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Front Pagearrow JMB bicycle bomber blows himself up: 7 killed
A suicide bomber of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday blew himself up, killing six other people and injuring at least 46 in a crowd in front of Udichi office in Netrakona.
 arrow JMB threat continues
When seven people were killed in a suicide attack in Netrakona yesterday morning, two children were injured while playing with abandoned bombs in Nilphamari and several farmers narrowly escaped a bomb
 arrow 14-party to ask govt to axe its militant patrons first
In response to the prime minister's invitation to a national dialogue on combating terrorism, the 14-party opposition combine last night decided in principle to ask the ruling alliance to clarify first
 arrow Anti-Jamaat feeling runs high in BNP over militancy
Anti-Jamaat sentiment is increasing inside the ruling BNP, posing a threat to the party chain of command, following the recent spate of bomb blasts and suicide attacks in which many believe Jamaat-e-Islami
 arrow Hindu bomber in JMB a new dimension: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) added a new dimension by engaging members of minority community in its suicide squad.
 arrow Udichi again
The wave of bomb blasts that has plunged the country into deep crises and left the people in abysmal insecurity began with the bomb attack at a Udichi function at Jessore in 1999 that killed 10 people.
 arrow Take concrete steps to combat terrorism
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia on Wednesday urged the OIC member countries to reaffirm their faith in the solidarity and display it in concrete action by adopting a common stand to overcome the common
 arrow Steps to stop money laundering in import
A high-powered meeting chaired by Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday adopted some specific measures for immediate implementation to stop exploitation of customs and banking loopholes in the import
 arrow Witness account, police claim contradict
The claim of the state minister for home about the identity of the bomber came under question as the police and witness accounts have contradictory versions.
 arrow Dad won't know son kept promise
Class-IV student Shiplu was surprised to see a crowd when he returned home after taking his annual examination yesterday.
 arrow Candlelit vigil

 arrow 1 dies, 30 hurt as criminals hurl 25 bombs
A gang of criminals hurled 25 bombs in and around Gangni Bazar Swarnapatti area killing one person and injuring 30 others in Meherpur yesterday.
 arrow 14-party combine holds rally in Khulna today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine holds a grand rally in Khulna today amid stepped up security in the wake of a fresh spate of suicide bomb attacks in Netrokona and blasts in Nilphamari and Satkhira
 arrow Govt's inaction about militants causing death
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina said the government's wilful abstaining from taking actions against the militants is causing deaths to innocent people in bomb blasts
 arrow Threat to blow up schools if assembly sings national anthem
Banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has threatened to blow up at least five schools in Sadar upazila, if the school authorities raise the national flag and the students
 arrow Solid start for Bangladesh
Ariful Kabir Farhad struck twice as Bangladesh launched their title defence in the Fourth SAFF Championship with an easy 3-0 victory over underdogs Bhutan at the People's Sports Complex Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Mine explosion kills 74 in China
A gas explosion at a Chinese coal pit has killed at least 74 miners, state media said yesterday, notching up another statistic in a grimly predictable series marking the world's deadliest mining industry.
 arrow No reservation about China, Japan's Saarc observer status
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said India has no reservation about China and Japan being conferred the status of Saarc observers.
Businessarrow Special economic zones on the cards
In a bid to encourage more local and foreign investors, the government is considering developing special economic zones (SEZs), which will accommodate both export-oriented and non-export oriented industrial
 arrow Revive Indo-Bangla chamber to boost trade
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday stressed the need for reviving the activities of Bangladesh-India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BICCI), which was formed around six years back,
 arrow Asia split on closed-door, open-market trade policies
When advocates and opponents of free trade face off at World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Hong Kong next week, some of Asia's industrial states will find themselves caught in the middle.
 arrow Taka is overpriced and needs adjustment
In last few weeks, the country's foreign exchange market is again observing quite a bit of tightness. Though official USD rate against Bangladesh Taka (BDT) for customers is around 66.
 arrow Notify non-tariff barriers to Safta members
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday urged the government to identify the non-tariff barriers and notify those to respective South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta) member
 arrow Roundtable calls for integrated CSR
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said co-operation among corporate houses is needed to reap more benefits from corporate social responsibility (CSR).
 arrow CityIT fair starts tomorrow
With a view to introducing latest information technology products and services, an eight-day computer fair is going to start tomorrow in Dhaka.
 arrow India a key player to farm deal at WTO talks
Population giant India, where two thirds of people live off farming, is seen as a key player to win over for a global deal to free up agricultural trade at next week's World Trade Organization (WTO) talks.
 arrow New BGIC vice chairman
Salim Bhuiyan has been made vice-chairman of Bangladesh General Insurance Co (BGIC) Ltd. He was elected unanimously at a Board Meeting of the company on November 27, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices up
Oil nudged higher Thursday after tumbling the day before on news of surprisingly robust US crude and fuel inventories, a decline limited by a new al Qaeda threat against oil exports and an ongoing cold
 arrow WTO faces tough talking in Hong Kong
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets here next week to salvage a deal to liberalise global trade blocked by an EU and US impasse on cutting massive farm subsides that critics say hurt the poor most.
 arrow Lanka raises taxes, spending in 2006 budget
Sri Lanka raised taxes for companies and salary earners and pledged to spend more to help farmers in its revised federal budget for 2006 unveiled by the president and finance minister Thursday.
 arrow US, Peru clinch free-trade deal
Peru Wednesday became the 13th country to forge a free-trade agreement with the United States, eliminating all barriers to their six-billion-dollar commerce, officials said.
 arrow Bank of Japan fends off govt pressure, sees end to deflation
Japan's central bank chief hit back Thursday at government pressure to keep flooding the financial system with cash, saying that the world's second largest economy looked set to finally emerge from deflation
Sportsarrow Football: Farhad fires holders home
Two-goal Ariful Kabir Farhad gave defending champions Bangladesh a confident start in the Fourth SAFF Cham-pionship with a 3-0 thrashing of Bhutan in the Group B opener at the People's Sports ComplexStadium
 arrow Cricket: Taibu in City
Many big names have graced Dhaka cricket before but the latest inclusion of former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu in the ranks of Wasim Akram, Sourav Ganguly, Sanath Jayasuriya and Arjuna Ranatunga added
 arrow Football: A reporter's nightmare
Karachi is not one of those best of places in Pakistan players and officials alike want to travel. Journalists cannot be an exception. But they are left with little option.
 arrow Football: Un-SAFF BTV
How many people switch on the Bangladesh Television these days is anybody's guess. The growing popularity of private satellite television channels suggests that not many turn to the state-owned medium.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan earn full points
Mohammedan Sporting Club managed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over their Rangamati namesake in the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A Prior-ity
England wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Prior Thursday said he would love to open for his country in the five-match one-day series against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: WC draw today
Football's world governing body FIFA has confirmed that an assortment of footballers from every football continent will help make the 2006 World Cup draw here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Narrow win for India
A brace of goals from Mehtab Hossain gave India a hard fought 2-1 win over Nepal in yesterday's second Group B match of the Fourth SAFF Championship here at the People's Sports Complex Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 ties brought forward
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) rescheduled two matches including the final of the ongoing Under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament.
 arrow Football: United down and out
Twice former winners Benfica came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 in Lisbon on Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and end the English side's interest in Europe this season.
 arrow Football: Fergie ducks talks on future
Sir Alex Ferguson brushed aside questions over his future after Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League, but the Scot admitted that his side only had themselves to blame for a fatal 2-1defeat
 arrow Football: Del Piero on par with Boniperti
Alessandro Del Piero's two goals for Juventus in their Champions League game at Rapid Vienna have brought him level with Giampiero Boniperti as the club's all-time top scorer.
 arrow Football: World Club C'ship given a new-look
FIFA have pinned their faith on this month's revamped World Club Championship after the embarrassing collapse of the tournament's forerunner.
 arrow Cricket: New schedule for England
England cricket officials Thursday unveiled a revised itinerary for next year's tour of India, ending a bad-tempered row over venues.
 arrow Chess: Leonine maintain solo lead
All three giants outclassed their respective opponents in the twelfth round of the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Gazi Tank and Partex Sporting Club earned comfortable wins against their respective rivals in the First Division Cricket League at different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: I am against ICC: Akram
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) saying it had dominance of former "white" cricketers, who made little mark during their careers.
 arrow Football: Diouf faces jail term
Senegalese football international El-Hadji Diouf faces a six-month jail term for punching and injuring an ex-wife of Bolton teammate Khalilou Fadiga, legal sources said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik may miss first Eng ODI
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik could miss the first one-day international against England on Saturday if a trip to Australia for tests on his bowling action has left him too jet-lagged to play.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs will tour India in 2006
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs said he would go ahead with touring India next year if selected despite fears of being arrested there this season.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's appeal
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq urged cricket fans to fill the stadium for Saturday's first one-day international against England and give generously for earthquake aid.
Metropolitanarrow Netrakona bomb attacks condemned
Different political, socio-cultural and human rights organisations have condemned the yesterday's deadly bomb blasts in Netrokona leaving at least seven people dead and injuring 46 others.
 arrow Social mobilisation a must to prevent dowry
Social mobilisation is a must to change age-old mindsets and cultural norms to establish a dowry-free society, said Minister for Women and Children Affairs Khurshid Zahan Haque at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Media urged to help ensure food security for ultra-poor
Experts at a seminar yesterday called on the media to play a vital role in ensuring food security for the ultra-poor.
 arrow Dhaka yet to sign UN convention
Amid Dhaka's reluctance to sign the UN convention against corruption, the International Anti-Corruption Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the globe today.
 arrow Bar Council chalks out action plan today
In the wake of undeterred bomb attacks across the country, an extended meeting of Bangladesh Bar Council, a statutory body regulating lawyers, will be held at 9:00am today.
 arrow Two children cry for justice
Two helpless children staged a hunger strike at Muktangan in the city yesterday demanding their security and exemplary punishment to the killers of their mother.
 arrow PM concerned at Netrakona bomb attacks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep concern and grief at yesterday's bomb attack in Netrakona that left seven people dead.
 arrow Vow to eliminate corruption and disparity
Naripokkho, a women's rights organisation, held a candlelight vigil in the city yesterday to commemorate the martyrs of the Liberation War with a vow to eliminate all forms of corruption and disparity
 arrow Saarc paediatric surgeons' confce begins in Ctg
The first conference of the Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons in Saarc kicked off in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda holds talks with Qurei
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia held talks with Palestine Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei on Wednesday night at Al Safa Palace on the sidelines of the OIC extraordinary summit.
 arrow FNB condemns killing of NGO worker
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) condemned the killing of Jyosi Chakma, an NGO field worker of Brac, at Dighinala in Khagrachhari district, says a press release.
 arrow Mustari Khan gets Time Magazine Award
Time Magazine has honoured Mustari Khan of Bangladesh as one of the global hero for her outstanding performance in introducing innovative systems to develop health services among the poor in the country.
 arrow Five cops hurt in N'ganj road accident
Five policemen were injured in a road accident in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Begum Rokeya Day today
Begum Rokeya Day will be celebrated today.
The day marks the birth anniversary of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women's rights in the subcontinent.

 arrow Tommy Miah's Instt graduation ceremony held
Tommy Miah's Institute of Hospitality Management arranged a graduation ceremony for the first batch of Food & Beverage Production diploma course, Food and Beverage Service and Bakery and Pastry Production
Culturearrow Showcasing extraordinary tales of ordinary women
Comprising award winning films from developing countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the Tri-continental Film Festival Dhaka began yesterday at Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City.
 arrow A new Nazrul documentary in the offing
Our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, during his lifetime had traveled far and wide in Bangladesh.
 arrow Nittapuran: A play adapted from an epic
Preview of tonight’s play:
Masum Reza's play Nittapuran presents the history of human civilisation with a unique touch.

 arrow Bangladeshi stars perform in Sharjah tonight
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is all set to hold the glittery Lux Channel i Performance Award 2004, today.
 arrow Through Argentine eyes...
Ties between Bangladesh and Argentina go a long way. Argentina was the first Latin American country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country.
 arrow Che'r Cycle and Binodini go overseas
The international theatre scene is humming with activity.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What a mess!
The "postponement" -- some read abandonment -- of the decision to introduce uni-track secondary education system to replace the three-decade-old multi-stream curricula from January 2006 is as anti-climatic
 arrow Editorial: A message from Dinajpur
The victory at the Dinajpur-1 by-poll by Monoranjan Sheel, an independent candidate, over his Jamaat rival, Aftabuddin Mollah, is significant in more ways than one.
 arrow The benefits of dialogue
ONE of the distinguishing features of Bangladeshi politics is the political parties' penchant for taking decisions that while understandable in a narrow sense are most likely counter-productive to their
 arrow Inmate of illusion
She wept for him until she was convinced that prayers and tears couldn't reverse death.
 arrow Will Israel change?
Stormy changes have occurred in the day-to-day politics of Israel: Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister, has resigned from the party he founded in1973, the Likud, and Shimon Perez has dissociated from Labour
Letters to Editorarrow JMB got Guevara wrong
Last century, Che Guevara laid out tactics of an armed insurgency.
 arrow Growth of extremism
The recent developments in Bangladesh have proved beyond doubt that the country's government is not serious about tackling the rise and growth of extremism.
 arrow Jamaat's mindset
An acquaintance of mine went to appear for an interview for the post of medical officer in one of the hospitals owned and managed by the Jamaat supporters.
 arrow Beggars and DMP's role
Mr. Tajul Islam's call to the DMP to do something about the beggars who are a nuisance and who create a bad image of our city and our country was definitely an interesting one.
 arrow Ridiculous!
Our prime minister has invited the opposition to a dialogue to resolve the problem of growing militancy in the country.
 arrow "National dialogue on terrorism"
I read your editorial titled "National dialogue on terrorism" on December 02, 2005. I am not so sure about ruling party's "self-realisation at the monstrosity of the problem" as you proclaimed as reasonable.
 arrow Bestsellers on astrology
Believe it or not, it is true that books and magazines on astrology are the best sellers in the end of a year or the beginning of a new year in our country.
 arrow In reply to 'About Shariah Law'
Based on the letter 'About Shariah Law', I have the following comments to make. I guess most of us don't understand Hudd and Tazir.
 arrow Militancy and our response
Nowadays religious militancy is an internationally recognised hot issue. It is a serious problem that the world is now confronting with. Bangladesh is not out of their sinister scheme.
 arrow Regional convention on terrorism
I'm pleased to see the news in DS that India has proposed a regional convention on terrorism. It is good thing that Bangladesh is going to assume the chair of the BIMSTEC during the meeting.
 arrow Cupbearer lectures against wine!
A Jewish scientist succeeded in making the atom bomb.
 arrow Moribund political culture
I am not really mourning the death of anyone; rather I am mourning the brain-dead state of our political system.
 arrow JMB
The country is going through a crisis.
 arrow Suicide attacks
I am very much shocked with the recent countrywide bombing incidents that took many valuable lives. Islam, the religion of peace, surly doesn't permit such destruction and wayward activities.
 arrow Dialogue
Congratulations! In your editorial of December 4,2005 you have once again voiced the sentiments of the citizens under the prevailing environment of insecurity.
 arrow Bill Gates
The world's richest person, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, the world leader in computer software, Mr. Bill Gates, came to our country. We could listen to his valuable speech.
Worldarrow South Asia: Bomb blast in Pakistan market kills 12
Twelve people were killed and more than 40 wounded on Thursday when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a bazaar in Pakistan's restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, local officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Monks and Marxists object to Norway's role in peace bid
Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist monks and Marxists, key allies of the new president, Thursday opposed his invitation to Norway to resume peace efforts but pledged to maintain support for him.
 arrow South Asia: Indian envoy to head to Nepal for talks
India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran will visit Nepal on Sunday for talks with King Gyanendra to push for the return of democracy in the Himalayan nation, an official said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: 2 missing Pakistani soldiers found dead
The bodies of two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were found Thursday, two days after they and two other soldiers disappeared in the remote tribal belt near the Afghan border, local officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal court lifts ban on BBC broadcast
Nepal's Supreme Court lifted a royal government order blocking transmission of the BBC Nepali service on a local radio station, a court official said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Sonia Gandhi to celebrate b'day with J&K quake victims
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will shun birthday celebrations at home on Friday and spend the day with survivors of the October 8 earthquake in Kashmir, reports said.
 arrow South Asia: Cyclone closes in on Chennai
The cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal lay 650 km east southeast of Chennai on Thursday morning as a result of which rains were likely from Friday, the weather office said.
 arrow Bus bombing kills 30 in Baghdad
Thirty people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in Baghdad Thursday, underscoring the endemic insecurity plaguing Iraq just a week before a crucial general election.
 arrow Rice reassures NATO allies on CIA prisons
European allies of the United States declared themselves satisfied on Thursday with new assurances by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that US treatment of detainees was within international law.
 arrow US under pressure at climate talks
The European Union and host Canada piled pressure on the United States on Wednesday to join an international pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the predicted chaos from global warming.
 arrow Malaysia to clamp down on terrorist publications
Malaysian censors will tighten controls on publications that promote terrorism and Muslim "holy war", officials said Thursday.
 arrow Passenger killed by US air marshals
US air marshals on Wednesday shot and killed an American Airlines passenger who claimed to be carrying a bomb in his backpack and ran off a plane at Miami International Airport after being confronted.
 arrow Saddam's Iraqi lawyer 'threatened'
The Iraqi lawyer defending Saddam Hussein said on Thursday he was threatened by three people who tried to board his plane as he left Baghdad following the adjournment of the ousted dictator's trial.
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