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Front Pagearrow Another JMB cache found at Rangpur
Law enforcers yesterday recovered yet another large cache of explosives and bomb-making materials and equipment from an abandoned sack on Lalbagh College Road in the northwestern town of Rangpur.
 arrow Pro-poor WTO package to lose 15pc benefits
Up to 15 percent of the benefits of a WTO package of measures to help the world's poorest countries could be lost if textiles imports from Bangladesh and Cambodia are excluded from a final deal, the United
 arrow HuJi helped JMB carry out Aug 17 blasts
Outlawed Hurkatul Jihad (HuJi) had helped another banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carry out the August 17 bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow Bangladesh choke
India dethroned Bangladesh to regain the SAFF football title after six years with a 2-0 win in the final of the Fourth SAFF Championship at the People's Sports Complex Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Ershad in sticky stew over polls alliance
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad appears to be in a quandary as the ruling coalition is reportedly pressing him for an electoral alliance with it while most of his party colleagues remain opposedto
 arrow Manpower export low as ME demand drops
High cost of migration coupled with failure to explore new markets and the country's foreign missions' apathy towards emigrant workers are thwarting the promotion of manpower export and bringing reduction
 arrow Height limits ignored by high-rise builders
Strict height limits throughout the city, particularly in Dhanmondi and Lalmatia, are silently being undermined by builders, causing frustration to residents and confusion among Rajuk officials.
 arrow Proper leadership by politicians needed to root out militancy
Speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday stressed the need for able political leadership to organise the people to root out communal militant forces who have endangered national security, and challenged
 arrow BNP holds Victory Day procession
The ruling BNP yesterday brought out a huge colourful procession in the capital in observance of the 35th Victory Day with the party Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan calling for a national unity
 arrow Global experts gather in Ctg to help save elephants
Wildlife experts and officials from home and abroad meet at an international conference beginning in the port city tomorrow aimed at building necessary ecosystem management and institutional capacityto
 arrow Govt urged not to lease it to water bottling company
Three organisations yesterday urged the government to save the Dhanmondi Lake from commercial invasion alleging that the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to lease the lake to a water bottlingcompany.
 arrow Bimstec Fms fly in today
The foreign ministers of the seven-member Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) arrive in Dhaka today to attend the eighth ministerial meeting tomorrow.
 arrow Babar denies rumour of JMB chief's capture
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday rejected the "rumour" about Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman's capture or his being under government watch.
 arrow First successful artificial ear implantation
A group of doctors affiliated to the Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC) have successfully implanted an artificial cochlea in a 21-year-old woman's ear for the first time in the country.
 arrow Legal notice on govt to stop filling of flood flow zones
The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) on December 14 served a legal notice on the government demanding action against real estate developers and individuals, who are flouting the Dhaka
 arrow LDCs form G14+1 group to protect their textiles
Commerce ministers from a group of least developed countries (LDCs) plus Sri Lanka yesterday agreed in principle to form a G14+1 group to protect and promote the LDCs' interest in textile exports in the
Businessarrow NBR hints at raising VAT rate
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman yesterday hinted at raising value-added tax (VAT) rate soon.
"I will not be surprised if the government raises the VAT level to 17.

 arrow BB makes banks’ lending risk analysis mandatory
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has made lending risk analysis mandatory for all lending equivalent to Tk 1 crore and above for both fresh and renewal cases.
 arrow A look at novel banking products
Commercial banks can help meet their customers' financial and investment goals by offering a comprehensive range of innovative banking products and services.
 arrow Time running out as WTO bickers over subsidies, aid
Ministers made a last-ditch effort to rescue a global trade pact yesterday, working around the clock to break deadlocks on ending farm export subsidies and boosting the exports of impoverished nations.
 arrow Draft deal calls for ending export subsidies for cotton
A draft of a WTO agreement called Saturday for rich countries to end export subsidies for cotton by 2006, a key US concession to demands by African and other developing countries who say the government
 arrow Businesses urge negotiators to put aside differences
Business leaders joined Saturday in urging the European Union and other governments to push ahead with trade reforms and salvage World Trade Organization talks that appeared on the verge of failure.
 arrow Biman asks travel agents not to use Amadeus system for ticket booking
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has told travel agents that it will not accept ticket booking through Amadeus system following a court order suspending operation of the Global Travel Distribution (Bangla) Ltd
 arrow Announcement likely today
Warid Telecom International of Dhabi Group is likely to be announced today as the country's sixth cellphone operator, official sources said.
 arrow Draft statement falls short of EU expectations
A draft statement on trade liberalization being considered by WTO ministers meeting here falls short of European Union expectations, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Saturday.
 arrow European farmers slam draft accord on agricultural trade
European farmers on Saturday slammed a draft agreement for liberalizing global agricultural trade, saying it is unfairly biased against the EU.
 arrow Police use tear gas, fire hoses against anti-WTO protesters
Hong Kong police on Saturday used tear gas, fire hoses and pepper spray to hold back hundreds of demonstrators, in the most violent protests since global trade talks began five days ago in the city.
 arrow China bids to revive Iran energy deal
A Chinese delegation is in Tehran to revive negotiations on a major oil and gas exports deal worth more than 100 billion dollars, state television said Saturday.
 arrow Opec raises oil demand forecast for 2006
The Opec oil cartel raised its forecast for growth in oil demand next year based on predictions of stronger-than-expected expansion of the world economy.
 arrow EU clinches budget deal, moves towards reconciliation
EU leaders clinched a budget deal early yesterday after long hours of intense diplomacy, ensuring a flow of vital funds to poorer new members from the east and averting a new crisis that could have paralysed
 arrow US current account deficit narrows slightly
The US current account deficit dipped slightly in the third quarter on a jump in payments from foreign insurance companies, data showed Friday, but economists said the gap remains a threat to the dollar
Sportsarrow Football: The City of Football!
A big hoarding that reads the slogan 'Welcome to the Football City' will attract you as you move along the road that leads to the People's Sports Complex Stadium from the heart of Karachi.
 arrow Football: It was one of those rare off-days: Cruciani
There was pin-drop silence in the Bangladesh dressing room after they lost the Fourth SAFF Championship final 2-0 to India on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India without Dravid
India captain Rahul Dravid has been ruled out of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Sunday due to a stomach ailment.
 arrow Cricket: Indian parliament will debate Ganguly axing
Sourav Ganguly's omission from the Indian team for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka took a political twist Saturday with parliament preparing to discus his sacking next week.
 arrow Cricket: Even going after Day 2
The see-sawing first Test between Australia and South Africa hung in the balance Saturday despite a cameo performance from brilliant leg-spinner Shane Warne, who claimed yet another world record.
 arrow Football: NFL's Dhaka-leg begins today
The Dhaka-leg of the Fifth Nitol-Tata National Football League begins to-day with no-hopers Jamalpur Kachari-para Sporting Club taking on Khulna Town Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket resumes today
Defending champions Old DOHS meet lowly Orient Sporting Club at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium as the Premier Division Cricket League resumes today after a two-day break at six different venues across the
 arrow Football: Wenger didn't want it
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would have preferred to face Real Madrid later in the Champions League but is confident his side can reach the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Frank-ly speaking
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard insisted on Friday that revenge will not be on his mind when his Spanish champions face Chelsea in a rematch of last season's stormy Champions League showdown.
 arrow Football: England, Italy choose WC bases
SvenGoran Eriksson's England team have made the southwest German city of Baden-Baden their base for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Germans told to put aside their pens
Germany's football stars have been told to forget any idea of writing football columns for newspapers or internet sites ahead of and during their hosting of the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Gerrard believes they can win Club C'ship
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the current Liverpool team is the strongest he has played in and is brimming with confidence ahead of the World Club Championship final against Sao Paulo on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MU stay in the hunt
Wayne Rooney breathed life back into the Premiership title race after inspiring Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa here Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: V-Day hockey
Sonali Bank registered their second consecutive win in the Victory Day hockey competition when they handed a 5-1 defeat on Police AC at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: School h'ball starts today
The 15th school handball tournament (girls and boys) begins at two venues in the city today.
A total of 26 schools, 12 for boys and 14 for girls, will take part in the tournament.

 arrow Cricket: We can win WC, says Vaughan
Michael Vaughan says England are still in a position to win the next World Cup in the West Indies in 15 months' time, despite the recent defeats in Pakistan.
"It's a difficult tour of Pakistan.

 arrow Football: Eriksson calls for peace by football
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and his partner Nancy Dell'Olio on Friday called for the world to mark International Peace Day by replacing conflict with soccer matches.
 arrow Boxing: German peace prize for Ali
US boxing legend Muhammed Ali arrived in Berlin on Friday to receive a major German peace prize for his efforts to promote civil rights and the work of the United Nations.
 arrow Football: WC hotel prices irk English fans
England football fans have criticised the huge hike in hotel prices which they claim will occur during the World Cup finals next summer.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Mohammad Younis recorded a hattrick as Jatrabari Krira Chakra scored a massive 75-run victory over Dhanmondi Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Frame national policy to protect rights'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to formulate a concrete national policy on migrant child workers who often face problems of wage rate, health safety and minimum standard in workplaces.
 arrow Hasina accuses govt again of harbouring militants
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has again accused the government of patronising militants, saying the BNP-Jamaat alliance is launching terrorist attacks to divert people's attention.
 arrow Tarique talks party position with grassroots leaders
With a view to reviewing the party's position at the grassroots level, the ruling BNP yesterday started meeting its leaders from union and municipality levels.
 arrow DU Alumni Assoc accords reception to Matiur Rahman
Dhaka University Alumni Association yesterday accorded a reception to Matiur Rahman, editor of the daily Prothom Alo and life member of the alumni association, for winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2005.
 arrow 'Air pollution level to rise in city this winter’
The concentrated air contaminants will create havoc in the city in winter due to unabated movement of the diesel-run automobiles.
 arrow SCBA demands compensation within 10 days
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has given Tk 10,000 to each lawyer injured in the bomb attacks in Gazipur for their treatment.
 arrow Indo-Bangla border survey starts Dec 22
India and Bangladesh will conduct a joint survey of the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal's Malda district from December 22, a senior BSF officer said yesterday.
 arrow Bangla advocacy toolkits on HIV/Aids
The Unesco will distribute Bangla advocacy toolkits on HIV/Aids among the education officers throughout the country.
 arrow Remote control in Pm’s hand : Inu
JSD (Inu) President Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday said the remote control behind militancy and bombing is in the hand of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Unesco Club Journalism Award from next year
The National Association of Unesco Clubs in Bangladesh is going to introduce 'Unesco Club Journalism Award-2006' from next year, says a press release.
 arrow Experts visit NUST site
A team of experts from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Dhaka University and BFIDC recently visited the site of Noakhali University of Science and Technology (NUST) which is
 arrow Greater Dhaka Journos' Forum formed
A seven-member convening committee of the Greater Dhaka Journalists Forum was formed at a meeting at the National Press Club in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Transport strike in Ctg called off
The Road Transport Workers Federation (RTWF) called off the 48-hour transport strike yesterday afternoon following compromise at a five-hour meeting with the district administration.
 arrow 2 killed in Munshiganj road mishap
Two people were killed in a road accident at the Srinagar-Chhanbari intersection on the Dhaka-Mawa road yesterday.
 arrow Rehana in city
Sheikh Rehana, younger sister of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, arrived in the city yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Md Abdus Salam, a cable TV line mechanic, has been suffering from heart diseases and one of his heart valves needs to be replaced immediately, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 5 JMB suspects held in three districts
Five alleged activists of Jama'adul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested yesterday, two in Netreakona and one each in Satkhira and Kishoregankj.
 arrow JMB threat to blow up court, temple, shrine in B'baria
Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) has threatened to blow up the judge court, a school, a shrine of a Muslim saint and two temples of Hindu community in the district within seven days.
 arrow Razakars and fake FFs on victory memorial plaque
This year's Victory Day was observed here in a lacklustre atmosphere as most of the freedom fighters abstained from taking part in programmes protesting inclusion of names of two Razakars (collaborators
 arrow 15 Sylhet JCD men chargesheeted
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet against 15 leaders and activists of Shahjalal University (SUST) unit ofJCD for killing Rafiqul Islam Patwary (Liton), a final year student and assistant general
 arrow Deserter gets death threat from JMB
A young member of the suicide squad of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on Tuesday told police that he received death threat from the outfit's high command for disobeying an order to attack
Point-Counterpointarrow SOS from Bangladeshi workers in the Gulf
PROPHET Muhammad (SA) said: "When you see a wrong being done, stop it with your hand; speak out against it if you cannot stop it; hate it in your heart if you cannot speak out; but hating the wrong in
 arrow Plight of the pilgrims
IT may not be an exaggeration if certain matters of governance of Bangladesh are compared to that of Somalia.
 arrow The last Zambian textile factories?
EDWARD Naik stands outside his textile store in the heart of Lusaka, worrying about how long he can keep his business open.
Culturearrow Celebration of creativity
Tuesday evening, citizens of Dhaka were returning home after a long busy day. Rush hour traffic was seen blocking the major intersection of the city.
 arrow Of realism and romance
The images captured by the six photojournalists at Zainul Gallery -1, recently, were admirable.
 arrow Theatre festival in Chittagong
As part of the ongoing 13-day theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum in Chittagong, theatre troupe Kalpurush will stage Mrinaler Chithi at the Shilpakala Academy Auditorium today.
 arrow Fokhrul's latest foreign endeavour
Md Fokhrul Islam's 10- day solo exhibition at Lahore, Islamabad, finished recently. His last solo was held at Italy, this year.
 arrow BSA cultural team wings its way to Nepal
A 12-member cultural delegation has left Dhaka to participate in a five-day cultural programme in Nepal.
 arrow Tara TV launches a music video on Victory Day
Many writers and poets have waxed eloquent on Bijoy Dibosh and the Mukti Juddhas (Freedom Fighters). Hassan Hafiz is one such poet.
Internationalarrow US House again rejects quick Iraq withdrawal
Republicans pushed a resolution through the House of Represent-atives on Friday rejecting a timetable to pull US troops from Iraq, the second time in recent weeks they have forced a vote on the issue.
 arrow Tigers reject Asian venue for talks
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday rejected a Sri Lankan offer to hold peace talks at an Asian venue and insisted that any negotiations must be in the capital of the peacebroker Norway.
 arrow US okays bill to tighten immigration laws
The House acted Friday to stem the tide of illegal immigration by taking steps to tighten border controls and stop unlawful immigrants from getting jobs.
 arrow Afghans riot after cops detain 6 mullahs
Hundreds of villagers clashed with police near Afghanistan's capital to demand the release of six men they said were ordinary mullahs but whom police suspected were Taliban fighters, authorities saidyesterday.
 arrow Iran may face sanction for riling Israel
Iran could face sanctions if it keeps provoking Israel and the West, European leaders warned Saturday, even as the Tehran regime's interior minister said the Iranian president's remarks had been "misunderstood.
 arrow India okays fourth bus link with Pakistan
India's cabinet has authorised the signing of an agreement with Pakistan to launch a fourth bus service between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow Syria behind Hariri killing, says Mehlis
The head of the UN probe into the slaying of Lebanon's ex-premier Rafiq Hariri for the first time unequivocally accused Syria of being behind the assassination, in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Nuclear waste found in ruined Chechen factory
Investigators have found nuclear contamination tens of thousands of times above safe levels on the premises of a ruined factory in Russia's Chechnya, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US to sell howitzers to Pakistan
The Bush administration said on Friday it tentatively planned to let Pakistan buy 115 155mm self-propelled howitzer artillery pieces as well as related gear and services valued at up to $56 million.
Editorialarrow Editorial: WTO talks in trouble
From the perspective of Bangladesh and other Least Developed Countries (LDCs) the key issues going into the latest round of WTO talks in Hong Kong had to do with the lowering of agricultural subsidies
 arrow Editorial: Kolkata IT fair
Bangladesh pavilion at the IT fair in Kolkata was a point of attraction, as our products were highly appreciated by software experts.
 arrow Tackling the terror threat
To begin with let us try to understand the pos and cons of terrorism. The kind of terrorism we are faced with is now a global phenomenon.
 arrow In praise of the caliphate
Cynics have always maintained that President Bush's strategy since September 11, 2001 has been to scare the American public into supporting his agenda.
Letters to Editorarrow U.S. Democrats
Many of the comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam used by democrats are illogical. Our brave soldiers are volunteers, and not largely draftees as in the Vietnam War.
 arrow Terrorist attacks
In the series of bomb attacks throughout the country another incident, which claimed the lives of two judges, has thrown the lives of the citizens into insecurity and uncertainty.
Star Healtharrow Bringing back hope & dignity
Normal hearing is an essential requirement for the development of speech and personality in children. It is also important for an individual to perform his/her activities at an optimum level.
 arrow Promoting nursing education is now a demand of time
Nurses are front liners in providing long term care, home care, primary and preventive care, health promotion and public health.
 arrow MedExpo ended with hope and challenge
The third International Medical Exposition (MedExpo) 2005 was held in the capital in December 9-11 with a call for improving the quality of healthcare services in our country.
 arrow Nasal surgery may ease migraines for some
It seems that for some migraine sufferers, their headaches are caused -- or at least worsened -- when opposite surfaces within sinuses or nasal cavities touch.
 arrow Situation of TB in Bangladesh
  • One third of the world population is infected with TB.
  • More than 10 million people develop TB each year.
  • 3 million people die of TB each year.
 arrow Facts about mumps
Mumps usually affects children and teenagers.
Star Cityarrow Park turned wholesale market
The once children's park in Karwan Bazar under the purview of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has now turned to a 'legal' wholesale market.
 arrow Open garbage containers on streets pollute environment
If one enters the road 15/A, Dhanmondi, he or she would be struck by an abominable odour that comes from the roadside garbage container.
 arrow Seeing is Believing

 arrow High demand for digital security system
The business of digital security system is experiencing a sales boost amid frequent bomb attacks across the country.
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