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Front Pagearrow 19 more robbers lynched on Noakhali chars
Mobs of locals in South Char Clerk, Urir Char, Munshi Hat and Bayar Char lynched 19 alleged jungle bandits yesterday, taking the number of such fatalities in two days of frenzied attacks to 27 until 9:45
 arrow Major cabinet reshuffle ahead of new year likely
Axe may fall on over a dozen ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle ahead of the new year for poor performance and reported involvement in corruption.
 arrow Municipal chairman killed in Rajshahi
An Awami League (AL) leader was killed by suspected underground operatives in Rajshahi while a BNP leader was knifed to death in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Pricewaterhouse gets job to run Agrani Bank
The government yesterday approved appointment of Pricewaterhouse Coopers of Hong Kong as the consultancy to reform and run the Agrani Bank management.
 arrow Thai Exim Bank to foot 60pc bill for elevated express highway in city
Thai Exim Bank will finance the construction of an18-km elevated express highway around all important traffic points in Dhaka for a "permanent solution" to nagging traffic jams in the capital city.
 arrow Graft plagues housing ministry, JS body observes
Corruption thrives in the Housing and Public Works Ministry where government service rules concerning transfer of officials are not followed, observed a parliamentary body yesterday.
 arrow Minister snubs demand for declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim
State Minister for Religious Affairs Mosharef Hossain Shajahan yesterday rejected a demand for declaring the Ahmadiyya sect non-Muslim, a rallying cry that led religious bigots to stage a hate-filleddemonstration
 arrow Dhaka shuts Baghdad mission over terror threat
Bangladesh has temporarily shut down its Iraqi mission in Baghdad in the face of overall insecurity and several threats of terrorist attacks.
 arrow BSF guns down 2 in C'nawabganj
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi farmers at Kironganj village under Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
 arrow Mists and chill

 arrow AL scans B Chy's move Thursday
A month into the 'third force' hype on the political stage, the central working committee of the Awami League (ALCWC) sits on Thursday to take stock of the situation and chalk out organisational problems.
 arrow Rally demands curbs on sale of toxic vegetables
Speakers at a rally in the city yesterday urged the government to ban sale of all kinds of fruits and vegetables contaminated by toxic pesticides, unwanted chemicals and poisonous colours immediately.
 arrow Zimbabwe quits C'wealth over suspension
Zimbabwe said it was quitting the Commonwealth after the organisation extended its suspension of the southern African country for violating its democratic principles Sunday.
 arrow Torched homes force them to live in the open
Seventeen indigenous families in Bhatrandra village in Niamatpur upazila of Naogaon are living a miserable life under the open sky for the last seven days as their makeshift houses on a piece of khas(government-owned)
 arrow 6 journos hurt as BNP men attack Jhalakathi meet
Ruling BNP activists yesterday attacked Jhalakathi Press Club and local Daily Shatakantha office and foiled a protest meeting, injuring seven including six journalists.
 arrow PM leaves for Geneva this morning
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Geneva this morning to attend the first ever World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
 arrow Nepalese PM due Dec 17
Nepalese Prime Minister and Chairperson of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Surya Bahadur Thapa arrives in Dhaka on December 17.
 arrow Suspended rail staff force their reinstatement
Two suspended railway employees leading a gang of over 30 people took control of the railway divisional traffic superintendent(DTS)'s office at around 12noon Sunday and forced the DTS to withdraw thesuspension
 arrow DU admission form prices cut
Following a decision by Dhaka University's General Admission Committee, authorities yesterday withdrew the recent price increase in admission test forms.
 arrow Sikder, 4 others sent to jail
All five men detained Sunday for making unauthorised entry into a restricted area of Shah Amanat International Airport with a shotgun were sent to jail custody by a metropolitan magistrate's court yesterday.
 arrow Hartal in CHT ends quietly
A dawn-to-dusk hartal in the three districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) called by Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was observed yesterday by and large peacefully.
 arrow Shoib Chy sent to jail
Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury, arrested from Zia International Airport (ZIA) November 29 for his alleged Mossad connection was sent to jail yesterday on completion of a seven-day remand.
 arrow Acid attacks may be tried in speedy tribunals
The government will consider dealing with acid attacks under the Speedy Trial Tribunal for quick disposal of the cases, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Three female NGO workers rescued after seven hours
A joint team of police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday rescued three female workers of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) from a deep forest in Naikhyanchhari upazila of Bandarban district after
 arrow Prosecution witnesses give deposition in Sujan murder
Five metropolitan magistrates of Dhaka, prosecution witnesses in former BNP lawmaker Shahjahan Howlader Sujan murder case, gave their depositions before a court yesterday.
 arrow US soldier killed in Iraq
A US soldier was killed Monday outside a gas station in an apparent drive-by shooting in northern Iraq, the US military said.
 arrow Yemen supports Bangladesh's candidature for OIC secy-gen
The Republic of Yemen has offered its support to Bangladesh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Govt's plea to newspapers
The Cabinet Division yesterday asked all dailies to publish confirmed reports on decisions taken at cabinet meetings after the government issues press releases on the outcome of those meetings.
 arrow Hajj flight from Dec 31
The hajj flight will start from December 31. A total of 12 flights will also operate from Chittagong to carry pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Businessarrow DSE move to revise status of listed companies
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has decided to place six listed companies in higher categories and relegate eight others taking into account the fundamentals of those companies as well as their recentperformances.
 arrow Double-digit GDP growth possible if violence curbed
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the country can achieve a double-digit GDP growth rate if the nation can contain violence, cut down unnecessary expenditures and reach politicalconsensus.
 arrow Saarc officials meet Dec 27 to finalise Safta document
Commerce secretaries of the seven Saarc countries will meet in Islamabad from December 27 to finalise the Safta document for forwarding it to the forum's Summit, scheduled for January 4-6 in the Pakistan
 arrow Int'l architectural building materials exhibition ends
The four-day international architectural building materials exhibition, which began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Friday, concluded yesterday.
 arrow Weighted average index withdrawn
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday withdrew the Weighted Average Index from Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges with effect from today (Tuesday).
 arrow Trade thru' Benapole disrupted
Export-import through the Benapole land port was disrupted yesterday.

Officials at the port said that the problem was created by Indian BSF at Petrapole.

 arrow Thai restaurant opens in Dhaka
With a wide array of authentic Thai dishes a restaurant -- @ Corner -- has started its journey in Dhaka.

Thai Ambassador in Dhaka Phithak Phrombubpha formally inaugurated the restaurant on Sunday.

 arrow Citigroup awarded best bank in e-cash management
Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank NA, has been awarded the best bank in electronic cash management by the Euromoney Magazine in 2003.
 arrow Square Pharma, CDBL sign deal on conversion of shares
Square Pharmaceuticals Limited signed an agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) on Sunday for conversion of its physical share certificates into electronic ones in the Central
 arrow Thai Airlines celebrates 30th anniversary of Bangkok-Frankfurt connection
Thai Airlines has celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Bangkok-Frankfurt connection at Sheraton Airport Hotel in Germany recently.
 arrow Emirates signs deal with HSBC to buy Airbus
Emirates has signed a US$111.4 million (12.1 billion Japanese yen) financing agreement with HSBC for a new Airbus A340-500.
 arrow New chairman of Pragati Ins
Khalilur Rahman, chairman of KDS Group, has been elected chairman of Pragati Insurance Limited.
 arrow Grey Worldwide high official in Dhaka
Grey Worldwide Regional Creative Director Jeff Orr is now in Dhaka to conduct a two-day workshop for the creative and account management teams of Grey Southeast Asian region that starts today.
 arrow Asian developing economies poised for higher growth in '04
Asia's developing economies are expected to post higher-than-expected average growth of 5.7 percent in 2003 and 6.2 percent next year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecast Monday.
 arrow EU again rejects end to biotech ban
The European Union postponed again Monday a decision on lifting a four-year ban on bio-engineered crops which has angered the EU's trading partners, in particular the United States.
 arrow Japan to open FTA talks with 3 Asean nations this week
Japan expects to launch formal talks on free-trade agreements with three Southeast Asian nations this week, Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said on Monday, in a move to catch up with other countries that
Sportsarrow Cricket: Selectors watching
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that performance in the National Cricket League would play a major role in determining the team that will tour Zimbabwe in February.
 arrow Cricket: A team all set
The Bangladesh A team had their final practice session at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday before their departure for Pakistan to play in the final round of the Inter Department Cricket Championship
 arrow Cricket: India draw after lapses
India were made to sweat before recovering to secure a comfortable draw against Australia in the first cricket Test at the Gabba here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: In Murali's backyard
Sri Lanka go into the second Test against England here from Wednes-day hoping Muttiah Muralitharan will deliver the knockout punch on his home ground.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns cautions Pakistan
New Zealand skipper Chris Cairns has warned Pakistan to expect a tougher test from the Black Caps on home soil later this month after the Kiwis were crushed 5-0 in the one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Warne may be back in SL
Disgraced leg-spinner Shane Warne may return for Australia in their three-Test series in Sri Lanka next March, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns hinted here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 sans Aftab
The departure of Aftab Ahmed from the Under-19 camp may have whipped up more speculation but coach Richard McInnes said that he was least concerned with the disappearance of the Chittagonian right-hander.
 arrow Rahman to tour venues
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman will visit different venues designated for the forthcoming ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup over the next few days to see the progress of preparation.
 arrow Golf: 19th BAGC from today
The Partex 19th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship begins today at the lush green Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) course.
 arrow Cricket: Bucknor blasted
West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor's controversial decision to give out Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar leg before wicket in the first Test against Australia was greeted with universal condemnation
 arrow Chess: Biman fly past DU
Holders Biman got off to a flying start in the First Division Chess League with a 4-0 thrashing of Dhaka University chess team in an opening round match at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bowl better, Harbhajan'
Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly has urged his bowlers, particularly key spinner Harbhajan Singh, to bowl better if his side is to beat Australia in the current Test series.
 arrow Boxing: Celebrating the champ
Forty years on, Muhammad Ali returned to the scene of his first heavyweight title victory late Saturday for the US release of a mammoth new book celebrating his life and accomplishments.
 arrow Cricket: WI let F State off the hook
Nineteen-year-old Trinidadian pace bowler Ravi Rampaul took five for 55 but West Indies let Free State off the hook on Day Three of their four-day tour match on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia keep the same squad
Australia named on Monday an unchanged squad for the second Test with India starting in Adelaide on Friday.

The first Test ended in a draw at the Gabba on Monday.

 arrow Football: Roma rout Chievo
Roma matched AC Milan stride for stride, drawing level with the European champions at the top of Serie A on Sunday thanks to a 3-0 win at Chievo.
 arrow Football: English giants go for the top
England's Manchester United and Chelsea may have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages but they could win their respective groups outright in Tuesday's matches against VfB Stuttgart
 arrow Football: Ferdinand chalks up excuse
Manchester United will claim Rio Ferdinand was never given the chance to take a routine drug test when he realised he had missed the controllers, it was reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Lucio open to offers
Bayer Leverkusen's Brazilian World Cup winner Lucio has revealed he is willing to sit down and talk about a move if a big club such as Manchester United or Chelsea make a bid.
 arrow Football: Fergie till 2007
Alex Ferguson has agreed a new four-year contract to stay on as Manchester United manager, it was reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Sheikh really interested
Crisis Premiership club Leeds United have received an offer from a consortium headed by Sheikh Abdel Rahman Ben Moubarak Al-Khalifa he told AFP on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Vicente lifts Valencia
A goal in either half by Spanish international Vicente put Valencia back into second place in the Primera Liga behind leaders Real Madrid on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Nationalarrow 21 die of diarrhoea in Mymensingh, Lalmonirhat
Diarrhoea has killed at least 21 people and attacked over 600 in Mymensingh and Lalmonirhat districts.
 arrow Pneumonia claims 8 in Gopalganj
At least eight children died of pneumonia and 1519 have been attacked with the disease in the Sadar upazila.

Two of them died in the last six days, sources at the Sadar Hospital said yesterday.

 arrow Tareq urges the wealthy to help the distressed
BNP Joint Secretary General Tareq Zia urged the well-to-do persons of the society to come forward to help save the distressed humanity from biting cold.
 arrow Fog disrupts road, air, river links
Night-time dense fog since Saturday night is hampering the southwestern region's air, river and road communication with other parts of the country.
 arrow Probe begins into 'eviction threat' by Hatibandha police
Probe into the alleged eviction threat to a person by Hatibandha thana officer-in-charge has started, police sources said yesterday.
 arrow JCD activist placed on remand
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist Ahmed Habib Ibne Islam alias Chamak, charge sheeted in a case for assaulting an army officer, was taken to custody on Sunday when he appeared before a magistrate
 arrow Sex workers stage sit-in for rehabilitation before eviction
Several hundred sex workers brought out a procession in the town and staged a sit-in in front of the Patuakhali Press Club on Sunday demanding their rehabilitation before eviction from brothels.
 arrow One hacked to death in Pabna
One person was killed and two others critically injured on Sunday when unidentified miscreants kidnapped them from their houses and hacked them.
 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in Bhola clash
One person was killed and 20 others were injured in an attack by his rival group at Patarchar of Gongapur union under Borhan Uddin upazila on Saturday.

The dead was identifid as Ayub Ali Sarder,70.

 arrow 'Garment factories can create jobs for the disabled'
A dialogue on 'Development Thinking for the Disabled' was held at the Shilpakala Academy in the city on Saturday.

First Vice President of BGMEA SM Nurul Haque was present there as chief guest.

 arrow BCL protests PM's planned visit
The Rajshahi University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) on Saturday protested Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's upcoming planned visit to the campus on December 21 on the occasion of the university's
 arrow One killed in Barisal road mishap
One person was killed and 13 people were injured when a bus knocked down an autorickshaw on the Charmoddi-Charkawa road near the city and fell into a roadside ditch on Sunday.
 arrow 5 'outlaws' held, 3 firearms recovered
Police arrested five alleged outlaws and recovered three firearms and four hand bombs from Sadarpur village in Kumarkhali upazila in the early hours of Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Our socio-political scenario and tax administration
Tax effort in Bangladesh, as measured by tax to GDP ratio, is one of the lowest in the world. The tax to GDP ratio during 1997 was 9.
 arrow Beyond the poverty line
There is controversy about Bangladesh's performance in poverty reduction during different parts of the last two decades and about the percentage of the population who are currently living in poverty.
 arrow Merchants of hate: Following Pakistan's deadly example
"We don't want to take the law into our own hands, but we don't know what will happen to [Ahmadiyyas]," warned Mamtaji, imam of Rahim Metal Mosque.
Culturearrow Canvas awash in rain
Looking at the watercolour works of Kazi Ghiyas, one would wonder what innumerable symphonies and shades of colours the artist has discovered in a natural phenomenon like rain!

Indeed, the 92 watercolour

 arrow Post-Bunuel Spanish cinema
Luis Bunuel is considered not only the best Spanish filmmaker ever, but also one of the best of all time in the 108-year history of world cinema.
 arrow ITI to launch drama fiesta in the city
Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) held a press conference yesterday at the Press Club, where ITI President Manfred Beilharz and Executive Director Jennifer Walpole announced
 arrow Desh Natak presents Birasa Kabya
Today Desh Natak will stage Birasa Kabya whereas Tona Tuni will display Toray Bandha Ghorar Dim as part of the international theatrical festival arranged by the International Theatre Institute
 arrow Toray Bandha Ghorar Dim by Tona Tuni
Toray Bandha Ghorar Dim: Toray Bandha Ghorar Dim, an adapted dance drama from Satyajit Ray's famous rhyme book Toray Bandha Ghorar Dim, will be displayed by Tona Tuni at the
Generalarrow Shots fired at double-decker
An armed group of people fired several gunshots at a Jaintapur-bound double-decker of BRTC in the city's Shibganj area Sunday night, but no one was injured.
 arrow Begum Rokeya Day today
The nation will celebrate the Begum Rokeya Day today, marking the birth anniversary of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women's rights in the subcontinent.
 arrow Chittagong second most vulnerable to Aids
Chittagong is the second most vulnerable to onslaught of Aids after Sylhet in the country, said the speakers at a discussion here yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal leaves for China
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain left here for China via Geneva yesterday to attend a UN meeting on Palestine.
 arrow Book publishers submit memo to president
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association yesterday submitted a memorandum to President Iajuddin Ahmed demanding protection of publishing industry from the vested quarters.
 arrow Helal, Babul new BSS unit chief, dy unit chief
Ihsanul Karim Helal and Enamul Haque Babul were elected unit chief and deputy unit chief of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) unit of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday.
 arrow Chinese military team meets army, air chiefs
Chinese military delegation called on Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury and Chief of Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Fakhrul Azam at respective headquarters here yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pro-Putin parties score victory in polls
Russian President Vladimir Putin's party and its allies triumphed in Russia's parliamentary election while liberal parties were shut out of the chamber for the first time in the post-Soviet era, almost
 arrow US warns of upsurge of attacks in Iraq
The top US general in Iraq warned Sunday of an upsurge in attacks in the months before Washington hands over sovereignty in June, as insurgents killed an American soldier in a roadside bomb attack inthe
 arrow Bhutan deploys militia to evict ULFA rebels
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan neighbouring northeastern India deployed about 600 militia members alongside regular troops at the weekend to evict Indian separatists based there, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Greek court convicts terror cell members
A Greek anti-terrorism court yesterday convicted at least a dozen members of the November 17 terrorist cell, including its leader and hit man, for their roles in a spree of murders, robberies and bombings
 arrow Israel braces for setback at UN over WB barrier
Israel braced itself yesterday for another setback in the United Nations ahead of a vote, which is expected to see a request for the International Court of Justice to rule on the legality of its controversial
 arrow Cannibal seeks new victim on Internet
A German cannibal on trial for murder said yesterday that he had been searching the Internet for another person to eat when he was arrested for consuming his first allegedly willing victim.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lynching goes further astray
Once again lynching has made news, but in a different setting where the mob was not the lord of all it surveyed.
 arrow Editorial: Mugabe quits Commonwealth
Faced with the prospect of Zimbabwe's suspension from the Commonwealth being extended for another year, Robert Mugabe on Sunday withdrew Zimbabwe from the 54-strong grouping of former British colonies.
 arrow Migration, money and management
Migration is increasingly coming into the forefront of academics and policy planks as one of the big issues in our time.
 arrow Welcome ceasefire in Kashmir: Don't miss the bigger chance!
They say nothing succeeds like success! Alas, this rarely applies to India-Pakistan relations, with their sordid history of failure, followed by crisis, succeeded by hostility.
Letters to Editorarrow US and International terrorism
What is the root cause of international terrorism? It may seem like a difficult question but the answer is simple. Power corrupts all.
 arrow Ramadan and sighting of the moon
This year's Ramadan began in Bangladesh after two days of the sighting of the moon over the sky of the holy Kaaba Sharif in Mecca.