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Front Pagearrow Blackmail of ships plagues Chittagong Port
A powerful nexus has for long been fleecing foreign shipping lines by chartering and then detaining their ships on various pretexts for months at Chittagong Port.
 arrow Rab busts third JMB den in 24 hours
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted a third militant factory producing arms and bombs at Ashkona in the capital several hours after unearthing two other factories in Uttara and Tongi Thursday
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis killed, 6 missing
At least two Bangladeshi nationals were killed and six missing in Thursday's hotel collapse in the holy Saudi city of Makkah as the death toll rose yesterday to 53.
 arrow 2006 a crucial year for HR, democracy
Amnesty International (AI) Secretary General Irene Khan who has just been offered a second stint in office sees 2006 as a crucial year for political developments centring the forthcoming general election
 arrow Manufacturing industries post post-MFA boom
The growth rate of large and medium manufacturing industries, which hovered below 7 percent during the last three fiscal years, soared to 10.
 arrow Rohingya refugees drafted in voter list
Suspicion arose that over 50,000 Rohingya refugees have been enrolled for the fresh voter list in Cox's Bazar as the voter's registration forms supplied to the enumerators have allegedly exhausted, only
 arrow 4 murdered in capital
Three people including a trader and a college student were killed in the capital in nine hours till 6:00am yesterday while police recovered the slaughtered body of an unidentified youth from Baishtekearly
 arrow Prices of essentials go haywire
The prices of essentials including rice, pulses, edible oil, sugar, powder milk, onion, garlic, zinger, fish, meat and vegetables have shot up in the city's markets ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Travel agents ruin hajj of 39 pilgrims
At least 39 intending pilgrims could not go to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj as their agencies cheated a huge amount of money out of them.
 arrow Cattle to be costlier
Prices of sacrificial animals at the makeshift cattle markets ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha and the permanent one in the capital are likely to be higher this year than last year's mainly due to price hikeof
 arrow Touts selling already 'sold out' Eid tickets outside counters
Scalpers in connivance with a section of staffs of inter-district buses, launches and trains are now charging two to three times the normal fare from advance ticket buyers for journey before the Eid-ul-Azha
 arrow Re-probe yet to start 9 months into order
Despite the home ministry's orders about nine months ago, reinvestigation into journalist Manik Saha murder is yet to start while the case docket is gathering dust at the office of the fourth investigating
 arrow Poush Mela

 arrow Sharon improves but still in Coma
An emergency operation on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has stopped bleeding in his brain, but he remains in a critical condition, doctors say.
 arrow Outlaw lynched
A mob lynched a cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) in Kushtia, while the outlawed party cadres abducted a trader for ransom in Chuadanga on Thursday night.
 arrow Nomination of new US envoy to Bangladesh announced
Patricia A Butenis is going to be the next US ambassador in Dhaka as the third woman ambassador after Marry Anne Peters and Jane Abell Coon.
 arrow 2 Ctg cops closed for bribery
Two traffic police, including a sergeant, were yesterday closed for allegedly demanding bribe from a trucker.
 arrow Judicial probe into killing demanded
Chapainawabganj Awami League (AL) has demanded judicial inquiry into the killing of two people and injury to 90 others in Wednesday's police firing outside Shibganj Palli Bidyut Samity office.
 arrow India, Pakistan to start 2nd rail link in Feb
India and Pakistan will start a second rail link connecting the two countries from February 1 as part of an ongoing peace process, an Indian rail official said yesterday.
Businessarrow Garments exports to US rise 19.63pc
Exports of woven and knit garments to the US market rose 19.
 arrow Indian textile industry in expansion overdrive
Albeit a little late, Indian textile industry is at present in an expansion overdrive to take greater advantage of the quota-free international textile regime.
 arrow Summit Power to add 37MW more to nat'l grid by Aug
Summit Power Ltd (SPL), the first Bangladeshi independent power company that went public recently, is expanding its existing 33 MW power plant by an additional 37 MW totaling 70 MW.
 arrow US denies being in China's economic grip
Treasury Secretary John Snow denied Thursday that China has the United States in an economic stranglehold but renewed demands for greater currency flexibility from Beijing.
 arrow Indo-Bangla cargo trade potential untapped
The absence of large barges seized by Indian and Pakistani authorities during the Bangladesh war of liberation in 1971 and subsequent constraints stand in the way of an increase in Indo-Bangla riverine
 arrow HSBC Global Markets' workshop on forex markets
The Global Markets department of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh organised a workshop on foreign exchange markets, including fundamental and technical analysis,in
 arrow Djuice, Pizza Hut Chittagong sign partnership agreement
Pizza Hut Chittagong and Djuice signed an agreement for a strategic partnership between the two brands.
 arrow Airbus sees crown slip in battle for the skies
The European consortium Airbus looked set Thursday to be overtaken by arch-rival Boeing in the race for new business, as the US company announced a record 1,002 orders in 2005 following a remarkable comeback.
 arrow Oil above $63
Oil rose above $63 a barrel on Friday as geopolitical factors in the Middle East and other key oil-producing regions sparked concerns over global supplies.
 arrow New DMD of Shahjalal Islami Bank
Muhammad Ali has been appointed deputy managing director (DMD) of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd. He joined the head office of the bank as senior executive vice president on July 24, 2005.
 arrow China may diversify forex reserves from US dollar
China has suggested it may diversify its foreign reserve holdings away from a current heavy focus on the US dollar although analysts said Friday Beijing does not intend a major change in policy.
 arrow South Korea intervenes to stop won's rise
South Korean financial authorities on Friday intervened to stop the won's sharp rise against the dollar, announcing measures aimed at reducing the dollar supply and curbing speculation.
 arrow Mithun Knitting okays 5pc cash dividend
Mithun Knitting and Dyeing (CEPZ) Ltd has declared a five percent cash dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Chrysler to boost output
Chrysler, the US arm of German-US auto giant DaimlerChrysler, is to introduce more flexible production methods in its factories in order boost output, the division's chief executive Tom LaSorda said in
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Jan 01-Jan 05, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Football: An MSC-Abahani final
Mohammedan Sporting Club set up a final clash against arch-rivals Abahani in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League when they knocked holders Brothers Union out of the competition with a solitary
 arrow Football: Ugly scenes again
The football fans almost forgot about the arrogance of Brothers Union officials during their recent resurgence as a football giant, but unfortunately they brought back the bitter memories at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Dravid says India ready
Skipper Rahul Dravid Friday said India were ready for a tough Pakistan challenge and wanted to take one step further towards becoming one of the best teams in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Imran's tips for Sami
Former cricket great Imran Khan said on Friday he hoped that Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Sami would achieve his true potential to help his team beat India in the forthcoming series.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting beats Proteas
Ricky Ponting completed back-to-back centuries to crush South Africa's hopes of squaring the series as Australia came from behind to win the third and final Test by eight wickets at the Sydney Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Lanka to send 'A' team later this month?
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) expressed their desire to send their "A" team in Bangladesh later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Salahuddin struck 78 as Partex Sporting Club registered a four-wicket victory against Cricket Coaching School (CCS) in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
The lone Super Four match of the Bactrol First Division Men's Handball League between Prime Sporting Club and Mansoor Sporting Club ended in a 23-23 draw at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka's lost opportunity
Sri Lanka's dream of a return to winning cricket was shattered on Friday when their batsmen squandered a great bowling performance by Chaminda Vaas to lose to New Zealand by 21 runs.
 arrow Cricket: Smith seeks revenge
Graeme Smith was ever defiant after Ricky Ponting batted Australia to a 2-0 series triumph here Friday promising a tough time for the Australians in their return Test series in South Africa in March.
 arrow Football: 'Best' Barca set for derby
Spanish league leaders Barcelona return to duty after the winter break on Saturday with a derby clash against city rivals Espanyol whose coach believes Frank Rijkaard's side is the best he has ever seen.
 arrow Football: Trezeguet looking for more
Serie A leaders Juventus face Palermo in Sicily on Saturday with striker David Trezeguet looking to score for the 10th successive match.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis comeback run ends
Former world number one Martina Hingis failed to achieve a fairytale victory in her comeback tournament here Friday but said her confidence was high as she prepares for the Australian Open.
 arrow Golf: Ozzyabek, Georgi Transcom Cup golf champs
Ozgur Ozzyabek clinched the men's title while Supa Georgi won the women's crown in the Transcom Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mighty midgets can't convince Argentine chief
Argentina's pint-sized strikers Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Javier Saviola and Sergio Aguero may strike fear into World Cup opponents, but their own football federation chief is not convinced.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav can't compare it
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said that he was not sure whether being relieved of captaincy had helped him play better.
 arrow Cricket: Botha's bowling action reported
The bowling action of South African off-spinner Johan Botha is to be investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC), a team spokesman said after the third Test loss to Australia here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India, England finalise dates on Monday
Representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet their England counterparts in London on Monday to conclude their fixture list, Indian board secretary Niranjan Shah said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim cricketers' strike puts WI tour in doubt
Zimbabwe's cricketers say they will not go to West Indies in May for a Test and ODI tour unless their contracts are agreed, they are paid match fees going back to August last year, and if chairman Peter
 arrow Cricket: Ponting blasts reported pair
Skipper Ricky Ponting has admonished his two fast bowlers Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee for being reported on misconduct charges during the feisty final cricket Test against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket
Metropolitanarrow 'Take steps to preserve Mughal structures'
Environmentalists at a rally yesterday demanded of the government to take necessary steps to preserve the historical Mughal structures Boro Katara and Chhoto Katara located in the old part of the city.
 arrow Govt patronises militant outfits to cling to power
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said in a deliberate bid to cling to power the alliance government has been patronising the fanatic militant outfits to launch attacks on thepro-liberation
 arrow Govt urged to reinstate teachers
Leaders of Jatiya Shikkhak-Karmachari Front yesterday demanded that the government reinstates over 2000 teachers and employees of different educational institutions who were suspended during the present
 arrow Price spiral of medicine negates rights to health
Speakers at a human chain yesterday said price spiral and spurious medicines are depriving the common people of their constitutional rights to health.
 arrow 110 fake notes of Tk 500 recovered
Chittagong Detective Branch (DB) police in a three-day drive since Wednesday recovered 110 fake notes of Tk 500 and arrested five criminals of a forgers' syndicate in this connection.
 arrow Stem cell therapy sparks hope in ailing hearts
Esteban Bonilla feels no trepidation as he is wheeled into the operating room of a Bangkok hospital, despite the fact he is only minutes away from starting an experimental stem cell procedure he hopes
 arrow 'Resist defeated forces of 1971'
Different rights organisations took out a national flag procession in the city yesterday with a call to resist the defeated forces of 1971 in order to protect the dignity of the national flag and uphold
 arrow BSC protests move to hand over ground handling work to Thai co
Biman Steering Committee (BSC) yesterday staged a demonstration protesting the move to hand over the ground handling work of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Shah Amanat International Airport to a Thai company.
 arrow Ten bombs recovered in Dinajpur
Police recovered ten bombs in Dinajpur in the last three days.
 arrow Stop distortion of history in textbooks
An education body of Awami League (AL) at a meeting yesterday slammed the BNP-Jamaat coalition government for distorting the history of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in textbooks.
 arrow Wife of army major killed in road accident
The wife of an army major was killed and the major and their two children were injured in a road accident near Salehpur Bridge on Dhaka-Aricha Highway on Thursday night.
 arrow Electoral reform demanded
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday at a rally demanded reform of the electoral system to make it free from monetary game, muscular power, communal propaganda and administrativeconspiracy.
 arrow KMP suspends two policemen for negligence
Two policemen of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have been suspended for their negligence during a bomb attack on Shiromoni police outpost in the city.
 arrow London bomber left 121,000 pounds in will
One of the four suspected extremists involved in the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London left 121,000 pounds (175,455 euros, 212,433 dollars) in a will, The Sun reported yesterday.
 arrow Cinnamon can help relieve diabetes
Malaysian researchers have found new proof that cinnamon can relieve diabetes by lowering sugar levels.
 arrow 52,286 pilgrims reach Jeddah
A total of 52,286 Bangladeshi pilgrims have reached Jeddah as the last Hajj flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying 232 pilgrims left Dhaka at noon yesterday.
Nationalarrow Extortionists active in Tangail cattle markets
Trading of sacrificial animals is yet to gain momentum in different markets of the district.
 arrow Fattening of cattle by banned Indian drug poses a threat to health
Fattening of cattle by banned Indian drug has posed a threat to heath in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.
 arrow Traders observe strike, form human chain in Gaibandha
Traders here on Thursday observed strike for one hour demanding immediate withdrawal of Gaibandha Deputy Commissioner (DC).
They also formed a human chain in support of their demand.

 arrow 11 bombs found in Barisal
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday recovered 11 live bombs in Muladi upazila and 525 bottles of Phensidyl in Babuganj and Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital here.
 arrow Gas supply from Well No 5 of Jerin Tea Garden begins
Gas supply from Well No 5 in Jerin Tea Garden to the national grid began on Thursday.
Advisor to Energy Ministry Mahmudur Rahman formally inaugurated its supply.

 arrow School boy killed over Tk 50
A student of Shamsernagar High School lost his life for Tk 50 only Thursday night.
 arrow Poaching of deer up in Sundarbans
Poaching of deer is going on unabated in the Sundarbans in the ongoing winter season. Hunting of deer is going on in collaboration with unscrupulous forest officials and staffers, local people alleged.
 arrow AL leader expelled
An Awami League (AL) leader of Ghatail upazila was expelled from the party on charge of anti-organisational activities on Friday.
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet
Transport owners in Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Srimangol called an indefinite strike on the route from today.
Culturearrow Ushering in quality films
The 2nd National Film Conference began with fervor at the German Cultural Centre Auditorium on January 5.
 arrow Mingling architecture with nature
Hendrik Wittkopf, who was here in Dhaka for five days, has held a fascinating acrylic exhibition at Chitrak. The display of translucent paints began on January 2.
 arrow Raarang does Bangladesh proud
Legendary theatre personality Richard Schechner, artistic director from USA, went to watch the play Raarang in New Delhi recently. He was full of praise for the show.
 arrow Queen Latifah gets Hollywood star
Queen Latifah has become the first hip-hop artiste crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Internationalarrow Lanka seeks US help to avert war
One person was killed and six were wounded in sporadic attacks in Sri Lanka's troubled eastern region overnight, the military said yesterday, as the government sought US diplomatic help to avoid a slide
 arrow UN asks Nepal to stop gross HR abuses
The UN human rights commissioner, Louise Arbour, urged the Nepalese government and Maoist rebels to stop fighting and abusing civilians now that a four month cease-fire has ended.
 arrow Kashmir should enjoy self-governance
President Pervez Musharraf told Kashmiri independence leaders that he hoped India would respond positively to Pakistan's proposal to demilitarise the disputed Himalayan region and grant it self-governance.
 arrow Sharon stroke leaves US with hard choices
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's massive stroke leaves the United States with hard choices in tackling a Middle East peace process challenged on several fronts, US analysts said Thursday.
 arrow The burly warhorse turned man of peace
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, fighting for his life after suffering a massive stroke, is a towering figure known as "the Bulldozer" who transformed himself from a former general and hawkish politician
 arrow Asia shivers under low temperatures
Large parts of Asia shivered under record low temperatures and snowfall yesterday in an unusually severe winter that has killed dozens and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
 arrow US may initiate UNSC action against Iran
The United States may initiate action to haul Iran before the UN Security Council if it pursues its latest threat to resume nuclear fuel research, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Thursday.
 arrow Nuclear network dismantled
Pakistan said Thursday it had taken all "appropriate action" to break up the underground nuclear network run by its former chief nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
 arrow Bloody Thursday for US military in Iraq
Thursday was one of the bloodiest days for US forces in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, with 11 soldiers dying in a fresh spasm of violence that also killed 130 Iraqis, the US military said on Friday.
 arrow Evicted Gaza settlers see divine retribution for Sharon
Jewish settlers evicted from the Gaza Strip by the now critically ill Ariel Sharon, said the premier's plight was divine retribution for selling out to the Palestinians.
 arrow '3.9 million dead from war in DR Congo'
Eight years of war in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have left nearly four million people dead, making it the deadliest humanitarian crisis today, according to a study published on Saturday in the
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP implementation bleak
True to his commitment, finance and planning minister M Saifur Rahman has held a mid-term review meeting on the progress of implementation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for fiscal 2005-06.
 arrow Editorial: Whale sharks on our sea shore
In recent times at least four whale sharks have been trapped in the nets of our fishermen in the Cox's Bazar coastal area. All four of them were hauled up ashore dead or were subsequently killed.
 arrow Erosion of individual liberty
Rabindranath Tagore has always been the source of inspiration for many of us. His philosophy and the metaphysical elements in his songs have provided hope in times of crisis.
 arrow No Mr. President -- you shouldn't have said these things
There are four unfortunate observations that President Pervez Musharraf has made.
Letters to Editorarrow Changing civilisation?
Economic disparity between the super-rich westernised (materialistic) countries and the poor nations in the Third World have forced millions (of the four billion poor in the world) into reflective patterns
 arrow Deadly habits or deadly treatment?
While I was going through the cover story article of "Star Weekend Magazine" of 25th November, 2005 I was shocked like anything reading the story of a farmer family of Rupsha Upazila.
 arrow "Unprecedented icy wave hits Bangladesh"
I was startled and took some time to find, if it was an ad of cold drink or a weather forecast.
 arrow Satellite TV and our young generation
Today TV is the most popular media of entertainment to all generations of people. In the towns and cities, there is hardly any house where there is not a TV set.
StarTecharrow Next-gen wireless conference opens a window of possibilities
The International Conference on Next-Generation Wireless Systems (ICNEWS) 2006 ended on January 4 amidst compliments and hope on implementation of some of the papers presented at the conference by some
 arrow A useful educational tool
E-learning can be a potential tool that can bridge the gap between faculty and students thousands of miles apart from each other.
 arrow Gates unveils Microsoft's vision of digital lifestyle
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates unveiled his vision of the digital lifestyle, outlining the latest version of his Windows operating system to be launched later this year.
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Literaturearrow Dhaka Dusk
*-*-* Slow heat, 107F *-*-*
Did you know that you could find solitude
in the scream of crows at sunset?
My grandmother's jongol garden has pockets of it
between the banana trees and bougainvillea

 arrow Thoughts on Diasporic literature
In my Diaspora Studies class a comment that a student made had me thinking.
 arrow The Review and the 'Exchange': Editor's Note
Phone calls, emails and letters poured in from readers in response to my review of Mr. Manzur Murshed's novel Broken Milestones (December 11, 2005) and the subsequent exchange with Messrs.
 arrow New Year Bagatelle
A fine time
we are having
when a year passes away
and a new one slips in
My hi-tech toy
livens things up a bit:
a friend's picture SMS
sighs: Adieu

 arrow From the Delta: English Fiction from Bangladesh
The short story, one writer has observed, remains one of the chief means of literary expression in our times, simply because it represents both a discipline and a challenging freedom.
 arrow Unforeseen Affection and Other Love Poems
This bilingual volume of poems is somewhat remarkable at first sight in that an ex-chief minister and prime minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao, has translated them from Telegu into English.
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