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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
New MD of BFIC|
GM Salehuddin Ahmed has joined Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Limited (BFIC) recently as managing director.
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.
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.
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Zimbabwe tour makes Vaughan unhappy|
England captain Michael Vaughan says he cannot wait for his team's controversial tour of Zimbabwe to be over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last-minute preparations for Eid dishes |
With Eid-ul-Fitr round the corner, people have started preparations for their special dishes for the day.
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.
Eid congregations in Chittagong|
Elaborate preparations have been taken to hold Eid congregations in the port city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meena Bazar raises hopes|
An initiative by Brahmanbaria Ladies Club to create entrepreneurship has raised great hopes among women in the town.
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.
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.
3 killed in Kushtia, Chuadanga|
Three persons including a hatchery owner and a businessman were killed in separate incidents in two districts on Thursday.
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.
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.
Tk 390 cr uplift project undertaken by RCC|
A Tk 390 cr development project has been undertaken by Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC).
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.
A magistrate was stabbed by a group of miscreants near 'Abakash' colony here on Wednesday.
He is Md Ataul Gani, also an assistant commissioner.
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.
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.
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
Four decades of continuing focus of international attention on a legendary soul came to an abrupt end on the 11th instant.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
With the countdown to Eid, our Cultural Correspondents spoke to two popular small screen celebrities, Fima and Dipa.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cry no tears for Arafat|
The short man had a very long name.
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 Editor||
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.
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
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) .
Price of rice|
Recently the government has taken initiative to sell rice in open market at lower price to ease the general people.
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.
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.
Eid-ul-Fitr: Origin and celebration|
Eid-ul-Fitr is comparatively a new festival and not as old as Eid-ul-Azha.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!