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Front Pagearrow Grand rally vows for secular democracy
Despite the government's last-ditch attempts to prevent people from joining the 14-party opposition grand rally, the city's Paltan Maidan yesterday turned into a human sea, where top opposition leaders
 arrow City put 'under siege' to restrain rally goers
The government did almost everything to turn Dhaka into a city under siege to restrain opposition activists and supporters from joining the grand rally in Paltan Maidan yesterday.
 arrow Transport strike ends predictably after rally
The wildcat transport strike, believed to be sponsored by the government, was withdrawn yesterday evening soon after the opposition's grand rally ended at Paltan Maidan.
 arrow JMB menace continues
The outlawed Islamist militant organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in line with its on going series of threats, announced its intentions to blow up the Tangail Press Club, the judge court
 arrow Media mauled in JS for 'fake news'
Ministers and ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday in parliament launched a blistering attack on the media, accusing it of tarnishing the government's image by running what they called “fake news” and demanded
 arrow Talks with airlines fail
In a last ditch effort to save the government from the embarrassment of a lingering hajj flight fiasco, the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines last night started a hectic move to immediately
 arrow Hartal called for tomorrow
The 14-party opposition combine has declared a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal tomorrow and demonstrations across the country today protesting the alliance government's attempts to "foil the grand rally
 arrow Rally rides on spontaneity
They came in ones, tens and hundreds. Poor people in dirty lungi, torn banyans, ribs showing against their dark sun-burnt skin. They came in trousers and shirts, in Punjabis and pajamas, in saris andKamiz.
 arrow 23pt common nat'l programme announced
The mainstream opposition parties under the banner of 14-party opposition coalition yesterday announced a 23-point common minimum national programme that pledged to establish a democratic country free
 arrow Police halt Hasina's motorcade
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina's motorcade on its way to Paltan Maidan was halted at several places in the capital yesterday as police put barricades on the road.
 arrow VICTIMS OF POLICE ACTION...


 arrow Graduate courses on nursing sought
Graduate course on nursing should be introduced in private medical colleges and universities to produce qualified and skilled nurses.
 arrow Bomb found at 14-party rally venue
Police recovered a bomb from Shaheb Bazar Zero Point during the protest meeting of the 14-party alliance local unit last evening.
 arrow Dikon first accused to get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to an accused of the August 21 grenade attacks on Awami League (AL) rally last year.
 arrow 50 hurt as trains collide head-on
Two passenger trains collided head-on at Amirganj of Narsingdi district last night as one of the trains ignored signal, injuring at least 50 people.
 arrow London HR meet says persecution, harassment exist in Bangladesh
There is ample evidence of persecution and harassment [in Bangladesh]" and "To say persecution doesn't exist, is itself a terrorism, speakers at a human rights conference on Bangladesh in London said.
 arrow Bihar votes to end Laloo's 15yr reign
Bihar's electorate created history yesterday, finally ending 15 years of political domination by Railway Minister Laloo Prasad and ushering in a new administration that will be led by his long-time foe
 arrow Drive for Aman procurement starts Nov 25
The government fixed Tk 14 for per kg rice and Tk 9.25 for per kg paddy under its Aman Rice Procurement Programme for this Aman season in yesterday's cabinet meeting.
 arrow ME leaders fear another Iraq in Syria: Annan
Middle East leaders want Syria to cooperate with a UN inquiry into the killing of a former Lebanese leader but fear a UN confrontation with Damascus could lead to "another Iraq," Secretary General Kofi
 arrow 5 hurt as bombs go off at JMB man's house
Five people, including a woman, were injured when three bombs went off at a house of Taragunia village in Daulatpur upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Savar criminal killed in Rab 'shootout'
A listed criminal was killed in a shootout between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Mograkanda village under Savar Police Station early yesterday.
Businessarrow Revenue grows 15pc in four months
The overall revenue grew 15 percent in the last four months, although collection from customs saw only 8.
 arrow Dhaka to drop 250 items from sensitive list
Bangladesh has identified over 250 products to drop from its sensitive list to trade off with the Saarc member countries in the next meeting of South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta) negotiation.
 arrow Iran Expo-2005 begins
With a view to introducing Iranian products and services, a four-day exhibition styled 'Iran Expo-2005' started in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Consultation on regional economic cooperation starts
A two-day national consultation on regional economic cooperation in South Asia began yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow India seeks 'real cuts' in farm subsidies
India has demanded "real cuts" in farm subsidies by the United States for creating a level-playing field in international trade if the WTO ministerial level talks in Hong Kong next month has to succeed.
 arrow Iran, Iraq bury bitter past to reopen trade
Once a bitter enemy, Iran is emerging as a trade lifeline for Iraq as Baghdad seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by years of sanctions, neglect and corruption under Saddam Hussein and since his overthrow.
 arrow Gold closes in on 18-yr peak of $500
Gold moved within sight of $500 an ounce in Asia yesterday, buoyed by active buying from fund managers and reflecting stronger Japanese futures.
 arrow Oil prices rise in Asian trading as temperatures fall
Oil prices were higher in Asian trading Tuesday on expectations of stronger demand for heating oil as temperatures drop in the northern hemisphere, dealers said.
 arrow Singapore to take part in Medexpo 2005
Singapore will participate in the forthcoming Medexpo 2005 scheduled for December 9 to 11 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow HSBC Malaysia seeks Islamic insurance licence
Global banking giant HSBC said Tuesday it was seeking an Islamic insurance license in Malaysia as part of its plans to capture a bigger slice of the growing Islamic financing business.
 arrow WTO heavyweights set to review Hong Kong prospects
Top WTO negotiators were expected to release documents on Tuesday summing up the state of global trade talks before the body's key Hong Kong conference, as the heavyweights of international commerce tried
 arrow Thailand posts trade deficit in October
Thailand posted a trade deficit in October as imports grew faster than exports on the back of soaring global oil prices, the Commerce Ministry said Tuesday.
The October deficit reached 185.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tense win for Dhaka
Dhaka survived a tense final session on the third day to snatch a two-wicket victory over spirited Sylhet in their four-day National League match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: NFL finals in Khulna begin tomorrow
The Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League finals begin tomorrow in Khulna despite a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Opposition, organisers confirmed on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Nat'l team play Abahani today
The Bangladesh Football Federation is expected to announce the final national squad for the SAFF Football Championship after today's warm-up match against Abahani.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-19s win at last
Bangladesh put an end to their losing streak in the Afro-Asian Under-19 cricket tournament in India when they stormed to a nine-wicket victory against Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng on a par with hosts
Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell steered England close to safety with contrasting centuries in the second Test against Pakistan here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid given Test reins
Rahul Dravid was on Tuesday named India's new Test captain in place of Sourav Ganguly after the selectors rewarded him for leading the team's one-day resurgence.
 arrow Cricket: Contrasting scenarios
The beaten West Indian tourists must be bemused at Australia's sacking of Michael Clarke after two comprehensive Test victories.
 arrow Football: Showcasing the Chelsea brand
For English champions Chelsea, a club that harbours ambitions for soccer domination lasting 100 years, the World Cup next June will be a valuable publicity exercise.
 arrow Football: Reds, Blues know the task
Premiership giants Chelsea and Liverpool will be eyeing a spot in the Champions League knockout round Wednesday as Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, Glasgow Rangers and Schalke 04 also target qualification.
 arrow Football: Ferguson admits Keane loss
Alex Ferguson has admitted his Manchester United team will be handicapped by a lack of experience as they prepare for Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash against Villarreal without the leadership
 arrow Cricket: Ban on Sajjad
Dhaka Division wicketkeeper Sajjad Kadir has been handed a one-round ban and a fine of Tk 2,000 for sledging against Sylhet players during their first round first-class match of the ongoing National Cricket
 arrow Football: Bangladesh play Iran today
Bangladesh will play Iran today in their away match of the AFC U-20 Football Championship qualifiers.
 arrow Cricket: Third one-day international washed out
Heavy rain and a water-logged ground forced the third one-dayer between India and South Africa to be abandoned without a ball being bowled here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Blatter might ban friendly anthems
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter favours scrapping national anthems before football internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan protest Inzy's run-out
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Tuesday it had conveyed its concerns to the International Cricket Council (ICC) over Inzamamul Haq's dismissal in the current second Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to inquire Afridi incident
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to hold an independent inquiry into the incident involving Shahid Afridi scuffing the pitch on the second day of the second Test against England.
 arrow Best opens eyes briefly
Football legend George Best, who remained seriously ill in intensive care at a London hospital Tuesday, opened his eyes briefly but was still unconscious, his agent Phil Hughes said.
 arrow Cricket: WI reveals WC ticket plan today
Ticketing details for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies will be made public on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil's base in Switzerland
Brazil will be based at a luxury lakeside hotel in Switzerland in the run-up to next year's World Cup finals in Germany, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ballack talks to Madrid
Germany captain Michael Ballack has reportedly been in talks with Real Madrid over a move next June when his contract with Bayern Munich runs out.
 arrow Cricket: 258 not out in 40 overs!
In an extraordinary exhibition of hitting, Jason Aekins of the New Zealand club side Taita smashed an unbeaten 258 -- a one-day club batting record -- in a 40-over match at Wellington on Monday.
 arrow Football: Makalele out for three weeks
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makalele will be out for up to three weeks because of a knee injury.
The Frenchman sustained the injury playing in the 3-0 win over Newcastle last weekend.

 arrow Cricket: Samuels blow for Windies
The West Indies' luckless tour of Australia suffered another blow Tuesday when batsman Marlon Samuels flew home suffering a knee injury.
 arrow Football: Bandarban football
Patia Football Khelwar Samity reached the semifinals of the DC Gold Cup football tournament defeating Banshkanta KS of Cox's Bazar in tiebreakers here today.
Metropolitanarrow One killed as cops fire on villagers in Thakurgaon
A villager was killed and at least 9 were wounded yesterday when police opened fire as the government receiver, who went to harvest paddy from a disputed land at Sharali village in Thakurgaon, faced fierce
 arrow Academia-industries interaction a must to solve problems
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for effective interaction between academia and industries to resolve the problems in higher education.
 arrow Principal, staffs hostage to Bogra JCD leader
Principal, teachers, staffs and students of Bogra Government Commerce College are being held as hostage by a leader of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, for long.
 arrow Give highest priority to public interest in project planning
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked the development planners to give the highest priority to utility and public interest in project planning, formulation, adoption and implementation.
 arrow Resist plot to create anarchy
BNP leaders at a rally yesterday called for resisting the conspiracy of the opposition parties to create anarchy in the country.
 arrow Army protests PCJSS allegation
The army authorities yesterday protested the allegation made by the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) regarding the arrest of their four activists with arms, calling it an attempt to "hide
 arrow Mobile phone operators to launch '999' service soon
Mobile phone users in Dhaka will be able to make emergency calls to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and the police stations using a short and common code, 999, very soon.
 arrow Jui's termination by Prof Aftab illegal: HC
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the termination order of Sultana Razia Jui from the post of deputy registrar of the National University (NU).
 arrow Cop dies as van hits him
A police constable died and two were injured in a road accident in the early hours yesterday in Demra in the city.
 arrow JU admission form submission date extended
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have fixed the next Friday as an extended date for submission of admission forms while the distribution of admission forms ended yesterday.
 arrow 60,000 fake certificates, mark sheets recovered
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people along with 60,000 certificates and mark sheets of different universities and education boards at Demra in the city early yesterday.
 arrow BCL calls strike at CU from today
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong University (CU) called for an indefinite strike on the campus from today protesting an attack on the teachers' rooms of Islamic History department during
 arrow Civil Aviation recruitment test Dec 12
The recruitment test to fill up some vacant posts in the Civil Aviation Authority will be held on December 12 at Civil Aviation High School here.
 arrow US embassy closed tomorrow
The American Embassy offices, including the Public Affairs Section, the Information Resource Centre and the student counselling service will be closed tomorrow on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, a national
 arrow Punishment to Goutam killers demanded
The Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (JUJA) yesterday brought out a silent procession on the campus demanding immediate punishment to the culprits involved in the killing of journalist
 arrow Civil courts closed from Dec 1 to 31
All civil courts will remain closed from December 1 to 31 instead of December 2 to 30 sans government's declared holidays for 2005, said an official announcement yesterday.
 arrow Date for MLSS interview at BOU changed
Interview for the appointment of MLSS at Bangladesh Open University (BOU) will now be held on December 4 and 5 instead of November 23 and 24, says a press release.
The interview will begin at 3:00pm.

Nationalarrow Move to 'foil' Dhaka rally triggers protests in dists
Opposition activists and supporters, allegedly obstructed from coming to the capital yesterday, held rallies and brought out processions in districts protesting what they called the government move to
 arrow JMB, HuJi activists in Satkhira regrouping
Leaders and cadres of banned Jama'tul Mujahidin, Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJi) are regrouping in remote areas in the district, taking advantage of alleged lax vigilance by law enforcers.
 arrow Death toll 5, more 53 fall sick in Gaibandha
With the death of three more persons, the toll from food poisoning in Ballamjhar union in the Sadar upazial rose to five yesterday.
More 53 people have fallen sick, raising the number to 354.

 arrow Tk 670 cr projects begin in 3 hill dists this fiscal
Development projects involving over Tk 670 will begin in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in the current financial year, Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Ministry Moni Sawpawn Dewan
 arrow Threat again to blow up Benapole Customs
A threat to blow up Benapole Customs House was made over telephone on Monday by some unidentified callers.
Customs Commissioner Hussein Ahmed received the call at 5 pm when he was working in his office.

 arrow Threat to bomb school in Kishoreganj
Jagrato Mujahidi, a self-styled Islamist militant group, has sent a letter to the headmaster of Kishoreganj Government Boys High School in the town threatening to bomb the school by November 30 unless
 arrow 7 get life for murder
A court here on Sunday sentenced seven persons to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing Kalu Sheikh, an elderly man in Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur district 11 years ago.
Point-Counterpointarrow The politician-goon connection
MANY well-meaning decent citizens along with a sizable segment of the continually suffering common folk of our country have often wondered about the unpalatable but stable relationship of a large number
 arrow Whither the new law on protection of water bodies?
THE Daily Star recently reported that the government was formulating a new law with strict provisions to protect water bodies from encroachers and to remove unauthorised structures built in the prohibited
Culturearrow Courage in adversity
In these competitive, frenetic times, it is sometimes difficult to follow the Biblical dictum of 'Love thy neighbour.
 arrow Swapan Dutta: Firmly rooted in Rabindra Sangeet
Tagore singer Swapan Dutta traces his musical talent to his childhood. "My mother was my prime inspiration in music. I grew up listening to her songs.
 arrow Tonight's episode of Shukher Lagiya
The 36th episode of mega-serial Shukher Lagiya will be aired tonight at 8:30pm.
Tonight's episode will start with Asman Talukdar inquiring why Nishi was crying on the roof.

Generalarrow JCD factions clash at Ctg polytech: 5 injured
At least five activists were injured when two rival groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed over hegemony of a residential hall at Chittagong Polytechnic Institute in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Authorities of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday postponed all examinations scheduled to be held on November 23 and 24 for unavoidable circumstances.
Internationalarrow Nepali parties, Maoists to work for democracy
Nepal's major political parties have agreed to work with Maoist rebels to abolish the monarchy and restore democracy if the insurgents first disarm, a former prime minister said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi leaders call for US pullout timetable
Reaching out to the Sunni Arab community, Iraqi leaders called for a timetable for the withdrawal of US-led forces and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance.
 arrow US, Europe won't push for UN move on Iran
Washington and its European allies will forgo pushing for Iran's referral to the UN Security Council later this week, giving Russia more time in persuading Tehran to give up technology that could make
 arrow Sharon on course to win election
Ariel Sharon is on course to win Israel's coming election, opinion polls showed yesterday in an initial boost for the prime minister a day after he quit his rebellious right-wing Likud to form a centrist
 arrow Come clean on secret CIA prisons
The European Union wants the United States to clarify reports about the way its CIA spy agency handles suspected Islamic extremists as part of anti-terrorism activities, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig
 arrow New Lanka govt to go on with emergency rule
Sri Lanka's new government will maintain a state of emergency and the national parliament will be asked to ratify the tough laws, officials said.
 arrow 4 Hezbollah militants killed in Israeli raid
Four militants from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement were killed and 11 Israeli soldiers wounded as violence flared on the volatile border Monday amid political turmoil in Israel.
 arrow Bush plotted to bomb al-Jazeera
US President George W. Bush planned to bomb pan-Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera, British newspaper the Daily Mirror said yesterday, citing a Downing Street memo marked "Top Secret".
 arrow Germany's Merkel sworn in as chancellor
Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany's first woman chancellor before the Bundestag lower house of parliament following her formal election by the chamber yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A sad day for democracy
At the outset, let's join the nation in heaving a sigh of relief over the passage of the grand rally yesterday.
 arrow Editorial: Sri Lanka election
We congratulate the newly elected President of Sri Lanka and wish him all success in the most formidable task that faces him and his nation of bringing peace and creating conditions for a peaceful coexistence
 arrow Focus on Bangladesh in Australia
On November 7, Monash University, Melbourne and the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia organised an one-day conference titled "Trade and Investment Opportunities in Bangladesh" in the heart
 arrow Cracking Abu Salem's network
The Central Bureau of Investigation has finally secured Abu Salem's extradition.
 arrow Sri Lankan scene: Rajapakse's election may exacerbate conflicts
Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapakse has won the presidency of Sri Lanka in a closely fought election battle against former premier Ranil Wickramsinghe and the development seems to have increased anxiety
Star Chittagongarrow Move to beat water woes
Against the backdrop of deepening water crisis in the port city, the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) at last seems to have appeared with realistic term or hope to mitigate the decade-old sufferings,
 arrow Culture on wheels
The shuttle train has been a great source of joy nurturing latent talents, including the cultural ones and sharing thoughts, for the Chittagong University students for long.
Star Cityarrow "Free zone for birds" on JU soon
The Department of Zoology of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) has decided to declare the premises "Free Zone for Birds" said Professor Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz, the chairman of the department.
 arrow Noble cause hit by lack of financial support
A noble initiative of some engineering students to educate and help underprivileged children is now facing a hard time due to lack of financial support.
 arrow Private gyms offer expensive but quality service
Private fitness centres in the city offer expensive service to their members when health consciousness is growing among the city dwellers due to increasing environmental pollution.
 arrow Laundrymen join price hike race
Charges of small-scale laundry service providers in the city have already joined the hike of essentials as the two leading in the trade had revised their rates much earlier.
 
   
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