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Front Pagearrow High security plan for human wall
The government has designed unprecedented security measures to avert any 'subversive activities' as the opposition parties are fully prepared for staging their biggest-ever showdown tomorrow to show'no-confidence'
 arrow Border watch upped, SSF to guard VIPs
The government will roll out a security blanket for the ensuing Saarc summit in the wake of the arrest in Dhaka of two outlaws with time bombs and firearms and the reported threat to the Indian cricket
 arrow First Test from today
Security fear and uncertainty over, the first Test between Bangladesh and India begins at Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Bangladeshi truck driver kidnapped in Iraq 'released'
The Bangladeshi truck driver held hostage in Iraq was released by Iraqi resistant fighters yesterday, according to diplomatic sources.
 arrow Giant sharks give in after 28hr battle
Fishermen caught two gigantic sharks in the Bay of Bengal after a 28-hour-long battle since Tuesday morning as killing of the carnivorous marine fish continues in the deep sea.
 arrow Zinc supplement can save 75,000 children's lives
Scientists working on 'zinc supplement' for treatment of diarrhoea yesterday announced it can save the lives of 30,000 to 75,000 under-five children a year in Bangladesh both as a treatment for diarrhoeal
 arrow Electronic traffic signal flops on very first day
Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) high-profile electronic traffic control system installed at Sonargaon intersection yesterday to ease congestion turned out to be a fiasco, as it created more congestion,
 arrow 36pc babies born underweight
About 50 percent of the children in Bangladesh are malnourished while 36 percent of the babies are born underweight.
The country has around six million working children and about 2.

 arrow World HR Day today
The country observes World Human Rights Day today amidst a wave of concern over deaths in 'crossfire' with law enforcers, and absence of a human rights commission even 33 years into independence.
 arrow Pvt operators given 5 days for interconnection
While the telecoms ministry wants the country's private cellphone operators to provide connectivity to the state-owned BTTB's mobile phone service before its soft launch on December 15, industry sources
 arrow Pay commission may report in mid-Jan
The National Pay Commission is currently considering five different models of government employees' salary structure and is likely to present its recommendations to the government in mid-January.
 arrow Father dies after innocent son's arrest
As the father of a schoolboy died allegedly after being assaulted by police, agitated people laid a siege to the city's Sutrapur Police Station yesterday evening.
 arrow Jubo League man dies in Rab 'crossfire'
A convicted Jubo League leader died in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his associates at Shiddhirganj in Narayanganj in the wee hours yesterday.
 arrow Sky to remain cloudy today
The gloomy weather would continue today as the Himalayan clouds spreading from the northern and northeastern regions to other parts of Bangladesh would block sunlight out.
 arrow Tiger kills one in Sundarbans
A tiger killed a fisherman at the Kasikata canal in the Sundarbans Saturday.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Sylhet, Ctg regions
A mild tremor jolted Chittagong and Sylhet regions yesterday afternoon, report our correspondents.
 arrow Tougher agitation if no-trust plan foils
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties from rallies in Chittagong and Rangpur yesterday asked the government to desist from oppressing the opposition men in their bid to foil the no-confidence human
 arrow CPB to stop Razakars from entering war memorials
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) leaders yesterday declared they will not let any razakar enter the war memorials and Shahid Minar on the Martyred Intellectuals Day and National Victory Day.
 arrow One missing, 6 hurt as army vehicle falls into Sangu river
An army man went missing and five others and a rickshaw-puller were hurt as a military vehicle fell into the Sangu river in Doharibazar yesterday.
 arrow 2 die after taking liquor
Two persons died and three others fell sick after drinking poisonous liquor in Karaibari village in Nabinagar upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Memorial on 2nd largest mass grave opened
A part of the Martyrs' Memorial set up on the second largest mass grave in the country on Rajshahi University campus was inaugurated yesterday.
 arrow 7 journos get TIB awards
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) gave away 'Integrity Award' for journalism and 'Investigative Journalism Award' at a programme in the capital yesterday.
 arrow LatAm, Indian political parties most corrupt: TI
Political parties in Latin America, India, Indonesia, and certain eastern European states are judged the most corrupt, according to a new survey released yesterday by the group Transparency International.
 arrow Rajshahi journo tells of Rab torture
Shafiqul Islam, a Rajshahi-based journalist, yesterday told the BBC Bangla Service that Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members detained him for 12 hours and tortured at the anti-crime outfit's local office
Businessarrow Businesses for all forms of preferential trade
While World Bank asks Bangladesh to concentrate on multilateral system rather than regional or bilateral arrangement for accruing more global trade benefits, local businesses urged the government to pursue
 arrow Up intra-regional trade in Saarc bloc
With view to reaping economic benefits through Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), speakers at a seminar yesterday called for more regional trade among South Asian countries.
 arrow Paris willing to help Dhaka add more value to products
France is interested in providing sophisticated technology for producing high quality products and adding more value where it is a global leader, said French Trade Commissioner in Dhaka.
 arrow BP switches to new logo
BP has launched its new brand identity 'Helios' in Bangladesh and also revamped its business strategy here in line with the company's global drive to grow its worldwide business by over 10 percent every
 arrow Siemens quits optical fibre business
Siemens has announced that it will be no longer in any cable business including optical fibre manufacturing from early next year.
 arrow Opec warns oil supply cuts needed for '05
Opec oil producers said on Thursday Friday's ministerial meeting would focus on cutting back oversupply to support falling prices and that producers would have to reduce output quotas early next year.
 arrow Pioneer IBM's exit from PC business seen as turning point
IBM's deal to sell its personal computer business to China's Lenovo, a move likely to reshape the industry, signals the PC has evolved into a mass consumer item with little profit, analysts say.
 arrow SEC okays Agrani Ins IPO application
Shares of Agrani Insurance Company worth Tk 9 crore will go public this month as the Securities and Exchange Commission cleared the IPO (Initial Public Offerings) application yesterday.
 arrow South Asians fail to utilise advantage of vast markets
Speakers at a working session of the biennial conference of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) in Dhaka yesterday said the South Asian countries have utterly failed to utilise the advantage of their
 arrow SKorea leaves key interest rate unchanged
South Korea's central bank on Thursday left its key interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent, resisiting pressure for another cut to boost the economy even as it reduced this year's growth forecast to4.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Drama over, it's showtime
Four years ago, Sourav Ganguly was making his debut as captain when India won what was Bangladesh's inaugural Test at Dhaka's Banga-bandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: This is a different situation: Bashar
Same venue, same opposition but four years have passed since the inaugural Test and Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar thinks that the current Indian team are a far superior side compared to the one that
 arrow Cricket: Motivation not a problem: Ganguly
Life as Indian captain has brought many memorable moments for Sourav Ganguly but there is a special corner in his heart for an event four years ago at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Cricket: Battle royale today
While all eyes will be on the first Bangladesh-India Test match at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium today, the country's greatest cricket clubs Moha-mmedan Sporting Club and Abahani will be do battle
 arrow Hockey: Usha overtake MSC atop
Usha Krira Chakra stormed to the top of the Green Delta Premier Ho-ckey League table with their fourth win in as many matches after Mohammedan Sporting Club's winning run came to an end yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Security loses Ganguly trail!
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly suddenly went missing for a couple of hours yesterday night and reportedly all hell broke loose.
 arrow Cricket: Series decider today
Australia are considering unleashing all their four front-line pacemen against New Zealand in a bid to claim the inaugural one-day Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at the Gabba here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Key unlocks Oppenheimer
Stand-in captain Marcus Tres-cothick and the hard-hitting Robert Key took England to a comfortable win in the opening match of their South African tour against a Nicky Oppenheimer XI at the NFO private
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan unimpressive
Pakistan registered an unconvincing 262 all out on the first day of their four-day tour match against Western Australia, despite steadying after a woeful start.
 arrow Chess: Leonine Div I chess kings
Leonine Chess Club drew 2-2 with Bangladesh Biman in the 15th and the final round of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League yesterday but the result was enough to see the side clinch their second
 arrow Cricket: RU cricket
The inter-department cricket tournament of Rajshahi University (RU) started at the university playground on Wednesday.
Two matches were played on the opening day.

 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe pick Masakadza for B'desh Tests
Batsman Hamilton Masakadza is set to play his first Test for two years after being named in the Zimbabwe squad for next month's tour to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Donald bids playing bye
South African great Allan Donald has announced his retirement from first-class cricket and will take up a post coaching Warwickshire's young bowlers.
 arrow Chess: B'desh GM chess on
The Maan Bangladesh Grand Master's Chess Tournament began in Dhaka yesterday at the National Sports Council hall room.
 arrow Football: Gerrard makes it possible
Steven Gerrard scored one of the finest - and most dramatic - goals Anfield's famous Kop has ever witnessed to fire Liverpool into the knockout stages of the tournament with a gut-wrenching 3-1 win over
 arrow Football: Ronaldo the spark
Luis Figo scored twice but Ronaldo was the showstopper as Real Madrid defeated a second-string Roma side 3-0 behind closed doors here Wednesday to clinch a place in the knockout phase of the Champions
 arrow Football: Real relief
Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions league victory over AS Roma drummed up as much relief as celebration, with players keen to focus on other competitions and commentators still griping about the Spanish team's
 arrow Football: The final goodbye
The security guards were trying to hustle Mia Hamm off the field, but she was having none of it.
 arrow Football: Perfect Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen maintained their 100 percent home record in this season's Champions League defeating Dynamo Kiev 3-0 here on Wednesday to book their place in the last sixteen of the competition.
 arrow Football: 'Dear, oh dear!'
Some argue he is treated almost as a deity anyway, but a British tourist attraction has now taken David Beckham's status to new extremes by casting him in a Christmas nativity scene as Joseph, the father
 arrow Football: Cold North beckons Japan
Japan will have to travel to North Korea for a World Cup tie after being handed a tough draw in the last round of Asian zone qualifiers for the 2006 Germany finals here Thursday.
 arrow Tyson arrested for damaging car
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after he allegedly jumped on to the bonnet of a car.
 arrow Cricket: Relief for Styris and McCullum
New Zealand players Brendon McCullum and Scott Styris were Thursday found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct after separate incidents in Wednesday's limited-overs
Culturearrow Stories of refugees, machine guns and tradition
The British Council is hosting three exhibitions of the ongoing Chobi Mela III, displaying photographs of Peter Fryer and Hilary Knox from the UK and Then Chih Wey from Singapore.
 arrow Women and Poetry
Despite women's contribution in every sphere, their role has not been fully recognised. This includes the arena of poetry. Even today many of their creative pieces are not in a published form.
 arrow Generating awareness of child rights
A children's drama festival was held recently at the Rabindra Sharabor stage, beside Dhanmondi lake. The festival was organised by Ichchey Children's Media Centre and sponsored by Save the ChildrenSweden-Denmark.
 arrow War tale of Freedom Fighters
The month of December is very significant in the history of our Liberation War, for we earned the much-coveted independence in this month after nine long months of armed struggle against the Pakistanarmed
Generalarrow Ensure social security of women: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on social workers, philanthropists, NGOs and other concerned quarters to supplement her government's programmes for ensuring social security and wellbeing of
 arrow Call to implement CHT accord
Implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord is impossible without establishing a democratic and progressive government, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow fire at Khulna Bata Shoe centre
A devastating fire that broke out at Bata Shoe Centre in the city yesterday gutted goods worth over Tk 3 crore.
 arrow Nat'l security depends not only on military power: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government has taken necessary steps for overall development of the economy along with modernisation of the armed forces to strengthen national security.
 arrow Admission seekers go berserk
Admission seekers went on a rampage at the Diploma Institute of Textile Engineering (DITE) in Barisal yesterday after learning that the higher authorities did not approve the new admission procedure.
 arrow Victory Festival begins in city today
The Liberation War Museum has organised a weeklong 'Victory Festival-2004' beginning on its premises in the city today.
 arrow 2nd Ctg Int'l Film Festival begins today
The weeklong 2nd "Chittagong International Film Festival 2004" begins in the port city today with a call to strengthen the trend of alternative film practice in the country.
 arrow Death anniversary of Sirajuddin Hossain today
Today is the 33rd death anniversary of eminent journalist Sirajuddin Hossain, a martyr of the War of Liberation.
 arrow 1,757 more held
Police arrested 1,757 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela begins in Ctg today
A 22-day Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela (victory fair) begins at Laldighi Maidan in the port city today.
 arrow Admission under sports, cultural quotas cancelled at JU
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have cancelled the admission of students under sports and cultural quotas from 2004-05 academic session.
 arrow Bangladesh Chemical Congress begins
A three-day Bangladesh Chemical Congress began at the Teachers Students Centre of Dhaka University yesterday with a call to promoting chemical education in the country.
 arrow Police source's wrists severed
Criminals yesterday cut off both wrists of a police informant in Tongi on the outskirts of the city.
 arrow AKTEL donation to orphanage
TM International (Bangladesh) Limited (TMIB) with the brand name AKTEL donated Tk 2 lakh to Uttar Badda Baitul Mukaddam Jam-E-Mosque and Yatem Khana for the construction of a six-storied orphanage building
 arrow Judicial Service Assoc confce Dec 12
The 54th annual conference of the Bangladesh Judicial Service Association will be held at 9:00am on December 12 at the Officers' Club at Bailey Road, says a press release.
 arrow Free eye camp begins in city
A weeklong free cataract operation camp began at Bangladesh Lions Foundation Auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opposition's human wall tomorrow
The climate of relations between the government and the mainstream opposition has heated up centring around the latter's human wall programme planned to straddle Teknaf in the south to Tetulia at thenorthern-most
 arrow Editorial: Saifur's Delhi trip
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, who is known for candour, has had free and frank exchanges of views with top Indian leaders and, in the process, he has gained useful insights into New Delhi's latest
 arrow Is there a democrat in the house?
With talk in the air of electoral reform in general and reform of the caretaker government law in particular, and accusations abounding from either side of the aisle that the other side is interestednot
 arrow God, fathers and godfathers
Hell, I feel like Chicken Little, that children's book character, who says this will happen or that will happen but nothing happens in the end.
 arrow Palestinians’ dream of homeland shattered?
With the passing away of Arafat, the dream of separate Palestinian statehood appears slim as no Palestinian leader of Arafat's stature is likely to emerge soon to bargain with hawkish Likud Party leader
Letters to Editorarrow Kudos to Humayun Ahmed
During Eid holidays we had a chance to watch writer and director Humayun Ahmed's film Shaymol Chhaya on Channel-I, and we really enjoyed it.
 arrow Rice, forthcoming or outgoing
Condoleezza Rice, the outgoing national security adviser, must not be the forthcoming secretary of state of United States. As Mr.
 arrow "Can Iran be tamed?"
I was offended by the title of Mr. Kazi Anwarul Masud's article, "Can Iran be tamed?" (Dec 5).
 arrow A letter from Richard Bach
I love to read books, and I read the books of Richard Bach some years ago. The books Illusions and Jonathan Seagull were read by hundreds of readers.
 arrow Environmental pollution by dust
I understand we have a department of environment who may kindly take note and necessary action.
There are many aspects but I would like to take up environmental pollution by dust only.

 arrow Cricket
In the back drop of our continued failure in international cricket, some nice and practical thoughts which have come from different quarters deserve consideration from our think tank.
 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
In his article, "Ohio has failed the world," (Nov 7) Mr. Zaied Ali makes a fundamental mistake. Ohio is no more responsible for Mr.
 arrow Common interest
Taking stock of the achievements as well as the democratic deficit of the Saarc nations, we all should now find the answers of the questions like:
What reforms are needed in the institutional architecture

 arrow Why anti-terrorism war in Iraq?
Why the anti-terrorism war in Iraq or anticipated one in Iran or Syria or DPRK? Why does not Bush concentrate this so-called war right in his back-yard, if there is any terrorism.
 arrow Re-electing GWB
I'm writing this letter in response to OH Kabir's reaction (Dec 2) to the re-election of George W. Bush.
 arrow Crossfire deaths and human rights
Like the law minister, many people appreciate the acts like crossfire deaths by RAB and say that crossfire has nothing to do with violation of human rights.
 arrow Response to OH Kabir
In response to OH Kabir's letter in which he claims peace loving Americans protested the Iraq war, then "turned around and put a golden crown on the head of Bush," Mr.
 arrow Are we entering the age of Jahilia?
When I read the report (Oct 10) on Brahmanbaria's fanatics attacking the Ahmadiyya Mosque followed by looting of houses and beating people, I was shell-shocked! Because the incident took place in theholy
 arrow Wrong information
I am writing this in response to Shahid Khondoker's letter (December 2). Mr Shahid wrote that 1000-2000 tons of depleted uranium (DU) was used in the Iraq war. This figure is false.
 arrow Reform of Caretaker Government
I have read Mr. Kibria's article on caretaker government and Justice Latifur Rahman's rejoinder and a few letters for and against the article and the rejoinder.
Worldarrow US for boosting defence ties with India
On his first trip to India since the reelection of US President George W Bush, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday said his country wanted bilateral defence ties to be further "knitted" together.
 arrow Maoists bomb bldg in Nepali capital
Maoists rebels set off a bomb fitted with a timer device yesterday at the Agriculture Marketing Company offices in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu shortly before the start of business, police said.
 arrow Rebel factions clash in Manipur: 10 killed
At least 10 tribal separatists were killed and several wounded in factional fighting over territory in India's northeastern state of Manipur, a separatist leader said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka parliament in uproar again
Sri Lanka's national parliament resumed after uproar for a third straight day yesterday as minority Tamil legislators protested the passage of budget allocations for ministries without a debate.
 arrow Asia looks to S America for solutions to pollution
Colombia may conjure up images of drug running and endemic corruption, but for many Asian cities its capital Bogota could offer lessons on how to better manage mass transport and cut choking air pollution.
 arrow Pakistan looks into 500 child abuse cases against clerics
Pakistani police are investigating some 500 cases of alleged child abuse implicating Muslim clerics (Maulvis), a junior minister said yesterday.
 arrow India receives Tagore's Nobel Prize replica
Eight months after the original one was stolen from Vishwa Bharati University, India yesterday received from Sweden the replicas of poet Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize medals to be kept at Santiniketan.
 arrow World Buddhist confce opens in Myanmar
A world Buddhist summit opened in Myanmar amid pomp and ceremony on Thursday despite a boycott call, with the military regime's new premier using the occasion to call for an end to "the bullying of the
 arrow Nato eyes expanded Afghan, Iraq roles
Nato ministers opened talks here yesterday aimed at boosting the alliance's role in Afghanistan and Iraq as the United States appealed for an end to lingering resentment in Europe over the US-led warthat
 arrow Sacked CIA official alleges retaliation for not faking WMD reports on Iraq
A sacked CIA official is suing the agency for allegedly retaliating against him for refusing to falsify his reports on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to support the White House's pre-war position,
 arrow 'Over 1,000 die every day from Congo war'
Over 1,000 Congolese civilians a day are dying, nearly all from disease and malnutrition, due to a festering conflict that has killed 3.8 million people, an aid agency said yesterday.
 arrow 2004 a tough year for aid workers
Typhoons, earthquakes and war made 2004 one of the toughest years for aid workers, but 2005 will start more positively with a huge conference in Japan on how to reduce disasters, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow 4 pulled alive from Philippine storm rubble

Philippine rescuers were frantically digging for more survivors after four people, including a toddler, were pulled alive yesterday from a building crushed by a landslide 11 days ago.

 arrow Govt resumes work as Ukraine crisis eases
Ukraine's civil servants went back to work for the first time in weeks yesterday as the opposition lifted its blockade of government buildings and a tense political crisis eased following a compromise