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Front Pagearrow Gas reserve to last till 2011
As new figures forecast a serious gas crisis from as early as 2011, the government should immediately open up the existing oil and gas blocks for international oil companies instead of going for a time
 arrow 2 Petrobangla executives, wives killed in road crash
Thirteen people including two Petrobangla high officials and their spouses were killed and five others injured in two road accidents on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Mirpur garment worker lynched for a T-shirt
Security guards and production manager of a garment factory in Mirpur allegedly killed a young garment worker early yesterday for trying to go out of the factory in a new T-shirt, a product worth notmore
 arrow Indian move to trigger severe eco-disaster
The water flow to Bangladesh's major river system -- the Meghna and its tributaries - - might be slashed by around one third resulting in massive intrusion of saline water from the Bay of Bengal withits
 arrow Rab captures JMB's top Khulna leader
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Khulna divisional second-in-command of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Thursday night and seized huge amount of explosives and bomb-making materials from
 arrow 41,050 applicants for 8,726 seats
About five students compete for a seat in classes I to IX this year as admission tests are held at 24 government schools in the city in the first week of January.
 arrow Mob beats up 6 cops in Ctg for extortion
Agitated locals beat up six cops and a police informant while the seven were reportedly collecting tolls from hawkers in Baluchhara area of the city yesterday.
 arrow Stray bullet kills Bangladeshi woman in US
A Bangladeshi woman who emigrated to the US was killed by a stray bullet shot through her window near midnight on Wednesday.
 arrow Revellers to face traffic ban, strict vigilance
Transport movement on some city areas will be restricted on the 31st night to tackle unruly New Year revellers and ward off any subversive act, according to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
 arrow Tourists throng Cox's Bazar to hail 2006
Thousands of tourists are thronging the Cox's Bazar beach, eager to see off the last sun of 2005 and hail New Year.
 arrow NSU student rescued after his abduction by driver
Gulshan police on Thursday rescued a BBA student of North South University (NSU), who was abducted by their car driver on December 27 for Tk 20 lakh ransom.
 arrow Lawyers blast CEC's move
Leading Supreme Court lawyers yesterday said the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz's carrying on with the work for making fresh voter list with the hearing of the writ petitions pending
 arrow Procession protests militancy
Different social, cultural and human rights organisations under the banner of Bikkhubdha Deshbasi (aggrieved countrymen) yesterday brought out a procession from the Central Shaheed Minar protesting extreme
 arrow Tata willing to manage Mongla Port
Indian industrial giant Tata Group has reportedly proposed to take up a lease on Mongla Port in a bid to improve its performance so that foreign ships don't shy away from using the port.
 arrow A procession with the national flag...


 arrow JMB admits to killing ansars in Natore
The suicide squad of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday claimed the responsibility of the killing of three Ansar members at Bamihal police camp in Singra upazila of Natore.
 arrow Tarique sees foreign hands in militancy
Senior Joint Secretary General of ruling BNP Tarique Rahman suspects foreign conspiracy behind the rise in militant activities in the country.
 arrow BDR pushes back 13 Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Thursday night pushed back the 13 Bangla-speaking Indians pushed into Bangladesh by Border Security Force (BSF) the same day.
 arrow 10 Sudanese migrants killed in Cairo clash
Ten Sudanese migrants were killed yesterday in clashes with Egyptian police trying to dismantle a protest camp where hundreds of migrants had lived for months demanding resettlement outside the country,
Businessarrow WorldTel to start operation in Dhaka next March
WorldTel Ltd, the lone licence holder for providing land phone services in Dhaka zone, will start its operation by next March.
 arrow US can deny 90pc Bangladesh goods duty-free access
The United States will be able to deny duty-free access of 85-90 percent Bangladeshi export items under the declaration adopted at the recently held WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, accordingto
 arrow Vendors encouraged to adopt ethical practices
Responsible corporate houses not only embrace ethical business practices themselves but also encourage their vendors, product and service suppliers and other third parties to internalise those.
 arrow CPD's reflections from Bangladesh perspective
Continued from dec 30

b. Specific Issues

Agriculture

  • Agriculture negotiations are related to three pillars: domestic support, market access and export subsidies.
 arrow Investment likely to slow down in 2006
Investment in the country is likely to slow down in the coming year as prospective investors would prefer to see how political situation develop ahead of the next general election.
 arrow Govt urged to pursue long term policy
A long-term policy is needed to reap benefits from WTO trade negotiations, speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka Thursday and urged the government to take preparation for next global trade talks.
 arrow StanChart opens branch at Pallabi
Standard Chartered Bank has recently opened a branch at Dynasty Tower at Pallabi in Dhaka.
 arrow China gets good mark for 2005 currency policy
As China's central bankers look to 2006 and plan further reforms to the country's foreign exchange regime, analysts say they can pat themselves on the back for a job well done this year.
 arrow Pakistan cuts growth forecast
Pakistan's central bank cut its year to June 2006 economic growth forecast Friday to 6.0-6.6 percent, saying it was due to a sharp tail off in manufacturing and agriculture.
 arrow Oil above $60
Oil prices eased yesterday but headed towards the end of 2005 above $60 after two days of gains driven by lower US fuel stocks and expectations that Opec will cut output when it meets in January.
 arrow Indian gold futures move in tight range
Indian gold futures moved in a tight range yesterday on thin trading volumes as traders stayed away during the holiday season, while sugar slipped in anticipation of buoyant supplies.
 arrow Sri Lankan economy grows 6.4pc
Sri Lanka's economy grew by a "satisfactory" 6.4 percent in the third quarter of this year, just before the latest upsurge in violence, the department of Census and Statistics said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: DOHS win a thriller
Defending champions Old DOHS crossed a major hurdle in the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League with a nerve tingling three-run win over Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees hammers ton
National opener Shahriar Nafees struck a blazing hundred as runners-up City Club returned to the winning track with an 81-run victory against Orient Sporting Club in the Aktel Premier Cricket League at
 arrow Football: Ndem shines, Abahani blaze
Abahani used all their firepower to brush aside Samabesh Club of Mun-shiganj 6-1 yesterday and cement their place atop the Super Six table of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Foot-ball League.
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon set an example
The crisis at Premiership cricket club Sonargaon Cricketers deepened when the newcomers stripped Al-Shahriar Rokon's captaincy and fined a total of six players including two top national cricketers on
 arrow Cricket: Australia cruise
Australia claimed a resounding 184-run victory over South Africa in the second cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Friday, taking a 1-0 series lead with a Test to play.
 arrow Another gold for Sabrina
Sabrina Sultana of Dhaka Rifle Club bagged her second gold medal in the 20th National Shooting Championships when the veteran became first in the women's 50m rifle three position scoring 568 points on
 arrow Football: Liverpool looking for perfect 10
Liverpool will seek a 10th successive Premier League victory on Saturday when they conclude a memorable year at home to West Bromwich Albion.
 arrow Football: 'Just the beginning for Chelsea'
Chelsea still have a long way to go before they can truly start comparing themselves to Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
 arrow Cricket: More stakes than a win
A depleted New Zealand and out-of-form Sri Lanka are playing for more than a simple win in the one-day cricket series starting here Saturday, knowing defeat could deny them direct entry into the ICC Champions
 arrow Football: Cicinho hopeful of Real fightback
Brazil defender Cicinho was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Thursday and said he was confident the team would get back on the winning trail.
 arrow Football: Tevez completes hattrick
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez has been voted Latin America's Footballer of the Year for the third year running in a poll by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.
 arrow Cricket: Last laugh Ponting's
Skipper Ricky Ponting said Australia had the last laugh after a thumping 184-run victory over South Africa in the second Test here Friday despite the mindgames of Proteas captain Graeme Smith.
 arrow Cricket: Pegasus B president punished
Following a threat from a club official, the scheduled First Division Cricket League match between Eskaton Sabuj Sangha and Young Pegasus B could not be held at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: BG Press bag full points
BG Press began their Rahman Foundation Second Division Football League campaign with full three points when they defeated PWD SC 1-0 at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur onFriday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting best for 2005
Ricky Ponting has ended 2005 as the best batsman in Test cricket, according to the official LG player ratings.
 arrow Handball: Narrow win for Jatrabari
Jatrabari Sports Academy registered a hard-fought 10-8 win over Purbachal Parisad in the Bactrol First Division Men's Handball League at the Dhaka handball ground on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Botha comes in for Ntini
Johan Botha could make his Test debut for South Africa in the Sydney Test against Australia starting on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith calls for more ruthlessness
South Africa, needing to win on a spin-friendly Sydney wicket next week to square their three-Test series, must be more ruthless against Australia, captain Graeme Smith said Friday.
 arrow Football: Hosts optimistic about WC chances
Germans are becoming steadily more optimistic about their national side's chances at the World Cup with 39 percent of them now believing Germany can take the title, according to a survey released on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Langer named for final Test
Experienced opening batsman Justin Langer has been included in the Australian team for the third Test against South Africa, which begins on Monday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo out for a fortnight
Brazilian striker Ronaldo will be out of action for up to a fortnight, his club Real Madrid said Friday, a day after the World Cup winner injured his right leg in his first training session followingthe
 arrow Football: Bowyer handed three match ban
Newcastle United midfielder Lee Bowyer will serve a three-match ban after his claim for wrongful dismissal against Liverpool was rejected on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt conspiring to foil election: AL
Awami League leaders yesterday alleged that the hoodlums of BNP and Jamaat are launching terror attacks on popular leaders of the party in a bid to cling to power.
 arrow 'Resist proposed amendment to Bangladesh Press Council Actí
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday called for united efforts by both the newsmen and conscious people to resist the proposed amendment to Bangladesh Press Council Act 1974.
 arrow Consciousness a must to stop torture on children
Consciousness among the children about their rights can help stop repression on them, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow First ever car designed by a Bangladeshi runs today
An enterprising youth today introduces Leepu F-21, the first ever automobile designed by a Bangladeshi, in Dhanmondi in the capital.
 arrow Police stations in southwestern region put on high alert
All police stations, outposts and camps in the southwestern region of the country have been put on high alert following the incident of arms loot from Bamihal police outpost at Singra in Natore on Wednesday.
 arrow Trader shot, robbed of Tk 12000
Miscreants shot a trader and took away Tk 12000 in Khilgaon area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Golden Jubilee of OPA celebrated
Old Placidians' Association (OPA), an organisation of the former students of the St Placid's High School, yesterday celebrated its golden jubilee amidst a reunion with the theme 'Reach Out Through Fellowship.
 arrow Dhaka Book Fair begins tomorrow
The 12th Dhaka Book Fair-2006 will begin on the premises of the Shilpakala Academy in the city tomorrow.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the book fair at noon.

 arrow Tight security measures on 31st night at Ctg
Tight security measures are being taken with the deployment of huge law enforcers to avert any untoward incidents during the celebration of thirty-first night in the port city.
 arrow Journalism and Communication body formed
The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University has formed Bangladesh Journalism and Communication Association (BJCA) with a view to improving professional and academic development
 arrow 16 tons of wheat seeds seized
Police seized 16 tons of wheat seeds worth Tk 5 lakh while being sold at Nitaiganj in Narayanganj.
 arrow Death anniversary of Moni Singh today
The 15th death anniversary of comrade Moni Singh, one of the leading organisers of the liberation war, will be observed today.
He was also the president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB).

Nationalarrow Patuakhali JMB suicide squad member was Shibir leader
Two more JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) cadres arrested in Patuakhali and Khulna have confessed to police that they were involved in Jamaat-Shibir politics.
 arrow Govt 'convinced' about Galib's release, acting Ahab chief claims
Acting chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) Dr Muhammad Muslehuddin has claimed that they have "convinced" government high-ups to release Ahab chief Galib and other leaders and not to arrest
 arrow JMB suspect held at Bhomra port
A JMB suspect was arrested yesterday by immigration police at Bhomra land port in Satkhira Sadar upazila while he was allegedly fleeing to India using a fake passport.
 arrow 5 smugglers among 40 hurt in clash with BDR in Chuadanga
At least 40 people including five smugglers in three villages near Chuadanga border were injured in a clash with members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) early Thursday.
 arrow Three 'outlaws' held in Sirajganj
Three alleged outlaws were arrested in Sirajganj yesterday. They are Golam Mostafa, Kobad and Alam.
 arrow 2 UPDF men held with arms in Khagrachhari
Army arrested two members of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and recovered two foreign SBBL guns, one US-made revolver and some bullets from their possession in remote Kenggalchhari area in Mohalchhari
Point-Counterpointarrow Whither the tax ombudsman?
In its 17th session, parliament passed the tax ombudsman bill, 2005. The bill passed by parliament became an act (act no. 19 of 2005) of parliament when the president assented to it on July 12, 2005.
 arrow Comrade Moni Singh
A fighter for the cause of common man, in particular the workers and peasants, Comrade Moni Singh was rated as a legend even in his lifetime.
 arrow Tsunami anniversary reminds of the need for anti-disaster measures
The pain, sorrow and trauma of nature's one of the most ferocious onslaughts in recent times came back to the mind when the first anniversary of the 'Tsunami' disaster was grimly remembered across the
 arrow Three and half years in the life of Jose Padilla
Two questions: In what country can one of its citizens be held incommunicado for nearly three and half years, while the country's government asserts its power to hold the citizen indefinitely without
Culturearrow Looking back...
Ampfest rocks Dhaka: Ampfest, a colossal event that took place on March 11, 2005 at the National Stadium-2 in Mirpur, combined the three mediums of art: music, paintings and fashion in a phenomenal
 arrow In remembrance...
The cultural arena of Bangladesh has lost some its brightest and most talented stars in the year 2005.
Generalarrow Iraq war, tsunami biggest events of 2005
The ongoing bloodshed Iraq and the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami were seen as the main global events of 2005, according to a poll published yesterday.
 arrow Pak 'Taliban' gain sway in tribal region
Pakistani followers of Afghanistan's Taliban have gained sway in a sensitive border area where they have been killing their opponents with impunity despite the heavy presence of government forces.
 arrow Security threat forces US embassy closure in KL
The United States embassy in the Malaysian capital was shut down yesterday due to an unspecified security threat, and the police presence around the building was beefed up, officials said.
 arrow Seminar on dental health
Bangladesh Association of Dental Education and Research (BADER) organised its 2nd Scientific Seminar on Dental Health at BIAM auditorium in the city on Thursday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Do introspection first before pointing finger
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has dismissed main opposition BJP's projections of a mid-term parliamentary polls and asked the saffron party to do some introspection on corruption within it instead of
 arrow Delhi offers support, but no direct involvement
India yesterday repeated its support for Sri Lanka's peace process but skirted a request by visiting President Mahinda Rajapakse to play a greater role in helping end conflict in the troubled island.
 arrow Int'l team to review Iraqi polls results
An international team agreed Thursday to review Iraq's parliamentary elections, a decision lauded by Sunni Arab and secular Shia groups who have staged repeated protests around Iraq complaining of widespread
 arrow Pakistan urges foreign students to leave soon
Pakistan backtracked yesterday on a demand for foreign students enrolled in Islamic schools to leave the country by year's end, but urged the hundreds remaining to go as soon as possible.
 arrow Vajpayee calls it quits
India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a dramatic announcement on Thursday night that he would not enter electoral fray again and stay away from power politics, sending his BharatiyaJanata
 arrow Avalanche kills 25 in northwest Pakistan
At least 25 people were killed in an avalanche while hunting precious stones in a remote mountain range in northwest Pakistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Bomb threats keep India's hi-tech hub on alert
Suicide bombers threatened in letters sent to local media that they would target a top politician and launch attacks against New Year's revellers in the city of Bangalore, police said yesterday.
 arrow South Korean House endorses troop cut
South Korea's parliament yesterday endorsed the government's plan to cut the country's troops stationed in Iraq by one-third next year.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Good news about remittance
That contradictions can bring out the underlying strength in a situation can be a pleasant surprise is brought home by an extraordinary development in Bangladesh's foreign exchange earning.
 arrow Editorial: Kushtia police firing unwise
We are deeply shocked and saddened by the incident, which took place the other day in a village in Kushtia where three innocent lives were lost in police firing on an unruly mob while trying to bringthings
 arrow European response to WMD proliferation and terrorism
For the past few years the world has been engrossed in the fight against militant terrorism. What started with 9/11 has since become part of our daily life in most countries in Asia, Europe and NorthAmerica.
 arrow When have media misled people?
Politicians look for scapegoats for their own failures. In Bangladesh, the easy scapegoat is the media.
Letters to Editorarrow Stampede
I read about the stampede that happened in one of the garments factory where 50 were injured, 2 critically.
It's really very sad that the workers are not given proper training in the factories.

 arrow Uniting forces?
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a huge public rally in the city's Paltan Maidan urged the nationalist forces and those who believe in Islamic values to get united to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
 arrow Militancy problem
Bangladesh is suffering from the deadly problem of militancy over the recent years. After the liberation war, I think, this is the most dangerous problem.
 arrow Why are they here?
Niko's advertisement (Dec 15) is a travesty of fact, if the various reports in the newspapers are to go by.
 arrow Now is Jadav, then was Partha
The reactionary fascists want people to believe that a Hindu extremist, late Jadav Saha, was involved with the Netrakona bombing that killed nine people and injured numerous others.
StarTecharrow Bangla-blogs: Express yourself in your own language
You have heard of 'blogs' before. But what you might not have heard is that now you can create your own blogs in Bangla. The concept of the Bangla-blog and the site itself, www.somewhere-inblog.
 arrow Scientists reveal unusual tsunami findings
December 26, 2004 was the dreadful day when the deadly tsunami swept across coastlines of the Indian Ocean sweeping along with it more than 200000 lives.
 arrow Gigabyte launches first silent-pipe II ATI Radeon VGA Card
Gigabyte Technology announced its newest addition, the GV-RX16T256V-RH VGA card on December 27, to the Silent-Pipe II-series of fan-less high performance graphics cards that feature a proprietary front-flow
 arrow Galileo


Literaturearrow Eternal World
The two of them were walking, Nawaz and his wife Hosena, by the banks of the Kajali river, leaving behind them the narrow zigzag crimson road, treading on the snowflake-like white flowers.
 arrow The beginnings of Poetry Circle
Rummaging through my bookshelves the other day, I found a slim white volume that has sunk without a trace in Mumbai's poetic spaces.
 arrow A Lesbian Lolita
From the land of the Kamasutra, we have a bold book that explores same-sex love. Babyji, Abha Dawesar's second novel, is a lesbian Lolita set in Delhi.
 arrow The Bankimchandra Omnibus, Volume I
Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay was born West Bengal in 1939. In 1858, he became the first Indian to earn a BA degree.
 
   
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