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Front Pagearrow Char villagers still bay for bandits' blood
Three more alleged jungle robbers were killed while two others had their eyes gouged out yesterday by angry villagers on the remote char areas of Noakhali, raising the death toll from lynching to 34 in
 arrow Jungle rule to end jungle rule
People on the chars of seaboard Noakhali district are preparing to celebrate their 'freedom from robbers' fiefdom' after eight years of unspeakable torment, but at a cost of 34 lives as law remained starkly
 arrow Pajero drags woman garment worker to death
A Pajero sports utility van (SUV) knocked down a woman garment worker and dragged her over one and a half kilometres to death on Tongi Diversion Road yesterday, echoing the killing of a physician in a
 arrow Draft bill on HR body gathers dust for a year
The draft bill of a National Human Rights Commission, prepared about a year ago, is gathering dust at the Cabinet Division as the World Human Rights Day was observed yesterday.
 arrow ADB okays $286m for power corporatisation
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday approved a loan package of $286 million to help Bangladesh corporatise four power distribution zones and build a 200MW plant in Siddhirganj.
 arrow AL likely to axe Hazari
Six months after commissioning a probe into the alleged criminal activities of godfather-famed Awami League (AL) leader Joynal Hazari, the party is likely to expel the former lawmaker soon.
 arrow Khaleda, Mobarak talk on coop
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Egyptian President Hosne Mubarak have agreed to further strengthen ties in various fields, including trade and economy, between the two countries

The two leaders had a

 arrow Contractor shot dead in front of son
A group of suspected extortionists shot dead a contractor of Roads and Highways Department (R&H) in front of his son in the city's Kalyanpur yesterday morning.
 arrow Great pied kingfishers spotted in Bandarban
Birdwatchers have sighted crested kingfishers in a remote hill in Bandarban in what could be the latest find on the list of kingfisher species in Bangladesh.
 arrow Careless tourists litter Keokradang
Keokradang, arguably the highest peak in Bangladesh, has been inundated with rubbish left by visiting tourists.
 arrow Iron out hill problems
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the CHT affairs ministry to iron out land dispute and refugee problem soon to bring order to restive Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban.
 arrow Summit begins with focus on information society
The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) began in the Swiss city of Geneva yesterday stressing creation of an information society for optimum use of information and communications technology (ICT)
 arrow Saifur talks of special steps to ensure EPZ workers' rights
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the government will take special measures to ensure workers' rights in the exclusive industrial zones, protecting the investors' interest at the same time.
 arrow Police officer stabbed, robbed of revolver
Gang operatives stabbed a sub-inspector (SI) of police and took away his revolver from a running vehicle in Badda last night, police said.
 arrow Panels plagued by factional feuds
Internal feuds both within the BNP-Jamaat-backed White Panel and the AL-backed Blue Panel have come to the fore in DU (Dhaka University) teachers' politics centring today's deans' election of the seven
 arrow Green and red again flutters in the wind

 arrow US bars anti-war nations from Iraq contracts
The United States has barred companies from France, Germany, Russia, Canada and other nations that refused to join the US-led coalition in Iraq from competing for billions of dollars in prime contracts
 arrow Another 6 Afghan kids killed in attack
Six children were killed during an assault by US forces on a compound in eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman said yesterday, the second time in a week that civilians have died in action against
 arrow Nations to sign landmark UN anti-graft pact
More than 100 United Nations' members are meeting in Mexico to sign a landmark convention against corruption.
 arrow Dhaka rejects Canadian intelligence report
The government yesterday rejected a Canadian intelligence report that Bangladesh may be emerging as a 'haven for Islamic terrorists' in South Asia.
 arrow Unocal first US firm to stand trial over rights abuses
Oil giant Unocal became the first US firm to stand trial in the United States for alleged human rights abuses abroad, in a case centred on the building of a gas pipeline in Myanmar.
 arrow Remain alert againstpropaganda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has warned the Bangladeshi expatriates against anti-Bangladesh campaign in foreign lands.
 arrow Gazipur indigenous people urged to unite to protect rights
Leaders of Bangladesh Adivashi Forum (Baf), a body of different indigenous communities, yesterday urged indigenous people in Gazipur to unite to protect their rights.
 arrow Tk 3.20 cr Danish grant for water, sanitation in CHT
Denmark will provide 4 million Danish Kroner, equivalent to Tk 3.20 crore, for the implementation of "Hygiene Promotion, Sanitation and Water Supply Project" in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Riyadh iterates support to Dhaka's candidature
Saudi Arabia has reiterated its support to Bangladesh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Sujan murder case verdict today
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Dhaka delivers judgement on Sujan alias Michel murder case today.

Judge Sheikh Jahangir Hussain will pronounce the verdict at 12:30pm, court sources said.

 arrow Outlaw slaughtered
Tipu Molla, 35, a regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCPM-L) and a listed criminal, was shot and then slaughtered Tuesday night.
Businessarrow BB to help foreign investors with smooth fund transfer
The central bank has assured the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of helping foreign investors at primary and secondary markets for smooth transfer of fund.
 arrow Lamy to attend ICC-B confce in Dhaka
European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will attend a two-day international business conference that will begin in Dhaka on January 17 under the auspices of International Chamber of Commerce
 arrow Commercial Bank starts operations in Bangladesh
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited, a Sri Lankan private commercial bank, formally launched its first overseas operations in Bangladesh yesterday.
 arrow Govt seeks Japanese help to develop ocean-going ship building industry
The government has sought Japanese help to develop ocean-going ship building industry in joint collaboration.
 arrow Bangla-Denmark business forum floated
Bangladesh-Denmark Business Forum (BDBF) was launched in Dhaka yesterday in a bid to promote bilateral trade and investments.
 arrow Knitwear may fail to achieve export target
Knitwear sector may fail to achieve the export target of two billion US dollars set for the current fiscal year as orders from the international buyers are declining in the peak production season, knitwear
 arrow Godrej Black Henna launched
Baraka Ltd, a local company, launched Godrej Black Henna, a powdered hair dye, in Bangladesh market on Tuesday.
 arrow Belgian catalogue show begins December 16
A two-day Belgian trade catalogue show will begin in Dhaka on December 16.
 arrow Int'l buyers active in Ctg tea sale
The weekly tea sale held here Tuesday showed some improvement in quality, which was well-supported by all sections of the market with buyers notably active, particularly from Pakistan.
 arrow CityCell reduces call charges of pre-paid Alaap A
Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), the owing company of CityCell mobile phone, has reduced call charges of Aalap A, a pre-paid package with T&T connectivity, by Tk 1 to Tk 2 per minute.
 arrow GP expands customer inquiry service
GrameenPhone (GP) Limited has recently expanded its automated customer inquiry service.
 arrow EBL declares cash, stock dividends
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has declared cash dividend of Tk 20 per share and a 15 per cent stock dividend (bonus share) for the shareholders for the year 2002.
 arrow New country manager of American Express Bank
M Wazirul Alam recently joined as country manager and head of Consumer Travel International & Foreign Exchange Services Bangladesh for American Express Bank Ltd.
 arrow EU protests to WTO over Indian anti-dumping duties
The European Commission said Tuesday it is taking India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over anti-dumping measures hitting EU exports, in the latest trade spat between Brussels and New Delhi.
Sportsarrow Cricket: NCL on with no batting joy
The opening day of the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League (NCL) provided no fireworks when the six participating teams launched their campaign in the lone first-class competition at three different
 arrow Cricket: A team leaving tonight
The Bangladesh A team will leave Dhaka tonight for the Pakistani city of Karachi on a seven-week tour.
 arrow Cricket: Even going at Kandy
Sri Lanka slipped twice against spinner Ashley Giles before recovering to reach a competitive 277-7 at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against England here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bucknor is not bothered at all
Test cricket's most experienced umpire Steve Bucknor says criticism of his officiating does not worry him and he is comfortable with his form in the current Australia-India series in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Playing India his priority
The new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday he would try to cement relations with rivals India and persuade foreign teams to tour the country on the terms of the local board.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab joining camp today
Young right-handed batsman Aftab Ahmed is expected to join the Bangladesh under-19 team's training camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) today after remaining absent for 25 days.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore off to celebrate Christmas
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore left for Colombo on a 23-day Christmas and New Year break yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sharif targets April comeback
Injured Bangladesh paceman Mohammad Sharif is hoping to return to action in April, 2004.
 arrow Cricket: Kalindi High in semis
A superb all-round performance from Milan propelled Kalindi High School of Keraniganj to the semifinal of the World Cup School Cricket Tournament.
 arrow Chess: Biman maintain the lead
Bangladesh Biman maintained their solo lead in the First Division Chess League with a 3.5-.5 win over Mahakhali Prodeep Sangha in the third round at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies to have safety checked
Australia will tour Zimbabwe as scheduled in May subject to a safety and security inspection early next year, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Curator's verdict
Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett said on Wednesday he has produced one of the best pitches of his 35-year career for Friday's second Test between Australia and India.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy exudes confidence
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Wednesday expressed confidence that his team would maintain its winning streak in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo not yet fit
The prospects of New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming being fit for the first Test against Pakistan were clouded Wednesday, as the selectors looked to shore up the injury-hit side.
 arrow Emirates sponsors website for WC preliminary draw
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has reinforced its commitment to its four-year involvement in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, by becoming title sponsor of the website for the preliminary draw for the
 arrow Athletics: BAF athletics
BAF Base Zahurul Haque retained the inter-base Athletics Cham-pionship title of the Bangladesh Air Force as they finished with 11 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals at the Kurmitola Athletics ground
 arrow Cricket: Hosts better bowling
Australia are expected to beef up their new-ball attack with the inclusion of tearaway Brad Williams for Friday's second cricket Test against India after being surprised by the ease with which the tourists
 arrow Cricket: Onus on the WI rookies
Injury-ridden West Indies may be forced to gamble on greenhorn fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul in their first Test against South Africa starting at the Wanderers Stadium here Friday.
 arrow Football: Celta through, Ajax out
Spanish side Celta Vigo made the last 16 of the Champions League at the first attempt on Tuesday but their 2-1 defeat of AC Milan was overshadowed by the Italian champions fielding a second-string side
 arrow Football: Perugia target German starlet
Luciano Gaucci, the outspoken president of Italian first division side Perugia, said Tuesday he is close to signing a female footballer to play alongside the men in Serie A.
 arrow Football: Dudu carries Brazil
A golden goal from Dudu earned Brazil a 2-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday and a quarter-final meeting with Japan in the world under-20 championships.
Politicalarrow Hasina accuses govt of growing human rights abuses
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the ruling alliance of rampant human rights violations since coming to office.
 arrow BCL forms Ctg city unit sans criminals, non-students
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Tuesday formed a 104-member new committee for its Chittagong city unit, leaving what it claimed criminals, married middle-aged activists and non-students out of the fold.
Metropolitanarrow Expats demand immigration service centre, migrant bank
Welfare Association of Repatriated Bangladeshi Employees (Warbe) yesterday urged the government to set up an ' immigration service centre' and 'migrant bank' through wage earners welfare fund with a view
 arrow BBA admission test tomorrow
Admission test of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) under the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University will be held tomorrow at 10 am, says a press release.
 arrow Betar to broadcast live V-Day rally
Bangladesh Betar will broadcast live the Victory Day rally of children and juvenile from the Bangabandhu National Stadium on December 16.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia as the chief guest will take salute.

Nationalarrow Seed crisis affects Rabi farming in N dists
Cultivation of Rabi crops including potato, wheat and Boro paddy has hit snags in the northern districts at the very beginning the season due to crisis and high price of seeds.
 arrow Nine die of pneumonia in Nilphamari
At least nine children died of pneumonia in seven days till Tuesday and around 300 have been are attacked with the disease in the district.
 arrow The dutiful doc who ignored death threat
Amiable physician Dr. Aftab Hossain did not stop seeing patients despite threats by criminals.
 arrow IGP's visit activates Rajshahi police?
Rajshahi citizens were impressed witnessing unique activities by police during a visit of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahidul Haque in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow Sylhet Diabetic Hospital formally opens today
A long cherished desire of the people of Sylhet will be fulfilled with formal inauguration of Sylhet Diabetic Hospital today.
 arrow Wife murdered for dowry, boy klled
Two people, including a little boy, were killed in Sadar and Singair upazilas, police said.
 arrow CU admission test from Feb 24 next year
The admission test in first year honours classes of Chittagong University (CU) for 2003-2004 academic session will begin from February 24 next year.
 arrow 25 hurt in clash over supremacy in Kushtia
At least 25 persons were injured in a clash over supremacy in the area between two rival groups at village Monohardi in the Sadar upazila on Monday.
 arrow BCL, PSA threaten to boycott RU Golden Jubilee programme
The university unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Progotishil Student Alliance (PSA) submitted two memoranda containing 10-point of demands to Student Advisor Professor Rafiqul Islam and Proctor
 arrow Three Indian nationals arrested
Bangladesh rifle (BDR) arrested three Indian citizens for their illegal intrusion in Bangladesh territory on Tuesday.

The arested are Paran Halder, Ramdash Halder and his wife Sumita Halder.

Point-Counterpointarrow Questioning the success of the Green Revolution
The world appears to be divided into two major camps of different interests -- the innovators and the consumers.
 arrow Declare a draw in Kashmir
Washington, D.C.As Praful Bidwai pointed out in his insightful editorial on December 9, "Pakistan and India must learn to live with each other.
 arrow Saudi embassy in Washington agrees to curb the spread of Wahhabism
A strenuous relationship has been developing between America and Saudi Arabia over the issue of Islamists coming to American soil carrying diplomatic visa sponsored by the latter.
 arrow Trade with our neighbours
The trade theory behind intra-regional trade, the theory of customs union, is intriguing.
Culturearrow Homage to Salahuddin and Sheikh Niamat Ali, filmmakers
We have lost two great filmmakers recently. The sad demise of Salahuddin and Sheikh Niamat Ali in a very short span of time left us speechless.
 arrow ITI president Manfred Beilharz's views on worldwide theatre
Manfred Beilharz, the ITI president has come to participate in the week-long theatre festival and seminar arranged by International Theatre Institute of Bangladesh.
 arrow Shonkranti by Aranyak
Two plays will be staged today-- Aranyak's Shonkranti at the Mahila Samity Mancha and dance drama Mahua by Nrittanchal at the National Theatre Stage at Gulistan.
 arrow Shabana and Naseeruddin to ease Indo-Pak tensions
The participation of veteran Indian film actors Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah at a three-day Indo- Pakistan peace meet in Karachi from December 12, may go a long way towards easing existing tensions
Generalarrow 'Good governance a must to ensure HR'
Poverty and absence of good governance and democratic norms are the root causes of human rights violations across the world, human rights activists said at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Jica to prepare master plan for Dhaka city
With the slogan 'Clean Dhaka-Green Dhaka', the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has undertaken a study on solid waste management to prepare a master plan for the city.

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 arrow Poetry festival begins in Kolkata tomorrow
The second Souhardyo Kavita Utsav will begin in the West Bengal capital of Kolkata tomorrow, says a press release.

More than 12 Bangladeshi poets of the seventies will take part in the festival.

Internationalarrow Bush rebukes Taiwan over referendum
President George W.
 arrow Hundreds of Iraqis protest 'terrorism'
Hundreds of Iraqis, watched over by US Apache helicopters, demonstrated yesterday to condemn "terrorism" in their country.
 arrow Iran hails Iraqi decision to expel armed militants
Iran yesterday hailed a decision by Iraq's US-backed interim leaders to expel the Iranian armed opposition People's Mujahedeen, but denied suggestions of a secret deal involving the extradition of detained
 arrow Taliban claims killing Pakistani engineer
Taliban officials said their fighters killed a Pakistani engineer in southern Afghanistan this week and accused two kidnapped Indian road workers of being intelligence agents who were also likely to be
 arrow 'India recorded 475 custodial deaths in last 3 years'
There were 475 custodial deaths during the last three years (between 2000-2003) in police stations across India, the Rajya Sabha was informed yesterday.
 arrow Theif of Baghdad!
Robbers stole a huge sum of money from an unguarded bank in northern Baghdad, the Iraqi police chief said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lynching continues
With the lynching of three more alleged robbers by the local people, the number of those killed in the last four days in the char areas in the Noakhali district has risen to 31 no doubt an appalling
 arrow Editorial: US bars war opponents from Iraq bidding
The US has barred French, German, Canadian and Russian companies from bidding on $18.6 billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq.
 arrow Why does President Bush avoid funeral ceremonies of US soldiers?
There was a time when the US presidents or very senior members of the administration used to share the sorrow of the families of soldiers, killed in war, by attending memorial services.
 arrow Hindutva's dash for power
Last week's poll results in four key states of India have belied the expectations of Indian commentators.
Letters to Editorarrow US remitters' problem
After the 9/11tragedy , the US government has taken many preventing steps to ward off repetition of such heinous crimes.
 arrow The cost of hesitancy
In these fast-moving times, hesitancy at the top policy and decision-making levels in public affairs costs a lot. This situation is independent of place, location, level, and the state of the operators.