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Front Pagearrow Adamjee lands for setting up EPZ
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday decided in principle to set up an export processing zone (EPZ) on the lands of Adamjee Jute Mills in Narayanganj.
 arrow Another arms haul in Naikkhongchhari
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition including AK47 rifles and light machine-guns at Naikkhongchhari upazila in Bandarban district on Tuesday night into a week of another
 arrow Fast forward to the past
The exhibition is rare in every sense of the word, for it showcases the entire political, cultural and linguistic history of Bengal and some other parts of the world.
 arrow Contract tampering to cost govt $37m
The telecommunications ministry has recently detected that the $76 million contracts for 250,000-line cellphone project of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) have been tampered with, which
 arrow Pvt offer held back for high level talks
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday shelved a private proposal to set up a gas pipeline stretching from Myanmar via Tripura of India through Bangladesh, saying the proposal requires a'high-level
 arrow UNHCR top brass flies in today
UNHCR Asia-Pacific Director Janet Lim is expected to fly in Dhaka today to decide about the two Rohingya refugee camps after a series of incidents against the UN staff there in October led to a government
 arrow Talks on with India to stop desertification
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said discussions were continuing at the expert level between Bangladesh and India to protect the country from desertification as an adverse impact of reported construction
 arrow 6 satellite wings soon to monitor air quality
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has planned to set up six more satellite monitoring stations in Dhaka and Narayanganj in a couple of months to monitor air quality.
 arrow WB objection ignored in tender box opening rule
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday okayed a revised public procurement guideline with seven amendments amid serious objections from the World Bank (WB) to two of those.
 arrow AL raises DU jaundice issue that minister terms trivial
The mostly lacklustre House yesterday perked up for a while when a cabinet member carped the main opposition for tabling trifling issues like the jaundice epidemic in Dhaka University (DU) failing what
 arrow Shantu slams govt for foot-dragging
The government does not have any intention to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord and it is rather 'supporting anti-indigenous forces' in the hill region, Chairman of the CHT Regional
 arrow Blueprint unveiled for sweeping UN reform
The United Nations on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping proposal to overhaul the organisation, including the Security Council, in what would be the most comprehensive UN reform since its founding in 1945.
 arrow Big rise in drug pushers prompts Aids fears
More than 5,000 people including sex workers rallied yesterday to mark World Aids Day in Bangladesh where figures showed the number of infected drug users had more than tripled in six years.
 arrow Freedom fighters for ban on fatwa
Freedom fighters (FFs) at a rally in the capital yesterday demanded observance of 'Muktijoddha Dibas' (freedom fighters' day) at state level on December 1 every year in recognition of the FF's contribution
 arrow 50 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash at IU
Some 50 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were hurt in a clash at Islamic University (IU) yesterday.
 arrow SC lawyers decry extra-judicial killings
The pro-opposition lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday lambasted what they said were extra-judicial killings in Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) 'crossfire' in recent times.
 arrow RU controversial appointee held with firearms
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a controversially appointed employee of Rajshahi University with two firearms including a US 9mm pistol.
 arrow Rab nab UP Chairman, outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a Union Parishad chairman, Awami League leader and police listed criminal in Rampal upazila in Bagerhat.
 arrow Money exchangers say they had valid documents
Owners of money exchange firms in Purana Paltan in the capital yesterday said Tuesday's Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) operation at their 'authorised firms' has damaged their reputation and caused hugelosses
 arrow Hartal in Ctg reduced to 8hrs today
Chittagong city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of mainstream opposition Awami League (AL) reduced today's previously announced twelve-hour hartal in the port city to eight hours.
 arrow Kamal demands end to killing in 'crossfire'
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain demanded stoppage of killing people in so called crossfire by forces in uniform including Rab, Kobra and Cheetah, a party press release said.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Director General (DG) of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) Abdul Matin has contradicted part of a report headlined 'Govt interference led to Bac failure'
 arrow Ukraine parliament brings down govt
Ukraine's parliament has voted to sack the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich boosting opposition efforts to end a political crisis triggered by his contested election last month as president.
 arrow Hamas to boycott polls
A Hamas leader announced yesterday that the militant group will boycott upcoming Palestinian presidential elections, the first sign of open tensions between the interim Palestinian leadership and theIslamic
Businessarrow Lever Brothers outshines all Asian units in '03
Lever Brothers Bangladesh positioned itself as the highest growth performer among Asian subsidiaries in 2003 with 17 percent growth, prompting top executives of the parent company to term it a 'jewelin
 arrow Bonds can offset budget deficit
A robust bond market can help Bangladesh overcome its budget deficit and reduce dependency on development partners, said World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich.
 arrow Quota allocation delay may cost country $2m
Bangladesh may be deprived of $2 million export earnings due to delay in allocation of quota to exporters, terry towel exporters feared.
 arrow Cabinet body okays crude, furnace oil import
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved import of 13 lakh tonnes of crude oil and 40,000 tonnes of furnace oil in December.
 arrow RMG raw-material delivery time reduced to a day
With less than a month to the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) era, the Chittagong Customs House has agreed to a Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) plea to bring down
 arrow French businesses keen to share technical expertise
French entrepreneurs are keen to invest and share technological expertise with their counterparts in Bangladesh to boost bilateral trade between the two countries.
 arrow Nokia to set up mobile handset plant in India
Nokia, the world's largest mobile handset maker, is heavily investing in India to set up new manufacturing plant to meet the growing demand in the domestic and regional markets.
 arrow US sets anti-dumping duties on China, Vietnam shrimp
The United States announced Tuesday anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese and Vietnamese shrimp of up to 113 percent, a move sure to infuriate the two countries.
 arrow S'pore, Thailand lead FTA signatories in Asia
Singapore and Thailand have emerged as the two Asian countries with highest number of completed free trade agreements (FTA), according to Asia News Network reports.
 arrow DCCI polls on Dec 7
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) will go into polls on December 7.
 arrow Brac receives certification for vegetable export to EU countries
Brac has received EUREPGAP certification from FoodCert Netherlands, BV recently to export vegetables to European Union countries.
 arrow HSBC arranges Tk1,640m syndicated loan for City Sugar
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh announced the syndication of a Tk 1,640 million term loan and working capital facility for City Sugar Industries Ltd at a function
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'It is better to face India now'
Every series in charge of Bangladesh comes as a challenge for Dav Whatmore and every match holds equal importance.
 arrow Football: 'Token' transfer on
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday launched the first-ever token hand-over programme to the footballers in an effort to bring about a change in the traditional inter-club players' transfer
 arrow Cricket: Umar relief for Abahani
Pakistani batsman Taufeeq Umar flew in the city yesterday to boost the frail Abahani batting ahead of their second Premier cricket league match against Young Pegasus.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage India
Prolific spinner Harbhajan Singh struck it rich as India seized control of the second and final cricket Test against South Africa at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Younis shines for Pakistan
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar sent an early warning to Australia's ever-confident batsmen with a blistering spell of bowling that clearly signalled his intentions for the upcoming Test series here on
 arrow Cricket: Grenada PM steps in to settle WI contract row
Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has intervened in a bid to end a contract dispute between senior West Indies players and their national cricket board.
 arrow Football: Boy becomes a man
He is only 22 years old but with a World Cup winners' medal and an Italian league title already to his name Brazilian Ricardo Kaka could be forgiven for thinking he had nothing more to prove.
 arrow Football: Beckham the richest
England captain David Beckham has retained his place as the richest footballer in Britain with an estimated personal fortune of 65 million pounds.
 arrow Cricket: India name full strength side for Bangladesh
Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra has been left out of India's squad for this month's two-Test series against Bangladesh due to an abdominal strain.
 arrow Cricket: More trouble for Ganguly
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly landed in fresh trouble Wednesday when umpires officiating in the ongoing second Test against South Africa reported him for dissent.
 arrow Hockey: Ajax smile with Rahat double
Rahat Sarwar scored both the goals as Ajax Sporting Club beat Dhaka Railway 2-1 for their first victory in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Shahin deaf chess champ
Obidul Islam Shahin of Dhaka Deaf Sports Association became un-beaten champion in the 13th National Deaf Chess Championship which ended in the city yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Leonine stay on target
Last year's runners-up Leonine Chess Club maintained their supremacy in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League when they blanked Star Vision 4-0 yesterday at the federation hall room.
 arrow Cricket: England toy with Zim
A record stand between Kevin Pietersen and Geraint Jones led England to an emphatic 161-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Div III cricket qualifiers
Kafrul Cricket Club snatched a thrilling one-wicket win over KKCC in a Third Division qualifying cricket match at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pakistan will struggle in Australia'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram thinks his team have only a very slim chance of winning their Test series in Australia starting this month.
 arrow Cricket: PCB bans Latif for 6 months
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif was banned for six months on Wednesday by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for conceding a domestic match while captaining his team Karachi.
 arrow Football: Lampard rescues Chelsea
Frank Lampard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the last four of the League Cup with a cruel late winner against London neighbours Fulham on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Make films for peace, amity and against war, terrorism: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the filmmakers both at home and abroad to make powerful films against war, repression, destruction, terrorism, and in favour of peace, amity and good sense.
 arrow Share information to improve standard of life in South Asia
South Asian journalists should share information, use the common regional inventory and pool commonalties to improve the standard of life in the South Asian region, Adviser to the Foreign Ministry Reaz
 arrow PM seeks FAO support in developing gene bank
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia requested the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to include Bangladesh with its regional networking programme.
 arrow UP Forum demands withdrawal of circulars
The National Union Parishad Forum (NUPF) has formed a 23-member women's policy committee to raise the problems of women representatives of Union Parishads and placed a 12-point demand.
 arrow Saarc Charter Day Dec 8
Saarc Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC), the first regional centre under the aegis of Saarc, will organise an art competition on the occasion of "Saarc Charter Day-2004".
 arrow Farewell lunch in honour of Ola Ree
The Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) held a farewell lunch in honour of Ola Ree, outgoing managing director of GrameenPhone, at a city restaurant recently, says a press release.
 arrow Torture of wife by DU teacher condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday condemned the incident of torture of a woman for dowry by her husband, says a press release.
 arrow SCAS signs agreement with Indian IT firm
School and College for Advanced Studies (SCAS) yesterday signed an agreement with an Indian IT firm, Webtech Softwares and Services limited, under which the later party would provide SCAS with Enterprise
 arrow 1,445 more held
Police arrested 1,445 people, including four listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country till 6:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Amanullah gets Atish Dipankar Award
M Amanullah, chairman of the Audit Committee and sponsor director of Mercantile Bank Ltd.
 arrow Violence in the name of religion criticised
Speakers at a prayer meeting yesterday said the true followers of religions could never be terrorists as each religion teaches the path to peace.
 arrow Over 20,000 children die of Hepatitis B a year
At least five to eight per cent of the population in Bangladesh is infected with Hepatitis B virus while less than 1 per cent with Hepatitis C, said State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mizanur
Nationalarrow IRRI on 2.7 lakh acres under Teesta Irrigation Project threatened
The flow of Teesta has decreased alarmingly, threatening irrigation of about 2,75,000 acres of IRRI-Boro lands under the Teesta Irrigation Project in 12 upazilas in Nilphamari, Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.
 arrow AIDS: Nine die in 6 N dists, 306 patients detected in Sylhet, Khulna regions
Nine persons died in the northern region and 306 AIDS patients were detected in Sylhet and Khulna region.
 arrow 'Treatment of the poor is our religious duty'
Internationally reputed eye specialist Dr Michael H Cunningham (USA) said he came to Bangladesh to render medicare services to the poor and helpless patients.
 arrow Fighting unemployment
Government 'khas' lands would be distributed to unemployed youths who are eager to build their career by doing agricultural pursuits and poultry farming.
 arrow PCJSS agitation today in 3 hill districts
The Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) will organise a agitation programmes in the three hill districts today demanding full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord.
 arrow 'Controversial' appointments at RU again
Rajshahi University authorities on Tuesday appointed three senior teachers to important posts, allegedly on political reasons.
 arrow Top outlaw surrenders in Kushtia
A 'top leader' of outlawed Bipplobi Communist party (BCP) here surrendered to Jhenidah police on Monday 'fearing death from crossfire'.
 arrow More Tk 20 lakh cellphones seized at Osmani Airport
Mobile phones and chargers worth over Tk 20 lakh brought illegally were seized at the Osmani Interna-tional Airport Tuesday morning.
 arrow Freedom Fighters Day observed in Manikganj
Freedom fighters in Manikganj observed "Freedom Fighters Day" yesterday to realise their 26-point demand.
 arrow Outlaw killed in bomb attack
A cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in a bomb attack at Talshar village in Courtchadpur upazila in Jhenidah Monday night.

The dead was identified as Abdul Aziz, 35.

Point-Counterpointarrow Fighting terrorism with technology
Increasingly technology has become an essential weapon in the "war against terrorism", for both sides! Those fighting terrorism will not only use technology but will develop and enhance its effectiveness
 arrow Deserved recognition for an excellent sportsman and coach
It was heartwarming to read in the November 24 edition of The Daily Star that sportsman par excellence in his heydays, and an outstanding sports coach and organizer ever since, Qazi Abdul Alim, is the
 arrow E for excellent
All health information to keep you up to date
A recent study from the Yale University in the USA discovered that people who take vitamin E (800 IU) after a rich fat food do not in general experience

Culturearrow Creating ripples in the film industry
Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh was in the city yesterday on the occasion of the screening of his much acclaimed film Chokher Bali at the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Film Festival.
 arrow 'Indigenous story-based plays on the rise' --Mosleuddin
Mosleuddin Sikdar, Executive Member of the theatre troupe Uttoradhikar, is a theatre practitioner who has long contributed his talent for the development of drama in Chittagong.
 arrow Roktokorobi: A Nagorik play with a universal appeal
Raktokorobi, one of the greatest classics of world drama, will be staged today at 6:30 p.m. at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Attractive knick-knacks on display
So it's time once again for a Merry Christmas.
 arrow Palakar Natya Utshab
The month of December has its own significance as the month of victory and festivity.
 arrow AIDS programme on ntv
Ntv telecasts a series of special programmes on AIDS titled AIDS Protirodher Bikalpo Nai.
Generalarrow Jaundice panic still grips DU
Jaundice panic still grips Dhaka University (DU) campus as the authorities could not yet ascertain the sources of the viral disease while final examinations of different batches of students have already
 arrow Strengthen preventive measures against Aids
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised on strengthening preventive measures against HIV/Aids to save people's lives from the far-reaching negative impact of the deadly disease.
 arrow 46 killed in 'crossfire' last month: Report
Forty-six people were killed in 'crossfire' with the law enforcement agencies in the last one month.
 arrow Rickshaw owners, workers threaten 48-hr strike
Owners and workers of rickshaws and rickshaw vans yesterday placed a six-point demand, including issuance of 43,000 new rickshaw licences.
 arrow Exhibition of liberation war documents begins
A 16-day exhibition of liberation war documents collected by late diplomat SA Jalal began at the Liberation War Museum in the city yesterday.
 arrow BBC World Service Director meets PM
BBC World Service Director Nigel Chapman called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
The BBC director presented Khaleda a documentary on the Hymalayan countries.

 arrow Selina Bahar passes way
Prof Selina Bahar Zaman, a well-known figure in the educational, literary and cultural arena, passed away early yesterday at the age of 64.
 arrow Qulkhwani
The qulkhwani of vice-president of BCS (Information) Association and Deputy Principal Information Officer Mustafizur Rahman will be held after Asr prayers today at his residence at Godhuli in Dhanmondi.
Internationalarrow Terrified Filipinos flee new typhoon
Terrified survivors were yesterday fleeing the northeast Philippines as a new typhoon bore down on the stricken area where flooding and landslides have left over 400 people dead and 150 missing.
 arrow Demands for Suu Kyi's release continue
UN secretary-general Kofi Annan led international demands for the swift release of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest has been extended for another year by the military regime.
 arrow Syria wants to resume talks with Israel
Syria's president has called for peace talks with Israel to resume where they collapsed almost five years ago, an offer that Egypt was Wednesday to press the Jewish state to accept.
 arrow Iran hails UN nuke 'victory'
A top Iranian official has claimed a "great victory" over the US after the UN said it would not punish Iran's nuclear activities with sanctions.
 arrow Novelists fight AIDS
Nobel prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer launched Tuesday a literary-style Live Aid, with a short-story collection by some of world's most distinguished writers to benefit HIV/AIDS treatment.
 arrow Vajpayee, Advani court arrests in protest against inflation
India's former premier Atal Behari Vajpayee and deputy premier Lal Krishna Advani along with other opposition leaders and supporters were detained briefly Wednesday after staging a protest against high
 arrow US senator calls for Annan's resignation
A US senator heading a panel investigating the UN's scandal-plagued Iraq oil-for-food program called for UN chief Kofi Annan's resignation in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece released Tuesday.
 arrow Pentagon ignores criminal charges against Rumsfeld
The Pentagon on Tuesday brushed off a criminal complaint filed in Germany seeking an investigation into the roles played by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top administration officialsin
 arrow Pakistan, India peace talks delayed till Christmas
Pakistan on Wednesday accepted an Indian request to delay the foreign secretary-level talks between the nuclear rivals on the Kashmir dispute until after Christmas, the foreign office here said.
 arrow Defence ties with India crucial: Russia
Terming military cooperation with India as a crucial aspect of bilateral relations, Russia has said that Moscow's defence association with New Delhi helps in maintaining stability in the region.
 arrow US Homeland Security chief resigns
Tom Ridge's successor as chief of the US Homeland Security Department will have to unify a sprawling bureaucracy, a deadly serious job where failure could put the United States at risk of another terror
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crossfire deaths
We find it difficult to accept the law minister's remark that the deaths in RAB crossfire have nothing to do with violation of human rights.
 arrow Editorial: Aman shortfall
Buyers are hard-pressed, especially in the northern region of the country, as the beginning of the aman paddy harvest season has had little positive impact on the price of rice, which is still
 arrow Need for a balanced Indo-Bangladesh trade
It has recently been reported in the media that the Commerce Minister of India, Kamal Nath, assured his Bangladesh counterpart Altaf Hosaain Choudhury, during the latter's visit to India that trade barriers
 arrow A rejoinder to Mr. Kibria
I have reluctantly decided to write this rejoinder to Mr.
Letters to Editorarrow Why caretaker government?
Mr SAMS Kibria wrote a carefully drafted, diplomatic commentary (DS, Nov 23) on the need of a neutral non-political caretaker government (CTG), based on the argument that it was essential to reform its
 arrow Re-election of George W. Bush
US President George W. Bush has won November 2 election and has been re-elected for the 2nd term in office.
So what? We should neither rejoice nor mourn the victory of George Bush.

 arrow Disconcerting experience
As a Bangladeshi living abroad for many years, I was travelling to Dhaka from Paris on August 8th by Bangladesh Biman. The experience was extremely disconcerting to say the least.
 arrow Unfortunate statement by Thai Queen
I am rather surprised to read a news despatched by Reuters and published in our local press quoting the Thai Queen Sirikit's recent address urging the Thais to help the government fight Muslim unrest.