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Front Pagearrow Rush home mired in fog, logjam
A blanket of fog disrupted road and river communications severely yesterday, playing havoc on thousands of people, especially those who are from southwestern districts, going to their villages to celebrate
 arrow Govt loans from foreign banks to import oil
Since neither the central bank nor the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) are able to meet the energy ministry's demand for foreign currencies to import oil, the ministry is resorting to borrowing up
 arrow JMB arms, ammo seized in Gazipur graveyard
Police recovered huge arms, ammunition and bomb-making materials from a depository of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Dakkhin Khan village on Sunday.
 arrow Decision-maker a mystery?
It remains a mystery as to who in fact decided to prepare a fresh voter list since the High Court's (HC) January 4 judgement says neither the Election Commission (EC) nor the chief election commissioner
 arrow Eid tomorrow
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow.
 arrow 14-party alliance asks president to remove CEC
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party alliance urged the president yesterday to remove the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for 'violation of a High Court order' regarding preparation of a fresh voter list.
 arrow Call money rate climbs to 52pc on Eid stress
Inter-bank call money rate hit as high as 52 percent yesterday as the banks were desperate to arrange funds to maintain their mandatory liquidity reserve with Bangladesh Bank besides meeting the hugedemand
 arrow 10 killed in road crashes, stampede
At least eight persons were killed in road accidents across the country caused by dense fog and two others died in a stampede at a launch terminal yesterday.
 arrow Bangabandhu's homecoming day today
The nation celebrates the historic homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.
 arrow US urges BNP, AL to act responsibly
The US administration yesterday disapproved of any military intervention in Bangladesh as a horrible idea despite political disputes on election issues, but urged both the BNP and the Awami League toact
 arrow Sweepers lay siege to house of Abbas
Sweepers of Dhaka City Corporation ward no 34 staged demonstration in front of the Shahjahanpur residence of Public Works and Housing Minister Mirza Abbas yesterday.
 arrow Re-probe into journo Balu killing ordered
Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Md Abdus Samad yesterday ordered further probe into the journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A listed criminal was killed yesterday during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of criminals at Kafrul in the capital.
 arrow Plane crash kills Iran's military top brass
Several top brass in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were among 11 people killed in a military plane crash in the northwest of the country yesterday, the second such deadly incident in barely a month.
 arrow Ariel Sharon breathing unassisted
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was breathing unassisted yesterday while being gradually awoken from a deep coma so doctors can assess the extent of damage to his brain after a massive stroke.
 arrow Suicide bombers kill 28 at Iraqi ministry
At least 28 police were killed yesterday when two suicide bombers attacked Iraq's interior ministry where ministers and the US ambassador were attending a Police Day parade, a security official said.
 arrow Human bird flu spreads in Turkey
Turkey announced yesterday five more human cases of bird flu countrywide, bringing to 14 the number of people stricken by the lethal H5N1 virus and raising fresh alarms over its menacing westward advance.
 arrow US undersecretary Burn due Jan 17
US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burn is likely to arrive in Dhaka on January 17 on a two-day official visit.
 arrow India 'loses 10m female births'
More than 10m female births in India may have been lost to abortion and sex selection in the past 20 years, according to medical research.
 arrow Even the cold couldn't stop them...

 arrow Ship stuck at Karnaphuli for silting
An ocean-going ship ran aground in the river Karnaphuli yesterday due to silting in the mouth of the river.
 arrow Principal secy Kamal awaits 5th extension
Principal Secretary to the prime minister Dr Kamal Siddiqui may get his contract renewed for the fifth term, as his fourth term contract expired yesterday.
Businessarrow Participants unhappy with sales as DITF ends
Most participants in the 11th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) said they failed to achieve their sales targets as the month-long fair concluded yesterday.
 arrow Banks asked not to spend excessively on branch decoration
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has once again asked the private commercial banks (PCBs) not to spend excessively on branch decoration and warned of actions in case of non-compliance.
 arrow 360i strikes marketing deal with Hotel Sarina
Media, marketing and public relations consultants 360i will promote Hotel Sarina as it expands into a 200-room 5-star business hotel, it was announced yesterday.
 arrow Gold strikes 25-year high
Gold prices hit 544.60 dollars per ounce on Monday, the highest level since January 1981, owing to geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and reports that China may increase its reserves of the metal.
Sportsarrow Football: A worrying lay-off
A gruelling ten-month long season over, tired footballers started to return home for a deserved vacation not knowing when exactly they would kick the ball again in a competitive game.
 arrow Cricket: Where are the Tigers?
After a lacklustre start, the ongoing Aktel Premier Division Cricket League came alive with one more round to go in the first phase but still, there was hardly any encouraging show from the national players
 arrow Cricket: Ton-up Farhat for first Test
Forgotten opener Imran Farhat Monday found himself back in the Pakistan squad for this week's first Test against India after scoring a century in a side match against the tourists.
 arrow Cricket: 'New Akhtar' is the key
If Pakistan's cricket board were asked two months ago whether fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was an asset or a liability, they would have groped for an answer.
 arrow Cricket: Damien destroys South Africa
Australia completely dominated the first home Twenty20 international against South Africa on Monday, with a superb batting display, dynamic fielding and brilliant catching.
 arrow Football: Stalemates give Barca more ground
Real Madrid and Osasuna saw their hopes of catching Spanish league leaders Barcelona suffer a blow on Sunday when both had to make do with draws while Real also cursed a renewed injury for luckless Ronaldo
 arrow Football: Milan win 7-goal thriller
AC Milan emerged as the closest rivals to runaway Serie A leaders Juventus after edging Parma in a seven-goal thriller on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Mirpur Stadium set for Jan 20 cricket debut
The Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur National Stadium will make its debut as a cricket venue with a First Division Cricket League match between Bangladesh Boys and Surjo Torun on January 20.
 arrow Cricket: Tour opener drawn
India's openers showed their class Monday as they drew with Pakistan A in their only practice match before Friday's first Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: 'Interim ZC not a solution'
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday urged the new Zimbabwe board to resolve as soon as possible the crisis threatening the country's survival in international cricket.
 arrow Football: Hooligans face WC crackdown
Violent hooligans and fans who invade pitches at this summer's World Cup finals will face heavy fines as organisers attempt to ensure the June 9-July 9 tournament passes off peacefully.
 arrow Tennis: Early exit for Hingis
Justine Henin-Hardenne ensured Martina Hingis suffered a first-round exit at her latest comeback event, the Sydney International, on Monday.
 arrow Football: Alonso wins it for punter
A Liverpool fan has won 25,000 pounds (43,880 dollars) after betting that midfielder Xabi Alonso would score from his own half this season, British media reported on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Ljubicic wins Chennai Open
Ivan Ljubicic carried his superb form of 2005 into the new year with victory over Carlos Moya at the Chennai Open.
Metropolitanarrow Move to raise ADP block grant for UP
The government has taken initiative to implement a community-based Local Governance Support Project (LGSP) with fund from the World Bank (WB) to raise ADP block grant for Union Parishads (UP) and ensure
 arrow All bombers to be brought to book soon: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said those who are abstaining from joining the national dialogue and cooperating in the ongoing national-level operation against "bomb terrorists" will be isolated
 arrow Millions leave for village homes to celebrate Eid tomorrow
With the Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow, millions of city dwellers are leaving for their village homes to celebrate the second greatest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones, giving the
 arrow Resignation of CEC demanded
Leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday demanded resignation of the chief election commissioner (CEC) to hold the next general election in a free andfair
 arrow Work with spirit of sacrifice
Greeting the countrymen on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina called upon all to work with the spirit of sacrifice
 arrow EC envoy lauds successes in social sectors
Head of Mission of European Commission (EC) in Bangladesh Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday appreciated the successes of Bangladesh in social sectors including poverty alleviation, education and health.
 arrow Bapa protests Buet decision to fell trees
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday protested the decision of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) authorities to cut down nearly 50 old trees on its campus.
 arrow Forge united movement to topple alliance govt, says AL
Awami League leaders yesterday called on the countrymen to take a vow once again to root out militancy and fundamentalism in order to build a prosperous and democratic Bangladesh as dreamt of by Bangabandhu.
 arrow UP member murdered in Noakhali
Miscreants slaughtered a UP member and local BNP leader in Noakhali on Sunday night over rift with rehabilitation of the landless people.
 arrow Housewife donates Tk 10 lakh to cancer hospital
Suraiya Begum, a housewife and resident of New Eskaton in the city, has donated Tk 10 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Student Centre's working hours extended
The Student Advising Centre at the American Centre has extended its working hours in Wednesdays on a trial basis to provide students with better service.
 arrow Khaleda to visit Satkhira on January 22
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit Satkharia Sadar and Kolaroa upazila on January 22.
She was scheduled to visit the district on January 8, but due to foggy weather she could not reach the district.

 arrow Latif Mirza, 29 others injured in attack
Former Awami League (AL) MP Abdul Latif Mirza and 29 others were injured in an attack by their opponents in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow BNP grand rally in Ctg on Feb 2
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at joint meeting yesterday decided to hold its first divisional grand rally in Chittagong on February 2, instead of January 8.
 arrow Hasina shocked
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at death of 76 pilgrims, including 13 Bangladeshis, in a hotel collapse in Makkah.
 arrow Web site of agri marketing deptt launched
Online access to daily market information of around 260 agricultural products from 40 districts is now available with the launching of a web site of Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) in thecity
 arrow US Mission closed on Eid
US Embassy offices in Dhaka, including The American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library and Students Advising Centre will be closed on January 11 and 12 and January 15 on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Azha
Nationalarrow Sudden law and order slide in S-W districts
A slide in law and order marked the beginning of the new year in southwestern districts with at least ten people killed in the first week. The victims included three women.
 arrow Khulna under security blanket
Khulna city is under a security blanket and police and Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) are on 'high alert' following intelligence reports that JMB suicide bombers may carry out attacks on prime spots orkey
 arrow 'No' to early marriage, dowry
It was an eye opener to many in rural Satkhira. Over 200 teenaged girls from different areas at a simple function in the town yesterday pledged not to go for early marriage and to resist dowry.
 arrow Clamorous clamber

 arrow College principal beaten for toll in Patuakhali
Terrorists beat and injured Rehana Akhter, principal of S M Sekandar Ali Chowdhury College at Kalagachhiya in Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district, Sunday morning as she refused to pay them Tk one
 arrow Attachment of property of six accused ordered
The Special Tribunal has rejected bail prayers of seven of the accused chargesheeted in August 17 bomb blasts in Barisal city and ordered attachment of property of the rest six who are absconding.
 arrow Sec 144 in Shahzadpur as AL factions clash over rally
The district administration yesterday imposed section 144 at Shahzadpur in Sirajganj district following a clash between two groups of Awami League activists clashed over holding meetings at the samevenue
Culturearrow Programmes galore on TV Channels
This Eid-ul-Azha, viewers are in for an entertainment bonanza. The TV channels are offering several special TV plays, feature films, tele-films, magazine shows and musical programmes.
 arrow "To load and bless" during Eid
With Eid coming so close to X'mas, and the bourgeois as well as those not so well off, are enjoying The gift of the Magi (O Henry).
Internationalarrow India aiding rebels in Baluchistan
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf accused India of arming and financing rebels in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, charges that could push back a peace process between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
 arrow Hajj pilgrims seek spiritual high
Over two million Muslim pilgrims started moving after sunrise yesterday towards the plain of Arafat southeast of Makkah to perform the central rite of hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city.
 arrow Sharon exit opens door for Peres comeback
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's likely exit from political life has opened the door to yet another possible comeback by his erstwhile rival Shimon Peres, reprising his familiar role as Israel's elder statesman.
 arrow Maoist threats will not delay polls: Nepal
Nepal's chief election commissioner said yesterday that long-delayed municipal elections set for February would not be postponed despite a threat from Maoist rebels to disrupt polling.
 arrow Lanka vows tough line on terror
Sri Lanka's president yesterday vowed tough measures to prevent "terror attacks" that undermine an already troubled ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels as officials reported three more deaths in the embattled
 arrow Northern India shivers as cold wave continues
Northern India woke to another icy morning yesterday as an extreme cold spell continued and farmers expressed fears that frost will damage their winter crops.
 arrow Taliban scorn Karzai offer to Mullah Omar
A deputy for fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar yesterday rejected an offer from Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, to "get in touch" if he wanted peace.
 arrow Israel allows some polls campaign in Jerusalem
Israel is allowing candidates for Palestinian legislative elections on January 25 to campaign in Arab East Jerusalem as long as they do not belong to militant groups, Internal Security Minister Gideon
Editorialarrow Editorial: The message of sacrifice
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be observed tomorrow across the globe with due fervour and solemnity.
 arrow Editorial: Taking cue from BB report
The potential risks of increased political in-fighting are self-evident in this election year.
 arrow Those worried police officers and nation's concern
Very disconcerting news about the unsavoury political influence on several segments of police administration have attracted the headlines of important newspapers.
 arrow Who said this?
Children nowadays love luxury, have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for elders."
Who said this?
One of the more educative joys is to read intelligent book reviews.

Letters to Editorarrow Eid time travelling
Eid-ul Azha, one of the two big religious festivals of Muslims, will be celebrated tomorrow and this is why most of the city dwellers will go home to spend time with their kin.
 arrow Why this (un)fare meter?
The public transport fare meters (taxis and auto-rickshaws) should be withdrawn, as the regulatory authorities cannot run, monitor and enforce it.
 arrow Death of a worker
When people across the world were celebrating the New Year 2006 with fresh hopes and promises we witnessed yet another tragic death of a garment worker-- a young boy was beaten to death for wearing ashirt
 arrow Doctor's 'negligence'
Any news of death, natural or otherwise, saddens us immensely, especially if the person concerned is young.
Featurearrow Joy of sacrifice
It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: It is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the Good
 arrow Reverence of piety for Merciful Allah
BEFORE going into details it would be worthwhile to recall here what our holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) once said on the importance and significance of holy Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow The history of Abraham's sacrifice
The figure of Abraham is equally revered in Judeo-Christian and Muslim traditions as the common ancestor of the major monotheist faiths.
 arrow The festival with a difference
The necessity of festivities, merry-making and fun can never be over-emphasised in the monotonous and mundane life.
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