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Front Pagearrow Opposition announces 9-point movement
Mainstream opposition parties in a major development in their antigovernment strategy yesterday declared a simultaneous movement on a common nine-point charter of demands with the ultimate goal of overthrowing
 arrow Over 100 wounded as police, Rohingyas clash in Ukhiya
Over a hundred Rohingya refugees and law enforcers were injured in a violent clash at Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya upazila yesterday.
 arrow EC plans no move to reform polls laws
The Election Commission (EC) has no plan to initiate a move to amend electoral laws in a bid to curb influence of black money and muscle power on the upcoming parliamentary polls.
 arrow School textbooks for 2005 unlikely in time
Textbooks for secondary level are unlikely to be available in the market in time as the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) is yet to award the job of printing 1.
 arrow Pirates make coasts unsafe
Frequent piracies and robberies in the coastal belts of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar and the outer anchorage of Chittagong port have jeopardised safe movement of cargo ships and fishing boats, sources said.
 arrow Bhuiyan takes charge of home ministry instead of Altaf
The government in a fresh notification yesterday gave the charge of home ministry to LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in absence of State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar.
 arrow India to remove trade barriers before Nath's Dhaka visit
Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath is likely to visit Bangladesh sometime in February after taking necessary measures to remove all trade barriers that restrict Bangladesh's exports to their market.
 arrow Shun violence, get back to mainstream
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday reaffirmed his pledge to build a "new" Kashmir while appealing to militants to renounce violence and return to the political mainstream.
 arrow Sharon apologises after Israeli tank fire kills 3 Egyptian cops
An Israeli tank killed three Egyptian policemen on the Gaza-Egypt border yesterday, prompting an Israeli apology for what the army said was a tragic error when it mistook them for Palestinian militants.
 arrow 7 lakh street children risk stepping into crime world
Some seven lakh children live on urban streets and many of them are addicts, who run the risk of ending up as criminals, according to a study.
 arrow Hunger strike on cards to force govt to resume rations
The government is currently conducting a countrywide survey on the stranded Pakistanis, more popularly known as the Biharis, based on the finding of which it will decide whether to resume the monthlyfood
 arrow JIC to quiz Mujaheedin commander
With little headway in the probe into the recovery of powerful explosives from a train at Bonarpara station as yet railway police have decided to send arrestee 'regional commander' of Islamist outfitJamaat-ul-Mujaheedin
 arrow Cops look for Pakistani woman's bank account
Failing to get any 'significant information' till yesterday, police are now looking for bank accounts of the Pakistani woman arrested along with nine others from Ramna area on Sunday with a huge amount
 arrow 2 criminals killed in 'shootout' with army
Two criminals were killed in a shootout with the army in the deep forest near Liragaon under Roangchhari upazila yesterday.
 arrow Minister for common forum for shared ecosystems
A common forum can be framed for easy passage of wild animals like elephants that have no sense of administrative boundaries, State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury told a high-profile
 arrow 31 Iraqis killed in suicide attacks
At least four Iraqis were killed in attacks yesterday amid a wave of violence that has left dozens killed over the past few days as US-led forces continued their battle against insurgents.
 arrow 3-year rolling investment programme reintroduced
The government yesterday decided to introduce a 3-year rolling investment programme to spur economic activity for achieving the goals stipulated in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow Postal operator held for faxing threat to US embassy
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Wednesday arrested a postal operator of General Post Office (GPO) for faxing a threat to the US embassy on November 9.
 arrow Back to city

 arrow Luggage found slit open at ZIA
A group of people got infuriated at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday finding their luggage slit open.
 arrow Evidence of certificate tampering sent to court
A former assistant registrar of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday submitted to a court the documents of cancellation or correction of 2,400 certificates, including 111 LLB certificates tampered with
 arrow UN launches international microcredit year 2005
The UN launched Thursday a 2005 international drive to promote microcredit, a nearly 30-year-old initiative that provides small loans to impoverished would-be capitalists determined to improve their lives.
 arrow Cox's Bazar brokers sent 53 illegally to KSA
A primary probe by police reveals local brokers in Cox's Bazar had sent 53 Bangladeshis to Saudi Arabia in the name of performing Umrah on false documents.
 arrow Nasa eyes in the sky to help global conservation
Space agency Nasa, which first put man on the moon, will now help to map the Earth in the name of conservation, the agency announced yesterday.
 arrow Fresh lease of life

 arrow A rare time-out...

Businessarrow DSE fines 61cos for failure to submit financial reports
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday slapped a daily fine of Tk 500 on 61 listed companies for failing to submit audited annual financial statements to the bourse by November 14, 2004.
 arrow Saarc commerce ministers meet at Islamabad Monday
The commerce ministers of seven Saarc countries will meet in Islamabad on Monday and Tuesday to discuss important trade and economic issues prior to the forthcoming Saarc summit here in early January,
 arrow QUALCOMM announces industry breakthrough
QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, on November 15 announced two industry milestones -- the world's only single-chip solution
 arrow WB asks India to rein in fiscal deficit in budgets
The World Bank has asked India to rein in its fiscal deficit in government budgets and indicated that over three billion dollars of assistance would be given to the country in the next few years.
 arrow EU may slap sanctions on US if anti-dumping law persists
The European Union could slap sanctions on the United States early next year if Congress fails to abolish an anti-dumping measure ruled illegal by the WTO in the next 10 days, a spokeswomen for the EU
 arrow Apec economies try to step up pace for world trade deal
Asia-Pacific economies stepped up the pace Wednesday for a new global trade pact by calling for an interim ministerial meeting before key World Trade Organization talks in Hong Kong in December 2005.
 arrow New president of ADB
Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan's former vice minister of finance for international affairs, has been unanimously elected president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 arrow Holcim starts $2m competition on construction projects
Holcim Limited, a Switzerland-based supplier of cement, aggregates and concrete, has launched a US$ 2 million competition for architects, planners, engineers and project-owners.
 arrow Australia, US seal FTA
Australia and the United States sealed a free trade agreement (FTA) to start January 1, 2005 after clearing last-minute obstacles.
 arrow Oil prices stronger after supply worries resurface
Oil prices rose slightly Thursday a day after renewed concerns over heating oil stocks in the United States brought a halt, even if temporary, to a sharp slide in prices in recent weeks.
 arrow Lanka to raise taxes, boost subsidies
Sri Lanka's Marxist-backed government is expected to raise taxes and increase welfare spending when it presents its maiden budget later Thursday, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Twenty20 ends today
The GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League final today throws two Bang-ladesh mates face-to-face as they try to inspire their teams to glory in the first ever Twenty20 competition in the country.
 arrow Football: Brazil conquered in Ecuador
World champions Brazil crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat in Ecuador on Wednesday while home wins for Peru, Colombia and Uruguay kept the South American World Cup qualifying group wide open.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock near 'Holy Grail'
South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock has both team prestige and personal milestones to play for in an upcoming two-Test series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fail to Kasper
Michael Kasprowicz upstaged his elite bowling teammates as Australia kept New Zealand on a tight leash on the opening day of the first cricket Test at the Gabba here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: India rely on spin
South Africa face a Herculean task of trying to keep up their fine record against India in a two-Test series starting at the Green Park Stadium here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer's view
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has welcomed proposals for a new throwing rule but says he does not expect it to put an end to controversies in the future.
 arrow Tennis: Federer torments Hewitt
World number one Roger Federer won his 20th match in a row over a top-10 opponent, beating Lleyton Hewitt for the fifth consecutive time to book a semifinal spot at the ATP Masters Cup.
 arrow Football: China won't be there
China were sent crashing out of the 2006 World Cup by the narrowest of margins on Wed-nesday after a 7-0 thrashing of Hong Kong was not enough to stop rivals Kuwait pipping them at the post.
 arrow Football: European situation
A group-by-group analysis of Wed-nesday's Euro-pean World Cup qualifying mat-ches, the last to be played in the Euro-pean competition until February 2005:
 arrow Football: Spanish blues for England
Europe's big guns did their best to hasten the demise of international friendlies with a series of low-key performances on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: SL Academy's tour deferred
The Sri Lanka Cricket Academy's tour to Bangladesh this month has been deferred.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib to bowl for Worcester
Shoaib Akhtar has agreed to play for English county Worcestershire next season, the club's director of cricket, Tom Moody, announced on Wednesday.
 arrow 'He wanted to kill Hookes'
A pub bouncer threatened to kill former Australian Test cricketer David Hookes on the night he was fatally injured during an altercation outside a hotel, a court heard Thursday.
 arrow Kabadi WC starts today
The first ever Kabadi World Cup begins today in Mumbai. Fifteen nations including Bangladesh are taking part in the three-day competition at the Indian Sports Centre.
 arrow Cricket: Bevan on track
Former one-day international Michael Bevan was just two runs away from his third consecutive century as Tasmania took charge of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against South Australia here on Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Premier Div hockey Nov 26
The Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League will begin on November 26 at Maulana Bhasani National Stadium with 10 teams taking part.
 arrow Zim rebels ponder future
Former Test players Heath Streak, Stuart Carlisle and Trevor Gripper are deciding their future after withdrawing from an International Cricket Council-sponsored tribunal to resolve their dispute withZimbabwe
 arrow Raggae Boyz bow out
Eddie Johnson continued his scoring streak as the United States tied Jamaica 1-1 on Wednesday in a World Cup semi-final qualifying match that knocked the Reggae Boyz out of contention.
Metropolitanarrow Saarc to fix its third decade's agenda in Dhaka summit: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said the forthcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit was expected to fix its course reviewing the activities of the regional grouping
 arrow Bishwa Ijtema begins Dec 3
The three-day Bishwa Ijtema will begin at its regular venue in Tongi on December 3.
 arrow Concord Amusement World opens
Concord Amusement World was formally inaugurated in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Judicial inquiry demanded
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) yesterday demanded immediate judicial inquiry into the road accident in Saidpur on November 11 in which writer-journalist Shahriar
 arrow Three sisters killed in road accident
Three sisters were killed and two other people injured when a Dhaka-bound bus hit their autorickshaw in Comilla yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Kathina Ceevara Dana begins
The Kathina Ceevara Dana, a religious festival of the Buddhist community, began at Rajban Bihar here yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Attack on Sramik League leader in Khulna
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Arifur Rahman Mithu, 30, eldest son of slain Awami League mayoral candidate SMA Rob, from his residence at Noornagar under Sonadanga thana on Wednesday
 arrow Thai woman tortured for dowry: 5 held
Five members of a family were arrested in Nagariakandi of the town on Wednesday night on charge of torturing a Thai woman for dowry.
 arrow Medical board formed to treat Shahriar Kabir
A five-member medical board of orthopaedics specialists has been formed for the treatment of noted writer and journalist Shahriar Kabir who was critically injured in a road accident in Saidpur on November
 arrow Four criminals held after clash with police
Four criminals were arrested after clashes with police in the town and Fatullah on Wednesday night.
 arrow 3 AL leaders among 23 named in FIR
Twenty-three people, including three Awami League leaders and four women, have been named in the FIR as accused in the Jubo Dal leader Abdur Rahim Fakir murder case.
 arrow Vehicles urged to avoid cantonment roads on Nov 21
All vehicles except those carrying cantonment residents and the invited guests have been requested to avoid the roads inside the Dhaka Cantonment area from 6am to 10am and 4pm to 9:30pm on November 21
 arrow 'Armed forces have significant role in protecting independence'
Speaker Mohammad Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday said the members of the armed forces have a significant role in protecting the country's independence and sovereignty.
 arrow 93 child workers rescued from Dublar Char
Members of Bangladesh Coastguard rescued 93 child workers from the Sundarbans in two weeks and seized stolen and smuggled goods including timbers worth around Tk 35 lakh.
 arrow Mannan visits ailing JPC secy Shaukat
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan visited ailing journalist Shaukat Mahmood, general secretary of the Jatiya Press Club, at Dab-Birdem Cardiac Centre last night.
 arrow ISPR head office shifted
The head office of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate has been shifted from House No. 9/A, Road No 1, Dhaka Cantonment to Old Log Area Headquarters Building No. 495 (1st Floor), Dhaka Cantonment.
Point-Counterpointarrow Empowering the President
It is learnt from the newspaper reports that some distinguished discussants including one Adviser to the immediate past non-party caretaker government and a former cabinet secretary at a seminar on Public
 arrow Let Bush's second term be opposite to his first
I should like to congratulate Mr. Zafar Sobhan, Assistant Editor of The Daily Star for his masterly analysis of the November 2 US presidential election (DS, November 5).
Culturearrow 'I am a low profile person'--Camellia
In the 1970s, plays held centre stage on television. At that time, actress, host, reciter and model Camellia was a popular face on Bangladesh Television.
 arrow Small talk with Shojol
With his famous smile, Shojol can win friends at first sight. With his casual walk and the friendly hellos to everyone around him, he is quite comfortable even in a room full of strangers.
 arrow Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields.
 arrow Bob Dylan tops Rolling Stone's Greatest-Song list
Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan's scornful, ironic ode to a spoiled woman's reversal of fortune, was named the greatest rock 'n' roll song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine from a list
 arrow 'Theatre Festival' begins on November 27
A weeklong drama festival titled 'Diversity in Design' begins on November 27. The festival coincides with the 79th birth anniversary of Shahid professor Muneir Chowdhury.
Generalarrow Greens paint grim picture of future for planet Earth
Environmentalists forecast a grim future for planet Earth yesterday, predicting that droughts, heatwaves and hurricanes will become increasingly common and more severe if global warming is allowed tocontinue
 arrow Activists urge UN to prosecute recruiters of child soldiers
A coalition of human rights groups Wednesday urged the United Nations to start prosecuting those who recruit children as soldiers, in a comprehensive new report showing hundreds of thousands of children
 arrow 'Anti-personnel mines still a menace despite treaty'
Use of anti-personnel mines has fallen fast around the world but the devices still account for an "appalling" number of fatalities and maimings, campaigners said Wednesday.
 arrow Running 'key to human evolution'
Long-distance running may have been a driving force behind evolution of the modern human body, scientists say.
 arrow 'Asia's birds under extinction threat'
More than 300 bird species in Asia -- about 12 percent of the region's feathered species -- are under threat of extinction, with nearly half of their habitats left unprotected, a report released yesterday
Editorialarrow Editorial: Winds of change over Kashmir
Much as pundits might caution against too much optimism insofar as it relates to Indo-Pak issues, the recent pronouncements and acts by India and Pakistan centered on Kashmir give rise to hope and optimism.
 arrow Editorial: Seizure of explosives again
The seizure of powerful explosives from a compartment of a train in Gaibandha is the latest evidence of the presence of arms smugglers and illegal dealers in the country, who are apparently linked toreligious
 arrow Economic system failing the poor
Economics is often described as either a dismal science or a pseudo science and the economists are better at analysing what went wrong in the past, rather than forecasting future trend of economy.
 arrow Who is right and who is wrong?
Who is right and who is wrong? Come to think of it, this is the fight of all our fights. Different people inhabit different world and different ideas inhibit different minds.
 arrow Still suffering
More than three months past the first set of monsoon floods in July, a major report concludes that the needs of the people are still largely unmet and their hardship will last for many months to come.
Letters to Editorarrow Poor cricket
The poor performance of Bangladesh cricket team is still continuing. Their batsmen fall like nine pins, their bowlers are so generous to give away plenty of runs.
 arrow Homage to Arafat
Mr Yasser Arafat, an uncompromising leader of Palestine, breathed his last on November 11, 2004 in a military hospital in Paris. We are very shocked at his demise.
 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
I commend the courage of Mr. Zaied Ali for his excellent article.
 arrow Enjoy motorcycle ride
Motorcycle is a fast, economical and convenient mode of transport. It can contribute significantly towards addressing the ever-growing traffic menace in our country.
 arrow How should we live?
We see women with dupattas and saris and sometimes even the dupattas are hanging and sweeping the dirty floor. Clothing must be practical, comfortable, and safe.
 arrow The goat story
I just came from the market, buying some beef. The butcher admitted that sometimes they sell buffalo meat . I also asked him whether I could buy good quality meat.
 arrow Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor
Yasser Arafat had dreamt of an independent Palestinian state since he was a young man but was unable to turn his dream into reality.
 arrow Separation of judiciary
The issue of separation of judiciary from the executive is still awaiting execution based on the SC order issued a long time ago. The government has received extension of time several times.
Worldarrow 'Iraqi insurgents not giving up'
The recapture of Fallujah has not broken the insurgents' will to fight and may not pay the big dividend US planners had hoped to improve security enough to hold national elections in Sunni Muslim areas
 arrow Bush seeks to mend rift with allies
US President George W. Bush's post-election cabinet shake-up has left him with loyal friends in most key US administration positions as he seeks to rebuild Washington's links with traditional allies.
 arrow Chirac begins summit with Blair
French President Jacques Chirac begins a two-day visit to Britain yesterday for an annual Anglo-French summit with the issue of Iraq still hanging over relations between the two European powers.
 arrow Annan urges swift end to Sudan war, Darfur crisis
UN chief Kofi Annan yesterday called for talks on ending Sudan's civil war to be concluded swiftly, telling a special session of the Security Council that it would help reverse the worsening crisis in
 arrow Bush picks loyalists for education, counsel jobs
President Bush picked two trusted advisers with roots in his native Texas to fill the jobs of education secretary and White House counsel on Wednesday, the latest additions to a second-term staff that
 arrow Palestinian leaders hold more talks with factions
The interim Palestinian leadership was holding a round of talks with various factions in Gaza City yesterday, including the mainstream Fatah movement, officials told AFP.
 arrow '150 families stranded in Fallujah'
Some 150 Iraqi families remain stranded in Fallujah, according to the Red Crescent which said it has still not been able to enter the heart of the battered city, where sporadic fighting continued yesterday.
 arrow EU lawmakers okay new commission
European Union lawmakers yesterday approved the bloc's new executive commission, ending three weeks of institutional limbo sparked by protests over comments on gays and women by an Italian nominee.
 arrow Pak involvement vital to talks on Kashmir
The involvement of Pakistan is essential if talks between separatists and the Indian government on the future of Kashmir are to move forward, the head of a moderate separatist faction said yesterday.
 arrow Buddhist principles should guide Indo-Pak ties: Natwar
Buddhist principles of "mutual respect and peaceful co-existence" should guide relations between India and Pakistan, Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said yesterday.
 arrow 8 cops, hundreds of rebels killed in Nepal
At least eight policemen and hundreds of Maoists were believed to have been killed after the two sides clashed at Khaire Khola in Banke district, far southwest, Wednesday evening, state-run radio andpolice
 arrow Kyoto Protocol to take effect from Feb 16
The Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming will take effect from February 16, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced yesterday after Russia formally handed over its instrument
 arrow US offers $1.2b arms package to Pakistan
Pentagon has proposed a $1.2 billion arms package to Pakistan, seen in Washington as a reward to Islamabad for its cooperation with the US in its global war on terror.
 arrow Apec ministers in talks on trade, terror
Asia Pacific foreign and trade ministers opened a second day of talks here yesterday to give a push to world trade talks, work on fighting terrorism and try to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Tigers blame Chandrika for talks deadlock
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga of "deceit" as she gave the guerrillas two weeks to decide if they wanted to revive stalled peace negotiations.
 arrow Sino-India border talks begin in Beijing
India and China began a crucial round of boundary negotiations on a cordial note here today with both sides keen to find a "mutually acceptable" solution to the vexed issue.