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Front Pagearrow Outlaws kill 3 ansars at outpost , loot arms
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Com-munist Party (PBCP) activists shot dead three ansar members, injured several others and looted at least 10 firearms and huge ammunition attacking a police outpost in Singraupazila
 arrow AL out to split ruling alliance thru' blasts
The Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday staged a huge rally in the capital to rebut the opposition claim of its Islamist militant links.
 arrow Finance agrees to release fertiliser subsidy
The finance ministry will release the subsidy to the importers of non-urea fertilisers after it receives the bills from an inter-ministerial committee responsible for fixing import price.
 arrow Angry shop-owners call non-stop strike in Mirpur
Wounded business leader Aftab Uddin, shot by extortionists on Sunday, succumbed to his injuries yesterday afternoon, sparking violent protest by thousands of businessmen in Mirpur area.
 arrow Hefty borrowing from banks as aid dips
A decline in foreign aid and net sale of savings instruments have forced the government to borrow Tk 4,368 crore from the banking system in the first five and a half months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Biman tries for 10 more landing slots in Jeddah
The government has sought time until noon today for resolving the hajj flight crisis and securing in a last ditch effort at least 10 more air landing slots in Jeddah so that no pilgrims miss the hajj.
 arrow JMB men back in business on lax law
The outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has started to regroup its forces in the Satkhira region capitalising on lax law enforcement.
 arrow Bimstec to form body to resolve trade disputes
The December 21-27 meeting of the Trade Negotiation Committee (TNC) of Bimstec countries has decided to form a high-level third-party meditation committee to resolve trade-related disputes that couldarise
 arrow 3 die in cop firing
At least three people were killed and 30 others injured yesterday when police opened fire on a mob agitated against the seizure of illegal sugarcane-crushing machines at South Bhurkapara in Daulatpurupazila
 arrow Free degree edn for women if reelected
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday at a meeting in Natore pledged free education for female students up to the degree level if the alliance government is reelected.
 arrow Pry teachers continue to fast for their demand
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday continued their fast unto death at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to press their one-point demand for nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Revellers to face cops, Rab, doctors on streets
A huge contingent of law enforcement members will rule the Dhaka streets on the 31st night to tackle unruly New Year revellers and ward off any subversive act.
 arrow AL demands resignation of CEC
Main opposition Awami League yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz.
 arrow Rab rushes to N'ganj village in search of Bangla Bhai
A combined operation of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the police yesterday failed to capture the second-in-command of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Police submit charge sheet in Ctg court blast case
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet against five people, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) chief Siddiqul Islamalias
 arrow 100 hurt as traders clash with cops in Syhlet
Over 100 people were injured when traders clashed with police in Sylhet yesterday, demanding closure of a month-long textile fair.
 arrow Fakhruddin's Biriani shop fined
A mobile court fined the city's popular Fakhruddin's Biriani shop at Ramna Tk 50,000 for not maintaining required safety and hygiene standards.
 arrow AL wins 3 out of 4 municipality elections
Three Awami League-backed candidates were unofficially elected chairmen in Bhangura, Badarganj and Nazirpur and the ruling BNP candidate was elected in Shibganj municipality elections yesterday.
 arrow 20 inmates killed in Iraq jailbreak bid
Twenty Iraqi detainees and a prison officer were shot dead in a failed jail break in Baghdad Wednesday, as the country's dominant Shias and Kurds worked on the formation of a new government.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was killed during a shootout between his accomplices and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Dumuria upazila of
 arrow Rowling readies pen for final Potter book
JK Rowling, the British author of the record-selling Harry Potter series, said she plans to start writing the final book about the boy wizard next month and finish it some time in 2006.
 arrow Govt using militants to create anarchy: AL
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, sensing defeat in the upcoming national election, has been using militants to create anarchy in thecountry
 arrow AL calls today dawn-to-dusk hartal in Gazipur
The Awami League (AL) enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Gazipur today, protesting Tuesday's attack on its procession towards Kaliganj upazila office by ruling BNP activists.
 arrow Sedition case against JMB accepted
The charge sheet in the first sedition case against members of militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was accepted by a Dhaka court yesterday.
Businessarrow New laws on micro finance on cards
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said a draft law on micro finance has been finalised and it is expected to be placed before the parliament in the next session.
 arrow Integrated plan needed to benefit from WTO talks
Business leaders at a roundtable yesterday said the WTO Advisory Committee should be strengthened by incorporating all stakeholders and think tanks and there should be a commerce secretary dedicated to
 arrow Saifur criticises economists, media
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday criticised "drawing room based economists" and local newspapers and electronic media for what he said misleading the nation.
 arrow No bomb blast at DITF: EPB
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) yesterday said no bomb blasts occurred at the venue of the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) but inaccurate media reports have panicked people hampering the
 arrow Eskayef grows by 28pc in 2005
The Annual Conference 2005 of Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the country, was held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Japan-Bangladesh joint venture hotel opens in Dhaka
Miura International (BD) Ltd, a Japan-Bangladesh joint venture hotel, formally launched its services in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow China creates first private rural lenders
China has set up its first batch of private lending firms in the northern province of Shanxi to better serve the cash-starved countryside, the Economic Daily said yesterday.
 arrow Oil tips lower
Oil prices fell yesterday, ducking back below $58 a barrel as warmer than usual US weather curtailed heating fuel demand.
February crude futures lost 26 cents to $57.

Sportsarrow Football: Abahani's escape act
An 84th minute pe-nalty converted by centre-back Pradeep Kumar Poddar bailed out 10-man Abahani with a 1-0 win over Bangladesh Army in yesterday's Super Six match of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football
 arrow Cricket: India split tour party
India's cricket chiefs have ordered the national team to leave in two batches for next month's Pakistan tour to enable the entire squad to gain match practice.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies take control
Australia took charge of the second cricket Test against South Africa Wednesday after bowlers Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds gave them a crucial innings lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: 'Focus on your cricket'
The Sri Lankan cricketers returned to New Zealand Wednesday, with captain Marvan Atapattu urging his players to focus on the one-day series starting Saturday and not to be distracted by the anniversary
 arrow Cricket: Symonds' self belief
Under-siege all-rounder Andrew Symonds says he must trust his instincts to fight for his Test career after starring with the ball for Australia against South Africa in the second cricket Test here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka beat Pakistan
Pakistan's women cricketers fought hard against Sri Lanka but lost by a narrow 14-run margin in the opening match of the Asia Cup at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Olympics: It's BBC's blunder
The Greek International Olympic Committee (IOC) member accused of accidentally helping London's winning 2012 Olympics bid through a voting blunder said on Wednesday he never even voted during the election.
 arrow Football: PSG fire Fournier
Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday sacked their coach Laurent Fournier and replaced him with former Sochaux boss Guy Lacombe.
 arrow Football: Media make him arrogant
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has apologised for being arrogant in his approach to managing Chelsea in an FHM magazine interview reproduced in Wednesday's Sun newspaper.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo targets Muller's record
Football superstar Ronaldo said on Tuesday he wanted to break Gerd Muller's World Cup goal scoring record at next year's football extravaganza in Germany.
 arrow Football: Div II soccer
The Second Division Football League began yesterday with Prantik Krira Chakra and Karwan Bazar Pragati Sangha settling for a 1-1 draw at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Chess: 3 share lead
The seventh round of the Metropolis Chess Tournament ended yesterday with three players sharing the lead securing six points each.
 arrow Football: Two more booters nabbed in Vietnam
Two more Vietnamese footballers were arrested Wednesday, bringing to four the number detained over allegations of match-fixing in the recent Southeast Asian games, an official said.
 arrow Football: Tangail enter final round
A 44th minute strike from Liton Miah took hosts Tangail to the final round of the Second JFA Cup football tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Moniruzzaman mauls B Boys
Moniruzzaman produced a whirlwind performance at the City Club ground as Young Pegasus crushed Bangladesh Boys by 191 runs yesterday to maintain their all-win record in the First Division Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Gul in Pak A squad
Fast bowler Umar Gul was included in a 12-man Pakistan 'A 'squad to face India in a tour game, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian 'A' cricket postponed
The Afro-Asian A-team cricket tournament scheduled to be held in Chittagong next month has been postponed.
 arrow Football: Maradona on the playing field again?
An Argentinian soccer club may give Diego Maradona a chance to play again.
 arrow Football: Big Ron is back
Ron Atkinson has made a dramatic return to professional football and will work with Swindon's black manager Iffy Onuora.
 arrow Cricket: PCB considers venue switch
The venues for Pakistan's first two one-day internationals against India in February may be switched due to a shortage of security personnel.
 arrow Tennis: Honours for BN Flotilla
Mesbahuddin of BN Flotilla Team clinched the tennis singles title of the annual tennis and squash championship of Bangladesh Navy yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Langer in line for final Test
Seasoned Australian opener Justin Langer is on course to play in next week's third cricket Test against South Africa in Sydney, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Vidic costs MU 10.5m euros!
Mystery surrounds the high fee of new Manchester United recruit Nemanja Vidic who could complete his move from Spartak Moscow once the winter transfer window opens on January 1.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano in the OT
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano went into the operating theatre to undergo heart bypass surgery on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt urged to ensure justice for disadvantaged women
Women lawyers at a convention yesterday called on women to be more proactive and united to realise their rights through promoting empowerment of women.
 arrow Launch school feeding programme in pry schools
Speakers at a workshop yesterday suggested that school feeding programme be implemented in all primary schools to ensure quality education.
 arrow Work together to bring positive change to society
Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan yesterday said the youths should work together adhering to the human rights principles to bring a positive change to the country.
 arrow Elderly population to reach 1.6 crore by 2025
The country's elderly population will reach 1.6 crore from existing 68 lakh by 2025, putting an extra pressure on national resources due to expensive treatment for old age complications.
 arrow Bangladesh missions fail to protect migrants' rights
Thousands of innocent Bangladeshi migrants are languishing in foreign prisons for years due to negligence of Bangladesh missions in different countries, including India and Pakistan, and the lack of government
 arrow 4 killed, 6 hurt in road accidents
At least four people were killed and six injured in separate road accidents in Feni and Barisal yesterday.
 arrow National Youth Day today
National Youth Day will be observed in the country today with the objective to turn the youths into skilled manpower to face the challenges of the 21st century.
 arrow Cleaner dies while fleeing
A cleaner died while he was trying to flee during the raid on a residential hotel by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Maghbazar in the city early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Ensure optimum use of irrigation water
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar here yesterday asked BADC, Department of Agriculture Extension and Barendra Development Authority to prepare a report to ensure optimum use of irrigation water.
 arrow Stamford varsity team meets President
A delegation of Stamford University Bangladesh, including a number of visiting Japanese teachers, made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bhangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 80 cr project for dev of haors
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed said the government would spend around Tk 80 crore with the support of the World Bank for the development of haors of the country.
 arrow 18 vehicles fined for emitting black smoke
A mobile court at city's Manik Mia Avenue yesterday found 18 diesel run motor vehicles guilty of emitting black smokes.
The court checked a total 20 vehicles during the drive.

 arrow Birth anniversary of Syed Nawab Ali Chy today
Today is the 142nd birth anniversary of Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury, a politician, educationist, philanthropist and social reformer, says a press release.
 arrow Tribute paid to Prof Asgari
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) held a meeting yesterday at the University Club to commemorate late Prof Syeda Asgari Hossain of chemistry department.
Nationalarrow Sunny trained Shibir men in Kushtia, Jhenidah
During study at Islamic University (IU), JMB 'operations commander' Ataur Rahman Sunny trained activists of JMB and of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) in Kushtia and Jhenidah districts.
 arrow Fake freedom fighters on memorial plaque
Names of some martyrs in the Liberation War are missing from the memorial plaque built at Surovi Uddyan in the town. Instead some fake freedom fighters found place in the plaque, inaugurated recently.
 arrow Threats to blow up thana, college and kill UNO
Militants have threatened to kill the UNO and blow up Koatchandpur thana in Magura and Daulatpur Day and Night College in Khulna.
 arrow 'Long march' ends in Gaibandha
The 60-kilometre 'long march' from Sunderganj to Gaibandha to protest India's proposed river inter-linking plan concluded at the Shaheed Minar in the town with a rally yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Answer scripts changed at Patuakhali centre
One hundred answer scripts of Krishi Diploma examination under Bangladesh Technical Education Board were allegedly changed illegally by the secretary of Galachipa centre, according to reliable sources.
 arrow Ershad Shikder's godfather held
Most wanted notorious smuggler, drug and illegal arms trader in south-western region Shamsul Islam alias Black Shamsul was arrested by Rab on Tuesday night from Mirpur in Dhaka city.
 arrow Experts from Dhaka visit affected area
A 4-member medical team lead by Dr Imtiaz Ashraf of Dhaka on Monday visited Maudarban village in Baufal upazila where four children including three of a family died in a mysterious disease on Friday.
 arrow JMB 'commander' Jalil sent to Dhaka for JIC quizzing
'Regional commander' of JMB (Jama'atul Mujaheedin, Bangladesh) Abdul Jalil was sent to Dhaka Tuesday evening for interrogation by the Joint Interrogation Cell.
 arrow 8 honoured in Mymensingh
Eight prominent persons of greater Mymensingh were awarded 'Mymensingh Press Club Award' for their outstanding contribution in the fields of journalism and literature during 2001-'04 at a function held
Point-Counterpointarrow Neo-liberalism: Gathering challenges
Inequalities have always existed in the world. But now, at the beginning of the 21st century, inequalities are of totally different magnitude and nature than ever before, and further accentuating.
 arrow Josh tones and suicide bombers
"Because of the prohibition of all organisations in opposition to the "party" of the Shah, the opposition tended to gather in the mosques.
 arrow Containing the menace of sea piracy
The international seafaring community has always been romanticised by writers and film makers and many people harbour visions of bearded renegades sailing across the blue seas, something akin to a maritime
Culturearrow Mind-whirling images from the land of Omar Khayyam
Internationally acclaimed photographer, Abbas, presented a talk on his country, along with slides, recently at the Bengal Gallery. The slides were based on his most recent book, Iran Diary.
 arrow Binodini impresses Kolkata crowd
As part of the Nandikar Theatre Festival in Kolkata, Shimul Yousuff recently performed Binodini, a Dhaka Theatre production, based on the autobiography of 19th century pioneer theatre activistBinodini
 arrow Focus on 'Networks Within'
The International Short and Independent Film Festival is held biennially. A key event in the festival is the Alamgir Kabir Memorial Lecture, an international seminar on short film.
 arrow Telefilm Bhelki ready to be aired
The telefilm Bhelki zeroes in on the darker side of life in Dhaka: the rise of crime, terrorism, rural migration to the city.
Internationalarrow Lanka seeks India's role to tame Tigers
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse discussed on Wednesday bilateral and other issues amid escalating violence in the island nation.
 arrow Demonstrators protest alleged electoral fraud in Iraq
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Samarra on Wednesday to denounce alleged electoral fraud in Iraq's general elections which gave Shiite-based religious parties a commanding lead in the
 arrow Beslan massacre 'could have been prevented'
The 2004 Beslan school hostage massacre "could have been prevented" if law enforcement personnel had followed orders to tighten security, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating
 arrow Israeli planes hit Lebanon
Israeli warplanes attacked a Palestinian guerrilla group's training base in Lebanon on Wednesday, the army said, after a rocket strike on an Israeli town raised border tension to its highest level inyears.
 arrow Fires race across Texas, Oklahoma
Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires on Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents.
 arrow EU Launches 1st Galileo Program Satellite
The first satellite in the European Union's Galileo navigation program was launched from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, a major step forward for Europe's answer to the US Global Positioning System.
 arrow Mass grave found in Gujarat
Villagers claimed a mass grave had been uncovered for victims of religious riots in western India in 2002, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Pakistan starts work on second Chinese-made nuclear power station
Pakistan Wednesday began construction of a second nuclear power station with China's help at Chashma in Punjab province.
 arrow Sonia must step down as NAC chairperson: Advani
India's main opposition party BJP President LK Advani on Wednesday demanded that Congress President Sonia Gandhi step down as head of National Advisory Council in the wake of the Iraqi oil payoffs controversy
 arrow 22 die in Indian bus accident
At least 22 people, among them three children, were killed when their bus collided with a truck in India's western Gujarat state early Wednesday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
 arrow Iraq war in numbers

Editorialarrow Editorial: A disquieting revelation
The facts could not be any clearer. Elements within the government have for a long time been sponsoring and sheltering the outlawed JMB and JMJB militants.
 arrow Editorial: We demand zero duty on newsprint
The ever-increasing price of newsprint is having a destabilising impact on the newspaper industry as a whole because of its economic untenability.
 arrow Looking back at 2005
Looking back is easy.
 arrow 'Faultlines' in combating religious extremism
The extensive violence caused in recent weeks by the so-called religious extremists have surprised many and a polity that has not been used to such mindless violence accompanied by suicidal bombing finds
Letters to Editorarrow Negligent doctors
I could not just shrug my shoulders and accept young Shamsher Mahmud's death (D.S., 23 Dec. 2005) as another example of 'negligence' by our local doctors.
 arrow Gulshan Park
The purpose of setting up Gulshan Park, originally conceived by planners in 1962, was to provide a fresh breathing place for the dwellers of Gulshan, Baridhara and Banani.
 arrow Defence policy
The news item, which was published for two consecutive days, attracted attention of many specially those who were attached with the Armed Forces. Yes, we do need a policy and it is over due now.
 arrow Endless blame game
Our politicians talk too much and pass objectionable comments. They always blame each other whenever they find an issue.
 arrow Asian Highway
It appeared in a news report of The Daily Star on Dec.
 arrow Politics
I believe that a large majority of the population is thinking why the BNP is so stubbornly clinging onto its alliance with Jamaat. Day by day the Jamaat link to militants is becoming clearer.
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