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Front Pagearrow Law, order slide may hurt economy
Deteriorating law and order may leave negative impact on Bangladesh's economy next year, Toru Shibuichi, country director of the Asian Development Bank, said yesterday.
 arrow 3 bodies to be given to CHT council
The government will transfer three more institutions under the education and youth and sports ministries to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council as part of efforts to implement the CHT Peace
 arrow Magistrate oversteps to grant bail
A magistrate in Dhaka has granted bail to four accused in a case under the Special Act for Prevention of Women and Children Repression beyond jurisdiction, drawing flak from legal experts.
 arrow B Chy, Dr Kamal call for action against corruption
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the people to unite and launch a resolute movement against all types of violence and corruption
 arrow Revenge kidnap in Rangamati
Eight supporters of the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were abducted from Naniarchar in Rangamati by suspected operatives of its rival UPDF (United Peoples' Democratic Front) earlyyesterday
 arrow Sweeps net 52 over Khulna firefight
Joint forces netted 52 people with suspected ties to an extremist outfit in Jessore and Khulna hours after Tuesday's fierce gunbattle left an underground operative killed and five law enforcers, including
 arrow 14 fasting students fall sick at JU
Fourteen students, including three women, among about 100 general students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on a fast-unto-death for immediate resumption of classes fell sick yesterday after over 30 hours
 arrow SL navy rescues 13 Bangladeshi fishermen adrift for a month
Sri Lanka's navy yesterday rescued 13 Bangladeshi fishermen who had been adrift at sea for nearly a month after their boats ran into difficulty, officials here said.
 arrow Development of armed forces to continue: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday praised humanitarian services of the armed forces, apart from their main professional duties, and assured continued government efforts for their development.
 arrow 3 cops sued for 'torturing' boy to death
A murder case was filed with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Dhaka yesterday, accusing three police personnel of Sabujbagh Police Station of torturing a boy to death in custody on December
 arrow Christmas today
The Christians in Bangladesh, as elsewhere in the world, celebrate the holy Christmas today.
 arrow Blasts kill 3 GIs, 5 others in Iraq
Three US soldiers have been killed in a bomb blast north of Baghdad, while a suicide car bomber killed four other people in northern Iraq in a spate of Christmas Eve attacks.
 arrow Mad cow finding strikes America
The United States is battling the fallout from its first case of mad cow disease as the world's leading importers slap bans on American beef and nervous investors punish fast-food giant McDonald's.
 arrow Blast files writ against jail without trial
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast), a leading non-governmental legal aid provider, filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday against adjournment and procrastination of innumerable
 arrow Housewife raped
A teenage housewife was confined and gang-raped at Dharmaganj Gudaraghat for 22 hours from 8:00pm Monday to 6:00pm Tuesday.
 arrow Lalmonirhat murder: 5 arrested
Police yesterday arrested five people for their alleged involvement in the killing of Awami League (AL) leader and local Union Parishad Chairman Samsul Islam Suruz.
 arrow Exchange opened to provide more landline connection to cellphone operators
Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Hoque yesterday inaugurated the ATOB (Association of Telecommunications Operators of Bangladesh) Tandem Exchange at Moghbazar Telephone Bhaban in Dhaka that
 arrow Sangsad body sympathises with police
A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday sympathised with the police force as the agency itself is limping with lack of logistics and its members make a living on pitiable salary.
 arrow HC stays ban notification on TUs in EPZ
A vacation bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday stayed a government notification that lifted ban on trade unionism (TU) at export processing zones (EPZs) from January next.
 arrow Extortionists shot rickshawpuller
Extortionists shot a rickshawpuller near Shilpakala Academy in Ramna when he kept paddling ahead with two passengers yesterday morning.
 arrow 31 rly staff sued for graft
Thirty-one officials of Bangladesh Railway (BR) have been sued for their alleged involvement in embezzlement of Tk 5.99 crore, showing fake pensioners in the last three years.
 arrow Pirate killed in gunfight with cops
Marabhola police Tuesday shot dead an alleged pirates' gang leader and injured three others during a gunfight near Swarankhola Forest Range.

A gang tried to loot Marabhola outpost at 9:00pm.

 arrow Human chain

Businessarrow One-stop service for land developers from Jan
Land developers will get their project plans approved from a single place from the next month as a set of guidelines for private land development will be formulated by this time, Housing and Public Works
 arrow Businesses, agri experts to visit Sierra Leone soon
A high-level delegation of business leaders and government agriculture experts will visit Sierra Leone soon to explore prospect of business and co-operation in agriculture between the two countries.
 arrow Defer agency commission reduction for another year
Travel agents yesterday called for deferment of reduction of agency commission from nine per cent to seven per cent for another year.
 arrow Dollar still strong against taka
The US dollar was on soften ground against major currencies but hit another record high against the Bangladesh yesterday due to strong dollar-buying sentiment by importers ahead of series of holidaysboth
 arrow GMG Airlines appoints GSA in Nepal
GMG Airlines, a leading private airline in Bangladesh, has appointed Nepal-based Mystique Himalayan Travels and Tours Pvt Limited its general sales agent (GSA) for Nepal.
 arrow Qatar Airways to buy 14 aircraft from Airbus
Qatar Airways has signed a US$ 3 billion contract with Airbus to buy 14 aircraft, says a press release.

The deal extends Qatar Airways' previous order to buy 34 Airbuses, worth of US$5.

 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Sunsilk shampoo now available in new int'l pack
Sunsilk shampoo, formulated at Elida Hair Institute, Paris and a product of Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited, is now available in internationally identical packs in Bangladesh.
 arrow Emirates, Lufthansa sign deal
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the possibilities of greater co-operation in the field of technical services.
 arrow Japan sets $760b budget with record-high bond issuance
Japan on Wednesday adopted a 760 billion dollar draft budget for the next fiscal year, with rising social security and debt-servicing costs pushing up planned bond issues to a record high.
 arrow Indian govt to raise foreign investment limit in telecoms
India's Telecommunications Minister Arun Shourie said Wednesday he will ask the cabinet to raise the foreign investment limit in telecoms companies, paving the way for more growth in the burgeoning industry.
 arrow US economy to accelerate in '04 on consumer spending
Free-spending American consumers are propelling the economy into 2004 at high speed, even after a 19-year record growth spurt in the third quarter, analysts said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC return strongly
Mohammedan Sporting Club put behind their two-match dis-appointment with a 5-0 thrashing of Victoria Sporting Club in the Western Union Premier Division Football League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful's bat finally sings
A brilliant century from Mohammad Ashraful and an unbeaten half-century by Rajin Saleh brought Bangladesh A back into their second match of the Patron's Trophy against Pakistan Telecommunication Company
 arrow Cricket: 'Lee not that lethal'
The return of searing speedster Brett Lee will be a challenge for India but he won't be as potent without bowling partner Glenn McGrath, skipper Saurav Ganguly said here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib dilemma
Pakistan's formidable bowling attack will be bolstered by the expected return of Shoaib Akhtar for the second Test against New Zealand here Friday, with New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming saying theoutcome
 arrow Cricket: Milestones beckon 'em
Brian Lara and Gary Kirsten will have individual milestones in mind when the second Test between South Africa and West Indies starts on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: First target Walsh
Master Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Tuesday sounded a warning to batsmen, saying he was confident of breaking the world record with his new bag of tricks.
 arrow Cricket: India yet to confirm tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar will meet his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on December 28 to take final a decision on the fate of India's scheduled tour to Bangla-desh
 arrow Volleyball: Army, BJMC champs
Bangladesh Army clinched the men's title while BJMC won the women's crown in the Pepsi National Volleyball Championship eliminating their respective rivals at the court near National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
The Prime Bank Sixth International Rating Chess tournament began yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
 arrow Chess: Sharma, Aminul earn full points
Indian International Master (IM) DK Sharma and Bangladesh's Fide Master Khandokar Aminul Islam only managed to secure full points after the end of the first round games in the Victory Day Leonine Grand
 arrow Golf: BTI golf starts today
The two-day BTI Golf tournament begins today at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

More than 200 golfers are expected to take part in the tournament.

 arrow Cricket: Waugh doesn't agree with Buchanan
Steve Waugh disagrees with much of what team coach John Buchanan wrote in his leaked letter of criticism of the Australian team's performance in the second Adelaide Test but defends his right to say it.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav expects Sachin to fire
India captain Saurav Ganguly says Sachin Tendulkar is due to return to his dominant best in this week's third Test against Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters & Hewitt engaged
World number two Kim Clijsters announced her engagement to boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt, a twice Grand Slam champion, on her official website on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA after insurance money
World football's governing body FIFA said Tuesday it will seek compensation from the insurer AXA, after a court in Germany ruled that the cancellation of its insurance for the 2002 World Cup was unlawful.
 arrow Football: Prinz backs down
Germany player Birgit Prinz passed up the chance to become the first woman player on a major men's soccer team Tuesday, turning down an offer from Italy's first-division AC Perugia.
 arrow Football: 'We will survive'
Manchester United will still be able to shine even if an appeal of star defender Rio Ferdinand's eight-month ban for missing a drugs test fails, the squad's teenaged winger Cristiano Ronaldo has said.
 arrow Football: Rooney's Xmas wish
Wayne Rooney has revealed his Christmas wish is to help Everton achieve the European place they so narrowly missed out on in his first, sensational season in top flight football.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo too hot for Sao Paulo
Brazilian club Sao Paulo say they have pulled out of talks with 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo because they cannot afford him.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's tribute to Zamorano
Brazil's Ronaldo paid tribute to Ivan Zamorano after playing in the former Chilean striker's farewell match in front of a 50,000 crowd.
Metropolitanarrow Thai embassy to issue visa in Ctg from Jan 1
Thai embassy will start issuing visas in Chittagong on January 1 while a Thai consulate will be set up here soon.
 arrow DUTA polls Dec 31
Election to the 15-member executive committee of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) will be held on December 31.
 arrow Bomb blast injures four at Khulna hotel
A bomb went off at the Rupsha International Hotel at Mujgunni under Khalishpur thana yesterday, leaving four people injured.
Nationalarrow 14 die from custodial torture in 11 months
Fourteen people died from alleged torture by law enforcers in the 16 districts of Rajshahi division from January to November this year.
 arrow Factory licence of 6 frozen food exporters cancelled
Factory licence of six frozen food exporters of Khulna have been temporarily cancelled by the government following allegations by EU importers that their consignments contained "hazardous" components.
 arrow Road mishaps kill five in Barisal, Cox's Bazar
At least five people were killed and 35 injured in road accidents in Barisal and Cox's Bazar on Tuesday.
 arrow Workshop on 'Facing Monga' held in Gaibandha
A workshop on 'Facing Monga', sponsored by Oxfam, a foreign NGO and Samaj Kallyan Sangstha (SKS), a local NGO, was held at Shaghata upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Tk 11 lakh 'forgery' with savings bonds detected at Barisal Bangladesh Bank
A Tk 11 lakh forgery with savings bonds at Bangladesh Bank's Barisal branch has been revealed.
 arrow Lalmonirhat WDB engineers flee to Rajshahi for life
Several engineers of Water Development Board have fled to Rajshahi from Lalmonirhat following 'death threats' over bidding for Tk 22 crore work, sources said.
 arrow Unite to protest govt's 'misrule'
Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan has said the BNP-Jamaat government has delivered nothing but crime, corruption and politicisation of administration during its over two year's rule.
 arrow 20 hurt in Kushtia clash over land dispute
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups in a land dispute at Mongolbaria village on the outskirts of Kushtia town Tuesday evening.
 arrow Bio-gas changes lifestyle in Patuakhali
Use of bio-gas for cooking is gaining popularity among rural people in Kalapara and Galachipa upazilas in the district.
 arrow No sea truck service on Barisal-Laxmipur route
There is no passenger service in Barisal-Laxmipur river route for the last eight days following withdrawal of the lone BIWTC sea truck Khizir-8 for repair.
 arrow 2 fishermen drown in Meghna in Dhal Char
Two fishermen drowned and two others are missing after a fishing boat sank in the Meghna near Dhal Char due to inclement weather on December 17, according to a delayed report reaching here yesterday.
 arrow Trader critically shot for refusing to pay toll
Miscreants shot and critically injured a businessman at Hasimpur Bazar on Tuesday for not paying toll.
 arrow BNP leader murdered in Kushtia
A BNP leader and former Union Parishad member was slaughtered by unidentified miscreants at Jorapukuria village in Harinakundu upazila in Jhenidah district Monday night.
 arrow Rangamati Dist Council launches stipend for students
The Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) has introduced stipends for class four students in the district from the current financial year.
Culturearrow Music for divinity
The Daily Star: What is the origin of Church music?

Pastor Edward Baroi: Music has always played an important role in the worship of God. Way back, in the dawn of creation: "...

 arrow Matir Moina wins acclamation of Pakistani audience
The acclaimed Bangladeshi film Matir Moina has earned yet another feat of great importance as it was adjudged the best film at the Karafilm Festival held in Karachi, Pakistan.
 arrow Ramp model Salma says...
Salma Rosey, who has made a name for herself in a foreign land, has reached the limelight, amongst several others in the United States.
Generalarrow 'Lack of coordination hinders conservation of biodiversity'
Lack of coordination among the different government agencies is a major obstacle to conserving the biodiversity of the country.
 arrow Set up childcare centre at every workplace
Speakers at a workshop have stressed the need for mandatory childcare centre at every workplace so that the working mothers could concentrate their mind to their duties in the best possible way.
 arrow Bangabhaban history writing committee meets
A joint meeting of the advisory board and editorial committee of Bangabhaban History Writing Committee was held at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Outlawed party leader arrested in Ishwardi
Police yesterday arrested Humayan Kabir alias Aslam, 30, a regional leader of an extremist outfit, and one of his accomplices at Ishwardi bus terminal.
 arrow BNP leader Wazed Ali dead
Wazed Ali Biswas, a BNP leader and former member of parliament, died of a cardiac arrest at his residence in the city yesterday at 56.
Internationalarrow Israel ends Gaza raid but peace meet still in doubt
Palestinian officials said an Israeli raid in which nine people were killed in the Gaza Strip had put in doubt talks to prepare for a vital peace summit even as Israel's army rolled back on Wednesday.
 arrow Saddam was duped over weapons: UK officials
British officials are claiming that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein may have been duped into believing that Iraq did possess weapons of mass destruction, a leading London newspaper said.
 arrow US military action rocks Baghdad
Explosions shook pre-dawn Baghdad in the biggest military activity here in weeks, while in Mosul an Iraqi security force member was killed and US soldiers arrested a confidante of fugitive Baath party
 arrow China arrests 24 Taiwan 'spies'
China has arrested 24 "spies" from diplomatic foe Taiwan and 19 mainland Chinese accomplices amid simmering tensions over plans by the island for a referendum, a move that has riled Beijing and alarmed
 arrow Kidnapped Indians freed in Afghanistan
Two Indian engineers kidnapped by suspected Taliban rebels nearly three weeks ago during a spate of attacks on a US-backed road project have been freed, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said
 arrow Emergency declared in California after quake
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hunger strike at JU
THE students of Jahangirnagar University have resorted to an extreme measure--hunger strike--to express their deep resentment over the academic deadlock at the university.
 arrow Editorial: Fresh violence in Khagracchari
VIOLENCE has again flared up in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Can Dean defeat Bush?
The conventional wisdom is that Howard Dean can't beat George Bush in the US presidential election in November.
 arrow Where have we to go
Track II and III circles are agog and the governments are engaged in frenetic activity to restore normal relations between India and Pakistan.
 arrow Bangladesh's first modern architect
His work, knowledge and vision have inspired the architects of this country since he started his career as an architect in the early fifties.
Christmas specialarrow Christmas: From celebration to life
That December 25th is Christmas festival is known to all. All also know that Christmas is celebrated joyfully by Christian community of the world.
 arrow Love beyond empathy in the service of leprosy
"Then had I not been thus exiled from light,
As in the land of darkness yet in light;
To live a life half-dead, a living death,
And buried; but O yet more miserable!
My self my Sepulcher,a

 arrow Celebrating Christmas
Every year at Christmas, James Baxter watches people rip apart his company's product and throw it away. All the hours of creative design and careful manufacturing are gone in a flash. And he has no regrets.
 arrow The Christmas Tree
In temperate climates, one cannot imagine Christmas without the decorated fir-tree, put up in public squares and inside homes, glowing with candles or sparkling with strings of electric lights, coloured
 arrow How was that day
How was that day....
 arrow When Christmas comes
Smiles are much brighter
As people meet,
Sounds of gay laughter
Fill every street
When Christmas comes.