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Front Pagearrow 21 including 5 babies perish in the north
Twenty-one people including at least five infants perished in the last 48 hours in four northern districts alone from the freezing cold wave sweeping across the country for the last nine days, impeding
 arrow Govt discloses names of 11 Bangladeshis
Government yesterday confirmed the deaths of 11 Bangladeshi pilgrims in Thursday's stampede in Mina in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Cold brings sufferings for infants
With the shivering cold sweeping across the country, thousands of children, especially the newborn infants, are suffering from various cold-related diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, bronchiolitis,
 arrow Bhola sinking into Meghna abyss as dyke plan sleeps
Soil erosion in Bhola has turned severe rendering thousands of people homeless while the government continues to delay the approval of a proposal to set up a permanent embankment on the country's biggest
 arrow Execution of court directives uncertain
Implementation of the High Court's (HC) directives on voter list appears to be uncertain as the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat continues preparing a fresh roll, ignoring the HC's order for revising
 arrow Road mishaps rooted in slack laws, vigilance
Weak laws and lack of vigilance by the government agencies are causing several thousand accidents claiming nearly four thousand lives every year and injuring more than ten thousand.
 arrow IRRI cultivation.....

 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources in a rejoinder has differed with some points of a news story on Chandpur power plant headlined 'Cabinet body nods to disqualified bidder' run by The
 arrow Pressure on DU to recruit teacher with poor records
Dhaka University (DU) authorities are under pressure from a section of pro-government teachers to recruit a Chittagong University (CU) professor in the Department of Development Studies although his academic
 arrow Charge sheets soon in Ctg JMB cases
Charge sheets in three cases in connection with recoveries of large caches of explosives, bombs, arms and bomb-making materials and arrests of four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres from their
 arrow Discrimination keeps tea garden kids out of school
Along with poverty, social insecurity and difference of culture, lifestyle and language are responsible for keeping the children of the tea garden areas and ethnic minority groups out of school, reveals
 arrow Kite Festival........

 arrow WHO plans blood tests to combat bird flu
The World Health Organisation, anxious to get a better understanding of the deadly bird flu strain spreading across Turkey, said Friday it has asked the government for permission to send teams into villages
 arrow Two young girls raped in city
Criminals gang-raped two young girls confining them for a few hours at a Pallabi house in the capital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Trip to Pluto to take at least 9 years
It will be the fastest spacecraft ever launched, zooming past the moon in nine hours and reaching Jupiter in just over a year at a speed nearly 100 times that of a jetliner.
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina shocked
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia expressed her deep shock at the deaths of 362 hajj pilgrims in a tragic stampede at Jamarat in Mina on January 12. The stampede left 11 Bangladesh nationals dead.
 arrow Cable TV operator gunned down in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a cable TV operator at Mohakhali in the city last night while playmates stabbed a youth in the city's Jurain area following a brawl over a game of badminton.
 arrow UK minister worried over Bangladesh's HR situation
British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Dr Kim Howells expressed concern that the human rights situation in Bangladesh appears to be deteriorating.
 arrow Iran will not reverse nuke programme
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday his country will not limit its disputed nuclear programme even if ordered to do so by the UN Security Council.
 arrow Outlaw dies in 'crossfire'
An activist of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between the police and outlaws at Bagerhat early yesterday.
 arrow Hajj stampede victims mourned as blame traded
Families from Egypt to Indonesia grappled Saturday with the aftermath of the stampede that killed 363 during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca as Saudi authorities distanced themselves from blame for the
 arrow Myanmar pirate held with arms
Police arrested an armed Myanmarese pirate at Chowfaldandi Ghat in the district around 11:00am yesterday.
 arrow Exporters agree to buy hides at market prices
The associations of leather traders, tanners and exporters have agreed to start buying rawhides in market rates from today after holding a meeting with the wholesalers.
 arrow BSF kills 1, abducts 5
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi youth near Sapahar border of Naogaon yesterday and abducted five Bangladeshis from Maheshpur in Jessore the day before.
 arrow Dense fog continues to wreak havoc on life
Dense fog continued to disrupt road, river and air communications across the country yesterday causing sufferings for passengers returning from Eid vacation.
 arrow Burns drops Dhaka from S Asia visit
US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, who is starting his South Asia tour this week, has dropped Bangladesh from his tour itinerary.
 arrow Rab ignores gypsies' demand to arrest goon
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) had to fire in the air to clear their way barricaded by about 200 gypsies at Savar yesterday.
 arrow JMB man held in city with jihad books
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday night arrested a member of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Uttara in the city and recovered four books on Islam and jihad from
 arrow Swadhin Bangla newscaster Babul Akhter no more
Noted newscaster of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and Bangladesh Television Babul Akhter died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Munshiganj town at 12:45pm yesterday. He was 56.
 arrow Islamabad condemns US airstrike
Pakistan yesterday condemned a purported CIA airstrike on a border village that officials said unsuccessfully targeted al-Qaeda's second-in-command, and said it was protesting to the US Embassy over the
Businessarrow Lanka ratifies Safta deal
The Sri Lankan government has ratified the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement to pave the way for free trade of goods among the seven members of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation
 arrow Asian business under threat from new UK migrant bill
Asian business in the UK with an annual turnover of £60 billion might experience a drastic fall because of the new immigration law, Asylum and Nationality Bill, which will be debated in the House of Lords
 arrow Tata Motors to sell Fiat cars
India's third largest automobile manufacturer Tata Motors Limited has agreed to sell Fiat cars as part of an alliance aimed at allowing the Indian and Italian automakers to share technology and design.
 arrow State of Bangladesh economy 2005-06: Perspectives on immediate outlook
This is the concluding section of the review "State of the Bangladesh Economy in FY06: Early Signals and Immediate Outlook (First Reading)", which was recently released by the Centre for Policy Dialogue
 arrow Delhi 'fully committed' to Iran-Pak-India pipeline
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday refuted a report that India may opt out of the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, stressing that New Delhi was "fully committed" to theproject.
 arrow Summer Palace Hotel starts operation in Dhaka
A new international standard hotel -- Summer Palace Hotel and Apartments -- started its operation in Dhaka recently.
 arrow FDI in China falls for first time in 6 years
Actual foreign direct investment (FDI) in China last year slid 0.5 percent to 60.
 arrow Sípore claims world's busiest port title in terms of tonnage
Singapore said Friday it had retained its position in 2005 as the world's busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage, which measures the volume of merchant ships arriving in a country.
 arrow US autopart maker to invest $130m in India
US automobile component maker Delphi said Saturday it would invest five billion rupees (130 million dollars) to manufacture fuel injection systems in India.
 arrow Office bearers of cold storage association
Md Jasim Uddin, managing director of Meghna Multi-purpose Himagar Ltd, has been elected chairman of Bangladesh Cold Storage Association for 2006-07.
 arrow China spends more in 'aggressive' bidding with India
India's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar who is here to forge a strategic tie up with China in the hydrocarbons sector, on Friday said "aggressive" bidding between the two Asian
 arrow China 2005 trade surplus jumps to record high
China's 2005 trade surplus tripled to a record 101.9 billion dollars, official data showed, a gap certain to further agitate trade partners and renew calls for Beijing to revalue its currency.
 arrow India, US to improve safety of traded products
India and the US on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work towards ensuring safety of traded consumer products.
 arrow 'Doomsday vault' to help feed the world in times of crisis
Aimed at safeguarding the world's food supply against possible catastrophes, a giant vault that can hold around two million seeds of all known varieties of crops, would soon be built in Norwegian Arctic
 arrow Asean tourism meeting in Philippines
Some 2,500 delegates gathered in this southern Philippine city on Friday for a Southeast Asian tourism conference that will be led by tourism ministers, organizers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: South Asia to make joint bid for 2011 World Cup
Asia will make a joint bid for the 2011 Cricket World Cup with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh agreeing to host the mega event, officials said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Runs rain in Lahore
India were set for a gruelling struggle to save the first cricket Test here after Pakistan put on a scintillating display with the bat on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahanama due today
International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Roshan Mahanama arrives in the capital today to inspect the country's five cricket venues awaiting international recognition.
 arrow Football: United suffer City ignominy
Manchester United suffered arguably the lowest point of their domestic season as they lost 3-1 at Manchester City's Eastlands Stadium here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: More injury worry for SA
South Africa's injury woes worsened ahead of Sunday's tri-series clash with Australia as seamer Charl Langeveldt joined fast bowlers Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini on the sidelines with a groin strain.
 arrow Cricket: 'Sixes assault was planned'
Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi revealed he made a conscious attempt to hit six sixes in a single over on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng mull over spin options
England have yet to finalise their spin options for their forthcoming Test series in India despite naming a 15-man squad for the three-match series here Friday.
 arrow Football: Bayern shrug off political fallout from Tehran visit
Bayern Munich shrugged off the political fallout from their controversial visit here on Friday to beat Iranian side Persepolis 2-1 in a friendly match.
 arrow Football: Clean cops for World Cup
German police have been ordered to spruce up their appearance by the time of the World Cup finals, according to a decree from the Interior Ministry.
 arrow Tennis: Federer Hewitt's favourite too
World number four Lleyton Hewitt has acknowledged that Roger Federer is the overwhelming favourite to lift the Australian Open title.
 arrow Cricket: Martyn hopeful of Test recall
Australian Test discard Damien Martyn has not yet given up hope of fighting his way back into the team for their upcoming tour of South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series in India ahead of Champs Trophy?
A tentative agreement has been reached between Pakistan, India and Australia to play a triangular series in India during September, ahead of the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: India officials deny reports
India team officials have dismissed reports the Board of Control for Cricket in India instructed them to include former skipper Sourav Ganguly in the first Test in Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Party consolation for gala call-off?
The mayor of Berlin, disappointed at the cancellation of the World Cup gala by FIFA, has suggested instead a party take place at the Brandenburg Gate.
Metropolitanarrow 6 killed in road crashes
Six people were killed and 120 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Barisal, Meherpur and Jessore in the last two days.
 arrow 'Govt pledge-bound to construct Padma Bridge'
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said the government had always extended all out cooperation to the victims of natural disasters, including river erosion.
 arrow 40 injured in clashes over land disputes
At least 40 people were injured in separate clashes over land disputes in Alfadanga, Faridpur, on Friday.
Police said two groups of villagers were locked in a clash at Kamar, leaving 20 people injured.

 arrow Warm clothes for cold-hit demanded
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded of the government to distribute warm clothes to cold-affected people in northern region of the country.
 arrow Six bodies still lying at DMCH
Bodies of six people who died in a road accident at Savar on Friday noon are still lying at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) morgue as none claimed them.
 arrow 'Save land, wetland from encroachers'
Coalition of Local NGOs, Bangladesh (CLNB) yesterday demanded an immediate drive by joint forces to protect land and wetland from the encroachers.
 arrow 20 injured as villagers clash in Sirajganj
At least 20 people were injured and seven houses destroyed during clashes between two rival groups of villagers in Sirajganj municipal area over a trifling matter on Friday.
 arrow 25 houses gutted in Comilla
A devastating fire gutted 25 houses at Rajganj under Kotwali thana here on Thursday night.
 arrow Tarique launches village march in Natore
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday launched the village march programme from Haatpara of Sadar upazila to inform the people about the developments made by the government during
 arrow 15 injured in Manikganj clash
At least 15 people were injured in a clash over ownership of land yesterday morning at Louhadaha village under Sadar upazila in the district.
 arrow One kills elder brother
A young man slaughtered his elder brother over a family feud at Railway Station Road in Joypurhat town early yesterday.
 arrow Militants demand independence
Ahead of commencement of third round of Composite Dialogue between India and Pakistan, a conglomerate of Pakistan-based terror groups has reportedly decided to give up its demand for implementation of
 arrow Nine killed in Afghan clashes
US-led and Afghan government troops have killed about eight insurgents in the latest clashes in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and Afghan government said.
 arrow First return Hajj flight with 387 Hajis arrives
The first of 105 'dedicated return Hajj-flights' of Biman Bangladesh Airlines arrived at Zia International Airport last night with 387 Hajis, says a press release.
 arrow One shot dead at Mohakhali
Unidentified assailants killed a man in the city's Mohakhali area yesterday evening.
 arrow Millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for harvest festival
Millions of Hindus took a dip Saturday in the holy Ganges river to celebrate the winter harvest festival, braving cold that has claimed scores of lives across the country.
 arrow 91st death anniversary of Sir Salimullah tomorrow
The 91st death anniversary of Nawab Khwaja Sir Salimullah Bahadur will be observed tomorrow in a befitting manner.
 arrow One hurt in blasts
Two powerful cocktails were exploded at Dhunat in the district on Friday night, leaving a man critically injured.
 arrow 'Uphold image of National University'
Bangladesh College Teachers' Association (BCTA) yesterday called upon the guardians and educationists to come forward to uphold the image of National University (NU), a problem-ridden institution.
 arrow Momtaz Jasimuddin passes away
Begum Momtaz Jasimuddin, wife of poet Jasimuddin, died of a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in the capital yesterday at the age of 84.
 arrow Manik Saha's anniversary of death today
Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) and Manik Saha Smriti Parishad will observe the second death anniversary of journalist Manik Shah today.
 arrow Samad Azad's anniversary of birth today
The 80th birth anniversary of former foreign minister and Awami League leader Abdus Samad Azad will be observed today, family sources said.
 arrow DU classes resume today
The classes of Dhaka University will resume today after a 23-day vacation on the occasions of winter, Christmas and Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Hasina returns home today
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina returns home today from Saudi Arabia after performing Hajj in Makkah.
She left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on January 4.

Nationalarrow 175 bomb blasts kill 13, injure 100 in 10 S-W dists last year
Despite anti-crime drives and increased vigilance by Rapid Action battalion (Rab), at least 175 incidents of bomb blast took place in 10 southwestern districts last year in which 13 people were killed
 arrow 3 JMB suspects arrested in Satkhira, Kushtia
Three JMB suspects were arrested, one in Satkhira yesterday and two in Kushtia Monday night.
 arrow People build hospital as govt shows indifference
The people of Kurigram have set a unique example. They are setting up a modern diabetic hospital at the district headquarters without much government support.
 arrow Involvement of teachers vital for AIDS prevention
Speakers at an orientation programme said AIDS prevention activities should be turned into a movement to stop spread of the deadly disease in the country.
 arrow They join hands to remove illiteracy, social ills
It was a unique event in Kalaroa as over 1200 distinguished people from the upazila including expatriates at a gathering vowed to work together for development of the upazila, sinking their politicaldifferences.
 arrow AL MP not on voter list
Awami League lawmaker from Nilphamari-1 (Domar-Dimla) constituency Hamida Banu Shova has not been enrolled in the new voter list.
 arrow 'Reinvestigate Manik Saha murder'
Bangladesh Communist Party (CPB) and its ally Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) have demanded reinvestigation into journalist Manik Saha murder and arrest of the killers without further delay.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh in the eyes of the world
Bangladesh has been ranked 141 among 161 countries in the 2006 Index of Economic Freedom. The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, a US-based research organization recently published thisindex.
 arrow Bush's assault on the American media
A series of recent media reports has exposed how the US military in Iraq is paying local journalists to plant favourable articles about the Iraq War and the rebuilding effort.
 arrow Pakistan under Musharraf
On January 1, yet a new sun rose harbingering the year 2006. It is a time for reflection on what we as a nation gained or lost in the last year.
Culturearrow Shakoor's ballads on canvas
Our traditional roots as well as the modern western giants have inspired Abdus Shakoor Shah, who has won rave reviews from connoisseurs both in the east and west.
 arrow Behular Bhashan staged at NSD Theatre Utsav
As part of the 8th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a 13-day theatre festival, arranged by National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi, Department of Theatre and Music of Dhaka University staged Behular Bhashan
 arrow Shonar Kathi Rupar Kathi on ntv
Directed by Chayanika Chowdhury and written by Bipasha Hayat, the Eid-special drama Shonar Kathi Rupar Kathi will be aired tonight at 8:20 pm on ntv.
 arrow Jobbor Alir Boma Atongko on Channel-i
Jobbor Ali's life and mischievous plans have become popular through the Eid-special plays over the years.
 arrow Pamela Anderson takes aim at KFC
Pamela Anderson is leading a charge to remove the bust of KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders from the Kentucky state capital.
Internationalarrow 'US targeted Zawahiri in air strike'
A US air strike in Pakistan targeted al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but it was unclear if he had been killed, US sources knowledgeable about the strike said.
 arrow Countries step up bird flu battle
Rich donors promised to step up the cash flow for fighting bird flu on Friday, with the World Bank saying $1.
 arrow Iraq set for political fight one month after vote
Iraq geared up Saturday for a political fight to create a new government, with Shiite leaders saying they should call the shots while Sunni Arabs and Kurds feel the power should be shared.
 arrow Clinton backs Blair as next UN chief
British Prime Minister Tony Blair would make a "good" secretary general of the United Nations, former US president Bill Clinton has said.
 arrow Lanka peace monitors hit by bomb attacks
Scandinavian truce monitors were hit by a bomb attack Saturday after they pointed fingers at both Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels for violence that threatens to push the island back to war.
 arrow Gonzales to testify on US domestic spying programme
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday he would testify in a Senate hearing to give the administration's legal justification for a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President
 arrow Saddam trial judge not to step down
The judge presiding over the Iraqi tribunal trying deposed dictator Saddam Hussein intends to stay in his job, Iraqi judicial officials said after a report suggested he might step down.
 arrow Western nations to reopen Jordan missions
Australia, Britain and Canada are to reopen their embassies in Jordan which have been closed for a week because of a terror alert, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hajj tragedy
There are no words to express our shock and sadness at the extent of the tragedy to have befallen the victims of this year's stampede during Hajj, that has killed over 360, including, at last count, at
 arrow Editorial: Saving those lives on the highway
It is with a routine regularity that when newspapers resume publication after each Eid festival their front pages are filled with gory details of highway accidents as if these were just waiting to happen.
 arrow Why BNP will be hard to defeat
Believe it or not, all my previous writings were based on my "reading is believing" in facts and figures from the Internet versions of selected Bangladesh dailies.
 arrow Not to square one yet
Pakistan spokesperson Tasneem Aslam must be having a great sense of humour.
Letters to Editorarrow Resorting to hartal
Isn't it enough that the multiple bombings that have killed many people and injured even more have left communities in a sense of fear and panic? Lives have been disrupted; businesses have been halted
 arrow 'Probashi' voters
Refer to your headline news on the Internet edition of January 6. As citizens of Bangladesh we can have access to HC orders on voter list only through the media.
 arrow Problems of good governance
Nearly seven or eight years ago Bangladesh was focused in the international media and arena as a country of disaster and poverty as well as a cyclone prone zone etc.
 arrow HIV
The young are the future of the nation but in our society their vitality is being destroyed day by day. The main cause behind it is drug addiction. They are addicted by drugs like heroin.
 arrow Cricket
Cricket is still very popular in the subcontinent. But the number of spectators in the on-going Lahore Test between India and Pakistan appears to be very small.
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