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Front Pagearrow Kushtia operation ends in fiasco
The government believes Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) top brass, who were reportedly holding a secret meeting in Poradaho in Kushtia on Thursday, had fled before the fully-fledged operation began.
 arrow Bomb-making materials seized in Bogra: 2 JMB men held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two more full-time leaders of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and recovered a huge cache of bomb-making materials believed to be enough to make up abomb
 arrow Farm subsidy fails to meet fertiliser price gap
The Tk 1200 crore farm subsidy in the current fiscal year now appears too inadequate to meet the fertiliser price gap due to a huge mismatch between production and requirement of chemical fertilisersin
 arrow Huda quits as JAF chief
In a dramatic turn of events, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda stepped down from the top office of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) just a day after being elected its president amid growing rifts within
 arrow Buyers of pricey Eid cattle under probe
As part of its effort to reach this fiscal year's ambitious tax-collection target, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is gathering information about the buyers of expensive sacrificial animals for the
 arrow Bangladesh, US may set up bureau
Bangladesh and US are likely to set up an institutional framework of counter-terrorism bureau to enhance Dhaka's capability to effectively deal with terrorism and militancy.
 arrow 70 more plots for the affected
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday handed over allotment letters of seventy plots to people whose land was acquired for the construction of the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT).
 arrow Horrifying tales of plights of 48 fortune-seekers
Forty-eight Bangladeshi youths stuck in the Sahara desert for at least ten months came back home on Thursday and told horrifying tales of their plights on their way to the "lucrative" European job market.
 arrow Expat experts term it a big failure
The Benapole-Teknaf route's not being included in the Asian Highway is a big failure of the government, expatriate Bangladeshi communications experts yesterday said.
 arrow 15 Bangladeshis languish in Indian jail
Fifteen young men from Panchagarh have been languishing in Amritsar Central Jail in the Indian state of Punjab for a year, while the Bangladesh government continues to be indifferent to freeing them and
 arrow Murder of abducted boy sparks agitation
Hundreds of people of several villages staged demonstration and held a rally at Kadomtola of Solonga Bazar under Solonga upazila in Sirajganj district yesterday afternoon demanding punishment to the abductors
 arrow BTTB to charge per minute
Calling from Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) land phones to mobile phones will get very costly soon, as the state-owned operator is going to charge the calls per minute instead of thepresent
 arrow Arms, explosives recovered in Rangamati
The members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday destroyed a den of terrorists in Uttar Bhuiyanchhari area under Baghaichhari upazila of the district and recovered firearms and explosives.
 arrow Future of 6000 Rohingya kids at camps bleak
Future of at least six thousand teenage Rohingya boys and girls living in the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar for more than a decade is uncertain, as they have no access to education after completing primary
 arrow AL demands are illogical, says Moudud
Awami League (AL) must participate in the next election under the existing caretaker government system and Election Commission, as its demands for reforms in the caretaker government and removal of election
 arrow On the road for the last one week...

 arrow Factory fire injures 6 in Tejgaon
At least six workers of a label-making factory suffered burns, five of them critically, when a fire broke out at the factory in Tejgaon industrial area early yesterday.
 arrow Politicisation of EC to destroy democracy: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday alleged the government has deliberately appointed two 'controversial' commissioners to Election Commission (EC) to destroy the country's democratic process.
 arrow Road accident kills Ctg AL leader
Sadeq Chowdhury, 52, senior vice-president of Awami League (AL) Chittagong north district unit, died in a road accident in the port city yesterday.
 arrow No hartal in Ctg tomorrow
Chittagong port city will remain out of the purview of tomorrow's countrywide hartal marking the centenary of Maizbhandar Urs Sharif. The two-day urs will be held at Fatikchhari on Sunday and Monday.
 arrow Protest...

 arrow 42 killed in Slovak plane crash
A military airplane carrying 43 Slovak peacekeepers ploughed into a snow-capped mountain in northeast Hungary, killing all but one of the troops and crew, authorities said yesterday.
 arrow US demands quick UN action on Iran standoff
The United States on Thursday demanded that the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions, promptly confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions, while Russia and China urged caution.
 arrow Bidisha-backed JP men hold rally defying Sec 144
Jatiya Party leaders and activists backed by Bidisha and Shafiul Alam Pradhan yesterday held a rally under the banner of Gonotantrik Dhara on Panchagarh-Tetulia Highway, defying the Section-144.
 arrow Shias win Iraq election but without majority
Religious Shia parties surged to victory in Iraq's general election but must find coalition partners after failing to secure an overall majority, according to uncertified results released yesterday.
 arrow Four pipe guns recovered in Satkhira
Police yesterday recovered four pipe guns from a pond in Palashpole area, only 100 yards away from Satkhira stadium.
 arrow US still sees problems in nuclear deal with India
India and the United States still face difficulties before a landmark nuclear deal can be sealed giving the south Asian giant access to previously forbidden technology, a senior US official said yesterday.
 arrow Koirala, many others under house arrest
Soldiers and armed police enforced a curfew in the Nepali capital yesterday and placed leading politicians under house arrest, thwarting a planned protest against the king, who seized absolute power last
 arrow First Pluto mission blasts into space
The world's first mission to Pluto blasted into space on Thursday after its launch aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket to begin a 9 and a half-year journey to the only unexplored planet in the solar system.
Businessarrow $100m fund for pvt sector infrastructure developers in the offing
The government is going to launch a project worth US$100 million for funding the private sector initiatives in infrastructure development projects offered by the World Bank (WB), official sources said.
 arrow Talks to find ways to rout poverty in Asia March 6
In a bid to build new forms of partnership to eradicate poverty in Asia, a two-day conference is going to be held in London from March 6.
 arrow Sony Ericsson posts robust 05 sales hike
Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth largest handset maker in terms of market share, has succeeded to exceed the market's expectation while announcing strong growth in volume of sales during 2005, whichwas
 arrow China textile chamber fears more US, EU trade penalties
A powerful Chinese textile organisation has warned there may be more US and European anti-dumping measures this year as prices on exports from the Asian giant have fallen steeply, state media said Friday.
 arrow Indian energy corp sign MoU with Dutch firm
India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dutch energy major Royal Shell for joint exploration and bidding for overseas gas and oil assets.
 arrow S Alam Steel Mills gets SEC nod to float Tk 12cr IPO
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the initial public offering (IPO) application of S Alam Cold Rolled Steel Mills Ltd to raise Tk 12 crore from the capital market.
 arrow Citigroup's 2005 net income $24.58b
Citigroup Inc, the owning company of Citibank, NA, Friday reported net (after tax) income of US$ 6.93 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005, or $1.37 per share.
 arrow Global trade talks pursued at meeting next week
About 30 ministers from key trading nations are expected to join an informal WTO meeting on the sidelines of the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on January 27 and 28, the Swiss economics ministry
 arrow Asia Pacific ad spending hits record levels in 2005
Chinese consumers buying more lifestyle products drove advertisement spending in key Asia-Pacific media markets up 14 percent to a record 66.
 arrow Eskayef BD holds Agrovet Division's business confce
The Business Conference-2005 of Agrovet Division of Eskayef Bangladesh Limited was held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel and BRAC-CDM, Rajendrapur, Gazipur on Thursday.
 arrow Oil prices surge past $67
Oil prices surged past 67 dollars a barrel in Asian trading Friday after Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened new attacks against the United States, dealers said.
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow Malaysian central bank maintains key interest rate
Malaysia's central bank said Friday it would maintain the overnight policy rate at its current level of three percent.
Sportsarrow Cricket: DOHS closer to title
Khaled Mahmud made most of an early life to help Old DOHS shrug off a stiff challenge by Brothers Union on the opening day of the Aktel Premier Cricket League Super Six and take another step toward the
 arrow Tennis: Now comes Serena shock
Defending champion Serena Williams tumbled out of the Australian Open Friday and top seed Lindsay Davenport stumbled before getting back on track.
 arrow Cricket: Sami making way for Asif?
Pakistan plan to throw young fast bowler Mohammad Asif into the deep end in a bid to contain India's renowned batting in the second cricket Test starting here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No Leeway for SA
A stunning spell of fast bowling by Brett Lee demolished South Africa and upstaged a record-breaking knock by teammate Phil Jaques as Australia grabbed a 59-run victory in their triangular series one-day
 arrow Football: JFA Cup finals from today
The final round of the 2nd JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Rangamati face Dhaka in the inaugural match at 2.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Surjo Tarun Club and Dhaka Wanderers Club won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League on Friday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares third place
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman was sharing the third place with four others at the end of the eighth round of the Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in New Delhi on Friday.
 arrow Football: ManU, Liverpool battle for second-best
The old cliche about there being no prizes for coming second in sport is no longer a maxim that can be accurately applied to the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Away form a headache for Milan
AC Milan's Brazil international Kaka says his side must improve their poor away record if they are to keep alive their faint title hopes.
 arrow Football: Lucky 13 for Barcelona?
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard is not known to be a superstitious man and so he will be optimistic that the Spanish league leaders can get their 13th consecutive league win against bottom club Alaveson
 arrow Cricket: Harvest year for Freddie
Andrew Flintoff is in line for the most lucrative benefit year ever enjoyed by an English cricketer, with one report suggesting the Ashes-winning all-rounder could earn as much as 3 million pounds when
 arrow Tennis: Hantuchova's heart wins it
Australian Open giant-killer Daniela Hantuchova said heart was the secret ingredient behind her victory over defending champion Serena Williams Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan reluctant to host Zim for ODIs only
Pakistan is reluctant to host Zimbabwe for a one-day series in October after the African nation pulled out of a two-Test series, a Pakistan Cricket Board official told Reuters on Friday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea bidding big for Eto'o
English champions Chelsea have offered 60 million euros to buy Barcelona's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o, Spanish sports newspaper AS reported on Friday.
 arrow Athletics: BDR inter-sector athletics
The five-day inter-sector athletics competition of Bangladesh Rifles starts here tomorrow. About 12 sectors of the BDR are expected to take part in the meet.
 arrow Football: Milan beckon Rijkaard, Barca look to Basten
Holland coach Marco van Basten would replace Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona coach if the latter decided to leave and join AC Milan, sports daily Marca reported here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson going out anyway
Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he expects to be sacked if England do not reach the semifinals of this year's World Cup, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper Friday.
 arrow Football: Cole receives death threats
England footballer Joe Cole received three letters containing death threats earlier this week while at Chelsea's training ground, Britain's Sun newspaper reported Friday.
Metropolitanarrow History of violence leads to awkward silence
The world is full of violence, domination, internal conflict and human rights violation in this century and it is important to process and negotiate the memories of violence among the countries, saidVice-
 arrow End anarchy in edn sector
A section of teachers of both government and non-government high schools yesterday demanded immediate government measurers to end the anarchy prevailing in the country's education sector.
 arrow No raised cancer risk from mobile phones: Study
Using a mobile phone does not increase the risk of developing the most common type of brain tumor, according to a study.
 arrow Help build a prosperous nation
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has called upon the meritorious students to play a leading role in building a happy and prosperous nation.
 arrow 'Big US firms seek for liberal arts graduates'
The education curriculum of the ULAB will help build individuals with free mind of world standard, said Ms Judith Chammas, the Charge d'Affaires of the USA.
 arrow 'Uphold dignity of national flag, resist bomb attackers'
With a vow to uphold the dignity of the hard earned national flag by resisting the defeated forces of 1971, people from all walks of life joined the national flag procession at the Central Shaheed Minar
 arrow No election until demands are met
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday reiterated their stance for no election until their demands are met.
 arrow Joint operation in Sundarbans to recover looted arms
Authorities have started a joint operation in Sundarbans to recover arms and ammunition looted by robbers from a local forest camp.
 arrow War fears, tension wreck lives in Sri Lanka
Unnerved by fears that civil war may resume, perhaps within weeks, tension between communities is spiralling in Sri Lanka's northeast and growing numbers are fleeing their homes, aid workers and residents
 arrow Shaheed Asad Day observed
Shaheed Asad Day was observed yesterday in the country commemorating the supreme sacrifice of the student leader and the days of mass uprising of 1969 that led the nation towards independence.
 arrow 'Community health care system can ensure quality service'
Participants at a meeting laid stress on the community managed health care system to ensure a sustainable health care system in the country, says a press relaese.
 arrow 'Govt keen to develop handloom industries'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday that the government is very keen to develop the handloom industries and ensure the welfare of the people of this sector.
 arrow CU admission test begins today
The admission test for first year honours courses of 2005-2006 sessions at Chittagong University (CU) begins today.
 arrow Photography album on SM Sultan launched
A photography album on renowned artist SM Sultan by noted photographer Nasir Ali Mamun was launched and the 50th solo exhibition of the photographer was inaugurated at the Drik gallery in the city yesterday.
 arrow Four pipe guns recovered in Satkhira ahead of PM's visit
Police recovered four homemade pipe guns yesterday from a pond in Palashpole area, only 100 yards away from Satkhira stadium in the town.
 arrow Population Council chief arrives today
Population Council President Dr Peter J Donaldson and Vice-President Dr Anrudh Jain will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit. The visit is part of the Asia tour by the Population Council president.
 arrow Ten shops gutted in Ctg fire
Ten shops were gutted in a fire at Fatikchari upazila in the district here yesterday.
 arrow Voter listing work going on: EC
The Election Commission (EC) in a press release yesterday said that the voter listing work is going on. There is no confusion about the ongoing work of preparing the voter list, it added.
 arrow Former minister Rashid passes away
Veteran freedom fighter and former minister Engineer Abdur Rashid passed away at the BSMMUH in Dhaka yesterday at the age of 68.
Nationalarrow Outlawed party cadres regrouping in 3 dists
Outlawed party cadres have started regrouping in different remote areas including greater Chalan Beel in Sirajganj and adjoining Natore and Pabna districts.
 arrow 'Authorities delaying charge framing'
Police did not submit the charge sheet of December 8 bomb blast although one and a half months passed after the incident.
 arrow Form crisis hampers voter enlistment
Voter enlistment is being hampered in Barisal district due to crisis of registration forms, according to enumerators.
 arrow Hatibandha attains cent per cent sanitation
'Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat district has set a unique example by attaining 100 per cent sanitation coverage as well as birth registration'.
 arrow Patients die as RMCH runs short of oxygen
An acute shortage of oxygen has been prevailing in Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH). This has resulted in death of a few patients in recent days.
 arrow Netrakona Bar Council election held
Election to Netrakona Bar Council was held at its office here on Thursday.Advocate Safayet Ahmed and Advocate Anwarul Islam were elected its president and secretary.
 arrow VDP man killed by UP member
A Village Defence Party (VDP) member was chopped to death by a group of armed miscreants in broad day light Tuesday morning.
 arrow Gun, bullets looted
Outlaws looted a licensed foreign-made gun, ammunition and Tk 20,000 from a house at a remote area in Atghoria upazila early Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Need for enacting a law to regulate appointments in EC
For a week or so, appointment of retired Justice Mahfuzur Rahman and Secretary, Election Commission SM Zakaria, both allegedly loyal to the BNP-led alliance government, as new election commissioners (ECs)
 arrow After Iraq is it Iran?
Although there are no signs of the Iraq crisis resolving any time soon there are tell tale signs that the theatre action may shift to Iran. In the case of Iraq President George W.
 arrow Containing the curse of dowry and violence against women
Dowry and violence against women in the South Asian context originate from within specific societies because of peculiar social thinking, cultural patterns and traditional beliefs.
Culturearrow Glorifying humanism
"Mysticism is necessary for the welfare of human beings as well as for ultimate freedom", with this slogan rural bards from different corners of the country gathered at the three-day National Baul
 arrow Right to fly
The recent exhibit of coloured photographs, called Right to fly by Dr. Reza Khan, seen at the Photo Journalists' Association was admirable indeed.
 arrow Remembering Lucille Ball
The older generation is familiar with the scatterbrained and zany characters played by the redoubtable redhead --Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989).
 arrow Ireland willing to lure Bollywood
The Bollywood bug has bitten Ireland. The Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, on a week-long trade mission to India, has just given his Arts Minister a new job: "minister for Bollywood.
Internationalarrow Lankan parties back talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's bitter political rivals showed rare unity to call for urgent talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to end the latest cycle of violence that has killed at least 140 people, officials said yesterday.
 arrow New Indo-Pak bus joins two Punjabs
Pakistan and India launched a third cross-border bus service yesterday Friday, the latest new transport link aimed at building confidence to spur their slow-moving peace process.
 arrow US business lobbies for nuke deal with India
American companies are mounting a multimillion-dollar campaign to sell to Congress a landmark civilian nuclear deal with India, which promises a "bounty of opportunity" for US business and strategic interests,
 arrow Laden seeks to silence rumours of his demise
A recording from Osama bin Laden, his first message for over a year, is aimed at quashing rumours of his death and warning the Western world its most wanted man remains a major threat, analysts said Friday.
 arrow Syria backs Iran's nuke ambitions
Syria asserted Thursday that Iran had a right to atomic technology and said Western objections to Tehran's nuclear ambitions were not persuasive.
 arrow Kashmir bus plunge claims 53 lives
A crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road in Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday, killing at least 53 people, police said.
 arrow Blind woman in Britain recovers sight after heart attack
A 74-year-old woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in a British hospital after suffering a heart attack and could see again, telling her husband: "You've got older," a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Chirac threatens nuclear strikes against 'terrorist' attacks
President Jacques Chirac for the first time Thursday raised the threat of a nuclear strike on any state that launches "terrorist" attacks against France.
 arrow More Pak protests against US airstrike
About 8,000 Islamic hard-liners yesterday protested a US missile strike that targeted al-Qaeda leaders in a Pakistani village, chanting their support for holy war and burning an effigy of President Bush.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC image touches new low
After five months of an inexplicable dilatory tactical show, the Chief Election Commissioner has held a meeting of the commission resting on the crutch of two newly appointed commissioners to have the
 arrow Editorial: Appointments in key govt establishments
It is the job of the Administration to appoint appropriate personnel to key positions in all government establishments including autonomous bodies.
 arrow Our development partners and the challenges ahead
Since its inception in 1971, Bangladesh has had to rely, to a very large extent, on donor support.
 arrow Courting trouble
It is ironical that the biggest challenge to the Indian constitution has come in January, the month in which the country introduced it as back as 1950 to become a republic.
Letters to Editorarrow BTRC or the morality police?
The decision by the BTRC not to allow the private cell phone companies to provide free service at night to their subscribers on the plea that the teenagers were going off-track talking to their friends
 arrow Negligent doctors
Vigilance, reliability and excellence are among the many characteristics one desires in the physician they trust their well being to.
 arrow Nazanin story
Nazanin, 17, was sentenced to death by hanging for defending herself against three rapists.
 arrow The idea of 'neo-cons'
In modern political science concepts, there is no generally accepted definition of the words 'neo-cons' which have widely been used in the western hemisphere since before the 9/11.
 arrow Banani Chairman Road crossing
I am a student and an inhabitant of Uttara. I face lots of traffic jams everyday on the way to my classes from Uttara.
StarTecharrow The F-21 analysis
Leepu had almost no resources whatsoever apart from his unparalleled ingenuity to create the F-21.
 arrow A new era dawns
BANGLADESH is finally on the threshold of living 'the e-governance dream' as an increasing number of government departments and ministries are initiating e-governance based websites and application software.
 arrow The Milky Way
This Spitzer Space Telescope image released on January 10, shows the galactic center of The Milky Way galaxy (left).
Literaturearrow Time Out
She felt uncomfortable all over. The touch of the sun overhead made her whole body feel sticky. She loosened the end of her sari and mopped herself.
 arrow A Contrapuntal Holocaust tale
Vikram Seth's Two Lives tells the story of Shanti and Henny, his great-uncle and great-aunt, with whom he lived as a newly-arrived student in London.
 arrow I Promise to be a Good Girl, God: Poems on Surviving Cancer
Kamini Banga writes at the outset that "these poems have been written over the last ten years as I struggled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and the aftermath of breast cancer.
 arrow The Stage Is Yours
It was in Six Seasons Review no.
 arrow Skin Deep
A story about two daughters of an interracial marriage during the Raj, Naz and Yasmin, the latter "a spun-sugar fairy, poised for flight," the other the narrator of the story, and as is usually the case
 arrow Dhanmondi Neighbours
"Oh my God! You didn't!"
"You just can't go ahead and.."
"I said that I can't do it if..."
My ears prick up.

 arrow Elegy For My Sari
My aanchal grows
Edgy all on a sudden
The border quivers, flares up but
It's too much to deal with...

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