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Front Pagearrow PM invites 16 parties to talks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sent letters to 16 political parties inviting them to a national dialogue on combating the rising religious terrorism in the country, but the 14-party combine and a number of other opposition line-up rejected the bid outright.
 arrow Fresh voter roll from Jan 1 thru June 1
The Election Commission (EC) secretariat yesterday declared a timetable for preparing a fresh voter roll with January 1 being the date for starting enumeration and June 1 for publication of the finallist.
 arrow 9kg explosives found at militant's house
Gazipur police on Monday night recovered nine kilogram explosives believed to be enough for making around 150 bombs like those used in the two bombing incidents in the district claiming ten lives.
 arrow Tele-tapping plan evokes fear of harassment
The government move to tap telephones for tracing militants might lead to harassment of people and reaping political gains, fear legal experts, rights activists and business leaders.
 arrow 22 Ctg journos, DCs, SPs get death threat
Undeterred by the arrests of suspected Islamist militants the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) continues to make death and bomb threats across the country.
 arrow PDB skirts review body's decision, favours Harbin
The Power Development Board (PDB) is disregarding for the last six weeks the first ever decision of a government review panel under the Public Procurement Regulation (PPR) to shelve a faulty offer ofChinese
 arrow BoI curtails land allotment to KEPZ
The Board of Investment (BoI) decided to curtail half of the allotment of land to the Korea Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) in Chittagong.
 arrow Textbook supply now uncertain
Timely supply of the class nine textbooks to the students in 2006 has become uncertain as the government now has to start all the formalities afresh after postponement of the proposed uni-track education
 arrow 7 killed, 30 hurt in road accident
Seven people were killed and 30 others injured, 11 of them critically, in a road accident on the Nagarbari-Bogra Highway in Santhia upazila in Pabna yesterday noon.
 arrow Rally against terrorism...

 arrow Letter sent to Niko seeking Tk 250cr compensation
Petrobangla sent a letter to Niko yesterday claiming Tk 250 crore as compensation for the two blowouts this year.
 arrow OIC meets today
The third extraordinary summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) begins in Makkah today.
 arrow Silk Route trip stuck at Sino-Myanmar border
An eight member Chinese delegation, due to arrive in Bangladesh following the ancient Silk Route, got stuck at the China-Myanmar border, as the Myanmar authorities deny them entry with their vehicles.
 arrow Consensus seeking alliance lacks harmony
While the government has called all political parties for a consensus on the alarming rise of militancy in the country, the ruling four-party alliance cannot reach any consensus within itself due to conflicts
 arrow 3 militant accounts traced in Bogra
Police yesterday traced out three bank accounts of suspected militants here at different branches of Sonali Bank.
 arrow 128 die as Iranian plane crashes into high-rise
A military transport plane loaded with Iranian journalists and trying to make an emergency landing slammed into a 10-story apartment building, ripping open the top of the structure and igniting a huge
 arrow Robber killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A notorious robber, Anu alias Anu Dakat, was killed in a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his gang members at Bhatpara on the city suburb yesterday.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 26pc in five months
Remittance continues to post robust growth as it increased by 26 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year.
Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) sent US$ 1,756.

 arrow NBR plans uniform identification system for taxpayers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) plans to introduce uniform taxpayers identification system to stop tax evasion.
 arrow Altaf assures BGMEA of looking into problems
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday assured the leaders of RMG industry of considering their problems, including support to resume production in the sick units and develop a 'garment village'
 arrow Medical services show from December 9
With a view to introducing latest medical services to people, a three-day international exposition will begin at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on December 9.
 arrow Gold prices reach $510
Spot gold prices soared above $510 an ounce on Tuesday, their highest since January 1980, buoyed by continued fund buying on inflation worries and increased diversification into commodities, dealers said.
 arrow Intel to invest $1b in India
The Intel Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, on Monday announced it would invest more than one billion dollars in India in the next five years.
 arrow Pizza Hut celebrates 2nd anniversary in Bangladesh
Pizza Hut, the world's largest pizza chain, yesterday celebrated its second anniversary in Bangladesh.
 arrow Oil prices ease in Asian trade
Oil prices were slightly lower in Asian trading Tuesday after solid gains overnight due to a cold snap in the United States, the world's top consumer, dealers said.
 arrow India should push for more overseas jobs at WTO talks
India should use the Hong Kong round of global trade talks to push for more overseas work visas for software engineers in exchange for opening its booming services sector, analysts and industry groups
 arrow Workshop on quantum finance theory begins
A weeklong international workshop on "Wavelets & the Theory of Quantum Finance" began in Dhaka on Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: All roads lead to Karachi
Diego Cruciani brings Latin flavour to South Asian football, but whether his charges materialise it or not against their neighbours would only be known when the fourth edition of the SAFF (South Asian
 arrow Cricket: Ctg, Khulna on top
Chittagong tightened their grip on Dhaka despite a blazing knock by former national captain Khaled Mahmud on the third day of their four-day National Cricket League match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Vaas destruction in draw
Chaminda Vaas skittled India for their lowest total against Sri Lanka before the rain-ravaged first Test was consigned to a draw here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: No surprises in seedings
Hosts Germany and defending champions Brazil were named among the top eight seeds for the World Cup finals as expected on Tuesday, along with England, Spain, Mexico, France, Argentina and Italy.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan missing Pak ODIs
England cricket captain Michael Vaughan will miss the one-day series against Pakistan as he undergoes an exploratory operation on his injured knee.
 arrow Football: Brothers lose points again
Defending champions Brothers Union once again dropped points against a little known opponents when they were held to a goalless draw by Jamalpur Kacharipara Sporting Club in the Nitol-Tata National Football
 arrow Football: Booters off to Pakistan
Bangladesh national team left Dhaka yesterday to take part in the fourth SAFF Championship in Karachi. The team comprises of 20 booters and seven officials.
 arrow Cricket: India's Pakistan tour put back
Pakistan has readjusted the itinerary for the Indian team's tour early next year with the Tests now scheduled to begin from January 14.
 arrow Cricket: Fernando gives SL an easy win
Sri Lanka's Hans Fernando struck the third hundred of the under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament as his side scored an emphatic 60-run victory against winless England at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: MU expect Best days
Manchester United head for Lisbon hoping that memories of legend George Best will inspire them to a win over Benfica Wednesday and book their ticket to the Champions League knockout round.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's mind on Wigan
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is more concerned with next Saturday's Premier League clash against Wigan Athletic than taking Champions League revenge against Liverpool on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis stay positive
New Zealand believes it can save the one-day cricket series against Australia here Wednesday following a dismal showing in the first of the three-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Akram stands by Ganguly
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has voiced support for Sourav Ganguly saying that one bad series was not enough for a player to be "sidelined".
 arrow Football: Sacchi walks out on Real
Two days after sacking coach Wanderley Luxemburgo, Real Madrid have lost their sporting director Arrigo Sacchi.
 arrow Football: Romario ponders career extension
Former Brazil striker Romario, who will be 40 next month, is considering extending his career for another year after finishing the Brazilian championship as top scorer.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Amit made an unbeaten 71 as Cricket Coaching School (CCS) registered a three-wicket victory over Jatrabari KC in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: WC champs to get $19.1m
The winners of the 2006 World Cup in Germany will take home 24.5 million Swiss Francs (19.1 million dollars) in prize money, FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi revealed on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Leonine grab the lead
Defending champions Leonine Chess Club snatched the top spot from Muktijoddha Sangsad in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League after the end of the tenth round at the federation hall roomyesterday.
 arrow Football: WC trophy to trot the globe
Fans will get a rare chance to see the World Cup trophy with their own eyes when soccer's most coveted prize goes on tour for the first time next year.
 arrow Football: Chipped ball thrown out
The much-heralded electronically chipped ball to help referee's make crucial goal-line calls will not be used at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Double trouble for Gazza
Former England star Paul Gascoigne has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a photographer outside a Liverpool hotel.
Metropolitanarrow Shed off political differences to make regional power grid a reality
Speakers from different South Asian countries at a two-day meeting on regional energy cooperation yesterday urged the policymakers to shed off political differences to make a regional power grid a reality.
 arrow Al to bring corrupt officials, companies to book if voted to power
Awami League leaders yesterday said they would bring the corrupt people and companies who have been looting and misappropriating money in power and energy sectors to justice and provide electricity to
 arrow Proposal for dialogue worth cheating nation
Workers' Party yesterday slammed the government's dialogue proposal saying that it is worth cheating the nation as the government took no steps against the Islamic political parties and other lawmakers
 arrow HC stays death sentence to minor convict for rape, murder
The High Court yesterday stayed the execution of death sentence to a convict for three months and accepted to hear a writ petition challenging the act under which the 16-year-old boy was awarded capital
 arrow Join dialogue to eradicate militancy
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the opposition parties to sit in a dialogue with a view to establishing democracy, holding free and fair elections and eradicating
 arrow Community radio to play key role in rural dev
Speakers at a two-day National Consultation on 'Community Radio in Bangladesh' yesterday said community radio will play a significant role at grassroots level for rural development.
 arrow Jamaat blamed for all bomb blasts
Jamaat-e-Isalmi has established a reign of terror in the name of establishing Islam in the country, said the leaders of Awami Ulema League (AUL), a religious wing of the main opposition Awami League,yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh moves on despite chaos
Though there has always been sharp division among the politicians and political parties, the general people's united effort has always helped Bangladesh move on, Finance Minister Saifur Rahman said.
 arrow Aminee warned media against 'propaganda' on madrasas' link
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) chief Fazlul Huq Aminee yesterday alleged that Awami League-led 14 parties, pro-left newspapers and NGOs are involved in bomb terrorism --a claim that runs counter to allegations
 arrow Ataur Rahmanís anniversary of death today
Today is the 14th death anniversary of Ataur Rahman Khan, former prime minister of Bangladesh and a veteran national leader, says a press release.
 arrow Indian Speaker likely to visit Dhaka in Jan
Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is likely to visit Dhaka next month at the invitation of Speaker Barrister Zamiruddin Sircar.
 arrow Hasina goes to Tungipara tomorrow
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina goes to Tungipara tomorrow as part of her three-day tour in the south-western region of the country.
 arrow Former MP Ziauddin dies in China
Former MP and eminent industrialist AKM Ziauddin, who was in China on a business tour, passed away due to cardiac arrest at a hotel on Monday.
 arrow SSJ curtails Victory Day programmes
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote (SSJ), a leading cultural body, has curtailed its Victory Day celebration programmes this year due to heightened militancy in the country.
 arrow BFA national convention begins in Sylhet tomorrow
The fifth national convention of Bangladesh Photojournalist Association (BFA) begins in Sylhet tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Panic grips Satkhira as JMB gives bomb threats
Panic has gripped Satkhira after JMB (Jama'atul Mujihidin, Bangladesh) issued several threats to explode bombs and to kill some officials.
 arrow 4 year-old boy held for 'violating' labour law freed on bail
At last four year-old Uday Chandra Das was freed on a seven-day ad-interim bail, granted by a Magistrate court here yesterday.
 arrow Move for militant resistance bodies in Kushtia villages, wards
Kushtia district administration has decided to form 'militant resistance committee' at ward level in municipality and at villages to create public opinion against militants.
 arrow Five JMB suspects arrested in Tangail
Police arrested five JMB suspects in the district yesterday and the day before. Three others, accused of carrying out the August 17 blasts in Tangail, surrendered to a Magistrate court on Monday.
 arrow BDR recovers bomb, explosives
Paramilitary BDR recovered one bomb and some explosives from border area in Kanaighat upazila in Sylhet Monday night.
 arrow Magistrate assaulted, police van torched
A Magistrate and some policemen were assaulted by villagers when they went to confiscate an illegal sugarcane crusher machine at Daulatkhali village in Daulatpur upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow BNP factions hold separate protest rallies in Khulna
Two factions of Khulna BNP held two separate rallies here yesterday afternoon as part of the party's central programme to protest bomb attacks and killing of innocent people including police men and judges.
Point-Counterpointarrow Suicide bombing: The madrassah angle
Slowly, but with the cold certainty of the fog that has descended this winter, realisation has begun to dawn.
 arrow Extremism and our faltering institutions
Worried and concerned citizens of our fear-gripped polity may now seriously ponder whether we are failing to function in accordance with the structural imperatives needed for a free, independent, anddemocratic
 arrow The Bill Gates nobody knows
Bill Gates -- Microsoft Chairman and Chief Architect -- during his short visit to Bangladesh on Monday, December 5, announced that Microsoft will train over 10,000 teachers and 200,000 students in information
Culturearrow Building awareness
Bangladeshis respond more to visual stimuli than the written or spoken word," says the young Bristi Chowdhury, a talented freelance photographer.
 arrow BGTF Drama Festival '05
Preview of to nightís play
As part of the ongoing theatre festival, viewers can enjoy another Moliere comedy tonight.

 arrow Cultural programme on Victory Day
To celebrate our Victory Day, Shammilito Shankskritik Jote (SSJ) announced a three-day cultural programme from December 14 to 16, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity yesterday.
 arrow A taste of opera at Goethe Institute
Cultural organisation, Nrityanchal arranged a solo musical performance by Monica Yunus, one of the most talented young sopranos in the US.
 arrow Docu-Film on the differently-abled
To observe the International Disability Day a docu-film was screened at the German Cultural Centre on December 4.
Internationalarrow Natwar wilts under pressure to go
India's beleaguered minister without portfolio K Natwar Singh, who was named by a UN report as having allegedly benefited from Iraqi oil-for-food programme, finally wilted under pressure late Monday night
 arrow India, Russia ink defence deal
Russia and India paved the way for intensified defence cooperation yesterday as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked up a "strategic partnership" between the
 arrow Army seeks talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's new army chief took command yesterday with a call for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to defuse tension in the northern town of Jaffna after 14 soldiers were killed in two blasts.
 arrow Myanmar fighting Indian rebels
The Myanmar military has launched an offensive to push separatist guerrillas from northeast India out of the country, a rebel leader told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Declare truce with Maoists
The European Union (EU) on Monday called on Nepal's King Gyanendra to call a truce with Maoist rebels, who extended a unilateral ceasefire by one month after joining efforts to restore democracy there.
 arrow Saddam trial resumes with torture testimony
The court heard chilling evidence from a tearful woman testifying yesterday from behind a curtain in the gripping trial of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein over a Shia massacre 23 years ago.
 arrow Rice confronts worries over CIA prisons
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced tough questions on the first stop of a European tour overshadowed by investigations into whether the United States houses suspected terrorists in secret prisons
 arrow BJP expels Uma Bharati
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday expelled its firebrand leader Uma Bharati who had unleashed a no-hold-barred attack against the entire top brass of the party.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police rounding up a top militant
The law enforcing agencies, particularly the police, must be commended for their success in arresting a big mastermind-type militant leader from Gazipur.
 arrow Editorial: A cheery visit
BILL Gates, the world leader in IT development, has endeared himself to the Bangladeshis profusely, let alone firing the imagination of computer buffs in the country, by paying us a visit unperturbedby
 arrow Awaking from slumber
To start with, let us not begrudge Bertil Lintner, author of the infamous article in the Far Eastern Economic Review a few years ago that got his magazine banned in Bangladesh, a smile today.
 arrow Rise of militancy: Bangladesh under attack
Mahmuduzzaman Babu, Bipul Shah, Robaet Ferdous, Govind Chakraborti, Audity Falguni, Abu Naser Rajib, Parvez Chowdhury, Shaiful Islam, Robin Ahsan, Mithila Farzana, Shameem Ahmed, and Kishower Laila
 arrow Revolt in the Shiv Sena
Mr Raj Thackerary's revolt against his cousin and Senapati Bal Thackeray's son Uddhav is the Shiv Sena's gravest-ever crisis.
Letters to Editorarrow Problem of fanaticism
It does not require wisdom to see that Bangladesh is going through a difficult phase.
 arrow Suicide attack : a wake up call
For the first time in the history of Bangladesh we have come across the incidents of suicide attack.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
I have read the article "Indo-Bangladesh relations: Time for re-think & reconciliation" by Anwarul Haque in your newspaper. I completely agree with the writer about the facts he has revealed.
 arrow Talking to insurgents!
At a national reconciliation conference in Cairo last week, Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said that he was willing to speak to insurgents and those that are involved in resisting US troops within Iraq.
 arrow Biogas electricity
This letter is in response to O.H. Kabir's letter on the possibility of electricity generation from biogas or natural gas, published in DS on 3 December 2005.
 arrow Militants and government policy
The intention is reflected in the result. The barbaric bombings in Bangladesh are the result of long term patronisation of the terrorists.
 arrow World AIDS Day
The World AIDS Day, December 1, has been a eye opener for me.
 arrow What can I do?
I am a law student; within a few years I will be a lawyer. Who knows only for being a lawyer, or judge I can be killed, I can become lame, I can lose my hands. All the time I have to remain scared.
 arrow Traffic jam near PMO
Every evening there's a permanent traffic jam starting from Mohakhali Flyover to the Prime Minister's Office. The Tk 200 crore flyover is supposed to reduce traffic congestion.
 arrow Quality education
Though belated, the newly formulated law titled 'Non-government Teachers Registration and Certification Authority Act 2005', which came into effect on March 20 is the right move to ensure quality education
 arrow Harkate Badan
As part of the Eid special programmes arranged by Channel-i, an interesting TV play titled "Harkate Badan" was aired on Nov. 10, 2005.
Star Chittagongarrow Bomb victims face uncertain future
Asia Begum is not sure whether her husband, police constable Rafiqul Islam, will be able to lead a normal life in the future..
 arrow A cafeteria which students usually avoid
The students of Arts and Science faculties of Chittagong University (CU) usually avoid the Arts Faculty cafeteria as it allegedly serves unhygienic and substandard foods.
 arrow Acute Water Crisis in City

Star Cityarrow Security beefed up at hajj camp
Security at city's Haji Camp and its adjoining areas has been stepped up in the wake of rising militant activities across the country.
"The Hajj pilgrims' security is of prime importance to us.

 arrow Nawabpur businesspeople held hostage by extortionists
Businesspeople in Nawabpur area are held hostage by a gang of criminals as the law enforcers hardly took any action against the extortionists after the recent attack on a local businessman and an employee
 arrow Funds needed for regular maintenance
The Rayer Bazaar Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum that links to Bangladesh's independence is another monument lacking funds for its maintenance.
 arrow Chinese products, technology fair draws huge crowd
A wide range of Chinese products have been put on display in the first-ever China Commodities and Technology Fair (CCTF) that began on Monday at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the
 arrow Janata Tower remains unutilised for long
Many government offices are cramped without adequate space, and the state-owned 11-storied Janata Tower in Karwan Bazar, which could be utilised, has been abandoned for the last five years.
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