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Front Pagearrow JMB military commander Sunny held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has brought off a feat netting in two days two kingpins of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) -- its Operations Commander Ataur Rahman alias Sunny and Chittagong divisional
 arrow Babar takes U-turn to term Yadav innocent
In a U-turn from his earlier knee-jerk reaction, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said that Yadav Das who was killed in December 8 suicide bombing in Netrakona was innocent.
 arrow Niko got Tengratila field thru' doctored reserve
The blown out Tengratila gas field, also known as Chhatak west gas field, was awarded to the Niko-Bapex joint venture by showing a potential gas resource base lesser by at least one third of the estimate
 arrow Nation pays homage to martyred intellectuals
The nation observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday paying homage to the glorious heroes of the soil who were brutally killed a couple of days before the final victory of the Liberation War in
 arrow From Shibir man to JMB military chief
Ataur Rahman Sunny used to be an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, who later became the commander of the military wing of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow JMB chief under close watch?
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shaekh Abdur Rahman is certain to be in Dhaka, remaining under intelligence watch or evading arrest by continuously changing hideouts, sources said.
 arrow Bangladesh on Goldman Sachs 'Next Eleven' list
Goldman Sachs, a US-based investment banking and securities firm, in a report on world's potential economies has placed Bangladesh on its "Next Eleven" list as a key member.
 arrow Jamaat shaken as BNP quarter wants its ouster
Strong demand of the opposition and a section of the ruling BNP that the government should oust Jammat-e-Islami from the ruling alliance because of its alleged link with Islamist militants has started
 arrow Journalists oppose bid to control media
Pro-BNP journalist leaders yesterday opposed the government move to bring amendment to the Press Council Act aimed at controlling the journalists and the media.
 arrow Sujan spotkick takes Bangladesh to final
Centre-back Mohammad Sujan converted a spot-kick in the first-half injury time to take defending champions Bangladesh into the final of the Fourth SAFF Championship with a 1-0 win over hosts Pakistanhere
 arrow WTO meet faces hurdles
Trade ministers struggled yesterday to make progress toward a new pact to boost global commerce and faced an immediate challenge from African cotton farmers demanding a deal to cut subsidies.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has contradicted a news item run by The Daily Star yesterday under the headline "PMO forces JP not to talk about Jamaat link.
 arrow Dhaka may use veto if LDCs denied duty-free market access
Bangladesh may use veto in the WTO Ministerial Conference unless it gets duty-and quota-free market access to the developed and developing countries, the main concern of the country and other LDCs.
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 arrow AL differs with allies over reply
Awami League (AL) and its left allies are divided over replying to the prime minister's letter inviting them to the ongoing dialogue on militancy.
 arrow Patricia Butenis new US envoy
Patricia A Butenis, deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Pakistan, has been nominated as the next US ambassador to Bangladesh.
 arrow Families of martyred intellectuals for ban on Jamaat
The families of the martyred intellectuals, who were killed on December 14 in 1971, yesterday demanded a ban on the politics of ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami, accusing the party of the killing.
Businessarrow Subsidy withdrawal to hit apparel sector
The country's apparel manufacturers yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the finance minister's proposal to withdraw subsidy from the sector from the next year, saying without the subsidy they willnot
 arrow US, EU push for global trade deal
EU and US trade chiefs on Wednesday exhorted fellow members of the World Trade Organization to push towards an ambitious conclusion of global trade talks that have been deadlocked over the contentious
 arrow India for protecting interests of developing states
India's trade minister on Wednesday warned member nations of the World Trade Organization against backtracking on the pledge they made four years ago - to reform the global trading system to the benefit
 arrow Saifur asks NBR to submit report
The finance minister yesterday directed the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to submit a report within 15 days explaining why some Tax Identification Number (TIN) holders did not submit returns.
 arrow Dhaka for early FTA in Bimstec region
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Dhaka wants early enforcement of the Free Trade Area (FTA) in goods in the Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)
 arrow Brazil offers to allow duty-free imports from LDCs
Brazil on Wednesday offered to allow duty-free imports from very poor countries in an apparent move to strengthen the alliance of developing nations within the World Trade Organization.
 arrow China under fire from WTO partners
China was under fire Wednesday from the US and EU for not doing enough to honour its WTO commitments as Beijing insisted it is the developed world that needs to do more for a fairer global trading system.
 arrow Asia's export recovery seen gathering momentum
Things are looking up for Asia's exporters: a recovery from a slowdown earlier this year is gathering momentum and is expected to become more broad based in early 2006, while demand inside and outside
 arrow Holcim opens club for architects, engineers
Holcim, a leading cement manufacturing company, recently opened "Holcim Architects and Engineers Club" in Dhaka to disseminate information on construction among architects and engineers.
 arrow Siemens to take part in Corporate Bazaar
Siemens Bangladesh Ltd will participate in Corporate Bazaar, an exhibition of corporate houses scheduled for January 30 -February 1 in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Cricket: MSC-Abahani clash today
After two days break, the Premier Division Cricket League resumes today with archrivals Abahani and Mohammedan lock horns at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium in one of the six matches billed for the day.
 arrow Football: 'The win is for the martyrs'
Everybody was on the edge of their seats as the clock was ticking towards the final whistle.
 arrow Football: Karachi Diary
The old and new co-exist in Karachi peacefully but it seems that the older part dominates the life of the former Pakistani capital.
 arrow Football: It's India as expected
India maintained their superior record against Maldives when the two-time champions beat the Indian Ocean islanders 1-0 in the first semifinal to enter the final of the Fourth SAFF Championship here today.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble kills SL off
Anil Kumble was once again among the wickets as India achieved a resounding 188-run victory over Sri Lanka on the final day of the second Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Wednesday.
 arrow Hayden doesn't buy the idea
Opening batsman Matthew Hayden dismissed suggestions Wednesday that the Australian Test team needed a full-time batting coach despite the team's poor showing against England in the Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Pappa smashed a hundred as Jatrabari Krira Chakra registered a comfortable six-wicket victory over Lalmatia Club in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA give Kallis more time
South Africa once again extended the deadline for Jacques Kallis to prove his fitness for the opening Test against Australia starting on Friday, even though the brilliant all-rounder couldn't lift a bat
 arrow Cricket: Third Eng-Pak ODI today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq Wednesday called for scrapping the newly introduced super-sub rule in one-day cricket and suggested that the naming of a substitute player should be allowed after the toss
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly dropped again
Indian selectors on Wednesday dropped former captain Sourav Ganguly from the squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka to be played in Ahmedabad from Sunday.
 arrow Football: Media lambastes Ferguson
England's media on Wednesday rounded on Sir Alex Ferguson, accusing the Manchester United boss of rank hypocrisy over his claim that the press were pursuing a vendetta against him and his club.
 arrow Football: Sao Paulo scrape past Al Ittihad
South American giants Sao Paulo scraped through a tough test against Asian powerhouse Al Ittihad to book their place in the final of the World Club Cham-pionships with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday.
 arrow Handball: Inter-varsity h'ball from Dec 17
The inter-university handball tournament begins at the Chittagong University (CU) central field on December 17.
 arrow Football: Benitez full of praise for Gerrard
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hailed captain Steven Gerrard's "unselfish" contribution to his side's surge up the Premier League table this season.
 arrow Football: 'Argentina will be ready for World Cup'
Argentina are aware of the strengths of their World Cup Group C rivals but will be ready to have a good tournament, coach Jose Pekerman said.
 arrow Football: Becks awaits Keane arrival
David Beckham is still hoping that Real Madrid will sign his former Manchester United team mate Roy Keane even though their interest appears to be fading.
 arrow Football: Lazio fined, Di Canio avoids punishment
Lazio were fined 8,000 euros on Tuesday for letting their supporters show a neo nazi symbol in the stands at the weekend but striker Paulo Di Canio was not punished for making a fascist salute.
 arrow Athletics: Montgomery handed 2-yr suspension
International sport's top tribunal on Tuesday found US sprinters Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines guilty of doping charges and banned them for two years in a climax to athletics' biggest doping scandal.
 arrow Football: Brazilís base near Frankfurt
World champions Brazil have chosen a base near Frankfurt for the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on its website.
 arrow Football: Buffon suffers another injury
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to be out of action until the New Year after injurying his toe in training, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Surrey rope in Kumble
Surrey have signed India spinner Anil Kumble for the 2006 season, the English county announced on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Civil society, NGO unity stressed to enact law
The two-day conference on right to information ended in the city yesterday with a range of recommendations on the next course of actions to create pressure on the government to enact law about people's
 arrow Political consensus a must to root out militancy
Civil society members, political leaders and educationists at a roundtable yesterday called for a political consensus to stamp out Islamic militancy, which has threatened the national security and has
 arrow Most of Bangladeshi children do not get social identity: Unicef
Most of the children in Bangladesh do not get their social identity as only 2.60 lakh newborns out of 37 lakh born every year are registered.
 arrow Martyred Intellectuals' Day in Picture

 arrow 'Linkages between villages, local govt bodies a must for rural development'
Establishing linkages between villages and local government institutions such as union parishad and upazila is a must to ensure rural development and strengthen local government, speakers at a seminar
 arrow Blood's son slates Nixon policy
Peter Blood, son of American consul general to Dhaka in 1971 Archer K Blood, said that the Nixon-Kissinger administration was rather strategic and secretive on its policy towards the Liberation War of
 arrow Vow to resist Islamist militants at any cost
The defeated forces of the 1971 Liberation War have now emerged as Islamist militants and carrying out bomb attacks across the country out of vengeance in a bid to turn the country into a failed state,
 arrow 3 major bridges to see early construction
The communications ministry has decided to start construction of three major bridges very soon to ease local political pressure before the next general elections.
 arrow SC stays graft case against Hasina
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday overturned the High Court (HC) order that vacated the stay on trial proceedings of the Mig29 graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow 2 UPDF men shot dead
Two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were shot dead at Dighinala in Khagrachhari on Tuesday allegedly by the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) men.
 arrow HC orders four acquitted to furnish bail bond
The High Court yesterday ordered four acquitted accused of the sensational Gopal Krishna Muhuri murder case to furnish bail bond with the satisfaction of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chittagong.
 arrow Six receive awards
The prize giving ceremony of the 10th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition 2005 was held at Hotel Sonargaon in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow 'Criminal' dies in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal of Sutrapur was killed in 'crossfire during a shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his associates in Old Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Suspected JMB man held at DU
Police arrested a suspected member of Jama'atul Mujaheedin, Bangladesh (JMB) at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) area of Dhaka University yesterday.
The arrestee is identified as Swapon, 25.

 arrow V-day cultural programme begins in city
Sammilita Shankskritik Jote (SSJ) began a cultural programme on the Central Shaheed Minar premises yesterday as part of its three-day programme marking the Victory Day.
 arrow New visa centre of Indian HC
The High Commission of India in Dhaka will outsource collection of visa applications to a separate Visa Application Centre beginning December 19 to ease the congestion on the high commission premises,
 arrow Vocational training for rural women ends today
A six-day vocational training programme for the members of the grassroots level women's organisation Shamsunnahar Nari Kalyan Sangstha of Belabo village in Narsingdi will conclude today.
Nationalarrow UNOs keep indoors, cops get scared
MAGURA : JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) bomb threats have forced most officials including two upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) in Jhenidah to confine themselves to their residences and offices.
 arrow 4 JMB militants arrested in Khulna, Bagerhat
Four members of the banned Islamist militant outfit, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in Khulna and Bagerhat districts on Tuesday.
 arrow Pirates rule Meghna
A gang allegedly led by one Badal Gazi of Char Maijari under Ghoshairhat thana in Shariatpur has unleashed a reign of terror on fishermen in Meghna river, regularly looting their catches.
 arrow Satkhira 'regional leaderí of JMB rounded up
A 'regional commander' of the banned Islamist outfit, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was arrested yesterday morning at Jhhapa village in Kalaroa upazila.
Culturearrow Songs that ignited the spirit of freedom
Cultural activists played a pivotal role during our Liberation War.
 arrow Dramatic symbolism in art works
The recent show of powerful strokes and subtle lines, seen at the exhibition at the National Museum, drove home the point that Chittagong artists are a force to be reckoned with.
 arrow Tri-Continental Film Festival Dhaka
Movie-goers are flocking to Star Cineplex to see their choice of films at the ongoing Tri-Continental Film Festival (which is on till December 15).
 arrow 13-day programme by Group Theatre Forum
Group Theatre Forum, an alliance of theatre troupes, has arranged a 13-day theatre festival beginning December 17 at the Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
Internationalarrow Iraq comes to halt on eve of landmark vote
Iraq ground to a halt Wednesday with strict security measures in force on the eve of a landmark election aimed at restoring full sovereignty and stability to the strife-plagued country.
 arrow France wants to expand Hariri murder probe
France submitted a draft resolution in the Security Council extending for six months the UN probe of the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri and broadening it to cover other assassinations in Lebanon.
 arrow Deadly gunbattles erupt in West Bank
Fierce gunbattles erupted during an army incursion in the largest West Bank city, leaving one Palestinian dead and 25 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers wounded.
 arrow US joins China, Cuba on list of nations jailing journalists
China and Cuba were the world's leading jailers of journalists in 2005, while the United States was listed among the top 10 for the first time, placing it on a par with Burma.
 arrow Jewish Holocaust a 'myth'
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh attack against Israel on Wednesday, dismissing the Holocaust as a "myth" and saying the Jewish state should be moved as far away as Alaska.
 arrow World boycotting Saddam trial: Rice
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bitterly accused the world community of boycotting the trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Moderate quake jolts northern India
A moderate earthquake jolted northern India on Wednesday, a day after the region was shaken by a 6.7 magnitude quake in the remote mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADB transport and energy proposal
IN our opinion there is a great deal of merit in the proposal that has been put forth by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help build up South Asia's transport and energy infrastructure by means ofdeveloping
 arrow Editorial: Hajj flight mess-up
The cancellation of five Hajj flights between Sunday night and Monday evening caused enormous hardship for the pilgrims who had to wait it out not knowing when their turn would come for a trip to Saudi
 arrow Patience and fortitude help fight terrorism
It is not the public's fault if they appear to be losing patience with what is perceived as lack of results in the government's fight against the terrorists.
 arrow Health of the nation
The progress of Bangladesh's health sector over the last two decades has not been small. Different statistics and indices from various national and international agencies make the same conclusion.
Letters to Editorarrow Extremists
Give Jihadis the power and they will be the first ones to violate the sanctity of Islamic laws, for they are trying to ascend to power using unlawful means.
 arrow Asian Highway Bill
The government of Bangladesh is unnecessarily dragging its feet to sign and ratify the Asian Highway Treaty and have now put itself on the verge of excluding itself from this network.
 arrow HIV/AIDS
Thank you for your good coverage of the HIV/AIDS issue but whatever is said by the representatives of (is it?) 400 organisations trying to help Bangladesh with this issue in one way or another, thepicture
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