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Front Pagearrow Hakaluki haor faces fishless future
The fabled Hakaluki haor in Sylhet is in danger of losing 32 fish species out of 107 because of overfishing fuelled by government leasing.
 arrow Mixed reaction to Badruddoza Chy's civil society platform plan
The divulgence of a plan by former president Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday to form a civil society platform has touched off mixed reactions across the political divide.
 arrow Drive against faulty launch halts on owners' pressure
The special drive against faulty and regulation-violating launches came to an abrupt halt allegedly because of the pressure from launch owners and influential quarters in the government.
 arrow Jubo Dal activist shot dead in Dhaka
Unknown assailants gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader in front of Amtoli Mosque at Shajahanpur and a sales officer of a tea company was found dead in an apparent strangulation act in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Private operators to get landline phone licence after Eid
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to license the private sector to operate landline phones after the Eid-ul-Fitr in a bid to reduce a huge backlog of unmet demand.
 arrow An act of minority repression: AL
The Banshkhali bloodbath was carried out to terrorise and drive the minority people out of the country as part of the continued repression on them since the present government took office in 2001, the
 arrow HR group terms it premeditated
Odhikar, a human rights organisation, yesterday released a report on Banskhali killings on the basis of its discussion with the relatives of the victims, local people and police.
 arrow IGP pledges action against attackers
Police will take action against the 'known mobsters' who attacked an Ahmadia mosque in Dhaka recently after the tension stoked by the violence dies out, a top police officer said yesterday.
 arrow Actor Rajib's wife, son feared abducted
The wife and son of actor Wasimul Bari Rajib went missing yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Three US troops killed in Iraq
Attackers killed two US soldiers yesterday as their car stood in traffic in the city of Mosul, and a roadside bomb killed another soldier north of Baghdad.
 arrow Georgian president finally steps down
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze says he has quit, bowing to opposition protesters who stormed parliament declaring a "velvet revolution" and demanding his resignation.
 arrow Abducted businessman rescued from DU hall
Law enforcers rescued a businessman from a Dhaka University hall minutes after he was abducted allegedly by a group of leaders and workers of ruling BNP's student chapter for ransom Saturday night.
 arrow Khaleda returns
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday returned home after her 11-day visit to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.
 arrow One confesses to killing Rahmat
A suspect arrested over the killing of Jubo League leader Rahmat Ali in a city hospital confessed to his involvement in the murder during police interrogation yesterday.
 arrow Indian minister blames Assam trouble on Bangladesh
Indian North-East Affairs Minister CP Thakur has blamed Bangladesh for the ongoing violence in Assam, pegging it as part of a big game played by Bangladesh to "destablise India.
 arrow Pakistan offers cease-fire to India
Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali said yesterday he was ordering his troops on the military control line in Kashmir to observe a cease-fire from next week as a gesture of goodwill to rival
 arrow Slow loris found in Bandarban forest
Indigenous Bom people found an ash-white and owl-eyed slow loris, believed to be near extinct in Bangladesh, in the forest near Shailpropat Tourism Centre Saturday.
 arrow Mehendi festival

 arrow Listed criminal shot at Rampura
Rivals shot and injured a listed criminal at Rampura Bazar yesterday following a dispute over business.
 arrow Shamim Osman's residence raided
Police yesterday raided the Jamtala residence of ex-Awami League MP Shamim Osman, who has gone into hiding since the change of power over two years ago.
 arrow It's part of a planned minority repression
Bangladesh Hindu Boudda Christian Oikya Parishad has termed the Banshkhali carnage a planned bloodbath carried out as part of the continued repression on the minority people.
 arrow 2 killed in 2 days
Two men have been killed in separate road accidents at Kalyanpur in Mirpur and near Matshya Bhaban in Ramna in the last two days.
 arrow 3 muggers nabbed
Law enforcers held three armed snatchers at Link Road in Cox's Bazar yesterday with arms and ammunition.

A gang stopped a scooter and looted about Tk 10,000 from Mohammad Ali of Ramu upazila.

 arrow Three die in house fire
Fire burnt a house and killed three including a child at Bera upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Two Indian smugglers hurt in BDR counter attack
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel shot and injured two Indian smugglers at Hakimpur upazila in Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow Khulna Jubo Dal dissolved
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal has dissolved its Khulna city chapter following a rift between president and general secretary of the organisation on Friday.
Businessarrow Missions default on export promotion reports
Most commercial counsellors in Bangladesh missions abroad have been found reluctant to send monthly and quarterly reports on their export promotion activities while some sent 'fictitious' reports.
 arrow Bangladesh crawls in the ICT race
Bangladesh struggles with sixth position among the seven Saarc countries in the first global Digital Access Index (DAI), according to a report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
 arrow BIMST-EC free trade pact likely in 2006
A free-trade agreement involving the five BIMST-EC member nations -- Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand -- is expected to be launched in 2006, the Myanmar Times said in a report.
 arrow Other American sectors may seek restrictions
The US decision to snag China with textile import quotas could ignite a brushfire of similar claims from other sectors of American industry and temper the new warmth in Sino-US relations, experts warn.
 arrow EU flexibility gives new chance to WTO talks
Signs of "flexibilty" from the European Union over sensitive trade issues will make it easier to re-launch a crucial round of WTO negotiations within a three-week deadline, developing countries said.
 arrow India businesspeople upbeat on economy
Indian business owners are the most optimistic about prospects for their local economy, while cautious European counterparts lag far behind their Indian and US counterparts, a survey found Sunday.
 arrow Migrant workers blessing for rich economies
For years wealthy countries sought to deter immigrants, but computing experts from India, maids from Peru, Polish construction workers and even a Congolese cryptologist are turning into a blessing for
Sportsarrow Cricket: BD A play PIA in opener
Bangladesh A will take on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in their opening match of the Inter departmental cricket championship of Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi on December 1.
 arrow Football: Yousuf full of hope
The Bangladesh Under-20 football team coach vowed that his boys would qualify for the final round of the AFC Under-20 Tournament to be held in Malaysia next year.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe level in style
Zimbabwe batsman Mark Ver-meulen steered his shaky colleagues to victory in a runs-starved match at Queens Sports Club here Sunday to level the five-match one-day series against West Indies at 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan feels confident
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu believes his team's rain-ruined one-day series victory over England will boost their confidence for next month's Test series.
 arrow Football: Tajiks come here today
Tajikistan will arrive in Bangladesh today to play their World Cup qualifying away match against hosts on November 26 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Javed eyes a clean sweep
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad is targeting a clean sweep of New Zealand in the five-match one-day series starting next week.

"We will give all respect to New Zealand as any international team demands.

 arrow Cricket: WI out of Zim's reach
Centuries from Chris Gayle and Brian Lara set West Indies on the way to their second best score in one-day internationals as they ripped through Zimbabwe here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies defend ticket prices
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has defended ticket price increases for England supporters travelling to the Caribbean next March.
 arrow Rugby: Awaiting Woodward's wonders
England's World Cup-winning rugby team is set for a heroes' welcome when they return from Australia on Tuesday.
 arrow Golf: For rich men only
In China golf has a reputation for being a sport only for the super-rich, and government policies make sure it remains a millionaire's hobby.
 arrow Football: Gunners still too good
Arsenal made light of the absence of six first team regulars as they beat Birmingham on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 13 games, a new record for the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Deportivo miss chance
Spanish league leaders Deportivo La Coruna ground out a gruelling 0-0 draw at Real Betis on Saturday to open the door to championship rivals Valencia and Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Giuly gem fires Monaco
French international Ludovic Giuly helped send Monaco back to the top of the French league on Saturday with a stunning volley which contributed to a convincing 2-0 win over Lens.
 arrow Football: Inter go goal-crazy
Goals from David Trezeguet and Pavel Nedved gave Juventus a 2-0 win at Modena on Saturday as the defending Italian champions registered their eighth win in ten games.
 arrow Football: City honour Bayern's
Bayern Munich secured a precious 1-0 derby win over 1860 Munich on Saturday to boost their domestic ambitions and instill confidence ahead of Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash against Celtic.
Metropolitanarrow Resist communal forces : Inu
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday formed a human chain in the city protesting the Banskhali incident in which 11 members of a minority family were burnt to death.
 arrow Withdraw case or face death
The killers of tribal leader Alfred Soren of Naogaon have been threatening his elder brother to withdraw the murder case when it is about to move in the court after three years of his murder.
 arrow Eid baksheesh--a source of income for JCD, BCL workers
Senior leaders of both Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student fronts of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League, have kept themselves away from Dhaka University campus
 arrow Unesco goodwill envoy lauds progress in gender equity
Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Teresa appreciated Bangladesh's progress in gender equity, primary education, micro-credits and immunization of children against deadly diseases.
 arrow Make anti-mosquito drive a success:Khoka
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday asked the officials concerned to make the anti-mosquito drive a success with active participation of various social organisations, educational institutions and people's
 arrow PM to host reception at Senakunja Dec 1
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who also holds the portfolio of the defence ministry, will host a reception at Senakunja, Dhaka Cantonment on December 1 on the occasion of Armed Forces Day in the evening.
 arrow DUJ election Jan 29
Annual general meeting (AGM) and election of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will be held on January 28 and 29 at the National Press Club here.
 arrow Mobile courts realise Tk 2 lakh as fine
Twenty-three mobile courts yesterday realised over Tk 2.02 lakh as fine and filed 281 cases on different charges in the city.
 arrow British HC closed Wednesday, Thursday
British High Commission in Dhaka and its offices in Chittagong and Sylhet will remain closed to the public on Wednesday and Thursday on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr, says a press release.
 arrow Winter festival at Fantasy Kingdom
Fantasy Kingdom, an amusement park, has arranged a winter festival on the occasion of Eid, says a press release.

Music band Miles will perform on November 29.

Nationalarrow Mugging, extortion on rise in Rajshahi city ahead of Eid
Incidents of mugging and extortion have increased in Rajshahi city ahead of the Eid despite special measures by police to maintain law and order during the Ramadan.
 arrow Hartal observed at Tangail
A half-day hartal was observed in the town yesterday at the call of the district Awami League (AL) protesting the killing of party leader Aminur Rahman Khan Bappi.
 arrow 'LGRD ministry-UP leaders conflict weakens local govt'
Conflict between LGRD Ministry and Union Parishad (UP) leaders, non-cooperation of law makers (MPs) with local government representatives, unwillingness to fulfill polls pledges by elected representatives,
 arrow Arson at Jubo league leader's house: Six held at Jhalakathi
A case has been filed in connection with Friday night's arson at the house of Jubo League leader Saidur Rahman Swapan at Rajpasha in Shekherhat in Jhalakathi district.
 arrow Ershad Shikder's accomplice Saddam drowns
'Listed criminal' Saddam Shaikh, 40, an accomplice of Ershad Shikder, might have drowned in Bhairab river during a chase by joint forces on Friday, witnesses said.
 arrow 'Pritilata' film premiered in Chittagong
The premiere show of "Pritilata", a documentary film named after the veteran Bengalee woman leader who organised a mass revolt against the British rule in the sub-continent, was held at the Chittagong
 arrow Case filed for killing boy by Hasina's motorcade
Dimla police have filed a case in connection with the killing of school student Kajol by a vehicle in the motorcade of Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina during her recent visit to the area.
 arrow Notorious pirate gang leader Faruk killed?
Notorious pirate gang leader Faruk Sarder was killed in a recent encounter with police on the Meghna and the body was washed away downstream, two of his arrested associates told police on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Destabilising Turkey?
Within one week two massive bombing incidents have rocked Turkey and the question that is being asked is: are there forces here? trying to destabilise the state.
 arrow Finding Dhaka in New York
It was one of those rare instances that I would call an unadulterated moment of reflective patriotism.
 arrow The Rugby World Cup 2003
If ever there was a sporting match of a nail biting scintillating finish, then the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup has to be one of them.
 arrow Thoughts on leadership
People get the government they deserve, it is said.
Culturearrow Harking to our heritage
Tarique Masud, the maker of the well-known documentary "Matir Moina," and the chief guest at a recent function at WVA Auditorium, asked to comment on the two documentaries shown at the occasion, heldforth.
 arrow Wangala celebrated
Wangala', the annual festival of the Garo community was observed at Chunia at Madhupur in Tangail district recently.
 arrow Gala Mehendi festival
A Mehedi Utsav is going on at the Bengal gallery. Organised by Ligion Herbal and sponsored by The Oriental Bank, the festival will go on till 12:00 pm today.
 arrow Tarun's solo endeavour 'Koshter Koyla'
The debut album Thikana from Tarun's band The Trap was a hit on release. A selective audience grew up following his vocal performance from the album.
Generalarrow JU resounds with chirping of migratory birds
The evergreen campus of Jahangirnagar University (JU) resounds with the chirping of thousands of migratory birds who have already taken shelter there to pass their winter.
 arrow Brisk preparations for Eid in Ctg
Brisk preparations are afoot to celebrate the holy Eid-ul-Fitr with due religious fervour and traditional gaiety in the port city.

The main Eid congregation will be held at M A Aziz Stadium at 8.

 arrow 5,654 destitute women given training on silkworm cultivation
As many as 5,654 destitute women were given technical training on appropriate technology of mulberry and silkworm cultivation to develop their technical efficiency and improve quality of silk goods during
 arrow Hasina condoles death of AL leader
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of Gaibandha district Awami League leader Asaduzzaman Khan Kaka Miah.
 arrow 'Foil conspiracy against Islam'
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandkar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said Islam is the religion of peace and equality, but a section of people is out to undermine it by false propaganda as part ofa
 arrow AAA organises iftar party
The American Alumni Association (AAA) held an iftar party for its members at the restaurant "Bukhara" at Banani on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Khoka greets city people on Eid
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday extended warm greetings and heartiest felicitations to the city dwellers on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Internationalarrow Flights into Iraq suspended
Civilian flights into Baghdad were suspended yesterday after a missile slammed into a DHL cargo jet in the first successful strike on a civilian plane of the seven-month-old insurgency.
 arrow US, Russia move to up their stake in Georgia
Opposing political groups were fighting for power in Georgia yesterday but behind the scenes two much bigger forces -- the United States and Russia -- are also slugging it out for influence in this tiny
 arrow BJP may put up poor show in state polls
India's ruling Hindu nationalists face a bruising political challenge next week when four major states hold assembly elections expected to set the tone and perhaps timing for next year's parliamentary
 arrow US, Europe hope to find compromise on Iran
A hardline United States and a Europe stressing "constructive engagement" hope to find a compromise this week at the UN nuclear watchdog to keep up pressure on an Iran suspected of hiding an atomic weapons
 arrow FBI collecting data on anti-war groups: NYT
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been collecting information on the tactics, training and organisation of antiwar demonstrators, The New York Times reported in its yesterday editions.
 arrow Shevardnadze's fall from grace
Ten years ago, Eduard Shevardnadze was basking in the glory of having helped end the Cold War.
 arrow Thousands recall JFK's death in Dallas
Thousands of mourners, conspiracy theorists and the just plain curious gathered Saturday along the downtown street where President John F.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Badruddoza's Iftar
Badruddoza Chowdhury has come out of the shell he had drifted into following his resignation from the Presidency within seven months of assuming that highest office of the state.
 arrow Editorial: Murder in a hospital
AJubo League leader, hospitalised with bullet wounds, was finally shot to death in the hospital bed where he was lying following an operation.
 arrow 'For whom the bell tolls'
The flavour of Eid is already in the air. The mood of the folk is that for the celebration. And the time is heady indeed.
 arrow Tackling religious militancy: Pakistan experience
The Government of Pakistan has recently come down with a heavy hand on several of the country's religious organisations on charges of breeding terrorism in the name of religion.
 arrow Politicisation of bureaucracy impedes to good governance
If we honestly want to discover the changes in our bureaucracy, we need to go back to the last 50 years or even more, when the real changes started to set in the sub-continental context.
Letters to Editorarrow Dear Ms Taslima
Your "Nirbachito Kolam" is one of my most favourite books (or maybe I should say "was", since someone stole it from my mom long ago).
 arrow Banshkhali tragedy, not an ordinary crime
I was deeply shocked after reading the news of the Banshkhali tragedy. I have lost my words to express my disgust at the massacre of the innocent people.
 arrow Rickshaws in Dhaka city
Thanks to active, authoritative action, rickshaws have disappeared from many VIP roads in recent years. However, they are still causing traffic-jams in many places.
 arrow This is our team
I write in reply to the letter posted by Mr. Ahmad Kamal, Abu Dhabi, UAE, dated Saturday 15/11/03.

Whilst I can understand Mr.

 arrow Monga and the 'super-expensive lehenga'
With the near-completion of the holy month of Ramadan, one that teaches the rich and the able to refrain from luxury, a group of people is struck by Eid fever and is engaged in buying lavish costumes
 arrow Dr. B and our political culture
So far we have come across many arguments and counter-arguments in favour of and against Dr. Badruddoza Choudhury's re-emergence in politics.
 arrow Hitler and the man from Ottawa
The October 29 letter comparing the former prime minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, with Hitler, still bothers me.
 arrow The minister is right
I am writing this letter after reading the Internet Edition of The Daily Star (20th Nov.2003).

There were two articles "One Sixth of Children Work" and "Saifur Slams Survey".

 arrow Khoda Hafez or Allah Hafez?
I have gone through the article 'Khoda Hafez vs. Allah Hafez' written by Mr. Mahfuzur Rahman and published in the DS on 18.11.03. It was quite informative and timely and I thank Mr.
 arrow Good editorial
The editorial in your paper on November 19 titled "Indecent, personal attacks in Parliament" was very well written and appropriate.
 arrow Our image abroad
I want to respond to Samir Ahmed's concerns (A concerned Bangladeshi from Purdue University, USA, November 22) over the image of Bangladesh in the United States.
 arrow Taslima's latest 'victims'
Never believe or support a slanderer, because one day you will become his/her victim. It is a fact.
 arrow Mr. Haq's plea
The course that Syed Haq has followed to castrate the freedom of pen of Ms Taslima speaks for his male chauvinistic ego.
Star Cityarrow Khilgaon flyover may fall behind target
Fund crisis and red tape have delayed the completion of the Khilgaon flyover, pushing the deadline further to June 30 next year.
 arrow Bypass railway bypassing plan
The proposed bypass rail link between Tongi and Kamalapur Railway Station may lose donor funds, as a deviation surfaced in the original plan, which experts say will reduce benefit from the project.
 arrow Live or die, you have to bribe
Certification of birth or death is not possible without bribes.
 arrow Home, Sweet Home...

 arrow Weight manipulation rampant
Weight manipulation has become rampant in the city.
 arrow Looking for mediums to look after medians
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to hand over maintenance of many of the newly constructed medians to various government departments and private organisations.
 arrow Cry for sports gear, more instructors
The Dhaka University has revived its mandatory physical education curriculum.

Physical education for students was made mandatory through a DU ordinance in 1973.