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Front Pagearrow RPCL's high-cost project to overcharge consumers
The Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL) is secretly going ahead with an unsolicited 280 MW power project in Savar at a high cost of Tk 1,000 crore violating the private sector power policy and ignoring
 arrow Diesel, kerosene to be pricier next month
The government will increase the prices of diesel and kerosene from next month, sources at the energy ministry said.
 arrow Liberal EU makes garment stronger
Bangladesh's garment products found a strong footing in the EU countries taking advantage of preferential treatment but they faced a mighty challenge from giant rival China and other competitors in the
 arrow Criminal, 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal and an outlawed political operative were killed in the capital and Pabna early yesterday while a leader of an underground political outfit was slain Tuesday night in Khulna in separate
 arrow Visually impaired denied BCS
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied candidates with sight disability from taking the 26th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Preliminary Examination to be held on December 31 even though it had
 arrow Opposition vows to overthrow coalition
Leaders and activists of mainstream opposition parties yesterday vowed to continue their combined movement until installing a democratic, secular and pro-liberation government by overthrowing the ruling
 arrow CID sure about security guard's involvement
CID investigators are almost certain about the involvement of security guard Jahangir in the killings of Shiddheshwari Girls High School headmistress Sabera Begum Baby and her daughter Sharmin Alam Shampa
 arrow Hasina's son returns amid speculation of his joining politics
Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's son Sajib Wazed Joy and his American wife Christine were accorded a rousing reception in Dhaka yesterday with speculations running high about his debut in Bangladesh
 arrow EC declares Daulatkhan municipal polls void
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday in an unprecedented move declared the Daulatkhan municipal polls null and void finding gross irregularities in the election process and will hold fresh electionin
 arrow Plan okayed to add 250-MW electricity to growing Dhaka
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved a Tk 28 crore project that will increase 250-megawatt (MW) power supply in Dhaka by improving the power distribution system.
 arrow 18 Americans dead in Mosul bombing
A guerrilla attack on a tented dining hall at a US base in northern Iraq killed 18 Americans and four Iraqis in the deadliest strike on US forces since last year's war to oust Saddam Hussein.
 arrow US consulate in Indonesia closes amid attack fears
The United States has closed its consulate in Indonesia's second city Surabaya for security reasons after warnings of an imminent strike by extremists ahead of Christmas, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Lux Anandadhara Photogenic 2004....

 arrow Itineraries of Saarc leaders finalised
The security committee for the upcoming Saarc summit yesterday finalised the draft itineraries of the South Asian heads of government keeping a visit to the grave of late president Ziaur Rahman but avoiding
 arrow Five cops held for gang-rape in Chuadanga
Five policemen of Gokulkhali Police Camp in Chuadanga, suspended earlier for gang-raping a housewife on December 18, were arrested Tuesday, while public outcries continued in the capital against the outrage.
 arrow Bangladesh, India first ODI today
The first one-day international of a three-match series between Bangladesh and India will be held today in Chittagong.
 arrow Sadan men turn down Tarique's greeting letter to Joy
Workers and security men at the Leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina's Sudha Sadan residence yesterday did not receive a letter of greetings from prime minister's eldest son Tarique Rahman to Sajib Wajed
 arrow Kazi Zafar allowed to go abroad
The High Court (HC) yesterday allowed former prime minister and Jatiya Party leader Kazi Zafar Ahmed to leave the country for two months on health grounds.
 arrow ACC gets secretary
The government yesterday appointed Additional Secretary of the establishment ministry AMM Reza-e-Rabbi Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow Abbas sees Israel talks after Palestinian vote
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, frontrunner to succeed Yasser Arafat, said yesterday that he expected negotiations on Israel's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip after Palestinian elections next month.
 arrow US contractor withdraws from Iraq
Contrack International Inc has reportedly become the first major US contractor to pull out of the reconstruction effort in Iraq, adding that high security costs were to blame.
Businessarrow Banks’ provision shortfall down by Tk 908cr
Commercial banks have narrowed the provision shortfall down by Tk 908 crore during the first nine months of the 2004 calendar year, thanks to better-than-expected performance by private commercial banks
 arrow Stocks slip on SEC decision to control excess liquidity
After rallying continuously for the past few days, stocks on both the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses yesterday witnessed a major price correction, thanks to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision
 arrow Islamic banking has potential for corporate financing
Experts yesterday said Islamic banking holds huge potential of corporate financing and operating money market to be able to play significant role in promoting business.
 arrow India’s Air Deccan places $1.8b order to Airbus
The European consortium Airbus Industrie on Tuesday bagged a 1.
 arrow India promises 'helpful tax regime' for man-made fibre
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram promised on Tuesday a 'helpful tax regime' for man-made fibre to help the country's textile sector become globally competitive in the quota-free regime beginningfrom
 arrow NBR sees VAT collection from retailers as per deal
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday expressed its hope that the small traders across the country would pay Value Added Tax (VAT) at the retailer level according to an understanding between NBR,
 arrow Nepal-Bangla co to set up agro-industry at Mongla EPZ
A Bangladesh and Nepal joint venture company will establish an agro-based industry in Mongla Export Processing Zone.
 arrow Benapole land port users enforce half-day strike
Users of Benapole land port yesterday enforced half-day strike protesting Indian BSF and Customs' impediment to the entry of cargo from Bangladesh.
 arrow Asia lives in fear and hope as textile quotas end
The coming free-for-all in the global textile market is already all too real for thousands of young Cambodian women like Sok Kun.
 arrow Daffodil signs partnership deal with Pensonic
Daffodil Computers Ltd, an ICT industry of Bangladesh, has signed a partnership agreement with Pensonic Holdings Berhad, Malaysia on Saturday in Dhaka.
 arrow Fu-Wang Foods okays 12pc dividend
Fu-Wang Foods Limited has declared a 12 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on June30, 2004.
 arrow Japan's trade surplus with Asia nosedives on high oil price
Japan's trade surplus with Asia nosedived in November as rising oil prices boosted the value of imports and the tech sector's growth slumped, the government said Wednesday.
Japan had a surplus of 374.

 arrow Yukos heads back to US courts
US lawyers for the Russian oil giant Yukos will be back in a Texas bankruptcy court Wednesday, seeking further remedies to prevent the dissolution of the beleaguered company.
 arrow EU upholds sanctions against Microsoft
A European Union court Wednesday upheld product curbs and a record fine levied by the EU's executive commission against software giant Microsoft for abusing its market dominance.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Time for one-dayers
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar hoped that Mohammad Ashraful's exemplary century in the last Test would inspire his men to put up better performances in the one-day series that begins at the MA Aziz
 arrow Cricket: A near miss for HP
Sri Lanka Cricket Academy snatched a three-run win over BCB HP (High Performance) Squad in their second and final one-day match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't criticise always'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer says constant criticism of his cricket team's miserable form against Australia was unhelpful.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie authority seems to go on
New Zealand's highly respected captain Stephen Fleming is not prone to making rash statements so when he predicted Australia's domination of Test cricket would start sending tremors around the world he
 arrow Cricket: Tigers unhappy with umpiring
The Bangladesh cricket team's management was seriously considering lodging an official complaint against the umpiring in the second Test against India in Chittagong which the Tigers lost by an innings
 arrow Cricket: Eng impress Aussies but
Australia's cricketers have praised England's eighth consecutive Test victory, but say talk of breaking the Aussies' Ashes supremacy is premature.
 arrow Football: Eto'o pulls Barca through
Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o made sure league leaders Barcelona maintained the pressure on their title rivals by scoring a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Levante on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: He makes it beautiful
If there is one player who can help us to forget the unromantic realities of modern soccer forget that what we are watching is now little more than business, forget that players have no passion for the
 arrow Cricket: Premier cricket restarts today
The Green Delta Premier Division Cricket League resumes today after an eight-day break with three matches scheduled at different venues.
 arrow Hockey: Mohammedan back to winning ways
Mohammedan Sporting Club took full advantage of three setpieces to hand Ajax Sporting Club a 3-0 defeat in yesterday's lone Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhashani National
 arrow Cricket: Mongia's bye to cricket
Nayan Mongia, the former India Test wicketkeeper, has announced his retirement after being dropped by Baroda.
 arrow Cricket: Prantik sail on Aslam
An unbeaten century by Aslam powered Prantik Krira Chakra to a 60-run victory over Partex Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at the BKSP cricket ground yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Jessore zonal champs
Jessore became zonal champions in the Pepsi 17th National (Men's) Handball Championship when they inflicted a 29-15 defeat on hosts Bagerhat in the final match at the Bagerhat Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Arman Monir and Sohel Chowdhury are jointly leading the points table with maximum four points each after the fourth round games of the Prime Bank 7th International Rating Chess Tournament at the federation
 arrow Cricket: Tanveer U-14 cricket from Friday
The Metro Cricket Academy and former students of cricket at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) have jointly organised a under-14 cricket tournament in memory of Abu Tanveer Razeul Karim, a
 arrow Football: Farashganj going to Nepal
Farashganj Sporting Club will leave for Nepal on December 26 to play in the San Miguel invitational football tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Latif hopes to make int'l return
Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif said Wednesday he hoped to revive his international career after the Pakistan Cricket Board reduced a six-month ban and cleared him for selection.
 arrow Cricket: Inzi, Akhtar fit to play
Pakistan received some much-needed good news Wednesday with key players Inzamamul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar cleared to play against Australia in the second Test in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs, Boje return for SA
South Africa called up opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs on Wednesday for the second and third Tests against England after losing the opening match of the series.
 arrow Football: Real get Sacchi on board
Real Madrid have signed former AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi as the club's new sports director, Real club president Florentino Perez announced at a press conference Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Tevez picks Diego over Pele
Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has immediately walked into a potential storm after arriving in Brazil to join Corinthians by telling his hosts that he considers Diego Maradona to be better than Pele.
Metropolitanarrow Order on defamation case today
A Dhaka court will pass an order today on the defamation case filed against four prosecution witnesses in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case.
 arrow 'Set up separate land commission for indigenous people'
Lawmakers at a roundtable yesterday suggested setting up a separate land commission for the indigenous people living in plain lands.
 arrow President, PM greet Akihito
President Iajudddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated Japanese Emperor Akihito on the occasion of his birthday today.
Nationalarrow Kailashtila finally chosen for NGL Fractionation Plant
After a lapse of three years, the authorities have reverted to its decision to establish an NGL Fractionation Plant at Kailashtila in Sylhet.
 arrow Make Dec 30 'human wall' a success to topple govt
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon has called upon opposition political activists and the people to make proposed 'human wall'from the Sundarbans to Sunamganj on December 30 a success to express
 arrow Immunity to World Bank opposed
Speakers at a discussion meeting here on Monday called upon the government not to give immunity to the World Bank (WB).
 arrow Industrial Fair opens at B'Baria
A month-long Industry and Commerce Exhibition, jointly organised by the National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASCIB) and the district administration began at Annada High
 arrow Month-long agitation for hanging bridge on Surma
The Sylhet Division Ganodabi Parishad, a non-partisan citizens' forum, at a rally here on Tuesday announced a month-long programme including hartal on January 31 in Sylhet to press construction of a hanging
 arrow Lone BIWTC sea truck off Barisal-Bhola route
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation's (BIWTC) sea truck service on Barisal-Laxmipur- Bhola route is stopped since December 18 after Khizir-8, the lone BIWTC vessel plying the route, ran aground
 arrow College girl rescued after 12 days
Police rescued abducted college girl Nusrat Aman Tanni on Tuesday, 12 days after the incident.
Culturearrow Korean corner opened at the National Museum
The International Culture and Heritage Gallery on the fifth floor of the National Museum gets more enriched with the inclusion of a corner containing exhibits of Korean origin.
 arrow Kamaluddin Nilu: Upbeat about the future of CAT
Kamaluddin Nilu, General Secretary of the Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), is the artistic director of the theatre troupe.
 arrow Jamal and Kuhu: Taking Bangladesh art to Pakistan
Recharged artists Jamal Ahmed and Kuhu Plamondon have recently returned after a successful exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan. Their feedback:
Jamal Ahmed
'Pakistan has a lot of art-lovers.

 arrow Satyajit Ray: A visionary of hope
Who hasn't seen cinematic genius Satyajit Ray's superb films? His powerful works range from Pather Panchali (1955), Kanchanjungha (1962), Charulata (1964), Aranyer Din Ratri
Generalarrow Uphold image of army
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon young army officers to uphold the trust and affection of the people, admirable image of the force at home and abroad, and its glorious tradition through
 arrow Review '96 national policy document on HIV/Aids
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for reviewing the '1996 national policy document' on HIV/Aids and other STD related issues as well as the role of Narcotics Control Act and related legislation.
 arrow 'Involve local people in flood control plans'
Flood experts at a seminar yesterday urged the government to involve local people as well as experts while making plans for sustainable protection from river erosion.
 arrow Rab nabs 4 in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four criminals in separate raids during the last two days in Chittagong.
 arrow Lack of political will obstacle to fighting corruption in S Asia
The absence of political will is a critical constraint that hinders the effective implementation of anti-corruption reform in South Asia.
 arrow Duta election today
The election to the executive committee of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) will be held today.
The teachers' politics heated up ahead of the election.

 arrow JPC biennial meet today
The biennial general meeting of Jatiya Press Club (JPC) will begin at 10:00am today at the club auditorium.
The election of the managing committee will take place at the same venue tomorrow.

 arrow Indian HC closed Jan 5-13
Consular and Visa Section of the High Commission of India will remain closed from January 5 to 13.
No visa will be issued during this period, says an Indian High Commission press release.

 arrow Chinese aid for flood victims
The Chinese government has provided some 75,000 pieces of corrugated iron-sheet for the flood-affected people of Bangladesh.
 arrow AAA donation to SWID-Bangladesh
The American Alumni Association (AAA) donated Tk 10,000 to SWID-Bangladesh, a school for mentally challenged children, recently, says a press release.
 arrow NGO Foundation formed
The government has formed Bangladesh NGO Foundation for providing grants to NGOs in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Youth missing
A 23-year-old youth has been missing since December 16 after he went out of his home at West Rampura in the city.
 arrow Obituary
Monowara Begum, mother of Mahfuzur Rahman, former president of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), died of old-age complications on December 21 at her residence at Dumuria in Ramganj upazila of Lakkhipur district
 arrow SSKOP meet Dec 25
The extended meeting of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will be held at 11:00am on December 25 at the National Press Club.
Internationalarrow London summit to help Palestinians: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on a visit to the Middle East yesterday that his planned London conference on reform for Pales-tinians next year would help them become a real negotiating partner
 arrow Iraqi insurgents set free 2 French reporters
Two French journalists freed by insurgents in Iraq after being held hostage for four months were on their way back yesterday to a rapturous homecoming in Paris, where the government said tireless diplomacy
 arrow US army covering up Iraqi prisoner deaths
US army commanders may have interfered in military investigations into the deaths of at least two Iraqi detainees in US custody, the largest US civil rights group said Tuesday, citing internal military
 arrow Iraq bloodshed to affect polls, says Annan
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday insisted only Iraq can decide whether to go ahead with elections next month, but he warned that the ongoing bloodshed would have an effect on the polls.
 arrow India may have some advice for Nepali king
When Nepal King Gyanendra arrives here today on his third visit to India, the Indian government will convey to him the need to urgently restore the political process in the kingdom, official sources said.
 arrow Zardari secures bail again
The husband of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was granted bail by a court yesterday, his lawyers said, a day after he was arrested for failing to turn up for a murder case hearing.
 arrow Democrats claim victory
Democrats have claimed victory in the race for Washington governor by a razor-thin margin of eight votes, citing preliminary results of a hand recount they say puts Christine Gregoire in front for the
Editorialarrow Editorial: Protectors as violators!
The Chuadanga incident in which a young housewife was allegedly raped by members of the police led to street demonstrations as people were greatly agitated by the news.
 arrow Editorial: DFP circulation figures
The parliamentary standing committee on the information ministry is to be commended for finally calling attention to a long standing charade -- that of the circulation figures for daily newspapers compiled
 arrow Political parties and non-party caretaker government
It seems that the nation is heading towards a political crisis on the question of reforming the non-party caretaker government system.
 arrow The father, the son and the ghost of times to come
As some people hoped, many expected, and even more people worldwide were apprehensive, George W. Bush was comfortably re-elected to a second term of office.
Letters to Editorarrow Mahathir's visit: BMCCI clarification
Our attention has been drawn to the editorial "Mahathir's visit was eventful" ( 20 December, 2004 ) in your newspaper.
 arrow Right decision
The government of Bangladesh has been able to uphold the principle that nobody is above the law of the land; it refers to the government's decision in relation to the case of the immediate predecessor
 arrow A prayer for my brother
A part of me left a long time ago and passed away. My brother died a long time ago. He was a lot older than me. He died when he was a baby. I was born much later.
 arrow Temptation of the Promised Land
It's morning again in the US, and along with the rising sun comes the bittersweet realisation that the great promise of redemption from halfway across the world is all but gone.