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Front Pagearrow Saarc Summit postponed as India pulls out
The 13th Saarc Summit was postponed yesterday for the second time after India pulled out at the last moment citing the Nepalese political turmoil and 'deterioration of law and order' in Bangladesh following
 arrow India points at developments in Kathmandu, Dhaka
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday decided not to attend the Saarc Summit in Dhaka "against the background of recent developments in our neighbourhood which has caused us grave concern.
 arrow Pak PM phones Khaleda, tells of dissatisfaction
Saarc Chairperson and Pakistan Prime Minister Shawkat Aziz yesterday expressed disappointments having to postpone the 13th regional summit after India expressed its inability to come over to Dhaka.
 arrow Pay Commission submits report, proposes up to 90pc salary hike
The Pay Commission yesterday submitted its report to Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia outlining up to 90 percent salary increase for government employees under 20 grades.
 arrow ADP sees 29pc implementation in first half
The half-yearly implementation of the projects under the current Annual Development Programme (ADP) stands at 29 percent.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Three outlaws were killed in 'crossfire' during police actions in Kushtia and Pabna while another outlaw was slaughtered by his rivals in Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Asma Kibria calls for movement to nab killers
Asma Kibria, widow of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday urged people from all walks of life to join the movement demanding punishment of her husband's killers and an end to such killings.
 arrow Nepal king unveils new cabinet
Nepal's King Gyanendra swore in a new 10-member cabinet heavily dominated by royalists, a day after firing the government and seizing power in a move that sparked international condemnation.
 arrow Trade bodies say strikes to spike problems
In the wake of the latest political unrest leading trade bodies yesterday once again urged the parties to resolve differences in the parliament, saying street agitation and strikes only aggravate problems.
 arrow Countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today
Awami League (AL) and left-leaning 11-Party enforce a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today to protest the killing of AL lawmaker and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four others in the January
 arrow Bangladesh economy posts strong growth
Despite floods and oil price shock on international market, Bangladesh economy continued recording a strong growth in the last quarter of 2004, said Asian Development Bank.
 arrow Telcoms ministry at fault again
The telecoms ministry is again found guilty of violating another law. A commissioner of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) resigned in February last year.
 arrow Global warming sends grave warning
Global warming will boost outbreaks of infectious disease, worsen shortages of water and food in vulnerable countries and create an army of climate refugees fleeing uninhabitable regions, a conference
 arrow 6,000 acres gobbled up in Dhaka, N'ganj, Gazipur
The district administrations of Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur have identified about 6,000 acres of illegally occupied government land and recovered only 306 acres.
 arrow 12 Natore militants linked with Jamaat
Twelve activists of militant Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh arrested in Natore early Tuesday have links with Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front, investigators said yesterday.
 arrow HC declares illegal removal order of judge Shahidur
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the president's order removing additional judge Syed Shahidur Rahman in April last year.
 arrow Another case filed against Mansur of AL
Another case was filed yesterday against Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Sultan Mohammad Mansur and four others for their alleged threat on the life of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Blanket security withdrawn
The security blanket thrown around the capital was withdrawn after postponement of the 13th Saarc summit yesterday.
 arrow Rice offers condolence to Hasina
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday offered her deep condolence on the death of former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria and other individuals in a bomb attack in Habiganj.
 arrow Alliance sits today to fix action plan
Against the backdrop of the postponement of Saarc summit and opposition's wildcat hartals, the ruling 4-party alliance and BNP will hold crucial meetings today to discuss the current political situation
 arrow Interpol men meet IGP
Two visiting Interpol members met the inspector general of police (IGP) yesterday.
 arrow Govt to take action against propaganda thru' internet
The government is going to take necessary steps to prevent 'malicious' propaganda against Bangladesh that blights image of the country at home and abroad.
 arrow 97 former top govt officials slate Kibria's killing
Ninety-seven retired government officials including secretaries and envoys have condemned the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow Rally accuses coalition of killing under a blueprint
Ruling BNP-Jamaat-led coalition has drawn a blueprint for eliminating popular and progressive political leaders one by one, said the central leaders of the 14-party alliance led by the Awami League at
 arrow Rapist jailed for 30 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a rapist to 30-year rigorous imprisonment.
The convict, Kala Guddu, raped a five-year-old girl in Mohammadpur in the city on February 18, 2003.

 arrow The first Bangladesh-China Friendship in shabby condition...

 arrow Who cares !

 arrow Murder charge framed against Haji Selim
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and 31 others accused of killing Mizanur Rahman, member of Sultanganj Union Parishad in Kamrangirchar.
 arrow Outlaw held for threat to journos
An alleged activist of outlawed Purba Banglar Communisty Party's (PBCP) ML-Janajuddha faction was arrested yesterday from his house for threatening with death eight journalists and a police official.
Businessarrow Bangladesh RMG won’t get major shock in US despite China threat
With the phaseout of the MFA, increased Chinese exports to the US in the first instance could hurt Bangladesh exports and there may be some decline in US imports from Bangladesh but it will not be toa
 arrow Taka tumbles further against greenback
In the face of increasing demand for paying import bills, dollar price continued to rise against Bangladesh currency reaching another record high at Tk 63.7 per unit yesterday, dealers said.
 arrow UN experts urge India to step up investments in health, education
A panel of UN-appointed experts urged India on Wednesday to step up investments in the health and education sectors to make good on a worldwide pledge to halve extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.
 arrow Tea market in vibrant mood
The international tea auction here continues to enjoy a very vibrant demand, thanks to the strong support from internal buyers followed equally by blenders and loose tea traders.
 arrow Recovery makes Kyoto targets difficult for Japan industry
A recovering economy has made it hard for one-third of Japanese industries to meet self-imposed targets in cutting carbon dioxide emissions to help Japan meet the UN Kyoto Protocol, reports said Wednesday.
 arrow New president wants more flexible ADB
Haruhiko Kuroda took office as the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Tuesday, calling for a more flexible and efficien institution to enhance economic growth and poverty reduction in the
 arrow New EC head to pursue business-friendly agenda
New European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso is to set out a more business-friendly future for the bloc when he presents a plan for its economic reform, he said in an interview published Wednesday.
 arrow Abdul Monem Ltd launches sugar refinery
Abdul Monem Limited (AML), bottler of Coca-Cola and owning company of Igloo ice cream, has recently launched a new venture in sugar refinery in Bangladesh.
 arrow F1 Auto Fair on Feb 11
A daylong automobile exhibition titled 'F1 Auto Fair' is going to be held on 11 February at the Gulshan field located behind Wonderland Park in Dhaka.
 arrow China dampens hopes of yuan revaluation ahead of G7 meet
China has shown no sign of bowing to international flattery or pressure to amend its fixed yuan/dollar currency system and its invite to the top drawer G7 meeting of finance chiefs in London is unlikely
 arrow India relaxes rules for foreign investment in telecom sector
India's cabinet on Wednesday raised the limit on foreign company ownership of phone companies to 74 percent from 49 percent.
 arrow MIDAS to organise training course from Feb 5
Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services (MIDAS) will arrange a 6-day training course titled 'Start Your Own Business' from Saturday at its head office in Dhaka to help businesspersons invarious
 arrow Pakistan central bank forecasts 2004/05 M2 growth at 14.5pc
Pakistan's central bank said on Tuesday it expected broad money, or M2, to grow by 14.5 percent in the fiscal year to June 30, higher than the government's budgetary target of 11.5 percent.
 arrow Musharraf to open Pakistan's biggest trade fair since 9/11
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is to open an international trade fair Wednesday designed to attract foreign investors scared off by violence which has plagued the country since 9/11, officials said.
 arrow Lenovo chief outlines global plan after IBM takeover
Lenovo Group's takeover of IBM's PC division will fast-track the Chinese firm's global expansion plans by 10-20 years and make it a global technology force, the company's president said here Wednesday.
 arrow Mitsubishi Electric net profit doubles
Mitsubishi Electric said Wednesday its net profit more than doubled in the nine months to December on growing sales of industrial and electronic devices despite slower production and capital spendingin
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB declares cash reward for heroes
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday rewarded the victorious Bangladesh team for their brilliant Test and ODI series sweep against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Pieter-ton lifts England
South African-born Kevin Pietersen continued a remarkable start to his international career when he caned an unbeaten century for England in the second limited overs international against South Africa
 arrow Cricket: Inzy charged up for finals
Preserving early wickets will be vital if Pakistan are to continue their recent run of form into the Tri-series limited-overs cricket finals against Australia, skipper Inzamamul Haq said.
 arrow Cricket: World selector Sunny
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has been appointed chairman of a six-man panel to select a World XI to play Australia later this year.
 arrow Cricket: I'm no Gilchrist: Jones
England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones said on Tuesday he would not try to emulate Adam Gilchrist in his new role as a one-day opening batsman.
 arrow Cricket: SE warns sport bodies
Sport England (SE), the body which distributes lottery and government funds, warned Tuesday it was looking for value for money after announcing a 315 million pounds package for the next four years.
 arrow Cricket: Zee loses a case
India's embattled cricket chiefs on Wednesday won a long-running battle in the country's highest court, which upheld their independence and dismissed the appeal by a media group denied lucrative television
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova in last eight
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova needed some time to get used to the fast indoor surface here before overpowering Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Dokic, Bartoli break down
Second seed Marion Bartoli of France and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Dokic both retired from the Thailand Open on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: UAE all out for 132
Bangladesh A team shot UAE out for a paltry 132 in the first one-day match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Dubai yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sumon hattrick steers Kalabagan
A brilliant hattrick by veteran left-arm pacer Morshed Ali Khan Sumon guided Kalabagan KC to a four-wicket victory over Sonargaon Cricketers in the First Division Cricket League which resumed yesterday
 arrow Cricket: Murali heart finds Indian dame
Sri Lankan cricket star Muttiah Muralitharan is to marry an Indian businesswoman next month in the southern city of Madras, the bride-to-be's family said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Reception to local heroes
The Sylhet District and City BNP accorded a civic reception to local heroes Rajin Saleh, Tapash Baisya, Alok Kapali and Enamul Haque Jr here yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Parag stays on course
Reigning champion Mehdi Hasan Parag continued his winning run in the BASIC Bank 26th National Sub-Junior Chess Championship when he beat Shiblu in the third round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak captain fined
Captain Inzamamul Haq has been fined for Pakistan's slow over-rate during their one-day tri-series victory over West Indies on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib still a concern
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan will speak to controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar this week about his attitude and fitness prior to the tour of India starting this month.
 arrow Cycling: BJMC national cycling champs
BJMC became champions in the 29th National Cycling Cham-pionships when the three-day meet ended yesterday in Khulna.
 arrow Football: Sao Caetano in hot waters
Sao Caetano club president Nairo Ferreira and doctor Paulo Forte have been charged with homicide after the death of fullback Serginho last October, Brazilian press reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners melt in Red heat
Manchester United produced one of the performances of the season to beat Arsenal 4-2 at the champions' Highbury ground here Tuesday after twice coming from a goal behind and so put a massive dent in their
 arrow Football: Half a million tickets sold in a flash
Around 500,000 tickets for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany were ordered in the first 16 hours after going on sale to the general public on Tuesday, the organising committee said.
 arrow Football: Dugarry bids bye
Former international striker Christophe Dugarry, who had his fans and his detractors, has become France's eighth World Cup winner to retire from football.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo back from Brazil
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was back in the Spanish capital on Tuesday after missing his side's league match against Numancia because of a flying visit to Brazil.
 arrow Football: Mutu looks ahead
Disgraced Romanian striker Adrian Mutu says he is looking forward to putting the past behind him with his new club Juventus.
 arrow Football: FA goes soft
English football chiefs have decided against taking any action over Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira's bust-up with Manchester United captain Roy Keane before Tuesday's Highbury thriller.
 arrow Cricket: NZ-SL series rescheduled
A Test series against Sri Lanka postponed after the Indian Ocean tsunami has been rescheduled for April, New Zealand Cricket said Wednesday.
 arrow Olympics: Ayhan banned for two years
Turkish athlete Sureyya Ayhan was banned for two years on Tuesday for violating anti-doping procedures in a test before the Athens Olympics last year, the Anatolia news agency reported.
 arrow Concentration Belies Age...

Metropolitanarrow Ruling party killing popular leaders to cling to power: AL
Awami League leaders yesterday said the ruling party is trying to cling to power by killing the AL's popular leaders.
 arrow BCL enforces strike at CU
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has enforced a daylong strike at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday to protest the January 27 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Habiganj that killed former finance
 arrow Finance ministry yet to disburse fund for ICT internship project
The finance ministry has been sitting on the ICT internship programme for over six months now despite allocation of fund in the annual budget for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector,
 arrow Construction of Padma bridge likely to start in 2008
The government can start construction of Padma bridge by the end of 2008 and it will take about six years to complete the construction work, according to a report of Japan International Cooperation Agency
 arrow Pvt organisation to come to the rescue
With the cooperation of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), private organisation PRISM Bangladesh is going to launch a hazardous clinical waste management project on a pilot basis in two wards in the capital
 arrow CPA removes CCC's gangway
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday removed a huge gangway installed by Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) in the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Pubali Bank donation for tsunami-hit children
Pubali Bank Ltd has donated US $ 25,000 (equivalent to Tk 15 lakh) to Unicef to provide support to tsunami-hit children in Asia.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two people were killed in road accidents at Malibagh and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar areas in the city yesterday.
 arrow Construction worker shot
A construction worker was shot and injured at the city's Eskaton Garden Road yesterday morning.
 arrow World Bank team discusses National Nutrition Project
A World Bank team met the health secretary yesterday to apprise him of its latest findings on the National Nutrition Project (NNP).
 arrow 1,215 more held
Police arrested 1,215 more people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Bus set on fire: 5 injured
Passenger buses came under attack by unknown hoodlums in different areas of the city last night, ahead of today's hartal.
 arrow Three arrested over killing of rickshawpuller
Detectives of Cobra team of police arrested three people yesterday on charge of bombing a rickshawpuller to death during Saturday's hartal hours at Mirpur in the city.
 arrow New British Council English courses from Feb 8
New English courses of the British Council will start on February 8 and continue till April 5, says a press release of the Council.
 arrow Indian HC visa section to remain open
The visa and consular wings of the High Commission of India will remain open from February 3 to 7, says a high commission press release.
Nationalarrow Upholding community spirit
Both the members of the Hindu and Muslim communities recently upheld the community spirit by voluntarily rebuilding a flood-damaged road leading to a crematory at Eshrampur village in Gaibandha Sadar
 arrow Magura district AL council overdue for 12 years
The council of Magura district Awami League (AL) was not be held in last 12 years due to internal feud in the party.
At present, dedicated leaders and workers of the party are totally frustrated.

 arrow 14 abducted fishermen released by BSF
Fourteen Bangladeshi fishermen were released by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday.
 arrow 22 leave homes in Satkhira fearing attack of criminals
Twenty-two persons have left their homes in two villages of Deara and Kashiadanga in Kalaroa upazila in fear of reprisal of local criminals led by Abdul Ahad, a gang leader of extortionists.
 arrow Notebooks on sale in Nilphamari despite ban
The official ban on sale of notebooks of classes one to eight is being defied here indiscriminately.
Most of the bookstalls have been flooded with various notebooks.

 arrow Inu condemns killing of Kibria
Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday condemned the killing of former Finance Minister SAMS Kibria while addressing three separate public meetings at Mashan Bazaar, Amla Bazaar
 arrow Woman killed by 'husband'
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband for dowry on Friday night. The victim is Amena Begum, 22, of Dashar village of Kalkini upazila.
 arrow 2 beaten to death
Two persons including a woman were beaten to death in two separate incidents on Sunday.
The first incident took place at Hashnerpara village in Palashbari upazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow Needed an aggressive programme involving all
The Daily Star recently spoke to World Bank's chief economist Shantayanan Devarajan who is based in South Asia Region.
 arrow Elections in Iraq
By going for elections against all odds, President George Bush took a big gamble and from all accounts the gamble seems to have paid off.
 arrow An uncertain future for European constitution
February 20, 2005 is going to be a landmark date in not only the history of Spain but also of Europe.
Culturearrow Nasreen and her world of Tagore songs
Music is my therapy," says Nasreen. "Rabindra Sangeet is spiritual. When I am sad, it lifts me up," she adds.
 arrow Mymensingh Geetika calls for promotion
It's back to the roots. Several groups of youth in the country have launched a concerted effort to popularise the important chapters of Mymensingh Geetika (indigenous compilation of the great bards).
 arrow Mehdi Hasan: The ghazal king reigns supreme
Music fads may come and go, but the ghazals of Mehdi Hasan linger on in the memory. Even amidst the current cacophony of loud, jarring tunes and remixes, his songs have an everlasting appeal.
 arrow Sesame Street turns to Sisimpur
On a visit to the sets of Sisimpur in Film Development Corporation (FDC),Khurshid Jahan Haque, Minister for Women and Children Affairs, said, "Quality educational television programmes like Sisimpurcan
 arrow Mystery fan marks Poe's birthday
The mystery man was dressed for the cold rather than tradition, and some spectators were not quite as respectful as in years past.
Generalarrow 'Grenade attacks a conspiracy to eliminate best sons of soil'
Speakers at a rally yesterday expressed deep concern at the government's failure in punishing the criminals involved in the bomb and grenade attacks in the country.
 arrow Marketing a major challenge for agri economy: Anwar
Marketing and preservation of fresh fruits and perishable vegetables are the major challenges for the agrarian economy of Bangladesh.
 arrow UGC to go ahead with streamlining pvt universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) will go ahead with its efforts to streamline private universities.
Internationalarrow Mubarak invites Abbas, Sharon to summit
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is hosting a summit with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh next week, Sharon's office said
 arrow Clinton named UN special tsunami envoy
Former US President Bill Clinton has been named UN special envoy for tsunami-affected nations, reports UPI.
 arrow Nepal Maoist chief urges people to oppose king's power grab
Nepal's Maoist guerrilla leader Prachanda has urged "pro-people forces of the world" to oppose King Gyanendra's dismissal of the government and seizure of power.
 arrow 'No alarm' over Pope's condition
The ill health of Pope John Paul II is "no reason for alarm", a Vatican spokesman has said.
 arrow Deal with Darfur or resign
Two key US lawmakers demanded that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan move immediately to end genocide in Darfur or resign in protest at the world body's inaction.
 arrow DNA test for tsunami baby
A Sri Lankan court has ordered a DNA test on a "miracle baby" who survived December's tsunami to determine who his parents are.
The order upset a couple who say the child is their son.

 arrow 2 US soldiers admit to Abu Ghraib abuses
Two US soldiers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of abusing Iraqi inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison by stomping on fingers and toes, and, in another incident, humiliating naked rape suspects.
 arrow Kidnapped boy in Bihar rescued ahead of polls
An Indian schoolboy abducted in India's lawless eastern state of Bihar was rescued Wednesday on the eve of regional polls, sparking accusations police and the local government had colluded with the kidnappers.
 arrow Newborn Iraqi baby named 'Elections'
With many in Iraq regarding the first free vote in half a century as the rebirth of democracy, one woman who gave birth on Sunday named her baby girl "Intikhabat", Arabic for elections, a newspaper reported.
 arrow Iraq oil pipeline suffers new sabotage
An oil pipeline linking two of Iraq's major refineries was attacked Wednesday near the restive Sunni city of Samarra north of Baghdad, police and oil sources said.
 arrow One killed as earthquake jolts Java island
One person was killed and four people injured when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Java island Wednesday, radio and seismologists said.
 arrow 'Britain to pressure US on anti-poverty plans'
Britain is to pressure the United States to fully back its ambitious push to tackle poverty in the developing world at this week's G7 meeting in London, finance minister Gordon Brown said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: It's a disappointment
We were aware of speculations of uncertainty stalking the Saarc Summit, but these have unfortunately come true now. We wish they hadn't.
 arrow Editorial: Nepal in whirlpool
The political situation in Nepal, where parliamentary democracy has not had a smooth sailing since its inception in 1991, has once again become murky with King Gyanendra dismissing the coalition government
 arrow Another bloody carnage!
It was with a feeling of trepidation that I woke up to attend the telephone very early on the morning of Friday last.
 arrow Coronation speech and after
That Bush aides hastened to explain away the purport of the inaugural speech by President George W Bush could be expected.
Letters to Editorarrow Country's image
Heinous attacks and killings of the Intellectuals and progressive politicians are quickly turning Bangladesh into another Afghanistan.
 arrow Betrayers strike again
While the country was passing through a fairly stable political atmosphere, political parties started to organise their respective positions for the next general election of the country, huge foreign
 arrow Attention: DCC
We are still very disorganised. From our veranda we can see the road below in front of our flat.
 arrow A tale of 'hajat'
It still shivers me when I remember that terrible scene on a day in 1982--just soon after Ershad ousted the elected government of President Justice MA Sattar of the BNP on the pretex of corruption in
 arrow Disappointed
I am very disappointed reading the sermon of Saudi Arabia's' Grand Mufti during the Hajj.
 arrow Great victory
It was nice to see our cricketers reaching another milestone. Their first ever ODI series victory has left them in a position to think about achieving more in future.
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