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Front Pagearrow 23 editors concerned over govt indifference
The editors of 23 national dailies for the first time yesterday issued a joint statement expressing deep concerns "at the killing of and attack on journalists in Khulna and the country's southwesternregion.
 arrow Ruling, opposition parties face off
The government will form a massive security blanket in the capital during today's hartal with the ruling and opposition parties ready to face each other in the street.
 arrow EU worried over 'crossfire' deaths
Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Bangladesh Ambassador Esko Kentrschynskyj yesterday expressed deep concerns over the recent 'crossfire' deaths during operations of the elite anti-crime
 arrow Stop destroying democratic air
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all concerned, particularly opposition political parties, to refrain from 'destroying the democratic environment and trampling human rights in the name of movement
 arrow BB warns banks for irresponsible fund management
The central bank yesterday warned a section of commercial banks of punitive measures including reducing their scope of business for 'irresponsible' fund management resulting in a destabilised money market.
 arrow Asma Kibria seeks police protection
Asma Kibria, wife of slain Awami League lawmaker SAMS Kibria, yesterday sought police protection, as her family feel insecure in the face of repeated threats over telephone.
 arrow SEC team starts probing, BB to join in today
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday sent a team to probe into the Premier Bank public floating scam, while the central bank decided to check if there was any irregularity in opening
 arrow Harassment on to stymie anti-govt agitation
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is harassing her party's leaders and activists across the country in a bid to tame the ongoing anti-government
 arrow ACC in the doldrums
Chairman of the three-month old Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Justice Sultan Hossain Khan, who initially vowed to launch a 'jihad' against corruption, yesterday admitted that 'nothing of the commission
 arrow Probe still finds nothing
The probe into the January 27 grenade attacks that killed five people including Shah AMS Kibria could not yet yield anything significant as the time frame for the investigations ends today.
 arrow FBI terms of reference under review
Dhaka and Washington are still considering the details of a written terms of reference for FBI agents to investigate the January 27 grenade attack in Habiganj.
 arrow 711 rifle bullets found on Bhairab riverbank
Police yesterday seized 711 bullets of Chinese rifles from the Bhairab riverbank at Skid Ghat under the sadar thana.

Police sources said a boy found the abandoned bullets at 9:00am.

 arrow Business bodies sit Feb 24 in a bid to end political crisis
All the country's business bodies will sit together on February 24 in an effort to resolve the country's existing political crisis.
 arrow Spring brings festive mood to Dhaka
Singing and dancing and screening of films featuring Bangla culture gave the sprawling grounds in and around Dhaka University a festive look yesterday amid a twin-celebration of spring and Saraswati Puja.
 arrow Shias sweep Iraqi polls
Iraq's long-oppressed Shia majority swept to a resounding victory in the country's first free elections in half a century, winning almost half the vote, according to final results released yesterday.
 arrow Shibir cadre killed in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in the early hours yesterday at Mirerkhil of Hathazari upazila.
 arrow Imam rapes 8yr-old girl
An eight-year-old girl was raped by an Imam in Razapur in Fatullah yesterday.
 arrow PMO asks all to refuse illegal orders in its name
Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked all government officials as well as private bodies not to entertain any illegal order allegedly made in its name.
 arrow India halts military aid to Nepal
India has suspended indefinitely military aid to Nepal's fight against Maoist insurgents in a bid to pressure the monarch of the Himalayan nation to restore democracy, a news report said yesterday.
 arrow $60m IDB loan for submarine cable signed
Bangladesh will receive US$ 60 million from Islamic Development Bank (IDB) under an agreement signed between the two sides on Saturday for linking the country to the Submarine Telecommunication cable.
 arrow Curriculum of madrasa goes under NU
The government has decided to affiliate the curriculum of Kamil and Fazil levels under the Madrasa Education Board with the National University curriculum.
 arrow Open sale of rice from Feb 17
In a bid to rein in spiralling prices of rice throughout the country, the government is going to start open market sale (OMS) from February 17.
 arrow S Asian HR body worried about Nepal crisis
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) expressed deep concern over the situation in Nepal and demanded immediate withdrawal of measures announced by the King on February 1 and restoration of constitutional
 arrow 7 to die for killing trader
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven people to death for killing Zakir Hossain, a transport trader of Jurain in Shyampur, five years back.
Businessarrow Bill to be placed in US Congress Wednesday
A bill seeking duty-free market access to the United States will be placed in the lower chamber of Congress on Wednesday (February 16), the commerce minister told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow BR to buy 100 wagons to ease container congestion at Ctg port
Bangladesh Railway (BR) will procure some 100 container wagons soon to ease container congestion at Chittagong Port and smoothen functioning of export import activities.
 arrow Cut 20pc electricity bills immediately
Cold storage owners yesterday urged the government to implement the decision to cut 20 percent electricity bills of the storage.
 arrow WB to extend support for agriculture development
The World Bank will extend priority-basis supports for the development of a number of important areas including agriculture and irrigation.
 arrow India, S Africa hope for preferential trade pact
South Africa and four of its neighbours are keen to seal a preferential trade agreement with India in hopes of spurring trade and turning historical ties into economic opportunities, a top South African
 arrow Three groups announce candidate list for BGMEA polls
Three groups of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday jointly announced the list of candidates for the election scheduled for February 17.
 arrow Withdraw import duty on rice, wheat
In the wake of price hike of rice and wheat, Chittagong chamber yesterday urged the finance minister to withdraw the import duty on the food grains and cut L/C (letter of credit) margin.
 arrow Bangladesh invited to take part in Bangkok leather fair
Thailand has invited Bangladesh to participate in Bangkok Inter-national Leather Fair and Bangkok International Fashion Fair to be held in September.
 arrow CRISL to carry out credit rating of Shahjalal Islami Bank
Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd (SJIBL) has engaged Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL) to carry out the credit rating of the bank, says a press release.
 arrow US woos Europe ahead of summit, but strains remain
The new US commerce chief heads to Brussels this week, the latest administration member preparing for a landmark visit by George W.
 arrow Japan economy to continue very modest growth
The Japanese economy is likely to have posted only very modest growth in the October-December quarter as corporate spending slipped, especially in the high-tech sector, and consumer demand softened, economists
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricket for a purpose
A week-long Cricket Carnival kicks off today at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in Savar with a view to instilling leadership among young cricketers and fostering communication and cultural
 arrow Tennis: Mirza creates Indian history
Sania Mirza became the first Indian to win a WTA title when she defeated Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the final of the Hyderabad Open here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen fireworks on
Kevin Pietersen continued his run spree against South Africa and led an England batting recovery in the seventh and final one-day international at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Nawaz fears spin-wash
Former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz Sunday said he feared India's spin bowlers would whitewash Pakistan in their upcoming cricket tour.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam warns India
Inzamamul Haq has sent out warning signals to the Indian camp ahead of the tour, saying that his team should not be underestimated.
 arrow Cricket: Mamun propels Gazi Tank
An unbeaten century by Al Mamun enabled Gazi Tank to score a seven-wicket victory over Azad Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at BKSP in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania-mania!
Indian tennis fans are still celebrating after teenager Sania Mirza became the nation's first female winner of a WTA Tour singles event on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tsunami orphans' rare day
Sri Lankan children orphaned by the tsunami disaster had a rare day of entertainment Sunday, when they competed against national cricketing heroes at a stadium which was itself damaged by the waves.
 arrow Cricket: Wait for Flintoff
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes he has not yet reached the peak of his powers and expects to be an even better batsman in a couple of years' time.
 arrow Tennis: Safina prepares for Mauresmo rematch
France's Amelie Mauresmo and unseeded Russian teenager Dinara Safina set up a rematch after advancing to the final of the 585,000-dollar Paris Indoor Open here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Nadif, Riyadh to join MCC course
Young cricketers Nadif Chowdhury and Mahmudullah Riyadh will join Young MCC Cricketer's programme from Bangladesh this year.
 arrow Cricket: More bad news for Hayden
Already struggling to overcome his poor form, Matthew Hayden's chances of getting back among the runs was dealt a blow when he was termed a doubtful starter for the one-day series in New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Safina lifts Paris Open
Russia's Dinara Safina upset hot local favourite Amelie Mauresmo to win the Paris Open with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SA widen the gap
South Africa edged to victory in the seventh and final one-day international to lift the series against England 4-1 here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ handicapped by injuries to cricketers
New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell faced a series of injuries to key players as he began Sunday the delicate balancing act of picking a fit side to face Australia.
 arrow Chess: Top players on course
Top names of local chess stayed on course for qualifying for the 31st National Chess Championship winning their respective matches at the BCF hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o makes a statement
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o said his dancing goal celebration in Saturday's 4-1 win away to Real Zaragoza was a response to the racist abuse he received during the game.
 arrow Football: Barca back on track
Leaders Barcelona, who lost their year-long unbeaten home record last weekend, bounced back in devastating style on Saturday with a 4-1 thrashing of Real Zaragoza.
 arrow Football: Gudjohnsen does a good job
Match-winner Eidur Gudjohnsen offered no solace to Chelsea's title rivals after his goal condemned 10-man Everton to a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday and sent the leaders 12 points clear at the
 arrow Football: 'Phenomenal' wedding
Brazilian striker Ronaldo is giving his fiancee a romantic St. Valentine's day present -- a lavish engagement party at a sumptuous and secluded castle outside Paris with about 250 guests.
 arrow Football: Erickson's concern
England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has admitted that he would be concerned by Michael Owen's career at Real Madrid if his star striker was still being limited to a bit-part role in Spain.
 arrow Football: Mihajlovic magic
Two Sinisa Mihajlovic free kicks gave Inter Milan a 2-0 victory over AS Roma on Saturday and moved them into third spot in Serie A.
 arrow Football: Blatter for human error, betting
World football chief Sepp Blatter is against trying to ban players and officials from betting believing such a move would be impossible.
 arrow Football: Hoyzer arrested
Disgraced German referee Robert Hoyzer was arrested by police on Saturday amid fears that he would try to flee the country.
 arrow Football: Christiano close to new deal
Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is close to agreeing a new contract with the Premiership giants after quickly establishing himself as a potent attacking force.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Old DOHS handed Brothers Union a massive 151-run defeat in the Under-13 Development Tournament at the DOHS cricket ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick in final
Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the San Jose ATP event with a 7-6, 6-3 triumph over third seed Tommy Haas of Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Mike wants to give Kevin a Test call
Former England captain Mike Atherton believes rising star Kevin Pietersen has batted himself into the reckoning for an Ashes berth.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Mohammad Javed slammed a hattrick as Bangladesh Sporting Club defeated Shantinagar Sporting Club 3-1 in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Neglect of IWT sector causes environmental hazards
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said neglect of inland water transport (IWT) sector for the last several decades has caused many environmental hazards leaving the common people in utter distress.
 arrow Changes in top posts at two medical college hospitals
The government has replaced the heads of Dhaka and Mymensingh medical college hospitals and the Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD).

CMSD Director Brig. Gen.

 arrow Woman jailed for 30 yrs for kidnapping girl
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced a woman to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping an eight-year-old girl for trafficking.
 arrow No headway in probe into Belal murder
No headway has been made in the investigation of daily Sangram's Khulna Bureau Chief Shaikh Belal Uddin murder case.
 arrow One beaten to death
A mob beat a man to death after suspecting him of theft at Motijheel in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow They want repair of breached embankment, not relief
Netrakona: Ten-year-old Amir Ali was begging on the Nalitabari- Nakugao road at Hatipagar.

He started weeping when this correspondent asked why he is begging.

 arrow Colleges on student hunt
Most of the colleges including government ones under Sylhet Education Board have failed to fill up their seats in first year classes in the current academic session (2004-2005) due to poor pass percentage
 arrow Safe water can reduce diseases
Speakers at an open discussion here called for launching a campaign for supply and use of safe water, saying this will greatly reduce common diseases.
 arrow 'Don't send children to Bidi factory'
Speakers on Saturday at a meeting at a remote village here have urged the guardians to send their children to school instead of engaging themselves in hazardous work of tobacco factory.
 arrow Resignation of govt demanded
Speakers yesterday at a joint meeting of four opposition parties here demanded immediate resignation of the government as the people lost their faith on it.
 arrow Bidi makers, tobacco farmers demand alternative jobs
Several thousand Bidi factory workers and tobacco farmers at a rally at Haragachh in Rangpur on Saturday urged the government to create alternative jobs for them before passing any anti-tobacco law in
 arrow Hundreds parade Rajshahi streets for trial of killers
Hundreds of people including professionals, freedom fighters, cultural activists and journalists on Saturday brought out a silent procession in Rajshahi to

press the government for the arrest and trial

 arrow Calling FBI for probe shameful for nation Ershad tells Sylhet JP convention
Former president and Jatiya Party Chief HM Ershad has said calling FBI for probe into grenade and bomb attacks is shameful for the nation.

This proves the alliance government's failure.

 arrow No more pesticide on fields
One hundred and fifty farmers have vowed that they would not use pesticides in vegetable fields and harmful medicine for quickly ripening tomato any more.
 arrow 'Notorious criminal' Azim nabbed by Rab
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) nabbed alleged notorious criminal Md Azim from Chandmari area in the city on Saturday. Three bullets were recovered from him.
 arrow 2 children drown as trawler sinks in Barisal
Two children drowned after a trawler with about 20 people on board, hit by a double decked launch, sank in the Palardi river near Hosnabad launch ghat in Gournadi Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Godhra and the Banerjee Report
The Sangh Parivar is understandably upset at the U.C. Banerjee inquiry committee Report on the Godhra train burning incident.
 arrow From Mumbai to Davos
This time last year I was covering the World Social Forum in Mumbai for The Daily Star.
 arrow Rickshaws in Dhaka
The gradual banning of rickshaws from the major roads of metropolin Dhaka has severely affected the city dwellers. Take the example of Mrs Jahangir, a resident of north Shahjahanpur.
Culturearrow Musings with the stars
Valentine's Day is a good opportunity to get cultural personalities talking about their favourite television plays, songs and dance pieces and their co-artistes. Here is what they had to say.
 arrow Sangkranti
The on going six-day drama festival, arranged by Udichi Drama Unit, continues to draw the crowds.
 arrow Valentine's Day special on TV channels
On Valentine's Day the three private television channels will broadcast various programmes.
Generalarrow Onus of grisly killings rests on major political parties
The onus of recurrent grisly killings in bomb and grenade attacks rests on both the major political parties that assumed state power by turn, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Launch crusade against terrorism, anarchy
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday urged the party men to launch a crusade against terrorism, anarchy and conspiracy to build a self-reliant and prosperous country.
 arrow Hartals cost country Tk 18,528 cr in 3 yrs
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that 48 days of hartals enforced by the main opposition Awami League in last three years have cost the country
 arrow 'Resist repression of women, corruption'
Most officials in the administration are engaged in corruption, causing untold sufferings to the general people, said Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, a noted educationist and cultural personality, at a convention
 arrow DCC plans to set up waste management department
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to set up a fully-fledged solid waste management department comprising four of its departments in a bid to manage solid waste properly.
 arrow US awards for projects promoting democracy, HR in S Asia
The United States has announced special awards for projects promoting human rights and democracy among Muslims in South Asia, particularly in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
 arrow Boat located, no sign of 22 missing yet
The mechanised boat that capsized in the river Rupsha could be located yesterday, but there is no sign of 22 people missing after the accident.
 arrow Citibank staffs donate one day's salary for tsunami victims
Employees of the Citibank Bangladesh have donated their one-day salary to support the tsunami-affected people in Sri Lanka, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Abbas secures truce
The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they were adhering to a de facto truce with Israel, but stopped short of committing to the official ceasefire that Palestinian leader
 arrow US drones scanning Iran for nukes
The United States has been flying drones over Iran since April 2004, seeking evidence of nuclear weapons programmes and probing for weaknesses in Iran's air defences, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow Indo-Pak leaders set for talks to restore faith in peace process
India's Foreign Minister Natwar Singh arrives in Islamabad tomorrow for talks with Pakistani leaders aimed at restoring faith in a peace process that South Asia's nuclear rivals began a year ago.
 arrow Pakistan steps up rescue operation
Pakistan stepped up search and rescue operations yesterday for tens of thousands affected by flash floods after the heaviest rains in the country in two decades, in which more than 350 people have been
 arrow Iran tells US not to 'play with fire'
Iran warned the United States yesterday not to attack its nuclear facilities and said talks with European nations might produce a deal to defuse the dispute.

"They know our capabilities.

 arrow UN oil-for-food project chief blocked audit
The UN oil-for-food programme chief under scrutiny for alleged corruption and mismanagement blocked a proposed audit of his office around the same time he's accused of soliciting lucrative oil deals from
 arrow Grenade attack on Tamil Tiger office
A grenade was tossed into a Tamil Tiger office in northern Sri Lanka, killing a person, while six others were hurt in clashes at protests against the murder of a rebel leader, the guerrillas said Sunday.
 arrow Brain-damaged woman talks after 20 years
For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin has been mostly oblivious to the world around her the victim of a drunken driver who struck her down as she walked to her car.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The incurable quorum crisis
The worst-ever quorum crisis in the parliament last Thursday night forcing it to be adjourned goes only to show the apathy of our lawmakers towards democracy and its institutions.
 arrow Editorial: A timely regulatory step
The SEC deserves our congratulations on suspending public floating of shares of a private commercial bank after investigation found that around several thousand beneficiary owners' accounts (BO) it had
 arrow Iraq: Awaiting a Tet moment
It is not necessarily true that George W.
 arrow After Nepal's royal coup:
Recent developments have dashed the hope that Nepal's King Gyanendra would substantially relax the draconian restrictions imposed on the freedoms of expression, political activity, and movement on February
 arrow The death of Mr. Kibria: Ruling coalition must explain
I never thought I would see this day when I would feel ashamed to be a Bangladeshi. The way our lawmakers and this government are behaving, to say the least, is disgraceful.
 arrow The balance of Saarc power
Having grown up in Dhaka in the 1980s, I was always told that Saarc was the brainchild of the Bangladesh government.
 arrow Patriotism!
I was watching the heated debate at the US Senate Hearing on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for the post of Secretary of State.
Letters to Editorarrow "Humpty Dumpty" filibusters
We grew up learning rhymes in kindergarten. But most of us never really understood the implications of those jabberwocky rhymes.
 arrow Valentine's Day
The Valentine's Day is all about giving cards, gifts and expressing love for the loved ones.

But this day should be considered a reunion of love for the world community to say no against war.

 arrow Next US president
Her aides affectionately call her "The Warrior Princess".
 arrow Politics of confrontation
There is no doubt that politics of violence and disorder in Bangladesh is a matter of profound concern to all citizens. That the spectre of political violence has reared its ugly head is doubly worrying.
 arrow Dismal show
Orchestrated sporadic killings, violence and chaos seem to continue. Election tempo, political issues need to be created.
 arrow Western outlook
I am neither a PhD nor a journalist --- to be able to write a nice column or compose an article for or against some burning issues that are circulated through the local and foreign media.
 arrow Hartal
A lot has been said regarding the impact of hartal on our daily life and the society that we all live in.
 arrow Exploitation!
Article 34.1 of the Constitution of The People's Republic of Bangladesh prohibits all forms of forced labour and contravention of the provision is an offence punishable in accordance with the law.
 arrow "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"
In defending Ms. Eliza Griswold's anti-Bangladesh article in The New York Times Magazine (January 23), Dr. Shabbir A.
 arrow Helping Tsunami victims
It was wonderful to see the Bollywood actors and the Indian cricketers taking part in the Tsunami relief fund raising match "The Hope".
 arrow Killers at large
When the coalition government was formed in 2001 with the collaborators of 1971, it was the general political assessment that the country had taken an awesome political twist, humiliating the freedomfighters
Star Cityarrow Say it with flowers this Valentine's Day
Will you be my Valentine? A red rose does the trick. No hartals, strikes or political unrest could stop their hearts singing. It is February 14 -- Valentine's Day -- today.
 arrow No way out of school-hour jams?
With schools resuming this week, residents, commuters and students of Dhanmondi, Banani, Gulshan, Baridhara, and Uttara areas prepare for another six months of suffering caused by the suffocating traffic
 arrow Saraswati Puja breaks religious barriers
Saraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated yesterday amid fanfare, with the believers seeking blessings of Saraswati, considered as the goddess of knowledge.
 arrow Ministry asks BIWTA to trim down project
The shipping ministry has asked Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to trim down the Tk 94 crore project to protect the Buriganga river permanently from encroachment.
 arrow Communications ministry wants to control traffic department
The Ministry of Communications wants to get the traffic department under its authority to better the city's traffic management.
 arrow The empty truth of shopping malls
Luxurious high-rise shopping malls that have popped up across the city over the last four or five years, still have the majority of shops on fourth and fifth floors vacant.
 
   
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