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Front Pagearrow Huge bomb-making materials seized in Rajshahi: 4 held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) here in separate operations yesterday arrested four operatives of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) including its Rajshahi district commander and seized a large quantity of bomb-making materials.
 arrow Tribute to war heroes, vow to rid country of militancy
The nation yesterday celebrated the 35th Victory Day, taking a fresh vow to rid the country of religious militancy and paying glowing tributes to the Liberation War heroes who had sacrificed their lives
 arrow 9bcf gas, Tk 250cr bank guarantee demanded
The government last week claimed 8.
 arrow Sunny being quizzed to know JMB's'next targets'
Investigators are now trying to learn about the 'next targets' of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from its remanded military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny, and concentrating on tracking
 arrow Bangladesh-India SAFF final today
The curtain falls on what is called 'South Asia's World Cup' today when defending champions Bangladesh take on India in the final of the Fourth SAFF Championship.
 arrow Terrorism cannot halt nation's progress: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her firm commitment to find out the bomb attackers and give them exemplary punishment.
 arrow Tour operators elated as visitors throng fair
With the on-going tourism fair getting a huge response from visitors on the second day yesterday, the organisers of it and the participating organisations are expecting further boost in the tourism sector,
 arrow Duty and quota-free access to imports from LDCs agreed
Negotiators at a World Trade Organisation meeting reached an agreement on a draft text yesterday that would grant duty-free and quota-free access to imports from so-called least developing countries,Indian
 arrow Treatment of Netrakona blasts victim uncertain
Munna Debnath, seriously injured in the Netrakona suicide bomb blast, is now undergoing a traumatic phase at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Sugar tastes bitter
Price of sugar and soyabean oil rose sharply in the last one month with sugar now selling at Tk 50 to 52 per kg and oil at up to Tk 60.50 a litre in the city markets.
 arrow Bomb scare forces Indian parliament to adjourn abruptly
The Indian security establishment was plunged into a tizzy yesterday following a bomb scare on the parliament premises here, after which the sessions had to be abruptly abandoned and Prime Minister Manmohan
 arrow Ulfa threatens to take up guns if talks delayed
The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) yesterday threatened to resume its armed campaign if New Delhi fails to begin immediate peace talks to end nearly three decades of militancy in Assam.
 arrow Colourful AL procession calling to root out militancy
Thousands of Awami League (AL) leaders and activists took out a colourful procession to mark the 34th Victory Day yesterday, calling for eliminating anti-liberation and communal forces and establishing
Businessarrow Gold reaches new high
Gold prices in the local market continue soaring with guinea (21 carat) selling at Tk 13,200 and 22 carat at Tk 13,830 a bhori (11.66 grams).
 arrow Compliance issues key to survival of export-oriented sectors
Surviving in the global market will not be possible for the export-oriented industries without addressing human rights, environment and labour standard issues -- key elements of corporate social responsibility
 arrow China to offer tariff-free trade to world's poorest
China will offer 30 of the world's poorest countries tariff-free trade beginning next year, state media said Friday, making good on a pledge from President Hu Jintao at the United Nations in September.
 arrow Talks going backwards
Global trade talks are going backwards, the European Union warned Friday, as it exchanged fresh barbs with the United States and fears grew the WTO meeting here could unravel without an accord.
 arrow WTO urged to focus on farm issues, not aid
Leading developing countries and major food exporters on Friday urged WTO delegates to refocus on farming trade issues, rather than development, which has consumed a fair amount of time at the six-day
 arrow Talks on liberalising services at a standstill
WTO talks on liberalising service industries are at a standstill and are even in danger of achieving less than was outlined in a draft negotiating text prepared for a major meeting in Hong Kong, ministers
 arrow France hails defense of EU position
France on Friday hailed the defense of the European Union's position on agriculture mounted at WTO talks here by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.
 arrow ROK protesters turn anger on US consulate
Militant South Korean anti-globalisation protesters sprayed the United States consulate in Hong Kong with graffiti Friday in their latest feisty demonstration against WTO trade talks here.
 arrow China to end textile export tariffs
China will abolish the tariffs it slapped on textile products earlier this year from next month, Finance Minister Jin Renging said in remarks published Friday.
 arrow Lanka seeks to raise $220m thruí inflation-linked bond
Sri Lanka has issued its first-ever inflation-linked bond intended to raise 22 billion rupees (220 million dollars), the central bank said Friday.
The three-year bond carries a rate of 11.

 arrow Banglalink sales, care centre in Rajshahi
Mobile phone operator Banglalink opened its sales and care centre in Rajshahi on Thursday.
Mehboob Chowdhury, chief commercial officer of the company, inaugurated the centre on Upashahar HousingEstate.

 arrow Oil under $60
Oil was steady at just under $60 a barrel Friday after plunging 1.4 percent the previous day as forecasters said icy US weather, which has propped up prices this month, would lose its bite in the newyear.
 arrow Asia's forex reserves fall in Nov
Asian foreign exchange reserves, excluding China, fell for the third straight month in November as funds fled Malaysia on disappointment over the appreciation of the country's currency.
 arrow Britain sees 'best chance' of striking EU budget deal
Britain warned its EU partners that a deal to break their budget deadlock was only possible if all sides were prepared to compromise, as summit talks in Brussels entered a critical phase.
 arrow Lafarge Surma Cement to start production in early 2006
Lafarge Surma Cement is expected to start production early next year.
The construction of the fully integrated cross-border cement project of the company is nearing completion, says a press release.

 arrow Dulamia Cotton okays 7.5pc dividend
Dulamia Cotton Spinning Mills Ltd has declared a 7.5 percent dividend for its shareholders other than sponsors for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Beximco Pharma posts 23pc sales growth
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited posted a 23 percent sales growth in 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Dec 11-Dec 15, 2005
Local EX Market
Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against taka.

Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani's dream is to win
Diego Cruciani might have hurt Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin's pride when the Argentine used his inexperienced reserve bench to hold their soccer rivals to a 1-1 draw in the group stage.
 arrow Football: 'It's our responsibility'
While the whole nation awaits the national team to bring laurel from Pakistan, Bangla-desh football captain Arif Khan Joy feels that it is him and his mates who hold the responsibility of doing it.
 arrow Cricket: Outrage across India
Less than twenty-four hours after the national selectors decided to wield the axe on Sourav Ganguly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is desperately pursuing damage control.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini tears Aus apart
South Africa dismissed Australia for just 258 on Friday to seize the initiative on the opening day of the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Shaheed Jewel XI win V-Day cricket
A blazing unbeaten century by Nadif Chowdhury powered Habibul Bashar-led Shaheed Jewel XI to a comfortable 64-run victory over Khaled Mashud-led Shaheed Mushtaque XI in the Victory Day limited-overs exhibition
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian A team cricket meet in Ctg
Details of the Afro-Asian A-team tournament hosted by Bangladesh in January have finally been announced.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Al-Mamun and Sumon Barua blasted tons to guide Gazi Tank to an easy 62-run victory against Dhaka Wanderers Club in the First Division Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Football: Gunners look to halt Chelsea juggernaut
Arsenal host Chelsea on Sunday in the last of the weekend's Premier League games carrying the fading hopes of all the title pretenders that someone, somehow can halt the blue juggernaut.
 arrow Football: Stern test for Caro's boys
Primera Liga joint leaders Osasuna will put Juan Ramon Lopez Caro's Real Madrid to the test in the caretaker coach's first home game in charge at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lazio next for Juve
With runaway leaders Juventus preparing to travel south to take on Lazio on Saturday, there is talk the Serie A title race is already as good as over.
 arrow Football: Mouth-watering last 16
For the second straight year, the Spanish and English league leaders will meet in the opening round of the Champions League tournament after being drawn on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble set to reach 100
Veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble is set to play his 100th Test as a confident India eye a series victory against a struggling Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Blatter hails Mourinho
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has credited the outstanding talents of manager Jose Mourinho, and not Roman Abramovich's millions, for Chelsea's success.
 arrow Cricket: 'We must bounce back'
England are capable of bouncing back from their joint-heaviest one-day international defeat in time to push Pakistan all the way in the remaining two matches of their five-match series, according to Marcus
 arrow Hockey: Netherlands reach Champs Trophy hockey final
Taeke Taekema scored a last-minute penalty corner as the Netherlands squeezed past valiant India 2-1 on Friday to join Australia in the Champions Trophy hockey final.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo denies Real departure
Ronaldo has dismissed suggestions that he wants to return to Inter Milan and says the only way he will leave Real Madrid is if the club decide to get rid of him.
 arrow Cricket: Resentment within BCCI
The new Sharad Pawar-led regime in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) faces resentment from its two committee members, who demanded the selectors 'redress the wrong' done to Sourav Ganguly by
 arrow Cricket: Sourav says, no comment
Even as protests continued over his exclusion from the Indian cricket Test team, Sourav Ganguly on Friday declined to comment on the issue.
"I'm not speaking to anyone in the media.

 arrow Football: Mourning Rafa stays in Japan
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has decided to remain in Japan despite the death of his father and a tribute will be held before Sunday's World Club Championship final, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin, Anil to be felicitated
Before the commencement of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka here, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would felicitate Sachin Tendular, for his 35th Test century, and Anil Kumble,
 arrow Hockey: V-Day hockey
Bangladesh Army and Sonali Bank won their respective matches in the Victory Day hockey competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: I don't want Beckham's job, says Terry
Chelsea skipper John Terry has insisted he has no desire to take the England captaincy from David Beckham before next summer's World Cup finals in Germany.
Metropolitanarrow Chaos grips Patuakhali Science University
Long agitation by teachers and employees over appointment of teachers and staff on ad-hoc basis had virtually collapsed the academic activities of the Patuakhali Science and Technology University.
 arrow India celebrates Bijoy Dibas
India celebrated 'Bijoy Dibas' in a big way yesterday to mark the victory of its troops in the 1971 war with Pakistan, which helped Bangladesh win the Liberation War.
 arrow Tale of a dejected freedom fighter
It took long 34 years for a freedom fighter to fulfill his dream of seeing the National Memorial at Savar.
"I wished to see the sacred place for once in my life and at last my dream has come true.

 arrow AL-BNP clash in Gournadi, 50 injured
The activists of ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) locked in sporadic clashes over holding Victory Day celebration rally at Gournadi in the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Rab nabs five drug traders in city
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-2) arrested five drug traders in the city and seized huge quantities of foreign and country-made liquor from them.
 arrow RU employees demand job confirmation
The controversially appointed 544 employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday met the visiting education minister and demanded immediate confirmation of their jobs.
 arrow Indian Navy chief arrives today
Indian Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash will arrive in the city today on a four-day goodwill visit.
During his visit, he is expected to call on President Iajuddin Ahmed.

 arrow BSF kills Bangladeshi at Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth near Benapole border on Thursday night.
 arrow Nat'l convention against repression of journalists tomorrow
A National Convention against Repression of Journalists, Terrorism and Militancy will be held at the Jatiya Press Club tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Panic of bomb attack in Khulna city
Panic gripped people of all walks of life including judges, lawyers, journalists, teachers, government officials, NGO workers and businessmen here due to fear of attack of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow JMB suicide squad in Satkhira
A suicide squad of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is now staying in Satkhira with a mission to kill over a dozen of people including political leaders, government officials and journalists.
 arrow Tk 5 cr programme to combat monga stalled in Nilphamari
A Tk 5 crore government programme launched to combat Monga in December last year has been stalled due to acute shortage of fund, manpower and mismanagement.
 arrow Culprits yet to be arrested
Police failed to arrest any cadre of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) even after nine days of bomb attack here on December 8 killing eight people.
 arrow Programme for quality education in 26 villages
A five-year programme has been undertaken for development of quality education of children and ensuring cent per cent birth registration in 26 villages of Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat district by
 arrow Four JMB men rounded up
Police, in the early hours of yesterday, arrested four alleged cadres of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) here.
 arrow Move to create awareness for protecting trees
A three-day fair aimed at creating awareness for reducing dependence on fuel wood concluded at Banshkhali in Chittagong on Monday.
 arrow Tractor procession
A tractor procession was held here yesterday to mark this year's Victory Day.
Rangpur Krishi Unnayan Forum, a newly floated organisation, organised the procession.

Point-Counterpointarrow The trial of Sami al Arian
Can an Arab and anti-Israel activist get a fair trial in post 9-11 America, especially when its government has the unprecedented power of the Patriot Act to pursue investigations, while much of the media
 arrow The past is still present
Tomorrow the New Pakistan would complete 34 years after the 1971 tragedy -- when united Pakistan came to an end.
 arrow The glue of the cluster
A fog of emptiness descended upon me when I received the heart-breaking news that Shahadat Bhaithe post-modern media icon Shahadat Chowdhuryis no more alive.
Culturearrow Liberation War in Bangladeshi cinema
More films should be made on the spirit of Liberation War so that the nation is not sidetracked from the golden past, said the participants at a discussion session at Bishwa Shahitya Kendra.
 arrow Victory Day celebrations

 arrow Naeem's quest of a "brave new world"
Naeem Mahiemen's is in the process of putting together a video and art project, Disappeared in America which was recently displayed in USA, Europe and Bangladesh.
 arrow Women in Tri-Continental Cinema: War, religion and social strife
As part of the eight-day film festival titled Tri-Continental Film Festival Dhaka, a seminar was held recently at Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum.
Generalarrow 'JOCVs achieve satisfactory results in development activities'
A seminar on 'Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) in Bangladesh' was held on Thursday at Economic Relations Division (ERD) in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Semifinal of V-Day debate contest today
The Semifinal of Inter-College Victory Day Debate Competition will be held today between Holy Cross College and St.
Internationalarrow Lankan president invites Tigers to talks abroad
The Sri Lankan government has formally invited the Tamil Tigers to resume peace talks, saying it was "amenable" to a key guerrilla demand to hold negotiations abroad.
 arrow Hamas extends victory in Palestinian local polls
Hamas extended local election gains from the fractured ruling Fatah party yesterday and Israel said that if the Islamic militants won Palestinian political dominance it would end any hope for peacemaking.
 arrow Iraq counts votes after massive polls turnout
More than two-thirds of Iraqi voters turned out in the country's landmark election, according to first estimates Friday, spawning hope for the war-battered nation and boosting the prospect of drawingminority
 arrow US scheming on Iran, Syria, says Mahathir
Malaysia's former prime minister accused the US Thursday of scheming to invade Iran and Syria, and said the Iranian president's recent statements against Israel are providing Washington the excuse.
 arrow UN slams Indian refusal to share quake data
India said Friday it would not share information on earthquakes below the magnitude of six on the Richter scale due to security concerns, drawing criticism from the United Nations.
 arrow Politician among 9 killed in Kashmir
Nine people including a pro-India politician have been killed in fresh violence in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq mistakenly freed terror kingpin Zarqawi
Iraqi security forces caught terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi but released him because they didn't realize who he was, the deputy interior minister said Thursday, according to CNN.
 arrow China hospital fire kills 39
A fire swept through a hospital in northeastern China on Thursday, killing at least 39 people, the government said.
 arrow Students, police clash in Nepal during strike
Nepali police fired tear gas to break up protests by rock-throwing students during a general strike in Kathmandu yesterday to protest the killing of 12 civilians by a soldier near the capital, witnesses
 arrow Blast rocks Russian nuke plant
One person was killed in an explosion near the Leningrad nuclear power plant in northwest Russia, but the blast posed no danger to the reactors, an atomic energy agency spokesman said Friday.
 arrow 11 sentenced to life in prison for Gujarat riots
An Indian court in the western state of Gujarat has sentenced 11 Hindus to life in prison for killing Muslims during bloody religious riots in 2002 in a verdict hailed by human rights lawyers.
 arrow Maldivian govt promises democratic reforms
The Maldivian government on Friday promised to accelerate democratic reforms in the Indian Ocean archipelago, where President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has governed his 300,000 people with tight controls since
 arrow North Korea agrees to implement N-accord
North Korea has pledged to implement an agreement reached in September on ending its nuclear weapons drive but made no promise to return to six-nation disarmament talks.
 arrow Toxic slick enters Russia from China
A toxic slick that threatened the water supply of several large Chinese cities along the Songhua river has reached Russian territory, Russia's emergencies minister said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Only a whiff of perfume?
It is one of those positive bits of trends that hearten us not so much because they are substantive as for the fact that they are rare and had to be achieved the hard way.
 arrow Editorial: Poaching of wildlife
Poaching of various species of wildlife birds and animals has been going on over the past several years.
 arrow The omnipotent majority and the hapless minority
The term "majority" by itself signifies power or the powerful, while "minority" denotes, for all practical purpose, a block eternally subservient to the majority.
 arrow A forgotten leader
Sheikh Abdullah, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this month, has not been given his due in India, much less in Kashmir from where he hailed.
Letters to Editorarrow Our National Budget
There is wide spread poverty all over our country.
 arrow Profiles of Al-Badr
In the month of victory and liberation we would like to revisit the memories, and the brutal and heinous facts of December 1971.
 arrow Puritanism
Your endeavour to write pieces with a leaven of humour and sarcasm is praiseworthy; but the points you seek to make therein are entirely not.
 arrow Letter to the Chief Justice
My Lord, I know that this practice of writing letter to the Chief Justice is not well in vogue in Bangladesh.
StarTecharrow It's finally here!
It seems the first official visit of Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, has sparked off a lot of activities at Microsoft Bangladesh.
 arrow First confce on next generation wireless systems next month
North South University (NSU) will be hosting the first Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) conference in Dhaka next month.
 arrow Russia's new manned spacecraft
Russian engineers have begun working on a new spacecraft that would be twice as big and spacious as the existing Soyuz crew capsules.
 arrow Workshop on prospects and problems of mobile and land phones
A workshop on 'Prospects and Problems of Mobile and Land Phones in Bangladesh' laid emphasis on the promotion of mobile and land phone services in Bangladesh to help alleviate poverty and contribute to
 arrow "gigabeat P5"

Literaturearrow "Have finished..."
After the first language movement of 1948, things never changed: waves of arrests of political workers and those who continued the struggle for freedom took place and continued on till the events of 1971.
 arrow Conversations with Suleman
As Suleman moved in his wheelchair through the lanes and alleys of Mohammedpur, he must have frightened many children with his wild, dirty, disheveled looks and foul words spewing

 arrow Victory Day in Calcutta*
After the news reached Calcutta of Dhaka's surrender there began victory celebrations. Thousands of people congregated at Theater Road (where was housed the Provisional Government of Bangladesh).
In the midst of rejoicing on our independence day, we also need to take stock of how well the nation is faring. In their very different ways, both these books provide such a look.
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