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Front Pagearrow Govt, ACC at loggerheads
The government yesterday ordered employees of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) not to work for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) until rules and regulations of the newly formed body are formulated.
 arrow Plan to link up with global disaster forecasting system
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday decided to link up the country with global forecasting system on natural disasters and include tsunami into its comprehensive disaster management programme (CDMP).
 arrow 1,500 ADP schemes to go under 3yr investment plan
The government will place around 1,500 schemes of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) under a three-year rolling investment programme from the next fiscal year for its effective implementation.
 arrow Kuakata Rakhains pushed out of land
Hundreds of families from the Buddhist Rakhain community in Kuakata have been forced from their land as a result of the activities of an influential group of local Bangalis, an investigation by The Daily
 arrow BTTB mobile puzzle
It is still unclear what prompted the telecommunications ministry to fix the call tariff for its new cellphone service at a rate much higher than expected -- and in particular at a rate similar, if not
 arrow Controversial RU recruits go berserk over HC stay
The controversially appointed 546 employees at Rajshahi University (RU), aggrieved at reports of the High Court's stay order on their recruitment staged angry demonstrations on the campus.
 arrow Women leaders seek halt to election process for JS reserved seats
Thirteen women leaders yesterday filed a petition with the High Court (HC) to halt the process of election to the 45 seats reserved for women in the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow JS body asks textbook board to explain
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education yesterday asked the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and the Ministry of Education to explain the ambiguities
 arrow PWD staffs fear 8,000 job loss
More than 18,000 staff of the Public Works Department (PWD) will lose their jobs if the government creates mini engineering cells in different ministries for construction and maintenance works instead
 arrow Tsunami death toll crosses 144,000
The confirmed number killed in the massive earthquake and tidal waves that hit Indian Ocean shorelines a week ago passed 1,44,000 on Monday, as over 14,000 more deaths were confirmed by Indonesian officials.
 arrow Judge expresses embarrassment, declines to hear contempt charges
The hearing on the High Court (HC) rule on the government and the contempt charge on four government officials over army deployment at polling centres in the Dhaka-10 by-polls was not held yesterday as
 arrow BNP begins conferences on 18-point agenda
The ruling BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) starts a countrywide organisational campaign on an 18-point agenda with a grand conference of grassroots-level party leaders and activists here today.
 arrow Transport fares to go up soon
In the wake of increases in the prices of diesel and kerosene the fares of passenger carrying buses and launches will shortly be increased by as much as 15 percent, The Daily Star has learnt.
 arrow What did I learn?

 arrow Hasan new navy chief
Commodore Mohammad Hasan Ali Khan has been appointed as the chief of naval staff with effect from January 10, an ISPR release said yesterday quoting a notification issued by the defence ministry.
 arrow Email threat on Hasina's life again
Alleged suicide bomb squads threatened to kill Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and blow up her Sudha Sadan residence for bringing her son, Joy, into politics.
 arrow Move taken to introduce polythene's alternative
The Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday launched a fresh drive to introduce environment-friendly alternatives to polythene to stop permanently the use of this harmful substance and formed a national
 arrow Repatriation resumes
Repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar resumed on Saturday.
 arrow Abducted trader buys freedom in Kushtia
A businessman abducted on Saturday bought his freedom by paying his captors a ransom of Tk 50,000 yesterday, sources said.
 arrow 17 Iraq security men killed in bomb spree
Insurgents killed 17 Iraqi police and National Guards yesterday in another bloody spree of ambushes, bombings and suicide attacks aimed at wrecking Iraq's January 30 national election.
 arrow JN Dixit dead
India's national security advisor JN Dixit, a key behind-the-scenes international negotiator, died yesterday of a heart attack.
 arrow Doctor stand released as probe found him guilty
A doctor at Chuadanga Sadar Hospital who tried to carry out medical tests on a gang-raped woman on December 27 without permission from the legal authorities has been stand released.
 arrow 16 DCC cattle markets for Eid-ul-Azha
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has selected people to operate 13 of the 16 sites set aside as makeshift cattle markets for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha as allegations have been raised that only those who
 arrow Criminal killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between his accomplices and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Buikara area under Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore district yesterday morning.
 arrow BDR foils push-in bid
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) foiled an attempt by the Border Security Force (BSF) to 'push-in' 36 Bangla speaking people from India to Bangladesh on Chanduria border in Kalaroa upazila Sunday.
 arrow Trade through Bhomra port begins
Export-import activities at Bhomra land port resumed on Sunday as the C&F agents called off their strike but the activities at Benapole land port remained stalled until yesterday.
 arrow Protesting the killing of a teacher...

 arrow Two army men die as truck falls off bridge
Two army personnel were killed and four others injured in a road accident in Suryakandi village in Sarail Sunday.

The dead are sepoy Belal, 30, of Munshiganj and lance corporal Rejaul, 32, of Sirajganj.

 arrow JP (Ershad) council deferred
The national council of the Jatiya Party (Ershad), scheduled for February 14, will now be held on February 28.

Party Chairman HM Ershad deferred the council by two weeks due to 'unavoidable reasons'.

 arrow Living under the open sky...

Businessarrow RMG exporters blamed for not investing in backward linkages
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came down heavily on readymade garment exporters, saying had they made substantial investment in the backward linkage industries, the country would not haveseen
 arrow No trade negotiation before Safta implementation
The government will not move ahead with trade negotiations with any party before the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) gets implemented on January 1, 2006.
 arrow Korea launches mobile phone for the blind
A vendor, an operator and two philanthropic bodies have developed a special type of mobile phone for the visually handicapped consumers in South Korea.
 arrow Gold loses shine in Asia on firm dollar
Gold shed around $5 an ounce on Monday in the year's first trading day, losing some of its shine to a firmer dollar and the holiday absence of investors in Japan.
 arrow Bangladesh fetches $1.2m spot orders in India trade fair
Bangladesh has bagged spot orders worth US$ 1.2 million in the Industrial India Trade Fair held in Kolkata from December 20 to 31.
 arrow JOBS training for Banarashi Palli entrepreneurs
Job Opportunity and Business Support (JOBS), a project funded by USAID, Bangladesh, recently conducted a seven-day entrepreneurship training for entrepreneurs of Banarashi Palli at Mirpur in Dhaka.
 arrow Khulna Int'l Trade Fair begins today
A month long Khulna International Trade Fair 2005 begins today at Sonadanga truck terminal ground here.
 arrow Hyundai Motor sales up 25pc
South Korea top auto manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Group said, Monday its total sales rose 25 percent in 2004 despite weak domestic demand.
 arrow Oil drops below $43 on mild US winter
Crude oil futures fell below 43 dollars in Asian trade Monday as mild winter temperatures in the United States eased concerns that heating oil stocks may not be sufficient to meet demand, dealers said.
 arrow US company to import Chinese cars
A US company plans to import vehicles from China's Chery Automobile Co in what would be the biggest effort to market Chinese cars in the United States to date, The Wall Street Journal said Monday.
 arrow Malaysia trade surplus down by 25pc in Nov
Malaysia's trade surplus in November dropped 25 percent from October and was down 9.7 percent year-on-year as exports dipped due to high inventories, the trade ministry said Monday.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Ugliness follows disappointment
Defending champions Abahani came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with arch-rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to lead Asian XI
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has been given the responsibility of leading an Asian XI against the ICC XI in next week's charity cricket match for tsunami victims in Asia.
 arrow Cricket: Amazing Al Shahriar
National discard Al Shahriar struck a scintillating century as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI snatched a draw from a certain defeat against Zimbabwe on the final day of the three-day practice match
 arrow Cricket: Ponting's ton finally comes
Skipper Ricky Ponting produced his first Test century for over a year to propel Australia into a powerful position against Pakistan in the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis powers Proteas
A century partnership for the eighth wicket between Jacques Kallis and Nicky Boje enabled South Africa to reach a total of 441 on the second day of the third Test against England at Newlands Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans stand by 'em
Sri Lankan cricket star Muttiah Muralitharan and his teammates are helping galvanise the relief effort for the tsunami disaster victims.
 arrow Cricket: Awards for BD-Zim ODI series
Rahimafrooz Limited and Reckit Benckiser have announced prizes for the ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Rupali ride on Sumon
A sparkling 69-ball 79 by Sumon Bhuiyan steered Rupali Bank to a 50-run victory against Lalmatia Club in yesterday's First Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground of Dhaka University.
 arrow Volleyball: Titas beat Gyanendra
Titas Club of Dhaka defeated Gyanendra Officers Club of Nepal in an invitation international volleyball tournament in Kathmandu on Sunday.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi handball
The qualifying rounds of Karotoa zone for the Pepsi 17th National Handball Championship (women) began at the Rangpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria fined match fee
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was fined his full match fee and severely reprimanded for using obscene language in 'sending off' Australian batsman Michael Clarke during the final Test here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Australia drub Slovak Rep
Mark Philippoussis' efforts to halt his form slump suffered a setback here Monday but Australia still scraped a 2-1 win over the Slovak Republic in the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher hails tactics
England coach Duncan Fletcher admitted his team employed negative bowling tactics against South Africa during the first day of the third Test at Newlands on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara will play in tsunami match
West Indies captain Brian Lara was Monday given the official all-clear to play for the Rest of the World against an Asian XI in a tsunami relief cricket match here on January 10.
 arrow Tennis: Golovin faces Sugiyama
French teenager Tatiana Golovin cruised into the second round of the 170,000 US dollar Gold Coast WTA tournament on Monday and a showdown with defending champion Ai Sugiyama.
 arrow Football: Gunners on midfielder search
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he could enter the transfer market this month for a midfielder if Brazil international Edu moves abroad.
 arrow Football: It's just pneumonia!
Former England star Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital from pneumonia but his agent on Sunday denied the 37-year-old was seriously ill.
 arrow Alonso woes for Liverpool
Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso added to the Premiership side's injury woes when it was confirmed on Sunday he will be out for up to six weeks after breaking his ankle during Saturday's 1-0
 arrow Beattie Everton's
Everton hope to parade record six-million-pound signing Jamie Beattie at Goodison Park on Tuesday before the home clash with Portsmouth after the Southampton striker James Beattie completed a medicalat
 arrow Football: Over-partying Brazilians
European champions FC Porto will suspend four of their Brazilian players, including teenage playmaker Diego, after they failed to return on time from their Christmas holiday.
 arrow Football: AFC annoyed with Tiger Cup brawl
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday expressed "deep disappointment" over an unruly Tiger Cup semi-final match between Singapore and Myanmar in which three players were sent off.
Metropolitanarrow Fugitive with death surrenders after 22 yrs
A man who was sentenced to death 22 years ago for a double murder at Sutrapur surrendered to a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Khulna mob lynches miscreant
An unidentified miscreant was lynched by angry mob in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow BCL founding anniversary today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), will observe its 57th founding anniversary today with a vow to free the country from, what the BCL said, the 'misrule'
 arrow Pulse worth over Tk 8 lakh looted in city
Robbers looted 440 sacks of pulses worth over Tk 8 lakh from a truck on a city street at Dhanmondi early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Instruction to DV applicants
The US embassy here has urged all applicants for Diversity Visas to appear for their interview on the scheduled date.
 arrow ASA introduces new healthcare scheme
ASA, a non-government organisation, introduced a new healthcare programme this year to provide financial assistance to its members in case of costly medical treatment.

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 arrow Saarc Cultural Festival postponed
Saarc Cultural Festival scheduled to begin here today has been postponed in view of catastrophe in three member countries caused by devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Nationalarrow Murders cross previous records in Jhenidah
The law and order situation deteriorated in Jhenidah district last year, with 101 murders committed during the period against 75 in 2003, according to a high-ranking police official.
 arrow Tender manipulation: Govt loses Tk 70 lakh
The government incurred a loss of Tk 70 lakh due to 'tender manipulation' on Tuesday.
 arrow A different 'health fair' at Moulvibazar
It was a different day for teenagers in the town.
 arrow Kushtia schoolgirls now aware of Aids
Thirteen year-old school student Anwara of a remote village knows about the killer disease AIDS and how it spreads.
 arrow Painting in quest of 'perfect life'
An 8-day exhibition of paintings by teenaged artists began at Magura Collectorate School auditorium on Sunday, attracting hundreds of children and enthusiastic people.
 arrow 20,000 phones still inoperative in Barisal
About 20,000 telephones are still inoperative in Barisal since the Digital T&T Exchange went out of order on December 15 due to mechanical faults.
 arrow 7 hurt in JCD factional clash at BAU
Seven Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured in a clash between two factions of at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Sunday.
 arrow Most cases filed in Patuakhali 'false'
Most of the cases relating to repression on women and children were meant to 'harass' opponents.

About 1,903 cases were filed during the last three years. The court gave punishment in only eightcases.

 arrow Big fire at Syedpur rly market
A devastating fire at Syedpur railway market on Saturday noon gutted goods in seven shops and five godowns.

The affected people claimed that the fire destroyed goods worth about Tk one crore.

Culturearrow Milia's deep affinity with Tagore songs
As we journey on, who can tell from which direction your gentle touch comes this way--in the fragrance of some unknown flower, some intimate joy, some wayfarer's songs…'

Lending her voice tothis

 arrow ' My life is like an open book' -- Nobel
Nobel is a popular model and actor who received several awards as a model. His face features on several ads. Here he speaks on diverse issues with our cultural correspondent.
 arrow Aishwarya does not rule out kissing in films
Aishwarya Rai, one of the top stars of India's prime film industry, said in a recent television interview, she won't rule out kissing in films when she moves from "Bollywood" to Hollywood -- althoughshe
 arrow Peter Rabbit gets hieroglyph tale
Beatrix Potter's classic children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been translated into ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs by the British Museum.
Generalarrow Construct Ganges Barrage to ensure water in lean period
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to construct the Ganges Barrage for implementing the Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (IWRMP).
 arrow Hasina demands retrospective effect of pay scale
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded that the pay scale for government officials and employees be given retrospective effect from the daythe
 arrow Price-hike of diesel, kerosene protested
Different political parties protested the increased price of diesel and kerosene yesterday.

Left-leaning eleven party held a rally at Muktangon in the city in protest against the increase of fuel price.

 arrow Advance ticket for trains on Eid
Bangladesh Railway has arranged advance ticket sale for inter-district trains for an easy movement of homebound passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Ajha.
 arrow Joy thanks Jubo League leaders for reception
Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina, exchanged views with the leaders of Awami Jubo League, the youth wing of Awami League, at Sudha
 arrow 'Food producers have no enough food to eat'
The food producers themselves in the country are deprived of enough food to eat, said former planning commission member Prof Mosharaff Hossain yesterday

He was delivering a lecture on 'Agricultureand

 arrow Appeal for help
Ratul, a boy of six and a half years, has long been suffering from blood cancer.

He is now undergoing chemotherapy under the supervision of Prof MA Hye at Dhaka Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital.

 arrow Body recovered at Savar
Police recovered the mutilated body of a youth at village Baradeshi in Savar yesterday.

The body of Abdul Karim alias Kebla, 22, bore two marks of bullet wounds in the head.

 arrow Viva voce for judicial service Jan 11
The viva voce for the candidates of the order of preference of judicial service will be held at 2.
Internationalarrow Ailing tsunami survivors still await aid
Eight days after a giant tsunami struck Asia, relief workers faced "absolute chaos" in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday as a $2 billion operation to help disaster victims fought to get off the ground.
 arrow Powell predicts Shia victory in Iraq polls
US Secretary of State Colin Powell predicted a Shiite victory in upcoming Iraqi elections, but moved to assuage concerns it could bolster Iranian influence inside the country.
 arrow India grapples with disposal of bodies
India was battling to bury or cremate an untold number of corpses and beat aid bottlenecks Monday, as the toll from last week's massive earthquake and tsunamis neared 15,300 dead and missing.
 arrow Peru rebels to 'surrender on Monday'
The leader of a 200-strong armed group that killed four policemen and seized a police station and part of a southern Peruvian town, to demand the resignation of President Alejandro Toledo, said it would
Editorialarrow Editorial: Poverty alleviation
THE draft Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) has been designed to fulfil the long-felt need for having a comprehensive plan to alleviate poverty in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Textbook distribution
THE government initiative to distribute approximately 9 crore textbooks to students in time for the academic year beginning this January can only be considered a worthwhile idea.
 arrow Why this inefficiency?
While addressing the secretaries to the government on December 30, 2004 at the Bangladesh Secretariat, the Prime Minister regretted, "The documents once prepared at the tables of deputy secretaries and
 arrow The future is bright
It's natural: in the first week of January every right-thinking Indian wants to know what will happen in the coming year. The problem is not uncertain vision, or the inability to predict.
Letters to Editorarrow Tiny torturers
We, the people of Chawkbazar in Chittagong, are facing numerous problems. And mosquito is one of them. Mosquito has become a menace to us these days.
 arrow Pull out rickshaws
I think most of the city dwellers appreciate the government's plan to pull out rickshaws gradually from the city. Rickshaws cause loss of time and traffic congestion.
 arrow Whither decentralisation reforms?
Successive regimes are neglecting the impact of economic activities and social living conditions in Dhaka metropolis.
 arrow Rab
Now most of the people living in Bangladesh are keeping Rab's contact numbers in their pockets. For hard-pressed innocent citizens Rab is the only hope.
 arrow Dowry
We are living in a world of free trade economy.
 arrow New Year
The New Year has arrived , as we follow the Gregorian Calendar in our everyday life, the importance of it is indisputable. Each year we look forward to a better future, a year full of peace and happiness.