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Front Pagearrow Immunity to money whitening may go
Starting in the next fiscal year, the government is likely to take back the privileges allowing black money to be whitened, in an effort to make the economy more transparent.
 arrow Top criminals prefer jail to bail for Rab
Some top criminals prefer staying inside cell to walking out of it, fearing they -- like other notorious criminals reportedly killed "in crossfire" -- will die if interrogated by elite anti-crime forces
 arrow Grassroots grill AL top brass
The top brass of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday came under a scathing attack from its leaders at grassroots level, who said inconsistency in antigovernment movement strategy frustrated
  arrow Cops foil Jubo Dal men's protest bids
Police yesterday kept relatives of Mominullah David and Jubo Dal activists from protesting his death in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Saarc nations to pursue common stand in WTO
Bangladesh and the six other South Asian countries have agreed to pursue a common stand and strategy in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations including the next ministerial conference to beheld
 arrow UNHCR to review Rohingya policy
The UNHCR is likely to review next month its stance on two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar to persuade the government to end the stalemate in negotiations over the fate of the remaining 20,000 refugees.
 arrow Frustration high over frequent transfer
Discontent is brewing over frequent transfer of officials posted outside Dhaka in violation of government orders not to transfer them before expiry of the period specified by it.
 arrow Pac asks ministry to take action against corrupt officials
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the health ministry to initiate departmental and legal actions against the officials involved in embezzlement of Tk 109 crore in purchasing equipment and medicines
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in firefight with cops
Two top leaders of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) were killed reportedly in shootings involving law enforcers and outlawed operatives in Kushtia and Jhenidah early yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan decide to buck up Saarc at Dhaka
India and Pakistan yesterday agreed the Saarc has not lived up to expectations and discussed a slew of proposals to boost the regional economic grouping at its next summit in Dhaka in January.
 arrow Russian energy minister arrives Nov 28
A high-level Russian delegation headed by Energy Minister Sergey A Oganesyan will arrive in Dhaka on November 28 on a three-day official visit to pursue an expansion of bilateral cooperation in powerand
 arrow Students desert DU halls on jaundice fear
Many of the Dhaka University (DU) students have started leaving the dormitories as the outbreak of jaundice continued with some 30 more students affected yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf keen to seal FTA deal with Dhaka fast
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has expressed his keenness for early conclusion of bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between Bangladesh and Pakistan for further expansion of economic cooperation
 arrow Tk 440cr UK aid for road maintenance
Bangladesh will receive about Tk 440 crore equivalent to 3.6 crore pound sterling from the United Kingdom (UK) for maintenance of roads and highways and reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures.
 arrow Two to die for killing Ctg labour leader
A court here yesterday awarded death penalty to two persons and life imprisonment to five others for killing Shafiuddin Ahmed, a freedom fighter and a leader of local unit of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal.
 arrow Norwegian envoy's bag recovered
In a massive hunt, police yesterday recovered the bag that was snatched away from the Norwegian ambassador during her morning walk near Kemal Ataturk Avenue in Banani on Wednesday.
 arrow Fire victims take over pavement
In the absence of immediate rehabilitation, affected traders yesterday resumed business on the pavement in front the burnt down New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market in Gulistan.
 arrow Shaheed Milon's mother meets PM
Selina Khatoon, mother of Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Milon, called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
Milon was killed on November 27, 1990 when the anti-autocratic movement peaked.

 arrow RU bends rule for judge's son, Shibir man
The law and justice department authorities at Rajshahi University yesterday allowed a son of a judge and a Shibir activist to sit examinations in spite of their 'low attendance rates' while denied 40others
 arrow Mild tremor in Ctg
A mild tremor jolted the Chittagong port city and its adjoining areas at 7:13am yesterday.
The magnitude of the earthquake was 4.

 arrow KL asks civilians to go after offenders
Half a million Malaysians in neighbourhood security groups have been told to gather information about illegal immigrants ahead of a crackdown next year, official media reported yesterday.
 arrow Square store robbed at Ctg
The office cum store of Square Pharmaceuticals was robbed of reportedly Tk 3.6 lakh in cash near Mimi Super Market in city's Panchlaish area on Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Five-day software razzmatazz starts in Dhaka
Five-day annual software exposition styled Softexpo 2004 began in Dhaka yesterday with a call for increasing exports and attracting foreign investment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
 arrow Inadequate interconnections stymie growth: Ola Ree
Bangladesh could have attained higher growth in telecommunications sector had there been adequate interconnection facilities, said outgoing Managing Director of GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) Ola Ree.
 arrow Tough competition lies ahead: Eric Aas
Incoming managing director of the largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh sees a tough competition from rival operators as the telecoms industry is set to grow further.
 arrow Businesses to lobby NBR to settle VAT row
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will start negotiation with National Board of Revenue (NBR) from next week to solve the VAT row as early as possible.
 arrow WTO representatives call for action in Doha talks
Representatives of WTO members stressed Wednesday the need to complete the Doha round of trade liberalisation talks at the global free trade body and urged action to make progress on the negotiations.
 arrow India sees economic sun rising in East
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off a car rally this week that will race through Southeast Asia, he was hoping to send a clear economic and political message to India's eastern neighbours.
 arrow China, Asean to sign deals paving way for world's largest trade zone
China and 10 Southeast Asian nations will sign a series of agreements in Laos this week, taking the two sides one step further towards the goal of setting up the world's largest free trade area by the
 arrow East Asian leaders to approve record number of deals in Laos summit
East Asian leaders will next week endorse a record number of agreements to deepen economic integration, improve efforts to fight terrorism and stop human trafficking, according to draft statements Thursday.
 arrow 7,000 textile jobs at risk in S'pore
About 7,000 jobs in Singapore's garment and textile factories could disappear over the next two years once global export quotas on such goods are scrapped in January.
 arrow FDI in India set to rise 70pc this year
Foreign direct investment in India is set to rise 70 percent this financial year amid an increasingly positive economic outlook for the country, a minister said Thursday.
 arrow Dollar sinks to record low for third day
The dollar sank to an all-time low versus the euro for a third consecutive day on Thursday and fell to a 4-1/2 year trough on the yen, hit by concerns about US deficits and the view Washington is happy
 arrow Corruption costing EU billions of euros
Corruption is costing the European economy tens of billions of euros every year, delegates at a three-day conference on graft in the bloc heard here Wednesday.
 arrow Opec president 'confident' prices will fall in mid-2005
Opec president Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Thursday he is confident that global oil prices will fall in the second quarter of 2005 due to a decline in world demand.
 arrow CityCell, HSBC award online quiz winners
CityCell and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) distributed prizes among the winners of an online quiz, organised by the mobile phone operator and the bank, at a ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dream debut for DOHS
Zahoor Elahi hit a sparkling century as Old DOHS made a memorable premiership debut with a comprehensive six-wicket win over last year's runners-up City Club on the opening day of the Green Delta Premier
 arrow Cricket: Not a Victorious start
Champions of the past two lea-gues Victoria Sporting Club came crashing down to earth when low-profile newcomers Ag-rani Bank inflicted a stunning 24-run defeat on them on the opening day of the 2004-05
 arrow Cricket: Warne hangs over Kiwis
Australia are looking to bury New Zealand under an avalanche of runs before unleashing the spin menace of Shane Warne to sweep their series against New Zealand in the second cricket Test at Adelaide Oval
 arrow Cricket: Zim lifts media ban
Zimbabwe has lifted its ban on British journalists planning to cover a five-match cricket tour by England, clearing the way for the visit to go ahead.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly keeps fingers crossed
India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly faced an anxious 24-hour wait to know his immediate playing future after appealing a two-Test ban before the sport's world governing body on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Dispute could cost Lara
Brian Lara and other West Indies cricket stars are unlikely to travel to Australia for a one-day international series as a result of a controversy surrounding rival sponsors.
 arrow Cricket: The Sachin question
The last two years in Sachin Tendulkar's glittering Test career have shown that India's batting superstar is not immune to failure.
 arrow Cricket: He's the man
Virender Sehwag was pondering his next shot on the pool table in Colombo in 2001 when a giant television screen flashed up an image of Sachin Tendulkar dancing down the track for one of his trademarkpull
 arrow Chess: Flying start for Leonine
Leonine Chess Club got off to a flying start in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League when the last year's runners-up collected full four points on the opening day.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani meet Azad today
The Green Delta Premier Hockey League starts today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium with holders Abahani taking on newcomers Azad Sporting Club in the opening match 3 pm.
 arrow Cricket: Zim-Eng Ist ODI today
England's 10-match tour of Zimbabwe was set to go ahead with the first one-day international on Friday amid calls in some quarters it should have been called off.
 arrow Football: Barca as expected
Celtic defied the odds and held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp but the result still saw the Catalan side qualify from Champions League Group B here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: PSV get the ticket, others wait
Nine-man Arsenal spluttered closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday while Claudio Ranieri, who took Chelsea to the semi-finals last year, was handed a stay of execution when
 arrow Football: Milan's second half blitz
Hernan Crespo and Kaka scored two goals apiece as AC Milan clinched a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 4-0 victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.
 arrow Kabaddi team lose 2nd Test
Touring Bangladesh Kabaddi team suffered their second successive defeat in the six-match Test series against India losing to the world champions 39-44 in the Indian town of Ajmer yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd Bradman cap resurfaces
A baggy green cap worn by Australian cricket legend Don Bradman on the 1948 'Invincibles' tour of England has come to light after being stored away in a Melbourne home.
 arrow Cricket: Pepsi Media cricket from today
The Third Pepsi Media Cricket organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) will begin today at the Bangabandhu National Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Div III qualifying cricket
Kalabagan CA Colt earned a comfortable 113-run victory over Sangsad Plaza in a Third Division Cricket League qualifying match at the Uttara Friends Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Henry concern for Gunners
Thierry Henry is doubtful for Arsenal's Premiership clash with Liverpool on Sunday after aggravating a lingering achilles tendon problem in the stormy Champions League draw with PSV Eindhoven here.
 arrow Football: Higuita cocaine-caught again
Colombia's eccentric former national goalkeeper Rene Higuita has tested positive for cocaine for the second time in two years and been sacked by his club Aucus, the Ecuadorean Football Federation have
 arrow Cricket: McGrath batting bonus
Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has cashed in on his Test career batting high-point with a sponsor's cheque as reward for his maiden half-century against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Kuruppu to manage NZ tour
Brendon Kuruppu has been reappointed as temporary senior team manager for Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand starting next month.
Culturearrow 300 Bangla films burnt to ashes
Actor Razzak will never be seen on screen singing the evergreen song Neel akasher nichey ami rasta cholechhi eka in the film Nil Akasher Nichey.
 arrow First National Film Conference 2004 from November 28-30
The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) is all set to hold the National Film Conference 2004 from November 28 to 30 at the CIRDAP auditorium.
 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 Kagoj Kurani screened at Asian Children Film Festival
Kagoj Kurani, the short film by Shahiduzzaman Badal, was screened at the 2nd Asian Children Festival in the Film Produced by Adults for Children category.
Generalarrow Golap Sangraha, Talash win awards
Golap Sangraha, a collection of essays by Abdus Shakur, and Talash, a novel by Shahin Akhter, have won the 'Prothom Alo Best Book of the Year' award among the books published in Bagla Year 1410.
 arrow Special BRTC buses for Biswa Ijtema
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has arranged special bus service from tomorrow for the devotees intending to attend the Biswa Ijtema beginning on December 3.
 arrow Morshed hands over invitation to Pak PM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday handed a letter from Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to her Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz inviting him to attend the forthcoming 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka.
 arrow 'Establish women-friendly socio-legal system'
Women's rights activists yesterday called for establishing a women-friendly social and legal system to stop violence against them.
 arrow Ratify ICC Rome Statute to prosecute gravest crimes against humanity
The government must ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) without further delay to prosecute some gravest crimes against humanity under the international law, said human rights
 arrow Call to protect food security
A three-day Asia Pacific Convention on People's Food Sovereignty began in the city yesterday with a call to protect food security and establish the rights of the poor to food.
 arrow Cook arrested from BDR outpost
Police arrested a cook of Sultanganj outpost of paramilitary BDR in connection with Romiza rape and murder case in Godagri upazila yesterday.
 arrow PM gives special grants to families of two slain railway guards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday handed over special grants of Tk one lakh to each family of two railway guards killed while they were on duty.
 arrow 15 get life for killing one in Nilphamari
A Nilphamari court yesterday sentenced 15 people to life imprisonment for killing a person at Gabrol village in Jaldhaka in 1999.
 arrow Anwar gets one year's job extension
M Anwarul Haq, minister (press) at the Bangladesh High Commission in India, has been given another year's extension in his current diplomatic assignment in New Delhi, according to a notification of the
 arrow Int'l education exhibition begins
A three-day exhibition titled 'International Education Exhibition 2004' began at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow Blood donation camp today
A blood donation camp will be held at the Bank Asia Corporate office at Tejgaon in the city today to mark the fifth anniversary of Bank Asia.
The programme, beginning at 10.

 arrow Poet Tridib Dastidar passes away
Poet and freedom fighter Tridib Dastidar died of a cardiac arrest at his Green Road residence in the city early yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DU students still vulnerable to hepatitis
Poor health and hygiene standards at the DU dormitories are amply manifest in the finding that 34 out of 109 students -- who underwent pathological tests at the university's medical centre -- were infected
 arrow Editorial: Highly embarrassing mugging incidents
We are dumfounded by the fact that the Norwegian ambassador Aud Lise Norheim was mugged while taking an early morning stroll in the Banani area on Wednesday. Thank God, she was not physically hurt.
 arrow The art of the possible
With the current parliamentary term more than half-way over, the talk in the air is of reform. There is talk of caretaker government reform. Election reform. Political reform. Judicial reform.
 arrow Freedom of faith
Not a quiz, but quizzical nonetheless. The president of a liberal nation has been re-elected, because he was able to exploit the religious sentiments of his people. George Bush won by 3.
 arrow Post Arafat Palestine
Man wars not with the dead, it is a great saying, universally accepted. Yet we have had an exception to the rule recently subsequent to the sad demise of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Letters to Editorarrow Where is our Response?
Another fire and another disaster, yet there is no response from anybody to this hazard.
I wonder how this type of things happen in the very same place again and again.

 arrow Congratulations on the first Emmy
I congratulate the ATN Bangla team on winning this year's Emmy Awards for their documentary 'Amrao Pari'. This is indeed a great day for the budding film and documentary makers of our country.
 arrow Freedom of speech
‘Freedom of speech' is ascribed as one of the fundamental human rights. To reveal the truth, freedom of speech is a must. But at times the society becomes a barrier to freedom of expression.
 arrow Today's dream, tomorrow's reality
Once I had been chatting with one of my friends on the net. The topic was most interesting and vibrating -- outer space expedition. Unfortunately, he mentioned it as a 'fake dream ' of mankind.
 arrow Human chains
Different traits of human behaviour and vocabulary denote different meanings, messages, rhyme, rhythm, emphasis and significance.
 arrow Religious regimentation?
As a member of a Muslim Bengalee family with an Islamic background for more than seven centuries, I (now double retied from government service) feel uncomfortable to note that the current regime is allowing
 arrow Buses for women only
Women constitute half of the total population. But they are less privileged in almost all aspects of life.
 arrow Bangladesh and globalisation
During the Industrial Revolution many parts of the world had no factories but Bengal was fortunate to have some foreign, local and government investments.
 arrow Anti-graft commission
I read you editorial on the anti-graft commission with interest (DS November 23). The government must be congratulated for the decision to form the commission and for appointing the chairman and its members.
 arrow Time will speak
I congratulate the government for setting up the anti-corruption commission. But the question remains, will they be able to stay neutral? Already, we have seen how the government appointed the members.
 arrow Services at ZIA
I hail Mr. Ahmed Kamal (DS Nov.22) for speaking about the pathetic situation at the Zia International Airport (ZIA), Dhaka.
 arrow Letter from a mother
I am writing this letter in response to the letter of a daughter published on 22.11.04. Her mother wrote a letter with her left hand due to paralysis in her right hand.
Worldarrow Nepal sets peace talks deadline for Maoists
Nepal's premier said yesterday his government is determined to press ahead with parliamentary elections as he set a January deadline for Maoist rebels to come to the peace talks table.
 arrow Top separatist rules out autonomy as solution to Kashmir dispute
Indian Kashmir's hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani yesterday ruled out autonomy for the disputed Himalayan region.
 arrow Right atmosphere exists to pursue dialogue: Aziz
Returning home after his visit to India, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said right atmosphere exists between the two countries to pursue the peace process and Islamabad believes that the composite
 arrow Iranian nuke suspension not complete: ElBaradei
Iran's promised suspension of uranium enrichment is not yet complete as Iran still wants to use 20 centrifuges for research, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBardadei told reporters yesterday.
 arrow UK troops raid Iraqi rebel stronghold
Hundreds of British troops raided houses of suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists yesterday in the latest phase of a US-led operation to crack down on guerrilla strongholds in the lawless territory south
 arrow Ukraine faces civil war over election row
Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday called for a national strike that would halt transport and shut factories in protest at the declaration that his Moscow-backed rival had won election
 arrow Tiger supremo turns 50
Elusive Tamil Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who turns 50 today, is arguably the man who will decide whether Sri Lanka remains at peace or returns to war.
 arrow 'US funding rebels to spark unrest in Iran'
The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards yesterday accused the United States of financing rebel groups fighting the Islamic regime and seeking to spark ethnic unrest along its borders, the state
 arrow US losing 'war of ideas' among Muslims
The United States is losing the war of ideas in the Islamic world, failing to elucidate its policies to Muslims wary of American intentions and "self-serving hypocrisy," a Pentagon advisory panel hasfound.