of people, a slum has slowly been growing in the very heart of Dhanmondi Residential Area on the divider of main Satmasjid Road (with two Chinese restaurants, Xiamin and Jing Ling
 arrow Dr. Benkin's appeal
Dr. Richard Benkin's November 16 piece in the DS asking Bangladesh to recognise Israel reminded me of the so-called 1993 Oslo Peace Accord between Israel and the Palestinians.
 arrow Don't blame the UN
During the demolition of Iraq by the USA-UK combined forces, bypassing the UNSC resolution, the UN, an organisation that had been working for maintaining world peace and security received harsh criticism
 arrow Positive remarks
For their positive remarks (Nov. 16 and 22) about Bangladeshi people, I thank both Dr. Richard Benkin and Mrs. Roxane Rosemarie respectively. Dr.
 arrow Allah Hafez vs Khoda Hafez
Both Allah and Hafez are Arabic words and belong to Asma-ul- Hosna. The word Allah cannot be translated and it has no gender. Hence, Allah Hafez is absolutely correct and universally accepted.
 arrow Bush and Iraq war
No matter wherever he goes and how many conferences he attends, Mr. Bush will remain the most unpopular president in the world. His onslaught on Iraq not only cost many Iraqi lives but also many US soldiers'.
StarTecharrow Money matters on the phone
EVER imagined getting all your banking needs done at the touch of a button, an automated voice at your service 24/7? It's now a reality: a homebred software firm has developed solutions for phone banking.
 arrow Gala gathering to break digital divide
SIXTY-ONE heads of state and government are converging in Geneva from December 10 to 12 in the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
 arrow Financial suite helps treasury departments
AT the Association Of Financial Professionals Conference, Orlando on November 3, Oracle Corporation announced significant enhancements to Oracle Treasury, which will help companies achieve regulatorycompliance,
 arrow BASE offers Oracle University courses
Oracle Corporation, along with its education partner, BASE (Bangladesh Advanced Software Education) Limited is offering Oracle University's courses through its Workforce Development Program (WDP), says
Star Chittagongarrow Manpower shortage hits Chittagong Port
Premier seaport has long been facing an acute shortage of manpower.

It hampers usual and smooth functioning of official works regularly, a top official at Chittagong port said.

 arrow Awake our conscience! Now or never!
On the fateful night of 18 November at a remote village in Banshkhali eleven members of a Hindu family were roasted alive by a gang of 30 'beasts' who took only 70 minutes to accomplish mankind's oneof
 arrow Horror still haunts Dr Bimal
"The traumatic scene of that frightful night still haunts me and I can't forget the horror of the attack," said Dr Bimalendra Nath Shushil, the lone survivor of the arson attack in Banshkhali.
Star Cityarrow Steps to stop wilful honking of horns
The environment and forest ministry will finalise a draft on noise pollution control by December, drawn up by the Department of Environment (DoE).
 arrow Passion for flowers blossoming
Dhaka wears the look of a city of flowers with the arrival of winter.

There are more than 400 flower shops and the numbers are continuing to grow.

 arrow Free and easy days of cyber cafes go soon
The government has decided to draw up guidelines for the mushrooming cyber cafes, sources said.

There are around 300 cyber cafes in the city alone and their number is growing everyday.

 arrow DCC proposes, DMP disposes
The unavailability of sufficient police force prevented Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) from evicting illegal occupants out of seven of its plots and roads in the last two months.
 arrow Fund crisis puts tannery relocation in limbo
Efforts to relocate tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar under a project the government hopes will help the leather industry grow have snarled up largely because of fund crisis.
 arrow No remedy in sight?
Commuters have to spend at least two hours to cross a mere three-kilometre stretch of road from Jatrabari to Kanchpur due to a regular traffic jam.
 arrow Rajuk shuts ears to residents' appeal
Rajuk's recent allotment of a housing plot near Banani-Gulshan lake to a state minister has drawn flak from local residents, as the already vulnerable surface water drainage there may be affected further.