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Front Pagearrow PMO forces JP not to talk Jamaat link
Jatiya Party (Ershad) reportedly under duress of the prime minister's office refrained from accusing Jamaat-e-Islami of harbouring militants at the dialogue yesterday and instead proposed a judicial inquiry into the allegations of militant links against a section of the ruling alliance.
 arrow ADB sees Bangladesh as transport, energy hub
Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday offered to help develop South Asia's transport and energy infrastructure with Bangladesh playing a pivotal role as a sub-regional hub.
 arrow Govt to allow yarn import through Benapole land port
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that the government will allow knitwear manufacturers to import yarn from India through Benapole land port, a long-standing demand of the apparel manufacturers
 arrow Nation recalls their supreme sacrifice today
The nation observes the Martyred Intellectuals Day today paying glowing tributes to the illustrious sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice at the fag end of the Liberation War in 1971.
 arrow Dhaka's not joining to cost it voting rights
Bangladesh will lose voting right in the meetings of UN-Escap working group on the Asian Highway unless it signs the agreement or the deadline is extended beyond December 31, keeping the chances of joining
 arrow Right to information way of empowering people
A two-day conference on right to information started in the city yesterday with a plenary sharing some regional experiences in securing and campaigning for what the United Nations terms a fundamental human right and a touchstone for other rights.
 arrow Effective advocacy vital to lowering TB prevalence
Discussants at a roundtable yesterday said due to lack of awareness and social mobilisation, the prevalence of Tuberculosis (TB) in the country is still on a rise claiming thousands of lives each year.
 arrow Rare species of birds, animals seized in raid on pet market
A Forest Department team in a drive yesterday recovered 127 different rare species of wild birds and three monkeys from the Kataban pet market in the city.
 arrow Bangla-Pak semi today
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the second semifinal of the Fourth SAFF Championship here today.
 arrow Jamaat man held while entering SC
Police yesterday held an activist of Jamaat-e-Islami as he attempted to enter the Supreme Court building, dodging the security guards.
 arrow HC halts jetty building on Cox's Bazar sea beach
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to refrain from constructing a jetty at the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf sea beach.
 arrow Submarine cable opens
A consortium of 16 partners, comprising leading global telecom companies, announced yesterday that they have completed and inaugurated the high speed fibre-optic submarine cable stretching from France
 arrow Father disowns his JMB son
A father has snapped all relations with his son for his active involvement with the banned militant Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Biman still scrambles to manage hajj flights
Amidst gross mismanagement in hajj flight operations, the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday chartered one more aircraft and started pursuing the Saudi authorities immediately for
 arrow 14-party meet today to finalise draft reply
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition meets today to finalise the draft of a letter to be sent to the prime minister as reply to the PM's invitation for dialogue on militancy.
 arrow Nixon admin erred in judging Liberation War
The family members of Archer K Blood, American consul general to Dhaka during the Liberation War, lauded Bangladesh's development towards democratic practices, education and healthcare and hoped thatthe
 arrow Magistrate court grants bail when appeal pending with higher court
A lower court granted bail to two people accused in a murder case even though a criminal appeal for their bail is pending with a higher court.
 arrow Rich, poor nations at odds over farm trade
Rich and poor nations were at odds as a World Trade Organisation meeting opened here yesterday, with trade ministers saying a breakthrough is unlikely on the thorny issue of agricultural trade that has
Businessarrow GDP growth to exceed 7pc, says Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday predicted a 7 percent GDP growth in the current fiscal year despite the central bank's forecast of a 6.3 to 6.8 percent growth.
 arrow Food-importing nations to submit new proposals
A group of 10 major food-importing nations will submit new proposals on liberalizing world farm trade, ministers said Tuesday.
 arrow Indians find Bangladesh labs almost equipped
Indian experts have found that Bangladesh's testing laboratories are almost equipped to certify goods meant for export to India.
 arrow EU, US push aid to help poor states' trade capacity
With trade talks mired in a stalemate, the United States and EU on Tuesday sought to highlight a positive initiative by urging trading partners to help the world's poorest nations with money to strengthen
 arrow Forex dealers to keep dollar within Tk 67
Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers' Association (BFEDA) yesterday decided to keep the dollar price within Tk 67 in case of payment of import bill.
 arrow Sino-Bangla road link needed
A visiting Chinese business delegation here yesterday called for efforts by businesspeople to develop road communication between Bangladesh and China.
 arrow India says EU must move on farm trade
The World Trade Organisation meeting must make progress on removing inequalities of the global trading system, chief among them agriculture, Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said Tuesday.
 arrow African cotton issue must be addressed: G-20
The World Trade Organisation talks here must come up with a firm commitment to help African cotton producers, who count as some of the poorest countries on earth, the Group of 20 said Tuesday.
 arrow ROK farmers, celebrities kick off protests
South Korean farmers wearing red bandanas punched their fists in the air and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal kicked out world leaders dumping corn, rice and other farm goods on developing countries
 arrow Ecnec okays13 projects of Tk 3,447cr
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved 13 revised uplift projects with an outlay of Tk 3,447 crore, including foreign aid component of Tk 1,823 crore.
 arrow Sylhet chamber elects six directors today
Election to 6 posts of director of Sylhet Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) will be held today.
Twelve candidates from two panels are in the polls fray.

 arrow Nestle hopes Tk 265cr annual turnover
Nestle Bangladesh Limited, a leader in consumer food item, hopes its annual turnover in its Bangladesh operation will reach Tk 265 crore in 2005.
 arrow Tourism fair from Thursday
A four-day 'Bangladesh Tourism Fair 2005' will begin at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka from Thursday.
 arrow SEC warns two firms
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued warning letters to Meghna Shrimp Culture Limited and Pharmaco International Limited, their directors and company secretaries for violation
 arrow ROK, Asean sign deal on FTA
South Korea and Southeast Asia signed an accord Tuesday that calls for completing negotiations by the end of 2006 on freeing up trade, though a major hurdle remains over a rice import dispute with Thailand.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sakib alone suffices
Sakib Al Hasan struck a swashbuckling hundred as Bangladesh clinched the under-19 tri-nation trophy in style with an emphatic six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Football: Clash of contrasting styles
When defending champions Bangladesh meet hosts Pakistan in the second semifinal of the Fourth SAFF Championship here today, it would be a battle of Latin American football versus the English-style long-ball
 arrow Football: V-Day the inspiration
With the Victory Day only a couple days away, the Bangladesh footballers would take inspiration from the memory of the great Liberation War before taking on Pakistan in the semifinals of the Fourth SAFF
 arrow Cricket: BCB boss' surprise
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar surprised everybody when he appeared at the BKSP in Savar at the closing stage of the under-19 tri-nation final between the hosts and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Dhanmondi Club registered an exciting one-wicket victory over Bangladesh Boys in the First Division Cricket League at City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib for two bouncers per over in ODIs
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who decimated England with five wickets on Monday, has called on cricket's lawmakers to allow two bouncers in one over in one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Now Pietersen blow for Eng
England suffered a setback ahead of the third one-day international against Pakistan when their hard hitting middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out Tuesday because of rib cage injury.
 arrow Football: Mourinho looks for continued success
Jose Mourinho, just named the BBC Sports Coach of the Year, believes that success is required every season and that all the hard work of last year will come to nothing if Chelsea's Premiership dominance
 arrow Football: Real yet to decide on Keane
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez appeared to rule out a move for former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Fergie blasts media
Sir Alex Ferguson gave vent to his frustration over Manchester United's faltering season with an angry onslaught against England's daily newspapers, accusing them of harbouring a "hatred" of the club.
 arrow Cricket: India scent victory
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble bagged two quick wickets as India looked set Tuesday for an easy win in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.
 arrow Cricket: Security up in Karachi
Pakistan has imposed tight security at the Karachi cricket ground stadium for the third one-day international against England in the violence-prone port city on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Good news for Proteas
South African star Jacques Kallis has now been given until Wednesday to prove his fitness for the first Test against Australia but the tourists look likely to have a worthy batting replacement shouldthe
 arrow Football: Brazil warm up against Russia
Defending champions Brazil will play Russia in March as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Germany.
"The match has been already confirmed, so has the date.

 arrow Football: Di Canio defends fascist salute
Lazio's Paolo di Canio has defended making a raised arm salute at the end of last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Livorno.
 arrow Football: Al Ittihad ready for Sau Paolo
Al Ittihad come face-to-face with a Sao Paulo side weighed down by expectations in an eagerly awaited clash Wednesday between the best teams in Asia and South America, with continental pride at stake.
 arrow Cricket: 'Match-fixing by individuals can't be denied'
Cricketers could still be fixing matches in their individual capacity, fears International Cricket Council president Ehsani Mani while ruling out the possibility of teams being involved in it.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi returns for Pakistan
Pakistan Tuesday included all-rounder Shahid Afridi in their 15-man one-day squad for the last three limited-overs internationals against England, chief selector Wasim Bari said.
Metropolitanarrow Only beneficiaries of govt take part in dialogue
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has once again termed the dialogue on combating militancy initiated by the prime minister a 'drama' and said only those getting various benefits from the BNP-Jamaat alliance government are taking part in it.
 arrow Include disability issue in disaster management
People with disabilities face additional barriers in accessing emergency support during disaster period and there is a greater risk for people to become disabled or a chance for a person's intensity of
 arrow ‘Political unrest responsible for deterioration of law & order’
Political unrest is mainly responsible for the deterioration of law and order in the country, revealed a survey yesterday.
 arrow 200 structures knocked down at Agargaon
The Public Works Department (PWD) yesterday knocked down about two hundred illegal structures at Agargaon in the city and recovered a few acres of land.
 arrow Hearing on writs tomorrow
The High Court yesterday fixed tomorrow for hearing the writ petitions challenging the decision to prepare a fresh electoral roll by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and political appointment ofstaffs
 arrow ‘Cancel uni-track edn system permanently’
Leaders of Shikkha Andolon Mancha (a platform for education movement) yesterday demanded permanent cancellation of the postponed uni-track education system.
 arrow Wildcat bus strike to protest police action
Bus communications of Dhaka with northern districts were disrupted partially and greater Mymensingh totally for hours yesterday as transport owners and workers began a wildcat strike protesting misuse
 arrow Monoranjan takes oath as MP
Monoranjan Shil Gopal elected to parliament from Dinajpur-1 in by-election took oath as member of parliament (MP) yesterday.
 arrow Rab, DB raid 2 student hostels for JMB men
Members of the law enforcement agencies yesterday raided two student hostels in the city following intelligence report that the militants of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
 arrow 2 killed in city road mishaps
Two people including a schoolboy were killed in two separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Militant linchpin Hannan put on remand again
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Harkatul Jihad's (HuJi) Bangladesh chapter, was placed on a fresh five-day remand yesterday for the eleventh time since his arrest on October 1.
 arrow Awal on fresh remand
Abdul Awal, son-in-law of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Sheikh Abdur Rahman, an accused in a case filed for the August 17 bomb blasts, was placed on a five-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow ‘Raise awareness about militancy’
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday called on all to be united against the bomb attackers who are posing a threat to independence, sovereignty, constitution, religion, culture and Islamic values.
 arrow Exhibition of artworks by Kibria to be held in India
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in association with the Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) has organised an exhibition in India in honour of artist Mohammad Kibria, one of
 arrow Bijoy Utsab begins today
The Sammilita Sangskritik Jote has organised a three-day victory festival titled 'Bijoy Utsab '05' beginning in the city at 4:00pm today, says a press release.
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 arrow Curtailed Martyred Intellectuals’ Day programmes
Different political, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies have curtailed their programmes taken to mark the Martyred Intellectuals Day today.
 arrow Wahidunnabi posted at energy ministry
Additional Secretary Wahidunnabi Chowdhury, who was promoted recently, has been posted at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.
Earlier, he was a joint secretary at the power division.

Nationalarrow More 'bombs', fresh JMB threats across country
Police on Monday recovered more bombs or bomb-like objects in districts while the JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) militants issued fresh threats to blow up DC, UNO, municipal and other offices and
 arrow Transparency and commitment pre-conditions
Speakers at a roundtable here yesterday stressed on transparency, accountability of the authorities and commitment of the political leaders for ensuring quality health service to people.
 arrow Production to be delayed further
Production in two new wells in Moulvibazar Gas Field would be delayed by a month as the US company, Unocal could not complete construction of gathering line and other relevant jobs, according to a company
 arrow Suspected JMB man remanded in Sylhet
A suspected JMB militant rounded up at Chhotadesh village in Kanaighat upazila on Sunday was remanded for three days Monday.
 arrow Death of Udichi activist in Netrakona blast protested
The district unit of Udichi yesterday observed a token hunger strike in front of Patuakhali Press Club protesting killing of a fellow cultural activist in Netrokona and the country-wide bomb blasts by
Point-Counterpointarrow The loss continues to haunt us
Just two days before the victory, the most heinous, cruel and sinister crime was committed by the occupation army and their collaborators, the Al Shams, Al Badr and Razakars.
 arrow Bloodied democracy?
The worst fears about Azerbaijan's parliamentary elections have come true and the worst apprehensions about the aftermath, let us hope and pray, may not come true.
 arrow Future of Asean and East Asia
The future of East Asia, or for that matter, Asia, will be in the hands of leaders from 10+3+1+2, represented by Asean, China-Japan-Korea, India, and Australia and New Zealand, when they meet on December
 arrow Maid from Bangladesh
Bangladesh's migrant workers heading to host societies in the Middle East and Asia are the invisible army of globalization, and an asset for their homeland.
Culturearrow Siraj-ud Dowla staged at Liberation War Museum
The Liberation War Museum has arranged a week-long cultural programme, titled Victory Celebration 2005.
 arrow A call for high quality films
"In 1969 I directed my first film Padma Nadir Majhi because I fell in love with the river Padma," says popular film director Alamgir Kumkum.
 arrow "I hate spiders" - Hamin
Hamin Ahmed is the lead guitarist and a vocalist of Miles, one of the leading bands in our country. Incidentally, Miles is celebrating their silver jubilee in music this month.
 arrow Richard Pryor: Admiration for a comedian who knew no limits
He was widely considered the greatest stand-up comedian ever, but what made Richard Pryor exceptional, many of his comic counterparts said, was his willingness to be completely, utterly unfunny.
Generalarrow Dhaka made chair of LDC group again
Bangladesh has been re-elected as the Chair of the 48-member least developed countries (LDC) negotiations group in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its just concluded11th
 arrow HC stops construction of high-rise building
A special bench of the High Court (HC) on Monday directed to stop construction of a high-rise building of Ahsania Mission College at Dhanmondi in the city.
 arrow Two DU teachers receive death threats
Prof Muntasir Mamun and Prof Sharifullah Bhuiyan of history department, Dhaka University, received death threats from an anonymous caller yesterday.
 arrow Tk 53 lakh Japanese grant for Brac health project
Brac received a grant of $ 83,068 (approx. Tk 53 lakh) from Japan for the Community Based Rural Health Care Programme in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), says a press release.
 arrow British HC closed tomorrow
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public tomorrow for Victory day, says a British High Commission press release.
Internationalarrow US, Britain plan phased Iraq pullout after polls
The United States and Britain are planning a phased withdrawal of their military forces from Iraq as soon as a permanent government is installed in Baghdad, the Times newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian forces launch crackdown on militants
Masked Palestinian security forces have arrested dozens of Islamic Jihad activists in a series of overnight raids across the West Bank in recent days an operation the Palestinian Authority says is aimed
 arrow Strong quake causes panic in South Asia
A strong tremor triggered panic yesterday among survivors of October's earthquake disaster in South Asia, forcing people out of temporary shelters and into the freezing Himalayan winter.
 arrow UNSC considers action on killings in Lebanon
The 15-nation Security Council weighs its response yesterday to a UN investigation that accused Syria of hindering its probe into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
 arrow Dancers, flowers greet Pakistani bus in India
Drummers and dancers greeted a Pakistani bus as it crossed into India yesterday in the latest step in a slow-moving peace process to establish stronger transport links between the nuclear rivals.
 arrow US executes death row inmate Williams
US authorities yesterday executed Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a convicted killer who was at the centre of one of biggest anti-death penalty campaigns in the United States in decades, a spokeswoman forSan
 arrow Bush estimates 30,000 Iraqis killed in fighting
In a rare, unscripted moment, President Bush on Monday estimated 30,000 Iraqis have died in the war, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the high price Iraqis have paid in the push for democracy.
 arrow Russia, Asean forge new partnership
Russia and 10 Southeast Asian countries vowed yesterday to work together in fighting terrorism and stimulating wealth as part of a new partnership signed at the first Russia-Asean summit.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror turbulence and martyrs' legacy
In the long run of the annual reminiscences about their heinous extermination by the marauding occupation forces in a scorch-the-intellectual wealth-policy at the first light of our freedom in1971,
 arrow Editorial: Eavesdropping on telephone legalised
The other day while commenting on a news item that the government was about to legalise telephone-tapping, we urged them not to do it, but those entreaties have unfortunately gone unheeded.
 arrow Our martyred intellectuals
Intellectuals are the best brains of a country and the conscience of a nation. They are the friends, philosophers, and guides of the people.
 arrow Denigrating democratic values and the opposition
BNP Secretary General AM Bhuiyan suggested that Awami League, instead of solving the militancy issue, want to exploit it as a political weapon.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize: The case for Grameen Bank or BRAC
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its head Dr.
Letters to Editorarrow Save the country
These days we are significantly more passionate about the oppositions' stance on dialogue then government's definite measures to confront terrorism in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bill Gates' visit
Thank you very much for a thoughtful editorial on the Bangladesh visit of Bill Gates and his wife.
 arrow They kill, we warn
Militants of various hues misusing the name of Islam are randomly killing innocents . Our government only goes on warning that they will be severely punished according to law.
 arrow CU cafeteria
This refers to the piece "Chittagong University Arts Faculty Cafeteria" published in your newspaper.
 arrow Reform of caretaker government
For sometime past there has been demand from opposition parties for reform of caretaker government and by now this has become a hot issue.
 arrow Biogas and electricity
This refers to the letters of Mr. Kabir and Mr. Haider. Biogas is another gaseous fuel like natural gas, used as a source of energy for running generators, pumps or any utility equipment.
 arrow Million dollar question!
Bangladeshis are shaken by some fearsome suicide bombings.
 arrow Response to bomb attacks
The repeated threats of further attacks and the recovery of bombs in Gabtoli bus terminals etc all seem to prove that the JMB has the capability to continue with its mission of disrupting normal lives
 arrow Thorny path
The happenings in the recent times are reminding again and again of how difficult a road we are walking down.
 arrow A serious crisis
As we all know by now, Bangladesh is going through a serious crisis. Some ideologues are abusing religion and poverty to spread violence in the civic life.
Featurearrow The tellers of truth
IDEA, throughout human history, has enjoyed an enigmatic existence. On the one hand it has inspired endeavours to restructure society and on the other, acted as a spirit for advancement of civilizations.
 arrow 'Pity the nation'
Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
 arrow Shaheed Munier Chowdhury
THROUGHOUT the entire occupation period, the break of the war and right until the day he was kidnapped by the Razakars shortly before noon of 14 December 1971, my brother Shaheed Munier Chowdhury wasliving
 arrow Dr Mohammed Fazle Rabbee
DR Md Fazle Rabbee, an internationally renowned cardiologist, was lifted from his house at 75 Jalpaiguri Lane in Shiddeswari, Dhaka on Wednesday, 15th December, 1971 at 4PM by Pakistani army and local
 arrow Legal implications pertaining to martyred intellectuals
NEW Statesman, a British weekly, covering the liberation struggle of 1971 in Bangladesh made a significant observation.
 arrow Reminiscing the day
In the thirty-two years since the Independence of Bangladesh, there has been for me only one 14th December. I remember that cold wintry day in 1971, as if it was yesterday.
 arrow Serajuddin Hussain
Asrar Ahmad, former president of PFUJ wrote this piece back in 1995. But it remained with Shaheed Serajuddin Hussain's son unpublished till today.
 arrow Intellectuals in war: One image, several people
When we discuss the intellectual in the history of Bangladesh's emergence we seem to think there is only one being involved.
 arrow Death outside the metropolis
Lutfun Nahar Helen (Teacher, Government Girls' School, Magura)
Lutfun Nahar was born in Magura, 1947, finished her B.A. and started working as a teacher in Magura High School.

Star Chittagongarrow Patients' plea falls on deaf ears
Abdur Noor, a construction worker with serious injuries in his legs, was screaming in pain inside an auto-rickshaw in front of the emergency department of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for
 arrow Paediatric surgery needs govt support in Bangladesh
With little support from government, Bangladesh could develop paediatric surgery further to provide treatment to children with congenital malformation of rare conditions, said world famous faculties on
Star Cityarrow War heroes in distress at Muktijoddha camp
After 34 years of independence, happiness still eludes Mohammad Ali, a freedom fighter, now struggling to survive.
 arrow Govt schools start selling admission forms today
The government schools in the city will start selling admission forms today for the next academic year with the guardians apprehending a tough battle for admission.
 arrow More security for better care
The many "Please do not litter" notices in and around the Savar National Memorial have failed to create an impact.
 arrow Colourful Wool on Sale

 arrow Never-ending tales of patients' plight at DMCH
In an outdoor balcony of ward no-20 at Dhaka Medical College hospital (DMCH), ridden with mosquitoes and with lights and fans out of order, lies Abdur Rahim, a middle-aged man and a victim of a stab injury
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