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Front Pagearrow Biman plan for 2 more planes shot down
The government yesterday rejected a proposal to purchase two planes and avail a host of facilities for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, saying it will halt all investments until Biman comes up with a restructuring
 arrow ACC busy mending ties with govt
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to take a string of measures to thrash out differences and bickering with the government and correct some controversial decisions and steps that it took since coming into being about one and a half months back.
 arrow Cabinet body to help Petrobangla realise gas bill arrears
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday decided to look into and ensure payment of the Tk 697 crore gas bill arrears of Petrobangla with 30 government entities, including a number of ministries,
 arrow Chaos streamlined ...

 arrow 28pc Dhaka buildings vulnerable to tremor
"At least 28 percent buildings of Dhaka City would collapse in the event of a 7-magnitude earthquake, which would cause damages of about Tk 16,000 crore," Buet Prof Mehedi Ahmed Ansari said yesterday.
 arrow Rajuk to take ACC help to probe corrupt staffs
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to write to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to inquire and recommend action against three of its 'corrupt' authorised officers who either stoleor
 arrow Small industries to get long-term tax holiday
To boost the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved a proposal to offer tax holidays to small enterprises having a maximum investment
 arrow Hasina urges all to pull down govt
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to stand united to pull down the alliance rulers through a mass movement and free the country from what she said was their misrule.
 arrow Plan for engineering cells in ministries against advice
The government has decided in principle to create mini engineering cells at the ministries to carry out their construction and maintenance work instead of engaging the Public Works Department (PWD).
 arrow Hunger strike by university teachers today
More than 10 thousand teachers of public universities in the country will go for a token hunger strike and abstention from work today to protest the killing of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Prof MYunus.
 arrow Two killed in 'crossfire' in city
A leader of Awami Swechchhasebak League and an alleged criminal were killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between a criminal gang and a joint team of anticrime forces Cobra and Cheetah in Gulshan of
 arrow PM calls for crop diversification
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the agriculturists to increase production of diversified crops to make the country self-reliant in agro-food production.
 arrow Benapole strike enters 5th day
Strike at Benapole land port continued for the fifth consecutive day yesterday as five striking organisations of the port users rejected government's decision to reduce 50 percent of increased duties.
 arrow Khulna newsmen demand security
Khulna journalists, concerned over Tuesday night's bomb attack on Dainik Jugantar Bureau Chief and a former leader of Khulna Union of Journalists, have asked police to step up security measures and demanded
 arrow CPB won't join January 15 programme
Sheikh Hasina's recent meeting with Salauddin Qader Chowdhury has enraged the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), a partner in the Awami League-led combined opposition, that has already signalled a split
 arrow First Test at Ctg starts today
Under pressure to produce their maiden victory, Bangladesh take on Zimbabwe in the first match of the two-game CityCell Test series in Chittagong today.
 arrow Kuwait pledges $75m for 3 projects
Kuwait has made a fresh pledge of $75 million to finance three Bangladeshi projects, including the construction of the third Karnaphuli Bridge in Chittagong.
 arrow RU recruits start fresh agitation today
The 546 controversially recruited employees of the Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday announced fresh agitation programmes as the authorities failed to confirm their jobs in last two days.
 arrow Bomber kills 15 at Iraq cop academy
A suicide car bomber killed at least 15 people at an Iraqi police academy yesterday, but Prime Minister Iyad Allawi vowed to stick to his timetable for a January 30 election despite escalating attacks.
 arrow Court to decide charge framing against Partha Jan 13
A Dhaka court on January 13 will decide about framing charges against Saibal Saha Partha, arrested on suspicion of emailing a threat to kill Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Abed Khan resigns from Bhorer Kagoj
Editor of the Dainik Bhorer Kagoj Abed Khan has resigned as per a decision of the daily's board of directors.

Khan, also a famous columnist, joined the Bhorer Kagoj as the editor on June 18, 2003.

 arrow JIC to quizz Hiqma chief again
The self-proclaimed Shahadat-e Al Hiqma chief, Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja, was again sent to the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka for interrogation yesterday.
 arrow Seven killed in Rangpur road crash
Seven people died and 35 others were injured in a bus--truck collision on the Rangpur--Bogra highway in Peerganj upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow JCD demands ban on Shibir politics
Dhaka Medical College (DMC) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, yesterday demanded immediate ban on politics of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami,
 arrow Govt shortens tender process for food import
The government yesterday decided in principle to amend food procurement regulations to quicken the process amidst apprehension that depleting food reserve and a low Aman output might necessitate emergency
 arrow Constable stabbed to death
A rickshaw-puller was arrested in the town yesterday two hours after he stabbed a traffic police constable to death.
Businessarrow Janata, Citibank swap $2m on relaxed forex rules
With the relaxed forward dealing regulations on foreign exchange, Janata Bank and the Citibank NA yesterday made first swap transaction amounting to US$ 2 million.
 arrow Liberal policy sought to woo more FDI in energy sector
Government control on pricing discourages foreign companies to invest in power and energy sectors in Bangladesh, speakers at a seminar observed yesterday asking the government to pursue liberal policy
 arrow Asian, Middle East energy ministers meet today
The search for a cushion against volatile crude oil prices will be on top of the agenda when energy ministers of Asia's biggest economies sit here today with their counterparts from powerful oil-producing
 arrow Medicinal plants hold huge prospects
Medicinal plants such as garlic, mint, curcuma, and neem can boost Bangladesh's economy, if planted in larger scale even only in backyard gardens.
 arrow Oil weaker ahead of US inventory data
Oil prices eased on Wednesday ahead of US stocks data expected to show a rise in heating fuel supplies as mild winter temperatures suppressed demand in the United States.
 arrow HSBC loan fair in Ctg from tomorrow
A four-day fair to display loan products of Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), Bangladesh begins in Chittagong tomorrow.
 arrow ICB plans new Islamic mutual fund
Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) is planning a new Islamic Mutual Fund of Tk 25 crore exclusively for the non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs), building on responses to a previous such fund that
 arrow BB directs banks to set up complaint cells
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed all commercial banks to set up complaint cells in their headquarters by January 30 to improve customer service.
 arrow EBL launches auto loan campaign in Ctg
Eastern Bank Ltd has launched an auto loan campaign at the bank's Agrabad branch in Chittagong recently.
 arrow Rich countries offer debt relief to tsunami nations
The world's rich industrialised nations stepped up their efforts on Tuesday to help Asian countries devastated by the tsunami by offering to freeze billions of dollars in debt repayments.
 arrow New SEVP of Oriental Bank
Arif Quadri has become the senior executive vice-president (SEVP) of The Oriental Bank Limited recently.

Quadri started his career in Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited.

 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank recommends 22.5pc dividend
The board of directors of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has recommended 22.5 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for 2004.
 arrow HSBC, StanChart vie for Korea First Bank
Global banking giant HSBC's efforts to buy Korea First Bank have run up against a late bid by Standard Chartered PLC. apparently raising the price tag, a banking source said Wednesday.
 arrow US cotton trade frets over China textiles shadow
The US cotton industry is deeply worried over a potential onslaught of textile exports from China now that a decades-old quota system has expired, officials and industry analysts said on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Usha's new dawn
In a break from tradition, Usha Krira Chakra became champions of the Green Delta Premier Division hockey league for the first time with one match in hand after beating Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1 yesterday
 arrow Cricket: Tigers 'favourites'
For the first time in their four-year Test history, Bangladesh will go into a Test match as favourites when they take on Zimbabwe in the first game of two here from today.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar feels time has come
Bangladesh will try to get out of the 'we will try to play better and be competitive' approach for the first time in a Test when Habibul Bashar's men take on Zimbabwe in the first of two matches fromtoday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies sweep series in style
Australia brushed aside Pakistan for the third Test inside four days but skipper Ricky Ponting says his cricket world-beaters have the scope to improve even more.
 arrow Cricket: SA press for delight
South Africa took the key wicket of Andrew Strauss on the fourth afternoon of the third Test against England on Wednesday as they pressed to level the series.
 arrow Cricket: Warne praises 'em all
Shane Warne had some kind words about leg-spin teammate Stuart MacGill, Pakistani rivals Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneira and even for Ashes enemy England after Australia's overpowering final Test victory
 arrow Tennis: Russia bow out
Red-hot favourites Russia bowed out of contention in the mixed teams Hopman Cup tennis tournament here Wednesday as big-hitting star Marat Safin again failed to fire in their second straight loss.
 arrow Chess: Aminul, Javed upset Indian GMs
Bangladesh FIDE Master Khandokar Aminul Islam and Mohammed Javed upset two Indian Grand Masters in the third Parsvnath International Open Chess Championship in Delhi on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Gazi Tank registered their seventh victory in the First Division Cricket League when they inflicted a five-wicket defeat on Eskaton Sabuj Sangha at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Locals rule the day
Three local players Amol Roy, Henry Prithul Mandal and Ranjan Ram moved into the quarterfinals of the third BKSP International Junior Tennis Championship beating their respective rivals at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib in doubt for tsunami match
Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar is in doubt to play for the Asian XI in Monday's tsunami benefit match against a Rest of the World XI after injuring a hamstring in the third cricket Test against Australia
 arrow Cricket: Malik being re-tested
Pakistan off-spinner Shoaib Malik will have his bowling action reassessed to get clearance to play in this month's triangular one-day cricket series in Australia, team coach Bob Woolmer said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pacer hunt begins at BNS today
The Dhaka phase pacer hunt programme of the GrameenPhone will begin today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

All prospective participants are requested to present at the venue by 8:30am.

 arrow Handball: Magura h'ball
Pukuria Girls School earned a comfortable 14-5 victory over Khamar-para Girls School while Magura Government Girls School got walkover in the opening day's matches of the women's handball tournament at
 arrow Cricket: 25-overs-a-side match tomorrow
Management Net, the organisation of the ex-students of Management of Dhaka University, will arrange a 25-overs-a-side cricket match at the Jagannath Hall ground on Friday.
 arrow Football: Drogba delight for Chelsea
Didier Drogba has put Chelsea within touching distance of their first English title in 50 years after Jose Mourinho's side opened up a commanding seven-point lead at the top of the Premiership.
 arrow Football: FA ready to brace technology
The English Football Association is ready to back the use of video or other technology designed to help referees avoid blunders like the one that denied Tottenham victory over Manchester United on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Back after the break
Italy's Serie A resumes on Thursday after its winter break, with leaders Juventus looking to preserve their four-point cushion over closest rivals AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Giggs out of action
Manchester United star Ryan Giggs faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury after limping off in the first half of Tuesday's controversial draw with Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Bizarre bet
A leading British bookmaker has announced that it will pay out to punters who backed Spurs' midfielder Pedro Mendes to score against Manchester United - despite his effort being incomprehensibly disallowed.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho deal probed
French club Paris St Germain was being investigated for misuse of corporate funds by examing magistrates over the transfers of Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho and France striker Nicolas Anelka, legal
 arrow Football: Lizarazu returns!
French World Cup and Euro 2000 winning defender Bixente Lizarazu made a surprise return to former club Bayern Munich when he signed a contract until the end of the season from French side Marseille on
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's wedding hitch!
The forthcoming wedding of Brazil football star Ronaldo to Brazilian model Daniella Ciccarelli in February is proving a difficult prospect, O Globo newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Promote medicinal plants
Cultivation of medicinal plants in Bangladesh needs to be promoted by the government and private sector as the country has to meet 90 per cent of its demand of herbal medicine through import, said the
 arrow 1,326 more held
Police arrested 1,326 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tk 294cr micro-credit for northern districts
A Tk 294 cr special micro-credit programme has been launched in northern districts to contain recurring monga.
 arrow New system raises hopes
Though Magura Textile Mills (MTM) under BTMC (Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation) was reopened under new terms and conditions about three and a half months back, it is yet to earn profit.
 arrow Tiger scare near Sundarbans
A tiger scare has gripped the people in coastal areas near the Sundar-bans.

People work outdoors with caution and keep indoors after sunset.

 arrow BCL rallies attacked in Netrakona, Madaripur: 55 injured
Fifty-five Chhatra League (BCL) activists including a journalist were injured in attacks as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists allegedly foiled their founding anniversary celebration functions in
 arrow More villages in B'baria, Patuakhali sanitised
One union of Sarail upazila in Brahmanbaria district and nine villages of Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district were brought under sanitation system.
 arrow Lone diabetes hospital in Madaripur faces closure
Hazera Howlader Diabetes Hospital, the lone medical centre for treatment of diabetics here faces closure.
 arrow AL MP attacked in Modhupur
Awami League lawmaker from Modhupur Abdur Razzak was attacked and his car damaged Tuesday evening at Dhanbari in Modhupur upazila.
 arrow 2 killed, 25 hurt in B'baria road accident
Two persons were killed and 25 others were injured when a bus fell in to a roadside ditch at Shuhilpur village, 6 kilometre as off the district town yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Trans-boundary rivers: Some thoughts and more
The Indian River-linking Project (IRLP) is an euphemism for a massive plan for diversion of waters from the international rivers that flow down the Himalayas into the Indian plains.
Culturearrow Cultural bonds in photography
Drik Gallery is holding a photography exhibition titled Bridging East and West depicting the change of the eastern and middle eastern regions of Asia and its connection with the west in terms of
 arrow Christina Nygren: Promoting Swedish-Bangladeshi theatre
Christina Nygren, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Studies, Stockholm University, is no stranger to Bangladesh.
 arrow Shwapnoloker Deshey
Shwapnoloker Deshey is a tale of a self-reliant woman, Rabeya Khan who fights against social adversaries and at times her own family. She carries on the family business after her husband's death.
 arrow Frank Sinatra: The singer sings his song
Frank Sinatra's appeal never dies. "No one sells a song like Francis Albert Sinatra," a music critic once wrote. And this held true through nearly six decades of sweeping changes in music and pop culture.
Generalarrow Unite to protect judiciary from politicisation
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad yesterday called on all to unite to topple the government as it failed to check crimes and corruption.
 arrow 'Impartial judiciary a must for good governance'
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Moudud Ahmed said here yesterday that the establishment of rule of law and an impartial judiciary are pre-conditions for good governance.
 arrow Skop threatens strike for Feb 12
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop), an alliance of workers' associations, yesterday threatened the government with tougher agitation measures, including a strike on February 12, if their nine-point
 arrow 37 shops gutted in Badda market fire
Thirty-seven shops were gutted in a fire that ripped through a market at Badda in the city yesterday, causing a loss of around Tk one crore.
 arrow Regional cooperation in ICT sector stressed
Speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday underscored the need for regional cooperation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to use it as a tool for poverty alleviation.
 arrow One to die, 2 others get life
A court here yesterday sentenced one person to death and two others to life term imprisonment in the sensational Roxi murder case of Brahmanbaria.
 arrow $5m Standard Chartered Bank donation for tsunami victims
Standard Chartered PLC will donate 5 million US dollar for relief and reconstruction activities in countries affected by Asia's tsunami, says a press release.
 arrow Case transferred to Speedy Trial Tribunal
The Sutrapur triple murder case against Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and eight others, has been transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka for its quick disposal.
 arrow $ 30,000 Citigroup grant for Biswa Sahitya Kendra
Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, will provide a grant of 30,000 dollar to the Biswa Sahitya Kendra (World Literature Centre) today to support its programme titled "Encourage the
 arrow Siddiq transferred to fisheries ministry
The government yesterday transferred Secretary of the Ministry of Food, Disaster Management and Relief Siddiqur Rahman to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock cancelling a previous order.
Internationalarrow World leaders descend on tsunami-hit Asia
World leaders are headed to Indonesia to see first-hand the massive operation to save millions of tsunami victims as the United Nations suggested the catastrophe could end up being one of the deadliest
 arrow Europe's silent tribute to tsunami victims
Europe fell silent for three minutes at midday Wednesday as people around the continent paid a poignant tribute to the 146,000 victims of southern Asia's tsunami disaster.
 arrow Looming election will be 'tough', says Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair sought Wednesday to dispel the assumption he will easily win a third consecutive term in office later this year, predicting the election would be a "tough, tough fight".
 arrow Dozen Israelis wounded by Palestinian rockets
Twelve Israelis were wounded yesterday when two rockets fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in an army base, military sources said.
 arrow US seeks more money to train Iraqi forces
US embassy officials in Baghdad want more money for the Iraqi police, national guard and army, warning the deteriorating security situation is outpacing their efforts to strengthen the country's fledgling
 arrow Sri Lanka 'on top of disaster'
Sri Lanka has the tsunami disaster under control although up to 25 percent of those affected by the devastation have yet to be reached by relief workers, the disaster management chief said Wednesday.
 arrow Almost 1,100 foreigners missing in Thailand
Almost 1,100 foreign tourists are among a total of 4,499 people missing after the tsunami disaster in Thailand, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
 arrow 150 Maoists killed in clash: Official
Some 150 Maoist guerrillas were killed in a fierce battle with security forces in Nepal's remote southwest on Wednesday, a top army official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Petrobangla's SOS to cabinet committee
We are aghast to learn that Petrobangla is facing a cash crunch as 30 government entities have not paid gas bills worth a staggering Tk 697 crore over a long period of time.
 arrow Editorial: Heritage Park
The Heritage Park set up by the Concord Group is the first of its kind in Bangladesh and we would definitely like to extend our congratulations to the group for conceiving and bringing to fruition such
 arrow Iraq elections: A choice between the devil and the deep blue sea
Come January 30, 2005, Iraqi voters will choose 275 members of a national assembly, as well as electing members to 18 provincial assemblies and to the autonomous Kurdish parliament in the north, thatis,
 arrow Caretaker government system needs some fine tuning
The first election under the newly enacted constitutional provision was conducted by Justice M Habibur Rahman, a highly educated and enlightened person in his own right.
Letters to Editorarrow Don't forget them
We must not forget the needy people in this winter as due to the cold a great number of them are suffering, especially in the villages and rural areas.
 arrow Reckless driving
Reckless driving of motor cars, trucks and all kinds of automobiles has become a menace to the pedestrians. It is a matter of risk to walk along the streets now-a-days.
 arrow It's good going
Actually, we are happy to see the actions of Rab. When the criminals are made to face the law , they manage to come out somehow or the other . So I think Rab is doing a good work .
 arrow Construction, reconstruction and destruction
In the distant past the 'sardars' of Dhaka City were vested with some functions to maintain discipline in their mohallas. Some parts of Old Dhaka have still retained the system.
 arrow Meter for gas
Gas is our most valuable natural resource. Since this resource is limited, we must use it in a prudent way. But, unfortunately, we are wasting this valuable thing.
 arrow Kudos to Rab
At present Rab is doing an excellent job, curbing terrorism all over Bangladesh. Some human rights activists consider crossfire a gross violation of human rights.
 arrow Rab
I fully support the views of Mohammad Ataul Hoque and Murshid concerning Rab, which have been expressed in their letters that were published a few days back in The Daily Star.
 arrow Contrasting reality
Some days ago I attended a wedding ceremony of one of my friends. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed ourselves. We also enjoyed the feast.