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Front Pagearrow Hasina's motorcade under BNP attack in Barisal
BNP activists attacked Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's motorcade at Charkawa ferry ghat on the opposite end of Barisal town at around 1:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Privatisation shelved until next polls
In a major policy shift, the government has decided not to privatise any more state-owned enterprises (SOEs) until the next general elections.
 arrow Defy hartal, drive vehicles
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to defy the opposition's call for hartal and assured them of all-out cooperation in running their normal activities.
 arrow Govt, AL seem set for face-off over shutdown
The government and the main opposition are apparently heading toward violent confrontation with each taking a hardline against the other especially over tomorrow's countrywide shutdown.
 arrow Strip Mustafiz of general's rank
A parliamentary committee yesterday recommended for scrapping the four-star general's rank of former army chief Mustafizur Rahman as it was 'illegal' and issued from nepotism and political motives.
 arrow Re-rollers blame retailers, scrap importers
Bangladesh Steel Mill Owners Association yesterday blamed the alleged syndicated manipulation of mild steel (MS) rod's market prices on the retailers and scrap ship importers and breakers.
 arrow India, West Indies in last four
The semifinal battle lines of the Fifth ICC U-19 World Cup were almost drawn yesterday with India and the West Indies storming into the last four.
 arrow Hamid blames PM for attack, asks Altaf to step down
The main opposition Awami League (AL) held Prime Minister Khaleda Zia responsible for the attack on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina's motorcade in Barisal yesterday and demanded the home minister's
 arrow Top micro-lenders rule out rate cut
Leading microcredit institutions have ruled out the possibility of reducing interest rate and operational cost.
 arrow Tiger census starts in Sundarbans
Environment Minister Shahjahan Siraj yesterday inaugurated a tiger census in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, first ever since 1969.
 arrow Stop using religion for political gains
All political parties and their leaders must stop exploiting religion for political gains to help establish a society free from religious intolerance and torture on minority community.
 arrow N Korea offers scrapping nuke activities
North Korea yesterday proposed "the comprehensive stopping of nuclear activities," a Chinese government spokesman said.
 arrow Benapole port strike called off
Four trade organisations, including two C&F agents associations at Benapole land port, called off their indefinite strike after a meeting with the authorities concerned yesterday evening.
 arrow New centre for British visa soon
The British High Commission will launch a new visa application centre in Dhaka by the end of March to handle all visa applications without hassle.
 arrow Clarification
Directorate of Social Welfare (DSW) on Tuesday clarified some portion of The Daily Star's February 19 report "Project closes but staff use vehicles" saying it was 'taking necessary steps to turn the cars
 arrow Formulate policy to end discrimination
Female pourasabha ward commissioners have called upon the government to formulate policies specifying their duties and responsibilities alongside male commissioners to put an end to 'discrimination' against
 arrow Macedonian president killed in plane crash
Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, hailed in the West as a peacemaker who averted civil war, was killed yesterday when his plane crashed into a Bosnian mountainside in thick fog, officials said.
 arrow US lifts travel ban on Libya
The United States lifted a long-standing ban on travel to Libya yesterday and invited American companies to begin planning their return, after Moammar Gadhafi's government affirmed that it was responsible
 arrow Security beefed up ahead of Kushtia-1 by-poll
The Election Commission (EC) has taken strict security measures ahead of Kushtia-1 by-poll on February 29.
 arrow Northern region running dry of diesel fast
The northern region of the country is running dry of diesel fast.
 arrow Injured fish trader dies at DMCH
A fish trader died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, 12 hours after armed assailants killed his landlord in an attack which also left three others including him wounded at a kitchenmarket
 arrow Unite against unhealthy politics
Gano Forum President and Convenor of Oikya Prochesta Dr Kamal Hossain has said there is no rule of law in the country and people want an end to such a situation.
 arrow Businessman robbed of money, pistol
Miscreants stabbed a businessman and snatched Tk 3.5 lakh and a licensed pistol from him, while extortionists mugged a shop owner at Kayumpur in Fatullah yesterday.
Businessarrow Dhaka eyes India market pie thru' Safta, FTA
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury hopes Bangladesh can capture a market share of the big Indian economy following a demand boom from a rapidly-growing Indian middle-class.
 arrow Gulf Oil Int'l to set up lube blending plant in Bangladesh
After Mobil, another multinational oil company, Gulf Oil International, is planning to set up a lube oil blending plant in Bangladesh.
 arrow Wrong concept retards poverty reduction efforts
Poverty reduction efforts in the country never witnessed desired success due to the politicians' wrong concept on development, a leading economist said yesterday.
 arrow SingTel broadband IP backbone for local users
Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced yesterday that it has introduced its broadband IP backbone to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), broadcasters, educational institutions and multinational
 arrow US can't close door to China goods: Zoellick
US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick took aim Wednesday at growing protectionist sentiment against China, while insisting Beijing live up to the commitments it has made to open its markets.
 arrow Ctg apparel show starts today
The 2nd Chittagong Apparel, Fabric and Accessories Exposition (CAFAXPO) organised by Bangla-desh Garments Manufa-cturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) starts here today.
 arrow Four new DSE directors elected
Md Shakil Rizvi, AS Shahudul Huque Bulbul, Md Shahjahan and Md Shahiq Khan were elected directors of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.
 arrow United Leasing recommends 55pc dividend
The board of directors of United Leasing Company Limited has recommended 55 percent dividend for shareholders.
 arrow StandChart holds training for BB team
Standard Chartered Bank organised recently a weeklong training programme on "Treasury Risk Management and Control" for a seven-member Bangladesh Bank (BB) inspection team.
 arrow Emirates holds aviation security management course
Emirates held its first-ever graduation ceremony for successful participants in the diploma course in Aviation Security Management.
 arrow Qatar Holidays, Shangri-La Hotels hold function for travel agents
Qatar Airways Holidays, the leisure division of Qatar Airways, and Shangri-La Hotels, a leading luxury hotel group in Asia, organised a joint function recently for the travel agents in Dubai.
 arrow Navana launches new vehicle in Ctg
Navana Limited introduced a new model Hino passenger minibus for medium and long-distance routes, particularly for hilly roads, here yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan identify IT, textiles, auto parts for increasing trade
Indian and Pakistani business leaders Thursday identified textiles, information technology, entertainment, auto parts and pharma-ceuticals as areas for potential bilateral trade, a report said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dancing with Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan turned the Bangabandhu National Stadium into his own backyard when left-hander smashed his third century at the big bowl yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'This can be the time'
India believe they can achieve their first Test series victory in Pakistan following their impressive recent per-formances in Australia, captain Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Srinath leads the pack
Javagal Srinath, former spearhead of the Indian cricket team's pace bowling attack, is the frontrunner to take over as the team's bowling coach on next month's tour of Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Rush for online tickets
Tickets for next month's historic cricket series between Pakistan and India have gone on sale on the Internet for the first time and online officials reported an overwhelming response.
 arrow Cricket: Nuruzzaman pilots Rajshahi
Nuruzzaman scored an unbeaten century as Rajshahi enforced a dramatic draw against holders Khulna on the final day of their Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League match at the Rangpur CricketGardens
 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins Day 1 in Bulawayo
A downpour in the early afternoon washed out the first day of the second cricket Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Wanderers, Victoria keep fighting
Relegation weary Victoria and Dhaka Wanderers won their respective Western Union Premier Division football league matches by identical 2-1 margins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Progoti Cricket Club and Khelaghar Cricket Club won their respective matches in 'Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rangu Mia Cup Cricket Tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School playground in Brahmanbaria
 arrow Cricket: Warne to bowl 'surprise' ball
Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne plans to introduce a new delivery in next month's Test series against Sri Lanka.

"There's something I've been working on.

 arrow Cricket: 'Symonds deserves Test membership'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes all-rounder Andrew Symonds is ready to make his Test debut after another professional display in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Active chess
The active chess tournament begins today at 10 am at the Bangladesh Chess Federation's auditorium.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Sunrise Sporting Club trounced Satyapur-Juba Sangha 8-1 in the First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

The winners dominated the first half 4-1.

 arrow Tennis: Henin sails, Jennifer falls
World number one and defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne was back in form after bronchitis forced her out of the Antwerp tournament last week, scoring a straight sets win over Tunisia's Selima Sfar
 arrow Football: All goes wrong for United
As if it was not hard enough for Sir Alex Ferguson to watch his side being outclassed by FC Porto, the Manchester United manager also had to endure a verbal kicking from his opposite number Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Nothing new for Juve
Juventus once again found Deportivo La Coruna's Riazor stadium an inhospitable venue as last season's beaten finalists went down 1-0 to an Albert Luque goal here ion Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's own-goal relief
Chelsea's expensive assembly of stars put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over VfB Stuttgart here Wednesday, easing the pressure on their manager Claudio Ranieri.
 arrow Football: Ailton fancies Qatar
Brazilian striker Ailton, who leads the scoring charts in the German Bundesliga, is considering an offer to switch nationalities and play for oil-rich Qatar to help them qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Ex-employee nabbed over Laporta threats
Spanish police named a former Barcelona security guard here on Wednesday as the man they had arrested in connection with death threats made towards club president Joan Laporta last November.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tinkering with textbooks
Bangladesh is one of the ten most populated countries of the world with literacy being denied to 40 percent of its population.
 arrow Current market dynamics of steel industry
There is a lot of hue and cry these days about increasing prices of steel in the whole country and a lot of negative campaign is going on to discredit the whole industry.
 arrow Dhaka traffic
While many high-falutin, high cost proposals are being bandied about in some quarters to help resolve traffic congestion crisis in Dhaka (and perhaps to line some pockets as well) -- proposals like maglevs,
Culturearrow Stories in photographs
An exceptional photography exhibition is going on at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Prokrity O Puran Desh Natok Festival
Today, Theatre will stage their current production Madhobi at 7:OO p.m. at the Public Library Auditorium as part of the drama festival arranged by Desh Natok.
 arrow The contemporary female playwright
Nitra's play Tirthonkar has been well appreciated by the audience.
 arrow Non-Stop Ananda
TV viewers might get their sets ready to accommodate another channel from March. For, a 24-hour Bangla music channel named Bangla Music is expected to start it's operation from the first week of nextmonth.
 arrow Capturing the essence of classical music
Music has the ability to rouse, to heal and to soothe.
Generalarrow 13 evicted minority families demand rehabilitation
Thirteen minority families of Sherpur yesterday demanded their land back, alleging that a government official along with local miscreants evicted them without prior notice.
 arrow Loss of biodiversity threat to sustainable use of natural resources
The loss of biodiversity in the country is posing a threat to the sustainable use of natural resources, said Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday.
 arrow Tommy's big dal for paraplegic children
It was a big arrangement.
 arrow Drug peddlers trade fire at Ctg slum: 6 injured
A case was filed against eight hoodlums under the Speedy Trial Act yesterday in connection with Wednesday's gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers at a slum near Kadamtali Bus Terminal here that
 arrow Increase 'people to people' contact to strengthen ties
A five-member delegation of Pakistan Muslim League led by its Secretary General Salim Saifullah Khan called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
 arrow HC showcause on JU authorities
The High Court has issued a show- cause notice on the authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) asking them to explain within 14 days why the two votes cast by two university deans should not be declared
 arrow DU admission test for Kha unit today
The admission test for first year honours courses under 'Kha' unit (Arts group) of Dhaka University will be held today.

About 20,000 candidates will sit for the test beginning at 10.00am.

 arrow People divided over Padma bridge site
A citizens' committee in Manikganj yesterday demanded that the proposed Padma bridge be constructed at Paturia-Daulatdia point while another committee from greater Khulna observed a token hunger strike
 arrow Attack on Hasina's motorcade protested
Keraniganj upazila Awami League organised a meeting at Agargaon yesterday protesting attack on the motorcade of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at a
 arrow 2 mobile phone Traders mugged in city
A gang of muggers shot and injured two mobile phone traders and snatched Tk 12,000 from them at Tajmahal Road in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow CU admission test for Uma unit held
The admission test for first year honours course under 'Uma' unit (law faculty) of Chittagong University (CU) was held yesterday.

Around 5,000 candidates appeared at the test that began at 10.30am.

 arrow Seminar on 'Knowledge as Politics'
The developing countries should give more attention to the foundational issues with a view to checking pervasive presence of bias in the knowledge transmitted by the West, said Professor Dr Salim Rashid
 arrow US grant for computer training of imams
A computer training programme for imams and madrassah students with United States government support was inaugurated on February 24, says a USIS press release.
 arrow BPA general secy robbed
A gang of muggers snatched one cellphone and Tk 1,000 from Naser Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BPA), at Ramna in the city last night.
 arrow Bangladeshi teacher wins int'l English debate contest
Suhani Sanwar, an English teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College, won the Champion Prize as well as the Best Speaker Prize in the International English Debate Competition 2004 for the professionals
 arrow DU exams postponed
The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) have postponed all course system and traditional system examinations scheduled for tomorrow due to unavoidable circumstances.
Editorialarrow Editorial: JSC formed
The government has formed the Judicial Service Commission which will be assigned the job of recruiting judges for the lower judiciary.
 arrow Editorial: Boro farming faces hurdles
The seasonal Irri cultivation is hitting all sorts of snag in the northern region of the country.
 arrow World Court and the legality of Israel's fencing wall
Amidst demonstrations from Palestinians and Israelis in front of the building, called "Peace Palace", on 23rd February three-day public hearings began on the legality of Israel's fencing wall in the West
 arrow Another brick in the wall
Last week, the Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2004 was passed in the parliament, and it didn't get everybody excited. Well, some people didn't think the bill was going to work, and I didn't blame them.
 arrow The attack on Dr. Kamal's motorcade is an attack on all of us
Dr. Kamal Hossain is a renowned international lawyer and framer of our constitution. The whole nation owes him a lot .
Letters to Editorarrow Ekusher chinta
The ripples of Ekushey were not heart-felt in my sleepy town (bazaar to be precise). My first experience was rather tangential through unauthorised reading of my brother's daily memoir.
 arrow A simple question!
A simple question to both the ruling and the opposition parties...
 arrow More about "Bachelor"
This is in reply to Mr. Rifat Mahbub's letter published on 23 February on "Bachelor".

I'm an aspiring filmmaker looking forward to making my own film.

 arrow National anthem and cell phones
This is in reply to Mr. Nazrul Islam's letter published on February 23. I believe those who use our national anthem are patriots. I am thousands of miles away from my home.
 arrow No one is above law
It refers to a news item captioned 'HC asks BPC chairman to show up' published in your daily on 25.02.2004.
 arrow Dwindling democratic ideologies
"Putrefied politics"-- we coin this pair of words very often nowadays to describe our politics or political system, and so much aversion accompanies utterance of these words that it sounds quite abominable.
 arrow Local MP must take responsibility
A lawsuit has been brought accusing CHT Development Board Chairman Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan of involvement in the attack on Dr. Kamal Hossain.
 arrow Dhaka-Sylhet train
I totally agree with Mr. Nazrul Islam Sumon as he narrated his experiences about the Dhaka-Sylhet route in The Daily Star on February 25, 2004.
 arrow Reform or revolution?
We believe that our country would have improved greatly if our political parties were co-operative.
 arrow Attack on Dr. Kamal
Dr. Kamal Hossain is a renowned international lawyer and framer of our constitution. The whole nation owes him a lot .
 arrow Editorial on Dr. Kamal
The tone of your editorial asking Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to take action against those responsible for the violent attack on Dr. Kamal Hossain was not very forceful.
 arrow Land grabbers
I am a victim of land grabbing and I wish to raise my concern with the good people of Bangladesh today as I have exhausted all other means without any redress.
Environmentarrow Bay health : Source to sea
The Bay of Bengal is one of the world's 64 large marine ecosystems. It is bounded by seven countries viz. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Worldarrow China, Myanmar, N Korea target of US ire over HR
Asian nations featured high in the United States annual report on worldwide human rights abuses, with the military regime in Myanmar and communist dictatorships of China and North Korea condemned.
 arrow 5 Afghan aid workers killed in ambush
Five Afghans working for a non-governmental organisation have been killed after their vehicle was ambushed northeast of Kabul, Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali said yesterday.
 arrow Pak troops commit 'widespread' HR abuses: US
The United States on Wednesday accused Pakistan's security forces of committing widespread human rights abuses that include extrajudicial killings and the excessive use of force.
 arrow 'Asian bird flu crisis poses unprecedented threat'
The bird flu outbreak, which has spread to 10 Asian nations and killed 22 people, represents an unprecedented threat, experts at a UN conference aimed at finding ways to contain the virus said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli army raids banks
Israeli troops Wednesday forced their way into three banks and the headquarters of an aid group in the West Bank town of Ramallah in what the army said was an operation to seize the illegal funds of militant
 arrow Pressure mounts on Aristide to resign
Pressure mounted for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to step down as his supporters built barricades in the streets of Haiti's capital before an anticipated rebel advance and diplomats sought ways to
 arrow UK spied on Annan in run-up to Iraq war
Britain spied on UN chief Kofi Annan in the run-up to the Iraq war, former minister Clare Short said yesterday, threatening a fresh crisis for Prime Minister Tony Blair as he tries to put the conflict
 arrow 21 killed in Russian gas explosions
Four schoolchildren and 17 people in a packed cafe died yesterday in two separate accidental blasts in Russia that authorities blamed on gas explosions.
 arrow Iraqi cleric demands UN resolution on polls date
Iraq's leading Shiite cleric accepted yesterday that elections could not be held before July but demanded that the UN Security Council pass a resolution ensuring they would take place by the end of the