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Front Pagearrow Thousands link hands to show no-trust in govt
Tens of thousands of people locked hands forming a cross-country human wall yesterday to express 'no-confidence' in the government in an unprecedented way with the Awami League (AL)-led opposition parties
 arrow Attack at Bogra
Around 200 people including women were injured in attacks by the ruling BNP men who reportedly teamed up with police to prevent the opposition workers from forming human wall in Bogra and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow SC blasts nine bureaucrats for distorting orders
The Supreme Court yesterday blasted nine government officials for distorting its orders on separation of the judiciary and questioned the government's sincerity in this respect.
 arrow Contempt hearing against Prothom Alo, Bhorer Kagoj begins
Counsels for the two dailies facing contempt charges for running reports on an additional High Court judge's alleged certificate tampering yesterday said that the reports were not baseless and that the dailies informed people of the matter on the basis of official documents.
 arrow Nod to Tk 1,429cr flood rehab plan
The Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting presided over by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday approved a two-year massive flood rehabilitation programme worth Tk 1,429 crore.
 arrow 3,000 Bangladeshis return home
Around 3,000 Bangladeshi workers staying in Malaysia without valid documents have returned home since the beginning of November in the wake of Kuala Lumpur's threat of a crackdown on illegal foreign workers.
 arrow Sundarbans to Sunamganj human wall Dec 30
The mainstream opposition parties announced another cross-country human wall from the Sundarbans in Khulna to Sunamganj on December 30 following what they said was the "stunning success" of yesterday's
 arrow Tigers toil as Sachin equals ton record
Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 Test centuries as India took a handsome 164-run lead in the first innings of the first Test yesterday.
 arrow Drafts of 2 vital Saarc treaties finalised
The Saarc countries have finalised the drafts of two agreements to be signed in the upcoming summit providing for a regional customs co-operation to check import duty evasion and forgery, and allowing
 arrow Battered in Dubai, robbed in Dhaka
A Bangladesh teenage girl seriously who worked as a domestic help in Dubai is now at a Dhaka hospital having been seriously assaulted by her employer, and being robbed of all her possessions on arrival
 arrow US soldier jailed for Iraq murder
Gunmen have ambushed a group of senior police officers in northern Iraq, killing two of them and wounding three, one of the survivors said near the town of Ash Sharqat.
 arrow Standing hand in hand...

 arrow ZIA won't allow visitors during Saarc Summit
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) will increase security at Zia International Airport (ZIA) during the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka taking place on January 9-11.
 arrow HC asks govt why Partha won't get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause why Shaibal Shaha Partha should not be given bail.
 arrow Pay body report not ready yet
The National Pay Commission yesterday said it has yet to finalise its report and urged all concerned not to be misled by any press reports on the new pay structure.
 arrow BNP leader dies in outlaw bombs
A ruling BNP leader was killed and 10 others injured in Jhenidah on Friday night when outlaws threw bombs on them.
 arrow Murder case suspect remanded
A murder case suspect was shown arrested in the August 21 grenade attack on Thursday and remanded for five days yesterday.
 arrow Road crashes kill six
Six people were killed and 24 others injured in road accidents in Bogra, Comilla and Satkhira yesterday.
Businessarrow Participants upbeat about visitors' turnout at jute fair
With the huge turnout of visitors at the ongoing jute fair, jute product manufacturers see a bright prospect in the days ahead.
 arrow LG forays into Bangladesh GSM, PC market in Jan
LG Electronics Inc yesterday announced that it will foray into Bangladesh GSM cellphone set and PC market from next month.
 arrow ECNEC okays 12 projects involving Tk 4,209cr
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) in a meeting yesterday approved 12 development projects involving an outlay of Tk 4,209 crore, including Tk 1618 crore in project aid.
 arrow AKTEL launches int'l roaming service
Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), the second largest cellphone operator in the country, yesterday announced launching of international roaming service for its subscribers.
 arrow Export services, logistics fair begins
A three-day export services and logistics facilities fair kicked off yesterday at the Ball Room of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow China lifts import restrictions on steel, other commodities
China announced Saturday it has lifted restrictions on the import of steel, natural rubber, wool, acrylic fibers and plywood according to its obligation to the World Trade Organisation, state media said.
 arrow Airbus aims at Boeing's 7E7, launches A350
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus took aim at rival Boeing Friday with an announcement that it will go ahead and build the long-range, medium-size A350 to do battle with Boeing's 7E7 Dreamliner.
 arrow Zoellick seen as candidate to head WB
Talk mounted on Friday that President George W Bush could tap his chief trade negotiator Robert Zoellick to run the World Bank, but the White House turned aside questions on the matter.
 arrow Opec ministers unfazed by oil price drop after output cut
Opec ministers on Saturday played down the significance of an indifferent market reaction to their output cut to shore-up sliding oil prices, insisting that prices would climb again next week.
 arrow $5m investment deal signed
A US-Singapore joint-venture company will establish a US$ 5.037 million garment accessories manufacturing factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone.
 arrow Prime Bank, Intraco CNG sign MoU
Prime Bank Limited will extend credit facilities to customers of Intraco CNG Limited for conversion of their vehicles from carbon-based fuel to compressed natural gas.
 arrow Sri Lanka parliament okays radical budget
Sri Lanka's parliament gave final approval to the government's 2005 budget on Friday, officials said, paving the way for the biggest state worker pay hike in over a decade, tax cuts on essential foods
 arrow US to go with anti-dumping duties on China furniture
A US trade panel upheld a decision Friday that Chinese wooden furniture was "dumped" in the United States at unfairly low prices, leaving punitive duties in place.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Drop catches, lose matches
If you want to know how costly missed opportunities can be better ask master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.
 arrow Cricket: Sunil wishes Sachin well
Cricket might not be played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in future, but the grand venue will for sure have a permanent place in great modern day batsman Sachin Tendulkar's mind.
 arrow Cricket: As hungry as ever
It was the most important single of Sachin Tendulkar's life.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee roars on return
Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza could have become a hero on the second day of the first Test against India yesterday but for some sloppy catching it never happened.
 arrow Cricket: Sorry Sunny!
The name Sunil Gavaskar seems to have little significance for a security guard posted at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Mariner back to winning
Mariner Youngs Club came from a goal down to beat Wari Club 4-1 in yesterday's lone Green Delta Premier Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: WA wallop Pakistan
Pakistan suffered a demoralising defeat Saturday in their only major warm-up game before the first Test against Australia next week, crashing to Western Australia by 10 wickets.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't write 'em off'
Retired fast bowling great Dennis Lillee warned that Pakistan were a team that produced their best in big matches and despite lacklustre form on the current tour of Australia they could not be written
 arrow Football: MU want Arsenal's help
Manchester United are hoping arch-rivals Arsenal can do them a favour by putting the brakes on Chelsea's title surge at Highbury on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Best of Gerrard yet to come
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has voiced confidence he can keep his most valuable asset, England midfielder Steven Gerrard, at the club for the peak years of his career.
 arrow Football: Portsmouth eye Strachan
Managerless Portsmouth could be on the point of turning the tables on Premiership arch-rivals Southampton by appointing former Saints boss Gordon Strachan to the position.
 arrow Football: Real days ahead, says Figo
Real Madrid's Portuguese star Luis Figo said Friday the Spanish giants are getting back on track after a slow start to their campaign this season.
 arrow Football: No other club will do for Giggs
Unsettled Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has said that a move from the Red Devils to any other club would be a step down.
 arrow Chess: Reefat stuns Niaz
Local Grand Master Ziaur Rahman drew with his Vietnamese counterpart Dao Thien Hai in the third round of the of the Maan Bangladesh Grand Masters Chess tournament at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: RU cricket
Statistics Department defeated History Department by 34 runs and Chemistry Department won three wickets against Botany Department in the inter-department cricket tournament of Rajshahi University yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho in awe of Adriano
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho heaped praise Saturday on Inter Milan's Brazilian striker Adriano, predicting the player will soon become the world's greatest striker.
 arrow Football: France to make Euro 2012 bid
France are set to make a bid to host the 2012 European football championships, the national football federation president Claude Simonet said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Edu linked to Barca
Arsenal midfielder Edu said he was flattered to have been linked with Barcelona but indicated he was happy to remain a Gunner if he had the chance of regular first-team football.
 arrow Football: Magura soccer
Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardi (HSS) College Ekadosh blanked Sreerampur Sporting Club 2-0 in the Shaheed Mukul Smriti Football League at the Magura Government College playground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Project dev activities before people
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked her partymen at grassroots level to project her government's development activities through vigorous campaigns so that people can avail themselves of the benefit.
 arrow Pry teachers lay siege to PMO Dec 22
Non-government primary school teachers will lay siege to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on December 22 demanding nationalisation of their service.
 arrow New cardiac hospital to be set up in city
A new cardiac hospital will be set up jointly by the Escort Heart Institute of India and Bangladesh Medical Services Limited in the city.
 arrow DFID-Japan economic bureau joint team due today
A two-member joint team from the British Department for International Development (DFID) and Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrives in the city today on a two-day
 arrow SSKOP threatens strike on Dec 26
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday threatened to go for a 24-hour strike in all newspapers and news agencies on December 26 if its seven-point demand, including formation ofthe
 arrow Workshop on sanitation
A workshop on sanitation was held in the city yesterday to discuss ways and means of ensuring sanitation for all by 2010.
 arrow 5 martyrs' death anniversary today
Today is the 34th death anniversary of four brothers -- Mukarram Hossain Mukul, Mansur Hossain Manju, Mostaque Hossain Anju, and Mosharraf Hossain Ranju -- and their brother-in-law Yusuf Ali, says a press
 arrow 1,651 more held
Police arrested 1,651 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Shahnaaz Ahmed, an assistant professor of English at the Independent University of Bangladesh, passed away at Samorita Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. She had been suffering from a terminal illness.
Nationalarrow More 50 lakh tonnes onion to be produced in Rajshahi division
Additional 50 lakh tonnes of onion worth around Tk 450 crore could be produced in 16 districts under Rajshahi division by bringing about five lakh hectares of fallow lands under its cultivation in summer
 arrow Why are they elected?
We are kept in the dark about development programmes, VGF card distribution and other activities in our areas.
 arrow 3 Rab members hurt in attack by people
Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were injured in an attack by a group of people at the Biswa Road crossing on Dhaka-Sylhet highway Thursday night.
 arrow Free soil test for farmers
A three-day free soil test programme for farmers, organised by the Soil Resource Development Institute, concluded here on Wednesday.
 arrow Under-trial prisoner dies in Bagerhat jail
An under-trial prisoner died at Bagerhat District Jail on Thursday evening.

He is Bellal Howlader,32, son of Abdul Majid Howlader of Baruikhali village under Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat.

 arrow 30 hurt in Kushtia clash
At least 30 people including two police personnel were injured in a clash between two factions of ruling BNP at Raripara village in Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah district over possession of a beel (big
 arrow Tragic!
A poor housewife killed herself and her 10-year old daughter by jumping under a running train.

Her four year-old son narrowly escaped death but lost a leg.

 arrow IUTA polls: Split in pro-govt teachers
The pro-government teachers at Islamic University have fallen apart ahead of the a head of election of IU Teachers Association.

The have submitted nomination papers separately under three panels.

 arrow 'Reduce price of IU admission forms'
Four student organisations of Islamic University (IU) including Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chhatra Front, Chhatra Union and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) yesterday demanded of the authorities to refix
 arrow Tk 10 cr for Moulvibazar town projects
An amount of Tk 10 crore has been allocated to implement Moulvibazar Town Infrastructurore Development Project.
 arrow Publication ceremony held
Publication ceremony of Chander Poroshey Tumi Romoni Holey, a book of poems composed by Poet Pulak Kanti Dhar was held at Shilpakala Academy auditorium here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tk 20 lakh cell phones stolen
About 500 mobile sets and 2,000 pre-paid phone cards worth about Tk 20 lakh were stolen from the show room of M K Traders, about 200 yards away from Jessore Kotwali Police Station on Thursday night.
 arrow B'baria Press Club polls held
The annual general meeting (AGM) and election of Brahmanbaria Press Club were held on Friday.
 arrow Another acid victim
Miscreant threw acid on a housewife at Kalabaha village under Sadar upazila in Jamalpur on Wednesday.
Culturearrow Delving into the history of Liberation War
Thirty-three years have passed since the Liberation War of our country.
 arrow Children's art competition
On the occasion of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin's 90th birth anniversary, an art competition for children was held on December 10 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Artist Shafiqul Amin inaugurated the event.
 arrow A talented quintet comes to town
Members of the Orsolino Quintet, a German-Austrian woodwind ensemble, played to a receptive audience at Osmani Memorial Hall recently. They spoke to The Daily Star about the early days of the group.
 arrow Shwanan celebrates its 19th anniversary
On the occasion of its 19th anniversary, recitation group Shwanan arranged a cultural programme titled Rabindranath: Antarey Anuragey at the National Museum auditorium on Friday last.
Internationalarrow New US security chief pulls out
Bernard Kerik, New York City's former top cop, withdrew his name from consideration to be President Bush's homeland security secretary, a victim of the embarrassing "nanny problem" that has killed the
 arrow Another Guantanamo detainee claims abuse
A Briton held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba claims he was subjected to abuse and humiliation, echoing torture accounts from other British nationals held there, the Guardian reported Saturday.
 arrow Berlusconi cleared of corruption
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been cleared of corruption after a four-year trial. Berlusconi had been accused of bribing judges in the 1980s to favour his business interests.
 arrow US launches new operation to force Taliban surrender
The US-led military in Afghanistan has kicked off a new operation to hunt Taliban militants in their winter stronghold and force them to accept an Afghan government reconciliation offer, a US military
 arrow 97,000 Chinese died in road accidents this year so far
Almost 97,000 people were killed on China's roads in the first 11 months of this year, a 1.5 percent increase on the same period last year, state media reported Saturday.
 arrow Nobel winner Maathai sounds alarm over planet
Calling humanity a threat to the planet, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai urged democratic reform and an end to corporate greed after becoming the first African woman to collect the Nobel Peace
 arrow 'Opposition in Ukraine got money from US'
It's been alleged that the Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organisations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet
 arrow Hunt for survivors called off in Philippines
Rescuers ended their search for survivors in the ruins of a collapsed building in the storm-ravaged northeastern Philippines Saturday after concluding there is no one left alive.
 arrow Alleged kidnap mastermind arrested in Pakistan
Pakistani security forces have arrested an Afghan militant leader who allegedly masterminded the month-long kidnap ordeal of three UN workers, officials said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Combating terror, crime
We commend the pledge made by the BIMSTEC countries at a recently concluded high-level meeting to launch a joint offensive against terrorism and transnational crime.
 arrow Editorial: Childhood under threat
The Unicef report on the State of the World's Children released Thursday portrayed the imperilled plight of children across the globe.
 arrow Is the ACC a substitute for the office of Ombudsman?
The much talked about Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) became functional in the last week of November with the appointment of its chairman and two commissioners and absorption of the officers and employees
 arrow Modi's plan takes shape
Time is a great healer. I wish I could say that for Gujarat. Nearly three years ago the BJP, nay, its state chief minister Narendra Modi, instigated the killing and uprooting of thousands of Muslims.
Letters to Editorarrow Mosquito menace
The people of Chittagong City suffer from the mosquito-menace now a days. The alarming number of mosquitoes in the area has tremendously intensified this pain.
 arrow Taxicab attention
Taxicabs are now the common media of transport of the terrorists and hijackers.
 arrow Drug addiction -- a social cancer
A social cancer has extended its poisonous claw all over the world. Drug addiction has now become a serious global problem. Because of romantic curiosity, young people get addicted to drug.
 arrow Addition to Kibria's reply to Justice Latifur Rahman
Mr. Shah A M S Kibria's reply to Mr. Justice Latifur Rahman was published on December 5. It seemed that Mr. Kibria had missed some points in his reply.
Star Healtharrow Facts about proper antenatal care
Bangladesh, a country with annual birth of close to 4 million, still has a very high maternal mortality rate estimated at 3.2 to 4 per 1000 live births.
 arrow Heart patients often stop their medication
You have survived a heart attack and made it out of the hospital. Would not you stick to the medication you have been prescribed? A surprising number of people do not, apparently.
 arrow Diabetes management in overweight patients
'Orlistat (Xenical) can be used as an adjuvant therapy along with other oral diabetic medicines in managing glycaemic control (lowering blood glucose level), lipid profiles and blood pressure in obese
 arrow Manage allergic rhinitis in winter
Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal mucosa (lining epithelium) which is triggered by an allergic reaction.
 arrow Long computer use may be linked to eye disease
Hours in front of a computer screen may increase the risk of glaucoma in people who are myopic or short-sighted, Japanese scientists said on Tuesday.
Star Cityarrow High-rise buildings lack parking space
Many high-rise buildings in the city are being constructed without adequate parking space violating the Building Construction Act.
 arrow Hawkers' markets still fire-prone
Even after the New Bangabazar fire tragedy in Gulistan on November 21, most hawkers' markets in the city have not yet installed proper fire extinguishing systems in place.
 arrow Ikebana & Bonsai Stir Interest in Many..

 arrow Unauthorised petrol pumps sell substandard fuel
In violation of the government rule, several hundred unauthorised fuel shops across the city continue selling substandard fuel much to the disregard for the environment.
 arrow Women dominate drug business in Mohammadpur
Women and teenagers are dominating the clandestine drug business in the city's Mohammadpur residential area.
 arrow Air quality station starts reporting
The new Rajarbag mobile air quality monitoring station set up in late October has already started delivering reports and the findings are unsettling.