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Front Pagearrow JMB suicide bomber kills 2 judges
Outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has struck again, this time killing two senior assistant judges and wounding three people in a suicide bomb attack in Jhalakathi yesterday.
 arrow Judges give 7-day ultimatum, threaten continuous strike
Judges and lawyers yesterday abstained from work across the country, suspending court proceedings to protest the killing of two judges in a suicide bomb attack in Jhalakathi.
 arrow Islamists see court as biggest hurdle
Islamic militants have chosen to relentlessly attack the judiciary, as it is relatively easy to target the judges in the courtroom and upset the justice system, and also because they see the judiciary as the most obvious barrier to establishing Islamic rules, eminent lawyers and intelligence sources said.
 arrow Donors talk graft, governance, militancy today
Corruption, rise of militancy, procurement law and governance will come up in the meeting between the donors and the government on poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSP) beginning today.
 arrow More money turns white in NBR witch hunt
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has stepped up its hunt and launched several drives recently to track down the black money holders.
 arrow City gets back its snarl-ups
The city has started getting back its normal life of traffic jam abd bustle as the weeklong security blankets for 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka was withdrawn yesterday evening following formal departureof
 arrow Assassin says he is member of suicide squad
Mamun Ali, who hurled a bomb which killed two judges in Jhalakathi yesterday, confessed before a magistrate that he is a member of the suicide squad of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Bomber linked to Jamaat
Detectives have found the Jhalakathi bomber and his family's links to Jamaat-e-Islami as they picked up two family members and seized huge publications of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday.
 arrow Moudud, Babar manhandled
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed and State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar were manhandled by agitated family members, relatives and others when they visited the city residence of in-laws of one of the two
 arrow Ministers promise charge sheet in 7 days
Police have been directed to submit a chargesheet in the case filed in connection with the bomb attack on Jhalakathi judges within seven days and the trial is set to be completed in a month or a month
 arrow Militants back in action after green signal, says Hasina
Awami League (AL) President and Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina has condemned the killing of two judges in a bomb attack in Jhalakathi.
 arrow Govt turns to holy verses to counter militancy
Dismayed at the repeated failure of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies to thwart bomb attacks, the government in desperation has started preaching Islam's teachings to the public to counter
 arrow Islamist outfit threatens to kill all Noakhali judges, DC
An unknown Isamist outfit has threatened to kill all the judges in Noakhali including Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shahadat Hossain Majumadar.
 arrow Delhi seeks no edge at Dhaka's cost
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said his country wants to see a "strong and prosperous Bangladesh" to be "in India's best interests.
 arrow Enayetullah laid to rest
Eminent journalist Enayetullah Khan was laid to eternal rest at the Banani graveyard after he was given state honour at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.
 arrow Ctg arms haul hearing postponed
Hearing of the Chittagong arms case could not be held here yesterday as the court remained adjourned due to a sense of insecurity prevailing among the judges following the bomb attack in Jhalakathi that
 arrow Dhaka's law and order best in S Asia: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said law and order situation in Bangladesh is the best among the South Asian countries and the recent bomb attacks are merely isolated incidents.
 arrow Print media ignored in Saarc coverage
The print media was blithely ignored during the just concluded 13th Saarc Summit as reporters and photographers of the national dailies were barely allowed in venues to cover the seven-nation meet.
 arrow PM condemns killing of judges
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed profound shock at the death of two judges in a bomb attack in Jhalakathi yesterday morning.
 arrow Plane fare for non-ballottee pilgrims hiked to $1150
The government has fixed the plane fare for the non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims at $1150 per head.
 arrow BSF kills one at Thakurgaon
A Bangladeshi national man was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Baliadangi border under Thakurgaon district yesterday.
 arrow 6 bombs blasted in Chuadanga
Criminals blasted six bombs in two separate incidents in Alamdanga and Jibonnagar upazilas under Chuadanga district on Sunday night.
 arrow 2 JMB men held
Police yesterday arrested two suspected Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres in Sirajganj and Patuakhali and took one of them on a four-day remand.
Businessarrow SEC set to frame new rules for IPO premium
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is all set to come up with a new guideline for companies seeking to raise funds with premium.
 arrow GP crosses five million subscribers mark
Cellphone operator GrameenPhone Ltd has recently crossed five-million subscriber mark.
The company doubled its subscriber-base during the first 10 months of the current year, says a press release.

 arrow Call for tax incentive for light engineering sector
Speakers at a discussion yesterday suggested tax reduction on imported raw materials used in the light engineering industry to strengthen the sector.
 arrow US trade deficit with China to top $200b: Portman
US Trade Representative Rob Portman said Monday China's trade surplus with the United States was likely to exceed 200 billion dollars this year, roughly 40 billion dollars more than 2004.
 arrow US, India set goal of doubling bilateral trade
The United States and India have set a goal of doubling bilateral trade to over $40 billion within three years, US trade officials said Sunday.
 arrow Apec to focus more on investment
Trade issues have been overshadowing the investment agenda for the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies, but the regional trade body now wants to focus more on the area.
 arrow Summit Power trading on bourses begins today
Trading of Summit Power Limited begins on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) today.
 arrow Meet to curb illegal diamond trade begins today
In a bid to rein in illicit diamond trade globally and provide assistance for the potential diamond trading countries, a three-day Kimberly process plenary conference begins today in Moscow.
 arrow 2-day knitwear expo kicks off in NY today
A two-day single country knitwear fair begins at Hotel Pensilvania in New York today (Tuesday) aiming to increase the country's knitwear export to the USA market.
 arrow Oil rebounds to $58
Oil rebounded to $58 Monday after falling to a four-month low last week, when a big rise in US crude stocks and mild weather conditions soothed some fears of a winter supply shortfall.
 arrow Final WTO agreement possible: Lamy
A final agreement in global trade talks is possible, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said in an interview with the British newspaper Independent published Monday.
 arrow No new trade deal unless US, Brazil compromise
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Sunday there would be no new world trade agreement at a summit in Hong Kong next month unless the United States and Brazil compromised.
 arrow Australia turns heat on EU over WTO gridlock
Australia said Monday it was up to the European Union to make a better offer on market access to break the logjam in global trade talks.
 arrow Europe key to WTO talks: Portman
Next month's WTO trade liberalization talks in Hong Kong are a "once in a generation opportunity," US Trade Representative Rob Portman said Monday as he placed the onus on Europe for a breakthrough.
 arrow Korean farmers allowed to attend WTO summit
A Korean farmers' group known for its feisty protests against globalisation will be allowed to attend the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong next month, the WTO said on Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sonargaon arrive with a bang
After a lifeless four seasons, the transfer market exploded yesterday on the opening day of the three-day cricketers' inter-clubs transfer for the Premier Division Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Third day Trescothick's
Salman Butt scored a second successive half-century to keep Pakistan's hopes alive in the opening Test against England here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng U-19 team in city
With one eye on next year's World Youth Cup, a 14-member England Under-19 team arrived in Bangladesh yesterday on a month long tour.
 arrow Cricket: Setback for Sourav
Sourav Ganguly's hopes of making a comeback hit a roadblock over the weekend after the former Indian captain was dismissed twice without scoring in a first-class domestic match.
 arrow Cricket: Another BCB wicket to go?
There were whispers in the cricket arena on Monday that another top official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had submitted his resignation.
 arrow Cricket: CCL semis today
The semifinals of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League will take place at two different venues today.
 arrow Football: Aussies upbeat at home
Australia claimed a psychological edge over their Uruguayan rivals by enjoying the comforts of a charter flight home Monday from Montevideo ahead of their decisive World Cup play-off here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'We deserve a place'
Uruguay have a divine right to play in the World Cup finals, match-winning playmaker Alvaro Recoba said Monday ahead of their decisive play-off with Australia.
 arrow Football: Still being dictated by Gen Franco
The omnipotent reach of former Spanish military dictator General Francisco Franco, who died 30 years ago on Sunday, stretched as far as football stadiums, such was the extent of his grip on Spanish society.
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis to take part in WCG
For the first time two Bangladeshi youths are going to participate in the World Cyber Games (WCG) Championship 2005 to be held in Singapore from November 16-20.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas win tour opener
Graeme Smith's South Africa warmed up for the five-match limited-overs series against India with an eight-wicket romp in a practice match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: England unsure about Vaughan
England are still unsure whether skipper Michael Vaughan will be fit for next week's second cricket Test against Pakistan at Faisalabad, an official said Monday.
 arrow Football: Maradona a miser
Argentina's 1986 World Cup winning hero Diego Maradona was depicted as a mercenary in the German media after snubbing Sunday's testimonial match for former Brazil star Julio Cesar.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo's maiden biggie
Amelie Mauresmo always heard the whispers that she caved at key moments in a match and couldn't string together enough victories to win a major title.
 arrow Football: Maldini plans to quit next year
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has announced he intends to quit football at the end of next season.
 arrow Football: WC tickets too expensive
While millions of football fans are desperate to get their hands on tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany the reality of financial cost has forced many to forfeit their tickets.
 arrow Football: Turkey condemns Swiss insults
The Turkish Football Federation has condemned the treatment of its national side in Saturday's World Cup playoff against Switzerland, fuelling tension ahead of the return leg in Istanbul this week.
 arrow Football: Rehhagel stays with Greece
Greece have kept faith with German coach Otto Rehhagel despite failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup by extending his contract for two years.
Metropolitanarrow Take up massive plan to eradicate Monga
Economists, experts and legislators yesterday suggested taking up a massive plan to eradicate Monga, a near-famine situation prevailing in the northern region.
 arrow Concerted efforts a must to fight terrorism
British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dr Kim Howells yesterday called for concerted efforts to fight terrorism everywhere.
 arrow Killing of judges condemned
Minister, leaders of different political parties, socio-political and rights organisations yesterday in separate statements expressed deep shock and condemned the killing of the two senior judges in Jhalakathi
 arrow Poverty cut, curbing terrorism figure in discussion
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina held separate meetings with Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup at Dhaka
 arrow 14-party countrywide protests today
The 14-party opposition combine yesterday at a meeting decided to stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital, today to protest the killing of two senior assistant judges in Jhalakathi.
 arrow 70pc foot amputations occur in people with diabetes
Launch countrywide health education programmes to prevent and reduce the burden of diabetes, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow PM thanks people for cooperation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday thanked the people, particularly the city-dwellers, for their cooperation in successfully hosting and completing the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka.
 arrow 3 arrestees on fresh remand
Three youths, arrested in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on the Bangabandhu Avenue rally of Awami League (AL) last year, were placed on a five-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Prime suspect in Joypurhat serial bomb blast dies
A prime suspect in August 17 Joypurhat serial bomb blast died of a heart attack in Dhaka on Sunday.
Hafizar Rahman, also a leader of the Ahle Hadith Movement, had been at large since the bomb attack.

 arrow Rural Dev Engr Centre opens Nov 22
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the newly constructed Rural Development Engineering Centre (RDEC) of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) at Agargaon in the city on November 22.
 arrow 1,307 more held
Police arrested 1,307 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Death of judges in Jhalakathi bombing sparks protests
The bomb attack allegedly by Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) in Jhalakathi that killed two judges and injured four persons triggered protests and condemnations across the country.
 arrow CPB protests ‘failure’ to tackle Monga
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) brought out a procession in Nilphamari town and laid a siege to the Deputy Commissioner's office yesterday protesting alleged government failure to supply foodto
 arrow 144 PSTU staff stage sit-in, no classes held
One hundred and forty-four staff of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) including 12 teachers staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the Academic Building from 9 am to 4pm yesterday
 arrow BNP leaders slate Hasina's remark
Nilphamari district leaders of BNP have protested Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's statement that 'a number of people' died of starvation in Monga affected northern districts.
Culturearrow The quintessential girl-next-door
Srabonti Dutta AKA Tinni is a known face to the TV audience, thanks to her role as the protagonist Dipa in Mostafa Sarwar Farooki's mega-serial 69.
 arrow " My best performance was in the role of Galileo's daughter Virginia in the stage play Galileo Galilee" -- Lucky Enam
Lucky Enam is a popular and talented actress and director of stage as well as TV plays. She has been acting on stage since 1972.
 arrow Baghal : Desh Natok's new production
Artistes of the popular theatre troupe Desh Natok are putting the finishing touches on their latest production Baghal. Masum Reza's script allegorically represents the cruelty of human beings.
Generalarrow Fix airfare for non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims at $ 950
Olama-Mashaekh Samonnoy Parishad yesterday urged the government to fix the airfare for non-ballottee hajj pilgrims at US $ 950.
 arrow ‘Resist Monga’
Leaders of the Workers' Party of Bangladesh, Rajshahi unit, yesterday urged people to unite and launch a movement to oust the government.
Internationalarrow Iraqi woman confesses to Jordan blasts
An Iraqi woman confessed on Jordanian television on Sunday that she had tried to blow herself up alongside her husband in an Amman hotel last week in one of three attacks that killed more than 50 people.
 arrow Nuclear reactor may have been terror target
Islamic militants arrested last week on charges of plotting a major terrorist bombing were caught by police near Australia's only nuclear reactor last year and underwent "jihad training" at outback camps
 arrow France extends anti-riot powers by 3 months
The French cabinet agreed to ask parliament for a 3-month extension to emergency powers and President Jacques Chirac prepared to address the nation on Monday over the worst urban violence in 40 years.
 arrow Troops deployed amid pre-poll bomb fears
Sri Lanka deployed troops amid fears of suicide bomb attacks against presidential candidates staging their final campaign rallies Monday ahead of an election later this week.
 arrow 3 detained in Indian Kashmir over New Delhi blasts
At least three people were detained Monday in Indian Kashmir in connection with New Delhi's deadly bombings, following the arrest of the alleged mastermind last week.
 arrow Pakistan and India open fourth Kashmir border point
Pakistan and India opened a fourth crossing point on the disputed Kashmir border Monday to allow aid to flow to victims of last month's devastating earthquake, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A menacing agenda bares teeth again
No sooner had the fanfare of the 13th Saarc summit subsided than the government has received a stark reminder of the serious security problems that the country is facing.
 arrow Editorial: Afghanistan, China and Japan welcomed
We welcome the decision to accord full membership of Saarc to Afghanistan as well as that for giving China and Japan observer status, after finalisation of modalities in this respect.
 arrow Eid in the time of monga
The festival of Eid is over, bringing, however, no festivity to the bulk of our population. It couldn't be otherwise in this country of many contradictions.
 arrow Curing the French malady
The unprecedented urban violence witnessed in France has provoked a strong official response, including the declaration of a state of emergency and curfews in Paris and 30 other cities.
 arrow In the name of alleviating poverty . . .
On November 11 most of us were forced to stay in our homes. Many major roads around Dhaka city were off-limits for the next three days. The papers tell us that "Dhaka is all set to welcome the Saarc Summit.
Letters to Editorarrow Invasion of western culture
 arrow Traffic jam and Scholastica
This has the reference to letters on this topic published in DS, namely of Mr. Anis Rahman of DU (5.10.05), answered by Ms. Itrat M. Rahman of Scholastica management (12.10.
Star Specialarrow 'It is my sincere belief that a strong and prosperous Bangladesh is in India's fundamental interests'
In 1971, after a stellar academic career on the faculty of Punjab University and Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Singh joined the government of India as Economic Advisor in the Commerce Ministry.
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