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Front Pagearrow 50 injured as Bangla Bhai's men clash with police
At least 50 people, including eight policemen, were injured in clashes between police and Bangla Bhai-led Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) at Bhabaniganj in Bagmara yesterday noon.
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills 5 across country
Five people including three alleged criminals, an outlaw and an extremist were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police in the capital and elsewhere in the country in the last four days.
 arrow Eid-ul-Azha celebrated
Muslims across the country celebrated their second biggest religious festival, the Eid-ul-Azha, on Saturday with religious enthusiasm.
 arrow PDB gives way to lone, 'disqualified' bidder
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is pushing ahead with the sixth tender for the 90 megawatt combined cycle power plant in Fenchuganj, apparently to award the contract to a 'disqualified' lone
 arrow Six lynched, 7 others murdered in 4 days
Six people including three alleged operatives of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) were lynched and seven others murdered across the country in the last four days.
 arrow Bangladesh chase goes awry again
Bangladesh's hopes of winning their maiden one-day series suffered a major blow when they conceded a 31-run defeat to Zimbabwe in the second match here at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
  arrow Drive to free forest land grabbed in Dhaka, Gazipur
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has launched a drive to recover over 12,000 acres of forest land under Dhaka Forest Department, illegally occupied by land grabbers using fake documents and in connivance
 arrow Tangail deaths caused by Nipah virus
Medical experts yesterday confirmed an outbreak of deadly Nipah virus in three villages in Tangail where five people died and 25 more were reported suffering from viral infection since January 5.
 arrow A bad day for cattle traders
While costs for rearing cattle shot up this year, cattle prices at the eleventh hour of the Eid-ul-Azha went down significantly, causing frustrations among cattle traders in the 16 makeshift markets throughout
 arrow Tanners happy as hides sold at lower prices
Tanners and leather exporters are happy this year as they were able to procure hides of sacrificial animals at comparatively lower prices.
 arrow UPDF blocks road protesting killing of party leader
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday enforced a six-hour road blockade programme in the district in protest against the killing of party leader Juddhamoni Chakma last week in Naniarchar
 arrow Dhaka regrets Delhi's remark
Dhaka yesterday refuted Delhi's allegations of denial of visas to Indian journalists, terming Delhi's comments 'sweeping and regrettable'.
 arrow Suicide bombing near Allawi's party office
Two people were killed and 10 wounded yesterday when a suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's party offices in Baghdad while 10 others were killed in
 arrow Road accidents kill 20, injure 110 in 3 days
Twenty people, including seven children, died and 110 others were injured in road accidents in the capital and seven districts in the last three days.
 arrow Moghbazar residents in serious trouble
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Sunday made the Bangla Motor to Malibagh road off-limits to rickshaws, leaving the rickshaw passengers of the surrounding areas virtually in island.
 arrow As he refused to quit AL
Cadres of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) attempted on the life of the Sripur Union Parishad chairman for his refusal to quit the Awami League, sources close to him said last night.
 arrow Robbers gun down one in Chittagong
Robbers gunned down one person and injured two others at a house at South Hashimpur in Chandanaish upazila in the early hours of Sunday.
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 79 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized 975 mobile phone sets worth about Tk 78.5 lakh from two passengers at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on January 20.
 arrow Palestinian militants to suspend attacks
Militant groups have agreed to suspend attacks as they near a formal truce deal with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and await Israel's response, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday.
 arrow Capital still stuck with Eid hangover
The capital seemed to be stuck with a holiday hangover after three-days of Eid vacation, although government and private offices reopened yesterday.
 arrow Tsunami panic in Indonesia as strong quake kills one
A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island yesterday, killing one person, severely injuring four others and prompting thousands to flee for fear of a repeat of last month's tsunami disaster.
 arrow Fire kills girl in Khulna: 1,500 shanties gutted
A devastating fire in the city's Natun bazar Char Slum on the Eid day burnt a teenage girl to death and gutted over 1500 shanties.
 arrow So much for DCC's effort...

 arrow Hajj pilgrims embark on return journey
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim faithful bid Makkah farewell on Sunday as the annual pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites drew to an end without major incident despite unusual heavy rains.
Businessarrow Lack of infrastructure development reduces national competitiveness
Overcoming mid-year flood hiccup, macroeconomic situation returned to stability at the end of 2004 but the country failed to take the broader economic advantage due to government's inaction in infrastructural
 arrow Call money rate hits 45pc
The inter-bank call money rate yesterday hit as high as 45 percent with the banks resuming work after a long four-day Eid-ul-Azha holiday.
 arrow New head of operations, technology for Citibank Bangladesh
Khwaja Masum Billah was recently appointed the head of operations and technology for Citibank Bangladesh. He has replaced Mohammad Mamdudur Rashid.
 arrow Oil prices march towards $50
Oil prices headed towards 50 dollars a barrel on Monday in the wake of freezing weather in the United States' northeast, a major consumer of heating fuel, and ahead of an OPEC meeting and Iraq's elections.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar vows to fight on
His team is one loss away from conceding the series but Bang-ladesh captain Habibul Bashar said there was still everything to play for in the three remaining matches against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe, Flintoff save Eng
Graham Thorpe and Andrew Flintoff shared a century stand as England took an 82-run first-innings lead on the fourth day of the fifth Test against South Africa on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke crushes Pakistan
Michael Clarke steered Australia to the finals of the tri-series cricket competition with an unbeaten 103 as his team cruised to a nine-wicket win over Pakistan on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pak tour to go on'
Threats from radical Hindu groups to disrupt Pakistan's Test series in India later this year will not derail the tour, Pakistan's top cricket official said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: World XI draw level
A World XI put their humiliating weekend drubbing behind them Monday to beat New Zealand by three wickets here in the second one-day cricket match of a series to raise money for tsunami victims.
 arrow Cricket: Katich recalled for WI
Australia are expected to keep faith in out-of-form batsmen Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, retaining both for Wednesday's triangular VB Series limited-overs match against the West Indies in Adelaide.
 arrow Tennis: It's Super Tuesday
Roger Federer faces his first serious test of his Australian Open defence when he locks horns with Andre Agassi in a mouth-watering quarterfinal on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Myskina falters, high drama for Hewitt
Russian top seeds Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva suffered shock defeats at the Australian Open Monday as local hope Lleyton Hewitt produced a dramatic fightback to reach the quarterfinals forthe
 arrow Cricket: PCB rubishes rape claim
Pakistani cricket chiefs have closed their investigation into claims that one of their players raped a woman in Australia after finding no proof, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin in doubt for Pak series
Leading batsman Sachin Tendulkar may miss India's home Test series against Pakistan starting next month because of an elbow injury.
 arrow Cricket: Moles new Scottish coach
Former Kenya coach Andy Moles was named as the new full-time boss of Scotland on Saturday with the task of leading the minnows to the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Hefty fine on Gibbs
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs was fined his entire match fee for staying out late during the third Test against England in Cape Town in the first week of the year, it was revealed on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann urges Lee to hurry up
Australia's slowest cricketer called on one of their fastest to get a move on here Monday, complaining pace bowler Brett Lee's long run-up was costing the team money.
 arrow Boxing: Lewis rules out return to ring
Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has denied a newspaper report that he is making a comeback.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal's top 20 dream
Spaniard Rafael Nadal set his sights on the world's top 20 after pushing third seed Lleyton Hewitt to the limit in a pulsating Australian Open fourth-round match on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-Windies star battling cancer
Former West Indies Test all-rounder Bernard Julien is battling throat cancer, according to a newspaper report.
The 54-year-old has been given a 90-per cent chance of beating the disease.

 arrow Football: Gunners thank Bergkamp
Arsenal reduced the gap behind Premiership leaders Chelsea to 10 points with a 1-0 win against Newcastle at Highbury here on Sunday thanks to Dennis Bergkamp's first-half strike.
 arrow Football: Real see off Mallorca
Real Madrid returned to form after their humiliating mid-week Cup exit by second division Valladolid by beating relegation-threatened Real Mallorca 3-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan's rude awakening
Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to five points on Sunday after they defeated Brescia 2-0 and closest rivals AC Milan lost at Livorno.
 arrow Football: The ghost of Ailton
Schalke 04's Brazilian marksman Ailton came back to haunt former club Werder Bremen by scoring a controversial 67th minute winner to clinch a 2-1 win at the Arena Auf Schalke on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Luxemburgo says it
Real Madrid are seven points behind runaway league leaders and arch rivals Barcelona but their coach Wanderley Luxemburgo insisted Monday the Spanish giants could still finish the season as champions.
 arrow Football: Toppmoller points at naughty ref
Former SV Hamburg manager Klaus Toppmoller has blamed referee Robert Hoyzer for his dismissal by the Bundesliga club insisting he knew right away there was something suspicious about the official.
 arrow Football: Sino outrage
China's top football players Monday angrily denounced former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson for alleged racist statements insulting Chinese women.
 arrow Football: Nedved out again
Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved will be out for three weeks after suffering an injury to his left knee against Brescia at the weekend, the Czech player's agent Zdenek Nehoda said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Steps taken to amend Vagrancy Act
The government has recently taken an initiative to amend the Vagrancy Act, 1943 in an effort to rehabilitate the vagrants who are deprived of all fundamental rights.
 arrow Legal safety net for women a must to stop spousal abuse
Domestic violence, especially spousal abuse, can decline significantly if the government launches an effective awareness campaign and establishes a strong legal framework, according to human rights experts.
 arrow Dhaka gets additional water from Ganges
Bangladesh has received 68,178 cusec and 54,079 cusec of Ganges waters respectively during the first and second circles of January '05 against the indicative share of 56,582 cusec and 45,112 cusec according
 arrow Fire at Ctg hide processing factory
A fire ripped through a hide processing factory in the port city yesterday, damaging finished leather, chemicals and machinery.
 arrow 'Materialise spirit of Mass Upsurge'
The nation yesterday observed the 1969 Mass Upsurge Day recalling Shaheed Motiur Rahman's supreme sacrifice that intensified the movement for autonomy, eventually leading to the Liberation War of 1971
 arrow 2,000 bags of urea worth Tk 30 lakh seized
Bangladesh Navy personnel seized 2,000 bags of urea fertilizer worth about Tk 30 lakh from near the St Martin's Island on January 20.
 arrow Moudud leaves for Manila
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday left for Manila to attend an international workshop on "Challenges in Implementing Access to Justice Reforms.
 arrow DU teacher found dead at his quarters
Prof Hasmat Ali, a teacher of Dhaka University, was found dead at his quarters on the university campus on Friday.
 arrow Gayoom thanks Khaleda
President of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said that he was deeply touched by the message of condolences that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had sent to him following the death and devastation causedby
 arrow 24 stranded migrants return from Mauritania
The second group of 24 stranded Bangladeshi migrants returned to Dhaka from in Mauritania on January 22 with the support of International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
 arrow One killed as villagers clash
A middle-aged person was killed and two others were injured yesterday when two groups of people clashed at Hargati village in the district.
 arrow Obituary
Dr Khandakar Mohammad Alamgir, a freedom fighter and Language Movement veteran, died in New York on January 21 at the age of 75, says a press release.
 arrow 994 more held
Police arrested 994 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Learning, loan and health tips for women at doorsteps
Once illiterate Mita, 22, can read and write now. She also gets micro credit and health tips.
But she is not required to go out of her house to avail the facilities.

 arrow Probe extended by 10 days, proper compensation demanded
The high level body probing the Tengratila gas field blowout has been given a ten-day extension to complete its work.
It was to submit its report by January 20.

 arrow A union fully sanitised in 20 days
Rangpur: Boravhita, a union in Fulbari upzila in Kurigram district, has been brought under cent percent sanitation coverage in only 20 days.
 arrow 2 shrimp enclosures 'occupied' in Satkhira
Two shrimp enclosures covering about 123 bighas of land have been forcibly occupied in Kaligonj and Assassuni upazilas.
 arrow Modhu Mela begins at Sagardari today
A seven-day Modhu Mela, begins at Sagardari village today, marking the 181st birth anniversary of great poet Michael Modhusudan Dutta.
 arrow Eid congregation on highway
About 5,000 employees and workers of Jessore Jute Mills and Carpeting Mills near Noapara industrial area offered their Eid-ul-Azha prayers on the JessoreKhulna highway protesting non-payment of arrears
 arrow 11 trawlers looted in Bay: 2 fishermen missing, 27 hurt
At least 27 fishermen were injured and two are missing as armed pirates looted over Tk 20 lakh in cash fish and equipment from 11 trawlers in the Bay of Bengal in two days during Eid-ul Azha.
 arrow Rotary eye care project opens at Gaibandha
The Rotary Eye Care Project was inaugurated at Gaibandha Karmir Hath Eye Hospital recently.
 arrow 2 journos honoured at Gaibandha
Gaibandha Press Club on Monday accorded reception to local journalists for their outstanding professional work.
 arrow Journos assaulted in Satkhira
Four journalists were assaulted by a group of people at Shyamnagar upazila headquarters recently as they protested alleged looting materials kept for construction of a building for Shyamnagar Press Club.
 arrow Outlaw held in Satkhira
An alleged outlawed--Kartik Rishi--was arrested on Wednesday from his village home at Amanullahpur in Tala upazila.
 arrow Boro farming on 3.20 lakh hectares in Barisal
A total of 3,19,844 hectares of land are being brought under IRRI-Boro cultivation in 11 districts under BADC's Barisal Zone this year with a production target of 10,32,708 tonnes of rice.
 arrow Fertiliser for free distribution recovered from BNP leader's godown
Hizla police have recovered 47 bags of chemical fertiliser, meant for free distribution among flood affected people, from the godown of Hizla upazila BNP secretary Mezbahuddin Chowdhury Apu.
 arrow Work on Dapdapia bridge begins Apr 15
Construction of Dapdapia bridge across Kirtonkhola river will begin on April 15.
The bridge will cost Tk 223 crore including a foreign exchange component of Tk 175 crore.

Point-Counterpointarrow Shame on occupation army
Bush-Blair "special relationship" that led to the ugly invasion of Iraq has infected the military too and certainly has taken uglier form in the abuse of the Iraqi prisoners.
 arrow A letter to Thomas Friedman of The New York Times
Dear Tom: I have to respond to your January 16 Op-Ed column in The New York Times which began:
"In the wake of U.S.

 arrow Bangladesh marks her presence
As delegates from 190 countries were busy until the last moment on hammering out their differences over an early tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean nations, Bangladesh might feel to have every
Culturearrow Triloy's latest album: A treat for the music lovers
The album Shunno from Triloy was a delightful treat to music connoisseurs around the country during the Eid holidays.
 arrow Natyachakra presents Lorca's play at Mahila Samity Stage
Natyachakra staged its 47th production Bilkisbanur Konnyara, an adapted play from Spanish Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Benarda Alba, at the Mahila Samity Stage, recently.
 arrow ''Initially, I was eager to be a journalist '' --Abida
Abida Sultana is a popular modern singer for the stage, television and films. Her talent has won recognition and she has represented Bangladesh in many tours abroad.
Generalarrow Severe cold wave makes life miserable in N-districts
Eight northern districts are under the grip of severe cold wave for the last four days making the lives of thousands of people miserable.
 arrow Security beefed up in Gopalganj
Security measures have been stepped up at all vulnerable points in Gopalganj district following the arrest of seven youths suspected of being activists of an Islamic militant organisation.
 arrow Forged note trader held
A young man was caught red handed on Sunday night for alleged trading of a forged note of Tk 500 denomination from Bardal Bazar under Assassuni upazila in the district.
 arrow Salana Ursekul begins Jan 28
A three-day holy Salana Ursekul Mojlish will begin on the premises of Huqqani Mosque at Oliganj in Dhaka on 28 January, says a press release.
Internationalarrow China, India launch first strategic dialogue
India and China yesterday began their first-ever bilateral "strategic dialogue" on a range of international and regional issues including terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, Iraq and the role of international
 arrow Zarqawi declares war on Iraqi polls
Iraq's most-wanted man has vowed to wreck next week's landmark polls and claimed to have murdered a candidate on the prime minister's list, while Chinese officials took custody of eight freed hostages.
 arrow Lanka denies buying arms with tsunami aid
The Sri Lankan government Sunday denied claims by Tamil Tiger rebels that it is using tsunami relief donations to buy arms, as peacebroker Norway urged the two sides to unite to rebuild the battered country.
 arrow Crackdown on Indian rebels in Myanmar
Ongoing heavy fighting in the thick jungles of Myanmar between government troops and Indian separatists has left at least five rebels and 10 soldiers dead, a rebel leader said Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan accuses India of violating truce
Pakistan yesterday accused India of violating a 14-month ceasefire in Kashmir, days after New Delhi twice accused its nuclear rival of launching mortar shells into its territory.
 arrow 3 US states declare emergency
The US states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey have declared emergencies because of continuing fierce blizzards in the north-east that killed 14 people.
 arrow Maldives to have multi-party democracy in a year: Gayoom
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives will accelerate political reforms and will be a multi-party democracy within a year, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom told AFP in an interview here yesterday.
 arrow US attack would be strategic error: Iran
Iran, responding to comments by senior US officials, said Sunday any US military attack on the country would be a strategic mistake and dismissed the US remarks as "psychological warfare.
 arrow King of Bhutan starts state visit to India
Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck yesterday began a six-day state visit to India as the two neighbours seek to consolidate close ties.
 arrow Yushchenko set for talks with Moscow
President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine is due to visit neighbouring Russia - just a day after his inauguration.
The Moscow talks are seen as an attempt by the leaders of both countries to iron outdifferences.

 arrow Video cameras for Indian state polls
Video cameras will be installed at high-risk polling stations in a bid to eliminate cheating in three volatile states next month, an Election Commission spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar opens trial of military intelligence
Trials for more than 300 people linked to Myanmar's disbanded military intelligence unit began yesterday under a cloud of secrecy inside the notorious Insein prison, a legal source said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Early warning system for tsunami
The UN-sponsored world conference on disaster reduction held in Kobe has thrown up some splendid ideas.
 arrow Editorial: The wrath on Jatra
There have been at least six bomb attacks on village fairs or jatra shows in the northern districts of the country over the last two months.
 arrow Iraq elections and thereafter
As mandated by the UN Security Council general elections are scheduled to be held on 30th January in Iraq to elect a 275-member interim National Assembly.
 arrow People's perception about public offices
It is a recognised fact that the people undergo sufferings and hardships in the public offices of Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Human rights preachers?
Suppose a private car is a crying need of mine.
 arrow Rab
I completely agree with Ms. Nur Jahan's opinions on Rab actions. There is no doubt that Rab is doing an excellent job all over Bangladesh.
 arrow Bomb attacks in Bogra
We are observing bomb attacks on our cultural events on an almost regular basis. No government took any necessary steps to remove this problem which is a common phenomenon all over the country thesedays.
 arrow Add something
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 arrow Rituals for the departed
A letter in a local daily objected to the current ritualistic practice of placing wreaths at graves and garlanding photos of dead persons at official and political ceremonies (anniversaries).
 arrow Marvellous achievement
The whole nation was waiting for this very moment. Finally our warriors have given us the cutest new year present.
 arrow In memory of Najma Anwar
With a heavy heart, I express my corroboration to the wards of tributes paid to 'hapless' actor Nazma Anwar by Ms. Sara Zaker in the 8 January issue of your daily.
 arrow Dear readers
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