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Front Pagearrow Fireball leaps 300ft over Niko gas field
A huge fireball leapt 300ft over a gas field in Sunamganj and forced about 10,000 panic-stricken people to flee their homes as a drilling well exploded with a big bang in the early morning yesterday.
 arrow Search on, workers still missing
A police investigation has blamed Thursday's knitting factory fire in Narayanganj on the factory owners as the death toll in the tragic incident rose to 23 with one more body recovered yesterday.
 arrow Business leaders give 2 days for withdrawal
Leaders of the country's three apex trade bodies yesterday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to withdraw the administrator it had appointed as per a court ruling to oversee the upcoming executive
 arrow Police club hartal demonstrators
Police clubbed opposition demonstrators on the Dhaka streets yesterday injuring at least 50 people, mostly women, during a dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by the Awami League's front organisations that disrupted
 arrow Hartal loses its appeal
Hartal has lost its appeal and is no longer a weapon to intensify any protest movement, as it obstructs development activities and brings suffering to people, said BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan
 arrow Talks fail to resolve govt-ACC stand-off
The crisis at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) deepened further as a problem-solving meeting between the commission and the cabinet secretary yesterday further complicated the issues and gave rise
 arrow Zim avoid follow-on
Bangladesh's quest for a maiden Test victory suffered a hiccup when Zimbabwe led by their courageous captain Tatenda Taibu avoided the follow-on on the third day first Test here at the MA Aziz Stadium
 arrow Workers blast owners, demand compensation
Garments workers at a condolence rally yesterday at city's Muktangon condemned the owners for the Thursday night's fire incident at Shaan Knitting and Processing Ltd at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj anddemanded
 arrow Saifur blasts Rab critics
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came down heavily on those who criticised the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for the death of criminals in crossfire.
 arrow Concern over bigots' threat on Dr Kamal
Two political parties yesterday expressed their deep concern over the threats issued by Islamic bigots against Dr Kamal Hossain because of his pleads in court against the ban on Ahmadiyya publications.
 arrow Yet another mild tremor shakes Ctg
Another mild earthquake jolted the port city in the early hours yesterday.
The tremor, measuring 3.21 on the Richter scale, hit the city at 12:53 am and lasted for nine seconds.

 arrow Palestinians vote today for Arafat successor
Palestinians were mulling yesterday their choice of candidates to succeed the late Yasser Arafat ahead of a poll that looks set to be comfortably won by their historic leader's long-time deputy, Mahmud
 arrow Bringing back from the brink
A number of endangered species brought to the wildlife rescue centre (WRC) at Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus three months ago have started breeding again.
 arrow Tamil Tiger chief goes missing after tsunami
Elusive Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman are among the dead or missing after last week's tsunami disaster, state radio said yesterday, sparking fresh tension
 arrow Strengthen links with people
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked her party leaders at grassroots level to bring people under the banner of the BNP in order to sustain the significant development by her government in the last
 arrow Hasina to go abroad again for hearing treatment
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) Chief Sheikh Hasina will again go abroad this month for better treatment of her ear injuries that she sustained during the August 21 grenade attacks last
 arrow Robbers shoot one dead
Robbers shot dead a person and injured 10 others after looting four houses in Dharmapur village in Satkania upazila in the early hours yesterday.
The dead was Forok Mia, 35, son of Syed Ahmad.

 arrow 11 killed in Pakistan sectarian violence
At least 11 people were killed, six of them burned alive, during sectarian unrest yesterday in a northern Pakistani city where a curfew was imposed and troops were deployed to restore order, officials
 arrow Injured US co staff found in cantt area, dies at DMCH
A female staff-member of a US oil company died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) after she was found unconscious in Dhaka Cantonment area on Friday.
 arrow Car bomb kills four in Iraq
A suicide bomber detonated his car at a petrol station near an Iraqi police and army checkpoint south of Baghdad yesterday, killing four civilians and wounding 19, police said.
 arrow Forests minimise tsunami impact
Mangrove forests and other coastal vegetation can soften the impact of tsunamis, according to a Kuala Lumpur-based conservation organisation.
Businessarrow India lifts anti-dumping duty on Bangladeshi battery
India has formally withdrawn the controversial anti-dumping duty on the lead acid battery export from Bangladesh.
 arrow Law for tax ombudsman soon: Moudud
A new law will be passed in the next session of the parliament with a provision for tax ombudsman, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow $1.5b needed to rebuild Lanka infrastructure
Sri Lanka's central bank said that the country will need US$1500 million this year alone, to begin undoing the damage done by the tsunami of December 26.
 arrow World tourism expected to survive Asian quake
The long-term effect on global tourism of the December 26 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed some 150,000 people will be limited, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) forecast
 arrow US automakers gear up to stem Asian tide
As the premier US auto show opens, Detroit's automakers are gearing up and gussying up their product lines in a bid to fight off a tide of Asian imports poised for further gains.
 arrow Action plan to up Ctg port efficiency on the cards
The government is taking up a comprehensive action plan focusing the Chittagong Port to improve its operational efficiency in the post-MFA era.
 arrow City Bank launches online banking service in Bogra
The City Bank Limited has launched online banking service at its Bogra branch.
General Manager of Bangladesh Bank, Bogra Branch Md Yeasin Ali inaugurated the service yesterday in Bogra.

 arrow Plan to build deep seaport discussed
The first meeting of the committee to formulate a work plan for construction of a deep seaport was held here yesterday with Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain in the chair.
 arrow Qatar Airways brings 300 Bangladeshi victims back home
Qatar Airways has carried 300 Bangladeshi victims of tsunami from the Maldives, one of the worst-hit countries by the disaster, to Dhaka on Friday evening.
 arrow Wal-Mart sees increased sales this month
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Saturday said it still expects a 2 percent to 4 percent increase in January sales at its US stores open at least a year, in line with its previous forecast.
 arrow Yukos to file $20b claim against Russia
The beleagured Russian oil giant Yukos has said it will file a 20-billion-dollar (15-billion-euro) damage claim against the Russian government and other parties that had a hand in the forced auction of
 arrow Role of euro in int’l trade increasing: ECB
The importance of the euro on the capital markets and as an international reserve currency has remained more or less stable recently, but its role in international trade is increasing, the European Central
 arrow G7 to freeze tsunami nations debt
Finance ministers of the Group of Seven industrialised countries say they have agreed to freeze the debt repayments of nations hit by the Asian tsunami and will work with the Paris Club and other creditors
 arrow Oil prices mixed as market steadies
Oil prices steadied on Friday as traders reassessed the market a day after a sharp rise on reports of a possible strike in Venezuela and signs that Opec producers may cut output again.
 arrow US jobs data points to steady
The US economy generated 157,000 new jobs in December, the government said Friday in a report suggesting steady if less than spectacular growth, analysts said.
The unemployment rate held steady at5.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We can still win'
Nobody took it seriously when Zimbabwe vice-captain Mluleki Nkala said on Friday that the first Test was far from over.
 arrow Cricket: Frustration on their faces
For local cricket fans, the third day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was a day of disappointment.
 arrow Cricket: Lara crushes Aus A
West Indies skipper Brian Lara racked an unbeaten 116 off 86 balls to inspire the tourists to a four-wicket victory over Australia A in the one-day cricket match here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Javed won't be opening
Javed Omar will not be able to bat before number seven in Bangla-desh's second innings as the opening batsman damaged a ligament behind his left knee during fielding on Friday.
 arrow BFF wants Tk 3 crore from govt
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has demanded three crore taka a year from the government for smooth running of its training programmes.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam still in doubt
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq will take a late decision on whether to make himself available for the VB Series against Australia and West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann returns for ODIs
Darren Lehmann was given the backing of the chief of selectors Saturday after being named in Australia's 14-man squad for this month's triangular one-day cricket series against Pakistan and West Indies.
 arrow Chess: Rajib holds Sasikiran
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib held Indian Grand Master Krishnan Sasikiran to a draw in the eighth round of the 3rd Parsvnath International Open Chess Championship in Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Doza, Sifat UCB golf champions
Mohammad B Doza clinched the title and RT Parsh finished runner-up in the UCB Golf Tournament at Bhatiary Golf Club in Chittagong on Friday.
 arrow Football: Capello unfazed
Juventus coach Fabio Capello is not losing any sleep at nights, despite his team's loosening grip on top spot in Serie A.
 arrow Tennis: Slovakia clinch Hopman Cup
Slovakia clinched the Hopman Cup for the second time when they crushed Argentina 3-0 in Satur-day's final.
 arrow Football: Fifa, Uefa to stage tsunami match
Soccer's world and European governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, are to organise a "solidarity match" in February to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
 arrow Pakistan come to India on Feb 25
Pakistan's cricket team will tour India from February 25, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Karunakaran Nair announced on Saturday.
 arrow Law now a British
Former Australian one-day international batsman Stuart Law, who plays county cricket for Lancashire, has been granted British citizenship after deciding to make his move to the United Kingdom permanent.
 arrow Cricket: MCC to help reconstruct Galle arena
Marylebone Cricket Club, the private members club that owns Lord's Cricket Ground, has pledged 25,000 pounds towards the reconstruction of the Galle Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka, which was devastatedby
Metropolitanarrow Six money changers granted bail
Six people, arrested for allegedly possessing Tk 1 crore unauthorised local and foreign currencies, were granted bail yesterday.
 arrow President leaves for S Arabia today to perform Hajj
President Iajuddin Ahmed leaves for Saudi Arabia today to perform the holy Hajj at Makkah.
 arrow 1,574 more held
Police arrested 1,574 more people, including nine listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Teesta Barrage inoperative for fall in water level
Because of unilateral withdrawal of water by India, the Teesta has virtually turned into a narrow channel.
 arrow Mymensingh, Sherpur may miss boro cultivation
NETRAKONA: Paddy farming on hundreds of acres of lands in three upazilas of Mymensingh and Sherpur is threatened as a dam in Sherpur is yet to be repaired.
 arrow Stock-taking of Jhenidah Sadar silo yet to start
Five government silos remained closed for the last three days.
This is because of alleged misappropriation of foodgrains from the Sadar silo.

 arrow Move to resist piracy in Sundarbans
Fishermen in the Sundarbans formed a resistance committee to stop piracy and criminal activities on December 30 last year.
 arrow Teenage girl killed after gangrape
A teenage girl was killed after being gangraped at Atiabari village in Islampur upazila, Jamalpur on Wednesday.
 arrow CPA land grabbers fined Tk 25,000
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) on Wednesday obtained an amount of TK 25,000 as fine from land grabbers.
 arrow Crocodile of Khanjahan Ali's (RA) mazar injured
A crocodile of the historic pond of Hazarat Khanjahan Ali's (RA) mazar needs better treatment.
 arrow Mass movement to combat crime stressed
Speakers at a discussion meeting here on Saturday stressed the need for building a strong mass movement to wipe out criminal activities once and for all from the society.
Point-Counterpointarrow Paying taxes and full citizenship
Citizens wishing to reverse the trend of political and socio-economic decay in Bangladesh would have to mobilise resources several fronts.
Culturearrow Young art enthusists recognised
The recent 2004 annual exhibition at the Institute of Fine Arts presented a range of skill and talent. Young enthusiasts won various prizes and each work stood out against the other.
 arrow Inauguration ceremony
The colourful musical presentation of "Rang Sangeet" by the National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory Company heralded the inauguration of the NSD drama festival on January 5.
 arrow CAT stages The Lesson in Delhi
The Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) staged The Lesson, translated by Saidus Salekeen at Kamani auditorium, in New Delhi on January 7.
The absurd play is about an insane professor and his student.

 arrow Drama festival in Chittagong ends
The 17 day- long Shabda drama festival titled "Decade of Making and Tradition" began at the local Shilpakala Academy in the port city recently.
 arrow Humayun Ahmed Film Festival
Impress Telefilm and Star Cineplex will jointly organise a film festival on celebrated filmmaker Humayun Ahmed from January 9 to 15 at the Cineplex, Bashundhara City.
 arrow Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston separate
Superstar Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have separated after four-and-a-half years of marriage, but they remain "committed and caring friends," they said on Friday.
Internationalarrow Americans urged to open wallet for tsunami victims
President George W. Bush yesterday urged Americans to contribute to charities responding to the tsunami disaster, saying he had extended a tax benefit for Americans who support such groups.
 arrow Shias guarantee presence of Sunnis in next govt
Politicians from Iraq's Shia majority, wary of the threat of civil war, are eager for Sunni Muslims to join the next government even if the once powerful minority community skips the elections.
 arrow Militants attack Kashmir tax office: 7 killed
Seven people died in a two-day battle between militants and security forces at a federal tax office in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir that ended yesterday, police officials said.
 arrow Aid offers soar, so does death toll
As world leaders responded with unprecedented generous aid to rebuild and rehabilitate hundreds of tsunami disaster-hit localities and districts across 14 countries in Asia, the death toll rose to unexpected
 arrow US General warns of 'spectacular' attacks
A US general warned Friday that insurgents may be planning "spectacular" attacks to scare voters in the three weeks before Iraq's landmark elections, and Shia and Sunni religious leaders voiced sharply
 arrow Manmohan reassures tsunami survivors
India's premier visited the tsunami-wrecked Andaman and Nicobar islands yesterday to view first-hand relief operations and reassure traumatised inhabitants life will return to normal.
 arrow 70-year-old man found alive in tsunami rubble in Aceh
A 70-year-old Indonesian man has been found alive after surviving for 11 days under the rubble of his home that was demolished in the tsunami disaster, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Japan orders biggest military deployment
Japan will send some 1,000 military personnel to Indonesia in the country's biggest overseas deployment since World War II to help victims of the Asian tsunami disaster, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Italian trains collide in heavy fog: 14 killed
Fourteen people died Friday in northern Italy when a passenger train collided with a freight train in heavy fog, turning the leading coaches into a jagged concertina of torn blue and white metal.
 arrow UN probe finds serious abuse in DR Congo
Allegations that UN staff sexually abused Congolese girls as young as 13 reflects a grave, long-term problem among Blue Helmet peacekeepers and a civilian, said a UN report released Friday.
 arrow And the fattest city is...
Houston tops a US magazine's annual fattest cities list for the fourth time in five years, with four other Texas cities waddling into the top 25.
 arrow Julia Roberts buys land from Rumsfeld
With newly born twins, it looks like Julia Roberts needs some extra space. The actress has bought 32 acres of Taos, New Mexico, real estate from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, People magazine reports.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tragic deaths from factory fire
The fire at a knitting factory in Narayanganj, which left at least 22 garment workers dead, has once again exposed the horrific vulnerability of garment employees to fire accidents.
 arrow Editorial: Plan to evict land-grabbers
Last week the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Land gave the press to understand that if need be, Rab would be deployed to evict illegal occupants from government land and establishments.
 arrow Will Turkey finally become an EU member?
After waiting for many years, the European Union has finally invited Turkey to start negotiations from October this year for full membership of the EU.
 arrow A question of credibility
Apropos of an understanding reached with the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) to break the impasse on the 17th Amendment, Pervez Musharraf gave what amounted to a solemn pledge in a prime time televisedaddress
Letters to Editorarrow Thai envoy's clarification
This refers to the letter titled "Thai Envoy Clarifies" published on December 8, 2004 through which HE the Thai Ambassador in Bangladesh stated the exact situation in response to my letter (Dec.
 arrow Tsunami victims
We are appalled and feeling very sad about the havoc wrought by the earthquake and tidal waves which hit South East Asia on Sunday, December 26, 2004.
 arrow Corruption in income tax department
I fully endorse the views expressed by Mr Al-Mamun Zakaria from Mirpur on corruption in the income tax department, published in DS on 31 December, 2004. My case is exactly similar, so is the experience.
 arrow Alexander's visit
History tells us that Alexander of Greece defeated King Porus in an overwhelming manner, but accorded him the honour due to him as a king.
 arrow Future of URCs
The Upazila Resource Centre (URC) is a new addition to the traditional structure of primary education. The centre is located on the campus of the model primary school in an upazila.
 arrow Tsunami tragedy
The unprecedented devastating tidal surge called 'Tsunami' due to the heavy earthquake in the Indian Ocean has so far left more than 1,50000 people dead and many more injured.
Star Healtharrow We need to be ready for flu pandemic
WHO (World Health Organisation) has cautioned the world community against an imminent flu pandemic. Few infectious diseases cause such huge toll of morbidity, mortality and economic loss as influenza.
 arrow Depression and your child
Depression is not just bad moods and occasional melancholy. It is not just feeling down or sad, either. These feelings are normal in children, especially during adolescence.
 arrow No cure, only prevention!
Death is the sole destination of AIDS yet. It has no medication to cure completely. So prevention is the only way to survive against AIDS. Followings are some ways to prevent AIDS.
 arrow Water can spread the following diseases!
Water can carry the following diseases --
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis E
Rotavirus diarrhoea in infants
Typhoid fever
Paratyphoid feverBacillary dysentery

 arrow Exercise during pregnancy keeps cholesterol down
Women who stay active early in pregnancy may have lower cholesterol than those who take it easy, new research suggests.
 arrow New drug for constipation
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd., one o the leading pharmaceutical companies of Bangladesh, has launched a new drug under the brand name of “Laxitol” in the market -- says a press release.
Star Cityarrow Shortage of gas supply hits city dwellers
Titas Gas Company Ltd.
 arrow Khilgaon flyover almost ready
The Khilgaon flyover is almost ready for commissioning.
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is hopeful about its completion in a day or two, officials said.

 arrow DU campus turns into safe haven for muggers
Mugging incidents have become commonplace on the Dhaka University (DU) campus and in adjoining areas that turned into a safe haven for muggers.
 arrow Streetlights at Midday

 arrow CNG stations at risk for low quality equipment
Most of the 60 CNG (compressed natural gas) refuelling stations in the city are running with low quality equipment and unskilled workers, posing a serious threat of accidents.
 arrow City dwellers deprived of cheap communication
Card phone service in Dhaka has almost become non-existent as 312 out of the 508 phones have either been withdrawn or remain out of order.