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Front Pagearrow Mahathir asks Muslim states not to trade in US dollars
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday urged Muslim countries not to trade in US dollars as it only strengthens the capabilities of the United States to develop and supply arms toIsrael
 arrow DU honours Mahathir
Dhaka University conferred honorary Doctorate of Laws on former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its 42nd convocation began yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka peacekeepers to land in Darfur
Bangladesh is going to send troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan in the next two months, sources at the Armed Forces Division said.
 arrow 1 killer was known to victims
Four people Thursday evening entered the Baridhara apartment of Siddheshwari Girls High School headmistress, who was slain along with her daughter, and at least one of them was known to her.
 arrow Three nations sit Jan 12-13 to talk gas pipeline
The energy ministers of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar will meet in Myanmar on January 12 and 13 to discuss regional energy cooperation, including the possibility of implementing a transnational gas pipeline.
 arrow Four outlaws die in 'crossfire', gunfights
Four operatives of three outlawed communist outfits were killed and five policemen injured yesterday in three separate incidents of crossfire and shootouts in the violence-prone southwestern districts
 arrow 'Right, unpopular decisions made Malaysia an Asian giant'
Former prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that "right but unpopular" decisions by the Malaysian government in creating a business-friendly climate transformed the country froma
 arrow KL interested in port, natural resources dev
Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said Malaysia is interested to extend is cooperation in ports and exploration of natural resources in Bangladesh.
 arrow Attempts to disturb peace won't be tolerated: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the country has to be maintained to implement the development programmes initiated by the government and cautioned thatany
 arrow Delhi should consult plan with neighbours
India should consult now with its neighbouring countries about its plans to link the rivers in India, speakers from Nepal and Bangladesh told an international conference yesterday on the Indian River-Linking
 arrow New antigraft body moves to check power abuse
The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to designate two directors -- one to run the administration and the other to do establishment duties -- instead of one, in an effort to check
 arrow Crushing defeat looms again
A bright morning turned into a gloomy afternoon for Bangladesh by the close on the second day of the second Test against India at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow US won't strike Iran, DPRK over nukes
Outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday he doesn't regret being the public face for the Bush administration's international call to war in Iraq.
 arrow Three-Wheeler Mockery...

 arrow Ruling coalition candidate wins Comilla by-poll
Ruling coalition candidate Zakaria Taher Sumon won the Comilla-7 by-election held yesterday amid low turnout of voters and casting of false votes.
 arrow Victim shifted to Dhaka after threat
The Rajshahi chapter of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) sent the victim of the Tanore gang rape and her son to Dhaka yesterday, one day ahead of the schedule, fearing attack andfacing
 arrow Witness says Jatiya Chhatra Samaj men killed him
The fourth prosecution witness in the Awami League legislator Ahsanullah Master murder case gave his deposition before a court yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf won't quit as army chief
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said he will continue to stay as army chief, reneging from an earlier pledge to quit the powerful post by the end of the year.
 arrow BTTB to charge Tk 5 peak-hour call charge for its mobile users
Telecoms watchdog Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday approved the call tariff for the mobile phones of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), which is now
 arrow Garment worker gang-raped in Mirpur
A garment worker was gang-raped inside the Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in Mirpur Friday night.
 arrow Doctor says maid was murdered
A doctor who with two others had performed the post-mortem on Bilkis, a domestic help at the residence of Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain, hinted yesterday that the maid did not commit suicide, rather
 arrow Jamaat MP asks police not to harass grenade attack suspect
A Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker reportedly has asked police not to harass the family members of Mokbul Hossain Mukul, a suspect in the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally in Dhaka.
 arrow Correction
In our December 17 story headlined "Height ceiling eased in Gulshan, Uttara", it was inadvertently written that the government has eased height restrictions on all six-storey buildings along "streets"
Businessarrow 2-day Bangladesh Malaysia Business Forum kicks off
Aiming to help businesses of Bangladesh and Malaysia establish contacts, explore investment opportunities and expand markets, a two-day Bangladesh Malaysia Business Forum kicked off yesterday.
 arrow Malaysians eyeing to relocate industries in Bangladesh
Visiting leader of the 72-member Malaysian business delegation Datuk Mustafa Mansur said the high level of skills of Bangladeshi workers engaged in different manufacturing plants in Malaysia has generated
 arrow Assess strengths, needs before going for FTA
Speakers at a business session yesterday said Bangladesh and Malaysia can strike a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) after taking into account the strengths and needs of both these countries.
 arrow Turn digital divide into dividend
Bangladesh can be tremendously benefited by the experience of Malaysia in developing information communication technology (ICT) sector.
 arrow Dhaka well staged to attract foreign direct investment: Speakers
Bangladesh has emerged as a prospective country for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), considering its duty and quota free access to some major markets including European Union, speakers told
 arrow Mahathir says 'no' to Microsoft
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Bangladesh should prefer Linux operating system to Microsoft in order to leapfrog in the ICT sector.
 arrow Standard Chartered launches Islamic banking
Standard Chartered Bank yesterday formally launched its Islamic banking services in Bangladesh by opening an Islamic banking centre at Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow Cut duty to ensure fair competition
Mobile phone set importers yesterday demanded that the government cut the import duty on cellphones sharply as they face 'unfair' competition from smuggled products.
 arrow Hyundai to manufacture cellphone sets in India
Flocking to India has become a recent trend of multinational telecom companies as they eye a market of huge potentials here.
 arrow Promotional campaign for Lucas battery launched
Rahimafrooz, the manufacturer of Lucas battery, yesterday launched 'Kalome Kalome Kuala Lumpur', a promotional campaign, to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the company.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rafique's spin worry
Mohammad Rafique said that he would have loved to bowl at the Indians again on this wicket.
 arrow Hockey: Usha upend MSC
Usha Krira Chakra could not think of a better way to celebrate their maiden victory over giants Mohammedan Sporting Club as they thrashed the Motijheel outfit 5-1 in a key Green Delta Premier Division
 arrow Cricket: Aussies stifle Pakistan
Stylish right-hander Damien Martyn was 100 not out as Australia twisted the knife in a lifeless Pakistan Saturday, setting a massive 564-run victory target and giving themselves two full days of the first
 arrow Cricket: Solid England reply
Openers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss shared an unbeaten century stand on Saturday to give England a solid start in reply to South Africa's 337 on the second day of the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Almost a good day for the Tigers
The wise words of Wasim Akram in his 'ministry of cricket' on the second of the Chittagong Test had an impact for the home side.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan Academy win emphatically
Visiting Sri Lanka Cricket Academy registered a convincing eight-wicket victory against Bangladesh High Performance (HP) Squad on the third day of the four-day match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium in
 arrow Cricket: Simmons looks to Bangladesh tour
The beleaguered Zimbabwe cricket team, bedevilled by revolt and desertion by white players, is looking forward to next month's away series against Bangladesh to provide an indicator of the progress made
 arrow Football: A test for both teams
South Korea meet Germany on Sunday in a replay of the 2002 World Cup semifinal billed as a chance to measure how a new generation of players are shaping up for the next World Cup in 2006.
 arrow Football: Wenger stands by Lehmann
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his axed goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could still be the man for Germany at the 2006 World Cup and has ruled out any moves in the transfer market.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-India captain Hazare no more
Former Indian cricket captain Vijay Hazare, who led the country to their first ever Test victory, has died in the western city of Baroda, his family announced on Saturday.
 arrow Football: World Football Briefs
A footballer was given a 30-year ban here Friday for headbutting a referee during an amateur match.
Victor Sproule, 32, attacked Jim Edwards after he abandoned a game in south Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 arrow Cricket: Wins for Gazi Tank, Dhanmondi, B Boys
Gazi Tank, Dhanmondi Club and Bangladesh Boys won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League at different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Navy Pepsi V-Day v'ball champs
Bangladesh Navy clinched the Pepsi Victory Day volleyball tournament title beating Bangladesh Army by 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 in the final at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Shape up or ship out Nakata'
Japan coach Zico said Friday he could drop former skipper Hidetoshi Nakata from a home World Cup qualifier against North Korea in February as the Fiorentina midfielder was struggling to regain his best
 arrow Football: Benitez's keeping trouble
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is facing a goalkeeper dilemma ahead of Sunday's league game against Newcastle.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi handball begins
Four teams -- hosts Bagerhat, Narail, Jessore and Madaripur -- made good start in the first phase of the Pepsi 17th National Women's Handball Championship that began yesterday at the Bagerhat Stadium.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Shaheed Mintu Sangha moved into the final of the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League defeating Parnanduali Ekadosh 1-0 at the Magura Government College playground yesterday.
 arrow Open squash on
Bhola Lal Chauhan of Sonargaon Hotel beat Delwar Hossain of Gulshan Club) 9-4, 9-2, 9-2 while Ram Jagadish of Cadet College Club defeated Bishu Nath of Gulshan Club 9-6, 9-5, 9-5 on the opening day'smatches
Metropolitanarrow Govt lawyers urged to protect human rights
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said the government lawyers would have to play more pro-active role in protecting human rights.
 arrow Rickshaw strike observed partially
The rickshaw strike was observed partially in the city yesterday.
The strike was called in protest at the government decision to make the road stretching from Kalabagan to Azimpur off-limits to rickshaw.

 arrow 5 to die, 8 get life
A tribunal here yesterday sentenced five people to death and eight others to life imprisonment in the sensational triple murder case of Hathazari.
 arrow Trader gunned down at Rampura
A trader was gunned down by unidentified miscreants at East Rampura in the city yesterday.
The victim was identified as Rustam Ali, 25, a garment-wastes trader in the locality.

 arrow 'Make Dec 26 strike a success'
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday called for making the 24-hour strike in newspaper industry on December 26 a success.
 arrow 17 fake examinees held
A total of 17 fake examinees including a student of Chittagong University of Engineering Techno-logy (Cuet) were held on the first day of the admission tests for first year honours courses at Jahangirnagar
 arrow Chandrika's letter handed over to Khaleda
A special envoy yesterday delivered a personal letter from Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Buet convocation January 30
The eighth convocation of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will be held on January 30 instead of 31 due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Tipu Biswas protests killing of PBCP leader
Jatiya Gonofront yesterday condemned the killing of Mofakkhar Hossain, founder of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), in an alleged 'crossfire' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow 3,889 more held
Police arrested 3,889 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 72 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tea production may fall 1.5m kg short of target
Tea production in the country this year will remain a little behind the target due to the drought like situation in last 2 months, officials said.
 arrow Renovated Zainul Sangrahashala ready for celebrations
The renovated Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala in the town on the bank Old Brahmaputra river is ready to celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of Shilpachrga Zainul Abedin.
 arrow Self-reliant without loan
It was a challenge for me when I started duck farming, said Parul Begum.
"I needed to do something to supplement my family income to ensure education of my sons but many in the area opposed.

 arrow Tk 50 lakh goods seized from Bhomra port
Imported goods including turmeric and green chili worth Tk 50 lakh were seized by BDR and Customs officials jointly from Bhomra Land Port last week.
 arrow 4,000 telephone lines in Barisal still out of order
About 4000 digital telephone lines in Barisal city are out of order since Wednesday morning.
 arrow Bangla TV, UK to build houses for Sylhet flood victims
Bangla TV, UK, a community TV channel in Britain, will construct houses for 200 poor families in Sylhet who lost their houses during the devastating floods this year, its officials said here on Friday.
 arrow Two killed in Rajshahi road accident
At least two persons were killed and 15 others were injured seriously in a road accident in front of Rajshahi Fire Service Office near Dewanpara Intersection in Rajshahi city on Friday.
 arrow Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad workers' meeting in Bogra
A meeting of Rajshahi divisional workers of Bangladesh Swadhinata Chikishok Parisad was held at Gano Unnyan Gronthagar auditorium here on Friday.
 arrow 'Drug lord' beaten by mob
A 'drug lord' was beaten by mob on Wednesday.
The criminal is Healal Sarder,40.
Mob attacked him as soon as he came out of his Sonadanga house.

 arrow 'Notorious' criminal nabbed
A 'notorious' criminal was arrested by Kotwali police from Rathkhola red light area in Faridpur town on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'I am sure that the ascendancy of the neo-cons will not last'
Golam Sarwar Chowdhury was instrumental in the founding of the Bangladesh Association for American Studies in 1986 and has worked hard to popularise American Studies in Bangladesh ever since
Culturearrow Alluvial Faces 2
Eminent artist Kalidas Karmakar's solo art exhibition, titled Alluvial Faces 2, is on at the Gallery Kaya at Uttara. It is the 59th solo exhibition of the artist.
 arrow Contribution of Jatra artistes during Liberation War
Jatra pala, a decaying rural art form, is often the subject of seminars and symposiums. However, little is known about the stellar contribution of the jatra artistes during our Liberation War.
 arrow Chit-Chat with Tushar
Abdur Nur Tushar, a doctor by profession, is a popular anchor of a magazine programme for BTV. Stepping into the media world at the age of 18, he has been active on the small screen.
 arrow EU Film Festival begins
A festival of seven European films started yesterday at the British Council auditorium.
 arrow Rare Beatles guitar auctioned at Christies
A guitar, played by George Harrison of the Beatles, sold for $567,500 on Friday, topping the bill at what auction house Christie's said was its biggest ever sale of show business memorabilia.
 arrow Victory Day Celebrations in the City

Internationalarrow Labour seals deal to join Sharon govt
Israel's opposition Labour party is likely to join Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition next week, a move that could promote his Gaza pullout plan and avoid early elections, Sharon's spokesman
 arrow Nepali parties wary of king's visit to India
Nepal's King Gyanendra's forthcoming visit to India has generated wariness and suspicion among major political parties in the country, with a coalition allied with the government dubbing it downright"mysterious".
 arrow Half of Americans for restricting civil liberties of Muslims in US
Nearly half of all Americans believe the US government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, according to a nationwide poll.
 arrow US, Europe strike deal on future climate talks
Europe and the United States reached a compromise late Friday at the UN climate change conference on future efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gases, according to a draft text of the deal obtained by
 arrow Several Turkish embassy guards killed in Iraq
Several Turkish embassy guards were killed in an attack in the northern city of Mosul as they travelled to Baghdad in the latest outbreak of the violence threatening to mar Iraq's landmark elections.
 arrow Chinese secession law may seek basis for use of force against Taiwan
A secession law being drafted by China could provide the legal basis for using force against Taiwan, but it is unlikely to include a clear deadline for when reunification must take place, analysts said
 arrow Judge blocks count of new Washington ballots
A judge Friday granted a state Republican Party request to block the counting of hundreds of recently discovered King County ballots in the governor's race, which the GOP's candidate is winning by just
Editorialarrow Editorial: Time to computerise land records
The latest land dispute to hit the headlines of the national dailies is the one between Dhaka University and the Atomic Energy Centre who are at loggerheads over a piece of land adjacent to the Bangla
 arrow Editorial: Roads off-limits for rickshaws
At least 100 people were injured in police action on the road from Azimpur to Kalabagan on Friday as rickshaw-pullers and owners were protesting the authorities' decision to ban movement of non-motorised
 arrow RAB and crossfire: Desperation and desirability
Several deaths in what has been alleged to be "crossfire" involving the newly created RAB have attracted widespread public and media attention for justifiable reasons.
 arrow Ivory Coast: The forgotten conflict
The world watches apprehensively as the crisis in the West African nation of Ivory Coast deepens.
Letters to Editorarrow RAB and foreign media
The law and order situation in Bangladesh has always been a cause of grave concern for the common people. Many steps were taken and none of them seemed to give any glimpse of hope whatsoever.
 arrow River dredging
The Ministry of Water Resources and Flood Control, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Planning Commission (PC) should take-up the task of excavation and dredging of the navigable riverbeds
 arrow Surprising reply
It was very surprising to see the way Justice Latifur Rahman reacted to former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria's letter. Mr.
 arrow Cricket
Our players have performed too poorly to be given another chance to prove their worth. But we don't have many good players.
Star Healtharrow HIV in Bangladesh: The present scenario
The HIV epidemic in Bangladesh, from an epidemiological perspective, is evolving rapidly.
 arrow Dental aspects of cardiovascular diseases
Dental infections such as gingivitis, periodontitis, periradicular pathosis are known to be strongly associated with factors that also elevate cardiovascular risk, such as smoking.
 arrow Celecoxib may be best therapy for Osteoarthritis
Although acetaminophen is recommended as initial treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, celecoxib may be more effective, and just as well tolerated, researchers report in the Annals of theRheumatic
 arrow Who are the high risk mothers?
High risk pregnancy means pregnancy with added risk for complications of mortality and morbidity to be faced by the mother and her coming baby.
There are some criteria of high risk mothers.

 arrow Heart drugs can cause Potassium overload
Drugs used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions can cause a dangerous build-up of potassium and patients taking them need to be watched closely, U.S. researchers cautioned recently.
Star Cityarrow DTCB targets 20 years to ease traffic
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has designed an immediate action plan to construct flyovers, set up multi-storey car parks, develop public transport, construct bypass and link roads in an
 arrow Students cry for concessions
Students in Bangladesh are deprived of special privileges against their identity cards both in government and private sectors although almost every country in the world provides students with variousfacilities.
 arrow Pedestrians suffer as footpaths remain occupied, filthy
City residents have welcomed the step to make Russell Square to Azimpur section of the Mirpur Road rickshaw-free, but commuters are suffering from lack of alternative transport arrangements and unusable
 arrow Shishu Park rickety rides still in use
Although the warranty period of eight amusement rides at Dhaka's Shishu Park expired some 15 years ago, replacing them might not be possible before 2007 as the proposed renovation and extension project
 arrow Computer show comes to a close
Another largely popular city event -- BCS Computer Show held at the Bhasani Novo Theatre concluded on Friday.
 arrow Final Touches to A Beautified Dhaka