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Front Pagearrow Key JMB den busted
The police Tuesday busted the Rangpur den of arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) kingpin Abdul Awal and recovered bomb-making materials, combat training books and equipment, a list of future
 arrow High-ups want to go tough on the press
The president, prime minister and information minister have expressed their willingness to amend the provision of the Press Council Act related to the power to warn, admonish and censure the press, said
 arrow PM urges people to help nab militants
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged people to help catch the militants who are manufacturing bombs and killing people in the name of Islam.
 arrow IMF for another fuel, gas, power price hike
International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday asked the government to go for another round of price hike in fuel, gas, electricity and fertiliser to ease an increasing pressure on the budget and foreign
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The 14-party opposition combine enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today protesting the alliance government's alleged attempt to foil the opposition's 'grand' rally through planned obstacles and
 arrow BNP offers talks on all but caretaker issue
The ruling BNP has proposed to sit with the 14-party opposition combine on its 23-point demand excepting reforms in caretaker government.
 arrow Speaker rejects talks on opposition demands
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday rejected all the opposition lawmakers' demands for discussion in parliament on different issues, including rise of militants and price hike
 arrow CEC Aziz pledges again to work for electoral reforms
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz has once again pledged that the Election Commission (EC) would take initiative for electoral reforms.
 arrow Agree to reforms in caretaker, we will go to JS
Coordinator of the 14-party opposition alliance and Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the opposition will join parliament if the government sits for discussion outside parliament
 arrow Govt mulls lifting ban on women's overseas jobs
The government is seriously considering withdrawal of the partial ban on emigration of female domestic workers following a set of initial recommendations from the Bangladesh Association for International
 arrow 11 die in road crashes
Eleven people were killed and 35 others injured in three road accidents in Sirajganj and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Move to claim compensation for blowouts
The energy ministry is likely to send a letter next week to Niko Resources, the Canadian operator of Tangratila gas field, claiming compensation for two blowouts in the gas field.
 arrow Govt won't stop sending women ansars abroad
The government does not want to stop sending female ansars abroad to work as domestic helps, although some of them have returned home because of unbearable work-pressure and sexual harassment.
 arrow Terrorism, graft main problems
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the rise of terrorism and sky-high corruption are the main problems in the country.
 arrow Trials to start in Jan, end within Feb
The trials of the cases filed in connection with the August 17 blasts across the country will begin in January and are set to be complete by February.
 arrow 5 outlaws killed in 'shootout'
Five outlaws were killed and three policemen injured in an alleged encounter at Baruria village in Kumarkhali last night.
 arrow 116 mostly Bangladeshis arrested in Singapore
Singapore immigration officials raided a makeshift dormitory and arrested 116 mostly Bangladeshi men in the largest blitz of its kind here, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Top Sunni leader, his 4 sons killed in Iraq
Gunmen in 10 army-type vehicles yesterday shot dead a Sunni Arab tribal chief and four of his sons in a pre-dawn raid in Baghdad as the United States again indicated troop reductions could be near.
 arrow NGOs asked to work in partnership with govt
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday heavily criticised the NGOs for what he called their "ignoring attitude" towards the government, urging them to work in partnership with it.
 arrow PMO order stops workshop on CHT people's land rights
A two-day workshop on the land rights issues of indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) that began yesterday morning at Rangamati was forced to stop in the afternoon following a 'directive'
 arrow BFUJ condemns BNP lawmakers' media mauling
Journalists' leaders yesterday expressed concern over a blistering attack on the media and provocative comments by some ministers and BNP lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday.
 arrow Nine arrested at ZIA
The Zia International Airport immigration authority yesterday arrested nine people for producing fraudulent passport and visa.
Businessarrow Developers hope to sell Tk 500cr flats, plots
A five-day housing began yesterday at Dhaka Sheraton hotel with developers planning to sell apartments and plots worth Tk 500 crore.
 arrow Dhaka yet to finalise stance on revenue loss compensation method
Bangladesh is yet to finalise its strategy to negotiate the mechanism for compensation of revenue loss that will be crucial to conclude Safta negotiation in the next meeting of the Committee of Experts
 arrow SEC makes amendment to rights issue rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought an amendment to rights issue rules for the interest of investors.
 arrow ‘China looks to expand US exports’
China is looking to expand its imports of US products in the hope of reducing tensions caused by its huge trade surplus with the United States, a top US trade official said.
 arrow Thailand signs trade pacts with Singapore
Thailand and Singapore on Wednesday signed 10 pacts promising three billion baht (72.7 million dollars) in investment, aiming to increase business and tourism links between the two Southeast Asian nations.
 arrow Oil holds near $59
Oil hovered near $59 Wednesday, holding the week's gains as chilly weather swept through the Northern Hemisphere to offset an expected rise in US fuel stocks.
 arrow US threatens to delay UN budget unless reforms okayed
The United States has threatened to delay the two-year United Nations budget unless reforms are approved by the end of the year, a move that could cause havoc for UN operations.
 arrow Citibank NA launches life insurance scheme for NRBs in KSA
Citibank NA Bangladesh has launched a new initiative to offer life insurance coverage to Bangladeshi nationals living in Saudi Arabia who remit funds to their beneficiaries in Bangladesh through Citibank
 arrow US jobless claims higher than expected
The number of US workers filing new claims for jobless benefits grew by a larger-than-expected 30,000 last week, government data showed on Wednesday, taking claims to their highest point since mid-October.
 arrow Ford seeks US help to make fuel-efficient vehicles
Ford Motor Co. wants federal tax credits and other incentives to help drive development of more fuel-efficient vehicles, its chairman and chief executive said Tuesday.
 arrow EU lawmakers back measures to liberalise services
European Union lawmakers took a step Tuesday towards opening up the 25-nation bloc's vast market in services to greater cross-border competition, in a move to boost sluggish economic growth.
 arrow C'wealth chief warns of 'walk out' by small WTO states
Commonwealth chief Don McKinnon warned Wednesday that developing countries would walk away from WTO trade talks unless rich countries declare themselves willing to give more than they get from the deadlocked
 arrow Dubai sets stage for plane orders race
If surging sales were meant to take some of the sting out of the Airbus-Boeing rivalry, someone's forgotten to tell both of the world's biggest planemakers.
 arrow S Korean parliament approves rice bill
South Korea's parliament on Wednesday approved a bill opening the domestic rice market wider to imports, triggering street protests across the country and scuffles inside the National Assembly.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts take ‘em all
Rajshahi completed a clean sweep for the home sides in the first round of the National Cricket League when the cricketers of the northern headquarters of the country handed Barisal an eight -wicket defeat
 arrow Football: National booters survive a scare
Bangladesh national team went out of the coaches' manual to salvage some pride yesterday when they came from a two-goal deficit to beat Abahani 3-2 in a preparation match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh chase down Pakistan
Tamim Iqbal and Suhrawardi Shuvo led Bangladesh in an exciting run-chase to pull off a one-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Afro-Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament at Visakhapatnam yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff revives England
Andrew Flintoff bowled his heart out on a placid pitch on Wednesday, to sustain England's hopes of forcing a win in the second Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: BU take on Town Club today
Defending champions Brothers Union will take on Khulna Town Club in the opening match of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League finals here today.
 arrow Football: MU in uncharted territory
Previous winners Juventus, Bayern Munich and Ajax all ensured their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday but another, Manchester United, must wait till the last group match
 arrow Cricket: The Prince returns
Deposed Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has been handed a lifeline to revive his faltering career after being picked for the Test squad in the home series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns recalled for Kiwi ODIs
All rounder Chris Cairns has been recalled to the New Zealand one-day squad for the three-match series against Australia next month, New Zealand Cricket announced yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tapash back home
Bangladesh paceman Tapash Baisya returned home on Tuesday from England after a review about his ankle injury with an expert orthopaedic specialist.
 arrow Table Tennis: Brazilian TT coach comes
Brazilian table tennis coach Marles Sergio Martins arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to help the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation under a programme of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation).
 arrow Hockey: Div Two hockey from tomorrow
Barnak Samaj will meet Rayer Bazar AC in the opening match of the Green Delta Second Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Fergie doesn't give in
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that Manchester United can keep their Champions League campaign alive by beating Benfica in Lisbon next month.
 arrow Football: Gunners told to stay on ground
Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars to keep their feet on the ground after they swept into the last 16 of the Champions League as Group B winners with five wins out of five.
 arrow Football: Aussies aiming higher
The practicalities out of the way, Australia is dreaming of making an impact at next year's World Cup finals, believing they have a football miracle worker in their coach Guus Hiddink.
 arrow Football: ‘We can remain the same’
Barcelona forward Ronaldinho sees no reason why his side cannot continue their sparkling run of form following their performances against Real Madrid and Werder Bremen.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle to miss Test after heart op
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is out of this week's third Test against Australia after undergoing corrective surgery for a heart complaint.
 arrow Cricket: No Razzaq for third Test
Pakistani all rounder Abdul Razzaq has been ruled out of next week's third and final Test against England and remains doubtful for the one-day series due to a lingering elbow injury he picked up during
 arrow Cricket: Barmy Army dried up
England's "Barmy Army" of travelling cricket fans are used to basking in the evening sunshine with a cold beer, as they discuss the day's play.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh 5-0 down in Iran
Bangladesh conceded a 5-0 defeat to Iran in the away match of the AFC U-20 Football Championship qualifiers in Tehran yesterday.
Bangladesh were trailing the first half 2-0.

 arrow Football: England yet 7th
England remain ninth in the latest FIFA world rankings, meaning they are still well-placed to gain a seeding for the 2006 World Cup.
Metropolitanarrow 'Make friendship with India in light of liberation war'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said due to Indira Gandhi's great diplomacy, Bangladesh achieved freedom in the War of Liberation in 1971 even after the hard obstacles created by the United Statesof
 arrow Quashment petitions out of cause list
The High Court (HC) yesterday de-listed the petitions for setting aside the graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others involving the MIG-29s purchase deal.
 arrow Move to ensure quality education
Non-government Teachers' Registration Examination is going to be held for the first time in the country on November 25 and 26 with a view to ensuring minimum qualification of the teachers in the private
 arrow Ban on felling of trees in preserved forests
Environment and Forest Ministry yesterday decided to impose a ban on felling of trees in "preserved natural forests" until 2010, aiming to ensure afforestation of 25 percent of land in the country.
 arrow Tribute paid to Enayetullah Khan
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid glowing tribute to Enayetullah Khan, editor of the New age and editor-in-chief of the Holiday, saying that he would be remembered forever for his contribution
 arrow Arrest killers of Papia Demand women's rights activists
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded immediate arrest of the killers of Advocate Dilruba Haque Papia, a human rights activist.
 arrow Pope lauds religious harmony in Bangladesh
Pope Benedict XVI has appreciated religious harmony in Bangladesh where he said Christians and other communities are working together for their common good.
 arrow Verdict on Nov 28
A Dhaka court will deliver the verdict of the sensational Sutrapur double murder case against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and eight others on November 28.
 arrow DESA Oikya Parishad programmes postponed
The Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority Sramik-Karmachari-Karmakarta-Prakausali Oikya Parishad postponed its programmes of November 24 and 27.
 arrow 1376 mobile sets worth Tk 96 lakh seized at ZIA
Zia International Air Port Customs yesterday seized 1376 mobile phone sets worth about Tk 96 lakh.
 arrow Rickshaw, van licence renewal from Dec 5
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will start renewing the licence of rickshaws and vans from December 5 for the current fiscal year.
 arrow Khaleda greets new Lankan PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted her Sri Lankan counterpart Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka on his assumption of office of the Prime Minister.
 arrow IEB elections on Nov 27
Elections to the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), for 2006-2007 will be held on November 27, instead of tomorrow, due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Rail link restored
Rail communications between Dhaka and the eastern region of the country resumed yesterday after remaining snapped for eight hours following a collision between two passenger trains near Amirganj railstation
 arrow Cabinet secretary Sadat's contract expires
Although Sadat Hussain's second contractual term as the cabinet secretary expired yesterday, the government did not nominate his successor until last night.
 arrow Roundtable on Saarc summit today
A roundtable discussion on the outcome of Saarc summit and the launching of a book "Dynamics of Bangladesh-India Relations" will be held at the conference room of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute in the
 arrow Security measures for judges in Ctg
The police administration has taken security measures for judges in the port city following a directive from the higher level of the government.
The directive came through a circular on Tuesday.

 arrow Youth stabbed to death in Chittagong
Unidentified miscreants stabbed a youth to death at South Nalapara area in the port city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Roadmap for reforms in power sector soon
Power Division under the guidance of Power Cell is preparing a three-year roadmap for institutional reform and development of the power sector.
 arrow Janajuddho leader held in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddho faction Gazi Iqbal Hossain alias Khuni Iqbal on Tuesday noon near Metropolitan clinic
 arrow 13 woodcutters kidnapped in Bandarban
A group of armed tribal terrorists abducted 23 woodcutters from an inaccessible area of Nakhyangchhari upazila here on Tuesday.
Of them, the kidnappers later released 10.

Nationalarrow Looting of sand from Surma threatens offices, bridges
Indiscriminate and illegal extraction of sand from Surma riverbed in Sylhet region by using mechanised dredgers continue unabated, threatening riverbanks and bridges with serious erosion.
 arrow Great prospects for investment in CHT
The United Nations Development Mission, now on a three-day visit to Bandarban, said there are great prospects for investment in different sectors in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) which can boost economic
 arrow Cop suspended in Ctg for extortion
A Sub-inspector of Chittagong Kotwali police was suspended yesterday for extortion and ransacking at a mobile phone shop at in Reazuddin Bazaar in the city.
 arrow Opposition protests continue in dists
The 14-party alliance led by Awami League yesterday continued protests in districts against the alleged government move to foil its grand rally in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow Suspected JMB cadre arrested in Kurigram
A suspected Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre was arrested in Chilmari upazila on Monday.
Abu Bakar Siddique, 45, hails from Puran Bazaar in Nageswari upazila.

 arrow Heroin worth Tk 3 cr seized
Benapole port police on Tuesday seized about 3 kilogram heroin worth about Tk. 2 crore 80 lakh from a private car.
Police hired the car to carry under-trial prisoners to Jessore.

 arrow Sit-in demanding punishment to acid throwers
Ambarkhana Girls' School and College students here yesterday staged a one-hour sit-in demonstration near their institution to protest against acid attack on one of their schoolmates on Monday.
 arrow NGO owner missing with money
An NGO owner went missing from Chowhali upazila on November 15 with Tk 10.5 lakh.
Family sources said, Selim Reza, 40, chairman of the NGO, Chowland, was abducted while he was on his way to Dhaka.

 arrow Zia Fertiliser resumes production
The Asuganj Zia Fertiliser Factory resumed production yesterday after three days' suspension.
The factory had stopped operation at about 7 pm on November 21 due to technical fault in the power plant.

 arrow Obituary
Abdul Mazid Mollah, fathrer of Md. Sohrab Hossain, Correspondent of The Daily Star, died on Saturday. He was 80.
He left behind wife, six sons and three daughters.

Point-Counterpointarrow Living in a valley of blasts
Two senior assistant judges were killed and four other were injured on November 14 at Jhalakathi district town when a militant member of the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide squad hurled abomb
 arrow Terrorism is a home-grown problem, not international
THE government appears to have gone the wrong way in diagnosing the continued scourge of terrorism being committed by the religious extremists in the country.
Culturearrow Gritty realities of metro life
Road construction, the angst of city dwellers, a little touch of nature in the midst of concrete structures-- all these are the common elements of metro life in Dhaka.
 arrow Art Appreciation Course

 arrow Prithwiraj displays his vocal skills
Two albums, one on classical and the other containing modern Bangla songs by Prithwiraj Baiddya, were released recently.
 arrow Charlton Heston: Histrionic talents personified
The name Charlton Heston is synonymous with the roles of Michaelangelo, Ben-Hur and Moses.
 arrow The Core to present two jazz shows
The Core, a Norwegian jazz troupe, will stage two shows at the National Theatre Stage on November 25 and 26 at 7 pm, says a press release.
Generalarrow Poverty caused by diseases major obstacle to economic progress
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday said poverty caused by different diseases is a major hurdle to economic progress of the region.
 arrow One gets life for killing college girl in Comilla
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment for killing his girlfriend.
 arrow Couple donate Tk 5 lakh to cancer hospital
Anwarul Islam, a retired officer of then East Pakistan Civil Service, and his wife Begum Dilrus Islam have donated Tk 5 lakh in cheque for the establishment of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH),
 arrow IBA graduation tomorrow
The Graduation Ceremony for the 9th BBA and 37th MBA batches of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of the University Dhaka will be held at 4:00 pm tomorrow at the TSC auditorium.
Internationalarrow Israel sets March 28 for election
Israel on Wednesday set March 28 as the date for early elections, clearing the way for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to try to stay in power at the head of a new centrist party in a major political realignment.
 arrow Chinese flee city after taps turned off
Residents of one of China's biggest and coldest cities, where water has been shut off for fear of chemical contamination, are jamming the airport and railway stations to get out, a witness said on Wednesday.
 arrow Marxists out of new Sri Lanka cabinet
Sri Lanka's new president on Wednesday appointed a 25-member cabinet which excluded government allies from the Marxist and Buddhist monks' parties.
 arrow Salem sent to judicial custody
One of India's most wanted men appeared in court in Mumbai on Wednesday, accused of involvement in bombings more than 12 years ago that killed 260 people in the country's financial center.
 arrow Indian driver's body found in Afghanistan
A body found dumped in a desert in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday is believed to be that of an Indian truck driver who the Taliban claim to have kidnapped and killed, police said.
 arrow Jazeera urges probe into Bush bomb plot report
The Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera has urged the White House and Downing Street to challenge a British newspaper report that US President George W Bush had planned to bomb the Qatar-based station.
 arrow Iran expects to restart nuke talks with EU
Iran expects its nuclear talks with the European Union, which broke down in August, to resume after this week's board meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said onWednesday.
 arrow French spy chief warns of high terrorism risk
France is viewed as a target by a number of terrorist organisations, with several groups known to be planning attacks against the country, France's head of domestic intelligence warned on Wednesday.
 arrow Ahmadinejad's third oil minister nominee rejected
Iran's parliament dealt a fresh blow to hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday by rejecting his third nominee for the crucial post of oil minister.
 arrow Nobel winner Pinter to skip banquet
Harold Pinter, who won this year's Nobel prize for literature, will not attend next month's gala ceremony and banquet to pick up his award for health reasons, the Nobel foundation said on Wednesday.
 arrow Saddam trial to be broadcast by US channel
The US television channel Court TV said on Tuesday it plans to broadcast the trial of Saddam Hussein on its internet site when court proceedings resume next week.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A window of opportunity for political engagement
We begin by taking cognisance of the fact that a creditable thread of restraint ran through the opposition camp on the grand rally day as reflected by the proceedings, as well as the outcome, of the event.
 arrow Editorial: Govt tirade against media continues
As if the country did not have enough problems on its hands, members of the ruling alliance have once again spoken out against the media as the author of all their ills.
 arrow Are the religious extremists winning?
The desperation into which some of us have been thrust by the activities of the terrorists gives one the impression that they are indeed winning the first phase of the battle -- the collapse of an organ
 arrow A milestone on the road to nowhere
The thirteenth annual summit of the twenty years old South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation was held after two postponements on November 12 and 13.
Letters to Editorarrow 'Tok Jhaal Mishti' a pure entertainment
On the occasion of Eid, young and talented film director Debasish Bishwas released a highly entertaining movie 'Tok Jhaal Mishti.' This was his second film. His previous film was also a successful one.
 arrow The Hajj air fare
What is going on? Why government has to subsidise pilgrims for Hajj? Isn't it the edict of the Quran that Hajj becomes compulsory when one can afford to perform it with one's own resource after fulfilling
 arrow The biggest problem
Each day we hear people talking about their problems.
 arrow Black athletes and stereotyping
We all know blacks are dominating sports such as American football, basketball, sprints and the list goes on and on. Lot of debates has been made here in United States whether or not it is generic.
 arrow O-A level award ceremony
It has been extremely disappointing for the English medium students, specifically for The Daily Star awardees this year as The Daily Star Award Ceremony is heard to have been cancelled for certain reasons.
 arrow Destructive politics
According to newspaper report and the claim of the opposition, government arrested huge number activists to sterile the 14-part mass rally. This is common practice in our country.
 arrow France's image crisis
France could not hold the balance of justice rightly emanated from its revolution mottos: Freedom, fraternity and equality. The flourished France is now groaning under its so called modern machinery.
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