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Front Pagearrow Arafat laid to rest as world bids farewell
Yasser Arafat was laid to rest in a marble-and-stone grave yesterday after his flag-draped coffin was borne through a sea of emotional Palestinians who swarmed the helicopter that brought him from a state
 arrow Eid tomorrow if moon sighted today
The Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated all over the country tomorrow if the Shawal moon is sighted today.
 arrow Mid-term change of govt must follow constitution
Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Torkel Patterson yesterday said his Thursday's statement was not that the government must see out its full term but that any mid-term change of government
 arrow Tribute to an undying flame
As a lifelong foe Ariel Sharon's reaction to Yasser Arafat's death was understandable though not forgivable. However President Bush's was neither.
 arrow Kala Jahangir's aide killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged associate of Kala Jahangir and local ringleader Shahar Ali died in 'crossfire' between his aides and police strike forces Cheetah and Cobra in Kafrul yesterday, eight hours after he was taken
 arrow Extortion peaks as Eid nears
As the Eid neared, the business people and professionals of the city saw its mafiosi and corrupt police become more and more pressing and reckless in exacting tolls.
 arrow Hepatitis cases on the rise
Viral hepatitis infection is increasing in the capital with hospitals and clinics reporting a nearly four-fold rise in admission of such patients.
 arrow Fight on for control over Karwan Bazar
A fierce campaign is on to gain control over Karwan Bazar, one of the city's largest business hubs that the mafiosi consider a lucrative source of earning crores in extortion money.
 arrow BTTB acts deaf, dumb to dead line complaints
Though many a subscriber of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) in the capital has remained disconnected for several weeks, and some even for months, the state-owned operator just sits onits
 arrow Powerful quakes hit Indonesia: 17 dead
A succession of powerful earthquakes rocked eastern Indonesia yesterday, killing at least 17 people, injuring more than 100 others and destroying hundreds of homes, police said.
 arrow Listed criminal Kala Monir held after gunfight
A listed criminal was caught hurt last night after a gunfight with police leading to recovery of a loaded pistol and 250 bullets at Shyampur in the city.
 arrow Bhorer Kagoj reporter gets life threat
Unidentified callers yesterday gave a life threat to a staff reporter of Bengali daily The Bhorer Kagoj for reports on tampering the marks certificate of LLB examinations held under Chittagong University.
 arrow Condition of Shahriar, 5 others critical
Condition of journalist-writer Shahriar Kabir and five leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, who were injured in a road accident in Saidpur Thursday, was reported to be critical till yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 50 hurt in stampede
Two elderly women were killed and 50 people were injured in a stampede during distribution of zakat saree from the house of Basundhara Group Vice-chairman Mahbub Morshed Hasan Runu on the Girls School
 arrow DU student, 8 others killed in road accidents
Nine people, including a Dhaka University (DU) student, were killed and 18 others injured in road accidents in Feni, Laxmipur and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Jumatul Wida....

 arrow US claims controlling most of Fallujah
US troops controlled most of Fallujah yesterday but were forced to confront rebels in Iraq's northern city of Mosul and officers said there were signs of insurgents resurfacing in other Sunni Arab strongholds
 arrow Mystery lingers around Yasser Arafat's death
What killed Yasser Arafat?

It's a mystery that could keep the rumour mill churning and fuel conspiracy theories for years to come.

 arrow FM hands over PM's letter to Chandrika
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday handed over a letter of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, inviting her to the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association forRegional
 arrow Holiday
The offices of The Daily Star will remain closed for three days from today on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Therefore, there will be no issue of the newspaper on November 14,15 and 16.
Businessarrow Govt to discontinue interest rebate on farm loan
In the wake of drastic interest rate cut on agriculture loans by nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), the government has decided to discontinue two percent interest rebate for farmers who repay loans
 arrow Oil prices firmer in cautious Asian trade
Oil prices were firmer in Asian trade Friday after a sharp drop in US hours when concerns over supplies of heating oil during the northern hemisphere winter had eased, dealers said.
 arrow HSBC set to buy Korea First Bank
HSBC, the London-based financial services giant, has offered to buy Korea First Bank for somewhere between three and 3.5 trillion won (2.7-3.2 billion dollars), news reports here said.
 arrow New MD of BFIC
GM Salehuddin Ahmed has joined Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Limited (BFIC) recently as managing director.
 arrow Mobile phones beat land lines in India
Indian mobile phone users have outnumbered fixed-line customers for the first time, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
The number of mobile phone subscribers grew by 1.

 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
November 06-November 10, 2004
Local FX Market
US dollar was stable against Bangladeshi taka this week on back of higher remittances before Eid.

Sportsarrow Sports after holiday
The sports fraternity will be back to business after a weeklong Eid vacation and the heart of country's sports Bangabandhu National Stadium has become almost deserted with most of the federation doors
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's home hopes
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly Friday said he hoped to get back to winning ways in the day-night one-dayer against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens here.
 arrow Cricket: 'McGrath also flexes'
Muttiah Muralitharan insists he is not the only leading bowler with a suspect action, adding others, including Australia's Glenn McGrath, bent their arms beyond the limit allowed under current regulations.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas in India
Graeme Smith has warned the Indians that South Africa will employ the same tactics which gave Australia so much success on their tour to India.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova shines
Amelie Mauresmo, chasing the world number one ranking, and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova signalled their intentions at the WTA Tour Championship with sparkling straight-set victories.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Niaz both win
Both Bangladeshi Grand Masters won their fifth round matches in the Kolkata International Open Chess Tournament at the West Bengal capital on Thursday but International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib lost
 arrow Cricket: A taste of Sourav
How long can it take for a captain to get his field placements right? On Thursday afternoon, skipper Sourav Ganguly took close to an hour for the perfect placements from the welcome bouquets at first
 arrow Dutch defy Argentina
Olympic champions Germany and the Netherlands appear set to reach the Champions Trophy women's field hockey championship final after Argentina failed to beat the Dutch on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe tour makes Vaughan unhappy
England captain Michael Vaughan says he cannot wait for his team's controversial tour of Zimbabwe to be over.
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann has to do it
Darren Lehmann will have to re-live the trauma of the death of former Test cricketer David Hookes just days before playing for Australia in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming to join Aussie tour
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been cleared by doctors to join his teammates on their cricket tour of Australia, team officials said.
 arrow Cricket: NSW take lead
New South Wales staged a lower-order fightback against New Zealand's seam attack to take a first-innings lead on the second day of the four-day tour match on Friday.
 arrow Olympics: Moscow doesn't mind tag
Moscow deputy mayor Valery Shantsev does not mind the fact that the Russian capital is considered the rank outsider in the race to stage the 2012 Olympics.
 arrow Football: The Beckham question
David Beckham is expected to return to action for Real Madrid against Albacete on Sunday after a six week absence due to broken ribs.
 arrow Football: A different kind of visit
The last time Arsenal made the short trip to north London rivals Tottenham they came back with the Premiership trophy.
 arrow Football: Zemen has another chance
There will be no love lost at the Via Del Mare stadium on Sunday when dark horses Lecce entertain Serie A leaders Juventus.
Metropolitanarrow AL leader stabbed to death
A mob caught and beat up a criminal after he stabbed an Awami League leader of a city ward to death at Begunbari in Tejgaon yesterday.
 arrow Last-minute preparations for Eid dishes
With Eid-ul-Fitr round the corner, people have started preparations for their special dishes for the day.
 arrow Bidisha accuses govt of harassment
Jatiya Party (JP) Presidium Member Bidisha Ershad yesterday accused the BNP-led coalition government of harassing the family members of former president HM Ershad while going abroad.
 arrow Eid congregations in Chittagong
Elaborate preparations have been taken to hold Eid congregations in the port city.
 arrow Woman drowns While boarding Barisal-bound launch
A woman drowned in river Buriganga while trying to embark on a Barisal-bound launch from a small boat close to Sadarghat terminal in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 112 held in Ctg
Police arrested 112 people, including a fugitive convict, and recovered two firearms in separate raids in the district in the last 24 hours ending at 4.00 pm yesterday.
Nationalarrow Grapes, greens and affluence
People of Konarpara village have done a miracle. It is hard to believe unless seen.
Most of the villagers were poor and illiterate, mainly dependent on farm labour.

 arrow Protest against killing of Rajshahi AL leader
Killing of an Awami League (AL) leader allegedly by BNP activists at Damkurahat in Paba upazila on Wednesday night has triggered widespread protests.
 arrow Meena Bazar raises hopes
An initiative by Brahmanbaria Ladies Club to create entrepreneurship has raised great hopes among women in the town.
 arrow 5 hurt as criminals attack newspaper office at Bhola
Five people, including three newsmen, were injured in an attack by criminals at the office of local daily Ajker Paribartan here on Thursday.
 arrow 30-60 pc fare hike in Barisal
Transport owners are realising fares 30 to 60 per cent higher than normal in different land and river routes from Barisal, taking the advantage of rush ahead of Eid.
 arrow 3 killed in Kushtia, Chuadanga
Three persons including a hatchery owner and a businessman were killed in separate incidents in two districts on Thursday.
 arrow RDRS saves hanged cop's daughter from being divorced
Timely interference by a local NGO has saved Salma Akhtar, 19, eldest daughter of hanged police Constable Abdus Sattar, from being divorced by her husband Abdur Rouf, 23.
 arrow Two B'baria BNP leaders suspended
Two BNP leaders in Sarail union were suspended following a clash at an Iftar party at Sarail Annada High School ground on Wednesday.
 arrow Tk 390 cr uplift project undertaken by RCC
A Tk 390 cr development project has been undertaken by Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC).
 arrow Woman killed for dowry
A woman was allegedly killed by her husband in collaboration with her mother-in-law for dowry at Dakkhin Jagathsar village in Sadar upazila on Thursday.
The victim is Sufia Begum, 20.

 arrow Magistrate stabbed
A magistrate was stabbed by a group of miscreants near 'Abakash' colony here on Wednesday.
He is Md Ataul Gani, also an assistant commissioner.

 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in B'baria clash
One person was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bhalakoot village in Nasirnagar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Tk 12 lakh forgery Bank manager, 3 others get life
A court here on Wednesday have life term to four persons including two bank officials for misappropriating Tk 12 lakh through forgery in 1994.
 arrow MP demands removal of Netrakona Civil Surgeon
Lawmaker and president of Netrakona district BNP MA Karim Abbasi has demanded removal of Netrakona Civil Surgeon Mainul Ahamed Chowdhury and cancellation of appointments recently made in the districtHealth
Point-Counterpointarrow Post-Arafat scenario
Four decades of continuing focus of international attention on a legendary soul came to an abrupt end on the 11th instant.
 arrow Governance: Institutional reform and capacity building
Major global political changes in last couple of decades have prompted major changes in the role of the state.
 arrow Dr A M M Khan
Dr A MM Khan went into a coma a few days ago from which he never came back. He passed away on November 7. He was chacha to many of us, men and women, who did our M.A.
 arrow Face to face with people's representatives
Union Parishad (UP) is an ancient and traditional institution in Bangladesh. It is known as the nearest government to the common people. Poor people of the rural areas depend on the institution very much.
 arrow Changing scenario during Ramadan and Eid
Come Ramadan the unscrupulous traders in collusion with toll collectors and some corrupt government agencies would artificially jack up market prices of essentials of daily use particularly food items
Culturearrow The three essentials of Eid
Eid, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, is almost knocking at the doors. And the rituals of Eid won't be completed without Topi, Tasbih and Jainamaz.
 arrow Celebrity Eid-thoughts
With the countdown to Eid, our Cultural Correspondents spoke to two popular small screen celebrities, Fima and Dipa.
Internationalarrow Thousands greet Arafat's body in Ramallah
Amid scenes of chaos, a military helicopter carrying Yasser Arafat's coffin landed at the late Palestinian leader's West Bank headquarters where he was buried yesterday.
 arrow France looks for bigger role in ME peace
By looking after Yasser Arafat in his last days and sending his body home with full honours, France reinforced its image as a major Palestinian ally and attempted to position itself as a key player should
 arrow Falluja a 'big disaster,' aid needed
Aid agencies called on US forces and the Iraqi government to allow them to deliver food, medicine and water to Falluja yesterday and said four days of intense fighting had turned the city into a "bigdisaster.
 arrow India cuts Kashmir troops
In a significant step prior to his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir next week, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced reduction in the troops deployment in the militancy-hit state this winter
 arrow Colombo, LTTE agree to uphold truce
Norway's latest bid to salvage Sri Lanka's faltering peace process ended without a breakthrough yesterday but the government and the rebels have pledged to continue to uphold a fragile truce.
 arrow Blair meets with Bush as ME tops agenda
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to meet with President George W. Bush yesterday to discuss new perspectives on Middle East peace in the aftermath of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.
 arrow US to stay in Iraq for 3 more years
The US-led invasion of Iraq will eventually succeed but US troops will likely have to stay in the country for up to three more years, a former commander of US forces who ran the war in Iraq and Afghanistan
 arrow Iran vows to resist pressure on nukes
Iran vowed yesterday it would "resist" unfair demands to limit parts of its suspect nuclear programme, as talks with Britain, France and Germany on resolving the stand-off appeared to run into fresh difficulties.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid for a better tomorrow
Eid-ul-Fitr touches everybody. It is not just the biggest festival for the Muslims, it also is the most stirring event in an otherwise mundane annual cycle of their lives.
 arrow Editorial: Travel safety
People have already begun to leave the capital for their eagerly-awaited annual sojourns in hometowns or villages to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.
 arrow Cry no tears for Arafat
The short man had a very long name.
 arrow Second Bush Administration
Against all conventional wisdom and past tradition, President George W. Bush and his team have proved many pundits wrong in most parts of the world.
Letters to Editorarrow Ohio verdict and the world
Being a resident of Ohio, I was, like most others, closely watching the election coverage, and was no doubt amused when it all came down to Ohio.
 arrow Americans made the right choice
Maybe they didn't make the right choice from the Muslim point of view, but when have Americans ever cared about the Muslim point of view? After 9/11, Americans were faced with the stark reality that their
 arrow Visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan
Two critical letters on the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan attracted my attention (Pakistan PM's visit; DS November 8th) .
 arrow Price of rice
Recently the government has taken initiative to sell rice in open market at lower price to ease the general people.
Eidul-Fitr Specialarrow Eid : Past and present
If the splendid illumination of the shopping centers and the milling crowds in Dhaka are any indication, Eid-ul-Fitr this year, promises to be a festival of many slendoured joy.
 arrow Festivity in the official world
Eid-ul-Fiter is one of the two religious festivals of the Muslim community. It is also interpreted as a social event in that friends and relations visit their respective homes on the day.
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr: Origin and celebration
Eid-ul-Fitr is comparatively a new festival and not as old as Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Let the have-nots smile
In Ayat 183 of Sura (Chapter) Al-Baqara (the Cow) of the Holy Quran Almighty Allah says, "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn)self-restraint".
 arrow The day of self-searching and self-realisation
The holy month of Ramadan had made its august presence amongst us and has now taken leave of us, the Muslims.
Literaturearrow The Benevolent One
I am sitting in a cheap restaurant in Zakaria Street, a cup of black bitter tea, topped by a thick crust of cream resting on a black table in front of me.
 arrow Introducing South Asian Poetry In English: Michael Madhusudan Dutt (1824-73)
Every literate Bengali knows Michael Madhusudan Dutt as the protagonist of two cautionary tales.
 arrow The Heart of a Rebel Poet: Letters of Michael Madhusudan Dutt
Edited by Gulam Murshid; Oxford University Press, India; 2004; xliii+ 327 pp.; Rupees 625
I have never read Michael Madhusudan Dutt's actual works, or more accurately, been able to read them.

 arrow Excerpt from Letter No. 83, written sometime after 14 June, 1861
...how you are, old boy (?) A Tragedy, a volume of Odes and one half of a real Epic poem!