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Front Pagearrow Submarine cable project missing deadline
Bangladesh will not be able to link itself to the information superhighway from next September when the international submarine cable project is scheduled to be complete, thanks to the neglect of theBangladesh
 arrow Another arms cache seized in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized more firearms and ammunition including mortars and light machineguns (LMG) from bordering Naikkhongchhari yesterday, a day after the seizure of a huge cache of arms andammunition
 arrow Fraud in listing fire victims alleged
New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market Committee yesterday started listing traders who lost some Tk 200 crore in merchandise to Sunday's blaze amid allegations that the committee leaders are making fake enlistment
 arrow Top N'ganj criminal, Jubo Dal leader David dies in Rab action
Mominullah David, a top police-listed criminal of Narayanganj and joint convenor of Narayanganj City Jubo Dal, was gunned down in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Malibagh in the capital
 arrow Staff asked to submit wealth statements
The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked all the 930 officers and employees of the Commission to submit their wealth statements in 30 days.
 arrow Arrest of staff at ZIA leads to wildcat strike
An official of cargo section at Zia International Airport (ZIA) was released six hours after his arrest yesterday in a mobile phone theft case in the face of wildcat abstention from work by his colleagues.
 arrow Minister still hopeful
Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque yesterday said Bangladesh will be connected to the information super highway through a undersea cable network "by the target time".
 arrow Blanket prices shot up for fire loss
The price of blankets has shot up following Sunday's blaze in New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market which supplied more than fifty percent of blankets in the capital.
 arrow Dhaka to attend energy co-op talks in Myanmar
Bangladesh will sit with India and Myanmar in Yangon in January to discuss cooperation in energy sector but exact agenda for the tripartite dialogue is not yet finalised.
 arrow Jaundice plagues DU students
Thirty-four out of 109 Dhaka University (DU) students who underwent pathological tests yesterday at the DU medical centre were found to be suffering from jaundice.
 arrow Mongla port faces govt neglect
The country's second seaport Mongla has been subject to negligence by the authorities concerned with its top post lying vacant for the last four months and many other important positions handled by non-professionals.
 arrow Peace with India hinges on Kashmir
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said yesterday he held "cordial and friendly" talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh but insisted that Kashmir remains the core issue between the two nations.
 arrow Prothom Alo, Bhorer Kagoj to contest contempt case
The High Court (HC) yesterday fixed December 11 for the next hearing of a contempt case against two leading Bangla dailies for running reports on an additional HC judge's alleged tampering with the results
 arrow Special trains arranged for devotees
Bangladesh Railway has arranged special trains on different routes to facilitate the movement of devotees intending to join Biswa Ijtema December 3-5.
 arrow 1 killed after abduction by fake Rab
Armed miscreants posing as plainclothesmen of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) abducted two men from a village under Babuganj upazila in early hours yesterday and tortured one of them to death and the other
 arrow MPs file motion to impeach Blair
Twenty-three members of parliament filed a motion yesterday to impeach British Prime Minister Tony Blair on charges of "gross misconduct" over the US-led invasion of Iraq.
 arrow 5 journos, 3 others seek to get cleared of charges
Five journalists and three other chargesheeted accused in Journalist Shamsur Rahman Murder Case moved a petition in a district court yesterday to get cleared of the charges.
 arrow Charmonai Pir men chase lens man after fatwa
The followers of Charmonai Pir Maulana Fazlul Karim chased a photojournalist of a national daily after the Pir gave fatwa declaring ban on taking picture in a crowded waz mahfil.
 arrow Norway envoy, 3 staff of Australian mission mugged in city
The Norwegian ambassador and three staff of the Australian High Commission in Dhaka were mugged in separate incidents yesterday, with police suspecting that the crimes were perpetrated by the same group.
 arrow AL top brass to meet grassroots on human wall today
The Awami League (AL) top brass today meets with the AL leaders of the 18 districts and 49 upazilas the December 11 human wall will touch to make the programme a success.
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 arrow Baby sold for Tk 300 returned to mother
The one-month-old baby, who was sold for Tk 300 in Sakhtira Tuesday, was returned to her mother today at a simple ceremony held at the office of the Satkhira deputy commissioner (DC).
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire' with police
A regional leader of Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party PBCPML) was killed in 'crossfire' with police in Chuadanga early yesterday, Police arrested Mosharraf Hossain alias
 arrow One to die for trafficking children to Dubai
The District Judge's Court here yesterday awarded death penalty to a young man in absentia and life imprisonment to his wife for trafficking two children to Dubai to work as camel jockey a decade ago.
 arrow Islamist militants produced before JIC
Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin regional commander Amjad Hossain and powerful gelatin explosive carrier Anisur Rahman were handed over to Special Branch of police in Dhaka yesterday for joint interrogation.
 arrow US Congress to probe polls irregularities
The Government Accountability Office, the investigating arm of the US Congress, will probe allegations of irregularities in the November 2 US presidential vote, lawmakers said Tuesday.
 arrow AL terms antigraft body partisan
The main opposition Awami League (AL) maintains the recently formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to be partisan and so will demand a discussion on it in parliament.
 arrow 3 forest officials suspended for timber smuggling
The Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday suspended three officials and transferred one for their alleged involvement in timber smuggling as it continues a drive against corrupt forest officials.
 arrow 10-yr-old girl raped, killed
Criminals have raped, acid-burnt and strangled a 10-year-old schoolgirl in Hejuli in the town.
 arrow Benazir demands right to end exile
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has demanded the right to end her exile, a day after her husband was freed on bail after eight years in jail.
Businessarrow Businesses sit today to stamp out VAT row
As deadline to submit VAT expires November 30, business leaders sit today to derive a new negotiation strategy to end a row with National Board of Revenue (NBR) over payment of VAT for shops and other
 arrow Tata gets gas supply assurance on prospect of new discovery
Despite the present gas supply shortage, the government assured a 20-year uninterrupted supply assurance to Indian giant Tata on consideration that Bangladesh has a prospect of discovering almost three-fold
 arrow Stocks behaving rationally: SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the stock markets of Bangladesh are behaving rationally.
 arrow Make best use of GP fibre optic network
Leading mobile phone operator GrameenPhone yesterday urged all concerned to use its fibre optic network for all sorts of data and voice communications needed for fostering ICT development of the country.
 arrow EU trade chief demands concessions in WTO talks
Less than 48 hours into his new job, the European Union's trade chief, Peter Mandelson, tried on Tuesday to stimulate global trade liberalisation talks by demanding more concessions from other major trading
 arrow Cox's Bazar under CSE network
The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has expanded its operations connecting Cox's Bazar to key cities of Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet through its screen-based online trading system.
 arrow India, Pakistan push talks on gas pipeline from Iran
India's oil minister told Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday that talks on a proposed gas pipeline from Iran to India through Pakistan should go ahead as part of a push for more regionaltrade.
 arrow End of textile quota spells danger for developing states
Tens of millions of people worldwide face dramatic changes when the international quota system for textiles and clothing comes to an end on January 1, 2005, the International Confederation of Free Trade
 arrow Danish IT team in Dhaka to explore offshore centres
A Danish IT team has arrived in Dhaka aiming to set up offshore development and production centers in cooperation with Bangladeshi IT companies.
 arrow Cut duty, VAT on import of motor vehicle parts
Assemblers have demanded the government to reduce duty and value added tax (VAT) on imported motor vehicle parts.
 arrow MCCI hails VAT waiver for industries
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday hailed the government decision to exempt all export-oriented industries from value added tax (VAT).
 arrow Emirates announces $236m profit
Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced record high net profits of $236 million for the first six months of the fiscal year 2004-05, from April 1 to September 30.
 arrow Euro soars to new high against dollar
The euro soared to new highs against the dollar Wednesday, wiping out modest opening gains on European stocks, while euro zone government bonds fell after a weak Bund auction.
 arrow Kazi & Kazi Tea gets SGS certificate
Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate Limited, the first organic tea grower in Bangladesh, yesterday formally received the SGS certificate on tea produced by its garden at Tetulia in Panchagarh district.
 arrow Two lakh new job seekers enter labour market a year
Over 2 lakh new job seekers enter the country's labour market a year.
Of them, 15,000 are trained on various trades from different technical training centres under the Ministry of Labour and Employ-ment.

 arrow China warns US on textile import quotas
China warned the United States Wednesday that any import quotas placed on Chinese textile products will seriously impact bilateral trade ties.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Wait for Premier League over
Domestic cri-cket gets its soul back when the much anticipated 2004-05 Dhaka Premier Division cricket league reappears after a year's break today.
 arrow Cricket: What happened in the dressing room?
The preliminary camp of the Bangladesh team for next-month's home series against India reportedly experienced an unsavory incident involving Bangladesh Under-19 coach Richard McInnes and a senior cricketer
 arrow Cricket: Tame draw at Kanpur
Indian spinners Murali Kartik and Harbhajan Singh were among the wickets but the first Test against South Africa ended in a dull draw here on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: Premier hockey begins tomorrow
The Green Delta Premier Hockey League will begin tomorrow with defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra taking on newcomers Azad Sporting Club in the opening match.
 arrow Cricket: Zim bans English scribes
Zimbabwe's decision to ban some journalists from entering the country for an England tour has brought about great concern from the president of cricket's world governing body ICC.
 arrow Cricket: Lillee cuts ties with CA
Cricket Australia said Wednesday it was better off hiring full-time coaches than employing bowling great Dennis Lillee, who has abruptly ended his long coaching involvement with the body.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke's focus on cricket
Australian batting whiz-kid Michael Clarke is trying to maintain his positive focus while the cricket world continues to shower him with praise and sponsorship dollars.
 arrow Cricket: NZ to rest Franklin
Fast bowler James Franklin may be available to play in Friday's second cricket Test but he was left out of New Zealand's squad Wednesday for next month's one-day series with Australia on fitness concerns.
 arrow Tennis: France take 2-0 lead
Nathalie Dechy eased to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Maria Sanchez Lorenzo to give Fed Cup champions France a commanding 2-0 lead in their semifinal against Spain on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: SAFF heroes honoured
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday handed over documents of plots to the players and officials of the 3rd SAFF Football Championship winning Bangladesh team.
 arrow Football: Happy 1000th
Manchester United gave manager Sir Alex Ferguson the perfect gift to mark his 1,000th game with the club on Tuesday, a 2-1 win against Lyon at Old Trafford which sends them into the second round of the
 arrow Football: UEFA might take Real to task
Real Madrid could face severe sanctions from the sport's continental governing body UEFA, after Bayer Leverkusen's black players were racially abused in the two clubs' Champions League encounter on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: It goes down to the wire
Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen fought out an exciting 1-1 draw to leave qualification from Champions League group B still up in the air for both sides here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Hand of Saviola!
Liverpool's qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League is now hanging by a thread after a shock 1-0 defeat by Monaco kept alive the hopes of last year's finalists here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Yorke is free to leave
Dwight Yorke has been told he is free to leave Birmingham if he is unhappy about the reaction of the club's co-owner, David Sullivan, to the alleged racial abuse suffered by the Trinidadian striker during
 arrow Dhaka Sports Carnival kicks off today
The first ever Dhaka Sports Carnival involving ten elite social clubs of the country and three from India will commence in the city today.
 arrow Chess: Biman take on Destiny 2000 in opener
The number draw ceremony of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League was held yesterday at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room.
 arrow Table Tennis: Double delight for Soma
The Beximco Pharma-Abul Hashem Smriti Table Tennis Tournament ended with a consolation trophy for hosts Wari Club when Rocky clinched the boys' singles title yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Parag loses again
Bangladesh national junior champion Mehdi Hassan Parag lost his eighth round match to Arghyadip Das of India in the boys' group of the 43rd World Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship in Cochin, Indiayesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India remain unchanged
India have retained their squad for the second Test against South Africa starting from Sunday, a top cricket board official said here Wednesday.
 arrow Benaud to stay 3 more years with Nine
Venerable television cricket commentator Richie Benaud has played down reports of his imminent retirement by signing a new three-year deal to stay with Australia's Nine Network broadcast team.
 arrow Cricket: NSW ride on Haddin
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin hammered a fierce century to hand New South Wales a huge innings lead over champions Victoria in their Sheffield Shield cricket match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Raul touches Di Stefano
Real Madrid striker Raul equalled Alfredo Di Stefano's all-time European scoring record of 49 goals when he equalised for his side in the 70th minute of their Champions League Group B match against Bayer
 arrow Football: Wenger against walking
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes players walking off the pitch is not the answer to racist abuse from the stands.
 arrow Football: Fergie not a good bet!
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may be celebrating his 1,000th game in charge of the English giants on Tuesday but one of Britain's leading bookmakers believes it is odds-on the Scot's Old
 arrow Swedish challenge for Lleyton
World No.3 Lleyton Hewitt faces a hot Swedish challenge as he attempts a third title win in his home-town Australian Hardcourt tournament here in January.
 arrow Football: Recoba takes International break
Uruguay lost a second international striker in two months on Tuesday when Inter Milan striker Alvaro Recoba announced he was temporarily stepping down because he was so out of form.
 arrow Charity race
A charity foot race between the two slowest members of the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams for this week's Adelaide Test here has been arranged with full-length body suits.
Metropolitanarrow Universities can enrol only 10pc admission seekers
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday regretted that all the public and private universities in the country could accommodate only 10 percent of the admission seekers while the rest are left out and deprived
 arrow Rift in RU JCD over Oct 30 violence
The issue of October 30 violence created a serious rift in the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday, sparking tension on the campus.
 arrow 15,000 flats for city's low income people
Government is going to build 15,000 flats at city's Bhasantak area for slum-dwellers, low-income and landless people with a view to solving housing problems in the capital.
 arrow 'Ensure medico-legal test at local level'
Ensure immediate medico-legal test of the rape victims at local level, demanded the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Four killed in road accident
Four people were killed in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Batabaria under Sadar upazila early yesterday.
Nationalarrow Micro-credit changes lot of poor women in Magura
Two poor women changed their lot when two NGOs came forward to their rescue by lending them loans.
The women are Nabiron and Khurshida. Once life was miserable to them.

 arrow A healthcare clinic with a difference
A clinic of Patuakhali branch of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) has been rendering healthcare services successfully to poor people at a nominal cost.
 arrow Woes of passengers at Mymensingh Railway Station
Passengers suffer much due to malpractice being pursued by booking clerks at Mymensingh Railway station for a long time.
 arrow Seven die of diarrhoea in Comilla
Seven persons died of diarrhoea at Chaddagram upazila here last week. At least 200 others were attacked by the disease which broke out in an epidemic in 20 villages, according to eye-witnesses.
 arrow AL leader arrested
An Awami League (AL) leader was arrested for possessing counterfeit notes on Monday.
The arrested person is Shalikha Thana unit president of the party Israyeel Munishi.

 arrow Ras festival of Monipuri community tomorrow
The Monipuri community here will celebrate their annual 162 th Maha-Ras Lila festival tomorrow.
Befitting programmes have been chalked out to observe the festival.

 arrow Land dispute: 20 hurt in B'baria
At least 20 people were injured in a clash over land between two groups of villagers at Astagram village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Our steel sector and Tata's investment proposal
The recent signing of the expression of interest between the Tata Group of India and the Board of Investment is a major incident in the foreign direct investment (FDI) history of Bangladesh.
 arrow Always nice to come back home
My wife and I had planned to visit Bangladesh this winter, but an urgent family problem precipitated the trip and I was forced to travel to Dhaka, in the second fortnight of October.
 arrow Professional training for engineers
Professional training plays a critical role in a collaborative effort. It enhances trust and increases capacity of the collaborative system.
Culturearrow Drum beats of Japan
Life seems worthwhile only when there is no travail and sorrow. But reality is different, with its share of ups and downs. It is even harder to witness the pain of a child.
 arrow A New Zealander enlivens the art scene
From portraits to temples to children's books, New Zealander artist Trina Bohan Tyrie has done them all. Her preferred mediums are watercolour and charcoal.
 arrow 50 First Dates with Star Cineplex
A first date is always exciting.
 arrow Richard Burton: The man for all seasons
Who can forget powerful actor Richard Burton, best known for films such as Cleopatra, Where Eagles Dare, Anne of the Thousand Days and Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Known as much for his amazing
Generalarrow Two ex-bankers get 10 yrs, 9 others 5 yrs
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two former bank officials to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined them Tk one crore each in an embezzlement case filed 21 years ago.
 arrow Literacy status far from millennium goals
The present literacy status is far short of the target of education for all, one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of 2015, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Ctg Mayor vows to hold victory fair at outer stadium venue
Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday vowed to organise the traditional month-long Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela on the outer stadium premises in December at any cost.
 arrow US Jubo League Council Nov 28
The triennial council of the US unit of Awami Jubo League will be held in New York on November 28, with Opposition Leader and AL President Sheikh Hasina as chief guest.
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of outlaw in Jessore
Angry mob beat up a listed criminal and gouged out his eyes in Keshabpur upazila of Jessore district on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Reunion
The second reunion of Jahangirnagar University Economics Alumni Association will be held on the university campus on December 31, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pak PM fails to unite Kashmiri separatists
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz held marathon meetings deep into the night with the hardline and moderate factions of Kashmir's main separatist alliance but failed to unite them, India's media said
 arrow US, Iraqi troops sweep thru' 'triangle of death'
US-led forces swept hotspots in a "triangle of death" yesterday in a push to reclaim rebel enclaves ahead of key January polls, as more than 200 political groups threw their hat in the electoral ring.
 arrow Ukraine opposition refuses to negotiate
The political crisis in Ukraine deepened yesterday as opposition leaders refused to negotiate over a disputed presidential election and their supporters entered a third day of mass street protests.
 arrow Nepal declares truce
Nepal Tuesday announced a unilateral ceasefire with Maoist rebels in the area around Buddha's birthplace during a three-day Buddhist conference there starting at the end of the month.
 arrow Iran seeks to change terms of nuke freeze
Iran has asked the UN atomic agency to exempt several dozen centrifuges from an agreement with the European Union which went into effect two days ago freezing its nuclear programme, a request the EU rejects,
 arrow US Mumbai consulate reopens
The United States reopened its consulate in India's financial capital of Mumbai yesterday after closing it the previous day saying it had information about a terrorist threat.
 arrow 'Dirty bomb' within al-Qaeda's reach
The al-Qaeda terror network is fully capable of building a radioactive "dirty bomb" targeting the United States and other Western nations and "has crude procedures" for producing chemical weapons, the
 arrow Red Cross pays visit to Saddam
The International Committee for the Red Cross said yesterday its staff had recently visited deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who is in US custody awaiting trial on war crimes charges.
 arrow Lanka arrests 2 Tiger rebels despite truce
Security forces have arrested two suspected Tamil Tiger rebels who tried to kill military intelligence operatives in eastern Sri Lanka despite a truce, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arms haul in deep forest
IT is certainly good news that BDR was able to seize a large cache of arms and ammunition in Naikkhong-chhari of Bandarban district on Monday, and kudos must go to the troops of the 40 Naikkhongchhari
 arrow Editorial: 'Amrao Pari' gives us a leap of the mind
AMRAO Pari', a documentary film created by some Bangladeshi teenagers, has done us proud by winning the 32nd Emmy Awards given jointly by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences andthe
 arrow Winds of change or a false dawn over Kashmir?
The comments appearing in The Daily Star on November 19 regarding the "winds of change" over Kashmir couldn't have been more relevant.
 arrow Time to stand on principle
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Letters to Editorarrow Power and telecom
BTTB, in an unholy policy, monopolised the high demand line telephone network and deliberately kept supply below demand. Result, the open market mobile cell tel boomed to 2m growth in a couple of years.
 arrow Bacteria resistant to antibiotics!
The World Health Organization (WHO) and US medical experts recently warned that the increasing ability of bacteria to resist antibiotics threatens the existing arsenal of drugs against dangerous infectious
 arrow Exchanging SMS
Short massage is an excellent service, for the educated people as well as for the students. SMS can play an import role by sending sensitive and emergency news and information.
 arrow RAB operations
Much has been written about the RAB for its formation, implementation and ultimate results in the Letters to the Editor column.
 arrow Debased political culture
Who says one has to go the filthy rich industrialised countries in the West to witness topless shows openly (no prosecution).
 arrow Biman still limping
When we talk about competition, it is imperative to think of better service at a better price. The one who can provide this eventually survives and overcomes the hostility of competition.