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Front Pagearrow Trade leaders for all-out action against militants
A delegation of the country's top trade bodies at a meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded of the government immediate all-out measures to eradicate militant activities, particularly
 arrow 3 cops bullet-hit in gunfight with JMB militants in Tangail
Three policemen were bullet-hit in a gunfight with the operatives of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at militant-infested Habla Dakhshin Para village in Basail upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Govt may take move beyond constitution
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government may resort to any unconstitutional way to escape public wrath.
 arrow Govt okays release of fund to 'terror funder'
Just days before the November 29 carnage on two court premises, the government gave consent to release a fund of about Tk 2 crore to the Bangladesh branch of a Kuwaiti NGO, Revival of Islamic Heritage
 arrow JMB threat continues
Arrests of activists of the banned militant Islamist organisation Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and relentless death and bomb threats from the outfit continues at equal pace throughout the country.
 arrow SC rejects govt petition, upholds HC order with minor changes
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld with minor modifications the High Court (HC) order that asked the government to submit progress reports on investigations into the militant attacks across the country.
 arrow Bill Gates arrives today
Bill Gates, the richest man in the world and chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, arrives at Dhaka today on a one-day visit amid unprecedented security.
 arrow Govt to go for 8 plants before next polls
After abandoning the scandalous small power scheme under the World Bank's pressure, the government is now resorting to install eight private skid or barge or trailer-mount power plants before the next
 arrow Terrorism, political strife bar growth
The GDP growth this fiscal year (FY) may level off at 6 percent provided some high-risk factors, particularly the overall security situation and political volatility, do not deteriorate further in the
 arrow Govt mulls 2 more battalions for Rab
The government is likely to add two more battalions to its elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) against the backdrop of suicide attacks and alarming rise of militancy.
 arrow Imams asked to preach against militancy
Leading Alems (Islamic scholars) of the country yesterday asked the government to stop "wholesale" police drives in madrasas in the name of search for militants and seek permission from the madrasas concerned
 arrow Three ship-breaking workers die from gas poisoning
Three workers died from inhaling poisonous gas trapped inside a scrap vessel at Sagorika ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila under the district on Saturday night.
 arrow PM goes to Makkah tomorrow for OIC meet
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia flies for Makkah tomorrow to attend the two-day third "extraordinary summit" of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) on December 7-8 called to finalise the organisation's
 arrow Lawyer hurt in Gazipur blast dies at DMCH
Advocate Nurul Huda, who was critically injured in the November 29 blast on the district bar association premises, died yesterday, raising the death toll to nine in two suicide bomb attacks in Gazipur.
 arrow SM Ali's birth anniversary today
Today is the 77th birth anniversary of Syed Mohammad Ali, founder editor and publisher of The Daily Star, better known as SM Ali.
 arrow Alliance meeting postponed over Jamaat-IOJ rift
A meeting of the secretaries general of the four ruling alliance parties scheduled for yesterday was postponed on Saturday night as a result of the conflict between Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Oikya Jote.
 arrow Rab asked not to give militant info to media
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police have been ordered not to provide any information about militants to journalists and not to let the media take pictures or video interviews of the militants.
 arrow Woman's body found in 14 pieces
Body of a young woman sliced into 14 pieces was found at the playground of a kindergarten school in city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.
 arrow BCS preliminary test results out
Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the results of the preliminary test for the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination where 26, 500 candidates were selected for the
 arrow Gazipur militant admits role in August 17 blasts
A JMB cadre yesterday gave statement before a magistrate in Gazipur, admitting that he had been involved in the August 17 countrywide blasts.
 arrow Gabtoli bomb found fake
The so-called time bomb recovered from under a bus at city's Gabtoli Bus Terminal on Saturday night was in fact a bomb-like object, says a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) press release.
 arrow Rice to talk prisoner issue during her Europe tour
During her trip to Europe this week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will tell allies the US does not transport suspected terrorists around the globe to be tortured, the president's national security
Businessarrow WB advice on textile sector contradictory
Textile millers yesterday termed the World Bank's (WB) stance on the Bangladesh's textile and clothing sector contradictory, saying the WB did not consider the interest of textile mills before makingany
 arrow China to import frozen food, leather, jute goods from Bangladesh
China is likely to import frozen food, leather and jute goods from Bangladesh in a bid to maximise the existing trade gap of over $1,550 million between the two countries.
 arrow Silk makers fail to tap German market
Despite huge potential in German market, Bangladeshi silk producers fail to export their products as those are not manufactured following international standards, officials of German Technical Cooperation
 arrow Japan, Malaysia to ink trade pact this month
The Japanese and Malaysian governments have unofficially decided to sign an economic co-operation pact centering on a bilateral free trade agreement in mid-December, Asian diplomatic sources said Saturday.
 arrow First woman governor of Pakistan central bank
On the retirement of Dr Ishrat Hussain, the Pakistan government has appointed a woman, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan for a three-year term.
 arrow Ericsson sponsors internet learning centre of Banani Model School
Ericsson Bangladesh announced a sponsorship of US$ 25,000 to set up an internet learning centre (ILC) at Banani Model School under a programme launched by the Cyber School Foundation at a function recently.
 arrow China economy to grow by 9.4pc this year
China's economy will likely grow by 9.
 arrow Oil above $59
Crude-oil prices rose above $59 a barrel Friday, buoyed by natural gas futures surging on forecasts of colder weather.
 arrow WTO HK meet to try to keep trade talks afloat
Ministers from the 148-nation WTO, their dream of a global trade deal imperilled by sharp regional differences, are about to mount a fresh bid in Hong Kong for the consensus needed to see the agreement
 arrow China car exports overtake imports
China's auto exports exceeded imports for the first time in the first ten months of this year, state media said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg, Khulna in the runs
Chittagong and Khulna enjoyed run feasts unlike Rajshahi on the first day of their four-day National Cricket League matches at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Raqibul after Tamim
Raqibul Hasan silenced his critics with a blazing century that steered Bangladesh to a comprehensive 62-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Tri-nation Under-19 cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup put off for India's complaint
Cricket's six-nation Asia Cup due to take place in Pakistan early next year has been postponed after Indian complained that their players faced a gruelling schedule, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Soul-searching for Eng
England will need to reassess their approach to tours on the sub-continent before touring India next year after Pakistan exposed their weaknesses in a 2-0 series win.
 arrow Chess: Muktijoddha consolidate
Muktijoddha Sangsad maintained solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the end of the eighth round at the BCF hall-room yesterday.
The leaders beat Faith Chess Club 3.5-0.

 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Sagar slammed 100 as Young Pegasus handed Surjo Torun a 43-run defeat in yesterday's high-scoring First Division Cricket League match at the City Club ground.
 arrow Cricket: 3rd Indo-Lanka Test moved to Ahmedabad
The third Test of the ongoing series between India and Sri Lanka has been shifted from Kanpur to Ahmedabad, a top cricket official announced here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's for Inzy & Akhtar'
Coach Bob Woolmer Sunday praised his England-conquering Pakistani team, saying skipper Inzamamul Haq was a "giant" and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar an "asset".
 arrow Inoki comes to Dhaka Dec 9
Champion Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki will arrive in Dhaka on December 9 for a four-day visit at the invitation of Japan-Bangladesh Group.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan climb up Test ladder
Pakistan have jumped three places to occupy the fourth position in the latest International Cricket Council's Test rankings following their series triumph over England.
 arrow Cricket: 3rd day also lost to rain
Bad weather continued to play havoc with the first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka as play was cancelled for the third successive day here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo strikes on return
Real Madrid held on to beat an attack-minded Getafe 1-0 despite having England captain David Beckham sent off 11 minutes into the second half of Saturday's Primera Liga match.
 arrow Football: Awaiting the axe
Vanderlei Luxemburgo's position as Real Madrid coach hung in the balance on Sunday after a lacklustre 1-0 win over Getafe in the Primera Liga which ended with the team being jeered off the Bernabeu pitch.
 arrow Cricket: Injured Vaughan goes home
England captain Michael Vaughan returned home early Sunday to get an expert opinion on a knee injury ahead of a one-day series against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Gunners lose the track
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has savaged the performance of his players in a 2-0 defeat by Bolton that could have ended the Gunners' chances of catching Chelsea in the Premiership title race.
 arrow Football: Mixed fortunes for Milans
AC Milan's hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a major setback on Saturday after they went down to a shock 2-1 defeat at plucky Chievo.
 arrow Football: Hosts in a mess
Violence, poor organisation and desperately poor soccer combined to show the ugly side of the German game this weekend just as the country prepares to welcome the world.
 arrow Football: Beckham sees red again
England skipper David Beckham was sent-off for the third time in two months on Saturday as Real Madrid edged Getafe 1-0 in the Spanish league.
Metropolitanarrow 'Establish education as fundamental right under constitution'
Lawmakers and educationists at a dialogue yesterday underscored the need for establishing education as a fundamental right under the constitution of the country.
 arrow Petrobangla to claim Tk 250cr from Niko
Petrobangla is about to claim Tk 250 crore as compensation from Canadian Niko Resources Ltd for the losses caused by two explosions at Chhatak gas field, also known as Tengratila.
 arrow Hartal observed in Sylhet
The eight-hour hartal called in Sylhet by the main opposition Awami League (AL) in protest against Friday's grenade attack on the Sylhet city mayor passed off yesterday peacefully.
 arrow Uni-track education system to encourage militancy
The uni-track education system, proposed to be introduced at the secondary level in the coming year, will encourage militancy by giving more stress on religious studies, said the speakers at a discussion
 arrow Lawyers demand resignation of govt, protest bomb attacks
Lawyers staged demonstrations across the country yesterday in protest against the November 29 bomb attacks in Gazipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Demand for national govt unconstitutional
Nine senior lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC), in a statement yesterday, termed the demand for national government replacing the elected coalition government 'undemocratic' and 'unconstitutional'.
 arrow Unite to free country from militants: Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain called on the political parties to be united with the support of people to form a democratic and non-communal government.
 arrow PM gives Tk 5 lakh each to families of two slain judges
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday gave Tk 5 lakh each to the families of two senior assistant judges killed in a bomb attack in Jhalakathi to meet their urgent needs.
 arrow Bomb recovered from KG School
Kotwali police recovered a bomb from a kindergarten school at the city's Patharghata area yesterday morning. The bomb was later defused.
 arrow 'Deploy female cops at Hasina's residence'
In the backdrop of recent spate of bomb attacks across the country, office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has requested the police administration to deploy women police to
 arrow Suhrawardy's anniversary of death today
The 42nd death anniversary of Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy will be observed in the country today.
 arrow PCJ ultimatum to CU authorities
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the university authorities demanding arrest and punishment to the Shibir cadres involved in the attack
 arrow Condolence meeting on Shahadat Chy today
A citizens' condolence meeting in memory of Shahadat Chowdhury, a freedom fighter and editor of the Shaptahik 2000, will be held at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city at 3:30pm today.
 arrow Australian HC discusses situation with Hasina
Outgoing Australian High Commissioner Lorraine Burker made a farewell call on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure equal rights for women'
Speakers at a meeting yesterday reiterated their call for ensuring equal rights for women.
 arrow Month-long campaign to raise awareness about Aids
Life, an United Nations associated NGO, and the Children's Voice launched a month-long campaign yesterday to raise awareness about HIV/Aids to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
 arrow Diploma engr found dead in city
Police recovered the body of a young man in the city yesterday.
The victim was identified as Mirza Hamidul Hossain Babu, 28, who recently completed diploma in engineering from Tangail.

 arrow Criminal killed in shootout with cops
A notorious criminal was killed on Saturday midnight in a shootout between his accomplices and police in Khulna city.
Nationalarrow Militants using 25 mosques in Sakhipur and Mirzapur
Activities by Islamist militant are being conducted from about 25 mosques in forest areas of Sakhipur and Mirzapur, established with financial assistance from a Kuwait-based NGO, according to police and
 arrow Dinajpur by-polls amid tight security today
By-election to Dinajpur-1 constituency will be held today.

The seat fell vacant following death of Jamaat lawmaker Maulana Abdullah Al Kafi on September 12.

 arrow Killing people is not jihad
Fazlul Haque Amini MP, leader of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote, has said killing of innocent people and creating panic is not Jihad (holy war for Islam).
 arrow Farmers cry for 'wonder' pesticide
Magura: A much-inspiring revolution in pest control and environment protection in six south-western districts may die soon due to acute crisis of pheromone, the principal ingredient used to check pest
 arrow Fighting an effective battle against Monga
Landless Rafiqul Islam sheltered on the bank of Brahmaputra has finally got a means to stave off Monga.
His five-member family no more starves now.

 arrow 'False' case for protesting illegal sand extraction
A 'false' case has been filed against five persons accusing them of extortion, allegedly for protesting illegal extraction of sand from Surma riverbed in Golapganj upazila.
 arrow Death of student triggers violent protest in Kishoreganj
Agitated students of Jahurul Islam Medical College and Hospital (JIMCH) at Bajitpur yesterday ransacked the principal's office, some rooms of the hospital and dormitories and barricaded the Kishoreganj-Dhaka
 arrow Released JMB suspects flee Manikganj
The 11 JMB suspects released yesterday few hours after their arrest fled from their mess at Bardulia in the town later at night.
 arrow Fire Brigade to be deployed in Khulna court area
Khulna Metropolitan Police has decided to keep fire brigade units stand-by in court areas in the city during office hours as part of security measures following the suicide bomb attacks in Jhalakati,Gazipur
 arrow 6 'JMB suspects' held in Barisal
Barisal Kotwali police arrested six persons including one Indian national as suspected JMB men from residential hotels and a bus stand in the city yesterday.
 arrow 15 fishing boats looted in Bay
Pirates looted fishes worth about Tk 2 lakh from 15 fishing boats from an off-shore area in Kuakata Friday night.
 arrow Bijoy Mela cancelled
Bijoy Mela, a traditional programme organised by the district administration in December, has been dropped from the schedule this year due to bomb threats across the country by Islamist militants.
Point-Counterpointarrow Remembering Syed Mohammad Ali on his birthday
Syed Mohammad Ali, one of the outstanding journalists of the country, and my beloved Boro Bhai (eldest brother), was born seventy-seven years ago this day.
 arrow After suicide bombing now what?
How have we come to this? Bangladeshi suicide bombers killing Bangladeshi civilians! Low level violence has been a part of Bangladeshi life for at least the last fifteen years.
 arrow The only way out
House Democrats want a "timetable" for American withdrawal from Iraq. Senate Democrats want a "year of progress" on Iraq. Senate Republicans want quarterly progress reports about Iraq.
Culture arrow Wakil's "journey through life"
Wakilur Rahman, based in Berlin, in his exhibition, held at Alliance Francaise on December 3, explains his repeated preoccupation with space.
 arrow BGTF Drama Festival '05
Preview of tonight’s play:
17th century French playwright Moliere in his play The Bourgeois Gentleman deals with the eternal question-- What is more important for a human being, his dynasty

 arrow Award-winning films from the developing world to be screened
Film buffs are looking forward to a special film session, titled the Tri-Continental Film Festival.
 arrow Oprah and Letterman bury the hatchet
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has ended her 16-year feud with fellow US TV presenter David Letterman by appearing on his programme.
Generalarrow A section of govt behind bomb blasts
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury said a section of the four-party coalition government is the mastermind of the recent countrywide bomb blasts.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Khulna filling station
A bomb exploded at Dibi Fuel Supply near Daulatpur Govt BL College in the city yesterday.
The miscreants hurled the bomb from a motorcycle creating panic among the people at Daulatpur, witnesses said.

 arrow Kolkata Book Fair begins January 25
The 31st Kolkata Book Fair will begin at the Maidan on January 25.
 arrow Satkania poura polls today
The first election to the Satkania Pourasbha will be held today.
Internationalarrow Blast rocks Lankan truce
Six soldiers were killed in a landmine blast in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, the military said amid an upsurge in violence that prompted Scandanavian truce monitors to warn of "irreparable" damage to
 arrow Anti-West feeling runs high ahead of Iraq polls
Anti-Western feeling is running high ahead of Iraq's election this month and many voters think sending US troops home should be the priority of the next government, an informal survey by Reuters indicated.
 arrow Europeans, Americans split on war on terror
Outrage in Europe over alleged CIA torture camps and covert flights across the continent exposes a wide gap between Americans and Europeans on how they view the war on terror, analysts say.
 arrow Plot to rocket Saddam trial uncovered
A Sunni Arab insurgent group was plotting to attack the trial of Saddam Hussein when it resumes today, Iraq's national security adviser said yesterday.
 arrow Militants clash with Pak troops at Afghan border
A soldier and a suspected militant were killed yesterday after troops and militants traded fire in a restive Pakistani tribal area near Afghanistan border, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Iran developing missile defence system
Iran, under pressure over its disputed nuclear programme, has been developing a missile defence system and has bought such technology from Russia, the Islamic republic's top national security official
 arrow Israel pounds Gaza with artillery fire
Palestinian militants carried out more cross-border rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip yesterday after Israel launched a series of air raids and pounded the territory with artillery fire.
 arrow 100 houses set on fire in Assam
Around 100 houses were set ablaze as ethnic clashes escalated in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, prompting authorities to issue shoot-on-sight orders yesterday.
 arrow Key al-Qaeda figure killed in Pakistan
One of al-Qaeda's top five leaders, said to be responsible for planning overseas strikes, was killed by Pakistani security forces in a rocket attack near the Afghan border with US help, American and Pakistani
 arrow 250,000 people march for HK democracy
An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday, demanding the full democracy that was promised when Britain handed its former colony back to China eight years ago.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CHT peace accord eight years old now!
What was a landmark event in our history that saw an end to more than two decades of armed insurgency remains an unfulfilled commitment, eight years since it was signed.
 arrow Editorial: African catfish
Fish has been one of our main sources of protein supply, so much so that it has become a part and parcel of our daily diet. Compared to other sources of protein, however, fish has been the worst hit.
 arrow How did we get here?
While watching today's news in ATN Bangla, it was obvious that BNP high ups are completely rattled by the latest spate of bombings.
 arrow Commemorating Arafat
Several big Middle Eastern events coincided with each other in recent times, the first anniversary of death of Yassir Arafat being one of them.
 arrow Concession is not surrender
I am veering round to the viewpoint that Atal Behari Vajpayee might have pushed the India-Pakistan dialogue faster and farther than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has done.
Letters to Editorarrow National security at stake
Bangladesh, a country practising democracy, finally became the hot target of Islamic militants.
 arrow Real photo of Masjid Al Aqsa
What do we know about "Masjid Al Aqsa"?
Have you noticed that whenever there is mention of the Al Aqsa Mosque in the local or international media, the picture of the Dome of the Rock appears instead!

 arrow Female workers
Thank you Atiq of DU for your opinion on our female garments workers. I would like to add my thinking on this issue from a global context as I agree with you. Prof. Jeffrey D.
 arrow Bush to trigger World War III?
The reasons, number of people killed and wounded, ruins and destructions of World War I and World War II are known to most of us.
 arrow Welding workshops
A lot of welding workshops have been set up like mushrooms here and there 'illegally'. This is injurious to passers-by as these welding workshops cause eye disease.
 arrow Inhuman, indeed
I would like to highlight the BSF's activities in respect of the inhabitants of Bangladeshi border areas.
 arrow Cox's Bazar sea beach
Our Cox's Bazar is the biggest and longest sea beach in the world. Blue water, surfing waves, sandy beach and open spaces are alluring attractions for any tourist.
 arrow Attitude towards nurses
There was a round table discussion on "Giving Nurses due Recognition: Promoting Nursing Education in Bangladesh" at a local hotel on November 22, 2005 organised by the American International University.
 arrow Sex education
Sex education has remained a taboo in the country since time immemorial. Formal and proper sex education was not imparted to our students, much to the detriment of the society and the stakeholders.
 arrow Million dollar recreation
For years we've been hearing that Saarc is doing a lot for the world's one of the poorest billions of people.
 arrow MOF Protocol
According to a news item published in a section of the press, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOF) has recently sent a proposal to the Cabinet Division for creation of 12 local posts (5 Protocol Officers
 arrow Internet bill
I am an Internet subscriber of T&T board. I became a subscriber on 27/09/2004 last year. Since then I have not received any Internet bill. Eventually I was asked to collect bill from T&T board.
 arrow Leakage of BCS questions!
We are utterly shocked at the news of question paper leakage of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test held recently by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow A dose of truth
There is a colourful poster entitled "Last fifteen years of AL and BNP misrule" in many places in the city.
 arrow Mighty hands!
Congratulations for the lead story in the DS of November 20 captioned "Outdoors ad business in mighty hands". Your investigative journalism is of exceedingly high order.
Star Cityarrow Cable TV viewers are still missing pay channels
As the tug of war between two local distributors of pay channels is still going on, the cable TV viewers in most parts of the city have been missing the popular pay channels for the last two months.
 arrow All things Bright and Beautiful
Weddings have become the single most visible expression of one's social standing and wealth, said Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed, at the inauguration of a 3-day 'Bridal Festival & Jewellery Exhibition
 arrow 50 years of Bangla Academy
The Bangla Academy, that emerged from the spirit of the strenous struggle of the Language Movement to establish Bangla as the mother tongue will celebrate its Golden Jubilee (1955-2005) with a three-day
 arrow JU buses in need of a parking space
Jahangirnagar University (JU) buses that carry the institu-tions teachers, students and employees between the city and the campus daily have lost their designated parking spot resulting in a disturbance
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