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Front Pagearrow Sun also rises despite political heartbreaks
Politicians may have failed again last year, but the private sector has not. With perseverance, innovation and resilience, it has written another inspiring chapter in the just-concluded year.
 arrow Militancy overshadows public security
An alarming escalation of Islamist militancy and suicide bomb blasts was the biggest threat to public security as it overpowered all other kinds of criminal activities, political violence and killings
 arrow Listing starts today amidst controversy
Amid countrywide demonstrations by the main opposition Awami League (AL) against the move to prepare a fresh electoral roll, over two lakh enumerators recruited controversially begin today the weeklong
 arrow City welcomes migratory birds
Bird lovers in the city yesterday welcomed varieties of migratory waterfowl through a festival at the Ceramic Lake in Mirpur.
 arrow India goes for dams ignoring eco-disaster
India strives to emerge as an electricity supplier to the power-hungry Southeast Asia by generating hydroelectricity from scores of dams it is building, including the highly controversial Tipaimukh dam,
 arrow WB wants 2pc cut in supplementary duty
Government will have to cut the supplementary duties on imports by at least 2 percentage points, besides fulfilling 10 other conditions, to get the fourth tranche of the World Bank's Development Support
 arrow 2 JMB men captured with gift bomb
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two suspected members of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the city and seized a powerful bomb from one of them.
 arrow SC Bar accuses CEC of violating constitution
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday accused Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz of violating the constitution by not taking into confidence the two other election commissioners
 arrow Advance raids on DU halls
Police picked up 75 persons, mostly outsiders, during precautionary raids on different dormitories of Dhaka University early yesterday in a bid to prevent violence on the New Year Eve.
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 arrow Indonesia blast kills seven
Seven people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb tore through a Christian market stall selling pork in Indonesia's religiously divided province of Central Sulawesi early Saturday, police said.
 arrow Lonely eyes get lonelier
The eyes of 11-year-old Nahin wander restlessly over a stream of visitors to his room, but fail yet again to spot his parents among them.
 arrow Safta comes into effect today
South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), which paves the way for free trade in goods among the Saarc member states, comes into effect today.
 arrow Bangladeshi designed car unveiled
The first ever automobile Leepu F-21 designed by a Bangladeshi was launched in Dhanmondi in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Shahjalal newsprint gets costlier from today
Bashundhara Paper Trading, a local newsprint mill, increases the price of its Shahjalal newsprint by Tk 6,000 per tonne again from today.
 arrow Process on to grant amnesty to JMB men
Leaders of the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said the process is underway to grant amnesty to the militants in a bid to use them in favour of the BNP-Jamaat coalition inthe
 arrow JMB Khulna boss remanded
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) second-in-command of Khulna district was placed on a five-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Accused in journo Belal murder case gets bail
Ekhlasur Rahman alias Ekhlas, one of the six charge-sheeted accused in journalist Belal murder case, was released on bail from the Khulna district jail on Thursday evening.
 arrow 2 'cattle thieves' lynched
An angry mob slaughtered two people at a village in Phulpur upazila Friday midnight suspecting them of cattle theft.
Businessarrow 2005 ushers in challenges, opportunities: MCCI
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday said the year 2005 ushered in both challenges and opportunities for the country.
 arrow Capital market witnesses negative trend last year
Although the country's capital market witnessed a negative trend in 2005, it finished the year with some signs of resilience and maturity overcoming many ups and downs in indices.
 arrow India’s trade with Saarc states may rise 300pc by 2015
With Safta (South Asian Free Trade Area) set to go into force from this year, India's trade with the Saarc countries may touch Rs 100,000 crore by 2015 from Rs 25,000 crore now, marking a 300 percentincrease,
 arrow CPD's reflections from Bangladesh perspective
continued from Dec 31
Waiver on TRIPS
According to the Marrakesh Agreement that established the WTO, LDCs were given 10 years to implement the TRIPS Agreement.

 arrow Malaysian Maxis to buy 65pc stake in Indian Aircel
Malaysia's largest mobile phone operator Maxis Communications on Friday entered into partnership with the Reddy family to buy out Indian cellphone service provider Aircel for $1.
 arrow Jute Spinner okays 17.5pc dividend
The 100 percent export-oriented jute yard manufacturing industry, Jute Spinners Ltd has declared 17 and half percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Asian Textile launches 3 products
Asian Textile Mills Ltd, an export-oriented factory, yesterday launched three textile products at its stall at Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF).
 arrow China makes good progress in foreign trade in 2005
China's import and export volume this year is expected to exceed 1.
 arrow US markets hope for rebound after gloomy end to '05
US stock market players hope for a rebound in the first week of 2006 after 2005 drew to a gloomy close for the blue-chip Dow average.
Over the past week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.

 arrow India to release 3.65m tonnes of sugar in Q1
The Indian government announced yesterday the release to the market of 3.65 million tonnes of sugar during the January-March quarter to ensure adequate supply and keep prices in check.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan maul Army
After a forgettable first round, a full strength Mohammedan Sporting Club showed their true colours in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League when they routed Bangla-desh Army 6-0 at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: NZ rookies rout SL
International cricket tyros Peter Fulton and Jamie How carried New Zealand to a convincing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka with 13 overs to spare in the opening one-day fixture of the revived series here
 arrow Cricket: A true friend lost
Eddie Barlow's association with Bangladesh cricket might have lasted little more than a year only, but the South African will be remembered and respected as the best foreign coach by the cricketers and
 arrow Cricket: Fellows fondly remember him
Former teammates acclaimed Eddie Barlow, who died on Friday, as the great motivator of South African cricket.
 arrow Nahiyan grabs the final gold
The four-day 20th National Shooting Championship ended yesterday with Nahiyan Chandan clinching gold in the men's 50m rifle three position event at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka race into final
Spinner Shsikala Siriwardene led Sri Lanka's women cricketers from the front with four wickets to take the Islanders into the Asia Cup final with a 30-run win over hosts Pakistan here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea march on, Gunners falter again
Jose Mourinho ended the year with plenty to celebrate as Chelsea swept aside Birmingham City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge here on Saturday and so remained at the top of the English Premiership entering 2006.
 arrow Cricket: Nel wants to copy Aussie appealing
Paceman Andre Nel says South Africa may copy Australia's aggressive appealing to match umpires in Monday's final cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Football: Ferguson hits out at Vieira
Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a withering attack on former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira after the Frenchman claimed Ruud van Nistelrooy was "a cheat and a coward".
 arrow Football: Maniche is perfect for Chelsea: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Dynamo Moscow's Portuguese midfielder Maniche, whom he coached at Benfica and FC Porto, would be perfect for the London-based club.
 arrow Cricket: Langer bowls for Warne
Shane Warne may be pushing the line with his aggressive appealing for wickets, but teammate Justin Langer says his style provides some of cricket's great theatre.
 arrow Football: Zidane ponders retirement
France playmaker Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he could retire after next year's World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Eng cricketers get New Year Honours
England's players and officials, who helped regain the Ashes in 2005, figured prominently in their country's New Year Honours list.
 arrow Football: Morocco fire Troussier
Widely-travelled coach Philippe Troussier had his contract with the Moroccan national team terminated on Friday after only two months in charge, the country's football association said.
 arrow Cricket: Wins for Azad, Kathalbagan
Delwar struck an unbeaten 66 as Azad Sporting Club registered their fourth victory in the First Division Cricket League with a three-wicket win over Rupali bank at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Narayanganj get walkover
Narayanganj got walkover against Brahmanbaria in the inaugural match of the zonal round of Chandpur in the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar to take over as ACC chief Jan 4
Chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar will take over as president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) from January 4, 2006.
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
Mansoor Sporting Club and Menzis Krira Chakra won their respective matches in the Bactrol First Division Handball League at the outer stadium handball ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hakimpur win Manik Sarkar Gold Cup
Hakimpur Pourashava Eleven became champions in the Phulbari Manik Sarkar Challenge Gold Cup football tournament beating Dinajpur Khelowar Kalyan Shamity 4-2 at the Phulbari Degree College ground on Saturday.
 arrow Squash: Fed Squash
Basundhara Group defeated Partex Group 6-3 in the Federation Squash League at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Frequent bails encourage crimes in society
Frequent bails to miscreants and terrorists considering political and religious affiliations encourage crimes in the society, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow 'Major parties try to cash in on militancy issue'
Both the major political parties have been using the militancy issue as an election issue without taking the national interest into consideration, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow 4545 die in different incidents last year : HR reports
Different human rights organisations in their annual reports yesterday said 4545 people were killed in different incidents and 538 people committed suicide across the country last year.
 arrow People were insecure in last 4 years : Dr Kamal
People were quite helpless and insecure during the last four years of BNP-led alliance government, said Dr Kamal Hossain, president of Gono Forum, at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Expat killed by brother in Saudi Arabia
A Bangladeshi expatriate was stabbed to death by his younger brother at a town in Saudi Arabia on December 29.
The deceased was identified as Naziur Rahman, who hails from Krishna Kathi area in Jhalakathi.

 arrow 'Recognise urban women migrant workers as labourer'
Women migrant workers in urban areas should be recognised as labourer and have to be facilitated for organising themselves in order to secure their rights, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Ctg mess, 2 women hurt
Two women were injured when some unidentified hoodlums hurled a bomb at a mess at South Middle Halishahar in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow 60 shanties gutted in city
Some unidentified miscreants set fire to a slum in the city in the small hours of Saturday.
A fire brigade source said around 60 shanties were burnt to ashes.

 arrow One beaten to death in Fatikchhari
A gang of miscreants beat a man to death at Fatikchhari upazila here on Friday night.
 arrow 'Concerted effort needed to set up night shelter for street children'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday underscored the need for integrated national effort to establish safe night shelter centres for the street children.
 arrow Hasina goes to S Arabia Jan 4 to perform Hajj
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on January 4 to perform holy Hajj.
 arrow Syeduzzaman, Irshadul new BRF chairman, vice-chairman
Former finance minister M Syeduzzaman and former secretary Irshadul Haq have been re-elected as Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Bangladesh Rice Foundation (BRF) for a 3-year term.
 arrow CU Eid vacation begins today
The sixteen days of Eid vacation for the students of Chittagong University (CU) begin today.
Students of different dormitories started leaving the campus from yesterday to enjoy the vacation.

 arrow Sheltech Award announced
Noted Dramatist Momtaz Uddin Ahmed and Film Director Shubhash Dutta were nominated for Shetech Award 2005, says a press release.
Each award comprises prize money of Tk 50000 and a crest.

 arrow DCAB executives
Anis Alimgir of the daily Ajker Kagoj and Masud Karim of the daily Jugantar have been elected president and general secretary of the Diplomatic Correspondents' Association Bangladesh (DCAB) for the year
Nationalarrow JMB regrouping in Satkhira
Activists of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) are regrouping in Satkhira, using mosques and madrashas in the rural areas, as law enforcers are yet to arrest the chargesheeted
 arrow Two more Aug 17 JMB bombers held in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two more Ehsars (leaders) of outlawed JMB Friday night from two areas in the city.
 arrow Tension in Panchagarh border
Tension is mounting in Bhazanpur border area in Tentulia upazila in Panchagarh district as several hundred Indian farmers, backed by BSF are planting tea saplings in the no-man's land near border pillar
 arrow Enact new law to combat violence against women
Speakers at a discussion held here on Saturday stressed on enactment of new law and its proper implementation to combat violence against women across the country.
 arrow Haji Danesh University teachers continue class boycott
Teachers of Haji Danesh Science and Technology University continued to abstain from taking classes for the fourth day yesterday protesting assault of a teacher allegedly by some students belonging toa
 arrow BCC mayor seeks more funds for projects
Mayor of Barisal City Corporation Majibor Rahaman Sarwar yesterday urged the government to allocate more funds for development of the city and improvement of civic amenities.
 arrow Acting principal charged for looting wheat from LSD!
A case was filed with Saidpur thana yesterday against Acting Principal of Saidpur College Moslem Uddin Ahmed for 'looting' food grains from a government LSD (Local Supply Depot) godown on Friday.
 arrow Erosion: Agitation in Sirajganj for dam protection
Several thousands people from Kazipur and Shahzadpur brought out a procession and held several rallies in Sirajganj town yesterday demanding construction of a dam to protect the areas erosion by Jamuna
Point-Counterpointarrow Crisis of governance in Bangladesh
Bangladesh scored the lowest marks among 209 low income countries in 2004 in the World Bank's governance situation survey.
 arrow Learning from the Asian trend in primary education
The wealth of a nation lies in its people -- their commitment to the country and community, their willingness to strive and persevere, their ability to think, achieve and excel.
 arrow De-stress in 2006
All health information to keep you up to date
It is not at all possible to get rid of stress from our life, but we need to know how can we (especially the negative stress) manage itand

 arrow The year in politics
In his second inaugural address, George W. Bush four times summoned the image of fire -- "a day of fire," "we have lit a fire," "fire in the minds of men," and "untamed fire.
Culturearrow Signs of revival
To what extent is the younger generation attracted to our traditional songs? The spate of new albums of re-mixes would seem to suggest that there is a slow but sure rejuvenation of interest in folk music
 arrow What's in store?
Package TV plays have evolved into an industry in Bangladesh. Many directors, playwrights, actors and technical hands have taken it as their sole profession.
Generalarrow Blacker Shamsu shown arrested, sent to jail
Shamsul Alam alias Blacker Shamsu, an alleged smuggler, was sent to Khulna district jail yesterday showing him arrested under arms act, says a Rab press release.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents
Two people were killed and six others injured in two separate road accidents on Rangpur-Bogra highway yesterday.
 arrow BCL enforces strike at CU
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit enforced a strike causing suspension of classes at the university yesterday.
Internationalarrow 3 British hostages freed in Gaza
A 25-year-old British human rights worker and her parents were freed in the Gaza Strip on Friday by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier.
 arrow Advani steps down
The main opposition leader of India LK Advani on Saturday stepped down as the President of his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 arrow Fireworks and fanfare to usher in 2006
Revellers around the world prepared to ring in 2006 on Saturday with fireworks and fanfare, saying goodbye to a year scarred by violence and natural disasters.
 arrow 2006 year of big decisions: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said decisions will be made in 2006 which could shape the UK's fortunes for generations to come.
 arrow Sri Lanka detains 900 in rebel search
Sri Lankan troops and police detained 900 people in a major house-to-house search in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Saturday as part of a major hunt for Tamil Tiger rebels, a top police officer told AFP.
 arrow Gunmen occupy Gaza ministry to demand jobs
About 50 masked gunmen occupied a Palestinian government office in the Gaza Strip for several hours on Saturday to demand jobs, witnesses and a spokesman for the gunmen said.
 arrow Bomb kills five outside Iraq Sunni party office
Five people were killed when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the local offices of one of Iraq's main Sunni Arab political parties on Saturday, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Plea for the New Year
The year 2005 kicked off with some unfortunate incidents, both domestically and internationally.
 arrow Editorial: What a barbaric act!
The death of a young garment worker in the city's Mirpur area has raised a flurry of questions, each of them having something to do with the way garment workers are treated, their fundamental rights violated.
 arrow Adverse selection and moral hazard in politics
In a democracy, the role of electoral process is twofold: select the benign politicians (serving public interest) and discipline the malign politicians (rent seekers or wheelers and dealers) if they are
 arrow It was waiting to happen
When I met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Security Adviser MK Nayarayan, barely 24 hours before the Bangalore shootout, they were worried over the terrorists' attack in the country because such
Letters to Editorarrow Remix music
Remix, a trend in musical composition, has now been given a new look in the field of art.
 arrow Politics and trade
In our class we have been taught that trade is good for the economy as a whole, though it does not treat everyone equally.
 arrow Killing the innocent
To kill the innocent is forbidden in any religion.
 arrow A crisis
Thirty four long years have passed since that very winter evening of December 16, 1971. To millions those moments symbolised hopes, freedom and independence.
 arrow Bangladesh economy
During the past few months or so, Bangladesh has been visited by some very influential people. Ratan Tata was here to discuss investment plans involving two and a half billion US dollars.
 arrow Get united
The nation is under attack. Attacked by people who do not know the values of Islam, attacked by a community who do not know the values of humanity.
Star Healtharrow Be aware of water & food borne diseases
The list of water and food borne diseases are tall.
 arrow The anti-oxidants that you need to include in your diet
Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that can damage important part of cells, including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
 arrow People should come forward to meet the demand of safe blood
A voluntary blood donor organisation can be critical in ensuring that there is sufficient blood supply.
 arrow Being symptom free-is not being healthy
The World Health Organisation defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity so that a person can lead a socially andeconomically
 arrow Early hope seen for green tea in fighting blood cancer
Green tea may help treat a form of adulthood leukemia, if the cases of four patients are any indication, according to a new report.
 arrow Heart in the right side
Dextrocardia (Hear in right side): Usually the major portion of human heart lies in their left side. In some rare cases, it may be found in right side. However, it is not unnatural.
 arrow Knee pain in old age: Causes and remedies
Knee pain in old age is a common problem. A significant numbers of patients attend the out patient clinics in orthopaedic practice.
Star Cityarrow Admission battle on high pitch
Five-year-old Faria had no problem in going inside the school premises but she was adamant not to move a single step without her father.
"Papa I won't go without you. I don't know anyone there....

 arrow Difficulties in enforcing security at DU
Dhaka University (DU) authorities are facing great difficulties in enforcing new security measures across the campus.
 arrow Botanical Garden demands attention, care
The National Botanical Garden is now plagued with antisocial activities, litter and negligence of the authorities to preserve the green in the city's Mirpur area, alleged visitors.
 arrow Dhaka Book Fair 2006 begins today
The 12th Dhaka Book Fair-2006 under the banner "Books for peace and development" is expected to be inaugurated at midday, today at the Shilpakala Academy by the Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Local courier services still unreliable
City dwellers are frustrated with the unreliable services that most local courier services provide.
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