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Front Pagearrow Move to list most voters before HC hearing
With two writ petitions pending over the decision to make a fresh voter roll, the preparation for the list starts on January 1 in a hasty manner to complete the maximum task of enumeration on the opening
 arrow Sunny remanded for record 119 days
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded Military Commander of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny for a record 119 days, showing him arrested in 15 cases under the Explosive Substances
 arrow In sugar trap
A tense situation is prevailing in South Bhurkapara amidst frequent police patrolling in the wake of Wednesday's killing of three people during agitation of sugarcane farmers.
 arrow No plan to save canals, water retention ponds
While preparations are underway to launch the long awaited Tk 2,475 crore eastern bypass-cum-embankment project in Dhaka, the government has no plan in hand to save the natural canals and water retention
 arrow Experts meet today to protest its impact
With India finalising construction of the Tipaimukh hydroelectric dam in its northeast, water experts and rights activists from across whole South Asia meet in the city today to protest the project that
 arrow Mirpur traders held hostage by toll-takers
Extortionists in city's Mirpur area demanded toll from over 100 traders in the last two days while the latter continue to protest the killing of fellow businessman Aftab Uddin, who died Wednesday, four
 arrow PM's speeches provocative
The 14-party opposition yesterday alleged the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government is hatching conspiracy to hand over power to a "third force" to save their skin sensing defeat in the next elections.
 arrow Militancy, political volatility main bars
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed sees the recent rise of Islamist militants, and subsequent law and order slide and political volatility as the main challenges to the country's economicprogress
 arrow Teachers end fast on govt talk offer
The non-government primary school teachers yesterday withdrew their fast unto death programme on the government assurance for talks within 15 days to meet their demand.
 arrow Outlaws target more police bases
Communist outlaws have prepared a hit list of 'weak' police stations and outposts in Notore, Sirajganj and Bogra to launch attacks like the Wednesday's one on Bamihal outpost that left three ansars dead,
 arrow Wetland bird species on extinction
The number of species of waterfowls found in Bangladesh's wetlands has come down to 70 from more than 250 in early 1990s, a study conducted by bird-watchers revealed yesterday.
 arrow Delhi suspects Dhaka-based militants' link
Indian security officials yesterday did not rule out the possibility of Bangladesh-based militants' involvement in the attack on Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore on Wednesday night.
 arrow 2 top cops forced into retirement
The government yesterday sent two top police officials into forced retirement, promoted three deputy inspector generals (DIG) to the rank of additional inspector general and 68 inspectors to assistant
 arrow Hajj flight crisis ends
Hajj agencies and hundreds of intending pilgrims have called off their demonstration planned for today following Biman's securing 10 more landing slots at Jeddah airport and assurance of arranging more
 arrow Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover to be built without removing settlements
The government yesterday decided to construct the proposed Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover without removing the existing settlements in the area.
 arrow US undersecretary due in January
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas R Burns is expected to pay a two-day official visit to Dhaka in late January.
 arrow DU teacher gets JMB threat letter
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) through three letters yesterday threatened to kill a Dhaka University professor along with his son and daughters within 15 days.
 arrow Another whale shark killed in 12 days
Local fishermen yesterday netted a whale shark, the third since December 17, in the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Landslide kills 30 in Yemen
At least 30 Yemenis were killed in an overnight landslide which hit a village on a rocky slope near the capital Sanaa with 100 people still missing, an interior ministry official said yesterday.
 arrow BSF pushes in 13 Indians thru' Satkhira border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday pushed 13 Bengali-speaking people into the Bangladesh territory from Koikhali frontier near the Sundarbans area, BDR sources said.
 arrow Govt to promote over 300 asst secys in January
The government is going to promote over 300 assistant secretaries to the post of deputy secretary early next month.
Businessarrow Forex reserves stand at $2.8b
The country's forex reserves yesterday stood at $2.8 billion after the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday released the third tranche of the Development Support Credit (DSC).
 arrow Indian cabinet okays Safta accord
The Indian cabinet yesterday approved the decision to join the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), which goes into force from January 1.
 arrow CPD's reflections from Bangladesh perspective
 arrow 16 SoEs to be privatised in six months
A total of 16 more state enterprises will be handed over to private sector in the remaining six months of this fiscal year, as the Privatisation Commission does not see any major hindrance in the process.
 arrow Asian airlines to hit turbulence in 2006, says report
2006 will be a make-or-break year for airlines with big expansion plans in the Asian region, the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in its annual outlook report.
 arrow Annual market update, 2005
USD/BDT Market
The local foreign exchange market observed three major events in 2005:
1. BDT saw the highest ever depreciation

 arrow New office bearers of ICAB
The Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) has elected its new office bearers for the year 2006.
 arrow China looking to build power plants overseas
China is looking into building power plants in neighbouring countries and transporting the electricity across its borders on high voltage cables, the China Daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Asia outgrows Japan economy
For the first time in more than three decades Japan's economy, the world's second largest, is set to be surpassed in size by the rest of Asia.
 arrow GP to take part in Corporate Bazaar
Mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd will take part in Corporate Bazaar, an exhibition of corporate houses scheduled for January 30-February 1 in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil steadies
Oil prices were steady yesterday after sharp gains the previous day on forecasts of drops in US crude and distillate product stocks and on expectations that Opec will cut output at its January meeting.
 arrow Anlima Yarn Dyeing okays 5pc dividend
Anlima Yarn Dyeing Ltd has declared a five percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
Sportsarrow Football: Supersub Siraji BU hero
Brothers Union not only became the first team to advance into the semifinals of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League but also took Abahani to the last four when they edged ten-man Muktijoddha
 arrow Cricket: Clash of top two today
The seventh round matches of the Aktel Premier Cricket League will be held today with heavyweights Old DOHS and Mohammedan Sporting Club meeting in a mouth-watering clash at the Fatullah Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Sizzling Symonds takes hosts on verge of win
Andrew Symonds emphatically answered his critics with a genuine all-round performance to have Australia headed for victory over South Africa in the second Test Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: An Akram advice
Former cricket great Wasim Akram Thursday advised Pakistan to prepare bouncy tracks in next month's home series against India to unnerve visitors' strong batting line up.
 arrow Cricket: Now joins in SA coach
Australia's high-profile leg-spinner Shane Warne is a master at pressuring umpires in his appeals for a wicket, South African coach Mickey Arthur said Thursday.
 arrow Suraiya topples Sharmin to win gold
BKSP's SAF Games gold medalist shooter Sharmin Akhter failed to live up to the expectation when she clinched only the bronze medal in her pet event 10m women's air rifle in the 20th National ShootingChampionships
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar trains with bowling machine
Sachin Tendulkar is preparing for India's Test series in Pakistan next month by practicing against a bowling machine.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini out of third Test
South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has been ruled out of the third Test against Australia starting next week after injuring his left knee.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab leaves for Bangkok today
National cricketer Aftab Ahmed will leave for Bangkok today for treatment of hepatitis.
 arrow Cricket: Shakil century steers Partex
Shakil smashed a century to throttle Partex to their ninth win in the First Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Full marks for Bima, Jatrabari
Jatrabari KC and Sadharan Bima won their respective matches in the Second Division Football League at the Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea extend lead
Joe Cole helped Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 11 points by scoring the winner in a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Manchester City on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: A Jewell in the Wigan
Nobody in the English Premiership could be more thrilled with his half-term report than Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell -- though he would never admit it.
 arrow Football: Capello reveals MU interest
Juventus boss Fabio Capello says it would be a dream come true to manage Manchester United one day.
 arrow Football: Kurigram in JFA Cup finals
Hosts Kurigram qualified for the final round of the Second JFA Cup U-16 football tournament with a solitary goal victory over BKSP at the Kurigram Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Menjis off to flying start
Menjis Krira Chakra got off to a flying start in the Bactrol Men's First Division Handball League when they defeated Monsoor Sporting Club 23-9 at the Dhaka Handball ground on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Becks boots for quake charity
A Norwegian businessman bought a pair of David Beckham's old boots Thursday for a cool million kroner (148,000 dollars), which will go to earthquake victims in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan change first two ODI venues
Pakistan has switched the venues for the first two one-day internationals against India in February for security reasons, the director of operations for the Pakistan Cricket Board Saleem Altaf said on
 arrow Cricket: PCB not to ask for neutral umpires
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Wednesday dropped the idea of having neutral umpires for the five-match one-day internationals series against India, who have given a cold response to the proposal.
 arrow Cricket: India crush Sri Lanka
India's women cricketers on Thursday began their Asia Cup defence convincingly, defeating Sri Lanka by ten wickets at the Gymkhana ground.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano recovering
Real Madrid's honorary president and former star Alfredo di Stefano was breathing on his own Thursday following heart surgery.
 arrow Cricket: Father Fleming missing first SL ODI
New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming has pulled out of the opening one-day match against Sri Lanka following the birth of his first child, New Zealand manager Lindsay Crocker said Thursday.
 arrow Basketball: V-Day b'ball
Josephites and Bangladesh Navy will play in the Victory Day Basketball Tournament final after winning their respective semifinals at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Opposition's 23-point demand aimed at empowering people
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the 14-party opposition combine has placed the 23-point demand to empower people at the state level in order to achieve the goals of the liberation
 arrow Ensure rights to crop seeds
Farmers from different parts of the country yesterday urged the government to ensure their rights to seeds of crops and control the commercial activities of multinational companies in agricultural sector.
 arrow 'Elections to be held in time'
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday reiterated that the next general election would be held in time.
 arrow Sophisticated 3-dimensional Naval Force to be built: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said new-tech warships, helicopters and maritime patrol-aircraft will join the naval fleet to build a sophisticated and balanced three-dimensional Bangladesh Naval
 arrow 'Training a must to promote e-govt'
Government officials must be trained up in ICT to promote 'e-government' and ensure transparency and accountability in the administration, said Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, principal secretary to the primeminister,
 arrow Govt reluctant to bring Kibria killers to justice Says Asma Kibria
Asma Kibria, widow of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said the government is reluctant to bring the killers to justice.
 arrow 17 staffs are Islamist extremists !
Bangladesh Cable Shilpa Ltd Managing Director Md Sharfuddin Ahmed lodged a general diary with Khanjahan Ali Police Station on December 15 against 17 workers and employees branding them as the Islamist
 arrow Shamim gets Monajatuddin Smriti Puroshkar
Shamim Al-Amin, staff reporter of the Prothom Alo, was awarded the 'Charon Sangbadik Monajatuddin Smriti Puroshkar 2004' yesterday for his series reporting on 'Influential people grasp thousands acres
 arrow Khulna BNP activist gets 17 years¿ RI for keeping arms
A Khulna court yesterday sentenced a ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activist to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment for keeping two foreign made revolvers and four bullets in his possession.
 arrow 4 Ctg JMB men sent to Dhaka for interrogation
The four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men, now on 10-day remand second time, were sent to Dhaka yesterday for further interrogation at the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC).
 arrow Humayun, Shahana President, Secy
Humayun Sadeq Chowdhury of The Amar Desh and Shahana Sheuly of the Jugantar have been elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Sub-Editors' Council, says a press release.
 arrow Workshop on environment in WTO begins
A three-day regional training workshop on 'Environment in the WTO' began in the city yesterday with a view to create 'sensitivity about the contentious and important issues of the Word Trade Organisation.
 arrow Injured JMB man hospitalised
Mamun Ali, the injured suicide squad member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and killer of two judges at Jhalakathi, was admitted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday
 arrow Police Assoc forms new committee
Bangladesh Police Association (BPA) formed a new 15-member executive committee at its monthly meeting at its office in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow Lack of proper training, modern weapons main obstacle
Lack of proper training and modern weapons is the main obstacle to proper functioning of the police force in the country, said Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday.
 arrow 3,400 textbooks seized in city
Police arrested two persons from a bookshop at Banglabazar in the city during a drive on Tuesday on charge of illegally printing and selling textbooks of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).
 arrow BCL calls strike at CU to protest Shibir attack
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) attacked a mourning procession of the Bangladesh Chhatra League on the Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday, leaving two BCL leaders injured.
 arrow ULAB introduces Maj Gen Mannan Siddiqui Scholarship
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has introduced "Major General (Retd) Abdul Mannan Siddiqui Scholarship,” says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Craving for a trustworthy policing system
Ensuring security of individuals and properties, in any country, is the responsibility of the institutions created to maintain the law and order.
 arrow Dr Mahanambrata Brahmachari
Dr Mahanambrata Brahmachari was born in Khalisakata village of Barishal on 25th December 1904. His earlier name was Bankim.
 arrow Preventing money laundering
Money laundering means Illegal transactions made in order to project the proceeds of crime as legally obtained.
Culturearrow Zainul Abedin: Our pride and joy
Amidst passionate speeches by members of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, National Museum, Bengal Foundation and Begum Jahanara Abedin (widow of Zainul Abedin), Zainul Abedin's birth anniversary
 arrow From the streets of Jamalpur to the hearts of millions
It's a classic rags to riches story: a dirt poor street-singer wins over the hearts of millions in the course of winning the most lucrative title in singing in recent times.
 arrow Riveting images of despair and hope
Nature nurtures us; assists us in our struggle for survival. In many ways, nature is like a mother to us humankind and other species.
 arrow An Iranian filmmaker comes to town
"To bring about a revolution in filmmaking and create an encouraging environment for quality movies, a nation must have filmmakers and technicians with apt education in cinema," says Iranian short-filmmaker
 arrow Cholchey Jibon...to be aired on BTV
As part of the Eid special programmes, BTV will air tele-film Cholchey Jibon ... Jebhabe Jokhon.
 arrow Aamir Khan ties the knot
Indian movie heartthrob Aamir Khan has married a screen director, exchanging vows and rings in a quiet ceremony in Mumbai.
Generalarrow Help alleviate poverty
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the youth to come up with a resolve to help alleviate poverty from society by implementing various programmes initiated by the government, NGOs and development
 arrow Mugger lynched in Tangail
A mob beat up two muggers, leaving one of them dead, as they along with several others tried to rob a former UP chairman of his motorcycle on Wednesday night.
 arrow US mission closed on Jan 1
US Embassy offices, including The American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the Student Advising Centre, will remain closed on January 1 on the occasion of New Year's Day, says a USEmbassy
Editorialarrow Editorial: Outlaw attack in Natore
This was a major act of banditry of an outlawed group whose activity had been on the wane for sometime past.
 arrow Editorial: Mobile courts against food adulteration
The mobile courts are back in operation -- on public demand, so it is understood. While the revival of the courts is welcome, we still seem to be grappling with the problem on an ad hoc basis.
 arrow Highway robbery
So here we are again. Back in April 2004 when the landmark treaty was signed between 23 countries to complete the 140,000 km Asian Highway that runs from Tokyo to St.
 arrow New law of attraction
If you watch iron pellets being drawn towards a magnet, it tells you how it works when we talk about attraction.
 arrow Cancel new tele-tapping law
The government has announced a new year's gift package for the people of the country. But the gift is not for all! It is only for those who have telephones.
Letters to Editorarrow National Dialogue
Poor Bangali and Bangladeshi Janata; they are waiting for a miracle to happen. Their freedom is being gradually and blatantly snatched away with the new scary tactic.
 arrow Asian Highway
Whether we support or not the present quasi-fundamentalist BNP-led government, or whether we are anti-Indian or not, we should not take the line that goes against our interest.
 arrow Beautiful, mystical
I'm an occasional reader of The Daily Star. Today, I've read a letter written by Mr. Humayun Haider that touched me. I'm with Mr. Humayun Haider, and our Finance Minister's remark is really shocking.
 arrow Football
The Bangladesh Football team suffered a humiliating loss to India in the finals of the SAFF tournament.
 arrow Current Iranian regime
This is in response to Mahjabin Ahmed's letter on December 21.
Shirin Ebadi is a critic of the current Iranian regime.

 arrow Ignorant people!
It seems that about every evil act of their government, the American people are always ignorant.
 arrow Christmas vs. X-mas
Many of us refer to Christmas as "X-mas.
 arrow Shocked!
I am unhappy about my home city Chittagong. I wouldn't be able to do anything for my city living here (Sydney). I read in newspapers about JMB attacks.
 arrow Pak hockey
By knocking the Indian hockey team out while playing for the fifth position, the Pakistan team did hit the bull's eye.
 arrow Ethics of condemnation
After the recent suicide attacks purported by JMB a lot is being said about the division between the teachings of Islam and the actions of the JMB.
 arrow Chelsea, again
Six months after winning the premier title, Chelsea is still strong and confident about lifting more cups and keeping them in their trophy cabinet.
 arrow Are BBC and CNN neutral?
When I was a student of Mass Communication & Journalism of Dhaka University, one day in a reporting class one of our teachers said, "Objectivity is a bogus term.
 arrow Our economic policy
We could have taken the road of free economy in 1975 and make a switch to Look-East policy in 1990 but we did not.
 arrow Road accidents
Every year thousands of people die in road accidents . So everybody wants Nirapod Sharok.
 arrow One child family
Population explosion remains an ever vexing problem. Bangladesh with an area of 142000 square km. and population of over 140 million is reeling under the pressure of its huge human mass.
Environmentarrow UN climate conference: Surprises and hopes
The last two days of the UN Climate Conference, recently held in Montreal were full of surprises.
Worldarrow South Asia: Fresh war in Lankan horizon
A surge in suspected rebel attacks is straining Sri Lanka's 2002 ceasefire and the country might be drifting toward a return to civil war, the head of the island's Nordic truce monitors warned yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Maoist polls boycott won't be violent
Nepal's Maoist rebels have assured the United Nations that their threat to disrupt municipal elections due in February did not mean they would abduct or kill candidates.
 arrow South Asia: BJP hits by sex scandal
India's beleaguered main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been dealt another blow, this time a scandal involving the alleged sexual high-jinks of an avowedly celibate official.
 arrow South Asia: US sanctions 2 Indian, 6 Chinese firms for dealings with Iran
The United States has imposed sanctions on six Chinese state-run firms for selling missiles or chemical weapons-related supplies to Iran, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.
 arrow South Asia: India to pay $160m to victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots
India announced yesterday that it would pay an additional 160 million dollars to victims of anti-Sikh riots that erupted after the 1984 assassination of Congress premier Indira Gandhi.
 arrow US, UN back Iraq vote as protests mount
The United Nations and the United States rebuffed calls by Sunnis and secular Shias to re-run Iraq's parliamentary elections as protests against the vote continued yesterday.
 arrow Israeli troops keep on pounding Gaza
Two Palestinian bystanders and an Israeli soldier were killed yesterday by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at an army checkpoint, as the army pounded northern Gaza with artillery fire in order to
 arrow Men want facts, women seek relations on Web
Internet users share many common interests, but men are heavier consumers of news, stocks, sports and pornography while more women look for health and religious guidance, a broad survey of US Web usage
 arrow Israel rules out early strike on Iran
Israeli chief of staff General Dan Halutz yesterday ruled out the prospect of a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear installations in the near future.
 arrow Wildfires char 100 homes in Oklahoma, Texas
Linda and Kenneth Dixson recently turned down an offer to buy their quaint renovated farmhouse, deciding instead to stay put and fill it with new furniture.
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