Joint forces, Khulna outlaws trade fire|
An intense firefight between joint forces and underground operatives killed an outlaw and injured five law enforcers, including a Bangladesh Rifles commander, in Phultala in Khulna yesterday, prompting
Tk 3,874cr bad loans written off in 9 months|
Local and foreign banks have written off a total of Tk 3,874 crore bad loans in the nine months to last September, lowering the share of default loans by four percent to 24 percent.
Five to die, two get life|
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced five extortionists to death and two to life imprisonment after convicting them of killing two brothers in a toll-taking motivated incident in Mirpur two years ago.
Tk 7,600 crore pillage at PDB since 1971|
Corrupt officials of Power Development Board (PDB) have robbed the organisation of Tk 7,600 crore up to last month since independence.
20 abducted in Khagrachhari|
In a renewed flare of political violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), armed men believed to be supporters of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday abducted 20 family members
Rampage at DU at death of student|
Hundreds of students went on a rampage on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday following the death of a fellow student at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) from injuries sustained in a road accident
Vajpayee eyes Dhaka's gas reserves|
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has said Bangladesh has promising reserves of natural gas and India, whose energy demands are expanding exponentially, is the only viable buyer.
Rab fails to roll for lack of funds|
Six months after the swift passage of a law to set up the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to curb rising crimes, the force is yet to go into action as it did not get funds allocation.
PM seeks Russian help for subway|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought Russian assistance for launching underground railway services in Dhaka city.
Students start fast-unto-death|
Over 100 students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday began a fast-unto-death demanding an end to the stand-off between authorities and teachers that has paralysed academic activities since October
Biman pilots end 'limited' strike|
Pilots of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday called off their 'limited' strike after successful talks with management on pay and other issues.
PIA resumes Dhaka flight|
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume its operations in Bangladesh from January 3 next year, two years after India ends a ban on flying of Pakistani aircrafts over its airspace.
Eight Palestinians killed in raid|
Israeli troops and tanks yesterday swept into a Gaza Strip refugee camp, killing eight Palestinians in the deadliest raid for nearly two months and breaking a spell of relative calm that has spurred peace
2 killed in 6.5 quake in California|
Rescue workers have ended their search for survivors from a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that killed two women in this central California town and shook homes and skyscrapers from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
2 drivers killed in city|
Two private transport drivers were found murdered in apparently unrelated incidents Monday night in the city's Gulshan and Mirpur areas.
Outlaws slaughter 3 in Chuadanga|
Three people were slaughtered in separate incidents allegedly by extremists in sadar and Alamdanga upazila Monday night in a spurt in such assassinations.
Egyptian FM assaulted at Jerusalem mosque|
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher returned home after his one-day peace mission to Israel deteriorated into a shoving match with Palestinian extremists that landed Organisation of Islamic Conference.
Saifur to consider duty on cellphone equipment|
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he would consider the duty structure for import of cellphone equipment in the interest of faster growth of the industry.
Train knocks boy to death|
A shuttle train knocked a schoolboy to death and injured two others near Sholoshahar railway station in the port city yesterday.
Arms, combat dress recovered at Bandarban|
The armed forces recovered six sawn-off rifles and six military uniforms from an abandoned house at Alekkhong union under Roangchhari upazila Monday.
3 die in road mishaps|
Three persons were killed and one injured yesterday in road accidents in the city.
Moni Mukta, a seven-year-old girl, was killed when a microbus hit her on Mazar Road at Mirpur at 10:00am.
Probe process against DFP DG begins|
The authorities have started the process of departmental action for alleged corruption against Director General (DG) of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) Syed Mahbubur Rahman.
Hartal observed in district, 19 BNP men accused|
A daylong hartal was observed in the district yesterday to protest the murder of local Awami League (AL) leader Shamsul Alam Suruj who was hacked to death allegedly by ruling BNP men at Charitabari in
Agargaon murders Conflict over drugs suspected|
Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind Monday's double murders at Agargaon but suspect internal conflict over drugs business might have led to the killings.
CDS in bourses from Jan 24|
The Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) will begin its operation from January 24 next year as the company got business commencement licence yesterday.
EPB int'l tender fails to attract companies|
The international tender floated by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) for building a permanent trade fair complex in Dhaka failed to attract any company as last date for submission of bids was over on
Dhaka looks to Southeast Asia to boost economy|
Bangladesh, struggling to free itself from dependency on aid, pursued a 'Look East' policy in 2003 and is hoping to further strengthen ties with Southeast Asian countries to boost its economy.
$20m ADB loan for livestock project|
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$ 20 million loan for a livestock enterprises project aimed at income generating activities in rural areas of 20 north-western districts of Bangladesh.
ACI-Dabur joint venture starts production today|
Asian Consumer Care (ACC) Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between ACI Limited, a local business house, and Dabur International, a subsidiary of Dabur India, starts production today.
Steel mill owners start indefinite strike|
Steel mill owners yesterday went into strike for an indefinite period to press home their demands.
Rehab Fair begins today|
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) is organising a 4-day Housing Fair 2003 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, beginning today.
Tea auction closes mixed|
The weekly tea sale here yesterday witnessed quality of offerings generally showing a decline.
Dollar hits new record against taka|
The US dollar continued to gain against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday and hit another record high on strong dollar-buying by importers ahead of series of holidays both in domesticand
BGMEA starts training course on compliance|
After successful removal of child labour from the readymade garment industry, stakeholders have now initiated steps trying to establish the country as an ethical sourcing hub for the international apparel
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training centre opens|
The new Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre was officially opened on December 6 in Dubai, says a press release.
Qatar Airways starts flight to Singapore|
Qatar Airways has started its new non-stop flight to Singapore, says a press release.
Sk Russel blank Dhanmondi|
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra registered their first win in the Western Union Premier Division Football League after they beat Dhanmondi Club 2-0 in one of the day's two matches at the Sher-e-Bangla National
Ray of hope for League|
The grounds committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) might be forced to soften its stance on postponing the ongoing Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League from the New Year.
PTCL take lead|
Fast bowler Anwar Hossain Munir grabbed four wickets for Bangladesh A but that wasn't enough to prevent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) from taking a first innings lead at close on day
Elements the winner|
Bad light and rain conspired to end the first cricket Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in a draw here Tuesday after a fiery bowling spell by Mohammad Sami had given Pakistan a slim chance of glory.
Miandad flays Flemo|
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said he was surprised with the defensive tactics New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming used during the first Test.
Lesson learnt: Ponting|
Australia have learnt their lesson from their shock defeat to India in last week's second Test, vice-captain Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday.
"I think we've learnt from it.
Nedved rules Europe|
Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved has been named the 2003 European Footballer of the Year, it was revealed here on Monday.
Mashrafee's 2nd op successful|
Injured fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza underwent a successful second operation in Australia on Monday.
He had to have a screw adjusted in the left-knee.
"He is now fine.
PM hands over Sports Award|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked all concerned to rethink whether it was wise sending teams or players abroad to competitions without attaining a minimum level standard.
Biman Div One chess champs|
Bangladesh Biman retained their First Division Chess League title beating Kamlapur Samaj Kalayan and Krira Sangha in the last round at the NSC auditorium yesterday.
B'desh meet S'pore today|
Bangladesh take on Singapore in their last group match of the first AHF Cup Under-21 Hockey Tournament in Singapore today.
The match will start at 6pm (Bangladesh time).
Bangladesh lift F'ship kho kho|
Bangladesh national team emerged champions in the Friendship Cup Kho Kho Tournament after defeating Guwahati Club of Assam 23-18 in the final on Monday in Guwahati, India.
Leonine chess from today|
The Victory Day Leonine Grand Masters Chess Tournament begins at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room today.
Holders Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Army moved into the men's group final of the Pepsi National Volleyball Championship beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the court near National
BDR, Narinda big victors|
Title aspirants Bangladesh Rifles registered their second victory in the Orient Bread Cup Handball Tournament as they defeated Surjodoy Boys' Club 34-14 at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
Div II cricket|
Young Cricketers defeated Prochoy Cricket Club by four wickets in the Acme-Orchy Second Division Cricket League at the City Club ground in Mirpur yesterday.
Three-in-one year Brazil|
Brazil celebrated its triple crown of world titles as the country's football federation paid tribute to its teams' across-the-board success.
Sao Paulo chase Rivaldo|
Brazilian club Sao Paulo have joined the chase to sign World Cup winner Rivaldo who was released by his Italian side AC Milan earlier this month and are prepared to offer him a monthly salary of 80,000
'Journalists must follow ethics for credibility'|
Discussants at a dialogue yesterday said journalists must follow the professional ethics to attain credibility.
A newspaper could be credible to its readers only by ensuring objectivity, they noted.
US support in agri sector sought|
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has sought US support in agriculture sector to develop a future roadmap to convert agriculture into a commercial profession from the present subsistence sector.
President for joint business forum|
President Iajuddin Ahmed has stressed exchange of business delegations and setting up a joint business forum between Bangladesh and Qatar to ensure trade flow between the two countries.
Agreement on Dhaka-Agartala package tour|
Officials of the civil aviation and tourism ministry of Bangladesh and the Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) of India yesterday reached an agreement on bilateral package tour to ensure the best
French envoy meets Badruddoza|
Ambassador of France to Dhaka Sabienne Drought met former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at his KC Memorial office in Baridhara yesterday.
RU golden jubilee celebrations end|
The golden jubilee celebration of Rajshahi University concluded yesterday.
A discussion was held at Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium in the morning.
RU Vice-Chancellor Prof.
Housewives move out for gas|
Speakers at a roundtable organised by housewives here said Rajshahi region is not getting gas due to lack of sincerity of politicians.
UP chairman's men snatch documents from probe body|
Muscleman snatched documents at gunpoint from an investigation team when it was returning after probing a wheat scam by Muladuli Union Parishad (UP) Chairman and BNP leader Sirajul Islam.
BSTI censures five Gaibandha mills|
The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) has asked five mills here not to market their products as those are running without BSTI licence.
BSMCH interns call off strike|
Intern doctors at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital called off their strike Monday afternoon following the authorities' assurance of ensuring their security and action against alleged extortionists
AIDS awareness campaign in Patuakhali|
A colourful rally was brought out and a discussion meeting held at Patuakhali to create awareness against AIDS.
Trifling matter costs one life, leaves 20 hurt in Brahmanbaria|
A trifling matter cost one life and left 20 injured in a clash at Hussenpur village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
Discussion on child marriage held at Patuakhali|
The local unit of Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) held a day-long discussion meeting on bad effects of child marriage and responsibilities of newly married couples.
A rare good day for orphans|
Orphans at Nilphamari Shishu Sadan (a government orphanage) had a good day.
They relished an improved diet and got soap to wash their clothes, which they rarely got earlier.
'JCD leader attacked by BCL, not JCD faction'|
Jatiyatabdi Chhatra Dal (JCD) here claimed that the recent attack on its district unit organising secretary was made by Chhatra League activists and not by a JCD faction as reported in the press earlier.
Loans to disabled in Nilphamari|
The Social Welfare Department here has disbursed Tk two lakh 82 thousand loans to 28 physically handicapped people to make them self-reliant.
PIB training for Nilphamari journalists|
The Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) will decentralise its training programmes from the capital city of Dhaka to various districts and remote areas of the country.
Two maunds of hemp recovered|
Two maunds of hemp were recovered from the rooftop of a passenger bus here on Sunday.
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Drug Control Department in a joint raid recovered the hemp.
The Democrats' own quagmire|
The effort by his Democratic rivals to portray Howard Dean as the reincarnation of George McGovern will not work. Dean is not a peacenik. If you read his foreign-policy speech given in Los Angeles onDec.
One does not have to like Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to give credit where credit is due.
Racism : A necessity in France?|
Hijab or covering of the head by scarves particularly by young girls in French schools has been a hot issue going on for a long time.
Kick the can, please!|
Eurocrats are pointing fingers at Spain and Poland for sinking the Brussels summit. They might just as well have directed them at Germany.
Entering into a realm of unique darkness|
A baffled inner conscience repeatedly jolted the psyche of the visually abled visitors and reminded them of social duties towards the incapacitated during participation in brief tours within a make-shift
Folk dances from Jammu & Kashmir|
The audience became enchanted when sweet voice and melodious tune mingled in the air. They were mesmerised with the rhythm of gorgeous presentation by the dancers.
Siddhidata a mere comedy|
Loko Natya Dal presented their current production Siddhidata as part of the programme arranged by ITI Bangladesh Centre at the National Theatre Stage recently.
10-day long drama festival|
Nagorik Natyangan will be organising a 10-day long drama festival from December 27 to January 5 at the Public Library Auditorium.
PM urges Imams to develop human resources|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her government's willingness to involve religious leaders in poverty alleviation programmes.
Tributes paid to Azadi editor|
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to late Prof Md Khaled, the octogenarian editor of the Azadi.
BUET '90 Forum founding anniversary|
The BUET '90 Forum will celebrate its founding anniversary at the auditorium of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on December 25.
University of Luton Alumni Association|
Mahbubur Rahman and Khandaker Azizul Islam have been elected chairman and secretary of the Bangladesh chapter of University of Luton Alumni Association recently.
Bush asks people to stay normal amid terror alert|
US President George W. Bush told the US public Monday to try and make it business as usual after authorities issued a high security alert warning of a potential attack in the end-of-year holidays by al-Qaeda.
India offers safe passage if rebels surrender|
Indian authorities have set up hotlines to encourage the surrender of anti-Indian rebels fleeing a military crackdown against them in neighbouring Bhutan, an army official said yesterday.
Britain plans 'tripartite' pressure on Syria|
Britain plans to combine with France and Germany to put pressure on Syria over weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and Iraq, a London newspaper said yesterday.
US to consider lifting Libya sanctions|
The United States Monday cautiously raised the prospect of lifting sanctions against Libya after its leader Colonel Muammer Gaddafi's surprise decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction.
PM at Dhaka University|
We have been anything but the best in our speeches. But we have never been anywhere near best in our action. That sums up our history of most things.
It is a reflection on our justice dispensation system that no fewer than 155 inmates of Dhaka Central Jail have remained in captivity without trial for five to 11 years.
Roads, electrification and poverty reduction|
In the context of India, an earlier research conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) argued that additional expenditure on roads is found to have the largest impact on poverty
A tyrant is captured: Judge Saddam fairly|
Mr Saddam Hussein's capture had every element of drama.
Will Saddam Hussein's capture rescue US from Iraq morass?|
Saddam Hussein was not some virtuoso organising attacks that had risen across the entire territory of Iraq. He was a stalking individual, apparently moving from place to place for his own survival.
|Letters to Editor||
Stop American Massacre|
The news of a war crime tribunal being formed by the Iraqi National Council has simply astonished me. The purpose is to try war criminals.
It is surprising to note that a poor country like us is very much encouraging not only smoking but also its production.
Fair trial of Saddam Hossain|
Your news items on "Bush for Saddam's public trial" and "Question over Saddam's status" published in front page on December 16, 2003 drew my attention.
Anarchy in the name of religion|
In the recent days, it has been observed that a faction of religious leaders are demonstrating in the street and demanding that Ahmadiyyas be declared as non-Muslims, creating a law and order situation
I found that the CNG autorickshaws and one Mishuk displayed the same fare on the meter between the same two points ( Stadium/Baitul Mukarrum gate and Mohammadpur Post Office).
Taslima is a name, a debate. Every day newspapers are coming up with at least one write-up or letter on her.
Withdraw class bar for govt. college teachers|
It is good news that the government has decided to appoint 400 more lecturers for government colleges by next June .
An enduring friendship|
It was a thousand to one chance, that Bashir Ahmad met Sakina in London, on the first of June of the third millenium. the two were meeting after a period of nineteen years.
VCs these days|
In response to my letter dated 2-12-2003 one of my students, Tarik Zaman from the University of Sydney, Australia recorded his observations on the above subject vide his letter published in the DailyStar
DBH and National Housing|
Just after coming into power the new coalition government reduced the bank rate from 7 to 6 per cent and again by 1 per cent recently.
Jewish Scientists and Manhattan Project|
In "Solidarity among Muslims needed" (DS 12/20), Mr. Zahur states: "It is said that the Jews (Albert Einstein) gave USA the atomic bomb.
Merchants of hate|
With reference to Mr. Naeem Mohaiemen's article with the above heading that appeared in your daily on 9.12.
Do we fit in the virtual education plan?|
IS e-Learning possible in Bangladesh? Dr Badrul H Khan, associate professor and director of Educational Technology Leadership graduate cohort program at The George Washington University, tried to answer
3Com stretches its web in Bangladesh|
ANGLADESH is on 3Com's high priority map, which is reflected through our initiative for the market here," said Upender Jit Singh, regional sales manager of 3Com Corporation, South-East Asian region.
Life on Mars? A little Beagle may tell us|
On Christmas Day, a small round object will streak like a shooting star across the skies of Mars before landing like a beachball, starting a mission that, at last, may reveal whether the stuff of life
BCS Computer City, the largest IT market in Dhaka, has decided to hold its third exposition "CityIT 2003" for computer hardware, peripherals and related products and services, says
PM's 'Karnaphuli bridge' promise falls flat|
The 72-year-old Kalurghat Bridge is virtually on the verge of collapse. And the other bridge named after Hazrat Shah Amanat has not been in a good condition for quite some time now.
Tamakumundi: A materialist's heaven|
Tamakumundi was once famous for being the location where the grandfather of the great Muslim personality, Habibullah Bahar, who was a great friend of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, and arranged for Nazrul to
Cable TV turns too taxing|
The New Year will greet about two lakh cable television subscribers in Dhaka with a hike of service charge for Zee Network, ESPN and Star Sports.
A day apart from despair|
Christmas is coming... The goose is getting fat... the young and old sing as the festive season draws near.
Good care at a day care|
"I was screaming the first day mom left me here.
Let them play, let them grow|
Environmentalists have again called upon the government to save the remaining playgrounds in the city for the sake of healthy psychological and physical growth of the children.
Cheap shopping bags from garment waste soon|
Cheap, environment-friendly shopping bags made of thread produced from garment waste are likely to hit markets in the near future.