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Front Pagearrow Police beat pickets out of streets
At least 160 people were injured in police action on pickets as a third hartal in five days enforced by the Awami League (AL) and a front organisation demanding the quit of the government and protesting
 arrow Police van drops Nasim, Khosru at Savar
A police van dropped former ministers Mohammad Nasim, Abdul Matin Khosru and Abu Sayeed, two sitting MPs and some Awami League activists at Savar yesterday evening after they boarded it to be arrested
 arrow Focus falls on bringing poorest under net
The Asia Pacific Region Microcredit Summit began in Dhaka yesterday with calls for broadening the microcredit programme and making it more efficient to give the poorest of the poor access to microfinance.
 arrow Last minute change dents anti-graft body's independent face
The independent anti-corruption commission will still need permission from the government to prosecute any state official because of a last-minute change in the bill to be passed in parliament today.
 arrow RMG buyers skipping Dhaka over law slide
Readymade garment (RMG) buyers, especially from Europe, tend to avoid coming over to Dhaka in the wake of an alarming fall in law and order.
 arrow Law ministry sits on presidential note
The government is yet to take action against a High Court additional judge for misconduct, as the law ministry did not send the Prime Minister's Office a presidential note on the Supreme Judicial Council's
 arrow Indo-Pak landmark talks underway
India and Pakistan yesterday began their first formal talks in nearly three years, with Kashmir high on the agenda.
 arrow Indians flay Scots
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan hammered the first century of the fifth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup as India posted a massive 270-run victory against Scotland at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Ministry, BPC slammed for shady kerosene affair
The Cabinet Purchase Committee, accusing the energy ministry and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) of corruption in petroleum products purchase through tender, yesterday decided to flag a state-to-state
 arrow Hakaluki bird killing goes unabated
The government's claim of putting an end to poaching of birds in the Hakaluki Haor flies in the face of the ground reality there and birds are still being hunted in their thousands, said an official of
 arrow Non-transparency biggest problem: US teacher
The microfinancing programme in Bangladesh needs to be 'brutally honest' in assessing the impact on the beneficiaries and achieve its desired goals, says Norman S.
 arrow LDC banks should give soft loans in villages
The governments of least developed countries (LDCs) should encourage commercial banks in the rural areas to relax loan conditions for borrowers and consider financing non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
 arrow Grameen model not for all
Grameen Bank micro-financing models replicated and used by most micro-finance institutions in Bangladesh are not necessarily applicable in other parts of the world, a number of leading NGO executivesfrom
 arrow Outlaws threaten to kill 17 in Gaibandha
Underground operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddha) in a letter has threatened to kill 17 people in Gaibandha including journalists, local deputy commissioner (DC), police officials and
 arrow ALCWC meets today to chart programmes
The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) sits at an emergency meeting today to draw up agitation programmes including more hartals to topple the coalition government.
 arrow NAP leader Peer Habibur Rahman dies
Veteran politician and National Awami Party (NAP) leader Peer Habibur Rahman died of old age complications at a clinic in Sylhet on Sunday. He was 84.
 arrow Pourasava polls in May
Pourasava polls are likely to be held on May 5 to 10 and the Election Commission (EC) might declare the election schedule in March.
 arrow Govt won't take it down lying: Altaf
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday reiterated his warning against hartal and vandalism saying the government won't take it down lying and deal severely with anarchists.
 arrow 2 GIs, US civilian killed in Iraq
Roadside bombs killed two US soldiers in separate attacks yesterday in Baghdad and a city northeast of the capital, the US military said.
 arrow South Asia bird flue-free
Health officials from seven South Asian nations yesterday claimed the entire region to be free of bird flu and demanded a blanket ban on the import of poultry products, at an emergency meeting here.
 arrow Universe's most distant known object seen
In a discovery that offers a rare glimpse back to when the universe was just 750 million years old, a team of astrophysicists said Sunday they have detected a tiny galaxy that is the farthest known object
 arrow 10 awarded Ekushey Padak
The government has awarded `Ekushey Padak' 2004 to 10 personalities for outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
 arrow Commoners feel harsh about hartal
People of different sections of society yesterday expressed their grave concern over hartal enforced repeatedly by the opposition, paralysing life.
 arrow Lioness gives birth to three cubs at Ctg Zoo
Laxmi, the lone lioness at Chittagong Zoo, gave birth to three cubs on Sunday.

The lioness, delivered in an hour from 10:00am and all the offspring are in sound health, zoo sources said.

 arrow BNP, JP sit today
The ruling BNP has taken an initiative to bring the Jatiya Party (Ershad) back to parliament and the two sides meet today.
 arrow Dhaka contradicts WHO figure of AIDS patients
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday shrugged off United Nations agency reports that Bangladesh has 13,000 AIDS patients, pegging the figure as assumption-based.
 arrow BSF pushes in 6 Indian Muslims
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed six Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims into Bangladesh through Balihara border under Haripur upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Saddam trial within 2 yrs Unlikely
Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for at least another two years, a British newspaper quoted a top Iraqi lawyer as saying yesterday.
 arrow Even in this city of concrete jungle, nature still supports living...

 arrow Dhaka lawyers split over removal demand
The news item The Daily Star ran on Sunday on the allegations of bribery, corruption and irregularities against three judges and five magistrates has split the lawyers of Dhaka Bar Association into three
 arrow Consultants for Rupali Bank privatisation finalised
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved appointment of a consortium of three British consulting firms, which will submit a restructuring plan for privatising the state-owned Rupali Bank.
Businessarrow Guidelines ready to trim red tape on foreign businesses, workers
The government has finalised draft integrated guidelines for giving permissions to set up foreign business establishments and issuing work permits to foreigners.
 arrow Forex, money markets need to be lucrative for investors
The underdevelopment of the money and capital markets limits risk-pooling and risk-sharing opportunities for households and firms. It also makes economies more vulnerable to financial crises.
 arrow Microcredit is a very good tool for poverty alleviation
Priscilla Mirembe Serukka, a development activist from Uganda, thinks microcredit programme is a very good tool for alleviating poverty.
 arrow Microcredit programmes made a revolution
Microcredit programmes made a revolution in poverty alleviation worldwide, observed Dr Agogo Mawuli, a professor in economics who came from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to join the conference on microfinance
 arrow Papua New Guinea to learn from others' experiences
Papua New Guinea is attending the Asia Pacific Region Microcredit Summit to learn from others' experiences in the field of micro financing, said Steven Avel, micro finance project manager of Bank of Papua
 arrow Tommy Miah's restaurant opens today
Bangladeshi-born British chef Tommy Miah has taken a new venture to start a restaurant in Dhaka offering dishes that earned him fame in Britain.
 arrow Rangs Motors signs MoU with Japanese co for car assembling
Rangs Motors Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group, and ShinMaywa Industries Ltd, a leading manufacturer of special purpose vehicles in Japan, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow CRISL upgrades City Bank rating
Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL) has upgraded The City Bank Limited from B (Single B) to 'B+' (single B plus), a one notch up rating, in the long term and reaffirms ST-4 rating in
 arrow Stalled WTO talks key obstacle to recovery in world economy
The stalled World Trade Organiz-ation (WTO) talks are the major threat to global economic recovery, an international business expert warned Monday.
 arrow Asian economic recovery spurs energy project, finance boom
Banks, stung by hefty losses from funding Asian energy projects in the 1997/98 crisis, are writing big cheques again as economic recovery, led by growth in China, fuels demand for power to petrochemicals.
 arrow S Korea lawmakers finally ratify FTA with Chile
South Korean lawmakers yesterday overwhelmingly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with Chile after months of protest and three failed attempts to get the bill to a vote.
 arrow Thailand, Japan start 1st round of FTA talks
Thailand and Japan on Monday opened negotiations here on a free trade accord aimed at boosting economic ties between the two nations.
 arrow Indian firms queue to tap investors in share market offerings
Call it the year of the Indian stock market stampede.
 arrow China elevates Asia's economic resurgence
Asia's solid economic resurgence from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) will continue as the region profits from the booming Chinese economy, American Express chief economist John Calverley
 arrow Philippines, Thailand to set up regional petroleum hub
The Philippines and Thailand are to begin talks this week in establishing a Southeast Asian "petroleum hub" to boost energy supply in the region, Manila's energy department said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Incredible India
Big guns of world cricket all enjoyed a fruitful day but none more than India who absolutely massacred Scotland one of the four ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2004 matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tareq designs Tigers' win
Tareq Aziz Khan cruelly missed out on a hattrick but still claimed a career-best six wickets to spearhead Bangladesh's 29-run win over a strong Zimbabwe A in their three-day tour match on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Mark rings down curtain
Former Australian Test and one-day international batsman Mark Waugh on Monday announced he would retire from first-class cricket at the end of the current season.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly & co relishing it
India's cricket captain Saurav Ganguly on Monday set at rest speculation that top stars may pull out of the Pakistan tour, saying he looked forward to playing there.
 arrow Cricket: Biddyaniketon, Willes in R Two
Biddyaniketon Pre-cadet and High School and Willes Little Flower School rom-ped into the eight-team second round of the Dhaka Zone Standard Chartered 22nd National School Cricket Championship at different
 arrow Cricket: Crucial game against Scots today
The charges of Richard McInnes will be aiming to kick-start their campaign with a victory against Scotland at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Premier Div football starts today
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra will take on Victoria Sporting Club when the Western Union Premier Division Football League resumes today after a seven-day break.
 arrow Football: BFF names SAF Games officials
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has named the officials of the Bangladesh Under-23 for the upcoming ninth SAF Games to be held in Islamabad from March 29.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis target Pollock
New Zealand's batsmen are targeting South African bowler Shaun Pollock in Tuesday's second one-day international staged on a pitch famous for producing run-feasts.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu alerts Aussies
Sri Lanka's one-day captain Marvan Atapattu on Monday sounded a warning to Australia, saying the world champions will find it difficult to cope with turning tracks and hot weather.
 arrow Cricket: Warne, CA deny claim
Test leg-spinner Shane Warne and Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday dismissed a claim that he was seen in the company of an Indian gambler during Australia's 1999 World Cup campaign in England.
 arrow Cricket: Students for free
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken an initiative to allow school students to watch two matches of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup free of cost.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj cricket
Sewta Uday Sena defeated Biltu Club by 91 runs in the Language Martyr Rafique Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Shaheed Mirajtapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Active Chess
The Active Chess Tournament, organised by the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF), will start on February 19 at the BCF auditorium at 4pm.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters clinches Paris Open
Kim Clijsters underlined her World No 2 ranking with a straight sets 6-2, 6-1 win over unseeded Mary Pierce of France in a one-sided final of the WTA Paris Open here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve stay focused
AC Milan maintained their five-point lead over Roma at the top of Serie A despite being held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Lecce on Sunday but reigning champions Juventus took advantage to get back into thetitle
 arrow Football: Real pure lucky
Luis Figo scored an injury-time penalty Sunday as Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Valencia to keep hold of first place in the Spanish league.
 arrow Football: Asia begin race
Asia sets out on the long road to the 2006 World Cup finals this week as qualifying for the greatest footballing show on earth gets underway in earnest across the region.
 arrow Football: Ailton fires leaders
Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen gave reigning champions Bayern Munich and other title rivals a mountain to climb after establishing a nine-point lead at the top with a late 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern
 arrow Football: Pompey leave it open
Portsmouth substitute Matthew Taylor earned his side a replay as their FA Cup fifth round tie with Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw at Anfield here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Euro 2004 incentive for Germans
Rudi Voller's German international stars have been handed a record 100,000-euro bonus incentive to win the 2004 European championships in Portugal.
Metropolitanarrow Insurance (Amend) Bill 2004 passed
Parliament last night passed the Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2004 seeking further amendment of the Insurance Act 1938.
 arrow Kuet students' ultimatum to vice-chancellor
Students of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) gave an ultimatum to the vice-chancellor to meet their 11-point demand by Thursday.
 arrow 40 shanties gutted
Fire gutted around 40 shanties of a slum at Pallabi in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow 5 Haripur Power Plant officials robbed in N'ganj
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth over Tk 4.5 lakh by stopping a microbus at Muradpur in Narayanganj on Sunday night.
 arrow Arysha opens
Arysha Catering Services Ltd. opened its doors to the public as well as food lovers on Sunday. It is located at 26 South Link Road, Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan # 1.
 arrow Boy killed in road mishap
A speeding bus knocked dead a boy at Dhania in Demra yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tanguar Haor to be opened for plunder again?
The fate of Tanguar Haor in Sunamganj, a Ramsher site and the country's second biggest waterbody with a rich bio-diversity, has become uncertain again because of a tug of war between two influential groups.
 arrow Hemp a cash crop in Brahmaputra shoals!
Hemp (ganja), a banned narcotic, is the main cash crop for a large number of people in Brahmaputra shoal areas in Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchari and Shaghata upazilas.
 arrow Verdicts not delivered in court found written
An assistant judge, instead of pronouncing verdicts in court, left those written in files after his transfer and handover of charge.
 arrow Reopening of RU demanded
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Progressive Teachers' Association (PTA) of Rajshahi University (RU) have demanded immediate reopening of the university.
 arrow 100 members boycott Barisal Bar dinner
At least 100 members of Barisal District Bar Association boycotted its annual dinner on Saturday, protesting what they called violation of its 125-year-old tradition in making the chief guest.
 arrow 'Govt-NGO coordination needed to protect Sunadarbans'
Lack of co-ordination among government agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) is the major obstacle to conservation of the bio-diversity of the Sundarbans.
 arrow Vow to resist extortion, drug
Traders, joined by people from all walks of life brought out a procession and held a rally in the town on Sunday protesting extortion and other crimes including drug peddling.
 arrow Raj Punnah festival begins in Bandarban today
Raj Punnah, the biggest colorful traditional tribal festival of Bomoung circle in Bandarban begins here today.
 arrow JCD activist held for rape
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist was arrested on Friday on charge of torturing a female Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidate.
 arrow Jubo Dal council held
The biennial council of Mohammadpur thana Jubo Dal was held on the premises of a local high school on Sunday.
 arrow 3-day CHT road blockade from Feb 22
"Fight for Equal Rights in Chittagong Hill Tracts," an organisation of non-tribals has taken up a 3-day road blockade programme in three hill districts from February 22.
 arrow Ekushey book fair begins in Ctg
A nine-day Ekushey book fair marking the International Mother Language Day began at Laldighi maidan here on Saturday.
 arrow 2 kidnappers get 14 years RI in Magura
Two youths were sentenced to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for kidnapping a girl from Jagdal village in Sadar upazila.
 arrow Appointment of BNP-backed teachers in CU demanded
Chittagong University (CU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has demanded appointment of BNP-backed teachers in different key posts.
 arrow Detainee escapes: Cop suspended
A police officer was suspended and closed to Khulna police line on charge of negligence of duty on Friday.
 arrow 3 killed by bus
Three persons were killed and two others injured in road accidents on Magura-Mohammadpur and Magura-Langalband roads yesterday.
 arrow Urs at Kutubdia
The fourth annual Urs and Fatiha Sharif of Hazrat Allama Shah Abdul Malek Alkutubi Muhiuddin Azmi (R) will be held at Kutubdia in Cox's Bazar on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Agriculture and microcredit
As a four-day (16--19 February) Asia-Pacific Region Microcredit Summit is being held in Dhaka, we print the following article for information of our esteemed readers on the subject.
 arrow ABCs of third force
In a chat show on one of the private television channels of Dhaka, Barrister Rokonuddin Mahumd pointedly raised the question as to what was the source of former President Professor Badruddoza Chowdhury's
 arrow M A G Osmany: The untold story
February 16 was the 20th death anniversary of Muhammed Ataul Ghani Osmany. He is more known as an army officer, in particular as the Supreme Commander of the liberation army.
Culturearrow Ekushey Book Fair in full flare
The last hour at the Ekushey Book Fair is always busier with the visitors' last-moment spree of visiting stalls and buying books.
 arrow Roopmadhuri A quest for beauty on ATN Bangla
Influenced by global changes of fashion and beauty care in lifestyles for the feminine world, Roopmadhuri an Entertainment Mega TV serial, will help Bangladeshi women to view and learn modern and
 arrow Dances, songs, dramas harmonised at Shaheed Minar
Basanta has already stepped into our city life. The city dwellers celebrated the 'Pahela Falgun' as well as 'Valentine's Day' enthusiastically.
 arrow New serial Abasheshe Propat on ntv
Ntv is going to telecast a new 19-episode drama serial titled Abasheshe Propat based on a novel by Shawkat Ali.
Generalarrow A shelter with a difference
A five-year-old girl Taiba is a blood cancer patient who is under going treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) in the city.
 arrow 58 more new books at Ekushey Book Fair
Fifty-eight news books were shelved at different publishing houses on the 10th day of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Justice Debesh
Speakers at a condolence meeting paid glowing tributes to late Justice Debesh Chandra Bhattacharya and recalled his contribution to protecting human rights and establishing the rule of law in the country.
 arrow Expulsion of 2 JU JCD cadres demanded
Master's students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday extended the deadline for three more days for expulsion of two JCD cadres who beat up a fellow student and shaved head of another on Sunday.
 arrow Tendons of Bhola Jubo League leader severed
Some cadres of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday severed the tendons of hands and legs of a Jubo League leader in Char Fashion upazila of the district.
 arrow Security service providers' assoc meets
The 15th general meeting of Bangladesh Professional Security Service Providers' Association (proposed) was held at the Head Office of Securex (Pvt) Ltd in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Outlaw killed in Satkhira
An underground operative was murdered by unidentified assailants at village Bharsha in Tala upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Advisory body of Ctg Samity
Md Nurul Alam, a freedom fighter and retired additional IG of police, and freedom fighter and Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Government MA Mubarak were elected chairman and member secretary of the Advisory
Internationalarrow Nehru-Gandhi clan splits politically
India's Nehru-Gandhi clan finally split politically yesterday with two of its key members Maneka Gandhi, wife of late Sanjay Gandhi, and her son Varun Gandhi joining ruling BJP ahead of coming parliamentary
 arrow Probes launched into Australian race riots
Australian authorities launched twin inquiries yesterday into the circumstances surrounding the death of an Aboriginal teenager at the weekend and subsequent rioting that left more than 40 police officers
 arrow Pak govt denies Khan's heart attack 'rumours'
Senior Pakistani officials yesterday denied as rumours that country's top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan suffered a heart attack, but admitted that Khan is in "very bad" health and seeking medical
 arrow Iraqi Council debates handover options
With early elections looking increasingly unlikely, members of Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council began a debate yesterday on other ways of securing the handover of power from the Americans.
 arrow Saarc holds emergency meet on bird flu
Officials and experts from the seven South Asian countries yesterday began an emergency meeting here to chalk up urgent measures to combat Asia's bird flu epidemic, an Indian health ministry spokesman
 arrow US, India air forces stage first-ever war games
India and the United States pitted their war jets against each other over central India yesterday as the two countries staged their first-ever aerial combat games, Indian officials said.
 arrow Democrats question Bush's credibility
The Democratic presidential hopefuls questioned President Bush's credibility and leadership on Sunday, but steered clear of attacks on each other in a sober debate two days before the Wisconsin primary.
 arrow Top nuke scientist made scapegoat: Benazir
Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said that Pakistan's top scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is being made a "scapegoat" over nuclear proliferation and countered government's professed innocence by referring
Editorialarrow Editorial: Indo-Pak dialogue
We certainly feel upbeat and encouraged by the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan in Islamabad yesterday after more than 30 months of breakdown in relations.
 arrow Editorial: Microcredit summit
We take great satisfaction in the fact that Bangladesh is hosting the star-studded microcredit summit for the Asia/Pacific region.
 arrow The macro story of microcredit
Micro-credit has come a long way since it burst onto the global scene as a Grameen innovation over two decades ago. Ground realities of poverty have witnessed far-reaching changes.
 arrow From fame to shame
The world view about Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is 180 degrees different from how the domestic population views him.
Letters to Editorarrow Lifestyles in the 21st century
Some instances of modern philosophies of life were spotlighted in the two editorials in The Daily Star of January 2004.
 arrow 'State of the Union' message
In his 'State of the Union' message, which is inter-linked with the November 2004 presidential election, President George Bush turned his failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 'war on terrorism' into grand
 arrow City of jobless
Having innumerable showrooms of a variety of entertainment goods in different areas, Dhaka really looks elegant.