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Front Pagearrow Mastermind caught with bomb
Police yesterday caught the mastermind behind the suicide attacks in Gazipur while he was making a bomb to explode in the panic-driven district on the day.
 arrow Uni-track edn system postponed for a year
A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday decided to postpone introduction of the much-talked-about uni-track education system at the secondary level for a year as the move has
 arrow Bill Gates promises training in IT
Microsoft will train over 10,000 teachers and 200,000 students in information technology in Bangladesh in next three years and has already donated $100,000 to this end.
 arrow Jamaat loses its constituency
Independent candidate Monoranjan Shil Gopal won the Dinajpur-1 by-polls yesterday defeating the four-party alliance candidate by a huge margin despite a last moment bid to buy votes for the alliance candidate.
 arrow JMB again threatens to blow up SC Bar building
The banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has once again sent a letter to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president, saying two JMB members have been deployed to carryout
 arrow PM to send letters to parties for dialogue
The government has yet to take a formal step to hold talks with political parties and eminent persons to work out ways to root out religious militancy in the country while the mainstream opposition parties
 arrow Ministries have differing views
The foreign affairs and communications ministries have conflicting views on Bangladesh's joining the Asian Highway network.
 arrow Bangla Bhai visits Bogra beyond police knowledge
Operations commander of banned militant outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) Bangla Bhai reportedly visited Bogra on Sunday, but the police failed to arrest him due to the lack of correct information
 arrow World's richest man keen to invest
Impressed with Bangladesh's progress and congenial investment atmosphere, Microsoft chief Bill Gates yesterday showed his interest in expanding investment in Bangladesh's nascent information technology
 arrow 14-yr old being trained to be a suicide bomber
Parents of 14-year old Moniruzzaman Moni filed a General Dairy (GD) with Daulatpur police station in Kushtia on Thursday seeking rescue of their son from an alleged plot by the banned militant Islamist
 arrow Bangladesh-born US opera celebrity

 arrow Thousands march streets protesting Islamist terror
Thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in the capital in protest at the recent Gazipur and Chittagong suicide bombings by the banned Islamist militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB)
 arrow Natwar removed from decision-making circle
India's former external affairs minister K Natwar Singh, alleged to have benefited from payoffs in the oil-for-food programme during Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, was removed from the top decision-making
 arrow HC unlists graft case against Ershad
A High Court bench of Justice Abdul Awal yesterday unlisted a corruption case filed against former military ruler HM Ershad from hearing of the cause list of the bench concerned.
 arrow BDR seizes AK47s, 6,000 rounds of bullets in CHT
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition including two AK 47 rifles, 10 German-made pistols and 6,000 rounds of bullets on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Naikhyangchhari
 arrow Latifur Rahman elected MCCI president
Latifur Rahman, a leading industrialist, has been elected president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) for the year 2006.
 arrow BNP man beats Jamaat candidate
Mohammadur Rahman, backed by BNP lawmaker Col (retd) Oli Ahmad, was elected chairman of Satkania municipality in its first-ever election yesterday, defeating Haji Salim Ullah, backed by Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with cops
A regional leader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed early yesterday in a "shootout" between police and his accomplices at Kashimnagar Beel under Paikgachha upazila of the district.
 arrow Indian truck seized after 'explosives offloaded'
Intelligence personnel yesterday seized an Indian truck suspected to have brought explosives into Bangladesh at Chhoto Anchara near Benapole land port.
 arrow Asia Energy complains about attack
Asia Energy Corporation (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd has expressed grave concern over the repeated attacks by some local people on its information centre and residences of its officials at Phulbari Coal mineproject
Businessarrow Share prices slide on militancy
Bourses witnessed a sharp fall in indices in the last two days as ongoing militant activities and political uncertainties have eroded investors' confidence.
 arrow First capital market fair kicks off in Ctg
A two-day exposition on share market titled 'Capital Market Fair' began here yesterday under the auspices of the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE).
 arrow Chinese commodity, tech fair begins
A four-day fair of Chinese commodities and technologies started yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Graft major obstacle to growth in Asia
Corruption is the major obstacle to investment and business growth in Asia's developing economies with Indonesia suffering the most, a poll of foreign executives showed Monday.
 arrow Corporate exhibition in January
A three-day corporate exhibition styled "CorporateBazaar" will begin at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on January 30 next year.
 arrow China vows further forex, capital account reform
China has vowed to carry out further reforms to the yuan, reiterating it will loosen regulations on its tightly restricted capital account but without giving a concrete timetable, state press reported
 arrow Int'l leadership meet on corporate governance ends in KL
The two-day leadership conference on corporate governance for board members of listed companies in Bangladesh and Malaysia ended in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday.
 arrow Malaysian trade surplus up 37.8pc in Oct
Malaysia's trade surplus in October rose 37.8 percent to 10.50 billion ringgit (2.785 billion dollars) from 7.62 billion ringgit in September, the government said Monday.
 arrow Airbus set to get Chinese aircraft order
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus was set to win a Chinese order for about 100 A320 passenger jets Monday, according to sources close to the negotiations, following a deal that could see Airbus building an
 arrow Asia hopes modest
Asian countries have become increasingly tentative ahead of upcoming WTO talks here, hoping at best to keep the negotiations on track in the knowledge that an overall trade accord is virtually impossible.
 arrow HK gears up security for WTO meet
Worried by violent protests at international meetings from Argentina to South Korea, security officials in Hong Kong are preparing to batten down the hatches for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting
Sportsarrow Football: Mission retain title
Bangladesh football team leaves for Pakistan today with a mission to retain the SAFF Championship trophy away from home after their glorious triumph in the regional tournament in Dhaka nearly three years
 arrow Cricket: Riyad stops the slide
Young batsman Mahmudullah Riyad kept his nerve to salvage Dhaka from total embarrassment against Chittagong on the second day of the four-day National Cricket League match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket League now from Dec 12
The Premier Division Cricket League has been deferred by three days as the most coveted domestic competition will now start from December 12 at the six different venues across the country.
 arrow Football: NFL moves to Cox's Bazar
Brothers Union face Kacharipara Sporting Club of Jamalpur in their second round match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL) at the Cox's Bazar Stadium today.
 arrow Tennis: Davis Cup glory for Croatia
Croatia lifted the Davis Cup for the first time on Sunday when Mario Ancic beat Slovakia's Michal Mertinak 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch a 3-2 victory in a rollercoaster final.
 arrow Cricket: Deposed selector blasts Chappell
Former India player and deposed national selector Yashpal Sharma on Monday blasted coach Greg Chappell for targeting players he did not like.
 arrow Cricket: Play finally at Chepauk
Sachin Tendulkar was handed a chance to score a world-record 35th century as play finally began in the rain-ravaged first Test between India and Sri Lanka here on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Muktijoddha stay on top
Muktijoddha Sangsad maintained their solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League after the end of the ninth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A new lease of life
Rejuvenated Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar Monday hailed former fast bowling great Imran Khan as the inspiration behind his success against England in the recent Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss coming back for ODIs
Batsman Andrew Strauss will rejoin his England teammates in Pakistan on Tuesday for the five match one-day series after returning home for the birth of his son.
 arrow Football: Juve edge past Fiorentina
Juventus coach Fabio Capello admitted his team were very fortunate to escape with a 2-1 victory at Fiorentina on Sunday which stretched their lead at the top of Italy's Serie A to eight points.
 arrow Cricket: The complete captain
Few thought Pakistan capable of winning their home Test series against England, but Pakistani captain Inzamamul Haq changed all that.
 arrow Cricket: India remain unchanged
Indian selectors on Monday retained the 15-player squad chosen for the rain-hit first Test against Sri Lanka for the second match in Delhi.
The second game in the three-Test series starts on Saturday.

 arrow Football: Lucky Barca stay atop
A 2-0 victory by Barcelona at Villarreal, their seventh consecutive league win, moved the champions back to the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Big guns under threat
AC Milan, Manchester United and Porto are the former Champions League winners most under threat of failing to reach the knockout stages in this week's final round of group matches.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Partex Sporting Club recorded an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Kathalbagan GCC in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ref assaulted in Barisal
Referee Ehsanul Haq was physically assaulted by a foreign booter during the final of the First Division Football League between Barisal Mohammedan SC and Kirtonkhola I at the local stadium on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ looking for the Lee-way
New Zealand's cricketers are desperately searching for ways to combat Brett Lee's devastating pace in Wednesday's second one-day international against Australia after he ripped through their fragile batting
 arrow Cricket: WA duo spoils Protaes' plans
South Africa's hopes of striking an early psychological blow to arch-rivals Australia in the lead up to their three-match Test series were dented during their opening tour game here on Monday following
 arrow Football: Luxemburgo gets the sack
Real Madrid on Sunday sacked their Brazilian coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and replaced him temporarily with Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, previously coach of the Spanish giants' reserve team.
 arrow Football: City enjoy Goal feast
Two goals from Andy Cole topped and tailed Manchester City's 5-2 win over Charlton at The Valley here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam's aspiration
Inzamamul Haq, man-of-the-series in Pakistan's 2-0 Test series win over England, is keen to play in English county cricket.
Metropolitanarrow Third extraordinary OIC Summit begins Dec 7
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will leave Dhaka for Makkah this afternoon to attend the third "extraordinary" summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow BNP rejects demand for resignation of govt
The ruling BNP yesterday rejected the opposition's demand for resignation of the coalition government.
 arrow Poor Kohinoor welcomes world's richest man
Brac member Kohinoor Begum, a seamstress and mother of three residing in Sabujbagh, is perhaps the luckiest woman in Bangladesh in welcoming into her home world's richest man Bill Gates.
 arrow JCD factions clash at DU: 9 injured
At least nine activists of the ruling BNP's student wing of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in an intra-party clash over seat occupation at Haji Mohammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University
 arrow Tight security to ensure trouble-free celebration
A four-layer foolproof security bulwark backed by dog squads and sophisticated detective machines will be in place for trouble-free celebration of the Victory Day on December 16.
 arrow Democracy Day today
The nation observes 'Democracy Day' today, commemorating the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad who stepped down on this day in 1990 in the face of a mass upsurge.
 arrow Filipino envoy calls on Hasina
Outgoing Philippines Ambassador Jose Lino B.
 arrow Jalil gets bail in land grabbing case
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil in a land grabbing case.
 arrow Polytech teachers submit memos
Bangladesh Polytechnic Teachers' Association (BPTA) yesterday submitted 10-point memorandums to the Education Minister, Education Secretary, Director General of Vocational Education Department and also
 arrow Shahadat an icon of patriotic journalism
Speakers at a citizens' condolence meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to Shahadat Chowdhury, an eminent journalist and freedom fighter, for his outstanding contribution to the nation.
 arrow Consultation on community radio begins today
A two-day national consultation on 'Community Radio in Bangladesh' begins in the city today in a bid to provide people at grassroots level with necessary information through radio.
 arrow Four hurt as toll-takers blast bombs
Extortionists last night blasted bombs to threaten a scrap-metal shop owner in the Lalbagh area, leaving four of his employees injured.
 arrow Ctg, Mongla port authorities asked to tighten security
The port authorities of Chittagong and Mongla have been asked to tighten security and increase patrolling on the port channels to prevent any subversive activities.
 arrow HC grants bail to 6 Sariakandi AL activists
Six Awami League (AL) leaders and activists of Sariakandi upazila got anticipatory bail from the High Court on Sunday in an alleged charge of bomb blasts at the villages of Chandina and Nawarpara.
 arrow ‘Pro-liberation forces' alliance a must to stop militancy’
An immediate alliance of all pro-liberation forces is a must to prevent the militants' activities in the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Five more JOCVs arrive
Five more members of Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) arrived here yesterday in order to extend cooperation in such sectors as primary education, physical education, computer technique
 arrow Bangladeshi shot by BSF
Troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Sunday night shot a Bangladeshi farmer at Singnagar under Shibganj upazila.
Nationalarrow Lawyers remove their nameplates, cops keep doors shut
Prominent lawyers in Magura town have started removing name-plates from their residences and chambers fearing militant attack.
 arrow Outlaws slay rival cadre, abduct businessman
Members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar communist Party (PBCP-ML, War) slaughtered one of their rival party cadres in Chuadanga, while a gang of outlaws abducted a businessman in Meherpur Saturday night.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 4 children, attacks 500 in Tangail
Diarrhoea claimed at least four children and attacked more than 500 people in Gopalpur upazila since Friday.
 arrow Matia sees no big difference between JMB and Jamaat
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Matia Chowdhury on Sunday said there is no big difference between the Jamaat-e- Islami and the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Voter list: AL men lay siege to UNO office
Several hundred Awami League (AL) activists yesterday laid a siege to Kaliganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office protesting alleged selection of BNP and Jamaat supporters as supervisors and enumerators
 arrow Akhaura shrine blasts: 2 confess to involvement
Two suspected bombers of Akhaura shrine blasts yesterday confessed to their involvement in the incident that killed one person and injured over 100 on August 12.
 arrow RUTA protests bombings
Rajshahi University Teachers Association (RUTA) Sunday held a rally and brought out a mourning procession on the campus in memory of those killed in recent bomb blasts in the country.
Point-Counterpointarrow Making the most of submarine cable connectivity for Bangladesh
The SEA-ME-WE4 cable has landed in Bangladesh. This is great news.
 arrow EC infighting is unwarranted and unlawful
The infighting within the Election Commission (EC) over the electoral roll issue has not only gone on for too long, it has surpassed all reasonable limits.
 arrow Trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea
BNP and the ruling coalition have certainly made a mess of handling terrorism.
Culturearrow "I believe classical is the base of music in every culture" ---Monica Yunus
Reviewers from US dailies, New York Times, Charleston City Paper and Palm Beach Daily News had described her as -- "especially winning", "utterly captivating" and "a voice destined for super-stardom"
 arrow Essays in water-colour
The competition in water-colour, organised by Shako, a local woman artists' group, held recently at Gulshan, was a veritable delight to watch.
 arrow BGTF Drama Festival '05
Preview of tonight’s play:
Dhaka Theatre's production Binodini features the introduction of subcontinental urban theatre based on a European theatre format.

 arrow "Pretty Woman" still the highest paid actress
She traded Hollywood for motherhood and did not star in a movie this year, but Julia Roberts still ranks as Hollywood's highest-paid actress at US $20 million a film, according to an annual power list.
Generalarrow India proposes regional convention on terrorism
A sub-group meeting on legal and law enforcement under the BIMSTEC discussed various issues including financing terrorism and checking transnational crimes in New Delhi yesterday, official sources said.
 arrow National security at stake: Duta
National security is at stake due to repeated attacks by the militants across the country, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow Bijoy Mela begins in Chittagong
A 21-day programme including the victory fair of Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela Parishad began here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai product of Sarbahara, Janajuddho
Islami Oikya Jote leader Shaikul Hadith Allama Azizul Huq yesterday said 'Bangla Bhai' is a product of the outlawed parties - Sarbahara and Janajuddho.
 arrow 1,235 arrested
Police arrested 1,235 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Chaos mars Saddam trial
The first witness to appear in person at the trial of Saddam Hussein gave harrowing testimony against the former Iraqi leader yesterday after a walkout by defence lawyers briefly threatened to derailthe
 arrow Blast rocks shopping mall in Israel: 5 dead
A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a shopping mall in central Israel yesterday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens of others, Channel 10 TV said.
 arrow Lankan army warns Tigers over attacks
Sri Lanka's outgoing army chief yesterday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of trying to provoke the military with a series of truce-breaking attacks that killed 12 people over the weekend.
 arrow Situation in Bihar is like war: Nitish
The law and order situation in Bihar is akin to "war" with the police and administrative structure in a state of collapse, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has admitted 10 days after taking over power.
 arrow 'US military abusing its UN mandate in Iraq'
The US military is abusing its United Nations mandate in Iraq by detaining thousands of people without due process of law, a senior UN official said.
 arrow India, Russia to start joint arms production
Russia and India plan to begin joint work in design and production of weaponry, Indian Defence Minister Manmohan Singh said in an interview with a Russian newspaper published yesterday.
 arrow Australia a safe haven for war criminals
Australia has developed a reputation for being a safe haven for war criminals attempting to avoid prosecution, a former war crimes investigator said Monday amid media reports that as many as 30 people
 arrow Swimming pool roof collapses in Russia: 14 die
At least 14 people were killed and several more injured when the roof of a public swimming pool collapsed in the Urals region of Russia, officials said early yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome judicial intervention
Kudos to the Supreme Court for upholding the order of the High Court, instructing the government to submit periodic progress reports to it on the investigations into the various terrorist attacks across
 arrow Editorial: Good initiative by business leaders
We welcome the top business leaders' initiative to get the prime minister and the leader of the opposition to sit across the table for a national dialogue on how best to combat terrorism.
 arrow Blasts and bleeding
My colleague Ghulam Hossain informed me that the proposed seminar that he planned to hold in Dhaka has been postponed and shifted to Japan on the heels of deteriorating security conditions in the country.
 arrow Sounds of silence
If you want to understand the Big Story, look for the small detail. When the action is being broadcast in the merciless way that television adopts, get out of the din and check the silence.
Letters to Editorarrow Bomb blasts
The series of blasts have once again proved beyond doubt that the government is not ready to take any action against the extremist elements.
 arrow Mobile culture
Mr. Ahmed's write up on how technology has more or less taken over the lives of Bangladeshis today has two sides. Years ago I or anyone else wouldn't have dreamt of walking around with a mobile.
 arrow Way out of abyss
In the fertile soil of our country weed grows quite naturally, if we do not take care of our land.
 arrow Politics and religious militancy
I could not help writing about this. Sorry, I cannot avoid using a few harsh words about the custodians of society.
 arrow Shahadat Chowdhury
As a member of a band of guerrillas that Shahadat Chowdhury inspired, motivated and moderated, I feel deeply saddened at not being able to attend his last rites.
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