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Front Pagearrow Musharraf, Vajpayee meet, pledge to repair ties
The leaders of India and Pakistan met yesterday for the first time in more than two years, and pledged to continue efforts to repair relations after their nuclear-armed countries went to the brink ofwar
 arrow Bangladesh won't allow foreign insurgents
Bangladesh yesterday assured India that it would never allow any insurgents to use its land against any country.
 arrow HC asks govt to report in 4 weeks
The High Court yesterday directed the government to submit in four weeks a detailed report on the cases of 155 prisoners languishing in Dhaka Central Jail without trial for years on end.
 arrow Garos issue ultimatum to cancel Modhupur eco-park scheme
The Garos of Modhupur yesterday gave a seven-day ultimatum to the prime minister to implement a five-point charter of demands, including cancellation of a forest conservation and eco-tourism plan that
 arrow JS bodies don't sit in time
None of the 39 parliamentary standing committees on as many ministries care to sit in time in a parody of their guiding rules that require the bodies to meet at least once every 30 days.
 arrow 16 more die in two days
At least 16 people died in the last 48 hours in the cold wave sweeping over much of the country for the last four days.
 arrow Pabna Mental Hospital doc, driver suspended
Acting Resident Medical Officer of Pabna Mental Hospital (PMH) Dr Abdullah Al Rumi and ambulance driver Siddikur Rahman were suspended for breaking office discipline as a health directorate probe body
 arrow Poultry feed producers clarify report
In three clarifications, Bangladesh Poultry Breaders Association, Bangladesh Poultry Industries Association and World's Poultry Science Association, Bangladesh branch on the article, "Poultry feed churned
 arrow Four-year-old accused of looting rice
A four-year-old boy figures on a list of nine accused in the first information report (FIR) of a case of looting 10 acres of rice in Khulna district.
 arrow AL may issue ultimatum to govt from Jan 10 grand rally
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is taking all-out preparations to make the January 10 grand rally at city's Paltan Maidan a success, from where Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and party chief
 arrow Local banks agree interest rate cut
Chief executives of local commercial banks (LCBs) during a meeting in the city yesterday agreed to reduce lending and deposit interest rates from this month.
 arrow JS body accuses AL of defence grafts
The parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry yesterday discussed fresh allegations of corruption in defence budget spendings against the past Awami League (AL) government.
 arrow GMG to fly on 3 int'l routes
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) has decided to give air transport operating licence to GMG Airlines in a first in the country to allow a private airlines to operate on internationalroutes.
 arrow CHT braces for more volatility
The New Year may see the situation in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) turn more volatile than any other year since the 1997 peace accord as three regional contesting groups plan to launch 'tough' actionprogrammes
 arrow Iraq power transfer starts this week
After eight months of debate and delay, the United States this week will formally launch the handover of power to Iraq with the final game plan still not fully in place.
 arrow World Press Photo exhibition begins tomorrow
A 23-day long photography exhibition titled World Press Photo 2004

begins at Dhanmondi in the city tomorrow.

 arrow Trader dies from bullet injury, 3 hurt in shootout
A small trader yesterday succumbed to bullet injuries he sustained on Saturday and three garment workers were wounded in a separate shootout in the city.
 arrow PPs should be permanent, says Moudud
Public prosecutors should be given permanent appointment instead of the present system of ad hoc appointment.
 arrow 2 schoolgirls 'abducted', youth freed on ransom
Two schoolgirls were allegedly abducted and a kidnapped youth was released on ransom payment at Panti village in Kumarkhali upazila in a span of 40 hours from 9:00pm Friday.
 arrow 3 garment workers bullet-hit as gangs clash at Rampura
Three garment workers were bullet-hit during an exchange of fire between two criminal gangs in the city's Rampura area yesterday morning.
 arrow Laden tape mentions Saddam capture
The Arabic television channel Al Jazeera aired an audio tape Sunday purported to be from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in which he mentioned the arrest of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein by US troops
 arrow Foreign-funded projects costlier, says Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has said implementation of a project with self-finance costs much less than with the foreign funds.
 arrow Likely to miss the deadline

 arrow Killers threaten victim's family to withdraw case at Tejgaon
The mother of a security service provider murdered at his Manipuripara office on December 17 said killers are threatening her family members for withdrawal of the murder case filed with Tejgaon Police
 arrow Govt may abolish pre-shipment inspection
The government is contemplating abolishing the system of pre-shipment inspection (PSI), introduced in February 2000, as per recommendations of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and following recentcomplexities
 arrow NGO official shot, mugged in city
Unidentified criminals yesterday shot an official of a non-govern-mental organisation (NGO) at Maghbazar in the city and snatched Tk 1.5 lakh from him.
 arrow Army arrests 6 armed men in Khagrachhari
The army yesterday arrested six operatives of an armed group at Ramgarh in Khagrachhari and seized some weapons from their possession.
Businessarrow Banks make quick profits on high lending rates
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said commercial banks are making too much money in a too short time by exacting interest at high rates from clients, but without sharing any social responsibility.
 arrow Exhibiting right products at right place key to single country fair success
Exhibiting right products at right places and holding fairs at an appropriate time with adequate publicity are the crucial things that should be kept in mind while arranging single country shows abroad
 arrow Spectra Convention Centre opens Wednesday
Spectra Convention Centre, a private sector conference center, will be inaugurated formally on Wednesday to provide multipurpose facilities for companies and individuals from a single point.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
US dollar remained strong against Bangladesh taka yesterday in inter-bank trade due to higher import payments after the resumption of international transactions.
 arrow China trade surplus with US grows to $53b
China said its trade surplus with the United States grew to an estimated 53.2 billion US dollars in the first 11 months of 2003, state media reported Monday.
 arrow Malaysia's banking outlook 'stable-to-positive'
Moody's has assigned a "stable-to-positive" outlook for Malaysia's banking system, saying healthy fundamentals demonstrated its resilience in the face of last year's uncertainties over SARS and the Iraq
 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank money was steady yesterday as most banks could overcome their cash problems, fund managers said.
 arrow StanChart, IFIC Bank sign correspondent banking deal
Standard Chartered Bank has signed a correspondent banking agreement on cash management with IFIC Bank.
 arrow Janata Jute Mills declares dividend, bonus share
Janata Jute Mills Limited has declared a 20 percent dividend and a 20 percent bonus share for the shareholders for the year 2002-2003.
 arrow S'pore eases visa application process for China visitors
Singapore has made easier visa application process for independent travellers from China.

The new process took effect on January 1, 2004, says a press release.

 arrow New CEO of Beximco Chemical Division
Nazmul Hassan has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Beximco Chemical Division.

Prior to his present position, he was the chief operating officer (COO) of Beximco Chemical Division.

 arrow S Asia must boost regional trade to pull out of poverty
South Asian nations need to remove barriers to trade and coordinate their economic policies to pull the politically fragmented region out of poverty, a study by a top Indian trade body said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers, Muktis back on track
Big-spending Brothers Union Club returned to form in the Western Union Premier Division Football League with a confident 3-0 victory over Dhaka Wanderers Club at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium inMirpur
 arrow Cricket: Advantage home teams
Young pacer Ashraful Khan took five wickets as the defending champions Dhaka looked set for an outright win against visiting Khulna in their Ispahani Mirzapor Fifth National Cricket League match at the
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore lauds Shahriar
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said that opener Shahriar Hossain could be an ideal example for all the out of favour senior players who have been trying to make a comeback to international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Rashedul alone among runs
Opener Rashedul Haq followed up his one-day half-century the day before with a superb hundred on the first day of the four-day Patron's Trophy fixture between Bangladesh A and a formidable Pakistan International
 arrow Cricket: Two captains for Tigers?
The national selectors are contemplating to separate the Test and one-day captaincy. The idea was prompted by general dissatisfaction with under-performing Khaled Mahmud.

"It's just a thought.

 arrow Cricket: Mountain in front of Aus
Australia were left needing to conjure up a world record-breaking performance to give skipper Steve Waugh a winning send-off against India after the fourth day in the final cricket Test here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain slows SA down
Rain delayed South Africa's rapid push to a likely winning position on the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies at Newlands Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Kumble's answer'
Anil Kumble became only the third man to take eight wickets in an innings at a Sydney Cricket Ground Test on Monday to offer India a chance of a first-ever series victory in Australia.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Narinda Progoti Boys' Club and Bangladesh Police won their respective matches in the Cute Metropolis Premier Division Handball League at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l women's chess on
The final phase of the 15th National Women's Chess Championship began at the NSC Conference room yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters-powered Belgium
Grand Slam-chasing Kim Clijsters fired a warning shot ahead of this month's Australian Open by overwhelming Daniela Hantu-chova in the Hopman Cup mixed teams event here Monday.
 arrow Football: Valencia stay focused
Valencia triumphed 4-2 over Villarreal on Sunday to keep up the pressure on league leaders Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Gunners just too hot
Defending champions Arsenal got their campaign to become the first team in over a century to win three successive FA Cup titles off to a flying start on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cafu being professional
AC Milan must win at a ground where points have been hard to come by here on Tuesday if they are to slam the brakes on Roma's title push and give their own championship hopes a much-needed shot in the
 arrow Football: PSG back from the grave
French giants Paris Saint Germain came from 2-0 down to beat Second Division Troyes 3-2 in extra-time in their French Cup last 32 clash here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Another Rivaldo twist
Brazil midfielder Rivaldo is close to signing with Cruzeiro, the club and player's agent said Sunday.

Cruzeiro spokesman Valdir Barbosa said an official announcement could be made as soon as Monday.

 arrow Football: ‘Ferdinand a future captain’
David Beckham believes Rio Ferdinand can put his drugs ban behind him to one day become England captain.

"It will make him stronger once he has come through all of this.

 arrow Football: England calling Hitzfeld
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admits he has had "several calls" from England asking about his future, but says he will see out his contract with the German champions which runs until 2005.
 arrow Football: Moreno loaned to Bolton
Bolton have signed Atletico Madrid's Javier Moreno on loan for the rest of the season, subject to the striker passing a medical, the English Premiership club's website said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Stop use of toxicants on vegetables, fruits
Environmental activists yesterday called for an end to use of toxic chemicals for growing vegetables and ripening fruits, that causes serious health hazards.
 arrow Ties with Russia to strengthen further: Hasina
Rusian Ambassador Oleg S Marginov yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at the latter's residence and discussed important bilateral and regional
 arrow US envoy calls on Ershad
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas made a courtesy call on Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad at his office yesterday.

They discussed bilateral and international issues of common interest.

 arrow AL presidium meets tomorrow
An emergency meeting of Awami League presidium will be held at the party president's Dhandmondi office at 10am on Wednesday.
Nationalarrow Murders double in S-W dists in a year
Crimes including murder marked a sharp rise in Knulna division last year over that of the previous year.
 arrow Bogra hospitals lack doctors, facilities
Fifty-four posts of doctor out of 187 and 243 posts of health assistant out of 550 at government hospitals in the district are vacant for long.
 arrow 63 pc free primary text books reach Barisal divn
Only 63 per cent of textbooks sought for free distribution among primary school students in six districts of Barisal division has so far reached here, sources in the Primary education Board said.
 arrow Beaten for protesting vulgarity
A village elder and his son are at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital for about over two months for treatment of bone fractures they suffered for not allowing a vulgar jatra show.
 arrow Salma raises hope in many
Three years back, landless poor Saleha Begum thought of ending her life, failing to feed her three children.
 arrow Step to release, rehabilitate 29 children from B'baria jail
A Task Force of the district administration at a meeting on Sunday discussed release of 29 children from jail and their rehabilitation.
 arrow Pneumonia claims 5 in Satkhira
Pneumonia killed five children in the district in the last two days.

At least 25 people, most of them children, are being brought to Satkhira Sadar Hospital daily, sources there said.

 arrow 7 posts of police inspector vacant
Seven out of 10 posts of police inspector have been lying vacant for a long time hampering the law and order of the entire district.

The break-up of vacant posts is as follows.

 arrow Mongla Pourasabha chairman granted bail
Mongla Pourasabha Chairman Sheikh Abdus Salam has been granted ad-interim anticipatory bail in a case now pending in the Court of Magistrate First Class, Bagerhat, says a press release.
 arrow Attack on hotel owner by JCD cadres
At least five persons including the owner and manager of a hotel in Satkhira town were injured in an attack allegedly by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and cadres on Saturday for refusal to
 arrow Man killed in Pabna
One person was killed by unidentified miscreants in Banogram area under Santhia upazila on Friday night.

Police said the victim was identified as Kamal Hossain Kamal, 28.

 arrow Moni Mela concludes
A five-day Moni Mola, an annual fair held marking the death anniversary of great communist leader Mani Singh concluded at Susang Durgapur yesterday.
 arrow Freedom fighter, NAP leader cremated without ‘due’ honour
Freedom fighter and Barisal NAP (National Awami Party) president advocate Santosh Kumar Das died of brain stroke at Barisal SBMCH on Sunday.

He was 65.

Point-Counterpointarrow Can the 12th Summit inject vitality to SAARC?
While the 12th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is finally being held, one question has dominated the minds of many people why SAARC had not been as vigorous as other
 arrow The season of seminars
Seminars, conferences, round-tables, square tables, workshops, idle-shops: they come in all shades and varieties around this time.
 arrow Fratricide isn't always fatal
It's almost a party tradition. Democrats gouge each other's eyeballs out in the winter and spring of election years, then spend summer and fall performing reconstructive surgery.
Culturearrow Portraying the rural life through poems
A recitation festival titled O Alor Pothojatri Ekhane Themo Na organised by Swanan, a cultural group was held at the Nat Mandal of Dhaka University on January 2 and 3, says a press release.
 arrow Columnist and author Faruq Chowdhury turns seventy
When a book named Desh-Deshantor was published in the early nineties, no one ever thought that a book written by a career diplomat will see its seventh edition published in a short span of time.
 arrow A dedicated theatre activist
BACHSAS best television female artiste and best female stage performer awards winner Munira Yousuf Memi is one of those few theatre activists involved in doing something exceptional as well as remarkable.
 arrow Hollywood film stars to watch in 2004
The year 2003 was filled with up-and-coming stars and starlets in the worlds of TV and film in Hollywood.
Generalarrow Good admin a prerequisite for free, fair polls
Good administration is a prerequisite for free and fair polls, said Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, former chief advisor of a caretaker government.
 arrow Fine art students protest construction of canteen
Students of the Fine Arts Institute yesterday vowed to resist any move to set up canteen at the institute for commercial purpose.
 arrow Distribution of JU admission forms begins Feb 9
Distribution of forms for admission into first year honours courses of Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2003-04 academic session will begin February 9 and continue till February 26.
 arrow One to die for killing wife
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his wife in Savar in January 1998.
 arrow Two students beaten at JU
A group of general students of Jahangirnagar University (JU), accompanied by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists, yesterday beat two students on the campus following the publication of a wall magazineby
 arrow FNB meet Thursday
The first extraordinary general meeting of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) will be held at IDB Bhaban at Agargaon in the city at 3.30pm on Thursday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pak opposition leaders meet Vajpayee
Leaders of Pakistan's opposition parties and main Islamist alliance met Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of the Saarc summit in Islambad and praised his peace initiatives to normalise
 arrow BJP to cash in on warming ties with Pakistan in polls
India's ruling Hindu nationalists will stress warming ties with rival Pakistan, such as a meeting between the two countries' leaders yesterday, in parliamentary elections this year, party leaders said.
 arrow Indian press hails Vajpayee's meetings with Pak leaders
Indian newspapers yesterday hailed the first meetings between Indian and Pakistani leaders since the countries' near-war in 2002, saying they were moving steadily but cautiously towards peace.
 arrow Armed police patrol UK airports amid terror alert
Armed police patrolled airport terminals and aviation authorities were on high alert yesterday after several international flights were grounded last week amid fears of another September 11-style terror
 arrow Syria warns against carving up Iraq to free Kurds
Syria is opposed to any attempt to carve up its neighbour and fellow Arab state Iraq, and in particular to the creation of an independent Kurdish state, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a television
 arrow Georgian 'rose revolution' leader claims polls victory
Mikhail Saakashvili, a 36-year-old reformer who ousted Georgia's veteran leader Eduard Shevardnadze in a "rose revolution," was poised yesterday to assume the helm of the former Soviet republic afteran
 arrow Mars Rover beams back colour photos
The US robotic probe Spirit beamed panoramic color images of unprecedented clarity back to Earth Sunday after establishing direct contact with Nasa scientists guiding its search for ancient signs of life
 arrow Britney Spears wedding began as a joke
Britney Spears and a childhood friend apparently "took a joke too far" by tying the knot at a wedding chapel after a long night of partying and then quickly arranged an annulment.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Garos must be treated better
There must be a better way of addressing a community's grievances than by pulling a trigger at those trying to articulate them.
 arrow Editorial: Beating of journalists
Reporters -- beware of the consequences before you write anything negative, even if it's true, about student wing leaders of the ruling party.
 arrow Does development deter diversity?
The allegation that the introduction of Modern Varieties (MVs) in Bangladesh (a proxy for development) adversely affected biodiversity is a basic one.
 arrow Crucial war of votes: Congress's moment of truth
Ms Sonia Gandhi has reason to be pleased with her impressive December 27 rally in Mumbai. The Shivaji Park grounds overflowed. Mr Bal Thackeray hasn't been able to fill it for years.
Letters to Editorarrow Culture sans individualism
The countdown of the 31st night was very euphoric in Dhaka city. All became Byronic heroes on that night.
 arrow Northern concern
What crime the Northern people of Bangladesh have committed? Why are they ill-treated in an independent Bangladesh? Perhaps, they do not have too many powerful ministers in the cabinet! Otherwise, under
 arrow Abdul Jabbar Khan
I used to be an avid DS reader. I am back from the United States after studying and working, and have found The Daily Star a more or less unbiased newspaper.
 arrow Cell phone charges
This refers to the DS Letters page of Dec. 31, 03. I have to thank Mr Molla Mohammad Shaheen of DU for narrating the plight of the cell phone users in Bangladesh due to high charges.