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Front Pagearrow More arson in Natore
Over 100 arsonists allegedly led by a deputy minister's relatives and BNP activists looted and torched 15 more houses and 12 shops at the Awami League-dominated Shahpara and Amtali Bazar in the village
 arrow Team goes to Yangon next week for survey
A team of engineers will go to Myanmar next week to survey an area to construct a 30-kilometre long highway directly linking Dhaka to Yangon.
 arrow NGOs blast govt for regulatory step
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) irrespective of their relations with the government yesterday took a swipe at the ruling coalition for its move to amend an NGO regulatory ordinance.
 arrow Angry traders threaten to stop paying taxes
Trade bodies warned yesterday of stopping tax payments if the slide in law and order continued, while traders of three Mirpur wards kept shops closed and took out a procession demanding arrest and trial
 arrow 7 UPDF men abducted from wedding party
In yet another incident of political violence, armed youths allegedly belonging to Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) abducted seven people known to be supporters of United People's Democratic
 arrow BNP, AL blame each other
The district unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday blamed the killing of a deputy minister's nephew in Natore on the Awami League (AL) that accused its rival of unleashing violence in the
 arrow 50 killed as bomb rips thru' Iraq cop station
A massive car bomb yesterday ripped through a police station south of Baghdad killing about 50 people, in the latest deadly attack on Iraqis seen as collaborators with US occupation forces.
 arrow Asia faces four challenges
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has outlined four fundamental challenges confronting Asia -- poverty eradication, human development, good governance and regional stability.
 arrow AL finds ally in WP, more talks on
The Awami League (AL) and leftist Workers Party (WP) yesterday agreed to forge a unity in a bid to force the coalition out of office, a new development in opposition politics that came two days before
 arrow BNP to kick-start campaign to quell AL agitation
The ruling BNP has decided to kick-start a massive political campaign to quell opposition Awami League's planned one-point agitation to overthrow the government.
 arrow 1.3cr disabled await an end to disparity
About 1.3 crore physically challenged persons constituting 10 percent of the population are being denied their rights, speakers at a discussion in the city said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka confirms death of 3 Bangladeshis in Riyadh
Dhaka on Monday confirmed the death of three Bangladeshi expatriates near Riyadh last week in a brush fire by their employer's son who is also a member of Saudi royal family.
 arrow Six to die for killing cop
A speedy trial court yesterday awarded death penalty to six people and life imprisonment to four on charge of killing a police officer in the capital in 2001.
 arrow U-19 WC cricket gets underway
The 5th ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2004 was declared open at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday evening.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurated the 16-nation extravaganza.

 arrow BNP MPs decry fertiliser price hike
Treasury bench lawmakers yesterday complained about price hike of fertiliser during the current Boro season and asked for ensuring fair price of fertiliser, diesel and seeds so that food production is
 arrow Contractor, Titas staff blamed in probe report
A departmental inquiry committee yesterday submitted its report blaming the contractor and supervising officials of Titas Gas for not properly installing Jamuna Bridge approach road gas pipeline.
 arrow Ad firms violate court order to put up billboards, says mayor
Advertisement firms in the city violate court orders indiscriminately raising huge billboards, Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka alleged yesterday.
 arrow Resolve problems through talks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday the problems between Bangladesh and India, if any, could be resolved through bilateral discussion.
 arrow 4 'outlaws' lynched in Khulna, Bagerhat
Four suspected outlaws were lynched in two separate incidents in Khulna and Bagerhat districts Monday night.
 arrow 43 die in Iran plane crash in UAE
An Iranian plane carrying mostly foreign workers renewing their visas crashed yesterday as it approached Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 43 people aboard, officials said.
 arrow Lawmaker vexed at govt inaction
An opposition lawmaker yesterday expressed deep frustration as law enforcers showed cold shoulders to his repeated pleas for arresting alleged ruling BNP-men who assaulted him at his Tangail constituency
 arrow Sylhet bank robbery case IO changed
The investigating officer (IO) in Tk 22 lakh robbery from the Pubali Bank has been changed within 2 days.
 arrow Bomb threat on Indian deputy envoy in Rajshahi
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police beefed up security at the office and residence of the Indian deputy high commissioner here after a letter claiming to be from the al-Qaeda threatened to blow up the office
 arrow Youth killed in Tantibazar
Local miscreants shot and stabbed a youth to death yesterday evening at Tantibazar under Kotwali thana.
 arrow Gold jewellery cache recovered
Police in two separate operations in Bagerhat and Jhalakathi have recovered about 4.25kg of stolen gold jewellery from a band of robbers and smugglers.
 arrow 3 killed, 20 hurt in Gaibandha road crash
Three people were killed and 20 others injured, six of them seriously, in a bus-truck collision on the Rangpur-Bogra Highway in Gobindaganj upazila yest- erday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan today
The third death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan, eminent journalist, sports writer and commentator, and former executive editor of The Daily Star, will be observed today.
 arrow Crucial evidences...

 arrow Joint forces nab 413 in midnight raid
Joint forces raided different parts of the capital after Monday midnight and held 413 people.
 arrow Correction
In our report on seven women held at ZIA on Feb 9, it was inadvertently mentioned in the heading that they were barred from boarding a Kuwait-bound flight instead of Jordan-bound flight.
Businessarrow Saifur defends decision to reduce savings certificate interest rate
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday defended the government decision to reduce savings certificate interest rate, saying it was required for lowering the rate of interest on bank loans.
 arrow Citibank to continue exploring growth in corporate, retail sectors
Sanjay Nayar is the CEO, Citibank India and area head for Citibank's integrated operations in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
 arrow Mazid refuses to be Agrani Bank CEO
Advisor to Premier Bank Kazi Abdul Mazid who was selected as the chief executive officer of Agrani Bank under private management, has expressed his inability to join the nationalised commercial bank now
 arrow Shilpa Bank eyes net profit by June 2005
Virtually curled-up due to little attention from the government, Bangladesh Shilpa Bank now eyes net profit in a year or two.
 arrow SEC may issue ultimatum to errant cos to regularise AGMs
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is planning to issue an ultimatum to errant companies to regularise their annual general meetings (AGMs) by March 31.
 arrow Repo auction held
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Eleven bids of 1-day tenor amounting to Tk 563.00 crore were received.

 arrow $20m ADB loan for livestock dev project
The Asian Development bank (ADB) will give Bangladesh $ 20 million loan under the Second Participatory Livestock Development Project.
 arrow StanChart signs Escrow deal with ONE Bank
Standard Chartered Bank has signed an Escrow agreement with ONE Bank Limited for the custody of sponsor/director shares of the latter.
 arrow EU warns Asian countries against bird flu cover-up
EU health commissioner David Byrne warned on Tuesday that any attempt by Asian countries to cover up the extent of bird flu would backfire, but denied being hoodwinked by the Thai government.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Colourful youth show starts
Amidst music, colour and the splendour of fireworks in front of an appreciative full house, the fifth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2004 was opened at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday evening.
 arrow Cricket: Sun shines on Morton
The first thing that impressed Scotland coach Willie Morton more than anything else was the gorgeous sunshine that bathed a wintry Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet smash Ctg
Sylhet handed Chittagong a massive 124-run defeat yesterday to share the top slot with Dhaka after the eighth round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwar steers Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf International rode on a remarkable century from Sarwar to post an ex-citing seven-run victory over Dhanmondi Tutorial in one of the five Dhaka Zone matches of the Standard Chartered 22nd National
 arrow Cricket: Rain extends Warne's ban
Shane Warne's comeback from a 12-month doping ban was spoiled by rain here on Tuesday robbing him of his first opportunity to impress the national selectors before they choose the Test squad this month
 arrow Sanctity at the Bangabandhu
The visitors experienced a rare scene at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and its surroundings yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Security worries 'em
India's cricket captain Saurav Ganguly on Tuesday played down doubts over next month's historic tour of Pakistan, but stressed he was concerned about the team's safety during the six-week visit.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Shafique Smriti Sangsad trounced Mayer Doa Sporting Club 9-0 in the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

The first half ended 2-0.

 arrow Table Tennis: Ctg TT
Nabin Mela moved into the super league of CJKS-Sinmin mineral water Table Tennis League at the Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) Gymnasium on Monday.

They outplayed Young Star Club 3-0.

 arrow Cricket: ICC tries to avoid rain
The International Cricket Council (ICC) hopes to minimise the role of the Duckworth-Lewis rain rule by announcing reserve days for all matches at this year's Champions Trophy in England.
 arrow Football: Onus on Kanu, Kanoute
Premiership stars Nwankwo Kanu and Frederic Kanoute aim to fire Nigeria and Mali into an African Nations Cup final showdown by breaking the hearts of Tunisia and Morocco in the semifinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Real go for it
The Spanish Cup may be well down Real Madrid's list of priorities for the season as they aim for a 10th European Cup and 30th league title.
 arrow Tennis: Rusedski still confident
Greg Rusedski said on Tuesday he was "cautiously optimistic" about the outcome of his drugs hearing in Montreal.
Metropolitanarrow Killing of guest birds protested
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded of the government to control the use of pesticide and herbicide that are being used for killing birds and ruining our ecology in different ways.
 arrow 'NGOs work in 82,000 villages'
A monthly magazine on NGO affairs started its journey yesterday with a view to provide 'specified' and 'impartial' information.
 arrow 5-year-old girl raped
A five-year-old girl was raped by a person at Khilgaon in the city on Monday evening.

The victim was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and undergoing treatment at One-stop Crisis Centre there.

 arrow Rokanuddin, Zahir to contest for SC Bar president
Dr. M Zahir will lead the pro-government panel while incumbent president Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud opposition in the Supreme Court Bar Association election to be held in March.
 arrow BCL protests killing
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the killers of its city unit leader Omar Faruq Khan.
 arrow Mob gouge out eyes of listed criminal
Angry mob caught Faruque alias Bomaru Faruque, a listed criminal of Khulna city, yesterday from near Khalishpur Polytechnic Institute.

The mob gouged out his eyes and broke legs.

 arrow Four injured as members of 2 families clash
At least four people were injured seriously during a clash between members of two families over a trifling matter at Kuaish Nagar on the south bank of river Karnaphuli yesterday morning.
 arrow Kamran made JP int'l affairs secretary
Kamran Hossain Chowdhury has been made secretary for international affairs of the executive committee of the Jatiya Party (JP), says a press release.
 arrow DU alumni reunion date rescheduled
Reunion of the students of 1969 batch of Dhaka University will now be held on March 19 instead of March 5.
Nationalarrow Stalemate at PSTU
A virtual stalemate prevailed at the Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday, two days after its reopening on Monday.
 arrow Males flee homes, no attacker arrested
The arson-affected families in Shahpara village in Naldanga thana in Natore are living under the open sky.

They told visiting newsmen on Monday that they were feeling insecure.

 arrow Revision petition filed, expulsion panic in Kolaroa AL
A revision petition has been filed with Satkhira Judge Court challenging lower court's acquittal of persons charged for attacking Opposition Leader and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's motorcade atKalaroa
 arrow 30 out of 46 cases disposed of by Sylhet STT
The Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal has disposed of 30 cases out of 46 since its establishment in November 2000.

A total of 34 persons were given punishment.

Fourteen cases are now under trial.

 arrow BDR foils Indians' bid to build dam in Dharala river
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Monday foiled an attempt by Indian nationals to construct an embankment on Dharala river along Lalmonirhat border, BDR sources said yesterday.
 arrow Gold smugglers' ring leader held in Bagerhat
Bagerhat police on Monday arrested one Lutfor Rahman and recovered from him 150 tolas of gold worth Tk 14 lakh.
 arrow Thana preparing to drop four BNP men from Latif murder case
Dubchiancha thana police is preparing necessary papers to drop the names of four persons including Dupchiancha Poura BNP President Tazamal Hossain Tozam from the Latif murder case and a toll collection
 arrow 28 hurt as BNP factions trade fire in Kushtia
At least 28 people were injured, eight of them with bullet, in a clash between two factions of ruling BNP at Belgachi in Kumarkhali Upazila in the district on Monday.

The clash erupted at about 8.

 arrow 60 hr 20 min cycling
The people of outlaw-infested Babuganj upazila had a respite from tension, thanks to some local public representatives who organised an entertainment meet.
 arrow Editors, newsmen of two Bangla dailies sued
A court here on Monday issued summons against editors and local correspondents of two Bangla dailies -- Janakantha and Ajker Kagoj in a defamation case filed by a local BNP leader.
 arrow Traders down shutters, hold rally at Manikganj
Traders at Manikgonj town kept all business establishments closed yesterday protesting attack on a businessmen by illegal toll collectors on the previous night.
 arrow Function held at Maizbhandari
A grand function was organised at Maizbhander Darbar Sharif (place of Shrine of Maizbhanderi) at Fatikchhari to mark the change of Gilap (cloth covering the shrine) over the shrine Syed Golafur Rahman
Point-Counterpointarrow Syed Mujtoba Ali...one hundred years
If Dr. Syed Mujtoba Ali was alive, he would have been 100 years old this year.

Born in Sylhet in 1904, he had his early education at a government school in the district.

 arrow Avian flu: Some basic information
"Flu" is the short name for influenza, a disease caused by the Type A influenza viruses. These viruses can infect humans, birds, pigs, and other animals.
 arrow It's nature fighting back!
The viruses that cause bird flu, Sars, and Ebola formerly affected only animals. For some reason, they crossed the border between species, and infected humans in Asia, particularly.
Culturearrow Rhythm of life at Shaheed Minar
The long cherished February has begun at last.
 arrow Rare films to be donated to Bangladesh Film Archive by Iftekharul Alam
It is very distressing to note that very little interest is shown to preserve films in the Bangladesh Film Archive, which is under the Directorate of the Information Ministry.
 arrow 'I don't want to be a show-piece actress', says Damitha Abeyrathne
Damitha Abeyrathne, a famous Sri Lankan actress, was recently awarded the best actress title in the 8th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) organised in the capital by Rainbow Film Society.
 arrow Bangladesh cultural team in Australia
A cultural team comprising 14 prominent artistes, headed by Shahidul Islam, left for Canberra recently, to attend a 10-day cultural programme, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Al-Qaeda plotting to provoke civil war in Iraq: US
The United States said an al-Qaeda operative was plotting to provoke a civil war in Iraq as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed concern over divisions among Iraqis on a plan to assume power.
 arrow N Korea denies receiving N-tech from Pakistan
North Korea yesterday denied it had received nuclear technology from Pakistan and accused the United States of mounting a smear campaign to get the upper hand ahead of six-party talks.
 arrow 42 killed in Haitian uprising
In the strongest challenge yet to embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, rebels in nearly a dozen towns went on a rampage that has left at least 42 killed and prompted fears of a coup d'etat.
 arrow Blair raised 'false expectation' on Iraqi WMD: Expert
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government raised a "false expectation" about Iraq's pre-war weaponry, a move which undermined the global fight against proliferation, a former senior military intelligence
 arrow Asia has highest number of children out of school: Unesco
Asia accounts for the biggest number of children in the world not receiving a school education, despite steady increases in enrolment in the 1990s, according to a statistical report released by Unesco
 arrow Kerry looks for wins in Virginia, Tennessee
Sparring with President Bush over the economy, Sen.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Businessmen now sitting ducks to a killing spree
Let's imagine the scene -- a group of armed hooligans enter an office at one of the busiest spots of Dhaka city in broad daylight and shoot indiscriminately killing and injuring quite a few.
 arrow Editorial: Women's representation
Much has been made of the BNP's proposal to increase the number of reserved seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad from 30 to 50 and to allocate these seats proportionally according to JS representation
 arrow A visitor's view from Islamabad
Since 1999 I have had occasion to visit Pakistan a number of times.
 arrow The Hajj tragedy and the authorities
I performed the hajj in 2002, and this year my elder brother and two relatives did it.
 arrow President Bush and his foreign policy
I am writing with reference to "Foreign policy in Bush's White House," by Arsahd-uz-Zaman (DS February 10).
Letters to Editorarrow The festival of sacrifice
With the Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated only a few days ago, I think it will be appropriate to share the story told by a Business Math Professor at his MBA classroom before the holidays began....
 arrow The Hutton Report: A lesson for us
I am writing to you after pondering over the present crisis faced by the British government.
 arrow Developing tourism
As a Travel Agent's widow, there are times when I despair at the failure of this beautiful country to do anything about the opportunity to earn both foreign and local currency, and, of course, appreciation,
 arrow Politics of vendetta
What is going on in the country? The politics parties seem to have gone berserk when it comes to settling scores with each other.
 arrow Story of 'Borgs'
Many Star Trek fans will be aware of a race called the 'Borg'.
 arrow Public service PR
One cabinet minister is to be congratulated for publicly admitting that government officials were poor in public relations (DS Jan 28).
 arrow Maglev Melodrama: Act II
Magnetic Levitation railway has strongly magnetised the mind of our communications minister and has apparently levitated him to the realms of fantasy.
 arrow Legacy of guns and goons
Bangladesh remains poor mainly because of its social conflicts. Perhaps it is the only indigenous society in the world.
 arrow Waiting, hoping....
I have relatives and friends living in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They are of different culture and religion. In a way, I am affiliated not to one country but to the whole of the subcontinent.
 arrow Television programmes
The special Eid programmes presented by the television channels were boring , to say the least. The channels have failed to add anything except in a very few cases.
 arrow Eid postscript
I don't quite agree with you that the civic services were satisfactory in the city following the sacrifice of a large number of animals on Eid day.
StarTecharrow Exploring the roots of Public IP address
The internet today could be accessed globally with the click of a mouse.
 arrow BASE becomes Oracle reseller
BASE Limited, one of the leading IT education and software development

company in Bangladesh has become the official reseller for all Oracle software sales for Bangladesh region.

 arrow Web portal can add speed to business
BANGLADESH Development Gateway Foundation (BdDGF) has started web portal based activities for social development.
Star Chittagongarrow Mugging on the rise
Incident of mugging is on the rise in the port city of Chittagong.

Not a single day was passing without mugging, spelling sense of fear and panic on the city dwellers.

 arrow St Martins: Country's lonely outpost
St Martins, lying about three-hours' boat journey to the south of Teknaf, a five-square kilometer fishing island, which has recently captured the imagination of the tourists in general, is where writer
Star Cityarrow Modern malls, weak security
The modern malls and shopping complexes in the city are offering impressive amenities like capsule lifts, escalators, central air-conditioning system, fire-fighting devices etc.
 arrow Robbers target jewellery shops
Jewellery shops have become targets of robbers during the Eid vacations.
 arrow How safe are the plastic pots?
Manufacturers, sellers and users are all in the dark about health hazards from plastic wares brimming the city market and authorities seem to have closed their eyes shut to the steady sale of unhealthy
 arrow Thai Show

 arrow Houses of speaker, his deputy almost ready
The construction of the Speaker's and Deputy Speaker's houses at Shere-E-Bangla Nagar is now completed ignoring requests from the global body of architects and local protests

"The contractors are now

 arrow Mishuks still ignore 'last' deadline
The three-wheeler Mishuks continue to demand fares at will even six months after the expiry of the 'last' deadline to install meters.
 arrow Try Poachers, Save Guest Birds