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Front Pagearrow S Korean president Roh impeached
South Korea's President Roh Moo-Hyun was suspended from office yesterday in an unprecedented parliamentary impeachment vote that triggered panic in financial markets and deepened political turmoil ahead
 arrow JCD out to 'punish' B Chy, his men
A top leader of ruling BNP's student chapter yesterday vowed to "punish" former president Badruddoza Chowdhury for launching an alternative political platform and branded him as a "traitor", a day after
 arrow B Chy announces mass hunger strike March 20
The new convening committee of Badruddoza Chowdhury's alternative political stream yesterday announced a series of programmes, including a mass hunger strike on March 20, protesting an attack on the former
 arrow Emerging from dark
Sitting on one side of a kerosene-lamp lit tiny desk that she shares with her younger brother and sister, Shilpi takes a moment and counts her chances of passing her HSC exams.
 arrow Tigers show grit in defeat
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak produced a sterling all-round performance to secure a 14-run victory and pull home side level in the five-match one-day international series yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka risks Dutch grant to ship out toxic fertiliser
Bangladesh risks retaining a 13-year-old stock of highly toxic fertiliser if it misses the March 15 deadline in signing an agreement for US$ 1.
 arrow Fresh bomb attacks on Mannan's Ctg plants
Industrial units owned by Major (Rtd) Abdul Mannan, member secretary of the alternative political stream convening committee, in Chittagong came under repeated bomb attacks yesterday evening for the second
 arrow Young woman Gang-raped, burnt to death at Pallabi
Rapists allegedly abducted a young woman, gang-raped and then burnt her to death at Pallabi in the city Thursday night.
 arrow Youths attack Adab meet
Armed youths stormed the venue of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab) at Nilkhet yesterday, foiled the meet and damaged a number of vehicles
 arrow Fresh roadblock for bridge at Daulatdia
People agitating for Padma bridge at Daulatdia-Paturia point yesterday again blocked road at Daulatdia in Goalundo upazila of Rajbari, stranding more than 1,000 vehicles with about 50 thousand passengers
 arrow 11 personalities call for national unity to salvage democracy
Eleven personalities of politics and civil society issued a joint statement yesterday calling upon all to build a national unity to salvage people and democracy from the danger of confrontational politics.
 arrow Indo-Pak ODI Clash today
When India and Pakistan open their one-day match in Karachi this morning as part of India's first full tour of Pakistan in more than 14 years, the focus will be more on security than the pitch action.
 arrow Millions protest Madrid attacks as ETA denies responsibility
Millions of people crowded Spanish streets yesterday to protest the Madrid bomb attacks that killed 199 people, as one of the prime suspects, the Basque militant group ETA, denied responsibility.
 arrow 7 ministries mum over unspent Tk 867cr
Seven ministries did not return to the exchequer as much as Tk 866.92 crore in unspent money at the year-end from the budget allocation in 2001-2002 fiscal year.
 arrow Beware! Formalin in fish
The widespread use of formalin, a chemical that contaminates fish but makes them appear fresh, continues across the country with the authorities seemingly reluctant to stop the practice.
 arrow Young-old divide sharpens in BNP on China policy
No top policymaker wants to put bilateral relations with China at stake, but some ministers with business ties at the same time are unwilling to miss out on the trade opportunities with Taiwan despite
 arrow Road accidents kill 7 in three districts
Seven people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Chittagong and Sherpur yesterday.
 arrow Former footballer stabbed to death
Veteran footballer and former president of Sylhet Referee Kalyan Samity Fokhrul Islam Chowdhury was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at Boroikandi village in South Surma in the early hoursyesterday.
 arrow Pick your own ring tone
Grown tired of stereotype ring tones that came with their sets ages ago? Wonder how much fun it would be to download trendy ring tones on the cellphone! The wait is to be over quite soon.
 arrow Attack on B Chy shows PM heads 'goons' not govt, Saber says
Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury said yesterday with the Thursday's attack on Badruddoza Chowdhury the prime minister made it clear that, instead of running the government,
 arrow Warne makes history
Shane Warne became the first spin bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets as Australia sealed a 197-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.
 arrow Clarification
In a rejoinder to yesterday's report headlined "Dr Kamal launches new political platform Sunday", Dr Wajedul Islam Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra, known as TUC, said the TUCdid
 arrow A group of youths stormed the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh...

 arrow A Brothers Union fan starts a fire blowing kerosene...

 arrow Pentagon awards $1.1b in Iraq contracts to US, British firms
US and British firms have won two contracts worth 1.
 arrow Al-Qaeda resurfaces to claim Madrid bombings
A group claiming to be an al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for the blasts in the Spanish capital, which killed at least 198 people and injured some 1,400.
 arrow 5 robbers held with arms in Mohammadpur
Five robbers were arrested with arms and ammunition in the city's Mohammadpur area on Thursday.
Businessarrow EPB to embark on massive trade campaign in Australia
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) is to embark on a massive trade campaign in Australia to reap maximum benefits from duty free access facility offered by the Pacific economy.
 arrow Nissan Motor service centre opens in Dhaka
New showroom and service centre of Nissan Motor Company was inaugurated on Tejgaon-Gulshan Link Road in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 3G mobile: It's a different league
"Thanks a billion!" exclaimed the mobile phone industry in 3GSM World Congress at Cannes, France in the last week of February.
 arrow Oil prices up more after Madrid bombings
High oil prices rose further Friday, after the Madrid bombings revived security fears and further strengthened a market boosted by soaring Chinese demand and persistent concerns of a gasoline supply crunch
 arrow Employment will begin to grow: Greenspan
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that tax increases probably will be needed in combination with benefit cuts to close the massive funding gap faced by Social Security.
 arrow India's industrial output doubles
India's industrial output growth doubled to 6.5 percent in the 10 months to January due to a resurgent manufacturing sector, official data showed Friday.
 arrow Premier Bank sanctions loan for Satata Hatchery
Premier Bank has sanctioned Tk 95 lakh in loan to Satata Hatchery and Beach Resort Limited for setting up a shrimp hatchery in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Ctg chamber for private sector Representation in port policy body
Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Friday strongly suggested representation of private sector in the policymaking body of Chittagong Port.
 arrow CityCell customer service centres now open 7 days a week
CityCell mobile phone's customer service centres are now open 7 days a week.

The opening hours have been extended to provide better service to customers, says a press release.

 arrow Training course on labour standards begins
A five-day training course on "Labour Standards and Workplace Environment in Apparel Industry", conducted by Young Consultants, a consulting firm with global network, has begun.
 arrow US seeks market access, urges India to allow FDI in retailing
US Ambassador to India David C. Mulford on Friday renewed Washington's demands for greater market access and urged India to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in its booming retail sector.
 arrow US threatens to haul up China in WTO for reneging on trade rules
The United States on Thursday threatened to haul up China before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for allegedly not complying with global trade rules and adopting discriminatory tax policies.
 arrow Japan protects farm products
Japan's imminent free trade deal with Mexico should help its major companies make further inroads into North America while the Asian country's farm sector remains protected, officials say.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
March 6-March 11, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar got weaker this week. Later continued to weaken throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Brothers become big
An agonising wait of three decades ended for Brothers Union Club when they clinched their maiden league title, courtesy of a solitary goal victory over Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Football: It means a lot
It was looked upon as a coup, a tasteless display of wealth by men of power when Brothers Union shopped and purchased the country's best booters on offer.
 arrow Cricket: Zim A roll despite Sunny spell
Despite a six-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny, Zimbabwe A scored 319-9 at stumps on the opening day of their three-day tour match against Bangladesh U-23 at the Fatullah Stadium in Narayanganj
 arrow Cricket: History begins
Pakistan captain Inzama-mul Haq said Friday his team was ready to exploit India's weak bowling to take his side to a stunning victory in the opening of historic series between the south Asian rivals.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka has been Warne-d
Shane Warne sealed a triumphant comeback to international cricket by becoming the first spin bowler to take 500 Test wickets as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 197 runs here Friday.
 arrow Priyanka, Rahul the cheerleaders
Chief opposition leader Sonia Gandhi's two children led a team of Indian cheerleaders to Pakistan Friday ahead of the hotly-anticipated opening one-day cricket international between the two countries,
 arrow Cricket: Smith responds to crisis
Devon Smith responded to the latest West Indies batting crisis by collecting his maiden Test hundred and leading a fightback on the opening day of the first Test against England at Sabina Park.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fight back
New Zealand fought back to avoid the follow-on after a debut half-century from Brendon McCullum against South Africa at close on the third day of the first Test here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England 33-2
West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards made early inroads in England's first innings removing opener Marcus Trescothick for seven and his partner and captain Michael Vaughan for 15 to leave the tourists
 arrow Cricket: Patuakhali cricket
Young Pegasus recorded a 119-run victory over Kalikapur Jubo Sangsad in the First Division Cricket League at the Patuakhali Stadium yesterday..
 arrow Football: Battle of England
Chelsea and Arsenal were drawn in a mouth-watering all-English European Champions League quarter-final here Friday with the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
Metropolitanarrow Attack on B Chy condemned
Socio-political organisations strongly condemned the attack on former president Badruddoza Chowdhury and his supporters in and around the capital.
 arrow Accused placed on 2-day remand
Md Hasan alias Army Hasan, a prime accused in Banshkhali carnage, was placed on a two-day remand instead of recording his confessional statement at the magistrate's court at Banshkhali on Thursday.
 arrow Ainjibi Parishad demands separation of judiciary
The Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad, a lawyers' body, has reiterated its demand for immediate separation of judiciary.
 arrow Housewife stabbed to death over dowry
A housewife was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband and in-laws at a village in Savar on Thursday for her failure to bring Tk two lakh in dowry from her parents.
 arrow 'Appoint physiotherapists in all hospitals'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to appoint physiotherapists in all hospitals.

They said there is hardly any family in the country that does not need physiotherapy treatment.

 arrow Over 1,365 held, nine firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,365 people during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Housewife raped
A housewife was raped at Begunbari in Tejgaon in the city on Thursday night.

The victim, wife of a rickshawpuller, was alone at her residence when one Hasan, a local of the area, tried to seduce her.

Nationalarrow A jobless youth now raises hopes in many
Life is now meaningful to Shaumen Bain, once a jobless and frustrated young man. He is now wealthy by cultivating vegetables.

Strong will and hard work made him successful.

 arrow BNP men chase LGED contractors out of Pirojpur
BNP activists in Pirojpur allegedly snatched tender documents from contractors who went there from Barisal to drop tenders at LGED office and made them leave the town on Thursday.
 arrow Handicapped Salma crawls to school
Indomitable mental strength has made physically handicapped Salma different from others. She is determined to be educated and not to remain a burden on her parents.
 arrow Rail blockade at Mohimaganj
Several hundred workers and sugarcane growers laid a siege to Mohimaganj railway station on Thursday protesting the government decision to lay off Rangpur Sugar Mills at Mohimaganj.
 arrow Load shedding in Ctg to continue till month-end
Menacing load shedding is back in the port city well ahead of summer. SSC examinees are the worst sufferers.

City areas plunge into darkness several times every night.

 arrow Expatriate contributes to Gaibandha dam construction
More people are spontaneously joining construction of a dam at Kuthibari on voluntary basis to protect Fulchari upazila headquarters from erosion by Brahmaputra river.
 arrow CARE to help Promote child, woman rights
An agreement was signed between CARE Bangladesh and Community Development Centre (CDC), a local Non-Governmental Organisation, on Wednesday to implement 'Manusher Jonno' project in the coastal belt of
 arrow Token hunger strike in Rangpur
About 1,000 diploma engineers and polytechnic students under the banner of Bangladesh Diploma Engineer Chhattra Shikkhok Peshajibi Parishad observed a three-hour token hunger strike here on Thursday.
 arrow ICS sweeps Barisal polytech polls
Islami Chattara Shibir (ICS) , student front of Jamaat-e-Islami, won 11 seats out of 18 in Barisal Polytechnic Institute Student Union election held on Thursday.
 arrow Khulna mayor's plea for gas rejected
The government has rejected a plea of Khulna city corporation mayor to supply gas in the city through pipeline.
 arrow JCD, ICS violate RU Syndicate's ban on meeting
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on Wednesday violated a ban on holding procession, meeting and rally on Rajshahi University campus.
 arrow Training for journalists ends today
A weeklong training course for journalists titled 'Advance Reporting ' will end in Rajshahi today.
 arrow Satkhira Mohila Awami League body formed
A 31-member convening committee of Sadar upazila Mohila Awami League (AL) headed by Rabeya Khalid as convenor and Jesmin Ara Chowdhury, Halima Khatun as joint convenors was formed at a meeting held at
 arrow Bodies of two outlaws handed over to Anjuman
Bodies of two slain outlaws Alamgir and Ismail were handed over to Anjuman-e-Mafidul Islam as nobody claimed those till Monday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Interplay between democracy and authoritarianism
A topic that fascinates me is the serious and sometimes even depressing subject of the state of Democracy in South Asia.
 arrow Financing the poor
Microfinance is recognised as one of the most important tools in global poverty alleviation.
 arrow Gaddafi: An Arab Robin Hood who pays the rich!
In the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, backed by the US and the UK, Israel completely routed the Arabs in six days. Israel occupied all the strategic territories it wanted.
Culturearrow Of Sun and Sitar
Watching a morning concert by the music maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan at least once in your lifetime is so rare these days. The last time Khan Sahib did a morning concert in UK was 22 years ago.
 arrow Bulbul Mahalanobish in a new identity
Most music lovers have heard of Bulbul Mahalanobish as a Nazrul singer. Less well-known is her talent as a poet.
 arrow Dip, a successful entertainer
Dip, the founder member and leader of the well -known Bangladeshi band named Sudden, has been in the entertainment industry from his childhood.
Generalarrow Set up more tissue culture labs for agri development
Private sector entrepreneurs and non-government organisations (NGOs) have set up only five modern tissue culture laboratories in the last few years.
 arrow India, Pakistan call for recognition as N-powers
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan each appealed for their countries to be fully accepted as nuclear powers, six years after the neighbours conducted back-to-back nuclear tests.
 arrow Country heading towards uncertain situation: Manju
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju has called for strengthening the party as the country is heading towards an uncertain situation.
 arrow An evening of Tagore songs...

Internationalarrow ROK in shock over Roh impeachment
South Koreans knew for days it was a possibility, but most were still shocked after the National Assembly impeached President Roh Moo-hyun.
 arrow LTTE, renegade rebels point gun at each other on bank of a river
Armed rival factions of Tamil Tiger rebels were face-to-face on the banks of a river dividing an area held by a breakaway group, the main guerrilla movement said here yesterday.
 arrow 'Madrid bombings signal new threat to Europe'
As Europe digested the full horror of the Madrid bombings, commentators in yesterday's European newspapers feared that the attack signalled a new and growing terror threat putting the continent on alert.
 arrow India, Pakistan should look at 'innovative ideas'
Maintaining that public opinion in India and Pakistan should lead politicians to "pragmatic and acceptable" solutions to their problems, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said the two countries
 arrow Bush, Kerry step up attack on each other
President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry escalated their campaign battle on Thursday, with Bush launching television ads criticising Kerry by name and Kerry fighting back against the "Republican
 arrow Bush renews Iran sanctions
US President George W. Bush on Thursday renewed sanctions barring US firms and citizens from oil dealings with Iran, citing the "unusual and extraordinary threat" from Tehran.
 arrow Israel strives to gain US backing for Sharon's disengagement plan
Israeli officials continued talks here yesterday with three US envoys to outline further Ariel Sharon's plan for a unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians.
 arrow Chandrika's party to scrap presidency if elected
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's new alliance with Marxists said yesterday it would scrap the powerful presidency and halt privatisation if it won April 2 parliamentary polls.
 arrow Nehru speech Destroyed by gunfight in Kashmir
Original footage from Kashmir's partition including film of a historic speech by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru were destroyed in a gunbattle with rebels, an official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Row over trade mission
The latest on Taiwanese trade office centred trouble-shooting can be summed up as follows: Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan while reiterating Dhaka's unwavering One-China Policy says Taipei can have trade
 arrow Editorial: Indian cricketers in Pakistan
It is of the stuff that truly great news is made. The resumption of cricket between Pakistan and India after 15 years in hibernation has hogged global headlines. Not for nothing.
 arrow US-Europe cooperation on global governance
The contemporary world is facing today a general debate on the importance of increased and open dialogue on global governance.
 arrow Putin doing a high wire act to win the presidential election
There is a whole lot of political acrobatics going on in Russia and Mr. Putin is the solo performer. Some of his actions have annoyed his opponents.
Letters to Editorarrow RAJUK plots
I thank The Daily Star for publishing a news item on Gulshan-Banani plot allotment.
 arrow Current politics
Bangladesh became independent 33 years ago.
 arrow Denial of freedom of speech
On Friday, 27 February there was a clear sign that freedom of speech is denied in this country. Professor Humayun Azad, a teacher of Bangla and a prominent writer, was stabbed.
 arrow Cursed English Department
We are the students of English Department, National University, of 01-02 session. We are following a four year integrated course.
 arrow Control the price spiral
Prices of essential commodities have soared sky-high in the recent years in Bangladesh.
Literaturearrow The Discovery of Telenapota
When Saturn and Mars come together, you may also discover Telenapota.
 arrow A Stranger in My Native Land
In the second of his two-part series on travels inside Tibet Tenzig Sonam, a Tibetan poet and film-maker currently living in New York, enters Lhasa, the capital, and finds that none of it is