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Front Pagearrow Donors want immediate trial of grave grafts
Donors yesterday told the government they want to see immediate trial and publicity of some serious corruption cases to make people realise that graft would be dealt with strictly.
 arrow JMB now threatens minister with death
Militants yesterday threatened to bury the law minister alive in Companiganj of Noakhali while in Rajshahi, Jama'atul Mujahideen threatened to blow up the prison if its detained cadres are not freed within
 arrow Lawyers boycott court to protest judge killing
Lawyers yesterday boycotted courts across the country putting a halt to the judicial activities in protest against the assassination of two judges in Jhalakathi in a suicide bomb attack by the outlawed
 arrow Nasir shown the door
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin was axed yesterday in the wake of a mess made of the flight fare for the Hajj pilgrims.
 arrow Opposition plans showdown, BNP takes preparation
The political scenario of the country is set to heat up in the coming weeks as the ruling and opposition parties are heading towards street showdowns with their political programmes centring around the
 arrow PM calls to resist terrorism in name of Islam
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to collectively resist the evil force carrying out terrorism in the name of Islam.
 arrow Suicide squad new edge to terrorism, says Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the suicide squad of outlawed JMB has added a new dimension to terrorism in the country.
 arrow Another low-key criminal confesses to hurling grenade
Another member of the notorious Seven Star Group yesterday admitted to hurling grenade on the Awami League (AL) rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 last year.
 arrow Reporter strangled in office at night
Gautam Das, staff reporter of Dainik Samakal, was strangled by unknown assailants at his office on the second floor of a multistoried building at Niltali in the town on Wednesday night.
 arrow Charge sheet filed against JMB chief, Bangla Bhai
Police yesterday pressed charges against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh Operations Commander Bangla Bhai and nine others in connection with
 arrow Militant kingpin Mufti Hannan remanded again
Dreaded Islamist militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan was shown arrested in another case yesterday and remanded for the eighth time since his arrest on October 1.
 arrow Charges pressed against JMB, JMJB chiefs
Madhupur police yesterday pressed charges against three Islamist militants, including the chiefs of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), for theirinvolvement
 arrow WSIS calls for ICT-based development
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) urged world leaders to put information and communication technologies (ICT) at the heart of their national economic and social development policies.
 arrow Horror spectre still haunts village as probe stalls
Investigations into the Banshkhali arson, in which 11 people of a Hindu family were burnt to death on November 2003, has been stalled for the last few months allegedly for slacking off on it by the police.
 arrow The Daily Star, English medium schools raise fund for Monga
The Daily Star and the principals and representatives of 31 English medium schools in the city have decided to establish a special relief fund to assist the Monga-affected people of the country.
 arrow No where to fly


 arrow Minister sees no Monga
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday categorically denied existence of Monga (near-famine situation) in the country's northern region and termed media reports onit
 arrow PM may visit UAE on Dec 3-5
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 3-5 at the invitation of Emir Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahian.
 arrow Lankans vote amid sporadic violence
Voting in Sri Lanka's presidential elections ended after nine hours yesterday amid sporadic violence and a virtual boycott by minority Tamils, officials said.
 arrow 10 GIs killed in 2 days
The US military yesterday announced the death of a US soldier killed in Iraq, the 10th serviceman to die in two days at a time when US opinion is turning against the war.
 arrow Free trade area to boost S Asian trade: Manmohan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the creation of a free trade area in South Asia would more than double the size of the market in the region within two years.
 arrow Biman may close down 2 int'l routes
A high-powered committee has recommended closure of four of Biman's international routes, including Dhaka-New York flights, and all domestic routes excepting the Dhaka-Sylhet route to bring down its growing
 arrow 2-day-old girl rescued from sand grave
A newly-born baby buried in a sand field survived miraculously, after coming under attack of preying crows, as people went to the field hearing a feeble cry and rescued it at around 11:00am yesterday.
 arrow Foreign airlines to carry private Hajj pilgrims for $1,150
The foreign airlines have agreed to carry non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims at $ 1,150 per head after a series of meetings with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Businessarrow Govt urged to take firm stance to protect interest
Dhaka should take a firm position in the forthcoming WTO ministerial in Hong Kong to protect its interest, said politicians, economists and civil society representatives at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Knitwear show in NY ends on high note
The two-day Bangladesh Knitwear Show in New York that aims at grabbing a bigger share of the China dominated US market concluded yesterday, drawing a crowd of more than 200 potential knitwear buyers including
 arrow Businesses-media ties key to ensuring corporate governance
Speakers at a roundtable in Chittagong yesterday said effective ties between corporate houses and media can help establish corporate governance.
 arrow US tax plan may help boost world economy
US proposals to overhaul the country's Social Security and tax systems could provide a boost to the global economy if accompanied by budget balancing, International Monetary Fund economists said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices stabilise
World oil prices steadied on Thursday as the market digested a surprise drawdown in US crude stockpiles, with the focus still on mild temperatures in the northern hemisphere, dealers said.
 arrow Asia's biggest mobile tech show in HK ends today
The 3G World Congress and Exhibition 2005, Asia's largest mobile technology exposition that began Wednesday in Hong Kong to promote the growth of third generation (3G) mobile telephony, concludes today.
 arrow Entrepreneurial talents hunt begins Nov 25
In a bid to search for entrepreneurial talents among the business students, a competition of business ideas for profitable and realistic business ventures will be held in Dhaka on November 25.
 arrow Security seal for Mobil lubricants introduced
Security seal for Mobil lubricants was introduced formally yesterday to avoid adulteration.
 arrow Singapore economy grows 7pc in third quarter
Singapore's economy expanded at a better-than-expected seven percent in the third quarter, underpinned by robust growth in manufacturing and service sectors, official data showed Thursday.
 arrow Emirates posts $251m profit in six months
Dubai-based Emirates has announced net profits of Dhs 922 million (US$251 million) for the first six months from April 1 to September 30 in the financial year 2005-06.
 arrow EU to table new offer for poor countries ahead of WTO meet
The European Union is to table a new offer for poor countries in WTO trade talks before a key ministerial meeting in Hong Kong concerning cotton in particular, European Commission President Jose Manuel
 arrow StanChart ATM at Bashundhara shopping mall
Standard Chartered Bank has launched its 34th ATM (automated teller machine) at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Euro slides on strong US data
The euro slid back against the dollar on Wednesday on record US portfolio inflows numbers in September, while the pound plunged after a Bank of England inflation report suggested that interest rates were
Sportsarrow Cricket: Beximco corporate kings
Beximco used all their firepower to down Epyllion Group by 50 runs in the final, to clinch the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League title yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woeful West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago are celebrating reaching their first-ever World Cup football finals but there was little for the West Indies to cheer about in the second cricket Test against Australia here Thursday.
 arrow Football: A night of ecstasy and anguish
Trinidad and Tobago and the Czech Republic advanced to the World Cup for the first time Wednesday, the final day of qualifying that began 26 months ago.
 arrow Football: National team beat MSC in friendly
The Bangladesh national football team, under the guidance of Argentine coach Diego Cruciani, made their first home appearance yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sweet and sour for Akram
Beximco captain Akram Khan's evening, after winning the Corporate Cricket League title, was spoilt when he was fined Tk 2,500 for showing dissent over an umpire's decision in yesterday's final.
 arrow Football: 20 NFL games in Dhaka
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to exclude Chandpur as a venue of the final phase of the National Football League.
 arrow Football: Soccer rules down under
Any lingering reservations Australians hold about football vanished Thursday as thousands of cheering fans in Sydney saluted the Socceroos' reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in 32 years.
 arrow Football: Blatter threatens Turkey after tunnel bust-up
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has threatened to come down hard over the trouble which blew up after Switzerland knocked Turkey out of the 2006 World Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Maradona speaks
Wayne Rooney could inspire England to World Cup success in Germany next summer, Argentine legend Diego Maradona said here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: THE FINAL 32
With the completion of the World Cup qualifying competition on Wednesday, the following 32 countries have qualified for the World Cup finals which are being held in Germany from June 9 to July 9 nextyear:
 arrow Football: Ivory Coast hold Italy
Argentina enjoyed a 3-0 victory away to Qatar on Wednesday as several qualified nations for next year's World Cup finals squeezed in warm-up friendlies.
 arrow Football: AFC Challenge Cup draw held
The draw for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup is to be held in Nepal and Bangladesh between March 25 and April 9 next year.
 arrow Cricket: England U-19s lose tour opener
The Bangladesh High Performance (HP) Squad defeated the England Under-19s by 28 runs in the first limited-overs match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Special Chess on
The seventh Special National Chess Championship for the Visually Impaired began at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Olympics: Olympic Day Run today
The Bangladesh Olympic Association will organise the Olympic Day Run today in the capital as part of celebration of the International Olympic Day across the world.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir, Malik reported again
Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Malik have been reported for suspect bowling action after the opening Test against England here, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Protect country's interests, uphold real image
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged Bangladesh diplomats to protect country's interests and uphold its real image in the outer world by pursuing updated diplomacy.
 arrow Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in Ctg to save sight, transfer skills
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital aboard a DC-10 aircraft landed at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday to showcase the latest technological advances in eye care, says a press release.
 arrow Concern over SC confirmation of death sentence of child
The Juvenile Justice Network (JJN), a network of more than 25 organisations and individuals, yesterday expressed grave concern over the confirmation of the death sentence of a child by the Supreme Court.
 arrow Strong political will needed to curb human trafficking
Speakers at a conference yesterday called for concerted efforts by the Saarc countries to combat human trafficking.
 arrow Khulna Jubo League accuses Rab of cooking up story
Jubo League leaders of Khulna district and city units yesterday accused Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of killing Babul Majumdar by plotting a false story of arms trade.
 arrow 18th CHOGM begings in Malta Nov 25
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will lead Bangladesh delegation to the 18th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Malta on November 25-27.
 arrow Trial of killers of Kibria demanded
The fanatical forces have posed a threat to democracy by killing former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, said his widow Asma Kibria yesterday.
 arrow Fresh probe into case against Bangla Bhai
Police at the directive of the home ministry have started reinvestigating a case filed with Mollahat Police Station in Bagerhat against Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and 11 others.
 arrow Resign immediately
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury yesterday called on the BNP-Jamaat alliance government to resign immediately for its failure to ensure security for the people.
 arrow 'Bangladesh Sanglap' goes on air
A series of talk show titled 'Bangladesh Sanglap', a live programme on BBC Bangla Radio, went on air yesterday.
The topic of the yesterday's programme was 'Are people receiving justice'.

 arrow 16 Bangladeshi women receive books
Sixteen Bangladeshi women, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, received books titled '1000 Peace Women Across the Globe' at a ceremony in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two killed, 33 injured in Sirajganj road mishaps
Two people were killed and 33 others injured, six of them critically, in separate road accidents on the Dhaka-Uttaranchal highway at Nalka and Kaddar intersection areas in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Govt asked to publish gazette within Nov 21
The Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday asked the government to publish the gazette stating the 40 percent dearness allowance (DA) announcement by the Sixth Wage Board withinNovember
 arrow Plan to rehabilitate city beggars
The government has planned to rehabilitate the real beggars of the capital and a survey will be conducted to know their exact numbers.
 arrow Distribution of IU admission forms begins December 4
The distribution of admission forms for the first year honours course in the Islamic University will begin on December 4.
 arrow Doa mahfil for Enayetullah Khan today
A doa mahfil to pray for the departed soul of Enayetullah Khan, editor of the New Age and editor-in-chief of Holiday, will be held at the residence of his younger brother, Shahidullah Khan Badal, at House
Point-Counterpointarrow The charnel-house of crossfire
The so-called crossfire, primarily associated with the operations of a supposedly elite law enforcement outfit remains unabated, perhaps on a reduced scale and lately in semi-urban pockets and some extremist
 arrow Syed Badrudduja: A matchless orator
November 18 is a day of remembrance for the entire Muslim community of India.
 arrow Remembering Karim Uncle
A little over two weeks ago, a wonderful man died and left many of us bereft.
 arrow China-South Asia factor in global environmental politics
China has a population of 1.3 billion people today.
Culturearrow Behular Bhashan
A three-day presentation of the play Behular Bhashan was staged at Natmandal auditorium at Dhaka University from November 15 to 17.
 arrow An adman with flair
Making waves in the ad film world is 30-year-old Amitabh Reza. While popularising the 35mm camera, he has given viewers a veritable feast.
 arrow Panchashwar remembers Subal Das
Subal Das, a revered composer of modern Bangla songs, departed on August 16 this year. In his remembrance, Panchashar organised a musical night on Wednesday.
 arrow Flowers all the way
Flowers in all their glorious and infinite variety--ranging from Aparajita and Alamanda to Gypsy flowers and Dolonchampa-- are a recurring leitmotif in Tagore singer-painter Iffat
 arrow Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem possesses a chameleon-like ability to disappear into his characters, which frequently renders him unrecognisable save for his piercing eyes.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Judiciary under extremists' threat
We are more than a little surprised by the statement of the Secretary General of Bangladesh Judicial Service Association threatening to paralyse the judiciary should any of their members fall victim to
 arrow Editorial: GrameenPhone makes history
In less than eight years since inception, GrameenPhone has achieved a meteoric rise in terms of clientele reach topping 50 lac at the moment.
 arrow SAARC Summit: High expectations, limited achievement
The term 'historic' has been devalued by its indiscriminate use in the context of SAARC during the past two decades.
 arrow Where is the state?
Not a nice question to ask, nevertheless the answer is already given. Whether we like it or not Bangladesh is ranked 17th in the failed state index introduced by an organisation called Fund for Peace.
 arrow Tapping experience in tackling disaster
In November 1970 a catastrophic cyclone hit East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
Letters to Editorarrow Hirok Rajar Deshe ?
Many of us have seen the film of Satyajit Ray, `Hirok Rajar deshe'. In that film, the king of the Hirok country invited many kings and high officials from other countries.
 arrow Saarc festival?
I would like to thank Ms. Amirah Islam, a student of A level, for her very candid, honest analysis of the recent Saarc extravaganza or shall we call it Saarc festival ( DS of 15 November).
 arrow 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 Role of Saarc
To meet up the daily necessities, to ensure rudimentary education level, to get primary healthcare, to face the natural calamities collectively and finally to uphold the human rights are the simple goals
 arrow Living with bombs
My heart goes to the bomb victims. The incident that took place in Jhalakathi left scars on the whole nation. What we see in the streets of Iraq, what we have seen in London now comes to our own backyard.
 arrow Advertisements
Advertisements in electronic and print media and on the streets must be noticed carefully, as there are some elements of danger in them which are not supported by people. In his letter, Mr.
 arrow Visa within Saarc countries
I refer to the "13th Saarc Summit Dhaka Declaration" wherein approximately 30 times or more the words "regional cooperation" were found.
 arrow The Shaukat Aziz interview
In the backdrop of the Saarc summit your daily published a high-profile interview with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. I find it most heartening that Mr.
 arrow Who will save us?
Fear has proved its might. Given the discourse of terror, this was neither unexpected nor overwhelming.
 arrow Bombing
It is very discomforting to read and hear people in responsible positions trying to find comfort in the fact that bombs are being exploded in Delhi, Bali, London, Karachi and elsewhere ! Among others,
 arrow Park for women
It is very important for us to maintain our physical fitness.
 arrow Nepalese King's speech
The King of Nepal, in his opening day speech at the 13th Saarc Summit made his intentions clear saying that the security situation in Nepal had improved since he came to power.
 arrow Photos of Dhaka city
We hear that Dhaka city took a new and festive look on the occasion of Saarc summit.
 arrow Bangladesh - most corrupt country?
The allegation that Bangladesh is the most corrupt country in the world should not be taken seriously. Bangladesh will always be a target of such allegations.
 arrow Rights of detained foreigners
More than one thousand foreign nationals including some recognised refugees are languishing in different jails in Bangladesh.
Featurearrow Full circle
General de Gaulle was the quintessential soldier-statesman of the last century. By all accounts he was not overly enamoured of political parties.
Worldarrow South Asia: Tamil ‘kingmakers’ shun Lankan election
Polling booths in this de facto border post were built for thousands of minority Tamils, seen as kingmakers in Sri Lanka's presidential elections Thursday, but only 15 turned up to vote.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmiris reunite in grief across border
Kashmiris reunited in grief across the ceasefire line dividing their quake-stricken homeland yesterday, after arch rivals Pakistan and India relaxed border restrictions as a humanitarian gesture.
 arrow South Asia: US calls on Nepal king to restore democracy
The US ambassador to Nepal yesterday called on King Gyanendra to restore democracy after talks with India's foreign secretary on a growing Maoist insurgency in the country.
 arrow South Asia: Annan urges world to help quake victims
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan beseeched the world yesterday to wake up to the scale of the earthquake disaster in Pakistan and give generously to help the country rebuild after last month's devastating
 arrow South Asia: India unlikely to agree to Kyoto emission caps
India is unlikely to agree to any emission caps in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol because of its expanding energy-hungry economy, but analysts say developed nations will continue to pile pressure
 arrow South Asia: Key rebel group condemns wave of bombings in Kashmir
Indian Kashmir's most powerful Muslim rebel group yesterday condemned a wave of bombings that killed ten civilians and injured 120 others this week in the revolt-hit region.
 arrow Iraq reviews prison controls after 'torture den' found
Iraq's deputy interior minister called yesterday for unified command over detention centres to prevent future cases of abuse after allegations prisoners were beaten, tortured and starved in a secret prison.
 arrow Bush, Roh call for Korean armistice talks
US President George W.
 arrow Hooded militant in video warns West of more attacks
A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police.
 arrow Israel set for early polls
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and new Labour party leader Amir Peretz agreed at a short meeting on Thursday to hold elections between late February and March, officials from both sides said.
 arrow China's rise will be peaceful, says Hu
President Hu Jintao sought yesterday to ease anxiety about China's emergence as a global power, insisting his country would never threaten world peace and would instead be a force for prosperity.
 arrow Iraq invasion a 'big mistake', says Clinton
Former president Clinton told Arab students Wednesday the United States made a "big mistake" when it invaded Iraq, stoking the partisan debate back home over the war.
 arrow Iran starts converting new uranium batch
Iran has begun processing a new batch of uranium despite Western pressure on it to halt sensitive atomic work, possibly harming attempts to defuse a standoff over its nuclear aims, a diplomat said onWednesday.
 arrow Two US soldiers face court-martial for Afghan detainee abuse
Two US soldiers in Afghanistan will face a court martial for several charges related to the abuse of detainees arrested for suspected links to militants, the US military said yesterday.
 
   
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