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Front Pagearrow WB lending to land in trouble
The government move to amend the public procurement guideline will throw the lending programme of the World Bank into trouble as all agreements with the Bank will need to be revised.
 arrow One-fourth ACC staff may be axed
About one-fourth of the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) staff may disqualify for working under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which was formed last month dissolving the Bac, sources at the Commission
 arrow US consulate in Jeddah attacked
Militants yesterday stormed the heavily fortified US consulate in Jeddah in a brazen raid and 12 people have died in an ensuing gunbattle.
 arrow Preparing the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial....

 arrow National plan for the disabled soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said country's disabled population should be transformed into human resources through proper training.
 arrow Optional books for school students yet not ready
The textbook authorities are yet to select books for optional subjects in class IX and X while the new academic year is only 24 days away.
 arrow Industrial emissions ignored in setting standards
The Department of Environment (DoE) has prepared air quality standards that completely ignore industrial emissions, one of the largest air pollutants after vehicles.
 arrow JS body to ask BTRC for lowering mobile charges
A parliamentary body yesterday decided to ask Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to fix lower call tariff for mobile phone calls in line with its recommendations and implement it
 arrow Three Marines killed in Iraq
Three US marines were killed in Iraq's volatile Al-Anbar province on Sunday, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow BDB, Oikya Mancha call for combating graft
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Bodruddoza Chowdhury and Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday once again urged people to unite to combat corruption and lawlessness in the
 arrow Indian team to visit hotel, match venue today
Three Indian government high officials and two Indian cricket board members are set to visit the Indian team's hotel and the first Test match venue today to find out whether it would be safe for the Indian
 arrow Govt should've removed IGP
The Supreme Court yesterday observed that the government should have removed the inspector general of police (IGP) to uphold the dignity of the judiciary.
 arrow 17 boys rescued from Dublarchar
Police on Sunday morning rescued 17 youths and boys from Dublarchar in the Sundarbans, where they had been forced to work for dry fish farms.
 arrow Civil, defence taskforces to stop illegal logging
The environment ministry yesterday formed four taskforces with civil and defence officials for four regions in the wake of growing incidents of timber smuggling.
 arrow One shot dead, another's body found in the city
Miscreants gunned down the manager of a telephone shop at Basila in Mohammadpur yesterday.
Rinku, 22, manager of Zaker Telecom, received a bullet in the throat and died on the spot.

 arrow AL for ADB-style immunity for WB
The Awami League (AL) yesterday told the World Bank (WB) that it has no objection to the Bank's getting immunity in Bangladesh provided it is similar to the one extended to the Asian Development Bank(ADB)
 arrow Delhi for best of relations with Dhaka
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said he would like to have "the best of relations" with Bangladesh.
 arrow House tutors of Jagannath Hall resigns
All the 12 acting house tutors of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) have resigned alleging some students misbehaved with them.
 arrow Most coral reefs under threat
About 70 percent of the world's coral reefs have been wrecked or are at risk from human activities but some are showing surprising resilience to global warming, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Short circuit caused New Bangabazar fire
Probe committee on November 21 New Bangabazar blaze yesterday submitted its report concluding that the fire originated from a short circuit.
 arrow Hasina returns, blasts govt for Rab killing
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted the government for law and order slide, saying the killing of people by 'special forces' without trial has tarnished
 arrow Rawshan meets PM, promises all-out support
A 13-member delegation of the Jatiya Party (Ershad), led by its parliamentary party chief Rawshan Ershad, yesterday met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and exchanged views with her on the country's prevailing
 arrow 2 boys die in market fire
Two boys were burnt to death and 17 others injured in a fire at Dharail bazaar in Ullapara upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Another hurt in Rab bullet at Tongi dies
A youth, who received bullet in the Rapid Action Battalion's (Rab) November 19 Tongi operation that killed three people, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Strike at Benapole land port stops trade
Trade through Benapole land port remained suspended since Sunday noon due to an indefinite strike called by the Indian truckers demanding release of their two fellows.
 arrow Body finally meets on strategy
Chittagong University's (CU) much-talked about committee formed to work out ways to cancel the doctored certificates yesterday met to set its strategy while only 18 days are left according to the timeframe.
 arrow Indian cities most polluted in Asia
People living in Indian cities New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune have been breathing some of the most polluted air in Asia, but Jakarta and China's Chongqing are also bad, a conference heard yesterday.
 arrow AL, allies to announce agitation plan Dec 11
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties will sit with Awami League (AL) chief and leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina in a couple of days to finalise their next agitation programmes that is likely
Businessarrow Multilateral trading fails to meet LDC cause
Multilateral trading system did not come in the way as envisaged and deprived the least developed countries (LDCs) of vital market access for exporting their limited commodities.
 arrow Get ready before entering information superhighway
Bangladesh should be better prepared for the global software market before the country is connected with the information superhighway, said a top official of French telecom giant Alcatel.
 arrow Cash crunch stymies software growth
Software developers yesterday said they are faced with cash crunch, hurting the expansion of the sector.
 arrow India to allow 74pc FDI in private banks
Indian government will allow 74 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in private banks by the year-end and set up a commission headed by Tata Industries Group Chairman Ratan Tata to woo foreign anddomestic
 arrow Dhaka chamber goes to polls today
Business community of Dhaka will elect their leaders as Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) goes to the polls today.
Some 3,000 voters will elect eight directors from 14 contestants.

 arrow Oil rises on Opec cut talk, Saudi attack
World oil prices ticked up from a three-month low on Monday as traders looked for Opec to take action to stem a slide which knocked 14 percent off crude prices last week.
 arrow New chairman of BIA
M Shamsul Alam, founder managing director of Reliance Insurance Limited, has recently been elected chairman of the Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) for 2005-2006 term.
 arrow Jute products fair begins
A weeklong diversified jute products fair began on Bangladesh Shishu Academy premises here yesterday.
 arrow Agrani Bank opens ATM at ICDDR,B branch
Agrani Bank opened an automated teller machine (ATM) booth at its ICDDR,B branch at Mahakhali in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Telekom Malaysia secures $150m loan with low interest cost
Malaysia's largest telecommunications company, Telekom Malaysia Bhd. on Monday announced that it has signed a 2.5 year term loan facility of 150 million dollars.
 arrow Quest to secure supply of energy sources tops China's priority
China's quest to secure supply of energy sources to fuel domestic economic expansion tops the country's economic agenda in 2005 and beyond, suggested a leading regional banker.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Waiting for India to come
Everything suddenly turned smoky at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday, three days before the premier venue of the country hosts the first Test between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Cricket: Hundred percent Agrani
Newcomers Ag-rani Bank maintained their im-pressive unbea-ten run in the Green Delta Pre-mier Cricket Lea-gue to go joint atop with Mohammedan Sporting Club at the end of the third round of matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan focuses on SA
England captain Michael Vaughan led his country to a 4-0 clean-sweep against Zimbabwe on Sunday and then set his sights on repeating the magic against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's chance to test Aussie Test bat
The Pakistan pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami will get their first crack at an Australian Test batsman so far on this tour when they take on a Chairman's XI captained by Justin Langer in alimited-overs
 arrow Tennis: Spanish delight
Spain showed themselves to be the undisputed kings of clay on Sunday in a record-breaking 3-2 Davis Cup final triumph over the United States.
 arrow Cricket: Selector backs Kasper
Australian cricket's head selector Trevor Hohns Monday backed Michael Kasprowicz after his nightmare over cost Australia victory in the opening Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-dayer against New Zealand.
 arrow Athletics: Australian govt has no sympathy for Marion
Australia's government said Monday it would support any moves from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip US sprint queen Marion Jones of her five Sydney Olympic medals if she were found guilty
 arrow Tennis: Taking it in his stride
US world number two Andy Roddick was bloodied but insisted he was unbowed after Carlos Moya taught him a clay-court lesson in Spain's Davis Cup final win Sunday over the United States.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey League postponed
The Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League has been postponed for a couple of days following Mariner Youngs Club's demand to bring foreign umpires.
 arrow Badmintorn: Cleen sweep for Biman in badminton
Bangladesh Biman won both the men's and women's titles of the Bashundhara First Division Badminton League with a day left in the competition.
 arrow Chess: Leonine further consolidate
Leonine Chess Club stayed on course for clinching the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League title when the last year's runners-up routed Friends Chess Power 4-0 at the Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Show how big you are
European giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid, all rich in tradition and talent, face the embarrassing prospect of being dumped out of the Champions League at the first round stage this week.
 arrow Football: Starless Real fire blanks
Barcelona stretched their lead over Real Madrid in the Spanish title chase this weekend as African Player of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored twice in a 4-0 win against Malaga.
 arrow Football: Ibrahimovic Juve's hero
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his seventh league goal of the season as Juventus came from behind to defeat Lazio 2-1 on Sunday and restore their four point lead at the top of Serie A.
 arrow Cricket: Partex off to a flier
Partex Sporting Club got off to a flying start in the First Division Cricket League with an eight-wicket victory over Rupali Bank at BKSP in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Open chess from Dec 9
The Open Swiss Chess Tournament organised by Bangladesh Chess Federation and sponsored by Maan Bangladesh Ltd. will begin in the city from December 9.
 arrow Cricket: UCB sacks chief selector Henry
The United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa confirmed on Sunday they had sacked convenor of selectors Omar Henry on the eve of England's arrival for a five-Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib sounds a pacy caution
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar has voiced his concern for the long-term future of fast bowling, amid ever increasing playing schedules and placid wickets.
 arrow Football: Troussier's winning starts
Philippe Troussier got off to a winning start as Marseille coach with a 3-2 win at ten-man Caen which lifted the former European giants to third in the French league.
 arrow Football: Moroccan international killed
Moroccan striker Hicham Zerouali, who formerly played with Aberdeen in Scotland, died in a car accident in Rabat on Sunday when he lost control of his car and hit a tree, the official MAP news agencyreported.
 arrow Football: Schalke take advantage
Schalke 04 moved level on points with Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit following a 1-0 derby win over Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalen Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Celebration gone wrong
A player in Switzerland's top division has been left without a finger after a goal celebration went horribly wrong.
Nationalarrow Human trafficking on alarming rise thru' 14 border points of 6 dists
KUSHTIA: Incidents of trafficking of women and children rose alarmingly through 14 border points of six districts in southwestern region recently.
 arrow 5,000 indigenous people in 2 Netrakona UZs have no access to pure water
About 5,000 indigenous people residing in two border upazilas (UZs) of Kalmakanda and Durgapur suffer a lot due to lack of pure drinking water.
 arrow Male residents of 11 Magura villages flee homes to evade arrest
Male inhabitants in 11 villages fled from their homes in a bid to evade arrest after a police-villagers clash on November 20.
 arrow Jatiya Party biennial council held in Magura
The biennial council of Magura district unit of Ershad led Jatiya Party was held at Asaduzzaman Auditorium here on Friday.
 arrow Tk 85 cr scheme to protect Bhola from erosion
The government has taken up a Tk 85 crore scheme to protect Bhola from erosion by the Meghna and the Tetulia.
 arrow Move to check erosion at Kuakata beach
A Tk 28.75 crore project proposal aiming at protecting Kuakata sea beach from erosion was sent to Water Resources Ministry for approval on November 20.
 arrow Two brothers get life for killing child in Jamalpur
A court here on Monday sentenced two brothers to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a child.
Point-Counterpointarrow Mahakhali flyover
While Mahakhali flyover has successfully eased the dreadful Mahakhali intersection, it has instantly created serious traffic jams on two different points -- Kamal Ataturk intersection and near the Prime
 arrow Justice Debesh Bhattacharya
It takes some time to realise that the person who was close to you for a long time is not with you any more. That day, second of February 2004, I was with you for the last time.
Culturearrow Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on six film personalities
On the occasion of the ongoing film festival, the Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on six cinema personalities for their remarkable contributionto
 arrow Mahmud and Taifur's digital display
The two digital artists, Mahmud and Taifur, whose works are on display at the Zainul Gallery, consider their paintings as experimental forms.
 arrow Pepsi Music Mela-2004
With a clear vision of uprooting the increasing piracy in the audio industry, the Pepsi Music Mela-2004 started its maiden journey at the Musical Café of Dhaka Billiard Centre (DBC) on December 6.
 arrow ' Love has now become mechanical' -- Khaled
Dynamic actor Khaled Khan is a name to reckon with on the small screen as well as stage. He has displayed an amazing versatility in his unique roles as the romantic hero in these media.
Generalarrow 'Reform UN for global peace'
Education is the backbone of global peace, said the speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday.
 arrow Expedite production to meet growing demand
Amid reports of seed shortages, the government offered assistance to private sector farms for production of seeds to meet a growing demand for quality seeds with local produce.
 arrow Form right-based society for disabled children
A three-day regional seminar ended in the city yesterday with a call to form a right-based society for disabled children.
 arrow Tk 8 crore donations to AMCH fund
Around Tk 8 crore was received as donations from individuals, organisations and other bodies for the proposed 500-bed Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) to be established at Uttara in the city byDhaka
 arrow 3rd Int'l Festival of Photography begins in city
The third International Festival of Photography, Asia 2004 Chobi Mela 111, began amid much festivity in the city yesterday.
 arrow JU admission test from Dec 18
Admission test for first year honours courses in Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2004-05 academic session will be held from December 18 to 28.
 arrow Rebeca hospitalised
Rebeca, the first woman film director (Bindu Thekey Britto--1969/70), has been admitted to Dhaka Community Hospital, Maghbazar with kidney aliments, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Musharraf welcomes London's mediation
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf would welcome British involvement in negotiations with India over Kashmir, and would raise the matter with British Prime Minister Tony Blair during talks in London
 arrow India asks Nepal to hold peace talks with Maoists
India yesterday urged Nepal to invite insurgent Maoists for peace talks ahead of a visit by head of state King Gyandendra expected later this month and suggested "aggressive" border patrols to cut rebel
 arrow EU upbeat on lifting China's arms ban
The European Union expects to send a "positive signal" to China at a summit this week on lifting a 15-year-old arms embargo, but does not expect it to be scrapped yet, an EU source said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi polls to go ahead despite violence
Iraq's interim President Ghazi al-Yawar insisted that crucial elections would go ahead as planned next month despite a sharp upsurge in deadly insurgent attacks that claimed more than 90 lives in three
 arrow Muslims mark mosque demolition anniversary
Police were on alert in the north Indian temple town of Ayodhya ahead of a meeting of Hindu groups Monday to mark the 12th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque.
 arrow 'Reviving moderate religious ties key to tackling terrors'
Reviving violence-weakened bonds between moderate clerics and followers of different faiths holds the key to crushing Asia's formidable network of extremist militants, regional leaders said yesterday.
 arrow Hiroshima group plans 'people's tribunal'
Japanese anti-war campaigners said yesterday they planned a "people's tribunal" over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that could symbolically hold the United States responsible for war crimes.
 arrow Serbian president apologises to Bosnia over Balkan war
Serbian President Boris Tadic apologised here yesterday to the victims of Serb atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95, but stressed that ethnic Serbs suffered as well.
 arrow 18 US soldiers punished for refusing duty in Iraq
The US military in Iraq has disciplined 18 soldiers who refused to go out on a transport convoy they thought was too dangerous, but the reservists will not face court-martial, a military spokesman said
 arrow Mahathir scorns Bush, Australia
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad poured scorn on US President George W. Bush's economic understanding and Australia's Asian desires in a typically abrasive return to a public platformyesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Inflation hits six-year high
The latest figures show that in September inflation reached a six-year high of 7.35 per cent.
 arrow Editorial: Conversion to CNG
Another target, another debacle. We are talking about the failure on the part of the government transport pool to convert its vehicles into compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling transports by December.
 arrow Women, weavers and woes
Neither in political dis-course nor in govern-ment's policy papers does gas appear as a perennial source of poverty reduction. The reasons are, perhaps, not far to seek.
 arrow Friendly Indo-Pak relations in the offing?
Pakistan prime minister Shawkat Aziz has paid a visit to India recently.
Letters to Editorarrow "IT: We wished, with hope"
There were always some horse trading regarding IT professionals and IT industries in Bangladesh.
 arrow The elite force
Initially, it was thought that RAB would be ineffective. But now it appears much more effective and well-equipped anti-terrorism force. Already it has progressed significantly with success.
 arrow A good suggestion
about some improvement that our Mobile phone operators can easily effect. I totally agree with the writer.
 arrow Linking roads
The City Corporation deserves kudos for their recent initiatives in beautification and improvement of city roads.
 arrow Trend!
I have noticed that lately many art exhibitions were opened by foreign ambassadors instead of someone who is more directly involved with art, say a famous artist.
 arrow An appeal to hotel owners / entrepreneurs
Please make sure to provide jobs to dedicated, sincere, honest, personnel who work/worked in service oriented industries specially in fast food shops, ice-cream boutiques and factories, cafes, restaurants,