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Front Pagearrow China wants revival of Silk Route
A nine-member Chinese delegation will come to Dhaka on Thursday by road, reflecting Beijing's willingness to establish a direct road link with Bangladesh through revival of the ancient Silk Route.
 arrow Industrial credit growth turns negative
The credit growth has been more in the public sector than in the private one during the first three months of the current fiscal while the Bangladesh Bank (BB) has been scrambling to conform to the International
 arrow Jubo Dal leader, 8 others to die
A Dhaka court yesterday gave double death sentence to Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam Kajal and eight others for killing a businessman Mohammad Shamsul Haque and his son Russel Sheikh and slicing theirbodies
 arrow Ministry probe finds 31 ACRs tampered with
A probe body of the establishment ministry has unearthed 31 cases of tampering with the officials' annual confidential report (ACR) which is used for their promotion.
 arrow Pubali, City come out of problem bank status as loan defaults decline
Pubali Bank and City Bank have finally rid themselves of the dubious distinction of being problem banks.
 arrow Dhaka to ask WTO to save LDCs from antidumping steps
Dhaka will submit a paper to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the first week of December appealing exclusion of least developed countries (LDCs) from antidumping, countervailing and other safeguard
 arrow US wants counter-terrorism cooperation
The US government yesterday spelt out both long-term and short-term solutions to the growing peril of terrorism in Bangladesh and expressed interest in considering new proposals for expanding cooperation
 arrow Govt took all steps to protect foreign missions
The government has taken all steps to meet terror threats and protect foreign missions and their interests in Bangladesh.
 arrow 48 joint secys promoted out of 81 qualified
Forty-eight joint secretaries have been promoted to the posts of the additional secretary.
A government gadget was circulated in this regard yesterday after the approval of the prime minister.

 arrow Jamaat statement on Star editor's commentary
Central publicity wing secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Prof Md Tasnim Alam, in a statement sent to The Daily Star yesterday, has claimed that a commentary by the editor of the daily published on November
 arrow Khaleda talks militancy with 3 top ministers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday held a meeting with three senior ministers to discuss the militancy issue and work out the ruling BNP's programmes in the face of the opposition's antigovernment movement.
 arrow AL plans to boost grassroots morale
The Awami League (AL) plans to enhance its organisational strength by boosting grassroots leaders' morale at its next national council next month in a bid to launch vigorous anti-government movement from
 arrow Lawyers divided on JMB threat to SC judges
The pro-government and pro-opposition lawyers expressed opposite reactions to JMB's threat to Supreme Court (SC) and High Court (HC) judges, with the authorities yet to step up security for the SC judges.
 arrow JMB threatens to kill 3 more judges
Outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has threatened to kill three judges and blow up Mymensingh Press Club.
 arrow Shahadat Chy seriously ill
Eminent journalist and Editor of the weekly Shaptahik 2000 Shahadat Chowdhury is seriously ill and fighting for his life at the moment.
 arrow Waiting for death...

 arrow 134 killed in China coalmine blast
An explosion at a coal mine in remote northeastern China has killed 134 miners and another 15 are trapped underground, the China News Service said yesterday.
 arrow Cop assaulted after beating up CU student
Agitating students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday afternoon beat up a traffic sergeant and set fire to his motorbike in Sholoshahar Railway Station area, protesting brutality on a fellow student
 arrow Heated debate in JS body over militancy
The law minister and a senior Awami League (AL) lawmaker at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday had a brief but heated debate over the existence of militants in the alliance government.
 arrow Niko warned again of legal steps if it stops gas supply
The Petrobangla yesterday once again cautioned Niko Resources that it will have to face legal action if the company stops gas supply from Feni field, official sources said.
 arrow Moudud on Hena's JS membership
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said parliament membership of expelled BNP leader Abu Hena should be settled in line with the constitution of the country as well as of the party.
 arrow CEC contradicts press reports
The Election Commission (EC) secretariat in a clarification on Sunday said the chief election commissioner (CEC) did not make the remark that there was no need to separate the EC secretariat from thePrime
 arrow Road divider...

 arrow Accused placed on fresh 5-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Hafizur Rahman, a charge-sheeted accused in the Chittagong arms haul case, on a fresh five-day remand in an abduction case filed in the capital in September 2003.
 arrow Saddam trades angry words with judge
A defiant Saddam Hussein yesterday exchanged angry words with the presiding judge and heard testimony from the first prosecution witness as the trial of the former Iraqi dictator resumed after a 40-day
 arrow One killed in 'shootout' with Rab
An alleged criminal of the city's Sayedabad area was killed in a 'shootout' between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Shonabo under Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj early
 arrow Bus runs over traffic sergeant
A bus ran over a traffic sergeant yesterday killing him on the spot at the city's Azampur area in Uttara.
Businessarrow Export up 4.4pc in Q1
Exports saw 4.4 percent rise in the first quarter of the current financial year despite continuous fall in earnings from the woven products.
 arrow Yunus for conversion of micro-finance institutions into banks
Grameen Bank Managing Director Muhammad Yunus yesterday said micro-finance institutions should be converted into micro finance banks as the conventional banks have very poor investment in rural areas.
 arrow Fix minimum wage for labourers in line with PRSP
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to fix minimum wage for labourers in line with the Poverty Reduction Strategic Paper (PRSP).
 arrow WTO draft offers no roadmap
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) has expressed disappointment over what it called "the directionless approach" of the first draft for the Hong Kong WTO ministerial conference.
 arrow India must open door for more FDI
Unveiling the reform roadmap for achieving eight percent economic growth for India, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has suggested that the country further open up its economy to attract moreforeign
 arrow Fidelity Assets launches deposit scheme
Fidelity Assets & Securities Company Limited (FAS), a concern of Nitol-Niloy Group, yesterday launched a deposit scheme styled 'Magic Return' by which a client will get double return of his/her initial
 arrow Experts' last round meet begins today in Nepal
The last round meeting of the committee of experts (CoE) on Safta negotiation begins today in Nepalese capital Kathmandu aiming to keep maximum flexibility in settling outstanding issues.
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair from Dec 10
The twice-deferred 11th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) will begin on December 10.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to open the month-long fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar as chief guest.

 arrow China mulls cutting trade surplus
China will try to boost its imports and keep the momentum in export growth in the coming months, aiming to reduce a rapidly-growing trade surplus that has drawn fire from its major trading partners.
 arrow HSBC chairman to resign in May
Banking group HSBC Holdings PLC announced Monday that Chairman John Bond will resign in May after seven years in the position and he will be replaced by current Chief Executive Stephen Green.
 arrow BP to spend up to $8b on green energy
Oil major BP plans to spend up to $8 billion over 10 years developing alternative energies such as wind and solar, capitalising on growing interest in low carbon power, the group said on Monday.
 arrow HSBC's second customer service centre opens in Ctg
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh opened its second customer service centre here on Sunday.
 arrow DaffodilPC assembling plant opens
The inaugural ceremony of the new assembling plant of DaffodilPC brand computers was held recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Merck to cut 7,000 jobs by 2008
The embattled drugmaker Merck & Co said Monday that it will cut about 7,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its work force, and will close or sell five of its 31 manufacturing plants by the end of 2008 in moves
Sportsarrow Cricket: Javed in record books
Javed Omar joined the elites who have scored first-class centuries in both innings when the combative national opener struck an unbeaten 104 for Dhaka in National Cricket League against Barisal at the
 arrow Cricket: SA, India square series
Rahul Dravid's captain's knock of 78 not out helped India square the five-match one-day series 2-2 with a five-wicket victory against South Africa in the final match in Mumbai yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies almost there
Australia need 106 runs with eight wickets intact to complete a 3-0 series whitewash of the West Indies after Shane Warne produced Monday his best-ever Adelaide Oval bowling performance.
 arrow Football: Serie A in shame again
Juventus restored their five-point lead at the top of Italy's Serie A after defeating Treviso 3-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng don't want to lose
Skipper Michael Vaughan said Monday England were confident of maintaining their unbeaten run when they clash with Pakistan in the third and final Test here from Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Faisal , Emily, Tarek & Wali may be axed
The national footballers today enter the last week of their preparations for the SAFF Football Championship which begins in Pakistan on December 7.
 arrow Cricket: Exciting wins for Uttara, Pegasus
Uttara Sporting Club and Young Pegasus recorded thrilling wins in yesterday's First Division Cricket League in the city.
 arrow Chess: Muktijoddha lead Chess League
Muktijoddha Sangsad maintained solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League defeating Sonali Bank 3-1 in the third round at the BCF hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Div II hockey
Barnak Samaj romped to their second win in the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League thrashing Raktim Sangha 6-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 CWC in Sri Lanka in February '06
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday launched preparations for next year's under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, less than a year after the island was devastated by tsunami.
 arrow Football: Rooney lifts mourning MU
Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United back to second place in the Premiership with a dazzling performance in his team's 2-1 win at West Ham on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mixed day for rivals
Barcelona hammered Racing Santander 4-1 to stay top of the Spanish first division on goal difference from surprise package Osasuna on Sunday but Real Madrid struggled to a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad.
 arrow Cricket: Greg will be cautioned
India's cricket chiefs plan to speak to national coach Greg Chappell over a rude gesture he reportedly made to crowds in Kolkata last week, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Goals galore in French League
Paris Saint Germain squandered the chance to reclaim second place behind runaway leaders Lyon when going down 4-3 at home to modest Lens in the French first division on Sunday.
 arrow Football: All for peace
Israeli and Palestinian soccer players, accompanied by a host of sports and political dignitaries, flew to Spain on Monday to promote Middle East peace in a friendly match against Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Best's funeral in Belfast on Saturday
Football legend George Best's funeral will take place this Saturday at Stormont, the home of Northern Ireland's suspended assembly, in Belfast.
 arrow Cricket: Giles in doubt for final Test
England's first choice spinner Ashley Giles is doubtful for the third and final Test against Pakistan starting on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Brain ageing can be controlled by healthy lifestyle
Brain ageing, which results in cognitive impairment of elderly people, could be controlled by a healthy lifestyle including giving up of smoking and drinking and continuing physical and mental exercises
 arrow Practise healthy democracy to realise Dr Milon's dream
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday called upon the political parties to practise healthy democracy in the country to materialise the dream of Dr Milon.
 arrow Saarc, Asean ties to be integrated under Khaleda's leadership
The Philippines hoped that relations between Saarc and Asean would be integrated under the leadership of new Saarc chairperson Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 'Develop early warning system to minimise natural disasters'
Although human being has little control over the occurrence of natural disasters, their impact can be minimised by developing suitable measures including early warning system, said the speakers at a training
 arrow Hajj flight begins December 11
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will start operation of its Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia for the ballottee and non-ballottee pilgrims from December 11 and December 15 respectively.
 arrow One killed, two shot in city
A young man was killed by unknown assailants in the city yesterday.
The victim Abul Barek Hawlader, 20, was a CNG mechanic at Khilgaon.

 arrow 'Mere change of govt won't emancipate people'
Leaders of Left Democratic Front (LDF), an alliance of seven leftist political parties, yesterday at a meeting in the city called upon people to accept their 11- point programme and to overthrow the government
 arrow Vow to resist unified education system
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left leaning student organisations, yesterday announced programmes including rallies, view exchange meeting and protest procession with a vow to resist the
 arrow Steps taken to keep power supply normal in summer
The government has taken all-out measures to keep power supply normal across the country in the coming summer, especially for cultivation of IRRI-Boro paddy.
 arrow $1.5m Dutch support for governance activities
An agreement was signed between the Netherlands government and Brac yesterday to support two sets of inter-linked governance activities at Brac University for three years.
 arrow 'Remove politics of religion'
Speakers at a memorial meeting, held yesterday in the city to mark the death anniversary of Shaheed Dr Milon, expressed concern over the prevailing situation of the country.
 arrow Jalil leaves for Kolkata for health check-up
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil left Dhaka yesterday for Kolkata for his regular health check-up.
 arrow Jamaat blamed for rise of fanaticism
No one will be rewarded heaven for killing people in the name of Islam nor those who are sacrificing their lives for such terrorist activities will be treated as martyrs, said Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary
 arrow Students' barricade halts traffic in Ctg
Angry students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday staged demonstration putting up barricade on Chittagong-Hathazari road at Oxygen intersection in the port city creating huge traffic congestion.
 arrow Bus runs over traffic sergeant
A bus ran over a traffic sergeant yesterday killing him on the spot at the city's Azampur area in Uttara.
 arrow Restore Women Dev Policy 1997
Speakers at a national convention yesterday demanded restoration of the Women Development Policy of 1997 which was formed in the light of Beijing Platform for Action (PFA).
 arrow Move to bring gender equality in Care's transport dept
In a move to bring gender equality in Care's transport department and support vulnerable segment, Care Bangladesh has been imparting a six-month intensive training to women on mechanics and driving under
 arrow Teachers demand resignation of Gazipur Agri University VC
Teachers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University brought out a procession on the campus on Sunday demanding resignation of Vice Chancellor Prof Abdul Halim.
Nationalarrow Militants patronised to cling to power
Former chief of army staff and Awami League Advisory Council member Mostafizur Rahman yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat government is acting on a 'blueprint' to cling to power by eliminating pro-liberation
 arrow Listed 'bombers' evade arrest in Khulna
None of the 24 'listed potential bombers' in Khulna city could be arrested yet despite launching of a combing operation.
 arrow Eight cops among 50 sued in Thakurgaon
At least 50 people including Thakurgaon Police Station office-in-charge (OC) and seven policemen were sued on Sunday following killing of a farmer in a police firing in Thakurgaon on November 22.
 arrow 'Flood' in dry season
Over 9000 acres of land in Fingri, Dhulihar and Brahmmarajpur unions in Satkhira Sadar upazila are fallow even during the present dry season due to water-logging.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 7 in Netrakona
Diarrhoea claimed seven lives while 500 others were attacked with the disease in Kendua upazila in last one week, according to sources in Netrakona Civil Surgeon's office.
 arrow 2 journalists arrested for seeking toll
A correspondent and a photojournalist of a regional daily were arrested Sunday night allegedly for demanding toll from villagers at Dhulihar in the Sadar upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow President Bush's Asian trip
PRESIDENT Bush has returned to Washington DC after a weeklong trip to Asia that took him to Japan, South Korea, China and Mongolia.
 arrow SAARC and the need for deep sea port
SAARC'S 13th summit while concluding on 13 November, has visibly awakened the South-Asia region and even beyond, by bringing us further closer on understanding the importance of regional cooperation and
 arrow Who will put the front foot forward?
SO there we go again. Transparency International has again found Bangladesh to be the most corrupt nation of the world. Well this has created a lot of commotion.
 arrow Tree fellers turn forest protectors
SHAMSER Ali, Shamim, Manik and Sujai, four former tree fellers of Doluchhara, dropped their axes and whipsaws about three months ago and have became active members of a 20-member community patrol team
Culturearrow Plaudits for talent
November 27 is the birth anniversary of Martyr Muneir Cowdhury.
 arrow Silver jubilee celebration of BGTF begins today
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) celebrates its silver jubilee today.
 arrow 9th Dhaka International Film Festival
One of the leading film-based organisations in our country, Rainbow Film Society is all set to hold the 9th Dhaka International Film Festival, beginning from January 17, 2006.
 arrow Srijon stages musical soiree
Cultural group Srijon organises regular monthly programmes. This month's show, titled Songs of Yesteryears, was held at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum Saturday last.
Generalarrow 3 to die in khulna
A court in Khulna yesterday sentenced three persons to death for killing a 12-year-old boy in May 2002.
The convicts are Indrajit Saha, Ebadul Islam and Abu Sayeed. All of them are absconding.

 arrow GP HSE Week begins
GrameenPhone Ltd inaugurated the fifth annual Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Week on Sunday, says a press release.
"Safety for better tomorrow" is the theme of this year's HSE Week.

 arrow PM to open Patuakhali Bridge today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the 485-meter Patuakhali Bridge today.
Tk 27.17 crore bridge over the Laukathi river in Sadar upazila will be opened to traffic at noon, local sources said.

 arrow President, PM greet Albanian counterparts
President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have felicitated their Albanian counterparts on the occasion of the Liberation Day of Albenia.
Internationalarrow Tigers ease war fears as president offers talks
A Tamil Tiger deadline for a political deal in Sri Lanka eased fears of an immediate return to war in the South Asian nation and left room for the new government to manoeuvre, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow 4 foreign aid workers kidnapped in Iraq
Four aid workers -- two Canadians, a Briton and an American -- have been reported kidnapped in Iraq and three British pilgrims killed in a bus shooting in a new surge of violence against foreigners.
 arrow EU struggles to strike terror pact with mostly Muslim neighbours
EU leaders struggled yesterday to finalise an anti-terrorism code of conduct with their mostly Muslim southern neighbours, at the end of a summit clouded by the absence of most of the Arab leaders.
 arrow Junta extends Suu Kyi's house arrest by 6 months
Myanmar's junta has extended pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by six months, an official said yesterday, as the generals prepare for talks on a constitution that would cement their
 arrow Nepal nets journalists to block rebel interview
Nepal police late Sunday seized equipment from a radio station and arrested four journalists and a technician to block the broadcasting of a BBC interview with the Maoist rebel chief, reports said.
 arrow US Congressman backs Indo-US nuclear pact
A US legislator and well-known critic of Indian policies in Kashmir has backed a landmark pact that would let New Delhi buy civilian nuclear technology, the Press Trust of India said yesterday.
 arrow Senator urges Bush to explain Iraq war plan
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee urged President George W. Bush on Sunday to go before the American public to explain his plan for the war in Iraq.
 arrow Global warming equals WMDs: Scientist
The impact of spiralling pollution on the planet poses a threat to civilisation just as catastrophic as much-vaunted weapons of mass destruction, Britain's top scientist warned yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's timely call
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has described the Islamic militants as enemies of the religion they claim to belong to. We cannot agree more.
 arrow Editorial: CEC introduces pre-censorship
The new rule introduced by the CEC requiring journalists seeking information to submit questions to him only in writing is thoroughly misconceived, and we would like to make clear that we view the rule
 arrow Beyond the boundary of economics
Yujiro Hayami -- the famous Japanese economist that I referred to before -- this time writes on a relatively 'unheard' or 'unseen' aspect of agricultural growth and rural development.
 arrow Curtains on Laloo-Rabri Raj
The people of Bihar have delivered a crushing verdict against the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress coalition. The result is unusual for five reasons.
Letters to Editorarrow Better late...
The prime minister has been very judicious to ask Mir Nasiruddin to step down, after his disappointing failure to resolve the yearly Hajj flight issue.
 arrow Religious extremism
Thank you very much for publishing my letter in The Daily Star. I hope that the politicians and the government officials concerned will pay attention to this matter.
 arrow Saarc Summit
The Thirteenth Saarc Summit was held in Dhaka on 12 and 13 November, after two postponements. There have been two positive developments.
 arrow AL stand on Saarc Summit
Saarc is the solitary organisation for the South Asian nations. So it has an important role to play in the economic, political, cultural and social advancement of the South Asian people.
 arrow A disappointment
It was a massive disappointment to learn about the cancellation of the O and A Level Award Ceremony 2005.
 arrow Brian Lara
Brian Lara is no doubt a great batsman who has rightly been scaling dizzying heights in today's cricket. He has now amassed more runs than any other batsman in Test cricket.
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