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Front Pagearrow Committee soon to co-ordinate armed forces
The government is going to form a high-powered 'defence committee' to better co-ordinate the activities of the armed forces, as the policymakers think the Armed Forces Division (AFD) is unable to do that
 arrow Plots in wetland on sale without Rajuk's nod
A real estate company has filled up a vast area of wetland at the edge of Hazaribagh, and sold out at least 30 plots without permission of the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
 arrow Delhi to look 'favourably' at Dhaka's request
New Delhi now appears to be agreeable to Dhaka's requests for trade corridor to Nepal and Bhutan through India and for power supply from the Himalayan kingdoms using India's electricity grid.
 arrow Enamul keeps Tigers in
Enamul Haque carried on from where he left off in Chittagong when the young left-spinner sparked an early collapse in Zimbabwe's first innings.
 arrow 3 die in 'crossfire'
Three people -- a wanted criminal, a Jubo Dal leader and a regional leader of an outlawed communist outfit -- died yesterday across the country in encounters with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police.
 arrow US 'erodes' global human rights
A leading human rights group has criticised the US over the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
 arrow Saarc summit Feb 6-7
The stalled 13th Saarc summit will now be held on February 6 and 7 and the heads of the government from the member countries are expected to arrive in Dhaka on February 5.
 arrow Punish garment unit owners for defying court order: Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said readymade garment manufacturers who do not provide safe working environment in their factories disobeying the order of the highest court, must be punished.
 arrow Many BSCIC units cut production by 70-80pc
The ongoing gas crisis has forced many factories in the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) estate in Tongi to cut production by up to 80 percent.
 arrow Expatriates remit a record $ 3.54b
Manpower export and remittance earning hit a record last year with 2.72 lakh Bangladeshis getting overseas employment and remittance totalling $3.54 billion from January to December.
 arrow Ctg Rab being equipped for 'full-scale action'
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Chittagong will soon build up a high frequency signal network with sophisticated devices and get equipped with more modern weapons and vehicles to launch a 'full-scaleoperation'
 arrow Palestinian militants defy Abbas
Palestinian militants killed six Israelis in a bombing and shooting attack at the main commercial crossing into Gaza, mounting their strongest challenge yet to President-elect Mahmoud Abbas and his call
 arrow European space probe makes call from Titan
The European-built space probe Huygens entered the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, yesterday in the last lap of a historic voyage to unveil the secrets of the moon's fog-shrouded surface.
 arrow Khatme Nabuwat 'deadline' to govt
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh, yesterday set December 23 this year as the deadline for the government to enact a law declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
 arrow Waiting to be picked...

 arrow Road accidents in 2 districts kill 6
Six people died and 33 others were injured in road accidents in Gopalganj, Bhairab and Rangamati yesterday.
 arrow AL plans fresh programmes with allies
The Awami League (AL) is working out a fresh programme along with its allies to launch a vigorous anti-government movement after the forthcoming Eid.
 arrow Probe body visits Tengratila, mum on findings
The energy ministry enquiry committee that visited the Tengratila Gas Field site yesterday declined to say anything about their findings to the reporters while leakage of gas inbubbles
 arrow 2 GIs, Iraqi polls official killed in attacks
Two US marines were killed Thursday in Iraq's violence-wracked western al-Anbar province, the US military said.
 arrow Hundreds of Shias detained as their slain leader buried
Pakistani police Friday arrested hundreds of Shia demonstrators in two cities after clashes broke out ahead of the funeral of a murdered religious leader, witnesses and officials said.
 arrow AL plans fresh programmes with allies
The Awami League (AL) is working out a fresh programme along with its allies to launch a vigorous anti-government movement after the forthcoming Eid.
 arrow Manik Saha's first anniversary of death today
Khulna journalists will today observe the first death anniversary of Manik Saha, Khulna correspondent of The New Age and a stringer of BBC who was killed in a bomb attack near the press club on January
 arrow Contaminated milk worth Tk 1 cr seized
Sylhet Kotowali police seized two trucks loaded with 1135 bags of contaminated powder milk worth about Tk 1 crore from the city's Shahjalal Upashahar area and arrested the owner of the milk and his son
 arrow Bangladeshis among 21 held near Greek, Turkish border
Police arrested yesterday 21 illegal immigrants near the border between Greece and Turkey in north-eastern region of Thrace after finding them hidden inside two trucks heading for Athens.
 arrow PBCP leaders' widows form suicide squad
Security in Khulna city and district has been tightened following information that widows of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) leaders have formed a suicide squad to avenge killings of their husbands
 arrow British, Thai embassies in Indonesia closed after bomb alert
The British and Thai embassies in Indonesia were closed yesterday after bomb threats that sparked a major security alert in the world's largest Muslim-populated country as it struggled to cope with the
 arrow 10 slain in Kashmir
Ten people, including an elderly Muslim woman and her son, were killed in fresh rebel violence in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Top Bollywood singers unite for tsunami benefit
Bollywood's top 15 singers will come together this weekend to record a benefit song for India's thousands of tsunami victims.
Businessarrow Policy support dearth holds back int'l standard hospitals
Implementation of some international standard hospital projects in Dhaka is facing setback as the NBR could not formulate a tax exemption policy for medical equipment proposed in the budget speech seven
 arrow Cheap broadband launched in India
India's state-run telecom giants launched what they described as one of the world's cheapest broadband services on Friday.
 arrow India's inflation falls below 6pc
India's inflation rate fell below six percent in the week to January 1 for the first time in 30 weeks on the back of easing oil, food and vegetable prices, the government said Friday.
 arrow Crude prices remain above $48 in Asia
Oil prices remained above the 48-dollar level in Asian trading Friday as markets braced themselves for cold northern hemisphere weather, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Jan 8-Jan 13, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was held strong against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Satisfying in the end
Having made the country proud by recording their first ever Test win in Chittagong, the Bangladesh team members were now enjoying unprecedented adulation from their countrymen.
 arrow Cricket: WI melt in Melbourne
West Indies wilted in the face of intense pressure from world champions Australia, collapsing 116 runs short of victory in their opening tri-series one-day cricket international here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng hit by Ntini strikes
England's batsmen struggled on a rain-hit second day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer punishes Henman
Roger Federer sounded a warning to his rivals at next week's Australian Open after blasting into the final of the elite Kooyong Classic Friday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tim Henman.
 arrow Football: Two decades of greatness
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini will lead his team out against Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday almost 20 years to the day after he made his Serie A debut against the same opposition.
 arrow Football: All eyes on Morientes
Fernando Morientes helped Monaco into last season's Champions League final and Liverpool fans will have their fingers crossed that the former Real Madrid striker can work similar miracles for them when
 arrow Football: Barca shaken up
Barcelona may still have a seven point lead on top of the Spanish first division but a loss last weekend showed that the title is far from won and they are out to get back on track against Real Sociedad
 arrow Cricket: Brothers manager barred from cricket grounds
Brothers Union's cricket manager Amin Khan was made persona-non-grata at cricket grounds for one year by match referee Shiper Ahmed yesterday for physically assaulting umpire Mahbubur Rahman during the
 arrow Tennis: GP International Jr Tennis Group 3 from today
The International Junior Tennis Tournament Group 3 will begin today at the Ramna National Tennis Complex in Dhaka.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to tour India March 4
Pakistan will open their first full tour of India for six years with a test starting on March 4, according to the match schedule released on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kenyan cricket board disbanded
Ochillo Ayacko, Kenya's minister of sports, on Friday disbanded the Kenyan Cricket Association, claiming that it is blighted by mismanagement, and appointed an interim committee to run the game untila
 arrow Cricket: Rupali, Azad post wins
An all-round performance by Nazmus Sadat steered Rupali Bank to earn a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh Boys Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Jahangirnagar University ground yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Transcom Cup Golf goes to Jong
The Transcom Cup Golf Tournament 2005 was won by Jong Pil Kim while fellow Korean Jung Sook Jung bagged the ladies' crown at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Liza lifts sub-jr chess title
Shamima Akter Liza became unbeaten champion in the 25th National Sub-Junior (Under-16 years) Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow EC of BSJA Chittagong
A seven-member executive committee of Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) Chittagong unit was elected here yesterday with Saifullah Chowdhury (Dainik Karnaphuli) and Kamal Parvez (Janakantha)
 arrow Cricket: Ford named Kent's director of cricket
Former South Africa coach Graham Ford has been named as Kent's new director of cricket on a two-year deal.
 arrow Football: Maradona wins Greek hearts
Former Argentine superstar Diego Maradona said Thursday that the Greek national team winning the Euro 2004 title last summer was a "miracle."
"There are always miracles in football.

 arrow Football: Juve shown the door
Atalanta, currently anchored to the bottom of Serie A with just one win in 17 matches, sensationally dumped league leaders Juventus out of the Italian Cup Thursday to clinch a place in the quarter-finals.
 arrow Football: Valladolid hold giants
Real Madrid made do with a goalless draw at Valladolid on Thursday in their Spanish Cup round of 16 first leg.
 arrow Football: Real sign Danish international
Real Madrid have signed Everton's Denmark international Thomas Gravesen on a three-and-a-half year contract, the Spanish club announced Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Raise social awareness to curb crimes, corruption
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for raising social awareness at grassroots level to eliminate crimes and corruption.
They urged all to be united in combating terrorists and corrupted people.

 arrow 'Save 5000 Bangladeshi caterers' job in UK'
Bangladesh Caterers Association yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to save the job of some 5000 Bangladeshi workers employed in catering business in Britain by extending their visa.
 arrow CPB to continue movement against govt
CPB leader Mujahidul Islam Selim yesterday said that his party is not out of the movement against the four-party alliance government.
 arrow Six KU students expelled for 1 yr
Six students of Khulna University (KU) have been expelled for one year and prohibited from entering the campus during the period on charges of abduction and ragging.
 arrow Steps taken to modernise land record system
The government has taken steps to modernise the land registration and record keeping system, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Female garment worker found dead
Police recovered the body of a female garment worker from a well at Jaamgora in Savar yesterday.
 arrow 30 vying for each seat
About 30 admission seekers are vying for each seat under 'Ga unit' of Dhaka University this year.
 arrow CPD Board of Trustees meets
The 23rd meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was held in its Dialogue room in the city on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Compensation for Tengratila fire demanded
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded that the government realise compensation from the authorities concerned for Tengratila gas field fire.
 arrow Sudhin Das, Anwar Hossain, Abul Maksud win Wrishiz Award
Renowned singer Sudhin Das, actor Anwar Hossain and journalist and litterateur Syed Abul Maksud have been nominated for the Wrishiz Award 2004.
 arrow Asia Regional Women, Health Meet ends
Participants of the Asia Regional Women and Health Meeting decided to raise the pressing issues of violence against women and highlight the activities of women's rights organisations at the International
Nationalarrow Price of non-iodised salt doubles in Barisal
Price of non-iodised salt has doubled in markets in Barisal division ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow BSF hands over bodies of two Bangladeshis
Border Security Force (BSF) of India returned the bodies of two Bangladeshis on Thursday night after a company commander level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) along Shibganj border of Chapainawabganj.
 arrow Tk 40 lakh aid out of Tk 1.9 cr distributed
The authorities have so far distributed seed and fertiliser worth Tk 40 lakh out of Tk 1.90 crore under the government's Post Flood Rehabilitation Programme-2 in the district.
 arrow A prospective sector
Rabbit farming can change the lot of many and be a good export earner also.
Besides home consumption, rabbit meat and skin can be exported at good prices.

 arrow Hefty gains from integrated fishery, vegetable projects
Three year's back, poor Khalil had to work dawn to dusk as a rickshawpuller for survival. He has no cultivable land, no education.
The hard days are gone.

 arrow BRAC names training centre after Sufia Kamal
BRAC, a leading NGO, has named its human resource training center in Barisal after poet Begum Sufia Kamal.
 arrow Shrimp cultivation protested
Several thousand people including woman brought out a procession in Bardal union and held a rally in front of Assassuni Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office on Wednesday protesting shrimp cultivation by making
 arrow Abductors held, girl not yet rescued
Police arrested three youths from Mirganj ferry terminal in Muladi in connection with the abduction of a schoolgirl from Dhaka on January 9. But the girl is yet to be rescued.
 arrow 21 houses looted on a night
Dacoits looted valuables worth Tk 25 lakh from 21 houses in Baufal in Patuakhali district in the early hours of Thursday.
At least 30 people including four women were injured in the attacks.

 arrow PROSHIKA distributes warm clothes
PROSHIKA, an NGO, has started distributing winter clothes among cold wave victims, especially children and elderly people, in northern districts, said a press release here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Children are still victims of apathy and neglect
Arif, 10, toils more than 12 hours a day in a metal factory near Dolaikhal in the Dhaka city. Blackened by grease, smoke and baked by furnace blasts, he looks haggard and run-down.
 arrow India's UN prospect
The United Nations is passing through a lean period caught in a subdued role.
 arrow Importance of Hajj
Since the next lunar month is the holy month of Zul-Hajj all eligible, adult and resourceful Muslims living in various countries of the world are preparing themselves for going to Saudi Arabia with aview
Culturearrow Zia Hyder
Professor Zia Hyder studied theatre in the USA and later introduced neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh.
 arrow The sound of jazz
Although jazz originated in USA, it has many exponents today in Europe, especially in Germany and France.
 arrow Mohanayak Uttam Kumar's collection released on DVD
The fans of the legendary actor Uttam Kumar do not have to depend on the Bangla television channels to watch his movies any longer.
 arrow Reno Cops to Da Vinci Role
French film star Jean Reno has joined Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures' upcoming film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling thriller The Da Vinci Code.
 arrow Queen Latifah to host this year's Grammy Awards
Red-hot musical diva and movie star Queen Latifah will host the 47th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles next month, organisers said.
Generalarrow 'Introduce physical edn at pry schools'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to introduce physical education at primary schools that can help create best sportsmen and worthy citizen.
 arrow Blood pressure epidemic looms
A third of the world's adult population -- more than one billion people -- will suffer from high blood pressure by 2025, scientists predicted yesterday.
 arrow President given red carpet reception in Saudi Arabia
President Iajuddin Ahmed was given a red carpet reception when he arrived in King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah on Thursday night, according to a message received yesterday.
 arrow 23 houses gutted in Ctg fire
Twenty-three houses and a shop were gutted in a fire at Madhya Halishahar in the port city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Tamheed Islam Aleen, a promising young cricketer, harboured a dream of playing for the national team, but he had his dream shattered when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of white
Internationalarrow 'Iraqi polls failure may embolden insurgents'
Deadly attacks against Iraq's Shia Muslims multiplied ahead of elections that the majority community is expected to win, as US Secretary of State Colin Powell warned that an unrepresentative vote could
 arrow Indonesia seeks peace with Aceh rebels
Indonesia said yesterday it was seeking a lasting peace with separatists in Aceh province, where security concerns over a long-running civil war are affecting efforts to aid tsunami survivors.
 arrow Nepal presses ahead with elections
Nepal's government said yesterday it was determined to go ahead with long-delayed elections in the insurgency-racked Himalayan nation after Maoist rebels spurned an ultimatum to resume peace talks.
 arrow Asia hesitant to ease HR curb despite rapid growth
Developing Asian nations led by China are reluctant to ease curbs on freedom and improve on their human rights record despite rapid economic growth, Human Rights Watch said Thursday as it released its
 arrow Pak tribal violence casts shadow on gas pipelines
A series of violent attacks on the energy infrastructure in Pakistan's strategic southwest could have a major backlash on various multi-billion gas pipeline projects, industry experts said.
 arrow Threat of disease fades
The threat of disease decimating survivors of Asia's tsunami has receded but aid agencies are remaining on their guard, the UN said yesterday as doctors reported children dying from pneumonia.
 arrow Globalisation driving sweeping changes in world order
Forces of globalisation are ushering in an age of pervasive insecurity, eroding the relative power of the United States, driving the rise of Asian powers and enabling loose networks of extremists to exploit
 arrow China to hold talks with Taiwan over direct air links in Macau today
China will hold talks with Taiwan today on plans to allow direct flights between mainland China and the island over the Chinese New Year holidays, state television said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan evacuates foreigners after sectarian violence
Pakistani authorities have helped 36 foreigners leave a Himalayan town which is under curfew following a flare-up of sectarian violence, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US to consider backing India's UNSC berth
The United States will consider supporting India for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council after examining a second report on reforming the world body, the US' envoy said Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Choicest plots to ministers and MPs!
We are surprised to learn that a large number of ministers, state ministers, ruling party MPs and other favourites are to get allotments of premier government land in the posh Gulshan-Banani and Uttara
 arrow Editorial: Giving up search for WMD in Iraq
The decision to stop looking for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq has only proven the fact that the reasoning behind invading the country was totally based on lies.
 arrow The post-tsunami perspective
The Sunday after Christmas, a severe earthquake shifted two giant tectonic plates in the Indian ocean, not far from the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
 arrow Better half worse
They sat on the beach along the water's edge, looking like silhouettes against the crimson sea, which was flat at sunset like a metal sheet.
 arrow Palestine state: What happened to 1988 declaration?
The Palestine National Council (PNC), the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), proclaimed in November 1988 the establishment of the independent state of Palestine and, very
Literaturearrow The Paper-Plane
Most likely the bridge is a favorite place to perch for the birds. They come here often, but never for long since they are always in a hurry. It is my favorite spot too, though I am not a bird.
 arrow On Naeem Murr, novelist and short story writer
Naeem Murr's first novel The Boy was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Lambda Literary Award.
 arrow The Genius of the Sea
U.K. publisher: Heinemann/Vintage (Random House)
USA publisher: The Free Press (Simon & Schuster)
(This excerpt is from the middle of the novel.

 arrow Love and the Void
Gave you all the love
in my heart
because you said
you'd be mine
You didn't keep your word
Now my empty heart
is under the hammer
waiting for the highest bidder