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Front Pagearrow JMB threat to kill SC judges
Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to kill the Supreme Court (SC) judges accusing them of inefficiency and corruption.
 arrow PM dubs militants Islam's enemy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the Imams of mosques to raise their voice against those who are presenting a distorted picture of Islam, dubbing them enemies of Islam, the country and
 arrow BNP mulls not betting on 2 dozen MPs
The BNP is thinking of not giving election ticket to about two dozens of its lawmakers after a secret survey by the Hawa Bhaban, the alternative power centre of the party, found they had lost popularity
 arrow Niko threatens to stop Feni gas supply
Niko Resources Limited has sought a timetable from Petrobangla for fixing the tariff of Feni gas and signing an agreement on gas purchase and sale with the government.
 arrow Rickshaw-free roads stuck on polls factor
The government has retreated from its earlier decision to make eight important roads in the capital off-limits to rickshaws and non-motorised vehicles, apparently not to irk the electorate before thecoming
 arrow Change of govt won't alter PRSP: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman does not think there would be much change in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) even if a new government comes to office after the next general election.
 arrow CEC's new rule for journalists
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday introduced a procedure that requires journalists to submit their written questions first to know anything about the commission's preparations for the
 arrow Bill Gates to visit Dhaka next month
William (Bill) H. Gates, Chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, will be visiting Dhaka sometime next month on a short private trip.
 arrow 2 bullet-hit as BNP factions in Ctg clash
Activists of two rival factions of the ruling BNP city unit clashed yesterday morning at Kazir Deuri over the control of a textile fair, leaving two bullet-hit.
 arrow The harvest of Aman...

 arrow UK mission reports threat
A self-claimed al Qaeda member has threatened to blow up the missions of the US, the UK and other member states of the European Union in Dhaka.
 arrow PBCP bombing kills BNP man
Outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in a bomb attack killed a BNP activist and wounded five others at Alamdanga bus terminal in Chuadanga yesterday.
 arrow Court orders judicial probe against Huda
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial probe into the robbery case against Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and 34 others.
 arrow Deputy minister's diktat frees Bangla Bhai cadre
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday released a top associate of Bangla Bhai hours into his arrest allegedly at the diktat of a deputy minister at Talgharia Bazar in Bagmara.
 arrow Flouting the prohibition...

 arrow 5 more camel jockeys return from UAE
Five more children used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the last several years came home yesterday, bringing the total number to 155.
 arrow C'wealth aims to scrap export subsidy by 2010
Leaders of the 53-nation Commonwealth turned their attention to tackling terrorism and mass migration yesterday after launching a united push for a global trade deal that would scrap export subsidiesby
 arrow Girl killed in slum fire
A fire yesterday killed a two-year-old child and burnt to ashes six tin-shed houses and groceries in Gulshan in the city.
 arrow Baul songs bring accolade for Bangladesh
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) yesterday proclaimed Bangladesh's traditional Baul Songs as a "Masterpiece" of Heritage of Humanity.
 arrow Plot to kill Saddam trial judge foiled
Iraqi police said they have smashed an al-Qaeda cell plotting to kill the chief judge in charge of building the case against ousted leader Saddam Hussein, whose trial resumes on Monday after a five-week
 arrow Flu fears over wild birds over-stated
Fears that migratory wild birds will spread a deadly strain of avian flu across the world have little, if any, scientific proof and chances of them infecting humans are even more remote, experts said.
 arrow Regular policemen replaced...

 arrow One of the 'killers' held
Police yesterday nabbed one of the killers of Mirpur Commerce College student Kamrul Islam Momin, gunned down at Ibrahimpur in Mirpur on September 13 allegedly following a land feud with former officer-in-charge
 arrow Dhaka's proposal for LDCs' duty, quota-free market access accepted
Commonwealth leaders accepted Bangladesh's proposal for Least Developed Countries' (LDC) duty and quota-free access to the markets of developed countries and developing countries, where possible.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
The Dhaka-North Bengal highway was blocked for an hour and a half, and 17 vehicles were damaged by local residents after a motorcyclist had been killed in a road accident on the Dhaka-Jamuna Bridge link
 arrow Bombs blow up passenger shed in Jessore
Unidentified criminals blew up a passenger shed at Shishutala Bazar under Chaugachha upazila in Jessore on Saturday night.
 arrow Dangerous crossing...

 arrow Hannan placed on fresh 5-day remand
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Harkatul Jihad's (Huji) Bangladesh chapter, was placed on a fresh five-day remand yesterday for the ninth time since his arrest on October 1.
 arrow Fire at Ctg oil depot
A fire broke out at Meghna petroleum depot in Guptakhal in Patenga on Saturday night, burning oil worth Tk 10 lakh.
Businessarrow Bangladeshi dried food sales drop in US
The Bangladesh government's drive against adulterated food, watched widely on the Bangladeshi TV channels in New York and other big cities of the US by the Bangladeshi community, has severely affected
 arrow Bangladesh should not fear digital divide
As the country's largest software fair began in Dhaka yesterday, the science and information and communication technology minister said Bangladesh should not be afraid of the so-called digital divide,
 arrow Allow yarn import thru' land ports
Readymade garment (RMG) manufacturers once again sought government permission to resume yarn import through land ports to ensure smooth supply of yarn.
 arrow Int'l confce on micro, SME finances begins today
In a bid to explore the potential and address the challenges of micro-finance and SME finance, a two-day international conference begins today in Dhaka.
 arrow Pak textile makers keen to launch joint ventures with Beximco
Pakistani entrepreneurs have expressed keenness to launch joint venture textile projects with Beximco Textiles Limited, a company of Beximco Group.
 arrow India's biggest economic summit opens
Hundreds of executives and policy makers from around the world gathered Sunday to explore business opportunities in India, one of the world's fastest-growing economies that is increasingly opening upto
 arrow Singapore route now off AirAsia's radar
After a long campaign to secure landing rights in Singapore, Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has said it is no longer interested in the lucrative short-haul route.
 arrow NZ pledges Vietnam's early entry into WTO
New Zealand would actively support Vietnam's entry into the World Trade Organisation and work to boost friendly relationship between the two countries, New Zealand Governor-General Silvia Cartwright said
 arrow CRAB to perform credit rating of Oriental Bank
Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) Ltd will perform credit rating of Oriental Bank Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow ROK set to relax foreign currency trading in Jan
South Korea will strengthen monitoring and supervision of foreign exchange trading from next year in a bid to curb illegal and speculative transactions as regulations are eased, the finance ministry said
Sportsarrow Cricket: Javed leads Dhaka's way
National opener Javed Omar continued his good form in the Ispahani National Cricket League as he hit a century that helped Dhaka amass 331 on the first day of their four-day game against Barisal at the
 arrow Football: Bangladesh go down fighting
Mostafa Chatrabgoon came out of the bench midway through the second half to score twice as Iran blanked Bangladesh 2-0 in their return-leg clash of the Asian Youth (Under-20) Championship at Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-19 squad for tri-series
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 14-member squad for the Under-19 Triangular Tournament involving England and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Hussey denies WI lead
Mike Hussey shepherded the tail masterfully on Sunday to rack up a second century in consecutive Tests and help Australia seize control of the third Test against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: A lot to play for India
South Africa could clinch their first one-day series win ever in India with victory in Monday's fifth and final match in Mumbai.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath vows to return
Sri Lanka's former captain Sanath Jayasuriya vowed Sunday to fight back and reclaim a place in the Test squad after being dropped for the upcoming series in India.
 arrow Cricket: Younis loses his brother
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said Sunday Younis Khan's absence for the third and final Test cricket Test against England here was a big blow.
 arrow Football: Abahani feast on Bulbul treble
Maksudul Alam Bulbul slammed a hattrick as Abahani registered an emphatic 5-1 victory over Feni Soccer Club in the final round of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: No stopping Chelsea
Champions Chelsea continued their cruise towards the English Premiership title, though Arsenal sent them a reminder that the race is not over as football paid tribute to the late legend George Best on
 arrow Football: Valencia leave it late
Valencia, who were Spanish champions in 2004, reignited their challenge for the 2005/2006 crown on Saturday by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 to move into fourth place in the table.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho set to kiss the 'Golden Ball'
Silky-smooth Barcelona striker Ronaldinho is being tipped to win the 50th European footballer of the year award at a ceremony here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Inzaghi keeps Milan alive
Filippo Inzaghi scored a dramatic winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give AC Milan a precious 2-1 home victory over struggling Lecce on Saturday.
 arrow Rafique, Ashraful BSWA's best
Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) named cricketers Mohammad Rafique and Mohammad Asharaful as the best sportsmen for the years of 2003 and 2004 respectively on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Bangladesh Boys Club, Kathalbagan GCC and Jatrabari KC won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League at different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Muktis take solo lead
Muktijoddha Sangsad took a solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League after the end of the second round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim has a second wife?
A mother of four children in India's Burhanpur district has declared herself a wife of former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram.
Metropolitanarrow ‘Uphold democratic values, freedom of press’
Paying a glowing tribute to AZM Enayetullah Khan, editor of the New Age and editor-in-chief of the weekly Holiday, eminent journalists and politicians yesterday called for upholding democratic valuesand
 arrow Govt ready for dialogue with opposition
LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government is ready to sit down with the opposition and discuss any issue.
 arrow 'Raise awareness about rights of HIV-positives'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for extensive media coverage to raise awareness about the rights of HIV/Aids patients.
The HIV-positives are not an isolated segment of the society.

 arrow Govt engaged in nasty business over Hajj: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said the government has been practising an immoral business over the holy Hajj.
 arrow 'Ensure violence-free migration'
Several human rights groups yesterday launched a month-long signature campaign across the country in a bid to raise awareness of the rights of the female migrant workers.
 arrow Verdict today
Judgement of the sensational Sutrapur double murder case against Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and eight others will be given today.
 arrow Elderly man murdered
A septuagenarian was stabbed to death by unknown assailants at his house at Hatkhola Road in the city last night.
 arrow Army to be deployed
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to deploy army along with other law enforcement agencies in the by-election of Dinajpur1 in a bid to hold the election in a free and fair manner on December
 arrow 2 Rab members closed in Manikganj
Two Rapid Action Battalion members were closed yesterday for allegedly harassing people at Janna village in Saturia, Manikganj.
 arrow Dr Milon's mother calls on PM
Selina Akhtar, mother of Dr Shamsul Alam Milon, called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office on the occasion of Milon Day yesterday.
 arrow Cop robbed of Tk 10000
A police constable fell unconscious while travelling in a bus and lost Tk 10,000 yesterday.
 arrow 'Arguments of debate to help check corruption'
The country can never stand on it's own foot and the next generation will be ruined if corruption is not checked right away said speakers at an inaugural session of a debate competition.
 arrow 11-party to stage agitation December 29
Leaders of the opposition 11-party at a meeting yesterday decided to stage demonstration in different districts and upazilas including one in Chapainababganj on December 29 to press home the 23-pointdemand
 arrow New Cabinet Secy meets President
Newly appointed Cabinet Secretary ASM Abdul Halim made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Fog delays 3 flights at ZIA
Three flights of different airlines were grounded for about two hours at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday due to thick fog over its runway.
 arrow Dhaka elected IMO council member
Bangladesh has been elected a council member of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the year 2006-07, said a press release yesterday.
Nationalarrow Salinity tolerant paddy coming
The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), Mymensingh has evolved three varieties of salinity tolerant paddy, opening up great prospects for farmers in coastal areas of the country.
 arrow Lone witness Saptarshi lands in 'safe home'
Saptarshi, 9, the only daughter of slain human rights activists and NGO official Dilruba Huq Papiya and the lone witness to her murder, has been sent to a 'safe home'.
 arrow Housewife makes magic mats
A housewife's innovation has changed the life of 80 poor families in Kechhuadubi village in Magura Sadar upazila.
 arrow 3 Dinajpur sugar mills start cane crushing
Three sugar mills in greater Dinajpur started crushing sugarcane on Friday. These are Setabganj Sugar Mill in Dinajpur, Thakurgaon Sugar Mill and Panchagarh Sugar Mill.
 arrow Dense fog disrupts ferry service
Ferry and launch services on Daulatdia-Paturia-Nagarbari routes on the Padma were disrupted for over eight hours from Saturday midnight till about 8am yesterday due to dense fog.
 arrow Patuakhali Bridge opens tomorrow
The Patuakhali Bridge on Lawakathi river opens tomorrow to traffic, fulfilling a long-cherished desire of people of Patuakhali and Barguna districts.
 arrow BSF returns body
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Saturday night handed over the body of a Bangladeshi to BDR on Chuadanga border after a flag meeting.
Point-Counterpointarrow A culture of destruction
I'M going to be very frank. Self-delusion and fear of the truth had eventually cost us too many beautiful lives on that grim Wednesday night.
 arrow Rendezvous with corruption
IT was indeed an unwholesome and yet unsolicited award presented to Bangladesh by the Germany-based organisation Transparency International.
 arrow Mohan Mia
MOHAN Mia's birth in 1905, just a hundred years ago, in a zamindar family of Faridpur, hardly looked like an extraordinary event.
 arrow Reinforcing success
HARDLY 40 days or so after the October 8 earthquake that devastated parts of NWFP and most of AK, pledges of $5.
Culturearrow Agony and ecstasy
In Nagarbashi Barman's solo exhibition, which opened at Gallery Kaya on November 25, one saw a veritable feast of etchings, aquatints, drawings, woodcuts and lithographs.
 arrow Showcasing young musical talents
Western music is gradually picking up momentum in Dhaka. One sign is the increasing number of concerts by local and foreign musical groups.
 arrow Martyr Muneir Chowdhury Award and Zakaria Smrity Padak-’06 announced
Theatre, a leading theatrical group, gives out two awards annually-- Martyr Muneir Chowdhury Award and Zakaria Smrity Padak-- to honour and inspire the theatre activists of the country.
 arrow Banhishikha: Aiming to promote Gono Sangeet
A new cultural organisation Banhishikha was formed on November 26, at the Liberation War Museum, with the aim of promoting Gono Sangeet (songs of the masses).
Generalarrow Swiss envoy visits Rajshahi in double capacity
The first visit of Swiss Ambassador Dora Rapold to Rajshahi district last week was significant, as she was representing not only her country but also the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)
 arrow Resist fundamentalist forces
Speakers at a memorial meeting urged the people to be united to resist fundamentalist forces to establish a democratic Bangladesh, for which Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon sacrificed his life.
 arrow Cop dies at CMCH
A police constable died of a cardiac arrest at the CMCH yesterday allegedly for negligence of the hospital authorities.
 arrow 'Violence against younger women high in Bangladesh'
Younger women, aged between 15 to 19, are the main victims of domestic violence in Bangladesh, according to a recent World Health Organisation (Who) report.
Internationalarrow Tigers issue ultimatum to resume war
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday issued a December 31 deadline for the new government to offer a "reasonable" political settlement to the country's ethnic conflict or risk a break-up of the island.
 arrow Tremor should have been 'healing moment' for Kashmir: Benazir
The earthquake in Pakistan could have helped break the political stalemate with India over disputed Kashmir, former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday.
 arrow Snow, rain disrupt Pak quake relief
Rain and snow fell over Pakistan's earthquake zone yesterday disrupting both air and road relief operations, aid officials said.
 arrow Quake kills 10 in Iran
At least ten people were killed and scores more injured yesterday when a powerful earthquake measuring at least 5.9 on the Richter scale struck an island off Iran's southern coast, officials said.
 arrow China apologises to Russia for toxic spill
China has apologised to Russia over a toxic belt of benzene flowing down river toward Siberia and has pledged to inform its neighbour of pollution levels, state press said yesterday.
 arrow US unveils Iraq troop pullout blueprint
The White House for the first time has claimed ownership of an Iraq withdrawal plan, arguing that a troop pullout blueprint unveiled this past week by a Democratic senator was "remarkably similar" toits
 arrow Bush admn should be tried for war crimes
Iran's hard-line president said Saturday the Bush administration should be tried on war crimes charges, and he denounced the West for pressuring Iran to curb its controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Abuse in Iraq worse than Saddam days
Human rights abuses in Iraq now are as bad, or worse, than they when Saddam Hussein was in power, the nation's first post-Saddam prime minister was quoted yesterday as saying.
 arrow CIA flight probes make governments squirm
A wave of investigations into whether the CIA broke laws and violated human rights while using Europe as a hub for secret transfers of terrorist suspects poses awkward questions for both European governments
 arrow China rescuers rush to quake scene
Rescue teams rushed yesterday to a popular tourist spot in eastern China after a powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people in the region and left hundreds of others injured, officials said.
 arrow Tokyo authorities find unexploded bomb
Thousands of residents were evacuated in Tokyo yesterday while authorities dug up an unexploded 550-pound bomb, believed to have been dropped by the United States during World War II, a local official
 arrow 4 US soldiers reprimanded
Two US soldiers have been reprimanded for burning the remains of Taliban fighters and two for using the incident to try to incite other fighters into battle, the US military said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP and the militancy factor
It is not always that a major political party comes to a crossroad that demands taking a path that is likely to prove historic, both for the party and the nation. For BNP this is such a time.
 arrow Editorial: Lara scales a new height
Brian Lara, the West Indian batsman, with a spring to his feet, has become the highest Test run scorer in world cricket.
 arrow The fraying presidency of George W Bush
The old sin, it is said, has its long shadow. The shadow keeps growing longer until the sinner is visited by his or her nemesis.
 arrow SAARC and the subalterns
I am bogged down by two questions which hint at a paradox, a development puzzle.
 arrow Religion in politics: It harms less, but does no better
Mr. A Mahasen's letter, "Secularism in Politics" (DS Oct. 5) drew attention of a naïve person like me. There he first, in advising Awami League to ditch secularism, admired the moral courage of Md.
Letters to Editorarrow Who gains from hartals?
Hartal has become a very usual phenomena in our country and a lot has been written about the negative impact of hartals.
 arrow Put an end to it
There must be end to this chaos. Killing of innocent of people and the process of creation of anarchy must come to an end.
 arrow Saarc Summit
Going back to Saarc. According to the Foreign Minister, "It will be a curfew like security in the city.
 arrow Bidding corruption goodbye!
Corruption has almost become a second nature to many people of Bangladesh, but how can we rid ourselves of corruption while so many people are living a poverty stricken life? Is corruption more prevalent
 arrow Terrorism
Chalking self-interest in political web is despicable. Chalking self-interest in religious web is abhorrent.
Ours is a country that has a majority of Muslim population.

 arrow Ghost in the post!
I am living in Uttara for the last fourteen years. I was enjoying receiving regular postal mails from home and abroad without any problems.
 arrow World champions in corruption
Whether we like it or not, whether we accept it or reject it, it is a secondary question.
 arrow Monga hit people
In these days of every year we see hundreds of poverty stricken people of the greater district of Rangpur thronging the highways, nearest market places for food and cash money.
 arrow Shahid Nur Hossein Day
I was very moved to hear messages from the President, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on the occasion of Shahid Nur Hossein Day.
 arrow Passing away of an Icon
This is in response to the tribute you paid to the late Enayetullah Khan published in the first page of The Daily Star on November 11.
 arrow Monga politics
While the whole nation was glued to the TV channels watching news on Saarc, our opposition leader was roaming around greater Rangpur district to distribute relief materials to monga-affected people.
Star Cityarrow People of 5 wards in want of bus links
Human haulers and rickshaws are the only mode of transport for people of five wards in the eastern part of the city, as buses do not ply the roads in these areas.
 arrow Rehab fair ends on high note
As the five-day fair organised by Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) concluded in the city yesterday, participating builders and developers witnessed a remarkable sale and booking
 arrow Int'l Food Festival -- a feast for the stomach
With celebrity chefs flying in, Tommy Miah being one, gourmet food from more than 12 countries and over 100 mouth-watering cuisines, the international food festival, at International Club in Gulshan,Dhaka
 arrow Students of 3 blacklisted private universities in uncertainty
More than 3,000 students of the city's three private universities are in uncertainty over their academic career as the education ministry is dilly-dallying in taking disciplinary action against the eight
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