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Front Pagearrow Bush faces EU, UN flak over death penalty idea
President Bush said Saddam deserves the "ultimate penalty" for his crimes, but he faced objections from European countries, the United Nations and the Vatican, which are adamantly opposed to capital punishment.
 arrow Glowing tributes to war heroes
Pledging afresh to move forward resolutely to build a prosperous future, the nation celebrated the 33rd Victory Day on Tuesday paying glowing tributes to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for independence
 arrow B Chy prepares outline for his style of politics
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury is drawing an outline for 'programme-based politics' instead of the conventional power politics.
 arrow Dhaka not on Iraq reconstruction list
Bangladesh has been left out of the list of countries eligible for participation in contracts for Iraq reconstruction funded by the US although minnows like Eritrea, Marshall Islands and Ethiopia arethere.
 arrow Economy makes mild recovery
The economy recovered slightly during the July-November period this year from the two-year-old slump thanks mainly to the agriculture sector's contribution to GDP.
 arrow 140 killed as Bhutan cracks down on Indian rebel camps
At least 40 soldiers and 100 militants were killed in two days since Bhutan launched its first ever modern military operation against Indian separatists on Monday, according to military and administrative
 arrow PM urges her political rivals to work together for welfare
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon her political opponents to get infused with the spirit of Liberation War and work together for people's welfare.
 arrow Hasina again asks Khaleda to quit
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party will announce its final agitation programmes to topple the government from a rally at Paltan Maidan in the capital on January 10 and
 arrow Nepalese PM in city, talks with Khaleda today
Nepalese Prime Minister and Chairperson of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Surya Bahadur Thapa arrived in Dhaka last night.
 arrow Truck bomb kills 17 in Baghdad
An explosives-laden truck speeding toward a police station collided with a bus at an intersection before dawn yesterday, killing 17 Iraqis amid a surge of violence since the weekend arrest of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Huge funds spent on unnecessary defence buildings
A parliamentary body yesterday raised questions about proper utilisation of the defence budget and asked the defence ministry to ensure rational distribution of the fund.
 arrow Cyclone kills 50 in south India
A cyclone has killed at least 50 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
 arrow Saddam's family wants trial in int'l court
Saddam Hussein's family wants the former leader to be tried by an international court instead of a special tribunal set up by the US-installed Iraqi governing council, one of his daughters said on Tuesday.
 arrow 7 Bangladeshis killed in fire near Beirut
Seven Bangladeshis were reportedly killed in a fire at a plastic factory near the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Sunday night.
 arrow Dhaka Asia's lowest in air quality
Dhaka scored lowest in the air quality management (AQM) index on Asian megacities, a workshop in the Philippines capital of Manila was told yesterday.
 arrow 7-yr-old girl slaughtered after failed rape attempt
Miscreants at Shailapara in Ishwardi allegedly slaughtered a seven-year-old girl and critically wounded her playmate on Monday, having failed to rape them.
 arrow 13 die in road accidents in Jhenidah, Savar
Thirteen people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah and Dhaka Tuesday night

Of them, 11 were killed in Jhenidah and the rest in Dhaka

Our Jhenidah Correspondent

 arrow Police informer, another killed in Ctg
Two persons including a police informer were killed in separate incidents in Raozan and Patenga Monday night.
 arrow US wants to help rebuild police
US has shown its willingness to back Bangladesh in modernising police and other law-enforcing agencies in a bid to fight drugs smuggling and terrorism.
 arrow ZIA to get extra lustre by next March
Once the ongoing Tk 125 crore renovation of Zia International Airport (ZIA) ends by March 2004, the government hopes it will be one of the most attractive airports in Asia, said State Minister for Civil
 arrow 19 banks accept utility bills from Jan 1
The residents in the Dhaka and Tongi areas will be able to pay all utility bills to 185 select branches of private or public sector banks from January 1.
 arrow Security service provider shot dead
Unidentified assailants yesterday shot dead a security service provider at Manipuripara in Tejgoan.
 arrow CIA takes over Saddam quizzing
The CIA has taken control of the interrogation of Saddam Hussein, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday. And he defended releasing film of the grubby former Iraqi dictator after his capture.
 arrow Drizzle, cloud brings chill
Clouds amid unusual winter drizzle yesterday concealed the sun in most of the places in the country.
Businessarrow Focus should fall on better governance, better image
Bangladesh should have a better image than it has now and remove governance hindrances to business and investment climate, World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich observed yesterday.
 arrow Saifur questions criteria, standard of ICAB awards
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman Tuesday questioned the criteria, standard and objectives of the annual awards of the apex body of chartered accountants for the best published accounts of companies.
 arrow Japanese investors seek removal of obstacles
A Japanese business delegation yesterday said they are interested to invest further in Bangladesh, but they were compelled to give up the plans due to various obstacles.
 arrow S'pore Airlines to introduce electronic tickets from Jan
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will introduce 'electronic tickets' from January 1 next year to make ticket purchase and reservation convenient for passengers in Bangladesh.
 arrow DSE suspends share trading of Confidence Cement for 2 weeks
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday temporarily suspended share trading of Confidence Cement Ltd for two weeks with effect from today for furnishing conflicting information regarding its annual general
 arrow Kutubuddin new president of MCCI
Kutubuddin Ahmed, a leading industrialist and former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association, has been elected new president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 arrow WB to help expand road, rail networks
The World Bank (WB) has expressed its interest to provide financial assistance for the expansion and modernisation of rail and road communication networks between Dhaka and two major port cities -- Chittagong
 arrow Call money rate steady at 2pc
The call money rate remained at 2 per cent yesterday as most banks had sufficient funds to meet the depositors due to thin credit outflow, fund managers said.
 arrow Bangladesh Leaf Tobacco Co declares 25pc dividend
Bangladesh Leaf Tobacco Company (BLTC) Limited has declared a 25 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2002.
 arrow New COO of Singer
AM Hamim Rahmatullah has been made the first chief operating officer (COO) and director of Singer Bangladesh Limited.
 arrow Agrani Bank, American Int'l sign deal
Agrani Bank signed an agreement with American International (Bangladesh) Ltd, service provider of ReadyCash card, on Monday in Dhaka to introduce the card.
 arrow British Airways revises flight schedule for Dhaka
British Airways has changed its flight schedule between Dhaka and London for the period between December 18, 2003 and January 31, 2004 to combat the weather and avoid flight delays for fog .
 arrow Poorest nations complain few benefits from global trade rules
The world's poorest countries, largely in Africa and Asia, said Tuesday they have not benefitted from the most recent global trade rules and accused rich nations of ignoring their concerns.
Sportsarrow Football: Awesome Abahani, sorry MSC
Country's top two fan-favourite teams got off to contrasting starts on the opening day of the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NCL set to suffer
Country's lone first-class competition, the National Cricket League (NCL) faces an abrupt halt following a decision of the grounds committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow Cricket: Hossain double ton gives BD A charge
A scintillating double-century by Shahriar Hossain put Bangladesh A in a commanding position against the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on the third day of their four-day Inter-Departmental Cricket Championship
 arrow Cricket: Dravid does the impossible
AFP, Adelaide

India pulled off one of the most remarkable come-from-behind victories in the history of Test cricket to defeat Australia on the final day of the second Test at Adelaide Oval here on Tuesday.

 arrow Cricket: The darling of India
Rahul Dravid finally replaced Sachin Tendulkar as the darling of the Indian media Wednesday as it celebrated one of the finest wins in Test history over world champions Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas go 1-nil up
Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini took crucial wickets as South Africa maintained a perfect home winning record against the West Indies with a 189-run victory on the final day of the first Test at the Wanderers
 arrow Cricket: Lanka seek a result
Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne and coach John Dyson on Wednesday criticised England for showing a negative attitude during their ongoing Test series here.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar after wickets
Shoaib Akhtar, the world's fastest bowler, is eyeing wickets and not speed records in the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting Friday as he leads a relatively fresh-faced Pakistan bowling line
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l Cricket's Round 2 today
The second round of the Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League begins today with star-studded Dhaka hosting aspirants Chittagong at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Chess: Biman remain on top
Bangladesh Biman maintained their solo lead in the First Division Chess League at the end of the ninth round games at the NSC Conference room yesterday.

The leaders raised their tally to 34.

 arrow Volleyball: National v'ball from Dec 19
The Pepsi National Volleyball Competition will begin on December 19 in Dhaka.
 arrow Taekwondo: Taekwondo meet from tomorrow
The Korea Cup Taekwondo tournament, sponsored by the Republic of Korea Embassy in Dhaka, begins Friday at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium.
 arrow Football: A fight won against poverty
Brazilian star Ronaldo gained some consolation for missing out to Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane on the world footballer of the year award by leading his team to a 4-3 victory over the Frenchman's
 arrow Football: Chelsea's world record plan
Chelsea chief executive Paul Smith said Wednesday they were ready to pay a world record 60 million pounds (85 million euros/105 million dollars) for Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy.
 arrow Football: Zidane's reason to feel great
Zinedine Zidane grinned with pleasure on Monday as he accepted his award as FIFA's World Player of 2003 - and said he was delighted to have taken the prize off his Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand's date with destiny
Rio Ferdinand's chances of playing for England in next year's Euro 2004 finals will be hanging in the balance here on Thursday when he appears before a disciplinary hearing to answer charges of missing
 arrow Football: Scaloni threatens Becks
Argentine midfielder Lionel Scaloni suggested he will be looking for revenge on David Beckham when Deportivo de La Coruna next plays Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Brazil oust Argentina to enter semis
Brazil and Spain won semifinals Monday and will play for the title of soccer's World Youth Championship.
Nationalarrow Pro-AL, BNP teachers join hands to rout Jamaat
Teachers supporting ruling BNP and its arch rival opposition Awami League joined hands and routed Jamaat-e-Islami in the Islamic University Teachers Association (IUTA) election held on Monday.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat govt gave only crime, corruption, AL leader Jalil says
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil has said the BNP-Jamaat government has delivered nothing but crime, corruption and politicisation of the administration during its over two year's rule.
 arrow Unite to free people from govt's 'misrule'
JSD (Jatiya Samajtantric Dal) chief Hasanul Huq Innu has called upon freedom fighters to unite to free the people from BNP-Jamaat government's "misrule" and to protect democracy.
 arrow Bangladesh-Australia joint workshop on trial advocacy held in Kushtia
A two-day workshop on 'Trail Advocacy', jointly oranised by the Australian Bar Association and the Legal Education and Training Institute of Bangladesh Bar Council, concluded here on Monday


 arrow Pneumonia kills 6 in Chapainawabganj
Pneumonia killed six people including three children and attacked over 200 in Chapai Nawabganj district in the last one month.

All the dead were in the Pourasabha area.

 arrow Abducted youth rescued in Kushtia, captors held
Police rescued a youth abducted for ransom and arrested four alleged abductors including a women from Jugia Barkhada village in the Sadar upazila Tuesday evening.
 arrow BCL, Jubo League leaders jailed for snatching
Patuakhali Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) President Jahangir Shikder, its secretary Litu Mia and Jubo League activist Kajol were sentenced to two years imprisonment on Monday in a snatching case.
 arrow Big heroin haul in Gaibandha
The Gaibandha Narcotics and Liquor Control Directorate in a drive recovered one kilogram and 400 grams of heroin, 500 grams of hashish, some gold and money from a house in a village on Monday.
 arrow 'Crime probe centre' opens in Patuakhali
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury inaugurated a Crime Investigation Centre at Kathaltali village under Mirjagonj upazila in the district on Friday.
 arrow Ahmedul Kabir's death condoled
Ganotantri Parry at a meeting at its office recently condoled the death of party president and Chief Editor of daily Sangbad Ahmedul Kabir.
 arrow Bangladeshi beaten to death in India
A Bangladeshi who went to a bordering village in India illegally was beaten to death there, according to a delayed report received here on Tuesday.
 arrow Patuakhali Krisak Samity council held
Bangladesh Karisak Samity's Patuakhali unit held its council at CPB office recently.
 arrow Hotel owners' body formed
Residential hotel owners in the resort town have formed an association.

Alhaz Kanchn Ali was elected chairman and Alhaz Shahijahan Khan secretary of the 16-member association.

 arrow Unocal donates medicine, books and school uniforms
A large group of Unocal employees from Asia and US business units recently visited the Sylhet Red Crescent Maternity Hospital, Sarkari Shishu Paribar (an orphanage) and a BRAC Community Library in the
Point-Counterpointarrow The 'republic of fear' is dead
In his wrenching book on Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the dissident writer Kanan Makiya explained that the most powerful force keeping the cruel regime in power -- more important than brute strength -- was"an
 arrow Can Dean win the Democratic party's nomination for president?
Al Gore did a virtual disappearing act after he was robbed of victory in the 2000 presidential election.
 arrow Privileged patriots or desperate refugees?
PATRIOT II. CAPPS. Galileo. Cendant. The names keep coming -- acronyms we get used to and decode.
 arrow Shutting the door against the setting sun?
Operation "Red Dawn" was successful. As darkness fell near Tikrit, on Saturday, December 13, 2003, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from 4th infantrymen to elite special forces.
Culturearrow Jubilation under the star-lit sky
As part of the four day-long victory day celebration, Shammilito Sangskritik Jote organised programmes at six different stages at Shaheed Minar, Dhanmondi, Institute of Fine Arts( Bakul Tala) and Dhaka
 arrow Losing the orchard
Theatre Art Unit, the theatre group founded by the Late SM Solaiman, has come up with its new production Trinoparney Shalmanjori.
 arrow 8th Short and Independent Film Festival Dhaka, 2003
Dhaka will be witnessing the 8th edition of the festival of short films.
 arrow Kkusum leaps 18 years ahead, taking a new turn in life
India's daily soap Kkusum is one of the popular serials in India and Bangladesh as well.
Generalarrow PM opens National Youth Day
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday her government would prepare the youths as a 'development brigade' through necessary training.
 arrow Commission on transboundary rivers proposed at IUCN meet
India cannot go ahead with its river-linking mega project ignoring Bangladesh's right to water of transboundary rivers.
 arrow Online health check-up to be launched today
An Internet-based computerised health check-up system, popularly known as Computer Meridian Diagnostic (CMD), will be launched in Dhaka today.
 arrow AL leader shot dead at Narayanganj
An Awami League (AL) leader was shot dead by an armed gang at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow BUET admission test today
The admission test of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will be held today.

This year admission forms were distributed in two units.

 arrow DU admission tests rescheduled
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday rescheduled the dates for admission tests for first year honours classes under 2003-04 academic session.
 arrow One slaughtered at Keraniganj
Unknown assailants slaughtered a youth near Chun Kutia Girls High School in Keraniganj on Tuesday night.

On information, police recovered the body of the unidentified youth aged about 17 at around10.

Internationalarrow Germany, France and US finally agree
Germany, France and the United States said on Tuesday they were prepared to offer substantial debt relief to Iraq after a visit to the two main opponents of the war in Iraq by US special envoy James Baker.
 arrow Taiwan announces new SARS case
Taiwan health authorities said yesterday a man working at a military medical research institute had contracted SARS, the island's first case of the killer respiratory disease in five months.
 arrow We're on Laden's trail too, says Bush
President George W. Bush said Tuesday the United States would eventually capture the elusive al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, following the dramatic capture of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Greek militants jailed for life
An Athens court yesterday sentenced six members of Greek extremist group November 17, including its two top men, to life imprisonment for 19 murders since 1983.
 arrow EU, US agree to share air passenger details
The European Union and the United States have clinched a deal on how to share data of passengers traveling across the Atlantic to help with the global fight against terrorism, EU and US officials said.
 arrow Jackson to be charged today or tomorrow
Superstar Michael Jackson will be formally charged with child molestation on Thursday or Friday, nearly a month after his dramatic arrest, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Utility bills
The finance ministry has okayed the proposal for consumers to pay their utility bills at 187 designated branches of city banks in public and private sectors.
 arrow Editorial: What an act of savagery
For all the violence and brutality making for a diet of misfortune, this one tale of an eight-year-old housemaid has hurt our sensibilities most profoundly.
 arrow Reinforcing protection of human rights
December 10 was the 55th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was on this day, in 1948, that the Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly.
 arrow Behind the saffron surge: Anti-incumbency or Hindutva?
The five Assembly election results represent a handsome gain for the BJP and a setback for the Congress, barring in Delhi. For the first time, the BJP has wrested power in three states together.
Letters to Editorarrow UGC's clarification
The University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) would like to clarify its position against what is written in the Daily Star.
 arrow Taslima's untenable case
Taslima Nasrin is a so-called woman activist and a male writer is trying to attract the attention of the electronic and print media.
 arrow How to approach politics?
In the LDCs, the majority of the voters live in the villages, and most are illiterate or live below the poverty level. Hence the politicians take advantage of the situation.
 arrow US Ambassador
It appears from his approach that the new US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Harry K. Thomas, is getting accustomed to Bangladeshi culture and he is doing very well.