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Front Pagearrow Twin JMB suicide strikes spell carnage in courts
Nine people including two lawyers and a police constable were killed and 78 others injured yesterday in two suicide bomb attacks by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), on Chittagong and Gazipur court premises.
 arrow Bang, blood, screams
It was about 9:45 in the morning. The ground floor hall room of Gazipur Bar Association was almost jam-packed and lawyers were busy with their clients.
 arrow Lawyers stay off court, call hartal for Dec 1
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday decided to enforce tomorrow a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting the twin suicide bomb attacks on lawyers and policemen in Gazipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Political will the key
Left at a loss by twin suicide blasts in Gazipur and Chittagong, the law enforcers yesterday said only a political will of the government can resist the religious militancy taking a turn for the worse
 arrow Govt mulls army-led drive to net Islamists
The government is mulling over going for a combing operation similar to the Operation Clean Heart to net the Islamist militants responsible for recurrent bomb attacks across the country.
 arrow End of a valiant freedom fighter, editor
Shahadat Chowdhury, the eminent journalist, successful editor and veteran freedom fighter who passed away early yesterday, will be laid to rest today.
 arrow Bombs were different
Separate types of bombs exploded at Gazipur and Chittagong yesterday, bomb experts said after primary analysis.
 arrow PM warns tough action against JMB
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday warned of dire consequences of the desperate acts of subversion by the banned Islamist outfit JMB.
 arrow Niko backs out from supply threat
The high profile meeting between the Niko chief and the advisor to the energy ministry yesterday failed to resolve the gas price issue.
 arrow Sea ports asked to tighten security
The Department of Shipping asked the Chittagong and Mongla seaport authorities to maintain stringent security measures following the suicide bomb blasts in Chittagong and Gazipur yesterday morning.
 arrow Militancy won't rock investment plan: Tata
Top executives of Indian business giant Tata yesterday said the recent rise of militancy in Bangladesh won't discourage them to go ahead with the planned $ 2.
 arrow Bhuiyan seeks opposition help
Ruling BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government is determined to eradicate the militants from the country in one or two months.
 arrow JMB threatens to kill Dinajpur judge, Bar chair in Mymensingh
The banned Islamist militant outfit Jamaa'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has issued fresh death threats to a Dinajpur judge and a senior lawyer in Mymensingh.
 arrow Govt has link to JMB, says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition bears direct links to Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) which, she said, has been staging blasts across the country
 arrow JMB attacks kill 15 since Aug 17
Fifteen people including judges, lawyers and police have been killed since banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) started terror attacks on August 17 in the name of establishing
 arrow Saifur upset
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman expressed frustration over yesterday's suicide bombings in Chittagong and Gazipur at a time when the chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, is scheduled
 arrow US condemns attacks
The US has condemned the bombings in Chittagong and Gazipur and asked the government to bring the perpetrators to justice in a prompt and lawful manner.
 arrow 2 killed in 'shootouts' with Rab
An outlaw and a top criminal were killed in encounters between their accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Khulna and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Nizami sees opposition link
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami condemned yesterday's deadly bombings, saying that the outrageous incidents seem to be linked with the Awami League-led opposition
 arrow Email sender to US, UK embassies held
Police yesterday claimed that they arrested the culprit who sent the emails to the US and UK missions in Dhaka on Sunday threatening to blow up the embassies.
 arrow List of injured
The list of injured found at the register of Gazipur Sadar Hospital: Advocates Jebunnessa Meenu, Anwarul Hoq, 40, Khorshed, 35, Rustam Ali, 40, Abdur Razzak, 55, Anisur Rahman Kajol, 35, Anwar Hossain,
 arrow Canadian govt falls on no-confidence
A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the Christmas holidays.
 arrow 80-year old victim seeks his family
Ramizuddin, 80, the oldest among the people injured in yesterday's bomb attack on the Gazipur district court premises was in and out of consciousness in ward no 31 of Dhaka Medical College Hospital last
Businessarrow Gold hits new high
Gold prices in local market have hit all-time high with guinea (21 carat) selling at Tk 12,300 and 22 carat at Tk 12,888 a bhori.
 arrow In search of partner for Rupali Bank
Privatisation Commission is going to hold 'road shows' in Dubai, Singapore and London to find a good strategic partner for Rupali Bank.
 arrow Experts start talks in Kathmandu
Experts from Saarc states yesterday began crucial meeting in Kathmandu to thrash out a formula so that Safta agreement comes into effect as per the schedule from January 1 next year.
 arrow Steel millers demand study on Tata investment proposal
Steel and re-rolling mill owners yesterday urged the government to conduct an independent study on the investment proposal by Indian conglomerate Tata Group whether the investment will hurt the localsteel
 arrow 'Tata makes progresses in key issues'
Indian industrial giant Tata has made progresses in key issues while discussing investment proposals with Bangladesh government, visiting Executive Director of Tata Sons Alan Rosling said yesterday in
 arrow Gold breaks $500 an ounce in Asian trade
The price of gold exceeded 500 US dollars an ounce for the first time in 18 years in trading on Asian markets Tuesday amid fears about rising inflation, dealers said.
 arrow Saifur assures BGMEA of looking into demands
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday assured the readymade garment (RMG) industry of considering their problems, including support to resume production in the sick units and import of yarn through
 arrow Oil below $57
Oil prices extended losses on Tuesday owing to warmer temperatures in the US northeast, a major consumer of heating fuel, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Visitors now coming good
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar-led Khulna took sweet revenge of their one-day defeat to Rajshahi as the visitors recorded a ten-wicket victory over the home side in the four-day fixture of the National
 arrow Football: It's Ronaldinho
Silky smooth Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho was named the 50th Ballon d'Or, equivalent to the European player of the year here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia sweep series
Ricky Ponting believes Australia have righted a few wrongs from the Ashes loss to England with their 3-0 Test series clean sweep over the West Indies at Adelaide Oval Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts wrest back initiative
Off-spinner Shoaib Malik and paceman Navedul Hasan shared five wickets on Tuesday as England squandered an early advantage with some poor sweep shots on the opening day of the final Test.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar ends Dalmiya days
Political heavyweight Sharad Pawar wrested control of India's cricket board on Tuesday, ending Jagmohan Dalmiya's more than 25-year stranglehold on the country's richest sporting body.
 arrow Football: NFL's Rangpur round from today
The second leg of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League final phase begins at the Rangpur Stadium today amid mismanagement and uncertainty over defending champions Brothers Union taking on debutant
 arrow Cricket: U-19 tri-series begins today
With an eye on next year's Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh youth team will begin their campaign in the tri-nation one-day series, that also involves Sri Lanka, against Englandat
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly backers sacked from selection panel
Deposed India captain Sourav Ganguly suffered a blow on Tuesday when all three selectors who supported his return were sacked from the five-man panel.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Apurbo Roy bagged five wickets for 16 to steer Partex SC to an emphatic 74-run win over Azad SC in yesterday's First Division Cricket League at the BKSP ground.
 arrow Hockey: Div II hockey
Bangladesh Police and Uttara Hockey Club enjoyed goal feasts with heavy wins in the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'The lesser tech the better’
Umpiring decisions blighted the final Australia-West Indies Test here, but Ricky Ponting said Tuesday the current system should stay in place in cricket.
 arrow Cricket: What Lara wants from the Aussies
Brian Lara told the victorious Australian team they had a responsibility to play their cricket in the best spirit after what is seen as his final Test match in Australia here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid hails mates
India's captain Rahul David on Tuesday hailed his team's resurgence in limited-overs cricket, but warned there was a long way to go before it could be counted among the best.
 arrow Chess: Biman, Leonine narrow gap
Defending champions Leonine Chess Club and title contenders Bangladesh Biman both closed in the gap with leaders Muktijoddha Sangsad after the fourth round of the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League
 arrow Football: Final in Nepal
Bangladesh beat Nepal for the right to host the opening ceremony of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup, but the final will be played in the Himalayan nation.
 arrow Football: French defender Di Tommaso passes away
Utrecht defender David di Tommaso died in his sleep on Monday aged 26, the Dutch first division club said on Tuesday.
According to media reports, the French defender suffered a heart attack at home.

 arrow Football: 'I'd love Henry to have it’
Newly crowned European Footballer of the Year Ronaldinho believes Thierry Henry deserves to win the award one day and would love the Arsenal striker to join him at Barcelona.
 arrow Cricket: Warne found not guilty
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was Tuesday found not guilty of dissent after being reported by the match umpires in the third cricket Test against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval.
Metropolitanarrow Bomb blasts condemned
Bomb blasts in Gazipur and Chittagong, which left eight people including two lawyers and one police constable dead, sent shock waves through the country yesterday as grief and widespread condemnations
 arrow Security issues discussed
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday met opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and discussed the security issues and the latest situation arising out of the bomb explosions in Gazipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Implement provisions of CHT peace accord urgently
Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) issue is a political problem, and it should be resolved politically for the greater interest of the country, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Govt has no control over law and order
The government has no right to stay in power any longer as it has totally failed to ensure security of the people, said President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday.
 arrow Bhuiyan visits injured at DMCH
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday visited the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) to see for himself the bomb victims of Gazipur.
 arrow Lawyers condemn bombings on court premises
Thirty prominent Supreme Court and Dhaka district court lawyers have expressed strong hatred and condemnation of a spate of bombings on court premises in different areas, which killed and injured many
 arrow Bomb incidents in picture
1) A nurse attends to a lawyer injured in the bomb blast at Gazipur Hospital yesterday. 2) Many people throng the Gazipur Hospital to identify the persons killed in the bomb blast.
 arrow Corazon proposes Dr Yunus as Time's 'Person of the Year’
The former Philippines president Corazon Aquino has proposed Dr Muhammad Yunus, micro economic doyen and the founder of Grameen Bank, as the "Person of the Year" for the international Time magazine.
 arrow CU students’ ultimatum
Students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the CU authorities demanding steps to release two students arrested at Sholoshahar Railway Station in the port city on Monday.
 arrow Project Citizen training course concludes
The Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh (CDRB) organised a Training of Trainers under its Project Citizen Bangladesh in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Reshuffle in admin
The government reshuffled the responsibilities of four senior officials in the ministries of Establishment, Information, Expatriate Welfare & Overseas Employment, and Women and Children Affairs.
Nationalarrow Lawyers stage angry protests
Angry lawyers came onto streets in towns across the country as the news of dastardly bomb attacks on Gazipur and Chittagong court compounds reached them within hours of the incident.
 arrow Ruling party leaders obstruct drive against JMB men
Netrakona police can not take all out drive against JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) activists because of pressure from ruling party leaders, a high police official admitted yesterday.
 arrow Probe goes slow, no charge sheet yet
Gaibandha police are yet to submit charge sheet against the 14 suspected JMB militants arrested in connection with the August 17 bomb blasts due to alleged political pressure.
 arrow No traffic police in Khulna for 7 hours
Traffic police were suddenly withdrawn from all points under five police stations in Khulna city at about 11 am yesterday after the bomb attacks in Gazipur and Chittagong.
 arrow 4 Indians held in Satkhira
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Monday arrested four Indian nationals in Bhomra Land Port area of the Sadar upazila for entering into the Bangladesh territory illegally, according to BDR and police sources.
 arrow Absconding, but not absent!
A madrasa teacher wanted in August 17 bombing case here is absconding but he puts his signature regularly on the teachers' attendance register.
Point-Counterpointarrow An anatomy of SAARC Dhaka Declaration
The two-day 13th SAARC Summit held in Dhaka ended on November 13 with the issuance of the Dhaka Declaration, just as has each of the previous 12 summits did with a declaration.
 arrow Lady by the lake
On Sunday Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of the founder of modern Burma, General Aung San, had her house arrest extended for a further year.
Culture arrow Naren Biswas Padak '05
Recitation group Kanthoshilon honoured Pradip Ghosh with the Naren Biswas Award this year.
 arrow Artistic energy unleashed
It is a recharged artist, Nazia Andaleeb Preema who has returned from a one-and-a- half month sojourn in Delhi.
  arrow "You are proud Bangalees, you should say 'Eleesh' instead of 'Cheese'"
Fakir Alamgir’s childhood was packed with excitement and mingled with the Kirtanias and the Bauls-Boyatis who frequented his village.
Internationalarrow Delhi failing to stem Maoist violence: Patil
The Indian government said yesterday it has been unable to stem growing Maoist insurgencies in parts of the country while gunmen shot dead an opposition Hindu nationalist legislator and seven others in
 arrow Sharon's party willing to see Palestinian state
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new party spelt out its willingness to see the creation of a Palestinian state as it celebrated yesterday the defection of a leading Labour MP to its ranks.
 arrow German woman, 6 Iranians kidnapped
A German woman and six Iranian Shia pilgrims, including two women, have been kidnapped in Iraq in the latest strike against foreigners in the war-torn country.
 arrow Pneumonia hits children in Pak quake zone
Pneumonia is spreading amongst cold and hungry children who survived Pakistan's giant earthquake, killing two and affecting hundreds more as the Himalayan winter sweeps in, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Relatives furious at China mine's management
The death toll from one of China's biggest mining disasters in recent years rose to 148 yesterday, as angry relatives of the victims blamed the state-run mine's management for ignoring safety standards.
 arrow 35 militants sign peace deal with Pakistan
Thirty-five tribal militants with alleged links to al-Qaeda signed a peace deal with Pakistani authorities, pledging not to harbour foreign militants, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali opposition gears up for protests
Leaders of seven opposition parties in Nepal are planning a series of protests to coincide with local elections, due to be held in mid-December, politicians said yesterday.
 arrow 'Lanka civil war could reverse tsunami recovery'
The visiting UN envoy for tsunami recovery, Bill Clinton, warned Sri Lanka yesterday that a return to civil war in the island could undo efforts to rebuild after last year's devastating tsunami.
 arrow Host of CIA secret prisons to lose voting rights: EU
Any European Union state that secretly hosted a CIA prison faces loss of its voting rights, and Washington should punish any violations that occurred, an EU commissioner said on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror strikes again
The terrorists have struck again in Chittagong and Gazipur, killing seven people. And the target once again is the country's judiciary and their members.
 arrow Editorial: Attuning to the changing times
By far the most significant resolve made at the lately-concluded Commonwealth Summit of 53 heads of government and state is to push for a global trade agreement at the mid-December WTO talks in Hong Kong
 arrow Confronting the so-called religious extremism
Unprecedented violent actions resorted to by the so-called religious extremists belonging to at least two outfits have now engaged the attention of every section of our society.
 arrow Political earthquake in Israel
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's political somersault in leaving the Likud Party that he co-founded in 1973, was, according to an Israeli political commentator, Hannan Crystal, a "tsunami" that would reshape
 arrow Bihar polls a setback for Congress and allies
The result of the state assembly elections in the important Indian state of Bihar has come as a setback for the ruling Indian National Congress and its allies.
Letters to Editorarrow Beggars and DMP's role
The present Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner had promised to the city dwellers that the DMP would take appropriate measures to evict beggars from the main thoroughfares of Dhaka.
 arrow Flood problem
A flood is a natural calamity like an earthquake, 'draught', 'storm,' 'tornado' or 'cyclone'.
 arrow Saarc: Road to prosperity
With much interest I have gone through the EDITOR's NOTE by you which was published in the informative special supplement of The Daily Star (dt.
 arrow Changing Pakistanis
We used to know and interacted quite often and freely with the non-Bengali Pakistanis in pre-liberation days.
 arrow Education
It is education that accompanied man in peregrination to civilisation directing, beckoning and sanctifying.
 arrow Those rankings
The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has been published and has again created a stir.
 arrow Intimidation and property rights
Across our cities, a frightening new phenomenon is quietly becoming commonplace.
 arrow Jail-killing Day
The Daily Star is the most favourite newspaper of mine and obviously I am a regular subscriber of it. I like most of its news, features, articles and editorials.
 arrow No government work
"No government work" which has been declared is nothing but a bolt from the blue for the promising unemployed. The parents of the educated students have been panic stricken hearing the pronouncement.
 arrow Crude mobile culture
A couple came to see us during the Eid. The husband's mobile phone was ringing every few minutes. I politely suggested to him what he would lose if the mobile were switched off for a while.
 arrow Congratulations!
Congratulations to you for your bold commentaries published in DS of the 17th and 21 October 2005.
 arrow Religion in politics
This refers to Mr. A. Mahasen's letter, "Secularism in Politics" appearing in this column on Oct. 5 where he first in advising the Awami League to ditch Secularism admired the moral courage of Md.
Star Chittagongarrow Archaeological heritage in tatters
The rich heritage of Chittagong is under threat as there is no initiative to protect the ancient monuments and antiquities here.
 arrow Toothless dental unit
Activities of the Dental Unit of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) have long been remained confined only to tooth plucking.
Star Cityarrow 10 days to go, much left to be done
With only 10 days left before the inauguration of the month long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2005, the participants are fighting against time to complete preparations before the opening.
 arrow Creating awareness among the homeless
Although some of the poor in Dhaka City are slum dwellers, a larger section comprises of the floating population.
 arrow Bad days for flower traders at Shahbagh
The street-side flower traders at Shahbag are experiencing a decline in sales and demand as a result of cultural changes and rising prices.
 arrow No respite from illegal parking in Banani, Mohakhali
The Kemal Ataturk Avenue stretching from Kakoli intersection in Banani to Gulshan circle-2 hardly appears to be an avenue as unabated illegal parking in the entire area around Banani Bazaar has turned
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