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Front Pagearrow Asia death toll tops 23,300
Rescuers piled up bodies along southern and southeastern Asian coastlines devastated by tidal waves that obliterated seaside towns and killed more than 23,300 people in nine countries, and officials indicated
 arrow Draft policy adopted to curb satellite TV channels
The government is taking stringent measures to control satellite television channels in an effort to cut down on the 'adverse impact of foreign culture' on religious and social values.
 arrow Dhaka ill prepared for quake disaster
Dhaka stands perilously on an earthquake hotspot and only just narrowly escaped the massive quake in the southern Asia measured at 7.36 on the Richter scale in Chittagong Sunday morning.
 arrow Development fund, bank to be discussed
Dhaka will look to revive the South Asian Development Fund (SADF) during the South Asian Association for Regional Coooperation's (Saarc) programming committee meeting between January 3-4.
 arrow Mass promotion on cards
The authorities have completed all procedural formalities to promote a large number of officials to remove the backlog, fill up vacancies and defuse frustration in the civil administration.
 arrow India win ODI series in style
A day after Bangladesh celebrated their first one-day victory on home soil, India hit back in some style when Sourav Ganguly's men posted a 91-run victory to clinch the three-match series 2-1 at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Probe into free textbooks sale begins
The Ministry of Education has launched a probe into the illegal sale of primary textbooks published for free distribution among students of the new academic year beginning on January 1, 2005.
 arrow Escape from tsunami
"Out of the blue, mountainous waves began to break on our tiny boat and after a while sank it pitching us into the stormy sea," said Abdul Mannan.
 arrow Bangladeshi ship sinks off Colombo
Ocean-going vessel 'MV Jummy' owned by Midland Shipping Lines was capsized by Sunday's tsunami in the outer anchorage of Colombo seaport in Sri Lanka.
The ship's 22 crew, however, escaped unhurt.

 arrow Appointment of ACC secretary stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the government appointment of the secretary to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) until the regular bench of the High Court returns from winter vacation on January
 arrow Mercury drops to 6.4 in cold wave
A mild cold wave sweeping the northern region of the country brought life to a virtual standstill yesterday as fog blanketed vast areas causing poor visibility till noon, disrupted traffic movement and
 arrow Body to probe ministries' no-promise claims
A parliamentary committee has set up a special three-member body to investigate the claims of at least 15 ministries that they made no promises to parliament in the last eight years.
 arrow PM seeks help from all to fight crimes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation from all to sustain the success of current drives to improve law and order at any cost.
"People can now work safely.

 arrow Suicide bomber kills 13 in attack against Iraqi Shia leader
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the Baghdad headquarters of top Iraqi Shia Muslim political leader Abdel Aziz Hakim yesterday, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more.
 arrow Nurses demand removal of health secretary
Bangladesh Diploma Nurses Association (BDNA) has demanded removal of the health secretary and two top officials of the Nursing Directorate.
 arrow Saarc Summit to go ahead
Dhaka yesterday said the upcoming Saarc Summit will go ahead as planned during January 9-11 despite the devastation caused by the tsunami that killed at least 18,000 people in three Saarc states.
 arrow Court orders 2nd medical test, doctor show-caused
Alamdanga magistrate court yesterday ordered a fresh medical test of Dolly Khatun, a housewife allegedly gang-raped at a Chuadanga police camp.
 arrow BSF shoots 2 farmers in C'nawabganj
Two Bangladeshi farmers were shot by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj yesterday morning.
 arrow 3 more killed by tigers in Sundarbans
Tigers killed at least three fishermen in the Sundarbans in two days.
 arrow No clue yet to Sylhet AL meet blast
Investigators are yet to find any clue to the Friday's bomb blast in the Sylhet district Awami League (AL) meeting at the house of former AL MP Syeda Zebunnesa Haque.
 arrow 226 tremors in 10 years rock Bangladesh
Mild to moderate earthquakes shook the country 226 times since 1996 and yesterday's was the severest (7.36 magnitude), sources at the Seismic Observatory Centre in Chittagong said yesterday.
Businessarrow Rehab housing fair closes on a high
Amid a huge response from visitors, the fourth edition of the housing fair organised by Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) ended in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Asian shares, currencies slide on tsunami
Asian stocks and currencies fell on Monday after tsunami waves triggered by the world's worst earthquake in 40 years killed nearly 15,000 people and wreaked havoc on tourist beaches.
 arrow PM inaugurates BTTB cell phone today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today formally launches the much-talked-about mobile phone services of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
 arrow Shrimp, crab shell extracts to be exported to Thailand
A local agro-based company is set to export shrimp and crab shell extracts to Thailand.
 arrow IMF to assist tsunami-hit South Asia
The International Monetary Fund pledged to help South Asian nations hit by a deadly earthquake and tidal wave over the weekend.
 arrow Crude prices fall further
Crude oil prices fell in Asian trade Monday after a three-day Christmas break as investors digested further the surprise rise in US petroleum stocks, dealers said.
 arrow ICAB awards for best published accounts, reports announced
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) on Thursday announced its annual awards for best published accounts and reports for the year 2003.
 arrow India amends patent law in line with WTO accord
Racing against time and ignoring resistance from Left parties, India came out with an ordinance on Sunday to bring its patent law in compliance with the commitments under the World Trade Organizationagreement.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India blaze all guns
A cameo 69 off 32 balls by Yuvraj Singh provided the finishing touch to a job that was begun by openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar as India amassed 348 for five in the third and deciding match
 arrow Cricket: Why Hasibul?
Bangladesh were faced with an unfortunate situation ahead of yesterday's third and final ODI as they were forced to make two last minute changes thus breaking the winning combination that had handed India
 arrow Cricket: Even going at MCG
The 'Rawalpindi Express' steamed through the Australian top-order to give Pakistan an unexpected edge over cricket's world-beaters in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe arrive in city today
The Zimbabwe cricket team will arrive in Dhaka this afternoon to play two Tests and five one-day international against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers not going to India in April
Bangladesh will not tour India in April 2005 to play their first series, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar confirmed it yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Clash of hockey heavyweights today
The first leg of the Green Delta Premier Hockey League concludes today with local giants Abahani and Mohammedan Sporting Club pitted against each other at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Going at each other
Australian opening batsman Justin Langer said he relishes his hair-raising duels with Pakistan express bowler Shoaib Akhtar after the pair's verbal dust-up at the Boxing Day cricket Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis gives SA lead
Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock shared the only substantial partnership of the match as South Africa moved into a 94-run lead on the second day of the second Test against England at Kingsmead Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik action illegal
All-rounder Shoaib Malik must undergo remedial work on his action before he can bowl again, Pakistan cricket authorities said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket resumes today
The Green Delta Premier Cricket League resumes today after a two-day break with defending champions Victoria Sporting Club facing Brothers Union in a crucial match at the Fatullah Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan tour of NZ to go on
Sri Lanka are to continue their cricket tour to New Zealand after a five-day period of mourning for those killed by the tidal waves in south Asia.
 arrow Hockey: France upset India
France scored a shock 3-1 victory over India in the first match of a two-Test field hockey series here on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Aminul Rating chess champ
FIDE master Khandaker Aminul Islam became unbeaten champion in the Prime Bank 7th International Rating Chess Tournament at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Manaudou France's best
Olympic swimming champion Laure Manaudou has been named as France's sports personality of the year by L'Equipe newspaper.
 arrow Our Hearts Go With You...

 arrow Football: Big guns all blaze
It was a case of as you were at the top of the English Premier League with all top four clubs recording victories on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Fergie defends Rooney
Sir Alex Ferguson leapt to the defence of star striker Wayne Rooney after he was accused of striking Bolton's Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim in the face during Manchester United's important
 arrow Football: Montoya still critical
Doctors caring for Colombian soccer coach Luis Fernando Montoya will know next week if the shooting victim will be able to breathe on his own.
Metropolitanarrow Proper enforcement of laws a must to protect HR: Prof Amartya Sen
Noble laureate Professor Amartya Sen has stressed the need for proper use and application of laws to protect human rights.
 arrow Cuta observes strike today
Chittagong University Teachers Association (Cuta) will observe work abstention today in protest against the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Mohammed Yunus.
 arrow 'Ensure modern tech to boost agri sector'
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked the agriculture organisations to expedite their training programmes to ensure successful transfer of modern technology in the sector.
 arrow 3rd Int'l Confce on computer engineering begins today
The three-day Third Interna-tional Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (ICECE) 2004 will begin in the city today.
 arrow Photojournalists barred from covering PM's Ctg function
Photojournalists in Chittagong were barred yesterday by Special Security Forces (SSF) from covering the installation ceremony of the construction work of Chittagong Court Building.
 arrow Chinese team lauds Hasina's role in women empowerment
A Chinese delegation called on Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday and discussed bilateral issues.
 arrow Hasina greets poet Shamsur Rahman
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina greeted poet Shamsur Rahman on his 75th birthday yesterday.
 arrow 'Form 6th wage board by Jan 2'
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad leaders held a meeting with the journalists and employees at the Dainik Sangram office yesterday and called on all to make the January 2 strike a success.
Nationalarrow Burimari land port loses Tk 1cr revenue every month
Rangpur: The government is losing at least Tk one crore revenue a month at Burimari land port, the largest one in northern districts, due to lack of proper infrastructure facilities, customs sources
 arrow Migratory birds no more wing their way to Nil Sagor
Migratory birds no more fly to Nilsagor in flocks in winter.
 arrow Jashim Palli Mela begins Jan 2 at Faridpur
A 15-day Jashim Palli Mela (Jarhim rural fair) begins at Faridpur on January 2, marking the 102nd birth anniversary of poet Jashim Uddin.
 arrow Dense fog disrupts communications in S districts
Dense fog is disrupting movement of vessels in waterways and vehicles on roads in the southwestern districts.
 arrow 3 alleged traffickers freed
Release of three women and three traffickers by a Union Parishad (UP) chairman from the custody of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has created sensation in the area recently.
 arrow 21 spots in four southern dists 'vulnerable'
Twenty-one spots have been identified as vulnerable ones in four southern districts.
The districts are Khulna, Jessore, Jhenidah and Magura.

 arrow 2 slaughtered deer recovered
Two slaughtered deer were recovered from Mathabhang area in the Sundarbans on Wednesday.
 arrow 8 killed by tigers in Sundarbans in a month
At least eight persons were killed by tigers in the Sundarbans in a month.
 arrow Bid to sell 33 food godowns in Patuakhali
Food Department is trying to sell out 33 CSD food godowns, lying unused for long in seven upazilas here.
The department sent a proposal to the higher authorities for its approval.

 arrow Aman output 4 lakh MT short of target in 5 N dists
Aman production has fallen short of target by nearly four lakh tonnes in five districts of greater Rangpur.
The districts are Nilphamari, Kurigram, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha.

 arrow Miscreants beat newsman, one arrested
A journalist sustained serious injuries when he was beaten up by miscreants here on Saturday night.
The journalist is Md Shahjahan Saju.

Point-Counterpointarrow Our over-burdened children
Our young kids who belong to kindergarten and English medium schools are experiencing a very hard time. They seem to be over-burdened with their school schedules and syllabus.
 arrow Who is feeding the Bin Laden Legend?
Robin Hood and not Osama Bin Laden is the most celebrated outlaw in the English-speaking world.
Culturearrow Ikebana: An art that transports one to a higher plane
The Way of the Flowers' or Ikebana, as it is better known today, has charmed the more arty class ever since its inception throughout the world over the last century.
 arrow Being the first is nothing new for Ash
Aishwariya Rai is the first Indian actress to feature in the Time magazine cover and to be a member of the jury at the prestigious Cannes film festival in France.
 arrow 'I am a workaholic'--Sara Zaker
'My daughter Sriya says that I always have an agenda,' says a laughing Sara Zaker on a relatively relaxed day.
Generalarrow Navy to be made tri-dimensional sea power
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed her government's commitment to gradually elevate the Bangladesh Navy to a modern, self-reliant and balanced tri-dimensional sea power by enhancing its skill
 arrow 'Join Dec 30 no-confidence human wall'
Leaders of the 14 opposition parties in a combined rally yesterday called on the people to join the December 30 human wall programme to express their 'no-confidence' in the four-party ruling alliance.
 arrow Oman keen to recruit women gynecologists from Bangladesh
Bangladesh has urged Oman to recruit Bangladeshi physicians and nurses.
 arrow Bangabandhu Prokoushali Parishad team meets Joy
A delegation of Bangabandhu Prokoushali Parishad made a courtesy call on Sajib Wazed Joy and his wife Christina at Sudha Sadan in the city yesterday.
 arrow 19 shops gutted in Sylhet fire
Nineteen shops and godowns were gutted in a devastating fire at a commercial centre in Kanaight upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Help rehabilitate helpless people
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tareque Rahman yesterday called upon the affluent section of the society to come forward to rehabilitate the helpless people.
 arrow MOU signed with Indian PR Society
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA) and Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) in Kolkata recently, says a press release.
 arrow 1,397 more held
Police arrested 1,397 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sri Lanka wakes up to catastrophe
Sri Lanka, the country that suffered the maximum damage from last Sunday's tidal waves woke up to grim relaity yesterday.
 arrow Thousands fill mass graves
Survivors grimly buried or burnt their dead relatives yesterday in southern India as the death toll rose alarmingly many thousnads with thousands more missing amid warnings of a return of the killer tsunami.
 arrow Global relief effort swings into operations
A global relief effort was underway yesterday after the world's worst earthquake in 40 years triggered monstrous tidal waves which killed thousands of people across southern and southeast Asia.
 arrow 'God unleashed his anger on people'
The full extent of the devastation and horror experienced when Indonesia was hit at point-blank range by a giant earthquake and tidal wave began to emerge yesterday as links were restored to remote northern
 arrow Yushchenko wins Ukraine election
Opposition leader Viktor Yush-chenko won Ukraine's presidency Monday after a historic and wrenching election in which he vowed to steer the strategic nation on a new course toward the West and away from
 arrow Over 100 Somali fishermen feared killed by waves
More than 100 Somali fishermen are presumed dead as a result of deadly tsunamis tidal waves that battered the country's coast over the weekend, a presidential spokesman told AFP on Monday.
 arrow Tourists flee from holiday nightmare
From Sri Lanka to Thailand, thousands of distraught tourists were fleeing many of Asia's top resorts yesterday after devastating tidal waves reduced idyllic beaches to scenes of carnage.
 arrow UN warns of epidemics in Asia
The United Nations warned on Monday of epidemics within days unless health systems in southern Asia can cope after more than 14,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless by a giant
 arrow Thai king's grandson killed in deadly waves
A grandson of King Bhumibol Adulyadej was among those killed when tidal waves smashed into southern Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Monday.
 arrow Lack of warning centre caused widespread damage
A warning center such as those used around the Pacific could have saved most of the thousands of people who died in Asia's earthquake and tsunamis, a US Geological Survey official said on Sunday.
 arrow Top Sunni party to boycott Iraq elections
The Iraqi Islamic party, the main political movement representing the minority Sunni Muslim community, announced Monday it would boycott next month's landmark elections.
 arrow Israel frees 159 prisoners
Israel released almost 160 Pales-tinian prisoners Monday as an act of goodwill towards Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak which was dismissed as a public relations gimmick by the Palestinians.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tidal waves devastate Asian coast
Over 15,000 are dead following the tidal waves that buffeted the South and South-east Asian coastline in the aftermath of a giant 8.
 arrow Editorial: Exciting victory
Notwithstanding yesterday's defeat in the third one-dayer, the boys did a splendid job against the mighty Indians in the second ODI on Sunday.
 arrow Beheading is not the cure for headaches
If I have a headache, cutting of my head will not give me relief. If rickshaws in Dhaka are an evil, they are a necessary evil.
 arrow The lonely masks of Narasimha Rao
Most politicians understand politics. Rather fewer understand power. P.V. Narasimha Rao was a master craftsman of power. He knew its first fundamental law. When you share power, you increase it.
Letters to Editorarrow Containing crime
I refer to Muftah Wali's letter on crossfire and terrorism published in the DS (13/12/04).
Before blaming any government we should accept that terrorism and lawlessness did not emerge overnight.

 arrow Crime and corruption
It is praiseworthy that the government is buying cellular and land phone interceptors for Rab to combat crime more efficiently and the home ministry is going to pursue an amendment to the existingTelecom
 arrow Noise pollution
When I write this letter to you, it is 1:00am on 16 December. At Neelkhet point a dozen loudspeakers with huge voices of dead and living leaders of two particular parties are on.
 arrow Blaring sirens
It has been observed with utter annoyance that ambulances plying the city roads unnecessarily use their monotonous sirens whether it is necessary or not to scare away the motorised and the non motorised
 arrow Judges
It is often seen these days that some of the judges at the higher courts get hesitant and manifestly embarrassed or in Bangla, "BIBROTO" over seemingly controversial cases which tend to lean heavily