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Front Pagearrow JMB suicide bomber strikes Gazipur again
Yet another suicide bomb attack by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Gazipur killed a government employee and injured 30 people yesterday noon, only two days into Tuesday's identical terror strike
 arrow Political talks in limbo for stiff stances
In view of the present political situation, there is very little possibility of any dialogue between the government and the opposition either on electoral reforms or combating militancy as both stickto
 arrow Hartal observed with call to resist militancy
A countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by lawyers yesterday passed off by and large peacefully with spontaneous participation of the opposition political parties and different professional bodiescalling
 arrow I'll kill everyone
There was a small gathering at the main entrance to the Gazipur deputy commissioner's (DC) office yesterday as on duty cops were frisking people before letting them in.
 arrow It's clear today who are behind blasts: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has alleged that the bomb terrorism is being abetted by those who don't want to see Bangladesh as a strong, self-reliant and economically sound state.
 arrow Bomb threat to foreign ministry, journalists
The foreign ministry yesterday received a fresh threat of bomb attack purportedly from the Islamist militants.
 arrow Ctg bomber dies
Chittagong suicide bomber Hossain Ali yesterday succumbed to his injuries around 52 hours into the ghastly blast he had carried out Tuesday morning on Chittagong Court Building premises.
 arrow Attack carried out following Allah's order
The suicide bomber in yesterday's Gazipur blast claimed to be a member of the suicide squad of banned Jama'atul Muhahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and to have carried out the bomb attack following 'Allah's order'.
 arrow Govt focuses on 4 aspects of terrorism
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar has sought cooperation from people of all walks of life since "the government alone cannot handle the crisis" evolved from Islamist militancy.
 arrow Nightmare revisits

 arrow Top man of JMB suicide squad held in Rajshahi
Law enforcement agencies yesterday arrested 29 suspected members of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in different districts of the country.
 arrow Businessmen urge parties to end blame game, sit for talks
Concerned over the recent incidents of bomb attacks, the country's business leaders yesterday urged all political parties and the civil society to stop their blame-game and sit together to find out solutions
 arrow CHT peace deal means little for hills people
The signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord did not change the fate of the mass hill people though eight years have passed since the agreement.
 arrow SC hears govt's petition for stay on HC order Sunday
The government sharply moved to secure stay on High Court order directing the police to submit progress report on investigation of the recurrent bomb attacks every fortnight, but Supreme Court order in
 arrow PM's talks offer nothing but farce: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina spurned Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's proposal for discussion with political parties aiming to stop bombings and terrorism, saying that it's nothing but a farce.
 arrow PM cancels UAE trip
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has postponed her scheduled visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) beginning on Saturday in the wake of repeated militant bomb attacks, but keeps her Saudia Arabia visit on.
 arrow 200 JMB men trained in Khulna
Over 200 members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) had been trained as seasoned cadres for carrying out destructive activities in at least 10 secret training centres in Bagerhat.
 arrow Bomb materials similar but less powerful
Almost similar kind of materials was used in the bombs blasted in the two suicide attacks in Gazipur on Tuesday and yesterday, but yesterday's one was less powerful, experts said.
 arrow Safta finalised in Kathmandu
In a major effort to promote regional trade, the seven South Asian countries have finalised the agreement on Free Trade Area, which is to come into effect from January 1.
 arrow Outlaw killed in "crossfire" in Chuadanga
A top cadre of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between his accomplices and the police in Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Pickets block...

 arrow Worried UK offers help
British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dr Kim Howells has condemned the appalling attacks on innocent people in Gazipur and Chittagong and wanted to work with the Bangladesh government
 arrow Shahadat Chy's Qulkhwani today
Qulkhwani of Shahadat Chowdhury will be held after Asr prayer at his residence at house no. 223, lane-15, Lake Road, New DOHS today, says a press release.
 arrow 200 injured in clash over cricket match
Some 200 people, including magistrates, BDR and police personnel, were injured in a clash between locals of Sarail Sadar and Kalikachha unions over a cricket match yesterday.
 arrow AL meets today to review situation
The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) meets today to review the prevailing political situation and to discuss opposition's movement to end the BNP-Jamaat rule.
 arrow Janajuddha top brass held
The second-in-command of the Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), Sumon, was arrested in the capital by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Better social security key to fighting terrorism
Ongoing terrorist activity is not a specific Bangladeshi problem, it is everywhere in the world and Bangladesh has to face it boldly, observed Jacques Attali, founder and president of PlaNet Finance.
 arrow Interest rates of govt savings schemes up
The government has revised up the interest rates of national savings schemes by 1.
  arrow Thai Airways takes over management of Shah Amanat Int'l Airport
The management of the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong has been handed over to Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.
 arrow WTO credibility at stake in HK meeting: US
Troubled trade talks promise little benefit to the world economy unless more progress is made on cutting tariffs next month in Hong Kong, US trade representative Rob Portman said.
 arrow Slower growth in Asia in ’06 amid rates, fuel hike: Rating agency
Asia's economic prospects for 2006 remain upbeat with recovering exports supporting regional growth but rising interest rates and fuel prices will cap growth, Fitch Ratings said Thursday.
 arrow China's share of US textile market to hit 19.8pc by 2008
A new Sino-US textile pact is expected to boost the market share of Chinese textile products in the United States to 19.8 percent by 2008 from 6.7 percent in 2004, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday.
 arrow Basis software exhibition concludes
The five-day Basis Softexpo-2005 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC) concluded yesterday.
 arrow Forum for fair trade begins today
A two-day "People's Solidarity Forum for Fair Trade" begins in Dhaka today to initiate campaign for fundamental change in the unjust rules and institutions governing international trade ahead of the WTO
 arrow Call to make compliance of auditing standards mandatory
Speakers at a seminar have voiced their disappointment over the non-compliance of auditing and accounting standards by the companies, calling for new laws to make it mandatory.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mukti win in 2nd half
Muktijoddha Sangsad crushed Feni Soccer Club 3-0 for their first victory in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly a question mark
India go into Friday's first Test against Sri Lanka here unsettled by the return of former captain Sourav Ganguly, who was thrust on a reluctant team management by the selectors.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf & Akmal's day
Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal slammed impressive centuries Thursday in a record partnership for Pakistan as the hosts tightened the screws on England in the third and final Test in Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher afraid of defeat
England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher conceded Thursday his Ashes-winning team was in danger of losing the Test series on "a mentally tough tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Sri Lanka meet England today
A high-flying Sri Lanka will open their campaign in the tri-nation under-19 one-day cricket tournament against England today.
 arrow Cricket: Taibu for City Club
Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu will play for City Club in the Premier Cricket League which starts in Dhaka on December 19.
 arrow Football: FIFA okays 2nd 'Goal Project'
FIFA has officially approved the second 'Goal Project' for Bangladesh, said Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Young Pegasus, Gazi Tank and Surjo Torun won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League on Thursday.
Pegasus defeated their B side by 51 runs at BKSP.

 arrow Cricket: No 6-day Tests against India
Pakistan has ruled out the possibility of six-day Tests against India next year to overcome the problem of bad light reducing the number of overs in matches.
 arrow Football: Perez Real-ly upbeat
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is confident his team will recover from their poor start to the season and challenge Barcelona for the league title.
 arrow Football: Inter's narrow win
A late goal by Obafemi Martins gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win over Parma in the first leg of their Italian Cup fourth round tie on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond back to disband 'em
New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is expected to be fit for the opening one-day match against Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Eight countries choose bases
With the 2006 World Cup in Germany six months away the 32 finalists are weighing up where to have their base for the finals, running from June 9 until July 9.
 arrow Football: Liverpool's 5th on the trot
Liverpool climbed to fourth place after a 2-0 victory at bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday gave them five wins in a row in the Premier League.
 arrow Cricket: Collymore will have knee op
West Indies pace bowler Corey Collymore is to have knee surgery and is expected to miss their tour of New Zealand early next year.
 arrow Football: FIFA cuts down the list to three
Barcelona's Ronaldinho, teammate Samuel Eto'o and Chelsea's Frank Lampard were shortlisted for FIFA's World Player of the Year award on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Zim crisis an internal issue’
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Wednesday it had no power to resolve Zimbabwe's cricketing crisis following the resignation of captain Tatenda Taibu.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's last 'hurrah'?
World record holder Brian Lara is likely to make his final appearance in Australia on Friday in West Indies' match against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's injury not serious
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq will be fit to resume his innings after being struck on the wrist during the second day of the third and final Test against England, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA decides in March
Football's world governing body FIFA will wait until March next year before deciding whether to use an electronically chipped ball at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: 3rd SL-India Test not in Kanpur
The third Test between Sri Lanka and India has been switched from Kanpur after local cricket officials said they would not be able to host it, an Indian cricket board official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Yorkshire buy Headingley
The future of Test cricket at one of the sport's most famous venues, Headingley in Leeds, looks assured after Yorkshire agreed to buy the ground for 12 million pounds (20.8 million dollars).
 arrow Cricket: Baaz might spoil Test
A severe cyclonic storm building in the Bay of Bengal has threatened to curtail the first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka here from Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India expect Sehwag to be fit
India are hopeful that opening batsman Virender Sehwag will recover from a shoulder strain and play in the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Five die of Aids every minute globally
World Aids Day was observed yesterday with a call for giving more attention to prevent HIV infection among the people.
 arrow Bomb blast in Gazipur condemned
Different organisations have strongly condemned the repeated bomb blast by a suicide squad member of militants in front of Gazipur Deputy Commissioner (DC) office yesterday that left one people dead and
 arrow Rich enjoy govt healthcare facilities more than poor
The richest 20 percent people of the country enjoy 32 per cent of the public healthcare subsidies while the poorest 20 percent receive only 16 percent of it.
 arrow 376 killed by law enforcers in 11 months
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to publish an advertisement in two newspapers asking three Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members to appear before
 arrow 376 killed by law enforcers in 11 months
Different rights organisations yesterday painted a grim picture of human rights situation in the country.
 arrow Niko seeks govt's help to vacate court order freezing payment
Niko, the Canadian operator of Feni and Tengratila gas fields, sought legal help from the government to vacate an ad-interim order of the Supreme Court freezing payments to the company against the gas
 arrow Time bomb found at TNO office in N'ganj
Members of the Rapid Action Battelion (Rab) recovered a powerful time bomb from the TNO office at Bandar Thana in Narayanganj yesterday morning.
 arrow BSF kills cattle trader
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed and his brother seriously injured early yesterday morning when the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on them.
 arrow 'No alternative to Col (Retd) Oli in Ctg BNP politics'
Some BNP leaders and civil society members of Chittagong yesterday urged the prime minister to allow Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed, BNP's standing committee member, to work for the country with due honour.
 arrow Sabu, Shahed elected DRU president, secy
Shafiqul Karim Sabu, senior reporter of BSS, and Shahed Chowdhury, senior reporter of the daily Shamokal, have been elected president and general secretary of the Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU).
 arrow Medical team formed for blast victims in Ctg
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) formed a 4-member medical team to provide treatment to those who suffered injuries in the Tuesday's suicidal bomb blast on Chittagong Court Building premises, said aCCC
 arrow Fazlul Karim new envoy to Italy
The government has decided to appoint M Fazlul Karim, currently director general in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Italy.
 arrow Climate change concert Dec 8
Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British Council, Bangladesh will jointly organise a concert on December 8 to deliver climate change massages by top Bangladeshi band musicians led
 arrow Saarc psychiatric confce begins in Agra tomorrow
The first conference of the Saarc Psychiatric Federation will begin here tomorrow to take up problems peculiar to the region.
 arrow Charge sheet submitted against six
Police submitted a charge sheet against six people, including banned Islamic outfit JMB's chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman and outlawed JMJB Bangla Bhai, on Wednesday night in connection with the November 14
 arrow Imam Samity calls for public awareness against terrorism
Bangladesh Jatiya Imam Samity (BJIS) has urged all khatibs and imams of the country's more the 2,50,000 mosques to create public awareness against the terrorists and bombers.
 arrow 3 Indians with guns caught at Jaintapur border
The BDR men caught 3 Indians and recovered 3 SBBL Guns from their possession from Lalakhal border area in Jaintapur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 'Saarc a powerful force in global arena'
'Saarc is a powerful force in the global arena' was the conclusion reached at a largely attended seminar at the prestigious Asia Society in New York recently, according to a message received in Dhakayesterday.
 arrow Shujan discusses political reforms
Shushashoner Jonyo Nagorik (Shujon) held a general meeting at its office on Wednesday to discuss political reforms and some necessary steps for the next parliamentary election.
Culturearrow A festival for a cause
It is almost a year and a half since the 37-day theatre carnival titled Dhaka Drama Festival- 2004 was held by the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGRF).
 arrow A melange of art and music
As the days get shorter, nights get longer and we can feel the wind turning from south to north, it's for sure that winter is almost here.
 arrow Din Bodoler Gaan on Channel-i
To celebrate our month of Victory, Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi is presenting a 25-minute-long musical programme on Gono Sangeet.
 arrow Bidrahi Padma set to make big waves on small screen
Filmmaker Badal Khandokar's new venture, Bidrahi Padma is set to hit the small screen soon. The film will be premiered on Eid-Ul-Azha on ntv. This is the first film production of ntv.
 arrow Srishtir Ullashey attracts viewers
Artist Md Mofidul Alam Khan's solo exhibition of wood cuts, sketches, screen prints, block prints, batik, tapestry and posters, titled Srishtis Ullashey was recently held at the Zainul Gallery,
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble
A certificate giving ceremony for the participants of a three-month course was held at the Experimental Theatre Stage yesterday. The organiser was Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble (NNE).
 arrow 420 Petticoat Lane
420 Petticoat Lane, a telefilm about Bangladeshi students in London, is to be released in London early December. This is the first time a film has been made on Bangladeshi students in London.
Generalarrow Shibir cadres beat bank officer, 2 RU students
Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres have beaten up a senior officer of the Agrani Bank in Khulna and two students at Rajshahi University in separate incidents for refusing to pay toll.
 arrow Service delivery centre opens
The Society for Community-health Rehabilitation Education and Awareness (CREA) opened a service delivery centre for treatment and rehabilitation of marginalised injecting drug users at Lalbagh in thecity
Editorialarrow Editorial: National dialogue on terrorism
AT long last, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has put out a call to all political parties for talks on militancy and terrorism, acknowledging it as a national challenge that can't wait to be addressed
 arrow Editorial: Hartal and court boycott
SECURITY of life is one of the fundamental rights of each and every citizen of the country guaranteed by the Constitution.
 arrow May I have your attention please?
HOW many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see?" I dare say that Bob Dylan didn't have Bangladesh in mind when he penned his famous line, but it seems to me that his words
 arrow Our own 9/11
One can debate over the first suicide bomb attack in the country.
 arrow How successfully is the local government system working?
Big political parties in general seem to agree that there is no alternative but to strengthen local government to meet the development needs of the people of Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Suicide bombings
It was truly shocking and profoundly frustrating to learn about the suicide bombings in Chittagong and Gazipur.
 arrow Inefficient government
The situation prevailing in the country speaks out that it is an ineffective and inefficient government. Looting, killing, robbery, bomb blasts etc. are rampant in the country.
 arrow Press freedom
The issue of our press freedom is hogging the headlines (DS editorial Nov. 24). The comment of the Press Council is relevant (DS, Nov. 24).
 arrow "Falen Parichoyete"
The Sanskrit words in the caption require results to follow resolutions. The Daily Star and Prothom Alo editors have utilised the Saarc meet in Dhaka to focus on some problems facing Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Religious Education
The decision on the introduction of Religious Education as a compulsory subject in class IX from January 2006 is appreciable.
 arrow How free is our press?
To someone who is a newcomer in the country at first sight it might appear that here the press and the media are enjoying absolute freedom.
 arrow Greeting Albanian counterparts
The November 29 edition of The Daily Star noted that the President and Prime Minister "felicitated" their Albanian counterparts on the occasion of the Liberation Day of Albania, and that the President
 arrow Madrassah education
In Bangladesh, two types of educational system i.e. school and madrassah are in vogue. This trend has been going on since the British period.
 arrow The month of Victory
December is the month of victory. It is the month of joy for Bangladeshis. December brings happiness in our life. December says that "We are independent".
Urbanarrow The search continues, as does the challenge
Ever since Man stuck his head into a cave or sat under a tree to protect himself from the elements, he has sought building materials to suit his need and purpose.
 arrow Fabric for our buildings: A possibility
Fabric structures, now a mature building technology, are usually considered as a temporary structural system for covering large column-free spans.
Worldarrow Nepal faces full-scale conflict threat: UN
UN human rights chief Louise Arbour warned that Nepal faced the threat of a full-scale armed conflict, and called on authorities to join a ceasefire with Maoist rebels and allow free assembly.
 arrow Peres quits Labour Party to back Sharon
Longtime Labour leader Shimon Peres quit his party after six decades, saying he wanted to support former rival Ariel Sharon's bid for re-election to help him pursue their common goal of making peace with
 arrow US prods other states to threaten Iran with sanctions
The United States, seeking to step up pressure on Iran, suggested Wednesday that other countries threaten their own economic sanctions if negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme collapse.
 arrow Kyoto climate accord becomes operational
The controversial Kyoto protocol, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions, became fully operational on Wednesday after a UN climate conference here adopted the final rules.
 arrow Lanka rejects Tiger deadline for deal
Sri Lanka dismissed yesterday a Tamil rebel ultimatum for a political settlement and said no deadline could be imposed to resolve the ethnic conflict that has dragged on for over 50 years.
 arrow Benazir acquitted of illegal appointments charges in PIA
A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted self-exiled former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, of charges of making illegal appointments in the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
 arrow Bush fails to allay Democrats' doubts about Iraq policy
President George W.
 arrow Flight logs reveal 300 CIA flights to Europe
More than 300 CIA flights have landed at European airports, a British newspaper said yesterday, adding a new element to claims that Washington has been transporting terrorist suspects to secret prisons
 arrow EU adds Hizbul to terror list
The European Union (EU) has added Hizbul Mujahideen, the Pakistan-based outfit carrying out terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir for over a decade, to its list of terrorist organisations.
 arrow Blast kills 5 militants in Pakistan
Five militants, three of them Uzbeks, were killed in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border yesterday when a blast destroyed the house they were staying in, a government official said.
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