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Front Pagearrow Azam Reza to die for killing wife
A Dhaka court yesterday in Jayanti Reza murder trial found Azam Reza guilty and sentenced him to death for killing his wife, an architect and a teacher of English-medium school, on January 8 last year.
 arrow ACC stuck with unwanted five
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked the government to withdraw immediately five directors of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) as they are hampering the smooth functioning of
 arrow SC rejects govt excuse of partial execution
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday was utterly surprised that the draft rules prepared by nine bureaucrats for judicial service and sent to the president for approval prevailed over its directives on the
 arrow Dhaka Test nicely poised
Bangladesh clawed their way back on the fourth day of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe to open the window of an exciting finish at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Four top outlaw leaders killed in 'crossfire'
Four top leaders of different outlawed parties were killed yesterday in shooting incidents involving police, Rapid Action Battalion, and the outlawed operatives in Khulna, Kushtia and Rajshahi.
 arrow Textbooks miss the session
The students of classes IX and X are unlikely to get their English grammar book this month as the National Curriculum and Textbook Board is yet to finalise the script.
 arrow Suspected Islamist militant held with explosives
Police arrested a youth in a house at Gabtoli upazila in the district early yesterday and seized powerful explosives and bomb-making substances from his possession.
 arrow JS body to talk violation of Mps' privileges today
A high-powered parliamentary body headed by the Speaker sits today to decide on lawmakers' claim that assault on them by law enforcers and arrests and search of their houses without warrant are violations
 arrow 15 cops closed for highway toll collection
Fifteen Chuadanga traffic police including two sergeants were closed on Sunday for their alleged involvement in illegal highway toll collections.
 arrow Amin Bazar grenade carrier linked to Aug 21 attack
Mohammad Hossain, arrested with a hand grenade on January 10 from Amin Bazar, was shown arrested in the August 21 grenade attack case yesterday and put on a three-day remand for interrogation.
 arrow Iraq attacks kill 18
Insurgents detonated a suicide car bomb at police headquarters in the Iraqi town of Baiji yesterday, killing at least 10 people, and shot dead eight Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in attacks ahead ofJan.
 arrow Samples sent to US for identification
The health directorate yesterday sent human tissue, blood and urine samples to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, US, to determine the cause of an 'unknown' disease that has
 arrow Poor legal system reason for increasing crimes
International human rights activist Asma Jahangir yesterday said poor criminal justice and legal system in the region including Bangladesh is the root cause of increasing crime and urged the governments
 arrow 616 gas field fire victims get Tk 5,000 each
Six hundred and sixteen affected families of two villages adjacent to the Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj were given Tk 5,000 each in immediate compensation yesterday, which instantly drew fire from
 arrow Tk 37,413 spent a month on every govt car
The government spends Tk 37,413 a month against every car and Tk 58,722 for every jeep and microbus it owns, according to the estimate of government's transport directorate.
 arrow Zhao Ziyang passes away
Zhao Ziyang, who was ousted as China's Communist Party leader after sympathising with the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests and became a symbol of the era's shattered hopes, died yesterdayafter
 arrow Gujarat train fire accidental
A train fire that killed 59 Hindu pilgrims, setting off deadly sectarian riots in Gujarat state in 2002, was an accident and not caused by a Muslim mob as originally alleged, an Indian government investigation
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Kushtia
Cadres of an outlawed outfit chopped dead two persons including a businessman for refusing to pay toll in Mirpur upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader, two others hurt in bomb attack
Chairman of Jibannagar Pourasava Noab Ali and two others were seriously injured in a bomb attack allegedly by outlaws yesterday evening.
 arrow 3 cops closed for harassing female DU students
Police authorities yesterday closed three policemen for assaulting a female student on the Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Removal of fish plates led to train accident
Unidentified miscreants removed fish plates and fish bolts of the rail tracks to engineer Sunday's train accident on the Laksham-Chandpur route, according to preliminary findings.
 arrow WB MD reassures support
The World Bank (WB) yesterday reaffirmed its continued support to Bangladesh's efforts to build a brighter future as the donor agency noticed 'immense potential' of the country for attaining prosperity.
 arrow 4 die as bus skids off Dhaka-Aricha highway
Four people died and 12 were injured as a bus skidded off the Dhaka-Aricha highway and fell into a ditch at Bhakurta in the upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow DITF deferred to Dec 1
Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2005, which was scheduled for February-March, has been deferred to the yearend and will now begin on December 1, according to an official announcement yesterday.
 arrow Reckitt factory damaged in fire
A devastating fire broke out at the Reckitt Benckiser mosquito repellant manufacturing factory in the Nasirabad Industrial Area on Sunday morning, causing property damage worth approximately Tk 1 crore,
 arrow Keeping an eye...

 arrow Tsunami toll tops 175,000
Asia's tsunami death toll soared past 175,000 yesterday as Sri Lanka confirmed thousands more dead, while fears re-emerged over the safety of aid workers in Indonesia's shattered Aceh province.
 arrow US forces inside Iran to pick sites for air strikes
Teams of US commandos have been operating inside Iran since last summer, selecting suspected weapons sites for possible air strikes, The New Yorker reported yesterday.
 arrow Second of its kind...

Businessarrow Cut graft, improve governance to boost growth rate: US envoy
US ambassador in Dhaka yesterday urged Bangladesh government to launch fight against corruption and weak governance to accelerate the country's growth rate.
 arrow 6-month revenue earnings clock 9pc growth
Revenue collection amounted to Tk12,733 crore in the first half of the current financial year, posting around 9 percent growth.
 arrow Modern Cement second unit starts operation
Modern Cement Ltd (MCL), a publicly traded cement company, yesterday launched operation of its second unit catering 600 tonnes of cement daily to the huge market demand.
 arrow Banking sector undergoes positive changes in 2004
Mamun Rashid (MR) is the chairman of ICC Bangladesh Standing Committee on Banking Techniques & Practice. He is also the CEO of Citibank NA, Bangladesh.
 arrow DITF 2005 now to begin on Dec 1
Dhaka International Trade Fair 2005 scheduled for February-March has been deferred to the yearend as an official announcement yesterday said the month-long exhibition will begin on December 1.
 arrow Bank holiday from Jan 20 to 23
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed from January 20 to 23 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow South Korea keen to invest in Bangladesh energy sector
South Korea is interested to invest in Bangladesh's prepaid gas meter, construction of transmission line and deep-sea gas and oil exploration.
 arrow New executive director of Hotel Sarina
Shahid Hamid has become the executive director of Hotel Sarina, a business boutique hotel in Dhaka.
Hamid is also the managing director of KSS, a tour and travel wing of the same group.

 arrow Yen holds near 5-yr high vs dollar
The yen held near a five-year high versus the dollar on Monday following comments by European Central Bank (ECB) officials last week seen as urging China to revalue its yuan currency.
 arrow World leaders must give more support to WTO
World leaders should show more commitment to the World Trade Organisation and hold a summit every five years to bolster support for the body, a panel set up to examine the WTO's future said Monday.
 arrow Indonesia still uncertain over Paris Club debt deal
Indonesia on Monday reiterated uncertainties over a debt relief package offered by the Paris Club of creditor nations, saying the deal aimed at helping tsunami relief could negatively impact the economic
 arrow Mazda, First Auto to launch joint sales firm in China
Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp. said Monday it has won Beijing's approval to set up a joint sales firm in China with First Auto Works (FAW) and FAW subsidiary FAW Car Co. Ltd.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Safety first, says Bashar
Captain Habi-bul Bashar was optimistically looking at secu-ring a draw on the final day of the second and final Test to give Bangladesh a maiden series victory.
 arrow Cricket: Spinning past records
When he bowls records roll, qui-pped an enthusiastic cricket fan after young left-arm spinner Enamul Haque had just dismissed another Zimbabwe batsman on the fourth day of the second Test at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Biman secure fourth place
The Green Delta Premier Division Cricket League ended yesterday with Brothers Union defeating Bangladesh Biman by 40 runs in one of the three matches on the day.
 arrow Cricket: BD-Zim fifth ODI to be a day match
The fifth and final one-day international between Bangladesh and the visiting Zimbabwe will be a day match instead of the previously scheduled day-night affair.
 arrow Cricket: Matthew after Marcus
Matthew Hoggard took the first five South African wickets to give England a chance of winning the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi unlikely to go up
Big-hitting Shahid Afridi, who set Pakistan's innings ablaze in their match against Australia, won't be moved up the batting order for Wednesday's triangular VB Series limited-overs clash with the West
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Serena breeze thru'
World number one Roger Federer and women's favourite Serena Williams led the way into the Australian Open second round Monday as Spanish star Carlos Moya tumbled out in a shock defeat.
 arrow Cricket: England win fourth Test
Seamer Matthew Hoggard took seven wickets for the first time in his career as England beat South Africa by 77 runs in a dramatic finale to the fourth Test at the Wanderers on Monday.
 arrow Football: MSC win tsunami charity in Tripura
Mohammedan Sporting Club thrashed Tripura Eleven 4-0 in a charity football match at the Umakanta Stadium in Agartala, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Spearman in the World XI squad
Former New Zealand Test batsman Craig Spearman has been added to the World XI for the one-day series against the Black Caps beginning on January 22.
 arrow Cricket: ACC in venue dilemma
Asian cricket chiefs were Monday exploring alternative venues for next month's one-day international for tsunami victims following the Indian government's silence on whether proceeds from the game would
 arrow Kuznetsova denies doping claim
US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of three players at the centre of doping allegations, says she is not a drug cheat and is angry at the Belgian authorities who inadvertently pointed the finger
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi volleyball
Azad Sporting Club defeated Bridge Road 3-1 while Sunrise Sporting Club blanked Lenin Smrity Sangsad 3-0 in the Pepsi Volleyball League matches at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow ERRATUM
In our yesterday's lead picture caption it was inadvertently written that Khaled Mashud was taking a catch at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium. It should have been at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Eto'o bails Barca out
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o atoned for missing an early penalty by grabbing a late winner to give his side an agonising 1-0 win over 10-man Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zola makes Milan happy
Juventus saw their lead at the top of Serie A cut to two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Cagliari and closest rivals AC Milan beat Udinese 3-1.
 arrow Football: Ferguson gets Everton a point
Duncan Ferguson stepped off the bench to spark an Everton revival as they claimed a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Exeter miracle part two?
Manchester United taste the extremes of English football this week when, four days after beating Liverpool at Anfield, they travel to Devon for their FA Cup third round replay with minor league Exeter
 arrow Football: Tiger Cup Singapore's
Singapore beat Indonesia 2-1 on Sunday to win the Tiger Cup 5-2 on aggregate and crown themselves kings of south east Asia for the second time.
 arrow Football: A sad day in Valencia
Valencia defender Marco Caneira withdrew from his side's Primera Liga game at Osasuna after his young daughter died on Sunday.
 arrow Football: FA bans mystery booter
An unidentified player has been banned for six months by the Football Association (FA) after twice testing positive for cocaine use, according to UK Sport.
 arrow Football: South African star arrested
Former South Africa World Cup hero Philemon Masinga was arrested at the weekend for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Metropolitanarrow Govt conspires to export gas to India: 5 party
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded payment of salary and festival bonus of the employees and workers of all mills and factories before the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Non-govt teachers, staff demand inclusion in new pay scale
Non-government teachers and employees yesterday demanded their inclusion in the new national pay scale.
 arrow Campaign to reduce road, river accidents launched
An awareness campaign aimed at reducing road and river accidents during the holy Eid-ul-Azha was launched yesterday.
 arrow Trial in 24-kg heroin haul case begins
The trial of the sensational 24-kilogram heroin haul case began yesterday in a Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka with the deposition of the then director general of Narcotics Control Directorate (DNC).
 arrow Death threat to journalist Maniruzzaman
Noted journalist and columnist Maniruzzaman received a death threat from an unknown caller at his home yesterday.
 arrow No Eid reception at Bangabhaban
The reception at the President's house on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha will not be held due to unavoidable circumstances.
Nationalarrow Breakthrough in organic pest control
The Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) has evolved environment friendly organic methods for treating seed and soil at negligible cost, which will help increase crop yield and reduce use of harmful
 arrow Foes in politics, friends while land grabbing
They are political foes but together have grabbed a prime railway land, sparking protests by people in Bholaganj in Companiganj upazila.
 arrow Two buy freedom, one abducted in Kushtia
College student Ziaul, abducted on January 10 and expatriate Kalu, abducted on January 13, bought their freedom on Sunday.
In another incident, criminals abducted a rice mill owner on Sunday.

 arrow Alliance holds rally, procession to hail govt announcement
The BNP-lead four party alliance organised a big rally and brought out a coloutful procession in the city on Monday to celebrate a government announcement upgrading the Brojo Mohan College (BM College)
 arrow Bid to abduct teenage girl foiled by mob: 21 held
A bid to abduct a teenage girl was foiled by mob at Katiyer Vita village in Fulchhari upazila on Saturday.
Police arrested 21 abductors and sent them to jail hajat.

 arrow Probe begins on 'corruption' by Rangpur Civil Surgeon
An allegation of corruption against the Rangpur Civil Surgeon (CS) is being investigated.
 arrow BSF hands over abducted sudent rescued in India
A Bangladeshi school student, abducted by an Indian gang, was rescued by BSF and handed over to BDR at a flag meeting held at Kacharipara on the no man's land on Sunday.
 arrow 3 bombs recovered from Agailjhara barber shop
Agailjhara police searched a locked barber shop and recovered three home made bombs Saturday night.
 arrow A life for a bidi
Refusal to offer a bidi to a person has led to a bloody clash resulting in death of one person and injuries to two others at Shapmara village in Gobindaganj upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Jobo League leader among 3 held by Barisal Rab
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three persons including a Jubo League leader from Rajpasha village in Shekherhut union in Jhalakati district Sunday nigh and recovered arms and ammunitions from their
 arrow Spurious Phensidyl kills one
A drug addict died at Nunia village in Palashbari upazila following intake of spurious Phensidyl on Saturday.
The dead victim is Jahangir Alam, manager of a bus counter.

Point-Counterpointarrow Declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim in Pakistan has serious repurcussion on civil liberty
The famous Pakistani human rights lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jehangir, during her recent visit to Dhaka, was interviewed by Inam Ahmed and Ashfaq
Culturearrow Ceramics with austere colours and shapes
Everything at Halimul Islam Khokon's ongoing exhibition of ceramics and painting at Zainul Gallery is in beige, gray or burnt sienna. The colours and shapes are muted and subdued.
 arrow Wrong Number: An entertaining movie
The premiere show of the much awaited feature film Wrong Number was held at the Balaka Cinema Hall on day before last.
 arrow "I would otherwise have been an airhostess"-- Dipa
Dipa Khandaker, a talented TV actress, has also worked on a number of commercials. Mohuya, Meghe Dhaka Manush, Shwapnabhukh, Ami and Nil Phoring Ghash Phoring are her major works.
Generalarrow HC rule on govt, DCC
The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) asking why their interference with a nursery at Gulshan will not be declared illegal and why the DCC will notbe
 arrow Sylhet JCD activist beaten to death
A minibus driver and his accomplices beat a JCD man to death on Sylhet-Jakiganj Road yesterday.
 arrow One to die, six get life term
A court yesterday sentenced one person to death and six others life term for killing acting principal Syed Hafizuddin Ahmed of Badiul Alam College here four years ago.
 arrow Death of teacher sparks off violence in Bogra
The death of a teacher due to alleged wrong treatment sparked off a violent protest by his students in the town yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on industrial, systems engineering
A seminar on"Industrial and systems engineering: Bangladesh perspective in open market scenario" was held at Eastern University on January 16, says a press release.
 arrow Holcim donation for tsunami-hit people
Holcim, the world's leading suppliers of cement, aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services, will donate three million Swiss francs for the tsunami-hit people of Sri Lanka,
 arrow 'Reform faulty electoral system'
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded reform of the exiting electoral system terming it 'faulty'.
 arrow 1,690 more held, 23 arms seized
Police arrested 1,690 people, including nine identified criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Abbas asks forces to prevent attacks
New Palestinian President Mah-moud Abbas ordered security forces yesterday to prevent all attacks on Israel by militants who have defied his calls for calm, a cabinet minister said.
 arrow Politics, bureaucracy and fatigue hit tsunami aid effort
Three weeks after one of the worst natural disasters in global memory, survivors of the Asian tsunamis grappled with bureaucracy and politicking Monday as the world's attention turned elsewhere.
 arrow Domestic, foreign policy challenges to haunt Bush
President Bush will be confronted by strong domestic and foreign policy challenges as he begins a second term this week that will go a long way toward determining his place in the pantheon of American
 arrow US pulls back aid supply ships from Lanka
The US yesterday pulled back two military supply ships deployed for tsunami-relief operations in Sri Lanka even as Canada vowed a long-term commitment of its troops to help the island get back on itsfeet.
 arrow Rice hearing to lay out US foreign policy
The Bush administration begins to lay out its second term foreign policy agenda this week when Condoleezza Rice undergoes two days of hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 arrow US not rushing to leave Iraq: Bush
President Bush says the US military will pull out of Iraq "as quickly as possible," but he is not endorsing Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement that troops could begin returning home this year.
 arrow Underground trains collide in Bangkok: 100 injured
Over 100 people were injured in rush-hour crash when an empty underground train collided with another crowded train parked at Thai Cultural Centre station in Bangkok at 9:20 am last morning, Transport
 arrow Purged Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang dies
Zhao Ziyang, who was ousted as China's Communist Party leader after sympathising with the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests and became a symbol of the era's shattered hopes, died yesterdayafter
 arrow Second terms often marked by scandal
Every two-term presidency since World War II has been tainted by scandal.
 arrow India to appoint body on Kashmir autonomy
India said yesterday it would appoint a committee to examine the issue of granting disputed Indian Kashmir more regional autonomy, the United News of India agency reported.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Splurging on government vehicles
OF late, misuse of government vehicles in utter disregard of the rules has been in the news.
 arrow Editorial: Vanishing trick with tickets
HOMEBOUND people find themselves in great difficulty when scrambling for bus, train or launch tickets before any major festival.
 arrow Happy birthday to JU
Jahangirnagar University (JU) started its functions on 12 January 1971.
 arrow China -South Asia economic interaction can be of great mutual benefits
SOUTH Asia's potentials for forging and enhancing multi-faceted cooperation with its giant neighbour are enormous and if exploited, these can be of immense benefit for both sides.
Letters to Editorarrow Disaster forecasting
My attention has been drawn to a Daily Star front-page news report captioned "Plan to link up with global disaster forecasting system" published on January 04.
 arrow Appointment of BGMEA administrator
The news (DS 7.1.'05) that the government appointed an administrator to run the affairs of the BGMEA, until the election of its Executive Committee, has really worried me.
 arrow My window
Have you ever thought about what view a window can offer you? Grab a chair and just sit for a while. My window offers me the world.
 arrow Tigers fight back
Everybody was heartbroken when the Zimbabweans set us a huge target to save the Dhaka Test. But our openers are doing a great job right now as I watch the match live on television.
 arrow Dear readers
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