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Front Pagearrow 50 ADP projects ready for place in revenue budget
The government is now bringing all development projects under the revenue budget -- instead of implementing projects under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) -- for 'efficient implementation and tighter
 arrow Judicial council starts record of statement
For the first time in the country's judicial history, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) yesterday started camera proceedings to probe the allegations of misconduct against an additional judge of theHigh
 arrow Govt little worried over anti-Ahamadia ultimatum
The government appears little concerned about a one-week ultimatum by religious bigots to declare the Ahamadias non-Muslims and has made no move to resolve the crisis that many fear may escalate intoa
 arrow Harvest brings no smiles for them
Although the harvesting season is well underway, most people living on the Bijoy barrage in Rangpur's Gangachhara area are still under the grip of the monga or near-famine situation.
 arrow Another ethnic youth killed ahead of PCJSS hartal in CHT
Another indigenous youth was killed in Khagrachhari's Panchhari area yesterday ahead of tomorrow's general strike called by Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS).
 arrow Businessman in Ctg rescued after 6 hours
Police rescued a businessman in the early hours of yesterday, six hours after his abduction from East Firoz Shah Colony under Khulshi Police Station, and arrested five of the alleged abductors.
 arrow Yet another warning in Sarishabari
An anti-Ahamadia outfit at Sarishabari in Jamalpur yesterday gave the government a one-week ultimatum to declare the members of the sect non-Muslims in an echo of a similar action in Dhaka on Friday.
 arrow Badruddoza floats party in January
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will float his political party in January.
 arrow New power law on cards to curb theft
The government is enacting a tough law replacing the Electricity Act, 1910 in an attempt to curb power theft and cut down on systems loss.
 arrow "Eid-gate" obstructing traffic

 arrow Rumsfeld makes surprise visit to Iraq to review security
US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld flew into Iraq on an unannounced visit yesterday to review the security and political situation in the war-torn country, a day after four Iraqis and an American
 arrow Pizza Hut launches franchise in Dhaka
Pizza Hut, the world's most popular and largest pizza chain, formally opened its first franchise in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Commonwealth haggles over Zimbabwe
A summit of the Commonwealth is haggling over whether to readmit Zimbabwe, a row that has split the 54-nation body along racial lines.
 arrow Bodo rebels lay down arms
Tribal guerrillas lowered the rebel flag yesterday before Indian officials to symbolically end a seven-year insurgency that left some 2,000 people dead in the northeastern state of Assam.
 arrow Cinema blasts probe sees no headway even after a year
Police have made no headway in the probe into the cinema bomb blasts in the town even after a year.
 arrow Cricket for rights of poor
The United Nations yesterday turned to cricket and leaflets to draw Bangladesh's attention to a study calling for an overhaul of the judiciary and police force to better serve the poor.
 arrow HC asks govt to explain CEC's salary hold-up
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government and the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) to explain within two weeks why the directive to hold up salaries of the chief election commissioner
 arrow Rejoinder
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday contradicted a report headlined 'Mahi, Babar squabble on Biman flight' which The Daily Star ran on Thursday.
 arrow Speaker, his deputy sit to bury hatchet
Both the speaker and deputy speaker held a closed-door meeting yesterday in a bid to thrash out their differences.

The prime minister last week intervened following press reports on the acrimony.

 arrow Miss World 2003

 arrow Correction
In our report published on December 6 under the headline "Govt takes hard line on contractual service", it was mistakenly mentioned that the contract of Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau Shahjahan
 arrow JS body decides meet on Dhaka traffic management
The parliamentary standing committee on the home ministry has decided to hold a meeting with all the ministries concerned and parliamentary standing committees to find out ways to improve traffic management
 arrow More Gajar fish die at Shahjalal's shrine
The number of gajar fish found dead due to still unknown reasons in the pond at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in the city stood at 567 till Friday night.
 arrow Ataur Rahman's anniversary of death today
The 12th death anniversary of Ataur Rahman Khan, former chief minister of erstwhile Pakistan, will be observed today.
 arrow Police claim success
Police and intelligence agents claimed to have found some important leads and established the identity of the guilty of the Banshkhali bloodbath by grilling the prime suspect held in a sweep three days
 arrow Supporters of slain UP chairman torch 20 houses in Chandpur
Twenty houses in Motlab upazila were set ablaze yesterday in retaliation to the murder of a union parishad (UP) chairman in Dhaka on Friday.
 arrow Proceedings against Aziz Bhai, Banti stayed
The High Court yesterday stayed for six months the proceedings of film star Sohel Chowdhury murder case against Aziz Mohammad Bhai and Banti Islam pending with the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Dhaka.
 arrow No progress in Mahakhali arms haul
The investigation into Friday's arms and ammunition haul at Mahakhali has made no headway, with police failing to find any significant clue.
 arrow Body of youth recovered
Badda police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of an unidentified young man yesterday.

Locals informed police about a suspicious sack at East Khilbarirtek in Badda at around 3:00pm.

Businessarrow DSE general index crosses 1000-mark for first time
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index crossed 1000-mark yesterday for the first time since its introduction two years ago.
 arrow Dhaka firm to maintain previous stances
Bangladesh will remain firm on its previous stances with regard to LDC issues in the World trade Organisation (WTO) during its general council meeting scheduled for December 15-16 in Geneva.
 arrow Saarc trade fair starts in Dhaka on Dec 27
A five-day Saarc Trade Fair will begin in Dhaka on December 27 aiming at expanding intra-regional trade among the seven Saarc countries.
 arrow Joint task force with Nepal formed
Bangladesh embassy in Nepal and the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) have formed a joint taskforce to find out ways and means for strengthening bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries.
 arrow Firms from 6 countries display products
A total of 27 companies from six countries including Bangladesh are showcasing a wide array of products at the four-day international architectural building materials exhibition, which began at DhakaSheraton
 arrow Lanka central bank governor due Tuesday
Governor of the central bank of Sri Lanka AS Jayawardne arrives in Dhaka Tuesday to open a branch of a leading Sri Lankan bank here.
 arrow Ecnec okays Tk 935cr projects
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved nine development projects, involving nearly Tk 935 crore, including Tk 466 crore in project aid.
 arrow Management deal renewal for Dhaka Sheraton Wednesday
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc and Bangladesh Services Limited, owner of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, will renew the management contract to operate the hotel under Sheraton brand for the next five
 arrow IDLC cuts home loan interest rate
Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Limited has reduced interest rate on home loan products from 15.75 per cent to 14.25 per cent for priority clients and to 14.
 arrow Call money rate falls
The call money rate fell down further yesterday, thanks to inflow of funds from the government's exchequer last week, fund managers said.

The inter-bank money rate touched its intra-day high at 8.

 arrow StanChart receives best bank award
Standard Chartered Bank has been awarded the "Best Bank" in emerging Asian currencies and emerging African/ Middle East currencies in 2003 by FX Week, says a press release.
 arrow New convenor of Merchant Bankers Assoc
Ziaul Quddus, chief executive of Swadesh Investment Management Limited, has been made convenor of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association recently.
 arrow Fast Super Glue
Fast Corporation (Pvt) Ltd has launched Fast Super Glue.

Patro Plus, the production unit of Dhaka-based Fast Group, has manufactured the glue, says a press release.

 arrow Asian forex reserves hit record $1.85 trillion
Asian foreign exchange reserves have hit a record high of $1.
 arrow Lifting of US steel tariffs double victory for WTO
The World Trade Organisation won a double victory with the decision by Washington to lift steel tariffs -- proving even its biggest members must obey the rules, while preventing a global trade war.
 arrow Globalisation U-turn may increase inflation
A reversal in the globalisation trend could sharply increase global inflation, which has declined significantly since the early 1980s, according to the IMF's former chief economist, Ken Rogoff.
Sportsarrow Football: Brits in same boat
England must overcome the homegrown challenge of neighbours Wales and Northern Ire-land as they bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany after the qualifying draw here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Zico expects tough time
Asian Cup champions Japan said Satur-day they would take nothing for granted in their football World Cup qualifying campaign even though they had been drawn into what was generally seen as an easy group.
 arrow Football: How to get to the 2006 World Cup
Draw for the preliminary qualification round for the 2006 World Cup:

EUROPEGroup 1: Czech Republic, Holland, Romania, Finland, Macedonia, Armenia, Andorra.

 arrow Cricket: Giles, bad light save England
Tail-ender Ashley Giles batted doggedly for more than a session as England survived a Muttiah Muralitharan scare in poor light to salvage a draw in the first Test against Sri Lanka here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan very happy
England captain Michael Vaughan praised his players for showing character and guts against Sri Lanka as they narrowly avoided defeat in the first Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Experts welcomed by Whatmore
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore welcomed an initiative announced last week by the Bangladesh Cricket Board that it would be hiring a number of specialists to assist him before the tour of Zimbabwe nextFebruary.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab quits U-19 camp?
Promising batsman Aftab Ahmed didn't join the Bangladesh Under-19 camp since it resumed at the BKSP on November 15 after the Pakistan tour.
 arrow Golf: Mercedes Golf meet prizes distributed
The prize distribution ceremony of the Mercedes Trophy Golf Tourna-ment was held at the Bhatiary Golf Club in Chittagong on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Mega Power Cup cricket meet on
The Mega Power Cup cricket tournament started at the Meghnaghat Power Limited Cricket field on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM plans for new format
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) is planning to bring some changes in the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League format to make it more competitive.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns gives in?
New Zealand captain Chris Cairns feels it would be hard for his exhausted side to avert Pakistan's clean sweep when the sides meet in the fifth and final one-day international at Pindi Stadium here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cisse to miss Euro 2004
Djibril Cisse, the most exciting French striker in Ligue 1, will almost certainly miss Euro 2004 after being banned for five matches for kicking an opponent in an under-21 international against Portugal.
 arrow Football: Giggs given 2-game ban
Ryan Giggs will miss the opening two matches of Wales' 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign after European football's governing body UEFA found him guilty of misconduct for elbowing an opponent.
 arrow Football: Mendieta has a dream
Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta has set his sights on a recall to the Spanish national side for the Euro 2004 finals after rediscovering his best form in the Premier League.
Politicalarrow Khaleda asks top BNP leaders to launch massive party activities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed her senior cabinet colleagues to embark on massive organisational and mass contact programmes to face the opposition.
Metropolitanarrow Media centre to be set up at JPC
Jatiya Press Club (JPC) will establish a modern media centre with the help of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Citycell) soon.
 arrow 4 held in Raozan BNP leader murder case
Raozan police yesterday arrested four people in connection with the murder of Abu Taher, a local UP chairman and BNP leader.

Sources said the arrested are not FIR-named persons.

 arrow Jahangir Alam's body arrives tomorrow
The body of Jahangir Alam Mina (Kabul), younger brother of Liakat Ali, editor of the daily Purbanchal of Khulna, will be flown to Dhaka from the USA by a Bangladesh Biman flight tomorrow morning, says
Point-Counterpointarrow To win the war on terror, America must tackle Israel first
In the aftermath of September 11, there was a hope that before the inevitable American retaliation, there would be a few moments of American reflection on the possible causes behind the atrocious attack
 arrow Environmental hazards: Are we dealing with them properly?
I am not going to write about natural disasters over which, we, the human beings, do not have much control.
 arrow 9-11: The biggest intelligence failure in US history
Question -- Is this weird tale A) true or B) a figment spun by my wild imagination? In December 1993, radical Arab organisations, including representatives of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian
Culturearrow Dynamic display from "Opar Bangla"
Habibur Rahman, who is now settled in Kolkata, began his remarkable solo at "Chitrak" recently.
 arrow 'No' to 'commercial' songs
Inspired by her father, famous singer Mahmudun Nabi, Fahmida Nabi started to sing when she was very young. Although her mother never performed in public, she was a good singer as well.
 arrow ITI Theatre Festival and Seminar
Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has organised a Theatre Festival and an international seminar entitled 'Celebrating Diversity' from December 9 to December16.
Generalarrow Pakshey Bridge likely to open for traffic in March
Traffic movement over Pakshey Bridge is expected to begin in next March, three months ahead of the schedule.
 arrow Proceedings of frigate case against Hasina stayed
The High Court yesterday stayed proceedings of the frigate scam case pending with the lower court against former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina.
Internationalarrow Powell stays with ME roadmap
AP, Reuters, Washington/ New York

The Israeli and Palestinian authors of a private Middle East peace plan presented their proposals to Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday but were unable to alter

 arrow Pakistan fails to revoke C'wealth suspension
Pakistan's efforts to get its suspension from Commonwealth revoked failed with the 54-nation grouping holding that no progress has been made for restoration of full parliamentary democracy in the country.
 arrow China blasts Taiwan for 'dangerous provocation'
On the eve of Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the United States, China yesterday blasted Taiwan's president for a "dangerous provocation" over his plan for a "defensive referendum".
 arrow Suspected Taliban bomb hurts 20 in Afghan city
A bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded in the main market of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar yesterday, wounding at least 20 people, police and witnesses said.
 arrow World leaders condemn Russian train blast
World leaders condemned what Britain called a "vicious attack" on a Russian commuter train, in which at least 42 people were killed and more than 200 injured Friday.
 arrow Video shows new angle of Sept 11 attacks
US television networks ran clips from a video posted on an al-Qaeda linked website, showing two planes hitting the World Trade Centre and taped from an angle apparently never seen before.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-Ahamadia demonstrations
Anti-Ahamadia zealots demonstrated against the sect again Friday and have given the government a one-week ultimatum to declare Ahamadias non-Muslims.
 arrow Editorial: Guest birds
Now that school children have joined the chorus, cursing the killers of migratory birds, the unkind fellows engaged in the cruel business should show a greater sensitivity to the issue.
 arrow Farmers and free markets
Liberalisation of the crop sector covering both input and output aspects is believed to have contributed to agricultural growth and in ensuring food security in Bangladesh.
 arrow An elusive peace
Anewspaper published the other day a cartoon showing President Pervez Musharraf in the UN building lobby and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at some distance with his aide whispering in his ear, "Sir,
Letters to Editorarrow A time to deconstruct a mistake
The PM of Japan is undoubtedly a man of honour. He is not prepared to break his promise to his friend; is determined to dispatch his "self defence" forces to Iraq.
 arrow MPs dine with HIV Carriers
I would like to congratulate you for the sensitive coverage by your esteemed paper to the luncheon meeting between the lawmakers and HIV positive persons (Dec 3).
 arrow Third force in Bangladesh politics
Star Healtharrow Women bear the brunt of arsenic contamination
Arsenic is a toxic heavy metal found in nature. In human it can cause serious health hazard if ingested in toxic amounts.
Star Cityarrow Latest on the list of lake encroachers
At least eight people grabbed part of the Gulshan-Baridhara Lake, the latest in the long line of encroachers including the owner of Mariam Towers.
 arrow Endless wait for justice
His mother has offered Nafl (extra) prayer everyday for the last five years, his sister has sleepless nights remembering that dreadful moment and his father can only hope for justice to prevail.
 arrow Passports in the pipeline to stave off shortage
The government has started importing 14 lakh more new passports on an urgent basis to stave off a probable crisis within the next three to four months.
 arrow Preparations on for Biswa Ijtema from Dec 27
Preparations are on for this year's Biswa Ijtema, the biggest congregation of Muslims next to Hajj, at Tongi.

The three-day Ijtema, organised by the Tablig Jammat, will begin from December 27.

 arrow Hawkers demand separate ministry for them!
More than 15 lakh hawkers in the city, fear being thrown out of business in repeated police crackdowns, urged implementation of a 11-point demand, including forming a national policy and a separate ministry
 arrow Spreading knowledge for development
Looking for the most recent data on women's rights? Then head off for the Community Development Library (CDL), situated on road no 14A in Dhanmondi, in the city.
 arrow Architects debate globalisation
Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) has organised a seminar on challenges facing Asian architects due to globalisation. The six-day meet is scheduled to start today in Dhaka.
Star City in Framesarrow Riverside Rayer Bazar
Rayer Bazar's once famous Pal Para potter community is almost inactive today, but pottery from surrounding areas is still brought here by boat and stacked for later resale.