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Front Pagearrow Hasina hits out at PM over sedition threat
Reacting to the prime minister's warning of sedition charges against her for 'creating anarchy', Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday lashed out at Khaleda Zia, branding her as a traitor for
 arrow Polls on time under existing system
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday unofficially kicked off election campaign for her party and reiterated that the next general elections will be held on time under the existing caretaker government
 arrow United move must to salvage WTO losses
The country's key export items may not get any duty- and quota-free market access to the developed economies, unless a government-private sector joint drive is immediately launched to gain the maximum
 arrow Ahmadiyyas appeal for govt protection
Ahmadiyya community has appealed to the government to stop the zealots of Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Bangladesh (KNMB), which is scheduled to lay a siege today to the Ahmadiyya headquarters in the city'sBakshibazar,
 arrow Finance, agri ministries asked to resolve crisis
Amidst growing fears of yield loss in the current boro season due to fertiliser traders' indefinite strike, the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday asked both the ministries
 arrow Wonder onion on the block
A new variety of onion that can be grown round the year and yields three to four times the existing varieties is being cultivated in some areas of northwestern region of the country.
 arrow US issues travel alert
The US Department of State has issued travel warnings to its citizens residing in or travelling to Bangladesh urging them to take extra care considering the security situation in the country.
 arrow Doctor's 'negligence' costs a youth's life
A doctor's alleged negligence has resulted in the death of a youth in the prime of his life.
 arrow Bomb-making materials seized from Shibir man
Kushtia police yesterday seized some bomb-making materials from a madrasa student who claimed himself to be an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir.
 arrow Sramik League leader stabbed
Unidentified criminals stabbed former president of Awami Sramik League Abdus Salam Khan at Kafrul in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow Depression in Bay causes drizzles
The capital and some parts of the country yesterday experienced drizzles brought in by a depression formed in the southwest Bay of Bengal last week.
 arrow 9 journalists, BNP leaders get death threat
Outlawed operatives in a letter threatened nine Jhenidah-based journalists, six ruling party leaders and officer-in-charge (OC) of Jhenidah Sadar Police Station with death by "brushfire" and bomb attacks.
 arrow Warid Telecom becomes sixth mobile phone operator
United Arab Emirates' Warid Telecom became the sixth operator in Bangladesh's booming mobile phone market after paying 50 million dollars to win a licence, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Saifur sees no harm in hunting guest birds
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday dubbed the migratory birds "cause of havoc" as "they invade wetlands, crowd out local species, gobble up crops and insects and then fly out of the
 arrow Govt to import 2 lakh tonnes sugar to check soaring price
The government will import two lakh metric tons of sugar to check the price hike in the local market, commerce ministry adviser Barkat Ullah Bulu told BBC last night.
 arrow Microsoft faces $2.4m fine a day by EU
The European Commission yesterday threatened to fine Microsoft up to 2m euros ($2.4m) a day until it gives rivals more access to its operating systems.
 arrow Saddam calls US liar
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein lashed out at the United States as his trial resumed Thursday, branding them "liars" for dismissing charges he was tortured by his American jailers.
 arrow Rivals kill 3 outlaws
A new faction, Communist War, of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) killed three cadres of rival PBCP-Janajuddha faction in Meherpur and Chuadanga yesterday.
 arrow Suicide squads now on the run: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the militant suicide squads are on the run getting flushed out of their dens and their network being squeezed.
Businessarrow Saifur assures plastic goods makers of considering demands
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday assured plastic goods manufacturers of considering their demands, saying the sector has a great potential for further growth.
 arrow Export rises 12.47pc in four months
The country earned US$ 3.346 billion by exporting goods in the first four months of the current fiscal year, showing a 12.47 percent growth.
 arrow Bangladesh showing poor results in data management
Bangladesh is still showing frustrating results in managing data, although data are the building blocks for monitoring and evaluating any development goal, said World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich.
 arrow Visitors show interest in locally made products
As a four-day fair of plastic goods began at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday, visitors are showing interest in locally manufactured plastic products.
 arrow Emirates offers packages for Dubai shopping festival
Emirates is offering fantastic value for money packages for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2006.
 arrow Emirates Foundation signs deal with NGO
The Emirates Airline Foundation has signed a contract with Friendship, a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO), for the management of the new Emirates Friendship Hospital ship in Bangladesh,says
 arrow Japan's trade surplus turns up in November on firm exports
Japan's trade surplus posted its first rise in eight months in November, official figures showed Thursday, confirming a steady economic recovery fueled by demand from China and other trading partners.
 arrow Opec likely to cut oil output in second quarter of 2006
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is likely to reduce its crude oil production after the high-demand Northern Hemisphere winter, the group's president said Thursday.
 arrow HSBC signs deal with Banglalink
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh signed an agreement with cellphone company Banglalink for HSBC’s Premier customers.
 arrow Lanka ups interest rates
The central bank of Sri Lanka raised its benchmark policy rates by 25 basis points Thursday, the fourth increase this year aimed at reducing inflation and stabilising the prices of goods.
Sportsarrow Football: Bangladesh held
The tiredness and mental blockage that cost Bangladesh the SAFF Championship against India five days ago in Karachi was evident when they drew goalless with Pakistan at home in the Asia Cup pre-qualifier
 arrow Cricket: BD-SL series likely to be brought ahead
Bangladesh's coming home series against Sri Lanka starting in February might be hastened by a week if the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accepts a proposal by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
 arrow Cricket: England rue Multan failure
Pakistani administrators were celebrating on Thursday the conclusion of a successful and trouble-free Test and one-day series against England.
 arrow Cricket: India spin to big win
Harbhajan Singh finished with 10 wickets as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 259 runs in the third Test Thursday to clinch the series 2-0.
 arrow Football: Ashrafuzzaman slams treble
Ashrafuzzaman slammed a hattrick as Gaibandha blanked Dinajpur 4-0 in the JFA Cup Under-16 football championship first phase at the Gaibandha Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna angry with Shane
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday slammed record-breaking spinner Shane Warne for suggesting that rivals like Muttiah Muralitharan benefited by taking "cheap" wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Veeru ready for Pakistan
India batsman Virender Sehwag on Thursday sounded a warning to Pakistan, saying his team were well-prepared to win the second successive Test series there on their upcoming tour.
 arrow Cricket: Narrow wins for Torun, Lalmatia
Surjo Torun and Lalmatia Club snatched close battles in Thursday's First Division Cricket League in the city.
 arrow Football: Maradona arrested at Rio
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona was detained at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Thursday morning after causing a disturbance in the terminal, police said.
 arrow Football: Army reach Super Six
Bangladesh Army came from behind to confirm a super-six berth in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League with a 2-1 victory over Munsiganj Samabesh Club in their last Group-A match at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Ratul strikes 190 not out
Asif A Ratul smashed 190 not out as Old DOHS recorded a thumping 149-run victory against Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Development Cricket Tournament (Under-13 Young Tiger) at the RMS ground in Dhaka
 arrow Handball: Scholastica retain handball title
Scholastica clinched their second successive handball title defeating 12-time winners Viqarunnissa Noon School 13-7 in the girls' final of the 15th Bata School handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Sports
 arrow Bangladesh carrom team runners-up
Bangladesh became runners-up beating Sri Lanka in the First Asian Carrom Championship in Maldives capital Male on Wednesday. India retained their title at the conclusion of the six-nation meet.
 arrow Football: Headaches and high hopes for World Cup
The long road to the World Cup finals in Germany started in South America on September 9, 2003 when qualifying got underway.
 arrow Football: Winter cheers for Juventus
The top four teams in Serie A all won on Wednesday with leaders Juventus taking their eight-point advantage into the winter break following a 2-0 home victory over Siena.
 arrow Football: Real end year miserably
Real Madrid's year ended on a depressing note when the Spanish giants were beaten 2-1 by Racing Santander in front of their own fans on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo calls for unity
Brazil striker Ronaldo has called for his Real Madrid team mates to remain united after they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Racing Santander on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India now 2nd top Test team
India's emphatic 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka has lifted them to the second place in the International Cricket Council Test rankings for the first time since the ranking system was introduced in 2001.
 arrow Hockey: Independence Day hockey final today
Bangladesh Army and Sonali Bank SRC will play the Independence Day Hockey tournament final today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
Metropolitanarrow PM has failed to give any plan to curb militancy
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the prime minister's speech on Wednesday's grand rally in the city has increased people's frustration as she failed to
 arrow Remain alert to ensure internal peace, security
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that as part of the national armed forces, every member of Bangladesh Air Force should always remain alert and active to ensure internal peace and security.
 arrow 'Political conflicts sideline dev activities'
It was a reunion of distinguished personalities who achieved global acclaim and those working to end hunger and motivate the people of all strata to explore their unlimited potential.
 arrow Make ACC effective
The two-day annual conference of Conscious Citizens' Committees was held at Koitta in Manikganj on December 21 and 22.
 arrow 'Defeated forces of ’71 carrying out bomb attacks'
Independence and sovereignty of the country is now at stake as the defeated forces of the Liberation War emerging as Islamist militants have been carrying out bomb attacks across the country, said speakers
 arrow Nolok becomes Close Up 1
From nowhere, he has come a long way to become the Close Up 1 - 2005 for the first time.
He is Nolok Babu -- the newest star in the music world.

 arrow 'Only motivation can help stop militancy ’
Lt General (Retd) M Nooruddin Khan yesterday said only motivation can help bring back the misguided children who were engaged in militant activities with the false promise of heaven.
 arrow JMB leader Swapan on fresh remand
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny's close associate Fariduzzaman Swapan was placed on a seven-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Station master, deputy blamed in probe into Ctg incident
A railway stationmaster and his assistant have been accused of negligence of duty yesterday for holding up the prime minister's motorcade for four minutes on Tuesday.
 arrow Ctg robber lynched
An angry mob lynched a robber at a village in Patiya upazila of the district in the early hours yesterday. The dead robber was identified as Helal Uddin, 28.
 arrow Cabinet body okays Tk 280cr purchase under six projects
The Cabinet Committee on Purchase yesterday approved a Rural Electrification Board (REB) proposal to purchase electrical equipment worth over Tk 100 crore under a Korean soft loan for the second phase
 arrow Taneem, Imroze Cadet College Club president, secy general
Maj (Retd) M Taneem Hasan and Maj (Retd) Imroze Ahmed have been elected president and secretary general of the Cadet College Club for 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Investigators see link with Saidur killing
Investigators believe the Wednesday's double murder at Mouchak took place as a sequel to the killing of Titumir College Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Saidur Rahman on Tuesday night.
 arrow Khaleda greets Koizumi
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday extended her warmest greetings to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the occasion of the birth day of emperor Akihito.
 arrow 50,000 more rickshaws to get licence
The authorities will give licences to 50,000 more rickshaws to cut down the number of illegal rickshaws plying the Dhaka City roads.
 arrow Architectural exhibition begins
A three-day architectural exhibition began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Intelligence contradicts report
A director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) yesterday summoned BDNEWS editors to his office and told them the news published by BDNEWS about surveillance on senior pro-Jamaat officials in the administration
Point-Counterpointarrow Opposition's common minimum programme under the microscope
On November 22 at a grand rally at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka city, the 14-party opposition coalition comprising Awami League (AL), left 11-party alliance, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and National Awami
 arrow The FM's drive by GDP growth forecasting model
On December 13 the Bangladesh Bank (BB) in its monetary policy review estimated current year's real GDP (RGDP) to be in the range of 6.3 to 6.8 percent.
Culturearrow Cinema and the Liberation War
The Cultural Wing of Biswa Shahitya Kendra arranged a discussion session on December 21. The topic for discussion by renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud was Cinema and the Liberation War.
 arrow Indigenous art forms in urban theatre
Before the 1980s our urban theatre, derived from the British colonial ethos, was totally influenced by the western theatre concept.
 arrow Shyama Prem to be staged today
Prangone Mor, a theatre troupe from Dhaka, will stage their current production, Shyama Prem today at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
 arrow Ripped from the roots...
What are we without our roots? It's important to reflect on this at a moment when our cultural roots are threatened.
The practice of an art keeps it alive.

 arrow First-day-shooting experience
Back in the 90s, when I first faced the camera as a model, camera phobia is the last thing I assumed I might have.
 arrow Songs of the yesteryears to be performed at Srijon's programme
Cultural organisation Srijon is holding a musical soiree of old Bangla songs on December 24 at 6:05 pm at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, says a press release.
Generalarrow Remain alert to check terror attacks: Milon
Alarmed by militants' threat to blow up educational institutions, State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon yesterday urged teachers and guardians to remain watchful and inform police if anyone
 arrow More donation for AMCH
Former Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) AMM Aminur Rahman and his wife Tahera Rahman donated Tk 20 lakh for a five-bed ward at the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's grand rally pronouncements
It was a massive rally of a truly ruling party character, impressive with mobilisation of people, vibrant with resolute chants and slogans and somewhat festive in a show of strength in an election year.
 arrow Editorial: Violating height limits
Overshooting the height ceilings set for high-rise buildings has been going on for years. It is more pronounced in certain areas than in others. The violations in most cases involve commercial buildings.
 arrow Season's greetings from PM to opposition
There is still a week left but it seems fair to say that the year appears to be ending on a combative note.
 arrow Our fiddling Neros
Nero fiddled in a burning Rome. If you know that, then you also know that leaders don't always look after their people.
 arrow The Speaker and our parliament
A recent front-page item in The Daily Star ("Four years of Jamiruddin Sircar: Putting party before parliament," October 30, 2005) expressed serious disillusionment with the performance of the honourable
Letters to Editorarrow Disgraceful!
December 16 is indeed one of the most important days in the history of Bangladesh.
It is a day when liberty of ordinary people was won and freedom was achieved.

 arrow Soul searching
The Bangladesh government made a laughing stock of itself when it indicated that the minority community was involved in the suicide bombing threatening the country.
 arrow How can he escape ?
It's simply a mystery that JMB chief Sheikh Abdur Rahman always escapes just before the raid by our security forces.
 arrow Problem of dowry
Dowry means the money or property which is demanded by the bridegroom's family from the guardians of the bride during marriage. Dowry has become a common culture these days. It is a curse to our society.
 arrow Saurav Ganguly
Dropping of Saurav Ganguly, the former and most successful Indian cricket captain from the third and final Test, is very unfortunate.
 arrow Transgenic Aubergine
It is learnt that a public-private research project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is being implemented in Bangladesh, India and the Philippines has successfully
 arrow Failed attempts!
The reactionary forces want people to believe that a Hindu extremist, late Yadav, was involved with the Netrokona bombing that killed nine people and injured numerous others.
 arrow JMB
The recent arrests of top JMB men along with recovery of huge cache of weapons and bomb making materials really bring a sigh of relief to the ordinary people of the country.
 arrow Ordeal by innocence
After the suicide bombing at Netrokona on 8 December, 2005, one of the victims, Mr. Yadav was identified as the main culprit by high-ups in the government.
 arrow Journalism in Bangladesh
As in so many other countries, violence is used against journalists as an attempt to intimidate them. Journalists have been murdered in recent years.
 arrow War of words
The recent hot exchange of words between Iran and the US indicates one point- that is , as it seems, the US is planning to attack Iran now.
 arrow Corruption free Bangladesh?
Would we ever be able to free our country from the curse, pestilence and mortally affected epidemic of corruption?
Yes, we would be successful in eradicating corruption within 2-3 years provided

 arrow True education
The aim of true education is to make man fully equipped to be useful to himself and to society. It is to develop the whole man, his body, mind and soul.
 arrow Nurture them
It is true that our country is poor but it is also true that there are many hidden treasures in this country. What are those treasures? It is an important question.
 arrow Avoid negative thinking
The developed countries are becoming richer by using the information technology. On the other hand, LDCs or underdeveloped countries are becoming poorer due to the burden of huge population.
 arrow Little drops of water...
What a horrible situation the country is facing.
 arrow Travesty of justice
It is difficult to imagine a more tragic time for a family than seeing their son got killed in a carnage no one find sense for. But police have more imagination.
 arrow Deserving but...
I watched the last few episodes of Close up-1 very carefully. I was really trilled hearing the band music performed by the contestants coming from different specialised areas.
Worldarrow South Asia: BJP against expulsion of accused MPs from House
The five-member House committee, which went into the cash-for-query scam, has ruled that the continuance of the ten accused members was "untenable" and recommended their expulsion from the House.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmir settlement hopes freeze despite quake disaster
Hopes that India and Pakistan can build a solution to the Kashmir dispute from the rubble of the South Asia quake have cooled as the Himalayan winter draws in, analysts and residents say.
 arrow South Asia: Sri Lanka protests after sea battle with LTTE
Sri Lanka's navy and Tamil Tigers fought a sea battle off the island's northwest coast Thursday and the navy said three sailors were feared killed and seven rebels were captured.
 arrow South Asia: Maoists declare war on King's polls
Nepal's Maoist guerrillas have declared an all-out war against the civic elections called by the government on February 8 and virtually ruled out any further extension of their unilateral ceasefire that
 arrow South Asia: Cold wave in India claims 5 more lives, toll reaches 53
Cold wave continued its onslaught in the plains claiming five more lives in Punjab and UP on Wednesday and taking the death toll to 53 as fresh snow in Himachal Pradesh froze water sources at a low of
 arrow Blair signals route home for troops
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a lightning trip to Iraq, promised his country's troops on Thursday they could go home once local forces were managing their own security.
 arrow Worst floods kill at least 130 in SE Asia
Spawned by unrelenting rains, some of the severest floods in decades have killed at least 130 people in peninsular Southeast Asia, according to the latest reports Thursday.
 arrow New York visitors take strike in stride
Many of the tourists visiting New York took the city's transport strike literally in their stride on Thursday, since walking was the only effective way of getting around.
 arrow Israel kills 3 Palestinians amid more rockets
Israel shot dead three Palestinian militants in the West Bank Thursday and threatened to sever power supplies to the Gaza Strip as more makeshift rockets were fired from the territory.
 arrow France adopts tough anti-terrorism law
The French parliament Thursday adopted a tough new anti-terrorist law inspired by British measures used to identify the bombers who carried out the July bomb attacks in London.
 arrow Hariri accuses Syrian 'terrorist regime' of waging war
Lebanese MP Saad Hariri, the son and political heir of slain ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, has accused the "terrorist regime" in Syria of seeking to topple the Beirut government, newspapers said Thursday.
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