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Front Pagearrow Gas pipeline deal to be inked by April
Yangon, Dhaka and New Delhi are set to sign a transnational deal by April on an overland pipeline project involving a private sector consortium to transmit Myanmarese gas through Bangladesh to India.
 arrow 11 die after gang causes bus to crash into gorge
Eleven people, including four lawyers of Kushtia Bar and their family members, died and 35 others were injured in a deadly accident as a bus swerved off the Dhaka-Barisal highway into a ditch at Nowpara
 arrow Huge security net planned for Saarc
All preparations for the 13th Saarc Summit were switched back into top gear yesterday, with plans already underway for a 'massive security net' of 12,000 personnel and meetings resuming for preparation
 arrow Zim hit back with Hondo
Medium-pacer Douglas Hondo captured six wickets as Zimbabwe snatched the initiative from Bangladesh on the second day of the second and final Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 60 hurt in bomb attacks on Jatra shows
Bomb attacks on jatra (a folk theatre form) shows at two remote villages in Bogra and Natore districts on Friday midnight and early Saturday left two men dead and at least 60 people injured.
 arrow ACC to ask Bac staffs to proceed with graft cases
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has once again decided to ask the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) officers to go ahead with the proceedings of the previous graft cases, but it will remind them that
 arrow Eid holiday extended by a day
The government yesterday announced a four-day general vacation (including a Friday) starting from January 20 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow PM calls for UN move to face natural disasters
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday proposed that a multinational initiative be taken under the supervision of the United Nations (UN) to face all sorts of natural disasters in order to attain the international
 arrow Hasina accuses govt of 'state terrorism'
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again accused the government of letting loose 'state terrorism' involving a special force which she said has so far killed
 arrow JS body unhappy over poor health service
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed serious dissatisfaction with the quality of public health service and the shady spending in the health sector that has long been dogged by a dearth of manpower.
 arrow 5 major challenges for next 6 months
The economy of the country in the last half of the current fiscal depends on how well the government deals with five major challenges lying ahead, says a report by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
 arrow Policy decision needed to combat religious extremism
The governments will have to take a policy decision to combat religious extremism, which has emerged as a major problem in South Asia and elsewhere in the world, international human rights activist Asma
 arrow Abbas sworn in; calls for truce with Israel
Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in as Palestinian president to succeed Yasser Arafat yesterday and called for a ceasefire with Israel and talks on a final peace settlement.
 arrow Date with traffic...

 arrow Depression over Bay
A well-marked low formed Friday over southeast Bay moved west-northwestward and was concentrated into a depression at about 12noon yesterday.
 arrow Muggers shoot 2, snatch Tk 4.6 lakh in Uttara
Armed muggers shot two staff of a private organisation at Uttara in the capital and snatched Tk 4.6 lakh from them yesterday.
 arrow Iraq abuse leader jailed for 15 yrs
A military jury found US soldier Charles Graner guilty Friday of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in a scandal that badly damaged America's worldwide reputation following the invasion of Iraq.
 arrow World Bank MD in city
World Bank (WB) Managing Director Sheng Man Jhang yesterday arrived in Dhaka on a two-day visit.
 arrow BDR protests killings of villagers
In the battalion commander level flag meeting between Thakurgaon 20 Battalion of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Panjipara 32 Battalion of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), BDR strongly protested the recent
 arrow 3 important changes in EC, govt
The government yesterday made three important changes in Election Commission (EC), Department of Immigration and Passport and Tea Board, according to official notifications.
 arrow 116 army men fly to Sierra Leon for peacekeeping
A 116-member contingent of Bangladesh Army yesterday left Dhaka for Sierra Leon to join the UN peacekeeping mission.
 arrow Mild tremor shakes Ctg
A mild tremor jolted the port city of Chittagong and adjoining areas in the early hours yesterday.
The tremor measuring 4.03 on the Richter scale began at 12:48am and lasted 20 seconds.

 arrow Tension over BSF's prison cell at zero point
Tension prevailed at Benapole border yesterday in the wake of Indian Border Security Force's (BSF) bid to construct a pucca prison cell at zero point on Friday in gross violation of international laws.
 arrow 'Indian' pirates abduct three fishermen
Pirates allegedly from India abducted three fishermen yesterday from the Ulokhali canal in the Sundarbans, demanding Tk 3 lakh as ransom within a week, according to relatives of the victims.
 arrow Taiwan, China agree to landmark air links
Taiwan and China agreed yesterday to set up their first direct flights since 1949 for next month's Lunar New Year holidays, officials said.
 arrow Grenade found at microbus
A British-made grenade and some bullets of 303 rifle were recovered from a microbus at a checkpoint at Betbunia on the Rangamati-Chittagong highway last night.
Businessarrow Dhaka for best use of Japanese GSP facilities
In the face of huge bilateral trade gap, Bangladesh yesterday sought Japanese help to make use of the GSP facilities offered by Japan to develop high-value garment products and increase exports there.
 arrow Hide traders likely to get Tk 220cr in loan this year
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) are likely to extend Tk 220 crore in loan to hide traders for the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Repo bids hit record 10pc interest rate
Interest in repurchase agreement (Repo) hit record 10 percent yesterday as Bangladesh Bank (BB) went strict on the special loan arrangement to commercial banks.
 arrow Oil prices near six-week highs on supply worries
Oil prices hovered close to six-week highs on Friday amid renewed worries over US winter fuel reserves, the prospect of Opec production cuts and supply problems in the North Sea.
 arrow India, US poised to ink open skies deal next month
India and the United States should be ready to sign a far-reaching open skies agreement to liberalise air travel between the two countries as early as next month, a report said yesterday.
 arrow 3 million Chinese come out of poverty in 2004
China said it has cut the number of people living in poverty by three million in 2004, state media reported Saturday.
 arrow Tallu Spinning Mills declares 5pc dividend
Tallu Spinning Mills Ltd declared 5 percent cash dividend for its shareholders.
The declaration came at the 15th annual general meeting of the company held in Chuadanga recently, says a press release.

 arrow Emirates launches hotline for Hajj pilgrims
Emirates airline has introduced a round the clock phone service in Saudi Arabia to give hassle-free customer services during the Hajj.
 arrow Gillette launches 'Bend It With Beckham' contest
Gillette Bangladesh Pvt Ltd yesterday launched a promotional campaign titled 'Bend It With Beckham' to market its new triple blade shaving razor in Bangladesh.
 arrow WB to raise grant aid to poorest countries
The World Bank is set to dramatically increase the amount of aid it issues in grants to its poorest borrowers, the lender said Friday, amid US pressure and concerns over countries' debt burdens.
 arrow IMF concerned over India's fiscal deficit
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday expressed concern over India's high fiscal deficit and urged the government to carry out far reaching reforms to sustain high growth rates, a report said.
 arrow Canada ready to retaliate against US on lumber row
Canada told the World Trade Organisation on Friday it was ready to take 200 million Canadian dollars (166 million dollars, 126 million euros) in retaliatory action against the United States in a longrunning
 arrow Russia, India to deepen energy cooperation
One of Russia's biggest oil and gas players said Saturday the country offers fuel-hungry India vast potential to meet its energy demands.
 arrow Oracle cutting 5,000 jobs
Oracle Corp will cut 5,000 jobs as it combines with PeopleSoft Inc., the business software rival it acquired for $10.3 billion after a bitterly fought takeover battle, the company said on Friday.
 arrow New MD of AB Bank
Kaiser A Chowdhury has been made president and managing director of Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited with effect from January 10.
Chowdhury started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank Ltd in 1975.

 arrow F1 Auto Fair in February
Event management and advertising firm F1 is going to arrange the second 'F1 Auto Fair 2005' on February 11 at Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow ‘Marshall Plan’ may cost Africans jobs
Free trade may sound like a great way to boost Africa's fledging exports and tackle poverty, but it could end up putting tens of thousands of Africans out of their jobs.
 arrow 3 local cos to take part in Germany paper fair
Bangladeshi entrepreneurs will participate in five-day Paper World Trade Fair-2005, the biggest international trade fair of handmade paper, beginning on January 26 in Frankfurt, Germany.
 arrow New chairman of Islamic Banks Consultative Forum
Sajjatuz Jumma has become the chairman of Islamic Banks Consultative Forum (IBCF).
Jumma was elected chairman at the 17th general meeting of IBCF held in Dhaka on Monday, says a press release.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Complacency costs ’em
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar believed that complacency got the better of the Tigers after their dismal batting display in the second and final Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Minhaz rides into sunset
Former national captain Min-hazul Abedin bid adieu to a cricket career spanning 24 years in style when arguably the finest batsman of the country made a match-winning 71 not out in his last match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs among runs for SA
Herschelle Gibbs returned to form but South Africa struggled against an England attack led by Matthew Hoggard on the third day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pacy prospect at Hobart
The world's two fastest bowlers will meet head-on in Hobart on Sunday but Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar has been warned by his skipper not to get caught up in a pace race with Australian Brett Lee.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul in 7th heaven
Young Bangladesh spinner Enamul Haque had a bright day yesterday in an otherwise hopeless performance by the Tigers on the second day of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: 'Gerrard going nowhere'
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that the 6.3-million-pound arrival of Spanish striker Fernando Morientes will not mean Steven Gerrard is heading for the Anfield exit door.
 arrow Football: Gravesen's Real deal
Danish international midfielder Thomas Gravesen completed his 2.5-million-pound move to Real Madrid from Everton on Friday and admitted the transfer represented a dream opportunity to win trophies.
 arrow Football: Ferguson retaliates
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has hit out at cheating claims by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and hinted skipper John Terry is used to influencing referees.
 arrow Tennis: Federer's superb show
Roger Federer reinforced his position as runaway favourite for the Australian Open as he beat Andy Roddick for the fifth time in succession to win the Kooyong Classic Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Australian Open begins Monday
The Australian Open celebrates its centenary this year when it gets underway on Monday, no longer the poor relation of the four tennis Grand Slams and arguably the one that Wimbledon, the US Open andRoland
 arrow Cricket: BCCI's AGMJanuary 27
The BCCI will hold its annual general body meeting on January 27 in Kolkata to enable its newly-elected office bearers to take over.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan slams umpires
England captain Michael Vaughan criticised the umpires for inconsistency after bad light brought the rain-interrupted second day of the fourth Test against South Africa to a premature close on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hot reception awaits Kevin
Batsman Kevin Pietersen faces a heated welcome when he arrives in his native South Africa as part of England's one-day squad.
 arrow Tennis: Molik clinches Sydney crown
Alicia Molik ended a 25-year Australian title drought with a hard-earned victory over compatriot Samantha Stosur in the women's final of the Sydney International on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Romario snubs Pele's advice
Pele's advice to his compatriot Romario this week to accept the inevitable and retire has put the 1994 World Cup winner's nose firmly out of joint.
Metropolitanarrow Reinvestigation demanded
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for reinvestigation into the killing of journalist Manik Saha, saying that the charge sheet in the case has been framed loosely and is inconsistent with the nature
 arrow Exhibition on solar system from today
A month-long exhibition titled 'Exploring the solar system' begins at Bhasani Novo Theatre in the city today.
 arrow SWAC magazine publication ceremony held
The Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC) organised a parents' reunion and annual magazine publication ceremony on its premises at Lalmatia in the city on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow DU Arabic question leaked
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday postponed the M A examination of Arabic department after the proctor found similarities between the leaked and original question papers at the examination hall.
Nationalarrow Bio-gas changes life in 11 Tangail upazilas
Bio-gas has changed life in rural areas of 11 upazilas in Tangail district.
A few enthusiastic persons took an initiative to install bio-gas plants without government assistance.

 arrow 140 B'baria pry school teachers in miseries
Primary school teachers here formed a 21-member action committee to carry on struggle for payment of their salaries without further delay.
 arrow 20,000 cases pending with Satkhira courts
Over 20,000 cases await disposal due to shortage of judges and magistrates in courts.
 arrow Locker introduced for tourists at Kuakata
Locker has been introduced for visiting tourists at Kuakata sea-beach in Kalapara upazila. Tourists can keep their valuables safely in the locker.
 arrow Vow to resist move to change names of 2 Moulvibazar villages
A move to merge two villages in the Sadar upazila by changing their names has triggered commotion among the villagers.
The villages are Mustafapur and Pagulia.

 arrow Transport owners clash at Khulna bus terminal: Police deployed
Two platoons of police were deployed in and around Sonadanga Inter-district Bus Terminal on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Give local entrepreneurs a break
It was interesting to observe the grand reception given to Mr. Ratan Tata. This welcoming attitude from our government -- for foreign direct investment -- deserves encouragement.
 arrow Fragmentary thoughts
I follow the British media with awe and respect. In fact, my appreciation for the British nation has grown stronger over the last two years of my stay here.
Culturearrow Young painters at their best
The ongoing children's exhibition at the Bengal Foundation Gallery presented many forms, figures and selection of shapes and colours.
 arrow Indian Idol
This weekend it was time as usual for the popular TV show Indian Idol. The judges were Bollywood names: Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan. Film actress Juhi Chawla appeared as special guest.
 arrow Musings
Our Cultural Correspondent recently spoke to Fima, hostess of the Fashion Talkies on ntv.
 arrow Album review
Music production house Surer Mela has released an audio album titled Bhor Hobey.
 arrow Padatik celebrates 27th anniversary
January 21 is Padatik Natya Sangshad's 27th founding anniversary. On this occasion, the theatre group has arranged a programme today at the Mahila Samity auditorium at 6:35 pm., says a press release.
Internationalarrow Relief officials worried at disease outbreaks
Aid officials expressed alarm yesterday about outbreaks of sickness in the area worst hit by last month's Asian tsunami disaster as the United States said it wanted to scale down its military relief work.
 arrow Iraq announces polls day security plan
The Iraqi government announced yesterday its election day security plan, declaring a ban on cars by polling centres and admitting the vote would be limited in four provinces troubled by violence.
 arrow Deuba seeks to win over coalition partners
Nepal's premier sought yesterday to win the support of coalition partners for calling swift elections but analysts said polls would be disastrous without holding peace talks with Maoist rebels first.
 arrow LTTE chief to meet peace brokers
Hopes for peace rose yesterday in Sri Lanka as the elusive Tamil Tigers chief planned to meet Norwegian peace brokers next week amid tension between the government and the rebels over tsunami aid.
 arrow Peace hopes rest on Abbas shoulders
Mahmud Abbas, who spent the best part of five decades in Yasser Arafat's shadow, formally took center stage yesterday when he was sworn in as president of the Palestinian Authority.
 arrow Space probe finds ice boulders on Titan
The world's first glimpse of the surface of the Saturnian moon Titan revealed an unexpected mix of icy land and liquid as the Huygens space probe touched down on Friday.
 arrow Millions of Pak homes face gas shortage after rebel attacks
Millions of Pakistani households face gas shortages after tribal rebels attacked and damaged a plant in southwestern Baluchistan province, distribution companies said yesterday.
 arrow Key US figure in prison abuse found guilty
A military jury found US soldier Charles Graner guilty Friday of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in a scandal that badly damaged America's worldwide reputation following the invasion of Iraq.
 arrow Ancient Babylon site wrecked by US force
US-led forces in Iraq have caused irreparable damage to the site of the ancient city of Babylon, contaminating the soil and destroying archaeological evidence, according to a British Museum report.
 arrow US should not rule out torture: Ridge
The outgoing head of the US Department of Homeland Security has said torture may be used in certain cases in order to prevent a major loss of life.
 arrow Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang in 'deep coma'
Zhao Ziyang, the former Chinese leader who was ousted after sympathising with Tiananmen protests, is in a "deep coma" in a Beijing hospital and may be close to death, a relative said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Remittances from expatriates up
Unfazed by daunting odds, Bangladeshi wage earners abroad sent foreign exchange worth $3.54 billion to their home country from January to December last year. This topped the previous year's level by 11.
 arrow Editorial: Saarc summit rescheduled
The 13th Saarc summit is scheduled to be held in Dhaka on February 6 and 7 as all the member countries have agreed to the new dates.
 arrow Challenges facing the new Palestinian president
The election of Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority was expected. He bagged over sixty percent of the votes cast.
 arrow Why opposition stays divided
Following the poor showing of MMA's Black Day on Jan 1, commentators have emphasised that what is needed for a peaceful change of regime is a grand united front of all democratic forces.
Letters to Editorarrow "Amrao Pari" and ATN Bangla
Recently a documentary film of ATN Bangla "Amrao Pari" got an international award. About 25 countries participated in the festival.
 arrow Questioning minorities' patriotism?
This is in response to Mr. Dev's letter (5/1/2005). In my earlier letter I urged everyone to give full support to our own team when it is playing.
 arrow Rab
I am responding to the letter "Why Rab" published on 26th December. Firstly, as Mr.
 arrow Crossfire deaths and human rights
I have been going through several letters written in the past few weeks in your daily, most of which expressed satisfaction and congratulated Rab for their actionsaccidental or intentional, for theresultant
Star Healtharrow Facts about sinusitis
Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the membranes that line the nasal passages and sinuses, the air-filled spaces in the front of the skull.
 arrow Making history in open heart surgery
It was an exceptional episode in the history of the cardiac surgery of our country when a team of local surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses and technicians attempted to save life of a dying patient who
 arrow Check your oral and dental health during pregnancy
Gingival (gum) changes during pregnancy are a generalised health problem of the pregnant women in our community.
Most of the pregnant women suffer form swollen up and bleeding gum.

Star Cityarrow DCC looking for new waste dumping site without clean thought
The Department of Environment (DoE) is in dilemma over issuing clearance for expanding the lone solid-waste dumping ground at Matuail in the city as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has asked for theclearance
 arrow Get smart at GPO bazaar!
During winter, people from of all walks of life flock the makeshift market infront of the General Post Office (GPO) everyday to buy second-hand blazers, coats and suits.
 arrow Rare species on sale in violation of law
A few extremely rare species including eagle and python are being sold as pets in several shops in Thantharibazar area of the city in open violation of the wildlife protection act.
 arrow Friendship Hall to be leased out
The authorities have almost finalised the process of leasing out the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Hall to private operators.
 arrow Passengers' safety now prime concern
In the face of repeated mugging by cabbies, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) plans to introduce ID cards for drivers proving their 'non criminal' past.