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Front Pagearrow Stop political intervention
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the government to stop political intervention in the internal affairs of the police administration to make the force free from corruption.
 arrow Hasina threatens more hartals at month-end
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's call to give up hartal before a huge procession and said her party along with allies would enforce more hartals
 arrow Fresh bid to tap tele-talk
Security agencies have asked the telecoms regulator to introduce mandatory police verification for new cellphone connections in a bid to control telephone conversations in the name of national security.
 arrow Cabinet sits today to okay quota system
The government is going to reintroduce the quota system retaining the previous provision of indirect elections to the seats reserved for women in parliament ignoring the long-held demand for a directballot
 arrow 2 PCJSS activists killed, 8 abducted
Operatives allegedly of an anti-CHT peace accord group gunned down two members of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), abducted eight others and burnt a house in a five-hour raid on a remote
 arrow MPs not elected to set vehicles afire
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday questioned whether an MP should set afire and vandalise vehicles on the streets instead of joining parliament sessions for which people elect him.
 arrow Hospitals run out of drugs for funds dearth
Lack of funds, halting the supply of contraceptives, drugs, surgical equipment, and vaccines, have put many district hospitals on the brink of suspension of their operations, said health directorate officials
 arrow BB for narrowing spread to lower lending rate
The central bank at a meeting yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the commercial banks for carrying on profiteering at the expense of depositors.
 arrow More harrowing than her burns
Shilpi Begum breaks into spasms of cries in bed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). It's been over one and a half months since almost half of her body was burnt.
 arrow Int'l Women's Day today
Women take centre stage once again as numerous women's rights groups and international organisations in Bangladesh and elsewhere around the world prepare to observe the International Women's Day today.
 arrow 'Outlaws' slaughter ward commissioner
Assailants with suspected ties to the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday bludgeoned and slaughtered a municipal commissioner and ruling BNP leader in Rajshahi, police and witnesses
 arrow DU in stalemate as teachers' strike continues
The stalemate at Dhaka University (DU) due to the teachers' strike continued for the ninth day yesterday as the DU Teachers' Association (Duta) would not budge until the government met their demands.
 arrow 10 days gone, investigators still clueless
Investigators are still clueless about the motive for February 27 deadly machete attack on writer Humayun Azad near Bangla Academy even 10 days into the incident that critically injured his head, jawand
 arrow 2 Khulna drug peddlers killed, 9 cops hurt in skirmish
Two drug peddlers were killed and nine policemen injured -- four of them critically -- during fights in Khulna city last night.
 arrow Ex-newsman Found dead, 'criminal' killed
Unknown assailants gunned down an alleged criminal in Mohammadpur last night while family members of a former reporter identified his body at Mitford hospital morgue five days after he was murdered at
 arrow 2 Khulna outlaws Lynched
A mob lynched two activists of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party on Saturday night (at Barhsinga village in Sadar upazila) in Bagerhat when they hurled bombs at a shrimp trader
 arrow B Chy to name leaders Mar 11
Names of the leaders of the proposed 'alternative stream' in politics led by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will be formally announced on March 11.
 arrow 3,309 women raped in last 3 years
As many as 3,309 women were raped across the country in the last three years, of whom 351 were killed and 32 committed suicide, according to a press release.
 arrow Charge-framing hearing against Lobi Mar 25
Nineteen years into the pressing of charges, a Dhaka tribunal has fixed March 25 for a hearing on charge-framing against BNP lawmaker and Bangladesh Cricket Board President Ali Asghar Lobi in a foreign
 arrow Benapole port remains shut for 4th day
The deadlock in import and export through Benapole land port rolled into the fourth day yesterday after the Indian Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents' Association went into an indefinite strike from
 arrow 329 expelled on 2nd day
Some 329 examinees were expelled for cheating, while five teachers were relieved of their duties for failing to contain unfair practices on the second day of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination
 arrow Israeli hit on Gaza camps kills 14
At least 14 Palestinians were killed and some 81 others wounded early yesterday as scores of Israeli troops targeted two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, hours after a failed elaborate Palestinian suicide
 arrow AL threatens to stop Ctg port over property sale
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in Chittagong threatened to stop the operations of the Chittagong Port, if the government sells any more the port's land property to any private body.
 arrow Final report in Ruhul murder case accepted
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted the final report in Ruhul Amin murder case against former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and five others.

The court also acquitted all the six accused.

 arrow Ex-FBCCI boss Haroon asked to stand trial in court
A High Court (HC) bench yesterday ordered an ex-president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), to surrender before a Comilla court to face trial in a criminal case.
 arrow RMCH interns continue strike
Intern doctors at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday continued with their indefinite strike for the second day, causing sufferings to patients.
 arrow Lalmoni Express starts rolling
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated Lalmoni Express inter-city train, making direct rail link between the northern town and the capital.
 arrow Polls in 144 municipalities in May
Elections to 144 municipalities in the country will be held between the first and second weeks of May this year, sources in the Election Commission (EC) said yesterday.
 arrow Woman killed as microbus slams into shanty
A woman was killed and her two-year-old daughter injured when a speeding microbus careered off the road into a roadside shanty at Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Power crisis feared to be worse in summer
The current power crisis aggravated further yesterday after suspension of production of another 150 megawatts of electricity due to technical trouble at Ashuganj plant.
 arrow Indian foreign secy due today
Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank arrives here today on a four-day visit.

This is Shashank's first visit to Bangladesh since he took over as the Foreign Secretary of India in November 2003.

Businessarrow RMG survival hinges on capacity building
Bangladesh has still chance to sustain in the readymade garment market in the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) era, but the sector urgently needs capacity building for enhancing export competitiveness.
 arrow Indians keen to invest in Bangladesh
Indian entrepreneurs are keen to invest in Bangladesh's different sectors, particularly steel, fertiliser, hydro-electricity and metal transformers, Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri said yesterday.
 arrow Import grows 19.43pc during July-January
Letters of credit (L/Cs) for import opened with authorised banks from July 2003 to January 2004 increased by 19.43 percent compared with the same period of the previous fiscal.
 arrow Fulbari coal field lessee plans listing with London stock
An international energy company which took over Fulbari coal field, close to Barapukuria, in February this year plans to raise about 15 million pounds equivalent to US$ 27 million by listing its shares
 arrow Switzerland to help produce organic shrimps for exports
Switzerland yesterday expressed its keen interest in helping Bangladesh to produce organic shrimps at traditional farms to fetch more export earnings from European countries.
 arrow Assam CM sees vast scope for boosting trade with Dhaka
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that there was tremendous scope to increase Bangladesh's trade with the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.
 arrow Shippers Council stops issuing letter for foreign vessels' waiver certificate
The Shippers Council of Bangladesh has stopped issuing recommendation letter requesting for waiver certificate against foreign vessels for anchoring at Bangladesh ports, according to sources.
 arrow Vanik signs deals with CSD, Arunima
Vanik Bangladesh Limited (VBL) has signed two separate agreements with Canteen Stores Department (CSD) and Arunima Filling Station.
 arrow Qayyum Khan new chief of France-Bangla Chamber
A Qayyum Khan, managing director of Bureau Veritas (Bivac) Bangladesh Ltd, has been elected new president of the France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIFB) for a two-year term.
 arrow Licences of 12 moneychangers cancelled
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday cancelled licences of 12 money changing firms due to violation of its rules and regulations.
 arrow S'pore to ensure High-quality treatment for foreigners
Singapore wants to ensure high-quality treatment for foreigners who go there for medical check-up.
 arrow Thorny farm issues key challenge in regional free-trade talks
Overcoming thorny farm issues will be a key challenge as the United States and Japan take on their developing Southeast Asian allies in free-trade negotiations, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Football: Slipping through BUís fingers
Abahani ensured that Brothers Union will have nightmares of the ghost of 1985 for the next five days after they inflicted a damaging 2-1 defeat on the men in orange in a breathtaking Western Union Premier
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka rule on numbers
Dhaka won a two-way heady battle with Sylhet to lift the first-class competition for the second time after toppling current holders Khulna on the last day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Fifth NationalLeague
 arrow Cricket: Pak bowlers get hi-tech aid
A top computer expert Sunday said he is helping Pakistani bowlers to analyze Indian batting powerhouse with their data-based planning for the much awaited cricket series starting next week.
 arrow Cricket: A window of opportunity
Pakistani and Indian cricketers will have to double as diplomats when India arrive for the first play in 15 years, as both sides hope the competition will aid the ongoing peace moves.
 arrow Cricket: Riots mar ticket sales
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to suspend the first day of sales Sunday of tickets for next week's historic Pakistan-India one-day match here after thousands of fans caused mayhem at sales
 arrow Cricket: Waughs over
The illustrious cricketing careers of Australian Test and one-day greats Steve and Mark Waugh officially came to a tear-stained end here Sunday as their home state of New South Wales failed in its bid
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' fresh WI itinerary
Sabina Park in Jamaica will host two Test matches in the current West Indian season, after one of the two Tests against Bangladesh was switched from Georgetown in Guyana.
 arrow Cricket: Galle Test from today
Top Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is in a desperate race against time to regain fitness for the opening cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: England start in style
England clinched a crushing two-day, innings and 85-run win against an outclassed Vice-Chancellors XI here on Saturday to complete their build-up for the first Test against the West Indies in style.
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Town Sporting Club recorded a three-wicket victory over Ganamukhi Sangha in the Satkhira District First Division Cricket League at the Satkhira Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo blow for Real
Real Madrid made do with a point on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at Racing Santander to cement their title credentials but could be without Ronaldo for next week's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich as
 arrow Football: Phenomenon could be back in two weeks
Superstar Ronaldo will be out for around two weeks with a thigh muscle tear he suffered on Saturday but the injury is not as serious as the player first feared.
 arrow Football: Elite duo through to semis
Big guns Arsenal and Manchester United marched into the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, brushing aside fellow premier league opposition.
 arrow Football: Juve thank Nedved
A goal from European footballer of the year Pavel Nedved sealed a remarkable comeback by reigning Serie A champions Juventus from two goals down to a 3-2 victory at Brescia on Saturday.
 arrow Football: The 'Rock' melts
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said he is "looking forward to a normal life" after agreeing a deal with major club shareholder John Magnier over the breeding rights to champion race horse
 arrow Football: Gunners on a different plane
At the end of a week that saw three Premiership players incarcerated in a Spanish jail on serious sexual assault charges, English football was badly in need of a lift.
Metropolitanarrow ADR to lessen burden of pending cases: Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed has said disposal of cases through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) would play a vital role in lessening the burden of pending cases in
 arrow GM Food should not be allowed before test
Genetically modified food can ensure adequate food supply in an overpopulated country like Bangladesh, but the government should be aware that it might be harmful to health of consumers, farmers and environment.
 arrow Cuta, Juta observe strike
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) yesterday observed work abstention programme to protest the attack on prominent writer Humayun Azad.

No classes or examinations were held.

 arrow SC Bar polls Schedule announced
The Supreme Court Bar Association election will be held on March 28-29.
 arrow 30 shanties Gutted in Ctg
At least 30 shanties were gutted leaving over150 people homeless in a fire at a slum near Railway Hospital at Pahartali thana in the port city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Ducks bring fortune for day-labourer family
Shamim, 13 and Amin 11 used to work as day labourers along with their father Alai Mia. But those says are gone.

Their family now earns around Tk 1,000 a day.

 arrow Top Magura AL leaders summoned to Dhaka to resolve intra-party feud
Sixteen top leaders of Magura Awami League (AL) have been summoned to Dhaka to fend an intra-party conflict in the district AL, party sources said here yesterday.
 arrow All Stop Programme in 21 dists today
One hour All Stop Programme demanding Padma Bridge at Mawa will be observed in 21 districts today.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of housewife
Alleged suicide of a Hindu housewife after gangrape in a remote village in Gournadi upazila has created sensation in the area.
 arrow A noble gesture
Three hundred disabled people got their identity cards due to a noble gesture by Magura District Bus and Minibus Owners' Association and Action on Disability and Development (ADD), a non-governmentalorganisation
 arrow Dacoits loot Tk 5 lakh goods from Bogra market
Dacoits stabbed two night guards at Chanderbazar market on the outskirts of Bogra town and took away 135 bags of fertiliser and huge quantities of pesticide and cloth worth about Tk five lakh on gunpoint
 arrow Japanese students visit Mymensingh Press Club
A team of seven Japanese students now on a study tour of Bangladesh visited Mymensingh Press Club on Saturday.

The exchanged views with newsmen on different issues.

 arrow 10 yrs' RI for keeping fake note in Satkhira
One person was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in Satkhira for keeping a fake 500 take note.
 arrow 5th Udichi tragedy anniversary observed
The fifth anniversary of bomb blast incident at the venue of 12th National Convention of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi in Jessore was observed on Saturday.
 arrow Vessels negotiate off-season dense fog
Dense fog is disrupting communication in river routes in southern districts for the last three nights.
 arrow Human chain for PSTU VC's removal
Teachers, students and staff of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) formed a human chain in front of Patuakhali Press Club in the town yesterday demanding removal of its Vice-chancellor
Point-Counterpointarrow Diatribe against NGOs
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, speaking in the Parliament on 4 March in response to a member's question, out-performed himself in attacking NGOs.
 arrow Outsourcing jobs will be an important issue in the US presidential campaign
Exit polls from the Democratic primaries held last Tuesday (March 2) show that that the U.S. economy, not the War on Terrorism, is the big issue on voters' minds this election season.
Culturearrow ...From bricks to walls
There was a time when groups of young girls would gather at the rooftops to practise brotochary. With the daily wash hung all across the roof as an ad-hoc tent off course.
 arrow Voices of cultural activists
Today is the 'International Women's Day--a day dedicated to women all over the world. It is a day to recap the struggles of the last year, assess progress and initiate discussion about women's issues.
 arrow Women's Day Special

Internationalarrow Iraqi Council strikes deal with Shias
A senior member of Iraq's Governing Council said yesterday agreement had been reached with the country's top Shia Muslim cleric on the terms of an interim constitution and the document would be signed
 arrow Red alert as Tigers, troops brace for factional war
Sri Lankan troops are bracing for fighting between Tamil factions, a military official said yesterday, as breakaway rebels claimed their leader was being targeted by death squads and vowed to hit back.
 arrow BJP tries to sell moderate image to Muslims
Has India's Hindu nationalist party changed its fundamentalist stripes so much that Muslims will do what might seem unthinkable and vote for it in upcoming general elections?

The Bharatiya Janata Party

 arrow Legal backing came days before Iraq invasion
Britain's military chief at the time of the Iraq war told a British newspaper yesterday that he was given "unequivocal" legal backing just five days before the invasion.
 arrow US team to make war crimes case against Saddam
A team of 50 Justice Department prosecutors, investigators and support staff is going to Iraq beginning this weekend to assemble war crimes cases against former President Saddam Hussein and others inhis
 arrow 'Nepal committed to free, fair elections'
Nepal's Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa said he was committed to holding "free and fair general elections" as Maoist rebels continue to claim victims and call for the toppling of the monarchy.
 arrow Mass protest against Chavez in Caracas
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have marched through Caracas in an opposition rally to demand a referendum on President Hugo Chavez's rule.

Demonstrators marched on the capital from six differentdirections.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Women's representational reality
Women attained voting rights nearly a century ago and they comprise half of the population in most countries.
 arrow Editorial: B Choudhury denied venue to hold rally
It is most unfortunate and regrettable that a person of Dr B Choudhury's stature has had to go through bureaucratic harassment to get permission for holding a public rally.
 arrow Is this the Bangladesh we wanted?
Is this the Bangladesh we wanted? Eminent writer and freethinker Humayun Azad famously posed this question to us all, and as he lies in CMH slowly after being viciously attacked with butcher's knives
 arrow BJP's vote-bank politics
The BJP is rightly called a chameleon which changes its colours to suit the moment. What's less often noticed is that the BJP appropriates those very platforms for using which it condemns its opponents.
 arrow Six-way talks on North Korea falter
The second round of the six nations talks on North Korea's nuclear development that ended in Beijing last week once again failed to make a headway in finding a durable and conclusive solution to the problem
Letters to Editorarrow Women's Day and Bangladesh
Why dedicate a day (8th March) exclusively to the cause of the world's women?

The United Nations General Assembly, composed of delegates from every Member State, celebrates International Women'sDay

 arrow Police on campus
About 100 DU students were badly injured in a protest rally when the police attacked them without any provocation. This has so far been the role of police on DU campus.
 arrow Lecture on HR
A few days back, we got a very negative portrayal on the human rights situation in Bangladesh by the State Dept. of the USA.
 arrow Exciting match
I would like to congratulate our under-nineteen cricket team for their excellent showing in the Plate final. It is our great achievement when failures far outnumber successes in cricket.
 arrow Playing politics with misery
I was waiting to write this letter after being sure that Dr. Humayun Azad was out of danger. Our deepest gratitude is to the Almighty for sparing the professor his life.
 arrow Political crisis
The two and a half years old political impasse between the Awami League and the BNP-led government has plunged Bangladesh into a genuine law and order crisis and economic breakdown, especially during
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize
I am somewhat surprised like many others around the world to read in the newspapers that the names of President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have been proposed along with some others forthe
 arrow "We want to come back"
I was reading Dr. Mohammad H. Khan's article in the March 5 issue of The Daily Star on his feelings about Bangladesh and his defence on his daughter's remark.
 arrow Humayun Azad
Dr Humayun Azad is certainly an unlucky person to be born in this country with such intellectual gift . No wonder, he was attacked.
 arrow Exploiting democracy
Democracy in Bangladesh comes with its own unique zest. Politicians in Bangladesh have reinvented and formulated democracy, to serve their needs and political agenda.
 arrow Criminals at work
I woke up this morning listening to the NPR (National Public Radio) that Brick Lane, a novel written by Monica Ali, a Bangladeshi woman, is at the top of the Best Seller's list and she is being presented
 arrow What is matam?
I read an article about Ashura on Monday, 1st March' 2004. I was quite shocked when I read a couple of sentences which were misleading.
 arrow Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
America lost a great man and I lost one of my favourite personalities when retired Admiral Thomas H. Moorer passed away last month aged 91 at the National Naval Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.
 arrow Karbala carnage
The carnage in Karbala in Baghdad by rocket attacks and bomb explosions which killed 185 people and injured several hundred others on the day of Ashura is so appalling that we are stunned and just cannot
 arrow Daylong shutdown
The major opposition party along with six left leaning parties observed a daylong shutdown again on 6 March during the SSC examinations, protesting the brutal attack on Professor Azad.
 arrow Disturbance at night
On the night of 1st March a renowned mobile company at Rd- 8, Gulshan 1, had a party with loud band music that disturbed our sleep.
 arrow Do our politicians read newspapers?
Life looks quite different from a distance. Things that were so normal in Dhaka, now seems so troubling from abroad. That is how I feel when I read The Daily Star online newspaper.
Featurearrow Political empowerment of women
It is a common knowledge that women's political empowerment is at the top of the political agenda of both developed and developing nations and these governments are making serious endeavours in orderto
 arrow Our demand today: Freedom from fear
The documentation unit of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), more familiarly known as ASK in the year 2003 recorded 249 incidents of acid throwing, 374 incidents where women were tortured for dowry, 46 casesof
Star Cityarrow Water shortfall to worsen
Dhaka residents are likely to face acute water crisis this summer, as the demand will increase 10 percent and the groundwater level will dip further.
 arrow To save the lake or grab the lake?
Mysterious plots have surfaced on filled up land of the Gulshan-Baridhara-Banani Lake.

About four years ago the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) decided to put an end to encroachment of the lake.

 arrow Violence still haunts women
Times have certainly changed for today's woman striving to attain "development, equality and peace" from the conventional mother, wife and homemaker roles tagged to her identity.
 arrow City protection dam unprotected
The Dhaka city protection dam is under threat of damage from land grabbers and waste dumping of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Farm chicken price back to Tk 65
Price of farm chickens that tumbled due to the bird flu fear last month has recovered from slump and shot up to Tk 65 a kilogram.

"The bird flu fear is over.

 arrow Rejoinder
Air Commodore (Retd.) Kamaluddin Ahmed sent a rejoinder to the story "Cheated, devastated" published on February 23 in Star City, rejecting the claims of fraudulence made by Maksuda Bari Rosy.