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Front Pagearrow AL may give govt 2 months time
The main opposition Awami League (AL), which has announced its plan to place in parliament the proposals for reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems, might give the government a two-month
 arrow Inflation rate dips in Dec
Though overall inflation rate on point-to-point basis declined in December 2005 by 0.88 percentage point, rural people are still paying higher for non-food items due to increased transportation costs.
 arrow Gas price remains thorny issue
In the fourth round of negotiation with Tata that started in the city yesterday, the Indian giant shocked the government by proposing a gas price of $1 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) or less.
 arrow Cabinet okays traveller database, amendment to CrPC
A cabinet meeting yesterday approved the creation of a database of all the people travelling across the land, air and sea ports of the country based on the 'personal identification secure comparison and
 arrow Tata unhappy with prolonged negotiations
Tata is unhappy about the delay in talks with the government about its proposed $2.5-3 billion investment plan for Bangladesh, a top negotiator of the company has said.
 arrow Finley takeover ceremony in UK next week
The tea gardens and other properties of the century old British tea company James Finley Limited will be formally handed over to Bangladeshi buyers in a formal ceremony in Glasgow, Britain next week.
 arrow Dollar price in LC opening rises to Tk 69.50
Despite a sharp decline in total import, rising expenditure for petroleum import and profit repatriation of the multinational companies saw greenback prices soaring a record high, selling at Tk 69.
 arrow Released at last...

 arrow 2,500 beggars to work for a living
Around 2,500 beggars are expected to live by working within next three years under a microcredit project jointly introduced by the Citigroup Foundation and Grameen Trust.
 arrow Hili port closed for 8 days
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Dinajpur held a meeting yesterday with Bangla-Hili customs officials and traders, and the Truck Owners Association of India in an effort to resume international trade through
 arrow Branches of big trees...

 arrow Danish envoy says sorry for blasphemous cartoons
Danish Ambassador in Bangladesh Niels Severin Munk yesterday called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and regretted for the blasphemous cartoons published in a Danish daily on Prophet Hazrat Mohammad
 arrow Seizure lists in 3 cases against Col Faruk yet to be submitted
The prosecution is yet to submit seizure lists of three cases filed against the condemned prisoner in the Bangabandhu murder case, Lt Colonel (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman, even after issuance of several
 arrow ANN's weekly magazine to be launched February 10
The Asia News Network (ANN), an alliance of 14 newspapers in 12 Asian countries, will jointly launch a weekly regional news magazine at the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok February 10.
 arrow DU teachers protest against govt inaction
Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday observed a two-hour abstention from work and staged a sit-in programme on the campus, alleging that the government's indifference has encouraged repeated killings
 arrow Maulana Mannan no more
Former religious affairs minister Maulana MA Mannan died of old age ailments at his Banani residence in the city yesterday morning. He was 71.
 arrow Bulu's brother finally gets bail
Motiur Rahman Pintu, younger brother of Advisor to the Ministry of Commerce and BNP leader Barkatullah Bulu, finally obtained bail from a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Ferry service, air traffic disrupted due to fog
Ferry service at Maowa remained suspended for four hours from 6:00am yesterday due to dense fog, creating heavy traffic jam on both sides of the river.
 arrow Trial at fast court starts today
Trial of the former finance minister SAMS Kibria murder case begins in the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet today.
 arrow Bar asks CJ for action against judge with 'political link'
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary M Enayetur Rahim yesterday sent a letter to Acting Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin, seeking effective steps against a judge for his alleged political prance.
 arrow SC stays bail to accused
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for three months a High Court (HC) order granting bail to Haji Abdus Sobhan, one of the 44 accused in Chittagong arms haul case.
 arrow US not ruling out use of military action
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the United States does not rule out using military force against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.
 arrow India reduces troops level in Kashmir
India has withdrawn at least 3,000 troops from Jammu and Kashmir as the level of violence there falls, the country's defence minister and army chief said yesterday.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 23pc in seven months
Remittance inflow saw a sharp 23 percent boost fetching US$2,570 million during July-January period of the current financial year.
 arrow HC stays SEC order on transfer of 1m Apex Weaving shares
The High Court has stayed for four months the operation of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order on transferring 1 million shares and taking over the management of Apex Weaving and Finishing
 arrow Ruling, opposition leaders for strategy to ensure gains
Leaders of the ruling and opposition parties at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for pragmatic strategy to ensure gains from the post-Hong Kong negotiations under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 arrow US trade show kicks off tomorrow
In a bid to boost bilateral trade between Bangladesh and the US, a three-day exposition of US products and services will begin in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Textile, RMG machinery show begins tomorrow
A four-day textile and garment machinery show begins here tomorrow to introduce local textile entrepreneurs with modern technologies in the sector.
 arrow Yuan opens at post-revaluation high against US dollar
China's currency began trading Monday at a post-revaluation high against the US dollar, as local banks sold some of their excess dollar positions after the lunar New Year holiday, traders said.
 arrow Transcom Beverages wins 'Bottler of the Year Award'
In recognition of its accomplishment in soft drinks business, Transcom Beverages Ltd has been adjudged the "Bottler of the Year Award" for the South Asia Business Unit of PepsiCo International.
 arrow Oil jumps $1 a barrel
Oil prices rose sharply on Monday after Iran ended all voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, saying it would start uranium enrichment and bar surprise inspections of its facilities.
 arrow New training institute opens
A new training institute, Institute of Training Innovative Management and Technology (INTIMATE), was launched in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Sensex hits historic 10,000 mark
Indian share prices touched a historic high Monday afternoon with the benchmark 30-share Sensex tipping the 10,000 points level for the first time ever.
 arrow PM at the inauguration of five star hotel...

 arrow Asian economies can cope with new oil price shock
Brighter growth prospects for Asia over the next 12 months have raised hopes that regional economies will cope should oil prices again breach 70 dollars a barrel.
 arrow Winners of 'Pran Spice Gold Offer' get prizes
The prize-giving ceremony of 'Pran Spice Gold Offer', a consumer promotion on Pran spice powder, was held in Dhaka yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan clinch a thriller
Opener Salman Butt hit a punishing century and Shoaib Malik a quickfire 90 to help Pakistan score a dramatic seven-run win under special bad light rules against India here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin fells 14,000 runs
India's Sachin Tendulkar on Monday set new world records by completing 14,000 one-day runs and hitting his 39th century in the opening one-day international against Pakistan here.
 arrow Cricket: One last chance for SL
Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody knows his team are lucky to be in the hunt for a berth in the finals of the triangular series and this time he wants to make sure there are no mistakes.
 arrow Football: Chelsea tighten title grip
Chelsea continued their march towards a second consecutive Premiership title by dispatching one of their main rivals Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Rajani survives a scare
Bangladesh international Rajani Kanta Barman is expected to join the national camp today but the key central-defender was on the verge of being axed from coach Diego Cruciani's list for the delay.
 arrow Cricket: New home makes 'em happy
Habibul Bashar's men made their debut at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur when they performed their first net session on fresh pitches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names SL tour committees
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has yet to finalise the much-talked about standing committees but it at least gave an indication of becoming alive when the management committees for Sri Lanka's tour
 arrow Cricket: 'Simpson should change'
Former Australian coach Bob Simpson should change with the times and understand the role of the modern-day cricket team coach, national coach John Buchanan said Monday.
 arrow Football: Juventus roll on
Juventus maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Serie A standings as Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench to score the winner in a 1-0 victory over plucky 10-man Udinese.
 arrow Football: Barca bow to Torres
Atletico Madrid lived up to their reputation as Barcelona's bogey team when they ended the Spanish champions' 14-match winning run in the league with an emphatic 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: It's more than football
Ivory Coast's celebrations after beating arch-rivals Came-roon in the African Nations Cup quarter-final on Saturday ran deeper than just for themselves -- it was for a whole troubled nation.
 arrow Football: Benitez slams Robben 'theatrics'
Rafael Benitez furiously accused Arjen Robben of cheating after watching Liverpool lose a stormy Premiership clash with Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: United we stand, says Beckham
David Beckham gave an insight on Sunday into why Real Madrid have looked a different side since the start of the year.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin, Inzy in trouble
Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq faced disciplinary measures for showing dissent against umpires' decisions while the Indian cricket team faced fine for slow over-rate
 arrow Tennis: Ranjan reaches 2nd round
Ranjan Ram was the only Bangladeshi player among 16 to reach the second round of the boys' singles in the Dhaka Bank Inter-national Junior Tennis Champion-ship yesterday.
 arrow South Asian archery from tomorrow
The Banglalink South Asian Archery Championship will begin tomorrow at BSKP in Savar.
 arrow Handball: Rifles College lift h'ball title
Bir Shreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Rifles College became champions in the Exim Bank Inter College (Men's) Handball with a 26-8 goals victory against Imperial College in the final at the Outer Stadium handball
 arrow Cricket: Captain Ponting the best again
Australia captain Ricky Ponting received the Allan Border medal on Monday as the country's best cricketer over the past year.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist eyes double ton in ODIs
Australia's Adam Gilchrist says it is only a matter of time before a batsman scores 200 in a one-day international.
 arrow Football: Totti reveals WC fears
Italian star Francesco Totti believes his World Cup dream with Italy could be sabotaged by the constant stream of fouls he suffers with Roma in Serie A.
 arrow Cricket: Lara rubbishes retirement talk
Star West Indies batsman Brian Lara has dismissed speculation he would retire after winning a first-class title with his native Trinidad and Tobago.
Metropolitanarrow Absence of rules main cause: Justic Sultan
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Justice Sultan Hossain Khan yesterday said the absence of rules and organogram is the main reason for the non-functioning of the anti-graft watchdog.
 arrow Pledge to vote for honest, qualified candidates
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said reforms of Election Commission (EC) is a must for the welfare of 14 crore people.
 arrow Call for cancellation of amended version
Women's rights activists yesterday reiterated their demand for cancellation of the amended version of the National Women Development Policy, saying that it would wipe out the achievements of women's movement
 arrow Charge framing date deferred for 7th time
The date for framing charges against eight charge-sheeted accused in connection with the killings of two judges in Jhalakathi on November 14, 2005 was postponed until tomorrow making it the seventh postponement
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Siraganj and Barisal yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi, Japanese kids share experiences
Japanese children like summer most as they can swim in the pool and take bath in the beach during this time, said the students of a Japanese school while talking to a group of Bangladeshi students ata
 arrow Two MoUs to be signed likely
Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) are expected to be signed between Bangladesh and Pakistan during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's 3-day official visit to Islamabad from February 12, a well placed official
 arrow Media reports misleading, says Indian HC
The High Commission of India in Dhaka yesterday termed the recent news reports on the Indira-Mujib Accord inaccurate and misleading, says a press release.
 arrow Community pry teachers begin hunger strike
Community primary school teachers wearing shroud yesterday began an indefinite hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital demanding hundred percent salary of the national pay scale.
 arrow Identities of 11 Bangladeshi victims confirmed
Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia has confirmed identities of 11 Bangladeshi construction workers killed in a road accident in Riyadh on Thursday.
 arrow JU JCD female activist ordered to leave dorm
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) ordered a female activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and resident of Nawab Fazilatunnesa (NF) hall to immediately leave the dormitory for beating
 arrow Security for Ahmadiyyas demanded
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) and Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (EGDNC) in a statement demanded security for Ahmadiyya community of Trishal in Mymensingh
 arrow Obaid refutes Tarique's claim
Criticising the ruling BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman's claim of success in education sector during the coalition rule, opposition Awami League's Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader
 arrow Charge sheet accepted
A Barisal court yesterday accepted the chargesheet and framed charges against nine people in a case lodged in connection with the 2005 August 17 bomb blasts in the city.
 arrow Fog disrupts ferry service
Poor visibility due to a sudden fog disrupted ferry movement from 6:00am to 10:00am at Maowa ferry ghat yesterday. Sources said five ferries with over 2,000 passengers onboard remained stranded.
 arrow Body of child recovered after 5 days
Police recovered the decomposed body of a child from under the debris of a burnt down Rayerbazar slum yesterday five days into the fire incident.
 arrow Khairul Kabir¿s anniversary of death today
Today is the ninth death anniversary of journalist and banker Khairul Kabir, says a press release. Founder-editor of the daily Sangbad, Kabir died of old-age ailments in Singapore on this day in1997.
 arrow CPC team in city
A delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) arrived here yesterday on a friendly visit to Bangladesh, sources said.
 arrow Sunnydale School donates Tk 1 lakh to Cancer Hospital
The students and teachers of Sunnydale School donated Tk 1 lakh to the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow JU plans action against students
The teachers of the Department of Business and Administration (DBA) of Jahanirnagar University (JU) at a meeting yesterday recommended to vice chancellor for taking action against the students involved
 arrow BSF kills 1
A Bangladeshi youth was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Telkupi border in Shibganj upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Highlight dev activities of alliance govt to people
Senior Joint Secretary General of ruling BNP Tarique Rahman yesterday urged the grassroots leaders of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to work and mobilise the local people in favour of the BNP ahead
 arrow Ramos calls on Iajuddin
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the Philippines to import more products from Bangladesh aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.
 arrow US team in city to examine prospect
A four-member delegation from a US-based consortium of investors arrived in Dhaka to examine the prospect of introducing a sky-train system in and around the capital with an investment of around $1 billion.
Nationalarrow Trial of 2 Indians begins tomorrow
Trial of the two sensational cases in connection with the recovery of a huge quantity of arms and explosives and death of six unidentified persons near the Komolganj border in Sylhet on May 26 last year
 arrow 20,000 cases pending with Satkhira courts
About 20,000 cases are pending with courts in Satkhira due to shortage of judges and magistrates.
 arrow Survey begins after 8 years of planning
The Water Development Board (WDB) has at last started a survey for construction of the proposed Patuakhali town protection embankment.
 arrow Verdict of Khulna jurno Haroon murder case today
Judge Abdus Samad of Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal will deliver the verdict in journalist Haroon-ar-Rashid Khokan murder case today.
 arrow Commerce Minister's PA faces extortion charge
Two criminal cases were filed with a Patuakhali Magistrate court on Sunday accusing Khalilur Rahman, Personal Assistant (PA) of Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, for extortion.
 arrow Three to die for murder in Meherpur
Three of a gang of criminals were sentenced to death yesterday in Meherpur for killing a man who witnessed a murder by them earlier.
Point-Counterpointarrow An open letter to President Bush
Sometime ago, while talking about Iraq you told the Palestinian delegation which met you in the White House that God said: "George, go and attack Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein.
 arrow It has never been this bad
The state in which I find us today, I dare say that it is worse than what it was during the times of one Field Marshall Ayub Khan or the Shoirachar Hossain Muhammad Ershad.
 arrow Another Farakka? No, Tipaimukh Dam is different!
I am getting sick of what is being ventilated in Bangladesh newspapers on the impact of Tipaimukh Dam on Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Chhayanaut: A satire on stardom
We have seen the dramatic rise and fall of many 'heroes' in the star world: An 'extra' becomes the heartthrob and then vanishes from public view.
 arrow Bangladeshi documentaries in Mumbai Int'l Festival
Four documentary films by Bangladeshi directors have been invited to the Mumbai International Documentary Festival that began on February 3.
 arrow Rhythmic Prophecies with their stirring music
The bright- faced, unpretentious group of young jazz players, from USA, Rhythmic Prophecies is like a breath of fresh air in the city.
 arrow Rice cakes galore at Satkhira
A day-long pitha festival was held at the Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park in Satkhira town day before yesterday.
 arrow Barisal honours its cultural talents
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the Barisal Bibhag Shangskritik Shongstha, a cultural programme was held at National Theatre Stage, Shilpakala Academy recently.
 arrow Shera Radhuni a cookery show on Channel i
Popular TV cookery show, Shera Radhuni 1412 is currently running on Channel-i. The recipe contest allows amateur or professional chefs to submit their original recipes.
Internationalarrow Global Muslim ire over cartoons escalates
Global protests over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM) escalated yesterday, with five demonstrators killed in Afghanistan, Somalia and Lebanon and warning shots fired outside a US consulate inIndonesia.
 arrow Lanka tense as Norway tries to save peace bid
Protesters burned barricades at Tamil Tiger checkpoints in east Sri Lanka yesterday and tsunami aid workers stayed inside as peace broker Norway tried again to patch up a shaky peace process and arrange
 arrow Saddam could be forced to attend trial
Saddam Hussein may be forced to appear in court when his trial resumes next week, the chief prosecutor said yesterday, expressing frustration at the former leader's persistent boycotting of proceedings.
 arrow Boycott by parties hits Nepal polls credibility
Revolt-torn Nepal holds municipal polls this week, the country's first elections in nearly seven years, but a boycott by key political parties and rebel threats are expected to rob the vote of credibility.
 arrow Israel will work with Abbas, not Hamas
Israel's acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said yesterday he will work with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as long as he does not join forces with Hamas.
 arrow Schools closed after 3 killed in Thai south
More than 100 schools were closed in Thailand's south yesterday after at least six suspected Muslim militants gunned down three members of the security forces at a market, police said.
 arrow Bombing marks day 2 of Nepali strike
A suspected rebel bomb killed a policeman and wounded four others in Nepal yesterday on the second day of a general strike called by Maoists to disrupt the country's first poll since a royal takeovera
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL joining parliament
The decision of the AL to return to parliament after boycotting it for the past 16 months brings a welcome ray of sunshine into the gloomy political picture, and we applaud it unreservedly.
 arrow Editorial: 'Blanket' arrests
The High Court injunction on arrest of citizens without warrant under the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ordinance has brought to the fore the issue of misapplication of the law that is abhorrent to democratic
 arrow Market friendly government
There is a large body of literature that supports the hypothesis that rapid industrialization takes place through intensive (as well as extensive) government intervention.
 arrow That Davos feeling!
One can describe the Davos feeling till Kingdom Come, you cannot capture it in words (or video) for others.
Letters to Editorarrow Happy the nation!
A survey says we are the happiest people in the world, feels so good to hear that! The feeling can't be expressed in words, and the eyes get full of tears.
 arrow Euphoria
London School of Economics recently termed Bangladesh as being the "happiest nation on Earth". Interesting.
 arrow Thanks, DS
Today, my hand seemed to have moved by itself to write for DS ---a newspaper which speaks the truth, which makes a literate person truly educated, and produces a feeling of joy inside us, when we read
 arrow Of the people, for the West!
The "Middle East Quartet"-America, EU, Russia, and UN-has warned Hamas that unless they commit themselves to non-violence, and recognise Israel, their fund will be cut off (DS, Feb 1, '06).
 arrow Congratulations, DS
I avail the privilege to congratulate you on celebrating the 15th founding anniversary of your daily.
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