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Front Pagearrow Govt asks Interpol, Scotland Yard, FBI to probe
The government yesterday formally requested Interpol, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the British Scotland Yard to join the local investigation into the January 27 grenade attack in Habiganj
 arrow Over 100 hurt in clashes, cop beatings on day one
A sitting and two former AL lawmakers along with more than a hundred others were wounded as the opposition activists fought pitched battles with the police at different places across the country yesterday,
 arrow Kibria laid to rest in state honour
Former finance minister and frontline Awami League (AL) leader Shah AMS Kibria was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in the capital yesterday afternoon with state honour.
 arrow SP, OC suspended for slack security
The chiefs of district and Sadar upazila police of Habiganj were suspended yesterday for negligence in providing security to Thursday's fatal meeting of Awami League at Boidder Bazar.
 arrow Tigers square series
Manzarul Islam and Mohammad Rafique sent Zimbabwe on a spin as Bangladesh came back from 2-nill down to square the five-match one-day series 2-2 yesterday.
 arrow Kibria's daughter, son have no faith in probe efforts
Still reeling from the shock of losing their father -- Dr Reza Kibria and Dr Nazli Kibria, son and daughter of Shah AMS Kibria -- yesterday blamed the government for the 'pre-planned murder' and saidthey
 arrow Businesses see it as blow to economic stability
Businesses yesterday condemned Thursday's grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Habiganj, dubbing it a blow to the stability of the economy.
 arrow JMJB behind Jatra attack, nabbed terrorist says
An operative of Bangla Bhai on Friday night claimed Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) responsible for carrying out the bomb attack on a jatra show (a folk theatre form) at Laxikola village of Shahjahanpur
 arrow 600 SIs for separate probe unit soon
The government has decided to recruit 600 sub-inspectors to open separate investigation units in 300 police stations and 3,109 personnel for the Department of Youth Development to increase its manpower.
 arrow Iraq closes borders as polls start today
Iraq battened down the hatches yesterday, and braced itself for the final onslaught promised by insurgents intent on sabotaging the country's first democratic elections in decades set for today.
 arrow Robbers shoot dead engineer, loot house
Robbers gunned down an engineer and shot his daughter before looting cash and valuables from his home at Dakkhin Khan, Uttara in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Saifur calls for political consensus
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday urged both ruling and opposition parties to reach a consensus to avert incidents like Thursday's killing of SAMS Kibria in the future.
 arrow China-Taiwan flights start after 55 years
The first direct flights between bitter rivals China and Taiwan since the end of a civil war 55 years ago started yesterday, carrying Lunar New Year holidaymakers amid hopes for improving cross-strait
 arrow 5 of a family die in road accident
Seven people, five of a family, died in a road accident in Jaldhaka upazila of Nilphamari district early yesterday.
 arrow Moudud refutes allegation of coalition link
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed has strongly refuted the allegation that a faction within the ruling alliance was involved in grenade attacks for which no clue to the heinous acts could be detected.
 arrow Amnesty urges govt to act over grenade attacks
Amnesty International has called on the Bangladesh government to fully investigate a deadly grenade assault on an opposition party rally and criticised it for failing to adequately examine similar previous
 arrow Rickshawpuller bombed to death
Unknown assailants bombed a rickshawpuller to death on Darus Salam Road in Mirpur yesterday.
Mafizul Islam was sitting on his rickshaw when the killers hurled a bomb at him at 10:00pm.

 arrow Hartal relaxed in hill districts
The district unit of the Awami League (AL) has decided to relax hartal in the hill district for today and tomorrow in view of the difficulties facing the tourists as communications to and from the resort
 arrow Serena captures Australian Open
Serena Williams ended her Grand Slam title drought at the Australian Open Saturday, coming from behind to defeat world number one Lindsay Davenport in an all-American final.
 arrow Pay commission places report tomorrow
The Pay Commission will submit its report to the prime minister tomorrow suggesting 70 percent salary hike for the government employees in 20 grades.
 arrow Clarification
Responding to the story headlined "Risky lending pushes rate to record 75pc", published in The Daily Star of Thursday, the National Bank of Pakistan yesterday said that it did not lend out 205.
 arrow Cases filed against 300 AL workers for car bashing
Police yesterday filed a case against 300 leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations in Kushtia district accusing them of vandalising vehicles in the street on Friday night.
 arrow Women activists say people's life utterly unsafe
Seventy-two leading women's rights activists and members of civil society in a joint statement yesterday demanded the government instil sense of security among the citizens through restoring public confidence
 arrow One held for vandalising Rangpur temple
Police arrested the prime accused in the Tuesday's Lalbag temple incident and sent him to jail.
 arrow Speeding cars kill bureaucrat, another
Reckless driving killed a government official and an unidentified man in separate accidents in Kalyanpur and Mohakhali during the hartal hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt bodies deny Khulna Shipyard work orders
In an apparent move to prove the decision to hand over Khulna Shipyard management to Bangladesh Navy wrong, government bodies are not awarding work orders to the shipyard, according to a report prepared
 arrow Call money cools on hartal, deposits, BB intervention
With clients back in banks with deposits besides prolonged general strike and more funds pumped by the central bank, the inter-bank call money rate cooled yesterday after a long bullish trend.
 arrow Asian banks need to embrace change
Strong expected growth in the global financial services industry this year will increase pressure on Asian banks and financial institutions to embrace change and adopt new business models, says a report
 arrow Ministers meet at Davos amid calls to spur global trade talks
More than 20 trade ministers were due to meet with the World Trade Organisation chief on Saturday amid warnings that global trade talks were a crucial building block in an anti-poverty drive this year.
 arrow US economy grows slow in 4th quarter, inflation up
The US economy grew at a weaker-than-expected 3.
 arrow Dhaka to seek duty-free access to KL
Dhaka will urge Kuala Lumpur to give duty-free access to Bangladesh's eight products apart from increasing manpower import in next month's ministerial meeting here to bridge the existing trade gap between
 arrow US farm subsidy author fights White House fund cuts
Less than two years after leaving Congress, former US House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry-Combest is back in town to fight the White House and anyone else who tries to scale back the $51.
 arrow BATB opens cigar lounge at Sheraton Hotel
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) yesterday opened a cigar lounge at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel for cigar connoisseurs.
 arrow India's forex reserves rise
India's foreign exchange reserves rose to $129.429 billion on Jan 21 from $129.378 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement Saturday.
 arrow US to slap tariffs on EU for ‘unfair’ rice barriers
The United States said Friday it was slapping punitive tariffs on several European food products in retaliation for what Washington called unfair limits on US rice sold in the EU market.
 arrow Opec to hold production steady at Vienna meeting
Opec is to hold its oil production steady at a meeting in Vienna Sunday, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said Saturday.
 arrow Trade pact with Bahrain not aimed at busting GCC: US
The US hopes free trade agreements with Bahrain and other neighbours of Saudi Arabia will strengthen the Gulf Cooperation Council not break it up, a US trade official said Friday.
 arrow Volatile forex rates still unwelcome: ECB chief
European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet reiterated Saturday at the World Economic Forum that volatile exchange rates were "unwelcome and undesirable".
 arrow China creates brand-new form of capitalism: Bill Gates
US software giant Bill Gates has high praise for China, which he says has created a brand-new form of capitalism that benefits consumers more than anything has in the past.
 arrow China to gradually allow yuan to float freely
Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju told global business leaders Saturday that China would allow the yuan to float freely on foreign exchange markets at some point, but that structural improvements and banking
Sportsarrow Cricket: Job is only half done
Bangladesh captain Habi-bul Bashar said they have just done half the job after levelling the five-match series 2-2 against Zimbabwe by winning the fourth match by 58 runs at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Who's destiny's child?
Destiny figures strongly in the thinking of Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin as they shape up in Sunday's Australian Open tennis men's final at Melbourne Park.
 arrow Tennis: She toughed it out
Professional misery and personal heartache over the past two years drove Serena Williams right through the pain barrier to the Australian Open crown, the American said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilly wary of opponents
Pakistan's volatility and the self-belief of the West Indies are the unknown factors facing unbeaten Australia as they head towards the triangular VB Series finals, Australia's vice-captain Adam Gilchrist
 arrow Cricket: ODI time in South Africa
England will be looking to their young guns as they seek to build on a Test series triumph in the first one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar disappointed over fitness, not performance
Express Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Saturday his injury in Australia was disappointing but insisted that his performance was not below the mark.
 arrow Football: Del Piero's last masterpiece?
Alessandro Del Piero's artistic touch appears to have deserted him. The striker known in Italy as 'Il Pinturicchio' (the little artist) used to paint a beautiful picture, but not any more.
 arrow Football: Mourinho sticks his neck out
Jose Mourinho has admitted for the first time that his Chelsea side will be crowned champions of England this season and end a 50-year wait for the Londoners.
 arrow Football: Munna's condition deteriorates again
Monem Munna's condition deteriorated yesterday when the former Bangladesh football captain suffered a bout of pneumonia.
 arrow Cricket: Altaf replaces Raja on PCB
Pakistani cricket underwent radical changes on Saturday as President Pervez Musharraf appointed a director of cricket operations and an ad-hoc committee.
 arrow Cricket: 'Vaughan rude & dismissive'
Match referee Clive Lloyd has accused England captain Michael Vaughan of displaying a "dismissive and rude attitude" at a disciplinary hearing during the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
 arrow Cricket: Jaques on par with Simpson
New South Wales batsman Phil Jaques earned his place in local cricket history here Saturday when he became the first player since former Test captain Bob Simpson in 1963-64 to score two double-centuries
 arrow Football: Milan to retire Maldini's shirt
Italian football giants AC Milan will retire captain Paolo Maldini's number three shirt at the end of his career, club CEO Adriano Galliani said on Friday.
 arrow Football: ZZ still top!
Real Madrid's mercurial French playmaker Zinedine Zidane made it clear he was not over yet and that he still has a future at 32, at the time he foresaw a good year in 2005 for his team.
Metropolitanarrow Visitors suffer for ZIA yellow alert
Hundreds of people coming to receive or see off their relatives and friends at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday got stranded outside it and suffered a lot as the government has enforced a yellow
 arrow Govt trying to avoid responsibility: AL
The government has been trying to avoid responsibility by making false statements on the grenade attack as it is involved in the recent attacks on the opposition rallies, said Saber Hossain Chowdhury,
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair begins Feb 1
All is set for the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair beginning at the Bangla Academy premises on February 1.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the fair at 4:00pm.

 arrow Decision on charge-framing February 10
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed February 10 for decision on charge-framing against Tarique Rahman, son of late president Ziaur Rahman and a director of Dandy Dying Limited, and four others in a graft
 arrow More bodies condemn killing of Kibria, 4 AL activists
Different political and social organisations yesterday condemned the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four Awami League (AL) activists at a grisly grenade attack at Boidder Bazar
 arrow AGM postponed
The annual general meeting and election of Bangladesh-China People's Friendship Association, scheduled for January 31 at a local hotel, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Pak HC expresses 'deep sense of outrage'
Pakistani High Commissioner to Bangladesh Manzar Shafiq yesterday expressed his 'deep sense of outrage' at the death of Shah AMS Kibria in a terrorist attack.
 arrow 9 Ctg AL men sent to jail
Nine leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations were sued by police under section 4 of Speedy Trial Act and sent to jail yesterday.
 arrow BCL calls strike at CU on Feb 2
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will enforce a strike at Chittagong University (CU) on February 2 in protest against the killing of noted economist, lawmaker and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria
 arrow Transport strike in Khulna from February 2
South-western regional committee of 'Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation' has called for indefinite strike from February 2 protesting attack on three employees of Shohag Paribahan on January19.
 arrow BAU admission test Feb 11
Admission test for undergraduate students of level-1, semister-1 of the session 2005 at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh will now be held on February 11 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
 arrow 1,474 more held
Police arrested 1,474 people, including five listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow FM condoles death of Kibria
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed deep shock and grief at the death of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria in a grenade attack.
 arrow CPA viva voce now on Feb 9
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has postponed the viva voce for recruiting sweepers, which was scheduled to be held on January 30 and 31, due to unavoidable circumstances, a CPA press release said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshis in US raise funds for tsunami victims
Bangladeshi community living in the Greater Metro Washington DC area (Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC) held a fund raising event on Friday in support of the tsunami-affected people of India, SriLanka,
 arrow Death anniversary of Shaheed Lt Selim today
The 33rd death anniversary of Shaheed Lt Selim, a freedom fighter, will be observed today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow More organisations decry Habiganj grenade attack
More political and socio-cultural organisations, professional and student bodies and individuals yesterday condemned Thursday's grisly grenade attack on Awami League rally at Biodder Bazer in Habigabg
 arrow Hopes lose way in marketing snags
Mushroom growing, which lured scores of people, particularly poor women and promised better life in the hill district, is on the wane only due to lack of transportation and marketing facilities.
 arrow Out of Bidi factories, but now jobless
Seventeen-year old Rohidul and 13-year old Sahanara are now very happy. They are earning Tk 60 to 70 a day now, three times more than they used to get from hazardous work at a Bidi factory earlier.
 arrow Food poisoning kills 4 of a family
Four persons of a family including a minor girl died from food poisoning at Damuderpur-Balapara village in Rangpur Sadar upzila.
 arrow Barisal phones to take 2 months more for normal operation
At least one and a half months more will be needed for all telephones in Barisal division to function normally.
 arrow One held for damaging Rangpur temple
Police arrested the prime accused in Tuesday's Lalbag temple damage incident on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow En-masse contractual appointments
Recent surge in contractual appointments have been resented by juniors, criticised by service associations and its demoralising effects on civil servants have been highlighted in the media.
 arrow Shah AMS Kibria: As I knew him
I learnt the news of assassination of SAMS Kibria with disbelief as I read in the morning the newspaper in the Internet edition.
 arrow Nothing new about Page 3
Exactly 225 years ago this week, the first Indian newspaper, a weekly, was published from the capital of the rising (although still far from pre-eminent) power of the subcontinent, the British Raj.
Culturearrow Lala Rukh shows finesse and flamboyance in sculpture
Lala Rukh Selim, a well-known sculptor, editor of the quarterly Art, and an associate professor at Fine Arts Department , Dhaka University, had a unique ambiance as a child.
 arrow Benazir: A promising Odissi dancer
Dance was initially a therapy for Benazir Salam, a promising Odissi dancer. "My dance lessons began very painstakingly.
 arrow B&H initiates art dialogue "Ampart"
After the Ampfusion, Benson & Hedges has started an initiative on the visual arts called Ampart, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Iraqi polls won't end violence
Violence in Iraq is unlikely to subside after today's election and may well get worse before it gets better, US and British officials say, a sentiment seconded by many Iraqis.
 arrow Zarqawi fear haunts Iraqi voters
The shadow of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's deadly acts and threats overshadow memories of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship as Iraqis go to vote in a historic election today.
 arrow Terrors to do everything to thwart Iraqi polls
US President George W. Bush said yesterday terrorists will do everything in their power to thwart Sunday's elections in Iraq, but the "courage of the Iraqi people will allow the vote to take place.
 arrow Bombs, bullets turn Baghdad a city on the edge
A gunbattle yesterday in one of the best-protected parts of Baghdad heightened the tension for the nervous population of the capital on the eve of the landmark election.
 arrow 3 in 4 Iraqi Sunnis won't vote today
Three out of four Sunni Arabs will not vote in Iraq's weekend elections, while a majority of Sunnis and Shias want US troops to leave the country immediately or as soon as an elected government is inplace,
 arrow Abbas-Sharon summit in 2nd week of Feb
Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet new Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in two weeks, a Palestinian official said yesterday, as the two sides prepared to discuss the transfer of security control
 arrow Kashmiris vote defying rebel threats
Defying rebel threats, voters turned out in big numbers yesterday to cast ballots in the first leg of municipal polls to be held in over a quarter of a century in insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir, officials
 arrow Zhao Ziyang cremated in tightly controlled funeral
Hundreds of mourners braved police checks on Saturday to attend a low-key invitation-only funeral for Zhao Ziyang, the Chinese Communist Party chief purged for opposing the army crackdown on the 1989Tiananmen
 arrow UN to coordinate Asia's tsunami warning centers
The United Nations emerged yesterday as a coordinator for a regional tsunami warning center after officials from 43 nations including India, Indonesia and Thailand failed to agree who should run it.
 arrow Italian Mafia trains up kids as killers
The Mafia in southeastern Italy is busy training up recruits as young as 10 years of age in how to use firearms to intimidate the public and even kill, according to reports here yesterday.
 arrow Portugal clears deportation of Mumbai blast suspect
Indian police said Portugal's Supreme Court has cleared the extradition of one of India's most wanted men, Abu Salem, sought for a string of blasts that killed more than 250 people in 1993, Indian media
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hartal into the second day
As a shell-shocked Awami League and its allies observe the 60-hour non-stop hartal across the country, tension is running high over the volatile political situation following the brutal murders of SAMS
 arrow Editorial: EU's helping hand
The post-MFA challenge facing Bangladesh's garments sector has triggered mixed reflexive responses from industry leaders and trade scenario watchers with optimism generally outstripping skepticism.
 arrow Keeping off from extremists
Predictably Bangladesh authorities have dismissed Eliza Griswold's report in New York Times (January 23, 2005) raising the possibility of Bangladesh giving birth to the next Islamist revolution.
 arrow Disaster issue must be high in SAARC summit
It is a matter of common knowledge that South Asia along with its adjacent region like the South East Asia is a disaster-prone area and countries here have had enough of the onslaughts of natural disasters
Letters to Editorarrow Bangla Bhai and revolution
I refer to the article published in the New York Times Magazine in its issue of January 23, 2005.
 arrow Bomb attacks at Sylhet
Criminal activities at Sylhet have taken an alarming new turn in the recent months. The perpetrators are now sneaking away successfully, with perfectly synchronized bomb attacks.
Star Healtharrow Coping with abdominal discomfort after Eid
During Eid-ul-Adha domestic animals are sacrificed in large scale which makes the opportunity to take meat hugely. There are some people who love meat, consume enormously without thinking the consequence.
 arrow Living with pacemaker
The heart has its own electrical system, which causes the heart to beat and to control the heart rate.
 arrow Surprising effects of statins
Side effects are not always a bad thing. Statin drugs were developed to help lipid (blood fat) levels. They lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.
Star Cityarrow Homeo hospital in chronic disorder
Poor administration and lack of proper planning have turned the Homeopathic Degree College and Hospital (HDCH) in the city into a dysfunctional institution.
 arrow Private sector's impressive beautification work
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)' s move to allot medians and parks to the private sector for beautification and maintenance has so far yielded encouraging results.
 arrow No decision yet to build Tejgaon truck terminal
Relocation of the Tejgaon truck stand near Satrasta, which keeps two major link roads blocked 24 hours a day, has become uncertain as the authorities are yet to decide about a permanent site for parking
 arrow Three major waterway landing stations open next month
The three major landing stations of the circular waterway project at Gabtoli, Aminbazar and Ashulia will be opened for navigation on February 14.
 arrow Janata Tower to get a facelift soon
Janata Tower, the infamous 11-storey building in Karwan Bazar that has remained abandoned for the last four years, is soon to get a facelift for setting up government offices in the building, officials
 arrow JU campus still features nature's tranquility
Hundreds of nature-lovers throng the Jahangirnagar University featured with the twittering of birds to inhale fresh air and mitigate the monotony of everyday life.