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Front Pagearrow Warning in the winds
When it comes to global warming and its devastating effects on the environment, Bangladesh is commonly referred to by the world's leading atmospheric scientists who tell us that a gradual warming of our
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in Rab 'crossfire'
Three people including a businessman allegedly linked with outlawed party were killed in 'shootout' between law enforcers and outlaws in Kushtia and Jhenidah while outlawed Janajuddho slaughtered a trader
 arrow Assailants stab CEC's brother to death
Unknown assailants stabbed a senior assistant secretary of the government to death near Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow How free would new graft body be?
The way the government has formed the Anti-Corruption Commission casts shadows of doubt whether this would at all serve the purpose of fighting corruption independently.
 arrow Traders to be relocated to other DCC markets
Authorities are thinking of putting up a multi-storied shopping complex to rehabilitate around 1,500 traders of New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market in Gulistan, who lost around Tk 200 crore to Sunday's 'mysterious'
 arrow DSE trading touches 8-year high
Dhaka Stock Exchange selective index reached a new high yesterday at 2025.63 points with highest ever transactions in eight years.
"Transactions amounted to Tk 47.

 arrow Commission to start work in a month
The newly formed Anti-corruption Commission will begin functioning within a month, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Taiwan targets $3b investment in 6yrs
Taiwan eyes Bangladesh as a potential business destination with an investment target of $3 billion for the next six years, a visiting Taiwanese delegation said here yesterday.
 arrow AL plans big for Dec 11 human wall
In parallel with the combined move of the opposition parties, Awami League (AL) is making preparation of its own to ensure huge participation in the December 11 no-confidence human wall stretching from
 arrow BNP leaders lobby to retract cancel order
Top leaders of ruling BNP have started hectic lobbying for withdrawal of the government order cancelling recruitment of Class Three and four employees for district and lower administration.
 arrow Murder accused assaults Barisal judge in court
A judge was assaulted during trial yesterday by an accused in a murder and abduction case in Patuakhali.
 arrow Army man shot dead in Bandarban
Miscreants shot dead a non-commissioned army officer and looted his gun at Jamchhari in Sadar upazila of the hill district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow EU agrees on military units for world crisis
EU defence ministers agreed yesterday to create 13 so-called battle groups, military units which can be deployed rapidly to crisis situations around the world, the EU's Dutch presidency said.
 arrow Sunni cleric, GI killed in Iraq
A senior Sunni Muslim cleric was killed yesterday in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul while a US soldier was killed in a late night attack in Baghdad.
 arrow Left to ruins...

 arrow Lobbying on for appointment as cabinet secy
The government is still undecided whether it will extend the service of Cabinet Secretary Dr Saadat Hossain whose contract expires today.
 arrow 4-year-old girl violated in city
Hoodlums last night violated a four-year-old girl in Pallabi area in the capital.
The baby girl was admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in a critical condition.

 arrow PM reiterates help to FFs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the freedom fighters and their families of doing whatever possible to resolve their problems despite limitations and resource constraints.
 arrow Seven submit nomination papers
Seven people yesterday filed nomination papers for Comilla-7 parliamentary by-election scheduled for December 18.
 arrow Jailed husband of Benazir gets bail in all cases
Pakistan's Supreme Court has granted bail to the husband of former premier Benazir Bhutto and his release was imminent after eight years in jail, a defence lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow Nephew refuses to rule out Arafat poisoning
Yasser Arafat's nephew said yesterday that medical records released by France showed no trace of known poisons in the late Palestinian leader but the cause of death remained a mystery.
 arrow Showcause on DC
A Thakurgaon court yesterday asked the Deputy Commissioner and four others to show cause as to why the recruitment of a low-grade employee will not be declared void.
 arrow 10-year-old girl raped, killed
Unidentified miscreants raped and killed a ten-year-old girl at Godagari in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Drench in Dew

 arrow Ctg port to do overtime to ease container congestion
Responding to a request made by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to remove container congestion, particularly in this peak season of apparel trade, the Chittagong
 arrow JCD leader shot dead in Kushtia
A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Katdoher Char village in Mirpur upazila in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow SEC chairman calls for all-out vigilance
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday called on all concerned to keep vigilance to ensure a smooth development of the market.
 arrow Microsoft launches Dhaka operation
Microsoft is willing to work with the government on intellectual property rights in Bangladesh.
 arrow Khulna to be turned into industrial city
Khulna region will be provided with all facilities available in Dhaka and Chittagong for development of industries, said Board of Investment Executive Chairman Mahmudur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Govt, ADB end talks on SME, Ctg port projects
The government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) here yesterday concluded two loan negotiations for SME development and Chittagong Port facilitation.
 arrow Japan selects 12 sectors of Bangladesh
Japan has identified 12 sectors of Bangladesh for future aid under a new country-assistance plan now being outlined.
 arrow ACNielsen South Asia MD due in Dhaka today
Partha Rakshit, managing director of ACNielsen South Asia, arrives in Dhaka today.
 arrow Int'l medical show in Ctg from Jan 16
A three-day international medical exhibition styled as CHIMEXPO-2005 will be held at the Engineers Institute in Chittagong from January 16 to 18.
 arrow BRAC Bank appoints AAA consultants issue manager
BRAC Bank Ltd has appointed AAA Consultants and Financial Advisers as issue manager the bank is planning to float its IPO in 2005.
 arrow Bandbox secures ISO certificate
Bandbox Limited has been awarded ISO Certificate 9001:2000 at a function in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Citigroup voted most respected financial services co
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, was voted the most respected financial services company in the world in a recent survey of 1,000 CEOs across 25 countries, conducted by the Financial Times
 arrow G20 calls for US deficit cuts, Asia forex flexibility
The Group of 20 finance leaders of the major economies called Sunday called for US deficit cuts and greater foreign exchange flexibility in Asia, but were silent on the delicate issue of the weak dollar.
 arrow Lanka, Pakistan to launch FTA by January
Sri Lanka and Pakistan will launch a free trade agreement by January when President Chandrika Kumaratunga visits Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Monday.
 arrow South Asian currency unlikely soon: Pak PM
South Asia is a long way from launching a common currency but regional central banks could adopt currency swaps to encourage new investment, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Monday.
 arrow Apec leaders duck regional free trade plan
Asia-Pacific leaders Sunday ducked a call to study creating an ambitious free trade area for the region.
In a joint declaration, they "welcomed" the proposal from big business but failed to adopt it.

Sportsarrow Table Tennis: Indians, Abahani rule team events
India' Salt Lake TT Academy lifted the men's team crown in the Beximco-Abul Hashem Smriti Table Tennis Championships by winning an all-foreign final against Nepal in straight sets at the Woodenfloor
 arrow Cricket: India reply in style
Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave the perfect reply after South Africa posted their highest total on Indian soil in the first Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Dizzy' likes to rotate
Australia's plans to rotate their star bowlers to save them from Test burn-out ahead of next year's Ashes series in England has the backing of paceman Jason Gillespie.
 arrow Cricket: Broken Kiwis pick up pieces
New Zealand coach John Bracewell believes his team can recover from one of their worst ever maulings against Australia in time for the second Test against the world champions.
 arrow Kabadi: India kabaddi kings
India lifted the first World Cup Kabaddi Championship title when the hosts put an end to Iran's fairytale run in the competition with a 55-27 victory in yesterday's final in Mumbai.
 arrow Tennis: Master Roger
World number one Roger Federer set an Open-era record by winning his 13th final in a row, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 here to capture his second consecutive ATP Masters Cup crown.
 arrow Chess: Parag wins at last
Mehdi Hasan Parag returned to the winning track after two consecutive defeats in the 43rd World Junior Chess Championship when the Bangladesh national junior champion beat India's JSS Phanikanth in the
 arrow Football: DRU soccer semis today
New Age ousted defending champions Dainik Jugantor from the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) inter-house football tournament when they scored an upset 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals at the Handball Ground
 arrow Cricket: McMillan hits back
New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan accused Australia's Adam Gilchrist of being "righteous" during their much-publicised row after Australia's first-Test win, it emerged on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: It's good to be late
England batsman Andrew Strauss believes his late blooming as an international player has helped his career.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam has no fears
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Monday insisted his team remained positive about their upcoming tour of Australia despite New Zealand's heavy defeat against the world champions.
 arrow Tennis: Rivals gear up for 2005
Roger Federer clinched year-end world number one honors in September by capturing his third Grand Slam title of the season, but his closest rivals are already preparing to provide a tougher test in 2005.
 arrow Cricket: Bouncer to stand trial
A hotel bouncer charged over the death of former Australian Test cricketer David Hookes will stand trial early next year on charges of manslaughter and assault, a court has heard.
 arrow Football: The legend of Fergie
Alex Ferguson will celebrate the latest milestone in an astonishing career when he takes charge of Manchester United for the 1,000th time on Tuesday.
 arrow Decision day
Fifteen of the 16 places in the first knockout round of the Champions League could be known after the fifth matchday of the group phase of the competition is completed this week.
 arrow Football: Inter do it the hard way
Inter Milan came from behind to beat Bologna 3-1 in an Italian Cup third round, first leg match at the San Siro stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Baptista boosts Sevilla
Sevilla climbed to third in the Primera Liga after Brazilian forward Julio Baptista's first-half strike earned them a 1-0 win over high-flying Espanyol on Sunday.
Nationalarrow Mysterious disease kills 2,000 cattle in Kurigram
About 2,000 animals died and several hundred cows were attacked with mysterious disease in Kurigram district last month.
 arrow Myanmar children want to go back home
About 100 Myanmar refugee children on Saturday expressed their craving for going back to their homeland.
 arrow Deaths in 'crossfire' create panic among criminals in 2 dists
Death of 20 top criminals by police and Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) in Jhenidah and Chuadanga districts during a period from May to November 20 has created panic among miscreants, according to theirwives
 arrow Fog disrupts ferry, traffic movement in two days
Dense fog has disrupted ferry and launch services and movement of transport vehicles in various river and land routes on Sunday and Saturday.
 arrow Santu Larma's call to help implement CHT accord
A two-day annual council of Hill Women Federation (HWF), an associate organisation of Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghaty Samity, ended here on Sunday.
 arrow 15 land grabbers sued in Patuakhali
Patuakhali Sadar upazila land office filed a case against 15 land grabbers here for 'grabbing' one acre of land.
 arrow Five robbers nabbed
Police on Saturday arrested five robbers in Begumganj upazila here while they were preparing to commit robbery.
The arrested robbers are Mohim, 26, Kalu, 25, Morshed, 28, Kofil, 22, and Rony, 20.

 arrow BWDB engineer roughed up by contractors
Some pro-BNP contractors allegedly beat up the executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Rangpur, Moazzem Hossain in his chamber on Sunday.
 arrow Minor girl missing
A minor girl was missing from the court building area here since Saturday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Palestine after Arafat
Arafat is no more, although possible cause of his death being in doubt and conspiracy theories abounding the Palestinians have to quickly come to grips with the cruel reality of near chaos created byan
 arrow Are we benefiting from globalisation?
Globalisation -- the growing integration of economies and societies around the world -- has been one of the most hotly-debated topics in international economics over the past few years.
 arrow Protect yourself from Jaundice
Today Hepatitis is a very well known and easily catchable disease. Most people understand that it's a liver disease caused by virus and can have an effect on persons of all ages.
Culturearrow Prints to stir up the imagination
The on going exhibition at Alliance Francaise contains original prints from the collection of the Louvre museum. The oldest one is from the 17th century and the display includes contemporary works too.
 arrow An ace performance by NSU
What could be better than the beats of dhak (drum) to kick off a cultural evening? The Annual Cultural Evening, popularly known as ACE, of North South University Shangskritik Shangathon (NSUSS)
 arrow Q&A
Rosy Siddiqui, the energetic theatre activist and TV actress, has also worked on a number of commercials.
 arrow Films on World War II
The Dhaka Film Society (DFS), the film wing of the Centre for Asian Arts and Cultures (CAAC) has organised a special film-session and workshop titled Films on World War II starting from today to
Generalarrow 2 to die for killing jewellery trader
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two youths to death for killing a jewellery trader in old part of the city.
 arrow Breastfeeding may prevent 13pc death of children
Experts at a meeting yesterday called for exclusive breastfeeding for proper mental and physical growth of children.
 arrow 3 outlaws get death, another life
A Meherpur court yesterday sentenced three outlaws to death and another to life imprisonment for killing Awami League leader Ashraful Islam.
 arrow 'Gender awareness critical for quality administration'
Gender awareness of civil servants is critical for ensuring quality administration in ministries, divisions, departments and government agencies, said Dr Shirley Randell, a gender specialist of the UNDP.
 arrow Tributes paid to Yasser Arafat
The life-long struggle of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will remain as a source of inspiration for freedom fighters all over the world, said the speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday.
 arrow Coaching centre teacher killed in road crash
A female teacher of a coaching centre was killed in a road accident at Farmgate in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow BNP-backed criminal escapes arrest
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided the residence of a BNP-backed top criminal at Bakalia in the port city on Sunday night.
 arrow NSU convocation tomorrow
The 8th convocation of North South University (NSU) will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow.
 arrow Shutter-gun recovered from RU hall
Fresh tension gripped the campus of Rajshahi University (RU) as police recovered an abandoned shutter-gun from Nawab Abdul Latif Hall with the opening of the dormitories yesterday.
 arrow 1,724 more held
Police arrested 1,724 more people on various charges and seized 11 firearms during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Powell wins Israeli vow to ensure Palestinian polls
Reviving a long-dormant US peacemaking role, Secretary of State Colin Powell won an Israeli pledge yesterday to allow Palestinians freedom of movement to enable them to hold an election for Yasser Arafat's
 arrow Iran suspends key nuke acts to avert sanctions
Iran yesterday froze sensitive nuclear work including uranium enrichment in a move likely to thwart US efforts to report the Islamic state to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
 arrow Major powers gather in Egypt to help Iraq emerge from violence
Delegates to an international conference on Iraq began gathering in an Egyptian resort yesterday to discuss the war-wracked country's future and other contentious Middle East issues.
 arrow Troops could stay in Iraq beyond 2005
British troops could be sent to help US forces anywhere inside Iraq and may stay in the country beyond the end of US-led coalition forces' mandate in 2005, Britain's army commander said in an interview
 arrow Troops quit Kashmir summer capital
A battalion of Indian army soldiers yesterday pulled out of Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, marking the first withdrawal from the urban hub of insurgency in the Himalayan state, officials said.
 arrow Nepali communists urge Maoists to shun violence
The Maoists fighting to overthrow Nepal's monarchy are in a "day dream" if they think war will achieve their aim, the communist party said Sunday, urging for talks to end the bloody conflict.
 arrow Pak PM due in India today for talks
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due to make his first visit to India this week as New Delhi concealed patience to Islamabad as the nuclear rivals argued anew over Kashmir.
 arrow Restrictions around Suu Kyi intact
Myanmar's planned release of nearly 4,000 prisoners appeared to have halted yesterday with no sign of any easing of restrictions around the nation's most famous detainee, democracy leader Aung San Suu
 arrow Taiwan vows to push for referendum on island's future
In a move likely to anger China, Taiwan's president has vowed to push through a new constitution describing the island as an independent state and threatened to hold a referendum on Taiwan's future.
 arrow Bush vows to work for spy agency overhaul
Unwilling to concede defeat, congressional leaders expressed hope Sunday that lawmakers could return next month to resolve a turf battle that has blocked passage of an overhaul of the nation's intelligence
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-graft commission at last
The much-vaunted anti-corruption commission has come into being.
 arrow Editorial: Markets or death traps?
The Hawkers' Market fire which left a trail of devastation on Sunday is a fresh reminder of how vulnerable the city markets are to the fire hazard.
 arrow Reform the Caretaker Government Law before the next general election
The grenade attack on the Awami League meeting on 21 August has altered the political landscape of Bangladesh.
 arrow How Bush's second term will influence global scene?
The second four-year term for President George W.
Letters to Editorarrow Deaths in Thailand
Killings of 84 Muslims in Thai custody have shocked us greatly . The lame excuse made by the Thai government that the protestors were weak because of fasting is farcical and unacceptable.
 arrow Drug abuse
When thousands of people are drug addicts in this country, reports say some manufacturers are producing and marketing drugs that can be used as intoxicant.
 arrow Overbridge
The DCC has constructed many overbridges in Dhaka city . Today I would like to write something about the usage of overbridge.
 arrow Blanket immunity to WB
On 1 November 2004, A bill was placed in the JS by the ruling alliance to give World Bank a blanket immunity.
This is something that no organisation should enjoy however important it might be.

 arrow 9/11
Mr. bin Laden, you seem to be laden with the world's best advice through top shrewd consultants and advisers .
 arrow Collapse of the co-op system
The parliament may review the decline and failure of the cooperative system in Bangladesh since liberation. It was introduced during the British Raj era, and its historical achievements are quite noticeable.
 arrow Private medical college
DS editorial on the above subject was a very timely publication depicting the true conditions of some private medical colleges. My heartfelt thanks to you for the valuable comments on the subject.