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Front Pagearrow Huge arms, ammo seized in Bandarban
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday recovered four AK47 rifles, seven 9mm pistols, three local guns and a huge number of ammunition from the border area in Naikkhongchhari.
 arrow CJ says countrymen now at a crossroads
The countrymen are now at a crossroads of the national life facing the recent militant attacks, Chief Justice JR Mudassir Husain said yesterday.
 arrow Two suicide bombers held, bombs seized
Law enforcers in separate drives have arrested 16 cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) including two suspected suicide squad members across the country.
 arrow Cops' Yadab claim weakens further
Police are now unsure if Yadav Das, one of the eight victims of the Netrakona blast, was a suicide bomber as three more bodies from the carnage bear similar injuries.
 arrow FBCCI slams govt for delaying action against militants
Business leaders from across the country at a meeting in Dhaka yesterday reiterated their demand that the government should take stern measures to combat Islamist militant activities without any delay.
 arrow Complaints slow down re-tendering process
Despite a sense of urgency of the government, the second re-tendering of the Sirajganj 450 MW power project is unlikely to see the light before February or March due to a number of complications arising
 arrow Identify source of terror fund
Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) has expressed deep concern over ongoing militant activities, saying corruption, criminalisation of politics and black money are the roots of this new phenomenon.
 arrow Cops club protesters, 20 hurt
At least 20 people were injured when police and Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres clashed with the opposition activists trying to resist Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee visiting Bandar upazila
 arrow AK47, bullets recovered in city
Detectives recovered an AK47 assault rifle and 141 bullets from two persons at Dania in Shyampur Friday night but failed to arrest them.
 arrow Bomb hurled at pick-up van at Gulshan, 2 hurt
Unknown criminals blasted a bomb in front of a pick-up van waiting for passengers in the city's Gulshan area yesterday evening, injuring a woman and a minor boy.
 arrow Diversify goods to boost export under Safta
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia yesterday urged exporters to diversify export products maintaining international standard to boost the country's exports to neighbouring countries under the agreement of
 arrow Nat'l swimming meet postponed over threat from militant
The Bangladesh Swimming Federation (BSF) Friday postponed its long-distance annual competition after threats from Islamist militants.
 arrow Move to tap phones protested
Twenty-eight eminent citizens in a statement under Sammilito Samajik Andolan (United Social Movement) banner protested against the government move to tap telephones yesterday and termed it anti-democratic.
 arrow 14-party sits today on PM's talks offer
The 14-party opposition coalition will sit today to form a clear position on the prime minister's letter inviting it for a national dialogue to find ways to stop terrorism.
 arrow Ahmaddiya mosque signboard removed
Tension is running high in Khulna city as unidentified miscreants pulled down the signboard from the Ahmaddiya Mosque Complex at Nirala residential area.
 arrow AL to send a letter to UN for probe help
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Awami League would send a letter to the United Nations (UN) seeking assistance to probe bomb terrorism by militants.
 arrow First hajj flight leaves today
The first hajj flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines leaves for Jeddah today carrying 272 pilgrims.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to open the first of 86 flights at Zia International Airport.

 arrow Kanchan strikes twice to take Bangladesh to Saff semifinals
Rokonuzaman Kanchan struck either side of the break as Bangladesh stormed into the semifinals of the Fourth SAFF Championship with an authoritative 2-0 win over Nepal in a Group B match at the People's
 arrow Hamas won't renew truce with Israel
The head of the Islamist group Hamas's political branch, Khaled Meshaal, said Friday the group would not renew its fragile truce with Israel when it expires at the end of the year.
 arrow Passengers go on rampage at ZIA as flight cancelled
Unruly passengers of Biman Bangladesh Airlines went on the rampage at Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night as the flight they were waiting for was cancelled.
 arrow Jamaat, IOJ, Nabuwat men to be watched
Intelligence agencies made a list of some local Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) and Islami Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) leaders of Khulna to watch their activities.
 arrow UK minister due today
UK Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn MP arrives here today on a two-day visit to see the development work being carried out as well as the progress being made to improve the
 arrow Silk Route team close to Teknaf
The Chinese delegation that had embarked on a tri-nation road trip following the ancient Silk Route revised their tour schedule following non-cooperation from the Myanmar military junta.
 arrow Tendulkar top century-maker in Test cricket
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar set a world record for most Test hundreds on Saturday, stroking his 35th century to surpass compatriot Sunil Gavaskar.
 arrow Nigerian plane crash kills 103
A Nigerian plane carrying 110 passengers and crew crashed and burst into flames in the oil city of Port Harcourt yesterday, killing 103 people, a Nigerian aviation official said.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four US soldiers were killed in attacks in Iraq yesterday, a US military spokesman said.
Businessarrow Dhaka to focus on free access of LDC goods
Bangladesh delegation for the WTO Ministerial Conference leaves for Hong Kong today to join the crucial negotiations with special focus on duty-free and quota-free market access of the non-agricultural
 arrow Uphold common LDC interests
The international civil society has called upon the LDC trade ministries to uphold the common interests of the least developed countries (LDCs) at the upcoming ministerial conference of the WTO.
 arrow Exporters expect big buyers
Knitwear exporters yesterday said they are expecting some giant foreign buyers, including Karstadt Quelle, Basler and DK Pro Fashion, at the 2nd Knit Expo 2005.
 arrow India eyes EU-style Asian economic community
With his vision of an Asian Economic Community like European Union, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves here today for Kuala Lumpur where he attends two key summits with leaders from Asean and
 arrow China's biggest bank lends more to private firms
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's biggest bank, is boosting loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) despite higher risks from this type of lending, its chairman said Saturday.
 arrow CityIT fair kicks off
An eight-day computer fair began yesterday in Dhaka aiming to introduce latest information technology products and services.
 arrow S'pore woos Bangladeshi patients
Singapore plans to be the preferred destination for Bangladeshis seeking overseas treatment as the country offers world-class healthcare, medical facilities as well as cost effective treatment.
 arrow Executive Motors gets after sales services award for BMW cars
Executive Motors Limited, the dealer of BMW cars in Bangladesh, recently got an award for its after sales services for the vehicles.
 arrow Japan to speed trade talks with 3 Asian nations
Japan said Saturday it had agreed to accelerate negotiations on separate free-trade pacts with Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines in meetings held ahead of the inaugural East Asia Summit.
 arrow Novartis regional head due today
Stefan Zieglar, Asia-Pacific regional head of Pharmaceutical Division of Novartis, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
 arrow US may lift ban on Japan beef
The United States is preparing to lift a ban on Japanese beef to coincide with the imminent resumption of US beef exports to Japan, US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Friday.
 arrow Asean admits trade talks hit troubles
Negotiations over a raft of free-trade deals between Southeast Asia and its neighbours have run into problems, but the region remains committed to striking deals, a top official said Saturday.
 arrow Rising interest rates may hurt Asia: ADB
Rising interest rates in industrial nations could hurt exports from developing Asia, though the direct impact would be limited as Asian nations have reduced debt in recent years, Asian Development Bank
 arrow World sugar price may hit new highs in 2006
Global sugar prices are likely to hit new multi-year highs in 2006 as more Brazilian cane is converted into biofuel, but risk a violent selloff if the market sees a glut, traders and analysts say.
 arrow IIDFC to raise syndicated loan for Pran Group
Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IIDFC) will raise syndicated loan in local currency for Pran Export Ltd and RFL Plastics Ltd.
 arrow Yahoo teams up with Australia's Seven media
US Internet search Goliath Yahoo joined forces with Seven Network of Australia to compete in the online market down under, the companies announced on Friday.
Seven Network Limited and Yahoo Inc.

Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB going backwards?
Is Bangladesh cricket backtracking? On the playing field this might not be the case, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as the governing body of the country's most demanding sports is certainly showing
 arrow Cricket: India ride on Sachin ton
Sachin Tendulkar shattered the world record for Test centuries as India made a strong start in the second Test against Sri Lanka here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Century-making machine
India's Sachin Tendulkar, who smashed a world record 35th Test century against Sri Lanka in the second Test Saturday, looks set at the age of 32 to conquer even greater heights.
 arrow Football: Early Argentine-Dutch clash
An exciting clash between Argentina and the Netherlands looks set to be the high spot of the first round of the 2006 World Cup while holders Brazil will do battle with Australia and Japan.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff fells Pakistan
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff smashed an unbeaten half-century and then took three wickets to inspire England to a comfortable 42-run win over Pakistan in the opening one-day match on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: World-record chase sees Kiwis narrow the gap
A Scott Styris century and a whirlwind 50 by Brendon McCullum steered New Zealand to a shock two-wicket victory over Australia in a world record one-day cricket performance at Jade Stadium here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Enticing draw for Asians
The World Cup draw threw up some enticing encounters for Asia-Pacific nations, with newcomers Australia and Asian champions Japan drawn in the same group as holders Brazil.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar factbox
Factbox on India's Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a world record 35th Test hundred during the second Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday:
Born: April 24, 1973 in Mumbai.

 arrow Cricket: England leave empty handed
England Under-19 team came to Bangladesh as part of their build-up for the upcoming Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka next February.
 arrow Football: Official WC ball unveiled
The ball for the 2006 World Cup finals will be largely in traditional black and white for the first time since 1994.
 arrow Cricket: No matches in Mymensingh
Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) has decided not to hold any Premier Division Cricket League match at the Mymensingh venue.
 arrow Football: Awaiting a different V-Day
Four aeronautical engineers of Bangladesh Air Force now undergoing training in Karachi have planned to celebrate the Victory Day in a different way.
 arrow Football: India blank Bhutan
Three headed goals gave India a semifinal berth when the two-time winners blanked Bhutan 3-0 in yesterday's first Group B match of the SAFF Championship at the People's Sports Complex Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Prantik Krira Chakra earned a massive 84-run victory over Jatrabari Krira Chakra in the First Division Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's for my father'
Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday dedicated his world-record 35th Test century to his late father, saying the knock was "very emotional".
"I dedicate this century to my father.

 arrow Chess: Still Leonine
Defending champions Leonine Chess Club blanked Farashganj Sporting Club 4-0 in the 14th round to maintain their solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the federation hall-room
Metropolitanarrow Terrorism figures in OIC Summit: FM
The issue of terrorism was considered extensively at the 3rd extraordinary summit of OIC in Makkah and all leaders strongly condemned the acts of violence and terror being carried out by a few misguided
 arrow Unbiased civil society can make democracy meaningful
An unbiased civil society can play a pivotal role in bringing about an effective and meaningful parliamentary democracy in the country, speakers at a seminar here said yesterday.
 arrow 'Take strong stand against corruption'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on every member of society to take a strong stand against corruption, which leads to the violation of human rights.
 arrow Increase rural productivity to ensure food security
An increased rural productivity is a must to ensure food security in the country, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow CG, not govt, responsible for electoral reforms
Reform of electoral laws is not the responsibility of the incumbent government, said Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 'AL to join dialogue if patrons of militants ousted from govt'
The Awami League (AL) will join the dialogue if the identified persons patronising the Islamic militants are ousted from the government, said former state minister Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday.
 arrow Fight militancy unitedly
British Ambassador to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday said terrorism is a global phenomenon, but it is possible to combat it if all political parties work together.
 arrow Clampcut launched
Clampcut, a medical device to cut umbilical cord and clamp the severed ends simultaneously, was launched at a city hotel yesterday.
 arrow 'State minister finds out Hindu militant to create confusion'
Leaders of different political parities yesterday condemned the government's intention to create confusion among the people over militant issue by creating 'Hindu suicide bomber.
 arrow Trial will begin in January: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said trial in the August 17 serial bomb blasts will start from January after the court vacation and most of them will be completed by February.
 arrow Transport leader shot dead in city
A gang of unidentified assailants shot a transport leader to death and injured two others in the city's Mirpur area yesterday evening.
 arrow Hunger strike protesting killings
Sammilita Sanskritik Jote, a combine of cultural organisations, yesterday staged a mass hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city protesting killings of cultural activists, journalists, police
 arrow Bar Council grand rally on Jan 28
Bangladesh Bar Council will hold a grand rally on January 28 protesting the repeated bomb blasts in the country.
 arrow PM to visit Saarc states next year
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit some Saarc countries as Chairperson of the seven-nation grouping during the first half of next year, a foreign ministry source said here yesterday.
 arrow Passengers ransack Ctg Biman office
Some agitated passengers yesterday ransacked the Biman Regional Office at Sholoshahar in the port city.
 arrow 'Oust Jamaat men from cabinet'
The Islami Shasontantra Andolon (ISA) yesterday demanded expulsion of the Jamaat-e-Islami members from the cabinet, saying that the ruling coalition partner has been patronising the religious militants.
 arrow Help rehabilitate beggars with disability
Among the physically challenged beggars, 47 percent have got inactive legs and 20 percent are between one and 18 years old, reveals a recent survey.
 arrow Extortionists stab 2 traders in Keraniganj
Two businessmen were stabbed indiscriminately by two extortionists at Islampur in the upazila on Friday.
 arrow Dialogue won't be fruitful without AL Says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday replied to the Prime Minister's letter accepting her invitation to take part in a national dialogue to devise ways of facing bomb terrorism unitedly.
 arrow Water crisis at CU Pritilata Hall
The resident students of Pritilata Hall of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor demanding uninterrupted supply of water in the hall.
Nationalarrow Stop bombings, bring JMB killers to book
Protests against killing of people by JMB suicide bombers continued across the country with political parties and socio-cultural organisations holding rallies, bringing out processions staging token hunger
 arrow 11 JMB suspects held in 3 districts
Police arrested at least 11 suspected cadres of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) from different areas of Tangail, Jamalpur and Sherpur districts since Thursday.
 arrow No progress in probe
There has not been any meaningful progress in investigation into the August 17 bomb blats in Gaibandha about four months after the incident.
 arrow Exams at RU Geology Deptt postponed
All scheduled examinations of the Geology and Environment Science Department under Rajshahi University (RU) have been postponed allegedly due to unruly behavior with teachers by some students.
 arrow Pichchi Hannan's accomplice held in Benapole
Pichchi Hannan's accomplice Babul Mia was arrested by Benapole immigration police yesterday when he was returning from India.
 arrow Two bombs recovered in Sirajganj
Police recovered two bombs from Sirajganj town yesterday and the night before.
Local people found a bomb at BA College Road near the Agriculture Extension Department office at around 11.

 arrow Khagrachhari AL council today
The 3rd Annual Council of Khagrachhari district Awami League (AL) will be held at Kharapur here today.
Point-Counterpointarrow Legal and illegal migrant workers
First, consider the situation of legal migrant workers. There are close to 200 million migrant workers in the world of which less than 20 percent are classified as refugees.
 arrow The multi-talented Mr. Seth
I turn from the passion and tumult of Rushdie's work to the deceptively simple prose and reflective style of Vikram Seth in his new book Two Lives (pub: Little, Brown 2005).
 arrow The Eastern Wall
More than a year has passed since the Occupation Forces declared the completion of the first section of the Apartheid Wall, running from Jenin to Qalqiliya.
Culturearrow The top five shine in the band music round
With just the grand finale left, Close up 1 has become extremely competitive.
 arrow Raarang: Struggles of the Santals take centre stage
Preview of tonight’s play:
The ongoing 10-day theatre festival ends today with the staging of Raarang, an Aranyak Natya Dal production.

 arrow Spirit of Liberation War in theatre
The Drama and Theatre Forum of Brac University, has taken a commendable effort to introduce the students with three brilliant plays by contemporary playwrights -- Shojoler Maa, Shenapoti and Payer
 arrow Binodini entertains UAE audience
Dhaka Theatre's Binodini, directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff and performed by Shimul Yousuff made a tremendous impact on the audience at Fujairah International Monodrama Festival on December 9.
 arrow Ghosh to direct an India-Italy joint project
Hollywood's legendary actor Omar Sharif is likely to star in internationally-acclaimed Indian director Gautam Ghosh's next feature film which will be about the saga of an Indian street urchin who realises
Internationalarrow UN meet breathes life into Kyoto Protocol
A landmark UN conference agreed yesterday to extend the life of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and launch a dialogue between Kyoto members and the United States on long-term action on greenhouse
 arrow Australia inks pact with Asean
Australia signed a peace treaty with its Southeast Asian neighbours yesterday and rejected what it called puerile comments about it being America's deputy sheriff in the region.
 arrow Red Cross codifies war rules, targets terror crimes
The Red Cross has codified a set of rules on warfare aimed at making it easier to prosecute people who commit acts of terror and other crimes, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Avail last chance to avert war
Sri Lanka's government faces its final opportunity to avert a return to a civil war, the Tamil Tigers have warned, vowing to use all available resources to fight unless given a homeland.
 arrow No word on hostages as deadline passes
Kidnappers holding four Westerners made no contact with Iraqi authorities yesterday, the day they had set as a deadline to kill the Christian peace activists unless US and Iraqi authorities release all
 arrow Nine cops killed in Taliban raids
Nine policemen were killed in two separate attacks by Taliban guerillas in Afghanistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Britain helped launch Israel's nuke plan
Two British lawmakers have accused the government of a cover-up for refusing to admit that Britain helped launch Israel's nuclear programme in 1959 by secretly selling the Jewish state a batch of heavy
 arrow Nepal cops net 100 anti-king protesters
Nepalese police yesterday fired water cannon and arrested more than 100 pro-democracy demonstrators who rallied in the heart of Kathmandu where protests were banned after King Gyanendra seized power,witnesses
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unilateralism at EC
Controversy and irregularity continue to run rampant at the Election Commission.
 arrow Editorial: Netrokona agenda
The number of casualties in the bombing near the Udichi office in Netrakona has risen to eight, with another cultural activist succumbing to her injuries in hospital.
 arrow Coalition in crisis?
Although the incum-bent is regarded as a four-party alliance government, in practice, the BNP and Jamaat are in the seat of power over the last four years.
 arrow How many more Uma Bharatis and Raj Thackerays?
Uma Bharati, once of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and Raj Thackeray of the Shiv Sena may not be chips off the same block.
Letters to Editorarrow Arrange a dialogue
We are greatly anxious over the present situation of Bangladesh. Rise of militancy is, of course, the prime concern for us.
 arrow Fundamentalism in Bangladesh
It is 30 years since I left Bangladesh, one of the reasons was that I witnessed fundamentalism in Bangladesh.
 arrow HIV/AIDS prevention
The internet edition of The Daily Star published three articles on World AIDS Day.
Star Healtharrow Face and defeat bird flu scare
Who cares whether a bird has flu, fever or running nose? But suddenly a disease called bird flu or the Influenza of birds, popularly known as avian (meaning bird) flu struck human being in several
 arrow Self-care for running and stuffy nose
You might have a runny nose or a stuffy nose because of a cold, the flu or seasonal allergies. In most cases, it is just a temporary nuisance.
 arrow There is no alternative of knowledge and skill; poor resource matters less
Exchange of views and idea certainly help increasing knowledge, skill and experience.
 arrow Study finds coffee reduces liver risk
Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink alcohol too much, are overweight, or have too much iron in the blood, researchers reported.
 arrow A celebration of life
A get together of cancer survivors with their family, friends and doctors, celebrities and media personals was organised by Sanofi-Aventis at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center on Friday last.
Star Cityarrow Influential people set to grab part of Begunbari canal
When Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is preparing to implement a scheme to develop Begunbari canal as a sewage discharge channel, a private company claims a portion of the canal as its own property
 arrow Needs care round the year
Parvez Mahmud, a freedom fighter was dismayed at the sight of the Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard.
 arrow Gas crisis hits most areas in city
Residents of different areas of the city have been suffering from erratic supply of gas or low pressure problem for the last couple of weeks.
 arrow Mughal monument needs immediate attention
On the bank of the Buriganga river, at the north end, stands two important surviving monuments of the Mughal era -- Choto Katra and Boro Katra -- in a dilapidated state and in need of renovations andconservation
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