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Front Pagearrow Huge bomb-making materials seized
The police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided a fish farm at Delduar upazila in Tangail yesterday and recovered a large quantity of explosives and bomb-making materials, which is enough to manufacture
 arrow Yadav was coaxed to go to the spot
Yadav Das, claimed by the authorities to be a suicide bomber, was by "no means" involved in Thursday's blasts in Netrakona and was rather persuaded to go to the explosion site, said several witnessesyesterday.
 arrow Govt harbouring godfathers of militants in cabinet
The Opposition Leader in Parliament Sheikh Hasina accused the government of harbouring the godfathers of Islamist militants in the cabinet in an effort to cling to power with the help of anti-liberation
 arrow Another Udichi leader dies in Netrakona
The death toll in Thursday's suicide blast in Netrakona rose to eight with a female Udichi leader dying from her wounds at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Life after bomb threat
An upazila administrator has confined himself to his office and residence since Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives threatened him with death.
 arrow Delhi may accept Dhaka's terms
New Delhi may reconsider its objections to Bangladesh proposals on the tri-nation gas pipeline and accept the three conditions put earlier, it has been reliably learnt.
 arrow Panic-stricken Netrakona
Netrakona was supposed to celebrate the 34th anniversary of being liberated from Pakistan army yesterday; instead the city burst into agitation in protest of Thursday's suicide bomb attack that claimed
 arrow Rise of militancy hits tourism sector hard
The recent spate of deadly blasts and continuing threats by the Islamist militants to carry out more, have hit hard the tourism sector of the country this year.
 arrow Imams, devotees across country pray for end to bombing scourge
Thousands of devotees and Imams all over the country raised their hands in prayers during Jum'a yesterday to get rid of suicide bombings.
 arrow More bombs seized in districts as JMB issues fresh threats
Law enforcers recovered 10 bombs from different districts yesterday while banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatened to blow up a police station, an upazila health complex, a madrasa anda
 arrow Declare militants as traitors, take stern action
Eminent cultural personalities yesterday demanded that the government declare the militants traitors and take stern action to curb militancy in the country.
 arrow Rivalry of 2 main parties allows rise of militancy
While all-pervasive corruption has plagued national life, recent militant activities coupled with political confrontations have added a new dimension to it throwing the people in a state of uncertainty
 arrow Bangladesh meet Nepal today
Team Bangladesh will seek their second successive win and a place in the semifinals when they meet Nepal today in a Group-B clash of the Fourth SAFF Championship.
 arrow The first Hajj flight...

 arrow Suspected JMB man held from Baitul Mukarram mosque
A suspected militant was arrested from Baitul Mukarram mosque yesterday and two others were detained but later released.
 arrow Hindu boy 'lured' to join suicide mission arrested
The banned Islamist militant organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) allegedly trapped a Hindu teenage boy into a plot to send him on a suicide mission after converting him into Islam.
 arrow Bimstec power ministry officials to meet Dec 19
Power ministry officials of Bimst-ec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries, including Bangladesh, will meet here on December 19 to examine an electricity
 arrow PM returns from Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned home yesterday after attending the two-day extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Bomb Scare........

 arrow 'Political parties, parliaments, police, judicial systems most corrupt bodies'
Political parties but also parliaments, police and judicial systems are the most corrupt bodies in the world, according to a global study of perceptions of corruption published yesterday.
 arrow World may miss child dev goal by 30 years: UN
The UN Children's Fund said on Thursday the world would miss by 30 years the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting child deaths by two-thirds unless nations stepped up efforts to reduce mortality.
 arrow Typing error costs Japanese firm $225m
Japan's government rebuked the Tokyo Stock Exchange and one of the country's biggest brokerage firms yesterday after a typing error caused Mizuho Securities Co.
Businessarrow Medical expo begins with call for improved services
The third International Medical Exposition 2005 kicked off in Dhaka yesterday with a call for improving the quality of healthcare services and extending them to rural areas.
 arrow Businesses with ethical practices better placed
Business houses in Bangladesh are increasingly becoming aware of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and trying to deal with the issue as they believe responsible companies become more profitable in
 arrow India second largest FDI destination: Survey
India has emerged as the second most attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) after China, according to a survey by global consulting firm A T Kearney quoting executives of the world's
 arrow Dhaka intíl trade fair kicks off today
The country's mega exposition of local and international products, 'Dhaka International Trade Fair-2005', begins today at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar fair ground.
 arrow Single country knit expo in Germany in March
A single country knitwear exposition of Bangladesh will be held in Germany in March next year, sources at Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) said.
 arrow Oil breaks over $61
Oil surged above $61 Friday to trade at its highest level since early November as arctic conditions blanketed much of the United States, forcing consumers to draw down stockpiles of gas and heating oil.
 arrow CityIT fair starts today
An eight-day computer fair begins today in Dhaka aiming to introduce latest information technology products and services.
 arrow Japan, Malaysia to sign FTA
Japan said Friday it will next week sign a free-trade pact with Malaysia that will abolish tariffs on nearly all goods and products within a decade.
 arrow Gold tops $520
Gold prices topped $520 an ounce on Friday for the first time since April 1981, pushed up by fund buying and interest in Tokyo futures before some investors opted to take profits, paring some of the early
 arrow Southeast Asian nations ink trade deals
Southeast Asian economic ministers on Friday signed three agreements aimed at promoting trade in the region and accelerated liberalisation of the services sector by five years to 2015.
 arrow Thailand refuses to sign Asean-ROK trade deal over rice
Thailand said Friday it had refused to sign a free-trade deal between South Korea and Asean, insisting that rice be included on the list of goods facing tariff cuts.
 arrow Desh Garments okays 5pc dividend
Desh Garments Ltd has declared a five percent dividend for its shareholders other than directors and sponsors for the year that ended on June 30, 2005.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Dec 04-Dec 08, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against taka.

Sportsarrow Football: Bangladesh await a tough fight from Nepal
Holders Bangladesh face a tougher opposition in Nepal in their second match of the Fourth SAFF Championship here today.
 arrow Cricket: India in Dravid, Sehwag scare
Indian captain Rahul Dravid and his deputy Virender Sehwag have both fallen ill, dampening spirits in the home camp ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Another day, another defeat for England
Bangladesh thrived on half centuries by Mushfiqur Rahim and Raqibul Hasan to maintain their supremacy in the under-19 tri-nation tournament with a comfortable 42-run victory against England at the Fatullah
 arrow Cricket: Inzy fears Eng comeback
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said his confident team would be wary of an England comeback in the five-match one-day international series which starts here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble looks forward to 100th Test
India leg-spinner Anil Kumble wants to make his approaching 100th Test memorable by playing a lead role to help clinch a series victory over Sri Lanka.
 arrow 'American wrestling is nothing'
Champion Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki known to the world for his famous bout with legendary boxer Mohammad Ali arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo boost for Kiwis
Stephen Fleming will return to the New Zealand side for the third one-day international against Australia in Christchurch on Saturday but for once he will not be calling the shots.
 arrow Football: Fergie to face the music
The reaction of Manchester United's fans and players at Old Trafford on Sunday could hold the key to the future of manager Alex Ferguson after their humiliating exit from Europe in midweek.
 arrow Football: Coaches in the spotlight
Caretaker coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro faces his first Primera Liga test when Real Madrid visit Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve look to cash in on Milan derby
AC Milan and Inter Milan will stake rival claims to be the main challengers to runaway Serie A leaders Juventus when they clash in Sunday's derby fixture.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds back in Test fold
One-day dasher Andrew Symonds retained a spot Friday in the Australian Test team to face South Africa this month but there was no room for former golden boy Michael Clarke.
 arrow Football: 'We want to win'
Nepal's Japanese coach Toshihiko Shiojawa will be under pressure of elimination from the Fourth SAFF Championship if his side can not snatch at least one point against Bangladesh today.
 arrow Football: 2006 WC to be the most profitable
The 2006 World Cup in Germany will generate around 1.7 billion euros (two billion dollars), FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi announced here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Dull draw at Cox's Bazar
Abahani and Muktijoddha failed to produce any result in their Nitol-Tata National Football League match at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hosts, Maldives in last four
Hosts Pakistan and the Maldives moved into the semifinals of the SAFF Championship as they won their respective group matches at the People's Sports Complex Stadium in Karachi on Friday..
 arrow Cricket: Lee beamers could be killer
Australian quick Brett Lee could kill a batsman unless cricketing authorities take action to prevent the beamers that have become a regular feature of his bowling, former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Jito made unbeaten 52 as Bangladesh Boys managed a three-wicket victory over Lalmatia Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Leonine atop alone
Holders Leonine Chess Club maintained their solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League after the end of the 13th round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Merkel's money on Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is putting her money on Germany exploiting its home advantage to win the 2006 World Cup.
"Of course we can become the world champions.

Metropolitanarrow NGO activists to monitor role of govt representatives
A forum of 11 non-government organisations will monitor the roles of the government representatives in realising the demands of the LDCs at the forthcoming Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong.
 arrow Raise awareness about heart diseases: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on cardiology experts to come forward to disseminate the knowledge of keeping good health for greater interest of the people.
 arrow Crop output in Bangladesh better than expected: FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in a report has said crop output in Bangladesh this year is better than expected along with increased global rice production.
 arrow Lawyers for united movement against bomb attackers
Leaders of about 40 bar associations across the country yesterday called on the lawyers to forge a united movement to resist the Islamist militants who are carrying out bomb attacks on people, particularly
 arrow Weeklong V-Day programmes of LWM begins today
The Liberation War Museum (LWM) kicks off a weeklong programme today to mark the Victory Day.
The programme includes discussions, dramas, musical sessions and poetry recitation.

 arrow DCC to set up 15 cattle markets
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to set up 15 temporary cattle markets in the capital for the coming Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow CPJ concerned
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based organisation that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide, has expressed its deep concern over death threats to journalists by Jama'atul Mujahideen
 arrow World Human Rights Day today
World Human Rights Day is being observed in the country today amidst concern over deaths in 'crossfire' with law enforcers, and the absence of a human rights commission even 34 years into independence.
 arrow PM performs Ziarat at Madina
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has performed Ziarat at the Rauzamubarak of Prophet Hazarat Mohammad (SM) in Madina Al Monawara.
 arrow 'Mass upsurge needed to end corruption'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said a mass upsurge is needed to eradicate massive corruption of the government that are eating up the very vitality of the nation.
 arrow Road mishap kills woman
A woman was killed and 20 people were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Kheron Khal in Chandina upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Wife kills husband
An enraged wife killed her husband at one stage of altercation at Keraniganj near Dhaka in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 13 houses gutted in Feni
A total of 13 houses were burnt to ashes in a devastating fire at Kachua village in Parshuram upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Bijoy Utsab begins in Ctg
A 22-day victory festival titled 'Muktijuddher Bijoy Utsab-2005' began in the port city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Police on high alert in western zone railway
Railway police at 12 thanas and 17 outposts under BR's Western Zone are on high alert and security have been tightened in all important railway installations under it following the recent arrest of two
 arrow Unprecedented security at Khulna University
Students seeking admission to Khulna University had to undergo body checking with metal detectors by members of Rab ysterday.
Admission tests began yesterday and will continue till Decmber 18.

 arrow Father, son killed
Four people including a father and his son were killed and at least 25 injured in road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Sirajganj yesterday and the night before.
Our B'baria Correspondent reports:

 arrow Locals protest open pit mining
Hundreds of people from Phulbari, Parbatipur and Birampur upazilas in Dinajpur district on Thursday protested the proposed open pit method in extracting coal from Phulbari coal mine by the Asia Energy
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Chuadanga
Cadres of outlawed Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) shot dead two fish cultivators at Hasnadah village in Jibonnagar upazila in Chuadanga early yesterday while police arrested
 arrow Protests against JMB carnage

 arrow 9 JCD men hurt
Nine activists of Jatiyotabadi Chattra Dal (JCD) including its district unit president were injured in clashes between two rival factions of the organisation Thursday night and at noon on the day.
Point-Counterpointarrow After messy gas deal, what should we do with our coal?
Gas concession and PSC: Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (BAPEX) is the only organisation in Bangladesh, which gained experience in exploration, successful discovery, and exploitation of suchgas
 arrow Shahadat Chowdhury
I cannot think of anything more sad at the moment than the sudden demise of Shahadat Chowdhury, always lively and undaunting, who was in the habit of making fun with me whenever he was in good mood Shahadat
 arrow Mega city of shopping malls
Recently, when I visited Dhaka, some of my friends happily reported the construction of a new "mega mall" in Dhaka's Panthapath area -- one of the many fast-growing areas in Dhaka city.
Culturearrow Idylls in water-colour
Rashed Kamal Russell's solo water-colour exhibit, Transparent Essence was held at Zainul Gallery recently.
 arrow Raktokorobi : Tagore's play with universal appeal
Preview of tonightís play:
Tonight, Nagorik Natya Sampradaya will stage Tagor's Raktokorobi directed by Ataur Rahman.

 arrow Buzz-worthy upcoming films
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Eric Bana
Buzz factor: The film recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad

 arrow Lennon remembered on 25th death anniversary
John Lennon's former wife Yoko Ono and the musician's many fans have mingled in Strawberry Fields, New York, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
Generalarrow 'Resist bombers unitedlyí
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said the government and 130 million people with an united effort will, Insha Allah, eliminate bombers and conspirators of independence and sovereignty of
 arrow Natíl agri instt to be set up
A national agriculture training institute will be set up to bridge the knowledge gap between research findings and farmers' field experiences.
 arrow Govt's dialogue initiative simply a farce: BDB
The government's so-called initiative to engage political parties and civil society in dialogue to resist militants is simply a farce, said Joint Secretary General of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Feroz
 arrow Prof Bari BOU VC for second term
Prof Dr M Ershadul Bari has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) for second term, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Lanka prepares for war, hopes for peace
Sri Lanka's armed forces do not expect the island's shaky peace process to collapse into war but were ready for battle and could defeat Tamil Tiger rebels if the need arose, the country's defence chiefs
 arrow US plans Iraq, Afghan troop deployment cuts
The US military has drawn up plans to cancel the deployment of two Army brigades to Iraq and one to Afghanistan next month in what could be the start of a reduction of US forces in those countries, defence
 arrow Asean FMs put pressure on Myanmar over reform
Southeast Asian foreign ministers turned up the pressure on Myanmar Friday, expressing frustration over the military junta's unmet promises on rights and democracy that have embarrassed regional leaders.
 arrow Poland was main CIA detention base in Europe: HRW
Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe, with bases there until recently holding a quarter of the 100 detainees estimated held in such camps worldwide, a human rights group
 arrow Rice woos Europe's politicians, not people
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won a reprieve from European governments over the US treatment of detainees this week but public pressure is unlikely to ease over allegations of secret CIA jails.
 arrow 3rd Indo-Pak bus link to have trial run
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan will launch trial runs of a new bus service to connect their Punjab provinces from tomorrow, the Indian government announced.
 arrow 'Libi was coerced into linking Iraq with al-Qaeda'
A top al-Qaeda suspect whose testimony was used in part to justify the US-led war on Iraq said his statements linking Iraq to al-Qaeda were false and made under coercion in Egypt, The New York Times said
 arrow Salem, Dutt come face to face in Tada court
CBI yesterday produced extradited gangster Abu Salem before a Tada court, which amended charges filed against him in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.
 arrow Laden is believed to be alive
The top US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still believed to be alive and US forces will not rest until he is captured or killed.
 arrow Strong cyclone heads for south India
A severe cyclonic storm was barrelling down a narrow strait separating India and Sri Lanka and was expected to make landfall today, the Indian navy said yesterday.
 arrow Protesters in China village shot by cops
Authorities have surrounded and sealed off a village in southern China where police fatally shot protesters in a dispute over land use this week, villagers said yesterday.
 arrow Israel shuts Jerusalem crossing after stabbing
Israel has temporarily closed the main crossing point between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier to death at a checkpoint there, the army said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: This ruthless extremism must be stopped!
Never before in the last thirty-five years of independent Bangladesh has the nation felt so insecure as it does at the present moment.
 arrow Editorial: Rajuk shouldn't allow violation of codes
We are concerned at a recent decision of Rajuk where it has given approval for eight-story flats in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara against six-storey as provided under the existing law, defying a HighCourt
 arrow Lack of integration in Europe
The world has watched with fascination the recent French riots. It was seen as a wake-up call for Europe. The orgy of incineration lasted for nearly three weeks.
 arrow SAFTA -- a shot in arms for SAARC
Finally, the much-awaited accord among the seven member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on the complex issue of South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) has been reached
Letters to Editorarrow What is happening in Bangladesh?
I feel humbly asking our honourable prime minister what's going on under her leadership.
 arrow Topsy-turvy!
We all are getting tired of the new theories and subsequent implementation of those postulated by our intelligent law and policy makers.
 arrow Flexible time for office
Traffic jam is a common experience for every person who has to use the streets of Dhaka city everyday. Unfortunately, it increasing tremendously. We know about some reasons that cause traffic congestion.
 arrow Something has to be done
A few days back, I witnessed a dog being beaten to death. After spending many sleepless nights, I realised that I couldn't just sit and do nothing.
 arrow Getting out of Iraq...
Just been through Mr Fareed Zakaria's article "panic is not the solution" in the 'point counter point' section of DC 30th November issue.
StarTecharrow A new dimension to online chatting
Every 2 out of 5 people, who visited the text-based or manual chat-rooms, over the last few years, referred to them as 'boring'.
 arrow The changing face of software business
Recently an internal memo from Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie was leaked to the Wall Street Journal.
 arrow Infocom 2005 begins in Kolkata
Infocom 2005, an international ICT show, started Wednesday in India's West Bengal capital of Kolkata amid huge response from ICT lovers and organisations from different countries, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Organic radical battery

Literaturearrow 'I'
It was long past midnight when someone brought the news that Amir was dead. I leapt out of my bed like a dark, raging cloud and ran out like mad. I prodded and pinched Amir's body.
 arrow Defining A Canon
It is sign of the vitality of the new literatures in English that established authorities on the classic literature in the language are giving it serious attention. M. M.
 arrow Murshed's Folly
The author of this novel, Manzur Murshed, is a retired senior civil servant, a former secretary and ambassador. The book seems to be self-published.
 arrow Life's Greatest Lesson
Thousands of famous books have been written about romance and family relationships and no doubt thousands more will be written.
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