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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi keen on Safta, not FTA
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said with South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) coming into being in 2006, neither Bangladesh nor India is interested in a bilateral free trade area (FTA).
 arrow Dhaka to ban chemical weapon production, use
Bangladesh as a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is going to enact a law imposing a permanent ban on development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons in its militarydefence
 arrow Mercury goes up over intelligence reports
The mainstream opposition parties and the government are in a face-off with the law-enforcers set to launch a crackdown on the opposition leaders and activists following so-called intelligence reports
 arrow Security net wraps Indian cricketers
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly brushed aside the security bug when his side arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play two Tests and three one-day internationals.
"I'm not concerned about the security.

 arrow Private funding behind political degeneration
A major cause for the degeneration of Bangladesh's political culture is the need for mobilising private funds to finance parties and electoral activities, Prof Rehman Sobhan said yesterday.
 arrow Govt yet to act on verdict against IGP
The fate of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque, convicted of contempt of court, hangs in the balance since the government is yet to decide about his dismissal as suggested by legal experts
 arrow Dutch govt to contest court ruling next week
The Dutch government will contest by next week a Dutch court ruling on Monday for a freeze on the Dutch government's development aid funds to Bangladesh worth 30 million euro or Tk 242 crore a year.
 arrow Giant pvt satellite earth station gets going May
The country's largest private sector satellite earth station would goes into operation from May next, significantly boosting the existing facilities for local and overseas data and multimedia communications.
 arrow Govt, IGP both disregarded HC, rule of law
The government has shown blatant disrespect for the rule of law and the High Court (HC) by not removing Inspector General Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque after the court convicted him of contempt of court,
 arrow US bill on intelligence reform passed
The House of Representatives approved landmark legislation to revamp America's intelligence network, clearing the way for major reforms aimed at preventing a repeat of the September 11 attacks.
 arrow Morshed for more intra-Saarc trade
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday called for a fundamental change in the 'largely insignificant' intra-Saarc trade for the third decade's vision of a more forward-looking, inclusive and result-oriented
 arrow China company buys IBM PC business
IBM is selling its PC-making business to China's largest personal computer company, Lenovo Group Ltd., for $1.25 billion, marking the US firm's retreat from an industry it helped pioneer in 1981.
 arrow 'India not lenient to particular political party'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman termed untrue the notion that the present Indian government is lenient towards a particular political party and said Indian Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh clearly
 arrow Saarc gets UNGA observer status
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has given observer status to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
 arrow Deathtrap...

 arrow AL MP, 14 hurt in police clubbing
An Awami League (AL) lawmaker and 14 of its leaders and activists were hurt yesterday when police clubbed the main opposition party adherents protesting police obstruction to AL Organising Secretary Saber
 arrow Another dies in Rab action
An alleged criminal was killed in a 'crossfire' between his accomplices and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on the city protection embankment in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow International Anti-corruption Day today
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today observes the first ever UN-mandated International Anti-corruption Day as part of the worldwide campaign against corruption.
 arrow Mother, daughter die in fire
A woman and her daughter were killed and four others injured when a drum filled with inflammable substance exploded at Shimultala Bazar under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila on Tuesday night.
 arrow Mahathir arrives Dec 17 with trade delegation
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad will arrive in Bangladesh on a three-day visit on December 17, said a Press Information Department handout yesterday.
 arrow Document reveals more abuse of Iraq prisoners
Members of a US special operations task force punched and abused prisoners in Iraq in front of Defence Intelligence Agency agents and then threatened the agents to try to keep them quiet, a document made
 arrow Opposition warns of tough actions to oust govt
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday warned of tough programmes to oust the alliance government if it does not quit immediately, paving way for fresh elections.
 arrow AK47, arms seized at Ctg
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police recovered seven illegal firearms, including AK47 rifle, during drives at several places in the district yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile
Pakistan on Wednesday test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead but insisted it was not sending a signal to India amid continuing peace moves with its regionalrival.
 arrow BSF kills one at C'nawabganj
Border Security Force (BSF) of Indian shot dead a Bangladeshi in Shibganj upazila yesterday morning and took away his body.
Businessarrow No aid needed at cost of national pride
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh does not need foreign aid at the cost of its dignity and pride.
 arrow NRBs asked to bring in foreign investors
Local business community yesterday asked non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) living in the United Kingdom to work as ambassadors to bring in foreign direct investment (FDI) to Bangladesh.
 arrow 9 countries propose Dhaka to open up service sector
Nine developed and developing countries have proposed Bangladesh to open up its service sector, which could in turn throw millions of local professionals out of their jobs.
 arrow EU urges China to exert moderation after textile quotas end
The European Union called on China at a summit here Wednesday to rein in its textile exports after international quotas are scrapped next year.
 arrow Opec seeks better rules as prices slide
Opec oil producers meeting this week in Cairo are likely to clamp down on excess supply has that helped lower prices from record highs and will discuss how much to raise their price target, cartel officials
 arrow CPA penalises 30 vessels during special drive
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has penalised 30 vessels and detained four others on various charges including illegal entrance into port channel, overloading, tax evasion and possessing false driving
 arrow Emirates reschedules some flights to Dhaka
Emirates has rescheduled the timings of some of its flights to and from Dhaka with effective from December 1, 2004 to January 30, 2005.
 arrow China, Gulf nations to launch FTA talks in January
China and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will begin a first round of negotiations over setting up a free trade agreement (FTA) next month, state media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Dollar rises, investors focus on rates
The dollar gained ground on Wednesday, as investors took profits on other major currencies on signs that currency strength may prompt some central banks to scale back interest rate tightening.
 arrow Asia to intervene less in forex in 2005: Citigroup
Asian central banks will cut down on intervention in 2005 as they face rising costs for a policy of weakening their currencies, inflationary pressures and a growing consensus on the need for further US
 arrow US union chief wants workers to accept globalisation
Globalisation is here to stay and the labour movement must adapt by fighting across national lines for an international order that protects workers, the head of the top US union federation said.
 arrow Sri Lanka heads for record trade deficit
Sri Lanka heads for a record trade deficit in 2004 as rising global oil prices drain foreign currency reserves and threaten economic stability, the central bank said Wednesday.
 arrow Shell to invest $54m in India petrol stations
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell said it would invest 2.5 billion rupees (54.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar will love three fast men
For Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar, the ideal bowling attack for the first Test against India starting tomorrow should have three specialist pace bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali shines again
A sparkling 89 by Alok Kapali throttled Victoria Sporting Club to snatch an exciting two-wicket win over fellow title contenders Bangladesh Biman at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hogg headlines
Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann provided the runs as Australia squeezed past never-say-die New Zealand by 17 runs to send the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy cricket series into a decider at the Sydney Cricket
 arrow Hockey: Netherlands reach final
The Netherlands, seeking a hattrick of men's Champions Trophy field hockey titles, stormed into the final where they will clash with either Spain or hosts Pakistan.
 arrow Olympics: Paris bid on the rocks
Paris' bid for the 2012 Olympics hit its first snag Tuesday when environment campaigners demanded to see International Olympic Committee (IOC) scrutineers over plans to extend the Roland Garros tennis
 arrow Cricket: 'McGrath the danger man'
Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana has pinpointed fast bowler Glen McGrath as Australia's danger man ahead of the upcoming Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer wants more
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer is expecting his top-order batsmen to hit more than 50 runs apiece when the tourists take on the Western Australian state side in a four-day match starting here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Green signal for Chittagong?
India's visit to Chittagong to play the second Test and a one-day international against Bangladesh looks almost certain after the Indian security team expressed its satisfaction over safety measures in
 arrow Security beefed up at the BNS
Multiple security arrangements have been taken in and around the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) for India's series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Tickets are selling fine
The organisers received an unexpected good response as tickets for the first Test and the two one-day internationals went on sale at different branches of ONE Bank in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani back to winning ways
Defending champions Abahani bounced back to winning ways as the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League resumed yesterday after a two-day unscheduled break.
 arrow Chess: Leonine one point away
Leonine Chess Club will need just one point from the last round to clinch the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League title.
 arrow Finally they are here!

 arrow Football: Champions owe it to Benny
A late goal by South African international Benni McCarthy saw reigning champions FC Porto squeeze through to the second round of the Champions League here on Tuesday as they beat Chelsea 2-1 in theirGroup
 arrow Football: Bremen prove tougher
German champions Werder Bremen booked their place in the last sixteen of the Champions League with a 2-0 triumph over Valencia here on Tuesday but the match was overshadowed by a series of ugly scenes
 arrow Football: Gunners' young smile
Arsenal swept into the knockout stages of the Champions League at the top of group E after matching their biggest win in the tournament with a 5-1 demolition of Norwegian champions Rosenborg.
 arrow Football: UEFA Cup spots decided
Defending champion Porto produced a thrilling fightback to beat Chelsea 2-1 and grab a Champions League lifeline as Arsenal and Werder Bremen booked their places in the next round Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Paying the price for the dead
Brazilian club Sao Caetano have been docked 24 points for having played full-back Serginho in a first division league match during which he died of a heart attack.
 arrow Football: Karimi Asia's best
Persian football's golden boy Ali Karimi was crowned Asian player of the year here Thursday, becoming the fourth Iranian player to lift the award since 1996.
Metropolitanarrow Establish cardiovascular disease hospital
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the specialised physicians to come forward to establish an international standard hospital in the country for cardiovascular diseases.
 arrow PM to distribute defence course certificates today
The Graduation and Certificate Award ceremony of the National Defence Course-2004 and the Armed Forces War Course-2004 will be held today at the National Defence College (NDC) at the Mirpur Cantonment.
 arrow 3 die in Ctg road accident
Three people were killed and one boy was injured seriously in a road accident at Pahartali in the city yesterday.
 arrow Husna Banu, Dr Dilara get Rokeya Padak
Begum Husna Banu Khanam and Prof Dr Dilara Chowdhury have received the Begum Rokeya Padak-2004.
Nationalarrow 29 'top criminals' killed in 'cross fire' in two districts in six months
Twenty-nine 'top criminals' were killed in Jhenidah and Chudanga in Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and police custody during a period from May 12 to November 30 this year.
 arrow 'Create mass awareness against early marriage'
Speakers at a discussion titled 'Early Marriage and Marriage Registra-tion,' held at Satkhira Pourasava auditorium on Sunday stressed the need for creating mass awareness against early marriage and necessity
 arrow They earn a living when others of their age group attend schools
Poor girls here are compelled to earn a living due to abject poverty when other girls of their age group attend schools.
 arrow Demolition of old buildings to reduce tremor losses
Seventy per cent structures are vulnerable in the country and earthquake may collapse 20 per cent of the structures including educational institutions and healthcare centres.
 arrow Output comes to a halt at Joypurhat Sugar Mills
Production in Joypurhat Sugar Mills ceased for second time on Tuesday after its formal opening recently.
A major mechanical fault was the reason behind the incident.

 arrow Unnatural death of railway employee
A railway employee faced an unnatural death while on duty at Mohimaganj station on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow If Israel can be trusted, why can't Iran?
In the world we live in, dubious assertions are repeated ad infinitum as though they are self-evident truths by those who stand to benefit from those dubious assertions.
 arrow What next after Fallujah?
Many military strategists and analysts predicted about the outcome of invasion of Iraq by Anglo-American forces.
 arrow Recalling the legend in women's education and empowerment
BEGUM Rokeya, the legend in women's education and empowerment, was born on December 09, 1880 and died on December 09, 1932. We observe December 09 as 'Rokaya Day'.
Culturearrow Shadi Ghadirian's photographs: The confines of a woman's world
Shadi Ghadirian's photographs, on display at the Chobi Mela III, at the Alliance Francaise, can stand on their own without explanatory notes.
 arrow Mira Nair: From Vanity Fair to the Namesake
Celebrated American director of Indian-origin Mira Nair is not one to rest on her laurels.
 arrow A Saga of Man and Nature:The Art of Zainul Abedin
To commemorate the 90th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the pioneer of Bangladesh's modern art movement and one of the most celebrated cultural personalities of the country, Bangladesh
 arrow Priodarshini Auvi: A talented dancer
Dance has been Priodarshini Auvi's passion from early childhood. Her Bharatnatyam lessons began when was enrolled at Jago Art Centre as a girl of four.
Generalarrow Honest, effective leadership a must for nation building
Effective leadership is a crucial prerequisite at every sphere of social life for making nation-building endeavours a success, speakers said at a Leadership Development Course yesterday.
 arrow Govt takes steps to modernise armed forces: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated that her government's efforts would continue to build up the armed forces making it capable of facing any challenge of the present century.
 arrow Fanaticism main threat to nation
Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed their concern over growing religious fanaticism in the country.
 arrow 14 houses gutted in Chittagong city
Fourteen houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Asker Dighir Par in the port city yesterday.
The fire broke out at Jahangirer Colony under Kotowali thana at around 11.

 arrow MoU signed to train civil servants
Civil servants of four national public service training academies will be provided with gender sensitive training under the "Capacity Building Gender Mainstreaming Project", funded by UNDP.
 arrow Ctg JCD cadre Don arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) nabbed a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre and listed criminal in the city yesterday.
 arrow President assents to Women Seat' Elections Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday gave his assent to "Jatiya Sangsad (Reserved Women Seat) Elections Bill- 2004," said a press release.
The bill was passed in the 14th session of eighth parliament.

 arrow Stamp on Saarc Summit released
Bangladesh Post Offices yesterday released a stamp of Tk 6 denomination on the occasion of the 13th Saarc Summit 2005 to be held in Dhaka.
A first-day cover valued at Tk 6 was also issued on theoccasion.

 arrow Emirates SkyCargo reaches out to flood victims
Emirates SkyCargo, the award-winning cargo division of the airline, transported vital equipment, medicines and food for the flood-affected and needy people of Bangladesh, free of cost, says a press release.
 arrow Begum Rokeya Day today
The nation will celebrate the Begum Rokeya Day today marking the birth anniversary of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women's rights in the subcontinent.
 arrow Appeal for help
The father of an 11-year-old boy who has been suffering from osteosar-coma, a type of bone cancer, seeks financial assistance for his son's treatment.
 arrow Appeal for help
Marzia Kabir Emmy, a six-year-old girl, has been suffering from blood cancer for long.
She is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.

Internationalarrow Putin questions Iraq polls plan
Russian President Vladimir Putin cast doubt about the viability of holding elections as planned next month in an Iraq under "total occupation", as the number of US soldiers killed in combat neared 1,000.
 arrow Ukraine MPs change electoral laws
Ukraine's parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill to weaken presidential powers and change electoral law, breaking an impasse between outgoing President Leonid Kuchma and the opposition.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile
Pakistan on Wednesday test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead but insisted it was not sending a signal to India amid continuing peace moves with its regionalrival.
 arrow Indian Hindu leader Shankaracharya denied bail
A court in south India Wednesday denied bail to a revered Hindu priest accused of involvement in the murder of a aide who questioned the financial records of a sacred temple in Tamil Nadu state.
 arrow Hold Iraq death probe, Blair told
Forty-six eminent figures including military men, ex-diplomats and bishops have written to Tony Blair urging an inquiry into civilian deaths in Iraq.
 arrow US soldiers grill Rumsfeld over Iraq safety
Disgruntled American troops waiting in the Kuwaiti desert to go into Iraq on Wednesday challenged US Defence Secretary Donald Rumfeld about their safety and how long they would be in the country.
 arrow US bridges gaps with Russia
The US State Department moved to minimize differences with Russia over Ukraine and Iraq, saying that relations between Washington and Moscow were "outstanding" after the two countries clashed at the OSCE
 arrow India, Pakistan to resume talks on Kashmir bus
The two-day Indo-Pakistan talks on starting a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad concluded on Wednesday.
 arrow Palestinian leaders in Beirut on historic visit
Palestinian leaders arrived in Beirut Wednesday on the first such first to Lebanon in more than two decades, following a similar fence-mending trip to powerful neighbor Syria.
 arrow 30 injured in grenade blast in Kashmir
Islamic militants injured 30 people in a grenade attack in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir Wednesday as President Abdul Kalam visited the Himalayan region, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Internal resource mobilisation
No one would argue with the proposition that foreign aid dependency needs to be reduced as much as possible in the best interest of the nation.
 arrow Editorial: DoE air quality standards
It is with considerable disquiet that we have learned that the air quality standards prepared by the Department of Environment under the auspices of the World Bank financed Air Quality Monitoring Project
 arrow Revamping the UN
Anything that does not mutate or that is weighed down with inertia is sure to meet its inevitable end, sooner rather than later. So will the UN unless it adapts to the changing needs of the time.
 arrow The future of free trade in South Asia
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the state of the art of the present trading world. It has come to the forefront as the WTO has taken a back seat.
Letters to Editorarrow Shame indeed
Mr.Wajahat Anwar with the Department of English at Dhaka College feels that it was a shame that Rituparno Ghosh's film Chokher Bali could not be screened because of the lack of proper projectors in Bangladesh.
 arrow Polythene
Polythene is coming back to some particular areas at an alarming rate, but The Daily Star has not published any report on it in recent times.
Please address the issue.

 arrow Fairlie House: Good site for a park
There are far too few parks in Dhaka and, thanks to unplanned growth over the years, the city has literally turned into a concrete jungle.
 arrow A harmful ally
For the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the victory of President George Bush may not be good for his political career. Because Mr Bush is very much unpopular in United Kingdom.
 arrow The dominant role of outsourcing
Recently India, China, Taiwan, even Sri Lanka have become big clients for large firms of US and UK in offshore outsourcing.
 arrow RAB
Much has been said and debated about RAB. The readers have expressed their opinions freely about its actions, supporting and discouraging. But I see most of the citizens support RAB's actions.