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Front Pagearrow JS body chairmen to seek more power
Chairmen of 44 lawmaker-headed parliamentary standing committees on ministries and Jatiya Sangsad affairs have united in a move to ask the government next month to give them more power to make sure their
 arrow Low budget perk to fight poverty
Although the government and donor countries make the propaganda that poverty alleviation is the main objective of budget, the Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc) finds the fund allotted for it
 arrow The Bailey Bridge at Sayedabad collapsed

 arrow BNP bigwigs wary of PP meet wrath
BNP stalwarts and policymakers are wary of a possible outburst of party lawmakers when they gather at today's Parliamentary Party (BNPP) meeting taking place after over one and a half years.
 arrow 3 army brigade HQ, 6 battalions soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that three new army brigade headquarters, six infantry battalions and three brigade signal companies would be formed soon for expansion of the country'sarmed
 arrow 90-day gap between two JS sessions planned
The government has planned to increase the duration between two sessions of parliament from 60 days to 90 days after its decision to raise the Jatiya Sangsad seats by 150.
 arrow Judicial council to file report in a day or two
The Supreme Judicial Council is likely to submit its probe report on alleged misconduct of an additional judge of the High Court to the president in a couple of days.
 arrow AL won't harbour criminals: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has said her party is fully committed not to harbour any criminals.
 arrow Talks on common river sharing 'move forward'
India and Bangladesh yesterday began two-day water talks to hammer out a long-term water sharing arrangements of seven of the 54 common rivers.
 arrow 'Outcasts' of the world unite
India's Dalits, once known as "untouchables", have reached out at a huge anti-globalisation rally to millions of the world's other outcasts, calling on them to join forces to end the oppression they all
 arrow Road blockade in CHT ends
The 48-hour road blockade in three Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts and hartal in Khagrachhari ended without any major incident yesterday evening.
 arrow Sacrifices of Asad, Motiur ignored
Sacrifices made by the martyrs of the mass upsurge in 1969 for the country's liberation have not been properly appreciated and noted in its history, Asad's brother Nuruzzaman and Motiur's father Azhar
 arrow NSI, DGFI quiz Shaikhul Hadith's son-in-law
Police and intelligence agencies in a surprise move yesterday raided the house of Neyamat Ullah, son-in-law of Shaikhul Hadith Azizul Haq, arrested and interrogated him.
 arrow Lay siege to magistrates in case of arrest warrant
Supreme Court Bar Association President Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday suggested that journalists should lay siege to magistrates who issue warrants of arrest against them in criminal defamation cases, complying
 arrow SC stays bail of commissioner Khwaja Habib, asks him to
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court orders that granted bail to two convicts Khwaja Habibullah Habib, a ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation, and Engineer
 arrow IGP sorry for contemptuous remarks about judge
The inspector general of police (IGP) yesterday atoned on oath before the High Court for the contemptuous remarks he made earlier about a judge.
 arrow Mirza Mehdy Ispahani passes away
Mirza Mehdy Ispahani (Sadri), chairman of MM Ispahani Limited, died of cardiac arrest at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok yesterday. He was 81.
 arrow WSF fumes at Indian media over lewd 'rape' coverage
Organisers of the World Social Forum (WSF), entering its fifth day here in Mumbai, are furious with the Indian media over the lurid coverage of the arrest of a South African judge on charge of rapinga
 arrow Never Say Die
Md Giasuddin, 50, of Marjal of Raipura thana of Narsingdi district, quit the job he joined in 1975 on being refused leave to see his ailing mother who eventually died.
 arrow 20,000 Bangladeshi women, children smuggled a year
Despite efforts to check human trafficking at various levels, between 10,000 and 20,000 women and children are trafficked from Bangladesh every year, said Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday.
 arrow 11 in race to win BNP ticket
Eleven aspirants have so far shown interest to run on BNP ticket for the upcoming by-elections of Kushtia-1 (Daulatpur) constituency slated for February 29.
 arrow 19 charged in Alam murder
A Dhaka Court yesterday framed charges against 19 people for killing the leading Zurain industrialist Mohammad Alam and his three maids two years back.
 arrow High Court rules BB directives to downsize bank boards illegal
The High Court yesterday declared two Bangladesh Bank (BB) directives on size and criteria of private banks' boards of directors as illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow Jewellery traders call indefinite strike in Kushtia
The jewellery shop owners association of Kushtia enforced an indefinite strike in protest at the arrest of three jewellery traders allegedly for assaulting a magistrate yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in Feni road mishap
Five people were killed and four injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Sadar upazila Monday night.
 arrow Barisal BNP cadres 'swoop on' AL confce
Armed cadres allegedly belonging to ruling BNP yesterday ransacked the stage set for a conference of local Awami League (AL) near Barisal city, injuring two AL leaders, and later held their programmeon
 arrow Sramik Dal leader shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal leader at Dayaganj in Sutrapur area of the capital on Monday night.
Businessarrow ICC-B plans to set up int'l arbitration centre
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) plans to set up Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (Biac) in Dhaka aiming to resolve disputes over trade and economic issues.
 arrow Post-MFA outlook is not as bad as depicted for Bangladesh
Mamun Rashid (MR) is the chairman of ICC Bangladesh Standing Committee on Banking Techniques & Practice. He is also the CEO of Citibank, NA, Bangladesh.
 arrow Two Lexus cars hit local market today
Navana Limited, sole distributor for Toyota and Hino vehicles in Bangladesh, is going to introduce two new sophisticated cars from Lexus in the local market today.
 arrow Mobil Jamuna lubes can be exported: US envoy
Praising the lube oil blending plant of Mobil in Chittagong, US Ambassador Harry K Thomas has said it can be a source of export income for Bangladesh.
 arrow US trade show begins today
The three-day US Trade Show 2004 begins in Dhaka today to showcase and promote American products and services in Bangladesh.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady in inter-bank money market yesterday, as pressure on banks' liquidity was very low, fund managers of different commercial banks said.
 arrow Auction sees strong demand for good liquoring tea
The weekly tea sale here yesterday witnessed strong demand for few good clean liquoring tea available that generally fetched good prices.
 arrow US embassy rejoinder
The US Embassy in Dhaka has contradicted certain quotes used in two reports run on the Business Page of The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow Asean prepares road map for economic integration
Southeast Asian nations are finalising a "road map" for integrating 11 industry sectors in an attempt to compete better with other regional trade powers, Indonesia's Trade Minister Rini Suwandi said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Black cloud over Premier League
The Dhaka Mahanagari Football Lea-gue Committee (DMFLC) yesterday was forced to postpone two Western Union Premier Division matches following a ground invasion and ransacking by a section of Moha-mmedan
 arrow Cricket: Nobody's a winner
Draws were the order of the day as neither Dhaka, Sylhet nor Chittagong could force a result in their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League matches yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roy bites the dust
The quarterfinal line-up of the Sheltech Group-3 Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Cham-pionship was completed at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India tame brave Zim
A brave Zimbabwe clocked up its first point of the triangular international one-day cricket series at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Tuesday but couldn't quite claim the major prize of a first-up victory
 arrow Cricket: SA take series 3-0
South Africa snatched victory between showers on the fifth day of the fourth and final Test against the West Indies at Centurion Park Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Colts thrash Saudis
The Bangladesh Under-17 team registered their second consecutive victory in the U-17 Asia Cup Cricket Tournament when they outplayed Saudi Arabia by 162 runs in Hyderabad, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Osman protests McInnes' remarks
National cricket coach Osman Khan protested the incredible remark made by Bangladesh Under-19 coach Richard McInnes about the standard of local trainers on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Four-way lead
Four players finished top at the end of the fifth round Singer 30th National Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lorretto, Uni Lab, Maple Leaf win
Loretto School, University Labora-tory School and Maple Leaf International School recorded victories in the Dhaka Zonal matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd National Schools Cricket Championship that
 arrow No play on Day Two
The second day's play of the four-day Patron's Trophy match between Bangladesh A and Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) was washed out at the UBL ground in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer on song
World number two Roger Federer sent a defiant message to rivals at the Australian Open Tuesday by blowing past his first round opponent and showing he can compete in a Grand Slam event even without acoach.
 arrow Football: Moratti's stunning step-down
Former Italy and Inter full-back Giacinto Facchetti has taken over from Massimo Moratti as president of Serie A giants Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand appeals
England defender Rio Ferdinand has officially appealed against his eight-month suspension for missing a drugs test, it was announced by English football's governing body The Football Association (FA)on
 arrow Football: Fulham feel Saha's absence
Fulham began Premiership life without leading striker Louis Saha in the worst possible fashion here on Monday with a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle.
Metropolitanarrow Mother gives deposition

Hearing in the sensational Srikanta Raxmit murder case began at the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in Chittagong yesterday.

 arrow Restore people's confidence in healthcare
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the physicians to restore people's confidence in healthcare to stop the trend of people going abroad for better treatment.
 arrow Public Admin Assoc formed
A new organisation styled 'Bangladesh Public Administration Association (BPAA)' has been floated by the former students of public administration department of different universities.
 arrow DU alumni reunion
Reunion of the students of 1969 batch of Dhaka University will be held on March 5.
 arrow Meeting of CPD trustees held
The 21st meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was held at its dialogue room in the city on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow Care distributes warm clothes
Care Bangladesh has distributed warm clothes and sarees among 36,800 poor families in the southwestern and northern region of the country with financial support from the USAID, says a press release.
Nationalarrow BMDA succeeds when BWDB fails
A component of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) in greater Dinajpur region brought 1,220 deep tube-wells under operation facilitating smooth irrigation on 50,000 acres of Boro field.
 arrow No headway yet in probe into bomb blast incident at Shahjalal's shrine
There has been no headway in investigation into the bomb blast incident at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) here.

It has become uncertain because of unwanted meddling of politicians.

 arrow Cold multiplies woes of jail inmates in Nilphamari prison
The inmates of Nilphamari District Jail are suffering a lot in the ongoing winter due to lack of adequate warm clothes.

Severe cold has multiplied woes of jail inmates here.

 arrow Rajshahi newsmen get united after Manik's death
The divided journalists of Rajshahi city got united forgetting their past misunderstanding after the death of eminent journalist Manik Chandra Saha in Khulna.
 arrow Blankets for cold-hit people of Dhunat
Bogra unit of Bangladesh Extension Education Services (BEES) distributed 525 blankets among the cold-stricken people at Dhunat upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Private universities: Viability and credibility
For private universities to remain viable and retain credibility amongst a sea of competitors, I believe that they must pay attention to the following key issues:

Maintaining the highest studentquality:

 arrow Kyoto is like a kimono
Kyoto is like a kimono. If that sounds like a silly stereotypical remark, let me try to wiggle out of it.

I arrived in Kyoto on a chilly December afternoon.

 arrow Prospect of leather industry should be sustained
The leather industry in Bangladesh is well established and is an important foreign exchange earner. Leather production is based on the use of indigenous cowhides and goatskins.
 arrow WSF: Media is the message
Another World Is Possible" says the WSF's slogan, brightly flowing from flags along the highway. "The World Is Not Enough" proclaims an Economic Times' business insert (un-related to WSF).
Culturearrow Designers' euphoria
Inspiration School of Design and Technology (ISDT) presented a whole new generation of creative and dedicated group of students who created a ripple in the world of Bangladeshi fashion at their 3rd annual
 arrow Natun Kuri 2003 prize distribution
It was a wonderful and exciting evening for the children who won the prizes and performed as well. Dressed in colourful attires the children were well prepared to entertain the enthusiastic audience.
 arrow Sabbir Chowdhury leaves for Rotterdam Film Festival
Film activist and film critic Sabbir Chowdhury is leaving today for Rotterdam International Film Festival scheduled to be held from 21 January to 1 February, 2004. This is the 33rd edition of the Festival.
 arrow Dainty delicacies on ntv
A little before moving on to your dinner tables, you can catch Siddika Kabir and her mouth-watering recipes every Wednesday at 8:00 pm on ntv.
 arrow Little Prince movie gets go-ahead
Pathe, the company behind Chicken Run, is to make an animated film based on children's classic The Little Prince.
Generalarrow Unite against BNP-Jamaat alliance : Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the people to forge greater unity against BNP-Jamaat alliance.
 arrow Tk 1554cr British grants for pry edn, char livelihood
Bangladesh will receive 150 million pounds sterling (about Tk 1554 crore) in grants from the UK in eight years for implementing two projects for the development of primary education and livelihood inchars.
 arrow Balid founding anniversary
Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (Balid) will celebrate its 18th founding anniversary on Friday.
Internationalarrow Algerian gas plant explosion kills 23
At least 23 people were killed and 74 injured when a huge explosion ripped through a liquefied natural gas plant near the eastern Algerian port of Skikda, in the country's worst industrial accident since
 arrow Annan mulls sending UN mission to Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he would consider sending a UN team to Iraq in a move the United States hopes will quell opposition to its plans for the future Iraqi government.
 arrow Americans serve as anti-Bush envoys
For many anti-globalisation activists meeting here the United States is shorthand for all that is wrong with the world.
 arrow India, Pakistan set agenda for Delhi talks in Feb
India and Pakistan have agreed to start discussions on eight issues, including Kashmir, Siachen and introduction of new confidence-building measures, Pakistani media has quoted European sources as saying.
 arrow Kerry wins big in Iowa
Democrat John Kerry capped a stunning political comeback on Monday with a victory in Iowa's caucuses that dramatically reshaped the Democratic presidential race and ended Richard Gephardt's White House
 arrow Pakistan, Turkey sign anti-terror deal
Pakistan and Turkey, two Muslim countries recently targeted by Islamic extremists, yesterday signed an anti-terrorist cooperation deal along with agreements on expanding business ties at the start ofvisit
Editorialarrow Editorial: Investment clime
A leading German businessman, Peter Clasen, chairman of the OAV-German Asia-Pacific Business Association, has provided some food for thought.
 arrow Editorial: JS finance bodies in comatose
The failure by three constitutional committees of the parliament, as stated by the Public Expenditure Review Commission (Perc), to ensure accountability and transparency in public expenditure and remove
 arrow Crisis in governance and state of democracy
Bangladesh's existence as an independent nation has been traumatic as well as promising.
 arrow Sub kuchh luta ke hosh mein aaye to kya kiya...
This is the age of thrust and grind to the beat of thump and clatter, so I suppose no one remembers a velvet voice of the 1940s and 1950s called Talat Mahmood.
 arrow Our police in disarray
As law and order worsen aspersions on the police are usually to inflate. Not to speak of other quarters even the inner circle of the government has vented deep concern at the alarming crime situation.
Letters to Editorarrow Shrine tragedy
To our utter surprise, a powerful bomb blast took place at saint and preacher Shahjalal's (RA) shrine. It was a horrible crime, the motive behind which is not known.
 arrow Manik Saha
It was a horrible shock to pick up the morning paper here in Sri Lanka and read of Manik Saha's death.
 arrow Judicial reform
The government is made of three organs: Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary. These are inter-related as the legislature enacts laws, the executive branch implements them and the judiciary interprets.
 arrow Take action or stop talking
Everyday I read about grievances against Guantanamo Bay or digital finger-printing or "danger lists.
 arrow Hartal culture
It is possible in Bangladesh for any political party to call and make a hartal successful even if that party does not have a single seat in parliament.
 arrow War criminal- Saddam or Bush?
The US-UK-Australia alliance unilaterally attacked Iraq in March 2003 without any threat from the Iraqis.
 arrow A different sunset
Finally I got sometime to reflect back on 2003. Oh, it seems like 2003 was the most dismal year of the millennium. Yet the 31st drew its grand finale.
 arrow Ahmadiyya issue
So it begins by banning books and ends with murder and mayhem in the name of hurting the feelings of a few? I was under the impression that Bangladesh was a People's Republic. I thought there was a democracy.
 arrow What is Third Force ?
For quite some time , the political arena is turbulent . All are very agog about the so-called Third Force. Actually, in our society most people are fed up with political polarisation.
 arrow Fanatics gaining ground ?
The last thing Bangladesh needs now is further provocation to the negative campaign that is being launched against it in the international media.
 arrow Why the middle class?
It seems to have turned into a compulsive practice of the government to ring the hapless middle class by any means until they groan under the impact of all kinds of newly imposed levies and other related
 arrow Ban on Ahmadiyya books
It is regrettable that the government has imposed a ban on all publications of the Ahmadiyya sect . Sadly, once again the government has capitulated to religious bigotry.
StarTecharrow GP's new billing system gets the Oracle touch
Cellphone companies are splashing millions to boost their customers' billing data and application functionality.
 arrow Mars rover takes 'Sunday Drive' across Red Planet
AFTER a weekend of driving that took it about 10 feet across the surface of Mars, the Spirit rover was parked on Monday in front of a rock that NASA scientists plan to study for much of the next week.
 arrow Viruses turn to peer-to-peer nets
VIRUS writers are setting up peer-to-peer networks to help their malicious creations spread.

The networks are being used to control thousands of innocent PCs that some virus programs have infected.

Star Chittagongarrow One CNG filling station for over 6000 vehicles
The lone refuelling station in the port city struggles to deal with a huge number of CNG vehicles to meet the everyday need.
 arrow Parkee is the best
"Inhast Wattanam" is an Afghan phrase, Syed Muztaba Ali in his famous travelogue "Deshe Bideshe" tells us, which means "My country is the best".
Star Cityarrow Devils in combat dresses
Vendors sell dresses made of army combat fabric openly in different markets in Dhaka, as the army intelligence has slackened its monitoring grip.
 arrow No Eid feast for forex machine
At least 50 per cent of the city's garment factories did not pay festival bonuses to their employees in 2003, according to a survey conducted by the National Garments Workers Federation.
 arrow Feeble war against fake drugs
The Drug Administration's (DA) war against fake drugs is running out of steam due to lack of manpower and field intelligence.
 arrow Grotesque view thru' a hospital window
Amputated, decomposed human organs and inorganic hospital waste like bandage, syringes and gloves are strewn all over the garden-cum-graveyard of National Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
 arrow DinNGii promises to keep the lake waters clean
DiNGii, opened yesterday at a corner of the bridge of Dhanmodi-8, offers fast food and boat rides on the Dhanmondi Lake.
 arrow DMCH limping with lone ambulance
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) now has only one ambulance to offer service to thousands of patients that visit the hospital a week.
 arrow Special bus, train services for Eid passengers
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday launched a special bus service for the home-bound Eid passengers.