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Front Pagearrow Chance of national consensus slim
The prime minister until yesterday invited 30 political parties and 15 professional bodies to a national dialogue on combating terrorism, but with the invitees clearly divided over the issue little possibility
 arrow JMB's explosive supplier caught in Rajshahi
Law enforcers on Monday arrested a key explosive supplier of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Rajshahi region, but the government is hiding the sensational arrest for
 arrow The world has changed, our leaders have not
The opposition has rejected the government's call for a dialogue, terming it a 'farce' or at best a 'drama' to confuse the public.
 arrow OIC summit opens with call to combat terrorism
Leaders of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) opened a summit in Makkah yesterday with a Saudi call for moderation and tolerance and a rejection of extremist violence.
 arrow CEC keeps on kicking up controversies
The chief election commissioner (CEC) is taking all decisions unilaterally on preparing a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary polls bypassing the Election Commission (EC) and keeping the two election
 arrow Cabinet body rejects losing road contract
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Purchase yesterday rejected a communications ministry proposal for awarding a Tk 9 crore contract to a private firm to collect Tk 8 crore in revenues for the government.
 arrow Bhuiyan, Saifur disappointed
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said the Awami League's (AL) refusal to sit in a dialogue with the government proves that instead of solving the militancy issue, they (AL)
 arrow Khulna IOJ leader held for JMB link
Police arrested a former employee of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) and his two friends for renting a house to the mastermind of Gazipur blasts, Jewel, regional commander of Jamaatul Mujahideen
 arrow UK to allow seasonal Bangladeshi workers
The United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to allow temporary seasonal workers from Bangladesh provided they return after the expiry of their one year tenure, according to expatriates welfare ministry sources.
 arrow Rajuk skirts HC order
Violating a High Court order, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) continues approving plans for eight-storey buildings along the avenues in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara, claiming it has not received
 arrow Go for UN investigation to tackle terrorism
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for a United Nations (UN) probe into all the killings and bomb blasts, including the recent suicide bomb attacks claiming lives, in the countrysince
 arrow One dies in explosion
A person was killed and two others were injured in a bomb explosion at Atrai upazila in Naogaon last night.
 arrow EC pledges euro 150m for poverty
The European Commission (EC) has committed 150 million euros to Bangladesh in the current fiscal year with the larger part of it as grants.
 arrow Natwar finally quits cabinet
India's former foreign minister Kunwar Natwar Singh, embroiled in a controversy following UN independent committee report on alleged shady deals under UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, announced hisresignation
 arrow Bangladesh take on Bhutan today
Bangladesh launch their title defence in the Fourth SAFF Championship when they take on Bhutan at the Peeple's Sports Complex Stadium here today. The match will kick off at 4.15pm Bangladesh time.
 arrow 1.5 kg heroin seized, 10 held
Detective Branch (DB) of police seized 1.5kg heroin worth Tk 1.70 crore from Malibagh and Rampura in the capital and arrested ten alleged drug traders on Tuesday night.
 arrow Prof Yunus, his daughters visit CU
Prof Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank and a former teacher of Chittagong University (CU), along with his wife and two daughters, Monica and Dina, visited the university yesterday.
 arrow UK minister due Dec 11
UK Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn MP will arrive in Dhaka on December 11 on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to see the progress in development activities and improvement in
 arrow Trial in chaos as Saddam boycotts hearing
Saddam Hussein refused to attend his trial for crimes against humanity yesterday, throwing the sometimes chaotic proceedings into further confusion.
 arrow Human chain...

 arrow KEPZ shocked at unilateral BoI decision
The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) authorities yesterday expressed its surprise at the latest government move to halve the land allocated to the KEPZ.
 arrow Gold, cash worth 30 lakh stolen from market
Thieves heisted valuables from six shops, including two jewellers, worth about Tk 30 lakh from Pallabi Shopping Centre at Mirpur in the city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Niko wants amicable settlement
Niko in a letter to Petrobangla yesterday said it wants to settle the compensation issue in an 'amicable way and equitable manner with satisfaction of all parties'.
 arrow Jamaat should help cops arrest terror-involved Shibir men
State Minister for Religious Affairs Mosharef Hossain Shajahan at a seminar yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami should help the law-enforcers to arrest the activists of its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir,
Businessarrow Gold continues to shine
Gold prices in the local market have hit all-time high with guinea (21 carat) selling at Tk 12, 600 and 22 carat at Tk 13,200 a bhori (11.66 grams).
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair kicks off Saturday
The country's mega exposition of local and international products, 'Dhaka International Trade Fair-2005', kicks off Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar fair ground.
 arrow Asian economies gain as worker remittances surge
A busy Sunday afternoon on Singapore's Orchard Road and Christmas shopping is in full swing, but for the migrant workers filling the remittance centres in the Lucky Plaza mall the priority is sendingmoney
 arrow Microsoft to invest $1.7b in India
Microsoft Corporation yesterday announced the company would invest US $1.7 billion in India over the next four years to make the country a major hub of the company's research and development activities.
 arrow Thailand refuses to join Asean-ROK FTA
Thailand has refused to join a free-trade deal between Southeast Asian countries and South Korea over a disagreement on rice, and the two sides will now hold further talks, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Enterprise Investment Centre office opens
The office of the Local Enterprise Investment Centre (LEIC), a project launched by IDLC of Bangladesh, a non-banking financial institution, in co-operation with Canadian International Development Agency
 arrow China textile group keen to start joint ventures with Beximco
Largest Chinese textile conglomerate China Worldbest Group Co has expressed keenness to start joint venture projects in Bangladesh with Beximco Group.
 arrow India has passive gold investment policy
India's central bank governor, Yaga Venugopal Reddy, said on Tuesday that the federal government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have been following a "passive policy" on the country's gold holdings.
 arrow Citigroup's training on risk analytics
Citigroup Bangladesh with the help of their Asia Pacific Banking Institute (APBI), Philippines organised a weeklong regional workshop on 'Risk Analytics' that began on Monday in Dhaka.
 arrow Commercial Bank pre-tax profits up 34pc
The Commercial Bank Group comprising Sri Lanka's benchmark private sector bank, its subsidiaries and associate companies, has reported excellent growth in profits and other key performance indicatorsfor
 arrow Padma Bleaching corporate client of RanksTel
Ranks Telecom Limited and Padma Bleaching & Dyeing Limited (PBDL) have signed an agreement. Under the deal, PBDL has become a corporate client of the public switched telephone network operator.
 arrow StanChart to help police modernise immigration
Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh will support Special Branch of Bangladesh Police Department to renovate and modernise the immigration areas in air and land ports of the country.
 arrow Regional, bilateral trade pacts to mushroom if WTO talks fail
Regional and bilateral agreements will proliferate further and protectionist tendencies are likely to increase if the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Hong Kong fail, business leaders and analysts
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani warns against complacency
Bangladesh launch their Fourth SAFF Championship campaign against rank-outsiders Bhutan at the People's Sports Complex Stadium here today.
 arrow Cricket: Improbable Dhaka draw
The experience of Khaled Mahmud and the youthful exuberance of Mahmudullah Riyad combined to lift Dhaka from the brink of defeat to an exciting draw against Chittagong on the final day of their four-day
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh in final
An unbeaten 75 by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim enabled Bangladesh maintain their winning run in the under-19 tri-nation tournament when the hosts handed Sri Lanka a massive 102-run defeat at BKSP in Savaryesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds savages Kiwis
Australia's Andrew Symonds blasted a brilliant 156 to seal the one-day series against New Zealand Wednesday as the hosts' courageous run-chase fell just two short in a thrilling climax.
 arrow Cricket: Solanki ready for Akhtar
Vikram Solanki, the England opener, says he is looking forward to facing Shoaib Akhtar when the five-match one-day leg of England's tour to Pakistan gets underway on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Greg befriends Sourav
India's cricket coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday drew the curtain on the unsavoury row with Sourav Ganguly, saying the spat was history.
 arrow Football: Samabesh edge past Town Club
Samabesh Club of Munshiganj came from behind to register a 3-2 victory over Khulna Town Club in the Nitol-Tata fifth National Football League at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket League to see super-subs
Most of the clubs agreed to apply the newly introduced super-sub and power play rules in the Premier Division Cricket League that begins from December 12 at six venues across the country.
 arrow Football: Kaka gets Milan thru'
AC Milan breathed a huge sigh of relief on Tuesday after squeezing into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a narrow 3-2 victory over Schalke 04 at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: Rangers the first Scots
Rangers made Scottish football history when they qualified from the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw at home to Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Mourinho, Benitez feud on
Jose Mourinho insisted football's authorities treated him differently to everybody else after defending his part in the furore that followed Chelsea star Michael Essien's sickening tackle on Dietmar Hamann
 arrow Cricket: Taibu's arrival here delayed
As exclusively revealed to CricInfo last week, Tatenda Taibu will be playing his club cricket in Bangladesh for the next few weeks following his decision to retire from international cricket.
 arrow Football: The Indian Mr. Cooler
Master strategist PK Bannerjee said he is just not the manager of the Indian football team but also plays the vital role of peace-maker between the players and coach.
 arrow Football: Bhutan's eyes on SA Games
Bhutan make their second appearance in SAFF Championship not with high hopes but to prepare well for next year's SA Games in Sri Lanka, said chief coach Khare Bahadur Basnet yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Young Pegasus and Rupali Bank won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Football: Becks the richest
David Beckham has topped the latest English football rich list with an estimated fortune over twice that of his nearest rival Dennis Bergkamp.
 arrow Football: Pekerman to duck WC draw
The coaches of the 32 nations that have qualified for the 2006 World Cup will all be at Friday's draw with the sole exception of Argentina manager Jose Pekerman.
 arrow Chess: Leonine keep the lead
Defending champions Leonine Chess Club maintained their solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League after the end of the eleventh round at the federation hall room yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Conflict-free politics a must to achieve progress
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for a conflict-free political environment to build a prosperous Bangladesh, and hoped that the leadership of the young generation would be able tocreate
 arrow It is only a matter of time to control militants: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday indicated that his ministry is close to controlling the hullabaloo set off by militants and bombers.
 arrow Sit together for strategy to fight militancy: Moudud
Militancy has recently become a national crisis and all political parties should sit together and find out strategies to fight the menace, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Govt plans action against violators of rules
The government will soon start a drive against the public buses and mini-buses, which increased the number of seats violating the rules.
 arrow 14-party grand rally in Khulna tomorrow
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Shaikh Hasina will arrive in Khulna from Tungipara tomorrow morning.
 arrow Universal edn policy demanded
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a conglomerate of seven pro-opposition student organisations, yesterday put forward an 11-point demand, including formulation of a universal education policy based on science
 arrow Admonish people against militancy Khatib urges imams
Moulana Obaidul Haque, khatib of National Mosque Baitul Mokarram, urged all khatibs and imams of the mosques in the country to deliver speech against the Islamist militants during their Friday sermons
 arrow PM performs Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia performed Umrah on Tuesday night immediately after her arrival in the holy city.
 arrow Guardians submit memo to Mirpur Girls' Ideal Lab Institute
Guardians of the students of Mirpur Girls' Ideal Laboratory Institute submitted a memorandum to its principal yesterday to press for their 19-point demand.
 arrow Appeal for help
A father has appealed to generous people for financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter who has been suffering from serious kidney ailment, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Pro-liberation forces to hold first ever joint programmes
December 8 is back again with painful memories of supreme sacrifices of war heroes. On this day in 1971, Moulvibazar was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces.
 arrow Ruling party men chosen for making new voter list
The names of supervisors and enumerators to prepare a new voter list in Magura have been finalised without consultation with opposition political parties, creating resentment among local leaders.
 arrow 'Militant' Indian sent to jail
Suspected militant Nawshad alias Akram Ali, 30, an Indian citizen, arrested from a residential hotel in Tangail town, was sent to the district jail on Tuesday.
 arrow Khulna Police make list of 11 militants
Police have made a fresh list of 11 Islamist militants. Nine out of them are yet to be rounded up despite a combing operation conducted jointly by police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow RU admission test from Dec 18
The schedule of test for admission into first year honours classes in Rajshahi University (RU) for 2005-'06 academic session was published on Tuesday.
 arrow Victory Fair cancelled in Manikganj
The Victory Fair has been cancelled here due to threats of Islamist militants across the country.
 arrow Ulema Parishad protest JMB bombings
Ulema Parishad yesterday brought out a procession in the town protesting recent bomb blasts by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Imam gets death threat from JMB
An Imam of a mosque here received death threat from Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on Tuesday.
 arrow Two UPDF men held with arms, ammunition
Army yesterday arrested two members of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession at Rumapara in Mahalchhari.
Point-Counterpointarrow Education in Bangladesh: An illustration
Big advancements have been made over the last two decades in Bangladesh's education sector.
 arrow India shining?
Show-cased as an annual event, the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum offers a tremendous networking opportunity for both foreign and Indian businesses, providing a rare encapsulated insight
 arrow Bomb blasts and security loopholes
Is exploding bombs in 63 out of 64 districts anything short of waging war against the state? Any least-oriented person on statecraft would agree to this observation.
Culturearrow "Beauty is truth, and truth beauty"
The promising exhibition of photographs by East West University Cine and Photography Club, held at Drik, was indeed worth seeing.
 arrow BGTF Drama Festival '05
Preview of tonight’s play:
Today Prachyanat will stage Circus Circus, directed by Azad Abul Kalam, as part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by BGTF.

 arrow Tête-à-tête with model Fardeen
Mohammad Faisal Fardeen is one of the well known ramp models of our country. In recent times, he has extended his ambit to include several films and television commercials (TVC).
 arrow Concert for a cause
Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow.
Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend.

 arrow Tyra does her last catwalk
The runway is now behind Tyra Banks.
Her final cruise down the catwalk was the Victoria's Secret show.

Generalarrow BCL fails to form JU body in 4 years
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) failed to form a full-fledged Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit committee in the last four years, which brought all activities of the organisation to a halt on the campus.
 arrow Police harassment of madrasa students condemned
Leaders of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board yesterday strongly condemned what they called the police harassment of the Qawmi Madrasa students in the wake of suicide bomb attacks.
 arrow Publishers demand compensation
Bangladesh Pustak Prokashak O Bikreta Samity (an association of publishers and sellers of books) submitted a memorandum to the government through National Curriculum and Text Book (NCTB) chairman demanding
 arrow Nat'l building code to be a law soon
Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas yesterday said the government would make the National Building Code a law very soon.
 arrow Swiss envoy calls on Hasina
The outgoing Swiss ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr Dora Rapold, paid a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow 34 get Australian scholarships
Australian High Commissioner Lorraine Barker said "Australia is pleased to be assisting Bangladesh develop its human capital, by offering 34 talented men and women the opportunity to access a qualityeducation,"
Internationalarrow Lanka asks Norway to save peace move amid war fear
Sri Lanka said yesterday it has asked Norway to keep trying to broker peace with Tamil Tiger rebels, amid a recent spate of violence which has killed 29 and raised fears that the country could slip back
 arrow Congress threatens to throw out Bush plan
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned Tuesday that Congress would throw out any "opaque" plan by the Bush administration to forge unprecedented civilian nuclear cooperation with
 arrow Gunmen rescue Saddam judge plot suspect
Gunmen ambushed a hospital yesterday to free a detainee held over a plot to murder a judge investigating Saddam Hussein, as deadly violence continued in Iraq ahead of a crucial general election.
 arrow Likud chairman defects to Sharon party
Israeli cabinet minister Tzahi Hanegbi, the acting chairman of the right-wing Likud party, has joined the ranks of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new Kadima party, army radio said yesterday.
 arrow Truce in danger
A powerful separatist rebel group in India's northeast threatened yesterday to end a ceasefire if no progress is made in fresh peace talks planned next week with the Indian government.
 arrow US shifts to ban cruelty to detainees abroad
The United States said yesterday it had changed its policy on interrogations of detainees, putting a worldwide ban on US personnel subjecting prisoners to cruelty, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
 arrow Laden still leading war against West
al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri has urged Mujahideen to attack oil sites in Muslim states and said Osama bin Laden's battle against the West was only just beginning.
 arrow BJP presses Sonia to quit government job
India's opposition turned its attack on ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday after one of her closest ministers quit over charges that he and the party skimmed the UN oil-for-food scheme
 arrow New Tory leader to test mettle in showdown with Blair
David Cameron faces his first test yesterday as Britain's new opposition leader at the weekly prime minister's questions in parliament -- a battle of wits with Tony Blair over burning political issues.
 arrow India to buy 16 more Russian MiG jets
India is to buy 16 MiG-29K fighter jets from Russia under a deal agreed during this week's visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Moscow, the Izvestia newspaper said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The dialogue drama
Given the polarised nature of politics in the country, that the main opposition AL has rejected out of hand the offer made by the BNP for a dialogue on the terror threat was as predictable as it was undesirable.
 arrow Editorial: Don't do it!
We are flabbergasted at the news that the government is considering bringing an amendment to the telecoms act to allow certain agencies to tap both land and cell phone usages, in their bid to containthe
 arrow Staying in power at all costs
JMB terrorists are killing innocent judges and bystanders, threatening to blow up academic institutions and public buildings, confrontational politics are intensifying for the worse, World Bank is threatening
 arrow The role of Speaker: Can he be neutral?
I have gone through the report titled 'Four years of Jamiruddin Sircar: Putting party before parliament' by Shakhawat Liton in The Daily Star dated October 30, 2005 and a subsequent contradiction by Barrister
Letters to Editorarrow BNP's task
It's time for BNP to contest the general elections ahead to test its popularity and mass appeal.
The recent bomb attacks by religious fanatics is not giving the regime the benefit of the doubt.

 arrow "Full circle"
I was highly impressed by Megasthenes' analytical, rationale, objective and fair write-up the "Full circle" (DS 14.11.
 arrow Judge resigns
Assistant Judge of Barisal, Mr. Chowdhury Hafizur Rahman, has resigned. He sent his resignation to the ministry from London, where he is on a study leave that just earned him a Bar-at-Law.
 arrow France's image
People should stop throwing stones at a glasshouse.
 arrow Nepal situation
Your article on King Gyanendra and Nepal's present condition grabbed my attention. I could not stop myself agreeing with it and writing a few words.
 arrow Cancellation of award ceremony
The cancellation of the Daily Star Award Ceremony 2005 has broken a lot of expectant hearts.
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