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Front Pagearrow Khaleda asks Hasina to give up hartal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina to give up what she said was the path of hartal, violence and destruction and asked the people to resist the politics
 arrow Gulshan-Banani plot allocation mired in 'political subterfuge'
A move is allegedly underway to award most of the land under the Gulshan-Banani Plot Allocation Project to a group of ruling coalition policymakers, although Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha) has invited
 arrow AL MPs risk membership
The political scenario may lurch into uncertainty if the lawmakers of the main opposition Awami League (AL) lose their Jatiya Sangsad membership sticking to the parliament boycott decision well into the
 arrow Hartal passes off without major incidents
The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by main opposition Awami League (AL) and six left-leaning political parties yesterday to protest the attack on eminent writer Humayun Azad and demand the BNP-led
 arrow Baby food prices skyrocket
The prices of baby foods, specially milk powder, have suddenly soared Tk 45 a kg in the city markets.
 arrow VAT on rod raw materials goes
To cool down an overheated market of MS rod the government withdrew the 15 percent VAT on raw material and halved the import duty on finished products of meltable steel.
 arrow Historic March 7 today
Today is the historic March 7, the day when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon Bangalees to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistan junta, setting the tone for the 1971 War of Liberation.
 arrow Mixed bag over CPJ observation
The statement of the New York-based media watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), terming Bangladesh the 'most violent country in Asia for newsmen', triggered mixed reactions among the government
 arrow More 'vigorous oust-govt' plan on cards
The opposition political camp is expected to unveil an array of agitation programmes on the heels of yesterday's countrywide general strike enforced by the main opposition party Awami League (AL) andthree
 arrow Supply dearth leads to diesel crisis
Suffering from supply constraint and with diesel depots in Rajshahi, Harian, Rangpur and a few other areas being completely dried up, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) now finds itself scarcely able
 arrow Bush close to slapping sanctions on Syria
The Bush administration plans to impose sanctions on Syria within weeks for its support of terrorist groups and for failing to stop guerrillas entering Iraq, congressional officials and other sourcesfamiliar
 arrow Family blasts Disinformation
The family of Humayun Azad yesterday alleged a 'vested quarter' was spreading disinformation that the condition of the prominent writer improved remarkably and he could walk and read newspapers.
 arrow BB restricts forex forward trade, swap
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has restricted foreign currency forward trade and swapping to cut down risks in such trading.
 arrow LTTE expels rebel commander
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday announced expelling a renegade regional commander after accusing him of challenging the group's supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and leading a split.
 arrow Youth's tongue severed, burnt brutally for not dropping case
Miscreants set fire to a youth after severing his tongue with a knife in his house at Fatulla in Narayanganj yesterday, local police said.
 arrow Benapole land port stops on Indian C&F agent strike
Export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port remained suspended since Thursday due to an indefinite strike enforced by Indian C&F Agents' Association.
 arrow 4 opposition parties observe Demonstration day March 9
Four opposition parties will observe March 9 as demonstration day across the country to protest police bars to opposition activities, arrests, and attack on eminent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow JCD men forcibly stop Azad Mancha programmes
Activists of the student wing of BNP on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday forced the Humayun Azad Mancha (Ham) to abandon its cultural programmes to protest the gruesome attack on the eminent
 arrow Govt agrees to issue licence to Indo-Bangla medicine venture
Bangladesh has decided to issue production licence to the two-million dollar joint venture promoted by a leading Indian drug manufacturing company named Sun Pharma, official sources here revealed yesterday.
 arrow 5 passport brokers bullet-hit
At least five passport brokers suffered bullet injuries, one critically, in a rooftop clash over the sharing of their profit in Agargaon last night, witnesses said.
 arrow Zoo vets too cautious to care
The vets of the Dhaka National Zoo at Mirpur yesterday cold-shouldered some Samaritans' effort to save an owl of a rare kind.
 arrow 3 employees suspended for Alleged link
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) has suspended three of its employees for their alleged involvement in the Friday's attempt to smuggle about Tk 3.
 arrow BSS journalist resigns over Azad write-up
Syed Abul Maksud, deputy chief news editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), has resigned to what he said was upholding the freedom of expression after government pressure for recently writing anarticle,
 arrow AL for 'one China policy'
The Awami League (AL) favours 'one China policy' and will strictly abide by and enforce it in future, said its International Affairs Secretary Syed Abul Hossain MP.
 arrow Army chief Goes to Bandarban
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Hasan Moshhud Chow-dhury yesterday arrived here on a sudden visit.
 arrow B Chy may defer March 9 rally
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury ponders deferring the March 9 public rally of his 'alternative stream' for not getting the government permission yet for a suitable venue.
Businessarrow Sponsor directors exempted from share de-matting
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has exempted sponsor directors from de-matting their shares, a move aimed at encouraging more companies to settle their share transactions through the central
 arrow Forex reserves hit 8-yr high on increased remittance
Foreign exchange reserves yesterday hit an eight-year high at $2.81 billion mainly because of an increased flow of remittance.

According the Bangladesh Bank statistics, remittance witnessed a 10.

 arrow Brazil, India, S Africa defend peaceful co-operation
India, Brazil and South Africa on Friday said they would sit on the same side of the fence in the United Nations and World Trade Organisation (WTO), but that their "closeness" should not be viewed asa
 arrow Sell-off plan for Thai power co put on hold amid protest
The Thai government yesterday postponed indefinitely a plan to privatise the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) amidst growing pressure from state-enterprise workers.
 arrow British finance minister a top candidate for IMF job
Britain's powerful finance minister, Chancellor Gordon Brown, is one of the top candidates to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a newspaper reported Friday.
 arrow HSBC Dhanmondi branch celebrates 1st anniversary
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh celebrated the first anniversary of its fifth branch in Bangladesh located at Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Qatar Airways plans to up flights to Dhaka
Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, hopes to up its number of flights to Dhaka from April this year against the backdrop of continued passenger growth.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 1st ODI washed out
The first one-day international between Zimbabwe and Bangla-desh on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a waterlogged outfield.
 arrow Football: History beckons Brothers
The Western Union Premier Division Foot-ball League resu-mes today after a day's break with leaders Brothers Union taking on Abahani in what promises to be a title-deciding match.
 arrow Cricket: Final day will tell
Sylhet closed in on securing full points against Rajshahi while challengers Dhaka faces an uphill task to take the title-race of the Ispahanai Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League into a playoff.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar's appeal
Sachin Tendul-kar has appea-led to India's fans and media to not get carried away by the hype around the Pakistan tour.
 arrow Cricket: No room for hire
A commercial bonanza is in the offing in Lahore as Pak-istan's second largest city prepares to host Indian cricketers next week for the first time in 15 years.
 arrow Cricket: Waughs may be rained off
Heavy rain seemed poised to bring down the curtain on the first-class careers of cricketing greats Steve and Mark Waugh after two of the three Australian domestic cricket competition matches being played
 arrow Cricket: Awaiting captain Ricky
Australia's Ricky Ponting will finally inherit the Test captaincy from Steve Waugh when he leads out the team against Sri Lanka on Monday in Galle.
 arrow Cricket: An Aussie problem
Australia face selection headaches as they finalise their team for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting in Galle on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: CDs hold up South Africa
A fifth-wicket partnership of 151 between Mathew Sinclair and Jarrod Englefield halted South Africa's march through the Central Districts (CDs) batting on the second day of the three-day tour match on
 arrow Cricket: Beating betting
India and Pakistan are to employ special security officials to shield players from any approaches from would-be match-fixers during the highly anticipated series due to take place between the two countries
 arrow Cricket: Tickets sales delay causes a commotion
Frustrated fans thronged Karachi Stadium Saturday for the first limited-overs international match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan only to be told the sales had been delayed by a day.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Zia Smriti Sangsad outplayed Zoka Jubo Sangha 7-0 in the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.

First half ended 4-0.

 arrow Golf: Japan Cup golf held
Air Commodore Mohammad Murad Hussain won the men's title while Sung Youn Bee clinched the ladies' crown in the Japan Cup golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club on March 5.
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Satkhira Aryans Club recorded a one-run victory over United Cricket Club in the Satkhira District First Division Cricket League at the Satkhira Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Wenger was threatened
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger received a death threat when he was coach of French championship side Monaco the Frenchman revealed on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 3 Leicester booters in jail
Three Leicester City footballers have spent the night in jail on the orders of a Spanish judge pending further investigation of allegations that they sexually assaulted three women at a resort hotel.
 arrow Football: Ferguson settles dispute
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has agreed a deal worth 2.5 million pounds (3.
Metropolitanarrow JU admission tests uncertain
The admission tests for first year honours courses in Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2003-04 academic session have become uncertain.
 arrow AL worker gunned down in Rajshahi
An Awami League (AL) activist was gunned down at Bagmara in Rajshahi on Friday night.
 arrow One gets 37 years' RI for raping girl
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced a man to 37 years' rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a schoolgirl.
 arrow CUTA to observe strike today
Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) will observe a daylong work abstention programme on the campus today to protest the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Seminar on gender issue tomorrow
A seminar on 'Gender issue on media' will be held at the auditorium of Premium University in the port city tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Lemon export promises affluence for growers
NETRAKONA: Lemon has found its place in the export basket, opening the door to affluence for farmers.
 arrow Rice output to fall by one third in 11 S dists
High prices of diesel and fertiliser have started taking a heavy toll on IRRI-Boro production in 11 districts under Barisal Agriculture Extension Directorate (AED).
 arrow CEC asks Patuakhali DC to investigate
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Patuakhali to investigate an allegation of inclusion of fake names in the voter list of Kalapara Pourasabha.
 arrow PM opens inter-city train at Lalmonirhat today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the second inter-city train between northern districts and Dhaka at Lalmonirhat station at 12-30 pm today.
 arrow Notorious outlaw killed by rivals in Uzirpur
Outlaws belonging to Zia group cordoned a market in Uzirpur, terrorised people by firing shots and killed rival outlaw Khokan Chowkider alias Khoka belonging to Kamrul group.
 arrow Tk 50,000 given to Rangamati fire victims
The district administration in a letter to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Ministry has sought Tk two lakh and 20 tonnes of foodgrains as relief for 115 victims of the recent fire incident at
 arrow Youth shot dead
A young man was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Thursday night.

The body was recovered from Baluchar field near Shahi Eidgah area on Friday.

 arrow Kalapara Press Club office-bearers
A new 14-member executive committee of Kalapara Press Club has been elected with Bipul Howlader as president and Nesar Uddin Tipu as secretary through an election held at Kalapara on Tuesday.
 arrow Norwegian city mayor visits Rajshahi
A home for disabled people will be established soon in Rajshahi with the financial assistance of Norway.
 arrow Two JCD men held in Sylhet for 'mugging'
Vice-President (VP) of Sylhet city unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Ashrafuddin Jewel and a JCD cadre Anwar Hossain Manik alias Kala Manik were arrested on Thursday.
 arrow Tk 3 cr dev projects completed in Barisal city
Sixty-six development projects in Barisal city involving Tk 3.57 crore is nearing completion.

Work on the projects including 18.3 kilometre roads in the city began last year.

 arrow Abducted youth rescued
Young man Abdullah, 19, abducted from Hospital Road in Gaibandha town six days ago, was found under treatment at Solanga Upazila Health Complex in Sirajganj district on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Democratic rights and hartal
Is hartal, a democratic exercise? This is a million dollar question and the answer is most likely to be influenced by the side of the political fence one belongs to.
 arrow The way we are....
They say you are what you are. Yes indeed, I am what I am, a Bangladeshi. The name of my country is Bangladesh.

On June 1,2001, I arrived at the Los Angeles Airport in USA.

 arrow The alliance for the next election
The political atmosphere in Bangladesh has once more become charged with expectations of an alliance between the Awami League and other parties lying within the broad swathe between the right-of-center
Culturearrow Fun and frolic in presenting a play about a play
Members of the Dhaka Stage cast that recently performed in the play "Chorus of Disapproval" at the International School Dhaka, speak to Fayza Haq of The Daily Star

Mike Hughesplayed

 arrow Splendours of folk music
A two-hour long presentation of folk music attended by an audience of about 200 people is quite a rare sight especially in the capital.
 arrow New drama serial begins on ATN today
Viewers of drama series get yet another choice of a 300-episode 'mega-serial' which starts today on ATN Bangla.
 arrow Deepti Naval proves her acumen in photography
If one thinks that eminent Indian actress Deepti Naval excels only in front of the camera, then it is time to give a second thought.
Internationalarrow Iraq's constitution crisis throws question mark over US power transfer
Iraq's political future hung in the balance yesterday as another delay in creating an interim constitution threatened to derail plans by the US-led coalition to hand back power at the end of June, Iraqi
 arrow Suicide bombers, 2 cops killed in Gaza attacks
Two Palestinian policemen and two suicide bombers were killed and 20 other people wounded yesterday in an abortive twin attack with mock Israeli military vehicles on the Erez crossing point between Israel
 arrow Congress woos Bollywood stars for polls campaign
Ending a drought, Bollywood glamour poured on India's main opposition Congress Friday evening when an array of film stars, including Zeenat Aman and Moushumi Chatterjee, rallied behind the party ahead
 arrow Koreas to open road, rail links this year
North and South Korea will open road and rail links this year to span the most heavily armed frontier in the world and connect the divided peninsula for the first time in more than 50 years, officials
 arrow Nasa rover finds signs of water on Mars
The Mars rover Spirit found the first indications that small amounts of water may have welled up in the soil of Gusev Crater where the rover landed in January, a Nasa scientist said Friday.
 arrow HRW decries abuse of Afghans by US forces
US military forces in Afghanistan have mistreated detainees, arbitrarily detained civilians and used excessive force in arrests of non-combatants, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released yesterday.
 arrow US troops move into Haiti rebel territory
US troops in the international security force in Haiti moved for the first time Friday into cities taken by rebels whose insurrection forced Jean Bertrand Aristide to quit as president and flee.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Violence against journalists
The observation of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that Bangladesh is the most violent country for newspersons in Asia should give us an idea as to how serious a view is taken overseas of
 arrow Editorial: A conscientious functionary
Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, a first class magistrate, simply believes in doing his job.
 arrow Bush versus Kerry
John Kerry, the Senator from Massachussets, is the Democratic challenger to incumbent President George W Bush. In November this year it will be decided who will enter the White House.
 arrow Unending onslaught
Normally it is calm in the eye (center) of the storm, not where Pakistan is concerned. When we are not sitting astride two or more storms at one time, we seem to be hopping from one storm into another.
Letters to Editorarrow Finance minister's observation
The finance minister has said, "You build costly houses but demand cheap food, that's not reasonable.
 arrow An appeal
In the wake of the present political upheaval in the country, I would appeal very earnestly to both the opposition and ruling alliance to ruminate and give a serious thought to resolve the present crisis,
 arrow BCS doctors
A great number of BCS doctors have been eagerly waiting for the authority's call to undertake government service foundation training (FT).
 arrow Amar Sonar Bangla
Since my childhood I am hearing the famous words "Golden Bengal" possibly coined by Bengal's Nobel Laureate poet Rabindra-nath Tagore.
 arrow Ekushey thoughts
Twenty-first February culminated as a moment of victory that defines the source of glory, a sign of auspicious future of this very country, our beloved Bangladesh and is an occasion for remembering the
Star Healtharrow Stagnant fertility decline in Bangladesh
The success in decreasing fertility in Bangladesh has been very impressive. The average number of children fell into half, from 6.6 children per woman in 1975 to 3.3 children per woman in 1996/97.
Star Cityarrow A glimner of light after a month of darkness
Shopkeepers at the Baitul Mukarram market saw a glimmer of light after a month of darkness, as the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh will replace the burnt-out transformer and cables that caused an electricity
 arrow Wasa bill books for consumers now March 11
The Dhaka Water Supply Authority (Wasa) has once again postponed the date set to issue bill books to consumers because of the countrywide strike called yesterday by four opposition parties in protestof
 arrow Acute water shortfall at Kuril Badda
An acute water crisis has gripped the city's Kuril Badda area once again with residents suffering from scanty supply through the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) pipelines for nearly a month.
 arrow Sheer Ignorance

 arrow Stringent rules planned to stop adulteration
The health ministry has taken an initiative to upgrade the Pure Food Ordinance 1959 to the Pure Food Act likely to be passed in parliament by December to cope with increasing adulteration.
 arrow Silver-tongued shopkeepers
"Madam, ada aluth bonchi theyenawa" -- a voice sounded with a partly familiar, partly strange accent as I entered the Gulshan 1 kitchen market as is locally called.
 arrow Women becoming more vulnerable to HIV: Experts
Women are more vulnerable to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection than their male counterparts, speakers told a discussion on AIDS risks.

Although only 51 cases (14.