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Front Pagearrow Tigers come of Test age
Bangladesh cricket reached a new plain on Monday when the Tigers crushed Zimbabwe by 226 runs in the first Test at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow ACC caught in rift
Internal discord between the members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken a serious turn as one of its three members has questioned a few decisions of the commission.
 arrow Fire starts to spread
The inferno at Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj started raging with a renewed fury yesterday spreading towards the villages beyond the boundary of the gas well that blew out early Saturday, belying
 arrow Tk 31 lakh robbed in highway holdup
In a daring holdup on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, robbers yesterday gunned down an accountant of a textile industry to loot around Tk 31 lakh from them.
 arrow 'Look East' policy remains on paper
The 'Look East' policy of the government has been on paper, not in reality, observed a parliamentary committee yesterday.
 arrow Rab seizes grenade, ivory from carrier
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a hand grenade and a piece of ivory from a man in the city suburb Amin Bazar on Sunday night.
 arrow Crossfire is a new pretext to kill people
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of effecting 'state terrorism' by a special force that has been 'killing people without trial'.
 arrow Saifur blushes at ministry move
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday apparently felt embarrassed about the commerce ministry's move appointing an administrator to replace the elected leadership of Bangladesh Garment
 arrow Baghdad deputy police chief shot dead
At least six police officers were killed including Baghdad's deputy police chief and his son in two separate attacks yesterday, as insurgents stepped up their attacks three weeks ahead of the country's
 arrow Robbers beat dead 3 shop staff, loot Tk 1.7 lakh
Robbers yesterday beat dead three employees of a shop and made off with cash and gold ornaments reportedly worth about Tk 1.7 lakh at a wholesale rice market in Naogaon.
 arrow Death threat to 4 more RU teachers
Four more Rajshahi University teachers yesterday received death threats from callers who identified themselves as Bangla Bhai men.
 arrow Abbas records landslide win
Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority president by a landslide, partial results showed Monday, giving the pragmatist a mandate to resume peace talks with Israel but also leaving him with the
 arrow Lawyers demand barring Islamic zealots from SC premises
Supreme Court lawyers yesterday demanded that the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh be barred from the Supreme Court premises during the hearing of a case challenging the ban on Ahmadiyaa
 arrow Extortionist burnt dead at Karwan Bazar
Traders burnt dead an extortionist at Karwan Bazar in the capital yesterday.
In Khilgaon, locals beat up a mugger and a laundry employee was injured as the mugger's aides hurled bombs.

 arrow Tk 5 lakh looted from Rupali Bank
Robbers looted about Tk 5 lakh from Rupali Bank Joynagar Bazaar branch under Kasiani upazila of Gopalganj district on Sunday night.
 arrow Mosharraf leaves for Yangon today
State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain leaves for Yangon today to attend January 12--13 meeting on regional energy cooperation, including the proposal of a transnational gas pipeline that will
 arrow Court to decide charge framing against Tarique January 29
A Dhaka court will decide on January 29 about framing charges against Tarique Rahman, son of former president Ziaur Rahman and a director of Dandy Dyeing Limited, and four others in a graft case.
 arrow 35 Bangladeshi fishermen drift on to Port Blair
Indian Coast Guard yesterday rescued 35 Bangladeshi fishermen, who were drifted to Indian territory and landed at Narcondam Island.
 arrow Khulna outlaw leader killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) M-L faction was killed in 'crossfire' between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow $13m aid for police reforms
Bangladesh will get $13 million for a three-year project to modernise its police force.
 arrow 57 killed in India bus plunge
Fifty-seven people, including 18 women and two children, were killed when a state Road Transport Corporation bus fell into the Almatti dam canal at Nidugundi in Karnataka's Bijapur district early yesterday.
Businessarrow Bangla-German jt venture to invest Tk 75cr in textile
A Bangladesh-German joint venture will invest Tk75 crore in a denim project as textile sector continues its run to dominate investment scenario in Bangladesh.
 arrow DSE general index sheds 67.38 points
Stocks on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) hit across the board yesterday to register a second-biggest single day drop in 6 years after the highest shed the day after August 21 grenade attack on an opposition
 arrow Indian state-run oil firm gets nod to bid for Yukos assets
India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said Monday it had received government approval to bid for some of the assets of beleaguered Russian oil giant Yukos.
 arrow StanChart agrees to buy Korea First Bank
British bank Standard Chartered PLC said Monday it had agreed to buy Korea First Bank (KFB) for 3.3 billion dollars in cash, the largest single foreign investment in South Korea's financial industry.
 arrow Global growth to reach 4pc in 2005: Central bankers
Global economic growth will continue to be "substantial" in 2005, reaching about four percent, due partly to the end of the growth in oil prices, top central bankers said Monday.
 arrow S'pore sees slowdown in '05 factory investment
Singapore's government forecast Monday a mild slowdown in manufacturing investment in 2005, citing the effects of a weakening US dollar, a stronger European currency and higher oil prices.
 arrow Dollar near six-week high against euro
The dollar remained near six-week highs against the euro on Monday despite easing against major rivals amid lingering concerns over the large US current account and budget deficits, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers CompLete Moon Landing
When paceman Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza was about to bowl his second last over at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday, he suddenly stopped at the top of his bowling mark.
 arrow Cricket: The making of history
There was a definite sense of inevitability about which way the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was headed when the last day's play got underway.
 arrow Cricket: A junior no longer
Just a few months ago, an 18-year-old was talking to one of the TV commentators covering the Bangladesh-New Zealand series about his dreams.
 arrow Cricket: Finding a dream in your heart
"When you find a dream within your heart, do not ever let it go as dreams are tiny seeds from which beautiful tomorrows grow" in the backdrop of Bangladesh's historic maiden victory in Test cricket,these
 arrow Cricket: Joy knows no bound
Poor rickshawpuller Abdul Baten knows little about Test cricket, but what he knows is how great it feels when you win a Test match, let alone the maiden victory.
 arrow Cricket: Vic suffer setback
Victoria Sporting Club's hopes for a treble of titles were dealt a massive blow as their crucial Green Delta Pre-mier Division Cricket League match against Mohammedan Sporting Club ended in a tie at the
 arrow Cricket: Historic Moment Through Many Faces...

 arrow Cricket: Cricket's $11m purse
World cricket opened its collective hearts and wallets to the victims of the Asian tsunami with a massive 14.
 arrow Football: Man with Midas touch
Just two matches into his reign and already a quickfire promise by new coach Wanderley Luxemburgo looks to be coming true at Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Leaders back on earth
Real Madrid's 3-0 derby victory over neighbours Atletico closed the gap on league leaders and arch rivals Barcelona to seven points after the Catalans crashed 3-0 at Villarreal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve remain in charge
Juventus stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to four points Sunday after they won 4-2 at home to Livorno and second-placed AC Milan were held to a goalless draw at Palermo.
 arrow Football: Just a scare
Reality returned to the FA Cup ahead of Monday's fourth round draw but not before non-league Yeading kept neutral fans on the edge of their seats as they chased the biggest upset in the 133-year history
Metropolitanarrow DU student beaten by JCD leader dies of liver cirrhosis
At last the student of Dhaka University (DU), who was severely beaten up a couple of months ago by a leader of Ziaur Rahman Hall unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP,
 arrow 'Women suffer a lifetime spiral of violence'
Violence against women is a lifetime spiral of violence that affects girls from the time they are in the wombs of their mothers, said Dr Shirley Randell, a gender specialist, yesterday.
 arrow Non-formal education a must for poverty cut
Non-formal education can play a vital role in eliminating poverty, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
They said country's development is not possible without mass education.

 arrow New navy chief calls on PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia congratulated the new naval chief and wished him all success in pursuing his duties to strengthen the Bangladesh Navy.
 arrow Deposition continues
A prosecution witness in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday told the court that he saw Jatiya Chhatra Samaj leader Nurul Islam Dipu, his brother Shahidul Islam Shipu getting
 arrow Education secy gets extension
The government yesterday extended the service contract of education secretary for the second time.
 arrow DRC executives
KM Zahid Uddin (General Manager, Marketing & Sales, Heidelberg Cement Bangladesh Ltd) and Hanif Bhuiyan were elected president and secretary general of Dhanmondi Recreation Club (DRC) for 2005-06, says
Nationalarrow Earning a living by collecting coal
Hundreds of people, specially women and children, earn a living by collecting coal from the Sumeshwary in Durgapur upazila.
 arrow Theft of transformers hampers irrigation in Nilphamari
Irrigation in the ongoing boro cultivation season is being hampered due to theft of transformers of Palli Biddyut Samity (PBS), an association for rural electrification, in the district.
 arrow Alleged culprit appeals for stay of transfer order
MAGURA: Five government silos of Jhenidah remained closed for the sixth day on Monday following detection of an incident of grain misappropriation from the Sadar silo last Wednesday.
 arrow 'Khas' land for the landless demanded
Speakers at a discussion here on Monday have demanded for distribution of government 'khas' land among genuine landless people.
 arrow Man held on charge of forgery
The Detective Branch (DB) of police on Thursday arrested one person on charge of forgery.
The arrested person is Mukul. He was arrested from Prozapara in Pirganj upazila.

 arrow 70 freedom fighters stage hunger strike in Gaibandha
Over 70 freedom fighters of seven upazilas on Sunday staged a three-hour hunger strike on the Shaheed Minar premises here.
Culturearrow Flowers say it all
Seven bright red gladiolas blooming on a startling piece of dead tree branch. To contrast the colour synchronisation, were added white, magenta, purple daisies and some wild ferns and scattered smallstones.
 arrow Honesty is the keyword for Meer Sabbir
Meer Sabbir, TV actor, spoke to our cultural correspondent about himself and his career.
Brought up in Borguna, Sabbir joined the children's organisation, Khelaghar, at a very early age.

 arrow "Quality is the first and foremost requirement in theatre”--- Shimul
The Daily Star spoke to talented theatre star and singer Shimul Yousuff recently. The interview was wide ranging--about her work, her dream role and several other issues.
 arrow Travolta, Gandolfini in 1940s detective drama
Hollywood star John Travolta and James Gandolfini, best known as the Mafia patriarch of The Sopranos, will reportedly star in a new detective drama set in the 1940s.
Internationalarrow Abbas victory stirs hope for ME peace
The landslide victory of Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian election to choose Yasser Arafat's successor raised hopes yesterday for reviving talks with Israel after years of bloodshed.
 arrow Abbas steps out of Arafat's shadow
Mahmud Abbas, who spent the best part of five decades in Yasser Arafat's shadow, swept to an electoral triumph Sunday and was set to succeed the late leader as the president of the Palestinian Authority.
 arrow Helicopter crash, aftershock rock tsunami aid effort
A US helicopter crashed and a strong aftershock struck off Indonesia's traumatised Sumatra island Monday as aid groups struggled to reach survivors of the tsunamis that killed more than 156,000 people
 arrow World's small islands press for early warning system after tsunami
A UN conference on small islands opened in Mauritius yesterday with a call to set up an early warning system in the wake of the tsunami disaster in Asia that left more than 156,000 dead.
 arrow Iraqi insurgency gathers steam ahead of polls
Violence has spiked against Iraqi and US forces in the battleground provinces of north-central Iraq, with less than three weeks to go before landmark national elections.
 arrow Maoists release 300 abducted passengers
Maoist rebels released 300 bus passengers Sunday several hours after abducting them for defying a blockade of the highway linking southeastern Nepal to India, a security source said.
 arrow Moro rebels attack troops violating truce: 21 killed
Thirteen Muslim separatist rebels and eight government soldiers were killed yesterday as Muslim guerrillas attacked an army outpost in the southern Philippines, violating a two-year-old ceasefire.
Editorialarrow Editorial: High Court stay order welcome
We are greatly heartened by the stay order of the High Court against a government move to appoint an administrator at the BGMEA.
 arrow Editorial: Maiden Test victory
It's great going! The boys have made history in a way that brought immense pleasure to millions of cricket fans in the country. The first-ever Test match win is truly an occasion to celebrate.
 arrow Feeling the pulse of the people
It is good news that the meeting between the Government represented by the Cabinet Secretary and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was held on 8 January to thrash out the differences that recentlysurfaced
 arrow Indo-Pak deadlock lives on
Another supposedly joint assault on Pakistan-India differences has failed. The parameters within which the quest for agreement is being conducted, one fears, is not conducive to success.
Letters to Editorarrow A good idea
Experts at a seminar recently urged the government to incorporate the HIV/AIDS issue into primary and secondary textbooks with a view to creating awareness about the dreadful disease at the grassroots
 arrow JU admission test
My write up is about the lengthy system of the 'admission test' of Jahangirnagar University which usually takes more than one month in conducting the examinations and preparing the results.
 arrow SSC level English
I have been practising English of SSC level for two years and teaching some students as a private tutor. I have observed that most of the students are weak in fundamental grammar. So they cannot makesentences.
 arrow Fallacies in digital enhancements
Watching the digitally-processed computer-generated TV commercial advertisements on the television screen beguile the general shoppers and users into believing that the shampoo, for example, works inthe
 arrow Noise pollution
I am writing in response to Mr. MZ Islam's letter published on 28 December. I thank Mr. Islam for his observations on "noise pollution." I agree with him.