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Front Pagearrow Govt ready to give FBI full-access to evidence
The government is ready to provide full access to evidence to the FBI to investigate the January 27 grenade attack in Habiganj that killed former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four others.
 arrow Cop killed, 80 hurt in hartal clashes
A policeman was killed and at least 80 people were injured yesterday as the country passed off the last of six hartal days in two weeks called by the main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow Security upped as opposition, alliance meet on street today
The spectre of violence looms as the ruling alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party and mainstream opposition parties by Awami League take up streets today with programmes to counter each other.
 arrow BNP closely observes arrests of party men
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party high-command is closely observing arrests and detention of a section of local BNP leaders and activists for suspected links with the January 27 grenade attack.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Three outlaws were killed in two separate encounters with police at Ataikula and Faridpur in Pabna district early yesterday
At least five police, including an officer-in-charge, were also injured in

 arrow Wounded Khulna reporter flown in to CMH
Daily Sangram Khulna Bureau Chief Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed, the most severely injured in Saturday night's bomb blast at the Khulna Press Club, was flown yesterday to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH)
 arrow Exploitation, abuse routine for Bangladeshi women working in ME
A portion of the 75,000 Bangladeshi women working abroad in the Middle East and other countries are routinely subjected to inhumane forms of exploitation, including physical and mental abuse, according
 arrow Bangla Bhai plans to flee in a week
Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai is preparing to flee the country within a week, sources in Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) said yesterday.
They said he is likely to fly to a Muslim country.

 arrow The shrinking Buriganga...

 arrow Hartal at Ctg reduced to 8hr for today
The Awami League and other opposition parties yesterday curtailed their 3-day hartal to eight-hour in Chittagong for today at the request of business community in the port city.
 arrow Two more JMJB men held
Police yesterday morning arrested two more operatives of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Another found Nipah virus positive
Another person has been found Nipah virus positive after experts carried out tests on suspected patients from the virus-infected areas in Tangail.
 arrow Hasina asks cops to remain alert against govt's 'evil design'
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the police to uphold the constitution and remain alert against 'evil design and conspiracy' of the alliance government.
 arrow Iran major obstacle to ME peace
Diplomacy and unity among the world's "great democracies" are key to ensuring Iran meets its international obligations, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview broadcast yesterday.
 arrow 4 Egyptians abducted
Four Egyptian engineers working for a subsidiary of Egyptian telecom giant Orascom were abducted in front of their Baghdad home while one US soldier was killed in action yesterday, a spokesman told AFP.
 arrow Thaksin wins Thai polls
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra looked poised to establish a historic one party rule in Thailand after voters, poor rural villagers and Bangkokians alike, handed his Thai Rak Thai Party a massive landslide
 arrow Body of missing Jubo League leader found in waterbody
The body of a Jubo League leader, who went missing after an alleged chase by police and BNP activists in Ramna a week ago, was found in a waterbody yesterday.
 arrow Body decides to propose 14yrs' imprisonment for land grabbers
A secretary-level committee on resisting private land grabbing yesterday decided to suggest making provisions for 14 years' imprisonment for land grabbing.
 arrow Speaker came to know about it from newspaper
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday said he learnt about the attack and death of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria from the newspapers on the following day of the incident.
  arrow Seeing is believing...

 arrow Shooing away....

 arrow Jalil accuses Moudud of creating political instability
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday accused Law Minister Moudud Ahmed of fanning up political instability in the country.
 arrow Saifur refutes press reports
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday protested the statement made by the family of former minister Shah AMS Kibria quoting him as saying that Kibria's murder was 'part of regional killings'.
Businessarrow Tripura keen to host Bangladesh trade fair
Tripura, a northeastern Indian state, has urged Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to hold an exclusive trade fair for their products in Agartala to promote bilateral trade between the two countries.
 arrow Beverage cos hail HC verdict on mandatory banderole use
Beverage companies yesterday welcomed a court decision that enforced mandatory use of banderole on the bottles of a beverage company, which has been enjoying exemption since introduction of the new system
 arrow BFFEA election held
Mohammad Amin Ullah and Tauhidur Rahman were unofficially elected president and secretary general respectively of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) in the biennial election of theorganization
 arrow G7 opens door to full debt relief of poorest nations
The Group of Seven has opened the door for unprecedented 100 percent multilateral debt relief for the world's poorest countries but charities and experts are doubtful that such a move will see the light
 arrow Bush's budget proposal cuts farm subsidies
The 2006 federal budget US President George W. Bush will unveil Monday includes shart cuts in previously sacrosanct farm subsidies, according to The New York Times.
 arrow IMF to look at using gold to ease world poverty
The International Monetary Fund will look into using its huge gold reserves to help finance debt relief for the world's poorest countries on the urging of the Group of Seven rich nations, ministers said
 arrow Agrani Exchange sends Tk 147.15cr remittance in '04 from Singapore
A remittance of a total Tk 147.15 crore came to Bangladesh from Singapore in the year 2004 through the Agrani Exchange House Private Ltd, a subsidiary of Agrani Bank.
 arrow Indian co may buy stake in former Yukos core asset
India's state-owned oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) may acquire a stake in Yuganskneftegaz, once the main asset of the dismembered Yukos energy giant and now part of Russia's state-owned
 arrow G7 ministers salvage development talks
The Group of Seven industrialised nations salvaged a weekend meeting here, threatened by a US-European disagreement on helping out poor countries, but opted to tread water on two other key issues -- China's
 arrow Seafood sector thrives on bird flu
The seafood industry is thriving following the outbreak of avian flu. While poultry farmers are struggling, fishermen are clambering to keep up with the escalating demand.
 arrow Britain announces debt relief following G7 deal
Following a Group of Seven (G7) agreement for proposed 100 percent debt relief to the world's poorest countries, Britain announced Sunday it was taking immediate action on debts owed by 19 developingcountries.
 arrow Proton to get new chairman, new models
Malaysia's state-controlled automaker Proton is expected to appoint Mohamad Azlan Hashim as its new chairman after Abu Hassan Kendut quit the post, a report said Sunday.
 arrow No need now for Opec phone talks: Kuwait
Opec president and Kuwait's energy minister said on Saturday he saw no need now for telephone consultations between members of the cartel over a possible oil output cut ahead of its next meeting in March.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aussies take VB Series
Australia clin-ched the triangular VB Series 2-0 on Sunday after brittle top-order batting and an inspired spell by paceman Glenn McGrath shattered Pakistan's hopes of an upset in the limited-overs tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Another easy win for BD A
The Bangladesh A team clinched the one-day series against United Arab Emirates when the visitors took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series after they posted a seven-wicket victory at theSharjah
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs powers Proteas
Herschelle Gibbs hit his 14th one-day international century as South Africa posted a big total of 291 for five in the pivotal fourth limited-overs international against England at Newlands Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin on the sidelines
Sachin Tendulkar's absence stands out glaringly as India's rusty cricketers flex their limbs from Monday to prepare for next month's highly-anticipated series against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy look to India tour
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq looked optimistically forward to their tour to India despite a 2-0 defeat in the VB Series final in Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova stops Davenport
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova dashed the hopes of world number one Lindsay Davenport for a record fifth victory here by wresting the singles title at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Serena eyes Paris crown
Newly-crowned Australian Open champion Serena Williams continues her quest to reclaim the world number one spot when she headlines the 585,000-euro Paris Indoor Open starting Monday.
 arrow Athletics: Millrose mile Lagat's
Bernard Lagat's upset loss to Kenya countryman Laban Rotich at Boston last Saturday may have stung his psyche.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey starts today
The Green Delta First Division Hockey League will begin tomorrow at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: SA storm into lead
South Africa capitalised on a Herschelle Gibbs century to crush England by 108 runs in the fourth one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh might be coaching South Africa
Australian Steve Waugh, the most successful captain in Test history, could be a candidate to become coach of the South African national team.
 arrow Cricket: Murali happy
The throwing controversy, a heavy monkey on the back of bowlers everywhere, provoked more responses after the International Cricket Council raised tolerance levels to 15 degrees.
 arrow Cricket: PCB's reluctance to Ahmedabad
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reluctant to accept Ahmedabad as one of the venues on their three-Test tour of India.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan call for neutral umps for ODIs
Pakistan have called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to introduce neutral umpires for one-day internationals, according to a source close to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
 arrow Football: Bayern might lose Ballack to Chelsea?
Bayern Munich fear they may lose playmaker Michael Ballack to Premiership leaders Chelsea admitting the millions of Russian owner Roman Abramovich are making it difficult to compete.
 arrow Three-star Celtic
Celtic remain on course for a second successive double after drubbing Dunfermline 3-0 in the Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday.
 arrow Olympics: Freeman may come out of retirement
Australia's former Olympic champion Cathy Freeman is reported to be considering a comeback at next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
 arrow Football: Keane's half century
Roy Keane's long wait for his 50th goal for Manchester United finally came to an end as the Red Devils overcame Birmingham at Old Trafford to maintain their pursuit of Premiership leaders Chelsea.
 arrow Football: If at first you don't succeed...
Tycoon Malcolm Glazer has approached Manchester United with "detailed proposals" which could lead to an offer to buy the English Premiership side, the club said in a statement on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve falter again
Juventus could see their lead at the top of Serie A trimmed even further this weekend after they lost 1-0 away to Palermo on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Real on a roll
Real Madrid notched their sixth win in a row on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Espanyol that narrowed Barcelona's lead at the top to four points.
 arrow Football: 'Ronaldo could be the greatest ever'
Real Madrid coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has adopted a vow of silence about his club's arch rivals Barcelona but the message was still loud and clear, the Spanish league leaders had better look out.
 arrow Football: Robben headache for Chelsea
Arjen Robben has made a massive contribution to Chelsea's push for their first Premiership title in 50 years but a suspected broken foot could spell the premature end to his season.
 arrow Football: Peruvian ignites Bayern
Bayern Munich opened up a three point lead at the top of the Bundesliga courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Martinez ends title drought
Conchita Martinez won her first title in nearly five years on Sunday when she defeated Germany's Anna Lena Groenefeld 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the Volvo Open final in Thailand.
 arrow Tennis: Malisse in Delray Beach final
Belgian third seed Xavier Malisse ended top seed Vincent Spadea's hopes of reaching the final of this 380,000-dollar ATP tennis tournament for the second straight year with a straight set semifinal victory
Metropolitanarrow More controversial recruitment at RU
The Rajshahi University authorities has appointed one more teacher in fine arts department on an ad hoc basis while appointment of nine others in two departments is awaiting finalisation.
 arrow 2 abductors get 32 years' RI
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced two persons to 32 years rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping four children for trafficking.
 arrow Eden College student commits suicide
A student of Eden University College committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at their Green Road officers' staff quarters in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow Police torture of Ittefaq staff protested
Employees of the daily Ittefaq yesterday protested and condemned the police torture of Kazi Bazlur Rahman, president of Ittefaq Karmachari Union.
Nationalarrow No progress in cases against JMJB
There has been virtually no progress in investigation into the cases of murder and torture by Bangla Bhai's Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres last year.
 arrow Newsmen protest bomb attack at Khulna Press Club
Journalists in Rangpur and Gaibandha yesterday condemned the incident of Saturday's bomb blast on the Khulna Press Club premises.
 arrow Rice prices increase in dists
Prices of different varieties of rice have increased in a week in different districts.
 arrow Police suspect arson, brother's involvement
The fire that killed a couple in their house at Daharpukuria village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila on the night of January 26 could be an incident of arson.
 arrow WDB sues 10 for 'sabotage' in Teesta Project
The Water Development Board (WDB) in Syedpur says Wednesday night's breach in the Dinajpur Canal embankment under Teesta Irrigation Project in Chirirbandar upazila was due to "sabotage" and has fileda
 arrow Housewife earns Tk 4,000 a month by making fish feed
Housewife Nazma Begum has changed her life and her family condition by making fish feed, a new venture in the district.
 arrow JU Proctor again threatened with death
An unidentified telephone caller Friday night again threatened to kill Jahangirnagar University (JU) Proctor Ali Akanda Mamun.
The incident has created a panic among teachers.

 arrow Barisal Rab nabs three 'criminals'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested alleged criminals Kalu Khan and Sobhan Khan from Nayakandi Loharpole area in the city on Friday and handed over them to police after primary interrogation.
 arrow Shrimp enclosure occupied in Satkhira
An influential person occupied a shrimp enclosure at Haskhalibeel in Kaliganj upazila by force and looted shrimp worth Tk 250,000 from it recently.
 arrow Freshers' orientation held at PSTU
An orientation meeting for newly admitted students at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) was held Saturday evening.
Point-Counterpointarrow A 90 per cent pay hike? Hmmm . . .
The Daily Star report of February 3, 2005 was quite astonishing: The Pay Commission (PC) has apparently proposed a pay hike of 90 per cent for government employees!
Whoever has heard of pay hikes

Culturearrow Shomi Kaiser: In search of excellence
If I hadn't become an actress, I definitely would have been a singer...or maybe an architect," says Shomi Kaiser, a celebrated actress of our theatre and electronic media.
 arrow A festival of satirical plays
To mark its 10th anniversary, Nagorik Natyangan's weeklong drama festival began yesterday.
 arrow A satire on the contemporary social structure
Mujibur Rahman Dilu has adapted German drama legend Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera to the Bangladeshi context.
 arrow Star Cineplex to screen Matir Moina
Good news for filmgoers: the acclaimed movie Matir Moina will be released at the Star Cineplex in the Bashundhara City, says a press release.
Generalarrow Hold Saarc confce as early as possible
The two-day People's Summit for People's Saarc ended in the city yesterday with a call on the Saarc governments to make immediate arrangements to hold the 13th summit.
 arrow Ensure sustainable farming for food security
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday urged the agricultural researchers for innovating cost-effective production techniques to improve the livelihood and increase income of farmers.
 arrow Brisk preparation for union level BNP council in Ctg
Brisk preparation is going on for the Chittagong (north) district BNP representatives' council to be held at the MA Aziz Stadium in the city on February 12.
 arrow Bomb blast at Khulna Press Club condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the bomb explosion on Khulna Press Club premises on Saturday night injuring four journalists including its President Sheikh Abu Hasan.
 arrow Ctg journalists' programme begins tomorrow
All the newspapers published from the port city would keep a space of six inches vacant on the front page from tomorrow for next six days in protest against the police action on working journalists during
 arrow Minor boy burnt alive in Ctg fire
A three-year-old boy was burnt alive and 67 houses were gutted in a fire at a slum at Sagarika Road at Pahartali area in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 decomposed bodies recovered in city
Police yesterday recovered decomposed bodies of three people, including a child, at Khilgaon and Lalbagh in the city.
Two bodies were identified as Ebrahim alias Bisu, 20, a rickshawpuller and Shanta,7.

 arrow Truck with 320 sacks of rice hijacked
A truck carrying 320 sacks of rice worth Tk 2.78 lakh was hijacked by the miscreants at Chandina here early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
Tasmima Hossain, convenor of the Bikkhubdha Nari Morcha, an alliance of women activists, has disclaimed some statements published on February 3 in a Daily Star report headlined 'Grenade attacks a conspiracy
 arrow 1,095 more held
Police arrested 1,095 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 48 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US won't allow Iraqi Kurds to form separate state
The United States wants Iraq to remain whole now that the first round of elections is over, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an attempt to reassure nervous Turkish leaders that Washington won't
 arrow Military strike on Iran will be 'mistake': EU
A shock military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would be a "mistake", the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Sunday in a British television interview.
 arrow Tigers accuse govt of dragging feet on forming aid panel
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused the government of dragging its feet on forming a joint panel to distribute tsunami aid, a move backed by peacebroker Norway.
 arrow Operate normally
Nepal's new government yesterday told schools and businesses to stay open despite the state of emergency declared after King Gyanendra seized power, and threatened action against anyone attempting tostage
 arrow Washington won a battle, but not 'war' on al-Qaeda
The United States has won a battle in Iraq with last Sunday's successful elections despite violence and threats from Islamic extremists, but, analysts concur, the war on al-Qaeda is far from over.
 arrow Britain to go tough against migration
Only skilled professionals will be allowed to permanently settle in Britain under measures to be announced Monday by Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, it was reported yesterday.
 arrow 3rd round of polls pass off peacefully in Kashmir
The third round of voting in two sensitive districts of revolt-hit Indian Kashmir passed off peacefully Sunday amid tight security to prevent attacks by Islamic militants, officials said.
 arrow Spain to legalise over 5 lakh immigrants
The Spanish government will offer legal status to an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who have work contracts and have been in the country for at least six months, under a major "normalisation" programme
 arrow Oil-for-food probe looks into Annan's documents
Investigators probing alleged corruption at the United Nations oil-for-food programme are scrutinising thousands of pages of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's documents, including e-mail and phone records,
 arrow Kashmir bus plunges into gorge: 28 die
Twenty-eight people were killed and 34 injured when a bus plunged into a deep gorge in Indian Kashmir yesterday, police said.
 arrow Mubarak may visit Israel after ME summit
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could agree to visit Israel for the first time in nearly a decade after hosting this week's landmark Middle East summit, Israeli military radio reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Journalists sitting duck to lethal attacks
Once again journalists have fallen victim to murderous assault by vested quarters in Khulna, with bombs having been planted at the press club exploding on Saturday.
 arrow Editorial: Now, it's a strike call for port city
Calling for three-day-long hartal in Chittagong after two long, excruciating spells of countrywide shutdown, has raised a big question-mark on the rationale for the same.
 arrow Saarc postponement: Why?
The 13th Saarc Summit has been postponed twice.
 arrow Bad news from Bangladesh
Once again, bad news about Bangladesh is in the foreign media. Eliza Griswold's New York Times report "Bangladesh: The Next Islamist Revolution?" has Dhaka's chattering classes up in arms.
 arrow Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed and The New York Times
I read with bemused interest the "Letter from America" by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed that appeared in the Daily Star on January 31. In that column, Dr. Ahmed challenged the article written by Ms.
Letters to Editorarrow Hartal, yet again!
The opposition parties led by the Awami League called marathon hartals in response to the killing of the former finance minister SAMS Kibria.
 arrow Congratulations, cricketers
When the whole nation was waiting for victory, the cricketers lived up to our expectation. Today the nation is proud of them. So congratulations to all the cricketers.
 arrow Postponed summit
For the second time in less than two months, the Saarc summit has been postponed.
 arrow Funny, indeed
It's funny how the US didn't bother to ask for any "permission" to search for WMDs in Iraq but now, according to The Daily Star of Feb.
 arrow Police brutality on poor people
Hartal was almost coming to its end on that day. It was 5:30pm by my watch as I was crossing the Mirpur Road in front of Rapa Plaza.
 arrow Hartal
I strongly agree with your editorial (Why the continuing hartal? Feb 4) as I think it is ridiculous to have a 60 hour-non-stop hartal for a respected and reputable politician, instead of paying homage
 arrow Think about it
People of Bangladesh are peaceful, and they have a good reputation of being hospitable. But some incidents make us very worried as they damage our image.
 arrow Image crisis
The recent postponement of the Saarc summit followed by a deteriorating law and order situation, particularly the total failure in bringing to book the criminals behind the recent political killings,
Star Cityarrow New books scarce and visitors disappointed
Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2005 remained more closed than open because of the hartals since its inauguration on February 1, causing inconvenience and loss to publishers who hired stalls to display their books.
 arrow Poor left with no alternative
With prices of rice and wheat flour (ata) reaching the same level, the poor are yet to find an alternative for these two staple foods. The retail price of flour is Tk.
 arrow Indian visa seekers in the grip of middlemen
As a huge number of people crowd the Indian High Commission in Dhaka six days a week seeking visa, a section of middlemen are making a quick buck exploiting the need of the visa seekers.
 arrow Hoodlums collect tolls from illegal parking lots
Hoodlums are collecting parking fee illegally in different areas of the city depriving the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) of a huge amount of revenue.
 arrow Contractors plan to fight government in court
Bangladesh Shommilito Thikadar Shamannay Parishad (BSTSP), an organisation of contractors, has decided to launch a legal battle against the government to get prices of tenders revised in the face of an
 arrow Promotional gifts have huge possibilities
The trend of customising gift items likes wall-clocks, diaries, calendars, pens and similar items for promotional purpose is becoming increasingly popular.