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Front Pagearrow Govt puts administrator at BGMEA
The government yesterday appointed an administrator to replace the executive committee of the largest trade association of Bangladesh following a court ruling.
 arrow 11 AK47s, ammo seized at Bandarban again
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized another huge cache of firearms and ammunition, including 11 AK47 rifles, from Naikkhongchhari with the law-enforcers still clueless about rampant arms smuggling
 arrow ACC to ask for wealth statements of VIPs
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) soon will ask the VIPs and the rich including ministers, lawmakers, bureaucrats and businessmen to furnish their statements of wealth and property.
 arrow Zimbabwe sent on cherry chase
Habibul Bashar led from the front with a sparkling 94 as Bangladesh expectedly dominated the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe, cruising to 280 for four at stumps yesterday.
 arrow Two army men, 11 others killed in road crashes
Thirteen people, including two army personnel, died and 52 others were injured in road accidents in Gazipur, Sirajganj, Cox's Bazar, Satkhira, Rangpur and Faridpur districts yesterday.
 arrow $4b pledged for tsunami survivors, rebuilding
World leaders tried to put $4 billion in aid pledged for tsunami survivors to work yesterday, the urgency of their task conveyed in a chilling warning that the death toll could double without quick action
 arrow 10,000 teachers protest RU professor's murder
Over 10 thousand teachers of different public universities across the country yesterday abstained from taking classes to protest the killing of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher M Yunus.
 arrow Little headache about children's head injury
Treatment of female and child patients requiring surgery for head and spine injuries is being greatly impeded as the only public hospital having neurosurgery facilities-- Dhaka Medical College Hospital
 arrow Expert body for more BB power to catch money launderers
An expert committee recommends amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (Amla) giving more power to the central bank to deal more sternly with money launderers.
 arrow JS body for use of Rab to evict land grabbers
The parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Land yesterday recommended stern actions, including deployment of Rapid Action Battalion, to evict illegal occupants from government land and establishments.
 arrow Biman unionists protest cabinet body view
Union leaders of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday protested a cabinet committee observation that the national carrier's staff members are inefficient.
 arrow Benapole strike continues for sixth day
Stalemate at Benapole land port yesterday continued for the sixth day amid holding of protest meetings and processions by the five striking organisations of the port users.
 arrow BNP meet sings Rab praises
There has been a marked improvement in law and order situation in the trouble-prone southwestern region following a crackdown on criminals by the government with an elite force, local BNP leaders told
 arrow Rights body takes victim's responsibility
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad on Wednesday took the housewife, who was gang-raped by police at Gokulkhali Camp in Chuadanga, in their safe custody.
 arrow RU recruits stage rally, sit-in
The controversially appointed 546 employees at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday held a rally and staged a one-hour sit-in in front of the RU administration building demanding immediate confirmationof
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) M-L faction was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Gilatala under Khanjahan Ali thana yesterday.
 arrow Tk 1.3cr mobile phones seized at ZIA
Customs intelligence yesterday seized illegally imported mobile phones worth around Tk 1.3 crore at Zia International Airport.
 arrow Gas shortage forces PDB to shed 300mw
A shortage of gas supply to the power generating has forced the Power Development Board (PDB) to shed 150-300mw load during the evening peak hours across the country since December 30 last year.
 arrow No action taken against teacher
The probe body formed to investigate the reported incident of fatwa given by a teacher of Jahangirnagar University (JU) would not recommend any disciplinary action except for a warning against the teacher,
 arrow 50 jailed in double murder case
Seventeen people were jailed for life and 33 others for two years in a double murder case on Wednesday.
 arrow BSF kills one
The Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth near the Baliadangi border in the district Wednesday.

 arrow Microsoft offers free virus-busting programs
Microsoft Corp., whose popular Windows software is a frequent target for Internet viruses, is offering a free security program to remove the most dangerous infections from computers.
 arrow 18 Iraqis found dead in a field
The bodies of 18 young Iraqi Shia taken off a bus and executed last month while seeking work at a US base have been found in a field near the volatile city of Mosul, police said yesterday.
 arrow Abbas pledges to talk peace with Israel
Just two days after branding Israel the "Zionist enemy", Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to pursue peace talks following the January 9 presidential election he is widely expected to win.
Businessarrow ICB wants to act as banker to issue of Premier Bank IPO
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) has requested the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow the corporation to act as banker to the issue for the initial public offering (IPO) of
 arrow MCCI lauds long-term tax holiday offer for SMEs
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday welcomed the government decision to offer long-term tax holiday to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow India calls for developing Asian oil market
A conference of principal petroleum producing countries and buyers began in the Indian capital yesterday with a call by India to develop an Asian oil market and bring about long-term and cheaper oil supplies
 arrow Dollar continues to gain ahead of US jobs report
The dollar continued to rebound Thursday against other major currencies in the wake of positive US service sector data, though trade was cautious ahead of Friday's key US jobs report.
 arrow Oil prices fall amid US mild weather, rising inventories
World oil prices fell on Thursday as US mild weather and a rise in the country's stockpiles of heating fuel dampened worries about supplying consumers during the ongoing winter in the northern hemisphere.
 arrow WEA to continue training rural women
President of Women Entrepreneurs' Association (WEA), Bangladesh Rokia Afzal Rahman yesterday said her organisation will continue training rural women to make them self-reliant.
 arrow Indian stocks to outperform in 2005
Indian stocks should continue the rally that took them to a record high this week thanks to attractive valuations, according to Aberdeen International Fund Managers, which is betting on domestic consumption
 arrow Thai 2005 GDP growth forecast unchanged
The tsunami damage to the Thailand's important tourist industry will not dent the economy, which will still grow at the expected pace of 5.5 to 6.
 arrow Power Grid Co signs turnkey deal with Siemens
Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) recently signed a turnkey deal with Siemens Finland for construction of a 230/132 kv Khulna (South) substation project, funded by NORDIC Development Fund.
 arrow Asia poses big challenge to US competitiveness
Asian economies are posing an unprecendented challenge to US competitiveness, a top American business lobby warned Wednesday, seeking firm government steps to secure the nation's leadership.
 arrow British Airways launches online check-in service
British Airways has recently introduced online check-in for its passengers travelling to the UK.
 arrow Canada showcase Programme Jan 11
The Canadian High Commission in Dhaka will hold a Canada showcase programme on January 11 to project the north American country in Bangladesh.
 arrow New DMD of Janata Bank
Md Ashraf Ali took over as deputy managing director of Janata Bank recently.
Ali, who started his career in 1973, also served in Agrani Bank and Rupali Bank, says a press release.

 arrow ADB pledges $350m in new tsunami aid
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Thursday 350 million dollars in new financial aid for the tsunami disaster relief effort.
 arrow Correction
In a news item titled "Medicinal plants hold huge prospects" published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently printed that the market for medicinal plants in Bangladesh is estimated to be of Tk100
 arrow US job cuts down 16pc, still over 1m in 04
US employers slashed over one million jobs in 2004 for the fourth straight year, the consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas said Wednesday.
 arrow GM China vehicle sales up 27pc in 2004
US auto giant General Motors said its 2004 vehicle sales in China grew 27.2 percent to a record 492,014 units, as it looks to close in on market leader Volkswagen AG of Germany.
Sportsarrow Cricket: It's a dream Day One
The Bangladesh tent was happy to see everything going according to the script on the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani halt Vic charge
Victoria Sporting club's seven-game winning run came to an end when their exciting run-chase against Abahani fell short by seven runs despite Bangladesh discard Ehsanul Haque hammering a brilliant 135
 arrow Cricket: Mourning the famed Galle
The clock at Galle International Cricket Stadium stands frozen at 9:26 am. That was the moment Sri Lanka's biggest disaster hit this southern city and shattered Jayananda Warnaweera's dream.
 arrow Cricket: The hunt is on in Dhaka
Mahbub Alam deliveried the fastest ball when the Dhaka phase GrameenPhone pacer hunt programme began yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: No Sachin, Shoaib
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Thursday he would not be playing in Monday's all-star tsunami charity cricket match for Asia against a Rest of the World XI in Melbourne.
 arrow Tennis: No local in boy's final
There no will local representation when the boy's final of the BKSP third International Junior Tennis Championship takes place today.
 arrow Cricket: SA bring England down
Spinner Nicky Boje and seamer Shaun Pollock took four wickets each as South Africa crushed England by 196 runs on the final afternoon of the third Test to level the series.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani ensure runners-up spot
Abahani clinched runners-up spot in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League in style when they blanked Ajax Sporting Club 7-0 League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam, Bob to stay
Pakistan's cricket chief Thursday ruled out sacking English coach Bob Woolmer and captain Inzamamul Haq after Australia whitewashed his team 3-0 in the just-ended Test series.
 arrow Cricket: 'Gilly more destructive'
Buccaneering Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist is a more destructive batsman than the great Don Bradman, according to former Test wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.
 arrow BUET sports
The annual sports competition of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) was held at its playground yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Magura handball
Arpana Girls School recorded a 9-0 victory over Dudmallick Girls School in the second match of the women's handball tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fifth wins for Pegasus B, Azad
Young Pegasus B registered their fifth victory in the First Division Cricket League when they beat Dhanmondi Club by two wickets at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ranatunga in hospital
Sri Lanka's world cup winning cricket skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was hospitalised Wednesday with a heart ailment, a family friend said.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis look to World series
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was Thursday attempting to organise a World XI series to salvage the first half of their summer international programme after India declined to fill in for Sri Lanka's cancelled
 arrow Tennis: Federer in quarters
Roger Federer continued his unbeaten run since the Athens Olympics with another overwhelming performance and a win over former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski which carried him to the quarterfinals ofthe
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff likely for 4th Test
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is expected to recover from a side injury in time for the fourth Test against South Africa following a scan.
 arrow Football: Six minutes are enough
Real Madrid and Real Sociedad managed to finish their match almost a month after they started, and the hosts made the most of their second chance by grabbing a late winner for a 2-1 victory here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No regrets!
The linesman at the controversy over the Tottenham 'goal which never was' insisted he had no regrets over the embarrassing blunder.
 arrow Football: Maradona back in Cuba
Diego Maradona returned to Cuba to continue drug addiction treatment on Wednesday after defying doctor's orders and taking a month-long Christmas break with his family in Argentina.
 arrow Football: Becks' BMW makes a fortune
A 1997 BMW car once owned by England football captain David Beckham has sold for more than 90,000 pounds (128,000 euros, 170,000 dollars) on eBay -- to the dismay of the man who sold it two months ago
 arrow Football: Saints stay in trouble
Former England striker Kevin Phillips was on target twice but Southampton had to settle for a point in a 3-3 draw with Fulham on Wednesday which left the Saints still rooted in relegation trouble.
 arrow Football: Edu undecided
Brazil midfielder Edu's future at Arsenal could be decided this week with the English champions stalling over offering him a new contract.
 arrow Football: Chelsea wooing teenagers?
Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon said Wednesday they would file a formal protest to FIFA about an alleged approach by Chelsea for three of its 15-year-old trainees.
Culturearrow The resonance of a baritone
Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, a household name of the 60s and 70s, is the head of the Bangla Service, VOA. Whilm visiting Dhaka he recounts his experiences in jroadcasting over the years.
 arrow Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields.
 arrow 'No shortcut to popularity'---Tisha
There's been no looking back for Tisha ever since she stepped into entertainment media through the national children's competition, Natun Kuri, in the 1990s.
 arrow 150 Asian stars to hold show for tsunami aid
Over 150 Asian music and movie stars, a majority of them from Hong Kong, will join forces in the Chinese territory for a huge fund-raising show to help the Asian tsunami relief effort.
Generalarrow Renewable resources can meet its power need
The renewable resources in St Martin's Island could fulfil its electricity demand.
 arrow Medical colleges to have separate burn units
Medical colleges will have separate burn units in phases and more burn hospitals will be set up in the metropolitan cities for management of burn patients, said Health Secretary AFM Sarwar Kamal yesterday.
 arrow Develop strategies to combat human trafficking in S Asia
Speakers at a regional workshop yesterday called for developing effective strategies and intensive cooperation among the South Asian countries to combat human trafficking, ensure smooth repatriation of
 arrow Three receive burn injuries in Comilla
A man threw acid on his sister-in-law and two others over a family feud in Comilla in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Smuggled timber, fuel woods worth Tk 23 lakh seized
Smuggled timber and fuel woods worth over Tk 23 lakh have been seized in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong south and Bandarban areas.
 arrow Lawyers' Demand Day on February 9
Bangladesh Gonotantrik Ainjibi Samity will observe Demand Day on February 9 for separation of judiciary and formation of the National Judicial Commission.
 arrow 'Explore benefits keeping nat'l interest in mind'
Keeping the national interest in mind, Bangladesh must explore the benefits of cross-border gas pipeline as a regional transmission network in energy sector, said the energy experts from home and abroad
 arrow Domestic violence prevention act a must to protect women
The absence of a domestic violence prevention act made women more vulnerable to repression in the society.
 arrow 'New ideas, thoughts needed in politics'
Bangladesh Bar Council accorded a reception to Kristine Overmire, daughter-in-law of Opposition Leader in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday and invited her to join the membership
 arrow Citigroup provides $ 30,000 to book reading programme
Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, contributed 30,000 US dollars to the Biswa Sahitya Kendra (World Literature Centre) yesterday to support their programme titled "Encourage the
 arrow Joy, Kristine leave for US today
Sajib Wazed Joy and his wife Kristine Overmire will leave Dhaka for the USA today after a 16-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Tribute to 8 Old Faujian martyrs
The Old Faujians Association (global organisation of former cadets of Faujderhat Cadet College), Dhaka Chapter organised a function titled "Tribute to Eight Old Faujian Martyrs of Our Liberation War in
 arrow Mohammadia Housing estate officer shot dead
One person was shot dead by a gang of unidentified miscreants at Basila Road in the city yesterday.
 arrow EPAB executives
Mirza Tarequl Qader, executive director of Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR) and Manoranjan Mondol, head of Publications and Public Relations Division, Bangladesh
 arrow Appeal for help
Kulsum Akter, an honours student of Titumir College, has long been suffering from acute renal failure.
Both of her kidneys have been damaged and she is now undergoing hemodialysis treatment.

 arrow BIAA executives
Syed Moazzem Hossain, Major General (Retd) K M Abdul Wahed and Bahalul Mansoor Sagor have been elected president, senior-vice president and vice-president of Bangladesh Indenting Agents Association (BIAA)
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka with shaky buildings
We are not surprised at all by the concern expressed by experts over the vulnerability of buildings in Dhaka to any earthquake with a 7-point intensity on the Richter scale.
 arrow Editorial: Tsunami and us
We have been touched by the solidarity that Europe is showing for the tsunami victims of Asia.
 arrow Reforms and caretaker government
The principal area in which demand for reform has been repeatedly voiced recently in some quarters is about the caretaker government in vogue in the country.
 arrow Two moralities
"What should I do?" a young French student once asked Jean Paul Sartre. His father wanted to collaborate with the Nazis, but he wanted to avenge the death of his brother, who was killed by the Germans.
 arrow Containing corruption for development
Last month (9 December 2004), the international anti-corruption day was observed worldwide with lots of enthusiasm and commitments.
Letters to Editorarrow Western or Eastern?
I am delighted to read the 'worried teenager's "Western Influence" letter in your column (DS 3 Jan.
 arrow A captive nation
Having witnessed the partition of British India as an adult; and subsequently the break-up of Pakistan in 1971, the thoughts of a Bangladeshi citizen (with such a background) on 16th December 2004 isnot
 arrow A colossal tragedy
We are well aware of the Tsunami victims as the Tsunami agony has become the most updated news of the world now, especially in Asia. This is the time to be beside the helpless victims.
 arrow Poor trees!
Does anybody care for the trees that line the middle of Satmasjid Road? I guess not.
 arrow Work harder
Our young generation is not motivated to work and the students are doing almost nothing significant to improve the socio-economic conditions and thereby themselves.
 arrow Who is sleeping?
This is in response to Mr. Arosh Ali's letter. He claims that our defence department is sleeping .
 arrow Fishy lake!
Sorry to break Dr Richard Murphy's (Re: Good News! 3.1.2005) heart, but I believe there is fish in the Gulshan-Baridhara Lake.
 arrow Thoughts on Rab
Could someone please explain the difference between BNP's creation, the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), and Sheikh Mujib's creation, the Jatiya Rakkhi Bahini (JRB)?
It seems to me that both have thesame

 arrow ACC vs. bureaucracy
The continuing controversies surrounding the newly formed Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) gives an impression to even a novice mind that certain quarters are very active to make the commission inactive.
 arrow Climate change
In his article, "The price we pay for the crimes of the rich" (December 29, 2004), Mohammad Mozahidur Rahaman states, "A survey indicated that only 17 percent of the members of the American Meteorological
 arrow Desa
Desa is our capital's only electricity supplier. Desa was established on 1st October 1991. Since then it is doing nothing except suffering losses.
 arrow Buyers, beware
The concept of customer satisfaction is still elusive in Dhaka judging from my experience in a hardware store in Gulshan.
On Dec 23, I took back a soldering iron that I had purchased on Dec 20.

 arrow Imitating the West
As a nation, we the Bengalees, are very much fond of fun and amusement. We love to enjoy the precious moments of our lives with great enthusiasm.
 arrow About Rab
This is in response to a letter published in The Daily Star on December 16, 2004. I agree with Mr.
 arrow Retirement age of DU staff
Retirement age in Dhaka University is 65 years for teachers. University teachers require this upper age limit as they had engaged themselves in doing MS, M Phil, Phd etc. at the beginning of their careers.
Worldarrow Will tsunami bring peace in Lanka?
The Indian Ocean tsunami which battered Sri Lanka has opened up a window of opportunity for a renewal of dialogue between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels but has also exposed the tensions that exist
 arrow Divisions weaken opponents of Musharraf in Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf's decision to go back on a pledge to give up the post of army chief has incensed opponents in Pakistan, but they remain too divided to mount a strong campaign against him, analysts
 arrow Supreme Court demands specific proof against seer
The Supreme Court in India, which began hearing on the Sankar-acharya's bail plea in the Sanka-raraman murder case, yesterday asked the Tamil Nadu police to "pinpoint" the evidence linking the seer to
 arrow Thousands homeless as slums razed in Bombay
Recent slum demolitions in Bombay have left tens of thousands of people without a home as the government tries to free up valuable space for development in India's crowded financial capital.
 arrow India satisfied with relief measures
India says its go-it-alone relief policy is working amid an all-out push to help nearly 400,000 survivors of the tsunami disaster which left a trail of damage assessed at over 1.18 billion dollars.
 arrow Maldives fears disease from washed up corpses
The Maldives fears the bodies of Asia's tsunami victims will wash up on its pristine beaches and increase the risk of disease, a minister said Thursday.
 arrow Manmohan to head national AIDS panel
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will head the National Council on AIDS, the highest policy making body in the effort to control the spread of HIV in India.
 arrow Buddhists to sell temple for tsunami relief
A Buddhist congregation in Canada's British Columbia province will sell its temple to raise $1 million for tsunami relief efforts, reports UPI.
 arrow Indian FM to visit Pakistan
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh will visit Pakistan next month at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Online news agency reports.
 arrow Delaying elections too risky: Iraq officials
Iraq's prime minister is sticking to his position that the country's elections should be held Jan. 30, despite daily insurgent attacks and calls by some for a delay to win over minority Sunnis.
 arrow Soldiers asked to disobey Gaza evacuation orders
Thirty-four Israeli army reserve officers living in Jewish settlements in the West Bank urged soldiers Thursday to disobey orders to evacuate settlements in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow 2004 deadliest year for reporters: RSF
The year 2004 was the deadliest in a decade for journalists around the world, mainly because of the number of reporters killed in Iraq, the media rights group Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without
 arrow Be ready for war with US
North Korea has ordered its people to be ready for a protracted war against the United States, issuing guidelines on evacuating to underground bunkers with weapons, food and portraits of leader Kim Jong
 arrow 2 Kuwaiti soldiers to stand trial for plotting attacks on US forces
Two Kuwaiti soldiers are to stand trial on suspicion of plotting attacks on US and other foreign forces, army spokesman Brigadier Yussef al-Mulla said Thursday.
 arrow US docs party to detention torture
US army doctors apparently helped intelligence officers carry out abusive interrogations at military detention centres, perhaps participating in torture, a report by New England Journal of Medicine claimed.
 arrow Mandela's only surviving son dies
The only surviving son of former South African President Nelson Mandela has died in Johannesburg, a hospital official said on Thursday.