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Front Pagearrow V-Day back with call for war on militancy
The nation today celebrates the 34th anniversary of the glorious victory in the Liberation War with a fresh call for re-igniting the spirit of 1971 to combat the rise of Islamist militancy in the country.
 arrow Ctg JMB chief tells of Qaeda links
Outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has close links with international terrorist outfit al-Qaeda and launched the August 17 and other bomb attacks as part of a blue print to establish Islamic
 arrow Call of duty
A photographer missed the final snap of General Niazi laying down his revolver in surrendering to the allied forces as he ran out of films; a reporter had only one chance to ask a question to Gen Niazi;
 arrow Press curbing law planned
In a surreptitious move without consulting the mainstream journalist community or the media, the Press Council has submitted to the information ministry a draft law that suggests punitive measures against
 arrow 2 more dens busted
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted two more dens of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Keraniganj, Dhaka and in Sunamganj, arrested three JMB operatives and seized explosives, bomb-making
 arrow Dhaka's RMG may not get duty-free access
The country's apparel products have been put on the major WTO trade negotiators' list of items to be dropped from the duty-free and quota-free market access, the main demand of Bangladesh and also of
 arrow Dollar turns scarce as import booms
A decelerating export growth, payment of deferred import bills as well as for fuel and fertiliser imports, and additional expenses for hajj pilgrims have resulted in a fierce dollar crisis.
 arrow Hearing of writ petitions on Jan 2
The High Court yesterday deferred by a fortnight the admissibility hearing of two writ petitions challenging the validity of preparing a fresh voter list, as the copies were not served to the chief election
 arrow WTO talks flounder
Developing nations cranked up pressure on the rich to open their long-protected markets as world trade talks floundered on Thursday, while the United States and Europe blamed each other for the deadlock.
 arrow War heroes not sure if Jamaat taboo issue
The freedom fighters awaiting the talks on militancy with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Sunday appear to be confused whether they would be allowed to talk about ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami's
 arrow Cattle market bid turns into farce
The Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) bidding process for its 15 makeshift cattle markets for the Eid-ul-Azha next month allegedly tuned into a farce as some influential ward commissioners and ruling BNP
 arrow Appointment of Miah as ACC commissioner challenged
The validity of appointment of Prof M Maniruzzaman Miah, commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), was challenged in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow JMB trainer in Barisal released as IOJ leader pulls strings
A ruling alliance leader allegedly forced the Barisal district police and administration to release Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military trainer Mohiuddin Faruki yesterday.
 arrow Arrest Nizami, Mujahid: AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded the government arrest Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and cabinet members Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid for patronising the militants.
 arrow Babar sees end to militancy within couple of months
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday expressed his hope of a satisfactory end to the militancy issue within a couple of months.
 arrow BTV to cover SAFF final
Bangladesh Television (BTV) will telecast the final of the Fourth SAFF Championship between Bangladesh and India live from Karachi on Saturday.
Businessarrow Invest more in tourism
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday urged private sector entrepreneurs to invest more in tourism as the sector holds immense potential.
 arrow Reconsider decision to allow yarn import thru' land port
Refuting knitwear manufacturers' claim of high prices of local yarn, textile millers yesterday urged the government to constitute a committee immediately to verify the allegations before implementingthe
 arrow EU blasted as culprit for holding up global trade talks
It was the European Union vs the Rest of the World as global trade talks remained deadlocked Thursday, with the EU defending itself from a barrage of criticism that its refusal to further open its farming
 arrow Bimstec FTA likely to come into force by July next year
Dhaka is optimistic about implementation of free trade area (FTA) in goods in seven-member Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical Cooperation (Bimstec) bloc by July 1 next year.
 arrow Govt signs $200m credit deal with IDA
Bangladesh yesterday signed a loan agreement with International Development Association (IDA), the lending window of the World Bank Group, to receive US$ 200 million under the third phase of Development
 arrow Battle over rice trade touches soul of Asia
When the anti-globalisation movement rolled into Hong Kong this week for the WTO talks, the first thing they did was to build a shrine to that most basic of foodstuffs -- rice.
 arrow Transcom opens HP Centre in Gulshan outlet
Transcom Electronics Limited in its Gulshan outlet yesterday opened HP Experience Centre, the first of its kind in South Asia, where all kinds of HP brand products, such as personal computer, printer,
 arrow Govt lifts ban
Benapole land port on the country's southwestern frontier with India is open to yarn import as the government eventually lifted a longstanding ban "in the interest of knitwear export".
 arrow CSE gets new president
MKM Mohiuddin has been elected president of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) for the year 2006.
He was elected at the 10th annual general meeting of the bourse held on Wednesday.

 arrow Summit spats show difficulty for Asia trade zone
An Asian free-trade zone to rival Europe could be a distant reality, but a regional summit this week showed that uniting half the world's people with one accord won't be easy, analysts say.
 arrow Oil price dips
Oil prices eased Thursday extending the previous day's decline triggered by an unexpected rise in US crude inventories.
Sportsarrow Cricket: MSC outplay Abahani
The battle royale in the Premier Division Cricket League turned into a mismatch when Mohammedan Sporting Club handed their bitter foes Abahani a 61-run defeat at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Booters aim to break the final jinx against India
There were instant celebrations as soon as Bangladesh won the second semifinal against hosts Pakistan at the People's Sports Complex Sta-dium on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'Self-pressure is self-help'
One man has kept Indian football alive in the last decade and he has been the undisputed superstar of South Asia.
 arrow Cricket: Akmal scripts big Pak win
Kamran Akmal smashed his second successive one-day century to help Pakistan hand England a crushing 165-run defeat in the third day-night limited-overs international here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB keeps same side for U-19 Cricket WC
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member Bangladesh under-19 squad yesterday that will take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka in February.
 arrow Football: Rampant Reds crush Wigan
Wayne Rooney scored twice and Rio Ferdinand grabbed his first goal for Manchester United in a 4-0 rout of Wigan Athletic which pushed the Old Trafford club up to second in the Premier League on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Keane joins Celtic
Roy Keane's long-cherished dream of ending his career in the famous green and white hoops of Celtic was realised on Thursday when the former Manchester United skipper signed for the Scottish club.
 arrow Football: Fans hopeful of a trouble-free WC
Tens of thousands of ticketless fans will travel to next year's World Cup in Germany from England, the Netherlands and other countries with a reputation for trouble.
 arrow Cricket: First Aus-SA Test begins today
Australia are worried about losing a Test series at home and are under enormous pressure to perform after the Ashes defeat in England, South African captain Graeme Smith said here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mexico beat Hungary
Veteran defender Claudio Suarez made a record-equalling 173rd international appearance as Mexico beat Hungary 2-0 on Wednesday, their first win over a European side since the 2002 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Liverpool in World Club C'ship final
Liverpool overwhelmed Deportivo Saprissa 3-0 Thursday to book a place in the final of the World Club Championship and extend their winning streak to eight games and a record 11 clean sheets.
 arrow Football: Munna named as National Sports Award winner
Former Bangladesh football captain Monem Munna has been named as a winner of the National Sports Awards for 2005.
 arrow SA Games delayed
The 10th South Asian Games have been deferred by four months as the region's biggest sports extravaganza will now be held in Colombo over August 18 to 27 instead of April 18-28.
 arrow Cricket: WB fuming
Angry cricket fans in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal (WB) protested Thursday at the axing of former captain Sourav Ganguly for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Jewel hit an unbeaten 96 as Young Pegasus B registered a comfortable six-wicket victory over Surjo Tarun Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Country faces second big crisis after liberation war'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday identified poverty, divergent educational system and misinterpretation of Islam as the major factors behind the rise of militancy.
 arrow Resist evil forces
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged the lawyers and other professionals to resist the evil forces who are out to kill innocent people and destroy the constitution and judiciary.
 arrow Only 4 pc of children with disability go to school
There are around 16 lakh physically and mentally challenged children in the country and only four percent of them are getting opportunity to go to school, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 338 victims of trafficking rescued since June last year
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the government has made significant progress in combating human trafficking and prosecuting the traffickers.
 arrow Blood's family lauds efforts to uphold democracy
Family members of Archer K Blood, a great friend of the country, yesterday congratulated the nation on the occasion of the Victory Day and appreciated its relentless efforts to uphold democracy and the
 arrow Victory Day programmes
Different political, socio-cultural and professional bodies have curtailed their programmes taken up to celebrate the Victory Day today.
 arrow PM opens military hardware display
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday opened a spectacular display of military hardware by Army, Navy and Air Force in observance of the Victory Day.
 arrow Restrictions on traffic movement today
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed restrictions on the movement of vehicles on some routes from 5:00am to 7:00am on the Victory Day today for smooth travel of VVIPs, VIPs and other invited guests
 arrow Death threat to lawyer in Manikganj
Islamist militants yesterday threatened to kill Advocate Md Meher Uddin, Sammilita Ainjibi Parishad Manikganj district unit president.
 arrow 50 Armed Forces men get honorary commission
A total of 50 Armed Forces personnel, including 45 from Bangladesh Army and five from Bangladesh Navy were granted honorary commission and promotion on the occasion of the 35th Victory Day.
 arrow UNDP to fund Tk 300 cr for CHT dev
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will invest Tk 300 crore in the next four years for the development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Blood's family members meet Hasina
Family members of former Consul General in the US Embassy in Dhaka Archer K Blood called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence in
 arrow Rokia assures small women entrepreneurs of cooperation
President of Women in Small Enterprises (WISE) Rokia Afzal Rahman yesterday assured the small women entrepreneurs of cooperation in marketing their products.
 arrow Tk 2 lakh donated to Liberation War Museum
With an aim to upholding the country's history and heritage, Citibank NA Bangladesh in collaboration with the Prothom Alo, embarked on a six-month-long fund raising campaign on July last for book reading
 arrow 10 accused in 2 judges' murder acquitted
A Jhalakathi court yesterday acquitted ten people accused for the killing of two judges in the suicide bomb attack by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on November 14 in Jhalakathi.
 arrow Boy murdered at Keraniganj
A teenaged boy was killed by assailants at Gobindapur in the upazila on Tuesday.
Police said local criminals hacked Suman Mondol, 17, to death over a previous enmity.

Point-Counterpointarrow Songs of freedom
Music is poetry distilled into sound, music is the eye of the ear, music is the speech of the angels, music is the medicine of a troubled mind -- music has indeed been defined in a thousand and one ways.
 arrow How to fight Islamist extremism
The mayhem being perpetrated by Islamist extremists in Bangladesh is so widespread, and the threat of worse to come so real, that there is now a sense of crisis in the air. And it is time too.
Culturearrow Victory reflected through sculptures
Victory Day is a special event for artist Hamiduzzaman Khan.
 arrow The "Puppet King" goes down memory lane
The scenes from the refugee camps in West Bengal in 1971 are etched forever in Mustafa Monwar's mind: Grim, distressed faces and a deathly silence which enveloped everyone, including the children.
 arrow Memories ablaze
"I wasn't even an adult when I stepped into my acting career.
 arrow Boosting the morale of Freedom Fighters
Though patriotic songs were the norm during the Liberation War, very few stage plays were presented at the camps of the freedom fighters.
 arrow Victory Day special programmes on TV channels
A special musical soiree featuring eminent artistes of the country will present patriotic songs by Tagore, Nazrul, DL Roy and contemporary composers.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Consolidate the Victory Day spirit
Although the occasion today is to rejoice in the birth of Bangladesh 34 years ago and recount our cumulative success through the vicissitudes of time that cannot quite outweigh the tally of blunders,it
 arrow Editorial: Goldman list inclusion good cheer
It seems that the dark clouds of cynicism raised by the recent spate in militant bombings on the back of top corruption rankings are lifting from our investment horizon.
 arrow We must reaffirm the spirit of Bijoy Dibosh
December has a special significance for the citizens of Bangladesh. These last few weeks of the year symbolize all that is best in our national psyche.
 arrow A friend in need
Archer K. Blood was no ordinary diplomat. He was described as a "dissenting diplomat." He was also described as a "true foreign service hero" and an "American hero.
 arrow Fifteen years to go
Bangladesh lives at a higher level of precariousness than most nations: It is faced with the risk of disruption of its political life and its socio-cultural order, but it is also subject to the periodic
Letters to Editorarrow Danger at home
I do not think the present government, with its political composition, is in a position to contain the fanatic upsurge of the so-called Islamic extremists.
 arrow December 16
The day broke bright and sunny and there were celebrations all around us. Incredibly, the voyage across the turbulent sea had come to a glorious end.
 arrow Fuel price hike
It's alarming to learn that the IMF is suggesting another price hike of fuel. No doubt it will increase living costs. But we know the history of price adjustment in our country, i.e.
 arrow Get rid of Biman
Stitches, patches and plasters will not work.
 arrow Islam, terrorism and corruption
The avowed objective of the Muslim fundamentalists is to establish a Puritan Islamic State and Sharia Law.
 arrow Autumn
We have left autumn behind. It's winter now. The gentle breeze is getting cooler with every passing day. The changes in nature do affect all living beings.
 arrow Role of politicians
While I notice that terrorism in the last couple of years has come from the bottom of the list of civic anomalies to the first position, I have to go through the newspaper headlines on terrible bomb
 arrow Saarc Summit
If any guests come to our house and we start quarrelling among ourselves and keep shouting "What the hell, why do the guests come off and on to our house? Don't they have anything else to do? What isthe
 arrow Who could we turn to?
Someone I know had to climb through the window into a crammed railcar, lose a bag in the jostle, and stand for 9 hours to go to Dinajpur on Nov 21. He was lucky.
 arrow Monga and our leaders
The inevitable Monga in North Bengal hits hard every year. The news media does its job by bringing the picture to the whole nation.
 arrow Dirty politics
Our beloved country is going through a very critical stage, thanks to our leaders' playing a dirty game of politics. We, the common people, have to suffer for their selfish and impatient acts.
 arrow Scrap BCS exam
Once again, BCS question papers are reported to have been leaked. It is quite outrageous and shocking for the whole nation. I can't understand why the same incident is happening again and again.
 arrow Panic stricken people
Panic will kill us slowly, that's what the miscreants are trying to achieve. Today or tomorrow we will have to depart from this world.
 arrow Why this confusion?
I am a student of RUET( Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology). I am a BSC student, but sometimes I face a problem that general people think that am a student of DIPLOMA course.
 arrow Punish the patrons
The recent utterances of Abu Hena MP and others of the BNP reminded us of what can happen to people after they realise that they have made mistakes.
Worldarrow Scattered attacks fail to disrupt Iraq polls
Only scattered insurgent attacks marred Iraq's election yesterday as disgruntled Sunni Arabs joined the vote, determined to have more say in government.
 arrow 11 die as Nepali soldier opens fire on crowd
A Nepali soldier killed at least 11 people and wounded 19 others when he opened fire on a crowd at a Hindu festival near Kathmandu before taking his own life, the army said yesterday.
 arrow Use 'full weight' to get nuclear deal passed
India told the US Bush administration yesterday to use its "full weight" to get Congress to approve a landmark nuclear deal with New Delhi.
 arrow Indian Maoists threaten foreign companies
India's increasingly active Maoist guerrillas said they would attack multinational and large Indian companies, accusing them of colluding with governments to oppress the poor, The Hindustan Times reported
 arrow Palestinians vote in final round of local elections
Palestinians in the main West Bank cities were voting yesterday in elections seen as a final dress rehearsal for next month's parliamentary contest between Hamas and the ruling Fatah faction.
 arrow Iran is a 'real threat'
US President George W. Bush on Wednesday called Iran "a real threat," repeated his charge from 2002 that it is part of an "axis of evil," and urged Tehran to prove it does not seek nuclear weapons.
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