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Front Pagearrow Arafat dies with dream for homeland unfulfilled
Yasser Arafat, the guerrilla icon turned Nobel Peace Prize winner who ended up isolated and locked in renewed conflict with Israel, has died, his dream of a Palestinian state unfulfilled. He was 75.
 arrow World leaders see Arafat as a symbol of Palestinians
World leaders reacted to the death early yesterday of veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat by accepting him as a symbol of his people's cause, but differed sharply over his contribution to the Middle
 arrow Abbas PLO chief, Fattouh interim president
Parliament speaker Rawhi Fattouh was named interim Palestinian president on Thursday to replace Yasser Arafat who died hours before.
 arrow Illegal foreign workers to face clampdown
The government is contemplating administrative steps to bring foreign workers and businesses under legal bounds and a clampdown on short-term working visa holders who outstay their time in Bangladesh.
 arrow Arafat to be buried in stone coffin to allow re-interment
Yasser Arafat will be buried at his West Bank headquarters in a stone coffin, not a wooden one, to allow his re-interment at a later time in Jerusalem, top aides said on Thursday.
 arrow 3-day mourning begins in Dhaka Iajuddin leaves for funeral
The death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat sent shockwaves through the country yesterday and the government-announced three-day mourning for the Palestinian leader started yesterday.
 arrow Judicial Service formed
The government Wednesday issued a gazette notification on the Bangladesh Judicial Service heralding its formation in a crucial step towards separating the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Gas, fuel oil may get costlier in Jan
The government plans to hike the prices of kerosene, diesel and gas in January in line with understandings reached under the Development Support Credits of the World Bank.
 arrow Patterson for Ctg Port privatisation
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Torkel Patterson yesterday suggested privatisation of Chittagong Port, saying a modern port will accelerate economic development as Chittagong islocated
 arrow Over 500 insurgents killed in Fallujah: US
The US military estimates that more than 500 insurgents have been killed in the battle for Fallujah while 22 people were killed in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, a senior US defense official said yesterday.
 arrow City starts to look deserted
The capital witnessed yesterday a massive outflow of its residents for their village homes to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones.
 arrow Palestinians struggle to cope with grief
Scores of red-eyed Palestinians wept outside Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters on Thursday as thousands took to the streets across the West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark their leader's death.
 arrow Who are going to Arafat's funeral
The funeral of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Friday in Cairo, the city where he was born 75 years ago, will be a sombre occasion with many of the world's foreign ministers in attendance.
 arrow Mahathir arrives on Dec 17 with business team
Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia who steered the country to its present status of an Asian economic giant, is set to arrive in the city on December 17 leading a business delegationand
 arrow Last-minute Eid shoppers crowd malls
With possibly two days left before Eid, shopping in the city has reached fever pitch as people, some to do the last minute buying and some to put the finishing touch, continued to crowd the city malls
 arrow Opposition may declare fresh agitation Nov 18
Mainstream opposition parties are likely to announce their post-Eid agitation programmes on November 18 to unseat the government, which may include a combined human chain from Teknaf to Tentulia in ashow
 arrow Shahriar Kabir, 5 others hurt,1 dies in road crash
Writer-journalist Shahriar Kabir and five leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee suffered critical injuries and another died as their microbus turned upside down in Saidpur yesterday.
 arrow Babar asks Rab to be sure of criminals' identity
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday asked the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to nab criminals being sure about their real identity and deal with them with an iron hand for the sake
 arrow Trader gunned down, 'robber' killed in mob beating in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a businessman in front of his Sutrapur house in the capital while an alleged robber injured in a mob beating in Mirpur died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)yesterday.
 arrow BSF shooting on Sylhet border kills 1, hurts 2 Bangladeshis
Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down one Bangladeshi and injured two others on Ballaghat border in Gowainghat upazila yesterday.
 arrow Jumatul Wida today
Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of Ramadan, will be observed in the country today.
Preparations have been taken to accommodate more devotees in the Baitul Mukkaram National Mosque.

Businessarrow Credit card use dips on tax phobia
Spending through credit cards in shopping malls, which reaches peak during Eid festivals, is witnessing a sharp decline this year as tax-phobia pushes credit card users on the backfoot.
 arrow Govt bonds likely to hit bourses after Eid
Two government bonds are likely to hit the stock market for secondary trading after Eid vacation, apparently under an initiative to cater to the demand-driven upbeat market.
 arrow Invest forex reserves in high-yielding entities
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam has suggested that the country's burgeoning foreign exchange reserves be invested in high-yielding enterprises to help achieve 7-8 percent economic growth.
 arrow EU seeks WTO nod to hit US over anti-dumping law
The European Union said Wednesday it would slap the United States with $40 million to $50 million in sanctions if it failed in a last push to get US anti-dumping legislation repealed.
 arrow Apec leaders asked to consider forging free trade area
Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies are being pressed to consider forging a regional free trade area to spur global liberalisation.
 arrow Nepal private airline starts operations in Bangladesh
A first foreign private airline started its operations in Bangladesh on Sunday.
Cosmic Air, a Nepal-based carrier, operates two flights on Kathmandu-Dhaka-Kathmandu route a week, says a press release.

 arrow Communic Park made GP dealer
Communic Park Limited has signed a dealership agreement with GrameenPhone (GP) Limited to become GP dealer.
 arrow HSBC, StanChart cut lending, savings rates
Banking giants HSBC, its subsidiary Hang Seng Bank and Standard Chartered said Thursday they will cut their lending and savings rates despite the 25 points rate hike in the United States overnight.
 arrow Oil prices fall on signs of rising supply
World oil prices eased on Thursday as signs of strong supply on physical crude markets encouraged dealers to take profits from a bounce in the previous session.
Sportsarrow Football: AFC boosts BU, Mukti
Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra have been invited to represent Bangladesh in next year's AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup beginning on March 9 across the continent.
 arrow Cricket: Gazi Tank keep Plate
The Cup final of the second Gra-meenPhone Corporate Cricket League was defe-rred in respect to Palestinian president Yasser Arafat who passed away yesterday.
 arrow Football: Farewell Romario
Romario scored both goals as Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning team beat their Mexican contemporaries 2-1 in Los Angeles on Wednesday in a match billed as the "Grand Farewell" to the famed striker.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin slams critics
Sachin Tendulkar has hit back at critics who questioned his approach to batting during the Asia Cup.
Despite the India hero scoring 281 runs at an average of 56.

 arrow Cricket: It's all about playing
Pakistan's first one-day international cricket match in India in five years is more about 'building relations" than winning or losing, visiting captain Inzamamul Haq said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis are foxing: Waugh
New Zealand were trying to outfox Australia over their underdog status heading into this month's Test cricket series between the two trans-Tasman rivals, former Aussie Test skipper Steve Waugh said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia divided over ICC advice
Australia has given a mixed reaction to an International Cricket Council (ICC) recommendation to allow bowlers to straighten their arms, a move that would clear Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan to bowl
 arrow Cricket: Sinclair alone shines
Mathew Sinclair was the only New Zealand batsman to offer promise ahead of next week's Test against Australia with a stylish 88 in the opening tour cricket match against New South Wales here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Serena rallies past Myskina
Serena Williams came back from a set and two breaks down to beat Anastasia Myskina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on the opening night of group play at the WTA Championship on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Juve ride on luck
Juventus coach Fabio Capello said his team were lucky to snatch a 1-0 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday, a victory which saw the Turin club extend their lead at the top of Serie A to six points.
 arrow Football: Robinho almost Real's
Brazilian forward Robinho, whose mother was kidnapped last weekend, is close to agreeing a deal which will take him to Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to the player's agents.
 arrow Football: Super Solari
A stunning last-gasp strike from Argentine midfielder Santiago Solari gave Real Madrid a 2-1 extra-time victory over Tenerife on another night of upsets in the King's Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea on track
Premiership leaders Chelsea kept their hopes of a domestic treble alive by advancing into the quarter-finals of the English League Cup with a 2-0 extra-time win away to top-flight rivals Newcastle.
 arrow Chess: Rajib jointly leads Kolkata chess
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib was jointly leading the points table with Indian Grand Master Abhijit Kunte after the fourth round of the Kolkata International Open Tournament yesterday.
 arrow De Silva wishes Murali well
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will be able to bowl his controversial "doosra" under a recommendation from an Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) committee.
 arrow Cricket: Murali chase not on Warne's mind
Australian spin-king Shane Warne said Thursday he was more intent on beating New Zealand and Pakistan in upcoming Tests than putting some distance between himself and Muttiah Muralitharan.
 arrow Football: U-13 Football Festival in April
The Under-13 Asian Football Festival will be held in Dhaka next April.
Six teams including two from hosts Bangladesh will take part in the event staged to inspire youngsters.

Metropolitanarrow Robbery in Rab guise
A group of six armed miscreants wearing the uniform of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) committed a robbery at the residence of businessman Arun Dutt at Murhipatty in the city under Khulna thana on Wednesday
 arrow AL protests Saifur's remarks
Awami League Joint Secretary Obaidul Quader protested what he said the objectionable remarks of Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman at Companyganj in Sylhet that `Awami League resorts to hartal on prices
 arrow Shishu Park to remain open
Central Shishu Park at Shahbag will remain open during public holidays on the occasion of holy Eid-ul Fitr, a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) press release said yesterday.
 arrow Husband kills wife
Farmer Matleb Biswas of Shovna village under Dumuria upazila of Khulna district reportedly hacked his wife Halima Begum to death yesterday morning for protesting his link with outlawed New Biplobi Communist
 arrow Daily Star staff mugged
Armed muggers snatched Tk 5,100 from an employee of The Daily Star at Paribagh in Ramna in the city yesterday.
Culturearrow Social roles of celebrities
Many of us would probably be pleasantly surprised if we saw a star artiste promoting not their latest album, movie or talk-show but a fundamental human rights issue or charity.
Generalarrow 13,000 adults HIV positives in Bangladesh
Thirteen thousand adults aged from 15 to 49 are HIV positive in the country, said the speakers at a workshop in Rajshahi recently.
 arrow Revisiting 1970 devastating cyclone
November 12 is back again with the dreadful memory of the worst ever cyclone and tidal surge that lashed the country's coastal belt and the southern region 34 years ago.
 arrow Govt programmes to celebrate Eid
Government has chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr in a befitting manner.
 arrow Non-communal govt a must to solve CHT crisis: Santu Larma
A true democratic and non-communal government is needed to solve the problems in Chittagong Hill Tracts, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma, president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati
 arrow 3 criminals hurt in 'shootout' with Rab
Three alleged criminals were bullet-hit in a 'shootout' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chanmari in the town yesterday.
 arrow BDR recovers 11 LGs, one pistol at Bandarban
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday recovered 11 light guns (LG) and one foreign-made pistol from Bandarban.
 arrow Show cause on 3 Khulna BNP men
Three top leaders of Khulna city BNP have been asked to show cause why they should not face disciplinary action for their involvement in anti-organisational activities.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arafat is no more
The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has ended a glorious chapter in the unfinished struggle of his people for self-rule, that eludes them even after five decades.
 arrow Editorial: Separate cadre for judiciary
When the government has palpably taxed the patience of the Supreme Court by seeking yet another extension of the deadline to bring about the constitutionally mandated independence of the judiciary from
 arrow Arafat will live on through Palestine
Yasser Arafat, the President of Palestine, a hero and father figure to his people, a symbol of struggle and a great friend of Bangladesh has passed away in the holy month of Ramadan.
 arrow My blueprint on Kashmir
WHETHER we like it or not, President General Pervez Musharraf has been able to retrieve the Kashmir problem from the backburner.
 arrow A mixed reaction in Japan on Bush re-election
Just a few days before people in the United States voted to choose their leader, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi came under criticism as he made no secret of his desire to see George W.
Letters to Editorarrow Eid shopping
While reading the 8 November issue of Prothom Alo on line, one news item about Eid Shopping immediately drew my attention. It has been mentioned that a woman dress called "Lahanga" was sold at Tk.
 arrow "Vulnerability of Muslims"
What strange thing Mr. Shahjahan has found in my letter (DS 01.11.04) about the DS editorial is also strange to me. I have deplored and condemned the deaths of 78 Thai people in no uncertain manner.
 arrow Reality today
Today we have taller buildings and wider highways, but shorter temperaments and narrower points of view. We spend more, but enjoy less. We have more compromises, but less time.
 arrow "What's the matter with America"
I would like to express my thanks to Zafar Sobhan for his write-up (December 5th) on the presidential election, and what it implies in terms of where the United States is going.
 arrow Cricket and Mohakhali flyover
Nobody seems to understand the insult that is being heaped on us and the 'glorious animal'. Yes, I am talking about our chicken cricketers.
 arrow Deaths in Thailand
In Thailand at least 80 Muslims were killed by the police. They demonstrated against the arrest of their fellow activists.
 arrow Price hike
There is a hue and cry that people are suffering due to higher prices of the daily essentials for the past four months, instead of past four years and that is also being attributed mostly to the recent
 arrow Set our man free
As the Eid nears, we all are busy getting prepared for the joyful event. Some of us will have a chance to go to village home and reunite with others which is hardly possible for our hectic work schedule.
 arrow "The Power of Nightmares"
A three part TV documentary called 'The Power of Nightmares' was aired by BBC2 recently. (Read responses from viewers on www.bbc.co.
 arrow Balanced view
It was nice to see that The Daily Star decided to take a fair and balance view of US politics.
 arrow A social nuisance
Beggars pestering city dwellers have become a common sight. The first shocking sights after landing at the airport are the malnourished disabled beggars.
 arrow Flip side
I think we have had enough of one Bin Laden . People who think that Karzai and Alawi are just puppets and aren't standing up for Muslim rights are plainly wrong.
 arrow Bush wins
President Bush's massive win, both in terms of the popular vote and the Republican gains in Congress, is nothing short of a watershed for the Democratic Party at large and progressives in particular.
Arafat a nation makerarrow The symbol of Palestine
Yasser Arafat was the standard-bearer of Palestinian nationalism for nearly half a century who never saw his dream of an independent state become reality.
 arrow ‘No peace till status of Jerusalem remains unresolved’
A summary reproduction of an exclusive interview of the Palestinian leader taken by Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Anwarul Haq, former Chief Reporter of The Daily Star in March, 1997.
 arrow In his own words
Yasser Arafat came to symbolise the struggle for a Palestinian state over the course of the last four decades. Here are some of his most famous quotes.
 arrow A dreamer of a free state
For virtually his entire adult life, Yasser Arafat had one dream, and he pursued it with such energy and zeal -- some would say fanaticism -- that he came to personify the dream itself.
 arrow Arafat cheated death many times
Yasser Arafat was a survivor who cheated death on several fronts, not least his health, during a 40-year career as the symbol of the struggle for Palestinian statehood.
 arrow Globetrotter turned prisoner
Once famous for being the globetrotting champion of the Palestinian cause, Yasser Arafat spent the last years of his life cooped up in his shriveled compound staring down the barrels of Israeli tanks.
 arrow Last journey...


Worldarrow Asian leaders pay tribute to Arafat
Asian leaders reacted with sadness to the death of Yasser Arafat yesterday as they paid tribute to his long struggle for the Palestinian people and expressed hope for eventual peace in the Middle East.
 arrow Israel steps up security after Arafat death
Israel imposed a major clampdown on the occupied territories after Yasser Arafat's death yesterday due to fears of attacks as armed militants loyal to the veteran Palestinian leader vowed to avenge him.
 arrow Suha Arafat: Controversial but loyal wife
Suha Arafat, the once estranged but loyal wife of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who has incited anger for her extravagant lifestyle abroad, rarely left her husband's side in his last days.
 arrow Arab analysts voice fear of post-Arafat vacuum
Yasser Arafat's death plunged the Middle East into a void of uncertainty, as regional commentators tried to assess the impact of his disappearance on the internal Palestinian scene and the ailing peace
 arrow Malaysia extends amnesty for illegal immigrants
Malaysia has extended a 17-day amnesty programme for illegal immigrants to leave the country without fear of being punished, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Iranian answer on key nuke deal imminent
Iran was expected to give its formal response to Britain, France and Germany on whether it will agree to a suspension of some of its nuclear activities in order to avoid possible UN sanctions.
 arrow Tigers give new message on reviving peace talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday said they conveyed a secret message to President Chandrika Kumaratunga through peace broker Norway on ending a 19-month deadlock on negotiations.
 arrow Foreigners fleeing Ivory Coast chaos
Western nations launched one of the largest evacuations of Africa's post-independence era Wednesday as foreigners fled chaos in this former French colony.
 arrow US lowers terror threat level for financial centres
The US government has lowered the terror threat level for the financial services sector in New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday.
 arrow 'N Korea rules out early return to nuke talks'
North Korea has ruled out another round six-nation talks on its nuclear program before the end of the year, Japan's top government spokesman said.
 arrow 'Other Fallujahs may be in making around Iraq'
Arab fighters led by al-Qaeda frontman in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may be already regrouping for other Fallujahs, even as the US war machine unleashes its might on the rebel city, strategists warn.