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Front Pagearrow Terror talks start amid opposition boycott
The national dialogue on how to stop bomb terrorism in the country begins today in absence of the mainstream opposition parties and pro-opposition professional bodies.
 arrow His father, brother still in custody
The superintendent of police (SP) of Netrakona and an officer-in-charge (OC) have given contradictory statements about picking up the father and brother of Yadav Das after they had spent over 36 hours
 arrow Media mogul Turner enchanted by microcredit borrowers
Visiting UN Foundation Chairman and Founder of CNN Ted Turner witnessed the Grameen Bank's activities including its microcredit programmes at village Joymandup in Singair under Manikganj district yesterday.
 arrow Tangail turns into hotbed of militancy
Five training camps of Islamist militants were unearthed in Tangail so far and at least 30 more members of suicide squads of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) are spread out across thecountry
 arrow BNP executive body meets after 5 years, skips burning issues
The National Executive Committee of the ruling BNP yesterday met after long five years but there were no discussions on many burning issues including the recent rise in militancy.
 arrow 14-party rally vows to fight militancy
Thousands of people joining the protest rally organised by 14-party alliance yesterday vowed to fight against militancy to uphold the country's sovereignty, democracy and the sprit of hard-earned Liberation
 arrow 3 suspected JMB men held in Kishoreganj
Locals caught three people in Kishoreganj yesterday suspecting one of them to be JMB chief Abdur Rahman and handed them over to police.
 arrow Govt to decide joining Asian Highway today
The cabinet is likely to take the crucial decision on whether or not to join the giant international road network, the Asian Highway, at today's weekly meeting.
 arrow JP to declare March 1 its polls alliance
Jatiya Party (Ershad) will clarify in March whether to form an electoral alliance with the government or the opposition while majority of its district-level leaders yesterday suggested the party chief
 arrow Loan defaults rate declines further
The amount of loan default was 16.34 percent of the banks' total outstanding loans in last September that shows a 1.
 arrow Militant kingpin under watch of intelligence
Jamaat-e-Islami chief and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the militant kingpin will be caught and tried on sedition charge.
"Many militants have already been arrested...

 arrow Dhaka to press hard for free market access
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury said the least developed countries (LDCs) as a group and Bangladesh in particular are expecting to gain quota and duty-free market access to developed countries
 arrow Uni-track system made an issue of political game
Education Minister M Osman Farruk yesterday once again tried to drum up support for his proposed uni-track education system for the secondary level saying that the system should continue even if the alliance
 arrow Biman chartered flight stumbles on first day
The chartered Boeing-747 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines stumbled on its first day of hajj flight yesterday.
 arrow UK to provide £57.5m for rural power supply
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) will give Bangladesh a grant of £57.
 arrow Bangladesh take on India today
Defending champions Bangladesh and two-time winners India face off for the 20th time when the regional soccer rivals meet in a Group B match in the SAFF Championship here today.
 arrow Once a tourist spot...

 arrow US multinational to invest $2.5b
WG Petroleum LLC, a US-based multinational company, will invest $2.5 billion in Bangladesh's gas and refinery industries.
 arrow Would-be suicide bombers held in Rajshahi
Several squads of JMB militants had planned large-scale bomb explosions in Rajshahi city, said investigators after arresting a few of the militants recently.
 arrow Why formation of ACC should not be declared illegal, rules HC
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government asking it to explain why the formation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the appointment of its commissioner Maniruddin Ahmed should
 arrow Two JMB men decline to give confessional statement
Two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members yesterday refused to give confessional statements to a magistrate saying that their top leaders ordered them not to disclose any names of JMB members.
 arrow Imam leader threatens media for writing against Jamaat
A leader of the Khulna Zila Imam Parishad warned both the print and electronic media of dire consequences for covering "unfounded" reports against Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamist organisations in future.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 20 lakh from trader
Armed criminals looted Tk 20 lakh and cigarettes after kidnapping a businessman in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow Shattering scenes still stalk him
More than a week has elapsed, but the nightmare still haunts 80-year-old Ramijuddin, who sustained serious injuries in the November 29 bomb blast at the Gazipur court premises.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth on Kantibhita border of Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon early yesterday.
Businessarrow Regular Pak-Bangla shipping services needed to boost trade
Bangladesh's business leaders yesterday at a function stressed the need for regular shipping services between Bangladesh and Pakistan to increase bilateral trade.
 arrow EU for addressing concerns of LDCs
The European Union yesterday proposed that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should agree on its Hong Kong ministerial conference to adopt a package of development measures addressing the legitimateconcerns
 arrow WTO failure seen costing rich and poor alike
If global trade talks in Hong Kong collapse, analysts fear the world risks being drawn into an era of escalating protectionism with major consequences for commerce, the economy and the poor.
 arrow Norway to provide $10m for Bangladesh power sector
Bangladesh will receive US$10 million (Tk 65,000 crore) as mixed credit from Norwegian Agency for Development for developing the country's power sector.
 arrow China auto exports to challenge world's big car makers
China's domestic auto market was meant to be a pot of gold for the world's top car makers but export strategies pursued by Chinese companies could soon turn the tables on the multinationals, analystssay.
 arrow Opec to leave output unchanged
Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Sunday he thought Opec would "most probably" leave its production unchanged when it meets on Monday and was in relaxed mood about a possible dip in second quarter demand.
 arrow Medexpo-2005 concludes
The third international medical exposition, which received a huge response from professionals and common people, ended in Dhaka Sheraton hotel yesterday.
 arrow Local NGOs to voice interests of Bangladesh
Different NGOs and civil society organisations will carry out a series of programmes in Hong Kong during the 6th WTO ministerial slated for December 13-18 to focus on Bangladesh's interests.
 arrow Prime Bank arranges Tk 200cr syndicated loan for Brac
A Tk 200 crore syndicated term loan facility has been ensured for micro credit lending programme of Brac, a leading NGO, under the lead arrangement of Prime Bank Ltd.
 arrow Fire damages Indian-side conveyor belt of Lafarge
A fire damaged around 1250 metres of the 17-kilometre conveyor belt on the Indian side of Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd Friday, says a press release.
 arrow WTO to meet in Hong Kong with little hope of success
The World Trade Organisation meets in Hong Kong this week with little hope of forging a compromise between the European Union and the United States on farm subsidies that would in turn pave the way for
 arrow City Bank signs online bill collection service deal with GP
The City Bank Ltd has signed an online bill collection service agreement with the mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd.
 arrow Saudis formally join WTO
Saudi Arabia formally joined the World Trade Organisation on Sunday, bringing the global body's membership to 149 just two days before a key summit in Hong Kong.
Sportsarrow Football: Stakes not high in today's Bangladesh-India clash
Having already confirmed semifinal berths in the SAFF Championship, Bangladesh and India go into their Group B decider today without any pressure to win.
 arrow Cricket: Set to see many firsts
The Premier Division Cricket League will see a lot of firsts when the most colourful domestic competition involving twelve Dhaka clubs kicks off today.
 arrow Cricket: Delhi in Murali, Kumble spin
Anil Kumble led India's fightback with four quick wickets after Sri Lanka's fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had demolished the hosts with a seven-wicket haul in the second Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Go on and on'
India's Sachin Tendulkar will not rest on his world-record 35th Test century but will go on to become the first batsman to score 100 international hundreds, according to Sunil Gavaskar.
 arrow Football: Referee being too harsh!
Five bookings in a match for a team that had committed very little fouls is really harsh.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts' winning streak snapped
Bangladesh's morale suffered a setback going into tomorrow's tri-nation under-19 cricket tournament final as Sri Lanka handed them a 14-run defeat in the last league match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Football: Afghans leave on high note
Hosts Pakistan and last year's runners-up Maldives produced the first draw of the Fourth SAFF Championship when they failed to break the deadlock in their last Group A match here yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Leonine keep crown
Leonine Chess Club retained the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division League title with unbeaten note when they won their last board against Sonali Bank 4-0 at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd Eng-Pak ODI today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said the super sub rule benefits teams winning the toss and his side would like to cash in on it in the second day-night one-day match against England on Monday.
 arrow Football: Villarreal move up, Valencia drop points
Villarreal's Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme scored a magnificent goal to set the seal on a come-from-behind 3-1 win Saturday at Real Sociedad to move his club into third place in Primera Liga.
 arrow Football: Chelsea, Liverpool march on
Premier League leaders Chelsea beat Wigan Athletic 1-0, Liverpool kept pace with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough but 10-man Arsenal were cast adrift after losing 1-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fiore lifts Fiorentina
Fiorentina climbed to second in Serie A after Stefano Fiore scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Treviso on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC hits back at Akram
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani on Sunday hit back at comments made by former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram alleging bias by the ICC against Asian countries.
 arrow Cricket: 'Postponement not good for the region'
The postponement of the six-nation Asia Cup will hamper the development of cricket in the region and deprive the sport of much-needed revenue, an official said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo dreams of Nobel
Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo said on Saturday that he dreams of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and would do everything he could do to achieve that goal.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Dhaka Mariner Youngs' Club registered an exciting two-wicket victory over Surjo Tarun Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Update nat'l defence strategy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said strategy of national defence will have to be updated on the basis of latest technology and changing warfare techniques alongside making it pro-people as Bangladesh's
 arrow South Asia emerging as global economic power
Saarc will be a people-oriented body after implementing its various decisions and declarations, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow BDB blames govt for patronising militancy
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday blamed the government for directly patronising Islamist militancy in the country.
 arrow Govt to talk rise of militancy with political parties
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the visiting British Minister Hilary Benn that government will work together with the political parties and professional bodies to tackle the
 arrow 'Ties with Kenya to be strengthened further'
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated Kenyan President Mwaikibaki on the occasion of Independence Day of the country.
 arrow ‘Recognition of ethnic culture a must for sustainable tourism’
Sustainable tourism is not possible in the hilly area of the country without recognising ethnic culture, said Prof Muzaffer Ahmed, trustee board treasurer of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra and Savar.
 arrow 2 NGOs draft policy to protect street children
Child Brigade and Incidin Bangladesh, two NGOs, drafted a policy with a view to providing better security to the street children, who are staying at different centres or shelter homes.
 arrow Release of Galib demanded
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh yesterday demanded immediate release of its Ameer Dr Asadullah Al Galib claiming that he had no link to militancy.
 arrow Paediatric surgeons' confce ends
The three-day international conference of the Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons in Saarc (FAPSS) and the congress of Association of Paediatric Surgeons of Bangladesh (APSB) ended herein
 arrow Russian envoy concerned over rise of militancy
Russian Ambassador in Dhaka Oleg S Malginov called on the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
 arrow Biharis demand citizenship
A forum of stranded Pakistani yesterday urged the government to give them citizenship of Bangladesh to help solve their problems.
 arrow 'Govt playing game with militancy'
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC) and its all chapters around the globe observed the World Human Rights Day on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Govt fails to control terrorist activities: JP
The government completely failed to control countrywide terrorist activities that threaten national security and democracy, Jatiya Party Secretary General Sheikh Shahidul Islam said yesterday.
 arrow Blood donation programme
Management Net, an organisation of the former students of Management Department of Dhaka University, arranged its fourth voluntary blood donation programme in association with Bangladesh Red CrescentSociety
 arrow Waz mahfil
The annual Waz mahfil and Isal-e-Swab of Madinar Kafila Furfura will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) at Markaje Ishayate Islam, Darussalam, Mirpur in the city, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 5 JMB suspects arrested in Satkhira, Narail
Three JMB suspects have been arrested yesterday and the night before, two of them in Bhomra land port and the other in Khulna.
 arrow A night guard turns vanguard
Night guard Mahbub's noble dream has finally come true. An English medium school set up by him in a remote village 17 kilometres from Magura town has earned reputation.
 arrow Guest birds bring delight, fear
Numerous guest birds have flocked to Hakaluki Haor, the biggest lake in the country and other water bodies in greater Sylhet, creating a mixed feeling of delight and fear among people.
 arrow Way to ward off shrimp virus
A newly introduced technology for virus-free shrimp cultivation may increase yield of the second largest export earner by five to seven times.
 arrow 1000 families homeless in 3 months
Mollarchar, a shoal area in Brahmaputra which sheltered a large number of freedom fighters remaining free from occupation by Pakistani troops during the Liberation War, is disappearing into the river.
 arrow Protests against JMB bombings continue
The 14-party alliance led by Awami League yesterday brought out processions in district headquarters across the country to protest continued bombings by JMB and government's alleged failure to ensuresecurity
 arrow Bombings aimed at foiling polls: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated his party's demand for resignation of the government for sheltering perpetrators of bomb attacks in the country.
 arrow Bomb found at Patuakhali govt school
A bomb was found from near the boundary wall of Patuakhali Government Girl's High School yesterday.
Police and school authorities said, some local people saw the bomb wrapped in red tape.

Point-Counterpointarrow Educated but unemployed
The Daily Star of October 13, 2004 ran a story under the headline: "Youth lost to joblessness.
 arrow Is Kurdistan a reality now?
A surprising result of the invasion of Iraq by President George W. Bush of the USA has been the virtual birth of Kurdistan.
 arrow Your last phone call
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
 arrow Costly withdrawal is the price to be paid for a foolish war
The number of American casualties in Iraq is now well more than 2,000, and there is no end in sight. Some two-thirds of Americans, according to the polls, believe the war to have been a mistake.
Culturearrow Impressive book-cover illustration show
The promising book-cover illustration display, held recently at Zainul Gallery-2, brought forth the lyrical water-colour work of young artists.
 arrow Lalon on DVD and VCD
Lalon, the legendary mystic poet, is widely known for his Sufi lyrics and poems.
 arrow Attire to match the Victory day mood
To celebrate the month of Victory, Nitya Upohar is holding a display of attire with the theme of our motherland, our compatriots, National Language, War of Independence and humanity.
 arrow Miss Iceland the new Miss World '05
Miss Iceland, Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, who plans to be a lawyer as well as an anthropologist, was crowned Miss World on December 10, 2005 in the tropical resort of Sanya in southern China.
Internationalarrow Pakistan, India plan to resume ferry service
Pakistan and India have finalised a draft agreement, which would pave the way to restart a ferry service between them that was broken off 30 years ago, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Massive explosions rock UK fuel depot
Explosions tore through a fuel depot north of London before dawn yesterday, creating a huge tower of smoke and flame and seriously injuring four people in what police said appeared to be an accident.
 arrow Indian official in Nepal to push for democracy talks
Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran arrived in Nepal yesterday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at nudging the royal government and disenfranchised political parties towards talks, officials said.
 arrow Iraq announces border closure
Iraq's government announced yesterday stringent security measures for the upcoming parliamentary elections, including the closure of all borders and airports, an extension of curfew hours and a ban on
 arrow Lanka irked over Norway remarks on peace bid
Sri Lanka has expressed concern over Norway's remarks that it would only resume the role of peace broker in a three-decade ethnic conflict if both sides agree to a set of conditions, a press report said
 arrow Indian cops push back Bhutanese from Nepal
Indian police have stopped hundreds of exiled Nepali Bhutanese from entering India yesterday as they tried to return to Bhutan, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Human rights violation scenario
The 57th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has just been observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere around the world the other day.
 arrow Editorial: Montreal push to Kyoto Protocol
For long the vital Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse emissions resulting in global warming and threatening our planet earth has been in somewhat of a quagmire with USA refusing to give its stamp of consent
 arrow Thoughts on the eve of another Victory Day
Comes December, the month of victory with an exciting memorabilia -- one that brings to life the pain and exhilaration of the millions. It comes making us relive some of the nation's finest hours.
 arrow Unbroken story
It doesn't surprise me that George Bush had a plan to bomb the Doha headquarters of the pesky Arabic news channel Al Jazeera back into the desert age.
 arrow Acknowledgement of the problem is a good start
Some time back, former US President Bill Clinton visited Princeton to address a gathering. After the meeting, as Mr. Clinton was exiting, he shook hands with several well-wishers.
Letters to Editorarrow JMB got Guevara wrong
Last century, Che Guevara laid out tactics of an armed insurgency. He identified three factors essential to start with:
1. Public discontent on existing establishment of power

 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.
Star Cityarrow Repression on domestic workers on alarming rise
A patrol team of police last Sunday midnight found a lost girl, crying alone on the street at Fatullah.
 arrow Wasa disconnection drive successful but billing process questioned
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) collected about Tk 15 crore in water bill arrears from the defaulters during the last three month's disconnection drive, but questions have been raised
 arrow Healthcare Services on Show

 arrow DCC takes steps to free Osmani Udyan of addicts, encroachers
The first phase of the development and beautif-ication of Osmani Udyan -- a once prominent public park in the city -- would be completed in February 2006, said Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
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