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Front Pagearrow 6 outlaws killed in cop 'crossfire'
Six top cadres of two outlawed political parties were killed and two police were injured reportedly in three separate shooting incidents involving police in Kushtia, Jhenidah and Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Army chopper crash-lands at Dhanmondi ground
Two pilots survived unscathed when an army helicopter crash-landed during a cricket match at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow Gas pipeline on fire as thieves drill hole
A massive fire caught the Kailashtila-Ashuganj natural gas pipeline in south Singkapon of Moulavibazar yesterday after condensate thieves drilled a hole in it.
 arrow Ban on Ahmadiyya books challenged in High Court
Six civil society groups and a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh (AMJB), yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the government ban on Ahmadiyya publications.
 arrow Dhaka may propose more poor state donation to Saarc Secretariat budget
Dhaka is likely to propose that poorer Saarc nations contribute more to the $1.
 arrow Armed Forces Div wants major changes in rules
The Armed Forces Division has proposed massive amendment to its rules and regulations and formulation of new rules in a bid to bring more dynamism in its operations.
 arrow FFs yet to receive vowed cash help
Freedom fighters (FFs) from the Defence Services and their families are yet to get state honorarium, although a proposal in this regard got the PM's nod more than two years ago, as the finance ministry
 arrow Poll deferred by 45 days
The government yesterday deferred by 45 days elections to the 45 reserved seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow RMG export steps further simplified
The documentation process for readymade garment exports at Kamalapur Inland Container Depot (ICD) has been simplified to six stages from 38 stages, which is expected to save time and money of the exporters.
 arrow Mob storms station after cops rape housewife
Two policemen of the Gokulkhali police camp in Alamdanga have been closed to Chuadanga police lines for gang raping a housewife on Saturday.
 arrow Crashed F28 salvaged
The 79-seater Fokker-28 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines that skidded off the runway of Osmani International Airport in Sylhet on October 8 was salvaged yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Maoists offer talks to end bloodshed in Nepal
Nepal's Maoist rebel leader offered hope yesterday of breaking a deadlock on talks to settle the kingdom's bloody insurgency that has killed more than 10,000 people since 1996.
 arrow Ex-school body member remanded
A former member of Siddheshwari Girls' High School managing committee, Shah Imran, was put on a three-day remand yesterday for quizzing on Thursday's murder of the headmistress of the school and her daughter
 arrow Dhaka yet to confirm arrest of Bangladeshis in Iraq
The foreign ministry yesterday neither confirmed nor rejected the report of arrest of four Bangladeshi nationals in Iraq.
 arrow Laloo snapped doling out cash before state polls
Caught by television cameras doling out cash ahead of state elections, Indian Railways Minister Laloo Yadav denied any wrongdoing and maintained the money was for poor people to buy sweets, a report said
 arrow Killing under Rab custody a criminal act, says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's claim that crimes have been eliminated after the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) swung into operations and said killing
 arrow 5 top cops sent into forced retirement
Five top police officers were sent into forced retirement yesterday in a major reshuffle in the department after the new inspector general (IG) of police took office.
 arrow Pinning Hopes on Potato

 arrow Rab finds arms factory in Moheshkhali
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed an illegal arms factory at Purba Fakirgaon village in Moheshkhali upazila and seized firearms and weapon making materials early yesterday.
 arrow UK state minister for foreign affairs due today
Douglas Alexander, state minister for foreign affairs of the United Kingdom (UK), arrives in Dhaka today on a one-day official visit.
 arrow India complete whitewash
India took only four balls on the fourth morning of the second and final Test to complete a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh with an innings and 83-run victory at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Grenade attack arrestee remanded
An arrestee in the August 21 grenade attacks case was remanded for two more days yesterday.
 arrow PBCP vows to avenge chief's killing in 'crossfire'
The Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in a hand-written statement faxed to a Chuadanga daily on Saturday vowed to avenge what it said were planned killings in so-called
 arrow Ershad rules out poll alliance
Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad yesterday announced that his party would not form an alliance with any other party to win the upcoming general elections.
 arrow Robber hurt in 'crossfire'
A robber was bullet-hit allegedly in 'crossfire' between his accomplices and police in Faidabad in Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Rehabilitation of rickshawpullers, owners demanded
Rickshawpullers and owners yesterday demanded that the government provide employment opportunities and microcredits for their rehabilitation as the city roads are gradually being made off-limits to rickshaws.
 arrow World close to next flu pandemic, says WHO
Health officials warned Monday that the world was close to its next pandemic -- a powerful and highly contagious mix of avian influenza and flu virus that would likely be centered in Asia.
 arrow Rumour ripples for CPB decision on rally
Communist Party of Bangladesh's (CPB) decision not to join the combined opposition rallies has given rise to rumours that the 'government's threat to halt a fund of Tk 320 crore for an NGO run by a CPB
 arrow 'US, Israel rigging Iraq polls'
Israeli and U.S.
 arrow Remains of 7,500-yr old man found in UAE
Archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates have found the remains of a 7,500-year-old man, the oldest skeleton found in the country, the official WAM news agency reported yesterday.
 arrow Boy saves train from crash
An Indian goods train running on the Jessore-Benapole line narrowly escaped a fatal accident yesterday thanks to a young boy who waved a red cloth indicating danger ahead.
Businessarrow Classified loan down by 5.68 percentage points
Net classified loan has declined by 5.68 percentage points in the first nine months of the 2004 calendar year, thanks to increased provisioning against bad loans by commercial banks.
 arrow Holcim set to start cement export to Tripura
Holcim (Bangladesh) Limited is all set to begin cement export to the eastern Indian state of Tripura this week.
 arrow Prepare woman workforce to face quota phaseout
Bangladesh Garment Workers Protection Alliance (BGWPA) yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to ensure that the retrenched workers do not face any problem after quota phaseout from January.
 arrow New EPZ in Ctg soon
The government is going to set up a new export processing zone (EPZ) styled Karnaphuli EPZ in Chittagong soon to increase Bangladesh's export.
 arrow GDP growth'04 for East Asia highest since '97 crisis: ADB
East Asia is likely to register this year its highest GDP growth since the 1997 financial crisis, reaching 7.
 arrow Pizza Hut Gulshan tops in Indian subcontinent
Pizza Hut Gulshan has been awarded "Restaurant Excellence Award' for running a great restaurant by YUM! International, the parent company of Pizza Hut.
 arrow WEA training on women empowerment held in Joypurhat
A training session on "Women's Empowerment and Advancement by Learning and Training of Herself (WEALTH)" organised by Women Entrepreneurs' Association (WEA) was held in Parulia, Ganakbari, Joypurhat on
 arrow Eurozone poised to grow 2pc in 05
The eurozone economy is on course for growth next year of about 2.0 percent despite the euro's record-breaking rally against the dollar, the European Union's executive arm said in a quarterly report Monday.
 arrow Chinese textiles set to gain from zero quota; workers may lose
The Lida Silk Fashion factory stands out from the rest of the dreary industrial buildings in the Nanyou Chuangye trade zone in southern China's Shenzhen boomtown.
 arrow Banks assoc chairman, vice-chairman re-elected
Syed Manzur Elahi and Manzurul Islam have been re-elected chairman and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) for another two-year term of 2005 and 2006.
 arrow Prime Bank opens branch at Shyamoli
Prime Bank Limited yesterday opened its 34th branch at Shyamoli, Dhaka.
Eminent Economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud inaugurated the branch of the bank, says a press release.

 arrow Baikal wins Yukos auction
Baikal Finance Group, an unknown company, won an auction for Russian oil company's Yukos's core asset yesterday with a $9.4 billion bid and analysts said whomever was behind the bid enjoyed Kremlin favour.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We need more Ashrafuls'
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said that they need two more batsmen like Mohammed Ashraful to ensure consistency from the top-order.
 arrow Cricket: Chopper day at Dhanmondi
Cricket matches getting abandoned for one reason or the other is a common occurrence in this country but yesterday's postponement of a Dhaka first division game did not happen due to any conventional'unavoidable
 arrow Cricket: Simon puts Eng on top
Fast bowler Simon Jones held a sensational catch and took four wickets in an inspired spell as England moved within sight of victory on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at St George's
 arrow Football: Cold transfers finish
The four-day inter-club footballers' transfers ended yesterday without the usual enthusiasm associated with the event ahead of the domestic season.
 arrow Cricket: Longer wait for Lee?
Brett Lee was Monday named in an unchanged Australian squad for Sunday's second cricket Test with the strong likelihood that he will remain 12th man for the eighth straight Test match against Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Imran finds system faulty
Cricket legend Imran Khan Monday slammed Pakistan's humiliating 491-run first Test loss to Australia, pointing a finger at inept batsmen produced by a faulty cricket system.
 arrow Cricket: Rixon backs England
Australia are crushing all comers in world Test cricket but Australian coach Steve Rixon says England will give them a run for their money in next year's Ashes series.
 arrow Medal hopes may train in China
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) is contemplating to send the country's gold medal prospects for the coming South Asian Games, formerly known as SAF Games, to China for higher training.
 arrow Cricket: Third match called off
Unsettled Bangladesh opener Al-Shahriar will lead BCB HP (High performance) Squad in both limited-overs matches against the visiting Sri Lanka Cricket Academy.
 arrow Open Squash
Ram Jagadish came from a set down to beat Masud Rana 7-9, 9-4, 9-4 in the Premier Division of Sharp Blade Open Squash Tournament at the Dhaka Club squash court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Cut back run-up'
Pakistan has urged strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar to reduce the length of his run-up for his team's sake and to ensure his captain Inzamamul Haq avoids suspension.
 arrow Hockey: Azad, Railway end drought
Azad Sporting Club and Railway Sporting Club ended their long wait yesterday when they recorded their first victories in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi handball
Hosts Bagerhat recorded a massive 26-2 win over Meherpur in the qualifying rounds of the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Cham-pionship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England 93/3
England, inspired by fast bowler Simon Jones, were on the brink of victory when bad light stopped play on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at St George's Park here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Campbell to the rescue
Sol Campbell was the unlikely match-winner for Arsenal on Sunday as they beat Portsmouth 1-0 to trim Chelsea's Premier League lead to five points.
 arrow Football: Korea stun Germany
South Korea beat soccer powerhouse Germany 3-1 in a friendly here Sunday avenging its World Cup semi-final defeat in 2002.
 arrow Football: Let's end it nicely
Spanish league leaders Barcelona hope to finish their 2004 programme on a high note and emphasise their credentials for capturing a 17th title with a good win against newly-promoted Levante on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Udinese on course
Dark horses Udinese boosted their chances of a claiming place in next season's Champions League with a resounding 3-0 home win over Lazio on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Espanyol stay second
Espanyol's 0-0 draw at dogged bottom club Numancia will not go down as one of the games of the season but it was enough to keep the Barcelona-based club in second place in the Spanish league on Sunday.
 arrow Football: That's Cantona!
Manchester United great Eric Cantona caused a furore on Sunday night when he used an obscenity in a live interview on television.
 arrow Football: Women can't make men's team
FIFA on Sunday ruled that Mexico's leading female football player was not eligible to play for a professional men's club in the second division there.
 arrow Football: Santos rule Brazil
Santos were crowned Brazilian first division champions Sunday after completing a 2-1 win over Vasco da Gama.
 arrow Chess: Open chess from Dec 27
The Metropolis Open chess tournament will start on December 27 at the federation hall room.
Interested players can register their names with entry fee on or before December 25 at the federation office.

 arrow Cricket: Hall warned
South Africa bowler Andrew Hall has been reprimanded for gesturing at Michael Vaughan after dismissing the England captain on the third day of the first Test on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Form commission to protect human rights'
A strong democratic base is a must to uphold human rights, said former chief advisor of a caretaker government Justice Latifur Rahman at a function yesterday.
 arrow Saber blasts govt for not arresting any culprit
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina, in a statement yesterday blasted the government for not arresting any culprit involved in grenade
 arrow Punishment to rapists demanded
Different organisations yesterday strongly protested the gang rape of a housewife at a police camp in Alamdanga, Chuadanga.
The victim was gang-raped by policemen on Saturday.

Nationalarrow Work begins to convert Haripur oil well into gas well
After keeping sealed for ten years and change in schedule several times, work began on Wednesday to develop and extract gas from Well No. 7 in Haripur, once drilled as an oil well.
 arrow 7 more govt depts to be handed over to CHT dist councils
The BNP-led coalition government is proceeding with implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord.
 arrow Fund shortage to stop ELTIP?
The second phase of the English Language Teaching Improvement Project (ELTIP) in northern districts is going to be concluded six months before end of the targeted period, leaving almost three-fourthsof
 arrow 10 cops hurt in clash as villagers snatch accused
Ten policemen including four sub-inspectors were injured in a clash with villagers at Garagram in Kishoreganj upazila Saturday night when a police team went there village to arrest a man accused in asnatching
 arrow Only campaign can sanitise villages
Ratanpur, a remote union under Kaliganj uapzila in the district, is now cent percent sanitised.
 arrow Trader bombed dead, 7 houses looted
A businessman was killed in a bomb attack when armed robbers committed dacoity in seven houses on Sunday night at Joyrajpur in Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga.
 arrow Production stops again at Zia fertiliser factory
The Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) at Ashuganj stopped production on Wednesday night.
 arrow Licences of 4 C&F agents suspended
Licences of four clearing and forwarding agents (C&F) operating at Bhomra land port have been temporarily suspended for their alleged import of goods on false declaration.
 arrow Wife strangled for dowry
A, eight-month pregnant housewife was allegedly strangled for dowry by her husband and in-laws at Budhal village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Turkey in European Union
Forty-one year quest of Turkey to join the twenty-four-and-a-half European Union (EU) was crowned with success on 17 December in Brussels, capital of the EU.
 arrow Protecting the coastal polders
The coast of Bangladesh is the coast of aspirations for 130 million population of the nation.
Culturearrow Small Spaces, Big Dreams
Chris Yap's presentation of his subject--Small Spaces, Big Dreams--at Drik Gallery as part of the ongoing Chobi Mela III is very interesting.
 arrow 'We hope to make the festival a success'--Mohammad Bari
Mohammad Bari is the founder General Secretary of the theatre troupe-- Theatre Art Unit. Initially he started his theatre activities with Dhaka Padatik in 1989.
 arrow Preview: Shodhbodh
What happens to those who ape Western culture mindlessly? Tagore's play Shodhbodh satires the lifestyle of those Bangalees who are greatly influenced by Western culture.
 arrow 'Our music director, looked helplessly from the other side of the glass' -- Ferdousi
Ferdousi Rahman a singer of repute, stepped into the world of music as a young girl of six. She has been a major figure in the cultural scenario for more than 50 years.
 arrow Swades lights up the silver screen
Three years ago, Bollywood director Asutosh Gowarikar had set the box office on fire and won an Oscar nomination for his film Lagaan, starring Aamir Khan in the lead role.
Generalarrow implementation of Clean Dhaka Plan from Feb
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will start implementing the 'Clean Dhaka Master Plan' in February to manage garbage collection and disposal systematically.
 arrow raise issue at Saarc summit
Speakers at a workshop yesterday demanded of the government to raise the issue of signing a bilateral agreement on women and children trafficking between Bangladesh and India at the Saarc Summit scheduled
 arrow Make madrasa education modern, time-befitting
Islamic scholars at a dialogue yesterday called upon the government to reform madrasa education in line with the main stream education system to make it modern and time-befitting.
 arrow Mofakkhar laid to rest
Mofakkhar Islam Chowdhury, the slain chief of an underground party, was laid to rest yesterday where he hoisted national flag of independent Bangladesh this very month in 1971.
 arrow SSC examinee commits suicide
A teenage girl who appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations this year allegedly committed suicide at her sister's house at Demra in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 8 doped, robbed in city
Eight people, including an Awami Swechchhasebak League leader, fell victim to fraudsters who robbed them of their valuables after doping them in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged not to relocate Energy commission from DU campus
Seven former chairmen of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) have urged the government not to relocate the Atomic Energy Centre (AEC) from Dhaka University (DU) campus.
 arrow 1,571 more held
Police arrested 1,571 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Annual picnic
The annual picnic of the Siddheswari High School Ex-students Association (1967) will be held a Bhuiyan Bari, Shinepukur of Munshiganj on December 31, says a press release.
 arrow 'Enhance quality of B.Ag.Ed programme'
The B.Ag.Ed Chhatra Sangsad, Bangladesh urged the dean of the School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bangladesh Open University (BOU), to take effective steps to enhance the quality of B.Ag.
Internationalarrow Saddam urges Iraqis to unite against US
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appealed to Iraqis from his prison cell to unite against what he called US efforts to sow sectarian divisions, his lawyers said on Sunday.
 arrow Washington mulls fate of embattled Rumsfeld
Policymakers in Washington Sunday debated whether embattled Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should hold onto his job, as controversy continued to mount over his leadership of US military efforts inIraq.
 arrow Gaza pullout must not stall larger withdrawal
Sponsors of the roadmap peace plan for the Middle East insisted yesterday that they would not allow Israel's planned withdrawal of soldiers and settlers from Gaza to thwart a more comprehensive settlement.
 arrow N Korea threatens to strengthen deterrent against US
North Korea, which says it deserves nuclear weapons for self-defence, vowed yesterday to strengthen its deterrent if the United States holds on to a "hostile" policy on the communist country.
 arrow African Union sees no end to Darfur violence
Fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebels continues in Darfur despite ceasefire promises, the African Union said on Sunday, saying one of its monitoring helicopters had come under fire.
 arrow Grenade sparks alert at Jakarta Hilton hotel
Bomb squads were rushed to Jakarta's Hilton hotel yesterday after a grenade was found there just days after foreign governments warned that extremists were planning to attack the chain's Indonesian outlets.
 arrow Time selects Bush as Person of the Year
After winning re-election and "reshaping the rules of politics to fit his 10-gallon-hat leadership style," President George Bush for the second time was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
 arrow Cabinet secy says he knows when Arafat was poisoned
Yasser Arafat was poisoned over a year ago when he received a delegation of supposed supporters in his Ramallah compound, the late Palestinian leader's cabinet secretary was quoted as saying in yesterday's
 arrow Ukraine rivals face off in debate ahead of polls rerun
Ukraine's presidential rivals were preparing from their sole debate yesterday in a lightning campaign ahead of a rerun election set after a disputed vote sparked a political crisis in the former Soviet
 arrow Hu takes a swipe at HK leadership
Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday gave an unprecedented public dressing down to Hong Kong's leaders, a day after the territory's government was forced to postpone a major public property sale.
 arrow 'Mullah Omar alive & active'
Mullah Omar, the elusive one-eyed head of Taliban, is not only alive, but fully in-charge of his hard-pressed guerrilla movement, a media report said in New York yesterday.
 arrow UK lawyers to resign protesting anti-terror legislation
Lawyers representing foreign suspects detained under Britain's anti-terrorism law are to resign in protest against the legislation, a few days after Britain's highest court said it was illegal, newspapers
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sharing of common river waters
The three-day international conference on transboundary rivers ended in Dhaka on Saturday marked by a significant identity of views on issues at hand.
 arrow Editorial: Bangladesh-Malaysia Business Forum
Bangladesh has been graced with the visit of the respected ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
 arrow Growth is the gateway
That economic growth per se does very little to poverty reduction and overall economic welfare is well documented. Even proponents of growth tend to admit it.
 arrow Sri Lankan peace process on the brink of collapse?
The South Asian island state of Sri Lanka seems slowly heading towards bloody conflict once again because of setbacks in recent times over resumption of the stalled peace process between the government
Letters to Editorarrow A different story
Rab is a familiar name these days. We gained independence in 1971 with supreme sacrifices . We gave our blood to lead a happy and peaceful life.
 arrow Cricket in Bangladesh
Cricket is a popular game in Bangladesh. But now-a-days our cricket team is performing so badly that the fans do not see any light at the end of the tunnel.
 arrow A real danger
The danger of HIV virus infection is increasing day by day throughout the world. In Africa it is spreading in an epidemic form . The situation is not much better in Asia.
 arrow Drug addicts
Some of our colleges and universities, both private and public, are infested with a large number drug addicts.
 arrow We are happy
I am a student of International Islamic University, Chittagong (city campus). We the students of this university have suffered for a long time for the rugged (24, Parcival Hill) road.
 arrow Vulgar films
Now-a-days vulgarity is a common thing in our films. We come across many obscene scenes in almost all films. As cinema is a powerful media, it plays a vital role in our national life.
 arrow A social ill
Hijacking is one of the many crimes being committed these days . We face hijacking on a regular basis . This social ill has spread in our country at an alarming rate.
 arrow A real disappointment
Is it not hard to digest that our stadiums are fit for Test cricket but not our cricketers? Players of other countries are making records, one after another, while our players are failing miserably.