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Front Pagearrow Jamal 'abductor' dies in police custody
An accused of the abduction of Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury died in police custody Wednesday night, six hours after he was remanded, raising questions about the circumstances surrounding
 arrow 3 more 'robbers' lynched in char areas in 2 days
The wave of mob lynching in the remote char areas of Noakhali spilled into the fifth day as two more alleged jungle robbers were beaten dead yesterday while another was killed late Wednesday by
 arrow Dhaka ready to tackle threat to US interests
In the wake of a fresh extension of US State Department's warning to American citizens of potential threats to US interests in Bangladesh, the government feels it has taken sufficient measures to contain
 arrow Relic comes alive on light, sound
It was a fast-track historical journey through light and sound back to ancient Dhaka, with Lalbagh Fort in the spotlight.
 arrow Govt's no to FBI intent to probe
The government has turned down a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) request to probe the huge Kuril-Badda arms and ammunition haul close to the US mission in Dhaka.
 arrow Khaleda calls for special fund to promote IT
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a proposal to the world community for creating a special fund to promote and disseminate information technology globally.
 arrow Faxes, e-mails prompted US embassy to issue security alert
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday said untracked faxes and e-mails have prompted the US embassy in Dhaka to issue security alert to US citizens in Bangladesh.
 arrow AL hopes to unseat coalition by April
The main opposition Awami League will unveil anti-government agitation programmes from a grand rally in Dhaka on January 10 aimed at forcing the BNP-led coalition from power.
 arrow Pneumonia set to get full blown this season
Pneumonia and bronchial infections are likely to get full blown this season, experts fear.
 arrow No Bangladeshi ever caught in terror link
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday claimed no Bangladeshi has been caught anywhere in the world for involvement in any act of terrorism.
 arrow Phensidyl found in graveyard
Police yesterday seized 3,300 bottles of Phensidyl from a graveyard at Munshirtek in Sutrapur.
 arrow Teenage girl, 4 others shot in city
Five people including a teenage girl were shot and wounded in three incidents in the capital last night.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Daily Star in a report published yesterday headlined "Pajero drags woman garment worker to death" inadvertently mentioned Pajero instead of Ford.
 arrow 85 gold bars seized from car in city
The Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday recovered 85 gold bars reportedly worth about Tk 85 lakh from a private car at Moghbazar.
 arrow 87 states ink UN anti-graft pact
The cost of corruption represents five percent of the world economy -- or more than 1.5 trillion dollars a year, according to World Bank figures published at a UN conference on corruption.
 arrow Rift deepens over Iraq contracts
The United States and some of its key allies have turned up the volume on their transatlantic slanging match over whether opponents of the U.S.-led war could share in contracts to rebuild Iraq.
 arrow Tel Aviv blast claims 3 lives
An Israeli gangland bombing that initially raised fears of a Palestinian suicide attack killed three people and wounded more than 19 others yesterday at a money-changer's shop on a busy Tel Aviv street.
 arrow 13 BCL Ctg city leaders resign to protest criminals' presence
Thirteen leaders of the newly formed committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong city unit yesterday resigned in protest at inclusion of 'listed criminals, non-students and married persons
 arrow White Panel wins 5 posts, Blue 2
Pro-ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami teachers of White Panel bagged five posts and Awami League-backed Blue Panel secured two in the deans' election under seven faculties of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow Left parties' hartal tomorrow
The left leaning 11-party alliance continued its campaign yesterday to make their tomorrow's countrywide dawn to dusk hartal a success.
 arrow Complaint cell on cards to facilitate case filing
The government plans to set up a complaint cell at the home ministry to help people refused by police stations file cases.
 arrow Govt talks with PCJSS to dilute CHT tension
The government yesterday held informal talks with the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in a move to resolve the problems plaguing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow No job extension to education secretary
Education Secretary Shahidul Alam was not given further extension, as his two-year service expired yesterday.
 arrow More US casualties in Iraq car bomb
A car bomb has exploded outside an American army base west of Baghdad, causing some US casualties and killing three Iraqis believed to be in the vehicle, the US army says.
 arrow Muggers kill banker, rob Tk 9 lakh
Muggers gunned down a bank official and snatched Tk 9 lakh from him at Jolarhat in Pahartoli Wednesday night.
 arrow Commissioner Shahid acquitted
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three persons to life in the Sujan alias Michel murder case but the acquitted alleged mastermind, Ward Commissioner Saidur Rahman Shahid, and three others.
 arrow More support for Dhaka's OIC bid
Iran, Pakistan, Senegal, Mali, Gambia and Azerbaijan have extended their support to Bangladesh's candidature for Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary general.
 arrow Driver of killer vehicle held
The driver of the Ford sports utility vehicle (SUV) that knocked down and dragged a garment worker to death Wednesday morning was arrested at night the same day and produced before Dhaka MetropolitanMagistrate's
Businessarrow 2 treasury bonds introduced to woo general investors
The government has introduced two treasury bonds to woo general investors in the bond market.
 arrow Keep a market reserved for certain goods from LDCs
Bangladesh has urged the European Union to keep a market reserved for certain products from the least developed countries (LDCs).
 arrow JS body seeks subsidy for diesel-run irrigation
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended subsidy for diesel-run irrigation .
 arrow Better governance, port major post-MFA challenges
Diplomats and local business leaders yesterday said some of the post-MFA challenges facing Bangladesh will be improving governance and increasing the efficiency of Chittagong Port.
 arrow Travel agencies to get 7pc commission from next yr
Travel agencies will get seven per cent commission on their sales from next year as the Board of Airlines Representatives (BAR) decided to slash the commission rate.
 arrow Lafarge Surma eyes listing by Dec 22
Lafarge Surma Cement Limited has set target to get listed with the stock exchanges by December 22 next, officials of the company said.
 arrow IPDC approves Tk 1,236m industrial investment
The Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (IPDC) has taken an investment plan of Tk 1,236 million to extend financial assistance to various industries involved in some particular
 arrow Capital market falls
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) benchmark index marked a fall yesterday amid poor turnover, after a marginal rise on Wednesday.

DSE General Index shed 5.94 points or 0.63 per cent to close at 941.

 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday amid higher weekend demand after its continued gain against the euro in Asian markets.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate eased further yesterday as no bank faced liquidity problems thanks to higher inflow of funds, fund managers said.

The inter-bank money rate touched its intra-day high at 6.

 arrow IFIC Bank declares 7.5pc cash dividend
International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Limited has declared 7.5 per cent cash dividend for the shareholders.
 arrow BASIS to sign MoU with two Swiss bodies
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Swiss organisations to undertake content management, marketing and efficient
 arrow Lufthansa Technik, Emirates sign deal for greater co-operation
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik, a German airline, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the possibilities of greater co-operation in the field of technical services.
 arrow Japan to start free trade talks with Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines
Japan on Thursday agreed to kick off free trade talks with Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines early next year, in what is seen as an attempt to counter China's growing influence in Southeast Asia.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahmud's bold batting
Khaled Mahmud launched his battle to restore his profile with an encouraging half-century as Dhaka recovered from a shaky start to pile up a commanding total against Barisal in their opening IspahaniMirzapore
 arrow Cricket: Second Test starts today
Australia are considering promoting express bowler Brad Williams to their starting team for the second Test with India starting at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England under pressure
Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed two big wickets as England faltered after a bright start in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Thursday.
 arrow A side off to Pakistan
The Bangladesh A team left the capital for Karachi, Pakistan last night to take part in the Inter Department Cricket Tournament (Patron's Trophy and Patron's Cup).
 arrow Where is Naimuddin?
Brothers Union Club were taken by surprise yesterday when former Indian coach Naimuddin, who has agreed to take over the star-studded team in the Premier Division football League, did not arrive in the
 arrow Cricket: Under-strength WI
West Indies will have to dig deep in the Test series against South Africa to make up for the absence of several players through injury, according to coach Gus Logie.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav playing with spin
Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly has to decide whether to bring in the experienced Anil Kumble, persevere with struggling Harbhajan Singh or play both spinners in Friday's second cricket Test with Australia
 arrow Chess: Biman alone atop
Leaders Bangladesh Biman defeated Monipur Chess Club 4-0 in the fourth round of the First Division Chess League at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Celtic hearts broken again
Arsenal wrapped up a remarkable comeback to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday but Celtic had their hopes snatched away by a controversial late penalty in Lyon.
 arrow Football: Juve, Real top the odds
Real Madrid and Juventus are joint favourites at 4/1 for the Champions League after first-phase action concluded Wednesday with four Spanish clubs qualifying for Friday's draw.
 arrow Football: Europe against Brazil!
A wave of anti-European sentiment has swept through Brazilian football over Milan's treatment of Rivaldo, FIFA's Player of the Year award and a row over the release of Kaka for next month's Olympic qualifiers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Nurturing students in an engaged academy
The academy, one would expect, is a place of on-going scholarly activity.
 arrow Improving the nutritional status in Bangladesh
During the last 32 years since Bangladesh became an independent nation in 1971 production of rice, the main staple food, has exceeded 19 million tons per year, whereas it was only about 8 million tons
 arrow Ahmedul Kabir
It was late Monday evening November 24 when national Professor Sufia Ahmed informed me that Ahmedul Kabir breathed his last at a Calcutta clinic. Mr.
Culturearrow An evening with a creative couple
The Daily Star: How did the two of you meet in the first place?

Tareq Masud: I was a struggling and starving 'short film maker' and Catherine was a curious, politically progressiveAmerican,

 arrow Photographs by Japanese journalist project victory of the Liberation War
He was young and vibrant with bravery and enthusiasm when the Liberation War took place.
'Bonopangshul is one of the best productions of the festival'

Ataur Rahman, General Secretary of ITI of Bangladesh

Ataur Rahman, of Nagarik Natya Sampradaya, had praises for the Dhaka

 arrow Theatre presents Madhovi
Theatre is going to stage their new show Madhovi at the Mahila Samity Mancha at 7:00 p.m. today. After a simple premier show, this is the first public presentation of their production.
 arrow Nothing unusual about the award: Dev
Dev Anand said the honour would provide more impetus to his work. Speaking from Mahableshwar, the actor said: "I am happy over the Dadasaheb Phalke award. It makes one feel good and excited".
Generalarrow Bangladesh needs more efforts to attain goal in female edn
Bangladesh needs to strengthen its efforts in female education to attain the goal of gender equality by 2005 as about 1.5 million girl children still remained out of school, says a UNICEF report.
 arrow 'One in 3 Asians has no access to safe water'
One out of every three people in Asia lacks access to safe drinking water and sanitation- two major conditions to prevent spreading of diarrhoeal diseases," said Health and Family Welfare Minister DrKhandaker
 arrow ICT society to bridge digital divide between rich, poor
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was given a high-profile as she graced the occasion of honouring the best multi-media realisations and e-content products at the World Summit Award at Palexpo on Wednesday night.
 arrow Resist attempts to distort history in textbooks: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has been trying to distort the glorious history of the country by undermining the sprit of the liberation war
 arrow BCS Eco cadre resents lateral entry
A serious resentment has been created among the officials of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Economic cadre over a move for lateral entry of a female non-cadre official to the service.
 arrow Women urged to unite against sexual harassment at workplace
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the women to unite against sexual harassment at workplaces.
 arrow Economist apologises
The Economist, a London-based international weekly, has apologised for publishing an erroneous report on alleged misuse of donor-funds by Proshika, says a press release.
 arrow Protest meet at Laldighi Dec 22
Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad will organise a public meeting at Laldighi Maidan on December 22 protesting the brutal killings of 11 people at Banshkhali and 'continued repression'on
Editorialarrow Editorial: Godfather issue
The Awami League is giving the idea of expelling Joynal Hazari, whose activities caused much embarrassment to the party in the past, a serious thought.
 arrow Editorial: Another 'tangled' death
The sheer gore of it -- in the open street -- has been mind-boggling beyond measure. But this is not the first time it has happened.
 arrow How importent is assertion of identity?
Don't get me wrong. I understand as well as anyone the need to assert one's religious identity. There are times when you want -- when you demand -- to stand up and be counted.
 arrow Nothing but mad
To define true madness,
What is it but to be nothing but mad?

-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Someone I know has lost it. The signs were there for several years.

 arrow Election manifesto, subsidy and farmers
In its Election Manifesto for the parliamentary election of 2001, the BNP recognised the need for farm subsidies for the welfare of the farmers as well as agricultural growth (para 3.16 of the Manifesto).
Letters to Editorarrow The Geneva Accord
US Secretary of State Colin Powell created something of a rift between the US and Israel last week when he agreed to meet in Washington with the architects of the so-called "Geneva Accord," an unofficial
 arrow Spare this treasure of our pride
The excerpts from a conversation between Nathaniel Kahn, creator of "My Architect: A Son's Journey," a recently released acclaimed film on his father, the illustrious architect Louis I. Kahn and K.
 arrow Koizumi's decision
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan has got approval of his cabinet to send troops to Iraq. He has a prior commitment to president Bush to come to his support in Iraq.
 arrow Ominous clouds
Today my mind is racing back to the article, "Bangladesh A Cocoon of Terror" published in the Far Eastern Economic Review sometime back.
 arrow Noise, everywhere!
Reportedly, the ministry of environment and forests is finalising a draft on noise pollution control (DS, December 3).
 arrow Anticipating foreign intervention ?
As published in a well known daily, JSD Chairman Hasanul Haq Inu in a press conference held at Col.
 arrow Reverse logic?
The more we, helpless people, try to explain to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, the less they seem to understand.
 arrow Kudos to Shajahan
I must applaud the state minister for religious affairs, Hossein Shajahan, for taking the stand against the unfair demand of the mullahs to declare the Ahmadias as non-Muslims.
 arrow Bankrupt politics
I am amazed by the government's efforts directed at looking for links between bureaucrats and police officers and the former President AQM Bodrudozza Chowdhury as published in newspapers recently, though
Environmentarrow Assessing importance of ex-situ conservation of biodiversity
Conservation is the optimum rational use of natural resources and the environment, having regard to the various demands made upon them and the need to safeguard and maintain them for the future.
 arrow The Kyoto treaty solemnly doomed?
Fifteen years of international effort to combat climate change appeared doomed after Russia said it would not ratify the Kyoto protocol, the world treaty on global warming.
Worldarrow Disease threat will worsen as global warming bites: WHO
Diarrhoea, malaria and dengue fever will surge and swathes of Southern Asia are likely to be hit by malnutrition as a result of global warming, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned yesterday atthe
 arrow 'Sharon's go-it-alone peace plan is a recipe for disaster'
Israeli leader Ariel Sharon's reported go-it-alone peace plan is a recipe for disaster, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie said in an Israeli newspaper interview published yesterday.
 arrow China appreciates Bush comments on Taiwan
China thanked President Bush yesterday for his comments on diplomatic rival Taiwan and said Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the United States had been a complete success.
 arrow Japan, Asean summit to mark 30 years of ties
Japan and 10 Southeast Asian nations began a two-day summit yesterday marking three decades of relations, vowing to enhance economic ties and examining ways to strengthen security cooperation.
 arrow 13 die in fresh Kashmir violence despite border truce
Thirteen more people have been killed in continuing separatist-related violence in Indian Kashmir despite a two-week truce by the Indian and Pakistani armies on the borders of the disputed region, police
 arrow Amnesty slams British anti-terrorism law as perversion of justice
Human rights group Amnesty International yesterday attacked British emergency internment laws, introduced in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, as a "perversion of justice".
 arrow Parents of US soldiers seek early return of their wards from Iraq
Just back from a one-week visit to Iraq, a group of parents with children stationed in the war-torn country said it is high time the troops came home, pointing to the growing frustration Iraqis seem to
 arrow EU braces for summit on constitution
The European Union is bracing for a make-or-break summit starting today aimed at hammering out its first-ever constitution, amid warnings that failure could plunge the expanding bloc into a full-blown
 arrow Nobel prizes awarded in formal ceremony
The 2003 Nobel winners for Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics were officially handed their awards in Stockholm by King Carl XVI Gustaf Wednesday.