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Front Pagearrow Massive hunt for militants in city
The law enforcers last night launched a crackdown on Islamist militants suspected to be hiding in and around the capital.
 arrow Gazipur turns into a town of terror
Panic and mistrust rein supreme in Gazipur following the twin suicide bomb attacks on Tuesday and Thursday killing eight people and injuring at least 90.
 arrow AL rejects dialogue offer, asks govt to step down
Rejecting outright the government's proposal for a dialogue on how to combat rising militancy, Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the ruling coalition to relinquish the power immediately, paving the way
 arrow 9 powerful bombs found in Khulna, Sirajganj
Police have recovered nine powerful bombs, five from the premises of a government office in Khulna and four in Sirajganj.
 arrow Sylhet mayor escapes grenade attack
Sylhet City Mayor Badruddin Ahmed Kamran narrowly escaped a grenade while he was speaking at the opening ceremony of Sazzadur Rahman Smriti Badminton Tournament in the city last night.
 arrow Bombs deal Marzina a double blow
Marzina Akhter is much more worried about her marital crisis than the severe splinter injuries she received in her legs on Tuesday in the Gazipur suicide bomb attack.
 arrow Saifur ridicules notion of 'going to heaven by killing people'
Those who think of going to heaven by killing innocent people through bombing and terrorism are mindless, ignorant and fanatic, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said at the inaugural function of the Sylhet
 arrow Ctg bomber buried, none claimed body
Chittagong suicide bomber was buried as "Bewarish" (unclaimed) one here yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh set to be left out of network
Bangladesh may be left out of the Asian Highway network, a giant international road link, as it is unlikely to ratify the UN-Escap convention on the highway following a dispute over a change in the route.
 arrow WB finally okays $200m tranche
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved the $200 million third tranche of Development Support Credit (DSC) to Bangladesh.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Pabna
A local leader of the ruling BNP was gunned down by unidentified assailants near Kazirhat ferry ghat under Bera upazila last night.
 arrow Death in police custody sparks protest in Rayer Bazar
A large number of people took to the streets yesterday in the city's Rayer Bazar area protesting the death of a man in police custody on Thursday.
 arrow 3 UPDF men shot dead
Three activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were shot dead in a remote forest of Ramgarh upazila under Khagrachhari district yesterday evening.
 arrow New allegations rock Indian Parliament
Both the Houses of Parliament in India were on Friday adjourned after the opposition stalled their functioning over new allegations in the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme.
 arrow Lax security helped militants gather strength in CHT
Islamist militant forces have gathered strength in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with the security forces taking no steps to tackle them, leaders of the indigenous people, opposition political parties
 arrow Roadside bomb kills 10 US marines in Iraq
A roadside bomb killed 10 US marines and wounded 11 outside of the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah in one of the deadliest attacks in recent months, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Charges against 6 JMB militants in Jhalakathi
Jhalakathi police on November 30 submitted the charge sheet against six Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders and activists, including Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai,
 arrow Saptarshi put under care of paternal grandmother
Saptarshi, daughter of murdered Advocate Dilruba Huq Papiya, was handed over to her paternal grandmother yesterday following an order of the third additional court for family affairs in Dhaka.
 arrow Main accused of Balu murder killed in 'shootout' with Rab
The top leader of an outlawed outfit, who was accused of murdering journalist Humayun Kabir Balu, was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Rupsha upazilaof
 arrow 'Proposed 'unified' education system to encourage militancy'
Concerned over the 'unified education system' proposed to be introduced at the secondary level in the coming year, educationists yesterday said the system will encourage religious militancy by layingmore
 arrow Seaport security to be reviewed
The department of shipping called an emergency meeting of the designated authority committee (DA Committee) under the international ship and port security (ISPS) code to review security at the two seaports
 arrow Khatib obaidul condemns bomb attacks
Khatib of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque Maulana Obaidul Haque has said those who are killing people with bombs are in the wrong way to establish Islam.
 arrow Security beefed up at DMCH
As Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is crowded with the attendants of patients, largely victims of two recent suicide blasts in Gazipur, security measures have been beefed up there.
 arrow Human chain...

 arrow Iraqi insurgents strong and may get stronger
Despite US claims of progress in quelling the insurgency in Iraq, it remains as robust as ever with a potential for becoming a good deal stronger, according to a new study released Thursday.
 arrow Maoists in Nepal extend ceasefire by a month
Maoist insurgents said Friday they had extended a unilateral ceasefire by one month after joining political efforts to restore democracy in Nepal following a power grab by King Gyanendra.
Businessarrow WTO blasted for doing rich nations a 'favour'
Speakers at a consultation yesterday blasted the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for favouring the rich nations who are protecting their interests through WTO.
 arrow High global demand pushes jute price up
Raw jute prices hit as high as Tk 1,000 a maund this year, thanks to growing demand for the golden fibre in the global market and poor production at home.
 arrow Winter vegetables still dearer on supply dearth
The winter vegetables still remain dearer to the common people although those started coming to the markets nearly two months back.
 arrow Bank fair kicks off in Ctg
In a bid to display banking services to the clients, a three-day bank fair began here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow EU, US say China not applying WTO accords
The European Union and the United States said that China was not living up to all the liberalisation commitments it made when it joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) four years ago.
 arrow China outlines economic goals for next year
Fast, stable and sustainable growth. More competitive domestic enterprises. Boosting rural development to improve the lives of farmers.
 arrow StanChart's Amex acquisition-branch opens in Agrabad
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has recently opened a new branch in Agrabad commercial area in Chittagong.
 arrow US eyes trade deals with Egypt, Peru, S' Korea
The United States hopes to begin free-trade talks with Egypt, South Korea and Switzerland and wrap up deals with Peru, Panama and possibly Colombia in the near future, the top US trade official said.
 arrow Mandelson casts doubt over G7-developing summit
European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson on Friday said he doubted whether it would be possible to hold a summit of the Group of Seven economic powers and key developing nations to discuss faltering
 arrow AKTEL customer care centre in Bogra
Mobile phone operator AKTEL has opened its 12th customer care centre in Bogra on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow Brac Bank, Limo Electronics sign MoU
Brac Bank Ltd will finance its clients who want to buy home appliances and electronics products from Limo Electronics Ltd.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Nov 27-Dec 1, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was high in this week.
Money Market
In the Treasury bill auction held on Sunday, bid for BDT 10,686.

Sportsarrow Football: Three new faces in SAFF squad
Argentine coach Diego Cruciani will take six strikers to Pakistan in Bangladesh's defence of the SAFF Championship which kicks off in Karachi four days later.
 arrow Cricket: England in dire straits
Ashes-winners England faced Friday their first series defeat in nearly two years after Pakistan's batsmen broke several records on their way to a massive 636-8 declared.
 arrow Cricket: First day washed out
Sourav Ganguly's return to international cricket was put on hold after heavy rain washed out the opening day's play in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka here on Friday.
 arrow Football: MSC-Abahani crucial NFL tie today
Dhaka giants Abahani and Mohammedan Sporting Club meet in a crucial second round match of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League at the Rangpur Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Third round begins today
The third round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Seventh National Cricket League will begin today with the one-day fixtures at three different venues across the country.
 arrow Football: Army, Town Club split points
Bangladesh Army and Khulna Town Club shared a dull and goalless draw in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League at the Rangpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Good start for SL U-19
Captain Angelo Mathews led his side from the front as Sri Lanka managed a 13-run victory over England in their first match of the Tri-nation Under-19 Cricket Tournament at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: ACA worried about Australia's tour of Bangladesh
The first historic Test tour by world champions Australia to Bangladesh scheduled for next year has cast doubts over the escalation of terrorist bombings.
 arrow Cricket: Milestones for Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, who became the 14th player in cricketing history to score 8,000 Test runs on Friday, is keen to carry on playing for another two years.
 arrow Cricket: Bond scare for Kiwis
New Zealand's hopes of scoring an upset win over Australia in their opening one-day cricket international here Saturday have dimmed with fast bowler Shane Bond likely to be ruled out with injury.
 arrow Football: Old Trafford prepared for last bow to Best
George Best will get a standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd for one last time on Saturday when Manchester United take on Portsmouth, hours after the former United great is laid to rest in hisnative
 arrow Football: Juve face Toni test
Fiorentina's lethal striker Luca Toni has been playing down his team's chances of sustaining their excellent form ahead of Sunday's clash at home to Serie A leaders Juventus.
 arrow Football: Barca no scare for Villareal
The paths of the two form teams in Spain, Barcelona and Villarreal, cross for the first time this season at the Madrigal on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Biman take the lead
Biman took solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League when they blanked Destiny 2000 4-0 in the sixth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ruben show in vain
Despite Tareq Ahmed Ruben's unbeaten 158, Partex Sporting Club suffered a four-wicket defeat to Rupali Bank in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Holders CSKA in trouble
Defending UEFA Cup champions CSKA Moscow slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Bucharest on Thursday to leave their hopes of making it through to the next round hanging in the balance.
 arrow Football: E Bengal coach handcuffed
East Bengal coach Subhas Bhowmick was arrested on Friday by CBI (anti-corruption branch) sleuths from near a city club allegedly for accepting bribe from a businessman, CBI sources said.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie rain bids Lara farewell
West Indies superstar Brian Lara's final appearance in Australia was washed out Friday when a massive storm forced the abandonment of the tourists' match against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.
 arrow Football: Crowd trouble mars Italian Cup tie
Fiorentina and Juventus players were forced off the pitch at the start of the second half of their Italian Cup tie here Thursday after police fired tear gas to disperse groups of rival supporters.
Metropolitanarrow Formulate policy for mentally challenged children
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to formulate a national policy for the welfare of the mentally challenged children.
 arrow Increase agri subsidies to boost production
People from all walks of life including political leaders and professionals yesterday took part in the inaugural function of the 'Peoples' Caravan for Justice and Sovereignty' in Satkhira.
 arrow Diabetes may zap cognitive ability in middle age
While several studies have demonstrated poorer cognitive function in older adults with type 2 diabetes compared to older adults without diabetes, a new study in the current issue of Neurology extendsthis
 arrow Strengthen local govt for rural uplift
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for strengthening the local government bodies for rural uplift and institutionalisation of democracy.
 arrow Islam does not support killing of people
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said those who kill people by exploding bombs in the name of establishing Islam are the enemies of the country, nation, humanity and democracy.
 arrow Islamic parties protest bomb attacks
Different Islamic organisations yesterday strongly condemned the recent bomb blasts across the country saying killing innocent people through suicide bomb attacks cannot be a right way to establish Islam.
 arrow All set for Dinajpur by-polls
All preparations are complete to hold the by-election to Dinajpur-1 constituency on December 5 in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
 arrow Ctg info centre opens
The Chittagong Information Centre of Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka opened here yesterday. Richard Larision, chief executive officer of the hospitals, inaugurated the centre at Nizam Road.
 arrow 'Save all canals in city'
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to save all canals in and around the city including Atir Khal from the ongoing grabbing and pollution.
 arrow CPB to observe Dec 11 as Militancy Resistance Day
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will observe December 11 as 'Religious Militancy Resistance Day', says a press release.
 arrow Khulna JCD leader killed in train crash
A JCD leader was killed when a train ran over him at Fulbari rail gate in Khulna last night.
 arrow Stipends awarded to 150 madrasa students
Spandan Welfare Society (SWS) gave away stipends to one hundred and fifty bright madrasa-students yesterday in the auditorium of Press Institute of Bangladesh in the city.
 arrow Rice production training held
The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in collaboration with the FoSHoL project of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bangladesh office, conducted a four-day 'Rice production training'
Nationalarrow AL did not implement it, BNP violating clauses: PCJSS
The PCJSS and its rival Somo Odhikar Andolon yesterday held programmes in the hill districts, the former demanding full implementation of the CHT peace accord and the later pressing for its cancellation.
 arrow 20 officials among 400 hurt as villagers clash in B'baria
After three days' intermittent clashes involving hundreds of villagers that left a boy killed and at least 400 people including about 20 officials injured, the situation in Sarail is under control, Brahmanbaria
 arrow 5 hurt in JCD factional clashes in Nilphamari
At least five JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal) activists were injured in factional clashes at Nilphamari Government College yesterday and the day before.
 arrow JMB threatens Channel i journalist in Netrakona
Unidentified Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres threatened a Channel i journalist here over mobile phone for three consecutive days.
 arrow Teenage girl abducted
A teenage girl was abducted by a gang of four young men at arms point from Muggunni Wednesday evening.
 arrow Body formed to probe Benapole fire
Benapole Port Authority has formed a 6-member probe body to investigate Wednesday's fire incident at shed no 10 (A-new) under customs warehouse.
Culturearrow Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Drama Festival '05
Natyakendra stages Projapati today at 6:30pm at the Experimental Theatre Stage, as part of the drama festival arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF).
 arrow A Little Night Music
The angst of dysfunctional relationships, the universal search for love and the subordinate position of women all come together in the Dhaka Stage play, A Little Night Music.
 arrow Atoppar Nurul Huda on BTV
BTV is all set to telecast a new serial, titled Atoppar Nurul Huda, from December 5 at 9pm every Monday.
Internationalarrow Two US allies pulling out of Iraq
Two of America's allies in Iraq are withdrawing forces this month and a half-dozen others are debating possible pullouts or reductions, increasing pressure on Washington as calls mount to bring home US
 arrow 8 burned by tent fires in Pak quake zone
Eight people, two of them Turkish aid workers, have been hospitalised with serious burns after their tents caught fire in quake-ravaged Pakistan, health officials said Friday.
 arrow US carries out 1,000th execution
Double murderer Kenneth Lee Boyd became the 1,000th prisoner executed in the United States since the reinstatement of capital punishment when he was put to death by lethal injection on Friday.
 arrow Ballot boxes set on fire in Palestinian ballot
Voting in a primary election for the ruling Fatah faction was halted in a Palestinian town near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday after ballot boxes were set on fire, election officials said.
 arrow At least two stopovers in France: Report
Aircraft hired by the US Central Intelligence Agency possibly to transport Islamist prisoners have made at least two stopovers in France, in 2002 and 2005, the daily Le Figaro reported Friday.
 arrow EU adds Hizb-ul-Mujahideen to terror list
The European Union (EU) has added Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the Pakistan-based outfit carrying out terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir for over a decade, to its list of terrorist organisations.
 arrow Depression triggers heavy rains in Chennai
The metropolis in India was battered by heavy rains for nearly three hours on Friday as the deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining west Bay weakened into a depression and lay 250-kms
 arrow Shia cleric shot dead in Pakistan
Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a minority Shia Muslim cleric Friday in a remote southwestern Pakistani town, police said, in the latest suspected sectarian killing to hit the country.
 arrow China criticizes local officials over toxic slick
China has criticized officials in a northeastern province for failing to report a toxic spill, saying the delay hampered efforts to control a slick that forced cuts in water supply to millions and isbearing
 arrow Nine dead in fire at German homeless centre
Nine people died in a fire which swept through mobile homes at a centre for the homeless in eastern Germany on Friday, police said.
 arrow Britain pays Iraqis $1.7m compensation
Britain has paid almost $1.7 million in compensation to Iraqi civilians since 2003, the country's Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram has said.
 arrow Plan to allow scissors on planes opposed
A proposal to allow small scissors and tools back onto airliners is drawing strident opposition from flight attendants, families of victims of the Sept. 11 hijackings and several lawmakers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Macro-economic strains
The increasing monetary expansion which is synonymous with domestic credit expansion is a worrying development especially in view of the existing high rate of inflation.
 arrow Editorial: Preventing spread of AIDS
The current statistics on the incidence of AIDS in the country may not warrant any drastic measures right at this moment but there is no denying the fact that Bangladesh has all the potentials of turning
 arrow Living with Alice in 'Shantrashiland'
THERE is no harm in confronting reality. It is time that our Administration took off their pink glasses and called a spade a spade.
 arrow Protecting media freedom at all costs
BANGLADESH Press Council (BPC) Chairman Justice Ahmed's recent proposal for adding a punitive provision to the BPC act to make it effective and to strengthen the council is simply a misguided ventureapparently
Letters to Editorarrow Future of Saarc
This is in response to the letter from Jamilla Razzak published on November 11, 2005. The writer stated that Saarc nations did nothing for Pakistan while Turkey provided $150 million.
 arrow Saarc fantasy
Voila! Dhaka looked so cute, beautiful and disciplined. We ventured to take a drive through the Airport Road up to ZIA in a jeep on 11 November, Friday noon.
 arrow Fundamentalists' threat
I regret to say that terrorism and fundamentalism have spread rapidly to many parts of the country in the name of Islamic governance aiming to establish an Islamic state -- a rule of Allah as opposedto
 arrow Biogas electricity?
About twenty years ago I discussed and asked some electric engineers and scientists as to why natural gas of our kitchen oven is not used for lighting electric bulb and tube light.
 arrow Stop JMB, also Jamaat
Terrorism is the great problem for the country, for the democracy and for the world. Now Bangladesh is one of the risky countries in the world. The reason is JMB terrorists.
StarTecharrow Danish delegates press for submarine cable
During the SoftExpo2005, the largest software fair in the country, 22 IT-experts from Denmark spent four days in the city looking for new business opportunities.
 arrow Business portal launched
Recently a business portal, rizbiz.biz, joined the existing list of vital sites of the country.
 arrow Seminars@SoftExpo2005
In an outstanding move, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) arranged one of the best seminar line-ups of the year on the sidelines of the SoftExpo 2005.
 arrow Speecys

Literaturearrow The Daughter-in-law's Vote
Tomorrow was the election. A two-way contest between the Cat and the Parrot. Parrot candidate Veerabaagu Konaar and Cat candidate Maariyaadum Perumaalpillai were giving their very lives to the effort.
 arrow The Master sans the Magic
Salman Rushdie, in the novels that established him as a world figure of literature--Midnight's Children, Shame and The Satanic Verses--was a dealer mainly of the past.
 arrow Indian Muslims and Communal Conflict
Tremors of Violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India is the latest, and a milestone, addition to the already impressive list of research publications by Dr.
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