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Bimstec FMs aim to boost economy, fight terrorism
The 8th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to create a suitable environment for rapid
Niko pushes Bapex to okay its illegal pipeline
Negotiating gas price on its own with Lafarge
Canadian company Niko is pushing its Bangladeshi partner Bapex to approve its 19-kilometre flawed and illegal pipeline from Tengratila to Sunamganj and a $10 million development programme for the Tengratila
No amnesty to militants
Declares PM; vows to stop terrorism at any cost
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday rejected the possibility of declaring general amnesty for the militants and reiterated that her government will stop the bomb terrorism at any cost.
ADB sees Dhaka as S Asian transport hub
Suggests developing transport infrastructure, allowing transit
Bangladesh has the great potential for growth and development and can become the transport hub of the South Asia and South East Asian region through developing a well-planned transport infrastructure,
PM for equitable growth in Bimstec region
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the Bimstec nations to identify impediments to progress and recommend measures for overcoming these to ensure equitable growth in the region focusing on thesocio-economic
Families of slain journos question govt sincerity
The government, which is taking initiatives to control the press, will not bring the killers of journalists to justice, alleged the victims' families yesterday.
Blowout Compensation
Niko terms govt claim unrealistic
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd yesterday termed the government's demand of Tk 250 crore bank guarantee and 8.9 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas as compensation for the Tengratila blowouts as unrealistic.
Eminent citizens lament lax anti-terror efforts
Thirty-six eminent citizens of the country in a joint statement yesterday pointed out lax anti-terrorism efforts by the government and demanded all-out measures to stop the menace.
Shibir man admits to be JMB bomber
16 captured; families of Barisal charge-sheeted accused demand judicial probe
Rajshahi police yesterday arrested a bomb manufacturer of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), who claimed to be working actively for Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) simultaneously.
Dhaka's textiles to lose duty-free access
Says Altaf on return from WTO meet
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury made it clear yesterday that the textiles sector, which earns 76 percent foreign exchange for the country, is going to lose the privilege of duty-free and quota-free
Bakshibazar Complex
Ahmadiyyas concerned at bigots' seizure plan on December 23
Leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to take prior security measures and stop in advance the zealots who are preparing for laying siege to Ahmadiyya base at
Govt announces fresh bounty on JMB top brass
As part of an intensified bid to capture the top brass of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the government yesterday announced fresh bounty on them.
Security upped on Xmas day, New Year's Eve
The government yesterday assured the Christian community of adequate security at Christmas and on December 31, asking them not to worry about militant attack and celebrate the occasions with due religious
Waiting to be sold..

OC sued for 'murder attempt'
A Jubo League (JL) leader yesterday filed a case of attempted murder against the officer-in-charge (OC) of Khilgaon police station and his policemen.
Cabinet asks for scrutiny of terror finance law
The cabinet at a meeting yesterday agreed in principle to enact the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Law 2005 and asked the finance ministry to submit the draft law again after further
1 killed, 4 hurt in wedding party firing
A contractor was killed and four people were bullet-hit as unidentified assailants opened fire on them at a wedding reception at Shajahanpur Railway Officers Club in Motijheel last night.
Explosives recovered in Sylhet
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered some explosives and detonators from a bordering area in Companyganj upazila yesterday morning.
However, the person carrying those explosive materials managed toescape.

Putting out fire

Netrakona Blasts
SCBA team visits victims' families
A team of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday visited the family members of the Netrakona bomb blast victims, including Yadav Das, and injured people.
Women held on non-bailable charge get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to two women on a non-bailable charge filed under the Narcotics Control Act (NCA), triggering a mixed reaction among the lawyers on the court premises.
Bangla-Nepal body formed to explore economy
Bangladesh and Nepal agreed to form a joint consultative committee to explore ways to develop their economy.
Indians kill 1
Indians shot a Bangladeshi lumberjack dead near the India-Bangladesh border at Uthma in Companyganj of Sylhet Sunday afternoon.

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