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Front Pagearrow Armed Forces seek compliance waiver
The Armed Forces have sought an exemption from having to comply with the Public Procurement Regulation 2003 (PPR) concerning all purchases that it considers directly or indirectly to be related to national
 arrow Ministry seeks ways to offset BPC losses
The energy ministry has sought the finance ministry's assistance to find a solution to the financial losses incurred by the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in importing oil at a very
 arrow Transparency in river-link plan demanded
The three-day international conference on transboundary rivers concluded yesterday with a call for complete transparency to dispel mistrust and concerns arising out of the proposed Indian River Linking
 arrow Pathan spoils Ashraful's ton
With a stroke of genius Mohammad Ashraful made history at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday but the ghost of Bangladesh's second innings disaster revisited the port city to spoil his party.
 arrow Car bombings kill 62 in Najaf, Karbala
Suicide car bombers yesterday struck Iraq's two main Shia holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, killing at least 62 people and wounding nearly 130, six weeks before a historic election.
 arrow Call for free trade deal with Malaysia
Bangladesh and Malaysia should work towards the creation of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries, the first Bangladesh Malaysia Business Forum 2004 stated yesterday in its final declaration.
 arrow Indian eco-activist for popular resistance
People must resist the implementation of India's river linking project, as it would destroy the ecological balance and affect millions both in Bangladesh and India, said Medha Patkar, a leading environmental
 arrow $50m development project for CHT ready to roll
Satisfied with the 'improved' law and order situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the government has decided to launch a donor-funded $50 million project next month.
 arrow Mahathir flies back home, meets Hasina, Ershad
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad left Dhaka yesterday after wrapping up his three-day visit with private meetings with Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and former president HM Ershad.
 arrow CPB won't join rallies before human wall
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has decided not to join the combined rallies of the opposition parties to be held at Mongla and Sunamganj ahead of the December 30 human wall although it had joined
 arrow PM pledges 25 more technical centres
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government will set up 25 more Technical Training Centres (TTC) in the country that will provide training facilities to 24,000 people every year.
 arrow NBR behind in its target of income tax collection
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is falling short of its target of income tax collection from the large taxpayers although it is on track dealing with other taxpayers.
 arrow Investigators under pressure
The investigators are under pressure in probing Thursday's gruesome double murder at Baridhara, although they stick to the suspicion that the teacher and her daughter were killed due to a dispute over
 arrow Joy may join politics if people want
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that whether her son Sajib Wajed Joy joins politics depends on the wishes of the people.
 arrow Saddam to challenge war crimes trial in US
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is preparing a legal challenge in the US to his trial for war crimes, a newspaper reported yesterday, citing leaked papers prepared by his defence team.
 arrow Bangladeshi trespassers held in Iraq
Iraqi police detained 45 men including three to four Bangladeshis while they were entering Iraq illegally from neighbouring Iran on Saturday.
 arrow Feathers in Fetters

 arrow SSC examinee kidnapped, 3 outlaws held
Criminals in Meherpur abducted an SSC examinee and demanded a ransom of Tk 2 lakh on Friday night while in Kushtia police arrested three operatives of an outlawed political outfit with arms early yesterday.
 arrow AKTEL reaches 1m-subscriber mark
Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), owning company of AKTEL mobile phone, yesterday said it reached one million subscribers mark in the middle of this month and expect to raise the number
 arrow No headway in maid murder probe
Police so far have made no headway in the investigation into the mysterious death of a maid at the residence of Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain.
 arrow Kuwait prince arrives to talk investment
Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah arrived in Dhaka on a three-day personal visit yesterday.
 arrow 65 hurt in clashes in Kurigram, Satkhira
At least 50 people were injured in a fierce clash between two groups over fishing at the Indian enclave of Dasiar Chhara village in Fulbari upazila here on Saturday.
 arrow Victim's lawyer gets death threat
The counsel for the victim, who was gang-raped 17 years ago in Tanore allegedly by four BNP men, received a death threat yesterday.
 arrow Witness says he recognised killers
A prosecution witness in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday told a court that he recognised 19 people, who carried out the assassination of the legislator.
 arrow Maoists abduct cops after attack on Nepali police station
Maoist rebels abducted more than a dozen police officers yesterday after launching a gun and bomb attack on a police station south of the Nepalese capital, police said.
 arrow Correction
The headline of the report run in The Daily Star yesterday inadvertently stated that Dhaka will send 1,542 troops to the trouble-torn region of Darfur.
Businessarrow Malaysian entrepreneurs urged to invest more in Bangladesh
Speakers at a business session of two-day Malaysia Bangladesh Business Forum yesterday urged the Malaysian entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh's power, energy, communication and shipping sectors.
 arrow Joint venture key to expanding Islamic banking in Bangladesh
Speakers at a business session yesterday stressed the need for setting up joint venture Bangladesh-Malaysia financial institutions to encourage and further expand Islamic banking system in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka Declaration of Bangladesh Malaysia Business Forum
The First Bangladesh-Malaysia Business Forum, 2004 held in Dhaka with representatives of the Private and Public Sectors of Bangladesh and Malaysia with support of the respective governments, hereby, adopts
 arrow Bangladesh can grab big pie in global halal food market
The global market size of halal food is over $500 billion and Bangladesh has a good chance of capturing at least 10 percent within a decade provided the government sets a target and takes preparationfrom
 arrow Central bank asks banks to take services to the poor
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the banks to take their services to people with low-income.
 arrow Three agribusiness planners of Dhaka get ATDP awards
Three agriculture business planners in Dhaka region were awarded "Agripreneur 2004" for their new entrepreneurial ideas in the sector.
 arrow AKTEL call tariff unlikely to come down now
Call tariff of AKTEL mobile phone is unlikely to come down now.
 arrow US judge upholds block on Yukos auction
A US district court judge on Saturday upheld a bankruptcy court order temporarily blocking Russian gas monopoly Gazprom from bidding in the auction of Russian oil giant Yukos' main production subsidiary.
 arrow EU judge to rule on Microsoft curbs
A European Union judge is due to decide this week if antitrust sanctions imposed on Microsoft should be suspended -- a move the software giant hopes would lead to new settlement talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ash's ray outshines everything
For many months cricket fans in this country have wept while the rest of the world ridiculed our cricket, our players.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful, Mashud in1000-club
On a day of records Mohammad Ashraful and Khaled Mashud beca-me third and fourth Bangladesh batsmen to cross 1,000 runs in Test cricket during the second Test against India at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath's Pak massacre
Paceman Glenn McGrath recorded the second-best bowling figures by an Australian in Test history to power the home team to a whopping 491-run win over Pakistan on the fourth morning of the first Test in
 arrow Cricket: From Aminul to a genius
For the last four years Aminul Islam held the record for the highest individual Test innings for Bangladesh.
 arrow Hockey: Ajax abase Abahani
Ajax Sporting Club pulled off the biggest upset of the Green Delta Premier Hockey League when the mid-table side handed a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Abahani at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Squad for 1st ODI named
The selectors yesterday named a 14-member squad for the first of the three-match one-day internationals against India at the MA Aziz Stadium on December 23.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer without a clue
The puzzle that is Pakistani cricket continued to perplex Bob Woolmer, their Indian-born, English-raised coach here Sunday as he tried to explain his team's 491-run first Test loss to Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini leads SA fightback
Makhaya Ntini took three wickets in four balls as South Africa fought their way back into contention in the first Test against England at St George's Park here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MSC come alive
Mohammedan Sporting Club officially signed their new recruits for the coming domestic season yesterday, the third day of the inter-club booters' transfers.
 arrow Cricket: Azad, Sonargaon post wins
An unbeaten 73 off 119 balls by Reazul Islam steered Azad Sporting Club to an impressive six-wicket win over Rupali Bank in the First Division Cricket League yesterday at the City Club ground.
 arrow Cricket: Al Shahriar to lead HP Squad in one-dayer
Out-of-favour national cricketer Al Shahriar will lead the BCB HP (High Performance) Squad in tomorrow's first limited-overs match against visiting Sri Lanka Cricket Academy.
 arrow Football: BFF names Players Status Committee
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named a five-member Players Status Committee headed by Aktar Hossain Khan, Secretary of the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.
 arrow Handball: Madaripur zonal champions
Madaripur emerged zonal champions in the Pepsi 17th Women's National Handball Championship defeating Narail 8-3 in the final at the Bagerhat Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Real leave it very late
Ten man Barcelona maintained a healthy lead over their main rivals at the top of the Spanish league after a dramatic 1-1 draw with Valencia in which they had their goalkeeper sent off.
 arrow Football: Chelsea fireworks continue
Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the English Premiership table after cruising to a 4-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Robinho talks restart
Speculation over the future of 20-year-old Brazilian forward Robinho was quickly revived on Friday with new reports appearing just hours after the end of his mother's 40-day kidnapping ordeal.
 arrow Football: Tavez's fitting farewell
Carlos Tevez scored in his last game for Boca Juniors as they beat Bolivar 2-0 in the second leg of the final on Friday to win the Copa Sudamericana, the South American equivalent of the UEFA Cup.
 arrow Football: Juve deny Milan
Leaders Juventus were lucky to escape with a 0-0 draw at home to their closest rivals AC Milan on Saturday which kept them four points clear of the defending Serie A champions.
 arrow Football: Rome not so romantic anymore
Francesco Totti has threatened to leave Roma if plans are not put in place to ensure the ailing Serie A club are challenging for honours every season.
 arrow Football: Gaibandha soccer
The match between Nabarun Krira Chakra and Reuter Sporting Club ended in a 1-1 draw in the First Division Football League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: RU cricket
Zoology and Arabic won their respective matches in the inter-department cricket tournament of Rajshahi University at varsity ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Government HSS College Ekadosh moved into the final of the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League defeating Muslim Sporting Club 2-0 at the Magura Government College playground yesterday.
 arrow Open squash results
Swapan Parvez came from a set down to defeat Masud Rana 3-9, 9-2, 9-0 in the Premier Division of the Sharp Blade Open Squash Tournament at the Dhaka Club squash court yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Create awareness to end violence against children'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for creating social awareness to eliminate all forms of violence against children.
 arrow 'E-governance a must to ensure transparency in govt'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said e-governance has no alternative in ensuring transparency and accountability of the government.
 arrow Allow NGOs to publish report on HIV/AIDS
NGOs and other private sectors working on HIV/AIDS should conduct yearly surveys to make the reports on HIV contracted people public with a view to focusing the picture of HIV/AIDS in our country, speakers
 arrow Injured outlaw dies at KMCH prison cell
One of the three outlaws severely injured in an attack by angry mob on Saturday night at a brick field at Rupsha upazila died at the Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) prison cell yesterday morning.
 arrow DU convocation ends without enthusiasm
The 42nd convocation of Dhaka University ended yesterday without much enthusiasm among the graduates due to absence of Chancellor and President Iajuddin Ahmed at the ceremony where a total of 8,069 graduates
 arrow Newton murder case stayed for 3 months
A Dhaka court yesterday stayed the proceeding of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Newton murder case for three months.
 arrow British Council holiday
The office and library of the British Council will remain closed from December 24 to January 1 for Christmas and New Year.
 arrow Cobra nabs 6
Police arrested six robbers with bombs, arms and ammunitions while preparing for a robbery at Uttara in the capital.
 arrow 1,024 more held, 13 arms seized
Police arrested 1,024 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 72 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Good work needs only will
A noble initiative by some college going friends three years back has brought about a tremendous success in spreading education, promoting culture and moral values and creating social awareness in the
 arrow Tk 85 cr projects to save crops in haors
Projects involving Tk 85 crore have been taken up for development of haor areas in the country.
 arrow 12 killed in Jhenidah 'crossfire' in 43 days
Twelve alleged criminals were killed in Jhenidah in 'crossfire' with in Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police in 43 days from November 1 to December 13 this year.
 arrow 5 of a family electrocuted by PBS wire in Kushtia
A big procession was brought out on Saturday by the people of Jugia in Sadar upazila demanding immediate punishment to Kushtia Palli Biduyt Samity (PBS) officials.
 arrow Workers clash at Satkhira Textile Mills: 10 hurt
At least 10 persons were injured in a clash between the two rival groups of workers of state-owned Sundarbans Textile Mills Ltd on Saturday.
 arrow Newsmen on the run
The Editor, the Executive Editor and a correspondent of a local daily are on the run to avoid arrest after filing of an extortion case by the authorities of an unregistered clinic in the town.
 arrow 13 hurt as cocktail explodes at drama in Gaibandha
At least 13 persons were injured, two of them seriously, in a cocktail explosion at the venue of a drama festival at Mohimaganj in Gobindaganj upazila on Friday.
 arrow UP member arrested by Rab
A Union Parishad (UP) member was arrested and two rounds of cartridges were recovered from him by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday night.
 arrow Security alert at Benapole check post
Benapole checkpost has been brought under extra security alert ahead of the Dhaka SAARC summit to ensue security.
 arrow Security beefed up at Mongla port
A 12-member security committee has been formed to check rampant theft of fuel, scraps and valuable materials made of iron from Mongla port.
 arrow Child burnt alive
A two-year-old child burnt alive on Friday night. The victim is Tuhin, son of Humaun Kabir of Ichhakati area in the city.
 arrow Memorial built for 25 freedom fighters
A Shaheed Minar, memorial built in memory of 25 martyred freedom fighters, was formally opened here by Moulvibazar Pourasava chairman Fayzul Karim Mayun on Tuesday.
 arrow Meeting decides to list drug peddlers
An anti-drug meeting organised by Brahmanbaria Dhumpan O Madk Birudi Sangathan (a body against smoking and drug use) was held at Sarkerpara in the town on Saturday.
Culturearrow Raghu Rai's exposure of a corporate crime
Drik Gallery has Raghu Rai's photographs of the 1984 Bhopal disaster as a part of Chobi Mela III. There is photograph of a dead child, with open eyes and open mouth, buried in dirt and debris.
 arrow Theatre Art Unit's weeklong drama festival begins with fanfare
To observe the successful completion of 12 years, Theatre Art Unit, a popular theatrical group of the country, has arranged a weeklong drama festival titled Theatre Art Unit Jugopurti Natya Utshob-2004,
 arrow Golapjan
Golapjan hinges on the tragic biography of a Dhakaiya woman Golapjan.
 arrow Theatre activists pay homage to Najma Anwar
An award in one hand, with her most precious smile she seemed to look into eternity; the white sari and a big red teep on the forehead gave her a more sophisticated and elegant look.
 arrow Brand: Existentialist questions
The opening scene of Henrik Ibsen's play, Brand, depicts a pilgrimage of monks on the hill tracts.
Generalarrow 'Talash', 'Golap Sangraha' best books of the year
Prothom Alo Best Book Award 1410 was distributed at a colourful function in the city yesterday.
 arrow Passage of bill goes against spirit of constitution
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the recent passage of the bill relating to reserved seats for women in parliament goes against the spirit of the constitution.
 arrow Japan to provide Tk 13.38 crore
Bangladesh will receive Tk 13.
 arrow 8 shrimp enclosures of slain outlaw sold at auction
Eight shrimp enclosures of slain outlaw were sold at auction by the upazila law and order committee at Shovna union under Dumuria upazila on Saturday.
 arrow A hope for CHT children
"We want to continue our education," says an eight-year old boy Maoyen Thanchagha who came from a remote village to attend a seminar on "CHT Children's Opportunity for Basic Education".
 arrow 'Pre-primary schooling makes students competent'
Researchers at a discussion on Saturday underscored the need for pre-primary schooling to raise competency of students in primary schools.
Internationalarrow Mubarak eyes Palestinian state in 2008
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was quoted on Saturday as saying he was convinced there would be an independent Palestinian state within the next four years.
 arrow al-Qaeda calls for attack on Saudi oil facilities
An Internet statement purportedly from the Saudi wing of al-Qaeda has urged guerrillas to attack oil facilities in the world's biggest crude exporter.
 arrow Donors warn Lanka of running war risks
International donors are warning the Sri Lankan government that it risks returning to war if it does not overcome opposition from coalition allies and resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, analysts
 arrow 'Pakistan sees positive signals from India over Kashmir'
Pakistan's foreign minister said on Saturday that he has noticed an improvement in signals coming out of India that New Delhi may be ready to settle their decades-old dispute over Kashmir.
 arrow Rumsfeld blamed for mistakes in Iraq
Democrats on Saturday said US soldiers in Iraq lacked adequate body armor and plated vehicles because of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's flawed leadership.
 arrow 'Nepali HR activists face death threat'
Human rights activists in insurgency-racked Nepal face ever-growing threats ranging from abduction to death from security forces and Maoist rebels, three major international human rights groups said yesterday.
 arrow Dense fog wreaks havoc in India
Dense fog wrought havoc among travellers across parts of northern India with accidents claiming 17 lives and putting air and rail travel schedules in disarray, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Catholic church torched in Sri Lanka
Police are investigating an apparent arson at a Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka by an unidentified group of people that ransacked and set fire to furniture and broke relics last morning.
 arrow Pinochet hospitalised after stroke
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mahathir's visit was eventful
When Mahathir speaks the world listens including his detractors. We in Bangladesh had the benefit of his wise words during his two-day visit to our country.
 arrow Editorial: Double murder at Baridhara
It was one of the most horrific and gruesome murders in recent time.
 arrow Kashmir: A step forward, but not yet a tectonic move
This time the sweet expecta-tions with regard to the resolution of Kashmir imbroglio commenced with Vejpayee-Musharraf concord last February.
 arrow The romantics
The technology has chan-ged. The problem remains. Flashbulbs were once as dreaded as mobile cameras are today. Those who live by the camera must occasionally expect to die by it.
 arrow Caretaker government system needs no reform
The Leader of the Opposition former Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on her return from USA and UK declared her party's caretaker government proposal.
Letters to Editorarrow What is 'genocide'?
For the last few months a recurring question has been haunting me--what is the definition of genocide or massacre? The question popped up in my mind in the backdrop of the US attack on Iraq, which I
 arrow Caretaker government debate
Your footnote to Justice Latifur Rahman's rejoinder (A rejoinder to Mr. Kibria, The Daily Star, December 2, 2004) gives me an opportunity to write a few lines about 'this vital national issue'.
 arrow Wasted hours
Every morning I have to come to office after crossing few roads of Dhanmondi residential area.
 arrow Palestine situation
A pall of gloom looms large all over the world due to the sad demise of the great Palestinian leader and the great freedom fighter Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Standard of education
Thanks to Neeman Sobhan for the article the hijacking of 'V." She cleverly detected some articulation and spelling problems of English language practised by fairly a large number of people in our country.
 arrow Woes of telephone subscribers
Around the world you can get a telephone installed in your house by simply making a phone call to the telephone company.
 arrow BTTB mobile service
I strongly oppose BTTB's mobile project as their land phone maintenance is not good .
 arrow RAB- a lethal weapon
After a horrible spell of severe social disorder and crime, the country's law and order has been restored when the government was compelled to form an elite force that is known as RAB-- Rapid ActionBattalion
 arrow WB's role
The World Bank speaks in a way as if it is the lone custodian of decency, honesty, transparency....etc. It has admonished different governments for flouting law, introducing corrupt practices etc.
 arrow A superb film
A few days back I watched the movie "Shayamol Chaya" directed by Humayun Ahmed. The film is a fantastic one. The theme, motif, plot construction and characterisation of the film are really sublime.
 arrow "Ohio has failed the world"
This is in reply to Bashir Siddiqui's letter on Fri. December 10, 2004.
 arrow Save the young generation
Obscenity leads the nation towards destruction. No doubt it is very dangerous. Film producers are engaged in displaying the female anatomy. They are demolishing our young generation.
 arrow Crossfire
"Crossfire" has become a much talked about subject. Let's follow a simple logic. Human- being is neither immortal nor indispensable.
 arrow Film Festival
Star Cityarrow Joint-line flyover suggested for Moghbazar-Mouchak
A feasibility study on the proposed Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover suggested constructing a 'joint-line' overpass covering both the intersections instead of two separate flyovers.
 arrow BRTC's luxury offer?
Despite huge loses the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is providing free bus service from Russel Square to Azimpur for ten days beginning Saturday.
 arrow Plan to open coaching centres in govt schools, colleges
The education ministry has decided to introduce in-house coaching centres in every public schools and colleges from the next year to help the students overcome their weaknesses and improve quality ofeducation.
 arrow Rehab getting rod-price wary
The real estate and housing business is facing huge losses due to the abnormal price hike of construction rods which has almost doubled from the previous year's rate.
 arrow Cable operators, ISPs agree to co-operate with Desa
The cable operators and internet service providers (ISP) have agreed to co-operate with the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) in organising the untidy cables on electric poles in the city to beautify
 arrow Need for daycare centres in offices
As more and more women are taking up jobs, childcare centres in offices have become a necessity, speakers at workshop said last Wednesday.