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Front Pagearrow Main accused Taher let off, 5 sentenced to death
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Chittagong yesterday sentenced five people to death, nine to life imprisonment and two to five years in jail for their roles in the brutal killing of Laxmipur BNP leader advocate
 arrow Judicial council hears kingpin's version
The Supreme Judicial Council yesterday heard Nasim Sultana Kona who gave High Court Additional Judge Syed Shahidur Rahman Tk 50,000 to fix bail in a women repression case.
 arrow 3 more 'robbers' lynched on Noakhali chars
A frenzied mob killed three more alleged forest robbers in the Bayar Char area yesterday, raising the death toll from lynching in these remote char areas to 31 in the last three days, official sources
 arrow Foreign investors deeply concerned
Foreign investors in the exclusive industrial zones yesterday expressed deep concern over the government's move to allow trade unionism there.
 arrow 58 US troops hurt in suicide bombing
A bomb ripped through a Sunni Muslim mosque in a largely Shia area of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least three people and wounding one, police say.
 arrow Fruitier fruits fraught with danger
Use of harmful chemicals on fruits has risen alarmingly in the predominantly agricultural northern region posing a 'silent but serious' threat to health, experts said.
 arrow WB, IMF lobby Dhaka for post-Cancun talks
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have offered Bangladesh their full support in exchange for further trade liberalisation to overcome the setbacks following the failure of the Cancun ministerial
 arrow Geneva summit starts today to end digital divide
The first UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) starts today in the Swiss city of Geneva aiming to bridge the rich-poor digital divide amid growing concern from the developing countries
 arrow Ershad Sikdar's death sentence upheld
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentence of notorious criminal Ershad Sikdar.
 arrow What's in a name? A lot
The name of eminent writer and women rights pioneer 'Begum Rokeya' -- as it stands today -- has been distorted since independence without caring how she wanted her to be named.
 arrow Curfew in Sutrapur, 8-platoon BDR goes into action
Police slapped curfew on Sutrapur shortly after Tuesday midnight to net top criminals in the latest such step Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) took since the November 30 high-profile seizure of arms and
 arrow Anti-Mahi group finds itself in sticky situation in press confce
A dissident group of ruling BNP's front organisation Amra Zia Hobo (We want to be Zia), ended a crowded press conference at the National Press Club yesterday in a hurry, sidestepping questions on allegations
 arrow Two JS bodies hold opposite view on power sector graft
Two parliamentary committees have come up with diametrically opposite views on the power sector.
 arrow PM suspends plot allotment to Manobadhikar Sangshtha
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has suspended the controversial allotment of a piece of prime government land to a human rights organisation belonging to Communications Minister Nazmul Huda's wife for only
 arrow Jhalakathi journos still under threat
Attack and threat against the local journalists of Jhalakathi are continuing, following Monday's attack on them at the Jhalakathi Press Club premises.
 arrow 3 die as bus rams truck near ZIA
Three passers-by died and five others were injured when a bus rammed a truck and skidded sideways on the walkway in front of Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night.
 arrow Aman harvest

 arrow Teenage dowry victim dies from burn wounds
Teenage dowry victim Parash Begum of Homna, Comilla died from burn wounds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday after staving the inevitable off for eight days.
 arrow HC asks Adel, 4 others to surrender in 3 months
The High Court Monday issued a rule upon Jahangir Mohammad Adel, former deputy mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), and four others to explain why the lower court verdict acquitting them in a murder
 arrow Moscow suicide blast kills 6
A suicide bomb attack killed at least six people in the heart of Moscow yesterday, just two days after Russian voters handed President Vladimir Putin an even tighter grip on power.
 arrow Tribute paid to Ahmedul Kabir
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid homage to the memory of Ahmedul Kabir, a pioneering media personality and chief editor of the Sangbad, describing him as a successful man.
 arrow Indian traders halt trade thru' Benapole
Indian traders have indefinitely suspended import and export with Bangladesh through Benapole land border.
 arrow Foreign ministry draws wrath over attestation
Some 100 demonstrators blocked the entrance to the foreign ministry yesterday evening protesting what they said was negligence of the officials to attest important documents for visa.
 arrow Jamal abduction: One more held in Chittagong
Police yesterday arrested one more accused in the business magnate Jamaluddin Ahmed abduction case.
 arrow Cell opened to collect info on land grab
The parliamentary standing committee on the land ministry has set up a cell to collect information about encroachment, corruption, irregularities and harassment concerning any khas, abandoned and vested
Businessarrow Dhaka needs to take stance in post-Cancun context, say businesses
Bangladesh as a least developed country (LDC) needs to take its stance in the post-Cancun context to have its desired market access through the fresh WTO negotiations, business leaders and entrepreneurs
 arrow BB governor happy with reins in banking sector
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed takes pride in the central bank's last two years' achievements in regulating the country's banking sector but he is not quite satisfied with the job he thinks
 arrow Analysts advise investors not to be panicked
Though transactions continued declining at Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges, capital market analysts said the situation should not be seen as deterrent to investors as the market is going througha
 arrow Trade thru' Benapole resumes
Export and import through Benapole land port resumed as the Indian exporters withdrew their strike yesterday.
 arrow Mystic Pharma set to export medicines to Africa
Another Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company is set to export its products to African countries after catering to domestic market.
 arrow Christopher Maloy new CEO of PBTL
Christopher William Maloy has recently joined the Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (PBTL), the service provider of CityCell mobile phone, as chief executive officer.
 arrow Thai Airways holds cultural festival
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited recently launched a festival titled 'The Wonders of 3 Cultures' to introduce aviation links with neighbouring countries in support of the government policy.
 arrow Godrej chief now in Dhaka
Adi B Godrej, chairman of India's Godrej Group, is now in Dhaka on a two-day visit.
 arrow Call money rate eases
The call money rate eased 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 6.

 arrow EU approves new approach to revive WTO round
The European Union has approved a new mandate for its executive arm to pursue a more flexible approach designed to revive stalled talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nat'l League starts today
The Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League begins at three different venues across the country today.
 arrow Football: MSC kick off against Sheikh Russell
Holders Mohammedan Sporting Club take on newcomers Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra in the opening match of the Western Union Senior Division (Premier) Football League that starts in the capital from December
 arrow Cricket: Murali worry for Lanka
Sri Lanka received a scare ahead of Wednesday's second Test against England when bowling spearhead Muttiah Muralitharan reported for match-eve nets with a sore shoulder.
 arrow Cricket: Aus caught by surprise
Australia were surprised by India's fighting first Test performance, opener Matthew Hayden admitted on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dada leads by example
The rest of the cricket world may find him cocky and abrasive but to his teammates Saurav Ganguly is simply "dada", or elder brother.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan off-rhythm
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh says he is having problems adjusting to the bouncy Australian wickets and it is affecting his bowling rhythm.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman's number 1
Sachin Tendulkar's ranking may have slipped but he will show why he is recognised as the world's best batsman in the remaining three Tests, Indian teammate VVS Laxman said here on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Biman take solo lead
Holders Bangladesh Biman defea-ted Nakhalpara Jubo Kalayan Sangha 4-0 in the second round of the First Division Chess League at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Bangladesh finish 17th
Bangladesh finished 17th among the 40 participating countries in the team event of the first Islamic Solidarity Table Tennis Champion-ship that concluded recently at the Azadi Sports Complex in the Iranian
 arrow Cricket: Shaharyar PCB chief
Former career diplomat Shaharyar Khan has been named as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo taking his time
Brazilian forward Rivaldo has isolated himself in a small town in the state of Sao Paulo before deciding on his next career move, the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Olympic team wants Kaka
Brazil want midfielder Kaka to play in next month's Olympic qualifying tournament in Chile, a move that is likely to spark a tug-of-war with his Italian club AC Milan.
Politicalarrow Shibir leader killed in fight with JCD at Moulvibazar
A gunfight between activists of the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Moulvibazar Government College yesterday left one Shibir leader killed and seven others injured.
 arrow BDR seizes ammo, drugs from BNP leader's home
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered ammunition, drugs, porno CDs and other illegal things from the house of a BNP leader at Daulatpur early hours yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Stop violence against women for dev'
Development will remain a far cry if violence against women is not stopped as they constitute about half of the total population of the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow UNFPA to set up fistula centre
A modern national fistula centre will be set up at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital soon.
 arrow Qualifications @ UK Fair in Ctg
A daylong education fair titled 'Qualifications @ UK Fair' will be held at the British Council in the port city today.

Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University Prof.

Nationalarrow Gaibandha BNP leaders fall apart over new dist body
The BNP leadership here has fallen apart four days after formation of the new district committee and a section is demanding its reconstitution.
 arrow Shiromoni Jute Mill tense
A tense situation prevails at Shiromoni Jute Spinners Mill as two rival groups of workers and employees have flexed their muscles against each other.
 arrow A commendable job by an NGO
Tesh Foundation, a local NGO, played a laudable role in helping poor housewife Rehena Khatun go back to husband's house.
 arrow 'NGOs have vital role in combating AIDS'
Speakers at a meeting held here on Monday outlined the role of NGOs in checkingof deadly HIV/AIDS in the society by creating awareness among the people.
 arrow Politics behind stalling Shailmari bridge work, AL MP says
Construction of the Shailmari Bridge in Batiaghata upazila has allegedly been stalled.
 arrow Puja Mandap 'occupied' by Jamaat leaders in Satkhira
A puja mandap (Hindu place of worship) was occupied allegedly by some leaders and activists of Jamaat-I-Islami at Nakipur Madhyapara village in Shyamnagar upazila on Sunday, according to a complaint
 arrow RAF operation in S-W dists from February
Operation by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in south-western districts will begin in February, sources in Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) said.
 arrow Hartal observed in Chuadanga
A dawn to dusk peaceful hartal was observed here on Monday.
 arrow Police constable killed in Khulna road mishap
A police constable was killed in a road accident at Mirerdanga under Khanjahan Ali thana here on Monday.

The victim was identified as Shudhangshu Sutradhar,28, of the Armed Police Battalion.

 arrow Abducted college girl rescued
A college girl, abducted on November 30, was rescued on Sunday, police and the victim's family said.
 arrow One gets life term imprisonment in arms case
One person was sentenced to life term imprisonment for possessing illegal arms and ammunition on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let's not forget Afghanistan
As the Taliban stage a comeback and the influence of the warlords continues to expand in Afghanistan, efforts are on to "democratize" the country since the USA is no longer interested in Afghanistan as
 arrow Will the outcome of the Indian state elections influence the national polls?
Undoubtedly, the outcome of the recent assembly elections in several Indian states has given a shot in the arm to the of centre-ruling multi-party national democratic alliance (NDA) and even more forthe
 arrow The value of flextime
Most developed countries, including the United States, are adopting a flexible conception of time, called flextime, under which workers choose the hours they are at the workplace.
 arrow Cry in the dark
Remember that 9-year-old Iraqi boy, who was bombed by the US forces and embraced the fate of a cripple for the rest of his life? What about those Iraqi civilians who were compelled to leave their ownland
Culturearrow The making of a mother
How does a mother become the mother of a child? Not to talk of the biological phenomenon, especially since the question comes from a child, how should a mother clarify the inquisitiveness? Sharmin Ahmad
 arrow Positive paths in printmaking
Rafi Haque, heady with his recent success at Chamalieres France, where he was given the Prix D'Honneur, was soft-spoken nevertheless, when speaking about his works at the Alliance Francaise and elsewhere.
'Tona Tuni put up an impressive show'

Ramendu Majumdar, the President of the ITI, Bangladesh and the chief of the group Theatre, is one of the organisers of the week-long ITI theatre festival

 arrow Tirthonkar by Shubochan Natya Shangshad
Today, the theatre lovers can enjoy two plays at the Mahila Samity Mancha and the newly opened National Theatre Stage at Gulistan.
 arrow Gondar by Prachchyonat
Gondar is an adaptation of the famous play The Rhinoceros by Ionesco.
Internationalarrow North Korea to freeze nukes if US takes simultaneous steps
North Korea said yesterday it would freeze its nuclear program if the United States took simultaneous steps, including removing the communist country from a list of nations sponsoring terrorism.
 arrow Japanese cabinet okays troops for Iraq
Japan's cabinet approved a plan yesterday to dispatch troops to Iraq, a landmark decision setting the stage for what is likely to be the nation's biggest and most dangerous overseas military mission since
 arrow US, Britain under pressure over WMD information
The United States and Britain came under pressure at the UN Security Council on Monday to hand over confidential information on the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq.
 arrow Settlers vow to fight evacuation
Settlers warned that the Israeli government would have a "war" on its hands if it tried to dismantle settlement outposts as a new poll showed most Israelis back the evacuation of isolated settlements.
 arrow US launches big air strike in Afghanistan
Hundreds of American soldiers launched an air assault in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, part of a new operation the US military is calling its biggest since the fall of the hardline Taliban regime two
 arrow Israel training American 'death squads' in Iraq
Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, Britain's Guardian daily reported yesterday.
 arrow US cautions Taiwan over referendum
The United States on Monday signalled to Taiwan it did not approve of President Chen Shui-bian's proposed referendum on Beijing's missile threat, less than 24 hours before China's premier is due at the
Editorialarrow Editorial: CHT peace
The hartal called by the PCJSS in the CHT on Monday passed off peacefully without any major incident of violence. This was cause for some relief.
 arrow Editorial: Corruption in housing and public works
The observations by a parliamentary standing committee on corruption in the housing and public works ministry Monday brought into focus what may not have been public knowledge so far.
 arrow Georgia after Sheverdnadze: What does the future portend?
Recently, the news of a boisterous but peaceful revolution in Georgia, one of the independent states of the CIS group, took people by surprise.
 arrow Last Wrongs
Of the three kinds of soothsayers that seize the market before an Indian election, the most inexpensive and the most accurate (at least in my case) turned out to be the astrologer.
 arrow How the Western media distorts the news
How events around the world are understood or interpreted is often shaped by the manner in which the news is projected by the mass media.
Letters to Editorarrow War on terrorism
I have been reading the Op-Ed columns in your paper with much interest.
 arrow Shedding light on biodiversity
We are grateful to you that you have published some very important articles on biodiversity and biodiversity conservation (written by Prof M. A. Basher on Sept. 26, Oct 31 and Nov. 14 2003.
 arrow TV Eid programmes
Eid Day is a day of celebrations for Muslims. We have two Eids each year. About all the Muslims in our country, rich and poor, expect to spend the day in pleasure.
 arrow Non-govt college teachers
The government allows salary subsidy to non-govt college teachers at the rate of 90% of basic pay of lecturers and assistant professors.
 arrow Brisk Eid Shopping
When we saw brisk Eid shopping at Elephant Road, New Market, Gausia Market, Baitul Mukarram, Sadarghat, Gulistan, Islampur, Bangabazar and on footpaths in Dhaka, and various places in Chittagong,Sylhet,
 arrow Police do help
I thank Mr Humayun Hyder of Uttara for his kind appreciation of good police work. This sort of appreciation will definitely encourage the police to perform their job with equanimity.
 arrow The management of change
In a changing society, several human and management areas are affected.
 arrow Death of a comedian
A small boxed news item was published in the DS on November 11, 2003 saying, "Comedian Hashmat no more." This reminded me of an incident that happened 29 years ago at Cox's bazar sea beach.
StarTecharrow Bubble up or bubble burst?
WITH the legalisation of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) a one wonders whether the much awaited boom in the information technology sector of the country may finally take place.
 arrow Race against clock ahead of digital divide summit
Talks paving the way for a groundbreaking global summit on bridging the digital divide have made progress but an accord on the financing of measures to reduce the gap between rich and poor remains elusive,
 arrow NEC develops world's smallest transistor
JAPAN'S computer giant NEC Corp. has developed the world's smallest transistor in a breakthrough which could lead to the production of a supercomputer the size of a desktop PC, a report said.
 arrow Intel Channel Conference held
The Intel Channel Conference-2, 2003 was held at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on November 17, says a press release.

The local Intel Channel representative, Zia Manzur kicked off the event.

Star Chittagongarrow Patenga sea beach, Foy's Lake need care
Necessity for proper care for the development of tourism in the port city was felt when big crowd of visitors swarmed all the natural resorts here during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.
 arrow Death in the Sea
Dateline: Cox's Bazar. November 29. Morning: 9 o'clock.

At the sea beach a green flag was hoisted to welcome the bathers, as it was full tide.

Star Cityarrow Mirpur memorial mum on martyrs
The altar made of black granite and the triangular structures of red bricks are now getting a facelift for the upcoming event when the nation will acknowledge the supreme sacrifices made by them and pay
 arrow English ordinance for Bangla Academy!
The Bangla Academy, which was established in1955 to safeguard, develop, foster and promote Bangla language, has been carrying out its executive activities under an ordinance written in English for the
 arrow Doubt continues to cloud textbook deadline
Discord between National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and associations of printers and publishers has made uncertain the printing of textbooks in time for secondary students.
 arrow Designs of two big bus terminals 'flawed'
A private company, recently appointed to oversee the operations of the city's bus terminals at Sayedabad and Mohakhali, objected to their revised designs saying that they were inappropriate for the safety
 arrow Get set go for admission soon
Guardians have started preparing their wards for the annual 'admission war'.

Although there are scores of government and non-government schools in the city, only 8-10 private schools are of repute.