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Front Pagearrow Dhaka to finally sign BIMST-EC trade deal
Dhaka is finally going to sign the Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand -- Economic Cooperation (BIMST-EC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
 arrow Mannan faces rivals' rage
Alleged activists of ruling BNP and its front organisations yesterday attacked the Gulshan house, forced the closure of eight businesses and stopped garments export of MA Mannan, member secretary of the
 arrow Sonali Bank's default loan recovery mission
Sonali Bank has assigned 14 of its top brass with specific tasks to recover a total of Tk 1,555 crore in outstanding loans from its top 40 loan defaulters.
 arrow PM promises more farm subsidy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged increased budgetary allocation and subsidy for agriculture in the coming fiscal and announced a number of other measures aimed at a "new revolution" in the
 arrow BNP's new bid for dialogue with AL
The ruling BNP has again offered to hold dialogue with the Awami League (AL) to resolve the parliamentary stand-off due to the main opposition party's indefinite House boycott since June last year.
 arrow BNP goes tough on disgruntled MPs
Incensed by the defection of two lawmakers to the alternative political stream, the BNP has started threatening its disgruntled parliamentarians and planned to give the stream a hard time to stem itsflourish.
 arrow Missing trader's limbs found, shop owners burst into fury
Severed limbs of a city businessman missing since Tuesday last were recovered from several places under Srinagar and Sadar upazila of Munshiganj yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Oikya Procheshta convention today
The much-talked-about national convention of Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain under the banner of Oikya Procheshta (unity efforts) is set to be held in Dhaka today from where the prominent jurist
 arrow Cricket wins as India stop Pakistan in cliffhanger
India overcame a blistering century by Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq to score a thrilling five-run victory in the first one-day international yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The general secretary of ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday protested a news The Daily Star ran the same day titled 'JCD out to 'punish' B Chy, his men'.
 arrow 6 including 4 SSC examinees killed in Ctg car crash
A speeding bus killed six people including four Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees in a road accident at Barabkunda in Sitakunda yesterday.
 arrow The road near Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur...

 arrow Four 'criminals' in Khulna lynched
Four alleged criminals were lynched by mobs in separate incidents in the district last night.

Police said two of the dead were outlaws and others abductors.

 arrow Duty cut unlikely to lower rod prices soon
The government's latest tax-duty cut on the import of MS (mild steel) rod raw materials and finished products may not be as positive in lowering prices as expected, said re-rollers, wholesalers and retailers.
 arrow Blast kills two US soldiers in Iraq
Two US soldiers were killed and four wounded in an explosion in northern Iraq yesterday, while the coalition worried about infiltrators into the Iraqi police after two civilians were gunned down.
 arrow Severe fuel crisis cripples N-dists
Eighteen diesel depots of Padma, Meghna and Jamuna oil companies in northern region has started to run dry due to scarce supplies, as lack of navigability forces oil tankers carry less fuel.
 arrow Civil society rally wants ban on communal politics
Sammilita Nagorik Samaj (SNS), a civil society platform, yesterday castigated the government for 'failure to rein in corruption and the sliding law and order'.
 arrow Race on in BNP for nomination in vacant JS seats
Although the ruling BNP policymakers have not yet taken up the issue of by-election to the vacant seats of two lawmakers who quit the party and their parliament seats on Wednesday, over a dozen partyleaders
 arrow Kohinoor murder a sequel to feud over money
The brutal murder of 25-year-old Fatema Khatun Kohinoor, raped and killed in the city's Pallabi area on Friday, was a sequel to a feud between her family and local resident Habibur Rahman over the money
 arrow Passengers suffer for Daulatdia road blockade
Over 1,000 people yesterday blocked the road from Daulatdia ferry ghat to Goalundo point, stranding hundreds of vehicles with passengers for five hours, as agitation demanding the proposed Padma bridge
 arrow Bid to allow dist admin help banks in recovery
The government has initiated a move to amend the Money Loan Court Law to allow banks seek the administration's help in recovering default loans through taking over and selling off properties mortgaged
 arrow Al-Qaeda claim sends chill down world spine
The purported claim from the al-Qaeda terror network that it carried out the atrocities in Madrid set the world back on edge as stock markets plunged, nations tightened security and fears of worse tocome
 arrow Mar 27 declared public holiday
As March 26, the Independence and National Day falls on Friday, the government has declared March 27 a public holiday, said an official handout yesterday.
 arrow 8-year old takes his life in city
An eight-year-old schoolboy yesterday committed suicide at Demra in the capital apparently after his mother rebuked and beat him.
 arrow Blasts wound 2 children
An abandoned bomb went off and injured a five-year-old boy in Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Azad shifted to VIP cabin from ICU
Doctors attending writer Humayun Azad at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) yesterday shifted him from the ICU (intensive care unit) to a VIP cabin following his improved health.
 arrow Blasts wound 2 children
An abandoned bomb went off and injured a five-year-old boy in Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Convicts' appeal petition dismissed
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday dismissed the petitions for leave to appeal against the High Court verdict that confirmed the death sentence of three cops in sensational

Yasmin murder case of Dinajpur

 arrow Housewife set on fire allegedly by husband
A housewife was set on fire allegedly by her husband and his relatives at a village in Keraniganj Friday for her family's refusal to pay the dowry.
 arrow JUTA asks chancellor to appoint new VC
Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday urged Chancellor of the university President Iajuddin Ahmed to immediately appoint a new vice-chancellor (VC) at the university from the
Businessarrow Local internet exchange on the cards
The private internet service providers (ISPs) have teamed up to establish an internet exchange for direct traffic of mails within the country in a bid to provide faster internet services.
 arrow Extension of account trade deal with Myanmar sought
An inter-ministerial meeting here yesterday decided to seek cabinet approval to extend Bangladesh-Myanmar agreement on account trade by one year.
 arrow SEC lifts circuit breaker on Z category shares
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to withdraw circuit breaker system on trading of Z category shares.
 arrow EU experts to single out govts on planned reforms
European Union governments may soon be singled out for specific failures to implement planned economic reforms that were designed to help Europe overtake the mighty US economy, EU diplomats said Friday.
 arrow Opec divided on dealing with price surge
Opec ministers on Saturday differed over how to deal with oil's price surge, as the UAE said Opec may have to rethink a deal to reduce production but Iran said it was sticking to the cuts.
 arrow Gillette's new razor to be available by next month
Gillette Bangladesh Pvt Ltd is going to introduce a new razor -- Mach3Turbo -- in local market by the middle of next month.

Company officials disclosed this at a pre-launching ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.

 arrow Europe should not be guaranteed IMF top job: Africa
The IMF must open the selection of its next head to all its members instead of sticking to an unwritten rule of picking a European, African finance ministers and central bank governors said Friday.
 arrow US Senate approves $2.36t budget
The US Senate Friday approved a $2.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' last shot
Bangladesh will be sniffing a maiden series victory when Habibul Bashar's men take on Zimbabwe in the fifth and final one-day international at the Harare Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Cricket: Under-23s suffer batting blues
Bangladesh U-23 team were on the back foot after being bowled out for 157 against Zimbabwe A on the second day of three-day practice match at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sports befriends 'em
Sitting amo-ng thousands of jubilant cricket fans at Karachi's Na-tional Sta-dium, it is hard to ima-gine that So-uth Asian neighbours India and Pakistan were on the brink of war less than two years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket wins in Karachi
Rival captains Sourav Gang-uly and Inza-mamul Haq were unanimous in decla-ring cricket the winner after India pulled off a sensational five-run win over Pakistan here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kashmir taken over by ...
Strife-weary people in Ka-shmir, at the heart of deca-des of enmity between India and Pakistan, sat glued to their TVs on Saturday to watch the two countries fight a different kind of battle -- a cricket
 arrow Cricket: Tushar named A team skipper
Middle-order batsman Tushar Imran will lead the Bangladesh A team, which was announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday, for the first four-day match against the visiting Zimbabwe A at Rajshahi
 arrow Cricket: Kallis forces SA ahead
Jacob Oram hit his maiden Test century as New Zealand scored 509, a first innings lead of 50, before South Africa checked their progress on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Day Two England's
A record partnership between Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain helped England reach 154 for three at the end of a rain-hit second day of the first Test against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: All of it makes Warne
When Shane Warne finished bowling in his maiden Test against India at home in 1992, there were few clues that he would become the first spinner to bag 500 wickets. His Test debut was a disaster.
 arrow Football: Thai PM in Pool talks
Billionaire Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is talking to Liverpool about taking a stake in the Premier League club after Fulham turned down his advances last year, an adviser says.
 arrow Football: MU change gears
Sir Alex Ferguson has told his players to take a leaf out of his own book, put their worries to one side and concentrate on finishing the season on a high note -- starting with Sunday's local derby with
 arrow Football: Gaibandha in final
Gaibandha Pourashava Dal moved into the DC Gold Cup football tournament final defeating Dinajpur Zila Dal 3-1 in the first semifinal at Gaibandha Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Patuakhali cricket
Kalikapur Eleven defeated Brothers Club by 90 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Patuakhali Stadium yesterday.

Winning the toss Kalikapur batted first and collected 135 runs in 40.

 arrow Chess: Int'l Rating chess
Khandkar Aminul Islam and Mohammad Javed earned 4 points each after the end of the fifth round games of the second Parsvnath International Rating Chess tournament in New Delhi on Friday.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Dariapur Jubo Sangha defeated Mayer Doa Sporting Club 2-1 in the Econo First Division Football League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow CPC sports
The month long annual sports competition of Chittagong Press Club (CPC) began at the club premises on Friday.

President of CPC Abu Sufian inaugurated the meet.

Metropolitanarrow Don't compare AL with BNP: Hasina
Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on those who drew a parallel between her party and the ruling BNP by saying that both the parties have failed togovern
 arrow None arrested yet
Different student organisations yesterday brought out separate processions and held rallies on the Dhaka University (DU) campus demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits who attacked eminent
 arrow Mir Nasir warns Ctg mayor
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin has warned the Chittagong city mayor without mentioning his name of 'serious consequences' if the latter does not refrain from making
 arrow Tigers kill 58 people in Sundarbans last year
Tigers of the Sundarbans forest killed 58 people in the Satkhira range last year.

According to sources, 60 others have survived tiger attacks in the swampy jungles during the period.

 arrow Sacked staffs refute attack on Adab meet
A section of sacked Adab (Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh) employees yesterday refuted their involvement in the attack of its annual general meeting in the city on March 12.
 arrow Handicrafts fair begins Mar 18
The University Women's Federation College is going to organise a two-day 'Handicrafts exhibition and fair' on March 18-19, says a press release.
 arrow Over 1,200 arrested
Police arrested 1,259 people, including a listed criminal, from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Dawn View School celebrates silver jubilee
The Dawn View Grammar School celebrated its silver jubilee on the school premises at East Rampura in the city on Friday.

The celebrations featured prize distribution, procession and cultural function.

 arrow Sit-in in front of Ctg DC's office for third Karnaphuli bridge
Greater Chittagong Development Action Committee staged a sit-in in front of the deputy commissioner's office for four hours yesterday demanding construction of a third Karnaphuli bridge.
 arrow Qazi Faruque reelected Adab chairperson
Qazi Faruque Ahmed has been reelected chairperson of the Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab) for a two-year term.
 arrow 12 shops gutted in Mirpur
Twelve shops were gutted in a fire at Baghbari Barabazar in Mirpur in the early hours of yesterday.

The blaze that started at around at 1:30am caused an estimated loss of Tk 3 lakh.

 arrow 5 robbers held with arms in city
Police arrested five robbers with arms and ammunitions while preparing for a robbery at Badda in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Buet convocation tomorrow
The seventh convocation of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will be held tomorrow.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, also chancellor of the university, will preside over the convocation.

Nationalarrow Off-year for mangoes
Horticulturists apprehended less fruiting this year though mango trees in Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj area are in full bloom with buds.
 arrow IU students launch agitation for VC's resignation
Students of Islamic University who had been demanding resumption of classes yesterday declared an indefinite strike on the campus and launched a 'one-point agitation' for resignation of Vice-chancellor
 arrow Gaibandha PHE office locked for ninth day
The Public Health Engineering (PHE) office at Gaibandha was locked for the ninth day yesterday.

The employees are staying away from work.

 arrow 'Journalist Nabil murdered by in-laws'
People of the father-in-law's family of journalist Nabil Abdul Latif alias Pappu were involved in his murder, Nabil's uncle has alleged.

Nabil was a Dhaka-based journalist of national daily NewAge.

 arrow Moneylenders take away their potato
They had a bumper production of potato this year but can not reap the benefit. Moneylenders are taking away sackfools of potato from their fields after harvest to realise loans.
 arrow Barisal people hail Padma bridge at Mawa
People of Barisal are overwhelmed with joy after the declaration that the proposed Padma bridge would be built at Mawa.
 arrow 150 CU teachers on leave
Education of about 16,000 students in Chittagong University (CU) is being hampered as many teachers are on leave.

Shortage of employees has aggravated the situation.

 arrow Repentant dog kills itself after biting master's son
A pet dog killed itself out of repentance after biting its master's son.
 arrow Manikganj Diabetic Assoc executives
Election to Manikganj Diabetic Association was held at the association auditorium here recently .
 arrow 7 yr old snake charmer
Rabiul is only seven. He lives amidst snakes as his parents are professional snake charmers.

His parents want that he will also be a snake charmer like them.

 arrow Life for trafficker in Bhola
One person was sentenced to life term imprisonment by a court here on Thursday for trafficking four persons abroad.

The convict is Alamgir of Charshipli village in Bhola upazila.

 arrow Clash at ferry : Case filed against 150 PSTU students
A criminal case has been filed with Nilchity thana in Jhalokathi against 150 students and four teachers of Patuakhali Science and technology University students.
Point-Counterpointarrow Increasing women's representation in parliament
The cabinet has recently decided to propose a constitutional amendment to increase the number of parliamentary seats from 330 to 345, of which 45 seats would be reserved for women for 10 years.
 arrow Arresting unemployment
It is rightly said that the future of a country belongs to the youth.
 arrow On inter-faith dialogue
I happened to come across a book titled 'Dialogue and Beyond: Christians and Muslims Together on the Way' -- a study published by Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Geneva.
Culturearrow Projecting an unknown culture
Some of Shameem Hasan's photographs were like Impressionistic paintings: such was the composition of his colours.
 arrow Theatrical group Brittopat observes its birthday
On March 12, Brittopat, a theatre group, organised its third birthday anniversary at Nat Mondol, the theatre hall of Dhaka University.
 arrow Biswabina's paean to spring
Celebration of Basanta (spring), the Bangla year-ending season, always seems to remain incomplete without Rabindra Sangeet.
 arrow Chhayanaut fund raising programme
Chhayanaut has arranged a solo music recital and Monipuri dance performance at the National Museum auditorium on March 15, says a press release.
 arrow Barbra Streisand returns to the big screen
She may have given up singing in public, but Barbra Streisand hasn't bowed out of the limelight altogether.
Internationalarrow Millions in Madrid protest terror attacks
Millions of Spaniards poured into the streets Friday, chanting "Cowards!" and "Assassins!" in a protest of the bombings that killed 199 people.
 arrow IAEA adopts resolution criticising Iran
The United Nations nuclear watchdog yesterday approved a resolution that criticises Iran for withholding sensitive atomic information from the agency but stops short of referring Tehran to the UN Security
 arrow US to introduce tighter border control for Iraq
The US-led authority in Iraq will introduce a new border policy to try and keep out foreign insurgents, including closing off most of the official crossing points from Iran, a senior US official saidyesterday.
 arrow US launches new Afghan operation against Laden
US-led forces have launched a new operation across a broad area of the south and east of Afghanistan aimed at capturing top al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow US warns DPRK to stop exporting arms or face world action
The United States warned North Korea Friday that it would face action from the international community if it does not stop exporting dangerous weapons and other illegal activities.
 arrow Kuwait scraps visas for 34 nations
The Gulf Arab state of Kuwait, looking to open its doors after the fall of Saddam Hussein, yesterday scrapped prior visa requirements for citizens of 34 countries.
 arrow ME peace process stalled, says Annan
Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire early yesterday in the Gaza Strip, in continuing violence that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned stymied the search for peace in the Middle East.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Audit report on seven ministries
The audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General's office has found seven ministries silent over an unspent amount of Tk 867 crore which was supposed to be returned to the exchequer.
 arrow Editorial: Toxic fish
Formaldehyde is typically used to preserve dead bodies in hospitals, laboratories, and morgues.
 arrow Let's seek a common ground
Bangladesh Constitution, though side-stepped either due to titanic presence of a leader or through extra-Constitutional measures in the past, has the general characteristics of a rigid Constitution.
 arrow Who should get this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
IT is not a tough question as it appears.
Letters to Editorarrow Khaleda and Hasina, can you tell us why?
You placed a stunning photo on your front-page on 10 March, showing a farmer pulling a plough by himself because he can't afford to buy an ox.
 arrow Saifur Rahman's comments
I am an avid reader of your paper's Letters to the Editor section.
 arrow After six decades....
I have read the Star report on the happenings at Muktangan, (what an appropriate name where everyone is allowed to speak freely) where former president Dr. B. Chouwdhury was to launch a new politicalplatform.
 arrow Taiwanese office in Dhaka
The news item published today (March 11) in The Daily Star shows incompetence of our senior level bureaucrats in handling simple matters.
 arrow Dr. B Chowdhury
We condemn the bombing of Dr. B. Chowdhury's office. He should be allowed to have free speech and have a political rally. We support Dr. B.
 arrow Price spiral
Though price spiral is a common news item in the newspapers, it is not a simple matter that can be ignored. The prices of the commodities are reaching new heights with every passing day.
Star Healtharrow The essential knowledge to remain healthy
Since birth we come in contact with many living and nonliving agents, size ranges from micro to macro; some of those are unfriendly.
Star Cityarrow Days of historic Chawkbazar mosque numbered ?
A dispute over the construction of a multi-purpose market on the mosque property is heightening tension between the management committee of the Chawkbazar Shahi Jame Mosque and local devotees and shop
 arrow Ageing water plants, growing need
The output of three water treatment plants in Dhaka and Narayanganj has dropped 50 percent because of run-down equipment and severe pollution in the Buriganga.
 arrow DCC to broaden some lanes and bylanes
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to broaden some narrow lanes and by-lanes to reduce the ever-growing traffic congestion in the city.
 arrow Dhaka will host its maiden furniture show next month
Bangladesh will host its first International Furniture Fair next month to introduce local furniture to the global market and boost exports.
 arrow A fair of great help
It was time again to witness Dhaka Sheraton's Winter Garden bubbling with enthusiastic students and parents as they scrutinised literature of UK universities and colleges with flickers of hope gleaming
Star City in Framesarrow Pakhir Chokhey Dhaka
“Bangladesh from Above" or "Pakhir Chokhey Bangladesh" is the first aerial photography exhibition of Bangladesh.