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Front Pagearrow 2 more JMB dens busted
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a huge cache of explosives from two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) dens after a fierce skirmish in Mymensingh and 4,978 bomb detonators in Natore.
 arrow Rich nations to give LDCs duty-free entry
Developed countries have agreed to provide duty-free and quota-free market access for 97 percent of exports produced by the world's poorest nations, according to a revised draft WTO text on trade liberalisation
 arrow Tough law penned to check terror finance
The cabinet today is likely to discuss a draft Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Law that provides for a Financial Crime Investigation and Prosecution Office (FCIPO) and allows the government
 arrow Bimstec nations sign FTA early next year
Bimstec commerce ministers will sign a deal on free trade area (FTA) in goods at their Dhaka meeting early next year following conclusion of December 21-27 meeting of Trade Nagotiation Committee (TNC).
 arrow Bangla Bhai's bodyguard captured
Joypurhat police yesterday arrested a bodyguard of Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai from his house at Uttar Moheshpur in Khetlal upazila.
 arrow No gains for Dhaka
Bangladesh lost out in the global trade battle as World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiators approved a hard-fought trade agreement yesterday night in Hong Kong (HK), putting some 339 products out ofthe
 arrow Drive to clean Shitalakhya starts in Jan
The government has decided to remove more than 400 illegal structures raised on the banks of the Shitalakhya river.
 arrow Explosives supply comes from Naikkhongchhari
Following repeated recoveries of huge explosives, arms and ammunition in the border areas near the hill district of Bandarban, the intelligence agencies are investigating if the explosives that stillremain
 arrow Hasina laments lack of press freedom
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said journalists are facing obstacles due to absence of freedom of speech, rule of law and human rights.
 arrow A university on paper
Even after official declaration as a full-fledged university, the Jagannath University College (JUC) is yet to make any arrangement for taking admission test in time for its first batch students while
 arrow Ctg JMB chief to face Sunny, Awal in Dhaka
Four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants arrested on December 13 were sent to Dhaka yesterday morning to produce them face-to-face with the organisation's military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny
 arrow PM's dialogue on militancy deceiving
Left-leaning 11-party has said the prime minister's national dialogue on militancy is a deceit as the government is forcing participants not to put the blame of patronising militancy on any of the ruling
 arrow Biswa Ijtema begins Jan 27
Stringent measures will be taken for foolproof security during the Biswa Ijtema, the second-largest congregation of Muslims, beginning on January 27 at Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka.
 arrow Hannan, Awal shown arrested in another blast case
Top militant leaders Mufti Abdul Hannan and Abdul Awal were shown arrested in another bomb blast case and were placed on fresh remands yesterday.
 arrow Stampede in Indian relief camp kills 45
At least 45 people, mostly women, were killed and more than 50 injured yesterday in a stampede for food coupons at a flood relief camp in the southern Indian city of Chennai, police said.
 arrow Ex-JCD leader shot over tender brawl
A former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was shot last night at the Panthapath area allegedly by his rivals in a feud over tender business.
 arrow 2 smugglers die in BDR shooting
At least two smugglers were killed and three injured as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) opened fire on them on Bashudevpur border in Hakimpur upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Bhutan king to abdicate, hold polls in 2008
Bhutan's king is to hand power to his son and stage the tiny Himalayan kingdom's first democratic elections in 2008, the state-run Kuensel newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Islamic NGO director named in Jhalakati charge sheet
Investigators submitted charge-sheet in the court yesterday accusing two people in one of the August 17 bombing cases in Jhalakati while another charge-sheet accused 13 others in Rajbari.
 arrow Sharon taken to hospital
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been taken to hospital after suffering a minor stroke, local media have reported.
Businessarrow Sugar price soaring in retail market
Although sugar price in the wholesale market declined yesterday, it continued soaring in the capital's retail market. Sugar was selling between Tk 54 and Tk 56 a kilogram in retail market.
 arrow Robust growth surprises donors: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said the country's robust economic growth has surprised the international donors and development partners.
 arrow 'Sub-standard CNG cylinders being imported'
Taking the advantage of rush of vehicle owners for CNG-conversion, a section of businesspeople is importing sub-standard CNG cylinders, said Shafiul Islam Kamal, president of Bangladesh CNG Filling Station
 arrow WTO compromise betrays poor countries
Anti-globalisation agencies condemned a compromise deal reached yesterday by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a betrayal of the poor countries who were supposed to benefit most from global reform.
 arrow Main points of HK deal
The World Trade Organisation statement approved by the global body's 149 member governments here Sunday marks a further step in the Doha Round negotiations, launched in 2001.
 arrow Composite knit plant starts operations
S Suhi Industrial Park Knit Composite Unit, an export-oriented composite knit plant, started its formal operations on Saturday.
 arrow US sees WTO pact with African cotton states
The United States said on Sunday that it would jointly announce soon a deal with African cotton producers at World Trade Organization talks.
 arrow India, Pakistan to begin work on Iran gas pipeline in '07
India and Pakistan hope to start construction of a multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline from Iran in 2007 despite objections by the United States, reports said Sunday.
 arrow EU solves budget row, but deep divisions remain
European Union leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief at the weekend after clinching a last-minute budget deal, but while a new crisis was averted, more fundamental strains remain.
 arrow Banglalink, Eastern Bank sign MoU to promote SMEs
Mobile phone operator Banglalink and Eastern Bank Ltd will work together for the betterment of SME (small and medium enterprise) sector in the country.
 arrow StanChart cardholders to get special benefits from Qatar Airways
Standard Chartered Bank and Qatar Airways have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a joint promotional campaign for the bank's credit cardholders.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mohammedan crash at Comilla and Brothers at Dhanmondi
Mohammedan Sporting Club and Brothers Union hogged the spotlight in the Premier Division Cricket League yesterday for the wrong reasons as they stumbled to defeats after two consecutive victories.
 arrow Football: An autopsy of the defeat
Are Bangladeshi footballers chokers?
This question will haunt the football fans until Bang-ladesh get another chance to meet their regional soccer rivals India in another final and beat them to win

 arrow Cricket: VVS holds India together
VVS Laxman led India's fightback with a solid half-century under pressure in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 4th Pak-Eng ODI today
Captain Inzamamul Haq Sunday admitted that Pakistan were surprised at their success against England as they bid to clinch the one-day series by handing the tourists their third straight defeat.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies in driver's seat
A crucial umpiring mistake cost South Africa dearly in the first Test against Australia as the home side took a 272-run lead with six wickets in hand at stumps on the third day.
 arrow Football: Kacharipara's maiden win
Patrick Bajira struck in the first half as Jamalpur Kacharipara Sporting Club registered their first victory in the Fifth Nitol-Tata National Football League yesterday.
 arrow Football: India botters' cash reward
The All India Football Federation on Sunday announced a cash reward of Rs 120,000 for each of the 20-member Indian team who won the South Asian Football Championship in Karachi beating Bangladesh in the
 arrow Cricket: Don't interfere in selection process
Sharad Pawar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket In India's (BCCI), told Jagmohan Dalmiya that it was "not proper" on his part to interfere in the selection committee's decision to drop Sourav
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly fans call off bandh
Following an appeal made by Sourav Ganguly to his fans, the Maidan Sports Welfare Association on Sunday withdrew its call for a state-wide bandh on December 20 to protest his ouster from the Test squad.
 arrow Football: Liverpool dream dashed
Sao Paulo were Sunday crowned world champions after beating Liverpool 1-0, ending the English club's eight game winning streak and record run of clean sheets.
 arrow Football: Barca’s record 12th
League leaders Barcelona romped to a club record 12th successive victory in all competitions with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Cadiz on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Owen sinks West Ham
Michael Owen was in devastating form as he scored a hat-trick and made the other goal in Newcastle's 4-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juve stutter at Lazio
Lazio stalled Juventus' charge towards the Serie A title by holding the league leaders to a 1-1 draw here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
A superb 93 by Pappu enabled Rupali Bank manage a three-wicket victory over Dhaka Mariners Club in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Scholastica rule Day 1
Scholastica made a flying start in the Bata 15th school handball tournament when they won both boys and girls' opening day's matches at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho tipped for another accolade
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho is the overwhelming favourite to lift the World Footballer of the Year award on Monday for a second successive season.
 arrow Badmintorn: Victory Day badminton
An all Biman final was set up in the doubles event of the Fahami Group Victory Day open badminton tournament yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Squash league from Tuesday
The first ever Dhaka squash league will begin Tuesday with GMG Airlines facing Sac-Nas Group in the inaugural match at the Gulshan Club.
Metropolitanarrow Army to be modernised despite resource constraints: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said despite resource constraints her government will continue its efforts to modernise the army by enhancing the efficiency and professional excellence of the soldiers.
 arrow 'More govt initiative needed to promote tourism'
More government initiative and support are essential for the expansion and development of tourism sector in the country, said the speakers at a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow Militancy hits Islam, Bangalee culture
Militancy in the name of Islam has hit 1400-year old Islamic tradition and 700-year old Bangalee culture of peaceful co-existence of different religious groups, said Jatiya Oikya Mancha (JOM) President
 arrow Five get bail under non-bailable section !
A Dhaka court granted bail to five accused in connection with their involvement in currency faking on December 13 although the case was filed under non-bailable section.
 arrow Tk 2,400m Danish grant for human rights, good governance
Bangladesh will receive 220 million Danish Kroner (about Tk 2,404.31 million) as grant from Denmark for Human Rights and Good Governance (HRGG) Programme Phase-II under an agreement signed in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Modernisation of land customs station along border stressed
Indian State Minister for External Affairs E Ahamed yesterday stressed the need for modernisation of the land customs stations along the Bangladesh-India border and strengthening the trans-border transport
 arrow Lawyers to form human chains on Dec 22
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, will form human chains on all the bar premises across the country on December 22 to express hatred towards the bombers and
 arrow 'Debate to be incorporated into National Edn Week'
The issue of debate will be incorporated into the National Education Week for building up enlightened citizens, said State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon while speaking at the closingsession
 arrow Gazipur court proceedings resume
The proceedings of Gazipur court resumed yesterday after 20 days.
 arrow Ratify UN convention to protect rights
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families adopted at the UN General
 arrow 3 killed in city road accidents
Three people including two women were killed in three separate road accidents yesterday in the city.
 arrow Ru admission test question paper leaked
Admission test question paper for Department of History of Rajshahi University (RU) was leaked out in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Indian navy chief visits naval HQ
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash called on Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral M Hassan Ali Khan at the Naval Headquarters at Banani here yesterday.
 arrow Juba Dal leader killed in bomb attack in Meherpur
A leader of Juba Dal, youth wing of BNP, was killed in a bomb attack by terrorists in Gangni upazila in Meherpur last night.
Nationalarrow Militants still use 14 mosques and 8 madrasas in Jhenidah
Magura: Islamist militants still continue their activities from 14 mosques, eight madrasas and five dormitories in Shailakupa, Kaliganj, Harinakundu and Sadar upazilas in Jhenidah district, accordingto
 arrow BDR, BSF intensify border patrol
BDR patrol has been intensified and security tightened along borders in Nilphamari and Brahmanbaria districts to prevent cross-border movement of criminals and smuggling in of explosives allegedly from
 arrow Orange growers growing without much support
The government initiative to encourage farmers in Moulvibazar for commercial cultivation of orange has brought some positive changes but as lot more has to be done to realise the full potential.
 arrow Self-help makes self-made
'Ekzada', a word in Chakma language, means unity. And they now enjoy the fruit of the popular proverb 'unity is strength'.
 arrow Painful memories back again
December 20 is back again with painful memories for the people of Moulvibazar and Sylhet.
 arrow JMB threatens to kill DC, SP of Bagerhat
JMB has threatened to kill the Deputy commissioner and the Police Superintendent of Bagerhat and blow up the Shilpokala Academy building there.
 arrow Rangpur police file GD
Police lodged a general diary with Kotwali police station in connection with Saturday's recovery of a huge quantity of ammunition, home made grenades, time bombs, explosive substances and bomb makingmaterials.
 arrow Put JMB men on 'crossfire'
President of Bagerhat district unit of BNP MAH Selim MP has demanded killing of JMB leaders and cadre in 'crossfire'.
Culturearrow A call for harmony
The Bangalees have always spoken out against injustice and for peace. Music has been a strong force in propelling them to hold their own, despite the dark clouds on the horizon.
 arrow Aadil's attractive feat in oils
Gold-medal winner Aadil Hoque , to be 16 soon , held his second superb solo at the Bengal Gallery on December 18. This was called Devotion.
 arrow Ora Egaro Jon revived
To celebrate the 34th Anniversary of our Liberation War, Laser Vision has made a commendable effort by releasing the VCD and DVD versions of Ora Egaro Jon.
 arrow Azmi to star in Nargis' Megher Koley Roud
Renowned film actress, Shabana Azmi was recently in Dhaka to participate in Brac's annual meeting, says a press release.
 arrow Ongoing theatre festival in Chittagong
As part of the ongoing 13-day theatre festival by Group Theatre Forum in Chittagong, Shomikoron Theatre will stage Two Idiots at 7 pm today at the Shilpakala Academy Auditorium, Chittagong.
Internationalarrow US, Europe plan tougher action against Iran
Faced with an increasingly hard line from Iran, the United States and Europe have stepped up planning for tougher diplomatic action should Tehran follow through on threats to resume critical nuclear activities,
 arrow String of attacks kill 19 people in Iraq
Gunmen killed two relatives of a senior Kurdish official and 17 others died in a string of attacks overnight and yesterday, piercing three days of relative calm that followed the country's first election
 arrow Lankan peace hopes dim amid fresh row
Hopes for a revival of Sri Lanka's peace process dimmed after Tamil Tiger rebels rejected a government offer to hold ice-breaking talks at an Asian venue hosted by Japan, diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow Bush defends secret spying in the US
Facing angry criticism and challenges to his authority in Congress, President Bush on Saturday unapologetically defended his administration's right to conduct secret post-Sept.
 arrow Israel renews calls for polls bar on Hamas
Israel yesterday renewed its campaign for Hamas to be barred from running in next month's Palestinian parliamentary polls after the radical Islamist group's strong showing in last week's local elections.
 arrow Deputy deals a serious blow to Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was dealt a blow by his normally loyal deputy yesterday over his flagship education plans, which could fuel the dissent in his governing Labour Party.
 arrow Pakistani dam proposal meets fierce opposition
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is trying to rally support for the construction of a controversial dam he says is vital for long-term prosperity but even some of his staunchest allies are vehemently
Editorialarrow Editorial: The high migration cost damper
One major, yet perhaps the least addressed, among causes for manpower export from Bangladesh dwindling of late is the rising cost of migration.
 arrow Editorial: How dare!
How can a government servant not show respect for the national anthem? If that government servant happens to be a police officer who is responsible for the implementation of the law of the land, thenthe
 arrow The timeless victories
On 16 December of 1971 the world watched in total bewilderment the surrender of 96,000 strong occupation force of Pakistan, armed to its teeth, to Bangladesh-India joint command at the Race Course ofDhaka.
 arrow Tripartite solution
Here follows a solution to the most compelling and complex challenge facing contemporary India.
 arrow Let's talk, let's unite
While I agree, mostly, with Asif Saleh's recent post-editorial on the key responsibility of the ruling BNP for the rise of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, and I support the demands laid forward by Saleh
 arrow Bangladeshi Biharis?
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Letters to Editorarrow Political degeneration
Two recent news items have something in common: on ex mayor Hanif of AL, and Abu Hena, ruling party MP from Rajshahi.
 arrow Bangla songs...
To dispel monotony and anxiety man needs recreation. A life without recreation is very poor and dull. Music is a part and parcel of recreation. Music is a remarkable aspect of Bangla Culture.
 arrow Anti Corruption Commission
We welcome the sunset of Anti Corruption Bureau and the sunrise of Anti Corruption Commission.
 arrow Conservation of biodiversity
We are living at a critical time and conservation of biological resources on earth should be a top priority job for mankind.
 arrow Weekly holiday and man hour wastage
Much has been said in favour of making one and a half day weekly holiday on Saturday-Sunday instead of present two days weekly holiday on Friday-Saturday.
 arrow 'Bandhak'
When I saw the poster of the film, 'Bandhak' (Mortgage), I smiled for a moment. What a technique! The Censor Board did not allow the film's name as 'Bou Bandhak' (wife in mortgage).
 arrow Good offer, but...
A telecom company recently gave an attractive offer for the users of free talk time from 12.00 at night until morning. But teenagers, HSC candidates and university students are misusing this offer.
 arrow Chuadanga-Kushtia road
The Chuadanga-Kushtia via Alamda road is in bad shape. Big holes have developed here and there on the road and that make plying of vehicles risky. Accidents are taking place regularly on this road.
 arrow Woes of apprentice lawyers
Against the backdrop of recent serial bomb blasts, security has been tightened all over the country, especially in court buildings. It is a laudable step.
 arrow Ikram Sehgal's article
I am an Indian Bengali and read The Daily Star regularly on the Internet. It is a delightful experience for me to read a newspaper from our neighbouring democratic country.
 arrow National dialogue
At last, the PM (head of government) realises that her government alone is incapable of handling the present JMB crisis.
 arrow The Dome of the Rock
The letter written by Taher J. from Sharjah, UAE titled 'Real photo of Masjid Al-Aqsa' appeared in your daily recently.
 arrow Radiation from radio transmitter
For many years people have been told radiation from a powerful transmitter mast for instance a Radio station is harmful and injurious to health.
Star Cityarrow Anti-tobacco law remains largely ineffective
The anti-tobacco law that was introduced in March this year has been rendered ineffective due to flouting of the law and people's ignorance about the legal provisions.
 arrow Tourism Fair ends with high hopes for future
The Bangladesh Tourism Fair 2005, organised to promote tourism in the country, ended yesterday with good response from visitors and tourism firms.
 arrow 'Born in Brothels' yet shun all fears
"We say that slavery has vanished from civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
 arrow Construction finally begins in January
The construction work of Ekushey Bhaban under its new name Bangla Academy Bhaban will, after eight years of its conception, commence in January 2006 on a 12-storey structure instead of the proposed 21-storey
 arrow Winter vegetables still costly
Despite being the peak season the price of winter vegetables in the city kitchen markets are out of the purchasing capacity much to the frustration of the common people.
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