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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow Niko pushes Bapex to okay its illegal pipeline
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
 arrow No amnesty to militants
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.
 arrow ADB sees Dhaka as S Asian transport hub
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,
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Shibir man admits to be JMB bomber
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.
 arrow Dhaka's textiles to lose duty-free access
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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Waiting to be sold..

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow Putting out fire

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Bangla-Nepal body formed to explore economy
Bangladesh and Nepal agreed to form a joint consultative committee to explore ways to develop their economy.
 arrow Indians kill 1
Indians shot a Bangladeshi lumberjack dead near the India-Bangladesh border at Uthma in Companyganj of Sylhet Sunday afternoon.
Businessarrow BB asks customs, banks to stop malpractice in import
In a bid to stop malpractice in import procedure through land ports, Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed the banks and customs houses to set up direct communications between themselves through telephone,
 arrow Lacklustre response at Dhaka int'l trade fair
Nine days into its inauguration, Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) witnessed a low turnout of visitors yesterday with organisers expecting considerable crowd ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha next month.
 arrow Emerging Asia tipped to grow 7.2pc in 2006: ADB
East Asia, excluding Japan, will grow 7.2 percent next year, up from 7.1 percent in 2005 on the back of a rise in demand for electronics products, the Asian Development Bank said Monday in Manila.
 arrow Summary of gains and concessions
What key parties gained and gave up in the latest WTO trade agreement.
 arrow UCBL no more a 'problem bank'
United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) has at last got rid of the problem bank status.
 arrow WTO talks a boost to Hong Kong brand
Politicians hailed it as a success, a boost to Hong Kong's worldwide image, while citizens, businesses and the police will breathe a sigh of relief that it has finally ended.
 arrow WTO bell tolls for farmers
The angry South Korean farmers who protested against the WTO meeting may have had some immediate success, but analysts say their way of life cannot be safeguarded in the long term.
 arrow NBR clarification
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has contradicted a news item headlined 'NBR hints at raising VAT rate' printed on this page Sunday.
 arrow Office bearers of crop protection association
Ruman Hafiz of Shetu Corporation Limited and Musfiqur Rahman of Haychem (Bangladesh) have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Crop Protection Association, says a press release.
 arrow Gemini Sea Food declares 25pc dividend
Gemini Sea Food Ltd has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Eastern Housing okays 10pc dividend
Eastern Housing Limited has declared a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year ending in July, 2005.
 arrow New MD of IPDC Bangladesh
Shah A Sarwar has been appointed managing director and chief executive officer of Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC) of Bangladesh Ltd with effect from December 18.
 arrow Oil steady at $58
Oil prices steadied Monday after sharp losses late last week as forecasts for warmer weather in the United States and high crude stockpiles in the world's highest energy consumer piled pressure on the
 arrow WTO makes modest move on road to trade accord
The ministerial conference in Hong Kong enabled the WTO to make a modest advance toward freer global trade but steered clear of the pesky details that could cause fresh headaches for negotiators in the
 arrow India floats global tender for mustard seed export
India, a net edible oils importer, has floated a global tender for export of mustard seed procured from farmers.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts look for an A team
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed yesterday said that they would consider only a small number of current national team players when they select a second string Bangladesh side for the upcoming Afro-Asian A-team
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan clinch series
Inzamamul Haq hit a defiant unbeaten half-century and Shahid Afridi took three wickets as Pakistan outlasted England by 13 runs on Monday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Hodge double drives Aus
Australia set South Africa a near-impossible target of 491 to win in the first Test at the WACA ground here Monday after declaring their second innings closed just before tea on the fourth day.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan puts India atop
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh grabbed four quick wickets in a mesmerising spell to put Sri Lanka in deep trouble in the third and final Test against India here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Emphatic win for Feni side
Feni Soccer Club enjoyed a goal-fest to register their first victory in the second round of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League when they trounced Rangamati Mohammedan Sporting Club 5-0 at the
 arrow Football: Footballers due today
The Bangladesh national football team is expected to return home tonight after the final disappointment in the Fourth SAFF Championship in Karachi on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Prosanta struck 62 as Cricket Coaching School (CCS) managed a three-wicket victory over Surjo Tarun Club in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Badmintorn: Biman sweep Victory Day badminton
Biman grabbed all the trophies of the Fahami Group Victory Day open badminton tournament that ended at the woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs in Sri Lanka
Pakistan have agreed to play two Tests and five one-day games on their tour to Sri Lanka in April and May next year, officials said Monday.
 arrow Hockey: V-Day hockey
Bangladesh Army and Sonali Bank won their respective matches in the Victory Day hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: V-Day kabaddi
Bangladesh Rifles B beat Azad Sporting Club 26-14 in the Victory Day kabaddi competition at the Outer Stadium court yesterday.
The winners trailed 3-5 in the first half.

 arrow Cricket: Shabbir banned for a year
Pakistan fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed has been banned from bowling for one year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Monday.
 arrow Football: Jose-Arsene feud on
Jose Mourinho reignited his feud with Arsene Wenger on Sunday by claiming Arsenal's players had deliberately attempted to get Chelsea's Michael Essien sent off at Highbury.
 arrow Football: Real held at home
Ten-man Osasuna spoiled Juan Ramon Lopez Caro's first home game in charge of Real Madrid, as they held Real to a 1-1 draw in the Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milans put four apiece
Inter Milan and AC Milan revived their Serie A title hopes with emphatic 4-0 victories on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik cleared of suspect action
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been cleared of a suspect bowling action reported against him last month, a senior cricket official said Monday.
 arrow Fazle Sobhan Nat'l Pairs Bridge Dec 23
The Fazle Sobhan National Pairs Bridge Championship will commence at the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in Gulshan on December 23.
 arrow Hockey: Kookaburras clinch Champs Trophy titleh
Power-packed Australia won the men's Champions Trophy field hockey title with a 3-1 romp over the Netherlands in a rain-drenched final here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Deco going nowhere
Portugal midfielder Deco on Monday rejected suggestions in the Spanish press he was set to leave Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Brazil base in a castle
Holders Brazil have booked a converted castle as a base for their World Cup second round match.
 arrow Football: Brazil, Ghana take FIFA awards
Brazil won the top team title and Ghana the award for the most improved team in the 2005 FIFA world rankings published Monday.
 arrow Football: Blame it on fans
Brazilian trio Ronaldo, Julio Baptista and Roberto Carlos have blamed Real Madrid fans for creating a tense atmosphere that has made it difficult for the team to play well in home matches.
Metropolitanarrow Implement PRSP to reduce urban poverty
Coordination among different government bodies, national and international NGOs, development organisations and donors are a must to reduce poverty in urban areas, said speakers at a dialogue yesterday.
 arrow Joint statement of Eighth Bimstec Ministerial Meet
At the conclusion of the Eighth Bimstec Ministerial Meeting, the heads of delegation issued the following joint statement, says an official release.
 arrow 'Formulate policy to save elephants'
A two-day international conference began here yesterday to develop policy and programmes for the conservation of endangered animal elephant in this region.
 arrow Call for concerted efforts to stamp out militancy
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday called for concerted efforts by all to stamp out militancy and boost economy.
 arrow 'Ensure right to edn of children with disability'
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday underscored the need for creating awareness among people about the right to education of the children with disability at the same institution along with the
 arrow 10 killed, 58 injured in road accidents
At least 10 people were killed and 58 injured in road accidents in Barisal, Sirajganj, Brahmanabaria and Pabna yesterday and the night before.
 arrow 'Greed for power hinders nat'l progress'
Politicians' greed for power has held back the progress of the country, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Scholastica launches Speed
Scholastica, an English medium education provider at primary, secondary and higher secondary level, launched a training institute in the city on Sunday to facilitate English medium teaching in Bangladesh.
 arrow College girl commits suicide
A college girl committed suicide at DOHS in the city Sunday evening.
 arrow WID efficient method to improve navigability
The Water Injection Dredging, a new technique developed in the Netherlands, is the most economical and appropriate method to revive the faded navigational channels and keep the waterways alive, experts
 arrow Fulfil demand for children's access to information
Children's demand for access to information must be fulfilled to ensure their rights, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.
 arrow Controversially appointed RU employees stage demonstrations
Controversially appointed employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday threatened to resist the appointment of a computer operator at the computer science department on December 22 at any cost.
 arrow Four injured as copís shotgun discharged accidentally
Four people were wounded when a shotgun of a police constable was discharged accidentally at Rampura in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Sunny trained Shibir men at IU to make bombs
Arrested JMB 'operations commander' Ataur Rahman Sunny was involved in militant activities while he was a student at Kushtia Islamic University, different sources on the campus have revealed.
 arrow JMB activities are anti-Islamic
Four JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) suspects arrested in the district earlier were taken on remand yesterday.
 arrow Alliance partner is JMB's recruiting agency, says Noor
Awami League lawmaker and Central Publicity Secretary Asaduzzaman Noor yesterday alleged that Islamist militants in Bangladesh have been created by the government and a key partner in the ruling alliance
 arrow I know the father of militants
"I do not know the names of Islamist militants but know their father's name and it is Jama'ate-e-Islami", said Krishok Sromik Jonata League (KSJL) President Kader Siddique at a public meeting held yesterday
 arrow Farmer beaten to death
A farmer was beaten to death by neighbors in a dispute over fencing a potato field. The victim has been identified as Abdul Malek Howlader, 40, of Nivamia village in Mathbaria upazila in Pirojpurdistrict.
 arrow Papiya murder case handed over to CID
Advocate Dilruba Akter Papiya murder case has been transferred to the criminal investigation department (CID) of police for investigation.
Point-Counterpointarrow Some issues on SME finance
Financial services for the poor have proved to be a powerful instrument for poverty reduction enabling the poor to build assets, increase incomes and reduce the vulnerability to economic stress.
 arrow Making globalisation work for Bangladesh
The relationship between the UK and Bangladesh has never been closer. It's no longer just about aid and immigration; but now covers all the issues that partners in a global era should be discussing.
 arrow Reflections of vibrant culture
December in the Bangalee psyche not only heralds the winter but also festivity. It is the time when Bangalees both in Bangladesh and the adjoining region, celebrate the bringing in of the harvest.
 arrow Tackling climate change after Montreal
The world can breathe a sigh of relief that more than 150 countries agreed at the Montreal climate conference to hold further talks to counter global warming.
Culturearrow Shako celebrates womanhood in Bangladesh
The many faces of Bangladeshi women--sad, pensive, happy, inquisitive--are being celebrated through art.
 arrow "I have this new method of fighting boredom and making the drive more pleasant"-- Shabnam
Since the late 1960s, Shabnam Mushtari has emerged as one of the major Nazrul artistes.
 arrow Ei Bangla Bhalobashi Patriotism to the fore
To celebrate the month of our Victory, Napin Music is offering an album consisting of traditional and adhunik patriotic songs rendered by noted artistes of our country.
 arrow Bela Shesher Galpo to be staged today
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum, Nandimukh, a local theatre troupe, will stage Bela Shesher Galpo at Shilpaka Academy Auditorium, Chittagong.
 arrow King Kong unleashed
The jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic movie maniacs have been waiting for is finally here.
Internationalarrow Bhutan stunned by king's decision to abdicate
Citizens of the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan have expressed shock at the king's decision to abdicate in favour of his son before democratic elections in 2008.
 arrow India's nuclear facility separation plan ready
India's plan to separate its civilian and military nuclear plants, key to a landmark nuclear deal with the United States, has been finalised ahead of a meeting of officials of the two countries, a report
 arrow 'Dr Anthrax' among dozens ex-Saddam officials freed
Dozens of high level detainees from the regime of Saddam Hussein have been released, the US military said yesterday, with an Iraqi lawyer saying they included female weapons scientists "Dr Anthrax" and
 arrow Afghan parliament meets in Kabul
Four years after the overthrow of the Taliban, members of the first Afghan parliament in decades gathered for its opening session on Monday with security tight following Taliban attacks and threats.
 arrow Sharon recovering after minor stroke
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition improved yesterday after he was hospitalised overnight for a minor stroke that raised questions about how long he could dominate Israeli politics.
 arrow 'Saddam was betrayed'
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has for the first time recounted the moment of his capture two years ago in an "interview" conducted via his lawyer, British newspaper The Sun said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Is it nothing for BD from WTO?
The sixth WTO ministerial meet in Hong Kong has come to a close with little real progress on the important issues that dominated the negotiations, and with nothing of significant advantage for Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Bhutan's transition to democracy two years away
King Jigme Singye Wangchuk of Bhutan has announced that his country will have its first-ever national election in 2008 to set up a democratic government.
 arrow Women to win over the woes
Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, once remarked that half of all that grew as great and glorifying in this world, was contributed by women and the other half by men.
 arrow Eliminating perjury
Justice is dependant upon the evidence brought before those dispensing justice. If the evidence is manipulated in any manner, the verdict given will be flawed.
Letters to Editorarrow Find a way out
We are not well, are we? In addition to the economic and social problems, another problem has been added to our life and that's "extremism".
 arrow Female education
A few days ago I went to Hathazari. The place is developing in many ways. But it's lagging behind in education.
 arrow Acid violence in Bangladesh
Our life is beset with many problems. And acid throwing is one of the worst problems, which is committed to take revenge. In Bangladesh acid throwing has increased at an alarming rate.
 arrow Plot allotment
In order to solve the residential problem of Chittagong city, the Chittagong Development Authority invited applications in 2001 for allotment of plots in the southern part of Chittagong.
 arrow Power shortage
To be a modern country what we need most is electricity. Electricity is needed for rapid progress of the country. But the situation is far from ideal in our case.
 arrow Traffic jam in Ctg.
Traffic jam is a common sight in the big cities and towns. The problem is the result of rapid growth of population and the increasing number of vehicles. The causes of traffic jam are many.
 arrow A gift, but...
Nowadays, Internet is regular companion of its users. The Internet is a great gift of modern science. We get a lot of entertaining elements in it. But it also has a negative impact on our young generation.
 arrow Police and flowers!
I am rather shocked to go through a news report under the caption - "Bad days for flower traders at Shabagh " that appeared in the city page of the DS on Nov. 30, 2005.
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