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Front Pagearrow 20 die in blast outside US base in Baghdad
A suicide bomber detonated half a ton of explosives outside the US seat of power in Iraq yesterday, killing at least 20 people in the deadliest attack since the capture of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Int'l confce ends calling for equitable trade regime
Trade ministers and experts from 37 countries ended two days of brainstorming at a high-profile international business conference yesterday with a call for establishing an equitable global trade regime
 arrow Conducive climate can up trade with EU: Lamy
Visiting European Union (EU) Commissioner for Trade Pascal Lamy believes Bangladesh has ample opportunities to expand bilateral trade and economic cooperation with the EU countries.
 arrow Close down PMO to cut government expenditure
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc) in a report yesterday suggested closing down the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and reducing the number of ministries to cut government expenditure.
 arrow Vital poll pledges caught in foot-dragging
Separation of the judiciary, formation of independent anti-corruption and human-rights commissions and installation of ombudsman -- the four instruments crucial to good governance and also key election
 arrow JS session starts, runs till Mar 4
The 11th session of the Jatiya Sangsad that began yesterday amid boycott by the main opposition Awami League will run until March 4 with a 10-day Eid vacation from January 29 to February 7.
 arrow Saifur says more JS seats won't worsen chaos
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said increased parliamentary seats will not worsen political chaos, as sharp division in parliament is just part of the political culture and it
 arrow PM seeks wider Japanese help
The visiting governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) agreed to provide possible assistance in all sectors of Bangladesh as Prime Minister Khaleda Zia sought Japanese cooperation on
 arrow Zia's 68th birth anniversary today
Today is the 68th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
 arrow Manik's killers still at large AL hartal passes off
Killers of journalist Manik Saha could not be nabbed even four days after his assassination in Khulna on Thursday, although Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury asserts that police will track them down
 arrow Opposition rejects president's New Year speech
The main opposition Awami League (AL) dismissed the president's New Year speech to parliament yesterday as nothing but a résumé of the ruling alliance's activities, which showed no future guideline for
 arrow Mumbai dances to anti-Bush beat
Opposition to the policies of the US under President George Bush was the dominant theme on the third day of the World Social Forum here yesterday.
 arrow Dolphins on the decline
Dolphins popping out of the water are fun to see, but are now an increasingly rare sight.

Freshwater dolphins, popularly known as shusuk, are rapidly disappearing from rivers.

 arrow 6 to walk gallows for Russell killing
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced six people to death and two to life imprisonment after convicting them of killing industrialist Russell Bhuiyan in Narayanganj in 2000.
 arrow 48-hr blockade in CHT from today
Three Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts will remain isolated for 48 hours from this morning due to a road blockade and hartal programme called by different regional indigenous political parties and
 arrow WTO on course to devise a formula
The World Trade Organisation (WTO), by June, will come up with a framework to ensure market access of the least developed countries (LDCs) to the developed ones, WTO Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi
 arrow Notebooks sale goes unabated despite ban
There is no sign if the government will clamp down on the traders flooding the markets with primary-madrassah-level notebooks despite a ban on their printing and publication.
 arrow AL not going to JS to listen to abuses
The main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said they would not go back to parliament just to be on the receiving end of 'relentless abusive speeches' the ruling coalitiondeputies
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya move 'very worrying': Irene
Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan said yesterday the treatment of the minority Ahmadiyya sect in Bangladesh was "very worrying.
 arrow 'Chatters' led to security clamp at US embassy in Dhaka: official
The United States said yesterday a rise in the pickup of "chatter" by intelligence agencies was behind its decision to tighten security at its embassy in Bangladesh.
 arrow Physician rescued after abduction
Detectives rescued DR MA Qaiyum, president of Bangladesh Medical Association, Bagerhat unit, from Nakhalpara in Dhaka hours after his abduction on Saturday and arrested three suspects last night.
 arrow Sylhet shrine blast toll reaches 5
With the death of another victim of bomb explosion at Shahjalal's shrine in Sylhet at a hospital yesterday, the death toll from the violence rose to five.
 arrow 2 hurt in BL College blast
Two young men were injured in a bomb explosion on the roof of a student dormitory of Government BL College in Khulna last night, police said.
 arrow A healthcare centre...

 arrow PP still skips court for not having judge of his choice
A special public prosecutor (PP) at the First Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression (FSTPWCR), Dhaka has refrained from attending hearing of cases for not having a judge ofhis
 arrow 4 JCD, BCL men held
Kotwali police yesterday held two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and as many Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in Barisal following clashes betweenthe
 arrow Fire guts N'ganj spinning mill
Fire at a spinning mill gutted cotton and machinery reportedly worth Tk 3 crore and burnt two who included eight injured, at Fatulla in Narayanganj on Saturday.
 arrow 3 shot in city
Locals caught a mugger from a gang after they shot a tannery trader at Hazaribagh, while at Subadda in Keraniganj extortionists shot two brothers yesterday.
Businessarrow Capacity building key to wooing FDIs in developing nations
Developing countries should enhance capacity building efforts to attract more foreign direct investments (FDIs), speakers at an international conference in Dhaka said yesterday.
 arrow PM favours common LDC stance to face globalisation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed forging a common position of LDCs in world trade to secure an equitable benefit for them from globalisation, facing the emerging challenges.
 arrow Improve quality of knitwear to face post-MFA challenge
Business leaders at a function here yesterday stressed the need for simultaneous application of skill and technology for manufacturing quality garments, including knitwear, to face the challenges of globalisation
 arrow Trade disputes hamper global economic governance
Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday stressed the need for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and more diplomatic and negotiation-based system to settle international disputes .
 arrow Dhaka, KL businesses for new economic forum in SE Asia
Business leaders of Bangladesh and Malaysia have proposed for setting up a new platform of economic cooperation among five Muslim countries of Southeast Asia to work for a common market.
 arrow Rally calls for fair trade at every negotiation
A protest rally in Dhaka yesterday called for ensuring fair trade at every trade negotiation to protect the interest of the least developed countries (LDCs) including Bangladesh.
 arrow JBIC governor meets finance minister
Governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Kyosuke Shinozawa called on Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at his office here yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka, Jakarta sign jt statement to promote trade
Bangladesh and Indonesia yesterday signed a joint statement on Comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership (CTEP) aimed at promoting trade between the two countries.
 arrow Davos forum to set stage for upcoming G7 meeting
Economic policymakers gathering in Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum are likely to put their heads together over the swooning dollar, setting the stage for a Group of Seven (G7)
 arrow Asean seeks fast-track economic integration
Southeast Asian economic ministers will discuss ways to accelerate regional economic integration following free-trade arrangements with Asian giants China and India, an official said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mehrab back in business
A responsible unbeaten hundred from out of favour national opener Mehrab Hossain enabled leaders Dhaka to take a first innings lead on day two of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League
 arrow Football: Toe torments Wanderers
Liberian striker Arcadia Toe fired a second-half ha-ttrick as favourites Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra ended their first round campaign of the Western Union Premier Division Football League in style
 arrow Cricket: Ntini hits Windies hard
Makhaya Ntini claimed three wickets as the West Indies slid into trouble on the third day of the fourth Test against South Africa on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman leads India
Vangipurappu Laxman struck an unbeaten 103 to lead India to a 19-run victory over world champions Australia in a one-day match on Sunday, despite a brutal hundred by Australia opener Mathew Hayden.
 arrow Hockey: Australia clinch Azlan Shan Cup
A determined Australia shut down Pakistan's attack to triumph over the previously undefeated South Asian side 4-3 and take the Azlan Shan Cup championship here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee may return in July
Injured paceman Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza will miss the next three series of Bangladesh but hopes to make a comeback in July.
 arrow Cricket: Alamgir too in Zim camp?
Paceman Alamgir Kabir returned home from Karachi on Friday night.
 arrow Cricket: BD A team end with 4th defeat
Captain Tushar Imran and wicketkeeper Anwar Hossain hit half-centuries but their efforts were not enough for Bangladesh A for a reversal of fortunes in the limited-overs Patron's Cup competition.
 arrow Cricket: BCB signs up 11
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) signed an agreement with eleven cricketers yesterday, more than one and half months after its approval.
 arrow Tennis: Aussie Open starts today
Champion Andre Agassi will face a fired-up local player and a partisan night crowd when he launches his Australian Open title defence on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz lifts 2nd spot
Grand Master Niaz Murshed became runner-up in the Common-wealth Chess Championship at Mumbai yesterday.

Niaz earned 7 points after the end of ninth and final round games.

 arrow Body of Tara arrives today
The body of former Abahani official Arshad Khan will be flown in this morning.

Popularly known as Tara bhai breathed his last in Los Angles after heart attack on Monday.

 arrow Basketball: FedEx basketball
Bakshibazar Boys Club clinched the FedEx Second Division Basketball League Championship title in style when they outclassed Death Eaters 68-28 in the final at the Dhanmondi Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Singer chess
Ten players jointly shared the lead with maximum 3 points each after the end of the third round games of the preliminary phase Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Cricket Coaching School (CCS) and Kalabagan Cricket Academy moved into the final of the fifth Under-13 Helvetia Cup tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart school cricket
Kalapara High School defeated Town High School by 4 wickets in the Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Championship at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Leaders held
Valencia retained their position atop the Spanish Primera Liga on Saturday but are looking over their shoulders after a goalless draw at bogey side Valladolid left them two points clear of rivals Real
 arrow Football: Stunning Wolves
Leeds United hit rock bottom on Saturday as a 2-1 defeat at Southampton combined with Wolves' shock win over Manchester United to leave them languishing at the foot of the Premiership.
Metropolitanarrow AL rejects govt move to increase JS seats
The opposition Awami League would not accept any constitutional amendment to increase parliament seats to 450 as the government was taking all decisions unilaterally, the AL leaders said at a rally in
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the second death anniversary of Sambid Chakma, a college student who was abducted and killed in 2002.
Nationalarrow Magura Awami League council after 11 years on January 23
The council of Magura district Awami League (AL) will be held after 11 years on January 23.
 arrow 40 teachers for 1,000 students at PSTU
Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) is beset with manifold problems.
 arrow Silt in 57 rivers hampers navigation in Netrakona
Navigation is being hampered greatly due to silt in 57 rivers here.

Construction of dams without proper planning and lack of dredging have caused the situation.

 arrow Steps to supply gas to Bogra in mid-2005
A project has been undertaken to supply gas in Bogra town from June, 2005.

Under the project gas connection will be given for domestic purpose only in the town.

 arrow A memorable day for children
It was a memorable day for the children of Brahmanbaria.

Hundreds of children aged 9-14 took to the streets of the district town with colourful banners, festoons and placards on Thursday.

 arrow BSCIC AGM, five others stand released
Six officials including the Assistant General Manager (AGM) and Assistant Engineer (AE) of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Gopalganj were stand released due to various allegations
 arrow Pilferage of electric wire
People of 13 villages in Kasiani upazila are being deprived of electricity due to pilferage of about 3.5 km long live electric wire from Pona village.
Point-Counterpointarrow Terrorism and drug trafficking
International drug trafficking is the world's second most profitable illicit business after arms trafficking, taking in earnings estimated to be between $400 and $500 billion annually.
 arrow His dream still awaits fruition
That legendary demagogue who had once spat fire on the US Administration for their policy of racial discrimination and at the same time had kindled new hopes and aspirations in the minds of the down-trodden
 arrow Why Bush is likely to win re-election
The Presidential election of the United States of America is drawing near. Incumbent President George William Bush and the challenger, Democratic front runner Howard Dean are the two contenders.
 arrow Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux
All health information to keep you up to date

After consuming huge, oily meal or a full packet of spicy 'chanachur' you often experience a burning pain in your chest and sometimes in the throat.

Culturearrow Entertaining the students
Recitation as an art form is less popular among the common audience as compared to theatre or music and is more for a selective audience.
 arrow Classic collection at the Russian Cultural Centre
There is nothing amusing like books, especially books for children. And as the readers of Bangladesh are aware, books from Russia are simply unsurpassed.
 arrow 8th Dhaka International Film Festival

Central Public Library auditorium

Imaginary Line by Joshy Joseph of India at 10:30 am

The Island by Costanza Queglious of Italy at 12:30 pm


Generalarrow Make JS more effective for greater interest of nation
President Iajuddin Ahmed has urged all members of Parliament irrespective of party affiliation to actively participate in the functions of parliament and make it more effective for the greater interest
 arrow Swedish minister calls on Morshed Khan
Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jamtin called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday and discussed matters of mutual interest.
 arrow Killing of Manik Saha condemned
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) in a statement yesterday condemned the killing of journalist Manik Saha.
Internationalarrow UN mulls next move as US pleads for help in Iraq
In a high-stakes bid to keep its Iraq plans from being derailed by mounting Iraqi opposition, the United States comes to the United Nations today to ask for help from Secretary General Kofi Annan.
 arrow Arundhati hopes Bush would share fate of captured Saddam
Indian writer Arundhati Roy, who wants an ongoing anti-globalisation conference to launch a campaign to shut down US companies, said yesterday she hoped President George W.
 arrow Israel mulls changing barrier route as World Court battle looms
Israeli leaders yesterday discussed possible changes to the snaking route of a huge barrier being built inside the occupied West Bank to make it easier to defend at the World Court, political sourcessaid.
 arrow Congress hunts for allies & a leader
India's fractured opposition has begun a hunt for a prime ministerial candidate to match the formidable image of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee ahead of parliamentary polls likely be held in April.
 arrow BJP won't tie-up with SP, BSP: Mahajan
As the countdown for early Lok Sabha poll begins, the BJP yesterday rejected any possibility of electoral alliances with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mayawati.
 arrow Plane with 10 crashes on US-Canada border
A small plane carrying as many as 10 people crashed in the icy waters of Lake Erie along the US-Canadian border on Saturday and no survivors have been found, a US Coast Guard official said.
 arrow Laden, Mullah Omar in 'good health'
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, his right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri and fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar are all in good health, according to a statement purportedly from the Taliban published on
Editorialarrow Editorial: Expansion of parliament
The parliament session has begun amidst a predictable opposition boycott. The absence has an extra-bit of critical dimension to it than usual.
 arrow Editorial: ICC conference
The international business conference, which began in the city on Saturday, laid much emphasis on restarting the trade talks that could make no headway after the Cancun debacle.
 arrow A full circle
Bengal had been one of the few presidencies the British wanted to nurture as cradle of democracy.
 arrow Will the positive developments lead to friendly Indo-Pak ties ?
The recent happy developments governing the perennially belligerent ties between India and Pakistan have become a matter of discussions not only in the region but also at the larger international arena
 arrow Why Mumbai? Why not?
Why Mumbai? It was a question on many minds last week.
 arrow The boon and bane of TV programmes
Television has now become almost inseparable part of life. It is a great source of knowledge, information, entertainment and the like.
Letters to Editorarrow Democrats in trouble!
As the campaign for the 2004 US presidential race is gearing up, the Democrats may be facing their worst defeat whosoever is nominated to lead the party.
 arrow Blood and HIV/AIDS
Churchill said "Blood is thicker than water." There are many sayings about blood-- reddish face, bloody congratulations etc. To a cross section of people, blood donation is the most valuable thing.
 arrow Position of Padma Bridge
We have three big rivers (the Padma, the Jamuna and the Meghna) in this country.
 arrow Stand by Iran
The colossal damage by earthquake in Iran has generated a sense of strong sympathy all over the world.
 arrow US Congressmen's remarks
US Congressmen Joseph Crowley and Gregory W Meeks, while calling on the prime minister, reiterated Washington's impression and perception of Bangladesh "as a democratic, liberal and moderate Muslim
 arrow Foreign doctors
I am talking from my personal experiences as I have been working in different countries for the last fourteen years including Iran, the USA Brunei and now in New Zealand.
 arrow A 'creative living spirit'
The inhabitants of a particular time and situation are responsible for the sound or unsound environment of their world including its socio-economic condition from individual to national or international
 arrow No more cricket !
I write with a heavy heart but I firmly believe I am reflecting the feelings of this unfortunate nation.
 arrow Minister's comments
While addressing the inaugural ceremony of the conference of the Islamic Chhatra Shibir(ICS),student front of the Jamaat-e-Islami(JI), Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda said on 30/12/03 that
 arrow Setting history right
My attention was drawn to an article [ DS, 17 November, 2003], written by Dr.
 arrow Crowley's stand
The comments by US Congressman Joseph Crowley are somewhat offensive. One must stress that the Americans should put their own house in order before commenting on ours.
 arrow Going back to '71
The crux of the problem was not the legitimacy of the then Pakistan government, but the historical perspective of the entire scenario that unfolded after the election under the aegis of Yahiya Khan'slegal
 arrow Ban on Ahmadiyya books
I would like to express my views on the govt decision of banning all the publications of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat (Kadiani).
 arrow Ahmadiyya books
This refers to the letter, "Ahmadiyya Books Banned", (January 14, 2004) by Masood Nasir. I strongly support the writer's view that banning the Ahmadiyya books were indeed a bad step by the government.
Star Healtharrow Radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer
Cancer is one of the major health problems in Bangladesh now a day. According to the Bangladesh Cancer Society about one million people are suffering from cancer and every year about 0.
Star Cityarrow FDC goes high-tech
The Film Development Corporation (FDC) has undertaken a project to introduce digital equipment to produce technically quality movies for international viewers in a bid to increase the inflow of foreign
 arrow Move to move a wholesale market
The government has decided to relocate Karwan Bazar, the country's largest wholesale vegetable market to a six-acre area around the proposed Tongi Diversion Link Road in the Hatir Jheel.
 arrow A commuters' nightmare
"If you are a resident of New Eskaton in Maghbazar and have a job to do across the Bangla Motor crossing you must start at least one hour early or miss your appointment.
 arrow Once abducted, now abandoned
"I don't want to go home," said Rubel to this Star City correspondent with firmness that belied his 12-year-old frame.
 arrow Now eidgah falls into grabbers' hands
Balurghat residents may not offer the Eid-ul-Azha prayers at the Amoligola Eidgah this year, as the land there ended up in grabbers' hands.
 arrow A Rare Sight

 arrow A Feast to Eye