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Front Pagearrow New Bangabazar goes up in flames
A blaze yesterday burnt down some 1,900 shops of New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market and 12 film-distributing offices close by in Gulistan in the capital, killing one person, wounding 50 others and reportedly
 arrow Anticorruption body comes into being
The government yesterday formed a three-member Anti-Corruption Commission with Justice Sultan Hossain Khan, a former High Court judge, as its chairman.
 arrow Human wall to cover 18 dists
Top opposition leaders yesterday finalised the route of the planned 'no-confidence human wall' to be formed on December 11 from Teknaf to Tentulia aiming to realise their nine-point demand and force the
 arrow US set to clamp quota on 10 vital categories
The American textiles lobby has asked the US Department of Commerce to impose restrictions on imports of apparels in 10 categories from China, a move that Bangladesh sees as an opportunity to snatch significant
 arrow Arson alleged
A former president of New Bangabazar Hawkers Market Committee alleged the fire that gutted some 1,900 shops and a dozen offices in Gulistan yesterday was a deliberate arson attack by some henchmen ofChowdhury
 arrow Reduced to nothing
For Mohammad Delwar Hossein, the morning yesterday dawned nightmarish in worst possible ways as fire reduced his ready-made garment shop to ashes.
 arrow Freedom fighters to get priority in welfare
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia lavished praise on the freedom fighters, saying they are the heroic children of the soil 'who had brought our independence'.
 arrow 66 Maoists, 10 troops killed in Nepal clash
At least 66 Maoist rebels and 10 government troopers were killed in an overnight clash in Nepal's far-western Pandon village, the bloodiest incident in the Himalayan kingdom in months, an army officer
 arrow Iraq sets Jan 30 as election day
Iraq will hold national elections on January 30 to choose a transitional parliament that will pick a new government and oversee the writing of a permanent constitution, the Electoral Commission said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka's role sought to take Saarc to its goal
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri hoped that the forthcoming Saarc summit in Dhaka would help in steering the forum to its desired goal through reaping the peace dividend out of reduction of
 arrow Fresh raids to find Jamal in hills
Police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) launched fresh raids on the dens in the remote hilly areas of Fatikchhari upazila and Khagrachhari hilly district in the past few days to trace the whereabouts
 arrow 55 killed in China plane plunge
A small passenger plane crashed into a lake in northern China immediately after takeoff yesterday, killing all 53 people aboard and two people on the ground, the government said.
 arrow US banks to close Sonali's accounts
The Sonali Exchange Company, which remits about $200 million annually from the US to Bangladesh, faces a major blow as two American banks will shut down its accounts.
 arrow Dhaka loses right to vote at IUCN meet
Bangladesh has been disqualified to cast its votes as state member in yesterday's election to elect a 32-member executive council of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) at its third congress in Bangkok.
 arrow Mixed reaction among high-ups to cancellation of recruitment
The Saturday's cancellation of recruiting some 20,000 Class Three and Class Four employees for district and lower administrations has produced a mixed reaction among the ruling BNP members and government
 arrow Winter Retreat

 arrow Musharraf opens Pakistan to free movement of journalists
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has announced provision for South Asian journalists of moving freely in any Pakistani city or place without restriction.
 arrow CPB won't share power with AL
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said it has no plan to share power with the Awami League (AL) in future although it is waging a simultaneous anti-government movement with the main opposition
 arrow King Gyanendra accepts Dhaka's invitation for bilateral visit
King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal has accepted an invitation of President Iajuddin Ahmed to visit Bangladesh, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said here yesterday.
 arrow Araihazar OC closed
The police authorities yesterday closed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Araihazar Police Station and suspended four of his subordinates for beating two youths to death in custody.
 arrow 48 get 14-yr RI in Jessore jail revolt case
Forty-eight people have been sentenced to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment in Jessore Central Jail revolt case.
 arrow Elderly woman in Mirpur found slaughtered
A septuagenarian woman was found slaughtered in her house in Mirpur yesterday.

Jamila Khatun, 75, was killed sometime between 5:30-6:30 yesterday morning, said her relatives.

 arrow Sunken ferry, 2 vehicles not yet salvaged
The ferryboat that had capsized in Kirtonkhola river Saturday morning near Char Kawa Ferry-ghat on Barisal-Bhola highway is yet to be recovered.
Businessarrow Govt plans to upgrade drug admin directorate
The government is planning to upgrade the Directorate of Drug Administration to a full-fledged department to provide better support to pharmaceutical companies to take maximum benefit from WTO rule that
 arrow Dhaka Sheraton outstrips rivals
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel has outstripped all its competitors in sales and occupancy after 20 years of neck and neck fight with its key arch-rival, an achievement top executive of the American hotel chaincredits
 arrow Stocks rally on strong investors' demand
Bourses experienced consecutive rise in indices before and after the Eid-ul-Fitr, recording high turnover in the face of strong demand from the investors.
 arrow Bangladesh has good prospect of exporting banana to China
Bangladesh has a good prospect of exporting banana to China as the different varieties of this fruit grown here are better in quality and taste and have a great demand in China.
 arrow G20 skirts sliding dollar, frets over oil
A communique from the G20 group of rich and developing countries made no explicit reference to currency swings on Sunday, despite mounting concern in Europe and Japan over a slide in the US dollar tomulti-year
 arrow Danish grant for offshore digital mapping house
Bangladesh will get Tk 4.6 crore Danish grant for training, technical assistance and export promotion to support the establishment of an offshore digital mapping house.
 arrow Khansons Automobiles clients to get HSBC loans at 13pc rate
Customers of Khansons Automo-biles Limited, the sole distributor of General Motors India (a subsidiary of GM USA), and Sangyong Motors of Korea, will get car loans from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking
 arrow HK firm to set up jt venture RMG finishing plant at DEPZ
A Hong Kong company will establish a garments finishing and washing plant jointly with a local firm at Dhaka Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 1.55 million.
 arrow New MD of GrameenPhone
Erik Aas has been appointed manag-ing director of GrameenPhone (GP) Limited.
 arrow China wants stable climate for yuan reform
Chinese President Hu Jintao, meeting US leader George W. Bush during an Asia-Pacific summit, said Saturday he plans to loosen the yuan's decade-old peg to the dollar, but only under the right conditions.
 arrow EU chief faces bumpy road after delayed green light
The new European Commission has pledged to finally roar into action Monday after an annoying three weeks' delay, but its driving force Jose Manuel Barroso faces a bumpy five years ahead.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB plans Zimbabwe ODIs at Bogra
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) plans to hold a couple of one-day internationals between Bangla-desh and Zimbabwe at the newly-built Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra next January.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis crash to defeat
Ricky Ponting hailed two outstanding days of pressure cricket for delivering one of Australia's biggest Test victories over New Zealand inside four days at the Gabba here.
 arrow Football: Barca simply un-Real
Barcelona humiliated their eternal rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday, a 3-0 stroll giving them a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish table.
 arrow Cricket: Hall-mark on India
Andrew Hall struck a valiant century as South Africa swelled their total in the first Test against India at the Green Park Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Guests start brightly
All the three foreign teams got off to flying starts on the opening day of the Beximco Pharma-Abul Hashem Smriti Table Tennis Championships at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: New Zealand not walking
New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said an Australian "crusade" on walking would not pressure him to instruct his players to give themselves out as tensions boiled in the first Test on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Back to his roots
Touring India is proving an exciting experience for South African batting prospect Hashim Amla.
 arrow Cricket: ICC promises fairer rule
A proposed new throwing rule should make the rules of cricket fairer and easier to apply, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Ehsan Mani said on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer-Hewitt showdown
World number one Roger Federer will try to deny Lleyton Hewitt his third Masters Cup title in Sunday's final.
 arrow Football: Sepp not coming to open BFF Bhaban
FIFA president Sepp Blatter won't be available to inaugurate the newly built 'Football Bhaban' in Motijheel.
 arrow Football: Tie-day at the top
Chelsea maintained their two-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the Premiership as the two title contenders were held to hard-fought draws by Bolton and West Brom.
 arrow Football: Bayern get there
Bayern Munich reached the Bundesliga summit for the first time in 18 months following a convincing 3-1 win over Kaiserslautern at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Crespo to Milan's rescue
Argentine striker Hernan Crespo scored his first goal for AC Milan as the reigning Serie A champions won 2-1 away to Palermo in their Italian Cup third round, first leg tie on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea favourites for Robinho?
Chelsea are leading the chase to sign Brazilian youngster Robinho from south American side Santos, according to a newspaper report.
 arrow Socrates rolls back the years
Brazilian football legend Socrates made a muted comeback with English non-league side Garforth Town in the 2-2 draw with Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Al-Shahriar gets lucky
The selectors yesterday named Al-Shahriar as a replacement for Sanwar Hossain in the 21-man list of probables for the home series against India next month.
 arrow Shantoo, Enayet stay in final list
The Youth and Sports Ministry yesterday finalised a list of 15 recipients for the 2004 National Sports Awards.
 arrow Chess: No cheers for Parag
Mehdi Hasan Parag stumbled to his second successive defeat in the 43rd World Junior Chess Championship in the Indian city of Cochin yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib can play county cricket
Express pacer Shoaib Akhtar is free to play in English county cricket next year provided his national duties are not affected, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Masakadza recalled
Hamilton Masakadza was surprisingly included in Zimbabwe's 16-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against England, to be played at Harare Sports Club on November 26 and 28.
 arrow Cricket: Tale of two tail-enders
Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie are well known for their bowling but it was their batting that made waves in Australia's innings defeat of New Zealand in the first cricket Test here.
 arrow Football: Fergie doesn't want Glazer
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has waded into the takeover debate and stated that he does not want the club to be in the hands of an outside investor like American business tycoon Malcolm Glazer.
 arrow Football: Derby honours Rangers'
Rangers won 2-0 in a heated Old Firm game at Ibrox on Saturday to narrow Celtic's lead in the Scottish Premier League to a single point.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard taking it cool
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard warned his team to keep their feet on the ground after the comprehensive 3-0 win over arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir misses Australia tour
Pakistan pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed will not be considered for next month's Test series in Australia because he has yet to recover from a knee operation, captain Inzamamul Haq said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Tk 4.6 cr Danish grant for digital mapping house
Bangladesh will receive Tk 4.6 crore Danish grant for training, technical assistance and export promotion to support the establishment of an Offshore Digital Mapping House.
 arrow Accused sent to jail
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT), Chittagong yesterday rejected the bail prayer of another accused in the sensational Commodore Ghulam Rabbani Murder Case and sent him to jail.
 arrow 1,765 more held, 10 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,756 more people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Six lakh out of sanitation coverage in Moulvibazar
Over six lakh people are yet to be brought under sanitation coverage in the district, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) here recently.
 arrow Victim's father rejects judicial inquiry report
NETRAKONA: The judicial inquiry report of Piner Snal killing at Modhupur in Tangail district was rejected by his father Najan Nokrek on Wednesday

Nokrek filed a 'Narajee petition' with the court rejecting

 arrow Two daughters of freedom fighters raped: Punishment to culprits demanded
A big procession was brought out in the town on Saturday demanding arrest and exemplary punishment to two culprits who raped two daughters of a freedom fighter at Magura village in Tala upazila on October
 arrow RU reopens tomorrow
All classes in Rajshahi University (RU) will resume tomorrow (Tuesday) after a 24-day vacation.

According to university sources, residential dormitories will reopen for students on Tuesday.

 arrow Tribal youth abducted from Rangamati
A tribal youth was abducted by armed rivals from his relative's house at Natunpara near Rajbon Bihar here on Friday.
Culturearrow Mettle of an art model
His long white hair and beard, his wrinkled skin tell the story of Momin Ali Mridha: experiences of the turmoils of the World War II as a war-field road labourer at Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and many
 arrow Getting to know Ananta
Ananta Hira is a well-known name in the TV and theatre media. After a long innings as actor, scriptwriter and director, Hira has launched a new theatre group named Prangane Mor.
 arrow Lalon to be screened at Indian film festival
The western Indian coastal state of Goa is all set to host the 35th edition of International Film Festival beginning on November 29 and setting off India's search for an answer to Cannes.
 arrow Destiny's Child 'fulfilled' by new album
After a three-year hiatus, Destiny's Child is picking up where it left off: at the top.
Generalarrow Armed Forces capable of countering any aggression: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh Armed Forces are presently capable of effectively countering any aggression by external enemies and facing any situation that may jeopardise national
 arrow RU reopens tomorrow amid tension
Rajshahi University (RU) reopens tomorrow after a 23-day unscheduled closure amid tension among the student organisations.
 arrow 'Women journalists face a lack of security'
Number of women journalists is still much lower compared to other professions, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Diaspora plays major role in global dev
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said diaspora groups play a significant role in global development.
 arrow Boy of 10 arrested in rape case
Shamim Munshi, a 10-year-old boy, was arrested on Friday as accused in a rape case filed with Bagerhat court.
 arrow Seminar on int'l education held
Presidency University arranged a seminar on 'International Education: Perspectives for Developing Countries' yesterday in observance of International Education Week, says a press release.
 arrow Adhunik lottery launched
Amra Dhumpan Nibaron Kori (Adhunik), an anti-smoking organisation, has launched a lottery programme to raise funds for setting up a modern hospital for the treatment of tobacco addicts.
 arrow 1 killed, 30 hurt as trains collide
A boy was killed and 30 people, including an engine driver, were injured when a passenger train rammed into a goods train at Bahadurabad Ghat yesterday.
Internationalarrow Asia-Pacific leaders rally round Bush in war on terror, anti-nuke drive
Asia-Pacific leaders yesterday wrap up an annual summit, falling in line behind US President George W. Bush's "war on terror" and backing his anti-nuclear drive against North Korea and Iran.
 arrow Iran to go ahead with nuke act suspension
Iran said yesterday it was still committed to suspending its sensitive uranium enrichment activities as of today and that alarm over its nuclear activities was merely "propaganda".
 arrow Thousands of tourists stranded in Nepal
Maoist rebels yesterday declared an immediate two-day traffic blockade in the Gandaki and Lumbini zones of western Nepal, leaving some 10,000 tourists stranded, officials said.
 arrow Manmohan offers peace to northeast rebel groups
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday invited rebel groups in India's northeast for talks to resolve more than five decades of insurgency, on the second day of his visit to the restive region.
 arrow UN envoy calls for Israeli pullback from West Bank
Outgoing UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen urged Israel yesterday to pull back from West Bank towns ahead of a Palestinian leadership election set for January.
 arrow 'India is very serious about composite Kashmir dialogue'
Reacting coolly to Pakistan Pre-sident Pervez Musharraf's outburst on Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday dismissed the General's remarks that India was not showing flexibility in resolving
 arrow Rebellious Republicans derail reform of spy agencies
In a defeat for President Bush, rebellious House Republicans on Saturday derailed legislation to overhaul the nation's intelligence agencies along lines recommended by the Sept. 11 commission.
 arrow Lankan killings escalate despite US pressure
Suspected Tamil rebels have escalated killings despite fresh pressure from the United States on Sri Lanka's warring parties to end a 19-month deadlock in peace talks, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Russia blocking Paris Club debt relief for Iraq
Russia is blocking a Paris Club agreement to wipe out 80 percent of Iraqi debt, a source said yesterday on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting of finance chiefs here.
 arrow 9 dead, 57 still trapped after fire at Chinese iron ore mines
At least nine miners were confirmed dead and rescue teams were battling to reach a further 57 trapped underground after a fire at five iron ore mines in northern China, officials and media said yesterday.
 arrow UK considering tough new anti-terror laws
Britain is considering a raft of sweeping new anti-terrorism laws including special courts to try terror suspects without a jury, Home Secretary David Blunkett said in an interview yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: And now the Ijtema land for grabs
It is difficult to visualise how large chunks of prime government land could be leased out to private parties by 'mistake.
 arrow Editorial: Damage control in Berlin
After belittling the organisation for the past three years and pouring scorn on its methodology and motives, it seems as though the finance minister has finally decided to go to Berlin to ask them --face
 arrow Palestinian struggle for statehood
He might have been able to throw dust in the eye of Mossad, out to cut short his life, and survived fairly long but being mortal Arafat had to finally embrace death.
 arrow Parivar at war with itself
Even the worst critics of the BJP couldn't have imagined that the party would prove so totally incapable of dealing with its recent election defeat. It finds itself in hopeless and utter disarray.
 arrow Preventing corruption
The definition of corruption generally involves improper acts or omissions, improper use of influence or position, or the improper use of information.
Letters to Editorarrow New Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat, 75, a true leader of the people, dreamt of an independent Palestinian state since he was a young man, but was unable to turn his dream into reality.
 arrow Letter from my mother
Is it a mistake to be born? When I was a child, my mother always used her artistic talent to design patterns on fabric and clothes.
 arrow Bloodbath in Fallujah
Yet another Ramadan passes with the Muslims suffering further onslaught at the hands of the colonialist Americans. In fact, this is the second Ramadan Iraq is under occupation, and bloodshed is everywhere.
 arrow US actions
I am horrified at the flagrant violence of human rights in Iraq.
 arrow Vulnerability of Muslims
Mr. Barua's letter of November 12th pointing the difference between editorial and news is also presumptuous to me.
 arrow "Fundamentalism wins in the US"
I can understand why one could be disappointed by the US presidential election of 2004.
 arrow ZIA services
I am sorry that at the cost of being termed cynical, I will continue my war of words with all that I find wrong. The toilets at ZIA are dirty (a terrible understatement).
 arrow Holiday culture
It was indeed a very important aspect discussed in the editorial column of DS, 18 November 2004 under the heading "The holiday standstill - Emergency services shouldn't be allowed to slacken".
 arrow City Beautification Cell
The formation of Dhaka City Beautification Cell (DCBC) is very spectacular and inspiring, particularly for the fact that it is comprised of a wide array of government, public, and private organisations.
 arrow Bush wins
The recent American election created a new legacy despite Bush's unpopularity over the 'War on Terror' and 'Iraq War'.
 arrow Good step, but...
It's good to know that the government is contemplating taking steps to crack down on visa holders who overstay their allowed time in Bangladesh. ( The Daily Star November 12, 2004).
 arrow Suha was right
Yasser Arafat's death proves that Suha Arafat's statement to Hilary Clinton in 1999, that Israelis were poisoning Palestine's air and water, was absolutely right.
 arrow Death of Arafat
Since we have all respect and regards for Hazrat Musa (RH), we sincerely wish the Jews follow the Scripture and Commandments.
 arrow River dredging
After Eid-ul-Fitr, the Ministry of Water Resources and Flood Control, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Planning Commission (PC) should take up seriously the task of excavation and dredging
 arrow Rapid Action Battalion
I am a Bangladeshi living in London, England. For many years I hoped that the government would take the initiative to introduce crime busting troops who would work honestly and effectively.
 arrow RAB stories
A notorious criminal is arrested by the RAB. Upon interrogation, he reveals the whereabouts of arms and ammunition hidden by his gang.
Star Cityarrow No more pvt TV, radio channels before passage of new law
More private television and radio channels are unlikely to get permission to go on air until the Private Broadcast Media (Radio and Television) Bill 2004 is passed in parliament aiming to control theelectronic
 arrow Fake cosmetics flood market on weak watchdog role
With winter approaching, sale of low quality and fake cosmetics have increased in the city as unscrupulous businessmen are taking advantage of the ineffectiveness of the Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute
 arrow Lost to Inferno

 arrow Security checks bring harassment for Gulshan commuters
Commuters and local residents have complained of unnecessary harassment at the five makeshift police checkpoints set up on entry routes to the diplomatic zone of Banani, Gulshan and Baridhara.
 arrow The world of five Taka
If you happen to pass by that route you can hear a tiny speaker from a makeshift stall on the pavement close to the Bangabandhu National Stadium continuously announcing Ja loiben tai panch Taka
 arrow Public Library auditorium reopening hits a snag
Re-opening of the Central Public Library auditorium has become uncertain after the Public Works Department (PWD) stopped renovation work on it about a month ago.