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Front Pagearrow Panicked judges threaten to cripple judiciary
Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA), an organisation of judges, yesterday threatened to paralyse the judiciary if any more judges are killed or injured by the militants.
 arrow Donors for anti-poverty action plan till elections
Donors yesterday asked the government to chalk out a roadmap for PRSP implementation up to the next general election, ensuring that its benefits really reach the poor down to the remotest grassroots.
 arrow Govt warned over suicide attack
Explosive experts cautioned the government in a report last month about possibility of attacks like the one in Jhalakathi that have greatly perturbed the government by affirming the existence of suicide
 arrow JMB vows to keep on attacking judiciary
In a desperate bid to establish a so-called Islamic rule, outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has reiterated its stance to continue attacking the judiciary in letters to four judges and phone
 arrow Failure to try attackers encouraged militants
Failure to bring to trial the perpetrators behind the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury and other bomb attacks ultimately encouraged the militants, UK State Minister for Foreign
 arrow 5 killed in Rab, cop 'crossfire'
Two Jubo League men, a ruling BNP activist, an outlaw and a robber were killed in 'crossfire' as law enforcers and criminals reportedly skirmished in Khulna, Faridpur, Kushtia and Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Extortionist confesses to throwing grenade
A member of the infamous Seven Star Group yesterday admitted that he threw a grenade on the Awami League (AL) rally on August 21 last year and that three most wanted criminals ran the attack.
 arrow Next elections crucial in wake of terrorist acts
Visiting UK Minister of State Dr Kim Howells yesterday said the next general elections in Bangla-desh would be crucial in the wake of terrorist acts but hoped that the country will have a free, fair and
 arrow EC high-ups in dark as 3 lakh staff getting job
With the disagreement over preparing a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election remaining in the Election Commission (EC), the EC secretariat is set to complete recruiting around three lakh
 arrow PDB ignores review panel's directive
When the country starves for power, the Power Development Board (PDB) has showed another example of complete indifference by not complying with a government-commissioned Review Panel's directive for concluding
 arrow Home asks law ministry to speed up penning law against terrorism
In the wake of the continued bomb attacks by Islamist militants, the home ministry in a letter yesterday urged the law ministry to speed up the drafting of a law to contain terrorism.
 arrow Sylhet bomber tight-lipped
Sylhet kotwali police could not extract any significant information from the suspected JMB cadre Obayed Prodhania during the 4-day remand, which ended yesterday.
 arrow Howells for free polls, action against bombing
The visiting UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dr Kim Howells yesterday made a plea for action against bomb attacks in Bangladesh.
 arrow Charmonai Pir terms Jamaat enemy of Islam
Islami Shashantantra Andolon (ISA) Ameer Charmonai Pir Maulana Syed Fazlul Karim yesterday termed Jamaat-e-Islami as the "enemy of Islam," saying that it does not do anything for the cause of Islam.
 arrow Boy killed by BSF in Kurigram
The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi boy on Roumari border in Kurigram in the afternoon yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Asir Uddin (14).

 arrow Bishwa Ijtema from Jan 26
The three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslim community after Hajj, will begin on January 27 on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi.
 arrow China confirms 3 human cases
China reported its first three confirmed human cases of bird flu yesteray as the government raced to vaccinate billions of chickens, ducks and other poultry in a massive effort to stop the spread of the
 arrow Wiped off...

 arrow Jalil, Maya face wrath of Hanif supporters
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil and City Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya came under fire of City President Mohammad Hanif's followers yesterday.
Businessarrow Saarc business leaders conclave begins today
A two-day conclave of business leaders from seven South Asian countries begins in New Delhi today to make Saarc one of the fastest growing blocs.
 arrow Knitwear expo starts in NY to double exports
Aiming at doubling the knitwear exports to the United States in the next year, the first-ever ‘Bangladesh Knitwear Show’ kicked off in New York city on Tuesday to attract American buyers.
 arrow RMG unit owners slate govt inertia on backward linkage
Garment manufacturers at a meeting said the country is yet to develop backward linkage facility badly needed for the safeguard and more growth of the garments sector after quota phase-out and attributed
 arrow GP eyes stiff rivalry ahead
GrameenPhone boss Erik Aas eyes a tough competition in the days to come as cellphone companies are being forced to give subsidy up to Tk 700 in selling a subscriber identity module (SIM) card with another
 arrow Banglalink offers new package
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday launched a new package setting per minute call rate at Tk4.40 to any operators.
 arrow 5-day software fair kicks off Nov 27
A five-day software fair titled 'Basis Softexpo 2005' begins at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on November 27.
 arrow Danish IT team due Nov 26
A 20-member Danish delegation on information technology comprising representatives from 20 Danish IT and software companies will visit Bangladesh from November 26 with specific intent on outsourcing software
 arrow Lanka keeps its rate unchanged
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka kept its benchmark policy rates unchanged Wednesday -- the eve of the island's presidential election -- at their highest level since January 2003 after inflation dipped in
 arrow Oil under $57
Oil dipped to a four-month low under $57 a barrel Wednesday as dealers braced for a fresh increase in US oil inventories amid unseasonably warm weather.
US crude fell as low as $56.

 arrow Tipu Munshi takes over BGMEA presidency
Tipu Munshi took over the presidency of the Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday.
 arrow Gary Lye Asia Energy's new COO
London-based Asia Energy PLC has announced the appointment of Gary Lye to its board as executive director and chief operating officer of the company to broaden the top management team in preparation for
 arrow India pushes US for deeper cuts in farm subsidies
India called Wednesday on the United States to cut its farm subsidies by more than it proposed last month to enable developing countries to compete on a level playing field globally.
 arrow Apec says EU farm cuts key to saving world trade talks
Asia-Pacific nations on Wednesday said cutting farm subsidies was the key to salvaging next month's global trade talks, setting up a showdown with Europe over its state support for farmers.
 arrow AKTEL launches new tariff plan
Cellphone operator AKTEL on Tuesday launched a new tariff plan styled 'AKTEL exceed' for its pre-paid subscribers.
The new tariff rates allow customers to talk at as low as Tk 1.

 arrow Local firm to invest $4.148m in Adamjee EPZ
M/s Saleha Wires Ltd, a local company, is going to invest US$ 4.148 million to set up a copper and aluminium conductors, wires and cable manufacturing plant in Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Same old National League begins Saturday
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had promised to make the National Cricket League (NCL) as the most competitive and lucrative among the domestic competitions.
 arrow Cricket: CCL will see new champions today
The Corporate Cricket League (CCL) will crown a new champion when favourites Beximco face a high-flying Epyllion Group in today's final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria causes an upset
Wily leg-spinner Danish Kaneria grabbed four crucial wickets to secure Pakistan an improbable 22-run victory over England in the first Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis takes SA home
All-rounder Jacques Kallis anchored South Africa to a five-wicket victory in the first one-dayer against India on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Australia end 32-year wait
Australia Wednesday ended 32 years of disappointment with a dramatic victory on penalties over two-time champions Uruguay in their play-off for a place in the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: BFF decides on Dhaka!
Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) top brass has decided to stage the whole final phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League in Dhaka, to meet the demands of the sponsors.
 arrow Cricket: HP-England U-19 series from today
The visiting England under-19 team will play their first match against BCB High Performance Squad at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra today.
 arrow Football: Cruciani's boys play MSC today
Bangladesh national football team, preparing for next month's SAFF Football Championship in Pakistan, will play a warm-up match against Mohammedan Sporting Club today.
 arrow Cricket: BU strengthen squad on final day of transfer
Brothers Union signed up 17 out of 37 cricketers who changed their allegiance on the last day of the three-day inter-club players' transfers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No divine blessings for Uruguay
The Uruguay team, who believe they have a "divine right" to play in World Cup finals, took their ousting by Australia here Wednesday particularly badly.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam hails big win
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq compared Wednesday's first Test win over England to his team's memorable recent wins over India.
"It is surely one of our best wins.

 arrow Cricket: Pataudi has little hopes on Ganguly
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former Indian captain, believes Sourav Ganguly's chances of returning to the national side are 'bleak', given India's promising 6-1 win over Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Ballack still undecided
German international captain Michael Ballack insists he has not turned down a four-year contract extension at Bayern Munich and has yet to make a final decision on his future.
 arrow Cricket: Seven bookies nabbed in India
Seven bookies were arrested for taking bets on the outcome of the first international cricket match between India and South Africa at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, police said.
 arrow BOA seeks Karppinen help
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has asked for the help of national cricket team's fitness trainer Stuart Karppinen for preparation for the coming SA Games.
 arrow Football: Rivals' target is same
Feuding Premiership bosses Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are set to go head-to-head once more as Chelsea and Arsenal fight it out to secure the services of highly-rated Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt.
Metropolitanarrow UK to help Bangladesh fight terrorism
The British government attaches importance to the relations with Bangladesh valuing it as a great country as it is one of the main development partners of Britain.
 arrow Shoe factory gutted at Shyampur
A shoe factory was gutted and ten people were injured in a devastating fire at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Unite to resist fundamentalist, communal forces
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on all to be united to resist the communal and fundamentalist forces in order to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War and the Sepoy-people upsurge led by Colonel
 arrow 'Resolve crisis over flights’
Hajj Jatri Kalyan Sangstha Bangladesh yesterday called on the government to resolve the crisis over flights for non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims and fix the airfare for all ballottee and non-ballottee pilgrims
 arrow Last day for withdrawal of nomination today
Today is the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers for by-polls in Dinajpur-1 (Birganj-Kaharal) constituency.
 arrow Two bombs found at JU hall
Panic gripped the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus after two homemade bombs were recovered from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hall yesterday morning.
 arrow Death anniversary of Maulana Bhashani today
The 29th death anniversary of veteran political leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani will be observed today.
 arrow Boropukuria plant goes into experimental production
The first ever coal-based 125 MW Boropukuria Power Plant went into experimental production on Tuesday night.
The electricity generated from the plant was synchronised with the national grid at 12.37am.

 arrow Cuet teachers observe strike
Teachers' Association of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) yesterday observed a token strike protesting the appointment of a 'controversial' teacher as chairman of the BSC engineering
 arrow Five JMB men sent to jail in Sylhet
The Sadar Magistrate's Court here yesterday sent five Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men to the jail yesterday after completion of three-day remand in connection with the August 17 serial bombblasts
 arrow HC stays govt order
The High Court has stayed the operation of the October 17 order of the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment suspending recruitment of nurses for overseas employment.
 arrow HC rejects writ
The High Court yesterday rejected the writ petition challenging the validity of long vacation and holidays in the Supreme Court.
 arrow 30 vessels fined at Ctg port for violating law
The mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in a three-day drive till yesterday fined 30 vessels Tk 6 lakh for violating the port and maritime laws.
 arrow Shameem new envoy to Iran
The government has decided to appoint M Shameem Ahsan, Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Iran, says a Foreign Ministry press release.
 arrow Gen Rumi made Archery Assoc president
DGFI Director General Major General M Sadik Hasan Rumi has been appointed president of Bangladesh Archery Association (BAA).
 arrow 1,406 more held
Police arrested 1,406 people, including four listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow JMB resumes activities in Kushtia, Tangail
Islamist militants belonging to Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) have resumed their activities in Kushtia and Tangail. They regrouped allegedly evading arrest due to lax vigilance by law enforcers.
 arrow Protests against killing of judges continue
Protests by lawyers and political parties continued in districts yesterday against the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi on Monday, according to reports by our correspondents.
 arrow Rail tracks in bad shape, journey becoming risky in 8 N dists
About 200 km rail tracks on different routes in eight northern districts have become vulnerable, causing frequent accidents and seriously affecting train communication.
 arrow Patuakhali Polytech closed sine die
The Patuakhali Polytechnic Institute was closed sine die yesterday as students of 'Civil Department' ransacked classrooms and damaged furniture protesting selection of the head of the department.
 arrow Bombs blasted in Jessore again
Unidentified miscreants hurled two bombs at the house of Akbar Ali of Jhumjhumpur area in Jessore town Tuesday night.
The bomb explosions created panic among the people.

 arrow Lawyers scuffle at protest meeting
A scuffle broke out between lawyers aligned with ruling BNP-Jamaat and those belonging the oppsoition Awami League at a meeting called here yesterday to protest the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi
 arrow 5 of a family found HIV positive
Five members of a family at Elaipur village in Rupsha upazila have been detected as HIV positive.
They are farmer Moniruzzaman Sheikh, his wife and their three young sons.

Point-Counterpointarrow Invitation to a dialogue
The BBC Bengali Service has launched a season of programming which is unprecedented in its scope and ambition.
 arrow Are people receiving justice?
Though economically backward, Bangladesh can be proud of its institutionalised judicial structure. The system, rooted in the colonial era, has come a long way. New laws are being formulated.
 arrow Enayetullah Khan: In fond remembrance
One of the brightest stars has disappeared from the nation's firmament.
 arrow Reducing vulnerability to water-related disasters
Dr. Abtab's article on November 12/2005, issue of the Daily Star, entitled 'SAARC can play an important role in combating natural disasters', attracted my attention.
Culturearrow Juneer Kibria presents Bhangur
Young artist Juneer Kibria's work is experimental both conceptually and aesthetically. He has created a juxtaposition of stylistic elements in a series of abstract, yet emotional pieces.
 arrow A musical career on the upswing
"I think I have a musical spirit. Some people can spend their entire lives looking at a piece of music and learning only what's on the page and how to interpret that into a performance.
 arrow Second phase of Bengal Bikash begins
A press conference was held at Bengal Shipalaya, Dhanmondi, yesterday, to give an update on the recently concluded preliminary selection of Bengal Bikash: Bengal Foundation's talent hunt.
 arrow Amader Anando Bari
Ntv will begin the telecast of a new TV serial titled Amader Anondo Bari from next week. Based on a story by Enamul Haque, the script and dialogue of the serial has been penned by Hridi Haque.
Generalarrow 2,000 sacks of fertiliser seized in sea
The Coast Guards in a raid near the island of Hatiya on Tuesday seized 2,000 sacks of fertiliser while being smuggled to Myanmar on two trawlers.
 arrow Take stern action against violators
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday expressed his utter dissatisfaction as Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) have not yet been installed in different industrial units.
 arrow 'Groom youths as future leaders’
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised the need for building up the youths capable of future leadership by giving them moral and practical training.
 arrow 'Howells' visit to strengthen ties’
SG Jilani, chief of the Mother Teresa Peace Mission in Bangladesh, in a statement yesterday said relations between Bangladesh and Britain would be strengthened further following the visit of British Minister
 arrow Sculpture exhibition ends in Khulna city
Five-day DUO solo sculpture exhibition of Tarana Halim, which began on November 12 at Khulna Press Club VIP auditorium, concluded yesterday.
Internationalarrow Car bomb kills three in Indian Kashmir
Suspected Muslim militants set off a car bomb near a major bank in Indian Kashmir's main city on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding dozens, police said.
 arrow Calls for int’l probe on Iraqi prisoner abuse
Iraq's government faced calls Wednesday for an international enquiry into abuse at a secret prison in Baghdad where inmates were reportedly tortured, beaten and starved.
 arrow Saddam still in fighting mood
Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has shown no remorse during questioning and was beaten up when he hurled an obscenity at two of Shia Islam's holiest figures, a source close to the investigationsaid.
 arrow Bush presses China on reforms
US President George W. Bush, citing Taiwan's move "from repression to democracy," urged China to grant its people broader religious and political freedoms and embrace deeper economic reforms.
 arrow Quake a chance for final solution to Kashmir
Last month's earthquake is a chance for India and Pakistan to reach a "final solution" to their long-standing dispute over Kashmir, President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday.
 arrow Jordan questions relatives of Iraqi woman bomber
Jordan's security forces are questioning the Jordanian relatives of an Iraqi woman who took part in last week's triple suicide bombings that killed 54 people in Amman hotels, security sources said onWednesday.
 arrow Nepal Maoists abduct 56 students, 5 teachers
At least 56 students and five teachers were abducted by Maoists from two Nepalese districts, police said on Wednesday.
 arrow Singapore shrugs off UN criticism on hanging
Singapore Wednesday defended its right to hang criminals, including Australian Nguyen Tuong Van, after a United Nations human rights expert said his expected execution would breach international law.
 arrow Senate pushes for speedier handover in Iraq
Showing mounting discontent among Republicans over the Iraq war, the US Senate resolved on Tuesday that Iraqis should start taking the lead in their own security next year to allow a phased withdrawal
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opening remarks at PRS forum
The donors' involvement with our development process has been, by and large, rewarding for the country though some questions about their role cannot be brushed aside.
 arrow Editorial: Mopping up operations touching on the fringe
In recent times, our law enforcement agencies aided by the intelligence network, have captured a number of suspected perpetrators of bomb blasts. Some were even caught in the act.
 arrow 13th SAARC Summit: Time to act
For three days Dhaka was almost hermetically sealed. The extended Eid holiday may have come as a welcome gift to some, but to many, who manage to scrape a daily living, it was difficult three days.
 arrow The Natwar Singh affair
Fallout from Kunwar Natwar Singh's ouster from India's External Affairs Ministry the other day will not remain confined to Indian politics alone.
Letters to Editorarrow BUET exams
I do still wonder why the students of BUET suffer from exam phobia.
 arrow Contain corruption
Enough is enough. My country has again been ranked the most corrupt in the world among 159 countries. We don't have any scope and place to hide our face. We cannot digest this consecutive national disgrace.
 arrow Human trafficking
Human Trafficking in Bangladesh is a major problem .
Every day hundreds of women and children are being trafficked out of the country.

 arrow Grisly pictures
I have been noticing of late that the pictures of victims following gruesome events are being very graphically printed in our print media. The tragic events in Jhalakati are a case in point.
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