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Front Pagearrow Tk 30 cr being siphoned off by doubling project cost
Some Titas Gas company and Petrobangla officials in collusion with contractors are siphoning off at least Tk 30 crore by doubling the cost of gas pipeline installations under a project.
 arrow Janajuddha outlaws claim killing journalist Manik
An unnamed caller to newspapers in Khulna yesterday claimed responsibility for the killing of prominent journalist Manik Chandra Saha in a bomb attack and branded him as a class enemy of an underground
 arrow Man bailed out despite non-bailable charge
The chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) in Dhaka has granted bail to a man charged with non-bailable offences under the Special Powers Act, triggering mixed reactions among lawyers.
 arrow Potters' wheels keep spinning in Bamunkushia
"Good days are back again," sings Indranath Pal with a happy giggle, standing in front of a row of tin-sheds owned by potters in his village that is a sure sign of rural prosperity.
 arrow Sarbaharas' surrender postponed as local MPs fail to show up
The surrendering of the Sarbaharas arranged by Barisal police was postponed yesterday 'as two local members of parliament (MPs), special guests of the programme, failed to arrive at Barisal due to communication
 arrow 4 Dewanbagh pir's men hurt as bomb goes off in bus
Four disciples of the Dewanbagh pir (religious guru) sustained bomb injuries when a crude bomb went off in a bus parked in front of the pir's office, Bab-e-Rahmat in the city's Arambagh area during the
 arrow Thick fog slows down communications
Air, land and river communications were seriously affected yesterday due to reduced visibility as dense fog blanked almost the entire country.
 arrow All-party consensus needed to increase parliament seats
Leading academics, professionals and civil society members have expressed the view that the ruling four-party alliance should have taken the decision to increase the Jatiya Sangsad seats on the basisof
 arrow Int'l business confce kicks off today
A high profile international business conference begins in city today with policymakers and public and private sector business leaders from around the world meeting to contribute towards a revival ofthe
 arrow Transcom Group protests malicious news reports
The Bangladesh Electrical Industries Ltd.
 arrow Young man shot dead in Demra
Unidentified assailants gunned down a young man at Bahirtenga, Sarulia in Demra yesterday evening.
 arrow 4 killed, 15 hurt in Comilla road mishaps
Four people were killed and 15 others injured in two separate road accidents in Burichang and Chowddagram upazilas on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf to change house after killing attempts
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will shift his residence to Islamabad from neighbouring Rawalpindi to tighten security after two near-miss attempts on his life, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Plane with Georgian defence minister shot at in Iraq
A plane carrying Georgia's Defense Minister David Tevzadze was shot at as it took off from Baghdad's airport to return to the Caucasus country overnight, but no one was hurt in the attack, officials said
 arrow Hasina for judicial probe into Sylhet shrine blast
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has demanded a judicial probe into the bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal(RA) recently.
 arrow Scrap Modhupur eco-park project
Environment activists at a protest rally yesterday urged the government to stop construction of the eco-park in the Modhupur Garh forest which they fear will dislodge the indigenous people from theirnatural
 arrow People now want a change: Dr Kamal
Gano Forum President and Convenor of Oikya Prachesta, a socio-political forum, Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the people to join a mass movement to establish people's right.
 arrow US tightens security at embassy in Dhaka
The United States has tightened security at its embassy in Bangladesh and imposed travel restrictions on its diplomats there in response to recent multiple threats against the mission and US interests,
 arrow Another blast victim dies
Another person, injured in Monday night's bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal(RA), died

at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in the early hours of yesterday, raising the death


 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya group's new programmes
The chairman of the Islamic Oikya Jote, a partner of the ruling coalition, threatened that the country would turn into a province of India if the government did not declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
 arrow Taslima's Kolkata visit sparks protests
Hardline Muslims in the eastern port city of Kolkata rallied yesterday against exiled Bangladeshi feminist author Taslima Nasreen, threatening to blacken her face.
Businessarrow Khosru seeks increased Australian investment
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has sought increased investment from Australia in Bangladesh's health, education, tourism and other service sectors.
 arrow BTTB, VoIP and FBCCI
The new chairman of BTTB has denied that BTTB has been using VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology to process low-cost international phone calls (The Daily Star, January 4, 2004).
 arrow Aktel provides mobile phone facility during ICC-B confce
Telekom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB) Limited, the owning company of Aktel mobile phone, is providing mobile phone facility during the two-day international business conference which begins
 arrow US to fight EU trade sanctions threat at WTO
The United States said Thursday it would fight efforts by the European Union and other major US trading partners to slap sanctions on US exports potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sportsarrow Football: Russell peg Abahani back
Surprise-package Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra earned a valuable point in the Western Union Premier Division Football League when they held 10-man Abahani to a 1-1 draw at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Ctg lose solo lead
Sylhet's Golam Mabud and Khulna skipper Hasanuzzaman cracked the first centuries of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National League's one-day competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith, Gibbs hit hundreds
South African captain Graeme Smith and opening partner Herschelle Gibbs slammed centuries as the West Indies paid dearly for a decision to bowl on the first day of the fourth and final Test at Centurion
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist ravages Zim
World champions Australia found record-shattering form to once again outclass a struggling Zimbabwe and record their third straight win in the tri-nation international one-day cricket series at Bellerive
 arrow Football: 'Vision' mission satisfied
Visiting 'Vision Asia' officials expressed satisfaction with their five-day mission to Bangladesh.
 arrow AKC fans target photojournalists
A section of Abahani supporters yesterday verbally assaulted photographers of different newspapers and threatened them with dire consequences during the Western Union Premier Division football leaguematch
 arrow Football: DMFLC to discuss MSC's fate tomorrow
Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee (DMFLC) is likely to sit tomorrow to decide the fate of the unfinished Western Union Premier Division Football League match between holders Mohammedan Sporting
 arrow Tennis: Khatib, Bhat clinch crowns
Farris Khatib of Great Britain and Kartikti Bhat of India emerged boys' and girls' singles champions in the Rajshahi International Junior Tennis tournament yesterday.

At the Rajshahi Tennis Complex.

 arrow Chess: Singer chess
The preliminary phase of the Signer 30th National Chess Championship began at the NSC yesterday.

47 players won their respective matches in the first round.

 arrow Chess: C'wealth chess
Grand Master Niaz Murshed earned 4 points after the end of the sixth round games of the Commonwealth Chess Championship at Mumbai yesterday.

Niaz lost against Grand Master Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan.

 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Indira Road Krira Chakra and CCS Blues earned massive wins against their respective rivals in the quarterfinals of the fifth Under-13 Helvetia Cup cricket tournament at the Kalabagan sports ground yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Aga Khan Gold Cup golf starts
The prestigious Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament began at the lush green and picturesque Kurmitola Golf Course yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Keraniganj cricket
Kalindi Krira Chakra beat Mandail Shapla Kuri by seven wickets in the inaugural match of the Keraniganj cricket competition yesterday.

Kalindi KC scored 113 for 3 in 16.

 arrow Tennis: Agassi in Roddick's half
Andre Agassi, shooting for a record five Australian Opens, was on Friday pitched into the top half of the draw of this year's tournament with top seed and world No.1 Andy Roddick.
 arrow Football: Japan v Iran pick of the draw
Holders Japan will play Iran in the first round of the 2004 Asian Cup after being drawn in the same group as the middle east heavyweights here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Valencia in dreaded land
Valencia may not have very long to enjoy their role as league leaders because the Spanish fixtures computer has decreed that they must travel to Valladolid on Saturday, their bogey team in recent years.
Metropolitanarrow Experts suggest raising age of criminal responsibility to 12
As the government feels to raise the age of criminal responsibility (ACR) for children from existing seven years, experts yesterday proposed making it at least 12.
 arrow Badruddoza to answer queries of expats
Former president Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury will answer queries of expatriated Bangladeshis on the website -- www.kobitaogaan.com -- at 10.00am on January 25.
Nationalarrow Justice denied as Nilphamari lawyers boycott Additional District Judge’s Court
Litigants are being denied justice as lawyers are boycotting the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here continuously since November 12 last year.
 arrow Women murder doubles in Barisal divn in a year
At least 68 women were murdered after torture and violation in Barisal division last year, which was the highest number in last five years. The figure was 38 in 2002.
 arrow Bomb blast: 12 killed in Sylhet in 7 years
Ten incidents of bomb blast took place in Sylhet region in the last seven years since 1997, leaving 12 people killed and scores of others seriously injured.
 arrow A park only in name

 arrow 10 physicians run 100-bed Patuakhali General Hospital
Patients are being deprived of healthcare facilities at the 100-bed Patuakhali General Hospital due to dearth of physicians.
 arrow Silver Jubilee of Nalta juvenile organisation
The 25th founding anniversary of Nalta Mitali Kachi-Kachar Mela, a juvenile organisation, was observed in Kaliganj upazila in a befitting manner on Sunday.
 arrow SCCI seminar held
A daylong seminar on 'Implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Programme System' organised by the Satkhira Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) was held at the chamber auditorium on Monday.
 arrow 7 muggers jailed in Faridpur
Seven criminals and muggers were awarded rigorous imprisonment (RI) of different terms on charge of mugging by the Speedy Trial Court here on Wednesday.
 arrow Moulvibazar BNP leader expelled
Moazzem Hussain Matuk, Assistant General Secretary of Moulvibazar district of BNP has been expelled from the party.
 arrow Driver killed in Rangamati truck accident
The driver of a Chittagong-bound truck was killed while helper's left leg severed from body and another injured critically in a road accident at Manikchhari on Friday.
 arrow AL-backed panel wins lawyers' assoc election in Magura
Awami League (AL)-backed panel Samannita Awami Ainjibi Parishad bagged all 10 posts in Magura District Lawyers' Association elections held here on Thursday.
 arrow Relief goods distributed among cold-hit People
The Shariakandi Area Development Project (ADP) of World Vision Bangladesh distributed emergency relief goods worth Tk 12 lakh among 1,500 cold-stricken people of Fulbari, Narchie, Bhalabari, Khatubpur,
 arrow Urs at Moulvibazar
The 72 1st holy Urs of Hazrat Syed Shah Mustafa Bagdadi (RA), one of 360 associates of Hazrat Shah Jalal (RA) started at Moulvibazar district town from Thursday.
Culturearrow Baroque music
Music which is melodious yet so constructed as to reflect the "perfect order" of the universe: that is the essence of the baroque.
 arrow At Central Public Library auditorium today
Hold My Heart


Director: Trygve Allister Diesen

Cast: Jorgen Langhelle, Vera Rudi, Andrea Braein Hovig, Kari Simonsen, Ingjerd Egeberg, Anders Nyborg, Trond Hovik



 arrow Special telefilm Bari Ashio on this Eid
Shahidul Islam Mintu has created a tele film Bari Ashio with a different taste.
Generalarrow More bodies condemn killing of Manik Saha
Various socio-political and professional organisations yesterday strongly condemned the killing of eminent journalist Manik Chandra Saha and demanded immediate arrest of and exemplary punishment to the
 arrow Authorities under fire for closing RU
Decision to close Rajshahi University for 25 days in the wake of Tuesday's armed clash between Islami Chhatra Shibir and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal drew flak from teachers and students.
 arrow RU JCD calls strike from Feb 8
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday called an indefinite strike on the campus from February 8 demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Faisul Islam Faruki.
 arrow 12th anniversary festival of Uttara Ladies Club
The 12th anniversary festival of Uttara Ladies Club was held on the club premises on Thursday.

The newly elected seventh action committee of the club was introduced in the first session of the festival.

 arrow Urs at Atrashi
The four-day annual Urs of Shah Sufi Faridpur (RA) of Biswa Zaker Manzil at Atrashi of Faridpur begins today.

Devotees have been requested to attend the holy Urs.

Internationalarrow Israel to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders
Israel is set to resume targeted killings of top Hamas militants and leveled a blunt warning to the group's elderly spiritual leader that he tops the list of those to be hunted and put to death.
 arrow Three top commanders of Hizbul killed
Three top commanders of the hardline Kashmiri rebel group, Hizbul Mujahedin, have been killed in two separate clashes with Indian security forces, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US helped avert possible S Asian nuke war: Powell
Chances of India and Pakistan engaging themselves in an almost certain nuclear firefight in 2002 was averted by a cooperative trilateral axis involving the US, and some countries in Europe and Asia, claims
 arrow Bush booed at Martin Luther King gravesite
In a sign of the difficulty President Bush faces as he tries to win black support for his reelection, several hundred protesters loudly booed him on Thursday as he laid a wreath at the grave of civilrights
 arrow India will not lower guard despite thaw: Advani
Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday declared that India will not lower its guard despite thaw in relations with Pakistan and hoped that Hurriyat Conference leaders would make "sincere" efforts to
 arrow Iraqi council defends power transfer plan
The Governing Council insisted yesterday the US-backed plan for a power transfer was on track despite a mounting Shiite campaign for direct elections, as an advance party of Japanese troops prepared to
 arrow Lankan president insists on extended term
The party of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga insisted yesterday her term of office would be a year longer than expected and challenged her rival, the prime minister, to settle the matter in
Editorialarrow Editorial: Killing of Manik Saha
The enemies of the press have silenced the voice of another fearless journalist.
 arrow Editorial: Journey of hope
First the air and bus link, then the train service -- India and Pakistan are travelling on the right track.
 arrow Dialogue within Europe: A lesson for South Asia
Bangladesh is far removed from the inter-active politics of Europe. As such, many of us tend to give little notice to the evolving situation in that continent.
 arrow The corruptors
When posterity evaluates the merits and de-merits of the Musharraf era, it will record that one of its better achievements was the establishment of the "National Accountability Bureau" (NAB), giving it
Letters to Editorarrow VC process, VC status and woman VC
A vice chancellor (VC) process should normally involve, among other things, a set of requirements for aspirants to meet in order for them to compete for a VC position and a system for selecting, as well
 arrow Plight of retd BJMC employees
A recent survey of the various jute mills under BJMC revealed that the retired personnel have not received any gratuity for the fiscal year 2000-2001. These retd.
 arrow Demands of Garos should be met without delay
The incident that took place on January 3, 2004 in the wake of constructing a wall to ring Modhupur forest in pursuit of controversial eco-tourism project caused the death of an indigenous youth.
 arrow B Chowdhury, Kamal Hossain, the third force etc.
I have just gone through the news items covering the subject mentioned in the title in DS Jan 7, 2004 and the only reaction I have is that of abhorrence.
Literaturearrow Going to In-Laws' House for Food
(Translated by Asrar Chowdhury)

Two weeks back I drew rations after managing to scrounge up ten takas. Yesterday was the last date for getting them.

 arrow Orwell and Us
George Orwell is the English novelist, essayist and critic, famous for his political satires ANIMAL FARM (1945), an anti-Soviet tale, and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1949), which demonstrates that destruction
 arrow The Club
George Orwell is the English novelist, essayist and critic, famous for his political satires ANIMAL FARM (1945), an anti-Soviet tale, and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1949), which demonstrates that destruction