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Front Pagearrow Why probes shouldn't be declared failure
The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government why its continuous failure to discharge constitutional obligations to hold impartial, adequate and effective investigations into the bomb blasts
 arrow Attack planned at Shakhipur mosque
The suicidal bomber of Chittagong, who narrowly escaped death, yesterday gave important information about the ghastly blast he had carried out Tuesday and activities of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Party leaders' stance contradicts PM's talks call
The effectiveness of the prime minister's call yesterday upon all political parties to sit in dialogues to find ways to end bomb terrorism comes into question as many of her party leaders have blamedthe
 arrow Gazipur mourns blast victims
The entire Gazipur district yesterday mourned two slain lawyers and five others with daylong protests by people of all walks of life against Tuesday's bomb attack at the district bar association thatleft
 arrow Let's find together ways to stop bomb terrorism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on all political parties and distinguished personalities to sit together and find out ways to stop bomb terrorism.
 arrow SCBA enforces hartal today
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today to protest against Tuesday's killings in bomb attacks on Gazipur and Chittagong courts.
 arrow Rise of militancy threat to nat'l security
A parliamentary body has termed the rise of militancy a threat to the state security and suggested launching a united move for the sake of national existence.
 arrow Free medicare lacking despite govt pledge
Most of the injured in Gazipur suicide bomb attack now under treatment at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) have to buy medicines from outside, despite a government order to provide those forfree
 arrow More JMB threats
The militants of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to blow up an NGO in Madaripur and kill a journalist in Netrakona, and deputy commissioner (DC) and
 arrow Dhaka hosts board meeting
Dhaka is set to host the meeting of the Board of Directors of the United Nations (UN) Foundation on December 11 and 12.
 arrow Benapole port fire guts Tk 100cr goods
Imported goods worth about Tk 100crore were gutted in a fire at shed No 10 (A-new) of Benapole land port Wednesday noon.
 arrow Deal on trans-Asian railway finalised
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have finalised a draft intergovernmental agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network (TAR) Nov 30, which is expected to play an important role in the construction
 arrow Oust MPs with 'militant links'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikya Mancha yesterday demanded the ouster of the ministers and lawmakers with alleged militant links, and the arrest of the killers involved in suicide bombattacks
 arrow Shahadat Chy laid to rest
Eminent journalist and freedom fighter Shahadat Chowdhury was buried with state honour at Mirpur Freedom Fighters Graveyard yesterday.
 arrow 14-party lays siege to DC offices
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance laid siege to deputy commissioners' (DC) offices across the country yesterday, demanding a reduction of prices of essentials and the introduction
 arrow Niko to go to int'l court over price
Niko, the Canadian operator of Feni a`nd Tengratila gas fields, has decided to go to International Arbitration Court for settling the gas price issue with the government.
 arrow Bomb explodes behind Khulna BNP office
A powerful bomb went off at 8:15am yesterday in the backyard of Khulna BNP office on KD Ghose Road, a few yards off Khulna Police Station (PS), but there was no casualty.
Businessarrow WB board today decides $200m development loan tranche
A World Bank (WB) Executive Board meeting today will decide whether or not to approve the $200 million third tranche of Development Support Credit (DSC) to Bangladesh.
 arrow India may join Asean free trade area: Manmohan
After free trade agreements with Saarc, Singapore and Thailand, India is likely to join Asean free trade area, which could lead to a major FTA in Asia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said.
 arrow Craft goods makers need help to explore export market
Renowned home textile and craft products maker Gautam Saha, CEO of Sristy Hometex Ltd, talks to The Daily Star on the prospects and problems of the craft industry in Bangladesh.
 arrow Thousands of CVs puzzle bdjobs.com at IT job fair
During the SoftExpo2005, bdjobs.com, the largest online job site of the country, could not cope with the number of CVs submitted, frustrating employers and employees.
 arrow G7 states to meet to salute Greenspan, discuss trade
Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised countries gather in London later this week for an extraordinary meeting to say goodbye to outgoing US Federal Reserve
 arrow 12 business houses get Best IT Use Award
A total of 12 business houses have received Bangladesh Best IT Use -2005 Award yesterday for their contribution to the IT sector using local software.
 arrow US, Pakistan to step up talks on bilateral investment pact
The United States and Pakistan agreed Tuesday to strive harder to forge a bilateral investment pact that could set the stage for negotiations to establish a free trade agreement.
 arrow Indian economy grows 8pc in Q2
India's economy expanded by 8.0 percent in the second quarter of the financial year, driven by a strong manufacturing and services sector, government data showed Wednesday.
 arrow Thai economy seen up 5pc in 2006
Thailand's economy is likely to expand by 5.0 percent next year, supported by strong exports, improving tourism and falling global oil prices, the finance ministry said Wednesday.
 arrow Trade talks must salvage development deal
The chairman of upcoming international trade talks in Hong Kong has called on world leaders to salvage at least a development deal for poor countries even though a wider trade agreement is looking unlikely.
 arrow Gold down sharply in Asian trade
Gold prices were down sharply in Asian trade Wednesday, giving up near 20-year highs as profit-takers moved in after the precious metal rose above the 500 US dollar mark, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka win match, but Barisal win hearts
Sylhet pulled off an exciting four-wicket victory over Chittagong while defending champions Dhaka toiled hard to manage a 95-run win against spirited Barisal on the final day of the four-day NationalCricket
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh's flying start in U-19 meet
A swashbuckling 83 off 62 balls by Sakib Al Hasan steered Bangladesh to an emphatic four-wicket win over England in the opening match of the tri-nation under-19 cricket tournament at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's one last goal
Brian Lara says he has one remaining goal left in Test cricket before he hangs up his boots -- Sir Don Bradman's world record 12 Test double centuries.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf steadies Pakistan
Mohammad Yousuf hit a stylish half-century as Pakistan recovered Wednesday from a poor start in reply to an under par England total in the third and final Test in Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: Akram questions chucking laws
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has criticised the Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) over laws governing illegal bowling actions and thinks players from the sub-continent are being unfairly treated.
 arrow Football: BU, Samabesh share honours
Nigerian striking pair Paul Nwakuchu and Chimaoku wasted a series of chances to deny Brothers Union three certain points in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League when the defending champions drew
 arrow Chess: Biman, Leonine share lead
Holders Leonine Chess Club and Bangladesh Biman toppled Muktijoddha Sangsad in the table to take joint lead in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League after fifth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka serious about U-19 tourney
Sri Lanka will take the tri-nation U-19 cricket tournament seriously when they join England and hosts Bangladesh in the 15-day meet.
 arrow Cricket: 'Ganguly to get fair treatment'
Newly-elected BCCI president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday hailed the all-round contribution of Sourav Ganguly to Indian cricket and assured that the former skipper will be treated fairly by the national selection
 arrow Football: SKP condemns booter's killing
The Sammilito Krira Paribar (SKP) yesterday condemned the killing of footballer Shahbuddin in Tuesday's suicidal bomb-blast in Chittagong.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to consider six-day Tests in Pakistan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is willing to consider six-day Tests in Pakistan to ensure completion of the regulatory 450 overs during the winter season.
 arrow Cricket: Prantik ride on tons
Prantik Krira Chakra rode on a pair of hundreds by Aslam Ali and Jahangir to inflict a massive 115-run defeat on Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Wenger scotches Real connection
Arsene Wenger has scotched speculation that he could be in line to be the next Real Madrid manager by insisting that the "glue on my seat" will keep him at Arsenal until his current contract expires in
 arrow Football: 'The last magician'
As far as awards go, Ronaldinho didn't know which was better - winning the 50th European Player of the Year award or hearing some of football's greatest ever players gushing over his talents.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis set for comeback
Former world number one Martina Hingis is to return to professional tennis next year.
 arrow Cricket: PCB greets new Indian board
The Pakistan cricket authorities have asked the newly elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to finalise the Indians' itinerary for next year's Test and one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: England's ODI in Karachi on
England still plan to play a one-day international in Karachi next month although the security situation remains under review, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Giles will have op next week
England spinner Ashley Giles will have surgery for his chronic hip problem next week in England, a team spokesman said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia will keep that divot
Australia has moved to permanently preserve the penalty spot from which the Socceroos earlier this month secured their first berth in the World Cup finals for 32 years.
 arrow Football: Captaincy reward for Zoro?
Ivory Coast international Mark Zoro, who was the target of racist abuse at the weekend, will be made captain of Messina at Treviso on December 4, Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali relishing the challenge
After a none-too-impressive performance in the one-dayers, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is keen to prove himself in the Test series against India beginning here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Peace wins in Barcelona
Spanish champions Barcelona beat a joint Israeli-Palestinian soccer team 2-1 on Tuesday in a "match for peace" aimed at promoting reconciliation in the Middle East.
 arrow Football: Rui Costa guides AC Milan
Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa scored one goal and laid on another to steer AC Milan to a 3-1 win over Serie B club Brescia in their Italian Cup fourth round, first-leg match on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith will go Down Under
South Africa captain Graeme Smith will tour Australia although his injured finger will need protection, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Security vigilance heightened
The home ministry yesterday ordered heightened intelligence vigilance across the country and take stringent security measures in courts and diplomatic zones.
 arrow Peacekeeping mission praise goes in vain if no peace at home: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said it would be most unfortunate if Bangladesh cannot ensure peace at home when the country is lauded globally for maintaining peace abroad through UN peacekeeping
 arrow Oust Jamaat from govt or BNP will ruin
Leaders of Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (BTF) and Zaker Party yesterday blamed Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh for the Tuesday's bomb blast in Gajipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Nizami now sees foreign hands in bombings
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the suicide bombers are working to create an opportunity for foreign intervention in the country by destroying political stabilitythrough
 arrow Create environment where Aids patients can disclose themselves
With proper awareness campaign, an environment has to be created in the society where people living with HIV/Aids will not be afraid of disclosing themselves for the sake of preventing the deadly disease,
 arrow Historic trip on Silk Route starts today
The nine-member Chinese delegation's historic journey through ancient Silk Route to Dhaka by two cars starts today.
 arrow Govt urged to take action against Jamaat
South Asian Peoples' Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism and Committee to Eliminate the Killers and Collaborators of 1971 at a joint statement yesterday condemned the suicide attack on courts
 arrow JMB chief, 10 others accused in charge sheet
Jamalpur police pressed charges against 10 Islamist militants, including chief of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), for their involvement in seven serial blasts in the Jamalpur town on
 arrow Four killed in road accident
Four people, including a woman and a boy, were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ruhul Amin new envoy to Bahrain
The government has decided to appoint Ruhul Amin, director general (Saarc) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the next ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 arrow UN issues travel alert for staff
The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) yesterday issued a circular asking the staffs of 16 UN bodies and six UN-affiliated organisations not to travel outside Dhaka until further
 arrow Ctg bomber's father, brother held
Sakhipur police yesterday morning arrested the father and brother of Tuesday's bomb attacker on Chittagong court premises from their house at Taktarchala village under Sakhipur upazila in the district.
 arrow Tri-Continental Film Festival begins Dec 8
A weeklong Tri-Continental Film Festival will begin in Dhaka on December 8.
 arrow 'Asian govts lack political will to fight Aidsí
World Aids Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world with the theme 'Stop Aids: Keep promise'.
 arrow 'Govt, NGO's must work together to eradicate poverty'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for coordination of the government, NGO's and the civil society in order to eradicate extreme poverty from the country.
 arrow DU Rokeya Hall becomes champion
Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU) became champion in the 'Anti-Corruption Debate Competition' defeating law department of the same university yesterday.
Nationalarrow Ruling party men chosen for making voter list
The lists of supervisors and enumerators have been finalised for preparation of voter list in Khulna without consultation with opposition parties.
 arrow Parties protest bombings by JMB militants
The opposition 14-party alliance led by Awami League staged demonstrations in districts across the country yesterday protesting Tuesday's JMB bombings of Gazipur and Chitatgong court compounds and demanding
 arrow Robbers loot 3 night coaches, two cars
Highway robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 20 lakh from three night coaches, two private cars and three trucks on the Barisal-Dhaka highway near Talma of Nagarkanda in Faridpur district in the
 arrow 4 ministers to campaign for Jamaat man
Three ministers and a State Minister are coming to Dinajpur today to campaign for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Aftab Uddin Mollah, a candidate of the ruling alliance in the by-election in Dinajpur-1
 arrow Wave of protests against bombings


Culturearrow Group Theatre Federation's silver jubilee celebration begins
On November 29, theatre activists thronged to the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy campus on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF).
 arrow Closeup 1 talent hunt countdown starts
It's been quite a journey for the Closeup 1 contestants who made it to the 'Top 10'.
 arrow Rajshahi University reverberates to a drama festival
Somokal Natyochokro, a theatre group of Rajshahi University, observed their 24th founding anniversary at the campus on November 27.
 arrow Animation Film Festival 2005
The Animation Film Festival 2005, organised by the Dhaka University Film Society, began Monday last, says a press release.
Generalarrow Shantu places 6-point charter of demand to solve CHT problems
Full implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord is not possible without a secular and democratic government in the country, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma, president
 arrow BSF alert at outposts after blasts
Concerned over Tuesday's suicide bomb attacks in Bangladesh, Border Security Force (BSF) has alerted all the 181 outposts along the 856 km-long porous border in Tripura, Mizoram and Cachar district of
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the courses and traditional (homeopathic) examinations of Dhaka University (DU), scheduled for today, have been postponed. Fresh dates will be announced soon, said a DU press release yesterday.
Internationalarrow Quake survivors plead for help in Indian Kashmir
Sarwar Jan and her eight shivering children collect a handful of twigs to light a fire in their little tin shed as it snows heavily outside.
 arrow US, UK blamed for Iraq hostages
A peace group blamed the United States and Britain for the abduction of four activists shown in an insurgent video, saying the kidnapping was the direct result of the occupation of Iraq.
 arrow Saudi women score twice in first polls
Two Saudi businesswomen swept to an unprecedented victory in elections to the board of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the first polls in which women stood as candidates in the conservative
 arrow Uma Bharti suspended for anti-party activities
Barely four days after she was appointed BJP National General Secretary, the stormy petrel of saffron politics Uma Bharti was on Wednesday suspended from the primary membership of the party for "anti-party
 arrow Hurricane season finally ending
The victims of the busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record may be comforted now that it's finally ending Wednesday: No hurricane has been known to hit the United States between December
 arrow 9 Iraqis shot to death in attack on minibus
Nine Iraqis from a Shiite village northeast of Baghdad were shot and killed Wednesday as they boarded a minibus to go to work on nearby farms, police said.
 arrow No 'date certain' for Iraq victory, withdrawal: US
The White House, in its most detailed public plan yet for success in Iraq, said Wednesday it expected to reduce US forces there in 2006 but warned that victory would not come by a "date certain.
 arrow 8 reported dead in Pakistani quake zone
More than 700 people many suffering from pneumonia and hypothermia were treated at hospitals Wednesday as winter descends on Pakistani Kashmir and the millions who lost their homes in last month's
 arrow Bus crash kills 30 in Nepal
At least 30 people died and 15 others were injured when their bus veered off a road in Nepal and plunged 50 metres down a hill, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Clinton pledges continued help for tsunami-hit Aceh
The UN special envoy for tsunami recovery, former US president Bill Clinton, pledged Wednesday that the international community would not abandon Aceh even after it fades from world attention.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Annual confidential report irregularities
The news that a probe body of the establishment ministry has unearthed 31 cases of tampering with annual confidential reports (ACRs) of officials and that the ACRs of 48 more officials are missing is
 arrow Editorial: A tribute to Shahadat
The death of journalist Shahadat Choudhury is a great loss to the profession and men that he was associated with for over three decades.
 arrow Are we going the Afghan way?
Reading between the lines of the Daily Star editorial yesterday, one could not help imagine that it was alluding to the grim but the distinct possibility of Bangladesh being forced in that direction.
 arrow Bihar's gift
No matter which way the numbers are stacked, there is only one clear winner in the long-drawn Bihar Sudoku: a Sikh gentleman generally resident in Delhi who barely intervened in the turmoil of India's
Letters to Editorarrow Poor performance
Deficiency of gas, water and electricity has turned our lives miserable. This is, no doubt, a disappointing and pitiful matter.
 arrow Champions!
What we are? How do we do? Why we are champions (in corruption) five times in a row? I cannot discern any light of hope for our improvement. Now corruption is in our blood.
 arrow Saarc Summit
I am happy to see that the 13th Saarc summit ended successfully and peacefully. By adopting strict security measures the law enforcing agencies displayed great sense of responsibility.
 arrow Stop this cheating
We are champions, not once or twice, but five times at a stretch! Yes, you are right! We are the topmost in the ranking of most corrupt countries.
World AIDS Day Special arrow HIV/AIDS: Bangladesh country situation
Though at present Bangladesh is categorised as a low HIV prevalence country, from an epidemiological point of view the HIV epidemic in Bangladesh is evolving rapidly.
 arrow Working with young people to stop AIDS in Bangladesh
Globally, roughly 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2005, there were 4.9 million new HIV infections: of which half were between the ages of 15-24.
 arrow Combating HIV/AIDS and achieving MDGs
In the 25 years since it was first reported, AIDS has become the leading cause of premature death in sub-Saharan Africa and the fourth largest killer worldwide.
 
   
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