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Front Pagearrow Bigots clash with cops, 57 injured
At least 57 people including seven policemen were injured in the city yesterday as anti-Ahmadiyya zealots locked in sporadic clashes with the police, turning the downtown area from the north gate of Baitul
 arrow JRC to survey 3 rivers to demarcate border
The Joint River Commission (JRC) has decided to resume surveying the bordering rivers, the Surma, the Kushiara and the Barak in January to demarcate the border line often changed by river erosion.
 arrow Ship-breakers clear Sitakunda mangroves
Existence of the mangrove forest in the Sitakunda coastal belt is at stake as a syndicate of land grabbers has been felling a large number of growing trees for establishing a ship-breaking yard.
 arrow 11 Indian MPs lose seats for graft
Indian parliament yesterday expelled 11 lawmakers who were caught on camera taking money for raising questions in the House even as the Indian cabinet gave in-principle approval of state-funding of elections
 arrow Uttara Lake turns into a sewer
The Uttara Lake has become a dumping ground for industrial and household wastes and excreta of more than one lakh people living in Uttara Model Town by the lake.
 arrow Militant outfit Ahab demands Galib's release
Leaders of militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) yesterday demanded release of Ahab chief Dr Asadullah Al Galib, denying allegations of their links to international terrorist organisation
 arrow No plan to probe 'militant' past of cop
Police have no plan to probe the militancy links of a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, a listed militant, as he has been appointed sub-inspector (SI) of police allegedly with the blessings of the
 arrow Chartered planes asked to make extra flights
Failing to charter a third aircraft for ferrying thousands of hajj pilgrims, the state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday pleaded lessors for two other previously chartered planes to operate extra
 arrow From Frying Pan To Oven

 arrow Traffic halts for 11hrs on Dhaka-Ctg Highway after crash
Traffic on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway resumed in the afternoon yesterday after remaining suspended for eleven and a half hours following a series of accidents on the road early in the day.
 arrow Several changes made in army high-ups
Several changes were made in the high-ups of the Bangladesh Army with three brigadier generals being promoted major generals, said an Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) press release yesterday.
 arrow BDR seizes arms, ammo in CHT
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized some arms, ammunition and foreign currency from a forest in Baghaichhari thana in Khagrachhari district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Rumsfeld announces US troop cut in Iraq
Guerrillas stormed an Iraqi army post yesterday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 20, as Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told US combat troops their numbers would fall as Iraqi forces were trained to
 arrow Environists slam Saifur's comment on guest birds
The comment of Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman that there is no harm in killing migratory birds has surprised the country's environmentalists and birders.
 arrow 15 sailors die as Tigers blow up navy convoy
Suspected Tamil rebels blew up a navy road convoy in Sri Lanka yesterday killing at least 15 sailors and wounding 15 more, a defence ministry official said as the guerrillas warned of more strikes.
 arrow Ctg slum fire burns down 60 houses
A fire burnt down over 60 houses at a slum at Mati Jharna in Lalkhan Bazaar in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow BDB slams govt for sedition charge threat
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government, being failed to curb militancy, is now threatening to bring sedition charges against the persons who point
 arrow Rab releases Olama Dal Bhola chief
Chief of local Olama Dal, held by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early Thursday, was released in the evening the same day.
 arrow Protesting bomb attacks

 arrow Con cooperative swindles thousands
Some unscrupulous people in the name of a multi-purpose cooperative society misappropriated about Tk 50 lakh savings from several thousand poor members.
 arrow Gas explosion kills 42 in China
A gas explosion inside a highway tunnel under construction killed 42 people and injured 11 others in southwest China's Sichuan province, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Vessel capsizes with 500-tonne of salt near Ctg port
A trawler with 500 tonnes of salt capsized in Chittagong Port channel as another over-loaded lighter vessel rammed it from behind on Thursday.
 arrow South Korean stem-cell researcher resigns over doubt
South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk resigned from his university on Friday after the school said he fabricated stem-cell research that had raised hopes of new cures for hard-to-treat diseases.
 arrow Italy issues warrant for CIA team
A Milan court has issued a European arrest warrant for 22 CIA agents suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric from Italy's financial capital in 2003, Prosecutor Armando Spataro said on Friday.
Businessarrow Banks asked to report to BB from January
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has directed the commercial banks to provide it with information on any transactions amounting to Tk five lakh and above against any account, otherwise they will have to face penalty.
 arrow 2m job cuts loom in RMG industry: NGO
Incidin Bangladesh, a local NGO, yesterday said its apprehension of retrenchment of two million garment workers as outcome of the sixth WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong is going to become a reality.
 arrow Plastic goods fair gets good response
The four-day plastic goods fair that began on Thursday in the capital has received good response from visitors.
 arrow Govt urged not to accept 'destructive' conditions
Participants at a dialogue in Dhaka yesterday urged the government not to allow Tata to invest in Bangladesh with 'destructive' conditions that the Indian industrial giant has proposed.
 arrow India’s exports fall sharply in Nov
For the first time in 44 months, India's exports contracted in November from a year earlier, but economists said merchandise shipments will likely rebound in December, helped by seasonal demand.
 arrow Sajna launches operations at new location
Sajna, a local restaurant of Indian cuisine, launched its operations at a new location at Banani in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow IDLC bags ICAB National Award 2004
IDLC of Bangladesh Ltd, a joint-venture multi-product financial institution, has been awarded the first prize in the financial sector (non-banking) for the best-published annual accounts and reports for
 arrow BDCOM Online declares 10pc cash dividend
BDCOM Online Ltd has declared a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Microsoft, Google settle legal wrangle in China
Google and Microsoft have ended a bitter legal wrangle over the Internet search king's July hiring of a former Microsoft vice president to head its China operations, a statement said Friday.
 arrow China economic growth comes at a price
China's breakneck economic growth once again dominated global headlines this year but so did its tragic industrial accidents, fatal riots, protests and disastrous environmental pollution.
 arrow Singapore casinos may boost city's GDP by nearly 2pc
Singapore's two proposed casino resorts could boost the city-state's economic growth by nearly two percentage points and indirectly create about 20,000 jobs, an economic study predicted.
 arrow Aftab Auto okays 20pc cash dividend
Aftab Automobiles Ltd has declared a 20 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Daffodil Computers okays 12pc cash dividend
Daffodil Computers Ltd has declared a 12 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Dec 18-Dec 22, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against taka.

 arrow Notice
The concluding part of the report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) could not be published today due to unavoidable circumstances. The report will be printed next Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan through
Mohammedan Sporting Club relieved their fans when the giants came from a goal down to thrash Feni Soccer Club 4-1 yesterday and book a place in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League Super Six.
 arrow Football: Booters leave for Pakistan today
Bangladesh football team make their second trip to Pakistan this month when they leave Dhaka this afternoon to play the away leg of the Asian Cup pre-qualifiers against the home side.
 arrow Cricket: Fifth round ties today
The fifth round of the Premier Cricket League will take place today at six different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly unlikely for tour of Pakistan
All things being equal Sourav Ganguly will not make the cut to the Indian squad for the tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Zim deeper in crisis
Fed-up Zimbabwe cricketers, who went out on strike on Thursday, desperately need help from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they are to keep on playing.
 arrow Cricket: Eng shift focus on India
England's cricketers have flown home from Pakistan with plenty to think about following defeats in the Test and one-day series.
They will not have much time to rest as they head to India in mid-February.

 arrow Football: Osasuna freeze out Atletico
Osasuna maintained their 100 per cent home record this season, and defied the freezing conditions and their own frozen pitch in Pamplona, with a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket League gets a sponsor at last
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally got a sponsor for the ongoing Premier Division Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: 500-dollar fine slapped on Nafees
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) fined national opener Nafees Iqbal five hundred US dollars for not complying with the board's order.
 arrow Cricket: Pegasus ride on Sharif
Sharif smashed a run-a-ball 81 as Young Pegasus handed a five-wicket defeat to Dhaka Wanderers in the lone First Division Cricket League match at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ shake up top-order
The New Zealand cricket selectors have slashed at the top order in an attempt to give the batting more solidity for the one-day series against Sri Lanka starting on December 31.
 arrow Football: Diego 'threatened at gun-point’
Football legend Diego Maradona was threatened at gun-point during a fracas at Rio de Janeiro airport, a friend claimed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho regrets 'voyeur' slur
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has apologised to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger for calling him a "voyeur" earlier this season.
 arrow Football: Kapru propels Khagrachhari
Hattrick-hero Kapru Chaipa took Khagrachhari to the zonal semifinals of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament with a 5-2 win over Noakhali at the Rangamati Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nike nets $43m deal with BCCI
Nike has signed a 43-million-dollar deal to kit out the Indian cricket team after outbidding rivals Reebok and Adidas, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Cicinho joins Real Madrid
Real Madrid have bought Brazil defender Cicinho from world club champions Sao Paulo, the Spanish side announced on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kaka ties the knot
Soccer ace Kaka was to marry 18-year-old Caroline Celico in Sao Paulo on Friday in a match that is a contender for the title of Brazil's Wedding of the Year.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha champs in regional cricket
Hosts Gaibandha managed a thrilling five-run victory against Lalmonirhat to become champions in the Rajshahi Division regional cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Adriano feared the worst?
Brazilian international striker Adriano admitted on Thursday that he feared the consequences after suffering a head injury in Inter Milan's 4-1 Serie A win against Empoli on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: U-14 football camp begins
A three-week training camp for under-14 footballers began at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Sonali Bank lift V-Day hockey title
Sonali Bank clinched the Victory Day hockey title defeating Bangladesh Army 6-5 in the tiebreaker at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangabandhu was personally religious, politically secular'
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a charismatic leader whose uncompromising leadership and political farsightedness led to the independence of Bangladesh, said speakers at a publication ceremony of
 arrow 3 outlaws arrested
Two cadres of Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) were arrested along with four bombs at Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Dowry behind many women's rights violations
Dowry is still prevalent in the country, which causes many violations of women's rights, according to a survey by South Asia Partnership-Bangladesh (Sap).
 arrow Social movement a must for promoting gender equality
Social movement is a must for mainstreaming gender issues into policy and development programmes with a view to promoting gender equality, said women's rights activists at a national conference yesterday.
 arrow Climate change greatest challenge of world today
During the last century, the temperature of the planet's surface increased by about 0.6c and current scientific thinking sees it rising significantly by the end of the 21st Century.
 arrow Eco-friendly tourism policy demanded
Environmentalists at a rally in the city yesterday demanded an eco-friendly tourism policy and its proper implementation for a flourishing tourism industry as well as for preservation of environmental
 arrow Kidnapped trader rescued in Gazipur
Police yesterday rescued a businessman at Gazipur five days after his abduction from Old Dhaka over business rivalry.
 arrow No headway in case due to Shibir link
Today is the first death anniversary of Muhammad Yunus, professor of the Department of Economics, Rajshahi University and president of Bangabandhu Parishad.
 arrow Unknown disease claims four children in Patuakhali
Four children of two families died and 20 others were attacked with an unknown disease at a village in Baufal upazila of the district within 12 hours until yesterday morning, creating panic in the area.
 arrow 2 girls rescued in Khulna: One held
Police arrested an alleged human trafficker and rescued two female garment workers from Dhaka while they were being sold to a brothel here on Thursday night.
 arrow Japanese dental team arrives today
A 17-member delegation from Hokkaido University Graduate School of Dental Medicine, Japan, headed by Prof Shuichi Takinami arrives in the city today as part of Unesco international exchange programme,
 arrow BNP grand rally in Ctg Dec 29
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to address a grand rally at the outer stadium in the port city on December 29.
 arrow OIS launches 'A' level under Cambridge Exam
The Oxford International School (OIS) has launched 'A' level programme under Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, accounting, business
 arrow Salim Bhuiyan elected Dhaka Club president
Salim Bhuiyan, a freedom fighter and sports organiser, was elected president of Dhaka Club for 2005-2006 on December 22, says a press release.
He got 726 votes while his nearest rival bagged 276.

 arrow Bangla Vision starts test transmission tomorrow
Bangla Vision, a satellite television channel of Shyamal Bangla Media Limited, is going to kick off its experimental broadcasting tomorrow at 6:00pm, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Rice prices rise in N-dists in peak harvesting season
Prices of different varieties of Aman rice is increasing in northern districts though it is the peak harvesting period now.
 arrow JMB suicide bomber Alam trained 200 men in Netrakona
Arrested JMB suicide squad member Alamgir Fakir allies Alam of Netrakona confessed to his involvement in the December 8 carnage in the town in which eight people were killed and 42 injured.
 arrow Money borrowed from provident fund to pay KCC staff
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman had to borrow Tk 80 lakh from providend fund of the staff to pay their salaries for the months of October and November as KCC has no fund, said
 arrow JMB 'commander' Asad among 50 trained by Sunny in 2003
Eleven persons out of 12 arrested in connection with the December 17 recovery of bombs, explosives and bomb-making material from two JMB dens at Akua in town will be produced before court today with a
 arrow River Dolphins face extinction
Brahmanbaria: River Dolphin, a rear species of aquatic mammal, is now on the verge of extinction in Shitalakkya river in Narshindi.
 arrow JMB chief, 12 others chargesheeted in Barguna
Detective Branch Police has submitted charge sheet against 12 JMB men including its chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman in connection with the August 17 bomb blasts in Barguna district town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dhaka city environment: Count down to catastrophe?
With total security blanket on one side, roads cleared of pedestrian and traffic movements and sidewalks and adjacent buildings decorated and illuminated, Dhaka had gone mad for hosting the 13th SAARC
 arrow Half a century of political experiences
THE release of the book in September of this year, authored by Justice Masud, a former Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh, is timely as
 arrow Woman labourers: Problem of exclusion and exploitation
Human rights abuses are more common in dictatorships or theocracies, whereas human rights abuses are rarer in democracies but what is going on in Bangladesh? In recent days some news reports on womanlabourers
Culturearrow Clarion call to maintain film standards
The 9th International Short & independent Film Festival, Dhaka began in the Central Public Library on December 22.
 arrow Egarosho Unonabbai: A play featuring the peasant rebellion
Theatre Guild will stage Egarosho Unonabbai at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong at 7 pm today, as part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum.
 arrow Bangladesh finds "the voice" in Nolok
It was perhaps the biggest event aired live in Bangladesh: Closeup 1 ended with a bang. The nation has given its verdict: Nolok Babu is the victor. His is the voice Bangladesh has been lookingfor.
 arrow China's gift to Hollywood
Zhang Ziyi didn't speak any English when she made her American movie debut five years ago in Rush Hour 2.
 arrow Top ten Bollywood actresses of 2005
According to box-office success, a list of top ten Bollywood actresses was published by rediff.com and Rani Mukerji topped the list. She seems to have become the reigning queen of Bollywood.
Internationalarrow Israel okays Gaza strikes to clear rocket zone
Israel has given a green light for intensified airstrikes inside the Gaza Strip to enforce a buffer zone meant to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali Maoists to allow aid agencies to work
Nepal's Maoist guerrillas have said they will allow international aid agencies to work in the country's impoverished areas where the rebels, waging a deadly revolt against the monarchy, have a strongpresence.
 arrow Congress hands Bush string of setbacks
President George W. Bush is ending the year with a series of setbacks in Congress, where his divided Republican majority has failed to deliver on many of his top legislative priorities.
 arrow India, US make significant progress on nuke deal
India and the US have made "significant progress" in realising the goal of civilian nuclear energy cooperation with New Delhi unveiling a credible separation plan of its civilian and military nuclearfacilities.
 arrow 'Lethal cold threatens Pak quake survivors'
Thousands of Pakistan's quake survivors are caught in a desperate struggle for survival in the Himalayan cold and need urgent help, an international aid group said yesterday.
 arrow New York subways, buses roll again
Subway trains and buses were rolling again in New York yesterday after transit workers ended a three-day strike that caused havoc in America's most populous city at the height of the holiday season and
 arrow Duma adopts controversial bill on NGOs
A controversial bill that restricts the activities of non-governmental organisations in Russia easily passed its third and final reading yesterday in the lower house of parliament.
 arrow Terror warnings put Indonesia on alert
Indonesia deployed thousands of troops to guard churches yesterday amid warnings that al-Qaeda linked militants were planning Christmas terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lesson from Hong Kong
To say that we have returned empty-handed from the WTO Hong Kong round is an understatement.
 arrow Editorial: Onslaught on trees
It is sad news that 100 trees have already been felled, and another 900 more will suffer the same fate, as a thoroughfare in the city is being widened under Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) of
 arrow Compromise text takes WTO process from bad to worse
WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and Indian Trade Minister Kamal Nath were definitely in the minority when they suggested that the recently concluded WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong had achievedsignificant
 arrow How am I different?
A fringe of liberals is emerging in Pakistan. They need to be supported by India through unilateral steps in the way of liberalising visas and reducing tariffs on products from across the border.
Letters to Editorarrow Let's stress on morality
This is in response to the letter of Quazi Md Mahboobul Haque, Comilla on religious education published on 2nd December 2005. Religious education is imparted here for hundreds of years.
 arrow Political parties
To cripple AL, BNP allowed nesting space to Jamaat and allied Islamic parties. The myopic vision was shattered after two years.
 arrow "Bomb blast and Islam are contrary to each other"
The bomb attackers said that their aim of blasting bombs was building up the 'Islamic rules' in this country.
 arrow Reckless driving
Now-a-days reckless driving is becoming a passion with every type of drivers. They are driving their cars or taxies almost carelessly. Sometimes some drivers do not abide by the traffic rules.
StarTecharrow Never miss your calls
If technology can boost efficiency then information technology (IT) also can facilitate businesses and other organisation to make optimum use of resources.
 arrow One billion users of the internet
In the beginning, the Internet was created to carry out a war of indescribable violence.
 arrow Bangladesh@Infocom2005
Infocom -- an ICT conference and exhibition was first held in 2002 in Kolkata with the goal to spread IT awareness through sharing the experience of the world's leading software, IT, manufacturing and
Literaturearrow Barriers that remained*
It had been pouring since the morning; the rain, thick sheets of water. She remained sitting inside her house; didn't go anywhere. Nor could she have.
 arrow 'The Sign of Minor Toilet': An Exchange with Faruq Choudhury and K. Z. Islam
Dear Editor,
I enclose what one might call a blow by blow rebuttal of the points made by Khademul Islam on Monzur Murshed's book, The Broken Milestones in The Daily Star, December 11, 2005 (Star

 arrow Untitled 5
A wise man once said:
a poem should not mean
but be

A poem
is a picture
of you and me
walking through the rain,
feeling every drop soak through
every fibre of the dress

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