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Front Pagearrow Charge sheet given in first sedition case against JMB
The police yesterday submitted the charge sheet in the first sedition case against seven JMB members to a Dhaka court, while the Rab arrested four others including three suspected suicide bombers with
 arrow Some ministers, state machinery backed JMJB
Arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Lutfar Rahman yesterday said some ministers and the state machinery, including the police and district administration, patronised JMB chief AbdurRahman
 arrow 50 garment workers hurt in stampede
At least 50 garment employees mostly women were injured, two of them critically, in a stampede resulting from a false fire alarm inside a garment factory at Monipuripara in city's Tejgaon area yesterday.
 arrow Opposition out to capture power thru' backdoor: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday apparently blamed the opposition parties for sponsoring 'bomb terrorism' and said they have hatched a conspiracy to oust the elected government and capture power through
 arrow 17 mobile courts join food drive
The ongoing drive against food adulteration was reinforced yesterday as 17 magistrates joined the drive in the capital and sealed off two vermicelli factories.
 arrow Govt mulls stopping pvt fertiliser import
The government is considering importing non-urea chemical fertilisers to sell those at a subsidised rate to the farmers, stopping the import by the private sector.
 arrow Journey of over 5,000 hajj pilgrims uncertain
Some 5,000 to 6,000 hajj pilgrims now face uncertainty as the combined carrying capacity of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and foreign aircraft that are to make Hajj flights is much less for flying 52,000pilgrims
 arrow NSI objects to GP's rural expansion
The National Security Intelligence (NSI) has objected to a GrameenPhone (GP) plan for expanding network in the rural areas of 20 districts along the Indo-Bangladesh frontier, saying such expansion will
 arrow AL forms all but 15 district bodies
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is yet to form new committees of 15 organisational districts out of 72 due to persisting intra-party feuds.
 arrow Cabinet's review decision upsets energy adviser
The cabinet's decision to scrutinise an energy ministry proposal on the third round block bidding will delay the exploration of oil and gas resources, Energy Ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman said.
 arrow Foolproof security

 arrow Punish Islamist militants immediately
The 14-party opposition combine yesterday demanded immediate punishment to the Islamist militants and those responsible for all the bomb attacks in the country according to the existing laws.
 arrow Japan to give $250m for 3 projects
Japan will provide $250 million to finance three projects in Bangladesh for water-supply improvement in Chittagong, replacement of old transformers and installation of new transmission line, and Dhaka-Chittagong
 arrow 14-party lays siege to upazilas
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday laid siege to upazila administrations across the country demanding reduction in the prices of agricultural inputs and protesting the price hike
 arrow BSP, NOAB for zero import duty on newsprint
Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) yesterday demanded the government withdraw import duty on newsprint.
 arrow AFD chief retires today
Several senior army officers are busy in last minute lobbying to get the post of the principal staff officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) as Major General Mustafa Reza Noor retires from the
 arrow BSF abducts 5 Bangladeshis
Five Bangladeshi citizens, including a minor boy, were kidnapped by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Debhata and Kalaroa upazilas in the district yesterday.
 arrow DCC hands over maiden Nagar Padak
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for the first time ever gave 'Dhaka Nagar Padak' awards yesterday for outstanding contribution to society.
 arrow Delhi cops foil terror plot
The Delhi police have arrested three persons, including a Bangladeshi, claiming yesterday that it has foiled a terror plan to kill some leading politicians and target software parks, market places and
 arrow Primary school teachers start fast unto death
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday went for a fast unto death at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to realise their one-point demand for nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Court sends Firoz Rashid's nephew to jail
An absconding convict, sentenced to death for killing businessman Mohammad Shamsul Haque and his son Russel Sheikh and slicing their bodies into 149 pieces in last March, was sent to jail yesterday after
 arrow Iraqis find mass grave at Kerbala
Iraqi officials said they found the skeletal remains of 31 people in what they described as a mass grave in the Shia holy city of Kerbala yesterday.
 arrow Philippines charges four US soldiers with rape
Philippine prosecutors charged four US Marines yesterday with raping a 22-year-old Filipino woman in early November but cleared two other soldiers who had also been accused.
 arrow 15 injured in Sylhet gunfight
At least 15 people were injured in a gunfight between two rival groups at Tiargaon in Sylhet's Jagannathpur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Kuwait sentences al Qaeda-linked militants to death
A Kuwaiti court yesterday sentenced to death six suspected militants linked to al Qaeda for bloody attacks in the country.
Businessarrow Nat'l body to be formed for future WTO talks
The government is going to form a national committee comprising stakeholders from public and private sectors to uphold the country's interest in the upcoming WTO negotiations, Commerce Minister AltafHossain
 arrow Shift headquarters of at least one NCB to Ctg
Business leaders in Chittagong yesterday urged the government to shift head offices of at least one nationalised commercial bank and three private commercial banks to the port city.
 arrow Japan returns to inflation for first time in two years
Japan saw a return to inflation in November for the first time in more than two years based on a key measure released Tuesday, setting the scene for a likely end to the central bank's extraordinary measures
 arrow China's forex reserves build-up slows sharply
China's foreign currency reserves rose at the slowest pace in 18 months in November, an official newspaper reported Tuesday, in what analysts said was new evidence that speculative demand for the yuan
 arrow India to ratify Safta deal by Dec 29
After Bangladesh and Pakistan, India will ratify the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement by December 29 before it comes into effect on January 1, 2006.
 arrow VIP-Nitol launches plastic furniture
VIP-Nitol Industries Limited, a joint venture between Bangladesh and Indian companies, yesterday launched plastic furniture in Dhaka.
 arrow Siemens, Vietnam firm sign $212m power equipment contract
German engineering giant Siemens has signed a contract worth more than 212 million dollars to provide equipment for a gas power plant in southern Vietnam, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Japan's jobless rate ups
Japan's unemployment rate edged up to 4.6 percent in November from 4.5 percent the previous month, the government said Tuesday.
 arrow Air-India reschedules flights
Air-India has rescheduled its Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata flights due to the adverse weather conditions in New Delhi.
 arrow World Bank drops 5 loan commitments to Lanka
The World Bank has recently dropped five loan commitments to Sri Lanka amounting to a massive Rs 21 billion (US$213.7 million) raising many an eyebrow, sources said.
 arrow CRAB to rate Fareast Finance
Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd (CRAB) and Fareast Finance & Investment Limited (FFIL) have signed an agreement.
Under the deal, CRAB will rate FFIL.

 arrow Vietnam posts 8.4pc GDP growth in 2005
Vietnam's gross domestic product grew by 8.4 percent this year, up from 7.7 percent last year, according to preliminary figures announced Tuesday by the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Sportsarrow Football: Muktis off with a bang
Muktijoddha Sangsad began their Super Six campaign in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League with a confident 5-2 defeat of Samabesh Club of Munshiganj at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: DOHS atop alone
Defending champions Old DOHS as expected raced to their sixth straight win in the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League when they defeated Agrani Bank by 41 runs at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Football: Booters back home
When Diego Cruciani boarded a home-bound flight, he was a happy man.
 arrow Cricket: SA resist Aussie attack after Hussey heroics
South Africa dug in for a war of attrition after Mike Hussey revived Australia's chances with a dynamic rearguard century on the second day of the second cricket Test here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kerry Packer no more
Australia's richest man Kerry Packer, a pugnacious media mogul with a passion for sport and gambling, died overnight in Sydney, his television network said Tuesday. He was 68.
 arrow Football: Kottan mourns
Although Muktijoddha Sangsad rallied to a 5-2 victory in their Super Six opener in the National Football League yesterday, there was no victory celebrations for the local giants.
 arrow Football: Owen's forgettable Anfield return
Steven Gerard and Peter Crouch helped ruin Michael Owen's Anfield return as Liverpool coasted to an eighth successive Premiership win with a 2-0 win over 10-man Newcastle United here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Regional tune-up for WC
The second Asia Cup for women cricketers is the best platform to prepare regional teams for international tournaments, the players said Tuesday on the eve of the three-nation event hosted by Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Security fear or something else
The final of the Manik Sarker Challenge Gold Cup, a popular football tournament in Phulbari Upazila here in the northern district, was suspended following security fears.
 arrow Cricket: Massive win for Tarun
Surjo Tarun Club romped to a ten-wicket victory against Rupali Bank in the First Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Larsson home-bound
Henrik Larsson is leaving FC Barcelona in the summer of 2006 to return to his native Sweden, he said in an interview published Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly asked to explain
Sourav Ganguly has received a letter from Niranjan Shah, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, seeking an explanation for his absence from a crucial Ranji Trophy match involvingBengal
 arrow Hockey: Bari stays at BHF for 4 more years
Shamsul Bari extended his 17-year reign as Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) general secretary by another four years after winning yesterday's BHF polls by a whisker.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano set for bypass
Doctors plan to perform a heart bypass operation on former Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano on Wednesday if his condition remains stable, the hospital said on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: V-Day tennis title Dipu's
Dipu Lal upset top seed Amol Roy 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 in the final to lift the men's singles title of the Victory-Day Tennis Tournament at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Five in final round
Satkhira, Bagerhat, Dhaka, Gaibandha and Rangamati moved into the final round of the Second JFA Cup U-16 football tournament yesterday as zonal champions.
 arrow Basketball: V-Day b'ball
Josephites shocked favourites Europa 71-53 at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday to emerge as group champions in the Victory Day basketball tournament.
Metropolitanarrow Only a pluralistic society can solve problems of minorities
Speakers at a conference yesterday called for an integrated labour market and developing modalities for freer movement of labour across the borders to address the illegal migration problem.
 arrow Women empowerment a must to check spread of HIV/Aids
Highlighting the vulnerability of women to HIV/Aids, speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the disease is more than a health issue -- it is now a gender issue.
 arrow Include marginalised people in develpment process
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to include country's marginalized people into the development process for poverty alleviation.
 arrow Govt firm to eliminate militants: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday reiterated the government's determination to eliminate the militant forces.
 arrow Five killed, 45 injured in Savar road accidents
At least four people were killed and 25 others injured in a collision between a bus and a truck at Ashulia in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Convict Thai dies in Gazipur hospital
Wain, a convict citizen of Thailand, died of tuberculosis at Gazipur Sadar Hospital at 7:30pm yesterday after he was taken there from Kashimpur Central Jail for treatment.
 arrow Advance rail tickets from Jan 1 on Eid
Bangladesh Railway has taken special measures for selling advance tickets for home-bound inter-city train passengers ahead of Eid-ul Azha from Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet station counters.
 arrow 'Targeted therapy more effective than chemotherapy'
Specific targeted therapy is more effective than non-specific chemotherapy in cancer treatment, said eminent physicist Gulshan Ara yesterday at a seminar in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladeshi wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Towfique Raj, a Bangladeshi, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, says a press release.
 arrow Baishakhi TV starts test transmission tomorrow
Yet another new private television channel 'Baishakhi Television' will start test transmission tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Wage Board finalises questionnaire
A meeting of the Sixth Wage Board for the journalists and others yesterday unanimously finalised the questionnaire to be sent to different newspapers and news agencies and decided to visit the newspaper
 arrow Workshop on skill development held in Chittagong
Centre for Communication, Development and Policy Studies (CCDPS) in association with the British Council Dhaka yesterday organised a two-day workshop on skill development in Chittagong.
 arrow Workshop on painting starts Dec 30
Renowned artist Masuma Khan will conduct a three-month workshop on painting for children aged between 7 to 16 years, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Children replace adults in smuggling
KUSHTIA: Smuggling by children through border points in southwestern districts has increased as adults prefer to keep away now due to increased vigilance by BDR and BSF to check cross-border movementof
 arrow Threat to blow up police station in Mymensingh
An unknown telephone caller man identifying himself as an activist of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Monday night threatened to blow up Kotwali Police Station.
 arrow Kalia Chapra Sugar Mill to reopen in March
Kalia Chapra Sugar Mill in Pakundia will reopen in March under private management with a plan to produce fine quality sugar with imported raw sugar.
 arrow Pirates collect toll thru' tokens in Bay
A gang of pirates of the Sundarbans allegedly introduced token system and collecting illegal toll ranging from Tk 5,000 to 10,000 from each fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal since the first week of December.
 arrow 130 out of 138 telephones out of order!
About 130 telephone lines out of 138 in Patkelghata in Satkhira district are out of order for five years.
Culturearrow A master painter of portraits and landscapes
Jamal Ahmed, an artist of international repute, speaking of his success, said, "The last feather in my cap was a solo at Sendi (Japan) October this year.
 arrow National Seminar on Digital Cinema
Films are not merely a source of transient entertainment. This medium documents our lifestyle, ethos, successes and failures.
 arrow An evening of Qawwali
Qawwali plays a major role in the sub-continental music arena. The genre entices a wide section of music lovers and owes its popularity to Hindi films.
 arrow Ghorswar: The trials of a fisherman's family
On the 12th night of the ongoing theatre festival at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong, Theatre Workshop will stage Ghorswar today at 7 pm.
Internationalarrow Tigers attack Lankan army: 11 killed
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels staged two bomb attacks in Sri Lanka's embattled regions yesterday, killing 10 soldiers and a constable and heightening fears for a faltering truce in the island's ethnicwar,
 arrow Nepal vows to hold polls 'at any cost'
Local elections called by the king in Nepal will go ahead next February despite threats by Maoist rebels and opposition by political parties, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq protesters call for unity govt
More than 10,000 people marched through Baghdad yesterday in support of a national unity government of Sunnis and Shias, but insurgent attacks killed six Iraqi policemen and two civilians in a fresh surge
 arrow Indo-Pak peace talks to resume in Jan
India and Pakistan will hold a third round of peace talks here in January putting focus on security, confidence building measures between the two nuclear rival neighbours and the Kashmir issue.
 arrow Aceh rebels disband armed wing
Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing yesterday in a major step toward ending one of Asia's longest separatist conflicts.
Editorialarrow Editorial: SAFTA ratification
We in Bangladesh welcome the seal of approval for operationalisation of SAFTA from the first day of next year through its ratification by the cabinet.
 arrow Editorial: Murder at Mirpur
A businessman has been murdered after a relative lull for a short period of time. The reaction was massive in the area.
 arrow How does the outcome affect Bangladesh?
There has been a spate of recent articles and speeches in media on the impact of the outcome of the WTO Ministerial meeting on Bangladesh.
 arrow We must unite to face the challenge
Bangladesh of late has become a target of terrorists' bomb attacks causing loss of lives and property on one hand and image of the country on the other.
 arrow Do nuclear weapons pose major threat to mankind?
Nuclear weapons is perceived to be the most dangerous threat to mankind. Centering nuclear weapons there have been lots of human activities.
Letters to Editorarrow Spirit of Victory Day
The nation celebrated the 34th anniversary of its Victory with a gloomy face, not with much enthusiasm, because of the recent incidents that are taking place all over Bangladesh.
 arrow Misguided militants
As a sort of follow-up to the August 17 series bomb attacks across the country, the recent suicidal bomb blasts have dealt a serious blow to the deteriorating law and order situation of the country.
 arrow Load-shedding
Load-shedding has become an inseparable part of our daily life. In creates many problems and hinders the socio-economic development of the country. It is also a big problem for the students and hospitals.
 arrow Drug addiction
Drug addiction means taking heroine, opium, marijuana, morphine, cocaine, phensidyl etc. This is now a global problem. This social cancer has spread its pernicious tentacles all over the world.
 arrow Reckless driving
Street accidents have become a matter of daily occurrence in Bangladesh. In the morning when we open the newspaper, we have to see the news of street accidents.
 arrow Appeal for BRTC counter
Barpa bus stand at Rupgonj upazila in Narayanganj is located near a well known industrial area. There are some export quality industrial units around the bus stand along with many small industries.
 arrow Palli Biddyut
The Palli Biddyut Samity (PBS) in the country is playing a vital rule in socio economic uplift in rural areas since its inception with the expansion of PBS network by Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow Chittagong environment
The environment of Chittagong has become the subject of much criticism. Yet it is always nobody's affair. The bad smell coming out of the heaps of garbage is undoubtedly harmful to our health.
 arrow Ambition
It is true that ambition is a driving force that helps man scale great heights. But undue ambition can be disastrous.
 arrow Modelling and women
For the last few weeks there were some letters about the article entitled "Advertisements are brutal" by Rubayat Hussain. My cordial thanks to Misty of DU.
 arrow BCS question leakage
If the ruling party thinks that without leaking BCS questions there is no way to have its supporters in the BCS cadres, why doesn't it change its name to "BNP Service Commission?"
 arrow Impact of TV
Television is a source of knowledge, pleasure and information and it is a very popular media. Our youngsters are very fond of watching television.
 arrow A disappointment, ZS
I have always read Mr. Zafar Sobhan's write-ups with great interest, for at times he seems to diagnose Bangladesh's many ills very accurately.
 arrow Load management
There is a talk going round regarding load management. It relates to power supplies during peak hours (7 to 10 PM) to high rises, shopping complexes and garment factories.
 arrow Bomb attacks
The spectre of suicide bombing has created a sense of panic, insecurity among citizens of Bangladesh.
Star Chittagongarrow JBIC proposes Tk 2516.30 cr projects for development of Chittagong
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) proposed seven projects of Tk 2516.
 arrow School enrolment an uphill challenge
The anxious parents and guardians are now in a frenzied race to get their wards admitted to the reputed schools in the commercial capital with the beginning of admission process ahead of the new academic
Star Cityarrow More roads, new rules for legal parking
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will lease out more city roads for parking to bring a systematic change in the haphazard parking scenario in the metropolitan area.
 arrow People craving for good films
Long and enthusiastic queues for tickets, unusual but artsy design of posters and decorative colourful balloons and festoons has given a festive look to the Public Library -- one of the venues of the9th
 arrow Visitors rush but sales unsatisfactory
Traders grieved that though the number of visitors is increasing day by day to the month long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2005, that started December 12, sales have not reached the traders'expectations.
 arrow Outsiders infest DU campus to indulge in indecent acts
While passing through the Dhaka University area in the evening, one may get an impression that the entire campus is a sanctuary for outsiders indulging in obscene acts, creating an embarrassing situation
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