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Front Pagearrow Storm of protests, non-stop hartal
Thousands of mourners yesterday paid their last tributes to former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria by joining his namaz-e-janazas after Juma prayers in the capital while angry demonstrators clashed with
 arrow The same group used the same Arges grenade
Criminals who carried out last year's grenade attacks in Dhaka and Sylhet used the same Arges brand grenades hurled at an Awami League rally at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj Thursday.
 arrow One by one Opposition leaders are being killed
We are outraged, shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of SAMS Kibria, one of the most educated, experienced, internationally reputed, highly cultured and mild mannered politicians of the country.
 arrow Clashes mark Habiganj hartal, no arrest yet
The weekend in the district was benumbed with the shock and horror of Thursday's carnage while police were yet to make any arrest in this connection.
 arrow Living dangerously
Lies, half-truths and propaganda -- that are what we are living through now.
No-one can say exactly what has been happening, but everyone fears about where Bangladesh is heading for.

 arrow 'My son won't return, but I want to see killers in dock'
In tears, relatives of the dead in Thursday's carnage in Habiganj demanded trial and punishment of the killers, while five more injured were admitted to the Birdem yesterday.
 arrow President terms it barbaric, PM for finding out culprits
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of former finance minister and Awami League (AL) leader Shah AMS Kibria MP and four others in Thursday's
 arrow 'Culprits can't be nabbed likely due to admn lapses'
The government is firm on finding out the attackers on Awami League (AL) rally in Habiganj and ensuring punishment to them, BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan
 arrow Envoys call for transparent, urgent probe
Envoys from countries of the European Union (EU), the United States, India and Japan yesterday urged the government to conduct transparent and immediate probe into Thursday's attack on Awami League rally
 arrow Countrywide waves of condemnation
Thursday's grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally in Habiganj, which left former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four other AL leaders dead, sent shock waves through the country yesterday as grief
 arrow Expose those fuelling political terrorism: US
The United States on yesterday strongly condemned a deadly bomb attack on an opposition rally in Bangladesh and sought prompt government action to expose those behind what it called "political terrorism.
 arrow Rab dog squad searches AL central office
The dog squad of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday searched Awami League (AL) headquarters in the Bangabandhu Avenue for 'illegal substances' while shocked AL leaders and activists were preparing
 arrow Exempted from hartal
Hospitals, ambulances, newspapers' vehicles, kitchen markets, drug stores, food shops, utility service vehicles and garbage carrying vans will remain outside the purview of the opposition-called 60-hour
 arrow 2 associates of Bangla Bhai arrested
Four people, including two associates of Bangla Bhai, were arrested in Hamir Kuchha area of Baghmara upazila yesterday.
Of the arrestees, Mushtaque and Moinuddin are the associates of Bangla Bhai.

 arrow Beaten to the streets
Left to fend for themselves on the streets, abandoned and run away children lead vulnerable lives. Two years ago one young girl - let us call her Leyla - was one of the 700,000 street children in Dhaka.
 arrow Asma Kibria expects no justice from government
Asma Kibria, wife of late Shah AMS Kibria, said she hardly believes the BNP-led coalition government will ensure justice for the killings of her husband and others in the grenade attack on the Awami League
 arrow Indian PM, UK minister condole death of Kibria
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh conveyed their deep condolences to Asma Kibria on the tragic death of former finance minister and Awami League leader Shah
 arrow Kibria killed as part of cleansing design: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition of carrying out a plot to kill senior and popular leaders of her party to cling on to power and to gain advantagein
 arrow 4th ODI today
Amid heightened security the fourth one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will go ahead at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today despite a non-stop 72-hour hartal across the country called
 arrow Tough security in Iraq for tomorrow's polls
Iraq clamped tough security measures across the country yesterday, sealing land borders and curbing travel to foil insurgents bent on wrecking tomorrow's election, but a car bomb and attacks killed six
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of an outlawed party was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices at Khirpota village in Singra upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 'Nipah virus may have spread thru' date juice'
The viral attack that recently claimed 12 lives in three villages in Bashail upazila under Tangail district recently might have spread through contaminated date juice, a scientist working in the seven-member
 arrow 'Dhalapahar' in Khulna dies
Giant crocodile 'Dhalapahar' living in the lake adjacent to the mazar of saint Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali (R) died on Thursday morning after struggling for life for over 25 days.
Businessarrow Agrani Ins IPO seven times oversubscribed
The initial public offering (IPO) of Agrani Insurance Company Limited has been oversubscribed by more than seven times.
 arrow WTO chief to push for faster progress on trade at Davos
World Trade Organisation chief Supachai Panitchpakdi is to press ministers to speed up global trade talks at a meeting Saturday in Switzerland.
 arrow P&G to buy Gillette for $57b
Procter & Gamble Co said on Friday it would buy Gillette Co for about $57 billion in stock, uniting two iconic US producers of household goods ranging from Pampers diapers to Duracell batteries.
 arrow Yuan grabs spotlight ahead of G7
People watching exchange rates gyrate this week over any remark, from anyone, anywhere, on the yuan for thinking that China has somehow got a stranglehold on the global currency markets.
 arrow Oil eases as Opec cut unlikely
Oil prices eased on Friday as Opec looked set to keep its output unchanged at its meeting this weekend, but concern ahead of Sunday's election in Iraq prevented prices sliding further.
 arrow Indian Airlines, Air India may float IPOs by 06
India's state-owned carriers, Indian Airlines and Air India, could launch initial public offers (IPO) by next year to help fund fleet expansion plans, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said Friday.
 arrow Japan has no plan to stop loans to China
Japan has no specific plans to stop cheap development loans to China, Japanese officials said today, responding to a newspaper report that such aid could end as early as 2008 when Beijing hosts the Olympics.
 arrow Agora to promote Australian products
Chain superstore Agora will promote Australian products for the consumers of Bangladesh under a promotional campaign styled' Taste Australia.
 arrow Pakistan forex reserves up
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose by $9 million to $11.850 billion in the week ending on Jan. 22, the central bank said Friday.
Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan rose to $9.

 arrow IMF agrees to subsidise loans for natural disasters
The shareholder governments of the International Monetary Fund Thursday agreed to a plan to subsidise assistance for countries hit by natural disasters by providing loans at below-market interest rates.
 arrow Mitsubishi Motors to get $2.65b in rehab plan
Struggling Mitsubishi Motors will get 270 billion yen (2.65 billion dollars) in extra aid from firms in the group under a new rehabilitation plan to be announced Friday, a report said.
 arrow Microsoft profit jumps to $3.46b
Software titan Microsoft said Thursday profit for the just-ended quarter more than doubled from a year earlier to 3.46 billion dollars, as revenues jumped to a new record.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Jan 24-Jan 27, 2005
Local FX Market
Local market was closed on Saturday and Sunday due to Eid holidays. US dollar remained strong against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Crunch match today
The toss has become the centre of interest in the one-day international series.
 arrow Cricket: Lara in Lara mood
Skipper Brian Lara returned to his brilliant best Friday, blasting a record-breaking 156 as the West Indies put Paki-stan to the sword with a 58-run victory to keep their tri-series hopes alive.
 arrow Tennis: Serena the one to beat
Serena Williams says she is impossible to beat at times, and there are a few people who might now be tempted to agree.
 arrow Munna's condition improves slightly
The condition of ailing former Bangladesh defender Monem Munna improved slightly yesterday but doctors said he was not out of danger yet.
 arrow Tennis: Tireless Hewitt downs Roddick
Lleyton Hewitt took a huge step towards becoming the first homegrown Australian Open champion for 29 years Friday after beating American Andy Roddick to reach the final for the first time.
 arrow Tennis: Federer feels inspired
Roger Federer says Marat Safin's spectacular win over him has set up an exciting year ahead for men's tennis.
 arrow Football: Hoyzer admits fixing matches
Robert Hozyer, the referee at the centre of Germany's biggest football scandal for 34 years, admitted Thursday to fixing matches he had gambled on.
 arrow Football: Barca have a tough outing
FC Barcelona has 18 league games remaining to maintain its leadership of the Spanish standings and clinch its first title since 1999.
 arrow Football: Yeovil's friendly big brothers
Yeovil Town are hoping that a helping hand from Jose Mourinho will help them write a new chapter in the west country club's illustrious history of FA Cup giant-killing.
 arrow Chess: Parag starts positively
Reigning champion Mehdi Hasan Parag made good start when the BASIC Bank 26th National Sub-Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship began at the Bangladesh Chess Federation yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen has no soft corner
England batsman Kevin Pietersen thrashed the South Africa A bowlers Thursday and took his adopted country to victory in his first match back in the land where he learned the game.
 arrow Golf: Aga Khan Cup Golf starts
The prestigious 33rd Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament began at the picturesque Kurmitola Golf Course yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Sunrise Sporting Club defeated GKSP by 100 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Winning the toss, Sunrise Sporting scored 226 all out in 50 overs.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo goes home
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo will miss this weekend's match against Numancia as he is returning home to Brazil due to a family illness, the Primera Liga club said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Both ends meet
Top meets bottom in Serie A on Sunday as league leaders Juventus visit relegation favourites Atalanta.
 arrow Football: Controversial DVD withdrawan
The FA has scrapped an official DVD of England's greatest post-war internationals because it did not feature a single black player, a spokesman announced Thursday.
 arrow Golf: Palmer marries again at 75
Golf legend Arnold Palmer married fiancee Kathleen Gawthrop in a beachfront cottage here at an Oahu resort where the 75-year-old star will play in a seniors event, Palmer announced Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow killing of Kibria, 4 others condemned
Different political parties held rallies and took out processions across the country yesterday to protest and condemn the killings of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other Awami League
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Keraniganj and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Govt-backed criminals killing popular AL leaders
Speakers at a rally yesterday said the criminals backed by four- party alliance government have been killing the popular and meritorious leaders of Awami League (AL) to secure their victory in the next
 arrow Bangladeshi farmer shot, 2 others abducted by BSF
A Bangladeshi farmer was injured seriously after the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on him on Char Mazardia border under Paba upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 3 BNP confces postponed
The scheduled union representative meetings of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Comilla, Bhola and Barisal on January 30, and February 4 and 5 respectively have been postponed.
 arrow President returns home after performing Hajj
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned home yesterday from Saudi Arabia after performing holy Hajj.
 arrow DU examinations postponed
All traditional and course examinations of Dhaka University (DU) scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow 8th Buet convocation tomorrow
The 8th convocation of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will be held tomorrow.
 arrow Gulshan Society dinner postponed
The annual dinner of Gulshan Society scheduled for January 29 at Gulshan Shooting Range has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Nationalarrow Protests across country
Awami League and its front organisations staged protests across the country yesterday against the barbaric grenade attack on an AL rally in Habiganj that killed its front ranking leader and former minister
 arrow Janakantha Editor, 3 journos sued in Barisal
A defamation case has been lodged against Janakantha Editor Atiqullah Khan Masud, Executive Editor Borhan Ahmed and two journalists of the daily for "tarnishing" the image of Barisal Mayor Majibur Rahman
 arrow Gas leaking again, 11 families move to safety
Eleven families in Tengratila village, asked by officials of Canadian company Nico on Thursday, left homes and moved to safer places as gas started leaking from the gas well there at several points.
 arrow 4 cops among 200 hurt in B'Baria clash
At least 200 people including four policemen were injured in a clash between two groups at Shreeghar village in Nasirnagar upazila on Thursday.
Police arrested 16 people from the spot.

 arrow Schoolteacher, staff held, 4 suspended
A teacher and an office staff of Baishari High School in Bonaripara in the district have been arrested and five other teachers and staff suspended by school authorities for their alleged involvement in
 arrow Former AL MP joins BNP
Former Awami League member of parliament from Baralekha Md Sirajul Islam joined BNP along some of his followers yesterday.
Islam is also a former president of Baralekha upazila AL.

 arrow Order to arrest Bangla Bhai a 'mockery'
Former minister and leader of a faction of Jatiya Party, Sardar Amjad Hossain, has said the Home Minister's order on Wednesday for arrest of 'Bangla Bhai' is a mockery as the Prime Minister's order is
 arrow Hearing today on remand of 25 JMJB men
Police on Thursday sought five days' remand for Bagmara upazila unit leader of JMJB (Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh) Abdus Sattar Mastar and 24 activists of the militant Islamist party.
 arrow 2 Rab posers held from Goalondo brothel
Police arrested two fake RAB members while they were collecting toll from brothel in Doulatdia in Goalondo upazila of the district last night.
 arrow Saifur opens Zia Auditorium
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday inaugurated the Shahid Zia Auditorium at Moulvibazar Government College yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Lessons from tsunami
Not since the last 100 years has Asian region suffered anything like the disaster of December 26 last, an unusually powerful quake that measured 8.
 arrow A self-effacing personality
Abdus Samad, the first defence secretary and later communication secretary died on January 29, 1999. The term civilian is widely used to denote a person in civil employ.
 arrow Media merger mania
Concerned about foreign dominance of the country's media industry, the Indian government recently capped foreign shareholding in local TV news channels to more than 26 percent.
 arrow On high exchange and interest rate in inter bank market
The Foreign Exchange Rates are presently very high (Tk 63.19=US$1). The main reason for this is that compared to demand forex supply is much lower.
Culturearrow Ruminating on Rousseau
A poster exhibition on the life and works of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Roussseau is being held at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Portrait of a TV actor
The successful introduction of package drama in the TV channels is a welcome development as it has given many young artistes the opportunity to prove their talents.
 arrow Celebrities to be awarded for contributing to BTV
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh Television (BTV), 40 celebrities will be honoured by Natyashabha, a cultural and social welfare organisation, says a press release.
 arrow Six-day drama festival..

Generalarrow Trishal JCD leader killed
A leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, was killed and 10 others were injured when two factions clashed over leasing out of sand quarry at Balipara in Trishal upazila
 arrow 2 jailed for throwing acid on housewife
A court here on Thursday sentenced two people to different terms of imprisonment for throwing acid on a housewife.
 arrow Japan to set up two 500-bed hospitals in Bangladesh
Japan will invest 75 million US dollar (Tk 450 crore) to set up two 500-bed modern hospitals through a charity organisation Grameen-Tokusukai Healthcare Foundation (GTHF).
 arrow Two top cadres of Janajuddho arrested in Savar
A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police arrested two top cadres of Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party on Thursday night.
 arrow One get life for killing father
One person was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for killing his father at Bishramgazi village in Palashbari upazila in June 2002.
Internationalarrow Exiles start voting outside Iraq
Thousands of expatriate Iraqis began casting ballots on Friday in their country's first free election for half a century, with emotions running high despite the relatively low numbers taking part.
 arrow 'Pakistan to go ahead with gas pipeline with or without India'
Pakistan said yesterday that it would press ahead with a gas pipeline project even if India refused or was unable to join the plan.
 arrow Palestinians start deploying forces
Palestinian security forces widened their control in the Gaza Strip yesterday under orders from President Mahmoud Abbas to prevent attacks on Israelis in another important move toward reviving MiddleEast
 arrow Hamas sweeps local polls
The radical Islamist movement Hamas was celebrating yesterday a landslide victory in the first ever local elections in the Gaza Strip, winning 77 out of the 118 seats up for grabs, election commission
 arrow Iraq polls may worsen sectarian tension
President Bush has hailed Iraq's first postwar election as a "grand moment in Iraqi history" but it runs the risk of deepening communal divisions and pushing the country toward civil strife.
 arrow US, Britain agree on Iraq pullout strategy
The United States and Britain have privately agreed on a way of withdrawing their troops from Iraq, the Guardian newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow How will Iraqi polls work?
Iraqis are due to vote on Jan. 30 in their first election since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Fear factor weighs heavily on Iraqi voters
The pressure of risking their lives to vote for their futures is too much for many Iraqis who have been bombarded with threats ahead of tomorrow's historic election.
 arrow BBC fails in its mission of impartiality
The BBC, Britain's internationally renowned television and radio broadcaster, has failed in its mission of impartiality and is guilty of a pro-European bias, according to an independent report it commissioned.
 arrow Airstrikes on rebel groups claim 40 in Philippines
The Philippines said yesterday airstikes on a suspected meeting of regional al-Qaeda-linked group leaders left 40 dead including possibly two top Indonesian members of the Jemaah Islamiah extremist group.
 arrow Lanka, LTTE move closer to deal on tsunami aid
Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government are close to agreement on cooperation in the distribution of relief aid to tsunami survivors, sources close to the rebels said Thursday.
 arrow Nepal Maoists abduct hundreds of students for indoctrination
Maoist rebels fighting to topple Nepal's monarchy have abducted 325 students and 25 teachers for indoctrination sessions, a local rebel official said Thursday.
 arrow CIA's 'ghost prisoners' spark rights concerns
The official wall of silence surrounding the Central Intelligence Agency's so-called 'ghost prisoners' who are being held at secret locations has sparked legal concerns here among human rights groupsthat
 arrow 'Political tensions mount in Myanmar'
Political "tension" has risen in military-ruled Myanmar after the death of an aide to a senior general, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A fell stroke of endless impunity
We are anguished, shocked and outraged by the targeted grenade attacks that bled the life out of the highly respected opposition figure SAMS Kibria along with that of four AL men.
 arrow Editorial: Wetland turning into wasteland
This is an appalling sense of development. Manifestly, it is also an institutional aberration.
 arrow Post-MFA era and Bangladesh
The last quarter of the past year saw major concern expressed by international analysts and their dire predictions for our RMG Industry.
 arrow George Bush part II
It seemed like the sequel to a movie, when President Bush took the oath of office for his second term last week. Nothing could stop him.
Letters to Editorarrow "Investigation on the Secretariat vehicles"
I was totally shocked to read the two articles on The Daily Star recently.
 arrow 'Learning English'
For the last few days, we were reading a healthy debate on the importance of teaching grammar on the letter page. As a juvenile learner, I have something to say about it.
 arrow Gratitude
I have written many mails complaining about many things but this is a mail where I am expressing my extreme gratitude to 'The Daily Star'.
 arrow Missed calls
Mr. Wali Ruhi has presented the darker side of "missed calls" (DS: 26 Jan), but he has missed the other side of the picture.
 arrow Are the roads only for VIP's?
The decision taken by the government to make the Bangla Motor Crossing off-limits to rickshaw has brought great sufferings and miseries to thousands of commuters of the adjacent localities.
Literaturearrow Borrowed Sunshine
As he struggled to get down from the rickshaw, his wife and his daughter Zakia rushed forward to lend him a helping hand. But he gently brushed them aside.
 arrow The Strawberry Patch
Penguin Books, India; New Delhi; 224 pp; 2004.
 arrow Tele-Com
Those cloud-headed girls of Joy's
I saw one the other day
at our bus-stop
unchanged from the old days
bag on shoulder, hair in twin braids
wearing a school uniform
sweat onnose,