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Front Pagearrow PM warns against anarchy
In an oblique reference to the opposition leader, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday warned her of sedition charges for "creating anarchy" in the country.
 arrow No plan to file sedition charge against JMB men
The government has no plan to bring sedition charges against the militants who have been carrying out bomb attacks on different government mechanisms, including the judiciary, since last August with a
 arrow Thriving admission trade led to killing of JCD leader
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Saidur Rahman was murdered Tuesday over a conflict surrounding a quota allocated for a special JCD committee for admission to the Titumir Government College.
 arrow Lack of political, negotiation skills let Bangladesh down
Unlike others, Bangladesh has utterly failed to obtain any benefit from the just-concluded Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference due to lack of understanding of issues and lobbies involved as well as negotiation
 arrow PM's speech encourages militancy, says 14-party
Leaders of the 14-party opposition combine yesterday said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has encouraged militancy by threatening to file sedition cases against the opposition leaders rather than the Islamist
 arrow Trees fall victim to city road scheme
The authorities are removing parts of the remaining greens in the capital late in the night as part of a road-widening project.
 arrow Importers' conflict peaks crisis
With no signs of a let up in fertiliser suppliers' strike across the country that began on Monday, conflicts within Bangladesh Fertiliser Association (BFA) are coming to light.
 arrow Slain journo's family lives in fear of attacks
Slain journalist Hurun-ur-Rashid Khokon's wife, Minu Begum, has been living with a perpetual sense of insecurity since her return to Khulna from Dhaka, where she attended a convention against repression
 arrow JMB 'linked' lawyer held at Ctg court
The law enforcers yesterday recovered bombs, firearms, Islami books and Phensidyles during a raid on a house in West Kawnia in Barisal city and arrested a person.
 arrow Festive look at Paltan
BNP's grand rally at the Paltan Maidan yesterday afternoon assumed a festive look as thousands of people attended the rally with colourful banners, festoons, big placards, portraits of leaders and the
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd in a rejoinder on The Daily Star report headlined "Niko pushes Bapex to okay its illegal pipeline: Negotiating gas price on its own with Lafarge" published on December 20 said
 arrow Cabinet may approve 3rd round bidding next week
Energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said the cabinet is going to approve the third round of bidding for gas exploration as his ministry completed all initiatives to launch exploration of offshore
 arrow Road crashes kill 6 in Ctg, Sirajganj
Six persons were killed and around 40 others were injured in three road accidents in Sirajganj and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 2 youths shot dead in city
Unidentified assailants gunned down two youths near Mouchak crossing in the city last evening.
 arrow Saifur terms textiles' quota exclusion a success
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday described the exclusion of Bangladesh's textiles from duty-free and quota-free market access in the WTO draft deal as a success.
 arrow Dhaka should seek UN help to combat extremism
Bangladesh should seek UN help to combat the crescendo of extremism, chairman of the International Bangladesh Foundation (IBF) Lord Avebury said in the wake of the spate of recent bomb attacks against
 arrow Pro-AL Blue Panel wins Duta polls
The pro-Awami League Blue Panel swept the 35th Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) polls securing majority and the posts of the president, general secretary and treasurer for the tenure of 2006-2007.
 arrow 14-party holds 'grand rally' in Rajshahi today
The 14-party opposition combine holds a "grand rally" at Madrasa Maidan in the city this afternoon when they will call upon people to intensify "anti-government movement" to check the rise of militancy.
 arrow New anti-militant action from tomorrow in Khulna region
A special combing operation, fourth of its kind this year, will be launched tomorrow at midnight in the south-western region in an attempt to crush militants.
 arrow Kidnapped trader freed on ransom
A kidnapped businessman in the city was freed on payment of Tk 50,000 and 5 tolas of gold ornament on Tuesday night.
 arrow Death toll rises to 53 in India cold snap
The death toll from a cold snap sweeping northern India rose to 53 Wednesday with three more homeless people reported to have succumbed to the chill.
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 arrow Speculation intensifies over Blair's departure
Facing a charismatic new opponent, doubters in his party and a clock he set ticking on his own premiership, politicians and analysts say Tony Blair's departure date will dominate British politics next
 arrow 'Sweet tooth' may be in human brain
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a "pleasure spot" in the brains of rats that may shed light on how food translates into pleasure for humans.
 arrow New outbreak of bird flu in Romania
A new outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in Romania Tuesday in poultry in the southeastern town of Chichinetu, an official of the veterinary health authority said.
Businessarrow RMG benefits hinge on sensitive list modalities
The country's textile sector will derive some benefits, as compared to the present level, out of the WTO trade agreement reached Sunday, but stakeholders could not yet estimate how many of their products
 arrow Low export growth worsening forex crisis
Low export growth is aggravating the crisis of foreign currency in the inter-bank foreign exchange market despite decline in import growth and rise in remittance inflow.
 arrow Fresh NBR drive likely to boost income tax
National Board of Revenue (NBR) is likely to launch a fresh drive against the existing TIN-holders to boost revenue collection from income tax head.
 arrow India, China win bid for Syrian oil field
Energy-hungry India and China, which had been competing against each other for overseas energy source acquisitions, have for the first time teamed up to win a bid for an oil field in Syria for nearly$700
 arrow Rahimafrooz to distribute Castrol lubricants
Rahimafrooz Distribution Ltd, a concern of Rahimafrooz Group, will distribute Castrol brand automotive and industrial lubricants in Bangladesh.
 arrow New Kodak photo film launched
Aquamarine Distribution, a concern of MGH Group and exclusive distributor of Kodak brand film in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a new photo film that officials said is made especially for the environment
 arrow Int'l plastic goods fair begins today
A four-day international fair of plastic goods begins at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka today aiming to expand export market for Bangladeshi plastic goods.
 arrow Gold seen marching into 2006 with fanfare
The market fundamentals and macroeconomic factors that lifted gold's price more than 25 percent this year will drive it still higher in 2006, analysts said.
 arrow Novartis launches new drug for kidney patients
Novartis has launched a new drug, 'Myfortic', for kidney transplant patients.
 arrow Bank Asia buys floor space at Rangs Bhaban
Bank Asia has purchased the existing premises of its Scotia Branch at Rangs Bhaban from Dears International, the owner of the building.
 arrow Miracle Industries okays 12.5pc dividend
Miracle Industries Ltd has declared a 12.5 percent dividend for its shareholders for the financial year 2004-05.
 arrow Bank holiday Dec 25
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on December 25 on the occasion of Christmas, said a central bank press release yesterday.
 arrow CRAB to perform credit rating of DBH
Delta Brac Housing (DBH) Finance Corporation Ltd recently signed a credit rating agreement with Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) Ltd.
 arrow AMCL-Pran declares 26pc dividend
AMCL-Pran has declared a 26 percent dividend for its shareholders for the financial year 2004-05.
Sportsarrow Football: Joy ready to start anew
Bangladesh will take today's Asia Cup qualifying play-off match against Pakistan as an opportunity to erase their final disappointment against India in the SAFF Championship in Karachi last week.
 arrow Cricket: DOHS get past Brothers Union
Defending champions Old DOHS crossed the big Brothers Union hurdle with an exciting seven-run win while Victoria Sporting Club continued their fairytale run with an upset five-wicket victory over Bangladesh
 arrow Cricket: Some solace for England
Paceman James Anderson took four wickets to author England's narrow six-run win over Pakistan in the fifth and final match here Wednesday but the hosts clinched the five-match series 3-2.
 arrow Cricket: India four wickets away
India were on the brink of a 2-0 series victory against Sri Lanka after rattling the tourists with spin for the second time in the third and final Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Benaud wants Warne to keep spinning
Former Australia captain Richie Benaud has urged Shane Warne to prolong his Test career until the next Ashes series in England in 2009.
 arrow Football: Abahani Group B champions
Abahani emerged Group B champions when they handed Rangamati Mohammedan Sporting Club a 5-0 thrashing in their final second round match of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Seven in zonal Semifinals
Dhaka, Gazipur, Chittagong, Joypurhat, Jhenidah, Khulna and Nilphamari moved into the zonal semifinals of the second JFA Cup U-16 football tournament beating their respective rivals at different venues
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho inspires Barca win
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and newly-crowned World Player of the Year Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona to their 13th consecutive victory in all competitions on Tuesday after a 2-0 win over Celta Vigoin
 arrow Football: Africans catch WC fever
Every month Arnaud Cire puts aside a fraction of his measly 70,000 CFA franc (128 dollars) salary in the hope of accompanying his beloved national soccer side, The Elephants, to the World Cup finals in
 arrow Football: Essien rejects dirty tag
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has hit back at critics of his physical approach, insisting he would never deliberately set out to injure an opponent.
 arrow Football: 'Riquelme ignored at home'
Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme is undervalued in his homeland and his talent would receive more recognition in Brazil, coach Jose Pekerman said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: WC organisers to refund service charge
World Cup organisers agreed on Tuesday to refund the five euro (5.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar, Ganguly hold meeting
Sharad Pawar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has told Sourav Ganguly that he respected him as a "champion cricketer" who has done a lot for Indian cricket, when the two
 arrow Football: England warm up against Hungary
Hungary are set to provide the opposition in one of England's three warm up matches prior to next summer's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf, Rudolph join Derbyshire
Derbyshire have announced two big-name signings with Mohammad Yousuf and Jacques Rudolph joining the county next summer.
 arrow Handball: School h'ball finals today
Viquarunnessa Noon and Scholastica will meet in the girls' final of the Bata School Handball Tournament today at the Dhanmondi Women's Complex.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Partex Sporting Club earned a massive 129-run victory over Jatrabari Krira Chakra in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Heroes welcome for Sao Paulo
World club champions Sao Paulo were welcomed home with a huge victory parade that brought the centre of South America's largest city to a near standstill on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees in trouble
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to serve a show-cause on opener Nafees Iqbal for not complying with the board's order.
Metropolitanarrow Quality edn a must for human resources dev
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for quality education to develop capable human resources so that the students can face the challenges of the 21st century.
 arrow Play judicious role to ensure justice
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the judges to play judicious role in establishing justice and upholding democratic dispensation while expressing her deep grief over the recent killing and injuring
 arrow AL protests distortion of history in textbooks
A top leader of Awami League (AL) in a statement yesterday demanded omission of wrong and distorted information regarding Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the textbooks and inclusion of correctversion
 arrow One held with 3.5 lakh rupees
Police arrested a man with 3.5 lakh Indian rupees yesterday at the Shahjalal Bridge area in Sylhet.
 arrow Call for more accountability of journalists
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for increasing accountability of journalists, exercising self-censorship and promoting transparency in professional activities.
 arrow Declare 100 Jessore villages as disaster area : Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to declare 100 waterlogged villages of Jessore as a 'disaster area'.
 arrow Khatme Nabuwat to hold grand rally, court arrest tomorrow
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh will hold a grand rally and 'court arrest' programme at Muktangaon in the city tomorrow instead of laying siege to Bakshibazar Ahmadiyya Complex.
 arrow Properties worth Tk 12 lakh gutted in Ctg
Properties worth around Tk 12 lakh were damaged in a fire at a jute mill at Sitakunda in the district early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Govt employees demand 30 pc DA
The third and fourth class government employees yesterday demanded of the government to announce 30 percent dearness allowance.
 arrow Garments factory official found dead in Savar
An official of a garments factory at Savar was found dead in a ditch at Daulatpur near Dhaka-Aricha Highway yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on skill development begins in Sylhet
A two-day skill development workshop began at the local British Council auditorium here as part of initiatives to create mutual respect and understanding among youths.
 arrow HK declaration a document of deception Says Workers Party
Workers Party of Bangladesh in a statement yesterday termed the Hong Kong Declaration adopted recently by the WTO members as the 'document of deception' for the poor people of the world.
 arrow Top drug smuggler held in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up a top drug smuggler and suspected explosives supplier to JMB.
 arrow Nat'l Vitamin 'A' Plus Campaign today
National Vitamin 'A' Plus Campaign December-2005 will be observed in the country today highlighting the need of the vitamin in protecting child health and fulfilling nutrition requirement.
 arrow BBC Sanglap on trade in Ctg today
Bangladesh Sanglap, a live programme of BBC Bengali Service, will be aired from Chittagong today.
 arrow Belta AGM tomorrow
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (Belta) will be held tomorrow at 3:30pm at the auditorium of Stamford University, Siddheswari Campus (behind Monowara
 arrow Body to probe allegations against teacher
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a three-member committee to investigate the allegations of irregularities in admission test against a zoology department teacher.
Nationalarrow JMB Rajshahi 'commander' was involved with Ahab
Arrested JMB (Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh) Rajshahi 'divisional commander' Abul Kalam alias Shafiullah alias Tarique was involved with Ahle Hadith Juba Sangha, youth front of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh
 arrow JMB suicide bomber on 10 days' remand
JMB suicide bomber Mamun Ali who killed two judges in Jhalakathi on November 14 was taken on 10 days' remand when he was taken to Jhalakathi yesterday from Dhaka after treatment.
 arrow Kushtia daily Editor jailed for ignoring court order
The Editor of a local daily in Kushtia was sent to jail yesterday for disobeying an order to appear before court.
 arrow Crisis deepens as fertiliser trade stops in Nawapara
No ferttiliser was traded in Nawapara, the biggest fertiliser wholesale market in the country, in last three days due to the indefinite strike called by Bangladesh Fertiliser Association (BFA).
 arrow Kishoreganj lawyers boycott court
Kishoreganj Bar Association members brought out a procession in the court area and continued their one hour court boycott programme yesterday, protesting allocation of a land by the district administration
 arrow JMB suspect held in Satkhira
A JMB suspect was arrested by Rab early morning yesterday from his village home at Gautamkati Dohar in Tala upazila.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh statue recovered
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a 50 Kg touchstone statue worth about Tk 50 lakh by digging earth in a field in Dinajpur sadar upazial Tuesday night.
 arrow 25 hurt in Satkhira BNP factional clash
At least 25 people were injured, 15 of them seriously, in intermittent clashes between two rival groups of ruling BNP in Kazirhat village in Kalaroa upazila yesterday over possession of a disputed land.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh and the open market
The open market is now a reality for Bangladesh, when only two decades ago it was closed to the world. Every commodity, from rice, salt to soap and shampoo is imported in abundance.
 arrow Raw deal from world trade talks in Hong Kong
World trade talks, often called Doha development round of 149 WTO ministers, which began in Doha, Qatar in 2001 was aimed at removing the existing inherent inequality in world trade and promised to end
 arrow Price hike and people's attitude
Recently, Adcomm, a leading advertising company, commissioned a study of people's attitudes and behaviour.
Culturearrow Road to euphoria
They've come a long way -- seven months of gruelling competition, arduous practice to achieve perfection and strive to win over an unforgiving crowd.
 arrow Zahir Raihan: A visionary
On December 30, 1971, litterateur and filmmaker Zahir Raihan disappeared, never to be found again.
 arrow Swattandhya: A social satire
On the fourth day of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum, Tirjak Natyagoshthi will stage Swattandhya at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong, today.
 arrow Kaya's latest album Anando No Limit
Kaya, of Krishno fame, has a new album to offer the music enthusiasts of the country.
 arrow Premiere of children's film Just A Little Dream
Children can look forward to a cinematic treat. On January 20, 2006 the premiere ceremony of children's short film, titled Just A Little Dream, will be held at Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka.
Internationalarrow Palestinians to cancel polls if Israel bars voters
The Palestinian Authority will cancel Jan. 25 parliamentary elections if Israel goes ahead with its plan to bar Jerusalem Palestinians from voting, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam trial hears evidence of torture
The trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity yesterday heard some of the strongest evidence yet linking the former Iraqi president and his co-defendants to alleged torture.
 arrow Pakistan, India agree on new bus links
Pakistan and India agreed on two new bus links yesterday, the latest progress in a hesitant peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow Iran holds tough line as EU resumes talks
Iran reiterated its intention to develop a fully-fledged nuclear programme on Wednesday as Europe's top three powers revived a dialogue with Tehran over suspicions it is secretly trying to make nuclear
 arrow US Congressmen seek to oppose Indian nuke deal
Two US lawmakers have proposed a resolution expressing congressional disapproval for President George W. Bush's sweeping nuclear agreement with India, one of the congressmen said on Tuesday.
 arrow US must come clean about 'secret prisons'
Afghanistan's main rights group demanded yesterday the United States come clean about reported secret detention centres in the country while an Afghan official played down the existence of such facilities.
 arrow Lanka rejects Oslo venue for talks
Sri Lanka's president yesterday rejected a Tamil rebel demand to hold talks in Oslo and welcomed a statement from an international quartet this week that urged the guerrillas to halt killings.
 arrow 'Laden may not be in command'
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Politicisation of administration
The fact that promotions and assignments in the civil administration are unduly politicised is nothing new.
 arrow Editorial: Private university fees
An impression is growing among observers of the private universities' expanding role in imparting higher education to increasing numbers of young men and women that their tuition fees are on the highside.
 arrow Big Brother is taping you
"[In] the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance.
 arrow Would Iraqis rise to the occasion?
Elections to a 'permanent' Iraqi Assembly have been successfully completed; American political architecture there for a democracy is nearly complete.
Letters to Editorarrow Uni-track education
The controversial uni-track education system is finally postponed for a year. There are chances that it would never be implemented in its present form.
 arrow Weekly holiday
I fully endorse the letter of Rezaul Huq from Lalmatia entitled "Weekly holiday and man hour wastage" published in the letter column of your newspaper.
 arrow Alternative energy options
It is reported that the Honourable Prime Minister has approved setting up of an independent unit for expediting use of renewable and alternative source of energy for generating electricity.
 arrow Who builds the nation?
In a democracy, it is people who decide who will rule, and in turn, the rulers along with all their principles, ideals and values are expected to reflect popular demands and choices.
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