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Front Pagearrow Fire tamed, but severe damage feared
The raging flames that had leapt 300 feet at Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj early Saturday subsided to 10 to 30 feet yesterday afternoon, indicating the fury of the inferno might be over much earlier
 arrow HC stays govt order on BGMEA administrator
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed a government order for an administrator to replace the elected executive committee of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), apparently
 arrow 5 nations agree to Feb 7-9 summit
Five of the seven Saarc member states have endorsed Dhaka's proposal for holding the postponed 13th Saarc summit on February 7-9 with India likely to respond today or tomorrow, Foreign Minister M Morshed
 arrow 4 more killed in 'crossfire'
Four alleged criminals were killed yesterday in 'crossfire' between the criminal gangs and the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Cobra and Cheetah in separate incidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj
 arrow Hosts 7wkt away
Bangladesh will go into the fifth and final day of the first Test today needing seven more Zimbabwe wickets to celebrate a piece of history.
 arrow ACC attaches Bac district officers
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday attached all district anti-corruption officers of now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) on a temporary basis, despite a government order prohibiting
 arrow Niko Resources unaccountable
The Canadian company Niko Resources, blamed for the huge gas explosion in Sunamganj on Friday, is unaccountable to Petrobangla, the country's oil and gas regulatory authority, according to industry sources.
 arrow Envoys to answer for missions' export performance
The government has decided from now on to hold the chiefs of the Bangladeshi foreign missions, instead of their economic and commercial counsellors, accountable for achieving their respective exporttargets.
 arrow Palestinians vote in key election
Palestinians held their first presidential election in nine years yesterday, choosing a successor to longtime leader Yasser Arafat in a vote that many hoped would revitalise the Mideast peace process.
 arrow Tk 8 lakh looted from bank staff
Robbers yesterday gunned down a taxi driver and stabbed two Bank staff as they looted Tk 8 lakh from Rupali bank at Maijdi in Noakhali.
 arrow Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day today
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina will address a rally at Paltan Maidan in the city this afternoon marking the historic 'Homecoming Day' of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Ashfaqur to be next foreign secy
Ashfaqur Rahman is set to replace Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury as the foreign secretary of Bangladesh, after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia signed the summary for change at the top diplomat spot.
 arrow Tk 28 lakh robbed in 4 incidents
Robbers yesterday looted cash and gold ornaments worth about Tk 27.8 lakh in four separate incidents at Kalyanpur, Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur.
 arrow More threats to Rajshahi intellectuals
Incidents of reported death threats to intellectuals have risen alarmingly in Rajshahi since the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Muhammad Yunus.
 arrow Samad Azad returns home
Abdus Samad Azad, senior leader of the main opposition Awami League (AL), returned home yesterday after undergoing medical treatment in India for the last four months.
 arrow HC dismisses theft case against ex-air chief Jamal
The High Court (HC) yesterday quashed the proceedings of a wristwatch theft case filed against former Air Force chief Jamal Uddin Ahmed.
 arrow Principal secy gets 4th time extension
The government yesterday extended the service contract of the principal secretary to the prime minister for the fourth time in nearly four years.
 arrow CPB meets Gono Forum, Workers Party
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday in separate meetings with Workers Party and Gono Forum leaders said they are not considering any political alliance with the Awami League,said
 arrow Women rights bodies demand speedy trial
Thirty-five women rights organisations in ten southwestern and one northern districts reiterated their demand for early trial and punishment of policemen involved in housewife Doly Khatun rape in a Chuadanga
 arrow Witness says Chhatra Samaj leader shot Ahsanullah
A prosecution witness in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday told the court that he saw Jatiya Chhatra Samaj leader Nurul Islam Dipu, his brother Shahidul Islam Shipu and
 arrow Two fishermen missing after pirates throw them into Bay
Two fishermen are feared dead and 12 others suffered injuries as pirates flung them into the Bay after looting their trawler Thursday night.
 arrow Muggers shoot office staff, rob Tk 2 lakh
Muggers yesterday shot an employee of Jemcon Limited and took Tk 2 lakh on Satmasjid Road in the city.
Businessarrow EPZ exports post 13pc rise in 2004
Earnings from the export processing zones (EPZs) marked a healthy 12.83 percent rise and investment also saw a 12.
 arrow Sugarcane dearth threatens sugar production target
Sugar production in 14 state-run mills is likely to miss target this season, which authorities attribute to supply dearth of sugarcane.
 arrow Tk 1045cr schemes okayed by Ecnec
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council in a meeting yesterday approved 14 development projects involving an outlay of Tk 1045 crore, including Tk 292 crore in project aid.
 arrow Asian tourism weathers tsunami disaster
Thailand and Sri Lanka have been scarred but tourism in Asia remains largely unhurt by the tsunami disaster despite the massive devastation of coastal areas, industry experts and operators said.
 arrow World Bank head hunt begins
The selection of candidates for World Bank chief took an unexpected turn this week, after the favorite, US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, was nominated to be number two in the State Department.
 arrow Paris Club likely to consider debt moratorium for Lanka, Indonesia
Government creditors in the Paris Club are likely to consider a debt moratorium for Sri Lanka and Indonesia this week, two of the countries worst affected by last month's tidal wave, although expertshave
 arrow Tk 12cr IPDC equity investment for Westin Hotel in Dhaka
Industrial Promotion and Develop-ment Company will make a Tk 12 crore equity investment in the Unique Hotel and Resorts Limited to set up a 5-star hotel titled The Westin Hotel, Dhaka.
 arrow Ex-directors of Enron agree to $168m settlement
Some of Enron Corp's former directors have agreed to a $168 million (89.
 arrow US takes fight against copyright piracy in Asia
American businesses, losing a whopping 250 billion dollars a year to copyright piracy, are taking the fight against counterfeit goods in Asia to the sources of production, with China at the frontlineof
 arrow New GM of Asiatic MindShare
Partha Pratim Ghosh joined Asiatic MindShare Ltd as general manager.
Ghosh started his career with Contract Advertising, an associates of JWT worldwide.

 arrow Mitsubishi to supply autos for Peugeot, Nissan
Troubled Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors has inked deals to supply its autos to Japan's Nissan Motor and French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen from 2006, a news report said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers can't wait
Fifth days are pretty special in Bangladesh's Test history.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar's lucky pair?
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar continued to set the trend with his trusty willow that produced his 19th Test half-century yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Blazing Al Shahriar, Hannan
Out of favour Bangladesh bats-men Al Shahriar and Hannan Sarker bludgeo-ned their ways to sparkling centuries in a record 296-run second wicket stand as Old DOHS registered a thumping 218-run victoryover
 arrow Hockey: Abahani do Usha double
Abahani spoiled Usha Krira Chakra's chance to finish the Green Delta Premier Hockey League in style after the Sky Blues inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the new champions at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Cricket unites for tsunami victims
World cricket's elite gather here on Monday to raise an estimated 10 million dollars (7.5 million US) for the Asian tsunami disaster.
 arrow Cricket: WI falter this time
The West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 34 as they went down to Australia A without their skipper Brian Lara in their one-day cricket match at Bellerive Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh open to bigger role
Steve Waugh said Sunday he was ready for any active role that might come his way as world cricket pitches in to help the massive Asian tsunami relief appeal effort here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Qatar Open Federer's
Roger Federer added to his long list of remarkable statistics Saturday by winning the 23rd title of his career with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ivan Ljubicic in the final of Qatar Open.
 arrow Cricket: Lara appeals for 250-plus totals
West Indies batsmen must look for innings totals of 250 and greater to be successful in this month's triangular one-day cricket series with Australia and Pakistan, skipper Brian Lara said Sunday.
 arrow Women wrestling ends peacefully
The two-day first ever National Women's Wrestling Championship ended peacefully at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rajib holds GM Kunte
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib continued his impressive show in the third Parsvnath International Open Chess Championship as he drew his tenth round board with Indian Grand Master Abhijit Kunte
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu pulls out
Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu has pulled out of Monday's International Cricket Council's fundraising match for tsunami victims to care for his two sick children.
 arrow Cricket: Warne wants to visit Lanka
Test cricket's leading bowler Shane Warne said Sunday he wants to visit Sri Lanka to help in the tsunami relief effort.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria fears Test-only tag
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria fears he could be branded as a Test bowler only after being omitted from the squad for the one-day series in Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Philippoussis doubtful for Aussie Open
Former Wimbledon and U S Open runner-up Mark Philippoussis is in doubt for this month's Australian Open after pulling out of the Sydney International on Sunday with a muscle tear.
 arrow Football: Valencia's eighth in a row
Reigning Spanish champions Valencia took their unbeaten streak to eight games, with six wins over the same stretch, with a 2-1 victory over neighbours Levante on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Exeter's minor miracle
Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to issue an apology to Manchester United fans around the world after non-league minnows Exeter City left Old Trafford having secured an FA Cup third round replay.
 arrow Football: Mussolinis love it!
Lazio striker Paolo di Canio has been slated across the political spectrum in Italy after he celebrated his team's derby win over Roma with a fascist salute.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo reveals 'private' plans
Brazil and Real Madrid star Ronaldo said Saturday he plans to wed Brazilian model Daniella Ciccarelli on Valentine's Day, February 14, with Paris as the romantic setting to tie the knot in a civil ceremony.
Metropolitanarrow 'Govt depriving opposition of democratic rights'
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday criticised the alliance government for depriving the opposition of their democratic rights.
 arrow Ctg-4 dists tele-link cut off
Telephonic communications between the port city Chittagong and three hill districts and Cox's Bazar remain disconnected after construction workers cut off the fiber optic cable at Kumira yesterday.
 arrow Milestone in heart surgery
For the first time in the history of cardiovascular surgery in Bangladesh, artificial aorta and aortic valve attached to it was successfully implanted in a patient at ZH Sikder Cardiac Care and Research
 arrow Azam killed Jayanti in cold blood
Analysing statements of prosecution witnesses and other evidences, the prosecution yesterday told the court that Azam Reza killed his wife Jayanti Reza in cold blood.
 arrow Legal action against Khatme Nabuwat Emir demanded
Bangladesh Bar Council Vice-Chairman Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud and Executive Committee member Yusuf Hossain Humayun yesterday demanded legal action against the Emir and his associates of International
 arrow DU teacher hurt in road accident
A Dhaka University (DU) teacher was injured while a bus hit his rickshaw at Nilkhet intersection in the city yesterday.
 arrow Harun-al-Rashid new Red Crescent chief
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Harun-al-Rashid MP has been appointed chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for next three years.
Nationalarrow Food procurement drive faces setback
Food procurement drive faces setback in Gaibandha and Satkhira districts due to higher prices of paddy and rice in local markets in comparison with the official procurement rates.
 arrow Tk 1. 20 cr poverty alleviation programme in Nilphamari
A major Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) has undertaken a praiseworthy initiative to make ultra-poor people self-reliant.
 arrow Meghna erosion takes a serious turn in B'baria
Meghna erosion at Charlapang village in Nabinagar upazila (UZ) has been intensified in last 10 days.
 arrow Woman 'killed by husband'
A housewife was poisoned to death allegedly by her husband at Mahmud Kati village in Paikgachha upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Rab intervention sought to stop drug trade
Seven ward commissions of Mongla Pourasabha have demanded immediate intervention of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to stop drug trade.
Point-Counterpointarrow The monstrous tsunamis: Humanity, battered, triumphs
It was a quiet morning after Christmas. The Indian Ocean gently lapped the vast jagged horseshoe of a coastline stretching from Sumatra to Sri Lanka.
 arrow Voodoo elections
George Bush, Sr., while running against Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, described Reagan's views on the US economy as "Voodoo Economics.
Culturearrow Babita on her silver-screen co-actors
Babita is a name associated with the golden period of the country's film industry. Pioneer of glamour and fashion in cinema, she has won world acclaim for her dedicated histrionic skills.
 arrow A feast of pithas and folk songs
Imagine a crunchy bite on Nakshi pitha, dipped in condensed date juice accompanied with the folk music by the mystiques of Bengal in the bustling Dhaka City.
 arrow Eid specials on Channel i
Channel i offers special programmes such as drama, tele-film, musical, magazine and dance programmes on this Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Sharon Stone to cross David Morrisey in Basic Instinct sequel
Sharon Stone will reportedly reprise her role in Basic Instinct, playing a seductive novelist opposite British actor David Morrisey, who has been cast as a psychiatrist.
 arrow Varsity Theatre celebrates 14th anniversary
Varsity Theatre recently celebrated its 14th anniversary. The two-day event featured staging of two plays, Naptali and Shantan, at the Experimental Theatre Hall, says a press release.
Generalarrow Strengthen SA security by combating terrorism
The two-day conference of International Political Science Association ended in the city on Saturday with a call for strengthening the security of South Asia by combating terrorism in the region.
 arrow Clean solid waste, blood immediately after slaughtering
The authorities yesterday directed all to take measures to halt environmental degradation after slaughtering sacrificial animals on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Bigots demand ban on Dewanbagi publications
A group of bigots yesterday demanded of the government to ban all publications of Dewanbagis, as these, what they said, contain anti-Islamic elements.
 arrow Shibir leader expelled from DMC
Dhaka Medical College (DMC) authorities yesterday expelled a student, also a Shibir leader, from Fazle Rabbi Hall for violation of dormitory rules.
 arrow Jubo Mela begins
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf has underscored the need for imparting proper training to youths to face the challenges of the 21st century.
 arrow Ambassador Sarjil Hassan passes away
Ambassador SK Sarjil Hassan died of heart attack at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 58.
 arrow Sustta polls today
Election to the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology Teachers Association (Sustta) will be held today.
 arrow Nat'l debate festival begins in Rangamati on Feb 17
A three-day national level debate festival will be held in Rangamati from February 17 to 19.
National Debate Federation (NDF), in cooperation with Global Village Rangamati, will organise the debate.

 arrow Proshika distributes clothes among cold-hit people
Proshika, a leading NGO, has started distributing warm clothes among cold-hit people, especially the children and the aged ones, in northern districts.
 arrow $2m Novartis aid for disaster victims in S Asia
Novartis will provide over 2 million US dollar in immediate emergency aid for victims of the recent natural disaster in Southeast Asia, says a press release.
 arrow Concern over gas field fire
Different political, social and cultural organisations yesterday expressed concern over the fire at Tengratila gas field in Doarabazar upazila of Sunamganj district and demanded effective compensation.
 arrow N'ganj fire victims demand compensation
President of Bangladesh Knit-wear Manufacturers and Exporters Association Mohammad Fazlul Haque yesterday announced a compensation of Tk one lakh for each family of the victims.
Internationalarrow Israel welcomes new era as a boost for ME peace
Israel announced yesterday it was ready to meet the winner of the Palestinian presidential election, which the Israeli press hailed as the start of a new era and a boost to peace hopes.
 arrow US air strike hits wrong house in Iraq: 5 killed
The United States military said it dropped a 500-pound bomb on the wrong house outside the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, killing five people.
 arrow S Asia faces challenge in absorbing tsunami aid
The torrent of aid promised for reconstruction in South Asia in the wake of catastrophic tidal waves is likely to pose huge challenges to disaster-hit countries in ensuring that the money is spent effectively,
 arrow Storm pounds northern Europe: 14 killed
At least 14 people died, more than 1,000 homes were flooded and hundreds of thousands left without power after violent storms battered northern Europe over the weekend, bringing hurricane force windsand
 arrow India to install early warning system to detect disasters
In the backdrop of tsunami tragedy that killed over 10,000 people in India, an all-party meeting here yesterday agreed to set up an early warning system against the killer tidal wave and pass a law in
 arrow Sudan govt, rebels ink peace accord
Sudan's vice president and the country's main rebel leader signed a comprehensive peace agreement to end Africa's longest-running conflict Sunday, concluding an eight-year process to stop a civil warin
 arrow Powell worried about future of Iraq
US Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted yesterday he is worried about the future of Iraq but said the United States could consider its mission there accomplished once a representative government and
Editorialarrow Editorial: Another gasfield blowout
We have suffered another gas field blowout in Sylhet which some say could have been of the same proportion, if not bigger, than that of the Magurchhara tragedy of 1999.
 arrow Editorial: Yet another purposeless hartal
Within a fortnight of each other, out came from the blue, a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by seven front organisations of the Awami League on Saturday.
 arrow The citizens of nowhere: Their agony and anxiety
Watching the preparations for the Palestinian presidential election from their squalid homes in refugee camps spread all over the Middle East where live the majority of the Palestinians in diaspora since
 arrow Conscience management
Why do we need a disaster to provoke generosity? Why is generosity accompanied by PR pictures? It is entirely commendable that the victims of tsunami (now, incidentally, a Hindi word) are being nursed
 arrow Caretaker government: The incumbency and the incumbent
King Vikramaditya was an illustrious king of ancient times. Legend has it that in recognition of his greatness, Lord Indra presented him with a throne, which was built on the heads of thirty-two dolls.
Letters to Editorarrow "How to eradicate poverty
Thanks to Dr. Maboob Hossain of Niigata, Japan, for his concrete suggestion that he sent as a feedback to my mail on the above subject. Yes, of course I do agree with him that education is a must forall.
 arrow Unkind comments
I request the readers to go through the article written by Sambit Bal, Editor Wisden Cricinfo.
 arrow Youths need sex education
We are now in dire need to introduce sex education in our schools and academic institutions.
 arrow Kite flying
Yes, I do mean it. It is kite flying season and one of our own games is flying kites. In this age of globalisation, foreign culture and games are invading our rich culture and heritage.
 arrow Knitting factory fire
I am completely shattered to know about the loss of valuable lives in the fire in a knitting factory. May Allah rest these souls in peace.
 arrow Leaving Bangladesh
Thanks to The Daily Star for allowing me to have a lot of information about Bangladesh in its articles during my stay of one and half years as a foreigner.
 arrow Don't reproach!
First of all I'd like to say that I'm an unbiased citizen like other Bangladeshis. Like others I'm not related to any particular political party, neither my parents are.
 arrow Rab is different
In reference to the letter of Abdul Ismail from the UK (Jan 07,2005), I would like to say that the Rakkhi Bahini and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) are not the same in any specification.
 arrow Murdering the unborn
Many are rightly shocked by the recent Tsunami disaster in which thousands of innocent people have been killed.
 arrow Ray of hope
The plight of Muslims in western world is beyond description after September 11. Muslim civil rights have severely been hampered by some steps taken by the officials.
 arrow Good and bad schools
We know that schools are not scarce in this country but still parents need much better schools to admit their children to.
 arrow Rab: A solution and a problem
It seems that some people are supporting what Rab is doing.
 arrow Politicised teachers
I have gone through the letter published in your daily on 5.1.2005 under the above heading by one Mr. A from DU.
 arrow University teachers living abroad
A few days ago, a committee consisting of some parliament members of Bangladesh adopted a resolution on some teachers of various universities of Bangladesh.
 arrow "Tunnel of light"
Congratulations for taking us a step closer to the brighter path! Having all but given up on the recent gymnastics of the Bangladesh government, my dampened spirits were truly uplifted to read that
 arrow War on terrorism or crusade ?
Instinct generally does not change altogether, though sometimes people try to do it and that results in sheer failure.
 arrow Education sector
Since the education determines how strong the backbone of a nation is, it receives the top most priority in many developing countries of the world. Bangladesh is no exception in this regard.
Star Cityarrow DCC sits on plan to develop four new graveyards
The plan to develop four new graveyards in the city has been gathering dust at the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for long as it is yet to be placed before the Executive Committee of the National Economic
 arrow Railway memorial being neglected
The under construction monument at the Kamalapur Railway Station, commemorating the employees of Bangladesh Railway became martyrs of the War of Independence, still remains incomplete.
 arrow BRTA fails to stop forgery of driving licences
Even though Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has taken steps to stop the forgery of driving licences, fake documents are easily available in the city.
 arrow Traffic police get serious about jay-walkers
Traffic police have started fining pedestrians who violate traffic laws on the stretch of the road from Farmgate to Hotel Sonargaon crossing.
 arrow Rajuk under pressure
Managing approvals with back dates, landowners aided by some dishonest Rajuk officials are constructing buildings in the city.