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Front Pagearrow Dhaka's joining Asian Highway at stake
Bangladesh will remain out of the Asian Highway network, connecting 32 countries with Europe, as a cabinet meeting last night decided not to sign the agreement without a change to the road map.
 arrow Tele-tapping legalised
President Iajuddin Ahmed has promulgated an ordinance, with immediate effect, allowing intelligence and law enforcement agencies to tap telephone conversations of any individual amid a national outcry.
 arrow Biman messes up hajj flights
Hajj pilgrims witnessed utter mismanagement by the Biman Bangladesh Airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) yesterday.
 arrow Kader Siddiqui for purging Jamaat from govt, ruling alliance
The national dialogue of the prime minister on ways to combat militancy began yesterday with Krishak Sramik Janata League proposing expulsion of Jamaat-e-Islami both from the government and the ruling
 arrow Politicians should deal with terror unitedly: UK minister
UK Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn has suggested that the politicians in Bangladesh should unitedly address terrorism and resolve other problems to ensure free and fair elections.
 arrow BNP MPs for watch on areas of Jamaat, Bangla Bhai
A number of ruling BNP lawmakers have said the areas where Bangla Bhai ran his activities and some parliamentary constituencies belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami and situated along the border should be kept
 arrow Fresh voter list move challenged in court
Two separate writ petitions were filed with the High Court yesterday, challenging the legality of the activities to prepare a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Yadav's father, brother released
Police on Sunday night released Sattayan Das and Biplob Das, father and brother of Yadav Das, after keeping them about 40 hours in their custody.
 arrow From university to suicide squad
They disappear and then return as totally changed men after a long absence.
 arrow UN Foundation to give $33m for immunisation
The United Nation Foundation sponsored by media mogul Ted Turner will launch a massive public health campaign in Bangladesh and immunise 35 million children aged nine and ten.
 arrow Speedy Trial Act to get 2-yr extension
A cabinet meeting yesterday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption Crimes (Speedy Trial) Act (Amendments), 2002, for retaining it for two more years for the second time.
 arrow One dies a week in ship breaking
On average one worker dies every week and one gets injured every day at the ship-breaking yards in Bangladesh and the number of casualties is on the rise, said a survey report styled "End of Life Ships-The
 arrow Rich-poor consensus on free trade pact unlikely
Trade negotiators gathered for World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong conceded yesterday that prospects for progress toward a global free trade treaty were bleak, with rich countries and the developing
 arrow WB to fund for enhancing court security
The World Bank yesterday expressed its interest to provide financial and infrastructure supports to Bangladesh in enhancing the security of judges and court premises.
 arrow China grants free access of 84 products from Jan 1
China granted zero tariff access to 84 Bangladeshi products under the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement with effect from January 1, 2006.
 arrow SC extends stay order on Niko account freezing
The Supreme Court yesterday extended for six weeks its order staying a High Court order that had asked the government to freeze all bank accounts of Canadian gas exploration company Niko Resources Ltd.
 arrow Victory Day plans curtailed for bomb fear
While the nation observes the Martyred Intellectuals Day tomorrow and the Victory Day two days later, mounting public fear about reckless bomb blasts by Islamist militants has this time led to curtailment
 arrow Bangladesh face Pakistan in semis
Bangladesh set up a semifinal clash against hosts Pakistan in the Fourth SAFF Championship when a second-string side of the defending champions drew 1-1 with ten-man India in the last group match of the competition here at the People's Sports Complex Stadium yesterday.
 arrow JMB replaces Rajshahi chief
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has purportedly replaced its Rajshahi division commander Abdul Awal, son-in-law of the JMB leader Shaikh Abdur Rahman, with its Shura Board member Khaled Shaifullah.
 arrow Archer Blood to be honoured for opposing Pak crackdown
US Embassy in Dhaka will name the American Center Library today in honour of Archer K Blood, American consul general in Bangladesh during the Liberation War, who had opposed the brutal military crackdown
Businessarrow Allow temporary movement of natural persons
Bangladesh yesterday urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to allow temporary movement of natural persons in the developed and developing countries for the interest of Bangladesh and other LDCs.
 arrow Call for blending micro credit with financial edn
The Financial Education Summit 2005 began in Kuala Lumpur yesterday with a call for integrating micro credit programmes with financial education to help expedite poverty reduction in Asia Pacific.
 arrow GDP to grow 6.3 to 6.8pc this fiscal, forecasts BB
Bangladesh Bank forecast a 6.3 to 6.8 percent GDP growth in the current fiscal year banking mainly on the strong agricultural growth.
Last year the GDP growth was 5.8 percent.

 arrow UK to help Bangladesh achieve MDGs
Hilary Benn, the visiting British secretary of state for International Development, said on Sunday the UK's main aim in Bangladesh is to support democracy and help Bangladesh achieve the millennium development
 arrow A look at WTO meet in HK
WHAT: Founded in 1995 and based in Geneva, the World Trade Organization creates the laws that govern international trade between its members and helps them settle trade disputes.
 arrow Bourses witness sharp rise
Bourses witnessed a sharp rise in indices yesterday following declines in the last few days.
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index witnessed a 25.

 arrow New country manager of Ericsson
Ericsson, a leading global telecommunications solutions provider, yesterday announced Arun Bansal as its new country manager for Bangladesh operations with effect from December 1, 2005.
 arrow Bimstec ministers meet in Dhaka Dec 19
Foreign and trade ministers of seven-member Bimstec are due to arrive here next week to attend the 8th ministerial meeting that would mainly focus on trade, poverty alleviation, terrorism and trans-nation
 arrow WTO majority to prevail in upcoming talks: Lamy
WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said Monday developing nations will succeed in gaining concessions on agriculture because they form a majority in the global trade organisation.
 arrow C'wealth official pushes EU for bigger cuts in farm subsidies
A top Commonwealth official said Monday the European Union must agree to greater cuts in farm subsidies and tariffs to make this week's World Trade Organization meeting a success.
 arrow New MD of IFIC Bank
Mashiur Rahman has been appointed managing director of IFIC Bank Ltd, says a press release.
Prior to this new appointment, he was the deputy managing director of the bank.

 arrow Knit Expo '05 begins today
Country's 2nd Knit Expo 2005, organised by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), begins today at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow India calls for Asian free-trade zone
Emerging power India on Monday called for the creation of an Asian free-trade zone, and pledged to bring down tariffs to help boost business ties in the region.
 arrow PSD Core Group's study tour to Korea, Malaysia
As part of the Bangladesh government's overall preparation for the proposed World Bank-led multi-donor Bangladesh Private Sector Development Support Project (PSDSP), a study tour to Malaysia and Korea
 arrow China's trade surplus tops $90b
China's soaring exports pushed the trade surplus to a record 90.8 billion dollars in the first 11 months of the year, up 332 percent over the same period last year, official statistics showed Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Payback time for the Maldives
It was not long ago when Maldives were dubbed as favourite punch-bags in international football. The records of the tiny island nation against Bangladesh both in club and national levels were also noexception.
 arrow Cricket: Debutants disappoint
The Premier Division Cricket League as expected got off to a bustling start on Monday. But it was not the kind of start that two worthy debutants were looking for in the most colourful domestic competition.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan level in style
Kamran Akmal smashed his second one-day hundred and paceman Shoaib Akhtar grabbed 5-54 as Pakistan whipped England by seven wickets in the second day-night one-day match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan's narrow miss
Irfan Pathan struck a career-best 93 to help India to a comfortable position against Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 cricket final today
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim was confident of winning the under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament final against Sri Lanka at BKSP today.
 arrow Football: Practical Cruciani
You can blame Diego Cruciani for not being emotional, but yet the Bangladesh coach's bold decision to rest as many as nine first-team players for the match against India was hailed by the team management
 arrow Football: Some solace for Nepal
Nepal ended their Fourth SAFF Championship with some solace when they defeated Bhutan 3-1 in yesterday's Group B match at the People's Sports Complex Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab blow for Mohammedan
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club is likely to miss the services of Aftab Ahmed in the ongoing Premier Division Cricket League as the national middle-order batsman is suffering from jaundice.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho keeps Barca atop
Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldinho brilliantly illustrated his status as European Footballer of the Year with a breathtaking goal which gave Barcelona a 2-1 win over Sevilla and kept his side on topof
 arrow Football: Misery mounts on MU
Manchester United, eliminated from European competition in midweek, endured Premier League frustration on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Everton.
 arrow Football: Inter win derby, Juve stretch lead
A dramatic stoppage-time winner by Adriano gave Inter Milan a 3-2 win over city rivals AC Milan in a pulsating Serie A derby on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC a 'waste of space'
Australia's fearsome former fast bowler Jeff Thomson has branded the International Cricket Council (ICC) a "waste of space" following their attempts to gag players who criticise opponents in the lead-up
 arrow Cricket: Dravid India's 3rd top Test batsman
Captain Rahul Dravid on Monday added another feather to his cap by becoming the third Indian to aggregate 8,000 runs in Test cricket.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh host Pakistan on Dec 22
Bangladesh will play their first-leg Asia Cup qualifying match against Pakistan on December 22 in Dhaka, a Pakistan Football Federation official confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Young Pegasus rode on a 56 by Sagar to score a four-wicket victory over Rupali Bank in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Top BBC award for Flintoff
England's Ashes star Andrew Flintoff on Sunday won the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2005.
 arrow Football: Real close in on Keane
Roy Keane is poised to join Real Madrid after passing a medical for the seven-time European champions, Spanish daily Marca reported on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas takes 300 Test wickets
Chaminda Vaas removed India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday to become the second Sri Lankan bowler to claim 300 Test wickets.
 arrow Football: Booter Tamij passes away
Former footballer Tamij Uddin died of a heart attack on Sunday night. He was 57.
He had long association with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in the sixties and seventies.

Metropolitanarrow Poverty, misinterpretation of Islam behind rise of militancy
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday identified poverty, disparities in the educational system and misinterpretation of Islam as the major factors behind the rise of militancy.
 arrow 'Govt using jobless fanatic youths for suicide attacks'
Main Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for a united movement to free the country from the evil grip of militants.
 arrow Play role to change men’s attitude towards women
The media should play an important role to bring a positive change in men’s attitude towards women, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow Call to stop handover of property
Parents and guardians of intellectually challenged children yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to stop handover of the school property to a real estate firm.
 arrow Security upped after threat from Khulna bigots
Following fresh threats by Islamist bigots, security measures have been stepped up to protect the panicked Ahmadiyyas (also known as Kadianis) residing in the Nirala Ahmadiyya Mosque complex in the city.
 arrow ‘Neighbouring country, not JMB, behind bomb blasts’
Former minister Anwar Zahid yesterday said that a neighbouring country, not the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), is carrying out the bomb attacks to create an unstable situation in the country.
 arrow Tributes paid to Bhasani
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid rich tributes to the memory of Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a veteran leader, for his outstanding contribution to the nation.
 arrow 10 released on bail
Ten people, arrested on suspicion of having links with the Jhalakahti bomb blast that claimed lives of two judges, were released on bail on Sunday and Monday.
 arrow AL rejects uni-track edn system
Awami League rejected outright the unified education system and termed it anti-people, anti-national, backward-looking and is averse to scientific education.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday returned the body of Bangladeshi farmer Raju Mia after a flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on the Kantivita border under Baliadangi upazila here,
 arrow Mosharraf new Petrobangla chairman
Additional Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan has been appointed chairman of Petrobangla, the state-run oil, gas and mineral corporation.
 arrow Gazipur lawyers to continue court boycott till Dec 17
The District Bar Association at a meeting here yesterday decided to continue its court boycott programme in the district court until December 17.
 arrow SC cancels stay on HC bail to Dr Rawshan
The Supreme Court yesterday cancelled an order that had stayed a High Court order granting ad-interim bail to Dr Rawshan Alam, a former BNP lawmaker, who was convicted for life term in Shahjahan Hawladar
 arrow Body recovered
Police yesterday recovered a slaughtered body of an unidentified boy from Shaympur in the city.
Nationalarrow JMB threatens to blow up Satkhira college, school
Panic gripped teachers, students and guardians as the JMB (Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh) militants last week threatened to blow up two educational institutions in the town.
 arrow Security in Tangail District Jail inadequate
There is no superintendent in the district jail where at least 50 alleged cadres including three members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide squads have been detained.
 arrow Diarrhoea in Kishoreganj kills 3, attacks 1,500
Diarrhoea claimed three lives and attacked 1,500 others in Kishoreganj Sadar thana in last three weeks.
 arrow Bomb recovered near newspaper office in Nilphamari
Police yesterday recovered a bomb near a newspaper office triggering fresh panic in the town.
 arrow 3 JMB men arrested in Dinajpur
Three members of the Islamist outfit, Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB), were arrested in the district last night, Ghoraghat police said.
 arrow SSC exam centre in Patuakhali cancelled
Barisal Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board has cancelled the Galachipa High School SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examination centre for making changes in answer answer script of an examinee
 arrow Children's painting contest marking Bhasani's birthday
A children's painting competition was held at Tangail Public Library auditorium to mark legendary politician Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani's 125th birth anniversary yesterday.
Culturearrow "Constructive criticism encourages the artist" -- Gautam Chakraborty
Gautam Chakraborty, basically a painter and print-maker, has a ready explanation for his passion for painting. In his words, "My father Devdas Chakraborty was basically a painter.
 arrow First documentary film on Zahir Raihan
Legendary filmmaker Zahir Raihan is a trendsetter in our film history.
 arrow 10-day drama festival ends
A 10-day festival of 10 top popular stage plays of Dhaka ended on December 11 at the Experimental Theatre Stage of the Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow A fundraiser for Jago Art Centre
What better way to usher in the Yuletide than a musical concert? Two western musical choirs, Cantemus (with 30 men and women singers) and Morning Sky (with 12 women's voices) did just that when they performed
 arrow Special TV programmes on Victory Day
To observe our Victory Day, satellite channel ATN Bangla has arranged special programmes including musical soirees, magazine programmes, documentary programmes, special plays and others.
Generalarrow Inter-college debate begins
The Presidency University Inter-College Victory Day Debate Competition 2005 began at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) auditorium in the city yesterday with a call to apply logic to everyday life.
 arrow JU bodies cancel V-day programmes
Most of the cultural organisations of Jahangirnagar University (JU) decided to cancel their victory day programmes as the university authorities as of yesterday failed to find out any clue to unravelthe
 arrow Two killed in road accident
Two people were killed and another injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Golora in Manikganj Sadar Upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iraqis start early voting for new parliament
Voting began yesterday in hospitals, military camps and even prisons across Iraq, launching the process to choose a new parliament that the United States hopes can help quell the insurgency so US forces
 arrow Anti-Syrian MP killed in Beirut blast
A prominent anti-Syrian journalist and MP and three other people were killed in a car bombing in a Beirut suburb yesterday, the latest in a string of similar attacks in Lebanon.
 arrow Indian MPs caught on camera
Eleven members of Indian Parliament, six of them belonging to main opposition BJP, have been caught in a sting operation while accepting cash purportedly to raise questions in the parliament.
 arrow Pak wedding turns tragedy: 40 killed
At least 40 people have been confirmed killed by a fire aboard a bus in Pakistan sparked when a firecracker let off to celebrate a wedding set the vehicle's fuel tank alight, police said yesterday.
 arrow N-facility separation at 'advanced stage'
The separation of India's civilian and military nuclear plants, key to a July deal with the United States on nuclear technology sales, is at an "advanced stage," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said.
 arrow War clouds breed fear in northern Lanka
Sitting in his prosperous rice mill on the outskirts of the Tamil Tiger stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, Ponnampalam Raman knows only too well the price he will pay if a 2002 ceasefire collapses.
 arrow Woman rescued from rubble after 2 months of Pak quake
A Pakistani woman in her 40s was rescued from the rubble of her Kashmir home yesterday two months after being buried there in a devastating earthquake, a television report said.
 arrow Asean demands action from Myanmar
Southeast Asian leaders took aim at Myanmar in their annual summit yesterday, demanding real steps towards democracy and the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror issue sidetracked!
We are astonished that the recent meeting of the BNP executive body -- the first such meeting for five years, mind you did not take up the burning issue of the day, the terror threat that the nationfaces.
 arrow Editorial: Turner's endearing trip
UN Foundation Chairman and founder of CNN, Ted Turner, who saw for himself a changing spectacle in rural Bangladesh has been greatly impressed by the performance of microcredit borrowers at the grassroots.
 arrow Proposed terrorism law and all that
THE chief executive, the Prime Minister of the country, has indicated recently the necessity of a tough anti-terrorism law for coping with the apparently unbearable law and order situation.
 arrow The people's right to know
As students of journalism, we had studied many theories regarding media: One of them was the media under authoritarian rules.
Letters to Editorarrow Counter suicide bombing
Suicide bombing has been a new phenomenon in Bangladesh. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, successive governments created opportunities for the Jamaat by authorising them to get entry into politics.
 arrow Let's remain alert
Far away from home, I have been reading the news about the recent horrendous bombings in different parts of Bangladesh.
 arrow Who's going to stop them?
The nation has been held hostage by the Jihadi extremists lately.
 arrow Terrorism and PM's appeal
It is difficult to take the Prime Minister's so called plea to the opposition for unity and talks to curb terrorism seriously, when she at the same time accuses them of creating the bombers and the terror.
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