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Front Pagearrow Nine bureaucrats face contempt proceedings
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked nine government officials why contempt proceedings should not be drawn against them for distorting the decisions of the court on separation of the judiciary.
 arrow Election to reserved seats for women to be indirect
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a bill for election to the 45 reserved seats for women in parliament on the basis of proportional representation of parties or alliances amid strong protest and a noisy
 arrow 3 of a family, another killed in Jurain fire
A blazing fire killed four people including three of a family at a shanty town in west Jurain in the capital on Sunday, burning down at least 150 makeshift houses and leaving more than 600 residents homeless.
 arrow HR workers against indemnity to law enforcers
Local and international rights activists yesterday called for nullifying the impunity provision from the constitution as they found it a fundamental obstacle to the promotion and implementation of human
 arrow 8 GIs killed in Iraq attacks
A suicide car bomber ploughed into policemen waiting to collect their salary at a police station west of Ramadi yesterday, killing 12 people in the latest insurgent attack on Iraq's beleaguered security
 arrow Drowning in debt
Villagers in Thana Kalsi say small loans that at first lessened their hardship after July-August twin floods in this northern region massively damaged crops and houses have now mired them in high-interest
 arrow All set to hold Ijtema
Preparations for holding the Biswa Ijtema at Tongi near the capital have been completed and devotees will start arriving at the Ijtema ground tomorrow.
 arrow BNP, allies happy with withdrawal order
Leaders of the BNP-led ruling alliance are happy with the withdrawal of the cancellation order of recruitment of class three and four employees for district administrations and other low-level government
 arrow Opposition holds rally at Tentulia
Leaders of 14 opposition parties led by the Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed their resolve to dislodge the BNP-led coalition government through a mass movement across the country.
 arrow Assets management firm may take over Rupali's bad loans
The consultant for privatising Rupali Bank has suggested transferring its non-performing loans to a separate assets management company for turning it into a healthy private bank.
 arrow 100m may die if flu pandemic occurs
Up to 100 million people could die within weeks if a bird flu pandemic broke out, a senior World Health Organisation official warned Monday as he urged nations to make urgent preparations to mitigateits
 arrow Russia offers supplier's credit for 420MW units
Russian Energy Minister Sergey A Oganesyan yesterday proposed to set up two more 210-megawatt power units at Siddhirganj under supplier's credit, a lending system the government discourages.
 arrow 5 die after taking spurious alcohol
Five people died and some 50 others have fallen sick after taking spurious alcohol in Daulatpur upazila until Saturday since November 12.
 arrow Tata opening Dhaka office
Indian industrial giant Tata Group yesterday told the government that it is opening an office in Dhaka 'very soon'.
 arrow AL leaders slate deaths in Rab 'crossfire'
Two senior Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday criticised the deaths in 'so-called crossfire' involving Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and demanded the home minister's statement on the matter in parliament.
 arrow Tk 24 lakh mobile sets missing from customs storage
Seized mobile phone sets worth about Tk 24 lakh went 'missing' from the guarded customs godown in the city's Shahjalal Upashahar area.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires N-capable missile
Pakistan test-fired a short-range nuclear capable missile early yesterday, its fifth missile test this year alongside peace talks with nuclear rival India.
 arrow Tigress found dead in Sundarbans
Some fishermen found the body of a Royal Bengal tigress Saturday afternoon from the Sundarbans adjacent to Koira Patrol Outpost under Baniakhali Station of the western wing of the Sundarbans Forest Division
 arrow BCL calls hartal in Ctg Dec 2 to protest custodial death of Mohim
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) , student wing of Awami League (AL), called a dawn-to-dusk hartal on December 2 in Chittagong in protest against the death of its leader Mohim in Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow Cobra nabs 3, foils robbery attempt in city
Elite detectives of Cobra foiled a robbery attempt at a Sutrapur house last night and caught three robbers with two firearms and a machete.
 arrow Nat'l swimming begins today without women participants
Women swimmers are not taking part in the Keya Cosmetics Eighth National Long-Distance Swimming Championship beginning today on the Dakatia river in Chandpur in the wake of militant's threat.
 arrow Suu Kyi's house arrest extended
Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had her period of house arrest extended by another year, her opposition party and officials said yesterday.
 arrow Partha's discharge petition hearing on Jan 5
Lawyers yesterday submitted a petition for discharging Saibal Saha Partha, arrested on suspicion of e-mailing the Prothom Alo with a threat to kill the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Army man killed in Bandarban
Indigenous criminals killed an army man at Ruma upazila under Bandarban early Saturday.
 arrow HC rejects quashment petitions of Iqbal, 4 others
The High Court (HC) yesterday dismissed the quashment petitions filed by former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal and four other accused in the sensational Malibagh murder case.
 arrow CU meet today to find new chief of special committee
An emergency meeting of Chittagong University (CU) syndicate today takes place to appoint a new chief of the special committee formed earlier to work out a way of cancelling doctored certificates.
 arrow 4 girl students abducted in Satkhira
Traffickers abducted four girl students of a madrasa in Sharap Pur village in Assassuni upazila Sunday.
 arrow Grenade seized on outlaw's statement
Joint forces seized a powerful hand grenade from Choighoria village under Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district Sunday night.
Businessarrow Dhaka goes slow on meeting MDG target
Bangladesh is going on at a snail's pace to meet the target of millennium development goal (MDG) set by the United Nations (UN) to halve poverty by 2015.
 arrow Extreme piracy threatens local music industry
The piracy rate in Bangladesh for sound recordings is close to 100 percent mainly due to lack of enforcement of Copyright Act and it should be placed on the watch list, recommended a global intellectual
 arrow Siemens plans to grab highest 3G mobile market in Asia
With the Asian countries opting for cost-effective mobile technology, Siemens Communications Group has set an ambitious target of grabbing highest market share in W-CDMA infrastructure in the fast-growing
 arrow Improve efficiency to face post-MFA
Business leaders at a seminar yesterday warned the readymade garment exporters to be ready for facing a serious competition, urging them to improve efficiency and increase productivity.
 arrow Five-day software exposition ends
Curtain fell on the annual software exposition styled Softexpo 2004 yesterday, which witnessed a huge turnout of visitors.
 arrow Mandatory food test key non-tariff barrier imposed by India
Mandatory testing requirements of all food products continue to remain the key non-tariff barrier imposed by India on exports from Bangladesh.
 arrow China starts FTA talks with number of states
China has embarked on free trade arrangement negotiations with a number of countries to help create diverse and sustained markets for its manufacturing products.
 arrow Textile, ceramic, jute attract visiting French trade team
A French business delegation, which arrived here Sunday to explore trade and investment opportunities, showed keen interest to invest in Bangladesh's textile, ceramic, jute and small industries.
 arrow Privatisation of 4 NCBs not in one go: BB governor
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday brushed aside any possibility of privatising all the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) in one go as part of the on going financial sector reform
 arrow TSS signs deal with Siemens to assemble cellphone sets
A deal for assembling mobile phone sets at Telephone Shilpa Sangstha was signed here yesterday between the TSS and multinational cellphone company Siemens Bangladesh.
 arrow China, Asean sign trade pacts
China and 10 Southeast Asian countries signed historic trade pacts Monday to pave the way for the world's biggest free-trade zone by 2010, covering two billion people.
 arrow Heavy Chemicals gets Tk 300m loan from HSBC
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh will extend a 5-year term loan facility of Tk 300 million to Global Heavy Chemicals Limited (GHCL), manufacturer of caustic soda,
 arrow Eastern Bank launches auto loan
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has launched its auto loan scheme recently.
Sportsarrow Hockey: 4-star Jimmy sinks Wari
Russell Mahmud Jimmy fired four goals including a hattrick as defending champions Abahani brushed aside Wari Club 7-0 for their second successive victory in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Grass not on the menu
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has quashed rumours that the pitches for next month's home series against India will be green-top ones.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer hopes to spring a surprise
A youthful Pakistan cricket squad arrived in Perth Monday night bristling with confidence at the daunting task which confronts them in the upcoming Test series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag's aggression
Opener Virender Sehwag cracked a rapid unbeaten 82 as India rushed to 129 for one in reply to South Africa's first innings 305 on the day two of the second and final Test on Monday.
 arrow Weather may deny Aussies
New Zealand kept an eye on the weather to save them as they frustrated Australia's efforts to wrap up another fast-tracked victory in the second cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Challenge drives Oram
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram said Monday playing in the lopsided series against Australia "leaves for dead" thrashing Bangladesh twice in Tests last month.
 arrow Cricket: Khalil aims to do a Pathan
Pakistan's uncapped pacer Mohammad Khalil hopes for a surprise maiden tour of Australia to equal that of Indian rising star Irfan Pathan who emerged as his country's key bowler last year.
 arrow Tennis: Russia clinch Fed Cup
Russia won the Fed Cup for the first time here on Sunday dethroning holders France 3-2 after Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva beat Emilie Loit and Marion Bartoli 7-6, 7-5.
 arrow Tennis: Set to tear 'em apart
A bitter feud between Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and French Open winner Anastasia Myskina is threatening to sabotage Russia's defence of their Fed Cup crown in 2005 at a time when the country's
 arrow Football: Five-star Real
Real Madrid gave a stunning exhibition of finishing power to crush Levante 5-0 at the Bernabeu in the Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mellor makes Liverpool's day
A superb stoppage time winner by striker Neil Mellor gave Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 victory over struggling Premier League champions Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The future is artificial
Pele says he could have improved his career tally of 1,282 goals if only he had played on artificial grass.
 arrow Football: Adriano ensures draw No. 11
Inter Milan fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with leaders Juventus in the 'Derby d'Italia' at the San Siro stadium with Brazilian Adriano grabbing an 85th minute equaliser.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg Div Stadium gets ICC nod
The Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) plans to host two one-day internationals between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in January at Bogra will have to put back after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave
 arrow Chess: Biman share second place
Defending champions Bangladesh Biman dropped a point when they posted a 3-1 victory over Narayan-ganj City Chess Club in the fifth round of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ACSU to probe Nairobi meet
The two International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officials expected in Kenya on Tuesday to interview senior players will base their investigations on a four-nationLG
 arrow Cricket: Channel-i Pepsi Media cricket champs
Channel-i won the Third Pepsi Media Cup Cricket Tournament defeating Janakantha by seven runs in a thrilling final at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 3 in FIFA world player list
Arsenal's Thierry Henry, Barcelona's Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko of AC Milan make up the three-man shortlist for the 2004 world player of the year award.
 arrow Chess: Parag defeats S African IM
Mehdi Hasan Parag increased his tally in the 43rd World Junior Chess Championship when he beat South African International Master Manyedi M Johannes in the twelfth round at Kochi, India yesterday.
 arrow Badmintorn: Div I badminton
Tejkunipara Krira Sangha defeated Mohammedan Sporting Club 4-1 in the women's team event of the Basundhara First Division Bad-minton League at the NSC woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: National long-distance swimming
The Keya Cosmetics Eighth national long-distance swimming championship will be held on the Dakatia River here today.
 arrow Cricket: Div III cricket qualifiers
Nilachal handed a massive 118-run defeat on Azam Wakar Cricket Clinic in the Third Division qualifying cricket at the Residential Model School ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Spitting' Diouf sorry
Bolton's Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf on Sunday issued a public apology after spitting in the face of Portsmouth's Arjan de Zeeuw during Saturday's English Premiership 1-0 defeat.
 arrow Mourinho was threatened with death
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his Champions League triumph with Porto last season was overshadowed by a death threat on the eve of the final and "weeks of terror" afterwards.
 arrow Cricket: Upul cleared to tour NZ
Sri Lanka leg-spinner Upul Chan-dana has been given the all-clear to tour New Zealand after medical tests in Singapore.
 arrow Mahesh Todd's new partner
Australian Todd Woodbridge said Monday his new doubles partner Indian Mahesh Bhupathi was capable of helping him win his 10th Wimbledon doubles tennis crown next year.
Metropolitanarrow Save people from noise pollution
Human rights activists yesterday demanded immediate passage of Noise Pollution Control Act to save the people, including women and children, from the harmful effect of noise pollution.
 arrow Case against BMA leaders dismissed
The case filed against president, secretary general and 41 other office-bearers of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) for embezzlement of Tk 6.20 crore from the public fund was dismissed yesterday.
 arrow BAPS to launch awareness campaign on Aids
Bangladesh Aids Prevention Society (BAPS), a non-government organisation, will launch a campaign to create awareness among the people about Aids.
 arrow Mostafa Kamal made Law Commission chairman
The government yesterday appointed former chief justice Mostafa Kamal chairman of the Law Commission for three years from the date of his joining, said an official handout .
 arrow BSB Education Fair begins tomorrow
A three-day international education fair organised by BSB Global Network, will begin at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the city tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Shal forests shrink to 40,590 hectares from 1,20,000
Shal forests in Mymensingh and Tangail districts are disappearing fast because of plunder by thieves and deforestation for pineapple and banana cultivation.
 arrow Set up industries to remove monga in northern dists
Rangpur: Speakers at an open discussion at Kurigram stressed the need for setting up of agro-based and other small scale industries in greater Rangpur region to eradicate monga (lack of work in
 arrow Start work on 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge
One hundred fifty three journalists working in different local and national dailies including electronic media on Saturday demanded of the government to start work on the third bridge over the Karnaphuli
 arrow Ducks draw many to business
Duck farming is gaining popularity in all eight upazilas of Brahman-baria district.
Besides the poor, a large number of rich families are now involved in the profitable business.

 arrow Pneumonia: 4 killed, 500 attacked in 3 days in Sarishabari
Pneumonia has turned alarming in different areas of Sharishabari upazila in Jamalpur district.
Four children died from the disease and 500 were attacked in last three days, according to sources at Sharishabari

 arrow 18 police camps set up in Patuakhali shoal areas
Eighteen temporary police camps were set up in different shoal areas to protect farmers' crops from the clutch of musclemen of influential persons in the ongoing paddy harvest season.
 arrow Man drowns, 10 hurt as boat capsizes in Titas
An elderly person drowned and 10 others were injured when a boat capsized in the Titas on Saturday.

The dead is Abdul Latif, 70.

Point-Counterpointarrow Drug use and HIV vulnerability
INJECTING drug use is one of the major routes of spread for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and in many places HIV/AIDS epidemic along with other two inevitable consequences of injecting drug use like
 arrow Dirty deeds of Bush minorities
THE Bush administration is making history in hiring minorities to perform high-profile jobs.
Culturearrow Bringing Bach, Mozart and Haydn to life
The secret of good musical programme-planning is to offer something for every taste, to ensure that the chosen repertoire brings out the best from performer and instrument alike, and to see that the overall
 arrow Theatre activists need recognition
Soon after Independence, full-fledged theatre practice started in Bangladesh. However, the approach is still amateur.
 arrow Jolbalika: A denunciation of gender inequality
Masum Reza's play Jolbalika depicts the story of the village dwellers whose lives are interwoven with the river. The playwright also lashes out against the ills of rural society such as genderinequality.
 arrow Marking a festive day
To celebrate the Constitution Day of the Russian Federation a photography exhibition is being held at the Russian Cultural Centre.
 arrow It's a Girl, and a Boy, for Julia Roberts
It's a girl and a boy for actress Julia Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder.
Generalarrow Bapa protests encroachment on Ijtema ground, Turag
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday organised a rally at Tongi protesting the encroachment on Bishwa Ijtema ground and the river Turag.
 arrow PM warns against misuse of resources in edn sector
Listing some major schemes undertaken for expansion of primary schooling, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday cautioned all concerned against waste, misuse and any other irregularity in spending thehard-earned
 arrow Int'l film festival begins tomorrow
A fortnight-long international film festival will begin in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Accreditation board to be formed
An accreditation board is being formed to certify quality of products and services in order to upgrade their standards.
 arrow Political empowerment a must to ensure women's rights
Without political empowerment, it is quite impossible to ensure the rights of women in the society, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Arafat
Speakers at a meeting yesterday paid tributes to the memory of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his outstanding leadership.
 arrow French trade team to visit port city today
A 14-member French trade delegation is expected to arrive here today on a day-long visit to see for themselves business the existing infrastructural facilities and business opportunities in the port city.
Internationalarrow Top court weighs Ukraine polls
Ukraine's top court convened yesterday to weigh claims of irregularities in the country's bitterly-disputed presidential elections amid threats of separatism, mass protests and warnings from Nato andthe
 arrow Benazir to end exile, lead party to polls victory
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto will end her exile and lead her party to victory in the next election, her husband Asif Ali Zardari said following his release from jail.
 arrow Malaysia to press on with crackdown on migrants
Malaysia will press ahead with a controversial plan to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants in January despite a warning by an international rights group that it could lead to widespread
 arrow Iran okays full freeze of uranium enrichment
Iran agreed not to test any centrifuges as part of a total suspension of nuclear activities that can yield weapons-grade uranium, clearing the way for the UN nuclear agency to bring an end to a dispute
 arrow Iraqi election creates unusual alliances
Doubts about holding Iraqi national elections on Jan. 30 produced an alliance few believed possible Sunni Arabs and Sunni Kurds united in calling for a delay.
 arrow Wangchuck could be the last king of Bhutan with absolute power
Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has handed over a draft constitution to the nation's parliament that could make him the last Himalayan monarch to hold absolute power, official media reported yesterday.
 arrow Embattled Sharon faces 3 no confidence motions
The Israeli government was facing three no-confidence motions in parliament yesterday as the opposition ratcheted up the pressure on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's minority administration.
 arrow White House nixed early hearing on Rice nomination
At the urging of the White House, a key Senate panel put off consideration of the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on
 arrow Nichols admits playing role in Oklahoma blast
Convicted conspirator Terry Nichols admitted to prosecutors he played a key role in gathering and assembling the components of the bomb that destroyed an Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168, the
 arrow Curfew in Lankan town after grenade attack on bus
The Sri Lankan government ordered a curfew yesterday in the eastern port city of Trincomalee after one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bus that defied a strike call by rebel sympathisers, police
 arrow New theory blames ducks for bird flu spread: WHO
Domesticated ducks may be the main transmitters of the H5N1 bird flu virus that killed 32 people in two major outbreaks in Asia earlier this year, a senior World Health Organisation official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Recruitment controversy
The government has decided to withdraw its earlier cancellation order which halted a controversy-ridden recruitment process relating to several thousand class three and four employees under differentdistrict
 arrow Editorial: Students going on rampage
The clash between a group of students and transport workers in the streets of Barisal town that left at least 50 injured and more than 40 vehicles damaged, was totally reprehensible.
 arrow Gossip over gas
Few of my friends feel that, at household level at least, gas is for the rich but not for the poor. I reckon, there is a sound economic reasoning behind the hypothesis.
 arrow Revisiting Mughal-e-Azam
Now that George Bush can confess to getting "teared up" and win an election, I can make my own confession.
Letters to Editorarrow Transparency in recruitment
We often see in the advertisements for vacancies in the international organisations that canvassing is a disqualification and is discouraged.
 arrow Interest rate on HBFC loan
A few months have passed since the banks and some other financial institutions have reduced the rates of interest both on deposits and borrowings.
 arrow A tribute to the late UAE President
It was shocking to learn that the President of UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahiyan was no more.
 arrow Outsourcing business
It is nice to notice that the private sector of Bangladesh has woken up to the ways of earning foreign exchange grabbing outsourcing business in the advertising sector (advt in DS).
 arrow The hostage problem
If reports filed in various renowned dailies by their correspondents are true, a general hostage problem prevails in many parts of Bangladesh.