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Front Pagearrow Saarc economic union may take shape at Dhaka summit
The seven South Asian nations are likely to come up with more concrete steps for a Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) economic union during the 13th Saarc Summit set to take place
 arrow 5 Chuadanga outlaws die in gunfights with police
Five operatives of two outlawed political outfits were killed and at least 10 others wounded in two police operations yesterday in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district.
 arrow Protests mount as Delhi set to build Tipaimukh dam
Amidst mounting protests both at home and in lower-riparian Bangladesh, India is going ahead with the plan to construct its largest and most controversial 1500 mw hydro-electric dam project on the river
 arrow Long arm of land grabbers
More than 1,200 Hindus, including children, in a remote village in Dhamrai are living in fear following a recent attack by a powerful local group wanting to grab a small piece of their ancestral land.
 arrow Ploy to deprive many affected traders of compensation
Many affected traders of burnt down New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market who rented shops at the market temporarily ahead of the winter season for a booming business may not get compensation due to non-cooperation
 arrow Air raids planned to curb piracy around Ctg port
A plan is underway to launch air raids to combat piracy at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port and adjoining coastal belts, port sources said.
 arrow BNP leaders join David's janaza
Top criminal and Jubo Dal leader Mominullah David was buried yesterday in Narayanganj amid strong police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) watch.
 arrow Fatah confirms Abbas as candidate to succeed Arafat
The Fatah Revolutionary Council Thursday approved the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's moderate number two Mahmud Abbas as the mainstream movement's candidate to succeed him in January polls, an
 arrow Poor relief in flood-hit Dhunat
This year's twin floods and collapse of a Brahmaputra river embankment beside Jamuna in the Dhunat upazila of Bogra dumped up to four feet of sand on crop fields, leaving some 50,000 bigha of land uncultivable.
 arrow 17 killed in powerful quakes in Indonesia
At least 17 people were killed, over 130 injured and more than 300 homes destroyed yesterday when an earthquake hit a town in Indonesia's Papua province for the second time in nine months, officials said.
 arrow Project for 3 observatories finally gets green signal
The government has decided to resume implementation of a seismic observatory in Sylhet after a setback of three years.
 arrow 'Resist move for immunity to WB'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for a robust movement against the government move to give immunity to the World Bank (WB).
 arrow DU wakes up to prevent spread of jaundice
The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday at an emergency meeting decided to take special move to prevent the outbreak of jaundice and other viral diseases on the campus.
 arrow 2 foreigners die from alcohol poisoning
A Ukrainian and a Russian engineer died apparently from alcohol poisoning yesterday at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj district.
 arrow Smoke makes it worse...

 arrow F-28 develops fault on air
A Biman F-28 plane yesterday developed technical problems in the air twice but landed safely at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow JS session resumes tomorrow
After a long Eid holiday, the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will resume its session tomorrow to deal with some important legislative businesses, including a bill relating to women's reserved seats.
 arrow Another listed Narayanganj criminal killed in 'crossfire'
Another criminal of Narayanganj was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Rupganj last night.
 arrow AL organising mass contact campaign in districts
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday instructed its front organisations to start a mass contact campaign in all the districts and upazilas that the December 11 human wall will cut across.
 arrow Road accident at Badda kills father, son
A man and his five-year-old son and another 12-year-old boy were killed in road accidents at Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai men beat up jatra organiser
Cadres of militant outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) seriously injured an organiser of jatra (traditional theatre) and set fire to the under construction podium in Bagmara upazila on Thursday
 arrow Top Khulna outlaw held
Police arrested top criminal Ripon and his three accomplices on Dhaka road in Jessore town early yesterday.
 arrow Harry hurries home after kidnap scare
Prince Harry, the younger son of Britain's Prince Charles, returned home yesterday from a private stay in Argentina amid reports that he had cut his stay short after shots were fired not far from hislodgings.
 arrow 15 children rescued from Dublarchar
Coastguards rescued 15 children from Dublarchar adjacent to the Sundarbans and the Bay of Bengal on Thursday night.
 arrow Ulfa claims blowing up oil well
A powerful Indian separatist rebel group claimed responsibility Friday for blowing up an oil well and injuring at least five soldiers in the restive northeast.
 arrow Ukraine opposition blocks PM from entering office
Ukraine's pro-Russia Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich could not enter his offices yesterday as thousands of cheering opposition supporters revved up pressure on the state over a disputed election by blocking
 arrow 15 more bodies found in Mosul
Fifteen more bodies were found in and around Mosul in the past 24 hours, said the US and Iraqi officials Friday, bringing to at least 40 the number of corpses discovered in the northern city in the past
Businessarrow No new CIP in last 3 years
Declaration of commercially important person (CIP) status by the government remains suspended for three consecutive years, causing frustration among exporters, traders and entrepreneurs.
 arrow Private management bails BR out of loss in N region
The government's initiative to run railway services in the northern districts under private management has helped Bangladesh Railway (BR) to come out of loss in the region's operations but service deteriorates
 arrow Customised software dominate Softexpo
Amid huge demand for customised software local software developers have come up with a wide array of innovative software at their annual exposition styled Softexpo 2004 that has generated much interest
 arrow Asian govts fret as currencies near pre-crisis level
The conventional wisdom is Asian central banks are holding back currency strength to protect their exporters.
 arrow WTO okays sanction against US
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) gave final approval on Friday to the European Union, Japan and others to hit the United States with some $150 million in trade sanctions in a dispute over an illegal
 arrow China, India, Pakistan stall talks on textiles review at WTO: Diplomats
Major textile exporters China, Pakistan and India on Thursday stalled talks at the World Trade Organisation on assistance for smaller textile-producing developing countries likely to be affected by the
 arrow Dollar falls to record low versus euro
The dollar fell to a record low against the euro on Friday and a four-year low versus the yen as traders seized on a report that China has pared down its US Treasury bond holdings.
 arrow 17 SoEs handed over in last three years
With the handing over of 17 state owned enterprises (SoEs) to the new management under the private sector during the present government, a total of 57 SoEs had been privatised successfully since the inception
 arrow Oil rises in London; New York remains closed
Oil prices rose in London yesterday as traders gauged the impact on key markets of a possible dearth of US heating oil stockpiles during the northern winter.
 arrow WTO backs ROK in trade dispute with EU
An interim World Trade Organi-sation (WTO) report has rejected European Union allegations that South Korea had been subsidising its shipbuilders, a South Korean government source said yesterday.
 arrow Gold at new 16-year high of $455
The spot price of gold marched above 455 dollars on Friday, setting fresh 16-year high points as the US currency tumbled to a fresh record low against the euro.
Gold's spot price jumped by 3.

 arrow Square Toiletries launches new mosquito repellent spray
Square Toiletries Limited, a leading manufacturer of consumer products, has launched its new mosquito repellent 'Xpel Aerosol Spray' on Thursday in Dhaka.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
November 20 -- November 25, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable in the beginning of the week.

Sportsarrow Hockey: Shamim returns with a bang
Shamim Reza celebrated his 'premiership' return after two seasons with a brace in Abahani Krira Chakra's 3-1 win over Azad Sporting Club in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League opener yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ESPN-STAR on collision course with BCB
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has become involved in a bitter dispute with ESPN-STAR Sports over title sponsorship of next month's home series against India.
 arrow Cricket: ICC withdraws ban on Ganguly
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lifted a two-match ban on Sourav Ganguly, allowing the Indian captain to play in the second Test against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies in command
Justin Langer led an Australian roasting of New Zealand's bowling with his 20th Test century, as opening partner Matthew Hayden reignited the 'walk' debate in the second cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval
 arrow Cricket: England land in Zim
England's cricket team touched down in Harare on Friday, two days later than planned due to a row over accreditation for the majority of British media covering the Zimbabwe tour.
 arrow Cricket: India under pressure
India go into the second and final Test against South Africa at the Eden Gardens here from Sunday with the pressure to win the series very much on the home side.
 arrow Langer does the talking
Justin Langer frequently likes to remind his close friend and Australian Test opening batting partner Matthew Hayden that he is the aggressor while Hayden is the blocker.
 arrow Football: Barca frighteningly good
Getafe goalkeeper Sanchez Broto called in sick on the morning of last week's match against Albacete and few would blame him if he phones in again on Saturday with Barcelona the opponents later in theday.
 arrow Football: Fergie sniffs a chance
Sir Alex Ferguson is a past master at sensing when his Premiership title rivals might be vulnerable to the pyschological equivalent of a little off-the-ball dig with the elbow.
 arrow Cricket: Daily Star crash out
The dream ended before it actually began for The Daily Star's ensemble six-member team.
 arrow Cricket: Mark Benson coming again
English umpire Mark Benson will again be in Dhaka to conduct the India-Bangladesh Test and one-day series next month.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan to tour Nepal
Mohammedan Sporting Club will tour Nepal next month to participate in an invitational football tournament which starts from December 13 at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.
 arrow Chess: Leonine take the lead
Leonine Chess Club continued their impressive run in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League when they won their second round boards against Titas Club at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Third defeat for kabaddi team
The Bangladesh kabaddi team lost their third game against India in a row when the home side inflicted a 46-33 points defeat on the visitors in the six-match Test series at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi
 arrow Cricket: Windies rebels await meeting
The prime ministers of Grenada and Barbados will mediate in a meeting between the representatives of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players association, to help to find a resolution with
 arrow Cricket: Div III qualifying cricket
Four matches of the Third Division qualifying were held at different venues of the city yesterday.
 arrow Football: Magpies through
Newcastle United booked their place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup on Thursday but the lastest round of group matches was overshadowed by another depressing outbreak of racism on European terraces.
 arrow Football: It's now or never for Inter
Anything but a victory at home to league leaders Juventus on Sunday will virtually extinguish Inter Milan's already slim title hopes.
Metropolitanarrow Jute mill workers threaten movement
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for immediate payment of group insurance money of deceased workers of now defunct Adamjee Jute Mills.
 arrow AL leader stabbed in Khulna
An Awami League leader was severely injured in an attack by unknown miscreants at Arambagh in Khulna city on Thursday night.
 arrow Shaheed Dr Milon Day today
Today is the Shaheed Dr Milon Day.
Nationalarrow Repression on women, children: 1,366 cases gathering dust
Justice seekers are denied of justice due to alleged negligence of duties and unwillingness of a section of government officials to carry out their responsibilities.
 arrow Enlightening rural youngsters at remote Dinajpur upazila
A freedom fighter established a school at a remote upazila in Dinajpur district with a vision to make rural youngsters worthy citizens.
 arrow AL men's houses ransacked by BNP activists in Kushtia
At least 50 houses of Awami League (AL) leaders and activists and some villagers were allegedly ransacked by activists of BNP and front organisations on Wedneasday.
 arrow Kamanna Day passes off silently
Memorable Kamanna Day passed off silently yesterday.
 arrow Jamalpur AL council ends in fiasco
The triennial council of district Awami League (AL) ended amid chaos on Thursday.
Party sources said the council failed to elect the district committee of the party because of severe infighting.

 arrow Brisk business of illegal drug traders on
The government is being deprived of huge revenue due to illegal business of medicine here.
 arrow Four brothers get life for murder
NETRAKONA: Four brothers were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court, Sherpur on Wednesday for killing one person.
Point-Counterpointarrow Jaundice outbreak at DU
There is a myth in our country that only the uneducated and poor people in our country lack simple hygiene knowledge which is the cause of 80 per cent of their total disease incidence -- with diarrhea,
Culturearrow Music of the maestro
He is renowned as a specialist specifically of Rabindra Sangeet. He has taken teaching Rabindra Sangeet to young learners as a commitment to his life.
 arrow Theatre's weeklong festival begins today
A weeklong drama festival titled Diversity in Design starts today at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Revelling in portraits
In his latest solo exhibit at Shilpangan, Ranjit Das has brought in portraits with a different angle. He has stressed on simplicity and frequently left a lot to the imagination.
 arrow Mukti premieres on the inaugural show
Theatre's weeklong drama festival begins with the group's latest production Mukti, a translation of contemporary American playwright Lee Blessings' play Independence by Mizarul Kayes.
 arrow Saadi's solo recital at Alliance Franšaise
Alliance Franšaise de Dhaka orgnised an enchanting solo musical recital by celebrated Rabindra Sangeet singer Saadi Muhammad Thursday last.
Generalarrow Nightmares in dreamland
Humayun Kabir, in his 30s, drives taxi in downtown Los Angeles and earns over $ 2,500 a month. But he is not a happy man.
 arrow Guest birds back to their JU winter home
Thousands of guest birds have landed in their traditional sanctuary, the safe lakes of Jahangirnagar University, free from gunshots and tricky hunters.
 arrow Abdul Matin hospitalised
Language movement veteran Abdul Matin was hospitalised on Thursday immediately after he fell sick while addressing a function at Osmani Memorial Hall auditorium.
 arrow Release of BCL leaders demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) held a rally on the Narsingdi Judge Court premises on Thursday to protest the mass arrest of its leaders.
 arrow Dr Atiur new president of Monajatuddin Smriti Sangsad
Dr Atiur Rahman, a noted economist, columnist and editor of the quarterly 'Pari-beshpatra', took over as the president of Journalist Monajatuddin Smriti Sangsad.
 arrow Birth anniversary of RP Saha celebrated
The 108th birth anniversary of Ranada Prasad Saha, a great philanthropist, was observed with festivity at Kumudini Complex in Tangail yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'Myanmar to uphold democracy road map'
Myanmar vowed yesterday to keep to its promised "road map" to democracy as Southeast Asian officials here cautiously welcomed the military regime's planned release of thousands of prisoners as a signof
 arrow Musharraf to seek Palestine, Kashmir solutions on tour
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he would press for progress in key conflicts affecting Muslims as he left yesterday for talks with Western leaders as well as his first visit to Latin America.
 arrow Iran fully committed to nuke freeze
Iran will honor its pledge to the EU to freeze its uranium enrichment program, which could be used to make nuclear weapons, Tehran's chief delegate to the United Nations nuclear watchdog said yesterday.
 arrow US-led forces retake lawless Latifiya
US forces and Iraqi national guardsmen yesterday reclaimed control of the lawless enclave of Latifiyah, south of Baghdad, an AFP correspondent there said.
 arrow Curfew clamped on Lankan town
A curfew was slapped on north-eastern Sri Lanka yesterday as pro-government activists clashed with Tiger rebels commemorating 17,800 comrades killed fighting government forces, police said.
 arrow UN panel urges Britain to publish findings of Iraq torture probes
The UN's anti-torture panel has urged Britain to publish the findings of investigations into alleged cases of torture by British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report obtained by AFP Thursday.
 arrow Mystic crocodiles draw thousands of devotees
Crocodiles with huge teeth-filled mouths lie in the sand and slap their snouts on the edge of sulfur springs, greeting worshippers who journey to the Mango Pir shrine on the outskirts of Pakistan's volatile
 arrow Ban on night viewing of Taj goes
Next time, you visit Agra, you will be treated to the splendour of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love of a Mughal emperor for his wife, in a moonlit night.
 arrow Man breaks into school dormitory, knifes 8 to death in China
A man with a knife broke into a high school dormitory and killed eight students in the deadliest of a series of knife attacks at Chinese schools in recent months, the government said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Common Saarc stand at WTO
It is with considerable enthusiasm that we greet the news that the seven Saarc countries have agreed to take a common stand and pursue a common strategy with respect to WTO negotiations.
 arrow Editorial: Market fire fallout
The traders affected by Sunday's fire at the New Bangabazar Hawkers' Market are passing their days amid great uncertainty. For them, the situation has been further aggravated by two ominous developments.
 arrow Reducing the cycle of debt
The Group of Seven leading industrialised countries had a lot on their plates in the beginning of October.
 arrow Noh drama in Kashmir
A cosmetic decision should not be confused with a false move.
Letters to Editorarrow Why not the godfathers?
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is chasing the most notorious criminals.
 arrow Immunity of international monetary agencies
If these agencies work for the benefit of the recipient people then why are they afraid of being accountable? Are the people concerned so foolish that they don't understand their well-being? So theymay
 arrow Whose transparency are we talking about?
The recent news on immunity to WB has drawn my attention. It was published in The Daily Star on 01 November'04 under the title, 'Bill placed in House to give immunity to WB.
 arrow DU epidemic
We, the resident students of Dhaka University, are walking a tight rope at present. Jaundice has upset not only us but also our guardians.
 arrow Whither rural telephone?
India is going ahead planning for extensive coverage of telephones in the rural areas, using broadband over wi-Max, cordet, and power lines (DS Oct 29).
Literaturearrow The Scooter
The start of the journey was, naturally, very enjoyable. They were filled with expectations about the extremely beautiful part of the world they were going to.
 arrow The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
Ravi Dayal/Harper Collins; 2004; 403 pp.; 350 Rupees, $31.95.
The Ganges flows from the Himalayas through India and Bangladesh before falling into the Bay of Bengal.

 arrow Blind Country Blind Times
Gimmicky, stuffed with slyness
A couple of clever lines
Thus the young whet their prose---
As if love were the non-stop coitus of sparrows.

 arrow Not Playing
Must be a male thing
This search for a universal idiom
Like the rolling of the universe
Into a ball kind
Well, if it's a ball game
I'm not playing
Accidental sharing
I don't muchmind

 arrow Cartoon