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Front Pagearrow Illegal VoIP operators make fortune as govt stalls licensing
While powerful illegal internet telephony operators keep on draining out hundreds of crores taka each year, the government is delaying the process of awarding licence for VoIP operation on various pretexts
 arrow JMB's Rajshahi top leader captured
Police yesterday arrested chief counsellor of Rajshahi zone Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Lutfar Rahman in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Saifur denies any fertiliser crisis
While the continuous fertiliser strike entered 8th day yesterday, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman denied any fertiliser crisis in the country.
 arrow Remittance growth defies manpower export decline
Despite a sharp decline in manpower export, the country's remittance earning increased by 27 per cent this year with the total remittance crossing $4 billion mark for the first time, sources in the Ministry
 arrow Militant 'patrons' should quit govt
Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) at a meeting with the prime minister yesterday said those who are accused of harbouring the militants should resign from the government and the administration for the sake of fair
 arrow Cabinet ratifies Safta accord
The cabinet at a meeting yesterday ratified the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement, which comes into effect from January 1, 2006.
 arrow 3,422 acres of govt land recovered from grabbers
The government has recovered about 3,422 acres of encroached land worth about Tk 1,600 crore in the last 11 months, said a report submitted to a secretary-level national committee yesterday.
 arrow 25 police stations to be modernised
The government will develop 25 police stations across the country as models equipping them with sophisticated firearms, computers and adequate number of vehicles to enhance their crime-busting capacity.
 arrow Bengal Biscuit, Priceclub fined
A mobile court led by Magistrate Md Rokan Ud Doulah has restarted drives against adulteration of food items in the city after a couple of months.
 arrow Bangladesh move to qualifying stage
Bangladesh defeated Pakistan twice inside 13 days on Pakistan soil to reach the qualifying round of the Asian Cup 2007 yesterday.
 arrow Nothing Else To Do...


 arrow Primary teachers to lay siege to PM's office
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday took up a fresh programme to realise their demand for nationalisation of their schools.
 arrow SC Bar asks president to cancel Faizee's appointment
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday sent a letter to the president reiterating its demand to rescind the order by which Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee was appointed an additional judge of
 arrow Tata investment talks to resume on Jan 7
With key issues like investment incentive, gas price, coal exploring licence, and process of land allocation still unresolved, the government and Indian Tata Group will sit for the fourth round negotiation
 arrow Cops taking 'tolls' from vessels on Turag
Police are systematically extorting money from all vessels plying the river Turag, threatening the navigators with the prospect of 'robbery' if they refuse to pay.
 arrow JS body asks AFD to complete draft in 10 months
The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry yesterday asked the Armed Forces Division (AFD) to complete the draft of the country's first defence policy within the next 10 months.
 arrow 'Criminal' dies in 'crossfire'
An alleged 'criminal' was killed in 'crossfire' as his associates skirmished with law enforcers in Meherpur last night.
 arrow China develops live bird flu vaccine
Chinese scientists have produced the world's first live vaccine against bird flu and Newcastle disease -- two killer infections for poultry, the agriculture ministry announced Saturday.
 arrow 14-party to lay siege to DC offices today
The 14-party opposition combine will lay siege to all the deputy commissioner's offices in the country today demanding reduction in prices of electricity, fertiliser, seeds, diesel and kerosene as well
 arrow Boy kidnapped from Dhaka rescued at Saidpur
Police rescued a seven-year-old boy at Saidpur and arrested three kidnappers early yesterday. The boy was abducted from Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow Israel to expand settlements
Israel said yesterday it will build more than 200 new homes in Jewish West Bank settlements -- a blow to peace efforts despite word that Ariel Sharon's new party plans a major push for Palestinian statehood
 arrow Gas sickens 78 in Russian store
More than 70 people at a home-supply store were sickened yesterday as employees at three other outlets of the chain found gas-filled containers and timers hidden in boxes.
 arrow Bombing kills 2 in Baghdad market
A parked motorbike loaded with explosives blew up in a market in a Shia neighbourhood of Baghdad near a funeral yesterday, killing at least two people and wounding 23 others, police said.
Businessarrow Khulna Newsprint Mill's land goes to BSCIC for industrial park
Khulna Newsprint Mill's 13 acres of land were handed over to Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) yesterday to set up an industrial park.
 arrow 22 listed firms fail to hold AGMs in Fy05
A total of 22 listed companies failed to hold annual general meetings (AGMs) in 2004-05 as the companies did not get their financial statements audited to declare AGM dates.
 arrow SEC gives clearance for bonds to raise fund
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday accorded registration to the issuance of asset backed zero coupon bonds to raise funds for financing the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover project, official
 arrow Vietnam shoemakers denounce EC probe
Domestic shoesmakers have asked the European Commission (EC) to vacate the ongoing anti-dumping investigation on the import of Vietnamese footwear, and criticised the plaintiffs' evidence.
 arrow Businesses lost $1b during NY transit strike: Mayor
Businesses lost US$1 billion in revenue during the three-day transit strike, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a Sunday radio address.
 arrow Chinese auditors uncover $35b in illegally spent funds
Chinese auditors have uncovered 290 billion yuan (35 billion dollars) in funds illegally spent by government offices in the first 11 months of this year, state media said Monday.
 arrow Opec woos Russia ahead of G8 presidency
Opec chiefs met officials here Monday to coordinate oil pricing and production policies as Moscow prepares to take the helm of the G8 and amid worries in the cartel that Russia is taking world marketshare
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair experiences thin crowd
The Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) yesterday experienced thin crowd following Sunday's bomb blast near the venue.
 arrow President, vice president of listed firms¿ assoc reelected
Samson H Chowdhury and Syed Manzur Elahi have been re-elected president and vice-president of Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies (BAPLC) for 2006, says a press release.
 arrow CRISL upgrades City Bank's rating
Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL), the premier rating agency of the country, has upgraded the City Bank Ltd to 'A' from 'A-' in the long term.
 arrow India, Iran to talk gas pipeline tomorrow
India and Iran will hold bilateral talks this week in New Delhi to discuss the progress of a proposed $7 billion Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline and a separate liquefied natural gas deal between the twonations.
 arrow Citibank to up stake in Shanghai bank
US banking giant Citibank on Monday confirmed it will increase its stake in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to 19.9 percent, an indication that it is also ready to acquire a stake in another Chinesebank.
Sportsarrow Football: Draw suits both fine!
Brothers Union and Mohammedan Sporting Club produced a dull draw in the opening Super Six match of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan want early starts to matches
Pakistan have proposed early starts to the Tests and one-day internationals against India to help deal with the winter weather and short days.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting rides his luck before Nel hits back
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting cashed in on an early 'life' to amass 1,500 runs in a Test calendar year -- a feat achieved by only two others -- before Australia collapsed against South Africa in the
 arrow Cricket: 'I wanted to end myself'
Feisty South African paceman Andre Nel said he felt like ending it all after giving Ricky Ponting a massive let-off on the way to the Australian captain's 26th Test century here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly goes AWOL
India's chief cricket selector Kiran More on Monday denounced former captain Sourav Ganguly for skipping domestic cricket before next month's tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: DOHS await another easy day
Old DOHS look set to retain the solo lead in the Aktel Premier Cricket League when the defending champions take on lowly Agrani Bank in a sixth round clash at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Crespo¿s Boxing Day gift
Hernan Crespo netted the winner for Chelsea after Fulham gave them a fright in the champions' 3-2 derby win at Stamford Bridge here Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer a class apart
Roger Federer's defeat in the last match of 2005 ended 11 months of virtual invincibility that had stamped his name all over tennis for the second year in succession.
 arrow Football: Fergie vows to carry on
Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed speculation about his future as manager of Manchester United and promised to continue in the job.
 arrow Olympics: Beijing expects windfall
Beijing's Olympic marketing campaign is going so well that the 2008 Games could generate millions of dollars in profits, state media said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Newcastle chief slams Benitez
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez did everything but his best to re-sign England striker Michael Owen from Real Madrid as was claimed, said Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd on Monday.
 arrow Football: All hosts in zonal finals
Hosts Kurigram came from a goal down to beat Bogra 2-1 in the zonal semifinal of the second JFA Cup U-16 football tournament at Kurigram Stadium on Monday to set a final clash against BKSP.
 arrow Hockey: BHF polls today
The Shamsul Bari regime in hockey would be challenged when the election of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) takes place today at the National Sports Council.
 arrow Tennis: Arif clinches U-13 title
Arif clinched the boys' under-13 singles title in the Victory Day tennis tournament defeating Hasibul 6-2, 6-1 in the final at the Ramna Tennis Complex on Monday.
 arrow Basketball: V-Day basketball
Europa Youth came from a first-half deficit to defeat Bangladesh Air Force 56-48 in a keenly contested Victory Day basketball tournament match at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Exciting win for Dhanmondi
Dhanmondi Club snatched a thrilling win by virtue of losing lesser wickets after their First Division Cricket League match against Lalmatia Club ended as a tie on Monday.
 arrow Football: UK Sonali Otit in the city
Sonali Otit Club of the UK arrived in Dhaka on Monday to play two warm-up matches here before taking part in the Goodwill Football Tournament in Kolkata from January 2-6.
 arrow Football: Div II football kicks off today
The Rahman Foundation Second Division Football League begins tomorrow at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Chess: Amir, Majed share lead
Amir Hossain and Abdul Majed were sharing the lead in the Metropolis Chess Tournament at the end of the fifth round at the BCF hall-room on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav back in the nets
Two days after his selection in the Test squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan, star cricketer Sourav Ganguly on Monday resumed practice.
 arrow Cricket: It puts pressure on him: Moin
Former captain Moin Khan on Monday said the controversy surrounding Sourav Ganguly's comeback could put him under undue pressure against Pakistan who are better prepared to take on India this time around.
 arrow Athletics: Cadet college sports held
The inter-house annual athletic meets of Comilla, Sylhet, Fauzdarhat and Pabna cadet colleges were held recently.
Metropolitanarrow Madrasas linked to militancy to face stern action
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk yesterday warned of stern measures against any madrasa to be found in cahoots with bomb terrorism and militancy during institutional investigations.
 arrow 'Enforce law to save Karnaphuli'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for proper enforcement of environment-related laws and prevention of encroachment to check pollution of the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow 'huge hypocrisy on in dealing with illegal migration in S Asia'
Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan yesterday said a huge hypocrisy is involved in dealing with the issue of illegal migration in South Asia as the sending and receiving countries do
 arrow Uphold national heritage, culture
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the electronic media should focus on people's activities and strengthen the national heritage and culture.
 arrow 'There and Back Again: A Diplomat's Tale' launched
A book focusing on the role of diplomats during the War of Liberation was launched at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Join struggle for economic freedom
Speakers at an open discussion yesterday said the war of independence has not finished yet as economic freedom of people, one of the main objectives of the liberation war, has not been achieved.
 arrow Nolok grabs int'l limelight
Street singer Nolok Babu, who was crowned the top singer in Bangladesh's own version of 'American Idol', has grabbed international limelight.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 1.8 lakh in Ctg: 2 held
Miscreants snatched Tk1.8 lakh of a businessman at the city's Access Road in Agrabad yesterday.
Local people caught the two muggers and beat them up indiscriminately.

 arrow Verdict against 5 cops on Jan 3
The defence lawyers of the extortion case against five policemen and their three informers yesterday told the court that their clients were falsely implicated in the case.
 arrow Trader Osman arrested after victim's family files case
Police yesterday arrested Mirpur trader Osman Gani after brother of Aftab Uddin, who was shot on Sunday, filed a case accusing the trader of plotting to kill Aftab.
 arrow Police pick up hurt madrasa student
Police yesterday picked up an injured madrasa student in connection with Sunday's bomb blast near Dhaka International Trade Fair to quiz him about the incident.
 arrow AK 47-like shutter gun, huge ammo seized in city
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered an AK 47-like shutter gun, eight cocktails, one foreign revolver and huge ammunitions from a den of a criminal at Motijheel in the city in the early hours of
 arrow 24 students vie for one seat
Around 24 candidates will compete for one seat in the upcoming admission test of Chittagong University (CU).
 arrow Newsman attacked in Bagerhat
Unidentified miscreants attacked and severely injured a local journalist yesterday at Raigram village in Chitalmari upazila of the district.
 arrow ICM grand rally today
Charmonai Pir Syed Md Fazlul Karim, Ameer of the Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM), yesterday urged the people from all walks of life to make the today's grand rally a success.
 arrow Sami elected GS of SMEHS
The executive committee of Salimullah Muslim Hall Ex Students Society (SMEHS) of University of Dhaka in their recent meeting unanimously elected CM Koyes Sami as its new Secretary General, says a press
 arrow Price hike of agri inputs protested
Different political parties protested price hike in fertiliser, pesticide and other agricultural inputs and deman-ded immediate reduction of prices.
 arrow Memorial meet held
Bangladesh Mahila Samity (BMS) arranged a memorial meeting and milad mahfil yesterday in commemoration of Dr Shahadat Hossain, a freedom fighter and former secretary general of Bangladesh Cancer Society
 arrow Int'l confce on microbiology education today
A Japan-Bangladesh Joint International Conference on Microbiology Education and the Prospect of Japanese Collaboration in Education and Research will be held at Sonargaon Hotel in the city today, says
 arrow Science Fair held at British Council
Summerfield International School won the first prize at the Science Fair at British Council recently, says a press release.
The theme of the Science Fair was "Be an Eco-scientist, show and tell".

Nationalarrow 26 suicide bombers trained in Jhenidah, only 1 held
MAGURA: At least 26 members of suicide squads of militant outfits including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkat-ul-jihad (HuJi) were trained and seven training camps were run in Jhenidahtill
 arrow JMB 'commander' confesses to blasting bombs in Pabna
The arrested 'regional commander' of JMB in Pabna has confessed to his involvement in the August 17 bomb blasts in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office, Judge Court premises and 12 other spots in
 arrow JMB 'area commander' Asad sent to JIC again
JMB 'area commander' Md Asaduzzaman, one of two militants taken on fresh remand for eight days on Saturday, was sent to Dhaka yesterday again for quizzing by the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC).
 arrow Sirajganj erosion victims demand dam protection
Several thousand people from 18 villagers in Sirajganj Sadar upazila brought out a procession in Sirajganj town and held a rally in front of the Press Club yesterday demanding immediate government steps
 arrow 'Long march' in Gaibandha against India's river-linking plan
A three-day 'long march', organised by Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) to protest India's river inter-linking project, began from Sunderganj yesterday.
 arrow 2 tsumnami victims remembered in Kuakata
The first death anniversary of two Tsunami victims in Kuakata was observed here yesterday.
 arrow Zainul Festival begins in Mymensingh
A two-day festival marking the 91st birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin began at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (Gallery) here yesterday.
 arrow Kishoreganj lawyers continue court boycott
Lawyers in Kishoreganj continued their court boycott yesterday demanding withdrawal of Deputy Commissioner C M Yusuf Hossain and punishment of some fourth class employees involved in the attack on lawyers
Point-Counterpointarrow The coalition's handling of terrorism is faulty
The entire media and greater part of the civil society have rendered their support for the ruling coalition's call for a dialogue between all parties with a view to reaching a consensus on how to deal
 arrow No Orange revolution in Zanzibar
TANZANIA'A joint presidential and parliamentary elections were a good and a bad omen for the future of democracy in Africa.
 arrow So close two neighbours
The relationship between China and Bangladesh, so close two neighbours, can be traced back in the history of the last no less than two thousand years.
 arrow Who are we?
A common question I keep asking myself is "Who am I?" This question is not only asked by myself, but many others, including the greatest of minds -- but it more importantly shows the confusion we have
Culturearrow Flora and fauna from Aussie deserts
The recent authentic Australian aborigine art display at Shilpangan transports one far away from the fever and fret of cosmopolitan existence.
 arrow Amader Ananda Bari
TV mega serials have a huge fan following. A recent such serial is Amader Ananda Bari, which ntv airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
 arrow "The local theatre activists received me with a paper garland as they failed to get a floral garland" - Ataur Rahman
Director-actor Ataur Rahman is a popular name in our theatre arena.
 arrow Chhayabrita: A story of injustice
Shabda Natyacharcha Kendra will stage Chhayabrita as part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong, today at 7 pm.
 arrow A noteworthy event in the city
Yesterday was eventful for culture and photography enthusiasts. One highlight of the day was a presentation, iranDiary 1971-2005, by Magnum photographer Abbas at Bengal Shilpalaya.
Internationalarrow Hope, sorrow and fear of another monster wave
Mourners across the world gathered yesterday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines to remember thousands who died in last year's tsunami, one of the world's most horrific disasters.
 arrow US eyes big Indo-Pak arms sales in 2006
The Bush administration is manoeuvring to balance possible big new US arms sales to archrivals India and Pakistan in the New Year.
 arrow Violence kills 2 GIs, 18 Iraqis
At least 18 Iraqis and two US soldiers were killed in violence in Iraq yesterday and Sunday while fresh street protests over election results kept up tension that has soured the mood after a peacefulballot
 arrow Iraqis want US out 'as soon as possible'
The top US military commander admitted Sunday that Iraqis wanted US and other foreign troops to leave the country "as soon as possible," and said US troop levels in Iraq were now being re-assessed ona
 arrow Maoist killings fall during Nepali truce
The number of people killed by Maoist rebels has dropped in the past three months during a unilateral ceasefire, but abductions have risen, a human rights group in Nepal said yesterday.
 arrow Christmas blaze kills 26 in China
A fire at an unlicensed bar killed at least 26 people and injured eight in a Chinese city near Hong Kong, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Train crash kills 4 as blizzard hits Japan
An express train running behind schedule in blustery winter weather derailed in northern Japan, killing four people and injuring 32, police said yesterday, and it was unclear if others remained trapped
Editorialarrow Editorial: Energy sector needs tidying up
The energy sector is absolutely crucial to Bangladesh's development.
 arrow Editorial: An artificial fertiliser crisis
This is the peak of the Boro season. The fallout of the strike by fertiliser traders which began on December 19 has left the farmers in a state of stupor.
 arrow The battle lines have been drawn?
In any democracy, politics is all about scoring political points. In a nascent democracy, it is more so for the fact that success of a politician largely depends on how adeptly one could fool his/herconstituents.
 arrow The cash-for-query scandal
Barely had the Indian public absorbed the impact of "Operation Duryodhana" -- which showed 11 Members of Parliament accepting cash to raise Parliament questions -- when a second TV channel did another
Letters to Editorarrow Tuition fees
It is really a matter of great concern that the private universities are charging very high tuition fees from the students.
 arrow Our motherland
Firstly, I would like to thank the writer of the letter entitled "Bidding corruption goodbye!" (DS, 28/11/2005). This was a positive letter that inspired me. Bangladesh is our country, our beloved motherland.
 arrow Bush's realisation
George w Bush finally realised that he was responsible for the war in Iraq as he was fed with flawed intelligence information by CIA.
 arrow Talent hunt programmes
When the Indian talent show Indian Idol shown on Sony TV, it became a huge success and the satellite channels of our country introduced their own talent hunt programmes.
 arrow Pakistan and Bangladesh
As a Pakistani, I would like to respond to the comments by Siddhartha Basu from Boston, US.
 
   
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