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Front Pagearrow Shop owners seek police protection from extortionists
Shop owners yesterday sought round-the-year government protection from extortionists.
 arrow Int'l passengers in ticket dilemma
International passengers have bumped into trouble as most of them cannot book or confirm tickets from Bangladesh following a court injunction suspending operation of Amadeus, a leading ticket reservation
 arrow Ministerial body skirts making suggestions
The inter-ministerial committee on trade union activities in exclusive industrial zones shied away from making any comprehensive recommendations, pegging the issue as too sensitive.
 arrow Municipality polls in May next year
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to hold the next polls in 133 municipalities in a single day in the first week of next May at a meeting marked by heated arguments among the election commissioners.
 arrow Mahi for ouster of party corrupt, criminals
Ruling BNP lawmaker and former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury's son Mahi B Chowdhury yesterday declared a war against criminals and corrupt persons in the party and asked party leadership to conduct
 arrow Spl savings scheme to replace existing ones
The government is considering introduction of a special savings scheme in place of the existing ones, said Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Lonely cradle rocks to evoke tortured memory
The burnt remains of a mud house in a Banshkhali village still suck visitors back into the horror that descended on 11 of a Hindu family in sleep.
 arrow Shopping bags, farm machines on display
The country's first-ever exposition of agro-based products and technologies showcased a wide range of innovations drawing attention of entrepreneurs and consumers alike.
 arrow PM stresses training for armed forces
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed training up members of the armed forces to have them up to date with fast-changing military tactics across the globe.
 arrow Dy speaker vacates JS rooms
Four days after the prime ministerial intervention, Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui yesterday vacated the much-talked-about two rooms at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
 arrow Top civil admin posts reshuffled
The government yesterday reshuffled some top posts in the civil administration.
 arrow UP chairman shot dead in Raozan
Gunmen sprayed bullets on a pro-BNP union parishad (UP) chairman reportedly with AK-47 assault rifle in Raozan upazila while a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activist was shot dead in Hathazari upazila yesterday
 arrow BJP topples Congress in two states
Riding high on a strong anti-incumbency wave, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday stormed back to power in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states dethroning ruling Congress which managed to retain
 arrow Yangon starts bridge work soon to link Dhaka
Myanmar will soon start constructing Tungbru Bridge for the proposed direct road link between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
 arrow BSF kills 2 farmers
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) reportedly gunned down two Bangladeshi farmers at Singhnagar border of Shibganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Suhrawardy's anniversary of death today
The 40th death anniversary of Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy will be observed today.
 arrow Finally, the days of hardship are over...
 arrow Ahamadias get fresh threat
Locals of East Nakhalpara plunged into a new swell of panic, as an anti-Ahamadia khatib (preacher) vowed to offer Juma prayers in the Ahamadia Mosque there after grabbing it today.
 arrow SM Ali's 75th anniversary of birth today
Today is the 75th birth anniversary of Syed Mohammad Ali, better known as SM Ali, founder Editor of The Daily Star.

SM Ali was born in Sylhet in 1928.

 arrow Innocent Jamal tastes freedom after 2 1/2 years
After serving two and a half years at the child correctional centre at Tongi, 14-year-old Jamal was released Wednesday evening.
 arrow On-bail mugger guns down college student to avenge arrest
An alleged mugger released on bail last night gunned down a college student who caught and handed him over to police, a high police official who went to the scene said.
 arrow Mighty Meghna
 arrow C'wealth meets today under shadow of north-south split
The 52 leaders of the Common-wealth of Nations are to meet today in Abuja for a summit designed to promote democracy and development but overshadowed by the threat of a north-south split over Zimbabwe.
 arrow 12 Indians still in Rajshahi jail after serving out 15-day term
Twelve Indian nationals have been confined to Rajshahi Central Jail for more than two years although they served out their 15-day jail term in 2001.
 arrow Vajpayee certain to attend summit in Islamabad
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will make a rare visit to Pakistan next month for a regional summit, a trip that could speed peace moves between the nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow Larma challenged on demands for CHT peace
The chairman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB), Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, yesterday challenged Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma, saying he was ready to quit from the body if he could guarantee
 arrow Shahjahan given additional charge of BSS
The information ministry yesterday gave one of its joint secretaries the additional charge of the managing director and chief editor of state-run BSS news agency for an interim period.
Businessarrow Shares with strong fundamentals rule bourses
Scrips with strong fundamentals dominated both the stock exchanges yesterday after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading of 16 Z category shares Wednesday.
 arrow Lack of political will retards trade in S Asia
Lack of political will and positive mindsets of the governments is one of the main hindrances to expanding intra-regional trade among South Asian nations, speakers at a discussion in Dhaka observed yesterday.
 arrow Food exporters sans USFDA registration to run into trouble
Speakers at a seminar yesterday warned if local exporters of food, beverage and medicine are not registered with the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) by the December 12, 2003 deadline exports tothe
 arrow French trade show gets underway
French companies are displaying various products, services and technologies at a trade show organised as part of French Forum 2003 that began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Call money rate keeps falling
The call money rate continued easing yesterday, thanks to inflow of funds from the government's exchequer due to retirement of treasury bills, fund managers said.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar was strong against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday due to weekend demand from some dealers and importers, dealers said.
 arrow Japan, S Korea, China to set up joint venture plants in EPZs
Japan, South Korea and China will jointly set up several bio-recycling plants in both Comilla and Ishwardi Export Processing Zones.
 arrow Qatar Airways to take part in int'l aerospace event
Qatar Airways will participate in the 8th International Aerospace Event begins Sunday in Dubai.
 arrow Bush expected to lift steel tariffs
President Bush likely will lift steep tariffs he imposed on foreign steel 20 months ago but soften the blow on the domestic steel industry by announcing new measures designed to protect against unfair
Sportsarrow Football: Win or bust for hosts
It will be make or break for hosts Bangladesh when they take on Nepal in the last match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Group Five qualifiers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in
 arrow Cricket: Rahul urges India to keep fighting
Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday urged his teammates to keep fighting as Australia comprehensively claimed the opening day of their four-match Test series at the Gabba.
 arrow Cricket: Aus prove Saurav wrong
India's decision to send Australia into bat on a green Gabba pitch backfired as Steve Waugh's world-beaters powered to a commanding position after the opening day of the first Test in Brisbane on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali gives SL edge
Spinners Gareth Batty and Ashley Giles shared four big wickets to lead England's fightback against a Muttiah Muralitharan-inspired Sri Lanka in the opening cricket Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns wants to win some
With an inexperienced side on his hands, New Zealand captain Chris Cairns is looking for at least one win against Pakistan as the two sides prepare for the fourth one-day match here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB confirms Namibia trip
The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday officially confirmed that national cricket team will have a 12-day conditioning camp in Namibia prior to the tour of Zimbabwe next February and March.
 arrow Cricket: Senior Div football starts Dec 17
The Senior Division Football League will start in the capital from December 17.
 arrow Cricket: BD schools post wins
Two Bangladeshi schools won their respective School World Cup matches in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Nat'l marathon swimming
The seventh National Marathon Swimming Competition takes place on the River Mahananda Chapai-nawabganj today at 10 am.
 arrow Cricket: 'I'm the luckiest bloke'
Australian first-day centurion Justin Langer sees two sides to being caught off a no-ball early in his innings against India in the opening cricket Test at the Gabba here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: WI off to winning start
Daren Ganga made a solid 70 and Brian Lara hit a lightning half-century as the West Indies scored a 12-run win against the Nicky Oppenheimer XI in the opening match of their tour of South Africa Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Wait for more of Muralitharan!
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan Thursday warned England of a tough time ahead in their ongoing Test series.
 arrow Tennis: ATP to protect itself from match-fixing
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) plans to build a 'firewall' between itself and the betting industry in a bid to contain the threat of match-rigging and internet gambling.
 arrow Football: Time to set pulses racing
More than 900 days before the first ball is kicked at the 2006 World Cup finals teams from Europe to Oceania will on Friday learn who they must overcome to win a place in Germany.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Raul revel
Ronaldo notched up one of the fastest goals in Spanish footbal history to set Real Madrid on their way to a 2-0 victory over local rivals Atletico Madrid, and also to the top of the Spanish first division,
 arrow Football: Liverpool, MU crash out
Gerard Houllier's patience with his under-performing Liverpool stars finally snapped after his side was dumped out of the League Cup by Bolton.
 arrow Football: An Arabian white knight
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa might not be a household name for soccer fans but he could be the white knight who rescues Leeds United from extinction.
 arrow Hertha blown apart
Werder Bremen warmed up for Saturday's clash with Bayern Munich in fine style crushing Hertha Berlin 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals of the German Cup.
Politicalarrow BCL demands end to harassment of 5 DU teachers
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at a rally yesterday demanded an end to harassment of five Dhaka University teachers.
 arrow 2 JCD activists held on abduction charges, freed
The two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) members arrested Wednesday on abduction charges were released yesterday after police interrogation.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why do people hate us?
I saw the huge London demo and rally, life warm, on that cold and damp November 20; it was one of the biggest marches I have seen.
 arrow Media is critical to good governance in Bangladesh
Despite the continuing efforts of Bangladesh and its partners to enhance the quality of governance in the country, it is still suffering, among other things, from numerous and diverse governance related
 arrow Shellgame election spurs political crisis in Georgia
The Republic of Georgia was established in 1995 and has an estimated population of just under six million.
Culturearrow Mixing memories with desire
The four-days workshop by Bengal Foundation in winter last year found permanence in the fortnight long exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Tariq Anam an erudite artiste
During the early '80s to the early '90s, which might be termed as the golden decade of our television drama, the BTV viewers enjoyed the bold appearance of a few notable actors.
Generalarrow Kingbadantir Kathakata launched
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Kingbadantir Kathakata' was held at the National Press Club yesterday.

The 'Kingbadantir Kathakata' is a memorial book on poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah.

 arrow Supplement govt efforts for development
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the Lions clubs to supplement the government efforts for development particularly in promoting education and fighting poverty.
 arrow Transport owners threaten countrywide agitation
Transport operators have threatened to launch a countrywide agitation if the authorities do not withdraw BRTC service from three upazilas of Sylhet district immediately.
 arrow Diarrhoeal diseases claim 40,000 children a year
The 10th Asian Conference on Diarrhoeal Diseases and Nutrition begins in Dhaka on December 7.

This year the theme of the conference is " Improving Child Health and Nutrition.

 arrow Housewife killed for dowry
A man killed his wife following an altercation over dowry in their house at Fulbaria in Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Prisoner dies at RMCH
A convicted prisoner of Rajshahi Central Jail died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Wednesday night.
 arrow SCF vows to resist sale of DU admission form
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday vowed to resist the sale of admission forms of Dhaka University (DU) if their demand for withdrawal of increased priceis
 arrow New time of US embassy student centre
The Student Advising Centre of the American Centre, US Embassy in Bangladesh, will follow a new time schedule from December 7.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on college teacher
The leg tendons of a college teacher were severed by unknown assailants in Gopalganj on Wednesday.
 arrow Editorial: Caring for the disabled
The National Disabled Welfare Foundation drawing on a recent World Bank survey has put the figure of mentally and physically retarded people in the country at 10 per cent of the population.
 arrow The war within Islam
Americans can be so obtuse sometimes. Thomas Friedman's column in the New York Times last week, entitled Letter from Tikrit, is a case in point.
 arrow The irony of George Bush
The irony of George W. Bush fighting against terrorism has the curious resonance of the drunkard's joke.
 arrow The TI report and the rationale of our reactions
We experience an uproar every time Transparency International publishes its report on corruption.
Letters to Editorarrow World AIDS Day
The people across the globe observed World AIDS Day on December 1. At present, AIDS is an epidemic. But, sadly, the world leaders keep mum. They are gung-ho to augment their military arsenal.
 arrow Why Taslima Nasrin is so controversial?
"Amar Meybella," "Lajja," "Utal Hawa," and at last "Ka" -- it is Taslima who has written so many controversial books in Bangladesh and has given so many people a chance to write something against her.
 arrow Tension across the CHT
The plan of unsettling the CHT unless the government implements its pledge by December 31, as pronounced by Santu Larma, has stirred the debate once again that the governmental indolence in the implementation
 arrow A question
Last week a student of mine who is in grade six asked me, "Sir, When Bangladesh Taka (BT) is so strong against the US Dollar, why is it so weak against fish and vegetables?"

Being a maths teacher,I

 arrow Our manners need work
Every society, in a wider sense, every country has certain mannerisms and practices that regulate the life and activity of its members in order that a nation may progress in harmony, discipline and peace.
 arrow VCs these days
I refer to the letter from Professor M. Zahidul Haque (Dec 2) of Shere-Bangla Agricultural University Dhaka.
 arrow On third party
It is more evident than ever that the majority of people are disappointed with the existing two-party political trend.
 arrow Living with Kalashnikovs
I must express my heartiest gratitude to the SI of Badda police station and four other members of police who put their lives on the line to recover those lethal weapons and at the same time I pray for
 arrow Banskhali tragedy and its politicisation
The horror of Banshkhali tragedy has shocked all of us. We condemn such an insensitive and shameful act. The criminals behind this gruesome act should be brought to light and given exemplary punishment.
 arrow Banshkhali: Echoes of Partition?
The Dec 3 issue of Daily Star printed a haunting interview with Dr Bimalendra Nath Shushil, the lone survivor of the arson attacks on a Hindu family in Banshkhali.
 arrow Munna of Dhanmondi!
"Before he left he shouted at me and told me that he was known as "Munna of Dhanmondi" (as if I should have known of him or perhaps I should have).
 arrow Khoda Hafez vs Allah Hafez: A critical inquiry
(The writer answers)

To the best of my knowledge, the word 'Khoda' refers to 'one and only' God and has no polytheistic connotation. Mr.

Environmentarrow Zeroing in on climate change
Just last October, when the US senate debated a bill that would have curbed emissions of carbon dioxide, the most critical greenhouse gas, Republican Sen.
Worldarrow Israel to scale down raids if militants halt attacks
Israel will scale back its military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if the Palestinians pledge to halt attacks on Israel, a senior defense official said yesterday as Palestinian militant groups
 arrow US can't accept EU defence plan, says Powell
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that Washington could not accept EU defence plans which double up with NATO, while welcoming any proposals which boost Europe's military muscle.
 arrow India steps up fencing along Kashmir border
The Indian army said yesterday it was taking advantage of a truce with Pakistan to step up fencing of the divided border in Kashmir to prevent Islamic rebels from crossing.
 arrow US forces kill 1, capture 63 during raids in Iraq
US paratroopers killed one "enemy" and captured 63 in a series of patrols over the last 24 hours west of the Iraqi capital, the coalition said in a statement yesterday.
 arrow Koizumi okays dispatch of 1,100 troops to Iraq
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has approved the dispatch of around 1,100 troops to Iraq after hearing a report from his defence chief, a report said yesterday.
 arrow 'UK foiled plot against London-US flight'
A US television network reported Wednesday that British police foiled a plot to blow up a jet on a Britain-US flight with the arrest last week of a suspected Muslim radical.
 arrow S Korea urges US to ease stance on North Korea
South Korea's key envoy on North Korea urged the United States yesterday to take a softer stance toward the communist country amid signs that a new round of nuclear crisis talks could be delayed.
 arrow Rumsfeld talks disarmament issue with Afghan warlords
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld began a one-day visit to Afghanistan yesterday with the focus on issues ranging from war on the Taliban to efforts to rein in provincial warlords and narcotics traffic.
 arrow World facing 'decisive moment' says Annan
The world is facing a "decisive moment in history," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a newspaper article yesterday, announcing that a panel set up to review the role of the United Nations in the
 arrow US court strikes down part of anti-terror law
A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down part of a 1996 federal anti-terrorism law, saying the government's definition of what constituted "material support" to foreign terror groups was too vague.