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Front Pagearrow Tigers' maiden Test series scalp
Mission accomplished. Bangladesh won their first Test series when they drew the second and final match against Zimbabwe at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow MPs for law to up privileges
Both the ruling and opposition parties have agreed to increase the privileges of the lawmakers through enacting a law that will provide them with legal protection.
 arrow ACC probes BTTB mobile, rail sleeper purchase deals
The anticorruption watchdog yesterday asked Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) and Bangladesh Railway (BR) to furnish information about the contract of BTTB's mobile phone project and the
 arrow Dhaka-Delhi water talks wind up without consensus
Dhaka-Delhi talks on water sharing ended here yesterday without a consensus and any headway in fixing the terms of an interim agreement on the Teesta water- sharing and a joint technical survey of the
 arrow ADP suffers on judicial interference
Judicial interference, pressures from vested quarters and corruption of some government officials hamper implementation of the annual development programme (ADP) and collection of revenues, Finance and
 arrow Early probe in 'crossfire' would have made law enforcers cautious
Former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday said the law and order men would be more cautious if a report on every death in 'crossfire' was asked for since the first such incident occurred.
 arrow Zia's birth anniversary today
Today is the 69th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
 arrow Bapex finds new gas field in Comilla
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) yesterday discovered a gas field in Srikail village of Muradnagar upazila in Comilla.
 arrow ACC wants five new directors
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will ask the government for the appointment of five directors at the commission on deputation after the withdrawal of the five directors of the now-defunct Bureauof
 arrow Islamists attacked Jatra, says arrestee
Islamist militants of Jamatul Mujahedin (JM) were involved in Saturday's bomb attack on a Jatra (a folk theatre form) show in Laxmikola village in Shahjahanpur upazila, a detainee confessed to policeyesterday.
 arrow 18 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia
Eighteen Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims have died of various diseases and in road accidents in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Agriculture seeks Tk 381cr subsidy from finance
With irrigation getting costlier due to a recent diesel price hike, the agriculture ministry has submitted a Tk 381 crore subsidy proposal for finance ministry's approval.
 arrow Free edn for girls up to degree level if reelected
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh will someday stand out as a role model in the world for its efforts to remove illiteracy the way it is appreciated for the innovative microcredit programme.
  arrow 11 more cops closed for extortion
A departmental investigation began yesterday against 11 policemen of the Hatgopalpur outpost in Jhenidah who were closed to the Jhenidah police line on Monday for appearing in uniform on the Dhaka-Jhenidah
 arrow 2 robbers lynched in Bagerhat
Two robbers were lynched by a mob at Kashimpur village under Bagerhat Sadar upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Mild tremor shakes Ctg
A mild tremor measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted the port city of Chittagong and its surrounding areas yesterday morning.
 arrow PDB promises seamless power supply during Eid
Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) has made all arrangements for uninterrupted power supply in the country during Eid holidays, beginning tomorrow.
  arrow Law enforcers to keep watch on Eidgahs
Law enforcers will keep Eidgahs in the capital and other places under their watch to avert any untoward incident during the Eid congregations, a home ministry meeting chaired by State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar decided yesterday.
 arrow Father kills 3 daughters
A father killed his three daughters and attempted to commit suicide by taking pesticide at Kholabaria village on Monday night.
 arrow Saber sues Abbas for defamation
Awami League (AL) leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday sued Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas for defamation.
 arrow Iraq to shut borders during election
Iraq said yesterday it would shut its land borders and bar traffic from getting close to voting centres over the Jan.
Businessarrow UK investment official decries proposed rule
A British investment regulatory body official yesterday criticised a proposed regulation for investment in Bangladesh while BoI chief rebutted that the regulation is meant for facilitating foreign investment
 arrow Infrastructure cos may be forced to go public
An inter-ministerial meeting will take a decision on a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposal to make it mandatory for companies dealing with infrastructure projects such as telecommunications,
 arrow EU at odds over euro reform rules
Defenders of financial rigour in the European Union attacked Tuesday a German call for a radical overhaul of the eurozone's budget rules at a lively meeting of EU finance chiefs.
 arrow Siemens, Tele Barta sign deal
Tele Barta Ltd has signed an agreement with Siemens Bangladesh Ltd & Siemens Mobile Communications SpA recently in Dhaka.
Under the deal, Siemens will supply digital microwave system to Tele Barta.

 arrow Sípore courts Chinese, Indian multinationals
Singapore urged Chinese and Indian companies Tuesday to use the city-state as a base for international expansion, just as US, Japanese and European firms have done.
 arrow Tsunami may trim Indonesia growth: WB
The tsunami disaster could trim Indonesia's economic growth but the long-term outlook remains positive provided it makes good on reform pledges and strengthens infrastructure, the World Bank said Tuesday.
 arrow LG South West Asia president arrives today
KR Kim, president and managing director of South West Asian headquarters of LG Electronics Inc, arrives today on a short visit to Dhaka.
During his daylong visit, he will visit LG Butterfly showrooms.

 arrow Lafarge buys back stakes in Asian operations for $141m
French group Lafarge, the world's leading supplier of construction materials, said Tuesday it had bought stakes held by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board in Lafarge's Asian operations for a total
 arrow Oil prices soar towards $50
World oil prices surged to six-week high points on Tuesday, approaching 50 dollars a barrel in New York amid freezing temperatures in the United States and an International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast
 arrow Poor states to make huge gains from professional services trade
Developing countries have a huge amount to gain from agreements to liberalise the trade in professional services but must also bring down barriers among themselves, UN and government officials said Monday.
 arrow Jakarta gets $5b loan offers for infrastructure
Indonesia said Tuesday a two-day summit pitching for infrastructure investment had drawn foreign loan commitments worth up to five billion dollars and interest from investors in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Now comes the series
Sometimes a draw is worth more than a victory itself in Test cricket. And one man who knows that better than anybody else is Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore.
 arrow Cricket: Winning the series was more important
Bangladesh's plan was to ensure that the second Test against Zim-babwe would end in a draw so that they could taste a maiden series victory and Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was delighted by the outcome.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali & Razzaq return for ODIs
Middle-order batsman Alok Kapali and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak returned to the one-day side when Bangladesh selectors named a 14-member squad yesterday for the first three matches against visiting
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants to bowl first
Pakistan are pinning their hopes partly on winning the toss when they take on the West Indies in their triangular VB Series limited-overs match at Brisbane's Gabba ground on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's advice for McGrath
West Indian cricketing superstar Brian Lara offered Australia's premier pace bowler Glenn McGrath some friendly advice here Tuesday -- think twice about playing in the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Portuguese superstars' show of heart
Real Madrid's Portuguese star Luis Figo wants to help a seven-year-old tsunami victim who was rescued in Indonesia over the weekend wearing a Portugal team jersey after spending three weeks alone.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds sail along
World number one Lindsay Davenport erased any lingering doubts about her fitness to open her Australian Open campaign with an easy win here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hailing Hoggard
Matthew Hoggard produced the performance of his life as England snatched a 77-run win on the fifth and final afternoon of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul named A team skipper
Star Test bowler Enamul Haque has been named as captain of the Bangladesh A team when the selectors announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming tours of UAE and Zimbabwe.
 arrow Federer plays cricket too!
World number one and defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer has swapped his racket for a cricket bat and showed he might have a fruitful alternative career if he ever gets bored with tennis.
 arrow Cricket: Pak inspectors to visit India
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is sending a two-member inspection team to India to clear venues for next month's tour of India but it would not examine security, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Beckham's heart with United
England captain David Beckham has said he would return to Manchester United if he ever left Real Madrid even if Sir Alex Ferguson was still manager of the Old Trafford club.
Metropolitanarrow Protest against pollution of Karnaphuli
Environmentalists yesterday organised a sampan (traditional boat) procession on the river Karnaphuli to protest the unabated pollution and illegal encroachment of the river.
 arrow 'Tipaimukh Dam to cause havoc in NE region'
Construction of Tipaimukh Dam in the Indian State of Manipur and Assam will cause a serious havoc in the north-eastern region of the country.
 arrow 1,643 more held
Police arrested 1,643 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Mass agitation after Eid
The party in power had said in its election pledge that people will live in peace if they vote for 'paddy sheaf' but now paddy is beyond commonman's reach, front ranking Awami League leader Motia Chowdhury
 arrow 89 killed by outlaws last year in 10 SW dists
Janajuddho of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) has claimed the responsibility of killing 89 'class enemies' in 10 southwestern districts last year.
 arrow Free society from fanaticism
Leaders of left-leaning parties on Monday called for materialising the dream of communist leader Amal Sen by establishing a society free from religious fanaticism.
 arrow Flowers in hand, 'no' to drugs
Sixty former drug addicts walked out of a drug cure centre amid cheers from people, vowing to work against drug use and peddling.
 arrow 10 Jubo Dal activists hurt in Patuakhali
At least 10 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured, five of them seriously, in a clash between Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal activists on Sunday.
 arrow AL factions clash at council: 15 injured
At least 15 party activists were injured when two factions of Awami League clashed at the party's tri-annual conference at Shakhaher union in Gobindaganj upazila on Monday.
 arrow 8 get life for killing schoolboy
Eight people were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here on Monday for killing a schoolboy.
 arrow Three jailed for abduction, rape
A court here on Monday sentenced one person to 60 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and two others to 20 years RI for abduction and rape.
The convicts are Babu Khan, Badsha Khan and Kaiyum.

 arrow Prompt police action foils bus dacoity bid
Prompt action by police saved bus passengers from being attacked by dacoits at Debidwar on the Brahmanbaria-Chittagong highway on Monday.
 arrow Brisk trading of fake fertiliser in Magura
Brisk business in fake fertiliser is going on unabated in the district.
 arrow Steps to stop smuggling of hides and skin
Deputy Commissioner Rafiqul Islam at a meeting with high officials of BDR and police asked them to Step up vigilance along the border so that hides and skin can not be smuggled to India after the Eid-ul-Azha.
Point-Counterpointarrow Daylight Saving Time and energy management
Energy management in the developed world was taken up more critically than before after the oil shock of 1973 followed by 1979 when the world economy was in a period of transition.
 arrow Doing away with spelling demons
One apocryphal story tells us about a girl who, when asked to spell 'fish' wrote 'GHOT' on the blackboard.
Culturearrow Shurer Dhara: Like an extended family
A visitor to music school Shurer Dhara is likely to be drawn by the singing of the young learners.
 arrow Telefilm Shabuj Matir Maya
Prominent and popular artistes will feature in special TV plays and telefilms this Eid-ul-Azha on Channel-i. This will be telecast throughout the week starting from the day before Eid.
 arrow TV Drama Swapnochuri
Swapnochuri: Artiste and television director Khalid Mahmud Mithu offers a new drama this Eid.
 arrow American idol: Hunting for talent
Kelly. Ruben. Fantasia.
 arrow The history of the chart-topper
Elvis' One Night is tipped to be the 1000th number one single.
Generalarrow Homegrown policy for good governance underscored
Speakers at a conference yesterday underscored the need for a specific time-bound plan of action to ensure good governance.
 arrow Free election from influence of black money
Local government has to be strengthened to establish democracy at the grassroots level, said LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at a fair yesterday.
 arrow One to die, 5 others get life
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday sentenced one person to death and five others to life imprisonment in shipping businessman Harun murder case.
 arrow BELTA executives
Dr Arifa Rahman and Dr Rubina Khan have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) for 2005-06.
 arrow $25,000 Citibank grant for Brac schools
Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, contributed 25,000 US dollar to Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac) to support the reconstruction of schools under Brac's 2004 flood
 arrow 2 get 30 years
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced two muggers to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing an autorickshaw driver on January 30 last year.
 arrow Home loan product Mortgage launched
Standard Chartered Bank has launched its home loan product Mortgage in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Noor's mother passes away
Amina Begum, mother of Asaduzzaman Noor MP, a cultural personality and publicity secretary of Awami League, died at Metropolitan Medical Centre in the city yesterday at the age of 85.
 arrow French envoy meets Hasina
French Ambassador Jacques Andre Costilhes made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi house.
They discussed matters of bilateral interest.

Internationalarrow Pakistan seeks World Bank arbitration
Pakistan said yesterday it would seek World Bank arbitration in a row with India over the construction of a dam in disputed Kashmir, casting a shadow over the nuclear rivals' sluggish peace process.
 arrow Iraq looms large as Bush to focus on legacy
US President George W.
 arrow Spl forces deployed to protect Hajj pilgrims
Saudi security forces trained specially for the annual Hajj have been deployed to the kingdom's holy sites, as some 1.
 arrow Britain hopes Bush will listen more to world
Britain expects that US President George W. Bush, during his second term in office, will take a less unilateral approach on foreign affairs and listen more to other governments, British analysts say.
 arrow Iraq to recruit 100,000 ex-army soldiers
The Iraqi police have hired some 50,000 former members of Saddam Hussein's army over the past seven months and should recruit twice that number in the next three years, a high-ranking interior ministry
 arrow Fear of insurgents turns Iraqi polls into a hush-hush affair
In most countries, politicians are desperate for prime airtime ahead of a crucial vote. But in some parts of Iraq, candidates only agree to be interviewed on television if their faces are hidden.
 arrow '126 killed in Manipur crackdown on rebels'
India's army said yesterday it had killed 126 separatist rebels and captured several hundred more in a crackdown begun three months ago in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Manipur.
 arrow Tigers await Lankan response
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday said they were awaiting a response from the Sri Lankan government to their overtures made through peace broker Norway for working together on tsunami relief.
 arrow Most Americans disapprove of Bush's Iraq policy: Polls
Despite President George W.
 arrow 2 Nepali guards shot dead after quarrel at Indian mission
An angry Indian security guard shot dead two colleagues and wounded a third at India's embassy in Nepal yesterday following a row, police and the Indian embassy said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Still playing around with HC directives!
THE tale of the government's procrastination centring around implementation of the specific directions that the High Court had given to it, as far back as in December, 1999, to bring about separationof
 arrow Editorial: Governance once more the issue
THERE is nothing surprising about the World Bank's response to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for the next three years that was recently released by the government.
 arrow The 'crossfire' debate
The law and order situation in the country has increasingly deteriorated over the years to such an extent that people think twice before going out, lest they would be mugged or if resisted, would be fatally
 arrow The Asian tsunamis and the tragedy of the closed mind
Soon after the tsunamis struck South and South-East Asia in December 2004, a Bengali newspaper published from New York prominently carried a report on how Bangladesh escaped the disaster.
 arrow Saudi Hajj decision rifts American Muslims
According to Arab News (Jeddah, January 15, 2005), Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah has urged Muslims to unite to alleviate suffering of Muslims worldwide.
Letters to Editorarrow Tears of joy
Our Bengal Tigers have proved that they can win a Test match. It was a historical win for us. When they got the last Zimbabwean wicket at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, I could not check mytears.
 arrow Dhaka University halls
Dhaka University was once known as the "Oxford of the East". Students come to this university for higher studies and a vast majority of them have to stay in halls.
 arrow Maintenance of roadside drains
Almost every road within the city has got side drains. These drains carry wastewater and rainwater. But these drains have lost almost 95 per cent of their capacity to perform the functions.
 arrow Indian idol and democracy!
Currently a popular satellite channel of India is airing a very interesting and thrilling music competition programme.
 arrow Mobile call charge
The mobile phone of BTTB will be in market by the end of February, 2005. The call charge is supposed to be Tk 2.50 per minute as has been announced recently.
 arrow Murdered teacher
Prof. Yunus, a teacher of the economics department of Rajshahi University, was killed on 24 December, 2004 by unidentified criminals. People from all walks of life were greatly shocked to hear the news.
 arrow Rab and its activities
A lot is being said about Rab and its activities. People have come up with a host of arguments both against and in favour of the activities of Rab; and so has the print media.
 arrow Saga of SUVs
Rafiqul Hasan's incisive report (DS: Jan 17) is an eye-opener that shames us.
 arrow IGP's case
Recently, we have seen a contempt of court case resulting in conviction and punishment of a very senior member of the executive i.e. the inspector general of police.
 arrow "Keeping Mps under the thumb"
Major (Retd) Akhtaruzzaman, a former MP Kishoreganj, has written an article under the above caption in the Political Reform section of your 14 January anniversary special issue. Mr.
 arrow Test win and politics
Bangladesh's first ever Test win after five years and 35 Tests should bring about a change in our debased political culture if the politicians display the right sensitivity and back up the young heroes
 arrow Tax holiday for small industries
This has reference to a news item headlined "Small industries to get long-term tax holiday" which was published in your daily of January 6, 2004.
 arrow Dear readers
We are going to have a new e-mail address for the Letters to the Editor page. Please send your letters to letters@thedailystar.
StarTecharrow A call-center in the making
A local ICT company called Insoft Systems (Bangladesh) has made the courageous move of setting up a 'call-center' in Dhaka.
 arrow Learning to be secured
A day long workshop on Digital Security, Authentication and Copyright Protection was held at the BCS Conference Hall on January 11, says a press release.
 arrow Scientists floored by photos from Titan
Pictures snapped by the Titan probe and a low, whooshing sound picked up by an on-board microphone drew gasps and applause from scientists, as the mission to Saturn's moon continued its breathtaking revelations
 arrow Intel to unveil the next Centrino
Intel Corp.
Star Chittagongarrow Trading in Eid cattle markets gets momentum
Trading in the Eid cattle markets is gaining momentum with local and Indian cattle flooding the port city.
The cattle started flooding the markets since January 15.

 arrow Dry fish business faces crisis
Dry fish business faces a crisis due to lack of storage facilities, traders said.
 arrow American Corner gains popularity
The American Corner Chittagong, situated at the Independent University of Bangladesh's Chittagong Campus, is an information resource centre of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk rules deprive Old Dhaka residents of new plots
The Dhakaiyas or Dhakaites, living in the old part of the city are deprived of Rajuk plots as most of them are not eligible to apply for the plots because they own inherited lands, although
 arrow Kids' rat race for school admission
Reputed schools in Dhaka City are attracting students seeking admissions five to 15 times higher than their capacity this year, according to information from several schools.
 arrow Space for planned car park in Karwan Bazar occupied
The construction of a multi-storey car park in Karwan Bazar, one of the city's biggest commercial hubs, has become uncertain as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and local hoodlums are constructing two
 arrow No stop to illegal advertising
Advertising agencies are allegedly installing modern advertising boards illegally by occupying pavements and public places and luring big companies into buying the spaces for crores of Taka.
 arrow Nuisance gangs on the prowl
At least six organised groups of nuisance creators often pounce on innocent passerby near the National Theater in Gulistan and adjoining areas.