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Front Pagearrow River-linking to spell disaster for both Bangladesh, India
The Indian River-Linking Project (IRLP) will result in great human and ecological disasters for both downstream Bangladesh and upstream India, speakers at an international conference agreed yesterday.
 arrow Political stability gave Malaysia its economic success
Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad who arrived here yesterday said Malaysia can be an example for Bangladesh of how economic success comes through a stable political system.
 arrow Headmistress, daughter slaughtered at Baridhara
The headmistress of Siddheshwari Girls High School and her daughter were found slaughtered in their Baridhara apartment early hours yesterday.
 arrow PBCP founder Mofakkhar killed in Rab action
Mofakkhar Hossain alias Mahamud Hasan, a top political think-tank of outlawed parties and founder of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), died in an alleged 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow India pile on runs
Gautam Gambhir's maiden Test century and a typical Rahul Dravid ton helped India defy a three-prong Bangladesh attack on the opening day of the second and the final Test here on Friday.
 arrow DU to honour Mahathir today
Dhaka University (DU) today confers an honorary Doctorate of Law on former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir bin Muhamad at the opening of its 42nd convocation.
 arrow Maid murdered at shipping minister's residence
A domestic help at the house of Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain was found slaughtered inside her room at Gulshan in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Iraq war crimes tribunal flawed
Iraq's plan to push ahead with early trials of Saddam Hussein's deputies risks launching an unfair process that is flawed and discredited in the eyes of the world, a leading human rights group said yesterday.
 arrow DU-AEC dispute over campus land
Authorities of Dhaka University (DU) and Atomic Energy Centre (AEC), a research institute under the Atomic Energy Commission, are at loggerheads over a piece of 3.
 arrow Tanore 'rapists' held under Section 54!
Two of the four BNP men accused of gang-raping a woman 17 years ago in Tanore were arrested Thursday not in the rape case but under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
 arrow Govt out to erase Bangabandhu's name : Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the government for 'destroying' the country's economy, image and history of independence and spoiling the main principles of the constitution in a planned
 arrow 350 firearms for Sundarbans forest guards
Government has recently issued the Sundarbans Forest Division (SFD) with 350 automatic firearms for the use of its forest guards.
 arrow Govt working hard to ensure people's rights
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the countrymen to be united to build a prosperous nation and implement the dream for which lakhs of people
 arrow Rickshaw ban triggers stray clashes
Mirpur road from Russell Square to Azimpur in the city became off-limits to non-motorised vehicles from yesterday prompting stray clashes between police and rickshaw pullers that left at least 15 people
 arrow Traffickers in Greece torture Bangladeshis
A gang of traffickers held a Bangladeshi in an apartment for three weeks, torturing him with cigarettes and blows and starving him to hand over money for his release, Greek police said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon offers state to Palestinians
Predicting a year of opportunity for peace talks, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held out the prospect of an independent state for the Palestinians if they stop violence against Israel, but Palestinian
 arrow JS team starts assessing CHT situation
Visiting parliamentary team yesterday met with political leaders, government officials and NGO representatives in Khagrachhari to assess law and order situation and make future plans for betterment of
 arrow 9 killed in al-Qaeda jailbreak in Kabul
Five Afghan prison guards and police and four prisoners were killed in a jail break attempt by al-Qaeda inmates yesterday and a shoot-out was going on with another two, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry
 arrow Rab, Cheetah products of govt failure
Utterly failing to control the law and order, the government has let forces like Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Cheetah and Cobra work wantonly, Dr Kamal Hossain, president of Jatiya Oikya Mancha, said
 arrow 'Poor' rice stock worries Kibria
Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday called upon the government to take immediate steps to bring down the price of rice and build up a sensible stock to avert a famine.
 arrow Back again...

 arrow 'Chemical Ali' faces hearing next week
Saddam Hussein's defense minister, who surrendered to American forces last year, will appear alongside another notorious general - known as Chemical Ali - when investigative trials open next week, anofficial
 arrow Growing unhappiness with Rumsfeld in Republican camp
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the target of increasing criticism from his own Republican camp, but the White House voiced Thursday its continued support for the Pentagon chief.
 arrow BTTB proposes call rates for its cellphones
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has proposed the tariffs for its postpaid and prepaid cellphones at Tk 3 and Tk 5 per minute, sources said.
Businessarrow Current account surges despite soaring trade deficit
Although the trade deficit posted a 27 percent increase in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the current account balance is showing a surplus with an increase in disbursement of foreign aid,
 arrow Saarc leaders urged to go for economic union
The heads of governments of the Saarc countries have been urged to put their heads together in the forthcoming summit in Dhaka so that Safta can be dragged towards establishing an "economic union" inthis
 arrow EU split on reimposition of US sanctions in 2006
The EU is sticking with its plan to lift sanctions on $4 billion worth of US goods on Jan.
 arrow Oil prices firm on winter weather worries
Oil prices firmed on Friday, cementing this week's gains spurred by worries a US cold spell could erode already low winter fuel inventories.
US light crude rose five cents to $44.

 arrow India to raise rate on top pension fund
India will raise the interest rate on its largest pension fund, the prime minister's office said on Thursday, but the federal labour minister said a final decision on the size of the increase was still
 arrow Bhutan becomes first nation to ban tobacco sales
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was to enforce from Friday a ban on all tobacco sales, a world first, official media reported.
 arrow India's inflation falls for second week
India's inflation rate fell in the week to December 4 for the second consecutive week, thanks to lower oil and food prices, the government said Friday.
 arrow Aktel opens customer care centre at Dhanmondi
Aktel opened a customer care centre at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Pakistan cotton prices weak on fresh arrivals
Pakistani cotton prices were weak during the past week due to plentiful stocks and were likely to soften further in days ahead on expected rise in the supply from the new crop, dealers said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dravid, Gambhir bask in centuries
The day belonged to two Indian century-makers Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir as the pair cashed in on a flat track at the MA Aziz Stadium to put the Bangladeshi bowling attack to the sword on the opening
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad on back foot
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance Squad were struggling to save the four-day match against Sri Lanka Cricket Academy at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tourists at Aussies' mercy
Australian captain Ricky Ponting opted not to enforce the follow-on Friday after a disastrous day of undisciplined cricket saw Pakistan humiliated on the second day of the first Test at the Western Australian
 arrow Cricket: Rudolph revives SA
Jacques Rudolph led a South African recovery after England dismissed batting kingpins Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis for nought on the first day of the first Test at St George's Park Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer aghast
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer labelled his team's dismal batting efforts a disgrace here Friday as the tourists were spared the humiliation of a follow-on purely because of a tactical decision by Australian
 arrow Football: Dream prospect for fans
English Premiership leaders Chelsea drew Spanish league leaders Barcelona in the glamour match when the draw for the Champions League last sixteen was made here Friday.
 arrow Football: Can Valencia do it?
Barcelona are running away with the Spanish league title but if anyone can halt the Catalan club, at least temporarily, it could be the reigning Spanish champions Valencia.
 arrow Football: It's Chelsea's for the taking
Leaders Chelsea welcome Norwich to Stamford Bridge on Saturday looking to build on their four-point advantage over second-placed Everton.
 arrow Volleyball: Army meet Navy in final
Bangladesh Army will take on arch-rivals Bangladesh Navy in the today's final of the Pepsi Victory Day Volleyball Tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Policemen turn ticket-sellers!
Some policemen on duty at the gate of the media box and the adjacent northern gallery of the MA Aziz Stadium found something more lucrative than guarding the entrances during tea on the first day of the
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee scare
There were nervous whispers circulating around Chittagong that Bangladesh pacemen Mashrafee bin-Mortuza and his debutant new ball partner Nazmul Hossain had suffered worrying injuries on Day One of the
 arrow Cricket: The wicket a letdown
Both Bangladesh and India had expressed their desires after the first Test in Dhaka of playing on the same type of surface in Chittagong.
 arrow Football: Booters' transfers begin quietly
The four-day inter-club footballers' transfers began yesterday without the usual excitement.
 arrow Hockey: Mariner maul Railway
Mariner Youngs Club recorded their third consecutive win in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League with a massive 6-0 defeat of lowly Railway Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium
 arrow Open squash from today
The Sharp Blade Open Squash Tournament kicks off at the Dhaka Club Squash court today.
About 100 clubs from Dhaka and Chittagong will participate in six divisions.

 arrow Cricket: S Africa 273 for seven
South Africa reached 273-7 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against England at Port Elizabeth yesterday.
 arrow Moazzem, Salahudddin win GP Nat'l pair bridge title
Moazzem Hossain and Mohammed Salahudddin won the Khondker Fazle Sobhan Trophy for the GrameenPhone National Pair Bridge title yesterday at Hotel Rajmoni Isha Kha.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Partex
Biplab Sharma Pappa and Tariq Ahmed Ruben smashed half-centuries to steer Partex Sporting Club to an 88-run win over Jatrabari Krira Chakra in yesterday's First Division Cricket League at the BKSP ground
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib fined
Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar was fined 40 per cent of his match fee -- estimated to be 5,000 Australian dollars (3,800 US) -- after being cited for a gesture during Australia's first innings in the
 arrow Football: Gaibandha soccer
The inaugural match of the First Division Football League between Jhanker Sporting Club and Eleven Star Club ended in a goalless draw at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Christmas arrives early in Lisbon!
Portugal's most widely supported football club, Lisbon-based Benfica, asked its fans Thursday to attend a weekend match dressed up as Santa Claus as part of its centenary celebrations.
 arrow Football: Germany blank Japan
Result of a friendly match between Japan and Germany at the Yokohama stadium here Thursday:
Japan 0 Germany 3 (Klose 54, 89, Ballack 69). H-t: 0-0.

 arrow Robinho's mother freed
The mother of Brazil's latest super star footballer Robinho was freed Friday by gunmen who kidnapped her five weeks ago.
 arrow Football: Wenger pays the price
The English Football Association (FA) on Thursday found Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger guilty of improper conduct and fined him 15,000 pounds (29,000 dollars).
 arrow Football: Delle Alpi the place to be
The top two in Serie A meet on Saturday as leaders Juventus host defending champions AC Milan for a Scudetto showdown that could prove pivotal in the title race.
Metropolitanarrow 'Reform labour laws to ensure women workers' rights'
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to reform existing labour laws toZ ensure the rights of female workers.
 arrow Dev project staffs threaten tougher agitation
Officers and employees of government development projects yesterday threatened to launch tougher agitation programmes if their five-point demand is not met by January 30.
 arrow Cadets give four-day ultimatum to make probe report public
Cadets of the 24th and 25th batches of Marine Fisheries Academy here yesterday sought the interventions of the prime minister and the minister concerned to solve the current stalemate at the academy.
 arrow Japan's contribution to country's dev enormous: Moudud
Japan is one of the most trusted friends of Bangladesh as its contribution towards the country's overall development is enormous, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
"The contribution of Japanto

 arrow Dev work to be complete by March: Huda
The development and expansion work of the 225 km Dhaka-Sylhet national highway will be complete by March as 95 percent of the project work has already been completed.
 arrow Medicines worth Tk 50 lakh seized
Police seized smuggled foreign medicines worth Tk 50 lakh from Mohammadpur area in the city and arrested four youths on Thursday night.
 arrow Housewife found dead
The body of a housewife who had been missing for three days was found wrapped in a sack at Nayaati Rasulbag in Siddhirganj on Wednesday.
Surbanu, 45, wife of Jamal Uddin, had been missing since Monday.

Nationalarrow Poor govt response affects orange cultivation
A dry spell followed by floods badly hit orange production in Moulvibazar district this year, reducing the yield by around 20 per cent over that of the last year, according to estimates by growers and
 arrow Razakars' names on Victory Memorial
It is a matter of great regret that two infamous Razakars, collaborators of Pakistan Occupation Army, were engraved on a newly built victory memorial here.
The two Razakars are Khater Ali and Aminuddin.

 arrow Free from drug addiction
It was a joyous occasion for all.
 arrow A laudable initiative by a school
Students and teachers of Brahmanbaria Ideal Academy has set a good example by planting tree saplings in different areas of the district free of cost.
 arrow AK-47 recovered in Rangamati
An AK-47 assault rifle was recovered from a tribal youth by army at a remote bazaar in Durchhari under Baghaichhari upazila on Wednesday, according to police.
 arrow Victory Memorial built after 33 years
A Victory Memorial, built at Gaibandha Public Library ground by the Zila Parishad at a cost of Tk 10 lakh was inaugurated on Thursday.
 arrow Six Bangladeshis abducted by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted six people from Chhat Tilai enclave under Bhurungamari upazila on Monday.
 arrow Protest at cost of life
A 16 year-old girl committed suicide moments before her marriage.
The tragic incident took place at Baisha village in Keshabpur upazila Monday night after the bridal party reached her house.

 arrow B'baria industrialist, 200 AL men join BNP
Sayed AK Ekramuzzan, owner of RAK Ceramic Industry, along 200 Awami League workers joined BNP at a rally attended by State Minister for Land Abdus Sattar Buiyan, held at Nasirnagar Upazila Parished ground
Point-Counterpointarrow Civil war in Iraq : America's exit strategy!
A good number of Americans are already limbless or otherwise in some deformed state because of Vietnam war and the present Iraq invasion -- both wars seemed unnecessary.
 arrow A country stripped naked by its own action
Japan's relationship with North Korea had never been an easy one.
 arrow Bangladesh shows the way
In India, social progress is slower and less broad-based than in Bangladesh, despite much faster economic growth.
Culturearrow 'Harmony of colours is fundamental to my composition'--Mansur Ul Karim
Mansur Ul Karim's artistic per-ception has grown and developed over the years. The exceptional natural beauty and the life of the rural Bangladesh permeate his canvases.
 arrow Jolbalika: Bringing the village to the stage
Jolbalika by Padatik, written by Masum Reza and directed by Shamsul Alam Bokul, focuses on rural Bangladesh.
 arrow Patha natok played an important role during our Liberation War
Cultural activists in our country played a major role during our Liberation War. A well-known case is the stellar contribution of the cultural activists at the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
 arrow Victory Day Celebrations in the City
December 16, the Victory Day of the nation, is one of the occasions in the prying city life when city dwellers get spirited with patriotism.
Generalarrow Fruits may protect children from leukaemia
US investigators have found that children who ate oranges and bananas or drank orange juice most days of the week before age two were significantly less likely than other children to be diagnosed with
 arrow Diarrhoea claims four in Naogaon
Four people died of diarrhoea and more than 100 others were affected by the disease in Dhamoirhat upazila of the district in last four days till Thursday.
 arrow Businessman stabbed to death
A young businessman was killed by unidentified miscreants near Hajipur Bengal Rice Mills on the outskirts of the district town yesterday.
Internationalarrow UN shrugs off US demands to boost Iraq presence
The United States failed to win a promise from the United Nations to increase its staff in Iraq ahead of elections as Washington stepped up its charges that Damascus was sheltering insurgent leaders.
 arrow 'Militants planning big attacks in Bangkok'
Islamic militants were planning large-scale attacks in Bangkok and southern Thai provinces in January to mark the first anniversary of a violent separatist insurgency, a security source said yesterday.
 arrow 17 Maoists killed in western Nepal
At least 17 Maoist rebels died in clashes in the far west of Nepal Friday while two bombs exploded in the capital region as new violence flared in the kingdom, security officials said.
 arrow War fears rise in Lanka as peace effort fails
A top Norwegian envoy who failed in his latest effort to revive Sri Lanka's peace talks has warned both parties to honour a truce or risk a return to full-scale war, diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow EU to work for lifting China's arms ban
EU leaders were set to declare their "political will" to lift an arms embargo on China but stressed Beijing must respect human rights and regional stability, a draft summit text said yesterday.
 arrow Impact of Iraq war failing US National Guard in its recruitment drive
The US National Guard has fallen some 10,000 people below its authorized strength of 350,000 in part because fewer soldiers are joining the guard on leaving active duty, a military spokesman said Thursday.
 arrow China, Pakistan to step up anti-terror cooperation
China and Pakistan have vowed to step up anti-terrorism cooperation, saying both sides had been "deeply harmed" by extremism and separatism, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow Pak court orders security for Zardari
The husband of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday a court had ordered the government to give him police protection following his release from eight years in jail.
 arrow Bush to sign new intelligence reform bill
President Bush is signing into law the largest overhaul of US intelligence gathering in 50 years, hoping to improve the spy network that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.
 arrow EU finally opens door for Turkey
After 40 years of trying, Turkey got its foot in the door of the European Union after EU leaders grudgingly agreed to open membership talks with the overwhelmingly Muslim nation next year.
 arrow 'CIA has run secret prison at Guantanamo'
The Central Intelligence Agency has run a secret prison for valuable al-Qaeda captives within the Pentagon's detention complex at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported
Editorialarrow Editorial: Another arms haul
The members of Bangladesh Rifles seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition from a remote village in Bandarban district on Wednesday last, thus confirming the truth that the hilly region has become
 arrow Editorial: Admission test crisis
The ordeal for the students, as well as their parents, to get admitted to a good school, it seems, will never end.
 arrow Cracks in the secular facade of Netherlands
Recent weeks have not been kind to the soft multi-ethnic image of Europe. Fissures have appeared in many parts of Europe, at odds with the usual picture of calm and cooperation.
 arrow Anti-corruption Commission: Can it be a deterrent ?
Corruption has become an enduring pattern of our public life. It is posing a threat to our nascent democracy.
Letters to Editorarrow What is happening in the city?
Things are getting worse day by day in the city. I am talking about Palassi intersection, one of the many places in the city that the city bosses have earmarked for better movement of vehicles.
 arrow Human chain
It is good to see that our politicians are responding to the common disgust against hartal and coming up with new ideas. The human chain was a welcome break from the usual hartal culture.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket team
What has happened to our national cricket team? Is it an "act of fate" that the Bangladesh cricket team is losing again and again and that too by a big margin against almost all the teams? I donot
 arrow Misleading cults
There was a time when mostly illiterate ,uneducated and less advanced people depended on luck in the hope of better life .
 arrow Weeding out corruption
We are all ashamed for our country has been dubbed as the most corrupt nation in the world for the fourth time.
 arrow Opposition goes the right way
At last the opposition started following the right way to protest against corruption in the government.
Literaturearrow A Few Conversations
(Conversations heard on streets and roads 19 years back from today.)
Dear Brothers! What had we wanted. And what have we got?
We had wanted an independent, sovereign country.

 arrow Strike A Heroic Pose : A Memoir of Camp Life in the Independence War
It was quite by chance that I became an officer in the Bangladesh Army during the independence war.