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Front Pagearrow Bandarban hotelier freed at last
Bandarban resort hotelier Hasan Mahub Bablu was freed at Tarasa point of Shankha river in Bandarban on Monday night and reportedly paid his captors Tk 15 lakh to buy his way out of the 21-day captivity.
 arrow Case filed against BNP lawmaker
A daylong hartal enforced by the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Rangamati protesting Monday's attack on the motorcade of Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain passed off peacefully
 arrow Quake kills 226 in Morocco
At least 226 people died and 120 were injured after an earthquake shook northern Morocco around the Mediterranean port city of Al Hoceima yesterday, officials say, warning the death toll was likely to
 arrow JS now a den of graft: Hasina
Amid police attempts to scuttle a roadside rally and barriers by ruling BNP activists, Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday levelled corruption charges against the Hawa Bhaban, BNP chairperson's
 arrow AL submits memo to speaker today amid demonstration ban
Amidst the speaker's ruling that bars any demonstration inside the Sangsad Bhavan, the House-boycotting Awami League (AL) lawmakers are going to submit a memorandum to Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar at his
 arrow BNP leaders irked by Altaf's statement
A number of frontline BNP leaders appeared embarrassed over the home minister's statement in parliament Monday on the CHT peace accord and the attack on

Dr Kamal Hossain on his way to Rangamati.

 arrow India, Lanka bounce back
India and Sri Lanka recorded emphatic wins to throw the Group A wide open in the Super League of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup yesterday.
 arrow Traffic deptt helpless to reckless driving, overloading
Traffic officials ahead of nationwide traffic week beginning from Monday said they are unable to prevent reckless driving and overloading on highways due to political interference and lack of resources.
 arrow Sajek no more forlorn
Sajek till recently was a forlorn, most inaccessible area in Bangladesh. Now a road runs to this union under Baghaichhari thana in Rangamati, linking the people to the mainstream Khagrachhari.
 arrow CIA was given data on hijacker long before 9/11
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was given the first name and telephone number of one of the September 11 hijackers two and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington, according to
 arrow al-Qaeda warns of more attacks on US
A top al-Qaeda leader warned President Bush in an audiotape broadcast yesterday to prepare for more attacks on the United States.
 arrow Putin fires entire govt
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a surprise move yesterday sacked his government led by Yeltsin-era figure Mikhail Kasyanov in a bid to further stamp his authority and rally voters ahead of his expected
 arrow Magura cops asked not to move alone
Security has been tightened at the police stations, camps and outposts in the district in the wake of a threat of attacks by the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddha).
 arrow A mockery of stringent environment protection laws...

 arrow Benapole port paralysed
Export-import activities at Benapole land port came to a halt yesterday due to an indefinite strike enforced by four trade organisations.
 arrow Titas withdraws four officials
The Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd (TGTDCL) yesterday withdrew four officials from two pipeline construction schemes for duty negligence.
 arrow Iraqi elections could be held within a year: UN
The United Nations said credible elections for a permanent Iraq government could be held in early 2005 if preparations began immediately.
 arrow Bomb explosion kills 2, injures another in Khulna
A bomb explosion killed two youths and injured one at Giletala Madhyapara in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow 2 die, 300 hurt in Habiganj village clash
Two persons were killed and at least 300 injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bahubal upazila yesterday.
 arrow 4 shot in city
One robber, two students and a construction worker were shot in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow AL, JSD (Inu) agree on alliance
The Awami League (AL) and the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday agreed to launch agitation from a common platform to end the rule of BNP-led coalition.
 arrow Protesting price hike...

 arrow Death threat given to CPA magistrate
Unknown miscreants, in a letter, have threatened to kill the magistrate of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).
 arrow JS body to probe hajj irregularities
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday formed a probe body to investigate into the mismanagement in the government sponsored hajj services this year.
 arrow HC asks BPC chairman to show up
The High Court yesterday asked the chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) to appear before the court on March 9 following a writ petition.
 arrow 3 JCD men injured in intra-party clash at DU hall
At least three leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Jasimuddin Hall of Dhaka University were injured in a clash between two rival factions of the organisation on Monday night.


 arrow Road blockade observed in Bandarban
Samo Adhikar Andolon (SAA), an organisation representing Bangalee settlers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), enforced a road blockade programme in Bandarban yesterday without any untoward incident.
 arrow 8 guns seized in Bandarban
The joint forces recovered eight local guns from Kalashi Para under Naikhongchari upazila yesterday evening.
 arrow Atish Dipankar's 1,024th birth anniversary observed
The 1,024th birth anniversary of Buddhist scholar Atish Dipankar Srignan was observed at his native village Bajrojogini under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt ready to subsidise backward linkages of agro-processing units
The government is ready to provide subsidy to backward linkage segment of agro-processing industry that ensures high value addition, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow US couple banks on success stories to promote microcredit
A US couple has long been inculcating the concept of microcredit among the affluent Americans and motivating them to donate to the microfinance system.
 arrow Japanese want irritants cleared as Dhaka seeks more investment
As Bangladesh here yesterday sought increased investment from Japan, the Japanese investors wanted resolution of a number of problems linked with politics, economy and infrastructure.
 arrow Japan, Mexico to hold free trade talks amid hopes
Japan and Mexico will launch 10 days of working-level talks here Wednesday aimed at concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) amid growing hopes that an impasse over farm products can be broken.
 arrow Indian govt workers go on strike against court ruling
Millions of Indian workers at state-run firms went on strike yesterday to protest against a court ruling they fear could lead to a national ban on them staging work stoppages and vowed to vent their anger
 arrow Int'l furniture fair in Dhaka from April 9
A three-day Bangladesh Intern-ational Furniture Fair-2004 will begin at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from April 9.
 arrow Tommy Miah to cook world's biggest spinach, dhal soup
World famous Bangladeshi chef Tommy Miah will cook "world's biggest spinach and dhal soup" for inmates at a rehabilitation centre for the paralysed at Savar on Thursday.
 arrow New office bearers of ICMAB Dhaka branch
Nazmul Haider, chief financial officer and company secretary of Novartis (Bangladesh) Ltd, and Mamunur Rashid, financial controller and company secretary of United Summit Power Co Ltd, have been elected
 arrow IBBL distributes Tk 440.68cr under household scheme
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) disbursed Tk 440.68 crore under the household durables scheme as on December 31, 2003.

This is against Tk 379.

 arrow Biman to procure Airbuses
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Nasiruddin yesterday said in parliament that a process was on to procure Airbus 330 and 340 series for Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
 arrow Car show at Gulshan on Friday
A car show will be held on Friday at Gulshan in Dhaka.

A total of 100 vintage and new model cars will be on display at the day-long fair which will be open from 12 noon to 8pm, says a press release.

 arrow New executive chairman of Bepza
Brig Gen (retd) Md Zakir Hossain has taken over the charge of the executive chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza).
 arrow EU on 7-day countdown to sanctions against US
The European Union began a seven-day countdown Monday before it slaps $200 million of sanctions on US goods as a long-running trade fight comes to a head, EU diplomats said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: All square in Group A
India and Sri Lanka bounced back in style to secure their first points in Group A of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Super League yesterday.
 arrow Football: Draw suits Brothers
Leaders Brothers Union held on for a goalless draw against Moha-mmedan Sporting Club in their Western Union Premier Division Football League fixture yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium inMirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Sylhet go strong
Leaders Dhaka and Sylhet have all but pocketed full points from their penultimate four-day games of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth National League when they tightened the noose on their respective opponents
 arrow Cricket: Latif to name names
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has promised "sensational" revelations about match-fixing in a new book.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka may alter trick
Sri Lanka won't always play just one fast bowler against Australia's strong batting line-up in the ongoing one-day cricket series, coach John Dyson said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng include Jones
England's selectors announced here Monday that fast bowler Simon Jones would be included in the Test squad for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Hefty fine on Gilchrist
Australia's vice-captain Adam Gilchrist was fined half his match fee on Tuesday after being found guilty of dissent over an incident during the one-day match against Sri Lanka at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Reds have only realistic hopes
Muktijoddha Sangsad coach Shafiqul Islam Manik set a damage-limitation target when the Reds take on Lebanese league runners-up Nejmah Club in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup home leg match
 arrow Football: Another 25,000 taka fine on Mohammedan
Mohammedan Sporting Club was fined a further Tk 25,000 by Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee (DMFLC) for its supporters' untoward behaviour after the Mohammedan-Muktijo-ddha match on last Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC special team in Ctg
A special three-member ICC (International Cricket Council) team arrived in the port city here yesterday to identify bowlers at the Under-19 World Cup who have flawed actions.
 arrow Football: Laudrup weary of Barca
Brondby coach Michael Laudrup says the Danish league leaders will need luck on their side to overcome Barcelona over two legs when the UEFA Cup resumes on Thursday with third round, first leg matches.
Metropolitanarrow WB officials laud micro-credit, women empowerment
The visiting World Bank (WB) officials yesterday lauded the achievements in women empowerment and micro-credit operations in the country.
 arrow Court withdraws probe
A Dhaka court has set aside a lower court order for further investigation into the Ruhul Amin murder case against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and five others.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered the body of an unknown man from Mohammadpur area in the city on Monday night.

The body was recovered from in front of 2/8 Tajmahal Road at around11.00pm.

Nationalarrow Farmers' 'no' to imported hybrid seeds
NETRAKONA: Saying 'no' to imported hybrid paddy seeds, farmers in Bhaluka have started commercial production of indigenous high yielding variety (HYV) seeds.
 arrow 3 day-ultimatum for PSTU VC's removal
The local Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday gave a three-day ultimatum for removal of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) Vice-chancellor Dr. Prof. AKM Abdul Hannan Bhuyan.
 arrow Unite to oust corrupt govt
Awami League Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan has reiterated his party's demand for immediate resignation of the government and mid-term parliamentary elections.
 arrow 4 Patuakhali Poursabha staff sued
Patuakhali Pourashabha authorities have filed a case against four of its staff for allegedly misappropriating about Tk 35 lakh.
 arrow Tk 6 cr public money down the drain
An amount of Tk six crore of the Spice Research Center (SRC) at Shibgong in Bogra has been allegedly misappropriated or misused in the name of development work.
 arrow Sit-in for better healthcare
Several hundred citizens demonstrated yesterday demanding improvement of medicare facilities at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
 arrow 8 hurt, 42 vehicles damaged as tempo workers enforce strike in Barisal
At least eight persons were injured and 40 autotempos and two buses were damaged in clashes involving transport workers, local people and police as tempo drivers tried to enforce a half-day transportstrike
 arrow PBCP ringleader Ripon arrested
A self-styled ringleader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was arrested from Sharsa upazila in Jessore on Saturday.
 arrow Two Khulna AL leaders arrested
The joint forces on Monday arrested Ferdaus Hossain Labu, president of ward no 27 unit of the Awami League (AL) and Z A Mahmud Don, joint secretary of Khulna city unit of Shechchhashebak League in Bania
 arrow RAB to crackdown on Khulna outlaws
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will be deployed in Khulna soon to crackdown on underground operatives and subversive activists.
 arrow Vow to contain crime
Leaders of the civil society assured local police administration of all-out cooperation to bring down crime rate in the district society.
 arrow BDR seizes 35 barrels of diesel in Meherpur border area
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized over 35 barrels of diesel worth Tk 1,40,000 from different border points of the district in the last three days.
 arrow Withdraw lay off decision, 11- Party urges govt
Gaibandha 11-Party Alliance has called upon the government to withdraw the decision to lay off Rangpur Sugar Mills.

It gave a deadline till March 21 for the withdrawal.

 arrow Digital telephone at a Manikganj union
A union in the district was brought under digital system telephone network on Monday.
 arrow Abducted Khulna businessman rescued in Rajbari
Local police recovered an abducted businessman of Khulna from Goalanda in Rajbari on Monday.

The Khulna businessman was rescued early in the morning. However, police declined to give details.

 arrow Bomb recovery: 7 quizzed
Seven persons including Phulbaria Degree College Principal Md Mujibur Rahman were interrogated by a three-member investigation team on Monday.
 arrow Rift delays formation of Netrakona AL body
A full-fledged committee of Netrakona district Awami League (AL) is yet to be formed despite holding of its council on January 27.
Point-Counterpointarrow Unilateral disengagement
According to some newspaper reports, Bush administration is seriously considering the endorsement of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's latest proposal " for a unilateral withdrawal from parts of Gaza andthe
 arrow The assassination of Howard Dean
Two months ago, Howard Dean was the man to beat for the Democratic nomination. Then his campaign fell over a cliff, limping in as a distant second, third and even fourth, in the primaries.
 arrow Haunted by suspicion
It was already dark when our microbus reached Netrakona town. About an hour ago, we watched the sun softened like the yolk of an egg slowly going down over the horizon.

The town was new to me.

 arrow Identity crisis
The former President of the United States Jimmy Carter once said: "We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
Culturearrow Bangladesh-Bharat Moitree Samity observes Ekushey
'21st February is regarded as a day of mourning for the brave language martyrs Rafique, Salam, Barkat, Shafiur and countless others. The month is regarded as one of sorrow.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Nagorik Natyasamprodaya will stage Kalshondhya as part of the drama festival arranged by Desh Natok at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Library Auditorium.
 arrow Bangla speech contest by foreign nationals
On the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, Japanese Universities Alumni Association in Bangladesh (JUAAB) in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, organised a Bangla speech contest for
 arrow 1952: Tritiyo prohor
North South Sangskritik Sangathan, the official cultural club of the university, was not far behind in the countrywide-celebrated Ekushey.
 arrow A different touch
Every year, the local channels telecast special programmes through out the month of February to mark the Language Movement.
Generalarrow 6 more Ansars battalions to be raised: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that her government had taken steps to strengthen the Ansar-VDP and build up the force according to the need of the time.
 arrow 3 DU students to go on Everest expedition
Muyeed, Ashraful and Ainal -- three students of Dhaka University -- are now one step closer to making their dream come true as they won the Mountain Dew Team Extreme Competition on Monday.
 arrow Early detection of symptoms can prevent cervical cancer
About two per cent of married women in Bangladesh show early symptoms of cervical cancer, a recent study revealed.
 arrow Body identified as vegetable wholesaler
The man whose body dumped on the street in front of the state guesthouse Padma was a vegetable wholesaler of Jatrabari.
 arrow Dhaka Jail guard commits suicide
A guard of Dhaka Central Jail allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Old Faujians Association executives
Obaidur Rahman Khan and M Najmul Hasan have been elected chairman and secretary general of the central governing body of Old Faujians Association for 2004-06, says a press release.
Internationalarrow N Korea vows to work for 'result'
North Korea pledged yesterday to work towards "a good result" at six-party talks this week in Beijing, saying the circumstances were better than during the first round of negotiations last August.
 arrow Iraqis working for US forces killed in Mosul
Three Iraqis working as contractors for US troops were shot dead and two others seriously wounded by gunmen in the northern city of Mosul, local police chief Hikmat Mahmud Mohammad said yesterday.
 arrow BJP out to woo Muslims ahead of polls
Ahead of parliamentary polls, India's ruling BJP is pushing for wooing Muslims who constitute nearly 15 percent of the country's estimated 90 million populace.
 arrow US tries to broker a Haiti peace plan
The United States tried to broker a last-ditch peace plan and Marines flew into Haiti to protect the US Embassy as rebels threatened to attack the capital in a bid to overthrow President Jean-Bertrand
 arrow I refused to sell Pak N-tech: Benazir
Benazir Bhutto said yesterday that she was approached several times when she was Pakistani prime minister by military officials and scientists seeking permission to export nuclear technology, but turned
 arrow 'Laden will be handed over to US if caught'
Pakistan will hand over the most wanted man on earth Osama bin Laden to the US if he is caught on its soil, the country's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on Dr Kamal Hossain
We find no word strong enough to decry the pre-meditated attack on Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain's motorcade in Chittagong on his way to Rangamati Monday.
 arrow Editorial: Water supply in summer
SUMMER is knocking at the door. We are apprehensive of water scarcity in the scorching heat.
 arrow Is EU moving towards a federal state?
The politicians of Europe have decided to frame a constitution so that all the features included in the previous treaties may be incorporated in that document.
 arrow BJP and the personality cult: The Vajpayee image myth
For months, it has been impossible to look at an Indian newspaper or TV channel without seeing one face: Prime Minister Vajpayee's.
 arrow A long night's journey into the day
DURING the last quarter of 2003, Japan's economy expanded 1.7 per cent from the previous quarter in real term, showing the sharpest growth in more than 13 years.
Letters to Editorarrow The 400 Year Old City
haka, the great Mughal city, will be 400 years old in 2008.
 arrow Hartal is our national shame
I think I understand Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina's mind well. In fact, I guess there are very few in Bangladesh who do not.
 arrow Ekushey: who were the other martyrs ?
Since our childhood we have been hearing that Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and many others sacrificed their lives for Bangla in 1952.
 arrow Old houses of Dhaka: A corrigendum
The article on old houses of Dhaka by Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed and Nayma Khan The Daily Star 20 February) wrongly mentions the house at 3 Nawab Street, Wari, as belonging to one Advocate Mosiur Rahman.
 arrow Political bankruptcy
When leaders cannot rise above ordinary thinking , there is disaster ahead for society (and the world at large). The leaders have to come up with something extra to overcome a national crisis.
 arrow Doctor's negligence
The day was 15 December, 2003. My sister-in-law (my cousin's wife) was admitted to a government hospital, "Ma O Shishu Kallyan Kendra," Rajshahi, with labour pain .
 arrow DBBF scholarship
Every year after passing the HSC examinations a great number of students in our country have to shelve their higher education dreams because of financial constraints.
 arrow Dhaka-Sylhet route
The Dhaka-Sylhet route is probably the busiest railway route in Bangladesh but the service probably is the worst of all. Delayed arrival and delayed departure of trains is regular.
 arrow Shilpa Bank and Shilpa Rin Sangstha
The government of Bangladesh set up Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) and Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha (BSRS) for promoting industrial development of the country.
 arrow Our "leaders"
It seems we are getting into the same old 'hartal cycle' again. The leaders are totally indifferent to the sufferings of people.
 arrow Maglev Melodrama: Act II
I would like to respond to Mr. Rezaur Rahman's letter on the "Maglev Melodrama: Act II", which he wrote from London.


 arrow Law and order
Like many people of Bangladesh and being an ordinary citizen, I was also happy when the BNP and its allies came to power by virtue of the verdict of general masses in 2001.
 arrow Gulshan lake
Despite repeated efforts to check it, encroachment of Gulshan Lake at Road 29, Gulshan-1, is going on unabated.
 arrow Pallabi bus service
Pallabi is a populous part of Dhaka city. Many people travel to Savar from Pallabi. But no bus service has yet been introduced on this route.
 arrow Who will be responsible ?
Recently, about 30,000 birds were killed in Hakaluku of Moulvibazar in Sylhet. This news has been confirmed by the investigation team sent by Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA).
 arrow A disappointing "Bachelor"
Referring to Mr. Asif Ahmed's "A disappointing Bachelor" published on February 20, 2004. He criticised Mr.
StarTecharrow Widening the horizon
SPECTRUM Engineering Consortium Limited (SECL) and D-Link (India) Ltd.
 arrow Science fest@Notre Dame
THE Notre Dame Science Club organised the third science festival and the 15th 'Inter-college general knowledge competition 2004' between February 10 and 19 at the college premises.
 arrow Tech Snaps
ICT the Bangla way

As part of the fortnightly programme observing the International Mother Language Day, a seminar on the role and importance of ICT in mother language was held at the conference

 arrow Scientists excited about Mars rock
MICROSCOPIC photographs of a Mars rock taken by NASA's Opportunity rover have triggered excitement among scientists, even if they aren't unanimous on exactly what they're seeing.
Star Chittagongarrow Land acquisition obstacle to setting up container terminal
Chittagong district administration is yet to hand over 14 acres of private land at port area to Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to build a container terminal, port sources said.
 arrow Three more CNG stations in port city, still not enough
Three more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling stations started operation in last one month raise the number in the port city to four.

However, the number was still very poor to cater the need.

 arrow Celebrating Shiva Chaturdashi

Star Cityarrow Ekushey collections slip into oblivion
February's one-off publications marking the Language Movement have slipped into oblivion, as publishers, organisations or individuals have not come up with them within the last 10 years.
 arrow A portal of neglect
The 'memorial' portal of 1952's Language Movement at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has long been neglected and is turning into a ruin in the absence of proper maintenance.
 arrow Some precious pearls of the sixties
Priced at only 50 poisha, the first Ekushey Shankolon (collections) -- Polash Fotar Din was published in February 1963 by Srijoni, a literary and cultural organistion.
 arrow Dhaka was not always Dacca during the British rule
The document "The Registrar to the Dhaka Record Committee's Letter Proceedings and Report" may not sound striking to a visitor, but the year of publication -- 1826 -- will certainly raise curious eyebrows.
 arrow High time to tackle growing traffic
The growing number of vehicles a year on city streets has begun to worry traffic policemen and environmentalists as the government has no concrete road-expansion plans.
 arrow One person, many passports
Absence of advanced technology, strict monitoring and negligence of officers in the department of immigration and passports opened avenues for an individual to possess more than a single passport.